Who's in charge?
Without Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in Manchester for this week's show, control of the show was left up in the air.
Throughout the evening, Raw General Manager Brad Maddox, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero, Director of Operations Kane and even WWE Champion Randy Orton argued over who was in charge and the matches they made in response to others on the show made for an interesting night of action.
The show-long angle was both entertaining and made sense. In any company that sees a high ranking official take time off or enjoy a vacation, there is always some sort of power struggle as those beneath him or her jockey for position.
It should be interesting to see if Triple H and Stephanie have any sort of response to the lack of order in key positions on Raw or if it was simply a one-week angle to help make the show feel a bit fresher.
BIG problems for Orton
The opening match of the evening featured Randy Orton taking on WWE Tag Team Champions Goldust and Cody Rhodes in a Handicap Match set up by Vickie Guerrero. It was a solid way to kick off the evening's broadcast and all three Superstars were able to save face, thanks to a voluntary count-out taken by Orton.
It was what happened after the match that warrants inclusion in this week's article.
Big Show made his way down the aisle, attacked Orton and delivered a massive chokeslam off the top ring step and through the announce table.
It was a fitting bit of revenge for Show, who was put through the same table a week ago by the WWE Champion and The Shield.
Better yet, it took the focus off of the Big Show-Triple H conflict for a week and put the attention on him and Orton as their Survivor Series main event rapidly approaches.
Kane's still got it
As the WWE physician checked on Orton following the table spot, Brad Maddox, Vickie Guerrero and Kane all arrived to check on him. Frustrated and angry, The Viper talked down to all three. It was Kane, however, that dipped into his Big Red Monster bag and warned Orton that, if he did not stop running his mouth, Big Show would be the least of his worries.
It was a throwaway line on an episode of Raw that, at times, felt like a placeholder on the road to Survivor Series. With that said, it was nice to see Kane still have that edge to his character, despite ditching the mask and turning to the corporate dark side.
Intercontinental Championship Match
On the November 4 episode of Raw, Dolph Ziggler defeated Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel in a non-title match.
This week, he would have the chance to wrest the Intercontinental Championship away from the second-generation Superstar.
The match between them was a very solid, well-wrestled match, as one can expect between the talented workers, even if the Manchester audience remained fairly quiet throughout it.
The clean win for Axel over the two-time former World Heavyweight Champion Ziggler helps raise his stock, which had fallen in recent weeks.
Big E. Langston vs. Alberto Del Rio
The former NXT Champion once again looked impressive as he squared off against Alberto Del Rio in a match set up earlier in the evening when Langston made the save for a beaten and battered John Cena.
Langston and former World Champion Del Rio showcased some of the chemistry they exhibited this past summer en route to a solid bout late in Monday's broadcast.
The finish, which saw Del Rio force a submission out of Langston, was questionable in that it negated the work done by Randy Orton to really make Langston look like a legitimate threat last week. With that said, it was a very impressive win for Del Rio and, considering that he is heading into Survivor Series for a high profile World Heavyweight Championship against Cena, that is a good thing.