Another Monday night, another three hours of Raw. In an ideal world, WWE fans would read that sentence and be excited. Right now, watching Raw feels like a chore for those of us who still choose to watch it. Some of you may have even skipped this week and you're reading this right now for a rundown of what you missed. We don't blame you, and here are all the biggest moments from Monday night's Raw.
It might be a quiet time of year when it comes to WWE, but that is no excuse for how poor Raw has been the last two weeks. Seth Rollins opened Raw on Monday by acknowledging that problem. The Architect took a week off from hunting Dean Ambrose to call out Baron Corbin. Rollins blamed Corbin for how bad Raw has been recently. He is sort of right, but it's Vince McMahon and WWE creative who are booking the shows and pulling the strings. Either way, hopefully Raw's opening was a sign that things would be different this week. The prospect of Rollins versus Corbin in a TLC match in Raw's main event is certainly more interesting than anything else on the show for the past two weeks.
One of the lowest of lowlights recently on Raw has been its tag division. We know Mr. McMahon isn't a fan of tag wrestling, but he really doesn't need to make it so painfully obvious. Rollins even referenced the pee jokes being made by Drake Maverick, basically accusing Corbin of being behind it. This week, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable got one last chance to win the Raw Tag Team Titles from AOP. They had to beat all three of them though, including Maverick. Every time it looked like AOP might win, Maverick would tag in for the cover. That plan massively backfired. Roode rolled up Maverick and we now have new Tag Team Champions on Raw.
Drew McIntyre returned to the main roster the night after WrestleMania 34. Eight months later and he had still not lost a match. Well, not until last week. McIntyre has found himself some new friends in Corbin and Bobby Lashley, so decided to make it very clear he doesn't need Dolph Ziggler anymore. Turns out McIntyre wasn't carrying Ziggler as much he might have liked to think. The Showoff handed his former partner his first loss since his return to Raw. This past Monday, The Psychotic Scot avenged that loss. Without Finn Balor to distract him, McIntyre had no problem dispatching of Ziggler.
Another thing that has made Raw almost unbearable for the past couple of weeks is the insistence of Alexa Bliss to hold open forums. Despite WWE's attempts to turn things around, we were threatened with another on Monday. Not with Bayley and Sasha Banks this time, but between TLC opponents Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax. Thankfully, Rousey's desire to get her hands on Jax prevented the open forum from ever happening. Instead, we got straight to a match between Tamina and Ember Moon with Rousey and Jax at ringside. When Jax tried to interfere, the champ grabbed her by the hair and dumped her over the barricade. That enabled Moon to win the match with ease.
As mentioned above, Raw's main event was a TLC match between Corbin and Rollins for the Intercontinental Title. To try and make sure the match went in his favor, Corbin appointed Heath Slater as the main event's referee. He turned a blind eye to Lashley helping Lio Rush beat Elias earlier in the evening, even though he didn't want to. Slater also played a big part in the main event. As Rollins was ascending the ladder to claim and retain his title, Slater pushed it over. He didn't want to do it, but his job might be on the line. Slater's interference wasn't enough to stop Rollins, though. The Architect eliminated his threat with a superkick, stamped Corbin, and climbed the ladder to win the match and retain his title.