WWE Raw promoted the anticipated comebacks of CM Punk and Randy Orton for Monday night. The event also featured matchups such as Tegan Nox and Natalya versus Piper Niven, Bronson Reed against Ivar, and a Tag Team Turmoil involving six men’s teams.
To commemorate these notable returns, WWE Raw presented a special commercial-free first hour, anticipating one of the highest ratings of the year for the broadcast.
In the previous week’s episode, WWE Raw secured a viewership of 1.459 million.
WWE Raw Ratings:
- November 20, 2023: 1.459 million
- November 13, 2023: 1.467 million
- November 6, 2023: 1.522 million
- October 30, 2023: 1.391 million
- October 23, 2023: 1.476 million
WWE Raw Ticket Sales Update
WWE Raw Venue: Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, Tenn.)
WWE Raw Tickets Distributed: 9,889
WWE Raw Tickets Available: 690
- CM Punk Dominates AEW Again (Pro Wrestling Bits)
- WWE Raw Winners And Grades
- Randy Orton Makes Impactful Return to WWE Raw
Randy Orton shared a memorable moment, addressing Mami with the words, “Daddy’s back,” sending the crowd into a frenzy.
In tonight’s in-ring comeback, Randy Orton faced Dominik Mysterio, marking a significant return to action.
During the event, Orton executed a remarkable RKO on JD McDonagh, who sported a neck brace in celebration of No Neck November.
Randy Orton’s Return Grade: B
Tag Team Turmoil Result: The Creed Brothers Emerge Victorious
In an unexpected twist, Akira Tozawa and Otis formed an impromptu team, possibly due to Chad Gable’s absence. Tozawa’s compatibility with the Alpha Academy was acknowledged, yet a suggestion was made for a potential alliance with the New Day.
DIY triumphed over Alpha Academy, but the real surprise came when Johnny Gargano secured a rollup victory over Veer in their showdown with Indus Sher.
DIY’s journey continued until they faced the New Day, resulting in a loss that paved the way for the Creeds’ triumph. The Creeds went on to defeat IMPERIUM, solidifying their claim for a tag team title. The anticipation is high for the Creed Brothers, but the concern lingers about the pace of their ascent.
Tag Team Turmoil Grade: B-
Shinsuke Nakamura’s Assault on Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes, still WWE’s top babyface, garnered a positive reaction despite the returns of Randy Orton and CM Punk. Rhodes acknowledged Punk’s return, generating supportive “CM Punk” chants from the audience.
Remaining true to his character, Rhodes graciously welcomed back CM Punk and declared his entry into the 2024 Royal Rumble. The revelation unfolded when Shinsuke Nakamura, previously mysterious in his references, targeted Rhodes, culminating in Nakamura blowing mist into Rhodes’ face.
Bronson Reed and Ivar’s Intense Battle Ends in a Double Countout
Anticipation was high for the clash between Bronson Reed and Ivar, and expectations soared even higher during the match. The commercial break was a slight disappointment given the elevated expectations.
Notably, Bronson Reed’s finisher is now dubbed the “Doomsault,” a fitting moniker for the impactful move. The encounter, centered around the theme of “Big Meaty Men Slapping Meat,” witnessed Valhalla being everywhere until an ejection.
Despite Reed catching a diving Ivar, he struggled to slam him, opting for a more controlled drop. The heavyweight confrontation culminated in a double-countout, accentuated by Reed delivering a Death Valley Driver through the barricade, teasing potential future encounters.
While the match itself received a “B-” grade, Reed and Ivar redeemed the overall experience with a compelling post-match brawl. Ivar’s acrobatic feat onto Reed earned well-deserved “holy s—t” chants.
Bronson Reed vs. Ivar Grade: B-
Nia Jax Secures Victory Against Zoey Stark
The audience’s reaction was palpable as Nia Jax teased her Annihilator finisher, but the excitement took a turn as Jax experienced an unexpected crash.
Zoey Stark found herself back at Square 1 with a loss to Nia Jax. Interestingly, despite the outcome, there’s a lack of anticipation for Jax challenging Rhea Ripley moving forward.
Nia Jax vs. Zoey Stark Grade: C+
Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins Engage in Heated Confrontation
Seth Rollins, addressing CM Punk chants, labeled Punk a hypocrite, drawing boos from the crowd. The (kayfabe) malcontent, Drew McIntyre, interjected, disputing Rollins’ claim about deserving a world title shot. Rollins announced a title defense next week on Raw, evoking a tepid response due to the “next week” aspect.
Rollins, after a dramatic pause, revealed Jey Uso as his challenger, leading to an explosive reaction with “yeet” chants. A salty McIntyre delivered a Glasgow Kiss to Rollins but was chased off by Jey Uso. McIntyre, revealing booty shorts after shedding his kilt, added an element of intrigue, potentially sparking rumors in the wrestling gossip realm.
Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins Grade: B
Green And Niven Triumph Over Natalya And Tegan Nox
A long-term storyline has been unfolding between Natalya and Tegan Nox, its overall quality still uncertain. The match showcased early competitiveness, but Piper Niven ultimately dominated Tegan Nox for the victory. Surprisingly, Natalya refrained from turning on Tegan at this juncture.
Women’s Tag Team Title Match Grade: C
Randy Orton Overpowers Dominik Mysterio
Randy Orton showcased dominance by ragdolling Dominik Mysterio onto the announce table, responding to the crowd’s “one more time!” chants. JD McDonagh endured a suspension DDT, perpetuating the narrative of his enduring neck issues.
CM Punk’s Highly Anticipated Return
Despite a briefly shown anti-Punk sign reading “Cry me a River,” fans overwhelmingly cheered Punk as he commenced his promo with “looks like hell froze over.” Punk declared a change, met with skepticism. Expressing love for the fans, Punk’s mention of AJ Lee and a nod to his iconic pipebomb promo added nostalgic elements to his return.
WWE Raw Results – November 27, 2023
- The Creeds Triumph in Tag Team Turmoil: The Creed Brothers emerged victorious in the Tag Team Turmoil, showcasing their prowess in a challenging contest against several formidable opponents.
- Bronson Reed and Ivar’s Battle Ends in a Draw: The clash between Bronson Reed and Ivar reached a high point but concluded in a double countout, leaving the outcome unsettled and setting the stage for potential future encounters.
- Nia Jax Prevails Over Zoey Stark: Nia Jax secured a victory against Zoey Stark in their matchup, asserting her dominance in the women’s division.
- Randy Orton Overcomes Dominik Mysterio: In a hard-fought battle, Randy Orton prevailed over Dominik Mysterio, adding another win to his storied career.
These results showcase the diverse and intense competition on WWE Raw, setting the stage for further developments and storylines in the weeks to come.