From a booking perspective, if it wasn't for Becky, Ronda and Charlotte, I'm not sure this promotion has ever produced a worse show than Raw. At least in 1995 you could say they had a lot of shitty talent, they were at least trying to get Diesel over and everything made sense in its awfulness. Bobby and Rush split at the PPV, they're back together next day. Huh? Braun does a job 3-on-1 with a new heel alliance? Next day the heel alliance seems to not exist and Braun gets his win back in a long match where he's selling for The Baron for most of it. Right. Four new great wrestlers introduced randomly and they might has well have been Barry Horowitz and Reno Riggins for all those people cared. Sasha and Bayley can defend their belts anywhere. Why? What's the point of all these Raw and Smackdown titles then? The titles are dead anyway, as evidenced by people thinking Kofi Kingston of all people got screwed by not winning the WWE Title after they'd decided it would be cool for five whole days.
I hate to sound like a sadist, but I loved seeing Raw get killed in front of a casual crowd. They'll chalk it up as just a bad crowd, but this was a real world crowd, not a WWE bubble dwelling, we'll chant "You Deserve It" at Nia Jax crowd, and it spoke volumes to how detached they are. The ratings for this show are going to be interesting to say the least. The 1st to 3rd hour drops seem to be more pronounced with the women on last, and with a bunch of unknowns on the show and inconsistent stories elsewhere, with no real build to Mania or even Fastlane, I don't like their odds.
If they were smart, they would look at the next three months as the time to lay the groundwork for after Mania, rather than just shooting their wad in April and going back to their usual malaise. This year is an anomoly in that the most important thing isn't WrestleMania, it's the switch in TV deals. You've got your big Mania match, nothing else is going to mean a lot on such short notice since nothing is being built. So just set things in place to come out strong after Mania. Even with them shaking up the rosters post-Mania, they need to start breaking a couple of people out of the pack and make them THE stars of their show. And I don't mean they just look good in their segments, I mean a concerted effort to build a show around somebody. They're doing it with Becky, but that's not enough to sustain this massive amount of content, as seen by Raw last night. There is almost no sense of hierarchy without Brock around. The champ that only appears every so often is fine if it's 1989 TV and you don't rely on ratings so heavily to carry you through, it's a vehicle to promote your primary money source, PPV. But since the entire balance of TV/PPV has flipped since then, that principle doesn't work with this format. There is no excuse for Smackdown to not have a strong championship, but it doesn't.
At some point there's a debate to be had about whether the focus on the women has done a serious number on promoting anything the guys do as important, and whether the ratings drop coincides and has proven this "revolution" push a failure.