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OCTOBER 16, 2017
PORTLAND, OR. AT MODA CENTER
By Joey Galizia (@RamJam89), PWTorch contributor
ANNOUNCED BY WWE…
- Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns inside a steel cage
- Emma prepares for her date with the Empress Asuka
“WHO LET THE HOUNDS OUT”
After weeks of will they won’t they, The Shield have reunited. It took multiple beat downs from a multitude of different enemies, but it’s obvious that they have put what happened in the past behind them if even for a little while to serve justice once again. The Miz probably wishes he never mocked the still insanely over faction, and was the first victim of a Shield-powerbomb in quite some time.
The second powerbomb went to Braun Strowman, who was battling tag-champions Dean and Seth for the past couple weeks and has a violent history with the Big Dawg. Tonight the Monster Among Men seeks revenge, as he will clash with Roman inside of a steel cage. With six days until TLC, who will gain the upper hand? If there’s one thing we know…Braun Strowman’s QUITE good at destroying cages.
“WILL THE PURPLE BRAND HEADLINE YET AGAIN?”
If there’s one thing Enzo Amore can be credited with, it’s that he has brought a general interest back to the Cruiserweight Division. For the third time in as many weeks the realest guy in the room has been the headliner of Monday Night Raw, but shockingly lost his Cruiserweight Championship to Kalisto, the “newest” signee to the division, just last Monday. Now instead of defending his strap at TLC, he’ll be attempting to regain it and reestablish his supremacy. Kalisto dedicated the win to his idols Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero, and I’d be curious if they continue to work that into this angle. Despite all this, I’m more curious to see how creative handles the Neville situation, and whether or not it’s even mentioned.
“OLD CAT, NEW TRICKS”
-Alexa Bliss can continue to poke fun at Mickie James’s age but if she doesn’t start taking the former six-time champion seriously, she could end up a former champion once again.
-Meanwhile, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is preparing for his next foe, who according to reports, may be the blue brand’s heavyweight champion Jinder Mahal. Can the WWE Champion survive a trip to Suplex City? (SEND HIM THERE, PLEASE.)
-Matt Hardy may be missing Brother Nero, but he’s filled that void with Jason Jordan. The duo have been butting heads with the Good Brothers, and all signs point to a nice spot on the pre-show this Sunday.
-After weeks of promises from Bray Wyatt, Sister Abagail has arrived… I guess. Finn Balor stated that “he knows what he needs to do” to finally rid himself of the Eater of Worlds. I wonder if it’s the same thing he did the last two times. Balor eventually will move on to challenge for the championship he never lost, but until then we’re in a rinse and repeat feud.
-Titus Worldwide may seem like a fun place to work, but they couldn’t buy a victory for anyone in their organization. The Drifter Elias has taken care of Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil with ease, although Titus does write better lyrics than Elias ever could.
Go home show before the Hounds of Justice battle the Miz, Braun Strowman, and The Bar in the match that the PPV is named after. I’m excited… are you? (Definitely switching back and forth with the Yankee game though.)
NOW CHECK OUT LAST WEEK’S COLUMN: RAW PRIMER 10/9: Will The Shield officially reunite? Will Enzo conclude another episode? Plus Miz TV with The Bar