With Survivor Series only two weeks away, Raw was focused entirely on the build to the brand warfare that will take place at the event, as they hosted a special edition of Raw in Glasgow, Scotland. All three Raw Survivor Series teams were finalised, but not without tension between members.
Sami Zayn earned a huge win over Rusev, thereby earning an opportunity at the Intercontinental Championship on November 20th. Noam Dar, received a huge ovation from his home country crowd, while he made his debut for the Raw brand.
The women, men, and tag teams, who will represent Raw against Smackdown Live, all faced off in multi-man bouts, with a huge Fatal-5 Way main event for the men. Did Glasgow witness a good showing from the ‘flagship’ show, or did Raw fail to deliver once again?
Let’s find out, as I analyse and grade each segment from the November 7th edition of WWE Raw.
Sami Zayn vs. Rusev (Winner faces Dolph Ziggler at Survivor Series for IC Title):
With the show up till this point, being filled with decent, yet forgettable matches, this stellar bout breathed life into a floundering show.
The high stakes amped the atmosphere of the crowd and quality of the match, as both competitors brought their A games. Rusev played his role as the vicious heel splendidly, while Zayn plays his role, as the scrappy underdog babyface, fighting from the ground up to perfection.
The two men’s chemistry was strong, and they will hopefully meet again in the near future. The finish was a bit unexpected but protected Rusev somewhat, as Zayn got lucky with a top rope Helluva kick.
Finally, the Underdog from the Underground has some much-needed direction, and the Zayn vs. Ziggler bout is a top contender to steal the show at Survivor Series. Even though it is babyface vs. babyface, expect a high-octane, fast-paced, brilliant bout that adds to the growing list of quality IC title matches in 2016.
It seems that Sami Zayn could win the IC title and move to SD if WWE plans on strengthing the roster of the blue brand. Would you like to see the Underdog from the Underground on SmackDown?