Raw is a three-hour show. No fan would be able to sit through three straight hours of in-ring action.
WWE needs to break up the programming with some backstage skits. No problem with that. However, the backstage segments need to be logical and have some entertainment value.
With a couple of notable exceptions, last night's offerings were awful. A Sell goes out to most of the backstage segments featuring current Raw talent.
There was little purpose to the Booker T. and Eve confrontation. Booker is from Houston; maybe that was the justification. Logically, it would have been Vickie's job to tell Eve the stipulations for her Raw title match.
Ultimately, this led to Eve quitting the WWE. Maybe she will return as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble.
The Kane/Daniel Bryan and Dr. Shelby segment was long and pointless as well. Why would Kane accuse Bryan of cross-dressing for no apparent reason? This segment did more to get Damien Sandow's arrogant intellectual character over than anything else.
Since Sandow was set to face Kane later in the show, and Rhodes was taking on Daniel Bryan, there was no need for this confrontation. They could have set up the tag title match for Royal Rumble during either of those matches.
An indication of the humor level of the Anger Management spot? My 10-year-old son laughed hysterically at Dr. Shelby's antics. I didn't.
John Cena's promo had a lot of good references in it, but felt forced and canned. Even solid material doesn't work if delivered poorly. Picture Rock or Foley delivering Cena's promo, either would have done it more justice.
The segment featuring AJ Lee and Big E Langston was almost painful to watch. Lee wildly over-acted and Langston mainly stood around looking as if he smelled something foul.
Interestingly, Lee is better when she uses facial expressions and body language to make her point. Langston seems more effective when he speaks.
None of these segments added anything of value to the show.