Raw has been bad, or at best, mediocre, more than it’s been good for a long time. Ratings are down, complaints are up, and things just don’t seem to be changing. In a way, the final Raw of 2015 was a perfect example of WWE as a whole over the past year, its successes and failures, all wrapped up in a far too long and poorly booked three hour show. Sure, there were bright spots, but 2015 was definitely a tough time to be a fan of WWE, and last night’s Raw was definitely a difficult show to watch for the same reasons. Let’s take a look at how Raw mirrored the ups and downs of WWE in the past year.
10. Three Hour Show, Thirteen Second Match
In early 2015, on NXT, Kevin Owens defended the NXT Title against Neville in a pretty fantastic match. In the last Raw of 2015, Kevin Owens faced Neville on Raw in a match that lasted less than fifteen seconds. It’s worth noting that NXT only has one hour of programming per week, plus bi-monthly two hour specials that actually replace that week’s one hour show, while Raw is three hours long every week and is part of a TV package that includes two hours of Smackdown and monthly three hour Pay Per Views. Why is it, then, that NXT is the show that allowed two great wrestlers to have a great match that took up a good chunk of their show, while last night’s Raw, which also featured half the normal roster due to a live event occurring the same day in a different part of the country, didn’t give those same two wrestlers even a full minute? As the rest of the show would reveal, they clearly had the time available for them to fill. Yes, there was a hot angle post-match as Kevin Owens snapped and entered Rage Mode, but he could have still done that after a decent ten-minute match, which the crowd would have also enjoyed. We’d like to say that’s the first time this happened in 2015, but we all know that isn’t the case, as Raw in 2015 seemed to become a show that was, more than ever before, filled with time-wasting “replays of things we just saw”, at the expense of some very good wrestlers who could have used that time to have good matches.