Two Cruiserweight superstars go from being a tag team to being enemies. Hideo Itami never wanted Akira Tozawa as a partner or a friend, and now he’ll make Tozawa #GoToSleep if it means getting the respect he demands. Plus, we’re a week away from Alexander VS Murphy for the title, what will both men to do prepare?
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- Drew Gulak VS Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party; Gulak wins.
- TJP VS Christopher Guy; TJP wins.
- Akira Tozawa VS Hideo Itami; Itami wins.
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Hideo Itami demands respect.
The Innovator of the GTS came to WWE via NXT to prove he’s a star. He had so much promise when he came in, but it was all halted by injury. Itami returned and started over in 205 Live, but he was forced to team with Akira Tozawa to keep that momentum going. But Itami asked “Why?” That momentum would also be stopped, and Itami only blamed Tozawa. Itami wants Tozawa to understand he made a mistake thinking they were friends. Will Itami make it even clearer when he makes Tozawa #GoToSleep?
Drew Gulak VS Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party!
The Cruiserweight Crusader knows that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Gulak takes one step forward when he defeats another member of Lucha House Party. And once he’s grounded all the flashy high-flyers, he’ll have proven that you can flip or dive, but you will tap out. Will he ground The King of the Ropes and do just that?
But before the match begins, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick walk out.
The Ungentle Men join commentary, as they’ve had their run ins with LHS recently. They also share their “artwork” of the luchadors with the commentary team to show everyone what they think of Metalik, Kalisto and Lince Dorado. That aside, Gulak and Metalik tie up with the bell. Gulak gets the waistlock and moves to a headlock for the takeover. He traps an arm but Metalik uses the headscissors. Gulak powers his way out to a cover, ONE, and Metalik puts on a headlock now. They both stand up, and Gulak powers out. Metalik runs Gulak over and then speeds things up, front flip and then a stiff chop. Metalik acrobatically arm-drags Gulak, then dropkicks him down. Gulak bails out and Metalik builds speed, but Gulak slides in while Metalik slides out. Gulak reminds us this is a No Fly Zone.
Gallagher likes Gulak’s sound strategy, but Metalik still catches Gulak with the swinging kick. Metalik springboards and missile dropkcisk Gulak down. Cover, TWO, but Metalik keeps on Gulak. Metalik puts Gulak in a corner for a chop, then whips him corner to corner, but Gulak reverses. Gulak runs into Metalik’s back elbow, then Metalik hops up, only for Gulak to trip him up. Dorado and Kalisto rally for Metalik with the matracas, but Gulak puts him in a Tree of Woe to stomp away on the ribs and chest. Gulak backs off while Metalik gets out of the tree. He tosses Metalik out of the ring and lets him sit there for the ring count. Metalik stands at 4, then reenters at 6. Gulak is upon him, with the takedown and then sits down to pull on Metalik’s arm and leg.
Metalik endures this modified stretch hold, and Lucha House Party get the fans rallying again. Gulak shifts to just an armlock, but Metalik fights back with his free arm. Metalik gets to his feet but Gulak brings him back down for a cover. TWO, but Gulak maintains the keylock. Metalik slaps Gulak’s head, but Gulak wrenches the arm. Fans rally and Metalik throws body shots but Gulak throws in a knee. Gulak whips Metalik, but Metalik throws him with tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Metalik whips Gulak, but Gulak reverses and manages to avoid the handspring. Metalik dodges Gulak but Gulak boots him to a corner. Gulak runs into Metalik’s boot, and Metalik runs for a Sling-dog.
Metalik runs again and runs the ropes, to hit another missile dropkick! Cover, TWO, and Gulak gets to ropes. Metalik takes the gloves off but Gulak puts him on the apron. Metalik SLAPS Gulak, but Gulak hits back with a haymaker. Gulak runs in but Metalik springboards up and over for the Asai Moonsault!
Down goes Gulak! Lucha House Party and the fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” while Metalik stirs. Metalik brings Gulak up and into the ring, then goes back to the ropes for the springboard splash. Cover, TWO, but Metalik keeps his cool. Metalik drags Gulak up for another stiff chop. Gulak throws body shots, then hits a discus clothesline! Cover, TWO, and Gulak grows frustrated. Metalik rolls to a corner while the fans rally again. Gulak grits his teeth and runs in, but Metalik dodges to SUPERKICK Gulak down. Metalik then climbs up from the other side, for a tightrope walking Coast2Coast!
Cover, TWO! Kendrick and Gallagher don’t see the point in the rope walking if it was just a dropkick. Metalik drags Gulak up, into the fireman’s carry, but Gulak slips out to grab Metalik for a suplex. Metalik slips out, then hops up, for the victory roll. TWO, to Gulak’s cover, TWO! Gulak and Metalik stand, and Gulak ducks the punch to get the waistlock. Metalik elbows him down, and springboards for the Lionsault, but Gulak sticks his boots up! Gulak grabs Metalik, for the GuLOCK!
Metalik endures, but taps! Gulak wins!
Winner: Gulak, by submission
The Philly Fury lets go when he’s satisfied, and this win is satisfactory. Gulak keeps his word to check off another luchador, will he get the clean sweep?
One thing’s for sure, Kendrick & Gallagher approve. Gulak thanks them for their applause with a curtsy. Are we seeing the third man in the Ungentlemanly Alliance?
Buddy Murphy prepares for his Cruiserweight Championship match.
The Aussie Antagonist is sure that the current Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander, isn’t training harder than him. In fact, Murphy believes no one trains harder than him. Murphy will come in “the bigger, the faster, the stronger athlete”, which is something Alexander has yet to deal with. That’s why Murphy is so confident he’ll win. It’s why Murphy has won every match since coming to 205 Live. Murphy vows to be the next Cruiserweight Champion, “because you can’t stop the unstoppable.”
TJP VS Christopher Guy!
The “Cruiser-Great” feels underutilized on 205 Live, so he reached out to SmackDown GM Paige via Twitter to see if there are openings on the Blue Brand. Is the inaugural Cruiserweight Champion truly thinking of moving up a weight class? Or is he just acting like he’s above it all to compensate for his recent losses?
The bell rings, and TJP circles with Guy. They tie up, and TJP moves all around with holds to a takedown into the hammerlock. TJP handsprings off Guy and “kicks dirt” at him. He even dabs on ’em. TJP dares Guy to bring it, and they tie up again. TJP slips through to a wristlock and then the sideways headscissors takedown. He keeps moving around, and hammerlocks one of Guy’s arms to YANK on the other! Guy writhes in pain while TJP grins. TJP keeps on Guy in a corner with a European Uppercut, then sticks a foot in Guy’s face while pulling on the arm. TJP whips Guy corner to corner, then snap suplexes Guy up. He rolls through for the saido suplex, then slingshots for the senton atomico.
TJP vows to finish, and the 205 Live GM, Drake Maverick, watches with a disapproving frown. However, Guy fights out of the fireman’s carry! Guy dropkicks TJP down and the fans cheer. TJP runs in but Guy avoids him, then springboards for a sunset flip, only for TJP to roll through and dropkick him down. TJP grabs the legs, ties them up, and turns Guy over for an Angelito STOMP! Then he adds on the Detonation Kick!
Cover, TJP wins!
Winner: TJP, by pinfall
The FilAm Flash is smug as ever after winning. Whether he’s on 205 Live or goes to SmackDown Live, TJP makes the T stand for Tuesdays.
In-ring interview with TJP.
Dasha congratulates TJP on his win, and asks about the recent comments he’s made. TJP thinks that “One: I wasn’t just the first Cruiserweight Champion, I was the best Cruiserweight Champion. Two: I’m the best technical wrestler in the world! Three, and more importantly: I single-handedly revived Cruiserweight wrestling, and I carried this Division on my back. If that is the kind of competition Drake Maverick thinks that I deserve, it’s crystal clear exactly what 205 Live management thinks of me.” TJP clearly feels he’s better than just some Guy, but will complaining about it get him what he wants?
The Cruiserweight Division made a big impression on the WWE European Tour.
The Heart and Soul of 205 Live, Mustafa Ali & Cedric Alexander, were the cornerstone of the Cruiserweight action that wowed the crowds all over Europe. Ali himself made direct connections with the fans to share his light of inspiration with them.
Alexander also shared his feelings of the entire experience.
Exclusive interview with Cedric Alexander.
Vic Joseph thanks the Cruiserweight Champion for taking the time for this interview, but it helps that Vic and Alexander go a ways back. Alexander is on quite the roll, and sets to defend the title against Buddy Murphy. How is Alexander handling the pressure of being champion? “One day at a time.” Alexander had pressure at Wrestlemania, at Greatest Royal Rumble, so pressure is just “another day at the office” for him. But when Alexander returns to his home state of Carolina, he’ll have family and friends in attendance, that has to be a different kind of pressure. Not at all to Alexander. His friends and family will be his support, he won’t fail.
Then on to Buddy Murphy, who is like we’ve never seen in the Cruiserweight Division. Murphy states he’s bigger, stronger and faster, and that Alexander has never faced someone like him. Alexander responds by saying that he himself cut weight to be a Cruiserweight. Alexander went through the very same things Murphy has, from hours of cardio to gallons of water day in and day out. Cutting weight gives you that agility, that speed, but it also drains stamina. If Murphy hasn’t figured that out, then Alexander plans to exploit it.
But how can Alexander be sure? Everyone else who has gone up against Murphy have failed to exploit a weakness, so what can Alexander do? “205 Live is full of young, hungry lions”, from Gran Metalik to Mustafa Ali and even Drew Gulak. But there’s a reason Alexander is champion: he’s well-rounded, can do it all and then some, and will remind Murphy that this is the #AgeOfAlexander. That may be the case now, but will it be after next week?
Akira Tozawa VS Hideo Itami!
The Stamina Monster and the Innovator of the GTS were a tag team that showed promise, but Itami never wanted that for himself. Now, to both earn respect and move towards a Cruiserweight singles title opportunity, Itami vows to make Tozawa see he is not on his level.
In a quick backstage interview, Tozawa says that “Hideo is a legend. I always respected Hideo, but Hideo did not respect me. If Hideo didn’t like me as a partner, he really won’t like me as an opponent.”
Th bell rings, and the two go right at each other with boot kicks. Then they throw fast and furious forearms. Itami kicks then whips but Tozawa reverses. Itami sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through. Tozawa kicks but Itami ducks and rolls him up, TWO. Itami kicks but Tozawa dodges, and fans applaud how even they are. The two circle again, and fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa. Itami hates that, and kicks at Tozawa. Tozawa blocks the kick then chops, so Itami chops back. Tozawa chops, Itami chops, and it’s a chop fight. Itami staggers, but fires up and chops Tozawa. Tozawa also staggers, but also chops back. Itami chops again, and fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa. Tozawa fakes the chop, to hit the jab! Itami crawls to ropes but Tozawa “AH! AH!” stomps away. Tozawa backs off at 4, then brings Itami up for a snapmare.
Tozawa runs to Penalty Kick and back senton on Itami. Cover, TWO, but Tozawa keeps fans in it with “AH! AH!” Tozawa stomps Itami, then brings him up for a shouting scoop slam. Cover, TWO, and Tozawa puts Itami in a chinlock. Tozawa brings Itami to the mat, but Itami endures. Itami stands up and jawbreakers out, but Tozawa ax handles Itami back. Tozawa stomps and chops Itami again, then again. Tozawa whips corner to corner then runs in, but Itami puts him on the apron, only for Tozawa to forearm Itami back. Itami sees Tozawa coming and kicks him between the ropes. Itami then climbs up, and drops the flying guillotine knee!
Tozawa goes down and Itami shouts at the fans, “Respect me!” Fans “AH! AH!” instead, so Itami tells them to “Shut up!” Itami stomps Tozawa while demanding respect, then brings Tozawa up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Itami keeps on Tozawa with kicks. Itami baseball slide dropkicks Tozawa out of the ring, then goes out to stomp him more. Fans continue to “AH! AH!” but Itami puts Tozawa into barriers. Itami stands Tozawa up for kicks against the barriers, then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO, but Itami keeps focus as he drags Tozawa back up. Itami snapmares Tozawa into a chinlock, and now Tozawa endures. Fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa and Tozawa powers up to fight back. Itami clubs and elbows Tozawa, then whips him corner to corner. Tozawa boots Itami back, then climbs up to fly, into Itami’s kick!
Itami looms over Tozawa, wanting Tozawa to respect him while he suffers. Itami drags Tozawa up, whips and runs him down with the kitchen sink knee. He toys with Tozawa, showing little respect to him. Itami mocks the “Ah! Ah!” while fans genuinely echo it. Itami kicks Tozawa while he’s down, right in the ribs. Fans refuse to respect Itami, so Itami drags Tozawa up for another whip. Itami hits another kitchen sink knee, then paces around Tozawa. Itami drops short knees into Tozawa, then brings down the knee pad forthe leaping scuff. He shouts “Respect me!” then mocks the “Ah! Ah!” again. Tozawa gets up and swings on Itami, but Itami drops him with a DDT! Cover, TWO, so Itami puts the chinlock on again.
Tozawa endures, and “AH! AH!” gives him energy. Tozawa fights back again, but Itami knees again. Itami whips, but Tozawa anticipates the knee and rolls Itami up! TWO, and Itami boots Tozawa, only to run into the headscissors! Tozawa hits the Shining Wizard, then fires up as he goes to the corner. Fans “AH! AH!” while Tozawa climbs up. Tozawa aims, but Itami rolls out. Tozawa simply changes flight plans, and leaps from the apron for a cannonball!
Fans fire up with Tozawa as he puts Itami back in the ring. Tozawa hurries back up top, and hits a missile dropkick. Cover, TWO, but Tozawa keeps focus. Fans “AH! AH!” again, and Tozawa drags Itami up. Itami resists the lift and elbows Tozawa’s head. Tozawa chops, then runs into the corner, but Itami boots him. Itami hops up, for the tornado hotshot! Itami climbs up, and flies for the clothesline! Cover, TWO! Frustration grows for Itami, but he goes after Tozawa again with a strike fest. Tozawa ducks, but swings into a Fujiwara armbar, that Itami transitions into a crossface. Itami wants the other arm but Tozawa slips out to inside cradle, TWO, rolling roundhouse!
Tozawa hurries to a corner and the top again. He takes aim, but Itami trips him up. Itami rocks Tozawa with a right, then climbs up, but Tozawa fights back. Tozawa clubs away with every “AH! AH!” and then reaches for a Fisherman. Itami fights back, and gets a SUPER FALCON ARROW!!
Itami crawls to a cover, TWO!? Somehow Tozawa survives, and Itami can’t believe it. Both men slowly stand up, and Itami runs to build speed for a big dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tozawa stirs, so Itami gets to a corner. Itami runs in, but misses, and Tozawa tilt-o-whirls into an Octopus Stretch!
Itami endures while walking towards ropes, and he collapses into the ropebreak. Tozawa lets go quickly, to then build speed and DIVE!
The Tozawa Torpedo connects! Tozawa quickly puts Itami in the ring, then climbs back up. He takes aim and leaps, but Itami rolls out of the way! The Super Senton back flops on the mat! Itami drags himself up and gets to the other corner, to run back in for the hesitation dropkick! Tozawa is dazed, but Itami won’t stop there, he hits another one! Itami still isn’t done, as he brings Tozawa up for the GTS Mk.II!
Cover, Itami wins!
Winner: Itami, by pinfall
Itami takes the win, but still demands respect. Now that he’s a singles competitor again, will Itami at least earn a Cruiserweight Championship match in the near future?
This was a solid night of action for 205 Live. It was three matches this time, but it all did matter in the end. Gulak and Metalik have a great match, and I sensed Gulak was going to join Gallagher & Kendrick in their stable. I don’t think WWE would go from a Cruiserweight Tag Team Division to a Cruiserweight Trios, but they could at least establish more than one trio stable in the Division. Lucha House Party going against Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick in a Six Man Tag would be great, and then have things come down to Gulak VS Kalisto in singles while Metalik-Dorado take on Gallagher-Kendrick in tag team action. By the way, where are the Daivari Brothers? They need to join the unofficial Tag Team Division already.
TJP beats a jobber but not just for the sake of an easy win. His story has shifted from arrogant sore loser to arrogant yet overlooked talent. I don’t really think TJP would actually move out of the Cruiserweight Division to join Raw or SmackDown. Those shows barely have room (or interest, rather) for everyone they already have *cough* Tye Dillinger */cough* so TJP is best served staying a Cruiserweight. But for story, it works that he’s making it as if he can leave at any time so it’s up to Maverick to give him reason to stay. Murphy and Alexander each do well in their promos to hype next week’s match, and I still feel that can go either way. Itami-Tozawa felt like it could go either way, too, but it works for Itami to go over. If Alexander retains, he’ll need a good number of Heels to face.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE Extreme Rules Results & Report! (7/14/19)
Get ready to get extreme!
WWE throws out the rule book!
Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans will go all out when it’s Winner Takes All in an Extreme Rules Mixed Tag Match! Will #ManSquared keep the WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships from the Lady and the Lone Wolf?
- Kickoff Show – WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak VS Tony Nese; Gulak wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- No Holds Barred Tag: Roman Reigns & The Undertaker VS Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre; Reigns & The Undertaker win.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS The Usos; The Revival wins and retains the the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- Aleister Black VS Cesaro; Black wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Handicap Match: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bayley wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- Last Man Standing: Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley; Strowman wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Tag: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS The New Day VS Heavy Machinery; The New Day wins and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
- WWE United States Championship: Ricochet VS AJ Styles w/ The Club; Styles wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler; Owens wins.
- WWE World Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe; Kingston wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
- Winner Takes All Extreme Rules Mixed Tag, WWE Universal Championship and Raw Women’s Championship: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch VS Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans; win and
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It’s the WWE Extreme Rules Kickoff!
Join Jonathon Coachman, Beth Phoenix, Charly Caruso and Sam Roberts as they review and predict the action for tonight!
Lacey Evans and Baron Corbin enjoy tea time.
“What do you think?” Corbin thinks Lacey looks like the next Raw Women’s Champion. It’s a good look for her. Corbin says this is all professional. They get to payback Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch for what they’ve done. Corbin will use a chair on Rollins’ spine to rearrange it vertebrae by vertebrae. Or maybe he goes through a table. Or maybe he smashes a teapot- No, not Lacey’s teapot! Especially when there are kendo sticks with Becky’s name on it. The Lady has been dying to beat sense into The Man. Lacey is a bit of a romantic, and she believes in love. Which is why the love between Rollins and Becky will end. Then the #Homewreckers will take the titles and destroy #ManSquared’s relationship. Corbin nods in agreement, but will the homewreckers be the ones getting wrecked?
Kickoff Show – WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
The Extraordinary Man lost to the King of Strong Style on SmackDown, and it was brutal. But now Finn looks to return that brutality in Philly! Will Finn tie things up between Nakamura? Or is the title going to go home with a rockstar?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this surprise rematch!
The two circle and fans are already fired up. Finn and Nakamura tie up and push each other around. Nakamura puts Finn on the ropes, and brings back the ab rest. Finn shoves Nakamura off, and doesn’t let him say, “C’MON!” Finn gives “C’MON” to Nakamura! Nakamura and Finn brawl and Nakamura whips. Finn reverses, Nakamura sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick! Finn CHOPS Nakamura in the corner, then CHOPS him in another. He whips Nakamura corner to corner but Nakamura reverses and redirects Finn. Finn goes up but gets caught and put on the top rope! Top Shelf Knee! Finn goes to the apron and Nakamura follows. Nakamura hops up but Finn kicks him down! Finn catches his breath and grits his teeth as he takes aim. Finn builds speed to FLY onto Nakamura!
Fans fire up with Finn as he puts Nakamura into barriers! And then barriers on the other side! This is all payback for SmackDown’s beat down! The ring count climbs to 4 but Finn puts Nakamura in. Finn is in at 5 and drags Nakamura up. Nakamura rolls to get the arm. Finn blocks so Nakamura switches to the other arm! Nakamura gets the armbar but Finn gets a ropebreak. Finn staggers to a corner but Nakamura is on him with kicks and stomps. Nakamura rams knees into ribs and shoulders, then drops one on Finn’s head. Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps his cool as he wraps on a chinlock. Philly rallies for Finn and he fights his way up. Finn fights back but Nakamura squeezes tighter!
Nakamura grinds Finn to the mat but fans give Finn new life. Finn fireman’s carries but Nakamura slips out. Nakamura throws a forearm, Finn PELES Nakamura back! Both men are down but Finn gets to a corner. Fans rally behind Finn as Nakamura runs in. Finn boots Nakamura back, then dropkicks the legs out! Finn keeps moving, another dropkick to the head! Nakamura is up but Finn has him for the elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn keeps his focus while WWE goes picture in picture. Finn aims from the corner and gives Nakamura a slingblade! Then Finn aims, only for Nakamura to hit his dynamic dropkick! Nakamura fires himself up as WWE returns to single picture, and he puts Finn back up top. But Finn avoids a second knee to give a kick!
Nakamura is down and Finn climbs up! But Nakamura trips him up! Nakamura positions Finn in the ropes and kicks away, to then run and slide, German Suplex! Finn hits hard and Nakamura takes the long way back into the ring. Nakamura aims from the corner, “YAO!” Double Stomps from Finn! Nakamura writhes to his feet, shotgun dropkick blasts him down! Finn heads up top again, COUP DE GRACE! But Nakamura got clear, to KINSHASA Finn in the back! Nakamura crawls to a corner as Finn flounders up, KINSHASA to the front! Cover, Nakamura wins!!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
The King of Strong Style finally checks off another title in the WWE! This match was fast and furious, but will there be a Summerslam sequel when there are no more rematch clauses?
The New Day joins the Kickoff via video chat!
Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods are a totem pole as they speak on the history that could be made tonight. How does possibly becoming 6-time tag team champions feel? Before that, Happy Birthday, Charly Caruso~~~! But pressure? Pressure busts pipes, but not the New Day’s pipes! The important thing is that the New Day is gonna be ALL GOLD~! Very possible, but Big E and Woods must beat two teams, aka a 33% chance of winning. Well the odds aren’t that bad. One-third is good. But what is math when you compare to the unicorn magic? Heavy Machinery are big, big boys. Otis is a bowling ball with legs.
And Kofi Kingston knows they can beat Daniel Bryan! Kofi did it at Mania! But now Kofi faces Samoa Joe, a ruthless opponent. Joe has made a career out of mind games, but Kofi got in Joe’s head back! Kofi does not fear Joe, and after the New Day sweeps, they will be W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight AND Smack, Down, Tag, Team CHAMPIONS, BABYYYY~! Historic up in here. And why is that? “BECAAAUSE~! New! Day Rocks!” Will the power of positivity be overflowing in Philly?
Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak VS Tony Nese!
Another title match on the Kickoff features the hometown Philly Stretcher, and his former friend turned bitter enemy in Premier Athlete! Gulak won this title in a Triple Threat back at Stomping Grounds, can Nese get back what he never truly lost? Or will he simply tap out?
The tension mounts as the introductions are made. The belt is raised and we begin this championship grudge match!
Gulak rushes and shotgun dropkicks Nese! But Nese tackles Gulak to throw hands! Gulak turns it around to stomp away, then throws Nese with a headlock. Nese headscissors but Gulak pops out, and the two circle again. Fans cheer for their hometown hero as he and Nese tie up. Nese waistlocks and rolls Gulak around. Gulak powers up and wrenches o ut. Gulak wrenches and whips but Nese stops himself to elbow Gulak away. Nese moonsaults but Gualk gets under. Nese goes Matrix to mule kick, knee lift and sweep! Cover, ONE, and Gulak gest to ropes. But Nese clotheslines Gulak right out! Nese is fired up but Philly boos as he slingshots. Gulak dodges, but so does Nese, until Gulak leaps off the apron with a lariat! Gulak wipes Nese out but also himself.
A ring count begins and Gulak is up. He drags Nese in at 6 and covers, TWO! WWE goes picture in picture as Gulak wrenches Nese’s neck. Nese endures and fights his way up to throw hands. Gulak knees low and whips to shotgun dropkick Nese back down! Cover, TWO! Gulak stays on Nese with that neck wrench as WWE returns to single picture. Nese fights his way up and fights out again. Gulak shoves and whips but Nese slides under to pump handle and powerslam! Cover, TWO! Gulak survives and takes a moment to catch his breath. Nese also stands slowly, and the two head at each other. A kick for a kick, and CHOP for a CHOP! Gulak knees low and kicks away on Nese’s face. Nese blocks one and spins to a German Suplex into buckles!
Nese has Gulak where he wants him and goes side to side, but into Gulak’s elbow! Gulak torture racks but Nese gets to the apron. Nese throws a heavy left, then drags Gulak onto the ropes. Nese hops up for a draping apron moonsault! It wasn’t the best but it still looks painful! Nese and Gulak are both down but outside the ring. A ring count begins and Nese crawls at 5. Gulak is in but Nese climbs up. Nese reaches the top, 450 splash! It just hits and Nese covers, TWO! Nese grows frustrated but he and Gulak slowly get back up. Nese throws forearms and wants an Alabama lift. Gulak blocks to club Nese on the back. Gulak boots but Nese uppercuts! Nese CHOPS but Gulak jabs and CHOPS!
Nese shoves but Gulak rolls under to a sunset flip, but Nese jackknifes. Gulak rolls through but Nese has the lift! Nese pulls Gulak from ropes but Gulak gets the powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Nese still lives and Gulak is furious. Gulak runs and LARIATS Nese upside-down! Cover, TWO!! Gulak nods, he knows Nese is tough. Fans rally up as Gulak torture racks again. Cyclone Crash neckbreaker! Gulak covers, Gulak wins!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
It was gritty and vicious, but that’s how Gulak likes it. Gulak will continue his reign over the Cruiserweight Division, but where will he take 205 Live over the summer?
The rules have been altered.
Extreme is all around. The Best in the World wants to put Roman down like a dog, but the Dead Man won’t let it happen without a fight for justice. The Lady and the Lone Wolf want gold, but The Man and Her Man want this to be their last chance. Kofimania is a dream come true, but now he has to face a living nightmare. A Monster and a Machine will fight until there is only one left standing. Anything goes tonight, when WWE gets extreme. “Can you feel it now?”
No Holds Barred Tag: Roman Reigns & The Undertaker VS Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre!
No, you’re not dreaming. The #GraveyardDogs really are opening the night against the Scottish Terminator and “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~!” And with nothing holding them back, will the Big Dog and the Phenom finally make Shane and McIntyre #RestInPeace?
Philly gives an ovation to Taker already as the teams stare down. The teams sort out and McIntyre starts with Roman. Roman and McIntyre circle and McIntyre talks trash before the brawl begins! Rman backs McIntyre down then whips but McIntyre revesres, only to run into an uppercut! Then Roman fireman’s carries, but McIntyre powers out to throw Roman overhead! McIntyre is on Roman and bumps him off buckles. McIntyre stomps a mudhole into Roman then tags in Shane. Shane stomps Roman, then throws fast hands. Shane rope-a-dopes but gets ROCKED! Roman bumps Shane on buckles then rains down rights of his own! He gets all 10, then wrenches Shane towards his corner. Fans fire up and Shane flails for his life, but Taker tags in!
Taker throws hands on Shane then wrenches him for shoulders. Taker runs Shane over and drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Taker stays on Shane with a wrench. Shane reaches for McIntyre but Taker keeps him away. Taker even toys with Shane just a bit before climbing up. Shane stops Old School with fast hands! Shane rope-a-dopes more, but Taker grabs him! Taker throws his fast hands! Taker shows Shane what a real striker can do! Then he whips Shane corner to corner and clotheslines him down hard! Taker drags Shane up again for a wrench, and he finally climbs up. Fans let Taker know, “You Still Got It!” as he hits Old School! Shane scrambles away and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre stares Taker down eye-to-eye! Then he throws hands!
McIntyre rocks Taker but only for a moment! Taker hits back and we have a brawl! Taker gets the edge and whips McIntyre, but McIntyre kicks back! It only angers Taker! McIntyre clotheslines Taker out but Taker lands on his feet! Taker drags McIntyre out to ram him into the apron! Taker puts McIntyre on that apron, and we’re about to see another classic. Apron guillotine leg drop! Cover, TWO! Roman tags in and Taker sets McIntyre up for Roman’s uppercut. Roman gives McIntyre point-blank clotheslines, all the way to 10. Then Roman runs to BOOT McIntyre down! Philly fires up as Roman locks ‘n’ loads. Shane runs over but Roman uppercuts him down. Roman uppercuts McIntyre, but McIntyre whips Roman. Shane dumps Roman out!
Taker comes over to start using that No Holds Barred stipulation! Taker has a chair and he runs Shane off to the stage! But McIntyre has Roman and rams him into steel steps! McIntyre puts Roman back in to stomp away. Then he deadlift suplexes Roman up and down! Cover, TWO! McIntyre drags Roman up and tags in Shane. McIntyre drops Roman with a neckbreaker, Shane covers, TWO! Shane rains rights down on Roman, then covers again, TWO! Roman gets to a corner and Shane tags McIntyre. McIntyre bumps Roman off buckles but Roman punches back. McIntyre shoves Roman for another overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Roman with an armlock and chinbar.
Fans rally as Roman endures. McIntyre shifts to a keylock, but Roman feeds off the fan energy. Roman works his way up as McIntyre wrenches, and Roman punches free. Roman whips but McIntyre reverses and forearms in the corner. McINtyre whips corner to corner but Roman reverses now. Roman runs into an elbow, but gives McIntyre the Samoan Drop! Both men are down and Philly rallies up. McIntyre runs in at Roman but only gets post! They’re both down again, but crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Shane and Taker! Taker rallies on Shane with big hands, then hits McIntyre, too! Taker bumps Shane off buckles then whips corner to corner for a big clothesline! Shane flounders around, into Snake Eyes! And the boot!
McIntyre returns but gets punched back out. Taker clotheslines Shane out, and fans are fired up as Taker stares at the announce desk. Taker stomps Shane before pulling the desk cover off. He clears the desk of the monitors and such. Taker brings Shane over, has him in bomb position, but Shane resists. Elias appears to SMASH Taker with his guitar!! Roman uppercuts Elias and runs the Drifter into barriers. CLAYMORE outta nowhere! McIntyre sends Roman into the timekeeper’s area! Elias grabs what’s left of his guitar, but Taker grabs Elias’ throat! CLAYMORE for Taker! McIntyre is furious as he paces about. Elias helps Shane up and Shane says to set Taker on the desk. McIntyre and Elias haul Taker over and set him on the desk. McIntyre rains down rights to make sure Taker stays down, and Shane climbs up top! IN-SHANE ELBOW FROM POST TO DESK!!
Fans lose their minds as Shane brings back his glory days at the cost of his body! McIntyre and Elias drag Taker from the wreckage while Shane manages to stand. Elias and McIntyre put Taker in and drag him to the corner. Shane brings back another classic as he pulls out a trash can. McIntyre places it for Shane and Elias holds Taker in place. Shane goes to the opposite corner and climbs again. He slashes the throat to mock Taker, COAST2COAST!! But Roman returns to SUPERMAN PUNCH Elias! McIntyre hurries out to Russian Leg Sweep Roman down! Shane drags Taker to the middle of the ring, though. Taker sits up!! And he has Shane’s leg!
Taker yanks Shane in, choke grip, CHOKE SLAM! Elias runs in, Elias gets a choke slam! Taker slashes the throat, but McIntyre is looming! CLAY- SPEAR!! Roman saves Taker! And now they have Shane all alone. Roman drags Shane up, “It’s done now!” He feeds Shane to the TOMBSTONE! Cover, Taker and Roman win!
Winners: The Undertaker and Roman Reigns, Taker pinning
The Graveyard Dogs truly own this yard! They were truly a formidable force, even in their first time as a team. Taker and Roman give a nod of respect to each other, then part ways as Roman lets Taker have the ring.
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins!
The Man and Her Man prepare for #WinnersTakeAll, so it’s like they’re responsible for each other’s titles. Rollins interrupts. They already know what’s at stake, and they know where they are: the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia! And as we just saw, fans love getting extreme. Rollins and Becky took a little walk around the city. Not anything romantic, she’s not that sappy. But there’s so much inspiration. Like the Liberty Bell and its crack. Rollins is gonna crack Corbin’s head just like it! Or that statue of William Penn. Becky pictured a Lacey statue: covered in crap. But the main event is THE Extreme Rules match. There is inspiration, motivation, and options. The only thing that isn’t an option is losing. Enough said. But will the champs get out of Philly still golden?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS The Usos!
Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson have gone back and forth with Jimmy & Jey, from pranks to insults to matches. But now things will be settled with the titles on the line! Is the Uso Penitentiary about to get extreme? Or will the #TopGuys #SayYeah to retaining the titles?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin this championship grudge match!
The teams sort out and Jey starts with Dawson. They circle and tie up, and Dawson waistlocks. Jey standing switches but Dawson arm-drags Jey to an armlock. Jey headscissors but Dawson pops out, only for Jey to sweep and cover. Dawson pops out to sweep back but Jey pops out. Dawson trips to a jackknife but Jey bridges. Jey spins Dawson to a backslide, TWO! Dawson backs off to the corner, and the fans echo, “UCE! OH!” Jey waits for Dawson to come back, and the two tie up again. Dawson wrenches but Jey wrenches back. Jey counter punches then Jimmy tags in. Jimmy slides and hits a big forearms smash. Cover, ONE! Dawson kicks back and tags Dash. The Revival whip Jimmy but Jimmy goes up and over to throw uppercuts. Dash clubs Jimmy into a back suplex but Jimmy escapes.
Jey tags in, and Dash runs into double kicks! The Usos aim to double superkick, but Dawson saves Dash. The Revival regroups, but the Usos build speed, only to get forearms! Dash and Dawson run in but get sent back out, the Usos FLY! Double direct hits but also with some crash and burn. Jey shakes it off and drags Dash into the ring. Fans echo “UCE! OH!” as Jey drags Dash up. Dash wings but misses, Dawson tags in before the atomic drop. Jey uppercuts Dawson but goes after Dash. That’s the wrong guy, and Dawson clobbers Jey! The Revival throw Jey into barriers and mock him while Jimmy protests. The Revival are fine with a count out but Jey crawls over at 3. Jey is still down at 5 but stands at 7. He gets in at 8 but Dawson is on him with a snapmare and leg drop.
Dawson adds the elbow drop and headbutt, then tags Dash. Human weapon leg drop! Cover, TWO! Dash grows frustrated and he pushes Jey around. “You want Uso? How about this, Uso?” Dash haymakers Jey to the apron, then pulls him in for the bottom rope guillotine! Cover, TWO! Dash looms over Jey and wraps on a rear bearhug. Fans rally with “UCE! OH!” as Jey endures. Jey fights his way up but Dash headbutts him in the back. Fans continue to rally as Jey fights his way up again. Jey elbows and punches free then arm-drags Dash. But Dash tags in Dawson and Dawson intercepts Jey! Jey counter punches and fights back, back suplex drops Dawson! Both men are down and Philly fires up. Jey crawls but Dash goes at Jimmy.
Jimmy fights Dash off and knocks him down, but Dawson runs at Jey. Jey back drops Dawson but the tag isn’t seen! The ref keeps Jimmy out and the Revival mug Jey! Dawson plays dead as he and Jey are in the corner. Fans boo and jeer but The Revival simply take a bow. Tag to Dash and he hops up. Dawson brings Jey up, elbow back drop combo! Cover but Jey fights out before a count. Jey gets to a corner and Dash stomps him out. The ref checks on Jey while Dash tags in Dawson. Dawson drags Jey up to the top rope, but fans continue to echo “UCE! OH!” Dawson CHOPS away on Jey, then hauls him up. Jey fights out of the superplex, but then both crash and burn off the corner! Fans rally up as both men are outside and a ring count begins. Dash gets Dawson up and in and then tags. But Jey sprints to tag Jimmy! Jimmy kicks Dash then hist a crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Jimmy rallies with haymakers and kicks, then gives Dash the Samoan Drop! Dawson runs in to get a Samoan Drop, too! Jimmy has targets and fires up, corner to corner for the hip attack! Dash runs in and spins Jimmy for a powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Dash is surprised, but he refocuses. Dash tags in Dawson and The Revival focus on Jimmy. Jimmy boots them both away, then climbs for Whisper in the Wind! Shout out to Team Extreme! Tag to Jey and the Usos get a Samoan pop drop!Cover, TWO! Dawson survives and headlocks, but Jey powers out. Dawson hits Jimmy but Jey rolls him. TWO and the superkick is blocked to a knee, jab and BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Now Jey survives and Dawson is furious. Dawson drags Jey up to the top rope and CHOPS!
Dawson climbs up to join Jey, and Dash tags in. Dash climbs on the other corner, SUPERPLEX to FROG SPLASH! Cover, but Jimmy splashes in to break it! Cover on Dash, but Dawson breaks it! All four men are down and crawling while fans rally up. The teams regroup and stare down, before a brawl breaks out! Dawson throws Jimmy out but Jey rocks Dash. Jey SUPERKICKS Dawson then SUPERKICKS Dash! Jimmy tags back in, the Usos run but Dawson trips Jey! Jimmy gets Dawson but Dash gets Jimmy! Dawson tags in as Dash tornadoes, but Jimmy powers out. But Jimmy turns around into SHATTER MACHINE! Cover, the Revival win!!
Winners: The Revival, Scott Dawson pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions
Two of the best tag teams around, and it was that close for the Usos. But the #TopGuys are still on top of the Raw Tag Division. Will they be partying all the way to Summerslam in Toronto?
Aleister Black VS Cesaro!
For weeks, the Embodiment of the End has wanted someone, anyone, to #PickaFight with him. And after weeks of waiting, someone finally knocked on his door. It was the Swiss Cyborg! Now, we are in for a fight… between… superpowers!
The bell rings and the two stare down. Cesaro and Aleister approach, and immediately Aleister wants Black Mass! Cesaro gets under and puts Aleister in a corner. Aleister kicks back so Cesro give a European Uppercut! Aleister fires back again and headlocks, but Cesaro back suplexes him down! Cesaro drags Aleister up, Gotch but Aleister back drops out! Cesaro lands on his feet and sits down cross leg to mock Aleister. Aleister kicks but Cesaro dodges. Aleister still fires off a strike fest, with the knee sending Cesaro out! The Dutch Destroyer goes to the rope and moonsaults out onto Cesaro! And then he shows Cesaro how cross-legs are done. Aleister puts Cesaro in then has him in the corner.
Cesaro bumps Aleister off buckles but Aleister elbows back. Aleister hops up to hit a meteora, then roundhouses Cesaro back down! Cover, TWO! Aleister is on Cesaro with more strikes, a sweep to the legs, and then lifts him with a foot. Cesaro powers Aleister off to throw forearms and EuroUppers! Aleister fires back, but his quebrada is disrupted as Cesaro shoves him out! Cesaro walks off the kicks to his leg while fetching Aleister. Cesaro puts Aleister back in and stalks Aleister, for a springboard uppercut! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is back on Aleister with a chinlock and half straitjacket. Aleister endures and fans rally up. Aleister fights his way up and out, focusing on that leg. Cesaro whips and clotheslines Aleister down! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro drags Aleister up in a gut wrench and throws him! Another cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his focus as he stalks Aleister. Aleister kicks that leg again, but Cesaro keeps approaching. Cesaro drops elbows on Aleister, then a double stomp! Cover, TWO! Cesaro goes after Aleister’s arm now with a mounted armlock. Aleister endures as fans rally again. Aleister fights up and kicks that leg. He’s free, band quebradas! Direct hit but both men are reeling. Cesaro hobbles over but gets more kicks. Aleister counter punches, fires off more kicks, but Cesaro gives another EuroUpper! Cesaro runs into the corner, blocks a boot but not the next one. Aleister hosp up, meteora is caught to a pop-up uppercut! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Cesaro drags Aleister up for a running EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro is growing frustrated, and he drags Aleister up for elbows. Cesaro throws hands and uppercuts, but aleister turns one into a backslide! TWO, and Aleister keeps kicking the leg. Aleister kicks the punch away to hook kick. Cesaro runs to springboard, into a knee trigger! Cover, TWO!! Aleister grits his teeth as he looms over Cesaro. Aleister drags Cesaro up but Cesaro yanks him into ropes. But Aleister is on the apron and kicks the legs. Cesaro knees back then whips, to pop-up. But the knee gives out before he could do more. Aleister cradle counters, TWO! More kicks to the leg, then a takedown to a kneebar! Aleister also has the heel hook and Cesaro shouts in pain!
Cesaro drags himself, but can’t reach ropes. But Cesaro turns the leg lock into a Sharpshooter! Cesaro sits down, Aleister reaches, but Cesaro shifts to the crossface! Aleister elbows the bad leg, rolls Cesaro to a cover, TWO! Another knee from Aleister to Cesaro! Both men are down and Philly is loving it! “This is Awesome!” and far from over. Aleister and Cesaro slowly stir, but it is the Swiss Cyborg that sits Aleister up. Aleister hits, Cesaro hits back, and the two brawl on the mat! Aleister borrows EuroUppers, but Cesaro gives them all back! Cesaro hits from all sides, then has the Gotch position! Aleister attacks the legs, fires off strikes, Cesaro blocks and blocks, but not the BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
That was a fight! The Embodiment of the End is back and vicious as ever, will he be fighting his way to a title match in Toronto?
R-Truth and Carmella are on the hunt for the WWE 24/7 Champion.
They plaster the halls with wanted posters with Drake Maverick (and an upset Renee Michelle) on them. Truth wants his baby back, because he’s a mess. But instead of Maverick, they find Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. Truth needs to ask them something. Have they seen Hornswoggle? Is he in that room with them? Actually, yes. No, don’t listen to her, Truth.
But anyway, Truth and Carmella leave while Alexa presents Nikki with a gift. IT’s… an Alexa Bliss shirt! In Nikki’s torn up style! This is perfect for their Handicap match later. But then the Street Profits come by. It’s so cute seeing them being friends. But with 20-20 vision, they see that Bayley is in trouble. So the Profits want to know: when Alexa becomes the NEW Smackdown Women’s Champion, where da party at? Uh, co-champs. Wait she was serious about that? Yes… PFFF! Yeah, right. The Profits trust the process, but they’re not going to share a singles title. Montez Ford wouldn’t even share his dinner. Is that why he didn’t afford Dawkins to dinner? Nikki speaks up, saying she’ll prove them wrong when they’re SmackDown Women’s Co-Champions! Woo, that intensity! Dawkins wants to party with her. But will Bayley let there be a party?
SmackDown Women’s Championship Handicap Match: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
The Hugger has the odds against her, all because the Goddess manipulated the loner Loony Lass. Will Alexa get her way and have Nikki win this title for her? Will Alexa actually share the title like she says?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this unorthodox title match!
Alexa “lets” Nikki start, and Nikki ties up with Bayley. They go around the ring and Nikki headlocks. Bayley slips out but Nikki starts shoving. Bayley punches and Nikki tags out to Alexa. Alexa rushes Bayley but gets thrown around. Bayley headlocks Alexa but Alexa pulls hair. Bayley holds onto the arm and wrenches then jams it. Alexa hits Bayley in the back then drags Bayley over. Tag to Nikki but Bayley gets clear. Nikki and Bayley circle again and Nikki headbutts low. Nikki whips Bayley but Bayley stops herself. Bayley flapjacks Nikki on buckles, then rolls her for a sliding lariat! Cover, ONE, but Bayley stays between Nikki and Alexa. Nikki knees low and tags ALexa. Bayley throws Nikki out and rams her into the barriers! She throws Nikki back in and elbows Alexa away. Bayley stays on Nikki but Alexa shoves her into steel steps!
Alexa looms over Bayley and drags her up by her ponytail. Alexa clubs Bayley then puts her in the ring. Cover, ONE, and Alexa is annoyed. Alexa bumps Bayley off buckles then tags Nikki. Nikki stomps a mudhole then tags Alexa back in. Alexa stomps a mudhole then tags out. This looks like the NewDay’s stampede as they tag again. Nikki tags in once more, and drags Bayley up to hit a wrenching neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps on Bayley with a straitjacket stretch, but fans rally as Bayley endures. Nikki digs a knee in and pulls Bayley backwards. Alexa shouts, “Make her suffer!” But Bayley fights up, so Nikki knees low. Nikki whips but Bayley sends Nikki out. Bayley goes to wreck with a dropkick but Nikki catches her in the apron skirt. But Bayley fights Nikki off! Until Alexa wrecks Bayley with a dropkick!
Alexa returns to the corner and Nikki tags her in. The Goddess goes back to Bayley to stand her up, fix her hair, and SLAP her! Alexa puts Bayley in the ring and covers, TWO! She tries again, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but she keeps on Bayley with a whip into the corner. And then SLAPS her again! Tag to Nikki and Nikki hauls Bayley up top. Bayley is in the Tree of Woe as Nikki stomps away again! Nikki tags Alexa and Alexa climbs up to bring Bayley up for forearms. The ref reprimands Alexa, and Bayley hits back! Bayley fights free of the Tree, then decks Nikki! Alexa grabs Bayley and drags her up in the hangman’s sleeper! She lets go at 4, to throw Bayley down by her hair! The referee reprimands Alexa sterner, but Alexa hits Insult2Injury! Cover, TWO! Alexa argues the count but the ref says the count is fair.
Alexa sits Bayley up but Bayley counter punches! Bayley throws more haymakers and then runs, into that killer right from Alexa! Buzzsaw from Bliss, but Bayley LARIATS back! Bayley fires off with furious hands from all sides! Bayley runs to DIVE onto Nikki! And then she goes back to Alexa for the hotshot! Cover, TWO! Alexa gets to her corner but Bayley rams a shoulder in. Nikki tags in but runs into a saido suplex! Bayley scoops Alexa and slams her on Nikki! Nikki and Alexa go to opposite corners, and Bayley blocks the kick to throw Nikki down. Bayley steps through to lace the legs, and into a Trailer Hitch! Nikki screams but Alexa runs in, only to miss her knee drop! Bayley has Alexa in a crossface! She has both opponents in submissions! Alexa bites the fingers and gets free!
Nikki rolls the Trailer Hitch to get closer to ropes, but Bayley stops her just short. Bayley cranks harder and Alexa runs in to clobber Bayley. The referee counts Alexa so she leaves. Bayley swings at Alexa but misses. Bayley tackles Nikki again, but Alexa runs in. The ref stops Alexa but Nikki hits Bayley back. Tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Another try, TWO! Nikki is furious, but tags in Alexa. Alexa climbs up, Twisted Bliss gets knees! Tag to Nikki and Nikki hurries up top, to leap into a knee! Bayley drags Nikki to a drop zone and climbs up high, Macho Elbow! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall; still SmackDown Women’s Champion
There is still only ONE SmackDown Women’s Champion, and that’s Bayley! Even with the odds against her, Bayley succeeds and rolls on through the summer. Will there be a second chance for the Goddess and her follower? Or is it back to Raw for the both of them?
Last Man Standing: Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley!
Somehow, someway, the Monster Among Men and the Rocky Mountain Machine survived crashing through the stage! And more surprising, it was Lashley who got up first! And now Lashley vows that Strowman won’t ever get up again. Who will be the last superhuman standing here tonight?
To everyone’s surprise, Strowman is actually here! This match will happen, which is surely to Lashley’s liking. Because he rushes Strwoman right away! But Strowman throws him over and out of the ring! And then into barriers! Strowman shows no mercy as he still uses superhuman strength to toss Lashley in the ring. Lashley staggers up and Strowman follows. The bell finally rings and Strowman hits a corner splash! And then another! Lashley flops down and Strowman keeps his eyes on him. The count begins already, but Lashley rolls out to get to his feet the easy way. But Strowman decides to take a lap! Strowman blasts Lashley off his feet! Another count and Lashley gets up at 5. Strowman takes another lap, but Lashley SPEARS him down!
The count starts as Lashley flounders away. Strowman clutches his gut, but he is crawling. He uses the desk to prop himself up at 4, but Lashley clubs him into the desk. Lashley brings Strowman around to bounce off the steel steps. Lashley pulls the steps apart while Strowman staggers to his feet. The steps are a battering ram and SLAM into Strowman! Lashley looms over Strowman as he crawls. The count reaches 5 before Strowman stands again. Lashley has the steps again, and rams Strowman over the barriers! Strowman is down in the front row but Lashley keeps close. The count starts again and Strowman staggers up at 3. Strowman throws hands back but Lashley gets a chair! Lashley jabs the chair into Strowman’s ribs, then SMACKS him on the back! Strowman is reeling from those chair shots, and Lashley stalks him up the stairs.
Lashely punches Strowman to keep him moving up. He even fires forearms into the back, taking advantage of the reported spleen injury. Strowman stands at 4 but Lashley punches him towards the top of the stairs. The fight starts heading towards the hallway, but Lashley redirects Strowman to ram him into railing. Lashley soaks up the heat as he stalks Strowman out of the arena. Cameras hurry to follow, and the fight is by the concessions! Strowman is slowly moving, and stands at 6. Lashley brings Strowman crashing into a wall! Lashley rains down rights to keep Strowman down. Fans are booing and jeering from the merch stands while the count rises. Strowman is stirring again while Lashley boasts to fans. Strowman is up at 4 yet again, so Lashley throws haymakers.
Lashley tips over tables to clear room. He drags Strowman over in front of the merch shirts, but Strowman resists the suplex, to suplex Lashley into the wall! Both men are down while Philly loses its mind. Strowman is up at 5, Lashley is up at 7. Strowman stalks Lashley and rocks him with a right! Lashley crawls away to the cutain, and Strowman throws him through it! They return to the arena, and Lashley almost falls down the stairs! Strowman keeps on him with hammering hands. Lashley staggers away but Strowman won’t let up. Strowman punches Lashley down the rest of the way, then boots him back to the ground level. The count returns as Lashley is down. Lashley stirs but Strowman can tell that’s not enough. Strowman has fans move aside so he can have a runway. Strowman BLASTS Lashley again!
Philly is fired up with Strowman as the count returns. But Lashley still stirs, and is up at 8! That’s the longest count yet. Strowman scoops but Lashley slips out, to SPEAR Strowman through barriers!! Both men are down as fans lose their minds again. The count is on both men now, but they both rise at 8! Lashley walks into Strowman’s uppercut! Strowman staggers away but Lashley pursues. Lashley clubs Strowman back, focusing on those ribs. Lashley drags Strowman up to ram him into the apron edge! Strowman collapses from the pain in his sides, and the count begins again. Strowman manages to get up at 4, but Lashley is stalking him. Lashley bumps Strowman off the apron, then decides to take a lap, just like Strowman out. He comes around to POUNCE Strowman over the announce desk! Then puts the desk on top of Strowman!
Strowman is under the desk as the count rises past 5! But he slips out from underneath at 8 and stands at 9! Lashley is frustrated, but he sees Strowman in the crowd. Lashley leaps the barrier, only to be tossed into the international announcer row!! The Machine and that particular commentary team are down. Lashley stands at 8 but Strowman comes around to rock him with a right hand! Strowman drags Lashley up and headbutts him past the Chinese announce team. Lashley is down and the count begins again. Lashley sits up at 3 but Strowman walks over. Strowman drags Lashley up but Lashely throws hands. Lashley throws the trash on Strowman! The count starts for Strowman as he stirs among fast food wrappers and other garbage. Strowman is up at 7, and backhands Lashley away! Lashley crawls but Strowman comes barreling over to kick him down.
Strowman won’t let the count start, he throws more hands to leave Lashley wobbling. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Lashley eggs Strowman on! So Strowman boots Lashley back down! And throws big hands! Lashely wants Strowman to keep hitting him, so he does! But Lashley keeps getting up! Strowman bounces Lashley off railing, and they go back up the steps. Both men are running out of gas, but Lashley throws a fan into Strowman! Strowman pushes the fan aside, but Lashley clears out more space. Lashley drags Strowman over but Strowman shoves him into railing. Strowman clubs away and uses a fan’s seat to SMACK Lashley on the back! Lashley flops down, but Strowman won’t spare him just yet. Strowman kicks open an area, and hauls Lashley up onto his shoulders! Lashley resists for dear life, but Strowman clubs him down. Strowman scoops Lashley, for an EXTREME MONSTER SLAM!!
They drop through flooring into a blocked off section! And yet, Strowman drags himself up as the count begins again. Philly chants for “E C DUB! E C DUB!” The count passes 5 but where are Strowman and Lashley? Strowman busts through the wall!! Lashley is still lost in there, and the count hits 10! Strowman wins!!
Winner: Braun Strowman
Both men went above and beyond their limits, but it is the Monster who conquers the Machine! Will this finally end the war between these two real-life titans?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles and The Club.
The Phenomenal One will take the One and Only on one more time for the United States Championship. But the last time Ricochet and Styles faced off, Styles lost and then reunited with Gallows & Anderson to beat Ricochet down. Oh there it is! People think that Styles losing is why he reunited with The Club? Wrong! They’re not just friends, they’re Good Brothers. Ricochet was just the first of many. Ricochet is amazing, he will be a huge star one day. But Styles will take away that title. And that is just, Too, SWEET! Throw it up, Charly. PSYCHE! The Club heads out, but will they be leaving with Ricochet’s gold?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Tag: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS The New Day VS Heavy Machinery!
Awwww~ Philly~! Clap for this massive tag match, and feel~ the power~! Daniel Bryan and Rowan want to #SaveTagTeamWrestling, and they’ll do that by denouncing and defeating teams that don’t take things seriously. However, they face a tall task being against Big E, Xavier Woods, Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic. Which team comes out of this seriously talented Triple Threat with the titles?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the teams sort out so that Bryan starts with Woods, leaving Heavy Machinery as the odd men out.
Woods and Bryan circle but Dozer doesn’t stop pumping on the apron. Bryan and Woods tie up and Bryan wrenches to a headlock. Woods powers out but Bryan runs him over. Bryan runs but Woods hurdles then ducks then hurdles again. Woods runs but Bryan shows that he can hurdle. Woods waistlocks but Bryan fights out of the German Suplex. Bryan back suplexes but Woods slips out. Woods ducks under to hit the rolling elbow! Bryan goes to the Heavy Machinery corner and Tucker tags in. Tucker waistlocks and slams Woods, then keeps on him for a headlock. Woods powers out but Tucker shows off his agility to run Woods over! Fans cheer for “Tucky” as he drags Woods up. Tucker whips but Woods goes up and over to speeds things up. Woods dodges to tilt-o-whirl huricanrana!
But Woods walks into Tucker’s elbow. Rowan tags off of Tucker and throws him out! Rowan clobbers Woods, then drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Rowan rams his knees into Woods then wrenches the neck. Woods endures and fans rally up. Woods fights his way up but Rowan knees him down. Rowan drags Woods over to bump off buckles then tags Bryan in. The Planet’s Tag Champions combine to whip Bryan’s dropkick into Woods! Rowan steps on Woods on his way out, then Bryan drags Woods around to hook the legs. Bryan pulls on Woods’ face, then remembers there’s no disqualifications! Bryan rakes Woods’ eyes then clobbers Woods with crossface forearms. He stomps Woods’ knees then tags in Rowan.
Rowan pump handles Woods to a backbreaker! He hits Big E for good measure, then Bryan throws Big E into steel steps! But Woods enziguris Rowan back! Woods gets up but Rowan shoves him to the empty corner. Rowan runs into Woods’ boot, and then gets a missile dropkick! Rowan and Woods crawl, but it’s only Bryan and Otis! So that’s where the tags go! Dozer bulldozes Bryan over and over! Dozer scoops, spins, spins the other way, and slams Bryan down! “Oh yeah~!” Bryan staggers while Otis pumps it up. Otis catches Bryan for an overhead T-bone suplex! Then goes corner to corner to squash Bryan in a corner. Bryan flops down in the drop zone, and fans know what Otis wants here! Otis pumps it up, Caterpillar elbow!
Tag to Tucky, and Heavy Machinery gives Bryan a #HossToss! Cover, TWO!! Tucker fires up and drags Bryan into a back suplex. Bryan escapes and Big E tags in! Big E gives Tucker a belly2belly! Then runs to hit the Big Splash, onto Tucker’s knees! Tag to Otis and Otis suplexes Big E while Tucker climbs. Otis holds Big E up for the CROSSBODY! Cover, but Rowan breaks it! Tucker runs into Rowan’s urenage! Rowan heel kicks Otis down! Woods hops on, only to be thrown off, and run over! Rowan is a one man wrecking crew, and he feeds Woods to Bryan’s knee! Fans boo but Bryan soaks it up. But Big E clotheslines Rowan out and SPEARS Bryan off the apron! Otis sees that carnage and wants in! Fans want to see it, and Otis builds speed! But then he carefully goes to the apron, to LEAP! He still bowls everyone over. But then Tucky sees his chance and climbs up top. Tucker LEAPS onto Big E and Rowan!
Philly loves this demolition derby as Otis puts Big E in the ring. “This is Awesome!” as Otis scoops Big E. Tucker adds on, COMPACTOR!! Cover, but Woods breaks it in time! Tucker whips Woods then pops him up for Otis’ powerslam! Woods bails out and Rowan grabs Tucker and Otis with claws. But they fight free, and meet in the middle for a belly sandwich! Otis splashes Rowan in the corner, then Tucker adds his. Otis does it again, then so does Tucker. A third round for Otis, and then Heavy Machinery haul Big Red up top. They both climb up to join Rowan, but Big E joins in! Bryan tags Rowan before Big E gives Heavy Machinery DOUBLE SUPER POWERBOMBS! Big E turns his attention to Rowan and climbs up to join him. Big E has Big Red, for a BIG SUPERPLEX! But Bryan is up top, FLYING HEADBUTT! To the Lebelle Lock!!
Big E endures as Bryan cranks back hard! Big E crawls around, reaches with his legs, but Bryan makes it a Rings of Saturn! He even gets a leg in! Big E wriggles with one good leg, to be under the ropes! But No DQ means no ropebreaks! Big E still powers his way forward, so Bryan lets go. Bryan grimaces as he starts giving Yes Kicks to Big E’s big chest. He even goes with both legs for Yes and No Kicks. But Big E just gets mad! Big E eggs Bryan on, so Bryan SLAPS him! And SLAPS him! But Big E doesn’t back down. Big E reels Bryan in for a BIG LARIAT! The straps come down, he whips Bryan to a corner, but Bryan goes up and over, to get caught!! Woods is back, tags in, hops up, MIDNIGHT HOUR!! Cover, New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, Xavier Woods pinning; NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions
The New Day are SIX time tag champions! AND they’re completely golden!! At least, for now. Can Kofi Kingston keep this dream a reality by the end of the night? Or is Samoa Joe going to ruin the fun for everyone?
The New Day celebrates backstage!
Kofi Kingston is so proud of Big E and Xavier Woods! Kayla Braxton comes over to ask them about this, but then PAUL HEYMAN takes the mic? Well, even his presence won’t ruin things for the New Day.
Paul Heyman heads out on stage and Philly already chants “E C DUB!” as he introduces himself as the Advocate for the future “reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World OR Universal Champion!” Now let’s set things straight: Heyman IS Philadelphia. Philly agrees to that. Heyman IS the entire concept of Extreme Rules. Another agreement. So Heyman will be damned one way or another if he leaves Philly without being part of history. “Therefore, here is your spoiler.” His client, BROCK LESNAR, WILL cash in! And Heyman will have the honor and the privilege leaving with the NEW WWE World or Universal Champion. But saying this in advance, that’d make Heyman pretty stupid. So you have to wonder: is Heyman telling the truth? Or is he Paul Heyman? A major bluff or the ultimate ultimatum? Only time will tell.
WWE United States Championship: Ricochet VS AJ Styles w/ The Club!
The One and Only has gone 1-1 with the Phenomenal One, but he’s also been in 3v1 situations as The Club reunited to beat him down. Will Ricochet have any luck with Gallows & Anderson lurking nearby? Or will the Club get back some gold?
The introductions are made, but the moment Ricochet does his superhero landing, Anderson and Gallows attack! They club away and #BeatUpRicochet, but then Styles pulls them off. He only pretends to be upset while the referee checks on Ricochet. Ricochet is legit upset that The Club would resort to that, but he isn’t going to back down. He stands up, the bell rings, and Styles tackles Ricochet to a corner! Styles fires off shoulders and stomps away until the ref backs him off. Ricochet gets up and throws haymakers and body shots back! Ricochet CHOPS then whips, but Styles reverses. Styles wants a back drop but Ricochet rolls off his back, to then handspring headscissor and dropkick Styles down! Styles flounders to the apron and uses that for defense.
Ricochet eggs Styles on but Styles takes his time. Styles gets in and yanks Ricochet into buckles. Styles drags Ricochet up but Ricochet ducks and arm-drags him around! Ricochet CHOPS in the corner, then whips Styles corner to corner. Ricochet hits a clothesline then a somersault shotgun dropkick! Styles goes out and Ricochet builds speed, to fake him out! Ricochet boots from the apron, then Shooting Star tackles Styles! Anderson creeps close, and Gallows barks, so Styles can rabbit punch Ricochet down! Styles refreshes the count to drag Ricochet up, and toss into a post! Ricochet is down as the count climbs again. Styles drags Ricochet up and into the ring to drag him up by his ear. Styles bumps Ricochet off buckles and The Club talks trash.
The Phenomenal One stands Ricochet up to CHOP Ricochet, then whips him corner to corner hard! Ricochet flops to the mat upside-down, but Styles drags him up for a backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Styles grins as he stalks Ricochet to ropes. Styles kicks Ricochet to the corner, then stomps Ricochet down. He snapmares Ricochet into a chinlock, but fans rally for Ricochet. Ricochet works his way up and fights with body shots. Ricochet runs but Styles elbows him right at the ropes! Styles drags Ricochet around and into a chinlock. Ricochet endures as Styles grinds him to the mat. Fans rally again and Ricochet works his way back up. Ricochet jawbreakers free, and throws haymakers! Ricochet backs Styles down but Styles rocks Ricochet back.
Styles runs, into the dropkick-flip and enziguri! Both men are down but Philly fires up again. Ricochet rolls his way to the ropes, then speeds things up! he starts rallying with forearms, and a huricanrana! Styles is in the corner and Ricochet runs corner to corner for a shoulder tackle. Ricochet bumps Styles off buckles then kicks him away. Springboard clothesline! Then he FLIES out onto The Good Brothers! Ricochet returns to Styles with a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet won’t be deterred as he gets back to his feet. He drags Styles up and fireman’s carries, but Styles slips out. Ricochet elbows Styles back and whips, but runs into an elbow of Styles’. Styles moonsaults, but Ricochet denies the DDT to a Northern Lights! Roll through, deadlift suplex! Cover, TWO!
Fans duel as Ricochet keeps his cool. Styles gets to ropes as Ricochet walks over. Styles tosses Ricochet out but Ricochet is on the apron. Ricochet forearms Styles away, then springboards, but into Styles’ fireman’s carry! Ushigoroshi! Styles is slow to stand, but he drags Ricochet up. Ricochet barrels Styles into buckles, then runs back in, but Styles puts him on the apron. Ricochet shoulders in, steps in, but Styles blocks to snap suplex Ricochet into the corner! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as he looms over Ricochet. Styles drags Ricochet back up and torture racks him. Ricochet slips out and rolls Styles up, TWO! Styles scoops Ricochet to an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO!
Styles starts to grow frustrated, drags Ricochet up, and wants the Clash. Ricochet slips out again, then dodges Styles in the corner. Ricochet runs into Styles’ boot, and then a forearm! Styles prepares his arm, springboards, but Ricochet gets under! Ricochet runs into a wheelbarrow facebuster! Cover, TWO! Styles drags Ricochet up again, lift, but Ricochet huricanranas! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Ricochet and Styles stir and start throwing forearms on the mat. They fight their way up and keep throwing hands. Ricochet starts getting mad and he throws strikes from all over, only to get the Phenomeanl Blitz. But Ricochet ducks the clotheslines to enziguri! Styles PELES!
Styles goes to suplex but Ricochet counters with a swinging neckbreaker! But Styles still lifts Ricochet for a brain buster! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again but fans know “This is Awesome!” Styles slowly gets up and drags Ricochet over to a corner. Styles hauls Ricochet up top but Ricochet fights back. They brawl and Styles rocks Ricochet. Styles climbs up to join Ricochet but Ricochet fights back again. Ricochet slaps Styles off the top and adjusts position. But Styles is right back up, only to get a hotshot from Ricochet! Ricochet climbs back up, springboard shooting star! Cover, but Styles has a foot under the rope! Anderson points it out and the count is off!
Ricochet can’t believe how close he was, but he vows to wrap it up. He drags Styles to a drop zone, climbs up top, but Anderson runs over. Ricochet leaps over him and BOOTS Anderson down! But this distraction allows Gallows to trip Ricochet! Ricochet is stuck on the corner and Styles takes advantage, with an IMPLODING STYLES CLASH! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; NEW WWE United States Championship
The Club helps their Phenomenal Leader become a three-time US Champion! And with them by his side, will Styles ever lose the title?
Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler!
This match was meant to happen on last week’s SmackDown, but the growing tension between Prizefighter and Show-Off turned into a parking lot brawl. As such, the match happens now! Will KO shut Ziggler up for once? Or will Ziggler back up his bitter words with a win?
The bell rings and Ziggler talks trash already. Kevin gives the trash talk back until Ziggler SLAPS him. Kevin gives Ziggler a STUNNER! Cover, Kevin wins!!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
How fast was that!? And Kevin takes up the mic again to say, “Y’know what?! Now that there’s nobody to cut my mic off…” Kevin repeats that Shane taking TV time from more deserving wrestlers, it disgusts him! Kevin expected to be suspended or even fired before tonight. But the truth is, if Shane wasn’t in the ring with Taker, it would’ve happened. But Kevin lives to see another day, while that Tombstone to Shane is proof that Shane should go straight to hell! Mic drop! Is Kevin’s rebellion going to have consequences come this week’s Raw and SmackDown?
WWE World Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe!
The New Day is golden, but will they stay that way when the dream of Kofimania collides with the dream crusher that is the Samoan Submission Machine?
Before Joe heads to the ring, Charly Caruso asks if he has any final words for Kofi. The message is very clear: Joe is here to end the “unexceptional” reign of Kofi Kingston. Joe knows the importance of tonight, with how all three members of the New Day are champions now. But they all want to ride off with the gold held high. But Joe will make this dream into a nightmare. It begins with Kofi waking up to the NEW WWE World Champion. Joe’s music hits, and he makes his way out to the ring. Kofi follows with his platter of pancakes! Philly gets flapjacks while Kofi heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this increasingly intense title match!
Kofi rushes Joe with a dropkick! But Joe comes back with a clothesline! Joe scowls at Kofi as he drags him up. Joe jabs away on Kofi but backs off at the ref’s count. Kofi crawls but Joe is on him with a CHOP! Joe throws hands but Kofi throws them back! Joe sweeps the legs! Then he CHOPS Kofi on the back! Kofi chops back but Joe decks him to ropes. Joe chokes Kofi on the ropes but lets up at 4 again. Kofi gasps as he crawls to the corner, but Joe is on him with jabs and headbutts. Joe throws hands but Kofi throws them back. Kofi kicks, too, but runs into Joe’s back elbow! Joe looms over Kofi and drags him up for a snapmare. Joe traps an arm for the neck wrench. Fans rally as Kofi endures.
Kofi fights his way up and out, then headbutts. Kofi throws hands and whips Joe corner to corner. Joe whips Kofi and hits the back elbow to PELE! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps his cool as he watches Kofi flounder. Fans rally as Joe stalks Kofi. Kofi blocks the buckle bump and throws hands! Joe covers up but Kofi fires off, then whips corner to corner. Joe reverses but Kofi goes up and leaps, but Joe gets clear. But Kofi rolls through to surprise Joe with a dropkick! Joe bails out and Kofi builds speed, only to run into a forearm! Joe covers, TWO! Kofi continues to prove how tough he is, but Joe kicks away at him. Joe headbutts Kofi then blocks the punch. Joe bends the fingers and snaps them! Then he drags Kofi out to bump him off the steel steps!
Joe puts the middle finger between them, and STOMPS the steps!! Kofi snaps back in pain and Joe dares him to flip him off now. Joe grins as Kofi writhes in pain. Joe drags Kofi up and into the ring at 8. He stalks Kofi and slaps him around. Joe taunts Kofi, but Kofi flips Joe off with the other hand! Joe stomps away on Kofi, then drags him up to whip. Kofi ducks and CHOPS Joe, even with the band hand. Kofi keeps chopping and dropkicks Joe, then dodges again for a leaping lariat! Fans fire up but Joe yanks Kofi to the apron. Kofi climbs up and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Kofi clutches his finger but brings Joe up for headbutts. Kofi runs but into the powerslam! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps on Kofi with a lot of spinning around, then a powerbomb! High stack cover, ONE, but into the STF!
Kofi endures but his bad leg is caught. Then Joe switches to a full crossface! Kofi scrambles with his good leg and reaches the ropebreak! Joe lets go in frustration, but Joe also mockingly applauds Kofi’s heart. Fans boo but Joe soaks up the heat. Joe drags Kofi up but Kofi ducks, SOS!! Cover, TWO!! Joe escapes, but his ego almost doomed him. Kofi hobbles to a corner and rallies the fans behind “New! Day Rocks!” Kofi spins, but into a Coquina Clutch! Joe holds on tight but Kofi uses the ropes for leverage, so Joe dumps him down for a senton! Cover, TWO! Joe stalks Kofi as Kofi slowly stands. Kofi rolls down and kicks Joe back! Joe throws hands as fans duel over Lesnar cashing in. One thing at a time, Philly. Joe rocks Kofi, but Kofi dodges to hit Trouble In Paradise!! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; still WWE WOrld Champion
Kofimania survives to fight on! The New Day stays golden in the summer, but will they stay golden all the way to Summerslam?
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 3 A Block
A Block second matches! Do Okada and KENTA keep momentum? Do Tanahashi or Ibushi get on the score board?
A Block second matches! Do Okada and KENTA keep momentum? Do Tanahashi or Ibushi get on the score board?
So we’ve got the irresistible force/immovable object match with Fale and Archer! Who is the dominant big man?
Plus there’s of course the bigger names that have yet to get points, like, Ospreay, Tanahashi and Ibushi. It’s early on, but still a few surprising early wrinkles.
- Tomoaki Honma, Yuya Uemura & Hirooki Goto vs Yota Tsuji, Toa Henare & Juice Robinson: Toa Henare wins via Uranage @6:30 – **
- Jeff Cobb & Ren Narita vs Jon Moxley & Shota Umino: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @4:55 – ** 1/4
- Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens & Jay White vs YOSHI-HASHI, Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano: Yano wins via Brenda Roll Up @9:20 – ** 1/2
- Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Minoru Suzuki & Taichi vs Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @8:35 – ***
- Block A: Bad Luck Fale vs Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @10:10 – ***
- Block A: SANADA vs Will Ospreay: Ospreay wins via Storm Breaker @17:10 – ****
- Block A: Kazuchika Okada vs Zack Sabre Jr: Okada wins via Rainmaker @12:05 – **** 1/4
- Block A: EVIL vs Kota Ibushi: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @19:10 – *** 1/2
- Block A: KENTA vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: KENTA wins via Go 2 Sleep @18:35 – *** 3/4
Basic undercard tag with not a ton going on with the competitors about to face each other in the next block night. The Young Lions started off hot trying to cut their teeth on one another, and then Uemura eats the pin as to protect everyone who’s already established on the main roster.
This was quick, but Shota and Moxley have a little bit of tag team chemistry as the pulled off a Hart Attack, and generally looked to work well together. Moxley was relegated to taking out Narita and then getting tied up once Cobb took control of the match. Another very simple match, but not bad.
So White and Ishii had very good interactions, YOSHI took most of the beatings and Chase ate the pinfall. But generally speaking this was fun. It was also nice to see Yujiro since he’s been M.I.A. due to injuries off and on the last few years. We need our Tokyo Pimp.
Naito and Taichi continued their feud through the better portion of this match. Taichi had Naito reeling at numerous moments but Naito eventually got enough space to start the LIJ tags. So the whole story of Suzuki-Gun versus LIJ, Naito versus Taichi, just a lot of stories continued to grow here. Nice story telling.
Lots of power moves and both men trying to position themselves as the Alpha. Fale had an early advantage especially thanks to Jado and Marty Asami not feeling like tossing out DQs like candy. Both men had a few close calls with signatures, but after countering the Bad Luck Fall Archer hits a Pounce and builds his momentum. A chokeslam and Everybody Dies Claw later, Archer gets his second win.
Well now, this went back and forth quite a bit. SANADA proved his athleticism, Ospreay proved that he can hang with heavyweights and it was close the whole time. The only really awful spot was Ospreay slipping out of the Paradise Lock. There’s a gimmick there, and we don’t need the allure of it to be cheapened for a dumb flip spot. Aside from that worthless moment, the match was really wrestled well and SANADA had a few attempts at victory. SANADA’s constant desire to use the Moonsault still proves to be his downfall. He really needs a new move.
Okada has the amazing ability to wrestler his opponent’s style of match. Sabre stretched him and tried to break him, but Okada fended off every attempt. We saw numerous counters, submissions and great wrestling. Okada’s Rolling Rainmaker to set up the traditional Rainmaker is always a fun transition. Awesome match.
Well I guess this was the palate cleanser before the main event. This match was slow, plodding and EVIL did the worst Scorpion Deathlock I’ve ever seen. And I mean worse that 50+ year old Sting when he’d basically fall over. Like it was a Scorpion Hot Garbage Lock. But once Ibushi hit his second life bar, the match picked up a little, but it wasn’t close to a great match. It was fine, but a major step down from the previous two matches.
This main event told a solid story of KENTA proving himself against the Ace and stepping into the place of Katsuyori Shibata. The match was deliberately paced but there were some noticeable hiccups. A match that basically took about a decade to happen because of how NOAH and NJPW were run, lived up to a first time meeting. If we saw this match before KENTA left for the WWE in 2014, I feel it would’ve been much harder hitting and more of a classic puroresu match. This wasn’t bad by any regard, but it was carried by the story and hampered a little by the fact that both men are older and adjusting to injuries.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
The block matches were on average a little better than the first Block A night, but the energy felt down a little. Undercard served it’s purpose well and all the matches that were expected to be bangers, delivered fairly well on the expectation. KENTA with the hot start is a little concerning for me though. Historically, freelancers have good showings but don’t win the tournament.
Judging from early positioning it feels like either Okada or Goto are being positioned for the win, but with all the new faces…this is definitely harder to call. Adds to the fun, doesn’t it?
Block A Standings:
- Kazuchika Okada: 2-0 (4 Points)
- Lance Archer: 2-0 (4 Points)
- KENTA: 2-0 (4 Points)
- SANADA: 1-1 (2 Points)
- EVIL: 1-1 (2 Points)
- Will Ospreay: 1-1 (2 Points)
- Bad Luck Fale: 1-1 (2 Points)
- Zack Sabre Jr: 0-2 (2 Points)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 0-2 (0 Points)
- Kota Ibushi: 0-2 (0 Points)
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