With Survivor Series less than one week away, WWE held Raw in Indianapolis on Monday night. Little changed ahead of Sunday's brand-against-brand pay-per-view event, but WWE champion Big E did deliver a message to universal champion Roman Reigns ahead of their clash.
Big E found himself in an impromptu match, teaming with Riddle and Randy Orton to take on The Usos and top contender to the WWE title, Seth Rollins. While Big E was on the losing team, he got in the last word -- and move -- of the night as he made it clear he intends on inflicting serious pain on "The Tribal Chief" when they go head-to-head at Survivor Series.
CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Big E sends a message to Roman Reigns
WWE champion Big E opened the show with an in-ring promo. He first vowed to take a piece out of Roman Reigns at Survivor Series that Reigns would never get back, serving as payback for Reigns and The Usos attacking Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. Big E then turned his attention to Kevin Owens for Owens' attack at the end of last week's Raw. Owens responded by coming to the entrance ramp and saying that he did snap last week, but that he was forced into it and if perception is reality, he'll now be the bad guy everyone expects him to be. As Big E left the ring to chase after Owens, he was attacked by The Usos.
The Usos & Seth Rollins def. Big E & RK-Bro via pinfall when Rollins pinned Riddle. Riddle ran out to save Big E as The Usos are RK-Bro's opponents at Survivor Series, leading to an impromptu tag match. When Rollins got involved, Randy Orton ran in to make the save and the match became a six-man tag. Rollins eventually got the win after hitting Riddle with a pair of rolling elbows. After the match, The Usos tried to attack Riddle, but Orton hit Jey Uso with an RKO. Jey was left in the ring where Big E delivered a "message" to Reigns, hitting a Big Ending.
This was your standard WWE open with a promo interrupted multiple times leading to an impromptu match. That said, at least the teams were unique enough that it wasn't something that ends up on TV week after week. The build to Survivor Series has been garbage, however, and nothing about this really did much to change that. At least the storyline with Owens has some life. Grade: C
What else happened on WWE Raw?
- Bianca Belair def. Tamina via pinfall with the K.O.D. Doudrop came out after the match, making it clear she still had a target set on Belair's back.
- Liv Morgan came face-to-face with Becky Lynch. Lynch cut a promo about her match with Charlotte Flair at Survivor Series before new No. 1 contender Morgan came to the ring. Lynch took a few verbal jabs at Morgan before a brief brawl ended when Morgan countered the Manhandle Slam.
- The Street Profits def. Alpha Academy via pinfall after Montez Ford rolled up Chad Gable.
- Zelina Vega def. Nikki A.S.H. via pinfall after hitting a code red.
- Rhea Ripley def. Carmella via pinfall after hitting Riptide. Ripley got some measure of revenge after her tag partner lost to Vega.
- Kevin Owens def. Finn Balor via pinfall with a stunner in a very good match that was given plenty of time for both men to bring the goods.
- Omos & AJ Styles def. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode via pinfall when Styles hit Roode with a Phenomenal Forearm. Omos dominated Ziggler and Roode before making the tag to let Styles finish the match off.
- Bobby Lashley def. Rey Mysterio via submission with the Hurt Lock. Mysterio was trying to get revenge after Lashley dominated his son, Dominik, last week but only found himself on the receiving end of a Hurt Lock. Before the show went off the air, Adam Pearce announced Rey Mysterio was removed from the Raw Survivor Series team. Austin Theory then entered the ring to hit Dominik with an ATL and Pearce added Theory to the team.