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I enjoyed the go home edition of Raw. 

The only match of note was Street Profits and Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins and Garza/Theory, this was a decent effort that I didn't feel was hampered too much by the empty arena, Ford took a nasty bump on the outside when he did a flip dive over the ropes and it looked like Theory failed to catch him, not sure if that was planned or not. Post match Owens cut a promo on Seth that was pretty solid stuff. 
Not sure if this means Austin Theory is on the Raw roster full time now, definitely feels too soon for him and I hope Vince just doesn't have a boner for his look. 

The Undertaker cut a promo from a ''grave site'', this was really good stuff best Taker promo in years, not your typical Undertaker promo it was very edgy and real with plenty of inside references and Taker talked about his wife. Definitely seems that they are going in more of a American Bad Ass direction with the direction of Undi's character which is fine with me. 

Edge promo that again was dark and edgy really good stuff, the Edge/Orton feud has easily had the best build of all the Wrestlemania matches. 

Aleister Black squashed some jobber, Asuka easily beat Kayden Carter, before and after the match Asuka ranted in Japanese which she does all too often now which apparently set the tag match with Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss for Wrestlemania. 

The time filler reruns this week were Becky vs Ronda vs Charlotte from last year's Wrestlemania and Lesnar vs Mysterio from Survivor Series, skipped them both meaning the Raw run time minus ad breaks was about 1hr 15, less if you skip all the recap videos. 

Becky cut a pretty good promo and was then attacked by Shayna who left her laying, the show ends with Heyman cutting a standard promo while Lesnar stood in the ring, this really needed a confrontation with McIntyre but I'm guessing they are being very careful with top talent interaction in the current climate. 

So given the confines WWE currently have to work within at the moment I thought this was a pretty solid go home show, it's fair to say most of the Wrestlemania matches have had the weakest build up of any Mania card in recent memory but this of course isn't WWE's fault and they deserve credit for keeping the show going. 

I have become more used to watching matches with no fans now and I think the big matches on the Wrestlemania card will keep me interested even without a audience atmosphere feeding the match.


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Raw was a collection of post Wrestlemania interviews for the most part which was fine. Bobby Lashley suggested he will be ditching Lana as his manager and his ''wife'' which probably isn't a bad thing, the Becky/Shayna feud looks set to continue which again is a good thing and we got a post match promo from Drew McIntyre after his title win. 

The Street Profits and Angel/Theory had a rematch, this match was restarted twice due to outside interference from Zelina Vega, it ended up being a 6 person intergender match with Bianca Belair added, I would have preferred to see Belair on Smackdown where the Women's division needs a boost but I guess it was always going to be Raw with her husband Montez Ford there. 

Liv Morgan vs Asuka was very random but actually a really good match, Morgan can really go in the ring. 

Apollo Crewes has apparently switched to Raw because his draft pick has expired, didn't know that was a thing but at least it was explained. He had a decent match with Aleister Black. 

Lots of Wrestlemania highlights, no rerun match this week though so a full episode. 

Finally as McIntyre is shown doing his post Wrestlemania promo Big Show comes out, this was solid promo work but I found this segment very weird, firstly Big Show said he had no interest in a title match now or later he just wanted McIntyre right now, Drew responds by saying he's just had a match and won't fight Show now, weird thing to have your new top babyface do act like a bit of a coward. Show then slaps him which leads to the impromptu match which of course Drew wins, this was actually longer than his match with Brock. Bit of a strange way to end Raw but Drew beats both Lesnar and Big Show in back to back matches so even under weird circumstances I guess it puts McIntyre over pretty strong.
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Fourth post in a row in this thread from me, obviously lots of Raw fans on here Tongue 

Seemed this week that WWE are adapting to the empty arena more, the matches were all about the right length none of them seemed too long and the wrestlers seem more comfortable in the environment now. I think only the Street Profits and Ricochet/Alexander did the dumb theatrical pandering to the crowd that isn't there, that needs to stop as it just looks ridiculous, I mean a couple of signature poses into the hard camera is fine but that should be it. 

There are some advantages to the silent arena, trash talking is really audible and wrestlers seem to be taking advantage of that more. Also certain moves like hard kicks and knees and knife edge chops all sound really good with no background noise. 

I thought this week was a really good episode, I enjoyed how Drew McIntyre is being presented as champion and is involved in a mini-feud with Andrade, Garza and Theory, the Money in the Bank qualifiers were all good and there were a few little showcase matches for select talent. 

No Kevin Owens since Wrestlemania, I wonder if he's isolating. Sensibly WWE are not using special attraction guys like Lesnar and Edge at the moment.


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Only watched YouTube highlights this week as 3 hours of Raw is a real chore with no audience, WWE would be smart to reduce Raw down to 2 hours or less during this time, otherwise I think the YouTube clips will be the way I watch until normality resumes, it allowed me to get through Raw in around 30 minutes and I didn't feel that I missed anything. 

There definitely seems to be plans for Apollo Crewes as he got a lot of tv time this week, the injury angle they ran which removed him from Money in the Bank is clearly part of a bigger story to come. 

Nia Jax was booked to look dominant against Shayna and Asuka. 

Liv Morgan gets another clean win over Ruby Riot, she then got some mic time post match, Liv is looking sharp in the ring but needs to work on her promos based on this, she came across as awkward. 

Lashley wins a squash match, he told Lana to stay away claiming her beauty is a distraction, they still seem to be teasing a break up of these two which would be the right move, his association with Lana isn't helping Lashley, I think they should just turn him face and give us the Lesnar match. 

You didn't see it in the highlights but apparently MVP is now managing Shane Thorne and that guy he's been teaming with, can't remember his name. 

Standard contract signing with McIntyre and Rollins which of course got physical with Murphy eating a claymore so Seth could escape. I will say there is a real big fight aura with these two in the ring and I've enjoyed the approach with Drew respecting Seth's credentials and wanting to be a fighting champion who faces the best.


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Apollo Crews On Raw is going to be fun to watch playing an heel for the first time.

Peyton Royce & Billie Kay On Raw switched to babyface will make them more prominent than they have been the whole time they have been on the main roster.

Bruce Prichard in his new position has started to make a couple of subtle changes.
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Was a fun episode this week with WWE clearly looking to shake the product up to boost ratings. 

A mystery faction appeared who's identities remain unrevealed at this time, but they have been named the Redemption and rumours are it could be the Undisputed Era or a group of talents who were previously released during the pandemic talent cull. 

We saw the debut of Raw Underground which is a new interesting and unique part of the show. 

Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton had a decent face to face promo segment which featured a few insider references. 

Samoa Joe teased a in ring return during the segment with Dominick and Rollins. 

Shayna Baszler vs Sasha Banks, and as always Banks and Bayley were one of the show highlights, a future feud between Baszler and Asuka was also teased. 

I liked the stuff with Apollo and the Hurt Business.


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MVP & Shelton Benjamin Partnership works well but Shelton should be doing more talking.

Dominick Mysterio On Raw is doing well and clearly has a upside instead of just being pushed because he's next generation.

Peyton Royce & Billie Kay On Raw need to get released so they can be used better somewhere else.


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