Baron Corbin now had a shaved head! Braun
Strowman is invincible! And the latest reason
why the Roman Reigns vs Jinder Mahal feud
sucks. I’m Oli Davis, click the ‘i’
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the 11th June, 2018 edition of Monday Night
Raw …in about 4 minutes.
Raw opened with the rather ridiculous visual
of all the Money in the Bank match wrestlers
standing on top of ladders of varying heights,
gazing off in different directions as if they’re
about to shoot the cover for their new Christian
They were all waiting for Kurt Angle to come
out, who was quickly interrupted by the Constable
of Raw, Baron Bald-in! No… that doesn’t
work. Baldon Corbin … not much better. The
Lone Hair Baron Corbin! We’ll stick with
that for now. He really should’ve lost those
locks in a hair vs hair match to elevate another
He not-so-subtly threatened them all that
Stephanie McMahon wants those briefcases coming
After the break, Natalya, Sasha Banks and
Ember Moon were left standing in the now ladder-less
ring, while Alexa Bliss got a full entrance.
Meaning she went backstage after the opening
segment, to just come back out again. Natalya
won by making her tap in the Sharpshooter
in a pretty decent match – particularly from
Moon’s dives of death!
Despite quickly beating Breezeango here, Drew
McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler have lost a bit
of momentum after being eliminated first in
last week’s Battle Royal.
Brock Lesnar is now WWE’s longest reigning
top champion of the modern era! Would’ve
been nice to have him on the show.
Thankfully we were spared a Roman Reigns vs
Jinder Mahal match just six days away from
another Roman Reigns vs Jinder Mahal match
at Money in the Bank, as the Maharaja revealed
The Great… Sunil Singh as Roman’s actual
opponent. It was a nice swerve, briefly teasing
The Great Khali’s return, but Jinder’s
promo was lacklustre, and his kayfabe strategy
was utterly worthless. Reigns beat Sunil in
seconds with a spear, for Mahal to reveal
his master plan go-home angle as… hitting
a single Khallus. No prolonged beatdown, no
brutal angle to get us excited about a wholly
uninspiring feud. I’m neither buying into
Jinder as a credible opponent, nor this match
as something I ever want to see.
After eliminating them at the end of last
week’s Battle Royal, the B Team beat Rhyno
and Heath Slater in the night’s third squash
match in a row. The Deletor of Worlds appeared
at the top of stage afterwards to hype their
Money in the Bank tag title match… that
really could’ve just been on this episode
of Raw to lessen the pay-per-view’s butt-numbing
11 match card.
Elias has more than earned his pay-per-view
match for Raw’s default top title, though,
being the most over heel on the roster. He
debuted a new IC title designed guitar given
to him by hip hop legend John Mayer – great
musical description Coachman! Seth Rollins
interrupted – only after Elias had sung an
entire song insulting him, of course – to
play out a wonderfully heated skit of destroying
the aforementioned John Mayer guitar. All
the tension Elias had whipped up in the crowd
was masterfully vented through Seth curbstomping
his new instrument. And destroying anything
associated with John Mayer is an instant babyface
move. We Katy Kats never forget.
Ruby Riott and Bayley actually had a decent
match here, which Ruby won thanks to Riott
Squad interference. It’s just a shame their
series is dampened by Bayley’s plodding
overarching feud with Banks.
Ronda Rousey is very, very good at mean face
and getting physical. That’s mostly where
her current wrestling performance abilities
cease, though, so why, week after week, do
WWE book her on commentary, in red carpet
VTs, in-ring segments and other formats that
expose her weaker areas?
Thankfully few will remember the wooden dialogue
exchanges between Nia and Ronda, and just
the awesome end sequence where Rousey made
Jax tap in the arm bar.
Despite ingeniously disguising himself as
one of Adam Rose’s Rosebuds – I mean ‘a
member of No Way Jose’s weird sex party’
– Curt Hawkins still couldn’t get the win,
stretching his steak to 201 consecutive losses.
After closing on a glimmer of realism last
week, where Sami Zayn managed the only genuine
moment in their feud so far, accusing Bobby
Lashley of never serving in the army, WWE
capitalised on that much needed heat by…
having them both compete in an assault course
around the ring. As great as the Sergeant
Slaughter timer graphic on the titantron was,
if neither wrestler looks like they care about
this feud, why should we?
The main event, where Kevin Owens, Finn Balor
and Bobby Roode ganged up to take out Braun
Strowman, was a lot of fun – including an
awesome KO Bullfrog Splash off a ladder through
the announcer’s table.
Braun still managed to win the match despite
that, though, and being hit by nearly everyone’s
finishers. As much as I’m looking forward
to the ladder match this Sunday, I kind of
just want to see more of Balor vs Strowman.
Overall this episode was actually rather enjoyable,
with two good four ways and segments that
developed the major feuds. This week’s Raw
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