As I sit down to watch Monday night raw, I realise for the first time in years, I was actually eager and excited to watch it. After the events of Wrestlemania I had a good feeling about raw… I was right, I have to say I thought it was good.
First of all, I have to say, I absolutely LOVE the energy of the audience in attendance the night after Wrestlemania. Vocal and hyped up, makes watching at home a little more enjoyable too. Speaking of the WWE audience, they didn’t hold back in letting Roman Reigns know exactly how they felt about him. Negative and expletive chants were a plenty and in full volume. Met, by Reigns with a one liner comment, of which didn’t calm the WWE fans vocal storm.
Then we have an appearance from Vince McMahon who, lets be fair came out and announced (which we already knew) that Kurt Angle is back and here as General Manager. I have to admit to being intrigued to see where WWE Creative are going to go with this one. Hopefully, in a good direction, considering that quite swiftly after the separation of the brands, the whole “Authority” storyline (that just doesn’t work anymore) came back. Which in my opinion is tiresome. I am looking forward to a hopeful change for the better.
We also saw action as the Hardy Boyz defend their newly acquired Raw Tag Team Championship against former champions, Gallows and Anderson. After a great match, we saw the newly returning Hardy Boyz victorious again.
Also, seeing the debut of NXT Superstars, The Revival, who made their presence felt in response to an open challenge from the new day. An absolutely impressive showing from The Revival saw them get the win over the 2 time tag team champions. WHAT A DEBUT!!
Now, I have to mention the 6 women tag match. After a very confusing and stretched out time away, Emma made her return, tagging with Nia Jax and Charlotte, taking on Bayley, Sasha Banks and Dana Brooke. So, here is when I know I am not going to be very popular but I will always be honest here… Dana Brooke, (in my opinion and I know there are a lot who agree) was brought up to the main roster too soon! We have seen the countless blunders that have happened by her and I think she could have benefited from longer in NXT. That being said, I have noticed some improvement since creative broke her away from Charlotte. I guess we’re going to have to wait and see. This match to me, was good and enjoyed it.
I was, of course expecting Lesnar and Paul Heyman to make an appearance, what I wasn’t expecting was for them to be interrupted by Braun Strowman. But, I have to admit, Lesnar and Strowman…. This is a match I want to see. Here’s hoping in the near future we get to see it.
I was ecstatic to see the return of Finn Balor to team with Seth Rollins in the main event against Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe. This a change to the advertised match after Jericho was attacked in the back by Owens and Joe. Brilliant match to end raw.
I found raw to be the most enjoyable one that I have seen in the longest time. I just hope this momentum carries on beyond this episode of raw and with the Superstar shake up that Mr. McMahon promised us next week, I look forward to see who gets moved and what comes next.