Considering WWE is only 13 days away from SummerSlam, the company should be making every moment of every episode of television leading up to the biggest pay-per-view of the summer worth watching. In that respect, Raw failed miserably. Stuffed with too many matches that meant far too little in the grand scheme of the pay-per-view itself, Raw lacked star power and the development it needed to be memorable. There's only so much Titus O'Neil, Mojo Rawley, and Alicia Fox a fan can take.
That said, there were a few strong moments that meant Monday's show was not a total loss. Heyman shined, the idea of Rollins on his own was well done and Strowman continues to impress.
In an attempt to find the positives in Monday' episode, here are your winners and losers for Raw, August 6, 2018.
Winner: Paul Heyman
Heyman cemented the fact that he is almost untouchable in terms of promoting an idea. His interview with Renee Young was so unlike the Heyman fans are used to seeing but also so believable that it raises a million questions for the main event match between Lesnar and Reigns. That's exactly how this should have gone.
As much as it's fun to hate on Heyman as a character, fans are starting to actually feel for him. He's human. All the while, he's selling the danger that is Lesnar and his uncontrollable rage. Is this setting up a swerve so that Heyman can continue on after Lesnar leaves? One can only hope so.
Loser: Alexa Bliss and Alicia Fox
The amount of filler asked for by WWE to make sure Raw ended on time but with a Rousey match that was under five minutes meant a painful segment with Alexa Bliss and Alicia Fox. Their interview with Charly Caruso was longer than the match itself and 10 minutes the WWE Universe will never get back.
It was wise to keep Rousey's match short and have her destroy Fox, but asking Bliss and Fox to taunt Rousey for what seemed like an eternity before Rousey smiled her way down to the ring (remember, The Baddest Woman on the Planet was supposed to be livid) was terrible timing on behalf of the Raw writing team.
The best we can say about this segment was that Bliss did a good job when it was over of selling just how pooched she is having to face Rousey at SummerSlam.
Winner: Ruby Riott
Bringing Ruby Riott back is adding a huge asset to the Riott Squad and the group is far more dangerous with her in it. It also adds another element to the Women's Division that could use a boost.
The match itself was fine for what it was but it didn't advance much of whatever story WWE is trying to tell with Banks and Bayley. With Riott returning, perhaps it's simply about Riott Squad versus the two besties.
Winner: Strowman/ Owens Stage Segment
It was odd to see Kevin Owens on a portable stage near the entryway for his show segment. Fans with a knack for predicting why probably understood there was a reason. It all led to Strowman coming out and putting on an awesome display of his strength when he flipped the stage.
In the end, everyone knows Owens really doesn't stand a chance at SummerSlam but WWE is doing a good job of making the feud entertaining leading up to their big match. Owens trying to repeatedly steal the Money in the Bank briefcase as if it would mean something was also quite hilarious.
Winner: Seth Rollins
The idea of a handicap match was unique in that Reigns was kept out from being able to back his former Shield running buddy and Rollins was a soldier, almost winning despite insurmountable odds. As this progresses, it will shape up nicely for Ambrose to come in and help or either swerve everyone with a heel turn.