With Hell in a Cell in the rearview mirror, there isn’t much time before WWE presents another PPV. In fact, there is only one Raw separating us from TLC, WWE’s version of a demolition derby.
Here are five things to look forward to on Raw this week.
The Shield continues its dominance
Last week brought forth the moment that wrestling fans had been waiting more than three years for. Finally, all three members of the Shield were standing side-by-side, a common enemy in their way. A move, by the way, that saw fans get excited about Roman Reigns for the (probably) first time since that fateful day back in June of 2014.
Now that Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are bumping fists and filming backstage promos together, will they still have the dominance that they had back in the day, or will it take some time to get on the same page (we’re still not over it Seth)? Monday’s show is the last chance to build toward this 4-on-3 TLC match on Sunday, so there is sure to be fireworks among the seven guys involved.
Sister Abigail’s next move
When it comes to the Bray Wyatt character, there’s isn’t a whole lot the crowd can get into anymore. Except for Sister Abigail. That was the one piece of the mystery Wyatt had left in the arsenal. Apparently, WWE feels like now is the time to pull the trigger on it.
Last week, we got the debut of Sister Abigail. Instead of it being another person (preferably someone unknown from NXT), it was Wyatt himself with a cloth over his face and his voice modulated. Nice to see Wyatt worked on his video editing skills in his spare time. Credit to Finn Balor for not completely losing his composure in the ring while this was happening, and for trying to save it with a backstage promo.
This has a long way to go before it becomes relevant, and Sister Abigail’s next move will play a major part in this being something to look forward to at TLC.
Getting closer to Asuka’s debut
In what can only be described as a typical WWE move, they announced the debut of Asuka at TLC weeks in advance. Everybody knew at some point Kurt Angle would need to find an opponent for the newest member of the Raw roster. Lucky for him, all the ladies not involved in the title picture just so happened to meet in his office at the same time, begging Angle for the chance to face the undefeated Asuka.
The Raw general manager put together a five-woman elimination match (to the confusion of the commentary team), that saw Emma earn the opportunity. This was the most logical decision, as Emma and Asuka worked a program together in NXT. It will be interesting to see how the build for this goes, with Asuka not being on TV. How much will Emma do/say on Monday to get eyeballs on the match?
Nia Jax and the pursuit of the Women’s Title
With no Brock Lesnar on the card, there is plenty of room for other feuds to get time on Raw and at the PPV. Mickie James’ pursuit of the Raw Women’s Title certainly fits that bill.
The story of this one boils down to Alexa Bliss calling James old, and James saying that ‘yeah she’s old, but she can still beat Bliss’. Riveting stuff, I know. The part about this that’s most intriguing is not the two superstars fighting, but the one that seems to be in the middle: Nia Jax.
Once the bitter enemy of Bliss, it seems rather odd for her to be in Bliss’ corner once again. If there is one thing that Jax has proved so far, it’s that she knows how to play the system. Perhaps she is luring Bliss into a sense of security once again so that she can steal the title down the road. I think we would all be down with Jax as champ against Asuka at Survivor Series.
The Realest Guy in the Room
Since the conclusion of the Cruiserweight Classic, the entire division has been quite the disappointment. 205 Live, supposed to be the playground for all of the talent that WWE tried to squeeze in during Raw, turned more into an extra hour of nothingness. There was the bright spot of Neville’s reign as king of the cruiserweights, but even that ended abruptly when Akira Tozawa beat him for the title on the go-home show before SummerSlam.
What they have done with Enzo Amore actually had most fans interested again in the division. Cruiserweights were main eventing Raw (even if we all know that the end of the second hour is the real main event), the story of Neville leading the guys to take back the division was fun and the no-contact clause provided quite the wrinkle to it all.
It was clear what the ending was. A new, debuting superstar would be the guy to take down Amore and liberate the entire division. Those three weeks of build up were all for……..Kalisto?
Now there are some backstage antics that may have pushed this along, but this still feels like a golden opportunity wasted. We are sure to hear from Amore before his rematch for the title on Sunday. Hopefully, the Certified G can deliver a good enough promo to get fans to buy in.