If you’re grading Monday Night Raw these days, it’s been
earning a solid “B” or "B+" since the Royal Rumble, with some standout performances,
but some areas that are still lagging.
This week’s show was similar, with an outstanding, visceral
segment to really sell a new rivalry, while we saw a ongoing major storyline
continue to tread water rather than churn forward.
Becky Lynch finally dispatched a great and tough rival, only
to find a new challenger who really wants to sink her teeth into The Man –
literally. However, we also endured objectively good promo and match segments
involving Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins, but they could have been re-runs from
Rhea Ripley has been thrust into the spotlight, but it
remains unclear whether she’s ready to shine against Charlotte Flair. But Drew
McIntyre looked like a million bucks. Aleister Black delivered once again. And Randy
Orton is sowing the seeds for a barnburner of a feud with Edge.
There’s plenty to be excited about on the Raw side heading
into WrestleMania, but there still are several question marks. There’s plenty
of time for things to work themselves out, or for things to fall apart. But Raw
has been enjoyable recently, and it gets better than passing marks this week.
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.