When ratings are flagging, or when you need to plug
something in the women’s division, call on Stephanie to save the day. Or
something like that.
The Raw commissioner returned to television Monday night,
showing off her typical scene-chewing skills, dominating multiple segments and
interjecting herself into the contract signing for the Raw Women’s Championship
match. She didn’t emasculate the roster, but she instead played the role of sh**-stirrer,
stoking fears and mistrust among wrestlers while evicting GM Kurt Angle from
During all of this, Raw managed to give us some good action
and set up and make official the obvious match between Roman Reigns and Jinder
Mahal, as well as tap the third woman for the Money in the Bank ladder match.
We didn’t see the Raw Tag Team champs or several other big names (gotta make
more time for Steph!), but we did get a great main event and a couple other
However, the negatives were stronger in nature, and the show
clearly felt like it was inching forward toward MITB rather than striding. Did
Raw take enough baby steps forward? What overcame, and what was overcome?
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.