– by Tim Jousma


The first Monday Night Raw of the new year brought us some interesting things to talk about. We had a wonderful Last Man Standing match between Sami Zayn vs Braun Strowman which not only made Braun look like a vicious bad ass but gave Sami a much needed boost with the grit and determination he showed in the loss. We had an amazing, yet short, Number One Contender’s match for the Raw Women’s Championship between Nia Jax and Bayley which saw Bayley get the win after Sasha Banks’ music hit causing Nia to become distracted. Yet the end of the show is what really hit me most and not in a good way. It was the debut interview segment of The Kevin Owens Show with his special guest Bill Goldberg.

On a side note, the WWE Network debuted a show on the WWE Network after Raw called Bring It To The Table with host Pete Rosenberg. Being honest here, they ripped off the format of Pardon the Interruption from ESPN but they made it work here by talking about the topics affecting the WWE in a real way. They didn’t approach it as if it were a part of the story line and I honestly loved the format. Wrestling is scripted entertainment but it is portraying a sport. Using shows on their Network like this opens up the conversation more for fans similar to what shows like Pardon the Interruption on ESPN does and that is not a bad thing. I loved it and can’t wait until the next episode.