After Ruby Riott was named as the final member of the Raw Women’s Survivor Series Team, SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch attacked Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey in the locker room area, marking the beginning of Team Blue’s all-out assault on the red brand. How might this change the landscape of this Sunday’s Survivor Series event?
This Sunday, Seth Rollins will compete in a bonafide dream match when he goes toe-to-toe with United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. By his own admission, however, The Kingslayer is still stuck in the waking nightmare of Dean Ambrose betraying him and refusing to say why. In fact, Rollins blew off almost all talk of The King of Strong Style during an interview with Corey Graves, instead pivoting to Ambrose and implying his former brother wasn't man enough to explain his treachery. And then, Ambrose appeared on the TitanTron and poured salt in the wound.
Reclining atop the hood of a rental and flanked by a burning trash can, Ambrose refused an outright explanation, suffice it to say that, while he once thought of The Shield as the source of his strength, he came to believe it was a “burden” that weighed him down and made him weaker. As a way of setting himself free, The Lunatic Fringe produced his black tactical vest — a symbol of his time in The Shield — doused it in gasoline, and tossed it into the fire.
One year ago, Jinder Mahal was WWE Champion and heading toward a Champion vs. Champion clash with Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series that he himself had demanded. It was, unquestionably, the biggest match of his life. But of course, then AJ Styles happened, and the rest is history. Nonetheless, as Lesnar and Styles close in on a Champion vs. Champion rematch at this year’s Survivor Series, The Modern Day Maharaja finally met The Conqueror face-to-face in a misguided attempt to pass on some hard-won wisdom to the Beast he had once hoped to defeat.
Rather than challenge Lesnar, who was returning to Raw for the first time since recapturing the Universal Championship, The Maharaja wanted to preach his mantra to The Conqueror as a way to help prepare him spiritually for the challenge of The Phenomenal One. Surprisingly, Lesnar agreed, though Jinder only got through a couple repetitions of “Shanti” before Lesnar clotheslined Mahal out of the ring, sent The Singh Brothers to Suplex City, and flattened The Maharaja with an F-5 outside the ring.
Alexa Bliss wanted to use the closing moments of Raw to flex the might of her Women’s Survivor Series team by pitting Sasha Banks and Bayley against each other for the final berth, then siccing the entire squad on them and naming Ruby Riott to the ranks instead. It ended up being a showcase, but not for the team she expected.
Bliss was seconds into her victory lap when the cameras on the TitanTron suddenly flipped on backstage, where SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch was maiming Ronda Rousey with the Dis-arm-her in the locker room. After finishing with Ronda, The Irish Lass Kicker came to the ring, where the rest of SmackDown women joined her in a total evisceration of the Raw Superstars, with Lynch leading the charge despite suffering an apparent broken nose. (She would later receive medical attention for the injury.)
Even Rousey’s arrival did little to even the odds, as the damage had already been done, and the Raw Women’s Champion was ripe pickings for a steel chair attack from Lynch, who then led her team to high ground through the WWE Universe while The Baddest Woman on the Planet stewed in the ring. The only person who might have been madder than Rousey was Stephanie McMahon, who was shown backstage demanding that an overwhelmed Baron Corbin find a way to retaliate.
Whether Lynch can repeat her feat is a matter for Sunday, but the message was unmistakable: The road to victory, for Raw and Ronda, goes through Becky Lynch, and that might be an obstacle too tall to traverse.
In other action … Tamina def. Ember Moon … Finn Bálor def. Dolph Ziggler; Stephanie McMahon named Bálor to the Raw Men's Survivor Series team … Natalya attacked Ruby Riott … Bobby Roode & Chad Gable won a Tag Team Battle Royal to determine the captain of Raw’s Survivor Series team … Natalya attacked Ruby Riott … Bobby Roode & Chad Gable won a Tag Team Battle Royal to determine the captain of Raw’s Survivor Series team … and Bobby Lashley def. Elias via Count-out to become the final member of the Raw Men’s Survivor Series team.