Raw was dominated by one monster Monday night, and depending
on your view of how things went, you either loved Raw or felt that it crossed
over from entertaining to ridiculous.
Braun Strowman ran amok for the first hour of Raw,
dominating the programming in a way we haven’t seen in some time. If you love
seeing Strowman destroy people and stuff, then you were in luck. If you are
bothered by logic gaps and poor writing, you might not have been able to
overlook them during Braun’s reign of terror.
Still, Raw certainly gave viewers something different Monday
night. In addition to Braun, we saw another super-human superstar, Goldberg,
become the first person announced for the WWE Hall of Fame. We saw Asuka and
Nia Jax square off for the first time. We saw Seth Rollins bring back an old
favorite. And we saw a couple of throwbacks throw down.
We also saw another upset that might not mean anything. We
saw more stagnation in the story of Woken Matt Hardy. And we saw an abrupt
upset of a former women’s champion.
It’s also notable that next week’s Raw is not only the 25th
anniversary show, it’s the go-home program before the Royal Rumble, and it
remains to be seen how WWE can jam in all the legends and still tie up any
loose ends for the PPV.
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.