The June 24 edition of Monday Night Raw had a hint of desperation to it from the beginning. The company was one day removed from their Stomping Grounds pay-per-view where ticket sales slowed in a way WWE hasn’t seen in years.
Add in the fact that the crowd turned on the main event between Seth Rollins and Baron Corbin with Lacey Evans as special guest referee, and it was clear the company had to cover new ground. This episode attempted to do that, though there were some hiccups along the way.
Here are the takeaways for the last Raw of June 2019.
REAL Reason Undertaker Makes His Return
It’s always nice when a big return isn’t spoiled by dirt sheets or wrestling channels online. Seeing the Undertaker pop up on WWE TV is always a treat, even though his multiple retirements just seem more confusing as a result. The dead man randomly appeared to help Roman Reigns do battle (again) against the likes of Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre.
The situation is obviously a desperate attempt to get ratings and to hopefully make sure their next pay-per-view sells better than the last one. It’s also an attempt to get Roman Reigns cheered, as he battles his foes. However, another reason behind this may be the Undertaker’s desire for one more match. After his bad showing against Goldberg at their match at the recent Saudi Arabia card, he wants to go out on a high note.
WWE Continues to Waste Braun Strowman
At one time, Braun Strowman was the hottest thing in wrestling. A big man with a decent move set and solid mic skills? In 2019, that’s a rare find. For WWE to stumble into Strowman, a man who had never even been on the indies to build his name, it was a gem. And what does WWE stand for if not “We Waste Everyone?”
Strowman continues to be put in segments no one wants to see, from arm wrestling matches with Bobby Lashley to the tug of war on this episode. It’s not like seeing the Monster Among Men flip cars or toss bodies in dumpsters. This is lackluster, and it’s taking what little momentum the big man had going for him.
Samoa Joe’s Trajectory Is Odd, But It Works
Samoa Joe just came off a loss for his United States championship, and now he’s positioned to feud with Kofi Kingston for the biggest prize on the SmackDown roster – on Raw (thanks a lot, Wildcard Rule).
In some regards, this doesn’t make sense. However, Joe should’ve likely always been in the main event scene anyway. He’s a great heel for Kingston to battle, and Ricochet got a big boost from beating him in their feud, so it works.
Bray Wyatt Debut Teased?
Fans were disappointed they didn’t get a trip to the Firefly Fun House this week – but it came to them instead. Both Abby and Mercy were seen for brief moments on the show, hinting that Wyatt may be due for his debut soon.