Welp, that happened.
Braun Strowman has done some pretty incredible/ridiculous things in the past two years. He turned over an ambulance, he threw a grappling hook, he won the tag titles with a kid, and tonight he launched a Porta Potty off the RAW stage.
It was a long, drawn-out affair with the an obvious pay off. How obvious? Well, when we saw Kevin Owens standing next to it in Hour One of the show — it was obvious he was going in it, and he was going to get all its contents would be dumped on him somehow.
Oh, and those contents were blue paint. Go figure.
And to be brutally honest, that was the highlight of Monday Night RAW in Sioux Falls, North Dakota.
To be fair, this happens every single summer with WWE. There’s a certain malaise that washes over the creativity of the show. They get stuck in the same angles, and can’t figure a way out of them until a pay-per-view/Network event is over.
This was evidenced by the fact we’re still doing the Roman Reigns/Bobby Lashley half-hearted worked shoot promos, the B Team parody of the Deleter of Worlds, Dolph and Drew screaming that no one works as hard as them, Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss hating each other, and Baron Corbin being a pain in the seemingly incompetent ass of Kurt Angle.
Before you jump down my throat, I know — you have to build angles and feuds. It takes time and patience. However, I don’t think literally repeating the majority of what you did in the previous two episodes (with some slight variations) is really advancing any storylines. It feels like the creative team just doesn’t have anything fresh, and what they are pushing out there — the fans aren’t buying into — especially Lashley vs. Reigns.
Oh, and don’t get me started on Sasha and Bayley in therapy. Yes, the Dr. Shelby appearance was fun, but it’s really just delaying these two from doing what we all want — watching them go at it with fury and abandon.
RAW wasn’t good tonight, but it also wasn’t terrible. It was a forgettable episode that served well for background noise, and that’s about it.