Raw Five-Point Preview: Nov. 23, 2015
Even though Roman Reigns overcame insurmountable odds to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament at Survivor Series, it was the opportunistic Sheamus who would leave Atlanta with the coveted prize around his waist. One night after Triple H held The Celtic Warrior’s hand high in victory, Sheamus brings his new title to Raw. Will Reigns get some payback tonight, or will The Authority place even more obstacles in the path of The Big Dog?
More “Money,” more problems
After refusing Triple H’s offer to align with The Authority in the wake of Seth Rollins’ knee injury, Roman Reigns instead scratched and clawed his way to the final round of a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament for the vacant prize. Yet, even after earning a hard-fought victory over his former Shield brother Dean Ambrose in the conclusive bout of the tourney — and shockingly spearing Triple H after the match — the then-fatigued Big Dog faced a surprise Money in the Bank cash-in by Sheamus, who sealed Reigns’ fate with two swift Brogue Kicks. Much to the delight of The Game, WWE had a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the end of Survivor Series, and it wasn’t Reigns.
Trading in his shiny briefcase for WWE’s greatest gold, The Celtic Warrior brings the WWE World Heavyweight Title to Raw, where Reigns will no doubt be looking for retribution. However, following The Big Dog’s defiant actions at Survivor Series, has Triple H devised new ways to keep Reigns away from the championship for the foreseeable future? We’ll find out tonight.
A quarter-century of destruction
Twenty-five years to the day after his chilling Survivor Series debut, The Deadman stood triumphantly beside his brother Kane in the middle of the ring last night, having vanquished The Wyatt Family and affirming that WWE’s true master of the dark side is still The Demon from Death Valley.
Now that The Brothers of Destruction have settled their score with Bray Wyatt and his cruel kin, what mysterious forces will hold sway over Raw? Might buzzards circle Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, or have The Undertaker & Kane forced The Eater of Worlds into exile to plan his next move?
Tag, you’re it!
The 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match is as much a Thanksgiving mainstay as grandma’s stuffing, and it was Ryback, Jey Uso and Kalisto — one-half of The Lucha Dragons — who stood tall in this year’s 10-man bout last night, defeating a squad that included WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day, King Barrett and the man who would become WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the end of the night, Sheamus.
However, even though The New Day’s teamsuffered a loss, neither Kofi Kingston nor Xavier Woods were defeated in the match, having abandoned The Celtic Warrior to take their fallen “unicorn,” Big E, up the ramp and to the trainer’s room. As the relentlessly upbeat trio continues to celebrate their one-year WWE anniversary despite their loss last night, will their Survivor Series opponents The Usos and The Lucha Dragons ride their wave of momentum against the WWE Tag Team Champions on Raw?
Unfinished business for Paige?
In one of the most personal Divas Championship Matches in WWE history, Charlotte defended both her title and her pride against Paige last night at Survivor Series, making the bitter Diva of Tomorrow tap out to her signature Figure-Eight Leglock.
Even though Charlotte turned back her former friend, it’s clear that Paige’s mission to become a three-time Divas Champion is far from over. Will we see fireworks between these one-time PCB allies on Raw?
All hail The King of Cuteville.
At Survivor Series, Tyler Breeze overcame the frenetic offense of Dolph Ziggler to earn a huge victory over a former World Heavyweight Champion, cementing his place on the main WWE roster.
Prince Pretty might not be the most beloved competitor in WWE — he definitely loves himself more than enough to compensate — but he’s undoubtedly earned a great deal of respect following his win over The Showoff. How will Breeze and Summer Rae celebrate on Raw? Moreover, will Ziggler crash the festivities?
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