In last week’s episode of Monday Night Raw, the red brand was under siege by the superstars of SmackDown Live. Many fans are expecting Raw superstars to get their revenge at some point, but the WWE is playing the waiting game. The latest backstage news has revealed the reason why the WWE is holding off the retaliation by Monday Night Raw.
As recapped by WWE.com, Shane McMahon instructed his SmackDown Live superstars to attack the entire Raw locker room last week. The Raw roster was blindsided by a hoard of superstars from the blue brand as Kurt Angle watched helplessly. It has led to Angle being appointed as team captain for the match at Survivor Series by Stephanie McMahon.
There was even an added stipulation that if Raw loses, Angle is going to be fired as general manager. This week’s episode of Raw was boosted by the returns of not only Stephanie but by Bo Dallas, Nia Jax, Samoa Joe, and Braun Strowman.
The WWE teased fans of an attack by Monday Night Raw superstars on SmackDown Live last week, but it did not happen. The revenge is reportedly not expected to happen until the Survivor Series go-home edition of SmackDown Live on November 14.
According to Cageside Seats, one of the reasons why the WWE is holding off the revenge angle is the absence of Roman Reigns, who is currently out due to a case of mumps. Reigns has not been cleared to return, but he is rumored to be a part of Team Raw at Survivor Series. Team Raw currently has Kurt Angle with Joe, Strowman, Finn Balor, and Reigns being speculated as his teammates.
Reigns was taken off of WWE television before the TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs pay-per-view, and he has missed the past couple episodes of Monday Night Raw. A report from PW Insider (h/t Wrestling Inc.) noted that Reigns will miss the upcoming European tour, and the WWE is hoping that he is healthy by the second week of November.
Mumps is a disease caused by a virus, and it takes 16 to 18 days for the symptoms to appear. The recovery period for the mumps ranges from several days to a couple of weeks. The WWE is being cautious since mumps are contagious, with the entire locker room getting shots last week.
Survivor Series will be headlined by Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown, as well as the match between Universal champion Brock Lesnar and WWE champion Jinder Mahal. The event is scheduled to happen on November 19 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
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