8 Ups And 6 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (July 15)

The Heyman Era begins with uneven, but fast-paced, acceptable show.

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And so, yet another new era begins with WWE, as the Heyman Era of Raw commenced Monday night.

The results are in, and the reviews are… eh. Raw wasn’t bad, but it was far from the home run people might have been hoping for. We didn’t see some huge “reset” of the show, with a bunch of new characters pushed, new directions charted and big surprises to add excitement to the show.

We did see some small glimpses of improvements, as well as one legit shock appearance that got a great reaction. And there were several things WWE got correct Monday night. But there still are some things that need work, not the least of which is this stupid rule about no in-ring action taking place during commercial breaks, which has led to a proliferation of 2-of-3 falls matches and DQs/match resets.

Raw’s first episode under Heyman was good enough to merit passing marks, but there were enough warning signs here to remind WWE that they need to do more than change the window dressing. There needs to be significant change in how WWE presents and pushes its product and talent.

With that said, let’s find out what worked and what snoozed. 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.