WWE’s go-home Raw before its latest installment of “We love
Saudi money more than humanistic principles” was another disappointing affair,
as the show treaded water Monday night, mainly due to building to a “WrestleMania-equivalent”
show whose three biggest matches have had next-to-zero build.
The Saudi Arabia shows have been basically glorified house
shows, making the build on Raw and SmackDown less than captivating. Throw in
Brock Lesnar’s ongoing bait-and-switch routine, Shane McMahon preening and more
Baron Corbin and you have a recipe for a substandard Raw.
Oh, and let’s add in some arm wrestling and praising a disgraced
former athlete (no, not Hulk Hogan).
The women (who won’t be featured at Super Showdown because,
well, they’re women and not welcome there) made some positive contributions,
with Becky Lynch vowing to not be complacent, and Alexa Bliss getting back into
the mix a little. Seth Rollins took a massive beating, so that should be commended
But the show-stealer on this episode was Bray Wyatt, who
clearly is enjoying himself with his new character. Let’s just pray that
somehow, they manage to follow through with this new iteration, because you don’t
get a lot of do-overs.
WWE really needs to figure out how to turn things around and
deliver a solid, consistent episode, because substandard is becoming the new
normal in 2019.
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.