WWE Raw for November 28, 2016
Watch: USA Network, Hulu
Spectrum Center – Charlotte, North Carolina
Trevor here back again welcoming you to another Raw Review! Tonight the Raw Women’s and Raw Tag Team Titles are on the line. The New Day are trying to keep their record championship reign alive in their match with The Club while Charlotte hopes to retain her title in her hometown as she defends the gold against Sasha Banks. Let go ahead and jump right into the review!
The show kicks off with Chris Jericho already in the ring to welcome everyone to the Highlight Reel. Chris Jericho’s guest for tonight is Kevin Owens. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho exchange some best friend banter before they start building some heat by insulting the crowd about the celebration of Thanksgiving in the United States. Chris Jericho then verbally attacks Seth Rollins for failing to capture Kevin Owens’ Universal Title last week. Roman Reigns comes out to interrupt the talk show to more cheering than booing for once. Roman tells Jericho that Kevin Owens as Universal Champion is a joke and that he needs Jericho to do everything for him. Jericho is about to add Roman to the list, but Kevin Owens tell him to shut up creating some tension between the two. Roman challenges Kevin to a match tonight and if Roman wins he wants another match for the title at Roadblock: End of the Line. KO is so heated up that he accepts that match.
This segment wasn’t bad. Jericho and Owens had some good lines as usual. Roman had some pretty cheesy and poorly delivered lines, but when the crowd is actually behind him it’s not as hard to watch.
Backstage Jericho asked Owens why he told him to shut up. Jericho also insists that Owens actually does need Jericho’s help, but this leads to Owens telling Chris he actually makes everything worse. Mick Foley steps in to talk about Jericho interfering in last week’s main event, but Jericho tells Foley he’s leaving.
Braun Strowman def. R-Truth
This was your typical Braun Strowman squash match. Braun threw Truth around until he felt like hitting the running powerslam for the victory. After the match Goldust gets in the ring to try and fight Strowman. While Strowman fights off Goldust, Sami Zayn gets in the ring and tries to take out Braun. Braun ends up beating him down as well then he hangs Sami in the tree of woe before Mick Foley and some referees come down the ramp to stop him as the show cuts to commercial.
After the break Sami and Mick are arguing in the ring about Mick stopping the action. Mick Foley tells Sami that he needs to be saved from himself and that he could never beat Braun because he’s a monster. Sami can’t believe what Mick is saying and calls Mick Foley a hypocrite before walking off. Sami and Foley were both fired up in this segment and this could actually end up being a good feud that benefits Zayn if it ends properly.
Tony Nese def. Cedric Alexander
Cedric gets a nice reception and some chants at the beginning of this match as he is in his hometown. After some short technical wrestling Cedric takes over the match with a monster dropkick. Nese lands a moonsault to get things going his way. After Nese wears down Cedric in a rear headlock, Cedrick gets to his feet and hits a comeback sequence. Drew Gulak from the outside distracts Cedric which enables Tony Nese to land a nasty Pumphandle Slam for the victory.
I didn’t think it was a great idea to have Cedric lose in his hometown especially with how the crowd was for him tonight. They were probably trying to get some heat on Nese, but the crowd was pretty dead after the match.
Backstage an interviewer asks Chris Jericho as he’s leaving the building if this argument they’re having is serious this time. This upsets Jericho and he tells the interviewer that if Owens doesn’t need him then he doesn’t need Owens. Jericho continues outside to his car where Rollins attacks him. Rollins throws him into several different cars and even throws a barricade at him which misses. Rollins Pedigrees Jericho on top of a car to end the brawl.
WWE Raw Women's Championship: Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Nearly right at the start of this match Sasha is able to lock in the Bank Statement, but Charlotte gets to the ropes. After taking out Dana Brooke, Sasha lands a top rope cross body for a near fall. The action goes to the outside of the ring were the two exchange strikes. Both women take turns throwing each other into the barricade and start fighting in the WWE Universe. The referee is forced to count out both women, but Mick Foley comes out to tell the two that later on the match will restart as as a Falls Count Anywhere Match.
Enzo Amore def. Rusev (dq)
Enzo and Cass come out and do a very long promo packed with all the things that Enzo and Cass always say. The match starts with Rusev taking out Enzo with a clothesline. Right after that he purposely low blows Enzo for the disqualification.
Backstage Mark Henry is talking about his new movie while Titus O’Neil enters. He tells Mark that it should of been his role and then Mark pushes Titus to the ground.
Rich Swann def. Noam Dar
As the match kicks off Brian Kendrick starts ripping into Byron on commentary calling him a quitter and that he doesn’t have the constitution to walk a mile in his shoes. This was great, but it did take my attention off the match. After a short back and forth match Rich Swann hits his spin kick on Noam Dar for the win.
After the match Swann gets on the mic and hypes up their upcoming match by reminding Kendrick he’s already pinned him twice so because of that Brian has already lost when it comes to their title match tomorrow night.
We’re taken to a scene at a bar were Cesaro and Sheamus are ordering drinks. They start arguing as per usual, but eventually agree that if they were on the same page they would be unbeatable. Some people at the bar start getting in their faces and make fun of them so they both agree to beat up everyone in the bar. Sheamus and Cesaro proceed to destroy everyone in the bar including the bartender. Sheamus goes behind the bar and pours each of them a beer and they have a toast.
This was a great segment honestly. Probably one of the best ones in weeks and personally I’ve been waiting for these two guys to finally get on the same page, but I’m so happy they did the slow build with this one.
For a Championship Opportunity: Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens
Before the match stars Kevin Owens attacks Roman. The match officially starts and Kevin Owens gets the early advantage. After commercial Owens lands a DDT on Reigns while the referee was in his way for a 2 count. Owens lands the running cannon ball in the corner, mocking Roman Reigns’ taunt as usual. KO goes for a Senton, but Reigns is able to get his knees up to block it. Reigns begins to come back into the match and lands a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Owens rolls out of the ring which sets up the drive by dropkick from Roman. Back in the ring Owens lands a superkick for a near fall. Owens tries to go to the top rope, but Reigns landed a Superman Punch that sent Owens to the floor. Roman lands another Super Man Punch on the outside of the ring then rolls him in the ring for a Spear that gets Roman the victory.
This was a decent match, but the booking kind of upsets me. It never looks good having your World Champion pinned clean on weekly television. Editor’s note: I’m long used to this by now. I was really hoping that because he’d be without Jericho we’d get the “Fight Owens Fight” like Roman wanted and Owens would pull off the victory. After all KO has pinned Cena clean so why not Roman? Either way someone had to be the big loser in this match, but I think it would have been better to build Roman as the underdog than the villainous Kevin Owens.
Backstage Charly tries to talk to Kevin Owens, but he doesn’t want any part of it. KO says Chris is still his best friend. Owens says the only reason he lost to Roman was because he was worried about his friend Jericho.
In an interview with Paul Heyman he admits that he screwed up at Survivor Series and that they took Goldberg lightly. Heyman is in tears as he continues on to say that Fantasy Warfare did in fact get real. Cole asked Heyman how Lesnar is dealing with the loss. Heyman says that it’s put Brock in the mindset that he has something to prove and that scares him. He ends it by saying that if Goldberg is in the Royal Rumble match then Lesnar is in the Royal Rumble match. An absolutely masterful interview by Paul Heyman here, but that’s no surprise of course.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship: The New Day (c) def. The Club
Club coming right out of the gate going hard into the New Day. Xavier Woods tries to mount a comeback as he sends Karl Anderson out of the ring, but he eats a big boot from Gallows before we head to commercial. After break Big E and Anderson get the tags in and Big E hits the three belly to belly suplexes. He clotheslines Gallows in the corner, but Anderson follows up with a running boot for a 2 count. Big E tags in Woods and they go for Midnight Hour, but Anderson catches Woods with a Spinebuster for the 2 count. The Club goes for the Magic Killer, but Big E breaks it up. Anderson tries roll up Woods for the win and grabs the tights but Woods reverses it and holds the tights himself for the pin.
Another decent match. I have said before I think they’re forcing the New Day’s title reign record, but I like the idea of them playing dirty just to keep the the streak alive.
WWE Raw Women's Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match: Sasha Banks def. Charlotte (c)
The match starts out with the women fighting to the outside before a commercial break. After the break though Charlotte is in control of Sasha in the center of the ring. Charlotte tries to lock in the Figure 8, but Sasha is able to maneuver out of it and land a double knee drop. Sasha lands a double running knee in the corner and goes for the double knee drop while Charlotte is on the second rope, but Charlotte moves out of the way. On the outside Charlotte uses the steps to hit the Natural Selection which looked awesome. Sasha kicks out of the pinfall attempt and reveals a Kendo Stick she grabbed from under the ring. Sasha starts beating the heck out of Charlotte with it. This looked brutal. Charlotte fights back though and lands a neckbreaker on the outside which again was brutal. Charlotte locks in the Figure 8 on the outside of the ring, but Sasha is able to get a hold of the Kendo stick to whack Charlotte ring the face with it to break the hold. Charlotte and Sasha fight up the ramp until they get to the announcer’s table in which Charlotte takes apart. Sasha gets tossed to the floor which sets up up a Moonsault off the table from Charlotte! Sasha Banks kicks out again however. Charlotte tries bringing Sasha Banks to the ring, but Sasha sends Charlotte into the apron. Sasha climbs the barricade and lands a double flying knee for the 2 count on Charlotte. The two women begin to make their way through crowd fighting. Sasha Banks locks in the Bank Statement on the stair railing forcing Charlotte to tap out!
This was another good match in a series of good matches in the last hour to really close out the show well. I’m not the biggest fan of the ever exchanging Women’s Title, but Charlotte and Sasha always put on entertaining matches. For some reason though Ric Flair came out to raise Charlotte’s hand. This was probably because it was his hometown and they wanted to have some kind of feel good moment for the crowd, but it just didn’t seem right.
AND NEW RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW FOR 11/28/16
Strong Effort - 7/10
The first half of the show was pretty slow for me and to be honest I really wanted to just shut it off. However, in the second half it came back very strong. Two great segments with Cesaro/Sheamus and the Paul Heyman interview to kick off the second half plus three good matches in a row in the last hour. Overall a Strong Effort!