This week's Raw had a lot of expectations to live up to. The hints of a Shield reunion and Sister Abigail reveal left the WWE Universe talking all week about when and where we'll get to see the two. On top of that, the show came just 24 hours after what was an extremely newsworthy Hell In A Cell pay-per-view. The ladies and gents of SmackDown Live put in quite the effort on Sunday night, so their Monday night counterparts had to make sure they didn't disappoint with HIAC fresh in fans' memories.
We are now less than two weeks away from finally seeing Asuka on the main roster. We were once again teased with her TLC appearance with a vignette and once it finished, we were shown Kurt Angle, Bayley, and Sasha Banks watching the very same video package backstage. Thus began the begging to be Asuka's first opponent, initially from the two women who were present then by Alicia Fox, and then Dana Brooke, and then Emma. Angle's solution was a five-woman elimination match with the winner taking on Asuka at TLC. Bayley eliminated Brooke first, but then Raw's Resident Hugger was sent packing soon after by Alicia Fox. Banks got revenge for her buddy by making The Foxy One tap, but then Emma took Banks by surprise and rolled her up for the win, so it'll be the Aussie taking on The Empress of Tomorrow at TLC.
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We had assumed that whoever or whatever Sister Abigail was, she had been eradicated by Randy Orton earlier this year. Well, turns out she has not, and ever since Bray Wyatt revealed that last week, we've all been wondering who Abigail might be. This week on Raw, we had front row seats to Sister Abigail's first ever promo in WWE. The eerie controller of The Eater Of Worlds addressed Finn Balor directly, and all signs point to Abigail simply being an extension of Wyatt himself. The words said and the voice they were uttered in certainly suggest so. The Demon is merely an extension of Finn Balor, so considering the circumstances it would make sense if Abigail was the very same thing to Bray.
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Enzo Amore naturally wasn't too pleased about what happened to him at the hands of Kalisto last week, so the Cruiserweight Champion called out the man responsible, Kurt Angle. Like most, Angle was clearly not a fan of Enzo's attitude, so he brought the TLC Cruiserweight Title match between him and Kalisto forward to Monday night's main event. Not only that, but it was a lumberjack match with the 205 Live roster surrounding the ring to ensure there was no funny business from Muscles Marinara. All involved certainly made their case for closing Raw for the third straight week. The Lumberjacks may have gotten a little too involved though, and thanks in part to that, we now have a new Cruiserweight Champion. Kalisto was the one who ultimately won it for himself though, hitting an impressive Salida del Sol off the turnbuckle before pinning Amore for the win.
All week in the build to Monday's Raw WWE had been advertising a very special edition of Miz TV. With that much promotion for a talk show segment, you could rest assured that something big was planned. The Miz opened Raw with his much-anticipated segment and started handing out Mizzy awards to his nearest and dearest. Needless to say, that wasn't the be all and end all of the latest edition of Miz TV. Eventually, Roman Reigns interrupted the festivities and revealed that the rumors of a Shield reunion were not rumors at all. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose then emerged to flank The Big Dog and chaos ensued. Reigns and co quickly dispatched of Sheamus, Cesaro, and Curtis Axel before delivering a nostalgia-fueled triple powerbomb to The Miz.
Braun Strowman hasn't exactly been the happiest of Superstars since he failed to slay The Beast, Brock Lesnar at No Mercy. Last week, he took his frustrations out on Seth Rollins and the week before that he did the same to Dean Ambrose. This Monday, Matt Hardy thought he would try his luck against The Monster Among Men. Despite a spirited effort from the veteran, he inevitably came up short against Strowman. Defeating Hardy wasn't enough for Strowman though, and he attempted to continue punishing Hardy after the match. That was until he was confronted by The Shield. All three members of the newly reformed faction had a bone to pick with Strowman, and all three members got their revenge. The second triple powerbomb of the night and this one was through the announce table.
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