WWE Raw results: 6 things we learned as Sasha Banks and Tamina return ahead of WWE Evolution
Note: This article contains full show match results for WWE Monday Night Raw from the Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which aired on Monday, October 15, 2018.
All the talk this week has been about WWE Crown Jewel… will it still go ahead, or will the WWE cut its ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia given the latest political and humanitarian developments?
As it stands, the all-male PPV/House Show hybrid is still going ahead, but it will of course be preceded by the first all-woman PPV WWE Evolution.
Monday Night Raw continued the build to both those events, and here are six things we learned.
1. Sasha Banks is back back back and she’s on the same page as Bayley
Sasha Banks has been out for a long while with an unspecified injury, but she made her return last night in good time for WWE Evolution.
With less than a couple of weeks to go, she’s still yet to have a match booked for the big day, but we’re sure they can rustle up something for her.
And what’s immediately clear is that she’s still on good terms with her best friend Bayley, as the Boss ‘n’ Hug connection joined forces to help their pal Natalya overcome Ruby Riott and her Squad.
The bubbling between Sasha and Bayley was a driving force in the Raw’s Women’s Division until it fizzled out into a friendship, and then got shunted off WWETV all together with Sasha’s injury.
Well, they’re back now and ready to take on allcomers, though don’t bet against a bit of needle between the pair arising before too long.
2. There’ll be a Battle Royal at WWE Evolution with some serious stakes
With still plenty of time on the card and lots of unused talent, a Battle Royal was announced for WWE Evolution, mixing up a crossbrand group of female talent.
But rather than just being a space-filler, this match will have some serious stakes.
It’ll be: Alicia Fox vs. Asuka vs. Billie Kay vs. Carmella vs. Dana Brooke vs. Ember Moon vs. Lana vs. Mandy Rose vs. Naomi vs. Nia Jax vs. Peyton Royce vs. Sonya Deville vs. Tamina vs. Torrie Wilson.
And the winner won’t just get glory, oh no. They’ll also earn the right to a Women’s Championship match, too.
Women’s Battle Royals used to be painfully-short affairs, low on story on character, but all that has changed.
The first-ever Woman’s Royal Rumble is still up there as a serious Match of the Year candidate nine months later, and while this doesn’t quite have the same wow factor there’s still so much to look forward to.
Not least the presence of returnee Torrie Wilson and the rivalry of Nia Jax and Tamina… hang on, Tamina?!?
3. Tamina is back back back and she’s looking as strong as ever
One of the most underrated women in the WWE locker room, Tamina hasn’t had a match since the Women’s Royal Rumble all the way back in January.
Her return yesterday alongside Dana Brooke ended in defeat to a team of Nia Jax and Ember Moon, but it was what happened before and after that match that got us excited.
Before, there was that announcement of the Battle Royal that has made us even more excited for WWE Evolution.
And after, Tamina and Ember Moon ignored the tag alignments for the match just had to join forces and toss Nia Jax over the ropes in a show of how things may go down at Evolution.
Dana Brooke had the last word, but what got us especially interested is the idea of a feud between Nia Jax and Tamina.
Two of the strongest women in the business going head-to-head on a collision course sounds all sorts of amazing, and with both fit and healthy at the same time, now seems the perfect moment.
4. Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler are going to the WWE World Cup in Saudi Arabia
Given everything that’s going on with Saudi Arabia, perhaps Dean Ambrose and Drew McIntyre are a bit relieved.
There were two WWE World Cup qualifying matches on Raw last night, which continued to stir up the ongoing battle between The Shield and Braun Strowman’s Pack.
First up, Seth Rollins took on Drew McIntyre and eventually picked up the win with a late, late assist from Dean Ambrose.
When it came to Dean’s own qualifying match against Dolph Ziggler, Seth was much more eager to get involved early to help his brother.
Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out like that. While Rollins was hoping to stop Drew McIntyre interfering, in the end he only succeeded in getting in Ambrose’s way.
Dolph Ziggler picked up the pieces with a Superick and rounded out the Raw competitors for the World Cup.
5. The Shield stick together but Braun Strowman’s Pack has imploded
After all that, the odds were that The Shield would fall apart, and Baron Corbin hoped to see just that when he booked a THIRD match for these men on the night and the THIRD Shield/Pack six-man tag match in recent weeks.
The Shield picked up the W at the Super Show-Down only for the Pack to even things up last week on Raw.
This time it was less a case of who would stick together longest as who would fall apart first, with both teams looking to drive a wedge into the cracks in the other.
Despite their chequered history, The Shield are bound together in blood and brotherhood, rather than the marriage of power and convenience that is Braun Strowman’s Pack.
So it was perhaps no surprise that while The Shield did eventually work as one, Braun’s dictatorship eventually collapsed.
Dean Ambrose picked up the win by this time pinning Dolph Ziggler after some hot work from Roman Reigns, but it was the aftermath where the most interesting things happened.
Braun Strowman hit a running powerslam on Dolph Ziggler, before Drew McIntyre hit back at Braun with a Claymore before stomping out of the ring.
It looks like the Pack are no more, and will Drew leaving Dolph alone with the Monster also spell an end to the partnership of the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions?
6. Kurt Angle’s Slammers vs Baron Corbin’s Crew looks a possible Survivor Series Battle
After Kurt Angle’s surprise return last week as The Conquistador saw him book a spot at the WWE World Cup at Baron Corbin’s expense it became clear that the two men were ready for war.
Despite Kurt’s ongoing vacation, Corbin sought his revenge by booking the Conquistador in a handicap match against AOP.
While Akam and Rezar made short work of the luchador, it turned out that the man in the suit this week was some poor local talent, as a Hawaiian-shirted Angle made his presence known to Baron Corbin.
So it’s clear that Corbin and Angle will have a battle for control of Monday Night Raw, and although a one-on-one match could settle things, with Survivor Series around the corner things could get a bit more layered.
How about Kurt Angle’s Slammers (the Good Guys) against Baron Corbin’s Crew (the Bad Guys)? It’d certainly mix things up after a couple of years of Raw vs SmackDown.
WWE Monday Night Raw full show match results – Monday, October 15, 2018
- WWE World Cup Qualifier: Drew McIntyre vs Seth Rollins
WINNER: Seth Rollins
- Nia Jax & Ember Moon vs Dana Brooke & Tamina
WINNERS: Nia Jax & Ember Moon
- WWE World Cup Qualifier: Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler
- Finn Bálor vs. Jinder Mahal
WINNER: Finn Bálor
- Bobby Lashley vs. Tyler Breeze
WINNER: Bobby Lashley
- AOP (Akam and Rezar) vs The Conquistador
- Natalya vs Ruby Riott
WINNER: Natalya (via DQ)
- The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose) vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre
WINNERS: The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose)
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