Holiday editions of Monday Night Raw tend to be the worst of the year. The ones that fall on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, along with the ones that fall on July 4th are almost unwatchable. Most times the WWE creative team feels most people aren’t home so why even try? Most notable, was the episode on Christmas Eve 2012 that saw Alberto Del Rio run over Santa Claus.
All silliness asides, the episodes on Memorial Day and Labor Day don’t tend to be much better. But tonight’s edition had both its highs and lows and did a little more than just mail it in like most holiday episodes do.
Here are some news, notes and reactions from tonight’s show.
1 – The show opens up with two storylines being used in the same segment. This type of thing can happen when your Universal Champion is nowhere to be found and not even scheduled to be around for a while. An episode of RAW would typically begin and end with its top dog, it’s champion. When Lesnar is king that type of Champion first and last booking does not happen and the adjustments are made.
Benefiting from this is The Miz and Dean Ambrose, as well as Cesaro and Sheamus along with The Hardy Boyz as they were chosen to open up the show. An episode of Miz TV with C&S as his guests, result into all men getting in a brawl, that would then lead to all six men involved in a tag team match. Not exactly the best way to start off the show, but again, with the champ nowhere to be found this is what you get.