Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE Raw: It was the Raw after WrestleMania, so everything happened. Shane McMahon is in charge of the show for some reason, Apollo Crews debuted, Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady (who I guess is just “Cass” now) showed up, Cesaro’s back, Maryse is back, and Zack Ryder already lost the Intercontinental Championship. That’s more than what happened on Raw between January 1 and WrestleMania.
And now, the Best and Worst of WWE Raw for April 11, 2016.
Best: If We Keep Getting Raw Cards Like This, Who Cares If The Shane McMahon Story Doesn’t Make Any Sense
Since WrestleMania, the most confusing aspect of Raw has been Shane McMahon’s involvement. He showed up last week with Stunt Bruises to say goodbye, and Vince McMahon — the man who was previously being blackmailed out of power and somehow forced his blackmailer into wrestling the Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania for the right to blackmail (?) and managed to come out on top in the scenario — made him stay and run the show anyway. Despite all the build up and stipulations and family war dynamics, all it took was Vince feeling temporarily upstaged by a short goodbye message to reroute the entire story and end with Shane in charge. This week, Shane is still in charge thanks to “overwhelming social media support.” Is … that how it works?
Taking a step back from what a small percentage of one lick of sense the story makes, it has one major result: great Raws. Last week’s Raw was the Raw after WrestleMania so you’d expect it to feel fresh and be good, but this week’s was even better. During the opening segment, Shane announces Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro (!) and AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn (!!). Not only are those great matches on paper, they’re both purposeful. Owens vs. Cesaro is to decide who’ll face The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship, and if Zayn can beat Styles, he’s added to the Styles vs. Reigns WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Payback. Good wrestling is great, but good wrestling for a reason is even better.