WWE Monday Night Raw's 20th Anniversary: Top 5 Questions Left Unanswered
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Tonight was WWE Monday Night Raw’s 20th anniversary show. It was not your ordinary Monday Night Raw, or at least it wasn’t supposed to be.
Although it was Raw’s 20th anniversary, based on what we saw tonight, it seemed like any other WWE show.
WWE fans watched a lot of the same matches that we see every week and there were virtually no surprises as it relates to past superstars making appearances.
As I have been doing every week after Raw, I will address a number of questions left unanswered after tonight's episode.
When Will the John Cena-Dolph Ziggler Feud End?
When will this feud end? (photo credit: wwe.com)
For some reason, last week’s opening match on Raw became tonight’s main event.
WWE has continued the feud between Cena and Ziggler, but the reason remains a mystery.
On multiple episodes of Raw, including the last two, Super Cena has been victorious over Ziggler. Yet at WWE TLC 2012, Ziggler was able to defeat Cena with AJ Lee’s help.
What was the point of yet another match between the two tonight?
There was nothing on the line and WWE continues to put Cena over Ziggler. If WWE continues to have Ziggler lose, it will hurt his credibility.
When will this feud end and why hasn’t it already?
Will We Continue to See Dr. Shelby on WWE TV?
Will Shelby continue to appear on WWE TV? (photo credit: wwe.com)
Dr. Shelby returned tonight on Raw to evaluate Kane and Daniel Bryan as a follow-up to their anger management course.
The segment was nothing short of awesome as Shelby was constantly interrupted by Team Rhodes Scholars until he had enough.
Team Hell No joined Shelby in a YES! Chant that immediately had me hoping this would not be the end of Dr. Shelby.
When Dr. Shelby first began appearing on WWE TV as Team Hell No’s therapist, it seemed as though he would make a great manager for the tag team.
Obviously, Kane and Daniel Bryan didn’t need a manager because they are comedic gold without one, but even funnier with one.
Despite the very entertaining segment tonight, WWE gave no indication as to whether we will continue to see Dr. Shelby on WWE TV. He still would make a great manager for Team Hell No, but that is why this a question left unanswered.
Why Didn’t Ric Flair Confront CM Punk?
Why didn't Ric Flair confront CM Punk? (photo credit: wwe.com)
It had been reported that Flair would confront CM Punk tonight on Raw.
Unfortunately, instead we were tortured with a mess of a segment in MizTV.
The Miz invited Ric Flair to be his guest, which turned out to be a lot of Ric Flair imitations by the Miz and Flair himself.
It’s unclear why WWE didn’t go forward with the original plan, but the back up plan was a complete failure. It allowed WWE to further the Miz and Cesaro’s feud, but it did not have to include Flair.
This segment left WWE fans, especially those who read the reports beforehand, wondering why Flair didn’t confront Punk and why Flair was used so poorly on the 20th anniversary of Monday Night Raw.
Where Were All of the Rumored (and Not Rumored) Superstars from the Past?
Where was Stone Cold Steve Austin? (photo credit: wwe.com)
One of the most surprising aspects of tonight’s episode of Raw was the lack of superstars from the past.
Any time Raw had an anniversary, we have seen some memorable characters from the history of Raw.
The only retuning superstar tonight was Ric Flair (Jim Ross is a commentator) and as discussed earlier, his segment was not up to par.
I had discussed six former top stars who WWE fans were dying to see make an appearance tonight with sources that claimed to be true.
However, there was no Steve Austin. No Shawn Michaels. No Undertaker.
As “Hurricane” Shane Helms would say, “What’s up with that!?”
Why Did We See so Many of the Same Matches Again?
Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton again? (photo credit: wwe.com)
Tonight’s Raw featured a number of matches, but the only one that had never been seen before was CM Punk vs. Brodus Clay,
As discussed before, we saw another John Cena and Dolph Ziggler match, Team Hell No faced Team Rhodes Scholars in separate singles matches yet again and we even were given another Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton match.
The WWE roster is not so thin that they had to provide the same matches that we see every week.
Tonight’s Raw made Main Event look like its flagship show.
We didn’t even see a past superstars battle royal, which seemed to be a traditional match at these anniversary shows.
Why was there only one never-before-seen match tonight?
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As you may be able to tell, tonight’s episode of Raw was extremely disappointing from what many fans may have been expecting.
Aside from Ric Flair, there weren’t any superstars from Raw’s past on the show. Instead, we saw a plethora of video footages of highlights from previous episodes.
Although the video packages WWE puts together are generally well done, the overall show left me dissatisfied.
Unless Dr. Shelby continues to his role on WWE TV, there was no progression in storylines.
What questions were you left with unanswered after tonight’s episode of Raw? Please leave your answers, comments and suggestions in the section below.
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