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It originally aired on the USANetwork, [[ChannelHop switched]] to the National Network (TNN) - now known as SpikeTV - in 2000, and went back to USA in 2005, with its first night back on the Network dubbed the "WWE Homecoming" (which isn't far off, considering that the 'E has since formed a trusty partnership with USA's parent company, Creator/{{NBC}}[==]Creator/{{Universal}}).

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It originally aired on the USANetwork, [[ChannelHop switched]] to the National Network (TNN) - now known as SpikeTV Creator/SpikeTV - in 2000, and went back to USA in 2005, with its first night back on the Network dubbed the "WWE Homecoming" (which isn't far off, considering that the 'E has since formed a trusty partnership with USA's parent company, Creator/{{NBC}}[==]Creator/{{Universal}}).
23rd Dec '15 10:51:26 AM JamesAustin
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It originally aired on the USANetwork, [[ChannelHop switched]] to the National Network (TNN) - now known as SpikeTV - in 2000, and went back to USA in 2005, with its first night back on the Network dubbed the "WWE Homecoming" (which isn't far off, considering that the 'E has since formed a trusty partnership with USA's parent company, Creator/{{NBC}}Creator/{{Universal}}).

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It originally aired on the USANetwork, [[ChannelHop switched]] to the National Network (TNN) - now known as SpikeTV - in 2000, and went back to USA in 2005, with its first night back on the Network dubbed the "WWE Homecoming" (which isn't far off, considering that the 'E has since formed a trusty partnership with USA's parent company, Creator/{{NBC}}Creator/{{Universal}}).
Creator/{{NBC}}[==]Creator/{{Universal}}).
23rd Dec '15 10:39:58 AM JamesAustin
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It originally aired on the USANetwork, [[ChannelHop switched]] to the National Network (TNN) - now known as SpikeTV - in 2000, and went back to USA in 2005, with its first night back on the Network dubbed the "WWE Homecoming" (which isn't far off, considering that the 'E has since formed a trusty partnership with USA's parent company, {{NBC}}{{Universal}}).

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It originally aired on the USANetwork, [[ChannelHop switched]] to the National Network (TNN) - now known as SpikeTV - in 2000, and went back to USA in 2005, with its first night back on the Network dubbed the "WWE Homecoming" (which isn't far off, considering that the 'E has since formed a trusty partnership with USA's parent company, {{NBC}}{{Universal}}).
Creator/{{NBC}}Creator/{{Universal}}).



* AbortedArc: For example the Anonymous Raw GM storyline. In June 2010, Vince [=McMahon=] appointed a new Raw General Manager "who [preferred] to stay anonymous" and thus relayed all his orders through a laptop computer seated next to the announcer table. Despite some teasing hints that went nowhere, some mildly heelish decisions and a couple of feuds (including one where Edge actually beat up the laptop), his identity was never revealed and the whole thing was quietly swept under the rug in October 2011 when Triple H took over. It was eventually resolved in July 2012 when Hornswoggle was revealed as the GM.
** A far worse example would be the "GM-less" era; after Eric Bischoff was fired from the position in December 05, the central story Raw was who would replace him. [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon Shane [=McMahon=]]], Wrestling/DustyRhodes, and various other big names were teased, along with a running gag of the most unlikely people approaching Vince and asking for the job only to be blown off. After about a month or two, the whole thing was dropped, with one glaring problem; ''there was still no general manager''. The position would not be filled until June of 07, a year and a half later, and would receive no mention up until that point. That is, until the July 9, 2012 episode of ''RAW'' when the mystery RAW GM was finally revealed (more on that later).

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* AbortedArc: For example the AbortedArc:
** The
Anonymous Raw GM storyline. In June 2010, Vince [=McMahon=] appointed a new Raw General Manager "who [preferred] to stay anonymous" and thus relayed all his orders through a laptop computer seated next to the announcer table. Despite some teasing hints that went nowhere, some mildly heelish decisions and a couple of feuds (including one where Edge actually beat up the laptop), his identity was never revealed and the whole thing was quietly swept under the rug in October 2011 when Triple H took over. It was eventually resolved in July 2012 when Hornswoggle was revealed as the GM.
** A far worse example would be the "GM-less" era; after Eric Bischoff was fired from the position in December 05, the central story Raw was who would replace him. [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon Shane [=McMahon=]]], Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon, Wrestling/DustyRhodes, and various other big names were teased, along with a running gag of the most unlikely people approaching Vince and asking for the job only to be blown off. After about a month or two, the whole thing was dropped, with one glaring problem; ''there was still no general manager''. The position would not be filled until June of 07, a year and a half later, and would receive no mention up until that point. That is, until the July 9, 2012 episode of ''RAW'' ''Raw'' when the mystery RAW Raw GM was finally revealed (more on that later).



* {{Bowdlerise}}: The Creator/{{Hulu}} Plus version of RAW has several matches and segments cut out. Those matches usually feature either mid-carders, [[Wrestling/{{Jobber}} jobbers]], or Divas.
* BroadcastLive: since September 1999.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: The Creator/{{Hulu}} Plus version of RAW ''Raw'' has several matches and segments cut out. Those matches usually feature either mid-carders, [[Wrestling/{{Jobber}} jobbers]], or Divas.
* BroadcastLive: since Since September 1999.



** The promos for the March 4, 2013 show, billed as "Old School Raw," started with a scene from the beginning of the very first episode before jumping ahead to [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} the New Age Outlaws]], [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]], [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and the Wrestling/AttitudeEra in general, as if nothing had happened during the ''four years'' in-between.
** The week after Wrestling/TheAuthority lost their power after Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2014, the Anonymous General Manager made a reappearance. With no explanation given to the fact that Hornwoggle 2 years prior been revealed.
* CueTheFlyingPigs: When Wrestling/BretHart appeared in 2010 after the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob he said that he guessed hell just froze over.
** The same kind of effect was created in 2002 when Eric Bischoff first appeared on the show. And Vince ''hugged'' him.
* DemotedToExtra: Since the early 2010s, full-time mid-carders such as Wrestling/WadeBarrett, Wrestling/TheMiz, Wrestling/KofiKingston, Wrestling/CodyRhodes, and Wrestling/ZackRyder as well as the [[Characters/WWEDivas Divas]] have been demoted storyline-wise in order to make room for part-time (but very marketable) talent such as [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and Wrestling/BrockLesnar (usually in the weeks heading into ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'' and ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}}'') in an effort to give RAW a boost in the ratings.

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** The promos for the March 4, 2013 show, billed as "Old School Raw," started with a scene from the beginning of the very first episode before jumping ahead to [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} the New Age Outlaws]], [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]], Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and the Wrestling/AttitudeEra in general, as if nothing had happened during the ''four years'' in-between.
** The week after Wrestling/TheAuthority lost their power after Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2014, the Anonymous General Manager made a reappearance. With no on-air explanation given to the fact that Hornwoggle 2 had been revealed as him two years prior been revealed.
prior, and the only vague mention to it being [[http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2014-12-01/wwe-raw-results-26876493 a WWE.com article.]]
* CueTheFlyingPigs: CueTheFlyingPigs:
**
When Wrestling/BretHart appeared in 2010 after the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob he said that he guessed hell just froze over.
** The same kind of effect was created in 2002 when Eric Bischoff
Wrestling/EricBischoff first appeared on the show. And Vince ''hugged'' him.
** When Wrestling/BretHart appeared in 2010 after the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob he said that he guessed hell just froze over.
* DemotedToExtra: Since the early 2010s, full-time mid-carders such as Wrestling/WadeBarrett, Wrestling/TheMiz, Wrestling/KofiKingston, Wrestling/CodyRhodes, and Wrestling/ZackRyder as well as the [[Characters/WWEDivas Divas]] have been demoted storyline-wise in order to make room for part-time (but very marketable) talent such as [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and Wrestling/BrockLesnar (usually in the weeks heading into ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'' ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' and ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}}'') ''Wrestling/SummerSlam'') in an effort to give RAW ''Raw'' a boost in the ratings.



* EnemyMine: The 2010 rise of the [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] PowerStable on ''Wrestling/{{WWE Raw}}'' saw the [[RivalsTeamUp teaming up of former rivals]] Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/{{Edge}}, and Wrestling/ChrisJericho after each getting ambushed by the Nexus.

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* EnemyMine: The 2010 rise of the [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] Wrestling/TheNexus PowerStable on ''Wrestling/{{WWE Raw}}'' ''Raw'' saw the [[RivalsTeamUp teaming up of former rivals]] Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/{{Edge}}, and Wrestling/ChrisJericho after each getting ambushed by the Nexus.



* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: An anonymous general manager who only communicates to whomever's in the arena via e-mails sent to MichaelCole. On the July 9, 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw, his identity was revealed to be [[spoiler:Hornswoggle]].

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* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: An anonymous general manager who only communicates to whomever's in the arena via e-mails sent to MichaelCole. On the July 9, 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw, ''Raw'', his identity was revealed to be [[spoiler:Hornswoggle]].



* JobberEntrance: This was the standard in the mid-nineties when ''Raw'' was only an hour long, which made sense because there was only so much time to do the matches. Ironic though, ever since ''Monday Night RAW'' went to three hours beginning with the 1000th episode on July 23, 2012, many wrestlers (even some main eventers) had their entrances cut out in order to make room for more commercials, in-ring promos, backstage segments, recaps, and social media segments. Only John Cena and CM Punk seemed to be immune from this since they're the top two full-time Superstars on the show. Other Superstars who are spared from a jobber entrance are The Rock, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, and The Undertaker.
** Note that the last four are all part-timers.

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* JobberEntrance: This was the standard in the mid-nineties when ''Raw'' was only an hour long, which made sense because there was only so much time to do the matches. Ironic though, ever since ''Monday Night RAW'' ''Raw'' went to three hours beginning with the 1000th episode on July 23, 2012, many wrestlers (even some main eventers) had their entrances cut out in order to make room for more commercials, in-ring promos, backstage segments, recaps, and social media segments. Only John Cena and CM Punk seemed to be immune from this since they're the top two full-time Superstars on the show. Other Superstars who are spared from a jobber entrance are The Rock, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, and The Undertaker.
**
Undertaker. Note that the last four are all part-timers.



* LongRunner: It's been on the air constantly since 1993. [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative And they will not let you forget it.]]
** LongRunnerCastTurnover: Since Raw has been on the air for close to 20 years and the wrestling business being what it is, this is kind of a given.
** In fact, only three people who appeared on the very first episode, Vince [=McMahon=], Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, and Wrestling/TheUndertaker, are even still with the company today.
* MuppetCameo: Yes, Franchise/TheMuppets did show up on ''Raw'' during the HalloweenEpisode. Notable highlights include Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} meeting up with Beaker and StatlerAndWaldorf snarking on the main event as only they could.
** They guest-hosted again, with a memorable bit involving Daniel Bryan running into his cousin, a muppet goat. The Muppet episodes do very well in the ratings -- because even wrestling fans love the Muppets -- and they'll be guest hosting again in March 2014 as a promotion for ''Muppets Most Wanted''.

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* LongRunner: LongRunners: It's been on the air constantly since 1993. [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative And they will not let you forget it.]]
** * LongRunnerCastTurnover: Since Raw ''Raw'' has been on the air for close to 20 years and the wrestling business being what it is, this is kind of a given.
**
given. In fact, only three people who appeared on the very first episode, Vince [=McMahon=], Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, and Wrestling/TheUndertaker, are even still with the company today.
* MuppetCameo: Yes, Franchise/TheMuppets did show up on ''Raw'' during the HalloweenEpisode. Notable highlights include Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} meeting up with Beaker and StatlerAndWaldorf snarking on the main event as only they could.
**
could. They later guest-hosted again, with a memorable bit involving Daniel Bryan running into his cousin, a muppet goat. The Muppet episodes do very well in the ratings -- because even wrestling fans love the Muppets -- and they'll be guest hosting they later guest-hosted again in March 2014 as a promotion for ''Muppets Most Wanted''.Wanted''.
* NoThemeTune: The opening credits (and with them the show's theme tune) were seemingly dropped in late-2012 in favor of an opening recap, though it was reinstated in the second to last ''Raw'' before the Money in the Bank 2013 pay per view.



-->'''Triple H''': I've got a special guest gonna come out here later - but before we come to that, I'd like to give a little personal message to Kane. Kane, this is just advice, but next time you try to accost somebody by sticking them into the trunk of a car, you should try to make sure that the trunk does not have one of those child safety latches on the roof - I mean, you can just pull it and jump OUT of the trunk before the person even drives off. Just a bit of advice.
* {{Retraux}}: The Monday Night Raw "Old School" specials in 2010 and 2013.
* StrictlyFormula:
** For a three-hour program, it's remarkable how little happens on any episode of ''Raw''...
--->'''''[[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/induction-holyfieldhardy/ WrestleCrap]]''''': We talk today about how formulaic ''Raw'' is, and trust me, I am on that bandwagon. Looking back, though, ''Superstars'' was arguably more cookie cutter – you had an “Event Center” with whatever random Ken doll look alike they had at the time (Sean Mooney, Craig [=DeGeorge=], etc.) and a talk show segment (Piper’s Pit, Brother Love, Flower Shop) wherein angles took place. Throw in Lord Alfred shilling at the end for Mr. Freeze Freeze Pops, and every week it was basically the same.
** It's safe to say we are reaching an era where ''Raw'' has been bad longer than it's been good. There's been some great/okay stuff here and there (Bryan and Punk), but since 2007 -- and specifically after Benoit died -- not much of consequence has happened on this show. The matches are formulaic as well. The problem with Vince [=McMahon=] is that he's too impressionable. If, say, Dean Ambrose does something unexpected, like unveiling a new move (Moxicity! Cross face chickenwing!), and it goes over well, it becomes a staple and gets used in every match after that, removing the novelty.
* ThemeTune
** NoThemeTune: The opening credits were seemingly dropped in late-2012 in favor of an opening recap (though it seems to be making a comeback lately: the last two Raws before the Money In The Bank 2013 pay per view reinstated the intro).
** RealSongThemeTune: During the show's run the show has used "The Beautiful People" by Music/MarilynManson ([[OlderThanTheyThink better known later as a theme song for]] ''SmackDown''), "... To Be Loved" by Papa Roach and "Burn it to the Ground" by Music/{{Nickelback}}.
*** "The Energy" by Music/{{Shinedown}} was sometimes used as bumper music.
*** The most recent bumper music is "Denial" by We Are Harlot.
** ThematicThemeTune: Currently used with "The Night" by the CFO$, which was originally done by Kromestatik. Also seen in the past with "Thorn in Your Eye", "All Together Now" and Union Underground's "Across the Nation".

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-->'''Triple H''': H:''' I've got a special guest gonna come out here later - but before we come to that, I'd like to give a little personal message to Kane. Kane, this is just advice, but next time you try to accost somebody by sticking them into the trunk of a car, you should try to make sure that the trunk does not have one of those child safety latches on the roof - I mean, you can just pull it and jump OUT of the trunk before the person even drives off. Just a bit of advice.
* {{Retraux}}: The Monday Night Raw "Old School" specials in 2010 RealSongThemeTune:
** During the show's run the show has used "The Beautiful People" by Music/MarilynManson ([[OlderThanTheyThink better known later as a theme song for]] ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown''), "... To Be Loved" by Papa Roach
and 2013.
* StrictlyFormula:
** For a three-hour program, it's remarkable how little happens on any episode of ''Raw''...
"Burn it to the Ground" by Music/{{Nickelback}}.
--->'''''[[http://www.** "The Energy" by Music/{{Shinedown}} was sometimes used as bumper music. The most recent bumper music is "Denial" by We Are Harlot.
* {{Retraux}}: The ''Monday Night Raw'' "Old School" specials in 2010 and 2013.
* StrictlyFormula: For a three-hour program, it's remarkable how little happens on any episode of ''Raw''. Expect that, if a wrestler does something unexpected, like unveiling a new move, and it goes over well, it'll become a staple and get used in every match after that, removing the novelty.
-->'''''[[http://www.
wrestlecrap.com/inductions/induction-holyfieldhardy/ WrestleCrap]]''''': We talk today about how formulaic ''Raw'' is, and trust me, I am on that bandwagon. Looking back, though, ''Superstars'' was arguably more cookie cutter – you had an “Event Center” with whatever random Ken doll look alike they had at the time (Sean Mooney, Craig [=DeGeorge=], etc.) and a talk show segment (Piper’s Pit, Brother Love, Flower Shop) wherein angles took place. Throw in Lord Alfred shilling at the end for Mr. Freeze Freeze Pops, and every week it was basically the same.
** It's safe to say we are reaching an era where ''Raw'' has been bad longer than it's been good. There's been some great/okay stuff here and there (Bryan and Punk), but since 2007 -- and specifically after Benoit died -- not much of consequence has happened on this show. The matches are formulaic as well. The problem with Vince [=McMahon=] is that he's too impressionable. If, say, Dean Ambrose does something unexpected, like unveiling a new move (Moxicity! Cross face chickenwing!), and it goes over well, it becomes a staple and gets used in every match after that, removing the novelty.
* ThemeTune
** NoThemeTune: The opening credits were seemingly dropped in late-2012 in favor of an opening recap (though it seems to be making a comeback lately: the last two Raws before the Money In The Bank 2013 pay per view reinstated the intro).
** RealSongThemeTune: During the show's run the show has used "The Beautiful People" by Music/MarilynManson ([[OlderThanTheyThink better known later as a theme song for]] ''SmackDown''), "... To Be Loved" by Papa Roach and "Burn it to the Ground" by Music/{{Nickelback}}.
*** "The Energy" by Music/{{Shinedown}} was sometimes used as bumper music.
*** The most recent bumper music is "Denial" by We Are Harlot.
**
ThematicThemeTune: Currently used with "The Night" by the CFO$, which was originally done by Kromestatik. Also seen in the past with "Thorn in Your Eye", "All Together Now" and Union Underground's "Across the Nation".


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* WhamEpisode: CM Punk's pipebomb, the ''Raws'' after Survivor Series 2012 that chronicled the rise of Wrestling/TheShield, and the ''Raws'' leading to [=WrestleMania=] XXX that chronicled the rise of [=BryanMania=] are some recent examples.
23rd Dec '15 10:10:50 AM JamesAustin
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* WHAMEpisode: Punk's pipebomb, the rise of Wrestling/TheShield, Bryanmania 30, and more recently Wrestling/TheNewDay are all great reasons why a lot of jaded fans stick around.
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-->--Wrestling/MichaelCole

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-->--Wrestling/MichaelCole
-->--'''Wrestling/MichaelCole'''
9th Dec '15 3:41:06 PM bonesawisready
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* PreviouslyOn: You'd be surprised how easy and addictive following WWE is... when you only watch the [=PPVs=]. Those video recap packages make all the ''Raw'' segments look Emmy-worthy.

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* PreviouslyOn: You'd be surprised how easy and addictive following WWE is... when you only watch the [=PPVs=]. Those video recap packages make all the ''Raw'' segments look Emmy-worthy.[[note]]Then you realize almost nothing of note happens on [=PPVs=] that aren't the big 4, either, and just cut back to the Big 4...[[/note]]
9th Dec '15 6:27:23 AM bonesawisready
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* PreviouslyOn: You'd be surprised how easy and addictive following WWE is... when you only watch the [=PPVs=]. Those video recap packages make all the ''Raw'' segments look Emmy-worthy.
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* WHAMEpisode: Punk's pipebomb, the rise of Wrestling/TheShield, Bryanmania 30, and more recently Wrestling/TheNewDay are all great reasons why a lot of jaded fans stick around.
9th Dec '15 5:46:34 AM bonesawisready
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* It's safe to say we are reaching an era where ''Raw'' has been bad longer than it's been good. There's been some great/okay stuff here and there (Bryan and Punk), but since 2007 -- and specifically after Benoit died -- not much of consequence has happened on this show. The matches are formulaic as well. The problem with Vince [=McMahon=] is that he's too impressionable. If, say, Dean Ambrose does something unexpected, like unveiling a new move (Moxicity! Cross face chickenwing!), and it goes over well, it becomes a staple and gets used in every match after that, removing the novelty.

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* ** It's safe to say we are reaching an era where ''Raw'' has been bad longer than it's been good. There's been some great/okay stuff here and there (Bryan and Punk), but since 2007 -- and specifically after Benoit died -- not much of consequence has happened on this show. The matches are formulaic as well. The problem with Vince [=McMahon=] is that he's too impressionable. If, say, Dean Ambrose does something unexpected, like unveiling a new move (Moxicity! Cross face chickenwing!), and it goes over well, it becomes a staple and gets used in every match after that, removing the novelty.
9th Dec '15 5:46:22 AM bonesawisready
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** The matches are formulaic as well. The problem with Vince [=McMahon=] is that he's too impressionable. If, say, Dean Ambrose does something unexpected, like unveiling a new move (Moxicity! Cross face chickenwing!), and it goes over well, it becomes a staple and gets used in every match after that, removing the novelty.

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** * It's safe to say we are reaching an era where ''Raw'' has been bad longer than it's been good. There's been some great/okay stuff here and there (Bryan and Punk), but since 2007 -- and specifically after Benoit died -- not much of consequence has happened on this show. The matches are formulaic as well. The problem with Vince [=McMahon=] is that he's too impressionable. If, say, Dean Ambrose does something unexpected, like unveiling a new move (Moxicity! Cross face chickenwing!), and it goes over well, it becomes a staple and gets used in every match after that, removing the novelty.
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