3 Ups And 12 Downs From WWE Raw (Sept 21)

RETRIBUTION's big reveal, first match "highlights" Dumpster fire of a show.

Way back in April 2000, WCW did something wrestling promotions never do: They had a hard reset on the entire company. All titles were vacated. Wrestlers changed their personalities/characters. Existing feuds ended, and new ones began.

A year later, WCW was bought out by its chief competitor, the then-WWF.

WWE today is not in danger of being bought out. However, after watching Raw Monday night, this writer can’t help but think that a “hard reset” of the entire brand might be the only thing that can salvage this show.

Raw is spiralling into unwatchable territory. The matches are pedestrian, with very few truly good wrestling contests. The storylines are garbage. The promos are unrecognizable to anything any real person would ever utter.

RETRIBUTION was a major focus Monday night, and it was a major disaster, top to bottom. Nothing they did worked. The promos, the renaming of NXT wrestlers, the six-man tag match… all of it was awful.

The Mysterio family/Seth Rollins feud inexplicably must continue. Keith Lee is starting to spin his wheels in the mud. The top contenders to the Raw Tag Team Championship is a team that has been in turmoil for months and lost match after match.

Rebooting Raw and purging the Street Profits/Andrade & Angel Garza, Mysterio/Rollins, and Hurt Business/Apollo Crews feuds, as well as nixing RETRIBUTION, might help WWE, but it’s tough to say.

Regardless, let’s dig into this dumpster fire...

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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.