We are two weeks from Survivor Series, and without warning, WWE finds itself without a World champion. There’s no time to mourn Seth Rollins and his incredibly injured knee, however, because we’ve got a tournament to start! Yes, 16 Superstars will be competing to see who will emerge from Survivor Series as the new Champion (hint: it’s probably going to be Roman Reigns). But that’s not all, because Bray Wyatt got into the pyrotechnic control panels and now he’s drunk with power, so you never know exactly what could happen on this week’s episode of Raw!
10. Not Exactly Live From England!
As is traditional when WWE runs through the United Kingdom, this week’s Raw took place from the British Isles (in this case, Manchester, England). Of course, since there’s a huge time difference between England and the United States, the show was actually taped sometime during the afternoon, Eastern time. All of this meant two things to WWE fans: First, the brackets for the WWE World Heavyweight Title tournament were leaked well ahead of the show airing, because this is the Internet, where spoilers lurk around every corner. Secondly, it meant that it was time for the return of the “United Kingdom” Raw set, by which we mean, the same set as any other show, except for the presence of a classic British automobile and a red phone booth on the stage. Because those things are the epitome of the United Kingdom, according to WWE, which is why they trot them out every time they swing through. Why does the UK rate even a token attempt at making the set unique, while even Pay Per Views all have the same layout these days? Who knows! How about, instead of a phone booth (which absolutely nobody under a certain age is even going to recognize), they have a blue Police box sitting there? At least then they’d earn points for being clever and somewhat culturally relevant!