It’s becoming harder and harder to grade Raw these days.
On one hand, we’re getting a couple pretty good matches each
week and some decent segments, so those are positive signs. However, we also
are getting some embarrassing or dumb angles, which drag the show down.
More importantly, however, is this question: Was there
anything on Raw Monday night that you would deem “must-see”? For example, if
you had a friend who missed the show, is there something you would tell them they
absolutely had to track down and catch? It’s becoming easier and easier to say,
“If you missed Raw, watch the YouTube clips, read a review or two, and you’ll
be caught up.” It’ll take about a half-hour of your time, as opposed to
scanning through a three-hour episode.
We saw the Raw debuts of a few superstars and some nice
follow-up on other new wrestlers to the show, which was a positive development.
But we also saw some of the directionless nature of the show, as bad storylines
persist and good wrestlers are lacking any real storyline.
We keep saying that the show is markedly better than it was
several months ago, but that isn’t going to cut it for much longer. A
billion-dollar company should be able to deliver better than “it doesn’t suck
like it did six months ago.”
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.