WWE Raw offered two title matches, the birth of "Woken" Matt Hardy and on a few occasions rivalries were furthered, which says a lot considering Raw doesn't have a pay-per-view of its own to work towards. Talents like Samoa Joe and Paige took center stage and there's nothing wrong with that.
All that said, easily the highlight of the night was the introduction to the "Woken" Matt Hardy character and it was everything most Hardy fans could have hoped for. But, it wasn't perfect. There were moments where characters took a bit of hit, namely Jason Jordan and Bray Wyatt.
Overall, the show itself wasn't terribly exciting but a lot went down. Here are your Five Winners and Five Losers From Raw - December 4, 2017.
The opening segment of Raw was one of Jordan's better moments but still, there's something about the guy that has WWE fans all in a tizzy and it's not positive. The WWE Universe is not behind this long-lost father and son idea and the more Jordan addresses it on the show, the more fans resent him and his character.
Jordan worked himself into a match with Reigns in a way that made sense, and that's a plus. The reality is though, no one wants to see Jordan versus Reigns. The fans would much rather get straight to the point with Samoa Joe.
We still don't necessarily know why Joe has set his sights on Reigns. Is it taking down the Big Dog? Is it the desire to take the face of the WWE and punch it? Or, is it the Intercontinental Title he wants? Whatever the case, seeing these two eventually clash will be a match worth watching.
If Reigns gets opponents like Joe on a regular basis, and these feuds last more than a week, the Intercontinental Title will be extremely relevant in a hurry.
While Samoa Joe going after the Intercontinental Title is exciting, where does this leave Finn Balor? The last time we saw Balor and Joe, they were in the middle of what looked to be an extremely heated feud. Now, is the WWE Universe to believe there's simply no beef anymore?
Instead, Balor gets to show that he can still earn a win in the WWE against an opponent like Bo Dallas. No offense to Dallas, but this isn't where Balor should be on the card.
It might not have been a five-star match, but the idea of Sasha Banks vs Paige gave the women's division a match that felt very much like a worthy pay-per-view bout. It was given a decent runtime to show these two women had chops inside the ring and the ending was fitting considering the storyline of Paige's Absolution group.
The entire segment was fairly well done and that's not always the case with women's matches that are usually more crammed with talent than they are effective.
One week after having the potential match of his career against Roman Reigns, Elias got destroyed by Braun Strowman. Him being a loser on this list is not to suggest that he has to win every match and if you're going to get destroyed, you might as well get destroyed by Braun Strowman but this felt a little forced. Elias was more of a throwaway on Monday than used for anything effective. He was a prop that led to Kane and Strowman setting up their match for next week.
Perhaps no WWE Superstar has gotten fan support as quietly as Drew Gulak has. He's still considered an upset winner when he takes a match like he did the Fatal 4-Way on Monday but when he scores the win the WWE Universe is clearly behind him.
He did well to outthink his opponents and he stands to make a major move in the Cruiserweight Division, potentially becoming a future opponent for Enzo Amore and a challenger for the Cruiserweight Title. He's got the kind of following now that it wouldn't be a shock to see him win it.
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Since there isn't another Raw pay-per-view until the Royal Rumble, it makes sense that WWE would try to get Kane and Strowman together on Raw before Clash of Champions. While their match probably won't a MOTY candidate, it does give next week's show an immediate main event feel.
Unfortunately, it feels like a match made out of necessity and not good writing. Kane's sudden dominance has never felt comfortable, and this appears like it should be a cake-walk for Strowman. If Strowman doesn't get the decisive win, there is a major issue with the WWE writing staff.
Clearly, the best part of Monday's Raw for most people was the introduction of a "Woken" Matt Hardy. It was about 95 percent of everything a "Broken" Hardy fan could want. He used all the "Broken" jargon, he was in full character and, while I'm not necessarily sold on Bray Wyatt being his first opponent, some people believe it's a perfect fit.
This move was a long time coming and it's finally here. Fans can only hope Hardy gets to be as creative with the idea as he wants to be.
The only downside of the "Broken"/"Woken" Matt Hardy saga is that someone has to lose and that someone is likely going to be Bray Wyatt. How does the WWE move Hardy into this character and have him suffer a loss in his first contest out of the gate?
This is what Wyatt has become in the WWE. He's the upper echelon of enhancers in the WWE. He's used to help put over new ideas when that new idea needs a big win. Wyatt is sure to make this entertaining while it lasts, but he'll end up coming out the loser.
The tag team match for the titles that closed Raw was a little busy at times, but the quality of the contest was strong and these two teams are perfect opponents for each other. Samoa Joe interjecting himself makes sense as he wanted to take a cheap shot at Roman Reigns and Ambrose and Rollins failing here opens the door, if ever so slightly, to an eventual confrontation between the two.
What happens with these two teams now is uncertain, but both could stand to move onto different rivalries even though their chemistry is strong.
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