6 Ups & 3 Downs From WWE Raw (28 August - Results & Review)


6. Ciampa Backs Up His Tough Talk

Tommaso Ciampa Bronson Reed

Last week, Tommaso Ciampa cut an impassioned promo about needing to step up and become “the guy” in WWE. It was a solid promo that probably would have been better served in front of a live crowd.

Monday, he gave the physical equivalent of that promo, defeating Bronson Reed in a brisk, hard-hitting match that saw Ciampa pick the bigger man up and deliver an Air Raid Crash, overcome a running Liger Bomb from Reed, and hit several stiff shots en route to pinning Bronson with a crucifix bomb.

The match wasn’t a memorable one – a couple of the moves might stick out – but the point here is that Tommaso finally got past Bronson and won, backing up his promo. This doesn’t necessarily fill fans with all the confidence in the world – WWE has done this before and then pulled the rug out, dropping a push suddenly – but it’s fair to give positive marks here.


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.