WWE Raw pushed on with the build to Survivor Series while giving fans some nice developments as RETRIBUTION leader Ali picked up a big win and Alexa Bliss chose The Fiend.
The main threads of the show had a different focus though, with The Miz and John Morrison joined by Randy Orton to start the night as the WWE Champion blasted the A-Lister for trying to steal his title using the Money In The Bank briefcase.
Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston came out to taunt the trio, only to be taken out before Drew McIntyre tried – and failed – to make the save.
The main event itself featured a blockbuster six man tag match, with The New Day and McIntyre clashing with Miz, Morrison and Orton in a great clash that ended the show on a high.
The story was focused on McIntyre and Orton, with the champion refusing to get into the ring and even leaving his teammates to get beaten up and take the loss when all was said and done.
The other storyline which got a lot of focus this week was the Raw Survivor Series team, with Matt Riddle overcoming Jeff Hardy and Elias in a damn fine triple threat to determine who would take the final spot.
Before the match could start, Elias teased to play a song, predicting an interruption which didn’t seem to be on the cards – only for Jeff’s music to hit the moment he let his guard down.
Riddle won with the Bro Derek to secure his space on the Raw team, and later in the show everyone would get together for a meeting with AJ Styles still trying to place himself as the leader.
Not surprisingly, Strowman, Keith Lee, Sheamus and Riddle disagreed.
We got a tag team match, with Sheamus and Strowman facing off with Lee and Riddle while Styles acted as special guest referee, with the Original Bro stealing the win when the Celtic Warrior hit his partner with the Brogue Kick.
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Lana took on Shayna Baszler after weeks of being put through tables, and the match went about as well as you’d expect for her, with the Queen of Spades picking up a dominant win.
Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke saved Lana from being put through a table yet again, but the story was picked up later in the night as across the board, WWE seemed to go through a lot of storytelling on one show.
Asuka took on Nia Jax in a physical clash which ended Baszler attacked for the DQ, sparking a huge brawl.
In the end, it was the same result as the Women’s Tag Team Champions got rid of Brooke, Rose and Asuka, and sent Lana through another table, telling her to just quit.
Backstage, Nikki Cross tried to talk some sense into Alexa Bliss, with the latter forgetting that they saw each other just last week.
In the end, Nikki apologised and urged her BFF to choose between her and The Fiend – Alexa chose ‘him’.
Elsewhere, MVP and Bobby Lashley promised that the Hurt Business would win the Raw Tag Team Titles next week, and that Lashley would beat Sami Zayn at Survivor Series.
Titus O’Neil wanted a measure of revenge for being attacked recently, and challenged the All Mighty to put the US Title on the line – which led to a dominant win for the champ.
We also got more 24/7 nonsense, as Erik, Tucker, Drew Gulak, Lince Dorado, Gran Metalik, Akira Tozawa and R-Truth clashed in a brief bout for the 24/7 Title, with the belt changing hands several times but ultimately ending up back round Truth’s waist.
In more promising news, Mustafa Ali was at his best on the mic and in the ring as he clashed with Ricochet in a fantastic match.
In a great move, the RETRIBUTION leader won with a submission, finally giving the group a victory to build on.
The fact that it came after a great backstage promo earlier in the night which saw Reckoning call out Asuka made it all the sweeter.
- Survivor Series Qualifier: Riddle overcame Elias and Jeff Hardy (B)
- Shayna defeated Lana by submission (D+)
- Sheamus and Braun Strowman beat Riddle and Keith Lee (B-)
- US Title: Bobby Lashley (c) made Titus O’Neil tap out (D)
- Asuka beat Nia Jax via DQ (D)
- Mustafa Ali defeated Ricochet (A)
- The New Day and Drew McIntyre beat The Miz, John Morrison and Randy Orton (B)
Credit: Original article published here.