There are some weeks during the year when WWE television can seem quite mundane and relatively uneventful. This past week was certainly not one of them as we had the emotional return of Roman Reigns to start Raw with the wonderful announcement that his leukemia is currently in remission and the show-long theme of the evening celebrating Ric Flair’s 70th birthday, complete with well wishes from some of Ric’s biggest rivals and the sport’s biggest stars of the past as a backdrop for a huge angle for WrestleMania that took place at the end of the show to set up a match between former Evolution mates Hollywood Dave Batista and Triple H with Flair used as a Raggedy Ann pawn before he could ever get to the ring to take a bow or sample his enormous birthday cake.
In between, there were also some pretty good matches on Raw and booking that is clearly designed to counteract the predictability that has plagued the product in recent years as younger talent is getting pushed at the expense of more established veterans or even recently elevated wrestlers. The same could be said for some of the things done on Smackdown this past week. Raw’s ratings were the highest they have been in over six months, but Smackdown had a slight drop from last week’s improved numbers.