The NXT rivalry between Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe is the stuff of Team Yellow legend — Live Event title changes, gruesome championship matches and the only defeat, to date, of The Demon in any capacity. So, it stood to reason their first Raw collision — the result of an open challenge issued by Joe after he took out Titus O’Neil before their scheduled match — would be one for the record books. But even Raw General Manager Kurt Angle found himself impressed by what ended up unfolding when the two former champions locked up.
Bálor and Joe managed to keep their aggression barely in check for the majority of the dead-heat match, but a Double Count-out led to a brawl that required a full platoon of officials to separate the warring Superstars. Angle, who was impressed with their attitude, ended up naming both Superstars to his Survivor Series team.
Both competitors seemed pleased to get the nod, though Bálor couldn’t resist delivering one last leaping forearm to Joe off the side of the stage. Brand supremacy requires these two coexist for one night, but if this match is any indication, even that may be asking too much of them.
If The Miz does indeed have a guardian angel looking out for him, it may well be The Devil’s Favorite Demon. The arrival of Kane saved The A-Lister from what was shaping up to be a long, painful night at the hands of Braun Strowman when he attacked The Monster Among Men in the midst of a Miz-Strowman bout that Kurt Angle had sanctioned earlier in the night, bringing the match to a disqualification close.
While the former WWE Champion got Strowman in position for a Chokeslam, The Monster Among Men answered with a Running Powerslam that Kane recovered from almost instantly. The Big Red Machine made a calculated retreat, but Strowman’s decimation of The Miz and The Miztourage moments later served as a demonstration of what may yet lie in his future. And, as if the Raw landscape wasn't monstrous enough with these two behemoths trading fists, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar makes his return to the red brand next Monday night.
Given the rumors of a second SmackDown LIVE raid on Raw following the siege two weeks ago, it was no surprise that Team Blue once again crossed the battle lines. What was surprising was the way the blue brand intruders managed to change the complexion of Survivor Series' head-to-head competition for brand supremacy by allowing Cesaro & Sheamus to supplant Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins as Raw Tag Team Champions.
Looking to prove themselves as more worthy representatives of Raw at Survivor Series than Ambrose & Rollins, The Bar (who arrived to their match in a full Liverpool kit) had successfully petitioned Kurt Angle for one final championship match against The Shield’s resident titleholders. They made good on the opportunity, too, battling to a standstill until a surprise appearance from The New Day threw everything into chaos.
Big E’s roar of “AWWW MANCHESTER” brought the action to a halt and ya boys entered through the crowd in SmackDown blue a la The Shield to announce the arrival of “Under Siege Part II,” which brought out Angle and the entire Raw roster to chase them off. Despite the chaos, however, the match had never ended, and The Celtic Warrior blasted Rollins with a wicked Brogue Kick in the confusion. Sheamus made the cover, Cesaro held Ambrose down, and new champions were crowned as Angle and The Shield looked on in disbelief. With Roman Reigns slated to return next week, The Hounds of Justice will have plenty of business on their plate. And as for The Bar? Well, on Sunday, Nov. 19, they’ll report to The Uso Penitentiary.
In other action … Raw General Manager Kurt Angle appeared on “Miz TV” … Jason Jordan def. Elias in a Guitar-on-a-Pole Match … Asuka def. Stacy Coates … Finn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe ended in a Double Count-out … Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Alicia Fox & Nia Jax … and WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne def. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore.