WWE Raw received two new superstars for the price of one, and Randy Orton has made a bold declaration to Drew McIntyre.
After the success of Clash of Champions, wrestling fans had hopes that WWE Raw would be a positive follow-up to what they witnessed on Sunday. Fans were especially intrigued by the storyline between Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre after the legends who cost Orton were tipped to appear on the show.
And while the show wasn’t perfect, there were plenty of positives from this week’s episode of the Red Brand. Here are five takeaways.
Robert Roode better get a push on WWE Raw
Robert Roode made his return on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw to answer Drew McIntyre’s open challenge for the WWE Championship, which the Chosen One made early in the night during his segment with the four legends.
Fans were guessing if Mustafa Ali, Murphy, or someone regularly on the show could appear as McIntyre’s opponent, but Roode was a pleasant surprise. Wrestling fans were already wondering if Roode could make his return to NXT as the mystery wrestler advertised for this weekend’s TakeOver special.
Roode faced McIntyre this week, and the two had a good match. After the match, Roode cut an excellent promo alongside Dolph Ziggler, selling the Claymore and making his ambitions clear.
We don’t need Roode to win the world title. But the tag titles with Ziggler? Yes. And he should be a presence in the upper mid-card of Raw as a singles competitor. Roode was great in NXT as the brand’s men’s champion and is too talented to be forgotten on Monday nights again.