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WWE RAW REVIEW 26.11.18

Corbin & His Merry Band of Bad Guys Kick Off The Show: I get that it was follow up to last week, but it felt really lazy and filled with the cheapest of heats. Also, they are working extra hard to make Elias sound like a geek, stop it. Add in that Vince learned the term “beta male” over the holidays and it wasn’t good.

Lashley vs. Elias: If you like complete crap and Baron Corbin, this match was for you. I can’t think of anyone in wrestling I hate watching more than Corbin right now. Please, get Drew away from Corbin as soon as possible.  Lashley takes a lap and spears Elias. Back in and Lashley poses and covers for the win.

Corbin meets with Bliss, and she says he’s doing an amazing job and is here to help. Corbin puts her in charge of the women’s division.

Lucha House Party vs. The Revival: Again, the Luchas, with the unfair advantage, are the faces, while the hard-working guys who just want to wrestle under fair rules are the heels? The action was ok while it lasted, but it completely lacks in any logic. Kalisto fights back, falls down and the luchas work triple teams again and the shooting star press finishes Dawson. Lucha House Party defeated The Revival

Nia Jax & Tamina arrive. Jax claims that the Raw women are thankful for her. Jax is thankful for breaking Becky’s face. Please stop having Nia talk, she’s really bad and also gave Rousey nothing good to play off of; Rousey’s material was, in all fairness bad and her make up made it look like she had an eye infection. If the goal was to make me not want to see the TLC match, it was accomplished.

Champions AOP vs. Roode & Gable:  Just when you think they can’t do anything more to make me care less about a match, they give us this. There was absolutely nothing positive to take away from this. AOP win the match.

Ember Moon vs. Alicia Fox: Ember Moon defeated Alicia Fox. Technically a match.

No Way Jose vs. Jinder Mahal: Jinder Mahal defeated No Way Jose. This was bad, bland and boring. After all these years, Mahal can’t work a 4-5 minute match without extended rest holds.

IC Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler: Champion Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler. While far from great, this was easily the best thing on the show and about the only thing that felt as if it meant something. I also love that Seth actually won with the superplex/falcon arrow combo; it’s a great spot but can now be believable as a near fall in big matches. It was good, but far from their best.

Bayley & Banks Talk: My God they need some fresh faces, a shake up or call ups, this division is beyond stale. This whole thing ended up being a complete waste of time. I also loved that after watching Dana team with Bayley and banks last night, she’s the latest “random turn for convenience” character.

Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin:  Baron Corbin defeated Finn Balor with the help of bad guys. This was the typical okay, but completely lacking match between these two with an added side of overbooking. Please stop trying to make Baron Corbin a thing, he’s absolutely horrible.

Arbab Fahim

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