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From the WWE Rumor Mill: Backstage news on the RAW-SmackDown invasion angle

Johny Payne
6.45K   //    29 Oct 2017, 11:04 IST

SmackDown invaded Monday Night RAW; sending a bombastic message before Survivor Series 2017
SmackDown invaded RAW, sending a bombastic message before Survivor Series

What’s the story?

Given the WWE’s varying schedule for its RAW and SmackDown brands, the possibility of RAW invading the blue brand’s show on Tuesday next week seems unlikely.

Additionally, one ought to note that in the week which follows, SmackDown Live airs from Manchester, England on November 7th, with a RAW live event scheduled in Birmingham—alluding to a possible invasion. Besides, a few other details of note were recently revealed by PWInsider.

In case you didn’t know…

The WWE’s red and blue brands compete against one another at the Survivor Series PPV which is set to take place next month.

The most recent episode of Monday Night RAW saw the blue brand’s Commissioner Shane McMahon lead an entourage of Superstars who attacked their red brand counterparts; initiating the gimmick ergo SmackDown’s ‘invasion’ of RAW.

The heart of the matter

All signs point towards the chances of RAW invading SmackDown Live on October 31st being close to nil, given that the show takes place in Norfolk, Virginia at a time when the RAW roster will have already left for their UK tour.

Speaking of which, the November 7th episode of SmackDown Live takes place in Manchester, England just a couple of hours away from a RAW house show in Birmingham. The belief is that the red brand may indeed strike back during the episode in Manchester; invading SD Live.

Furthermore, the ‘go home’ edition of Monday Night RAW that airs on November 13th from Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the SmackDown Live episode on Nov. 14th from Charlotte, North Carolina, will most likely give fans more of the ‘invasion angle’—with each respective roster appearing on the other show.

On that note, PWInsider asserted that the SmackDown Superstars were instructed by Vince McMahon to go all-out in their beat-down of the RAW roster; making it seem as real as possible. Speaking of which, the segment which was pre-taped, before RAW aired, featured a certain Superstar throw a typical ‘working punch’; owing to which filming was paused and the segment was re-shot.

What’s next?

The very best of RAW and SmackDown compete against one another—representing their respective brands—at the Survivor Series PPV which goes down at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on November 19th.


Author’s take

Well, Vince McMahon and co. seem to be pulling out all the stops in preparation for Survivor Series.

I for one am hyped for the event, and look forward to both brands invading the other—pandemonium and chaos galore!  

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