WWE Raw was another step closer to Survivor Series and the show did a lot of good things this week. From making Braun Strowman look strong to starting a very fun feud between Finn Balor and Samoa Joe, there are some takeaways from the show that are worth mentioning.
There are also some letdowns. The Jason Jordan and Kurt Angle dynamic is going to cause long-term issues for Jordan's future, Bayley got pooched over big time (and in front of a hot for Bayley crowd) and The Sheild reunion is starting to show shades of trouble.
With a teased invasion as the focal point of the show, here are your Five Winners and Five Losers From Raw - November 6, 2017.
If you're one of those fans in the WWE Universe who buys into the idea that Jason Jordan is on the same level as guys like Samoa Joe and Finn Balor, then we guess there isn't a problem with the segment that saw Jordan join team Raw for Survivor Series. There aren't a lot of fans out there like that.
The segment was horribly cheesy, it will hurt Jordan's status in the long run because he doesn't deserve to be there and it screamed bad acting. Then again, every time this storyline comes up, what do we expect? It was never going to be a good outcome for either talent involved.
Even if Balor comes out on the losing end of this new feud with Samoa Joe, it will be nice to have him wrestling in something that will be beneficial for his character. His feud with Bray Wyatt and then an ultimate loss to Kane has sort of put him behind the eight-ball and he needs a pick-me-up. If the first few minutes of this battle with Joe is any indication, this could be just what the doctor ordered.
The idea that both have been added to Survivor Series is also intriguing. There is bound to be friction that affects the team and their ability to win.
Poor Bayley, the WWE female superstar left out like she's the last one picked for the ball team in gym class (especially in front of a crowd that was clearly behind her). The idea was to have a match that showed both Sasha Banks and Bayley were worthy of being selected for team Raw, only Bayley wasn't chosen. She's the last of the big-name women not on the team, and fans are left to wonder what that means for her at Survivor Series.
She didn't look good in the match either as Banks got to showcase her offense. Is this the start of a potential heel turn for Bayley, or will this somehow lead to her moving over to SmackDown Live?
He's back as the "Monster Among Men" as he decimated The Miztourage on his way to a one-on-one battle with Kane. While Kane was not as easily disposed of as the rest of the group, Strowman clearly came out on top. It appears as though he'll be the force on the Raw team and likely the Survivor if he doesn't somehow get preoccupied.
The WWE needs to ensure continued strong booking for his character if he wants to reach the heights he's capable of.
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Normally, listening to Enzo talk is entertaining, at least bearable. But this week's promo was especially long-winded leading to the debut of Pete Dunne. This is likely to be a one-time thing considering the WWE was in Manchester and Dunne seemed to need help securing the win, but it was what it was.
The Kalisto and Amorefeud is really lacking. The Certified G was used tonight as a way to get a good pop out of the crowd and it worked. Didn't do much for Amore, but fans got to see their hometown boy in Pete Dunne.
The Miz continues to roll as one of the most entertaining parts of WWE programming. Whether he's cocky in his delivery or slimy in trying to escape the clutches of a motivated Braun Strowman, he delivers his promos with charisma that is levels better than any other WWE Superstar right now.
The fact that he got beaten badly by Strowman isn't actually seen as a negative. It just adds to the greasiness and charm of his character.
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They were part of the most entertaining aspect of the show, but the outcome was not what they were hoping for. Taking the titles off Ambrose and Rollins seems like an odd choice so close to Survivor Series, but the match between New Day and the new champs will be fine.
What seems more interesting now is what happens to The Shield. You'd think the entire point of reuniting them was to do something useful. Right now, they've reunited, lost a member, lost the tag titles and are now off of Survivor Series. Not an auspicious start.
The WWE is doing the right thing by having Asuka come in and wreck no-name competitor after no-name competitor. The fact that she has been added to team Raw for Survivor Series will be another way to showcase how dominant she can be.
Her inclusion almost all but guarantees a Raw team victory though, so I suppose in that respect there is a downside.
Not sure what to say about Titus that hasn't already been said. The booking was great for Samoa Joe, (having him attack and destroy O'Neil) and in the end, it won't hurt Titus but it does symbolize that O'Neil is nothing more than a tool used to let people step into a role that's better for them and does nothing for Titus.
If there was ever a time that Titus Worldwide was more irrelevant, we can't think of it.
Holding off on another clash between the two rosters was smart. Teasing the idea that SmackDown Live was going to show up again only to use it as a way to allow for a title change served to ensure The Shield didn't look weak in a loss and prolonged the idea the ultimate clash between the two rosters is coming, but not here quie yet.
The writing made sense here and that's not always something you can brag about with WWE television as of late.
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