Finn Bálor & Samoa Joe def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
The animosity between Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe last week led many to question whether they could coexist at Survivor Series, so understandably, their soft launch as teammates on Raw was regarded with a certain amount of trepidation. Luckily for them, the two former NXT Champions made it through their match with Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson victorious, if not entirely seamless, as Joe shoved Finn to the mat before the match even began.
Rough start aside, the two have experience as allies — they’re the inaugural winners of NXT’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic — and they drew heavily upon that history to hold the good brothers at bay. Some clever chicanery with the ref gave Gallows & Anderson some breathing room, but a rampage from Joe bailed Bálor out of trouble and set him up for the extraordinary Coup de Grâce on Anderson.
However, Joe left the ring the second the ref’s hand counted three, a clear demonstration that his alliance with Bálor is out of necessity, and anything is fair game the second that necessity ends.