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5 things we learned from Raw 11-6

Jul 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; WWE wrestlers of The New Day known as Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah (left) and Ettore Ewen (center) and Austin Watson (right) arrive on the red carpet for the 2016 ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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With the WWE heading overseas to Manchester, England this week, the latest episode of Monday Night Raw was certainly one for the ages. With the Survivor Series pay-per-view now on the immediate horizon, storylines are finally beginning to take shape while the WWE Universe learned a handful of important things on Nov. 6.

Even In The Midst Of Cross-Branding, Raw-Exclusive Rivalries Are Still Fun

Despite the fact that Monday evening’s “Guitar-On-A-Pole” Match had only some effect on Raw’s overall angle against SmackDown Live and no title implications, Elias versus Jason Jordan nearly stole the show in Manchester. Because specialty matches not featured on pay-per-view events are always fun, the WWE Universe was reminded of two things this week: Raw-exclusive rivalries are still alive and well despite the presence of SmackDown Live talent and the middle of the card should not be forgotten even with the likes of Kurt Angle, The Miz, Braun Strowman and many others taking over on Monday evenings.

Elias and Jordan are certainly two of the best in-ring performers around while their ongoing feud has remained entertaining for weeks. Keeping fans on the edge of their seats between main event-caliber matches, the tandem of Elias and Jordan have finally reached an end point with the latter earning a victory as a result of the now infamous “Guitar-On-A-Pole” Match.

Asuka Added To Team Raw At Survivor Series

It is no secret that the WWE has been preparing the undefeated Asuka for something bigger than just jobber after jobber — especially after her brief rivalry against Emma ultimately came to an abrupt halt. With Asuka bursting onto the scene by way of a debut match against Emma on TLC, she has now officially been added to yet another pay-per-view slate. As announced by Raw women’s team captain Alicia Fox, Asuka has been drafted to the Survivor Series squad alongside Fox, Nia Jax and Sasha Banks, who was also tabbed for the upcoming festivities on Monday evening.

It is also worth noting that Raw general manager Kurt Angle added Jason Jordan, Samoa Joe and Finn Balor to the men’s team in Manchester.

The Big Red Machine And The Monster Among Men Finally Square Off

Adding to the notion that in-brand feuds are still very much alive this time of year, Kane and Braun Strowman finally squared off inside the ring. Although The Miz and his cronies Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel eventually interfered during the altercation, the WWE Universe has now officially received its first glimpse of Kane and Strowman battling it out in a singles format.

What did we learn from this encounter? We learned that despite the presence of Survivor Series, Kane and Strowman will continue their rivalry going forward. However, with Strowman serving as a large part of Team Raw — literally — could Kane somehow insert himself into the Survivor Series slate en route to getting even further under the skin of “The Monster Among Men”?

Anything Is Possible With Survivor Series Looming — Even A Pete Dunne Appearance!

Although the WWE Universe has learned that anything is possible with yet another pay-per-view right around the corner, it remains to be seen as to what exactly goes down during the lead-up to Survivor Series. Even so, and perhaps most interestingly, could WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne continue to serve as a staple on Monday Night Raw or at least 205 Live?

We all learned that Dunne has the ability to make a name for himself on the international stage while the fact that Raw was in Manchester, England surely helped his cause this week. However, while Dunne did not add another belt to his credit against Enzo Amore, pinning and defeating the WWE Cruiserweight Champion is no small task and should not go unnoticed. If there was any time to implement Dunne into some regularly scheduled programming, Survivor Series would certainly be the right time as all of the brands prepare to clash.

Survivor Series Matchups Are Not Set In Stone

While The Shield was originally slated to battle it out with SmackDown Live’s tag-team titleholders in The Usos, it appears as though the upcoming Survivor Series matches are not all set in stone. With the tandem of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins previously serving as the Raw Tag-Team Champions, the titles have since changed hands with Survivor Series now less than two weeks away. On Monday evening, the English fans saw The Bar defeat The Shield en route to capturing the Raw tag-team titles in the main event. Because Sheamus and Cesaro have now become tag-team champions for the third time, The Bar currently remains in line to take on The Usos at Survivor Series.

Nonetheless, The Shield and The New Day certainly appear primed for some antics going forward…

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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