It’s official, the new WWE Brand Extension is underway, as the rosters are split, completely cut off from each other, with absolutely no crossing over between brands. Except for that Brock Lesnar-Randy Orton match at SummerSlam. Anyway, with a brand split comes new opportunities for changes, and the first Raw of this new era did not disappoint in that respect. Over the course of the night, we saw a new look for the show, new wrestlers, new stories, a brand new title to fight for, and even a new Champion. We won’t keep you in suspense any further, let’s look at what went down on an incredibly packed episode of Raw!
15. A New Coat Of Paint
Let’s be realistic, the “new” Raw set isn’t that much different from the old Raw set, for obvious reasons. WWE already invested in all those interchangeable HD screens for a reason, they’re not going to suddenly ditch them all and make a completely new set. However, we do appreciate the little touches, like bringing back the red ring ropes, adding a few new screens to change the shape of the entrance way, and taking the graphics back to the more “industrial” style that Raw rose to prominence with, as opposed to the slick, Hollywood-style visuals that have dominated the show in recent years. And while moving the announce table back up to the ramp isn’t really a huge deal, it works as a sign of change, just like when they did it the first time after the original brand split. It’s not so much important that WWE changes the entire looks of both Raw and Smackdown, just that they make the two brands distinct, and while we’ll have to wait and see what Smackdown does, Raw definitely did a decent job of making the show feel a little more unique.