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The build to Survivor Series has begun

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Will WWE be able to generate the same excitement now that it’s not ‘The one night of the year when Raw and SmackDown collide’ or whatever?

It started with some post-Hell in a Cell Twitter banter...

And now there’s a report from PWInsider that Paige was backstage at Raw last night (Sept. 24) to discuss Survivor Series plans. Now, SmackDown and Raw are both in Denver for television this week, so it’s not terribly surprising the General Manager was on site on Monday - it’s not like the authority figures are necessarily needed at house shows, and Paige likely always has some Total Divas or other promotional business to discuss with the top brass who make it to tapings. But starting to discuss angles for the November pay-per-view (PPV) is probably a good idea while they can conveniently get both writing teams and the necessary talent in the same building.

It will be a bit more of a challenge to generate excitement for Team Red vs. Team Blue feuds this year, too. Not only due to Raw and SmackDown stars having been represented on every PPV since WrestleMania 34, but also because fans will be expecting it. When Shane McMahon led an “invasion” on a Monday night last fall, it was novel and exciting. This time around, we’ve been there and done that. The lack of any ramifications from 2017’s clashes doesn’t help.

We’ll see what they come up with. Given the way they’ve been promoting two or three events at a time lately, I’d expect Survivor Series build to start as soon as the put Super Show-Down in the rearview.