Stephanie McMahon returned to Raw on Monday night and announced that Kurt Angle will captain Team Raw at Survivor Series.
Last week, Team Raw was left red-faced as the first shots were fired heading towards Survivor Series. Their SmackDown Live counterparts invaded and destroyed anything and anyone that stood in their way. Kurt Angle seemed pretty distraught by the whole ordeal at the time, and this week on Raw the General Manager opened the show by apologizing to his roster. That was until Stephanie McMahon returned with a message of her own.
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Being the commissioner of Monday night Raw and engaged in a lifelong sibling rivalry with her brother Shane McMahon, Stephanie naturally wasn't too impressed with Raw being made to look like the weaker brand last week. She made that very clear to Kurt Angle but would go on to reveal a way in which he could make it up to her. The Billion Dollar Princess informed Kurt that he will be captaining Raw's Survivor Series team in three weeks time.
After the confrontation between Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle that both preceded and followed the attack on the Raw roster last week, there were rumors that the respective General Managers would captain their shows' teams. Well, Stephanie's announcement on Raw has taken us a big step closer to that indeed being the case. Do not be surprised if Shane responds in kind tomorrow and instills himself as the blue brand's team captain.
Older fans will know that if Shane does stand across the ring from Angle at Survivor Series it won't be the first time the two men have clashed. At King of the Ring 2001, Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle did battle in an infamously brutal Street Fight. It was a match that the gold medallist won, but take nothing away from Shane, he gave it as all. Over 16 years later, the two veterans look set to go to war all over again.
At TLC a couple of weeks ago, Kurt Angle made his in-ring return after 11 years away from competition for WWE. If it was a test by the company, then clearly Angle passed. At Survivor Series Angle will step into the ring again, and it will be another tag team match with other Superstars to back him up. While the bout will undoubtedly be entertaining, here's hoping that it will open the door to Angle's first singles feud since his return to in-ring action.