The latest episode of WWE Raw took place in Los Angeles, California on Monday, November 19.
Here’s a recap of what happened on the show…
Opening segment: TLC announcement
Summary: Baron Corbin gloated about Team Raw’s Survivor Series success before introducing Stephanie McMahon. When Corbin asked if he will now become permanent Raw GM, he was interrupted by Braun Strowman, who demanded a match against “slimeball” Corbin. Stephanie announced a match between the two at TLC on December 16. If Strowman wins, he earns a Universal title match against Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble and Corbin is fired as acting GM. If Corbin wins, he becomes permanent GM. Strowman chose for the match to be a TLC match.
Verdict: Corbin vs. Strowman with no stipulation would have felt a little underwhelming for a pay-per-view, hence the noticeable groans from the crowd when the match was announced. With these stipulations in place, the storyline suddenly became a lot more interesting.
Match 1: Braun Strowman, Finn Balor & Elias vs. Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley (elimination match)
Summary: Stephanie McMahon announced a six-man tag to start the show and an elimination stipulation was added to it during the ad break. The first elimination came when Drew McIntyre pinned Finn Balor after a Claymore. Braun Strowman was left in a 3-on-1 scenario when Elias was counted out after a distraction from Lio Rush led to him being speared by Bobby Lashley at ringside. McIntyre then got himself — and the rest of his team — disqualified by attacking Strowman with a chair. After continuing the attack at ringside, Lashley tied Strowman’s wrist up with a belt and Corbin slammed a set of steel steps against his rival’s bloodied arm. While the heels celebrated on the stage, Strowman told medics that he couldn’t move his arm or feel his fingers. It was later confirmed that he suffered a “shattered elbow”.
Verdict: The opening segment nicely set up the match at TLC, but this long elimination tag match felt so unnecessary. The first 55 minutes of Raw revolved around the Corbin vs. Strowman rivalry and nothing else. For that reason, even though the attack was a decent storyline development, it’s difficult to grade this any higher than a C+.