7 Ups And 6 Downs From WWE Raw (Jan 13)

Murphy gets his moment, McIntyre straddles lines, Truth splits sides.

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If you tuned into Raw Monday night looking for good wrestling, you were not disappointed. If you tuned in looking for a laugh, your sides were left hurting. If you were looking for some decent storytelling, you even got a little of that too.

Raw delivered a pretty solid show Monday night, turning out an episode that featured some good in-ring action and some good promo segments. Yes, we go another stupid Erick Rowan match, and the “fist fight” did not go off how it was billed. But Aleister Black & Buddy Murphy once again stole the show. Drew McIntyre staked a claim for more cheers from fans. Becky Lynch found a spark to ignite her competitive fire.

However, we also had to endure Sarah Logan being obliterated again by Charlotte Flair. Bobby Lashley & Rusev squared off yet again, but don’t worry, this won’t be their last match. And next time, they’ll have partners to tag in. And the latest chapter in the Andrade/Rey Mysterio feud will be written soon, but it did not take a logical turn.

All of this lent itself to a solid episode, but one simple gripe: What’s the Royal Rumble card for Raw beyond the Raw Women’s Championship? Sure, you don’t need a lot with two Rumble matches, but little has been announced beyond that.

With that said, let’s get to it…


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.