7 Ups And 9 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (April 1)

The hard sell for Mania oversells main event to absurd levels.

Ronda Rousey

The go-home Raw before a major show like WrestleMania often is a mixed bag. Major angles have likely reached their zenith, so the writers either simply try to tread water, or they ramp things up to absurd levels.

We got to see both of those on display Monday night, as several matches simply got a refresher for the fans, while others went well beyond the barrel. The worst, by far, was the women’s triple threat match, which has become so overbooked, you get the feeling every one of WWE’s 37 writers each got to book a portion of the feud, resulting in this disjointed, overbooked mess.

It’s really the only way we could have gotten from where we started to where we ended up Monday night. And despite the negatives you’ll read about shortly, this writer is still looking forward to the match and is hopeful that WWE will at least book a good ending to this convoluted story.

That said, there was a lot happening Monday night, so some of the mundane stuff (matches that don’t relate to WrestleMania matches) will get overlooked here in the interest of just seeing how WWE did in its final Raw build to the biggest show of the year.

Spoiler alert: You’re not missing anything if you skipped it and slept instead.

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.