Someone had an AI bot write a script for the first hour of an episode of Raw and the results were both hilarious and all too familiar.
Raw has been receiving a lot of criticism for the past few weeks, and rightly so. Any three-hour show that airs every single week is going to be hard to watch on occasion. However, there is really no excuse for how bad Raw has been recently. There is a team of writers putting the show together, plus Vince McMahon is obviously the ultimate filter.
The most annoying thing about the current state of Raw is how lazy some of the writing feels. Seth Rollins blaming Baron Corbin for Drake Maverick wetting his pants. That doesn't make any sense and that should have been clear to someone, anyone in charge backstage.
Sometimes it feels like Raw is being written by a robot. A robot that is given certain uniform pieces and just has to make them all fit somehow. If you're not sure what we mean exactly, take a look at the script below courtesy of Glenn Rubenstein. He took an entire year of Wrestling Inc's Raw Recaps and presented them to Botnik Studios' AI to analyze. He then used it and predictive text to write the first hour of a Raw script, and this was the end result.
Everyone’s talking about how hard it is for WWE to write Monday Night RAW each week, so I had the @botnikstudios AI bot analyze an entire year's worth of @WrestlingInc's RAW recaps. Then I had it help me write an episode via predictive text. Here‘s an outline of the first hour. pic.twitter.com/MDirY5o33q— Glenn Rubenstein (@GlennRubenstein) December 13, 2018
As you can see, what it churned out is pretty hilarious. It is also all too familiar to what we have been served up for the past few weeks. There are a couple of lines that really stick out for us. "The fans chant 'we want Ziggler.' The referee looks confused," is definitely a highlight. Corey Graves closing out the final hour by mentioning Brock Lesnar only to discover he is not there is also way too close to home.
Honestly, at this point, we think the AI that wrote this hour of Raw should be given a chance. The script above might not be much different to what has been being served up recently, but it is definitely no worse. Maybe even a script on Twitter every week as an alternative. That way we get our Raw fix without having to sacrifice three hours of our Monday night.