GoHomePWB.com Weekly top ten

RAW managed to keep me a little more interested this week. I’m not saying it was a great show, but it was better than last week. I still think Smackdown Live put on a better show this week. The storylines on Smackdown just make more sense to me. So after a below average RAW and a decent Smackdown, let’s see who made this weeks top ten.

10. Bayley and Sasha

Bayley and Sasha are actually a pretty good tag team. I wish they would do away with the in ring questions hosted by Alexa Bliss though. They went on to have a pretty good match against Alicia Fox and Mickie James picking up the win.

9. Finn Balor

Finn Balor got back on the winning track this week defeating Jinder Mahal. He did however get brutalized by McIntyre before the end of RAW. It would be nice to see Balor go on a run and get back in the main event picture or at least the intercontinental title picture.

8. Sonya Deville

Sonya Deville has cracked the top ten for the first time since I started it. She was able to pin Charlotte last night in a tag match. Granted, it was Asuka and Charlotte as a team which was doomed from the get go. But a pin fall over Charlotte in any fashion is quite a notch on the belt.

7. Randy Orton

A mainstay on the top ten is “The Viper” Randy Orton. He has not lost very many matches this year and last night was no different. Although Samoa Joe was able to distract Ortons opponent, Jeff Hardy, he was able to get a fairly clean win against him.

6. Jey Uso

The match of the week for me was the triple threat match between Jey Uso, Cesaro and Xavier Woods. A really good match that I wish had gone about five to seven minutes longer, if I am being picky. I look for the triple threat tag match at TLC to be a show stealer. The Uso’s are on a roll lately and I wouldn’t mind seeing them take the titles at the pay per view.

5. Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey had a pretty good night Monday night. Even though she is not my favorite, I can’t deny the improvements I am seeing from her. She had a new climbing kick she used Monday night that looked incredible. She and Ember Moon were able to get the win over Tamina and Nia Jax. Giving her the momentum headed into TLC’s title defense.

4. Dean Ambrose

Dean Ambrose as a heel is amazing. He’s easy to hate and the gas mask is a very clever way to get heat from any crowd. He continues to get the better of Seth Rollins every week, which leads me to think Rollins will win at TLC, but that’s for next week. The sky is the limit for a heel Ambrose.

3. AJ Styles

AJ Styles picked up a rebound win against The Miz last night. Although he did take a beating from Daniel Bryan after the match ended. This feud is heating up and I like the direction it is headed. AJ will probably get a little revenge next week.

2. Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler has been around forever and he’s been putting guys over forever. I thought that was going to be the case last night when he went one on one with his former friend Drew McIntyre. Until last night McIntyre had never been pinned or submitted since coming to RAW. Ziggler was able to get the job done earning him a runner up spot on the top ten this week.

1. Daniel Bryan

The NEW Daniel Bryan is a strange one. The NEW Daniel Bryan is also a dangerous one. He not only gave a great promo during Miz TV, he went on to put quite a heel beat down on AJ Styles. The WWE champion has a new persona and I think it’s here to stay. I can’t wait to see the Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles feud play out.

That’s it for this weeks top ten. A couple new entrants and some old favorites. TLC is really starting to take shape and I think we are pulling out of the driveway onto the road to Wrestlemania.

Dolph Ziggler

First off, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and friends. I am finishing up my series on my all time favorite wrestlers. In late September I started my first blog about my first favorite wrestler Brian Pillman. After Pillman, it was Lex Luger, Ultimate Warrior, Crush, The Rock and Edge. Now that brings me to my current favorite wrestler, Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler first came to WWE as a caddy for Kerwin White aka Chavo Guerrero. He then resurfaced as a member of the Spirit Squad. After the run with the Spirit Squad he went back to developmental and was repackaged. I want to say it was a round 2007, 2008 when he showed up as Dolph Ziggler.

I can vividly remember when he first came to WWE as Ziggler he would walk around introducing himself. “I’m Dolph Ziggler”. I want to say he picked up his first win against Batista via count out. A win is a win, and a win over Batista in one of his first matches is quite impressive.

When he started I immediately liked his in ring style. His offense was good, but it was the selling he did that I thought was very Shawn Michaels like, and I loved that. Nobody was selling like he was and it started to get noticed. His character was always the sleaze ball, better than you, ladies man type. The best way to describe his character is a mixture of Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and Rick Rude.

He made a great heel and when Edge was no longer the “love interest” of Vickie Guerrero, Dolph Ziggler was next. Vickie help catapult Ziggler into the main event picture. He was becoming one of the best heels in the business. Then something happened. He started gaining and earning respect from the fans.

April of 2011 my favorite wrestler at the time was Edge. He was forced to retire due to injury, and even though I was sad to see Edge go, I knew Ziggler was the wrestler I would be rooting for next. And once I started rooting for Ziggler, I noticed I wasn’t the only one. By late 2012 early 2013, I would say he was getting more cheers than boos on a regular basis.

Then, in 2013 the night after Wrestlemania, something amazing happened. It was one of the most memorable moments in WWE history. Dolph Ziggler had won Money in the Bank the year prior and cashed in on Alberto Del Rio. When he won the title that night, that was the loudest I have ever heard the WWE universe.

From that night on Ziggler went on to begin a baby face turn. The next pay per view he put his newly won World title on the line against Del Rio in a rematch and then the turn was official. It was a double turn that night as Alberto who as supposed to be a fan favorite, beat Ziggler in ruthless fashion. Using short cuts and cheap shots, Del Rio was able to regain the World title.

The next night Monday night RAW was in Grand Rapids, Michigan and yours truly was in attendance that night. Del Rio started the show and immediately turned on the fans. Ziggler would come out towards the end of the night and attack Del Rio. Ziggler was on his way to becoming one of the most popular guys on the roster.

A little side note about RAW from Grand Rapids that night. That was the night. Mark Henry gave his infamous fake retirement speech. I can tell you first hand, that man had everyone in that arena fooled that night. If someone tells you that they knew it was a rouse, they’re lying to you.

Back to Ziggler who is now a good guy and embracing his new role. He went on to have some feuds with some of the top heels, but was starting to lose… a lot. So much so that it was becoming predictable. Although Ziggler could have you interested in any match he was having, you knew he was going to lose.

For what seemed like years, he was putting anybody and everybody over. New guys from NXT, old vets and even jobbers who Ziggler should have easily beat we’re getting victories over him. You could see Ziggler was starting to get frustrated and I think he was close to leaving WWE on a couple of occasions.

It wasn’t until the brand split that Ziggler got somewhat of a reboot. He started to win matches and even went on to wrestle Dean Ambrose for the WWE title at Summerslam 2016. But it was a feud later that year with The Miz that really helped Ziggler get over the losing slump he had been on.

Ziggler and Miz had a several pay per view rivalry and it was also during the feud that Ziggler gave one of, if not the best promo of his career. Ziggler had multiple chances to win the intercontinental championship from The Miz and was unsuccessful. It was a Smackdown from Cleveland, Ohio when Ziggler asked for one more chance at the title. He said if he didn’t win he would leave WWE. Ziggler was emotional that night and you could tell the guy legitimately loves wrestling. I believe the promo he gave that night was from his heart. The career on the line angle was storyline, but the words he used that night had to be his own.

Ziggler went on to win the title and save his career at Backlash, only to lose the title back to The Miz a few weeks later. Ziggler started losing on a regular basis again. This led to a frustrating heel turn. He would spend most of 2017 as an irrelevant heel until the end of that year.

Ziggler was placed in a United States Championship match at TLC that year and won the title. The following Smackdown he came to the ring to celebrate and in a shocking move, relinquished the title and walked out of WWE. I think there was some serious thoughts of leaving WWE at this point.

No one had heard anything from Ziggler until he was the 30th entrant in the 2018 Royal Rumble. Although he didn’t stay in the match long, I was relieved that he was back. I would later learn that he signed a multi year, multi million dollar deal with the WWE.

2018 has been one of the best years in Ziggler’s career. He left Smackdown for RAW and aligned himself with Drew McIntyre and has been in the main event picture all most all year long. He had an amazing rivalry with Seth Rollins over the summer. The two of them put on some classic matches including an iron man match.

He also won the RAW tag team championship with Drew McIntyre and has had some of the best matches of his career. Earlier this month he was in the World Cup tournament and should have won it, but Shane McMahon foiled those plans. Still he picked up wins against hall of famer Kurt Angle and Seth Rollins in the same night.

I feel like Ziggler is entering a cool down phase of his career very soon. It will be within the next few months that he and McIntyre are split. I would be ok to see Ziggler do one more face run before he calls it a day in wrestling. I think he could incorporate his comedy into his character and be a huge fan favorite again.

I will always be a fan of Ziggler the wrestler. But he is growing on me as a comedian too. I love that he is an Ohio guy and that he in some fashion pays homage to his hometown of Cleveland. Here’s hoping we get several more years of Ziggler in the WWE.

I hope you have enjoyed the favorite wrestler series. All seven wrestlers on this list have impacted me in some way. Thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com and be sure to check us out on Wednesday for the weekly top ten.

Crown Jewel Review

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Crown Jewel took place from Saudi Arabia, much to the shagrin of a lot of fans.  I was able to watch it live at the noon start time.  Most of my predictions went as planned but I was unpleasantly surprised with the world cup.  Another controversial figure is the Babe Ruth of WWE, Hulk Hogan.  I don’t care for his choice of words a few years ago, but I will admit it was great to see the Hulkster in a WWE ring.

U.S. Title Defense

In the kick off show, Rusev went one on one with Shinsuke Nakamura.  I didn’t even know this match was going to be on the kickoff show, so I didn’t make a prediction on it.  But had I known, I would have predicted correctly.  A great match though, that went back and forth. And for a second, I thought Rusev may win this.  But in typical heel Nakamura style he connected with a low blow, followed by a kinshasa to win the match.  I wouldn’t mind seeing these two go into a rivalry after survivor series.

World Cup Tournament

The world cup tournament was actually something I was looking forward to.  I don’t think many fans expected the outcome, much like myself, but we were able to see some great matches.

The first match of the tournament was Randy Orton vs Rey Mysterio.  After Shane McMahon said on Smackdown Live last week that if the winner of the Smackdown side losses in the finals they will be fired, I thought for sure Randy Orton would win the tournament.  Orton and Rey had a good match that ended with a surprise roll up pin by Mysterio.  Immediatly my pick was eliminated from the tournament, but he didn’t leave without doing some damage.  He beat up on Rey, weakening him for his second round match.

gohomepwb.com pick: Randy Orton  Winner: Rey Mysterio (PPV prediction record (11-7)

The second match of the tournament was Jeff Hardy vs The Miz.  A pretty good match with The Miz picking up the victory, clean…yes clean.  I was right in the injury angle but I was wrong on the matches and participants.  I expected Hardy to win, and then be beat up, but it happened to Mysterio in the prior match.  Nonetheless The Miz won the match, and took a nasty kick to the throat that caused his voice to be strained.

gohomepwb.com pick: Jeff Hardy  Winner: The Miz (PPV prediction record 11-8)

Now we go to the RAW side of the tournament.  The first match was Seth Rollins vs Bobby Lashley.  This match was much like the Lashley, Finn Balor matches on Raw, Lashley dominates, but ends up losing in the end.  What shocked me was how he lost.  A curb stomp finsher to Lashley and a clean win for Rollins.  This puts Lashley on a little bit of a losing streak, but I think he will rebound in a big way on RAW Monday night.  I did expect Rollins to win however, just not with a clean finish.

gohomepwb.com pick: Seth Rollins  Winner: Seth Rollins (PPV prediction record 12-8)

The last first round match was Kurt Angle vs Dolph Ziggler.  Ziggler and Angle put on a really good match, but I had a feeling that Ziggler would win this match.  Probably most people would think this would be an upset, as most of us expect Ziggler to be enhancement talent again soon.  I certainly hope not, he is a great heel especially with his insurance policy Drew McIntyre.  As predicted Ziggler picked up the win with a clean finish.

gohomepwb.com pick: Dolph Ziggler Winner: Dolph Ziggler (PPV prediction record 13-8)

The finals of the Smackdown side was The Miz vs the injured Rey Mysterio.  I really expected Rey to win this, but I was wrong.  The Miz picked up a clean win against Mysterio putting him in the finals of the World Cup tournament.

gohomepwb.com pick: Randy Orton  Winner: The Miz (PPV prediction record 13-9)

The finals of the RAW side was once again a match between Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler.  I could watch these two wrestle every night.  This was the best match of the night in my opinion.  A classic Rollins, Ziggler match with a lot of false finishes.  I picked Seth Rollins to win this match and after The Miz won his match, I fully expected to see him win.  However, as many of you know by now, I am a Ziggler guy and was pulling for him to win the match.  And after a back and forth match, and a slight involvement from Drew McIntyre, Ziggler was able to hit his superkick and get the win putting him in the finals.

gohomepwb.com pick: Seth Rollins  Winner: Dolph Ziggler (PPV prediction record 13-10)

The World Cup finals, The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler.  What a swerve we got in this one.  Shane McMahon and Baron Corbin were at ringside for the finals match.  The match started out with Drew McIntyre being kicked out of the ringside area, then The Miz playing the part as the heel, in the heel vs heel match, attached Ziggler from behind.  Ziggler was thrown out of the ring, and when The Miz jumped down from the ring apron fell to the ground clutching his leg.  As we would find out this was kayfabe, but bravo to The Miz, for selling this like nothing I have ever seen.  I, along with just about everyone else thought this was a legitimate injury.  Ziggler was back in the ring and the referee was going to award him the match, when Shane McMahon said that he was filling in for The Miz…so, enter McMahon.  A very fresh McMahon went after the surprised Dolph Ziggler and beat him up pretty quick.  McMahon hit a slingshot into the turnbuckles, and then a patent coast to coast finisher to beat Ziggler and be crowned the best in the world.

It will be interesting to see how this story goes, it looked to me as if Shane McMahon may be turning heel soon.  The way he acted after beating a worn out Ziggler was very Daniel Bryanesk at the start of the YES! chants.  I also believe this will catapault Ziggler into a Universal title picture soon.  He put on a great show at Crown Jewel.  I was not crazy about the finish to the World Cup tournament.  I think they kind of made a mockery of it having Shane come in at the last minute to win it.  But like I said, I believe this is the start of a heel turn for Shane.

gohomepwb.com pick:  Randy Orton  Winner: Shane McMahon (PPV prediction record 13-11)

The Bar Retain

The Bar took on the NEW DAY! in a Smackdown Live tag team title match.  The match was ok, put probably the one that people will most forget about when they think of the show.  The match was stiff and quick and ended as predicted with interfernce from the Big Show when he punched Big E.  The Bar was able to win the match and retain their tag team championship.  I hope that the Uso’s are next in line for a title shot.

gohomepwb.com pick: The Bar  Winner: The Bar (PPV prediction record 14-11)

AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe one more time

In an almost impromptu match, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles renewed their rivalry for about 10 minutes. The match was probably not their best and AJ Styles won clean with a phenomenal forearm. Now that he has beaten Joe by every possible scenario, it’s safe to say this rivalry will be put on the shelf. I look for Orton to be in the title picture after Survivor Series. So a very predictable match and a very predictable finish.

gohomepwb.com: AJ Styles Winner: AJ Styles (PPV prediction record 15-11)

A New Universal Champion Crowned

Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman went one on one for the vacant Universal championship. Before the match started Baron Corbin hit Strowman in the back of the head with the championship. Lesnar went on to hit about 6 F5’s to beat Strowman and become the first ever two time universal champion. His is what I hoped and picked would happen. Strowman needs to rejuvenate his baby face momentum. I think Lesnar and AJ will have a great match at Survivor Series and then we will see Strowman chase Lesnar for the Universal championship until Wrestlemania.

gohomepwb.com pick: Brock Lesnar Winner: Brock Lesnar (PPV prediction record 16-11)

An attitude era Main Event

Triple H and Shawn Michaels, together known as DX took on the team of Kane and the Undertaker. This match was mostly controlled by Kane and the Undertaker. Triple H was choked slammed through a table, so HBK was by himself for most of the match. Which I believe was the plan, so that we could see all the classic HBK moves. We were not disappointed either, as we saw everything he could offer. Including a moonsault from the top rope to the floor. It looked as though HBK landed on his face, but hit the move nonetheless. The match ended shortly after that with some sweet chin music and a pedigree on Kane for a DX pin fall win. I called the finish to a tee, as I fully expected Kane to take the L in the match.

gohomepwb.com pick: DX Winner: DX (PPV prediction record 17-11)

Outside of the World Cup tournament, this was a pretty predictable show. I can only imagine how happy the WWE is to have this trip over with. I kind of hope that they are done with the overseas pay per views for a while. I like the traditional ones and we are getting close to the road to Wrestlemania already. I look for a good Survivor Series and then we will start to see a couple Wrestlemania angles take shape.

It will be interesting to see what happens on RAW tonight with the crowning of a new Universal champion. Also, it will be interesting to see if Ziggler gets into an angle with Shane McMahon for a Survivor Series elimination tag match. Thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com.

GoHomePWB.com Weekly WWE Top Ten

There are a lot of honorable mentions this week, especially with Smackdown Live airing episode one thousand.  But after much thought I have narrowed it down to ten.  Five from RAW and five from Smackdown Live.  So let’s get to it.

10. Drew McIntyre

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Although McIntyre lost his World Cup qualifier match, he showed us a lot at the close of the show Monday night when he knocked the monster among men off his feet with the Claiborne kick.  He is going to be a player for the Universal title very soon.

9. Braun Strowman

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It would appear as if Braun Strowman is done with Ziggler and McIntyre after he put Ziggler in his finisher Monday night.  I think we all knew it was a matter of time before this faction split.  It would better suite WWE to have Strowman as a babyface.  But if he does turn face again, don’t expect him to win the Universal title until Wrestlemania.  But at least we get the real Braun Strowman back.

8. Edge

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That’s right, go ahead and hate on it, but I have Edge at number eight.  The guy looks great and I think if it wasn’t for his neck injury he could still go.  He still has great mic skills and I think if Edge wanted to the WWE could use him in a GM role.  I don’t think that will happen, but one could hope.  So because Edge is one of my all time favorites, he made the list!

7. Dolph Ziggler

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Dolph Ziggler comes in at number seven this week.  He won his World Cup qualifier match against Dean Ambrose and then went on to wrestle again in the main event of RAW.  Not only did he take a triple powerbomb from The Shield, he also took a running powerslam from Strowman.  So perhaps it’s a pity ranking, but nonetheless he is number seven this week.

6. Seth Rollins

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Number six this week is the Intercontental champion Seth Rollins.  He was able to beat Drew McIntyre to qualify for the World Cup tournament at Crown Jewel, all be it by a count out.  A singles win against McIntyre in any capacity is huge right now.  He then went on to wrestle for a second time in the Main Event of RAW where he was on the winning side of the six man tag between The Shield and Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre.  I would anticipate Rollins making a decent run in the World Cup tournament.

5. The Uso’s

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The Uso’s out of nowhere picked up a big win against WWE champion AJ Styles and number one contender for the WWE title, Daniel Bryan.  Granted Styles and Bryan are not a tag team, but together you could assume they are a force to be reckoned with.  However, they were no match for the tag team specialists Jey and Jimmy Uso.

4. Becky Lynch

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Becky Lynch has been a mainstay on the weekly top ten since I started it a few weeks ago.  She continues to impress week after week and is a deserving champion.  Although no match this week, she was able to bury WWE Hall of Famer Edge verbally on Smackdown Live one thousand.  Her mic work, attitude and new look is very popular amongst the WWE Universe and I have to admit, I am a mark for Becky as well.

3. Rhonda Rousey

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Not to be out done on the mic by the blue brands womens champion, is RAW womens champion Rhonda Rousey.  Her mic work on Monday night was amazing!  The Bella twins were put in there place by Rousey.  Rousey is doing much better in the ring than I expected, but her mic work always made me nervous for her.  Monday night she killed it and that’s why she is number three this week.

2. The Bar

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The Bar is quietly becoming one of the most decorated tag teams of all time.  On Tuesday night they became five time tag team champions.  Granted with the help of the Big Show, which leaves me curious as to his role with the team.  Cesaro even took a nasty bump that looked as if it knocked him out briefly, or it was just a great sell.  But congratulations to The Bar!  New Smackdown tag team champions.

1. Rey Mysterio

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The return of Rey Mysterio was a successful one.  He was able to beat U.S. champion Shinsuke Nakamura on Tuesday night to secure the last spot in the World Cup tournament.  Rey Mysterio looks better now than he did five or ten years ago.  Hopefully he has a great run with the WWE, and stays healthy.

That’s my top ten for this week.  Let me know what you think by liking or commenting on this blog.  As always thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com

RAW Review

Another Monday night RAW is in the books, and another “meh” from me.  It could be that I am a little spoiled being a product of the attitude era, but it feels like RAW is getting hard to sit through anymore.  This is coming from a Dolph Ziggler fan, and Ziggler is featured several times throughout the show.  There is nothing must see on Raw in my opinion.  I don’t care about the shield, and I don’t think anyone really thought Dean was going to turn on his brothers at the end of the show.  The show lacks creativity in my opinion.  WWE is relentless on getting Roman Reigns over as a face.  Why don’t they just turn the guy heel?  I’m sure he would love to give the fans a piece of his mind.  The hatred for Roman is that of Rocky Miavia before he transformed into The Rock.  Reigns needs a heel run!  The fans want to boo him, so let’s do it WWE!  I would love to see Roman do an angle where he turns on his Shield brothers.  I can see the Shield have a good run until the Survivor Series, then Roman can turn on the other two.  Possibly setting up a triple threat between them for the Universal title at Mania.  I would love to see something like that.  But, that’s for another day, so lets jump into to RAW.

img_0146Raw started of as predictable as ever.  I knew it would be either the Shield, or Dolph, Drew and Strowman starting off the show.  They did an ok job of trying to get us to believe that Ambrose may turn at the end of the night, but let’s be honest, it wasn’t going to happen.  They went back and forth verbally, hyping the 6-man tag for Australia.  I am having a hard time getting into this angle.  Honestly fast forwarding through most of the segment.  The Shield is a heel faction, that’s when they were at their best, and I personally am not invested in them as a face team.  So maybe, just maybe, the matches would catch my attention…but it didn’t start out that way.

The first match of the night was Finn Balor with Bayley vs Jinder Mahal with Sanil Singh and Alicia Fox.  The women were involved because they are the mixed matched challenge partners.  I am not a fan of Jinder Mahal, a great heel!  I just don’t buy into him as legitimate.  Even his WWE title run last year, was lackluster in my opinion.  But good for him for turning his career around!  Finn Balor should have won this match quick and clean.  But instead it went back and forth and he won by a school boy pin after a distraction.  Finn Balor is very underutilized.  They just don’t have anything for him.  I would like to see him go to Smackdown Live and challenge for the WWE title.

And back to the mixed matched challenge for a second.  Does anyone really watch it?  Did anyone watch it the first time?  Personally not a fan, but if it gets ratings then good for them.

Brie Bella knocks out Liv Morgan

The second match of the night was The Riot Squad vs The Bella Twins and Natalya.  The match was pretty good.  But a scary moment took place in the match when Brie Bella was performing the yes kicks on Liv Morgan, and accidentally kicked her in the face.

As you can see in the clip, Morgan was legitimately injured in the match.  You hate to see something like that, but it is part of the business.  I am not sure who, if either competitor is at fault.  I feel like Brie has struggled in her return to the ring.  She botched a suicide dive twice in one match a couple of weeks ago, and now the kicks…kicks… plural, to the face of Liv Morgan makes me wonder if she should have knocked a little more “rust” off before returning.  The match went on with Liv actually getting back in the ring to take a 6 woman suplex, but during the commercial break she was taken back stage for evaluation.  Hopefully there were no serious injuries and we see Liv back soon!  The match continued with Ruby Riot hitting her finisher on Natalya for the win.  The match was good, but was overshadowed by the botched yes kicks.

The Ascensions victory music hits??

Yes, you read that right!  Konnor of the Ascension picked up a victory over Chad Gable last night.  The match was quick and honestly not that great.  I don’t like the current character of Chad Gable.  It comes off as childish and it’s a waste of not only his, but Bobby Roode’s time in my opinion.  Roode appears to be forced into this situation, and if I had to guess, I would say Gable is probably not enjoying it either.  If you recall when Jason Jordan went to RAW to be Kurt Angle’s son, Gable was being pushed on Smackdown as a legit singles competitor.  He was putting on great matches, even challenging for the US title.  Roode and Gable are the direct result of poor writing on RAW.  One could only hope that this team is short-lived and the end up wrestling each other.  I would rather see that opposed to them being a tag team.

HHH

Just how great is Triple H?  Not only is he one of the best wrestlers of all time, but as an executive he is killing it!  NXT!  Need I say more?  Triple H was just getting into a limousine last night and had a 30 second promo that buried the Undertaker.  Yes, pun intended.  If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out.  I think the guy is arguably one of the top 3 heels of all time!

Speaking of great heels, how about Dolph and Drew right now?  I know I am supposed to not like these guys, but as a long time Dolph Ziggler fan, it’s good to see him getting some love from the WWE.  Dolph and Drew put their RAW tag team titles on the line last night against The Revival, in a match that stole the show.  Great back and forth between the teams, before Dolph and Drew picked up a well-earned victory.  It was during this match that we heard “this is awesome” from the crowd for the first and the only time if I recall correctly.  I think we can all agree that at some point Dolph and Drew will split up with Drew going on to the Universal title picture.  But, until then I am enjoying seeing these guys tear it up.  And I don’t want to see them split too soon.  I think the longer they are together, the stronger Drew looks.  At the same time, I like traditional tag teams as champions.  The revival, A.O.P., B-Team, Breezango to name a few.  I am not a fan of two guys joining forces and taking over.  I like those teams that have a team name and “specialize” in tag team wrestling.  Smackdown does a great job of keeping the title’s on teams that are traditional tag teams, like the New Day, the Uso’s, The Bludgeon Brothers.  But none the less, a great match between Dolph, Drew and The revival.

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Lashley picks up a win in his hometown

For the first time since the night after Wrestlemania, Bobby Lashley received a huge ovation.  Granted it was from his hometown, but it’s good to hear since he was the biggest free agent to come straight to the WWE main roster since AJ Styles.  Lashley and Elias battled in an ok match that seemed to focus more on Kevin Owens and Lio Rush.  Lashley picked up the win by DQ, when Owens “inadvertently” ran into Lashley while chasing Rush around the ring.  I think the winner of the match was actually Elias.  This guy has main event written all over him.  He is great on the mic, looks great and awesome in the ring.  I would like to see him get more ring time and possibly go after the Intercontinental title.  I know Lio Rush is supposed to be the hype man for Lashley, but Elias was a better hype man for Owens.  Elias has gotten the better of Lio on the mic two weeks in a row now.  Elias could reach rock star popularity if the WWE were to ever turn him face.  But this is one time I say, don’t rush the turn.

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It was also mentioned last night that John Cena will return in two weeks to team with Bobby Lashley to face Elias and Kevin Owens in Australia.  We haven’t seen Cena since the Greatest Royal Rumble.  Rumor has it Cena is looking jacked.  I honestly can’t believe I am saying this, but I think RAW could use a John Cena boost right now.  So let me be the first to start a “We  Want Cena” chant!

Nia Jax vs Alicia Fox

You already know who won.  Not much to say about this match, it was quick and painless to watch.

A.O.P. makes their Main Event debut on RAW

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A.O.P. with Drake Maverick joined Baron Corbin in the main event last night to take on the Shield.  Dolph, Drew and Braun Strowman watched the match from the entrance ramp.  The match itself was ok, with the Shield picking up the win.  It is nice to see A.O.P. getting some love finally.  I was concerned they were headed for Ascension status when they first joined RAW. Adding Drake Maverick was a bit of a surprise.  I think Maverick looks strange next to those guys.  It’s a weird selection for manager.   I would have rather seen the WWE bring back a veteran big man to manage them.  Some one like Animal of the Legion of Doom/Road Warriors or Faarooq.  But Maverick is getting the job done.

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The story of the match was, will Dean Ambrose turn on the Shield?  I think everyone knew it wasn’t going to happen, but that was the story that was pushed.  I mentioned before that if anyone of the Shield members turns, please… please let it be Reigns.  Dean Amborse looks great since returning.  He looks more muscular and his new hairstyle makes him look less high school badass and more Stone Cold badass.  I mentioned that I am not a fan of the Shield as a face team.  Either turn the entire team or turn Reigns.  I would be more interested at that point.

If I had to grade RAW I would say D+.  The highlights were the RAW tag title match and unfortunately the Brie and Liv Morgan botch.  When a botch is the thing you remember most from the show, that’s a problem.  I don’t know what it is about RAW lately, but I just can’t seem to get interested in it.  How do you feel about it?  Let me know.  I would also be interested to hear your thoughts on what would make RAW easier to watch.

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