5 Ups And 5 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (Dec 11)

Good wrestling, subpar storytelling make for a decent, inoffensive episode.

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If you’re a fan of good wrestling, then you most likely enjoyed Raw on Monday night. The program featured several solid bouts involving members of the Shield, the Raw tag champs and cruiserweights.

If you’re a fan of logical wrestling storytelling, then you most likely were left grumbling a few times at the TV, wondering why the writers couldn’t do basic connect-the-dots, which would have turned an average episode of Raw into a pretty good one.

Altogether, Raw was a mixed bag that leaned upward because there really weren’t any fatal flaws during the three-hour ordeal. But the show definitely suffered from some questionable decisions by the writers.

Monday, saw another verbal confrontation between two men trying to out-weird one another. We saw cruiserweights gifted an exceptional amount of time and using it to their advantage. We saw Absolution run into a roadblock. We also saw a wrestler shrug off a series of attacks to overcome adversity once again. We saw a wrestler act completely out of character, which is either intentional or just something being done for laughs. And we saw a main event go nowhere and leave more questions than it originally sought to answer.

With that said, let’s find out what delivered in the ring and what fell apart outside of it. 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.