While there’s still two weeks left, SmackDown is gaining speed towards Extreme Rules! First, Team Hell No is promised to kick off the show now that they’ve reunited AND been granted a shot at The Bludgeon Brothers’ tag team titles. Then, The Phenomenal AJ Styles will take on MC Artiste as a warm-up before Rusev Day!
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- WWE United States Championship Independence Day Open Challenge: Jeff Hardy VS ???; Hardy wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- Asuka VS James Ellsworth w/ Carmella; Double Count Out.
- AJ Styles VS Aiden English w/ Rusev; Styles wins.
- Becky Lynch VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Becky wins.
- The Usos VS Team Hell No; Team Hell No wins, keeping their SmackDown Tag Team Championship match against The Bludgeon Brothers at 2v2.
PLAY BY PLAY
Renee Young welcomes us to SmackDown!
And she welcomes to the ring, Kane & Daniel Bryan, Team Hell No!
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
The Big Red Machine has indeed returned, and he did so by saving his frenemy from the Bludgeon Brothers, Harper & Rowan. After five years, these two are back together and are set to challenge Harper & Rowan for their SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Extreme Rules! Their reunion and the “Hug Felt Around the World” made headlines. They’ve been successful despite their dysfunction, but that’s the beautiful part. Sometimes they fight, sometimes they hug, but they always deliver and are unstoppable! Kane and Bryan fought blindfolded and arms tied behind backs, and even fought The Shield in a TLC Match. They even graduated from Anger Management with Honors. Kane & Bryan have been through Hell, but they are back and better than ever!
But why did Kane come back? Well, Bryan has a bit of a temper. When he was attacked a couple weeks ago, Kane knew Bryan would get himself in trouble. Whether Bryan realizes it, he always has a demon watching over him. Well maybe not always. Bryan is excited to have Kane back and vows they will become the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions! Fans chant “YES! YES!” because they hope so, too. But when Kane said he has always watched over Bryan, that’s not exactly true. The last time they were in the ring together, it was as opponents. But as friends. Were they? Kane tried to end Bryan’s career. Well everyone wants to win. Kane tombstone’d Bryan three different times, outside of a match!
Kane wants to keep things focused on the present, not the past. If they are to win against Harper & Rowan, they need to focus on what unites them. But, Kane tried to kidnap Brie… “Tried”. They’ve had their differences, but Kane has always had Bryan’s back. No he hasn’t. Yes he has. No… Yes… No…! Yes…! NO. YES. NO! YES! Repeat. The Usos appear?!
Jimmy & Jey knew this was gonna happen. The Big Red Machine and #SweetBeats D-Bry, back in the tag team division. The tag team division just got hot! Remember when those two were the hottest team? Hell Yeah. But also argued a lot. Hell Yeah. And then the “YES YES” shirts versus the “NO NO” shirts. Hell Yeah! Is everyone excited for them to be back as a team? Hell Yeah! Do they deserve an opportunity at the titles? Hell NO!! Because The Usos know a lot has changed in five years. They’ve got SmackDown #OnLock, welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! Paige gave these two a shot at Extreme Rules just because they hugged!? The Usos have been hugging since they were two years old. They hug now! As a matter of fact, bring it in three more times. There, that’s four hugs, which is four more title shots!
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
That’s not what hugs mean. But if the Usos disagree, why don’t they come in and fight Hell No right now? Kane speaks up, because “what Daniel means” this is a team consideration and will get back to them. Kane doesn’t think he’s ready? Or is it that Kane thinks Bryan is the weak link?! Bryan has done so much since Kane was last here! But here comes GM Paige!
She didn’t mean to interrupt, but as GM, the Glampire has the obligation to do what’s right for the WWE Universe. Therefore, Team Hell No will face Harper & Rowan for the titles. But they do need to prove themselves, against the Usos in the main event! By the way, Jimmy & Jey, if you two win, you’ll be added to the match for a Triple Threat Tag! Fans are the ones who love that the most! Will the Penitentiary #LockDown Hell No and another chance at the Bludgeon Brothers? Or will Kane & Bryan say #HellNo to that?
Got it LOCKED DOWN, Uce?!? If @WWEUsos defeat #TeamHellNo TONIGHT, they will be added to the #SDLive #TagTeamTitles Match at #ExtremeRules! @RealPaigeWWE @WWEDanielBryan @KaneWWE pic.twitter.com/gnhwWEZkvE
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
Jeff Hardy speaks.
“The bald eagle is a powerful, aerial beast, soaring on thermal convection currents” with eyes able to spot prey up to two miles away. It is also a symbol of America’s ferocity, so as we celebrate this great nation’s independence, Hardy will carry this other symbol with great pride. “I am in search of my next prey.” And in exchange, he offers up the symbol. The challenge is now open! Who will accept!?
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
“Men, women. Sexist pig!” It doesn’t matter who she faces. She makes them all feel pain! James Ellsworth will not be ready for Asuka! Is the Empress of Tomorrow going to kick off Ellsworth’s head before coming after the FABULOUS Princess’ throne?
WWE United States Championship Independence Day Open Challenge: Jeff Hardy VS ???
The Charismatic Enigma must still wait for the King of Strong Style to recover. But he will not sit quietly, for he hungers for challengers. And on the eve of Independence Day, the champion faces… The Hollywood A-Lister, The Miz! The Miz was a WWE US Champion in the past, can he bring it back around again?
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Miz and Hardy circle while fans rally up already. They tie up, and Miz knees low. Miz clubs Hardy to a corner, then stomps away. He brings Hardy up, whips and goes for a hip toss, but gets a jawbreaker from Hardy. Hardy kicks low and goes for the Twist, but Miz pushes out. Miz runs in but misses, then hits the mat while Hardy goes up. Miz manages to stop Hardy, then climb up. Hardy resists the superplex to knock Miz down. Hardy readjusts, but Miz rolls away. Miz catches his breath while we go picture in picture.
Hardy waits for Miz to return, because Miz will have to if he wants the belt. Miz slides in but slides out, so Hardy pursues. They go back in and Miz is there to stomp Hardy out. Miz backs off at 4, and Hardy staggers to the ropes. Miz is on him with a sleeper hold, but Hardy fights back. Hardy goes to run but Miz yanks him down by his hair. The ref reprimands Miz, but Miz just stalks Hardy for the low boot. he misses, Hardy rolls up, TWO. Hardy kicks low, but Miz again escapes the Twist. Miz slips back out of the ring to catch his breath again. Hardy waits, but again Miz baits him into cat and mouse. Miz runs, and catches Hardy with knees. Miz throws Hardy back out, then runs to try the wrecking ball. Hardy dodges, then clobbers Miz with a haymaker.
Hardy catches his breath against the announce desk, then climbs up to the apron. He fires the fans up before leaping onto Miz with a lariat! Hardy refreshes the count, then bounces Miz off the announce desk several times! When he’s done, he puts Miz back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps on Miz with a chinlock. Miz endures, stands up and powers out. Miz gets Hardy with the kitchen sink knee, then takes his time catching his breath. We return to single picture as Miz mocks the DELETE. He brings Hardy back up, and goes to bump him off buckles. Hardy turns it around to bump Miz in one corner, then another, then another. Hardy gets all four corners and gives Miz more and more buckle bumps! Miz is down, and fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” Miz knees Hardy then low boots! Cover, TWO!
Miz keeps on Hardy with a knee and half surfboard. Fans rally for Hardy as he endures the stretch. Hardy powers up to his feet, then fights against the hold. Hardy turns it around on Miz, but Miz turns it back around and brings Hardy to his knees. Fans rally again, and Hardy powers up again. Hardy turns the hold back around once more, but Miz kicks low. Miz swings but Hardy counters and hits back. Hardy gives more haymakers, then a kick, then a whip. Miz reverses, but Hardy hits back with forearms. Hardy atomic drops, and leg-splitting leg drops on top! Dropkick added, cover, TWO! Hardy whips Miz but Miz kicks him away. Miz runs but is dumped outside. Hardy builds speed and hits the baseball slide! Miz hits barriers, but Hardy isn’t done. DELETE leaping attack, but Miz sends him into barriers!
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
Hardy is down while the count begins. Miz drags Hardy up while we go to break.
SmackDown returns as both Miz and Hardy slowly stand in the ring. Hardy hits Miz with the spinning back kick, but both men are down again. Fans rally for Hardy as he and Miz brawl on their knees. They go back and forth, and brawl as they stand up. Hardy gets the edge, but Miz counters to the full nelson. Hardy throws him off and hits a corner clothesline. Miz sits down, here comes the Hardyac, but Miz kicks it away. Miz runs out, but into the Twist- No, full nelson, but Hardy rolls! TWO, DDT from Miz! Cover, TWO! Miz gets up, runs in, and hits the A-List clothesline. Hardy staggers out while Miz climbs up. Miz leaps, but Hardy gets under. Hardy elbows back, then Whisper in the Wind! Cover, TWO!
Hardy isn’t sure what to do now, but he doesn’t lose hope. He takes off the shirt and calls for the Twist. Miz stands, Hardy kicks low but Miz again denies the Twist. He rolls Hardy, but feet on the ropes! The referee spots it and stops the count! Miz thinks he’s won, but the referee points out he saw Miz was cheating. Miz protests but runs into Twist of Fate! Hardy climbs up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Hardy wins!
Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall; still WWE United States Champions
The second open challenge for the champion, and the champion is still the same. Hardy keeps his momentum red hot, will he be able to keep it going all Summer? Or will someone shut him down before the Fall?
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
James Ellsworth speaks.
Men are the superior specimen. Men have stronger muscles, bones are tougher, brains are bigger–especially his. Women aren’t ready for Asuka, but he’s all man. The Battle of the Sexes when he puts Asuka in her place. #MellaisMoney, and #EllsworthisExquisite. Generalizing aside, is this “man” really ready for one of the most dangerous women in WWE today?
Byron Saxton is in the ring.
As everyone in America knows, July 4th is Independence Day. But tonight, the New Day has requested time for a special something: The Inaugural 3rd of July Pancake Eating Contest! Therefore, welcome the Patriots of Positivity! Awwwwww~ Omaha! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for your four-time champs, and feel~ the power~!
Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods bring out patriotic pancakes that are red, white and blue, then hit the ring. Byron makes the introductions for Kofi Kingston and his long list of accolades, as well as “the Doctor of Defenestration” Xavier Woods and the abridged version of Big E’s intro. Five minutes on the clock, and the rules are as follows: they will each have that time to eat as many pancakes as possible. They must swallow all the pancakes and NOT throw up. Big E has red, Xavier has white and Kofi has blue. “New Day, are you ready!?” YES!! WWE Universe, are you ready!? YES!! Then… GO! The New Day shoves pancakes into their mouths, but then the lights go out! Why? Because SAnitY is here!
And they ambush from behind! Young, Wolfe & Dain toss each member of the New Day around, and then throw Big E and Kofi out. They pick up Woods, and throw him into the legs of the table! Big Damo throws Big E into steps, while Young chokes Woods on the ropes. Damo isn’t done, he tosses Big E over the announce desk! Young holds Woosd to watch Wolfe feed Kofi to Damo’s Divide! And finally, the table is set back up so that they can bring Woods over. Damo bounces Woods’ face off the table, and he and Wolfe hold Woods for Young’s flying elbow drop through the table!!
There's nothing sweet about the CHAOTIC ending to #TheNewDay’s 1st Annual 3rd of July Pancake Eating Contest… #SDLive #SAniTY @TheEricYoung @KillianDain @TheWWEWolfe @XavierWoodsPhD pic.twitter.com/mY78gUiESb
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
Anarchy annihilates this inaugural pancake eating party, will SAnitY turn this into the Summer of Chaos?
Asuka VS James Ellsworth w/ Carmella!
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
It’s a Battle of the Sexes for a new generation as the Empress of Tomorrow looks to get payback at the “Exquisite” Ellsworth for the Money in the Bank screw job he helped the FABULOUS Princess pull. Will Ellsworth’s comments earlier tonight be his famous last words?
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
And to add fuel to the fire, Carmella makes sure to make her own entrance separate from Ellsworth to then trash talk the Empress. She joins commentary while Ellsworth does some last stretches. Ellsworth then rolls up his sleeves and asks for the bell. The bell rings, he pumps up, but Asuka shoves him down! Ellsworth gets out of the ring, but Carmella orders him back in. He obeys, but runs into strikes from Asuka! Ellsworth retreats again, but Carmella angrily orders him to man up. He takes off his shirt, “mans up”, and circles with Asuka. He gets a waistlock, but Asuka elbows out to then throw palm strikes from all sides!
Asuka back kicks, fireman’s carry, and spins around! She dumps a dizzy Ellsworth down, and he’s close to throwing up. Asuka SLAPS him! And then backhands him! Ellsworth escapes again, but Asuka pursues! They run into the crowd! Asuka chases the lankly Ellsworth, but the ring count reaches 10!
Double Count Out
But wait, they come back! And Asuka gets in arms length, only for Carmella to shove Asuka down! The Princess trash talks Asuka, then drags Ellsworth away. Granted, Ellsworth is wearing his wrestling trunks, but it’s clear Carmella still wears the pants in this relationship. Will Asuka get her revenge on them both when Extreme Rules comes around?
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 4, 2018
Kane and Bryan meet backstage.
Bryan has diagrams for tonight’s match? No, there’s no time for that. They need to get on the same page. Kane needs to apologize. For what? Bryan reveals those papers are a timeline of all the times Kane mistreated Bryan! Kane stops Bryan’s list of grievances, and apologizes. For which one? For them all. They’re like brothers. But, Kane set his brother, Undertaker, on fire once. Well, he knows what that means! The Usos are at the top of their game. One mistake, Hell No loses. When they’re united, no one can stop them! It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 or 50 years, they’ve created a fire no one can extinguish. And then, they will be tag team champions. Now, is Bryan ready for the Usos? “YES! YES!”
AJ Styles VS Aiden English w/ Rusev!
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
The Bulgarian Brute earned his first shot at a world title in the Gauntlet Match a few weeks back, and did his best to be respectful to the Phenomenal WWE Champion. However, MC Artiste wasn’t so respectful, and got a haymaker for it. Now the Drama King looks to show Styles isn’t as phenomenal as advertised. Will English perform a symphony of sorrow for Styles? Or will Styles roll on towards an extreme Rusev Day?
Styles speaks before the match, saying that at Extreme Rules, he will defend against someone bigger and stronger. “But what else is new?” That’s what makes it fun, right? Styles likes proving people wrong. Rusev said he’ll break down the House that AJ STyles Built, and take that belt away. What does he think this is? A rental property? Now, Rusev is a Super Athlete, but he’s not Phenomenal. Before Styles can say more, Rusev & English appear! Rusev doesn’t care how phenomenal Styles is, he hasn’t faced “this Rusev.” This Rusev has his first WWE world title opportunity, and it’s going to be on Rusev Day. Rusev meant what he said about breaking down the door and evicting Styles to move in to the House that Styles Built.
"At #ExtremeRules, I'm coming to break down the door, evict you, throw you out on the street, take that title, and move into the house that YOU'VE built!" Quite the game plan from @RusevBUL… #SDLive @AJStylesOrg pic.twitter.com/Ur9Rt5oQe7
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 4, 2018
English, what day are they moving in? Rusev Daaaay~! Rusev leaves the ring to English and the bell rings. But one last thing. English ambushes Styles! Never mind then. English stomps Styles, then brings him up for more while we go picture in picture.
The referee backs English off while Styles gets out of the ring. English waits, but only a moment. He goes out to attack Styles, but Styles puts him into barriers. English clubs Styles back, and both men go into the ring. English has Styles in a corner and fires away. He whips Styles corner to corner, and Styles hits buckles hard. English drags Styles up for more haymakers, but Styles chops back! Styles backs English down, throws haymakers, then whips. English reverses but Styles clubs him again. Styles kicks English down, then brings him up for forearms. He waistlocks but English switches. Styles bucks English but English holds on by the waistband to then club Styles in the back again. English hits a swinging neckbreaker, covers, TWO!
English keeps his cool as he drags Styles up. He knees low, then pushes Styles for another kidney shot. He goes again and hits another shot while we go single picture. Fans duel between Styles and Rusev Day, and Styles elbows back. Styles throws hands and kicks, then runs, but into a kick from English. English suplexes Styles up, but Styles gets on the apron. Styles shoulders in, slingshots up and over, but into a full nelson slam! Cover, TWO! Rusev coaches English as English puts Styles in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Styles but they still duel. Styles fights back, bobs and weaves, for the Phenomenal Blitz! English goes down, and Styles adds the sliding forearm! English gets to a corner, but Styles is on him with a corner clothesline to Ushigoroshi!
But Styles won’t cover there, he brings English up for the Clash. English counters, but gets countered back, Calf Crusher! English endures the pain, but he taps! Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by submission
But Rusev strikes! He drags Styles out to then throw him into the post! MACHKA KICK! English may have failed to win, but the Bulgarian Brute is still softening up Styles for himself. He puts Styles in the ring, for the Accolade! Styles doesn’t tap, but he does fade out. Will this happen again at Extreme Rules to crown a new WWE Champion?
The IIconics speak.
Selfie cam! Smile! Or, no, game face. Peyton Royce vows to expose Becky Lynch as a has-been sidekick who deserves to be kicked to the side. The IIconics are beautiful from all angles, but they have a nasty side, too. Peyton will do her best to hurt Becky, and that will be something to smile about.
Carmella reprimands Ellsworth.
But then Paige finds them. She likes this vibe, using a man to protect her title. But Ellsworth can’t run away for long, he has a rematch with Asuka. And since he’s “such a ladies man”, he’ll make his wildest dreams come true. Imagine: the ring is surrounded by all the women of SmackDown. Yes, it’ll be a Lumberjack match! Ellsworth claims to be ready for Asuka, but will he be ready for the entire SmackDown Women’s Division?
Becky Lynch VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!
The Lass Kicker already has a win over one-half of the Iconic Duo, but can she get the sweep?
The bell rings and the two circle. Peyton powers Becky to a corner then rams her shoulder in again and again. Becky dodges to hip toss Peyton down. Billie swipes at Becky but Peyton runs in. Becky rolls Peyton, ONE. Becky knees low then whips Peyton to a corner. Peyton puts Becky on the apron but Becky shoulders back. Billie distracts Becky but Becky gets her to back down. Becky climbs up but Peyton intercepts! Fireman’s carry, rolling Death Valley! Cover, TWO! The IIconcis are furious, but Peyton keeps on Becky with knee strikes. Peyton glares down at Becky as she kicks her around. Fans rally for Becky, but Peyton puts her in a standing abdominal stretch. Becky endures, pops out and snapmares Peyton down.
Peyton crawls to ropes an drop toeholds Becky into them. She chokes Becky on the ropes, but backs off at 4. Becky crawls but Peyton is on her with a snapmare and seated abdominal stretch. Becky endures while fans rally up again. She and Peyton stand, Becky rolls, TWO. Becky headbutts low, then again. Peyton dodges the third to shove Becky. Becky narrowly avoids the heel kick, then blocks the next kick into a Becksploder! Fans fire up as Becky kicks. Becky whips but Peyton holds ropes. Peyton kicks, but then runs into a kick from Becky. Becky runs in but gets boots. Peyton hits a knee on the run, then drags Becky up again. Scoop to the fireman’s, but crucifix into Disarm-her! Peyton taps, Becky wins!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission
And there’s the #IIconicSweep for the Lass Kicker! Becky is straight fire as of late, can she burn a path straight to the title?
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.
The King of Strong Style wonders why Hardy paints his face. Is he a clown? Is he insane? Or is Hardy just ashamed? Extreme Rules, Nakamura vows to strip away everything, from pride to honor to the United States Championship!
The Usos VS Team Hell No!
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
Two tag teams that have dominated their respective runs in the Tag Team Division are set to collide! Kane & Bryan will still have their shot at Harper & Rowan for the titles, but can they keep the Uso Penitentiary from going extreme?
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
The bell rings and Bryan starts against Jimmy. The two circle and tie up, and Jimmy gets a headlock. Bryan powers out but Jimmy runs him over. Jimmy runs but Bryan drop toeholds into the leg half of the surfboard. Bryan grabs the arms, and brings Jimmy up all the way! He then drops Jimmy down to tag in Kane. Bryan holds Jimmy for Kane to boot! Kane brings Jimmy up for his uppercut, then stomps a mudhole in the corner. Tag to Bryan, and Kane whips Bryan in for a dropkick. Bryan brings Jimmy up but Jimmy gets him tot he Uso corner. Tag to Jey and Jey forearms Bryan. Jey then runs, but Bryan meets him with a dropkick! Bryan tags Kane, and the Big Red Machine brings Jey up for a scoop slam. Kane drops the elbow, but misses.
Jey tags Jimmy, and Jimmy climbs up. Jimmy leaps, but into Kane’s grip! Jey, too, and Kane pushes both Usos out! The Usos drag Kane out to beat him down, but Bryan comes in. Bryan misses Jey and gets an uppercut from Jimmy. Jey runs, builds speed and DIVES on Kane! Jimmy does the same, to DIVE on Kane! Kane goes down, and the Usos have control while we go to break.
SmackDown returns once more, and Bryan backs Jimmy down with haymakers. Jimmy whips Bryan corner to corner but Bryan goes up and over. Things speed up and Bryan takes Jimmy down with the leaping lariat. Bryan runs in for the corner dropkick, then kicks away. Bryan stops at 4, then hoists Jimmy up top. He climbs up to join Jimmy, and just manages the SUPER Steiner! Bryan fires up again, and gives Jimmy proper YES Kicks! He kicks and kicks, then goes for the buzzsaw, but misses. Jimmy shoves and Bryan ends up on the apron. Bryan fights off Jey, but gets Jimmy’s Dragon Whip kick! Bryan goes down, and Jimmy tags Jey. Jey runs over to Bryan to run him over with a clothesline.
Kane can only watch as Jey stalks Bryan. Jey chops Bryan then puts him in the ring. He drags Bryan up for a scoop slam, then more stomps. Jey tags in Jimmy, and the Usos stomp away on Bryan. Jimmy runs in for the hip attack! Cover, TWO! Jimmy keeps on Bryan with a chinlock. Fans rally for Bryan as Bryan reaches for his corner. Jimmy holds on and even hops on, but Bryan still walks forward. He and Kane reach out for each other, but Jimmy throws Bryan down by his hair. Jimmy tags Jey, and Jey climbs up. Jimmy brings Bryan up, backbreaker to ax handle chop! Jey tags Jimmy back in, and the Usos split the wishbone. Jimmy brings Bryan up, whips him, but Bryan dodges to build speed, double crossbodies take them both out!
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
Fans rally up as both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Jey and Kane! Kane rallies on Jey, whips and boots him down. Kane hits a corner splash, then the sidewalk slam. Cover, but Jimmy breaks it. Kane uppercuts Jimmy away, but Jey dropkicks Kane out. Kane is back on his feet, but Jimmy DIVES! Only for Kane to send him into barriers. Jey tries but runs into a right hand. Kane gets back in the ring, and stalks Jey with choke slam on deck. He grabs Jey by the throat, but Jey fights out. Jimmy tags in, SUPERKICK! Kane only staggers, but the Usos see Bryan. Bryan flies in, but into double SUPERKICKS! The Usos see Kane, SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!
Jimmy is surprised, but he and Jey tag again. Jey and Jimmy climb up opposite corners, aiming for Kane. Double UCE– Into double hands! Kane feeds Jimmy to the KNEE PLUS, CHOKE SLAM for Jey! Cover, Team Hell No wins!
Winners: Team Hell No, Kane pinning
YES YES YES, Hell No wins. But Bryan wants Kane to mean it when he celebrates. Kane does it strong, and then they hug it out!
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2018
But wait, here come the Bludgeon Brothers. Harper & Rowan, armed with their hammers, take a good hard look at their lone challengers. No more celebrating, because doom is on the horizon. Will Team Hell No be brought into their own tag team apocalypse? Or will they introduce Harper & Rowan to hellfire, brimstone and a lot of heart?
A pretty solid SmackDown, and certainly in comparison to last night’s Raw. The opening segment made a lot of sense, other teams should be upset that Kane & Bryan get a shot at the titles already without really earning it. Granted, the Usos have had their own chances, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t earn another like Paige put out there tonight. The main event was a great match, and given Kane’s hoss monster style, his ring rust didn’t really show compared to the faster Bryan and Usos. With this win, Team Hell No earns their shot, but that buzzkill appearance by Harper & Rowan definitely assures this match is going to be great on physicality alone.
Hardy and Miz put on a great match, but of course Hardy keeps the title to face Nakamura at Extreme Rules. I think Nakamura’s little bite at the screen was a reference to that dog attacking. It’s rather serendipitous, really, because now their match can happen at the PPV rather than on TV. That pancake eating contest becoming a SAnitY raid was actually brilliant. Now we’ll get the hottest trio in a long time against the hit NXT trio, because why not? Ellsworth VS Asuka did not go how anyone hoped, but that’s okay, we’ll get even bigger and better satisfaction next week in that Lumberjack match. Styles VS English went as expected, but I hoped Rusev was going to stay Face in this feud. Granted, Heel Rusev has always been his strongest persona, but Face VS Face is so rare in WWE I wish they’d give it a try.
Becky VS Peyton was at a very fast pace, but that was for the sake of time. Great to see Becky on this roll, but with her going up against single members of duos, I’m expecting something to happen that calls Charlotte to the rescue, and we get #TeaGenerationX taking on The IIconics and/or Mandy-Sonya for a right at Women’s Tag Team Championships. Essentially, the Women’s Divisions will parallel each other in some way again, and we get one Raw team and one SmackDown team for the inaugural champions. The Four Horsewomen going 2v2 against each other would be pretty cool, but at the same time, Bayley & Sasha have their own feud to worry about first. Maybe it’ll be two members of Riott Squad against Becky-Charlotte instead, which will still be fun.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE Survivor Series Results & Report! (11/18/18)
WWE brand warfare returns! Will Daniel Bryan be able to conquer The Beast, Brock Lesnar? Will Charlotte Flair be ready for Rowdy Ronda Rousey?
- Kickoff Show – 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination Match: SmackDown wins, The Usos surviving.
- Women’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown; Raw wins, Nia Jax surviving.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion VS WWE United States Champion: Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Rollins wins.
- Raw Tag Team Champions VS SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS The Bar w/ The Big Show; The Authors of Pain win.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali; Murphy wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- Men’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown; wins, ??? surviving.
- Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair; wins.
- WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar VS WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan; wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s time for the WWE Survivor Series Kickoff Show!
Jonathan Coachman, David Otunga, and two WWE Hall of Famers, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Beth “The Glamazon” Phoenix start us off!
Alexa Bliss rallies her team.
SmackDown’s attack clearly showed that they’re afraid, and ready to play dirty. Raw will win, but that’s not enough. The Goddess wants “total humiliation.” Did no one see what Nia Jax did to Becky Lunch’s face? And Ruby Riott says they have luck on their side. Speaking of luck, has Natty fixed her daddy’s broken sunglasses? Natty attacks!! Team Raw scrambles to separate Natty and Ruby, and Alexa Bliss shouts over all of them. This is NOT how they’re doing this! Natty and Ruby, if you can’t get along, you’re off the team! They freak out again, but that’s the captain’s choice. With spots open at the last minute, will there be anyone to fill them? Or is Raw going into a handicap scenario against SmackDown?
The WWE General Managers join the panel!
The Glampire in Chief and the “Acting” Lone Wolf join King and Coach to talk Survivor Series. Paige is feeling the win is coming because SmackDown is a family. But then Corbin’s guys, Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush, appear! Do you know what’s missing from this panel? The “Almighty” Lashley. His pecs are sculpted by Michaelangelo. Lashley is walking art. Los Angeles is witnessing art. Lashley double guns, and Lio says everyone better get ready. Another statue will be built in honor of the Rocky Mountain Machine. His favorite pose, the double cheeks! Lashley the living legend destroys SmackDown tonight. Coach redirects the discussion to the matches, so Lio and Lashley take their leave. Their behavior only makes Paige feel even more confident her men win.
With all this emotion as Raw and SmackDown go head-to-head, what else makes Paige confident her teams win? She’s confident because they’re all families, because they’re all united, and because they’re all coached by Paige, and not an interim GM. Baron Corbin doesn’t care about that, his guys are getting along for tonight. Corbin knows there’s dysfunction, but he is sure they’ll all work together as one. Then there’s Seth Rollins against Shinsuke Nakamura, the Architect is one of the best. Brock Lesnar takes on Daniel Bryan, and Bryan probably doesn’t last two minutes. And while SmackDown’s Women’s team invaded, Raw’s team has lost members because of dysfunction.
Well egos clash, but when the bell rings, Raw comes together to win, and get back at Shane McMahon for stealing the World Cup. The women will come together to get back at SmackDown for the raid. And Corbin is going to earn being permanent GM. Paige says that her underdog teams always find a way. Just look at Daniel Bryan. But then, their women’s team also has a blank fifth spot. Well that’ll be a secret until the match, and that’ll be a perfect fit to win.
Moving from that, Becky Lynch can’t compete because of the concussion, how did that affect things? Paige did let Becky choose her replacement, and Charlotte Flair was the best choice. Corbin isn’t so sure Charlotte can be ready for Ronda in just a few days. Charlotte beat Asuka at Wrestlemania. But Asuka is not Ronda. Ronda had a bad arm after what Becky did but Ronda’s fought with worse. Corbin and Paige are each confident as can be, but whose teams will be the best in WWE?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
The war of words was personal between Ronda and Becky, and then between Ronda and Charlotte. The thing about social media, people love you then hate you. But that’s not what this match is about, it’s about Ronda VS Charlotte. Even frenemy Becky knows The Queen gets it done when it matters. Ronda wants to bring up Horsewomen? Fine. Anyone can hold up the four fingers, but Charlotte is the only one with the birthright to make it mean something. Charlotte fights for SmackDown and for herself. She will prove no one can lace up her boots, and even the Baddest Woman on the Planet will bow down.
Naomi rallies Team SmackDown.
With Charlotte moving up to face Ronda Rousey, they have a spot open. The Glow steps up to be the new captain, and Raw is on the ropes. The important thing to remember is that these four must stay united. And that includes their new fifth: R-Truth? He thanks them for including him, but he’s not the fifth woman. Because he’s not a woman! Why’s science gotta matter?
Moving on, the fifth is Mandy Rose. And she’s so glad everyone “came to your senses.” Now they might be upset after she was too truthful, but tonight will be the biggest night of their careers. And she’s not going to throw it away just to fight with them. Sonya Deville is the only one standing up for Mandy but she doesn’t make it easy. Naomi keeps them calm, because SmackDown needs to show they’re the better WWE Women’s Division. Truth even joins in on the hands-in moment. With dysfunction going against dysfunction, which Women’s Division will survive?
Kickoff Show – 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination Match!
Raw is #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS as Bobby Roode & Chad Gable lead The Ascension, The Lucha House Party, The B-Team and The Revival against SmackDown! But The Usos are ready to put all of WWE Tag Team wrestling on #LOCKDOWN as they lead The New Day, The Club, The Colons and SAnitY! Who will survive to establish tag team supremacy?
Awww~ LA! The New Day starts by introducing Survivor Series! “The one night a year where we have SmackDown going up against Monday Night Raw.” Fans are on SmackDown’s side as they boo Raw. And Xavier Woods enjoys bringing it up. To the head-to-head competition, this is about brand supremacy. And what better way to kick things off, than with who? Who who who? SmackDown’s Tag Team Division, BABY~! The New Day introduce the other teams, starting with The Club, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows! Second, the “sliest cousins” in WWE, Primo & Epico Colon! Third, the craziest and chaotic people on earth, SAnitY! And last but certainly not least, the “fearless leaders”, perhaps the greatest team on the planet, The Usos! Jimmy & Jey have mics of their own and welcome Raw to the SmackDown Penitentiary!
Raw’s teams come out, starting with the #TopGuys, The Revival, Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder! Then the Cruiserweight trio, Lucha House Party! Third, The Ascension, Konnor & Viktor! Fourth, The B-Team, Bo Dallas & Curt Axel! And last but absolutely GLORIOUS, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable! Gable says the captains are here, so Team Raw is here. LA still likes SmackDown better. Gable says Raw starts Survivor Series with a win. Roode agrees, and it will be… GLORIOUS! All ten teams are here, and we can finally begin!
Anything can eliminate a duo, and it only takes pinning one man to eliminate them both. Of course that means extra members for the trios must stand down, so Kofi Kingston and Alexander Wolfe for SmackDown, and Gran Metalik for Raw, hover at ringside.
To begin, it’s Kalisto and Epico. They tie up, Kalisto gets a waistlock but Epico reverses to an arm wrench. Epico snapmares but Kalisto handsprings through. Kalisto whips but Epico reverses. Kalisto handstands and handsprings but Epico kicks him down. Epico suplexes Kalisto up and holds him there! Then drops him after 5! Cover, ONE, but Epico stays on Kalisto with a back suplex. Kalisto slips out, but jams a leg. Kalisto hobbles but he’s okay. Woods shouts to sweep the leg, but Epico walks into an elbow. Tag to Lince Dorado, and he dropkicks Eipco down. Tag to Kalisto again, and Kalisto manages to run, for the elevated splash! Lince planking! Kalisto covers, TWO! Epico survives and gets Kalisto with a back suplex! Epico drags Kalisto over, puts him on the ropes, and tags in Primo.
Primo runs in for the big back attack. He adds a slingshot senton and a dropkick before bringing Kalisto back up. Primo kicks and sweeps the leg! But Kalisto shoves Primo into Epico! Primo stops Kalisto but Dawson tags in. Kalisto skins the cat to springboard in, but Primo dodges. Kalisto makes his knee feel worse, and Primo adds a leg DDT! But then The Revival pounces on Primo with a Shatter Machine! Cover, The Revival ELIMINATES The Colons!
But then Anderson comes in and goes after Dash Wilder. Anderson whips but Dash reverses. Dash runs in but Anderson dodges and hits the jump kick! Dawson runs into a spinebuster! Dash gets a spinebuster! Roode helps LHP check on Kalisto while Axel saves Dash from the pin. Dash tags Axel and Axel brings Anderson to a corner for buckle bumps and stomps. Metalik subs in for Kalisto while Axel whips Anderson corner to corner. Axel gives Anderson a back elbow, then snapmares for a neck snap! Cover, TWO! Axel drags Anderson over and stomps with the “B-Team! B-Team! GO GO GO!” chant. Tag to Bo Dallas and he hits a corner clothesline, then feeds Anderson to Axel’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Bo keeps on Anderson with a whip but Anderson reverses. Bo back elbows Anderson but Gallows gets a sucker kick! Roll up, The Club ELIMINATES The B-Team!
Gable hops in for Team Raw, so Anderson tags out to Big E! Fans fire up for this show down and rally up with “New! Day Rocks!” But then Big Damo tags in!? Killian Dain rushes Gable, fights out of the waistlock, but Gable slips out of the lift. Gable fires off but gets the Divide crossbody! Cover, TWO! Damo tags in Eric Young, and SAnitY works together for the Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, Roode saves his partner. Damo grabs Roode and throws him out, but Roode’s on the apron. Roode baits Damo out, then Gable elbows Young. Gable tags Roode then climbs up. Roode brings Young around with a neckbreaker, Gable adds his moonsault! Cover, Roode & Gable ELIMINATE SAnitY!
But then Big E scoops Roode! Konnor tags in and attacks Big E. Konnor runs Big E over, then stares him down. Big E gets Konnor in the abdominal stretch! And puts some stank on it with the spanks! Konnor pops out and throws Big E down hard. Woods baits Konnor in for the swing kick, but Konnor catches Woods on the springboard. Fall Away Slam! Woods is in the Raw territory, and Viktor tags in. The Ascension mug Woods with double punches, clubs and kicks. Cover, ONE! Viktor keeps on Woods with a chinlock while Kofi coaches Woods up with blue pancakes. Fans rally and Woods gets up. Woods fights back but Viktor clubs him down. Viktor whips but Woods dodges. Woods slides, roaring elbow! Tag to Big E and the New Day work together.
Somehow Woods gets Big E up for the electric chair splash! Cover, The New Day ELIMINATES The Ascension! Metalik hops in, Big E whips but avoids the handspring. Big E likes that, and tags out to Gallows. Gallows kicks low then whips, but Metalik kicks back. Tag to Lince, and he climbs up for a crossbody! But Gallows catches him, gives him to Anderson, but Lince resists! Lince huricanranas Andersno, and counters Gallows with a stunner! Gallows bails out, Lince builds speed, but into Anderson. Anderson stops the huricanrana, but only for a moment! Anderson hits ropes and tumbles out. Lucha House Party DOUBLE Asai! Lince puts Anderson in, tags Metalik in, and Metalik climbs for his tight rope springboard swanton! Cover, The Lucha House Party ELIMINATES The Club!
Now we’re down to SmackDown’s Usos and New Day against Raw’s Revival, Lucha House Party and Roode-Gable. Jimmy jumps in to face Metalik, and the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants start. They tie up and Jimmy puts Metalik in the corner for a BIG uppercut. Metalik hits back with a dropkick! tag to Lince, who CHOPS away on Uso! Lince whips but Jimmy reverses, only for Lince to roll him up. TWO, Lince runs to springboard, quebrada! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy gets Lince but gets in the tilt-o-whirl headscissors. Jey tags in, Lince runs into the pop-up Samoan Drop! Cover, The Usos ELIMINATE Lucha House Party! Now it’s the captains and one other team for each side.
Woods tags in to take on Dawson. They tie up and go around, Woods gets the wristlock. Dawson reaches but Woods keeps him away from Dash. Dash falls in but Dawson uses that to get a tug on hair and the uppercut. Tag to Gable and Woods is fed to the boot. Gable stomps Woods, then he tweaks the knee. Gable keeps on Woods, then tags to Dawson. Dawson drops legs and elbows, then a headbutt. Fans rally for SmackDown as Dawson looms over Woods. Dawson hits the Usos just because, then whips Woods. Woods boots him away, then rolls up, TWO! Woods heads for Big E but Dawson reels him in. So Woods hits Roode & Gable, then hits Dash. Flying missile dropkick hits Dawson! Fans rally and Woods heads for his corner. Dawson tags in Dash, tag to Big E!
Big E throws Dash overhead! Then again! And then to the side! Fans fire up as Big E swivels those hips. Big E runs, but has to hit Dawson first. Dash rolls Big E, TWO! Big E throws Dash, Gable tags in. Gable catches Big E in an Exploder! Tag to Roode, and they coordinate again. Chaos Theory Neckbreaker!! Cover, TWO!! New Day survives and Team Raw can’t believe it. Roode refocuses, and winds it up. GLORIOUS, kick, but no DDT as Big E elbows out. Woods tags in, and whips Roode into the urenage backstabber! Cover, but Gable LEAPS to break it! Jimmy comes in but is thrown out. Dawson DIVES?! He takes out Jimmy and even Kofi! Woods wrecks Dawson, but Dash hits a tornado DDT!? The Revival pulls out all the stops for Raw, but then Big E SPEARS through Dash!!
Roode & Gable stand up in the ring and see everyone gather. Gable builds speed, Roode gives him a BOOST! Gable bowls everyone over! Now Roode wants some, and he builds speed, to run into a SUPERKICK! Jey puts Roode out, and he decides to be… GLORIOUS! And FLIES! Jey takes out the others, but then Gable gets Jimmy up top. Gable comes around behind Jimmy, SUPER GERMAN onto the others! Everyone is down and fans are loving it! Gable tags in from Roode, and they bring Woods up. They want another combo, but Woods pushes Roode and Gable is tripped up. Roode elbows Woods, then back suplexes. Woods slips out to tag Big E. Woods boots Roode, then Honor Rolls Roode! Big E sees Gable, catches him, and then Woods climbs! MIDNIGHT HOUR! Cover, and Woods keeps Roode down, New Day ELIMINATES Gable & Roode!
Dash goes after Woods, but runs into Big E’s arms. Dawson sunset flips and it sends Dash flying, but still a cover! TWO, and Dawson goes for a tornado. The DDT hits but Woods tagged in. Woods runs in, but his DDT is denied. Woods kicks Dawson, then suplexes, but Dash tags in. Dawson is sent out and Dash is put in a corner. Dash puts Woods on the apron but Woods hits back. Woods climbs up and takes aim, tight rope springboard SHATTER MACHINE!! The Revival ELIMINATES The New Day! We’re all tied up with The Revival and the Usos! Dash & Dawson stare down with Jimmy & Jey. Fans rally up, and the brawl is on!
The Usos get the edge and Jey sends Dawson out. Jimmy keeps on Dash but Dawson sends Jey into steps. Jimmy puts Dash up top but Dash slips out. Dawson tags in, bulldog bomb! Cover, TWO!! The Usos survive, and so does SmackDown! Dash gets back up and Dawson brings Jimmy up. Jey hits Dash but Dawson hits Jey! Jimmy kicks, Dawson falls for the dragon whip! Jimmy gets to a corner and climbs. Dawson stops him with a right hand and a chop. Dash returns and Dawson climbs. Tag, and Dawson SUPERPLEX! Dash frog splash!! Cover, but Jey breaks it! All four men are down as the battle continues. Fans rally up for the Usos but Dash tags Dawson.
The Revival drag Jimmy up and double whip, but Jey SUPERKICKS Dash! Sunset flip but Dawson sits on it, TWO! SUPERKICK for Dawson! Tag to Jey, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Dash! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Dawson! Jey drags Dawson around, tags to Jimmy, and Jimmy climbs. Uso Splash! Cover, SmackDown wins!
Winners: Team SmackDown, the Usos as sole survivors
Nothing less from the captains of the Blue Brand! Jimmy & Jey stand tall as the last team standing, establishing they are the best team in the WWE today! This victory is big for SmackDown, will there be further victories for their roster?
Raw’s Women’s Team has made its substitutions!
With Ruby and Natty out, the #LegitHuggable Sasha & Bayley join the team! Now that things are 5v5 as they’re meant to be, which team will prove their Women’s Division is superior?
Opposing forces collide.
Raw and SmackDown. Beast and Goat. Baddest Woman and The Queen. From first-ever matches to champions against champions to the undying tradition of 5v5, this one night defines competition. Who will survive?
Women’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown!
There were many last minute adjustments for this match to finally take shape, but the brands have settled on their quintets! The Goddess is ringside as her friend in Mickie James, frenemies in Nia Jax and Tamina, and just plain enemies in the best friends, Sasha Banks & Bayley represent Team Red. Against them with Captain Glow, Naomi, stands Asuka, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose and Carmella (who brought R-Truth out, too). Neither team is 100% united, but they’ll be 100% focused on defeating the other!
All ten women are present, and the teams sort out. SmackDown does it better, as they agree Captain Naomi starts. Raw figures it out and decides it will be the Daughter of Superfly. Naomi and Tamina circle, then tie up. Naomi gets a headlock, then springboard sunset flip, TWO! She dropkicks Tamina, then runs in but into an elbow. Tamina hits Carmella just because, but then a brawl breaks out! The ref tries to restore order but it’s no use. Asuka and Sonya throw Sasha out but she drags them out with her. Naomi hits Nia with a springboard kick! SUPERKICK from Tamina! Cover, Tamina ELIMINATES Naomi!! Raw takes the lead already! But then Carmella rolls Tamina, Carmella ELIMINATES Tamina! Forget that, the teams are tied again. And now, DANCE BREAK~!
Carmella hits the Fabulous Floss and pump kick, but then she turns around to see Nia. The #FaceBreaker swings, Carmella tries to roll her up, but no go. Nia lifts Carmella easily, then tosses her down. Tag to Mandy! Carmella wants the Golden Girl to prove what she can do, and Mandy runs at Nia. Nia runs Mandy over! Cover, TWO! Nia drags Mandy up but Mandy kicks her legs, gives her a knee, then another knee! Tag to Mickie, who throws forearms on Mandy. Mandy shoves Mickie but walks into the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Mickie keeps on Mandy with a whip, but Mandy reverses to an abdominal stretch! Mickie endures as Mandy grinds in an elbow. She rolls Mandy to a Muda Lock! Now Mandy endures, but she gets the ropebreak. Mickie frees Mandy, Mandy knees low.
Mandy throws forearms, then tags in Asuka. Mickie knows how dangerous Asuka is, and the two circle. They tie up with fans on Asuka’s side, and they go around the ring. Mickie gets a headlock but Asuka fights out. Asuka whips and they bump shoulders. They don’t fall, so Mickie goes again. They collide again but neither woman falls. Mickie goes again, Asuka follows to hip attack! Asuka keeps on Mickie with an Octopus Stretch! Mickie endures, so Asuka sunset flips. Mickie sits on it, TWO! Asuka hits her with a back hand! Tag to Sonya, and now the Gladiator throws hands on Mickie. Sonya tackles Mickie into a corner but the ref backs her off. Mickie boots Sonya, then elbows. Mickie hops up for the Mick-canrana! Back kick, then front kick, Mickie runs and ducks under. Mickie snapmares Sonya, but Bayley tags in.
Bayley drops the elbows on Sonya, then covers. TWO, but Bayley keeps her eyes on SmackDown. Bayley brings Sonya over, tags to Sasha, and the friends double whip Sonya. Sasha puts Sonya sideways, Stock Drop! Mickie tags in, then climbs up. Mickie leaps, seated senton! Cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but Mickie swings a kick. Sonya dodges and SPEARS! Then sliding knee! Mandy tags in to take the cover, Mandy ELIMINATES Mickie! The friends argue, but Bayley gets Mandy! ONE, and Mandy knees low. Mandy tags Carmella in, and Carmella kicks Bayley. Carmella brings Bayley to a corner for a Fabulous mudhole, then out for a whip. Bayley reverses but is put on the apron. She hits Carmella back, then hotshots! Bayley climbs, leaps, but Carmella dodges.
Carmella dodges again, mule kick to moonwalking DDT! She feeds Bayley a boot, then mocks Sasha. Carmella runs in, but into a Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley ELIMINATES Carmella! But Mandy is right on Bayley with furious right hands. Mandy grins as she puts Bayley in a corner for golden mudhole stomps. The ref counts and Mandy backs off. Mandy chokes Bayley on the ropes, then taunts Bayley. Bayley hits back, but Mandy throws her down by her hair. Mandy mocks the fans as she brings Bayley up. She whips Bayley to a corner, but gets a back elbow. Bayley ducks under, tag to Sasha! The Boss rallies on Mandy, then dropkicks Mandy down. Mandy ends up in a corner, Sasha runs in. Sasha misses the knees but dodges Mandy’s, Bank Statement backstabber and crossface! Mandy taps, Sasha ELIMINATES her!
But Sonya is right on Sasha with fists! Sonya gives Sasha stiff knees, then toys with her. Tag to Asuka, and the swift strikers mug Sasha in the corner. Asuka puts Sasha in another corner, then fires up, hip attack! She stomps Sasha, then covers, TWO! Asuka keeps on Sasha as Alexa grows worried. Tag to Sonya and Sasha gets more kicks. Sonya wraps on body scissors and grinds her forearm on Sasha’s face as she taunts. Fans rally up for Sasha as Sonya rolls her around. Sasha gets up and backs Sonya up into buckles. She snapmares Sonya off, but runs into a catch. She rolls under, tag to Bayley! Bayley rallies, but Sonya puts her in a corner. Sonya runs in but gets snake eyes, then a knee! Bayley keeps on Sonya with shoulders in a corner, then the wacky waving knee strike! Cover, TWO!
Asuka coaches Sonya up but Bayley as her on the ropes. Sonya puts Bayley on the apron but Bayley slides in, only to get a right hand! Sonya shoves Bayley and gives her a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Nia breaks it! And fans immediately rain boos down on her. Nia runs in at Sonya but Sonya dodges, sending Nia into the post! And then Asuka adds a boot! Nia goes down and the Empress keeps on her with stomps. But then Sasha gives Asuka a Meteora! Bayley gets Sonya with a back suplex, cover, TWO! Sonya survives as teams regroup. Both Sonya and Bayley are down, and fans rally up. Alexa has no choice but to cheer Bayley as she stands. Sonya hits Bayley so Bayley tackles Sonya! They both fall out of the ring and hit the floor hard!
A ring count begins and Sonya kicks Bayley into barriers. Sonya scrambles back in but Bayley brings her back out. Bayley2Belly on the floor! The count is ten, DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Now it’s just Asuka against both Sasha Banks and Nia Jax. Asuka and Sasha both enter the ring, and fans fire up! Sasha shoves, but Asuka fires a backhand. Sasha ducks it and dropkicks Asuka, but then Asuka comes back with her own dropkick! Asuka fires up for her team, which ironically is different from last year. Sasha wants the backstabber but Asuka fights out. Asuka gets Sasha with the pop-up knee! Sasha is rocked, Asuka gets her in a German Suplex! Sasha rolls to the apron, but hits Asuka back! Nia returns, but Asuka hits her off with the hip attack!
Sasha knees Asuka back, then comes back. Asuka puts her on the apron and roundhouse kicks her down! Then Asuka kicks from the apron, but gets tripped! Sasha lines up a shot from the apron, and leaps. Asuka dodges, hip attack again! Fans are loving this as Asuka puts Sasha in the ring. Asuka climbs up, Sasha stands, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives but Asuka shakes her head. Asuka drags Sasha up and trash talks in Japanese. Fans duel as Asuka fires off forearms. Asuka runs but Sasha follows, tilt-o-whirl, but Asuka blocks. Asuka wants her lock, but Sasha drops down, only for Asuka to yank her back up! They go around again, and Sasha rolls it back to a cover, TWO!
Sasha blocks a kick to give a knee, then meteora! She tosses Asuka to the center and climbs up top. But Nia shoves her down!? Asuka gets Sasha in the Asuka Lock!! Sasha taps, Asuka ELIMINATES her! But that leaves Nia alone with Asuka, for a leg drop! Then another! And another! But Nia isn’t done at three leg drops, and the fans boo and jeer as hard as they can. Nia hauls Asuka up, for a Samoan Drop! Cover, Raw wins!
Winners: Team Raw, Nia Jax as sole survivor
And Alexa is just fine with it! The Goddess and the Irresistible Force are on the same page as the Red Brand gets their first win. However, it was at the expense of Sasha Banks. Will The Boss settle for being a pawn in this game? Or will she and Bayley get even with Nia in the near future?
Baron Corbin and Stephanie McMahon celebrate.
As far as the main show goes, Raw is up 1-0 on Survivor Series. And that’s just the start for the night. It better be, because while Raw Women’s had motivation, the raid was still a bad thing. So if Corbin wants to go from interim to permanent GM, get the sweep. Corbin guarantees Raw stands tall. Can he? In come Paige and Shane! SmackDown says the Women’s Match is one thing, but by the end of the night, they’ll be #FeelingBlue.
Okay, sure, Shane stole the World Cup, but they’re not stealing Survivor Series. They’re like LeBron: overrated, over-hyped, and they can’t get he job down. But they do have AJ Styles and Becky Lynch. Oh wait, no they don’t. Shane likes this attitude, it’s so great, because it’ll make the victories that much sweeter. And then we’ll all win when Stephanie fires Corbin. Corbin says he’s not worried, but should he be?
WWE Intercontinental Champion VS WWE United States Champion: Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
Los Angeles is ready to #BurnItDown with The Architect! However, Rollins has been so busy with the Lunatic Fringe, Dean Ambrose, that he hasn’t had time to prepare for the King of Strong Style. As for Shinsuke, he has become “Ob-Seth-ed” with his opponent since learning he’d be facing the Kingslayer. Can Rollins focus on a different opponent tonight? Or will he get a #Knee2Face from the United States of Nakamerica?
Belts are put away and the bell rings. Fans are already fired up for this first-time-ever match. Nakamura and Rollins circle as fans duel. Nakamura tests the waters with a kick, then he and Rollins tie up. They break fast, but approach again. They tie up, Rollins gets a facelock but Nakamura sprawls. Nakamura gets around behind but Rollins goes for the arm. Rollins gets the arm up, but Nakamura puts him on the ropes. The ref counts and Nakamura backs off at 4, to bring back the ab rest. Fans duel as Nakamura backs away and says, “C’MON~!” Rollins knows of the knee, and stays back. They circle again and tie up. Nakamura gets the arm and wrenches Rollins to the mat. Rollins endures as Nakamura twists the wrist.
Rollins gets up and rolls, then handsprings, then reverses. Nakamura knees low, then snapmares. Rollins avoids the stomp and the kick, then rolls Nakamura. TWO, and Rollins avoids a knee. Fans applaud as Rollins mocks Nakamura’s “C’MON!” Nakamura runs in to an arm-drag then a knee. Rollins snapmares, crucifix, TWO! Rollins has Nakamura but Nakamura gets to the ropes. The ref counts and Rollins lets Nakamura go. Nakamura slides out to catch his breath. Fans continue to duel while Nakamura takes advantage of the ring count. Nakamura returns slowly, so Rollins lounges on the top rope. Nakamura grins as he and Rollins circle again. They tie up, Nakamura knees low. Nakamura gives another knee, then a clubbing hand. Rollins staggers, and Nakamura is on him in a corner. Nakamura whips Rollins corner to corner, but Rollins comes back with a clothesline!
Now Rollins grins as he brings Nakamura up and whips. Nakamura holds ropes, then puts Rollins on the apron. Rollins kicks but is blocked. Nakamura kicks but is blocked. Nakamura throws a shoulder but gets a guillotine leg drop! Rollins skins the cat while Nakamura tumbles down. Rollins builds speed, changes direction with Nakamura, but gets a kick! Nakamura puts Rollins in but then on the apron for a running knee! Fans duel again as Nakamura stomps Rollins. Nakamura puts Rollins back in, covers, TWO! Nakamura keeps his cool while Rollins checks his face. They go to a corner and Nakamura rams his shoulder in. Nakamura gives Rollins Bad Vibrations!
Nakamura backs off, but comes back to bring Rollins up. Rollins fights him off, but Nakamura is on him with body shots. Nakamura snapmares and drops a knee, then covers. TWO, but Nakamura puts on a chinlock. Rollins resists but Nakamura gets both arms. Fans rally up as Rollins endures the chicken wings. Rollins gets up and goes to turn, but Nakamura throws in another knee. Nakamura gives Rollins Bad Vibrations on the ropes! The ref counts and Nakamura backs off at 4. Nakamura comes back to stomp Rollins, but stops at 4. Fans still duel as Nakamura drags Rollins back up. Nakamura has the facelock but Rollins sprawls and resists. Nakamura rams in a knee!
Fans rally again, and Rollins gets up. Rollins facelocks Nakamura, but Nakamura resists the suplex. Nakamura knees Rollins again, and gives more Bad Vibrations. But Rollins stands up, and reels Nakamura in for a buckle shot! Both men are down, but Rollins crawls away. Fans rally again as Nakamura stands. Nakamura walks into CHOPS from Rollins. Rollins counter punches and then throws body shots. Nakamura reverses the whip but Rollins gets a slingblade! Rollins keeps moving, and boots Nakamura from a corner. Rollins hops up and over, but turns around into a boot. Nakamura’s up, but Rollins scoops him off. Nakamura fires off hands, but Rollins still lawn darts Nakamura out! Rollins builds up energy, and then builds up speed, to DIVE! Direct hit, but he keeps going, for another DIVE!
The double shot hits, but fans want a third. Rollins obliges, here’s the hat trick! Fans are thunderous as Rollins gets Nakamura up and in. Rollins aims, then springboards, leaping lariat! Cover, TWO!! The IC Champion almost gets the US Champion, but this is far from over. Nakamura gets to a corner, but Rollins runs in for a forearm smash. Rollins then suplexes, but Nakamura slips out. Nakamura swings a kick, Rollins ducks, but Nakamura gets Rollins with the other! Rollins crawls to ropes, Nakamura is on him with more kicks. Nakamura kicks Rollins to a corner, then whips corner to corner. Rollins reverses but runs into a knee! Nakamura puts him on the top rope, and hits the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives but Nakamura keeps on him.
Nakamura drags Rollins up, and wants the inverted exploder, but Rollins resists. Rollins gets free, only to get a backstabber! Nakamura drags Rollins up, Rollins snapmares and SUPERKICKS Nakamura! Cover, TWO!! It was so close, but Nakamura somehow survives! Rollins drags Nakamura up again, and wants a bomb. He gets Nakamura up, but Nakamura fights. Nakamura rakes the eyes, then dodges in the corner. He roundhouses Rollins in the back of the head, then stomps away into the apron. The ref backs Nakamura off, and Rollins gets angry. Rollins fires wild hands from both sides, then stomps of his own! Fans like the fire in Rollins as he brings Nakamura out. Clothesline countered into an armbar! Then a triangle! Nakamura has Rollins in deep, and keeps him down on the mat.
Fans rally again and Rollins gets a second wind. Rollins deadlifts and buckle bombs Nakamura! Nakamura is down but Rollins has to catch his breath. Rollins kicks Nakamura over, then begins to stomp. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” as Rollins mule kicks. But he runs into a boot! Rollins rocks Nakamura with a forearm, then reels Nakamura, but Nakamura headbutts. Nakamura scoops, Landslide driver! Cover, TWO!! And Nakamura can’t believe it! Nakamura crawls away from Rollins and goes to the apron. He climbs up and aims at Rollins. Rollins hurries over, and up, SUPERPLEX! To Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and fans are loving this! Rollins stands first but Nakamura follows.
Fans continue to duel as Rollins throws a forearm. Nakamura throws one back and now it’s a brawl. Rollins hits back, but so does Nakamura, and repeat. Rollins gets an edge, but Nakamura eggs him on. Nakamura then ducks to give a strike fest! Inverted Exploder! Nakamura aims from the corner and… Rollins dodges the Kinshasa to give Nakamura the Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO!? Somehow Nakamura survives! But Rollins continues on, and climbs up top. Rollins leaps, frog splash FLOPS! KINSHASA!! Cover, TWO!?! How?! Nakamura has no answers but the fans still love it. Nakamura wants another, and he takes aim from the corner. Rollins slowly stirs, then slowly stands. Nakamura runs out, to a SUPERKICK! Mule kick, but Nkamaura dodges the stomp. Nakamura roundhouses but Rollins dodges the knee, to CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
That’s 2-0 for Raw on the main show, 2-1 overall! So far, Constable Corbin’s confidence is justified as The Architect still wins against a man he hadn’t prepared for. Now that Survivor Series is through for Rollins, can he focus fully on the Lunatic Fringe?
Raw’s Men’s Team talk backstage.
This team is full of dysfunction, but Braun Strowman wants to make things clear. He doesn’t like Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Bobby Lashley, and barely knows who Lio Rush is. Finn Balor is alright, but he needs to carry his weight against Team SmackDown. Then Strowman can get what he deserves. Otherwise, they’re all gonna #GetTheseHands. McIntyre says he should be in charge, because he broke The Shield, he ended Kurt Angle, and he’ll brutalize Shane for Ziggler’s sake. The “Mindless meat castle” better stay out of the way. Is that so?
Corbin comes in, saying this is what SmackDown wants. What’s going on? Strowman’s a mindless meat castle. Well he is. And the deal is, Strowman can’t touch Corbin until after Survivor Series. Strowman knows that, so he’ll have to settle for throwing Lio into Corbin! The Monster Among Men storms out, but R-Truth comes in to keep everyone calm. “Guys, guys, guys! We’re better than this!” Get it together. Truth, you’re not on this team OR on Raw! Go! Oh. Oops. Truth leaves, but Raw is still in disarray. Can they pull it together before the traditional 5v5?
Raw Tag Team Champions VS SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS The Bar w/ The Big Show!
SmackDown may have won the Tag Team Division Elimination Match, but now it’s time to see which team truly reigns over all! Maverick has already led Akam & Rezar to titles in just a few months, can he lead them to a victory over the dominant five-time champions?
The teams sort out and it is Sheamus against Rezar. They tie up, and break. They go again, and Rezar puts Sheamus in a corner. Sheamus turns it around and the two break. Rezar rushes Sheamus but Sheamus dodges. Sheamus gets a headlock but Rezar powers him to the AOP corner. Rezar clubs away on the Celtic Gladiator but Sheamus fights out. Sheamus gives European Uppercuts, then Cesaro runs in to hit Akam. Cesaro tags in, and The Bar duoble whip and use the Bar Lariat on Rezar! Akam returns but Cesaro hits Rezar with another EuroUpper. Then he hits another, and another. Cesaro dropkicks the legs out and grabs a leg. Akam barrels in to stop the Swiss Swing, then hits Sheamus. Cesaro gets Akam, and we go swinging!
But Rezar leaps and tackles Cesaro! Rezar corner clotheslines Cesaro, then tags in Akam. AoP combine for a sidewalk slam stomp! Cover, TWO! Akam keeps on Cesaro at the ropes to choke him. Big Show protests and the ref counts. Akam backs off at 4, but he throws hands on Cesaro. Tag to Rezar and the AoP mug the Swiss Cyborg. Cover, TWO, but Rezar is on Cesaro with headbutts. Rezar throws hands, tags in Akam, and the AoP mug Cesaro with knees in the corner. Akam taunts Sheamus, then goes after Cesaro with hands. He snapmares Cesaro down, then wraps on a chinlock. Cesaro scrambles around but can’t get free. Maverick taunts Cesaro while Show coaches him up. Fans build to a rally, and Cesaro feeds off it to get free with elbows. Cesaro throws more EuroUppers, but Akam tackles him down!
Akam hammers away, but backs off at the ref’s count. He drags Cesaro away and tags in Rezar. AoP combine for an atomic drop knee! Cover, but Sheamus breaks it! Rezar and Sheamus end up fighting! Cesaro rolls Rezar but the ref is too busy with Sheamus, Rezar gets away. Rezar clubs Cesaro, then puts him in a corner for stomps. Tag to Akam, and the AoP again mug Cesaro. Akam taunts Sheamus again, but Cesaro gives him another EuroUpper! And then another, and another! Cesaro fires off more EuroUppers, but runs into a big clothesline! Cover, TWO! Akam drags Cesaro away with a chinlock camel clutch. Akam even stares Big Show down as he does. Cesaro moves around and fans rally up.
Cesaro fights out of the hold, and gives more EuroUppers. He runs, dodges, springboard EuroUpper! Sheamus and Rezar call for their partners as they crawl. Hot tags to them both! Sheamus rallies on Rezar with big forearm shots. He whips but Rezar reverses. Rezar misses, and gets a pump knee! Sheamus keeps going for another! Sheamus hits Akam for good measure, then goes after Rezar. Rezar dumps him out but Sheamus hot shots! Sheamus has Rezar, for Ten Beats of the Bodhrain! And Sheamus finally gives fans all 10! Then another hotshot! Sheamus climbs up, for the flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Maverick sighs in relief, but Sheamus rallies the fans again. Sheamus wants his kick, but Maverick distracts. Cesaro gets Rezar with a EuroUpper, BROGUE!! Cover, but Maverick gives Rezar the ropebreak!
Sheamus glares at Maverick, and Cesaro comes in from the other side. Maverick runs away, but into Big Show! Big Show didn’t even have to do anything. Big Show hauls Maverick up onto the apron, and chokes him with one hand! Maverick pees himself?! Show and The Bar can’t believe he wet himself, and just laugh. But then Rezar attacks them all! He and Akam combine, powerbomb neckbreaker! Cover, The Authors of Pain win!!
Winners: Raw’s Authors of Pain, Rezar pinning
The destructive duo win, thanks to a rather humiliating but effective distraction. With such dominance for both Raw and the AoP, will SmackDown ever get on the board?
Team SmackDown talks backstage.
Everyone feels good, and The Miz comes in as captain. He has an inspirational speech to help them win tonight, and even heal the world. As great as that speech is, he cannot give it, only one man can! And that man is Commissioner Shane O’Mac! Well okay. Now SmackDown is down, but they’re always the underdogs. Always! SmackDown has always been knocked down but they don’t stay down!
Rey Mysterio is the ultimate underdog, they need that tonight. Jeff Hardy is the Charismatic Engima, he has what it takes. And of course, Samoa Joe. The Samoan Submission Machine, a dominant force all over the world. R-Truth is- Not on the team, despite being on SmackDown. Well Truth wants to join the roster. He already’s on the roster. Oh, what a relief. Raw is a mess! Miz compliments Shane on his speech, it was riveting. Much like Marine 6. If they win, they’ll all get a signed copy! Truth would love that, if it’s Becky’s signature. Anyway, SmackDown MUST win this! #WeAreSmackDown! Will SmackDown bring it and get that first but all important win?
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali!
Survivor Series takes a break from Red VS Blue to bring us some 205 Live purple! The Juggernaut won the title at Super Show-Down, in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia! Murphy ended Cedric Alexander’s 2018 winning streak as well as his reign, but now he faces a familiar foe. The Beacon of Light gets another shot at the title, after coming so close yet still being so far from it at Wrestlemania. Can Ali finally grab the gold? Or will he be stopped by the Unstoppable?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Murphy corners Ali but Ail gets out and round. Ali dodges Murphy but not for long. Murphy puts Ali in a corner and rams in his shoulder. Ali slips out and CHOPS, but Murphy barely flinches. Murphy shoves Ali, then picks him up. Ali sunsets but Murphy lifts him up. Ali breaks free to hit Murphy with a forearm, but Murphy just grins. Murphy walks into an elbow, but reels Ali in. Ali slips out of the suplex but Murphy tosses him to a corner. Ali goes up and over to run, then dodges Murphy to hit a leaping huricanrana! Murphy is on the apron but Ali dropkicks him down. Ali then climbs up and leaps for a big senton! Direct hit and fans fire up for the fearless Heart of 205 Live!
Ali drags Murphy up and in, covers, ONE! Murphy kicks Ali away then rolls out of the ring. Ali walks over but Murphy drags him out. Ali shoves Murphy into barriers hard, then climbs up again. Murphy anchors his feet but Ali kicks him away. Murphy slides under and around to shove Ali! Ali hits barriers! Murphy grins while Ali writhes on the ground. The referee checks on Ali but he’s okay to continue. Murphy throws Ali into the LED, then into the barriers, then into the ring! Murphy returns to cover, TWO! Ali survives but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy kicks Ali in the back, then swaggers about. Ali hits back but Murphy just laughs it off. Ali chops, Murphy kicks. Murphy whips Ali then tosses him with a back drop! He stomps Ali then kicks him in the back! Cover, TWO, but Murphy keeps his cool.
Murphy rams a knee into Ali’s back then puts on a chinlock. Fans rally up and Ali feeds off their energy. Ali gets up and fights with body shots. Murphy clubs Ali down, then brings him up. Ali makes the suplex a crossbody, ONE! Murphy kicks low again, then whips. Ali kicks him back, then boots him. Ali trips Murphy, and catapults him into buckles! Murphy is rocked, and Ali gets running. Ali gives Murphy a flapjack dropkick! Murphy rolls to a corner while fans fire up with Ali. Ali goes over and brings Murphy up for forearms. He whips but Murphy reverses. Ali slides to a stop, slides out and roundhouses Murphy away. Then he slingshots in, but Murphy knows what’s coming, and tosses Ali out of the ring! Murphy builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Ali!
Murphy puts Ali in then hurries up top. Murphy leaps, but Ali ducks under. Ali kicks Murphy, then SUPERKICKS him! Then SUPERKICK again, POISON-RANA! Murphy is out, Ali covers, TWO! Murphy survives and Ali is at a loss for words. Fans chant “205! 205!” for these crazy Cruiserweights. Ali drags himself up and goes over to Murphy. Murphy shoves him away, but Ali comes back with haymakers and forearms. But Murphy gives Ali a strike fest, only to miss the knee. Ali shoves Murphy out to the apron, then runs to tilt-o-whirl draping DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives again and Ali is shocked. But Ali still has something more, and he drags Murphy to a drop zone. Ali climbs, but Murphy shoves him off! Ali hits apron face first! The ref checks on Ali while Murphy rests in the ring.
Murphy refuses to show mercy as he fetches Ali. But not to put him in the ring. Murphy clears off the announce desk and brings Ali up on top. Ali kicks Murphy back! Ali gets space, runs over, Spanish Fly off the table! Just like one of their instant classic showdowns during their rivalry! More of LA chants “205! 205!” Ali gets up and drags Murphy to the ring. He has Murphy in the drop zone, so he climbs up again. Murphy grabs Ali’s hair and tucks him in! SUPERKICK! To powerbomb! High stack lift, sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Ali survives and now Murphy is shocked! Murphy gets up as fans say “This is Awesome!”
Murphy drags Ali up, pumphandle but Ali pops out to roll up, TWO! Ali flounders but back elbows Murphy away. He springboards, into a knee trigger! Murphy drags Ali up and around, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The Beacon of light may have brought Murphy to his limits, but The Cruiserweight Juggernaut is truly unstoppable! Murphy’s young reign continues, who will step up to him next? When and where will Ali get another chance?
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan!
He is WWE Champion again after a shocking victory, but now has to face Brock Lesnar with very little time. Is he ready for The Beast? Bryan just grins as he walks away. We’ll take that as a yes from the Yes Man.
Men’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown!
Captain Corbin leads the way for the Scottish Terminator, Show-Off, Monster Among Men, Rocky Mountain Machine (with Hype Man of the Hour) and the Extraordinary Balor Club leader! They will face the Hollywood A-Lister, the Destroyer, the Enigma, the King of Lucha Libre and yes, SmackDown Commissioner (and technically Best in the World), Shane O’Mac! There is far more dysfunction on Raw’s team, however, can they hold it together so that Corbin keeps his job and Strowman #GetsTheseHands on Brock Lesnar? Or will the ultimate underdogs finally prove to Raw that they’re THE show?
Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames II Results & Report! (11/17/18)
NXT takes over Los Angeles with WARGAMES! Can The Undisputed Era #ShockTheSystem with back-to-back victories? Will Tommaso Ciampa feel The Experience?
- Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno; Riddle wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane; Shayna wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
- Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano; Black wins.
- NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream; Ciampa wins and retains the NXT Championship.
- WarGames: The Undisputed Era VS Ricochet, Pete Dunne & The War Raiders; Ricochet, Dunne & The War Raiders win.
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Nina Strauss joins the NXT TakeOver preshow panel!
The rocking guitarist behind one of WarGames’ themes, Mariana Trench, joins Charli, Sam and Pat. It’s been an amazing week as her album Controlled Chaos debuted at number seven. And that’s on top of joining forces with Lzzy Hale at WWE Evolution for an amazing performance. From rock ‘n’ roll to wrestling, the Women’s Evolution is inspiring everyone, but especially young girls.
Evolution was also where Shayna Baszler recaptured the NXT Women’s Championship. But now Kairi Sane comes back for another rematch, in best 2 out of 3 falls. Nina is in the #FightForeverClub, she wants them to keep going. But this match tonight will be the most amazing one yet. What is it that makes this feud so compelling? The story, the tension, the build and the tied record. How does Nina feel about badass Baszler? Yeah she definitely doesn’t want to run into her in a dark alley. But Kairi is tough herself, so it could be either woman’s match. Who will be THE Women’s Champion after no less than two falls?
Matt Riddle joins the panel!
The King of Bros feels great to be here, “bro.” He and Pat have a bro-down and fans join in. But the NXT Universe of course loves Riddle, but here comes Kassius Ohno. Ohno mocks the bro-ness, it makes him physically ill. Ohno is sick of the bro, and is sick of Riddle. He sees through Riddle’s act! Everyone loves Riddle, but Ohno sees the mirage. Ohno says he’ll only need one second to expose Riddle. Riddle used to think Ohno was cool. But now Ohno’s just bitter. And maybe instead of being bitter, try being better. These two will face off next week on NXT, who will be better, bro?
The War has Returned Again.
For the second year in a row, “battle lines have been drawn.” Two teams, two rings, one cage. Two falls, two women, one champion. And two forces of nature, two sides to a story, one winner. “Opportunity still reigns.” Scores will be settled, let the WarGames begin!
Matt Riddle heads to the ring!
The King of Bros is here, but he’s not on the card. Riddle grabs a mic and greets LA with a “Bro…!” He wasn’t going to have a match tonight on TakeOver, a shame. But if you saw the kickoff, a certain someone interrupted him. Now Riddle and Ohno are meant to fight next Wednesday on NXT, but… If they’re chilling in LA, with two rings, maybe Riddle will KO KO in both of them! Riddle has called Ohno out, so here Ohno comes! Ohno says Riddle is “too stupid to know you’re not supposed to be out here right now”, or that he’s not ready for a TakeOver. But there’s a ref, so ring the bell! And hopefully Riddle enjoys his moment, because he won’t remember it after getting knocked out, “bro”! Is it happening? IT IS!
Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno!
The bell rings, and Ohno rushes Riddle! Riddle is ready, with a BIG knee! Cover, RIDDLE WINS!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
WHOA, BRO!! Riddle just beat Kassius in the fastest match in TakeOver history!! Who wasn’t ready for this? Will this instant victory skyrocket Riddle to a title?
NXT Women’s Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane!
The Queen of Spades and the Pirate Princess have gone back and forth four times, and they’re all tied up. Of course, Shayna had her friends help her the last time, not that she’s bothered by it. There must be a true winner here tonight, who will be THE NXT Women’s Champion by the end of this epic fifth chapter?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin the first fall. Kairi runs and dropkicks Shayna in the corner! She rams her shoulder in but Shayna shoves her. Kairi gets her with a sweep then furious palm strikes. Shayana shoves Kairi away but gets the blockbuster! Then another! Kairi is all fired up and so is LA. Kairi chops Shayna at the ropes with both hands, then furiously with her right. She marches the plank and hits Shayna with a Sliding D! Shayna bails out but Kairi is on the apron, Flying Kabuki elbow! Kairi catches her breath but keeps going on Shayna. LA rallies up behind her as she puts Shayna in. Shayna fakes injury, but that’s so Jessamyn and Marina can attack! They throw Kairi into a post, then the apron!
Marina feeds Kairi to Shayna, Shayna wraps on the Kirafuda! Kairi moves around but Shayna stays on her! Shayna drags Kairi in deep, and Kairi taps! Shayna takes the fall!
Kairi: 0; Shayna 1
The Horsewomen help Shayna win again. Fans call “Bullsh*t!” but the second fall begins. Shayna hits Kairi with a step-up knee! Cover, TWO!! Kairi avoids a screw job sweep, but Shayna goes for the clutch again. Kairi resists and backs Shayna in the corner. Fans are on her side without question, even as Shayna sinks in the body scissors! Kairi gets loose and rolls around, ropebreak with a foot! Shayna lets Kairi go at 3, but she goes at Kairi. Kairi throws forearms and body shots. Kairi kicks but gets caught into a Half Crab! Shayna stands on Kairi’s head for good measure! Kairi endures, but Shayna stomps! Fans boo but Shayna just soaks it up.
Shayna looms over Kairi, and clubs her back. Shayna kicks Kairi down, then brings the legs around for a figure four while wrenching the neck. Kairi endures the various twists and stretching as fans rally up. Kairi gets a cover, TWO! Shayna suplexes Kairi but Kairi rolls her up, TWO! Shayna goes for the Kirafuda again! Kairi makes it a cover, TWO! Kairi CHOPS Shayna, then baits her to a corner. She throws big palm stirkes but Shayna kicks back. They brawl fast and furious with wild strikes! Fans love the aggression, even as Shayna clobbers Kairi! The Horsewomen applaud as Shayna stands first. Kairi stands and Shayna runs in, but is dumped to the apron. Kairi runs in but misses, and Shayna drags her out. Shayna suplexes, but Kairi DDT’s her on the apron!!
The Horsewomen panic and go to Shayna’s side while fans lose their minds. Kairi gets away to the ring while the ref checks on her. Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” Jessamyn and Marina go after Kairi but she sends them into the steps! Kairi then climbs up top, and LEAPS at Shayna for an INSANE ELBOW! She wipes all three Horsewomen out!! Fans are thunderous as Kairi puts Shayna in the ring. Kairi hurries up top again, she wants this on the mat! INSANE ELBOW #2! Cover, Kairi gets a fall!
Kairi: 1; Shayna: 1
We’re all tied up going into the third and final fall! Shayna manages to stand, and we begin again. Kairi SPEARS! And then SPEARS! Two interceptors in a row, here’s the hat trick! Kairi drags Shayna up, big back hands rock her! Kairi climbs once again, but Shayna is up quick. Shayna stops her with a right hand, then climbs up to join Kairi. They brawl up top, and fans are of course on Kairi’s side. Shayna rocks Kairi, but Kairi rocks her back. Shayna throws many forearms, and clubbing fists. She drags Kairi up for a gut wrench, but Kairi sunset flips for a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Kairi was so close, but she still has more to give! She drags Shayna up, Alabama Slam! Then she climbs up again, but Jessamyn distracts. Marina shoves Kairi down.
Here comes Dakota! She clobbers Marina then boots Jessamyn in the face! But she ends up 2v1 against them, until IO SHIRAI appears! Shirai climbs high, for her ASAI!! She wipes the Horsewomen AND Dakota out! Kairi climbs up again, INSANE ELBOW #3! INTO A COVER! Shayna wins!!!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by pinfall; still NXT Women’s Champion
The Queen keeps her throne, but only thanks to highway robbery! Her friends helped her get the first fall, and then she survives by the skin of her teeth in the last fall! With back-up like this, will there ever be an end to Shayna’s reign of terror?
Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano!
The Embodiment of the End wants revenge on the man who took him out before TakeOver: Brooklyn. Of course, Mr. “Why, Johnny Why?” doesn’t even see what he did as something wrong. It was just business. Will it be business when Aleister makes Gargano #FadeToBlack forever?
The referee keeps the two apart before the bell. It rings, and Aleister stares daggers into Gargano as fans duel. Gargano and Aleister approach, Gargano talks to Aleister then SLAPS him. Aleister boots Gargano! Then fires off furious body shots. Gargano throws Aleister out the slingshots, but Aleister dodges to roundhouse Gargano off his feet! Aleister throws more hands, but Gargano runs into the ring. Aleister follows but msises in the corner. Gargano CHOPS, then dodges the kicks to throw jabs. Gargano taunts Aleister as he dodges and ducks. Aleister kicks but Gargano gets clear. Gargano grins as he copies the cross-leg sitting. Aleister kicks but Gargano roll shim up for a school boy kick! Gargano runs in and chops Aleister, but Aleister goes after him. Gargano dodges again and throws left hands. Fans are thunderous as Aleister goes to another corner.
Gargano keeps on him, then whips. Aleister rolls off Gargano’s back to then throw more hands. He fakes Gargano out to hit a knee lift. Aliester blocks a punch to give knees, kicks, elbows, and one more knee! Gargano bails out, Aleister runs, but he fakes Gargano out. But Gargano knew it, and boots Aleister! Gargano stmops a mudhole into Aleister, then backs off at 3. He soaks up the heat, and the few cheers there are. Gargano goes back to Aleister for more kicks. He drags Aleister up, suplex but Aleister counters. Gargano slips out and rolls Aleister up, TWO, so he rolls Aleister into the seated surfboard! Aleister endures as Gargano pulls back on his arms. Fans rally up, and Aleister pries an arm out. Gargano shifts, but Aleister counters his Mahistrol, TWO! Aleister gets caught into an elbow DDT! Cover, ONE!
Gargano keeps his cool, and stomps Aleister’s hand. Gargano scrapes Aleister’s face, then puts him in a corner. Johnny Wrestling becomes Johnny Boxing as he throws hands. He chops Gargano, but then turns around into Aleister’s counter punches. Gargano kicks and whips but Aleister reverses. Gargano goes up and over, school boy kick misses. Aleister misses his knee and gets a forearm, but then he sweeps the legs! Gargano rolls out, but Aleister builds speed. Gargano expected a fake, so he gets a boot. Then Aleister FLIES! Direct hit! Fans fire up with the Dutch Destroyer as Aleister puts him in the ring. Aleister stalks Gargano to a corner, and fires off kicks and boots. Aleister whips Gargano to ropes, then sweeps the legs again, to hit double knees! He keeps going, Quebrada! Cover, TWO!
Gargano survives but Aleister keeps his cool. Gargano gets to another corner, but Aleister goes over. He elbows Gargano, then breaks free. Gargano stops Aleister up top, then brings him out. Aleister slips out but Gargano blocks the German. He gets a roundhouse, and bails out again. Aleister runs, triangle jump! But Gargano gets out of the way, and DIVES for a tornado DDT! Gargano puts Aleister in, then slingshots for another DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gargano almost had Aleister there! Fans rally up as Gargano wipes the sweat from his brow. Gargano stands on wobbly legs, but he still trash talks Aleister. Gargano chops and kicks Aleister. “You’re not the chosen one, I am!” Gargano kicks, but Aleister blocks it to hit a back elbow!
Aleister runs, but into an enziguri. Gargano runs, but into Aleister’s boot. Aleister runs, but into a SUPERKICK! They both hit each other with clotheslines, but then Aleister fires off elbows. Aleister kicks and kicks but Gargano dodges them. Gargano POISON-RANA! But he runs into a BIG knee! Both men are down but the fans give a standing ovation! Both men stir, and Gargano gets to ropes. Gargano is in No Man’s Land between the rings, and he brawls with Aleister. Aleister throws more forearms but so does Gargano. Aleister boots Gargano, and counters the slingshot spear! Then springboard meteora! Roundhouse to bridging German! TWO!! Fans love this, “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over.
Aleister stands first but Gargano slowly follows. Aleister runs in, but misses the knee. Gargano blocks a kick, and spins Aleister for a discus clothesline! Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown! And he gets the GargaNO Escape! But Aleister rolls it up, TWO! Aleister sweeps, Gargano leaps, buzzsaw! Gargano scoops Aleister, for the lawn dart! Aleister hits buckles as Gargano grins. Gargano stands up, and he copies the foot lift. He wants Aleister to see this, as he builds up the energy. Aleister says stop? Aleister sits cross-leg. And then dares Gargano to do it! Gargano takes the knee pad down, to take Ciampa’s Psycho Knee! Aleister dodges and rolls up, but Gargano rolls through to SUPERKICK! Then the Psycho Knee! Cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and shocks Gargano! LA hopes they “Fight Forever!” but there must be a winner.
Gargano goes over to Aleister and drags him up by his hair. He keeps insisting he’s the hero, as he gives Aleister heavy forearms. Aleister still sits up, so Gargano brings him up for more. Aleister fires back, and now we brawl! Gargano hits, Aleister hits, and repeat. Then they hit at the same time! Aleister gets the edge with furious hands from all sides. Gargano gives forearms from all sides, but Aleister counters with a knee! Aleister springboards but Gargano shoves him out! Gargano builds speed, and DIVES, into a knee!! Both men are down on the outside as fans lose their minds! Aleister sits up first as the ring count climbs. He hobbles over to Gargano and puts him in. Aleister follows, but Gargano wants mercy? There will be no mercy, even as Gargano grovels at his feet. So Gargano wants Aleister to end him.
Aleister lifts him with the foot, and swings, but Gargano makes it a roll up! TWO!! GargaNO Escape!! Aleister is stuck in the hold, and he scrambles for ropes! Gargano rolls him away! Aleister pries at the hold, but rolls again! ONE, big spinning knee! Gargano is rocked, and Aleister takes the knee pad down. Aleister hits Gargano with bare knee! Then he holds Gargano up again, for the BLACK MASS! But he holds Gargano up on his feet as fans are thunderous. Because he gives Gargano a SECOND Black Mass!! Cover, Aleister wins!!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
No mercy for “Johnny Takeover”, the Embodiment of the End ends him tonight. Aleister settles one score, but is he on his way to settle another, with the title on the line? Who will be holding it when Black comes back for the gold?
NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream!
The Psycho Killer benefitted the most from Johnny Wrestling’s turn to the dark side, and now he hogs the spotlight by any means necessary. However, a shining star has come along and says the spotlight belongs to him. Ciampa claims to be the killer of fairy tales, but the Patrick Clark Experience makes dreams come true. Will the Dream be over tonight? Or will it just be over for the Dream?
The introductions are made for Ciampa and “Hollywood Dream.” Ciampa clutches to his precious a moment, gives it a kiss good luck, and “Goldy” is raised. The bell rings and we begin!
Fans are on Dream’s side and he soaks it in. Ciampa chuckles, it amuses him. The two circle and tie up. They go around, and Dream almost shoves Ciampa out of the ring! Dream backs off at the ref’s count to strike his pose. Ciampa and Dream circle again, then tie up again. They go around and Ciampa gets a waistlock. Ciampa brings Dream down, then shifts to a facelock. Dream pops out and rear mounts, and even Supermans on Ciampa. Dream slaps Ciampa in the head as he backs away. Fans are on Dream’s side as he and Ciampa tie up again. Dream puts Ciampa in the corner, but Ciampa messes Dream’s hair! So Dream SLAPS Ciampa in the front of the face! Ciampa runs into the fireman’s carry but escapes. Ciampa kicks low, underhooks, but Dream sprawls and escapes.
But Ciampa has the headband! Ciampa winds up to hear the fans. Dream slides out of the ring, and laughs it off. Why? Because Dream picks up “Goldy”! Dream gets away from Ciampa, and then goes to give Ciampa a draping DDT! Ciampa escapes, and both men are rather amused by the other. Ciampa swings but Dream counter punches. Dream whips but Ciampa reverses. Dream slides to come back with more haymakers. Big scoop slam from Dream, then he swivels the hips before hitting a big dropkick! Then a running hotshot! Dream climbs up, big ax handles! Dream gets his headband back and puts it on. Fans applaud as Dream hears them out. Dream goes back to Ciampa, whips and boots, brother! Dream calls for it, hears the fans, and runs. But Ciampa bails out.
So Dream climbs up and LEAPS! Double ax handles hit, and Dream puts Ciampa in. Dream climbs again, but avoids the counter attack. He then slingshots, but Ciampa shoves him down! Dream loses his headband in the crash, but then Ciampa hits him with a swinging neckbreaker on the outside! Ciampa gets up and asks if Dream thinks this is a game. Ciampa clubs Dream then puts him back in. He keeps on Dream with a mudhole in the corner. Then he runs side to side, BIG knee wash! That knee brace adds to the impact, Dream might be knocked out! Ciampa doesn’t cover, he just mocks Dream with the sliding crawl. Fans call Ciampa names but Ciampa just grins as he drags Dream up. Ciampa clubs Dream in the ropes, and Dream slumps over. Dream gets up, but Ciampa elbows him down again.
Ciampa drags Dream up, neckbreaker hotshot! Dream falls and Ciampa gives himself a pat on the back, because “I’m the man! I’m the main event!” Ciampa drags Dream up and onto the announce desk, for another big knee! Dream flounders and flails from that impact, but Ciampa puts him back in the ring. Ciampa stomps Dream, then wraps on a chinlock. Dream scrambles up but Ciampa snapmares him back down. Ciampa keeps on Dream with the hold, but fans rally up. Ciampa wrenches back and Dream sputters in the hold. Dream’s drool hangs out, so Ciampa makes Dream eat it! Ciampa says “Night-night!” but Dream keeps fighting. Dream flails around as fans rally up.
Dream fights back but Ciampa knees low. Ciampa drags Dream up again, but gets a backslide! ONE, and Dream throws a haymaker. Then another, then another! Dream gets Ciampa around, and gives him a neckbreaker! Both men stir, Ciampa gets up first. Ciampa brings Dream up but Dream fights again. Draem whips but Ciampa reverses, only for Dream to hit forearms! And a kip-up! Dream keeps going, big haymakers and clotheslines. Another whip but Ciampa gives another knee. But Dream points his finger at Ciampa! CIampa runs into the sidewinder but slips out. Dream bucks Ciampa off, blocks and gives haymakers. Dream whips and boots Ciampa! Then the LEG DROP! And another! And a third! Ciampa gets up as Dream hulks up!
Dream brings Ciampa up but Ciampa slides out and shoves. But he runs into Dream’s spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Dream feels he’s close, and so do the fans as they chant. Dream stands and goes over to Ciampa. He throws more haymakers, then another whip. Ciampa grabs the ropes but is sent out. Dream slingshots for a big plancha! Dream puts Ciampa back in, then climbs up fast. Ciampa rolls away, so Dream hops down. Ciampa yanks Dream out, but Dream is up quick. Dream avoids the DDT to throw the knee into the apron! Ciampa clutches the brace, but Dream keeps on him through the ropes. Dream takes the legs and brings Ciampa over to a post. Hanging Figure Four on the post!! Ciampa tapped but the ref was busy reprimanding Dream!!
Fans try to point that out, but Ciampa gets Dream with a package! TWO, and Ciampa gives a big forearm. Waistlock, but victory roll, to Figure Four! Dream has Ciampa in the legendary leg lock, and “WOO~” echoes through LA. Ciampa drags himself towards ropes but Dream drags him back. Dream puts as much pressure as he can on Ciampa, and fans are thunderous. But Ciampa rolls it over quick! Bug then Dream rolls it back! Ciampa rolls, Dream rolls, and now Dream throws haymakers. Dream kicks Ciampa to a cover, TWO! Ropebreak! Dream lets Ciampa go, but fans applaud this amazing exchange. Dream goes for the legs again, but Ciampa shoves Dream into barriers!
Ciampa catches Dream on the return, but no draping DDT this time. Ciampa and Dream fight, and Dream resists the suplex. Dream then suplexes Ciampa and himself out of the ring! Fans lose their minds as both men crash and burn! Ciampa undoes his boot laces, his leg is really hurting now. A ring count begins now as both men stir. Dream stands and realizes he needs to get Ciampa in. The count is at 8 when Dream puts Ciampa in. Fans applaud as Dream and Ciampa stand, and they brawl with haymakers! Dream gets an edge, but Ciampa kicks low. Ciampa double underhooks but Dream slips out. Ciampa dodges the superkick and it almost hits the ref! Roll up, with tights! But the ref notices! The ref stops the count and reprimands Ciampa! SUPERKICK, then Dream Valley Driver! High stack cover, TWO!? Ciampa survives and fans can’t believe it!
Dream himself is shocked, but he turns around into Ciampa’s fist. Dream jackknifes to a fireman’s carry, but Ciampa slides out. Ciampa rocks Dream with an elbow, but Dream gives Ciampa one back. Dream springboards, into a knee! Cover, TWO! Ciampa brings Dream up, Project Ciampa! Cover, TWO?! Dream survives and Ciampa is at wit’s end. Fans are thunderous for Dream as Ciampa undoes more of his boot. Ciampa bails out, and hobbles over to his belt. Ciampa wants to take Goldy into the ring but the ref stops him. Dream rolls Ciampa, TWO! SIDEWINDER ON THE BELT! Not on purpose, so no DQ! Cover, TWO!? Ciampa survives, but Dream won’t stop.
Dream climbs, leaps, but stops Ciampa’s counter boot! Dream wants the Figure Four again, but Ciampa shove shim out of the ring! Then DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!?! HOW?! Ciampa can’t believe it, but the fans love it. Maybe these two will “Fight Forever” because “This is Awesome!” But Ciampa goes to an old trick, as he pulls off padding from the floor. He exposes concrete, and then goes after Dream at the apron. Ciampa positions Dream as he drags him out, but Dream pushes through to barrel Ciampa over the announce desk! Both men are down and fans shout “Mamma Mia!” for Mauro’s sake. Dream and Ciampa stir back to life and head for the ring. The ref hasn’t even started counting yet.
But then Ciampa throws something at Mauro?! That’s uncalled for! Death Valley on the ground! Dream climbs up, PURPLE RAIN MAKER!! Cover, TWO!?! Dream keeps moving, seeing Ciampa on the apron. Purple Rain Maker, MISSES! Dream hits floor, and hurts his arm! Ciampa drags Dream up and in, but then to No Man’s Land? DDT on the steel!! Ciampa drags Dream into their ring, covers, and wins!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall; still NXT Champion
Dream came so close so many times but the Black Heart wins out. If not even this much can end Ciampa’s reign, what will it take? Who will be the man to accomplish such a feat?
WarGames: The Undisputed Era VS Ricochet, Pete Dunne & The War Raiders!
Ever since they debuted, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish have been running wild on NXT. And as enemies would close in, they managed to convince Roderick Strong to join their quest to forever #ShockTheSystem. However, they can no longer run from the fight, and must again face this sinister structure of steel. With the One and Only joining forces with the WWE United Kingdom Champion and the bearded behemoths of Ray Rowe & Hanson, will Cole and crew stand a chance of surviving? Or will they shock us all again by staying undefeated and undisputed?
Pete Dunne and Ricochet show solidarity with the War Raiders by wearing their own bits of war paint. To start the preliminary stage of this match, it’s Adam Cole BAYBAY and the One and Only NXT North American Champion! Cole trash talks Ricochet already, as these two still have a score to settle over that very title. The bell rings, and we have five minutes until another man is added. Kyle O’Reilly won an Advantage match this past NXT, so it will be Undisputed Era getting a new man first. As for these two, each man dares the other to fight in their ring. Ricochet is willing to cross over, but Cole is right on him! Cole clubs away but Ricochet turns things around with big haymakers.
Ricochet throws a European Uppercut and a swift chop. He whips but Cole reverses. Ricochet goes up and over then handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Cole rolls to the other ring, but Ricochet follows. Ricochet brings Cole up for more clubbing forearms. Ricochet chops, then puts Cole in a corner. He gives Cole EuroUppers, then whips him corner to corner. Cole reverses but runs into an elbow. Ricochet springboards, but into a backstabber! Cole stands up and rains rights down on Ricochet. He then brings Ricochet up for a neckbreaker. Cole circles Ricochet, then brings him up to throw him into steel. Ricochet stops himself and then hits Cole back. Cole scoops but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet jumps, but into the ushigoroshi! Cole tosses Ricochet to the other ring, then follows.
Ricochet crawls but Cole is on him with a knee drop. Cole drops ax handles then drives a knee into Ricochet’s back. Cole brings Ricochet over to grind his face into the steel! He lets off and Ricochet writhes in a corner. Cole comes back and throws a forearm, but Ricochet hits back. Cole kicks Ricochet then whips. Ricochet kicks Cole back, then boots Cole from a corner. Ricochet dropkicks Cole down, and Cole rolls to the other ring. Cole stirs while Ricochet takes aim from far away. Ricochet runs, triangle jump and leaping uppercut! Both men are down, but the countdown begins. The buzzer sounds and the Undisputed Era sends… Kyle! Kyle goes in and gets Ricochet down! He fires off palm strikes while the three minute countdown begins. Kyle drives his knees into Ricochet while Cole stands.
The duo once known as Future Shock works together to mug Ricochet against steel. They double whip but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet sends Cole to the other ring, then avoids Kyle. He jumps into No Man’s Land to fight both men off! But Kyle gets a leg for a dragon screw through the ropes! Ricochet is down, and Cole joins Kyle again. They mug Ricochet with knees and kicks, and Ricochet is rocked. Cole and Kyle stomp Ricochet around, then taunt him to get up. Ricochet crawls away but they stay on him with more stomping. Kyle drags Ricochet up and Future Shock double whip. Ricochet dodges, pushes Cole into Kyle, then hits Kyle with a forearm. Cole boots Ricochet, then Kyle fires off strikes! Cole scoops, ushigoroshi on Kyle’s knee! Kyle keeps Ricochet down and throws more palm strikes, but the countdown returns.
Ricochet gets help from… Pete– Hanson? Hanson kept Dunne back because Hanson wants payback on Kyle. The War Beard rallies on Future Shock as we start another three minute countdown! Sidewalk slam and splash to Kyle! Scooping powerslam to Cole! Hanson misses in the corner, but he gets Kyle with a seated senton! Then Hanson cartwheels to avoid Cole, and clobbers him with a clothesline! Fans fire up with Hanson as he stands tall. They chant “War! War!” for Hanson as he begins a corner clothesline train! He hits Kyle, then Cole, then back again. Hanson gets a total of 10 but doesn’t stop! He brings Kyle into Cole, and they’re stacked in a corner. Hanson goes corner to corner, for a double bronco buster! Ricochet recovers, and Hanson helps him into the same ring. They forearm bump, Hanson becomes a step stool, shooting star onto Kyle!
Hanson decides to fetch Cole in the second ring, while Ricochet keeps on Kyle in the first. Cole elbows Hanson away, but then walks into a scoop. Kyle comes over to sweep Hanson’s legs! Ricochet gets Kyle with a clothesline, then he goes after Cole. Ricochet chops Cole, then rams his shoulder in. The countdown returns, and the Undisputed Era adds… Roderick Strong! Roddy hurries to help, going after Ricochet and Hanson! He chops away on Ricochet then whips, to dropkick Ricochet down! Roderick chops Hanson, then runs to shining wizard Ricochet! He does the same to Hanson, then gives Ricochet a urenage backbreaker. And another! And then torture rack, backbreaker drop! Fans fire up with Roddy as he drags Ricochet up to throw him into Hanson! Then Roddy runs, but Hanson catches him. Cole boots Hanson, Kyle gives the Ax ‘n’ Smash! Olympic Slam from Roddy!
The 3v2 favors the Undisputed Era, and fans are loving it! Cole, Strong and Kyle take turns stomping and dropping knees on Ricochet and Hanson. They have to fill time, so Strong puts Ricochet in a corner. Strong trash talks then Kyle joins him in chopping and kicking Ricochet. Strong hits Hanson for good measure, then works with Kyle again. Gutbuster and knee drop! Cole grinds his boot into Hanson, then Strong drives in a knee. The Undisputed Era pace about, confident they have control. But the countdown brings out… Rowe! Rowe pushed past Dunne, and then he goes right at all three men of the Undisputed Era! They stand up, he knocks them down, then he throws Strong overhead! Kyle runs into a gutbuster, then a gutwrench. Cole hits Rowe, but it only gets Rowe’s attention. Shotgun knees!
Rowe throws strikes all over Strong, but then Kyle climbs on for a sleeper! Rowe stays up, Cole runs in, but Cole gets an urenage! Then Rowe backs Kyle into the buckles and breaks free. Hanson returns, and now War Raiders work together. Hanson hauls Strong up while Rowe carries Kyle, and Strong is placed on Rowe’s shoulders! Powebomb-powerslam combo! Fans chant “War! War!” again as the Raiders stand tall. Hanson throws Kyle into steel, and then Rowe throws Strong! Cole realizes he’s all alone now, and Ricochet is up, too! Cole is fed to the Raiders, who then lawn dart Cole into steel! Ricochet and the Raiders stand tall, and they mug Cole in a corner. Ricochet keeps on Strong with haymakers and chops, but the countdown returns. The last one for the Undisputed Era, Bobby Fish, finally joins in!
But wait, Fish goes after Dunne? He wants to lock Dunne up, and he rams Dunne into steel bars! Fish puts his lock on, and only Fish has the key! He uses it to taunt Dunne, but then he throws it away! And then Fish goes looking under the ring! He brings in Undisputed Era branded chairs?! The Undisputed Era planned for this all along! Hanson blocks Kyle’s attack, but Fish gets his chair shot in! Then reDRagon tees off on the War Raiders and Ricochet! Cole and Strong regroup with them to take up chairs and throw them down on the others. Kyle strums his like a guitar while the others continue to SMACK their opponents. If Dunne can’t get in the ring, this match can’t officially start, which means it can’t end, either! The Undisputed Era can do this for as long as they want!
Strong and Fish throw Hanson into steel! Then they sit a chair up, and give Rowe an urenage across it! Fish taunts Rowe while Strong kicks Ricochet down. Cole and Kyle keep Hanson down on their end by going after his sore leg. Strong and Fish bring Rowe over, and they throw Rowe into steel of the cage! Rowe rebounds, though, and takes Fish out. Fish has to be careful because of his leg, but he seems fine. Kyle and Cole throw Hanson into more steel while Strong keeps on Ricochet. The countdown returns, but what does it matter if Dunne’s stuck in a cage? The ref’s use their key to unlock the first lock, but it won’t work on Fish’s lock. Dunne fights against it but there’s nothing he can do as Undisputed Era run a train on Ricochet against steel cage.
Fish and Cole keep on Rowe while Strong and Kyle keep on Hanson. They put each War Raider on a corner, then climb up to join them. Cole and Kyle help them coordinate, DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! Cole mocks Dunne, “You can’t do a darn thing!” He blows a mocking kiss, but here come bolt cutters! The ref gets the chain, and breaks it! Dunne is loose, and storms to the ring! Dunne may have one bad leg, but he’s going to find a way in. He grabs a kendo stick! Dunne smacks the hands of reDRagon off the cage door, then is ready for Cole. Dunne puts Cole’s hand on the steel steps, to SMACK it with the stick! Strong comes over but Dunne slams the door on him! Dunne brings out more things, and Ricochet crossbodies onto all of Undisputed Era!
Fans are thunderous as Dunne brings in a trash can, then another trash can, another kendo stick, and just as fans hoped, a TABLE! Rowe helps Dunne bring that table in as a brawl breaks out. Ricochet keeps reDRagon rocked as Dunne brings in a second table! Hanson helps him with that one, while Rowe sets a table up in No Man’s Land. Dunne grabs himself a stick, and this match FINALLY begins with a SMACK on Strong! SMACK for Kyle, SMACK for Strong! Dunne fires off on all four men of Undisputed Era, then hands the sticks over to Rowe and Ricochet. Hanson has a chair and Dunne has a chain, and they just beat down the Undisputed Era!
Kyle lands on the No Man’s Land steel, and Dunne tortures his arm. Dunne hammerlocks and STOMPS Kyle’s arm on that steel! Hanson hits Strong and Ricochet SMACKS Strong on the back. Fish grabs a can but Rowe stops him from using it. Dunne has Kyle’s arm and twists it. The kendo sticks fly, Strong gets over to where Kyle is, but Dunne X-plexes him onto Kyle! Cole chop blocks Dunne! Ricochet heads over but Cole tosses him into cage wall! The Era regroups in the second ring, and are ready for the Raiders. Strong kicks Rowe down, but Hanson avoids the chair shot. Kyle himself avoids the rebound accident, but then Hanson boots the chair into his face! Rowe gets back up as Hanson chops Cole. Hanson puts Cole in a can, and then puts him in a corner. Rowe picks Hanson up, senton attack on the canned Cole!
The Raiders then fire each other up, and Rowe scoops Hanson for a scoop slam senton on Kyle, across No Man’s Land! Kyle writhes while the Raiders go after Roddy. Pop up to German, springboard clothesline! Cover, but Fish breaks it in time. Rowe goes after Fish, German Suplex and springboard- TRASH CAN! Kyle hit Hanson with a flying trash can, and then he saves Fish from Rowe. Rowe fights off reDRagon, but ends up in a sleeper, and kick sandwich! Strong staggers up to help Cole in the second ring. Ricochet fights but still ends up in the gutbuster drop to backstabber! The Undisputed Era has regained control, and they surround Dunne. The Bruiserweight sees the situation he’s in, but doesn’t care! He throws hands on everyone!
Dunne blasts Cole with a forearm, then blasts with Fish with a forearm. Dunne dodges Strong, Strong hits steel cage, then staggers into Dunne’s German Suplex! Fish blocks Dunne’s kick, then ducks, so Dunne enziguris Kyle! Fish blocks a kick but gets reeled into a Kneebar! Dunne wrenches Fish’s bad leg, but Kyle saves Fish. Kyle uses that chain Dunne found, and uses it on Dunne’s bad leg! Kyle wraps it up as best he can, but then Dunne uses it to wrap up Kyle’s fingers! Dunne brings Kyle into a Kimura, the chain helping hold on. But Kyle lifts Dunne, and Fish SMACKS Dunne with a chair! Kyle uses that chain on Dunne now, for an ankle lock! Fish and Cole hold off the Raiders and Ricochet with chairs. Strong puts a chair on Dunne’s face and it’s an ankle lock with crossface.
Dunne somehow endures as the rest of his team work their way through, Ricochet FLIES in! Ricochet saves Dunne but gets a chair to the ribs. Strong hits Hanson, then runs, but for a BIG back drop! He ends up in the first ring, and now everyone is down. Hanson gets up and goes after Kyle. Rowe goes after Strong, and the Raiders have the NXT Tag Team Champions on either side of the table. Cole saves Kyle, but then Ricochet hits Cole. Fish saves Strong, but Dunne goes after Fish. Ricochet and Dunne have Strong and Kyle now, for a Butterfly SUPERPLEX and SUPER STEINER! Covers, TWO!! The Undisputed Era survives, but the Raiders decide the tables need to come into play now. The Raiders bring one over to the second ring, and Hanson sets it up.
Hanson targets Cole and puts him on the wood. The legs give out so Hanson dumps Cole off to try again. Cole scrambles away but Rowe is on him. He has him in No Man’s Land, powerbomb lift but Cole fights out. So he gets Thor’s Hammer! Cover, but Kyle breaks it with a chair shot! Rowe grabs Kyle, but Fish saves Kyle with a kendo SMACK. Fish then spears Rowe through the table! Fans are loving the carnage, but it isn’t over yet. Cole and Ricochet fight and end up near the other table. Cole has Ricochet in a corner and hauls him up. He climbs up to join him, but Ricochet resists. Ricochet kicks Cole, drags him into a Tree of Woe, but Kyle saves Cole. Kyle and Ricochet fight now, and Ricochet gets Kyle on the table.
Strong comes over and gives Ricochet a leaping knee! Kyle reels Ricochet into a triangle hold! But Hanson climbs up, and as Ricochet gets free, Hanson splashes down on Kyle, through the table! Cover, but Strong uses a trash can to break it! All four men but the fans are thunderous. The referees clear the debris, and Cole is first to stand up. Cole decides to climb up, but not to escape. Ricochet follows Cole, though, and they go after each other! They brawl, but have to be careful not to fall out. If even one man hits the floor, their entire team is disqualified. Strong climbs up to go after Ricochet, and they decide to throw Ricochet out! Ricochet holds on, and manages to kick Strong down! Strong gets crotch’d on the top rope, and now Ricochet only has to worry about Cole.
Cole clubs Ricochet on the back, but here comes Dunne! Dunne grabs Cole’s fingers and pulls, and gets Cole back in. But Kyle climbs up to go after Dunne. Rowe goes after Cole, but then Strong goes after Rowe. things are getting crazy up there as Hanson and Fish scrap on their way over. Hanson grabs everyone, even with Fish on his back, for a special WarGames TOWER OF DOOM!! All seven men go down in a heap, and fans lose their minds! But wait, Ricochet is still up top, and fans spot him sitting back up. The others regroup as he stands, and Ricochet 630 MOONSAULTS! He wipes them all out!! Fans are at a fever pitch as all eight men are down and out!
The teams regroup in opposite rings, and the teammates help each other stand. Fans rally up as the two teams stand across, each man facing a counterpart on the other side. They approach each other, and fans are thunderous. They go into No Man’s Land, to brawl!! Hands just fly wildly, and then things spill out into rings. Hanson has Kyle while Fish DDT’s Rowe. Fish kicks but Rowe gets him with Ace Ten Mao! Hanson leaves Kyle behind, for FALLOUT! But Kyle grabs Rowe before the cover, Strong Elimination! Strong and Kyle double whip Hanson, but he breaks through, to handspring back elbow!
Cole SUPERKICKS Hanson, but Ricochet springboards at Cole, for another SUPERKICK! Dunne blocks the kick to tweak the ankle! And snap the fingers! And hit Bitter- DDT from Cole! Last Shot brianbuster, to shining wizard! Cover, TWO?!? Cole keeps going, but misses the second shot, for a Bitter End! 450 splash outta nowhere! Double cover, #OneAndOnlyBruiserRaiders WIN!!
Winners: The War Raiders, Pete Dunne & Ricochet, both Ricochet & Dunne pinning
TakeOver is no longer Undisputed, and the Undisputed no longer rules TakeOver! There is wreckage everywhere, but Ricochet’s team can hold their heads high. Dunne and Ricochet get their belts back, and stand tall atop the cage. They’re reminded of their own unsettled score, the Champion VS Champion match the Undisputed Era ruined. Ricochet still has to keep Cole away, but will he get another shot at proving the North American Championship is better than the United Kingdom Championship? Will the War Raiders get themselves another go at the NXT Tag Team Championships?
There is already so much to love about any TakeOver, but this may have been the best TakeOver yet! I loved the surprise of Riddle VS Ohno, and it worked perfectly in story. Ohno was acting so superior, so him losing in mere seconds was the right way to go. Then Ohno and Riddle can have a lengthier rematch on a later NXT episode to really give us something incredible. The Women’s Championship match felt really fast. Shayna has ultimate Heel heat from Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir helping her again, mostly with the first fall. The brawling of Jessamyn and Marina with Dakota Kai, then Io Shirai coming in, tells me this will be the Six Woman Tag showdown we get, which is great given Dakota’s history with Shayna and Shirai’s friendship with Kairi. And obviously, this means Shayna VS Kairi will continue.
In Aleister VS Gargano, I liked that both guys knew the other’s moves enough to counter, and there was great story elements like Gargano begging for forgiveness only to use it as a way to steal the win. I like that Aleister didn’t have to use two Black Mass kicks but chose to use two. Aleister wins to keep Gargano’s story going, because Gargano will be seeking vindication of his “I’m still the hero!” claims. Ciampa VS “Hollywood” Dream was so great, and Dream really used all his references to legendary wrestlers like Hogan, Flair and Rick Roode to great effect. I really thought Dream was winning, but that’s how good they booked the match, Ciampa wins to perhaps set up a proper Aleister VS Ciampa match now.
The WarGames match itself was incredible. It seemed odd to me that Ricochet’s team had dysfunction when it came to sending members out, but things like that tend to plague Faces more than Heels in such situations as a standard wrestling trope. The Undisputed Era’s scheme of locking out the last man while preparing their own weapons was a great touch. I almost thought Dunne was going to stay locked in and someone else (like EC3) was going to sub in for him. But I suppose it’s fine that Dunne still gets free, NXT can save EC3 VS Undisputed Era for later. I know in our Chairshot staff picks I expected the Era to still win, but it does work for Ricochet’s team to win. Now the Era will have to regroup in order to keep the tag titles while Cole looks to regain the North American title.
My Score: 9/10
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