7 Ups & 2 Downs From WWE Raw (1 April - Results & Review)

Killers in the Jungle rule, Sami finds his hunger, Ricochet wows, Lynch/Ripley falters for a bit

Cody Rhodes The Rock

As WWE starts to bring its plane on final approach for WrestleMania 40, there’s just one critical task at hand: Land the plane safely. Do no harm to the cargo and keep everyone and everything in its place and moving in the same direction.

That can be a difficult task when you have to fill three hours of programming just days before the big event, after the majority of the angles have been laid out and set into motion in a way that no further action is really needed.

Apparently, the solution is to just hand a microphone to The Rock and tell him he has a half-hour, and then bring him back for the last 10 minutes of the show.

For all the gripes some might have about the Bloodline dominating every show the past couple months, it simply has been incredible, compelling television, and Monday night was no different.

Credit also has to go to the Intercontinental Championship storyline, which was really well done, as well as Ricochet and Ivar trying to steal the show despite not having a role to play at Mania.

There were some bumps in the road, and it’s also disappointing to see two women’s matches essentially existing to fill time on the show, but both of them did advance minor angles, so we’ll give them passes.

Let’s get to it…

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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.