Can’t say I share John and Wai’s enthusiasm with Raw here.
DX coming back AGAIN is instant change the channel heat. Give me a 20+ minute Corbin matches over that garbage any day. While Trish and Lita aren’t nearly as played out and tired I still don’t want these older nostalgia acts anywhere on tv.
Kurt Angel’s return was fun and even though he’s my favorite wrestler of all time I just don’t want him wrestling any more. My only hope is that WWE use him to put over a newer talent when this is all said and done. Have Kurt with this cup if you want to establish his comeback as something legit and dominant…but do it to have him ultimately put over someone like a Finn Balor who gets pushed into the main event with the momentum or better still Chad Gable.
WWE spent the bulk of its show feeling like TNA when it brought in Hogan, Nash, Flair, etc. Lets ‘compete’ with wrestling by building our show around acts that are long long long past their prime and should be retired.
Meanwhile you build the Ascenion for 2 weeks just to defeat them and move on to another feud…I guess we just wanted to make Chad and Bobby look like jobbers before moving on to AoP.
Nia Jax returning from injury just to lose in a 3 minute match…that’s not how you book the monster of your division. If you want her to lose then fine but imagine if this is Brock Lesnar or Braun losing to Corbin and tell me if you think this is a good use of your monster talent.
At least Shield vs Dogs continue to entertain. I’m personally tired of the pairing because you can only do weekly matches over and over for so many months before it wears thin. But from a story perspective I’m all in on the slow burn. I just wish this story could be told without a match every week or while these performers face other people on the card.
I have to admit that some of this nostalgia stuff is entertaining…but overall I left the show with a highly negative view of the state of WWE. This is going backwards in a highly damaging way and I’m far too jaded to think that these nostalgia acts are being done to enhance the future talent.
4/10 show for the fun of it.
2/10 show for the direction of WWE.
Edit: Forgot to mention I LOVE the KO/Lashley turn as Lashley has been trash since his return. Hopefully this can finally lead to something good. I’d be on board with a KO face turn but since this is an injury spot we’ll have to wait and see what direction WWE takes. KO is great at everything he does so I won’t be upset if he returns as a heel either.
The bella stuff continues to be awful. I can’t even pretend to care. I’m happy for their success outside of Raw and Smackdown but neither of them have a place on this roster right now.