What we learned, what we took away and what the future holds for the superstars of Monday Night RAW following the WWE TLC pay-per-view on Sunday night.
WWE held its annual Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view on Sunday night, the first PPV from Minneapolis in more than two years. Despite WWE going viral in the wrong way (come on, illness puns are hilarious), the red brand still managed to pull off a decent show.
The main event of the night had obviously been built around all three members of The Shield teaming up for the first time in a very long time, which obviously had to be changed due to Roman Reigns being pulled from the match because of the viral meningitis outbreak that’s affected a few members of the WWE locker room. However, Vince and company were still able to make the match a must-see event by putting Monday Night RAW General Manager and WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle into the 5-on-3 handicap main event, marking the first time in more than 11 years that he’s wrestled inside a WWE ring, something that the announce crew made sure we knew all night long.
Bray Wyatt also had to miss the TLC pay-per-view due to illness, and maybe that’s a good thing, am I right? I think most of us can agree that this Sister Abigail nonsense is getting out of control and AJ Styles flew 18 hours from the SmackDown Live tour in South America to fill in against Finn Balor, which is something that nobody can be complaining about today. The show featured two title matches, and also had three women’s matches on the card if you count the kickoff match that saw Sasha Banks defeat Alicia Fox in what was a decent match at best.
The main show started with a highly-anticipated debut as the undefeated Asuka, who held the NXT Women’s Championship for more than 500 days, made her red-brand debut against Emma. So let’s start there and take a look at the rest of the show.