WWE returned to its “spiritual home” Monday night for Raw,
with the flagship show broadcasting from Madison Square Garden. And while they didn’t
go over the top to play that up, we did get a few reminders of the world’s most
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin told a couple short stories about
his matches in the Garden, and the cameras shot a couple nice scenes from
inside the arena. You could also tell people were amped for the show, with the
wrestling being mostly crisp, and promos being on-point. Overall, this was a
really solid episode of Raw, with only a couple really notable negatives.
The biggest red flag of the night had to be the King of the
Ring tournament, as we’ve seen a potentially star-making moment being potentially
handed to someone who has already squandered and failed at numerous attempts to
get over with fans. It’s like Billy Gunn 2.0, but this time, the wrestler
moonlights as an Olive Garden waiter!
Clash of Champions might be really good, and it might be
just OK. There’s a Universal Championship match, but the feud over the title
has really been muted, making it tough to get invested into it. But we’ll go
into it with an open mind.
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.