Raw Recap: November 7, 2016
S2016 episode 1224 Aired on November 7, 2016

Can Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns coexist? Well, they’re gonna have to: The Architect was officially added to the assembled 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Men’s Elimination team alongside Reigns, Jeri-KO and Braun Strowman in Raw's opening moments. Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon provided Rollins with “assurances” to lure him onto the team and tried to stoke the inter-show rivalry by implying Team Raw’s jobs were resting on the outcome of the match. But Owens and Jericho instead decided to poke and prod Rollins and Reigns relentlessly to keep them in line.

The former Shield brothers decided to whoop on their enemies in response, at least until Strowman took Rollins and Jericho out. Unwilling to lose her team to infighting, Stephanie gave the five Survivor Series team members a chance to work out their aggression in a Fatal 5-Way Match in Raw’s main event.

Way over in the land of SmackDown LIVE, Dolph Ziggler issued an open Intercontinental Title challenge to the Raw roster for Survivor Series. Raw General Manager Mick Foley earmarked Sami Zayn for the spot, which left Stephanie McMahon incredibly irritated, as she preferred Rusev. The solution? A No. 1 Contender’s Match between the two Superstars.

The result? In a word: Olé! The Underdog from the Underground is officially next in line for Zig Man’s title. In fairness, Rusev was perhaps overly enthusiastic after being humiliated by Goldberg last week. But Zayn — who’s made a thing of stepping to monsters lately — simply put his head down and withstood a relentless attack from Rusev to seal the win by Helluva Kicking him off the top rope.

That Kevin Owens won the Fatal 5-Way among Raw’s male Survivor Series competitors wasn’t necessarily surprising, per se — OK, given that Braun Strowman kind of wrecked everyone for 10 minutes, it was a little surprising. What’s surprising was who KO pinned to do it.

In a match that initially began with a Strowman rampage, it took the combined efforts of Jeri-KO, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to finally get The Gift of Destruction out of the ring. And at that point, Rollins & Reigns joined forces again to keep the big man at bay.

Jericho and Owens re-joined the fray just in time to break up a Shield-esque Double Powerbomb to Strowman, focusing their efforts on The Big Dog in particular. Rollins broke out the big move of the match by powerbombing Jericho through both a prone Strowman and the table beneath him, and very nearly won the match by Pedigreeing Jericho, but Owens stole the win in a most unusual way. After Owens had superkicked Rollins out of the ring, Reigns clocked him with a Superman Punch, and The Prizefighter toppled onto his fallen buddy to inadvertently score the win. To be fair: Friends don’t let friends lose matches.

In other action... Rich Swann & Sin Cara def. WWE Cruiserweight Champion The Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar... Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day... The Shining Stars def. The Golden Truth to qualify for the 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination Match... and Sasha Banks, Bayley & Alicia Fox def. Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, Dana Brooke & Nia Jax.

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