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5 Best Moments From Raw 10-30

WWE Superstar Samoa Joe is seen at the WWE 2K18 SummerSlam Kickoff Event on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Invision for 2K Games/AP Images)
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With Halloween now upon us, October 30’s episode of Monday Night Raw became quite festive with monsters, demons and even a “Trick or Street Fight.” While there were certainly more than five memorable moments on Monday evening in Baltimore, Maryland, FRS Slam has managed to narrow down the list with Survivor Series just around the corner.

Although pivotal storylines were solidified, multiple superstars made triumphant returns and Survivor Series matches progressed, the most recent installment of Monday Night Raw also featured some downright fun.

Stephanie McMahon Overrules Kurt Angle

Monday Night Raw got off to a roaring start this week as commissioner Stephanie McMahon promptly interrupted general manager Kurt Angle en route to anointing him as the team captain for Survivor Series. While McMahon had not been heard from since all the way back at WrestleMania, it appears as though the Raw commissioner is back to rival SmackDown Live’s commissioner and her brother, Shane McMahon.

While it is obviously important that McMahon is back in the fold on Monday evenings, Raw’s start on October 30 could also have last effects for the aforementioned Angle. Although this could just be the WWE’s way of inserting him into the Raw versus SmackDown Live 5-on-5 Survivor Series match, perhaps Angle’s time as the general manager could be coming to a close as well?

Nia Jax And Samoa Joe Return To The Fold

With Stephanie McMahon initially making her return to Mondays, the WWE then added two more comebacks to the slate. Immediately following Stephanie’s appearance, both Nia Jax and Samoa Joe proved victorious against Bayley and Apollo Crews, respectively. After Jax missed the last several weeks due to what was reported as a backstage issue, Joe had remained on the sideline since all the way back at SummerSlam.

Not only did both superstars make long-awaited returns on October 30, but Jax was promptly inserted into the women’s Survivor Series match by Raw team captain Alicia Fox. On the other hand, Joe is seemingly making a serious push toward joining the pay-per-view slate himself as he took out both Crews and his manager in Titus O’Neil.

Kane’s Night Of Destruction

Kane is back and Kane is back in a big way. After notably turning on Braun Strowman at Tables, Ladders and Chairs, the “Big Red Machine” then defeated Finn Balor just last week. With his path of destruction continuing on Monday evening in Baltimore, Kane not only defeated Seth Rollins during his match but also took down SmackDown Live general manager Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose and the aforementioned Balor for a second time along the way. While it is certainly notable that Kane appeared to choke slam Bryan upon ambushing him in Kurt Angle’s office, let’s not forget about the fact that the 50-year-old superstar has now defeated Balor and Rollins in consecutive weeks. While all roads will ultimately lead to Strowman, what does the WWE brass have in store for the aging Kane going forward?

Adding to the intrigue of Kane’s dominant night in Baltimore, Strowman of course closed the show by emerging out of the back of a garbage truck and wreaking some havoc of his own.

Trick Or Street Fight

Although this match had absolutely no bearing on what occurs on Raw going forward, it was impossible not to enjoy the tag-team battle between the Christmas-themed Rhyno and Heath Slater and the Southpaw Regional Wrestling-themed Anderson and Gallows. While partaking in the “Trick or Street Fight,” the two tag-teams engaged in an all-out war that festively featured bobbing for apples, pumpkins, tables, skeletons, chairs and more. Ultimately, Anderson found himself on the wrong end of a Rhyno pin as Gallows hilariously managed to blind himself with a jack-o-lantern.

Where To Go From Here With Mickie James?

It once appeared as though the WWE creative team would be allowing Mickie James to make some history en route to capturing a women’s title for a seventh time. However, those plans were once again halted as James was defeated via knockout punch by Raw women’s champion Alexa Bliss in the main event. While Bliss is now gearing up for her Survivor Series matchup against SmackDown Live women’s champion Natalya, what does this all mean for the 38-year-old James? If James is to ever secure another title under the WWE umbrella, it seems as though it would have to be sooner rather than later.

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, 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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