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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 SmackDown Live Results & Report! (12/18/18)

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It’s the SmackDown after TLC, and The Empress of Tomorrow has taken the throne! Will The Queen or The Man come back for revenge?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Naomi; Asuka wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
  • The Miz & ??? VS ???; The Miz & Mandy Rose win.
  • The Usos VS The Club; No Contest.
  • AJ Styles & Mustafa Ali VS Daniel Bryan & Andrade “Cien” Almas; Styles & Ali win.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon addresses the entire roster at once.

He informs them that last night on raw–BOO!–The McMahons ushered in a “fresh start” for the entire WWE. There will be new faces, new match-ups and new opportunities. That’s because the McMahons are finally listening. They owe it to the company and to the WWE Universe. The locker room can agree to that. This all starts tonight. Don’t just reach for brass rings, but grab it, rip it down and take it for all it’s worth! Shane thanks General Manager Paige and brings her forward. On behalf of everyone, Shane thanks Paige for her work as GM. Paige isn’t going anywhere, but her position is changing. “Thank you, Paige! Thank you, Paige!”

 

Becky Lynch heads to the ring!

The Man is without her belt, and she’s not happy about it. Becky battled tooth and nail with Charlotte Flair and Asuka, but it would be the Raw Women’s Champion, Ronda Rousey, who affected the outcome! Asuka has the title and someone’s gonna pay for that. Fans cheer Becky on but she says it doesn’t matter who’s running the show, she’s in charge. There’s all this “corporate nonsense speech”, but she’s in front of the people because this is where the real business is conducted. And all Becky wants from the McMahons is Ronda Rousey served up. “Ronnie” better listen. When Becky stepped into Ronda’s business, she faced her up front, made her tap in the locker room and fought her in the ring. But when Ronda stepped into Becky’s business, she didn’t even stick around to fight.

Ronda pushed the ladder down but Becky worked way too hard to “let some Rowdy Piper cosplayer take it all away from me!” But now The Queen appears! She has had her own issues with Ronda, and was equally screwed over by Ronda’s interference. Charlotte joins Becky in the ring with her own microphone, and fans “WOO~!” Charlotte tells Becky to take a number. In fact, be number two behind The Queen, “because Ronda stole my opportunity at TLC.” Speaking of cosplayers… And Becky will no longer be behind Charlotte. Yet the days of her looking up to Charlotte are #ThenNowandForever. Let’s be real. The odds were, Charlotte would’ve become the eight time Women’s Champion. Becky and Charlotte argue, but then THE SmackDown Women’s Champion appears!

Asuka heads to the ring, the belt around her waist. She joins Charlotte and Becky in the ring, and with both of them glaring at her, tells them “Forget Ronda. Asuka is the champion now~!” Becky wants Asuka to prove it. Charlotte says Asuka should thank Ronda. Asuka is a paper champion thanks to Ronda’s help. But Becky and Charlotte still argue with each other, so here comes VINCE MCMAHON!? The Chairman was on Raw, and now he’s on SmackDown! And Mr. McMahon quickly wishes everyone a happy holidays before moving to business. He congratulates the new champion, Asuka, and then says Becky’s behavior is unbecoming. Someone owes her something? Same goes for Charlotte, making her excuses. It was a TLC Triple Threat, “anything goes”, which means anyone could jump in.

And they did, it was Ronda. Ronda wants to write the next chapter. So get over it and settle things with Ronda. Now, how about Asuka defending that title tonight? Fans like the sound of that, as does Asuka. Well they’ll figure out who that is tonight! And with that, here comes Naomi! Naomi says Charlotte had her chance, and Becky lost. But now Naomi wants her shot! Vince considers the options, and makes the match! The Empress and The Glow collide, who will have that throne by the end of the night?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns as the bell rings. Asuka and Naomi are noted friends but they’re willing to fight for the top spot tonight. They tie up and go around, and Naomi wrenches the arm. Charlotte and Becky watch ringside, both wanting to see who they’ll be targeting after this is done. Asuka goes for the ropes and flips through. Asuka reverses but Naomi kicks and flips through, too. Naomi cartwheels and reverses to an armlock. Asuka fights out and arm-drags Naomi down. Asuka grinds a knee into Naomi but fans rally up. Naomi headscissors but Asuka pops out, only to run into Naomi’s headlock takeover. Asuka headscissors but Naomi pops out. The two stand off and fans applaud.

Asuka whips Naomi then follows, but Naomi dodges. Naomi runs into a waistlock but resists. Naomi slips out of the back suplex, but dropkicks cancel out! Fans fire up as the two circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, but Naomi spins. Asuka kicks but Naomi waistlocks to a full nelson. Asuka standing switches but Naomi arm-drags. Naomi kicks Asuka stiff in the back! Asuka gets a leg and goes for an ankle lock! Naomi rolls through to escape, then gets that full nelson. Full Nelson bomb, body scissor cover! TWO and Asuka makes it a cover, TWO! Naomi goes for the crucifix cover, TWO! Asuka slips out to a Fujiwara armbar! Fans applaud but Becky and Charlotte are stone faced.

Naomi gets up and fights back but Asuka forearms, too. Asuka whips but Naomi goes up. The twerk attack is denied with a kick! Asuka brings Naomi to the ropes to kick her, making sure Charlotte and Becky see it all clearly. Naomi gets to a corner and back elbows Asuka. Naomi hops up but Asuka clubs her. Asuka climbs for an elevated abdominal stretch. The ref counts and Asuka lets go, to brag that “Asuka champion!” But Naomi gives her a SUPER Russian Leg Sweep! Naomi can’t make the cover, and both women are down while we go picture in picture.

Naomi and Asuka slowly stir, and Naomi sits up first. Asuka rolls out, but Naomi sees her. Naomi slingshots and planchas! Asuka goes down in a heap, but Naomi is right on her. Naomi puts Asuka back in, then covers, TWO! Naomi keeps on Asuka with a buckle bump. She stomps Asuka, then grinds in her chaser lights. She backs off at 4, and Asuka hits back. Asuka kicks from the mat but Naomi grabs a leg to smash it on the mat! Naomi sits Asuka up to hit the sliding lariat! Naomi then wraps on a chinlock to grind Asuka down. Asuka endures as Naomi pulls back on the chinlock. Asuka fights her way up, and then fights free of the hold. Naomi shoves Asuka to light her up with kicks! Asuka kicks, Naomi kicks, then double roundhouses! Both women are down but it doesn’t impress Charlotte or Becky.

Asuka and Naomi crawl to ropes and use them to stand. Asuka runs in but her hip attack misses. Naomi dropkicks Asuka out of the ring! The referee checks on Asuka but she’s okay. Naomi slides, but is caught and dragged out! We return to single picture as Asuka catches her breath. Fans rally up for Asuka as she brings Naomi back into the ring. Asuka climbs up top, and leaps for a missile dropkick to Naomi’s back! Naomi rolls out but Asuka pursues. Asuka stomps Naomi down, then even toys with her. Asuka brings Naomi back up to run her all the way to the timekeeper’s area. Naomi goes up and hits back with a springboard enziguri! Both women are down right in front of Becky, who actually seems amused now.

A ring count begins and passes 5 before either woman stirs. Asuka crawls and gets in at 9, Naomi in at 9.5! The match continues and both women stare down. They approach and start brawling with forearms. Naomi hits, Asuka hits, repeat! Naomi gets an edge, but runs into the pop-up knee! Asuka aims at Naomi in the corner, runs in, but into boots. Asuka deflects them only to get another enziguri! Naomi has Asuka in the drop zone, GLow Ship hits knees! ASUKA LOCK!! Naomi rolls but Asuka is a backpack now. Naomi gets up and uses buckles for leverage! Cover, TWO, the Asuka Lock is in deep!! Naomi gets up again, sits out, but Asuka rolls her over for a waistlock. Naomi counters the German Suplex to a victory roll, TWO! REAR VIEW! Cover, TWO!!

Naomi almost had Asuka but she keeps her cool. She goes to the apron and takes aim. Naomi springboards, but into a code breaker!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka is furious, and goes for her lock again! She makes suer Charlotte and Becky watch, as Naomi taps! Asuka wins!

Winner: Asuka, by submission; still SmackDown Women’s Champion

The Empress didn’t know Naomi would step up, but she does prove that she’s ready for anyone! Charlotte and Becky both want that title back, but will they be ready for Asuka?

 

The Miz visits The McMahons backstage.

Vince is the one who answers the knock. Miz was hoping for Shane. Sorry, he can’t come out to play. Well, then with Vince here, Miz hopes Vince understands the “rough patch” he and Shane are going through. But Miz is the utility man of SmackDown. He knows he and Shane could be #BestTagTeamintheWorld!

And what is Vince to do about that? Miz is a worthy partner for Shane’s son. He just wants Vince’s blessing. Blessing? Vince has never given that in his life. He doesn’t believe in blessings. Miz isn’t getting his blessing, but he can prove himself. Vince will find a team, and a partner for Miz, and Miz can prove how great a tag team wrestler he really is. Miz is eager for this opportunity, but will he be able to make the most of it when he has no idea who he’s against and who he’s teaming with?

 

Backstage interview with Rusev & Lana!

The Bulgarian Brute beat Shinsuke Nakamura in a tag team match, does this earn him a United States Championship match? Rusev hopes the McMahons are watching, because Rusev is a man of action. He proved Nakamura he is a worthy challenger. Rusev is a handsome superstar super athlete! You could shave his beard off and make a baby sweater out of it, and sell it for thousands of dollars on eBay! Have you seen how Nakamura looks lately? All blue, like Sonic the Hedgehog. Nakamura can run fast and run far, but he’s not escaping Rusev. Rusev will get his hands on Nakamura, and get that US Championship back, on Rusev Day! The challenge has been issued, what will the McMahons have to say about that?

 

Jeff Hardy heads to the ring!

The Charismatic Enigma has been the target of Samoa Joe’s mind games, but isn’t letting it get him down. Hardy hears Joe has reconsidered his actions and wants to apologize? Some of the things Joe said were true, that Hardy has been weak, made mistakes, “but that was then, this is now!” Hardy wakes up and worships the fact that he is alive, well, and here. So Joe can “apologize”, to Hardy’s face! Samoa Joe does come out, microphone in hand. Joe tells Hardy, “I am sorry.” Joe is sorry because this is not an apology after all. They should’ve done this long ago. This is an intervention.

Joe wants Hardy to look at him, they’ve known each other a long time, and Joe is very worried for Hardy. This is the holiday season, and it can be rough on a man like Hardy. Those demons will come right back and control him again. Enough! The more Joe reminds Hardy about his past, the more Hardy remembers he’s never going back. Hardy sees right through Joe. Joe attacks other people’s weaknesses to cover his own insecurities up. Is it because Joe hasn’t had a title in two years? Joe has nothing to say, but he will attack! And Hardy is ready! Twist of Fate! Hardy leaves Joe down, but will he render The Destroyer OBSOLETE?

 

The Miz & ??? VS ???

The Hollywood A-Lister wants to team with Shane O’Mac, but he can’t get Vince McMahon’s blessing. However, he can prove it, if he wins this Mixed Match Challenge. Miz’s partner is the Golden Goddess, Mandy Rose! A pretty good choice for a partner, but then, who are the Golden Stars facing? The Mixed Match Challenge champions, the FABULOUS Truth!! R-Truth & Carmella defeated #Mahalicia to win the 30th spots in the Men’s & Women’s Royal Rumbles, which was preceded by defeating the previous champions, Team AWESKA! Can Truth & Carmella repeat the process against Miz and Maryse? Er, Mandy?

The bell rings and the women start us off. Carmella and Mandy tie up, and Mandy powers Carmella to the ropes. Mandy throws Carmella but then Carmella dodges to headscissor around the world! Carmella dropkicks Mandy to the corner, Miz tags in. Truth comes in and things speed up. Truth wheelbarrow to victory rolls, TWO! Miz gets up but Truth clotheslines him out. Mandy regroups with Miz, but FABULOUS Truth give us a DANCE BREAK! The flossing and twerking has it’s time, but Mandy runs in! Truth saves Carmella to FABULOUS Kick her! But Miz gets Truth with a Skull Crushing Finale! Cover, Miz & Mandy win!

Winners: The Miz & Mandy Rose, Miz pinning

The Golden Goddess takes the hit but her team gets the win! Will this convince Vince to let Shane and Miz team up? What will Shane have to say about this?

 

WWE takes a look at the new faces coming to the main roster!

Monsters, Beasts, Vipers, Giants. None of them compare to the Leviathan! Lars Sullivan is a dominate Freak and promises to destroy the roster.

The Lady of NXT, the Model Soldier, Lacey Evans is armed with a Woman’s Right to hit hard and class it up.

#SteaksAndWeights fuel Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic in tag team wrestling! They have a “damn good time” in the ring, and they’re COMIIIIN’!

The Loony Lass loves to play! SAnitY’s Twisted Sister finally joins her chaotic crew, who wants to play?

The Top One Percent prepares for #VictoryAfterVictory on the main roster! Will he find brand new success as he jumps from #NX3 to TV?

 

The Usos head to the ring!

Jimmy & Jey may not have won that SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat, but they were up against The New Day and The Bar. But they’re not too bummed out, because they’re still the constant of WWE. They may not won, but they weren’t pinned. The gold is still on their minds, so The Bar should come out here and– Wait, that’s not The Bar, that’s The Club! Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson walk out with mics, and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Anderson hears this week after week, Usos, New Day, Bar, repeat. Those are great teams having great matches but they had a rap battle? And The Good Brothers haven’t been around since August? That’s four months that a legit great tag team of the decade has been on the sidelines. But no more. It’s a clean slate, so let’s clean house. Time to get paid.

The Usos explain they’re not the reason The Club slipped through the cracks. You either step up or get stepped on. And these two better step up or turn around. Well they’re not turning around, so Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! A referee hurries out, and we might have a match! Yes, this IS a match! Will the #OGBC break free of the #LockDown?

 

The Usos VS The Club!

SmackDown returns and Anderson has Jimmy down in a chinlock. Fans rally up and Jimmy fights his way up, only for Anderson to wrangle him back down. Jey recovers on the outside, having been treated just as rough. Fans rally again and Jimmy reaches for his brother. Anderson kicks and whips Jimmy, then hits a big uppercut in the corner. Tag to Gallows and he headbutts Jimmy in the ribs. Gallows roundhouses Jimmy, then covers, TWO! Gallows drives elbows into Jimmy over and over, then warps on a new chinlock. Fans still rally for Jimmy, and Jimmy gets a second wind. Jimmy fights with body shots but Gallows knees low. Gallows whips but Jimmy dodges to send the boot into the corner! Gallows tumbles out, but he crawls back in. He and Jimmy both crawl to their corners, hot tags to Anderson and Jey!

Jey rallies on Anderson with big clotheslines and a back kick. He uppercuts then dodges Anderson to give him a Samoan Drop! Fans fire up with Jey as he aims at Anderson. Jey runs corner to corner but misses the hip attack. Anderson rocket kicks then neckbreakers! Cover, TWO! Anderson keeps his cool and tags in Gallows. The Club go after Jey together, fireman’s carry, but Anderson gets tripped up! Jey slips out to sunset flip but Gallows pulls him back up. Gallows hits the two-handed sit-out choke slam! Cover, TWO! Jey survives and The Club is frustrated. Gallows runs but jimmy tags in. Both Usos kick Gallows away! Tag back, Jimmy leaps but into Gallows’ hand. Gallows catches Jey, too, but both Usos kick him away. Anderson tags in just before The Usos clothesline Gallows out!

Jey is in the ring and aims at Gallows, but Anderson intercepts with a shotgun kick! Jey is all hung up and we go picture in picture! Everyone else is down while the ref helps Jey out of the ropes. Jey goes to the floor, and the ref checks on him. He’s okay to continue somehow, and hurries back up. Anderson is on him and puts him in the ring. Anderson climbs, leaps, flying neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Anderson grows frustrated. Anderson brings Jey back up, but Jey wants a fireman’s carry. Anderson slips out but Jey standing switches. They run to ropes and Gallows tags in! Jey rolls Anderson but gets a YAKUZA Kick! Cover, TWO! Gallows drags Jey up, gut wrench but Jey slips out. Jimmy tags in, SUPERKICK rocks Gallows! Jimmy leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO!

The Usos are shocked but Jimmy keeps moving. Jimmy climbs but Gallows rocks him with an uppercut. Gallows tags Anderson and Anderson climbs up after Jimmy. Jey is still down from his bad leg, but Jimmy fights Anderson off. Jimmy shoves Anderson down, but Anderson gets under the leap. SUPERKICK for Gallows, SUPERKICK for Anderson! Jimmy keeps going, climbing again. But wait, NOW The Bar appears! Jimmy watches Cesaro & Sheamus head down the ramp, but still leaps for the Usos Splash! Cover, but SAnitY attacks?!

No Contest

Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain & Eric Young attack both The Usos and The Club, seemingly doing what The Bar wanted to themselves. Big Damo aims at Jey, and crushes him with The Divide! Wheelbarrow neckbreaker from Eric to Anderson! Wolfe gets Jimmy up and Damo enters. They work together for the power slam neckbreaker combo! Cesaro & Sheamus watch SAnitY walk past, and Eric says “We beat you to it!” Will SAnitY soon target the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?

The Bar brush it off and go after the Usos and Club themselves! They throw Anderson into a post, then Gallows into barriers! Jey gets thrown into barriers, and The Bar raise their belts. Cesaro & Sheamus don’t care if things are changing, they’re determined to stay the champions. But will things get too chaotic for even them to survive?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.

“Rusev, I should be afraid of you? I should be afraid of this?” The King of Strong Style plays footage of Total Divas, as Rusev turns his trunks into a Speedo. Then there are highlights of him and Lana, and Rusev just being generally goofy. Nakamura says Rusev is no champion contender. He’s not a star. Rusev is a total diva. Will the King of Strong Style be able to keep Rusev far away from the title? Or will this only motivate the Bulgarian Brute to come after him harder?

 

Awwww America!

Be sure to tune into the USA Network this Wednesday for the New Day’s WWE 2018 Pancake Powered New Year Super Spectacular~! They’ll look abck at the most unforgettable moments of the WWE. Featuring who? Who who who? John Cena! Roman Reigns! Braun Strowman! Becky Lynch! And many more! Join them so that you will have a very merry ho! Li day! Ho! Li day!

 

AJ Styles & Mustafa Ali VS Daniel Bryan & Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

This may be a new phase for the WWE, but the New Daniel Bryan is still the WWE Champion, and he surprisingly didn’t have to cheat to do it. But fair fight or not, that doesn’t mean The Phenomenal One and Beacon of Light will just leave it at that. They team together for the first time ever to go against the New Bryan as well as El Idolo!

But before the match, Bryan picks up a mic. Fans boo and jeer as Bryan says he “killed the Yes Movement.” Bryan destroyed the House that AJ Styles Built. But unlike the fans, Bryan isn’t about destruction, he’s about creation. He will create something better. Bryan is creating a “brave new world.” He understands the fans won’t like it, because they fear change. How else can they explain the “vacuous consumption” and the destruction of the planet that gives us life? Fresno, California is the guiltiest of all! Some fans actually agree. Bryan is sickened by how proud and ignorant they are. Fresno is #1 in pollution in California! “Shame! Shame!” Bryan shames all of the Fresno fans!

“Self-education is the only kind of education there is.” And that might work for some, but “you people” wouldn’t know education if it was handed to them through a drive-thru window! Fresno should not try self-education because they will fail! Actually, it looks like they failed already. But they have someone to show them the way, to teach them the right way to live. And that man is “your WWE Champion, the NEW Daniel Bryan!” That aside, Almas & Vega make their entrance, as well as Styles and Ali, and we finally have this match, after the break.

SmackDown returns as Bryan circles with Styles, but tags out to Almas. Almas and Styles circle now and tie up. Almas kicks low then fires off forearms and CHOPS. He rams knees in, too, then whips Styles corner to corner. Styles reverses, but Almas back elbows him away. Almas runs but Styles catches the kick. Almas dodges, boot feint to back elbow! Cover, ONE, but El Idolo feels good about rocking the Phenomenal One. Almas puts Styles in a corner for more knees and forearms. Vega cheers her client on but fans rally for Styles. Almas brings Styles up for knees, but Styles hits back with haymakers. Almas scoops but Styles slips out. Styles gets a waistlock but Almas elbows out. Things speed up and Styles dropkicks Almas down!

Both men are down but fans rally up. Styles stands first and brings Almas up. Styles wrenches the arm and tags in Ali. Ali climbs and leaps for double stomps to Almas’ arm. Ali wrenches to a wristlock but Almas forearms out. Almas fireman’s carry and swings Ali, but Ali arm-drags through! Ali wrenches the arm but Almas back drops, only for Ali to sunset flip. TWO and Almas pulls hair! Bryan tags in and he mugs Ali in the corner. Bryan gives Ali “No Kicks” in the corner over and over. He backs off at 4, but brings Ali up to bump him off buckles. Bryan SLAPS Ali, and Vega applauds. Bryan wrenches Ali into an abdominal stretch. He bends Ali’s arm back and pulls hard, making Ali and Styles look at each other. Styles and fans rally for Ali, and Ali hip tosses out!

But Bryan tags Almas and Almas drops a leg on Ali’s arm! Almas taunts Styles, then grins as he brings Ali up. Almas CHOPS Ali against ropes, and Bryan wants uno mas. Vega wants one, too, so Almas stands Ali up for another CHOP! Bryan tags in and he brings Ali up for a chop of his own. Bryan whips Ali corner to corner then runs in, but Ali slips out to roundhouse Bryan back! Ali aims, slingshots for the somersault facebuster! Bryan bails out but Ali gets moving. Almas uses tranquilo to block the path and Vega joins him. Styles dropkicks Almas down! Vega freaks out, but Styles helps Ali FLY! Ali takes out Almas and Bryan and fans fire up while we go to break!

SmackDown returns once more, and Bryan has Ali in a Lion Tamer! Ali endures the modified Boston Crab and fights out with kicks. But Bryan tags in Almas and Almas climbs to splash down! Cover, TWO! Almas keeps his cool and goes after the legs himself. Almas turns Ali for a Half Crab and pulls back hard. Ali crawls and fans rally up, but Almas shifts to drop an elbow. Ali drags Ali up to then hit a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Almas brings Ali over and stomps him out before tagging Bryan in. Bryan dares Ali to stand, and makes sure to stay between him and Styles. Ali sits up but gets more No Kicks! Ironically, fans say no and Almas says yes. Bryan brings Ali up and whips, but Ali kicks him back! Ali throws haymakers, then runs, but into a BIG clothesline!

Bryan goes right at the legs, for the surfboard! Ali endures as he’s held up high, then brought into a dragon sleeper! Ali flails and reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go at 4, then tags Almas. Almas drags Ali up and taunts him. Fans rally up and Ali fights back. Almas SLAPS Ali then whips him, and flapjack tosses Ali down! Cocky cover, TWO! Almas mocks Styles with a Clash but Ali huricanranas through! Only to get flipped with a lariat! Almas climbs up and moonsaults, lands on his feet as Ali rolls, but standing moonsaults to get knees! Ali and Almas are down, but Ali is crawling for his corner. Almas starts to crawl, hot tags to Styles and Bryan!

Styles rallies on Bryan with chops and forearms, and the Phenomenal Blitz! Styles hits the sliding forearm! He hits Bryan in the corner, then suplexes him up. Bryan fights back but Styles gets him with a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool, then runs back in. Bryan puts Styles on the apron, but Styles springboards. Bryan gets under, but caught into a Calf Crusher!! Styles wrenches hard, then rolls Bryan from ropes! Almas attacks to break the hold! Almas drags Styles up, hammerlocks and facelocks, but Styles resists the DDT. They go around to ropes, and Styles dumps Almas out! Ali comes in outta nowhere with a flying huricanrana! Bryan runs but misses Styles in the corner, and Styles gets Bryan ready for the Clash! Bryan roundhouses! And buzzsaws!

But Bryan doesn’t cover, he aims at Styles, only to get a boot! Styles hops up, moonsault DDT! Both men are down, and Ali returns. Styles heads that way, hot tag! Ali runs and tilt-o-whirls for the DDT! He puts Bryan in a drop zone, but Almas goes after Ali up top. Ali fights Almas off, Stylse Phenomenal Forearms Almas down! 0-5-4!! Ali covers, Ali & Styles win!!

Winner: Mustafa Ali & AJ Styles, Ali pinning

What a massive way for the Heart of the Cruiserweight Division to officially join SmackDown then to pin the WWE Champion!! We all know this “fresh start” in the WWE means no more rematch clauses, so with AJ Styles out of the way, will a Beacon of Light shine in the title scene?

 

 

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Sonic and Astro vs Ares and Guerrero Especial

Especial and Astro start the match out with some ground grappling. They re-engage a few times and continue to grapple. Ares and Sonic come in next and they grapple as well, at a faster pace. They shake hands and Especial and Astro are back in. Astro hits a hurricanrana and then an arm drag. Afterwards he gets caught in a neck crank submission by Especial. Ares catches Sonic in a modified abdominal stretch. First Fall: Ares submits Sonic with a modified abdominal stretch.

Ares and Sonic start out and Sonic misses a drop kick but counters him with a cross body and head scissors. Sonic gets Espeical in a pinning combination for the pin. Astro gets in the ring with Ares and then submits him with an abdominal stretch. Second Fall: Astro submits Ares with an abdominal stretch.

Sonic gets double teamed to start this round. Especial hits a big spine buster on Astro. They make a come back when Sonic launches Astro into them with a drop kick. Ares launches Astro into Especial for a power bomb but it’s countered into a hurricanrana into a pin. Then Sonic catches Ares with a torture rack for the win. Third Fall: Sonic submits Ares with a torture rack.

Winners: Sonic and Astro

Millenium and Rey Samuray vs El Perverso and King Jaguar

Samuray and Jaguar start out in the ring striking each other. They start to trade submissions on the ground. Perverso and Millenium come in next and start to move at a faster pace. It was a stage of them countering each thing the other did. Samuray hits a cross body on Jaguar but then Perverso hits him with a back stabber for the pin. Jaguar hits a power slam on Millenium for the fall. First Fall: Jaguar pins Millenium with a power slam.

They start to beat on Millenium to begin the round. They continue to beat up on Samuray and Millenium. They make a come back and Millenium does a lionsault on Perverso for the pin, then Samuray slams Jaguar and hits a springboard lionsault for the fall. Second Fall: Rey Samuray pins King Jaguar with a springboard lionsault.

They third round starts with them all trading spots. Jaguar catches Samuray with a clothesline. Perverso misses a drop kick off the top to hit Jaguar. Millenium hits a over the top senton then gets a neck stretch on Jaguar. Samuray gets Perverso in an indian death lock for the win. Third Fall: Ray Samuray submits Perverso with an Indian death lock.

Winners: Millenium and Rey Samuray

Microman, El Gallito, and Atomo vs Chamuel, Perico Zakarias, Guapito

Guapito and Atomo do some posturing and grappling. Now they’re all brawling. Chamuel and Gallito are fighting and Microman is laid out. They continue brawling. It’s been a little awkward. Guapito had somebody in a pin but just got up. Now he’s squaring off with Microman. Microman hits knees to the corner on Guapito. Perico and Guapito try to double Gallito but fail. Gallito hits a dive on Guapito to the outside off the apron. Atomo hits a splash on Chamuel but stops his pin too. I don’t know what’s happening. Guapito gets Gallito in a camel clutch but Microman stops it. This is the longest first fall ever. Atomo gets Chamuel in an abdominal stretch for a submission and Microman hits a vader bomb on Zakarias for the fall. First Fall: Microman pins Zakarias with a vader bomb.

Apparently the match is over. I don’t know what happened. They never even showed the cards for rounds 2 and 3. Maybe it was one round or they cut their time short because they went so long. Weird.

Winners: Microman, El Gallito, and Atomo

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