It was a blockbuster episode of Monday Night Raw this week, which set up the confrontation between the red brand and rivals SmackDown for Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view quite beautifully.
The final segment proved to be the biggest attraction of the show, as SmackDown Live General Manager, Daniel Bryan and Commissioner Shane McMahon, made their way to the ring after accepting an invitation from their Raw counterparts, Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon.
Even as Raw’s five-member men’s tag-team made its way out to the ring to confront Bryan and Shane, the latter’s four partners from the blue brand’s team made their way out in a matter of minutes. With teams from both brands now face-to-face, a volley of verbal assaults began doing the rounds.
One of the earliest Superstars to speak up was Chris Jericho, who started off by teasing WWE World Champion AJ Styles, by putting him and his ‘soccer mom hair’ on his list. Jericho then turned his attention towards the SmackDown Live team's official mascot, James Ellsworth.
After questioning his rival team about what Ellsworth was, he announced to the crowd that someone had probably lost a child and should come and pick him up. Jericho claimed that he was a weird-looking guy and referred to him as ‘Chins McMahon’ before declaring that he had made the list.
For some reason, though, this entire segment of Raw where Chris Jericho belted out insults at James Ellsworth and AJ Styles, has been edited out by the WWE in the video of the Raw-SmackDown duel on their YouTube channel.
Perhaps the fact that Jericho made a reference to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, while poking fun at Ellsworth was the basis for removing this part of Raw’s closing segment.
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