5 Ups & 8 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (June 7)

Lilly the Doll, WWE Raw main-eventer; Ripley pinned, Kofi/Riddle click.

Shayna Baszler

Raw has officially reached the point where when it does the most basic thing correctly, fans get excited simply because they managed to not screw something up. We’re now grading on a severe curve where “not doing the dumbest thing possible” is a plus.

But that doesn’t mean that Raw was good, or much more than “barely watchable,” on Monday night. The program continues its bottomless death spiral, with one MMA fighter zippering his mouth closed and locking it with a key, and another feuding with a grotesque doll. The company cut a bunch of talented wrestlers and is bringing back Eva Marie as an unironic babyface.

The writers continue to find new ways to cut Rhea Ripley’s knees out from under her, despite giving her a rocket push and pitting her against Raw’s top two female talents. What should have been a no-brainer to make a new star has turned into an absolute nightmare (pun intended).

They’re trying to book two goofs as babyface challengers for the United States Championship, but instead, they looked like geeks incapable of doing anything productive. But then, they begin a babyface push for a war veteran who has basically been accused of having PTSD.

They pinned the Raw Women’s Champion and closed Raw with a “Chucky” horror movie rip-off. But hey, the fans will be back in a month. Bet they can’t wait to see all of this in person!

Errrr… Well, 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.