2 Ups & 7 Downs From WWE Raw (May 23)

A bad show with lackluster wrestling, poor writing and more Sasha/Naomi bashing.

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Wow. Just seriously, let’s step back and really marvel at last night's WWE Raw.

If you said that a show with Asuka/Becky Lynch, Cody Rhodes/Miz, and Alexa Bliss/Nikki ASH would have some really disappointing wrestling, you’d think we were lying. But Raw really underperformed Monday night, to the point where the Rhodes/Miz match all but fell apart, from the mistiming of Cody’s pyro to their execution during the bout.

Raw gave us Jerry Lawler trying to be funny while interviewing Veer Mahaan, which went about as badly as can be expected. It gave us Alexa Bliss’ first interview since returning, but gave us zero content or reason to care about her… unless you really love that she’s still carrying Lilly around. Raw also gave us more THE Judgement Day promo time and another opportunity to hear about how Sasha Banks & Naomi let us all down.

Really, if you turned Raw on after the first half-hour, which admittedly was pretty good, then you probably were left wondering why anyone actually watches this show. Very little clicked, and instead, it was just one big, forgettable mess. Maybe the next time Vince McMahon scripts one of his announcers to talk about people who disappointed millions of WWE fans, he should look in the mirror.

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.