If you thought nothing of note would happen on this week’s episode of Raw because it wasn’t airing live, think again.
Despite the show emanating from the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, a lot happened, including the complexion of Survivor Series slightly changing.
If Raw was any indication, Smackdown Live Tuesday night could be quite intriguing.
Here are the full match results:
- Guitar-on-a-Pole match – Jason Jordan def. Elias
- Asuka def. Stacy Coates
- Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe ended in a double count-out
- Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Alicia Fox & Nia Jax
- Braun Strowman def. The Miz via disqualification
- Pete Dunne def. Enzo Amore
- WWE Raw Tag Team championship – Cesaro & Sheamus def. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
The New Day made a surprise appearance
Although Rollins/Ambrose and Cesaro/Sheamus put on a thrilling contest in the main event of Raw, the quality of the match became secondary when Smackdown Live’s New Day showed up in the crowd during the match.
The New Day made it seem like they were in attendance to stage a sequel to the siege they took part in two weeks ago.
Raw general manager Kurt Angle was prepared this time around and rallied the proverbial troops of the Raw roster to chase the former tag team champions away.
However, in the midst of all this commotion, Sheamus hit Rollins with the brogue kick and pinned him to win the Raw Tag Team titles for the third time with Cesaro.
Sheamus and Cesaro’s victory has ramifications beyond the crowning of new champions, though. It also means they will now face The Usos, the current Smackdown Tag Team champions, at Survivor Series.
The Usos are scheduled to defend their titles against Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable Tuesday night.
With that happening, what does that mean for Rollins and Ambrose? Well, the word around the camp fire is that they will return to full strength with the return of Roman Reigns and face all three members of The New Day at Survivor Series in a battle of the last two great trios in recent WWE history.
If that turns out to be the case then Survivor Series will quickly go from a show I really wasn’t looking forward to, to an event that I will have to go out of my way to see.
Not to mention, there is still a WWE championship match between AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal on Smackdown Live Tuesday. If Styles walks away as the new champion that means he will face Lesnar at Survivor Series and not Mahal, making Survivor Series even more lit.
— WWE (@WWE) November 7, 2017
I have been critical of WWE’s approach to Survivor Series the last couple of years, but I have to admit to enjoying what the company has produced leading into the event this year.
Raw’s Survivor Series team set
Speaking of Survivor Series, Raw’s men’s Survivor Series team was officially set Monday night when Angle, the team’s captain, added Balor, Joe (Balor and Joe beat the daylights out of each other Monday night) and Jordan to the squad.
They will join Angle and Strowman against Smackdown Live’s team, which currently consists of commissioner Shane McMahon, Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton and Bobby Roode. There is still one spot left to be determined.
That spot was originally supposed to be decided in a match between Styles and Rusev, but with Styles being inserted into a WWE title match, Styles is seemingly out of the mix for the traditional Survivor Series match.
As far as Raw’s women’s team, Alicia Fox added a pair of names to her squad in Banks and the still undefeated Asuka.
Fox did not add Bayley despite the latter make it explicitly clear how much it would mean to her to represent Raw at Survivor Series. Time will tell whether she will get that chance.
Strowman got his hands on Kane
Although Strowman has to worry about his match at Survivor Series, he also has to worry about Kane lurking somewhere in the universe trying to do bodily harm to him.
Kane attempted to do just that Monday night, but Strowman was ready for him and ended up on the better end of a skirmish between the two.
I have a feeling that Strowman will be somehow eliminated from the Survivor Series, but only because of some type of interference from Kane.
Dunne made his Raw debut
A welcome surprise for British fans and wrestling fans in general was the current WWE United Kingdom champion Pete Dunne making his Raw debut in a match against WWE Cruiserweight champion, Enzo Amore.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) November 7, 2017
There wasn’t much to the match other than Dunne dominating Amore to pick up the win. Dunne’s appearance Monday will give way to the entire United Kingdom division appearing on 205 Live Tuesday night.