With Survivor Series now less than one week away, here are the five things that the WWE Universe learned from November 13’s episode Monday Night Raw. While many more than five things came into fruition on Monday evening in Charlotte, North Carolina, these handful of instances certainly stood out as only Tuesday’s installment of SmackDown Live stands between the WWE Universe and Survivor Series 2017.
Bayley Joins The Women’s Field
With Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks, Asuka and Nia Jax already in place heading into Charlotte, the Monday Night Raw brand has now added its fifth and final entrant in the women’s version of the 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match. Upon defeating both Mickie James and Dana Brooke by way of a triple-threat match, Bayley notably became the newest member of Team Raw.
Stringing together quite the popular squad, the Monday quintet will be battling it out against Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Tamina and Naomi.
With Roman Reigns In The Fold, The Shield Is Officially Back!
Monday’s episode of Raw marked the first time that The Shield wrestled alongside one another in over three years. While taking on the trio of The Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus, it certainly appears as though The Shield is officially back in the fold. Not only that but the team of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose have now been booked for Survivor Series as The Shield will be taking on The New Day.
With the tandem of beloved factions formally slated for 3-on-3 action come next weekend, it still remains to be seen as to where the WWE brass leads The Shield following the pay-per-view event. Although the duo of Rollins and Ambrose recently dropped the Raw Tag-Team Championships to The Bar, the return of the aforementioned Reigns could complicate things going forward.
Jason Jordan Out, Triple H In
Well, Jason Jordan won’t be getting his big break after all. After taking on Bray Wyatt en route to victory, Jordan promptly encountered a post-match ambush from his deranged opponent, leaving his knee in shambles. With Raw general manager and Survivor Series team captain Kurt Angle forced to make the initial decision, Jordan was ultimately lifted from the 5-on-5 elimination match against the SmackDown Live brand, thanks to some help from Raw commissioner Stephanie McMahon.
With Jordan out of the picture, the team of Angle, Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe and Finn Balor will now be joined by “The Cerebral Assassin” Triple H. Despite not wrestling on television in quite some time, Triple H promptly inserted himself into the long-awaited bout as the fifth and final member of Team Raw. It is also worth noting that Triple H had been making a slew of non-televised appearances as of late so Monday’s news hardly comes as a huge surprise.
Braun Strowman, Kane Rivalry Will Likely Continue Past Survivor Series
Although nothing is set in stone, it appears as though the ongoing rivalry between Braun Strowman and Kane will continue well past Survivor Series. While weekly promos have led the WWE Universe to this point, Strowman and Kane finally clashed for real in Monday’s main event. With Strowman ultimately putting “The Big Red Machine” through the canvas, it was then “The Monster Among Men” that first emerged from the destruction. However, with Strowman slated for a Survivor Series matchup in Houston, the tandem of monstrous superstars will be forced to put their current feud on hold until after the looming pay-per-view. Even so, it seems as though the WWE creative team has taken this rivalry far enough to continue it after Survivor Series, which was evident by the decision to have Strowman take on Kane in the main event.
Raw Can Still Have Last Laugh As SmackDown Live Looms
Because the SmackDown Live brand did not invade Raw for what could have been considered as a third time, the ball is now in the latter’s court. While only one episode of SmackDown Live remains before the upcoming Survivor Series pay-per-view, it appears as though Raw will be able to make the final move before the festivities kickoff on November 19 in Houston. While SmackDown Live has already put Raw “under siege” in addition to The New Day punking the Monday brand just last week, Raw must invade SmackDown Live come Tuesday in order to capture at least some momentum heading into Texas.