You guys forget there was a ton of huge Raws last year. I doubt they wanted to load all of those "unforgettable" nights with huge names. Wasn't the 20th anniversary of Raw the week or two before or after?
I know a lot of people love the Old School Raw theme, but I absolutely hate all themed Raws. They almost always sacrifice any legitimate build whatsoever in favor of cheesy segments that do absolutely nothing for anybody.