Let me start this off by saying that I am giving this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw a singular thumb up. They will never get both thumbs from this guy for as long as they keep consistently dropping the ball as many times as they do through five hours of live TV per week. The singular thumb is warranted, in my mind, because this show is a more entertaining show than what has been produced every week over the last month or two.

I became a bit enthralled to see what would happen with Enzo and Cass after last week’s final segment on RAW. It was somewhat compelling to see where the Lesnar and Samoa Joe feud would go next. Even the Reigns and Strowman angle still has enough momentum to be really awesome to see unfold.

The bottom line is this: Vince, Jeff and the Big RUE Dawg hit the nail on the head last night so many times. The structure of this show and the time given to the big three storylines was completely pitiful. It was elementary at best really. So, let’s get down to brass tax…

The show opens with Strowman attacking Reigns after an ambulance backed into the arena, Great! Braun threw Roman into the side of that ambulance like he was a rag doll and it looked great and felt real, which was perfect. The entire time I’m watching this I’m saying to myself, “he’d better kidnap Reigns with that ambulance right now!” Of course, he didn’t and WWE dropped the ball again, which is why these shows never actually reach their true potential. I would’ve loved to see Strowman lock him into the back of that ambulance with a chain. Why didn’t Strowman drive off with Reigns into the Los Angeles night? WWE could’ve tried to cover it throughout the broadcast until the end of the show culminating in Braun trying to heave Roman’s motionless body off of some California mountain side? Or, why didn’t the show end with Braun digging a ditch to bury Reigns in? All I’m saying is that would’ve definitely brought me back to see what happens next week. It would’ve definitely made this angle much more compelling, and there’s a boat load of other things that could’ve been done that would’ve brought the same level of interest.

Enzo and Big Cass had a very good segment. Between last week and this week Big Cass has gotten such a great amount of heat, but he could’ve gotten so much more. Sure, I felt bad for Enzo seeing him get tossed and rolling down the ramp like a Lincoln Log, but I think Cass could’ve beaten him down even more ruthlessly to acquire that heel heat. It was great that Cass confronted Corey Graves at the announce table after the commercial break because they prevented another loose end from being brought into the equation. Obviously Big Cass would never let Graves get away with ratting him out to everybody for attacking his brother Enzo multiple times, but am I really supposed to believe that Cass isn’t going to completely bulldoze through Graves just because Kurt Angle told him he couldn’t? Like I’m supposed to believe he would let that stop him from getting his revenge on Graves. If he took him out right at the announce table, that would be even more heat to propel him as a top heel. Seriously WWE, c’mon…

Now onto the Big Money, Brock and Samoa Joe. First off, let me say that WWE needs to stop telling us every single time Brock Lesnar is scheduled to appear on RAW. I understand that they use it as a selling point but, from a fan’s perspective, it would be so much better to see Lesnar just show up unannounced as a surprise every now and then. I have to ask myself why Samoa Joe didn’t throw the choke on Paul Heyman or beat his ass and leave him in a heap right on the side of Lesnar? Wouldn’t that have been so much better for Joe’s heat and the angle altogether? Furthermore, how am I supposed to believe that Brock Lesnar is going to get choked out by Joe in front of this massive live crowd, on live television and do absolutely nothing about it? So, WWE’s most legitimate monster is going to just lick his wounds, take his ball and go home a defeated, beaten man? He is the Beast, isn’t he? So where is the logic in that? To me, that single mistake just buried this entire angle. Great job, WWE!

Call me crazy if you’d like, what do I know? While you’re at it, tell the creative team at WWE to call me if they need some ideas…

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