After a bad week last week with a poor Fastlane PPV and
subpart Raw, WWE needed to rebound in a big way. And while this week’s episode
of Raw was a marked improvement, some of the negatives were severe and
detracted from the overall show.
That’s to be expected when you have a half-dozen segments
involving authority figures building tension to a confrontation that can only
disappoint. How many times can you listen to Stephanie McMahon dress down Mick
Foley before you change the channel? If you’re writing a column about Raw, you
don’t get that liberty, but the average viewer can make that decision.
It looks like the Undertaker is next on Roman Reigns’ hit
list, unless we get a last-minute swerve of the proportions of WrestleMania
XXXI. We didn’t see the Deadman Monday night, but Shawn Michaels showed up to
temper Reigns’ enthusiasm – to mixed results.
A cardboard cutout of Brock Lesnar showed up – oh wait, it
really was him. He just didn’t do anything. But at least he showed up. WWE’s
Universal Champion didn’t make the show at all. The other top singles champion,
Bayley, got ragdolled a week after losing a match to another woman, putting her
in Rey Mysterio territory for champs.
It’s been a bumpy Road to WrestleMania, but let’s get to it…
6. New Day + Big Show
+ Titus = *Groan*
Taken individually, New Day and Big Show can be pretty entertaining
and get good marks.
But when you combine New Day doing now-tired shtick with Big
Show smiling as he’s rudely interrupted with Titus O’Neil being… well, Titus O’Neil,
you get a groan-worthy segment. New Day debuted their New Day Talks show, and
brought Show in to chat about his role in the Jetsons DVD movie. After interrupting
him a bunch, Titus showed up and got in Show’s face about not being cast in the
movie himself (yes, seriously). He shoved Show, setting up a match later.
This just isn’t entertaining. It’s not funny. And it’s not
helping anyone involved. You might as well have had Show plug the DVD in the
ring and cut to a clip and it would’ve accomplished the same thing.
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.