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RAW Recap & Review – Episode 1324

WWE RAW
Episode 1324
#RAW

Original Air Date: October 8, 2018
Event Date: October 8, 2018 (aired live)

City: Rosemont, IL (announced as Chicago)
Venue: Allstate Arena

Commentary: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young
Ring Announcer: Jojo

 

Ring Area
Triple H heads to the ring. After Triple H enters the ring, Shawn Michaels heads down the ramp and joins him. Triple H talks about climbing a mountain step by step, inch by inch. He and Michaels should be on top of the world right now after Super Show-Down, but he wonders if the mountain he climbed was a lie the whole time.

Clips of Super Show-Down are shown where Triple H defeats The Undertaker, only to have Undertaker and Kane attack Triple H and Shawn Michaels after the match.

Back in the ring, Triple talks about respect. He says respect is hard to come by these days. Michaels says sometimes you respect someone for what they used to be and what they used to represent. HBK has had a long time to sit and think about what happened at Super Show-Down. He has thought about the last eight and a half years during which he has honored his word due to respect that never existed in the first place.

Triple H has a question for Undertaker and Kane. At Crown Jewel, “are you ready?” Because D-Generation X is ready.

 

Match 1
Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush vs Kevin Owens
(referee: Chad Patton)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Bobby Lashley wins via pinfall after a Canadian backbreaker rack spun into a side slam
Time: 9:25 (1 break)

Match Thoughts
Pretty good match. Lashely was methodical, and Owens was wrestling like a babyface. The near-constant commentary from Lio Rush at ringside (who had a mic) got the crowd to boo Lashley, so every big move from Owens got cheered. Owens hit some big dives and was definitely wrestling for cheers. It was in interesting alignment switch.

 

Ring Area
After the match, Rush directs Lashley as Lashley repeatedly slams Owns’ leg into the ring post.

Video
Clips of John Cena because he’s going to be in the WWE World Cup at Crown Jewel.

Backstage
Kayla Braxton welcomes Finn Balor and Bayley. Team B’n’B isn’t worried about their rematch with Mahalicia later tonight. Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley walk up, and Rush wants to know if everyone saw what Lashley just did to Owens. Balor and Bayley don’t like being interrupted, but Lashley and Rush don’t care. Rush says that he and Lashley are “too sweet.”

Ring Area
In the ring, Elias says that when legends like Triple H and Michaels speak of WWE, they are speaking of Elias whether they know it or not. John Cena knows though. What happened at Super Show-Down wasn’t his fault, and he wrote a song about it. He plays a verse (insulting Chicago and the Cubs, naturally) before Ronda Rousey’s music interrupts him. Rousey heads to the ring.

 

Match 2
Ronda Rousey (RAW Women’s Champ) & The Bella Twins vs Riott Squad
(referee: Rod Zapata)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Ronda Rousey wins via submission with an arm bar
Time: 7:24 (1 break)

Match Thoughts
This was a pretty good rematch. It didn’t really add anything new to the story though. I did like seeing Liv Morgan try to fight Brie Bella rather than wrestle her. Other than that it went about as expected. The Bellas did stuff, they eventually got in trouble, and Rousey cleaned up at the end.

 

Ring Area
After the match, The Bellas and Ronda Rousey celebrate in the ring. When Rousey turns her back on Nikki, Nikki attacks Rousey from behind. The Bellas stomp Rousey for a few moments, but Rousey fights back. Rousey goes after The Bellas outside the ring, but Rousey gets shoved into the ring post. After a little more brawling, Rousey is shoved into the ring steps and the barricade as well.

 

Match 3
Bayley & Finn Balor vs Alicia Fox & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh
(referee: Darrick Moore)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Finn Balor pins Jinder Mahal after the Coup de Grace
Time: 4:21 (1 break)

Match Thoughts
This was fun. I was hoping for an upset, especially since it doesn’t matter who wins since it has no bearing on the Mixed Match Challenge standings. If Mahalicia had won they could have even campaigned for a point in a tie-breaker match. But alas, that was not the case. I like both of these teams though, so I did enjoy the match.

 

Backstage
Dolph Ziggler has plans for Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre tonight, but McIntyre is tired of Ziggler trying to call the shots. McIntyre says maybe Ziggler should worry more about pulling his own weight. Strowman is tired of all the bickering. Ziggler and McIntyre just need to watch his back until he wins the Universal Title. That’s all they’re here for.

Backstage
Heath Slater would like a chance to qualify for the WWE World Cup in tonight’s battle royal. Baron Corbin says that’s great, but there’s a problem: Slater just isn’t any good.

 

Match 4
Global Battle Royal
Gregor “The Sickle” Valkan vs The Sultan of Shawarma vs El Hombre Sin Nombre vs Stanislav the Squeezer vs The Chilean Sea Bass vs Dr. Winston Von Voorhees vs The Belgian Waffler vs The Conquistador vs Thunder Montgomery vs Baron Corbin
(outside referees: John Cone, Dan Engler, Rod Zapata; stipulation: the winner qualifies for the WWE World Cup)

Show/Hide Results

Result: The Conquistador wins
Time: 3:04

Elimination OrderWrestlerEliminated ByTime EliminatedWrestlers Eliminated
1The Belgian WafflerBaron Corbin0:440
2Gregor "The Sickle" ValkanBaron Corbin0:490
3Dr. Winston Von VoorheesBaron Corbin1:060
4El Hombre Sin NombreBaron Corbin1:100
5The Chilean Sea BassBaron Corbin1:190
6The Sultan of ShawarmaBaron Corbin1:250
7Stanislav The SqueezerBaron Corbin1:300
8Thunder MontgomeryBaron Corbin1:500
9Baron CorbinThe Conquistador3:048
10The ConquistadorWinner!1

Match Thoughts
This was goofy, of course. It was pretty fun though.

 

Ring Area
After the match, The Conquistador celebrates. He walks over and stares at Baron Corbin out on the floor as he removes his mask. The Conquistador is Kurt Angle.

Backstage
Charly Caruso congratulates Kurt Angle in his win and welcomes him back. Angle says he is technically still on vacation, then he walks out of the building.

 

Match 5
Ember Moon vs Nia Jax
(referee: John Cone)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Ember Moon wins via count out
Time: 2:59

Match Thoughts
This was very short. Had it been longer I think it could have been good. Instead, it just felt incomplete given how it ended. Jax running into the LED board on the ring apron looked pretty rough though.

 

Ring Area
Trish Stratus heads to the ring. She has come out to the ring so she can respond to Alexa’s “Moment of Bliss” from last week, but Alexa and Mickie James immediately come out to the stage and interrupt Trish. Alexa says no one cares about what Trish has to say. Trish responds by saying Alexa is short and bad at math.

Alexa responds by saying Trish sucked when she was a full-time superstar. If Alexa had been around during that time, Trish would have been living in Alexa’s shadow. Trish invites Alexa to the ring for a fight. Alexa and Mickie head to the ring, but Mickie stops a brawl from happening. Trish tells Mickie to tell Alexa what it feels like to be in the ring with a seven-time champ.

Mickie suggests that she and Alexa team up at Evolution so they can both see what it feels like to fight Trish. Trish says she’d need to find a partner. A partner like Lita. Lita heads to the ring, and a brawl breaks out. Alexa and Mickie escape from the ring before Lita can hit a moonsault.

Selfie Promo
The Shield says they cannot be broken because they are a brotherhood. The story will always be the same when they face Strowman, Ziggler, and McIntyre.

 

Match 6
Chad Gable & Bobby Roode vs The Ascension
(referee: Dan Engler)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Chad Gable pins Viktor with a bridging rolling German suplex
Time: 4:19

Match Thoughts
A pretty good match. I liked it, but they certainly seemed to be protecting Konnor’s recent victories. Viktor wrestled this match pretty much by himself. He did well, but he also got in trouble as the match went along. Also, it seems that Gable’s over-enthusiasm is finally starting to bother Bobby Roode, and I like that.

 

Ring Area
Immediately after the match, the AoP runs down to the ring. Akam and Rezar knock over Konnor as they head into the ring to beat up Gable, Roode, and Viktor. Drake Maverick joins AoP in the ring as they celebrate among the ruin.

Video
Clips of DX doing silly stuff.

Ring Area
Paul Heyman comes out to the stage. He’s here to see the fight between The Shield and Strowman & Friends. He finds it amazing that these same men just fought at SUper Show-Down, flew halfway around the world, and will fight again. But that’s what WWE does.

Brock Lesnar, however, is not even watching the show tonight. When he goes to Crown Jewel, he will have the singular goal of winning the Universal Title. Roman Reigns will have many things on his mind. He will be watching out for his brothers and dealing with many enemies. That’s why Lesnar is going to win.

As Heyman finishes, The Shield heads to the ring through the crowd.

 

Match 7
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (IC Champ) & Roman Reigns (Universal Champ) vs Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre (RAW Tag Champs) & Braun Strowman
(referee: Chad Patton)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Drew McIntyre pins Dean Ambrose after the Claymore Kick
Time: 15:08 (2 breaks)

Match Thoughts
Good match. There was a lot going on within both teams, and that came through in the action. The match got to a point where it was quite chaotic, and that was fun to watch.

 

Ring Area
After the match, Dean Ambrose leaves the ring without Rollins or Reigns. Ambrose walks up the ramp and to the backstage area without looking back as his bothers.

 

Show Impressions
I thought this was pretty good for a RAW. I liked the opening and closing segments, and there were a number of fun moments throughout the show. I can’t really think of anything I didn’t enjoy at least a little, and a lot of it I enjoyed a good amount.

Match of the Night
The Shied vs Strowman & McIntyre & Ziggler
I liked the chaos of this match.

 

Official Results:https://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2018-10-08

 

 

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