7 Ups And 8 Downs From Last Night’s WWE Raw Feb 4

The Man owns Raw, but exits early. EC3 disappoints, Ambrose spirals.7 Ups And 8 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw Feb 4

7 Ups And 8 Downs From Last Night’s WWE Raw Feb 4If Monday Night Raw was any indication of how the card will look at WrestleMania 35, then we got our first argument in favor of a women’s match closing out the show.

That could be in part because both competitors actually, you know, appeared on Raw, while neither male wrestler in the WWE Universal Championship match showed up. Regardless, Becky Lynch opened and owned the show, while Ronda Rousey’s virtuous champion act worked really well, whether intentional or not. This is looking more and more like a money match, and hopefully the men step up their game.

But WrestleMania is still a couple stops away. We have the Elimination Chamber PPV coming up first, with new titles on the line. We also presumably will have other matches, though not many were paid lip service Monday night. What we got outside Rousey and Lynch was a somewhat disappointing episode, with EC3, Dean Ambrose and Apollo Crews all getting lackluster turns in front of the camera.

We did get a really fun exchange involving Elias and Jeff Jarrett, as two guitar-wielding wrestlers did battle, but WWE has its work cut out to really ramp things up during the coming weeks. And with Lynch possibly on hiatus (in storyline), it could get trickier to do that.

With that said, let’s get to it…Downs…7 Ups And 8 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw Feb 4

7 Ups And 8 Downs From Last Night’s WWE Raw Feb 4Unless the calendar has changed, the Elimination Chamber PPV is still two weeks away, so why was WWE compelled to put on a women’s tag team match when one of its participants was injured?

Sasha Banks and Bayley defeated Nikki Cross and Alicia Fox on Monday for the final Raw spot in the PPV bout for the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, with Banks never tagging into the match. A pre-match brawl on the stage rendered Sasha unable to do little more than stand on the apron, as Bayley won single-handedly with a rollup on Fox.

Banks wore a knee brace on her right knee, which was never acknowledged by the announcers, which means it likely was legit, and the brawl was designed to cover up the fact she wasn’t cleared to wrestle Monday night. But if that was the case, why didn’t they just wait a week and hold the qualifying match on the go-home Raw? Another week might have allowed Sasha to heal up and compete and have a full match rather than a fluke rollup.

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