async src="//"> The Wrestling Chronicle: Raw Recap - 9/17/18; Hell in a Cell Hangover

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Raw Recap - 9/17/18; Hell in a Cell Hangover

The Undertaker will be live and in person with a message for Triple H! What's going down now that Hell in a Cell is in the past?

Raw starts with Universal Champion Roman Reigns calling out Brock Lesnar. Roman is looking for revenge on Brock for the heinous attack last night at Hell in a Cell. Reigns doesn’t get Brock, instead he gets his opponent from last night, Braun Strowman. The Monster Among Men vowed to get his hands on Lesnar first then he’s coming back to finish his business with Roman. Acting Raw GM Baron Corbin announces that at the November 2nd event in Saudi Arabia “Crown Jewel”. Braun is not a fan of this at all. Paul Heyman makes an appearance and does his usual selling of his client Brock Lesnar. Heyman gets chased down by Strowman. Corbin announces that Roman will be in action tonight against....Baron Corbin.

Drew McIntyre def. Dean Ambrose: I’m becoming a Dean Ambrose fan. I know, it’s crazy. During his rehabilitation he must have put together a new arsenal of moves because Ambrose has evolved into a brawler with a little bit of technical. It’s not as chaotic and frenzied. It’s still super quick but more laser focused. Even with all of that it wasn’t enough to beat one half of the Tag Team Champions. Ambrose did a good job of targeting the leg but he took too many risks, the last being a dive to the outside that McIntyre swatted away. When Ambrose made it back into the ring at a count of nine McIntyre was waiting with a Claymore Kick and got the win.

Natalya and the Bella Twins had to explain to Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey how an open challenge works in WWE.

The pairing of Chad Gable and Bobby Roode makes no sense as it kind of just happened but I’d love to see Roode bait Gable into a friendship and then turn on him. I’m horrible I know.

Chad Gable def. Viktor: Pretty basic match. Gable got the win with a rolling German Suplex. After the match Konnor attacked Roode and Gable while they were celebrating. Could The Ascension be up for some TV time?

The Undertaker has a message for Triple H. He too is not coming alone:

Bayley def. Dana Brooke: Dana left Titus Worldwide and still took the L.

Authors of Pain killed some enhancement talents.

Seth Rollins def. Dolph Ziggler to RETAIN the Intercontinental Championship: Another solid match in this rivalry. It wasn’t at a crazy break neck speed but it told more of a story, that being both Dolph and Seth are beat the hell up. No crazy close call finishes just Rollins hitting the Curbstomp for the win.

The Riott Squad spoiled Ronda Rousey’s open challenge and attacked her. The Bella Twins made the save.

Lio Rush now represents Bobby Lashley. I kind of dig it.

Lio Rush spent the entire Lashley/Elias match trash talking Kevin Owens. When Kevin came out he instantly went after Lio. The 205 Live star morphed into SpiderMan and avoided an attack from Owens and Elias. Lashley fights off Owens and celebrates with his new manager.

Ember Moon and Nia Jax def. Alicia Fox and Mickie James: This was a great return for Nia Jax. She came in great off the tag from Ember, cleaned house, and set Ember up perfectly to hit an Eclipse Stunner on Mickie. Nia hits a vicious Samoan Drop on Fox for the win. Great stuff.

Roman Reigns def. Baron Corbin to RETAIN the Universal Championship: This match just didn’t have the big fight feel. I know it’s TV, but if you’re putting the title on the line give it some sort of drama. This just fell flat. Of course Corbin uses a chair during the match so of course he changes the match to a no DQ. Braun Strowman takes the opportunity to get involved but Reigns is able to keep him contained. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre tried to back up Strowman but The Shield run down to make the save. This bit of action was probably the most interesting part of the match. Reigns hits a Spear to beat Corbin and Raw goes off the air.

Overall I thought Raw was a nice bounce back from the ending of Hell in a Cell. Lots of title matches. Looks like the philosophy that managers are pointless is changing. I found The Undertaker’s promo to be particularly hilarious but I’ll explain that on the next episode of Pay Per Crap so don’t miss it.

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