On the Nov. 11 edition of Raw, it was announced that the following week's episode would be country-themed. Initially, many fans (myself included) predicted it would be absolute garbage and suggested that WWE focus on producing a quality go-home show for Survivor Series instead of wasting time bringing in county music stars.
Sure, Florida Georgia Line performed on the show, but their musical act was relatively quick and painless. Speaking of musical, the Divas musical chairs was far from painless, but it was a small blemish on what was ultimately a very entertaining episode.
In the night's first match, Big E Langston contended for the Intercontinental Championship against Curtis Axel. With a rabid Nashville crowd in his corner, Langston defeated Axel to score his first major singles title in WWE and has held the title ever since.
A little later on in the show, Ryback and Big Show competed in their first ever one-on-one match against each other. Everyone knew from the get-go Ryback was coming up short against Show, but he didn't go down without a fight, as his Shell Shocked on the World's Largest Athlete was an impressive feat, to say the least.
For months, fans had been clamoring for The Miz to turn heel after his face run had grown stagnant. Well, those same fans got what they wished for on this show, as Miz first showed signs of returning to his villainous roots by bailing on partner Kofi Kingston in a tag match against The Real Americans.
Xavier Woods, who had been down in WWE's developmental territory NXT for over three years, finally made his main-roster debut alongside R-Tuth. He and Truth were successful in tag team action against 3MB.
Last but not least, the night's jam-packed main event match saw CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Usos, Cody Rhodes and Goldust battle The Shield and The Wyatt Family in a massive 12-man tag team match. After nearly 20 minutes of in-ring action, Punk and company emerged victorious and built momentum going into that Sunday's Survivor Series pay-per-view.
Mere moments later, The Real Americans jumped the ring and ambushed Punk and Bryan, only for Rey Mysterio to make the save for The Best and The Beard. This marked Mysterio's first appearance in close to nine months.
The main event match held up the wrestling portion of the show, while Miz's heel turn, Ryback's Shell Shocked on Big Show and Mysterio's WWE return certainly accounted for the show's shock value. Although it ended up being a pleasantly surprising episode of Raw, its lack of hype for the Survivor Series event held it back from being placed higher on the list.