Tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw goes head to head with the College Football Playoff National Championship live from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
Seth opened Monday Night Raw brawling with Bobby Lashley. One thing lead to another and a six-man tag match was made. After Seth pinned Dean Ambrose in a very entertaining match to open tonight’s edition of Monday Night Raw, Seth demanded Triple H give him an Intercontinental title match tonight. Triple H gave him just that; a falls count anywhere championship match against Dean Ambrose in tonight’s main event.
Seth attacked Dean early in the match and they took the fight to each other all over the arena. This was a good match and a type of falls count anywhere match that we don’t see very often. Bobby Lashley attacked Rollins as he was about to finish Ambrose off, ultimately costing Seth the match and the Intercontinental championship.
Hulk Hogan returns to honor ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund
Despite what you think about the Hulkster, you cannot fault the man for coming on Monday Night Raw to honor his late friend. ‘Mean’ Gene is synonymous with Hulk Hogan as they have some of the very best promos in pro wrestling history together. After a great tribute package (I’m not crying, you are), Hogan does a very touching promo in character as if he was talking to Gene himself. There was no better man to provide us this tribute.
This segment wasn’t about Hulk Hogan, it was about honoring ‘Mean’ Gene one last time and it was perfect. Rest in peace, ‘Mean’ Gene. The greatest interviewer in the history of pro wrestling; you will be missed.
The Raw Tag Team Championships
The Revival should be champions. They should have won the championships a few weeks ago but they didn’t. The story line doesn’t even make sense either. The heels are getting screwed while the baby face champions get away with these dusty finishes. I get drawing this out to the ppv but at this point I don’t even want to see these teams wrestle again. Roode & Gable are an entertaining tag team but they were given the titles way too fast.
One day the Revival will be on top of the Monday Night Raw tag team division.
One day the Revival will wrestle the Young Bucks and we can all rejoice.
Brock Lesnar returns to Monday Night Raw
Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar finally came face to face on tonight’s edition of Monday Night Raw. Well, sort of. Braun was in the ring and Brock was backstage with Paul Heyman. Brock ended up heading out towards the ring just to turn around and head back up the ramp. Braun declared himself the new Universal champion after the Royal Rumble. This was a pretty weak segment to promote your world title match at one of the biggest shows of the year. Assuming Brock won’t be back on Raw until after the Rumble, there should have been a little bit substance here.
Sasha Banks is the #1 contender for the Raw Woman’s Championship
Sasha defeated Nia Jax via Bank Statement to become the new #1 contender for the Raw Woman’s championship at the Royal Rumble. Finally they are giving Sasha a chance to shine on one of the biggest stages. I fully expect Ronda to retain however, Sasha will no doubt have a good match and look good in defeat.
Overall, this was a decent show. It started out hot with a brawl, a promo and a 6-man tag match. A touching tribute to one of the greatest ever, two title matches and we crowned a new #1 contender to the Raw Woman’s championship. Here’s to a good episode of SmackDown Live tomorrow!