11/21 WWE Raw Pre-Show notes: Live coverage of the WWE Network broadcast

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By Jason Powell

-The pre-show opened with still shots of the Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar main event at Survivor Series…

-Scott Stanford, Lita, Booker T, and Jerry Lawler hosted the show from the studio in Stamford, Connecticut. Stanford said he watched the Survivor Series main event four times already (he must have had six minutes to kill).

-Stanford hyped New Day vs. Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw Tag Titles for Raw.

-Mick Foley will appear on the pre-show. Lawler noted that Team Raw took two out of the three elimination matches.

-Stanford played up Lita predicting that Goldberg would win. She said she went with her heart. Stanford asked Lawler if he saw any red flags when Lesnar made his entrance. Lawler said no, then said Lesnar seemed ready to destroy Goldberg when they went face-to-face. Lawler said Lesnar had become complacent and this could be the best thing that ever happened to him.

-Goldberg will open Raw, according to Stanford.

-The hosts discussed the women’s match at Survivor Series. They focussed on Charlotte’s attack on Bayley. Booker and Stanford said Jax was the most impressive person in the women’s match. Lawler questioned what happens when Jax faces Charlotte. Booker said it’s “a pay-per-view anywhere in the world and also a main event.”

-Mick Foley joined the show from backstage at Raw. He wore an elf shirt, and spoke about how winning two out of three wasn’t bad. He said they had the third match, but it was still a dominant night for Raw.

-Lita pointed out that Foley tweeted that Baron Corbin and Dean Ambrose were running neck and neck for Raw MVP (even though they are Smackdown wrestlers). Foley also hyped the tag title match briefly.

-Foley said it may have been hasty to put the entire cruiserweight division on the line. He thanked Baron Corbin for letting them keep the division on Raw.

-Booker asked about Foley’s relationship with Stephanie McMahon. He said they bump heads and that’s what Stephanie wants. She said Stephanie eviscerated him a few weeks ago, yet still said there’s an ambassador role available if he doesn’t want to be GM. He said he is learning from her, and he believes she’s learning a little from him.

-Lawler brought up Foley’s love of Christmas. Foley spoke about it and mentioned he’s involved with a couple charities and knows Santa “if you know what I mean.”

-Foley pointed out that he’s never seen a locker room as shocked as he did last night when Goldberg beat Brock Lesnar. Has he forgotten Montreal? Anyway, Foley issued a prediction of “Heyman promos.”

-The panel recapped the Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown men’s match and immediately praised Shane McMahon. The panelists agreed that Randy Orton solidified his allegiance to Bray Wyatt.

-Next up was the tag team elimination match from Survivor Series. Footage aired of Sheamus being interviewed afterward and boasting until Cesaro showed up and questioned whether he really said he won on his own. Lawler said he loved that New Day was eliminated from the match, and he picked Sheamus and Cesaro to win the tag titles, as did Booker, but Lita picked New Day to retain.

-Footage aired from earlier in the day of Cedric Alexander congratulating Alicia Fox and flirting with her. Ariya Daivari showed up and said Alexander would need luck when they meet on Raw. Daivari yelled at Alexander and stormed off. Fox wished Alexander luck.

-Cathy Kelley hosted the social media segment. It included footage of James Ellsworth talking at an independent show about getting a WWE contract. She also hyped the ECW show that will air on the network after Raw. Lita noted that Christian York made a cameo appearance in the Ellsworth footage. The hosts closed the show.

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