This time last year, The Miz and Maryse kicked off the first ever 'Superstar Shake-up' on Monday Night Raw by trolling the audience one last time with their nailed-on impersonations of John Cena and Nikki Bella. The pair ragged on the alleged insincerity of their proposal, impending Hollywood careers and even questioned the legitimacy of their entire relationship as part of a couched arrival on the red brand. It's a shame Dean Ambrose interrupted before they could get on to letting everybody know the week's winning lottery numbers.
Bizarre symmetry between events then and now aside, it was something of an underwhelming kick-off to traditionally one of the major events of the year despite following a familiar pattern and furnishing Monday Night Raw with three of SmackDown Live!'s top talent in one segment.
More of the same came on this year's version of the show, not least with a potential Network move for the flagship in the very near future. A move to Fox has posited the potential of two-hour Raws returning to save us all from the deadly third hour malaise. Far from shrinking the red brand though, the show currently needed more talent in order to provide an adequate sales pitch to favoured - and other potential - suitors.
Quantity - not quality - was in high supply, but little left either the show or the crowd feeling particularly shook...
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