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What to expect when Brock Lesnar addresses Jinder Mahal

NEW YORK, NY - August 21 : Brock Lesnar battles Randy Orton at WWE SummerSlam 2016 at the Barclays Center on August 21 , 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. Photo Credit: John Palmer/ MediaPunch/IPX
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The 2017 installment of Tables, Ladders and Chairs is now officially a thing of the past. So what’s next? Monday Night Raw, of course…

With Survivor Series just around the corner, October 23’s episode of Raw will be featuring not only WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, but also SmackDown Live’s WWE Champion in Jinder Mahal. While it remains to be seen as to whether or not Mahal actually appears on Raw alongside Lesnar, “The Beast Incarnate” will be forced to ultimately accept or decline the challenge previously brought about by “The Modern Day Maharaja.”

Although not everyone is ecstatic with Mahal’s current run as champion, an impressive performance against Lesnar could be just what the doctor ordered for the top dog on SmackDown Live.

As the WWE Universe begins to look ahead toward the future and past Tables, Ladders and Chairs, there are still some questions that need answering. While Lesnar’s promo geared toward Mahal is already booked for Monday evening, could some of the following questions be answered as well?

Where does the RAW women’s division go from here? 

  • While Emma initially appeared to be on the upswing en route to securing a match against Asuka — in her WWE debut, no less — Sunday evening’s bout was never a winnable match for the Australian superstar. However, will the WWE continue Emma’s push going forward? On the other hand, will Asuka be forced to work her way up the ladder or is the undefeated phenom already on her way straight to the top?
  • Although Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox were relegated to pre-show duty in the “Twin Cities,” the singles match actually proved to be one of the more technically entertaining matches of the early portion of the pay-per-view. As a result, could the WWE keep Fox in the fold? Banks is a lock to remain atop the women’s roster, but Fox’s most recent performance should not go unnoticed despite a loss.

Will Kurt Angle’s role as Raw general manager turn physical more often?

  • After staying away from the inside of the WWE ring for more than a decade, the 48-year-old Kurt Angle made an unexpected return on Sunday evening in Minneapolis. While his initial role as Raw general manager was more than enough to satisfy the WWE Universe, or so it seemed, could his in-ring return lead to more wrestling from the Olympic gold medalist going forward? Although unlikely on a larger scale, it wouldn’t be tremendously surprising to see a few bumps from Angle here and there in the near future. Despite the fact that Angle wrestled for less than half the match at Tables, Ladders and Chairs, nothing he encounters going forward would be nearly as grueling — that’s for sure.

Will Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt eventually be able to pick up where they left off?

  • This is certainly not an unexpected question, but still one that needs answering. However, such an answer may not be so simple to come by. With Survivor Series now on the horizon, storylines will continue to evolve with both Raw and SmackDown Live slated to square off next month. Because Finn Balor and SmackDown Live’s A.J. Styles quickly became the premiere match of Sunday evening’s Tables, Ladders and Chairs, could an immediate rematch be in order? I’m not sure anyone would be opposed after the highly entertaining back-and-forth that occurred.

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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