The Raw roster finally got revenge against the SmackDown Live group and the WWE Universe witnessed that play out on television on Tuesday. A fun episode full of sheer organized chaos, after weeks of bragging about decimating the red brand, the blue brand took a drubbing and Shane McMahon got the worst of it.
Most of the show led up to the final battle between the two brands, and when both rosters finally came to blows, it set the stage for a Survivor Series that was going to jam-packed with action and potentially a few surprises. Oh, and WWE crowned a new SmackDown Live Women’s Champion.
Here are your Five Winners And Five Losers From SmackDown Live – November 14, 2017.
5. Loser – Natalya
Almost everyone knew it was coming because a poster for Survivor Series leaked early showing Charlotte front and center, but Natalya was the casualty of a booking decision ensuring the Women’s Championship match at the pay-per-view was “big-ticket” feeling.
Even in a loss, Natalya looked sharp and she and Charlotte have good chemistry. She’s a loser here because she’s being pushed aside for the more important person and this may be her last reign as Women’s Champion.
5. Winner – Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan is no Paul Heyman when it comes to delivering a promo, but he’s highly underrated for his mic skills and Bryan did a wonderful job of selling AJ Styles as a credible player against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. Poking fun at Heyman’s style and selling Styles qualifications allowed for two-straight nights of solid work to sell that main event.
Bryan also did a solid job of walking the fine line between supporting his own brand and lecturing Shane McMahon over the previous weeks.
4. Loser – Corbin Versus Sin Cara
In an episode that was full of fun action, the Corbin vs Sin Cara match was not terrible, it just didn’t live up to the rest of the show. This is especially true when you consider it was one of the selling points heading into the show. Sin Cara losing is probably a sign that his mini-push is coming to a close and Corbin can focus on his match with The Miz.
WWE hasn’t done much to push The Miz vs Corbin on TV, instead, they’ve let the two superstars use social media to try and get the feud over.
4. Winner – Jimmy Uso
It wasn’t a tag match that gave momentum to the team heading into Survivor Series, but Jimmy Uso getting a win over Chad Gable was still important and a way to help the Usos build momentum by association heading into their match with Cesaro and Sheamus.
3. Loser – Shane McMahon
Shane-O-Mac was a loser on Tuesday, but that was kind of the point. He’s been bragging that SmackDown Live sent a message to Raw and wasn’t concerned about a Raw retaliation. He should have been, and his confidence proved to be his undoing and led to him receiving a major beat down at the hands of Kurt Angle.
McMahon will have to either eat a slice of humble pie or come into Sunday motivated and with something to prove. If the way he was manhandled by Strowman, The Shield, and Angle is any indication, he’s going to have his hands full.
3. Winner – Kurt Angle
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Angle was motivated, strong and focused as he ensured Shane McMahon saw retribution for embarrassing Raw a few weeks ago. He directed his troops with conviction, and while it didn’t necessarily match The Shield mantra of doing what they want and not follow orders, in this particular instance it all still worked well.
His ruthless style showed that WWE made the right choice in choosing him as Raw captain, and if Jason Jordan or Triple H somehow turn on Angle, it will add another fantastic layer to that rivalry.
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2. Loser – John Cena
He’s been added to team SmacDown but the fact that he wasn’t at Sunday’s show proves putting him on the team probably doesn’t provide a lot of value to the show. If Cena popped in at the end of the episode, the crowd would have went insane and it would have been almost too difficult for fans to wait until Survivor Series to see these brands go head to head again.
It’s hard to get invested in the fact Cena is a part of the blue team if he’s got nothing on the line going into the show. Fans won’t care that he’s on the team now and that’s a shame.
2. Winner: Ric Flair and Charlotte
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It was great to see Ric Flair back on WWE television. Clearly emotional that Charlotte won the title again, the moment he and his daughter shared felt genuine and real and it was great to see the two share that time after everything the Flairs have been through.
Flair doesn’t look 100 percent, but that wasn’t what was important. The moment stood out on a great show and it proved that making Charlotte the champion heading into the pay-per-view was a good choice. Flair showing up just added that feeling of importance.
1. Loser: Owens and Zayn
This entry is all in good fun, but seeing Dwight Howard more excited to be at a wrestling show than any number of current WWE talent appears to be while employed by the company was both funny and a bit revealing. While Survivor Series is shaping up to be a strong show, WWE has some problems internally and some unhappy talent.
Owens and Zayn, for example, are glaringly absent from Survivor Series and things don’t look well in that respect. They played a part in the main event, but were quickly absent during the final moments of the show. It’s part of their character development, we’re sure, but it would be a loss if they didn’t show up on Sunday in some respect to hurt the blue brand.
1. Winner: The Relatiation
At the end of the day, most of Tuesday’s show was meant to do one thing and that was led up to the moment that Raw came back to seek retribution on the blue brand. It was so well done that many of the Survivor Series matches are must-see now.
The fans got the best of it too as most of the action took place in the ring where the live audience could see things unfold. The storyline was delivered extremely well and it was a fantastic way to close out the show.
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