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Another Live Report From Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw
Posted by Larry Csonka on 08.05.2014

Credit Stew Myrick and prowrestling.net:

-The arena was pretty full, although about half of the mezzanine was tarped. There were several families in attendance.

-Announcers intro: JBL received a good pop, thanks to him flashing the Hook 'Em hand sign (we are on the University of Texas campus, after all).

-During the video packages, the arena was darkened. Later in the show, it was apparent that the crowd was getting restless during the video packages.

-Damien Sandow coming out to "Boomer Sooner" earned him a ton of heat. Then again, Jim Ross used to get booed when he would come out to the OU fight song. Conversely, Austin resident Mark Henry received a good pop. Post match, he went to ringside and greeted former Texas Longhorn QB Vince Young, who was in attendance. There was a huge ovation for No. 10 and the WSM.

-There were a total of four video promos for WWE Network during breaks. Two of them involved Superstar quotes and fun with vehicles. There was also a promo for the Monday Night War series coming soon (but when???).

-The crowd was decidedly mixed during the Bo Dallas vs. R-Truth match. At times, it seemed like R-Truth was getting more boos than Bo.

-During one early break, Justin Roberts asked fans to hold up their signs so they could be seen on the Titan Tron. However, he would then read the signs with less personality than a wet sponge. It was truly a bad gimmick.

-Notable absentee Superstars included John Cena, Brock Lesnar, AJ Lee, and the Uso Brothers,

-This was the first live WWE event that I've attended in a few years. The last Raw event I attended was when it was still a two-hour show. I was not in favor of Raw going to three hours. That feeling was never more affirmed than sitting through tonight's event. The crowd could never get into a groove, as there was way too much dead time. I actually left after the Seth Rollins vs. Heath Slater match because I was quite disappointed in the live experience.

-Another observation concerns the fans. I know different cities react differently, but paying attention to the Austin crowd reaction during the show, it became obvious that the days of faces getting cheered and heels getting booed are quickly diminishing. It pains me to write that, as I am an old-school fan, but fans like me are an endangered species. The crowd reactions were mixed more often than they should be. Seeing and hearing it live just emphasized how flat WWE's product is right now.


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