Russo informs that he’s switching brands next week, moving from covering RAW to Smackdown Live. He says that he has had enough of sitting through three hours of RAW each Monday, and next week he’ll begin covering Smackdown Live instead.
He says that it was 8:06 before we saw Kurt Angle open the show on RAW this week, and that’s a big problem in his opinion. WWE continuously fails to capitalize on their hot live audiences at the beginning of the show by boring them and viewers at home with six minutes of video packages. He adds that we’ve seen all these packages before, especially the Reigns/Strowman package.
Angle made his way to the ring and informed fans that Strowman is injured and will be out for 6 months. Russo believes WWE should have done a better job of protecting Strowman here, because showing him in a hospital bed with an elbow injury makes him vincible, and Strowman’s character should be invincible.
Russo thought the opening segment was very predictable, and instead of focusing entirely on a show many weeks away, why didn’t they focus on keeping fans interested in this show instead? There was an NBA playoff game on, and the show needed to start hot. He says that someone within WWE needs to sit Vince McMahon down, and tell him that the show needs to open with a bang.