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Stone Cold pinpoints main issue with WWE's RAW product

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Whether holding the mic in the ring or speaking on his popular 'Steve Austin Show' podcast, Stone Cold has never been a man afraid to air his opinion, regardless of how much it offends the WWE hierarchy.

And, in the latest edition of his podcast, The Texas Rattlesnake didn't hold back as he went into just where the WWE is going wrong when it comes to Monday Night RAW and the general feel of the product.

With the company's flagship show having garnered a lot of criticism from the WWE Universe in recent times, fans will likely agree with a lot of what the legend had to say, too.


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First in Austin's cross-hairs was the three-hour Monday night show:

"There [are] just no interwoven storylines," he said, via NoDQ. "Which carries through the course of a Monday Night RAW where something, a seed is planted at the beginning of a Monday Night RAW and threaded through the entire show.

"It's just match after match, segment, or in-ring segment, skit, whatever you want to call it, backstage promo."

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And the disjointed nature of RAW isn't the only problem according to Austin. One of the bigger issues is the fact that the WWE simply hasn't been able to bridge the gap between working in its own wrestling bubble, as was the case in his own Attitude Era, and acknowledging that it is, in fact, a business:

"Everything's so slick now. I would just present it as more of a competitive endeavor. Make it seem like a shoot. I mean, we know the [professional wrestling] business is a work, but present it as a shoot.

"I mean, have Seth Rollins Curb Stomp somebody. Fine him $15,000. Hey, maybe the money's not going to change hands, but it's the fact that you have a set of rules, guidelines, presentation.

"You can have all the high production values that you want. Yeah, that's great, but just present it in a competitive atmosphere, so that your storylines reflect that reality."

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With the Brand Split now just a few weeks away, the WWE needs to get the most out of both of its shows - RAW and SmackDown - in order to make the 'New Era' a success.

Whether they're willing to listen to Austin and address what are clearly some big issues in order to do that, remains to be seen.

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