By TIM FIORVANTI – MAY 1, 2018
Over the last month, WWE superstars have been through one of the most hectic stretches imaginable. There was the lead-up to WrestleMania, the chaos of a full WrestleMania weekend in New Orleans, the Superstar Shakeup, an international trip to South Africa, a trip back to the United States for Raw and SmackDown, a 17-hour flight to Saudi Arabia for Friday’s Greatest Royal Rumble and then Montreal for Raw and SmackDown.
For the bulk of Raw’s three hours on Monday night, that kind of run felt like it weighed upon the show. For Seth Rollins, who broke down the kind of month he’d had to a receptive Montreal audience, and Finn Balor, however, exhaustion wasn’t an option. They dug down deep and delivered an entertaining promo segment and later, to close out Monday Night Raw, delivered an Intercontinental championship match that made up for most of the storyline lapses, repeat matchups and the start of what’s very likely to be another stretch of absences by Universal champion Brock Lesnar.