6 Ups And 7 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (May 14)


7. Communication Breakdown

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Raw on Monday night featured three – yes, three – triple threat matches, and two of them ran the same scenario.

Put two heels against one babyface and have them team up against the good guy, then have them break down and attack each other. There was no “heel miscommunication” spot to set it up, just an outright turn to try to sneak a victory, whether it was a rollup, breaking up a pin or just teeing off on your supposed partner. Mickie James rolled up and later decked Alexa Bliss, while Kevin Owens and Elias’ alliance was extremely short-lived.

That sort of thing is going to happen occasionally, but when you have three triple threat matches in one night, you’re bound to see similarities, and that’s what happened here. It seems like they’ve gotten really lazy with storytelling. Rather than just find different ways to book these MITB qualifying matches, WWE booked three of the same kind of match on the same night.


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.