The presents have been counted, the chestnuts roasted and the Menorahs lit, but Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns had one last bit of naughtiness to address on the night after Christmas: The yuletide shellacking given to them by Braun Strowman in the closing moments of last week’s Raw. Despite both Rollins and Reigns demanding that Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon give them a match with The Gift of Destruction, only The Architect won the Strowman Sweepstakes for the evening by Stephanie’s decree. Reigns, however, would not be left wanting.
They fooled you! They fooled all of you! Whatever your personal thoughts on the elaborate ruse Jeri-KO concocted to both keep the WWE Universal Title on Kevin Owens and have him win the match against Roman Reigns at Roadblock: End of the Line, you have to admire its deviousness: After weeks of seemingly teetering on the verge of implosion, the two best friends played their ace in the hole and came to Raw stronger than ever, with championship hardware still in tow.
With just a few hours to go before tying Demolition’s all-time Tag Team Title record, The New Day pulled out every last trick in the book to extend their reign as Raw Tag Team Champions. They didn’t outlast Cesaro & Sheamus and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson so much as they outwitted them to secure the victory.
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the surprise opponent WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens finagled for Seth Rollins following The Architect’s obliteration of KO’s (estranged?) bestie, Chris Jericho. As part of a three-pronged “gift” to Jericho, The Prizefighter (with assistance from Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon) summoned Big Show from seclusion to beat on Rollins, but Owens’ strategy of attempting to bark orders at the giant from the corner proved to be a mistake.
Depending on whom you ask, Roman Reigns cost Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho a Survivor Series victory. But while that hot take is up for debate, it’s pretty clear that Reigns may well end up costing Owens the WWE Universal Championship if the cards fall in his favor. The Big Dog opened Raw by crashing Owens’ spot on “The Highlight Reel” — originally meant as a Thanksgiving celebration wherein Jeri-KO gave thanks for each other — and inferring that The Prizefighter can’t get through a title defense without Jericho at his side.
Chris Jericho might have been banned from ringside during Raw’s No Disqualification WWE Universal Championship Match main event, but he still managed to ambush Seth Rollins and help Kevin Owens retain Team Red’s greatest prize. Also on Raw, Goldberg made a jaw-dropping announcement that could put the WCW icon in line for a World Title Match at WrestleMania.
After Kane seemingly vanished last week, Randy Orton kicked off SmackDown LIVE by reaffirming that he was coming straight for Bray Wyatt.
The Eater of Worlds soon appeared on the TitanTron lying in a casket, accompanied by an army of followers draped in sheep masks. Wyatt retorted Orton’s claims, saying he was also coming for him, prior to Luke Harper entering the arena to take on Orton in one-on-one competition.
Dolph Ziggler may have triumphed over The Miz to win the Intercontinental Championship with his career on the line at No Mercy, but that doesn’t mean he can get The A-Lister out of his bleach blonde hair.
Miz and Maryse interrupted The Showoff as he attempted to savor his huge victory and proceeded to ridicule the new titleholder. In response, Ziggler produced a post-match No Mercy clip of Miz crying, which drove the former champion to once again bring out The Spirit Squad.
Survivor Series is Sunday and the name of the game, ladies and gentlemen, is teamwork. After pitting various fractions of Raw’s Survivor Series teams against each other, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and General Manager Mick Foley saw at least one set of rivals put their differences aside to get a much-needed win. Good thing, too, as Stephanie promised “changes” for any partners who couldn’t get it together.
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.