Considering the chaos that took place over the weekend starting with the forced TLC card reshuffle on Friday all the way up to the pay-per-view itself, some backstage at WWE likely wouldn't have minded a night off to regroup on Monday. No such luck though, as the show must go on and there was the not so small matter of Monday Night Raw. There was not as much TLC fallout as you might have expected considering the show was only 24 hours removed from the pay-per-view. Instead much of Raw this week centered around the beginnings of the build to Survivor Series which is now less than four weeks away.
The champion versus champion matches taking place at Survivor Series mean that The Goddess of WWE and current Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss will be tied up in a bout with her SmackDown Live counterpart, Natalya. With that in mind Kurt Angle had to look elsewhere for someone to captain Raw's women's team at the event. The three potential candidates were Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks, and Bayley. The trio of women let their ability do the talking as they battled in a triple threat for the right to be captain. With Bayley and The Boss being best friends, you would have thought Fox would have been at a distinct disadvantage. On the contrary, it was Alicia who managed to wangle a win. Good luck following orders from her, ladies.
Clearly, winning a match clean has gone to Jinder Mahal's head. The Modern Day Maharajah now believes that he can take on and defeat The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar. Last week, he issued a challenge to the Universal Champion, and this week, Lesnar answered. Well Lesnar was present, but Heyman answered. It turns out that he and Lesnar actually have quite a bit of respect for most of their opponents. Not this time though. Lesnar's advocate absolutely tore into the current WWE Champion basically saying what most fans have been thinking since Mahal became the champ. They accepted the challenge though, and Mahal may have bitten off more than he can chew when it comes to Survivor Series.
Kane really made a statement at TLC on Sunday when he turned on his own team mate, Braun Strowman. Plus, it looks like dumping The Monster Among Men into the back if that garbage truck has really done a number on him as he was nowhere to be seen on Raw this week. Kane has now declared himself as Monday night's only monster and much like Strowman, he sought out some "real competition." Well, Finn Balor gave it to him, but ultimately came up short. The first ever Universal Champion wound up suffering through three chokeslams before he was pinned. The Big Red Machine really means business.
Raw General Manager Kurt Angle must have been riding high after his TLC win alongside two thirds of The Shield on Sunday night. That is in the past now though, and on Monday he had some big announcements to make. The first was that Survivor Series will feature four champion versus champion matches as Raw's title holders go up against SmackDowbn Live's. Plus, there will be two 10-person elimination tag matches at the event, one for the women and one for the men. Clearly, The Miz was still a little peeved at being pinned by Kurt the night before as he and his friends came to the ring for some revenge. The Shield made sure that didn't happen though, and then came the second announcement. It turns out AJ Styles stuck around for another night and the first match on Raw featured The Phenomenal One alongside Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose up against Miz, Sheamus, and Cesaro. After an action packed match it was Styles who picked up the win, connecting with a Phenomenal Forearm on Cesaro.
Angle didn't make all of his announcements right at the beginning of the show and actually saved one for the very end. Well, now he will probably be wishing he had announced it earlier. The Raw GM was about to announce who had made the cut for his brand's male Survivor Series team when he was cut off by Shane McMahon's music. The SmackDown Live commissioner appeared in the crowd and he had a long line of his own show's Superstars in tow. Raw was officially "under siege." Angle attempted to get back to the locker room to warn his Superstars, but he was too late. The performers from Tuesday night ran rough shot back stage and left as many people laying as they possibly could, wrestlers or otherwise. Even a TV suffered their wrath because it had the Raw logo on the screen. Survivor Series may be four weeks away, but the momentum has already well and truly begun to build, and that is a huge understatement.
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