Winners, News And Notes On November 8, 2021

WWE Raw advertised Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins. WWE announced the men’s and women’s Survivor Series teams on Twitter. Raw’s men’s team will feature Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Rey and Dominik Mysterio. The Raw women’s team will feature Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley, Liv Morgan, Carmella and Queen Zelina.

Last week’s broadcast of WWE Raw garnered 1.689 million viewers.

  • November 1, 2021—1.689 million
  • October 25, 2021—1.658 million
  • October 18, 2021–1.593 million
  • October 11, 2021—1.582 million
  • October 4, 2021—1.857 million

WWE Raw Key Competition

  • Dancing with the Stars
  • The Voice

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WWE Raw Total YouTube Viewership Last Monday—5,543,442

  • Most-Viewed: Big E vs. Kevin Owens (1,184,650 views)
  • Least-Viewed: Fatal 4-Way Ladder Match Recap (96,648 views)
  • Median Viewership: 410,353 views

Seth Rollins Kicks off WWE Raw

WWE Raw started with Big E rubbing cocoa butter on his body, which is one of the many benefits of WWE embracing black Superstars.

Seth Rollins was met with “you look stupid” chants (deservedly so) and proceeded to roast Louisville, Ky.’s fashion choices.

The Dirty Dawgz, AJ Styles and Omos def. Rated RK-Bro and The Street Profits

The Street Profits are on an alarming losing streak since coming to WWE Raw, so much so, it was brought up on commentary.

A Street Profits-RK-Bro tag team title feud is just what the doctor ordered for the Street Profits, but they’re going to need to start winning some matches before the feud is even remotely interesting.

Bobby Lashley def. Dominik Mysterio

Kevin Owens asking babyfaces for their opinions about him really feels like he’s going through an existential crisis.

Adam Pearce really flexed his heel authority figure muscles by pitting poor Dominik Mysterio against the returning Bobby Lashley.

Words cannot describe how happy I was to see Bobby Lashley reunited with MVP.

A Bobby Lashley vs. Rey Mysterio feud could be a lot of fun.

Backstage, Austin Theory snapped a selfie while the Mysterios were tending to Dominik’s injuries, unbeknownst to them.

Big E def. Chad Gable

I’m glad WWE continues to promote Valedictorian Chad Gable achieving his Master’s degree at Full Sail University with a 4.0 GPA. Otis even called Gable “The Master!” throughout this match.

Though there is a size difference (in thickness), Big E and Gable are evenly matched as compact, singlet-wearing suplex machines.

Gable got a lot of offense in this match and even got to work over Big E’s left knee for an extended period of time.

Reggie def. Drake Maverick—WWE 24/7 Championship

Drake Maverick got to keep his happy-go-lucky NXT theme music he shared alongside Killian Dain.

The funniest part of this comedy segment was R-Truth holding hands with the referee while running to the ring.

Corey Graves won the 24/7 Championship, followed by Byron Saxton before it went back to Drake Maverick. All told:

  • Drake Maverick def. Reggie
  • Akira Tozawa def. Drake Maverick
  • Corey Graves def. Akira Tozawa
  • Byron Saxton def. Corey Graves
  • Drake Maverick def. Byron Saxton
  • Reggie def. Drake Maverick

Liv Morgan def. Bianca Belair, Queen Zelina, Carmella and Rhea Ripley

Becky Lynch has left a lot to be desired on commentary, but she got off to a hot start with a well-times Liv Morgan diss: “when Byron Saxton has more title wins than you, you know something’s wrong.”

Becky Lynch spent much of her guest commentary burying Liv Morgan, which was further indication that Morgan was going to win.

The crowd really wasn’t into this match, which was quite clunky throughout and probably too long for a Fatal 5-Way.

After acting like a heel all night by suggesting Bianca Belair shouldn’t be in this match, Doudrop made things official with a random heel turn when she cost Belair this match.

Seth Rollins def. Kevin Owens via Countout

The entrances for this match began around 7:30 PST, and if this is the true main event, Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins are going to get a lot of time.

Big E slapped the smartphone out of Austin Theory’s hand, and it’s the rare instance where a more serious Big E is the one who does not have time for any comedy.

As Big E sat quietly, observing this match, I feel like we were robbed out of at least half-an-hour of his commentary.

Big E has already teased future feuds with Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Otis and Austin Theory.

These two men worked too hard for the half-hearted “this is awesome” chant that this match received.

This match was longer than some gauntlets, only to end in disqualification.

Staying true to his character, Kevin Owens turned heel despite questions of whether he could be trusted.

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