Coming on the heels of a Survivor Series that featured
really solid-to-great wrestling but poor, disjointed storytelling, it was interesting
to see how WWE moved forward on Raw Monday night.
The answer was that the company advanced a couple major
angles, dropping a huge detour – or is it a roadblock? – into one of them.
Braun Strowman was promised a match with Baron Corbin and a match with Brock Lesnar if he
delivered for Team Raw, which he did. But we saw him not get exactly what he
negotiated, and then get something he certainly didn’t want from a heel
Seth Rollins looked more like a lunatic on Raw, driven to
those actions by a man nicknamed the Lunatic Fringe, who is looking more and
more like a mastermind – or, dare we say it, an Architect – these days. It’s
quite a role-reversal, and it could work really well if it’s handled smartly.
We also saw new tag title contenders emerge, but we also saw
bad bathroom humor re-emerge on Raw when it should have been flushed after
Sunday. We saw Ronda Rousey rebound from an all-out assault, and we saw Nia Jax’s
With all that said, let’s find out what delivered and what
got lost in the mail. 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.