8 Ups And 6 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (Sept 16)

Fiend rules supreme, Braun beats up tag teams, Corbin crowned.

Kane The Fiend

Don’t let the number of ups and downs fool you: Raw was mostly inoffensive, but it was far from a great episode Monday night.

Raw put on a solid-but-unspectacular show, falling short in a few areas coming off a PPV that has been criticized for being dull or skippable, yet still producing some entertaining moments. We saw WWE turn the corner right toward next month’s PPV, which always makes you feel just great about the direction of the company – hurry up and get ready for the next big show.

Monday night was all about setting up the next big WWE Universal Championship feud between Seth Rollins and “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. Bray appeared in multiple segments, including the opening as himself and at the end as Fiend. He tormented Rollins, looming over an injured champ at the end of Raw to creep Seth out.

But Raw was just north of passable, as it gave us King Corbin which alone was almost enough to chuck the remote control. Throw in an awful Maria Kanellis pregnancy angle and you have a 1-2 punch of bad. And then sprinkle in Braun Strowman beating up both sets of your tag champs for good measure.

With that said, 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.