A video package highlights The Shield reuniting last week and The Miz recruiting Braun Strowman for his team at WWE TLC this Sunday night.
We go live to Portland where Michael Cole welcomes us to the show. The arena is decked out with tables, ladders and chairs ahead of the PPV on Sunday.
RAW GM Kurt Angle is out first to kick off the show tonight. Angle welcomes the Portland crowd to Monday Night RAW. He says it is safe to say The Shield is back together. Angle plus The Shield taking on The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus and Braun Strowman at TLC this Sunday. He said that is this Sunday and he wants to focus on tonight.
The Shield music hits. They are all decked out in the old Shield gear. Huge reaction in Portland. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose enter through the crowd and jump the barricade. All three surround the ring staring down Angle and get inside. A loud “THIS IS AWESOME” chant starts up among the crowd tonight in Portland.
Angle asks if Portland wants to hear from The Shield. They cheer. Angle, with a concerned look on his face, hands over the mic to Roman Reigns. Reigns says that is a good choice because when The Shield comes down you have two choices: leave the yard or get your ass beat. Rollins tells Reigns to take it easy and says it feels good be out here. He said it’s amazing how things come full circle and how The Shield had its first match at TLC five years ago. Angle exits the ring. Rollins said they dominated that night. He said one day that all went away. “But I am proud to stand here five years later in this ring with my brothers because The Shield is back and better than ever baby!” Ambrose grabs the mic and talks about tables, ladders and chairs. He said Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro and Strowman should be scared to go to war with the masters. Ambrose says no one divides and conquers like The Shield does. He said his comments last week about taking any number of people on may not have been smart, but he’d say it again. Ambrose calls Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro and Strowman out to the ring.
Sheamus, Cesaro, Braun Strowman and The Miz walk down the ramp. Angle quickly stops this and says we are getting this match on Sunday. He says they will make history tonight, but on his terms. Angle reminds Sheamus and Cesaro that they will challenge Rollins and Ambrose tonight for the RAW Tag Team Championships, while Reigns will take on Strowman inside a Steel Cage match later tonight. He calms them all down and plugs tonight.
Braun Strowman will join MizTV later tonight before the Steel Cage match.
We return live with Elias inside the ring joined by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Anderson asks if they can warm up their vocal chords a bit. Gallows sings about nerds. The Club starts singing the Honky Tonk Man theme song as Elias plays it on the guitar.
They are interrupted by Jason Jordan, Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews heading to the ring.
Elias, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Jason Jordan, Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews
We start with Luke Gallows working over Titus O’Neil in the corner with body shots. Titus with a big chop to Gallows with a clothesline over the top rope. Jordan and Crews join in on Anderson and Elias clearing the ring as we head to a break.
Back live, Elias has the tag working over Crews who got the tag. Elias kicks Crews away from the corner. Crews fires back with a big boot off the ropes. Anderson gets the tag to cut off a hot tag by Crews. Crews counters and tags in Jordan. Jordan with clotheslines to Anderson followed by a big dropkick. Jordan repeatedly slams Anderson in the corner and follows with an overhead suplex. Titus with a boot to Elias. Gallows with a boot to Titus. Crews takes out Gallows. Anderson knocks Crews out. Jordan with a spear to Anderson in the corner. Crews gets the tag and hits his spinning sitdown powerbomb for the win.
Winners: Jason Jordan, Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews
Cole, Graves and Booker T hard sell the WWE Network and TLC this Sunday.
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal will issue a special Survivor Series tomorrow night on Smackdown Live. Also set for the show is Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler.
A video package hypes the main roster debut of Asuka at TLC on Sunday.
Backstage, Renee Young is with Emma. She wants to know why the attention isn’t on her. Emma says she was the one to start the women’s revolution. “I am a social media superstar. What has Asuka done around here?” RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss walks up and says she gets it. She agrees Asuka hasn’t done anything. Bliss wants to thank Emma for starting the women’s revolution. She calls what Emma is doing refreshing compared to what Mickie James is doing at the moment. “The younger superstars are the future.” Bliss suggests teaming up with Emma tonight against James and whoever decides to partner with her. Emma agrees to team up with Bliss tonight. They both walk off smiling.
A video package airs showing Jack Gallagher turning on Cedric Alexander on 205 Live and working with The Brian Kendrick. We see the new alliance between the two.
Alexander vs. Gallagher is up next.
Cedric Alexander vs. Jack Gallagher
Alexander with a big elbow early to Gallagher and follows it up with a big dropkick. Kendrick is up on the ring apron distracting Alexander. Swann pulls him down. Gallagher attacks Alexander quickly off the distraction and throws big elbows. Gallagher catches Alexander with a dropkick and kick to the back. Alexander blocks a kick and throws a big back elbow. Alexander with a huge kick to the head flipping off the ropes. Swann with a diving DDT to Kendrick off the steel steps. Alexander bounces the back of Gallagher off his knees and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Cedric Alexander
Cole plugs Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann vs. Jack Gallagher and The Brian Kendrick in a tag team match at the TLC PPV this Sunday night.