Results of WWE Raw, summary, grades: the episode of the series Post-Survivor offers a mediocre effort

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Despite all the goodwill accumulated from an incredible WWE wrestling weekend, highlighted in the fantastic Survivor Series card on Sunday, the momentum was lost almost a night later. In an almost unforgivable mail job on Raw, the Monday episode did not take advantage of any of the great moments of the previous 24 hours and, in any case, took an already hot angle between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose and overexposed it.

From an opening segment and a follow-up game that consumed a third of the three-hour program to a handful of subsequent moments that failed to move the chains, this was a content of the WWE creative team to press pause and live after the event . buzzing of such a successful weekend. Considering how inconsistent Raw has been in particular since WrestleMania, it is an incredibly disappointing development.

Baron Corbin organizes the defeat of Braun Strowman

Raw opened with Corbin and Commissioner Stephanie McMahon rejoicing over his victory in Survivor Series. But Corbin's request to move up to full-time general manager was interrupted by the arrival of Strowman. Promising to keep his promises to everyone, McMahon awarded Strowman his match against Corbin in FTA in December with the stipulation that Corbin becomes permanent general manager with a victory and loses the full authority with a defeat. He also awarded Strowman his universal title rematch against Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble, but only if he beats Corbin. McMahon then rejected Corbin's attempt to give Strowman a handicap game tonight to weaken him by announcing an immediate six-man elimination match.

Braun Strowman, Elias and Finn Balor against Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre ended in a non-contest: This 3-on-3 version of the traditional games of the Survivor series on Sunday saw Strowman at a 3 to 1 disadvantage after McIntyre finished with Balor with a kick from Claymore and Lashley threw Elias to discard it. That was when the calculated attack began. McIntyre disqualified himself by hitting Strowman with a chair before Corbin and Lashley continued to help him defeat him outside the ring. Strowman, who was bleeding from his elbow and nose, was thrown to the rungs of the ring before absorbing a Claymore. Corbin then used his belt to tie Strowman's arm so he could crush it with the top half of the steps. Later, Strowman complained to the medical staff that he could not feel his fingers or arm, and Raw announcer Michael Cole continued to report that he suffered a blow to the elbow.

Raw was able to get an amazing 54 minutes of this segment and opening match, which was an early sign that this post-Survivor show would be a job by mail. However, despite the free nature of booking such a long game with literally nothing at stake, the violent nature of Strowman's attack almost made up for it. Since the attack of Becky Lynch in Ronda Rousey last week until the turn of Charlotte Flair in Rousey on Sunday, WWE has increased the intensity in the last seven days with regards to physicality and Strowman, in this case, sold it well . Still, Strowman is too good (and too) to have more disputes to be busy until Lesnar's part-time schedule allows him to return. A pay-per-view match with Corbin simply does not whet the appetite. Grade: C +

Seth Rollins finally tracks Dean Ambrose

Rollins made a promotion in the ring that referred to how Sunday was the sixth anniversary of The Shield's WWE debut and how Ambrose does not have the guts to face him from man to man before his Intercontinental title match in TLC. An angry Rollins then insisted that Ambrose come out and fight. Ambrose appeared on the video screen inside the arena from the backstage, where he called Rollins desperate. "Do not you understand, man? Things have changed," Ambrose said. "The Shield did more harm than good for more than six years."

Ambrose continued to hint cryptically that the Shield was different from the people the fans expected behind the scenes. "We were rotten from the beginning, and now we're going to pay for it," Ambrose said. "We will all get what we deserve, I mean, look at Roman … he has to answer the man who is up." The rude comment in light of the battle of Reigns with leukemia was greeted with boos from the crowd. Rollins then ran backstage to try to find him and attacked security guards who were not willing to help.

A game of cat and mouse proceeded behind the scenes with Ambrose escaping each time Rollins approached (including a door to the boiler room that Ambrose wrote "burns" to incite Rollins). Ambrose then started cutting off strange promotions about a smell inside the sand that became high-heeled insults about Los Angeles. He also addressed Rollins' wrath with his comments by saying: "This is not about Roman, but about the bond between brothers: broken, crushed, shattered." After a frustrated Rollins left early to capture a red-eyed plane, Ambrose closed the show with a promotion in the ring that further insulted the "dirty little children" in the crowd. Rollins suddenly ran again and boarded Ambrose until they fought in the crowd while Rollins chased them. Back inside the ring, Rollins missed a punch and Ambrose hit him with a low blow followed by Dirty Deeds to stay on his feet. "I was trying to talk to your people," Ambrose told him. "Never interrupt me again."

What an incredible waste of time considering history served as the backbone of the last two hours of the show. As good as Ambrose's initial spin on the heel was received because of how cruel it was immediately after the revelation of Reigns, it's hard to get rid of the feeling that his momentum has been completely lost since he finally broke his silence. Ambrose, as a heel, is simply not working on the microphone with more cringewing moments, including his long part in the smell in the air, which I'd like to tell. The idea that Rollins was so angry that he could not find Ambrose behind the scenes and then settle for leaving was just as comical. Even though he received the expected blow, Ambrose's rude comment on Reigns turned out to be the best time of the night for his character because at least it was real, and that's not a good thing tonight. Ambrose needs to find a way to be intimidating and angry without being lame in the process. Grade: DO-

What else happened on Raw?

Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka def. Bayley and Sasha Banks through pinfall: Alexa Bliss commented on the comment while Bayley exchanged particularly hard shots with Snuka in what turned out to be a fun little fight. But with the crowd bathing Jax with continued hatred because she accidentally hurt Becky Lynch last week, WWE continued to play smart as part of the story. Jax used the distraction of a Snuka referee to get Bayley out with his right hand and, shortly after, he connected with a Samoan drop for the pin.

Fight House Party def. Revival through pinfall: The match was competed under the "Rules of the Fight House", which did nothing but give the trio of masked cruiserweight weights an unnecessary advantage of 3 to 2. While it is clear that the match was created to shine with Kalisto, Great Metalik and Lince Dorado, the execution was all over the place. The Fights even played to stay away from The Revival with a piñata at a point in a development that made even less sense. At least the ending was beautiful, when Dorado hit a shooting star by pressing Wilder off the top rope for the pin.

Ronda Rousey def. Mickie James through the presentation: Rousey was quite a smile as he struggled against the songs "We want Becky" from the crowd to give a speech about his resistance after a Charlotte Flair's brutal attack on Sunday. Rousey revealed that he would defend his TLC title against Nia Jax and promised to take revenge on Flair later. Rousey, who improved his delivery of a terrible performance last week, also made a promotion about being a wrestling champion. "So this is me on my worst day," Rousey said, after taking off his jacket to show his bruises. "If I can not defend this tonight, I do not deserve to be a champion." His attempt at an open challenge by his title was initially rejected by Corbin until she insisted (after threatening Corbin, the opponent would be him if he refused). James left, and after a slow start, Rousey did a quick job to force a blow through the arm. Jax and Snuka came out to watch her, while Jax rubbed her right fist before laughing and walking away.

Bobby Roode and Chad Gable def. AOP through pinfall: AOP boss Drake Maverick was interrupted earlier in the night by his fellow WWE employees in preparation to wet his pants on Sunday in the face of Big Show. To get revenge, Maverick got a reserved match against Roode & Gable. After the early dominance of AOP, the Babyfaces won an unexpected Untitled victory against the Raw champions when Roode hit a blockbuster at Akam and Gable immediately followed with a top-rope toss for 1-2-3.

Natalya def. Ruby Riott through pinfall: One night after his pre-match push, their respective expulsions from the Raw Women Survivors' Series team finally won revenge for Riott by shattering his late father's sunglasses. Riott landed a particularly stiff reverse of the top rope for two, but it came to an end when a distraction from Liv Morgan allowed Riott to wind up Natalya just so Natalya could face her own pin for victory.

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