Hey, kids, it’s the Botching one with another edition of “A Spot”. This week’s episode was written while I watched it with only this intro piece being written after the show was over. Glad I chose to do it that way so I don’t have to watch it again. Most of it wasn’t worth watching even once, quite honestly. With that ringing endorsement, I’m sure you’re anxious to read so let’s get into it.
In-ring segment – Kurt Angle, Alexa Bliss, & Ronda Rousey
Backstage segment – Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey
The tension from Ronda was real. I even liked the stuttering Kurt here. Kurt comes off a little wimpy here but it makes Ronda look more imposing so I’m cool with it.
Backstage segment – Ronda Rousey
This was short and didn’t quite connect but she did very well here. Only a slight “come-down” from the other two segments.
Dolph Ziggler (w/ Drew McIntyre) vs. Seth Rollins
Both of these guys know how to have a great match and this very good. I’m becoming bored to tears by Drew so I’m glad he wasn’t the one to face Rollins. I absolutely didn’t expect him to win but he more than deserves to. One of our readers was so sure he knew what would happen and I’m so glad it went differently. Because Dolph is a heel, it had to be slightly dirty so I’m okay with that. Drew coming in afterward was completely boring (see a theme here) but oh well.
Bobby Roode vs. Curt Hawkins
It happened…and I was there. This is undeniable proof that they don’t know where to go with Roode at this point. He’s been grossly misused on the main roster. Let the man be heel, for crying out loud.
Braun Strowman & Kevin Owens
So glad Kevin isn’t injured as badly as he could have been. He was incredible on the mic tonight. He told ALL of this story.
Backstage segment – Sasha Banks & Bayley
This was a bit “Saved by the Bell” but Bayley was more alive here than she’s been in ages. Sasha always does well and they told a nice story together.
Deleter of Worlds vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno (w/ B-Team)
Curtis & Bo as Matt & Bray was an absolute riot. They played it perfectly. Of course, Bo was gonna nail Bray’s whole thing and he absolutely did. He had the sound and vibe down cold. Curtis had most of the laugh down too. Very funny. I’m so glad these guys are both getting a shot.
The match is what you think it’d be. Slater & Rhyno job…always. Deleter of Worlds are beginning to get a bit stale so I’m hoping feuding with the B-Team will make them fun again.
Backstage segment – Kurt Angle & Baron Corbin
Corbin’s knowing grin is the greatest thing in the world…and why was Kurt sweating so much? Don’t they have another shirt he can wear? Corbin is really a riot in this role and I’m glad he’s getting a shot at something more.
Jinder Mahal vs. Chad Gable
This went like you thought it would. It’s not Gable’s fault or anything. Heck, Jinder even managed to find a way to botch being thrown back into the ring.
Backstage segment – Riott Squad
Why? The quicker Ruby is out of this nonsensical “Squad”, the better. This whole approach is completely silly.
Special Olympic segment – Big Show & Josh
Who doesn’t love these? I will always love these segments and Josh is a rock star. They all are.
Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan (w/ Ruby Riott)
Another week of permutations of the same thing. The match is what it always is. Ruby is the one they should be focusing on, not Sarah or Liv. The mean nothing. As for the match, it certainly wasn’t bad, although Sarah was a bit shaky. There was more slight dissension teased between Bayley & Sasha but nothing concrete. This is getting very tiresome. They need to do something with this or abandon it. We’re all getting a little tired of waiting.
Backstage segment – Bayley & Sasha
YES! Finally, movement in this storyline. We don’t know whether or not it means that Bayley is heel or Sasha is heel but it’s something big.
In-ring segment – Kurt Angle, Roman Reigns, Bobby Lashley, The Revival
Do I even need to say it? There are some nights I wish I could turn off an episode of “Raw” but because I write it, I can’t. This was like sleeping pills for those who don’t reposed to valium. Bobby couldn’t get through this without botching. He is not over in the least bit. Roman, while better on the mic than Lashley, is just tired in this role. Nothing that The Revival says means anything because they’re boring and they lose constantly…just like they did tonight.
Wait, I know what this was about. This is about getting Lashley in the ring with Roman. Surely, they’ll cheer him if he’s in the ring with someone who is booed, right?
He got the same silence he always gets. No one cares about him and I don’t either. He’s been so completely boring at best, toxic at worst. His “work” during his feud with Zayn has undoubtedly done some damage to Zayn even though Zayn moved heaven and earth to make that entire thing work. Lashley was better than this in TNA. He’s gone to sleep in WWE and this is the result.
The match itself wasn’t bad by any stretch. Roman and the Revival can absolutely work. Lashley can too, to be fair. It wasn’t bad at all but we all knew how it’d end. No shocker there at all.
Backstage segment – Baron Corbin, Kurt Angle, Kevin Owens, Braun Strowman, & Finn Bálor
Finn’s constant spiel about “winning back the Universal Title I never lost” doesn’t work anymore, though it’s not Finn’s fault. I doubt that ever happens. Braun and Kevin were an absolute riot here so that evened this out.
No Way Jose vs. Mojo Rawley (w/ Mojo promo)
Yeah, no. This wasn’t a truly terrible match but it meant nothing. It was over fairly quickly. Both of these guys can work. They’re both being wasted and it’s tiring.
Backstage segment – Bayley & Sasha Banks
This made zero sense. This was too much of a good thing. What, did Bayley need to hear Sasha say that she was done with her? Why? Superfluous segment that we didn’t need. I will say that Bayley showed more emotion in these segments than she has since coming up from NXT – maybe even more than she did there too.
In-ring segment – Elias
The song was cool and he’s always compelling but this was off somehow. Yeah, even Elias. He just sang the tune and that was it. No, “silence your cell phones and shut your mouths”. Nothing. Just the tune. Bizarre…
Backstage segment – Seth Rollins
No-nonsense and confident. I liked it. It was short but it felt real.
Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin vs. Finn Bálor & Braun Strowman
This was pretty good. It was interesting seeing Baron & Braun work the ring. Bálor & Owens will never be bad and they weren’t here. Baron was the one who was most impressive here, though. His end of days looked positively delicious. Kevin Owens has taken quite the beating over the last couple of days. He needs a rest, though I doubt he’ll get it.
Overall, this was not a good episode of “Monday Night Raw”. I kind of dragged myself through it there at the end. I was rewarded with a fun final match though. Here’s hoping next week is better. It’s gotta get better. See you next week for another “Spot”!