Raw is in a rare stretch where shows are closing not with wrestling matches but spoken segments. Monday’s Raw was even rarer, as Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella carried the main event to kick off the buildup to McMahon’s first match in over 10 years.
The McMahon-Bella rivalry may have the potential to create more inroads for Divas wrestling, but make no mistake, this is not a Divas storyline—it’s a McMahon storyline.
Cesaro is in need of any storyline that will keep him on television, but Monday saw him take yet another one-off loss—albeit to John Cena. Now without a manager, Cesaro is running out of time to find a meaningful feud, which will be integral in turning around his suddenly slumping career.
Bo Dallas suffered the first blemish on his WWE record at the unlikely hands of R-Truth. A positive takeaway in what was otherwise a waste of a good streak is Dallas' ability to express himself more as a heel.
Currently the best heel in wrestling, Paul Heyman was the perfect foe for consummate white knight Cena, who also shined on the microphone. The dynamic between Heyman and Cena may be just as interesting, if not more so, than that of Lesnar and Cena.