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Raw Recap: Triple H Joins Survivor Series

Tonight, Raw has a pretty big show planned just six days away from Survivor Series. Each member of Team Raw will be trying to build momentum in matches throughout the night, The Shield lay down a challenge to the New Day, Braun Strowman faces Kane in the main event, and Triple H replaces Jason Jordan for Team Raw.

Opening Segment
To start Monday Night Raw is the Commissioner and ruiner of all things fun, Stephanie McMahon. She calls out Kurt Angle regarding The New Day’s pump-fake #UnderSiege Part II last week. It seems like she is about to fire Angle as General Manager, but she is interrupted by The Shield.

After defending Kurt Angle, Roman Reigns issues a challenge to The New Day for Survivor Series. If it is accepted, two of the greatest teams in WWE history will battle it out for the first time.

Mickie James vs. Dana Brooke vs. Bayley – Winner Joins Team Raw
A few weeks ago, Alicia Fox defeated Sasha Banks and Bayley in a Triple Threat Match to become the captain of Team Raw. Since then, Fox has recruited the dominant Nia Jax, the undefeated Asuka, and the former four-time Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks. With three women left in the division, the winner of this Triple Threat Match will be the fifth and final member.

When Dana Brooke is tossed out of the ring, Asuka checks up on her (the rest of Team Raw watched from ringside). Brooke hit Asuka with a forearm then paid for it with a swift spinning back kick. Bayley and Mickie James fight in the middle of the ring and Bayley counters James’ DDT and lands the Bayley-to-Belly to join a very stacked team. Winner: Bayley

Enzo Amore & Drew Gulak vs. Kalisto & Akira Tozawa
Before Enzo Amore defends the Cruiserweight Championship on the Survivor Series Kickoff Show, he teams up with Drew Gulak to face Kalisto and Gulak’s current rival, Akira Tozawa.

After sending Tozawa crashing into Kalisto, Amore finishes him off with his own version of Eat Defeat that no one knows how to spell or pronounce. Winners: Enzo Amore & Drew Gulak

Announcements
In order to prove that he has not failed at picking a Survivor Series team, Kurt Angle makes three matches for later tonight. Jason Jordan will take on a returning Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe will have to coexist against the Good Brothers, and Braun Strowman faces Kane in the main event.

Jason Jordan vs. Bray Wyatt
It has been almost two months since we have seen Bray Wyatt, who has been out recovering from the same virus that affected Roman Reigns and Bo Dallas. He is in a very important position when it comes to the momentum of Team Raw. Jason Jordan needs to prove himself by defeating Wyatt, or else Kurt Angle may have to second guess his choice of adding Jordan to the team.

Wyatt attempts Sister Abigail, but Jordan counters into a quick roll-up for the win. Right after losing, Bray Wyatt attacks Jordan and assaults him at ringside. Jordan hurt his leg during the match and Wyatt tries to injure it further by smashing it into the ring post.

Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman Address AJ Styles
Last week, Brock Lesnar was scheduled to face then-WWE Champion Jinder Mahal in a Champion vs. Champion match. However, AJ Styles captured the title from the Modern Day Maharaja last week on SmackDown Live. Now, all of Heyman’s previous trash talk is thrown out the window as he and Lesnar prepare for the new, phenomenal, opponent.

Heyman doesn’t talk poorly about Styles and instead, calling him the most talented performer of this generation. He compares this fight to a Rocky movie come to life, with Styles being the “perfect opponent” for the Beast Incarnate. On top of that, this is the first time ever that both men will face each other and that the WWE Universal Champion faces the WWE Champion.

The Shield vs. The Miz, Sheamus, & Cesaro
This is the first time since facing Evolution over three years ago that the Shield is competing together. They were supposed to go three on five at TLC, but Kurt Angle had to step in for Roman Reigns after the Big Dog was out due to the aforementioned virus. Last week, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to Sheamus and Cesaro after The New Day showed up and threw the whole roster for a loop.

Ambrose and Rollins work together to take out Sheamus and Cesaro, leaving the Miz in a three on one situation. The Shield hits the triple powerbomb on the Intercontinental Champion to pick up their first win as a unit in three years. Winners: The Shield

Survivor Series Update
After facing Bray Wyatt earlier tonight, Jason Jordan injured his knee. Learning this, Kurt Angle has named a replacement for Team Raw this Sunday. Before Angle can announce the replacement, Jordan interrupts and tries to convince Angle to let him fight through an injury. Stephanie McMahon shows up and as Angle’s boss, forces him to announce the replacement. Instead, Triple H shows up and announces that he is the fifth member. On his way out, The Game hits Jordan with the Pedigree.

Samoa Joe & Finn Balor vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Last week, Samoa Joe and Finn Balor competed in an incredible match that ended in a double count-out because they just kept fighting each other. Kurt Angle liked the aggressiveness so much that he added both men to the Survivor Series team, but they need to prove if they can coexist.

After Joe hits Karl Anderson with a Uranage, he lays out Luke Gallows with a suicide dive. Balor takes advantage to hit the Coup de Grace on Anderson, scoring the much-needed win. Winners: Samoa Joe & Finn Balor

Braun Strowman vs. Kane
At TLC, Braun Strowman and Kane were part of the same dysfunctional team that eventually lost to Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose. During the match, Kane and Strowman started fighting each other, ending with Strowman being crushed in a garbage truck. In the weeks since, Kane has proven to still be a monster, while Strowman returned a couple weeks ago to destroy the Miztourage.

The match never officially starts because both men start brawling before the bell rings. The fight goes all around the ring until Strowman slams Kane through the ring canvas, closing the show. Winner: Braun Strowman?

About Travis Brinkley

Travis Brinkley is the Wrestling Contributor for Get More Sports who watches WWE and Lucha Underground. Occasionally, he will also write about sports video games.

About Travis Brinkley

Travis Brinkley is the Wrestling Contributor for Get More Sports who watches WWE and Lucha Underground. Occasionally, he will also write about sports video games.

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