Raw on Monday night was an exercise in patience and
Right out of the chute, we got an effective opening (depending
on your perspective) that established Bobby Lashley as the voice of the people,
putting Roman Reigns in his place. Then we went off the rails for a bit before
swerving back on track at the end with a strong main event match that ended
with Reigns finding a new place, as if he took Lashley’s suggestion to heart.
Along the way, we saw the B-Team continue its parody with no
tag title match set in stone. We saw Bayley and Sasha Banks’ saga continue, but
take an odd turn that seems way out of place. We saw a tag team rematch to open
the show, but with different results this time. We saw multiple odd pairings of
enemies and frenemies with predictable results.
Raw certainly was more than watchable Monday night, but the
absence of a main champion is really apparent and a drag on the show. With no
main prize to chase, people are left to argue about who gets to challenge Brock
Lesnar at some distant, unspecified time in the future. That needs to change.
With that said, let’s find out what revved the engine and
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.