If you look at the Raw roster right now, before SmackDown
airs, it looks like a heavily stacked group of superstars. Of course, that will
change after Tuesday night, but for one evening, Raw was overloaded with talent
and provided a solid show.
We saw the arrival of several quality wrestlers, including Bobby
Roode, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and even Baron Corbin. We also saw Jinder
Mahal bring the United States Championship with him to Raw, only to lose it
moments after arriving. We saw Natalya show up and rekindle a friendship with Ronda
Rousey, which paid dividends later on. And we saw Breezango take it to The Bar.
However, Raw wasn’t without it’s down moments. Some of the debuts
on Raw were less than spectacular, with Corbin not even getting on camera, but merely
being mentioned with a short promo video. Ember Moon didn’t get a huge rub in
her second Raw match. And Sasha Banks and Bayley continued to flounder.
Still, Raw was highly watchable Monday night, and if the new
members of the roster provide a shot in the arm for the brand and create new
and fresh matchups and rivalries, then so be it. We’ll gladly enjoy it.
With that said, let’s find out what worked and what didn’t.
Let’s get to it…
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.