Survivor Series 2017 is done and dusted, and it's time to move on. With Raw and SmackDown Live imminent, there will be a lot of things that went down at Survivor Series being immediately built on. Annoyingly, the whole brand supremacy war will likely be instantly forgotten. Raw won, so Kurt Angle's job is presumably safe for now, and normal service will resume with Superstars on their respective brands not clashing for another year, apart from in the Royal Rumble match, of course. Without question, quite a bit of what happened on Sunday night was a little confusing. With that in mind, it's time to break down what happened and more importantly what rumors have arisen off the back of the pay per view.
Paige is apparently ready to return. We're at a point now where we are telling ourselves every night that "this will be the show where she comes back." It didn't happen on Raw last week, nor SmackDown Live, and when Natalya was announced as the fifth member of Team Blue at Survivor Series it was assumed she wouldn't be back then either. Those assumptions were true. Survivor Series has come and gone and we are still Paige-less in WWE. Well, apparently the reason for her not coming back on Sunday night was so the focus could be on Asuka. The Empress of Tomorrow eliminated three women and was the sole survivor, winning the match for Team Raw. If Paige had been included, not only would The Brit have to lose, but she also would have taken attention away from Asuka.
Despite its slow start, the match between AJ Styles and Brock Lesnar eventually got going and was pretty much everything we could have wanted it to be. It was always extremely unlikely that The Phenomenal One would slay The Beast but fair play to Styles he got his licks in. For part of the match, Lesnar was very much on the back foot as Styles used Phenomanl Forearms from absolutely everywhere he could to try and keep Brock down. Like any wrestler worth his salt, he also focused on a body part, Brock's knee, and went to work on it. In fact, he may have gone to work on it a little too much. Lesnar's knee seemed to be legitimately hurt. The Universal Champion may have simply been selling like a pro, but it really did seem real.
The men's traditional Survivor Series match closed proceedings on Sunday night, and what's for certain is it created a lot more questions than it answered. One rumor which has been doing the rounds is that Triple H and Kurt Angle will face off at WrestleMania 34. Fuel was added to those rumors last week on Raw and they were basically confirmed at Survivor Series. The Game delivered a Pedigree to his own team captain and draped Shane McMahon over him so he could be eliminated. Not only that, but Angle demonstrated that he hasn't missed a step. The GM looked a little wary during his comeback at TLC last month, but that was definitely not the case at Survivor Series as he threw out German Suplexes and Angle Slams like it was 2001 all over again.
Survivor Series opened with a terrific match between The Shield and The New Day. Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Big E have been together for quite a while now, over three years in fact. That's a pretty long run for any team, especially during the modern era. It would appear that the four-time Tag Team Champions may very well be heading towards their ultimate demise. The short build to their match with The Shield focused on New Day being a tight unit who would never turn on one another while The Shield cannot boast that same trait. Despite that The Hounds of Justice prevailed and left New Day licking their wounds. Cracks are starting to show and maybe we will get to see that Big E singles run Vince McMahon has apparently wanted for so long.
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The closing stages of Survivor Series were a little hard to keep track of. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens interfered and attacked Shane McMahon. Randy Orton was eliminated amidst the chaos. Triple H turned on Kurt Angle, then eliminated Shane McMahon, then got laid out by Braun Strowman. Still with us? Whether you liked it or not there may be method to the madness. Triple H made himself a lot of enemies and he can't face them all at once, no matter how much he might like to. Instead of battling Strowman, he may get revenge on him by trading him to SmackDown Live. McMahon will probably want to get rid of Owens and Zayn so could send them the opposite way. On top of all that, it would add further heat to the rivalry between The Game and Kurt as getting rid of The Monster Among Men would go against the Raw GM's best wishes.
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