Monday Night Raw – March 19, 2018

Monday Night Raw
Date: March 19, 2018
Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Jonathan Coachman

We’re down to three weeks left before Wrestlemania and there’s a lot left to do. One such thing is Ultimate Deletion, which takes place tonight instead of at Wrestlemania in a smart move. The problem is that’s going to be a lot of TV time that could be used for something bigger, though I’m curious to see how this translates to WWE TV. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

We have just three RAWs (and smackdowns) remaining before Wrestlemania! Will we get the long-awaited Brock-Roman face-to-face tonight? What are your thoughts on this storyline to build to this match? Is it working for you? Is it working for Roman?

Tonight’s show will feature the Ultimate Deletion between Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt. Also expect more build to Wrestlemania. Braun Strowman will be facing The Bar at Wrestlemania and apparently he’ll need a tag partner. And will this Cena-Undertaker thing actually happen. And what about this Miz-Rollins-Balor thing and this Women’s Battle Royale thing that’s not at all about the Fabulous Moolah.

Congratulations to Mark Henry, 2018 WWE Hall of Famer. He’ll be the first official wig-splitter in the Hall.

10 NBA games, Five NHL games, other stuff on TV too. Enjoy!

Keep it clean!



I don’t know if you watched Raw tonight but you missed the world’s first ELEVENTY BILLION STAR MATCH.

I’m sure that’s what’s Meltzer’s gonna give it.

It was awesome. Or maybe I’ve had way to much to drink.

Oh, I’m talking about Ultimate Deletion.

– Joe

I'm always filled with dread when emails start pouring in minutes after the show.  

Roman Reigns = Pussy

So, let me get this straight.  Roman takes a few chair shots, some suplexes and an F5 and needs to be carted off on a stretcher and spend the rest of the night in the hospital?  And now I am supposed to be believe he can win a wrestling match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania Fleur De Lis when he can't even take a few basic wrestling moves without leaving the arena in an ambulance?  Sufferin' succotash!  No wonder nobody wants to get behind this guy.

Tell em Steve-Dave!

Who wins?

Now that it's finally happening, and all possible stakes are gone and neither guy needs a win, and It doesn't matter if either loses, who goes over? I can't think of a major dream match with less on the line, but I still can't figure out who wins? I guess I'd put my money on Undertaker winning and going out with one last win. But maybe not?

With an epic battle like that on the grandest stage of them all, there's only one winner: The WWE Universe!

Mark Henry

   Despite all the injuries over the years, Mark Henry gets into the WWEHOF, which IMO is still deserved. I am curious, though – if he had been healthy all that time, where would you place him in the pantheon of superheavyweights, and where does he sit currently?

Is there an actual pantheon of super heavyweights?  Like in Greece somewhere?  
I dunno, he was OK in 2011.  And I liked the Cena angle. That's about as strongly as I ever feel about him one way or the other.  

Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWE Wrestlemania XIX

The SmarK Rant for Wrestlemania XIX

(So this was one where I was really wanting to redo it for the countdown, because it’s very underappreciated and I still feel bad that it flopped so badly that Seattle will never get another one.  However, real life is what it is, and I just don’t have 3.5 hours to dedicate to re-reviewing it in time for this.) 

– Live from Seattle, WA.

– Your hosts are JR, King, Cole & Tazz.

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How will “Money In The Bank” go this year?

  With the WWE having done away with brand specific PPVs, how exactly do you think they'll do "Money In The Bank" this year?  Surely they won't have 2 men's and 2 women's MITB matches on 1 show?  I think even Vince would say that would be overkill.

​I know we say this every year and every year it doesn't happen, but they've really reached the end of the gimmick as far as useful storytelling engines go and it's time to retire it.  Like with Carmella, where they waited too long for the cash-in and now they've booked themselves into a corner where they apparently don't want her to fail but don't want her to actually beat either champion, either.  Unless they go with the one story left they haven't told:  A briefcase holder desperately trying to cash in on the night of Money in the Bank before the next ladder match starts and she loses it.  ​
Anyway, I think they're doing one men's and one women's briefcase, and the winner will cash in on whichever show they want and automatically get drafted there if they win.  

Women’s Battle Royal Name

So, if "Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal" is inappropriate, why not just name it the 'Stephanie McMahon Battle Royal"? Who says it has to be named after a dead person? And then the commentary can be all about how Stephanie is far too humble and modest to have suggested it, but the women themselves insisted that it be named after Stephanie?

Also, is it true that it was a 7-year-old Stephanie McMahon who suggested to her father to use Wendi Richter and Cyndi Lauper in 1984?

​I heard she also told Alundra Blayze to "take the belt with you, no one will even know it's gone" in 1995.  It turns out that she's much more influential behind the scenes anyone ever suspected!​

Tommy Dreamer Winding Down Soon

Tommy Dreamer spoke with The Wrestling Estate ahead of House of Hardcore 39 this Saturday, and had a pretty in-depth discussion about his health. Particularly, his low back has been bothering him, and he's been re-evaluating how much longer he'll be able to wrestle. (He did 187 shows last year, so it's not like he's been sporadic.)

Hope your readers enjoy.

​Pretty good if it's only now that his back has been bothering him.​