Best & Worst of RAW after Fastlane 2021: Possible spoiler on The Fiend’s WrestleMania match, WWE legend gets demoted to enhancement talent?
Welcome to this week’s edition of Best & Worst of RAW! It’s the post-Fastlane edition, and WWE delivered with a good episode of RAW. While the mid-portions of the episode were forgettable, the first and last hours of the show were memorable.
WWE accelerated the build to WrestleMania on RAW with four huge matches and a tease for another. Next week’s episode will be the penultimate edition before WrestleMania, and things are beginning to heat up on the Red brand.
Let’s start with the final segment of the night and the impact it caused on RAW:
#3. Best: The Fiend’s return to RAW and Alexa Bliss
The final segment on RAW was all about Randy Orton summoning ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt. We had seen a creepy promo from Alexa Bliss earlier in the night, and she was the one who answered the call by Randy Orton.
Bliss unrolled a joker in the box, and surely enough, a familiar sound hit – The Fiend had arrived behind Randy Orton, but things wouldn’t go as planned for The Viper.
He doused The Fiend in gasoline and before he could light him on fire again, he hit the RKO. Alexa Bliss caused a distraction leading to The Fiend getting up and sticking the Mandible Claw into Orton’s mouth.
A Sister Abigail concluded the night for The Fiend and Alexa Bliss, and the latter pointed her finger to the WrestleMania sign. RAW went off the air just as it was announced that Randy Orton vs ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt was official for WrestleMania 37.
In what could be a possible spoiler, The Fiend will be expected to crush Randy Orton similar to how he did against Finn Balor when he re-debuted in 2019.
It was a great way to go off air and the segment was done well. Despite some criticism received, the supernatural storyline has gotten a lot of attention and was the perfect choice to cap off a solid show.
#3. Worst: The handling of Jeff Hardy on RAW
It’s sad to see how Jeff Hardy has been handled in his latest run on RAW. Not many fans expect Jeff Hardy to receive a main event push, but lately, it seems like success has evaded The Charismatic Enigma.
He had a decent run on SmackDown last year, with the highlight of it being a victory against Sheamus in their controversial feud as well as a brief run with the Intercontinental Championship.
This week on RAW, Jeff Hardy was used as a sacrificial lamb for The Miz – who challenged Bad Bunny at WrestleMania. So what better way to prepare a two-time Grand Slam Champion for his WrestleMania match against a Puerto Rican celebrity singer than having him beat a multi-time World Champion.
Jeff Hardy even told John Morrison to leave, and the latter obliged. The purpose of the match was to make The Miz look good, but it came at Jeff Hardy’s expense. Bad Bunny vs. The Miz (or a tag team match) isn’t a bad option for WrestleMania, but Jeff Hardy is being misused in a big way on RAW.