While last week's edition of Monday Night Raw did see a couple of surprise returns, the show was overall panned by critics for not living up to the usual hype surrounding the first Raw after WrestleMania. A report came out later in the week via Fightful Select that the brand was "just short-handed in general," partially because some of the wrestlers were banged up following WrestleMania 37 weekend while others were showing COVID-19 symptoms and had been taken off the show as a precaution.
Tuesday's Wrestling Observer Radio saw Dave Meltzer follow-up on that report, stating that there was a small COVID outbreak but it was unclear who had tested positive.
"That was part of it. I don't know who it was, because they won't tell you, but yeah there was," Meltzer said (h/t WrestlingNews.co).
This week's Raw saw a number of matches and segments that looked almost identical to last week, including The Viking Raiders beating Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin again, Elias & Jaxson Ryker continuing their feud with Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, Damian Priest vs. The Miz and Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke embarrassing Nia Jax once again.
Drew McIntyre, T-BAR and Mace all wound up pulling double-duty when their handicap match was eventually restarted as a tag team match with Braun Strowman, while Bray Wyatt, AJ Styles and Omos did not appear at all.
Stay tuned for any further details on the situation as they become available.
Raw went off the air with Charlotte Flair attacking a referee after losing the main event match against Asuka (with a slight assist from Rhea Ripley). Adam Pearce then appeared on Raw Talk after the show to announce "The Queen" had been fined $100,000 and was suspended indefinitely. Flair just returned to television last week after being absent from the build-up to WrestleMania 37, where Ripley defeated Asuka to become Raw Women's Champion for the first time.
WWE Official @ScrapDaddyAP drops by #RawTalk to inform @kev_egan and @AustinCreedWins that @MsCharlotteWWE is being suspended indefinitely and fined $100,000 for unprofessional conduct and physically abusing an official.April 20, 2021