We have moaned and moaned and finally, it appears the WWE is starting to listen. This week's Raw was simply a game changer, and one of the best the company has put on in quite some time.
A clear response to the poor viewing ratings as of late, the WWE changed a lot in this week's episode in order to spice things up, and it has worked a treat. Highly recommend you watch this week's Raw if you haven't already.
In summary, this week's Raw was one of the best in 2015 down to three simple factors, in order of importance; an epic Extreme Rules match and the presence of extreme overall throughout the show, the return of the one and only Vince McMahon to WWE television, and the title change as Roman Reigns won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
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The brilliant Extreme Rules match and the presence of extreme overall on Raw this week was good. Not too much, not too little. Raw was filmed at the home of ECW after all, Philadelphia, so it was bound to be accepted well, especially with the former ECW stars on the show.
However, the presence of extreme overall, especially in the main event where we saw Reigns bleeding, planned or not, showed how much passion, fight, and do-or-die attitude he had for the prize, which sold it more to the Philly fans, and got them more on Reigns' side, unlike at the Royal Rumble earlier this year which was held at the same venue.
As for Vince, a return by the big boss was always going to receive a huge pop, and as always he has his influence on the main event. Yes, it is playing down the same angle as Stone Cold Steve Austin once did, but it is an easily adjustable storyline now, to make sure it doesn't fully pledge to that bit. The characters, of course, being replaced this time with Reigns as Stone Cold, and Triple H as Vince.
Mr. McMahon is one of the best in the business with putting people over, and he did that last night with The Big Dog, which brings me to my next point, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match.
For the first time in a long time, the top prize in the WWE changed hands during an episode of Raw. The obvious reason why title changes don't happen on Raw more often is that the WWE doesn't want to give its biggest fights away for free. However, the timing for this one was perfect and well capitalized upon by the company, with Mr. McMahon's involvement during the clash as well playing a huge part.
Hats off to you WWE, you put on one great show this week. Keep it up!