AVClub: Kyle Fowle pretty much covered it all in his review, but the first true Monday Night RAW of the New Era delivered in a much bigger way than expected. The post-draft chatter for the RAW side of things was that the red brand came out with the star power, while SmackDown! was instantly doomed to fail. Even with John Cena, AJ Styles, and Randy Orton on the blue brand, as well as beloved authority figures Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon, the optimism just wasn’t there. Sure, SmackDown! made some questionable draft choices, considering its supposed underdog and professional wrestling-based mission statement, but a lot of the criticism post-draft came in the form of downplaying just how talented WWE’s main roster is overall.