If this was the beginning of a supposed new era with Paul Heyman steering Monday Night Raw, color me decidedly unimpressed. There were a few moments of brilliance, to be sure. We'll get into those soon, but for the most part, the show fell flat and was definitely not something most people would want to tune in three hours for.
SummerSlam got a few lackluster matches and a rematch that felt like the latest part in a loop that never ends.
Also, the "wild card" nonsense still continued. Many of us got our hopes up that it would end with Heyman and Bischoff's ascendancy. Apparently not.
Who got the most and least out of last night's show? Let's take a look.
As lackluster as the Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin feud was, it was at least something different. Now we're back to the same old stuff, year in, year out. Brock Lesnar appears once every three months with the red belt, Paul Heyman cuts more or less the same promo, and we get a rivalry between the champion and a Shield member. And then we usually get the exact same match at the end of it all.
That's how it's more or less been for the past year and a half, and most of the past two.
Can WWE really look itself in the mirror and believe this sort of stuff is going to keep viewers around for the long haul? It's lost a staggering amount in the past two years, so the answer is obviously "no."
Nobody benefits from this. At this point, champion Brock Lesnar is a recurrent bout of cancer. Radical surgery is going to need to be performed on the patient. There is no way that this is compelling television.