There were several changes made to the Raw script on Monday afternoon and evening. Originally, the plan was for Emma vs. Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox with the winner of that match going on to face Asuka at the WWE TLC pay-per-view.
At some point, management (Vince McMahon) decided to hold off on that match and move it to next week’s show. Just a couple of hours before the show, the plans changed again and the match was back on for this week but with Bayley and Sasha Banks added to the match.
In fact, things were so crazy with the script changes that Michael Cole had to make a correction when Bayley pinned Dana Brooke. He thought that the match was over but someone on the headsets told him that it was an elimination match. I don’t blame Cole for making the mistake because Kurt Angle never said that it was an elimination match during the backstage segment with the women and JoJo never said it was an elimination match during the ring introductions. The plan was always for Emma to face Asuka. I think it’s obvious to everyone that Emma is going to lose the match at the TLC PPV.
Also, the original plan for the Raw main event was for Neville to face Enzo Amore so it appears that it was a last-minute decision to put the title on Kalisto. The cruiserweights were always scheduled to be in the main event, though. The idea is to put the big segments on earlier in the show because Raw viewership generally declines from the first to the third hour.
These last-minute changes to shows are not uncommon, especially in recent years because Vince McMahon is known to change his mind several times (sometimes during the show). Last Tuesday afternoon, WWE.com was advertising the return of the Fashion Files for Smackdown Live. Just a couple of hours later, the segment was scrapped and rescheduled for the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
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