With one mammoth sized match booked for the main event of TLC this coming Sunday, the go home Raw for the show was always going to revolve heavily around the seven men involved in the match. Before Raw even went on the air, we were promised a steel cage match between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns, and just minutes into the show a Tag Team Championship bout was added to proceedings. While The Shield and their foes dominated the three-hour show they were by no means the only angle furthered this past Monday, and here are the five biggest takeaways from Monday night's Raw.
Elias Samson has been something of a revelation since arriving on Raw earlier this year. Judging by the reactions he received in NXT and his success down at Full Sail, you would have thought that WWE would cut and run when it comes to The Drifter. Instead, they gave the guitarist a chance on Raw, and it has actually sort of worked out. This past week, Elias had a couple of Good Brothers accompanying him for his weekly sing-song. The trouble is, Gallows and Anderson are about as good at singing as Samson is at playing guitar. The trio didn't fare too well in the match that followed either, losing to the team of Jason Jordan, Titus O'Neil, and Apollo Crews.
If you thought the opening of last week's Raw was big, then wait until you get a load of what The Shield had in store for us this past Monday. There were rumors doing the rounds over the weekend that WWE was going to bring back The Shield's old look and entrance at TLC this Sunday. Well, it turns out we didn't have to wait until Sunday. Once Kurt Angle opened the show, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose appeared in the crowd. Their music was revived and their body armor still fits. The trio made their way to the ring and it was almost as if the past three and a half years never even happened, especially for Reigns. He must have forgotten what it's like to be cheered, but as of right now, The Big Dog has the crowd's backing.
Originally, the main event at TLC this coming Sunday was booked as a three on three match, The Shield vs The Miz and The Bar. Then, Dean Ambrose bragging that a reunited Shield could beat four, five, or even six people got Miz thinking. The Awesome One convinced Kurt Angle to add Braun Strowman to his TLC team. This week, Ambrose continued to brag, and Miz attempted to make it a five on three match. Well, it turns out The A-Lister pushed his luck a little too far. Instead of adding a fifth member to Miz's team, the GM cut him a deal. If Braun beats Roman Reigns in the night's main event, they get their fifth guy, but if The Monster loses, he's out and it returns to a three on three match.
To be frank, the rivalry between Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt has reached a point where it has become downright strange. Some much-needed interest was injected into the feud when the added element of Sister Abigail was thrown into the mix, but as of last week's Raw, it would appear that Abigail is merely an alter ego of The Eater of Worlds. This week, there was no Bray nor Abigail, and instead, we witnessed a rather hokey segment focused on The Demon King. Balor revealed that his demon can't wait to meet Sister Abigail and the camera cut between Finn's live face and a recording of him in Demon paint. It wasn't that great a spectacle watching at home on TV, so it must have been pretty poor to have to sit through it in the actual arena as they wouldn't have even had the effect taking place.
Moments before the main event of the night was about to take place, Curtis Axel was attacked backstage. It was at that point that The Miz revealed Axel was never going to be his TLC team's fifth man. That begged the question, who could it be? You knew at that point that somehow, some way, Strowman had to defeat Roman inside the cage so that the mystery partner could be revealed. Well, it turns out that mystery partner couldn't put his faith in Strowman, and instead burst up through the ring to help The Monster Among Men secure both their places in Sunday night's main event. The man who came up through the mat? Kane, of course! He may be running for mayor of Knox County but as of right now, he's back in WWE. The Big Red Machine helped beat down The Big Dog and will join Braun and co at TLC this weekend.
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