The match fans thought they were getting for Survivor Series happened on Raw, minus the elimination aspect.
Cody Rhodes, Goldust, The Usos, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk teamed up against The Shield and The Wyatt Family. The Nashville fans were most vocal and most hot for this main event.
Roman Reigns found himself in the opposing corner early, battling with the tag champs and The Usos.
There was captivating tension between The Shield and The Wyatt Family. Those teams barked at each other on the outside, two sets of predators fighting over the same kill.
Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose then only tagged between themselves, keeping their partners on the apron and their rivals reeling.
Rhodes did much of the suffering, overwhelmed by The Shield. Luke Harper forced his way into the action and was soon experiencing a Bryan corner dropkick firsthand.
Once the two heel teams began to work as a unit, Bryan became their shared prey, getting twisted up and slammed around.
Punk was on fire once he got his chance to fight, kicking Bray Wyatt in the back of the head and cutting through a wave of bodies flying around him to deliver the Go to Sleep on Ambrose.
The heels didn't take the loss well. The Real Americans darted out and jumped into a brawl. The surprise of the night followed. Rey Mysterio burst from the backstage area to assist Bryan and Punk.
Mysterio hit a double 619 on Jack Swagger and Harper before all the good guys cleared the ring, "Yes!" chants filling the arena.
The face team wins via pinfall.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
"They are separated by more than that ring post," JBL on the Wyatts and The Shield.
Harper counters an attempted hurricanrana from Bryan into a powerbomb.
Both The Wyatts and The Shield charged the face teams and knocked them off the apron to prevent Bryan from tagging.
Bryan and Punk perform the Hart Attack double-team move.
The right blend of chaos and order led to the clear match of the night.
One can either watch this and lament what could have been at Survivor Series or enjoy the frenetic, gut-stirring drama that unfolded on Monday's Raw. Everyone involved seemed to feed off the crowd's energy and delivered an awesome spectacle.
Mysterio's return only added to the excitement.