Raw was a pretty big disappointment Monday night, putting
forth eight matches in which five were glorified squashes (or at least matches
where the outcome was never in doubt) and another ended in an obvious DQ. Top that
off with there being a PPV in less than two weeks and no Raw matches announced,
and you have a pretty lackluster show.
The big draw of the episode was supposedly Seth Rollins’ big
apology, which Kevin Owens rightly called out as “bullsh**.” But nothing really
came of it beyond that. Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre gelled well together as a
clash of the future versus the past, and Samoa Joe was great on commentary.
But that was about it for the positives Monday night.
If you like jobber-style matches stacked on top of each
other, this episode was for you. If you like watching a wrestler painfully
deliver a forced line that makes you cringe, this episode was for you. If you
love the Rusev/Lana/Bobby Lashley feud, this episode was for you. If you don’t
care about seeing Becky Lynch appear and want to watch Charlotte Flair nearly
defeat two accomplished singles wrestlers by herself, this episode was for you.
Raw stumbled badly this week, and the writing wasn’t
particularly inspired, almost as if everyone was still comatose from too much
turkey and just slapped this episode together. Shake if off and do better next
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.