Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 11/14/17: RAW Atlanta Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

It's the beginning of the week and time to kick things off in wrestling with Monday Night RAW! This week RAW was live in Atlanta, Georgia for the go home show to this Sunday night's WWE Survivor Series, live on the WWE Network. Last week, Smackdown Live's The New Day showed up, but were immediately blocked by RAW GM Kurt Angle and the RAW roster from doing any major damage. During all the chaos, however, there were new WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions crowned as Sheamus and Cesaro defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Would we see anymore take over attempts from Smackdown Live before this Sundays pay per view?

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- Bayley, Mickie James and Dana Brooke battled it out in a Triple Threat Match.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore and Drew Gulak battled Akira Tozawa and Kalisto.
- Bray Wyatt battled Jason Jordan.
- The Shield battled WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz and WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro in a Six Man Tag Team Match.
- Samoa Joe and Finn Balor battled Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
- Braun Strowman battled Kane.

- Miz TV with The Miz and his special guests Sheamus and Cesaro.

- WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman comment on their new WWE Survivor Series opponent, WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles.

** RAW Highlights **

- Stephanie McMahon Questions Kurt Angle's Actions: Stephanie McMahon kicked off RAW in the ring, explains to the fans how it's her job to make sure the shareholders are happy, make the best decisions for WWE and one thing she needs to address is Kurt Angle. Kurt Angle is called out to the ring and is questioned by Stephanie about how The New Day got into the building last week and asks if Shane McMahon manipulated Angle again. Stephanie questions Angle's decision to make Jason Jordan the 5th member of Team RAW and allowed Team Smackdown Live to pick John Cena. Angle promises Stephanie that he's going to lead Team RAW to victory and break Shane's ankle. Stephanie says that isn't good enough because she wants Shane's head and Angle is way past his prime so she doesn't see that happening. Stephanie says Angle hasn't given her any acceptable excuse on why he should continue to lead RAW and it looks like she's about to make the decision to fire Angle when suddenly The Shield interrupt. The Shield stick up for Angle as being RAW's best choice for a leader, state that they're challenging The New Day to a match at WWE Survivor Series and if they have any balls then they will accept. 

- Then There Were Five: The first match of RAW saw Bayley, Mickie James and Dana Brooke battle it out in a Triple Threat Match to determine the fifth member of Team RAW for the ladies. Dana makes the mistake of going after Asuka, who was at ringside with the other three ladies from Team RAW. Asuka drills Dana with a spin kick, knocking Dana out cold on the floor. Bayley counters a Mickie DDT and hits the Bayley To Belly to get the victory and the final spot. 

- Cruiserweight Action, How You Doin'?: The second match of the night saw WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore and Drew Gulak battle #1 Contender Kalisto and Akira Tozawa. Tozawa goes for the senton on Enzo, but Gulak pulls Enzo out of the way. Kalisto takes out Gulak, but collides with Tozawa, after Enzo shoves Tozawa into him. Enzo drills Tozawa with JawDoneZo and grabs the win for his team. 

- Miz TV with The Miz: Miz hypes his match for WWE Survivor Series and doesn't care if it's Baron Corbin or Sin Cara that he fights because he'll defeat them both. Miz brings out Sheamus and Cesaro as his guests this week for Miz TV. Sheamus and Cesaro state that they didn't care about Smackdown Live invading last week, all they cared about was winning back the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship and that's what they did. Sheamus and Cesaro guarantee that they are jailbreaking The Uso Penitentiary at WWE Survivor Series and defeating The Usos. The Miz guarantees that Sheamus, Cesaro and The Miz will defeat The Shield tonight in their Six Man Tag Team Match.

- Jason Jordan Tries To Prove Himself: After talk of the RAW roster being upset that Jason Jordan was chosen as the fifth man on Team RAW, RAW GM Kurt Angle put Jordan in a match against Bray Wyatt to prove himself. Jordan looks on his to victory when Jordan's leg suddenly gives out on him. Bray hits a Uranage on Jordan and goes for Sister Abigail. Jordan counters and scores a rollup pinfall on Bray for the win. After the match, Bray attacks Jordan and slams Jordan's injured leg into the ringpost. Jordan can barely stand and is helped backstage by the official.

- The Beast Is Ready To Battle The Phenomenal One: Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar arrived to make a statement on Lesnar's match against AJ Styles at WWE Survivor Series. Heyman hypes the Lesnar vs. Styles match by giving us the top five reasons why the fans should get WWE Network just for this match alone. Reason number one, this is the only way to see the match, number two, everyone wants to see this match, number three, Styles is the perfect opponent for Lesnar right now and Styles is on a roll, number four, Styles facing Lesnar is a prime example of the Rocky movie coming to life and reason number five, is the realization that this isn't a Rocky movie and Styles, the ultimate underdog, will suffer the F5 and become just another victim to the beast incarnate....BROCK LESNAR!

- The Shield Go Way Above The Bar: The Shield battled The Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro in a Six Man Tag Team Match. Chaos breaks out with Reigns and Cesaro countering the Superman Punch and The Neutralizer on each other. Miz blind tags in and almost steals a rollup on Reigns. Cesaro gets taken out by a flying Rollins knee. Sheamus gets taken out with Dirty Deeds by Ambrose. Miz is surrounded by The Shield and then run down with a Reigns spear. The Shield Triple Power Bomb Miz and take the win.

- Time To Play The Game: Kurt Angle is back in the ring to make a very important announcement. Due to Jason Jordan's leg injury, he's taking Jordan off Team RAW. Jason Jordan interrupts and pleads with Angle not to do this to him because he needs this match to prove himself. Angle looks to be having second thoughts and might go back on his decision when Stephanie McMahon interrupts. Stephanie is stunned that Angle is about to fall for this again and orders him to make the official announcement on who's replacing Jordan now. TIME TO PLAY THE GAME!! Triple H's music hits and out storms The Game to the ring. Triple H tells Angle that if he's not going to make the announcement than he is. At WWE Survivor Series, Jason Jordan is out and the fifth member of Team RAW is.....Triple H! Jordan continues to beg for his spot back and ends up taking a Pedigree from Triple H as he storms out of the ring.  

- The Demon And The Destroyer: Earlier in the evening, RAW GM Kurt Angle ordered Finn Balor and Samoa Joe to get on the same page for WWE Survivor Series and then put them in a tag match together to prove it against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Balor and Joe look great teamed up together and stay on the same page. Joe hits the Uranage on Anderson then suicide dives Gallows outside. Balor hits Coup de Grace on Anderson for the win. Joe storms off and doesn't celebrate with Balor, proving he can keep his hatred for Balor in check.

- The Monster Among Men Battles A Big Red Machine: Braun Strowman demanded a match with Kane in the main event tonight. After hesitating on the idea, RAW GM Kurt Angle finally agreed to the match. Kane and Strowman brawl all over ringside with the steel steps and a steel chair coming into play. Strowman attempts to superplex Kane off the top rope and through a table on the floor, but Kane blocks it. Kane attempts a choke slam, but Strowman blocks it. Strowman scoops up Kane and hits the running power slam, completely busting the ring mat with both Strowman and Kane falling through the ring to end the show. 

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