6 Ups And 5 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (July 24)

A history-making night ends with history repeating itself.

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If you use the word “historic” over and over often enough, it automatically becomes true, correct?

In that case, Monday’s episode of Raw truly was an historic one, with all eyes focused on what Stephanie McMahon would announce. And the Raw commissioner actually delivered with her news that WWE will put on an all-women’s PPV. We’ve definitely reached the point in the women’s evolution where they’re capable of having enough good matches to fill a PPV, so it’s conceivable that this could be a good show

Of course, then WWE want out and had two inconsequential – but spirited – singles women’s matches and a tag squash match that served as angle advancement. No Alexa Bliss, no Ronda Rousey, no Nia Jax to interrupt the hype of the October PPV.

Raw itself was a decent mix of storyline advancement and action, with the wrestling doing enough to get by, but a few developments carrying the day, regardless of whether you’d classify them as “good.” We were presented with the latest step in Roman Reigns’ journal to finally be coronated and topple Brock Lesnar, and it was met with the usual.

But this time it’ll be different. Promise.

With that said, let’s find out what rose to the occasion and what fell flat.


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.