WWE filmed next week’s episode of RAW with a forty-five-minute delay this week in Des Moines, Iowa, and a big name was involved in the main event picture during the show.
Samoa Joe has been out of action with a thumb injury but is on the verge of getting cleared by early next year. The Samoan Submission Machine is set for a medical evaluation on December 30th (next live taping), meaning his time at the commentary desk could be up real soon.
On the pre-Christmas edition of Monday Night RAW, Rey Mysterio would defend the United States Championship against Seth Rollins in the main event. Mr. 619 would retain the title via disqualification only to find himself on the receiving end of a brutal beatdown at the hands of AOP and Rollins.
AOP made an attempt to put Mysterio through the announcer’s desk. A reluctant Joe wouldn’t move, thus causing the heel trio to beat him up. An angry Beastslayer would then plant Rey with a Curb Stomp to bring the segment to a close.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that WWE will shove babyface Joe into the main event feud immediately on his return.
“On the next show next week Joe does the babyface turn and he’s gonna be in there in that main event feud. So, there you go.”
Per rumors, Joe would join forces with Kevin Owens and Mysterio to battle the Rollins-AOP alliance at Royal Rumble next month.
Over the last several months, the WWE Universe has gotten used to main roster Superstars crushing enhancement talents on the daily. WWE quickly established The Viking Raiders as an unstoppable force by having them squash local competitors and Erick Rowan is currently enjoying the same treatment as well.
Meltzer noted that it’s actually RAW Executive Director Paul Heyman‘s strategy to build Superstars and put their finishers over, all at the same time.
“The new thing, one of the things that Paul Heyman is trying to do is get people wins. So they’re doing a lot more of these one and two-minute matches to get over these finishing moves and get people wins.”