To say that WWE Monday Night Raw is a difficult watch would be an understatement. Those looking for professional wrestling are hit with more buzz words, camera cuts, and talk-show segments that someone in the back believes equates to “entertainment.” While it’s understandable that so many find it difficult to find anything enjoyable about the weekly product, these last few weeks there have been flashes that show there’s still an opportunity to find a reason to watch, albeit a hard one.
There’s a lot to frequently complain about when watching Monday Night Raw but saying everything about the show is unwatchable would be a dishonest statement. Look back at the last few weeks of shows and there are matches that stand out as “must-see” worthy.
Kevin Owens has put on two excellent matches with Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. Chad Gable reminded fans that he can hang with the best in his match with Big E. Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair had an exceptional match that deserves to be mentioned among the best as well. Even going back further throughout the year, Matt Riddle and AJ Styles put on a classic contest, Drew McIntyre versus Sheamus and many others stand out.
But requiring viewers to wade through hours of skippable content, just to get to the matches and superstars they want to see is exactly where WWE is failing. Even with the way the matches are treated with pointless finishes and lacking stakes, WWE continues to put itself in a position where once-long fans can either catch highlight videos on YouTube or read about the results across social media rather than spending three hours to watch on seven hours a week watching.
As ratings continue to fluctuate on a weekly basis, there are steps that the leadership team in WWE could take to improve the content, but it’s clear that there’s a lack of desire to do so. WWE is no longer a professional wrestling organization, but a group that is focused on creating content that can be monetized. Those looking for professional wrestling excellence should look in other spaces, but there’s still value in coming back to catch the matches featuring favorites or that quickly exceed expectations for what WWE puts out each week.
For some, the lifelong love of professional wrestling brings us back to the WWE week after week. It’s easy to pick apart the shows because of the lazy presentation that’s given out each week. But there are still flashes of enjoyment that come from some of the most talented individuals in the industry. Seek out those moments because they do occur in a WWE ring, more often than the world of “Wrestling Twitter” will mention.