After 21 years on the air, the weekly action-drama Monday Night Raw faces high expectations from viewers in anticipation of its series finale this week.
Not since the finale of AMC’s drug epic Breaking Bad concluded after five seasons has a television show faced such high expectations for its finale, given how many storylines, subplots, and character arcs will need to reach satisfying closure in the three-hour final episode.
The show’s writing team has been tight-lipped about how it will all end, but speculation abounds on internet forums, ranging from the idea that Dixie Carter will announce her purchase of WWE, to the revelation that the past 21 years of Raw have merely been a cocaine-fuelled hallucination in Vince McMahon’s mind.
Wrapping up every loose end of Raw will prove a formidable task, given the many open questions that remain as the show heads into its final episode:
- Who blew up Vince McMahon’s limousine?
- What really happened in Kane’s childhood home, and what was his involvement with Katie Vick?
- Was it, or was it not, Snitsky’s fault?
- What, as R-Truth has wondered aloud for years, is up?
Raw has emerged as a global entertainment phenomenon over the past two decades, becoming the longest-running weekly episodic program in television history, as repeated ad nauseum by commentator Michael Cole.
Despite the high expectations, many fans are skeptical that the Raw writers will pull off a successful series finale, since they seem incapable of even bringing short-term storylines to satisfying conclusions.
CM Punk and Daniel Bryan are not scheduled to appear.