Monday, August 3, 2020

9 Takeaways From WWE RAW (10/1)

The October 1st, 2018 episode of WWE RAW aired live from the Key Arena in Seattle, WA. In addition to the takeaways below, The B-Team defeated The Revival tonight on RAW. After the match, The Authors of Pain attacked The B-Team from behind. Bayley also defeated Alicia Fox tonight on RAW.

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Here are 9 takeaways from this week’s show:

Dean Ambrose Explained What Was Going Through His Mind Last Week On RAW

Dean Ambrose came down to the ring for an interview to kick off this week’s episode of RAW. Ambrose said that there was a lot of truth to what Ziggler and McIntyre said last week. He noted that he doesn’t have a title like Reigns and Rollins and brought up Seth replacing him with Jason Jordan after he was injured.

Ambrose admitted that he has thought about leaving The Shield several times. Dean joked that maybe he ran Roman Reigns’ car off the road on the way here and Reigns won’t even be here tonight.

Footage from last week’s RAW was shown in which Dean paused before getting into the ring with Reigns and Rollins. Ambrose told everyone to judge him by his actions and that The Shield is a brotherhood. Dean added that they will always ride into battle together before making his way out of the ring.

RAW GM Baron Corbin interrupted and Ambrose joked that he looked like a substitute teacher. Corbin then proposed three matches to Dean Ambrose for tonight. He could face Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship, battle Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship or face Braun Strowman.

Corbin asked Ambrose if it was going to be his brothers or his career. Ambrose said that he wanted to face Baron Corbin instead. Corbin declined and announced that Ambrose will face Braun Strowman next on RAW.

Reigns & Rollins Saved Dean Ambrose

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Strowman battled Dean Ambrose tonight on RAW. Braun started off the match in control and launched Ambrose into the turnbuckle. Strowman applied a Headlock in the middle of the ring.

Dean escaped but Strowman knocked him back down to the canvas. Braun brought Dean back to the corner of the ring and connected with a Splash. Braun then slammed Ambrose to the canvas and followed it up with a giant punch to Dean’s face.

Braun launched Ambrose across the ring and then shoved his neck into the bottom rope several times. Strowman went for a Chokeslam but Ambrose blocked it and sent Strowman to the corner of the ring. Ambrose charged at Braun but Strowman countered with a shoulder tackle as RAW went to a commercial break.

When RAW returned, Dean went for a Clothesline but Strowman avoided it and clubbed Dean across the chest. Strowman then went for the Powerslam but Ambrose escaped and connected with Dirty Deeds for a two count.

Strowman rolled out of the ring and Ambrose greeted him with a Suicide Dive. Braun charged at Ambrose but Dean dodged it and Braun slammed into the steel steps. Back in the ring, Strowman planted Ambrose with a Powerslam out of nowhere and both Superstars fell to the mat.

Dean rolled out of the ring and Strowman chased after him. Strowman hit Ambrose with a shoulder tackle and then launched him into the barricade. Back in the ring, Braun hit Ambrose with a second Powerslam. Braun didn’t go for the cover and went to pick up Dean for another Powerslam.

Roman Reigns interrupted and made his way down to the ring. Reigns hit Strowman with a Superman Punch and went for another one but Strowman blocked it. Rollins then joined the party and hit Strowman with a knee to the face. Reigns and Rollins then threw Strowman out of the ring as Strowman was announced as the winner via DQ.

Ziggler and McIntyre then came down to the entrance ramp. RAW GM Corbin joined the party and blasted Reigns and Rollins for not allowing Ambrose to fight his own battles. Corbin then announced that Rollins will face Drew McIntyre later tonight and that Reigns will fight Ziggler next on RAW.

Seth Rollins and Ambrose then had a conversation backstage. Ambrose was pissed off and told Rollins that he could be Intercontinental Champion right now.

Roman Reigns Defeated Dolph Ziggler

Roman Reigns agreed to put his Universal Championship on the line against Ziggler tonight but RAW GM Baron Corbin shut it down. Corbin told Reigns that he will not be able to defend the Universal Championship until WWE Crown Jewel.

Ziggler started off the match in control and dragged Roman down to the mat with a Headlock. Ziggler then booted Roman out of the ring and planted him with an awesome DDT on the floor. Back in the ring, Ziggler connected with a Fameasser for a near fall as RAW went to a commercial break.

Ziggler had Reigns in a Sleeper Hold when RAW returned from the break. Roman escaped and hit Dolph with a couple of Clotheslines in a row. Roman beat the hell out of Dolph in the corner of the ring with 10 giant Clotheslines. Reigns followed it up with a big boot to Dolph’s face that sent Ziggler down to the mat.

Roman went for the Superman Punch but Ziggler countered into a roll-up for a two count. Dolph then connected with a Zig Zag and went for the cover but Reigns kicked out at two. Ziggler geared up for a Superkick but turned around into a Superman Punch from Reigns for a near fall.

Roman went for the Spear but Ziggler countered into a roll-up for a two count. Reigns then quickly hit the Spear for the pinfall victory. Ambrose later had a conversation with Reigns backstage and Ambrose told him that if he wasn’t such a nice guy, he might be Universal Champion right now.

Ronda Rousey Tapped Out Ruby Riott

Ronda Rousey battled Ruby Riott tonight on RAW. The Bella Twins, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan were ringside for the match. Rousey started off the match by slamming Riott to the canvas several times.

Riott regrouped with the Riott Squad outside the ring and then took control of the match when she got back inside. Ruby launched Rousey back outside the ring and then bounced her head off the ring apron.

Back in the ring, Ruby went for the cover but Ronda kicked out at two. Riott kneed Rousey in the back of the head and went for the cover again but Ronda kicked out at two. Ruby headbutted Rousey and then slammed her to the canvas.

Rousey finally battled back and Riott with a flurry of punches. Ronda then lifted Rousey up onto her shoulders and slammed her to the canvas. Rousey got distracted with the Riott Squad and Ruby took advantage and went for a roll-up.

Rousey kicked out and then slammed Riott to the canvas. Rousey then locked in the Arm Bar for the submission victory. Ronda Rousey and The Bella Twins will face the Riott Squad at WWE Super Show-Down this weekend.

Konnor Won Another Match

Bobby Roode battled Konnor from The Ascension tonight on RAW. Chad Gable and Viktor were ringside for the match. Roode started off the match in control and hit Konnor with a Dropkick. Konnor decked Roode with a shoulder tackle and followed it up with an Elbow Drop for a two count.

Konnor then applied a Headlock to Roode in the center of the ring. Roode escaped but Konnor quickly knocked him back to the canvas. Konnor went for another Elbow Drop but Roode got out of the way at the last second.

Roode made his way to the top rope and hit Konnor with a Flying Clothesline. Roode followed it up with a boot to the face and then a Blockbuster off the second rope. Roode set up for the Glorious DDT but became distracted when Viktor attacked Gable outside the ring. Konnor capitalized on the distraction and slammed Roode face first to the mat for the pinfall victory.

Strowman, Ziggler, & McIntyre Beatdown The Shield

Seth Rollins faced Drew McIntyre tonight on RAW. McIntyre threw Rollins into the corner of the ring and slapped him across the face to start off the match. Seth got pissed off and beat the hell out of McIntyre in the corner of the ring.

Rollins Clotheslined McIntyre out of the ring and then him with a Suicide Dive. Seth bounced Drew’s face off the apron before rolling him back inside the ring. Rollins connected with a few chops in the corner but McIntyre responded with a boot to Rollins’ midsection for a two count.

McIntyre shoved Rollins to the ring post and then brought him onto the top of the steel steps. McIntyre then delivered a Side Slam on the ring apron off the steps as RAW went to a commercial break.

When RAW returned, Rollins planted McIntyre with a Slingblade. Seth followed it up with a Blockbuster off the second rope for a two count. Rollins connected with a springboard Clothesline to the back of McIntyre’s head for another near fall.

RAW GM Corbin was shown watching the match backstage as McIntyre battled back with an elbow to Rollins’ face. McIntyre followed it up with a couple of chops and went for a Clothesline but Rollins countered into a Falcon Arrow for a near fall.

Seth made his way to the top rope but McIntyre caught him with a punch to the face. Drew followed it up with a chop to Rollins’ chest and then joined Rollins on the top rope. Rollins escaped and hit McIntyre with an awesome Buckle Bomb. Rollins followed it up with a Superkick and geared up for The Stomp but Ziggler ran down to the ring. Rollins hit Ziggler but turned around into a Claymore from McIntyre for the pinfall victory.

After the match, Ziggler and McIntyre started attacking Seth Rollins. Reigns ran down to the ring for the save and then Braun Strowman joined the party. Dean Ambrose’s music hit and Dean ran down to the ring with an axehandle. Dean blasted Strowman with it and then started chasing around Ziggler. Strowman hit Dean with a shoulder tackle and then rolled him back inside the ring. Ziggler hit Rollins with a Superkick and then Strowman, McIntyre and Ziggler beatdown Ambrose.

McIntyre and Ziggler hit Ambrose with the Zig Zag/ Claymore and then Strowman planted Reigns with a Running Powerslam. Strowman, Ziggler, and McIntyre then mocked The Shield’s pose in the ring to conclude the segment. The Shield will battle Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose this Saturday at WWE Super Show-Down.

Elias Really Pissed Off The Seattle Crowd

Elias and Kevin Owens came down to the ring to call out Bobby Lashley. Elias played his guitar as Owens nodded along and then told him that was beautiful once Elias stopped playing. Elias asked the crowd if they wanted to walk with Elias and the crowd cheered.

Elias said that there was only one man that was going to walk with him tonight and that was Kevin Owens. Owens said that they were a couple of great guys and then hyped their tag match against Cena and Lashley at WWE Super Show-Down.

Owens said that it doesn’t make sense that Lashley is teaming with Cena this Saturday. Elias agreed that it doesn’t make sense like having a basketball team in Seattle. The crowd proceeded to be Elias out of the building for about a minute. Elias didn’t back off and said that he completely understood why Oklahoma City has a team.

Owens tried to talk but the crowd would not stop booing. Owens told the crowd that they were rude and that he was going to try to ignore them. Elias shouted for the production crew to turn the lights down because he didn’t want to look at the crowd.

Kevin Owens claimed that John Cena’s ego was as big as the people of Seattle’s ego and the crowd booed even louder. Owens added that Cena and Lashley have no chance against them this Saturday at WWE Super Show-Down. Owens vowed to Powerbomb Cena on the ring apron this Saturday night.

Lio Rush interrupted and said that Cena is a legend. Rush claimed that some people even call Cena the greatest of all time and the crowd booed him. Lio Rush then said that Owens shouldn’t overlook Lashley tonight as the crowd continued to chant SuperSonics.

Owens Defeated Lashley

Bobby Lashley and Owens locked up in the middle of the ring to start off the match. Lashley got the upper hand and shoved Owens to the canvas. Owens rolled out of the ring to regroup with Elias and then returned to the ring.

Lashley slammed Owens to the mat a couple of times and then Owens retreated to the ropes. Owens hit Lashley with a cheap shot and then applied a Headlock in the middle of the ring.

Lashley escaped and sent Owens tumbling out of the ring with a massive shoulder tackle. Owens got back into the ring and Lashley greeted him with a Clothesline. Lashley bounced Owens’ face off the top turnbuckle a couple of times as Lio Rush cheered him on.

Owens connected with a kick to the face but Lashley shrugged it off and planted Owens with a Powerslam. Lashley lifted Owens up onto his shoulders but Owens escaped and retreated to the corner of the ring. Bobby charged at Owens but Kevin dodged it and Lashley crashed into the ring post as RAW went to a commercial break.

When RAW returned, Owens had Lashley trapped in a Headlock in the middle of the ring. Lashley quickly escaped and turned Owens inside out with a Clothesline. Lashley went for a Suplex but Owens blocked it. Lashley then planted Owens with a Spinebuster as Elias charged at Lio Rush outside the ring. Lashley got distracted by it and Owens rolled him up for the pinfall victory.

After the match, Elias and Owens attacked Lashley in the ring and started stomping on him. Lio Rush climbed up to the top rope and went for a Crossbody but Elias punched him in the face while he was in midair. Owens then planted Lashley with a Pop Up Powerbomb and then shared a hug with Elias in the ring.

The Undertaker & Kane Attacked Triple H & Shawn Michaels

Shawn Michaels came down to the ring at the conclusion of this week’s RAW to hype up Triple H vs. The Undertaker at WWE Super Show-Down.

Michaels brought up the last time ever match between Triple H and The Undertaker at Super Show-Down. Shawn said that he wanted to be in Australia to witness it just like a fan but everything changed a couple of weeks ago.

Shawn said The Undertaker made this personal and said that he would pick his best friend, Triple H, to defeat anyone. Michaels noted that Kane will be in The Undertaker’s corner and said that he will be in Triple H’s corner at Super Show-Down.

Michaels stated that he would hit Kane with Sweet Chin Music if he tries to interfere in the match. Kane’s music hit and Kane appeared behind Shawn Michaels. Kane punched Michael’s in the face and then The Undertaker’s music hit.

The Undertaker then showed up in the ring and started circling Shawn Michaels. The Undertaker set up Michaels for a Tombstone but Triple H ran down to the ring. Triple H hit Undertaker with a few shots and then went after Kane. The Undertaker and Kane then Chokeslammed HBK and Triple H. The Undertaker then planted Triple H with a Tombstone Piledriver to close the show.

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