The biggest winners and losers of last night's RAW (December 2)
Last night's RAW didn't have a whole lot going on in the major title pictures. One gets the impression that nothing we saw will be important on the coming road to WrestleMania. Seth Rollins' story was left cryptic. Instead, new faces, or at least underlooked ones, emerged to dominate the programming. Was it the most effective? Who got the most and least out of the show?
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre had a really good match with Akira Tozawa, then he called out Randy Orton, who got a beating from The OC afterward.
The question is whether this leads to anything bigger. We've seen Drew McIntyre in big spots before, only to fall off the radar again. Will the same pattern repeat this time? We should reflexively say yes, but you never know for sure.
He's going to be feuding with Randy Orton, so that can be a stepping stone, if WWE wants it to be. Randy Orton has settled into his role as a gatekeeper to the main event at this stage of his career.
Winner: Aleister Black
Despite the caliber of competitors in this match, there was nothing special about it. Rather, what does matter is that Aleister Black is getting a bigger spotlight and being put into a proper rivalry, which the company has more or less failed to do since he arrived on the main roster in February. With his unique character and style in the ring, it's honestly one of the company's bigger mistakes in 2019.
This match upped the tension between Aleister Black and Buddy Murphy and made us anticipate a great match to come from them. If they get enough time, it should be one final match of the year contender for our consideration as 2019 draws to a close.