Two weeks before WWE Hell in a Cell from Miami, a pay-per-view that promises violence if nothing else, the promotion has suddenly caught fire. The storylines that seemed to be on life support, most prominently Daniel Bryan's feud with The Authority, have been given new purpose and potential.
The addition of Bryan's fiancee, Brie Bella, gives new oomph to a feud that had been firing on all cylinders but was slowly losing steam as weeks turned into months. It also removes some of the focus from the McMahons and makes Randy Orton the center of Bryan's world. That's a good thing as they get ready to main event another pay-per-view.
The return of the Rhodes boys has added another compelling bout to the mix. They've had two classics with The Shield, one on pay-per-view and now one on Raw. It's a rivalry that's just getting started—one that adds a really good 20-minute match to any show that needs one.
And, best of all, the meandering Big Show storyline is finally delivering in a major way. I wondered for weeks where it was going. Monday night, it finally paid off.
Overall, this was an excellent edition of Raw. But why stop the analysis there? Every week we look at each individual segment to see who delivered and who didn't quite measure up. Disagree with our letter grades? Let us know in the comments.