WWE Raw for November 21, 2016
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Welcome Wrestling With Words readers to another Raw review by me, Trevor!
For this episode of Monday Night Raw we are coming hot off of Survivor Series. Goldberg v. Brock Lesnar was one of the most controversial matches WWE has had in recent memory; Team Red took on Team Blue in several traditional Survivor Series match-ups, so tonight comes the aftermath of last night’s action. Lets jump right into the review and see the results!
To kick off the show, Goldberg makes his entrance to a great reception. Goldberg thanks the WWE Universe and his family for giving him the chance and inspiration to once again become Goldberg. He teases to everyone that all good things must come to end, before saying that he plans on entering the Royal Rumble match, where everyone will be NEXT.
I can’t say I’m too ecstatic about Goldberg being in the Royal Rumble or the idea of a Goldberg title run, unless that means someone will be getting the rub from him, but I have to doubt that from what we saw at Survivor Series. Unfortunately I’d say this promo puts Goldberg as the favorite to win the Rumble for now.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day(c) vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
Sheamus and Cesaro start off by taking control of the match early on. Sheamus jumps off the top rope looking for an axe handle, but Kofi catches him mid-air with a dropkick. Kofi eventually gets the tag to Big E, and he comes in hot taking out both Sheamus and Cesaro. Big E hits the big splash on Sheamus for a near fall. Big E goes for the Big Ending, but Sheamus gets out of it and lands the White Noise for another nearfall. Sheamus and Big E both tag in their partners. Cesaro starts an uppercut party, but Kofi catches Cesaro with a boot. Kofi goes top rope and goes for a crossbody, but amazingly Cesaro catches him mid-air and lands a backbreaker for another nearfall. Kofi begins to fight back into the match landing the SOS and the boom drop, but as Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise Cesaro catches him and does the big swing then locks in the Sharpshooter. Xavier Woods distracts the referee while Kofi begins to tap out. The referee turns back to the match whilst Kofi rolls up Cesaro for the win.
This was a decent match to the open the show, and one of the best tag matches on Raw in several weeks. I’m a big fan of Sheamus and Cesaro as a team and I would like to see them get the titles eventually, but I understand right now they’re just trying to get New Day to break Demolition’s title run record. Personally I would have preferred an organic approach to the breaking of the record as it does feel to me they’re really dragging out New Day’s reign, but there’s no doubt in my mind they deserve it.
New Day def. Cesaro & Sheamus
Jericho gets interviewed backstage about the results of Survivor Series, and he’s asked why Team Raw failed to beat Team Smackdown. He tells the interviewer that the reason Team Raw lost is because the List was used as a weapon, and tonight on the highlight reel he will tell everyone exactly who is to blame.
After break Enzo Amore is trying to get back into his locker room, but he’s locked out….naked. He walks around backstage completely naked and eventually runs into Lana and Rusev which upsets Rusev and leads him to tell Enzo he will crush him in the ring.
Mick and Stephanie are talking backstage celebrating the fact that they got Goldberg in the Royal Rumble match, and that they won 2 out of the 3 Survivor Series matches. Sami Zayn enters the room were Mick tells him he has a match tonight against Braun Strowman because he failed to bring the Intercontinental title to Raw at Survivor Series.
Cedric Alexander vs. Ariya Daivari
The match begins with Daivari taking control of the match with some rapid and brutal strikes on Cedric. Cedric gets back in the match after a headscissors. Cedric tries to go for a springboard move but Daivari knocks Cedric off his balance and sends Cedric falling into the top rope, his head bounces off the rope hard. After a nearfall Cedric eventually fights his way back into the match and hits the Lumbar Check for the victory.
This was a really short match, but I think it did its job. It put Cedric over as a babyface fairly well plus the match also showcased some of the action we can expect to see on the new 205 Live show.
Cedric Alexander def. Ariya Daivari
After commercial Chris Jericho makes his entrance to kick off the Highlight Reel. He calls Team Smackdown beating Team Raw the biggest upset in Survivor Series history. Jericho tells the crowd he’s gonna let the world know why this tragedy happened right before Kevin Owen’s theme hits interrupts him. Kevin Owens says he himself is gonna show everyone who is to blame for Team Raw’s loss. Owens shows a picture of Jericho about to be hit with a Styles Clash and Kevin Owens saving him with the list. Jericho questions whether or not Kevin Owens is really his best friend because if he was then he would know how much the List means to him. Kevin Owens asks Jericho who cares about the list. Owens continues on to say that he sacrificed himself for Jericho when he got himself disqualified by using the list and when Jericho failed to capitalize on it he was wasting their friendship. This upsets Chris Jericho to the point were he says he’s finished with Kevin Owens. KO stops Jericho before he can leave to remind whose fault it really was as to why Team Raw lost…ROMAN REIGNS. Jericho and Kevin Owens hug each other and apologize as they are reminded how much they hate Roman Reigns.
Seth Rollins interrupts the Highlight Reel and demands a title match from Kevin Owens tonight. This leads to a brawl, Kevin and Chris start beating on Seth, but Roman comes in for the save. Mick Foley makes his entrance breaking things up to announce that tonight’s main event will be Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins in a No Disqualifications match in which Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns are banned from ringside.
This was a great segment overall. To see Kevin and Chris go back and forth about deserves blame only to unite in equal hatred of Roman Reigns was done very well. I personally didn’t want the two to split because I love the pair’s chemistry and here it really looked liked their friendship was over. They turned it all around perfectly by using Roman, someone who is near universally hated and the pay off was great.
Enzo Amore vs. Rusev
So this match is happening because Lana saw Enzo naked, I can dig it I guess. Rusev fires out the gate going hard against Enzo. He locks in the accolade early on and Enzo taps out. Big Cass gets in the ring to run Rusev off.
This must be to set up Cass vs. Rusev which probably isn’t a bad move since they’re both fairly over and have nothing to do at the moment.
Rusev def. Enzo Amore
#1 Contenders Match: The Club vs. Golden Truth
Karl Anderson and R-Truth start it out in the ring. R-Truth get the upper hand over Karl Anderson until Anderson tags in Gallows and completely stop R-Truth momentum. The Club keep R-Truth in the corner to dissect him. R-Truth catches Gallows off guard with a kick and gets the hot tag to Goldust. Goldust has The Club in trouble until he goes to the top and takes a boot from Anderson. The Club hit the Magic Killer on Goldust for the victory.
A short match that was actually more entertaining then usual for short tag team matches on Raw. It just seams like overall they’re stepping it up slightly in match quality tonight.
The Club def. Golden Truth.
Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman
Sami Zayn is making his entrance to face off with Braun Strowman, but Strowman attacks Sami from behind and rolls him into the ring. Braun tosses Sami around the ring and beats him down until Sami is basically dead weight. Mick Foley comes out and asks the referee to ring the bell and call the match. Mick looks deeply sorry for having made the match in the first place.
Braun Strowman def. Sami Zayn
After break Charlotte comes out to talk about what happened at Survivor Series between her and Bayley. Sasha Banks interrupts and demands another title match and then Nia Jax comes out next. Nia says she dominated Smackdown Live and calls Sasha Banks overrated. Nia and Charlotte starting beating down Sasha until Bayley comes in and tries to make the save, but she gets deflected.
Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Charlotte & Nia Jax
After commercial this match has already begun. After some small back and forth action, Bayley and Sasha hit Nia Jax with a double suplex and then Sasha Banks locks in the Bank Statement on Charlotte. Charlotte taps out giving Sasha and Bayley the victory.
This is to set up Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte next week for the Women’s title in Charlotte’s hometown. Gotta say Sasha is most likely gonna be winning the title again just to continue this game of hot potato they’re having.
Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Charlotte & Nia Jax
#1 Contenders Match: TJ Perkins vs. Noam Dar vs. Rich Swann
This match starts off TJ Perkins gaining the upper hand on Rich Swann with Noam Dar on the outside of the ring before it cuts to commercial. This was a fast paced match overall with lots of spots that I think put the cruiserweight division over well. Rich Swann picked up the win with a hard kick to the head of TJ Perkins for the right to take on Brian Kendrick on the first episode of 205 Live.
Rich Swann def. TJ Perkins, Noam Dar
No Disqualifications, WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens(c) vs. Seth Rollins
This was a great main event and definitely lived up to the No Disqualifications stipulation from them battling in the crowd to all the tables and chair spots. This was one of the better main events Raw has had in awhile. I liked Chris Jericho dressing up in a mask to take out Rollins, I wasn’t expecting that at all and It worked very well.
Kevin Owens def. Seth Rollins
WWE RAW FOR NOVEMBER 21, 2016
Strong Effort - 7/10
There was a whole lot of wrestling on this show and none of the matches fellow below average in my opinion. Every segment on the show was at least pretty good from Goldberg's Promo to the Highlight Reel. The highlights of the show for me were the Main Event and tag team championship match. The show also set up a lot for next week and gave us fans something to look forward to. Strong Effort!