Pop quiz: Is there a PPV Sunday? What’s the main event? Are
Now, a more important follow-up: What else is on the card
for Sunday? Are you excited for any of that?
Monday Night Raw was the go-home show for the TLC PPV, a
one-trick pony if there ever was one. The Shield is reuniting for the first
time in more than three years, and they’ll face five men in a tables, ladders
and chairs match. That is the entire hook for the PPV. No one is trying to sell
TLC on the Kalisto/Enzo Amore match, or Alexa Bliss/Mickie James (though that
feud has turned out better than you would have predicted a month ago).
Raw featured a steel cage match between Roman Reigns and
Braun Strowman that plodded along until a “shocking” return ground things to a
halt. It added an element to the TLC main event that could be described as “subtraction
Perhaps the worst thing about Raw was a parlor trick that
was on the level of Warrior appearing in a mirror that only Hollywood Hogan
could see on WCW Nitro back in 1998. Worse yet, it involved someone who should
be above crap like that, Finn Balor.
With that said, let’s find out what clicked and what
clanked. 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.