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5 things we learned on Raw 11-27

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With both the Royal Rumble and the Road to WrestleMania now just a short time away, the WWE Universe is already encountering some new post-Survivor Series angles. As new storylines begin to take shape and unfold, significant ones at that, here are the five most important things that the WWE Universe learned as a result of November 27’s episode of Monday Night Raw.

Roman Reigns Records First Intercontinental Championship Defense

Despite the fact that Roman Reigns is once again part of The Shield alongside the likes of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, “The Big Dog” recently became the new Intercontinental Champion upon defeating The Miz just last week. Seemingly slated to hold on to such a strap as his tag-team partners in Ambrose and Rollins compete for some gold of their own, Reigns now has his first title defense under his belt.

Upon defeating Elias on Monday evening, in what was surprisingly quite the back-and-forth affair, Reigns also took out “The Miztourage” in the process. With The Miz due for at least a brief hiatus sometime in the near future, could Reigns hold onto his Intercontinental Championship into 2018? Or will the always dangerous Samoa Joe have something to say about that?

A Breakdown For Matt Hardy?

It was no secret that Matt Hardy’s “broken” persona was rumored to be in line for a return under the WWE umbrella. While it is only right that such an angle come back to life against Bray Wyatt and in the absence of his brother Jeff, who is currently injured, it appears as though Hardy is now indeed in the midst of a breakdown. With such a breakdown now in its early stages as seen on Monday’s installment of Raw, it now remains to be seen as to how long it takes Hardy to become fully “broken.” Though Hardy ultimately lost to the aforementioned Wyatt, the WWE Universe will surely become the real winners here.

Rich Swann One Step Closer To A Title Shot

Rich Swann is now one step closer to becoming the No. 1 contender for Enzo Amore’s Cruiserweight Championship. Upon defeating Ariya Daivari, Noam Dar and Akira Tozawa on Monday evening in Tennessee, the former Cruiserweight Champion in Swann is now looking to recapture his title while slated to take on the winner of next week’s fatal four-way match. It is also worth noting that because Swann is not part of Amore’s “Zo Train,” madness is almost a guarantee in the coming weeks. Although Swann must still wait for an opponent while forced to win another match before getting his shot at Amore, the prolific superstar has to be the favorite to defeat the current champion.

Undefeated Asuka, Paige Surging Toward Women’s Title Opportunity

With yet another victory over Dana Brooke now under her belt, this time in under 10 seconds, there is no question that Asuka is surging toward a shot at the Raw Women’s Championship. However, there is at least one competitor currently standing in the undefeated superstar’s way. As Paige continues to work her way back into the picture, the former champion appears to be using her numbers advantage to take down the opposition. Despite the fact that Paige is working with the team coined, “Absolution,” it appears as though she will ultimately be the one to come out on top — if not Asuka.

While Still Receiving A Push, Jason Jordan Continues To Serve As Placeholder 

Despite the fact that Jason Jordan continues to receive opportunity after opportunity on Monday evenings, Kurt Angle’s “son” has yet to capture a major victory outside of his previous back-and-forth angles with Elias. However, Jordan has still simultaneously received a push on Raw as he continues to serve as a placeholder for the likes of Kane and Braun Strowman among others. Additionally, Jordan was previously installed on Raw’s Survivor Series team before being removed from the contest in favor of Triple H. Nonetheless, this is definitely something to keep an eye on as the WWE gets closer to turning the page to 2018. Jordan could very easily become a breakout superstar in 2018 while his ascension has certainly begun — even if the losses keep coming as well.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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