6 Ups And 7 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (April 29)

Lynch, Rollins, Styles shine; strange match finishes, goofiness drag Raw down.

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It’s a little tough to get a handle on the new (and possibly improved) Raw roster right now, which makes WWE’s flagship show a bit of a mystery grab bag.

As a result of the Superstar Shakeup, Raw gained at least three new tag teams and several top-level stars, but they also lost arguably the biggest regular performer on the main roster. So things are still in flux, as the writers try to figure out how to get everyone into the mix.

Meanwhile, we’re charging ahead to the May PPV, Money in the Bank, where Baron Corbin will inexplicably get another spotlight moment in a major match rather than someone like Cesaro or Robert Roode. Raw featured a McMahon taking center stage for a bit to set up a PPV match as well, because we just can’t go a PPV without a McMahon mixing it up, apparently.

We also saw a fair amount of goofy finishes Monday night, which really dragged the show down, as well as a really silly segment involving personal hygiene. Because that’s what builds feuds in 2019.

But we also saw some solid character development, a couple nice wins for superstars and some early build to a PPV three weeks away, which is a nice change of pace. So while there are some legit gripes here, there also is some praise to toss WWE’s way.

With that said, 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.