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Backstage news on what talents were told to do during the Smackdown-Raw invasion

For those of you expecting to see Raw retaliate against Smackdown Live on Tuesday, you might have to wait at least another week or two. Smackdown Live will be in Norfolk, VA on Tuesday but the Raw crew will be traveling to the United Kingdom for the UK tour.

Smackdown Live will be in Manchester, England on November 7, less than 2 hours away from a Raw live event in Birmingham. The “go home” episode of Raw on 11/13 in Atlanta, GA and Smackdown Live on 11/14 in Charlotte, NC will probably be the next time when we see most of the rosters facing off again before Survivor Series.

As we noted last week, the Smackdown invasion of Raw was taped earlier in the day on Monday. PWInsider reports that Vince McMahon passed the word down to talents that they should really lay the beatings in. At one point, filming was stopped and redone because one talent threw in a “typical working punch.”

We are 3 weeks away and most of the key matches for Survivor Series are set. They still need to announce the special referee for the Champion vs. Champion match. We won’t spoil it here but there are some major names being considered (aside from John Cena) for the role. Click here if you want to know who those names are.

Here is the updated card for Survivor Series:

Champion vs. Champion Match
Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion) vs. Jinder Mahal (WWE Champion)

Champion vs. Champion Match
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (Raw Tag Team Champions) vs. The Usos (Smackdown Tag Team Champions)

Champion vs. Champion Match
Alexa Bliss (Raw Women’s Champion) vs. Natalya (Smackdown Women’s Champion)

Champion vs. Champion Match
The Miz (IC Champion) vs. Baron Corbin (US Champion)

Women’s Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Match
Team Becky Lynch (Becky Lynch, Carmella, Tamina, Charlotte Flair, Naomi) vs. Team Alicia Fox (Alicia Fox and TBD)

Men’s Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Match
Team Smackdown (Randy Orton and TBD) vs. Team Raw (TBD)

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