WWE’s product has perhaps never been quite so disposable, and the August 3rd 2020 edition of Monday Night Raw made this point abundantly clear to a head-spinning degree.
Earlier in the day, news broke online that the taping schedule had apparently been thrown into chaos thanks to a string of last minute changes that included but were not limited to the return of Shane McMahon and the introduction of a brand new stable. WWE went as far as tweeting confirmation of both from their official account, making the developments canon for the good of the story rather than just to further comparisons between the current product and latter-day WCW.
The show itself was even wilder than the speculation could have mustered, with McMahon revealing an underground fight club behind a door in the Performance Center, said new group attempting to firebomb the building and other bizarre happenings such as Montez Ford getting poisoned and Nia Jax being indefinitely suspended just a week after a programme with Shayna Baszler was seemingly set up for SummerSlam.
It was sort of unforgettable all in one go, but then sort of not. Nobody really got over and nothing mattered, but a lot of stuff happened and some of it might spike the ratings this week. A very WWE-in-2020 show, in that regard.
Buzz yes, Network rewatches no. An event they’ll be glad to see disappear into the archives, much like some of these hidden horrors…
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