Normally, the Raw after WrestleMania is a raucous affair,
with rowdy fans chanting and trying to hijack the program while WWE rolls out
new superstars and new angles as the company tries to capitalize on the energy
and momentum from WrestleMania weekend.
But in this current climate, WWE has been forced into a very
weird, unprecedented situation, with the roster limited, no audience and no definitive
timeline on the future. All of that adds up to very uncertain times for much of
our world, and WWE is no different.
It’s in that vein that we found Raw Monday night, with the
company trying to follow on WrestleMania 36, but not being able to really pull
the trigger on anything special or memorable. The uncertainty surrounding everything
might have tamped down any grand plans the company had, and that definitely has
to be taken into account.
But while we can partly grade on a curve, we still have to acknowledge
that WWE is choosing to move forward with taping shows, so you still have to critique
them, not just give them a pass because they choose to entertain by having
their athletes do the opposite of social distancing.
So we’ll give some credit, but still attempt to break down Raw.
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.