It is WrestleMania season, right? The sign is up above the arena each week, and everyone should be jockeying for position on the Mania card, desperately wanting to claim their WrestleMania moment. And oh yeah, they definitely should be pointing at the sign, right? The questions have to be asked because Monday night, WWE put on an episode of Raw that felt more like it was riding the inertia from last week and coasting toward a normal PPV (which in truth it is), with no sense of urgency. Granted, there still are nine weeks before WrestleMania XXXII, and Fastlane is less than three weeks away with only two matches announced, so priorities. But you figure that WWE is going to be inside of two months before Mania next week without top two or three matches even announced or established. Undertaker hasnt showed up yet. Brock Lesnars opponent (**coughcough** Bray Wyatt **coughcough**) wont become solid until after Fastlane, and neither will the #1 contender for Triple Hs WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Sasha Banks has declared her intention to beat Charlotte for the Divas Championship, and as great of a match as that might be, it wont sell out AT&T Stadium. While the card doesnt need to be set in stone this far out, Mondays episode of Raw didnt feel like WrestleMania was in the air. It felt like a normal episode of Raw on a normal arc toward a normal PPV. Thats not a bad thing, but its not a good sign when you look at a calendar. WWE needs to step up its hype machine if it wants to generate some interest. In the interim, what is flying down the road in the fast lane, and whats stuck in neutral? Lets 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.