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

A lackluster episode that still has a hidden gem and a surprise match.

Kevin Owens

Another week, another conspiracy theory from Roman Reigns.

You only wish that was a joke. But that’s how Raw opened Monday night. Thankfully, the show got better as it moved away from the excuse machine and dropped a Seth Rollins/Kevin Owens match on us.

But it wasn’t all outstanding in-ring action. We got three Money in the Bank qualifying matches – all of which were triple threat bouts. None of them were bad, but none set the world on fire either. We did get a major newsflash however, with Nia Jax identifying her next challenger. It’ll be interesting to see how things pan out and whether WWE is rushing things to cash in or if they have a real plan with how to do this.

Beyond that, Raw was mundane at best. There were a couple nice moments, and some others that left you scratching your head. It was an episode where you could have turned it off after an hour and seen the best and worst of the show and still gotten a good night’s sleep.

The momentum WWE had coming out of WrestleMania is long gone now, but we’ll see if the MITB build can reignite things. Monday was not encouraging, however.

Let’s do this…


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.