This week on Raw (11/21/2016), Sami Zayn gets punished for losing at Survivor Series while Seth Rollins goes for the gold!
Goldberg appeared on Raw just one night removed from squashing Brock Lesnar in under 2 minutes. He mentioned that all good things have an end, and then told a story about a funny thing that happened. That funny thing happened to be Stephanie McMahon asking him if he had one more title run left in him. The road to the title is through the Royal Rumble and Goldberg said that means everyone’s next.
It’s great to hear that we’ll see more of Goldberg over the next few months. Bill has been gone such a long time and it would have been a shame to only see him in that one match. I’m interested to see how he fares in the Rumble and if Brock Lesnar will be in it as well.
The New Day
The New Day defended their titles on Raw against Cesaro and Sheamus. Once again, Xavier Woods got up on the apron to distract the referee from seeing Kofi tap out to a Sharpshooter. Kofi rolled up Cesaro for the quick 3-count and it was over. We’ve seen this before and it’s starting to get old with these guys. When is this reign going to end?
As much as these titles really need to change hands in the worst way, it doesn’t seem like we’re going to see that until The New Day beats Demolition’s record of 478 days sometime in the next month. The interesting factor here is that The New Day are slowly having more heel tactics added to their wins. I could see them becoming full-blown heels in the near future. I think the act is starting to get old and while fans are still chantin with them, there are some fans who are starting to resent them. The New Day will face Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows for the Raw Tag Team Championship next week on Raw after those two beat Golden Truth to earn the title shot.
Enzo got locked out of the locker room without clothes on Raw which led to an entertaining walk down the hallway seeing people like The Shining Stars, Titus O’Neil, and finally, Lana. This of course sets up a match between Enzo and Rusev later in the night after Cass walks up and they all start arguing. Enzo continues to get more entertaining and some of the things he said walking down the hall were absolutely hilarious.
Unfortunately for Enzo, Rusev made short work of him getting him to submit to The Accolade. Big Cass and Rusev had a stare down after Cass made him leave the ring so it looks like we’ll see a Big Cass vs. Rusev feud sooner than later. Kind of a weird rivalry, but I guess it works.
Sami Zayn/Braun Strowman
Sami Zayn got punished for not bringing the Intercontinental Championship back to Raw by having to face Braun Strowman. The match was never really competitive as Zayn was attacked from behind and absolutely decimated by Strowman. It was so bad that GM Mick Foley had to come out and stop the match saying that Sami couldn’t defend himself. I really don’t know what this is accomplishing unless it’s a way for Sami to finally vanquish this monster down the road. Strowman could easily face a lesser Superstar if they were trying to make him look good.
Charlotte/Nia Jax/Bayley/Sasha Banks
Charlotte addressed the crowd in Toronto saying that she was better than Wayne Gretzky and that she does not have to team with those “Raw peasants” because she is above them. I love the way Charlotte can get under the skin of any crowd so effortlessly. Of course this brought out Sasha Banks which in turn brought out Nia Jax who said she was out there because of Banks. Nia called Sasha an overrated barbie doll. Sasha hits Dana who is egging everything on and Charlotte and Nia start to attack Sasha and Bayley makes the save.
All of the chaos started an impromptu tag team match that saw Sasha get the victory over Charlotte with the Banks Statement. It was a strong statement by Banks going into next week’s rematch from Hell in a Cell for the Raw Women’s Championship. I don’t see Sasha winning the title as it’s obvious she’ll go on to feud with Nia Jax while Bayley will feud with Charlotte over the title. I like the direction the women’s division is going. Having two solid feuds going at once will help have more compelling rivalries in the women’s division.
Chris Jericho/Kevin Owens
Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens teased dissension in their friendship on Raw by looking like they were about to blame each other for the Survivor Series loss. At the end of that conversation, they ended up blaming Roman Reigns instead.
Seth Rollins received a Universal Championship match on Raw and had Kevin Owens on the verge of a pinfall on many occasions throughout. Rollins went on the barricade for a move and was attacked from behind by a man wearing a Sin Cara mask. That man ended up being Jericho who was supposed to be banned from ringside. Rollins pedigreed Jericho, but the damage was done as Owens powerbombed him on the side of the ring and got the pinfall. I’d love to know if there are going to be any repercussions for Jericho technically being at ringside next week. When will Rollins actually get a fair chance at the title?
Emmalina is still premiering soon. I think somebody is just forgetting to take down the video at this point.
There will be two title matches on Raw next week and the sad thing is, we probably won’t see either one change hands.
Cesaro and Sheamus lost the titles again because of dirty tactics. What’s next for these guys if they can’t win the titles?
Rich Swann won a Triple Threat Match with TJ Perkins and Noam Dar for the opportunity to fight for the Cruiserweight Championship on the debut episode of 205 Live. Good for Rich, he’s been everywhere over the past month and truly deserves the shot.
It was a decent episode of Raw with some good matches and new storylines starting up. I think the next few weeks on Raw are going to be interesting leading into the last pay-per-view of the year, Roadblock: End of the Line.