Three days removed from WWE Crown Jewel and it was time for Monday Night Raw, hailing from Manchester England. For once, WWE having a crowded schedule might have played in its favor. Since Survivor Series is less than two weeks away, it didn't need to dwell too much on the controversial show that was Crown Jewel. Then again, there are some decisions made on that show that had to be addressed, and ones WWE now has to live with. Here are some Huge Takeaways from the first Raw after Crown Jewel.
The Anvil Is Looking Down And Smiling
The subject of WWE using real-life issues and turmoil has been a hot one lately. Mainly because Seth Rollins continues to cite Roman Reigns' battle with leukemia as a reason for Dean Ambrose's recent turn being so despicable. One man who will definitely not mind being used to further a wrestling angle is Jim Neidhart. His daughter Natalya wore The Anvil's iconic sunglasses to the ring for her match on Raw this week. The shades played a pivotal role in what turned out to be the end of the match. Nattie had the sharpshooter locked in on Sarah Logan when she noticed Ruby Riott had a hold of the glasses. Riott snapped them in half, causing Natalya to break down in tears.
Dean Didn't Want To Be Tag Champion Anyway
Most wrestlers' ultimate goal is to be a champion. Clearly, that's not the case for Ambrose. The Lunatic celebrated winning the Raw Tag Team Titles by attacking the man he won them alongside. This week, Ambrose had a chance to make up for that, Baron Corbin forced Rollins to defend the Tag Titles against the Authors Of Pain alone. Ambrose could have come to the ring, helped defend the titles that are half his, and perhaps repaired the damage done. That didn't happen. Rollins lost his handicap match and his former Shield-brother showed his face once the coast was clear to rub salt in the wound.
Shane McMahon Isn't The BITW, But Neither Is Dolph Ziggler
A lot of bad stuff happened at Crown Jewel, but perhaps the worst of them all was Shane McMahon's World Cup win. Shane O Mac inserted himself into the final opposite of Dolph Ziggler following The Miz's injury. Extremely unfair considering Ziggler had wrestled two matches earlier in the night to reach that point. The Showoff's complaints on Raw were interrupted by Elias, and a match broke out between the two. McMahon might not be the "best in the world" in the eyes of anyone but WWE, but let's be honest, neither is Ziggler. He lost to The Drifter on Raw this week and Elias didn't even need to use any shenanigans to do so.
Nia Jax Seems To Have Forgotten She Faced Ronda Rousey Before
At Survivor Series, Ronda Rousey will go head-to-head with Becky Lynch in a champion versus champion match. No matter the result of that dream bout, The Rowdy One will be the Raw Women's Champion once the dust has settled. After Rousey's promo, Nia Jax came to the ring to remind the champ that she is the number one contender, and that after Survivor Series she will be coming for her. Someone should probably remind Jax that she faced Rousey not too long ago. On that occasion, had it not been for Alexa Bliss and a briefcase, Jax may have gotten her arm broken. Maybe that's why she has decided to get Tamina on her side.
Drew McIntyre Gave Us A Lesson In Disrespect
Raw began with Baron Corbin declaring he would be the red brand's men's team captain at Survivor Series. Kurt Angle took issue with that and suggested the two of them wrestle for it in Monday night's main event. Shockingly, Corbin accepted. However, by the time the match rolled around, the acting GM had left the building. Braun Strowman was after him so he decided to head home early. He replaced himself in the match with Drew McIntyre. Bad news for Kurt. Despite his best efforts, the former Intercontinental Champion wound up embarrassing the veteran. McIntyre told Angle that he has no respect for him before making him tap to the ankle lock, a move the Hall Of Famer has used for almost his entire career.