WWE Raw Results: News, Notes After Mick Foley Will Referee Roman Reigns Vs. Braun Strowman

Mick Foley announced he will be the special guest referee for Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman inside Hell in a Cell.Credit: WWE.com

WWE Raw’s viewership was essentially flat from the week prior, but on an episode that wasn’t particularly newsworthy, and a go-home show for a B-pay-per-view, WWE will face extremely stiff competition from NFL’s Monday Night Football kickoff, even as football ratings continue to erode.

WWE Raw Viewership—Last Five Weeks
Air Date  Average Viewership
September 3, 2018 2.872 million
August 27, 2018 2.877 million
August 20, 2018 3.095 million
August 13, 2018  2.825 million
August 6, 2018 2.804 million

WWE Raw Key Competition 

  • NFL Monday Night Football: New York Jets at Detroit Lions
  • NFL Monday Night Football: Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders

From the Forbes WWE Vault:

WWE Raw Total YouTube Viewership Last Monday: 25,805,229 views (Up from 17,230,836)

  • Most-Viewed: The Shield Attack Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre (5,580,870 views)
  • Least-Viewed: Drake Maverick Aligns with AOP (386,774 views)
  • Median Viewership: 734,515

WWE Raw Average Attendance for “B City”6,496

Average WWE Raw Ticket Price at the Smoothie King Center: $68

WWE Raw Estimated Live Gate: $441,728

WWE Raw: Monday, September 10, 2018 

Opening Segment featuring Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and The Shield (YouTube Views: 76,560)

A fitting name for Braun Strowman’s new heel supergroup would be Braun Strowan and the “what’s Kevin Owens doing in that pull-apart?!”

The announce team saying they’ve never seen The Shield manhandled before was the same exact reaction they had to The Shield getting manhandled by Evolution in 2014.

Knight sticks and tasers seem like more fitting weapons for The Shield than ax handles.

Nikki Bella vs. Ruby Riott (YouTube Views: 26,456) 

In any other universe, this showdown would be the end of a coming-of-age movie and Ruby Riott would be the protagonist.

WWE is taking its own sweet time with an inevitable Nikki Bella heel-turn, but both Bellas have been well-received by TV audiences as of late.

Authors of Pain vs. Ronnie Ace and Nathan Bradley (YouTube Views: 5,112) 

This week’s easter eggs-via-jobbers appeared to be directed at Johnny Ace.

If AOP keeps beating guys like Ronnie Ace and Nathan Bradley, how are we going to truly know that they improved under the tutelage of Drake Maverick?

Triple H Segment Addressing The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels (YouTube Views: 15,590) 

“Who has more left in the tank?” seems like a very passive-aggressive way to promote a pay-per-view main event between two living legends.

Triple H accused The Undertaker of being rattled but “rattled” is the perfect term to describe the first half of this somewhat rambling promo.

For two men with nicknames of “The Deadman” and “The Cerebral Assassin,” it sure doesn’t take much for them to take a feud personally.

The B-Team vs. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler (YouTube Views: 6,751) 

It was surprising to see how much offense the B-Team received in this match.

Drew McIntyre’s unique, nonchalant pinning combination would make a great album cover for a 3MB reunion.

At this point, I had a sinking feeling that Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins will contest being arrested because they are different individuals when they’re wearing their Shield gear. Unfortunately, that feeling was dead on.

Kevin Owens vs. Tyler Breeze 

Kevin Owens and Tyler Breeze wrestling a throwaway match on Raw is a stereotypical scenario among NXT callups.

It would have been nice to see Baron Corbin actually begging Kevin Owens to return to work instead of just taking Kevin Owens’ word for it.

Kevin Owens came back because now he can do whatever he wants, but how’s that different from his situation as Stephanie McMahon’s personal favorite WWE Superstar before he left?

Bobby Roode and Chad Gable vs. The Ascension 

Bobby Roode and Chad Gable’s chemistry can best be described as the Big Brother-Little Brother program.

Two weeks in, Chad Gable and Bobby Roode are already teasing a split. Worst Big Brother-Little Brother pairing ever.

For those wondering at home, Louisiana’s Napoleonic Code is a real thing.

Ronda Rousey and Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James 

Ronda Rousey teamed with Natalya in her tag team debut on Raw.Credit: WWE.com

Ronda Rousey’s appearance at this point on Raw brought about plenty of Nicki Minaj-Cardi B references for some reason.

The word “trailblazer” has been used to describe so many women in WWE, it should eventually be a stable.

Heel commentator Corey Graves framed Bliss and Rousey’s feud as the baddest woman on the planet vs. the brightest woman on the planet. Clever.

Ronda Rousey took a lot of punishment in this one, and it only made New Orleans rally around her more.

The only thing missing from Rona Rousey’s post-match interview was the Bella Twins popping in and asking how her ribs were.

Elias Segment with Mick Foley 

I’m willing to bet that Mick Foley has had more different hairstyles than any WWE Superstar in history.

At this stage in the game, Mick Foley might be more interesting if he showed up to do a live read from his blog.

Thanks to Mick Foley, for the third straight week, the best promo on Raw came from a WWE legend.

Elias vs. Finn Balor 

When he’s not winning matches in rare appearances as The Demon, Finn Balor has quietly transitioned into the unofficial mentor for rising, young heels.

Elias has conditioned people to not care about his win-loss record through the wonderment of music.

Braun Strowman Calls out Roman Reigns 

Braun Strowman called out Roman Reigns in the final segment of Raw.Credit: WWE.com

After his primal scream, Braun Strowman screamed “Roman!” He meant well, but that has to be turned into a meme.

Braun Strowman may have had less trouble finding Roman Reigns if he was clearer which Roman Reigns he was looking for. As we learned tonight, there’s a Shield version of Roman Reigns and there’s the more polarizing world championship version.

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Mick Foley returned to Raw and announced himself as the special guest referee for the WWE Universal Championship match between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns inside Hell in a Cell.

Foley continued the trend of WWE legends and Hall of Famers cutting excellent promos on so-so broadcasts of Raw, which dates back to Triple H’s promo on his upcoming match with The Undertaker on the Raw after SummerSlam.

Mick Foley announced he will be the special guest referee for Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman inside Hell in a Cell.Credit: WWE.com

WWE Raw’s viewership was essentially flat from the week prior, but on an episode that wasn’t particularly newsworthy, and a go-home show for a B-pay-per-view, WWE will face extremely stiff competition from NFL’s Monday Night Football kickoff, even as football ratings continue to erode.

WWE Raw Viewership—Last Five Weeks
Air Date  Average Viewership
September 3, 2018 2.872 million
August 27, 2018 2.877 million
August 20, 2018 3.095 million
August 13, 2018  2.825 million
August 6, 2018 2.804 million

WWE Raw Key Competition 

  • NFL Monday Night Football: New York Jets at Detroit Lions
  • NFL Monday Night Football: Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders

From the Forbes WWE Vault:

WWE Raw Total YouTube Viewership Last Monday: 25,805,229 views (Up from 17,230,836)

  • Most-Viewed: The Shield Attack Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre (5,580,870 views)
  • Least-Viewed: Drake Maverick Aligns with AOP (386,774 views)
  • Median Viewership: 734,515

WWE Raw Average Attendance for “B City”6,496

Average WWE Raw Ticket Price at the Smoothie King Center: $68

WWE Raw Estimated Live Gate: $441,728

WWE Raw: Monday, September 10, 2018 

Opening Segment featuring Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and The Shield (YouTube Views: 76,560)

A fitting name for Braun Strowman’s new heel supergroup would be Braun Strowan and the “what’s Kevin Owens doing in that pull-apart?!”

The announce team saying they’ve never seen The Shield manhandled before was the same exact reaction they had to The Shield getting manhandled by Evolution in 2014.

Knight sticks and tasers seem like more fitting weapons for The Shield than ax handles.

Nikki Bella vs. Ruby Riott (YouTube Views: 26,456) 

In any other universe, this showdown would be the end of a coming-of-age movie and Ruby Riott would be the protagonist.

WWE is taking its own sweet time with an inevitable Nikki Bella heel-turn, but both Bellas have been well-received by TV audiences as of late.

Authors of Pain vs. Ronnie Ace and Nathan Bradley (YouTube Views: 5,112) 

This week’s easter eggs-via-jobbers appeared to be directed at Johnny Ace.

If AOP keeps beating guys like Ronnie Ace and Nathan Bradley, how are we going to truly know that they improved under the tutelage of Drake Maverick?

Triple H Segment Addressing The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels (YouTube Views: 15,590) 

“Who has more left in the tank?” seems like a very passive-aggressive way to promote a pay-per-view main event between two living legends.

Triple H accused The Undertaker of being rattled but “rattled” is the perfect term to describe the first half of this somewhat rambling promo.

For two men with nicknames of “The Deadman” and “The Cerebral Assassin,” it sure doesn’t take much for them to take a feud personally.

The B-Team vs. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler (YouTube Views: 6,751) 

It was surprising to see how much offense the B-Team received in this match.

Drew McIntyre’s unique, nonchalant pinning combination would make a great album cover for a 3MB reunion.

At this point, I had a sinking feeling that Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins will contest being arrested because they are different individuals when they’re wearing their Shield gear. Unfortunately, that feeling was dead on.

Kevin Owens vs. Tyler Breeze 

Kevin Owens and Tyler Breeze wrestling a throwaway match on Raw is a stereotypical scenario among NXT callups.

It would have been nice to see Baron Corbin actually begging Kevin Owens to return to work instead of just taking Kevin Owens’ word for it.

Kevin Owens came back because now he can do whatever he wants, but how’s that different from his situation as Stephanie McMahon’s personal favorite WWE Superstar before he left?

Bobby Roode and Chad Gable vs. The Ascension 

Bobby Roode and Chad Gable’s chemistry can best be described as the Big Brother-Little Brother program.

Two weeks in, Chad Gable and Bobby Roode are already teasing a split. Worst Big Brother-Little Brother pairing ever.

For those wondering at home, Louisiana’s Napoleonic Code is a real thing.

Ronda Rousey and Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James 

Ronda Rousey teamed with Natalya in her tag team debut on Raw.Credit: WWE.com

Ronda Rousey’s appearance at this point on Raw brought about plenty of Nicki Minaj-Cardi B references for some reason.

The word “trailblazer” has been used to describe so many women in WWE, it should eventually be a stable.

Heel commentator Corey Graves framed Bliss and Rousey’s feud as the baddest woman on the planet vs. the brightest woman on the planet. Clever.

Ronda Rousey took a lot of punishment in this one, and it only made New Orleans rally around her more.

The only thing missing from Rona Rousey’s post-match interview was the Bella Twins popping in and asking how her ribs were.

Elias Segment with Mick Foley 

I’m willing to bet that Mick Foley has had more different hairstyles than any WWE Superstar in history.

At this stage in the game, Mick Foley might be more interesting if he showed up to do a live read from his blog.

Thanks to Mick Foley, for the third straight week, the best promo on Raw came from a WWE legend.

Elias vs. Finn Balor 

When he’s not winning matches in rare appearances as The Demon, Finn Balor has quietly transitioned into the unofficial mentor for rising, young heels.

Elias has conditioned people to not care about his win-loss record through the wonderment of music.

Braun Strowman Calls out Roman Reigns 

Braun Strowman called out Roman Reigns in the final segment of Raw.Credit: WWE.com

After his primal scream, Braun Strowman screamed “Roman!” He meant well, but that has to be turned into a meme.

Braun Strowman may have had less trouble finding Roman Reigns if he was clearer which Roman Reigns he was looking for. As we learned tonight, there’s a Shield version of Roman Reigns and there’s the more polarizing world championship version.

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