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5 best moments from Monday Night Raw 10-23

Raw In this March 29, 2015, file photo, Brock Lesnar makes his entrance at Wrestlemania XXXI in Santa Clara, Calif. Lesnar, the former WWE and UFC heavyweight champion, was selected Monday, June 27, 2016, as the cover superstar for the WWE 2K17 video game that is set for an Oct. 11 release. (AP Photo/Don Feria, File)
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With Survivor Series next up on the slate, Monday Night Raw wasted absolutely no time in announcing exactly what matches will be taking place at the upcoming pay-per-view. Opening the show, Raw general manager Kurt Angle promptly announced the following matches for Nov. 19 in Houston.

  • Alex Bliss vs. Natalya [Raw Women’s Champion vs. SmackDown Live Women’s Champion]
  • The Miz vs. Baron Corbin [Intercontinental Champion vs. United States Champion]
  • The Shield (Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins) vs. The Usos [Raw Tag-Team Champions vs. SmackDown Live Tag-Team Champions]
  • Brock Lesnar (With Paul Heyman) vs. Jinder Mahal [WWE Universal Champion vs. WWE Heavyweight Champion]

*There will also be not one, but two 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination matches. With the male competitors slated to battle it out in one match, representatives from both the Raw and SmackDown Live women’s divisions will be squaring off in the other. However, all of the participants for each of these matches have yet to be formally announced by either brand.

The Big Red Machine Versus The Monster Among Men? Yes, Please…

With Kane officially returning to the fold on Sunday evening in Minneapolis, it appears as though the “Big Red Machine” could be making a push toward what could become one of his last real go-rounds in WWE. At 50 years old, and immediately after his main event match at Tables, Ladders and Chairs, Kane absolutely dismantled Finn Balor in a singles match on Monday Night Raw. While such a victory is never easy to come by considering Balor has been on quite the run, it was Kane’s performance on the microphone that actually raised the most eyebrows.

Prior to his trio of chokeslams against Balor, Kane formally announced his disdain for “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman, who initially served as his teammate on Sunday. However, midway through the back-and-forth and unpredictable main event, Kane turned on Strowman en route to ultimately calling him out on Monday. Although it remains to be seen as to exactly how far the WWE takes such a seemingly inevitable rivalry, Kane versus Strowman would surely become one of the more entertaining in-ring feuds in recent memory. Despite the fact that Strowman did not emerge from behind the curtain on Raw, the seed has now been planted.

The Asuka Train Rolls On

Now transitioning from NXT to WWE, the Asuka train has continued to roll on. After making her WWE debut on Sunday evening, Asuka then made her Raw debut just one night later. While defeating Emma on both occasions, it appears as though the undefeated technician will be thrown right into the fire.

However, what doesn’t appear to be happening, is that the WWE brass won’t be lifting Asuka straight to the top of the Raw women’s division — which many within the WWE Universe initially expected. Although Emma is surely a reputable superstar, Asuka has yet to encounter the likes of Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Bayley or anyone of that same caliber. Still unbeaten, Asuka now remains in line to run through the entire women’s division — from top-to-bottom — if she is to make a run at the title in the coming weeks.

One thing is for certain, however, Asuka’s well-rounded in-ring ability may still be second-to-none at the moment.

My Client, BROCK LESNAR!

Although the looming matchup between Brock Lesnar and Jinder Mahal was formally announced during the opening segment on Monday evening, what would an appearance from “The Beast Incarnate” be without his advocate, Paul Heyman? Per usual, Lesnar didn’t so much as glance at the microphone, let alone speak into it, while Heyman took the reins en route to performing his usual spiel.

What made such a moment memorable is the fact Heyman did quite the job of expressing just how much of an underdog Mahal will be come Survivor Series. While such a notion was obviously no secret to begin with, it does make one wonder whether or not the WWE could be setting Lesnar up for a massive upset loss at the hands of Mahal upon building him up along the way. Just some food for thought…

Clash Of The Titans

This one pretty much speaks for itself as the Raw brand and SmackDown Live brand have now clashed for the first time ahead of Survivor Series:

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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