The Cruiserweight Championship is on the line in the home state of Cedric Alexander! With family and friends there to support him, can the Souls of 205 Live defeat the Aussie Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy? Or will the bigger, stronger and faster #BestKeptSecret finally become a singles champion in WWE?
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- Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Lucha House Party w/ Gran Metalik; Kendrick & Gallagher win.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Buddy Murphy; Alexander wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
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WWE and 205 Live review what led to tonight’s Cruiserweight Championship match.
The 205 Live GM, Drake Maverick, gave us a tournament to crown a new champion at Wrestlemania, and that new champion would be Cedric Alexander. However, Buddy Murphy wasn’t content to wait for Maverick to name him #1 Contender. While Alexander celebrated his victory the first 205 Live after ‘Mania, Murphy would strike in an ambush! Murphy has been in the WWE for five years via NXT, but his only accomplishment was being an NXT Tag Team Champion. Murphy’s patience has run out and his hunger has only grown. He claims no one else has gone through what he’s gone through to be where he is now. Murphy has put in so much work to cut weight to be a Cruiserweight.
There was a misstep where he didn’t make the cut and his title opportunity was delayed. But now Murphy is back, and Alexander welcomes the challenge. Alexander showed Murphy that he doesn’t fear the Best Kept Secret by brawling with him upon his return. Alexander himself has been where Murphy is, working hard to cut weight while thirsting after a championship. But because Alexander already has experience in maintaining his Cruiserweight qualifications, he is confident that the bigger and stronger Murphy won’t be able to last as long. Will the Age of Alexander survive a collision course with the Aussie Juggernaut?
Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Lucha House Party w/ Gran Metalik!
The Ungentle Men go up against the Golden Lynx and Lucha Dragon while Drew Gulak joins commentary. The Philly Fury looks forward to tonight’s title match, of course favoring the more grounded competitor. The same goes for this match, but will Lince Dorado & Kalisto defy his #NoFlyZone and win tonight?
Gulak even has pamphlets on why LHS will lose, and hands them out while the teams sort out. Lince and Kendrick start, and circle with the bell. They tie up, Kendrick fireman carries but Lince headscissors. Kendrick moves around and slips out, to then grab a wristlock. He wrenches Lince’s arm into a hammerlock, but Lince snapmares out. Kendrick runs Lince over, cover, TWO. Kendrick keeps Lince down with stomps, then runs but Lince speeds things up and dropkicks Kendrick. Lince runs and headscissors Kendrick down then dropkicks him again. Tag to Kalisto, and the luchadors combine for an elevated splash. Cover, TWO, and Kendrick gets to ropes. Kalisto starts up the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants while tagging to Lince. Lince climbs while Kalisto holds on to Kendrick, and drops the ax handles.
Lince puts Kendrick in a headlock, but Kendrick fights back. Kendrick suplexes but Lince slips out, to then dodge Kendrick. Gallagher tags in and hits Lince with a forearm. Kendrick puts Lince on the apron for Gallagher to slam into the edge. Cover, ONE, but Gallagher keeps on Lince with a neck wrench. The fans rally with “Lucha! Lucha!” but Gallagher scoops Lince. Lince turns the slam into an inside cradle, TWO! Gallagher whips Lince but Lince rolls off Gallagher’s back to tag Kalisto! Kalisto springboards for the seated senton, then kicks away at Gallagher. Kalisto whips but Gallagher reverses, so Kalisto hits Gallagher with a headscissors. Fans rally again, and Kalisto runs in for a shoulder tackle. Kalisto climbs up, but Gallagher powers out of the tornado DDT. Gallagher tags to Kendrick, and Kendrick slips in to clobber Kalisto from behind!
Kendrick mocks the lucha chants, and the matracas, then stands on Kalisto’s head. He pulls Kalisto back to throw crossface forearms, then stands on Kalisto’s hand. Kalisto slips away but Kendrick whips him back to the corner for more forearms. Gallagher tags in and gives Kalisto a headbutt. Gallagher whips and runs Kalisto over with a back elbow. Cover, TWO, so Gallagher goes after Kalisto’s arm. Fans rally but Gulak complains about “Lince Dorito” and Gran Metalik making noise. Gallagher throws Kalisto down, then covers, TWO. Tag to Kendrick, and Gallagher lifts Kalisto to hotshot him to the ropes. Kendrick boots Kalisto down, cover, TWO. Kendrick wraps Kalisto up in a chinlock, then gives crossface punches before putting Kalisto in an armlock.
Fans rally while Kendrick grinds an elbow into Kalisto’s face. Kalisto powers up but Kendrick knees low. Kendrick whips Kalisto but Kalisto fights out of the corner. Kalisto dumps Kendrick up and out, then heads for his corner. Kendrick drags him away, but Kalisto shoves him back. Hot tag to Lince! Lince flies with a big crossbody, then dropkicks Gallagher away. He dodges Kendrick, then chops him down. Lince chops and chops, then runs corner to corner. Kendrick dodges but Lince hops up and flies for headscissors! Lince covers, TWO, but he keeps his cool. He whips Kendrick but Kendrick reverses. Lince handsprings, and hits the Golden Rewind!
But Kendrick ends up under the ropes, so Lince can’t cover. Lince doesn’t mind, he just builds speed, dodges Gallagher, and DIVES on Kendrick!
Down goes Kendrick and Metalik rallies with the matraca. Lince puts Kendrick back in but Gallagher is arguing with the referee. This allows Gulak to trip Lince up on the top rope! Kendrick grabs Lince for the Captain’s Hook, and Lince taps! Kendrick & Gallagher win!
Winners: Kendrick & Gallagher, Kendrick by submission
Give Gulak the assist for this one, because he was the only reason Lince Dorado fell to the mat. Gulak even joins them on the ramp side to shake their hands in congratulations. Does this make their alliance official? Is Gulak now one of the Ungentle Men?
Hideo Itami demands respect.
In fact, he feels he deserves it after defeating a former Cruiserweight Champion in Akira Tozawa. They’re no longer tag team partners, and nowhere near being friends. Respect aside, does Itami deserve a Cruiserweight Championship match in the future?
Cruiserweight superstars speak.
The Heart of 205 knows firsthand that “Buddy Murphy is the strongest, hardest hitting contender” in the Cruiserweight Division. But if Murphy thinks he’s going to be the one to dethrone Cedric Alexander, “he’s got another thing coming.” Mustafa Ali let Alexander know that, friend or not, he wants to be the one to do it.
However, Tony Nese disagrees.
“Let’s think about it: Buddy Murphy has been unstoppable.” Murphy wants it more, has worked hard, and he’s the better athlete. The Premier Athlete believes the Aussie Antagonist will win.
Backstage interview with Drake Maverick.
The 205 Live GM has seen superstars from both the Cruiserweight Division and SmackDown voice their opinions on who they think wins tonight. What is his take? Maverick is excited, and knows the roster is, too. We’ll all be on the edge of our seats. However, TJP had a negative and almost dismissive take. Maverick doesn’t play favorites, and if anyone has a problem with his management style, they can just knock on his door. But one thing you do have to do in the Cruiserweight Division is prove yourself in the ring, not on social media.
Alexander and Murphy are great examples of this, as they’ve both overcome obstacles to be here. Maverick feels that here, in North Carolina, Alexander’s home state, in front of family and friends, Alexander will put his all into it. Maverick knows Murphy himself is like a train barreling through the division, and wants to prove he’s more than just a secret. It doesn’t matter who wins, Maverick will be behind them 100%. #BigFightFeel, let’s all enjoy it.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Buddy Murphy!
The time for talk is over! It’s time for these two top Cruiserweight superstars to prove who is worthy of the title. Will Alexander continue his dream that he worked so hard to achieve? Or will Murphy achieve his own by ending Alexander’s?
The bell rings and we begin! Fans are on Alexander’s side, but Murphy taunts him with a flick of sweat at him. Alexander grins and ties up with Murphy. Murphy gets the arm and wristlock, but Alexander rolls through. Alexander reverses the wristlock, but Murphy spins to get the waistlock. Murphy spins Alexander and gets the arm again, but Alexander spins again, only for Murphy to power him to the mat. Alexander kips up, Murphy powers him back down, and repeat. Murphy keeps Alexander down on the third time, but Alexander headscissors. Murphy pops out but Alexander sweeps the legs for a cover, ONE, and roles reverse. Alexander handsprings and stares Murphy down while fans applaud. Murphy stands up, Alexander says this is “My House!”
They circle again while fans cheer for the home state hero. Murphy gets the waistlock, Alexander the standing switch but Murphy switches back. Alexander slips out of the back suplex, then rolls to handspring back. Murphy cartwheels through the headscissors, wagging his finger “no no no.” Alexander whips but Murphy headscissors, and now Alexander handsprings through! The two stare down, but fans are still rallying for Alexander. Murphy shoves him down then speeds things up, but Alexander rolls off his back. Alexander handsprings and headscissors Murphy out now. He builds speed, but fakes Murphy out, and they stare down again as Alexander handsprings back while Murphy slides in. Fans are loving this, and even Murphy has to grin.
Alexander says this is still his house, but Murphy starts swinging. Alexander bobs ‘n’ weaves to avoid Murphy’s punches, then dropkicks Murphy down! Cover, ONE, but Alexander keeps his cool. Murphy powers Alexander to a corner, and keeps Alexander from escaping, to then stomp and forearm away. Murphy runs in but Alexander puts him on the apron. Alexander rocks Murphy with a back elbow, then sends him down with the swing kick. Alexander builds speed again, to hit Murphy with a wrecking ball dropkick. Murphy hits the announce desk, but Alexander isn’t done. Alexander builds speed and DIVES!
The tope suicida sends Murphy over the announce desk now! Alexander climbs up to embrace the cheers from the fans. He then taunts Murphy before dragging him up. Murphy trips Alexander and Alexander lands on a monitor! Then Murphy back suplexes Alexander onto the apron edge! And then throws him into barriers! Murphy goes back into the ring only to refresh the count. He drags Alexander up and in, then kicks Alexander in the back. Alexander writhes in pain, but Murphy kicks and kicks him again. Cover, TWO, but Murphy still grins. Murphy wants the fans to cheer Alexander on as he toys with the champ. He whips Alexander corner to corner hard, then kicks him again. Fans still rally but Murphy keeps on Alexander with another hard corner to corner whip.
Alexander shouts in pain after the impact, but fans still chant. Murphy snapmares and kicks Alexander again, then scrapes the soles before giving another kick. Cover, TWO, so Murphy drives a knee in for the chinlock. Murphy bends Alexander back, but Alexander endures. Fans rally and Alexander fights his way up and out. Murphy clubs him then pushes him to the ropes for forearms on the rebound. He does it twice, then a third time, but Alexander retaliates with his own forearm! Alexander gives a strong European Uppercut, but that back slows him down. Murphy kicks low and suplexes Alexander, but Alexander slips out. Alexander mule kicks Murphy, then runs in for a shoulder tackle at the corner. Alexander swing kicks Murphy, then springboards, but Murphy calf kicks him out of the air!
Cover, TWO! Murphy keeps his cool while Alexander crawls to a corner. Murphy takes aim at Alexander, and runs in, double knees to the back of the head! He runs and slides to try again, but runs into Alexander’s SUPERKICK instead! Both men are down but the fans are firing up. Fans rally for Alexander as he and Murphy stir. Murphy stands first, and hits the first punch. Alexander gives a forearm back, and now we have a forearm fight. Murphy rocks Alexander, then goes for a knee, but Alexander blocks it! Alexander retaliates with the elbow! Murphy staggers while Alexander fires up, but Murphy holds the waistband. Alexander pries himself free to then roundhouse Murphy! Murphy rolls out, so Alexander FLIES!
Alexander wipes Murphy out and fans are loving it. The champ puts the challenger back in the ring while fans declare “This is Awesome!” Alexander hits the springboard clothesline! Cover, TWO, and Alexander is surprised. Alexander and Murphy stir, but Murphy yanks Alexander to the apron. Alexander rocks Murphy with a right, then springboards in, but into Murphy’s boot! Out goes Alexander, Murphy builds speed and now Murphy FLIES!
Both men wipe out, just missing the announce desk. Fans applaud while Murphy gets up. Murphy puts Alexander back in, then climbs up top. He leaps, but Alexander gets under. Murphy runs back, but into a scoop Michinoku driver! Cover, TWO! Alexander is shocked but he refocuses. He stands up and the fans are rallying strong as ever. Alexander hauls Murphy up off the ground, but his back won’t let him lift Murphy. He tries again, but Murphy slips out. Murphy boots Alexander from a corner. Murphy puts his boot up again, but Alexander blocks it, only for Murphy to bring him down for a knee strike! And then a deadlift into the running suplex! Cover, TWO, and now Murphy is shocked. Fans have not stopped cheering for Alexander as he crawls to ropes.
Murphy grins as he stalks Alexander to the apron. Murphy brings Alexander up, and has a bad idea. Alexander resists, Murphy clubs, but Alexander gets back in the ring. Alexander swing kicks again, then springboards back out for a #GetOverHere complete shot, to the apron!!
Murphy hits the edge, but both men are down from the fall. The referee checks on both men, but they seem okay to continue. The referee starts the ring count, and Alexander stirs. Murphy stirs at 4, but they’re both still crawling by 7. They both leap in at 9.5! Both Alexander and Murphy glare at each other. There is no quit in either man, and fans hope they “Fight Forever!” Alexander stands and dares Murphy to bring it. Murphy gives a forearm, so Alexander gives one back. Alexander runs, handsprings, but Murphy catches Alexander into inverted chicken wings. Murphy manages to power Alexander up onto his shoulder, for the AK DDT!
Cover, TWO!? Fans can’t believe it! They rally for Alexander as both men crawl to corners. Both men glare at each other from across the way, then run back in to throw fast and furious hands! Murphy blocks to unleash his strike fest, but Alexander dodges the knee to enziguri Murphy! Murphy still hits Alexander with a strong right, but Alexander comes back with an even stronger EuroUpper! Alexander kicks, Murphy blocks and pushes it away, to then rock Alexander with a knee! Cover, TWO!! Again, Murphy is shocked, but fans still love it. The fans again declare “This is Awesome!” while Murphy crawls over to Alexander. Murphy prepares the pumphandle, but Alexander victory rolls it, TWO. Alexander goes to kick, but Murphy turns it into a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, so Murphy gives Alexander a kamigoye! Cover, TWO!!
Murphy still can’t comprehend how Alexander is still going. Fans clap for “Go, Cedric! Go, Cedric!” Murphy brings Alexander up, then tells him he’s the true champ. Murphy throws Alexander to the ropes, but Alexander handsprings for the Neuralizer! Alexander runs, and hits another! Then, LUMBAR CHECK!
Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Alexander, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
Alexander does it! Though he was against a bigger and stronger opponent, Alexander proves he is the tougher and hungrier superstar. Raleigh is proud of their home state hero and give a standing ovation for the #AgeofAlexander. With the Aussie Juggernaut being turned away, who will be the next to challenge the Soul of 205 Live?
This was an incredible night for 205 Live. The growing story between Lucha House Party VS Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick is taking shape, and it would seem my guess was right, Gulak is joining forces with Gallagher & Kendrick to make this a trios feud. I still think it’d be best to keep the titles as a Cruiserweight Singles and then a traditional two-man tag titles. Gulak can be the singles man while Kendrick & Gallagher go for the tag titles. Of course, WWE still needs to build up the Cruiserweight Tag Team Division, since they broke Itami & Tozawa up already. Maverick being informed about TJP’s tweet is a good touch to that story, I’m curious as to where it will go. The main event was incredible, almost 25 minutes and I dare say Match of the Week material.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (7/23/19)
A huge night of crossover between 205 Live and NXT!
The Cruiserweights of NXT join 205 Live!
In the wake of Raw Reunion, the Cruiserweight Division heats things up by bringing in superstars from NXT! While he didn’t win in the Breakout Tournament, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott did make an impression! Can he do the same in a non-title match with THE Cruiserweight Champion, Drew Gulak?
- Lucha House Party VS Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza; Carrillo & Mendoza win.
- Drew Gulak VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; wins.
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After weeks of her husband dropping the ball, Maria Kanellis dropped a bomb on him with their second child being on the way. And as he kept losing, she kept piling on the insults and humiliation. But instead of manning up and taking accountability, Mike just dumped it all on Drake Maverick, who was dealing with his own issues. Granted, the 205 Live GM should have left the WWE 24/7 Championship alone and focused on his real job, but at least Maverick owned up to it.
But Mike wouldn’t have any of that. Not only did Mike rip into his opponent last week, but he verbally berated Maverick in the ring and to his face, insulting Maverick’s own wife! Maverick lost his cool and threw hands on Mike, which is a major violation of the rules between a General Manager and a wrestler under his purview. Maverick said after the show that you can only push a man so far. And if Mike wants a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity that badly, he’ll have to earn it, just like everyone else. But for the first time in 205 Live history, it will be a match… with DRAKE MAVERICK!
Drake Maverick now speaks tonight.
“I’ve had a week to calm down and think about my actions.” As the GM, his actions were completely uncalled for. But as a man, everyone should agree that Maverick is justified. Too bad Mike isn’t here in person to hear this from Maverick, but as he said last week, Maverick will give Mike what he wants. Mike will get his opportunity for a title match, and he gets a chance to kick Maverick’s ass. Those were his words, weren’t they? But just because Mike has this opportunity doesn’t mean Maverick isn’t going to fight back. Mike won’t be facing Drake Maverick the GM next week. No, next week, won’t even be a match! It’ll be a fight! Because the last order as GM from Maverick is that they get all their anger out, because he is making it… an UNSANCTIONED MATCH! What won’t Maverick and Mike do in order to settle this issue once and for all!?
Lucha House Party VS Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza!
The crossover begins with some high-flying lucha libre! Humberto and Raul reunite to take on the triumphantly returning Lucha Dragon and King of the Ropes! But while this is a crossover encounter, can Mendoza make an impact and find a place here in the Cruiserweight Division?
The teams sort out and Mendoza starts against Kalisto. The two circle as fans rally up with “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Kalisto and Mendoza tie up and Mendoza wrenches to a wristlock. Kalisto cartwheels to reverse the wrench back. Mendoza rolls and wrenches back to headlock Kalisto. Kalisto powers out and scoops Mendoza, but Mendoza escapes the tilt-o-whirl with a grin. Mendoza gets Kalisto in the scoop but Kalisto lands on his feet now. They both go to arm-drag but that cancels out. Kalisto whips and hurdles but Mendoza keeps up. Kalisto handstand walks to headscissor but Mendoza handsprings through! Mendoza huricanranas but Kalisto rolls through to his feet.
The two go again, and Kalisto wristlocks to CHOP Mendoza over and over. Kalisto then goes acrobatic, showing off even, and arm-drags! But Mendoza handsprings through to stay on his feet! Mendoza bats Kalisto into an arm-drag but Kalisto arm-drags back. They both dropkick and handspring, and are now head to head! Miami loves this,a nd the two even shake hands in respect. Fans rally with “LUCHA! LUCHA!” while Mendoza and Kalisto tag out. Carrillo and Metalik show off already as they enter the ring with handsprings. Carrillo and Metalik tie up and Metalik waistlocks. Carrillo pries free to get a wristlock to hammerlock. Metalik headlocks back, but Carrillo spins Metalik around for his own headlock. Metalik powers out and Carrillo shows off his agility again!
Things speed up and Carrillo gets clear of the handspring. Carrillo dodges but Metalik monkey flips him, only for Carrillo to handspring through! Metalik also handsprings, and Miami is still loving this! Another “LUCHA! LUCHA!” chant begins as the two shake hands. But then Metalik kicks low and fireman’s carries Carrillo over. Tag to Kalisto before Metalik dumps Carrillo down. Kalisto then knee-boards to senton! Kalisto drags Carrillo back to tag Metalik, and holds Carrillo down for Metalik’s knee drop onto the arm! Cover, ONE! Metalik keeps on Carrillo with a chinlock, but Carrillo scrambles up. Kalisto tags in and climbs up to hop down and kick the arm. Kalisto tags back to Metalik, and Metalik kicks Carrillo’s arm, too.
Metalik snapmares Carrillo into a chinlock. Carrillo endures and fans rally up. Carrillo fights his way up and out but Metalik throws him down by his hair. Metalik stomps Carrillo then drags him over to tag Kalisto. Kalisto drops ax handles on the arm then covers, ONE! Kalisto keeps on Carrillo with another chinlock. Carrillo endures again as fans build back to a rally. Carrillo fights free a second time, but runs into the heel kick! Cover, TWO! Kalisto grows annoyed, but Carrillo knees him low. Carrillo whips Kalisto to the corner and hits a clothesline, then tags in Mendoza. Mendoza and Carrillo whip Kalisto to double hip toss! Mendoza and Carrillo combine, wheelbarrow victory splash! Cover, TWO! Mendoza keeps on Kalisto with an armlock on the mat. Kalisto endures and fans rally yet again.
Kalisto fights up and out but Mendoza knees low. Mendoza wrenches Kalisto and tags Carrillo. Carrillo returns the favor to Lucha House Party with double stomps to Kalisto’s arm! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps his cool and drags Kalisto up for a wrench. Kalisto endures and fights back as fans rally with “LUCHA! LUCHA!” But Carrillo scoops and slams Kalisto hard! Carrillo smiles, but gets a kick from the mat! And then boots! Tag to Metalik, and Kalisto boosts Metalik for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps Carrillo down with a mounted hammerlock. Carrillo endures and fights up again, throwing body shots. Metalik knees low over and over and brings Carrillo back down. Metalik shifts to a partial camel clutch, but Carrillo still endures.
Carrillo gets up but gets a CHOP, and Metalik whips him corner to corner. Metalik corner clotheslines, then runs the ropes to dropkick Carrillo down! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps in this, but Metalik has him up for more CHOPS! Metalik whips but Carrillo springboards for the flying headbutt! Both men are down but the “LUCHA! LUCHA!” echoes out. Both men crawl, hot tags to Kalisto and Mendoza! Kalisto springboards but Mendoza gets under to lariat and dropkick! Mendoza whips Kalisto but Kalisto reverses. But Kalisto misses in the corner as Mendoza slips out to the apron. Mendoza hurries to climb and walk the ropes to dropkick Kalisto down now! Cover but Metalik breaks it!
Metalik dodges Carrillo once but not the second time! Carrillo swings but misses, Kalisto hits a Neuralizer enziguri! Mendoza runs to springboard enziguri Kalisto! Cover, TWO!! Kalisto still lives and Mendoza is furious! But Miami loves this as Mendoza stalks Kalisto. Mendoza drags Kalisto up but gets a jawbreaker! Kalisto staggers back to tag in Metalik! Mendoza runs in but gets a swing kick from Metalik! Metalik walks into a mule kick, to give a SUPERKICK! Carrillo tags in as Mendoza falls back! Carrillo kicks and whips but Metalik reverses. Metalik runs in but is put on the apron. Metalik kicks Carrillo but Carrillo kicks back! Carrillo uses the corner to rebound out, but Metalik gets under to SUPERKICK him back! Metalik climbs the same corner, but Carrillo clubs him back!
Carrillo climbs to join Metalik but Metailk fights him. Metalik jumps for a SUPER STEINER!! Cover, but Mendoza breaks it! Mendoza has Kalisto but Kalisto elbows back. Kalisto runs, Mendoza follows and enziguris Kalisto out! Mendoza runs and FLIES to take out the Lucha Dragon! Metalik kicks Carrillo down! Metalik climbs again, MOONSAULT, to boots! Carrillo hurries to put Metalik in place and climb up himself, for a TWISTING SPALSH! Cover, Carrillo and Mendoza win!!
Winners: Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza, Carrillo pinning
These five luchadores brought the heat in Miami! But in the end, it was Ultimo Ninja and his NXT tag team partner who won out in the end! Will this lead them both to bigger and better things as we head for SummerSlam?
The Singh Brothers are seething backstage.
THE Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa have their Boscar trophy! Those two don’t deserve awards! The Singhs are the best Bollywood actors and the best team in 205 Live. They’ve played Kendrick’s game long enough, but now he and Tozawa must play theirs. It will be a tag team match to settle the score! Both Samir & Sunil promise it will be lights, camera and some Bollywood action. But will the summer blockbuster they hope for end up giving Kendrick and Tozawa the spotlight instead?
205 Live takes a closer look at NXT’s Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.
From Evolve Wrestling and beyond, Isaiah Scott brings the swerve. Swerve is confidence and style. That is his advantage over everyone else in the WWE Performance Center, in NXT, and now in 205 Live. The former Evolve Champion is going up against THE Cruiserweight Champion, can Swerve swerve Drew Gulak in their first ever encounter?
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (7/23/19)
Who steps up to Kofimania at Summerslam?!
SmackDown heats up towards SummerSlam!
The W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~ may be preparing for a #Smackville debut, but he wants to have something for the biggest party of the summer! Who is he going to call out on the way to Toronto? Plus, Shawn Michaels returns to SmackDown as a guest commentator for tonight’s action!
- Apollo Crews VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins.
- Ember Moon VS Charlotte Flair; Moon wins.
- Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe; No Contest.
- Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens, Special Guest Referee: Drew McIntyre; No Contest.
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From calling out Shane McMahon being a glory hog to straight up stunning him in the ring, the KO Show will not be silenced! Even as Shane brings every crony possible, Kevin finds a way to get the best of the Best in the World! But what will the consequences be for Kevin as we head for SummerSlam?
SmackDown opens with The New Day!
Big E and Xavier Woods dance on the announce desk in front of Tom Phillips and David Otunga, but then Shane McMahon comes out to ruin the fun. Fans boo as Shane goes to the ring. Even Xavier boos while Big E hands out pancakes. “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~!” gets his proper introduction from Greg Hamilton before he reflects on last night’s Raw Reunion. WWE paid homage to superstars both old and new, but one face Shane was happy not seeing was Kevin Owens. Where was Kevin? Hiding behind social media and yapping, but he did say something interesting: Kevin wants a match with Shane at SummerSlam. And thinking about it, such an event wouldn’t be complete without the Best in the World.
Shane tells Kevin Owens, challenge accepted! But all that other yammering had something else interesting: if Kevin loses to Shane, then Kevin would quit the WWE! Fans let Shane know, “You Can’t Wrestle!” But Shane just says they can ask Roman Reigns about that. However, Kevin said he’d quit before, but then he didn’t actually quit. Shane rolls the footage of such words. August 27th, 2018, Kevin Owens lost to Seth Rollins and, in Toronto, Kevin said, “I quit.” Can you believe Kevin did that? Well Shane will make Kevin quit again! But it has to be in writing! Speak of the Prizefighter, here he comes! Miami goes wild for Kevin as he walks out on stage with a microphone.
Kevin tells Shane, “I’ve said a lot of things about you, but there’s one thing I wouldn’t say and that’s that you’re not smart.” Yes, Kevin hit a low point last year, but that was the “broken down” Kevin who didn’t want to piss anyone off. That Kevin is not this Kevin! Kevin knew if he issued a challenge, Shane would accept. Because Shane wants Kevin gone, and Kevin knows Shane loves the spotlight. And that spotlight is no brighter than SummerSlam in Toronto! The only problem is, Kevin won’t quit. And the reason why is because he’ll beat the hell out of Shane! But why wait?! Kevin wants to fight right now! Shane says if he wants that match at SummerSlam, then he’s not going to do anything right now.
Shane sees the fire in Kevin, and maybe Kevin should fight tonight. Not Shane, of course. But Kevin can fight… Roman Reigns! Shane pits his two biggest enemies dissenters against each other for his own benefit! Will KO get through Roman Reigns to then give the Best in the World the worst beating of his life?
Shane meets up with his crew.
Elias and Drew McIntyre love the ideas Shane had. Just when they thought he couldn’t get any more amazing as a leader, pitting Kevin against Roman, it’s beyond brilliant. It’s truly genius. Shane wants to go up even higher! This match needs something special. To make sure nothing happens, there should be a special guest referee. And it’ll be Drew McIntyre! McIntyre is good with that. And it also needs Elias as the special guest timekeeper! And to really, really put this together, the special ring announcer will be, the BEST, in the WOOORLD himself. Shane is definitely smart enough to know how to abuse his power. But how smart will it be to be that close to such combustible elements?
Apollo Crews VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
The rising star just needs that one moment to finally prove himself, but how will he do against the King of Strong Style?
The bell rings and Apollo circles with Nakamura. They approach but Apollo backs off. Fans duel as they approach again. Nakamura kicks one hand and reels Apollo in for a headlock. Apollo powers up and out to then run Nakamura over. Apollo brings Nakamura up and scoops to slam Nakamura down hard. Then Apollo drops a big leaping elbow! Apollo drags Nakamura up for a suplex, and holds him up there! For over 20 counts! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps his cool as he brings Nakamura up again. Nakamura breaks free to throw a strike fest then whip, but Apollo reverses. Nakamura holds the ropes but Apollo clotheslines him out! Apollo goes to the apron, ASAI MOONSAULT! The New Day are loving this as SmackDown goes picture in picture!
Apollo looms over Nakamura before putting him in the ring. Apollo slingshots and sentons, but Nakamura gets clear. Nakamura sweeps Apollo’s legs to trip him on the apron! Then he turns Apollo sideways for a knee strike, then a knee guillotine! Apollo falls to the floor and Nakamura stomps him out. Nakamura drags Apollo up and puts him back in the ring. He covers, TWO! Nakamura keeps his cool as he stands Apollo up for a cravat. Apollo endures the hold and slowly fights his way up. Nakamura snapmares and drops another knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura grows annoyed with Apollo as he puts him in a corner. He stomps the legs out then gives Apollo some Bad Vibrations! Apollo stops those, but Nakamura punches him down!
Nakamura stomps away on Apollo again and again at the ropes, only stopping when the ref backs him off. Nakamura stands Apollo up again for a SWIFT kick to the chest! Apollo wobbles but stays up, so Nakamura kicks him again! Then Nakamura grinds Apollo down in a facelock. Apollo endures as Nakamura squeezes tight. Apollo fights his way up and gourd busters Nakamura down! And then LARIATS Nakamura inside-out! Both men are down but Apollo catches his breath. SmackDown returns to single picture as he and Nakamura stand. Apollo mule kicks and BOOTS, then leaps to lariat Nakamura down! Kip-up and Apollo fires up! The New Day and Miami are also fired up as Apollo throws Nakamura with a fall away slam! Cover, TWO!
Apollo keeps his cool and says it’s time to raise the roof. He lifts Nakamura but Nakamura slips out to swing a kick. Apollo ducks but gets the left heel! Nakamura aims at Apollo in a corner, runs in, but blocks the boots. He turns Apollo around for the roundhouse, and sliding German! Nakamura unzips his shirt while Apollo is dazed. Nakamura runs in, but gets an enziguri!! OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Apollo can’t believe it! The New Day is going nuts on commentary as Apollo plans what’s next. Apollo goes up top, but Nakamura trips him up! Top Shelf Knee! Then he throws Apollo off, only to get a pop-up flapjack! Standing shooting star misses! KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall
The WWE Intercontinental Champion shows Apollo what being King of Strong Style really means! What will it take for Apollo to rise up higher?
But to add insult to injury, Nakamura kicks Apollo all around the ring! And out of the ring, and then kicks him while he’s down! Nakamura goes up the ramp and aims, for another KINSHASA! Nakamura caresses the title as he heads out, but will there come a time when someone wants that belt for their own?
Mandy Rose surprises Sonya Deville.
Where has she been, though? Don’t worry, she took care of business. She talked to Shane and told about the IIconics making jokes. Now they have a match that could earn them a future tag title match! Sonya is speechless as she’s so proud of her best friend. Will Fire & Desire take the fight to Peyton & Billie when they meet in the ring?
SmackDown hears from Mustafa Ali.
“I’ve got to rewrite the story.” He has to take the pen into his hand and rewrite his story! Not a sob story about a kid chasing his dream, who went from being a cop to a wrestler, and had to fight to earn his title shot only for his body to give out on him. Injured, replaced, and forgotten. Ali knows he lost time, but he won’t let that be his story. Ali has his pen, he puts it to paper, and it will read, “Ali becomes a champion.” It doesn’t matter who it is, no one is writing his story! He’ll even use his blood to write the story. Ali will go down in history with his story.
SmackDown presents: Miz TV!
The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show returns again, and Miz fires up Miami for the Miz & Mrs. season premiere! Miz takes a look back at Raw Reunion and all the stars, icons and legends that showed up. It was a lot of fun, but tonight’s guest carries that over. It is none other than the Heartbreak Kid, SHAWN MICHAELS! The New Day sings along as HBK makes his way to the ring. Ironically, HBK was supposed to be where the New Day was, but perhaps things worked out in the end.
Miz and HBK sit but the fans cheer and that gets HBK moving around again. The party keeps on rolling. Miz and others loved having legends back, but others were negative towards it. HBK has been on both sides, from the young guy in the back watching old time- er, Legends, coming around, and thinking “Why don’t they just get out of here?” But at the same time, this is family! It’s hard to turn down such a chance to hang out. And everyone had a blast, right? Fans in Miami sure are having a blast. And DX-Kliq even recruited an honorary member. Miz really “appreciates” it wasn’t him. But Seth Rollins has been a lot to fun watching growing up from the WWE PC and NXT, to another match with Brock Lesnar. In the words of Rollins, HBK hopes Rollins will #BurnItDown.
But to spoil the fun, it’s Dolph Ziggler! “Enough already with these so-called legends limping out tot he ring, ‘happy to be there’.” Ziggler hopes someone puts him out of his misery before he ever gets like that. Miz would be happy to be the one to do it! HBK keeps the peace. Clearly, Ziggler needs to say something, so let him say his piece. Ziggler does! He’s actually happy to see HBK. Ziggler and everyone used to idolize HBK, emphasis on “used to.” HBK could’ve just ridden off into the sunset, but what did he do? Shuffled back out and waved to the crowd, “it was embarrassing!” As bad as Goldberg-Taker! Ziggler tells HBK the truth: when HBK came back in November, he broke Ziggler’s heart. So Ziggler will tell him what no one else has the guts to say: “You were embarrassing.”
Miz looks to HBK for a response. HBK’s response: “I’ll admit it. I’m not going to disagree with you. It was embarrassing. I was embarrassed.” But what’s more embarrassing than that, is working your whole career and giving it your all, and still being left with nothing but being known as “a second-rate, Shawn Michaels wannabe.” Ziggler scowls, and fans pile on. Ziggler will not let HBK say that about him! The only second-rate HBK here is THIS HBK! And real fitting that he and Miz are here together. They ruined their legacies to shake hands, kiss babies, wave like idiots on a parade float! They’re the ones who will be left known for kissing ass while Ziggler-
“Oh just do something already!” Miz has had enough of Ziggler’s bitter whining, “It should’ve been me!” In this industry, you MAKE it you! So do something about it! Ziggler looks to Miz, then to HBK. Fans dare him to “Do Something! Do Something!” Everyone drops mics and tosses off jackets. Miz even leans forward to give Ziggler an easy shot. Ziggler goes to leave, HBK turns him around, but then HBK ducks the sucker punch and it goes into Miz! HBK goes after Ziggler on Miz’s behalf! HBK helps Miz up, but then Ziggler comes back with a SUPERKICK! Ziggler takes HBK down with the move he made famous! Then runs away from Miz before anything more can happen! Will Ziggler pay for such disrespect and cowardice?
Ember Moon VS Charlotte Flair!
SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley, was allowed to name her challenger for SummerSlam, and after helping her thwart Fire & Desire, she chose the War Goddess! Now Ember looks to prove she’s not only worthy of the match, but capable of beating the champion by beating a former champion. Will the #Shenom be able to Eclipse the Queen of Flair? Or will she find there’s a reason the Queen is #CharlotteNineTime?
The bell rings on this first-time-ever, and Ember circles with Charlotte. Charlotte kicks Ember’s legs out and then whips her to ropes. Ember handsprings through the hip toss to arm-drag Charlotte. CHarlotte comes back and runs Ember over, then stomps away. But here comes Bayley! The Queen is upset, but Bayley just wants a front row seat. Ember rolls Charlotte up, EMBER WINS!!
Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall
Bayley didn’t mean for that to happen, but it did happen. But then Ember puts Bayley in the ring!? Charlotte BOOTS Bayley down, but then Ember ECLIPSES Charlotte! Then she sees Bayley stirring, and grins. Ember climbs again, aims at Bayley, and gives BAYLEY an Eclipse! The War Goddess has declared war on champion and Queen! Will she regret making enemies of two NXT Horsewomen? Or is she going to rise above them all?
SmackDown returns to Kofimania!
The WWE World Champion throws pancakes as he makes his way out to the ring and Miami gets hype with positivity! They cheer and chant while he gets a mic. “Miami, BABYYYY~!” Before Kofi gets to his Smackville match with Samoa Joe and Dolph Ziggler, he wants to call out the man he hopes will be his SummerSlam opponent. Hopefully Kofi gets it out before getting attacked outta nowhere, because he’s talking to Randy Orton. Kofi waits, and The Viper appears! Orton himself looks to see if there might be anyone coming up to get after him. But the coast is clear, and Orton takes a mic for his own.
Kofi tells Orton that he wants Orton because of the history between them. Some fans might have forgotten, but Kofi remembers. November 16th, 2009: a sold out Madison Square Garden, and everyone chanting for Kofi. Fans chant for Kofi now. That was the night Kofi whooped Orton in a Falls Count Anywhere! And if Orton doesn’t recall it himself, there’s footage as a refresher. The SUPER BOOM DROP! That moment still gives Kofi goosebumps. That was supposed to be the moment Kofi made it to the main event. But that didn’t happen, now did it? Let’s get to the truth, to the real-life details. Orton used his influence to screw Kofi over. It almost worked, too. Until it didn’t.
Ever since then, Kofi kept on the grind and kept believing himself, and used the very real Power of Positivity to become what Orton never wanted him to be! The W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion~! Orton responds, saying “You think I used my influence to hold you back?” Orton admits it! But it was a favor to Kofi. Kofi wasn’t ready back then. And he’s still not ready now. This reign is a fluke. Kofi brags about his 11 years, but what about Orton’s 18? Orton admits he didn’t have to work hard, because it was so easy just being himself. He didn’t have to fake an accent, throw pancakes or shake his ass. All he had to do was be him, “and it’s worked pretty damn good.” Orton wins, wins and wins, to then main event a Mania.
That reminds Orton of something. Wrestlemania 35’s Kofimania only happened because of Orton. Orton hurt Mustafa Ali, and Kofi took Ali’s spot. What Orton is getting at is Kofi doesn’t deserve the title. And Orton could take it from Kofi whenever he wants. Whenever, huh? Then how about testing that at SummerSlam? Kofi Kingston VS Randy Orton, for the WWE World Championship. If Kofi wants it, he’s got it. But as fair warning, this little fairy tale comes to an end courtesy of the most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling: R K O. Kofi shows no fear, but will he regret inviting a Viper into the ring?
But wait, here comes Samoa Joe! The Samoan Submission Machine doesn’t care about this talk, he wants another fight. Joe wants to show he can get this done even before Smackville’s Triple Threat. And Orton decides to stay and see that, after the break.
Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe!
SmackDown returns as this Extreme Rules rematch begins! Kofi and Joe circle while Orton takes a seat ringside. Joe wrenches a wrist but Kofi slips through to wrench back. Kofi wrenches Joe but Joe wrenches right back! Joe has the wristlock, but Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench again. Joe reaches for ropes and gets the ropebreak. Kofi lets up and backs off, daring Joe to bring the fight. Joe and Kofi circle while fans chant “New! Day Rocks!” Kofi waistlocks Joe but Joe pries free to a fireman’s carry takedown. Joe has the armlock and grinds Kofi down. Joe stands on Kofi’s arm and hammerlocks, but Kofi rolls and kicks Joe away.
Kofi is on Joe’s arm again, and keylocks it. Joe powers the hold back and throws Kofi down by his hair. Joe walks around Kofi and drags him back up for a CHOP! Kofi reels back from the stinging in his chest, but Joe keeps on him with headbutts. Kofi kicks back and throws chops of his own! He backs Joe down, but Joe headbutts him right back down. Joe runs but Kofi speeds up with him! Kofi hurdles and back elbows Joe! Kofi dropkicks Joe out of the ring, then builds speed, to FLY! The Trust Fall topples Joe and Kofi is having fun! Fans fire up with Kofi as he puts Joe back in the ring. Joe gets to a corner and Kofi runs in to forearm smash. Kofi climbs up to rain down rights, right where Orton can see him. But then Joe trips Kofi up and Kofi hits buckles!
Joe looms over Kofi as Kofi shakes the cobwebs out. Joe CHOPS Kofi to the corner, then runs in. Kofi dodges and comes back, but Joe throws him with the urenage! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but Joe keeps his cool while SmackDown goes picture in picture.
Joe looms over Kofi again and scrapes his soles off Kofi’s face. He drags Kofi back up for the swift jabs, and big haymakers! Kofi wobbles but Joe still CHOPS him at the ropes. Kofi fires back with big haymakers and kicks of his own! Only to run into Joe’s elbow! Joe glares as he stalks Kofi to a corner. Joe drags Kofi up again, pulling hair to bring him in for a headbutt! The ref reprimands Joe but Joe doesn’t care as he drags Kofi up again. Joe snapmares Kofi into a neck wrench. Kofi endures the crank on his head as fans rally up. Kofi fights but Joe leans his weight on him. SmackDown returns to single picture as Joe twists harder.
Fans rally but Orton watches with a stoic stare. Kofi fights his way back up and fights with elbows. Joe knees low, but runs into Kofi’s double chops! Kofi fires off more then dropkicks Joe! Kofi runs and leaps to lariat Joe down! Fans fire up again as Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi gets to a corner and takes aim. Fans clap along and Kofi runs out, but Joe gets to a corner. Joe dodges but Kofi goes up and over to crossbody Joe down! But Orton decides to strike! But Kofi denies the RKO and the match is thrown out!
Kofi is ready for Orton this time, and Orton throws off his vest. Joe confronts Orton, to get the RKO! Kofi gives Orton Trouble in Paradise! Kofimania runs wild, but will he make it through the Smackville Triple Threat for this rematch to even happen?
Finn Balor returns to SmackDown!
The Extraordinary Man was the first victim of The Fiend, but he’s back to show he’s not afraid. What will he have to say after SmackDown returns from break?
SmackDown returns and Kayla Braxton is there to interview Finn. Finn has had a rough couple of weeks, losing the WWE Intercontinental Championship at Extreme Rules, but then being attacked on Raw the next night. Again, it was the shocking and perhaps disturbing debut of Bray Wyatt’s Fiend on live television, in which he attacked Finn and left him down and out in the ring. Finn finally has a chance to respond. He’s not sure how Bray’s mind works. Is this back to settle an old score? Or for something new? But from the puppets to the attack on Mick Foley last night, and The Fiend itself, Finn isn’t sure what to make of any of it.
Is Finn shaken? Bray is even more twisted than ever before, but Finn has stared fear in the face before. Finn didn’t back down then, and he won’t now! So if Bray, The Fiend, or whatever he is today, how about a match at SummerSlam?! And on the titantron, it’s another episode of Firefly Fun House? Happy Bray is there, “Yowie Wowie!” And so are Mercy the Buzzard and Ramblin’ Rabbit. Finn is so brave! It’s inspiring, really. It’s the reason they’re all fans of Finn’s in the fun house. But The Fiend isn’t, no matter how many times they tell the Fiend how “super duper” Finn is! But the challenge has been accepted! Bray does give a warning: Finn is an Extraordinary Man, The Fiend is no man. “The Fiend is an abomination. The Fiend is power. And the Fiend remembers.” #LetMeIn.
The Fiend now has control of the fun house! “Let me in!” Will Finn survive The Fiend at SummerSlam? Will Finn be bringing the WWE Intercontinental Championship with him after Smackville this Saturday?
SmackDown returns with a backstage interview with Charlotte Flair!
She shouldn’t have to ask for this interview. That thing with Ember and Bayley is a slap in the face. No wait, being off SummerSlam is a slap in the face. No wait, Bayley choosing Ember just because is a slap in the face. Charlotte is THE woman behind the Women’s (R)Evolution! How do you leave The Queen of All Eras off SummerSlam!? Mark her words: she will be part of SummerSlam, she demands to be SummerSlam, and she’ll have a better opponent than Ember Moon to finally prove she is THE greatest woman wrestler of all time.
Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens, Special Guest Referee: Drew McIntyre!
As if making two of his enemies fight each other, the Best in the World makes sure the Scottish Terminator is the officiator, the Drifter is the timekeeper, and he himself is the ring announcer. This is certainly a stacked deck, but will the Prizefighter still be in good shape to go after Shane O’Mac?
Shane does his ring announcing duties by introducing Elias and McIntyre in turn, and SmackDown takes one more break before this main event finally goes down.
SmackDown returns once more as everyone takes their positions. Kevin makes his entrance, but Shane doesn’t give him an introduction. Roman then makes his entrance, but Shane doesn’t give him an introduction, either. It’s so obvious what Shane is up to with this, but Roman isn’t going to shy away from a fight. He and McIntyre talk trash but then Elias rings the bell. Shane finally gives the introductions, calling Kevin “The Quitter.” Kevin gets out to scare Shane off, then he takes a mic up. Shane thinks eh’s so funny and smart, huh? Kevin has no problem going through everyone to get at Shane! Shane’s getting dropped whether he likes it or not!
Roman takes the mic from Kevin and says Kevin’s not going through him. He’ll whoop everyone’s ass tonight! Shane calls for the real bell, and the bell sounds! Roman and Kevin circle, tie up, and Roman powers Kevin to a corner. McIntyre calls for the break, and Roman gives the break. Fans duel as Roman and Kevin circle again. They tie up again and Kevin headlocks. Roman powers Kevin back to a corner, and McIntyre calls for another break. The break is given, but McIntyre shoves the two a little too much. He says they have to listen to him as the referee. Roman UPPERCUTS McIntyre and throws him out! Kevin hits Elias! Shane scrambles but he’s surrounded! Roman and Kevin have him in the ring, out of the ring, and then back in the ring!
McIntyre saves Shane from Roman but Kevin helps Roman out! Elias attacks with a BIG knee! The brawling continues and Shane gets his cheap shots in on Roman. Shane and his crew stomp Roman all around, and Miami tells them, “You Suck!” McIntyre and Elias hold Roman up and Shane mocks the battle cry, but Kevin trips Shane uP! To throw him into barriers! Roman gets free, Kevin SUPERKICKS McIntyre! SUPERKICK for Elias! Roman SPEARS McIntyre! Kevin gives Elias a STUNNER! Fans are thunderous because Shane isn’t getting away just yet! Roman feeds Shane into the ring, SUPERMAN PUNCH! STUNNER! The Big Dog and KO stand tall, “Aw Hell Yeah!”
Fans want “One More Time!” and so does Roman. Kevin hauls Shane up, for another STUNNER! “You think tonight was good?” Kevin vows to do the impossible: make Shane enjoyable! Because he vows to give Shane the ass whooping of a lifetime! But can Kevin really do this all again in Toronto? Or is Shane going to find yet another way to abuse his power and stack the deck?
This was a pretty fun and more substantial episode of SmackDown after Raw Reunion being mostly filler. One thing that disappointed was that HBK didn’t join commentary at all tonight. However, the New Day taking his place was a great alternative, Big E and Xavier Woods were so hype it made things feel even more fun. Especially in the Apollo VS Nakamura match. Apollo had a great performance against Nakamura, but to be fair, he’s still not where Nakamura is. Nakamura VS Finn is coming at Smackville, and for the Intercontinental Championship, but I don’t think Nakamura drops it after Ali had such a passionate promo. At the same time, The Fiend VS Finn is happening, so maybe Finn wins the title to lose it to Bray, and Ali jumps in from there.
Ember getting a quick win over Charlotte and then leaving both her and Bayley down and out is great for Ember. She needs a spark to really get going towards this title match. Of course, Charlotte is talking about trying to outshine the title match, but is Charlotte going to have another match with Asuka just for that? Or does she circle back and copy last year’s SummerSlam by becoming part of a Triple Threat? It might be better if she joins the title match, because oddly, I can see Ember winning off her instead of just Bayley, especially if it’s an Eclipse outta nowhere. Then Fire & Desire having a match against the IIconics for a title opportunity, I don’t see that going any better than when the Kabuki Warriors finally got their shot. But perhaps it will work towards a Triple Threat of its own so that the right team comes out on top.
Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton had a great promo showdown to plug their long history against each other. It was rather surprising that Orton admits to politicking but I suppose it works into the story. Kofi VS Joe was pretty good, too, even with Orton interrupting. Smackville is going to be a lot of fun with that Triple Threat for the title, but I’m pretty sure the title doesn’t change hands. Kofi VS Orton is going to be great, or at least it should with story elements. And given Kofi referenced that memorable Boom Drop, I hope they do that again for the match, perhaps through an announce desk. And I would think for story, Kofi has to win at SummerSlam to further build his legacy.
We also got some great development for the Miz VS Ziggler story this time. Throwing HBK into the mix helped, and oof, those stinging comments about wannabes and embarrassments. This is the spark to give us a match to care about, since I expected the match itself was going to be good anyway. Then the story of the night, Shane trying to screw over Kevin and Roman. It was pretty clear this wasn’t going to work out, in order to give Kevin a lead towards their match. Though, saying this match is about Kevin quitting, I wonder if they’ll make it an I Quit match. It would just make sense, because then Kevin really does have to say the words again to lose, and it would also allow Kevin to beat the hell out of Shane since there would be no rules but to win.
My Score: 8.4/10
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