This week in the WWE: The Shield reunites and crashes The Mizzie awards

The Shield reunites on Raw and punishes anyone in their path. Photo by WWE.com

This is a weekly look at the action in the WWE:


This week’s Raw opened with The Miz handing out his “The Mizzie” awards.  These awards were, of course, given only to The Mizterouge, The Bar, and himself. Roman Reigns made his way to the ring. To Miz’s surprise, he wasn’t alone as Ambrose and Rollins came down with him. The Shield reunited and ended The Mizzies celebration. Jason Jordan defeated Karl Anderson despite Luke Gallows’ attempt to get involved in the match. Kurt Angle found The Miz backstage recovering from The Shield’s attack. Angle would go on to tell Miz that he and The Bar would be in the main event at TLC against The Shield in the very match that the event is named after: a tables, ladders, and chairs match. Elias was interrupted by Titus O’Neil as he tried to play a song for the crowd in Indianapolis. O’Neil’s client, Apollo Crews, would follow him down to the ring for his match against Elias. Elias would go on to defeat Crews to end the first hour.

Enzo Amore came down to the ring to voice his displeasure with Kurt Angle. He was upset that he allowed Kalisto to attack him, and that he went as far as rewarding Kalisto with a title match at TLC. Angle made his way to the ring to talk with Amore. After Amore made an argument that Angle does not respect him as a champion, Angle decided to cancel the match at TLC. Instead, Amore would be taking on him in the main event of Raw in a Lumberjack Match. Braun Strowman took on Matt Hardy. Hardy would hit Strowman with his Twist of Fate finisher, but it would not be enough as Strowman would go on to win with a Running Power Slam. After the match, Strowman would attempt to carry Hardy backstage, but The Shield would come out to save Hardy as they slammed Strowman through the announcer’s table. Mickie James made her way to the ring to explain that her age shouldn’t matter to Alexa Bliss. The only number Bliss should be worried about is seven, since she will be a seven-time champion after she defeats Bliss. This, of course, prompted Bliss to make her way to the ring. James would get the upper hand over the champion before she ran away from James. Kurt Angle was confronted by the rest of the Women’s Division since he has not chosen an opponent for Asuka, who will be debuting at TLC. Angle announced that they would all be facing off with the winner taking on Asuka.

The Miz would find Kurt Angle in his office to try to persuade him to let him add another member to his team at TLC. Angle would agree, and Braun Strowman would enter his office revealing himself as Miz’s newest partner. Finn Balor would be introduced to Bray Wyatt’s Sister Abagail. She would explain that she would be feeding Wyatt with the strength to defeat Balor.  The Woman’s Fatal Five Way turned out to be an elimination match. Bayley would eliminate Dana Brooke, but would be eliminated by Alecia Fox.  Sasha Banks would submit Fox, but would be rolled up by the winner of the match, Emma. The Cruiserweight Division made their way to the ring for The Lumberjack match between Enzo Amore and Kalisto. The lumberjacks would begin to brawl amongst each other, and Kalisto would see an opening to Suplex Amore through the lumberjacks. Amore would regain himself and would attempt to pin Kalisto, but Mustafa Ali would stop it. Kalisto would go on to win the match and The Cruiserweight Championship via the Salida del Sol.

Highlight of the Night: The Shield attacking Braun Strowman. Sure, the group officially reunited in the opening segment of the show, but it was this moment that really made it seem like The Shield were really back.

SmackDown Live

The blue brand’s show opened with a recap of Hell in a Cell. A package showed how Sami Zayn helped Kevin Owens beat Shane McMahon. Tom Phillips, then, promised Zayn would be addressing it later in the show. The Usos made their way to the ring with their newly acquired Tag Team championships. They invited The New Day to come down to the ring, and, to The New Day’s surprise, offer them a handshake in a sign of truce. Before they could shake hands, though, the entire Tag Team division came down to ask for an opportunity at the titles. Daniel Bryan made his way to the ring to announce that every team would get a chance, except The New Day.  The Ascension, Breezango, The Hype Bros, and Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable would participate in a Fatal Fairway with the team of Benjamin and Gable winning. Backstage, Natalya was confronted by Tamina, Lana, and Carmella. The Women’s Champion began talking about Charlotte Flair, and, unfortunately for her, Charlotte was close enough to hear her.  A brawl then broke out between the entire division. After a commercial break, Becky Lynch took on Carmella. Lynch would submit Carmella with her Disarmer finisher.

Kevin Owens came down to the ring to start the second hour. He welcomed the fans to “Kevin’s Heaven”, a place without Shane McMahon. He, then, introduced Sami Zayn. Zayn went on to explain how being a good guy only lead to mediocrity, and that saving his “brother," Kevin Owens, was the right thing to do. Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton teamed up and defeated Rusev and Aiden English. A promo package aired showing a repackaged Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Bobby Roode, then, made his way to the ring to talk about his win over Dolph Ziggler at Hell in a Cell. Ziggler came out to announce to Roode that he’d be wanting his rematch, but only when he's ready. SmackDown Live closed with Baron Corbin retaining his United States Championship over AJ Styles.

Highlight of the Night: The Usos showing props to The New Day. Without a doubt, their feud has been one of the best ones of the year. Knowing how much these teams have elevated each other, it was pretty cool to see both teams embrace with a handshake.

How do they compare?

This is perhaps the easiest decision I’ve made when trying to decide who had the better show. SmackDown Live is just not there right now. The alarming thing is the fact they just came off a pay-per-view. Typically, the first show after an event delivers, this was not the case. Raw is still full steam ahead for TLC. They put in a lot of work tying in different stories to build their main event for TLC, and it is definitely paying off.

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Another tough loss for the Texans. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans started fast but faltered late as the New York Jets hand Houston their ninth loss of the season 21-14. Here are 11 observations from the game.

1. Starting safety Justin Reid was benched for the game. David Culley said after the game it was his decision as head coach and he would keep the matter internal with Reid.

2. This is the third defender benched for disciplinary reasons this season. Reid joins Zach Cunningham and Desmond King as players who missed time for discipline.

3. Justin Reid told Fox 26 he was benched because he had a disagreement with the coaching staff. He also said he was shocked the Texans benched him. You have to wonder if the “culture” the team is building is right when one of the more likable and personable players falls victim to their rules. Reid, who is a free agent this offseason, could leave the Texans.

4. Tyrod Taylor had a couple of nice plays early on for the Texans. His willingness to take some shots downfield was refreshing and led to a touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

5. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan found the end zone. He has played well in recent weeks after finally getting on the field. Jordan is playing over Jordan Akins as Akins was a healthy scratch again this week.

6. Tytus Howard started at left tackle with mixed results. Howard has struggled to find his way at guard but could be a long-term option at tackle if given the chance.

7. The offensive line overall played poorly after some early success. The pass rush of the Jets got going and the run blocking was poor again. Lane Taylor played at left guard some, with Max Scharping also playing some at that spot.

8. The offense was horrendous after the two scoring drives. The Texans amassed 202 net yards with 91 yards coming on those two scoring drives. Houston gained just 49 net yards after their opening three drives.

9. After the game, I asked David Culley if he would be making a change with his play-caller. Culley stood behind offensive coordinator Tim Kelly and said he would remain the team’s play-caller.

10. Second-year defensive lineman Ross Blacklock had two horrible errors that handed the Jets a chance to turn three points into seven points. Blacklock got a personal foul on a field goal attempt giving the Jets a first down. The very next play his offsides penalty erased a sack. Each week Blacklock falls even more behind a bevy of players drafted after him who contribute positively on a regular basis.

11. The loss to another bottom-dweller has the Texans back in the second spot in the 2022 NFL Draft order. It also feels like the deflating nature of this loss erased some of the good feelings after the victory over the Titans. The Indianapolis Colts come to Houston next week to begin December’s portion of the schedule.

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