Weeks ago, the Smackdown Live roster hashtag Under Sieged the Raw roster, tearing through the backstage area and then the ringside area and beating the hell out of everyone they came across, regardless of allegiances or whether anyone on Smackdown had previously been a good guy or a bad guy. They just got sicced on Raw because Shane McMahon told them to, and we kind of went along with it.
Sure, it didn’t make a ton of sense, and every week WWE has been trying a bit more to retroactively explain why Raw and Smackdown are battling for supremacy at Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view, and what each side stands to gain from this pissing contest, if anything. But one thing has remained apparent: Raw was probably going to retaliate at some point.
But even after Under Siege, and even after Smackdown Superstars the New Day helped the Raw Tag Team Championship change hands, all Raw has really done up until this point is have Kane attack Daniel Bryan in a darkened room. Tuesday night’s Smackdown Live was the go-home show for Survivor Series, so you would imagine something big would have to happen at the end of it. Well, something did.
During the main event of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn against New Day’s Xavier Woods and Big E, the Shield’s music hit. Owens and Zayn banded together in the ring as Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns surrounded the ring, but then Zayn and Owens took a power, leaving the New Day open to the ensuing attack.
The Raw women stormed the back and decimated the Smackdown women’s locker room.
Back in the arena, Raw roster members hit the ring in waves. Shane McMahon eventually led the Smackdown locker room out of the back, but Kurt Angle finally showed up with Braun Strowman in tow to give Raw the upper hand for good.
It will all come to a head at Survivor Series on Sunday. That one will be for all the Tostitos.