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Raw summary and reactions (October 17, 2022): Who wants a championship?

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we are on the way Crown Jewels. All that aside, WWE is putting on a very interesting show for early November. Want to know what other matches or stories we got into that weekend? Well, keep reading, good reader.

But not before I read Claire’s blog.

let’s talk Raw!

Everyone Wants To Be A Champion

With the end of both WWE heavyweight championships in sight, living on Relevancy Island, the United States championship is clearly the main belt at the moment. Yes, Bobby Lashley carried it beautifully, but the spotlight has been brighter and hotter this week. Mostly because of the large number of contestants targeting Seth Rollins’ neck. Those of you reading beyond this section get a little more background information about one of these challengers in Mustafa Ali, but of course Matt Riddle and now…Elias.

Riddle and Rollins are great together. This kind of feud with so much hostility is sweeter only when it comes to a belt. His matches this week showed that the fewer fighting pits, the better. Elias played spoilers when the man returned determined to perform tonight. But people continued to intervene. First Riddle, a proven fan, and then Rollins just because he’s Rollins. There was some tension between Elias and Riddle, with the former getting a little annoyed that the latter stopped his show, which made more sense depending on how Riddle’s match with Rollins ended.

Elias remained in the ring during the match, dealing blows to Rollins after the US champion provoked him. Later in the match, Seth begged Elias to hit him for the DQ win. Seth always takes the easy way out when things get tough for him. He gave Rollins everything he had, but nothing let the original Bro down. Yes, tell Elias to strangle you in front of the referee and go home with your title. Elias didn’t bite, so Seth kicked him super.

Riddle came out, threw Seth back into the ring and looked like the new champion. Right up to that point, Seth blocked the RKO and threw Riddle into Elias, who lost his temper and went straight to Seth. Seth won the match, curbing Elias for his problems, and did almost the same to Riddle.

But then came Ali, who wanted to avenge Seth’s previous actions and now promised that it was Seth’s problem.

A fun episode that promises a lot going forward. Elias and Riddle? Probably. Elias and Seth? Also maybe. Ali and everyone? Definitely. And the stories are already there, with everyone’s eyes focused on Rollins, either now or in the not-too-distant future.

Sometimes this wrestling thing is really simple.


california roll

OC, aka California, beat Alpha Academy. I really enjoyed seeing Gallows & Anderson back in the ring, but I knew the game wasn’t important. The California Boys’ main beef is with Doomsday. this What is my money for? I understand why showing them back in the ring against worthy opponents reintroduces them to the crowd, but again, that’s not the point right now. It’s an underscore that Doomsday shows up after the game and engages a bit back and forth with his colleagues.

Long and short of their introduction: Judgment Day vs. the OC Crown Royal Gem, Finn Balor thinks the Bullet Club thing has been played out (although he certainly embraced AJ Styles when he wanted it on his side) and AJ challenged Dominik after saying some very rude words to young Mysterio. As an aside, Rhea Ripley was the best in this segment. The absolute best. The way she looks at Dom, yawning a little when AJ calls her “mother” and doing the Lady Macbeth thing with Dom. Fantastic.

Before I even got to that, I was very upset that Rey Mysterio was on the air. Smack down because I can’t write my favorite story in WWE anymore. It also most likely means that he is no longer a part of this story. Raw, this is a big loss for the red brand. sigh. That’s why we can’t have nice things.

Who is your mother?

Dominik is getting better every week. He recovers in the ring as he finds his legs as a bum bum shot by a woman he doesn’t know how to deal with. AJ Styles was the perfect dance partner that surprised no one. Like most matches on the night, it wasn’t a barn-burner by any means but it was a solid affair. Dom wrestles differently from his father – as he should – while using his quickness but also his length and reach. Oh, and of course some cruelty. The 619 still looks weird because he’s not as fast as his father, nor is he short. While the movement works for the character, it hardly passes the eye test. But that’s a little word game.

The bigger news here is that Dom has a W against AJ. Rhea was very helpful by holding AJ’s foot and delaying his attack on Dom, but it was enough to get Dom’s surprise injection attempt. JD currently has the advantage over OC. And that’s great for now.

Time out…

Normally something like this isn’t that loud, but I’m a little annoyed. Dexter Lumis and The Miz didn’t wrestle this week. You know, Dexter’s contract match? Well, here’s the thing: Why does Dexter have the theme music and the intro video if he doesn’t have a contract? I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t act on TV, but that doesn’t make much sense. During Dexter’s full intro with the music and video, Miz beat him with a chair, which means we’ll have at least another week to live.

Johnny Gargano said there was something he didn’t tell us about Miz’s relationship with Dexter. Great, Johnny Wrestling. Cool.

Monster Injured

Bobby Lashley started Raw in a mood this week. The guy didn’t even wait for input or any joke. He wanted Brock Lesnar and yes, he got Brock Lesnar. Brock cost Lashley the United States championship last week, so Lashley attacked Lesnar before the man recovered and settled in. Lashley speared Lesnar through the barricade and then straightened him over the commentary table. love When Raw starts hot like this Love a wrestler even more when he makes you look dangerous, competent and true to his word.

For any upcoming match between the two to work, Lesnar must look beatable by anyone who isn’t Roman Reigns. Lesnar slumped over the wreckage while holding his arm and painfully achieved this goal.


Look, I’m glad Ali is doing something important on TV. Seth Rollins is out for his own celebratory shit talk session. Mustafa Ali approached the ring and put an end to all this. Breaking his disgust for a moment, Seth told Ali how much he respected him and thought he was a drug wrestler. But the agreement between Ali and Bobby Lashley is void because he is not Lashley. Seth caught Ali by surprise while giving their support to Ali! Ali resisted, but on this point he was no match.

Seth and Ali for the title? Save me. Ali deserves all the great things, and that’s potentially great for him.


Bayley is great at commenting. “He uses it” comes from a moment in the tag match between Bianca Belair & Candice LeRae vs Damage CNTRL, where Bianca takes Candice on her shoulders and uses her partner as a weapon against her rivals. Perfect timing from Bayley that I’m still laughing at.

KAI-N-SKY, Belair and Candice had a bad match. Too much skill in the ring, too much experience (at least 45 years at the CNTRL, according to Baleyley), and enough story for a compelling match. And everything seemed fine for Bianca and Candice until Bayley made the difference. She intervened, Bianca interrupting her, but her distraction drove Candice into her solitude. The tag champions finished it off and Bianca’s face said it all.

I like Damage CNTRL which is superior here. they are a super group and getting them in the driver’s seat is always the right decision. Especially when opposing people who are only together because of circumstances and not as a real group.

JBL Has a Point

No, it’s not about the modern day wrestling god Baron Corbin. No thanks sir. But Dolph Ziggler have He stole money for 15 years in WWE. Is he a good wrestler? Of course. But Dolph had “next” for a long time. For that long, in fact, other cats took it from him. At a certain point, his character became “stealing the show” which is cool but it meant losing more than winning and never meeting the high expectations his character often projected. But I’ll stop before DZ fans take effect.

Trolling the crowd about wrestlers who failed during the Attitude Era is perfect catnip for people my age, but it’s also probably weird that some of that crowd is old enough to stop and think. As Arsenio Hall said, it’s the things that move you.

JBL was great at promoting Corbin as the newest wrestler on the market. Raw list. Going into mega heel mode with the fall of a cowboy hat, thrown at Rey—yes continuity—destroyed Oklahoma and it was just a pose.

After all that, Dolph and Corbin had a solid match. A very solid match. I’m more interested in whether the JBL co-signature means it’s a permanent part of the action or just lends credibility to it for one night. If it’s me, I’ll try to make this a permanent fixture because I think JBL has done a lot for Corbin. Calling him the new wrestling god seems to bother him, so I hope JBL has some interesting plans for him in this new role he’s been assigned.

See you this Tuesday…

Rhea Ripley is heading to NXT for Cora Jade, while the Good Brothers are teaming up with Cameron Grimes to buy The Schism. I thought you should know.

Raw continues its steady course. As last week, nothing surprising, but clearly Crown Jewels and he gives us good matches on the way.

B level

This is my note and I will stick to it. Your turn.