WWE Raw Match Ratings, Podcast Notes For 11/26/18 From Sean Ross Sapp

Opening Segment

  • Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre and Lio Rush are out in front of the crowd, and Baron Corbin calls the fans beta losers.
  • "lol u dumb fat cucks" - WWE heels by 2019.
  • Corbin says he sent a camera crew to Birmingham for Braun to issue comments. Braun cuts a really cheesy promo about how big his arm is and how bad his injury is, but says he'll still be wrestling at WWE TLC.
  • This is all interrupted by the lights going out. When they come back on, Elias is in the ring. He leads a really catchy song about Bobby Lashley sucking. That's going to catch on. 
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Elias Defeated Bobby Lashley via DQ 
Bobby Lashley defeated Elias via pin
5.25/10

  • Elias has to battle Lashley with all of the aforementioned heels out there. They cause distractions, attack, really anything they can through the first break.
  • Elias scores a big knee and a flying elbow drop, but Lio Rush pulls the ref out of the ring. Lashley is DQ'd.
  • Corbin announces that because he was interrupted by Elias he didn't get to mention this is No DQ.
  • Elias manages to come back anyway, and takes out Corbin and Drew. Corbin stops Elias before he can use a guitar.
  • The heels destroy the guitar and attack Elias with a chair. A big assisted Claymore connects outside the ring.
  • BammaSlamma on the stairs from Drew was GNARLY.
  • They mock the Braun Strowman run around the ring spot with Lashley's spear. He wins by kneeling on Elias. 
  • So where is Finn Balor during all this shit?

Corbin Crappenings

  • Corbin fires a stagehand for allowing the interruption from Elias.
  • Alexa Bliss calls Corbin impressive and the stagehand dead weight. Bliss says she's open to helping Baron Corbin.
  • Corbin asks Bliss to run the women's division. Alexa Bliss following in the footsteps of Brooke Hogan. For those of you who couldn't be arsed to watch TNA, she was in charge of the Knockouts division.

Ambrose WUT

  • Dean Ambrose is at his doctor's office and says that he's risking getting sick if he comes to Milwaukee.
  • A whole lot of shitty "you people" promos from Ambrose.
  • I have no idea what to make of Dean Ambrose getting shots in his ass while cutting promos.
  • Renee Young is sick of being asked about Dean, by the way.

Lucha House Rules
Lucha House Party defeated The Revival
4.75/10

  • I dunno how the Lucha House Party are supposed to be babyfaces when they're cheating every week, they're obnoxious and annoying. 
  • Corey Graves covers a Metalik botch by saying Dash had great defense. LHP dominate him after with their double team offense.
  • Dawson scores a great bow and arrow drop.
  • I'm not sure WWE is screaming with confidence in putting Lucha House Party over Revival a bunch of times after the performances of the former tonight. Actually, they probably don't care.
  • Lucha House Party were not great here tonight. The action was good, but the reason you want a Lucha House Party in this spot is to work smooth in the ring.

Backstage Crappenings

  • We're told that Lars Sullivan is a free agent. 

Nia is Wack

  • Nia's got the reactions, but when a crowd is chanting "you can't wrestle" at someone while they're cutting a promo I'm not sure what that says about the situation.
  • Nia Jax trolls the crowd about Becky Lynch in a clearly pre-written promo before she turns her attention to Ronda Rousey.
  • Nia Jax throws to video clips several times. Well okay.  At least her promo impersonating Rousey was funny.
  • I wonder what Tamina's notes were for this segment. "Raise your eyebrows every so often."
  • Ronda Rousey interrupts to a good pop. That's about the peak of this, because Rousey cut an absolutely dog shit promo. The crowd is all about her, though.
  • Painfully lame segment. Tamina and Nia are about to attack Rousey, but Natalya tries to hit the ring, but is attacked by the Riott Squad.

WWE Raw Tag Team Championships
AOP (c) (w/ Drake Maverick) defeated Roode & Gable
4/10

  • Drake Maverick cuts a promo backstage about nobody in the WWE Universe understanding the fear of having their lives threatened like he did when he pissed himself.
  • Roode and Gable say this is the opportunity they've been waiting for.
  • Gable gets a little offense, but Maverick takes off with Roode's robe before the commercial. We even see a backstage shot of him in it. Why did the cameraman find it necessary to be in the bathroom with Maverick?
  • Roode gets the hot tag, but is cut off with a fallaway slam.
  • Roode is distracted by Maverick pissing on his robe. Wonder if that's shoot piss or workin' piss this time. AOP really shouldn't need distraction wins due to their manager taking a piss on a robe.
  • They win with the Suplex Powerbomb.

Ember Moon (w/ Curt Hawkins) defeated Alicia Fox (w/ Jinder Mahal & The Singh Bros.)
5.25/10

  • Alicia Fox gets a boot and a flipping neckbreaker right out of the gate. 
  • Curt Hawkins is out with Ember because he's replacing Braun Strowman in the Mixed Match Challenge.
  • Ember gets a spinning suplex and Eclipse for the win.
  • Ember's reaction to Curt Hawkins is excellent. Maybe the best thing on the show so far.
  • Ember and Curt join No Way Jose's Conga line after the match.

Jinder Mahal (w/ Singh Bros.) defeated No Way Jose
4.75/10

  • Rest hold.
  • Comeback.
  • Khallas.
  • Pin.
  • Four words. There ya go.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge
Seth Rollins (c) defeated Dolph Ziggler 
6.25/10

  • All due respect to Dolph Ziggler, but this is a way to really take the wind out of a crowd that has had nothing to cheer for. 
  • This is the seventh Ziggler vs. Rollins singles match since June on TV, and 21st televised one on one match they've had since 2014. They've had 15 matches total since June. 24 weeks.
  • Ziggler deep pins on a nice dropkick. Ziggler has some really good cradles in between slow rest holds that he didn't need. 
  • Rollins and Ziggler perfectly time a back body drop to the outside of the ring before the commercial.
  • We return to Rollins firing off a springboard clothesline for two. He comes up empty on a frog splash.
  • Ziggler applies the sleeper but Rollins Bam Bam Slams his way out. They have the crowd going after a crap Raw.
  • Rollin misses a Curb Stomp and eats a Zig Zag for two! Ziggler does his trash talk spot. Kill that.
  • The Superplex Falcon Arrow wins the match! Holy cow! A great call to end the match. I really like that. 
  • Monday Night Monkey’s Paw. Alex was right.

 

Q&A

  • Alexa Bliss gives Sasha Banks and Bayley the chance to answer questions in front of the crowd.
  • Alexa trashes the crowd and sends it to a plant for a question.
  • Bayley gives a canned answer on what she'd change about Raw. Sasha says she'd send Alexa Bliss back to Smackdown. Bayley wants to send Alexa TO HELL.
  • Mickie James, Dana Brooke and Alicia Fox attack, but get beaten up.
  • I literally watched Dana Brooke team with Sasha Banks and Bayley 48 hours ago. 24 hours ago on the Network. WUT.

Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin defeated Finn Balor 
5/10

  • Fifth Corbin vs. Balor singles match on TV since this summer.
  • Rest hold, dropkick, Balor boot. Who cares about this!?
  • Balor gets some offense and gets cut off jumping in the ring with a punch. 
  • Bossman Spot. Yay. Balor gets a double foot stomp. At least Corbin's Deep Six looked good.
  • Corbin makes this match a handicap match and Drew McIntryre attacks. Claymore hits and they win.
  • Lashley and Lio join the party after. Lashley attacks and all the heels hit their finishes. 

 

Rating guide

10- Perfect, 9- MOTY Territory, 8- Excellent, 7- Great, 6- Good, 5- Average to above average, 4- Slightly below average, 3 or below: Poor

Each match starts at a 5 and slides up and down based on entertainment, execution, time, environment, reaction and stakes. The ratings are in no way an indication of a "star rating," which is a completely different system. A standard, non-offensive "TV match" lands at a 5.The gap between 5.75-6 is generally the largest, with anything reaching 6 being recommended viewing.
 

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