It was the last episode of Raw before Survivor Series. As usual, the WWE did their best to promote the annual Novemer pay-per-view, considered one of the “Big Four,” as much as possible. Part of that was the return of Roman Reigns, fresh off a bout with the mumps and returning to reunite The Shield.
Most fans expected that part of the show. The other part was much more surprising, though.
One of the headlining matches at Survivor Series is a 5-on-5 traditional elimination tag match between Team Raw and Team Smackdown. For some reason, Team Raw contains Jason Jordan as a member — not exactly a huge selling name at this point in his career. A lot of people assumed that the WWE would find a way to replace Jordan in the Survivor Series match, and the betting favorite was that the returning Reigns would take his place.
The WWE did come up a reason to remove him from the match, a worked injury suffered by Jordan after Bray Wyatt attacked his knee. When Raw GM Kurt Angle hesitated about removing Jordan from the PPV match (remember, that’s his kayfabe son out there), Stephanie McMahon came out to talk him into it.
Angle hesitated some more.
And then, the hammer fell (pun intended):
Not only did Triple H pull Jordan from the 5-on-5 match at Survivor Series, he announced himself as the replacement! That means the lineup currently looks like this:
Team Raw – Triple H, Kurt Angle, Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, and Samoa Joe.
Team Smackdown – Shane McMahon, John Cena, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, and Shinsuke Nakamura.
Yeah, we’ll watch that.