Can someone please notify WWE that Royal Rumble season is
when the writing and quality of its programming is supposed to improve?
Because we’re now two weeks into a new year, and Raw is as
bad as it’s ever been. The writing, the wrestling and the overall feeling of
Raw has that of flat soda, or stale pizza. You dive in hoping that it’s
something refreshing, but instead you’re left disappointed. You know there’s
enough there to be optimistic at the outset – on any given Monday, the stars
could align and we get solid matches and compelling drama – but it just doesn’t
seem to click.
On Monday night, we were hit with 10 matches, more than half of
which were extremely short bouts, and several were just retreads of the previous
match. Worse, all but a couple were disappointing.
Sure, we can chalk some of this up to WWE Champion Drew
McIntyre landing in quarantine because of a positive test, and other injuries
cropped up for others like Kofi Kingston. But that doesn’t absolve all of this
mess. It’s been said before, but the largest wrestling company in the world,
with the most talented roster on Earth, should be able to put on a quality show
every week, and a passable one at worst.
We’re still waiting, as Rumble season wears on. Let’s get to
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.