It’s official: They’re back. In their first Six-Man Tag Team Match in over three years, The Shield got back to business in absolutely ferocious fashion, making a meal of The Miz, Cesaro & Sheamus, sending themselves into battle against The New Day on a high note and turning their opponents' tough talk on an earlier “Miz TV” on its head.
Well, in fairness, The A-Lister (who’s got either Baron Corbin or Sin Cara lined up for Sunday) and The Bar (staring down The Usos) did get a leg up on The Hounds of Justice with a surprisingly coordinated plan of attack. But the three champions' lead over The Shield was as tenuous as the countless other Six-Man teams who have tried them, and once The Shield disposed of The Bar with a Superman Punch (to Cesaro) and Dirty Deeds (to Sheamus), Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins fed Miz into a Spear from Roman Reigns before all three put him away with the bone-crunching Triple Powerbomb.
With Jason Jordan injured by Bray Wyatt and unable to compete at Survivor Series, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle found himself facing a tough executive decision — only he wasn’t the one who ended up making it.
Angle came to the ring to break the news that Jordan’s injury would take him out of Sunday's match, but the pleas of his son stopped The Olympic Hero from naming his substitute. As Angle struggled with his words, the plot quickly thickened when Triple H resurfaced on Raw for the first time since WrestleMania and took matters into his own hands, announcing himself as the final member of Team Raw.
As the final insult to Angle, The King of Kings then delivered a brutal Pedigree to the distraught Jordan. Just six days before Raw and SmackDown compete in head-to-head competition, it seemed the battle lines were drawn and the pieces were set. But now, the game has changed.
Ordinarily, Braun Strowman shows up and demands competition. But after weeks of being targeted by Kane, he had a more specific demand in mind: He wanted The Big Red Machine, and while what ended up happening didn’t resemble a victory in the traditional sense, Strowman never said anything about beating Kane in a match.
What he did do was beat The Devil’s Favorite Demon around the ring with savage abandon, using his fists and a steel chair to send the former WWE Champion scurrying for cover. He even nearly superplexed Kane through a table on the outside, though The Big Red Machine evaded that grisly fate. Instead, Strowman ultimately hoisted his hellish foe his shoulders and delivered a Running Powerslam that drove both men through the canvas of the ring, and all this despite the match never officially starting.
In a way, perhaps, that’s the most emphatic victory Strowman could ever achieve over Kane: As The Big Red Machine knows better than anyone, it’s one thing to defeat a man in the ring. It’s another to send him to hell.
In other action … The Shield addressed The New Day's "Under Siege: Part II" … Bayley def. Mickie James and Dana Brooke to become the final member of the Women’s Raw Survivor Series team … WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore & Drew Gulak def. Kalisto & Akira Tozawa … Jason Jordan def. Bray Wyatt … Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman addressed WWE Champion AJ Styles … and Finn Bálor & Samoa Joe def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson.
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