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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (6/18/18)

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Praise and glory to the NEW Raw Women's Champion

Money in the Bank has come and gone, and we have a NEW Raw Women’s Champion! But it’s not who you think. Rowdy Ronda and Nia Jax both got robbed by the Goddess, Alexa Bliss, via the Ms. MITB contract! The Five Foot Fury is Five Time Champion, but will she have two big problems standing in the way of her reign?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre; Ziggler wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
  • Bobby Roode VS Curt Hawkins; Roode wins.
  • The Deleters of Worlds VS Heath Slater & Rhyno; The Deleters of Worlds win.
  • Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable; Mahal wins.
  • Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan; The Riott Squad wins.
  • Roman Reigns & Bobby Lashley VS The Revival; Reigns & Lashley win.
  • No Way Jose VS Mojo Rawley; Mojo wins.
  • Finn Balor & Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin; Kevin & Corbin win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw reviews the super match up of Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey.

The Irresistible Force showed the Baddest Woman on the Planet what it’s really like in a wrestling ring. But then Ronda turned things around and adjusted to her environment. Ronda was just moments away from making Nia tap, when the new Ms. Money n the Bank appeared! And Oh My Goddess, Alexa Bliss disqualified the match and then cashed-in in the biggest way possible! When the dust settled, your NEW Raw Women’s Champion was Alexa. She got her revenge on Nia at Ronda’s expense, will they go for revenge on her?

 

Kurt Angle is already in the ring.

The Olympic Gold Medalist is proud that the MITB contracts both went to Raw! So please welcome the woman who cashed in on the same night, Alexa Bliss! The Goddess appears, and Angle lets her have her championship presentation. She picks up her title belt and holds it high while fans are a mix of boos and cheers.

Nia Jax is doing rehab right now, but wants to use her rematch clause at Extreme Rules. Alexa isn’t getting to gloat about last night? She isn’t getting to thank everyone watching around the world? She does thank us for this opportunity. Fans say “You Deserve It!” Yes, Alexa gets to rub it in! But then fans chant “We Want Ronda!” No, Alexa showed everyone what it’s like to beat bullies like Nia and Ronda when she shocked the world with that cash in! No more Irresistible Force or Baddest Woman, “it’s just about me.” She is the three-time Raw Women’s Champion! But speaking of Ronda, here she comes!

Ronda is making a straight line for the ring, and Alexa panics. Angle holds Ronda back, and Alexa tells her to calm down. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Alexa thought Ronda was going to be doing therapy, too. Or is she here to show off those welts from the case hitting her? Does it still hurt? Poor baby. Or maybe Ronda is here to learn another lesson? Because she doesn’t seem to get the difference between UFC and WWE. What Alexa did last night, was perfectly legal in the realm of pro-wrestling. But it’s not all bad, Ronda. Ronda was truly seconds away from victory, she could just taste the title. But we’ll never know now. The fans are on Ronda’s side, though.

Alexa gets it now! Ronda couldn’t stand the fact that the headlines weren’t about her. ESPN did an interview with Alexa! Everyone talked to Alexa, because she’s champion, and Ronda is… “irrelevant.” And if Ronda wants her shot, get to the back of the line, “you over-hyped rookie!”Ronda rushes past Angle and hits Alexa! She throws furious hands, but Angle pulls her away, only to get thrown. Alexa swings the briefcase, but Ronda dodges to then body shot Alexa. Rondua SMACKS Alexa with the case! And again! And again, and again, until ANgle pulls her back. She samcks Angle!! Referees rush the ring, and raging Rowdy Ronda wrecks the refs! Alexa is still vulnerable, but Ronda shows no mercy. She gut wrenches and powerbombs Alexa on the table!

Ronda tells the “little” champ that’s just the beginning, and fans are loving it. But Ronda still did more than she should have in all that. What will the consequences be for the UFC hall-of-fame inductee?

 

Ronda argues with Angle backstage.

She is pissed over this condescending attitude! Everyone needs to stop saying “this isn’t the UFC” and stuff. She understands that. Apparently she doesn’t, because Angle is at a loss for words. She has to be suspended for 30 days, and might have ruined her chances of ever being champion. He apologizes, but asks she get her things and leave. Ronda storms off, but will she cool off or only heat up more?

 

Backstage interview with Ronda.

Ronda storms past Renee, but then stops to say, “Kurt can suspend me for 30 days, but save your good lucks for Alexa.” Ronda will be back after 30 days, and champion or not, she’s kicking Alexa’s “pink-haired ass.”

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

The Architect is still Intercontinental Champion after taking on and defeating The Drifter, Elias! Rollins loves how hot it is tonight, and feels it needs to keep going. Elias took him to his limits, but Rollins is still standing! Grand Rapids hopes he’ll “Burn It Down!” again. Rollins is a fighting champion, after all, so how about having an Intercontinental Open Challenge? Who has the guts to take on The Man?!

WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS…

It’s Dolph Ziggler! A former Intercontinental Champion in his own career, the Show-Off wants to steal the show. But wait, Drew McIntyre appears, too!? The Scottish Stud is Ziggler’s tag team partner, and another former Intercontinental Champion.

Both these men are dangerously aggressive, and fresh from having no matches last night. They both walk to the ring, but Ziggler enters, giving us our challenger.

The belt is raised, the bell rings, and we begin. Ziggler kicks first, but Rollins denies the early ZigZag. Ziggler dodges the early Curb Stomp, then bails out to regroup with McIntyre. It’s already tense in this match up while we go to break.

Raw returns and Rollins throws Ziggler back into the ring. Rollins fights off Ziggler, then springboards, but into a dropkick! He hits the floor and McIntyre kneels nearby, almost mockingly. Ziggler gets up and fetches Rollins, throwing hands to stagger the champ. He puts Rollins in the ring, but fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins and Ziggler brawl, but Ziggler kicks him down. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler stalks Rollins to the ropes. He brings Rollins up for the neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Ziggler drops elbows. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps on Rollins with a chinbar. Ziggler shifts to a chinlock, but Rollins stands, only for Ziggler to throw him down by his hair.

Fans boo but Ziggler embraces the heat. Ziggler chokes Rollins on the ropes, then bends him back against them. He lets go at 4, but he’s toying with Rollins at this point. Ziggler brings Rollins up but Rollins hits back with haymakers. Rollins throws more hands, whips, but Ziggler reverses hard! Cover, TWO, so it’s back to a chinlock. Ziggler also hooks a leg to keep Rollins grounded for the grind. Fans rally and Rollins gets up, but Ziggler brings him back down. Ziggler grins, but Rollins feeds off the fan energy. Rollins gets up, reaches for ropes, then jawbreakers out of the hold. Rollins kicks and suplexes, but Ziggler slips out. The dropkick is caught, into a catapult! Ziggler hits buckle and post!

Ziggler slumps back down while Rollins crawls away. McIntyre coaches Ziggler up, but Rollins stands first. Rollins chops Ziggler, then throws hands. Ziggler kicks back, then whips, but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins rallies with back elbows, then whips, but Ziggler reverses. Slingblade form Rollins! Then he clotheslines Ziggler out! The Architect fires up, he builds speed, and DIVES!

Direct hit with the tope suicida! Grand Rapids is fired up for Rollins as he puts Ziggler in the ring. Rollins aims again, springboards, and hits the flying clothesline. Cover, TWO! The champion is back in control but we go to break.

Raw returns again and both men are slow to standing. Ziggler runs in and hits a splash, then turns Rollins. Rollins counters to a backslide, TWO. Rollins goes for a bomb but Ziggler sunset flips, TWO. Ziggler swings, but into the Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is furious and coaches Ziggler up, but both men are slowly stirring. Rollins sits up first, and gets himself to a corner. Fans rally up as he stands, and Rollins even stares McIntyre down. Rollins stomps, “Burn It Down!” Rollins mule kicks, then runs, but Ziggler avoids the stomp. Ziggler kicks low, Famouser! Cover, TWO! And so close, too!

Both men are down again, but “This is Awesome!” Ziggler gets to ropes and drags himself up, but Rollins also sits up. Ziggler gets to a corner, and he decides to stomp for his own tune-up. Rollins slowly stands, Ziggler runs in, but into Rollins’ SUPERKICK!

Another SUPERKICK, then cover, TWO!! Rollins is shocked, but he positions Ziggler before climbing up. Rollins reaches the top slowly, then takes aim, Frog Splash FLOPS! Ziggler rolls out just in time, and gets himself up on the apron. Ziggler climbs, but Rollins stands up to stop him. Rollins headbutts Ziggler then climbs up to join him. Rollins brings Ziggler up, but Ziggler fights him. They brawl and Ziggler sends Rollins down. Ziggler adjusts, but Rollins returns, only to get sent down again.

Ziggler tries again, crossbody! Roll through from Rollins into a buckle bomb! Then, mule kick, but McIntyre distracts. Ziggler rolls, TWO, and Ziggler almost hits McIntyre. Rollins rolls, TWO, Ziggler rolls with tights! ZIGGLER WINS!!

WInner: Ziggler, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Show-Off stole the title! Ziggler is now a six time IC Champ, and mocks Rollins’ celebration style. Ziggler outsmarted the Architect, but Rollins protests. McIntyre strikes! McIntyre rains down rights and Ziggler adds stomps. They bring Rollins up, for the Claymore ZigZag!! The Man is no longer the champ, but will he get payback on the show stealers?

 

Backstage interview with Ziggler & McIntyre.

Breaking news: Monday Night Rollins has been cancelled! Cry online, write blogs about it, but there’s no reboot coming. “This right here, this is our show now.” They told everyone that this is just the beginning. This will be the first of many titles. And unlike former champions, they won’t become soft. Everyone’s talked with their catchphrases like Burn it Down or “My Yard”. But there’s a major difference between all of them, and these two. When these two say something, they mean it.

 

Bobby Roode VS Curt Hawkins!

The GLORIOUS One may not be Mr. MITB, but he doesn’t seem in too bad a mood, even after a Super Coup de Grace from Finn Balor. He must also be in a great mood when he sees his opponent is Mr. 203 Losses and counting.

The bell rings, and Hawkins hits Roode in those bad ribs. Hawkins puts Roode into a backslide, TWO! Roode avoids being Hawkins’ first, then he gives a SPINEBUSTER to Hawkins! Roode winds it up… GLORIOUS Pose! Kick, GLORIOUS DDT! Cover, Roode wins!

Winner: Roode, by pinfall

That was not just GLORIOUS, that was fast. Hawkins goes down to 204, but it gave Roode momentum back up. Will Roode find his way back to a title in the coming days?

 

Mr. Money in the Bank? How about MONSTER in the Bank?

Braun Strowman had the seven other superstars going after him, but he would eventually dispose of them all. In a truly earthshaking performance, Strowman wins his first MITB Ladder Match, and is now armed with that championship contract.

Braun Strowman heads to the ring!

The Monster Among Men brings his MITB briefcase with him, and says, “I’ve smashed tables and broken ladders. I flipped an ambulance over with my bare hands! I won a giant trophy in Saudi Arabia by tossing around grown men like beanbags!” He even played the cello. But as great as all that was, this contract is the greatest. STrowman stepped in the ring with seven other men, and he stomped and smashed and still snatched the contract. All Lesnar has to do is show his face, and Strowman cashes in to become the NEW Universal Champion! The Beast is gonna #GetTheseHands! But the Prizefighter comes out instead.

Kevin Owens is somehow in Grand Rapids, and is somehow walking after being tossed from a 20 foot ladder. Strowman himself is surprised to see Kevin again after that. Kevin admits he probably shouldn’t be here, because it hurts just to breathe. But Kevin has to be here. Not to steal spotlight or get revenge, not that he could. Kevin just wants to be the first man to congratulate him. Strowman does deserve it. Fans pick up the chant, “You Deserve It!”

Kevin continues to say that he knew Strowman was gonna win. Strowman knew Kevin knew, because Kevin tried to rally the others against Strowman. No one listened, and so Kevin just hopes Strowman listens. Strowman did what he said he would, and now he’s #MonsterInTheBank. But now Strowman has this great opportunity, but he needs to be smart. That’s where Kevin comes in. They have more in common than people think. Strowman and Kevin are both seen as hot-headed when they’re good-hearted. Who watches their backs, really? Strowman doesn’t’ really need anyone, but his life has changed now. Who can Strowman count on? At Wrestlemania, when Strowman needed a partner, he picked some kid! As for Kevin, his best friend Sami Zayn is now hurt by Bobby Lashley. That leaves them both all alone, in need of friends.

Maybe “friend” is too strong of a word? They don’t get along, that’s fine. But maybe they can still help each other, or even use each other. Kevin does something for Strowman, Strowman does something for him. Kevin knows what it is it be Universal Champion. So maybe after Strowman cashes in to become champion, he gives Kevin a match. They can team up, Monster & Man! Kevin doesn’t want to #GetTheseHands, he just wants to #ShakeYourHand. Strowman hears the fans in support of this, so Strowman accepts the handshake. But he doesn’t let go. And Kevin knows what’s next. Strowman pulls Kevin in close, and scoops him! Kevin slips away and then retreats. Will The Monster be fine on his own? Or will Kevin be proven right when it comes to hunting The Beast?

 

Bayley sits with Sasha Banks.

Bayley feels bad for Sasha. She was rooting for her, y’know. Sasha thanks her for that. But now they can stop. Stop what? Sasha is milling over the match over and over, surprisingly not on her phone. Well, she was. Sasha and Bayley both want to be the best, but sulking won’t help. Bayley doesn’t understand. She doesn’t? The Riott Squad humiliated her, but she’s back up and ready to fight. She knows things haven’t been great between them, but she doesn’t want anyone else as a tag team partner. This is a new start for both of them. Sasha and Bayley shake hands. Can the friends reunite to turn away the raucous Riott Squad?

 

The Deleters of Worlds VS Heath Slater & Rhyno!

The WOKEN Fireflies are out, as Hardy & Wyatt head to the ring for competition~! They take on the original SmackDown Tag Team Champions in a non-title match. Will the ManBeast and the Father of Many Children be DELETED so soon after the Day of Celebration for Fathers?

But wait, who is that laughing upon the titantron? It is a WOKEN Curt Axel! The B Team will DELETE you~! And Bo Wyatt joins in, “Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt… We are destined to dance in the shadows.” Beyond space and time, and do all sorts of weird things that you won’t like. Weird things like… Well forget this, the “undefeated” B Team is coming for the titles. Wait! That would be WONDERFUL~! Stop it, Axel.  “We’re the B Team. RUN!”

Um… The camera is still on. Just, slide out of frame…

But that weird weirdness aside, the bell rings! Slater & Rhyno go right at Hardy & Wyatt! Rhyno rams shoulders into Wyatt, then tackles him down. Cover, TWO, so Rhyno puts Wyatt in a corner. Wyatt boots Rhyno, then tags Hardy. Hardy throws DELETE forearms and then DELETE buckle bumps. Hardy puts Rhyno down in the corner, then calls for teh Twist. He kicks, but Rhyno powers out. Slater takes a forearm but Rhyno runs Hardy over. Rhyno tags in Slater, Slater and Rhyno double whip. They double elbow Hardy, then Slater throws hands. Slater drops a knee, covers, TWO.

Slater keeps on Hardy, then tags in Rhyno. Rhyno throws hands, then headbutts Hardy down. HE brings Hardy up, but Hardy hits back. hardy jawbreakers, but Slater tags in. Slater flies but misses, and runs into a Side Effect! Hardy gets to his corner and tags in Wyatt. Wyatt rallies on Slater with those palm strikes. Wyatt then runs corner to corner for the splash! He keeps going, body check! Wyatt spider-walks, and it’s WONDERFUL~! Wyatt stalks Slater, brings him up, but Rhyno runs in. Rhyno gets right hands, then a Twist of Fate! Hardy and Wyatt turn their attention to Slater, but Slater boots back. Slater runs, into the decapitating clothesline! Wyatt again spider-walks, then tags Hardy. Together, Kiss of DELETION!

Cover, The Deleters win!

Winners: The Deleters of Worlds, Hardy pinning

The Raw Tag Team Champions prove superior than the original SmackDown Tag Team Champions. But with the “Best” Team defiantly calling out Hardy & Wyatt, will they pay for it with their souls?

 

Baron Corbin meets with Kurt Angle.

The Constable says Stephanie McMahon is pleased with how he handled Ronda. Well Angle didn’t do any of this for her. But, she’s on the phone right now… He hears her out while we go to break. What will the Commissioner make her GM do now?

Raw returns, and Stephanie finishes giving Angle his orders. “This is big news.” He’ll make an announcement, and hopes to share his own ideas. But run it by Constable Corbin first. Angle finishes up the call, and tells Corbin they have work to do. Why is Corbin all smiles about it?

 

Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable!

These two have had issue already while being on Raw, but now the Modern Day Maharaja says that people must be open to change. Mahal felt the winds of change, a gust blowing through to his very core. Roman Reigns won the match, but Mahla has won the war of self-improvement. Because like all the fans here, Roman is just bitter and angry, while he has tranquility. “As a spiritual being”, Mahal is committed to change. Unlike Chad Gable. Gable lives his former glory as an amateur wrestler every day, but he has to let go of the past! Gable will see the light and find inner peace.

Mahal enters the ring, and the bell sounds. He suddenly fires up and throws furious hands on Gable! Gable gets him in a body slam! Gable gets a waistlock, then throws Mahal over head! Mahal fights back and hits a neckbreaker. Mahal clubs away on Gable, then drops a knee. He puts Gable in a chinbar, but Gable gets up to fight back. Mahal shoves but Gable reverses into a back suplex! Sunil is concerned, but Gable elbows Mahal away. Gable hops up, for a hanging armbar! He lets go at 4, then climbs upa gain to jump over. Gable keeps moving, leaping lariat! Gable is fired up, but Mahal slow shim with elbows, only for Gable to dropkick Mahal out!

Things keep going, as Gable puts Mahal in the ring. Gable climbs, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Mahal gets back out, but Gable pursues, only for Mahla to hotshot him. Mahal boots Gable down, then drags him up, for the KHALLAS! Cover, Mahal wins!

Winner: Mahal, by pinfall

The “peaceful” Maharaja gets back a win, and is all smiles. Will Mahal turn things around to compete for a title down the line?

 

The Riott Squad causes trouble backstage.

They even right a big R on a mirror, to mark their territory. Will they do the same to Bayley again after their tag team match?

 

WWE and Raw take a closer look at Joshua Oakley.

Joshua is a kind soul who loves running, and loves America. He started at just 8 years old, and he’s blossomed ever since. He’s also Junior ROTC. Josh is a star cadet, and always gives his best. When someone wins, someone else loses. But Joshua always encourages everyone that they can do better next time. Cheer Joshua and all the Special Olympics Athletes in the Seattle Games!

 

Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan!

While The Boss was busy preparing for MITB, the Huggable One was left alone to fight against Ruby and her team. The Squad has already humiliated Bayley once, will they do it again when she has a friend by her side?

The teams sort out, and Bayley starts against Liv. Bayley kicks and clubs Liv down, but Liv powers her to the Squad’s corner. Tag to Sarah, and #LivCountryStrong double whip but Bayley kicks them both away. Bayley bulldogs Sarah, then covers, TWO. Sasha wants in, but Bayley drops an elbow first. Then Bayley runs, so Sasha tags herself in. Sasha drags Sarah up but Sarah forearms her down. Sarah kicks Sasha to ropes, so Sasha chops back. Sasha tries to suplex, but her bad back stops that. Sarah headbutts, then shoves, but Sasha back elbows. Bayley tags in to bail Sasha out, but Sarah headbutts Bayley. Sarah puts Bayley in a corner, but Bayley fights out. Bayley flapjacks Sarah for snake eyes, then runs to run her over!

Bayley throws hands on Sarah, then drags Sarah up to toss her out. She backs up to shoulder and hotshot Sarah, then hits the wrecking ball headscissors! Liv comes in, but Bayley dodges and Sasha runs Liv over! The friends have an understanding while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Sarah has Bayley in a keylock. Bayley armdrags out, but Sarah powers her up and away from Sasha’s tag, with a spienbuster! Sarah hits Sasha just because, then goes back to Bayley. Bayley back drops Sarah, but has no one to tag! Sarah crawls, and tags in Liv. Liv rushes Bayley but runs into boots. Sasha returns and tags in all at once! Sasha rallies on Liv, then dropkicks her down. Liv ends up in a corner, Sasha hits double knees. Sasha climbs up, and Meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha gets up, but Liv jawbreakers. Liv swings but Sasha turns her. Liv denies the backstabber, then enziguris Sasha down! Cover, but Bayley break sit just in time. Sarah comes in but gets thrown over and out.

Bayley gets back to her corner, and Sasha crawls, but she has to fight Sarah off instead. Liv gets Sasha for a hard whip! Liv climbs up, but misses the stomp to get a knee. Sasha sets Liv up sideways, but Sarah distracts. Bayley goes after her, but the referee backs her off. This distracts him from seeing Sarah sucker punch Sasha! Liv rolls Sasha, with tights, The Riott Squad wins!

Winners: The Riott Squad (Sarah & Liv), Liv pinning

The Squad works better together than two “best friends”. They celebrate on their way out, while Bayley consoles Sasha. But Sasha shoves Bayley? Sasha is upset, and Bayley is trying to be understanding, but it’s getting difficult. They argue a bit, but then after a long stare down, Sasha shoves Bayley down! Sasha storms off, and we’re back to square one. Will their ever reconcile things? Or will it return to a heated fight like before?

 

Bayley tries to talk to Sasha backstage.

But Sasha is in no mood. Bayley isn’t finished. But Sasha is. There’s the fight!! But it’s Bayley who goes into the tables. Sasha throws hands but Bayley uses the tray! They ram into a garbage bin, then Sasha throws cups. Sasha storms off again, and Byaley is sore. Seems we have our answer already, so where do we go from here?

 

Kurt Angle returns to the ring.

He’s frustrated about all of this, but Stephanie McMahon informed him of when and where Brock Lesnar will defend his title. The real question is, against who? And Roman Reigns appears!

The Big Dog doesn’t want to wait, he is the “uncrowned” Universal Championship after the controversial ending to a Steel Cage Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble event. Roman has bounced back since, including a win over Jinder Mahal at Money in the Bank. Roman joins Angle in the ring, and says he’s the answer to the question. Everyone knows Roman actually won that match, so that he is actually the champion. “And it’s no secret”, Raw is tough to run. So maybe a full-time champion would help out a lot. Angle appreciates Roman’s confidence, but he has that announcement to make. But wait, here comes Bobby Lashley!

The Dominator dominated Sami Zayn at MITB, and as the shirt says, he’s back to dominate WWE. Lashley joins Angle and Reigns in the ring, and sees “The Guy”. Even before Lashley came back, he saw Reigns bang his head against a wall trying to beat Lesnar. Clearly Reigns doesn’t have what it takes. Is that so? Yes, Big Dog. This is The Yard, but Lashley has wanted after Lesnar since he was a Little Pup. So step aside and let someone who can beat Brock, beat Brock. And yes, Lashley can beat Lesnar, but he can also beat Reigns.

Angle keeps the peace, and says they’re both deserving. But so are others. Therefore, the #1 contender will be decided at Extreme Rules. The full field of superstars will be announced at a later date, but he promises Roman AND Lashley are two of them. Both men accept this, but two #TopGuys come out?

The Revival return to Raw, and see these two whining. What happened to earning things? Dash & Dawson busted their backs just to get one chance on Raw. But guys like those two in the ring are always in their ring. That changes tonight! Lashley and Reigns and true Wrestlemania stars, but they’re going to be shown up by “the very best tag team in the world.” And yes, they’re hoping these two self-destruct so that they’ll be used as launching pads for Dash & Dawson! Roman tells them to shut up. He’ll gladly take them to school. He could even teach “Bob” something. Angle calls out a ref and makes this official!

 

Roman Reigns & Bobby Lashley VS The Revival!

Two top guys in all of the WWE take on the two #TopGuys in tag team wrestling. Or at least, Dash & Dawson hope to remind us all that they are the best. Can they #SayYeah to a win over a pair of powerhouses?

Raw returns as the teams sort themselves out. Dawson starts, but Roman and Lashley argue out who starts for their team. Roman says he has it, so Lashley lets him. Dawson and Roman circle, then tie up. Roman pushes Dawson to an open corner, but Dawson springs back up. Dawson talks strategy with Dash while fans duel over whether or not “Roman Sucks!” Dawson gets the arm and the wristlock, but Roman reverses to his own. However, Dawson rolls and reverses back to a headlock. Roman powers out, but Dawson slips under, only to get run over. Roman dares Dawson to come back, then rocks Dawson with an uppercut.

Dash reaches for a tag, but Roman drags Dawson away. Roman tags Lashley, but Dawson hits first. Dawson takes Lashley’s headband away, then kicks low. Tag to Dash, and The Revival double whip. But Lashley blasts out to run Dawson over and body slam Dash! Lashley brings Dash up for a wristlock, then offers a tag, but Dawson trips Roman. Roman stalks Dawson around the corner, then into the ring. Lashley is there and he grabs Dawson, but while the referee bothers with Roman, Dash chop blocks Lashley! Dash also pushes Roman down, then tags Dawson. Dawson lifts Lashley, elbow drop backbreaker combo! Cover, TWO.

Dawson keeps on Lashley with chops in a corner, then snapmares for a leg drop. Cover, TWO, but Dawson keeps on Lashley with a chinlock. Lashley endures while fans rally up. Lashley stands up and fights out but Dawson kicks him away. Dawson brings Lashley around by his leg, but Lashley counters with an overhead suplex! Hot tags to Dash and Roman! Roman rallies on Dash, but Dash reverses the whip, only for Roman to hit the leaping lariat! Roman uppercuts Dawson, too, then puts both #TopGuys in a corner. He unleashes the close-range clotheslines on them both and gets all 10. Roman then runs and boots Dash down! He knees Dawson, then hits a guillotine leg drop!

Fans fire up as Roman locks and loads. Roman aims, SUPERMAN PUNCH to Dawson! But Dash rolls him up! TWO! SUPERMAN PUNCH for Dash! Roman isn’t done there, and he fires up in the corner. But as he howls, Lashley tags in! And Lashley SPEARS Dash! Cover, Lashley & Roman win!

Winners: Reigns & Lashley, Lashley pinning

Before there was the Big Dog, there was the Alpha Male. Roman and Lashley can spear with the best of them, but who else joins them in this coming Extreme Rules #1 Contenders match?

 

Angle and Corbin talk backstage.

Finn Balor comes by and asks about that Extreme Rules match. He’ll do whatever it takes to qualify for that match and then win back the Universal Championship. But Corbin just laughs. What makes Finn think he deserves that? Oh, just because he was champion for 24 hours? Be lucky that Corbin wasn’t there to embarrass him. Who does Finn think he is? Who does Corbin think HE is? Kevin comes in, and agrees with Corbin. But Finn doesn’t care what they think. Corbin is shortsighted, and Kevin can’t even sense when danger’s right behind him. Because Strowman is there behind him!!

Kevin runs to Corbin’s side. Strowman reminds them all that he can show up where and when he wants. And he’s looking after his buddy, Balor. If Corbin and Kevin want to fight, they don’t have a problem with it. Angle heads off, and Corbin & Kevin follow. Will the Monster & the Demon show the Lone Wolf & Prizefighter what’s what?

 

It’s official: WWE 2K19 has a PHENOMENAL Cover Star.

Yes, it’s AJ Styles! “Never say never”, because Styles is humbled and honored to be on the cover of this newest edition of the WWE video game. But there is also a WWE 2K19 Million Dollar Challenge! The winner of this challenge can face AJ Styles in-game for $1,000,000!! #NeverSayNever, but who will step up and accept this amazing challenge?

 

No Way Jose VS Mojo Rawley!

The Fighting Fiesta faces a man who used to be very much like him. The former Hype Bro used to be all about the party and the fun, but now he’s all about his #KillerInstinct. Will Jose survive to party another night? Or will Mojo end the fun right here?

The bell rings, they tie up, and Mojo powers Jose to a corner. Mojo swings but Jose dodges and dances. Mojo runs again, but Jose dances with him into a headlock. But Mojo powers out and runs Jose over. He glares down at Jose, then speeds things up. Jose runs Mojo over now, and dances some more. Mojo runs but Jose sends him outside, then Jose baseball slides Mojo down. Jose drags Mojo up and in, but Mojo kicks his legs out. Mojo drags Jose in by his hair, then hammers away with angry rights. Mojo drags Jose up again, to headbutt him down. He wrangles Jose into a half-nelson chinbar, but Jose gets up to his feet. Jose jawbreakers, then back elbows Mojo away.

Jose forearms Mojo, then runs to lariat Mojo down! He rallies on Mojo, flapjack on top. Cover, TWO. Mojo gets to a corner, but Jose goes after him. The referee backs Jose off, and Mojo chop blocks the leg! Mojo then runs side to side, “LIGHTS OUT!” with that Killer Forearm. Then fireman’s carry, and drop! Cover, Mojo wins!

Winner: Mojo Rawley, by pinfall

No more fun and games, only the grind.

In-ring interview with Mojo Rawley.

“The WWE is more competitive now than it ever has been.” In order to achieve anything more than occasional success, you need to bring more. Mojo used to #StayHype, but now, he makes sure to #StayFocused. Can he keep his focus and aim for a title match in the near future?

 

Sasha Banks heads out.

But before she can get in her car, Bayley finds her again. They’re not done. yes they are. At least, Sasha is done. Sasha gets in her car then drives off. Bayley can only throw her bottle at the rear window. Is Bayley all alone again?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in Grand Rapids, and already sings. “There’s no one in the world like me~, there’s nothing I can’t do. When times get hard, ask What Would Elias Do?” Rollins may have won at MITB, but he had to cheat, because he knows that Elias can’t be beat. Rollins got what he deserved, losing his title, the Kingslayer’s slain. “Because there’s no one in this world like me~, there’s nothing I can’t do.” When times get tough, just ask What Would Elias Do? Angle, he’s heard Lesnar is looking for a fight. Elias thinks it should be his night. “Everybody wants to run and hide, when the Beast comes knocking.” But Elias has nothing to fear, because he’ll be Walking. Deep down his soul is vapid, just like the trash in Grand Rapids.

Fans didn’t like that last line. But “There’s no one in the world like me~, there’s nothing I can’t do.” And to reiterate, just ask yourself “What Would Elias Do?”

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The Architect, whether too tired, too beat up or too distracted, lost his title. And now he’s a former champion. That stings. Does he think his grueling match with Elias on Sunday played into that? Rollins isn’t going to make excuses, it was his choice to give an Open Challenge. Ziggler won. But McIntyre was in Ziggler’s corner and distracted him a little. McIntyre is a problem, but one that Rollins has a week to solve. Rollins invokes his rematch clause for next week, and vows to take back that Intercontinental Championship. Can The Architect craft a plan to make McIntyre a non-factor?

 

Finn Balor & Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin!

Extraordinary Man and Monster in the Bank reunite as a team to take on the pouting Prizefighter and controlling Constable of Raw. Can Finn earn a spot in the Universal Championship Contenders match? Or will Kevin get his way again with the help of the Lone Wolf?

Strowman lets his “little buddy” start against Constable Corbin. They circle, tie up, and Corbin powers Finn to a corner. He backs off but then sucker forearms Finn in the face. Corbin drags Finn up for another, then whips him corner to corner hard. Corbin grins as he stalks Finn, then brings him up. He throws a haymaker, then tags in a reluctant Kevin. Kevin throws hands but that bad arm and back bother him already. He stomps Finn, then whips him, then runs him over with a back elbow. Kevin refuses to continue, so he tags out to Corbin. Corbin is just fine as he knees Finn low.

Corbin stomps a mudhole into Finn, then backs off to taunt Strowman. he throws a forearm but FInn coutnesr with his own, then tags Strowman! The Monster and the Constable stand off, equal in height but perahps not in size. Corbin contemplates what to do, and takes off the nice vest. He circles with Strowman, ties up, but Strowman easily pushes Corbin away. Strowman roars and flexes, and Corbin reconsiders. Corbin sucker punches but Strowman blocks and counters. Kevin distracts, and Corbin pounces! Corbin throws hands on Strowman, and those Golden Gloves rock Strowman. Corbin roars, but Strowman comes back with a big boot! Stroowamn clotheslines Corbin, then clobbers Kevin!

Finn tags in, and he has Strowman give him a literal lift, for a MASSIVE splash! The Monster and the Demon are in control while we take one last break.

Raw returns once more, and Corbin has Finn in a seated half-nelson chinbar. Fans rally and Finn stands up. Finn fights Corbin off, but Corbin knees low. Corbin runs, but into a dropkick! Kevin tags in, Finn tosses Corbin but Kevin trips him up. Kevin throws Finn into barriers, and Finn slumps down. He then puts Finn back in the ring, back senton, cover, TWO. He stomps on Finn, then drags Finn up for punches to the kidneys. Kevin wraps the chinlock on, and puts his weight on Finn’s body. Fans rally again, and Finn stands up, but Kevin wrangles him back down. Corbin likes what he sees but Strowman shouts for Finn to get up.

Finn sits up, stands up, and reaches, but Kevin pulls him away. Kevin lifts, pendulum backbreaker! Cover, ONE, so Kevin drags Finn over to tag Corbin. Corbin takes Finn and throws in body shots. Corbin drags Finn up, then throws him out of the ring. He trolls Strowman more, then fetches Finn on the outside. Corbin rams Finn into barriers! Then throws him into more barriers! Corbin returns in the ring and leaves Finn to the mercy of the count. Finn gets in at 8 and shoulders Corbin. Finn slingshots but that right rocks him out of the air! Cover, TWO, and Corbin is furious!

Corbin drags Finn up for another chinbar and half-nelson. Fans rally up again, and Finn feeds off the energy. Finn is put in a corner, but he elbows Corbin away. Finn runs for his corner, but runs into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO, and Kevin is furious for Corbin. Corbin gets up and drags Finn over. He tags Kevin in, and Kevin gingerly gets in. Kevin runs, but the back senton misses! Kevin writhes, while Strowman shouts for Finn to move! Both Finn and Kevin crawl, fans are thunderous, hot tag to Corbin, and Corbin intercepts Finn! Finn fights him off, but Corbin whips him into the corner. Corbin clotheslines Finn, then stomps away. Tag to Kevin, and Kevin adds his stomps.

Kevin tags Corbin back in, and Corbin stomps more. Strowman can only glare as Finn takes stomps. But then he decides to just run in and squash Corbin! He also smacks Kevin away, then tosses Finn over to their corner. Strowman tags in, then continues to run over Corbin! He whips Corbin corner to corner, then runs in for another squash! Strowman clubs Corbin with one arm! Cover, but he sees Kevin coming. Kevin stops short, but so does the count. Kevin retreats but Strowman pursues! Corbin intercepts with a HUGE leaping lariat!

Corbin hauls Strwoman into the ring, covers, TWO!! And Corbin is exhausted. Corbin manages to stand up and get to a corner, but Strowman is also up.

Corbin stomps and runs, but gets a palm strike! Strowman staggers up, runs in, but hits post! But Finn returns to tag in! Finn kicks Corbin, then rallies with strikes. He hits Kevin just because, but Corbin knees low. Finn counters with a takedown and double stomps! Cover, but Kevin breaks it. Strowman runs Kevin over, then decides to top it off with a running start. Kevin is bulldozed into the timekeeper’s area!! Both men are down, so it’s just Finn and Corbin. They both stand in the ring, but Corbin grabs Finn for the Choke Slam. Finn counters with a DDT! Finn blasts Corbin with a dropkick, then climbs up top! He takes aim, but Corbin trips him up. End of Days! Cover, Corbin & Kevin win!

Winners: Baron Corbin & Kevin Owens, Corbin pinning

The Lone Wolf and Prizefighter pull out a victory by the skin of their teeth. Strowman may be okay because he is #MonsterInTheBank, but what about Finn’s chances of being in the contenders match?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a pretty good Raw to follow MITB. The opening was great, with Ronda going wild like that. The “suspension” works well for story, it gives a reason for why Ronda won’t be champion this quickly. Extreme Rules will see the Alexa VS Nia rematch, and maybe something controversial will happen then to give rise to more than just Ronda VS Alexa. Kayfabe or not, we all know Ronda would win against Alexa easily, so the best thing would be a Triple Threat at Summerslam so Ronda will at least have a challenge in Nia. Then following up with the surprise result of Rollins losing was actually pretty smart. It helps build two stories at once: Rollins is overdoing it and he just couldn’t keep it up; and Ziggler-McIntyre are validated in their claims that they’re going to take over.

Poor, poor Hawkins. WWE cares just enough about the story they’ve given him to have him on TV. He and Roode could’ve actually put on a great match, even for just 10 minutes, and it’d end the same so that we’d get a better sense of Hawkins’ struggle rather than just “Oh. He lost. What’s next?” And while I may not have been for The B Team, that parody of Hardy & Wyatt was brilliant. Their title match is probably coming at Extreme Rules or just before, and I really hope they get to go into the WOKEN Universe with either the Hardy or Wyatt compounds for some pre-filmed fun.

Seems Mahal is integrating that abandoned gimmick he had months ago into his current one, and I bet he’ll find his way into Angl’s proposed multi-man contenders match. Sasha and Bayley relapse to being enemies, but that might be for the best. Whether it’s at Extreme Rules or Summerslam, they can easily tear the house down 1v1. They were a bit redundant with the backstage promos, though. The fight was enough, leave it alone until next week. Roman and Lashley are natural choices for this contenders match Angle speaks of, but poor Revival, they return just to lose. Maybe those two will one day get back to what they were in NXT. Mojo himself returns to win, so maybe he can find a way into Extreme Rules.

I was rather surprised Elias finally got what he wanted: a full, uninterrupted performance. That’s another possible contender, even though he lost to Rollins. Kevin essentially offering to be Strowman’s Heyman was interesting, but obviously Strowman is too Face for that kind of stuff now. He and Finn did great against Corbin and Kevin, but it works that Finn took the pin. Strowman stays strong, as he should, and Corbin even puts his name back into the hat. Though, as Constable, his authority might be enough power for him, so it’ll be Kevin that’s likely to qualify for another contenders match.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (7/18/18)

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Who will challenge the Queen of Spades for her NXT Women's title?

The EST goes down with injury, so the odds go up for Mrs. Wrestling, the Pirate Princess and the Loony Lass to win and challenge the NXT Women’s Champion!

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans; Lacey wins.
  • Kassius Ohno VS Rick Ramirez; Ohno wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Candice LeRae VS Nikki Cross VS Kairi Sane; Kairi wins and will challenge Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV.

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Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans!

The Captain of Team Kick has gotten over her fear, but that doesn’t mean she’s gotten past being looked down on. Will the Lady of NXT use her Woman’s Right to knock Dakota out of the Women’s Division? Or will Dakota kick Lacey to the curb?

The bell rings and Lacey starts by mocking Dakota’s kicks. She then pie-faces Dakota, so Dakota trips her up and jackknife covers. ONE but Dakota throws Lacey around with arm-drags. Dakota runs and dropkicks Lacey, then whips her into a corner. Lacey reverses but Dakota goes up and over to then slip up and around for a roll up. TWO, but Dakota keeps on Lacey with a snapmare and kick! Dakota runs, for another kick! Cover, TWO! Lacey flounders to a corner but Dakota takes aim. Dakota runs Around the World, but misses! Lacey retaliates with her own kick, then sets Dakota up in the Tree of Woe. She ties Dakota in with the tag rope! Dakota is trapped but Lacey backs off at 4, to come back with the swinging bronco buster. Dakota is freed but Lacey mocks her while she’s on the mat.

Lacey watches Dakota crawl to ropes, then says “What’re you gonna do? Nothing.” Dakota stands while Lacey mocks the kicks. Lacey throws Dakota down to stomp her out. Fans boo and jeer as the Model Soldier covers. TWO, and Lacey gets frustrated. Lacey drops knees into Dakota’s back, then pulls her up by her hair. The ref reprimands her, and Dakota kicks back. Dakota rolls Lacey, TWO. Dakota kicks but Lacey blocks, takedown and gut punch! Lacey yanks Dakota around for an elbow drop. She keeps on that leg with a deathlock, then pulls on Dakota’s head and neck. Lacey pulls Dakota back, then slaps her on the side. Dakota endures while fans rally up. Lacey grimaces, then grinds her chin into Dakota’s head for added attack. She switches to her forearm across Dakota’s face, but stops at 4. Fans keep rallying for Dakota, and Dakota pries her way out.

Lacey comes back with a kick, then grinds Dakota back down in the arm-half of a surfboard. She grinds Dakota into the mat, then drops knee after knee into the back. Dakota refuses to quit, and fans rally up again. Dakota fights her way out with her legs, but Lacey pulls harder with full extension of her leg. Lacey uses both feet, but Dakota stands up to make it a cover! TWO, and Lacey kicks away on Dakota’s back. Dakota endures the stretching and bending, so Lacey just slingshots her down. Lacey sits for a cover, TWO. She drags Dakota up, then over to ropes to give her a knee and a sweep. Lacey slingshots out for more stomps. She literally walks all over Dakota, then salutes herself. Dakota rolls in but Lacey slingshots for the elbow drop.

Cover, TWO! Lacey grows further frustrated, and makes Dakota pay for it with stomps. Lacey climbs up, but her moonsault flops! Dakota grits her teeth and drags herself up. Fans fire up for her as she aims at Lacey. Lacey hits hard with that body shot, but Dakota kicks and kicks and kicks back! Dakota takes aim as Lacey crawls away. Kiwi Around the World! Then ANOTHER! Dakota scrapes her foot on Lacey’s face over and over, then gives the boot wash! Cover, TWO!!

Lacey makes sure her jaw is still there, but Dakota is on her again. Dakota’s kick misses, and Lacey pumphandles to a scoop slam! Lacey can’t cover, because her face hurts too much. Dakota slowly stirs while Lacey drags herself back up. Fans fire up again, and Dakota scorpion kicks! Dakota runs but into a drop toehold. Lacey grabs the leg and ducks the enziguri to hit the Woman’s Right! Cover, Lacey wins!

Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall

That’s all it takes for things to go the Model Soldier’s way. Then she gets in Dakota’s face, shouting “You will NEVER be a lady! I AM a lady!” Lacey wins big, but with the contenders match tonight, how long will she have to wait for her chance at the NXT Women’s Championship?

 

Backstage interview with Ricochet.

The One and Only lost to the Undisputed Era a couple weeks ago in a Six Man Tag with Mustache Mountain. Mustache Mountain then lost to the Undisputed Era 2v2 with the NXT Tag Team Championships on the line. Ricochet speaks up there. It’s no secret he doesn’t like the Undisputed Era, but he knows they’re still fighting champions and will defend those belts again. In fact, the Undisputed Era loves to do just that. Except for Adam Cole, who barely defends his North American Championship. Ricochet was this close to being the NAC, but Cole stole it out from under him. Cole hides behind his title and his team, everyone knows it. But Ricochet will not stop until he gets 1v1 with Cole, and then you’ll see the next NXT North American Champion.

 

The Street Profits return!

And they return home, too. They ball on the court. “You dust yourself off, you get back up.” That’s how Deangelo Dawkins & Montez Ford do. They’re motivated by what The Mighty did to them the last time they faced off. They won’t fall for those tricks again. The #CurseofGreatness is on its way back, will they give Shane Thorne & Nick Miller the payback they deserve?

 

NXT Media catches up with EC3.

The Top One Percent made his entrance just as Velveteen Dream was celebrating a win, what was that about? Just a “non-friendly reminder” that EC3 isn’t about to forget the betrayal at the Royal Albert Hall tag match against Ricochet & Aleister Black. It also means EC3 is always watching. A fan wants a selfie, EC3 is nice enough to give it to him. EC3 gets a compliment and gives a compliment back. He even gives away a free EC3 t-shirt, just like the one on sale at the WWE Shop! EC3 doesn’t need this guy’s money, he’s already rich.

But then The Finest, Kona Reeves, comes along. He admits that random “dirtbag” is right, EC3 has a really nice outfit. Custom? Yes. Of course, yes. But it’s not The Finest. But that watch, sick watch. Just not The Finest. And that tan, that’s real good. Though, Kona’s is all natural. Yes, okay, we get it, it’s not The Finest. But look at him with those glasses covering up those “dead, creepy eyes” while wearing the buy-one-get-one suit, and is that cubic zirconium? How many arcade tickets did it take to get that chain? If Kona is gonna banter, bring your “A” Game or else EC3 will chew you up, spit you out and feed you to his cats! Do you understand him?

The Finest should just fight the Top One Percent. Do it, fight him. Fight him, fight him. Kona doesn’t want to. Yeah, because he knows he’d get a Top One Percent beating! EC3 leaves The Finest behind, but only now does Kona man up. Kona was thinking they’d be the Finest Friends, but now they’re worst enemies. Who will put their money where their mouth is with a win?

 

NXT takes a look at Aleister VS Ciampa.

The Embodiment of the End makes his opponents #FadeToBlack, but the Psycho Killer has darkness in his heart. The champion defeated the Leviathan the same night Ciampa brutalized and cheated his former friend out of victory. “And now you have something that I want.” Aleister believes how you deal with adversity is what makes you a champion. Ciampa believes that in Aleister’s case, the belt makes the man. Ciampa got to main event two TakeOvers in a row, but wants the “boy” to be careful waht he says. He then took his shot with a sneak attack and draping DDT.

Aleister says that Ciampa may see himself as a devil, but Ciampa knows nothing of the devil on Aleister’s back. Ciampa brushes that off as smoke and mirrors. He promises to snuff out the mystique like a candle. Aleister tells Ciampa he’s lost and confused, but Ciampa has his path to the title. Whose darkness will envelope the other to take the NXT Championship for their own?

 

Kassius Ohno VS Rick Ramirez!

The Knockout Artist returns! He hasn’t had the best string of matches lately, but that won’t slow him down. Will he get back on track tonight against an impressive looking prospect?

The bell rings and fans are behind Ohno as he approaches Rick. They circle, and Rick gets a waistlock. Ohno standing switches and tosses Rick down. Ohno barrels in with the discus! Cover, Ohno wins!

Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall

That was fast! Ohno looms over Rick, as if he didn’t want to do what he just did to the younger wrestler. Will this be the first of many wins that help Ohno get back towards the NXT Championship?

 

The Undisputed Era speaks.

The NXT Tag Team Championships are back where they belong. Was there any doubt. Just look at them! North American, Tag Team and Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, they might as well be champions of the world! The loss to Seven and Bate no longer counts. Cole asks if they want to hear a joke. Sure. “Ricochet.” He talks smack about being so close to being a champion. “This close, this close”, who talks like that? They don’t speak loser. Cole is a champion and Ricochet isn’t. But Cole is a fighting champion, because when you anger the Undisputed Era, you’ll regret it. Ricochet needs to back off before he gets hurt. And that’s Undisputed. Will Cole keep Ricochet frozen out of the North American Championship scene? Or will GM William Regal have something to say about it?

 

NXT looks at the 21st century Vikings, the War Raiders.

Hanson & Rowe have come, and “the raid has begun.” Their warpath has already steamrolled Heavy Machinery and made The Mighty fall. “There’s no secrets, there’s no tricks, it’s the same story everywhere we go!” From Japan to Mexico to the UK and all over the United States, they’ve been tag team champions. Back in 2014, they were on opposite sides of a tournament. They were in the business 10 years each before this, without ever meeting, but in that first encounter, they “beat the snot” out of each other. There is no respect greater. And then they thought, what if they took that fight to everyone else? And thus, one of the most powerful tag teams was born!

This alliance changed their lives forever. Through blood, sweat and tears, respect was earned around the world. Rowe & Hanson shocked, destroyed, and dominated ever since. Their inspiration was the Viking culture that took what they wanted when they wanted. They embodied that in every promotion they ever competed in, and there’s no one on Earth who can stop them. In fact, it was only a motor cycle wreck that could’ve ended Rowe’s life that stopped them. His arm was rebuilt, and he overcame fear. With that behind them, no one can overcome these two. They bring that same spirit to NXT now, and defy expectations. Rowe has strength beyond his size, while Hanson has agility beyond his. They’ve earned the right to raid NXT’s Tag Team Division, and they’ve only just begun. “We take gold, we break EVERYONE!” The war is here, who can hope to survive?

 

Velveteen Dream sets the scene.

The Experience hears it. He hears the people buzzing about what the next experience will be. TakeOver: War Games, the people and Aleister Black said his name. Philadelphia, Dream had a knockout performance. New Orleans, the Dream rose to unimaginable heights. Chicago, a MOTY candidate to say the least. And come Brooklyn, the spotlight will still shine on Dream.

 

NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Candice LeRae VS Nikki Cross VS Kairi Sane!

This was meant to be a Fatal 4 Way, but Bianca Belair is unfortunately not medically cleared to compete. Her bad luck becomes good luck for the other three, who go from having a 25% chance to a 33% chance of winning. Will it be a rematch between The Queen of Spades and Mrs. Wrestling, the Loony Lass of SAnitY, or the Pirate Princess?

Nikki is rocking in a corner while fans cheer her on. But then Shayna Baszler makes her presence known, and Nikki smiles with wild eyes. Nikki waves at Shayna as the champion joins commentary. The bell rings and we begin.

Kairi and Candice aren’t sure what to make of Nikki, but then she blasts out of the corner at the two of them! Candice sends her into Kairi then rolls Nikki up, TWO. Kairi rolls Candice, TWO and Nikki rolls Kairi. TWO, and Candice throws Nikki with an arm-drag. Kairi arm-drags Candice, but then Nikki runs in again and crossbodies Kairi! Candice runs in but Nikki puts her on the apron. Candice hits Nikki away, but then Kairi runs in, and Nikki sends her into Candice! Kairi dodges Nikki to give double chops while fans duel between all three of them. Kairi keeps on Nikki in a corner, chop after chop after chop, then she runs in. Nikki dodges Sliding D to swing Kairi sideways! Kairi hits the post, and Nikki grins.

Candice gets back in the ring, builds speed, and DIVES on Nikki! Nikki seemed to welcome that. But Candice isn’t done, she builds speed again, but runs into Nikki’s elbow! Nikki puts Candice under the apron skirt and–after snuggling up to her like a kitten–clubs away on Candice’s back! Shayna says she doesn’t care who wins, she’s beaten all of them at least once. Nikki rams Candice off the apron while fans duel again. Nikki thrashes and grinds Candice into the mat, then hooks the nose. Cover, TWO, but Nikki keeps on Candice with a Rings of Saturn! Candice rolls but ends up in a crucifix, TWO!

Nikki puts Candice on the top rope and into a Tree of Woe for manic mudhole stomps! Kairi comes in and SPEARS Nikki! But Kairi goes after Candice with the Woe Stomps! Cover, TWO! Kairi keeps on Candice with the Anchor Lock! She bridges back and bends Candice, but Nikki breaks it up. Nikki hops on Kairi with a psycho sleeper hold, but Candice dropkicks them both down! Candice crawls after Nikki and chops away. She fires off furious htis from both sides, then runs in for a back elbow. She CANNONBALLS onto Kairi! Candice drags Kairi up while fans chant “NXT! NXT!” Nikki goes after Candice on the outside, for an inverted DDT on the ramp! Candice hits steel, and Nikki crawls away, only for Kairi to hit a flying kabuki elbow! “This is Awesome!” but Shayna is not amused.

Kairi stands first, all fired up, and she puts Nikki in the ring. Kairi prepares that elbow as she climbs up top. Nikki hits Kairi first, then climbs up to fight her on the top rope. Kairi fights back, but Candice returns to add on! TOWER OF DOOM!!

All three women are down but the fans are fired up to a fever pitch. Kairi gets to ropes while Nikki and Candice slowly sit up. Candice hits Nikki, but Nikki hits back. Kairi comes over while those two brawl, and then joins in with her own forearms. Nikki hits Kairi, but Candice hits Nikki. Nikki hits back but Kairi does, too. They all stand, Candice ducks and sends Nikki at Kairi. Candice enziguris Nikki, but Kairi backhands Candice! Kairi goes at Nikki but Nikki headbutts. Candice grabs them both, DDT and Complete Shot, 2-for-1! Candice springboards, LIONSAULT! Cover, but Nikki drags her off by the hair! Nikki gives Candice a draping, swinging neckbreaker!! Candice hits the floor while Nikki fires up.

Nikki goes at Kairi in the ring, but she takes her time letting the madness take over. She drags Kairi up, and hits a back suplex. She drags Kairi up again, for another! Then another! Nikki gets a hat trick but she’s not done yet. She grins as she drags Kairi up one more time. Nikki has the fisherman, but decides to up the ante! They go to the top rope again, but Candice crawls back in. Nikki stomps Candice then drags her up, small package! TWO! Nikki kicks but is blocked into the Unprettier! LIONSAULT! INSANE ELBOW! KAIRI WINS OUTTA NOWHERE!!!

Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall; challenges Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV

The Mae Young Classic finals are revisited once more, as this will be the tiebreaker between Pirate Princess and Queen of Spades. This rematch will mean so much more with the title on the line, who finishes the series with the gold?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great NXT! Not much time was wasted getting to the opening match, and it was really good. Lacey has really improved during her time as this Lady of NXT character, and she gets a surprising win over Dakota. As said earlier, Lacey will have to wait a bit before challenging the NXT Women’s Champion, but she will definitely reach that some day. Dakota will, too, even though she’s currently jobber to the stars. Good promos from Ricochet and the Undisputed Era, as well as videos from the Street Profits, EC3 and Kona Reeves. I am so excited EC3 is going to face Kona and more certainly beating him, in both the ring and in gimmick.

That War Machine/Raiders video package was great, and it drives home the point that those two are aimed right at the NXT Tag Team Championships. That makes for more great ROH-in-NXT action that will certainly please the fans. Ohno surprises with that extra fast squash of “Rick Ramirez” who has Rayne on his pants. I wouldn’t mind if this leads to either an edgier or even full Heel Ohno, he needs something that either brings him up to title contention or finally to main roster. The Aleister-Ciampa package was also great, as was Dream’s stylized video promo. The NXT Championship match is going to be great, as will Dream VS anyone in Brooklyn. Then the Women’s Triple Threat was incredible, and just when I thought Candice was getting her shot, Kairi literally comes in outta nowhere. Shayna VS Kairi 3 is going to be great and can go either way.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (7/17/18)

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Can the Man of the Hour overcome a former Cruiserweight Champion?

Akira Tozawa is a former Cruiserweight Champion, but can he keep up with the ultra-fast Man of the Hour, Lio Rush, in their first-ever encounter?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • TJP VS Noam Dar; TJP wins.
  • Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Danny Garcia; Gulak wins.
  • Akira Tozawa VS Lio Rush; Rush wins.

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Drake Maverick reviews last week’s Cruiserweight Championship match.

The Japanese legend, Hideo Itami, put up a fight against the #AgeOfAlexander, but the Soul of 205 Live was tougher than even Itami expected. But not one to rest on his laurels or take it easy on himself, Cedric Alexander wants yet another challenger on this road to Summerslam. GM Maverick promises to address the state of the Cruiserweight Championship before the night is through. Who will Maverick choose to put before the champion as summer heats up?

Meanwhile, conflict is settled in the ring as the 23 Year Old Piece of Gold gets to main event against the Stamina Monster. Is the Man of the Hour ready for prime time as he goes up against a former champion? Though, Lio wonders what has Akira done lately? And before all of this, we open with the “Cruiser-Great” taking on the returning Scottish Supernova in a rematch from that surprisingly quick defeat a couple weeks ago! Can TJP get back the loss Noam Dar gave him? Or will Dar make it a quick 2-0 on the FilAm Flash?

 

TJP VS Noam Dar!

As he makes his way out to the ring, the inaugural (New Era) Cruiserweight Champion speaks to Wilkes-Barre. “What a treat!” Maverick lets TJP know who his opponent is beforehand. He’s feeling so spoiled getting his entrance music and ring gear of his choice, too! It’s like Christmas! Okay not really, because if it were, he’d be getting his chance at the title. Instead, he’s a “curtain jerker” in the “diaper storm” town of “Wilkes-Boring”. Do the people here admit they’re from here? Or do they pretend they’re from Philly? But TJP gives Dar credit for coming back from his knee injury. At least this match will be twice as handsome than TJP wrestling a local. But this comeback story will be just a comeback sentence. TJP is the one constant in this Division because he is still the best technical wrestler today. Dar makes his entrance, and we begin.

TJP rushes Dar but Dar sees it coming. Dar sweeps the legs out, then aims for his finisher, but TJP scrambles out of the ring. TJP takes his time recovering, but then Dar leaps in outta nowhere! Dar rocks TJP with a right, then a left. TJP is floundering as Dar puts him in the ring. Dar ducks and then tosses TJP, covers, TWO. Fans are behind Dar as he brings TJP up for another left. Dar whips TJP but TJP gose Spider-Man to then slide under and waistlock. Dar standing switches but TJP switches back. TJP trips up Dar but Dar resists. Dar pries free but TJP rolls Dar around for an armbar. Both men fight for control, and Dar slips free! He wants an STF but TJP gets the ropes.

Dar lets TJP go, but TJP gives him a kick. Dar rushes in but is sent into the ropes, then TJP springboards for the wrecking ball dropkick! TJP takes his time going over to Dar, then quickly runs him into buckles. TJP keeps going, throwing shoulders and elbows in the corner. He brings Dar up for a boot into Dar’s throat. Maverick watches backstage and disapproves of TJP’s attitude. TJP backs off at the ref’s count, but Dar comes back at him with a kick and a forearm. TJP European Uppercuts Dar down, then brings Dar up again. He scoop slams Dar fast, then slingshot sentons. Cover, TWO, but TJP keeps his cool.

Dar gets to a corner but TJP is on him again. TJP Northern Lights then rolls through to hammerlock an arm and go for more limbs. Dar resists, but TJP gets the other arm and pulls on it. Dar endures as TJP wrenches and pulls the wrist and fingers. He gets around with his legs for a ropebreak, and TJP lets him go again. TJP brings Dar up but Dar throws elbows from both sides. TJP gives Dar a swift elbow of his own, then whips Dar. Dar comes back with a backslide, TWO! And TJP goes for the armbar! Dar tries to get to ropes, so TJP changes it up with an Indian Deathlock. TJP grabs at arms to then shift into the hammerlock, and he YANKS on that opposite arm!

Dar writhes while TJP catches his breath. TJP drags Dar back up, then suplexes. That’s one amigo, and he makes the second amigo a back suplex. Cover, TWO, but TJP goes right at the legs. It’s another deathlock variation, and TJP grabs at Dar’s arms again. TJP wrenches Dar’s arm from elbow to wrist, but fans rally up for Dar. Dar fights out of the hold and small packages, TWO! Dar runs in but TJP goes up and over, only to miss his crossbody! TJP and Dar slowly stand up, but Dar runs into a boot. TJP goes up but Dar sweeps the legs again! Dar takes aim, and he fires off a throat chop, headbutt and EuroUpper to TJP! TJP gets to a corner, but Dar runs in with the back elbow and suplex! Cover, TWO!

Dar works to keep focus as fans rally up again. He drags TJP up, but TJP fireman’s carry! Dar slips out but TJP elbows back. TJP runs, but Dar sweeps the legs once again. TJP staggers up but ducks one lariat, only to get the other! Cover, TWO! Dar gets up again, he still wants that finishing kick. TJP sees it coming again and manages to roll out of the way. Dar walks over but gets caught into a small package! TWO! TJP fireman’s carry but Dar slips out again. Dar runs into a drop toehold that sends him into ropes. TJP goes for but misses the wrecking ball to get a basement dropkick from Dar! Dar fetches TJP on the outside, but TJP throws him into barriers.

TJP drags himself up to the apron but Dar is there quickly. Dar wants a suplex but TJP resists. TJP hops down and sweeps Dar’s leg! Dar clutches that leg, and fights TJP off. Dar crawls away but TJP gets back up and in. The referee checks on Dar, but TJP doesn’t care, he chop blocks the leg! TJP shows no mercy as he stomps away on the leg. He drags Dar up to throw him to the apron. TJP keeps stomping Dar, then Half Crabs him through the ropes! He lets go at 4, and Maverick still doesn’t approve. TJP gets back in the ring and stalks the crawling Dar. He stands on the bad leg to torture Dar, then puts on the Knee Bar! Dar taps, TJP wins!

Winner: TJP, by submission

The Cruiser-Great tortures Dar by holding on after the bell, but lets go so he can boast about the ring. His attitude may not be so great, but has TJP earned that big opportunity like he’s been demanding?

 

205 Live takes a closer look at Alexander VS Itami.

The Don from Nihon demands respect, whether he deserves it or not. The Soul of 205 Live worked way too hard for way too long to earn that Cruiserweight Championship. It wasn’t about what Itami thinks he deserves, but Alexander adding Itami’s legend to his own legacy. The best striker in the Cruiserweight Division gave Alexander’s body bruise after bruise, but the agility and aerial attacks evened the playing field. Itami was merciless with those hands and feet, but Alexander would not die. All it took was the right opening to hit the Lumbar Check for Alexander to win #AndStill be the Cruiserweight Champion. The Age of Alexander continues, who will be the next challenger added to the legacy?

 

Mustafa Ali speaks.

“They told me it was dangerous. They said it was impossible.” The Beacon of Light means the No Disqualification match he had with Buddy Murphy two weeks ago. Ali admits it was dangerous, but he didn’t quit. He found a way to win, because he was fighting for millions. Ali vows to fight all the way until he’s Cruiserweight Champion. How long and how hard will his fight to the top be?

 

Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Danny Garcia!

If Alexander is the Soul and Ali is the Heart, then perhaps the Philly Stretcher is the Brain of 205 Live. The self-proclaimed best submission specialist in WWE today looks to build more momentum for his Ungentlemanly Alliance tonight. Will the smartest Cruiserweight in the room be named the next challenger to the title?

Kendrick gives Garcia a handshake hello before he and Gallagher exit the ring. The bell rings, and Gulak clobbers Garcia right away! Gulak drags Garcia up for a STIFF back suplex, then into the GuLOCK! Garcia fades, Gulak wins!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by submission

The best and most dangerous submission specialist proves his word tonight with a fast and furious finish. But Gulak isn’t done, as he wishes to speak.

“Well you can’t always get what you want, but if you try some time, you just might find, you get what you need.” Gulak isn’t a big fan of “the rock ‘n’ roll” but Mick Jagger had a point there. The 205 Live Universe has been subjected to two years of “unworthy champions. But not anymore!” They’ll have the champion they need in Drew Gulak. And speaking of, that Danny Garcia reminds him of Alexander. Not physically, but in spirit, because when you step to Gulak, you WILL tap out. Will Gulak grind the rest of the Cruiserweight Division into dust in his pursuit of giving us all a #Better205Live?

 

Backstage interview with Tony Nese & Buddy Murphy.

The Cruiserweight Juggernaut lost his cool with Lucha House Party spinning their matracas last week, and that cost the Premier Athlete his match. Murphy just doesn’t like losing, but the luchadors were the wrong guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. He doesn’t regret what he did, just that Nese didn’t get to properly showcase himself. Nese can defeat a former champion on Kalisto. And Kalisto knows better than anyone that he was going to lose. But Nese is willing to give Kalisto a chance to prove him wrong. In fact, next week can be a match where the teammates are left behind to settle this 1v1. Will Nese and his eight abs be enough to show the Lucha Dragon who is worthy of moving up the ranks?

 

Akira Tozawa VS Lio Rush!

The Man of the Hour told the Stamina Monster that, at least from his perspective, the former champion hasn’t done much since losing that belt. Of course, Tozawa pointed out Lio hasn’t done all that much in just showing up in the Cruiserweight Division, either. Who will make something of this first-ever encounter of high-speed superstars?

The bell rings and “AH! AH!” echoes out already. Lio admits, the people love Tozawa. He circles and approaches Tozawa, but then backs off. They feel things out, but Lio always keeps just out of reach. Tozawa keeps chasing, but Lio is just playing with him as he gets to the ropes. Lio then rushes and gets a headlock. Tozawa powers out but Lio goes up and over. Tozawa tries to trip him up but Lio sees it all just in time to change direction. Lio keeps things moving, then counters Tozawa’s whip with a springboard huricanrana! Lio grins at Tozawa while lounging on the top rope. Maverick watches this, too, and is slightly amused with Lio’s swagger. Tozawa rushes Lio but Lio bails out. Lio takes a breather but Tozawa chases him down!

They go around the ring and back in, but Tozawa dodges Lio now. Lio sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through, to Penalty Kick! Tozawa has Lio now as he hits the screaming back senton! Tozawa copies the lounging to show anything Lio can do, he can do better.

Lio runs in but gets a chop for it! Tozawa chops Lio again, then stalks him to the ropes. Lio throws Tozawa out then fires off hammering hands. The referee backs Lio off, but Lio handspring kicks Tozawa down! Lio wants time to recover, “Count him out!” Lio swaggers about in the ring, though his chest is still stinging. Tozawa gets up at 6 and in the ring at 8, but Lio is on him with more hammering hands. Lio toys with Tozawa as he stomps away in a corner. They look like Tozawa’s shouting stomps. Tozawa hits back with body shots, but Lio stomps Tozawa down again.

Lio grins as he says Tozawa’s done already. He drags Tozawa up, suplexes him down, then covers. ONE, but Lio just grins. Lio kicks Tozawa while he’s down, then drags him up. Tozawa hits back, and now it’s a brawl of forearms. Lio gets some in, but Tozawa hits back. Tozawa runs but Lio runs Tozawa over with an elbow! Lio drops an elbow, then another, taunting Tozawa every time. The fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa but Lio wraps on a chinlock. Tozawa feeds off the “AH! AH!” and stands back up. Tozawa hits Lio but Lio hits back. They brawl again, hitting each other back and forth. Tozawa chops, chops, feints, then jabs! But Lio saw it coming! Lio fires off a strike fest, but his kick is blocked. Tozawa flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet, only to get that jab!

Tozawa kicks, swings, slides under, and hits the kick. Lio is rocked all the way out of the ring. Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits Lio right into the desk! Then they go back in the ring. Lio flounders while Tozawa climbs, for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tozawa is surprised by the young upstart, but he isn’t done. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Lio crawls to a corner but Tozawa pursues. Tozawa brings Lio up but Lio kicks again. Tozawa catches the kick, but Lio SLAPS the mouth piece out of him! Lio runs in, but into a saido suplex! Tozawa climbs up, “AH! AH!” from the fans at a fever pitch.

But Lio gets out of the ring. Tozawa goes to dive again, but Lio ducks, so Tozawa aborts the launch. Tozawa pursues Lio directly, but Lio throws him at steps. Lio gets away while Tozawa stops himself. Tozawa grabs at Lio, rocking him with a right. Lio staggers, comes back, but misses the shoulder tackle to get a kick. Lio goes down, Tozawa goes up. But Lio trips Tozawa up! Tozawa hits buckles, and now Lio climbs. FINAL HOUR FROG SPLASH! Cover, Lio wins!!

Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall

He came to collect, and collect he did! The Man of the Hour gets the upset victory to add a big name to his short undefeated streak in the Cruiserweight Division. Will Lio make the entire Division, and the Cruiserweight Champion, #FeelTheRush soon enough?

 

Drake Maverick meets with Cedric Alexander.

Everyone heard from the 205 Live GM that there would be answers as to who is next for the champion to face. So who is it? Maverick has thought it over all night. Just look at tonight’s show! The best talent in the WWE is right here in 205 Live. That said, Maverick has narrowed it down based on each man’s “overall body of work” in the Division. Therefore, next week, Drew Gulak VS Hideo Itami VS TJP VS Mustafa Ali, Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match! Alexander likes the sound of that. May the best man win. Who will be that best man to best the other three and go on to face the Cruiserweight Champion?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A very good episode of 205 Live from top to bottom. TJP VS Dar was great with TJP showing off those technical skills again. I figured he’d get the win this week to even things with Dar. Dar is fine, because he’s still promised a United Kingdom Championship match, so the Cruiserweight Division isn’t as crucial for him right now. Ali has a great promo and Gulak makes quick work of his jobber. Learning that these three plus Itami will be in a Fatal 4 next week is great, because all four options make for a great match with Alexander. All four men have had a match or two with Alexander in the past, but I don’t doubt the possible rematches will be even better than the originals.

Buddy Murphy & Tony Nese already take an interesting turn in their teaming together as Nese insists he doesn’t need a corner man to face Kalisto. I would hope Murphy honors the agreement so that there isn’t reason for this duo to break up already. And whether Nese wins or loses, the muscular pals going against Lucha House Party in tag team matches should be good to bolster the idea of a Cruiserweight Tag Division. Though, if they get a third guy on their side, I’m starting to think it’ll be a Trios Division. Then the main event, Lio VS Tozawa, was very good for their first time out, but with neither man at the championship level yet, I expect a rematch to give this feud plenty of fire.

My Score: 8/10


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Will Hardy reclaim his title on SmackDown tonight?

After a low blow got Shinsuke Nakamura the win, SmackDown GM Paige wants to make it right by giving Jeff Hardy his rematch tonight! Will Hardy get revenge?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AJ Styles VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Styles wins.
  • Becky Lynch VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville; Becky wins.
  • Samoa Joe VS Tye Dillinger; Joe wins.
  • Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day VS Eric Young w/ SAnitY; Young wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy; Hardy wins by disqualification, Nakamura retains the WWE Untied States Championship.

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Jeff Hardy heads to the ring!

The Charismatic Engima is feeling very, very sore after Extreme Rules in Pittsburgh. He got beat, but not the way he or the WWE Universe would’ve wanted. The King of Strong Style made sure to get a quick low blow while the referee’s back was turned, then gave Hardy a #Knee2Face. Hardy lost his title, but gets a chance to win it back later tonight. But for right now, Hardy speaks to Wilkes-Barre, who is happy to see him.

“I may look like Jeff Hardy. I may make an entrance like Jeff Hardy and wear face paint like Jeff Hardy. But I do not feel like Jeff Hardy. I feel like something’s missing. I feel incomplete. My heart… is BROKEN!” Hardy isn’t United States Champion anymore after what Nakamura did to him. Nakamura continues to prove “he is the embodiment of moral turpitude.” That’s a fancy way of saying he’s just a jackass! Nakamura uses a low blow because that’s the only way he can win. Hardy wasn’t thinking clearly Sunday, but now he’s mega clear. And Hardy wants to make sure Nakamura feels pain, to make Nakamura OBSOLETE, and to take back the United States Championship! But until then, enjoy SmackDown! Hardy is ready for Nakamura, but what about Nakamura being ready for him?

Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.

His response to Hardy is “Jeff Hardy is a sad clown.” He wears the paint to hide his tears. Nakamura cries his own crocodile tears over Hardy losing his title, because now it’s Nakamura’s title! That is a reason to smile. Smile, Renee, smile. Okay… And tonight, Nakamura gives everyone a reason to smile. He’ll make the clown cry. God Bless America.

 

AJ Styles VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

SmackDown is STILL the House that AJ Styles Built, because The Phenomenal One is STILL WWE Champion after a stellar match with the Bulgarian Brute. But after an encounter with Vega backstage, the Champ that Runs the Camp is willing to give El Idolo a go in the ring. Will Almas shock Styles with a major upset victory? Or will Styles show Almas that he’s not quite phenomenal yet?

The bell rings and we begin. They tie up, and Almas gets a waistlock. Styles works to get out but Almas arm-drags Styles down. Almas eggs Styles on, and they circle again. Styles gets a waistlock now, but Almas pries his way out to a shoulder breaker and standing switch. Almas arm-drags Styles again and confidently dusts himself off. They go again, Styles gets another waistlock. Almas elbows out then puts on a headlock. Fans rally for Styles as he powers Almas to a corner. Almas dirties the break with that kick. Almas gets a headlock again, and Styles can’t power out. Styles rolls it, ONE, and Almas grinds Styles on the mat. They stand up again and Styles fights out. Styles pwoers out of the hold and things speed up. Almas Tranquilo while Styles goes for a dropkick. The mind games begin while we go picture i picture.

Almas stays on the apron to embrace the heat, but Styles gets him with a sweep of the legs. Styles throws Almas into barriers, then puts him back in the ring. Alma sis up and ready, and he gets Styles with the back elbow. Almas runs in for a knee into the corner, then covers. TWO, but Almas keeps his focus. He drags Styles up for a forearm that floors Styles. Almas stomps away as Vega commands. Styles chops back hard, but Almas throws more strikes into him. Almas whips corner to corner, but Styles dodges and Almas tumbles out! El Idolo hits the floor, but Styles hits him with a slingshot forearm! Almas checks his jaw while Styles drags him up. They go into the ring, and Styles brings Almas up. Almas kicks but Styles blocks to dragon screw! Almas rolls out but Styles follows.

Vega stands in Styles’ way, and Almas gets Styles with a sucker punch! Almas chops Styles, then walks off the damage before putting Styles in. Almas chops Styles more, then brings Styles up for an arm-lock. Styles endures while Vega coaches Styles on. Styles gets up, fights out with forearms, then gets Almas with a wheelbarrow facebuster! Both men are down and Vega is upset. Almas and Styles stir, then stand up. Styles throws hands while blocking Almas, then clobbers him as we go single picture. Sliding forearm! Then a corner clothesline! He lifts Almas but Almas dropkicks him down. Both men are down again, and Vega coaches Almas while fans are behind Styles. Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but Almas stops it short. Almas throws elbows from both sides, then turns Styles sideways for the draping backbreaker and elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO!

Vega grows frustrated for Almas, but Almas keeps his cool. He stomps a mudhole into Styles, then throws more elbows. Almas hoists Styles up top but Styles throws hands back. Almas triangle dropkicks Styles! Then he dumps Styles down, preparing the knees. He runs corner to corner, but into the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles is a bit surprised by Almas, but he gets up again. He brings Almas up for the Clash, but Almas powers Styles to the apron. Styles knocks Almas away, then springboards, but Almas disrupts it with an elbow! Almas gets over to Styles and positions him. He climbs up top while fans rally up for Styles. Almas moonsaults, but Styles rolls, standing moonsault follows through! Cover, TWO!! Vega is beside herself with how close that was.

Fans are fired up as both men slowly stand. Almas grabs Styles, but Styles slips out of the suplex to enziguri! Almas staggers to a corner, but he boots Styles back. He climbs up and drags Styles with him, but Styles PELE! Styles climbs up to join Almas, and quickly adjusts, but Almas trips him up. Tree of Woe STOMPS! Vega wants him to finish, CIEN KNEES!!

Cover, TWO!! Almas was that close to pinning the champ! But Almas refocuses as he brings Styles up. styles blocks the DDT, Calf Crusher! Almas taps, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by submission

The Phenomenal One found a fight in El Idolo, but he finds a way to win out! Almas stands back up, but before Styles has a chance to respond, Almas and Vega leave. Is this just the first of many matches between these two? Who will step up to be Styles’ new #1 contender come Summerslam?

 

Aiden English meets with someone backstage.

MC Artiste apologizes. To Lana. She must be so angry with him for the mistake he made. That was Rusev’s moment, and English ruined it. So please, talk to Rusev for him. Lana confirms Rusev is angry and disappointed, but needs his space. Why did he come to Lana about an apology? English needs to think hard and long if he’s what’s best for Rusev. English says he’s always had Rusev’s best interests in heart. He owes so much to Rusev, so he just wants a second chance. Don’t we all deserve that? Lana will take that into consideration. Will an apology passed on through the Ravishing Russian be enough for Rusev to forgive English?

 

Becky Lynch VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville!

The Lass Kicker defeated the Gladiator Gal last time, but can God’s Greatest Creation get even for the duo formerly known as Absolution?

The bell rings and Becky ties up with Mandy. Mandy gets the wristlock but Becky reverses to her own. Mandy gives Becky a right, then runs, but misses the knee. Becky kicks then whips, but Mandy reverses. Becky dodges for the jump kick. Sonya distracts but Becky swipes at her. Mandy runs in and blocks the second jump kick to yank Becky down. Mandy covers, TWO, and she’s shocked. She bounces Becky’s face off the mat, then puts Becky in a corner. Mandy gives Becky stomps, then embraces the heat. She drags Becky up and Becky fights back. Mandy clubs away on Becky, then suplexes her over. Float over to cover, TWO. Mandy drags Becky up and puts Becky in a standing chinbar. Fans rally for Becky as she fights her way out. Mandy whips her then dropkicks her, then hits the big knee! Cover, TWO!

Mandy keeps on Becky with heavy rights, then covers again. TWO, and Mandy grows frustrated. She drags Becky up, and back into that standing chinbar. Fans rally up again, and Becky pries her way out again. Mandy reels Becky in but Becky reverses to roll her up, TWO. Becky boots Mandy, then rolls Mandy up again, TWO. They run, and Becky hits double forearms and a calf kick. Becky fires up with the fans, and throws Mandy with a Becksploder! She grabs the arm, Disarm-Her right away! Mandy taps, Becky wins!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission

That’s another win and another arm taken, Becky gets an Absolution Sweep! Becky speaks to Wilkes-Barre and the WWE Universe, thanking them for their support. Winning feels good, it feels “freakin’ great!” Becky says she’s been waiting, patiently and impatiently, but has never stopped working as hard as she can for the fans. But this is her just getting started. Hear that, Carmella? Straight Fire is coming for you. Becky Balboa needs to become SmackDown Women’s Champion again! What do the fans think? “YES! YES!” With Becky burning up the competition like she has, will she be given a Summerslam championship opportunity?

 

SmackDown GM Paige likes what she sees.

Carmella is with her as they watch Becky. The WWE Universe cheered her, which Carmella doesn’t normally hear. They love Becky! Yeah well people love British accents, but Carmella just finds they give her a headache. Speaking of headaches, how is her boyfriend, James Ellsworth, doing? Ew, he’s not her boyfriend And she doesn’t care, so moving on. Carmella has beaten Carmella and Asuka twice, so she wants another FABULOUS Mellabration. Paige loves parties, and will throw the biggest party of all for her. If she wins against Becky Lynch next week. No, she’s not defending her title already. Don’t worry, it’s not for the title. But if Becky does win, then they’ll have a title match at Summerslam!

 

R-Truth checks in with Tye Dillinger.

Is he ready? Yeah, he’s good. C’mon, are you ready? Is this one of those motivational speeches? Tye doesn’t need it. Truth can’t hear you. Okay! Yes, Tye gets his shot at Samoa Joe. Good talk! Wait, no, Truth was talking to someone on the phone. He wouldn’t have told Tye to take on Joe! But the Perfect 10 is, next!

 

Samoa Joe VS Tye Dillinger!

The Perfect 10 got a perfect blindside from Samoa Joe while cameras were to commercials last week. The Destroyer doesn’t respect Tye much at all, but he’ll have to take this match now. Will Joe come to regret what he did? Or will he put Tye to sleep all over again?

The bell rings and Tye fires off furious hands and feet on Joe! He backs off at 4, and Joe gets out of the ring. Joe drags Tye out to join him but Tye shoves him to the announce desk. Tye barrels Joe into the desk, then into barriers. He fires off more hands, then bares his knee to ram it into Joe’s face. Tye won’t back down, but then Joe throws him into a post! Joe drags Tye up and into the ring, then throws those swift jabs. Joe whips Tye into a corner, hits a back elbow and the Pele! Tye drops while Joe asks him, “Is this what you wanted?” Joe drags Tye up but Tye denies the Coquina. Joe makes him pay with swift kicks, then gets the Coquina Clutch! Tye flails but fades fast! Joe wins!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission

The Destroyer is not someone you want to anger. Tye showed courage but Joe showed everyone what they can expect if they get on his bad side. Will Joe carve a path of destruction to a title in time for Summerslam?

 

The Miz holds a memorial service for Team Hell No.

Daniel Bryan & Kane failed to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships from the Bludgeon Brothers at Extreme Rules, but that was mostly because Harper & Rowan attacked backstage before the match. Details aside, pallbearers bring out Kane’s mask on a mannequin head. The four of them quietly go out to the ring, Miz shaking hands of “mourning” fans.

Miz takes the masked mannequin head and sets it on a pedestal. He picks up the mic and speaks. “Thank you all for being here tonight.” Miz is as saddened as they are, but we are all gathered here not to discuss the real news, Miz & Mrs. debuting in a week. No, that’s not what tonight is about, even though Miz was also in the MLB Legends & Celebrities All-Star Game, on the winning American League team and the game’s MVP. Tonight is about paying respects to “two of the worst friends ever”. In the words of N*Sync, Bye Bye Bye Team Hell No. They were polar opposites yet were once tag team champions. That was five years ago. But even so, their unlikely friendship inspired unity around the world, until Kane tombstone’d Bryan three consecutive times.

Any sane person would’ve thought that was the end. But “Hell No” it wasn’t, because Bryan made the same mistake by reuniting with Kane. But then Harper & Rowan destroyed them, and Team Hell No is six feet under. Everyone, please stand up and join Miz in a moment of silence. Miz raises his hand, but fans do not respect the moment of silence. Do they want to be treated like children? Now give him silence. Miz will wait as long as it takes. Fans do not quiet down, they chant “YES! YES!” Okay, that’s a good point, that was a better choice.

But one final note: Miz told you so! Miz told everyone how this would end, in the middle of this ring, and he was proven right! He’s also right about the “bogus hero”, Daniel Bryan! Bryan was never, ever an amazing wrestler, just a glory hound obsessed with impossible goals. Bryan threw a Hail Mary to stay relevant. It wasn’t about tag titles, it was so Bryan could roll out his greatest hits. News flash: no one’s buying the album. And as said as this whole thing has been, Bryan is the saddest. Bryan may not want to accept it, but he knows the truth. The truth: Bryan’s return has been a bust! Every week is another week Bryan destroys his own legacy, and no one will tell him. Miz will tell Bryan that his days of headlining are over! Bryan’s career is as dead as Team Hell No!

But here comes Bryan to respond! From behind! Bryan throws forearms on Miz then on the pallbearers! Miz gets away but Bryan isn’t done. Bryan tips over the pedestal and the pictures, to join in the “YES! YES!” chant. Knee Plus for the pallbearer!

Miz smirks at the angry Goat, but will Miz be smiling after Bryan gets done with him?

 

The New Day is fired up.

SAnitY? More like Unsanitary! Kofi Kingston prepares to get payback on the erratic Eric Young in the ring tonight!

Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day VS Eric Young w/ SAnitY!

The power of positivity wasn’t enough in Pittsburgh to keep the high-flying veteran from going through a table. Can positivity do better against the forces of chaos in Wilkes-Barre?

The bell rings and Young circles with Kofi. They tie up, and they push each other around the ring. Kofi gets a waistlock but Young gets the armlock. Kofi rolls and spins around to reverse it, but Young reverses it back. They go to a corner and Kofi dodges Young to kick the leg. Kofi grins at the fuming Young then dropkicks him down. Cover, TWO. Kofi gets a headlock then waistlock, but Young turns him around to club him down. Young drops more elbows, then haymakers. He has Kofi in a corner as he drives in more elbows. Kofi stands but Young runs, but Kofi sweeps the legs. Kofi gets back up, springboards and ax handles Young down. Young flounders up but is clothesline’d out. SAnitY regroups while we go picture in picture.

Kofi and the New Day rally up with the fans, and Woods plays the trombone. Kofi fakes Young out, but Young waits for Kofi to back up. Young returns but bails out again as Kofi draws near. They go again and Young shoulders in then slides under. Kofi throws him back out! Young dodges the baseball slide to bounce Kofi off the apron. He puts Kofi in, then covers, TWO. Young drives more elbows into Kofi then runs him over, then things speed up. Kofi hits a back elbow and covers, TWO! Young gets up and backs Kofi into a corner, then gets a cheap shot as we go single picture again. He runs back in but Kofi dodges. Young hits buckles, but he sweeps Kofi’s legs. The New Day glare at Wolfe & Dain while Young puts Kofi on the apron for clubbing forearms.

The New Day coach Kofi but he gets a kick while he’s down. Young catapult guillotines Kofi on the ropes, then covers, TWO. Young drags Kofi up for a stiff neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Young keeps on Kofi with a neck wrench. Kofi endures the twist, and fans rally up for him. He stands and fights back, then throws haymakers. Young throws a knee, then drags Kofi up for a buckle bump. Young throws a stiff right, then climbs up for a hanging dragon sleeper! He lets go at 4 and embraces the heat before leaping at Kofi. Kofi dropkicks Young down! Woods rallies the fans with his trombone. Kofi stands and rallies with double chops. He dropkicks Young down, then hits the leaping ax handle. He’s all fired up now, for the “New Day~!” Boom Drop!

Kofi calls for the finish, but Young dodges Trouble in Paradise to roll him up! TWO! Young is whipped to a corner but he tumbles up and out, only for Kofi to SUPER Belly2Belly suplex! Cover, TWO!! Young bails out to regroup with SAnitY, but Kofi builds speed to FLY! He leap frogs the ref to wipe out all of SAnitY!

Woods coaches Kofi up as he puts Young in. SOS! Cover, TWO! Frustration creeps in a bit but Kofi runs in at Young. Young dodges the splash, but Kofi swing kicks back. Kofi climbs, but Wolfe climbs up. BIg E gets him, but Dain is a distraction. Woods SUPERKICKS Dain while Kofi goes after Young. Young ducks under, but Kofi rolls, TWO! Dain throws Woods into Kofi! Wheelbarrow neckbreaker from Young! Cover, Young wins!

Winner: Eric Young, by pinfall

Give an assist to the anarchy on the outside, but a win is a win. SAnitY won as a team, and their fearless leader won 1v1. Will the trio of turmoil throw the SmackDown Tag Team Division into utter chaos?

 

WWE United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy!

It was a blow below the belt that brought victory to the King of Strong Style, and the Killer of Legends, Randy Orton, only added insult to injury with his return. But now, the BROKEN Enigma has his rematch courtesy of the Glampire Manager honoring his request. Will the painted visage of Jeff Hardy be smiling with a victory tonight? Or will he fall to more tricks from the nefarious Nakamura?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the bell rings. Hardy unleashes upon Nakamura! Nakamura shoves him away then gets a waistlock. Hardy saw the low blow coming, he won’t let Nakamura get away that easy. Hardy stomps Nakamura in a corner to almost copy Bad Vibrations. Nakamura bails out but Hardy LEAPS onto him and into the barriers! He puts Nakamura back in, then climbs up, but Nakamura scrambles away. No Swantons yet, but Hardy has the champ reeling while we go to break.

SmackDown returns, and Nakamura has Hardy down on the mat. Nakamura toys with Hardy as he slowly stands. Nakamura kicks away on Hardy, but Hardy catches on, only to get the enziguri. Cover, TWO, but Nakamura tires again. TWO, and again, TWO. Nakamura grimaces, but then digs a knee in for a chinlock. He digs his fingers into Hardy’s chin, but Hardy works his way up and out. Hardy elbows out, but Nakamura throws him down by his hair! Nakamura drags Hardy back up, then bumps him off buckles. He mocks the DELETE hands, then gives Hardy truly Bad Vibrations! Nakamura backs off to then come back with stomps. He drags Hardy up while fans rally for Brother Nero. Nakamura squeezes Hardy with the facelock but Hardy fights back. Nakamura denies the lift, then grinds Hardy to the mat.

Fans keep cheering for Hardy, and Hardy fights back with body shots. Nakamura knees and snapmares, but misses the knee drop! Hardy fires up with DELETE, then gives Nakamura buckle bumps in one corner, another corner, and a third corner. He goes for the fourth and completes the set. Hardy brings Nakamura out for a jawbreaker, then runs for a splash. Cover, TWO! Hardy gets the fans going again but Nakamura throat chops! Nakamura back suplexes but Hardy slips out to Russian leg sweep and leg trap cover! TWO, but barely! Hardy gets to ropes and drags himself up. Off comes the shirt, and he ax handles Nakamura. Nakamura denies the Twist, then heel kicks Hardy in the head! Hardy is out, but Nakamura hurries to give him an apron knee strike! Hardy slumps down while we go to break.

SmackDown returns once more, and Hardy fights out of a sleeper. Nakamura kicks him then whips him, but Hardy elbows back. Hardy haymakers and boots, then climbs up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps his cool as he and Nakamura stand. He throws hands on Nakamura, then kicks. He whips but Nakamura reverses, only for Hardy to knock him down. Hardy hits the atomic drop and the leg splitting leg drop, then dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hardy slowly stands up again, DELETE echoing out. He kicks and prepares but Nakamura denies the twist again. Hardy still gets the spinning back kick! He climbs up, Hardyac countered with boots. Nakamura hoists Hardy up, for the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura drags Hardy up, but Hardy denies the suplex with elbows. Hardy reaches for ropes but Nakamura gives him a backstabber! Sliding Wizard, TWO!

Nakamura can’t stand it. He is frustrated with Hardy as he rams in knees to shoulders and ribs. Nakamura goes to a corner and takes aim, but Hardy sees it coming! Slingblade! Hardy hurries up top, but Nakamura trips him up. Nakamura kicks Hardy in the face and Hardy drops down. Nakamura takes aim again, fires it up… But Hardy gets the Twist of Fate!

Hardy hurries back up, takes aim… SWANTON!! Cover, but RANDY ORTON drags Hardy out!?

Winner: Jeff Hardy, by disqualification; Nakamura retains the United States Championship

And Orton isn’t done with Hardy, either! He throws Hardy into steel steps, then asks Hardy “Do you want to know why I’m doing this?!” Orton keeps ramming Hardy into steel steps, then gives him European Uppercuts and forearms. Nakaura is the one most in shock over this turn of events. Orton clears the steps but Hardy fires back! Orton rakes Hardy’s eyes, then throw shim into the other steps! The Viper drags Hardy over to the first set, and stomps Hardy’s head!!

Hardy is down and Nakamura is confused as anyone as to why. Orton asks Hardy again “You wanna know why? You’re gonna have to wait to find out.” Then he pulls at the open earlobe!! Referees try to get Orton to stop, but he won’t! He throws hardy over the announce desk! Security has to come out now to keep Orton back. But Orton won’t stay back! He clears off the top of the desk to drag Hardy onto it. Orton rains down rights, then drags Hardy out for the draping DDT! Referees and security tell Orton get out of the arena. Orton leaves, but not because they told him to. Those voices in Orton’s head are violent as ever, but will there be hell to pay for what he’s done?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown redeems the main roster after the off-target Extreme Rules and filler Raw. Almas VS Styles was a sudden but amazing opener, and it really helps TV-only fans understand how great Almas is in the ring. Styles still wins because it’s too soon for Almas to defeat the WWE Champion. Joe wins against a very game Tye, which furthers my confusion as to why the advertised this before just to delay it. SmackDown plans to announce what Styles has in store for him at Summerslam, so I’m betting Joe is at least one superstar named as contender. Bryan and The Miz are likely, too, and it can also be part of their own story against each other. That “memorial” was a great segment in itself, too, so this is going to be the summer blockbuster Miz has been looking for.

Becky continues to win, and with her match against Carmella next week, I think we’re getting that championship match we were expecting months ago. If Ellsworth stays out during this time, Becky might actually get that belt back so that she can be the one going up against Asuka and Charlotte down the line. Kofi VS Young was great, and being the Heels, SAnitY wins thanks to distraction and number games, something The New Day were masters of when they were Heels. They already had a Six Man Tag, but maybe another one will decide who challenges the Bludgeon Brothers at Summerslam. English groveling to Lana worries me. They were teasing a Rusev Day break-up, and it might be coming back around. Vince can never let us have nice things, can he?

Hardy VS Nakamura was great, so it’s fine we got the six-second screw-job last night. Nakamura’s Heel game is strong, but I’m liking the idea that Hardy is becoming more and more Broken. His promo implied it, and after the beating Orton gave him, I’d love if next week we got the full Brother Nero. Nakamura’s reactions to Orton have also been great, and Orton saying we’re going to learn why he’s doing this is something to look forward to for next week. Hardy is still dealing with leg problems, so this either gives him a few weeks to be away from the ring and recover, or we just turn it up a notch and we get Hardy VS Orton before getting a Triple Threat for the title at Summerslam.

My Score: 8.5/10


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