5 Ups And 8 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (September 10)

Raw slogs through its go-home show before Hell in a Cell.

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Uggh. Just uggh.

Raw made history Monday night, but it also set a record for the quickest that this writer wanted to grab the remote and turn it off.

There’s a PPV on Sunday, but only for the select few. If you aren’t involved in one of two feuds, you’re out of luck. But hey, maybe you can apply to be part of Braun Strowman’s “Dogs of War” – also known as faceless ninjas who attack one-at-a-time and are easily toppled by The Shield.

This episode was the kind of program that causes critics to wish they could just pull up an old episode of Superstars from the 80s rather than try to follow the “logic” that the 42 writers for Raw attempted to employ.

Between Strowman’s lackeys and the lack of common sense used with them, the forced build between Undertaker and Triple H, the near-canonization of the Bella Twins, and a general poor build to Hell in a Cell, there was a lot to dislike about Raw.

However, the show also gave us our first permanent female commentator and a couple nice little moments involving Ronda Rousey, Chad Gable & Bobby Roode, and the future of the Raw Tag Team Championships.

But overall, this was a mess of a show, one that didn’t make HIAC a must-see PPV by any stretch.

Uggh. Let’s just 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.