Raw and SmackDown Live’s Survivor Series teams are really starting to come together. On Raw this week, Stephanie McMahon returned with the bombshell that she wants her General Manager Kurt Angle heading up Team Red at the pay-per-view in less than three weeks time. It was more of a punishment than a privilege, but Angle gracefully accepted his fate nonetheless. While the gold medalist didn’t announce any further team members on Raw, the next day he declared via Twitter that Braun Strowman would be joining him.
In terms of SmackDown Live, we already knew one member of their men’s team going into this week’s show. Randy Orton earned that honor by defeating Sami Zayn in last week’s main event. This week’s show revealed quite a bit more about who will knuckle up for Team Blue on Nov. 19, 2017. Not only were Bobby Roode and Shinsuke Nakamura added to their ranks, but we also discovered who will captain Team Blue.
Yes, as expected it will be Shane McMahon heading up the SmackDown Live men’s team at Survivor Series. The show’s commissioner opened proceedings on Tuesday night to address what happened to Daniel Bryan on Raw the night before and to also break the news that he made himself captain of the blue brand’s team. It was an unsurprising announcement, and one that many fans saw coming ever since Shane-O Mac led the charge in declaring Raw under siege last week.
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Commissioner @shanemcmahon says #RAW will have HELL to pay at #SurvivorSeries, & HE will lead the way as #SmackDown’s Team Captain! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/ZnykxO5AJz
— WWE (@WWE) November 1, 2017
The Survivor Series style tag team match isn’t one that McMahon is a stranger to either. In fact, last year he was a part of Team SmackDown Live also and you’d think that experience would have put him off competing in one again. The commissioner received a very nasty looking spear courtesy of Roman Reigns, one that saw him removed from the match. Lucky for McMahon, The Big Dog currently isn’t a part of Team Raw, although that could change.
While McMaho Angle respectively captaining teams Raw and SmackDown Live has been a somewhat predictable outcome ever since Angle returned to in-ring action at TLC, it still makes for an intriguing matchup. The two of them have a long and storied history dating all the way back to their brutal street fight at the King of the Ring pay-per-view in 2001. The good news for both men is that we won’t see a repeat of that.
So, with that news plus the rest of the announcements on SmackDown Live, that leaves six of the ten spots in the men’s match officially filled. As of right now, Kurt Angle’s only announced ally is Braun Strowman while Shane McMahon will have Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton, and Bobby Roode in his corner.
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