Last night's WWE Raw was an absolute trainwreck of a show.
It was three of the most untidy, disorderly, and messy hours of television this company will produce all year. Angles and story developments were tossed out with little regard for how they'd resonate. Almost nothing worked, and while the four NXT arrivals carried Raw for many viewers, the bookers didn't exactly make the most of Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Ricochet, and Aleister Black.
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised by how Raw turned out, as the usually-reliable WrestleVotes tweeted the following before the show:-
"Different" is definitely the right word for it. Not everything on this show sucked (though most of it did), and some of its oddities were morbidly entertaining, but the overwhelming feeling coming away from this show was that WWE had put swathes of ill-fitting, ill-conceived booking ideas into a randomiser, swirled them around a bit, and accepted the results with a shrug. Storytelling bedamned.
At it's best, last night's Raw veered into so-bad-its-good territory; at it's worst, it was an embarrassing production for a promotion of WWE's size and resources. Let's run through the things that made it such a shambles (in chronological order)...
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