Have you recovered from the roller coaster ride that was TLC? And yes that does include the 48 hours that preceded it. Let's hope so because the juggernaut that is WWE never stops, and with TLC out of the way, the build to Survivor Series has already begun. Some blockbuster announcements for the 31st edition of the iconic pay-per-view were made on Raw this week. Strap in because it would appear that the next four weeks are going to be a bumpy ride.
WWE has really had its back against the wall when it has come to booking the last few days. With members of the Raw roster struck down by illness, they had to shuffle the deck and presumably send some angles down different avenues. Let's be honest though, it's been pretty great. Balor vs Styles was better than whatever might have happened with the Sister Abigail angle, Kurt Angle's return was the surprise that everybody wanted, and off the back of all that, Raw turned out to be a pretty good show too with another AJ Styles appearance on Raw leading to a blockbuster six-man tag match. We're not wishing illness on any of WWE's Superstars, but maybe WWE should act as if their backs are against the wall more often.
Things got a little out of hand during the five on three main event at TLC on Sunday night. Members of Team Miz wound up turning on each other to the point where Braun Strowman was carted out of the arena inside a garbage truck. Well, never fear because Raw has a new monster, or rather an old monster that has returned. Kane revealed that he had heard all the stories about Strowman and came back to put a stop to it and claim his rightful place as Raw's only monster. Mission accomplished for the time being. There was no sign of Strowman on Raw this week, and Kane proved that he meant business by resoundingly defeating Finn Balor.
WWE has attempted to split its roster in half a number of times before, but for some reason, they can't help themselves when it comes to mixing the two, and eventually, the boundaries become extremely blurred. That seems to be happening again with the latest manifestation of the draft. Kurt Angle made the announcement on Raw this week that Survivor Series would feature four champion-vs-champion matches pitting Raw's champs against SmackDown Live's along with male and female elimination tag matches. If Survivor Series was the only place that Raw and SmackDown Live Superstars clashed each year that would be all well and good, but it isn't. In fact, a few minutes later, the blue brand's AJ Styles emerged to team up with The Shield. A great moment, but it takes away from the supposed novelty of Raw vs SmackDown Live at Survivor Series in less than a month's time.
Last week on SmackDown Live, Jinder Mahal laid down the gauntlet, challenging Brock Lesnar to a champion versus champion match at Survivor Series. Well, naturally before that match could be completely confirmed The Beast and his advocate Paul Heyman had to respond to The Modern Day Maharajah. It was never likely that Lesnar and Heyman were going to think very highly of the WWE Champion, but the promo cut by Lesnar's Advocate was next level. The father of ECW basically admitted that neither he nor Brock have any respect for Mahal. In fact, he basically said what the majority of the WWE Universe is thinking. It was pretty shocking considering the amount of time WWE invested in Jinder. The promo shone a light on exactly why Mahal shouldn't be WWE Champion. Roll on his showdown with Lesnar at Survivor Series.
Midway through the show, Shane McMahon showed up in Kurt Angle's office. It wasn't too weird of a surprise considering Monday night marked the beginning of Survivor Series season, but he didn't really say why he was there. He just told Angle that Raw would be under siege. At the end of the night, McMahon revealed exactly what he meant by that. Angle returned to the ring to announce the members of Raw's men's Survivor Series team only to be interrupted by Shane-O Mac and a large chunk of the SmackDown Live roster. The blue brand's Superstars then proceeded to invade the locker room and beat down anyone and everyone that they could get their hands on. Once a significant amount of damage was done McMahon told Angle that's exactly what he meant by under siege. Shots fired, but how will Raw respond?
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