5: Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey wasn’t in action on this week’s Raw but the WWE continued to build towards a match between her and Nikki Bella at Evolution. She was in Natalya’s corner, as the former champion picked up a victory against Alicia Fox, and a post-match encounter between Rousey, Natalya, a returning Trish Stratus and The Bella Twins seemed to hint that rumours of a Nikki Vs Rousey match may just be true.
4: Braun Strowman
In a rather shocking twist of events, the WWE made the decision to turn Braun Strowman heel on this week’s Raw. Strowman attacked Roman Reigns and the other members of the Shield after the night’s main event, siding with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, and setting up a potential six-man tag team match at October’s Super Show-Down.
Braun also cashed-in his Money in the Bank briefcase on this week’s Raw, confirming that he will challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal title at Hell in a Cell.
The decision to turn Braun heel is a surprising one. Braun is one of the most over superstars on the roster, and his turn will likely not sit too well with large portions of the fanbase. Having him cash in at Hell in a Cell is a curious decision as well, as it seems unlikely that Reigns will be dropping the belt only one month after winning it.
3: Dean Ambrose
Ambrose continued to pick up momentum on this week’s Raw, defeating Jinder Mahal in a very quick match late in the night. Ambrose has been on fire since his return to the company, and with The Shield becoming the focal point of Raw, it doesn’t look as though that is going to change anytime soon.
He also showed a much more aggressive side to his character when he spoke with Mahal backstage, and it will be interesting to see how that develops in the coming weeks and months.
2: Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins has easily been the main roster’s best performer in 2018, and he delivered another excellent bout on this week’s Raw, defeating Kevin Owens in a 20+ minute match.
Owens and Rollins have excellent chemistry in the ring, and their match this week was another thrilling encounter. The post main-event angle involving The Shield continued to put focus on the group, and it looks as though Rollins will be teaming with Ambrose at Hell in a Cell to take on Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre.
1: Roman Reigns
As per usual, Roman Reigns had another eventful night on this week’s Raw. He started the show with a good promo, calling out Braun Strowman and setting up a bout between the two men at Hell in a Cell.
Braun and Reigns were then confronted by Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, setting up the show’s main event match.
While the main-event itself was fairly lacklustre, the post-match shenanigans were a good way to end the show. It did seem a bit stupid that The Shield members all came out one by one, but hey ho. Reigns and Strowman have always managed to get the best out of each other in the ring, and hopefully, their match at Hell in a Cell will deliver.
Liam Hoofe– @liamhoofe
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