On one hand, you could give Raw a mulligan because the show’s
primary focus was the WWE draft, so everything else was secondary.
But the draft itself helped make Raw a waste of time chock
full of meaningless segments and frustrating “logic.” Throw in that the company
is building to Crown Jewel – a big but ultimately meaningless PPV – and you’ve
got a perfect recipe for an episode where you skip the show, read the recaps
and hope that when things reset next week, they get back on track, fast.
It really is a shame in some ways. Raw had been chugging
along just fine throughout the summer, a marked improvement from several months
ago. But lately, it’s taken a nosedive, and the draft forced everything else into
a holding pattern. Crown Jewel provided the icing on the s*** cake.
On the positive side, we got a couple decent TV matches and
a sweet title change, which was a case of WWE pulling the trigger on an act at
the right time.
Hopefully, things are back to normal next week, because
there wasn’t much here to rope in new viewers, or even retain regular watchers.
With that said, let’s find out how things stacked up. 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.