With WWE off on a tour through the Middle East and Europe, it was time for one of our favorite Raw pastimes: mocking the stage setup for the traditional London episode of Raw. Seriously, every time WWE airs a show from the UK, they break out the vintage automobile and red phone booth and plunk them onto the stage underneath the video screens. Are those two ancient props really what WWE thinks best represents England? At the very least, if they’d gone with a blue police box instead of the phone booth, they’d get points for being clever, and probably hit more of their target demographic. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, you’re very lucky. Still, we are in England, so stiff upper lip and all that, because we’re set to dive into another in what has been a string of relatively solid episodes of Raw!
10. Shane Avoids Going Full Teddy
We’ve decided, at this point, that it’s going to be necessary to ignore the fact that nothing about Shane McMahon remaining in charge of Raw makes any real sense and requires us to forget the results of WWE’s biggest Pay Per View of the year, because it’s just simpler that way. Besides, the three weeks with Shane in control have shown just how refreshing it is to have an authority figure who only exists to make matches, be upbeat and genuine, and remain generally detached from personal involvement (at least for now). It turns out that it’s a lot easier to enjoy a wrestling show when you’re not constantly looking over your shoulder for the Authority to come out and screw over your favorite wrestlers. That said, Shane’s still got a lot to learn, because as we covered last week, when you’ve got an even number of Superstars arguing in the ring, you always go for the tag team match, playa! We’re going to guess he didn’t quite finish that degree from the Teddy Long School of Conflict Resolution we were talking about last week.