Some things WWE have done good since Raw 1000
Every day and week on this forum I see users criticise the current product, some suggesting that it is the worst that it has been. Whilst there are parts of the project since July that have made me shudder, I do not think that everything is as bad as is being made out around here.
Whilst this is not an exhaustive list, some of the things WWE have done good since Raw 1000:
Keeping CM Punk heel - At Raw 1000, Punk GTS'd The Rock at the end of the show, turning heel. Six months later and Punk is still a heel. In the past we have seen WWE booking flip-flop horrendously from people turning face to heel and back to face if the move backfires. It is good therefore that Punk has remained heel since July and leaves more anticipation for Punk vs The Rock at the Royal Rumble. Add in the addition of Paul Heyman and the next few weeks will make for a fantastic build-up.
Keeping CM Punk as WWE Champion - Again, like above, we could have had flip-flop to John Cena and Ryback and then back to Punk, but, they have stuck to their original plan laid out back last July. No swerves along the way, simple booking of proposing a match many months beforehand and it will now come to fruition in a few weeks time. In my opinion, and I know some disagree, with such a long reign, it has increased the credibility of the belt, and it will actually mean something when (if?) The Rock wins the title at the Royal Rumble. I think having him lose the title along the way, only to take it back before the Rumble would have completely undermined the match with The Rock. In kayfabe terms, if you can't beat Ryback then you have no chance against The Rock. Which leads to..
Consistent push for Ryback - Helped by a bit of luck thanks to John Cena's injury, Ryback was elevated into the main event and faced CM Punk inside Hell in a Cell. Since then, Ryback has been consistently on top of the card. No flip-flopping, consistently there. Even if he loses on Monday, he will still have momentum for the Royal Rumble and be a major contender to win it and potentially have Ryback vs Big Show at WrestleMania for the World Heavyweight Championship (although I think Sheamus vs Randy Orton is more likely by the sounds of things).
Long title run for Antonio Cesaro - Since SummerSlam, Cesaro has held the US title and is slowly working through the mid-card scene and slowly getting over as a heel with the crowd. There's not much to say here, I don't expect him to feature heavily in the WrestleMania build-up, but Money in the Bank winner could be on the horizon.
Revitalising the Tag Team scene - Since Raw 1000, the tag team scene has improved with the Rhodes Scholars, Mysterio/Cara and other teams in the mix. The problem here is Kane and Bryan being Tag Team champions, but I would think that they are going to drop the belts soon depending on their WrestleMania plans.
The Shield - Debuting at Survivor Series, The Shield have attacked numerous heels, and a month and a half in, all three have made a big impression. Unlike previously where people have looked green and brought in too early, it looks and feels likes Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose have been brought in at the perfect time. At the moment, they have momentum and need to be protected. These three have a bright future - my own preference would be have Rollins and Reigns face Kane and Bryan at Mania with Ambrose in a separate storyline (I still hope Foley) but time will tell.
The idea that everything is bad is inaccurate in my opinion. Yes, it is not fantastic, but which live TV show is going to be fantastic week in and week out? You do get 'dud' periods and through the motions. In my opinion, a bigger problem than Raw is the completely formulaic SmackDown where you could predict what is coming up in the next segment.
Whilst three hours admittedly at times has been a pain since July, I think it will significantly benefit WWE in the run-up to WrestleMania as there should be screen time for the main feuds as well as the undercard, meaning that people like The Shield and Cesaro should still get important screen time and reach out to new fans alongside the likes of Rock and Lesnar to draw the viewers. I think, and hope, the three hour Raw's will pick-up a lot in the next few months thanks to WrestleMania around the corner.