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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (11/20/17)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins.
  • Asuka VS Dana Brooke; Asuka wins.
  • Dean Ambrose w/ Seth Rollins VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro; Ambrose wins.
  • WWE Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal-4-Way: Sasha Banks VS Bayley VS Mickie James VS Alicia Fox; no contest.
  • Braun Strowman VS Jason Jordan; no contest.
  • 8 Man Tag: The ‘Zo Train VS Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann, Akira Tozawa & Mustafa Ali; Alexander, Swann, Tozawa & Ali win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Miz VS Roman Reigns; Reigns wins and becomes the new Intercontinental Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon heads to the ring.

 

Raw rallied to win 4–3 at Survivor Series! And so she welcomes Houston to “what is officially known as The A Show”! Her brother Shane knew SmackDown didn’t stand a chance. He thought putting Raw #UnderSiege, it’d be enough, because in a fight, strike first. But Stephanie knows that in a fight, fight to win. Kurt Angle’s job is 100% secure, and now she wishes to bring out the man who led the team to victory… her husband, Triple H!

 

The Game is here even after Survivor Series ended, in which Triple H attacked Kurt Angle and let him be eliminated, to then swerve Shane O’Mac into the winning elimination. Braun Strowman took offense, threatened Triple H, and after Triple H tested him, powerslammed Triple H down. But before Triple H can speak, out comes Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle!

 

But the Kurt Angle that speaks isn’t the GM, but the WWE Hall of Fame superstar. If Triple H ever attacks Angle like that again, “you can take this job and shove it because I’m coming after you.” Fans like the sound of that! But Stephanie reminds Angle that he speaks to the COO of WWE. Angle’s intensity is appreciated, it brought Raw the victory, so do not jeopardize his career again. But then Jason Jordan appears?! His leg is all better, and he’s storming right down to the ring, angry with what Triple H did to remove him from the team. Jordan wants to see Triple H do something now.

 

Angle as the GM has Jordan back down, but Jordan asks the GM to put him in a match against Triple H! Fans want that, too! But Stephanie says Angle doesn’t have the authority to do that. Jordan asks if Triple H is a coward. Triple H takes off his jacket but Stephanie says that Triple H will “tear you apart”. Jordan is too naive to know it, but Triple H isn’t afraid of anyone in that locker room. How about BRAUN!? The Monster Among Men gets right in Triple H’s face, just like last night.

 

The two stare down without a word, but it is Triple H who backs down. And fans chant “Coward! Coward!” at him. Strowman keeps his eyes on Triple H the entire time Triple H makes his way out, fans chant “You’re a coward!” Stephanie sees everyone is so eager for a match, it’ll be Jason Jordan VS Braun Strowman! Fans boo, that’s Stephanie being a coward now. But Strowman doesn’t care, competition is competition. Angle keeps the peace, but this match is going to happen by order of the Commissioner. Jordan barely survived Bray Wyatt last week, can he survive The Monster Among Men this week?

 

Finn Balor VS Samoa Joe!

 

 

The Extraordinary Man and the Destroyer were allies for only as long as the Survivor Series 5v5 match lasted, back to being bitter enemies! The bell rings, they rush each other, Joe catches Finn with those stiff jabs that back Finn to a corner. Joe drags Finn up for a stiff knee to the ribs, then stands him up for a chop. Joe runs, Finn dropkicks him to a corner. Finn grits his teeth as he clubs and kicks away at Joe. The ref backs Finn down, Joe blasts out with a big back elbow. Joe stalks Finn, sits him up and gives him double chops to the shoulders. Nerve hold clamped on as fans duel. Finn feeds off it to get up but Joe sits him back down with a tighter squeeze. Finn endures that grip on his shoulder, gets up but gets chopped down. Joe whips Finn to a corner, Finn reverses, Joe boots back then hops up, but Finn rocks him to the outside with a swing kick. Joe gets up but is woozy, Finn gets up and builds speed, Finn FLIES!

 

Direct hit on Joe! Balor Club in control as we go to break.

We return, Joe is stretching Finn in a half surfboard. Fans rally, Finn gets up but Joe whips him into a corner, back elbow and Pele! Finn down again, Joe covers, TWO. Joe isn’t annoyed, he’s focused. He gives clubbing forearms to Finn before putting that nerve hold again. Finn endures the squeeze on his trapezius, but feeding off the rallies. Jawbreaker breaks the hold, Finn fires himself up but Joe shoves him away and then gives him a stiff forearm on the rebound, PELE from Finn! Both men down, fans rally again, Finn is up first. Finn gets to a corner, Joe gets to his feet, Finn boots him away. Finn dodges then swing kicks from the apron, Joe staggers away, Finn runs in to rally with forearms and dropkicks. Finn throws Joe out of the ring, runs and gives a wrecking ball dropkick. Then from the apron, Finn gives Joe the Penalty Kick, but it’s blocked and Finn is tripped into a faceplant! Joe runs, JOE DIVES! He knocks Finn right into barriers! Joe gets Finn in the ring, Finn gets to his feet, running STO from Joe, TWO! Joe keeps ice cold as he brings Finn up, Joe prepares but Finn fights out of the yurinagi, so Joe gives him a stiff chop. Joe runs, into Finn’s slingblade! Joe dodges the dropkick, back senton! TWO! Joe is getting a bit annoyed now as he stalks Finn. Joe waits, arms ready, Finn stands up, Coquina Clutch sleeper, but then Finn rolls through to double stomp! Finn hurries, blasting dropkick, and then Joe is down in position. Finn gets to the corner, gets to the top rope, Joe is up and trips him up. Joe drags Finn off the top turnbuckle and into the Coquina Clutch!

 

Finn flails, fades, the ref has to call it! Joe wins! Finn didn’t tap but he did go to sleep, who will be next for The Destroyer to dominate?

Raw looks at Lesnar VS Styles.

The first-time-anywhere dream match was certainly Phenomenal, and though The Beast dominated early on, things got a lot tougher for the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion by the end. In the end, Lesnar won, where does he go next?

 

Jason Jordan asks if Kurt Angle really is going to let his match go through.

The Gold-Blooded Son did get hurt, after all. But, JJ said he was 100%. Well, he said that because it was Triple H. Well, Angle can’t cancel, it’s not a good idea. Okay, okay, JJ will compete. Besides, he’s the only guy who can beat Braun Strowman. Angle beat guys way bigger than himself in the past, and his blood is in JJ’s veins, so JJ can do this. JJ ain’t afraid, he’ll make The Monster Among Men tell horror stories about him! Has Jordan gone off the deep end?

Asuka VS Dana Brooke!

The Empress of Tomorrow was the Sole Survivor for the Women’s 5v5 Elimination Match, proving no one on the main roster is ready for her. Can her undefeated streak continue on the road to the Royal Rumble? The bell rings, Asuka is grinning already. They circle, Dana swings but misses, Asuka hits her with a roundhouse. Asuka whips but is reversed, Dana kicks, Asuka blocks but then Dana kicks with the other leg. Arm wrench reversed into an arm wringer, Asuka kicks Dana around on the mat. Asuka unloads kicks on Dana against the ropes, rope-assisted octopus stretch. Asuka lets Dana go, Dana gets to the apron, but gets blasted off by a hip attack! Asuka is feeling good about herself as she mocks Dana’s poses. Dana gets pissed, rushes in, but her takedown is reversed and Asuka kicks Dana over and over again. Dana gets to ropes, Asuka doesn’t let go, Dana yanks Asuka into ropes. Asuka is pissed now, Dana kicks out her legs. Dana gives forearms, fans rally for Asuka, Dana gives her a head pat. Asuka stands up so Dana slaps her. Asuka grins again, and gives Dana open hand strikes and a few spinning back hands before a spinning heel kick. Asuka is all fired up, Buzzsaw kick! Asuka wins! Not like there was going to be any other result, the Empress is ready to reign over Raw, it’s only a matter of when.

 

Time for Miz TV!

The Most Must-See Talk Show in WWE History, and “Bravo, Baron Corbin.” The biggest victory of the Lone Wolf’s career and is more relevant now than he ever has been in his life, all thanks to The Miz. But Corbin’s “brush with greatness” is over, for The Miz is the A-Lister of The A Show, on to something more important. Tonight’s guest led The Shield in victory over SmackDown’s New Day, it’s Roman Reigns! …

 

Let’s try again. It’s Roman Reigns! How unprofessional. This is The Miz’s show! Introduction number 3! “Sierra, Hotel, India, Echo, Lima, Delta.” Not just Roman but the entire Shield are now Miz’s guests!

 

And they enter the ring, but Miz and the Miztourage back up. Miz made it clear he only had one guest, not three. But they can’t get enough of each other, huh? Must feel pretty good right about now. Yes, really good, because The Shield proved to the world that they ain’t missed a step. In case anyone missed it, The Shield proved they are the most dominant trio in WWE history! Three of them together, brothers in arms, are “pretty much unstoppable.” Yes, The Shield~! Back together~! Just like old times, but something is bothering Miz: Where is the “thank you”? To who? To Miz! What? Miz, there was never going to be a situation where The Shield thanks The Miz, ever. No, they understand! Everyone understands that the Shield Reunion Tour started because of The Miz! When Miz’s hand goes up, your mouths go shut. It was in Houston when the inaugural Mizzies that the “Bromance” reignited. With Miz pushing them, they wouldn’t have gotten over themselves and brought out the tactical vests. The least Miz deserves is one “thank you.” The fans are mixed on this. Miz wants it from The Shield. For that matter, Miz deserves a cut of the new merch sales. Sales are doing well, to be honest. But they don’t have their checkbooks, maybe later. For once, the fans cheer “Miz is Awesome!” Houston is making history with that one. Miz should thank Houston. Houston would like that. Miz refuses to thank the fans for anything! Spotlight, please. The Shield is ungrateful. Whoa, hold on. No, no, Shield won. And the ingrate is the one who lost. Oh haha Miz lost, but The Miz is the one with a championship belt! Miz is champion, not Ambrose, not Rollins, not Roman! Well it’s only a matter of time before Rollins & Ambrose get those Raw Tag Team Titles back, but uh… Roman feels left out now. Well, you could take Miz’s title. All nice and shiny. Yeah that does look good. Both of them are free tonight. How about it, Houston? Houston wants that! Bo Dallas speaks up now, to say that you can’t just show up and challenge The Miz. You want at him, you gotta go through The Miztourage. Bo and the still injured Axel step up, The Shield feels so stupid for forgetting. Uppercut for Bo, Miz retreats! And Axel is all alone again… He points out his neck brace, and begs they let him go. Not happening. Kingslayer, Dirty Deeds! And now that Bo is getting back up, he finds himself in a bad spot. The Houston fans say “We Bolieve!” but The Shield still tears into him. And then, TRIPLE POWERBOMB!

 

The Shield went through The Miztourage, will Roman get at Miz’s Intercontinental Championship?

 

Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.

He takes on Jason Jordan, what does he think of JJ not being afraid? Strowman says, “Good. That makes him different than everyone else. Including Triple H.” What Strowman means by that in itself, no one can be sure, but one thing’s for sure, the match is happening and Strowman might just put the fear of him into JJ tonight.

Dean Ambrose w/ Seth Rollins VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro!

 

The Bar is the Raw Tag Team Champions by way of a New Day “Pump Fake” but the brothers in arms still get a title rematch down the way, who can gain some early momentum tonight? The bell rings, they tie up, Celtic Gladiator puts the Lunatic Fringe in a corner, Ambrose pushes his way out and gets a waistlock. Sheaus drop toeholds to a facelock, Ambrose reverses to a hammerlock. They stand up, Sheamus reverses, shifts to headlock, Ambrose reverses to keylock and arm wrench, Sheamus powers out. Sheamus scoops but Ambrose slips out, arm-drag to armlock. Sheamus up quick, but back down all the same. Hammerlock stomp to Sheamus’ arm, but then Sheamus gives knees and forearms back. Sheamus gets Ambrose down, knee drop, Ambrose gets to the apron. Sheamus goes for the Bodhrain, Ambrose blocks and gives some of his own! Sheamus breaks out, hotshot snaps him back, Ambrose chops and whips. Sheamus kicks Ambrose away, Lunatic Lariat meets a boot! Ambrose is out of the ring, The Bar in control as we go to break.

We return, Sheamus deflects a missile dropkick to put Ambrose in a stretch muffler. Sheamus has Ambrose dangling, Ambrose sits up and punches away, but gets a sit-out powerbomb for it. TWO, Sheamus goes right at Ambrose with a Fujiwara armbar. Ambrose endures as Cesaro taunts, fans rally and Ambrose gets up and around to scrape Sheamus off. Ambrose rushes Sheamus but gets a lariat to knock him down. Ambrose is picked up, suplex slam, TWO. Sheamus is getting annoyed, Cesaro keeps him focused. Sheamus kicks Ambrose while he’s down, then suplexes him again for another slam. Sheamus keeps on Ambrose as fans boo and jeer and say “You Look Stupid!” Ambrose dares Sheamus to bring it, so Sheamus stands him up for another suplex, but Ambrose slips out to slap Sheamus in the face. Sheamus runs in, Ambrose back elbows, tries to boot but Sheamus blocks it, so Ambrose just slaps him again! Sheamus runs in a second time but Ambrose dodges to send Sheamus into the post. Cdesaro tries to coach Sheamus into this, Rollins rallies the fans and Ambrose feeds off it. Sheamus turns him arond, Ambrose goes for but is denied Dirty Deeds, so Ambrose unleashes various punches. Ambrose knees Sheamus, gets running and rallies with clotheslines. Ambrose gets to a corner as Sheamus does, corner to corner but Sheamus boots him away. Sheamus rolls to the top rope, takes aim, but Ambrose gives him an elbow to send him to the floor. Ambrose sees his target, builds speed, but runs into Sheamu’s elbow. BROGUE dodged, Sheamus clothesline’d out, Ambrose DIVES!

 

Down goes Sheamus, the fans fire up. Ambrose up, he gets Sheamus in the ring, Rollins keeps Cesaro back. But when Rollins turns away, Cesaro pounces! Roll-up, TWO, stiff kick but the Lunatic Lariat becomes a roll-up, TWO. Drop toehold sends Sheamus into the second rope, down he goes. Ambrose get to a corner, climbs up, Cesaro distracts and Sheamus takes advantage. Sheamus climbs up, positions himself with Ambrose, SUPER ROLLING SENTON! TWO! Cesaro is shocked!

 

Fans rally for Ambrose again as The Bar regroups. Sheamus up, prepares himself, but Rollins DIVES on Cesaro! Sheamus is distracted, into DIRTY DEEDS! Ambrose wins one for The Shield! Can he and Rollins combine to take back those Raw Tag Team Championships?

 

Matt Hardy is arriving when Jason Jordan tells him about his match.

JJ is confident he can beat Braun on one leg. Matt faced him, any advice? Matt has faced big men, like Mark Henry, The Big Show, and even Brock Lesnar. But those are men, Strowman is truly The Monster Among Men. When Strowman grabs you, his strength feels inhuman. Matt knows, it is a humbling experience. Matt has learned a lot in WWE, like dozens of way to use ladders, nothing is more important than family, but most of all: some nights, it’s just not your night. After all that, is JJ still confident in facing the Abominable Strowman?

Alexa Bliss goes to the ring.

 

Raw may have won Survivor Series 4–3, but The Goddess was among the three losses. She speaks now to say she’s read all the tweets and comments, “you couldn’t beat Charlotte but what a great match!” “Kudos for your effort!” “Sorry you came up short.” That last one she hated. Save your pity, Alexa doesn’t need it. She knows she did great, even with only five days of preparation. Charlotte won because she got lucky. Last night wasn’t Alexa’s night but 2017 is the Year of Bliss! And no other woman can hold a candle to her! Mickie James comes out to retort.

 

She has a question, actually: “Who else is sick and tired of hearing the same old, worn-out jibber-jabber from Lil’ Miss Biscuit Butt?” If no one told Alexa, Survivor Series is over, time for more Raw Business. And Mickie wants that Women’s Championship. Wait, this is a joke, right? Bayley comes out now! Sorry to interrupt, Mickie, but for once, Bayley agrees with Alexa. Mickie had her turn, and 2017 has been Alexa’s year, but this year ain’t over just yet! Bayley is not the same woman Alexa beat earlier, so time to skip in line to get at that championship. More jokes as far as Alexa is concerned. So now the Legit Boss, Sasha Banks, appears!

 

Raw deserves better. But not a Huggable One, nor a Seven Time One, but a Legit One! And not some little bee like Alexa. But then Alicia Fox appears! A Boss as Champion? Well maybe the captain should get a chance. Because Raw wouldn’t have beaten SmackDown without Foxy’s guidance. Wow, thanks, Captain Delusional. Alexa thanks them all for wasting time. Not one of these four deserves a championship match. Alexa drops the mic and takes her leave, but Kurt Angle has other plans for her. Alexa will have to face the winner of this upcoming Fatal-4-Way! One woman will get her chance, who will it be?!

WWE Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal-4-Way: Sasha Banks VS Bayley VS Mickie James VS Alicia Fox!

When we come in, it is Sasha and Bayley alone, roll-up, TWO. Sasha forearms Bayley, Bayley powers Sasha into a corner. Bayley throws in shoulders, rolls back, Sasha boots her back. Sasha runs out, saido suplex from Bayley, but Mickie breaks that pin then kicks Bayley. Alicia Fox dropkicks Mickie, then goes for the scissor kick, Back Stabber into Bank Statement Crossface, Bayley breaks the hold. Bayley goes after Sasha, gets that stiff knee, everyone else out. Mickie comes in, neckbreaker to Sasha, TWO. Mickie brings Sasha up, suplex but Sasha slips out, Mickie bucks her off, double clotheslines bring them both down. Alicia is lurking, but here comes PAIGE!?

 

The Anti-Diva has a mic, and with all eyes on her, the former champion asks “Did you miss me?” Houston says “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Aw shucks. Sorry to interrupt business. But she just wanted to say something to them and everyone watching: “I’m back~!” No no, that reaction wasn’t good enough, make more noise. “Welcome Back!” they chant. But also, she’s not alone. Huh? Paige heads down to the ring, but what is she talking about? Sonya Deville and Mandi Rose of NXT are here!!

 

They disrupt this match, getting it thrown out, and they go after Sasha now. Bayley comes in, she fights them both off, but she forgot about Paige! Thrust kick from Paige knocks Bayley down, and Paige regroups with the Gladiator Girl and the Golden Rose. Alicia Fox is sane for once and runs away! Paige’s Tough Enough Trio gives Mickie a butterfly facebuster, and then a stiff kick for Sasha. Bayley is the only one left, Paige grabs her, for the RamPaige!

 

What will this new trio end up doing to the landscape of Raw?!

 

The three feel great, backstage interview with Renee Young.

Paige explains that it was all just a whole year’s worth of — oh wait, Alexa Bilss interrupts. Paige doesn’t need to explain a thing, “bravo, ladies.” Alexa dismisses Renee, and Paige is flattered but… First day jitters here. Introduction properly, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose. Nice to meet you. The feelign doesn’t seem mutual.

 

Alexa feels a bit awkward, she gets attacked! And then put into the sides of trunks and crates and even the garage door!

 

Paige and her new friends leave the champion down for the count, has The Goddess met a new ruling force on Raw?

Braun Strowman VS Jason Jordan!

 

The Gold-Blooded Son got put into this match when The Game wasn’t feeling man enough to face the Monster Among Men, JJ thinks he’ll win, but will he even survive? The bell rings, JJ circles Strowman but Strowman stays in the center of the ring. JJ slaps Strowman!

 

Strowman scares JJ out of the ring! Strowman shouts for JJ to get back in the ring, JJ does so tentatively. JJ is cornered and caught, Strowman throws him corner to corner but JJ dodges. JJ tries power, he gets Strowman up but it’s not enough. That bad leg gives out, Strowman throws JJ again and then crushes him in a corner! JJ is dazed, Strowman scoops him up, JJ slips out quick but that bad leg bothers him again. JJ limps around on the outside of the ring, JJ gives up. But KANE is back! Chopblock! Then with a chair, he rams and smacks Strowman’s body with it! Big boot sends Strowman out of the ring, Kane pursues with that chair still in hand for more SMACKS in the back. Strowman is bounced off the steel steps again and again, The Big Red Machine is back for revenge. He puts the chair under Strowman’s chin, and rams it all into the steel steps! Strowman’s throat might be crushed at this point, Kane leaves Strowman gasping for air. Strowman tells the refs and medics to leave him alone, but he’s still gasping and coughing as he heads up the ramp. Has the Machine finally crippled the Monster once and for all?

 

Enzo Amore heads to the ring!

And he has his ‘Zo Train with him in full! Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, Noam Dar and Ariya Daivari join the Certified G, How You Doin’? And for anyone who missed Survivor Series, don’t worry, Enzo will review. “And still your Cruiserweight Champion of the World, Enzo! AMORE~!”

 

His beautiful face is still the face of 205 Live, but it wasn’t easy. There was an army of haters, but it didn’t matter, because Enzo has his army. You should all be thankful this close to Thanksgiving. And what better way to thank his ‘Zo Train than to let you know what they’re thankful for: Enzo! The Scottish Supernova now has more ladies than he can handle. The Premier Athlete has gained even more abs. Looks like he’s up to 20. The Privileged Persian has an even bigger bank account and richer wardrobe. Money can’t buy happiness? That’s a lie. And last but not least, “Gabber Gulak”, keep it real, how many more viewers have seen his message of a #Drewtopia? The infrastructure has grown by 20% alone. However, before Gulak can finish his report, out comes Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali and Akira Tozawa. This Anti-Amore Army is headed to the ring! They stand across from The ‘Zo Train, we’ve got a cuppa haters in Houston.

 

Guess Kalisto lost his luggage. Alexander speaks up, they’re not here to join the ‘Zo Train, they’re here to get at that championship. The difference is, these four earn it, rather than suck-up! Has Kalisto’s been poisoning their minds? Numbers show that The ‘Zo Train is the way to the top! And the top of that, he didn’t fall there. So get on board, or get out of the way. Make them. But he can’t, not without his boys. Otherwise he’s just a catchphrase and a t-shirt. Enzo starts a brawl but gets out of the way, 4v4 chaos! Enzo just watches with a big grin as we go to break.

 

We return to the match in progress, Swann gets out of a headlock but is shouldered down by Gulak. Gulak speeds things up, roll-up counter to Swann, TWO, things speed up again, front flip and dropkick from Swann rocks Gulak. Swann goes for but Enzo denies Rolling Thunder by taking Gulak out of the ring. Swann intimidates Enzo, the ‘Zo Train protects him, but the others get around behind and have a clean shot at Enzo! Enzo runs away, Swann pursues, Gulak intercepts with a knee. Cover, TWO, the teams regroup at their corners. Certified Genius from Enzo, or so he says. Daivari tags in, double suplex to Swann, TWO. Chinlock wrapped on, fans rally, Swann fights out but is denied a tag by Daivari with a big lariat. Daivari drags Swann over, tags Dar, they double whip corner to corner. Dar runs in, misses, Swann tosses Daivari out, Nese drags Swann out but gets an enziguri. Gulak swings but hits Nese when Swann dodges, Swann takes the long way around, and Enzo is unsure what to do. He goes after Swann, Swann jumps over Dar, tag to Alexander! Springboard lariat, Gulak thrown out again, “AH! AH! AH!” Tozawa Torpedo! Enzo gets away, Gulak takes all of that. Dar up, stiff back elbow. Ali tags in, Dar whips but takes the Neuralizer! Ali up top, Nese tries to save the day but he gets a Lumbar Check!

 

Then, 0–5–4! Ali and team win! The ‘Zo Train has been derailed for tonight, but who is it who will be on track for a Cruiserweight Championship match?

 

Kurt Angle checks on Jason Jordan in the Trainer’s Room.

That leg is definitely not good. JJ feels like he let Angle down. Angle says he didn’t. Miz comes in to complain about his Intercontinental Championship defense. How can Angle reward The Shield like this? Now’s not the time, he’s checking on his son! But he’s not going anywhere. Well, Miz better go, to the ring. That match is still happening. JJ admits it, Strowman really is a Monster Among Men.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias.”

The Drifter is still in Houston. And Houston still doesn’t want to walk with him. “Hear that? Sounds good. That is the sound of success. Not that anyone here would have any idea what that’s like.” But he’s in a good mood because Raw won. Believe it or not, Elias has a song. Fans interrupt by cheering “Let’s Go, Astros!” The season is over, grow up. Elias is gonna sing now so shut your mouths and listen! He starts again, but then needs to ask fans not to clap, it throws him off. And Matt Hardy interrupts again! So Elias goes right after him! The two brawl, scrapping on the mat. Matt gets Elias in a corner and fans are on his side as he hammers away. Elias knees back, but narrowly escapes the Twist of Fate! Matt wants more, Elias won’t give him any. When will Matt get proper payback for the disrespect?

WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Miz VS Roman Reigns!

 

 

The Hollywood A-Lister didn’t want to, but now he has to defend his title against The Shield’s Big Dog. Will Roman add that title to his Yard and become a Grand Slam Champion? The bell rings, the two circle, Miz gets out of the ring. Miz goes around the outside while Roman watches, Miz milks the ring count since he has Champion’s Advantage.

 

Roman chases him and they return to the ring, Miz runs into Roman’s powerful uppercut! Miz goes down and gets to the apron, Roman comes over, hotshot snaps Roman back. Finale denied, so backbreaker to neckbreaker, but Roman powers out of that neckbreaker, school boy to deadlift powerbomb! TWO, Miz gets out of the ring and we go to one more break.

Back again, and Roman suplexes Miz, both men go down. A ten count begins and gets to about five, Roman up and starts rallying with clotheslines to Miz. Miz flounders to a corner, Roman has fans cheering for him as he gives close-range clotheslines in the corner. Roman gets all ten, backs up and boots Miz! Roman has fans fired up, locks and loads, but Miz sees it coming so he gets out of the ring again. Roman goes out to follow him, jumping- kick from Miz, DDT to the ground!

 

Miz gets in the ring quick, he wants Roman to be counted out. The count gets to 5, Roman stirs. Roman gets up and crawls over, he beats the count at 9 and three-quarters! Miz is shocked, but he gets right on him, low DDT! TWO, and now Miz is getting frustrated. Miz drags Roman up, fans duel, Miz drives in elbows on Roman’s shoulder and neck before wrapping on a chinlock. The fans keep that duel up, Roman starts getting up. Roman fights back with body shots, stiff uppercut. But then Miz turns Roman around, backbreaker to neckbreaker works, TWO! Miz is furious, he argues with the ref. Roman stirs, Miz stalks The Big Dog to ropes and chokes him before giving the running back attack. Miz drags Roman up, Roman revives to give that uppercut once more. Roman runs in, misses, Miz corner to corner for the dropkick. Then again, another dropkick! The third is caught into a fireman’s carry but Miz rolls Roman up, TWO. Roman boots Miz away, Miz runs but is tossed out. Right back in, for another uppercut! Miz is holding himself up on ropes, but runs at Roman, only to miss that A-List clothesline. Roman recovers as Miz tumbles down. Fans keep on dueling, Roman and Miz are up, Roman blocks punches to give punches. Whip reversed, kitchen sink knee takes Roman down. Miz gives Roman the “It Kicks”! Miz misses the buzzsaw, Roman hits the Samoan Drop, TWO! Roman keeps his focus, gets to a corner again, and fans are thunderous as he reloads. Roman aims, SUPER- no, Fin- no, reload, SUPER- Miz trips up Roman, buzzsaw It Kick! TWO!! Miz can’t believe he was so close, he is getting frustrated again. Roman crawls to a corner, Miz gets up, and starts stomping on him. Miz grinds a foot in Roman’s chin, then walks it off as he waits for Roman to get up, A-List clothesline! Miz throws Roman down and climbs up top. Miz takes aim, flying ax hand — SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Roman is the one shocked now. Roman is up again, in the corner, but The Bar appear to distract! Skull-Crushing Finale!! TWO!? A screw job didn’t work out, The Shield is here now and they go after The Bar! Back drop for Cesaro, SUPERKICK to Sheamus, and then Sheamus is sent into the crowd! The Shield watches Miz get up as Roman does, too. SPEAR!! Roman wins and is the new Intercontinental Champion! Grand Slam Big Dog, The Shield celebrates together in the ring! Can Rollins & Ambrose now go on to take back the Raw Tag Team Championships to make this a Golden Shield?

 

My Thoughts:

What an interesting Raw to follow Survivor Series. Plenty of good things but also some bad things, as if Raw really does just go back to business as usual now that they don’t have to worry about SmackDown. Stephanie and HHH spark some tension relating to the Survivor Series fallout, which Angle and Jordan add on masterfully, as well as Strowman. Strowman is going to get his hands on HHH eventually, but it seems Kane is not through with him just yet. Strowman-Kane can make for a great Raw special before getting to the Royal Rumble where I would hope Strowman gets his match with HHH, because I’m thinking it’s still going to be HHH VS Angle at Wrestlemania. Finn VS Joe was great, this is a feud that we need on Raw’s Road to the Royal Rumble, and if need be it can even be made into a #1 contenders feud with the winner challenging The Beast at the Rumble. Joe goes over now, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Finn wins in the end. I actually am liking this slight turn for Jason Jordan, he’s not exactly full Heel but he is showing some sort of manipulative traits towards Angle while also trying to give himself excuses as to why things went wrong. Be prepared for Gold-Blooded Son to betray Olympic Gold Father as part of the HHH-Angle angle.

Asuka wins, no surprise. Big surprise in the women’s division was not just Paige returning, but bringing back-up in two NXT Call-ups. And it is just fine Deville & Rose jump the line, they weren’t exactly doing that much in NXT, but knowing that Deville is facing Ruby Riot in this week’s NXT (aka the “dark matches” from before TakeOver) that might be Deville’s good-bye match, meaning she will likely lose. As for what she, Rose and Paige will do on Raw, obviously they’ll make sure Alexa Bliss loses that title and Paige wins it. Solid match for Ambrose, Rollins, Sheamus and Cesaro, even if this is the Nth time we’ve seen something like this, but the process has to start all over again. But then we get to that bad part of tonight, aka how Raw handles Cruiserweights. Enzo may be great on the mic but fans are getting tired of him, and if WWE wants to sell the Division, less is more. That entire 8 Man should’ve actually been maybe two or three men to actually showcase some skills and personality rather than just giving everyone one spot each at best. Otherwise the fans who don’t already watch 205 Live won’t because they don’t know anything about these guys. Then, some more bad: why shove in a random brawl of Elias and Hardy? As fun as it is for Elias to run down the audience and having them respond, did we really need this after that Cruiserweight cluster filler? But hey, at least the main event was something fans actually enjoyed, as Houston fans actually cheered Roman Reigns! There are many factors as to why but that all aside, solid work from Roman and Miz, Roman becomes Grand Slam Champion and we’re one title match away from a #GoldenShield, just like their original run.

My Score: 8/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.40 ~ 23RD JUNE 2019

NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!

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NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!

In between “Global Junior Tag League” ending on the 13th June, and “Global Junior Tag League” starting on the 27th June, NOAH held a small interim tour of only three days. In the past these tours would have names like “Navigation with Spirits”, “Navigation to The Future” (or my personal favorite “Navigation on Stormy Seas”), but sadly LIDET have done away with these, and now all the interim tours are simply “NOAH The Spirit”.

It should be mentioned that all the tours have had excellent attendances with full houses each night, and this has given a tremendous morale boost to NOAH.

Yoshiki Inamura and his “rival” Kinya Okada faced off on the first night in Aizu, with the more experienced Inamura picking up the win. The rest of the tour was Inamura teaming with Kongoh, and Okada having matches with seniors like Daisuke Harada & Masao Inoue.

Junta Miyawaki faced his seniors (and lost to them) starting with Hi69 in Aizu on the 19th, Naomichi Marufuji on the 22nd and Atsushi Kotoge on the 23rd. Kotoge’s unanimated lack of expression and unusual calm demeanor is starting to scare people…

Miyawaki showed his first element of defiance, by refusing to shake hands with Marufuji. It’s rare for Miyawaki to act in this way towards his seniors (I can’t imagine this happening to Misawa had he asked Marufuji for one at that age and at that point in his career, then again 2001 was a very different world).

Hitoshi Kumano had his first singles match ever with Takashi Sugiura on the 22nd June in Nagano, and said that he was so happy about facing his hero, he couldn’t sleep. Nothing was going to mute this excitement, even the fact that he lost to him.

RATELS entered into their usual squabble about Global Junior League (this happens every year, with Tadasuke threatening to poison everyone last year, but this year he yelled out to whoever was listening, that he would win), with Daisuke Harada saying he was going to win in the backstage interview. 

Naturally, this did go down well with the others, with Tadasuke walking off over it, and then coming back to point and yell at Harada that it was HIS victory that would happen.

On the 22nd June, YO-HEY lost to Yoshinari Ogawa, and Tadasuke became irate and started yelling. Harada got into the ring to try and calm the situation, but this only made Tadasuke angrier and he left (still shouting), although he later apologized and said he was disappointed.

RATELS seemed to have patched up their differences by the 23rd, but again no one wanted to trust each other, and in their post match interview, when they went to do their handshake they all jumped back into a defensive pose with their fists raised. Even HAYATA (who is in Block B), and was smirking at the others arguing with each other, joined in.

Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi (and various other partners) faced Kongoh each night. The record stands with Kiyomiya having two victories over the group in three nights, the third was when Kenoh pinned Hi69 following the foostomp.

On the final night of tour, Kaito Kiyomiya spoke on the microphone, and hinted that he and Taniguchi may team up together to take the tag belts. One of his dreams was to hold both championships.

AXIZ and The Sugiura Army also had their last three pre-matches (although Sugiura took time out to take on Hitoshi Kumano), with a elbow brawl breaking out between Shiozaki and Sugiura on the last night. Katsuhiko Nakajima seemed to have quickly shed his politeness in asking for a title match, and was photographed in the usual grinning poses over a fallen opponent.

 

 

EVENT RECAPS
Aizu (19th June 2019)
Post match interviews

Nagano (22nd June 2019)
Post match interviews

Takaoka (23rd June 2019)

NEWS

“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”: Kenoh’s column (June 2019)

Kenoh’s tri-weekly column was back to talk about the Misawa Memorial show, his rants against others, his shock at Atsushi Aoki’s death, and KENTA’S return to Japanese wrestling (albeit New Japan), or as he put it “that man has returned”.

Kenoh (who says he respects KENTA, despite his rant) says that he will make NOAH a place that KENTA will want to come home to, as well as making him regret that he ever chose New Japan over “his home”. Naturally, Kenoh wouldn’t be able to keep his ire at Marufuji supporting KENTA out of it, and said that Marufuji’s message of support to him was Marufuji saying “anything to be popular”.

Both Marufuji and KENTA responded to Kenoh in different ways.

In usual talkative style, Marufuji posted a picture of Kenoh’s article with graphics over it, with a message that didn’t really translate too well but basically saying there was nothing wrong with being supportive, and hinting at a secret (and for good measure he called him “Kenoh-kun”, which he knows will wind him up)

KENTA, in usual quiet style, made no comment, and simply posted a picture of the column to his Instagram story.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Go Shiozaki got stuck in his jacket
~ YO-HEY wouldn’t let HAYATA leave during the post match interview in Aizu
~ Hitoshi Kumano said he is aiming to have a body that does not lose to the heavyweights, but would cause havoc amongst the juniors
~ Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (again)
~ Yoshinari Ogawa held a training session for the roster at Takaoka, Toyama before the event started. He taught Kaito Kiyomiya and the new trainee.
~ IPW have mentioned that Daisuke Harada will be defending the IPW Junior Heavyweight title, but have said that NOAH will make the announcement.
~ Naomichi Marufuji’s search for a tag partner continues.
~ In Aizu, AXIS wore t-shirts with “AIZU” on them.
~ Hitoshi Kumano can be considered the unofficial third member of AXIZ.

BROADCASTS
Riki Choshu’s Power Hall (featuring Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura) will be broadcast live on the 26th June on Samurai at 6.30pm

The opening night of Global Junior League (Thursday 27th June 2019, Korakuen Hall) broadcast at Friday 5th July on Samurai.

LINKS
“The long days of summer are just around the corner: the stories behind the famous photograph of June 2000”
Global Junior League: Mini interview with YO-HEY
Global Junior League: Mini interview with Minoru Tanaka
The Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Ten Year Event, and “The Future of Noah”, presented by 22 year old Kaito Kiyomiya
“It’s been ten years since Mitsuharu Misawa died” ~ Keiji Mutoh’s memories

PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, KENTA, PKDX
GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
Newsletter by Hisame


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Mitchell’s WWE Stomping Grounds Results & Report! (6/23/19)

It’s time to kick ass and take names!

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WWE Stomping Grounds

It’s the first-ever WWE Stomping Grounds event!

WWE debuts a brand-new PPV with a lot on the line! Who will Baron Corbin’s guest referee be? Who escapes a steel cage THE WWE World, Heavyweight, Champion?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Tony Nese VS Drew Gulak VS Ariya Daivari; Gulak wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lacey Evans; Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • The New Day VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; Owens & Zayn win.
  • WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Ricochet; Ricochet wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS Heavy Machinery; The Planet’s Tag Team Champions win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Bayley wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
  • Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon; Reigns wins.
  • WWE World Championship Steel Cage Match: Kofi Kingston VS Dolph Ziggler; Kingston wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin w/ Special Guest Referee ???; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship

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It’s the WWE Stomping Grounds Kickoff Show!

Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, David Otunga and Booker T as they recap and prepare for all the action tonight in Tacoma!

 

Big E and Xavier Woods join the panel!

The New Day speak to the preparation of WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston, for tonight’s intense steel cage match with Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler might be watching, though, so they can’t give away any secrets about the W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion. Big E guzzles down and drenches himself in water, because he’s thirsty for victory. As for Woods kicking Ziggler, Ziggler kicked him first, so things were even. Ziggler is a grown man, he got what he got. Then what does Kofi have to do to remain champion without them? “Coach, he don’t need us!” 11 years, Kofi doesn’t need The New Day. New Day will have Kofi’s back from the back.

Woods knows Coach knows players gotta get it done on their own. The New Day will do that to Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn when they “stomp their grounds.” Do better, Coach! But will all three men of the New Day be victorious tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

Has the Lone Wolf found his special guest referee for tonight’s WWE Universal Championship? He’s had people knocking on his door all morning. But yes, he has picked his referee. And the guest ref is… a secret! Corbin will keep Seth Rollins on his toes until he’s pinned him on his back. What Rollins did this past week was sadistic and cowardly. At Super Showdown, the ref screwed up. At Stomping Grounds, Corbin vows to slay the Beastslayer and become the new WWE Universal Champion. Will Corbin’s ace in the hole go the way he hopes?

 

Ricochet joins the panel!

The One and Only challenges for the WWE United States Championship against Samoa Joe after winning a big Fatal 5 Way Elimination. Booker T gives Ricochet props for making it here, and Ricochet notes his whole journey has been amazing. How does he feel taking on one of the most dangerous men in the WWE today? Ricochet worked so hard and sacrificed so much to perfect his style, and he will not waste this opportunity. But Joe’s mean streak only proves he’s a bully. Ricochet will be in the fight for his life, and will force Joe to respect him.

But then Joe communicates via video chat! Don’t think for a second he isn’t listening! Respect? Ricochet’s been here for a cup of coffee and not a good one. Ricochet knows nothing about surviving and competing int he WWE. Joe will show Ricochet what he’s really won in that Fatal 5 Way. “Being amazing has never saved anyone from the beating I put on them.” Ricochet will sleep tight, but tonight is not his night. Ricochet says he’ll respond with actions, but will it be enough to get the gold?

 

The Planet’s Tag Team Champions address the WWE Universe.

At least, they would if the stage hands would get out of the way! Once the referees get clear, Daniel Bryan rants about the treatment of the tag team divisions! “That’s the kind of disrespect people have for the entire Tag Team Division.” It’s because of The New Day and Usos, who have amazing matches, treating the division like a joke! Swivel hips, throw pancakes, play practical jokes. But the Planet’s Tag Team Champions vow to SAVE this division from teams like Heavy Machinery. Tucker Knight, an All-American, Otis Dozovic, a Pan-American medalist, but they just talk about “having a great time.”

Can you imagine the poor example those two would set. It’s Idiocracy come to life! Tucker and Otis would make this all a giant joke! “We’re trying to save the tag team division from being a joke!” The entire world should be thanking them! But it’s not for them. It’s for an ideal. It is for the greater good of tag team wrestling, and the planet. “Blue Collar Solid is no match for champions fighting for the greater good.” Now keep refs out of his shot!

 

Shane McMahon smells something good.

It’s the smell of victory for Drew McIntyre against Roman Reigns. McIntyre tells Roman that he’s too emotional. The mere mention of his family and Roman freaks out. All McIntyre has ever done is tell the truth. The truth is, Roman’s family won’t recognize him and his children will scream in terror. If that upsets Roman, that’s on Roman. The truth hurts, but not as much as what McIntyre will do to him. Shane loves the intensity! But will he love the result of tonight’s grudge match?

 

Kickoff – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Tony Nese VS Drew Gulak VS Ariya Daivari!

The Premier Athlete didn’t expect two challengers, but he welcomes the challenge! But will he be able to survive both the Philly Stretcher and the Stamina Monster? Or will one of them come away with the title, without even pinning or submitting the champ?

The introductinos are made, Nese repping the 205 Live brand all the way with his new gear. The belt is raised and we kick off the action!

Gulak dropkicks Nese right down! Tozawa goes at Gulak but Gulak throws him to a corner. Gulak runs into forearms from Nese. Nese gets Gulak in a corner and throws haymakers until Tozawa hurries back in. Tozawa throws haymakers on Nese but Nese elbows him back. Nese springs up but Tozaa gets under. Nese still lands on his feet! He also goes Matrix as Tozawa swings at him, to kip-up and kick back! Nese knee lifts and sweeps the legs, cover, TWO! Nese suplexes but Tozawa slips out. They standing switch and Nese rolls Tozawa, but Gulak runs in, only to get turned around into a German Suplex! Nese has two covers, TWO! Both men get free but Nese stomps Tozawa down. Gulak bails out but Nese slingshots out. Nese cartwheels over Gulak’s clothesline to SUPERKICK him away!

But Tozawa DIVES to hit Nese! The Tozawa Torpedo takes out Nese, then he CANNONBALLS onto Gulak! All three men are down but the fans are fired up! Tozawa crawls away from Gulak to fire up and go after Nese. Tozawa drags Nese up and in and climbs to the top rope. He leaps at Nese, missile dropkick hits! Cover, but Gulak breaks it just in time! Gulak grimaces as he goes to Tozawa. Tozawa throws Gulak out and drags Nese to a drop zone. Tozawa climbs again, but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese leaves Tozawa stranded, for a top shelf kick! And then a gut buster! Cover, but Gulak breaks in again! Gulak drags Nese up for a suplex, but Nese slips out.

Gulak standing switches and inverted suplexes Nese to the apron. Nese hits back but Gulak puts him through ropes. Gulak elbows Tozawa then suplexes him into Nese! All three men are down again while we go picture in picture.

Gulak drags Tozawa up and headlock takeovers. Gulak traps an arm but Tozawa endures the combination of holds. Tozawa fights out and lifts Gulak, but Gulak is just a bit too much. Gulak fights out of the fireman’s carry to drag Tozawa up for headbutts. Gulak whips but Tozawa ducks and tilt-o-whirls to the Iron Octopus! Now Gulak must endure a submission! Gulak endures, but starts to fade. We return to single picture as Nese picks Tozawa off Gulak, to throw at him! Nese then whips and ROCKS Tozawa with a left hand! But Gulak LARIATS Nese! Gulak roars and dragon sleepers to the GuLOCK! Nese endures the full hold, sleeper and body scissors! But he works his way out and around, reaching for ropes. Gulak pulls the arms away to sink it in deep! But Tozawa DROPS IN!! The super senton outta nowhere!!

All three men are down again and Tozawa grins that he saved the match. Tozawa covers Nese, TWO! He covers Gulak, TWO! Tozawa backs off to catch his breath. Gulak fireman’s carries, but Tozawa slips out to shove and huricanrana! Tozawa tries again, and manages the fireman carry slam! And then a shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gulak lives but Tozawa keeps his focus. Tozawa lines up a shot and runs in, but gets tossed out! Nese elbows Gulak then runs, but Gulak tosses him out. Nese lands and kicks back! Gulak is down, Nese Triangle MOONSAULTS! Cover, but now Tozawa breaks it in time! Tozawa and Nese glare at each other. Nese CHOPS but Tozawa CHOPS back. Nese CHOPS again, but so does Tozawa. Tozawa CHOPS, then fakes Nese out to the JAB! Nese is in the corner but right back up to put Tozawa up top. SHORYUKEN again!

Nese climbs up to join Tozawa, but Tozawa resists. Tozawa and fans shout “AH! AH!” as he clubs away on Nese! Tozawa forearms NEse into the Tree of Woe! But Gulak jumps over Nese to SUPERPLEX Tozawa! But Nese sits right up to adjust and aim, 450 FLOP!! Gulak avoids the splash and drags Nese up, only for Nese to bring Gulak up in the Dude Buster! Cover, SHINING WIZARD! Tozawa covers Nese, TWO!! All three men are down but fans are loving it! Nese crawls to a corner while Tozawa sits up. Tozawa goes at Gulak with the kick, the swing, the slide and the rolling roundhouse! Nese comes back and shoves Tozawa right out hard! PREMIER KNEE! But Tozawa rolls Nese!! TWO, and Nese rolls Tozawa! TWO, to a deadlift, BUCKLE BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Tozawa bails out to leave Nese and Gulak alone in the ring. These old rivals glare as they stand up. They grab each other by the bear, but Gulak throws elbow after elbow. Nese forearms Gulak then German Suplexes him into buckles! NEse brings down the pad, runs, but into an elbow! Gulak torture racks Nese, but Nese slips out. Tozawa runs in and shotguns Nese down! Gulak ducks the kick, torture rack, neckbreaker! Cover, GULAK WINS!!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall; NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion

The Submission Specialist didn’t need a submission, and he beat the other challenger to take the title from the champ! Will Drew Gulak change the way 205 Live operates once and for all?

 

In the WWE, boots are made for more than just walking.

A Lady wants a belt. A Beastslayer won’t let his go so easily. The Big Dog wants to take a bite out of a Terminator, and a Show-Off wants to prove #ItShouldHaveBeenMe! Who walks on from here walking tall?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lacey Evans!

They say ladies first, but The Man is the one who wants to get this over with! Will Lynch finally shut the Sassy Southern Belle up with this rematch from Money in the Bank? Or will a Woman’s Right be all it takes to take that last belt from the former Champ-Champ?

The introductions are made with Becky going out first. Lacey follows, in gear that already looks like she’s celebrating. The belt is raised and we begin Stomping Grounds with some Straight Fire!

The bell rings and Becky circles with Lacey. They tie up and Lacey powers Becky to a corner. Becky turns it around and talks trash. Lacey slaps Becky’s hand away then shoves her. Becky shoves back and the fans are already thunderous. Lacey waistlocks but Becky drop toeholds to a trailer hitch! Lacey grabs the ropebreak and Becky lets go at 3. Becky taunts Lacey as they circle and tie up again. Becky waistlocks and slams Lacey, but Lacey scrambles tot he ropes again. The ref counts but Becky yanks and slams Lacey! Lacey bails out but Becky pursues to club her down! Becky puts Lacye in and dodges the shoulder to knee and kick Lacey back.

Fans fire up as Becky gets in, and Becky catches the kick! Lacey asks Becky simply put it down, but Becky runs around to spin and throw Lacey! Becky bumps Lacey on buckles and then another corner, and then a third. Fans still cheer as Becky gets all four corners! Becky whips Lacey but Lacey reverses. Becky stops herself and elbows Lacey, but then springboards to kick Lacey back. Lacey gets out again which only annoys Becky. Fans chant “Lacey Sucks!” Becky wrecks Lacey with a baseball slide! Becky drags Lacey up and in, but Lacey kicks her back! Lacey crawls but Becky returns to backslide, TWO! Becky blocks another kick to dragon screw Lacey! Lacey punches Becky’s ribs! Lacey grabs Becky in a facelock, for a fallout DDT! Then Lacey gator rolls Becky to the apron and a post.

Lacey Bow ‘n’ Arrows Becky against the post by a leg and the ponytail! Fans boo as Lacey kicks Becky back in. Cover, TWO! Lacey stalks Becky to ropes and stomps away. She wrenches and wrings Becky out to then pull on the arm. Lacey kicks Becky in the ribs while fans jeer. Becky endures as Lacey pulls but she pops out to a cover! ONE, and Lacey bumps Becky off buckles now. Lacey stomps a mudhole into those ribs, then kicks Becky while she’s down. Lacey throws Becky down by her hair, and clamps on to an armlock. She hammers the ribs but Becky endures. Becky fights back as fans rally up, but Lacey hammers her to a cover, TWO! Lacey has the arm again and just hammers away! Becky still endures, but Lacey covers, TWO!

Lacey keeps on that arm while digging her knuckles and elbow into Becky’s ribs. Becky refuses to quit and fans rally up again. Becky kicks free then rolls Lacey, TWO! Lacey and Becky slowly stand but Becky throws hands. Becky whips but Lacey reverses to run her over! Lacey covers but Becky slips out! Becky mule kicks Lacey, then dodges in the corner for the jump kick! Becky grabs Lacey but Lacey elbows out. Lacey rams her shoulder into Becky’s ribs! Lacey hoists Becky up top but Becky fights back! Super armbar takedown!! Lacey flails and rolls to stack Becky, ONE! The armbar is back on! Lacey uses her legs for a ropebreak! Becky lets go at 3 and hobbles away. She runs in but gets sent into the buckles! Lacey hits her swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO!

Lacey adjusts her outfit while catching her breath. She returns to Becky with the handkerchief to wipe herself off and throw it on Becky. Lacey adjusts her hair while fans boo. She toys with Becky but Becky shoves the tissue back in Lacey’s mouth! Becky throws off haymakers and uppercuts! Then she rallies with lariats! Becky gives back kicks and knees, then runs, but into a body shot! Becky boots Lacey back, then runs for big forearms! Lacey is down and Becky fires up with the fans. Becky stalks Lacey, takes aim, Straight Firearm! And more stomps! Becksploder! Cover, TWO!! Lacey still lives and Becky is beside herself. Becky drags Lacey to a drop zone and stomps her down to then climb up. Straight Fire Leg Drop FLOPS!! Lacey climbs while Becky writhes. Lacey slingshots but into knees! Becky rolls Lacey, TWO!

Becky grabs at the arm, but Lacey gets up and whips. Lacey follows but into a scoop. She escapes, and elbows Becky away. Springboard stunner! BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Lacey loses her cool. Lacey drags Becky into the drop zone and climbs up. Becky springs up to yank Lacey off! And into the Disarm-Her! Lacey taps, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion

The Man denies the Lady again! Will this finally keep the Sassy Southern Belle out of her business? Who else will move up to challenge Becky for her belt?

 

Mustafa Ali will be the light of the WWE.

No matter who, no matter where, and no matter what the situation, he vows to protect, serve and inspire the WWE Universe.

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

The Advocate just came out of Baron Corbni’s office! Is he the referee despite what he said on Raw? And will Brock Lesnar follow? Those aren’t the questions to ask. Heyman wants to know if the WWE World and WWE Universal Champions are here tonight. And they are. So with both of them here, doesn’t that present multiple opportunities for The Beast in the Bank? Yes, it does. Heyman walks off, but did he really confirm or deny anything?

But then Corbin walks out, and he’s starting to think Kayla is after more than an interview. She wants an answer: has he chosen a referee? Yes, someone who won’t do any favors, who will call this down the middle. Corbin doesn’t need help to beat Rollins, he just needs someone who can do their job. Then when Corbin becomes champion, he’ll worry about Lesnar if he shows up. Will the Lone Wolf have to worry that far ahead? Or will he lose to Rollins even with a “competent” ref?

 

The New Day VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!

Awwwww~ Tacoma~! While Kofi Kingston defends his W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Championship, Big E and Xavier Woods will show these best frenemies what they get for sticking their noses in their business. Plus, this is finally a chance to get back at “Big O” for tricking them! But will Sami & Kevin ruin the New Day’s fun before the fairy tale is over?

The teams sort out and Woods begins with Kevin. They approach and Kevin SUPERKICKS Big E! Then SUPERKICKS Woods! Then another SUPERKICK! A fourth SUPERKICK! Kevin hurries up top for a SWANTON! Cover, TWO!? Tag to Sami and Saim drags Woods up for another SUPERKICK! Then a Blue Thunder Bomb!! Cover, TWO?! How is Woods doing this?! Tag to Kevin and Kevin climbs again, for a Frog Splash! Cover, TWO?!? Kevin and Sami are furious! How can Woods take all this damage?! Kevin rains down rights and then argues with the ref on the counts. Tag to Sami and Sami rains down rights of his own. Big E gets back on the corner and fans rally for the New Day. Kevin tells them to shut up but they only chant harder.

Sami drags Woods up for kicks to his face. Big E coaches Woods on but Sami punches Woods back down. Sami puts Woods in the corner then taunts Big E. Tag to Kevin and Kevin drags Woods around for stomps. Kevin backs off to taunt Big E while Sami gets cheap shots in. Then Kevin runs back in for a CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Woods somehow still has something left. Kevin taunts Big E more then drags Woods around for a back senton! Kevin mocks Woods to go tag Big E, before dropping another senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin mocks the New Day clap but fans genuinely clap. Kevin drags Woods up and puts him in the corner. Tag to Sami and Sami throws hands!

Sami stomps Woods, then distracts the ref for Kevin to get a cheap shot in. Sami slaps Woods, so Woods SLAPS Sami! Woods also CHOPS Sami, but Sami wrangles Woods to a crossface! Woods endures the hold as Sami cranks back. Fans rally up again and Woods rolls Sami, TWO! Sami anchors Woods down and drags him away. Sami tags Kevin and Kevin stomps Woods down. Kevin mocks Woods’ pain before bringing him up. Woods dodges the clothesline to enziguri Kevin! Kevin tags Sami and Sami hits Big E down! Sami stalks Woods and drags him up for a back suplex. Woods slips out to give Sami the back suplex! Both men are down but crawling.

Sami tags Kevin and Kevin runs, but Woods dodges the senton! Woods jumps for the corner but Kevin catches him. Woods turns around, wheelbarrow facebuster! Big E rises and returns to his corner! Hot tags to Sami and Big E! Big E throws Sami overhead! And again! And then belly2belly! Big E swivels them hips! But he has to hit Kevin down first. Sami gets up but gets a big elbow, then the Big Splash! Cover, TWO! Now Sami survives, but Big E keeps on him. Big E waistlocks but Sami fights out with elbows. Sami boots Big E then hops up to bring Big E in. Sami rains down rights and lefts, and grins as he facelocks, but Big E powers out of the tornado. Big E urenages Sami down! Cover, TWO!

Tag to Woods and the New Day coordinate. Woods tries but can’t lift Big E the first time. He gets it the second time for the human weapon, Big E splash! Sami writhes and Woods runs, banzai leg drop! Cover, but Kevin breaks it! Big E throws Kevin out then scoops Sami. Woods climbs up but Sami wiggles free. Woods jumps over Big E into Sami’s boot! Big E hits post, too, and the New Day is down! Sami tags Kevin and gives Woods a HELLUVA KICK! Then feeds to the POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, but Big E breaks in! Fans say “This is Awesome!’ as Sami runs into Big E’s lariat! SUPERKICK from Kevin! Woods denies the stunner for a rolling elbow! All four men are down but Tacoma is giving a standing ovation!

Kevin goes to a corner but so does Woods. Sami joins Woods on the apron, but Woods mule kicks. Big E runs and SPEARS Sami down to the ground! Woods kicks Kevin down into the drop zone! Woods climbs but Kevin trips him up! STUNNER! Cover, Kevin and Sami win!

Winners: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, Owens pinning

After dealing out so much damage, the best frenemies finally down the New Day! Is this the start of Kevin and Sami turning things around?

 

Nikki Cross checks in with Alexa Bliss backstage.

The Loony Lass is excited for her friend and tonight’s SmackDown Women’s Championship match. The Goddess appreciates having Nikki in her corner. It won’t be Alexa against the world anymore. They wanted to be tag team champions together, but Bayley cost them that. Alexa also feels responsible, but Nikki says Alexa doesn’t need to feel bad. Bayley showed her true colors, so hopefully fans see her for who she really is. But that title is too special to belong to someone like Bayley. Which is why Nikki will love watching Alexa win. It’s them against the world, but will Nikki ever see she’s on the wrong side?

 

WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Ricochet!

The Destroyer lost the belt because of controversy, but Rey Mysterio was noble enough to give it back. Joe was less so when he still attacked an injured King of Lucha for even having the belt at all. Now the King of Flight steps up, can he succeed where even the living legend failed?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin!

Joe and Ricochet circle as fans chant, “Joe’s gonna kill~ you~!” They tie up and Joe wrenches Ricochet to then slap and kick away! Ricochet gets right up but Joe has his guard up. Joe grins as Ricochet stays back and they circle again. They tie up and Joe JABS Ricochet down. Ricochet keeps his cool while Joe dares him to come back for more. They tie up again and Ricochet ducks the jab this time to CHOP Joe! Joe just shrugs but he runs into Ricochet’s forearms. Ricochet runs and rolls off Joe’s back to then huricanrana Joe down! And dropkick him out! Ricochet builds speed and slides out but Joe dodges. Ricochet throws more haymakers but Joe rams him into the apron! Joe looms over Ricochet and throws him into steel steps!

Joe refreshes the count to then stalk Ricochet more. He drags Ricochet into the ring at the count of 5, then runs in at Ricochet in the corner. Ricochet goes up and over but runs into the urenage! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps his cool as he looms over Ricochet again. Fans duel as Joe stalks a crawling Ricochet. Joe drags Ricochet up for a CHOP and Ricochet falls back down. Ricochet gets to a corner but Joe is on him again. Ricochet CHOPS and forearms back, but runs into a back elbow! Joe covers, TWO! Ricochet is dazed and the referee checks on him. Joe comes back as Ricochet slowly gets up. Joe bumps Ricochet off buckles to CHOP him back! Ricochet throws forearms and whips, but Joe reverses. Joe back elbows and PELES! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and Joe grows annoyed.

Joe pulls Ricochet’s arms and wraps on a chinlock. Ricochet endures and fans rally up. Ricochet feeds off the energy and works his way up. He fights back with elbows and body shots but Joe clamps on tighter. Ricochet stands to jawbreaker out! Joe checks his chin while fans rally again. Ricochet stands and throws forearms on Joe. Joe hits Ricochet back with one big swat! Joe has Ricochet at the ropes and grabs the legs to yank Ricochet up into a powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Ricochet flounders away but Joe keeps his focus. Joe drags Joe up again for a snapmare and neck wrench. Ricochet endures but fans rally up again.

Ricochet reaches but can’t get ropes, so he works his way back up. He fights out with body shots again, but Joe CHOPS him back! Joe runs but into Ricochet’s dropkick-flip and enziguri! Ricochet ducks the lariat to PELE Joe back! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ricochet gets back to his feet but Joe follows. Joe swings but Ricochet counter punches. Ricochet then runs to forearm, but Joe stays up. Ricochet tries again, for another huricanrana! Joe is in a corner and Ricochet runs in to ram his shoulder in. Ricochet springboards and clotheslines Joe down! Joe bails out but Ricochet runs to FLY! Direct hit takes Joe down! Ricochet hurries to get Joe up and in! Ricochet springboards again, missile dropkick! But he’s not done, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Ricochet keeps his cool as he heads for another corner. He climbs up and aims, but Joe gets up. Ricochet jumps over but Joe scoops him for a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Joe grows frustrated, but keeps his eyes on Ricochet as Ricochet stirs. Joe drags Ricochet up but Ricochet throws forearms and CHOPS! But Joe CHOPS back again! Ricochet stands so Joe whips, Ricochet handsprings, but into a full nelson! Ricochet breaks free but still gets a German Suplex! Joe runs as Ricochet rises to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Joe is shocked. Joe glares at Ricochet as he clamps hands on the shoulders. Joe drags Ricochet up for another urenage, but Ricochet fights out! Ricochet boots but Joe blocks it, to FLIP Ricochet!

Joe puts on the Coquina Clutch! But Ricochet climbs the ropes! Ricochet hotshots Joe down! Joe is in the drop zone, and Ricochet climbs up again! Ricochet 630 but he has to roll through! Joe LARIATS Ricochet, but Ricochet springs back up! CODE BREAKER! Ricochet keeps going and gets back up top! Ricochet tries again, 630 SENTON! Cover, Ricochet wins!!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; NEW WWE United States Champion

Incredible! Ricochet’s first try, and he’s already a champion! The One and Only surprises himself more than anyone, but now he IS United States Champion! Will Ricochet ascend to even greater heights now that he’s got gold?

 

Ricochet is welcomed and congratulated by other WWE superstars.

Former and current champions alike welcome Ricochet, but even Triple H! The King of Flight clearly has the respect of The Game, but will Samoa Joe be coming back for revenge?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS Heavy Machinery!

Big Red Rowan and “The New” Daniel Bryan vow to save tag team wrestling in the WWE by ending the fun and the jokes. But perhaps the new YOLO County Tag Team Champions, Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic, will show them you can have fun and win at the same time!

The introductions are made, and the Washington crowd is strongly behind Aberdeen’s Daniel Bryan. The belts are raised and the teams sort out, we begin this champions vs “champions” match with Dozer and Rowan.

Dozer shimmies those legs but Bryan calls Rowan over. Fans hope he tags in, and he does! Bryan circles with a stomping and jiving Dozer, then they approach. Bryan kicks Dozer in the leg but Dozer shrugs it off. They circle and Bryan kicks again. Fans cheer but Dozer still isn’t bothered. Bryan and Dozer circle again and Bryan gets in another kick. Bryan kicks Dozer more, but Dozer keeps moving. More kicks land but Dozer blocks one to shove Bryan down! Dozer flexes but Tacoma boos. Bryan gets up and circles with Dozer again. They tie up and Dozer shoves Bryan again! Dozer shows off the pythons, brother! Fans still cheer Bryan as he stares down the shimmying Dozer.

Bryan and Dozer approach and Bryan gives more kicks! Fans chant “YES! YES!” and Bryan runs, but into a trophy lift! Dozer dumps Bryan down then suplexes Bryan up. Dozer holds him as Tucker tags in. Tucker takes a hand-off, and he keeps Bryan up for another five before dropping him! Cover, TWO! Tukcer keeps on Bryan with a headlock and he grinds Bryan to his knees. Fans rally for Bryan and Bryan powers out. Tucker runs Bryan over then things speed up. Tucker shows that agility to then LARIAT Bryan down! Cover, TWO! Tucker keeps his cool as he back suplexes. Bryan lands on his feet and Rowan tags in. Bryan kicks Tucker and Rowan crossbodies Tucker down! Rowan roars and drags Tucker to a corner for buckle bumps.

Rowan clubs away then runs corner to corner, for a big corner splash! He pushes Tucker to then dropkick him down! Cover, TWO! Rowan keeps on Tucker with a chinbar while fans cheer, “Please Recycle!” Tucker endures the neck wrench and fights his way up. Rowan throws Tucker back down and soaks up the cheers. Tag to Bryan and fans cheer louder as the Planet’s Tag Champions mug Tucker. Rowan whips Bryan in for the dropkick, then adds his own clothesline! Bryan drags Tucker to a post to swing the leg into it! And again! Bryan stalks Tucker as he crawls, then grabs the legs for a surfboard! Bryan stomps the knees! Tucker writhes while Rowan tags in. Rowan drags Tucker up for headbutts then drops elbows on the legs. Rowan runs to splash down! Cover, TWO!

Tucker crawls to a corner while Rowan argues with the ref. Rowan claws at Tucker’s face! Rowan clubs Tucker then whips him corner to corner hard. But Tucker boots back and dodges, to send Rowan into the post! Tucker crawls while Rowan falls to the mat. Hot tags to Bryan and Dozer! Dozer rallies on Bryan with big arms and shoulders! Fans boo as Bryan gets scooped for a spinning, spinning, spinning slam! Dozer runs at Bryan but gets sent into buckles! Bryan runs corner to corner to hit a dropkick! Then another! But Dozer pops Bryan up to a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Heavy Machinery was so close! But Dozer has Bryan in a drop zone and climbs up. Dozer banzais, but misses the Vader Bomb! Bryan grits his teeth as he fires up.

Dozer sits up and Bryan unleashes Yes Kicks! Bryan kicks Dozer over and over, then prepares the buzzsaw, but Dozer is the one powering up! Dozer takes more kicks as he pumps his hips! Bryan kicks and kicks but Dozer leans into them! Then he scoops and SUPLEXES Bryan! Dozer runs corner to corner for a splash! Bryan flops down, and Dozer has his target. Dozer pumps up and hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Tag to Tucker, and Dozer catapults Bryan into the belly2belly suplex! Cover, but Rowan breaks it! Rowan clotheslines Dozer down then kicks him out. The ref reprimands Rowan and the Big Red backs off. Tucker gets to his feet but Bryan gives his leg kicks! Tucker haymakers back but Bryan still kicks. Bryan kicks but misses, into a back suplex!

Tucker gets to a corner, climbs up, and MOONSAULTS! But flops!! He clips Bryan but it was far from what he wanted! Both men are down, and they crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Rowan and Dozer! Dozer and Rowan stare down and start brawling with haymakers! Rowan runs to bump shoulders but Dozer comes back to give it. Rowan clotheslines but DOzer stays up> dozer clotheslines but Rowan stays up. They both go and collide, butn either aflls! Rowan runs, Bryan tags in, Dozer dodges to scoop! Powerslam on Rowan, tag to Tucker! They grab Rowan, but he’s not legal! Bryan dumps Tucker out! Bryan climbs and leaps at Dozer, flying knee! Then he runs at Tucker, but gets a haymaker! Tucker climbs, to LEAP onto Rowan!! Tucker goes back to Bryan, but gets caught in a cradle! Bryan & Rowan win!!

Winners: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions, Bryan pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions

Bryan’s brain beats Tucker’s brawn! Bryan and Rowan get through this by the skin of their teeth, but is this the last time Heavy Machinery challenges for the titles?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!

There is a lot of history between the Huggable One and the Goddess that dates back to their days in NXT. Bayley was Raw Women’s Champion when these two first battled for a title, and Alexa won because things were too extreme for her. But now, a year later, Bayley has grown while Alexa has stayed the same. Yet Alexa’s “very special friend” doesn’t seem to see that. Will Nikki play into Alexa’s game? Or will Bayley hold on to this title to prove she isn’t just a placeholder?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this rivalry revisited!

Bayley goes right to Alexa and shoves her. Alexa shoves back and now it’s a brawl! Alexa puts Bayley in a corner for stmops, but Bayley powers her out to another corner! Bayley throws furious haymakers, then runs in for a big knee! She rolls Alexa to a cover, TWO! Bayley drags Alexa up but Alexa powers her to a corner now. Alexa rams her shoulder in, then gets mad at the ref for counting. Bayley flapjacks Alexa on buckles! Then long darts her onto more! Cover, TWO! Bayley keeps her cool then runs in, but Alexa gets clear. Bayley changes direction to put Alexa in a corner. She bumps Alexa off buckles. Alexa turns it around to throw Bayley into buckles back! Alexa drags Bayley to a cover, TWO! The Goddess grows frustrated while fans duel.

Alexa puts Bayley on ropes to choke her! She lets up at 4 and Bayley shoves back. Alexa clubs Bayley down then wrangles her into a chinlock. Bayley endures while fans continue to duel. Bayley moves around and fights her way up. Alexa wrangles Bayley down with a chinbar! Alexa grins but Bayley fights up again. Bayley elbows free and scoops, but Alexa slips out to give Bayley a backbreaker! Alexa chokes Bayley on the ropes again, but lets up at 4. Alexa puts Bayley in a corner with buckle bumps, then bounces Bayley off the mat. The Goddess brings back a classic, the skateboard stomps! Cover, TWO! Alexa tries again, TWO! Alexa grows further frustrated, but Bayley throws body shots. Bayley runs and crossbodies! Cover, TWO!

Alexa clubs Bayley right back down, then drags her up by her ponytail. Alexa whips Bayley hard into a corner, then runs in, to SLAP her! Bayley checks her mouth while Alexa takes a bow. Alexa runs in to get run over by Bayley! Cover, TWO! Bayley stomps Alexa then somersaults for a rolling elbow! She keeps moving, but into that killer right! Nikki coaches Alexa on and Alexa goes at a dizzy Bayley, only to get a hotshot! Bayley knees Alexa back in, then climbs up top. Bayley leaps over Alexa but turns around into a facelock. She fights out to then run and knee Alexa down! Alexa bails out and regroups with Nikki. Bayley tells Nikki to back off, to then daredevil dropkick. Alexa dodges but not for long! Bayley has Alexa’s arm but Alexa uses that to yank Bayley into the post!

Alexa slams that arm on the ground a few times. Alexa clubs Bayley’s shoulder and puts her in the ring to cover, TWO! Frustration starts to boil up again as Alexa yanks and pulls on Bayley’s arm. Alexa wristlocks and drops a knee on the arm. Cover, TWO! Alexa grows further frustrated by Bayley’s toughness. Bayley gets to ropes but Alexa is on that arm again. Alexa laces the arm through to pull Bayley into ropes. She lets up at 4 but comes back for more. Alexa yanks on that arm but Bayley swings the other. Alexa catches her and rolls her to a bridging cover. Bayley gets up and powers out, but Alexa tilt-o-whirls, only for Bayley to saido suplex! Cover, TWO! Bayley keeps her cool as she gets to a corner.

Alexa stirs as fans duel again. Bayley aims, runs in, and sunset flip powerbombs Alexa into buckles! But Alexa slumps out of the ring! Nikki checks on her pal, but Bayley runs to DIVE! Nikki takes the hit! Alexa throws hands but Bayley counter punches. Bayley runs but Alexa sends her into steel steps! Alexa drags Bayley up, for a Sunset Flip Bomb! “This is MY title, Bayley!” Alexa drags Bayley up and in to stomp her more. Then Alexa climbs up top but Nikki gets in?! Nikki wants back at Bayley but this wasn’t the time! Bayley climbs up but Alexa sends her back down. Alexa moosnaults, but Twisted Bliss gets knees! And BAYLEY2BELLY! Bayley wins!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall; still SmackDown Women’s Champion

Nikki costs Alexa and Bayley keeps her title! But just what is the truth here? Karma keeping Alexa from getting what she wants? Or Alexa getting what she deserves?

 

The WWE 24/7 Championship has had quite the week.

First, R-Truth gets tricked by Drake Maverick in disguise as Carmella! Maverick high-tailed it out of SmackDown to make it to his wedding, only for a certain someone to crash it! Maverick was in shock that Truth would ruin his special day and take away the title! The newlywed husband would drown his sorrows at the reception, but worse yet, his new wife is asking for a divorce!! Can Maverick salvage his marriage before worrying about his wrestling career?

 

The NEW WWE United States Champion takes pictures with the title!

Ricochet poses for the camera, and the Good Brothers give him congrats. They pose with him for some Too Sweet pics. Ricochet doesn’t want them fooling around, but then AJ Styles joins in. Now it’s a Phenomenal photo shoot. Styles compliments the champ, and says he’ll see him tomorrow on Raw. Wait, what? Is the new champion already up against a top tier contender?

 

Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon!

The Big Dog is a special talent and Shane McMahon knows that. Roman has won multiple Royal Rumbles and is a WWE Grand Slam Champion, but the Best in the World still beat him at WWE Super Showdown. Of course, it wasn’t without a lot of help from the Scottish Terminator, which is why Roman turns his attention to him. Will it be Roman or McIntyre kicking ass and taking names to prove they’re the biggest dog in the WWE Yard?

The moment Roman appears, McIntyre goes at him! They brawl on the ramp, a nd McIntyre whips Roman into barriers. But Roman returns the favor! They finally get in the ring and the bell rings as the fists fly. Roman bumps McIntyre off buckles and gives punches. Shane protests but McIntyre powers out before 10, only to get clothseline’d out! Shane checks on McIntyre but the ref tells him to back off. Roman decides to FLY! Roman wipes out McIntyre as Shane gets clear! Shane backs off even more but Roman pursues. Roman chases Shane through the crowd! Deja vu to Raw as Roman LEAPS, but into McIntyre’s haymaker this time! McIntyre throws Roman into steel steps, too, blasting them apart! He puts Roman in then looms over him.

McIntyre drags Roman up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! McIntyre punches and stomps Roman then whips to suplex him overhead! Cover, TWO! Shane coaches McIntyre on and McIntyre rains down rights. McIntyre chokes Roman, but distracts the ref so Shane can get cheap shots in! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Roman with an armlock and chinbar. Roman endures the holds while fans duel. Roman powers his way up, pries free of the chinbar, and throws haymakers! McIntyre shoves and elbows Roman down! Cover, ONE! McIntyre stomps Roman from head to toe then hooks the mouth. The ref counts and McIntyre lets go at 4.

McIntyre toys with Roman then rains down rights. McIntyre makes sure Roman sees the big one. Fans say “Shane is Awful!” while McIntyre looms over Roman. McIntyre facelocks then deadlifts but Roman resists to snap suplex McIntyre back! Both men are down but slowly stirring. McIntyre sits up first but Roman uppercuts first! Shane hotshots Roman! McIntyre hits a SPINEBUSTER and jackknife covers, TWO! Roman won’t go down to such a cheap screw job. McIntyre hauls Roman up again for that deadlift suplex! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grabs Roman for another armlock and chinbar, but Roman endures as fans duel again. Roman gets up and pries free again, to headbutt! Roman throws hands but McIntyre shoves, only for Roman to kick. But then McIntyre clotheslines Roman! Cover, TWO!

Shane says it’s fine, just stay on him. McIntyre drops an elbow on Roman’s knee, and then pulls him into a grounded surfboard! Roman endures being pulled back while Shane says the timekeeper should be ready. The ref says Shane should stay away from the bell. McIntyre lets Roman go and shifts to a modified crossface! Roman endures all over again, but Shane again checks about the bell. Roman refuses to quit, and powers his way up to fireman’s carry! But McIntyre slips out and shoves Roman, only to run into the Samoan Drop! Both men are down but Shane keeps his confidence in McIntyre. A standing count begins and reaches 5 before McIntyre gets up. Roman slowly follows and throws haymakers. McIntyre returns them, then CHOPS!

Roman haymakers but McIntyre forearms. Roman uppercuts but McIntyre back kicks! McIntyre whips Roman into a corner but Roman comes out with clotheslines! Roman whips but McIntyre reverses, only for Roman to leap and lariat him down! Roman wants Shane to see this as he gives McIntyre point-blank lariats! He gets all 10 and runs, to BOOT McIntyre down! Fans fire up while Shane grows worried. Roman takes aim from a corner, locks ‘n’ loads, but Shane distracts the ref! SUPERMAN PUNCH for Shane! Roman won’t leave Shane alone, he leaps for another SUPERMAN PUNCH! McIntyre slides out but into an uppercut! Roman goes for but misses the Drive-By Dropkick! McIntyre has Roman in the position, Inverted Alabama Slam off the announce desk!

McIntyre puts Roman in, drags him up, scrapbuster slam! Cover, TWO!! Roman lives and McIntyre can’t believe it! McIntyre tries again by putting Roman in the corner. He hoists Roman up top, and CHOPS him before climbing up to join him. Roman trips McIntyre up and punches him into a Tree of Woe! McIntyre sits right up! But Roman headbutts him back, then punches him more. McIntyre throat chops, stands up, and SUPERPLEXES Roman down! Cover, TWO!! Roman still lives but McIntyre is too tired to be frustrated. But McIntyre kips up!? McIntyre aims at Roman from the corner and watches Roman slowly stir. Roman stands, McIntyre runs in but misses! Backslide, TWO! Glasgow Kiss rocks both men!

McIntyre hops up top again, aims at Roman, and leaps INTO A SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Both men slowly sit up but it’s Roman who roars! Fans fire up with Roman as he lets out the battle cry! But McIntyre kicks the spear away! Roman uppercuts, McIntyre gives another Glasgow Kiss, but Roman comes back with a SPEAR! Cover, but Shane yanks the ref out! Shane refuses to let his guy lose! Shane drags Roman up and around to a corner for stomps! The Best in the World throws off his jacket and takes aim from across the way. COAST 2 COAST!! Shane drags Roman over and lets McIntyre cover. He puts the ref in, who counts, TWO!! Roman still survives! McIntyre takes aim again, Roman stand,s SUPERMAN PUNCH! Shane urns in but is thrown out! Roman dodges McIntyre to SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall

The Big Dog survives the Best Screwjob in the World! Shane and McIntyre both fall to Roman here, but is this the end of their war?

 

WWE World Championship Steel Cage Match: Kofi Kingston VS Dolph Ziggler!

The 11 year journey was a dream come true at Wrestlemania this year, but it wasn’t quite as inspiring to the Show-Off. Ziggler returned to the WWE bitter and jealous, claiming all the moments Kofi had on the road to Wrestlemania should’ve been his. Ziggler failed to prove #ItShouldHaveBeenMe at Money in the Bank, but he cites Xavier Woods’ interference as why he lost. Now he and Kofi will be locked inside steel. Will #Kofimania still live on? Or will Ziggler prove he is worthy of being the WWE World, Heavy, Weight, Champion~?!

The cage is lowered, the introductions are made and the belt is raised. The door is locked and the bell rings to begin this MITB rematch!

Ziggler and Kofi circle but keep a distance. Ziggler shows superkick but Kofi gets clear. Kofi tries Trouble in Paradise but Ziggler gets clear, too. The two get in each other’s face, and Ziggler shoves Kofi. Kofi shoves back, but Ziggler climbs the cage! Kofi anchors Ziggler back down and then yanks him off. Ziggler swings but into an arm wrench. Ziggler slips out and dropkicks Kofi down! The Show-off wants the door but Kofi grabs his legs. Ziggler shakes Kofi off but Kofi rolls Ziggler up! TWO, and Kofi dropkicks, only for Ziggler to block! Ziggler catapults Kofi, but Kofi uses it to climb! Ziggler anchors Kofi and yanks him down now. Kofk blocks the superkick to dropkick Ziggler! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps his cool while Ziggler crawls to a corner.

Kofi runs in for a corner splash, then throws European Uppercuts. He whips Ziggler corner to corner but misses the splash this time! Ziggler tosses Kofi into the steel more and Kofi scrapes against it. Ziggler drags Kofi up to rake his face into the steel more. Fans rally up for New Day but Ziggler brings Kofi across the way. Kofi blocks the bump but so does Ziggler, and Ziggler drops Kofi to a neckbreaker! Ziggler drags Kofi back up and throws him right into steel! Kofi bounces off and falls down but Ziggler circles him like a shark. Ziggler drags Kofi up again, digging fingers into Kofi’s face. There are no disqualifications so Ziggler can do that as he puts on the chinlock. Fans rally for Kofi but Ziggler shakes his head no.

Kofi powers up and fights free, but Ziggler throws him down by his hair. Ziggler throws Kofi into steel again! Cover, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Kofi with a crossface! Kofi works against the hold and fans rally up again. Ziggler drags Kofi back down but Kofi backs up to his feet. Kofi jawbreakers free! Ziggler staggers but comes back to put Kofi in a corner. Ziggler fires off fast body shots while fans boo and jeer. The Show-Off backs off, and runs back in, but into an elbow! Kofi boots Ziggler away, then runs to whip. Ziggler reverses but Kofi goes up to dropkick back! Both men are down but fans rally up. Kofi drags himself up with the ropes while Ziggler stands. Kofi rallies with clotheslines and chops! Then a dropkick! Kofi leaps for the lariat but Ziggler sends him into steel! Cover, TWO!

Ziggler keeps his cool as he drags Kofi back up. Ziggler puts Kofi in a corner and slaps him! He slaps Kofi over and over, and shouts “Look what you made me do!” Ziggler throws Kofi but Kofi sends Ziggler into steel! Kofi does it again! Ziggler flounders around but Kofi keeps on him, a third time off the steel! Kofi slaps Ziggler now, but Ziggler shoves him away. Ziggler kicks out a leg, but his famouser is sent into a steel beam! Kofi rolls Ziggler, TWO! Fans rally and Kofi leaves Ziggler behind to climb! Ziggler hurries after to anchor a foot! Kofi fights Ziggler off and continues, but Ziggler climbs up after him. Kofi and Ziggler brawl on the top rope, and Ziggler bounces Kofi off the steel. Ziggler tries again but Kofi bumps Ziggler back!

Kofi knocks Ziggler off the top! Kofi’s climb continues! But he sees Ziggler get back up, so he springboard crossbodies instead! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps his cool and climbs again. Kofi reaches the top but Ziggler scrambles after! Ziggler gets Kofi’s feet and drags him back down! Ziggler bumps Kofi off steel and Kofi falls back. Now Ziggler climbs, but Kofi hurries up! They’re both at the very top! Kofi headbutts Ziggler, but Ziggler tries to climb down the outside! Kofi anchors Ziggler on the top, but Ziggler kicks and flails! But Kofi clubs and drags Ziggler back, to the top rope, for another headbutt! Both men fall to the mat! Kofi and Ziggler crawl towards each other, and start brawling! Ziggler haymakers but Kofi gives it back. Now Ziggler headbutts, but Kofi hits SOS!! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler survives and Kofi is too tired to be frustrated.

Kofi crawls to a corner as fans rally and even duel. Ziggler stands and Kofi aims, Trouble in- Ziggler catches Kofi but Kofi slips out of the back suplex. Kofi boots but Ziggler catches it to a takedown and leg DDT! Kofi clutches the bad leg but Ziggler keeps on it. Ziggler rolls Kofi to have the leglock! Kofi endures and drags himself to ropes. Kofi gets the rope but there are no ropebreaks in the cage! Ziggler still twists and pulls, but Kofi uses the ropes to stand. Kofi climbs more, even with Ziggler on his leg! Ziggler yanks Kofi off, then SUPERKICKS! But Kofi hits the door! The door opens and Kofi starts slumping! Ziggler grabs Kofi to keep him inside! Ziggler drags Kofi up but Kofi grabs the steps to stay outside. Kofi and Ziggler have a tug-o-war, but Ziggler gets Kofi back in.

Kofi endures the heel hook more, and Ziggler sits up to get leverage. But Kofi stands and rolls to send Ziggler into a corner! Ziggler comes back but swings into Trouble- No, the ankle lock is back! Ziggler twists Kofi’s foot all over the place! And puts his full weight on the leg to anchor Kofi down. He even uses the ropes for leverage! Kofi endures, hops to his feet, and pulls Ziggler into an ankle lock of his own! Ziggler flails and kicks Kofi away. ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!? Kofi survives but Ziggler is too tired to be shocked! Ziggler dares Kofi to stand, but his superkick is countered with a hook kick! Kofi and Ziggler fight for control, and Kofi gets a facelock. Ziggler backs away towards the door! Ziggler feels his way through the doorway but Kofi anchors him. Kofi drags Ziggler while Ziggler kicks and flails.

Kofi powers Ziggler into the ring, then suplexes. Ziggler slips out but his legs give out. That doesn’t matter, he crawls for the dooor again! Ziggler reaches but those are his hands, not his feet, touching the ground! Ziggler does what Kofi did and grab that steel staircase! Kofi drags Ziggler by tights and boots, but Ziggler thumbs the eyes! Ziggler is free, and crawling out the door! But Kofi scrambles up to DIVE! Kofi gets out first!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by escape; still WWE World Champion

What an innovative yet risky way to win! Kofi dives to victory, and it is NOT Ziggler who has the title! Is this Ziggler’s last shot at the WWE Championship? Will he back for more? The New Day returns to celebrate with Kofi, but how long can Kofimania keep going?

 

On-stage interview with The New Day!

Charly congratulates Kofi on retaining the WWE Championship, but asks what is next for him? Kofi said it before and says it again: he respects Ziggler as a competitor. But Kofi also vowed to walk out of Stmping Ground our W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion! And he did, BABYYYYY~! The New Day keeps the celebration going, but will it last through the summer?

 

Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre are furious backstage.

But Kayla comes by to ask some questions. After all the hype, Roman got the last laugh. McIntyre doesn’t care if Roman is laughing! McIntyre wants a rematch! Shane tells he’ll get it, on Raw! Roman will have to prove how bad he really is, when he takes on them both! And then Roman will finally learn the WWE is Shane’s Yard!

 

WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin w/ Special Guest Referee ???

Apparently the Lone Wolf still has a lot of pull with WWE management from his (failed) time as a Raw General Manager. But he cites that the ref was “incompetent” during the Super Showdown Universal Championship match, so now he gets his own handpicked referee to call this match. Is this what it will take for Corbin to finally be champion? Or will Rollins continue to #BurnItDown?

At the same time, with Paul Heyman spotted in the arena, will The Beast in the Bank still appear to cash-in? And if he does, will whoever wins this match stand a chance of staying WWE Universal Champion?

The introductions are made, and of course we need to see who Corbin even got to be special guest referee. Rollins makes sure to keep that promise of attacking whoever sides with Corbin by showing off that steel chair. The former Raw GM, former Golden Gloves boxing champion, former WWE United States Champion, former Mr. MITB, the man who retired Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania, and “Tacoma’s Favorite Son” grabs a mic but Rollins won’t let him speak. Rollins grabs the mic to say he doesn’t know who took the job, but warns them that they will get the same treatment as all the others. Rollins dares Corbin’s choice to come out so they can just get this over with.

Corbin picks the mic back up to continue where he left off. “After much deliberation,” Corbin chose… The Sassy Southern Belle, Lacey Evans! And yes, she walks out in a fashionable referee uniform! Rollins can’t hit Lacey, can he? She tells him to drop the chair, but Corbin lurking distracts Rollins. Lacey grabs the chair, then Corbin attacks from behind! Corbin stomps away on Rollins, then jams him with the chair! Referee Lacey doesn’t seem to care about any of this. Lacey is sticking it to Becky since Rollins is The Man’s man. Lacey asks for the chair and Corbin lets her have it. Corbin fetches Rollins while Lacey disposes of teh chair. The bell rings, and this match finally starts!

Corbin lifts and throws Rollins down! Cover, TWO! The count might have been fast, but you won’t see Corbin complain. Corbin follows Rollins outside to ram him into barriers! Then throws him into more barriers! Corbin drags Rollins up to bring him all the way over to the far side barriers! Lacey “reprimands” Corbin while fans say “This is Stupid!” Corbin rams Rollins into the post then puts him in the ring. By the way, Lacey wasn’t counting for them being outside. Corbin drags Rollins up but Rollins CHOPS and punches back! Rollins whips but Corbin reverses. Rollins dodges Corbin but Corbin slides out. Corbin slides back in to clothesline Rollins down! Rollins rolls to the ropes but Corbin stalks him to the corner.

Corbin drags Rollins up for haymakers, then grinds as he rams his knee into Rollins. Corbin runs to punch Rollins back down! Fans boo but Rollins gets back up. Rollins grimaces but Corbin rams his knee in again. Corbin runs again, but Rollins dodges to CHOP and punch back! Rollins whips but Corbin hits a DDT! Corbin watches Rollins crawl to a corner. Corbin looms over Rollins and whips him corner to corner hard! Rollins hits buckles then mat! Lacey mockingly checks on Rollins, but Corbin is on him again with another hard whip! Rollins tumbles up then down the buckles! Corbin drags Rollins around to throw body shots and haymakers in a corner. Fans tell Corbin he’s “Boring~! Boring~!” but Corbin puts Rollins up top.

Corbin throws hands then climbs up. Rollins fights back while resisting the superplex! Lacey reprimands Rollins as he headbutts Corbin away. Rollins leaps over Corbin, then runs, but into an uppercut! Corbin hops up and leaps for ax handles! Lacey “checks” on Rollins while Corbin mocks the fans. Corbin drags Rollins up for more haymakers, but Rollins gives them back! Rollins gets an edge but Corbin shoves him back. Corbin slides out then in again, but Rollins dodges to PELE! Both men are down and Lacey tells Corbin to get up. Rollins and Corbin both stand, and they brawl more! Corbin forearms, Rollins haymakers, then Rollins counter punches and chops! Lacey reprimands ROllins but he whips. Corbin reverses but Rollins reverses back for a rolling elbow!

Rollins dodges Corbin to hit a Slingblade! Rollins boots Corbin from a corner then hops up, blockbuster! Corbin is up but Rollins clotheslines him out! Rollins aims and runs, to DIVE! Direct hit! Rollins puts Corbin in fast then springboards, flying knee! SUPERKICK! Rollins covers but Lacey takes her sweet time counting, so Corbin gets out at “TWO”! Fans boo while Lacey tells Corbin to get up. Fans chant for Becky but Rollins runs at Corbin. Corbin puts Rollins on the apron but Rollins shoulder back in. Rollins slingshots but into a haymaker! Corbin joins Rollins on the apron and drags him up. Corbin choke lifts but Rollins hotshots him! Then slides out to powerbomb him through the announce desk!! Fans love that one!

Rollins gets in the ring and tells Lacey to count! Lacey reluctantly does, but she again takes her sweet time doing it. She eventually gets to 5, but even that long 5 is before Corbin moves. The count goes to 7 but Lacey pretends something is wrong with her boots. She gets to 8 but then says the match is going to be a No Count Outs?! The announcer announces it, to which Rollins still can’t believe.

WWE Universal Championship No Count Outs: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin w/ Special Guest Referee Lacey Evans!

Rollins drags Corbin from the wreckage and into the ring. Rollins shouts at Lacey and says, “You asked for it!” Burn It Down! Mule kick, run, but Corbin bails out. So Rollins DIVES, into a haymaker! But he hits Corbin back out, to DIVE! Into an apron choke slam! Corbin gives Rollins another choke slam! Cover, TWO!! Lacey tried being fast but it wasn’t fast enough. Corbin keeps his cool, and from the look on his face, has an idea. Corbin drags Rollins around by his legs, but Rollins knows what this is! Ropebreak, not that Lacey would say it. Corbin yanks Rollins but Rollins lands on his feet! Rollins elbows Corbin, dodges him, then runs in. But into a boot! Corbin leaps but gets ropes! SUPERKICK!

Rollins climbs up again, FROG SPLASH! Cover, but Lacey reluctantly counts, and then pretends to get a shoulder cramp. Rollins and the fans are tired of this farce. Rollins glares at Lacey, then goes at Corbin. Corbin jabs and SMACKS him with a chair! Obviously these chair shots don’t count to Lacey. Corbin puts Rollins back in the ring and SMACKS Rollins more! Lacey again plays dumb to this. She “reprimands” Corbin about the chair, and he “apologizes.” Now Lacey has to make another adjustment: No Disqualifications…

WWE Universal Championship No Hold Barred: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin w/ Special Guest Referee Lacey Evans!

And we thought Shane was trying to pull one over on Roman. Fans still want to see where Becky went, but Corbin drags Rollins up. But Rollins spins out to throw hands! Corbin shoves and pops Rollins up, but Rollins gives him a Falcon Arrow on the chair! Cover, but Lacey doesn’t even start this time! Michael Cole counts to 7 but it doesn’t matter! Rollins is starting to reach a breaking ponit, but between Lacey being an official and a lady, he isn’t allowed to. Lacey even SLAPS him! Rollins laughs it off, and the two argue. She SLAPS him again! Then kicks him low! Corbin comes back but Rollins punches him away! Lacey low blows Rollins! END OF DAYS!!

But here’s Becky!! She finally gives Lacey what she deserves! And it’s No DQ, after all! Becky forearms Lacey down! Then throws her into barriers! Then Becksploder into the barriers! Before raining down more rights! Real referees come out to pull Becky off Lacey and Corbin shouts for someone to get in. John Cohn is back from Super Showdown! Corbin reels Rollins in but Rollins slips out, SUPERKICK! CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion

The Lone Wolf’s ludicrous conspiracy fell apart! Becky checks on her man, and he’s clearly thankful she helped out. #ManSquared stand tall as WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Champion, are they going to #BurnItDown with Straight Fire?

 


 

My Thoughts:

For the concerns and disappointments in the build, I have to say, WWE managed to salvage everything with the actual Stomping Grounds event. There were still some glaring flaws, but pretty much everything made up for everything up to this point. I still wish the WWE would treat Cruiserweights better, because to be honest, their title match did not deserve to just be a kickoff show match be default. Nothing personal to New Day, Kevin Owens or Sami, but they should’ve been the kickoff show. There was nothing on the line, and they made the first part into Kevin-Sami Spam Their Best But Woods Survives. It would’ve been more shocking and perhaps better served to the story if Kevin & Sami won faster or maybe dirtier than they did.

What we got was still a really good match, because of the four men in the match, but it wasn’t even for being #1 contenders to tag titles. Meanwhile, the Triple Threat was an actual Cruiserweight Championship match. And it was a great one! I knew all there guys were going to give it their all, and Gulak won as predicted. It would’ve been too much too soon for Nese to retain against two top opponents, and Tozawa was clearly in to take the pin from Gulak. This all works so that at WWE Extreme Rules, Nese finds his way to a rematch so that he and Gulak can go to the extreme to not only fight for the belt, but settle their feud that’s been long-standing since the dreadful Enzo Amore days of 205 Live. That could go either way, and would definitely raise the winner’s stock considerably.

I was really surprised in the moment that the Raw Women’s Championship was first up, but we know why now. Lynch VS Lacey was a good but I feel like the MITB one was better. Perhaps because of the story they had planned, that’s why. Obviously Lynch retains but sadly it seems like WWE is trying to make her VS Lacey a real rivalry. And good to see the SmackDown Women’s Championship match turned out about how I figured. Nikki costs Alexa, but for now, Alexa doesn’t seem that upset at her. Maybe that changes if something goes wrong again. Hopefully this means Bayley moves on to actual SmackDown superstars like Carmella, once she and Ember Moon deal with Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville. Again, if only Vince hadn’t ruined the Women’s Tag Division…

What a great surprise for Ricochet to win the United States Championship! And then he gets congrats from HHH! That must be a sign that WWE sees Ricochet’s value and is going to use it to the fullest. This match was great, too, so apparently Joe was for it, too. I really hope Ricochet brings back the United States Championship Open Challenge, we need to see him take on any assortment of superstars even without it being a PPV. Though, AJ Styles talking to Ricochet, that must mean that’s the plan for Extreme Rules. Bryan and Rowan were great in their kickoff promo, and their match with Heavy Machinery was also great. No idea who there is unless Kevin & Sami suddenly go Face to face Bryan & Rowan. Or that huge WWE Undisputed Tag Title idea I had given what Raw did.

Shane really tried his hardest to screw Roman over. I almost thought he was going to recreate the Montreal Screwjob having the bell ring to say Roman “submit” to McIntyre’s modified crossface. But luckily they didn’t go that way, even though it did lead to Roman winning to regain that ol’ Super Roman level of power. A handicap to count as the joint Shane-McIntyre VS Roman rematch on Raw is just gonna be the same and sadly it does no one any favors. The cage match was about how all cage matches go, but what really made it good was Kofi’s dive to escape. No one ever did that before, and I don’t know why, but it was great for Kofi to be the one.

I really thought there was going to be a cash-in while The New Day was on stage. On one hand, Lesnar needs to remind Kofi he’s a target, too, but then again, maybe he’s letting Kofi think he’s not a concern at all until a much bigger PPV, such as Summerslam. I guess Heyman teasing is enough for the WWE. Then the WWE Universal Championship, that was dragged out for way too long. Becky should’ve been on Lacey much sooner. I get they wanted things to escalate to that No DQ “restart,” but even that could’ve been done faster because I’m sure plenty of wrestling fans have seen the “biased referee” bit before. Lacey payed it perfectly, though, but this should’ve all been a half step faster. But hey, at least WWE can now market the real-life relationship of Rollins and Becky.

My Score: 8.2/10


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