Dear WWE Creative,
For the first time, in a very long time, I enjoyed RAW. I didn’t go through the motions; I wasn’t needless scrolling on Twitter; I wasn’t staring at the clock, hoping it was 10:59 p.m.
Is it because we are on the cusp of the Road to WrestleMania? Mere weeks from the 2021 Royal Rumble, I’m hoping that the Jan. 18 edition of RAW was not a fluke, but the hope of what’s come. A new chapter for a new year.
Sitting through three hours of Monday Night RAW can be a daunting task, to say the least; however, this past Monday night offered up a pleasant surprise.
Now, I’ll admit, Randy Orton’s mask and make-up offered up more of a distraction from what he had to say, but RAW’s opener did capture my attention. Not to mention the countless memes that flooded Twitter, after the fact. Dare I say had Bernie Sanders not made such a fashion statement at Wednesday’s presidential inauguration, Orton would have been the meme king for the week and month. Still, at the end of the day, despite the over-the-top lucha-like mask; it got people talking, and got people interested.
Further, I’m invested in Lacey Evans and Charlotte Flair. Sure, it’s a bit cliched adding Ric Flair into the mix, but I’m enjoying the plot twists, Naitch in the mix of things, the social media banter, and the promos.
While Gillberg and the Drew McIntyre wannabe was a bit hokey on the Dirt Sheet segment, the Miz proved once again why he’s one of the best on the mic in the WWE, and along with John Morrison by his side, they provided an interesting, funny, and solid alternative to help buildup to the McIntyre versus Goldberg feud (without having to have McIntyre or Goldberg in the segment).
Last, but not least, Alexa Bliss and Asuka. What can I say? The playground segment near the beginning of the show was mesmerizing. Mixing Asuka’s off-the-wall antics, with Bliss’s insane perspective on reality, kept me glued to the TV. I’m continually in awe that Asuka has been able to turn her language-barrier issue (when it comes to the mic work) from a negative into a positive. Anytime she hits the mic, she’s both entertaining and fascinating to watch. I look forward to what she has to say, and how she’ll say it.
Then, there’s Bliss. While she was always strong on the mic (heel or face), she seems more comfortable than ever in her Firefly Funhouse persona. Alexa is cute as a button, but creepy as heck, and has transitioned into a calm of crazy so smoothly that I, as a fan, have almost forgotten what the old Bliss even looked or acted like. To me, this is a big win. I also love feuds that have me conflicted over who I’m pulling for to win. I love Asuka – I love Bliss. Their matches, and future bouts, will continue to entertain. Whoever wins or loses, the storytelling is sure to be fantastic.
Moreover, the announcement that Bliss will enter the 2021 Royal Rumble, and her singles match against Asuka at the end of the night was like the icing on a scrumptious Monday Night RAW cake that I happily ate up. Alexa is clearly back to in-ring competition, and in the title race picture, something long deserving for this talent.
If there’s one thing I can add to this kudos letter for the WWE Creative in charge of last week’s Monday Night RAW: more, please.