Event: WWE RAW
Date: November 18, 2019
The go-home show for Survivor Series featured lots of action, with all the three brands getting involved in major brawls.
RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch opened the show for a second straight week and addressed her Survivor Series opponent Shayna Baszler. She was interrupted by The IIconics, who felt they should be on the Survivor Series team for Team RAW. Becky challenged the duo for a handicap match, before RAW Women’s Captain Charlotte Flair made her entrance.
Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch def. The IIconics: The two unlikely partners yet again reigned supreme, as Flair applied the Figure Eight on Billie Kay for a quick victory. Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke attacked The IIconics before they were chased off by Flair and Lynch.
Backstage: Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins talked about their upcoming Tag-Team Championship Match against The Viking Raiders. AOP made a surprise return to RAW and destroyed the former Edgeheads.
Humberto Carrillo def. Karl Anderson: The OC cut a promo on how they felt disrespected by Carillo’s actions last week. Carillo made his entrance for the match, and the OC immediately tried to outnumber the Mexican superstar. Street Profits joined them at ringside to even the odds and helped Carrillo defeat Anderson.
Backstage: Seth Rollins praised Andrade and his performances but promised to ‘burn it down’ later in the night.
Bobby Lashley (w/Lana) def. No Way Jose: Lana announced that she has filed for a divorce and a restraining order against Rusev. Lashley squashed Jose for a quick win.
Seth Rollins def. Andrade by DQ: Seth Rollins put his Survivor Series spot on the line against Andrade, and both the competitors produced a decent encounter until Lucha House Party from Friday Night Smackdown appeared and destroyed Rollins. They proceeded to attack Andrade before Rollins made the save.
Backstage: Buddy Murphy knocked on Aleister Black‘s door, looking for a challenge. He left after no-one answered. Black appeared and searched for the person who knocked on his door.
Buddy Murphy def. Akira Tozawa: Murphy took down his former Cruiserweight division colleague in a fun matchup. Murphy won with a Murphy’s Law.
Backstage: Buddy Murphy knocked on Black’s door once again. Black appeared quickly this time and both of them stared each other down.
Erick Rowan def. Alex Malcolm: Erick Rowan squashed yet another local talent for an easy win, while R-Truth and The Singh Brothers were involved in some 24/7 shenanigans.
Backstage: Randy Orton called himself the Greatest Survivor Series Superstar and challenged the Viking Raiders to a match later in the night, with a partner of his choosing.
Kevin Owens vs Drew McIntyre ended in No Contest: A fabulous match between the two superstars never reached its conclusion, as Triple H appeared and tried to woo Kevin Owens into his NXT team. A major brawl broke out between NXT superstars and the RAW locker-room, with the Undisputed Era leading the way for Team NXT. The OC hit the ring and made the save for Team RAW.
Backstage: Paul Heyman delivered a piece of breaking news and revealed that Brock Lesnar vs Rey Mysterio will now be a No Holds Barred matchup. Heyman warned that Lesnar will destroy Mysterio at Survivor Series, and it will be public torture.
Rey Mysterio talked to Charly Caruso about how he will take down Lesnar, and dedicated the WWE Championship match to this son, who was taken out by Brock Lesnar.
Asuka def. Natalya: One-half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champs took down Natalya, with some help from her partner Kairi Sane.
Randy Orton & Ricochet vs. The Viking Raiders ends in No Contest: The unlikely duo of Orton and Ricochet fought the Tag Team Champions before Team Smackdown made their way out to the ring. Team RAW, led by Seth Rollins and Team NXT appeared and a huge tri-brand brawl broke out. Triple H appeared on the big screen and invited the main roster to come on Wednesday night.
Takeaways from Monday Night RAW
1. New Rivalries, Finally
After teasing for weeks, Aleister Black finally received a proper challenger, and Buddy Murphy is the perfect option for the former NXT Champion. We mentioned last week as to how the mid-card of RAW wasn’t performing well, and it was in desperate need of new faces and rivalries.
Black and Murphy have stayed on the main roster for close to six months, but are yet to have a proper feud. Both are supremely talented performers and have held gold in WWE in the past. Black’s dark personality along with Murphy’s never-give-up persona is a perfect mix for a great rivalry if given proper time.
Apart from this, AOP finally returned to WWE programming, after weeks of teasing. AOP were one of the best teams in NXT during their run on Wednesday nights and were wasted on the main roster in their initial run. WWE has a clean slate to start with this time, and hopefully, they do justice to their characters.
2. Brand Supremacy
After three years of repetitive RAW vs. Smackdown fights, WWE upped the ante and included NXT in the mix this time. So far, it has turned out to be a solid move as all the three teams and their star-power has made for fantastic television.
It is rumored that Triple H might join Team NXT for the traditional Survivor Series match on Sunday, and if that’s the case, WWE has done a good job of teasing it so far. Triple H’s run-ins with Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, and Seth Rollins are most likely the stepping stone for an eventual return to the ring for the Cerebral Assasin.
NXT, Smackdown, and RAW have laid down the challenge, and the two shows this week are going to be must-watch.
3. DQ, DQ and DQ
Three matches ended in DQ, while one match never took off because of an AOP attack. WWE is obsessed with doing DQ finishes every now and then, but it has gone off the charts in recent weeks.
The reason behind these DQ finishes is understandable, as all the matches which ended in DQ didn’t really need a winner or a loser. However, doing all of these matches on the same show is an overkill, and takes the interest off of a particular encounter.
Comparatively, AEW has been doing very few DQ finishes, while protecting their stars at the same time. WWE must take a page out of their rival’s book and adopt the same policy.
4. Please End This
Some people wondered if the Lashley-Rusev-Lana saga could become worse after a horrendous segment in the UK episode last week. However, WWE is refusing to let go of this storyline, and continued the storyline this week, with Lana officially filing for divorce.
WWE personnel themselves are laughing at the absurdity of this storyline, but for some reason, the backstage writers and creative are refusing to put this to rest. Despite the backlash from the WWE Universe, the Youtube videos of this storyline are getting huge views.