The WWE had big shoes to fill on Raw. So did the Greenville, S.C. crowd. Last week, the crowd took over the broadcast—in a good way. The fans cheered when things were great, booed the people who needed booing and when thing got a little dull, they went into business for themselves, making even the lamest gimmicks feel fresh and fun.
Could either the promotion or the audience top last week's epic performance?
In short? No. Fandango crashed and burned. CM Punk disappointed for the first time in recent memory with a live mic in his hand. And the WWE doubled down on John Cena's never-ending run as the company kingpin, making it clear it will move heaven and earth to make the WWE universe boo Ryback. This despite the obvious inclination on the part of many fans to cheer someone, anyone, besides Cena.
It wasn't all bad. It was just mostly bad. Click on as I grade each and every segment of the worst Raw of 2013. Disagree with that characterization? With any of my letter grades? Let's discuss in the comments.