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WWE Raw Ratings and Highlights feat Braun Strowman

WWE Raw started with a highlight recapping what happened on the last show, where Roman Reigns was successful in defending his Intercontinental title against Samoa Joe. Roman started the show by walking out to address the crowd. We do WWE Raw Ratings for each segment in a range between +5 to -5.

Roman Reigns Promo: +3

Roman Reigns started Raw with a promo about his match in the previous week when he defeated Samoa Joe by retaining his title. He was about to say what was next for him and the title when he was interrupted by Jordan who came out to congratulate him on his victory. Seth came out too and the three of them were discussing their position as a team when they were interrupted by Finn Balor and Gallows and Anderson.

Balor made fun of Jordan, and Gallows called him a nerd, provoking Jordan to slap him. The two teams were about to start fighting each other, when Angle came out to stop them. He said that the three of them would face each other in a match later in the night, making it a six man tag team match.

An overzealous Jason Jordan interrupts Roman Reigns: Raw, Jan. 8, 2018

As Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns celebrates last week’s victory over Samoa Joe, Raw Tag Team Champion Jason Jordan interjects – much to the chagrin of Seth Rollins.

Bayley and Sasha Banks vs Mandy Rose and Sonia Deville: +3

Bayley and Sasha had control of the members of Absolution they were facing. Sonia hit Sasha on the ribs with a kick taking advantage of the match. Rose and Deville were distracting the referee to go for the win, but Sasha was able to catch Rose with the Bank Statement after she was knocked down from the ring.

Rose tapped out, and this was the first time that Absolution lost on television.

Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville: Raw, Jan. 8, 2018

As Mickie James and Paige roam the ringside area, The Boss and The Huggable One take on two-thirds of Absolution. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof

‘Woken’ Matt Hardy vs Curt Hawkins: +2

Matt Hardy and Curt faced each other Matt’s first in-ring match since his new ‘Woken’ state. Matt smashed Curt’s face against the turnbuckle a number of times, before finishing the match fast with a Twist of Fate. Hawkins’ loss record continued to grow.

After the match, Bray Wyatt came out to face down Matt in the ring. The two faced each other laughing as it was an obvious hype for the feud between them to continue.

“Woken” Matt Hardy makes Raw in-ring debut: Raw, Jan. 8, 2018

The proclaimer of “Woken Wisdom” looks to extend Curt Hawkins’ legendary losing streak en route to the Men’s Royal Rumble Match. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof

Elias Promo and Miz return: +4

Elias came out to sing a song and used it to insult the crowd while putting The Miz over. The Miz made his return and came down to the ring with the Miztourage.

Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas tried to gift Miz different things, which ended with them almost stripping down to please him. Miz quietened them down and said that while 2017 had been good for him, he said that he had not forgotten being attacked by Roman Reigns and the Shield. He announced that he wanted the title back and he let the WWE Universe know that he was going to focus on winning back the Intercontinental Title.

The Miz reveals his plans for 2018: Raw, Jan. 8, 2018

The A-Lister makes his return by hosting “Miz TV,” and he wants the Intercontinental Championship back. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof

Cedric Alexander vs Enzo Amore [WWE Cruiserweight Championship]: +4

Cedric Alexander was finally able to get his hands on Enzo Amore in a Cruiserweight Championship match. Alexander is dominated by Enzo in the beginning but dropkicks him out in mid-air taking back the initiative.

He hit him with an Enzuigiri which showed his eyebrow to be busted open and bleeding. Alexander hit Enzo with a Suicide Plancha on the outside, leaving him unable to enter the ring. Alexander won the match but as it was by Count-out he did not win the title.

Enzo Amore vs. Cedric Alexander – WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Raw, Jan. 8, 2018

One week after being sidelined with the flu, Muscles Marinara defends his “boo” against a game Cedric Alexander. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof

The Bar vs Titus Worldwide: +2

The Bar finally got Kurt Angle to announce that they would face Rollins and Jordan in a rematch for their titles at the Royal Rumble.

The Bar got a match against Titus Worldwide, and in the match Cesaro and Sheamus dominated proceedings. It looked like there was no other choice but for them to win the match, by Sheamus was distracted just enough for Apollo to roll up Sheamus for the win, leaving The Bar in shock.

Titus Worldwide vs. Sheamus & Cesaro: Raw, Jan. 8, 2018

Can Titus O’Neil & Apollo Crews score their first big win of 2018 against The Bar? Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof

Brock Lesnar Promo: +5

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came out to the ring to hype the coming match at the Royal Rumble. After the promo was over on their way back, Kane attacked Brock.

The two of them brawled in the back until Braun interrupted it. Braun threw Kane down, and threw Brock across a table, effectively destroying him as several large boxes fell on him. He continued by taking out Kane, before using a Grappling Hook to bring down the giant Iron piping on top of them both, burying his Royal Rumble opponents under it.

Strowman stood tall and left, while Brock had to be taken away on a stretcher. Kane climbed out of it under his own power, but both of Braun’s opponents had obviously suffered serious injuries.

Braun Strowman pulls part of the Raw set down on top of Kane and Brock Lesnar: Raw, Jan. 8, 2018

The Monster Among Men uses a grappling hook to brutalize both of his Royal Rumble opponents. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof

Samoa Joe vs Rhyno: +2

Samoa Joe faced Rhyno in a match where Rhyno was trying to prove he had what it takes to stay in the ring. Heath’s distractions were not enough to stop Joe from putting Rhyno in the Coquina Clutch to pick up the win.

After the match, Joe announced his participation in the Royal Rumble match.

Rhyno vs. Samoa Joe: Raw, Jan. 8, 2018

The Man Beast tests his mettle against The Samoan Submission Machine, live on Raw. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof

Asuka vs Nia Jax: +2

Nia attacked Asuka before she had completed her entrance, leaving the Empress of Tomorrow lying writhing on the ground. She was hit by a senton and the match was called off.

Nia Jax pummels Asuka: Raw, Jan. 8, 2018

After hearing some infuriating “news” from Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax lays out The Empress of Tomorrow. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof

Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan vs Balor Club: +4

Roman had the advantage in the match, till Gallows caused a distraction. Balor took advantage with a Slingblade. Anderson came in next and beat him down, and the Club had quick tags going with Reigns isolated. Reigns finally came back with a Tilt-a-whirl Backbreaker. Reigns almost made the tag, but Gallows entered and continued to wear Reigns down with suplexes. Roman was able to hit a Superman punch, and he got the tag on Rollins, who took out Anderson with a Blockbuster, followed by a Suicide Dive, and then a Slingblade on Anderson with a Suplex for a near fall.

Anderson hit Seth with a Spinebuster and stipped Seth from making the tag. Jordan was knocked off the rope by Gallows. Balor went for the Slingblade but Rolins hit him with a backdrop.

Jordan caused a distraction which resulted in the referee not seeing Seth tag Roman. Seth was hit with the Magic Killer. Roman was taken out outside and after Jordan was dropped inside the ring, Balor hit the Coup de Grace on Seth for the win.

After the match Roman was attacked by the Miztourage and sent a message to Roman ahead of their title match at Raw 25. Miz hit him with a Skull Crushing Finale and the Triple Powerbomb.

The Bálor Club triumphs in six-man main event: Raw, Jan. 8, 2018

Can Jason Jordan hang with two Shield brothers against Finn Bálor and his longtime friends? Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof

The Strowman segment was the best by far on Raw. Jordan and Seth have a lot to learn if they are to get better as a tag team. Raw got a rating of +31 out of a possible +50.

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