The Shane O’ Mac Era Rolls On for RAW
WWE.com – Raw Results : Quick Hits
- Dean Ambrose hosted Shane McMahon on ‘The Ambrose Asylum’
- Chris Jericho def. Sami Zayn
- Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady def. The Dudley Boyz to advance to the final of the No. 1 Contenders’ Tag Team Tournament, sponsored by Booty-O’s
- Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson attacked WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns
- Baron Corbin def. Fandango
- WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day & Cesaro def. Intercontinental Champion The Miz & The League of Nations
- Natalya, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch & Paige def. WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte, Naomi, Tamina & Summer Rae
- The Vaudevillains def. The Usos to advance to the final of the No. 1 Contenders’ Tag Team Tournament, sponsored by Booty-O’s
- Apollo Crews def. Heath Slater
- Dean Ambrose def. Kevin Owens
After rendering The Road to WrestleMania and ultimately the Hell in a Cell Match itself a waste of time, it was good to see the direction WWE was going to go with Shane McMahon at the helm. The focus the last few weeks, and hopefully heading forward, will be on building new Superstars. The one great thing that WWE has hopefully learned over the last few months is that their fanbase is not only aware of NXT, but that they also are aware of pro wrestling outside the WWE banner.
The trend really began at the Royal Rumble, when now # 1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship AJ Styles debuted, and the crowd knew who he was and went crazy. Lately the same can be said for Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson. The audience also is reacting strongly to the NXT guys that have come up (with exception to the Vaudevillains). Enzo Amore & Big Cass and Apollo Crews all have the potential to become RAW cornerstones in short order.
While still a marathon, overall RAW has been a more fun and enjoyable program these last few weeks. Lots of wrestling and the introduction of new Superstars has made it feel fresh. It’ll be interesting to see where the Shane O’ Mac era goes. Here’s the sad truth though. Unfortunately the ratings have not been reflective of these positive changes and WWE’s recent history suggests that they won’t give it time to grow. They will want instant gratification in the ratings to go back to advertisers and stockholders with. If the ratings don’t start to improve quickly, Shane McMahon’s new generation will be as forgettable as the 90’s new generation.