The saddest part about Monday’s Raw Reunion, a network-ordered
move smacking of desperation to reverse WWE’s flagship show’s sagging ratings,
is that it might work.
Raw Reunion produced an entertaining, if inconsequential,
episode featuring a ton of superstars from the past 20-plus years. Wrestlers
ran the gamut from mega-stars like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and “Stone Cold” Steve
Austin, to lesser players like Jillian Hall, Boogeyman and D-Von Dudley. Their involvement
ranged from being in the background during a group shot, to a solo promo to
close out Raw.
Along the way, we got a handful of matches, but no real forward
movement toward SummerSlam. That isn’t surprising, but it’s still a bit troubling.
This leaves just two episodes of Raw to lock down the card and build enthusiasm
for one of WWE’s Big Four PPVs. This just wasn’t a great time for a nostalgia episode
that featured more “legends” than current superstars.
But as a one-off, Raw Reunion was entertaining enough, and
we’ll give it passing marks for using its legends better than previous
throwback episodes and for finishing strong with an excellent Stone Cold promo.
With that said, let’s grab a Steveweiser and find out what connected
and what faltered. 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.