Coming off a Stomping Grounds PPV where the two world title
matches failed to deliver in the ring, we could only hope that WWE made some
changes and took things in a different direction.
We did get that Monday night, though it wasn’t what we were
expecting. Baron Corbin is still in the Universal Championship hunt, albeit
with one major caveat. And Kofi Kingston found out that when one man loses a
title, it’s an opportunity for him to come after yours.
Surprisingly, the 24/7 Championship took center stage at
various points Monday night, and it was decently entertaining, leaving this
writer to admit in this column that initial criticisms might have been a bit
harsh – though the title is a joke, and that joke is teetering on the brink of
being very unfunny.
Raw also delivered a genuine surprise, one that also helped
set up a big match for the next PPV, which is always a plus. But Raw also had
some questionable decisions, such as taking a wrestler coming off a huge win
Sunday and jobbing them cleanly 24 hours later.
But that’s WWE these days: there are some good moments in
there, but there are more questionable decisions, poor writing and generally
not entertaining segments. With such a talented roster, you’d expect better on
a weekly basis.
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.