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Should a Raw invasion be the last thing we see before Survivor Series?

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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The term “under siege” has become quite prevalent over the course of the last few weeks. While Monday Night Raw was technically only “under siege” once thus far into the Survivor Series lead-up, there is still plenty of time left for the two brands to continue to go at it before November 19 in Houston, Texas.

However, SmackDown Live most recently got the better of its Monday evening counterpart for a second time, thanks to the presence and wittiness of The New Day while faking “Under Siege Part II.” Despite the fact that Kane did previously attack SmackDown Live general manager Daniel Bryan en route to delivering a vicious choke-slam, it still appears as though SmackDown Live has the upper hand going forward — even if the WWE Universe chalks up the “Big Red Machine’s” tactics as a nod for the Raw brand.

As a result, should a Raw invasion of SmackDown Live be the last thing we see before the upcoming pay-per-view? The answer is actually quite simple: Yes.

Because the Shane McMahon-led SmackDown Live brand won last year’s 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match, one would have to assume that Raw will at least come close to capturing a victory this time around to even the odds. Not only that, but Raw remains in line to celebrate its 25th anniversary while a win at Survivor Series could keep the program on top heading into 2018.

However, in order for all of this to come into fruition, the Raw brand cannot allow SmackDown Live to carry literally all of the momentum into Houston. If nothing were to happen between now and next weekend, it would be especially difficult to envision Raw coming out and upending the surging SmackDown Live superstars, a slate that once again includes the aforementioned Shane McMahon. Thus, Raw must absolutely turn the tides ahead of next weekend by putting SmackDown Live “under siege” this Tuesday evening.

There is a caveat, though. This all depends on what move SmackDown Live decides to make on Monday, which would continue to sway the momentum in its favor. Even so, perhaps SmackDown Live already feels as though its done enough to put the opposition in its place, which would allow the Monday squad to strike come Tuesday. Nonetheless, the Raw brand must get the last laugh before the WWE takes over Houston on November 19 — “under siege” or not.


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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