WWE Raw Review: 7/9/18

   WWE Monday Night Raw was live last night in Boston, Massachusetts. We are only six days from Extreme Rules and tempers are at an all time high. On Raw, several superstars met their breaking point and madness ensued. The go home Raw was the last chance for those to get their message across to their opponents before the Extreme Rules event.

   Raw kicked off with the heated rivalry between Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley. The main event representing the Raw brand has now boiled over. Roman and Bobby spoke little word leading to a brawl between the two. The locker room had to file out to try to separate the two. Roman was able to get the last word, hitting a massive dive over the top rope and taking out half the roster. Roman got the last laugh now, but will he Sunday?

Alexa Bliss & Mickie James v. Nia Jax & Natalya

   Sunday, Nia gets her rematch for the Raw Women’s Championship in an Extreme Rules match. However, she teamed with Natalya to take on Alexa and Mickie.

   In a decent tag team match, Nia seemed to have the match in control until Alexa attacked her from behind with a kendo stick. Alexa would have continue until Nia ripped the kendo stick out of her hand and broke it in half. Alexa’s plot to gain an advantage backfired because it just angered Nia. Who will leave Pittsburgh Sunday as champion and will Ronda Rousey being at ringside at Extreme Rules play a role in any way?

Mojo Rawley v. No Way Jose

   Finally, Mojo Rawley takes on No Way Jose. In a short match, Mojo Rawley was able to control the contest and pick up the win. Mojo seems to have an attitude change that seems to be heading him in the right direction. Where does Mojo go next?

“Woken” Matt Hardy v. Bo Dallas

   Sunday, The B-Team has the biggest chance in their career when they take on the Woken Warriors for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The B-Team continues to try to get in the head of the Woken Warriors. The Woken Warriors however have heard enough and rebound and they try to play mind games of their own. However, on this night,  The B-Team still was able to pick up the victory. After the contest, The Woken Warriors got the last message laying out the B-Team.

Liv Morgan v. Ember Moon

   This slugfest between two up and coming women on Raw featured them duking it out in an effort to build momentum for the future. One small slip up from Liv cost her as Ember was able to rollup Liv for the win.

Constable Baron Corbin & Elias v. Finn Balor & Bobby Roode

   With their match Sunday, Baron & Finn get their last opportunity to duke it out in this tag team match. Baron since becoming the Constable of Monday Night Raw has picked up win after win. This match was no different picking up a win after hitting Bobby with the End of Days for the pin. Can Baron do the same Sunday on Finn

Bayley & Sasha in Therapy Part 2

   This week, there was a new therapist to try to resolve the issue between two of the most prominent women on Raw. If their issue is over, they must meet with General Manager Kurt Angle in order to save their jobs.

The Misadventures of Kevin Owens & Braun Strowman

   Kevin Owens shows up to Raw after being thrown off the stage in a portapotty last week. He shows General Manager Kurt Angle a note stating that Kevin is unable to compete for the night. However, Kurt announces that Kevin’s running from Braun is over because Sunday at Extreme Rules Kevin will face Braun Strowman inside a steel cage.

Seth Rollins v. Drew McIntyre

   Sunday, Seth gets his rematch for the Intercontinental Championship in a 30-minute Iron Man match against Dolph Ziggler. However, the stipulation was put in place that if Seth Rollins beats Drew McIntyre, then Drew will be banned from ringside Sunday at Extreme Rules.

   In a phenomenal main event, each man gave it all and hit each other with everything in their respective arsenals. However, the numbers game of Drew and Dolph became too much as Dolph was able to distract Seth enough for Drew to hit the Claymore for the pin and the win. Can Seth recuperate before Sunday and how will the numbers game play a role in Seth and Dolph’s Iron Man match at Extreme Rules?

Conclusion

   Overall, this was a not a bad Raw. Much better than last weeks. Being a go home show to a pay per view, Raw had to give interest to their matches at Extreme Rules as for the past few weeks, they have seemed to be lackluster. However with this episode of Raw, there is a tad bit of intrigue in the match-ups. Especially since this is the last pay per view until SummerSlam in August.

David Jacobus
Intern

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