async src="//"> The Wrestling Chronicle: RAW Recap - 8/20/18; Fallout from SummerSlam!

Monday, August 20, 2018

RAW Recap - 8/20/18; Fallout from SummerSlam!

Just one night after a huge SummerSlam show, what does Roman Reigns have planned for the Universal Championship?

The show kicks off with new Universal Champion Roman Reigns who wastes no time laying down his first challenge. Reigns says that he would like to give a chance to a man who never lost the title, a man who won the title here in Brooklyn. That man is Finn Balor. The inaugural Universal Champion accepts the challenge but Constable Baron Corbin is out here to ruin all the fun. He puts a stop to the match sort of in protest to losing to Balor last night at SummerSlam. Corbin's beef is that he was prepared to face Finn Balor the man, not Finn Balor the Demon. Raw GM Kurt Angle comes out and says he is the one that makes the matches, not Corbin. Angle says he'll listen to the people of Brooklyn and the match will happen. Angle also makes a match for right now, Constable Corbin vs. Bobby Lashley.

Bobby Lashley def. Baron Corbin: This one started out great but then took a nosedive in terms of pace and then fans did not like it. There were audible boring chants. Lashley wins this one.

Paul Heyman shows up in GM Kurt Angle's office and looks to invoke Brock Lesnar's rematch clause. Kurt reminds Paul that he is the one that decides when the rematch is going to happen and since he actually has a fighting Champion he doesn't see a rematch happening any time soon. Heyman understands the match isn't going to happen right away but possibly...Hell in a Cell? Just when you think we are free of Lesnar...

Riott Squad def. Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Ember Moon: This was a fun match. All three members of the Riott Squad get better every week and you can see the chemistry between the three really turn them into a well-oiled machine.

Triple H is ready for The Undertaker at Super Showdown

Dean Ambrose def. Dolph Ziggler: Anyone who follows me knows I dislike Ambrose. What bugged me most about Ambrose was that his work in the ring just looked like they stuck dynamite down his pants and he just would go crazy in the ring. THIS Dean Ambrose is completely different. This Dean Ambrose wrestled his ass off this match and capped it off with a great win thanks to a cool counter into Dirty Deeds. More of this Dean Ambrose, please.

Elias def. Curt Hawkins: I gotta give Hawkins credit, he gave it a good effort.

The Authors of Pain def. Titus Worldwide: Man, this match made Apollo looked great. I really wish he could break away and get to do his own thing. Even with Dana Brooke as a mouthpiece for Apollo would be a great idea. Apollo is a Heavyweight with exciting moves like a Cruiserweight.

Stephanie McMahon tried turning the entire Raw Women's Division against Ronda Rousey and let's just say things didn't go too well.

The Revival def. B Team in separate Singles Matches: Just give The Revival the belts, please.

Stephanie McMahon makes GM Kurt Angle go on a vacation and she makes Constable Baron Corbin Acting General Manager and that suuuuuucks.

Roman Reigns def. Finn Balor to retain the Universal Championship: Incredible match. Back and forth in front of a crowd that was on fire. Roman and Finn have great chemistry with each other, every move was on point. Another great thing about this match is people probably went in thinking there was no chance Finn would be coming out as the victor but damn there were some good close calls. Just when Roman has things well in hand Braun Strowman's music hits and out comes the Monster in the Bank. A distracted Roman almost loses the match for taking his eyes off the ball. He rebounds and hits Finn for the win. A great match, definitely in the highlight reel for 2018.

Braun sends Roman flying with one kick and cashes in his Money in the Bank contract. Before the bell rings a mysterious sound comes over the arena. Sierra Hotel India Echo Lima's The Shield! Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins come down to the ring and surround Strowman alongside Roman. Strowman is unphased and goes right after Roman. Eventually, the numbers get the best of Strowman. Braun briefly is able to fight off the men but gets taken out by a Spear from Roman. Strowman gets hit with a Shield Powerbomb through the commentary table as Raw goes off the air.

Man, this Raw was a great one coming off a PPV that was way better than expected. We got to see the Universal Championship and it was defended in a great match, and The Shield is back. No one saw that coming. What did you think of Raw? Comment below or reach out to us on Social Media:

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