The world of WWE Raw is once again at the forefront of sports entertainment, as it gears up for WWE Survivor Series 2023. This year’s event promises to be a spectacle, with blockbuster War Games matches on the horizon, and several ongoing Raw feuds set to reach their boiling points, especially those stemming from Judgment Day. On the upcoming episode of WWE Raw, two key matches are officially scheduled: Shinsuke Nakamura is set to clash with Akira Tozawa in a grudge match, while The Miz, Bronson Reed, Ricochet, and Ivar will battle it out to determine the next number one contender for Gunther’s InterContinental Title. Moreover, the WWE Universe is abuzz with speculation over whether Nakamura will finally call out CM Punk after a series of hidden GTS teases and CM Punk catchphrases.
In other notable developments on WWE Raw, Cody Rhodes has achieved a significant victory, defeating Mr. MITB Damian Priest as he continues his journey to conclude an ongoing storyline. Seth Rollins managed to retain his World Heavyweight Title against Drew McIntyre in a match that lived up to the hype, and Sami Zayn secured a victory against JD McDonagh with a powerful Blue Thunder Bomb. With these events in mind, it’s worth pondering whether Drew McIntyre and Judgment Day could seek retribution against these victorious babyfaces in a War Games Match at Survivor Series. Speaking of Judgment Day, Rhea Ripley successfully defended her title in a thrilling fatal five-way match against Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax, Raquel Rodriguez, and Zoey Stark.
However, the focus here will shift to the two announced matches and the intriguing prospect of Shinsuke Nakamura challenging CM Punk on the road to WWE Survivor Series 2023.
WWE Raw is scheduled to air live on November 6, 2023, on the USA Network, and the most anticipated segment of the night will undoubtedly be Shinsuke Nakamura’s potential call-out of CM Punk.
- Advertisement -
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Akira Tozawa [Grudge Match]
Shinsuke Nakamura is expected to secure a victory in this grudge match against Akira Tozawa. Nakamura is on a path of redemption following consecutive title match losses to Seth Rollins, and he’s still in the process of developing his emerging heel character, marked by eerie promos delivered in the backstage area. What’s truly intriguing is that some of these promos contain subtle allusions to someone “setting him free.” It’s a nod to the iconic “Cult of Personality” theme song by Living Colour, which is synonymous with CM Punk and features lyrics proclaiming, “only you can set me free.” Additionally, Nakamura made a memorable reference to CM Punk by delivering the GTS (Go To Sleep) maneuver to Rollins back at FastLane in October.
With WWE officially embarking on the road to Survivor Series, the time is ripe for Nakamura to finally call out CM Punk, and it couldn’t be more fitting. Considering that Survivor Series is set to take place in Chicago this year, a city closely associated with Punk, it’s only a matter of time before the WWE Universe witnesses a momentous showdown. It’s safe to say that the anticipation is building, and the WWE Universe is ready for “It’s Clobberin’ Time.”
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura
The Miz vs. Bronson Reed vs. Ricochet vs. Ivar [IC Title #1 Contender Match]
- Advertisement -
In this Intercontinental Title #1 Contender Match, The Miz is poised to emerge victorious over Bronson Reed, Ricochet, and Ivar. This victory will solidify his recent transition into a babyface character, a turn he initiated during a memorable episode of Miz TV. Contrary to any misconceptions and the lackluster booking he’s experienced in the past year and a half, The Miz is undeniably one of the greatest InterContinental Champions in WWE history. His nine title reigns not only cement his legacy but also elevated the Intercontinental Title’s prestige through his dynamic promos and captivating character development. As the perfect superstar to pass the torch to Gunther, who aims to become the next legendary InterContinental Champion, The Miz’s victory in this match will be pivotal.
Prediction: The Miz
- Advertisement -
This preview offers an in-depth look at the upcoming WWE Raw episode, dissecting the scheduled matches and the anticipation surrounding Shinsuke Nakamura’s potential call-out of CM Punk. It provides wrestling fans with a comprehensive overview of what to expect and why these segments are crucial in the larger narrative of WWE’s Survivor Series build-up.