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5 things we learned on Monday Night Raw 11-20

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With Survivor Series coming and going over the weekend, the WWE Universe immediately turned its attention to Monday Night Raw. As the post-pay-per-view shows almost always deliver, Monday evening’s program was no different as new storylines already began to unfold in Houston, Texas.

Samoa Joe, Finn Balor Could Become Quite The Rivalry Going Forward

Although on the same Survivor Series team just one night prior, Samoa Joe and Finn Balor were back at it once again on Monday evening. After initially sparking up a feud before the recent pay-per-view slate, it appears as though Joe and Balor will continue such a rivalry while Monday’s match in Houston provided that this back-and-forth could potentially become one of the top storylines in WWE today.

Despite the fact that Balor ultimately fell victim to Joe’s coquina clutch, one can certainly expect the former to bounce back come next week.

Despite Receiving Unwinnable Task, Jason Jordan Receives Yet Another Push

Jason Jordan was recently removed from Raw’s Survivor Series team while it appears as though the WWE creative team still insists on giving the up-and-coming superstar a major push in the coming weeks. Despite the fact that Jordan was ultimately taken off the pay-per-view slate, the son of Raw commissioner Kurt Angle was then promptly put in a match against “The Monster Among Men” in Braun Strowman on Monday evening in Houston. Not only that, but Jordan’s night initially began during Raw’s opening segment while appearing alongside Strowman, Angle, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

Though Jordan was given an unwinnable task with Strowman, “The Monster Among Men” is most definitely a step up in competition, which is a good sign for Jordan — win, lose or Kane interference.

Has Asuka’s Ascension Officially Begun?

Is Asuka finally making her ascension toward the top of the Monday Night Raw women’s division? After failing to encounter some real competition since joining the Monday program, Asuka stole the show for the women at Survivor Series. While such a victory certainly began what should be a major push toward the top of the roster, Asuka’s latest win over a formidable opponent in Dana Brooke could be the first in a string of victories over legitimate contenders for the undefeated superstar. Though a victory is a victory in WWE, Asuka’s latest win was surely of the dominant variety, adding to the notion that she could quite possibly become the Raw women’s champion sooner rather than later.

Turn The Paige

Making her return alongside Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose, Paige is officially back in the fold on Raw. While it initially appeared as though Paige would immediately be making her way back into the title picture all by herself, the tandem of NXT superstars then aided her ambush on the rest of the division. Though it is certainly possible that Paige steps right back into the limelight en route to becoming the top contender in the Raw women’s division, it remains to be seen as to how the WWE creative team allows the newfound trio to progress in the coming weeks.

One thing is for certain, however, Paige is back!

Roman Reigns Could Be Successful Both Alone, With The Shield

Although back with The Shield on a full-time basis, Roman Reigns is your new intercontinental champion. With his Shield teammates in Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins still competing against The Bar in Sheamus and Cesaro, “The Big Dog” has now captured some gold of his own. As a result, it appears as though the WWE brass plans to use Reigns as both a singles competitor in addition to his time as part of The Shield. The most interesting aspect of this notion surely lies with the fact that Reigns has received a much warmer response since rejoining The Shield. However, will the WWE Universe treat Reigns differently when he stands alone in the ring?

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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