It's been weeks in the making, but on Tuesday's SmackDown Live, Raw finally found retribution and invaded the blue brand to send a message heading to Survivor Series.
The retaliation was foreshadowed throughout the show on Tuesday, but it wasn't until the Owens and Zayn versus New Day match when the Shield appeared in the crowd did everyone know SmackDown Live was finally going to have to pay for their earlier sins.
Making their way to the ring, Owens and Zayn took off and once the Uso's answered the bell, the action was on. The Shield outmanned the Usos and it wasn't until New Day was able to get back into the fight that SmackDown started to mount a comeback. When the blue brand started to successfully defend their turf, Raw Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro come through the crowd next, hitting the ring and giving Raw the upper hand again.
Meanwhile, backstage Raw's female Survivor Series team entered the women's locker room, take out Team SmackDown and Alexa Bliss goes after new SmackDown Live Women's Champion Charlotte.
Back in the ring, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Apollo Crews, and Titus O'Neil among others are fighting with SmackDown Live talent. Shane McMahon, Baron Corbin, The Hype Bros, and Dolph Ziggler are out there for SmackDown Live and the brawl continues. All of a sudden, Kurt Angle appears along with Braun Strowman. Strowman starts decking guys on the ramp, drops Shinsuke Nakamura and McMahon makes the mistake of trying to hit Strowman once he's inside the ring. Strowman continues to wipe out SmackDown talent until The Shield are left with McMahon.
Completely outnumbered, Angle and much of the Raw Superstars force McMahon to watch the carnage until The Shield took out Shane McMahon to send one final message. Angle gives The Shield thumbs down sign, the Sheild lift Shane and deliver the triple powerbomb. Never wanting to give up, McMahon tries to recover only to receive an Angle Slam.
The invasion Raw retaliated with was pure destruction on the part of the red brand and a message that Survivor Series was going to be a war. SmackDown Live knew it was coming, but even though they'd prepared themselves, the combination of Raw's big guns was simply too much.
This Sunday, Raw will meet SmackDown Live in a series of matches and the traditional five-versus-five contest between the red and blue should be worth watching the show alone.
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