Another week, another episode of Raw, and now that we have several different shows to build towards in the next month and a bit, it’s all getting a bit heated.
First of all, you have to wonder what’s in store for the Shield. Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose have been the subject of a fair few beatings of late, largely orchestrated by acting general manager Baron Corbin, or the terribly named ‘Dogs of War’.
Last week, Roman escaped with the title despite attempted interference from Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler, and you can’t see him having an easy ride going forward.
Thankfully, this is Roman Reigns, and if you think they’re going to take the title off him any time soon, you need to sort out your priorities. It’s all in the name of making Roman look like the fighting champ, and although it’s not massively interesting, at least they’re actively trying to make him a different character to the usual “my yard” pooch.
Rollins and Ambrose are equally unlikely to get away with saving Roman last week, but as for right now, their main opponents are tied up in another match.
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre have been two of the best things about Raw in recent weeks and months, which, although isn’t that impressive given the show’s lack of quality, is still good to see.
Drew particularly has shown he belongs in the main event, and as a giant, hairy bodyguard for Dolph, he’s putting the whole division on notice.
Tonight, they take on the Revival in a match for the titles. The Revival were of course cheated out of their title shot against the B-Team (where have they gone) by Drew and Dolph, and so will be looking to exact some revenge.
#TheRevival @ScottDawsonWWE & @DashWilderWWE will finally get their chance to compete for the #RAW #TagTeamTitles when they clash with @HEELZiggler & @DMcIntyreWWE THIS MONDAY! https://t.co/5D7ODPEDXo
— WWE (@WWE) September 22, 2018
Now, many will assume that this match is a foregone conclusion, but I wouldn’t be so sure.
Although it would be idiotic to take the belts off D&D, a Rollins and Ambrose distraction could be enough for the Revival to pick up the belts via roll-up or similar. The difference between the Revival and McIntyre and Ziggler is pretty simple. No-one backstage believes the Revival are worthy of being champions.
Being booked the way they have, why would anyone see them as a credible threat? Although it seems like WWE are trying to revamp the Raw tag scene, I don’t think handing the belts to the Revival is the answer…yet.
- Elias will lose to Bobby Lashley, probably thanks to some Lio Rush shenanigans. This pairing is very promising, and it might be the first time I have cared about Lashley since his return.
- Brie Bella will take on Ruby Riott in a match I’ve never wanted to see.
- Chad Gable and Bobby Roode will continue their seemingly endless feud with the Ascension.
- Nia Jax will be looking to exact revenge on Alexa Bliss after she cost her the Women’s title at Money in the Bank.