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– by Tim Jousma

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Monday Night Raw is in the books for the week. We’re now less than two weeks away from the Royal Rumble. How did the Raw brand do building up to one of the WWE’s big events of the year?

Pretty darn good if you ask me. The big complaint with Raw is the three hour run time which tends to drag about halfway in. Yet this episode, while not a classic, did a lot to keep you entertained for the whole three hours.

Art Work posted with permission from Charles Dowd

Art Work posted with permission from Charles Dowd

I really enjoyed the interaction between Charlotte Flair and Bayley. Both are naturals on the mic. The best wrestlers are ones that are good talking to the audience. Whether it be trying to get the audience to cheer for them or boo them, the best are able to get you to care for them in one way, shape, or form. When Bayley defended her passion for wrestling, you believed her. When Charlotte ridiculed the audience for caring about Bayley, you really wanted to hate her. There was even a moment where, when Bayley was talking about how her father would do anything to help her interest in wrestling, Charlotte had this look in her eyes like she was close to crying. With her father being The Nature Boy Ric Flair, his reputation precedes itself. The way she reacted, even though you want to hate her, made her more human. More three dimensional. That’s how you build a good character. Well done.

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Finally, the WWE announced that Goldberg will be appearing on Raw next week. Yet they spent all of twenty seconds talking about that. When you have someone the stature of Goldberg appear on your show, someone who has been shown to bring in viewers, I find it odd that the WWE didn’t spend as much time as they could pounding home the fact that Goldberg would be on next week. Heck, they did the same for Brock Lesnar who appeared on the opening segment of this show. Brock’s not on every week. That appearance should have been hyped to the moon like the Goldberg appearance should have been. I consider that a failure on their part.