async src="//"> The Wrestling Chronicle: RAW Recap - 8/13/18; Last Stop Before SummerSlam

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

RAW Recap - 8/13/18; Last Stop Before SummerSlam

Raw is live from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC! Will Brock actually show up? Ronda Rousey opens the show!

Ronda has some really nice words to say how important fathers are and has some words of strength for Nattie Neidhart who lost her father today, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Ronda shifts her focus to her opponent Sunday the Raw Women's Champion, Alexa Bliss then introduces Alex's opponent tonight, Ember Moon. The Champ makes her presence known, coming out with Alicia Fox. Bliss insults Ronda calling her an overhyped rookie and making fun of her facial expressions. Alexa has a problem with GM Kurt Angle protecting the Universal Champion and not his Women's Champion. Bliss goes to Constable Corbin who allows Bliss to have her own private security. While Ember Moon is getting ready Bliss shoves her sending her into the corner knocking Rousey off the apron. A pissed off Rousey charges into the security protecting Bliss. Rousey wipes out the entire security team except one who was smart enough to exit the ring before being dismantled.

Ember Moon def Alexa Bliss via Disqualification: This match had a great build up to the end. Moon strung together some great moves toward the end that kept the crowd glued to the match. Fox tried to get involved and got taken out by Rousey who was then in turn taken out by Bliss on the outside. The crowd loved when Moon landed the Eclipse and when the three count was basically hers, Fox entered the ring to break up the three count and cause the disqualification. Rousey threw Foxy around much like last week and looks strong going into Sunday's match versus Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam for the Raw Women's Championship.

After the match, we get a recap on the actions of Universal Champion Brock Lesnar toward his advocate Paul Heyman. We get a clip of something we didn't see last week during the interview Heyman had with Renee Young. Heyman talked up this side of Brock Lesnar, a violent side he's never seen before. The part we did not see, Heyman, muttering the words "Unless..." Unless what Paul?

Baron Corbin def Tyler Breeze: Constable Corbin gave himself the authority to pick his own opponent tonight in Tyler Breeze. No disrespect to Breeze but I'm sure the reason Corbin made this match was to give himself some light work. Breeze did get some offense in but ultimately Corbin gets the win with Deep Six.

After the match, Corbin announces he has made a match for his SummerSlam opponent Finn Balor tonight. Balor will face Jinder Mahal AND Kevin Owens in a two on one Handicap Match. Kurt Angle changes the match to a Tag Team match and Finn's partner is Braun Strowman.

Braun Strowman and Finn Balor def Jinder Mahal and Kevin Owens: I didn't really care for the match but Braun Strowman is in his hometown and the crowd lets us know it. When Braun gets tagged in the crowd erupts and goes crazy when he gets the win.

Bobby Lashley beat up an Elias superfan Ricky Roberts.

B Team def The Revival and the Deletors of Worlds: I wasn't really feeling this one. I was hoping for a Revival victory but maybe this leads to a reason to have to go after B Team and not have any other teams in their way.

Paul Heyman explains "Unless..."

Bobby Roode and Titus Worldwide def Mojo Rawley and Authors of Pain in a meaningless six-man tag match.

WWE played a wonderful video package in memory of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart.

Ruby Riott def Sasha Banks

To close out the show Dolph Ziggler came down to the ring demanding a forfeit from Seth Rollins since he's not there to sign the contract for his Intercontinental Championship match at SummerSlam. Apparently, Rollins had trouble coming home from his Ambassador's trip to China. Kurt Angle tries to introduce Rollins twice but no one comes out. Just when it looks like the match is called off here comes Seth Rollins. He informs everyone that while there were some travel issues it wasn't issues of his own it was for someone else. Rollins also informed us that he put a special clause in the contract that states if Dolph is going to have Drew McIntyre in his corner for SummerSlam Rollins, will have someone of his choosing in his corner. Dolph likes to describe McIntyre as a psychopath. While Rollins might not have a psychopath in his corner he will have a lunatic. After a nine-month stay on the shelf due to injury, Dean Ambrose is back! The crowd is going crazy! Rollins and Ambrose run in the ring and a wild brawl ensues. Ambrose doesn't lose a step in that wild spider monkey deal he calls offense then hits Dirty Deeds. Rollins and Ambrose do the Shield pose as Raw goes off the air.

I thought tonight's Raw did a pretty good job of selling the important matches for SummerSlam this Sunday. I especially enjoyed the Paul Heyman/Roman Reigns segment because I fell for Heyman's trickery. Ambrose's return came off great. The crowd was loud and went nuts for Ambrose who looks to be in great shape. Last but certainly not least Renee Young did a fantastic job tonight on commentary, definitely an upgrade from Coach.

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