WWE Monday Night Raw "August 1, 2016" Review - AVClub

AVClub: Last week’s RAW was surprisingly good. There’s really no other way to describe it, especially since months of discussing, theorizing, and bracing for the brand split still didn’t completely assuage feelings that WWE would just continue to make the same mistakes. So for actual changes to be put into effect on RAW (and SmackDown! Live, to an unfortunately lesser extent) and for them to work, it was a real surprise to see. It’s still a real surprise to see. This week’s RAW doesn’t have the easy out of having a tournament on the show—as tournaments tend to make everything instantly better—but it also manages to be pretty good. There’s slightly more Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley this week, as is to be expected given their jobs, but it’s still much less than before the brand split. And you know what? It’s actually nice to see the two of them actively work together to address certain situations on RAW. So much better than power struggles and trying to keep the wrestlers down.

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