As WWE headed into its penultimate Raw before SummerSlam,
the PPV was mostly booked already, which is a good thing.
But it also meant that Raw was a lot of coloring inside the
lines for the show. The big draw clearly was Ronda Rousey’s first bout on Raw,
giving her one more Raw match than Brock Lesnar has had in this run with the
company. Aside from that, you had to wonder what the fallout from Brock’s attack
on GM Kurt Angle would be.
We got our answer to both of those questions Monday night, with
Rousey passing her test and Paul Heyman delivering a killer promo that was very
unlike him. We also saw what role Bobby Lashley has settled into after flirting
with a Universal Championship match. We saw what happens when Roman Reigns
tries to pull double-duty. And we saw Braun Strowman find another way to lose,
but it wasn’t a bad thing.
Raw wasn’t bad by any stretch Monday night, but it should be
firing on all cylinders right now, not sputtering at times giving us Titus O’Neil/Rezar
matches to set up a rubber tag team match. Not everything can be perfect, but WWE
certainly could do a little better.
With that said, let’s take a look at what rose to the top
and what sank like a stone. Let’s get to it…
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.