Professional Wrestling has a long, storied history full of ups and downs. As with anything, we fans like to get nostalgic and take a look back at where we've been, so we can have a clear picture of where we are going in the future.

That said, let's take a moment and reflect on this day in professional wrestling history.

THE END OF AN ERA - 1971

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Ivan Koloff defeated Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World Heavyweight Title in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Having won the title on May 17, 1963, Sammartino's title reign was a record 2,803 days. A record that has yet to be, and likely never will be, broken. 

I HOPE IT DOESN'T GET CANCELLED... - 1993

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The 2nd-ever edition of WWF Monday Night Raw aired live from the Manhattan Center in New York, 26 YEARS AGO!
The main event saw Ric Flair and Tito Santana battle to a no-contest; due to interference by Mr. Perfect. This would lead to a Flair vs Perfect match the following week, where the loser has to leave the WWF!.

THE 3 RUMBLES OF FOLEY - 1998

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Mick Foley competed in the 11th-annual Royal Rumble match, 3 different times, once-each as a different one of his 3-Faces of Foley gimmicks. (Dude Love, Mankind, Cactus Jack).
Steve Austin would win this Royal Rumble, his second Royal Rumble victory in-a-row. 

Well, as you can see, a lot can happen on any given day in the crazy world of professional wrestling, so thank you for joining me on this journey, as we reflect upon what happened ON THIS DAY!

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If you're like us here at The Spanish Announce Table, you're busy (or lazy) and don't have the time to follow along with all the various professional wrestling news websites and stay up-to-date, with up-to-the minute, breaking news. 

We can, however, skim through the various articles of all of YESTERDAY'S news; and give you all the tidbits and links you need to know to stay up-to-date on YESTERDAY'S NEWS!

REVIVAL, KANELLIS FAMILY REQUEST RELEASE FROM WWE

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The Revival, Mike Kanellis, and Maria Kanellis have all recently asked for their releases from WWE. The company has made no official statements regarding the matter.
Reports say The Revival also recently requested to work more in NXT. The Revival's history of online-feuds with The Young Bucks have fueled rumors of The Revival trying to join All Elite Wrestling.

Links
https://www.ringsidenews.com/2019/01/16/clarification-on-the-revival-requesting-wwe-release/
https://www.ewrestlingnews.com/news/report-mike-maria-kanellis-ask-for-their-wwe-releases
http://www.prowrestlingsheet.com/mike-maria-kanellis-request-releases-wwe/#.XEAT01xKiUk

CHRIS JERICHO DETAILS WWE, AEW, IMPACT NEGOTIATIONS

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Chris Jericho discussed numerous details about his signing with All Elite Wrestling on an edition of Talk Is Jericho. 
Jericho said he determined his character role would be more prominent in All Elite, as well as their offer was the biggest contract offer he's ever received. 
Jericho also said he met with Impact Wrestling, received a very good offer, and almost decided to take it; he considers Impact Wrestling to be much-improved and a very good program right now. 
Jericho also said he gave WWE opportunities to match the offer and consider his character ideas, and that he was consistently up front and honest with Vince McMahon. Jericho says he and McMahon ended the discussions amicably. 

Links:
https://www.cagesideseats.com/2019/1/16/18185376/why-chris-jericho-chose-all-elite-wrestling-over-wwe-how-close-to-signing-impact-future-with-njpw
https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2019/01/chris-jericho-details-talks-with-with-vince-mcmahon-before-649887/
http://www.prowrestlingsheet.com/chris-jericho-great-offer-impact/#.XEAXslxKiUk
https://www.ringsidenews.com/2019/01/16/wwes-treatment-of-chris-jericho-helped-him-sign-with-all-elite-wrestling/

ALL ELITE WRESTLING DOES NOT PLAN TO HIRE WRITERS

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Cody Rhodes told sescoops.com that All Elite Wrestling will not be hiring writers any time soon. Rhodes says the wrestlers will be the writers, though he does envision a time where writers may be beneficial to the product. 

Links:
https://www.ewrestlingnews.com/news/cody-rhodes-aew-wont-hire-a-writer-any-time-soon
https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2019/01/cody-rhodes-says-aew-wont-be-hiring-writers-anytime-soon-649896/
https://wrestlingnews.co/aew-news/cody-rhodes-says-no-writers-in-aew-anytime-soon-wrestlers-are-the-writers-were-the-writers/

Obviously this isn't all of yesterday's news, but this is the biggest items that we found noteworthy here at The Spanish Announce Table. There is typically a bunch of indy news, ROH news, etc., but you're on your own for that stuff. Please check out the various links to the great news websites that we look through to find these stories. 

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SmackDown Live comes to you from Birmingham, Alabama! SmackDown has week-over-week been the best show in professional wrestling. Did that continue tonight? Let's discuss.

THE MAN AMONGST MEN

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Becky Lynch still has the world eating out of the palms of her hands. She's feeling every bit of the energy the crowds are feeding her and it's making for a great ride.
The NXT call-ups have also found their way to Smackdown and they are laying the Otis weirdness on VERY THICK. For real, we can't at least have him use actual words, and not speak like a Muppet on Adderall?

EVERYONE IS READY FOR ASUKA (TO HAVE SUBTITLES)

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I like the play of having two competitors both facing members of a tag team to show some form of "superiority" over their future opponent. This particular instance sure doesn't give anyone hope that The IIconics are coming away with those Women's Tag Titles.
I can't understand Asuka at all, and it's the same problem with Shinsuke Nakamura; WWE should not force the English out of these performers. I much preferred Asuka angrily yelling in another language than I did trying to figure out what she was trying to remember how to say.

HOT DOGS FOR EVERYONE (EXCEPT DANIEL BRYAN)

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AJ Styles thinks Daniel Bryan is an asshole and that you should eat hot dogs if you feel like it. It's hard not to like a guy that says that, right?
For whatever reason, I still can't get past the feeling with AJ Styles that he's a guy that has been told to go act cool, and he's REALLY trying REALLY hard.

WELCOME TO THE USO DIVORCE COURT

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This is, on paper, one of the more intriguing storylines in the entire company right now, however I don't think it's quite coming off right; more on that later. 
Uso One and Uso Two do not have that problem, this segment was very believable, and was a nice way to keep a viewer interested in what happens next.

MUSTAFA ALI'S CUP OF COFFEE APPEARS TO BE EMPTY

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It feels like WWE does stuff like this all the time; where, in the same moment, they accomplish one thing that makes a lot of sense, and another thing that doesn't make hardly ANY sense. 
Yes, Samoa Joe should mercilessly toss some competitors around and beat them up. But, why did they switch things up with Mustafa Ali so fast. Last thing I knew, this guy was putting in great performances and was on a roll, and WWE was going to capitalize on that; and then this. I don't get it.

STEAL HIS LAST NAME AND HE'LL STEAL YOUR SHOW!

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Rey Mysterio and Andrade (not to be confused with Andrade Cien Almas) put on a match that would have stolen the show at a Pay Per View. 
Now, that's all well and good for one match, but I still don't have any reason to care about either of these characters in the long term. There is no stroyline, no clear goals, no direction: there's nothing.

WELCOME TO THE USO INNS AND SUITES

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This segment was just weird. I hate to say that, because everyone's on the right track, I just feel like the execution was off. 
It almost felt like everyone was in the 3rd week of their first-ever improv class and they are trying really hard to come up with their lines. 

HAPPY BUMBLING BIRTHDAY

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This is another storyline that feels like it's just not being executed right. I like that they've made Miz a sympathetic babyface, that definitely feels fresh. Shane however, isn't hitting the mark for me. 
I hope they can gel better moving forward.

Smackdown still wins the week. They continually put out the best overall show of the week. Will they do the same next week? Check back in to find out!

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Professional Wrestling has a long, storied history full of ups and downs. As with anything, we fans like to get nostalgic and take a look back at where we've been, so we can have a clear picture of where we are going in the future.

That said, let's take a moment and reflect on this day in professional wrestling history.

SOULED ALL THE WAY OUT - 2000

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WCW hosted it's 4th Annual (and final) Souled Out PPV, 19 years ago in the Firstar Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
WCW 2000 continues to be a laughing stock company year for the professional wrestling industry, and this show, if you were to go back and watch it, can go a long way to showcasing that.
In this show, Kevin Nash defeated Terry Funk in a Hardcore Match to win the title of WCW Commissioner. I'm sure you all remember how well THAT went.
Also, Chris Benoit defeated Sid Vicious to win the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Title. However, Benoit would be stripped of the title on Nitro the next night, as footage would show that Sid's leg was under the ropes during the referee's count.
In reality, Benoit was fed-up with the company and walked out. He would appear on WWF television 2 weeks later.

THE FIRST FINAL - 2005

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TNA held their first ever Final Resolution PPV from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida.
This show was highlighted by an excellent Ultimate X match for the X-Division Championship.
AJ Styles would defeat then-champion Petey Williams, and Chris Sabin.

THE FIRST STEP OF AN EVOLUTION - 2010 

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Evolve held their debut event to approximately 300 people in Rahway, New Jersey.
This event featured names including: Kyle O'Reilly, Bobby Fish, Ricochet, Jimmy Jacobs, Johnny Gargano, TJP, Mike Quackenbush, Davey Richards, and Kota Ibushi.
Evolve has come a long way in 9 years, making quite the name for themselves along the way, evidenced by Triple H and WWE/NXT working closely with the organization, even lending Evolve some talent occasionally for special events.

USO-ONE GETS A BETTER HALF - 2014

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Naomi and Jimmy Uso (I don't know what their real names are and we don't fact-check at The Spanish Announce Table. We DO however refer to Jimmy Uso as Uso 1), were married in Hawaii 5 years ago.
The ceremony that was taped for an airing on an episode of Total Divas.

THAT HAD TO STING A LITTLE BIT - 2014

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TNA broadcast an episode of Impact Wrestling on this day 5 years ago; one that would prove to be the final company appearance for a man called Sting. Sting would eventually resurface in November, on WWE television.
Sting had a sizeable career in TNA, and you could argue is one of the reasons it continued to have any legitimacy in the mainstream wrestling fans eyes, during the time he was there.
If nothing else, a whole lot of young, up-and-coming talent had the chance to work with one of the most-revered legends in the industry.

Well, as you can see, a lot can happen on any given day in the crazy world of professional wrestling, so thank you for joining me on this journey, as we reflect upon what happened ON THIS DAY!

Check out our new Spanish Announce Merch Table. A small portion of everything you buy at the table will go to helping us keep this website and podcast free for you!

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Admitedly I haven't watched much (any) 205 Live since it began. WWE definitely didn't hit the ground running with the rollout of the show. That said, I notice people are saying good things lately, so I've decided to hop back on the bandwagon and watch some 205 Live. Well, I will probably never watch it "live", but you get the idea.

First thing I like is how they have Drake Maverick, the General Manager of 205 Live, narrating the opening of the show, telling us what happened last week, and what we can expect this week. That's a nice touch to set this show apart.

LINCE FELT THE RUSH

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Lio Rush is one of my favorites right now. His work on the main rosters as a hype man for Bobby Lashley is so good that other performers should study it.
Rush did just as well on 205 Live as he does in that main roster role. He is extremely comfortable on the mic, and it's very believable and easy to hate.
I also like how Rush, after getting the victory, assaulted Lince Dorado and how pleased he looked with himself.

BACKSTAGE PROMOS!

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Noam Dar and Tony Nese got up in each other's face in a backstage interview. Dar has a feel of being that smug guy that you just can't prove wrong; like he's earned every bit of his cockiness, and that makes you super mad.

TJP did an amazing job of appearing annoyingly flippant and arrogant while talking to Drake Maverick backstage. He capped the performance nicely by turning and walking away, laughing, while Maverick was still talking. Little character nuances like that can go a long way into making the crowd love or hate a performer.

Next week there will be a Triple Threat  between Hideo Itami, Akira Tozawa, and Kalisto; winner gets a Royal Rumble title match against current Cruiserweight Champ Buddy Murphy.
This week they treated us to promos from the competitors. Well, sort of; Kalisto spoke for himself, but Tozawa had THE Brian Kendrick doing his talking, and Hideo Itami's voice was lended by Ariya Daivari. They have some good mic talent in 205 Live.

MAIN EVENT

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It's time for the Main Event which has the Champion Buddy Murphy issuing a long-time open-challenge.
Murphy didn't do so well in the pre-match promo. He seemed a little unsure of his lines, and the crowd didn't really seem to care about him.
His challenger was revealed as NXT's Humberto Carrillo (known to indy fans as Ultimo Ninja, look him up).
These two put on a very solid match that saw Carrillo five Murphy everything he could handle; yet Murphy would escape with the victory in the end.

So I'll say it; 205 Live was good. I'll watch again next week!

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If you're like us here at The Spanish Announce Table, you're busy (or lazy) and don't have the time to follow along with all the various professional wrestling news websites and stay up-to-date, with up-to-the minute, breaking news. 

We can, however, skim through the various articles of all of YESTERDAY'S news; and give you all the tidbits and links you need to know to stay up-to-date on YESTERDAY'S NEWS!

STROWMAN CANT WIN; NOT ALLOWED TO LOSE

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Pretty much every wrestling news outlet covered this story, and the basic idea being put out is that WWE isn't ready for Strowman to win the Universal Title and they also don't want him to LOSE at The Royal Rumble. Therefore, they pulled him in this way, to not make him look weak, and to buy time. 
Is any of that true? Well, WWE has made no official statements, and likely won't ever even come close to doing so. So our offiical answer would be: maybe.
Links
http://www.AllWrestling.com/Content.aspx?ID=123056
https://wrestlingnews.co/wwe-news/real-reason-why-braun-strowman-was-pulled-from-the-wwe-royal-rumble/
http://www.AllWrestling.com/Content.aspx?ID=123058
https://wrestlingnews.co/wwe-news/reason-why-finn-balor-will-be-facing-brock-lesnar-at-wwe-royal-rumble/

JERRY THE KING LAWLER WILL BE ON THE ROYAL RUMBLE COMMENTARY TEAM

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According to Ringside News, Jerry The King Lawler will be joining Michael Cole and JBL to provide commentary for the Men's Royal Rumble match. 
Also of note, Lawler signed a new WWE contract, something he is accustomed to doing every year. This time, however, Lawler signed for two years. 

WWE THOUGHT THE ALEXA BLISS SEGMENT WAS PG-SEXY

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Many outlets also covered this story of Alexa Bliss being not-so-covered. The most-discussed idea is that WWE is trying to add back some "Attitude Era-esque" qualities to their show in any way that won't hurt their PG standing. 
The YouTube video of the segment reached 1 million views in one day.
Links:
https://www.ringsidenews.com/2019/01/15/why-wwe-booked-alexa-bliss-angle-dressing-room-on-raw/
https://www.ringsidenews.com/2019/01/15/alexa-bliss-scandalous-segment-on-wwe-raw-goes-viral/
https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2019/01/alexa-bliss-dressing-room-segment-garners-big-views-on-649853/
https://wrestlingnews.co/wwe-news/backstage-wwe-news-on-alexa-bliss-topless-segment-from-raw/

TUESDAY NIGHTS JUST GOT LIVE

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205 Live is returning to Tuesday nights on the WWE Network, and will air at 9 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time. (The one true time zone)
Reminder; this is YESTERDAY'S NEWS, and that means you missed the 205 Live return to Tuesday nights. But hey, if you have the WWE Network, then you can watch it whenever the hell you want. 
Links:
http://network.wwe.com/shows/in-ring/205-live
http://allwrestling.com/content.aspx?ID=123060

SLIGHTLY-MORE THAN ALMOST-NOBODY IS WATCHING RAW

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RAW saw a significant ratings jump this week; seeing the highest ratings for the show since September. Of note, Monday Night Football is no longer on, so WWE typically sees significant ratings increases this time of year.
Links:
http://allwrestling.com/content.aspx?ID=123077
https://wrestlingnews.co/wwe-news/this-weeks-wwe-raw-sees-big-viewership-increase/
https://www.ewrestlingnews.com/news/wwe-raw-viewership-for-11419-up-from-last-week
https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2019/01/this-week-wwe-raw-draws-best-viewership-in-months-649856/
https://www.cagesideseats.com/wwe/2019/1/15/18184453/wwe-raw-viewers-up-big-this-week-braun-strowman-finn-balor-universal-championship-royal-rumble-2019

ANOTHER NAME BITES THE DUST

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Another WWE Superstar had their names removed. This time Andrade Cien Almas is now just Andrade.
Links:
https://wrestlingnews.co/wwe-news/wwe-star-gets-a-slight-name-change/
http://www.prowrestlingsheet.com/andrade-almas-name-change/#.XD7FK1xKjIU
https://www.ewrestlingnews.com/news/wwe-changes-ring-name-of-smackdown-superstar
https://www.ringsidenews.com/2019/01/15/wwe-makes-change-to-superstars-name/
https://www.cagesideseats.com/wwe/2019/1/15/18184648/wwe-changes-name-andrade-cien-almas-wwe-smackdown.

Obviously this isn't all of yesterday's news, but this is the biggest items that we found noteworthy here at The Spanish Announce Table. There is typically a bunch of indy news, ROH news, etc., but you're on your own for that stuff. Please check out the various links to the great news websites that we look through to find these stories. 

Remember to listen to our PODCAST, watch our YouTube videos, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Professional Wrestling has a long, storied history full of ups and downs. As with anything, we fans like to get nostalgic and take a look back at where we've been, so we can have a clear picture of where we are going in the future.

That said, let's take a moment and reflect on this day in professional wrestling history.

HAPPY BARBIE BIRTHDAY - Jan 15, 1987

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Barbie Blank, better known to wrestling fans as Kelly Kelly was born 32 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida.
Kelly Kelly has a unique reputation/legacy in professional wrestling, much of which I won't get into, you can do some google research if you want to look more into it.
In the meantime, you can learn about Kelly Kelly on her Wikipedia Page. 

THE ROYALIEST OF RUMBLES - Jan 15, 1989 

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The WWF held the first ever PPV edition of The Royal Rumble 30 years ago at The Summit in Houston, Texas.
The original Royal Rumble was not a PPV event, but it was so well liked that WWF moved forward with a yearly event around the match.
The highlights of this particular version include The Ultimate Warrior defeating Ravashing Rick Rude in a posedown competition; Haku defeating Harley Race to the undisputed "unofficial" King of the Ring, and Big John Studd winning the Royal Rumble, having entered at Number 27.

THE RINGMASTER ARRIVES - Jan 15, 1996

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The ill-fated debut gimmick for Steve Austin in WWE was The Ring Master, which was really no gimmick, outside of a name. Then they decided he, being a plain-Jane, basic ring-gear wearing, mat technician, should be the protege of the Million Dollar Man and start wearing the Million Dollar Championship.
Yeah, all that really happened. On this date, 23 years ago, The Ringmaster debuted, defeating Matt Hardy by submission via The Million Dollar Dream.

TNA GIVES UP - Jan 15, 2013

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TNA dropped a lawsuit stemming from former TNA office worker Brian Wittenstein, who stole confidential information from TNA and attempted to hand it over to WWE.
WWE, to their credit, contacted TNA and informed them what Wittenstein was doing. However, TNA felt they needed to sue WWE for being targeted, since at the same time this stuff was happening, Ric Flair was trying to leave TNA to go back to WWE.
TNA would eventually advise the cour that both sides had agreed to cover their own legal costs and they withdrew the lawsuit.
Fans may remember how restricted talent were at that time from even mentioning the letters T, N, or A.
You can read more about the lawsuit on Wikipedia.

SUPER FLIES AWAY - Jan 15, 2016 

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Superfly Jimmy Snuka passed away at the age of 73 years. Snuka had been battling stomach cancer and dementia.Also of note, at the time of his passing, officials were looking back into the early 1980's death of Snuka's girlfriend, in which Snuka was an initial suspect. 
Snuka was one of the biggest babyfaces of his era; he had a charisma that is hard to describe. People just loved Superfly.
Read more about him on his Wikipedia Page.

Well, as you can see, a lot can happen on any given day in the crazy world of professional wrestling, so thank you for joining me on this journey, as we reflect upon what happened ON THIS DAY!

Check out our new Spanish Announce Merch Table. A small portion of everything you buy at the table will go to helping us keep this website and podcast free for you!

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RAW is live in Memphis and I'm going to be completely honest; I feel as though WWE is still going through the motions, and is still unaware of the problems they say they are fixing. 
That said, I still look for the positives in things, so I'm going to give this a go.

They start with showing us that Mr. McMahon has arrived to the building; and any good wrestling fan knows that means something will go down tonight! (In all honesty, that's what it's supposed to mean. We'll see if that still holds true.)

BRAUN IS BACK

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So this wasn't bad. Braun can't keep his temper in check, so now he has to cut a check to Mr. McMahon for $100,000 for his demolished limo. 

Oh, and Strowman also won't be getting his title shot anymore! 

Is this the seeds of a new McMahon vs Superstar angle? Will that even work anymore? 

SASHA & RONDA vs SNUKAJAX

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WWE LOVES to make tag teams out of wrestlers who have a big match against each other in a few weeks. I feel like they tell that story every single month.

This time the babyface duo survived their match virtually unharmed and with no bad blood between them; until the post-match interview. 

Shout out to Sasha for a confident promo right up in Ronda's face, but I REALLY don't get why they're playing Rousey as the nerdy girl that doesn't understand how to have normal conversations.

LUCHA HOUSE PARTY vs THE REVIVAL

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Here's the latest Funkasarus/Adam Rose/No Way Jose gimmick that they keep trying. 
At least it gives easy ammunition for The Revival to use for promos.

I just don't see anything to care about in this match, and it really didn't help that they cut away from the match to show jobbers lining up and fighting over a title shot against Brock that they're never going to get. The whole presentation feels like a cartoon.

The Revival cheated; they won. I think four people in the front row seemed to care.

FOURWAY FATALITY

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So 4 different competitors tried to convince the authority figure that they deserve the open title shot. 
That authority figure then decides a Fatal 4Way will determine who gets the title shot. 

We've been here before. I only keep mentioning this because THEY promised things would be different and there would be "new matchups". They can't honestly think this is it.

RIOTT SQUAD vs BAYLEY, NATALYA, & NIKKI CROSS

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My interest in this match went from 0 to 100 the moment I heard the music for Nikki Cross, revealing her as the surprise partner for Natty & Bayley. 
No offense to the other competitors, but I find Nikki Cross to be ten times more entertaining than the rest of them.
Nikki's team won. 

JINDER MAHAL vs FINN BALOR

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Did anyone think Jinder Mahal  was going to beat Finn Balor? I'm not even sure Jinder believed that.
Balor won; big surprise.

Seth Rollins vs Bobby Lashley vs Dean Ambrose - IC Title Triple Threat Match

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Before this match kicked off we got a series of damn good promos all around. Lio Rush made me believe Bobby Lashley was going to come steal my life and family from me; Dean Ambrose was somewhere in the dark in a trailer park pimp jacket, and Seth Rollins felt like he was about to cry telling us how much he cared about this.

Lio Rush got involved with just enough of a distraction to give Bobby Lashley the pinfall for his first IC title reign. I did not see this coming. I like it!

A MOMENT OF BLISS WITH PAUL HEYMAN

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Boy, THAT headline sure doesn't sound that appealing, does it? 
Anyway, before interviewing Paul Heyman, Alexa Bliss unveiled the new WWE Women's Tag Team Titles.

Paul Heyman manages to do a good job talking about Brock Lesnar and how he'll beat up any of the chumps that win the Fatal 4Way later; but the issue I have is that it all sounds the same anymore. We've run this well dry.

I think they thought ending it with Otis Dozovic acting like he can't even talk would be a unique, fresh way of doing things. It felt random and meaningless; which feels like a theme. 

#1 CONTENDER FATAL 4WAY - CENA vs BALOR vs CORBIN vs MCINTYRE

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This was a good match, no doubt about it. You could argue that it SHOULD be with that much talent involved, but in the end, they did a damn good job and Finn Balor scoring the pin on John Cena is of note.

I think WWE is about to start featuring Finn Balor more now that his Bullet Club buddies are gaining notoriety with All Elite Wrestling. 

And that's it! RAW goes off the air with Balor celebrating his victory and his Universal Title shot later. I'm guessing Braun's latest post-surgery visit didn't go as planned.

We'll see how much more DIFFERENT they can throw at us next week!

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