“Vince McMahon is going to make money despite himself. He’s a millionaire who should be a billionaire.”
CM Punk said those words several years ago, in his infamous “Pipebomb” promo, and while it was almost certainly approved ahead of time, they seem to ring especially true right now. WWE is currently sitting at one of its lowest points from a creative standpoint, only two weeks removed from posting the worst TV ratings for Raw in nearly twenty years. Many fans are basically on the verge of open revolt. But the quarterly financial report stated that the company is seeing its highest profits in a long time, so why should they change what they’re doing? Keep that thought in mind when you read our summary of what actually happened this week on Raw.
10. What An Excellent Build For Survivor Series. Wait…
Three weeks after Survivor Series, somehow we now have four-man teams running around all over the place. The Wyatts, The League of Nations, Team ECW, Roman’s “Family”…maybe The New Day should find a fourth member. And stables can be a good thing, as legendary factions like D-Generation X, The Four Horsemen, and Evolution would attest. However, throwing sixteen people into a mess of a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match, with poorly explained rules and a structure that left the wrestlers themselves appearing completely confused and off-balance, was probably not the best way to highlight anything. WWE would have definitely been better served to keep The Wyatts and the ECW alumni away from this match and just done an eight-man tag (which would have also helped them make Rhyno’s addition to that feud seem slightly more important, and possibly replaced the terrible Dreamer-Strowman match which was, technically, the main event match of the show), because once is was done to that relatively manageable number, the match picked up and went far more smoothly. And, of course, Reigns pinned Sheamus, even though Wade Barrett is right there to take the loss for his increasingly inept faction.