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WWE Raw results, live blog (Nov. 27, 2023): CM Punk returns!

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 27, 2023) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring all fallout from the Survivor Series premium live event that went down this past Saturday night in Chicago, Illinois.

Advertised for tonight: CM Punk makes his first appearance on the red brand in many, many years to follow up on his big return in Chicago. Randy Orton will also be back to make an appearance after his main event win. Elsewhere, a Tag Team Turmoil match will determine the next top contenders to the Undisputed tag team titles, Ivar takes on Bronson Reed, and a whole lot more.

Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on USA Network. It will be below this line here. Reminder: GIFs and pics allowed, but no links to illegal streams, please.


I’ve inherited spiritual sanctions for some old ancestral crime. It was committed long ago, but the punishment’s absolved all down the family line, and now I’m here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with a recap of Survivor Series, up to and including the miraculous return of CM Punk to WWE at the end of the show.

We get a new intro video and it looks real bad.

Commentary promises us Punk will have a live mic later tonight.

Randy Orton, who also came back, makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He says it sounds like we missed him and says he’s back for as long as he can stay here, and without further ado he welcomes us to the show. He says he could list his accolades but something he’s never done is compete in WarGames, so when his dear friend Cody Rhodes picked up the phone, of course he was in.

But there’s another reason he wanted to be in WarGames, because it was invented by the late great “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, and to be part of the match is to be part of wrestling history, and it’s all about making moments. He has a little bit of unfinished business and that business has to do with the Bloodline.

He’s made a career out of putting guys on the shelf for over twenty years, so maybe he can forgive, but he can’t forget, and he’s got a bag full of receipts for every single member, and when he says EVERY he means EVERY. He thinks Nashville knows what form those receipts will come in, and that’s the three most dangerous letters in all of sports entertainment— RKO.

Enter Rhea Ripley.

She welcomes Randy back and congratulates him on his performance at Survivor Series. She says she didn’t take him as somebody who does favors or team with people who tried to end his career, or have his big return a year and a half in the making upstaged.

She says WarGames was just a bump in the road because Judgment Day are all dripping in gold. She talks about how Orton has all these enemies who have made his life a living nightmare and he needs to stop focusing on the Bloodline, because Judgment Day will get the job done and put him out, permanently.

He says he’s been watching the product and she’s all over the show, Mami this, Mami that, well guess what, daddy’s back. He says Ripley said a lot of things have changed and it’s true, but the one thing that hasn’t changed and will never change as long as he’s here, is that nobody tells Randy Orton what to do.

She says she tried to play fair and give a warning but he made them their enemy, and JD McDonagh and Dominik Mysterio attack Orton from behind! Randy gets the better of them, posts McDonagh, clutches Dom for the hanging DDT, JD cuts him off, RKO takes him out and Orton awkwardly humps him as he retrieves the mic!

Randy tells Dominik not to leave the arena because he’s gonna go find Adam Pearce and get a match against him tonight!

We get a segment from earlier of Chad Gable telling his boys Otis and Tozawa that they’re gonna team for the first time in the tag team turmoil tonight. Maxxine Dupri rolls up with Jelly Roll, who is apparently a country and western music star of some renown.

Not to mention some girth, which he proves by belly bumping Otis. R-Truth rolls up like he knows him but it turns out he just thought somebody had jelly rolls to eat. Roll tries to teach him the error of his ways but he runs off to catering and Tozawa dances.

We get a media hype reel for Survivor Series.

#DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa) vs. Alpha Academy (Akira Tozawa & Otis Dozovic) vs. Creed Brothers (Brutus & Julius Creed) vs. Imperium (Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser) vs. Indus Sher (Sanga & Veer Mahaan) vs. New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) (WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tag Team Turmoil Match)

Alpha Academy and #DIY start the match.

Ciampa and Tozawa to start, off the ropes, Akira clambers over him, Tom ducks a kick but eats a jab and the Stamina Monster dances! Uppercut from the Sicilian Psychopath, whip reversed, big chop, jawbreaker, Gargano tags in and they lay Tozawa out with a double-team! Whip reversed, boot up in the corner, Johnny with a diving crossbody for some breathing room!

Tags made, Dozovic freight training through both men, double shoulder block and he’s fired up! Off the ropes, back elbow, whip Tom across, back elbow for him, too! Stinger Splash, stereo Caterpillars! Tag to Akira, standing on Dozer’s shoulders, but DIY take them out with kicks!

Low bridge sends Otis to the floor, tag to Gargano...

#DIY eliminate Alpha Academy by pinfall with Meet in the Middle on Akira Tozawa.

Indus Sher enter the match third.

Fighting on the floor, Indus Sher ram DIY into each other and then the post, in the ring, Veer a man of great violence, stomping away, whip across, huge flying body avalanche and a tag to Sanga! Johnny off the ropes, double shoulder block, boot knocks Ciampa down, but Gargano gets lucky...

#DIY eliminate Indus Sher by pinfall with a folding press from Johnny Gargano on Veer Mahaan.

Creed Brothers enter the match fourth.

Julius starting opposite Ciampa, fireman’s carry takeover, wristlock and a tag, Brutus with a fireman’s carry of his own, another one, a double takeover! Brutus with an armbar, tag to back to Julius, Gargano in, lariat / bulldog combination! Charging in, Brutus with a back body drop, but he runs right into the Superman Spear... SO CLOSE!

Step-up Asai DDT, tag to Tom, dropkick, cover for two! Passing John to the floor, Tom fighting them two-on-one, Brutus with a Stinger Splash! Underhooks, assisted butterfly facebuster... GARGANO BREAKS IT UP! Trading elbows, Johnny tags back in, superkick from Ciampa, lining Julius up... BRUTUS INTERCEPTS TOM WITH A POUNCE!

Julius hoists Gargano up, powerbomb, fireman’s carry, into the electric chair...

Creed Brothers eliminate #DIY by pinfall with a Brutus Ball Doomsday Device on Johnny Gargano.

New Day enter the match fifth.

New Day cutting Julius off in the corner, quick tags, Kingston with a nearfall off a dropkick. Pressing the attack, working him over, eventually he gets a tag to Brutus, Woods with a rolling elbow, Creed cuts him off with an exploder suplex! Suplex over the ropes follows, tag to Julius.

Standing shooting star press gets a nearfall, tag back to Brutus, fireman’s carry, Xavier slips out, tornado DDT on the younger Creed, only two! Backbreaker sets it up, Up Up Down Down, Julius breaks up the pin! Tag back to Julius, Kofi cuts him off, goes up top, diving crossbody, Creed rolls through and deadlifts him up!

Boot to Woods, fallaway slam on Kingston, Brutus Ball on Xavier, tag made, electric chair...

Creed Brothers eliminate New Day by pinfall with the Brutus Ball Doomsday Device on Kofi Kingston.

Imperium enter the match sixth.

Vinci on Julius, big crossbody, disdainful kick to the back of the head, short-arm lariat follows. shoving Creed off, spinebuster into a Penalty Kick! Powerbomb, Brutus breaks it up! He tags in, laying Imperium out with chops on chops, spinebuster on Giovanni, clubbing punches, fireman’s carry but Ludwig comes in with a chop block and mounted punches until referee Eddie Orengo warns him off.

Clobbering the younger Creed in the corner, Vinci with a Trapezius Claw to grind him down! Tags made, Julius in with belly-to-belly suplexes, taking the ring! Kaiser with overhead elbows, but Julius just northern lights suplexes both him and Vinci! Side folding press from Ludwig, nope, elbow, fireman’s carry, Creed slips out, gutwrench... DOCTOR BOMB!

Electric chair, Kaiser crumbles Julius, Brutus cut off, big lariat and a tag to Vinci! Looking for the Imperial Bomb but Julius double jumps over his own brother to superplex Kaiser! Back to the electric chair, Brutus off the top but slow to capitalize...

Creed Brothers win, last eliminating Imperium by pinfall with the Brutus Ball Doomsday Device on Giovanni Vinci to become #1 contenders to the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship.

Diamond Mine stands tall after the match.

We cut to backstage where Rhea Ripley is giving Dominik Mysterio a pep talk.

Finn Balor rolls up to talk to Damian Priest about how they can’t take the Creeds lightly. Priest says he hears them but he sees their faces and he knows he let them down at WarGames, so get it off your chest. He’s agitated but Rhea says they’re a family and they rise and fall together, and Finn adds that they lost one match but they still have the tag titles, no big deal.

Ripley promises none of them will hold a grudge against him, and Damian accepts this and appreciates it and asks how JD McDonagh is doing. Balor says he’s still being examined and it’ll be a while, and he and Priest should go check on him.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, “American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He asks what to talk about before seguing into a story of gratitude and he thanks his teammates in WarGames for helping him win, them being Sami Zayn, the Yeet Master “Main Event” Jey Uso, our champion Seth Rollins, and the man who came through for him, the Legend Killer, Randy Orton.

He says Orton was a mentor early on and remains so to this day, and he gave him a new memory by letting him finish not just any match, but his dad’s match. The other story, the return of CM Punk... nobody knew that was gonna happen, nobody knows what’s going to happen, and nobody knows what he’s gonna say, but Cody welcomes him back.

What’s the saying, a fisherman always spots the other fishermen from afar? With all this news being made, all these stories, he’d like to make some news himself right here. At this point we truly know him, and there’s only one destination for him. And that’s why, granted the authority by Adam Pearce, he’s going to be the first to declare for the 2024 Royal Rumble.

The lights go down but not out and Shinsuke Nakamura appears on the tron.

He says Cody is a brave hero who has won his battle, and now he says he must continue history story, but Nakamura needs him to set him free, awaken him, and to let him evolve. He’s been very patient week after week, but now he’s done waiting, and he’ll bring chaos to him.

The lights come up and Nakamura is behind Cody! HE SPITS RED MIST IN THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE’S FACE!

Cody struggles in agony and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)

Bronson Reed vs. Ivar

Collar and elbow, stalemate, so the big lads just run at each other! Trading lariats to not much effect, Ivar with a knee, off the ropes, a shove, body avalanche from Reed takes him down! Elbow drop from standing, to the floor, Valhalla runs interference, Warbeard with the reverse roundhouse and a freight train crossbody against the apron LED boards and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Bronson with hard chops in the corner, picking up the pace, machine gun chops, Warbeard turns him around, same routine but with back elbows, Reed with a Samoan drop into a senton, cover for two! Ivar up top, big man moonsault, nobody home! Valhalla runs interference, referee Aja Perera warns her off but Warbeard was able to roll away!

Valhalla ejected, sidestep, a lariat sends Bronson to the floor! Catch a dive, toss Warbeard over the timekeeper’s barricade, referee counting as Reed puts Ivar through a barricade with a Death Valley Driver...

The match goes to a double count-out draw.

Post-match, Ivar attacks Reed with a chair, brawling through the crowd, Bronson accidentall runs over a crew member! Ivar punches a security guarad, Adam Pearce and road agents join th pull-apart but Reed throws a guard into Warbeard and claims victory... IVAR OFF A ROAD CASE WITH A SENTON ATOMICO!

We get footage of Shayna Baszler giving Zoey Stark a pep talk earlier about how she’ll definitely get another title match.

Nia Jax rolls up to be smug about Stark losing and to claim that she wouldn’t have lost. Baszler tells her to shut her hole before she gets put on the shelf again, and Zoey steps up and demands a match against her.

Nia Jax makes her entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a media hype reel for CM Punk’s return.

Judgment Day return to their clubhouse to discover R-Truth crusted in powdered sugar enjoying a tray of multi-platinum jelly rolls. He says he heard they were looking for a fifth member for WarGames and he’s happy to help. They point out it was Saturday and Truth asks if they won.

Damian says they did not and Ron asks if he knew Randy Orton came back and says that was cool. They shoo him off, the couch is ruined, and JD McDonagh says he’ll take care of this.

Nia Jax vs. Zoey Stark

Stark rushes in, Jax hosses her into the corner, boots up, enzuigiri from the apron, springboard cut off with an elbow! To the floor, Stark takes her off her feet with a dive and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Nia has La Atlantida in, Stark slips away, back elbow drops her down! Powerbomb swing into the turnbuckles, Jax fired up! Back inside, sidestep the charge, slingshot Arabian press corkscrew senton from Zoey! Corner body avalanche cuts her off, running hip attack, up top for the Banzai Drop, a couple kicks, victory roll pin... NIA KICKS OUT!

Springboard dropkick, another cover for another nearfall! Jax cuts her off...

Nia Jax wins by pinfall with a Banzai Drop.

Backstage, Imperium are bickering when GUNTHER rolls up.

He tells them he expects them to go to Adam Pearce and sort out the DIY issue, Giovanni tries to promise to get it done but Ludwig cuts him off and takes over and they walk off bickering some more.

The Miz rolls up and says he saw GUNTHER’s press conference about his next opponent challenging him to his face, and here he is. The Ring General asks if he’s sure and the A-Lister says he knows he can beat him and take that title. GUNTHER says he’s not a threat but he stood up for himself and came prepared for a fight, and he can claim that he belongs in that ring... just not in his.

Seth Rollins makes his entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get another media hype reel for Survivor Series.

Seth Rollins gets on the mic and does his usual spiel and the crowd immediately erupts in CM Punk chants.

He eggs them on and tells them to get it out of their system because he doesn’t want to spend one more second on that hypocrite. So instead of talking about somebody that don’t matter at all, he wants to talk about what matters most, the title that he’s built into the most important title in this industry.

He tells Nashville that two days out from WarGames he’s not feeling too good, but he’s getting the itch to be a fighting champion again and, uh, he went and saw Adam Pearce earlier today and they sat in his office talking about who—

Enter Drew McIntyre.

He gets in the ring and on the mic himself and says it’s been a crazy 48 hours around here. People are talking about a lot of things, but they know what happens in the ring is most important, and he wants to shake Seth’s hand and congratulate him on the victory at WarGames.

Rollins shakes his hand. Drew says Judgment Day had a master plan that apparently involved losing the damn match, a hell of a plan. Jey Uso’s been driving him mental and he’s realized he has to put Jey on the backburner and focus on what’s most important, that world heavyweight championship right there.

McIntyre watched Seth writhing in pain and he felt compassion and felt like he had to tell him it was okay but it was over and he went to tell him about it and Rollins slapped him across the face and beat him and then he realized he needed to be the biggest shark in the yard and that’s why he’s gunning for the title.

Seth says he’s always respected Drew for his honesty and he does believe he deserves a rematch, but the problem is he believes there might be a few people that deserve that opportunity more. And that’s why Rollins came out here tonight, to say that he’ll be defending the title next week.

Drew tells him he’s the champ, he calls the shots, but he’d like to know who the match is with. Seth hesitates, mouth agape for a long moment, before saying he’s just gonna come out and say that next week he’s defending the title against Jey Uso. DREW DROPS HIM WITH A HEADBUTT!

He pulls Seth to his feet, stampede into the corner, belly-to-belly suplex! Blood trickling down his forehead, he yells at Rollins for giving the match to Jey Uso, Uso makes the save and lights him up with right hands! ducking and dodging, superkick staggers McIntyre and a superkick party sends Drew out of the ring entirely!

Uso picks up the world title and gives it back to Rollins as they stand tall together.

Natalya and Tegan Nox make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Sami Zayn runs into Drew McIntyre.

McIntyre tells him not to start but Sami gives him a talking to about attacking Rollins like he did. Drew plays a “you can’t understand what I’m going through” and Zayn gives him the business telling him about all the ways he’s also come up short in the same ways. But when Sami falls down, he picks himself up and moves forward because he knows his endgame is the world title.

Drew has been world champion twice, he’s 6’6” of pure muscle, he’s got everything going for him, and he’s acting like a spoiled brat and he’s better than that. McIntyre admits he has a few points and maybe he should just work his way back up the ladder, and he’s gonna do it by going to Adam Pearce and getting a match against Sami next week.

Chelsea Green & Piper Niven (c) vs. Natalya & Tegan Nox (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)

Natalya and Green to start, mat grappling, nice evenback and forth, Chelsea grinding her palm into Nattie’s jaw in the ropes. Whip, back elbow, discus lariat, kick her away, scramble for the tag to Niven! Tag to Nox, la casadora bulldog sets up a penalty kick, quick tag back to Neidhart! Diving crossbody, posing, and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Nattie and Chelsea up top, jockeying for position, Neidhart with a Liger Bomb... SO CLOSE! Nox tags in, Green paintbrushes her and Tegan returns a headbutt! Gourdbuster, clear the apron, sidestep to the apron, kick, Chelsea with the underhooks, blind tag, to the floor, Green goes for a crossbody but the babyfaces catch her and suplex her into the barricade!

Niven off the apron with a cannonball, throwing Nox back inside! Off the ropes...

Chelsea Green & Piper Niven win by pinfall with a freight train crossbody from Niven on Tegan Nox, retaining the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.

Backstage, Jey Uso rolls up on Randy Orton to thank him for having his back at WarGames, and if it means anything, he heard him talking about receipts for the Bloodline, he’s been trying to do right and leave the past in the past. Orton says he’s been watching and he sees how Uso has had Cody’s back and that means something to him and he’s happy to leave bygones be bygones.

As long as Jey is out of the Bloodline, they’re good. They shake hands and yeet on it.

Dominik Mysterio makes his entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Becky Lynch is interviewed backstage.

She says she feels like she went to war and tonight the Man has come around to Nashville and she sees some fights on the horizon, one more pressing than the other.

Dominik Mysterio vs. Randy Orton

Collar and elbow, Orton backs him into the corner and breaks dirty pushing for an advantage. Out and back in, back body drop and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Randy throws him out of the ring with a biel! Following after, JD McDonagh hobbling away, Orton with the back suplex but Dom lands on his feet and attacks Randy from behind! Putting Orton into the steel steps, back inside, reverse chinlock applied.

Hammer whip, Orton explodes out of the corner with lariats! Duck a lariat, snap scoop powerslam connects! Fired up, throwing Mysterio out to the apron... HANGING DDT! Going to that special place but McDonagh pulls Dominik out of the ring and urges discretion as the better part of valor!

JD ends up jawing at ringside with... sigh... Jelly Roll, the big man shoves him down and shoves Dom as well! Orton shakes his hand, puts Mysterio into the announce desk with a back suplex! Another one! Back inside, JD up on the apron, he eats a hanging DDT for his trouble!

Dom dropkicks Randy from behind, 619 connects, frog splash comes up empty and Orton hits the RKO...

Randy Orton wins by pinfall with the RKO.

We go to break on a long shot of CM Punk’s locker room door.

Back from commercial, commentary hypes up ticket sales for Bash in Berlin.

CM Punk makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He says it looks like hell froze over, and by that he means he’s standing on Raw with a live microphone in his hands. He’s been feeling more like himself since Saturday and he’s been trying to come up with the words and language to explain to all of us how he feels and he’s got two words and he’s afraid to say them.

It’s not because they’re not true, it’s because he’s afraid of how true they are, and it’s gonna sound corny or cheesy, but he’s changed. Once upon a time the American Dream told him if you speak from the heart, it’s the truth, and this is the truth— he’s home.

He’s come back to this familiar place and he didn’t know how it was gonna go but it’s made him feel like his old self because this is where he feels he belongs. He’s been gone for ten years and we never forgot him even when he wanted to forget him and that’s powerful.

A bunch of continents, countless countries, people at home and in the buildings never stopped chanting his name. The voiceless found their voice and he couldn’t be more proud and he heard us and he’s back because he loves us and he’s missed us and all of this and he wishes he could say he never had to leave, but once upon a time a wise man told him he’d have to leave and come back to get the most out of this place.

He’s back for us and in front of and behind the camera it’s been nothing but love and everybody back there is happy to see him and a few people even kissed him on the mouth and asked about AJ and by the way she is fabulous and she sends her regards. Everybody has welcomed him back with open arms...

Well, almost everybody.

Some people are afraid. They’re afraid of the truth, of what they don’t understand, but he understands. Everyone here competes week after week to be the best in the world, but the Best in the World hasn’t been here in almost ten years. He understands being afraid and they’re afraid he just set the bar too high, that the most dangerous and controversial man in the industry just walked in the front door and there’s nothing you can do about it.

They’re gonna have to come to terms with the fact that their efforts in this ring, on this microphone, even on commentary, aren’t just false, but a lie, because the Best in the World is standing here in the ring on a Monday night and his name is CM Punk!

That’s the show, folks.

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