The NEW NXT Champion is the Psycho Killer, Tommaso Ciampa! He plans on addressing the fans tonight, what will he have to say about his Blackheart Reign?
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- Heavy Machinery VS The Mighty; Heavy Machinery wins.
- Mustache Mountain VS Matt Knots & Bradley Taylor; Mustache Mountain wins.
- EC3 VS Kona Reeves; EC3 wins.
- Shayna Baszler VS Candice LeRae; Shayna wins.
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NXT honors the memories of Nikolai Volkoff and Brian Christopher Lawler.
NXT reviews the shocking turn-of-events in last week’s championship main event.
Aleister Black defended against Tommaso Ciampa, even after the Psycho Killer blindsided the Dutch Destroyer backstage. Ciampa kept repeating that all he’d need was “one moment” to become champion. No one wanted to believe him, especially not Aleister. Darkness clashed with darkness toe to toe and move for move to a degree worthy of the NXT Championship. But Ciampa being the devil he is, wanted to up the ante. It would seemingly backfire, but would instead work to Ciampa’s advantage. Even Johnny Gargano’s interference on the NXT Universe’s behalf would help Ciampa. And in the end, the words “and NEW NXT Champion” were uttered. Ciampa made good on his word, and it was all bad for the NXT Universe. Is Ciampa’s moment going to become a reign of terror?
Heavy Machinery VS The Mighty!
Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic have had it with Nick Miller & Shane Thorne cheating to win matches against them. From using the ropes to attacking Tucky backstage to leave Dozer in a handicap match, the weighty weightlifters promise to make Miller & Thorne pay for it all. The Mighty may not kneel, but will they be steamrolled here tonight?
The Mighty start by throwing their jackets at Heavy Machinery, but Heavy Machinery just throws them back! Tucker & Otis then attack while Miller & Thorne can’t see! Dozer bulldozes Thorne while Tucky haymakers Miller out of the ring. Tucker chases Miller while the bell rings. Miller runs into Otis to get run over, leaving Thorne alone. Thorne throws hands but they do nothing to the dense Dozer. Thorne pie-faces Otis, but pays for it with swatting haymakers! Miller tags in but runs into a spinning, spinning, spinning scoop slam! Dozer is dizzy but he fires back up. Thorne dropkicks Dozer down then stomps away, then puts him in the Mighty’s corner. He throws haymakers, then tags in Miller.
Miller throws haymakers of his own, then chokes Otis and rakes his face. He taunts Tucker, then drags Otis up for a chop. Otis chops back! Otis tries but fails to fight out, and Thorne tags in. The Mighty work together to lift Otis, and manage a double back suplex. Cover, TWO! Miller goes after the arm now, then stomps Otis’ head. Fans rally up for Otis while Thorne knees and stomps Otis back down. Thorne chokes Otis on the ropes now, then backs off at 4. He drags Otis over, and Miller tags in. The Mighty stomp on Otis, then Miller wraps on a chinlock. Otis endures as fans rally up. Otis fights out with elbows, but Miller grabs hair to deny a tag. He pays for it with a back suplex from Otis!
Both men are down, hot tag to Tucker! Tucker rallies with clubbing ax handles, then throws Thorne in. He double clotheslines and double sidewalk slams them both! And he even gives Thorne a dropkick! Miller comes back but gets his arms trapped, and Tucker throws him over head! Fans fire up with Tucker as Tucker runs in, but Thorne saves Miller. Tucker just adjusts and goes to the apron for a CANNONBALL! Tucker puts Miller back in, but Thorne grabs his foot. Thorne is kicked away, but Miller chopblocks! Miller takes Otis out, then tags Thorne. But here come the Street Profits from the crowd!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford throw an instant party, but that distracts the Mighty. Tucker tags Otis! Otis bulldozes Thorne, then scoops Miller. He back drops Thorne right out of the ring without even dropping Miller! Tucker comes back in, for the COmpacter! Cover, Heavy Machinery wins!
Winners: Heavy Machinery, Otis pinning
Give a shout out to Street Profits, but Tucker & Otis still got the job done. The Mighty finally fall for someone else’s trick, will they fall in the NXT Tag Team Division’s ranks? And when will the Profits get their chance at revenge on Thorne & Miller?
Mustache Mountain VS Matt Knots & Bradley Taylor!
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate were NXT Tag Team Champions after winning in the Royal Albert Hall during the NXT UK launch event. However, they lost it back to the Undisputed Era here in Full Sail when Seven was pushed past his physical limits and Bate was pushed past his emotional limits. But the mustached mentor and his prodigy pupil are far from through with Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong, as they made clear last week with their surprise return. Can Bate & Seven climb back up to the top of the tag team mountain?
Bate starts against big Matt Knots at the bell. Knots mocks Bate’s hand waving before tying up with him. Bate powers Knots back but then Knots pushes Bate away. Knots mocks the waving again, but Bate grins as they circle again. They tie up, and Bate gets around behind Knots. Bate baits Knots to then go up and under and around. Bop up, BANG hits! Bate tags Seven, and Seven fireman’s carry and slam, Bate knee-board sentons! Cover, TWO, but Seven keeps on Knots with chops and forearms. Knots kicks the bad leg, then brings Seven over to tag in Bradley Taylor. Knots scoop slams Seven, Taylor adds an elbow. Taylor steps to Bate, but then shrugs him off. Taylor stays between Bate and Seven, but runs into Seven’s knee!
Seven chops and forearms, then gives some to Knots for good measure. Seven fires up, ducks a swing and Snap Dragon Suplexes Taylor down! He dares Taylor to get up, then clotheslines Taylor into a corner. Bate tags in, and runs corner to corner to kick down Knots! He gives the same kick to Taylor, then kips up to tag in Seven. Bates gives Taylor a standing Shooting Star while Seven dropkicks Knots down. Seven goes back to Taylor and Bate climbs up. Seven lifts Taylor in a torture rack, and Bates adds a knee drop to the Burning Hammer!! Seven covers, Mustache Mountain wins!
Winners: Mustache Mountain, Seven pinning
British Strong Style conquers two big-in-size opponents, proving why they’re championship tag team material. Bate & Seven pick up mics to speak.
“We’re back at Full Sail!” And to be honest, the last time didn’t go the way they expected. Seven apologizes to Bate and to the fans, but what happened happened. Bate & Seven spoke to GM William Regal, and now Mustache Mountain has a plan. Those “Undisputed Era boys” went after them, trying to literally tear Seven apart. Bate threw in a towel, because Seven’s health means the world to him. But Seven’s all good and they’re both on a mission to get the titles back! And via the rematch clause, it happens at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4! Fans like the sound of that! Will this title tiebreaker battle be the best of all?
EC3 VS Kona Reeves!
The Best Here, the Best There and the Best Anywhere didn’t take too kindly to The Finest questioning his quality of… Well, everything. The Top One Percent vows to show Kona what it really means to be the finest both in and out of the ring. Will EC3 continue to rack up #VictoryAfterVictory?
Fans are strongly behind “NX3! NX3!” as the bell rings. EC3 wants Kona to bring it, but Kona says EC3 will pay for rejecting NXT’s Finest! Kona and EC3 tie up, and Kona gets the headlock. He spins around to a hammerlock then a headlock takedown, but EC3 gets a headscisosrs. Kona pops out but ends up in EC3’s headlock. He can’t power his way out, even after three tries. Fans cheer on EC3’s top one percent headlock. EC3 grinds Kona but Kona pulls hair. He powers out but EC3 runs him over with a shoulder. EC3 gets moving again, and blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss. He scoop slams Kona, then gives him an EC3 elbow drop! Kona flounders to the apron but EC3 is upon him, only for Kona to hotshot EC3! Kona runs for a big boot! Cover, ONE.
Kona keeps on EC3 in a corner with haymakers and stomps. Fans boo and jeer but Kona backs off at 4. He drags EC3 up for a suplex, then brings EC3 up in a cobra clutch. EC3 stands up but is swung out for a back elbow. Kona puts on another “Kona Klutch”, but fans rally up for EC3. EC3 stands up and arm-drags out. He side steps and sends Kona out, to then block and counter the haymakers. EC3 gives jab after jab, then the Top One Percent punch! He chops Kona, then hits a corner forearm smash! EC3 rolls Kona out for a somersault neckbreaker! But here comes Velveteen Dream!
The Patrick Clark Experience feels he owes EC3 for ruining his celebration a few weeks ago. EC3 watches Dream closely as Dream needs to “get something straight.” There’s someone in the building who has a grudge over Royal Albert Hall. EC3 wants to talk about it, but he has to go to Dream’s world. And if EC3 is lucky, he might just be able to bask in the Experience. And back to your regularly scheduled match. HAWAIIAN DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Kona is shocked that his Finest finisher didn’t do it! And now he’s angry. He glares at EC3, telling him to stay down. EC3 doesn’t, and he gets Kona with the One Percent TKO! Cover, EC3 wins!
Winner: EC3, by pinfall
Not even a distraction can stop EC3 from racking up #VictoryAfterVictory. What will his response to the Dream’s invitation be?
Backstage interview with EC3.
The Top One Percent is cooling down after his win, but what IS his response to Dream? “What kind of man puts out an invitation like that?” Did EC3 not just beat The Finest? The answer is yes, so yes, EC3 will play Dream’s game, drink Dream’s Kool-Aid, take Dream’s Purple Pill and join Dream in his Experience. Dream wants a conversation, but even Dream knows it’ll become a fight. Everyone knows EC3 is the Best Here, There & Anywhere, the BDE of NX3! In other words, challenge accepted. Who will be the one basking in the spotlight after this #TopOnePercentDream match happens?
Shayna Baszler VS Candice LeRae!
The Queen of Spades always speaks words as harsh as her fighting style, but she was especially personal with Mrs. Wrestling. To Bully Baszler, Candice should stick to being a housewife to her broken down husband, but that only served to rile up the fighting spirit within the small but mighty superstar. Can Candice make Shayna eat her words ahead of her NXT Women’s Championship defense?
The bell rings and the two circle. Shayna laughs at Candice, not taking her serious. Shayna has beaten Candice before, back in the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament, so she doesn’t think Candice can win here. She even gives Candice a chance to leave now before anything happens. Candice refuses to give the bully what she wants, and she dropkicks Shayna out of the ring! Shayna moves to deny Candice a dive, but Candice still gives her a baseball slide dropkick! Candice fetches Shayna into the ring, then shoulders her way in. She gives Shayna a step-in jawbreaker and then arm-drags. Candice dropkicks Shayna again! Cover, TWO! Candice keeps on Shayna with a wristlock, then attempts an arcobatic arm-drag, only for Shayna to pull her off balance and onto ropes!
Candice crashes down but Shayna comes out to fetch her. Shayna drags Candice up to put her into steel steps! Shayna leaves Candice to the mercy of the count, but fans rally up for Mrs. Wrestling. Candice clutches her shoulder while dragging herself up and into the ring at 9. Shayna goes after her again with a cover, ONE. Now Shayna goes after the bad arm, and tortures it with sharp bending and sadistic stretching. She even sits on Candice to put her weight on her body. Candice powers up while fans rally, but she gets thrown shoulder first into buckles! Shayna grounds ‘n’ pounds, then hammerlock stomps like she’s done before! Candice writhes but Shayna toys with her. Shayna corners Candice, but Candice SLAPS Shayna!
Shayna roundhouses the bad shoulder, then Kimura hammerlocks it! She bends and pulls it in all directions, but Candice refuses to quit. Candice feeds off the fans’ rally, and she puts Shayna into buckles now. Shayna comes back and stomps Candice more, but Candice still enziguris back! Shayna staggers around, Candice comes back with that one arm to chop, haymaker and grind her forearm into Shayna! Candice gives a back elbow, then a snapmare. She climbs up and aims at Shayna, for a flying Complete Shot! Cover, ONE! Shayna rolls away, but she’s still reeling. Fans rally and Candice builds speed, to DIVE! Candice hits, but she puts Shayna in quick. Candice climbs, then hits a tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Shayna survives but is stunned.
Candice keeps her cool as she goes back to the corner. She works to get that bad arm moving again as she climbs up. Shayna stops her with a right hand, then climbs up to join her. Shayna wants a gutwrench but Candice holds on with that good arm. Candice fights Shayna off, then adjusts, for the leap! But she ends up in the Kirafuda Clutch!! Flashbacks to MYC! But this time, Candice gets a ropebreak! Shayna has to let go, and both women gasp for air. Candice small packages, TWO! She mule kicks, but misses, to go back into the Kirafuda! Candice rolls out, and double stomps Shayna! Candice keeps going, for the Unprettier! She’s not done, LIONSAULT! But she misses! Big knee, then Kirafuda! Candice flails, but she taps, Shayna wins!
Winner: Shayna Baslzer, by submission
Fans boo the bully, but the bully still beat the underdog. The Queen of Spades shows no mercy, she puts the Kirafuda BACK ON! Candice taps but it doesn’t matter this time! The referee calls for back-up and they rush the ring. They get Shayna to let go, but here comes Kairi Sane! The Pirate Princess wants a piece of the Queen of Spades already. Fans are on Kairi’s side, but Shayna takes her leave. Or so it seems, as she pounces on Kairi the moment she turns around! Shayna doesn’t like being defied, but she leaves again as Kairi tries to attack back. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but Shayna says they all have to wait until Brooklyn. Will the Pirate Princess dethrone the Queen of Spades in their MYC rivalry tiebreaker?
NXT Media catches up to Mustache Mountain.
They ask about the rematch at TakeOver: Brooklyn, do they have any tricks up their sleeves? That’s the problem with the Undisputed Era, it’s all about tricks up sleeves because that’s how those guys do it. Bate & Seven are men, they don’t need tricks. Royal Albert Hall will happen again at the Barclays Center.
But then the War Raiders walk over. Hanson & Rowe made it very clear last week. It doesn’t matter who leaves Brooklyn with the belts, because they’ll take the titles for their own. The message has been sent, will this get in the minds of Mustache Mountain?
GM William Regal has an announcement.
Whether or not EC3 accepted Velveteen Dream’s invitation, the match will happen at TakeOver: Brooklyn. And given the encounters between Ricochet and Adam Cole, they will also have a match for the NXT North American Championship! Two major matches just made, who will gain the most momentum before Summerslam Weekend?
Tommaso Ciampa heads to the ring.
Fans boo and jeer as they always do, but now they do it with even more vigor because Ciampa holds the NXT Championship belt. Ciampa makes sure everyone sees the side plates that officially confirm he’s champion. Fans refuse to call him champ, they call him “A**hole!” and chant “You Suck!” That only makes Ciampa happier.
While fans chant “NO! NO!” Ciampa hears the title (and contrarians) chanting “YES! YES!” The belt says Ciampa deserves it? Ciampa agrees, he DOES deserve the belt. They make such a beautiful couple! “This is MY NXT now!” Fans boo and jeer but Ciampa wants them to think about it. He vowed he just needed one opportunity, and he is clearly a man of his word. Ciampa wants everyone to take a breath but fans tell him to “Shut the Hell up!” Ciampa says he looks so good with the title. So good! He deserves it! No one has been more deserving! The fans need to take a moment, take a deep breath, and soak it in. This is what it feels like when the most dangerous man in NXT takes his “rightful place at the head of the table!”
Ciampa makes sure all the fans chanting “NO” get an up close look at him. Ciampa especially looks at the old lady in the front row understands this is his moment, and he is “YOUR NXT Champion!” Fans let him know “You’re an A**hole!” Ciampa returns to the ring as he says the icing on the cake is that not only did he beat Aleister Black, but Johnny Gargano proved he is a failure once again. Gargano once again loses while Ciampa wins.
And think about this: Aleister and Gargano, two of the top talents in the entire world, both lost to Ciampa. Ciampa ended “Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling” with his hands cuffed together, and he put the final nail in the coffin of Aleister’s mystique. Ciampa was the first man in NXT to pin Aleister. Those two can go fight about who is second place to Ciampa. There is the biggest gap between second place and first place ever! The title is proof that Ciampa is our champion, but also is proof that NXT is now the A-Show with the greatest sports entertainer of all time on top! Ciampa sits down cross-legged, but here comes Aleister!
The former champion storms his way down but Gargano flies past him to tackle Ciampa! Gargano keeps on Ciampa with right hands and forearms, then he clotheslines Ciampa out. Ciampa retreats, but Gargano shouts after him. “This is not YOUR NXT! Not while I’m still breathing!” The only reason Ciampa won is because of Gargano! Gargano repeats this over and over, until Aleister gives him a BLACK MASS! Aleister also understands Ciampa only won because of Gargano, and fans let Gargano know “You Deserve It!” Aleister speaks for himself when he sits down and tells Gargano, “I guess you’re right. The only reason he’s NXT Champion is because of you.” The Embodiment of the End stands up and leaves Gargano down and out. There is more than one grudge in this championship scene, but which one will be settled on this Road to Brooklyn?
A pretty great episode for NXT tonight. We got a great recap package to open the show to help plug the ending segment, then a pretty fun tag team opener. I like that Street Profits gave The Mighty a taste of their own medicine to then help Heavy Machinery out. I’m going to guess Street Profits VS The Mighty will be part of the NXT “After” TakeOver card to settle their feud. Mustache Mountain has a great win tonight, and it’s great to hear they’re challenging for the tag titles at TakeOver to settle their own story. I’m still going to guess Undisputed Era finds a way to win so that it’ll be Heels VS Faces with the War Raiders. Then Mustache Mountain moves over to NXT UK to go after those tag titles.
Great to see that “NX3” is capable of both wrapping up a side story while plugging a bigger one. EC3 beats Kona, as he should, and is given a match with Velveteen Dream at TakeOver. The #TopOnePercentDream match can go either way, but I’m actually thinking Dream shoudl get the win this time. Otherwise he runs the risk of a Bray Wyatt or Dolph Ziggler “jobber to the stars” route. EC3 can take a loss and still look good, now that there’s the North American Championship. Ricochet VS Cole will make for a great match and could go either way from what I can tell. The winner of that can then face EC3 for a great program for the Fall.
Candice VS Shayna was great, and it did a good job bringing up action from their Mae Young Classic match. Shayna still wins because she needs to look strong for her match, and because Candice has time before getting her title shot to get stronger. Then that entire Ciampa segment was great because he is such a great Heel. And I actually like that Aleister kicked Gargano down, as did the fans. It makes sense Aleister would have something against Gargano for his interference, and helps set up no less than Aleister VS Gargano for who gets first shot at Ciampa at Brooklyn. Of course, I’m hoping for it becoming a Triple Threat so that no matter who wins, everyone can look strong.
My Score: 8.5/10
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Mitchell’s WWE Summerslam 2018 Report! (8/19/18)
Summerslam is finally here, with all WWE championships on the line! Can Roman Reigns FINALLY defeat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship?
- Kickoff Match: Rusev & Lana VS Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega; Almas & Vega win.
- Kickoff Match: WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak; Alexander wins and retains the Cruiserweight Championship.
- Kickoff Match: Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS The Revival; The B-Team wins and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins w/ Dean Ambrose; Rollins wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers VS The New Day; The New Day win by disqualification, The Bludgeon Brothers retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens; Strowman wins and retains his MITB Contract.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Carmella VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch; Charlotte wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins by disqualification, Styles retains the WWE Championship.
- Daniel Bryan VS The Miz; The Miz wins.
- Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin; Balor wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy; Nakamura wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss VS Ronda Rousey; Ronda wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
- WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Roman Reigns; Reigns wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.
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It’s time for the Summerslam Kickoff Show!
Renee Young, Booker T, David Otunga and Sam Roberts are your panelists for the #BiggestPartyoftheSummer!
JBL and Peter Rosenberg are on stage!
The band is back together, and are ready for Summerslam. JBL remembers Summerslam 2004 more fondly than the rest of us, but that’s besides the point. They recap Monday Night Raw, and how Seth Rollins counters Dolph Ziggler’s Scottish Psycho with an American Lunatic! With two-thirds of the Shield reunited, can The Architect take back the Intercontinental Championship from the Show-Off?
Aiden English talks with Rusev & Lana.
He vows to make it up to them with the perfect intro song. It’s impeccable, it’ll make it up! No, this is about Rusev & Lana Day, so please, English, stay behind. Mr. & Mrs. Machka head out, will English ever get right with them?
Kickoff Match: Rusev & Lana VS Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega!
The action begins with this Mixed Tag match! El Idolo & La Muneca have gotten wins over the Bulgarian Brute & Ravishing Russian, but mostly thanks to MC Artiste stepping in and sticking his foot in his mouth. Can Rusev & Lana turn things around to prove they are the best, they are number one? (clap clap) Or will their respective holidays be ruined in this Tranquilo era?
Brooklyn chants “Rusev Day!” as the bell rings. The men start and Rusev corners Almas quickly. He backs off to then tie up with Almas, and Almas gets around Rusev. Almas leads Rusev on a cat ‘n’ mouse game, then speeds things up to Tranquilo with Vega. Fans like that, but Lana and Rusev team up to “CRUSH!” Vega throws a fit while Almas leads Rusev on another chase. Almas dropkicks and chops Rusev at the barrier, then puts him in the ring. Almas fires off, but Rusev turns it around to haymaker and stomp a mudhole. Rusev backs off to then drag Almas up. Fans still chant “Rusev Day!” as Rusev suplexes Almas. Rusev loom over Almas, then clubs him with another haymaker. Rusev rusn but Vega stops him, for Almas to pounce!
Almas puts Rusev into the post, then goes to the apron. Almas gives Rusev a hanging armbar! The ref counts and Almas lets go at 4. Vega likes what she sees, but fans want Lana. Almas keeps on Rusev with an armlock while we go picture in picture.
Rusev powers up and fights back, but Almas holds on. Almas knees low, then chokes Rusev at the ropes. Vega gets a sucker punch, but that only angers Rusev. Rusev dodges Almas in the corner, then crawls for his corner. Hot tag is denied by Vega tripping Lana! We return to single picture while Vega goes back to her corner. Almas knees Rusev, then gives the inverted tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Vega throws another fit, but Almas keeps on Rusev with an armlock. Fans rally up for Rusev, and Rusev fights back. Almas knees low then suplexes Rusev, but Rusev blocks to counter. Almas slips out to boot Rusev from the corner. He climbs up again, but Rusev denies the DDT and shoves Almas down! Vega panics while Rusev crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Lana!
Vega has no choice but to face Lana, and Lana rallies! Lana bulldogs Vega down, then Lana-roonies! Vega rolls to ropes, but Lana gives her knees int he back. Lana whips and elbows Vega in a corner, and fans fire up. Ravishing Neckbreaker, cover, TWO! Vega rolls all the way out but Lana pursues! She bumps Vega off the apron, then puts her back in the ring. Lana sees Vega coming and hits her with an elbow. She scoops Vega for the slam, covers, TWO! Lana keeps her cool while Vega cowers to a corner. Vega yanks Lana into buckles, then turns nasty as she bicycl boots Lana down. Almas rallies for Vega, but Vega runs into a Machka Kick! Lana, CRUSH!
But Almas distracts on the apron. Rusev yanks him down, but then misses into the barriers. Lana stops Vega, throws her down, and slaps Almas! Vega rolls Lana up, with ropes, Vega & Almas win!
Winners: Almas & Vega, Vega pinning
It wasn’t Aiden’s fault this time, it was misdirection that cost Lana & Rusev. El Idolo & La Muneca climb the ladder in SmackDown, will they find themselves on their way to titles soon enough?
Jerry “The King” Lawler joins the panel!
He’s a little late, but as they say, you party until the cows come home, then party with the cows. King, Booker, Otunga and Renee are ready for phase two of the kickoff!
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
From his emotional “end” to his partnership with Lesnar to the plot twist where he sprays Roman Reigns, what does he say to those thinking it’s just to help Lesnar keep his title? This is live? What even was that question? Tonight is about history as Lesnar gets rid of The Big Dog, and “it’s about time.” Lesnar is prepared to rid us of Roman while he also prepares to win the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar will rid himself of the annoyance that is Roman Reigns, who always comes back for more. Heyman says “The Big Dog will not come back for more” after tonight, because the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion” will F5, pin, and win. “And that’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. Heyman then goes into Lesnar’s locker room and helps his client finish preparing. Will this spoiler really come true?
The three GMs of Raw, SmackDown & 205 Live talk backstage.
Everyone has goosebumps, especially Paige and Drake Maverick as this is their first Summerslam as bosses. They’ve also excited about their great match card, from the Cruiserweight Championship to Alexa VS Ronda to AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe. But then, Constable Corbin has to come in.
Baron Corbin sure hopes Kurt Angle doesn’t get a call from Stephanie. Did they get Lesnar’s room ready? Yes, so why doesn’t Corbin go cut the steak for The Beast? Or maybe get ready for Finn Balor? He doesn’t need to, Corbin is confident he can take care of Finn in “short order.” Get it? Unfortunately, yes. But Paige and Maverick would like to point out that constables are defunct in England now. And that they would wash their hands. Corbin takes his leave, but clearly none of the GMs want him to get an even bigger head. Will Finn Balor chop Corbin down to size later tonight?
Kickoff Match: WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak!
SmackDown had their kickoff, so here’s 205 Live’s! Will the Age of Alexander continue on through Brooklyn? Or will the Philly Fury crush the Soul of the Cruiserweight Division to give us his #Better205Live?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. Alexander quickly corners Gulak, but backs off at the ref’s count. Gulak comes back and they tie up. Alexander puts Gulak on the ropes, then in another corner. He backs off again, and dares Gulak to bring it. Gulak and Alexander tie up again, go around, and Alexander covers. Gulak gets out quick and gets a leg. Alexander pushes Gulak back, and fans like this fast exchange. Gulak waits in a corner for the “cheater” to cool off. They tie up again, and now Gulak puts Alexander in a corner. Gulak gives a sucker punch body shot, then swings. Alexander rolls under, handsprings back, but Gulak powers him off. Gulak wants his GuLock, but Alexander powers out to dropkick Gulak down! Fans like that, but Gulak gets out of the ring.
Alexander pursues and rocks him with a right! Alexander chops Gulak, then follows him back to the ring. He gives another forearm, then another. Gulak boots him out of the step-in, then goes around to the outside. Gulak drags Alexander out for a draping neckbreaker! Alexander’s neck goes across Gulak’s knee, but Gulak isn’t done yet. Gulak brings Alexander around to flapjack him off the apron. Fans duel while Gulak puts Alexander in the ring. Gulak wrenches Alexander’s neck while we go picture in picture.
Alexander endures the twisting, even as Gulak adds more torque to it. Alexander feeds off a fan rally, and powers his way up. He fights out of the hold, but Gulak comes back with an overhead urenage! Cover, TWO! We return to single picture as Alexander writhes on the mat. Gulak drags him back up for a clubbing clothesline. He trash talks Alexander while toying with him. Gulak brings Alexander up just to knock him down again, then covers. TWO, but it’s back to a chinlock. Fans rally again, but Gulak brings Alexander up for a hangman’s chinlock, almost a Gory Special! Alexander flails while fans cheer him on. Alexander manages to flip himself over and then rocks Gulak with a forearm. They both stagger but Gulak comes back with forearms and chops of his own.
Gulak throws Alexander to the apron, but Alexander shoulders back in. Alexander hits the step-in Complete Shot! His neck slows him down, but the fans power him back up. Alexander boots Gulak, then uppercuts him. He runs and collides with Gulak, then begins a rally. He whips but Gulak reverses, only for Alexander to come back down with a takedown and fast hands! Alexander fires up while Gulak is reeling. Alexander chops Gulak, then whips him. Gulak holds the ropes and bails out, but Alexander FLIES! Down goes Gulak! But it was double-edged given that bad neck. Both men are down as a ten count begins. Alexander gets up and puts Gulak in at 5. Alexander himself takes until 6 to get in, but Gulak body shots him.
Gulak gets a swing kick, but then he trips Alexander’s springboard! Gulak drags Alexander up for a GuLOCK on the ropes! The ref counts, Gulak lets go at 4, and Alexander flops to the mat. Gulak drags Alexander all the way in, then covers, TWO! Alexander has heart as well as soul, but Gulak has aggression. He drags Alexander up, but Alexander resists the GuLock. Gulak powers Alexander back but Alexander powers Gulak around. Alexander is free and he rocks Gulak with an elbow! Both men fall but fans fire up. Alexander crawls away from Gulak, then sits up. He stands, though that neck bothers him. Gulak follows, but Alexander bobs and weaves with him. Alexander kicks, runs, but into a SLAP from Gulak!
Gulak drags Alexander up but Alexander reverses the pin. Gulak rolls, cover, TWO. Alexander jackknife, but Gulak bridges up. They both try to back slide, but Alexander handsprings, into an Ankle Lock! He rolls through to a cover, TWO! SPANISH FLY! CRUCIFIX?! TWO, but now Gulak gets Alexander, TWO, Alexander gets Gulak! ALEXANDER WINS!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
That was so fast, if you blinked, you missed it! The Age of Alexander lives on, and Gulak is furious. Will anyone ever dethrone the Soul of 205 Live?
Samoa Joe is in the Social Media Lounge.
The Destroyer looks to destroy the House that AJ Styles Built, but he doesn’t refrain from mocking Mrs. Lunatic Fringe given Dean Ambrose is back. Does Joe think he’s gone too far with AJ Styles? No, this is a man fully in control of every move he makes. But Styles is wracked with guilt. Joe doesn’t fear Styles, he has Styles where he wants him. Joe’s words have always been true, or else, why would Styles be so upset? Booker knows both Joe and Styles in the ring, so what does Joe think is his biggest advantage? Joe has mentally broken Styles. Styles is not Phenomenal right now, he is a victim. King asks Joe about the old saying, “Happy wife, happy life”. Is Styles doing this for Wendy? Of course, like Styles always has. Or has he? Joe wants to know, is Styles a family man or an egomaniac?
Otunga likes Joe’s head games, but what are Styles’ biggest weapons in return? Joe knows it’s no secret that Styles is a dynamic athlete, but whenever Joe’s taken that on, he’s snuffed it out. Styles wins titles wherever he goes, but Joe takes them from Styles. Booker asks one last question: “What advice would Joe give to Styles tonight?” Styles has a very unique opportunity. There are wrongs he must make right, and he can let Joe do it for him. Joe wants his championship, so either hand it over, or have it ripped away. The best advice Joe can give: “Have a pillow ready in the back, because I’m putting you to sleep.” Joe knows how to tear it up verbally and physically, which will hurt Styles more tonight?
Kickoff Match: Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS The Revival!
Raw has its turn now that the “undefeated” “Best” team takes on the #TopGuys with titles on the line! Will Curt Axel & Bo Dallas put the B in victory? Or will Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder #SayYeah to their first main roster title reign?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and Dawson starts with Bo. Bo gets a takedown, but Dawson stands back up. Dawson pulls Bo’s hair to power out. Dash tags in and the Revival mug Bo to then dragon screw that leg. Dash hits Axel for good measure, Axel runs into SHATTER MACHINE! Bo is hurt, but he won’t let the match end like this. Dash and Dawson go to mug him but Bo fights back. Dawson tags in, Dash lifts Bo, missile dropkick Dart attack. Cover, TWO. Dawson tries again, TWO. He tries again, TWO! Dawson dragon screws the leg into the mat, then gives it a standing deathlock snap. He heel hooks and Bo’s shoulders are down, TWO. Dawson keeps on Bo while we go picture in picture.
Bo endures the torture of his leg being bent back, but fights his way out. Axel is still down, so Dawson has Bo isolated as he puts him into the corner. He fires off, tags Dash, and then the Revival brutalize that bad leg on the ropes. Dash drags Bo out, then drops on the bad leg. He also gives Bo the deathlock snap, then tags Dawson. Dawson kicks the leg, and he stalks Bo to ropes. He drags Bo up by his beard to drive an elbow into the face. Bo crawls to ropes, and starts fighting back. He knocks Dash down but Dawson dragon screws him again. Dawson uses a spinning toehold, but Bo shoves him into the post! Bo rolls Dawson up, TWO! Axel stirs, but Dash tags in. Dash takes Axel down, then drags Bo up for a European Uppercut.
Tag to Dawson for a backbreaker and knee drop! Cover, TWO! The Revival grow frustrated, but they do have control. Dawson taunts Bo about Axel being down and out. Tag to Dash, and Dash brings Bo around. “He’s done!” But Bo reverses to a draping swinging neckbreaker! Axel crawls his way up the steps while Dash and Bo crawl for corners. Fans rally up, hot tags to Dawson and Axel! The Ax Man rallies on Dawson, big corner back elbow and snapmare. He fires up with the neck snap. Fans cheer as Axel intercepts Dash and throws him out. Dawson rolls Axel, TWO. Dawson kicks low, reels Axe lin, but axel kicks back to Fisherman. Dash stops that but Bo takes him out. Roll up, but the ref is distracted! Bo gest hotshot, tilts the cover, B-Team wins?!
Winners: The B-Team, Axel pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions
Bo & Axel put the B in dumb luck! But they also put the B in #AndStill. Will anyone ever get past the bungling success that is The B-Team?
Terry Crews wants to know: “When you think of success, what do you see?”
Fame? Fortune? That’s not it. To measure success, decide what’s best. You dig down, dream big and feel that desire in your chest. Grind to find those moments that define your success. Brooklyn, Summerslam, dreams either come true, or hopes are dashed. All the world’s a stage and everyone a player, but who is going to shout “Welcome to my dream!” What is success? How bad do you want it? How far will you go to get it? Give it your all, and bear witness to another epic Summerslam!
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins w/ Dean Ambrose!
The show starts with the Show-Off and the Architect! With the Lunatic Fringe back and keeping an eye on the Scottish Psychopath, will Rollins finally #BurnItDown? Or will Ziggler steal the show and keep the belt?
Ambrose and McIntyre move aside while the belt is raised, and we begin. The fans fire up already as Rollins and Ziggler circle. Ziggler stays low as he reaches for a leg. He and Rollins tie up and Rollins a waistlock. Fans duel as Ziggler gets the leg, but Rollins blocks with a facelock. They go around as Rollins changes it to a headlock. Ziggler pulls hair and they end up in ropes. Rollins looks back at McIntyre but Ambrose gets in McIntyre’s face. ZIggler kicks at Rollins but Rollins rolls him up, TWO. Ziggler uppercuts, rolls up, TWO. Rollins avoids a superkick but Ziggler scrambles away from the powerbomb. Fans boo and jeer while Ziggler regroups with McIntyre.
Ziggler goes back in, and circles with Rollins again. He kicks low, then brings Rollins up for haymakers. He bounces Rollins off a buckle, then taunts him while he stalks him. Ziggler whips but Rollins kicks him away. Things speed up and Rollins hip tosses Ziggler. Rollins wants the rip cord but Ziggler scrambles out again. Ziggler regroups with McIntyre, and McIntyre shields Ziggler. But then Ambrose comes around to spook Ziggler, and Rollins knocks Ziggler down. Rollins puts Ziggler in the ring for chops! Rollins mocks McIntyre, “It’s a different ball game now.” He whips but Ziggler reverses, only for Rollins to comes out with a lariat. Fans love this as Rollins drags Ziggler up again. Rollins lifts but Ziggler slips out. Ziggler puts Rollins on the apron but Rollins rocks him back. Rollins shoulders in, but Ziggler kicks the ropes! Ziggler gives Rollins a neckbreaker, covers, ONE!
Rollins rolls to a corner but Ziggler stalks him around the ring. Ziggler stomps the bad leg, then grinds him into the ropes. Ziggler taunts Ambrose, there’s nothing the Lunatic can do here. He then chops Rollins and bumps him off a buckle. Ambrose stays near McIntyre to make sure he doesn’t do anything, and Rollins chops back. Ziggler kicks Rollins’ leg out, then toys with Rollins. He kicks the bad leg more, but fans fans are cheering for Rollins. Rollins fights back with haymakers, whips but Ziggler reverses. Rollins tumbles up and all the way out! Ambrose checks on Rollins but McIntyre gets too close. Ambrose gives McIntyre a warning while Ziggler puts Rollins back in. Ziggler sits Rollins up for a sleeper, trapping one arm. Fans rally up and Rollins feeds off the energy.
Rollins and Ziggler go around, and Ziggler throws Rollins down by his hair. Ziggler goes back to the sleeper, but fans rally up again. McIntyre smirks while Ambrose paces around. Rollins stands up and pries his way out, but Ziggler kicks the leg. Ziggler has the sleeper again, but Rollins endures. Fans rally again, but Ziggler brings Rollins all the way to the mat. Rollins gets a second wind and fires up! He sits up, but Ziggler puts on more weight. Ziggler says this is over already, but Rollins refuses to quit. He gets up again, with fans rallying, jawbreaker! Ziggler staggers, Rollins runs, but Ziggler tosses Rollins out! Rollins has a rough landing, but Ziggler leaves him out there while he rests. Ambrose checks on Rollins while watching McIntyre.
Ziggler fetches Rollins into the ring, then climbs up top. Rollins stands, and catches the crossbody into a suplex! But they both tumble out! Rollins and Ziggler both have rough landings, and both Ambrose and McIntyre check on their guys. Ziggler drags himself up first, but Rollins follows behind. Ziggler dares Rollins to bring it, but he runs into a boot. Rollins hops up, then over, then slingblades Ziggler down! Fans rally again while Rollins runs in. Rollins gives a forearm smash, then another. He goes to suplex but Ziggler small packages, TWO. Ziggler runs into another boot, and Rollins gives a Blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Rollins keeps his cool as he drags Ziggler into the drop zone. Rollins climbs up now, but Ziggler trips him up! Ziggler throws hands, then climbs up to join Rollins.
Ziggler prepares a superplex, but Rollins fights back. Rollins headbutts Ziggler down, then adjusts, but Ziggler rolls all the way away. Rollins clotheslines him out, then DIVES on him! Direct hit on Dolph, but Rollins hurries him back in. Springboard clothesline! Then the Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO! Rollins is too tired to be frustrated. Fans rally up as both men stir. Rollins stands first, and brings Ziggler up. He prepares a powerbomb, but Ziggler fights out. Ziggler uses the corner but then Rollins turns things around to an electric chair. Ziggler slips down to a sleeper! Rollins powers out, and now Ziggler is on the apron. Rollins drags him back up but gets a hotshot.
They’re both on the apron now, and Ziggler says “Now we finish this!” He stands Rollins up, but Rollins turns things around. Rollins wants a catapult, but Ziggler pushes him into a post, then gives him a satellite DDT on the apron! Rollins goes down while Ziggler gets into the ring. The 10 count begins, but Rollins doesn’t stir until 7. Ambrose coaches Rollins up, and he beats the count at 9.5! Ziggler is furious, but he takes it out on Rollins with a rain of rights. He chokes Rollins on the ropes, then backs off to take aim. Zig Zag denied, SUPERKICK connects! Rollins hurries up top, for the Frog Splash! But onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Ambrose and McIntyre are shocked but the fans are loving this.
Ziggler and Rollins stand, but Ziggler hits first. He dares Rollins to put up his dukes, while clubbing him back down. He toys with Rollins more, but Rollins fires off! Ziggler kicks the bad knee, but his Famouser is countered to a corner flapjack. Rollins positions Ziggler, then climbs up to join him. Ziggler elbows Rollins and Rollins falls back. Ziggler adjusts, but Rollins hops up quick for an INVERTED SUPERPLEX! To INVERTED FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! The fans give this a standing ovation! “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over. Rollins stands and stomps, “Burn It Down!” but then McIntyre puts Ambrose into steel steps! Rollins has to ignore it, but he still misses the Curb Stmop. ZIG ZAG! Cover, TWO!? Rollins denies the Show-Off’s cheat!
Rollins is busted open from that buckle shot, but he’s not gonna let this stop him. Ziggler himself grits his teeth because he wants to end this. Ziggler goes to a corner and stomps a la HBK. He kicks but misses! Rollins rolls him, TWO as Ziggler uses tights. TWO, high stack to deadlift, for a Buckle Bomb! Ambrose gets up and gets revenge on McIntyre! Dirty Deeds! But Ziggler’s up! SUPERKICK from ROLLINS! Then, CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Kingslayer slays the Show-Off! The Lunatic also eliminates the Scottish Psycho, and now the Shield can celebrate. Will Rollins’ second reign be even better than his first?
Backstage interview with Nikki & Brie Bella!
The Bella Twins are back, and they’re here to enjoy this historic night. With WWE Evolution on its way, any chance the Bellas are coming back. They’re focusing on their various brands, as well as baby Birdie Joe. But Brie keeps interrupting Nikki. The twins want back in the ring, but that’s not what tonight is about. Tonight is about fun, and Ronda Rousey becoming Raw Women’s Champion. The Women’s (R)Evolution has been so big, and they’re excited to see Ronda represent. The twins will be front row to see history in the making.
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers VS The New Day!
Awww~ Brooklyn! Prepare for doom and gloom to collide with positivity and pancakes! Will Harper & Rowan break Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods? Or will ya boys become five-time tag team champions to cancel the apocalypse?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin with Woods and Rowan. Kofi is the corner man as Woods fires off. Rowan shoves Woods, then runs him over with the heel kick! Tag to Harper and the Bludgeon Brothers mug Woods. Harper whips Rowan into Woods, then Rowan feeds Woods to Harper’s boot! Cover, TWO, but Woods is caught in Harper’s gator roll. Harper puts Woods in a chinlock and pulls back like a Bully Choke. Fans rally for New Day and Woods powers up. Woods fights back with body shots, but Harper pushes Woods back for a dropkick. Tag to Rowan, and Rowan drops elbows and a splash! Cover, TWO, but Rowan sits Woods up for a neck wrench.
Woods endures the twist, but Rowan shifts to a fist vice. Woods stands but Rowan clubs him back down. Rowan pumphandles and deadlifts Woods up and around for a backbreaker. Big E and Kofi coach Woods, but Harper tags in for senton atomico! Cover, TWO! Harper tags Rowan back in, and they both blast Big E! They go out and back Kofi off before giving a scoop slam senton to E! Then they go back to Woods and toss him out. Rowan prepares steel steps while Harper comes around. Fans boo and jeer but Woods is about to end up the same way he did months ago! Rowan lifts but Woods fights out! Harper is on Woods, but Woods fights out again, to huricanrana Harper into steel! Woods crawls back around while fans rally up. He gets in the ring at 5, but Rowan and Harper pursue.
Woods crawls but Harper has his foot while Rowan goes after Big E again. Big E pushes Rowan away, hot tag! Big E throws Rowan overhead! Then he catches Harper for another! Big E puts Harper in, they run, side belly2belly! Fans fire up and E swivels those hips. He runs, for the Big Splash! But he’s not done there. “New! Day Rocks!” as he scoops Harper. Harper slips out, swings but misses. Harper somehow gets Big E up for the Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO, tag to Rowan. The Bludgeon Brothers regroup, double crucifix but Big E slips out. E sends Rowan into a post but gets Harper’s SUPERKICK! Woods dodges Harper to DIVE on Rowan! Harper gives Woods the Scrapbuster! Big E SPEARS Harper off the apron! Rowan crossbodies onto Big E!
The Bludgeon Brothers put Big E back in, Rowan tags to Harper. They go after E, lift him again, double crucixifix bomb! But Woods breaks the cover! Rowan kicks Woods and throws him out, but Woods comes back with a kick. WOods tags in and kicks Harper, for the Get Over Here! But Harper denies it, feeds him to Rowan, then headbutts away. Wheelbarrow lift into Bludgeon Bomb! Cover, TWO!? Somehow Woods lives! Kofi fires up, as do the fans. But that only gets Rowan to go after him, with a back drop! Big E has Rowan, for the Big Ending! Harper goes after Woods, but Woods slips out of his suplex. Tag to Big E, but Woods gets a boot and E gets a SUPERKICK!
Harper drags Big E to the apron, and fans anticipate what’s coming. Harper prepares but Big E fights back. They separate, urenage backstabber!! Big E puts Harper in, Woods tags, and Woods goes to the top rope. He takes aim, but Harper has moved. That doesn’t stop Woods, he JUMPS for the Limit Breaker elbow! Woods is in as bad of shape as Harper, but Big E helps him out. They get Harper back in, tag, and the scoop. Woods goes back up, but Rowan comes back to blast him off with the hammer!
Winners: The New Day, by disqualification; The Bludgeon Brothers retain
Rowan isn’t done, as he goes after Big E with that archaic sledge! Fans boo but it doesn’t matter, the bludgeoning is upon us. Harper takes the hammer to hit Big E himself! The New Day win the match, but the Bludgeon Brothers win the battle. They have the belts, but will this be the end to the war?
Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens!
This isn’t just a grudge match, though the Prizefighter holds a truly Monster sized grudge over what the Monster in the Bank has done to him these last few months. Strowman has thrown Kevin off a ladder, off a cage, and off the stage while inside a portapotty. But now, Kevin could get the ultimate revenge by taking away that MITB contract, by any which way but lose! If Strowman loses in any way, he no longer has his guaranteed shot at the Universal Championship. Can he hold onto his golden opportunity while making sure Kevin #GetsTheseHands?
Fans already chant the Monster Mantra while the briefcase is raised like a belt. The bell rings, and Strowman runs right at Kevin! Then he does it again! Kevin bails out before getting a third, but fans know Strowman won’t leave it at that. Strowman runs around the corner to run Kevin over! Kevin almost goes into the crowd! But then Strowman runs him over again! Fans love this human demolition derby as Strowman puts Kevin in the ring. Kevin rolls all the way back out, but Strowman keeps after him. Kevin SUPERKICKS, but it does nothing! Strowman grabs Kevin, to choke slam him on the ramp! The referee checks on Kevin, but somehow Kevin can still move. Strowman puts Kevin in the ring, then stalks him to a corner. He dares Kevin to get up, because it’s over. Scoop, to MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall; still owns the MITB Contract
So much for all of Kevin’s hopes and schemes. The Monster is still Mr. Money in the Bank, and still has plenty of energy left. Does he have plans of cashing in tonight?
SmackDown Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Carmella VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch!
Tea Generation X have been friends and rivals for a long time, but the FABULOUS Princess feels she’ll be champion for much longer. The Lass Kicker wants to burn Carmella with Straight Fire while the Queen wants to #DoItWithFlair and take back the throne. Will friendship survive the desire for gold? Or will it all break apart in Brooklyn?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. Carmella trash talks Charlotte over her two “wins”, then moonwalks. Tea Generation X clink cups, but then Carmella sucker punches Becky. Charlotte chops and whips Carmella but runs into a boot. Carmella dodges Becky but then Becky dodges Carmella. Becky gives a jump kick, a snapmare, then leg drops and elbow drops. She goes for another leg drop but Carmella dodges. Carmella covers but Charlotte breaks it. Carmella shoves Charlotte then slaps Becky, but then drops down. She’s playing tricks and Becky gets mad at Charlotte. Carmella rolls Charlotte but Becky breaks it. Charlotte explains it was Carmella, but this isn’t about friendship, it’s competition.
Carmella runs in, but into Becky’s hip toss. She bails out, and Charlotte adds a dropkick. Charlotte and Becky argue but Carmella swipes at Charlotte. Becky rolls Charlotte, TWO. Charlotte rolls Becky, TWO. Charlotte sweeps but Becky slips out. They speed up, Becky arm-drags Charlotte around. Becky has Charlotte in an armlock, but Charlotte rolls her. TWO, and Becky knees low. Becky whips but Charlotte gets to the apron. Charlotte shoulders Becky but Carmella yanks Charlotte down. Carmella shoves Charlotte into a post, then dodges Becky to put her into steps! She shouts “That’s why I’m the champion!” then mocks the styling and profiling.
Carmella puts Becky in the ring, then covers. TWO, but Carmella rains rights and lefts. Carmella says Becky will never be champ again, then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally up and Becky feeds off it. Becky stands up and powers Carmella to a corner. She does it again and is free. Carmella elbows and clotheslines Becky down, but Charlotte comes in. Charlotte scoops but Carmella slips out to throw Charlotte down by her hair. Cover, TWO, but Carmella rains elbows into the shoulders. Carmella wraps Charlotte in a chinlock now, but fans “WOO~” for Charlotte. Carmella thrashes Charlotte around, then gives her own “WOO~!” Charlotte powers up, but Carmella knees low. Carmella throws Charlotte out, but here comes Becky! ONE, and Carmella drops Becky with a dropkick.
Carmella grinds Becky’s face into the ring, then gets in her face about being champion. Becky slaps Carmella! Carmella slaps back, then mocks the head-banging. She brings Becky up but Becky rolls her again, ONE. Carmella is on the cover, TWO. Charlotte’s back, but she ends up booting Becky! Carmella laughs, but now she’s alone with Charlotte. Charlotte blocks Carmella’s boot, then spins her around for Flair chops! Then she exploder suplexes Carmella, twice! She gives Carmella a back suplex, then kips up! Fans fire up as Charlotte grabs a leg. Charlotte wants the figure four, but Carmella shoves her into Becky’s knee! Becky climbs, two-for-one missile dropkick!
Becky has her pick, and she rallies on Charlotte. She calf kicks Charlotte out, then fires back up. Carmella runs but Becky dodges to forearm smash! She back kicks Carmella, EuroUppers Carmella, then Becksploders Carmella! Becky runs in but is put on the apron. She forearms Carmella away, climbs back up, but Carmella trips her up. Carmella FABULOUS Steiners Becky, cover, TWO! Becky staggers up, blocks the kick, but Carmella grabs hair. Charlotte comes back to SPEAR them both! Cover on Carmella, TWO! Cover on Becky, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool, but runs into Carmella’s kick. Carmella bounces Charlotte off buckles, then catches her breath. She drags Charlotte up to the very top, then takes a moment to brag. She runs in, but the Fabulous Steiner is countered into a Boston Crab!
Charlotte bends Carmella back in the middle of the ring, but Carmella rolls through. So Charlotte puts on the Figure Four! But as Charlotte tries to bridge, Becky drops a leg! Cover, but Carmella breaks it! All three women are down, but fans rally up. Charlotte rolls out of the ring while Becky sits up. Becky forearms Carmella but Carmella gives on back. Becky fires off more, then headbutts. Carmella puts her on the apron, but Becky hits back. Carmella knocks Becky off the apron, then decides to do something daring. She runs, and DIVES on Becky! Carmella surprises and impresses, but here comes Charlotte with the Super CORKSCREW Asai!! Charlotte drags Becky into the ring, then goes for Natural Selection! Becky dodges, and gets a Disarm-Her! Carmella breaks it, but Becky throws her out.
Charlotte boots but misses, gets a Becky-nage! Cover, but Carmella breaks it barely in time! Carmella drags Bekcy up but Becky knees low. They tilt-o-whirl, and Carmella bounces Becky off buckles. Carmella uses ropes in the cover, TWO! FABULOUS Kick, cover, but Charlotte breaks it just in time! Carmella goes after Charlotte with a FABULOUS Kick, then goes after Becky. But Becky gets the arm. FABULOUS Kick, but Becky still does it! Disarm-Her on, Carmella reaches, and she gets a ropebreak. Becky drags her up, Becky T-Bone! Disarm-Her again! Charlotte hits Natural Selection! Cover, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Queen now reigns for a seventh time! She took advantage of the situation, but it’s all fair in a triple threat. Carmella has a rematch clause for a chance to get that belt back, but Becky misses out on hers. Fans are also on Becky’s side at the moment, but Becky is still willing to be friends with Charlotte. NOT! She attacks Charlotte with venom and fury! Fans love this side of Becky, but this Becky isn’t done. She throws Charlotte into barriers, then into the announce desk! Becky leaves her “friend” behind, will this new fire be what gets her the belt back?
WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe!
SmackDown rolls through as the House That AJ Styles Built looks to avoid being destroyed by The Destroyer himself. Joe and Styles have gone head to head many times outside of the WWE, but this is the first time they’ve battled in the WWE. After the insults and accusations Joe has hurled at Styles, will this also be the last time?
Joe eggs Styles on while the introductions are made. Styles keeps his cool, but then Joe takes the mic away? Joe wants to make a special introduction, as he points out Styles’ wife, Wendy, and daughter, Annie, are in the crowd. “How you doin’?” Oh and yes, little Annie, cheering on daddy. But don’t you worry, Wendy, “Daddy’s coming home tonight.” Styles is really angry now, and he takes the mic to talk. Styles family is here to see him kick Joe’s ass! We finally have the belt raised and the bell rings.
Styles and Joe circle then tie up, but Joe swings a kick. Styles narrowly evades, but Joe promises him he’ll go to sleep yet. Fans chant “TNA!” for this classic Impact match. The two tie up but Styles gets free of Joe in the corner. They go again, and Joe powers Styles into the corner. Joe backs up but then shoves Styles. Styles storms over at Joe but Joe uses the ropes as his defense. Joe circles with Styles again, and Styles gets around to a headlock. Fans duel while Styles keeps his hold on Joe. Joe lifts Styles but Styles turns that into a headlock takedown. Styles traps an arm and grinds Joe’s head, but Joe manages to get up. Joe powers out but Styles slides off his back and gets the headlock again. Joe powers out again, then runs Styles over!
Styles goes to the apron, but Joe keeps his eyes on him. Styles comes back in, and fans continue to duel as he circles with Joe again. They tie up but Styles kicks Joe’s leg. Joe walks it off, but Styles promises to get him down. They approach again, and Styles kicks the same leg. Styles and Joe tie up, Styles kicks the leg again. Joe looks more annoyed than anything, but he keeps his cool as he circles with Styles again. Styles goes to kick, Joe blocks then counters! Joe throws those swift jabs and Styles is reeling. Joe sweeps the leg, and the referee checks on Styles. Styles is fine, so Joe goes after him again. Joe misses the forearm but Styles fires off chops. Styles and Joe go back and forth, and now Joe gives Styles chops. Joe runs, but Styles jumps over.
Things speed up, Styles dropkicks Joe down! Styles drags Joe up for forearms, then a snapmare. Styles kicks Joe in the back, then drags him back up. Joe chops Styles, then gives more jabs. Styles kicks back, then kicks again. Styles runs, sliding takedown! Joe rolls out of the ring, but Styles builds speed to dropkick him back. Joe staggers, but Styles wants at him more. Styles slips out the side, for the sliding knee. Joe blocks it, and sweeps Styles’ legs! Style hits the apron, then Joe drags him to a cover. ONE, but Joe kicks away on Styles. He brings Styles up for another chop, and Styles is dazed. Joe drags Styles up but Styles fires haymakers and chops of his own. Styles tries to suplex but Joe is too big and strong. Styles gives Joe a knee, but Joe gives Styles a gordbuster.
Joe watches Styles tumble out of the ring, to then DIVE onto him! Styles hits the announce desk but both men are down. Joe gets up and puts Styles in the ring. Cover, TWO, but Joe is still only annoyed. Joe sits Styles up for a neck wrench, trapping an arm. Styles endures while fans rally up. Joe puts his weight on Styles but Styles gets up and fights out. Styles runs but into a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Joe goes from annoyed to frustrated, so he puts Styles in a chinlock. Styles endures the squeeze, then gets a second wind as fans duel again. Styles stands, pries his way out, and fights back with uppercuts and body shots. Joe hits back and now it’s a brawl with forearms. Styles smacks Joe with a haymaker, then slingshots out onto him with the forearm!
Both men are down, but Styles sits up. Styles puts Joe into the ring at the count of 7. Styles himself gets up at 8, but Joe rocks him with a right of his own! Joe runs again, but meets a kick! Styles returns, ducks to then fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! Styles runs, for the leaping forearm! But he’s not done, he fires up while Joe gets to a corner. Styles runs in, big corner clothesline, then the fireman’s carry. Joe slips off but runs into an elbow. Styles springboards, moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his focus as he brings Joe up. He prepares the Clash, but Joe pushes away. Styles gives Joe a forearm, then hoists Joe up top. Styles climbs up to join Joe, but Joe headbutts him down. Joe leaps for a leg lariat! Cover, TWO!
Joe takes his frustrations out on Styles with kicks and knees. He headbutts Styles, then runs, and catches Styles into an atomic drop. Joe adds a boot then the back senton, TWO! Joe glares at Styles, trying to think on what he has to do. Styles fires haymakers, then fireman’s carry. Joe slips off again to give body shots and knees. Joe runs, but into the Ushigoroshi! Styles’ knee takes damage from that move, too, but he powers through it. Fans still duel while both men slowly stand. Styles hobbles over to Joe in a corner, prepares the Clash, but Joe pushes him away. Joe misses in the corner, Styles rocks him, then springboards! Joe ducks under, then gets the powerslam! Cover, TWO!
Joe grins, because he still has more ideas. He fires off strikes, but runs into a crucifix cover. ONE, but Styles mule kicks. Styles wants the Clash, gets Joe up, and gets the Styles Clash! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives, and Styles can’t believe it. Styles and Joe slowly stand, and Styles fires off more forearms. Joe stays on his feet so Styles unloads all kinds of shots. Joe gives palm strikes back, but then gets the PELE! Styles runs but into the urenage! Both men fall down, but fans are fired up. Styles crawls away but Joe pursues. Fans duel loud as ever, as Styles gets Joe in the Calf Crusher! Joe endures but Styles cranks back harder. Joe reaches back to bounce Styles’ head off the mat, and then gets the Coquina Clutch!
Styles is stuck, but he somehow drags himself around. Joe traps an arm, Styles reaches with a leg! The ropebreak saves Styles, but Joe is furious. Joe pumps his arms, he’s going to use THAT. He brings Styles up and onto the top rope. Styles fights back, but Joe Peles Styles to the FLOOR! Joe fetches Styles and puts him into steel steps! Joe climbs onto the tables to get a mic. “Hey Wendy, I made you a promise.” Well, seems Styles isn’t coming home, but Joe will be their new daddy. Styles, blood pouring down, leaps up and tackles Joe INTO THE TIMEKEEPER’S AREA! Styles fires off, full of rage. He even hits staff! And he grabs a chair! He SMACKS Joe!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by disqualification; Styles retains the WWE Championship
Styles won’t stop, he keeps SMACKING Joe! The Phenomenal One is enraged while the fans chant “Who’s Your Daddy?” Referees and security come out, but Styles STILL hits Joe! Styles looks to his wife and daughter, and Wendy tells him that’s enough. Fans want “One More Time!” but Styles walks over to join his family. Annie’s just worried that daddy’s bleeding. He gives his baby girl a kiss before taking his belt. The Styles Family leaves together, but what will be the consequences of going this far?
“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”
The Drifter is in Brooklyn! He sits on the stage, introduces himself, and asks his signature question, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?” Brooklyn seems into the idea. Elias knows that it’s hard to believe, but he was a child once. Then he grew up to write the greatest album of all time. Elias has a song, “Elias’ Words”, where no matter what he does or says, more people love him every single day. As a man, knowing the world loves you is an incredible feeling. Elias starts the concert off with a new, and perhaps his greatest song yet. That’s saying a lot for a man who puts out nothing but hits.
Elias feels Brooklyn is the perfect place to do it. He dedicates his song to all of New York, because the “filth that normally plagues your ears”, and the harsh reality of being from New York, will all be washed away. Elias is a global phenomenon, so please silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths! “The world is about to be blessed by Elias.” But then hit guitar breaks! Brooklyn says “You Deserve It!” and “You F’d Up!” Elias can’t fix the guitar like this, so all he can do is throw a tantrum. He storms off backstage, his concert cancelled.
The Miz encounters The B-Team backstage.
The team formerly known as The Miztourage are now champions. They’re an example to Daniel Bryan, who could’ve been great if he just followed Miz’s example. Miz will prove he’s better than Bryan when he wins! But for old time’s sake, if they want to fetch his limo, he’s up for it. No this isn’t to wish them luck, B-Team are going to celebrate their win. They’re not the Miztourage, they’re the B Team. And the B stands for Bryan. Miz has his new show, but maybe they’ll be on their show: Total Fellas! But with a B, so it’s Total Bellas! Miz know he wants to, “B-Team! B-Team! Go go go!” Do Bo & Axel know there’s already a show by that name?
Daniel Bryan VS The Miz!
This rivalry has been building for eight years, and has never been more personal and explosive. Will The Goat shut the A-Lister up once and for all? Or is The Miz going to prove us all wrong?
The bell rings, the two circle, and Bryan is ready to punch Miz in the face. Miz backs into a corner to use it as his defense. Fans duel as they circle again. Bryan throws jabs but Miz backs off to a corner again. Miz smirks, because he knwos he’s annoying Bryan. They finally tie up and Bryan gets Miz in a corner. Miz gets a sucker punch in, then fires off punches and kicks. He backs off at 4, and dares Bryan to try punching him now. Miz then kicks Bryan in the corner, parodying the Yes Kicks. He runs corner to corner to copy the dropkick, but Bryan grabs him by the throat. Bryan gives Yes Punches and then the true Yes Kicks! Miz kicks back, puts on a headlock, and throws sucker punches in. Bryan powers out, but Miz runs him over with a shoulder.
Miz runs, but things speed up and Bryan kicks Miz off his feet. Bryan brings Miz up in a headlock for punches of his own now. Bryan brings Miz down in a bulldog, cover, TWO. Miz gets to ropes but Bryan is on him with jabs. Bryan eggs Miz on, then whips. Miz reverses and gives Bryan the kitchen sink knee. Miz stalks Bryan, to now copy the surfboard and Yes fingers. He grabs Bryan’s arms, to continue the surfboard all the way up! But Bryan powers his way out, to then kick Miz’s leg. Bryan goes after a leg, and now he puts Miz in that surfboard! He makes it a cover, TWO! Miz sits up, but gets the Yes Kicks and haymakers. Bryan whips Miz corner to corner, but Miz crotches Bryan up top. Miz then hops up to clothesline Bryan off the top!
Bryan hits his head right on the mat, but Miz won’t let up. He knees Bryan in the back while fans duel. Miz goes to a cravat, showing he knows how to be technical just like Bryan. Bryan endures and powers his way up. Bryan fights back but Miz gives him knees to the head. Miz brings Bryan back down with the cravat, but fans continue to rally. Maryse can be heard in the crowd, “Make him tap!” Miz brings Bryan back up but Bryan fights out. Bryan chops Miz, then chops him again. Bryan swings but ends up in the A-List combo! Cover, TWO!
Miz grins as he walks around Bryan. Miz prepares to punch Bryan in the face, and gives Bryan haymakers. Bryan fires up with each hit, but then staggers from the next one. Miz keeps on Bryan, and has him in a corner. He fires off more but backs off at 3 to again mock the Yes fingers. Miz throws another punch, but Bryan gives back his own! Bryan whips but Miz reverses. Bryan goes up and over, speeds up and hits a leaping lariat! Miz gets to a corner while Bryan fires up more. Fans duel while Bryan takes aim. Bryan runs into the corner, for his corner dropkick! And another! Then he gives more Yes Kicks before putting Miz up top. Bryan climbs up, for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!
Bryan waits for Miz to stand to give him more chops and kicks. He whips Miz but Miz kicks him away. Miz runs but Bryan tosses him out! Bryan builds speed, to hit a wrecking ball dropkick! Miz bounces off an announce desk, but Bryan climbs up to LEAP! Bryan wipes Miz out, but he’s far from done. He rains down rights, then puts Miz back in. Bryan goes to a corner and climbs up again. But Miz stops him! Miz throws more hands, then climbs up to give more punches. Miz wants to copy this move, too, but Bryan slips down to trip Miz up. Bryan has Miz in the Tree of Woe, for even more Yes Kicks! He runs corner to corner, for the basement dropkick. Then Bryan sits Miz up, climbs up, and gives Miz a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!
Both men are down but fans are fired up. Bryan crawls over to cover, TWO! Miz survives, but Bryan has more to give. Bryan waits for Miz to sit up again, and we get another round of Yes Kicks! Kick after kick after kick, but Miz ducks the buzzsaw. Miz kicks low, DDT, cover, TWO! Miz sees his chest, red with welts. He uses this as fuel for his “It Kicks”! Kick after kick after kick, but Bryan grows stronger, and leans into them! Bryan blocks to then SLAP AND SLAP Miz! Dragon Screw! Bryan hits the buzzsaw!
Miz is down, but Bryan doesn’t cover. Bryan starts up another “YES! YES!” chant, then runs at Miz. Miz blocks the knee, into the Figure Four, but Bryan makes that a takedown. Miz resists, catapults, Skull Crushing Finale! TWO!! Maryse is just as shocked as Miz! Miz gets to a corner while Bryan crawls to the other end. Miz glares at Bryan and again parodies “YES! YES!” He runs at Bryan, but gets a roundhouse! Bryan covers, TWO! Miz rolls to the apron but Bryan is on him. Bryan brings Miz up but Miz hits low. Miz prepares to suplex but Bryan resists. Bryan joins Miz on the apron and fires away with punches and kicks. He runs but Miz ducks, that kick goes into the post! Miz grabs the leg, for the Figure Four! Bryan endures this borrowed but legendary hold.
Fans rally up and Bryan feeds off it. Miz denies the roll over, so Bryan sits up to punch Miz. Miz hits back, and it’s a Figure Four fist fight! Bryan gets the edge, and then the roll over! Now Miz endures the pressure, but he drags himself towards ropes. He gets the ropebreak! Bryan and Miz separate, and both men clutch their legs. Fans rally up again, but it’s Miz who stands. Miz hobbles over and throws another haymaker. Bryan manages to stand and give a haymaker back. Now they brawl back and forth, but Bryan fires off. Miz trise another Finale but Bryan rolls him up, TWO! Another try, but now Bryan tries. Miz slips down but Bryan backs up to kick him. Bryan rolls Miz, TWO, so Bryan goes after the arms.
Bryan drives in Yes Elbows into Miz’s neck! Then, the Yes LOCK! Miz endures while going around in a circle. He drags himself towards ropes but Bryan fires punches to the back of his head. Miz reaches more, and somehow gets a ropebreak. Bryan lets go and Miz rolls out. Bryan gets on the apron while Miz stands, leaping knee! Miz is sent to where Maryse is. Maryse tries to help him, but Bryan gives him a dropkick! Maryse yells at Bryan while he puts Miz in the ring. Miz rolls back out of the ring, but Bryan builds speed to hit another wrecking ball dropkick. Bryan keeps going, but runs into Miz’s brass knuckles?! Miz hands those off to Maryse, covers, Miz wins!!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall
The A-Lister got a secret assist from Mrs. A-Lister! Miz may not be soft, but he’s still a cheater. Miz gets away with it tonight, but will he get away with it forever?
Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin!
The Extraordinary Man does extraordinary things, but he still can’t get the Constable to think of him as anything but too small and too weak. Will that all change when Balor Club comes to Brooklyn?
Or perhaps, THE DEMON can! Yes, Finn has unlocked his dark side once again! Will Balor get the Lone Wolf off his back once and for all?
Corbin already seems wary around Balor, he even wants to change this. This is not what he agreed to! The bell rings, Balor blasts Corbin with a dropkick! Then he hits a slingblade! Balor clotheslines Corbin out, to then FLY! The Demon takes out Corbin, then puts him in the ring. Corbin bails out the other side, but Balor pursues, to hit another slingblade! Balor blasts Corbin again, then puts him into the ring. Balor then swing kicks Corbin back. The Demon climbs high, and hits a standing double stomps. Corbin is reeling but the fans are loving this. Balor blasts Corbin gain, then climbs up again. COUP DE GRACE! Cover, Balor wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
The Demon dominates the Constable! Will #DemonBalorClub rise up and finally get back to some gold?
Brie Bella checks on Bryan backstage.
He’s obviously upset over the loss. Bryan needed that win, and losing to Miz like that just proves Miz right! Bryan’s fought for three years, but not to let Miz win that way. Brie says that in the end, Miz won’t win. Bryan’s passion and persistence got him back in, and those same qualities will help him. He has his first dream of getting back in, but the fight’s not over. Brie wants to stay, but Bryan says she should go enjoy the show. He’ll vent, she’ll watch. She agrees, but what does Bryan need to get back at The Miz?
WWE United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy!
The King of Strong Style is only champion because he tricked the referee and gave the Charismatic Enigma a low blow uppercut. Hardy would’ve gone for this rematch sooner, if not for The Viper adding insult to injury, and then some injury to insult. Randy Orton couldn’t keep Hardy from the contractual obligation, but will Orton stay out of this match long enough for it to finish on its own?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. Fans still sing along with Nakamura’s song while he and Hardy circle. Nakamura gives test kicks, but then they tie up. Nakamura gets a swift kick, but it was more a toying tap. Hardy lunges but Nakamura ducks to walk it off. Hardy says DELETE, but Nakamura says, “C’MON!” Nakamura gets Hardy with the knee and snapmare, but misses the stomp. Hardy copies Nakamura now, and says “C’MON!” Nakamura runs into a knee now, then is put in a corner. Hardy gives Nakamura buckle bumps on all four corners, then a fifth. He jumps but gets a knee, and then Nakamura puts him in a half-nelson.
Fans rally up and Hardy gets up. Hardy jawbreakers this time, then clubs away on Nakamura. He whips but Nakamura slides out. Hardy slides out, but Nakamura dodges to slide kick Hardy down! Nakamura puts Hardy on the apron, for the running knee. Then Nakamura drops the guillotine knee! Hardy slumps to the floor, but Nakamura brings him back up and in. Nakamura covers, TWO, and Nakamura grows annoyed. He sits Hardy up for a keylock and chinbar. Fans rally again while Hardy endures. Nakamura thrashes Hardy around, but Hardy keeps fighting. Hardy gets up again, fights out but Nakamura knees and elbows him down. Nakamura gives a strike fest, then whips. Hardy holds ropes, then back elbows. Hardy rocks Nakamura with a right, then boots him.
They speed up, Hardy slingblades Nakamura down! Nakamura rolls while clutching his neck. Hardy hears the fans chant “Brother Nero!” and claps along. He gets up and blocks Nakamura’s punches to give punches. He whips but Nakamura reverses only to get the clothesline. Hardy atomic drops and leg-splitting leg drops. Dropkick, too, and a cover, TWO! Hardy brings Nakamura up, whips again, but Nakamura reverses again. Nakamura swings the right but gets the left heel kick. He scrapes his boot on Hardy against the ropes, then drags Hardy up. Nakamura goes for the inverted exploder but Hardy fights out. Hardy wants the Twist but is denied. Hardy dodges in the corner, then gives a clothesline. Hardyac Arrest is denied, but so is Nakamura’s Top Shelf Knee!
Nakamura runs into a back elbow, then Hardy hits Whisper in the Wind! Cover, TWO! Hardy hurries back up, but Nakamura kicks him down. Nakamura gives Hardy the Top Shelf Knee! Then a sliding knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura sits Hardy up for knees to the ribs and shoulders. Nakamura then backs off, fires himself up, and takes aim, “YEAOH!” But he runs into a kick. He wants the low blow, but nope! Hardy dropkicks Nakamura down, then fires up for his own finish. He drags Nakamura up, Twist of Fate! Hardy climbs, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, ropebreak! Nakamura survives thanks to the boundaries, but Hardy stays on him. Another Twist of Fate, then the shirt comes off.
Hardy climbs again, but Nakamura drags himself to the apron. That doesn’t stop Hardy, APRON SWANTON! But Nakamura gets out of the way!! Hardy hits nothing but apron edge! Nakamura gets the dead weight Hardy up and in, for an ax kick. But he won’t end it there, as he takes aim again. KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall; still WWE United States Champion
The King of Strong Style does it fair and square this time, though not by choice. He takes advantage of Hardy going for broke, and now Hardy goes to the back of the line. Who will step up to the Rockstar next?
But here comes Randy Orton!
The Apex Predator has vowed to erase the superstars the WWE Universe put above him. Nakamura leaves the ring, so Hardy is all alone. Orton fires up to go after Hardy, but then backs off? Does Orton not see the need to hunt Hardy anymore?
Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss VS Ronda Rousey!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet has already done so much, from being an Olympic Gold Medalist to a Hall of Fame UFC career. She even had her debut at Wrestlemania, and a Raw Women’s Championship at Money in the Bank. However, not even Ronda could stop The Goddess in the Bank from cashing in and taking that title for her own. Ronda’s rage got her in trouble, but she served her time. Now that she’s back and getting revenge on Alexa, will this be Ronda’s time to reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. Ronda approaches but Alexa hides behind the ropes. Alexa smirks as Ronda has to back off. They circle, but then Alexa uses the ropes for safety again. Ronda gets annoyed already, but she pushes through the ref to get at Alexa. Alexa tries a sucker punch, but she just gets a punch for it. Alexa flops out of the ring, but Ronda dares her to get back in. The ref counts and Alexa staggers, but she gets back in. Ronda rushes her and Alexa runs away. Fans boo frightened Five Foot Fury. Ronda wants Alexa to come back, so she offers a free shot. She even turns around and closes her eye. Alexa isn’t sure about this, but she rushes in anyway.
Alexa wraps on a chinlock, but Ronda isn’t even bothered by it. Ronda stands up, pries her way out, and then pops Alexa up into the Rowdy Slam! Alexa rolls away again, but Ronda wants to see Alexa prove she’s worthy. Alexa doesn’t want to prove it, she runs away! Ronda chases, but then runs into a sucker kick. Alexa’s wicked right, does nothing! Ronda blocks the kick, then flips Alexa over! Ronda throws furious hands in a corner, then reels Alexa in for judo throws! She throws Alexa over and over, then gives her one more Rowdy Slam! Fans fire up, they’re loving Ronda ripping into Alexa.
Ronda grabs Alexa’s arm, yanks her around, and asks, “Should I break it?” “YES!” Ronda wants Alexa to apologize first, but Alexa doesn’t. “Wrong answer!” She pops Alexa’s arm!! Alexa screams and screams, but Ronda keeps the torture up for THE armbar! Alexa taps, Ronda wins!!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission; NEW Raw Women’s Champion
Of course Ronda won! She’s the first woman to be a UFC and WWE Women’s Champion! And from the look on her face, it’s clear Ronda is living the dream all over again. Ronda doesn’t celebrate alone, she invites Natalya into the ring! She and the Queen of Harts, good friends from training together, raise their hands together. The Bella Twins even join in! Nikki, Brie, Natty and Ronda all raise their hands, celebrating the victory and the Women’s (R)Evolution. Ronda goes to her husband in the front row to celebrate with him, too! If she’s champion this fast and this dominant, how long will Ronda’s already historic reign last?
WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Roman Reigns!
“Ladies and Gentlemen,” The Advocate of the reigning, defending (defending! defending!), undisputed Beast pulled off the most convincing act of his career when he made us all think Lesnar had turned on him. But while Heyman denies it, did client and manager only do it because they are worried The Big Dog will finally find a way to win? Or will history repeat itself for the fifth time in the form of The Conqueror continuing his reign?
The belt is raised and- “BRAUN!!” Yes, the Monster in the Bank is headed to the ring! He’s got his briefcase, and he grabs a mic. The fans are anticipating what’s coming, and chant “GET THESE HANDS!” and “YES! YES!” Heyman is freaking out, but “everybody knows the history of the MITB contract, and I refuse to be a coward.” Strowman won’t cash in when the target isn’t ready, he does things face to face! “So good luck to you, Roman. And good luck to you, too, Beastie Boy.” Strowman and Lesnar stare down, but Strowman lets them all know, “one of you two is gonna Get These Hands!” The mother of all ultimatums has been issued and the stakes are raised. Who will have to win twice to stay Universal Champion?
The bell rings, SUPERMAN PUNCH! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Lesnar is reeling, and he gets a third SUPERMAN PUNCH! Then the SPEAR!! Another SPEAR! Roman is all fired up, as he hits a third Spear! But into a guillotine!? Lesnar squeezes Roman but Roman works to make it a cover. Roman endures, powers his way up to his feet, and body slams Lesnar! Both men are down, and the only person who doesn’t like this is Heyman.
Lesnar suddenly grabs Roman again! Roman flails, but he’s in the guillotine again. Heyman shouts that Roman should just tap now. Roman powers his way up while fans duel. He gives Lesnar another slam! They’re both down again, gasping for air. Heyman coaches Lesnar up, and the gloves literally come off. Lesnar and Roman both stand, but Roman runs into a German Suplex! Suplex City begins as Lesnar throws Roman again! Lesnar gets mad now, as he looms over Roman. He grabs Roman again for a third German! Lesnar smirks at Strowman, but fans say “You Both Suck!” Roman slowly stirs, but Lesnar is on him again. Lesnar fireman’s carry, but Roman slips out. He shoves Lesnar, then runs, but Lesnar sends that Spear DIVING out onto Strowman!
The Big Dog wipes out the Monster, but the Beast grabs Strowman for an F5! Lesnar grins as he goes over to Roman. He drags Roman up and into the ring. Lesnar grabs the MITB briefcase, but Strowman grabs Lesnar’s ankle. So Lesnar SMACKS Strowman with the briefcase! The referee reprimands Lesnar, but Lesnar throws the briefcase at the stage. The case smacks LEDs and breaks them, but then Lesnar grabs a chair and SMACKS Strowman! Lesnar leaves Strowman writhing, then goes back to Roman. Roman SPEARS Lesnar! Cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall; NEW WWE Universal Champion
Has Hell frozen over!? Because Roman just beat Lesnar! He has the title he feels should’ve been his since the controversial Cage match in Saudi Arabia, and Heyman has to eat his words! Roman finally gets what he wanted, will he live up to his word of being the full-time champion the WWE deserves?
All things considered, that was actually a good Summerslam. The status quo was maintained for most of it, not all of the finishes were satisfactory, and some of the match order was confusing, but it somehow kept itself from being awful. The kickoff matches were fun, but I had only guessed the Cruiserweight Championship correctly. Though Rusev & Lana lost, at least now it wasn’t English’s fault. Maybe they’ll forgive him now and Team Rusev Day will be fully united. And as crazy as title changes would’ve been for this, it was still the Kickoff so nothing surprising is happening.
The IC Championship was a great opener, the best match Rollins and Ziggler have had against each other, mostly because McIntyre and Ambrose didn’t interfere. I thought Ambrose was gonna turn for a second, but turns out not. The Bludgeon Brothers VS New Day was great, but could’ve been amazing if not for that DQ finish. This is Summerslam, if anyone was going to take the titles from Harper & Rowan, it should’ve happened here. Then the rematch could be Hell in a Cell, in the Cell, and then whatever happens happens. I was really surprised to see Strowman win that way, I thought Kevin was going to throw all the tricks at him first. Still glad Strowman won, but this seemed too easy even for him.
To my surprise, Carmella loses. But given that she did, Charlotte being the one winning wasn’t a surprise. Then Becky turning here was another surprise. It throws my WWE Evolution plans out the window, but maybe that will lead us to Becky VS Charlotte at Evolution once Charlotte retains against Carmella. And then things can steer themselves back to Four Horsewomen VS Four Horsewomen. Then my complaint for Styles VS Joe was that it was next and not one of the three final matches. Styles snapping for the DQ was actually okay, because Joe really upped the Heel with what he was saying right to Wendy in front of the whole world. I would love if they had the rematch at HiaC in the Cell, it’ll really allow them to up the aggression without it being a DQ.
Bryan VS Miz was amazing, and I really should’ve expected Miz to resort to cheating like he always has. Miz VS Bryan could be another candidate for a Cell match. Demon Balor’s return was not expected, but greatly accepted, and Corbin did a great job selling being afraid and upset. If Nakamura was retaining and Orton was not going to beat up Hardy, this really should’ve swapped places with Styles VS Joe. Other than that, it was still good, and I’m pretty sure Orton VS Hardy is another possible choice for a Cell match. As for Nakamura, I can’t be sure of a Face opponent for him right now with everyone else still attached to something else.
Obviously Ronda was gonna win! But that’s not a bad thing. She did great getting on Alexa for being the cowardly Heel, and then she just rips Alexa apart like she should have. Ronda is what WWE wishes someone like Roman was by now: a badass who fans love. And for those who don’t, what is your reason? She’s been doing great in her short time here, so if the reason is that it’s too soon, you’re wrong. There’s still the rematch anyway, but with WWE already giving us Alexa VS Trish, I feel like that’s them saying Alexa won’t get it back before Evolution. Ronda has all sorts of options until Evolution, but I’m looking forward to what she has to say on tomorrow’s Raw.
Then came the part I was really worried about, as was everyone: Lesnar VS Reigns, again. I loved that Strowman came out to give everyone fair warning, but then it became an unofficial Triple Threat anyway with Lesnar beating the crap out of him. At the same time, Strowman distracting Lesnar was the only reason Roman won, but maybe we can finally get past this story arc Vince is insisting on for Roman. Lesnar has a rematch coming his way but he has his UFC fight to worry about, too. Strowman has the contract, so maybe Roman goes out tomorrow on Raw and we get that cash-in we were promised from tonight. I’d love it, because I know Brooklyn will explode if it happens and Strowman wins. They’d still explode if Roman won, but in a bad way. Which makes me worry now.
My Score: 8/10
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Platt’s MLW Fusion Recap & Review for 8/17/18
— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) August 18, 2018
Greetings & Salutations.
MLW Fusion begins with a tribute to Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart (RIP). This was followed by a recap of last weeks Teddy Hart vs John Hennigan match. If you haven’t seen it, go out of your way to do so. This sets up this weeks main event, as Hennigan will go on to challenge world champion Low KI.
MATCH # 1: THE HART FOUNDATION(W/BRIAN PILLMAN JR) VS. ACH/RICH SWANN
There are those “do you remember when…” moments you get when watching wrestling. Tonight’s debut of the Hart Foundation is one of them.
— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) August 17, 2018
Time restraints considered, these 4 had an entertaining match. I really liked the Hart Foundation’s music. The match started with a Brian Pillman chant. I must say, Pillman Jr’s hair has gotten much better(although he still dresses like a 90’s wrestler). Swann & ACH have good chemistry and have a tag title match coming up next week. In the end, the Hart Foundation pull it out with a little help from Fylin’ Brian Jr.
WINNERS: THE HART FOUNDATION
You’ll see @THETOMMYDREAMER in addition to TONS of action!
— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) August 18, 2018
Up next we get a War Games preview followed by a promo by Team Swerve. Half way through the promo, Team Swerve is attacked by Team Havoc with Tommy Dreamer making the save.
MATCH #2: MIKE PARROW (W/THE STUD STABLE) VS TOM LAWLOR IN A DOJO MATCH
— Parrow (@Parrow_) August 17, 2018
The sparring session between Lawlor and Seth Petruzelli was rudely interrupted by the Studs. After a Jake Hager(Jack Swagger) tease, we end up with friend of Chairshot Mike Parrow challenging the filthy one inside of the octagon. The bout very UFCish with elements of pro wrestling. I give them props for trying something different and tying in Lawlor’s legit mma roots. Lawlor wins with a submission hold, but this match was more about the post match beatdown of Petruzelli by The Dirty Blondes. This is used to set up next weeks tag match between The Blondes and The other two members of Team Filthy. Either way, the issue between these two factions is just getting started.
MAIN EVENT: LOW KI (CHAMPION) VS. JOHN HENNIGAN FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
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— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) August 18, 2018
We start with a prematch promo with Low Ki and his business partner Salina de la Renta. Low Ki speaks like a villain in a kung fu movie. I can dig it. It makes even the most mundane statements sound important. The match begins with Hennigan still playing up the beat down of Team Swerve by coming out with taped ribs. The match itself started off slow with a lot of mat chain wrestling. Both wrestlers did a good job of playing up the injured ribs of Hennigan throughout. As the match picked up steam, we get a few signature high spots from both. In the end, Hennigan crashes and burns on a Star Ship Pain attempt and Low Ki retains. Good TV main event. I like the decision of putting the title on an established veteran like Ki. It will help to make the man who is finally able to unseat him.
Overall a solid effort. The undercard matches tend to suffer do to lack of time. However, the main event consistently delivers week in and week out. We finally have a few peculating story lines, which should help the casual fan to follow along. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: If your local cable provider doesn’t offer BeIn Sports, the MLW YouTube channel offers the previous nights show FOR FREE at 6pm eastern the following day. I highly recommend that you go out of your way to check it out.
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4!
NXT takes over Brooklyn for a fourth time! With Aleister Black out of action, will this FINALLY settle things between Ciampa and Gargano?
- NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS Mustache Mountain; The Undisputed Era wins and retain the NXT Tag Team Championships.
- EC3 VS Velveteen Dream; Dream wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Ricochet; Ricochet wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane; Kairi wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
- NXT Championship Last Man Standing Match: Tommaso Ciampa VS Johnny Gargano; Ciampa wins and retains the NXT Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts & Pat McAfee are your NXT Kickoff Show panel!
Video interview with Ricochet.
The One and Only prepares to face Adam Cole for the NXT North American Championship. Does he feel any pressure going in? No, this moment is something he’s worked for 15 years. Ricochet has challenged Cole for this match but Cole has ducked him until now. THe King of Flight knows who Cole is, and Cole says he’s better. Ricochet knows Cole is on another level, and Ricochet isn’ ton that level. Ricochet is on the next level above them. The NXT NAC title represents not just the USA, but Mexico and Canada, at least. Is Cole a proper champion? Does Ricochet feel the pressure to represent? Ricochet feels the magnitude of this match as it’s his first 1v1 title match in NXT. He’s always exceeded expectations and overcome challenges, so he’ll just do what he does.
Ricochet says he’s better than the Undisputed Era, though he’s as world-traveled as they are. How long has he felt this way? It’s more a recent development, because the UE hide behind each other and their titles. Cole thinks he’s putting prestige on the belt, but Ricochet is going to show him what that’s really like once he becomes the new NXT NAC. There’s no limit to the confidence between Ricochet and Cole, who comes out on top when greatness collides?
GM William Regal joins the panel.
With the ambush attack on Aleister Black and no clear culprit, what does Regal know at this time? He knows that the Undisputed Era are in fact not the culprits. There is still so much to study and verify, but the panel will be the first people to know when he does. This mystery attacker, or attackers, disrupted TakeOver: Brooklyn 4, what will the punishment be? Regal has been in the business 35 years, but this is the hardest thing ever. He could lose a key member of the roster, who could have been something big in the business themselves. It changes the course of WWE History for no less than the next decade, as far as Regal can tell.
Does he worry about what Aleister Black will do when he comes back? Of course. But he has to be an authority figure, this is part of the job, although a stressful one. He put so much thought into what was the main event, but now things are completely different. Regal is more upset than flustered, especially on such an important night. Will he get to the bottom of this before the night is over?
History is Written by the Winners.
One moment changes everything. Johnny Wrestling is to blame for the Psycho Killer becoming THE NXT Champion. But just as both Gargano and Aleister Black were getting another shot, someone took out the Dutch Destroyer. The devious and the wicked are powered by their egos, but those very egos could be their downfall. One night, one moment to make history, whose NXT will this be when it’s all over?
NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS Mustache Mountain!
The Savior of the Backbreaker and the Killer of Arms are ready to show Tyler Bate & Trent Seven that the titles are staying this side of the pond once and for all. But if it happened once, it can happen again, will British Strong Style knock Undisputed Era off the Mustache Mountain?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin!
Fans are already dueling as Strong starts against Seven. They circle but O’Reilly distracts. Strong htis Bate then hits Seven. He chops and throws hands while O’Reilly tags in. O’Reilly keeps on Seven while Strong intercepts Bate. Bate and Strong brawl, then Strong throws Bate into Seven. Undisputed Era whip both Mustache Mountain, but both are reversed. The challengers dare the champions, and it’s a big brawl! Bops go up, in come Bang! Undisputed Era rolls out but Mustache Mountain pursues. Seven chops O’Reilly while Bate throws hands on Strong. Seven puts O’Reilly in the ring for a sharp chop, then tags Bate. Bate climbs while Seven throws O’Reilly down. Bate knee-board sentons onto O’Reilly, then rocks Strong with a right. Cover, TWO!
Bate brings O’Reilly up but has to scare Strong off. O’Reilly kicks Bate, then tags to Strong. Strong runs into a scoop slam! Tag to Seven, and Bate helps for the senton. Cover, ONE, but Seven keeps on him. Seven rocks Strong then whips, but Strong goes over his back to give Seven a backbreaker! Strong drags Seven over, then tags O’Reilly. They mug Seven in the corner, then O’Reilly gives muay thai knees and a kick. O’Reilly brings Seven back around, tags to Strong, and he holds Seven down for Strong to stomp out. Strong adds more stomps, then drags Seven up to throw hands and chops. Tag to O’Reilly again, and O’Reilly snapmares Seven for a knee drop. Cover, TWO, but O’Reilly throws toying kicks. Seven gets up and chops back, but can’t get away from O’Reilly.
O’Reilly swings on Bate, but falls for Seven’s feint into a DDT! Seven tags Bate, and Bate huricanranas and dropkicks Strong. Bate boots and knees O’Reilly to then hit the flying European Uppercut. Fans fire up but Bate runs into a boot. Strong tags in, but both he and O’Reilly go for a spin! Flashbacks to Royal Albert Hall, but Undisputed Era fights out of it. O’Reilly puts on a sleeper, but Bate still gets Strong, for a German Suplex and Samoan Drop combo! Fans love Bate’s superhuman abilities! Bate gives running EuroUppers to both men, but then gets run over by Strong’s leaping lariat! Strong staggers over to stomp, then tags O’Reilly again. O’Reilly throws forearms and a shoulder breaker, into a hammerlock. He grounds Bate while throwing in knees.
Fans duel while O’Reilly drops a knee and rains down palm strikes. He brings Bate over and Strong tags in. Strong chops Bate, then tags O’Reilly again. Gutbuster and knee drop! Cover, TWO! Bate crawls for his corner but O’Reilly is on him with body scissors and clubbing forearms. Tag to Strong while fans rally up, Strong basement boots Bate. Strong eggs Bate on, then brings him back up for a gut wrench. He bends Bate back with the Gory Stretch. Bate endures while fans rally up. Bate works his way out of the hold, then shoves Strong. O’Reilly tags in, for a shinbreaker and sweeping kick. He wrenches Bate’s ankle in a standing heel hook, but Bate fights back with his free leg. O’Reilly grabs that leg for a snap Indian Deathlock!
Tag to Strong, and Strong takes the hand-off, to sit down on the draping ankle. Tag to O’Reilly, and he adds one of his own. Another tag to Strong for a third go, but Bate shoves Strong all the way out! Bate crawls but Strong drags him out. Bate shoves him into barriers, then crawls more. O’Reilly comes in but is tossed back out! Bate crawls, but Strong stops him by grabbing a foot. Then O’Reilly trips Seven! Seven slaps O’Reilly away, Bate gets free, hot tag! Seven rallies on Strong, whipping him to a corner then tossing him on the rebound. Then he DIVES on O’Reilly!
Seven puts O’Reilly in, then runs corner to corner for clotheslines. He hits Strong, then O’Reilly, then Strong again. O’Reilly runs in but Seven ducks, so that boot hits Strong! Seven then lifts O’Reilly up for a powerbomb! He Dragon Suplexes Strong, then lifts for the side slam! Cover, TWO! Seven was close, but the fans cheer him on. Strong crawls to ropes but Seven is on him. Seven clubs away, then wrings Strong out, but gets a forearm. Strong elbows Seven, then tags O’Reilly. O’Reilly kicks Seven down, then suplexes for the brainbuster! Cover, TWO! Undisputed Era grows frustrated, but O’Reilly keeps Seven back. He knees Seven into his corner, then hits a forearm smash. Strong tags in, they both give Seven knees, then an Olympic Slam! Cover, TWO! Seven shows that heart like he had in their previous showdown.
Undisputed Era prepare something, but Bate gives O’Reilly a rolling kick! Strong gives Bate the side slam, but Seven back hands O’Reilly. Strong trips Seven, for the Strong Hold! Seven endures the stretch, while Bate gets caught in a triangle! Dual submissions have the fans fired up, but Bate deadlifts O’Reilly to bomb him into Strong! All four men are down but this crowd is standing up! The teams go to their corners, and Seven tags Bate. Bate goes after Strong and they throw bombing hands. “This is Awesome!” as Bate rocks Strong, to then throw O’Reilly at him! Both Undisputed Era are on the outside, so Bate FLIES! Bate hits O’Reilly, but Strong throws him to the ropes, only to get the rebound lariat! Bate puts Strong back in, and Bate gets Tyler Driver ’97!! Cover, TWO!? How?! Bate can’t believe it but fans are loving it.
Bate flounders to his feet, and decides to go up top. Strong stops him with right hands, then turns him around. Bate resists whatever Strong is after, then fights him down with back elbows. O’Reilly swings Bate’s leg into the post! Bate falls, Strong is on him with a shinbreaker to buckles! Tag to O’Reilly, and he kicks Seven down. Bate’s up, but O’Reilly rolls him into a heel hook! Now Bate endures leg torture and Seven has to watch on the corner. The referee won’t let Seven get in, but Bate is so far away. Fans rally up while Bate endures this role reversal. The ref stops Seven, but that allows Strong to drag O’Reilly and Bate over. Seven grabs a towel, but he can’t bring himself to throw it! Fans shout and duel, Seven throws the towel TO THE FANS! Strong runs at him but gets tossed out!
Bate uses all his arm strength to back stroke towards his corner! O’Reilly wrenches and pulls as hard as he can, but it’s not enough! Hot tag to Seven! O’Reilly lets go of Bate but gets rocked but rights. They go back and forth, SEVEN STAR LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Seven ain’t standing for that. He tags Bate, and he brings O’Reilly up. Bate climbs on one leg, but has to fight Strong off. Seven lifts O’Reilly, Knee Drop Burning Hammer!!! Cover, TWO?!?! This is inconceivable! But the Brooklyn fans are electric! Bate tags Seven back, and Mustache Mountain regroups. Fans want them to “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. Seven drags O’Reilly up in a full nelson, but Strong knee smashes Bate! Strong gets a back hand, but Seven gets a chop block, then STRONG ELIMINATION! O’Reilly covers, Undisputed Era wins!!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, O’Reilly pinning; still NXT Tag Team Champions
The tiebreaker breaks the hearts of Mustache Mountain, but only proves Strong & O’Reilly are Undisputed tag team champions. Bate & Seven fall short here, but with NXT UK on the way, can they climb to the top of a new mountain? As for Undisputed Era, they know Rowe & Hanson have staked a claim. Can the War Raiders be the team to truly take those titles away?
Speaking of the War Raiders…
They appear right behind Strong & O’Reilly! And the raid is on! Rowe throws Strong out while Hanson keeps on O’Reilly. They feed O’Reilly to Thor’s Hammer! Then Hanson DIVES on Strong! Hanson returns to the ring to climb up. Rowe brings O’Reilly up, for FALLOUT! The warpath leads to the titles, will the Undisputed Era be crushed underneath these machines of war?
EC3 VS Velveteen Dream!
Worlds collide, but so do larger than life personalities. The #TopOnePercentExperience is here, with egos and grudges on the line. Who takes the spotlight for themselves?
Dream takes his time taking off his vest, to then throw it at EC3. EC3 throws it back, and tempers already flare. The bell rings, and EC3 keeps his eye on Dream. Fans duel but there are plenty of fans for Dream. Dream and EC3 tie up, but EC3 powers Dream back with a shove. He shoves Dream into a corner again, then goes after him in the corner. The ref backs him off and Dream tries to capitalize, but EC3 throws Dream out. EC3 throws Dream back in, but ends up in a headlock to a wristlock. Dream wrenches but EC3 reverses and wrings Dream out. EC3 goes after the fingers, then lifts and drops Dream. He brings Dream up again for another throw, then a grounded keylock. Dream works his way up while fans duel.
Dream knees low, then clubs EC3’s back. He gives EC3 a EuroUpper, then put shim in a corner. Corner to corner whip but EC3 reverses. Dream gets caught up top so EC3 kicks Dream’s ribs through the uprights. Dream ends up crotched. EC3 adds insult to injury as he bounces the ropes, then he clobbers Dream to the floor. He clobbers Dream again, but then Dream shoulders in. Dream slingshots but EC3 hip swivles that sunset flip. Dream pulls tights but gets punches for it. EC3 lifts but Dream slips out. Things speed up, EC3 takes Dream off his feet with a chop. EC3 whips but Dream kicks him away, only to run into a scoop slam. EC3 wants fans to say his name, then he drops the elbow. He clotheslines Dream and himself out but EC3 is just fine.
EC3 brings Dream to the ramp, for a lift. Dream reverses to the Sidewinder DDT! EC3 hits the ramp, and fans lose their minds. Dream gets to the ring and refreshes the count. He fetches EC3, to then throw EC3 into posts. Dream refreshes the count again before putting EC3 in the ring. Cover, TWO! Dream decides to go up! Big ax handle! He brings EC3 up to flapjack him on the ropes. Then they go in a corner and Dream throws hands. Dream backs off at 4 to put EC3 on the apron. He hotshots EC3, then drags him through for a neckbreaker. Cover, ONE, so Dream clamps on a neck wrench. EC3 endures as Dream twists his head around. Fans rally up and EC3 stands up.
Dream clobbers him, then turns him for a Rude Awakening, but EC3 stops it. EC3 powers things around, but Dream knees low to get that neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Dream “applauds” EC3. Dream says the fans don’t care about EC3. Dream throws EC3 out, then throws him into an announce desk. He bounces EC3 off it again and again, then grabs a bottle of water to SPLASH EC3 with it! Dream drinks the rest, then HHH spits it everywhere. He puts EC3 in the ring, but EC3 is on him for the STO DDT! Both men are down, but Dream gets himself to a corner.
EC3 stands and they throw hands. EC3 blocks to counter punch, but Dream whips him to a corner, only for EC3 to come out with a lariat. Top One Percent jabs and clothesline, then a big splash in the corner. EC3 runs for the rolling neckbreaker! EC3 fires up as he brings Dream up. Dream slips out to roll up, TWO! EC3 dodges the superkick but Dream denies the driver. EC3 blocks again, to get the Climax driver! Cover, TWO!
Dream rolls to a corner while EC3 stands. EC3 blocks the boot but gets a slap. That only angers EC3, and he fires haymakers! Dream flounders while EC3 clubs away on him. EC3 drags Dream up but Dream throat chops. Dream gets to a corner and to the top rope. EC3 grabs him and throws him down! Now EC3 climbs up top while Dream staggers around. EC3 hits a crossbody, but Dream rolls through! TWO, but EC3 gives back that slap. EC3 powerbombs Dream, but he’s not done there. Fans are a mix as he high stacks and deadlifts, for another bomb! Cover, TWO! Dream narrowly survives, but both he and EC3 slowly stand. Fans duel while EC3 puts Dream on the top rope. Dream and EC3 brawl but EC3 fires off many chops.
EC3 climbs but Dream still fights with him. EC3 wants the superplex, and gets the SUPERPLEX! Dream writhes but EC3 has to crawl for a cover, TWO! Dream crawls to the apron but EC3 stands again. EC3 joins Dream on the apron, lifts Dream, but Dream slips off and into the ring. SUPERKICK! To Dream Valley Driver! Cover, TWO! Dream is shocked, but he isn’t done yet. Dream drags EC3 up but EC3 slips out to German Suplex! Bridge, TWO! Both men are down again, but fans rally up. EC3 drags Dream over to the apron, but Dream lifts EC3, Dream Valley on the apron! Dream isn’t done yet, he climbs up top, for PURPLE RAIN ON THE APRON!! Cover, Dream wins!!
Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall
Finally, it’s #DreamOver as he gets a TakeOver victory! Will Dream get his wish with a very important call from Vince?
NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Ricochet!
The Panama City Playboy and the One and Only King of Flight were both in the ladder match to determine the first holder of this title. Adam Cole has led the Undisputed Era to immediate greatness in NXT, and for that, Cole feels Ricochet isn’t on his level. Ricochet agreed, because Ricochet’s on an even higher level. Who will prove themselves superior by walking out with the North American Championship tonight?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin. Cole and Ricochet stare down from across the ring while fans duel. They circle then tie up. Ricochet gets the wristlock to hammerlock, but Cole reverses to his own. Ricochet rolls through to reverse back, but so does Cole. Colde has Ricochet on his knees but Ricochet gets back up. Ricochet spins and flips through to reverse. Cole powers Ricochet to ropes, then whips out of the break. Ricochet rolls off Cole’s back to handspring, but Cole shows that Superkick and Ricochet backs off. Cole says Ricochet isn’t special like he is. Ricochet shrugs it off to circle with him. Cole gets a waistlock to headlock, and holds on tight. Ricochet gets up but Cole gets him back in the headlock. Ricochet slips behind and wrenches the arm. He whips but Cole reverses.
Cole sees Ricochet try to go up and over, just to get him back in the headlock. Ricochet powers out but Cole runs him over with a shoulder, “BAYBAY!” Cole brushes himself off but things speed up. Ricochet dropkicks Cole out of the air! Cole rolls out but Ricochet builds speed, to fake him out for a superhero landing. Ricochet grins, and dares Cole to not be a coward. Cole stays back, and avoids the slingshot. Ricochet shoulders and slingshots, hops up when Cole evades, but then is shoved down and out! Cole fetches Ricochet to throw him into barriers. Cole says he’s no coward, he’s a champion. He puts Ricochet back in to kick his ribs. Cole rains down rights, then walks off his frustration. He brings Ricochet up for a stiff neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Ricochet checks his neck but Cole dares him to get up.
Cole toys with Ricochet, and still says “You’re not special.” Ricochet hits Cole back, but Cole knees low. Cole runs, and catches Ricochet into Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Cole keeps on Ricochet with a knee to the spine, then a chinlock. Ricochet endures the squeeze while fans rally up. Ricochet gets a second wind and fights out. Cole kicks low, then whips Ricochet. Ricochet holds ropes to then back elbow Cole. Cole shoves Ricochet but runs into boots. Ricochet rolls to dropkick Cole out! Ricochet steadies himself, then builds speed, to FLY! Down goes Cole but Ricochet fires up. Ricochet puts Cole in the ring, and Cole gets to a corner. Ricochet runs in corner to corner, for a big uppercut to discus elbow. He bumps Cole on buckles then a corner Tiger Feint, to springboard EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!
Ricochet dares Cole to get up now, and then he lifts Cole up. Cole fights out but Ricochet elbows him away. Ricochet runs in for a shoulder tackle to swing kick. Ricochet slingshots and springboards, but lands on his feet for a standing shooting star! Then a springboard corkscrew! Cover, TWO! Both men are down from exhaustion, but Ricochet keeps his cool. Cole slowly stirs but Ricochet is on him. Ricochet tries but Cole fights out. Ricochet chops Cole, then gives him a forearm. He chops Cole again, then wrenches the arm before whipping. Cole reverses, but Ricochet handsprings, only to get a backstabber! Cover, TWO!
Cole grows frustrated with Ricochet. He brings Ricochet up, suplexes but Ricochet resists. Cole clubs Ricochet’s back, then tries again. Ricochet slips out and rocks Cole with a forearm. Both men stagger back, but Ricochet runs in. Cole puts him on the apron but gets rocked again. Ricochet springboards, but into a SUPERKICK, that he catches! Ricochet turns Cole around for another forearm! Then he runs, springboards, but into a SUPERKICK! Last Shot Brainbuster!! Cover, TWO!! Cole cannot believe it, and neither can Brooklyn! Cole drags himself to ropes while Ricochet flounders. Fans know “This is Awesome!” but Cole plans to end it. Ricochet dodges the shining wizard, rolls him up, TWO!
Cole hits Ricochet, but Ricochet hits Cole. Ricochet runs, ducks the kick, then gives a EuroUpper. Cole forearms, Ricochet boots, Cole enziguris! Ricochet knees, Cole boots, then SUPERKICK, but ENZIGURI! Cole falls on a cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous for this action! Cole gets to a corner while Ricochet slowly stands. Fans chant “Mama Mia!” for Mauro’s sake. Ricochet seems lost, but Cole runs in. The Shining Wizard misses, and Ricochet hits a Reverse-Rana! Ricochet doesn’t cover, he drags himself to a corner, and the top rope! Ricochet aims but Cole rolls all the way out. Cole is on the apron, grinning at how clever he is. Ricochet runs over, for a SUPER HURICANRANA!
Everyone loses their minds while Ricochet puts Cole in. Ricochet climbs up while Cole flounders. Ricochet stands, One and Only 630!! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; NEW NXT North American Champion
The King of Flight succeeds! He flies to an entirely new tier as he becomes the second-ever NXT NAC! Ricochet can barely believe it himself, but it’s all real. Will he take that title to new heights like he promised?
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane!
The first time these two met, the Pirate Princess won and it was in the inaugural Mae Young Classic finals. The second time, the Queen of Spades won and it was for the title. This third time will be for the title again, but it will also be for the tiebreaker. Bully Baszler claims little Kairi has no killer instinct, but Kairi says Shayna has no idea what Kairi is capable of. Will someone #TapNapOrSnap? Or will it be Anchors Aweigh on these savage seas?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this third time around begins. The two stare down while Ronda Rousey, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir cheer the fourth Four Horsewoman of MMA from the front row. Shayna and Kairi approach, feeling each other out. Shayna gets a waistlock but Kairi gets the headlock. They reverse back and forth, and Kairi rolls to a takedown. Kairi goes for a heel hook, but Shayna gives on back. Kairi gets the rope and both women let the other go. Fans cheer for Ronda and by proxy for Shayna. Kairi goes for a leg but Shayna gutwrenches. Kairi lands on her feet, and gets the takedown. Jackknife, ONE, roll up, ONE, Stretch Muffler! Shayna shoves Kairi off and now Shayna is annoyed. They get head to head and start shoving. Now they start brawling!
Shayna whips and slides under the lariat, but then reverses Kairi’s whip. Kairi still headscissors Shayna then dropkicks her out. Fans fire up with Kairi as she gets to the apron. Flying forearm takes Shayna out! Kairi puts Shayna in, catches her breath, then follows her to ropes. Kairi chops Shayna, then chops her again. She runs, but into a low dropkick to the knee. Kairi clutches that leg and now Shayna has a target. Shayna takes that leg and stomps away on it. Shayna stalks Kairi and kicks her while she’s down. The referee warns Shayna but Shayna just grins. Shayna runs but is dumped to the apron. Kairi fires off forearms, then runs, but misses. Shayna kicks Kairi then hotshots the bad leg! She grounds ‘n’ pounds Kairi from both sides. Shayna drags Kairi around, and pulls on that knee.
Kairi fights back but Shayna just twists the leg past its limits. Fans audibly react while Shayna tortures Kairi’s leg. She positions it, for the ankle stomp! Kairi writhes in pain while the referee checks on her. Fans boo and jeer as Shayna mocks Kairi’s pirate scope. Shayna stalks Kairi to a corner, and puts the leg on the rope. She mocks the marching of the plank, to then kick the leg. Kairi stumbles to the mat, and Shayna toys with her. Kairi gets mad and dares Shayna to bring it. Shayna rocks her with a right, but Kairi comes back. They brawl, and kairi starts rocking Shayna! Kairi fires left and right and faster and faster! Shayna can only guard herself, but she still gets a back hand! Then the blockbuster! Then another!
Kairi fires up and gets her leg moving. She chops Shayna in a corner and it sits Shayna down. Kairi roars as she marches her plank on one leg. Kairi comes back for the Sliding D! Cover, TWO! Kairi isn’t done here, she goes straight up. Shayna rocks her with a swing kick! Shayna climbs and clubs away. She prepares a gutwrench, and gets the GUTWRENCH SUPERPLEX! Both women are down from exhaustion, but Shayna crawls over to Kairi. They sit up and throw forearms back and forth. They stand, and Kairi fires off haymakers. Shayna kicks the bad leg, then runs, to bicycle knee! Cover, TWO! Shayna again stalks Kairi, and brings her up. Kairi slips out of the suplex, runs, and INTERCEPTOR SPEAR! She hurries up top, for an InSane Elbow to Shayna’s back! But Kairi isn’t done, she wants to treat Shayna like she did Aliyah.
Kairi’s back up, but Shayna rolls out. That doesn’t stop Kairi, she DIVES on Shayna for a crossbody! Kairi puts Shayna in, then climbs up a third time. InSane Elbow #2!! Cover, TWO!! Kairi can’t believe Shayna survives, it’s infuriating! Kairi puts Shayna’s legs in the crisscross, for the Anchor Lock! Shayna slips around, Kirafuda Klutch!! They roll around, Kairi flailing and reaching! She is so close, and with a second wind, she gets the ropebreak! Shayna lets go but she is frustrated like never before. Fans are thunderous again as Shayna grabs that bad leg, for a spinning toehold! Kairi fights but Shayna grapevines. Shayna is Kairi’s anchor, keeping her in the middle of the ring. But wait, Kairi rolls and gets a MUDA LOCK! Shayna gets the ropebreak, and gets free.
Kairi pursues, for an Anchor through the ropes! The ref counts, so Kairi has to let go at 4. Kairi roars again, brings Shayna up, for an Alabama Slam! Then, for the fourth time, Kairi climbs up. Third InSane Elbow gets Shayna’s knees!! KIRAFUDA, roll through, KAIRI WINS!!
WInner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall; NEW NXT Women’s Champion
It came out of nowhere, but a win is a win! Kairi catches Shayna by surprise, and now the prize is all hers! The tiebreaker and the title go home with the Pirate Princess, and Bully Baszler’s Reign of Terror finally ends. How far will Kairi take this new adventure? When and where will the Queen of Spades come back for her throne?
NXT Championship Last Man Standing Match: Tommaso Ciampa VS Johnny Gargano!
What we thought was over was far from it. What we thought would be a Triple Threat was changed. Aleister Black only lost the title because of Gargano, but someone made sure he wouldn’t get back at either member of DIY when they attacked him in the parking lot. Now Johnny Wrestling and “Tommy Entertainment” will go around one last time, until there is only one man standing! How will this vicious rivalry end!?
No matter where you go, fans boo the Psycho “A**hole”. But he takes it all in and enjoys every second of it. That aside, the introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Gargano attacks Ciampa from behind! The bell rings and Gargano stomps a mudhole on Ciampa. Ciampa gets out, takes off his coat, and Gargano takes off his venom vest before throwing hands. Ciampa whips but Gargano Thesz Presses for fast hands! Gargano tees off in a corner for punches up top, and he goes way past 10! Maybe even past 20. Gargano stops but Ciampa puts him on the apron. Ciampa wants the DDT but Gargano drops down. Gargano comes back in, but into the double underhook. He slips out and throws Ciampa out, to then slide out.
Ciampa dodges and shoves him backwards into steps. Gargano writhes but stands quickly. Ciampa is right on him with clubbing forearms, then pulls the steps apart. He clubs Gargano again, then throws Gargano, only for Gargano to reverse. Ciampa hits barriers, but Gargano picks him up and throws him into more barriers. Gargano doesn’t care that a count begins, he positions the steps closer to Ciampa. Fans are on Gargano’s side as he keeps Ciampa on the ground. Gargano brings Ciampa up for more haymakers, then stalks him to the other end. He throws Ciampa into more barriers, then pulls up floor mats! Gargano is taking a page out of Ciampa’s playbook, but Ciampa hurries to his feet. Gargano brings Ciampa over but Ciampa digs his fingers into Gargano’s face!
Ciampa sends Gargano reeling, but then he swings him over the top of the barriers. He clubs away on Gargano, then drapes him out. Gargano hops off to shove Ciampa into a post. Gargano gets on the apron, and cannonballs! He wipes Ciampa out but he’s far from done. He throws Ciampa over the announce desk! Ciampa almost wipes Nigel and Mauro out! Gargano keeps going as he clears the desk. He stands on the desk, looming over a floundering Ciampa. Gargano brings Ciampa up but Ciampa resists. Ciampa lifts Gargano, to Air Raid onto the other announce desk! It explodes under their weight! The referee checks on both men as the fans lose their minds. A double count begins, but Ciampa crawls from the wreckage first. He stands, but Gargano slowly follows. The count reaches 7 but Gargano is up.
Ciampa is on him and puts him in the ring. Ciampa goes searching under the ring, and pulls out a chair. He brings that over and aims at Gargano, but Gargano fights him off. Gargano gets the chair but Ciampa kicks him away. Ciampa clubs Gargano into a corner, then stomps a mudhole into him. Fans boo and jeer but Ciampa gives Gargano the braced knee smash! “We’re not done by a long shot,” Ciampa promises, before giving Gargano another knee smash! Ciampa grabs that chair, and he wedges it in Gargano’s face. He stomps Gargano before backing up, but as Ciampa runs in, Gargano throws the chair into his knee! Gargano thrusts the chair into Ciampa’s ribs, then SMACKS it across Ciampa’s back! And another SMACK! Gargano won’t let the count climb as he thrusts the chair in again and again.
Gargano backs off to wedge the chair in a corner. Ciampa stands at 4, but Gargano hoists him up. Ciampa slips off, for a sleeper hold! Gargano flails but there are no ropebreaks. Gargano starts to fade, and Ciampa uses ropes for leverage. Ciampa says that “fairy tales die!” Gargano fades, but fans rally up for him. Ciampa keeps the weight on Gargano, then lets go. Gargano is down as the count starts. He stirs, but the count already reaches 5 by the time he sits up. Ciampa is on Gargano right away with another sleeper. They roll to the mat, but fans keep rallying for Gargano. Fans actually duel, but Gargano gets a secnod wind. Gargano packs Ciampa into buckles but the hold is still on. He tries again, but now Ciampa makes it a hangman’s sleeper. Gargano flails, scoops Ciampa, for a long dart into the chair!
Both men are down, but Gargano rolls out to escape the count. Ciampa manages to get up at 6, so Gargano searches under the ring. He brings out a table! Fans love the look of this as Gargano sets the table up. Gargano won’t leave it at this, he brings out a second table! He has them stacked, but Ciampa goes after him first. Gargano and Ciampa brawl, but then Gargano tries to suplex. Ciampa resists, fights back, then suplexes Gargano in. Gargano slips out, but Ciampa standing switches for a German Suplex. Ciampa holds on for another German Suplex. Gargano grabs the chair but Ciampa gets him to let go for a third German! Ciampa stands first and gives Gargano another braced knee smash!
Ciampa has the chair again, and rams it into Gargano’s ribs, and SMACKS it across the back. He SMACKS Gargano again, then tells him to stay down. Gargano doesn’t, so Ciampa SMACKS him again. The count returns, but Gargano still moves. Ciampa lifts Gargano, for Project Ciampa! He’s not done, he immediately gives Gargano a second! Then a THIRD! Gargano is done again, so Ciampa pulls up a chair and sits. Ciampa listens to the count while fans boo and jeer. Gargano stirs at 5, pushes himself up at 8, and somehow stands to SUPERKICK Ciampa! Somehow Gargano has enough in him to fight, but both he and Ciampa are down. The count begins and they stand at 5.
Ciampa throws a haymaker but Gargano gives one back. Ciampa gives another, but so does Gargano. Another from Ciampa, another from Gargano, and they pick up speed with these haymakers. Gargano gets more, blocks the boot then clubs away. Ciampa ducks, boots, but runs into the roll up and kick! Gargano runs but is put on the apron. Slingshot into the knee! Then double underhook, but huricanrana reversal, into enziguri! Gargano runs but into a boot, to come back with a forearm, only to get another German! Yet Gargano kicks and German Suplexes Ciampa! They give each other clotheslines, but it takes the third time to take each other down. The count only reaches ONE and they’re up!! The fans want them to “Fight Forever!” and it looks like they will.
Gargano fakes Ciampa out but gets a knee, to give a SUPERKICK. Ciampa blocks but still gets the discus forearm! The count reaches 5 this time, but Ciampa gets up at 7. Gargano follows at 9, but he wobbles over. Gargano slingshots, avoids the sweep to SUPERKICK and CANNONBALL! The cannonball misses this time, but Ciampa keeps on Gargano by throwing him into barriers. They make their way back to the steps, and Ciampa gives Gargano a butterfly piledriver! Gargano eats steps, and the count begins again. Ciampa stands at 6, but Gargano somehow stands at 9! Ciampa grows frustrated while Gargano flounders around. He goes back under the ring and pulls out the tool box. Flashbacks to TakeOver: Chicago II and the Street Fight as he clips strings from the ring mat.
Ciampa bounces Gargano off the steps before exposing the wood of the ring floor. He won with his hands cuffed, so he clearly feels he’ll win with his hands free. Ciampa fetches Gargano, but gets a face full of fire extinguisher! Ciampa flails and writhes, eyes stinging from the CO2! Gargano has a crutch, Ciampa’s former weapon of choice, and SMACKS Ciampa with it! The crutch breaks apart, but Gargano still uses it to attack. Gargano walks into the facelock, but he fights out. They brawl on opposite sides of the ropes, and Ciampa waves good-bye. But he gets the swing kick! Then a slingshot DDT onto the wood!! Gargano gives Ciampa a taste of his own medicine and fans let Ciampa know, “You Deserve It!” The count reaches 7 but Ciampa is still down. Ciampa rolls out to stand at 9, but Gargano DIVES on him!
Gargano puts Ciampa back in but Ciampa rolls back out. Gargano DIVES again! Ciampa is blasted back to the announce desk, and Gargano keeps on him with haymakers. SUPERKICK but Ciampa dodges and it hits a staff member! Ciampa throws Gargano into the corner of a monitor! Then gives him a chair knee through the timekeeper’s area!! Ciampa literally buries Gargano alive under the barriers, the chair, that downed staffer, and even the ring bell! Anythnig that isn’t bolted down is now on top of Gargano. The count begins as Ciampa looks down on the mountain of carnage he’s left behind. He wants the ref to count faster, just to be safe.
The count reaches 5, but somehow Gargano uncovers himself. It’s 8, and Gargano gets out from under the barrier! Ciampa was so close but still so far way from putting Gargano down. Fans love this superhuman effort, but Ciampa decides to add another element from Chicago. He has handcuffs! And he puts Gargano in a corner to cuff him. Gargano resists and pulls Ciampa into the post. Gargano has the cuffs now, and decides to follow Ciampa’s idea. He cuffs Ciampa’s hand, but Ciampa resists. Ciampa elbows Gargano right in the jaw! Ciampa goes back to the double stack tables, and brings Gargano up. Gargano fights out, lifts Ciampa in return, but Ciampa fights out. Ciampa hits Gargano, lifts him up, but Gargano slips into the ring. Gargano hits Ciampa and Ciampa teeters. Gargano SUPERKICKS Ciampa down through the tables!!
The count begins again, and passes 5 before Ciampa sits up. Ciampa uses what’s left of a crutch to stand at 9.5! Fans are getting their wish, these two look to “Fight Forever!” Ciampa staggers around but Gargano grimaces. Gargano locks his eyes on Ciampa, and fans know he has something brewing. Gargano goes out but Ciampa starts retreating. They end up on the stage, and Gargano kicks the crutch away. Gargano grounds ‘n’ pounds Ciampa on the ramp, then drags him up, to throw him into stage LED! That’s a flashback to the DIY breakdown. And then, GargaNO Escape! Ciampa taps, but that’s not how you win or lose this match.
Gargano grabs the cuffed hand, and drags Ciampa around by it, to cuff it to part of the stage! Ciampa can’t get away, so he begs for mercy. Gargano doesn’t show it, as he smashes Ciampa’s face into those LED boards! SUPERKICK! Ciampa is out, but Brooklyn wants “One More Time!” Gargano wants it, too, but Ciampa apologizes. Gargano says it’s too late for sorry, as he again SUPERKICKS Ciampa! Fans want yet another, so Gargano gives another SUPERKICK!
Gargano says Ciampa did this to himself. Ciampa begs and pleads with Gargano. But Gargano still doesn’t accept the apology, even as the count keeps climbing. Ciampa pleads, the referee counts, and Gargano… Pulls down his knee pad! Gargano gives Ciampa the Psycho Knee! But it also sends Gargano spilling over the edge and onto all the spare trunks! Both men are down, so now the count applies to both of them. The count reaches 5 but neither man stirs. Gargano shows signs of life at 7, crawls around, but CIampa slides off the stage just before 10!!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa; still NXT Champion
Ciampa took so much damage, but it’s Gargano who suffers for going too far. Gargano loses by the slimmest of margins, but this is still Ciampa’s NXT. Ciampa leaves Gargano down and out, and possibly with a busted knee. He has the referee raise his hand, and he embraces the boos from Brooklyn. But then he comes back just to point and laugh at his fallen foe one more time. With Aleister Black still out with his own injuries from that ambush, who will step up to challenge the Blackhearted champion? As for Gargano, will this injury keep him out for a long time?
What an incredible night from NXT. They again set the bar really high on the main roster for Summerslam tomorrow. Another TakeOver opens with another amazing tag team championship match, and so many times I thought Mustache Mountain had it, but in the end it’s as I expected. Bate & Seven will move over to NXT UK to undoubtedly get those tag titles, but I’m also glad War Raiders made their presence known. We are going to hop onto that program right away, and I’m going to enjoy this taste of ROH in NXT. Then, Dream VS EC3 wasn’t enough to top previous Dream TakeOver matches, but what made it special was that Dream finally won. His pants read “Call me up” but let’s not let it be Vince, aka Raw. Dream needs to be “called up” by Paige and SmackDown or not at all.
Both the North American and Women’s Championships changed hands, and they were done so well that I can’t see anyone complaining. Cole VS Ricochet and Shayna VS Kairi were both back and forth because of how well they competitors knew each other, and it was great for the Faces to go over the Heel here. Ricochet makes Cole eat his words while Kairi shows Shayna she’s not unstoppable. These title changes set up great things for the future, especially with WWE Evolution on the horizon with a promised NXT Women’s Championship match. The way this works out for the combined Women’s Division is that we could see Kairi retain her title while fellow Stardom alum, Io Shirai, wins the second Mae Young Classic, to set up a Stardom-in-NXT instant classic down the road.
Then there was the Last Man Standing Match. The first one for the NXT Championship, and it already sets a high bar for the title. Actually it raises the bar for any Last Man Standing in the WWE period. With Aleister Black out, who knows what the Triple Threat would’ve been, but I’m willing to bet it still ended up very much the same: Gargano goes too far on Ciampa and it backfires, so that at the very least, Gargano doesn’t win. I can’t be sure how I really feel about Ciampa retaining this way, but I’m just curious if it’ll now tie itself into Aleister’s story. Aleister might accuse Ciampa of the attack to be completely wrong, but I wonder if they’d really just have Gargano go “It was me, Aleister! It was me all along!”
My Score: 8.8/10