10 Reasons WWE Raw Will Never Be The Same Again
Seems prudent to do this one first, because it's the thing WWE rely on most from an audience that is ageing and diminishing (in number, not capacity).
WWE Monday Night Raw can never be the Monday Night Raw you first fell in love with, unless the Monday Night Raw you first fell in love with was from July 2021 and you're still all wonderfully, wonderfully new to this.
Your writer is as guilty as anybody else at this. Tuning in once a week, hoping that World Wrestling Entertainment might attempt to provide entertainment with a wrestling show broadcast for fans all over the world. But the show is not the thing they still say it is, and hasn't been for years now. Years.
"The longest running weekly episodic show" (or whatever collection of words they force into Michael Cole's ears as if they're trying to pop them after a long flight) isn't booked episodically. They drop stories cold, forget the ramifications of other ones and change advertised matches without even acknowledging the adjustment to the card.
At an admin level, Raw isn't Raw. Or SmackDown, or any other wrestling show in history. It's content, which rather appropriately leads us to...