4 Ups And 6 Downs From WWE Raw (June 20)

MITB participants named, new title challengers tapped, more baby oil and Vince McMahon.

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“Card subject to change” is a very true statement when it comes to WWE programming these days, and though some things can’t be helped – like an injury – bringing out your embattled former chairman and CEO to vamp and strut for a live crowd is a pretty sickening little ploy.

Mr. McMahon lowlighted Raw Monday night, coming out to say and do absolutely nothing of substance, but it wasn’t what he said, but how he presented himself that was important. The chairman clearly was sending a signal that WWE is still his company, despite being relieved of command.

And really, all you need to do is watch Raw to realize that this still is Vince’s show. Posing, fighting with baby oil, promo trains, big men getting their umpteenth shot, champions getting pinned to set up title matches, tag teams fighting in singles matches… all of it adds up to still very much being McMahon’s WWE.

If you thought the turmoil of the past few days would lead to something of a shakeup, you’re sadly mistaken. Thankfully, WWE has some very talented performers who manage to elevate mediocre material on a weekly basis, making Raw tolerable. It’s just a shame to see them constantly underperform when a good show is within their grasp. (We’ll worry about a great show later.)

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.