8 Ups And 8 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (Nov 30)

WWE touts its international flavor while making a legend a walking punchline.

If you pay attention closely when ring announcers recite the biographical information about each wrestler competing, you should quickly notice that WWE has quite and international flavor, with competitors from all over the globe. WWE brass took special note of it and Monday formed a foreign heel stable that could have an impact on the future of the company. That might sound a little dramatic, but note that the formation of the League of Nations stable on Raw Monday night has the (admittedly small) chance of making Sheamus€™ reign as champ feel that much more tolerable, thus helping WWE navigate one of the more treacherous paths in front of it. Another tough road ahead involves the company€™s preferred choice for champ, Roman Reigns. While the new heel stable doesn€™t guarantee that Reigns will become a true fan favorite, it gives him something concrete to fight other than the McMahons for a change, so that€™s another positive. WWE also seems to have dialed in on the notion that if the New Day is one of the most successful acts in the company, than perhaps they should be in multiple segments throughout Raw. Simultaneously, WWE has decided that the best way to use two-time WWE Hall of Famer is to have him show up unannounced, €œWoooo!€ a bunch of times and leave, so it€™s not all home runs from the company. So what teamed up to strike a blow against their enemies and what simply blew? Let€™s find out€

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.