WWE: Did Raw underwhelm because of absent superstars?

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After the high of WrestleMania week, it's safe to say that WWE brought fans back to reality this week. 

Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose were all missing from Raw and superstars like Randy Orton, Ryback and Roman Reigns had to pull double duty because it seemed the roster was so thread bare. 

We were given explanations as to why Dean Ambrose was missing. Before Luke Harper took on Ryback, the commentary team explained that Ambrose was still recovering from a power-bomb through the announce table on SmackDown. Not only that but it's likely Ambrose was also still recovering from the ladder spot at WrestleMania just over a week ago. 

Huge injury count

Dolph Ziggler was explained to be missing Raw much like he missed last week's SmackDown to sell the attack from Sheamus a week ago. It seem the showoff will be back on this week's Thursday night SmackDown when he teams with fellow absentee Daniel Bryan.

Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan's absence was one that was unexplained, even when Sheamus came out to deliver a promo about the IC title and Dolph Ziggler, there was no explanation as to where Daniel Bryan was. 

Stephanie and Triple H were explained to be on vacation, whilst the true story is that Stephanie was named as the 2015 Eisenhower Fellow and is now set to spend the next 4-5 weeks visiting countries from a list of 42 different destinations.  

Triple H could have just been left of WWE TV so that tensions in The Authority could rise whilst he wasn't there and Kane can eventually turn on the rest of the group. If Triple H was there he would have resolved it, but this way the problem continues. 

WWE in trouble?

The only thing of any note that happened on this week's Raw was that Randy Orton was finally confirmed as the number one contender for the World Championship, even though that match was technically announced last week. 

WWE did however acknowledge former three time Divas Champion AJ Lee's departure from the company as her retirement was confirmed and the divas division was forced to continue, bringing Naomi into the picture in her place. 

It's hard for WWE to stay on the high that followed WrestleMania, and Easter weekend is a hard one with many wrestlers wanting to spend it with families etc, but Extreme Rules is in just over three weeks and the build up needs to begin so that fans remain interested in the product.

Should Vince McMahon and co be worried about the situation that is brewing? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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