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5 things we learned on Monday Night Raw 12-4

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With the calendar now officially turned to the month of December, the WWE Universe is that much closer to 2018 with the latest installment of Monday Night Raw coming and going in Los Angeles, California. Upon visiting the “City of Angels,” the WWE put on quite the show for the West Coast crowd en route to upping the ante in various departments — especially these five areas.

Roman Reigns Captures Yet Another Title Defense

In what has become quite the strange string of somewhat productive losses for Jason Jordan, Roman Reigns was next on the slate for Kurt Angle‘s “son.” With Jordan taking on Reigns with the Intercontinental Championship on the line, it was the latter who ultimately came out on top en route to retaining his strap. However, despite yet another loss for Jordan, the up-and-coming superstar continues to receive a major push from the WWE creative team while his opposition has grown increasingly more competitive over the course of the last month or so.

Although Jordan continues to come up short, his ascension toward the top of the Monday Night Raw roster has no doubt begun. On the other hand, Reigns has once again retained his Intercontinental Championship while just recently beating out The Miz for the heralded title. Now defeating Jordan as well, Reigns initially edged out Elias just last week.

It is also worth noting that the rest of The Shield was unsuccessful as a result of Monday’s main event as Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins were unable to recapture their tag-team gold against The Bar in Sheamus and Cesaro.

Paige Edges Sasha Banks During In-Ring Return

Now a member of the faction, “Absolution,” Paige is officially back in the fold as a member of the Monday Night Raw women’s division. While finally returning to the ring on Monday evening in Los Angeles after recently returning by way of a series of effective promos, Paige made her way back into the squared circle in a big way, too. Notably defeating Sasha Banks, it appears as though the former champion is currently in line to become the No. 1 contender for Alexa Bliss‘ title as the 2018 slate remains right around the corner.

Drew Gulak Wins Second 205 Live Fatal Four-Way

After former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann solidified his place in an upcoming No. 1 contender match, Drew Gulak did the same on Monday evening. With Gulak becoming the latest superstar to punch their ticket to such a match, both he and Swann will be battling it out to determine who will take on the current champion in Enzo Amore. After Swann previously defeated the likes of Akira Tozawa, Ariya Daivari and Noam Dar last week, Gulak has since impressively edged Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali and Tony Nese.

Despite the fact that a former champion in Swann will surely enter this looming bout as the overwhelming favorite to take on Amore, Gulak and his recent surge should not be overlooked.

Is Braun Strowman Versus Kane Finally Culminating?

Despite the fact that these two monsters have continued to go back-and-forth over the course of the last several weeks, the rivalry between Braun Strowman and Kane has yet to truly culminate. While Strowman most notably drove Kane through the ring, “The Big Red Machine” initially got the festivities started back at Tables, Ladders and Chairs en route to tossing “The Monster Among Men” in the back of a garbage truck. Though these two have already encountered one another at times, it has been mostly brief occurrences. However, Kane issued a challenge to Strowman on Monday evening as it appears as though the tandem will once again meet inside the squared circle come next week.

Matt Hardy Has Awoken!

Though this was most definitely imminent, it is now official: Matt Hardy is “woken.” With his “broken” persona previously failing to make its way over to the WWE, the company is now capitalizing on the absence of his injured brother, Jeff Hardy, while ultimately choosing to pair Matt with the always entertaining and ominous Bray Wyatt. With Matt’s long-awaited re-debut finally coming into fruition on Monday evening, his ever popular promos and in-ring antics have already begun. While Wyatt is the perfect rival for such an awakening, expect to see both superstars receive a massive push in the coming weeks. One can assume this newfound feud will parlay itself into a pay-per-view culmination as well.

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, Football.com 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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