WWE Raw Results: Winners

WWE Raw Results

Opening Segment

Following a brief video montage, Raw began with Drew McIntyre squared off in the ring. He declared he would be heard by all, even though the audience was jeering. According to the Scot, those who have abandoned him were never his fans in the first place, and he could care less about them. He made fun of Jay Use for never offering an apology to the people he wronged during his time with The Bloodline. Speaking, McIntyre discussed all he had given up for his family, including the moment when he was finally allowed to perform in front of them in Europe—a moment that Jay’s family stole from him. He said that he would not be attending The Judgement Day, but Rhea Ripley offered him the opportunity to Jay will comply if you put him in a cage. Jay emerged to answer, but The Judgement Day appeared behind McIntyre to provide support. Eventually, Jay’s Wargames squad also joined him. Adam Pearce stated that anyone fighting on either side would give their squad the advantage on Saturday night, so he didn’t want anyone on either team to engage in combat. Additionally, he instructed the babyface team to select a fifth player by the end of the evening. Although McIntyre did an excellent job during his portion of the segment, the rest of it felt a little forced in an attempt to force the two teams into a standoff, which would have been more beneficial at the end of the show than the beginning.

Grade:

B-

Notable Moments and Observations

Has McIntyre’s hair been gradually becoming darker? It was brown once, but now it appears practically black.
For the Wargames advantage, Pearce gave the teams the freedom to choose which member would fight on this episode.

This week’s singles bout between Jac and Rodriguez gave us a matchup of titans.

Jac had an advantage because of her stature, which allowed her to seize control right away. She talked trash for a while until Rodriguez interrupted her with a shoulder tackle, forcing her to leave the ring. After starting to concentrate her attack on her opponent’s back, Jac was back in control as we came back from the break. Rodriguez attempted to raise Jac on her shoulders, but the injuries she had sustained prevented her from doing so. Jac took advantage of her inability to hit a powerbomb to hit her finisher to win. This was a respectable and better than expected A confrontation akin to “Irresistible Force vs. Immovable Object.” Rodriguez was the main attraction here because she always looks her best when she is up against someone larger or similar in stature.

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Notable Moments and Observations

Damian Priest expressed his desire to compete in the advantage match to Ripley during a brief backstage encounter, but she refused, stating they had to wait for McIntyre to discuss it as a group. This seemed to annoy the Archer of Infamy.
A beautiful crossbody from the apron to the floor was executed by Rodriguez.
Rodriguez’s corkscrew elbow drop appeared more like a senton, but it was still a nice shot.

Becky Lynch vs. Xia Li

Lynch needed to take care of some personal business with Li on Monday before she steps into the cage at Wargames. Lyra Valkyrie, the NXT women’s champion, was present in the audience to watch Li because they are currently embroiled in a dispute. Li had the upper hand early in the bout, but Lynch’s calculated takedown turned the tide and put The Man in control until her opponent reclaimed the lead before the half. Lynch started to show some life when the show came back. A series of impressive maneuvers and near falls were exchanged between them until The Man used the Manhandle Slam to finally pin Li for a three-count. Li looked much better in this match than she has on the main roster thus far. It was a fiercely competitive and exciting match. Even if she didn’t win, she needed a show like this. Lynch’s colleagues intervened to transform the altercation into a large-scale battle as Damage CTRL emerged from the crowd to initiate combat.

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Notable Moments and Observations

Compared to not appearing on TV at all for the majority of 2023, Li’s dual feuds on Raw and NXT are a significant improvement.
It was fantastic to see WWE bring back the lightning graphics for the Chinese star’s entrance. It was one of the company’s few cool augmented reality images. Lynch’s face paint partially wiped off, giving the impression that she had a large black eye.
We probably didn’t see Li’s attempt to swing Lynch about on her shoulders, whatever that may have been. It’s difficult to determine what she intended to achieve, but it seems like something went wrong.

Johnny Gargano vs. Ludwig Kaiser

When Ludwig Kaiser and Johnny Gargano rematches this week, the former was hoping to show that he could defeat the latter without Giovanni Vinci’s assistance, but Tommaso Ciampa was waiting at ringside to support Johnny Wrestling. Given that Gargano and Kaiser have sparred together numerous times throughout the years, they have a wonderful rapport and are adept at bringing out the best in one another. Gargano sold every fast-moving move Kaiser made for his opponent, while Kaiser did the same for any Imperium member he overwhelmed. Given how skilled both men are, it would surprise people if they delivered anything else than an entertaining contest given the quantity of

of the time allotted to them.

Vinci arrived to assist and witnessed Gargano secure the victory. The Italian even appeared to be grinning a little.

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Notable Moments and Observations

For some reason, Samantha Irvin’s pronunciation of Kaiser’s name is very comforting.
It looked wonderful how Kaiser averted a suicide dive.
Gargano and Ciampa’s team feels more established than it did in NXT, in large part because of their matching clothing.
Kaiser had a great-looking gut wrench slam counter.

Women’s Tag Team No. 1 Contender’s Fatal 4-Way

Following a backstage setup, four women’s tag teams engaged in a Fatal 4-Way match to choose new competitors for the women’s titles. The quartet consisted of Natalya and Tegan NOx, Ivy Nile and Maxine Dupris, Indi Hartwell and Candice Lecrae, and Katana Chance and Kayden Carter. Any eight-player competition will be challenging to oversee, and it becomes considerably more so when the players are divided into four teams as opposed to a four-on-four format. It was a dull contest overall, although there were some entertaining moments. Though having so many ladies in the ring on Monday was a wonderful touch, this was the weakest in-ring match that we saw.

But because of the funny commentary from the reigning champions Chelsea Green and Piper Niven, as well as some of the multi-woman spots, it could have been the most entertaining. Nox’s team ultimately prevailed, securing a title shot for themselves.

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Notable Moments and Observations

Although it felt a little forced to get everyone there at the same moment, the enormous position at ringside where Dupris leaped on everyone looked good.
Tag teams dressed alike FTW. It was hilarious to watch Niven giggle during commentary every time someone took a strong blow.

Chad Gable vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

In order to ramp up their intercontinental title feud, The Mize and Gunther held an in-ring segment. After a lengthy conversation, The A-Lister delivered a low blow and used his finisher on the champion. Nakamura vs. Gable was the next match. As a result of The Artist’s recent deconstruction of Alpha Academy members, the group’s leader believed it was his responsibility to set him straight. At the start of the encounter, Gable took Nakamura down a couple times using his amateur wrestling abilities. Although they alternated possession a few times, the Olympian set the pace for the majority of the first half. Nakamura scored more points in the second half, but Gable continued to appear to be in charge the majority of the time. In the end, the Artist prevailed, but not with the Kinshasa. There might be one more meeting between them because he needed to use a pinning combination to defeat Gable.

This was the best fight of the series between Alpha Academy and Nakamura, and it was entertaining. It’s hardly surprising that Gable looks excellent versus other opponents, but he needs to start pulling off some of these bigger victories.

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Notable Moments and Observations

In a little video package, Valhalla and Ivar challenged Bronson Reed to a match the following week.
Gable’s face made his counter to Good Vibrations appear fantastic. He seems almost outraged that Nakamura would attack him with such a manner.
Gable’s full nelson suplex was clean.

Drew McIntyre vs. Jay Uso

This week’s main event not only decided which men’s team would be better prepared for Wargames this weekend, but McIntyre also used the opportunity to vent his grievances at Jay Use. When they finally faced each other, Jay fired first, starting a right-hand exchange. After exchanging blows, Use unexpectedly took the upper hand, but the Scot scored the first near-fall with a powerful back elbow. Even though it appeared to be a given at the beginning of the game, they switched control multiple times to keep us guessing and make the result less certain. Although it was entertaining, for some reason this didn’t feel like the major event. It seems as though it would have been better in the midst of the performance, but the issue is that this location wouldn’t work for anything else on the card.
The Scottish Warrior often expressed his desire to permanently defeat Use, but Use handled the battle like any other, so the sense of personal hostility was never as strong as it ought to have been. Using the Future Shock DDT in place of his go-to Claymore Kick, McIntyre achieved an unexpectedly clean victory. With the two Wargames teams battling around the ring, the show came to a close. With some clear context cues, Cody Rhodes disclosed that Randy Orton will be the last member of their group.

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Notable Moments and Observations

Ripley’s constant staring at McIntyre ought to make Dominik Mysterious envious.
WWE manages to make the rules of Wargames appear more convoluted than they actually are.
You can always hear McIntyre over the din of the crowd when he talks trash in the ring.

The Final Word

In preparation for Survivor Series this weekend, this week’s Raw managed to provide some entertaining in-ring action as well as a strong send-off programme. Monday’s event had a whopping 27 women in a variety of matches, segments, and multimedia packages—possibly setting a record for a non-Royal Rumble show. All the matches were entertaining in their own right, but Lynch and Li came in close second to Gargano and Kaiser’s outstanding performance of the evening. Wargames is always a lot of fun, and Chicagoans will have a blast seeing Orton’s comeback scheduled for the pay-per-view. It seems like WWE programming has just found its footing overall. Though not flawless, the shows have been steadily more pleasurable from beginning to end.

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