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Coulda Been Betta: WWE RAW's disastrous closing segment

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The biggest RAW of the year started red hot, and coming off arguably the greatest show in WWE history, all looked good. But the final hour slowed a bit, and the ending stunk.


It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that the end of RAW was unpopular. It was bland, uninspired, and the complete opposite of WrestleMania 31. I don't anticipate this being a particularly long edition of "Betta," because we all seemingly enjoyed the same things and the vast majority of us left RAW with a horribly disappointed feeling in our stomachs.

In writing, fiction or otherwise, the reader remembers the last ideas best; placing them at the crux of importance. Secondly, he or she pays close attention to the starting point. The middle is always the least important, and many times, we forget it entirely unless something either incredible or stunning takes place, whether positive or negative. RAW was excellent in much of its first two hours from a content, an energy, and a crowd involvement perspective. However, the six-man tag that ended the show - including the partners selected to join Randy Orton against Seth Rollins and an aging pair of giants that elicit more eye-rolls than an Adam Sandler movie - left a great deal to be desired. So here's how you fix it:

Do something. Do ANYTHING.

If you want it specific, it's incredibly easy. The highlight of the night was the Brock Lesnar-Seth Rollins segment that led to Lesnar murdering non-wrestling personnel in a flurry of mayhem. Angry, completely "gives no shits" Brock is the best attraction imaginable for WWE television. It was a perfect segment; one of the best in recent memory.

So why the hell didn't RAW end the show with it?

Byron Saxton was left standing and failing miserably in a no-win situation he was completely ill-equipped to handle. Save the big angle for the end and Cole, JBL, and Booker announce almost the entire show. Whatever your feelings on that trio, we can all safely agree they're far better than what WWE gave us last night in their absence. It made little sense for a WWE Championship rematch to take place to open the second hour of the show anyway, not in terms of ratings, but in terms of what would ACTUALLY take place in the real world.

If RAW ended with the Lesnar angle, the final few minutes of the program would have been an effective radio silence respective to announcers. All the volume would then have come from the buzz of the San Jose crowd, along with Stephanie and a pleading Paul Heyman. Michael Cole on a stretcher and in a neck brace could have been one of the final images of the night. It would be complete chaos; the kind of "holy shit" moment that launched the Nexus angle.

All of us would still be raving about it, because we loved it when it happened at 9:00 ET. We'd have been sent home on a crazy-hot moment of pure entertainment, rather than a six-man that took whatever goodwill Roman Reigns gained last night and flushed it down the toilet.

If Brock had to make an early flight, how about putting Sting out there and letting him do more than say virtually nothing on the WWE Network? Or, instead of the Axel match, just save Neville's debut and have him show up with Orton in place of Ryback. Or...(insert idea here.) Basically, anything within reason that WWE could have done would have been better than what they did. The Undertaker could have walked out and stared into the camera and it would have been an improvement. Just do SOMETHING.

Over the past two weeks, sandwiched between potentially the best WrestleMania of all-time, WWE presented us with the two worst RAW endings possible. How someone didn't realize that the most important and heavily watched episode of the year needed a strong, compelling conclusion boggles my mind. I really wanted that optimism from Sunday night to stick around, but it's already starting to waver.

Or am I crazy?