Kurt Angle is heading back to battle — and this time, it’s under duress.
With the arena under heightened security, The Olympic Hero attempted to open Raw with a mea culpa to his roster following last week’s raid by the SmackDown crew, but Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon resurfaced for the first time on Raw since WrestleMania to take her General Manager to task for failing to circle the wagons properly.
Stephanie claimed Shane only brought SmackDown behind enemy lines to “pick on her” and save his reputation following his failure at WWE Hell in a Cell, and she made sure Angle would shoulder the responsibility of payback by naming him team captain for the Raw squad in the Men’s Survivor Series Match. Stephanie demanded nothing less than “total annihilation” from Angle and all but declared that The Olympic Hero’s job security hinged on the outcome of the contest.
Dressed in her finest Chucky cosplay for Raw's main event, Alexa Bliss may indeed be a “bad gal.” That said, she’s as dominant a champion as ever.
Forced by Kurt Angle to defend her Raw Women’s Title against Mickie James once again after insinuating the Raw General Manager should cut the six-time Women’s Champion, Alexa faced as formidable a challenge from James this time around as she did at WWE TLC. Little Miss Bliss adjusted her offense accordingly, ratcheting up the intensity to stave off her opponent.
James answered in kind, and the champion briefly attempted to take a count-out loss, only to be dragged back into the ring. But when James turned to the ref after a flurry of pinfall attempts, Bliss put her down quickly and ruthlessly with a right hand to the face. The win was hardly child’s play, but love Alexa or hate her, she might just have deserved it.
It was all but a given last week that Braun Strowman’s literal disposal would keep him out of action for weeks, if not months. But, much like the last time someone attempted to take him out with a vehicle, The Monster Among Men returned ahead of schedule and very, very angry.
He came for The Miz, too, leaving a bag of trash in the locker room as a warning The A-Lister (correctly) interpreted as a harbinger of The Gift of Destruction, though he was unsuccessful in securing help from Kane or The Bar to prepare for Strowman’s return. Things only got worse when Kurt Angle prevented Miz from leaving early and forced him to stay for the entire show as punishment for his late arrival, leading The Awesome One to attempt a hasty exit following the conclusion of the main event.
The A-Lister’s limo was blocked by another garbage truck, from which Strowman emerged to chase The Miz and The Miztourage back to the ring. Miz and Bo Dallas managed to escape relatively unscathed, but Curtis Axel suffered five Running Powerslams ("Powerslamming for reps"), the last of which was delivered through the commentary table. Is it coincidence that the monster returned just before Halloween? Maybe. But either way, Braun Strowman is back, and no one is safe.
In other action … Nia Jax def. Bayley to be added to Raw's Women's team at Survivor Series … Samoa Joe def. Apollo Crews … Intercontinental Champion The Miz def. Matt Hardy … Asuka def. Stacie Cullen … Kane attacked SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan … Finn Bálor def. Cesaro … Kane def. Raw Tag Team Champion Seth Rollins … Heath Slater & Rhyno def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson in an All Hallow’s Eve Trick or Street Fight … and Jason Jordan attacked Elias … Kalisto def. Drew Gulak.