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WWE Raw preview (Oct. 2, 2017): Better back-up

Team Red is in Denver, and they’re without Michael Cole for the first time in a long time.

The Headliner(s)

The general consensus coming out of No Mercy was that The Shield reunion rumored for the next pay-per-view (PPV) deserved a more worthy opponent than The Miztourage. This week’s marquee match-ups may be deigned to give them one...

For the second straight Raw, Roman Reigns will go one-on-one with Intercontinental champion The Miz. But this time, the title will be on the line, so if The Big Dog wins again, he’ll be the second Hound of Justice to become a Grand Slam champion. The bigger issue though is, what will happen if Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas help their boss in a repeat post-match beatdown of Reigns?

Will tag titleholders Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins come to their brother’s aid? That would be one way to set-up a Miztourage vs. Shield match, or it might be how WWE shows even they don’t think that battle justifies a reunion. If Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins can make quick work of the A-Lister’s squad, maybe he’ll decide he needs an upgraded team.

Whether Seth can even participate in a rescue of Roman will depend on tonight’s match order. The Kingslayer has scheduled bout in the Mile High City is against someone who’s been known to leave his opponents... incapacitated. Braun Strowman isn’t much of a team player, but he proved last week he could bond with folks over their shared hatred of Enzo Amore, so surely if Miz went looking for new allies in a war against The Shield, he could appeal to The Monster’s omnipresent desire to end Reigns?

Lots of ways this could go - and The Aweome One would still need a third. It’s certainly more fun to fantasy book this than trying to figure out how to make Axel and Dallas seem like worldbeaters (no offense, guys).

The title scene

He might have worked a house show recently, but word is we won’t be seeing Brock Lesnar, or his Universal championship, on Raw any time soon.

After surviving three of her biggest rivals at the last PPV, Women's champ Alexa Bliss was feeling pretty good about herself. But she forgot the legendary former titlelist she herself brought back to WWE when she was wearing SmackDown’s belt last year. Mickie James didn’t like being called “an old lady”, and she laid out Little Miss Bliss to let her know. Now we wait for The Goddess’ response. Cause you know it’s coming.

As a result of the group ass kicking Neville led the 205 Live locker room in last week, Enzo Amore may be Cruiserweight champion for a long, long time. General Manager Kurt Angle will have to deal with the details of that “no contact clause”, but Neville doesn’t care. His only concern is making Zo’s life a living hell, especially after The Certified G attacked him with a crutch last Tuesday.

Other stuff to keep an eye on:

- Nope. Finn Bálor isn’t done with Bray Wyatt yet. And now there’s a children’s choir involved. Can magic lanterns and bugs be far behind?

- In his continued efforts to impress Poppa Angle, Jason Jordan filled in for Brother Nero and tagged with Matt Hardy. Probably a one-shot deal, but we’ll keep an eye on it nonetheless, since we’re not sure what either guy is doing otherwise.

- Things are going great outside the ring for Titus Worldwide. Inside the squared circle, it’s been a different story, and Titus O’Neil has had enough. So far, that just resulted in him mixing it up with Elias, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

- He should be cleared for action, but Cesaro might have to coast for a while - along with the rest of the tag division - while the champs take part in their other storyline.

- Sasha Banks and Bayley appear to be on the same page, which is good, since they might be coasting until WWE can line-up that Four Horsewomen feud they want so badly to promote.

Three weeks until TLC!

What will you be looking for on Raw tonight?

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