Can Monday Night RAW Survive A Lack Of Star Power?

Can Monday Night RAW Survive A Lack Of Star Power?

Another Monday Night RAW in the books, another Monday Night RAW that lacked luster. While on the one hand, the WWE Universe can bark about WWE Creative not hitting the nail on the head, which is so very true, on the other hand, the brand has increasingly had to reshuffle plans due to a roster that is slowly diminishing thanks to injury.

Braun Strowman is out of in-ring action; BFFs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are on the shelf; Roman Reigns is currently out of storylines and battling a real-life threat in leukemia; as well as the comedic sideline superstar Fandango; and for one reason or another, despite Bray Wyatt being fine health-wise (or so it seems), he has been off television since Matt Hardy has been teetering on retirement and their tag team status was dissolved.

The list above includes some top superstars, as well as highly-entertaining ones, and while Alexa Bliss is out of action, but playing a non-competitive role in storylines, her injury also affects women’s division storylines. Mix in the fact that we, yet again, have a part-time champion in Brock Lesnar, meaning that the Universal Championship has no storyline on RAW right now, and it seems as if RAW continues to be a sinking ship.

Superstars dropping left, right, and center is a lot to juggle creatively, in a short amount of time.

Having said that, the three-hour RAW has struggled to be relevant for months now, and one can see this by simply perusing headlines of all-time low viewership ratings that seem to continue to plummet.

Can Monday Night RAW survive the next several weeks as the WWE Universe heads into the probably one of the biggest seasons of their calendar year, the Road to Wrestlemania? There are some superstars keeping the brand afloat right now, moreover, Ronda Rousey (and her mainstream media power), Drew McIntyre, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, as well, as Dolph Ziggler (this guy deserves an honorable nod thanks to the tremendous matches he pulls off with Rollins, despite their program seeming repetitive), as well Elias. Then there are superstars that could do more, but just aren’t given more. Dolph Ziggler comes to mind, as well as Zack Ryder, Sasha Banks and Bayley, and the Riott Squad’s program with Nattie could be given a bit more of a spotlight, but seemed to be messed in too quickly with Rousey and Nia Jax’s bit last night.

Moreover, the fact that what’s going right with RAW isn’t being capitalized, as Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre sit as sidekicks, while RAW’s GM-Elect Baron Corbin’s takes the leadership role in this alliance, it’s clear that the faction was slopped together, with no real focus on what their story should be. Or at least, I’m unclear on what has really bonded these three together.

With another terrible RAW in the books, with lack of focus, and uncertainty, here’s hoping this is all preface storytelling to the larger picture that may unfold before the Tables, Ladders, and Chairs pay-per-view, and the holidays come out in full force. Will the WWE Universe see an explosive return by Bray Wyatt, a hero of sorts, to wipe out the dastardly deeds of Baron Corbin? Nip him in the bud, so Alexa Bliss can move in and take over RAW? Will the tag team division heat up and become a little more intense and move past silly urine jokes? Can the WWE finally announce women’s tag team titles to launch some interesting new chapters in women’s wrestling? Only time will tell, but here’s hoping that Monday Night RAW and their viewers can survive in the meantime.

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