WWE Raw Hits & Misses: A Big Red Return And More

kane.jpg

Kane is back and The Shield could be in trouble.

That was the big news coming out of WWE Raw, but there was a lot packed into three hours. As usual, there were some big hits and some excruciating misses.

Let's take a look.


Biggest Hit: A Big Red Return


Look, nobody has been clamoring for a return from Kane, but he's got enough cred that his return certainly clicked with the crowd.

While it may have been predictable that Curtis Axel wasn't Miz's mystery "fifth man" to face The Shield, the replacement of Kane and his interference in the cage match between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman to cement his involvement in the TLC main event was a good reveal.

The added benefit is making it feel like The Shield is in trouble heading into the pay-per-view. Logic says the long-awaited return of a dominant group means it cruises through initial challenges. But it's now Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins having to face off with Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus, Strowman, and Kane. That feels like the kind of insurmountable odds a once-dominant group of faces should be up against.


Biggest Miss: A New Nightmare


This stuff with Bray Wyatt and Finn Balor was already bad, has felt like it needed to end months ago, and certainly didn't need any more "big twists."

Bray in face paint with some voice modulation to "become" Sister Abigail? Balor's promo being cut into over and over by a Halloween-themed "Demon?" 

It's all just so cringeworthy.

And now, the Demon that they had protected and refused to use outside of the biggest occasions will be busted out for a second time in a feud with Bray Wyatt? It's such a big setback for Balor, who debuted feeling like the biggest deal around and now feels like just another guy getting sucked into the gimmicky nonsense of a Wyatt feud.

Was WWE's takeaway from all the ring projection stuff with Wyatt and Orton really to try and keep going that direction?


Quick Hits & Misses

HIT

Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox just manage to work. Foxy can be very, very cringeworthy when she speaks, but it's part of her charm. These two have a weird chemistry in which they went from having one of the worst matches of the year to a fun, even while sloppy, running feud.


MISS

I just don't care about Mickie James challenging Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women's Championship. It doesn't feel like James has a realistic shot and the story of "she's old" vs. "look at her body" feels dated in a show that managed to find space for three significant women's storylines.


HIT

Enzo Amore hiring help is a good turn for his character. It still feels a little schizophrenic to have him doing his fan-friendly shtick and the crowd wanting to participate but then having him keep spinning the heel stuff. But surrounding him with unlikeable elements from 205 helps cement who he is supposed to be. I'm still not wild about Enzo winning the title back at TLC, but they seem to think they hit on THE character to shift things to the next level.

Updated NJPW World Tag League Results & Standings

Twitter.com/NJPWGlobal callihan njpw.jpg

The New Japan Pro Wrestling World Tag League is underway, and after several days of high-quality tag action, we're here bring you an updated look at the standings and results.

What Do You Do When Your Friend Is Knocked Out Mid-Match?

BBC Survivor Series.jpg

"The Hottest Free Agent In Wrestling" Ethan Page and Brent Brookhouse of FloSlam.tv return for another episode of The Bitter Boys Club. It's a wild one, coming off a weekend where both guys were in Chicago for a night where multiple guys -- including the good primate Space Monkey -- were left knocked out cold. That and a whole lot more in another loaded episode of BBC.

WWE Raw's Highs And Lows: Big Dog Strikes IC Gold

WWE.com miz reigns.jpg

Another edition of WWE Raw is in the books, and there is plenty to talk about coming off the biggest weekly TV show on the planet, including a new champion.

WWE's Backstage Survivor Series Videos Were Gold

dbry and miz.png

WWE really nailed its backstage videos for Survivor Series, building intrigue and having payoffs to storylines of days gone by.

Hot Tag Podcast: Immediate Reactions From Survivor Series

WWE.com ss nak.jpg

The Hot Tag Podcast gang had some of the best seats in the house at WWE Survivor Series. Following the show, they recorded an episode of the podcast from inside a moving car to give their most immediate reactions.

Paul Heyman: AJ Styles Is Everything Hart, Flair, & Michaels Were

WWE.com styles lesnar.jpg

Paul Heyman had the best seat in the house for AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series on Sunday — and he was suitably impressed by "The Phenomenal One."

Owens & Zayn Vs. Breezango, Hardy Vs. Elias Added To Survivor Series

WWE.com sami low.jpg

With the controversy surrounding Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn lately, it wasn't entirely surprising to see the men left off the Survivor Series card. However, they're now added to the kickoff show.

WWE Survivor Series Live Results And Reactions: Raw Wins

WWE.com ss teams.jpg

It's time for one of WWE's "big four" with Survivor Series going down tonight and we will have live results and reactions throughout the show.

Hot Tag Podcast: Reactions From The Live NXT TakeOver Experience

WWE.com wargames.jpg

NXT TakeOver: WarGames was a wild show filled with great matches and the Hot Tag Podcast crew was there live to take it all in.

Natalya Announced For Smackdown Women's Suvivor Series Team

WWE.com natalya.jpg

Charlotte Flair and Natalya have officially switched places on the Survivor Series card after Charlotte's championship-winning performance this past Tuesday.