Survivor Series was last night, so tonight’s RAW is likely to be all about the fallout. If you missed any of the six hours of PPV action provided by Survivor Series, you can catch up with the results here. RAW won the battle of the brands, so it should be a celebratory and good-natured RAW tonight… yeah, right.
The preview doesn’t list any matches. We will apparently find out what the Shield have planned, and we’ll be hearing from Asuka, Alexa Bliss, and Sheamus and Cesaro. There is also a suggestion we might find out who Brock Lesnar’s next challenger will be.
I’m Amanda, and I’m here to make sure you get the important bits of RAW.
The Opening Segment
Stephanie McMahon started us off. She crowed about her brother’s defeat more than RAW’s victory, then brought out Triple H as the conquering hero. He barely got to the ring before Kurt Angle came to join them. Angle said if Triple H ever attacks him from behind again he can take his job and shove it because he’s coming for him. Stephanie McMahon reminded him he was talking to his boss and was in danger of jeopardising his career.
Jason Jordan appeared next, asked for a match with Triple H. When McMahon said Angle didn’t have the authority to make the match, Jordan asked if Triple H was a coward. While Triple H took off his jacket, and McMahon explained he was asking to be murdered, she mentioned Triple H isn’t afraid of anyone – cue Braun Strowman.
Strowman stomped to the ring and got beard to beard with Triple H until The Game backed off. He backed right out of the ring and walked backwards around it, with Braun following from inside, and the crowd chanting ‘you’re a coward’.
Stephanie McMahon closed the segment by announcing a match between Braun Strowman and Jason Jordan.
The Rest of the Show
– Finn Balor vs Samoa Joe – I’m still not sure why they’re feuding, other than their history, but it’s good so I’m not complaining. Great match, won by Samoa Joe with the Coquina Clutch. Finn Balor passed out rather than tapping.
– Jason Jordan asked Kurt Angle to get him out of the match with Strowman, saying he’s still hurt. When Angle said no, Jordan decided he’s the only man on the roster who can beat Strowman anyway, so it’s all good. Self-belief is wonderful, but there are limits.
– Asuka vs Dana Brooke – Apparently Brooke asked for this. She got it. Brooke got a little offence in, then decided to pat Asuka on the head, and slapping her face, would be a good idea. It wasn’t. Asuka knocked her out.
– Braun Strowman said he’s glad Jason Jordan isn’t scared of him. That makes him different to everyone else, including Triple H.
– Sheamus vs Dean Ambrose – Another very good match. And, thankfully, Sheamus had sorted his hair out after yesterday’s weirdness. Ambrose won with Dirty Deeds while Sheamus was watching Rollins beat on Cesaro. Dean Ambrose had his right elbow strapped again, hope that’s a niggle rather than an injury.
– Jason Jordan sought Matt Hardy’s advice on fighting Braun Strowman. Hardy said he’s fought some legendary big men, but being in the ring with Strowman is a humbling experience. He ran Jordan through some of the lessons he’s learned in WWE, ending with, ‘Some nights, it’s just not your night’.
– Jason Jordan vs Braun Strowman – Jordan managed to pick Strowman up, that was impressive. Kane saved him from being murdered by attacking Strowman from behind and beating him with a chair, finally driving him into the steps with a chair against his throat. Strowman left the arena, coughing and retching, and refused all help offered to him.
– Enzo Amore talked a lot. About beating Kalisto, and about his ‘Zo train’ and the things they’re thankful for. Drew Gulak started talking and was immediately interrupted by Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, Akira Tozawa, and Mustafa Ali. They all want a shot at the title. There was a brawl, Amore got out of the way. By the time we came back from the ad break, a match had broken out, everyone except Amore. It was good. Mustafa Ali got the pin for the babyface team.
– Elias and Matt Hardy had a bit of a brawl, which at least stopped Elias singing. Hardy came out on top when Elias escaped the ring.
– Miz tried to get his match cancelled while Kurt Angle was checking on, an apparently injured, Jason Jordan.
Miz TV with Roman Reigns
Reigns didn’t come out when Miz announced him. He called him a couple of times, called him unprofessional (shout out to Jimmy Jacobs), and got the whole Shield. The Shield said they’ve proved they are the best three-man team in history. Miz said they should thank him for getting them back together. There was a ‘Miz is Awesome’ chant, Reigns laughed and said they’ve been all over the world and that’s the first time they’ve ever heard that. They teased him about losing, and he reminded them he has the Intercontinental title and they have nothing.
Seth Rollins made it clear that he and Ambrose are aiming to get their tag titles back. Reigns said he didn’t want to be the only guy in the Shield without a title. Rollins said they weren’t trying to leave him out, then suggested he takes Miz’. Roman Reigns agreed it was a good idea and challenged Miz to a match tonight.
Bo Dallas said they have to go through them to get to Miz. Reigns slapped Dallas and Miz legged it up the ramp. Curtis Axel was left, still in his neck brace, alone. He took Rollins and Ambrose’ finishers, then Dallas took a beatdown and the triple powerbomb.
It was later announced the Intercontinental title match would go ahead.
Women’s division shenanigans aplenty
Alexa Bliss said she’d been reading the messages on social media consoling her, but she doesn’t need them. She knows she performed well and took Charlotte Flair to her limit. Survivor Series wasn’t her night, but 2017 has been her year. Mickie James interrupted and asked who was bored of Bliss. Then she said she wanted the title. Bayley joined them and said 2017 might have been Bliss’ year, but the year isn’t over. She’s not the same woman Bliss beat for the title, and she wants another shot. Sasha Banks out next. Unsurprisingly, she also wants the title. As does Alicia Fox, she was the last to make her case. Bliss said not one of them deserved a championship opportunity and started to leave. Kurt Angle stopped her and said she’ll be facing the winner of yet another multi-woman match.
Mickie James vs Bayley vs Sasha Banks vs Alicia Fox – With Asuka having been the sole survivor last night, you have to ask why she isn’t in this match, I know she had a match with Brooke, but she barely broke a sweat in that. Then it became clear.
Part way through the match, Paige’s music hit, she’s back! And she’s not alone. She brought Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville with her. They invaded the ring and took out everyone apart from Alicia Fox, who ran away. Mandy Rose took out Mickie James, Sonya Deville dealt with Sasha Banks, and Paige hit the RamPaige on Bayley.
Renee Young tried to interview Paige, Rose and Deville but was dismissed by Bliss, who appeared to be trying to suck up to the trio. Paige introduced Bliss to her friends. Then there was an awkward stare down until Paige kicked Bliss in the stomach, and they piled on her.
The Miz vs Roman Reigns – Intercontinental championship match
If Roman Reigns wins this match he completes the Grand Slam, becoming the second Shield member to do so (Dean Ambrose did it earlier in the year). There were actual ‘Roman’ chants during the match, a rarity indeed.
Another strong match to finish the show. No Miztourage, and no Shield, for the start of the match. Just Reigns and Miz fighting it out. They know how to make each other look good, and they battered each other tonight.
With Lesnar a part-time champion, it’s important that the IC title is given proper gravitas, and they elevated it in this match. The close calls and near falls counter piled up as they threw everything at each other. Particularly brutal was Miz’ DDT to Reigns on the floor, after which Reigns barely beat the count out.
Sheamus and Cesaro ran in to distract Reigns long enough for Miz to hit the Skull Crushing Finale, but it only got two. Ambrose and Rollins came down to deal with The Bar. Nice that they were there because Roman Reigns hit Miz with a spear and pinned him clean.
New Intercontinental Champion, and now it’s only Rollins who needs to do the Grand Slam. The Shield celebrated to close out the show.
Very strong RAW tonight, even if there was a lot of talking. The matches were well worth watching, storylines were built, it looks like we get to keep the Shield for a bit longer, we have a new IC champion, and best of all – Paige is back. Didn’t see Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose being two who got the call, but it could be the making of them if they’re sticking around. We never did find anything out about Lesnar’s next challenger, but it was a packed episode, so I guess we can’t complain.