Week 2 of the supposed new Heyman Era of Raw came and went
Monday night, and there’s something notable right away: consistency.
Storylines from last week were followed up on, with actual
storytelling and progression. That in and of itself is a huge improvement from
previous efforts, where entire plotlines were dropped randomly, then suddenly restarted
weeks later for now explored reason.
If this is a sign of things to come, we could see Raw
turning a corner where it’s more watchable and linear, which itself is a big
deal. One of the biggest criticisms WWE has faced is the lack of direction of
the show. Another – the under-utilization of the roster – also appears to be under
a course correction, as some wrestlers who haven’t gotten much screen time
(Sarah Logan, Cedric Alexander, No Way Jose, the Kanellises) all got some
camera time Monday night.
But we’re not ready to endorse this as the panacea to Raw’s
plummeting ratings and creative doldrums. A couple decent weeks is just a blip
on the radar. We’d need to see a lot of improvement over a longer period to be optimistic.
Besides, this episode included more of the contrived reasons
to avoid wrestling during commercial breaks, a baffling mixed tag elimination stipulation,
champs losing nontitle matches, and a bizarre main event storyline that missed
the mark, big time.
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.