On the heels of WWE’s Jekyll-and-Hyde PPV No Mercy, Monday Night Raw rolled into town to try to amplify some parts of the PPV and downplay others.
It actually is a really interesting exercise to watch how the writers try to “right-size” or “correct” some of the things that happened at a PPV the next night on television.
An unbeatable monster gets beaten a little too cleanly? Have him demolish anything that moves to get back some of his shine. A loudmouth upstart wins a title that is supposed to be more of a wrestling championship? Have the other wrestlers in the division get their revenge on him. Your chosen savior for the company getting booed? Tease partnering him back up with his more popular former teammates.
That’s not to say that any of these are bad ideas, but it’s kinda fun to see these course corrections with WWE. Sometimes they work nicely; other times, it’s insulting to see WWE act like nothing happened the night before or that they can sweep it under the rug with a quick angle 24 hours later.
Raw delivered some pretty good moments Monday night and certainly didn’t tread water. You might not agree with all the decisions made, but give WWE credit for making it a noteworthy episode.
With that said, let’s find out what got the job done and what left us scratching our heads. Let’s get to it…