WE’RE just six days away from TLC, one of the most exciting pay-per-view events on the WWE calendar.
And last night, WWE delivered an equally exciting “go home” edition of Raw to get fans pumped. Here are five things we learnt from the show.
The old Shield are back
Raw GM Kurt Angle opened the show, but was quickly interrupted by a real blast from the past.
The original Shield music hit (“sierra-hotel-echo-india-lima-delta”) followed by the reunited trio making their way through the crowd – they even wore their old gear.
It was exciting moment and crowd went rightfully nuts for it. The Shield then had a stare down with their TLC opponents Miz, The Bar, and Braun Strowman.
And after more haggling from The Miz, Angle announced if Braun could defeat Roman Reigns in their cage match later in the night, they could add a fifth partner at TLC.
But if Reigns won, the match would go back to 3-on-3 – without Strowman. Something tells us it could be 3-on-10 and The Shield will still walk out of TLC the dominant force.
The women are killing time
So Sasha Banks is feuding with Alicia Fox (again). Emma is waiting for her upcoming destruction at the hands of Asuka.
And Mickie James is keeping Alexa Bliss busy by challenging for the Women’s Championship (we love you Mickie, but it’s not going to happen).
WWE knows what it wants to do with the Raw women’s division – Asuka taking Bliss’s title and the inevitable Banks v Bayley feud.
But until then it feels like the whole division is just hanging around.
Curtis Axel isn’t good enough to make the team
As if Miz needed further proof that is Mizntourage are absolutely useless, the thick-headed Axel went on a mission backstage to single-handedly take on The Shield.
Axel mistakenly believed he was in line to be the fifth partner at TLC, so Sheamus, Cesaro, and Strowman sent him off to prove himself.
Miz later found Axel hanging upside down and covered in bruises. Miz then confirmed that he was never in line for the role of fifth partner.
He might be good and making tea and carrying bags, but honestly, would you pick longtime jobber Axel for your team?
Enzo Amore finally has some friends
It’s been a rough few months for Enzo. First Cass turned on him, then – after winning the Cruiserweight Championship – the entire cruiserweight division turned on him.
Worse, it looked like he’d fallen out with someone backstage, because he was booked to take an epic beating on a near-weekly basis.
But last night he finally found some pals.
A gang of heel cruiserweights – including British superstar Noam Dar – came to help him demolish new champ Kalisto and Mustafa Ali.
It doesn’t make much sense on the back of the last few weeks’ worth of storylines, but Enzo’s a great heel – and the cruiserweight division is finally catching on.
Kane has returned
Reigns and Strowman had a fun cage match in the main event (who’d have thought this time last year that these two would have the top feud of 2017?).
It ended in a huge surprise when Kane – who let’s not forget is still running for the mayor of Knox County – emerged from beneath the ring.
He hit Reigns with two chokeslams and a Tombstone to help Braun pin Reigns. Miz then announced that Kane will be the fifth man at TLC.
Kane’s return in the cage is a nod to him recently celebrating 20 years since his WWE debut – which happened in the first ever Hell in a Cell.
Kane was also part of the team that fought the Shield in their first ever WWE match – also a tables, ladders, and chair match at TLC 2012.
But could this be about something more personal? Has Kane returned to avenge Reigns retiring his half-brother the Undertaker at WrestleMania?
Watch TLC on the WWE Network this Sunday October 22