Raw Winners & Losers: Ambrose Shines In the Absence Of Stars

Raw didn't hit it out of the park on Monday, but there were a couple strong segments including Rousey standing tall to end the program and Ambrose showing he can fill in when needed.

Rousey was showcased as the show's star, Ziggler went back out on his own and WWE continued to push some terrible ideas with their Open Forum and Lucha House Rules segments. Finn Balor and Elias finally got a leg up on someone and Dean Ambrose delivered a strong performance as everyone crept just a little bit closer to TLC which takes place one week from Sunday.

Here are your winners and losers for Raw, December 3, 2018.

Winner: Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey was a big part of Monday's show and used effectively in a couple different situations. She opened the show at a much quicker pace than last week's mess of a program, first by taking a beating at the hands of Tamina and Nia Jax and then by closing the show and getting her revenge in a tag team main event.

The two segments showed her diversity in selling different ideas but, because she's the biggest star in the company right now, it also made sense to give her the bulk of the spotlight.

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Loser: Open Forum #2

While not nearly as boring and "trainwrecky" as the last open forum, this week's segment was almost as bad. The only thing that saved it was the subtle revelation that there's eventually going to be Women's Tag Team Championships. It was a strange way to reveal that news but it caught our attention.

Really, WWE needs to just garbage these segments. They aren't entertaining, they magnify everyone's weaknesses and they aren't productive in trying to sell potential friction between whomever WWE is trying to sell friction between.

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Loser: Lucha House Rules

If WWE is trying to get fans to dislike Lucha House Party, this is a good way to do it. The skill of all five competitors here is overshadowed by the fact that no one really knows what the rules are to Lucha House Rules. Do they need to tag? Can they stay in the ring? Is it just their team that's allowed to move guys in and out? If so, why?

WWE hasn't even begun to explain why this team gets such preferential treatment and on Monday it was essentially a 3-on-1 handicap match. Eventually, fans won't care that Lucha House Party is winning, and if The Revival ever do finally win, it will kill all credibility of the members of the Lucha House Party faction.

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Winner/Loser: Dolph Ziggler

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It's hard to predict if Ziggler is going to be a winner or a loser here. He broke off from Drew McIntyre on Monday which could be good for Ziggler if he gets back into a prominent single's role, but he also only won his match thanks to Finn Balor's interference and it looks as though McIntrye is being set up to eventually get the last laugh.

If Ziggler is ultimately being sacrificed to McIntyre, it essentially means he'll move back down the ladder and become irrelevant again. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

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Winner: Dean Ambrose

Ambrose is doing some of his best work right now and the gas masks to try and set off the Houston crowd was a nice and unique touch. He's building heat the old fashioned way and his one-upping Rollins on Monday and for the second-straight week just makes the fans want to see Ambrose get what's coming to him — which is his job as a heel.

Hopefully, the silver lining in so many big-name stars being away is that WWE notices the skill Ambrose brings to the table. When the spotlight is really on him and he's not burried in the mid-card, he's quite entertaining.

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