RAW Fails to Capitalize on String of Strong Shows
Bleacher Report – Monday’s WWE Raw aimed to be different but fell into familiar traps.
Colin Cassady reserved some surprising spotlight and an unexpected position on the card. The Intercontinental Championship stood on center stage for much of the night. WWE ended the night highlighting Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho’s issues.
And in a moment that may signal the newest NXT call-up, Dana Brooke made an appearance when she attacked Becky Lynch during an interview.
But it seems that the curse of the distraction finish has carried over to the new era. WWE went with that same lazy climax more than once on Monday.
It also failed to portray Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson as beasts and relied too much on sight gags.
That all led to a mixed night as Extreme Rules draws near. Animosity among midcarders was hit-or-miss. There were no classic matches, but there weren’t a ton of clunkers either.
Read on for full results, grades and breakdowns of the action Monday’s Raw had to offer.
WWE really had been on a bit of a roll. The last few weeks of RAW, especially last week, were very strong. Payback also was an exceptional pay-per-view. Last night was a different story though. The night opened with so much promise with the setting up of a Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho main event, well aside from the 10 minutes of droning by Jericho before Cass hit the ring at least. The rest of the night was filled with weird and/or stale matches and unsatisfying segments and finishes. The worst being the bait and switch of the main event. Now I’m sure everyone was happy to see Dean Ambrose, but couldn’t the run-in have happened after the match? It was a bizarre ending to a strange edition of RAW that maybe could’ve been save a bit by the fresh matchup of Cass and Jericho. Lets hope they can recapture the magic again next week.