We are now just 12 days away from the biggest event in sports entertainment, WrestleMania, and Raw this week rampaged into Philadelphia for its penultimate show of the wrestling year. We started off with yet another Stephanie McMahon promo, who was again relentlessly pushing the showdown for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between her husband Triple H, who wasn’t set to feature on this week’s raw due to ‘corporate responsibilities’ and the number one contender Roman Reigns, who entered on that cue. He cut a very confident, dark promo by shushing Stephanie, then proceeding to tell us how he was going to destroy Triple H, before catching a trademark McMahon slap and telling everyone that “he is The Authority now”. Considering the reaction Roman has been receiving for the best part of 14 months now, and with Philadelphia being a tough crowd, this was smart booking from WWE, getting the necessary promo done, and getting the inevitable booing out of the way very early and giving the crowd a chance to recover. Next up, we had what I believed to be highlight of the night, mainly because of one man. We say AJ Styles go head to head with Kevin Owens, who completely stole the show yet again. We saw a fairly average back on forth match, before Chris Jericho intervened and lost AJ Styles the match with a distraction from outside the ring. And as Styles made chase down the ramp towards Jericho, Kevin Owens cut a promo claiming that no one was worthy of a shot as his intercontinental, before being interrupted by The Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Sami Zayn who want a match. KO went backstage to organise a triple threat match for later in the show, with the winner gaining an intercontinental title match at WrestleMania, which was a ploy from Kevin Owens to get a triple threat match between Sin Cara, Zack Ryder and Stardust. This match would be interrupted by the three disgruntled superstars whom KO implied would feature in the match, leading to Stephanie declaring what we all feared to be true, the dreaded multi-man ladder match for the Intercontinental Title. We were then forced to witness yet another League of Nations promo, where ‘the lads’ painfully spoke for a few minutes about WrestleMania and The New Day, before the New Day entered, had a brief spat with the League of Nations with ended up with all members being outside of the ring before we saw some singles action between Big E and Rusev. What was a fairly average boring match, Big E won with the finishing move the Big Ending, with the New Day ending the segment standing tall in the ring before WrestleMania. The Big Show cut a short promo paying homage to Andre the Giant and entering himself into the battle royal, claiming he owes it to the original giant to win it again. The Social Outcasts then came down to the ring before beating down the giant. Kane then came down to the ring to make the save, clearing the ring of The Social Outcasts before choke-slamming the Big Show, essentially entering himself into the battle royal. Next up, there was a ‘WrestleMania Rewind’ match between Chris Jericho and fandango from 3 years ago (why reintroduce Fandango at this point and waste the air time is completely redundant) in what was a short, awful match slightly saved by AJ Styles attempting to distract Y2J before finally challenging him to a match at WrestleMania, something we’ve been building towards since the night after the Royal Rumble. We saw Stephanie McMahon make a brief phone call backstage earlier in the show, arranging a car to come out pick her up with Triple H waiting inside of it for her. As the garage door opened for them to leave, we saw a dark figure stood behind it. It was Roman Reigns waiting to get his hands on Triple H once more before WrestleMania. They had a very brief fight backstage before Triple H and Stephanie were able to get away safely, allowing Roman to stand tall once more in a backstage segment. Then, finally we had some Divas action on Raw, with Charlotte facing up against Natalya, with her WrestleMania rivals Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks on commentary. Yet another short, pointless divas match with nothing gained this close to WrestleMania, except for having all three contenders in close capacity. Yet again we had a match that felt like it was made last minute, with Bubba Ray Dudley taking on R-Truth. The match itself was abysmal, with no real motives for the match actually being made and R-Truth having literally no relevance to the tag team division at all. D-Von then got involved, as did Goldust, before the Usos ran down to make a random, unnecessary save in what was a very weak, seemingly pointless match. Vince McMahon then came down to the ring to add a stipulation to the Hell in a Cell match, claiming that if the Undertaker were to lose, this will be his last ever WrestleMania, making it essentially a Career VS corporation match. We ended what was an awful show with Dean Ambrose in what was also a random main event, in a singles match against Braun Strowman, with Paul Heyman on commentary. The match itself was redundant, but the message Dean sent was not, purposely disqualifying himself before using Dirty Deeds on Braun onto a chair, showing what the lunatic can really do when he’s completely unhinged. Considering how close we are to WrestleMania, WWE putting out a raw of this low quality is extremely worrying. The matches were poor and booked very randomly, and not featuring almost half of the WrestleMania card this close is dire. If WWE don’t change this very, very soon, then we could be looking at one of, if not the, worst WrestleMania of all time. Liam’s Raw rating this week: a very generous 4.5/10.