WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from November 28

Doc-Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured Columnist IVNovember 29, 2022

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from November 28

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    Becky Lynch.
    WWE

    Welcome to Bleacher Report's coverage and recap of WWE Raw on November 28.

    This was the fallout episode following Saturday's Survivor Series WarGames pay-per-view, so most of the major events from the show were addressed.

    Austin Theory won the United States Championship from Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch made her triumphant return to competition in the women's WarGames match, and Sami Zayn cemented his place in The Bloodline by helping his team win the men's WarGames bout.

    Monday's show not only dealt with the results of this past weekend, but it also began the unusually long buildup to WWE's next big event, The Royal Rumble on January 28.

    On top of that, we finally got the match between The Miz and Dexter Lumis to determine if Lumis will earn a WWE contract.

    Let's take a look at what went down during Monday's show.

Becky Lynch Kicks off the Show

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    We saw The Bloodline minus Roman Reigns arriving at the arena as the show began. When we went into the arena, Becky Lynch came out to a huge pop from the crowd.

    She said she missed the fans and actually went into the crowd to shake hands, give high fives and compliment people on their choice of shirts. She talked to a few people as she talked about being ready to knock the head off of every other woman in the company.

    This brought out Bayley to a chorus of boos. She complained about not having the respect of the crowd after everything she has done. The Man was about to head to the ring to fight her, but she noticed Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky coming through the crowd.

    They fought into the concourse and destroyed a merch stand. Lynch ended up successfully fighting off all three women before security and several officials broke up the fight. This was an awesome way to kick off the show. The crowd was fully invested and everything worked exactly as intended.

    Grade: A


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Lynch is as over as anyone else in WWE right now. She received multiple chants during this segment. 
    • Two fans named Bobby and Zackery were singled out by Lynch when she was in the crowd. She made their whole year. 
    • Bayley and Lynch had the crowd in the palms of their hands. 

Rhea Ripley vs. Mia Yim/Judgment Day vs. The OC

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    The first match of the night saw Mia Yim battle Rhea Ripley, who also had Dominik Mysterio at ringside for support.

    They locked up, and Michin scored the first couple of takedowns to send The Nightmare out of the ring to regroup with Dom.

    Ripley tried to take control, but Yim kept the upper hand and even managed to avoid a distraction from Dominik. She took the powerhouse down by her legs and hit a few punches before Ripley was finally able to string together a few moves in a row.

    The early moments of this match had a couple of slow, awkward moments, but the longer they went, the better they got. Yim brought Dom into the ring when he got on the apron, but the distraction allowed Ripley to take her down. AJ Styles ran to the ring and took him out, but they tripped over the women on the way down and caused the ref to call for the bell.

    The rest of The OC and Judgment Day ran down and began to brawl. Styles grabbed a mic and said this feud would end tonight in a four-on-four match. A ref came to the ring, and the eight-person tag match got underway.

    Everyone paired up and began to fight all around the ring. Styles and Balor ended up being in the ring when the ref called for the bell, so they were the first legal participants. The OC kept Balor cornered for a bit with double-team moves, but The Prince eventually tagged in Damian Priest to take over.

    Both teams were able to control different portions of the match by using the same tactic of quick tags to keep one man isolated. The crowd popped when Ripley and Yim were finally tagged in and allowed to continue their fight from earlier. The Nightmare was able to get the win for Judgment Day with The Riptide to end a highly entertaining couple of segments.

    Was this a five-star clinic? No, but it wasn't supposed to be. This was a lot of fun, and even though The OC lost, all eight competitors came away from this looking good.

    Winners: Judgment Day

    Grade: A-


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The announcers were calling Yim by her real name and "Michin." It was a pretty even split. 
    • Dom might still be green, but the heat he gets from the crowd is undeniable. If WWE can coach him up a bit, he could end up being a great asset in 2023. 
    • Ripley is a lot of fun when she trash-talks during matches. 
    • The couple of knees Yim hit to Ripley's face looked great. It looked like they connected, but you could tell Ripley was selling and not actually hurt.
    • This is the match we should have gotten at Survivor Series instead of Balor vs. Styles. That bout was good, but this would have made more sense on the PPV. It's a minor quibble when both matches ended up being entertaining. 
    • It was fun to see RIpley beating on Anderson for a little while. 

The Bloodline Celebrates/Alpha Academy vs. Street Profits

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    The Usos, Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa came to the ring to celebrate their win at Survivor Series inside of the WarGames cage against Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre and The Brawling Brutes.

    KO came out and said he actually understands why Zayn did what he did and can't fault him for it. He said he doesn't want to fight Zayn or team with him anymore. He is just done with him and wants nothing to do with him anymore.

    Owens said he is glad that everyone finally sees how great Zayn is, but no matter how many times he calls The Bloodline family, he will never be their real blood relative. Jey tried to step in and ended up agreeing to have a match with Owens later in the show.

    Not only did all of this work well, but it helped cap off what might be the best first hour of Raw we have seen in years.

    Grade: A-


    The next match featured the returning Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins taking on Chad Gable and Otis. It has been several weeks since they last competed, so both men were looking to make a big splash with the crowd.

    Ford controlled Gable with ease, but as soon as Otis tagged in, the high-flyer of the Profits found himself on defense. Dawkins helped turn the tide back in their favor, and they ended up taking out both members of Alpha Academy at the same time with dives over the top rope.

    While Gable and Otis had their time to shine, this match was all about putting the Profits back in the mix. These teams always work well together, so this was a solid performance from all involved. The Street Profits scored the win after Ford hit Gable with a massive frog splash.

    Winners: The Street Profits

    Grade: B


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Owens is so great at displaying whatever emotion he wants. It wouldn't be surprising to see him act in a movie or TV show at some point. 
    • Ford and Dawkins can control a crowd as well as anyone in the company. 
    • Ford controlling Gable while laughing in his face and talking trash was hilarious. 
    • The double dive from the Profits looked awesome. Gable and Otis did a great job catching them and selling the impact. 
    • Ford got Otis up for a bodyslam that popped the crowd. 

The Miz vs. Dexter Lumis

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    Austin Theory came to the ring to celebrate winning the U.S. title at Survivor Series, but he was quickly joined by Seth Rollins, who was wearing what might be his most ridiculous outfit to date. He congratulated Theory but called him "Kid" while doing it to get under his skin.

    This was a short segment that didn't even lead to them agreeing to a date for a rematch, so nothing was accomplished other than letting us know this feud is still going. It wasn't bad, but it didn't progress anything.

    The next match was the opportunity Lumis has been waiting for. If he could defeat The Miz, he would win himself a WWE Raw contract. This was billed as an "Anything Goes" match, which is just another way of saying it had no disqualifications.

    The Miz tried to get out of the match by claiming his hand was injured, but Adam Pearce made him fight. Lumis took control right away and began punishing The A-Lister.

    We returned from a break to see Lumis no-selling The Miz using a tool to squeeze his skull. Lumis hit his head into an exposed turnbuckle but managed to kick out of a pin. He eventually locked The A-Lister in his trademark submission for the win. He is now officially a member of the Raw roster and earned the money Miz owed him.

    This was fine, but it was nothing to write home about. Lumis and The Miz both need to move on. It was cool to see Lumis handing a few bills to kids at ringside though.

    Winner: Dexter Lumis

    Grade: C+


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Theory has been a lot less annoying recently. Losing the MITB briefcase the way he did was dumb, but he has been easier to tolerate. 
    • The way they had Lumis moving every time the camera turned away until he was right in front of The Miz felt almost like a reference to the weeping angels from Doctor Who. 
    • The crowd did not seem too into this match. It felt like the story may have gone on a little too long, so a lot of people lost interest. 

Dakota Kai vs. Candice LeRae

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    After selling an injury at the hands of Damage CTRL for a few weeks, Candice LeRae returned in an attempt to get a little retribution against one of her attackers, Dakota Kai.

    The match got started during the break but was shown in the little picture-in-picture screen. Bayley and Sky tried to get involved, but several officials kept them away from the ring.

    Both of these women are skilled performers, so they were able to put together a match that was both competitive and entertaining. WWE gave them enough time so they didn't have to rush anything, too.

    The Poison Pixie was able to score a clean win with a neckbreaker from the middle turnbuckle. This was a really good performance from both Superstars. It's great to see LeRae getting a win, but the women's tag champs have been losing a lot lately.

    Winner: Candice LeRae

    Grade: B+


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Kai came to the ring acting like she was still feeling the effects of her fight with Lynch earlier in the evening. It was a nice touch. Some people will go through a brutal match and then seem fine an hour later. Selling is important. 
    • Kai hit a running clothesline that took both women down. It looked painfully realistic. 
    • You can tell Kai's kicks connect flush because you can hear the impact without her having to slap her thigh for every hit. 
    • The suplex LeRae used to get a two-count toward the end of the match was awesome, but Kai looked like one of her shoulders was slightly off the mat. 

Kevin Owens vs. Jey Uso

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    The final match of the night saw "Main Event" Jey Uso take on "The Prize Fighter" Kevin Owens. Jey had Sikoa, his brother and Zayn with him, but KO was all by himself.

    The fight was even until KO took a kick to the head right as the show cut to a break. Jey was able to fully take control by ramming Owens' shoulder into the ring post, but KO tried to keep fighting as much as he could.

    These men know each other very well at this point, so they knew exactly how to complement each other's style and put on a great match.

    Both men scored a few near-falls before the match finally ended with KO hitting a Stunner for the pin. He escaped the ring before the rest of The Bloodline could attack him.

    Winner: Kevin Owens

    Grade: B+


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The recap video of the men's WarGames match we got before this bout began was great. WWE's production team is second to none. 
    • Jey has been outstanding throughout all of this Bloodline stuff, but it would be nice to see Jimmy have a chance to get some of the spotlight as a solo star, too. 
    • The way Jey whipped Owens to the corner was nuts. KO sold the impact perfectly. 
    • The fisherman's buster KO hits from the middle turnbuckle is a great spot. 
    • The way Owens sold a superkick after failing to hit a Popup Powerbomb was hilarious. 
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