A war between RAW and SmackDown Live is coming.
RAW was live this week from the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis.
The show was centered around the aftermath of Sunday night’s TLC pay-per-view, specifically Kurt Angle’s return to in-ring action. It also focused on WWE’s next pay-per-view, Survivor Series.
Angle came out to address the WWE Universe, before being interrupted by the Miz, the Bar and Curtis Axel.
Just before the four were ready to attack the RAW General Manager, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose came in from the crowd to make the save. Angle then made the first match of the night, the Miz and the Bar against Rollins, Ambrose and special guest AJ Styles.
Styles’ presence was enough to help his team prevail, hitting Cesaro with a Phenomenal Forearm for the win. Kane then entered the ring and proceeded to dismantle Styles, Rollins and Ambrose with ease.
Another big moment was WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar responding to WWE Champion Jinder Mahal’s challenge from last week’s SmackDown Live. Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman, called out Mahal’s legitimacy as a champion.
Regardless, they accepted the challenge and the match is official for Survivor Series.
The final big moment of the night was Angle announcing the men who would comprise Team RAW for their Survivor Series elimination match against Team SmackDown Live.
As Angle was about to announce the first man, SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon interrupted by bringing members of his roster to ringside. Angle left the ring and McMahon proceeded to have his team hunt him down.
Team SmackDown Live went backstage and laid waste to whoever got in their way, taking Angle hostage. They brought him to McMahon, who gave a stern warning: Bring what’s left of your roster, you’re in for a fight.
There was plenty of action throughout the night. Finn Balor answered Kane’s challenge for competition. The Demon King gave Kane all he could handle, but the Big Red Machine hit him with three straight chokeslams for the win.
The women were up next, as Asuka made her RAW debut in a TLC rematch against Emma. Much like the night before, the Empress of Tomorrow made short work of Emma and made her tap with the Asuka Lock.
RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss came out to demand appreciation that she felt she had deserved. She chastised the crowd and tried to get them to chant “You deserve it,” until Mickie James made her way down to the ring.
All it took was one DDT to silence Bliss, and according to James, she did deserve it.
Then came Elias vs. Jason Jordan, but not before Elias tried to perform his usual song. There were some “technical difficulties” that postponed the performance before Jordan made his way down to the ring.
The two went back and forth before Elias exacted some revenge, smashing Jordan with his guitar which disqualified him. Medical personnel came down to ringside to help Jordan backstage, whose arm immediately bruised from the impact.
Sasha Banks, Bayley and Alicia Fox competed next, with the winner of their triple threat match becoming the RAW women’s team captain for their Survivor Series elimination match.
Each woman had momentum, but Fox capitalized on a costly mistake by Banks and Bayley to win the match and the captaincy.
The cruiserweights were on display after, with a huge 10-man tag match that saw the team of Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann, Mustafa Ali, Gran Metalik and Kalisto take on Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, Noam Dar, Ariya Daivari and Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore.
Kalisto’s team took control early on, while Amore did whatever he could to make sure he didn’t get tagged into the match. A brawl broke out and in the confusion he was eventually tagged in, allowing Kalisto to hit the Salida del Sol to give his team the victory.