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RAW Deal: A mad November for WWE

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The WWE pushes through with the controversial Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia

KING OF THE RING. Brock Lesnar is the new WWE Universal Champion. Photo from WWE.com


RAW Deal: WWE and its Saudi Arabia problems

Oct 22, 2018 - 2:43 PM

WWE's supershow Crown Jewel is in trouble following the death of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi

BIG MONEY. WWE's Crown Jewel event is expected to net $2 to 3 million. Background photo from Stringer/AFP


RAW Deal: The post-Money in the Bank landscape

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The title could have gone to someone who needed the quick, powerful impact of a cash-in

GUARANTEED CONTRACT. Braun Strowman rules the men's Money in the Bank ladder match. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Depositing Money in the Bank 2018

Jun 17, 2018 - 4:08 PM

This may finally be the moment Shinsuke Nakamura wins the title he’s been chasing since January

SHOWDOWN. This year's Money in the Bank may go down as the most exciting yet. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Finally at WrestleMania 34

Apr 08, 2018 - 4:03 PM

We have 14 matches to call, so let's not waste any more time! Let's start picking!

REMATCH. Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar are having a rematch 3 years later for the WWE Universal Championship. Photo from WWE

RAW Deal: The Fastlane to WrestleMania 34

Mar 11, 2018 - 2:37 PM

It will be John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and AJ Styles vying for the WWE Championship in a Six-Pack Challenge

LAST MAN STANDING. AJ Styles is one of the wrestlers starring in the Six-Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship. Photo from WWE

RAW Deal: Double the Rumble

Jan 27, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Two Royal Rumble matches, multi-man World Title bouts, and more. Which men and women will head to WrestleMania 34 with title shots and championship gold?

WOMEN'S RUMBLE. For the first time ever, 30 women will take part in a Royal Rumble match. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: The pre-SummerSlam 2017 primer

Aug 12, 2017 - 10:41 AM

Here are some of the things to look forward to at SummerSlam 2017

RAW Deal: 5 WWE superstars who could benefit from another shakeup

Jul 28, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Who needs to switch brands get called up or sent back down? Here s a list of 5 superstars who could use a change of scenery

STRONG STYLE. Shinsuke Nakamura would get the reboot he badly needs with a move to Raw. Photo from WWE.com

Ball brothers guest at WWE Raw, LaVar steals show

Jun 27, 2017 - 12:16 PM

LaVar Ball is again the talk of the town as he goes topless with The Miz

RAW Deal: The WWE’s misguided brand of feminism

Jun 25, 2017 - 3:52 AM

The women s Money in the Bank match would’ve been a great moment to do things as the fans would’ve wanted instead of swerving them for a heel reaction

MISS MONEY IN THE BANK. Having a man take down the briefcase in the first-ever women's Money in the Bank match wasn't technically illegal; it's just not what fans wanted to see. Photo from wwe.com

RAW Deal: Time for some Payback

Apr 29, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Payback is the culmination of different storylines affected by the sudden messing up of the status quo

BROKEN. The Hardy Boyz will face Enzo Amore and Big Cass as fans await for when they'll adapt their BROKEN personas. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Now more than ever, don’t hinder Jinder

Apr 22, 2017 - 7:00 PM

This is not a typo: Jinder Mahal is actually the number one contender

DON'T HINDER JINDER. Jinder Mahal is the new number one contender for the WWE championship, a surprise move that thrusts the former 3MB member into the main event picture. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Strife in the Fastlane

Mar 04, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Here are some Fastlane to WrestleMania predictions

FASTLANE. Goldberg will go up against reigning champ Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship title. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Win, lose, or draw

Feb 25, 2017 - 4:40 PM

SmackDown Live once again proves that they’re masters of hitting two birds—multiple birds actually—with one stone

BATTLE ROYAL. After Randy Orton gives way to the champion Bray Wyatt, what will come out of the controversial finish to the 10-man Battle Royal? Let's examine the possibilities. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: The Royal Rumble weekend postmortem

Feb 05, 2017 - 9:00 AM

What s going on so far in the first few days of WrestleMania season?

RKO. Randy Orton wins this year's WWE Royal Rumble. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: The most unpredictable Royal Rumble of the decade

Jan 28, 2017 - 1:31 PM

This columnists lists down 5 contenders to win the upcoming big pay per view

DEADMAN WINS. The Undertaker with a leg drop on the ring apron on Brock Lesnar before winning their 2015 Summer Slam match – but not without controversy. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: The John Cena we should’ve had all along

Jan 07, 2017 - 2:12 PM

There are two versions of John Cena we get in the ring determined by the kind of feud he’s booked in The one we need returned to SmackDown Live two weeks ago

HE'S BACK. John Cena is back in a main event at the upcoming Royal Rumble. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: The 2017 wrestling watchlist

Jan 01, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Find out which wrestling stars are primed for a breakout year in 2017 from across the indy scene to NXT

BRING THE PAIN. The Authors of Pain are two green big men with chemistry and legendary manager Paul Ellering in tow. Their work on NXT is becoming harder to ignore. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: The end of the line for many things

Dec 17, 2016 - 7:23 PM

On the masterful career movement of Cody Rhodes on the indy scene and predictions for WWE Roadblock

RETAINING IT? Can Kevin Owens keep the title when he faces Roman Reigns at Roadblock? File photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Brand split inequality

Oct 02, 2016 - 1:14 PM

RAW is losing the title civil war following its first brand exclusive outing since the brand split last July

AND STILL. TJ Perkins defeats Brian Kendrick to retain his WWE Cruiserweight title. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Philippine victories

Sep 18, 2016 - 11:57 PM

All things considered WWE Manila wasn’t the best show it could have been especially with the relative depth of the RAW brand but they came to play

STANDING TALL. Fili-Am wrestler TJ Perkins defied insurmountable odds to win the WWE Cruiserweight Classic tournament. Photo from WWE's Facebook

RAW Deal: Your new Universal Champion

Sep 03, 2016 - 7:49 PM

This columnist also provides predictions for the victors of WWE in Manila

TRIPLE THREAT. New WWE Universal champion Kevin Owens (L) will now face Sami Zayn (C) and Seth Rollins in the updated WWE Manila main event. Photos from their Twitter accounts

RAW Deal: When the lines between scripted and real are blurred

Aug 28, 2016 - 7:39 PM

The Miz shocked fans with a brutal promo against the retired Daniel Bryan The columnist tackles why this incident made the impact it did

RAW Deal: WWE brand split means more wrestling and hard choices

Jul 30, 2016 - 6:59 PM

The New Era of the WWE is starting off with a bang

ON TO SUMMERSLAM. Finn Bálor defeats Roman Reigns for the right to face Seth Rollins at SummerSlam for the WWE Universal Championship. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: The fall of the Roman (Reigns) Empire

Jul 02, 2016 - 4:55 PM

The Roman Reigns experiment as its top babyface has been a failure Turning him heel after violating the Wellness Policy is the WWE s only option

Will Roman Reigns turn heel? Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Making sense of Roman Reigns' suspension

Jun 26, 2016 - 12:45 PM

Reigns is out as champion and Ambrose is in Where does the company go with these ex Shield members?

THE GUY. Roman Reigns' suspension shows that nobody is above WWE's wellness policy. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

RAW Deal: The end of NXT, or the end of NXT as we know it?

Jun 04, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The next NXT Takeover event called The End will bring its own brand of change to the developmental territory

RAW Deal: Dawn of a new era

May 07, 2016 - 3:54 PM

AJ Styles and Roman Reigns are telling in ring stories at a high level while WWE does spring cleaning on its loaded roster

STYLISH WRITING. The nuanced story-telling between AJ Styles and Roman Reigns is something that was unheard of before this year's Mania, outside of NXT. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Yep, it's Payback time

Apr 30, 2016 - 2:33 PM

The TNA movement is in full effect at NXT and the Payback card is looking stacked Here are some predictions for the upcoming WWE event

PAYBACK. Chris Jericho (L) and Dean Ambrose are set to clash at WWE Payback. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Do all roads lead to Balor Club?

Apr 24, 2016 - 6:26 PM

Who are Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows really working for and is Finn Balor showing up on RAW this week to answer that question?

RAW Deal: Do not go gentle into that good night

Mar 26, 2016 - 1:58 PM

Undertaker vs Shane McMahon for control of RAW finally gets the stakes we’ve all been looking for writes this columnist

RAW Deal: High risk, high reward

Jan 16, 2016 - 12:58 PM

Pro wrestling is on the verge of a boom period and it seems the wrestlers are trying hard to capitalize as WrestleMania season nears

SUPLEX CITY. Brock Lesnar announced his participation in the Royal Rumble in style - destroying everyone in the ring on RAW. WWE champion Roman Reigns was not spared. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: New year, new wrestling

Jan 09, 2016 - 1:23 PM

Should Daniel Bryan be back for WrestleMania? How will the NJPW wrestlers be handled in WWE? These subjects and more are tackled in this week s RAW Deal

ROMAN EMPIRE. WWE champion Roman Reigns will 'look strong' whether or not he retains the title at the Royal Rumble. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Did WWE go too far?

Nov 18, 2015 - 9:07 PM

Did the WWE go overboard with its Divas segment where Paige says the late Reid Flair who died of heroin overdose didn t put up much of a fight ?

OVER THE TOP? Divas Paige and Charlotte during their contract signing segment on Monday Night Raw, which courted controversy for Paige's swipe on Charlotte's brother who died of heroin overdose. Photo from WWE

RAW Deal: The grand tournament

Oct 29, 2015 - 11:24 AM

The columnist makes the case for tournaments in wrestling jeers WWE s booking of Del Rio s return and praises the underutilized Cesaro

Tournaments create drama in wrestling, as they create a sense of order and importance for the championships. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: A wrestling Kalyeserye

Oct 14, 2015 - 1:41 AM

Plot twist: WWE incorporates real life stories into its Raw storyline involving Lana Rusev and Summer Rae

Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: WWE switches up as ratings dip

Oct 08, 2015 - 1:03 AM

There seems to be a bit more effort being put into the Monday Night Raw storytelling following record low ratings

The powerful Big E wants to knock off John Cena for the United States Championship on Raw. Photo from WWE.com

WATCH: John Cena slams former Daily Show host Jon Stewart

Aug 25, 2015 - 3:26 PM

Jon Stewart takes John Cena s Attitude Adjustment finisher impressively well for a 52 year old non athlete

U CAN'T SEE HIM. WWE wrestler John Cena gestures at the former host of The Daily Show after slamming him in Brooklyn. Photo from WWE.com

WATCH: The Dudley Boyz return to WWE, spoil The New Day's celebration

Aug 25, 2015 - 11:33 AM

The Dudley Boyz make their first appearance on WWE programming in a decade promptly putting a member of The New Day through a table

LOOK WHO'S BACK. The Dudley Boyz made their first appearance on WWE programming in a decade, dishing out some Dudley punishment to The New Day. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Like the first time, but not quite

Jul 31, 2015 - 11:42 AM

The WWE resorted to hyperbole again this weekend but the long term solution to their ratings problem may not be as complicated as they think

Kevin Owens vs Randy Orton was the only thing that felt fresh on the latest WWE Raw, but that didn't stop WWE from building everything up on an otherwise routine show as historic. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Ruining a good thing

Jun 24, 2015 - 4:14 PM

The story now is Brock Lesnar a mountain of a man but no Mountain cannot possibly take on Seth Rollins plus a reunited Authority front

GROUNDED. Led by WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, The Authority grounds No. 1 contender Brock Lesnar. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Fifty shades of Seth

Jun 12, 2015 - 5:11 PM

This muddling of Rollins’s alignment might be part of a set up for a huge Shield match for the championship

Seth Rollins added a new dimension to his character this past Raw. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Teenage dirtbag

May 30, 2015 - 5:49 PM

Putting The Shield together in a feud is exciting but like an overeager first date it s all moving too fast

Could the Roman Reigns/Dean Ambrose pairing be hinting at something deeper? Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Back to the madhouse

May 22, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The Elimination Chamber pay per view is back but this time there is meaning to it

KO DEBUT. Kevin Owens' debut on Raw this past week highlighted the show. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: The new face of complacency

May 01, 2015 - 6:28 PM

Bray Wyatt needs to start leaving a trail of bodies and fast

NEW TARGET. Bray Wyatt kicks off a feud with Ryback. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: 'Burying' in the light

Apr 23, 2015 - 11:30 AM

On inequality in the WWE: the World Championship and those who play for it represent the upper class everyone else are simply second or third class citizens

Cena finishes Kane with an Attitude Adjustment to retain his United States Championship. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Extreme Autopilot

Apr 17, 2015 - 12:46 PM

WWE has gone into cruise control after a hot Wrestlemania 31 Have they failed to capitalize on their momentum?

RESTING ON THEIR LAURELS. The Seth Rollins-Randy Orton feud has gone from exciting to redundant. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Kane proves it's never too late to evolve

Apr 10, 2015 - 2:02 AM

Kane s face turn has transitioned him from a forgettable big man enforcer to a compelling voice of dissent within The Authority

BIG RED VOICE OF REASON. Kane's gradual face turn has him portrayed as the one Authority figure who can see reality. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: The rushing viper

Mar 19, 2015 - 12:42 PM

An imperfect but refreshing angle plays out far too soon making Seth Rollins look more inept than it made Randy Orton look like a cerebral mastermind

Randy Orton's angle with Seth Rollins played out much quicker than it should've. Photo from WWE.com