There was an awful lot of hype going into this week’s Monday Night Raw, and also a few questions that needed answering. Was Paige really backstage and would she become the fifth and final member of the show’s Survivor Series team? Would The Shield versus New Day be added to Sunday’s card? With this being the final show before Survivor Series naturally both those questions were answered. Were they big enough to make the top five moments from the show though? Well I guess you’ll have to read on to find out.
5. Bayley Rounds Out Team Raw
With just six days left until Survivor Series, the Raw women’s team still had one more spot to fill. On Monday WWE went about remedying that via a triple threat match. The winner of the bout between Bayley, Mickie James and Dana Brooke would join Asuka, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax and team captain Alicia Fox on Sunday night. All three women got plenty of offense in, but late on in the match Brooke ruined any chance that she had of winning. The already-qualified team members were watching on at ring side and when Asuka tried to help Brooke because she appeared hurt, Brooke repaid her kindness with a forearm to the face. The Empress naturally didn’t take too kindly to that and kicked Brooke right in the mouth. Shortly after Bayley hit James with the Bayley To Belly to pick up the win and book her place at Survivor Series.
4. Heyman And Lesnar Address A.J. Styles
Less than a week ago we all thought that Brock Lesnar would be taking on Jinder Mahal at Survivor Series. Then a phenomenal spanner was thrown in the works on SmackDown Live when A.J. Styles defeated The Maharajah for the WWE Championship. Now it’ll be Styles who steps into the ring with The Beast Incarnate. Judging by his promo on Raw this week, Paul Heyman sees the new match up as just as big an upgrade as the majority of the WWE Universe do. Heyman described Styles as being the greatest performer of his generation among a multitude of other compliments. However, as always he made sure to get the point across that no matter how good he is, he just won’t measure up to Brock Lesnar come Survivor Series.
3. Strowman Sends Kane To Hell
The night’s main event was a big one, literally. Braun Strowman finally had the chance to get his hands on Kane following what he had done to him by The Big Red Machine at TLC. Clearly neither man cared whether it was a match or not though, as they attacked each other so soon that proceedings never actually got under away. Instead the two of them brawled their way around the outside of the ring with the sole intention of trying to hurt each other. Well if that was the aim of the game, The Monster Among Men was the clear winner. Strowman put an end to the battle by powerslamming Kane through the ring. The show went off the air with both men out of sight, but as you can see from the photo above it didn’t take too long for Strowman to return to his feet.
2. The Shield Finally Reunite
It was confirmed on Raw that at Survivor Series for the first time ever, The Shield will take on the New Day. We weren’t made to wait until Sunday to see the long-awaited reunion however. On Monday night Roman Reigns finally took up his rightful place alongside his fellow Hounds of Justice and together they went about picking apart The Miz and The Bar. Naturally Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose had a bone to pick with Sheamus and Cesaro following last week, and they certainly got some revenge in this match. It was a pretty chaotic six-man tag but when it came down to it, the Tag Team Champions were successfully dispatched and Miz was left alone in the ring with the entirety of The Shield. The Intercontinental Champion suffered a spear from The Big Dog followed by a triple powerbomb and it was Reigns and co who left with the win and the momentum going into Survivor Series.
1. Triple H Will Now Join Team Raw
The announcement that Jason Jordan will be a part of Team Raw has hardly been welcomed by the WWE Universe. The former Tag Champion did go out of his way to prove himself on Monday when he managed to defeat Bray Wyatt. The Eater of Worlds wasn’t best pleased though and his post match attack left Jordan injured. That meant Angle had to deliver the bad news to his kayfabe son that he was being kicked off of Team Raw. When he couldn’t bring himself to do it somebody came to do his dirty work for him, Triple H. It’s the first time The Game has been seen on Raw since WrestleMania 33 and he came with blockbuster news. Not only did he kick Jordan off of Team Raw, but he announced that he will be taking his place and then delivered a pedigree to the apple of Angle’s eye as an exclamation point.
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