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
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.
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.