08th Nov2023

‘WWE Raw’ Review (Nov 6th 2023)

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 on this week’s show!

Match #1: The Judgment Day def. The New Day

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In a first-ever matchup, The Judgment Day reigned supreme on the day, besting The New Day in a high-stakes tag team match. Despite putting up a great fight, The New Day fell to The Judgment Day after they used underhanded tactics followed by a South of Heaven/Coup de Grace combo on Xavier Woods to pick up the win.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Akira Tozawa

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Akira Tozawa gave his best effort against Shinsuke Nakamura but fell short. Tozawa looked great until he missed a Senton Bomb. Nakamura took advantage, finishing off the Alpha Academy hopeful with the Kinshasa.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #3: Fatal 4-Way Intercontinental Title No. 1 Contenders Match – Winner: The Miz

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“Big” Bronson Reed and Ivar dominated the match, taking out The Miz and Ricochet before colliding into each other and causing seismic shifts to happen across the arena. As the match was reaching a fever pitch, both The Miz and Ivar had simultaneous pins on Reed and Ricochet. However, Ricochet was able to kick out, leaving The Miz as the definitive winner and the next in line to challenge Intercontinental Champion Gunther.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: The Creed Brothers def. #DIY

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Before the match, The Creed Brothers and Ivy Nile signed their Raw contracts. Unfortunately for #DIY, they were hampered by an Imperium interference, costing them the match. For the Creed Brothers, however, they are now 2-0 on the red brand.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #5: Women’s World Title No. 1 Contender Battle Royal – Winner: Zoey Stark

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As Becky Lynch was heading to the ring for the Battle Royal to determine the next challenger to Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley, she was brutally ambushed by Xia Li. The unprovoked attack took Lynch and Li out of the running, with Li being ejected from the match by Adam Pearce. Nikki Cross continued to unnerve her fellow competitors as well as Michael Cole and Corey Graves as she stood transfixed in front of them, not moving a muscle as the Battle Royal raged behind her. She would eventually be eliminated by Raquel Rodriguez and Nia Jax. Jax dominated most of the match but was eventually tossed out by three competitors, leaving the final four as Ivy Nile, Rodriguez, Zoey Stark and Shayna Baszler. Jax took out her frustrations on Nile, eliminating her after her own elimination in a despicable act. Rodriguez tried hanging on, but only Stark and Baszler remained. Stark hit a huge DDT on the apron to eliminate Baszler and seal the victory.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #6: World Heavyweight Championship – Seth Rollins def. Sami Zayn

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The World Heavyweight Title was contested on Raw for the first time in more than five months, while Sami Zayn got his first chance at a world title since that fateful night in Montreal at WWE Elimination Chamber in February. Zayn nearly ended Rollins’ reign after an almighty Blue Thunder Bomb, but The Visionary survived. Survival ended up being Rollins’ MO, as he dispatched Zayn with a rollup after Rollins reversed a Boston crab into a pinfall.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

It’s another roller coaster week for Raw, with some great matches that follow on from the events of Crown Jewel etc. but then we got the quasi-squash of Tozawa by Nakamura (but hey, at least Tozawa got TV time in an actual match) and the, sorry to say, terrible women’s Battle Royal. The show opened strong with the two “Day” factions facing each other, even the Fatal Four-Way was OK too… The Creed Brothers pulled it out of the bag again after debuting on the main roster last week, with a great match against veterans DIY; whilst the main event managed to send everyone home happy. Well, until The Judgement Day showed up again to further the Cody Rhodes/Damian Priest beef. Meh. Enough already. We get it, you want us to care about what is essentially a mid-card feud. I don’t.


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