With unique settings and high stakes, the November 28th edition of Raw prospered, despite no appearance from Goldberg or Brock Lesnar. Feuds began to take shape for WWE Roadblock: End of the Line and championships were the main focus of this week’s Raw (besides the US championship, but we’ll get to that).
Although the match card for the upcoming Raw-exclusive PPV wasn’t filled, WWE provided fans with an extremely strong episode of Raw this week. So, which segments impressed, and which tarnished an otherwise strong showing for the red brand? Let’s find out, as I analyse and grade each segment from the November 28th edition of WWE Raw.
Cedric Alexander vs. Tony Nese and Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar/ New relationship storyline
Grade for both: 7/10
This was a fine Cruiserweight match for what it was, although neither competitor gained anything from this. Alexander seemed set to gain some momentum with a big win in his hometown, but instead, he appears to have been paired, in a love story, with the directionless Alicia Fox. Rumors have also indicated the two would be in a relationship storyline going forward, so that's that.
Tony Nese, despite winning, only emerged victorious due to interference from Drew Gulak, and nothing will come from this win for the Premier Athlete. Hopefully 205 Live will inject some momentum into the floundering Cruiserweight division, as it appears to be the new filler matches on Raw. Overall, this was a fine match, but it did nothing for either competitor.
Somehow, Noam Dar has lost all momentum after a hot debut in his home country of Scotland, and he was bafflingly portrayed as the heel in this match. Rich Swann continues to impress, however, and he picked up a solid win to gain some momentum for his Cruiserweight title match against Brian Kendrick on 205 Live tomorrow.
Still, this match was nothing special, although Swann getting some promo time after the bout was a nice touch. However, the Cruiserweight division still has a long way to go in regards to improvement, and this didn’t help matters much.