After Super Show-Down, WWE hit the fans with a great episode of Raw that included the return of Kurt Angle, DX and a heel turn by the Bellas and Bobby Lashley. Shawn Michaels and Triple H kicked off the show with a bang and The Shield ended it with a big question mark.
While not everything hit was a home run, this was a very well delivered program with action and purposeful stories that will lead the company straight into Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. The show included swerves, good wrestling and no wasted motion.
Here are your winners and losers for Raw, October 8, 2018.
Winner: DX Return
We all knew the return of DX was coming. The entire match between Triple H and The Undertaker (which was quite disappointing) was set up to get the two teams — DX and Brothers of Destruction — into the ring as a bout. So, when Triple H and Michaels came out and challenge Kane and The Undertaker to a match at Crown Jewel, no one was surprised.
But, unlike most Triple H promos, this was short, sweet and to the point. The DX shirts came out and one of the main events was set. That's all WWE needed to do and they delivered.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
It's hard to know if a heel turn for Lashley is going to work but it has to be better than the boring babyface character he's been playing recently and with Lio Rush there to annoy everyone on the mic, it could work.
What's interesting about this is that the turn was done against Kevin Owens. Does that mean a babyface turn is in store for Fight Owens Fight? If so, this could be the hidden home run that comes out of this entire segment. The fans love Owens considering how much of a reaction he garners from the crowd.
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Loser: Trish Stratus Segment
The segment between the women would have been a disaster if not for a return by Lita, but even then bringing back one of the all-time great female athletes of WWE didn't save it.
That the Stratus match versus Bliss has now been changed to a tag match at Evolution is also disappointing as it would have been fun to see the past versus the future in a match. Fans won't get that now, and likely either due to ring rust or timing in an attempt to get over 50 female competitors onto the show.
It was cheesy, it was unexpected and it was perfect. The way WWE brought Kurt Angle back is unlike what most fans might have expected but it worked well and a segment that might have normally been booed out of the building worked well because it didn't take long for fans to figure out who was under the mask.
You can tell Angle loves the comedy side of being in WWE and he played up his role on Monday and had a lot of fun. That he's been added as a competitor at Crown Jewel is even more interesting since it will bring forward questions about whether or not he's returning as a wrestler or the GM.
Winner: Main Event
Yes, we've seen these guys in the ring time and time again. That said, it never seems to get old. These six men delivered another strong match and the twist at the end with Dean Ambrose leaving his brothers behind is always a nice cliffhanger way to end things.
The booking of the match was solid. Ambrose did a chunk of the work only to get kicked in the mouth and take the loss. It's no wonder he's growing frustrated. Every time we think the group will stay together, WWE teases a breakup. Eventually, this will need to pay off or it gets stale but if done right, it could be fun to watch.