Raw Recap: November 20, 2017
S2017 episode 1278 Aired on November 20, 2017

In an intense Raw main event, Roman Reigns defeated The Miz to capture the Intercontinental Title for the first time, joining the ranks of Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan and, yes, even Miz himself, as a Grand Slam Champion. Find out how The Big Dog finally attained the title that has eluded him throughout his career.

Triple H won the Survivor Series Match for Team Raw and saved Kurt Angle’s job in the process, but because of the way he went about doing that, everyone wants a piece of him now.

There’s Angle himself, who was Pedigreed by The King of Kings in the midst of the match and served The Cerebral Assassin with an immediate threat of retaliation. There’s also Angle’s son Jason Jordan, who was Pedigreed by The King of Kings last week, kicked off the Survivor Series team and replaced by Triple H after suffering an untimely injury. Walking with a purpose to the squared circle on Raw, Jordan claimed to be fully healed and hungry for a fight with the WWE COO.

And then, of course, there was Braun Strowman, the co-survivor who The Game attempted to lure into some kind of alliance after the epic match, which resulted in The Monster Among Men dropping Triple H with a pair of Running Powerslams. Twenty-four hours later, Strowman took exception to Stephanie McMahon's claim that there wasn’t anybody the former WWE Champion feared to face, but luckily for The Game, Stephanie was able to de-escalate the situation as quickly as it ramped up: Amid mounting tensions, she sanctioned Jordan vs. Strowman for later in the evening, thereby pitting two of her husband’s would-be annihilators against each other.

Jason Jordan didn’t defeat Braun Strowman, but he did survive him, which is about all he could have hoped for. And, after a stunning turn of events, he owes a big thank-you to Kane for allowing that to happen.

Despite Jordan’s insistence that he was back to full strength, his knee buckled repeatedly in his attempts to muscle The Monster Among Men around the ring. He did manage to get Braun off his feet at one point, but that was about the extent of his offense, and things were looking bad after Jordan spilled to the outside.

At that moment, The Big Red Machine rose from beneath the ring and chop-blocked Strowman to end the match in a disqualification. Moments later, Kane seized a steel chair to repay Strowman for his savagery the previous week, and his assault included a ruthless strike to the throat that left The Gift of Destruction doubled over and gasping for air. He didn’t go down, of course, and he would later refuse medical attention. But the sight of the staggered Strowman was an ominous sign that Kane has plenty of fire in him yet.

Not wanting to be left out of The Shield’s collective pursuit of championship glory, Roman Reigns decided he wanted a title of his own during an interview on “Miz TV.” And with Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins going after the Raw Tag Team Titles, the closest prize available was The Miz’s Intercontinental Championship. A scant two hours later, and that championship had a new home in the trophy case of The Big Dog’s yard.

Yes, Reigns is officially the new Intercontinental Champion, having picked apart The A-Lister in Raw’s main event. Minus the safety net of The Miztourage, who were taken out by The Shield earlier in the night, The A-Lister gave The Big Dog a tougher fight than perhaps he was expecting — those It Kicks found their mark even with Reigns’ extra protection, and The Awesome One chop-blocked Reigns out of the air in the middle of a Superman Punch.

Despite a truly impressive effort by the champion and a last-minute interference by Cesaro & Sheamus, Reigns had one extra burst left to carry him to glory. The Big Dog kicked out of the Skull-Crushing Finale and emphatically Speared his way to the title after The Shield disposed of The Bar at ringside, setting off a celebration with his brothers to cap a performance that wasn't just a home run — it was a Grand Slam.

In other action … Samoa Joe def. Finn Bálor … Asuka def. Dana Brooke … Dean Ambrose def. Raw Tag Team Champion Sheamus … Paige, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose attacked Sasha Banks, Bayley, Alicia Fox and Mickie James … Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, Akira Tozawa & Mustafa Ali def. The Zo Train (Drew Gulak, Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese & Noam Dar) … and Matt Hardy attacked Elias.

 

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