8 Ups And 6 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (Oct 8)

Heel turns, big returns, un-retirements. No run-of-the-mill episode.

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Well, you can’t say that Raw wasn’t eventful Monday night.

WWE jammed a ton of stuff into three hours on Raw, and it actually could qualify as too much, with the writers forcing two heel turns and three teams teasing dissension. That’s an awful lot outside Vince Russo’s heyday.

In addition to all of that, we got a Paul Heyman promo, a Nia Jax appearance (and loss), Hall-of-Famers, and the return of a masked Latino superstar (no, not that one).

Oh, and we saw one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time announce he will come out of retirement… to work a tag match.

And those are just the high points of Raw.

Part of this is likely necessitated by WWE having two PPVs in the next four weeks, one an all-female event by choice (Evolution) and the other an all-male PPV by host country fiat (Crown Jewel). With storylines needed for matches to fill both cards, you end up with an eventful program.

So you’d be forgiven if you missed some stuff Monday night. But WWE shouldn’t get a pass for cramming too much into the program and recycling too many tropes.

With that said, let’s find out what won over the fans and what drew a “boring” chant. 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.