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5 best moments from Raw 10-16

WWE Champion The Miz, center, speaks at a news conference to promote a world welterweight champioship bout between Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, and Juan Manuel Marquez, of Mexico, Pacquiao-Marquez III, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The fighters will meet Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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The Shield Opens Up Raw

While going on a memorable 3.5-year hiatus, The Shield is finally back in the fold. Although the WWE Universe was already well-informed about such a reunion, it was then promptly revealed during the opening segment of Monday Night Raw that The Shield was truly back in full force.

Upon kicking off the show, The Shield reverted back to its old ways, walking toward the ring from the crowd while sporting the original garb so many fans have come to know and love over the years. Not only that, but to no surprise, The Shield — in full effect — received quite the pop from the fans in attendance.

Why is this notable?

The Demon

While Bray Wyatt previously debuted his frightening “Sister Abigail” alter ego, it was then time for Finn Balor to do the same. With Balor typically unveiling his painted demon look for notable events, it appears as though the fan favorite will actually be changing it up for the upcoming Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view.

What do we think WWE fans? Will this fiery demon successfully rival Wyatt’s “Sister Abigail?”

Tag-Team Championship Match

This is was simply the best technical wrestling match of the evening. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins successfully defended their Raw Tag Team Championships while defeating The Bar, Sheamus and Cesaro. However, while this was certainly a very well executed match, such an occurrence also provided a curious talking point regarding The Shield.

Because Ambrose and Rollins currently serve as the brand’s tag-team champions, it appears as though the prolific duo could both participate alongside one another in addition to suiting up with Roman Reigns. Even so, another close match against The Bar may also be signaling that The Shield will be returning solely as a full-time trio sometime soon as a change of hands could be on the way in the Raw tag team division.

While Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns will surely continue to thrive as singles competitors, perhaps it will become a similar faction to that of The New Day as opposed to what we saw on Monday evening.

Welcome Back

The latest installment of Raw brought back some familiar faces while a slew of once popular superstars could be receiving new storylines sooner rather than later. Monday evening featured the likes of Curtis Axel, Alicia Fox, Gallows and Anderson, Emma and Kane all on the same episode. Although this group was never removed from the spotlight completely, it was nice to see these superstars potentially gearing up for some new ventures — mostly Fox, Gallows and Anderson and Kane as both Axel and Emma did return to the mix slightly sooner.

The Big Red Machine 

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashioned steel cage match? Better yet, who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashioned steel cage match involving the legendary Kane?

Popping out from the bottom of the canvas, “The Big Red Machine” made his long-awaited return to the WWE while simultaneously inserting himself into a pay-per-view match at Tables, Ladders and Chairs. With Braun Strowman defeating Reigns in the Raw main event, Kane will now join The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro and Strowman against The Shield come Oct. 22. Although the steel cage was used as more of a gimmick in this case, its presence did help kickoff what will undoubtedly become several weeks of brutal and unconventional matches.

Tables. Ladders. Chairs. Inject it.

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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