The Beast, Brock Lesnar, finally returns to Raw! What will he and his Advocate, Paul Heyman, have to say to The Big Dog ahead of their newest title rematch?
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- Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss; Alicia wins.
- Braun Strowman VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh; Mahal wins, by count-out.
- Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide VS Akam w/ Rezar; Apollo wins.
- Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler; Rollins wins, by disqualification.
- The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds; The Revival wins.
- Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Riott Squad; Bayley & Sasha win.
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WWE and Raw remember Nikolai Volkoff and Brian Christopher.
Brock Lesnar IS here!
The Beast and his Advocate are ready.
But Roman Reigns heads to the ring first!
The Big Dog is once again #1 contender to the WWE Universal Championship, aka he gets another shot at Brock Lesnar. Roman still feels he’s the “Uncrowned Universal Champion” after the controversial ending to their Greatest Royal Rumble Steel Cage Match, but he’ll have to fight all over again in Brooklyn to prove it. He hears the energy and the noise, so he gives Miami a quick shout out for that. And shout out to Bobby Lashley, because while Roman said things, after actually facing him, Roman now respects Lashley. But that’s more than he can say for Lesnar, Roman has “zero respect for that fool.” Brock Lesnar never shows up for work, yet he’ll go to the UFC and call out Daniel Cormier. But we saw Lesnar is here, so Roman vows Lesnar won’t run his mouth out in The Yard!
“Ladies and gentlemen, and you, too, Roman Reigns,” Paul Heyman is here to introduce himself and the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BROCK! LESNAR!” But please forgive him, Lesnar has authorized Heyman to give Roman “profound congratulations” over his win over Lashley to earn another shot at The Beast at Summerslam. But from Heyman brings up the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and over again, expecting different results. With all due respect, Roman should be in a padded cell, not the ring at Summerslam. Roman can go on and on and on about the Spear that sent Lesnar through the cage, but mark Heyman’s words, he’s giving another SPOILER: Summerslam will see Lesnar put down the Big Dog and then go to the UFC to become a two sport champion!
“Just shut up, Paul.” Roman doesn’t care about any of that. He and the fans want Lesnar, so bring him out. Heyman reminds us that Lesnar is here in Miami, sitting in the comfort of his private locker room. Lesnar will come out to ringside, when and IF he feels like it. But don’t worry, Roman, because at Summerslam, Lesnar will- Will what? What’s he gonna do? Actually show up? For that matter, IF he shows up, Roman will send Lesnar back to the UFC, but not as The Beast. Lesnar goes back as The Bitch. The Big Dog’s bark is as bad as his bite, but is he barking up the wrong tree?
Brock Lesnar lounges in his locker room.
Paul Heyman returns in a huff over what Roman said. Lesnar didn’t hear what Roman said, because he doesn’t watch Raw. Why would he? Well, because of what Roman just said! Heyman pulls up the tweets all about it. Lesnar chucks the phone! The Beast doesn’t care, he just wants to read his magazine. Is Lesnar taking it too easy?
Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin!
The Extraordinary Man has taken the Constable’s insults and mistreatment all in stride, and that only irritates Stephanie McMahon’s appointed authority figure more. Will a rematch from Extreme Rules settle things between the “Big” Bad Lone Wolf and “Little” Finn?
The bell rings and the two men circle. Corbin tosses the vest off to tie up with Finn, then powers Finn to a corner. He backs off at the ref’s count but gives Finn a shove. Finn gives Corbin forearms! Corbin throws Finn out but Finn lands on his feet. Finn comes back in to throw more forearms. Corbin knees low then throws Finn out again. Finn gets back in again to throw more forearms. He puts on a headlock and holds on as Corbin tries to power out. Corbin endures the grind, then lifts Finn up. Finn brings Corbin back down, and fans rally behind him. Corbin fights out then powers out to run Finn over with a back elbow. Corbin drags Finn up to a corner, then to the top rope for forearms of his own. Finn hits back, then hits a missile dropkick!
Corbin rolls out, but Finn comes around the corner to run him over! Fans fire up and Finn goes back. Corbin puts Finn in the ring, but Finn is right on Corbin with stomps and haymakers. Finn drags Corbin up but is put in a corner. Corbin throws more forearms, then throws Finn at buckles. Finn evades but Corbin grabs him on the apron. Finn blocks then gives tries but Corbin blocks. Corbin clobbers Finn to the floor! Finn is dazed while we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin whips Finn hard corner to corner. Corbin puts Finn in a half nelson and thrashes him about. Fans rally up for Finn, and Finn feeds off the energy. Corbin wrangles Finn back down, wrenching on the chinbar. Finn endures more thrashing, and works his way back up. Finn fights out of the hold with haymakers, but Corbin powers him into a corner. Corbin runs in but Finn evades. Corbin slides out then in and clobbers Finn all over again! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious while Finn checks his jaw. Corbin stomps Finn, then snarls as he drags Finn up. He puts Finn in a corner, and rocks him with heavy rights. Corbin sits Finn up for another chinlock, grinding Finn down to the mat. Fans rally up again and Finn gets back up.
Finn pries Corbin’s fingers apart, but Corbin knees low. Corbin runs, but into a dropkick! Corbin goes outside, but Finn keeps on him. Finn tries to bring Corbin up, but Corbin throws a stiff right hand! Corbin then lifts Finn for an apron back suplex! Finn writhes while Corbin catches his breath. Fans boo and jeer but that only makes Corbin grin. Corbin looms over Finn, daring him to get up. He drags Finn up, preparing a powerbomb, but Finn slips out! Finn gets the takedown for the double stomp! Corbin gets up but Finn puts him in a corner. Finn chops Corbin, whips but Corbin reverses, only for Finn to go up and over. Finn runs into a boot but gives a swing kick! Corbin tumbles out, but Finn takes aim to FLY! Finn wipes Corbin out while we go to break!
Raw returns again, and Corbin has Finn back in the chinbar half nelson. Fans boo but Corbin again just grins. Finn endures as Corbin thrashes him around again. Finn gets up and fights back, but Corbin wrangles him back down. Fans rally up and Finn feeds off their energy. Finn fights back one more time, but Corbin shoves him. Finn kicks on the rebound, but his Slingblade is denied. Corbin shoves Finn again and catches him around the throat. Corbin lifts but Finn slips out to victory roll! TWO, but Slingblade! Finn aims at Corbin from across the way, but runs into the Choke Slam Backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious as he rains down rights. Corbin stands over Finn, toying with him while fans chant “Corbin Sucks!” He drags Finn up and reel shim in, but Finn counters with a DDT!
Finn evades from a corner then swing kicks Corbin down. Finn goes up and fans fire up! Corbin gets up and avoids the stomps, then counters a slingblade with DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! The Constable is beside himself. Finn drags himself up, and Corbin runs in for a big corner clothesline. Corbin gives another, but then Finn evades the third. Finn wrecks Corbin with a dropkick! Corbin is stunned, and he gets blasted by the dropkick! Finn puts Corbin back in, and blasts him again! Corbin falls, and Finn goes up! Finn aims, but Corbin rolls out of the way, End of Days!! Corbin covers, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Constable pulls off a win by the skin of his teeth, and the score is now 1-1. But Corbin isn’t finished with Finn yet! He drags Finn up but Finn fights back. Corbin knees Finn low and throws him out! Corbin bashes Finn’s face into the barrier! Finn slumps down while Corbin feels even better about his victory. Will there be a tiebreaker in the near future? Or will Corbin quit picking on Finn while he’s ahead?
Paul Heyman needs a phone.
But before he can get one, Kurt Angle walks over to him. Lesnar was to appear, by contractual obligation! Heyman points out that his client that the obligation was fulfilled by just showing up. If Angle wants more, then go to Lesnar’s locker room. This is not Heyman’s problem, it’s Angle’s. Angle turns that around and says that Heyman is also under contract, and that contract is under Angle’s control. If Lesnar doesn’t go to the ring, both their contracts are terminated. Really? Really. Seriously? Deadly serious. Will the Advocate be able to convince his Beast this is something he needs to do?
Raw recaps last week’s historic announcement.
With Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in the ring, and with all the superstars of Raw, SmackDown and even NXT, it was announced. Another first-time-ever event will take place. It will be the first-ever ALL WOMEN’S PAY-PER-VIEW! The Women’s (R)Evolution culminates on October 28th with WWE Evolution!
Alicia Fox prepares backstage.
Alexa Bliss walks over to talk. Mickie James got hurt, which is why Alicia gets to take on the Queen of Harts. Of course, the “over-hyped rookie” is out of “detention”, so she’ll be around. But don’t worry, “the champ” will take Ronda, Foxy can handle Natty. Alicia is a trailblazer, and ahead of WWE Evolution, this can be Alicia’s chance to shine! So is she with The Goddess? Alicia will hurt Natty so bad, even her cats say “meow!” Get it?! MROW! The Foxy is ready to show her claws, and that match is next!
Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss!
It’s a showdown of former Women’s Champions, but both sides have back-up! Natty has Rowdy Ronda Rousey with her while Ms. Crazy Like a Fox has the Raw Women’s Champion. Ronda and Alexa are set to fight for the title at Summerslam, whose proxy will get big points on the Road to Evolution?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Natty gets a headlock takeover, but Alicia gets the headscissors. Natty pops out and the two circle again. They tie up and Natty gets another headlock. Alicia powers out but Natty runs her over. Natty runs but things speed up. Natty gets around and rolls Alicia up, TWO. Alicia flounders to a corner, then back elbows back. Alicia hops up, bumps Natty off buckles and sunset flips for a cover. TWO, and Natty goes after legs! Alicia struggles and gets a ropebreak. Natty lets her go while Alicia slips out of the ring. The referee has Alexa stay back, but Alicia trips Natty up on her own! She uses the apron to blind Natty as she furiously attacks! Alicia puts Natty in before the 10 count, then covers, TWO!
Alicia keeps on Natty and Natty’s bad leg. She wraps a chinlock on Natty, but Ronda and the fans rally up. Natty gets up but Alicia throws her back down. Alexa applauds the wily Alicia as she kicks Natty. Alicia mocks Ronda, then clubs Natty. Alicia grabs Natty for a standing armlock, almost an abdominal stretch. Ronda coaches Natty on, but Alicia adds bodyscissors for a floating armbar. Fans rally up again and Natty powers out! Alicia comes back with a big lariat, and Alexa mocks Natty. Alicia walks into a back elbow, then a kick. Natty blocks Alicia’s kick to throw her down on her face. Natty runs, walks all over Alicia then hits the basement dropkick! She clobbers Alicia with a clothesline, covers, TWO! Natty grabs Alicia bot Alicia pushes Natty for a Thesz Press! Cover, TWO! Alicia brings Natty up, Northern Lights, TWO!
Foxy grows frustrated, but then she swipes at Ronda! Ronda swipes back, Alexa gets a cheap shot on Natty! Alicia hits a big boot! Cover while Ronda protests, but Alicia wins!
Winner: Alicia Fox, by pinfall
Ronda’s rage boils over, she goes after Alexa! She chases Alexa into the ring, judo throw! Alicia saves Alexa from the armbar, only for Ronda to give Alicia the Rowdy Slam! Ronda isn’t done, she glares at Alexa, and intercepts her exit over the barriers! Alexa crawls away, but Alicia is back with a blindside attack! Alicia puts Ronda into barriers, then again! Alexa and Alicia have only angered Ronda more, so they retreat before Ronda can get up again. The Goddess and Foxy got the better of Ronda and Natty for now. Will there be retribution in Brooklyn?
Lesnar still lounges.
But Heyman theorizes a “total reverse of concept.” Maybe Lesnar goes out to the ring? First off, t-shirt sales! Network subscriptions! And promoting the UFC championship bout! That’s easy money all over! Heyman felt the love for The Beast. If Lesnar goes out for even just a minute, Miami will give Lesnar the “Conquering Hero’s Welcome” he deserves. Lesnar says Heyman has no idea how annoying he’s being. Lesnar doesn’t give a damn about the WWE Universe. He’d rather be on his couch, in his house. Go get a steak, medium-well with a baked potato and steamed broccoli. Go! Lesnar is treating his Advocate more like a butler. Will that last much longer if they’re both released?
Ronda and Natty talk with Angle.
Ronda is tired of Alexa using friends and lackeys! Don’t suspend Ronda over what she did, but she had to do something. Angle says Ronda will get her first ever match on Raw against Alicia Fox! They thank Angle. It’s great to be back for Ronda, but will she be ready in a week’s time?
“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”
The Drifter is in Miami, and Miami is happy to see him. As always, he plays his guitar, and asks, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” Miami seems up for it. Elias has done it, he has dropped the greatest album of all time! Elias changes people’s lives as they hear his voice. He even beat out some of the top artists and bands, even Taylor Swift! Amen! “And it’s all because of one reason”, it is what the world knows: WWE really stands for “Walk With Elias!” Truthfully, Elias could’ve gone even higher on the charts, but he was interrupted by Bobby Lashley. Maybe Lashley was in a hurry to lose to Roman?
Miami, don’t just get on the bandwagon now. This is the same city that worships Pitbull and The Rock. Fans chant “Rocky! Rocky!” after that one. The Rock doesn’t want to take on Elias. Elias has a song, so silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths! But speaking of Bobby Lashley, here he comes!
Okay, cut Lashley’s music already! What’s Lashley doing out here? Lashley’s a big fan, and he heard his name, so he wanted a front row seat. Is that so? Well no matter what Lashley says, Elias sees through him. Lashley isn’t here to Walk With Elias, he wants to sing with Elias! No, no, Lashley is a fighter, not a singer. But Elias gets Miami’s opinion: do you want to see Lashley sing with Elias? “YES! YES!” In that case, one night only, Elias and Lashley! Elias will keep it slow and simple like Lashley himself, so try to keep up. Just start when you feel it.
Elias plays, Rockin’ Robin! Tweet tweet, Rockin’ Robin. Lashley sings, but Elias blindsides him! Elias stomps Lashley out, then pushes his stool aside. Elias ain’t letting it happen like that! But neither is Lashley, as he rocks Elias before throwing him! Elias rolls out of the ring to run away, but Lashley holds down the ring. The duet wasn’t much, but how about a fight the next time they meet?
Baron Corbin meets Kevin Owens backstage.
Great job wiping the smile off Finn’s face. Kevin clearly kisses up to Corbin, because with Braun Strowman falling out of his family’s grace, Constable Corbin is Kevin’s son’s newest favorite wrestler. Finally, a male authority figure in WWE they can look up to! That’s what Corbin is here to do: inspire. Speaking of authority, Kevin knows the Lesnar situation is concerning. Angle is disrespecting Stephanie’s authority by trying to put Lesnar in the cross-hairs of Strowman’s MITB contract! That’s not fair, so maybe the Constable can do something. Corbin will look into it, but Lesnar is Angle’s problem and Strowman having the contract is Kevin’s. Kevin’s plan didn’t go quite the way he hoped, but will there be anything to worry about before the night’s through?
Braun Strowman VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!
The Monster Among Men was told the Modern Day Maharaja would be his anger management coach, but Strowman says he has his anger completely under control. It’s just that he uses it as his weapon, as he demonstrated when he threw both Mahal & Singh out of the ring last week. Will Mahal be able to maintain inner peace with the Monster barreling down on him? Or will he #GetTheseHands?
The bell rings and Mahal wants Strowman to take it easy. He tries his mantra of “Shanti~!”, but the chants of “Get These Hands!” overpowers it. Strowman then overpowers Mahal by pushing him to the mat! Strowman roars while Mahal backs to a corner. Mahal still tries to reason with him, but that’s so Strowman doesn’t see Kevin try to steal the briefcase! Strowman clobbers Mahal, then goes after Kevin. Kevin cowers back towards the timekeeper’s area, then runs! Strowman chases him down, Kevin tosses the briefcase to Sunil Singh, and Strowman PLASTERS Singh into the barriers. Strowman picks his briefcase up and chases Kevin backstage! But that’s a 10 count! Mahal wins!
Winner: Jinder Mahal, by count-out.
Mahal wins, but Strowman rushes back up to the ring. Strowman could officially lose his briefcase if something like this happens at Summerslam. Will the Monster in the Bank be able to avoid all the tricks in the Prizefighter’s playbook in Brooklyn?
Kurt Angle sees what just happened.
Baron Corbin comes in to give Angle a phone. It’s Stephanie. She knows how this will look, right? The live crowd will be very upset. She doesn’t care, so long as the Summerslam main event remains intact. But there has to be some other way. Angle accepts her orders, but what did she tell him to do? Or rather, what did she say not to do?
Mojo Rawley walks into the Raw Men’s Locker Room.
His Killer Instinct sees everyone else as “chumps.” Mojo’s been running through them relentlessly. He doesn’t hide behind keyboards, he calls people out for real. Tyler Breeze doubted Mojo. No Way Jose doubted Mojo. He relegated them both back to catering, like he did Zack Ryder not too long ago. But in walks Bobby Roode. A fantastic speech, Mojo. But if he’s in the mood to talk, Roode will ask him: “You got a problem with me?” What would Bobby do about him? Catchphrase him into submission? No, Roode TACKLES Mojo! The others watch as the two scrap it out on the floor, but then referees and security separate them! Things are tense backstage, what will happen when Mojo and Roode meet in the ring?
Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide VS Akam w/ Rezar!
A rare occurrence is happening for the Authors of Pain: one of them is competing in singles action! But alone or together, the AoP warn all of the Raw Tag Team Division that while Titus and team will regret refusing the chance to bow out peacefully. Akam will not be so polite with Apollo. The book will be slammed shut, but will it be a bad ending for Titus’ star?
The bell rings and Akam gets a takedown. The two grapple and Akam puts Apollo in a corner to then throw him out of it! Akam trash talks in Punjabi, then throws Apollo again! Dana and Titus coach Apollo but he gets caught in a facelock. Akam puts Apollo in a cobra clutch but a rally builds. Apollo gets up and jawbreakers out, then sunset flips over. Akam rolls through but Apollo kicks, mule kicks, and runs to boot! Akam staggers and runs into the leaping lariat from Apollo! Apollo enziguris and standing moonsaults! TWO, but Apollo isn’t done yet. He drags Akam up but Akam throws him off! Akam runs in but hits buckles! Roll up, Apollo wins!!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall
The Authors of Pain are clearly not used to fighting alone, and that becomes a deciding factor. This was the first loss in a long time for AoP, will they be able to right the story back their way?
Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler!
The Architect is ready to #BurnItDown as he gets payback on the Scottish Terminator who screwed him out of being the Intercontinental Champion at Extreme Rules. Rollins still gets another shot at the Show-Off at Summerslam, so can he eliminate a major obstacle before then?
The bell rings and they tie up right away. McIntyre puts Rollins in a corner, then stomps away. Fans are hotly behind Rollins while he staggers away. McIntyre throws more hands, then whips Rollins corner to corner. Rollins goes up and over to chop and punch back. McIntyre shoves Rollins but Rollins leaps, only to be caught into a suplex! Rollins gets to the apron but McIntyre pursues. McIntyre looks under the ring, but Rollins pushes him into barriers. Rollins gets up, builds speed and DIVES! Only to be caught and thrown into barriers! McIntyre improvises and catapults Rollins into the steel! Rollins gasps for air while we go to break.
Raw returns, and McIntyre glares at Rollins as he climbs back up. Rollins runs and dropkicks McIntyre off the apron! Rollins builds speed, and DIVES! This time it hits, so Rollins hits another DIVE! Fans are fired up as Rollins thinks about further payback. He exposes the bars under the ring, to throw McIntyre into them! They go back in the ring, and Rollins aims at McIntyre. Rollins runs in for the forearm smash, then suplexes him. McIntyre resists but Rollins fights out. Rollins runs but into a tilt-o-whirl. He lands on his feet from it, to then Falcon Arrow McIntyre! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grows panicked on the outside as Rollins grits his teeth and gets back up. Rollins stomps, “Burn It Down!” Mule kick, then the run, but into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO!
Both men are down from exhaustion, but McIntyre grits his teeth now. McIntyre stands first, then drags Rollins up. McIntyre double underhooks but Rollins slips out to enziguri. Rollins misses, and ends up in a deadlift gutwrench! Rollins fights out to huricarana and SUPERKICK! McIntyre dares him to do more, so Rollins SUPERKICKS him again! Rollins hurries up top, but McIntyre stops him. McIntyre chops Rollins, then climbs up to join him. McIntyre positions Rollins, SUPER EMERALD FUSION!
Cover, TWO! McIntyre and Ziggler can’t understand how, but fans are still cheering for Rollins. “This is Awesome!” as Rollins rolls away. McIntyre aims, rams him into the ropes, then swings him with the inverted- No, Rollins Victory Roll! TWO! CURB STOMP! But Ziggler attacks!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification
The Show-Off will not allow Rollins to win cleanly. He drags Rollins up, but Rollins turns it around! Ziggler gets up and elbows Rollins, but Rollins denies the Zig-Zag! Rollins clotheslines Ziggler out to then DIVE on him! The Kingslayer gets the win and the better of both men. Will Rollins finally get the better of them with the belt on the line in Brooklyn?
Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin visit Roman Reigns backstage.
Angle tells Roman that Stephanie McMahon called, and with Lesnar heading out to the ring later, they need to remove Roman from the building. Who cares what Stephanie said? She’s not here. But it’ll cost Roman his Universal Championship opportunity if he doesn’t leave. When’s this gonna stop? Roman gets the pressures of the job, but Angle’s been in Roman’s position. Yes, he has. They’re both dogs, champions, and have felt pressure. But Roman isn’t some Yes Man. That’s fine by Corbin, he has police ready to escort Roman out. Roman has no choice now, but he dose get a shot in on Corbin first! Will The Big Dog pay for hitting Stephanie’s Lone Wolf?
Charly Caruso interviews The B-Team in the ring.
The “undefeated” Raw Tag Team Champions have done what no one ever imagined, including themselves. They have defeated the Deleters of Worlds time and again. It was thanks to chaos and luck, but that still angered WOKEN Hardy & Bray Wyatt. Bo Dallas & Curt Axel renamed themselves and have become the best. The B in “B-Team” stands for Dream! Huh? Their point is that they feel like they’re living their dreams. And they never want to wake up! The support of their B Teammates in the WWE Universe is overwhelming! Thank you! But Hardy & Wyatt aren’t as happy about this. Yes, it was weird. They applaud Bo & Axel, then attack? What’s with that? They’re sore losers! But the B Team ain’t scared, they’re champions! They can beat anyone!
So the Deleters appear! Bo & Axel are scared, and Charly gives them all the ring. Hardy speaks, saying “you’re success is a cosmic anomaly!” The balance of the universe is off, and it is up to Hardy & Wyatt to correct it. The B Team talks about dreams as if they mean something? Dreams are fleeting. They cannot be touched, but nightmares are very real. They’re made of insecurities and fears. The Deleters are their nightmares manifested, ye-e-e-e-es. They will haunt The B Team until they are DELETED! But wait, here comes The Revival!
The #TopGuys aren’t letting this happen. Bray, Matt, nothing you said made sense. And more than that, how are these four atop the Raw Tag Team Division? News Flash: Dash & Dawson defeated Lashley & Roman! Therefore, Matt, Bray, move aside and let some real contenders get the job done. Bo & Axel speak up, saying that they will be more than happy to step aside to let the Revival talk to Matt & Bray. But then Bray shoves Bo and a fight breaks out! The B Team gets away, but the Deleters throw Dash & Dawson out! With two teams wanting the B Team’s titles, will the B soon stand for former champions?
The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds!
That brawl from before has now become a full on match as Dash & Dawson go up against Hardy & Wyatt for the first time ever. Raw returns as Hardy bumps Dash’s head off buckles, “DELETE! DELETE!” The B-Team is on commentary watching this to watch their contenders beat each other up. Wyatt tags in and together back drops Dash with Hardy. Wyatt goes to a corner, and Spider Walks over! Dash panics, and he runs into a headbutt. Wyatt tags Hardy, then adds a headbutt to Hardy’s leg sweep. Cover, TWO. Hardy brings Dash up but Dash fights back. Dash puts Hardy in a corner but Hardy fights his way out. Hardy can’t get away as Dash tags Dawson. They hit Hardy with Boston Crab leg drops!
Fans rally for the Deleters while Dawson clobbers Hardy down. Cover, TWO, but Dawson keeps on Hardy with a chinlock. Hardy feeds off the fan energy, but Dash tags back in. hardy throws Dawson ff only fro Dash to grab him in a chinlock. The B Team gives them credit for being a great team. Dash throws Hardy down by his hair, cover, TWO. Dash puts a chinlock back on, but Hardy fights out again. Hardy jawbreakers, but Dash tags Dawson. Dawson intercepts Hardy but gets a Side Effect! Both men are down and crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Dash and Bray! Wyatt rallies on Dash, then clobbers Dawson. Wyatt goes corner to corner for a corner splash. Then he hits the body check! Wyatt grabs Dash but Dawson flies in. Dawson and Dash double team, but Wyatt fights them off.
Wyatt grabs Dash but Dawson dropkicks him down. Hardy comes in and throws Dawson out. He goes to Twist but Dawson rams him into barriers. Dash kicks Bray but Bray clobbers him down again. He prepares Sister Abigail, but Dash pulls hair to get out of it. Dawson tags in, and SHATTER MACHINE! Cover, The Revival wins!
Winners: The Revival, by pinfall
The B Team is surprised to see this, but they’re not afraid of taking on these two #TopGuys. Will Dash & Dawson #SayYeah after finally getting their shot at the titles?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The Architect overcame numbers, but it must be so exhausting to do it all alone. It is, but what Dolph & Drew don’t understand is that there’s no quit in Rollins. Rollins will stop at nothing to win that title back. But then Ziggler and McIntyre attack from behind! They beat him down 2v1, wanting to make sure Rollins is worse for wear. If this continues, will Rollins even make it to Summerslam?
Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Riott Squad!
The Squad is still without its leader, but the Juvenile Delinquent & the Country Viking are still a strong duo. Meanwhile, the Huggable One and the Legit Boss only just reunited as friends. Will the repaired bond of the “Boss & Hug Connection” hold up against the perfectly stable bond between the unstable Liv & Sarah?
The bell rings and Bayley starts against Sarah Logan. They tie up, and Sarah gets a waistlock. She throws Bayley down, then looms over her. Sarah grabs an arm to wrench it, but Bayley stands up. Sarah wrenches again but Bayley reverses to a takedown. Bayley has a leg, then puts Sarah in her corner. Tag to Sasha, and the #LegitHuggable duo throw Sarah backwards. Bayley snapmares and Sasha adds double knees. Cover, TWO! Sasha goes after Sarah’s arm now, but Sarah stands up. Sasha wrenches then goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! She dropkicks Sarah down, cover, TWO! Sasha drags Sarah back over, tag to Bayley. Bayley rolls Sarah up, TWO.
Bayley brings Sarah up but Sarah fights back. Sarah runs in but is snake eye’d on the buckles. Bayley runs while Sasha tags in, BIG knee for Sarah in the corner. Then on the apron, Sasha gives more double knees! Liv protests but the reunited duo is in control while we go to break.
Raw returns and now Sarah has Sasha in a cobra clutch. She grinds Sasha down but Bayley and the fans rally up. Sasha feeds off that energy and throws Sarah off. She runs but is kept away from Bayley. Sarah powers Sasha all the way over, and tags to Liv. Liv climbs up for Sarah to throw Sasha into her knees. Liv adds a tornado facebuster, covers, TWO! Fans rally while Liv thrashes Sasha around in a chinlock. Liv tries to drown it out with her shrieks, but Sasha still gets up. Sasha fights out and then rolls Liv up, TWO. Liv tackles Sasha down to prevent a tag. Liv drags Sasha up but Sasha throws her off into ropes! Hot tag to Bayley!
Bayley throws Liv to the apron then hotshots her. She keeps moving to Thesz Press and fast hands! Bayley runs to knee Liv in the face! She hits Sarah for good measure, then runs in for shoulder tackle and the wacky waving elbow! Bayley goes in for another but gets a knee from Liv! Liv hops up, but Bayley stops her with a forearm. Bayley climbs up and Sasha tags in. SUPER Steiner throws Liv, for Sasha’s SUPER Meteora! Cover, but Sarah breaks it up! Bayley throws Sarah out, then gets back to her corner. Sasha and Liv crawl around, and Sasha drags Liv up. Jawbreaker but Bayley tags in. Sasha Backstabber into the Bayley2Belly! Cover, Boss & Hug Connection wins!
Winners: Bayley & Sasha, by pinfall
The bond is stronger than ever, and that leads to victory! With WWE Evolution still on the horizon, can this renewed friendship lead them to something big?
Lesnar still lounges.
But Heyman barges back in. The show’s almost over. They go out, Lesnar bows and waves, hello good-bye, and they’re in a private steakhouse in 25 minutes. And what could go wrong? Roman is removed from the arena! Lesnar thinks it over. Are they getting paid? Of course they are! Lesnar showed up, the contract obligations were met. But to put it bluntly, they have a contract as client and manager, but there’s the WWE contracts they have to worry about. If Lesnar doesn’t go out, they’re both fired. Heyman begs Lesnar to just go out for a minute. If not as a client, than as a friend.
Lesnar stands up, and grabs Heyman! They’re not friends. Heyman works for Lesnar, not the other way around! Understood? Yes… By the way, how long has Heyman been leaching off him? Heyman needs to do his job, got it? Yes, sir… Heyman hurries away from the tyrant Beast. Is Lesnar honoring his contract? What could possibly go wrong?
Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin head to the ring.
The Raw GM and Constable pave the way for this make or break moment. Angle calls Heyman out to bring Lesnar out, and reminds them that Roman Reigns has been removed from the building. If Heyman and Lesnar don’t appear, it’s their last night on Raw. Heyman reluctantly comes out, sweating bullets. His introduction is far from its usual enthusiastic tone. He joins Angle and Corbin in the ring while fans sing, “Nana na na, Hey Hey Hey~, Good Bye!” Heyman lets us know his client refuses to walk out to the ring. Angle has had enough! A real champion shows up!! A real champion defends his title at all costs, and goes the extra mile. Real champions do charity work! But Lesnar does none of that! Lesnar is the worst champion of all time! Fans agree with that!
Heyman won’t argue with Angle, because yes, Lesnar is the worst. And Heyman tried to help Lesnar, tried to mold him into not just a UFC fighter but a WWE superstar! But Lesnar barely respects anyone, and barley tolerates Heyman! Heyman wanted to make Lesnar more like Angle, who was a Gold Medalist, legendary superstar and now GM of Raw! So if Angle has someone to punish, it’s not Heyman, but Brock Lesnar! Angle’s pretty sure Heyman’s full of crap. Heyman is genuine, though! He’s tried and tried and tried! But Lesnar doesn’t care! Lesnar doesn’t respect anyone here! But Heyman respects Angle. Heyman would like a better working relationship. No, their contracts are TERMINATED! Get off him! Heyman crawls and begs, but here comes Lesnar! The Beast isn’t about to be fired like that. He heads down to the ring and Heyman is thankfully joyful now.
Lesnar takes his time pacing about the ring before entering. He puts his championship belt on Heyman’s shoulder before speaking. “Do you have a problem with me?” He asks that to both Angle and Corbin. Then he gives Angle an F5!! Corbin is slowly backing away. Lesnar looms over Angle, and Heyman grins. The Beast takes his belt back and slings it over his shoulder. But then he grabs Heyman by the jaw! “Look at him! You see that?!” Lesnar pins Heyman to the mat and Heyman begs him to stop, he can’t breathe. Lesnar shows his Advocate mercy, for now. The Beast has become a tyrant, can Roman Reigns hope to dethrone him once and for all?
What a filler of a Raw. While Raw really played up the uncaring Heel Lesnar to great levels, they did not at all capitalize on what they could’ve done tonight to save fans from Vince’s fantasy. Of course, Vince doesn’t care about us, he already has so much money coming in from television networks. But that’s a rant for another article. What I’m getting at is that logically speaking, Braun Strowman should’ve appeared at the end to go after Lesnar to attempt a MITB Cash-In. But because WWE wants to preserve their match card in both kayfabe and reality, that didn’t happen. Strowman still runs the risk of losing that briefcase to Kevin Owens should shenanigans happen like in Strowman VS Mahal. I would hope WWE doesn’t do that, but you can’t trust Vince anymore.
Then almost every match, if not all of them, barely mattered. Corbin ties his series with Finn in a good match, so I guess that means they’ll continue into Summerslam. Alicia subs in for Mickie and wins thanks to Alexa, but that match would’ve probably gone the same if Mickie wasn’t hurt. Ronda VS Alicia next week will be some fun, though, assuming that even ends cleanly. Titus Worldwide VS AoP is continuing with singles matches, it seems. This is still just a hold over feud for AoP, I’m pretty sure they’ll be in the Raw Tag Title scene after Summerslam. It’s good The Revival got a win over Deleters of Worlds, but I’m starting to think we’re getting a Triple Threat for the titles. I’d go with that, and perhaps it unites B Team & Deleters against Dash & Dawson. Just whatever gets us to Bo & Bray Wyatt Brothers.
Rollins VS McIntyre was turning into another great match, but it just had to have a Heel attack finish. Then there’s the blindside attack backstage. If this isn’t leading to Dean Ambrose coming back to help Rollins, I’m not sure what it could be. At the same time, there is talk of a change to the Intercontinental Championship match, so that seems intriguing. Elias VS Lashley is being established, and this will be another easy win for Lashley. Maybe WWE will wise up and give him some kind of title soon. Oddly enough, I think Bayley-Sasha VS Riott Squad was the highlight for both live and home audiences. WWE missed an opportunity not calling the team “Legit Huggable” but oh well. It’s at least a sign that they’re on the way to a Women’s Tag Division, eventually.
My Score: 7.7/10
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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (8/14/18)
Before defending his Cruiserweight Championship at Summerslam, Cedric Alexander goes against Jack Gallagher to prepare himself for Drew Gulak!
- Lio Rush VS Akira Tozawa; Lio wins.
- Hideo Itami VS Trent Newman; Hideo Itami wins, by referee stoppage.
- Cedric Alexander VS Jack Gallagher; Alexander wins.
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Drake Maverick sets up tonight’s action.
The last 205 Live before Summerslam and we get two great matches. The Stamina Monster has wanted a rematch with The Man of the Hour since losing to him weeks ago. Maverick honors that request tonight, and now Lio must make time for Tozawa. Will Lio stay undefeated while backing up all his big talk?
Then in the main event, the Soul of 205 Live takes on the Extraordinary Gentleman, but it’ll be 1v1 as THE Brian Kendrick & Drew Gulak are banned from ringside. Gallagher got the better of Alexander after the champ’s match with Kendrick, but will he be able to do it all alone? Or will the Ungentlemanly Alliance choose not honor the orders of their GM to give their leader the lead going into Sunday?
Lio Rush VS Akira Tozawa!
The 23 Year Old Piece of Gold has been on a roll since showing up in the Cruiserweight Division, with his biggest win being over the former champion. But he hasn’t been all that humble about it, as he tells Greenville they’re “lucky” to be stuck in this “garbage city, in this embarrassment of a state”, yet still getting the privilege of watching him, the Future of 205 Live and WWE. Lio says with all due respect to his opponent, one of the best in the world, just notice how Lio said “one of”. That’s because Tozawa takes on THE best, Mr. Lio-5 Live. Tozawa should’ve just kept Lio’s name out of his mouth, “because now, he’s gonna Feel… The Rush.” Tozawa makes his entrance, and we begin!
The Man of the Hour needs time to take off his watch. Tozawa doesn’t give him that time and clubs away in a corner. Then he comes back for body shots. Lio shoves him away, and gets between ropes, but Tozawa is on him again. Tozawa swings but Lio dodges. Lio gets to the apron, slips back inside, then runs, to then run sideways. Tozawa still gets him witha huricanrana, but Lio asks for time! Lio takes his watch off, to throw it at Tozawa. Tozawa catches it, as well as blocks Lio’s boot. Tozawa tosses the watch up, Lio panics as he catches it, but he gets Tozawa’s spinning roundhouse! Lio ends up outside the ring, and Tozawa builds speed. Fans “AH! AH!” but Lio gets clear.
Tozawa doesn’t dive, but he does pursue Lio. He clobbers Lio on the ramp! Then he brings Lio back to the ring. Lio handspring kicks Tozawa down on the return! He catches his breath while Tozawa gets up. Lio runs and slides, but Tozawa dodges. Tozawa feints the chop to hit the jab! Lio staggers, but Tozawa puts him back in the ring. Tozawa climbs up, and hits a missile dropkick! Lio flounders but falls, Tozawa covers, TWO! Tozawa stomps Lio, following him into a corner. Tozawa positions him but Lio grabs Tozawa’s feet. They scrapon the mat, and Tozawa stomps Lio out. Lio pushes Tozawa into the post! Then back suplexes him down. Cover, ONE, but Lio keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock and punches. Lio rakes Tozawa’s eyes while also putting on a camel clutch. Fans rally up for Tozawa, and Tozawa gets up with “AH! AH!”
Tozawa fights out but Lio rocks him with a forearm. Lio whips but Tozawa reverses. Lio keeps going and sunset flips, but Tozawa rolls through to Penalty Kick and back senton! But Lio gets his knees up! Tozawa writhes to a corner, and Lio brings him up for shoulders to the stomach. Lio turns Tozawa around to ram shoulders into his back. Lio snapmares Tozawa then wraps on a chinlock and body scissors. Fans rally as Tozawa endures. Tozawa works his way up and out but Lio holds on. Lio hits Tozawa with elbows, then whips. Tozawa boots Lio back, then runs, but Lio turns it around. Lio’s boot is blocked, but he lands on his feet out of the flip. They both slide under the other, but Tozawa boots Lio out. Tozawa builds speed, to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits its target!
Tozawa is fired up, as are the fans. He brings Lio back to the ring, then runs in, tilt-o-whirl into the Octopus Stretch! Lio endures as Tozawa twists his arm and squeezes his head. Lio drops to a knee, but doesn’t give up. He powers up and pops Tozawa off for a cover, TWO! Tozawa runs but Lio rolls him for his own spinning roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Lio grows frustrated, this match has taken much longer than most of his matches. He drags Tozawa over to the drop zone, then climbs up top. Tozawa gets up and uppercuts Lio! Tozawa climbs up to join Lio, and fans “AH! AH!” as he prepares the superplex. Lio resists, then trips Tozawa up! Tozawa hits buckle on the way down, then Lio hits the Final Hour frog splash! Cover, Lio wins again!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall
He came to collect, and so far he has collected win after win. The Man of the Hour is still undefeated since joining 205 Live, will he find himself in a title match in no time?
WWE and 205 Live take a look at the Cruiserweight Championship’s #1 Contender, Drew Gulak.
The Philly Fury is as focused as ever, and is ready to use his perfected ground game to show Cedric Alexander and all the WWE Universe that his way is the best way. It’s been a long journey for Gulak, but he knows Alexander has never faced anyone quite as dangerous as this Drew Gulak. To Gulak, Alexander the “loner” has become “complacent” and “entitled” as champion. Gulak will represent the Division as the best submission specialist in all of WWE as well as an entire generation as the right example for all those to come. The Cruiserweight Crusader vows to put the GuLock on Alexander, promises Alexander will tap out, and we will have a #Better205Live.
Backstage interview with Drake Maverick.
The 205 Live GM speaks on the medical status of Mustafa Ali. After last week’s match up, Ali was evaluated and fortunately has only been dealing with extreme exhaustion. Ali will recover, but Maverick feels some guilt towards it. Ali is the Heart of 205 Live and had quite the strong line-up of matches from taking on Buddy Murphy, Drew Gulak and Hideo Itami. “Every man has his limits, and he’s come to the end of his.” Therefore, Ali will not compete until Maverick is sure Ali is 100%. When will that be? And who will be champion when Ali returns to try for the title again?
Hideo Itami VS Trent Newman!
Speaking of Mustafa Ali, the man who claims he has broken the Heart of 205 Live is in action again. The Innovator of the GTS takes pride in being heartless, and looks to keep rolling towards another title shot. The bell rings, and Itami dares Newman to come in. Newman does and he gets haymakers and kicks, as well as European Uppercuts. Itami kicks Newman in the chest, then bumps him off buckles. Fans boo Itami and cheer Newman, but Itami demands respect. Newman gives Itami a back elbow instead, then a boot. Newman tries but can’t roll Itami up, and Itami SLAPS Newman. Itami drags Newman up, whips him, then runs him over with a clobbering clothesline. He smirks as he brings Newman up for a strike fest. The back hand drops Newman, Itami covers, but he lets up!
Fans boo more, but Itami drags Newman up for a Falcon Arrow. Cover, but Itami again picks Newman up. Itami is having too much fun beating up Newman. He kicks away on Newman in a corner, then goes corner to corner for that deadly dropkick! Itami gives it again, then wants a third. The referee stops Itami, Newman is out cold! The bell rings, it’s referee stoppage, Itami wins.
Winner: Hideo Itami, by referee stoppage
The match is mercifully over, and Itami has the referee raise his hand. Itami is all smiles, but will he be smiling when Ali eventually comes for revenge?
But wait, Itami isn’t over! He gives Newman the GTS Mk. II! Itami demands respect, but shows no mercy. How long until he has another chance at the Cruiserweight Championship? Or will he be kicked out of the Cruiserweight Division for being so disrespectful?
WWE and 205 Live take a look at the Cruiserweight Champion himself, Cedric Alexander.
The Soul of 205 Live, the Carolina Kid, knows that “Summerslam is the biggest party of the summer.” Alexander has trained harder than ever before. He knows Gulak is dangerous, and he has both Kendrick & Gallagher by his side, it only makes Gulak that much more unpredictable. But Alexander is ready, he’s always ready. That’s what teh Age of Alexander is all about. If you’re always ready, you never have to worry about surprises. Gulak talks, but Alexander gets things done. Alexander hasn’t lost in 2018 and all his matches have been title matches. Alexander bleeds purple, and is more dedicated than anyone else on 205 Live. If Gulak wants a #Better205Live, he better show everyone he’s better than Alexander. Gulak can try to put on the GuLock and make Alexander tap out, because once the Lumbar Check connects, it’s over.
Drake Maverick meets with Tony Nese & Buddy Murphy.
The Premier Athlete & Cruiserweight Juggernaut are congratulated on their tag team victory over Lucha House Party, and a pinfall over former champion, Kalisto. Unfortunately, Maverick knows it was thanks to Murphy’s distract that it happened. The referee’s decision is final, obviously, but LHS are not happy. Therefore, there’s a rematch in a match that won’t require tags at all. Murphy & Nese VS Lucha House Party happens in a Tornado Tag Match. Maverick’s the boss. Nese & Murphy seem alright with this decision, will they again get the better of Kalisto & Dorado?
Cedric Alexander VS Jack Gallagher!
The Extraordinary Gentleman has become the Ungentle Man over the last year, and has had his equally brutal allies alongside him. However, he won’t have THE Brian Kendrick or Drew Gulak in his corner tonight, so does he stand a chance against a determined Alexander?
The bell rings and the two circle. Gallagher stays by the ropes, and uses them as protection when Alexander comes close. He does it more to troll Alexander, and it starts to get to the champ. Gallagher takes his time having his fun with Alexander, then the tie up. Alexander puts Gallagher on the ropes, but Gallagher turns it around. Kendrick and Gulak watch backstage as Gallagher brings Alexander out. Alexander reverses to a backslide, ONE, Gallagher grabs Alexander in a small package, ONE. Alexander rolls Gallagher, ONE, and Gallagher Mahistrols. ONE, they roll but Gallagher gets more covers. Alexander keeps kicking out, then lifts Gallagher in a fireman’s carry. Gallagher slips out, then gets to the corner for his Extraordinary Headstand. He taunts Alexander, then hops over him.
Alexander rolls under Gallagher to handspring headscissor then dropkick Gallagher out. Alexander builds speed, but Gallagher crawls under the ring. Gallagher appears on the other side and attacks from behind! Gallagher throws heavy hands, then stomps him. Alexander hits back but Gallagher knees and uppercuts. Gallagher headbutts the stomach, but Alexander tosses him out! Alexander runs, and dropkicks Gallagher back down. Alexander drags Gallagher up for a swift chop, then shouts “No one can help you now!” But Gallagher helps himself as he rams Alexander into a post! Gallagher refreshes the ring count, then embraces the heat. He fetches Alexander, clubs him in the neck, then drives in an elbow.
Gallagher puts Alexander in the ring, then wraps on a chinlock. He thrashes Alexander around, then wrenches the neck. Fans rally up for Alexander, but Gallagher rakes the eyes and scrapes the face. Gallagher hits a dropkick to the back of the head, covers, TWO. Gallagher throws Alexander to a corner, but Alexander fights back with chops. Alexander is powered to the corner, and Gallagher rains down rights. Gallagher snapmares and grinds his shoe into Alexander’s face. Gallagher wipes his feet while taunting Alexander. He stomps Alexander while fans boo and jeer. Gallagher stretches Alexander’s arm and grinds a shoe into Alexander’s head. Alexander endures as Gallagher pulls his arm all around.
Fans rally up and Alexander gets back up. Alexander fights with forearms, but Gallagher gives him a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Gallagher is right on him again. ONE, then ONE again, and Gallagher grows frustrated. Gallagher clubs Alexander against the ropes, then brings Alexander back for a straitjacket stretch. Fans rally for Alexander but Alexander is bent all the way back! Alexander gets off Gallagher’s knees, only to end up in a body scissor. He gets out of that, but Gallagher still has the arms. Gallagher shifts to a cravat, but fans keep rallying. Alexander gets up and scoops Gallagher, only for Gallagher to counter with a snapmare! They get up again, Alexander scoops but Gallagher again snapmares. Gallagher thrashes Alexander around, but Alexander endures.
Fans continue to rally, and Alexander tries another scoop. Gallagher blocks it, so Alexander gives him an atomic drop. Alexander snap suplexes, then honors Eddie with a second amigo! Alexander gets the third one up but Galagher slips out. Gallagher’s boot is blocked, and Alexander rocks him with an elbow! Alexander runs, handsprings, Neuralizer enziguri! Cover, TWO! Gallagher checks his jaw while Alexander checks his neck. Fans fire up for Alexander as he brings Gallagher up. Gallagher blocks the lift and drives in elbows. Alexander shoves him into buckles, but then is put on the apron. He boots Gallagher away, and springboards for the flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Alexander gets his arms moving while Gallagher gets to ropes.
Alexander chops Gallagher, then whips. Gallagher holds ropes to elbow Alexander. Gallagher runs for a hotshot bulldog! Then he goes up for a flying knee drop! Cover, TWO! Gallagher goes after Alexander with a crossface! Alexander resists, his neck is already hurting, but Gallagher gets a grip! Alexander endures, reaches but can’t get to ropes. He rolls Gallagher over for a cover, TWO! Gallagher is relieved he survived, but he grimaces as he glares down at Alexander. He throws a haymaker, then another. Fans rally for Alexander, and Alexander chops. Gallagher forearms, but so does Alexander. Gallagher gives a EuroUpper, but Alexander gives a back kick. Alexander lifts, but Gallagher pops out into a guillotine!
Gallagher uses his weight to pull Alexander down. Alexander claws Gallagher’s back but he fades. Alexander gets a second wind, Michinoku Driver outta nowhere! Both men are down and the ref starts a 10 count. Alexander crawls while Gallagher grabs ropes. The cuont reaches 7 but they both stand. Gallagher is on teh apron, Alexander walks over. Gallagher slips back in to push Alexander out. Alexander boots back then springboards, but Gallagher gets under, for the Gentleman’s Dropkick! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Gallagher is shocked, but he won’t give up. He drags Alexander up for a gut wrench, into a powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Both men are down from exhaustion, but Gallagher sits up from frustration. Gallagher takes aim from the corner, runs out but into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, Alexander wins!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
The champion toughs it out this close to his defense and gets a win. However, with all the damage done to that neck, is he just ripe for the picking when it comes to Gulak’s submission style?
But as Alexander celebrates on the stage, clutching both his bad neck and title belt, Kendrick blindsides him! The ban from the arena was only for the match, after all. Kendrick drags Alexander back to the ring, but Alexander fights him off. Gallagher comes in but gets forearms, too. Alexander clotheslines Gallagher out, but Kendrick returns. Kendrick throws Alexander, but Alexander slips out to hit the Lumbar Check! But here’s Gulak! And here’s the GuLOCK! He has Alexander down with the body scissors and dragon sleeper. Alexander is already out by the time the referees appear. Gulak lets Alexander go to pick up the Cruiserweight Championship. Fans boo as he sets it on Alexander, so that the champ can hold onto it for him. Gulak vows he’ll give us all a #Better205Live, will he do so by bringing an end to the #AgeofAlexander?
Now here’s a really good go-home. Granted, 205 Live is only an hour, but they use every minute wisely. Opening with Lio VS Tozawa was great, both men are so fast and matched each other so well. I’m surprised Lio won again, but at the same time, his first loss should be something truly meaningful, like a match with the current champion. I’m sure after Summerslam, Lio will truly start his road to the title. Then it was an interesting but also smart choice in the Ali story to say he was just exhausted and beat up. It can give him something to say to Maverick about being kept out of the ring, with Ali insisting he’s okay while Maverick says he’s not. In a sense, it’s more a parallel to saying Ali has a concussion, without being controversial in having a concussion angle.
Hideo Itami meanwhile gets himself some great Heel Heat with that stoppage win. I’m thinking he’ll do this for a couple more weeks until he gets his title match. Of course, being the Heel, Alexander would have to win for them to have another rematch. Alexander and Gulak each get great video packages to sum up their feud, and then Alexander VS Gallagher is a really great main event. It helps they’re in one of the Carolinas, it was almost a hometown match for Alexander with the fans strongly behind him. Alexander wins, but then Gulak stands tall as he and Kendrick predictably beat Alexander down. I still feel like Alexander wins out, but it’d be a great surprise if Gulak wins. Then Gulak and Alexander can have a rematch while other options like TJP and Noam Dar build up towards title contention.
My Score: 8/10
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (8/14/18)
The SmackDown before Summerslam will have the FABULOUS Carmella and her challengers, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, face to face in the ring!
- Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville VS Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch; Charlotte & Becky win.
- 3v2 Handicap: The Triple Threat VS The Bludgeon Brothers; no contest.
- Six Man Tag: SAnitY VS The New Day; The New Day wins.
- Aiden English VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
- Jeff Hardy VS Shelton Benjamin; Hardy wins.
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Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!
The Queen of Carolina is just one of two challenges going after the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and she’s being joined by the other! It’s Becky Lynch! Not only the challengers, but here comes the FABULOUS Princess and the champion herself, Carmella! The entire SmackDown Women’s title match is in the ring, and all three women have a microphone. Greenville is happy to see them, but Carmella brings up what’s more absurd than facing two women at once at Summerslam is this forced face-to-face-to-face. Carmella is tired of seeing their faces. She’s also tired for being punished over being an amazing champion. But she is champion, so life’s good for Carmella!
To get serious, “Poor Becky Lynch~!” Becky doesn’t stand a chance of winning now! Becky used to be a clown, so maybe she should go back to that. It’s the one thing she does better than Charlotte. Becky gets Carmella wants Becky to say she doesn’t want Charlotte. Charlotte is so great, any match she’s in becomes that much harder. Plus, Becky dreamed of creaming Carmella all by herself. Charlotte came into the picture, so the dream now is beating Carmella and Charlotte. Carmella laughs. That’s a tall task. Carmella beat Charlotte twice, but she’s Fabulous. Charlotte is THE Women’s Champion in WWE and won so many other accomplishments, such as ending Asuka’s streak. But Becky was the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion, while Charlotte was on Raw.
Charlotte’s had enough of Carmella. Greenville “WOOS” for Charlotte as she says Carmerlla’s lies, cheating and stealing won’t work anymore. She can’t hang with the others so she uses every trick she can to retain. Carmella had to dig up James Ellsworth to beat Asuka. And she doesn’t understand why the WWE Universe doesn’t respect her? Maybe it’s because Carmella is a Diva living in a Woman’s Era. Becky agrees with a sip of tea. Carmella admits it, she’s a Diva, and proud of it. Because this Diva has what those two never will: beauty, body, charisma, and most importantly, the title. But she’s also alone… Paige comes out before Tea Generation X can start a fight.
“Ladies, my job as General Manager is to create the best competition as possible.” That’s why Charlotte got in for Summerslam. And she wouldn’t have if she didn’t beat Carmella. The WWE Universe owes Carmella for losing. “Thank You, Mella!” Not only that, but Paige knows all three women will steal the show, she does. And as their GM, it’s her duty to create the best competition for SmackDown. So why wait? Carmella, what you do best is talk, so go ahead and join commentary. Charlotte and Becky will do what they do best in a tag team match! Their opponents? Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville!
Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville VS Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch!
It’s the duo formerly known as Absolution going against two thirds of the classic PCB! Paige’s new friends kept complaining she favored her old friends, so now it’s time to see if God’s Greatest Creation and the Gladiator Gal can make the most out of an opportunity.
SmackDown returns as Carmella smugly smirks and the bell rings. Sonya starts with Charlotte, and the Queen dodges the lunge. She does it again, but Sonya gets her on the third. Charlotte reverses and snapmares, but Sonya gets a takedown. Charlotte headscissors, but Sonya jackknifes. TWO, and they spin around. Charlotte goes for a backslide but Sonya pops out and around to a waistlock. Charlotte reverses then goes for the figure four but Sonya gets out. Sonya swings kicks but Charlotte dodges them. Fans “WOO~” as Charlotte styles and profiles. Charlotte chops away on Sonya, then tags in Becky. Becky and Charlotte crisscross and monkey flip SOnya, then Becky adds a leg drop. She twerks, then adds another leg drop. Cover, TWO!
Sonya hits back, then tags Mandy. Absolution mug Becky, and Mandy whips Becky to a corner. Becky goes up and over and gets a waistlock. Many pulls hair and then a leg, but Becky pushes her. Mandy cartwheels to dodge, then she drops Becky. Cover, but Becky slides out to dropkick Mandy back. Tag to Charlotte, double whip to double hip toss. Charlotte covers, ONE, but Charlotte keeps on Mandy with a headlock. Mandy powers out, but Charlotte rolls. She scoops but Mandy slips out to pull hair. Mandy tags Sonya, and Mandy snapmares for Sonya. Sonya runs but Charlotte dodges the sliding kick to come back with an exploder! Sonya rolls out, tag to Becky for a flying forearm! Becky puts Sonya in the ring, covers, TWO.
Tag back to Charlotte, and the hand-off. Charlotte whips but Sonya reverses. Charlotte gets on the apron, fights off Mandy then slingshots to schoolgirl. TWO, and Sonya kicks Charlotte’s leg. Sonya tags in Mandy, and Absolution stomps into Charlotte. Tag back to Sonya and she goes after Charlotte with a waistlock. Standing switch but Mandy tags in. Charlotte rolls Sonya but gets Mandy’s knee! Absolution has control while we go picture in picture. The referee checks on Charlotte but her face is okay. Mandy brings Charlotte over and stomps a mudhole int the corner. Tag to Sonya, and Absolution double suplexes. Sonya keeps on Charlotte in the corner with shoulders. Tag back to Mandy, and Sonya holds Charlotte. Charlotte fights out and boots Mandy down. Charlotte brings Mandy over, tag to Becky.
Becky rolls Mandy, TWO, but she backslides. TWO, and the two stand up. Mandy swings but misses, Becky gets bucked off. She side-steps and dropkicks Mandy down. Cover, TWO! Sonya distracts, but that gets Charlotte to come in. The referee has to put Charlotte in the corner, but that allows Sonya to kick Becky down! Mandy covers, TWO! Absolution is shocked, but Mandy keeps on Becky at the ropes. Sonya gets a cheap shot in, then Mandy mocks the styling and profiling. Mandy puts Becky in a chinlock and thrashes around. Becky gets up as fans rally, and she fights back with body shots. Mandy clubs her down, then tags in Sonya. Sonya mugs Becky, then throws big knees. She snapmares Becky, and hits the sliding knee! Cover, TWO! Sonya gets frustrated, but she keeps on Becky with another snapmare, into body scissors.
Becky endures the squeeze while Charlotte rallies the fans. Becky fights her way up to a cover as we go single picture, TWO! Sonya powers Becky to a corner and rams in her shoulder. She throws Becky around, then tags Mandy. Mandy chokes Becky at the ropes again. She whips Becky to a corner, but then Becky dodges to jump kick! Becky wants the exploder bu Mandy pulls hair. Mandy scoops and slams Becky, then tags in Sonya. Sonya brings Becky back into the body scissors, but fans rally up again. Becky pops out and reaches for Charlotte, but is powered back. Enziguri! Both women are down, but crawling for their corners. Hot tag to Mandy, and she swings on Charlotte. She misses, but Becky pushes her away to then clothesline her down! Becky fires up, rallies with strikes, then hits the Becksploder!
Mandy gets to a corner, but gets a Straight Firearm! Becky has to kick Sonya out, then kick her down. She goes back to Mandy, but small package! TWO, DISARM-HER! Mandy taps, Becky & Charlotte win!
Winners: Becky Lynch & Charlotte, Becky by submission
Carmella insists that things will be different when it’s every woman for herself. But if Becky burns it up like she did here, and Charlotte is great as always, will she still lose to at least one of them this Sunday?
Miz & Maryse share exciting news.
The Most Must-See Superstar Couple have enjoyed their show, it’s awesome! It’s so must-see that they announce something big and exciting! The USA Network has already picked up a second season! The fastest pick-up in the history of television! They thank all their fans for supporting them, but just get ready for more, because it’ll be AWESOME!
Charlotte & Becky celebrate.
Charlotte is surprised Becky did all that by herself at the end. Well last chance to get ready for Summerslam. That’s true. Charlotte wishes Becky luck, but she knows they don’t need luck. They’re both that good. May the best woman win. She will.
3v2 Handicap: The Triple Threat VS The Bludgeon Brothers!
South Carolina’s own trio are just the newest sacrifices to Harper & Rowan! And forget the bell, Harper & Rowan just run over three of the two! Then they give the third guy the double crucifix bomb! Rowan runs one of the others over, then feeds him to Harper’s boot. Harper is whipped at the other for a back elbow, then he feeds that guy to Rowan’s body check. They smash the two together, then scoop slam them on top of each other. Harper is again the human weapon senton! This destruction isn’t over, they throw the first guy onto the third guy at the apron! Then they drag the third guy up, for the Doomsday Bomb!! This wasn’t a match, this was a bludgeoning. Who of the New Day will be chosen to step up to Harper & Rowan? Who of the New Day will survive?
The 1000th Episode is coming!
Washington, DC, get ready for October 16th!
The Miz VS Daniel Bryan, Eight Years in the Making, Part 1!
It all started with the original inception of WWE’s NXT. Miz was adamant that he was the Pro, Bryan was the rookie. Miz would humiliate Bryan time and again, but it would come to blows soon enough. “I feel like we’ve been doing this forever.” It’s already been eight years. Bryan explains how different NXT was back then compared to now. Eight men would compete in various challenges, as well as the ring, to see who was the most deserving of a contract. Bryan was already a veteran of the indies and other promotions, and was given The Miz as a “mentor.” Miz was a five year veteran, and both United States and undisputed Tag Team Champion. Miz knew ratings, but Bryan knew wrestling. That was the real reason for the clash.
Miz thought and still thinks he knows better, no matter what. He wants respect, but he doesn’t give it. But Miz couldn’t see that as he grilled Bryan time and again. Bryan just needed to “shut up and listen”, but all Miz did was try to make Bryan another Miz. In the end, Bryan would be eliminated with an 0-10 wrestling record. Miz rubs it in that “the great” Daniel Bryan never won during that time. But Bryan points out that he got to have his first match back against Miz, and won. Bryan realized he didn’t need the Miz, but Miz needed him. This is just part one, what more will be shown and said in the next two parts?
Six Man Tag: SAnitY VS The New Day!
Awwww~ Greenville~! Chaos won a Tables Match at Extreme Rules, but Positivity won in the Tag Title Contenders Tournament. Just days before facing the Bludgeon Brothers in Brooklyn, can Xavier, Big E and birthday boy Kofi survive the anarchy?
The bell rings as Big E starts against Eric Young. They circle as fans chant, “Happy Birthday!” for Kofi. Eric gets a waistlock but Big E throws him off. E swivels those hips, but Eric kick slow and drives his elbow into Big E’s neck. Eric runs, but into a belly2belly! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kofi, and he gets a boost from Big E for a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kofi brings Eric up and whips, but Eric holds ropes. Eric elbows back, then Wolfe tags. Kofi goes after Eric, whips, but Eric reverses and Wolfe holds the rope down! Kofi hits the table, then Wolfe drops him onto the apron. Wolfe puts Kofi in, covers, TWO. He keeps on Kofi as Killian Dain tags in. We go picture in picture as Big Damo stomps Kofi. Damo wrenches Kofi’s neck, Kofi stands, but Damo throws him back down.
Damo drags Kofi around, then brings him up to the top rope. He climbs up but Kofi resists the superplex. Kofi knocks Damo back as we go single picture. Kofi leaps over, but Damo’s dropkick blasts him away from the New Day! Damo looms over Kofi, and soaks in the heat. He drags Kofi over and gives clubbing crossface forearms. He stalks Kofi to the corner but fans rally up. Damo brings Kofi up but Kofi fights back, only to get Fisherman suplex’d all the same. Damo tags Wolfe, and Wolfe climbs up, for flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! SAnitY still has control while we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Kofi is isolated in SAnitY’s corner. Damo waits for him to stand, then swings. Kofi slips out and DDT’s Damo down! Fans fire up, as does Woods on the New Day’s corner. Kofi and Damo crawl, hot tags to Wolfe and Woods! Woods rallies with a SUPERKICK to Eric, then a boot to Wolfe. Wolfe reverses the whip but Woods comes back with forearms! Woods keeps going, mule kick to a toss tot eh ropes. he builds sped for a big dropkick tot he back. Woods runs corner to corner but is put on the apron. He still kicks Wolf back, then hits the step-in tornado DDT! Cover, but Eric breaks it with the elbow drop! Damo runs at Big E and Kofi, then Wolfe tags to Eric. Eric brings woods up, for a Death Valley onto Wolfe’s knees! Cover, TWO!
Eric tags to Damo, and he holds Woods for Damo to stomp. Damo drags Woods up, back suplexes but Wood slips out. Woods chops away on Damo, but is whipped back to SAnitY’s corner. Woods blasts Wolfe & Eric, but runs into the Divide! Cover, but Big E Breaks it! He throws Eric, but gets a boot from Wolfe. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise, but Damo throws him out. Kofi gets on the top rope, and FLIES onto Eric & Wolfe! Damo runs into a boot, Big E tags in! Scoop and MIDNIGHT HOUR!! Cover, New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, Big E pinning
Positivity prevails! All three are ready for Summerslam, but will only two of them be ready for Harper & Rowan?
The Miz VS Daniel Bryan, Eight Years in the Making, Part 2!
After NXT, both men would find title success time and again, if at different times in their careers. “I start a new life, a life where I am no longer a wrestler.” Bryan had accomplished so much, but it had taken a toll on his body. With a heavy heart and utmost sadness, Bryan had to retire. Bryan had done so much, but giving that speech was the toughest thing to do. Miz says that’s what happens when you fight pros like you’re a rookie. If he took less risks, he’d be better off. Bryan knew he could tone it down, but he didn’t want to be soft like Miz. But then a new opportunity came along, and Bryan became SmackDown’s new GM! He did a great job, but not in Miz’s eyes.
Miz was barely on TV, and he ripped into Bryan on the August 23rd, 2016 edition of Talking Smack. Miz called Bryan the real coward. He hasn’t been injured once in his career, and honestly expected Bryan to hit him, but Bryan walked out. Bryan said he had no choice, or else he would’ve hit Miz. Miz hit a nerve, but Bryan made a vow to stick around. Bryan took a high road, but Miz claims that was Bryan hiding. Bryan being fired for manning up? As if.
But Bryan could tell Miz made a calculated move. Then Miz would parody everything Bryan did in the ring. Bryan swallowed his pride, but it kept him up at night. That made Bryan more motivated than ever to get back. Miz claims Bryan is haunted by the truth. Miz knows Bryan better than Bryan does. “The truth is, and it always will be,” is that Miz is Bryan’s Pro, and his superior.
Paige checks on Samoa Joe.
The Destroyer isn’t in the mood to talk to his GM, but he still opens the door. She knows he knows AJ Styles is coming out to the ring again tonight. He could’ve responded but didn’t. He’s shy. Well Paige doesn’t want Joe to suddenly be an extrovert. She needs him to be professional. But when she told him he was the #1 contender, she liked his killer instinct and unpredictability. He can’t be that if he tells everyone what he’s doing. Joe makes a promise to continue to do what he wants and when he wants. Everyone just has to wait and deal with the consequences. Or maybe Joe can just sit, relax and enjoy all Paige’s hard work. He goes back into his locker room, but will he really stay there?
Aiden English introduces… himself.
MC Artiste has had a rough time making things up to Rusev & Lana. He always means well, but somehow, someway, it makes things worse. English has a hard time starting, but sings “all bad things come to an end,” so tonight he makes amends for when he let down his friends and causing a break. English will make Andrade pay, because tonight he fights for… RUSEV DAAAAY~!
Aiden English VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The Drama King vows to win, but will he be able to do so against El Idolo?
We go picture in picture as Almas hits the ring. La Muneca takes care of his golden robe while the bell rings. They tie up quick but English runs Almas over. Cover, ONE, so he tries again, ONE. English rolls Almas, ONE. Almas bails out to slow things down. Vega coaches Almas up to be focused, but Engilsh comes around and chases Almas into the ring. Almas slingshots out, but into a boot! English bumps Almas off the apron, then into the ring. Vega distracts Engilsh and Almas pounces at the ropes. Almas drags English out for the draping backbreaker to elbow. Cover, ONE, but Almas keeps on English with an armlock. English endures while Vega coaches Almas to keep going. English gets up but Almas brings him back down. Fans rally and English feeds off it as we go single picture.
English fights back with forearms but Almas knees low. Almas tries a suplex but English small packages. TWO, and English runs into a hip toss that sends him into buckles! Vega calls for it, Almas runs, but English intercepts with a clothesline! English hurries up top, flies, for a big splash! TWO! English grows frustrated, but he goes after Almas on the apron. ALmas hotshots him back, then hits the boot feint and elbow! Vega shouts for it, Almas gives English CIEN KNEES! But he’s not done there, Hammerlock DDT! Cover, Almas wins!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall
El Idolo celebrates with La Muneca as they keep English down in the dumps. Vega speaks. “You guys like catchy phrases and useless holidays?” Then mark your calendars, because 8/19/18 will mark the END of Rusev and Lana Day! Vega will expose Lana for the dead weight she is that drags down her husband. But then Mr. & Mrs. Machka appear! Rusev & Lana respond by saying “Look at you two, acting like you just won the Power Ball.” Almas’ luck runs out, and Zelina will learn why Lana is the Best, Lana Number One! Lana vows that together, she and Rusev will CRUSH Almas & Vega, because Summerslam is on what day? Rusev Daaaay~!
AJ Styles talks with Paige.
She gives him a fair warning. Things are intense between AJ and Joe, but they need to keep the main event intact. Paige tried to keep Joe from doing something, but she hopes Styles will hold back. Styles made a promise to his wife that he intends on keeping. Does that mean he will or he won’t!?
The Miz VS Daniel Bryan, Eight Years in the Making, Part 3!
In the conclusion to this three-part series, we look at Bryan’s new start in the ring. After two years, “I never thought the day would come”, but Bryan saw specialist after specialist, and they all said the same thing: “You are cleared.” Bryan was back in the ring! The greatest day of his career would then lead to the greatest return, at Wrestlemania! But The Miz didn’t care. Miz had his own run as the Heart & Soul of Raw. Bryan stepped down as GM, but not until after putting Miz back on SmackDown! He could’ve let things end without ever settling it, but what’s the fun in that?
Miz felt done with Bryan, and sees this as Bryan holding a grudge. It’s too late for Bryan to prove himself to anyone, so Miz won’t be his stepping stone back to the top. Miz vows that the end of this nightmare will be Bryan admitting Miz is better. Bryan admits, Miz has family, friends and fame, but “do you honestly think that’s why I came back?” Bryan isn’t back out of jealousy, isn’t back out of making a name for himself, it’s because this is his passion and his life! After all the talk and stunts and “crap between you and me”, there’s only one thing left to do. They’re going to get in the ring one more time against each other, “to finally shut you up!” This story comes full circle at Summerslam, but who will have the storybook ending?
Jeff Hardy VS Shelton Benjamin!
Two of Carolina’s own battle it out days before Brooklyn as the Charismatic Engima looks to snap back from The Viper’s bite. Can Hardy best the Gold Standard to then go after the King of Strong Style and the United States Championship?
SmackDown returns as Benjamin puts Hardy back in the ring, after having SUPERKICK’D Hardy down. Benjamin wraps Hardy in a chinlock, but fans rally up. Hardy fights back but Benjamin knees low. Benjamin rolls Hardy to a cover, TWO. Benjamin stalks Hardy to put on another chinlock. Fans rally for “Brother Nero!” as he endures another squeeze. Hardy stands up while we go picture in picture. They go around and Hardy fights back. Benjamin wrangles him back down to the mat, squeezing even tighter. Hardy works his way around but Benjamin just adjusts to a deeper chinlock. Hardy gets up and fights out as fans rally again. Jawbreaker! Benjamin staggers while Hardy gets to a corner. Hardy dodges Benjamin’s splash, then hits Whisper in the Wind! We go single picture as Hardy covers, TWO!
Hardy counters Benjmain’s punches then whips. Benjamin reverses but Hardy holds ropes to run him over. Hardy hits the atomic drop then leg-splitting leg drop. He dropkicks and covers, TWO! Hardy gets up and calls to DELETE! Benjamin denies the twist but misses his Dragon Whip. Hardy gets his spinning back kick, then the Hardyac Arrest is caught. Hardy slips out and hits a neckbreaker! He takes off the shirt and climbs up top. Hardy takes aim, but Benjamin stops him with a step-up knee! Benjamin climbs up, and SUPERPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Benjamin keeps his cool as he stands back up. He stalks Hardy, but Hardy sees him coming, Slingblade! Hardy kicks, hits the Twist of Fate! Then a splash cover, Hardy wins!
Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall
The Enigma is back, but here comes Shinsuke Nakamura. The Rockstar shows off that title belt, and Hardy expects Orton out of nowhere. Benjamin stands up and Hardy blasts him, but Nakamura gives Hardy a backstabber! Nakamura takes aim from the corner, fires himself up and… Hardy reverses into Twist of Fate! Hardy hurries up top, takes aim himself and… SWANTON BOMB! Nakamura failed to get one over on Hardy, but will Hardy be able to do that at Summerslam? At the same time, The Viper is lying in wait from around the end of the stage. Even if Hardy wins, will Orton simply strike him down all over again?
AJ Styles heads to the ring!
The Pheonomenal One promised to give further rebuttal to Samoa Joe’s personal insults, but he also told Paige he promised Mrs. Styles something. What is it the WWE Champion promises to promise?
Greenville gives Styles a standing ovation before he speaks. He says he is blessed because “for almost 20 years”, he’s competed around the world against the best. Styles has learned a lot, but nothing more important than what he leanred after winning the WWE Championship. “There’s a reason why this championship is so hard to hold. It’s because of the pressure” the champ is put under. Samoa Joe hit Styles’ pressure points, he’s a mastermind. It started with that blindside attack during the contract signing three weeks ago. Joe would strike and choke Styles out to then put his name on the contract and establish he was the #1 contender.
Right when Styles thinks he knows Joe, Joe stabs him in the back, and in the heart. By that, Styles means Joe saying Styles puts the title above all else, “even if it means you’re a failure as a father.” Joe said that while the WWE Universe will cheer Styles on, the Styles family will be cheering Joe on. After Joe puts Styles down, Styles’ family will have their daddy back while Joe will be WWE Champion. Styles says Joe got him right where he wants him. If Joe wants Styles to get mad, he’s mad. Styles got personal about his family, and felt that “as a man, as a father, as a husband”, he had to defend himself. Styles went to a dark place where he wanted to rip Joe’s head off.
But then Styles returned home and his wife told him not to lose his cool. The family supports and appreciates all the work he does, but he has to keep his focus. But now Samoa Joe appears! Joe is on the ramp, as unpredictable as he told Paige he would be. Joe heads down the ramp, but pulls out a paper from his pocket. Styles gave us a wonderful tale, but they both know Styles is lying. Joe wants Styles to keep that promise to keep his cool. Joe has a letter from a fan, and wants Styles to hear it. “Dear Joe, two weeks ago, I heard the things that you said about AJ Styles and his family. Your remarks are disgusting and made me physically ill. Not because they were wrong, but because they were true.”
This fan used to love AJ Styles, but now it’s clear Styles never wanted children. Or a wife, either. Which is why AJ Styles is such a great champion: he’ll do anything to stay away from his family. At Summerslam, this fan prays Joe wins so that Styles can know how it feels to lose what he loves most, because this fan lost Styles long ago. “My sincerest gratitude, Wendy Styles.” Joe gets under Styles’ skin all over again, but will it come back to haunt him in Brooklyn?
A fairly interesting SmackDown, but still pretty good for a go-home. The opening segment was great for the meta that Carmella brought up. She is the last remaining “Diva” but she doesn’t care about the stigma so long as she’s champion. Naturally the opening segment leads to a match, but Charlotte & Becky VS Mandy & Sonya was pretty good. It was a good touch for Becky to finish things up on her own, she wants to show she can defeat two superstars at once. The tension between her and Charlotte is building, but as I’ve said, Tea Generation X needs to make it to WWE Evolution and that Women’s Tag Team Championship. But it’s good that SmackDown is doing it at all, so that it’ll be perfect when Becky snaps at Survivor Series.
It was actually a good move for the Bludgeon Brothers to destroy those jobbers outside of a match. Harper & Rowan are at the point where squashing doesn’t even do enough, so just brutalizing mortal men is what’s needed. The New Day & SAnitY do great in their Six-Man, fans ate it up, especially celebrating Kofi’s birthday as part of the match. I still feel the right move is for New Day to find a way to overcome and win, and then we can freshen things up for the Fall. Then that trio of video packages was so great, Bryan & Miz are gonna tear it up. I still can’t say who wins, but either way, with all this Miz & Mrs. success, I would love to see Miz try one more Face run because he’s that good on the mic and is perfectly comfortable in his style to make it in the ring.
I really liked how English looked good during his match with Almas, though obviously he was going to lose. English probably did endear himself to Rusev & Lana, so I’m hoping that win or lose, Rusev forgives English and Team Rusev Day is stronger than ever. The last two things in the episode were good but also odd to end on. Hardy VS Benjamin was solid for how quick it was, and it was great for Hardy to stand tall after Nakamura tries to attack. But with that and Orton lurking slightly off to the side, Hardy won’t be winning the title at Summerslam. Then ending with Styles responding to Joe’s accusations, only for Joe to counter them savagely, was a great moment for them, but again, odd to end on. Usually things like this end in a fight, but I give credit to SmackDown for ending with a speechless Styles.
My Score: 7.9/10
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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (8/13/18)
This Raw before the Slam of Summer, we shall see the Red Roster’s Tag Team titles DEFENDED between The B Team, The Revival and THE DELETERS OF WORLDS!
- Ember Moon w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alexa Bliss w/ Alicia Fox & security; Ember wins, by disqualification.
- Baron Corbin VS Tyler Breeze; Corbin wins.
- 2v1 Handicap: Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Finn Balor; rescheduled as…
- Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Finn Balor & Braun Strowman; Finn & Strowman win.
- Bobby Lashley VS Ricky Roberts; no contest.
- Raw Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The B-Team VS The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds; The B Team wins and retains the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- Six Man Tag: The Authors of Pain & Mojo Rawley VS Titus Worldwide & Bobby Roode; Roode & Titus Worldwide win.
- Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Ruby wins.
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Rowdy Ronda Rousey heads to the ring!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet is ready for Summerslam, and the first woman of commentary, Renee Young, is here tonight, too. The fans in Greensboro, North Carolina, give her a standing ovation. Ronda brings up the tragedy of losing Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, father to Natalya. “Any loss is heartbreaking, but to lose a father,” a pillar of strength in a hostile world, “we have to face the fact that our fathers have been raising us to be the pillars of strength for our families when they’re gone.” Ronda encourages Natayla to stay strong. Everyone in the WWE loves Natty, including the WWE Universe. Natty was the first person to welcome Ronda. Ronda will be the first to defend her. Alexa Bliss cheated to win over Natty time and again. “But this Sunday at Summerslam”, Ronda vows to be the NEW Raw Women’s Champion!
And speaking of beating Alexa, welcome the new opponent for her tonight, Ember Moon! Yes, the Prophecy of Flame steps up to take the Queen of Hart’s place. The War Goddess is ready for this big opportunity against The Goddess, but speaking of, here she comes! She has Crazy Like a Fox with her as she runs down Ronda making friends. Ronda will need her friends, because her good times are at an end. Alexa is tired of the people Ronda kisses up to. Don’t boo, you’re the bandwagoners saying Alexa’s match is a “foregone conclusion.” But Ronda’s had three matches while Alexa has had five title reigns. Alexa vows to prove Ronda is the over-hyped rookie she is. Summerslam won’t be a triumph but a humiliation. Alexa is also sick and tired of hearing about Ronda, Ember, and those dumb looks on their faces. Alexa mocks Ronda’s mean face.
The champ is also sick of being the only woman not protected. Roman Reigns gets kicked out to protect a main event, but Ronda can sit ringside to do the same. They have six days, so Alexa is taking no chances. She went to the only fair authority figure, Constable Corbin. The Constable agrees to personal security! Alexa’s reinforcements come out as Alexa warns Ronda to be careful around her highly-trained task force. Ronda wouldn’t dare do anything during a match, but is this just another way for Alexa to get away with Goddess knows what?
Ember Moon w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alexa Bliss w/ Alicia Fox & security!
The War Goddess stands on one side of the human wall while Alexa stands on the other. Ronda goes to be in Ember’s corner, but that’s when Alexa strikes! She hits both Ronda and Ember, then laughs at her opponents. Ronda gets mad, but the security guards protect Alexa. The referee warns Ronda, but Ronda goes after the guards! She throws three of them out, the fourth one just runs away. Alicia is Alexa’s last line of defense, but that doesn’t work either! Rowdy Ronda has control of the ring, but the battle of goddesses still has to happen. Can Ronda keep her cool while so close to her prey?
Raw returns and ALexa hides behind the referee. She then sucker kicks Ember and wrenches the arm. Ember rolls and reverses to flip Alexa. Ember wrenches the arm in a grounded hammerlock, but Alexa reaches up for headscissors. Alexa brings Ember to the mat, but fans rally up for Ember. Ember pops out then arm-drags Alexa around. She wrenches Alexa’s arm while we go picture in picture. Alexa stands up and reverses to a headlock. Ember endures, even as Alexa grinds harder. Ember tries but can’t power out at first. She gets out the second time, then runs Alexa over with a shoulder. She flips Alexa up but Alexa trips Ember to slap her. Alexa runs, but into a headscissor! Ember sweeps the leg, then runs to sliding shot Alexa. Cover, TWO!
Ronda keeps Ember focused while Alexa rolls out of the ring. Alexa takes her time catching her breath, but sees Ronda on the other side. Ember hits Alexa with a baseball slide dropkick! Ember puts Alexa into the ring, but Alexa scrambles away. Alexa grabs ropes and shoves Ember away. Ember comes back to snapmare hard into a chinlock. Alexa endures the grind but pulls hair. Ember pulls hair back, but Alexa pries her way out to wring Ember’s arm. Alexa drags Ember up and dropkicks her back. Ronda and fans rally up for the War Goddess, and she enziguris Alexa out of the ring. Alexa staggers away and Ronda glares on while we go to break.
Raw returns and Alexa kicks Ember in the face. Ember rolls Alexa, TWO, and Alexa turns the swinging neckbreaker into a slam. Alexa adds Insult2Injury, then covers, TWO! Alexa puts Ember in a chinlock but Ronda still coaches Ember up. Ember endures the grind, as well as Alexa’s mocking. She stands up as Ronda rallies the fans. Ember jawbreakers out but Alexa runs her over. Cover, TWO, and it’s back to the chinlock. Alexa grins as she grinds down the other Raw rookie. Fans rally for Ember but Alexa laughs as she tells Ronda this will be her Summerslam. But Ember gets up and arm-drags Alexa off. Ember rolls her, TWO! Alexa dropkicks Ember down and covers, TWO! She tries again, TWO. Another, TWO! Ember makes it her own, TWO, and Alexa rocks Ember with a right.
Alexa mocks Ronda more, then toys with Ember. Ember fires up, and roars! Ember rallies with rights and kicks, and knocks Alexa down with an enziguri! She hits a back elbow, then climbs up. Alexa stops her, but ends up in a tornado suplex! Cover, TWO! Alicia gets on the apron, but Ronda yanks her off! Ronda sends Alicia into barriers, but Alexa attacks Ronda! Alexa puts Ronda into barriers, then goes back to Ember. She brings Ember up, but Ember powers out for a pop-up gutbuster! Ember climbs, ECLIPSE!! Cover, but Alicia breaks the pin.
Winner: Ember Moon, by disqualification
Alicia goes after Ember, and boots her down. But Ronda returns, and throws Alicia! And again! AND AGAIN! Alicia retreats and regroups with Alexa. Ronda is all riled up, will Alexa regret ever talking down to her?
Raw reviews the fallout between Beast and Advocate.
When Paul Heyman told everyone Brock Lesnar refused to make his obligated appearance, Kurt Angle declared Lesnar the “worst Universal Champion of all time.” Heyman agreed, but it was a last ditch effort to save himself. Angle was moments from getting rid of both Heyman and Lesnar, but Lesnar made his appearance. Lesnar then asked if Angle and Corbin had problems with him. Before they could answer, Lesnar would F5 Angle! Corbin backed down to the scarier man, but then Lesnar went after Heyman! Lesnar wanted Heyman to get a good look at Angle, but he also gave Heyman a good look at the Tyrant he really was.
Renee Young relates the interview with Heyman last week. Heyman said that this Lesnar would be truly unstoppable. But then, after cameras cut away, he actually suggested there was one way for Roman Reigns to survive, with a simple “Unless…” But the Advocate wouldn’t finish his thought. He would leave, leaving us all wondering, “Unless what?” Heyman keeps things close to the vest, but can The Big Dog figure out the Beast’s weakness on his own?
Angle and Corbin argue.
Angle doesn’t appreciate Corbin going over his head again. Who cares what Angle wants? Stephanie approved these matches, so these matches are going to happen. But then Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre appear. Where’s Seth Rollins? Rollins had a PR tour and travel issues, but he will be here for the contract signing. Ziggler & McIntyre sure hope so. But for now, they’ll have to wait for the Kingslayer’s arrival. Is this going to be another rough night for the Raw GM?
Baron Corbin VS Tyler Breeze!
The Lone Wolf went to Stephanie McMahon to make this match happen, but without even telling Angle what he’s up to. Just days before his grudge rematch with Finn Balor, will this abuse of power come back to bite Corbin?
Prince Pretty is his “hand-picked” opponent, but given how Corbin has treated shorter, lighter superstars, is he just picking on him? The bell rings, and ties up with Tyler. He pushes Tyler to a corner, but then Tyler wrenches his arm. Corbin wrenches back but Tyler pushes him away. Corbin comes back with a big back elbow, then puts Tyler in a half-nelson. Fans boo Corbin while Tyler endures. Corbin grins as he trash talks the Fashion Police officer, but Tyler stands back up. Corbin throws him to ropes, but Tyler kicks back! Tyler runs and dropkicks Corbin out of the ring! Corbin catches Tyler off the apron, to throw him into the barriers! Corbin mockingly applauds, then drags Tyler up and into the ring. Fans rally for Tyler, but Corbin stomps him out. Corbin rocks Tyler while fans duel, “Let’s go Corbin!” VS “Corbin sucks!”
Corbin soaks in the heat, then stomps Tyler out. Fans boo and jeer while he trash talks them back. Corbin elbows Tyler in the face, then puts him back in the half-nelson. He thrashes Tyler around with the chinbar added. Tyler endures and stands up again, only for Corbin to throw him down. Fans continue to boo Corbin, but Corbin just embraces it. But Tyler kicks him back from the mat, then clothesilens him out! Tyler then slingshots but misses completely. Corbin picks Tyler up, but Tyler slips out to enziguri Corbin back! Corbin gets in the ring, Tyler hurries after. Tyler shoulders in, then slingshots up and over. He runs, but into DEEP SIX! COver, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Lone Wolf finishes his appetizer, but will he be smiling when he gets the Extraordinary Finn for his main course?
“Wow, I’m good!” That was just a small taste of what he’ll do to Finn at Summerslam. But now it’s Finn’s turn to show us what he can do. His opponent: The Modern Day Maharaja, Jinder Mahal! Mahal is a proxy for Corbin in height and weight, will Corbin’s plan of showing size matters work out? Corbin knows Finn fancies himself as a star, so perhaps he’ll be able to handle two? Let’s make it a Handicap Match, with another opponent, and a friend of Corbin’s: Kevin Owens! The Prizefighter is getting himself a warm-up, too, as he has Braun Strowman and the Money in the Bank briefcase ahead of him in Brooklyn. Can Finn prove he’s Extraordinary tonight?
2v1 Handicap: Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Finn Balor!
“The Little Engine That Can’t” has a tall task ahead of him, but he has the Greensboro branch of Balor Club on his side! He grins at Corbin, but here comes Angle! Corbin isn’t happy as angle gets the classic ovation of “You Suck!” Angle explains that while Stephanie approved this match, Angle can still make his own matches. He’s not cancelling but adding to this match to make it a 2v2 tag match! Finn’s partner: BRAUN!!
Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Finn Balor & Braun Strowman!
Kevin may want to get his hands on the MITB briefcase, but he and Mahal are gonna #GetTheseHands first! And Greensboro joins in the Monster’s mantra as Strowman dares either opponent to step up. The bell rings and Finn starts against Mahal. They tie up, and Mahal puts Finn in a corner. Mahal shows a punch, but keeps his inner peace as he honors the break. Mahal gets a waistlock then wristlock, and brings Finn to a knee. Finn rolls and reverses, but Mahal reverses back. Mahal puts his weight on Finn, but Finn kips up. Mahal knees Finn low, then brings Finn back down. Finn endures the headlock, they stand back up, and Finn powers out. Mahal runs him over, then embraces the heat. Things speed up, sunset flip and Finn dropkicks! Finn steadies himself, but Mahal powers him to the corner.
Kevin tags in and they mug Finn in the corner. Kevin stomps away, then rams knees into Finn’s back. He puts Finn in an armlock, but fans rally up for Finn. Finn reaches but Kevin brings him back down to the mat. Kevin stomps Finn, but Finn pushes against Kevin. Kevin knees low, then whips Finn to the corner. he mugs Finn more, then tags Mahal. Mahal keeps on Finn, then snapmares him for knees. Mahal drags Finn back and tags Kevin. They split the wishbone, and Finn crawls to a corner. Kevin whips Finn, but Finn boots back. Finn dodges, then tags Strowman! Kevin quickly tags Mahal, and Mahal gets blasted! Kevin runs away, Strowman puts Mahal in the ring. Mahal wants mercy, but Strowman wo’t give it. Mahal unleasehs, but gets chopped down! Strowman takes aim and kicks Mahal in the ribs.
Strowman puts Mahal in a corner, and whips him corner to corner. Then he runs in for a big corner splash. He puts Mahal down, then spots Kevin. Kevin cowers away, so Strowman headbutts and runs Mahal over. He then clubs Mahal down with one hand! Strowman tags Finn, and he becomes Strowman’s weapon for the scoop slam senton! Cover, TWO! Finn brings Mahal up, gets a jawbreaker but gives a dropkick! Finn builds speed, but Kevin trips him up. Strowman chases Kevin off! Kevin regroup with Mahal, Finn FLIES on them both! The Man and the Monster are in control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Finn fights his way out of the half-nelson. Mahal brings him back down, and puts more weight on him. Finn gets up again and fights with forearms. Mahal shoves and kicks Finn down, then tags in Kevin. Mahal anchors Finn while Kevin drops an elbow. Kevin drops more elbows, then rains down rights. Kevin taunts Strowman, then goes back to Finn with a knee and chinlock. Finn endures the bend and stretch while Strowman chomps at the bit. We go picture in picture while Finn fights out again. Kevin knees lo, but his back senton gets knees! Hot tag to Mahal, who denies Finn a tag to Strowman. Mahal runs and drops knees, cover, ONE. Mahal puts Finn back in a half nelson, but Finn endures. Finn gets out but Mahal shoves him back. Finn fights his way out, but his tag is denied again.
Mahal puts him in a corner, Finn boots him away. Finn throws Mahal out, then crawls for Strowman! Mahal gets to Kevin to tag, and Kevin stops Finn. Finn fires off forearms on Kevin, but Kevin whips him. Slingblade! Hot tags to Mahal AND Strowman! The Monster rallies on Mahal with shoulders, then hits Kevin, too. Fans are all fired up as Strowman runs Sunil AND Kevin over! He then returns, but misses the buckles. Mahal hits him with a knee, but then runs into a scoop MONSTER SLAM! Strowman covers, Strowman & Finn win!
Winners: Finn Balor & Braun Strowman, Strowman pinning
The Monster in the Bank carries the Extraordinary Man through this tall task, but he has his own challenge ahead of him. Can Strowman keep from losing in any way so that he doesn’t lose his briefcase to Kevin? Speaking of Kevin, Strowman chases him to the backstage area! Corbin strikes with End of Days on Finn! Fans boo and jeer, but Corbin gets the last laugh. Will he get one more over on Finn in Brooklyn?
Angle talks with Stephanie on the phone.
Ziggler & McIntyre check in on Rollins’ status. Is Rollins scared after that beating from last week? Though it’s done wonders for them! If Rollins doesn’t show up to sign, there’s no Intercontinental Championship match. What a shame. Angle promises Rollins will be here. Fine, but Ziggler wants to double check that contract to make sure Angle didn’t let something fall through the cracks. Wait they misspelled Ziggler. What? Gotcha! They leave, but will Rollins arrive in time?
“Ladies and Gentlemen”, Ricky Roberts!
Greensboro’s own cowboy says his favorite musician in the entire world is THE Elias! He may not be as good as the Drifter, but one day he will. He’ll be so good, he’ll be in the Country Music Hall of Fame. And when that day comes, Elias himself will come to Ricky and tell him, “Hello, I am Elias.” The Drifter himself is here! And Elias wonders what he’s looking at. Get his stool. A staffer sets the stool out for Elias to sit on. Elias doesn’t understand what’s going on, but there’s only one Drifter and you’re looking at him. But Elias knows Ricky’s a fan, so is he big enough to go to WWE Shop to buy a copy of Walk With Elias/What Would Elias Do? bracelet? Just $5! Is he that big of a fan? Ricky nods “Yes”, so Elias wants Ricky to humiliate Bobby Lashley.
Elias wants the WWE Universe to understand how insane his life has been. He’s sold out Madison Square Garden, he’s got a hit album at the top of the charts, and this Saturday, he’ll have a concert in the Gramercy Theatre. Then Summerslam will be his greatest performance yet, because of the universal truth that WWE really stands for “Walk With Elias!” Elias has a song for us tonight, and admits he’s a harsh critic of the public. He only speaks the truth, and says Tar Heels are a strong people. They’re a resilient people. Because it must take “unmatched strength” to wake up here knowing they live in a pile of garbage. But before he can run down the Tar Heels more, Elias is interrupted by Bobby Lashley!
Bobby Lashley VS Ricky Roberts!
The Alpha Male takes on the would-be cross between Elias and the Honky Tonk Man. This guy needs a new shtick, WWE already has a no-talent clown who claims to play guitar. Ricky bashes his guitar on Bobby, and that only pisses Bobby off! Bobby whips Ricky, into a SPINEBUSTER! Ricky’s feeling the Bobby Lashley Blues, but will Elias be feeling the same very soon?
The B Team crunches the numbers.
They have a triple threat coming, but Curt Axel wants Bo to “B Positive.” It’s hard to when their odds are lower than usual. But their odds are always low. Yes, but against two teams at the same time, this is a 33.3333% chance of winning! Bo checked, double checked, and even got mathematicians to help. They’re in trouble. Axel says math didn’t get them where they are now, teamwork did! The B Teamwork has given them the best run of their lives, so it’s time to run for their lives! Can Bo & Axel keep themselves from B-ing DELETED!?
Raw Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The B-Team VS The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds!
In a match of three teams, only one team may hold the Championships of the Raw Tag Team Division! WOKEN Hardy & Bray Wyatt wish to bring the titles back to their Yin & Yang while the #TopGuys want to #SAYYEAH to their first main roster reign. With these teams closing in, can Bo Dallas & Curt Axel hope to still B champions after this?
Raw returns as The Revival make their entrance. The “undefeated” champions make their entrance, we have our introductions and the belts are raised. Per triple threat tag rules, two men start, and that’s Dash Wilder against Bo Dallas. They tie up, Bo rolls Dash, TWO. Dash puts Bo in his corner, Scott Dawson tags in and they mug Bo. Dawson puts Bo in the open corner and chops hard! Bo is reeling but Dawson is on him with a snap suplex. Cover, ONE, but Dawson is on Bo with a handful of hair. He brings Bo over, tags to Dash, but Bo fights back! The numbers are too much, but Bo elbows Dash down from the whip. Hardy tags in and rallies on Dash. He gives Dash DELETE DELETE buckle bumps! Hardy throws off his shirt, then DELETES Dash with a corner clothesline.
Dash pushes out of the bulldog, but gets the Side Effect! Cover, TWO! Hardy hits Dash with a rope attack, then hops up to give Dash a flying elbow. Hardy chants “DELETE! DELETE!” with the fans, but Dawson tags in. Dash grabs hardy, Hart Attack from The Revival to honor The Anvil. Cover, TWO, but Dawson keeps on Hardy at the ropes. The referee backs him off, but Dawson comes back to chop and club Hardy down. Dawson brings Hardy up and whips him to the corner. Hardy boots back, but gets clobbered down. Tag to Dash for the leg drop weapon. Cover, TWO, and we go to break.
Raw returns, and Dash has Hardy in an armlock. Fans rally and Hardy fights his way back. He elbows Dash at the ropes, and hits a headlock drop! Dawson tags in to intercept, but gets tossed aside! Wyatt tags in and rallies on Dawson, Body Check! Fans fire up with Wyatt as he corner splashes and urenages Dawson. Then one for Dash! Wyatt sees Bo come in, that’s three urenage! Axel gest in and denies a fourth, but then he ends up in buckles. Wyatt grabs Axel, Dawson leaps for a sunset flip on Wyatt, causing Wyatt to throw Axel with a German Suplex! TWO, and Wyatt rocks Dawson. Dash shoves Wyatt out, then builds speed to DIVE! Into an APRON Urenage! But then Bo flies and hits Wyatt!
Everyone but Hardy is down, but Hardy isn’t going to be left out. Fans rally with “DELETE! DELETE!” and he climbs up. Dawson returns to stop him, then climbs up to join him. The others gather nearby, Hardy SUPERPLEXES Dawson onto them! All six men are down but fans are sure “This is Awesome!” The referee can’t count anyone out, but he makes sure they all return into the ring. Wyatt, Hardy and Dawson are up first. Wyatt goes after Dawson and they go into the ring. Hardy follows, but has to take care of Bo first. Wyatt chops Dawson, but Axel tags in. Dawson and Dash get caught but fight out. SHATTER MACHINE! But Axel is legal and throws Dawson out! Cover, B Team wins!!
Winners: The B Team, Axel pinning; still the Raw Tag Team Champions
The “undefeated” B Team keep rolling as they choose the right time to strike. They have the belts this close to Summerslam, when will their Cinderella story end?
The B Team celebrate.
They pass by Roman Reigns and promise him and everyone, don’t sleep on the B Team! Roman has his own title hunt to worry about, and he heads to the ring after the break.
Ziggler & McIntyre go back to Angle.
The contract proves Angle plays favorites. Ziggler points out a particular section that Rollins gets a corner man. Yes, because Ziggler has McIntyre. They could take it out, but that means McIntyre would be banned from ringside. Ziggler accepts the terms, but he just “hopes” Rollins shows.
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
Greensboro welcomes The Big Dog with the standard mixed reaction, but as usual, he’s not bothered by it at all. That’s because Roman has one more chance, and perhaps his last chance, at defeating The Beast. The Conqueror has become The Tyrant, but that only makes Roman more resolute. Roman speaks, “Leave this place better than I found it.” That’s what Roman tells himself every time, but the truth is, he can’t do it with Lesnar still here. Therefore, Lesnar needs to leave! Fans like the sound of that. Roman is sick of Lesnar from talking to hearing about him, “so it ends this Sunday at Summerslam!” And Roman finally gets his Universal Championship, to send Lesnar back to the UFC to find his head stuck up Dana White’s ass.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman.” And not to copy SmackDown, “It’s a New Day, Yes it Is!” But also, to lock something else down, the Usos are the future of WWE’s Tag Team Division. And the other future of a division is none other than the #1 contender, Roman Reigns! Roman isn’t sure what to make of this. He welcomes the former Advocate to the Beast into the ring to see what Heyman’s up to next. Heyman says this is Roman’s week. Why wait until Sunday to make history? Roman can make history right here and right now.
If Roman saw that interview footage, he knows Heyman Roman can’t defeat Lesnar “unless”. And that “unless” is having Heyman tell you Lesnar’s “dirty big secrets.” Heyman can do that for him. Roman thinks he can beat Brock, but with Heyman, Roman will know he can win. That’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler! Heyman offers his hand, fans want Roman to take it, but Roman says Heyman doesn’t understand. Roman knows the plan, because he won in Saudi Arabia. Lesnar wouldn’t have gotten out the cage without Roman spearing him through it. And it would’ve ended much sooner if Heyman didn’t interfere. “Guilty as charged.” Heyman has no excuses, but hopefully the sins of this father won’t be visited on his children.
But that’s the past, Heyman talks about the future! Heyman sees next week, Raw after Roman slays the Beast, the two of them side-by-side and Heyman introduces himself to say he’s the Advocate to the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, ROMAN! REIGNS!!” Fans still seem okay with that, but Roman still doesn’t. He knows Heyman is trying, but it’s not good enough. Heyman will understand better than anyone, Roman was groomed for this. His father taught him how to swim with the sharks, and how to recognize those who are drowning. Heyman is drowning, and not worth saving. “Good luck on your future endeavors.”
Heyman seems a bit beside himself, but admits Roman is right. He’s drowning with knowledge learning from his teenage years, riding with Afa & Sika. Heyman says Sika taught Heyman something he teaches all his family. Roman learned it in Samoan, and Heyman repeats it in Samoan. Roman seems to understand, but is still confused. Heyman wants to make this simple. He presents an Agreement in Principle. He wants Roman to look it over, then think it over, and answer him at Summerslam. Roman takes a look at it now, but then Heyman maces Roman!! Roman is reeling and gagging from the intense pepper spray, while Heyman storms off. Why, Heyman, Why!? This is why: BROCK LESNAR IS HERE!! The Beast has a blinded Big Dog on a silver platter, and tees off with knees!
Roman does all he can to cover up but it doesn’t matter, Lesnar gets him down on the mat. Lesnar looms over Roman, and puts him in a guillotine choke! Roman can’t see, and now he can’t breathe! Heyman holds onto the Universal Championship, his master plan having worked perfectly. Lesnar lets Roman go, because Roman is out cold. Greensboro is a thunderous mix of cheers and jeers as Lesnar takes his belt back. The Beast and Advocate are ruthless as ever, because Lesnar goes back for more! Lesnar waits as Roman slowly sits up, and then picks him up, for the F5!! Fans want that “One More Time!” but Lesnar has had his fill for the night. Is Lesnar once again guaranteed to retain? Or will Roman recover and harness his rage to finally rip the belt from The Beast’s hands?
Six Man Tag: The Authors of Pain & Mojo Rawley VS Titus Worldwide & Bobby Roode!
Akam & Rezar have #KillerInstinct just like the former Hype Man, while The Real Deal and his rising star feel it’d be GLORIOUS to team with the former US Champion. As these two rivalries fuse in one match, which side will come out with momentum towards Summerslam?
Akam and Apollo Crews start, and Akam puts the star in a corner to then whip him corner to corner. Apollo goes up and over to then dropkick Akam. He wrenches an arm but Akam forearms Apollo down. Akam puts on a headlock, Rezar tags in, Apollo is fed to a boot. Rezar covers, TWO, but he keeps on Apollo with a neck wrench. We go picture in picture while Apollo endures. Apollo gets up but Rezar thros him down. Rezar trwash talks, then tasg in Akam. The AoP combine for an atomic drop and roundhouse. Cover, TWO, but Akam keeps on Apollo with another neck wrench. We go single picture as fans rally for Apollo. Apollo is put in a corner, but he dodges Akam to then enziguri him down. Hot tag to Mojo, and he blasts Titus down!
Mojo drags Apollo up and backs uplexes, but Apollo slips out to tag in Roode! Roode fires off on Mojo, then climbs up for a flying clothesline. He hits Rezar, too, then corner clotheslines Mojo. he whips but Mojo reverses. Mojo runs into a boot, then a GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Cover, but Rezar breaks it. Titus collides and clotheslines Rezar out, but Mojo hits him from behind. Mojo turns around, GLORIOUS DDT! Cover, Roode & Titus Worldwide win!
Winners: Roode & Titus Worldwide, Roode pinning
Is this the begging of a GLORIOUS new signing to Titus Brand? Or will the AoP rewrite the ending so that they conquer the veteran team?
Roman Reigns gets his eyes cleaned.
The Big Dog’s eyeballs are burning, but the medics quickly work to flush the pepper spray out. Will Roman be in any shape to even leave on his own?
WWE and Raw pay tribute to the late Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.
The WWE Universe and all of the wrestling world is saddened by this sudden loss. He started as a power lifter, but then got Stu Hart’s attention. Jim trained at the Dungeon, and then married Ellie Hart to become part of the family. Then came the founding of the Hart Foundation, with Bret Hart as his partner. Bret’s technique and Jim’s power helped them dominate the Tag Team Division and connect with the fans. Bret confirms Jim was just as fiery as his on-air persona. Jim had pride in his own accomplishments, but has even more pride in his daughter, Natalya. Ronda gave her support to Natty earlier, but may the entire Neidhart family be supported by our thoughts and prayers.
Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The Boss & Hug Connection looked to beat Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan again last week, but the Squad Leader made a surprise return! Ruby helped her team win, but is she ready for #BossTime in her return to in-ring action?
Raw returns as the Squad makes its entrance. We see their video message to the “best friends”. It’s easy to get along when things are going right, but the Squad wants to see if that bond withstands a Riott. The bell rings and Sasha ties up with Ruby. They go around and Sasha wrenches but Ruby throws a strong forearm. Ruby taunts Sasha, but runs into a hip toss. Sasha runs but Sarah swipes at her. Sasha still rolls Ruby up, ONE, but she gets an armlock. Sarah & Liv coach Ruby up, and Ruby grabs hair. Sasha wrenches to get her to stop, but Ruby grits her teeth. They stand up and Ruby fights with body shots. She whips Sasha but Sasha throws her to ropes. Ruby rolls Sasha up, TWO, and Bank Statement is on! Ruby scrambles and gets a ropebreak.
Sasha lets Ruby go, and Ruby rolls out. Sasha runs, but misses her baseball slide. Ruby’s kick is blocked, Sasha gives her a knee. The Squad distracts Sasha, and Ruby yanks her into steps. Then Ruby Mule Kicks the steps while Sasha’s hand is inside! The Squad mocks her pain while the referee helps Sasha get free. Ruby drags Sasha up and in, then covers. ONE, but Ruby keeps her cool as she kicks the bad arm. Ruby kicks Sasha more, and soaks in the heat. She drags Sasha up and wrenches that wrist. Sasha rolls her up, TWO, backslide now. ONE, and Ruby stomps the bad hand! Ruby mule kicks Sasha down, covers, TWO. Ruby grows frustrated, but she still looms over Sasha. She stomps Sasha, then drops a knee on the bad arm. The Squad leader is in control while we go to break.
Raw returns, and Ruby tortures Sasha’s bad arm. Fans rally behind Sasha as she endures. Sasha gets up but Ruby shifts to a keylock. Sasha keeps getting up and brings Ruby to a cover, ONE. Ruby still has the arm, and she slams Sasha’s arm into the mat. The Squad cheers their leader on, and Ruby wrenches Sasha’s wrist again. Ruby says Sasha’s friendhsip with Bayley is a joke. Sasha fires off chop after chop, then acrobatically arm-drags Ruby away! Ruby comes back, misses, til-o-whirl to a takedown. Sarah distracts and ruby whips, but Sasha elbows Ruby away. Sasha runs to DIVE onto Sarah! She hurries up and in, but Ruby is ready. Sasha still knees her back, but then Liv yanks Sasha down! Bayley protests, but then runs Liv over with a lariat. Sasha gets back up, but Ruby kicks her again. Roll up, Ruby wins!!
Winner: Ruby Riott, by pinfall
Her return is a success, with help from her friends. Can the Boss & Hug Connection survive with the Squad back at full power?
Corbin shows Angle that time is running out.
Angle has production staff check, but there’s no sign of Rollins yet. One of Raw’s biggest matches, and it might not happen because Angle waited this long. Stephanie won’t be happy. This isn’t a Constable problem, this is a GM problem. they can’t wait any longer. Angle has no choice but to go tot he ring. Will Rollins be here to join him?
Kurt Angle is in the ring!
Before he brings out the champion and challenger for the Intercontinental title, he wants to address Heyman’s and Lesnar’s actions. Roman is still good for Summerslam, but Angle won’t punish Lesnar. Roman will kick Lesnar’s ass to bring that title back to the show each week where it belongs! Lesnar is the worst champion of all time!
But here comes a current champion who does show up. Ziggler walks to the ring, followed by his Scottish Terminator. Rollins isn’t here, just call it. Do they look like they were born yesterday? Angle wasn’t going to suspend Lesnar no matter what, but he can’t afford to lose this title match. If Roman can’t stand, Angle might just prop Roman himself just to protect his job. Angle wanted them to wait, they would’ve been introduced. Sure sure. But does Ziggler have to defend or not? If not, he could do a stand-up set. Angle gives Rollins his intro, but nothing happens. He tries again, but still nothing.
This is over, Angle knew Rollins wasn’t going to arrive. But considering the beatings, Rollins’ “travel issues” could just be a way to stay far away from them. Rollins was a great champion, emphasis on “was”. There’s nothing you can google, Rollins couldn’t figure them out, so he quit. This might be a surprise, but McIntyre & Ziggler respect Rollins. Their alliance was to destroy complacency. If they’re fortunate to be up here, that’s when the hard work begins! Many think getting here is “making it”, but Rollins doesn’t think that way. Rollins fought to prove he’s the best, so these two worked that much harder to be that much better. Rollins was the Architect of his own downfall! He made the classic mistake of pushing himself for the fans.
Rollins busted his ass, for the WWE Universe! It’s a one-way street because Ziggler has been there. The fickle audience loves #BurnItDown, but they also loved #StoleTheShow. It’s all meaningless, because the second fans feel slighted or bored, because it happened with Ziggler. It’ll happen with Rollins, too, and the next guy and the next guy, and it’s all because of the fans! “It’s easy to be around for the fun times, but where the Hell were you for the hard times?” And for the first time in Ziggler’s career, he has someone who actually has his back. And not some mooch, no! The Scottish Psycho eggs Ziggler on to outdo himself to keep that title for the betterment of the company and the world of wrestling!
But Ziggler doesn’t care about the fans, the other wrestlers, or stealing a show. Ziggler & McIntyre do what they want, and take it all! So forego the formality, just hand the contract over and it can be officially Rollins’ forfeit. Angle hesitates, fans chant “Burn It Down!” but the contract is handed over. Ziggler signs on the dotted line, so that’s one half of this. Now where’s Rollins? Here he is!
The Kingslayer is fashionably late, and apologizes. Especially since we had to sit through Ziggler’s therapy session. Rollins hasn’t been completely honest, he was here for awhile already. But he wanted to wait for Ziggler to sign because he might have changed his mind. The truth is, Rollins had travel issues, just not his. And that clause about a corner man to match McIntyre, well… That’s there for a particular reason. Rollins is always stuck 2v1, so the Scottish Psycho better be ready for a LUNATIC FRINGE! Dean Ambrose is back! McIntyre is furious as he throws the table out. He and Ziggler stand their ground as the Shield Brothers rush the ring! And it’s a brawl! Ambgrose throws Ziggler out, SUPERKICK to DIRTY DEEDS for McIntyre! Fans are thunderous over this reunion! Rollins signs his half, and it’s official! Can the Lunatic help Rollins get his title back?
For a go-home Raw, this wasn’t half bad. It was essentially all filler, and started to drag at the end, but it had a great although expected ending. The opening was a good adjustment given the tragedy of Jim Neidhart’s passing. Ronda speaking from her heart was really sweet, and Ember Moon makes a great sub-in for a pretty solid match with Alexa. Ember wins for potential title talk later, but I hope Ronda standing tall won’t mean she loses. As I said last week, Ronda is organically over and it would make so much sense for her to be champ. The video package obviously had to be made on the spot, but boy did WWE do great with it, as always. I really do hope and pray Natty and the family will be okay through this unimaginably tough time.
Baron Corbin coming up with matches was a smart way for them to fill the card while also giving everyone else something to do. Corbin VS Breeze was an obvious squash, and I really hope Breeze dabbles in the Cruiserweight Division after Summerslam. Then obviously Corbin stacks the deck for Angle to then change it up, but Strowman is just so entertaining and over. I really hope he keeps that briefcase, his cash-in will be what saves Brooklyn from imploding should Roman win. And while everyone felt Heyman was going to swerve Roman about joining him and leaving Lesnar, I don’t think anyone saw it coming tonight. However, this is still Vince’s roundabout way of pushing Roman as the underdog Face fans don’t want, so again I refer back to Strowman being the ace in the hole.
Ricky Roberts got a new level of jobber squash treatment, where Lashley destroyed him before the bell could ever ring. Elias VS Lashley is a very filler grudge match, but hopefully stuff happens where they can each get back towards title contention as we move into the Fall. That Raw Tag title triple threat turned out way better than I expected, and B Team keeps surprising me. They’re having a 2v2 title match with The Revival for the kickoff show, and I can’t say they’d lose the titles there. The AoP & Mojo lose a filler Six Man Tag, but I still feel AoP find a way up to challenge on the way to Hell in a Cell.
Ruby VS Sasha was semi-filler because it at least gives Ruby a return win, and we can expand this towards Hell in a Cell and WWE Evolution for these two teams to be the Raw finalists for that desired Women’s Tag Team story. Then the story that dominated the night, that was made to be the final segment by any means necessary, the Intercontinental Championship contract signing definitely telegraphed the return of Dean Ambrose. It’s still fine, because it was still fun for both of them to run roughshod over Ziggler & McIntyre. This can go any number of ways, but in the case of Ambrose turning Heel, I hope they at least try a return to tag team action before then. They need something that’s hard to predict because the Lunatic Fringe needs to be that kind of unstable.
My Score: 7.7/10
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