- Guitar on a Pole Match: Elias VS Jason Jordan; Jordan wins.
- Asuka VS Stacy Coates; Asuka wins.
- Titus O’Neil w/ Apollo Crews VS Samoa Joe; no contest.
- Samoa Joe VS Finn Balor; double count-out.
- Nia Jax & Alicia Fox VS Bayley & Sasha Banks; Bayley & Sasha win.
- Braun Strowman VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage; no contest.
- Enzo Amore VS Pete Dunne; Dunne wins.
- WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose VS The Bar; The Bar wins and becomes new Raw Tag Team Champions.
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WWE addresses the church shooting on 11/5/17.
BRAUN STROWMAN HAS RETURNED!
And he was not through with The Miztourage. He emerged from the back of a garbage truck, and then treated The Miz, Bo Dallas and most of all, Curt Axel, like garbage. The Monster Among Men didn’t get full rectification as The Miz got away, when will Strowman’s revenge catch up to the Hollywood A-Lister?
Miz TV is in the UK!
Before getting started, Miz has a message for Baron Corbin. For those who don’t know, there has been a social media war of words. If The Lone Wolf insults Maryse ever again, Miz will knock his teeth down his throat. So what does Corbin do? Escalates to talking about Miz’s unborn daughter, and how Corbin will be Miz’s Daddy. The Manchester fans join in on a “Who’s your daddy?” chants. Not Corbin. Miz speaks from the heart, Corbin rips off lines. Miz is a pitcher throwing heaters, Corbin better be ready to step up to the plate. Corbin is the Bathroom Break, Miz is the Whole Damn Show! Bring your A-Game against the A-Lister, Corbin, because you’re gonna finally become relevant. To business. Their Raw GM wants at the SmackDown Commissioner, it’s Kurt Angle!
Miz welcomes Angle and wants to talk Survivor Series. Despite their differences, Angle supports Miz against Corbin. Miz wishes he could say the same. Well, if anyone knows what Angle can do in the ring, it’s Miz. Or did he forget TLC? Fans sure loved that, didn’t’ they? Yes, Miz remembers Angle abusing power to have one last glory, Miz remembers his team falling apart, but he remembers Stephanie saying this after. Stephanie gave the ultimatum, Angle will captain Team Raw and win, or he’ll be fired as Raw GM. Raw is nearing its 25th anniversary, Raw has the best talent and fans. SmackDown’s had a good 18 year run, but Shane has an “inferiority complex”. SmackDown is and will be The B Show, Raw will prove it. How about when they brought Raw #UnderSiege? How did Angle respond? SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan was attacked by Kane! Even when Bryan said he had no part in what Shane did. SmackDown might just show up again and have Raw #UnderSiege2. Angle says he didn’t condone Kane’s attack, he apologizes here and now. Angle respects Daniel. Fans agree, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Oh Angle didn’t scheme that attack up? Stephanie tore into Angle, and The Real Angle returned. That Angle did whatever it took to get the job done! He wanted to eliminate Bryan, just like he wanted to eliminate The Miztourage! Forcing Miz to defend the title, then kept Miz trapped so Strowman could attack! And poor, poor Curt Axel — who gets cheers from the fans — was caught. Bryan doesn’t deserve an apology, Axel does. Angle won’t give one- Miz’s hand goes up, your mouth goes shut. Angle will not let Miz tell him what to do. Okay, okY, calm down. If Angle had nothing to do with Kane or Strowman, then why is Strowman on Team Raw?! Those two things are not related. Strowman deserves to be on Team Raw, but he is promised something: a match, tonight, AGAINST MIZ! Miz is begging Angle reconsider, Angle leaves. Will Miz even make it to Survivor Series? Will he even make it out of Manchester?!
Guitar on a Pole Match: Elias VS Jason Jordan!
The Drifter can’t give Manchester his usual concert, because his guitar is the one dangling in a corner. Once brought down, the guitar is a weapon, and when it’s smashed on someone, the target loses. Elias says “I am Destiny manifested.” Every guitar of Elias’ is special to him, The GOld Blooded Son insulted him when he smashed one last week. But, Elias is still going to sing. What do they want? Wonderwall? Really? Too bad, he has an original piece, a capella. And it’ll be better than the stuff by what’s his face. Not that it matters, Jordan interrupts him again!
The bell rings, Elias goes for the guitar but JJ stops him, so they brawl instead. Elias shoves JJ out of the way, but JJ keeps him from getting tot he guitar, dropkick sends Elias out. JJ follows to stay between the Drifter and the guitar, even back into the ring. The fans duel, the superstars brawl, we go to break.
We return, Elias is kicking JJ while he’s down. Stiff European Uppercut puts JJ in a corner, then a stiff chop rings out, but JJ comes back with clubbing forearms. Elias body shots and saido suplex but JJ slips out and shoves Elias to a corner, shoulder tackle to Northern Lights! Float over, another Northern Lights! JJ fires up, as do fans, JJ goes for the guitar. JJ grabs the guitar, Elias trips him up and lets him bounce off buckles. Elias lariats JJ down, then goes to fetch his “baby”. It’s off the hook!
Now it is a weapon, aimed at JJ, JJ ducks! JJ kicks low, has the guitar, Elias gets out of the ring. JJ pursues, they run around the side, Elias catches JJ on reentry. He stomps JJ at the ropes, then picks up the guitar. Elias aims, swings, JJ grabs Elias and powers him to a corner. Then across to the opposite corner. Then, back the other way! JJ throws Elias overhead, he’s all fired up again. JJ has the guitar, Elias is dazed, fans duel as JJ SMACKS Elias on the back! JJ wins, Elias quite literally feels the blues.
Kurt Angle is visited by The Bar.
Cesaro & Sheamus feel Angle isn’t putting Raw’s “best foot forward” for Survivor Series. Last week, Miz and Bliss defend titles because Angle wants Raw’s best. Yet, Rollins & Ambrose haven’t defended it. Showing favoritism? What would Stephanie think? When Raw was #UnderSiege, the Shield was the last line of defense yet they fail. Well then The Bar should be the first line! Don’t manipulate, man up! Okay then, fella. The Bar wants to represent as the Tag Team Champions, because they can beat the Usos while Rollins & Ambrose can’t. Fine, one last chance at those titles, tonight! The Bar gets their match, will they win it?
Asuka VS Stacy Coates!
Stacy taps, Asuka wins! As if there was going to be any other outcome.
Alicia The Captain gives us a message.
Asuka is now part of Raw’s Women’s Team! If Raw isn’t ready for Asuka, can SmackDown hope to be?
Backstage interview with Titus Worldwide.
Titus O’Neil is reminded of what happened to Apollo Crews when Samoa Joe returned to dominate him. Why does Titus want a match with Joe tonight?
Titus Worldwide~ loves to have fun, but that didn’t happen last week. This week, Joe better be ready for trouble. The Real Deal is determined, can he defeat the Destroyer?
Titus O’Neil w/ Apollo Crews VS Samoa Joe!
Titus likes making million dollar moves, but Joe makes a major statement as he starts a brawl with Titus on the stage! Apollo gets dumped aside, Coquina Clutch for Titus! Referees hurry to make Joe stop, Joe stops when he wants to stop.
Titus is out cold, Joe coldly makes his way to the ring. “It does not matter if you are as big or as powerful as Titus. It does not matter if you have the athleticism of Apollo crews. IF you stand in my way, I will put, you, down.” If anybody wants to prove Joe wrong, then come on out. Joe isn’t done yet. Who comes out? FINN BALOR!
Samoa Joe VS Finn Balor!
It’s been some time since The Destroyer and the Extraordinary Man clashed in the ring, and now we get this epic rematch by surprise! The bell rings, the two circle. Finn is wary of Joe, but the fans have his back. Joe and Finn tie up, Joe powers Finn to ropes but Finn turns it around. Ropebreak, but Joe kicks low. Headlock, Finn powers out, Joe shoulders Finn down. Joe gets Finn up for jabs, Finn gives right hands and body shots. Joe is backed down but he turns it around to grind Finn’s eyes on the ropes. Joe chops Finn then drags him into powerbomb but Finn gets a takedown and a standing double stomp! Finn gets Joe in a corner, whip is reversed, but Finn dodges to swing kick Joe down. Finn climbs up, Joe gets up and trips Finn up. Finn tumbles down, fans rally, Joe gets Finn up for more stiff jabs. Finn ends up in another corner, but fires back with forearms. Whip reversed again, Joe gets the back elbow and Pele!
Cover, TWO, Joe keeps focus. Joe stalks Finn, snapmare and neck wrench. Fans rally, Finn feeds off it to get up and power out, throwing right hands until Joe headbutts. Snapmare, stiff chop to the back followed by a kick and then an elbow drop, TWO. Joe might be a little annoyed, fans rally for Finn, Finn fights back. Finn runs, Joe runs him over with a back elbow. Cover, TWO, Joe puts Finn right back to the neck wrench. Fans cheer Finn on again, dueling even, Finn gets up and fights out. Finn gives forearms, Joe gives a knee, Joe whips Finn but Finn boots back. Finn gives a forearm that rocks Joe, then another, but Joe stays standing. Finn fires up, ducks a lariat, forearm takes Joe down! Joe in a corner, Finn gives a running chop. Corner to corner reversed, Finn up and over, stiff kick from Joe slows Finn. Joe hops up, Finn kicks Joe down and out! Finn runs, wrecking ball dropkick knocks Joe back. Then from the apron, Too Sweet, Penalty Kick!
Joe falls over, Finn is fired up thanks to his Balor Club. Finn gets Joe up, gets Joe in, Finn climbs up but Joe rolls out. So Finn builds speed around the way, forearm smash to Joe! Joe is down as we go to break.
Upon return, both men are in the ring, Slingblade takes Joe down. Joe dodges the blasting dropkick, back senton crushes Finn, TWO! Joe is looking a little frustrated, fans rally for Finn. Joe watches Finn get up, puts him in a corner and hoists him up to the top. Finn resists, knowing what Joe wants. Joe chops Finn, Finn wavers on the top, Joe goes for a fireman’s carry, Finn slips down to a sunset flip, TWO! Joe jabs Finn again, Finn chops, Joe gives a forearm, PELE from Finn!
Both men down, the ref starts a ten count. Finn stirs at about 4, gets to his feet at about 7. Joe stirs and gets up as well, Finn dodges to Slingblade Joe down again. Finn hits that dropkick now, Joe is blasted to buckles and falls down. Finn fires up, as do the fans, Finn climbs up and… Coup- No, Joe dodged it, Finn runs in and gets sat down with the yurinagi! Cover, TWO, and Joe is running out of ideas. Manchester declares “This is awesome!” Joe is up first this time, stalking Finn again. Joe wants that submission, Finn is in the sleeper hold! Finn uses the buckles for leverage, rolls back and out, another double stomps! Joe rolls out of the ring, those ribs took a hit. Finn takes aim, runs, and FLIES!
Direct hit! Joe goes down, so does Finn, a ring count begins. Finn gets up and goes over to Joe, dragging Joe up and giving shots. Joe gives shots back, runs and throws Finn to the ramp! The ring count is high, hits 10! Double count out! A draw won’t stop Joe, he drags Finn up, Finn revives to fire off more strikes!
The referees try to stop this scrap, it isn’t working. They brawl on the stage, the fans want to “Let them fight!” The fight continues, the referees bring out security, and even Angle. The two are separated, Finn says he could do this all day. The fans want to see that, but Angle says this is enough. Survivor Series is about Raw VS SmackDown, this ferocity is what he wants! Welcome to Team Raw, boys! Combustible elements to say the least, but they need to save that for SmackDown. Not Finn, he FLIES from the stage to collide with Joe again! Did Angle just add some dysfunction to his team? Or will things be put aside to prove Raw is the superior brand?
Bo Dallas gives Miz a pep talk.
So what if Braun Strowman rose from the garbage like in a horror film? Halloween is over, monsters aren’t real. What’s real is The Miztrouage’s superior intellect, their bond, and their strength in numbers. Strowman is flesh and bone, a whole lot of it, but they can do this. Right, Axel? No one ever manhandled Axel the way Strowman has. Axel is becoming a believer that Strowman is a Monster Among Men. They should just cut their losses and run. Miz’s glare says otherwise. Well, if Miz isn’t afraid, the Miztourage isn’t, either. Should they be?
Kurt Angle tries to apologize to Daniel Bryan on the phone.
Bryan isn’t answering his phone, Angle apologizes as best he can on the voicemail, and hopes Bryan calls him back. That aside, he’s visited by JJ now. Great match and win, and even when JJ didn’t win against John Cena or Roman Reigns, he was impressive. JJ better have thick skin, Angle needs someone he can trust. JJ, you will be the fifth man for Team Raw. Seriously? Yes. Thanks so much! JJ will not let him down, this is going to be a big win! Is the Olympic Gold Medalist really not favoring his Gold-Blooded Son in all this?
Backstage interview with Bayley & Sasha Banks.
They’re to take on Alicia Fox & Nia Jax, are they going to be on Team Raw? Not yet. Foxy is “different”, but not so much that she’d leave these two off the team. After being put #UnderSiege, Raw has motivation to win. The only hugs, are going to be consolation when SmackDown loses. Nice. SmackDown has Becky, Charlotte, Carmella, Tamina and Naomi, but Raw isn’t going to have The Legit Boss? No no. Foxy better call on these two, but they’ll give her a reminder just in case tonight.
Nia Jax & Alicia Fox VS Bayley & Sasha Banks!
The Brutal Beauty was The Captain’s first choice, and a good one. Asuka was second and also a really good one. Depending on how this match goes, will Captain Alicia’s hand be forced to fill the last two spots with The Huggable One & The Legit Boss? The fans serenade Bayley as she starts against Foxy, Foxy gets mad that they aren’t singing for her. The two circle, Foxy being all crazy, tag to Nia. Nia and Bayley circle, tie up, Bayley is put in a corner then thrown out of it, Bayley ends up in another corner and takes a headbutt before being thrown again. Nia mocks Bayley’s fans, squashes her in that corner, but then Bayley jumps out for a headlock. Nia powers out, then dares Bayley to come back. Bayley throws forearms but is shoved away, the fans rally as Bayley throws more forearms. Tag to Sasha, they both power Nia into a corner, then assisted whip splash, Sasha comes in but is put on the apron. Sasha punches Nia back, flying crossbody caught, Nia scoops but Sasha slips out, schoolgirl blocked but the elbow drop is dodged. Shining Wizard from Sasha, ONE as Sasha is tossed away. Nia picks up and puts Sasha in her corner, tag to Alicia. Alicia stomps and forearms Sasha, snapmare, chinlock, Alicia thrashes Sasha around but fans rally for The Boss. Sasha gets up, Alicia puts her in a corner but Sasha turns that around, then to her corner, tag to Bayley. Bayley stomps and arm wrenches, shoulder breaker, armlock. Fans serenade Bayley again, Bayley whips Alicia but gets a boot. Nia blind tag, Alicia comes at Bayley but is thrown out, Nia clobbers Bayley from behind. Fans boo and jeer, Nia pretends not to know why, we go to break.
We return, Nia flattens Bayley with elbow drops, but that song continues all the same. Nia puts Bayley in the corner, tags Alicia, Alicia scratches and punches Bayley. Alicia stretches Bayley against the ropes and then kicks away at Bayley’s back. Cover, TWO, Foxy is already frustrated. She puts Bayley back in a chinlock, fans rally for Bayley. Bayley feeds off it, but gets thrown down. Alicia drags Bayley over, tag to Nia. Bayley is anchored as Nia stomps on her. Nia drags Bayley up, whips her to a corner and crushers her against buckles. Fans boo and jeer again, Nia stomps on Bayley more. Fans keep rallying, Bayley gives double ax handles, but she’s shoved back, flying crossbody caught into a bearhug but Bayley fights out. Bayley is whipped to a corner again, goes up and over but is caught on Nia’s shoulder, Bayley is given snake eyes on a top buckle. Nia runs to swing on Sasha, Sasha hops off the apron and then comes back, telling Nia to wait until she’s back in the match. Nia stands on Bayley’s ponytail and then pulls Bayley’s arms. Nia lets go, then stalks Bayley at the ropes. Nia throws Bayley into her corner, mocks the wacky waving arms, tag to Alicia. Bayley fights back, right hands and elbows everywhere, but Alicia grabs Bayley’s hand. Whip turns into a dropkick on Nia, Alicia is pushed into buckles. Fans rally as Bayley crawls, Alicia hurries after but Bayley still reaches Sasha for the tag! Sasha kicks Alicia, then flying double knees!
Dropkick for Nia again, Sasha runs, tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Sasha blocks Alicia’s boots, puts Alicia sideways on the second rope, Stock Drop Knees! Nia back in to yank Sasha off the pin. Bayley back, hops on for a sleeper hold on Nia! Nia goes to dump Bayley out, Bayley and Sasha work to dump Nia out! Alicia rolls Sasha, two, Bank Statement Crossface!
Alicia taps out, Sasha and Bayley win! The Captain speaks, and she admits she needs “Bossy Banks” on her team. She WANTS Sasha on her team! Sasha is in, but Bayley isn’t? Well, that was unexpected. How will this affect their friendship?
Braun Strowman VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage!
The Monster Among Men wanted to treat Angle and The Shield like garbage, but turns out Team Miz threw him out with the trash. Strowman survived being compacted in the back of the garbage truck, and is back for revenge, will The Miz survive to make it to Survivor Series? Miz is so worried, he barely wants to get in the ring. The bell rings, Miz gets out of the ring, and regroups with his Miztourage. He has them go off to the side, they get around behind Strowman, he scares them off as Miz gets in, but then Miz gets out when Strowman’s eyes lock on him. They regroup again, and come up with a new plan as the ring count climbs up. At 7, Miztourage distracts, Miz gets in, Strowman scares Bo and Axel off to grab Miz! Miz is in a corner, then thrown out of it! Miz ends up on the opposite end, and rolls out. The Miztourage checks on their boss, Strowman comes out to run them off. Strowman uses a shortcut to grab Miz by the hair and pulls him up, to smack him into the post!
Strowman roars, the fans echo it, another ring count begins but Strowman isn’t a patient monster. He throws Miz back into the ring, and then keeps Miz from running away. Strowman picks Miz up onto one shoulder, AK-47 cutter! Miz might be out cold. Now Strowman wants after Bo and Axel. Right hand floors Bo easy, Axel begs for mercy. He has a neck brace, for crying out loud! Strowman doesn’t care, he chucks Axel into the barriers! Strowman stomps his way into the ring, stalks Miz, then drags the Intercontinental Champion up. “You can’t run!” Strowman says as he tosses Miz onto the Miztourage! All three men are down on the outside, but fire and brimstone erupt from the stage! KANE is here! Monster and Machine lock eyes as Kane makes his way down to the ring.
They stand face to face, Strowman reminds Kane he threw him into a garbage truck, but can’t kill “The ONLY Monster on Monday Night Raw!” The two brawl! Strowman backs Kane down, whips corner to corner, Kane boots back. Kane takes aim, choke grip, but Strowman pries his way out of it. Scoop up, powerslam down! Strowman roars, but Kane sits up. Kane is up, but gets clothesline’d out, landing on his feet. Strowman is preoccupied, Miz and Bo attack from behind. Strowman is too much for them, corner clothesline on Bo and then one on Miz, Miz is scooped, Miz gets slammed! Strowman is unstoppable, SmackDown better just stay out of his way.
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose.
Unexpected but not upsetting, the Raw Tag Team Champions are happy to defend their titles. Tonight, The Bar will be taken care of, then it’ll be fish and chips to celebrate. The Shield brothers are ready for anything and anyone. They’re going to make “Team Blue” into “Team Black & Blue”. And yellow. And purple. But The Usos are going to see who really is the best tag team in the WWE. The Bar are bad dudes, but they’re so uncool. Rollins doesn’t like them. Ambrose doesn’t like them. Surely Renee Young doesn’t like them. She remains impartial, but Rollins is pretty sure she doesn’t like interviewing them. No one wants those two to win, and they won’t if the champs have their way. If Cesaro & Sheamus say they’re the bar, but The Shield is the real bar. Can the Architect and Lunatic keep the status quo in Manchester?
Enzo Amore is in Manchester!
The Certified G cheated Kalisto out of the title, How You Doin? How’s he doing? Great! Enzo would ask Manchester how they’re doing, but he knows: They’re grateful for him to be here. But you can’t be grateful if you ain’t great, but Enzo is great so he’s grateful. He’s grateful for his fans, who cheer and take pictures and serenade him like some do here. That chant started here, it ends here, so shut up. Enzo can’t avoid the press, he can’t avoid a question: What is next for the Realest Champ in the Room? Oh by the way, those who want Neville, too bad. Enzo ran him outta town. Anyway, Enzo tells the kids asking “what’s next?” Enzo wanted to lie, but he doesn’t lie! Enzo told the kid, “I’m sorry, but you know what’s next? Kalisto at Survivor Series.” Ugh. Poor kid. They were both disappointed, so the kid asked, but you already did beat him. Yeah, but he has to defend it again. Why taking Kalisto on again? Enzo doesn’t know, except there’s a conspiracy! Enzo is the only one defending a title at Survivor Series, he’s a One Man Brand right now. The ‘Zo Show is money, in dollars. Because pound for pound, he’s worth his weight in gold. Kalisto is barely worth his weight in Doritos! Speaking of Kalisto, he finally comes out to end this.
But where is he going? To take a seat. And why is that? Because PETE DUNNE is here!! Well, wait, no, that’s Kurt Angle first. Because he’s announcing that a Cruiserweight is taking on the Bruiserweight. The WWE UK Champion is finally on Raw!
Enzo Amore VS Pete Dunne!
The Certified G may not know who his opponent is, but everyone else does, and everyone else knows he’s not someone to take lightly. The bell rings, Enzo trash talks Dunne, Dunne just seems confused as to what Enzo is even doing. Stiff forearm and stomps shut Enzo up!
Enzo gets out of the ring, the Manchester fans are fired up for the Bruiserweight. Enzo trash talks Kalisto, thinking this was the conspiracy as well. He rushes Dunne, gets a mule kick, then an X-Plex to the apron. Fans cheer as Dunne covers, TWO, Dunne keeps on Enzo with a torturing wristlock and finger bend. Enzo fights back but can’t get his fingers free, so he gets to ropes, and uses them to snap Dunne back. Enzo dropkicks Dunne’s knees, covers, TWO. Enzo goes after Dunne’s arms and traps them to put on a clutch. ENzo rams Dunne’s head to the mat, then trash talks everyone from him to Kalisto to the fans booing Enzo. Enzo lets Dunne go to line up a kick, the kick is good. Enzo keeps talking trash for Kalisto, “get yourself an education.,” Dunne gets a schoolboy, TWO, enziguri rocks Enzo! Enzo is dazed in a corner, his boot is blocked but he still shoves Dunne down, high stack pin with the ropes, Kalisto points it out and the ref stops the count. Enzo is pissed at Kalisto, “snitches get stitches!”
Dunne gives Enzo a clobbering forearm from behind! Then, the Bitter End! Dunne wins! Bruiserweight trumps Cruiserweight Champion, Kalisto raises the UK Champ’s hand. Can Kalisto get his hand raised at Survivor Series to become the new Cruiserweight Champion a second time?
WWE takes a look at Jinder Mahal VS Brock Lesnar.
The Modern Day Maharaja is disputing the fact The Beast is the “reigning, defending, undisputed” Universal Champion. Mahal is not Lesnar’s equal, contemporary or pretender. When people think of the iconic WWE Champion, they don’t think “Jinder Mahal.” The challenge was accepted, but Mahal continued to deny Paul Heyman had a point. Mahal started at the bottom and now he’s at the top! Mahal is not Lesnar’s equal, he is Lesnar’s “worst nightmare!” And at Survivor Series, The Beast will be conquered to make Mahal the Beast Master of WWE! Will the World Champion overcome the Universal Champion? Will that World Champion even be Mahal? AJ Styles challenges for the title, the winner moves on to Survivor Series!
Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.
The Goddess and Raw Women’s Champion is taking on “an eccentric cat lady.” Natalya claims to have run Alexa off SmackDown. Well, Alexa ran away frmo SmackDown during the siege. No one likes an “Actually” Girl. Alexa will run circles around Natty, just like when Alexa was on SmackDown. Natty wasn’t champion back then, because Alexa ways. So Charli, what does 2+2 make? 4? Actually, it’s one. As in, the One and Only Goddess. Can Raw’s Goddess defeat SmackDown’s Queen at Survivor Series?
WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose VS The Bar!
This is the last chance for the Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator, can they defeat the Architect & Lunatic to then represent Raw against SmackDown’s Uso Penitentiary? Ambrose is ready, he goes right at Sheamus at the bell. Cesaro comes in but is sent right out, Rollins jumps on him while Ambrose gives Sheamus a neckbreaker. Tag to Rollins, atomic drop slingblade, TWO. Sheamus back elbows Rollins, tags Cesaro, Cesaro flies into a kick and a facebuster. Rollins covers, ONE, Rollins brings Cesaro to Ambrose. Tag in, double whip, Sheamus saves Cesaro, so Rollins wrecking ball dropkicks them both and then The Shield boys go up for a double dive! The Bar goes down, Ambrose puts Cesaro in, chops to Cesaro put him in a corner. Cesaro turns things around, misses, gets more chops. Corner to corner whip, Cesaro boots back, Cesaro gives a stiff European Uppercut. Cesaro gloats, tags Sheamus, Sheamus kicks and EuroUppers Ambrose, Ambrose uses that as fuel to fire off forearms! Sheamus hits back, Ambrose gives him a knee. Tag to Rollins, dropkick to dropkick, Cesaro clothesline’d out, the Shield holds the ring as we go to break.
We return, The Bar is in control of Ambrose now, flying ax handle and lariat, TWO. Keylock from Sheamus to Ambrose wrenches that shoulder, fans rally for Ambrose, he gets up and fights out. Sheamus gives him a knee, tag to Cesaro, Super Saiyan double mule kicks! Cover, TWO, Cesaro keeps on Ambrose with chinlock. Fans rally again, Ambrose gets up and fights out again, but Cesaro tags Sheamus, Sheamus helps whip and hit Ambrose with the Bar Lariat. Knee drop adds on, Ambrose gets out tot he apron. Sheamus brings Ambrose up for the Bodhrain, clubs a few times but stops when the fans count. Ambrose fights out with back elbows but takes a kidney shot, Sheamus fetches Ambrose, tells the fans to shut it, he throws Ambrose to the apron but Ambrose spins it around into a clothesline! Cesaro coaches Sheamus up and in to follow Ambrose, Ambrose crawls, tag to Cesaro to boot Rollins right off. Then, Cesaro powers Ambrose to a corner, top rope, Euro Upper. Cesaro climbs up, top rope, Ambrose resists. Ambrose dumps Cesaro onto the top rope in a bad way. Ambrose adjusts, sees where he is, to then clothesline Cesaro to the ground!
Sheamus shouts for Cesaro to get up and in, Ambrose finds his way to his corner, but so does Cesaro. Sheamus tags, he scoops Ambrose, ambrose slips out and doges, Sheamus goes into corner post! The fans fire up, Rollins is back, tag! ROllisn rallies on The Bar, blockbuster to Cesaro! DIVE on Sheamus! Then, springboard knee- Cesaro evades, Rollins kicks, but back drop to sunset flip, TWO, into Falcon Arrow! TWO, but Rollins isn’t frustrated just yet. He gets up, goes to a corner and climbs, Sheamus distracts but takes a double ax handle. Rollins runs, pop-up EuroUpper! TWO! Cesaro can’t believe it, but he won’t be deterred. Tag to Sheamus, The Bar goes after Rollins together for double crucifix, Ambrose saves Rollins and they brawl it out. Rollins and Ambrose take knees and EuroUppers, Super Saiyan- SUPERKICK and Lunatic Lariat! Cover, TWO! The Bar gets out of the ring for a breather, but The Shield is stirring as the fans rally. They build speed, DIVE for Ambrose but Rollins gets a forearm! Double Crucifix to Ambrose into barriers!
Sheamus knees Rollins, tags Cesaro, they coordinate for the Doomsday Device! TWO!! Cesaro is shocked, as is Sheamus. The fans rally for ROllins, Cesaro tags Sheamus. Cesaro feeds ROllins to Sheamus, Cesaro goes up, Ambrose breaks this up! SUPERKICK to Cesaro! SUPERKICK to Sheamus! Cesaro out, Dirty Deeds for Sheamus! Rollins with the Frog Splash! Cesaro barrels in to break it up!! Manchester has to give it up for that one. But wait! The New Day?! Where?! Why!? Is this #UnderSiege2!?
Yes, from all the way up in the stands with the fans! Just like The Shield would do. They applaud the fans for staying awake through three hours of B Show. But The New Day~ are here to spice it up. Kurt Angle leads a charge to counter, mobilizing the troops all over the locker room. The New Day calls out Raw for doing “nothing~!” SmackDown superior, and yet Raw does what? “Nothing~!” So then, prepare for the sequel, baby~! The Raw roster is storming their way out, but chances are they’ll do “nothing~!” The Raw superstars hit the ringside area, but where are the other SmackDown superstars?
Raw goes up the stairs, BROGUE to Rollins! THE BAR WINS!! New Tag Team Champions!? And it only now sinks in to Angle that perhaps The New Day appeared just to do this to Raw… Does SmackDown already assume The Bar will lose to #DayOneIsh?
What a wonky Raw we got here. Being that it was in Manchester, that meant tape delay and that meant a lot of sources were able to talk about tonight’s events when they actually happened, even WWE themselves with giving away the simple fact titles changed hands. Even so, I still liked tonight for what happened. Great Miz TV section to keep up the tension between Miz and Angle, and it again bites Miz in the butt as he’s put up against Strowman in a non-title match. That was a great segment, Strowman dominant as ever, and then we get to see him and Kane fight again, with Strowman backing Kane down. There’s a big chance Kane will ruin Strowman’s time during the 5v5 men’s match to then branch off into a more dedicated 1v1 feud that carries them to the Royal Rumble. One thing that fans are hoping ends now is Jordan VS Elias. Their match was only alright, even with the stipulation. And now Jason Jordan is the fifth man for Team Raw, perhaps to forward his story with Angle, some kind of father-son dysfunction on the horizon? Speaking of members of Team Raw, Asuka was an obvious choice for the Women’s Division, and while Finn and Joe are great choices, them ripping at each other should’ve been a sign not to choose them both, but that could be to help story of an extended Finn-Joe feud headed to the Rumble same as Kane-Strowman. Another potential story is Sasha and Bayley winning their match but only one of them being put on the team. Sasha and Bayley have been tested as friends over bigger things, but perhaps with the Horsewomen VS Horsewomen not until Wrestlemania now, Sasha and Bayley can fight out their issues on the side, to then come together again to take on Rhonda Rousey and her friends.
LOVED seeing Pete Dunne finally somewhere on a WWE main roster show, and of course he makes Enzo eat his words a bit to really give the UK fans something to cheer for. The UK Division still hasn’t really come together, but between this and the other UK superstars coming to 205 Live tomorrow, perhaps they’re finally getting some wheels turning. And then, the main event was great and there was the surprise fake-out that The New Day pulled. New tag team champions thanks to the prank, The Bar VS The Usos will still be good but I have a feeling this Manchester Screwjob was to help SmackDown win that match-up. On the other hand, with Roman Reigns scheduled to come back in time, perhaps The Shield will truly have their reunion match and against The New Day as payback for tonight.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/23/19)
Drew Gulak wants to teach Humberto Carrillo a lesson!
The Cruiserweight Crusader says class is in session! Will Drew Gulak force Humberto Carrillo to submit to the submission style of wrestling?
- Drew Gulak VS Humberto Carrillo; Carrillo wins.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari; Daivari wins and will challenge Tony Nese for the title.
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The Cruiserweight Crusader addresses the WWE Universe.
“Hello, my name is Drew Gulak.” And these are strange times on 205 Live. It’s alright if you’re confused. Gulak’s long time rival, Tony Nese, became Cruiserweight Champion against all odds at Wrestlemania. Cedric Alexander left for Raw while Buddy Murphy moved to SmackDown via the Superstar Shake-Up. But tonight, the Premier Athlete will learn who his first challenger is when Oney Lorcan and Ariya Daivari battle for the first time ever. No one could’ve predicted 205 Live’s current state of affairs, but Gulak assures all his constituents that he will soon have that Cruiserweight Championship around his waist to finally bring about his Drewtopia. And that begins by taking his rebellious student to school and finally shows him that “when you step to me, you will tap out.”
David Otunga joins 205 Live commentary!
While Nigel McGuinness trains superstars in the UK Performance Center, WWE’s top lawyer joins Vic Joseph and Aiden English in calling the fastest action in sports entertainment!
Drew Gulak VS Humberto Carrillo!
The Philly Fury steps down from the podium after his State of Division Address to now address what he feels is a travesty in the state of Ultimo Ninja’s young career. Will Gulak get Carrillo to stay safe and sound with feet on the ground? Or will Carrillo show Gulak there’s more than one way to live on 205 Live?
As Gulak finishes his entrance, WWE shares Gentleman Jack Gallagher’s Instagram message. “Salutations, 205 Live, ladies and fellow gentleman.” Gallagher is on the sidelines given he needs to get some stitches in his moustache. Now fans are surely wondering why he gave Gulak a headbutt. As a gentleman, he must explain. It’s all rather simple. What has Gulak done for Gallagher? Gallagher suspected Gulak was just furthering his own goals at the expense of Gallagher’s. Gallagher was proven right when Gulak got Gallagher disqualified against Carrillo, so he made sure Gulak understood something. Gulak may not have valued Gallagher as a friend, but he will learn to respect him as an enemy. Gallagher will surely come back to settle his grudge with Gulak, but will Carrillo get his pound of flesh first?
Carrillo makes his entrance and we begin this fight of philosophies. Gulak circles with Carrillo and ties up. Gulak gets a headlock takedown and cover, TWO! Carrillo scrambles away to a corner but Gulak dares him to come back. Carrillo does and ties up with Gulak again. Gulak rolls Carrillo, TWO! Gulak is feeling himself as he taunts Carrillo. But he also tells fans to show respect when they boo and jeer. Carrillo and Gulak tie up again and Gulak gets a waistlock takedown. Carrillo slips out to a crucifix pin, TWO! But Carrillo suddenly gets La Majistrol, TWO! Gulak is frustrated, but he’s caught in an Oklahoma Roll! TWO and Gulak realizes Carrillo does know how to mat wrestle like him. Gulak gets up and circles with Carrillo then ties up.
Gulak grabs Carrillo’s hair and pulls him to ropes. He gives Carrillo a cheap shot then an uppercut! Gulak brings Carrillo up but Carrillo trips him up. Things speed up and Carrillo’s agility allows him to headscissor and springboard arm-drag Gulak around! Carrillo also dropkicks Gulak out and then builds speed, but Gulak avoids the baseball slide. Gulak swings on Carrillo but he blocks to CHOP and use the apron to climb way up high! Carrillo waves hi but Gulak says he should come down. Carrillo dares him to join him up top but Gulak insists Carrillo come down. Gulak climbs up to get at Carrillo but Carrillo kicks him away. Carrillo hops down and speeds up to triangle enziguri Gulak down! Fans fire up as Carrillo handsprings to arm-drag Gulak off the mat! Cover, TWO!
Carrillo clamps on with a chinlock but Gulak endures. Gulak fights up and snapmares Carrillo off, but Carrillo handsprings through to SUPERKICK! Gulak is dazed but he still trips Carrillo’s springboard up! Carrillo crashes to the mat and Gulak shakes out the cobwebs. Gulak gives springboard stomps with the bottom rope. Then he rains down rights before getting an armbar! Carrillo rolls to block but Gulak goes after fingers! Fans rally for Carrillo as he endures Gulak pulling at fingers. Carrillo gets the ropebreak but Gulak holds on until 4. Gulak stalks Carrillo to the corner but Carrillo fights back. Carrillo throws haymaker after haymaker, then runs, only for Gulak to tilt-o-whirl scoop. Carrillo lands out of it and ducks a clothesline, but Gulak wheelbarrows to a step-through! Gulak drops a leg on Carrillo’s leg, and puts on an Indian Deathlock!
Carrillo endures as Gulak pushes on the legs. Carrillo keeps it from being a cover and he throws a BIG right! Gulak gets mad and gives a ground ‘n’ pound. Gulak makes it a cover, ONE, so Gulak stands with the deathlock on. Carrillo endures so Gulak clubs him down to a cover. TWO, but Gulak shifts to another cover, TWO! Gulak wraps on with a chinlock of his own, but Carrillo fights his way up. Gulak throws Carrillo down then drops an elbow, cover, TWO! But Gulak doesn’t let up as he puts a deep leg hook on Carrillo. Fans rally for Carrillo but Gulak rocks back into a surfboard! And chinlock! Carrillo reaches and flails, then pries free, only to fall on his face. Gulak covers, TWO! Gulak drags Carrillo up and wraps on another chinlock.
Carrillo endures as Gulak grinds him into the mat. Carrillo reaches for ropes as fans build to another rally. He works his way up and fights out but Gulak suplexes. Carrillo lands on his feet and elbows Gulak away. Then he boots Gulak away, and runs to whip Gulak to a corner. Carrillo clotheslines and snapmares to quickly dropkick him down! Nebraska fires up with Carrillo as he somersault moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Gulak lives and scrambles to ropes, but Carrillo grits his teeth as he drags him up. Gulak reverses the whip but Carrillo handspring back elbows him down! Carrillo hurries to a corner and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Carrillo grows frustrated but he has the fans on his side. Carrillo drags Gulak up but Gulak blocks the suplex.
Gulak throws hands and scoops Carrillo into the dragon sleeper! But Carrillo slips out and shoves. He leaps but Gulak sunset flips, TWO! Gulak fireman’s carry to gutbuster drop! Ghost pin cover, TWO! Gulak grows frustrated now but he stalks Carrillo to ropes. Gulak drags Carrillo up but Carrillo blocks the whip. Carrillo lets Gulak’s pull help give him momentum for a forearm! Carrillo then whips Gulak to a corner and runs in. Gulak puts Carrillo on the apron and hits Carrillo back. Carrillo blocks the buckle bump to give a roundhouse! Carrillo climbs up, leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gulak survives and Carrillo grits his teeth. Gulak grins at Carrillo’s frustration as both men slowly sit up. Carrillo throws a forearm but Gulak gives it back. Carrillo hits again, so Gulak headbutts. The brawl continues back and forth as they stand up.
Gulak CHOPS then kicks, but Carrillo blocks to kick back! Both men stagger, Carrillo springboards to enziguri, but gets caught into an Ankle Lock! Carrillo rolls through to a cradle, TWO!! The Ankle Lock is on again! Gulak drags Carrillo around but Carrillo endures. Carrillo reaches for ropes, but turns to kick Gulak away! Gulak is down and fans fire up for Carrillo as he crawls to a corner. Fans rally up as Gulak stands. Gulak swipes blind but he finds Carrillo. Carrillo fights back but Gulak elbows and headbutts him down. Gulak hoists Carrillo up top and CHOPS him! Gulak climbs up and bends his own rules, but Carrillo resists the superplex. Carrillo fights Gulak back then SLAPS him down! Gulak staggers back up but Carrillo sunset flip powerbombs! Carrillo puts Gulak in the drop zone, headstand, AZTEC PRESS! Cover, Carrillo wins!!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall
It looks like the student has surpassed the teacher! Gulak thought he’d drag Carrillo down to his level but Carrillo soars higher than ever! Will this springboard Carrillo towards a future title opportunity? Will Gulak be able to rebound before Gallagher comes back for his own grudge match?
Oney Lorcan speaks.
“I have been training, competing and making sacrifices for over a decade, for one goal: Make it to the WWE and become a champion.” There’s one man between him and Tony Nese: Ariya Daivari. Daivari isn’t like other Cruiserweights. He doesn’t care about being flashy or technical. All he does is hit as hard as possible until there’s only one man left standing. Luckily, that’s the kind of fight Oney likes.
Ariya Daivari speaks.
“Ever since I got my priorities straight and focused on myself rather than those past flops I was propping up for the last year, I have been untouchable.” Daivari is undefeated in 2019! And he plans to keep it that way. It doesn’t matter if it’s Lorcan, if it’s Nese, or the entire 205 Live roster, nobody is keeping him from becoming the next Cruiserweight Champion.
Will the Privileged Persian Lion give Lorcan more fight than he can handle? Or will Lorcan take it all in stride as he looks to accomplish his goal?
Drake Maverick speaks with Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis, again.
The 205 Live GM feels like he’s having the same conversation every single week. Maria has this inability to let Mike succeed on his own. Her interference in the Fatal 4 Way is inexcusable. THE Brian Kendrick walks over and hopes he’s not interrupting. Maverick doesn’t want any trouble, but Kendrick plays innocent. Why would he do something when Maria is the one constantly distracting Mike’s opponents? Like when she cost Kendrick’s good pal, Akira Tozawa, in that Fatal 4 Way. This isn’t a vendetta. Kendrick just wants to talk. Tozawa can fight his own fights.
Maria says they can blame her all they want, but if Kendrick’s looking for the reason his “meal ticket” lost, the two of them should look in the mirror. But maybe they’re just too cowardly to do that. Kendrick just wanted to talk. Tozawa can fight for himself. Then why is Kendrick here? Right, he should get going. He was just a distraction, anyway. What? Akira Tozawa attacks Mike outta nowhere! The Stamina Monster find the right opportunity to attack the Opportunist, but Maverick reprimands him as security pulls him off Mike. But then Mike sucker punches Tozawa and Maria laughs at him. Maverick gets Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis to leave, but this fight is far from over.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari!
The Premier Era of 205 Live truly begins, and it’s time to see who will step up to challenge Tony Nese now that Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy have moved on. Will it be the Boston Brawler of the Persian Lion that punches their ticket for a title match?
But before the match begins, the Cruiserweight Champion appears to watch this up close and personal. The bell rings and Lorcan focuses on Daivari and vice-versa.
Lorcan and Daivari tie up and push each other around. Lorcan puts Daivari in a corner but they continue along the ropes. The ref calls for a break and Lorcan honors it to let Daivari come out. Daivari circles with Lorcan and they tie up again. Lorcan wrenches to a hammerlock but Daivari slips through to hammerlock back. Daivari wants his hammerlock lariat already, but Lorcan gets clear! Lorcan and Daivari tie up again as fans cheer for “Oney! Oney!” Daivari gets the hammerlock again and again wants the lariat! But Lorcan gets clear and wants his Half ‘n’ Half! Daivari gets away and gets out of the ring. Lorcan stares Daivari down and dares him to get back in. Daivari takes his time as he eyes Nese. Daivari gets back in at the ref’s count of 6 and circles with Lorcan again.
Lorcan headlocks but Daivari powers out to punch Lorcan in the back. Daivari wants a cobra clutch but Lorcan holds the ropes. The ref counts and Daivari lets go at 4. Lorcan comes back gets a headlock and takedown to a cover. ONE but Lorcan tries again, ONE. Daivari goes around but Lorcan holds on. They stand and Daivari tries to power out but Lorcan holds on. Daivari makes it a cover now, ONE! Lorcan squeezes tighter but Daivari keeps it from being a cover. They stand again and Daivari powers out. Lorcan runs Daivari over and covers, ONE, so Lorcan tackles him, ONE! Daivari kicks low and CHOPS Lorcan at the ropes! Lorcan staggers from the string but Daivari whips. Lorcan reverses and atomic drops Daivari. He gives Daivari another atomic drop, then a third! Daivari ends up flying out of the ring!
Fans fire up for Lorcan as he builds speed, but Daivari clobbers him out of the air! Lorcan tumbles down and the referee checks on him. Lorcan’s okay to continue so Daivari takes his time getting him up and into the ring. Daivari stalks Lorcan to a corner and whips corner to corner. Lorcan hits buckles hard and falls over. Daivari stomps Lorcan out then fires up. Fans boo and jeer but Daivari goes back to Lorcan. Daivari drags Lorcan up to CHOP again. Lorcan seethes as Daivari gives more CHOPS. Daivari can’t believe this, so he keeps trying the CHOP! Lorcan glares and CHOPS back! CHOP after CHOP and then Lorcan scoops. Daivari slips out to a spin Lorcan for an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives but Daivari keeps his cool.
Daivari glares at Nese but Nese shrugs it off. Daivari goes back to Lorcan to whip, but Lorcan elbows Daivari down! Lorcan clotheslines and whips back, but Daivari holds ropes. Lorcan runs over but Daivari dumps Lorcan out hard! Daivari fetches Lorcan to bounce him off the announce desk. Lorcan staggers around and Daivari grinds him into the timekeeper barrier. Daivari puts Lorcan in the ring at 8 and argues with the ref about that count. Daivari drags Lorcan up by his ears and bumps him off buckles. The Persian Lion CHOPS Lorcan and chokes him on the ropes in full view of Nese. Daivari stalks Lorcan and puts him in another corner. Daivari whips corner to corner but Lorcan reverses. Lorcan misses as Daivari goes up and over, and Daivari wants his Million Dollar Dream!
Lorcan flails to resist, but Daivari drags him down! Daivari goes for the body scissors but Lorcan keeps moving around. Fans rally and Lorcan gets a second wind! Lorcan sits up and drags Daivari with him for the ropebreak, but Daivari rolls him off! So Lorcan uses buckles to push back to a cover, TWO! Daivari frees Lorcan but clobbers him back down. Daivari stands and drags Lorcan up, but Lorcan suplexes him first! Lorcan grits his teeth and fans rally up behind him. Daivari crawls over and they both stand up. Lorcan throws big European Uppercuts! Lorcan whips but Daivari reverses, only to get a kick! And a CHOP! And a dropkick that sends him way out! Lorcan slingshots and splashes down! Fans fire up with Lorcan as he drags Daivari into the ring.
Lorcan becomes the Fury of 205 Live as he wants his Half ‘n’ Half, but Daivari elbows out. Daivari boots Lorcan then hops up to leap, into a EuroUpper! Lorcan runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Daivari survives but Lorcan’s rage builds! Lorcan glares and drags Daivari up in the half nelson. Daivari arm-drags out and SUPERKICKS! Million Dollar Dream! Daivari has Lorcan down and Lorcan flails around but he’s stuck in the middle of the ring. Lorcan fades, but he comes back to life! Lorcan sits up again and fans rally behind him. Daivari can’t believe Lorcan is prying out of the hold! Lorcan grabs Daivari to slap, slap, SLAP! Running EuroUpper!
Lorcan drags Daivari up again, and to the top rope! He climbs up behind Daivari, half nelson, but Daivari fights out for dear life. Lorcan falls hard, and Daivari turns around for the LION SPLASH! But he flops as Lorcan gets clear! Nese likes what he sees as Lorcan glares at Daivari. Lorcan runs in for a big clothesline, then a back elbow! He keeps moving, but gets another SUPERKICK! Daivari flounders his way up top, LION SPLASH! It hits, but he’s not done! Daivari hammerlocks for the LION LARIAT! Cover, Daivari wins!!
Winner: Ariya Daivari, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Nese has to applaud that performance, because that was truly worthy of fighting for the title. Daivari walks up to Nese and Nese offers a respectful handshake. Nese wants to congratulate Daivari on a “hell of a match”, but all Daivari wants from Nese is the title. Nese holds up the title and dares Daivari to take it. Daivari backs down for now, but this match is coming. What will it take to stop the man who stopped the unstoppable?
An incredible episode of 205 Live! Gulak did a great job in his promo to frame the new chapter in the Cruiserweight Division after the Shake-Up, and I was really surprised he lost to Carrillo. Gallagher’s own promo made it seem like the main thread of this story was going to be their blow-off match to settle things so I feared Carrillo was going to be fodder to give Gulak momentum. But instead, Carrillo gets the win he should’ve had all along, and can move on to whatever is next. Gulak VS Gallagher meanwhile will be great, and I hope they get a stipulation of some kind to make it even more exciting. Tozawa VS Kanellis is obviously going to happen again, I also hope that gets something special for the blow-off.
Lorcan VS Daivari was a great contender’s match. As Lorcan put in his promo, their styles parallel each other so closely, it was great to see them hit hard and move fast. Nese being Face, naturally the Heel wins but this was honestly another long time coming moment in 205 Live. If Enzo had stuck around, I’d imagine Nese would’ve still found his way to the title off him, then the “Zo Train” would break up and we’d have gotten Nese VS Daivari sooner. But after the time that’s passed, it’s great to get this match with the forms of Nese and Daivari we have now. I don’t know if this match will be part of MITB PPV, but even if it’s the go-home or the episode after, it’ll be great. I’m sure Nese will retain, this is his first defense outside of the rematch with Murphy.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (4/23/19)
What is the fate of The Big Dog?
SmackDown landed The Big Dog in the Superstar Shake-Up, but will he be gone already? What will Vince McMahon have to say about Roman Reigns’ actions?
- Finn Balor VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Finn wins.
- Kairi Sane w/ Asuka & Paige VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Sane wins.
- Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers VS Chad Gable; No Contest.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley; Flair wins and will challenge Becky Lynch for the title in the future.
- Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rusev & Lana; Kingston wins, by disqualification.
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Shane McMahon returns to SmackDown!
He shuffles his way to the ring but cuts his music because there’s not a lot of time and he’s not in the best of moods. Hamilton, you’ve got one shot so make it count. “Ladies and gentlemen, introducing: the Best in the Wooooooorld~! SHAAANE! McMAAAAAHON!” Shane approves, but this isn’t about him. Tonight is about Roman Reigns. Specifically, what Roman did to Vince McMahon last week. Shane shares footage, and warns us that it might make viewers sick to their stomachs. The footage shows Vince McMahon introduce the greatest acquisition for SmackDown ever: Elias! But the Big Dog came out to prove Vince was wrong with a SUPERMAN PUNCH! And Roman claims SmackDown is now HIS Yard!
Shane feels that was awful. What type of man hits another man’s father like that? Shane’s father is one of the greatest to ever live! A national treasure, even! And when Roman Reigns punched Vince, it was like disgracing the American flag or defacing Mount Rushmore. Shane is of course ignoring what he did to Miz’s own father. But can anyone believe Roman’s audacity? He didn’t just hit Vince, he hit the Chairman of a billion dollar company! And more than that, he hit Shane’s dad. There are going to be repercussions. But what is most fitting? A huge fine? A long suspension? Or a complete termination, aka “fire him”? No, Shane’s emotions are getting the best of him. This will be settled here and now in the ring! Roman, you better listen. Get your butt out here and that’s an order!
Shane waits, and Roman’s music hits! And the Big Dog arrives! Roman stares down with Shane as he heads down the ramp. Roman enters the ring and has a mic as he stands before Shane. Nebraska is on Roman’s side in this one. Roman tells Shane nothing, because he tosses the mic aside. Shane puts his mic aside, and starts to warm himself up. But here comes Elias! Elias gets an uppercut but Shane gets cheap shots in! Shane punches and stomps and knees Roman to a corner but Roman powers out and boots! Roman uppercuts but Elias saves Shane. Elias throws hands and knees into Roman and Shane piles on. The two mug Shane as fans boo and jeer. Shane holds Roman as Elias throws hands and stomps but Roman powers up and out! Only for Shane to tackle him back down.
The Cornhuskers do not approve as Shane drags Roman up for Elias. Elias gives Roman the Drift Away! Shane O’Mac and The Drifter leave Roman down and out, but this looks far from over. Will the Big Dog take a bite out of Elias next time they meet?
Shane and Elias celebrate backstage.
They both feel really good about what they just did to Roman. Shane made his dad proud and Elias taught the Big Dog a lesson. There is more to come, of course, but when and where will The Drifter man up to The Big Dog?
Backstage interview with Kofi Kingston!
He still likes being introduced as the WWE Champion. But his first singles match since Wrestlemania is against Shinsuke Nakamura. But that love and magic of Kofimania is still in his heart. It is growing stronger every day as all is right with the world! He is THE WWE Champion! Xavier Woods jumps in and wants Kofi to say it again! Kofi is our W! W! E! World, Heavyweight, CHAMPION~! Everything is right with the world. But there is another big change. Big E is recovering and will be back soon, but in his place, the honorary member of The New~ Day~. It’s Kevin Owens, aka Big O! Big leap in, too!
Kevin adds that tonight is a big night. Is he ready for Nakamura? Yes, he is. Kevin knows Kofi will win, “becaaause~! New, Day Rocks!” Kevin gets the hips swiveling, but will Kofi keep winning against the King of Strong Style?
Finn Balor VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The Extraordinary Man and El Idolo met in the ring on Raw during the Superstar Shake-Up, and now they’re both on SmackDown for a rematch! Will Finn make up for that loss? Or will Almas quickly go 2-0 on the Too Sweet Intercontinental Champion?
Before their entrance, Almas & Vega accuse Finn of running away during the Shake-Up. El Idolo’s legacy will grow. Almas wants that title, and he wants to destroy “the myth of Finn Balor”. He and La Muneca make their entrance, and we begin this rematch!
Almas and Finn circle and tie up. Almas powers Finn to a corner and fires off stomps and knees and elbows! Finn turns it around to give it all back! Nebraska fires up as Finn stomps away on Almas then drags him over. Vega grabs on but gets pulled in with him! Almas uses the distraction to kick Finn away! He kicks Finn out, then runs to the corner for a triangle corkscrew splash! El Idolo fires up while we go picture in picture!
Almas drags Finn up and in, then covers, TWO! Finn gasps for air while Almas glares. Almas kicks Finn down then forearms him. Finn hits back but Almas knees low. Almas whips and knees Finn in the corner! Cover, TWO! Almas puts Finn in an armlock and leans on him. Vega coaches Almas while Finn endures. Finn powers his way up but Almas wrangles him back down. Finn endures and fights back. Almas knees low again then punches Finn to ropes. Almas CHOPS Finn and Finn staggers away. Finn reverses the whip, Almas sunset flips but Finn slips through to dropkick him down! Vega grows concerned as Finn throws Almas out. Finn speed sup but runs into an elbow! cover, TWO!
Almas keeps his cool but Vega is heated. Almas puts Finn back in the armlock, but Finn endures the grind. Finn fights up again but Almas knees low. Almas throws forearms then reels Finn in for a powerbomb. Finn fights his way out to sunset flip! TWO, and Almas boots Finn to a corner. Almas stomps away but backs off at 4. Vega is relieved to see Almas in control as he uppercuts Finn down. Almas goes back to the armlock as we return to single picture.
Fans rally for Finn and Finn fights his way back up. Almas knees low yet again, but Finn still counters the powerbomb, into a DDT! Finn crawls to a corner and boots Almas away. Finn trips Almas to double stomps! Nebraska fires up as Finn swing kicks Almas to a drop zone! Finn climbs up top but Almas trips him up! Almas sits Finn up to throw forearms then climbs up to join Finn. He stands up, SUPER STEINER sunset flip! TWO! Almas runs but is tossed out! Finn builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes El Idolo down! Finn puts Almas back in then goes for Slingblade. Almas denies it, boot feint to elbow! Finn is down, and gets CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Finn lives and both Almas and Vega are furious!
Fans rally up for Finn again as Vega keeps Almas focused. Almas drags Vega up but Finn counters to an elbow drop DDT! Vega climbs up top!? The referee doesn’t see this before she leaps! Finn dodges and Almas catches, but then Finn shotgun dropkicks Almas down! Finn up quick, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
And the series is all tied up! The Extraordinary Man is Too Sweet for Tranquilo, but will there be a tiebreaker in the near future?
Elias sings a song.
“Money’s all around. SmackDown is mine. And speaking of money, I’ve got a little song on my mind. Roman, I gotta little proposition for you. Face me 1v1 and learn the universal truth.” At Money in the Bank, Elias promises to be Money in the bank. Shane loves it! But let’s get going. Elias VS Roman, MITB PPV, perfect idea. Shane and his new pal ride off into the night, but will Elias end up bankrupt against Roman instead?
SmackDown shares exclusive footage from earlier today.
Fire & Desire, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville, confronted Paige over this misunderstanding in the Women’s Tag Division. They think Paige realized Absolution was way out of her league. When Kairi & Asuka fail, don’t call on them to help her out. It will be too late. Are Mandy & Sonya serving up harsh truth? Or just their own delusions?
Kairi Sane w/ Asuka & Paige VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!
The Glampire brought the Pirate Princess to SmackDown and had her join forces with the Empress of Tomorrow in hopes of them taking over the Women’s Tag Team Division. Kairi sets sail in her SmackDown solo debut, but will she earn #JoshiRoyalty a shot at the IIconics’ titles?
SmackDown returns as the IIconics make their entrance. Billie tells Paige that last week, they got her confused with Nick Fury. “Avengers, Assemble!” But instead of Thor and Captain America, it’s Asuka and “Kerry Sane”? They’re not superheroes, they’re super lame. But last week, “Kerry”- no, it’s Kay Iry? That InSane Elbow was a fluke. Peyton wasn’t warmed up and wasn’t hydrated, on top of the whole element of surprise. But tonight, Peyton drank a whole gallon of water! Really? Yes. And now Peyton will give Kairi her first loss on SmackDown. Remember that they are the future, and the future is… IICONIC! Pose. The trash talk stops so that we can begin this match.
Peyton teases Kairi but Kairi grabs her hand to wrench it to a hammerlock. Peyton elbows out and bumps Kairi on a buckle to stomp away! She backs off at the ref’s count because she knows she has until 5. Peyton then grinds her boot into Kairi until 4. She kicks Kairi at the ropes but Kairi blocks to a dragon screw! Kairi ax kicks and blockbusters Peyton down! Kairi whips but Peyton reverses, only to get the Interceptor Spear! Fans fire up as Kairi marches the plank. Sliding D! Kairi climbs and gives Peyton that InSANE Elbow! Cover, Kairi wins!
Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall
The Pirate Princess herself is 2-0 quickly on Peyton, and her team is quickly climbing up on the IIconics. Will Kairi and Asuka take those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships even sooner than Paige expected?
But wait, here come Fire & Desire. They mockingly applaud the win but Paige dares them to put up or shut up. Wait, is that Jinder Mahal? The Modern Day Maharaja and the Singh Brothers are on SmackDown now, and have a match after the break.
Aleister Black speaks.
“You know who I am.” But do you know what he is? The name and persona are not the same thing, nor should the aesthetic provoke any judgmental reactions. But it does, doesn’t it? These last remaining seconds are not enough for him to explain the complexity of his tragic self. But give it time, and surely the world you know will have him condemned. What does the Embodiment of the End mean by all this?
Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers VS Chad Gable!
Raw’s newly renamed Robert Roode called Gable a load of dead weight. But will Gable prove to Roode, Mahal and the WWE Universe that he’s anything but?
But as Gable makes his entrance, LARS SULLIVAN attacks! The Leviathan clobbers Gable from behind then drags him up to ram him into a post!
The referee reprimands Lars but Lars just laughs, then eyes Mahal and the Singh Brothers! Lars gets in the ring and stares down with Mahal. Mahal stares back, but then runs away! Lars gets Samir and then Sunil, FREAK ACCIDENT! But the Mile High Monster isn’t done, he goes to the other Singh Brother to give him the running powerbomb! Lars roars but here comes R-Truth! Truth wants payback for what Lars did last week, and throws hands with the Leviathan! Fans fire up with Truth, but he leaps into a powerbomb! Lars glares down at Truth before he drags him up, for a second running powerbomb! Fans boo but Lars simply grins at his own destructive power. Will any superstar hope to survive when The Leviathan decides to target them?
Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.
Does he accept Elias’ challenge? Elias better hope those punches were worth it, because Roman’s gonna break his jaw. Roman accepts the MITB PPV challenge! Simple as that, but will Shane help Elias out in return for earlier tonight?
Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!
The Queen grabs a mic to note how at Wrestlemania 35, in the historic Winner Take All main event, “three of the very best”. Not just the best women, but the best in the business went 1v1v1. The Baddest Woman on the Planet, The Man and The Queen battled, and Becky pinned Ronda. Becky now has both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships. But she pinned Ronda, not Charlotte. Charlotte didn’t get pinned, she didn’t get submitted. Ronda lost Charlotte’s belt for her. Becky did not beat Charlotte for one of those titles, so Charlotte wants #BeckyTwoBelts to explain why she’s the rightful owner of that other belt “when she did NOT beat me”. And so here comes Becky!
The Champ-Champ has both belts, and already has Lacey Evans on Raw targeting the red belt. Becky responds to Charlotte wanting an explanation. It was Winner Takes All, does Charlotte not understand what that means? Becky didn’t pin Charlotte, because she was too busy beating the woman no one else, not even Charlotte, could beat! Charlotte was in that match, but Becky had beaten her so many times, she’s lost count. Becky wanted to beat Ronda because she already knew she could beat Charlotte. And in the end, Becky left with both belts and there wasn’t a thing either woman could do about it.
Charlotte says the only injustice here is Becky holding both belts without beating both women. Charlotte is the one in Becky’s head, because every time that Lacey Evans knocks her out, all Becky can see is Charlotte. It’s all Becky can tweet about! Charlotte in Becky’s head? Since this began, Becky has owned Charlotte time and again! Becky fights off the odds while Charlotte is on her worst streak yet. Charlotte admits she is on a bad streak, but she feels Becky is scared. Becky has everything to lose but Charlotte has nothing left. After Lacey at MITB, Charlotte’s next and taking her belt back. How is Charlotte next? Shut up, ya dope and let Becky say what she wants. What Becky wants is for Charlotte to clear out for the sake of Bayley, Ember Moon and Mickie James! Charlotte is the web management won’t remove! Charlotte’s Web! Clever!
But Becky continues to say that if Charlotte wants to work her way up from the back of the lien, go ahead. Charlotte’s done it 8, she’ll do it a 9th! But speaking of Bayley, here she comes! The Superstar Shake-Up is about fresh starts, but all Bayley sees is a rerun. Bayley thanks Becky for that shout-out. Becky may have lost count on how many times she’s beaten Charlotte, but we can all count how many times Becky’s beaten Bayley: ZERO! Charlotte suggests Bayley ignore Becky, but get int he back of the line. SmackDown is still Charlotte’s show. Bayley pushes Charlotte away to tell her to stop acting like she’s owed stuff and start earning stuff. They both want a shot, so let’s see who deserves on via a match!
Charlotte has no time for Bayley but Bayley is gonna make her make time! What happens between the NXT Horsewomen after the break?!
SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley!
SmackDown returns, and we have our match! Who will earn a future title match against Becky Lynch?
The bell rings and the two tie up. They’re even in power, but Charlotte uses leverage to stay put. Bayley still gets her to a corner but Charlotte turns it around. Charlotte grinds forearms then shoves Bayley. Bayley shoves back and knocks Charlotte off her feet! Charlotte gets up but Bayley headlocks. Charlotte knees low then scoops but Bayley slips out to fire off forearms. Bayley whips but Charlotte tumbles to the apron. Charlotte shoulders in but into a stunner! Bayley dives through the corner to dropkick Charlotte! Bayley puts Charlotte back in and speeds things up to crossbody Charlotte! Cover, TWO!
Bayley keeps on Charlotte with a low elbow and sliding lariat! Charlotte throws Bayley into ropes then spins Bayley for a neckbreaker! She throws Bayley down by her ponytail then stalks Bayley to ropes. Charlotte stomps away on Bayley but lets up at 4. Fans “WOO~” as Charlotte pulls Bayley into ropes. Charlotte lets up at 4, but brings Bayley to a buckle for bumps. She bumps Bayley off other buckles, then SLAPS her. Bayley slaps back but Charlotte rocks her with a right. Charlotte stands Bayley up to whip, but Bayley goes up and over to roll up. TWO, but Bayley goes up again to springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Bayley runs in and hits a knee! She keeps going to ram in her shoulder, then wacky waving back elbow!
Bayley runs for another but misses. She boots Charlotte back but Charlotte elbows back. Charlotte drops a knee on Bayley’s knee! And then drags Bayley around for more knees into the leg! The Queen is in control as we go picture in picture.
Charlotte stalks Bayley and wraps her leg on the bottom rope. The ref counts and Charlotte lets go at 4 to stomp Bayley instead. Charlotte drags Bayley up and sweeps the good leg to then springboard sit-down on the bad leg! Charlotte circles Bayley like a shark before putting the rope back on the ropes. She drops down on the leg again, then stalks Bayley to the ropes. Charlotte keeps on the leg by wrapping it on the second rope then kicking it down. Bayley catches the newest springboard into a roll-up! TWO and Charlotte CHOPS Bayley. Bayley forearms back but Charlotte CHOPS! They repeat, but Bayley falls over. Charlotte chop blocks the bad leg out! Cover, TWO! Bayley still lives but Charlotte keeps her focus. We return to single picture as Charlotte wants the Figure Four.
Bayley punches Charlotte away to deny the leg lock, but Charlotte stomps the leg out again. Charlotte whips but Byaley reverses to throw Charlotte out. Charlotte slingshot roll-ups but Bayley rolls through to knee Charlotte in the head! Both women are down and Bayley catches her breath while clutching her leg. Nebraska rallies up for Bayley as she runs in, but Charlotte knees her back. Charlotte runs into a lariat! Cover, TWO!! Bayley drags Charlotte up to club away on her back. Bayley’s all fired up and Nebraska is, too! She drags Charlotte up to whip, but Charlotte boots. Bayley dodges and back suplexes but Charlotte slips out. Charlotte BOOTS Bayley this time, covers, TWO!! And Charlotte can’t believe it!
Charlotte works on what she could do next, but fans are rallying for Bayley. Fans duel as Charlotte drags Bayley over to a drop zone. Charlotte climbs but Bayley avoids the moonsault! Bayley gives Charlotte a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Bayley is so close and yet so far away! Charlotte crawls to ropes but Bayley pursues. Bayley drags Charlotte up but Charlotte powers her to a corner. Charlotte goes for another knee but Bayley yanks her out of the air! Bayley runs to sunset flip Charlotte into buckles! Cover, TWO!? Charlotte survives and Bayley is beside herself. But Bayley grits her teeth and heads up top. Charlotte gets up and trips Bayley up! Figure Four, but cradle counter! TWO!? SPEAR! Cover, Charlotte wins!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship
The Queen proves she deserves another shot because she earned her shot!
Becky Lynch watches backstage, and again has to cross paths with her arch-nemesis. But why is she accepting another challenger on top of Lacey Evans? Having both belts means having to do double duty, and Becky promises to make Lacey tap before she gets those fancy gloves off. Is Becky underestimating her competition? No but she’s betting on herself. Becky will defend both titles in one night, and still be the Champ-Champ. The Man takes on a huge challenge, but will she prove she’s worthy of being #BeckyTwoBelts after Money in the Bank?
Welcome to Firefly Fun House~!
Who is that in the red sweater? Iiiiiit’s BRAY~! Brat Wyatt has missed us. But he knew we’d all be back together some day. He saw it in his dreams. Bray Wyatt promises we’ll all have fun. All the fireflies will feel safe here. And he can’t wait to show us what he’s learned. Tada~! Here are his very special friends! Mercy the Buzzard! Abby the Witch! “You are going to love them.” Now, Bray admits he used to be a very bad man. Boo~! Yes, he deserves that. But Bray has been punished for that, so that part of him is dead.
However, he has a reminder so that he won’t ever go back to being that “pathetic slob loser.” Bray shows a cardboard cut-out of himself, and CUTS IT UP! YAY~! The fun is just getting started. So remember, fireflies: Bray will light the way, all you have to do is let him in. See you next week!
Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rusev & Lana!
Awwww~ Nebraska! Clap for your world famous five-time champs, for Big O, and the WWE Champion, and feel~ the power~! The Prizefighter again joins Xavier Woods and Kofi in slinging pancakes and bringing the power of positivity to the ring! But will Kofimania continue to run wild against the King of Strong Style?
SmackDown returns again, and the bell rings. Nakamura and Kofi circle while Kevin and Xavier are on their own commentary table. Kofi headlocks but Nakamura wrenches out, only for Kofi to get the headlock again. Nakamura powers Kofi to ropes and brings back the ab rest. He then kicks Kofi low to bring Kofi into a headlock. Nakamura grinds Kofi down but Kofi fights out. Nebraska cheers Kofi as he powers out, only for Nakamura to ram him down. Nakamura swings kicks but Kofi avoids them. Kofi whips Nakamura and things speed up. Kofi hurdles, hurdles and elbows Nakamura down! Then he dropkicks Nakamura out of the ring. Kofi builds speed to fake Nakamura out!
Kevin and Xavier talk the target on the top champion’s back as Kofi dances. Nakamura gets back in and ties up with Kofi. Nakamura wrenches and kicks away on Kofi in a corner. He puts Kofi in a corner for Bad Vibrations! Nakamura snapmares Kofi to drop a knee, but Kofi dodges! Kofi knees Nakamura down! Kofi then rebound springboards to splash! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps on Nakamura as he wrenches the arm. Nakamura endures as Kofi leans on him. Kofi puts Nakamura on the mat to knee drop the arm. Kevin likes Kofi’s style, but Nakamura standing switches to a sleeper hold! He shifts to an armbar but Kofi blocks! Nakamura drags Kofi into a triangle but Kofi resists. Fans rally up for Kofi while Rusev and Lana cheer Nakamura. Kofi makes it a cover, TWO!
Kofi gets to a corner then slips out to kick Nakamura back. He climbs up while Nakamura staggers. Kofi leaps and crossbodies Nakamura’s back! Cover, TWO!! Kofi keeps his cool while Nakamura crawls to the apron. Nakamura shoulders in but Kofi kicks him back. Kofi dropkicks Nakamura all the way down, then builds up speed, only for Nakamura to get him with a kick! Nakamura drags Kofi around for an apron knee drop! Kofimania is in trouble while we go to one more break!
SmackDown returns once more as Nakamura has Kofi in a facelock. Kofi endures and fights his way up as Kevin and Xavier talk on commentary. They cheer Kofi on and Kofi pushes for ropes. Nakamura keeps Kofi down on the mat but fans rally up. Kofi feeds off that energy to fight out with body shots. But Nakamura rams his knee into Kofi! Kofi gets to ropes but Nakamura is on him with more knees. Nakamura drags Kofi up to kick him right in the chest! Nakamura then toys with Kofi as Kofi ends up on the apron. Kofi slowly stands but gets another kick to a corner. Nakmaura keeps on Kofi with knees then tosses him back out. Nakamura whips Kofi at steel steps but Kofi goes up and over to come back with flying ax handles! But Nakamura dodges, then sliding dropkicks Kofi in the back!
Nakamura puts Kofi back in and Rusev cheers Nakamura on. Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps his cool while Xavier says this is Kofi’s time to shine. Kofi takes kicks to the chest and eggs Nakamura on. Nakamura keeps giving kicks but Kofi blocks. Nakamura monkey flips but Kofi lands on his feet! Fans fire up with Kofi as he tells Nakamura, “C’MON!” Kofi rallies on Nakamura with ax handles and a dropkick. Nakamura gets to a corner but dodges Kofi to kick. Kofi’s boots are deflected, Nakamura runs for the Sliding German Suplex! Nakamura takes his time getting to a corner. He takes aim at Kofi, but runs into double stomps! Nebraska fires up as Kofi takes aim from a corner. Kofi spins but Nakamura ducks. Nakamura swings but Kofi ducks, SOS! Cover, but Rusev attacks!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by disqualification
The Bulgarian Brute keeps on the champ but Xavier jumps in! Rusev fights Xavier off, too, so here comes Kevin! Big O fires off on Rusev then throws him out! The New Day throw Nakamura out, but then Xavier builds speed and Big O launches him onto Rusev! But KINSHASA for Xavier! Nakamura runs in, but Kofi gets Kevin clear to give Nakamura Trouble in Paradise! Kevin SUPERKICKS Kofi!? Well of course, this is how Kevin always operates. He was their friend, and now he’s there enemy. Kevin tears off the New Day shirt to reveal his own merchandise, then he stomps away on Kofi! But he’s not done there, he throws Kofi out of the ring and then throws him into barriers! Kevin drags Kofi up again to throw him into a post!
Fans boo and jeer as Kevin puts Kofi back in the ring. Kevin grabs the WWE Championship belt, and brings it to the ring. The Prizefighter holds the greatest prize in the WWE up over Kofi’s head as he stands on Kofi’s head! “You think this is yours?! I hope your kids had a good time! Because I’m coming for this!” But Kofi fires off hands! Kevin clubs and clobbers and stomps Kofi down in a corner, then drags him up to toss him out again. Kevin seethes as he stands Kofi up, but here comes Woods with a wrecking ball dropkick! So Kevin CLOBBERS Xavier! Kevin drags Xavier up to give him the APRON POWERBOMB!! Same old Kevin, same old brutality. Kevin may have just broken Xavier’s back, and he’s broken the WWE Universe’s heart yet again. Will he break Kofi’s dreams by ending his title reign?
What a great episode! And that’s even with the Superstar Shake-Up supposedly continuing into a second week to make up for the changes brought on by Vince’s indecision and apparently Fox’s request to have a stronger Latino base for when SmackDown goes to them. That’s all fine but perhaps they should’ve given Vince a call before making the decision in the first place. Who knows, the brand split might end (again) in 2019. But at least we got a rematch of Finn VS Almas here for another great match, with Finn winning. I would hope we get a tiebreaker soon, maybe at MITB, title more than likely on the line. And naturally Shane has to have back-up against Roman, and naturally it’s Elias. Shane had great Heel hypocrisy in his promo and Elias gets the best of Roman now, but pretty sure Roman wins at MITB PPV.
You’ve gotta feel for Chad Gable. He no longer has a dedicated tag team and then he’s just fodder for Lars. I started feeling bad for Mahal, too, because he almost ended up the same. Lars dominates Truth again, and this must be the feud they’re going with, but there isn’t much more to Lars as a character right now than smash, roar, smash again, leave. Of course, this is all Vince booking things, and he’s done the same to the War Viking Raider Experience. Hopefully Lars can get a promo in before they have an actual match. Speaking of, Aleister’s promo was vague, but that’s fine per his character from NXT. And we get the same Firefly Fun House from last night, so I wonder if he’ll be on both shows for a minute to see what stories we can get between both rosters.
As entertaining as the IIconics are, I feel like Vince only gave them the belts so they’ll put over another team that wasn’t Bayley & Sasha. Vince took away the fun of Boss & Hug VS Sky Pirates in NXT just so Vince could do something here. It’s still involving Kairi, at least, and she did great tonight. But it also looks like they may have to go through Mandy & Sonya before earning their title shot. That should be fun, in that Paige can laugh at them while her new team moves on. And as many hoped, Becky’s pulling a double header at MITB. She made a great point about Charlotte needing to move aside, but sadly, Vince says otherwise. Bayley VS Charlotte was amazing, but Vince chooses Becky to take on two blondes in one night. Lacey’s doubtful but Charlotte might be able to win against a tired Becky.
And everyone saw it coming but to think Kevin Owens would turn on The New Day here and now. Kofi VS Nakamura was an incredible match, Kevin and Xavier were incredible on commentary, and that was a wicked beating for Kofi and Xavier from Kevin. I was imagining that, with Big E out on injury, something would happen to Xavier and that leaves Kofi all alone. Kofi and Kevin will obviously fight for the title at MITB PPV, but I would hope Kofi wins to keep Kofimania going. Of course, as with this title, Rollins’ Universal Championship and either of Becky’s titles, Mr. & Ms. Money in the Bank could easily go after them in the same night as winning the briefcases. A cash-in might be the one way fans can even remotely accept one of the big three losing a title because cash-ins are all about sniping anyway.
My Score: 8.5/10
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