Monday night’s Raw was the last stop on the road to TLC. That coupled with the fall out from everything that went down on last week’s Raw meant for a pretty promising show this past Monday. What was safe to assume is that the majority of the evening would revolve around The Shield and their opponents for this weekend’s pay-per-view and that it did. The men booked to be involved in the match were continually featured in a running thread throughout the night, one that culminated in a steel cage match in Raw’s main event. That blockbuster match was one of Raw’s biggest moments, but what about the everything else that went down across the course of the three-plus hours?
5. The Shield Deliver A Dose Of Nostalgia
Last week, The Shield reunited and reminded us exactly why they might very well be the best faction in the modern era. They may not have a match until TLC on Sunday, but that didn’t stop them giving us something to get excited about on Raw this past Monday. Reigns had a date with Braun Strowman in a cage while his compatriots had to defend their Tag Team Titles against Sheamus and Cesaro. Long before either of those matches, however, The Hounds Of Justice interrupted Kurt Angle in the best way possible, with their old entrance music while making their way through the WWE Universe. Plus, on top of all that, they were dressed to impress as all three men donned their old, body armor style gear.
4. Finn’s Demon Promo
The feud between Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt—sorry The Demon and Sister Abigail—only continued to get stranger this week on Raw. With Bray Wyatt AWOL on Monday, and presumably last week he was only present via a pre-recorded video package, it was all on Balor to further the rivalry between the two. At TLC on Sunday, the two men will clash yet again, but this bout will be unlike any other time the two men faced off. Balor will return his Demon persona and presumably, Wyatt will be portraying Sister Abigail. On Raw, we were treated to a little preview of what exactly the latest manifestation of Balor’s Demon is going to look like at TLC, and in all fairness, it looks like it’s going to be pretty unique.
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3. Enzo Has Friends
Enzo Amore has been attempting to raise the profile of the cruiserweight division and 205 Live, and in all honesty, he has done exactly that. For the past two weeks, he and his fellow 205ers closed Raw, as Amore quite rightly pointed out that was unheard of before, he showed up. Well Muscles Marinara didn’t close the show this week, but he had a great Monday night nonetheless. While confronting the new Cruiserweight Champion, Kalisto, four cruiserweights joined them in the ring and jumped the masked Superstar. It turns out, Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, Noam Dar, and Ariya Daivari are now on the side of Amore. Mustafa attempted to help Kalisto, but the numbers game wound up seeing him suffer the same fate as the champ.
2. Ambrose and Rollins Retain
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Two-thirds of The Shield—the ones with the Tag Team Titles—had to leave Roman Reigns backstage in order to defend their championships against Sheamus and Cesaro. They had to leave The Big Dog behind because, as per Kurt Angle, neither this match nor the steel cage main event permitted anyone to be present at ringside. It makes sense considering the number of people involved in the feud and the animosity between them all. There were moments during this one where it looked like The Bar may very well regain the Tag Team Championships, but of course, it wasn’t to be. A knee to the head followed by a Dirty Deeds and that’s all she wrote. Ambrose and Rollins are still the Tag Team Champions.
1. Two Monsters vs One Big Dog
So, the stage was set. Beat Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns could ensure a return to a level playing field at TLC. Lose, and the odds will only be stacked against him and the rest of The Shield even more. Plus, right before the bell rang, we had the added intrigue of finding out that Curtis Axel would not be the fifth man should Strowman be successful against Reigns. The match began and despite all parties being banned from ringside, Ambrose, Rollins, Sheamus, and Cesaro still managed to brawl around the cage and eventually wound up taking things backstage. Shortly after that, we were introduced to Team Miz’s potential fifth member, Kane. The Big Red Machine rose up through the ring and aided Braun in dissecting Roman Reigns, ensuring that The Monster picked up the win. So with that, we now have a three on five match at TLC with the odds very much not in the favor of The Shield, at least not in terms of numbers anyway.
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