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WWE Raw Results: Winners, News And Notes On October 18, 2021

Charlotte Flair vs. Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship.


WWE Raw advertised Charlotte Flair vs. Bianca Belair for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship, in addition to Xavier Woods vs. Jinder Mahal, Doudrop vs. Shayna Baszler and The Street Profits vs. Rated RK-Bro. Raw also advertised WWE Championship opponents Drew McIntyre and Big E vs. The Dirty Dawgz ahead of McIntyre and Big E’s clash at WWE Crown Jewel this Thursday.

Facing stiff competition from Monday Night Football and the MLB Playoffs, Monday’s broadcast of WWE Raw drew 1.582 million viewers, its sixth-lowest viewership in history.

WWE Raw Ratings—Last Five Weeks

  • October 11, 2021—1.582 million
  • October 4, 2021—1.857 million
  • September 27, 2021—1.709 million
  • September 20, 2021—1.793 million
  • September 13, 2021—1.670 million

WWE Raw—Key Competition

  • NFL Monday Night Football—Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans
  • ALDS, Game 2: Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox

Top Dolla Ethers The Young Bucks! (Pro Wrestling Bits)

WWE Raw Total YouTube Viewership Last Monday—7,972,131 (Down from 12,558,846)

  • Most-Viewed: Drew McIntyre Drops Big E (2,085,438 views)
  • Least-Viewed: Bianca Belair is out to Conquer the Competition (103,174 views)
  • Median Viewership: 270,460

WWE Raw Results—Monday, October 18, 2021

Bianca Belair and Charlotte Flair Kick Off Raw

Charlotte Flair and Bianca Belair wore dueling onesies.

This was a very good promo exchange considering the limited time WWE had to build this match up.

Xavier Woods def. Jinder Mahal—King of the Ring Semifinals

Kofi Kingston: “Maritn Luther King had a dream, and it’s Xavier’s dream to be king!” Kofi Kingston is the world’s most overqualified hype man, but he’s a damn good one.

Xavier Woods is now one win away from achieving his childhood dream of becoming King of the Ring. WWE has made it clear that this is his childhood dream, and he’d benefit from this win much more than Finn Balor. They need to put him over in Saudi Arabia, let’s not overthink this.

Austin Theory def. Jeff Hardy

Jeff Hardy continues to rival the biggest reactions each week on Raw, yet WWE books him as an afterthought.

Jeff Hardy was introduced as a swerve from fellow babyface R-Truth, yet he still lost to Austin Theory. Hopefully WWE actually puts these valuable wins to good use and doesn’t give up on Theory in a month.

Drew McIntyre and Big E def. The Dirty Dawgz

The WWE announce team across all three brands is obsessed with making jokes about carbs when it comes to guys with shredded bodies like Robert Roode.

I like that Drew McIntyre and Big E made nice while still maintaining a competitive spirit rather than do a carbon copy of last week’s split, but WWE is doing this build backwards. This should have been the week Big E ate a Claymore Kick.

Mansoor def. Cedric Alexander

Man, they really need to stop waiting until Saudi Arabia shows to push Mansoor, he deserves a year-round push at the very least. What a great babyface.

Mansoor cut part of his go-home promo in his native language, and it reminded me of how rare that is for WWE to let a babyface do that, especially when they’re Muslim.

Goldberg and Bobby Lashley Face Off

Goldberg made sure to work in multiple death threats to cap off a feud filled with them.

I am legitimately intrigued on how WWE gets out of having to deliver on top babyface Goldberg’s promises of murdering Bobby Lashley.

RK-Bro def. Street Profits by Disqualification

The Street Profits got all the fanfare of a red Solo cup shower during their entrance.

Montez sold a tornado spin from Matt Riddle by counting how many fingers he was holding up.

This match was crashed by AJ Styles and Omos as WWE got out of having to beat the Street Profits of RK-Bro.

WWE is really trying to get that roundhouse kick over from Omos.

Doudrop def. Shayna Baszler—Queen’s Crown Semifinals

Zelina Vega looked fantastic sitting on the throne of the Queen’s Crown.

Given his MMA background, Jimmy Smith is at his best on commentary when he’s talking about shooters like Shayna Baszler.

After looking like a killer the past several weeks, Shayna Baslzer is now back to the pack after a 50/50 loss to Doudrop.

Finn Balor def. MACE—King of the Ring Semifinals

There was never any question that Finn Balor was going to win this match, but fans really got into it, chanting “Let’s go Balor!” when he seemed to be in danger.

Xavier Woods performed Finn Balor’s taunt from the throne of the King of the Ring, and Finn balor acted like a heel in confronting him.

Bianca Belair vs. Charlotte Flair—WWE Raw Women’s Championship

For a myriad of reasons—from WWE getting closer to Charlotte winning 17 world titles to Charlotte Flair being headed to SmackDown, Bianca Belair has to be considered the overwhelming favorite in this match.

This was yet another pay-per-view quality women’s main event on television, this time on Raw. Belair and Flair got almost 20 minutes, which should placate the stopwatch people who have been timing WWE’s women’s matches, though Baszler-Doudrop was a very quick match.

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