After all the buildup with speculation over whether Seth
Rollins would still be able to compete at WrestleMania XXXIII, fans were left
with the same questions they had coming into Raw Monday night.
But never fear, WWE still turned in a solid effort, thanks
in no small part to the excellent work of two Canadian heroes and American
national treasures: Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. The duo dominated the
program with backstage and in-ring segments and a United States Championship
match. They helped carry Goldberg to a highly entertaining and effective promo
that set up two major PPV matches.
Another big star on Monday night was Samoa Joe, who
officially debuted by signing his Raw contract and facing a major player on the
Raw roster, Roman Reigns. The Samoan Submission Machine had a really strong
match, holding his own and managing to get the win.
However, not everything was sunshine and rainbows. We saw
less than stellar tag team and cruiserweight segments, and we saw yet another
segment with Stephanie McMahon verbally castrating a male performer, this time
Mick Foley. Will she ever get her comeuppance? Don’t hold your breath.
With that said, let’s find out what rode high and what hit a
pothole on the Road to WrestleMania? 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.