The Raw 25th Anniversary special received plenty of mixed views by fans and critics, with many voicing disappointment in the lack of thrill in the segments that featured returning legends.
One such segment saw the WWE briefly welcome back a number of past female superstars in Hall of Famer Trish Stratus, four-time champion Michelle McCool, Maria Kanellis, Torrie Wilson, Kelly Kelly, Maryse, the Bella Twins, Jacqueline, Lillian Garcia and Teri Runnels.
Former WWE writer Tom Casiello - who was fired by the company in 2016 for reasons unknown - ripped them for giving the women a seemingly very small thank you and celebration:
It was incredible seeing all the women who paved the way for the Women’s Revolution on stage tonight. I especially loved how they were just on the stage for a pop. #TheresStillSoMuchWorkToBeDone 😥— Tom Casiello (@tommiecas) January 23, 2018
It was a shame they were relegated to standing and waving. They're icons, and deserved better. Not looking for the Main Event, or taking over the whole show. But "they looked great" and "it was good to see them" shouldn't be the only thing one can say about it.— Tom Casiello (@tommiecas) January 23, 2018
Many also criticized the WWE's decision to not include Hall of Famer Lita, who revolutionized the women's division with Stratus. Lita took to Twitter and revealed she wasn't even invited:
With the very first women's Royal Rumble set to take place this Sunday, other critics believed it would have been an ideal time for a number of returning female legends to announce they were entering the event. It's widely expected that there will be some surprise entries in the event, so it would have been an opportune time to have some of the returning women declare themselves for the Rumble.
Overall, Raw 25 definitely felt like it could have been a better show. The Undertaker had a very brief promo, and didn't offer any hints as to whether or not he's fully retired, or if another match is in the cards. The D-Generation X segment in Brooklyn also felt lackluster and uneventful.
On the bright side, the WWE will have a chance to redeem themselves this Sunday. Casiello is right in pointing out that the female legends didn't get much of a special treatment on Monday. But if we see some of them return at the Royal Rumble, then that'll make up for the uneventful segment on Raw 25.
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