Raw came into Monday night on a massive wave of momentum after a tremendous showing a week ago that set up the biggest matches for Aug. 20's SummerSlam and raised the level of hype for the show in a compelling, dynamic way.
Kurt Angle's entrance and the high energy levels emanating from his hometown crowd in Pittsburgh seemed to set the stage for another big week, and Brock Lesnar's surprise appearance to interrupt the Raw GM only increased that frenzy.
But from the moment Lesnar and Paul Heyman walked back up that ramp, the majority of the show rang hollow. There were a number of bright moments, to be sure, but too much of Raw's three hours felt like filler, bridging a gap to the next two Raws and SummerSlam in a generally uninspired fashion.
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