9 Ups And 7 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (Jan 21)


7. Crews Cannon Fodder Again

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Let’s temper this “down” right away by noting that Apollo Crews got a much better showing Monday night than he has during the entire past year. He got to show some personality and had a brief, but competitive match against Bobby Lashley.

But Crews once again was looking up at the lights, being knocked off by the new Intercontinental Champion. It’s tough to rate this overall as a positive when Apollo keeps losing in his attempts to step up and get noticed. The extra TV exposure and character development is great, but he’s just spinning his wheels with a bigger spotlight.

There’s always the chance that he’ll slowly catch on and string together a few wins, but sooner or later, he’s going to have to actually make some progress beyond longer matches where he gets more offense in.


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.