Twenty-four hours removed from a disastrous PPV that set the bar so low that you have to dig quite a bit just to reach it, WWE was back at it on Monday Night Raw, trying to right the ship and steamroll toward WrestleMania XXXIII. The big question here was: Were they successful at winning fans back and making them care?
And the answer has to be a mixed bag. If you’re a fan of cruiserweights, you have plenty of reason to cheer. Something has clicked recently and characters like Neville, Jack Gallagher, Rich Swann, Akira Tozawa and Austin Aries have raised the division’s profile dramatically. If you were looking forward to the implosion of Jeri-KO, then you weren’t disappointed Monday night.
But if you were ticked off about Roman Reigns getting yet another cherry in a never-ending quest to make fans cheer him as a conquering hero and you love the Undertaker, then you should have turned Raw off before the last segment. If you think Stephanie McMahon should just let the women’s division operate organically rather than diving into it over and over, then you probably beat your head on the coffee table Monday night.
Still, give WWE credit for charging ahead and pushing storylines forward with less than four weeks to go. Whether this will be a show that rivals last year’s clusterf*** remains to be seen.
So let’s find out what chokeslammed the competition and what got F-5’d. Let’s get to it…