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WWE Raw Results: Winners, ratings, reaction and highlights from November 18 | Bleacher Report



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    Just six days from the WWE Survivor Series, Raw USA Network met airwaves with a strong section for several of its highest-profile Superstars.

    Seth Rollins took his place as the Red Brand team captain against Andrade, Rey Mysterio returned to address his match with WWE champion Brock Lesnar spectacularly in the fall, and the Viking Warriors defended their Raw Tag Team Championships against former title holders Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins.

    What went down in each of these cases and how did it affect extravaganzan per pay-per-view?

    Find out with this summary of the broadcast on November 1

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    The man entered TD Garden for a thunderous ovation and kicked off the last Raw before her showdown with NXT's Shayna Baszler and SmackDowns Bayley this Sunday on the Survivor Series .

    Becky Lynch said she did not give a bull about brand superiority. Before she could continue with any of the note, The IIconics played the theme, and Billie Kay and Peyton Royce made their entrance. They took exceptions from Raw who left them from the Survivor Series brand.

    Lynch suggested a fight between her and Aussies now, just for Charlotte Flair to come and the first match of the night to get started.

    champion attacked Flair and Lynch at the opening bell and looked to get a quick win over the incompatible opposition.

    Flair fought back in the attack and applied figure-eight. Lynch delivered a Bexploder to Royce and Kay dropped out to end her suffering.

    After the match, Flair and Lynch took to the ramp, only to see when Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir hit the ring and attacked The IIconics. They were hit by a trio in their hands but recovered quickly and took off after the invaders in the crowd, where security stopped them to end the segment.

    Rating

    B

    Analysis

    It was nice to see IIconics presented on Raw for the first time in months at a significant way, but they never got a chance against the much more prominent Lynch and Flair. The match itself was fairly unmixed, if only because of the little time it had to develop, and really only served to set the angle after the match.

    Baszler and Co. which turned out not to be much of a surprise considering that The Queen of Spades is one of Lynch's Survivor Series opponents, but the lack of physicality between The Man and her NXT counterpart was puzzling.

    If anything, it was time to book the red hot brawl between Superstars that made fans so much more excited for the upcoming attacks.

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    Deterred by the disrespect that Humberto Carrillo showed him, AJ Styles announced that 205 Live alumni would battle Karl Anderson.

    When the match started, Street Profits came on the scene to counter any interference from Styles or Luke Gallows, providing a distraction that allowed Carrillo to wipe out all three heels with a plaque on the way into the break.

    The match c ontinued after the advertisement with Anderson wearing out Carrillo with a side lamp such as The Street Profits and O.C. looked from the ring side. A standing moonsault of babyface caused his comeback and brought him a fast almost fall.

    A big spinbuster put Carrillo back when Anderson nearly did the victory. Carrillo countered a powerbomb attempt and sent the opponent into the corner. A distraction by Styles allowed the hangers to hang the babyface up on the top rope, and Anderson rolled him up with a small package.

    But was not detected by the official but Montez Ford rolled Carrillo on top to win.

    Result

    Carrillo defeated Anderson

    Rating

    B

    Analysis 19659004] You have to give Paul Heyman and the writing team credit: He uses The OC to get The Street Profits and Carrillo over, and to some extent, it works.

    There will be those who question whether Carrillo is the guy to tie the proverbial rocket to, but he has kept his end to the deal, at least from a ringing perspective.

    This added another chapter to the ongoing feud and creates a six-man mark for the Survivor series, as long as the feud does not suddenly and inexplicably end, as many tend to do in WWE.

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    Prior to Bobby Lashley's match with No Way Jose, Lana revealed that she had filed for divorce from Rusev and received a temporary restraining order through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that prevented her soon-to-be ex -make of coming within 90 feet of her.

    Lashley dominated Jose, forcing the 260-pound competitor to the mat with ease and applying a punishing full nelson until his opponent passed out.

    Lana and Lashley engaged in a long, passionate lip lock in the match that fans watched in … apathy.

    Result

    Lashley defeated Jose

    Rating

    D-

    Analysis

    Lashley who needed to correct Lana mid-promo was all you need to know about the quality of this segment.

    The Ravishing Russian was more than a little filled when she addressed the audience and tried to get the story points over but fumbling over details as if she had never been in that position before.

    The audience responded accordingly, uninterested in this latest chapter in a story it never wanted in the first place.

    About the only thing that was even remotely effective about this segment was the performance of Lashley, who looked like a total badass when dealing with Jose on his way to a referee stop. More of that, less of the sub-pair's two-run and maybe The All Mighty comes over with fans.

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    A week of social media back and forth gave way to a match between Seth Rollins and Andrade. If El Idolo defeated the former universal champion, he would replace The Beastslayer as captain of Team Raw on the Survivor Series.

    An early attempt at interference by Zelina Vega led to her dismissal from the ring side but also opened Rollins for an attack by his opponent on his way into the break.

    Others dominated during the commercials, but Rollins fired a slingshot and blockbuster, followed by a duo of tope suicidas to regain control of the attack. A knee strike in the springboard continued its sudden hot streak.

    El Idolo escaped a power bomb and delivered a running knee strike to his chest for an almost fall. Rollins recovered and teased Stompen, but Andrade again avoided the devastating finish.

    Late late, Andrade tried for a double stump from the top rope, but Rollins avoided it. The architect delivered a Falcon Arrow for two bills when guest commentator Samoa Joe announced that Andrade couldn't be beaten tonight.

    Before Rollins was able to remove his opponent, SmackDown's Lucha House Party attacked him and disqualified. After the bell, Rollins and Andrade paired up and joined the trio. Rollins assured Andrade that they will do this dance again on the road before leaving the square circle.

    Result

    Rollins defeated Andrade via DQ

    Rating

    A

    Analysis ]

    ] This was an excellent wrestling match between two of the best, most consistent employees in the ring on the list. Andrade was portrayed as Rollin's equality and despite his various positions on the card, he never felt like he was out of his league.

    Best of all, the finish not only sold the War Story brand before the Survivor Series, but also spared another loss. He escaped unharmed and, if anything, got the audience's attention through Rollin's signs of respect after the match.

    This was a big hit, although the Lucha House Party was the most random choice for a collection of invading Superstars possible.

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    The Battle of Former Cruise Weight Watchers saw Akira Tozawa take on Buddy Murphy, who was last seen antagonizing Aleister Black before the commercial timeout.

    The Best Kept Secret was blurred by Tozawa's chops early on, but was quickly on the defensive. A flap jacket slowed the speed of the babyface, but a head cut stunned Murphy. A top suicide by Tozawa landed him in the grip of his opponent, who continued to release him with a suplex on the floor.

    A late meeting of Tozawa left Murphy rolling, and a German suplex almost made the last one an upset win. An inverted hurricane crash continued Tozawa's roll. A senton over the back of Murphy, draped over the middle rope, only deserved the babyface as a two-count when the Aussie showed his resilience.

    Murphy fought back, delivered Murphy's team and got overall victory.

    Result

    Murphy defeated Tozawa

    Rating

    B +

    Analysis

    At this point, it really shouldn't surprise anyone that Murphy was in a potential show-stealing match. The former cruiserweight champion has been one of the five most consistently fantastic players in the entire WWE this year.

    He has made a habit of wrestling a fantastic match, regardless of opposition, and has won crowds that may not have been as familiar with him before the match began.

    This competition with Tozawa was no different.

    There was zero heat behind the attack, no real reason why it happened other than that, yet Murphy and the underrated Tozawa still managed to produce a fantastic match that put over the babyface skills and solidified Murphy as a potential breakout star on Monday evenings.

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    Erick Rowan took to the ring for a showdown with Alex Malcolm when 24/7 champion Samir Singh and his brother Sunil arrived on ringside. R-Truth appeared and tried to regain its title.

    frightened by the relentless Rowan, the truth is backed off.

    The Singh Brothers and the improvement talent were not so happy, falling prey to a running crossbody of the big man.

    Rowan threw his opponent in the ring and ended him in short order.

    Result

    Rowan defeated Malcolm

    Rating

    C

    Analysis

    has deviated from a deceptively smart monster by a competitor to an unstoppable big man whose gimmick is the unknown species lurking in the cage he now carries to the ring.

    He has at least retained the dominant side of his persona and bowled over the competition. Whether it is enough to keep him above the crowd or the beginning of the end of his latest push remains to be seen.

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    Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens may be teammates Sunday in the Survivor Series, but they squared off in the singles competition Monday night.

    The Scottish psychopath carried Owens down and worked with him on a rest until WWE's anti-hero first sent him into the ring post and followed up with a cannonball in the corner.

    The fight was on the floor, where McIntyre whipped a blind charge and ate a big boot from his opponent. The shots followed up with a nasty gorilla press that sent The Prizefighter from the apron into the guardrail.

    The match continued with McIntyre dominating the flow, only for Owens to deliver a large cannonball from the apron to a thunderous ovation. The heel returned control of the attack with a sit-out powerbomb, to which KO responded with a pop-up powerbomb that inexplicably failed to remove McIntyre.

    Close cases followed and chants of "this is great" followed, fans appreciating the efforts Superstars is making. Before a winner could be determined, however, Triple H.'s music and COO for WWE appeared on the entrance ramp when the show went back to advertising.

    After the break, Triple H played to Owens and called him the lifeblood of NXT on one occasion before being picked off to join Raw and SmackDown. He recalled Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle dismissing Owens, pointing out that none of Owens' raw teammates were out there to make sure NXT didn't attack him.

    The uncontested era attacked Owens to the The Game accident. Raw Superstars joined the fight, and a brawl occurred before the red brand's Superstars cleared the invaders.

    Results

    Owens and McIntyre fought for a no-contest

    Rating

    A +

    Analysis

    Take a fantastic match-per-view quality match between Owens and McIntyre, throw in an intense and emotional promo from Triple H that potentially creates a betrayal during Sunday's fight for superior brand, and you has a killer segment.

    Did it make enough fans to care about the three-way, 15-man tag match that is as likely to become a cluster as it is a show stealer? It is discussed. What it did was make a convincing argument for Owens and McIntyre to have a long feud full of fantastic matches and also for Owens to join the brand he helped raise from obscurity half a decade ago.

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Backstage Charly Caruso announced that AJ Styles would defend his US Championship against Humberto Carrillo at next week's show before throwing it into a preformed message from Paul Heyman, advocate for WWE champion Brock Lesnar.

Heyman announced a No Holds Barred provision for Sunday's match between The Beast and Rey Mysterio, promising that the competition will not be a short one. Instead, it will either be the greatest miracle in wrestling history or the massacre of a beloved icon.

Caruso stood by Mysterio, wishing Carrillo good luck in his upcoming title movement and accepting the provision presented by Heyman, reminding everyone of the lead pipes he used to attack Lesnar the last time they were in the same building.

He ended the segment by dedicating the match to his son, Dominick.

Rating

B +

Analysis

Heyman promises a longer match than normal is good news for fans on the fence that watch the show just to see another sprint in a match from Lesnar. The provision of No Holds Barred helps to create a level playing field for Mysterio, who is unlikely to have a great chance against Lesnar in a straight wrestling match.

By letting him use his weapons, he sets up to look up – even down – Reads and points some dramatic close cases and thus ensures a better match.

Finally, it was a nice touch to use Mysterio to put Carrillo and that kind of stuff Heyman and Co. has made more consistent ups and downs

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    For the first time ever, Natalya Asuka struggled in singles competition while the tagmaster's partner Kairi Sane watched from the ring side.

    The relentless Emperor of Tomorrow dominated the competition early. The Queen of Harts fought back and rolled late when Sane tried to interrupt. Natalya knocked her down, only to fall prey to a big kick from Asuka.

    The third-generation competitor responded, driving his opponent in the guardrail and rolling her back in the ring, ready to put her away for a big win.

    By stopping to talk junk with Sane, however, Natalya opened up for an evil kick from Asuka, who scored the points victory.

    Result

    Asuka defeated Natalya

    Rating

    C

    Analysis 19659004] On a night full of strong ring performances, this was as disappointing as it gets.

    Natalya and Asuka are two of the best wrestlers of their generations, and having their first single team defined by limited time and an overwhelming focus on interference from Sane is disheartening.

    Hopefully, they get a chance to show off their abilities at a different time and place because both Natalya and Asuka, as well as their fans, deserve a hell of a lot better.

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    After The Authors of Pain returned and posted Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins earlier in the show, Randy Orton stepped up and challenged the Viking Raiders to a tag title . A week after The Viper did the same for him, Ricochet took on the role of his tag team partner for the championship's main event.

    Orton controlled the match in line with the commercial break and tore Erik with a trademark head lock. All this while SmackDown attacked and knocked down Raw Superstar's backstage.

    When the action broke down and Ivar dove through the ropes and wiped out the contenders at the ring edge, the blue mark list was emptied into the arena. They beat Orton, Ricochet and the champions, but the four Raw competitors cleaned them out of the squared circle.

    NXT Superstars appeared and turned down the SmackDown list before surrounding the Raw stars. That didn't stop Orton from delivering RKOs and Ricochet from catching Steve Cutler with a recoil. When the numbers game became overwhelming, Seth Rollins played music and he led a calvarium with red shirts to the rescue.

    A war of exhaustion broke out, NXT's number advantage showed too much for the opposition. Triple H showed up on the video screen announcing an open door policy for Wednesday's NXT and welcomed anyone and all intruders.

    Result

    No-contest

    Grade

    B +

    Analysis

    We had seen so many invasion angles throughout the show that the audience became immune to it, reacted much less to the show-closing angle than it may have been the first of its kind that night.

    That said, it was wise to use the main segment to create intrigue for Wednesday's show. It was a strong booking that favors two different brands while surviving the Survivor Series.

    The only real question left to answer: Does every Superstar decide that they can't save their colleagues until they find random red and blue shirts lying around?


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