Things feel a bit sluggish, so the company had a couple choices: Move in a different direction and try something new, or turn back the clock to 2014 and push Stephanie McMahon as a top heel authority figure and Kane as a top villain. Guess which direction we got.
We saw Tex Ferguson portrayed as if he was a real
guy and not a character created by a guy playing a different guy. More
importantly, we saw Stephanie McMahon return to Raw to complain and then race
off into the night. And of course, she didn’t leave without taking a few
parting shots at people like Raw GM Kurt Angle.
We saw a couple questionable title shots for challengers. We
saw WWE make constant references to the Simpsons, only to mess it up. And we
saw Kane’s latest push as he flattens the entire roster.
We also saw two Samoans return to action, Angle lose his
cool, and Miz’s freaking out proving to be clairvoyant this time.
Overall, Raw was entertaining enough, and the issues weren’t
catastrophic. But a Halloween street fight, the return on Stephanie McMahon and
making Kane your top bad guy in 2017 are pretty major strikes against you.
Let’s find out what pinned the champ and what was stomped
into the ground. 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.