The WWE hasn’t been shy about shifting titles around just days before the Survivor Series network special. This past week alone we saw A.J. Styles win the WWE Championship from Jinder Mahal on SmackDown Live. That came a day after Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins lost the Raw tag team titles to Cesaro and Sheamus.
The Shield didn’t lose to the Bar in a particularly clean fashion, however. Towards the end of the main event matchup, Big E’s voice boomed over the PA system. “Ohhhhh, Manchester!” The crowd frantically searched for the New Day, while general manager Kurt Angle rallied Raw’s troops in the back, assuming SmackDown was invading again.
It was a “pump fake,” and New Day retreated as Raw reinforcements stormed up the stairs towards their location in the crowd. During this chaos, Sheamus hit an unsuspecting Rollins with a Brogue Kick and pinned him, thus winning the tag team titles back.
This sets up a match between the Usos and the Bar at Survivor Series. Also shooting off of this finish is a probable contest between the Shield and New Day on Nov. 19, and it’s a match that could very well steal the show. Big E and Roman Reigns have already taken to exchanging barbs on social media, and it’s likely that this match will be made official on either Monday or Tuesday.
This should be an outstanding bout featuring some of the best workers in the WWE. And all six men will do whatever it takes to rev the crowd up come Survivor Series.
It’s not a feud that can continue past next weekend, however, since the two teams are on opposite brands. Which leaves us wondering what’s next for the Shield come Monday Night Raw on Nov. 20.
Since SummerSlam on Aug. 20, the Shield and the Bar have matched up in some way, shape or form six different times on television or during network specials. They’ve passed the tag team titles back and forth, and neither group has managed to truly get the upper hand on the other for an extended period of time.
With Cesaro and Sheamus winning the straps again in a rather heel-ish fashion this past Monday, it seems likely that we haven’t seen the last of the Bar vs the Shield. There will probably be at least one more match on the grounds of the Bar not managing to win cleanly the last time out.
The writing seems to be on the wall for them to lose at Survivor Series — though that isn’t a certainty. Perhaps Angle (assuming he retains his position as GM) will punish the Bar for their actions on Raw and for the loss at Survivor Series by pitting them against the Shield one last time.
Rotating Roman Reigns in for either Ambrose or Rollins could create an interesting wrinkle as well.
That feud will only get the Hounds of Justice so far, though, and they’re going to need something fresh sooner rather than later. Raw is short on tag teams due to a handful of injuries, but an interesting program could be set up in the coming weeks if Scott Dawson is ready to return.
No timetable has been given for his comeback and there hasn’t been any mention of the Revival on television for quite some time now, but original guesses had Dawson perhaps being ready to rebound sometime around December. Raw badly needs an injection of new blood into the tag team division, and the Revival would give the Shield a fresh tandem to work against.
The Revival hasn’t had a chance to shine on the main roster yet, but a strong program against the Shield could position them nicely. Jeff Hardy will likely be back sometime in the first few months of 2018, which would suddenly give Raw an outstanding group of tag teams to work with between the Bar, the Shield, the Revival and the Hardy Boyz.
This is a shot in the dark as well, but it could be time for the Authors of Pain to debut on the main roster. It’s not uncommon for high-end performers who have had stellar runs in NXT to get called up immediately after a Takeover event. The next Takeover will take place during the same weekend of Survivor Series, and AOP will be involved in the main event of the evening — a potentially explosive War Games match.
Perhaps it’s time for SAnitY to get the call after forming such a strong unit in NXT as well. The Undisputed Era seems poised to take the reigns of the developmental brand over the next few months, so clearing out either AOP or SAintY could be just the swerve needed to revive Raw’s stagnant tag team division.
These are speculative feuds on our part. What do you think is next for the Shield following Survivor Series? Sound off in the comments down below and let us know what you think.