If you’re the type of person who simply counts the ups and
downs, then you’d think this was one of the best episodes of Raw in years. And
make no mistake, this was a good show overall.
However, Raw was beset with an ongoing, three-hour ailment.
Thankfully, it’s treatable, and the prescription is time. Let six more
days pass, and everything will heal itself.
You see, Survivor Series is an affliction. It infects WWE
for about a month, with normal rivalries being pushed aside for the good of this
concept of “brand supremacy,” a WWE term that means absolutely nothing. It doesn’t
mean that one brand gets some sort of reward, like a lump sum of cash, or new
contracts, or the #30 spot in the Royal Rumble matches, or even a damn trophy.
They get to brag that they’re the superior brand – for all
of one week before everyone goes back to their respective shows and have to
start building to the next PPV.
So despite some good in-ring action Monday night, the brand
supremacy nonsense permeated a good chunk of the show, dragging it down. While the
ups were noteworthy, some of the downs were colossal.
Still, Raw gets passing marks here, but we’d really give an
award to some enterprising WWE writer who convinces the brass to change course for
Survivor Series 2020.
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.