Remember when RAW was must see TV? Like….idk…. three episodes ago! Becky Lynch led the invasion and got her nose broken. Those were the days. Since The Man’s face was broken, RAW has cycled back into rerun mode. I know it’s the holiday season. With holiday travel and shopping, college football, NFL, and everything else going on in our lives, this is the time of year where WWE typically mails it in. Boy are they ever.
The Royal Rumble isn’t for a month. TLC is a throw away show. There’s basically no reason to watch on Monday night. Add in that Roman Reigns has leukemia. Braun Strowman had elbow surgery. And Brock Lesnar shows up when he pleases. You can basically skim through a website’s recap and save three hours.
One would think that the lack of star power could create fresh matchups. Maybe elevate someone we haven’t seen much on TV and make the fans care. Let’s take a look at last night’s RAW and see these fresh new matchups….
Jinder Mahal vs No Way Jose? I’m cool with this. But Jose lost.
Lashley vs Elias? Seen it. And Elias lost.
Finn Balor vs Baron Corbin? Again?
Dolph Ziggler vs Seth Rollins? Are you kidding me?
This is lazy to the max. Dolph Ziggler vs Seth Rollins have competed against each other NINE TIMES since Summerslam according to Pro Wrestling Database. At least Corbin and Balor have only had FIVE matches against each other in that same time frame.
Unfortunately, this isn’t new. In 1998, The Undertaker faced Steve Austin in some capacity, whether singles, tag, handicap, or other, a total of TEN TIMES between Summerslam and the end of the year.
With three hours to fill, there’s no excuse for repetitive matchups. I was originally going to say with a roster this loaded… but as I look at the RAW roster, it’s not that loaded. Looking at the roster, there are only a couple names that I’d like to see on TV that don’t really get any shine.
Bobby Roode was on TV and is stuck in a Tag Team. I’d like to see him in singles competition. Bray Wyatt returned at Starrcade but wasn’t on RAW. I’d like to see Curt Hawkins have a weekly segment to end his losing streak. That’s about it.
RAW has too many injured superstars. And too much lazy repetitive booking. Thank goodness for DVR. If only I could fast forward until the middle of January.
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