5 Ups And 7 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (June 11)


7. Matches Without Purpose

RAW Alexa Bliss Sasha Banks

There’s a smidgeon of hypocrisy with this “down,” as you’ll see an up somewhat related to it later.

However, you have to deduct a point for the efforts to build “critical momentum” for Money in the Bank: fatal four-way matches between the Raw male and female MITB entrants. It’s just lazy booking after pairing the competitors in a mix-and-match manner the past couple weeks.

It’s almost as if the writers looked at a calendar and said, “Huh, we have six weeks of TV. So that’ll be two weeks of qualifiers, three weeks of mixing them up, and then they’ll all fight each other to build momentum. It’ll be great!”

It’s fine when the match means something, but even if it produces good wrestling, it’s still lazy “writing” to fill time instead of actually building an angle and doing character development.


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.