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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (11/13/17)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Triple Threat: Mickie James VS Bayley VS Dana Brooke; Bayley wins and joins the Raw Women’s Team at Survivor Series.
  • Enzo Amore & Drew Gulak VS Kalisto & Akira Tozawa; Enzo & Gulak win.
  • Jason Jordan VS Bray Wyatt; Jordan wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Miz & The Bar w/ The Miztourage; The Shield wins.
  • Finn Balor & Samoa Joe VS The Club; Balor & Joe win.
  • Braun Strowman VS Kane; no contest.

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It has been three weeks since Raw was #UnderSiege.

And yet, it is as the New Day has said: Raw has done “nothing~!” At least, Raw seems to claim so, as Raw GM Kurt Angle denies knowing Kane was going to attack SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan! And even after being screwed out of the Raw Tag Team Titles by The New Day’s #UnderSiege2 “pump fake”, Raw did “nothing~!

The Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon, is here!

 

And she welcomes Atlanta to Monday Night Raw, and speaks on decisions she must make that impact everyone from fans to talent to shareholders to staff. Things that normal people can’t even fathom, which is why she needs “true leaders” running the show. As such, she introduces us to Team Captain, Kurt Angle!

 

The Olympic Gold Medalist was put on notice at the same time he was appointed to the Raw Men’s Team, and he wishes Stephanie to understand that he was prepared for the New Day’s raid. She’s not upset, but she is curious how The New Day got in. No idea. Well he’s honest. Was there an actual raid? No… But Angle “valiantly” led the charge, no doubt. Was there a raid? Or was Raw tricked? Stephanie can make a highlight reel for Survivor Series out of this stuff. She’s being harsh, the fans love Angle. Angle makes good on being team captain, with the Fifth Man being… Jason Jordan. Who is he? A capable wrestler. No, who is he to Angle? His son. And what has Jordan done to make him valuable to team Raw? He’s very talented. Okay, maybe we should put this another way. Who is SmackDown’s Fifth Man? John Cena. Yes, the 16 time World Champion and franchise player, John Cena. And last Stephanie saw Cena, he was on Raw. So, Angle chose his son instead of Cena? Or Cena decided to join SmackDown when he got snubbed? You’d have to ask Cena. But seeing as fans love Angle, here’s a second chance. What is Angle going to do at Survivor Series? Break Shane’s ankle. Angle is captain, he’ll start the match, and if Shane “has the balls”, he’ll start, too. What, is this the 1990’s? That you two are going to go 1v1, that Shane is going to man up? No Shane is going to have the others do his dirty work. Plus, Stephanie doesn’t think Angle could break anyone’s ankle. Angle’s gone soft and is going to be Stephanie’s biggest mistake. Shane is trying to ruin the show their father made 25 years ago, Stephanie put that burden on Angle and yet Angle is not changing her mind. Don’t break ankles, put heads on platters! DECIMATE SmackDown. But Stephanie has no other choice. Angle — “Sierra, Hotel, India, Echo, Lima, Delta. Shield.”

 

Yes, the Shield is here, in full! Roman Reigns is healthy, Roman Reigns is with his brothers in Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, and the trio heads down the steps and to the ring. Stephanie wants the fans to make up their minds, are they cheering or not? Ambrose says that there have been a lot of leaders for Raw, none better than Angle. Angle is their guy, TLC proved he’s still got it. The fans join in, “You Still Got It!” Be that as it may, the Shield is missing those tag titles. They lost because of Angle. Are they even going to be at Survivor Series? Is it Angle or the New Day who made them look like fools? And where was Roman anyway? Wow a lot of questions. How about where’s Stephanie been? She wasn’t here for months, and all that happened was going through a table at WrestleMania. Oh, sorry, Rollins. It was HHH who put her through a table. Did she forget how this works? The Shield doesn’t do what she tells them, they do what they want. And they’d like to do something. Stephanie and Atlanta are all ears. The Shield wants The New Day. And if The New Day has balls, then there will be a match at Survivor Series. And The Shield will handle that. Angle has Team Raw, and The Shield will whoop the New Day’s ass. Raw is raring to go, can they win big at Survivor Series?

Triple Threat: Mickie James VS Bayley VS Dana Brooke!

With only one spot left on Raw’s Women’s Team, three must fight to be the Fifth Woman! As such, Team Raw’s Captain Foxy, “Bossy Banks”, Empress of Tomorrow and Brutal Beauty are ringside to watch.

 

 

The bell rings, the three circle, tie up, but Mickie gets the edge, double takedown on! Dropkick sends Bayley out, Mickie’s alone with Dana, snapmare and running — Baley trips Mickie up, covers Dana, TWO. Bayley brings Dana up, is put in a corner, Mickie comes back in to kick and whip but is reversed, collides with Bayley, Dana handsprings to hit them both. Dana keeps things moving, but Mickie dodges and Bayley runs Dana over. Bayley is dumped to the apron, Mickie comes back, Dana helps out, Bayley goes down to the ground. We go to break as Dana and Mickie stare down.

We return, Dana has Mickie caught in a corner, she rolls out but into Bayley’s back suplex! Mickie swings, gets a back suplex! Bayley throws Dana out to the apron, hotshot! But Mickie gives a flapjack to Bayley, kip-up to fire up. Mickie climbs up top, Bayley stops her with a forearm then climbs up to join her. They brawl on the top rope, Bayley is knocked away. Mickie takes aim, seated senton!

 

Dana breaks the pin, but gets forearms from Mickie. Back kick, front kick, Mickie runs to forearm Dana down. Bayley goes after Mickie, gets a stiff neckbreaker. Bayley bails out of the ring, Micke gives Dana a running facebuster. Dana rolls out, Asuka checks on Dana. Dana gets pissed, hits Asuka, that was a mistake. Dana gets in the ring, Asuka chases her out! Heel kick rocks Dana down! Bayley goes after Mickie, but she get rolled up, TWO! Neckbreaker denied into backslide, TWO, Mickie kicks, but Bayley hits Bayley2Belly! Bayley wins! She’s on the team! With all five spots filled, can this combination defeat SmackDown’s?

 

Enzo Amore & Drew Gulak VS Kalisto & Akira Tozawa!

The Certified Cruiserweight Champion and “Gabber Gulak” of the ‘Zo Train are in Atlanta, How You Doin’? Very well, thank you. Not you, Gulak. And days before taking on the Lucha Dragon to defend Enzo’s “boo”, as well as the future of 205 Live. Gulak wants to make it better, but it’s already great because Enzo’s on it. Kalisto has no money, no pockets like basketball shorts. Gabber Gulak gets time to talk, except for Kalisto and Tozawa appearing!

 

The bell rings, Gulak starts against Kalisto, but Tozawa wants in so Kalisto tags. “HAH! HAH! HAH!” echoes throughout the arena as they tie up, Gulak gets an arm lock and throws Tozawa down. Headlock, Tozawa powers out but Enzo tagged in and tackles Tozawa. The two stomp and whip but Tozawa dodges, Kalisto tags in. Springboard missile dropkick gets two for one! Team “Luch-AH!” in control as we go to break.

We return, Gulak has Tozawa in a cravat. The fans “AH! AH! AH!” for the Stamina Monster, he feeds off the energy and fights out of the hold. Gulak grabs Tozawa again to keep him away form kalisto, Tozawa rocks him with right hands and a kick. Gulak keeps Tozawa down, stomp to the back. He swings on Kalisto, but gets into a saido suplex from Tozawa! Fans rally with “Lucha! Lucha!” chants. Tozawa and Gulak crawl, tag to Enzo and Kalisto! Kalisto springboard seated senton to Enzo, then a mule kick, front kick and whip. Reversed, but Kalist tumbles over and kicks Enzo away. Springboard crossbody hits, Gulak goes to break, Kalisto evades so that elbow drop lands on Enzo! Tag to Tozawa, he climbs up, missile dropkick takes Gulak down. Gulak is sent out onto Enzo, then “Luch-AH!” as the TOZAWA TORPEDO hits! But that’s not the end of it, Kalisto springboard swantons! Cruiserweights are all over the floor, so a ring count must begin. Kalisto gets to his corner, Tozawa fires up, he puts Enzo in. Enzo is kicked again, Tozawa has him in the right spot. Tozawa up, takes aim, but Gulak goes to save Enzo. Kalisto wipes Gulak out with a cannonball! Then Tozawa brings Enzo up, Enzo pushes him into Kalisto, Jor-DONE-Zo! Enzo rolls up, Enzo and Gulak win! Enzo took advantage of environment, but will he still have his “Boo” when it’s 1v1?

 

Kurt Angle meets with Team Raw.

 

Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman and Jason Jordan are all there, and they all heard Stephanie McMahon earlier. He’s taking no chances. Joe and Finn wanted to tear each other apart just last week, but Angle wants them to focus on Shane McMahon, John Cena, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode. These two need to get along, so they’re teaming up against The Club, Gallows & Anderson. And Jordan pissed a lot of people off, including Stephanie, so he must impress tonight by going up against “the most sadistic superstar” around, Bray Wyatt. And Braun wants Kane. Well- Braun, wants, Kane. Then he’ll get Kane, in the main event. Can Team Raw get some final momentum before Survivor Series?

Time for Miz TV!

 

The Most Must-See Talk Show in WWE history hypes up Survivor Series and how it is truly Raw VS SmackDown. Most importantly at Survivor Series, “internet tough guy” Baron Corbin gets to step into the ring with The Miz, unless he loses that US Championship to Sin Cara on SmackDown. Some think it won’t happen, but it’s Corbin’s MO. He failed to use his Money in the Bank briefcase to become world champion, and his US Championship reign has been “lackluster at best.” Corbin wasn’t even on the show last week, so he wasn’t even the bathroom break! There’s a level Miz is on and a level Corbin is on, Miz’s is higher! If Miz doesn’t have opportunities, he makes them and capitalizes! Just look at tonight: The Miz can “have one of the most momentous victories” against The Shield. And by his side will be two men laser focused on winning even when SmackDown looked to invade: The newRaw Tag Team Champions — and Miz’s close, personal friends — Sheamus & Cesaro!

 

The Bar are once again champions but still not liked by the WWE Universe. Miz congratulates them on the win, and they appreciate it. But it was no surprise, they did what they always do: eyes on the prize. While Rollins & Ambrose wanted to defend Raw, The Bar just wanted back what belonged to them. An opportunity presented itself, they capitalized, and they’re now three time Raw Tag Team Champions. Give it up for the champs! Boos and jeers instead. The Bar are the real WWE tag team champions, unlike the SmackDown champions, The Usos. Yes, they won the “cute little B-Show” titles. Fans remind Sheamus that he looks stupid. When Miz’s hand goes up, your mouth goes shut, and you will respect your champions! As Sheamus was saying, The Bar are the A-Team tag champs. They are the flagship show’s champs! “Damn it, we are the Raw tag team champions!” And they’re gonna jailbreak the Uso Penitentiary! Just like they’re going to finally break the Shield! Yes, the true Shield, too. No glory hogging Kurt Angle stepping in, it is Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Think of the magnitude! Look at the odds they had to overcome, like betrayal and years of infighting, and now they’re reunited just to face The “Hollywood Bar”, the champions of Raw! This is not The Shield’s moment but theirs! Because they don’t just set the bar, they are the bar. Can Miz and friends really ruin the storybook reunion?

 

Jason Jordan VS Bray Wyatt!

 

 

The Gold-Blooded Son needs to step up and prove he isn’t just being favored by his father, can he do so against the returning Eater of Worlds? The bell rings, the two circle, Wyatt swings but gets chased to ropes. JJ backs off so Wyatt can return, they tie up and JJ gets a waistlock. Wyatt backs him down, ropebreak in a corner, Wyatt walks away but comes back in, misses, Wyatt spooks JJ with that lean-back. Wyatt comes out, JJ dropkicks him down, then a waistlock. Ropebreaks made dirty as Wyatt hits JJ and then runs him down with a headbutt. Angle is watching this as JJ still lifts Wyatt up and puts him in a corner. Then, corner to corner! JJ is fired up, runs in corner to corner for the shoulder tackle. Overhead suplex! Wyatt rolls out, JJ pursues from around the corner to build speed, but misses wide and runs into barriers.

 

Wyatt has turned the tables, “you don’t know who you’re messing with, kiddo.” We go to break as the Face of Fear looms over JJ.

We return, Wyatt has JJ in the ring with a chinlock, but fans are rallying. JJ gets free but gets an uppercut, Wyatt goes after the leg, which JJ tweaked during break. Back senton to squash, TWO. Wyatt keeps on that leg, Wyatt dares JJ to get up. JJ does and fights back but then gets rocked by a stiff right uppercut. Wyatt keeps on JJ’s leg, JJ clutches it in pain. Wyatt brings JJ up, “Is he a hero?” Wyatt clubs JJ back down, then lift shim up for a scoop slam. JJ slips out, but that leg gives out, Wyatt boots JJ down, then slams him with a vicious yurinagi!

 

Wyatt goes to the corner, fans get loud as he does the spider walk. JJ rocks Wyatt with a right hand of his own! Then a back elbow out of a corner, JJ staggers over, Sister Abigail- roll up! JJ pulls off the win! And Stephanie was there to watch it. Has this valiant effort impressed her?

 

Wyatt clobbers JJ! Wyatt isn’t done with the Gold-Blooded Son, he runs JJ over with a lariat! Then he puts JJ onto the apron, and takes that bad leg to throw it against the post! JJ writhes in pain, Angle is devastated as he hurries out of the office. Fans chant “Thank you, Wyatt!” as they’re clearly not fans of Angle’s son.

 

JJ needs to be helped away, will he be in any shape to compete at Survivor Series?

Kurt Angle checks on Jason Jordan in the trainer’s room.

 

A lot of ice for that battered knee, and Jordan says he’s okay but… Jordan says Angle competed through injuries, Jordan wants to do the same. But he needs to be at 100%, not 90%. But this is Jordan’s chance, the opportunity he’s wanted for his entire life! He deserves this, doesn’t he, Dad? What will Angle decide come Survivor Series?

Altanta becomes Suplex City!

 

As such, fans duel “AJ Styles!” “Suplex City!” to the enjoyment of Paul Heyman, Advocate of the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion, BROCK, LESNAR!” And Lesnar has authorized Heyman to list the top five reasons to watch Survivor Series on the WWE Network. First selling point: the first time a Universal Champion and a WWE Champion will go 1v1, and the first time Lesnar goes up against Styles. This may be the only time these two ever have a match, so to put it simply, “don’t miss it!” Second selling point: Heyman wants to see this, too! He knows Lesnar better than anyone, and has seen with his own eyes this year alone, Lesnar has gone against the biggest and baddest but no one is better. Styles is an interesting opponent, and has mastered something that you learn in fight sports, “Speed Kills.” Styles has the speed advantage but that’s not all. Third selling point: “She said yes!” Oh, wait, someone proposed at this time? How sweet. Because she’s never had a Beast like Lesnar. By the way, interrupting a Heyman promo is tantamount to fighting Lesnar: you won’t win. Third selling point: Styles is the “single most talented in-ring performer of this generation”! Well, isn’t that Finn Balor? Those two can settle that on their own, but to Heyman, Styles is stylistically the “ultimate opponent” for Lesnar. Styles has the most momentum, second to Lesnar. Styles is a respectable world champion. But now Styles is the “ultimate underdog” because “this good ol’ boy from Georgia” is up against a “Georgia Bulldog eating carnivore” this Sunday! Lesnar shall prove he and he alone is “the number one champion in WWE, then, now and forever.” These are the odds Styles has to overcome. Fourth selling point: you wanna see a Rocky movie come to life? That’s Styles VS Lesnar. Fans chant for AJ Styles, and Heyman agrees. This year alone, Styles defeated John Cena, Shane McMahon and Jinder Mahal, which is why this is such a great story! But Fifth selling point: this in’t Rocky, this is Survivor Series. Styles won’t survive Suplex City, Styles won’t survive The Beast, Styles won’t survive the Conqueror, Styles won’t survive the F5. Heyman looks forward to telling the tale of Styles’ heroic effort as he puts on the show of his life only to be victimized by… BROCK, LESNAR. Is Heyman once again correct about his assessment? Or will Styles surprise us all in this once-in-a-lifetime match?

Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Miz & The Bar w/ The Miztourage!

 

The match-up that was meant to be at TLC happens here and now, can the #HoundsofJustice keep the championship-studded “Hollywood Bar” from seizing opportunities tonight? The bell rings, Swiss Cyborg starts against Architect. They tie up, waistlock but standing switch, Rollins arm-wrenches and headlock takeover, headscissor counter form Cesaro, stand off. The two go again, Cesaro kicks low, gives a stiff European Uppercut, headlock but Rollins powers out, Cesaro shoulders him down. Cesaro runs, Rollins speeds it up, dropkick drops Cesaro. Tag to The Lunatic Fringe, they get running for a low lariat, a knee drop and an elbow drop. ONE, Ambrose puts Cesaro in a corner for stiff chops. Cesaro turns it around to give a chop of his own, Ambrose walks it off. Cesaro gives him another, Ambrose walks it off again to fire off more chops of his own. Corner to corner whip, reversed, up and over to a drop toehold, Indian Deathlock and a hook to the nose, Ambrose lets go at 4. Crossface punch, then Cesaro up, tag to Rollins. Rollins goes up, ax handle to Cesaro, then more chops. Tag to Ambrose, he goes up, a handle to the ribs. Cesaro fights back with a EuroUpper, tag to Sheamus. The Bar whips Ambrose, Bar Lariat knocks him down. Sheamus runs, low boot, then stomps. EuroUPper from the Celtic Gladiator, then body shots in the corner, cheap shot in the form of raking fingers in Ambrose’s face. Miz lets Ambrose go then tags in, the Intercontinental Champion keeps Ambrose isolated with a mudhole stomp. Then cheap boot grinds into the sides of Ambrose’s head. Miz stomps another mudhole, Sheamus tags in, Cesaro tags in, Super Saiyan mule kicks! Ambrose down for a cover, TWO. Tag to Sheamus, Sheamus goes up, ax handle for Ambrose. Sheamus gives Ambrose kenes to the ribs, elbows to the back, and then sits him down with a chinlock. Shift to keylock, but Ambrose gets to his feet as fans slowly rally. Ambrose fights back, Sheamus knees low, Ambrose gives a knee back. Tag to Rollins, dropkick to dropkick to clothesline from Reigns! Cesaro in, gets clothesline’d out. Double slingshot planchas! The Bar is down, Miz is alone with Roman.

 

Miz retreats to regroup with the Miztourage. The Shield flanks them, Bo goes into barriers! Axel has a neck brace, show mercy! No, not gonna. Miz runs away through the crowd! The Shield lets him go, they keep the ring, we go to break.

We return, so has Miz, he plants Rollins with a DDT! TWO, and Miz is furious. Miz thrwos Rollins out, Cesaro lurks but Ambrose intercepts! Sheamus goes after Ambrose, Miz goes out to get Rollins. Back into the ring, Rollins clobbers Miz with a clothesline. Both men are down, Sheamus is there to tag Miz. Sheamus keeps Rollins back, suplex reversed, TWO, Rollins baits and dumps Sheamus to the apron. Sheamus has a rough bump but he still goes after Rollins, stiff elbows from Rollins are responded to with a hotshot. Sheamus goes up, takes aim, flying shoulder SUPERKICK’d out of the sky! Fans rally, Sheamus tags Cesaro but Rollins tags in Roman! The Big Dog rallies on everyone, jumping lariat on Cesaro. Cesaro in a corner, he gets those close-range clotheslines. All ten connect, Roman runs but Cesaro boots. Roman boots back! Then, Samoan Drop! Roman has fans cheering, jeering and booing, Miz goes after Roman’s foot. Ambrose DIVES outta nowhere! Cesaro EuroUppers Roman, Sheamus knees him, pop-up EuroUpper! TWO and Cesaro is shocked. Sheamus is back, Cesaro reaches but Ambrose trips Sheamus up, Rollins DIVES! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Cesaro! Fans know what’s next, as Roman lets out the battle cry. SPEA- EURO UPPER! In position, Neutral — back drop! Miz tags in, Roman swings but misses, SUPERMAN PUNCH intercepts Cesaro!

 

Miz gets Roman in a roll-up, TWO! Miz wants the Finale, gets a flying knee! Sheamus goes after Rollins, gets Dirty Deeds! Miz is vulnerable as the Shield surrounds him. Miz senses what’s coming, the fans do, too. SPEAR! But that’s not all, the fans and The Shield fire up, time for the Triple Bomb!! The Shield wins! The New Day better be ready, because The Shield is back!

 

Kane has a message.

“Even as someone as sick and depraved as I am can smile. All I have to do is remember what I did to Braun Strowman.” The sound of that garbage truck crushing his body, “a true symphony of horrors.” And tonight, Kane will show Strowman there are worse things than death, one of them being Kane himself. Can the Big Red Machine establish superiority this close to Survivor Series?

 

Kurt Angle returns to the ring.

 

He brings up the decisions a leader must make. This is the toughest decision he’s ever made as a GM. Jason Jordan was injured in his match against Bray Wyatt, so as the Raw GM, and Team Captain of Raw, he cannot allow Jason Jordan to compete. Jordan’s replacement — Don’t do this. Jason Jordan is headed to the ring. Don’t take this away from him! This is Survivor Series, the one time that it’s Raw VS SmackDown, and the one time he’d get to be side-by-side with his father. But you’re injured. Not by Sunday! But he won’t be 100%. Jordan insists he’ll be fine, because if Angle can compete injured, so can he. Jordan can be just like Angle. It’s not worth it. But it is! Jordan has always emulated Angle, from high school to college to the WWE. Angle was his hero, so being on the same show is a dream come true. But, to be honest, Angle knows he didn’t pick out of favoritism. Don’t take this away from Jordan. Jordan won’t get another chance like this. It’d be an honor to represent Raw, so don’t take that from him. He wants to compete alongside his father. Please reconsider.

 

“Give me a break, Kurt.” Stephanie McMahon can’t believe this is happening. Just make the announcement, now. Fans want it, too. As if that wasn’t enough, TRIPLE H is here!

 

He marches right down to the ring, takes the mic from Angle, and after a stern stare down, Triple H makes the choice for him. “The Fifth Member of Team Raw, is me!” Triple H, on Team Raw?! And JJ doesn’t want to accept it. Fans are thunderous, but Triple H tells Angle he’s gonna do it. PEDIGREE to Jordan!

 

The Game takes no prisoners, he is fighting for Raw’s domination over SmackDown and the decimation of SmackDown. Is this the advantage Raw needs to silence SmackDown’s uprising?

Finn Balor & Samoa Joe VS The Club!

 

 

 

This match is the definition of dysfunction: The Extraordinary Man has to team with The Destroyer, who he despises, in a match against The Good Brothers, who he was once teammates with. Can differences be put aside for the greater good of Team Raw? Well, not with how Joe shoves Finn to force him to start the match… The bell rings, The Machine Gun takes advantage by attacking Finn from behind, not really #GoodBrotherBehavior… Anderson keeps on Finn but Finn fires back, tags Joe, Joe gives jabs to Anderson. Tag to Finn, Finn arm wrenches but Anderson rocks Finn with a right. Whip reversed, sunset flip rolled through, dropkick. Anderson gets out of the ring, Joe runs in to clobber Gallows. The tension is strong as we go to break.

We return, Finn tags Joe and Joe goes after Anderson. Tag to Finn, Anderson is isolated. Finn chops, whips but is reversed, Finn dodges and gets to the apron, swing kick knocks Anderson away. Finn goes up, Gallows distracts, Anderson capitalizes. Finn tumbles to the mat, Gallows tags in, and he rocks Finn with a right hand. Gallows drags Finn up, Finn blocks and fires back rights of his own, but is pushed back to take a YAKUZA Kick, Too Sweet. Elbow drop after elbow drop, Gallows covers, TWO. Gallows drags Finn up and powers him to Club corner, tag to Anderson and Anderson rains down rights. Anderson brings Finn to a neutral corner and rocks him with a right hand, snapmare to chinlock. Anderson grinds and squeezes Finn, fans rally, Finn gets to his feet and fights back. Finn runs, but gets elbowed down, TWO. Back to the chinlock, fans rally again, Anderson switches to an armlock, Finn endures the wrenching. Anderson wrenches deeper, fans keep rallying, Finn feeds off it and gets to his feet. Finn reaches, reaches, but Anderson uses hair to pull Finn back. They brawl, stuff EuroUpper into a spinebuster, TWO! Anderson is frustrated, but The Club is in control as we go to break.

Back again, Finn fights out of Gallow’s chinlock, but is spun off into a boot, Too Sweet. Gallows steps to Joe, but that makes him miss the elbow drop on Finn. Finn takes an uppercut, gives a PELE! Both men down, Finn crawls, tag to Joe! Anderson tags in, but Joe rallies right over him, atomic drop to running boot, back senton! Forearm for Gallows, then the back elbow and PELE for Anderson in the corner. Anderson down, tag back to Finn to go up top. Gallows in but thrown out, so Finn gives him the Penalty Kick! Joe sits Anderson down! Joe DIVES on Gallows! Coup de Grace! Finn & Joe win! Joe leaves, not wanting to celebrate with his teammate, but if they can work like this at Survivor Series, can Raw win against SmackDown’s best?

 

Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.

The Goddess of Raw will face the winner of Charlotte Flair VS Natalya tomorrow night. Any preferences? So, the Queen of Cats or the Queen of Dysfunction? Great. It’s not fair that Alexa has no time to prepare, but whatever. When she made the jump, the power shifted, and SmackDown truly became The B Show. Alexa DVR’s and forgets, but tomorrow is actually important. She might even show up to watch it live. But it doesn’t matter, the Goddess will reign supreme. Is her confidence justified? Or will she be horrified this Sunday?

 

Braun Strowman VS Kane!

 

 

Motivated by revenge and a desire to be top of the food chain, this main event is simply #MonsterVSMachine. The two lock eyes all the way from when Strowman marches down the ramp.

 

The two stand face to face in the ring, uppercut from Kane before the bell, Strowman boots him down. This isn’t even a match yet, Strowman just stomps on Kane. Kane gets out, Strowman pursues, Strowman gives Kane an uppercut. Headbutts and elbows, too, as they go around the ring, Strowman with the edge over Kane. Strowman gives body shots against the barriers, Kane crawls. Strowman keeps going, the referee tries to get this in the ring as an actual match but Strowman keeps punching Kane. Strowman grinds Kane against the barriers the clobbers him, making him feel like the trash Kane tried to turn him into. They fight in the timekeeper’s area, Strowman whips Kane but is reversed, Strowman goes into steel steps instead! Kane decides to up the ante, he brings out a table!

 

The fans are loving it already as Kane sets the table up. Kane stalks over to Strowman, kicking the Monster while he’s down. Kane brings out a chair, SMACK across Strowman’s back. And SMACK again, but Strowman stays standing. Choke grip and Kane brings Strowman over but Strowman pries his way out and then SMACKS Kane with that chair! Strowman is again stalking Kane as he SMACKS Kane a second time. Strowman sees that table and brings Kane over. A stiff uppercut rocks Kane again, Strowman puts him on the apron then climbs up the other side. Strowman climbs up, drags Kane up to join him, aimed at that table! Kane resists, punches Strowman, Strowman teeters but saves himself. Headbutt sends Kane into the ring, Strowman adjusts, Kane grabs him by the throat. Strowman breaks out, flying double ax handles! Strowman scoops Kane onto his shoulder, spiraling powerslam goes through the floor!!

 

The fans are losing their minds as these two behemoths disappear into the void under the ring, what is the condition of either monstrous man?!

My Thoughts:

Raw finally gets their go-homes to feel important again. Bayley wins a triple threat to be the Fifth Woman, though it seemed touch-and-go as there was a chance it could have fed into a long-game turn for the Huggable One. But it just works better with the WWE’s Four Horsewomen all in the match, at least for now. Enzo & Gulak win against their rivals tonight but that adds into the math of the Faces likely winning blow-offs in the coming week, Tozawa on 205 Live and Kalisto at Survivor Series.

And then there was the real big stuff. Stephanie wants Raw to not just win but dominate, so she adds on to that ultimatum from last week by questioning Angle’s decisions. The Shield, while maintaining their tension with the Billionaire Princess, promises results when they get payback on The New Day, the dream match we’ve all wanted. And tonight’s Six Man Tag against Miz, Sheamus & Cesaro was great, the fans were into it, even with Roman participating. Angle ends up putting all of Raw’s Men’s Team in action with mixed but important results. Jason Jordan and Bray Wyatt had a solid match, but this was a great way to swap out Jordan for a huge surprise in Triple H while planting seeds for several things, such as Jordan turning Heel because fans actually liked what happened to him, as well as Angle VS Triple H at Wrestlemania for what Triple H did to Jordan. Finn and Joe manage to keep dysfunction out of the way bell to bell for a solid match, but I’m a bit disappointed there wasn’t a moment of hesitation between Finn, Gallows and Anderson. Maybe in a 5V5 elimination match, the dysfunction might come into play. And then hot damn that ending. Starting as late as they did, Strowman in a main event match with another giant, it was all a formula for breaking something to close out the show with shock and awe, I just didn’t expect them to break through the ring. Even though Team Raw now has Angle and Triple H, Strowman is the key to Raw’s victory.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/23/19)

Drew Gulak wants to teach Humberto Carrillo a lesson!

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

The Cruiserweight Crusader says class is in session! Will Drew Gulak force Humberto Carrillo to submit to the submission style of wrestling?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Drew Gulak VS Humberto Carrillo; Carrillo wins.
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari; Daivari wins and will challenge Tony Nese for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Cruiserweight Crusader addresses the WWE Universe.

“Hello, my name is Drew Gulak.” And these are strange times on 205 Live. It’s alright if you’re confused. Gulak’s long time rival, Tony Nese, became Cruiserweight Champion against all odds at Wrestlemania. Cedric Alexander left for Raw while Buddy Murphy moved to SmackDown via the Superstar Shake-Up. But tonight, the Premier Athlete will learn who his first challenger is when Oney Lorcan and Ariya Daivari battle for the first time ever. No one could’ve predicted 205 Live’s current state of affairs, but Gulak assures all his constituents that he will soon have that Cruiserweight Championship around his waist to finally bring about his Drewtopia. And that begins by taking his rebellious student to school and finally shows him that “when you step to me, you will tap out.”

 

David Otunga joins 205 Live commentary!

While Nigel McGuinness trains superstars in the UK Performance Center, WWE’s top lawyer joins Vic Joseph and Aiden English in calling the fastest action in sports entertainment!

 

Drew Gulak VS Humberto Carrillo!

The Philly Fury steps down from the podium after his State of Division Address to now address what he feels is a travesty in the state of Ultimo Ninja’s young career. Will Gulak get Carrillo to stay safe and sound with feet on the ground? Or will Carrillo show Gulak there’s more than one way to live on 205 Live?

As Gulak finishes his entrance, WWE shares Gentleman Jack Gallagher’s Instagram message. “Salutations, 205 Live, ladies and fellow gentleman.” Gallagher is on the sidelines given he needs to get some stitches in his moustache. Now fans are surely wondering why he gave Gulak a headbutt. As a gentleman, he must explain. It’s all rather simple. What has Gulak done for Gallagher? Gallagher suspected Gulak was just furthering his own goals at the expense of Gallagher’s. Gallagher was proven right when Gulak got Gallagher disqualified against Carrillo, so he made sure Gulak understood something. Gulak may not have valued Gallagher as a friend, but he will learn to respect him as an enemy. Gallagher will surely come back to settle his grudge with Gulak, but will Carrillo get his pound of flesh first?

Carrillo makes his entrance and we begin this fight of philosophies. Gulak circles with Carrillo and ties up. Gulak gets a headlock takedown and cover, TWO! Carrillo scrambles away to a corner but Gulak dares him to come back. Carrillo does and ties up with Gulak again. Gulak rolls Carrillo, TWO! Gulak is feeling himself as he taunts Carrillo. But he also tells fans to show respect when they boo and jeer. Carrillo and Gulak tie up again and Gulak gets a waistlock takedown. Carrillo slips out to a crucifix pin, TWO! But Carrillo suddenly gets La Majistrol, TWO! Gulak is frustrated, but he’s caught in an Oklahoma Roll! TWO and Gulak realizes Carrillo does know how to mat wrestle like him. Gulak gets up and circles with Carrillo then ties up.

Gulak grabs Carrillo’s hair and pulls him to ropes. He gives Carrillo a cheap shot then an uppercut! Gulak brings Carrillo up but Carrillo trips him up. Things speed up and Carrillo’s agility allows him to headscissor and springboard arm-drag Gulak around! Carrillo also dropkicks Gulak out and then builds speed, but Gulak avoids the baseball slide. Gulak swings on Carrillo but he blocks to CHOP and use the apron to climb way up high! Carrillo waves hi but Gulak says he should come down. Carrillo dares him to join him up top but Gulak insists Carrillo come down. Gulak climbs up to get at Carrillo but Carrillo kicks him away. Carrillo hops down and speeds up to triangle enziguri Gulak down! Fans fire up as Carrillo handsprings to arm-drag Gulak off the mat! Cover, TWO!

Carrillo clamps on with a chinlock but Gulak endures. Gulak fights up and snapmares Carrillo off, but Carrillo handsprings through to SUPERKICK! Gulak is dazed but he still trips Carrillo’s springboard up! Carrillo crashes to the mat and Gulak shakes out the cobwebs. Gulak gives springboard stomps with the bottom rope. Then he rains down rights before getting an armbar! Carrillo rolls to block but Gulak goes after fingers! Fans rally for Carrillo as he endures Gulak pulling at fingers. Carrillo gets the ropebreak but Gulak holds on until 4. Gulak stalks Carrillo to the corner but Carrillo fights back. Carrillo throws haymaker after haymaker, then runs, only for Gulak to tilt-o-whirl scoop. Carrillo lands out of it and ducks a clothesline, but Gulak wheelbarrows to a step-through! Gulak drops a leg on Carrillo’s leg, and puts on an Indian Deathlock!

Carrillo endures as Gulak pushes on the legs. Carrillo keeps it from being a cover and he throws a BIG right! Gulak gets mad and gives a ground ‘n’ pound. Gulak makes it a cover, ONE, so Gulak stands with the deathlock on. Carrillo endures so Gulak clubs him down to a cover. TWO, but Gulak shifts to another cover, TWO! Gulak wraps on with a chinlock of his own, but Carrillo fights his way up. Gulak throws Carrillo down then drops an elbow, cover, TWO! But Gulak doesn’t let up as he puts a deep leg hook on Carrillo. Fans rally for Carrillo but Gulak rocks back into a surfboard! And chinlock! Carrillo reaches and flails, then pries free, only to fall on his face. Gulak covers, TWO! Gulak drags Carrillo up and wraps on another chinlock.

Carrillo endures as Gulak grinds him into the mat. Carrillo reaches for ropes as fans build to another rally. He works his way up and fights out but Gulak suplexes. Carrillo lands on his feet and elbows Gulak away. Then he boots Gulak away, and runs to whip Gulak to a corner. Carrillo clotheslines and snapmares to quickly dropkick him down! Nebraska fires up with Carrillo as he somersault moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Gulak lives and scrambles to ropes, but Carrillo grits his teeth as he drags him up. Gulak reverses the whip but Carrillo handspring back elbows him down! Carrillo hurries to a corner and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Carrillo grows frustrated but he has the fans on his side. Carrillo drags Gulak up but Gulak blocks the suplex.

Gulak throws hands and scoops Carrillo into the dragon sleeper! But Carrillo slips out and shoves. He leaps but Gulak sunset flips, TWO! Gulak fireman’s carry to gutbuster drop! Ghost pin cover, TWO! Gulak grows frustrated now but he stalks Carrillo to ropes. Gulak drags Carrillo up but Carrillo blocks the whip. Carrillo lets Gulak’s pull help give him momentum for a forearm! Carrillo then whips Gulak to a corner and runs in. Gulak puts Carrillo on the apron and hits Carrillo back. Carrillo blocks the buckle bump to give a roundhouse! Carrillo climbs up, leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gulak survives and Carrillo grits his teeth. Gulak grins at Carrillo’s frustration as both men slowly sit up. Carrillo throws a forearm but Gulak gives it back. Carrillo hits again, so Gulak headbutts. The brawl continues back and forth as they stand up.

Gulak CHOPS then kicks, but Carrillo blocks to kick back! Both men stagger, Carrillo springboards to enziguri, but gets caught into an Ankle Lock! Carrillo rolls through to a cradle, TWO!! The Ankle Lock is on again! Gulak drags Carrillo around but Carrillo endures. Carrillo reaches for ropes, but turns to kick Gulak away! Gulak is down and fans fire up for Carrillo as he crawls to a corner. Fans rally up as Gulak stands. Gulak swipes blind but he finds Carrillo. Carrillo fights back but Gulak elbows and headbutts him down. Gulak hoists Carrillo up top and CHOPS him! Gulak climbs up and bends his own rules, but Carrillo resists the superplex. Carrillo fights Gulak back then SLAPS him down! Gulak staggers back up but Carrillo sunset flip powerbombs! Carrillo puts Gulak in the drop zone, headstand, AZTEC PRESS! Cover, Carrillo wins!!

Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

It looks like the student has surpassed the teacher! Gulak thought he’d drag Carrillo down to his level but Carrillo soars higher than ever! Will this springboard Carrillo towards a future title opportunity? Will Gulak be able to rebound before Gallagher comes back for his own grudge match?

 

Oney Lorcan speaks.

“I have been training, competing and making sacrifices for over a decade, for one goal: Make it to the WWE and become a champion.” There’s one man between him and Tony Nese: Ariya Daivari. Daivari isn’t like other Cruiserweights. He doesn’t care about being flashy or technical. All he does is hit as hard as possible until there’s only one man left standing. Luckily, that’s the kind of fight Oney likes.

Ariya Daivari speaks.

“Ever since I got my priorities straight and focused on myself rather than those past flops I was propping up for the last year, I have been untouchable.” Daivari is undefeated in 2019! And he plans to keep it that way. It doesn’t matter if it’s Lorcan, if it’s Nese, or the entire 205 Live roster, nobody is keeping him from becoming the next Cruiserweight Champion.

Will the Privileged Persian Lion give Lorcan more fight than he can handle? Or will Lorcan take it all in stride as he looks to accomplish his goal?

 

Drake Maverick speaks with Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis, again.

The 205 Live GM feels like he’s having the same conversation every single week. Maria has this inability to let Mike succeed on his own. Her interference in the Fatal 4 Way is inexcusable. THE Brian Kendrick walks over and hopes he’s not interrupting. Maverick doesn’t want any trouble, but Kendrick plays innocent. Why would he do something when Maria is the one constantly distracting Mike’s opponents? Like when she cost Kendrick’s good pal, Akira Tozawa, in that Fatal 4 Way. This isn’t a vendetta. Kendrick just wants to talk. Tozawa can fight his own fights.

Maria says they can blame her all they want, but if Kendrick’s looking for the reason his “meal ticket” lost, the two of them should look in the mirror. But maybe they’re just too cowardly to do that. Kendrick just wanted to talk. Tozawa can fight for himself. Then why is Kendrick here? Right, he should get going. He was just a distraction, anyway. What? Akira Tozawa attacks Mike outta nowhere! The Stamina Monster find the right opportunity to attack the Opportunist, but Maverick reprimands him as security pulls him off Mike. But then Mike sucker punches Tozawa and Maria laughs at him. Maverick gets Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis to leave, but this fight is far from over.

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari!

The Premier Era of 205 Live truly begins, and it’s time to see who will step up to challenge Tony Nese now that Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy have moved on. Will it be the Boston Brawler of the Persian Lion that punches their ticket for a title match?

But before the match begins, the Cruiserweight Champion appears to watch this up close and personal. The bell rings and Lorcan focuses on Daivari and vice-versa.

Lorcan and Daivari tie up and push each other around. Lorcan puts Daivari in a corner but they continue along the ropes. The ref calls for a break and Lorcan honors it to let Daivari come out. Daivari circles with Lorcan and they tie up again. Lorcan wrenches to a hammerlock but Daivari slips through to hammerlock back. Daivari wants his hammerlock lariat already, but Lorcan gets clear! Lorcan and Daivari tie up again as fans cheer for “Oney! Oney!” Daivari gets the hammerlock again and again wants the lariat! But Lorcan gets clear and wants his Half ‘n’ Half! Daivari gets away and gets out of the ring. Lorcan stares Daivari down and dares him to get back in. Daivari takes his time as he eyes Nese. Daivari gets back in at the ref’s count of 6 and circles with Lorcan again.

Lorcan headlocks but Daivari powers out to punch Lorcan in the back. Daivari wants a cobra clutch but Lorcan holds the ropes. The ref counts and Daivari lets go at 4. Lorcan comes back gets a headlock and takedown to a cover. ONE but Lorcan tries again, ONE. Daivari goes around but Lorcan holds on. They stand and Daivari tries to power out but Lorcan holds on. Daivari makes it a cover now, ONE! Lorcan squeezes tighter but Daivari keeps it from being a cover. They stand again and Daivari powers out. Lorcan runs Daivari over and covers, ONE, so Lorcan tackles him, ONE! Daivari kicks low and CHOPS Lorcan at the ropes! Lorcan staggers from the string but Daivari whips. Lorcan reverses and atomic drops Daivari. He gives Daivari another atomic drop, then a third! Daivari ends up flying out of the ring!

Fans fire up for Lorcan as he builds speed, but Daivari clobbers him out of the air! Lorcan tumbles down and the referee checks on him. Lorcan’s okay to continue so Daivari takes his time getting him up and into the ring. Daivari stalks Lorcan to a corner and whips corner to corner. Lorcan hits buckles hard and falls over. Daivari stomps Lorcan out then fires up. Fans boo and jeer but Daivari goes back to Lorcan. Daivari drags Lorcan up to CHOP again. Lorcan seethes as Daivari gives more CHOPS. Daivari can’t believe this, so he keeps trying the CHOP! Lorcan glares and CHOPS back! CHOP after CHOP and then Lorcan scoops. Daivari slips out to a spin Lorcan for an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives but Daivari keeps his cool.

Daivari glares at Nese but Nese shrugs it off. Daivari goes back to Lorcan to whip, but Lorcan elbows Daivari down! Lorcan clotheslines and whips back, but Daivari holds ropes. Lorcan runs over but Daivari dumps Lorcan out hard! Daivari fetches Lorcan to bounce him off the announce desk. Lorcan staggers around and Daivari grinds him into the timekeeper barrier. Daivari puts Lorcan in the ring at 8 and argues with the ref about that count. Daivari drags Lorcan up by his ears and bumps him off buckles. The Persian Lion CHOPS Lorcan and chokes him on the ropes in full view of Nese. Daivari stalks Lorcan and puts him in another corner. Daivari whips corner to corner but Lorcan reverses. Lorcan misses as Daivari goes up and over, and Daivari wants his Million Dollar Dream!

Lorcan flails to resist, but Daivari drags him down! Daivari goes for the body scissors but Lorcan keeps moving around. Fans rally and Lorcan gets a second wind! Lorcan sits up and drags Daivari with him for the ropebreak, but Daivari rolls him off! So Lorcan uses buckles to push back to a cover, TWO! Daivari frees Lorcan but clobbers him back down. Daivari stands and drags Lorcan up, but Lorcan suplexes him first! Lorcan grits his teeth and fans rally up behind him. Daivari crawls over and they both stand up. Lorcan throws big European Uppercuts! Lorcan whips but Daivari reverses, only to get a kick! And a CHOP! And a dropkick that sends him way out! Lorcan slingshots and splashes down! Fans fire up with Lorcan as he drags Daivari into the ring.

Lorcan becomes the Fury of 205 Live as he wants his Half ‘n’ Half, but Daivari elbows out. Daivari boots Lorcan then hops up to leap, into a EuroUpper! Lorcan runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Daivari survives but Lorcan’s rage builds! Lorcan glares and drags Daivari up in the half nelson. Daivari arm-drags out and SUPERKICKS! Million Dollar Dream! Daivari has Lorcan down and Lorcan flails around but he’s stuck in the middle of the ring. Lorcan fades, but he comes back to life! Lorcan sits up again and fans rally behind him. Daivari can’t believe Lorcan is prying out of the hold! Lorcan grabs Daivari to slap, slap, SLAP! Running EuroUpper!

Lorcan drags Daivari up again, and to the top rope! He climbs up behind Daivari, half nelson, but Daivari fights out for dear life. Lorcan falls hard, and Daivari turns around for the LION SPLASH! But he flops as Lorcan gets clear! Nese likes what he sees as Lorcan glares at Daivari. Lorcan runs in for a big clothesline, then a back elbow! He keeps moving, but gets another SUPERKICK! Daivari flounders his way up top, LION SPLASH! It hits, but he’s not done! Daivari hammerlocks for the LION LARIAT! Cover, Daivari wins!!

Winner: Ariya Daivari, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Nese has to applaud that performance, because that was truly worthy of fighting for the title. Daivari walks up to Nese and Nese offers a respectful handshake. Nese wants to congratulate Daivari on a “hell of a match”, but all Daivari wants from Nese is the title. Nese holds up the title and dares Daivari to take it. Daivari backs down for now, but this match is coming. What will it take to stop the man who stopped the unstoppable?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An incredible episode of 205 Live! Gulak did a great job in his promo to frame the new chapter in the Cruiserweight Division after the Shake-Up, and I was really surprised he lost to Carrillo. Gallagher’s own promo made it seem like the main thread of this story was going to be their blow-off match to settle things so I feared Carrillo was going to be fodder to give Gulak momentum. But instead, Carrillo gets the win he should’ve had all along, and can move on to whatever is next. Gulak VS Gallagher meanwhile will be great, and I hope they get a stipulation of some kind to make it even more exciting. Tozawa VS Kanellis is obviously going to happen again, I also hope that gets something special for the blow-off.

Lorcan VS Daivari was a great contender’s match. As Lorcan put in his promo, their styles parallel each other so closely, it was great to see them hit hard and move fast. Nese being Face, naturally the Heel wins but this was honestly another long time coming moment in 205 Live. If Enzo had stuck around, I’d imagine Nese would’ve still found his way to the title off him, then the “Zo Train” would break up and we’d have gotten Nese VS Daivari sooner. But after the time that’s passed, it’s great to get this match with the forms of Nese and Daivari we have now. I don’t know if this match will be part of MITB PPV, but even if it’s the go-home or the episode after, it’ll be great. I’m sure Nese will retain, this is his first defense outside of the rematch with Murphy.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (4/23/19)

What is the fate of The Big Dog?

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SmackDown landed The Big Dog in the Superstar Shake-Up, but will he be gone already? What will Vince McMahon have to say about Roman Reigns’ actions?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Finn wins.
  • Kairi Sane w/ Asuka & Paige VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Sane wins.
  • Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers VS Chad Gable; No Contest.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley; Flair wins and will challenge Becky Lynch for the title in the future.
  • Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rusev & Lana; Kingston wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Shane McMahon returns to SmackDown!

He shuffles his way to the ring but cuts his music because there’s not a lot of time and he’s not in the best of moods. Hamilton, you’ve got one shot so make it count. “Ladies and gentlemen, introducing: the Best in the Wooooooorld~! SHAAANE! McMAAAAAHON!” Shane approves, but this isn’t about him. Tonight is about Roman Reigns. Specifically, what Roman did to Vince McMahon last week. Shane shares footage, and warns us that it might make viewers sick to their stomachs. The footage shows Vince McMahon introduce the greatest acquisition for SmackDown ever: Elias! But the Big Dog came out to prove Vince was wrong with a SUPERMAN PUNCH! And Roman claims SmackDown is now HIS Yard!

Shane feels that was awful. What type of man hits another man’s father like that? Shane’s father is one of the greatest to ever live! A national treasure, even! And when Roman Reigns punched Vince, it was like disgracing the American flag or defacing Mount Rushmore. Shane is of course ignoring what he did to Miz’s own father. But can anyone believe Roman’s audacity? He didn’t just hit Vince, he hit the Chairman of a billion dollar company! And more than that, he hit Shane’s dad. There are going to be repercussions. But what is most fitting? A huge fine? A long suspension? Or a complete termination, aka “fire him”? No, Shane’s emotions are getting the best of him. This will be settled here and now in the ring! Roman, you better listen. Get your butt out here and that’s an order!

Shane waits, and Roman’s music hits! And the Big Dog arrives! Roman stares down with Shane as he heads down the ramp. Roman enters the ring and has a mic as he stands before Shane. Nebraska is on Roman’s side in this one. Roman tells Shane nothing, because he tosses the mic aside. Shane puts his mic aside, and starts to warm himself up. But here comes Elias! Elias gets an uppercut but Shane gets cheap shots in! Shane punches and stomps and knees Roman to a corner but Roman powers out and boots! Roman uppercuts but Elias saves Shane. Elias throws hands and knees into Roman and Shane piles on. The two mug Shane as fans boo and jeer. Shane holds Roman as Elias throws hands and stomps but Roman powers up and out! Only for Shane to tackle him back down.

The Cornhuskers do not approve as Shane drags Roman up for Elias. Elias gives Roman the Drift Away! Shane O’Mac and The Drifter leave Roman down and out, but this looks far from over. Will the Big Dog take a bite out of Elias next time they meet?

 

Shane and Elias celebrate backstage.

They both feel really good about what they just did to Roman. Shane made his dad proud and Elias taught the Big Dog a lesson. There is more to come, of course, but when and where will The Drifter man up to The Big Dog?

 

Backstage interview with Kofi Kingston!

He still likes being introduced as the WWE Champion. But his first singles match since Wrestlemania is against Shinsuke Nakamura. But that love and magic of Kofimania is still in his heart. It is growing stronger every day as all is right with the world! He is THE WWE Champion! Xavier Woods jumps in and wants Kofi to say it again! Kofi is our W! W! E! World, Heavyweight, CHAMPION~! Everything is right with the world. But there is another big change. Big E is recovering and will be back soon, but in his place, the honorary member of The New~ Day~. It’s Kevin Owens, aka Big O! Big leap in, too!

Kevin adds that tonight is a big night. Is he ready for Nakamura? Yes, he is. Kevin knows Kofi will win, “becaaause~! New, Day Rocks!” Kevin gets the hips swiveling, but will Kofi keep winning against the King of Strong Style?

 

Finn Balor VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

The Extraordinary Man and El Idolo met in the ring on Raw during the Superstar Shake-Up, and now they’re both on SmackDown for a rematch! Will Finn make up for that loss? Or will Almas quickly go 2-0 on the Too Sweet Intercontinental Champion?

Before their entrance, Almas & Vega accuse Finn of running away during the Shake-Up. El Idolo’s legacy will grow. Almas wants that title, and he wants to destroy “the myth of Finn Balor”. He and La Muneca make their entrance, and we begin this rematch!

Almas and Finn circle and tie up. Almas powers Finn to a corner and fires off stomps and knees and elbows! Finn turns it around to give it all back! Nebraska fires up as Finn stomps away on Almas then drags him over. Vega grabs on but gets pulled in with him! Almas uses the distraction to kick Finn away! He kicks Finn out, then runs to the corner for a triangle corkscrew splash! El Idolo fires up while we go picture in picture!

Almas drags Finn up and in, then covers, TWO! Finn gasps for air while Almas glares. Almas kicks Finn down then forearms him. Finn hits back but Almas knees low. Almas whips and knees Finn in the corner! Cover, TWO! Almas puts Finn in an armlock and leans on him. Vega coaches Almas while Finn endures. Finn powers his way up but Almas wrangles him back down. Finn endures and fights back. Almas knees low again then punches Finn to ropes. Almas CHOPS Finn and Finn staggers away. Finn reverses the whip, Almas sunset flips but Finn slips through to dropkick him down! Vega grows concerned as Finn throws Almas out. Finn speed sup but runs into an elbow! cover, TWO!

Almas keeps his cool but Vega is heated. Almas puts Finn back in the armlock, but Finn endures the grind. Finn fights up again but Almas knees low. Almas throws forearms then reels Finn in for a powerbomb. Finn fights his way out to sunset flip! TWO, and Almas boots Finn to a corner. Almas stomps away but backs off at 4. Vega is relieved to see Almas in control as he uppercuts Finn down. Almas goes back to the armlock as we return to single picture.

Fans rally for Finn and Finn fights his way back up. Almas knees low yet again, but Finn still counters the powerbomb, into a DDT! Finn crawls to a corner and boots Almas away. Finn trips Almas to double stomps! Nebraska fires up as Finn swing kicks Almas to a drop zone! Finn climbs up top but Almas trips him up! Almas sits Finn up to throw forearms then climbs up to join Finn. He stands up, SUPER STEINER sunset flip! TWO! Almas runs but is tossed out! Finn builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes El Idolo down! Finn puts Almas back in then goes for Slingblade. Almas denies it, boot feint to elbow! Finn is down, and gets CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Finn lives and both Almas and Vega are furious!

Fans rally up for Finn again as Vega keeps Almas focused. Almas drags Vega up but Finn counters to an elbow drop DDT! Vega climbs up top!? The referee doesn’t see this before she leaps! Finn dodges and Almas catches, but then Finn shotgun dropkicks Almas down! Finn up quick, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, Finn wins!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

And the series is all tied up! The Extraordinary Man is Too Sweet for Tranquilo, but will there be a tiebreaker in the near future?

 

Elias sings a song.

“Money’s all around. SmackDown is mine. And speaking of money, I’ve got a little song on my mind. Roman, I gotta little proposition for you. Face me 1v1 and learn the universal truth.” At Money in the Bank, Elias promises to be Money in the bank. Shane loves it! But let’s get going. Elias VS Roman, MITB PPV, perfect idea. Shane and his new pal ride off into the night, but will Elias end up bankrupt against Roman instead?

 

SmackDown shares exclusive footage from earlier today.

Fire & Desire, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville, confronted Paige over this misunderstanding in the Women’s Tag Division. They think Paige realized Absolution was way out of her league. When Kairi & Asuka fail, don’t call on them to help her out. It will be too late. Are Mandy & Sonya serving up harsh truth? Or just their own delusions?

 

Kairi Sane w/ Asuka & Paige VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!

The Glampire brought the Pirate Princess to SmackDown and had her join forces with the Empress of Tomorrow in hopes of them taking over the Women’s Tag Team Division. Kairi sets sail in her SmackDown solo debut, but will she earn #JoshiRoyalty a shot at the IIconics’ titles?

SmackDown returns as the IIconics make their entrance. Billie tells Paige that last week, they got her confused with Nick Fury. “Avengers, Assemble!” But instead of Thor and Captain America, it’s Asuka and “Kerry Sane”? They’re not superheroes, they’re super lame. But last week, “Kerry”- no, it’s Kay Iry? That InSane Elbow was a fluke. Peyton wasn’t warmed up and wasn’t hydrated, on top of the whole element of surprise. But tonight, Peyton drank a whole gallon of water! Really? Yes. And now Peyton will give Kairi her first loss on SmackDown. Remember that they are the future, and the future is… IICONIC! Pose. The trash talk stops so that we can begin this match.

Peyton teases Kairi but Kairi grabs her hand to wrench it to a hammerlock. Peyton elbows out and bumps Kairi on a buckle to stomp away! She backs off at the ref’s count because she knows she has until 5. Peyton then grinds her boot into Kairi until 4. She kicks Kairi at the ropes but Kairi blocks to a dragon screw! Kairi ax kicks and blockbusters Peyton down! Kairi whips but Peyton reverses, only to get the Interceptor Spear! Fans fire up as Kairi marches the plank. Sliding D! Kairi climbs and gives Peyton that InSANE Elbow! Cover, Kairi wins!

Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall

The Pirate Princess herself is 2-0 quickly on Peyton, and her team is quickly climbing up on the IIconics. Will Kairi and Asuka take those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships even sooner than Paige expected?

But wait, here come Fire & Desire. They mockingly applaud the win but Paige dares them to put up or shut up. Wait, is that Jinder Mahal? The Modern Day Maharaja and the Singh Brothers are on SmackDown now, and have a match after the break.

 

Aleister Black speaks.

“You know who I am.” But do you know what he is? The name and persona are not the same thing, nor should the aesthetic provoke any judgmental reactions. But it does, doesn’t it? These last remaining seconds are not enough for him to explain the complexity of his tragic self. But give it time, and surely the world you know will have him condemned. What does the Embodiment of the End mean by all this?

 

Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers VS Chad Gable!

Raw’s newly renamed Robert Roode called Gable a load of dead weight. But will Gable prove to Roode, Mahal and the WWE Universe that he’s anything but?

But as Gable makes his entrance, LARS SULLIVAN attacks! The Leviathan clobbers Gable from behind then drags him up to ram him into a post!

No Contest

The referee reprimands Lars but Lars just laughs, then eyes Mahal and the Singh Brothers! Lars gets in the ring and stares down with Mahal. Mahal stares back, but then runs away! Lars gets Samir and then Sunil, FREAK ACCIDENT! But the Mile High Monster isn’t done, he goes to the other Singh Brother to give him the running powerbomb! Lars roars but here comes R-Truth! Truth wants payback for what Lars did last week, and throws hands with the Leviathan! Fans fire up with Truth, but he leaps into a powerbomb! Lars glares down at Truth before he drags him up, for a second running powerbomb! Fans boo but Lars simply grins at his own destructive power. Will any superstar hope to survive when The Leviathan decides to target them?

 

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.

Does he accept Elias’ challenge? Elias better hope those punches were worth it, because Roman’s gonna break his jaw. Roman accepts the MITB PPV challenge! Simple as that, but will Shane help Elias out in return for earlier tonight?

 

Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!

The Queen grabs a mic to note how at Wrestlemania 35, in the historic Winner Take All main event, “three of the very best”. Not just the best women, but the best in the business went 1v1v1. The Baddest Woman on the Planet, The Man and The Queen battled, and Becky pinned Ronda. Becky now has both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships. But she pinned Ronda, not Charlotte. Charlotte didn’t get pinned, she didn’t get submitted. Ronda lost Charlotte’s belt for her. Becky did not beat Charlotte for one of those titles, so Charlotte wants #BeckyTwoBelts to explain why she’s the rightful owner of that other belt “when she did NOT beat me”. And so here comes Becky!

The Champ-Champ has both belts, and already has Lacey Evans on Raw targeting the red belt. Becky responds to Charlotte wanting an explanation. It was Winner Takes All, does Charlotte not understand what that means? Becky didn’t pin Charlotte, because she was too busy beating the woman no one else, not even Charlotte, could beat! Charlotte was in that match, but Becky had beaten her so many times, she’s lost count. Becky wanted to beat Ronda because she already knew she could beat Charlotte. And in the end, Becky left with both belts and there wasn’t a thing either woman could do about it.

Charlotte says the only injustice here is Becky holding both belts without beating both women. Charlotte is the one in Becky’s head, because every time that Lacey Evans knocks her out, all Becky can see is Charlotte. It’s all Becky can tweet about! Charlotte in Becky’s head? Since this began, Becky has owned Charlotte time and again! Becky fights off the odds while Charlotte is on her worst streak yet. Charlotte admits she is on a bad streak, but she feels Becky is scared. Becky has everything to lose but Charlotte has nothing left. After Lacey at MITB, Charlotte’s next and taking her belt back. How is Charlotte next? Shut up, ya dope and let Becky say what she wants. What Becky wants is for Charlotte to clear out for the sake of Bayley, Ember Moon and Mickie James! Charlotte is the web management won’t remove! Charlotte’s Web! Clever!

But Becky continues to say that if Charlotte wants to work her way up from the back of the lien, go ahead. Charlotte’s done it 8, she’ll do it a 9th! But speaking of Bayley, here she comes! The Superstar Shake-Up is about fresh starts, but all Bayley sees is a rerun. Bayley thanks Becky for that shout-out. Becky may have lost count on how many times she’s beaten Charlotte, but we can all count how many times Becky’s beaten Bayley: ZERO! Charlotte suggests Bayley ignore Becky, but get int he back of the line. SmackDown is still Charlotte’s show. Bayley pushes Charlotte away to tell her to stop acting like she’s owed stuff and start earning stuff. They both want a shot, so let’s see who deserves on via a match!

Charlotte has no time for Bayley but Bayley is gonna make her make time! What happens between the NXT Horsewomen after the break?!

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley!

SmackDown returns, and we have our match! Who will earn a future title match against Becky Lynch?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They’re even in power, but Charlotte uses leverage to stay put. Bayley still gets her to a corner but Charlotte turns it around. Charlotte grinds forearms then shoves Bayley. Bayley shoves back and knocks Charlotte off her feet! Charlotte gets up but Bayley headlocks. Charlotte knees low then scoops but Bayley slips out to fire off forearms. Bayley whips but Charlotte tumbles to the apron. Charlotte shoulders in but into a stunner! Bayley dives through the corner to dropkick Charlotte! Bayley puts Charlotte back in and speeds things up to crossbody Charlotte! Cover, TWO!

Bayley keeps on Charlotte with a low elbow and sliding lariat! Charlotte throws Bayley into ropes then spins Bayley for a neckbreaker! She throws Bayley down by her ponytail then stalks Bayley to ropes. Charlotte stomps away on Bayley but lets up at 4. Fans “WOO~” as Charlotte pulls Bayley into ropes. Charlotte lets up at 4, but brings Bayley to a buckle for bumps. She bumps Bayley off other buckles, then SLAPS her. Bayley slaps back but Charlotte rocks her with a right. Charlotte stands Bayley up to whip, but Bayley goes up and over to roll up. TWO, but Bayley goes up again to springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Bayley runs in and hits a knee! She keeps going to ram in her shoulder, then wacky waving back elbow!

Bayley runs for another but misses. She boots Charlotte back but Charlotte elbows back. Charlotte drops a knee on Bayley’s knee! And then drags Bayley around for more knees into the leg! The Queen is in control as we go picture in picture.

Charlotte stalks Bayley and wraps her leg on the bottom rope. The ref counts and Charlotte lets go at 4 to stomp Bayley instead. Charlotte drags Bayley up and sweeps the good leg to then springboard sit-down on the bad leg! Charlotte circles Bayley like a shark before putting the rope back on the ropes. She drops down on the leg again, then stalks Bayley to the ropes. Charlotte keeps on the leg by wrapping it on the second rope then kicking it down. Bayley catches the newest springboard into a roll-up! TWO and Charlotte CHOPS Bayley. Bayley forearms back but Charlotte CHOPS! They repeat, but Bayley falls over. Charlotte chop blocks the bad leg out! Cover, TWO! Bayley still lives but Charlotte keeps her focus. We return to single picture as Charlotte wants the Figure Four.

Bayley punches Charlotte away to deny the leg lock, but Charlotte stomps the leg out again. Charlotte whips but Byaley reverses to throw Charlotte out. Charlotte slingshot roll-ups but Bayley rolls through to knee Charlotte in the head! Both women are down and Bayley catches her breath while clutching her leg. Nebraska rallies up for Bayley as she runs in, but Charlotte knees her back. Charlotte runs into a lariat! Cover, TWO!! Bayley drags Charlotte up to club away on her back. Bayley’s all fired up and Nebraska is, too! She drags Charlotte up to whip, but Charlotte boots. Bayley dodges and back suplexes but Charlotte slips out. Charlotte BOOTS Bayley this time, covers, TWO!! And Charlotte can’t believe it!

Charlotte works on what she could do next, but fans are rallying for Bayley. Fans duel as Charlotte drags Bayley over to a drop zone. Charlotte climbs but Bayley avoids the moonsault! Bayley gives Charlotte a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Bayley is so close and yet so far away! Charlotte crawls to ropes but Bayley pursues. Bayley drags Charlotte up but Charlotte powers her to a corner. Charlotte goes for another knee but Bayley yanks her out of the air! Bayley runs to sunset flip Charlotte into buckles! Cover, TWO!? Charlotte survives and Bayley is beside herself. But Bayley grits her teeth and heads up top. Charlotte gets up and trips Bayley up! Figure Four, but cradle counter! TWO!? SPEAR! Cover, Charlotte wins!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship

The Queen proves she deserves another shot because she earned her shot!

Becky Lynch watches backstage, and again has to cross paths with her arch-nemesis. But why is she accepting another challenger on top of Lacey Evans? Having both belts means having to do double duty, and Becky promises to make Lacey tap before she gets those fancy gloves off. Is Becky underestimating her competition? No but she’s betting on herself. Becky will defend both titles in one night, and still be the Champ-Champ. The Man takes on a huge challenge, but will she prove she’s worthy of being #BeckyTwoBelts after Money in the Bank?

 

Welcome to Firefly Fun House~!

Who is that in the red sweater? Iiiiiit’s BRAY~! Brat Wyatt has missed us. But he knew we’d all be back together some day. He saw it in his dreams. Bray Wyatt promises we’ll all have fun. All the fireflies will feel safe here. And he can’t wait to show us what he’s learned. Tada~! Here are his very special friends! Mercy the Buzzard! Abby the Witch! “You are going to love them.” Now, Bray admits he used to be a very bad man. Boo~! Yes, he deserves that. But Bray has been punished for that, so that part of him is dead.

However, he has a reminder so that he won’t ever go back to being that “pathetic slob loser.” Bray shows a cardboard cut-out of himself, and CUTS IT UP! YAY~! The fun is just getting started. So remember, fireflies: Bray will light the way, all you have to do is let him in. See you next week!

Wat?

 

Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rusev & Lana!

Awwww~ Nebraska! Clap for your world famous five-time champs, for Big O, and the WWE Champion, and feel~ the power~! The Prizefighter again joins Xavier Woods and Kofi in slinging pancakes and bringing the power of positivity to the ring! But will Kofimania continue to run wild against the King of Strong Style?

SmackDown returns again, and the bell rings. Nakamura and Kofi circle while Kevin and Xavier are on their own commentary table. Kofi headlocks but Nakamura wrenches out, only for Kofi to get the headlock again. Nakamura powers Kofi to ropes and brings back the ab rest. He then kicks Kofi low to bring Kofi into a headlock. Nakamura grinds Kofi down but Kofi fights out. Nebraska cheers Kofi as he powers out, only for Nakamura to ram him down. Nakamura swings kicks but Kofi avoids them. Kofi whips Nakamura and things speed up. Kofi hurdles, hurdles and elbows Nakamura down! Then he dropkicks Nakamura out of the ring. Kofi builds speed to fake Nakamura out!

Kevin and Xavier talk the target on the top champion’s back as Kofi dances. Nakamura gets back in and ties up with Kofi. Nakamura wrenches and kicks away on Kofi in a corner. He puts Kofi in a corner for Bad Vibrations! Nakamura snapmares Kofi to drop a knee, but Kofi dodges! Kofi knees Nakamura down! Kofi then rebound springboards to splash! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps on Nakamura as he wrenches the arm. Nakamura endures as Kofi leans on him. Kofi puts Nakamura on the mat to knee drop the arm. Kevin likes Kofi’s style, but Nakamura standing switches to a sleeper hold! He shifts to an armbar but Kofi blocks! Nakamura drags Kofi into a triangle but Kofi resists. Fans rally up for Kofi while Rusev and Lana cheer Nakamura. Kofi makes it a cover, TWO!

Kofi gets to a corner then slips out to kick Nakamura back. He climbs up while Nakamura staggers. Kofi leaps and crossbodies Nakamura’s back! Cover, TWO!! Kofi keeps his cool while Nakamura crawls to the apron. Nakamura shoulders in but Kofi kicks him back. Kofi dropkicks Nakamura all the way down, then builds up speed, only for Nakamura to get him with a kick! Nakamura drags Kofi around for an apron knee drop! Kofimania is in trouble while we go to one more break!

SmackDown returns once more as Nakamura has Kofi in a facelock. Kofi endures and fights his way up as Kevin and Xavier talk on commentary. They cheer Kofi on and Kofi pushes for ropes. Nakamura keeps Kofi down on the mat but fans rally up. Kofi feeds off that energy to fight out with body shots. But Nakamura rams his knee into Kofi! Kofi gets to ropes but Nakamura is on him with more knees. Nakamura drags Kofi up to kick him right in the chest! Nakamura then toys with Kofi as Kofi ends up on the apron. Kofi slowly stands but gets another kick to a corner. Nakmaura keeps on Kofi with knees then tosses him back out. Nakamura whips Kofi at steel steps but Kofi goes up and over to come back with flying ax handles! But Nakamura dodges, then sliding dropkicks Kofi in the back!

Nakamura puts Kofi back in and Rusev cheers Nakamura on. Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps his cool while Xavier says this is Kofi’s time to shine. Kofi takes kicks to the chest and eggs Nakamura on. Nakamura keeps giving kicks but Kofi blocks. Nakamura monkey flips but Kofi lands on his feet! Fans fire up with Kofi as he tells Nakamura, “C’MON!” Kofi rallies on Nakamura with ax handles and a dropkick. Nakamura gets to a corner but dodges Kofi to kick. Kofi’s boots are deflected, Nakamura runs for the Sliding German Suplex! Nakamura takes his time getting to a corner. He takes aim at Kofi, but runs into double stomps! Nebraska fires up as Kofi takes aim from a corner. Kofi spins but Nakamura ducks. Nakamura swings but Kofi ducks, SOS! Cover, but Rusev attacks!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by disqualification

The Bulgarian Brute keeps on the champ but Xavier jumps in! Rusev fights Xavier off, too, so here comes Kevin! Big O fires off on Rusev then throws him out! The New Day throw Nakamura out, but then Xavier builds speed and Big O launches him onto Rusev! But KINSHASA for Xavier! Nakamura runs in, but Kofi gets Kevin clear to give Nakamura Trouble in Paradise! Kevin SUPERKICKS Kofi!? Well of course, this is how Kevin always operates. He was their friend, and now he’s there enemy. Kevin tears off the New Day shirt to reveal his own merchandise, then he stomps away on Kofi! But he’s not done there, he throws Kofi out of the ring and then throws him into barriers! Kevin drags Kofi up again to throw him into a post!

Fans boo and jeer as Kevin puts Kofi back in the ring. Kevin grabs the WWE Championship belt, and brings it to the ring. The Prizefighter holds the greatest prize in the WWE up over Kofi’s head as he stands on Kofi’s head! “You think this is yours?! I hope your kids had a good time! Because I’m coming for this!” But Kofi fires off hands! Kevin clubs and clobbers and stomps Kofi down in a corner, then drags him up to toss him out again. Kevin seethes as he stands Kofi up, but here comes Woods with a wrecking ball dropkick! So Kevin CLOBBERS Xavier! Kevin drags Xavier up to give him the APRON POWERBOMB!! Same old Kevin, same old brutality. Kevin may have just broken Xavier’s back, and he’s broken the WWE Universe’s heart yet again. Will he break Kofi’s dreams by ending his title reign?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great episode! And that’s even with the Superstar Shake-Up supposedly continuing into a second week to make up for the changes brought on by Vince’s indecision and apparently Fox’s request to have a stronger Latino base for when SmackDown goes to them. That’s all fine but perhaps they should’ve given Vince a call before making the decision in the first place. Who knows, the brand split might end (again) in 2019. But at least we got a rematch of Finn VS Almas here for another great match, with Finn winning. I would hope we get a tiebreaker soon, maybe at MITB, title more than likely on the line. And naturally Shane has to have back-up against Roman, and naturally it’s Elias. Shane had great Heel hypocrisy in his promo and Elias gets the best of Roman now, but pretty sure Roman wins at MITB PPV.

You’ve gotta feel for Chad Gable. He no longer has a dedicated tag team and then he’s just fodder for Lars. I started feeling bad for Mahal, too, because he almost ended up the same. Lars dominates Truth again, and this must be the feud they’re going with, but there isn’t much more to Lars as a character right now than smash, roar, smash again, leave. Of course, this is all Vince booking things, and he’s done the same to the War Viking Raider Experience. Hopefully Lars can get a promo in before they have an actual match. Speaking of, Aleister’s promo was vague, but that’s fine per his character from NXT. And we get the same Firefly Fun House from last night, so I wonder if he’ll be on both shows for a minute to see what stories we can get between both rosters.

As entertaining as the IIconics are, I feel like Vince only gave them the belts so they’ll put over another team that wasn’t Bayley & Sasha. Vince took away the fun of Boss & Hug VS Sky Pirates in NXT just so Vince could do something here. It’s still involving Kairi, at least, and she did great tonight. But it also looks like they may have to go through Mandy & Sonya before earning their title shot. That should be fun, in that Paige can laugh at them while her new team moves on. And as many hoped, Becky’s pulling a double header at MITB. She made a great point about Charlotte needing to move aside, but sadly, Vince says otherwise. Bayley VS Charlotte was amazing, but Vince chooses Becky to take on two blondes in one night. Lacey’s doubtful but Charlotte might be able to win against a tired Becky.

And everyone saw it coming but to think Kevin Owens would turn on The New Day here and now. Kofi VS Nakamura was an incredible match, Kevin and Xavier were incredible on commentary, and that was a wicked beating for Kofi and Xavier from Kevin. I was imagining that, with Big E out on injury, something would happen to Xavier and that leaves Kofi all alone. Kofi and Kevin will obviously fight for the title at MITB PPV, but I would hope Kofi wins to keep Kofimania going. Of course, as with this title, Rollins’ Universal Championship and either of Becky’s titles, Mr. & Ms. Money in the Bank could easily go after them in the same night as winning the briefcases. A cash-in might be the one way fans can even remotely accept one of the big three losing a title because cash-ins are all about sniping anyway.

My Score: 8.5/10


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