Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE Raw: Oh boy. Vince McMahon introduced the barely-defined “wildcard rule,” the Usos put “Ucey Hot” on the Revival’s junk to make them roll around on the ground like idiots, and Sami Zayn literally got thrown into the garbage.
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Before We Begin
This week’s episode comes to us live (on tape) from London, England, and introduces us to a brave new world in which pre-taped overseas Raws are way better than domestic live editions. If you’ve been reading the column since the beginning or, I don’t know, watching wrestling for the past 20+ years, you know that England Raws are usually the dirt worst. But now Raw’s been so bad on such a regular basis for so long that the taped edition notorious for “not trying as hard” tries much harder, to the point that it almost felt like a too-long episode of Smackdown. In fact, if you cut out about an hour of the nonsense and cropped the three-hour episode down to two, you probably would’ve had a really good show.
And yes, “this week’s episode of Raw was better than usual” is damning with faint praise. Three hours of a static logo would’ve been better than last week’s Raw. Three hours of my family being murdered by Jigsaw would’ve been better than last week’s episode. But one of my goals here (believe it or not) is to provide an honest opinion of what I thought about Monday Night Raw, and I want to make sure that while I’m giving them heat when I feel like they deserve it — which is almost always — I need to be giving praise when appropriate.
So, to summarize: this week is a huge improvement over what we’ve been given so far in 2019, and while it still has a long way to go, it’s a step in the right direction. Now we need 12 or 15 more steps in the right direction, and we can write a followup column about how Raw’s finally “turned things around.” I’ve fallen for too many one-off watchable episodes to think not wanting to throw myself off a bridge for a Monday means they’ve got their shit together.
And now, here’s the Best and Worst of WWE Raw for May 13, 2019.