It really is amazing how WWE can get so many things right
and then so many things wrong during the same episode of Monday Night Raw. Sometimes,
these diametrically opposed things happen in back-to-back segments.
We might get really good character development with Seth
Rollins, and a smart storyline development with he and his new follower Buddy
Murphy being successful at capturing gold. But then we might get a geeky Ricochet
getting laid out, a disappointing ladder match, a horrific Street Profits
segment and another bad Rusev/Lana/Bobby Lashley segment.
Raw had its moments, but the wheels came off in the final
hour, as it sputtered to a rushed ending – the main event lasted less than five
minutes – and did not do a great job really selling the Royal Rumble matches
Oh sure, we had Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe casually declare
themselves as being in the Rumble, but these things are done in an almost antiseptic
way, a cookie-cutter announcement rather than a wrestler giving a compelling
reason for why they have to win.
Raw certainly is watchable, but you might find yourself
poking holes or grumbling a few times throughout. But hey, your mileage might
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.