Raw gets Rowdy, and a little crazy, as Ronda Rousey makes her television in-ring debut against Alicia Fox! Can Ronda clear out the Goddess’ newest sidekick?
- Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin; Roman wins.
- Bobby Roode VS Mojo Rawley; Roode wins.
- Rezar w/ Akam VS Titus O’Neil w/ Titus Worldwide; Rezar wins.
- Braun Strowman VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh; Mahal wins, by disqualification.
- Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins
& Roman Reigns; becomes…
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Ziggler & McIntyre VS Rollins; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
- The Revival VS The B-Team; no contest.
- The Riott Squad VS The Boss & Hug Connection; The Riott Squad wins.
- Ronda Rousey w/ Natalya VS Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss; Ronda wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw reviews the shocking turn of events from last week.
Kurt Angle gave Paul Heyman an ultimatum for both him and his client. Heyman tried his hardest to convince Lesnar to care, but Lesnar just wouldn’t hear him out. Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, in the “interest” of maintaining the Summerslam main event, made sure Angle made sure Roman Reigns was nowhere in the building. The Big Dog was kicked out of the Yard, but not without giving the Lone Wolf a shot in the chops first.
The end of the night came, Heyman told Lesnar what was on the line, and asked as Lesnar’s friend to do this. But Lesnar told Heyman they’re not friends. Lesnar sent Heyman out for him, but that only angered Angle more. Angle called Lesnar the “worst Universal Champion of all time”, and declared both Heyman and Lesnar were fired! But then The Beast would appear! Does management have a problem with Lesnar? Before they could answer, Lesnar gave Angle an F5! And he made Baron Corbin back down with a look. Then he’d grab his Advocate by the jaw! Lesnar made Heyman look at Angle, then almost choked him out. The Conqueror has become The Tyrant, but can anyone hope to dethrone him?
Kurt Angle heads to the ring!
The Olympic Gold Medalist GM has the Constable in tow as he welcomes Jacksonville to the show. Angle reminds us that tonight is Ronda Rousey’s TV wrestling debut! Angle appreciates Ronda likes competing on Raw and with no complaints. Whether Ronda wins or loses at Sumemrslam, she’s a champion in Angle’s eyes. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about Lesnar. Constable Corbin warns Angle to watch his words, but Angle has to get this out. Lesnar doesn’t care about the fans, the championship or Angle. Heyman managed to get Lesnar out before Raw went off the air, so Heyman’s job is still secure. But Lesnar and his attack on Angle has– Well first, here comes Roman Reigns!
The Big Dog is back, and he joins Angle & Corbin in the ring. Roman tells Angle that while he has a lot of respect as GM, Angle should’ve known better. If you kick the Dog out, who protects the Yard? It’s how Lesnar was able to rag doll Angle last week. Corbin shouldn’t be smiling, he didn’t do a damn thing! Actually, Corbin ran like “a scared, little old-” Angle knows no one likes what Lesnar did, from top to bottom. Oh really? Is Angle about to say what he’s about to say? Lesnar gets indefinitely suspended to keep the match off? No, far from it. Lesnar will defend his Universal Championship against Roman Reigns. And Angle really wants Roman to kick Lesnar’s ass.
Wow, that’s a sound bite. Corbin says that’s unprofessional, there are no favorites in management. And if Lesnar was here, he’d– He’d what? Look at Corbin to make him run away again? Corbin didn’t run away, he was the bigger man. And Corbin was tired from beating up “little tiny Finn Balor.” Y’know, someone who was already Universal Champion? Corbin does so much, what else could he have done. Acted like a man, for one. Oh and Angle is an example? He comes out acting like this is his show. All he does is make matches. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are in charge, and put Corbin in charge to watch Angle, because Angle can’t be trusted. Angle admits to that, he just makes matches. But here’s a match idea: Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin, RIGHT NOW! The only one who hates the idea is Corbin.
Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin!
Corbin sucker punches Roman! The referee is slow to appearing, but Corbin waits for Roman to stand again. SUPERMAN PUNCH! Corbin goes down, Roman covers, TWO!! That was almost a quick finish and everyone knows it. Corbin bails out of the ring to clear his head, but we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin has Roman in a chinlock. Roman stands up and powers out, then things speed up. Roman scoops but Corbin slips off to shove him. Corbin runs, slides out but slides back in to clobber Roman! Cover, TWO! The Big Dog gasps for air while the Lone Wolf works to keep his cool. Corbin grabs Roman by his hair and puts him in a corner. Corbin throws heavy hands, then whips Roman corner to corner hard. Roman hits buckles then the mat, and Corbin mockingly applauds. Fans boo and jeer the cocky Constable while he trash talks Roman. Corbin drags Roman up and Roman fights back with body shots. Roman runs, but into a big back elbow! Cover, TWO! Corbin puts Roman in a half-nelson chinbar. Roman endures the twisting while fans build to a rally. Roman stands up, but Corbin throws him down.
Corbin sneers as he looms over Roman. He stomps on Roman, then drives elbows into Roman’s forehead. Corbin reapplies the half-nelson chinbar and bends Roman back. Fans rally up again and Roman reaches for ropes. Roman stands up, and fights out with haymakers. Corbin shoves Roman but gets a kick for it. They collide with clothelines but Rmoan stays standing. Roman whips but Corbin reverses and ducks the leaping lariat. Roman anticipates Corbin and clotheslines him out! The fans fire up while Roman pursues Corbin. Drive-By! Corbin goes down, but Roman brings him back up and in. Corbin rolls back out, then uppercuts Roman at the ropes! He shoves Roman into a post, and has control while we go to break.
Raw returns again, and Corbin has Roman in the half-nelson chinbar again. Fans rally up again and Roman feeds off the energy. Fans duel as Roman stands up and fights back again. Corbin shoves Roman, but Roman holds ropes. Corbin runs into an elbow, but reverses the whip, only to get the leaping lariat! Roman boots Corbin, then shoves him for the Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Roman keeps his cool as he stalks Corbin to a corner. He gives the close-range clotheslines, and gets all 10. Roman runs, and boots Corbin down! Fans fire up as Roman locks and loads. Roman runs out, but Corbin blocks the Superman punch. Roman gets out of the Choke Slam, but runs into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious over Roman surviving. He and Roman slowly stand while fans rally up.
Roman gets to a corner, and Corbin runs in for a big clothesline. Corbin gives another, and another, then reels Roman in. Roman fires forearms to stop, then whips Corbin. Corbin slides out, accidentally knocks over a cameraman, then slides back in, for a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Roman is shocked, but Corbin still lives. Both men are down but Roman has energy to give. Fans fire up as he gets to a corner. Roman lets out the howl, but Corbin has escaped to the apron. Corbin walks away, not feeling the need to finish this. But here comes Finn Balor! The Extraordinary Man walks down the ramp and Corbin finds himself stuck. Corbin protests, but gets a FLYING Superman Punch! Roman puts Corbin in the ring, lets out the howl, and SPEAR! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
An assist to Finn for keeping Corbin caged in, but Roman wins again! Can Roman finally get it done on The Beast at Summerslam? That’s yet to be seen, but for now, Roman gives Finn the nod and fist bump. Finn gets in the ring, takes off the jacket, and looks to give the Constable some payback. He hits the blasting dropkick! Then he climbs up top, COUP DE GRACE! The double stomp leaves the big bad Lone Wolf wincing. Will these two settle this grudge in the near future?
Kurt Angle meets with Seth Rollins.
The Architect’s focus is on the Intercontinental Champion, but points out how Drew McIntyre always rears his ugly head to help out Dolph Ziggler. And how when Rollins aims for McIntyre, he has to worry about Ziggler. Rollins wants to know how he can take care of both of them. Angle suggests he find a partner to take those two on in a tag team match. Rollins accepts the terms, can he find someone to stand up to the Show-Off & The Scottish Terminator tonight?
Bobby Roode VS Mojo Rawley!
The Glorious One took offense to being called all hype from the former Hype Man. When push came to shove last week, Roode would start a fight with Mojo backstage in the locker room. Can Roode show Mojo which one of them is really just hype? Or will Mojo prove he’s better than Absolutely GLORIOUS?
The bell rings and the two tie up right away. Roode gets a headlock, then spins around to a hammerlock. Mojo elbows out, then headbutts Roode to a corner. Mojo bumps Roode off buckles, then stalks behind him. Roode checks his face, then throws haymakers on Mojo. Roode whips Mojo corner to corner but Mojo reveres, only for Roode to run out with a lariat. Mojo crawls now, but turns around into a kick. Mojo denies the DDT, Roode gets a waistlock but Mojo standing switches. Roode throws Mojo out then dropkicks him down. The Killer Instinct is on the defensive while we go to break.
Raw returns and Mojo has Roode in a rear bearhug. Mojo taunts Roode while squeezing the ribs. Roode endures while he works out of the hold. Roode pries Mojo’s hands apart, but Mojo knees low. Mojo gut wrenches Roode for a throw, then covers, TWO! Mojo keeps his cool while Roode clutches his back. He rams forearms into Roode, then covers, TWO. Mojo puts Roode in another bearhug, but Roode works against it. Fans rally up for Roode, and Roode feeds off it. Roode powers his way up but Mojo squeezes tighter. Roode endures but Mojo keeps taunting him. They stand up, fans rally again, and Roode elbows his way out. Roode runs, but into a sidewalk slam! Mojo watches Roode intently while he’s on the mat. Mojo moderately mocks the Glorious pose, then lifts Roode. Roode sunset flips, TWO!
Roode blocks right hands to give right hands, but Mojo knees low. Mojo whips but Roode kicks him away. Roode ducks, runs and rallies with forearm smashes and lariats. Mojo gets to a corner but Roode gives him a clothesline to neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Roode as he hops up. Roode takes aim, GLORIOUS Blockbuster! His back slows him down but he doesn’t stop. Fans fire up again as he winds it up… GLORIOUS! He kicks, but Mojo powers him to a corner. Mojo rolls out but runs into boots. Roode up again, but jumps to be caught into a fireman’s carry. Mojo pops Roode, GLORIOUS DDT! cover, Roode wins!
Winner: Bobby Roode, by pinfall
A win out of nowhere, that is the ability of Roode’s intellect. Has Roode’s GLORIOUS talent shut Mojo down? Or will Mojo rise again for more?
WWE staff goes over tonight’s details with Elias.
But The Drifter doesn’t want to worry about that, he’s already seen it all in his head. They just need to do their jobs, and it’ll be perfect. What will Elias have to say when he hits the stage?
“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”
He introduces himself to Jacksonville, plays his guitar, and as always, he asks “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” Jacksonville seems into that idea. The album is out, he is changing lives on a daily basis. If you don’t have it yet, you’re one of a very few. Big names in music are afraid, because Elias is on top of all the charts with only four songs! Can he get an amen? Amen! Now, Elias’ document came out on the WWE Network, aka the Walk With Elias Network. They tried but they got it wrong, so Elias has his film crew here to do it the “real” way, Elias’ way. So please silence phones and hold applause until after he finishes.
Actually, move over, cameraman. Get a close up on the fingers, that’s the magic. Elias plays while the crew moves over, but then he gets an idea. Circle him! Like they’re orbiting around the center of the WWE Universe. The crew moves, but a bit slow for his liking. Slow like Bobby Lashley, actually. But wait, hold on, the audience is the problem. Jacksonville takes offense. Can they use CGI or something to blur them all out? Better yet, copy and paste in a better crowd. Fans boo louder now. Elias keeps his camera crew in mind. That nobody, Bobby Lashley, ruined everything last week, that’s not happening this week. Elias plays his guitar while the crew moves together around him. But speaking of Lashley, here he comes!
The Dominator heads to the ring, much to Elias’ chagrin. Lashley likes Elias’ jokes, but once again his name comes out of Elias’ mouth. He heard Elias complain about his documentary. Lashley liked how brilliant that documentary was, what’s he complaining about? Elias admits it had its moments, but it portrayed him as egotistical and out of touch. As opposed to what? Elias gets it now. Lashley is making jokes, too. But keep the camera on Elias. Fans boo, Elias tells them to shut up. Elias knows Lashley is out here to steal the spotlight, but it’s not happening. Lashley has tried to steal the spotlight but it ain’t happening. Lashley’s comeback has been a joke. No, the joke is Elias, from his boot, to guitar, to scarf to documentary to music! The next time Lashley’s name comes out Elias’ mouth, what happens to him won’t be a joke.
Elias has his crew start moving out of the ring. They can film somewhere else, like in the back where they won’t be interrupted. Don’t worry about anyone else. Elias checks the clipboard, but sues it as a decoy on Lashley! He stomps away on Lashley at the ropes, then asks who the joke really is. Elias runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Lashley isn’t smiling, but he does want Elias’ crew to document him. Fans love Lashley as he gives Elias the Vertigo Suplex slam! Is that going to make it into the second Elias documentary? Is Elias going to make it to a second album if he keeps mocking the Alpha Male?
Seth Rollins stretches backstage.
In walks Tyler Breeze. Prince Pretty heard about how he needed a tag team partner, and he’s without a partner of his own. Tyler’s gorgeous while Rollins is… passing. Y’know, if you’re into that #CrossfitJesus thing. So how about it? Crossfit Breezus? Yeah? Let’s do this before Breeze changes his mind. Roman walks in, seeing Breeze do the shield fist. Is this serious? Everyone wants in. Nah, Roman’s got this. The Shield Brothers reunite once again, can they finally shut Ziggler & McIntyre up?
Rezar w/ Akam VS Titus O’Neil w/ Titus Worldwide!
Last week, Apollo Crews proved one half of the Authors of Pain aren’t as dangerous if they’re all alone in a match. Can the Real Deal Titus Brand President prove the same about the other half? Or will the ending be changed this time around?
The bell rings and the two big men tie up. Rezar powers Titus to a corner, then backs up at 4 only to knee Titus low. He stalks Titus to give him more body shots. He trash talks in Albanian before clubbing Titus down to the mat. Rezar trash talks Apollo, too, but Titus throws hands! Titus whips but is reversed into another low knee. Rezar doesn’t let up in trash talk, nor in the attack as he rams his shoulder into Titus in a corner. He backs up at 4, and fans boo and jeer. Rezar grinds his boot into Titus, then backs off at 4 again. Dana and Apollo coach Titus up, even as Rezar shouts at them all. Rezar grinds Titus into the corner, but still lets up at 4. Titus manages to kick back, then throw hands.
Titus powers back, then whips Rezar into a corner. Now Titus gives shoulders and chops to Rezar. He whips but Rezar revesres. Titus goes up and over, to boot Rezar down! The Gator fires up, as does Jacksonville. Titus barks, runs in, and hits a big corner splash. He keeps moving, but now Akam talks trash to distract. Rezar boots Titus down! Rezar glares as he picks Titus up, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Rezar wins!
Winner: Rezar, by pinfall
The AoP tie things up in 1v1 competition, with some indirect teamwork. Will they continue to write a story of dominance in the Raw Tag Team Division? Or are they setting themselves up for a bad ending?
Kevin Owens talks with Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh backstage.
The Prizefighter and Modern Day Maharaja seem to be going over flashcard notes. The Kevin Owens Show returns, next!
It’s the Kevin Owens Show!
Yes, it’s back after a long hiatus, and now it’s set up on the stage instead of in the ring. Kevin welcomes everyone to this return edition, and asks we help welcome “a man who has been instrumental” in helping Kevin handle all the stress caused by Braun Strowman. Welcome Kevin’s personal guru, Jinder Mahal! Mahal comes out, with Sunil behind him. They take their seats, and Kevin thanks Mahal. Kevin was skeptical about the methods, the breathing and chanting and “crap”, but Kevin has felt so much better. At Extreme Rules, Kevin was thrown off the steel cage onto the announce table, and he thought he would live his life in pain. But now, he’s pain free! He can play with his kids without feeling his spine shifting.
Kevin has Mahal out here for that, but also because they share something special. They’ve both accomplished something rare in the WWE. When someone sees Braun Strowman, they usually see a monster. Speaking of, fans would like to see Strowman themselves. Strowman is seemingly impossible to defeat, but Kevin has achieved the impossible! Kevin defeated Strowman! And so did Mahal! Granted, Kevin did it in a “grueling steel cage match” while Mahal got a count-out, but wins are wins. In fact, if Kevin wins at Summerslam, he’ll get that Money in the Bank contract. Strowman tried to take everything from Kevin, but Kevin will do so in return. And when Kevin wins, he’ll be #KOInTheBank! A guaranteed title shot whenever and wherever, which guarantees Kevin will finally reclaim the Universal Championship!
But the truth is, Kevin has never been the same since losing that title. Kevin feels it within his grasp, all thanks to Mahal helping him be clear-headed. Kevin has an idea for what needs to happen tonight. They need to have Mahal VS Strowman one more time! It’ll be fine. Mahal did it once, he can do it again, and will do it again. Bring out The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman! Kevin tries again. Oh but see? The Monster is afraid of them. Wait, what? What made the stage move? What’s tipping the stage?! It’s BRAUN!! The Monster gets another one over on the conniving Kevin, but is also here for that match Kevin promised!
Braun Strowman VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!
The Monster Among Men wants revenge on the Modern Day Maharaja for that count-out-with-an-assist defeat last week. Now that Strowman knows what to expect, will he make back his win before defending his briefcase against Kevin?
Kevin coaches Mahal up for this, but Mahal is still reeling from the stage-tipping. Mahal still gets in the ring as Kevin shouts “Shanti!” at him. The bell rings, and Mahal asks Strowman be peaceful about this. They circle but fans chant “Get These Hands!” Strowman fires up with the Monster’s Mantra, then dares Mahal to bring the fight. Mahal refuses, but Kevin sneaks away with the briefcase. Or tries to, because Strowman sees him again. And gives chase, again! Kevin dumps the case down, but Strowman still chases him off. Then he gets in at 8! Mahal panics, he doesn’t know what to do without Kevin’s help.
Kevin sheepishly comes back while Mahal just tries to avoid Strowman. Strowman corners him and throws him! Kevin sneaks up, gets the case, and runs away! Strowman chases him down and runs him over at the stage! Mahal comes back but Strowman hits him with the briefcase! That’s a disqualification!
Winner: Jinder Mahal, by disqualification
Another example of how Strowman could still lose his briefcase to Kevin at Summerslam! Mahal gets another win, but that only angers Strowman all over again. Strowman storms down and catches Mahal at the timekeeper’s area! Sunil Singh snags the briefcase to save Mahal, but instantly regrets it. Sunil tosses the briefcase back to Strowman, but Strowman still boots Sunil down! Mahal has escaped to safety by now, but Strowman dares someone to fight! Kevin has brains, but will it be enough to outsmart Strowman’s brawn in Brooklyn?
Baron Corbin talks with Stephanie McMahon on the phone.
He then passes her on to Angle. Angle talks with the Raw Commissioner now, and understands her orders. He tries to reason with her, but Stephanie’s orders are clear. He’ll “take care of it”, but what does that mean?
Raw shares footage of Corey Graves conducting a retrospective interview with Roman Reigns.
There’s no surprise Brock Lesnar refused to be part of this, but that’s par for the course as The Beast goes. How does Roman Reigns feel about going one more time against Lesnar after all the times he’s fallen short? This rivalry of main event proportions dates all the way back to Wrestlemania 31 in 2015. They battled for the WWE World Championship in the main event. It went back and forth, until The Architect cashed-in to snag the title away from both men. That wasn’t a defeat for Roman, but it wasn’t a victory. Fast-forward to Wrestlemania 33 just this past April. They again battled back and forth, for the Universal Championship, and Lesnar truly defeated The Big Dog. Roman vowed to simply get up and keep going.
It was only a couple weeks later that they would have their third go, inside a Steel Cage! Roman hit a Spear so strong, both men went through a cage wall! But because of a referee’s hasty decision in calling it, The Beast would remain champion. The controversy would upset Roman, because he felt like the real winner that night. But then, what is his reaction to Lesnar out and saying he doesn’t care about the WWE Universe? Lesnar went so far as to assault the GM and his own manager. “You have no leader when you have a champion like Brock Lesnar.” Roman is sick of Lesnar disrespecting this lifestyle, this business that is his family’s legacy.
Lesnar still vowed to “kick Roman Reigns’ ass”, but Roman vows to do what Lesnar doesn’t. Roman is going to actually show up, earn the belt, and set a standard. Lesnar’s the Beast, but he hasn’t conquered Roman. Roman is in a scenario where losing is not an option. Will he make good on this fourth and possibly final time against Lesnar?
Kurt Angle & Baron Corbin intercept The Shield.
Corbin has Angle tell them the bad news. Angle can’t, so Corbin speaks up. It’s admirable that Roman wants to help his “brother”, but Stephanie McMahon can’t have them jeopardizing the main event of Summerslam. Roman already competed in a grueling match, so he can’t be Rollins’ partner. Well good thing Roman doesn’t care what Stephanie thinks. Stephanie knew he’d say that, so if he defies her orders, he loses his shot at Lesnar. Rollins calms Roman down and says he can handle this for the sake of the bigger picture. Well, it’s going to be a handicap match now. Does Rollins stand a chance? By the way, Roman, how’re those ribs? Roman body shots Corbin! Get the trainer, that had to hurt.
2v1 Handicap: Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins!
The Show-Off & The Stud have an even better chance of winning now that it’s just The Kingslayer. Can Rollins survive being the one caught up in the conspiracy crossfire?
Rollins has no choice but to start against Drew McIntyre. Fans want Dean Ambrose, but he’s sadly far from returning given that elbow injury. Rollins daringly SLAPS McIntyre, then leads him on a cat ‘n’ mouse chase. Rollins dropkicks McINtyre, then grabs Ziggler. He goes after the Show-Off with stomps, then dodges McIntyre to roll him. SUPERKIKC for McINtyre, then a clothesline for Ziggler. Rollins hurries up top, but Ziggler goes after him. He kicks Ziggler away, but flies into a catch! McIntyre spins around from the momentum and dumps Rollins on his side, but then deadlifts him back up for a backbreaker! Rollins writhes but McIntyre rains right hands. McIntyre glares as he drags Rollins back up. He puts Rollins in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Rollins tumbles up and down, then Ziggler tags in.
Ziggler taunts Rollins while fans rally up for him. Rollins hits Ziggler with haymakers, but Ziggler kicks low. ZIggler puts Rollins in the corner and McIntyre tags back in. McIntyre gives body shots and swift chops. Fans keep trying, but Rollins is put in the seated abdominal stretch. Rollins endures while they continue to rally, but Ziggler likes the control he sees. McIntyre grinds and stretches Rollins more, but fans rally up. Rollins gives a jawbreaker, but McIntyre deadlift throws Rollins down. Tag to Ziggler, and Ziggler continues to rope-a-dope with Rollins. Ziggler taunts Rollins, that when Rollins is all alone, he loses. Rollins fights back with body shots, but Ziggler stops him with a haymaker. Ziggler bumps Rollins off buckles, then runs in. The splash misses! Rollins can’t tag out, he can only recover on the mat.
Fans rally up again and Rollins denies a tag with chops and haymakers. he whips Ziggler, but Ziggler dodges. Ziggler holds on and throws Rollins out. Rollins trips McIntyre! Then he baits McIntyre to run into a post! Rollins has an opening as he rushes Ziggler. Slingblade! Rollins forearm smashes, then runs for a clothesline to send Ziggler out. Fans fire up while Rollins takes aim. Rollins builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit, and Rollins puts Ziggler in the ring. Rollins springboards, flying clothesline! Rollins and Jacksonville fire up as he mule kicks, but Ziggler dodges the stomp. Ziggler kicks, but runs into a Buckle Bomb! McIntyre tags in! And clobbers Rollins! McIntyre glares again, then tags Ziggler. They bring Rollins up to finish this. McIntyre runs, but into a knee! School boy on Ziggler, but McIntyre breaks it. SUPERKICK from Ziggler, cover, Ziggler & McIntyre win!
Winner(s): Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre, Ziggler pinning
It was fast, furious and chaotic. There may have been controversy, but it doesn’t really matter now. Rollins lost against both Show-Off and Stud tonight, but can he find a way to not lose again at Summerslam?
The Revival VS The B-Team!
The #TopGuys want to prove Bo Dallas & Curt Axel are anything but the “best” team. With a win here tonight, Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder can enter the Raw Tag Team Championship discussion. Will they #SayYeah to a title shot in the near future? Or will the “undefeated” champions keep their streak alive?
The bell rings and Axel starts against Dawson. They tie up and Dawson brings Axel to the Revival’s corner. Dash tags in but Axel gets away. Axel and Dash tie up and Axel gets an arm wrench. Dash fights out and gives European Uppercuts. He whips Axel corner to corner to give corner clothesline and more uppercuts. Axel comes back with his own clothesline, then tags in Bo. B-Team holds Dash in place and Bo hits a corner elbow. He fires off on Dash, then feeds him to Axel’s knee. Cover, TWO, and Dash powers Bo to a corner. Tag to Dawson and the Revival mug Bo. Dash kicks Bo for a loop, then Dawson drags Bo up to bump him off buckles.
Dawson chops Bo, then gives him a EuroUpper. He reels Bo in for a lariat, then covers. TWO, but Dawson tries again. TWO, so Dawson grabs a handful of hair. He wraps Bo in a cobra clutch and thrashes Bo around. Bo endures and fights his way up. He reaches for Axel, but Dawson denies a tag. Bo fights out and trades blows with Dawson. Dawson shoves Bo, but they collide on the rebound! Both men go down, both partners reach out. They crawl for their corners, but THE DELETERS APPEAR! They’ve replaced Axel and Dash! When?! But that doesn’t matter, the attack begins!
Dawson gets a Twist of Fate while Bo gets Sister Abigail’s Kiss! The former champions will show no mercy until they reacquire the titles! Who will be DELETED and DEFEATED when this war on there fronts is all over?
Renee Young has a sit-down interview with Paul Heyman.
Last week, it was clear Brock Lesnar no longer considers The Advocate his advocate. Lesnar has completely cut all ties with Heyman, they have not spoken these last seven days. Heyman wants to, but Lesnar doesn’t. Heyman knows Lesnar won’t like him saying this, but they must continue the interview. Renee wants to bring up last week, but Heyman doesn’t like where this is going. Is Lesnar still a friend? Strangely enough, yes. Heyman’s family was friends with Lesnar’s family. This is not how Heyman envisioned this story ending. They were going to ride off into the sunset, Lesnar holding two championship belts while Heyman shouted “reigning, defending, undisputed” and all that.
At this point in Lesnar’s career, does he still need Heyman? Heyman holds back the tears, and tells Renee to keep going. They’ve spent a lot of time in the WWE. Does Heyman have any potential new clients in mind? That question would’ve been better a week ago. This entire situation is inconceivable. How could Heyman just replace Lesnar? Then about Summerslam, as the last question of the night. Who will be Universal Champion? Heyman has been with Lesnar for 16 years, the highs and the lows. Yet Heyman has never seen this Lesnar. This more driven, focused and more violent Lesnar. Against this Lesnar, “Roman Reigns doesn’t stand a chance.” The Advocate is a broken man, but will the Beast leave Roman the same after Brooklyn?
The Riott Squad VS The Boss & Hug Connection!
The Juvenile Delinquent and Country Viking want another try against the #LegitHuggable duo after last week’s defeat. Can Liv & Sarah get even with Bayley & Banks while Ruby Riott is still on the sidelines? Or will it be 2-0 for the reunited best friends?
The bell rings, the gear is put away, and it’ll be Sasha starting against Liv first. THey tie up and go around the ring. Liv pulls hair but teh referee separates them. They tie up again but Sasha gets away. Liv rocks her with a right, then stomps away in a corner. She screams at the ref for counting, but then runs into buckles. Sasha bumps her off more buckles, then gives Liv some nightshade. Bayley tags in, Sasha tackles Liv and Bayley covers. TWO, but Bayley brings Liv up. Liv kicks back, then tags Sarah. Sarah runs into a hip toss, then Bayley adds a sliding lariat and elbow drop. Cover, ONE, but Bayley is on Sarah with an armlock. Sarah endures so Bayley drags her around to a mounted position. Bayley wrenches the arm but Sarah forearms out.
Sarah whips Bayley to a corner but runs into boots. Bayley goes up, crossbody! Cover, TWO! Sarah keeps on Bayley, going after her arm in return. Sarah whips but Bayley reverses only to be reversed back, and Bayley hits buckles hard! Liv tags in to add leaping stomps! Cover, but Bayley gets out and away. The Squad has control while we go to break.
Raw returns to see Sarah grinding Bayley into the mat with a cobra clutch. Fans rally up and Bayley feeds off it. Bayley stands but Sarah wrangles her back down. Liv and Sarah both shot that Bayley isn’t going anywhere as Sarah thrashes Bayley around. Sasha rallies the fans and Bayley powers up again. Bayley jawbreakers out, then crawls. Sarah keeps wrist control and reels Bayley back into the hold! Sarah gives Bayley a backbreaker then slams Bayley to the mat, all while maintaining the clutch. Bayley powers up again and arm-drags Sarha off! She crawls for Sasha, but Sarah yanks Sasha off! Sarah drags Bayley all the way over, and both Squad members stomp away. Liv tags in and climbs up, and Sarah feeds Bayley’s face to Liv’s knees. Liv then gives Bayley a facebuster, cover, TWO!
The Squad is furious, but Liv keep son Bayley. She whips Bayley but Bayley goes up and over. Bayley can’t get to Sasha before Liv throws her into the corner again. Liv runs in, but into snake eyes! Sasha and the fans are red hot, and gets teh hot tag! Sarah tags in, too, but it’s The Boss who rallies! Sasha dropkicks Sarah, then blocks a kick to give a knee. Sarah is reeling, but she puts Sasha on the apron. Sasha knees back in, then hoists Sarah up top. Bayley tags in and takes Sasha’s place up top. Sasha tags back in for Bayley’s SUPER STEINER, then hits METEORA! Cover, but Liv breaks it up!
Bayley throws Liv out hard, then takes aim from the apron. But someone saves Liv? Enziguri for Bayley! It’s RUBY! She’s back!! The Squad is at full power as Sarah rolls Sasha up. The Riott Squad wins!
W inner: The Riott Squad, Sarah Logan pinning
The gang’s all here as the squad leader makes a surprise return! With Ruby back at the helm, can she lead her team to bigger things in the near future?
Raw quickly reviews Rowdy Rousey joining the WWE.
From a surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble to a mixed tag match victory at Wrestlemania, Ronda has taken pro-wrestling by storm. She and Nia Jax went toe to toe, strength for toughness, at Money in the Bank. But what would’ve been a crowning achievement for Ronda became the golden opportunity for the Five Foot Fury. The Goddess reigns once again, but that only pissed Ronda off. Perhaps too much, as Ronda beat down tiny Alexa Bliss and put her through a table! The only problem was she also hit Kurt Angle in her rage, so she was suspended 30 days. But those 30 days have come and gone, and in return for good behavior, Ronda has a title shot at Summerslam!
Of course, Alexa always makes sure she has someone by her side to do her bidding. Ronda is done with that, which brings us to tonight’s main event! Ronda makes her Raw in-ring debut, with the Queen of Harts by her side. Can Ronda remove Ms. Crazy Like a Fox to have a clear shot at Alexa Bliss?
Ronda Rousey w/ Natalya VS Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss!
Chary Caruso quickly interviews Alicia & Alexa in the ring before the match. Alexa is “so excited” to have people talking about Ronda. Charly’s had all night to think of questions to ask, and she asks about Ronda? They’re in the presence of a trailblazer and former champion! Don’t be rude, Jacksonville. Charly, this is where you use that journalism degree to use and ask a good question.
In that case, how did Alicia prepare for The Baddest Woman on the Planet? Ronda’s “great”, but banged up. That’s points for Alicia. Even if they sit and talk about Ronda’s achievements, like UFC Hall of Fame and Olympic medals, was she the captain of the Raw Survivor Series team? No, but enough of Charly. Alexa dismisses her, and to be serious, WWE Evolution wouldn’t be possible without women like Alicia. And before the biggest match of her career, Alexa thanks Alicia for her contributions. That’s from all of the women of WWE except Ronda. Ronda isn’t grateful for anything, nor does she deserve a title shot! But Alexa will pick up the pieces in Brooklyn. Has Alicia spent the last decade sacrificing just so an overrated rookie can steal the thunder? NO! But here comes Ronda!
Ronda enters the ring and we finally begin. The bell rings, but Alicia keeps her distance in a corner. Alicia tells Ronda that this ring is her house, not Ronda’s. She is honored to be Ronda’s first, but it’s not gonna last. Alicia’s right, it won’t last. Alicia swings on Ronda, but gets taken down! Foxy runs for it, and Ronda scares Alexa back from the apron. The two regroup and Alicia returns to the ring. Only to duck out again. Alexa distracts again, but Natty trips her up! The Queen shows the Goddess what’s up, but then Alexa shoves her into a post! Alicia tries to take advantage, but Alexa does! Alexa trips Ronda, Alicia pounces. The referee backs Alicia off, but she comes back for a mudhole stomp. This only angers Ronda.
Alicia sees the glare, and gets the fists! Ronda whips and reels Alicia in for a SWIFT takedown, then another. Ronda gives Alicia a third, and Alicia has no choice but to get out now. Jacksonville is fired up as Ronda fetches Alicia, to put her into the barriers! They go back in the ring, so Alexa tries once more to distract Ronda. Ronda sees Alicia coming, though, and throws her! Alicia might be regretting her choice to side with Alexa. Ronda grabs the arm, and shows Alexa what waits for her in Brooklyn. ARMBAR! Alicia taps, Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission
The Baddest Woman on the Planet has put fear in the eyes of the Raw Women’s Champion. Natty celebrates with Ronda while Alexa regroups with Alicia. Charly returns to interview Ronda on her first Raw TV victory. Ronda thanks everyone for supporting her, and she feels great for being able to focus on Sumermslam. Alexa tries an ambush, but it doesn’t work! Ronda throws her right off! It doesn’t matter how tightly Alexa holds onto the belt now, because it’ll be Ronda’s soon enough! Ronda doesn’t just drop the mic, she bashes it. Will Alexa be down a belt and one arm after Brooklyn?
This was a rather lackluster Raw that had one of the more fun and energetic endings as of late. The opening was standard Raw formula: someone in the authority talks; Roman comes out; something something “impromptu match”. But given it was Roman VS Corbin, in Roman’s home state, Roman was “over” by default. He and Corbin have a decent match, but hey, Finn Balor made sure it wasn’t a count-out win and a pinfall for Roman. This gives us Finn VS Corbin at Summerslam, even though I was personally hoping this ended with Extreme Rules. Maybe now Finn can win to get to a true title program. Then comes a wave of filler as Roode beats Mojo, Rezar beats Titus, and Mahal “defeats” Strowman. I really hope that all this trickery from Kevin Owens means Strowman keeps that briefcase to keep our hopes alive.
I’m also not liking the development with Roman that’s happening. I get Roman wants to help Rollins, but now it’s just ridiculous that Stephanie is keeping him out of things because it’s #BestForBusiness. There was talk WWE (aka Vince McMahon) wanted to make Roman some sort of Daniel Bryan meets Stone Cold in his “fight against authority”, but it’s not working at all. Though, him giving Corbin the swift shots he deserves is fun. However, as fans were sensing, the rest of the segment has to be leading to Ambrose making a surprise return to help Rollins out against McIntyre-Ziggler. Changing The B-Team’s theme to something generic was insult to injury tonight, but at least we’re getting that triple threat tag title match out of the way now rather than at Summerslam. The AoP will likely defeat Titus Worldwide once more and finally get at those titles.
Paul Heyman did amazing again, but now as the depressed and confused confidant of Lesnar rather than the usual boastful blowhard he’s been. His eyes were so red, and the tears were coming down, he was perfect. He even managed to put Lesnar over one more time. It’ll all still go to putting Roman that much higher when he finally wins, but that’s not something Heyman can help. The newest rematch of Riott Squad VS Bayley-Banks was a good match, but I really did like the surprise return of Ruby herself. The Women’s Tag Division is clearly coming with them pushing that mouthful of a name for Sasha & Bayley, but I wonder if the Riott Squad will try to Freebird the titles like The New Day does.
And Ronda was the best part of the night, by miles. While Vince is trying to make Roman Reigns some sort of Stone Cold meets Daniel Bryan with the blatant “look, The Authority is picking on him!” so we’ll like him, Ronda Rousey is the female and GENUINE fusion of those characters, which is why we LOVE her. She will no doubt win that title at Summerslam to then take it on through Hell in a Cell and to WWE Evolution, because she is that popular, she is that good, and is only improving. She may have thrown Alicia around a bit too hard, but Alicia definitely earned some time off on her own end.
My Score: 7.8/10
Mitchell’s WWE Mixed Match Challenge 2 Results & Report! (12/11/18)
The Mixed Match Challenge is almost done, but there’s been a last-minute substitution! Apollo Crews replaces Finn Balor, can he help Bayley make it to TLC?
- Jinder Mahal & Alicia w/ The Singh Brothers VS Apollo Crews & Bayley; Mahal & Alicia win and advance to the Finals at TLC.
- The Miz & Asuka VS R-Truth & Carmella; Truth & Carmella win and advance to the Finals at TLC.
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It’s time for the Mixed Match Challenge Semifinals!
The final four teams will be cut down to just two tonight! The Season One champions are still in the running, but they’ve had a rough go of it this year. The Miz and Asuka lost to the #ExtremeFlair after Jeff Hardy stepped in for AJ Styles. However, not even the top seed still stands as the #FABULOUSTruth pulled off the biggest upset to date! Can Truth & Carmella pull off another upset against a tense and dysfunctional Team AWESKA?
As for the Raw Block, #Mahalicia is the only team standing with its original members! Of course, Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox have yet to truly see eye to eye despite making it back from the bottom of the block. That said, Finn Balor must step down from the Mixed Match Challenge because of the beating Drew McIntyre gave him on Raw a week ago. In his place now stands Apollo Crews, who wants to finally make his mark on the main roster! Can this new Team A’n’B go all the way to TLC?
Backstage with Bayley & Apollo Crews.
New partners start big with a semifinals match, but the dynamic doesn’t change for Bayley. These two are more prepared than ever, and they’ll be so close to being the #30 spots in their respective Royal Rumbles! But the Singh Brothers come in to get them to slow down. No one cares about where they “think” they’re going, because they’re going home! The Maharrrrraja and Foxy will be Too Sweet. No, better: they can hug it out! Bayley boots the Bollywood Boys out, and says she and Apollo will worry about vacation destinations after the match.
Backstage interview with R-Truth & Carmella!
The FABULOUS Truth is ecstatic for tonight. They had a rough start but are on a roll. They’ll be up against the MMC Champions. Miz & Asuka were worried about every team but Truth & Carmella. Well Miz has run his mouth a long time, and Truth knows that from teaming with Miz back in the day. Truth knows for a fact Asuka carries that team. As for tonight, Mella & Truth will carry SmackDown’s flag all the way to TLC. They vow to win, and that’s the truth. Also, Miz said something about shoes? Check these! Carmella’s kicks are F A B U L O U A S! That’s not how you spell fabulous. That aside, let’s move on to choosing a vacation site. Truth likes the idea of Athens. Greece? Georgia? No, Ohio. Well on to match preparations!
Jinder Mahal & Alicia w/ The Singh Brothers VS Apollo Crews & Bayley!
Team A’n’B already meshed well together when they and The Boss, Sasha Banks, took it to #Mahalicia on Raw. However, Sasha Banks won’t be present to help cancel out Samir & Sunil, will #HugNation be able to overcome Shanti and head to TLC?
Bayley and Apollo talk on the way out, and it’s decided: once they win that vacation, they’ll go to Jamaica. “This one’s for Finn!” The teams then sort out, and the men begin. Apollo circles with Mahal and they tie up. Mahal gets a headlock and the Singhs already celebrate. Apollo powers out but Mahal runs him over with a shoulder. Mahal runs but Apollo gets up, only for Mahal to whip him. Apollo leaps over for the sunset flip, TWO! Backslide, TWO! Apollo rolls Mahal up, TWO! Mahal scrambles away and Alicia tags in. Mahal claims he had this, but Alicia doesn’t care. Vegas fires up for Bayley as she circles with Alicia. Bayley rolls Alicia, TWO! She tries again, ONE! A third time, TWO!
Alicia wants a breather and she bails out of the ring. She reprimands the Singhs and Mahal for not helping out. Alicia wants that 30th spot and vacation, but the Singhs and Mahal remind her she needs to win first. Alicia gets back in the ring, but Bayley gets her with a drop toehold! Bayley wants to put on an abdominal stretch, but Alicia resists. They go around and Bayley gets a facelock. The Singhs say that’s cheating, but Alicia drives Bayley into a corner. Alicia throws forearms then wrenches the arm. She kicks Bayley around then reels her in. Bayley reverses to a cradle, TWO! Bayley gets to a corner and flapjacks Alicia on the buckles! The Singhs coach Alicia up and she tags to Mahal!
Apollo comes in, but Mahal wants him to take it easy. Mahal kicks but Apollo blocks to counter punch. Apollo whips but Mahal hits a body shot. Mahal stomps a mudhole into Apollo, then whips him corner to corner. Apollo goes up and over and handsprings, then leaps over Mahal to hip toss him down. Fans fire up with Apollo and Apollo back flips. He lansd on his feet but walks into a hotshot and big knee! Cover, TWO! Mahal keeps his cool as he drives an elbow into Apollo’s head. He whips Apollo corner to corner hard and Apollo hits the mat. Mahal stomps away but Bayley keeps the Singhs back. Mahal drops knees then grinds Apollo down. The ref counts and Mahal stops at 4. Mahal brings Apollo up in a half nelson chinbar.
Apollo endures as fans rally up, and Apollo fights out. Mahal shoves Apollo and runs him over with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Mahal puts Apollo back in the half nelson, but Apollo endures. Fans rally up and Apollo fights back. Mahal shoves but Apollo kicks back. Apollo runs but into a clobbering clothesline! Mahal pulls back with a camel clutch. Fans rally again but Mahal wrangles Apollo back down. Mahal wrenches back on the chinlock, but Apollo endures. Fans rally up and Apollo gets moving. Apollo arm-drags out and enziguris Mahal down! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Bayley!
Alicia comes in but Bayley rallies! Bayley puts Alicia in a corner for the back elbow, and corner punches! She gets 8, but Alicia slips out. Bayley jumps over to hit a big back suplex! Bayley runs in for the big knee, but Alicia gets to the apron. Alicia bumps Bayley off buckles, but Bayley hotshots her back! Bayley2Belly! Cover, but the Singhs drag Alicia out! The referee reprimands them but Apollo wipes them out with flying clotheslines! Apollo then leaps up again, asai moonsault takes them out again! He feeds Samir to Bayley2Belly! Then the same for Sunil! Bayley fires up but Mahal boots Apollo down! Bayley DIVES on Mahal! She puts Alicia back in, but walks into a boot!! Cover, Mahalicia wins!!
Winners: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox, Alicia pinning; advance to the MMC Finals at TLC
The dysfunctional duo makes it work! Granted, they succeeded against teams that had substitute members, such as how Curt Hakwins stepped in for Braun Strowman last week. But a win is a win, and now Mahalicia will represent Raw in the Finals! Who will they face in their shot at the 30th spots and the all-expenses-paid vacation?
Backstage interview with Mahalicia.
Did they ever think this day would come? Of course they did! Mahal meditated and visualized, and he sees himself, Alicia, and the Singhs on the beach. Alicia agrees with winning, but NOT with letting the Singhs joining them. They’re successful because SHE is the Captain! She’s driving this ship into Port Victory, without them! But Asuka comes over, laughing at how Mahalicia thinks they’re gonna win. It doesn’t matter what happened on tonight’s SmackDown, Asuka says she’s gonna win, because her match is next!
The Miz & Asuka VS R-Truth & Carmella!
The Season One champions are on the rocks right now as The Empress doesn’t appreciate The A-Lister trying to take credit for her work. Meanwhile, the fourth seed FABULOUS Truth have put in the work to make it back up from the bottom. Will we see another historic upset from Truth and the Princess of Staten Island?
“Las Vegas, make some noise! What’s up!?” The Miz and Asuka aren’t impressed, and aren’t in the mood for that Dance Break the fans are cheering for. The teams sort out and both Miz and Asuka say “I’ve got this.” Fans are on Asuka’s side. Miz concedes, and Asuka starts with Carmella. But then Miz calls over to tag in. Asuka refuses, because she’s got it. But then she chops him, which counts for a tag! Truth comes in and Asuka is annoyed. Truth rolls Miz up! TWO, but Truth stays on Miz. Miz powers out but Truth runs him over. Truth does his bunny hop dance, then things speed up. Truth holds ropes to do the rest of his dance. Miz runs in but Truth dodges to tilt-o-whirl Miz to a corner. Truth runs in to haymaker Miz. The ref backs Truth up and Miz kicks low.
Miz bumps Truth off buckles, then stomps him. Miz whips corner to corner but Truth goes up and over to dab on ’em! This annoys Miz and he runs back in, but Truth does the splits to dodge, then hip tosses Miz down! Truth clotheslines Miz out, and Carmella comes in, for the DANCE BREAK~! Asuka is furious at Miz while Truth and Carmella floss and twerk. Carmella calls out Asuka, so Asuka shows off her moves on the apron. Miz is annoyed but Truth hip tosses Miz back in! Truth throws hands then climbs up for corner punches. He gets 8 before Miz pushes him away and boots Truth down. Miz chokes Truth on the ropes, then hits his straddle attack. Cover, TWO!
Miz keeps on Truth with a camel clutch but Carmella rallies the fans. Truth gets up and fights back. Miz pulls hair to throw Truth down and deny the tag. Miz stalks Truth, to boot him down! Cover, TWO! Truth survives and Miz argues with the ref. Miz hears the fans rally and say “We Want Asuka!” Miz ignores that but gets rocked by haymakers from Truth! Truth back suplexes but Miz lands out to kick low and hit the basement DDT! Cover, but Carmella breaks it! Carmella goes back to her corner, but then Miz mocks the moonwalk. It wasn’t very good, but Miz stomps Truth down. Miz brings Truth up and uses his It Kicks. Miz winds up but misses, Truth rolls him up! TWO, and Miz clobbers Truth with a clothesline!
Fans rally but Miz grins as he runs corner to corner at Truth. He hits the dropkick, then keeps going to hit another. Miz soaks up the heat before running back in, but Truth clobbers him! Both men are down but fans are fired up. Truth and Miz crawl, hot tag brings in the ladies! Carmella rallies with lariats and a kick. She brings Asuka over for a bump off her boot. Asuka’s down but she dodges the bronco buster to then lift Carmella in a waistlock. Carmella screams and shouts to be let down, so Asuka gently sets Carmella back on her feet. To then lift her back up! Carmella fights out but gets the pop-up knee! Asuka runs, sliding wizard! Cover, TWO!
Carmella survives and Asuka grows frustrated. Miz is also frustrated but Asuka stays on Carmella with knees. Carmella jawbreakers and shoves Asuka away, Miz tags in! Miz goes after Truth but Truth punches him away. Truth rallies with the Lie Detector elbow! Cover, but Asuka breaks it! Carmella throws Asuka into buckles, and tunes up the band. She aims at Miz, but Miz uses Asuka as a shield?! The FABULOUS Kick hits Asuka, then Miz shoves Truth into Carmella before rolling Truth up! TWO!! FABULOUS KICK, to Scissor Kick! Cover, TWO!? Miz lives?! Fans are stunned but loving this!
Asuka throws Carmella out, then Miz dumps Truth out. Miz and Asuka catch their breath, but Asuka locks eyes with Miz. She knows what Miz just did, and he tries to say it wasn’t him. Asuka doesn’t believe Miz, she knows what she saw. Miz is afraid of what she’ll do, and says that they’re still a team. They can still win this together! Okay? No! Asuka fires off on Miz!! Buzzsaw! Miz is rocked, and Asuka ditches him! Truth gives Miz an Unprettier! Cover, Fabulous Truth win!!
Winners: R-Truth & Carmella, Truth pinning; advance to the MMC Finals at TLC
The Season One Champions are no longer in the tournament! The A-Lister made a major mistake thinking he could manipulate the Empress of Tomorrow, and now the FABULOUS Truth capitalize! It will be Truth & Carmella VS Mahal & Alicia at TLC, who wins to become the new Mixed Match Challenge Champions?
Last episode, last time for one of these. Admittedly, we all should’ve known, me especially, that this was not going to end with an amazing match up of top stars in the Finals. The big names like Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Charlotte Flair, AJ Styles, etc were only in this second MMC to hook fans. WWE needs people to use Facebook Watch because of the deal they made, so that’s why we got great combinations to start. But naturally, it was all bait and switch, considering how those same big names would inevitably end up in more important stories like the titles and grudges we’re getting at TLC. Rest in peace, my dream of Bullet Club leaders and NXT Four Horsewomen members all in one match.
As for the bracket we did get, I knew it was going to end up this way. I thought Apollo was going to be Bayley’s second chance at that 30th spot after Finn had to step down for the sake of his match against Drew McIntyre. Then San Jose could cheer on their hometown girl as she goes against SmackDown’s finalist. However, Mahalicia still wins so that they are the Heels of the Finals. And while I knew Truth & Carmella were going to go in once Asuka ended up in the TLC Triple Threat, I really enjoy how they wrote it for the match. It was only a matter of time before Asuka got fed up with Miz’s ego, and this was the breaking point. Truth and Carmella will certainly benefit the most from being the 30th entrants, even if they aren’t destined to win the Rumbles.
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (12/11/18)
SmackDown brings us a Wrestlemania Rematch this close to TLC! The Queen ended the Empress of Tomorrow’s undefeated streak, but will history repeat itself?
- Daniel Bryan VS Mustafa Ali; Bryan wins.
- The Miz & Shane McMahon VS Chip & Chad; The Miz & Shane win.
- Samoa Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy & Rusev w/ Lana; Hardy & Rusev win.
- Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; Asuka wins, by disqualification.
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Daniel Bryan heads to the ring!
Or should we say, the new Daniel Bryan. Either way, the WWE Championship will be on the line against the Phenomenal AJ Styles. However, it’s a minor miracle Styles can even compete after what this Daniel Bryan did to his leg at the end of last week. Fans boo and jeer this Bryan as he picks up a mic. Bryan recalls calling the WWE Universe a bunch of sheep. He wants to apologize for that. Bryan wants to apologize to sheep. Sheep don’t deserve to be compared to such idiots! They’re not the ones destroying the planet with endless consumption. It’s not a “carbon hoof print.” The fans aren’t sheep. They’re parasites! Fans disagree, and believe “Daniel Sucks!” He just calls them fickle.
As he was saying, fans are parasites because they take and take and give nothing in return, especially in Las Vegas. But Bryan isn’t surprised, because fans latched on tot he Old Bryan and lived vicariously through him. That’s what the Yes Movement really was. “Well guess what? The Old Daniel Bryan is dead! And the Yes Movement is dead!” But just like any parasite, the fans have moved on to a new “fickle field”. And these idiots all sit on the couch in the House that AJ Styles Built. Fans cheer for Styles, but Bryan reminds us he is the WWE Champion! And at TLC, Bryan vows to crush Styles’ dream of reclaiming the title, and then the announcement will be “Still WWE Champion, the NEW Daniel Bryan!”
Do fans not believe him? “No! No!” Well Bryan debates with friends all the time, “sometimes you don’t know whether your’e stupid or you deliberately pull the wool over your eyes so you don’t have to realize the facts.” Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance. Like in Vegas! But wait, here comes Bryan’s opponent for tonight, the Beacon of Light, Mustafa Ali! Ali responds to Bryan with an introduction, but Bryan already knows who he is. The idiot fans might not but Bryan does. And he knows they’re having a match later, but Ali can join him now. Bryan gives Ali an introduction, and it seems fans do know who he is. Ali is the Heart of 205 Live, and is an incredible performer. Bryan sees a lot of his former self in Ali.
So Bryan gives Ali advice: they don’t need to have this match tonight. Bryan tells Ali that the fans won’t care, “they’re too self-absorbed” and xenophobic. These fickle fans do not deserve this great match. Fans boo so Bryan calls them all fickle. But Ali wants to know what happened to Bryan. Bryan inspired wrestlers like Ali to become a superstar. The entire 205 Live roster looks up to Bryan because Bryan stood toe to toe with any giant and proved he had heart. So what happened? Bryan talks about the Old Bryan, but that Old Bryan would want a fight. Ali wants a fight! Bryan paces while fans chant “Fight! Fight!” Bryan asks Ali what kind of car he drives. What does that have to do with this? But, it’s an SUV.
Bryan doesn’t like that. Ali is small, why does he need a car so big? Well, he has a wife and kids- Bryan slaps him! Bryan says Ali is ignorant, and slaps him again. So Ali fights back! Bryan whips but Ali reverses and headscissors Bryan tot he apron! Then dropkicks Bryan out, and leaps with a senton! Ali looks to shut this New Bryan up, next!
Daniel Bryan VS Mustafa Ali!
SmackDown returns as Bryan whips Ali and knocks him down with a kitchen sink knee. Bryan drags Ali up for a headbutt then toys with him. Fans boo as Bryan taunts Ali then bumps him off buckles. Bryan kicks away on Ali in the corner, then soaks up the heat. Bryan drags Ali up with an arm wrench, then whips him corner to corner. Ali goes up but Bryan catches him with a kick. Bryan kicks Ali while he’s down, then drops knees. Bryan hooks Ali’s face but lets up at 4. Ali gets to a corner but Bryan rocks him with a European Uppercut. Bryan grabs Ali for a toehold, then drops an elbow on the knee. Bryan hooks the legs and grabs at the arms. Ali resists so Bryan hooks the nose instead!
Bryan lets up at 4, then hooks the nose again. He lets go at 4, and then lets off the legs to stomp Ali on the back! Fans boo but Bryan soaks up the heat. Bryan stalks Ali and gives him the Yes Kicks. OR perhaps now, the “No Kicks” because fans say “No!” with each one. Bryan aims but Ali dodges to kick back! Ali SUPERKICKS Bryan in the back, covers, TWO! Bryan bails out but Ali builds speed to wreck him with a dropkick! Ali slingshots but Bryan dodges to send Ali into the post! Bryan grins while we go picture in picture.
Ali is down while Bryan catches his breath. Bryan climbs up top to make sure everyone can see him. Then he goes back for Ali on the outside, but leaves him for dead. Bryan soaks up the heat and counts along, but Ali gets in at 9! Bryan looks annoyed by the resilient Ali. He kicks Ali while he’s down, then drags him up. Bryan snap suplexes Ali down, then heads up top. Ali gets up and stops Bryan! Ali climbs up to join Bryan, and hits a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! But Ali flounders away, he crawls back to a cover, TWO!! Ali was so close to pinning THE WWE Champion! He hurries to put Bryan in a drop zone and goes back up. But Bryan trips Ali off and Ali hits the floor!
Bryan gets Ali back into the ring fast, and wraps on the No Lock! Ali moves around, enduring the hold. Bryan wrenches back hard, but Ali doesn’t give up. Ali drags himself and Bryan towards ropes as we return to single picture. Ali reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go, but is simply annoyed further. Bryan drags Ali up and puts him on the top rope backwards. He pulls Ali down into the Tree of Woe and gives more No Kicks. Bryan runs corner to corner, and hits a dropkick! Bryan drags Ali out of the Tree, then puts him back up. He climbs up behind Ali, but Ali slips out of the Super Back Suplex! Ali dodges Bryan and Bryan hits buckles! Ali CHOPS Bryan, and again, and again! Bryan kicks back and bump Ali off buckles.
Bryan whips but Ali reverses. Ali gets under Bryan to hit the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali again comes close and is shocked. Bryan ends up in a drop zone and Ali hurries up again. Ali leaps, 0-5-4 FLOPS! Bryan drags Ali over and slams his leg into the post! And again! And again! Ali crawls away but Bryan comes around from the corner to chop block the leg! Bryan drags Ali into the Heel Hook! Ali taps, Bryan wins!
Winner: The New Daniel Bryan, by submission
The WWE Champion’s new mean streak helps him snuff out the Beacon of Light tonight in Vegas! However, The Phenomenal One is coming for payback, will he become the new champion?
But Bryan isn’t done with Ali! He attacks Ali on the stage with those savage stomps! And he puts the Heel Hook on again! Ali taps but it doesn’t matter. More referees appear and Bryan lets Ali go. Fans boo but Bryan revels in it as he holds up his title. This mean streak runs deep, will it be the key to keeping the New Bryan the current champion?
Awww Vegas~! It’s time for a Rap Battle!
The New Day come out to host a special battle of bars between The Usos and The Bar!
SmackDown returns as Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E stand ready as judges for this second ever SmackDown Rap Battle. Meanwhile, The Bar look like they stepped out from the 90’s. Now they’ll all be battling in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat. The Bar requested this battle but the New Day won’t allow for any funny business. Sheamus starts off, “This has gone too far, Big Tony, hit them with the bar.” Cesaro starts a beat for “Ice Ice Shamy.” The Bar basically parody Vanilla Ice. Fans don’t know whether to laugh or boo. The New Day rank that… a trash can out of 10.
As for the Usos, Jimmy and Jey take a moment to collect themselves. “It’s the Usos VS the Bar in a rap off, I’m like it can’t be. What the hell are they about to talk about, UCe?” “Sheamus’ hair grease. Cesaro’s mouth piece.” The Usos got cheated, defeated, they removed it from their memories like Woken Hardy: DELETED. They beat the Ninja Turtles, and now it’s on to Bebop and Rock Steady. “FELLA~!” Mr. Movie Star, they’re not stealing a line but that was booty. Usos show love, like cupid. Sheamus looks dumb. No, like stupid! Is Sheamus purposefully staying white like chalk? Does he have Cesaro help him with the mohawk? Brogue Kicks VS Superkick, ain’t no pump action, those come from the hip, hit you in the teeth. But how do you knock Cesaro’s teeth out with no knuckles? I dunno. Let’s introduce our friend, Mr. Turnbuckle.
Hello, Mr. Turnbuckle! How did it feel? Well when he pushed Cesaro’s teeth down his throat, we learned who’s the real man of steel. Cesaro the Swiss Superman, right? King of Swing, right? But that won’t matter against their Uso kryptonite! The Bar sets the bar? No this is a true tag team, they’re the stars. Ten years, still going hard, zero injuries, Uso Iron Man! Tony Stark!! The Usos are bulletproof, are the truth and still have fun. Back to back tag team of the year, six time champs coming soon. The Bar, New Day, Usos, Sunday, Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! The Bar have heard enough, they start swinging! The Usos are ready, and they hit back! Cesaro and Sheamus get sent out, and then the Usos are ready to throw with The New Day.
But The Bar comes back to blow it all up! BROGUE for Jey, and then a beating for the hosts! Jey gets up, but gets A-Swiss-ted White Noise! The Bar hold up their titles, and as the Usos said themselves, “We ARE the Bar!” Will #RunBAR continue to run the SmackDown Tag Team Division after TLC’s Triple Threat?
“I thought nobody would be ready for Asuka. I was wrong, I was not ready, I made one mistake.” The mistake was Asuka let up. But this Sunday, Asuka will kick, strike, climb and grab that title to win. As for tonight, Charlotte won’t be ready this time! The Empress is fired up, will she settle the score from back at Wrestlemania?
The Miz is in the ring!
He holds the World Cup trophy, and tells Shane McMahon that while it’s his week to have custody, Miz needs to speak his mind. Miz wants Shane to come out, and doesn’t want to have to beg. Fans want to see him beg. Miz concedes, and kneels. He bends the knee, and asks Shane come out to talk. This is bigger than a trophy, so please come out. Shane O’Mac appears! He joins Miz in the ring, and says “What’s up, Las Vegas?” And what is up with Miz? Is he okay? Why is Miz out here with the trophy? It’s the only way Miz can get through to him! Shane won’t respond to him. They can be so good together, if he’d just give Miz a chance.
Miz knows Shane is scared, and so is Miz. But Shane owes Miz one. They should tag together again. If they lose, fine, this can stop. But if they win, they can be the #BestTeamintheWorld! Shane thinks this is getting weird. No, the trophy is just a symbol. They can be so much more! Then enlighten him. Okay, fine. Miz will say this for the first time in his life. In fact, Miz will show him! Get a referee out here! A referee appears. They’ll take on Chip & Chad, The Vegas Boys! Chip & Chad appear, and the match is set?
The Miz & Shane McMahon VS Chip & Chad!
Shane is very confused, and tries to reason with Miz while the bell rings. Chip and Chad attack Shane! Miz is shocked, but he coaches Shane up. Shane fires off fast hands! He knocks Chip(?) down then throws him out! Shane dares Chad(?) to fight, and he lights him up with jabs! Shane whips then hits a big back elbow. He hits Chip away and then gives Chad a float-over DDT! Fans want Miz to get in, but he’s busy holding the world cup. Shane brings Chad into a triangle hold! Miz is already celebrating before Chad taps out. Shane & Miz win!
Winners: The Miz & Shane McMahon, Shane by submission
The Best Team in the World finally succeeds! But Miz is clearly more pumped then Shane is about it. Will Shane come around and join Miz on this tag team journey to the top? Or is Miz just seeing what he wants to see?
Paige is furious with the referee.
They can’t just be making matches without the GM’s consent! Especially with the commissioner. But The Miz said she gave permission. Paige sees what’s going on now. But just as she tells the ref to hush, Chip & Chad come in, with invoices. The Miz said they were getting paid $5000 each for that match. Paige tears up the invoices, and tells everyone to leave. Will the GM have words for the overly ambitious A-Lister?
Randy Orton heads to the ring!
The Viper prepares for a Chairs Match with the King of Lucha Libre! These two will be able to do whatever they want with those infamous steel weapons. Orton brings one into the ring with him, and says “Nothing like a good ol’ fashioned solid steel chair, am I right?” They’re built for comfort, but can also make a statement. Orton rolls footage of how he’s used these chairs to brutalize Rey Mysterio these last few weeks, namely wrapped around Mysterio’s head before being thrown into a steel post. Orton likes that, but perhaps we can do better. He rolls more footage, as he did very much the same thing, but throwing Mysterio into steel steps this time.
“Now let me get this straight.” Mysterio knows he has a Chairs Match, and is okay with that? Everyone’s seen what Orton does to his opponent, yet Mysterio is okay with that? Mysterio must think he’ll get his revenge. But Mysterio is a victim, and victims don’t get revenge. The locker room will be worried about TLC, but Mysterio needs to be worried about RKO. But Mysterio SMACKS Orton from behind! Mysterio jabs the chair into Orton, then SMACKS him again! Then he tosses the chair at Orton, to dropkick it in his head! Orton is on the ropes, and Mysterio hits the 619! Orton bails out, but Mysterio wants more! Will the Viper be a victim after Sunday?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
If Charlotte Flair and Asuka beat each other up badly enough, does that give her an advantage in the SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC? Advantage? Becky’s getting back in the ring, road testing both her banged up face and her banged up brain, in one of the most dangerous matches in all of WWE. And not just against one but two of the best. So no, there is no advantage. But Becky still loves it. Fighting against the odds is what Becky does. And doctors can get all twitchy, but she’ll still scout her opponents tonight. And then on Sunday, she’ll remind all of us how much chaos can happen when The Man comes around.
Samoa Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy & Rusev w/ Lana!
The Destroyer wants to remind the Enigma of his troubled past, while the King of Strong Style wants to make it clear the Super Athlete will never relive his glory days. Will Hardy and Rusev uniting be enough to show Joe and Nakamura that it’s not about the past but the future?
Nakamura and Joe troll their opponents, but then the FABULOUS Truth appears? Dance Break~! The music hits and the flossing begins! “Proceed.” Nakamura kicks Hardy and the match begins! Nakamura drives in knees, then stomps Hardy down. He tags in Joe and Joe drives down elbows. Hardy hits back and Joe bails out. Joe drags Hardy out to join him and then throws Hardy into barriers. The Destroyer looms over the Enigma as we go picture in picture.
Joe puts Hardy back in the ring and stands hardy up. He tags to Nakamura and Nakamura stomps away in the corner. Nakamura gives Hardy Bad Vibrations, then taunts Rusev. He says “C’MON!” and Rusev takes the bait, but the ref keeps him back. Nakamura goes back to Hardy for a snapmare and knee drop! Cover, TWO! Joe tags in but Hardy flounders for Rusev. Joe drags him back and stomps Hardy out, before driving elbow after elbow into Hardy’s shoulder. He wrenches Hardy’s neck and Hardy endures as fans rally. Hardy stands up and fights back, but runs into Joe’s back elbow. Joe covers, TWO! Joe stands Hardy up for jabs as we return to single picture.
The referee counts and Joe backs off. Hardy fires off but Joe reverses the whip to hit the back elbow to Pele! Hardy goes down, Joe covers, but Rusev breaks it. Joe keeps on Hardy with another snapmare, and chops to the shoulder. He tags in Nakamura and Nakamura stomps on Hardy. Nakamura brings Hardy up in a facelock, then rams his knee in. He puts Hardy on the top rope and hits the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps his eyes on Rusev as he tags Joe back in. Joe kicks Hardy while he’s down, then pulls on the arms for the half surfboard. Rusev and fans rally for Hardy, and Hardy gets up. Hardy kicks and punches Joe, but Joe denies the Twist. Joe runs into the corner but into an elbow. Whisper in the Wind hits! Both men are down but fans fire up!
Hardy and Joe crawl for their corners as fans chant “Rusev Day!” Hot tag to Nakamura, then to Rusev! The Bulgarian Brute rallies on the Rockstar, and throws haymakers! Rusev whips and clobbers him at the ropes. Rusev scoops Nakamura to ram in his knee, then throws him with the Fall Away Slam! Nakamura gets to a corner but Rusev runs in for the back shoulder, and then the spinning heel kick! Fans fire up with Rusev as he stomps the mat. Nakamura slowly stands, and he elbows Rusev away. Rusev still lifts but Nakamura slips out. Nakamura swings but misses, Rusev’s roundhouse connects! Cover, but Joe breaks it. Hardy gives Joe the Twist of Fate!
Hardy follows after, and leaps off the apron! He wipes Joe out, but Nakamura runs at Rusev. Drop toehold, into the Accolade. Nakamura escapes to use his strike fest, then aims from a corner. But he runs into a MACHKA KICK instead! Cover, Rusev & hardy win!
Winners: Jeff Hardy & Rusev, Rusev pinning
The Bulgarian Brute pins the United States Champion! Will Rusev use this to launch back into the title scene? Will Hardy be able to render Joe’s mind games OBSOLETE?
Shane McMahon confronts The Miz backstage.
What is going on with him and the trophy? Paying competitors to attack Shane? Tricking an official into calling a match no one sanctioned? Miz is crossing a line. Miz admits it! But he won’t apologize. Shane’s instincts kicked in and won, just like he did at the World Cup! That kill-or-be-killed McMahon instinct! Miz has main evented Wrestlemania, has a film franchise and a reality TV series, but he’s never been considered Best in the World. Not until Shane came along. Miz offers a handshake, but Shane denies it. Miz is left hanging, will he give up this pursuit? Or will he only be all the more motivated?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
“The New Daniel Bryan” took the WWE Championship through underhanded means, but is Styles ready to take the title back? Styles is biding his time, because no one else wants to beat Bryan up more than he does. He’s counting the days, hours and minutes to TLC. This “new” Bryan isn’t that new. It’s more like “the real” Bryan. But there’s only one Phenomenal One, and that’s AJ Styles. Styles is ready for revenge, but will he get satisfaction on Sunday?
Charlotte Flair VS Asuka!
The Queen and the Empress are both ready for TLC’s first ever Women’s TLC match, that is also a triple threat with the champion, Becky Lynch. However, tonight is about a rematch from their epic SmackDown Women’s Championship Wrestlemania match! Will Charlotte be able to repeat history? Or will she find she’s no longer ready for Asuka?
SmackDown returns with a backstage interview from Charlotte. She’s days away from another historic first, but what about this amazing rematch? Charlotte knows what’s at stake. Asuka says she’s going to break Charlotte, but The Queen doesn’t break. The Queen breaks streaks. This will be a preview of how Charlotte will make them bow down to the Queen! The Queen makes her entrance, and we begin!
But wait, The Man promised to be ringside, and her she comes! Becky Lynch raises her belt all the way down the ramp and over to commentary where she takes her seat. The bell rings and Asuka and Charlotte turn their focus back on each other. Charlotte boots but misses, and Asuka puts on a waistlock. Asuka lifts but Charlotte fights out, only for Asuka to chop her back. Asuka runs, but her hip attack is caught! She still victory rolls through to a Kneebar! Charlotte scrambles around and stands up. She pries Asuka off and drives her down with a back suplex! Charlotte stands but Asuka follows. Charlotte CHOPS Asuka, and again. Asuka ducks the third to hit a German Suplex! Asuka fires up and runs, but Charlotte dodges the hip attack. Charlotte boots Asuka off the ropes, and takes a moment to catch her breath.
Fans echo the “WOO~!” as Charlotte brings herself over to a corner. Charlotte climbs up and moonsaults, but gets knees! And then flipped into the Asuka Lock! Charlotte scrambles more and gets up. Asuka holds on, but Charlotte makes it a backpack senton! Asuka grabs Charlotte again! Charlotte scrambles around but can’t get Asuka off. Charlotte roles to a ropebreak, and Asuka lets go at 4. This epic rematch continues after the break.
SmackDown returns once more, and the two are brawling on the mat! Charlotte and Asuka fire up with each hit and fans are dueling. Asuka hits, Charlotte hits, but Asuka gets an edge! Charlotte blocks, spins Asuka around, but Asuka switches to an octopus stretch! Charlotte endures as Asuka pulls back harder. Fans rally on both sides as Charlotte works against the hold. Charlotte pops Asuka up but Asuka makes it a crucifix driver! Cover, TWO! Fujiwara armbar outta nowhere! Charlotte struggles against it, but can’t get away. Becky seems unimpressed either way. Asuka wrenches back but Charlotte rolls through, only to end up in a triangle hold! Charlotte makes it a cover, ONE. She tries again, ONE! Charlotte rains rights then makes it a cover again, ONE.
Asuka fires palm strike while holding the hold. Charlotte deadlifts and powerbombs! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte almost had Asuka, but both women are down from exhaustion. Fans “WOO~” for Charlotte and cheer for Asuka as the two stir. Charlotte sits up first, and crawls over to Asuka. Asuka sits up and they both trash talk. Charlotte slaps Asuka as she says “You will never break me!” But Asuka gets the takedown, the jackknife, but Charlotte slips through to Figure Four! Asuka endures as Charlotte wrenches back. Asuka turns the hold over! The pressure reverses and now Charlotte endures! Charlotte scrambles to ropes and the two separate. Becky seems amused now. Asuka and Charlotte force themselves up, but Charlotte gets Asuka’s leg. Asuka endures the toehold, but Charlotte drives in elbows! Charlotte goes for another Figure Four but Asuka resists, so Charlotte drops a knee!
Fans duel as Asuka endures. Charlotte hammers away on Asuka, her frustration boiling over. Cover, TWO! Becky is again stoic as she watches Chalrotte drag Asuka over to a corner. Charlotte throws a leg into the post! She gives Becky a glare before she again throws Asuka’s leg against post. Charlotte then drags Asuka over, covers, TWO! She goes for the figure four, but Asuka cradles! TWO, and Charlotte CHOPS Asuka. And chops, and chops! Asuka blocks the next chop, and fireman’s carry takedown to kicks! Asuka runs, but Charlotte follows. Spear into a code breaker! Cover, TWO!! Asuka almost caught Charlotte there but this battle continues. Fans continue to duel as Asuka stands. Asuka kicks away on Charlotte, again and again and again, but then the buzzsaw is blocked. She still knocks the wind out of Charlotte, then fires off elbows from all sides!
Asuka kicks Charlotte in the face again and again, almost toying with her. She gives another shot then runs, but into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!? Asuka survives and Charlotte is surprised. Becky is stone faced, but on the edge of her seat. Charlotte flounders to her feet while Asuka stirs on the mat. Charlotte drags Asuka to a drop zone while fans duel. She climbs up top, moonsault! Asuka gets her feet up, but Charlotte saw it coming! Charlotte grabs the feet for a figure four, but Asuka sees that coming! Cradle to Asuka Lock!! Charlotte flairs but the hold is on deep! Asuka stays on Charlotte’s back, and they fall out of the ring! Charlotte resorts to a kendo stick! And she SMACKS Asuka!
Winner: Asuka, by disqualification
The Mad Queen returns as she swings wild! Charlotte gave Asuka the win, but The Man simply smirks as she looks at her battered competition. Becky goes to leave, but Charlotte SMACKS her in the back! Charlotte SMACKS away on Asuka, but Becky comes back with kicks! Becky throws Charlotte into the steps, then takes up the stick! She SMACKS Charlotte now! And again, and again! But Asuka attacks Becky! And throws her over the announce desk! Asuka picks up the stick for her own, and SMACKS Charlotte back! And Becky on the table, too! Asuka smacks everyone!! The Empress stands over The Queen and The Man, but will she stand tall as the Women’s Champion?!
SmackDown again has the superior main roster go-home! And oddly enough, that might be because they changed some things. Naomi and Mandy Rose were meant to spark a feud tonight, as started by social media, but perhaps there were factors beyond anyone’s control that cancelled that match. After all, this is a live show. But I do appreciate SmackDown at least wanted a midcard story going into TLC, it can’t always be about the title.
Moving on, Daniel Bryan’s opening promo was great. I knew he was going to pull that gag about “that’s an insult to [x]”. And it’s great for Mustafa Ali to be the one trying to get through to Bryan about his new behavior. For one, it’s just great that Cruiserweights are showing up on both main shows, and I hope this continues to some degree, in perhaps an effort to stop the isolation of the Division on 205 Live. Raw already has Lio Rush and the Lucha House Party, perhaps SmackDown can have stars like Ali, Noam Dar, or Cedric Alexander show up to give us some great matches. Bryan VS Ali was itself a great match and Ali looked strong even in losing.
I’m a little disappointed Bryan VS Styles won’t be a Chairs Match, but learning that Orton VS Mysterio gets that, that’s really great. Orton and Mysterio have been heading that way given the violent chair spots, and I am sure they’ll do the stipulation justice. But Mysterio standing tall tonight, I have a feeling that means Orton wins at TLC so his hunt for heroes can continue. The rap battle was great, from The Bar having a completely comedic routine to The Usos having a killer one. The Bar attack and manage to stand tall, but perhaps that, too, is a sign we get new champs at TLC. I feel that since The New Day already reached their five-time mark, The Usos will get another turn. And as great as these three teams are, I hope Usos becoming champs help shuffle challengers. SAnitY and The Club deserve second chances.
The Miz is definitely heading for a match with Shane, he just has to be. He goads Shane into a surprise match with jobbers, which actually helps cover up that Shane’s floatover DDT turned into a hungover DDT. I’m just wondering what he’ll have planned now that Shane seems firmly against #BestTeamintheWorld. Hardy & Rusev VS Joe & Nakamura was a really good match, and definitely builds things towards their respective blow-offs. However, it still feels too early to call who wins their respective feuds. It would be great if Rusev gets the US Championship back, he could use it after that detour with Aiden English. Hardy-Joe is also harder to decide, but Joe hasn’t won much lately so he could really use this one.
The SmackDown Women’s Championship scene is incredible right now. This Wrestlemania rematch tonight was amazing, and in the moment I was disappointed that it ended with a disqualification. But between the awesome brawl that happened between Charlotte, Asuka and Becky and how a disqualification keeps both women strong, I’m okay with it. The TLC Triple Threat is going to be off the charts, and it will definitely steal the show no matter where it is on the card. I’m hoping that if there is a new champion, it will be Asuka. The fans were so behind her, they have been behind her, and will be behind her even if she takes the title from Becky. The only other option fans will still be behind is if Becky retains, because otherwise Charlotte treads dangerous waters in her push.
My Score: 8.7/10
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