6 Ups And 6 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (May 21)

Stephanie returns, Lashley's sisters arrive, Braun smashes.

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Welcome to Raw is (Stephanie) McMahon!

When ratings are flagging, or when you need to plug something in the women’s division, call on Stephanie to save the day. Or something like that.

The Raw commissioner returned to television Monday night, showing off her typical scene-chewing skills, dominating multiple segments and interjecting herself into the contract signing for the Raw Women’s Championship match. She didn’t emasculate the roster, but she instead played the role of sh**-stirrer, stoking fears and mistrust among wrestlers while evicting GM Kurt Angle from his office.

During all of this, Raw managed to give us some good action and set up and make official the obvious match between Roman Reigns and Jinder Mahal, as well as tap the third woman for the Money in the Bank ladder match. We didn’t see the Raw Tag Team champs or several other big names (gotta make more time for Steph!), but we did get a great main event and a couple other decent moments.

However, the negatives were stronger in nature, and the show clearly felt like it was inching forward toward MITB rather than striding. Did Raw take enough baby steps forward? What overcame, and what was overcome?

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.