By Phillipa Hopwood
Last Updated: 30/11/17 10:02am
WWE had a hard time following what was one of the best weeks of the year after Survivor Series, with Raw and SmackDown Live struggling to live up to what the company had started the previous week.
With Clash of Champions now the only pay-per-view left in 2017, Raw has lost some direction with one of the biggest events of the year just eight weeks away…
Elias has gone from being part of one of the strangest feuds of the year with Jason Jordan, to being able to step up to the challenge of the new Intercontinental champion Roman Reigns.
It felt like Raw was definitely lacking firepower with Dean Ambrose and Sheamus two of the notable absentees, but Elias was a decent choice to face the former world champion.
WWE Late Night Raw
November 30, 2017, 10:30pm
This was Elias’ biggest test on the main roster so far, but The Drifter did not miss a beat and even came close to defeating the leader of The Shield.
Elias proved that if WWE needs to call upon him in times of need, he will deliver and now the WWE Universe knows that underneath his guitar-playing persona, Elias has some raw wrestling talent.
The Riott Squad (SmackDown Live)
The Riott Squad made their debut on the main roster last week and were able to back up all of their threats this week on SmackDown in their in-ring debut.
Natalya left her team in a handicap situation which many thought Charlotte and Naomi could fight through, but the numbers game was too much for the women’s champion and her partner.
Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan took advantage of the extra person by attacking Naomi outside of the ring with the steel steps, while Riott, who was unveiling a slight name change, kept her eye on the woman who calls herself The Queen.
With Naomi out of the equation, it was easy for the trio to overcome the challenge of Charlotte in a three-on-one situation as the former NXT superstars continue to prove that they are the change SmackDown Live has been waiting for.
The Street Profits (NXT)
The team of Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford picked up another huge win this week over Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss. The duo had claimed that the Profits had been lucky to defeat them a few weeks ago, but the popular team once again proved them wrong.
The NXT tag team division is heating up right now and with main roster call-ups looming as WWE slowly heads into WrestleMania season, the Street Profits could be pushed into the title picture on NXT if they continue to impress with wins over teams such as Moss and Sabbatelli.
Sasha Banks (Raw)
Sasha Banks has been the woman at the front of the Women’s Revolution ever since she was promoted to the main roster in the summer of 2015, but this week the power switch was laid out for the world to see as Paige’s stable, who now call themselves Absolution, took out Sasha in a three-on-one assault.
It shows that the women of WWE are now stepping up their game because they are the main topic of conversation among the WWE fans.
With a women’s Royal Rumble being rumoured for 2018, it seems that this could be the start of the real revolution in women’s wrestling, a revolution that no one saw coming and no one is ready to jinx by talking about it.
Randy Orton (SmackDown Live)
Randy Orton faced Kevin Owens in the main event of SmackDown Live, with the pair having a number of issues to settle both inside and outside of the ring, but it was Owens who ended up getting the final say in their match.
Sami Zayn was banned from ringside but that did not stop him from attacking Orton on the ramp with a steel chair.
WWE Late Night Smackdown
November 30, 2017, 10:00pm
This gave Owens the upper hand and allowed him to pick up the win over one of SmackDown Live’s biggest stars. This was Orton’s first appearance since Survivor Series and he really needed to gain some momentum heading into Clash of Champions, but it seems that the former world champion could be on the losing end of this feud, since Owens and Zayn are currently the best thing about SmackDown Live.
Petyon Royce (NXT)
It was not that long ago that the NXT Universe believed Peyton Royce could be the next NXT Women’s Champion but following her loss at NXT Takeover: War Games, Peyton has failed to bounce back and instead lost her first post-Takeover match to Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane.
It is unknown where this leaves Royce in the women’s division right now, with Sane looking like the best choice to step up to be Ember Moon’s first challenge as champion.
A number of women have been sent up to the main roster over the past few weeks and it was a shock that Royce and Billie Kay weren’t part of this; it is hoped that this was because there are bigger plans for them on NXT, not because the two women aren’t considered to be good enough.