Last night’s edition of Monday Night Raw brought with it surprise and splendor. Going into the episode, John Cena’s team of rag-tag misfits were getting decimated by the minute. In fact, Luke Harper came in at the end of last week’s episode, while bringing a destroyed Dolph Ziggler in the process. There was little hope for Ziggler to even make it to Survivor Series last week. Then again, the WWE is sometimes unpredictable.
Raw began with the Authority once again showing their dominance in the ring. With Rusev, Mark Henry, Kane, Seth Rollins and Harper, no team in Survivor Series looks as monstrous as they do. Even without a guy like Cena, they’re a force to be reckoned with.
Throughout the night, the Authority did what they could do decimate Team Cena. A few bad bumps to Ziggler, as well as a loss that took away his Intercontinental championship and a brutally-injured Sheamus and Big Show made it seem like Cena was all alone. That was until the contract signing at the end of Monday Night Raw.
The WWE booked last night to perfection. Cena was all alone. His combatants were injured throughout the evening and foreshadowing looked to be bad for the 15-time WWE champion. The next 10-minutes would shock the WWE Universe, as Team Cena and Team Authority are now official.
“On Monday night’s edition of WWE Raw, John Cena’s team for Sunday’s Survivor Series event was slightly reshuffled, as the team now consists of Cena, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback.
Sheamus was originally a part of the team, but has since been removed due to a storyline injury.
Team Cena (John Cena, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, Ryback) vs. Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev, Luke Harper)
Erick Rowan was a huge surprise to the WWE fans in attendance. The only thing Rowan did on Raw for the last few weeks was follow Renee Young around and then steal a fake kitten. It looks like Harper and Rowan may enter a feud of their own after Survivor Series.
Weeks ago, it looked like Survivor Series was in deep peril with the lack of tickets sold. Now, the pay-per-view couldn’t be thriving any more than it is. For the last few years, the WWE’s ability to sell pay-per-views, without the help of legends and part-time guys; it’s been their biggest problem.
This time around, the Survivor Series PPV will exceed expectations. The group of men that will be battling in the best Survivor Series match in quite some time. Other matches on the card are set to be great as well. AJ Lee will take on Nikki Bella for the Divas title, which might end up with Lee leaving the company. Bray Wyatt will face Dean Ambrose to kickstart their memorable feud.
The WWE deserves all of the credit in the world for building this pay-per-view. People who have the WWE Network should be more than excited, because it will be free for the month of November, and that includes Survivor Series. How’s that for a cheap plug?
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