WWE hopped across the pond for this week’s Raw, giving us a
slightly different flavor to the long-running show. But Monday’s episode also
illustrated the challenges that Survivor Series inherently faces.
With every match on the card pitting Raw against SmackDown,
it means that there are no title bouts (WWE Cruiserweight Championship aside)
taking place, and very little (if any) direct conflict between competitors since
the red and blue brands typically don’t interact unless it’s at a PPV
(SmackDown’s siege notwithstanding).
All of this left you with a Raw that was technically fine,
but also somewhat bland as Raw-related storylines felt like they were in a weird
limbo as wrestlers manufactured anger toward SmackDown for their raid last
month. That doesn’t make for compelling television, and it makes it a little
So while Raw gets positive marks for this taped edition, it
certainly can be mostly forgotten as we move forward, save for the main event,
which you either thought was clever or groaned at your TV. Oh, and did you know
that Kurt Angle’s job is on the line? Because that is totally a major selling point:
Stephanie McMahon is back and threatening jobs as plotlines for PPVs.
With that said, what snuck in a Brogue Kick and what got
distracted and pinned? 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.