WWE Raw Results: Biggest Winners, Losers and Moments from October 9
The road to TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs became clearer on the October 9 episode of Raw, where The Shield reunited, Emma cashed her ticket to the pay-per-view event and Enzo Amore lost his Cruiserweight Championship to Kalisto.
Those three Superstars were among the biggest winners and losers of the week, for a variety of reasons.
From a renewed sense of excitement and energy surrounding the brand to a major missed opportunity on the part of WWE Creative, they dominate the discussion in the week of the broadcast.
Why are they singled out for their contributions to the show, and how might the creative decisions made Monday night affect their journeys to the PPV and beyond?
Find out with this recap of this week's USA Network presentation.
Winner: The Shield
Sierra. Hotel. India. Echo. Lima. Delta.
Monday night, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose reunited in a moment fans have waited three years for. The Shield stomped toward the squared circle, laid waste to The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus and Curtis Axel, then stood over the fallen body of the intercontinental champion and extended their fist, the final symbol of their reunion.
The trio re-emerged later in the night, attacking Braun Strowman and leaving The Monster Among Men lying following a triple powerbomb through the announce table.
The crowd was red-hot, and there was a genuine excitement surrounding the show that had not been there in quite some time. The energy, the excitement and the unpredictability of the group's segments brought a renewed interest to a show lacking star power and a consistently appearing world champion.
Simply put: WWE gave fans what they have wanted for quite some time, and it was repaid in the form of a hotter, more engaged audience.
It should be interesting to see how long the company can maintain the momentum it built Monday and how The Hounds of Justice play into WrestleMania plans, which should be developing as we speak.
Loser: Enzo Amore
WWE officials spent three weeks building Enzo Amore into this loudmouthed heel champion who insulted his fellow competitors, attempted to outthink the general manager and disrespected fans. He was the modern equivalent of The Honky Tonk Man, a heel fans would pay their hard-earned money to see silenced and beaten for the Cruiserweight Championship.
Then WWE Creative went ahead and beat him after less than a month as the titleholder.
Why? Presumably to build heat for Kalisto.
The same Kalisto who could not build a solid crowd reaction as the freaking United States champion in 2016.
It was a poor decision that not only presumably undermined their plans but also unraveled the momentum Amore had built for himself as a villain.
Maybe he regains the title at TLC. Even then, a second title reign may be too little, too late to re-establish everything WWE Creative had accomplished with the first run.
There is no chance in hell Emma actually beats Asuka at TLC, but her victory Monday served as her most significant in a long time. It also came at the expense of Sasha Banks, whom she pinned to win the match.
The Legit Boss is an established performer, a four-time women's champion fans are invested in. Beating her clean in the center of the ring, by outwrestling her nonetheless, means something and instantly elevates Emma's stock.
The Aussie has wrestled Asuka in a high-profile match once before, a war in London at NXT TakeOver in 2015. That match was, arguably, the best of Emma's career and evidence of her skill and ability.
Fans will witness that same incredible talent on October 22 when she provides Asuka her first main roster test. There is not a better opponent for The Empress of Tomorrow.
Losers: The Cruiserweights
The cruiserweight division outside of Amore is a mangled mess of talented wrestlers no one cares about.
That may be harsh, but outside of fans who routinely tune into 205 Live and are aware of the ongoing storylines, no one has a reason to care about anything they do in their few minutes of screen time Monday nights.
The creative team puts little effort into the segments in which they appear, their characters are woefully underdeveloped and, as a result, the audience is uninvested in the product.
As was the case Monday night, when Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher defeated Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali.
The match, a fine enough exhibition of cruiserweight action, featured absolutely no storyline advancement. It was, instead, another example of guys wrestling matches for no rhyme or reason.
That mentality, guys wrestling matches, has been the biggest detriment to the division since its inception last September and will continue to adversely affect it until management does something to change that philosophy.