Monday’s WWE Raw advertised multiple title matches as The Hurt Business challenged The New Day for the Raw Tag Team Championships.
Raw’s main event boasted a rare WWE Championship matchup on television between Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton. With the winner going on to face Roman Reigns at Survivor Series, and The Miz lurking around in the shadows with the Money in the Bank briefcase, a whole host of scenarios can play out tonight.
Last week’s Raw was slightly up with 1.690 million viewers.
WWE Raw Ratings—Last Five Weeks
- November 9, 2020—1.690 million viewers
- November 2, 2020—1.656 million viewers
- October 26, 2020—1.732 million viewers
- October 19, 2020—1.777 million viewers
- October 12, 2020—1.855 million viewers
WWE Raw—Key Competition
- NFL Monday Night Football—Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Pro Wrestling Bits—WWE’s Next 4 Years Might Really Suck
WWE Raw Total YouTube Viewership Last Monday
10,863,685 views (Up from 8,808,854)
- Most-Viewed: Keith Lee and Riddle vs. Braun Strowman and Sheamus (2,010,159 views)
- Least-Viewed: Mustafa Ali Would Welcome Ricochet to RETRIBUTION Pack (241,927 views)
- Median Viewership: 689,137
WWE Raw Results—Monday, November 16, 2020
Opening Segment with Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, The Miz and Morrison
Everybody in this segment played their part just fine, but Randy Orton played his part the best, managing to take a tired material about his past disciplinary issues and turn it into a great promo.
I love how this opening segment gave the viewers many different teases about how the night could end, giving them an incentive to tune in.
Asuka, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke def. Lana, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
At some point, the Lana character only has herself to blame. Even Byron Saxton lost credibility when he had to pretend like he didn’t see this ninth Samoan Drop in a row coming.
Lana is about as bad as somebody can be booked in WWE without tweeting about unionization.
Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose were incapacitated after this match in what clearly felt like they were being written out of this match.
Firefly Fun House
A Bray Wyatt-Miz match could be used to write The Miz out of a potential cash-in which would be a mistake in terms of stimulating viewership for this show.
Even the Firefly Fun House training sessions end up in Ramblin’ Rabbit’s demise.
Bray Wyatt pulled out a dart with a tail the same colors as the American flag. Bray Wyatt doesn’t do anything for no reason, I’ll give it three months before he attacks Kurt Angle again.
The New Day def. The Hurt Business—WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
I’m not crazy about Kofi Kingston wrestling in sneakers.
Shelton Benjamin countered a Kofi Kingston Boom Drop by popping up to his feet quicker than a cat, catching him in midair and connecting with a Buckle Bomb. All these years later and the man is still reimagining wrestling.
The wrestling on Raw sure has picked up over the past couple of weeks.
RETRIBUTION def. Team Raw
AJ Styles completely blew off RETRIBUTION after their serious problem, saying they’ve been here for a cup of coffee and didn’t know what they were talking about.
I think it’s great that Sheamus and McIntyre’s rekindled friendship has reached the level where they give each other gifts. Hopefully WWE doesn’t rush this storyline and have Sheamus turn on Drew McIntyre tonight. Even as a television feud, the McIntyre-Sheamus subplot has been fun.
AJ Styles’ associate broke his silence tonight despite Styles not knowing he could speak English.
Bray Wyatt def. The Miz
This version of Alexa Bliss is straight-up rabid, flying through the air on John Morrison like a pitbull.
This version of Bray Wyatt was way more O.P. than the harmless version that still beat The Miz at WWE TLC.
Drew McIntyre def. Randy Orton—WWE Championship
The segment beforehand featured a weird shot at Quibi, which may or may not have a really petty story behind it.
Drew McIntyre looked badass in the entrance gear he was given by Sheamus. I was hoping it was part of his new wrestling gear moving forward.
Prior to going to its penultimate commercial, Adam Pearce made it official that there would be no countouts or disqualifications and that there must be a winner. It was one of many things this show got right. Best of all, Pearce may have gotten a catchphrase out of it.
Randy Orton, whose back was bloody by the end of this match, hilariously screamed an expletive after being thrown on an announce table a second time and it refusing to break.
Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre still feels too soon but it should be very interesting.