After admitting on the program itself that ratings were
plummeting to all-time lows, Raw had to do something to change things up. You
can’t keep doing the same thing over and over and expect to get a different
So what did we get Monday night? McMahons. All of them.
That in and of itself is enough to warrant an eyeroll or
three, as that seems to be WWE’s solution to everything. Need to juice ratings
for a week? Call a McMahon. Need a deus ex machina? Call a McMahon. Need
someone to have a centerpiece match at WrestleMania? Call a McMahon.
And what did the McMahons bring us on Raw? An admission of
guilt… sort of. We got Vince, Stephanie, Shane and Triple H all acknowledging
the poor showing of Raw lately and a vow to listen to the fans and deliver a
better product, with more wrestlers getting opportunities.
Honestly, just cutting Baron Corbin out of the show would free
up a half-hour every week.
Raw itself wasn’t bad at all, with a women’s gauntlet match for
a Raw Women’s Championship title shot on the line. There also was a fatal four-way
match for a Raw Tag Team Championship match, as well as an Intercontinental Championship
It wasn’t a bad effort at all, but it’ll be interesting to
see how the ratings stack up.
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.