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The hype for the Survivor Series on November 18 was Monday on Raw, resulting in some takeaways from a US network broadcast.
From Ronda Rossi's money-making skill to Kurt Engel's ability to score at this point in his career, there was much to talk about in the recorded episode of the flagship program, based in Manchester, England.
What are they and how they may affect the brand going forward?
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Akam and Rezar pain authors defeated Seth Rollins in a 2-on-1 handicap match Monday night to win the Raw Tag Team Championship. While this story was a great development storyline, and a monumental moment in the careers of NXT exports, it also ignited a rebuild for the Tag Division desperately needed it.
The Raw Tag Team division has been so demitimized that only two reliable groups throughout the summer were duos of Dean Rollins Ambrose and Dolf Ziegler and Drew McIntyre.
Each time the creative team got the chance to put the titles on the resurrection and ignite their fire after running the acclaimed NXT, he objected. It took the team of Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neill and split it. Matt Hardy and Barry Wyatt had to break up, and the B team became a second thought as soon as they dropped the headlines.
So much effort and energy were put into teams composed of larger stars than the rest of the regiment.
Now, with AOP capturing gold, and with the arrival of the Lucha House Party, it seems as though the creative team is making a real effort to rebuild what it ripped through 2018.
Whether they can stay focused enough to do that without pitching another idea for champions tagged tag tag or putting the titles on both singles stars is the real question. The new history dictates that it will not be so.
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Ronda Rosie cut her best promo on Monday, reminding her opponent of the survival of Becky Lynch and WWE Universe just who the hell she was.
Rosie ran down her achievements as part of the UFC and dared Lynch bring all her anger and rage to Survivor Series on November 18. It ended with an exclamation mark, Lynch says. May be "man" but is "baddest–––h on the planet! "
For a superstar who could easily come from an unscripted world of MMA and struggled to connect audiences due to a more scripted environment, Rousey exceeded all expectations. Monday's promo was no different.
In fact, from what developed on the show of the week, he did most to create excitement for a series of pay-per-view survival which the hype was extinguished by paying attention to the destructive crown jewel.
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It may not be a popular statement, but … Angle Curve is done as an in-ring player.
He looked sore and could not keep up with the speed of the stars of the day. His weaknesses at this point in his career are exposed every time he shares the ring with Dolf Ziegler or Drew McIntyre, which is almost how long fans of the 2017 Olympic Gold Medal want to remember him.
On Monday night, he fought McIntyre at the main event of the night and never seemed comfortable at any point in the game. He looked like an aging veteran still clinging to the idea that he could walk when his body would not let him.
Add to the fact that WWE Creative has to invite him to lose two consecutive clean games in the center of the ring, the above offense against McIntyre with his own ankle lock filing, and you have a superstar who has no reason to lace his boots and take the penalty between the ropes anymore.
It can be argued that one of the best wrestlers ever set a foot within the square circle, the angle should let its heritage speak for itself and not perform at any level less than it and its fans are accustomed to.
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If Elias's request was not an indication of a serious push for the evil Sungster, his clean victory over the world champion on the intercontinental and the Ziegler leak on Monday was definitely.
Ziegler has been shown as the first-rate athlete on Rau since his return, routinely competing in major events with a loving side of the defender, Brown Strauman and Drew McIntyre. He still connected with McIntyre as part of two–Pancakes Tandem Tandem It should make life a living hell for the top babyfaces on Raw.
Hitting it with your finish, as Elias did, means something. It picks up the star of Elias and sets him to play a key role in the stationary game of survival between raw versus SmackDown. If that's what WWE Creative is aiming for, of course.
Already an enemy of the captain Baron Corbin, it should be interesting to see whether it plays into the decision to put him on the team or if Elias becomes something of a rebel against authority, this role would certainly improve his popularity beyond what it already has.