I didn’t just like the shut of Elimination Chamber. After cooling down, I considered what the profit was to having Lashley on the market serving to Miz. It was positively to get Lashley a title match.
As it seems, that’s precisely what the plan was. Good! Lashley’s been tremendous protected for months and he truthfully deserves a title match. He truthfully deserves to be champion.
They began with that on this present, aaaaand then shenanigans and bait and swap galore. Braun Strowman must be concerned, Shane McMahon must be concerned, and now Bobby has to combat to get what he’s owed.
Oh and now Bobby will face Miz subsequent week. Only drawback is – that is wrestling. You know what’s taking place subsequent week. More bait and swap! Someone’s interfering. They have to tug it out and lengthen it to Fastlane.
So if you wish to have the match at Fastlane, simply… announce it for Fastlane. But what is going to they do in the event that they don’t do bait and swap, interferences, and disqualifications? That’s simply the simple and lazy manner of doing it. Bleh.
Let’s get to the principle hits and misses of this present. For a full rundown of Raw, try the stay weblog by Rev. Claire Elizabeth!

Bobby Lashley is MY WWE Champion
WWE Champion Miz got here out to start out Raw.
He talked about how individuals thought he could be fired inside three months in WWE 16 years in the past. Name dropped Batista, Cena, Rock, and Bobby Lashley as lower than his longevity. Then MVP and Lashley got here out and MVP talked about the deal they lower final night time. Miz tried weaseling his manner out of it and Lashley gave him an hour to make his determination.
This was simply Bobby Lashley’s finest promo since returning to WWE. To be trustworthy, I’d completely watch the “How Lashley despatched me to the Emergency Room” actuality present. Did you SEE that swimsuit? My God, y’all. As quickly as he walked out I mentioned “that’s MY WWE Champion!” Dude regarded unimaginable. Miz performed his position nicely right here. I truly was not aggravated by him, and I didn’t thoughts the promo.
By the best way, Miz’s “facet plates” have been the generic WWE facet plates that include the principle titles simply reversed to appear to be M’s. That’s fairly good.
Then it was time for Miz to disclose his determination, to which he simply determined he wanted extra time. Lashley didn’t like that, however neither did Braun Strowman as a result of he determined to return out. He tried to robust arm Adam Pearce right into a title match for himself, however then Shane McMahon got here out and mentioned that if he beats Lashley later, he’ll get added to the title match subsequent week.
Lashley and Strowman hossed it up and beat the crap out of one another. Lashley tried to get the Hurt Lock in however couldn’t because of ya know… It’s Strowman. Strowman was capable of get Lashley within the powerslam and Lashley kicked out. Lashley speared Strowman and received. Miz tried to assault and acquired chokeslammed and speared for his troubles.
A fantastic and dominant efficiency by Lashley, and I already know what’s taking place subsequent week. As an evil wealthy bastard would say, there’s “no probability in hell” Lashley is strolling out subsequent week with the title. He doesn’t have Braun within the match, however that doesn’t imply Braun received’t be there! Also, Drew was nowhere this week so you’ll be able to guess he’ll seemingly present up subsequent week as nicely.
This is predictable, and never the great sort.

The biggest pairing in trendy historical past
Bad Bunny and Damian Priest have been backstage and Priest noticed Truth in a nook with a referee.
Truth tried enjoying it off, after which mentioned “my unhealthy, Bunny” which made me howl. The funniest I’ve felt Truth had been in months.
Priest clotheslined Garza and acquired a close to fall instantly. Garza ripped off his pants and threw them at Bunny. How dare he. Garza drop kicked Priest within the face and began taunting Bad Bunny.
Garza was sporting Priest down, however he regarded like he was nearly having fun with the ache along with his facial features. But my God is he vicious when he’s indignant. I believed the match was going to be over fairly fast, however they have been organising a Garza/Bunny face-off and never of the Travolta/Cage sort. Priest took benefit of the distraction and acquired the victory.
Then some 24/7 acquainted faces ran all the way down to the ring and Priest took out two of them, whereas Bunny threw Gulak excessive rope.
Yeah, I don’t need Bad Bunny off my tv display screen any time quickly. The 24/7 title is at its most prestigious, and doubtless won’t ever attain this standing once more when it will definitely comes off the star.
Unless like… I don’t know Beyonce or Taylor Swift are available in and wins it.

Is Randy Orton okay?
Look this was a wild promo the place Orton was simply speaking about being distracted.
Not distracted by The Fiend, no, distracted by Alexa Bliss. Orton threw to a video package deal of Bliss in her Fiend revival from final week.
And then the blood got here.
What made this epic was truly the announcers response after they lower to ringside. HOWLED, y’all. That shit was hilarious.

The Rest
Riddle defeated John Morrison
Morrison went for a standing capturing star press, and Riddle ducked it for a triangle submission. Gut wrench suplex to Riddle couldn’t put him away. Morrison had this nasty submission however then they spilled outdoors and Morrison’s knee regarded prefer it gave out. Riddle suplexed Morrison on the toughest a part of the ring. Riddle has nice sprints in his matches the place each motion issues. Morrison’s Spanish Fly acquired him a close to fall, however he fell to a Bro Derek. Morrison and Riddle have nice ring chemistry with one another.
New Day defeated RETRIBUTION
T-Bar began off with Woods and Woods didn’t get a lot offense. Mace and Kingston took cost and had the identical outcome. Mace and T-Bar double chokeslammed Kingston, after which Ali tried to get them to do it once more however he hit Trouble in Paradise on each males and acquired the pin on T-Bar. Ali acquired the mic after and berated the group for failing him time and time once more. Interested to see the place this goes. To be trustworthy I wouldn’t thoughts Ali dropping certainly one of extra of those members and recruited one or two new ones?
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler defeated Charlotte Flair and Asuka
Asuka began with Baszler and you would simply see Flair of their nook completely out of it. They have been capable of double staff the champions and it began to appear to be she was snapping out of it. Baszler was torturing Asuka twisting her arm and Jax continued the hurting. Flair lastly acquired tagged in once more and acquired some offense in on each girls. They have been capable of isolate Charlotte however she fought again and Charlotte had a determine 4 on Baszler damaged up by Jax. Flair tagged Asuka and cleared home however shenanigans ensued. Asuka acquired kicked within the head by Flair and misplaced the match. I believed Charlotte was lastly turning on her “buddy” however they’re teasing Asuka turning. No please.
Charlotte noticed her father backstage they usually did severe harm management on that complete factor by making it clear Ric just isn’t the daddy and he was simply doing Ric Flair issues final week. He mentioned he wished to raise the ladies’s division by being behind the Raw girls’s title image and Charlotte had an honest promo telling him to go residence and that she needs to be on her personal.
AJ Styles defeated Ricochet
Ricochet was lit on fireplace to start out this match. Styles’ snap suplex within the nook regarded nasty. Ricochet is a superb vendor. Ric acquired mad and beat up on Styles however Styles hit him within the throat. He acquired hit within the face after which acquired put in a Styles Clash and my God the promoting of all of this was unimaginable. Omos grabbed Ricochet’s limp physique and picked him up actual excessive and dropped him. Man Ricochet is unimaginable. That blue gear too… *chef’s kiss* Quick win for Styles and robust exhibiting for Omos. I simply have to just accept that that is what Ricochet’s WWE profession will probably be.
The Hurt Business defeated Lucha House Party
We had a twister tag this time round, which was good for persevering with to sow the seeds of dissension when MVP was making an attempt to get them centered. LHP nearly pinned Benjamin however Alexander was enjoying round and making MVP upset. Benjamin ended up hitting pay dust to win. Because they received, MVP misplaced his aggravated demeanor after they received, however everyone knows they’ll proceed this storyline.
Sheamus defeated Jeff Hardy
Sheamus did Sheamus issues. Jeff Hardy did Jeff Hardy issues. This isn’t a slight on each performers. This match simply acquired the “Drew’s consideration has formally wandered elsewhere” remedy. I’ve seen this TOO MANY TIMES.
Grade: C+
What have been your ideas, Cagesiders?