The biggest winners and losers from last night's Raw (April 30th)
Last night's Raw was on the verge of dumpster fire territory until a certain month-stealing main event. As far as a go-home show to Backlash, it not only didn't build interest, it made you less interested in the upcoming pay-per-view this Sunday.
On a show full of notable duds and formulaic tag team matches, did anyone emerge with some wind in their sails? Did the needle move forward for anyone?
Loser: Roman Reigns
When will Vince McMahon wave the white flag and realize that this push just isn't working the way he wants it to?
As we expected, the Roman vs. Brock nightmare will continue, as Roman Reigns came out to even more vitriolic hatred than usual. Laughably, we heard the propaganda machine in action, talking about how Canadian crowds "react differently." Roman basically talked up how there was another conspiracy to keep him down and that he really should be the Universal Champion.
Thus, we learned that the controversial cage match finish was a planned outcome.
If Vince McMahon thinks this angle is building up sympathy for Roman Reigns, it isn't. It's just making him look like a choke artist and a whiner. Both he and Brock Lesnar are only annoying the fans in what will likely go down as the worst feud of 2018. Far from making fans care more about Roman Reigns, it's only earned him complete indifference, with fans booing out of sheer force of habit.