Sunday's pay-per-view was quite good, so it seemed logical to assume, in turn, Raw the next night would have plenty to work with. Two WWE stars won contracts one evening earlier and one even cashed in to become the Raw Women's Champion. How would Ronda Rousey react to getting screwed out of the title? The answer resulted in a 30-day suspension.
Not to be outdone, immediately following a fantastic segment, Raw offered up a title change. Since Lesnar is nowhere to be found these days, that could only mean Rollins gave up one belt to likely compete for another. The WWE Universe saw tag team challengers deliver a hilarious exchange with the champions, Jinder Mahal may have taken a huge step backward, and the friction between Bayley and Sasha Banks is still slowly simmering. Perhaps the best moment of the night was finally seeing Bobby Lashley out from under the storyline with Sami Zayn.
Here are your winners and losers for Raw, June 18, 2018.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Rousey may have gotten herself suspended for 30 days but in the long-term, this segment was fantastic for her WWE career. Already on the verge of being overexposed and rushed into the title scene, she'll now be gone but not forgotten for a month, and when she does return, will do so with a furious vengeance. This is what her character needed and the idea that she's tired of people saying she's "MMA" and not "WWE material" is an interesting idea that the company should continue to explore.
Too often, Rousey is smiling and feels lost in the fact that she's loved by the fans of WWE. There were no smiles here and she delivered a believable beatdown to Alexa Bliss with the proper reaction for the circumstance.
Loser: Jinder Mahal
Now that he's taken a loss to Roman Reigns, where does Mahal fit into the Raw picture? It seems WWE is going with a self-improvement gimmick that fans last saw with guys like Diamond Dallas Page and Christian and even Bo Dallas. It didn't work for them, but maybe it will work for Mahal.
The match came and went too fast to get any real sense of what the future holds for the Modern Day Maharaja. Early signs are that this could be another idea the fans don't like. The only thing going for Mahal here is that the fans are not supposed to like him.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
It doesn't necessarily feel like a fit to give Dolph Ziggler the title right now, but he and his running mate Drew McIntyre are getting a huge push, so giving Ziggler the title is somewhat expected. It's an opportunity for him to continue on the offensive as one-half of the most dominant partnerships on Raw and McIntyre will act as his Diesel while Ziggler goes on what will likely be a longer run than he's ever had with any other championship.
It was a long, strong match and one that fans might have expected out of these two.
Loser: Bobby Roode
There's not much else to say when Roode is now being used to put over Curt Hawkins losing streak. This works for a guy like No Way Jose who is still relatively new and any win is a good win.
The state of Bobby Roode right now is just sad.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
While Lashley's work on the mic was not gold, it was better. More importantly, it represented the fact that he's moving on from the terrible idea that was Sami Zayn and his three sisters (we still don't understand what that was all about) and will now head towards trying to earn a shot at Brock Lesnar.
Will he win an opportunity to face the Universal Champion? It seems unlikely considering who else he'll be going up against and the fact that his first order of business was to go face-to-face with Roman Reigns, but who cares. He's moved on to something so much better.
This was not the typical Elias fans were used to seeing. With gutwrenching anguish, he sang his entire dilemma over losing one night earlier and it led to a challenge for Brock Lesnar, suggesting that his loss to Rollins at Money in the Bank is not nearly the end of his story but potentially only the beginning of something bigger.
This was smart by WWE. Elias was never boring, but if the company continued to deliver the same performances each week, there was a chance of things growing stale. This type of shift is good for his overall character development.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Let's ignore for a second how good Kevin Owens always is or how popular Braun Strowman always is. We can even ignore how strong Finn Balor's work in the ring has been over the past few weeks. This main event was about Baron Corbin and proving that while he has a new character, he's still dangerous.
There wasn't much on the line here in this main event but it didn't mean it wasn't entertaining.
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