After one of the wildest endings in Survivor Series history, the WWE Universe is hoping that this Monday’s Raw is just as entertaining as Sunday's pay-per-view.
With more questions than answers, the company’s plan to intrigue the fans with the PPV's unpredicted finish and convince them to tune in the following night to the flagship show has worked to perfection.
Every fan—casual and hardcore alike—wants to find out who these young men are that attacked Ryback and what kind of impact they will make going forward.
Add in the fact that CM Punk has been champion for 365 days after retaining his title at Survivor Series, and this Monday’s episode of Raw could be the best in a long time.
Where: Wright State University Nutter Center, Dayton, OH
When: Monday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
WWE Champion CM Punk defeated John Cena and Ryback (Triple Threat Match).
Sheamus defeated World Heavyweight Champion Big Show by disqualification.
Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett, Damien Sandow and David Otunga) defeated Team Foley (Randy Orton, WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No, The Miz and Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston).
United States Champion Antonio Cesaro defeated R-Truth.
Divas Champion Eve defeated Kaitlyn.
Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd defeated The Prime Time Players, Tensai, Primo and Epico (Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match).
3MB defeated Team Co-Bro.
With Vince McMahon’s love for Ryback, there was no way that the blossoming star wouldn’t come out of this match looking strong. What better way to take the muscle-bound brawler out of the equation than by having three of the brightest young stars in the WWE debut and beat down Ryback?
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Who Are These guys?
The three NXT superstars that debuted were Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, and their time to shine finally has come. While Reigns is still fairly new to the wrestling business, Rollins and Ambrose have built a cult-like following over the years because of their Indy Wrestling careers.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Heel Stables
While it is still unclear if these men are working with Paul Heyman and CM Punk—they should be—the fact that the WWE finally came to its senses and brought the promising young stars up to the main roster is a great move. There are so many ways this angle can go next, and fans should be genuinely excited for the future of these young stars.
How the NXT stars arrived at the building (Matt Striker’s Twitter)
While Survivor Series used to be one of the WWE’s biggest events, the company has taken almost all of the focus on this show and focused it on Royal Rumble. After watching countless storylines get wrapped up and even more started last night, it’s clear that Sunday’s PPV was a stopgap heading down the road to WrestleMania.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: What’s Next for the Company’s Biggest Storylines?
With AJ Lee being attacked, John Cena and Ryback losing, Big Show retaining and Dolph Ziggler going over—on top of the debut of three young stars—the WWE can now start the process of starting all new feuds. Expect plenty of storyline development over the next two months heading into the Royal Rumble.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Reset Buttons
After a lackluster build to Survivor Series, it has become blatantly clear that the WWE was treading water until Royal Rumble. While that can make for awful television, the fact that the company has decided to make the most of this time by hitting the reset button on terrible storylines and debut new stars is the right way to go for the company.
Backstage controversy for WWE title match (F4WOnline via WrestleZone)
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