You know things are wearing down for a PPV build when the participants
in a multi-man match are thrust into different combinations on Monday, and then
another arrangement of the wrestlers is set for the following week.
Still, Monday Night Raw wasn’t all bad. Finn Balor, Braun
Strowman, Seth Rollins and Elias all were bright spots, with Elias doing yeoman’s
work to rile the fans throughout multiple segments. Kevin Owens was his usual awesome
self on the mic, while Balor stood up to Braun. And Bobby Lashley finally
decided to get on the mic and just issue a challenge, which he should have done
two weeks ago to spare us all the silly “sisters” act.
But Raw also featured and Olympic athlete getting manhandled,
the tag champs stagnating, a babyface acting like a goof, and the participants in
the Women’s Championship match having an abysmal confrontation.
Raw wasn’t unwatchable, but it certainly had painful moments.
The main event, a gauntlet match for the last spot in the women’s Money in the
Bank ladder match, dragged the show down tremendously.
It's also worth noting that there was no Roman Reigns on Raw, but we won't lump that in with an up or a down, for fear of upsetting someone a little too much. Besides, he'll probably be back telling us Jinder Mahal is in his yard next week.
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.