With the Royal Rumble fast approaching and rumors swirling, WWE looked to continue some positive momentum before the Road to WrestleMania kicks into high gear. With guaranteed appearances by Vince McMahon and Brock Lesnar already advertised ahead of time, there was still lots of room for WWE to continue to shake things up as they did last week. And while it might not have been as earth-shattering as the announcement which ended the previous Raw, WWE still went out and did some things that you might not have expected.
10. Vince Shows Weakness
For us, the (hopefully unintentionally) unexpected thing that WWE did here was allow Vince McMahon to look his age. As last week showed, Vince is still a ridiculous workout freak with the body of a man one-quarter his age (assuming that man is also a workout freak and not, say, someone like us), and it’s a well-known fact that he hates showing weakness. The only problem is, Vince is also a seventy-year old human being (probably), and the fact of the matter is, at a certain point, things are going to get a little foggy. And whereas last week we saw bad-ass, pec-flexing Vince in a tiny sleeveless t-shirt, this week we saw old Vince, who rambles occasionally, makes references nobody else gets, tries to seem cool by talking about The New Day while clearly not actually “getting” why they’re cool, and repeatedly forgetting Dolph Ziggler’s name (the world takes a moment to ponder what kind of gimmick Vince thought “Dolph Ziegler” might be, and shudders). We actually started to wonder if Steph kept holding Vince’s arm so she’d be sure he wouldn’t wander off. Vince is really only on TV because that used to be a solution to falling ratings and poor creative direction: bring out Vince, have him cut a killer promo and put over some talent, problem solved. Last night showed that WWE may not be able to rely on that like they used to, and that’s a problem.