Whenever WrestleMania season rolls around, suddenly the
writing gets a little tighter. Storylines start making a little more sense. The
promos get sharper. The loose ends get tied up better.
But what we got Monday night was even better than that.
Raw was a solid effort, with nearly everything at least hitting
level, and most rising above the norm. It was an enjoyable episode with good
action, an enthusiastic crowd, good acting, solid promos and some good setups
for future feuds and matches.
There’s only one explanation: The writing team was snowed in
and couldn’t make it to the arena. Seriously, what other explanation can you
have? At the very least, Vince McMahon didn’t show up and rewrite the script at
Whether it was Randy Orton attempting to explain why he
attacked Edge last week, Latino stars getting a fair amount of time to really
shine and set up some rivalries, Kevin Owens getting a hero’s applause despite
coming up short, or Drew McIntyre keeping momentum going, Raw delivered on a
lot of different levels Monday night.
Sure, there were a couple bumps in the road, but that’s to
be expected. Overall, this was a breezy episode that brought things a little more
into focus for WrestleMania 36 and locked down a world title match for Super
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.