Raw Recap: October 16, 2017
S2017 episode 1273 Aired on October 16, 2017

When he was WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Enzo Amore couldn’t buy an ally with all the merchandise checks in the world. Now that he’s not, it appears that The Realest Guy in the Room has a few boys to back him up. When the new champion, Kalisto, got in Enzo’s face after Muscles Marinara cried foul over losing his title last week, Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, Ariya Daivari and Noam Dar jumped The King of Flight from the timekeeper’s area and laid a savage beatdown on the titleholder. And when Mustafa Ali — who arguably cost Enzo the title last week — attempted to even the odds, they did the same to him. Kalisto will get a chance at payback tomorrow when he and Ali battle Enzo & Daivari on 205 Live, but it appears the previously solitary Enzo is no longer content to be easy pickings for anyone who tries to cross him.

Perhaps it was the thrill of being back in black, but Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins were even more rabid than usual in a successful retention of the Raw Tag Team Titles against Cesaro & Sheamus, whose opportunity had only been sanctioned hours earlier.

After getting taken out early, The Lunatic Fringe re-entered the match like a house on fire in relief of Rollins, who had been neutralized for a stretch. The Bar upped the ante with Ambrose running rampant, mixing both smarts (Cesaro wisely avoided another slingshot into the ropes) and power (Sheamus hoisted Ambrose up for a Cesaro springboard uppercut). But Rollins provided the final boost for his brother, rushing the match and instigating a brawl that The Lunatic Fringe closed out with Dirty Deeds to The King of Swing for the victory.

Raw General Manager Kurt Angle banned The Miz, The Bar and The Shield from ringside to prevent outside interference and preserve the integrity of Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman in a Steel Cage, a match that would determine the complexion of the big TLC Match on Sunday. But he didn’t say anything about inside interference, and now Strowman's victory expands The Shield's opponents from four to five as a result.

To be fair, the rival teams ignored Angle’s initial decree as well, rushing the cage despite the General Manager’s orders. The Miz’s crew struck first, with The Bar cutting Roman off at the pass when he tried to escape the cage after momentarily felling Strowman. The Shield quickly neutralized the interference, but The Monster Among Men hauled Reigns over the cage right into a superplex, and when the brawl between The Shield and The Bar continued into the parking lot, Miz himself locked them out of the arena by closing the door of the loading dock.

Reigns managed to fight his way back into contention by hitting Strowman with three Superman Punches and a Spear, but the tide quickly turned when the arena plunged into red light and Kane rose from beneath the ring to administer two bone-rattling chokeslams to the former WWE Champion. Strowman followed up with a Running Powerslam, The Big Red Monster piled on with a Tombstone, and a second Running Powerslam from The Gift of Destruction earned the decisive pinfall and expanded his squadron by one for Sunday in the process. And, as Miz informed the WWE Universe, in case that wasn’t enough of a hint, The Devil’s Favorite Demon was, indeed, his final teammate for WWE TLC.

Dean Ambrose said The Shield could take on five opponents and win. The Hounds of Justice are about to be put to that exact test.

In other action … The Shield addressed their WWE TLC opponents … Jason Jordan, Titus O’Neil & Apollo Crews def. Elias, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson … Cedric Alexander def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher … Braun Strowman appeared on "Miz TV" … Sasha Banks def. Alicia Fox … Finn Bálor addressed Bray Wyatt … and Mickie James & Bayley def. Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss & Emma.

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