This week's episode of Monday Night Raw marked Paul Heyman's second show as the new Executive Director of WWE's flagship program, but things didn't go so well after a booming start.
Last week's episode of Raw was considered a huge success, given all the changes Heyman brought to the program. Fans and pundits praised the Bobby Lashley-Braun Strowman segment, in which the two superstars set off fireworks backstage after crashing through the LED screen.
But this week, Raw strongly lacked the "wow" moments and the top quality matches we saw on the July 1st episode. And according to Brad Shepard of Oh, You Didn't Know (h/t Ringside News), one WWE source described this week's episode as "full-blown stupidity."
The source told Shepard that last week's episode "grew some buzz and people thought it was a pretty good...had some good moments," whereas this Monday's episode was "a (expletive show).
This obviously isn't how WWE wanted to head into Extreme Rules, with little momentum for its superstars plus little to no buildup whatsoever. Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated reported that Vince and WWE executives "were immensely pleased" with last week's episode of Raw.
On Monday, Heyman came out and announced that Brock Lesnar would be cashing in his Money in the Bank contract this Sunday, but that obviously remains to be seen. Elsewhere, Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch defeated Andrade and Zelina Vega - while Roman Reigns and "Gary Garbutt" (later revealed to be Cedric Alexander), lost a tag team match to Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre.
What This Means
After a handful of incredible moments and intriguing matches last week, Raw took a major step back this Monday. WWE just didn't provide fans with much entertainment this week, and again, the matches didn't do a whole lot in terms of building up for Sunday. But next week is a fresh start, and hopefully WWE will be able to put together a good show following Extreme Rules.