Tonight promises 3 hours of big names and at least one big match that we had predicted as a main event for SummerSlam. Last week’s Raw was a huge improvement coming off the Money in the Bank pay-per-view that saw a lot of changes in direction for top names. The quality of the show has been declining in recent months, especially as we contrast where interest in the show was last year prior to and post-Money in the Bank 2011. It’s a safe bet that WWE will pull out all the stops tonight but the big questions are will it pay off based on what we’ve seen lately and how long can they continue to produce three hours of television that will keep people watching on Monday nights.
As the epic 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw get ever closer, last week’s show was nearly a complete disappointment. Perhaps more disappointing is the state of the WWE as it comes off the annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view one year after C.M. Punk had the world watching as he won the WWE Championship on the final night of his contract. The unknown and excitement of last Summer appears to have been replaced with the same old situations as more energy appears to be going into next week’s history making Monday than last night’s pay-per-view.
Two weeks ago, Monday Night Raw was loaded with John Cena in perhaps the most Cena-heavy episode of the show in show time: two promos, two matches, and appearances in other segments. In sharp contrast, last week had no Cena at all. His return tonight after being knocked out by his once again nemesis The Big Show should be interesting and hopefully proves keeping him off the show a success. The Big Show got a lot of air time last week between Raw and Smackdown though Friday night’s show doesn’t seem to get much notice when Monday rolls around. It’s not like good things aren’t happening on Smackdown, but to watch Raw you’d have no idea any if it was going on. Raw still wins out but Smackdown is steadily improving. It could be WWE is just waiting for the right time to push it and that could be as a live Tuesday show.