There were fireworks during the closing stages of Raw Monday night as the SmackDown Live roster invaded WWE's flagship show.
Despite this week's Raw taking place just 24 hours after its TLC pay-per-view, much of the show revolved around the beginning of the build to Survivor Series. Kurt Angle opened the show by announcing that all four of Raw's title holders would take on their SmackDown Live counterparts in respective matches. Plus, there would also be Raw versus SmackDown Live tag team matches for both the men and the women.
That wasn't all for the announcements either. Later in the night, the Raw General Manager would return to the ring to declare which five men on the Raw roster would comprise the brand's five-man team at Survivor Series. Well, in theory, that's what was supposed to happen. A visiting Shane McMahon had other ideas.
Just as Angle was about to begin naming Raw's team members Shane-O Mac's music hit. Rather than come down the entrance way, the SmackDown Live commissioner made his way through the WWE Universe and he was not alone. McMahon brought most of the blue brand's roster with him, and once in the ring, he informed Angle that Raw was under siege.
McMahon wasn't kidding either. While he remained in the ring, his SmackDown Live Superstars marched to the back as one and began to flatten absolutely anybody that got in their way. Titus O Neil and Apollo Crews were the first victims of what became a very long list. Elias, Sasha Banks, Dean Ambrose, Jason Jordan, even members of the crew that happened to get in the invaders' way. SmackDown Live and Raw will do battle at Survivor Series and it's Shane McMahon's men and women that have fired the first shot.
Although this was a terrific and unexpected angle to close out Raw, you have to let a few things slide to be able to enjoy what goes on in WWE at this time of year nowadays. Rivalries along with the concept of faces and heels go out the window as brand supremacy becomes more important than anything else whatsoever to every Superstar in the company. The likes of Baron Corbin, Tye Dillinger, and Dolph Ziggler stood shoulder to shoulder on Raw and teamed up to take out innocent bystanders. Relax though because once Survivor Series is done, normal service will resume.
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