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November 16 marked the last night of Monday Night Raw before the WWE Survivor Series 2020. This show promises title matches that can change the complexion of this great show, as well as the likely appearance of various SmackDown stars who want to take advantage of its brand.
Drew McIntyre demanded his rematch for the WWE Championship against Randy Orton. While The Viper outsmarted and defeated the Scottish psychopath in WWE Hell in a Cell 2020, McIntyre often has Orton̵
New Day may be the most dominant team in WWE history, but fans haven’t had a chance to really see what Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods can do without Big E. Their biggest test so far has been Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin of The Hurt Business, which already held victory for the team champions of the Raw tag.
Team Raw started rocky, but the red mark seemed to attract the band to the same page. Keith Lee, Seamus, Brown Strawman and Riddle took the battle to the retaliatory unit. They hoped to show that they could work together and win, even against a dominant unit like the one led by Mustafa Ali.
Tonight was the typical air of the go-home show before the Survivor Series. SmackDown and Raw often seek supremacy by invading the other brand before Sunday. Probably someone or an entire group showed up to cause trouble.
Raw had the monumental task of erecting the Survivor series after a month of pale construction. Fortunately, this tidy card can certainly pull it off.
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Drew McIntyre opened the show to look to the future. He summoned Roman reigns for placing himself on a pedestal above all others. Randy Orton appeared on the titanthron, explaining that he was too good to lose or be stunned by any suspension.
Miz and John Morrison interrupted him as McIntyre headed behind. They explained that they would have an impact regardless of who won the main event. A-Lister and The Shaman of Sexy called Bray Wyatt to be afraid of them as they controlled the WWE Championship, which no one else did.
It was a long reminder of everything that has already been done to Raw recently. The red mark rides a bicycle without direction. Every week is the same story. McIntyre made it clear that he and Orton had said the same things over and over without a resolution.
Especially with a huge show ahead, this should be a much better opening. The Scottish psychopath has tried his best to increase the content, but even his natural charisma can go that far. It was flat and uninteresting, like a waste of time.
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Lana put on a brave face when she agreed to reunite with the women who tortured her, Nia Jacks and Shina Basler. The champions of the WWE women’s team did not allow Lana to cope very early, as they isolated Mandy Rose and seriously injured her elbow on the steel steps.
After Jax and Baszler also dominated Asuka and Dana Brooke, Lana found an opportunity to secure the Raw Ladies champion. The Empress of tomorrow, however, expelled her, then trapped her in the Asuka lock to force a pass.
Jax pretended to respect his partner, then grabbed Lana and sent her with a Samoan drop across the announcement table for the ninth time.
Behind the scenes, Reckoning attacks Brooke as she tries to explain the extent of the injuries Rose has suffered from Basler and Jax.
Asuka, Rose and Brooke defeated Lana, Basler and Jax by a fall.
The commercial break during this match was longer than the actual action game and it was barely noticeable that anyone was taking advantage of this race. Once again, Lana plays the fifth, trying to steal a victory, but failed. She does not win the Samoan drops. However, she also did not win anyone’s sympathy.
At best, this story kept Lana up to date without overexposing her weekly. Maybe WWE can make her a baby face in the middle of the road for the red mark. It will take a serious impressive effort from the Survivor Series to make it happen.
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The MVP explained that The Hurt Business should present Raw, as the band is the best of the best. Shelton Benjamin promised that he and Cedric Alexander would win and beat The Street Profits in the Survivor Series, while Bobby Lashley brought out Sammy Zayn. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods were not impressed.
Hurt Business started trying to slow down and dominate Kofi by hitting an impressive combination of the most famous ropes / powerful bomb. The former WWE champion struggles with a rotating DDT to tilt to get a marker to Woods.
Woods set off with an inertia that allowed him to clear the ring for both men. Alexander’s impressive missile strike nearly won. Kofi experienced an Angle Slam and a brain failure, then created Daybreak for Alexander’s victory.
Woods and Kofi defeated Alexander and Benjamin with exceptional punches to keep the team championship on a rough marker.
This match tried to save the show, but the trade break was awkward. It never felt like the teams would start until the second trade break. From that moment on, the teams really shone in what became a great athletic showcase.
If it was pay-per-view, it would be fantastic. Instead, the start and stop kept the teams. However, the race was better than anything else in the show so far, which is worth a lot.
The new day against street profits had to happen to sell the Survivor Series. Currently the card is flat, but this team match can be the absolute selling point all night.
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Jeff Hardy was angry at the pilot who saw Elias floating around the Living Truth crash. He found the musician behind the scenes and attacked him, telling him to deny the charges.
AJ Styles handed out Team Raw T-shirts, but no one showed interest. Then the Phenomenal realized that his bodyguard could speak based on Riddle’s comments.
Styles began to comment, but he had to go meet Brown Strawman and Seamus while the two argued. The characters calmed down as Retribution isolated Riddle for a while, facing the aggressive energy of T-Bar, Mace and Slapjack, led by Mustafa Ali.
Keith Lee received the hot marker and ran over Retribution with full focus. After Seamus and Strawman rejoined the battle, the two could not stop fighting. Ali managed to shrink The Original Bro after knocking him down in The Monster Among Men to steal the victory.
Retribution def. Riddle, Strowman, Sheamus and Lee with pinfol.
On the downside, it was a messy match that never really started. Despite all the talents involved, no one found their rhythm. The arguments told more history than anything in the race, and Retribution played by passersby in that match.
On the plus side, Retribution finally won. Following Ali’s solo victory over Ricochet the previous week, the band finally had some momentum. It may be a little late, but every victory counts.
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Bray Wyatt called The Miz to The Firefly Fun House after his comments to start the night. Nicki Cross was still looking for Alexa Bliss, sure her boyfriend could still be saved.
Miz tried to answer Wyatt from that match, but Bliss arrived to make it clear that the host of The Firefly Fun House was not giving up. Cross tried to interrupt the Goddess, and Bliss slapped her. A fight broke out, which was reassured by Wyatt’s arrival.
A-Lister took control earlier, but he could just keep Wyatt down. The host of Firefly Fun House came together, especially after Bliss shot John Morrison. Wyatt caught Miz in the corner and hit Sister Abigail for the win.
As Wyatt and Bliss raised their hands up the ramp, the Pervert seemed to be staring at them.
Wyatt defeated Miz by pinfall.
It wasn’t a classic great match, but the story of it all works so well. Everything Wyatt has done recently has been phenomenal. He and Bliss carry energy that no one can handle. Miz knew exactly how to sell his fear when things turned against him.
The segment around this match was just as good. Cross against Bliss has become a captivating rivalry that needs a big game to shoot on the line. Wyatt and The Fiend, who oppose each other, add another charming layer to his complex two-person tale.