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4 Ups & 8 Downs From WWE Raw (Sep 29)

No RETRIBUTION, but plenty of crap: Aleister's new entrance, Mysterio family drama.

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One day, Raw is going to give us different feuds and fans will be so freaked out by it, they won’t even care if the show is any good, they’ll just scream that it’s different, so they’ll praise the living hell out of it.

Rey Mysterio won’t be feuding with Seth Rollins. Apollo Crews & Ricochet will move on from the Hurt Business. The Street Profits will face someone other than Andrade or the Viking Raiders. Something interesting and meaningful will actually happen.

But for now, we have to continue to endure the old “more of the same” parade from WWE. Raw was better this week, but that’s not saying much. It had a good main event and a couple of decent moments, but the recent turn in the Mysterio/Rollins saga is just mind-numbing and icky at the same time. Randy Orton’s payback for the legends who attacked him was just dumb, and Mandy Rose’s hyped debut fell flat.

But perhaps the biggest sin Monday night was the injustice perpetrated on Aleister Black, as WWE has taken a genuinely unique and awesome wrestler and turned him into someone completely different, and not in a good way. It’s a reboot of sorts that just completely undoes two years of a solid character that really was a tweak or two away from working well as a heel.

With that said, let’s get to it…

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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.