Money in the Bank is officially in the rear-view mirror, and
the lasting effects of it seem to be that Brock Lesnar is back in our lives
once again. Six weeks away – and six weeks of falling ratings – was all it took
to bring the Ultimate Part-Timer back into the fold.
Brock “worked” Money in the Bank and then showed up again on
Raw Monday night, threatening to cash in his newly won briefcase and drawing
both world champs into a squabble. Given the circumstances, this went about as
well as can be expected, but it’s also painful to see knowing that there’s a
good chance one of WWE’s world titles is going to disappear from television
again in the name of increasing ratings.
(Someone is going to have to explain that at some point: How
the hell does having a champ who’s never on TV help ratings?)
Also on Monday night, we got a double dose of Shane McMahon,
because if Stephanie McMahon isn’t emasculating the male talent, then Super
Shane needs to be beating them up and devaluing them in the ring.
And WWE debuted a new title Monday night… and it went over
like free rides on the new Hindenburg.
On the plus side, The Revival wrestled, Becky Lynch
rebounded, and Cesaro strategized. So it wasn’t all negative, not at all.
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.