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The Raw Truth (Prelude to SummerSlam2018)

RAW had quite a few surprises for August 13th show, leading up to Sunday’s SummerSlam PPV.

At first, it looked as though WWE was going to mishandle the tragic loss of The Anvil, Jim Neidhart. However, they put together a nice video tribute toward the end of the show. Ill timed, but well done nonetheless. You can read more about the life of “The Anvil.”

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Renee Young made history as the first woman ever to call an entire episode of Monday Night Raw. She is good at her job and offers a refreshing departure from the normal banter. As always, there are many reasons why things are done in WWE. According to HHH, Renee has “earned” it. In addition to that, I am sure other things were factored in.

The segment with Alexa Bliss hiring a security team was humorous, but, the outcome predictable. Rousey wound up laying waste to the group and standing alone in the ring. We get it. Rousey is a bad seed and is to be feared. The psychological versus the physical is a nice gimmick, but we all know Rousey would kill Bliss in the real world.

As I have mentioned many times, Rousey has the look and attitude to turn heel and I think that’s where she needs to be.

Strowman and Balor defeated Owens and Mahal. I understand the placement of this match prior to SummerSlam, but, it was awful to watch. Mahal is a train wreck in the ring and among the most boring talents I have seen in a while. While I am glad his “push” has waivered, he does not belong on main card.

Ricky Roberts hit Lashley with a guitar. Unfortunately, not hard enough to send him back to Impact Wrestling!

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The B-Team are still RAW Tag Team Champions. Don’t know what to say here. It’s sports entertainment at it’s low point. I will say both Axel and Dallas have “paid their dues” but it’s sad that their legacies (Hennig, Rotunda, Mulligan) are tarnished by a sideshow creative approach.

Heyman and Lesnar got one over on Reigns. After a faux plea in the ring from Heyman to join forces with Reigns, Heyman sprayed “mace” in the eyes of Reigns, blinding him and leaving him defenseless. Lesnar’s music hits and the beatdown ensues. Candidly, these feud lost it’s shine after their first match. Now, it’s either in need of a dramtic twist (Heyman turning on Lesnar) or it needs to end at SummerSlam. I choose the latter.

It was nice to see Ruby Riott back! She won a nice one over Sasha Banks. I like The Riott Squad. Nice, comic book creative and some decent talent too.

The leaked return of Dean Ambrose still was a nice surprise. Dean has a new haircut and looks jacked! He will be in Rollins corner to “watch” McIntyre, who will be in Ziggler’s corner. Not sure about this one? This has all the makings of a heel turn for Dean. We shall see.

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The final card seems to be set, pending SmackDown.

AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

Brock Lenar vs. Roman Reigns

Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey

Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins

Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy

Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens

Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day

B Team vs. Revival

Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin

Cedric Alexander vs. Drew Gulak (Kickoff Show)

Andrade Cien Almas/Zelina Vega vs. Rusev/Lana (Kickoff Show)

Bobby Lashley vs. Elias

Banks/Bayley vs. Riott Squad

Big card! But, some big names missing.

Asuka, Bobby Roode, Nia Jax, Seamus, Cesaro and The Usos…..

Enjoy SummerSlam 2018~



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