After a polarizing WrestleMania, WWE headed into the first Raw of their new wrestling year with a lot of problems and not a lot of obvious solutions. Fortunately, the Raw after WrestleMania comes with a few guarantees: a hot crowd, and big debuts. As usual, the show did not disappoint in that respect, and while it wasn’t perfect, and there are certainly still some underlying issues that need addressing, most of what WWE did on Raw helped to alleviate many of the concerns some people had after what they saw as a disappointing WrestleMania, and showed signs that there may be a way out of the deep hole that WWE has dug for themselves in recent months. Heck, they might even be able to save Roman Reigns! Here’s what WWE did to try and make things better on Raw, and while not everything they did was entirely successful, at least it was good to see them make an effort.
10. But First, We Apologize For Our Fans For Some Reason
Okay, so we know the first Raw after WrestleMania has become this weird thing where all the “smart” fans who descend on the city for WrestleMania air their grievances in chant form and basically try to disrupt the program. We’re not here to tell you that you can’t chant whatever you want, but come on, at least wait until the show actually sucks before turning on it. That said, WWE hasn’t helped solve the problem by acknowledging the behavior of the post-Mania crowd, and in fact, they’ve basically encouraged it. Things reached the height of stupidity this year, when the commentary booth literally read a statement that actually warned viewers that the audience for the evening would be a bit “unusual” and “passionate”, as if fans showing passion for the product was something unexpected, or was less valid than crowds that sit quietly and watch the show. We’re not going to argue about the whole belief that “any reaction is a good reaction”, but seriously? This is the same company that literally cut off the audience mics at WrestleMania because they were overwhelmingly booing Roman Reigns, but the next night, suddenly it’s cool to express different opinions, in the name of “having fun out there”? You really can’t have it both ways, WWE. Either take what the crowd gives you all the time, or just ignore it and do your show. You don’t get to pick and choose which audience opinions “matter”.