6 Ups And 6 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (Oct 7)

Boxing champ Tyson! (Fury) confronts Braun, Viking Raiders leap forward.

Braun Strowman Tyson Fury

Twenty-four hours removed from the worst PPV of the year, all eyes were on Raw to see how WWE spun its way out of one of the worst main events it has churned out in recent memory, a non-finish WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell match.

And with that on everyone’s mind, what was the main, overarching storyline of the show? A confrontation between Braun Strowman and a boxing champion whose name many fans probably didn’t know before last week.

Tyson Fury is not the problem here, but he’s emblematic of the current problem with WWE. As a sideshow, the Fury/Strowman angle is fine. But it was pumped up Monday as the biggest thing happening, while your full-time champion was barely mentioned despite being left in a pool of his own blood Sunday night.

Raw did get some stuff right, with the women’s champions shining and new Raw tag title contenders stepping up.

But it’s also obvious that everything is in a stall of sorts with the latest WWE draft starting on Friday and continuing on Raw next week, so we were left with more of a placeholder of an episode than anything else.

With that said, let’s see how Raw stacked up this week. 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.