Despite its star-studded roster, colorful characters, and the utmost attention from Vince McMahon, Monday Night Raw has been struggling with putting the right pieces together to arrange solid matchups and exciting storylines. As long-time wrestling fans, we'd like to offer our help and give Raw’s showrunners our two cents.
Take the Universal title off the part-timer
Where did the WWE Universal Championship go? Brock Lesnar has probably locked it in a vault in Minnesota and started training for his return to the UFC.
Yes, it's sometimes a good way to elevate a title by putting it on your main attraction, but not if that main attraction only shows up and defends the title three times a year. Keeping Raw's biggest prize off television for majority of the time leaves a nasty taste in the WWE Universe’s mouths. Fans are done with Lesnar suplexing every challenger, staying champion, and then going into hiding for months.
There are a bunch of other superstars in Raw’s roster that can carry the flagship show and actually be on air every single week. Hell, they have a surplus of stars for their main event scene, and not one of them has taken the title off Lesnar.
But things might lead to better days sooner rather than later. Braun Strowman has just become Mr. Money (Monster) in the Bank, which means he can cash in the briefcase at any place and time he chooses as long as a referee is present.
Just imagine, Brock Lesnar returns to the UFC with the Universal Title with him, and after his bout, Strowman gets in the octagon, carrying a WWE referee with him, and just powerslam’s Lesnar in the middle of the cage and pins him there. That would blow everyone’s minds!
Revive the Women’s Revolution
Monday Night Raw has made its women’s division an afterthought, and it’s the biggest mistake they’ve made. The WWE Universe was so hyped when the Four Horsewomen (Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Bailey) were called up to the main roster. Stephanie McMahon even gave a speech about there being a Women’s Revolution. Now, it’s struggling to get up.
With the arrival of Ronda Rousey, you’d think they could use this to their advantage to hype up the women and push the division higher in terms of significance, but that’s not what happened. As much as we love her, Rousey appears to only be working part-time for the WWE and shows up once a month, twice if she’s needed.
Raw is also underutilizing a lot of their talented women. While they have all the attention on current WWE Raw Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax, other stars have been left on the sidelines repeating the same match almost every pay-per-view.
Take the tag team division seriously
Don’t get us wrong, Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt are good as champions, it’s just that they’re being portrayed as comic relief together with the rest of Raw’s tag team division. Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel (both third generation superstars) have been given the gimmick of being The B Team. Rhyno and Heath Slater’s push has run its course. The Revival, which consists of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, never got the ball rolling, to begin with, but have a lot of potential if given a good story arc, as they have proven time and again in their run on NXT, WWE’s developmental territory.
Stop shoving Reigns down our throats
We get it, Vinnie Mac. You like big sweaty guys as your top stars. And we get where you’re coming from. To be honest, Roman Reigns has talent, raw (pun intended) talent that is. He’s not as good on the mic as Kevin Owens or even Elias. He’s not as good at wrestling as Seth Rollins or Finn Balor. We're sure he can get there in time, but right now, his skills are not enough to keep the WWE Universe hooked to what he’s selling.
The thing is, Reigns was given a push far too soon. The Big Dog doesn’t need to be the focal point of the show all the time. He needs to step aside for a while and give some other talent a chance to shine. Maybe Raw can do with him what they didn’t with John Cena and turn him into a bad guy. When they do, the crowd’s boos will match with his character.
Make the IC title relevant again
Hats off to Seth Rollins for trying to do this to the IC Title, but his time has come and there’s a new champion in town. This could just be the refreshing change they need, and with Dolph Ziggler at the wheel now, Intercontinental Championship matches may steal the show once again.
There are many superstars on Raw’s roster that can challenge for the IC title, that can put on good matches. It would be amazing to see a Dolph Ziggler vs Sami Zayn match down the road.
Speaking of Sami Zayn...
Utilize indie stars
Raw needs to show off the indie talent they have gathered over the last years with the likes of Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Apollo Crews, Finn Balor, Kalisto, Bobby Roode, and Mike Kanellis. There are a lot of them that don’t have anything to do right now. They're just showing up and putting on matches with no apparent motivation or purpose. These guys can put on a good show and some of them can go at it on the mic. All they need is the time, the story, and the opportunity to show what they can do.
Don’t forget homegrown talent
The indie guys are not the only ones that need the attention from management. Talents that WWE invested in from the beginning of their careers have a lot of promise.
Guys like Elias, Bray Wyatt, Chad Gable, Jason Jordan, and Baron Corbin, among others, have proven they can put on a show if given the chance under right management, and without bias. But knowing WWE, or more specifically, Vince McMahon, we could only wish.
We so hope Triple H steps up soon to run everything.