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Best and worst of RAW: October 23, 2017

Riju Dasgupta
OFFICIAL
Top 5 / Top 10
55.81K   //    24 Oct 2017, 10:35 IST

The build to Survivor Series has officially begun
The build to Survivor Series has officially begun

The Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin was treated to a pretty strong episode of RAW. WWE is building to one of their big Four pay-per-views right now, Survivor Series, and its time for the two main roster brands to go head to head, once again.

There was plenty to like and also plenty to dislike from this episode of RAW. Overall, we'll say that the positives outweighed the negatives, by far. Let's revisit the show and examine what worked and what did not, across the three hours of action.

Here is our analysis of the fallout episode of TLC. Feel free to air your opinions in the comments section, down below.

Let's begin with a positive and move on to a negative thereafter.


#1 Best: Elevating both WWE brands

The inter-brand rivalry makes things very intriguing
The inter-brand rivalry makes things much fresher

All through the year, the primary kayfabe motivation for the superstars of WWE to partake in in-ring action is to compete for gold, glory and presumably, their paychecks too. The whole idea of competing for brand pride is fresh and exciting.

We saw it happen last year, of course. Team SmackDown took on Team RAW in multiple traditional Survivor Series elimination matches. This year, the champions of both brands take each other on as well, and we must admit that this is a pretty fresh program.

It's also very exciting to see Shane McMahon, who's traditionally been the babyface in SmackDown Live, play a heel in this very program. His 'under siege' catchphrase played out in an interesting manner (more on that aspect later), and we're getting to see a side of his we've never seen before.

Angle is ideal for the role of the ultimate babyface General Manager as well. With this program and how the final segment played out, we're curious to see what happens in SmackDown Live. Could we see Team Angle vs. Team Shane play out on pay-per-view?

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Riju Dasgupta
OFFICIAL
Riju Dasgupta is the bassist of heavy metal bands Albatross and Primitiv. He's also a former guest columnist for Rolling Stone India. His primary passion remains watching and reviewing the art of professional wrestling for Sportskeeda. In the world of heavy metal, he goes by the moniker- Dr. Hex.
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