Best & Worst of RAW: Bobby Lashley’s next opponent revealed, Former World Champion negatively affected by WrestleMania storyline?
Monday Night RAW was a highly-anticipated one, as fans wanted to see Bobby Lashley’s first episode as the WWE Champion. That was certainly one aspect that WWE has been getting right, although there were a lot of drawbacks as well.
Either way, the road to WrestleMania 37 is in full steam, and there are only four episodes of RAW left until The Grandest Stage of Them All. With just over a month away, WWE had to put out their best for the Red brand. While the mid-portions of the show may not have been as fascinating, a great start and a great finish helped save the show.
Here are the best and worst things about RAW this week:
#3. Best: The Miz gets decimated on RAW….again
The introduction Bobby Lashley received on RAW was incredible. He walked into the show with The Hurt Business, and three out of four members were covered in Championship gold.
Bobby Lashley got a great mini-video package before his entrance. He was treated like a World Champion, and he looked like it as well. No matter how much The Miz tried to keep his distance from Lashley, his fate was the same.
A spinebuster followed by The Hurt Lock saw Bobby Lashley retain the WWE Championship – sending a clear message to the locker room. One of the best parts of the show was how WWE presented Bobby Lashley throughout the episode.
Drew McIntyre was seen as a close observer of the match, indicating that he is next for the title. However, Sheamus prevented that from happening right away.
We’re interested to see how Bobby Lashley is presented heading into WrestleMania 37, given we’re now just a month and two days left until The Show of Shows.
What lies ahead for Bobby Lashley on RAW?
#3. Worst: The basis of the Shane McMahon-Braun Strowman feud on RAW
Braun Strowman and Shane McMahon are currently feuding on RAW. It seems to be leading to a WrestleMania match this year, but the entire basis of this rivalry is ridiculous.
As we know, Braun Strowman has had issues with WWE management – particularly Adam Pearce, and more recently, Shane McMahon. Strowman said that he was over the fact that he wasn’t added to the RAW Elimination Chamber match, but Shane’s jab at his intelligence last week drew the line.
Later in the show, Shane McMahon kept insinuating from a distance that Braun Strowman is stupid. He then outsmarted The Monster Among Men by making him chase a car that he wasn’t even inside of. The entire basis of their feud is about how Shane McMahon is making fun of Braun Strowman’s intelligence.
This seems to confirm Vince Russo’s theory that this is based on a real-life storyline, and Braun Strowman is getting ribbed on RAW. If so, he is being negatively affected.
While the match-up itself seems enticing at first, the idea isn’t a great one. The only positive so far is that WWE isn’t trying to present Shane McMahon as a babyface. The perfect payoff at WrestleMania would be Braun Strowman decimating Shane McMahon and perhaps outsmarting him in some way. Otherwise, it’s a thumbs down from us.