If you tuned into Raw Monday night expecting a huge build to
Sunday’s Money in the Bank PPV, then you probably were disappointed.
You got overused tropes of wrestlers mindlessly climbing a
ladder to grab a suspended briefcase that didn’t hold anything, simply because
they could. You got four-way matches between competitors for no reason other
than to fill time and space. And you got beaucoup video packages as Raw was
taped from London Monday night.
Probably the most surprising thing was realizing later how
many wrestlers weren’t on the show. No tag team wrestlers appeared Monday night,
and the WWE Universal Championship match participants only appeared in backstage
interviews, as did the United States Champion.
But hey, we got 15 minutes of Braun Strowman humiliating
Sami Zayn before he was bailed out by two other men who did the dirty work. And
we got 10 minutes of Baron Corbin, and a Mojo Rawley squash.
However, we did get a really nice match pitting Rey Mysterio
against Cesaro that was worth checking out, and a women’s titles dual contract
signing that really was the highlight of the show.
Generally, WWE needs to change something up, because it just
doesn’t feel must-see. You could predict the four-way match, the 50-50 booking
and certain other things. Watch the YouTube videos, read a recap and save
yourself two hours of time.
But for those wanting to break it all down, 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.