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Raw Report 12-18-17

Monday Night Raw came to us from Providence, RI this week, Here is my breakdown of the show. 

By The numbers

Matches: 7
Interviews: 0
In-ring Promos: 4
Backstage Promos: 5
Times Booker T made me want to punch a wall: 3

Main Storylines

  • Who will face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at Royal Rumble? Kane or Braun Strowman?
    • My only question thus far about this entire storyline is why in the world Kane is involved?
    • To the main point, it will be a Triple Threat match at Royal Rumble between Kane, Braun Strowman, and Brock Lesnar. Which I suppose answers my question about Kane's involvement. If he eats the pin and Strowman wins, then you can get the belt off of Brock without him losing and maintain his 'Beast' status. Though, I'm not sure if he drops the Universal Title at Rumble. I'd like him to but I'm not convinced just yet.
  • Samoa Joe vs. The Shield. This is really good. The Shield is totally over and making Joe their foil is a great way to ensure he maintains his status as a legit top heel.
  • Drew Gulak is a genius.
  • Enzo Amore and Nia Jax...who cares.
  • Woken Matt Hardy.
    • If you haven't seen the Broken Matt Hardy storyline from TNA, then you are in for a very weird and WONDERFUL treat. His commitment to this character is perfect.
  • Elias continues to slay. He's the definition of a heat magnet. 

Match of the Night

Cedric Alexander vs. Drew Gulak

(Winner faces Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight title)

This match had a great spot where Gulak suplexed Alexander over the top rope, which lead to Alexander suplexing Gulak, and then a final Suplex from Gulak as they hit the mat on the outside of the ring. Pretty nuts to watch. They also hit the Standing Spanish Fly which is, by far, the best move in Pro Wrestling. This match was a ton of fun and featured two guys who are highly talented and fun to watch.


  • Hideo Itami is here!! He came out to save Finn Balor from a Miztourage beatdown. Here's hoping his main roster run is exponentially better than his time in NXT. 
  • The Revival are back! Top Guys rule and get the win over Slater and Rhyno.
  • We get the first EVER Women's Royal Rumble Match in Janurary!! So cool.