23rd Nov2022

‘WWE Raw’ Review (Nov 21st 2022)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of this past Monday’s episode of WWE Raw, right here on Nerdly… Let’s see what went down this week!

Match #1: The Brawling Brutes def. The Judgment Day

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Prior to their Survivor Series WarGames showdown against The Bloodline, Sheamus, Ridge Holland & Butch overcame Finn Bálor, Damian Priest and Dominik Mysterio of The Judgment Day. During a wild brawl, The O.C. emerged to block Dominik from making a run for it, and Sheamus overcame Mysterio with a Brogue Kick. The action continued after the bell with Luke Gallows hitting Priest with a fierce kick up the ramp and Kevin Owens leaving commentary to hit a Stunner on Bálor.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Omos def. Johnny Gargano

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After The Miz declared that he suffered an injury doing TicTok, The A-Lister introduced Omos as his replacement against Johnny Gargano. Despite a strong effort from Johnny Wrestling, The Nigerian Giant hurled Johnny Wrestling to the canvas to pick up the three-count.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #3: Austin Theory def. Mustafa Ali

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A very determined Austin Theory pulled out all the stops before using A-Town Down to defeat Mustafa Ali en route to his Triple Threat Match against United States Champion Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley at Survivor Series WarGames.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Matt Riddle & Elias def. The Alpha Academy

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Matt Riddle walked with Elias in a matchup against The Alpha Academy. With Otis neutralized outside the ring, Elias planted Master Gable on the canvas and paved the way for The Original Bro to pick up the victory with the Floating Bro.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #5: Drew McIntyre def. Baron Corbin

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

During Drew McIntyre’s knockdown, drag-out match against Baron Corbin, Akira Tozawa suddenly emerged to mess with WWE Hall of Famer JBL at ringside. This distraction paved the way for The Scottish Warrior to overcome “The Modern-Day Wrestling God” with the Claymore Kick.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #6: Rhea Ripley def. Asuka

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In a critical Raw main event, Rhea Ripley overcame Asuka to gain the advantage in Saturday’s Women’s WarGames Match at Survivor Series. In the aftermath, the Women’s WarGames Match combatants engaged in an out-of-control brawl as Raw went off the air.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3/5

A decent, serviceable, episode of Raw. One that improved on last week’s terrible show but still didn’t do anything remarkable. At all. The Brutes/Judgement Day stuff felt like a rehash of last week; I absolutely HATED the Omos/Gargano match; Austin Theory was outshone by Mustapha Ali in their match; and not a fan of Alpha Academy’s turn into a jobbing tag team. The last two matches redeemed the show somewhat and it was good to see Rhea Ripley and Asuka close the show with a good main event. Again, everything was decent but nothing to get overly excited about – even with Survivor Series: Wargames on the horizon.


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