If you thought Raw hitting its lowest ratings for a
non-football week would spark some smart booking and captivating television,
you’ve been deluding yourself.
You’re probably the type of person who thinks more McMahons
is the solution to these ratines woes. You probably enjoyed The Revival’s struggles
with icy hot gel. You probably thought nothing of Sami Zayn getting tossed in a
trash bin for calling fans stupid losers. You probably love when authority
figures book opponents as tag partners.
Maybe you’re a huge Shane McMahon mark. If so, you got to
see Super-Shane show off his immunity to chairshots.
If you’re that type of person, congratulations. You’re part
of a dwindling audience, so more power to you.
But for this writer, it is becoming difficult to defend
programming like this. Had a friend been over when the entire Revival/Usos
segment was on TV, there would have been no way to overlook writing that is too
juvenile and stupid for most kids’ movies.
This episode is being graded pretty harshly because it was
supposed to be an all-hands-on-deck show, with Vince McMahon helming it and
several SmackDown superstars showing up to juice the ratings. This should have
been WWE’s best foot being put forward.
Instead, the foot we got had a bad case of gangrene, and it’s
still in need of treatment before it spreads.
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.