8 Ups & 4 Downs From WWE Raw (28 Nov - Review)

The Bloodline and Kevin Owens clash, The Man comes around, Street Profits return.

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It’s becoming increasingly difficult to grade or judge Raw these days. Maybe years of watching a truly atrocious show, followed by a briefly excellent program, has made it tough to accurately and dispassionately critique the program.

Do you still grade on a curve? Are you forgiving certain sins because it’s not as bad as it was a few months ago? Is it better because they’ve rehired a bunch of wrestlers who should have never been released in the first place? Or are we wearing rose-coloured glasses, hoping that the show will exceed expectations and head into a renaissance period?

Coming off a solid Survivor Series: WarGames PLE, it’s easy to understand why this was a mostly enjoyable Raw. Focus on a returning Becky Lynch, the fun feud between the OC and Judgment Day, the return of a popular tag team, and the always-commanding Bloodline, and you’ve got a recipe for success.

That’s not to say Raw wasn’t without its down moments, but this show worked just fine as a post-PLE program setting the table (pun intended) for Roman Reigns’ next challenger and either hinting at or bludgeoning us with challengers for other titles.

One request though: Can we get a Luke Gallows/Damian Priest singles match? The two big men were teeing off on each other on Raw, and seeing them go at it could be really fun.

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.