After a dismal and nearly universally panned Super Showdown,
WWE returned stateside for Raw and attempted to right the ship.
The result was an uneven episode that revealed more about
what ails WWE today than presenting good or bad segments. The show wasn’t
intolerable, but it wasn’t memorable either. It will likely be forgotten by
next week. Several segments landed in what could be termed purgatory, neither
good nor bad, so they were difficult to characterize for this column.
Ask yourself: Who are the top heels on Raw? Baron Corbin?
Sami Zayn? Samoa Joe? Bobby Lashley? Drew McIntyre? Aside from McIntyre and
maybe Joe, do any of the scream “world title contender?” That in and of itself is
a sizable problem.
The women’s division has been decimated by injuries, but
there still are enough women to field a tag team to face the IIconics, right?
Half the roster seems to be caught up chasing the 24/7
Championship, while all you need to do to get a United States Championship
match is grab a mic and walk out to the ring. Meanwhile Drake Maverick is busy
chasing the ugly belt while his tag team clients, AOP, have returned to action but
weren’t wreaking havoc on Raw.
Raw wasn’t actively bad, but it was passively bland. And with
Stomping Grounds looking like a bunch of retreads, this isn’t boding well
heading into summer.
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.