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WWE Raw And It’s Lackluster Objectives As The “A” Show



After the challenging edition of WWE Raw that aired last week, Sara Hirsch chimes in on the slanted objectives of the show moving forward.

Everyone has had something to say about last Monday’s Raw, which was poorly received from fans to former talent.  It looks as everyone is on the same page when it comes to their dissatisfaction.  However this catastrophe of a Raw was a long time coming.

I had written a column on the Chairshot several months ago talking about the downward spiral that is Monday Night Raw.  And while there are major changes with Roman Reigns battling Leukemia in addition to Braun Strowman’s elbow injury, there is still so much ground to cover to make Raw what it once was.  There is no excuse as to why Raw is suffering like it is.  The company touts Raw as its “A” show, but in reality it is anything but.

There are glimmers of hope woven in to the mess Raw is in.  Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Finn Balor are more than capable to fill the main event duties.  Others are coming around slowly but surely.  And while time management is still an issue, perhaps another issue that could be brought to attention is what the show lacks.

Raw certainly doesn’t lack the talent, but one standout point to what it does lack is moment makers.  Star making moments such as what Becky Lynch did several weeks ago.  Moments like that is something that us older fans crave.

This is what NXT flourishes in, creating the massive hype behind their talent en route to the main roster.  But we know all too well what happens with most NXT alumni once they make the transition to the main roster.  That is another story for another day.  Meanwhile, look no further than Authors of Pain.  Terrible booking decisions completely kill their momentum – as the young guns had dominated the NXT Tag Team Division with Paul Ellering on their side.  Drake Maverick, not so much.

Back to the subject of moment makers, one particular moment that stands out for me is the Raw before WrestleMania this year.  I took my nephew to the show, which we had a good time until Cena came out and called The Undertaker.  As fans know, Taker did not show up to challenge Cena until WrestleMania.  There was nothing added to the hype of the showdown prior to the squash in New Orleans.

Perhaps it was a missed opportunity more than anything, but in that moment when Cena walked behind the curtain, the disappointment was real.  While The Undertaker only makes occasional appearances, the fact that Cena hyped the crowd up only to let them down was abysmal.  The realization of no satisfaction and payoff has been swirling in my mind since that night.

The frustration of not seeing a payoff on Raw is even bigger when segments like that happen.  The satisfaction aspect of storylines are absent from the program.  Too many times there were missed opportunities when all components were there.  It’s like the answer to reviving Raw is right there, but WWE is drowning in dollars to see it.

I believe Raw is going in the right direction when it comes to the Riott Squad and Elias.  Monday night, Elias would be the one to interrupt General Manager Baron Corbin, followed with taking a sick reverse Alabama Slam on the steps.  That was a standout moment for me, even though there was room for improvement.

The Riott Squad has been the MVPs of the Raw Women’s Division, as they have been dominating for almost a year now.  There has been more input to get heat on the group, which isn’t unnoticed.  It goes back to the payoff factor – now with Natalya at the cornerstone of the Riott Squad’s target zone there are plenty of chances to make good on an awesome moment to come full circle with the former Smackdown Women’s Champion.

WWE has also capitalized on the controversial mishap between Nia Jax and Lynch.  Fans are invested in this, which Jax’s actions resulted in a real injury.  Jax is now the most hated woman on the main roster, and true wrestling fans wouldn’t want that any other way.  The mishap has been a hot topic in the Women’s Division, and it only makes Jax and Lynch even bigger.

So much negative points overlook Raw’s high points.  Raw desperately needs all it can to stand behind its “A” show claims.  There is no way someone can say it’s the “A” show with one hundred percent confidence.  The ratings and reactions to the show say otherwise.  Forget the so-called “clean sweep” at Survivor Series – if anything else it was something to try to make things better on the Red brand.  It didn’t work, didn’t make any progress, and it certainly didn’t help matters for anyone.

Raw needs revitalization, and has needed that for a long time.  What is it going to take to get Raw back to where it belongs?

What do you think?
Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Raw (4/22/19)

In a good edition of Raw, who stood out at the top Three Stars?



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The first WWE Raw after 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-Up saw a #1 contender established for Seth Rollins. But who stood out to Greg DeMarco?

Judging by Twitter, the world seems to agree with Big Daddy DeMarco that this was a good edition of Raw. We may not have Bobby Fernandes at our disposal right now, but I dare say he’d also find it Good. That said, there are talents who rose above the rest. Who were they? Let’s have a look!

The Third Star: Cedric Alexander and Cesaro

Two new members of the Raw roster went to battle here. One was revealed last week (Cedric Alexander), and the other was revealed earlier today in some additional roster swapping (Cesaro). I loved seeing Cedric hold his own against a much larger opponent. That is something he hasn’t had to do in recent years, but he didn’t miss a beat. Cedric the underdog (a role Ricochet seems to be inheriting as well) can work. As for Cesaro? He delivered in a big way here, looking great in the process. The right guy won, but both looked great coming out of this match.

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The Second Star: Lacey Evans

I gotta call a spade a spade: this wasn’t a good night for Becky Lynch. Yes, Alicia Fox has her faults, but those miscues seemed to be equal parts Becky and equal parts Alicia. Enter Lacey Evans to save the segment! Lacey knows her character…Lacey IS her character. She might be the strongest character in WWE today, and she deserves every opportunity coming her way. At this point I am rooting for Becky to lose to Lacey, because seeing The Lady of WWE holding the Raw Women’s Championship just feels right.

Honorable Mention: Sami Zayn, Robert Roode, AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe, Rey Mysterio, The Miz, Drew McIntyre

Must read: Tiffany’s Takes for WWE Raw (4/22/19)

The First Star: Bray Wyatt

We’ve been waiting for Bray Wyatt to make his return, and when we are made to wait too long things don’t usually pan out. I am happy to return: this panned out! Bray Wyatt has taken hold of his character’s new direction, and delivered a segment that quickly became the #1 trend, and has people wanting more. That is the goal, and Bray nailed the goal in his first segment back. Yowey-wowey I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom,
and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.

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Rob: Looking At The AEW TV Follies

Rob takes a look at the near comedic nature of the AEW television deal and the internet’s treatment of it.



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Rob takes a look at the near comedic nature of the AEW television deal and the internet’s treatment of it.

This past Thursday brought out a lot of chatter on Twitter about AEW and their very unclear prospects at landing a TV deal.  We’ve been hearing for some time now that they have multiple bidders offering good money and that it’s a matter of picking which one.  We’ve also heard that Warner Media appeared to have decided to go in with them and that an announcement of some kind should be coming soon.  But now a new rumor surfaced, that they might have to pay for the TV themselves.

Which brought on the jokes from a lot of different people and in turn brought out the ‘you guys are a bunch of WWE stans, why do you want AEW to fail?’ responses from some supporters of AEW.  So yes, Thursday night on Wrestling Twitter became the clusterf@# that most nights tend to be.  Now before I go any further, let me put out a little disclaimer here.

I am not anti-AEW.  I got no quarrel with any of the people there.  I’m not a fan of some of them as performers but it’s nothing personal.  At least from what I’ve seen Cody in particular has been nothing but gracious towards his former employers and co-workers, and has shot down many an attempt by fans to goad him into bashing WWE and/or Vince McMahon. I don’t know him personally but he seems like a good dude all around, and I respect the hell out of him for not just leaving WWE but leaving with a plan to accomplish what he did not there and not going on and on about his push or lack thereof.  I do however take issue with the constant bombardment on my Twitter feed from overzealous fans predicting that AEW is going to take down the WWE, the constant rumors about this WWE wrestler or that one being unhappy why they could/should go to AEW, and with Dave Meltzer’s state run media treatment towards them.  Dave has always loved those guys but since the run up to All In he’s become co-opted by The Elite and has spun everything they do as successful and a big deal.  He’s already declared that they are the number two company even though they haven’t run a show yet.

So yeah, when something pops up that runs contrary to all the bragging and boasting that the worst AEW fans have been doing….yeah, there are gonna be some jokes fired off.  That doesn’t mean we want it to fail, ok?  To be honest most of the people I’ve talked to are curious but not necessarily interested in it at all, and would be perfectly fine leaving it to exist and not saying a word one way or the other.  As for myself, I’m more interested in the operational side than whatever kind of content they’re ultimately going to be producing.  Quite frankly I’m not that pressed to see more wrestling than what I already watch, and that’s not where their success is going to come from anywhere.  The thing that rarely gets talked about re: WWE is that how they’ve run their office vs all of their former and current would be competitors has been the real difference maker and not the quality of their wrestling.  There are plenty of guys and gals who can get in a ring and put on a good match but there aren’t as many people who can competently run a wrestling company.  But anyhow…..

Does this thing have any credibility? We don’t know of course, but consider that virtually every other wrestling company outside of WWE is in a less than prime spot as far as television.  Even if the Turner folks don’t hate wrestling like they did 20 years ago there hasn’t been much demand shown for anything that’s not WWE, which has 35 years of branding and trust built up working to it’s advantage.  AEW or any other start up company is walking into a network environment that, while it may be friendlier than before, still isn’t looking to do any favors to a wrestling company that may not even out rate some of the reruns that they carry.  While them having to pay or maybe just not getting any rights fees may not be what happens, I’m willing to bet they don’t get some huge amount of money.  Why?  Take off your fan hat and look at things objectively.  What kind of audience they’ll bring in is purely speculation at this point – just how many people fit into the pool that might be interested but will actually tune in to watch?  That’s the real question, and we don’t know yet.  So far they’ve only announced special events, one offs that are easier to sell because they’re rare.  But when it’s the middle of July and you’re running the third week in a row of matches between the same people to further an angle, are there enough people willing to do that for a company they’re not already invested in?  That’s the key, in my opinion.  Can you get enough people in the tent who will stay with you through that?

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We’ll see what happens.  Network upfronts are coming soon and then all will be revealed.  The TV deal, should they get one, is an important building block in any success they have.  TV rights don’t just get you exposure they often pay the bills.  The NFL has been dining out on TV rights fees so much that attendance at games is an afterthought now.  A good timeslot where they have a chance to draw a good number will be the difference between them doing well or going down the tubes in short order.  But this whole thing is also a referendum on Dave Meltzer, as he has been doing a full Baghdad Bob routine and insisting that they have multiple big money offers and it’s just a matter of choosing which one.  Dave sounds like a full on shill at this point and has been straight up cheerleading them the whole time.  And look it’s fine to be a fan/shill for someone, but you just got to admit it and not play objective reporter.  Dave is All In (pun intended) on AEW, to the point where he’s venturing into crazy talk land to boost them up.  We’ll find out soon enough just how this thing plays out, and then we can go back from pretending to be TV experts to pretending we know how to book wrestling shows.

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