Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE Raw: Bayley and Sasha Banks became the first Women’s Tag Team Champions of the modern era inside the Elimination Chamber, Finn Bálor won the Intercontinental Championship by pinning Bobby Lashley’s manager, and The Man showed up dressed like Jean Grey to beat the shit out of Ronda Rousey with a crutch.
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And now, here’s the Best and Worst of WWE Raw for February 18, 2019.
The Difficulty Of Effectively Writing About A Raw Like This
Instead of making a bunch of pop culture one-liners and making a bunch of GIFs to tell you how I felt about Raw, I feel like I need to address a few things. Just skip this part if you don’t care.
1. Lafayette, Louisiana
The one constant you’ll see about last night’s Raw is that the live crowd was dead on arrival. I don’t know what the problem was. Maybe WWE should’ve ran a big city instead of a small town this close to WrestleMania to make sure they got the right kind of response, or maybe they should’ve waited to have the big NXT stars guest in one of the towns they’ve actually performed in — New Orleans, for example, or Chicago, or Orlando, or Brooklyn — but Lafayette was sitting on its hands for the full three hours. Poor Triple H went out there at the top of the program to give them the Full Sail treatment with big, exciting announcements about positivity and togetherness and The Future® and they popped for it in the most muted, polite way possible. You know the woo I’m talking about. It was, at best, the first response to a performer’s “HOW Y’ALL DOING TONIGHT” that makes them say, “I CAN’T HEAR YOU, I SAID HOW Y’ALL DOING TONIGHT??”