WWE Raw advertised the Monday night returns of CM Punk and Randy Orton. Raw also advertised Tegan Nox and Natalya vs. Piper Niven, Bronson Reed vs. Ivar and Chelsea Green and a six-team men’s Tag Team Turmoil.
WWE Raw aired a special commercial-free first hour to celebrate its two high-profile returns, and the broadcast projects to draw one of the highest ratings of the year.
Last week’s broadcast of WWE Raw garnered 1.459 million viewers.
WWE Raw Results on November 27, 2023
- The Creeds win Tag Team Turmoil
- Bronson Reed and Ivar Battle to a Double Countout
- Nia Jax def. Zoey Stark
WWE Raw Ratings
- November 20, 2023 | 1.459 million
- November 13, 2023 | 1.467 million
- November 6, 2023 | 1.522 million
- October 30, 2023 | 1.391 million
- October 23, 2023 | 1.476 million
- WWE Raw Venue: Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, Tenn.)
- WWE Raw Tickets Distributed: 9,889
- WWE Raw Tickets Available: 690
WWE Raw Winners And Grades
Randy Orton Returns To WWE Raw
Randy Orton told Mami that “Daddy’s back,” and it sent this crowd into a frenzy.
Randy Orton will actually be making his in-ring return tonight against Dominik Mysterio.
Randy Orton hit an RKO over JD McDonagh, who donned a neck brace to celebrate No Neck November.
Randy Orton Return Grade: B
The Creed Brothers Win Tag Team Turmoil
Akira Tozawa and Otis teamed up, because I guess Chad Gable didn’t feel like doing any jobs tonight.
Akira Tozawa is great with Alpha Academy, but I think they’d be a better fit in the New Day.
After DIY knocked off Alpha Academy DIY faced off against Indus Sher. There was no heat for this. The only pop came when Johnny Gargano scored a surprised rollup victory over Veer.
DIY ran the gauntlet until they ran into the New Day. Then the New Day lost to the Creeds, who went on to beat IMPERIUM. The Creed Brothers tag team title win feels inevitable, but hopefully it isn’t too much, too soon.
Tag Team Turmoil Grade: B-
Shinsuke Nakamura Attacks Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes received another rousing reaction and remains WWE’s top babyface despite the returns of Randy Orton and CM Punk.
Cody Rhodes’ mention of CM Punk was the first live mention of Punk, and fans reacted (mostly) kindly with “CM Punk” chants. Ever the babyface, Rhodes said “welcome back.”
Cody Rhodes said there’s only one destination for him and that’s why Rhodes will be the very first to declare himself for the 2024 Royal Rumble.
It turns out, the person Shinsuke Nakamura was talking about this whole time was Cody Rhodes. Shinsuke blew mist into Rhodes’ face.
Cody Rhodes Segment Grade: B
Bronson Reed And Ivar Battle To A Double Countout
My expectations for this match were sky high. So much so, I was disappointed when it went to commercial break.
The new name for Bronson Reed’s finisher is the “Doomsault,” which is perfect.
For a match built around Big Meaty Men Slapping Meat, Valhalla everywhere…until she got kicked out.
Reed caught a diving Ivar but was too blown up to slam him, so he more-less dropped him.
The hoss fight ended in a double-countout, but not before Reed delivered a Death Valley Driver through the barricade. Sounds like they’re saving the rest for later.
Bronson and Ivar made up for their underwhelming match with a great post-match brawl. Ivar flipping onto Reed garnered “holy s—t” chants.
Bronson Reed vs. Ivar Grade: B-
Nia Jax Def. Zoey Stark
Fans really reacted when Nia Jax teased her Annihilator finisher, but sadly Jax came crashing down.
Zoey Stark went right back to Square 1 with her loss to Nia Jax. Funny thing is, I don’t expect Jax to challenge Rhea Ripley from here.
Nia Jax vs. Zoey Stark Grade: C+
Drew McIntyre Confronts Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins answered CM Punk chants by calling Punk a hypocrite, which elicited boos.
Rollins was interrupted by fellow (kayfabe) malcontent Drew McIntyre. Rollins said there were people who deserved a world title shot more than McIntyre, so next week Rollins will be defending the championship on Raw. This led to a tepid reaction because of the whole “next week” comment.
Rollins paused before saying who this match was going to be against, and there were only light chants of CM Punk. When Rollins confirmed it would be Jey Uso, fans exploded in “yeet” chants.
A salty Drew McIntyre hit Rollins with a Glasgow Kiss before being run off by Jey Uso. McIntyre removed his kilt to reveal booty shorts. McIntyre seemed to be slightly bleeding from the spot, which is sure to garner reports from wrestling gossip websites that this brawl was a shoot.
Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins Grade: B
Green And Niven Def. Natalya And Tegan Nox
WWE has actually been booking a long-term storyline between Natalya and Tegan Nox. Whether or not this is a good storyline remains to be seen.
This match was competitive early but Piper Niven ultimately ran through Tegan Nox to pick up the win. Surprisingly, Natalya didn’t turn on Tegan just yet.
Women’s Tag Team Title Match Grade: C
Randy Orton Def. Dominik Mysterio
Randy Orton ragdolled Dominik Mysterio onto the announce table several times to placate “one more time!” chants.
JD McDonagh took a suspension DDT, and at this point his neck will never heal.
Jelly Roll, who appeared throughout the night, was featured in this match as he jawed with the Judgment Day.
CM Punk Returns
There was an anti-Punk sign that read “Cry me a River,” and WWE quickly cut away from it.
Fans showered Punk with cheers, and he begun his promo with “looks like hell froze over.”
CM Punk announced “I’ve changed,” and the crowd seemed skeptical at best.
CM Punk received a big pop for saying “I’m home,” leading to more chants of “CM Punk!”
Punk said WWE fans never forgot him, even when he wanted to forget him.
CM Punk said he was back because “I love you guys,” but by “you guys,” I didn’t know if he was talking about the fans or the Benjamins.
Punk made reference to something a “wiseman” told him.
Punk said AJ Lee is fabulous and she sends her regards. This also got a big pop.
CM Punk called back to his pipebomb promo “…in this ring, on this microphone, even on commentary…”