Last night, the post-WrestleMania 39 edition of WWE Raw became a h*t topic, but not for the reasons fans have come to expect. Instead of celebrating the thrilling matches and surprise appearances that typically follow WWE's biggest event, fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment, causing "worst Raw" to trend worldwide.
Traditionally, the Raw episode following WrestleMania is packed with excitement: surprise returns, debuts of new wrestlers, the beginning of fresh storylines, and sometimes even a WrestleMania-level main event. However, this year's installment fell significantly short of expectations, leaving fans frustrated and angry.
Matt Riddle was the only return fans were treated to, suspended in December due to a second drug test failure. Riddle's comeback was further tainted by ongoing s*xual assault allegations against him, casting a shadow over his presence on the show.
"Worst Raw" Main Event Fiasco
As if the lack of debuts and notable moments needed to be more disappointing, the heavily promoted main event tag team match failed to live up to the hype. Fans eagerly awaited the showdown, only to be abruptly derailed by Brock Lesnar's brutal attack on Cody Rhodes before the match began.
The unsettling beatdown continued for nearly ten minutes, leaving fans in the arena and those watching at home in shock. Adding fuel to the fire, reports have emerged that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was entirely in charge of creative decisions during last night's show.
This revelation has been challenging for both WWE talent and fans, as it comes on the heels of the most financially successful WrestleMania in the company's history. McMahon's involvement is especially controversial given his recent statement claiming he would not get as deeply involved in creative matters as he once did.
Reports now suggest he made last-minute changes to the show as talent prepared to leave the Gorilla Position. Many tweets featuring the "worst Raw" trend included photos of McMahon from a recent CNBC interview, with fans mocking and criticizing him for what they perceived as dishonesty.
In the aftermath of WrestleMania 39, WWE finds itself in a precarious position, with morale among fans and talent taking a nosedive. The company will need to make significant improvements to win back the trust and enthusiasm of its dedicated fan base.
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