Tonight, Limitless Keith Lee has his NXT in-ring debut! Plus, Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano in a grudge match stemming from the NXT championship mishap!
- Amber Nova VS Nikki Cross; Nikki wins.
- Ricochet VS ???; no contest.
- Adrian Jauode VS Kassius Ohno; Ohno wins.
- Keith Lee VS Marcel Barthel; Lee wins.
- Mae Young Classic Qualifying Match: Vanessa Borne VS Taynara Conti; Taynara wins and enters the 2018 Mae Young Classic.
- Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano; no contest.
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This is Ciampa’s NXT now.
The Sicilian Psycho is now our champion, but Aleister Black won’t stand for it. Neither will Johnny Gargano, as he attacked Ciampa last week! “The only reason he’s NXT Champion is because of me!” Aleister agrees, which is why he gave Gargano Black Mass! Gargano admits he did deserve that one. His mistake is why Ciampa got the better of Aleister. Gargano’s obsession won’t allow him to accept Ciampa as champ, but Aleister wants to get through Johnny Wrestling to get back to Tommy Entertainment. Will Gargano #FadetoBlack tonight?
Amber Nova VS Nikki Cross!
A bright new star is here in NXT and ready to ride down the highway to the NXT Women’s Championship. However, she might’ve driven into the wrong part of town, because her first opponent is SAnitY’s Loony Lass! Will Crazy Cross cause Amber to crash and burn before she even gets started here?
The bell rings and fans know “Nikki’s gonna kill~ you~!” Nikki and Amber circle, tie up, and Nikki puts Amber in a corner. The ref counts and Nikki lets Amber go clean. Amber shoves Nikki, but Nikki welcomes it. Nikki arm-drags Amber, but Amber pulls hair. Amber throws forearms, but Nikki ducks under to back suplex Amber down hard. Cover, TWO, and Amber crawls to a corner. Nikki slaps herself to fire up, but runs into headscissors and a buckle bump! Amber throws Nikki down by her hair, then grounds and pounds with right forearms. Cover, ONE, but Amber tries again. TWO, but Amber puts a straitjacket on insane Nikki. Nikki endures while fans build to a rally.
Amber keeps Nikki down, grinding a knee into Nikki’s back. Fans rally up for Nikki, and Nikki feeds off that energy. She backs Amber into buckles, then throws her off with another arm-drag. Amber runs in but into an elbow and then boots. Amber keeps coming but gets buckles now. Nikki screams and claws herself to start rallying on Amber with forearms. Nikki tackles Amber and throws fast hands. She’s all fired up, and she gets herself to the top rope. Nikki flies for a crossbody! But she’s not done there, she hits the Purge! Cover, Nikki wins!
Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall
SAnitY’s twisted sister was more than a speed bump for Amber Nova in her debut. Nikki hasn’t gotten that Women’s Championship just yet, but can she make another go of it in the future?
“I am Limitless.”
Keith Lee knows this lifestyle is about getting up and getting stronger after every defeat. “Look to yesterday and aim to be better than that every single day.” NXT Universe, Keith Lee is inviting you to #BaskInMyGlory.
Ricochet VS ???
The One and Only, the King of Flight, is aiming for the NXT North American Championship. However, he’s called the current champion, Adam Cole, “a coward” over how little he’s defended that title since winning it. But wait, that’s not Ricochet coming out. The Undisputed Era drags Ricochet out here! He thinks Cole is a coward? Cole doesn’t hide behind anyone! Ricochet is battered and beaten while Cole stands tall, The One and Only NXT North American Champion. And after Cole mangles Ricochet in Brooklyn, that will truly be Undisputed. The Undisputed Era may be riding high now, but will Cole regret treating his challenger like trash?
NXT Media catches up with Vanessa Borne.
She’s up against the Brazilian prodigy, Taynara Conti, for the final spot in this year’s Mae Young Classic tournament. What is her game plan tonight? Media never leaves her alone, but she has her plan: to win. But she wouldn’t want to deprive the world of The Vision. The MYC is about the most “immaculate performers”, so Borne just has to be in it. She’ll get what she deserves, and she’ll give the world what it deserves: her in the MYC. Now go away so she can finish preparing. And never bother her again, especially while warming up. Vanessa has a vision for herself, but will Taynara ruin it for her?
Adrian Javode VS Kassius Ohno!
The Rio de Janeiro martial artist makes his NXT in-ring debut suddenly, given what happened to Ricochet earlier. But will he be up to task of taking on the NXT veteran Knockout Artist?
The bell rings and Ohno circles with Jauode. Jauode moves capoeria style, but Ohno doesn’t want to bother with that. Jauode wants Ohno to fight, so Ohno has no choice but to move forward. They approach, Jauode gets around for a waistlock, but Ohno doesn’t take him serious. That is, until Jauode slams him! Then fireman’s carry throws him! Jauode gets a headlock, but Ohno powers him to ropes for rib shots. Ohno whips Jauode and boots him hard! Ohno gets mad now, as he adds a back senton. Jauode hurries to a corner, but gets another boot for it!
Ohno stalks Jauode, brings him up and kicks him in the face again and again. Ohno mocks the capoeria, then gives Jauode a slap. He brings Jauode up, but Jauode manages a single-leg lift! Ohno elbows his way out, then knees him in the head. Yet Jauode still gets the suplex! Fans boo, they can’t believe this rookie is doing better than Ohno. Jauode runs in, but into a stiff elbow! Ohno brings Jauode up, for the Dream Crusher elbow! Cover, Ohno wins!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall
The Knockout Artist has another hit victory, and with very little mercy. He glares down at the new superstar, but then shrugs it off. Will Ohno take this new aggression all the way to his first title in NXT?
EC3 joined The Velveteen Dream in his world.
The Patrick Clark Experience lounged by his lavish pool, and the Top One Percent walked up in his fashionable polo and jeans. Dream offered him a seat, and EC3 accepted. Does EC3 want to take a walk? EC3 would be charmed. But then Dream teased him, he almost put EC3 into the pool. There’s no need to treat him like that, the Top ONe Percent gets special treatment. Yes, everyone loves EC3. Don’t patronize him. EC3 wouldn’t, even if he’s here to fight. But now that they’ve spoken in person, this is bigger than life. This is worth the wait. TakeOver: Brooklyn 4, Purple Rainmaker VS Golden God. The “alleged” One and THE Top One Percent.
The sunglasses come off. Dream invites EC3 to his home, and yet he gets disrespect. No one respects EC3? Dream just did. Oops, dropped his glasses. EC3 kindly reaches down, Dream tries to strike, but it’s Dream who ends up all wet! Dream flounders, but his pool is only three feet deep. EC3 takes his leave while Dream sits and sulks in his pool. How will Dream respond when returning to Full Sail next week?
Keith Lee VS Marcel Barthel!
Two NXT in-ring debuts in one match, as the Limitless Lee debuts against the second-generation grimacing German superstar! Will Marcel be made to #BaskInMyGlory?
Fans already sing “Oh~ Bask in His Glory~” for Lee. The bell rings, and Marcel looks surprised by how strongly the fans are behind Lee. Marcel gets behind Lee and pushes him. Marcel shouts “NEIN”, but gets a big forearm from Lee! Lee responds “YEAH!” Lee hits Marcel with another big left. Marcel flounders at the ropes, but Lee is on him. Marcel throat chops! Then he throws haymakers and European Uppercuts. Lee shoves, things speed up and Lee leaps all over before giving Marcel a dropkick! Fans fire up for Lee’s ability to defy physics alone. Marcel crawls to a corner, fans are singing, but Lee is stalking Marcel. Marcel kicks back, but can’t pry free of Lee’s grip! Lee says “Nein”, but gets a boot to the chest. Marcel kicks and elbows, but he runs into Lee’s boot. He blocks it and shouts NEIN as he enziguris Lee.
Marcel then ties Lee up sideways in the ropes to stomp an elevated mudhole into him. He runs side to side, and dropkicks Lee in the chest. Cover, TWO! Marcel is surprised again, but the fans rally up for Lee. Marcel fires off shots on Lee, then drags Lee up. Lee hits back with a headbutt! Lee puts Marcel in the corner for double chops! Fans love it and want “One More Time!” Lee takes aim at Marcel, runs in, but misses the splash. Marcel hits a running EuroUpper, but he can’t suplex Lee! Lee suplexes and tosses Marcel! Lee runs, Marcel dodges but Lee goes up and over to then POUNCE! But Lee’s not done yet, and fans anticipate what’s coming. Lee drags Marcel up, fireman’s carry, to Death Valley Jackhammer! Cover, Lee wins!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall
Limitless to say the least, Lee wins his debut! How long before Lee makes all of NXT #BaskInHisGlory?
The Street Profits are back again!
And they’re back with a new edition of Street Talk! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are feeling good by the ATM. They talk about “a couple of mates” who think they’re top dogs? TM61, aka The Mighty. They think the name change will make them better. The Mighty Kangaroos don’t want none of the Profits. They’re going to have their match in seven days, “know that!” Will the Profits score big before Brooklyn? Or will The Mighty make them kneel instead?
Mae Young Classic Qualifying Match: Vanessa Borne VS Taynara Conti!
There are 31 spots filled in this 32-participant tournament. Both “The Vision” and the Brazilian black-belt want back in, but only one can. Who will join the Parade of Champions on the way to this second ever all-women tournament?
The bell rings, and the two tie up. Vanessa drags Taynara to the mat, ONE, and Taynara covers. ONE, and the two roll around side to side. They stand back up and Taynara uses her judo for a takedown. Cover, TWO, and Vanessa gets a takedown to jackknife cover. TWO, and now Taynara monkey flips Vanessa. Cover, TWO, but Taynara keeps on Vanessa with an arm lock. They stand back up as Vanessa grabs hair. Taynara whips but Vanessa runs her over. Vanessa runs, but Taynara dodges to then get around for a waistlock. Vanessa can’t escape so she elbows Taynara into buckles. She bumps Taynara off those buckles over and over, shouting she deserves this more. Taynara cries a bit from the pain to her head. Vanessa shows no mercy with a snapmare and cover, TWO.
Vanessa has a dragon facelock, keeping Taynara on the mat. Fans rally up while Taynara fades. Vanessa brings Taynara up for clubbing palm strikes, and body scissors! Taynara’s head is free, but Vanessa slaps her around and pulls her hair. Vanessa continues to insist she is more deserving of a second MYC run. Taynara ignores her to power back to a cover. TWO, Vanessa drops but misses an elbow! Taynara gets to a corner and dodges Vanessa, to furiously hit back with palm strikes and boots. Taynara says this is her shot at a second MYC, and works to drag Vanessa out. Vanessa holds ropes, so Taynara kicks her in the side. Vanessa staggers up, and into a judo throw. Then an overhead suplex!
Vanessa tries to retreat but Tyanara is on her. Vanessa holds the apron skirt, but then she SLAPS Taynara. Taynara only gets pissed off, but she runs into a crucifix. Taynara uses strength to deny the takedown, and swings Vanessa out for a slam! Cover, Taynara wins!
Winner: Taynara Conti; joins the 2018 MYC Tournament.
These two were friends a week ago, but this level of aggression is what a chance at glory means to them. Taynara is the one who wanted it more, but can she make good on such fiery determination?
Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano!
The Embodiment of the End is no longer champion, and it’s all Johnny Wrestling’s fault. Now he looks to give Gargano want he deserves before going after Blackheart Tommaso Ciampa in Brooklyn. Will he make Gargano #FadeToBlack? Or will it be Gargano’s fault Aleister loses again on purpose?
Fans are divided at the bell, but Aleister rushes Gargano right away! Gargano dodges the boot to give foraerms, but aleister rseponds with kicks. Aleister kicks Gargano down but Gargano gets up to give more forearms. Aleister knocks Gargano down again,t hen dares him to get up. Fans duel as Gargano gets up and fires off forearms from both sides. Aleister blocks one to give knees and elbows of his own. Gargano stops the strike fest to school boy kick Aleister out. Gargano DIVES right away! Fans fire up while Gargano drags Aleister up and in. Aleister gets to a corner, and Gargano walks over to stomp a mudhole into him. Gargano backs off at 4, but comes back in. Aleister puts him on the apron, but Gargano slingshots, into a knee! Gargano flounders while Aleister checks his jaw.
Aleister fires off body shots fast and furious, then runs in. Gargano goes up, over and rolls. The kick misses this time, but Aleister hits the knee! Aleister looms over Gargano, and wants Gargano to look him in the eye. Fans duel while Gargano jumps over the kick. Aleister ducks a kick, and both men collide with clotheslines. They collide again, but stay standing. Aleister kicks, double clotheslines does it this time! Both men are down, but now Ciampa appears?! The Psycho Killer isn’t going to let either challenger or archenemy get a win tonight as he throws Gargano out, then attacks Aleister!
Fans boo and jeer the most hated man in NXT History, but he keeps going off on his challenger. Ciampa bumps Aleister off buckles then stomps more. Gargano returns to fight Ciampa! Aleister kicks Ciampa down, but then kicks Gargano, too! Aleister goes after Ciampa now with furious muldhole stomps. Fans want a triple threat while Gargano just wants more Ciampa. Ciampa can’t escape, but Aleister won’t leave them alone, either. Gargano fights Aleister off, then flies onto Ciampa with a CANNONBALL! Ciampa rolls away, but Gargano is on him again! Aleister comes back to put Gargano back in the ring. Aleister grounds ‘n’ pounds Gargano now, but more referees come in. Fans boo as the officials keep these three apart. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but here comes GM William Regal!
“This is out of control, all of it!” These three are hellbent on destroying each other. Regal won’t try to control, nor will he prevent it. In fact, he’ll allow it to happen. TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 will now have a TRIPLE THREAT NXT Championship match! Ciampa is furious, but he brought this upon himself. Gargano is elated and Aleister is satisfied with this decision. Fans thank Regal while Ciampa clutches his precious. Brooklyn will be the site of the first-ever Triple Threat for the title, who will make history as the first NXT Champion to defeat two opponents at once?
A pretty great episode, all things considered. We got a lot of debuts, and an expected but welcomed ending. Amber Nova did well against Nikki Cross, but obviously Nikki wins. Who knows if Nikki will ever get the NXT Women’s Championship, but at this point, I feel she should just get her call-up to SmackDown. If Shayna Baszler doesn’t retain it’ll be Kairi Sane as champion, and Face VS Face isn’t how WWE does things, even in NXT. Granted, Nikki will have to be Heel or Heel Tweener once joining SAnitY on SmackDown, but it’d be a shame if she left NXT the Heel. Taynara VS Vanessa was a bit scrappy and sloppy, but that gave it its own great quality. Taynara winning is great, she’s got legitimate skill to make for good matches with any other participant, but she’s still young so she doesn’t need to go far.
It was a great Heel move for Undisputed Era to jump Ricochet to then have Adam Cole insist he’s not a coward. Ricochet VS Cole is going to be heated now with Ricochet wanting revenge for that. I did not expect Ohno to be so arrogant and then so aggressive with Jauode, but perhaps a Heel turn for him is what he needs to spark one last try at a title. He’s been in and out of NXT, but has yet to touch gold or be sent to the main roster. Something’s gotta give, so a meaner, darker Ohno would be interesting. Keith Lee VS Marcel Barthel was pretty darn good for a dual debut. Seems Marcel’s thing is already shouting “NEIN” in his matches, but Limitless Lee definitely has what it takes to make this third attempt at NXT a championship run.
Then while it was disappointing that Aleister VS Gargano didn’t happen in full, it’s great that we get the official announcement of the Triple Threat. Unfortunately, that’s already in jeopardy as Aleister Black has since been injured in reality. As reported, Aleister’s groin injury might keep him from being part of that TakeOver match. Surely NXT will figure out a way to make it work in kayfabe, with at least an “attack” that night from Ciampa to keep Aleister from competing. Aleister’s misfortune might be to Gargano’s good fortune, as this might finally be Gargano’s crowning achievement by both winning the title and ruining Ciampa’s moment. And Aleister can always come back for a rematch for his return, unless he’s meant to go to main roster already.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE TLC Results & Report! (12/16/18)
It’s time for Tables, Ladders and Chairs! Will AJ Styles take the WWE Championship back from the “New” Daniel Bryan? Will Baron Corbin become GM by forfeit?
- Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Cedric Alexander; Murphy wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- Kickoff Show – Ladder Match: Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush; Elias wins.
- Mixed Match Challenge Finals: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox w/ The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth & Carmella; Truth & Carmella win MMC Season 2, and are now the 30th spots in both the Men’s & Women’s Royal Rumbles.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Bar VS The Usos VS The New Day; The Bar win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- TLC Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins, Corbin is no longer Raw GM, Strowman faces Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble for the WWE Universal Championship.
- Tables Match: Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Natalya wins.
- Finn Balor VS Drew McIntyre; Finn wins.
- Chairs Match: Randy Orton VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Nia Jax w/ Tamina; Rousey wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan VS AJ Styles; wins and
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Dean Ambrose; wins and
- SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; wins and
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It’s the WWE TLC Kickoff Show!
Jonathan Coachman, Booker T, David Otunga and Sam Roberts discuss the stories and possible outcomes of all the matches on tonight’s card!
Baron Corbin practices his victory for later tonight.
The temporary Raw GM wants Jojo to put in way more emotion for the announcement that he will be the permanent GM. Heath Slater is going to be his referee and will count to 10, then Jojo will announce the decision. Charly Caruso comes in, and Corbin informs her that she has been handpicked to interview him after his victory by forfeit. She’s thankful for that, but she’s also here to interview him about the rumor that Braun Strowman will still be here tonight. Even if that were possible, Corbin would shatter Braun’s good elbow to pieces. And Corbin no longer responds to questions beneath a Raw GM. Now, from the top! “Ladies and gentlemen, your winner by forfeit, and permanent general manager, Baron Corbin.” Much better. But will that really be the announcement by the end of the TLC Match?
Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Cedric Alexander!
The Juggernaut won the title in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia, at the Super Show-Down event. However, the Age of Alexander looks to rebuild itself in San Jose! Can the Soul of 205 Live survive the unstoppable?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin! Alexander and Murphy circle and tie up. Murphy gets a waistlock but Alexander the standing switch. Murphy wrenches an arm but Alexander rolls through and reverses! Alexander wrenches the wrist but Murphy slips through the headlock takeover. Alexander headscissors but Murphy pops out. Roles reverse and now Alexander pops out of the headscissors. Murphy sweeps, cover, ONE. Alexander sweeps, ONE, and both men handspring up! Fans fire up for this even exchange and chant “205! 205!” for the fastest hour of WWE. Alexander waistlocks but Murphy breaks out. Alexander dodges and headscissors Murphy out! Fans fire up again as Alexander builds speed. Alexander dodges and ducks Murphy to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO!
Alexander keeps his cool, then CHOPS Murphy against the ropes. Murphy dumps Alexander to the apron but Alexander rocks him with a right! Alexander lines it up, but gets a knee trigger on reentry! We go picture in picture while Alexander falls out of the ring. Murphy fetches Alexander into the ring then climbs up. Murphy leaps for a meteora! Cover, TWO! Alexander lives but Murphy keeps his eyes on him. Murphy drives a knee in and wraps on a chinlock. Murphy shifts to drive elbows into Alexander’s shoulder and chest. Cover, TWO! Murphy gets Alexander back in the chinlock but fans build to a rally. Alexander gets up and fights back with body shots. Alexander breaks free to throw a forearm, then shoves Murphy to a corner. Murphy boots back, then hops up.
Murphy brings Alexander around for a hangman sleeper hold! He lets go at 4, but dares Alexander to stand back up. Murphy leaps, but into a SUPERKICK! Alexander and Murphy are both down, and fans build to another rally. Alexander gets to a corner, and runs corner to corner at Murphy. He rams in a shoulder then swings a kick to kick Murphy from the corner! Springboard complete shot, and then Alexander wrecks Murphy with a dropkick! Alexander keeps going, springboard lariat! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives and Alexander is frustrated. Alexander stands while Murphy clutches ribs. Alexander drags Murphy up, but Murphy slips out of the lift. Murphy boots, dodges, but Alexander counters! Murphy sits on it, with trunks! TWO, and Alexander gets a sudden Michinoku! Cover, TWO!!
Alexander is shocked again, and thinks of what else he must do. Alexander stands and brings Murphy up. He throws a stiff forearm and Murphy falls over. Murphy slowly rises but Alexander punches him back down. Alexander brings Murphy up but Murphy blocks to fire off strikes! The knee misses, but so does the enziguri. Alexander rolls to uppercut! Alexander runs but Murphy reels him in. Murphy ducks the kick to shove Alexander, but Alexander elbow shim away. Alexander hops up, but gets tucked in for a SUPERKICK! And a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Now Alexander lives and Murphy is shocked! Murphy drags himself up while Alexander crawls. Murphy stalks Alexander to a corner, and scrapes him out to the apron. They both stand on the edge, and Alexander suddenly gets Murphy with a Death Valley Driver! Alexander puts Murphy in, cover, TWO! LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Murphy finds a way to survive, and Alexander is beside himself. Murphy slumps out of the ring, but Alexander pursues. Alexander drags Murphy up but that’s 205 pounds of dead weight. Alexander puts Murphy in and stalks him to a corner. Murphy yanks Alexander into buckles! Murphy runs back in for a knee trigger! Then he drags Alexander up, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The Age of Alexander’s revival will not be at the expense of the Juggernaut! The unstoppable run of Buddy Murphy continues, will it ever end?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in San Jose, and has one of his guitars in hand. But in a Ladder match with Bobby Lashley, another of his guitars will be above the ring as the prize. Even so, he asks the usual question: “Who wants to Walk with Elias?!” San Jose does! TLC will be TLCG: Tables, Ladders, Chairs & Guitars. A ladder is a great symbol, he’s already climbed the ladder of success. Now he must climb to reclaim his beautiful Fender. And once he does, he’ll play a tune on Lashley that he’ll never forget. But right now, Elias plays a classic with his own spin on it. “Do you know the way to San Jose?” So please, silence phones, hold applause and maybe sing along. But no such luck, as Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush make their entrance.
Kickoff Show – Ladder Match: Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush!
This is a very unique Ladder match for The Drifter and the Rocky Mountain Machine. Instead of the prize being a title or a contract, it is one of Elias’ prized guitars. Will Elias save his Fender from Lashley’s grasp? Or will that guitar soon bring a smash hit across someone’s back?
Lio speaks on the way out. “Once again, you are sadly mistaken!” Nobody came here for Elias. They all paid to see The Almighty Bobby! And their favorite pose: Bobby’s booty! Anyway, the bell rings and the two circle in the ring. Lashley and Elias tie up and end up all over the ropes. Elias powers out of the headlock but Lashley runs him over. Lio hypes Lashley up as Lashley hits a complete shot. Lashley heads for a ladder already, but fans tell him “Lashley Sucks!” Lashley brings a ladder up and in, but Elias dropkicks it into him! Elias stomps the ladder onto Lashley, then jumps to stomp through the rungs! Elias drags the ladder into the ring, then a second. He backs Lio off before going into the ring. Lio coaches Lashley up while Elias stands a ladder up.
Elias begins to climb but Lio gets in to stop him! Lio runs but can’t escape! Elias throws Lio but Lio goes under the ladder. Lashley returns to knock the ladder over. Lashley and Elias brawl, but Elias whips Lashley to hit him with a big knee! Elias picks up his second ladder and stands it up in a corner. He goes to Lashley for a chop, then body shots. Elias whips but Lashley reverses to send Elias into the ladder! Lashley runs to SPEAR Elias into the ladder. THe ladder falls on Elias’ back, but Lashley brings Elias up for the Vertigo Suplex! Lashley drives Elias down quick, then picks up the second ladder. Fans still say “Lashley Sucks!” especially as Lashley uses the AK slam to throw the ladder down on Elias!
We go picture in picture as Lashley stands up the first ladder. Lashley begins to climb, but Elias uses the second ladder to hit Lashley! Lashley comes off the ladder but Elias keeps on him! Elias rams the ladder into Bobby, then sets it up in another corner. Elias whips Lashley to ropes to run him over with a lariat! He keeps on Lashley with another whip but Lashley reverses. Elias goes up to mule kick Lashley! But then he runs into a belly2belly suplex that throws him into the ladder! Elias writhes while Lio chants. Lashley gets up and traps Elias in a corner with the ladder. Lashley rains down rights then kicks the ladder into Elias. Lio coaches Lashley to stand up the first ladder, and Lashley begins his climb. Lashley is almost there, but Elias returns to club him on the back!
Elias brings Lashley down with a powerbomb on the other ladder!! Lashley writhes in pain now, and Elias clibms. But Lio climbs up first! Elias stops Lio from touching the guitar, then knocks him off the ladder! Elias grabs his guitar, unhooks it, and wins!
The Drifter has his guitar back, but now the question is: who to use it on? Elias aims for Lashley, but Lio jumps on him first! Elias throws Lio off easily, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER from Lashley! Lashley tells Lio to get up and Lio climbs up top. Lio aims, and hits the Final Hour splash! Lashely picks up the guitar and aims at Elias. Elias stands, to get SMACKED with the guitar! Both guitar and Elias are broken, will the Almighty Lashley climb his own ladder of success towards a title?
“As another year comes to an end, you have to wonder: did you make the mark?”
The Shield is broken. The Baddest Woman on the Planet has a Facebreaker in her way. And history is made again. “And all it’s gonna take is a little TLC.”
Mixed Match Challenge Finals: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox w/ The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth & Carmella!
#Mahalicia and the #FABULOUSTruth have been the underdogs of Mixed Match Challenge Season 2 from their first match to their last match. But now, they’re both at the end of the tournament competing for the 30th spots of both the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumbles! Which team wins a huge advantage on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Truth & Mella rep the Sharks with the black and teal, “What’s up?!” Jinder and Alicia finally look to be on the same page with their own matching red gear. The teams sort out and the men start. Mahal and Truth circle and duel with “What’s Up?!” against “Shanti!” Fans prefer Truth. The two tie up and Mahal gets a headlock takeover. Truth resists the cover attempt, then fights his way up. Truth powers out but Mahal runs him over. Mahal grins as he runs, but Truth goes to back drop. Mahal whips but Truth crossbodies! Cover, ONE, Backslide! TWO, so Truth rolls up! TWO, and Mahal backs off. Alicia tags in, so Carmella comes in with her. Alicia says she’s got this, but Carmella and Truth egg them on. Truth and Carmella uses splits to dodge then double hip toss! And fans want it, so we get a… DANCE BREAK~!
The Fabulous Flossing begins but the Bollywood Boys join in! Only to get thrown out! Truth returns to his corner but Alicia clobbers Carmella. Alicia hits the swinging neckbreaker, covers, TWO! Alicia wraps on a chinlock but fans rally for Carmella. Carmella fights up and out, but Alicia shoves her. Carmella tilt-o-whirls to throw Alicia! Alicia is dizzy and ends up in Carmella’s takedown for fast hands! Alicia throws Carmella by her hair to deny a tag to Truth. Northern Lights, bridge, TWO! Alicia returns to the chinlock but fans rally up again. Carmella gets up and arm-drags Alicia away. Double clotheslines take both women down! The fans and the Singh Brothers rally for their favorites, hot tag to Truth! Mahal comes in, but Truth rallies with headscissors of his own!
Truth adds clotheslines and a calf kick! Mahal scrambles while Truth does the splits. Truth kicks low but the SInghs distract. Mahal kicks low but Truth dodges. Alicia tags in as Truth dropkicks Mahal. Alicia tells Truth to get out. He has to listen because she is captain now! Truth borrows her hat, and now HE is captain. Alicia kicks low and goes for scissor kick. FABULOUS Kick from Carmella, cover, but Mahal yanks her off! Truth dumps Mahal out, then slingshots for a wrecking ball dropkick. Carmella kicks a Singh away, but walks into Alicia’s jackknife cover! TWO, Code of Silence!! Alicia taps, FABULOUS Truth wins!
Winners: R-Truth & Carmella, Carmella pinning; win the Second Mixed Match Challenge, are now the 30th entrances of the Royal Rumbles.
From last to first, Truth & Carmella win it all!
In-ring interview with FABULOUS Truth!
How do they feel about this huge opportunity they just won? Oh and where are they going for vacation? Well it’s F A B U L O U S to win. They get to enter the Royal Rumbles last, possibly go to Wrestlemania, but they’ll also be heading to… Barcelona? No, bigger. Rome? No, tropical. Rio!? Paris?! No, no, cultural epicenter. Truth chose… WWE Headquarters in Connecticut!! What. Truth, that’s not even… Well, Truth’s strange dream destinations aside, they’re still getting those Rumble spots. Can Truth & Mella make the most of golden opportunities?
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Bar VS The Usos VS The New Day!
Awww San Jose~! Three of the best teams perhaps in ALL of WWE compete for the titles tonight! Cesaro & Sheamus may not be the best rappers but they’re much better at giving European Uppercuts. But Jimmy & Jey have tag team wrestling on #LockDown while ya bois, the New~ Day~ bring positivity and pancakes! Who will be the Blue Brand’s best after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and teams sort out. Only two competitors at a time means only Sheamus against Kofi Kingston to start. Sheamus and Kofi circle, then tie up. Kofi gets a waistlock but Sheamus powers him to the open corner. Sheamus backs off and circles with Kofi again. Fans rally for New Day and Kofi gets into the mood. Sheamus gets him in a headlock but Kofi headscissors. Sheamus pops out and gets another headlock. Kofi powers out but Sheamus runs him over. Cover, ONE, and Sheamus brings Kofi into another headlock. Kofi fights out and things speed up. Kofi leaps but Sheamus catches him to a back suplex, only for Kofi to slip out and dropkick! Cover, TWO, Kofi tags Woods.
Kofi kicks Shemaus down, Woods hits a sliding lariat, and Kofi adds a splash. Woods drops the elbow and covers, but both Usos and Cesaro break it. The Usos argue with Cesaro and Kofi and a brawl breaks out! Cesaro and Kofi end up outsid,e Jey builds speed, but runs into a EuroUpper! Woods wrecks Cesaro then builds speed on his own, but runs into the Irish Curse! Cover, TWO! Sheamus kicks Woods to The Bar’s corner and chokes him on the ropes. Sheamus throws corssface forearms, then Cesaro gets a hotshot! Tag to Cesaro and The Bar hit Woods with Super Saiyan Kicks. Cover, TWO! Cesaro argues for a faster count, then taunts Woods. Woods hits back but Cesaro tags Sheamus. Sheamus kicks Woods and The Bar whip Woods for the Bar Lariat! The Bar use their catchphrase and Sheamus stomps Woods.
Sheamus sits Woods up for a chinlock, then thrashes Woods around. Woods endures as fans build to a rally. Woods fights out of the hold, but Sheamus shoves him into a shoulder. Tag to Cesaro, and The Bar double elbow drop on Woods. Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his eyes on the Usos while looming over Woods. Cesaro stomps Woods’ hand, then puts on another chinlock. Woods endures again, and fans rally up for the Usos. Cesaro shoves Woods but Woods hits Sheamus! Honor Roll hits Cesaro! Cesaro tags Sheamus and Sheamus hits the Usos just because. Sheamus goes to Woods but Woods hits back. Woods leaps but is put in the open corner. Sheamus has Woods up top then throws hands as he climbs. Sheamus soaks up the heat while preparing a superplex, but Woods fights him with furious body shots!
Woods crotches Sheamus on the ropes, then dropkicks him down! Both men are down in the ring and crawling. Hot tag to Cesaro, hot tag to Kofi! Kofi springboards and rallies on Cesaro! Kofi dropkicks then hits the leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Kofi as he gives Cesaro the Boom Drop! Kofi aims from the corner and fans clap along. Kofi swings but is caught into a toss! Csaro runs in, Jimmy Uso tags in. Kofi kicks Cesaro then kicks Jimmy. Kofi leaps but Cesaro catches him! Cesaro lifts Kofi but Jimmy leaps in for a crossobdy! Cover, Cesaro breaks it! Cesaro gets the dragon whip kick, but Kofi rolls Jimmy! TWO! Jimmy misses Kofi but Jey tags in.
The Usos double kick Kofi back! Jey SUPERKICKS Kofi! SUPERKICK for Woods! SUPERKICK for Sheamus! Cesaro leaps into a SUPERKICK! The Usos aim but miss Kofi. Samoan Pop!! Cover, but Woods breaks it! Jimmy and Woods brawl and fall out of the ring. Jey climbs and aims at Kofi, but Cesaro tags in! Uso Splash, but Cesaro tosses Jey into post! Cover on Kofi, TWO!! The Bar is shocked they didn’t steal that one. Cesaro stalks Kofi now while Big E coaches Kofi up. Cesaro gets Kofi in the Swiss Swing! He goes around and around for about 12 rotations, and steps through for the Sharpshooter! Kofi endures the legendary lock, but Big E keeps Kofi from quitting. Cesaro drags Kofi away, but Woods hits the Get Over Here!
Sheamus tags in and blasts Woods and then Jey! Sheamus aims at Kofi now, calling for the end. Kofi stands, dodges the Brogue and rolls Sheamus up! TWO, and Sheamus tries again. Double stomps intercept the Brogue! Tag to Woods and Woods hurries up. Trouble In Paradise, to Limit Breaker!! Cover, but Jey and Cesaro both break it! Fans are thunderous for this match as four men are down in the ring. Big E coaches up his team, but it’s Jey who stands first. Cesaro follows and gives Jey a EuroUpper. Jimmy runs in, to a pop-up EuroUpper! Kofi dropkicks Cesaro out, then Kofi climbs up top. Kofi aims at the group outside, for a SUPER TRUST FALL! He takes out both Usos and Cesaro, but Sheamus goes after Woods.
Woods resists with hands and a kick. Sheamus staggers, but Cesaro goes for Woods’ feet. Woods mule kicks Ceaor, but steps into a BROGUE! Cover, The Bar wins!
Winners: The Bar, Sheamus pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions
The Swiss Cyborg and Celtic Gladiator survive the odds and the chaos! They deny two great tag teams and perhaps become the greatest team themselves. Will any team come along to dethrone this duo?
TLC Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman!
The “General Manager Elect” can win himself that position permanently, or The Monster Among Men can shockingly return from elbow surgery and win his shot at The Beast, Brock Lesnar. Can Strowman save us from Corbin’s dictatorship? Or will no one #GetTheseHands tonight?
As a bonus, Heath Slater is made the referee for this match. The #OneRefBand will have to be the one to count to 10 to see if Strowman appears. Corbin thanks the fans for the “warm welcome.” He understands the fans are upset both about Corbin’s performance as GM and Strowman’s condition. Corbin takes the complaints very seriously, he listens to and respects their input. But “Too bad! Get used to it!” After Slater counts, Strowman loses by forfeit and Corbin is THE Raw GM. Now stop wasting time, ring the bell. The bell rings, and Slater has no choice but to start. Corbin grins and counts along. Slater reaches 5 and there’s no sign of Strowman. But then at 7, Strowman’s music hits!
The Monster Among Men IS here! His bad arm is in a sling, but he’s not gonna let that stop him. Corbin protests, Strowman can’t be in any shape to compete. Strowman circles the ring and picks up a mic. Strowman enters the ring, and fans hope Corbin will “Get These Hands!” “While you were out here flapping your gums, you forgot to mention something very important, Corbin.” It’s that in a TLC Match, there are No Disqualifications. Corbin doesn’t understand what that means. Strowman explains that if someone happened to help Strowman, like someone who is “sick and tired of dealing with a crappy General Manager”, it’d be perfectly legal. Corbin sees Apollo Crews appear, chair in hand. Strowman says Corbin made his bed, now he’ll lay in it.
Because Bobby Roode & Chad Gable are also here! And Finn Balor, the de facto leader of this rebellion. Finn, Apollo, Roode & Gable all enter, armed with chairs. Corbin tells Slater to do something about this. But Slater can’t, it’s No DQ. Also, Slater quits as referee. Slater throws the shirt at Corbin and decks him! The chair-wielding rebels close in. Corbin begs for mercy, but he gets nothign but steel! Everyone gets a chair shot in, with Finn adding one more SMACK! Fans are thunderous for this anti-Corbin alliance, and Corbin refuses to continue. But here comes Kurt Angle!! The previous Raw GM is here, and he’s making sure Corbin faces the consequences.
Angle picks up a chair and jams it into Corbin! Then SMACKS away on Corbin’s back! Corbin goes back to the ring, to get a GLORIOUS combination! And Apollo’s frog splash! And the Olympic Slam! Finn climbs up to add the Coup de Grace! Slater goes back to being a ref, so that Strowman can cover and be counted. Strowman wins!!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall; is now the #1 contender to Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship; Corbin is NO LONGER Raw General Manager
The Monster Among Men and all of those on Raw under Corbins’ thumb have their retribution! Will Strowman be able to recover to 100% so that he can finally #GetTheseHands on the Beast’s title?
Tables Match: Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The Queen of Harts lost her father, The Anvil, but the Squad Leader doesn’t seem to care. Instead, Ruby wants to use it to further break Natty’s heart. But will Natty get her revenge by breaking a table with Ruby’s body?
The Squad walk out with Ruby and again present the table with Jim Neidhart on it. The bell rings and Ruby laughs at her own joke. Natty isn’t laughing, and fans are on her side. She and Ruby tie up and Natty gets Ruby down! Natty throws fast hands but Ruby scrambles away. Ruby throws Natty into ropes! Sarah takes a swipe but Natty gets away, only for Ruby to put her in the corner. Liv anchors Natty’s feet so that Ruby can splash in the corner. Ruby throws Natty down and kicks her in the side. Ruby pulls Natty’s hair as she says Natty’s nothing. Fans rally for Natty and Natty gives Ruby a snap back suplex! Ruby regroups with The Squad but Natty bounces her face off table top! Ruby hits Natty back and hurries up to the apron. Natty climbs up and wants to suplex Ruby off!
Ruby resists so Natty slides under to slap her! Natty hotshots Ruby then runs, but Liv moves Ruby out of the way! Liv gets knocked off the apron and falls through the table! Sarah checks on Liv while Ruby kicks Natty back. Ruby also checks on Liv, and Liv needs medics to check on her. More referees come out to help with the situation, and Ruby goes back to Natty. The match continues and Sarah helps Ruby get a table. Natty fights back and throws Ruby with a German Suplex! Natty dropkicks the table into Sarah! Ruby staggers but Natty pursues. Natty SLAPS Ruby, then throws her into the apron. Natty throws Ruby into barriers, and then tells her “You wanna mess with my family, b*tch?!” She gives Ruby another slap, but then Ruby slaps Natty back! Natty stomps on Ruby and positions another table.
Natty fetches Ruby and wants a bomb, but Ruby fights out. Ruby can’t escape as Natty puts her into barriers! Sarah comes running in, but Natty dodges to send her into barriers, too! Natty scoops Sarah and slams her through a table! The Squad is down, but Ruby throws Natty into apron! Ruby brings Natty to the Anvil table. Ruby makes Natty look at Anvil, claiming “He’s ashamed of you!” Fans boo but Ruby throws Natty into steps. Ruby puts her Anvil table in the ring and sets it up in a corner. Fans rally for Natty but Ruby fetches her into the ring. Ruby whips Natty, but Natty stops herself! Natty dodges Ruby and then lifts. Ruby fights out and wheelbarrows. Natty pops out to put Ruby in a Sharpshooter! This isn’t for the win, but to torture Ruby back for what she’s said!
Ruby grabs the table, and tips it to hit Natty on the back of the head! Natty goes down and Ruby gets free. Both women are down but fans rally up. Ruby gets back up and Natty crawls away. Ruby sets the Anvil table up on its legs. Natty stirs while Ruby struggles with the set up. Natty gets Ruby up in an Electric Chair, for the drop! Ruby writhes while Natty catches her breath. Natty stands while Ruby rolls out. Natty clears out the wrecked tables to bring out a new one. But this has RUBY on it! Natty grins over the poetic justice. Natty puts the Riott table in the ring, but she also puts on her dad’s jacket! The Anvil is with Natty in spirit now as she goes after Ruby.
Natty boots Ruby right down, then sets up the Riott table. Natty positions it just right, and then goes after Ruby. But Ruby goes to kick, only for Natty to scoop her. Ruby slips out to SUPERKICK Natty down! Ruby decides to use Natty’s table now. She puts Natty on top, but Natty stops her on the top rope! Natty bounces Ruby off her own image, and then sets her up just right. Natty climbs up top, but Ruby stops her with a kick! Ruby climbs up now, and pats Natty on the cheek. Ruby stands up, but the Frankensteiner is blocked! Natty brings Ruby back up, for a SUPER POWERBOMB, through the table!!
Revenge is sweet! The Queen of Harts makes her father proud, and makes Ruby pay in the best way. Will Natty leave The Squad behind and finally get back towards a title?
Finn Balor VS Drew McIntyre!
The Extraordinary Man already got back at Baron Corbin for everything he’s done on Raw, now Finn looks to settle scores with the Scottish Psycho. McIntyre has already hit Finn with Claymores before, will there be another boot in Finn’s future?
The bell rings and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Finn ties up with McIntyre and McIntyre puts Finn in a corner. McIntyre backs off at 4 but Finn chops him. It doesn’t do much, and McIntyre throws hands and chops of his own in Finn! McIntyre stalks Finn, and stomps the hand as he mocks the Too Sweet. McIntyre whips but Finn kicks him back. It still does little, and McIntyre scoops Finn. Finn slips out to kick away, but McIntyre clubs him with a clothesline. McIntyre stomps Finn more, then CHOPS Finn in a corner. McIntyre puts Finn in another corner but Finn dropkicks a leg out! Fans fire up with Finn as he drags McIntyre up. McIntyre powers Finn to a corner to stomp and chop back.
McIntyre hoists Finn up top then climbs up to trash talk him. But Finn slips out to trip McIntyre up! Finn stomps away on McIntyre, then climbs back up. McIntyre gets up to grab Finn by the throat! McIntyre brings Finn down to throw him overhead across the way! Finn is down, but McIntyre’s own legs are weakened. McIntyre keeps on Finn with a rain of rights. Fans rally for Finn and he kicks the bad leg. McIntyre whips Finn at buckles hard, and Finn hits the mat. McIntyre taunts Finn, “Fight up, Balor! Fight!” Finn shoulders in, then slingshots to a sunset. McIntyre holds ropes then stomps Finn again. McIntyre tosses Finn again! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Finn with a chinbar and armlock.
Fans rally while Finn endures. Finn fights out and kicks the bad leg. McIntyre kicks out Finn’s leg, then deadlift suplexes Finn up and over! Cover, TWO! Finn lives but McIntyre mocks him. “Reach! Reach!” McIntyre clubs Finn down and puts the chinbar back on. Fans rally and Finn gets up again. McIntyre wrangles Finn back down and keeps on the armlock and chinbar. Fans keep cheering and Finn gets up again. Finn pries his way out of the hold but McIntyre puts him in a corner. Finn boots back, and throws forearms. McIntyre stays standing but Finn keeps hitting him. Finn goes for the legs but McIntyre clubs him back. McIntyre lifts but Finn slips out to trip McIntyre and hit the double stomps! Finn fires up with the fans and runs at McIntyre in a corner, running chops!
Finn whips corner to corner but McIntyre reverses. McIntyre misses Finn, Finn goes tilt-o-whirl for the DDT! Finn clotheslines McIntyre out, then builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit takes McIntyre down! Finn brings McIntyre up and in, but McIntyre whips him. Slingblade! Finn aims but runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is frustrated, but he won’t let up. McIntyre sits Finn up to chop him. “You’re pathetic! You’re nothing to me!” But Finn kicks back! Finn’s boot is countered but Finn counters the Alabama slam to a cover! TWO, but Finn dodges McIntyre to kicks him down! Finn climbs up but McIntyre stops him. McIntyre CHOPS Finn then climbs up to join him. McIntyre hauls Finn up, SUPER Celtic Cross!! Cover, TWO!! Finn still lives and McIntyre is furious!
Fans rally up while McIntyre looms over Finn. McIntyre drags Finn up to throw him out. McIntyre watches Finn crawl before going out. Finn uses the apron skirt to trap McIntyre! Finn punches and stomps away! McIntyre crawls away, blocks the Penalty Kick and throws Finn down! McIntyre grins and laughs but the ring count passes 5. Glasgow kiss headbutt brings Finn down! McIntyre refreshes the count and mocks the Too Sweet. McIntyre hauls Finn up with ease, and puts him in the ring. But wait, Ziggler appears to SUPERKICK! The ref didn’t see it, and McIntyre is down! The Show-Off returns the favor for Finn from weeks ago, but Ziggler also has a chair! McIntyre boots the chair into Ziggler!
McIntyre and Ziggler scrap and McIntyre puts Ziggler into the ring. The referee tells McIntyre not to use the chair, but McIntyre still brings it in. Finn blasts the chair into McIntyre! Finn climbs, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
The Scottish Terminator lost focus and the Extraordinary Man takes advantage! Ziggler may not have cared about Finn getting a win, but he did get his payback on McIntyre. Will McIntyre target them both for revenge in the New Year?
Chairs Match: Randy Orton VS Rey Mysterio!
The Viper wants to make another hero into a victim, but the King of Lucha Libre won’t let it happen! With steel chairs at the ready, will Mysterio turn the hunter into the hunted?
The bell rings and Mysterio circles with Orton. Orton kicks low and clubs Mysterio on the back. Orton throws Mysterio out and he grabs a chair. Mysterio kicks Orton and grabs a chair. Mysterio jabs it into Orton’s ribs, then SMACKS him on the back! Orton scrambles away but Mysterio keeps chase. Mysterio SMACKS Orton again, then jabs him some more. Mysterio gives another SMACK! Orton goes to a corner and Mysterio keeps on him with the chair edge. Mysterio gets another chair, and sits it up in front of Orton. Mysterio goes corner to corner but Orton dodges. Orton clubs Mysterio on the top rope, then borrows that chair to SMACK Mysterio down. Mysterio writhes and ends up on the apron, but Orton places the chair.
Orton goes out to the apron and brings Mysterio up. Mysterio fights out and shoulders Orton back. Mysterio jabs Orton again, then runs, to dropkick the feet out! Orton bumps apron on the way down, and Mysterio has his chair back. Mysterio runs with it, to boogie board the chair onto Orton! Fans fire up for that creativity but both men writhe from the pain. Mysterio brings another chair over and SMACKS Orton again! Orton scrambles into more chairs but Mysterio kicks him in the rib. Mysterio bumps Orton off the apron and sits him down in a chair. Mysterio throws more hands, then lines up a shot from the apron. He leaps, but Orton dodges to send the seated senton onto the chair! Orton grins as he stalks Mysterio again. Orton brings Mysterio up to SMACK him down!
Now Orton clears off an announce desk and sets a chair on top. Orton goes back to Mysterio and brings him over. He throws Mysterio face first onto the chair! Mysterio is stuck on the table while Orton puts chairs in the ring. Orton grins as he brings Mysterio back to the ring. Cover, TWO! Mysterio is tougher than that but Orton doesn’t seem to mind. Orton goes to his chair pile and wedges one in the corner. Orton goes to Mysterio and kicks him away from picking up a chair. He hauls Mysterio up, runs at the corner, but Mysterio slips out. Mysterio headscissors Orton into that chair! Mysterio runs, but into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps his cool while he watches Mysterio crawl. Mysterio gets to the apron, but Orton heads over with a chair.
Orton places the chair down and drags Mysterio out through the ropes. Fans know what’s coming, but so does Mysterio! Mysterio gets in, puts Orton on the ropes, but the 619 is denied! Mysterio still kicks Orton away, then hurries to a corner. He springboards, but Orton throws a chair at him! Mysterio crash lands, Orton covers, TWO! Orton gets another chair and stomps Mysterio down. Orton wedges the chair into a corner, but the lower level this time. He goes back to Mysterio, armed with another chair. Mysterio kicks Orton away, takes that chair and SMACKS Orton again! Orton is on the ropes, 619 connects! Mysterio hurries up top, but Orton trips him up. Orton now has Mysterio where he wants him, and swings Mysterio into the chair!
Mysterio is stuck in the Tree of Woe, and Orton grabs yet even more chairs. Orton goes to Mysterio to bounce him off the corner chair again, then sets the new chairs up. Mysterio falls out of the Tree but Orton makes sure his line-up is perfect. Orton then goes to Mysterio and drags him up in a cravat. Orton aims for the chairs, but Mysterio slips out. Mysterio mule kicks and rolls to throw Orton into his own chairs! Then victory roll cover! Mysterio wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
Orton is furious but that’s a win! Mysterio is no victim, and certainly not the Apex Predator’s prey. But even with this win, will Orton still hunt Mysterio down?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor!
He got a big win thanks to Dolph Ziggler. Finn doesn’t understand why, but Ziggler shows up to say “You’re welcome.” Finn didn’t have a chance without him. Ziggler says Finn is lucky he was there. Finn stops Ziggler from leaving but Ziggler throws Finn into trunks! It seems Finn has only moved on from McIntyre to have beef with the Show-Off. Will Finn get the last word against Ziggler?
Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Nia Jax w/ Tamina!
As the Baddest Woman puts it, the real test of a champion is if they can fight in sickness or in health, ready to throw down even on their worst day. The Irresistible Force is ready to give Ronda that worst day, and break her face while ending her undefeated reign. Will this Money in the Bank rematch finally settle who is THE baddest woman of WWE?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Ronda and Nia circle and tie up. Nia throws Ronda to a corner, but Ronda gets right up. Ronda circles with Nia again, then dodges her. Ronda smirks as she bobs ‘n’ weaves and gets in a jab. Nia gets mad but Ronda keeps dodging her. Ronda throws more hands and grins as she frustrates Nia. Nia misses but counters a punch with a whip. Ronda gets free to start kicking now. Nia blocks a kick, and shows that #FaceBreaker hand. Nia punches but Ronda reverses it into a takedown! Ronda wants the armbar but Nia powers out to powerbomb Ronda down! Tamina cheers her cousin on as she covers, ONE! Ronda gasps for air, but Nia won’t let up.
Nia yanks Ronda up by her ponytail to throw her to a corner. Nia squashes Ronda then drags her out for a toss! Another squash, another toss! Nia runs and drops the elbow! Cover, ONE, and Nia grows frustrated. Ronda coughs and gasps but Nia toys with her now. Nia drags Ronda up by her ponytail, and throws her into a post! Fans boo and jeer but Nia lines up a shot, to knee Ronda into the post! Ronda clutches her arm, but Nia keeps on her with headbutts. Nia runs again, but misses the leg drop! Nia slowly stands up and brings Ronda up, but Ronda uses the good arm for a guillotine! But Nia powers out, only for Ronda to shift to a sleeper hold! Nia throws Ronda but Ronda brings her down to the armbar!
Nia scrambles to the ropes and then throws Ronda into barriers! Ronda goes down in a heap while the count begins. Nia drags Ronda up and in at 6. Nia covers, TWO! Ronda continues to frustrate Nia, and Nia puts Ronda in a cobra clutch. Nia thrashes Ronda around but fans rally up. Ronda stands and fights out, only for Nia to kick low. Nia powerbomb lifts, but Ronda headscissors out! Ronda scrambles to a corner, and dodges Nia to send her into a post! Nia falls out, but Ronda won’t let up. Ronda climbs up top, takes aim and leaps! The crossbody topples Nia! Fans fire up as Ronda gets up. Ronda drags Nia into the ring, not wanting a count out result. She gets Nia in at 7, covers, TWO! Ronda grows frustrated, but she won’t let that stop her.
Ronda gets rowdy, and throws fast hands! She hits the step-up wizard, and then the SUPER WOMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!! Nia still lives but Ronda won’t stop. Ronda climbs up, and leaps! Nia rolls through the crossbody, pops Ronda up, and hits the Samoan Drop!! Cover, TWO!! Ronda survives and Nia is shocked! Tamina is furious on her cousin’s behalf while Nia headbutts Ronda down. Nia whips Ronda to a corner, squashes her again, then drags her up again. Nia has the fireman’s carry and climbs up with Ronda. But Ronda fights back! Ronda slips around, to sunset flip! Nia holds on, but Ronda gets her off!! Cover, TWO!! Ronda can’t believe it, and neither can the fans!
Fans duel as Ronda glares at Nia. Ronda staggers over and goes after an arm. Nia resists, but Ronda sees Tamina coming in. Ronda goes after Tamina, but then Nia clubs Ronda down. Nia prepares the fist, but Ronda dodges! They tangle up, and Ronda climbs up for the takedown! The two go back and forth as Ronda keeps her eyes on Tamina. Ronda kisses the hand good-bye, ARMBAR!! Nia taps, Ronda wins!!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
The Baddest Woman is still the champion, and that’s still Ronda Rousey! Tamina helps Nia get away, but will the Samoan Dynasty be back for more? Or will someone else climb the mountain to challenge Rowdy Ronda?
Backstage interview with Nia Jax.
But Nia doesn’t want to talk. Becky Lynch comes over to stare down the Face Breaker. And Becky hits her back! “Keep my name out yer mouth!” The Man just got even with Nia, but when will they really settle their score?
WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan VS AJ Styles!
The Old Daniel Bryan is dead! Long live the NEW Daniel Bryan! But will this new side of Bryan be able to defeat The Phenomenal One now that we all know what to expect from him?
Before the match, AJ Styles is interviewed. He knows both the Old Bryan and New Bryan will do anything they have to in order to win, so that makes them no different. Especially when both are beatable. Styles promises to have a Phenomenal Forearm with Bryan’s name on it. Styles has played Bryan’s mind games long enough. This time, Bryan plays Styles’ game. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin!
Joe’s Lucha Libre Weekly: News & Analysis
As the year winds down, we see all of our favorite companies setting up for 2019. Joe will give us a nice snapshot of where some of our favorite Luchadors are headed, down the home stretch of 2018.
Arena Mexico Last Friday
Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero wrestled in the main event in a rare singles match with nothing on the line. It was a really good match that saw Volador winning. That’s interesting and since he pinned the heavyweight champion, I wonder if that’s a program that look for. Volador doesn’t seem to be any less over since losing his hair so why not keep booking him strong? When he grows his hair back fully it could help a younger talent get over again. He’s clearly talented enough to stay over. Atlantis, El Valiente, and Diamante Azul took on Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring. This was a DQ finish which saw the former winning. It’s typical for a Los Ingobernables match. There wasn’t much else important on the show. It wasn’t a huge show and only drew 6,000 fans. Looks like they’re back to the pre LA Park numbers.
Arena Puebla Monday
The main event of this show was Volador against El Terrible. He challenged him on a previous show to a singles match because he’s tired of the way Los Ingobernables acts during their matches. He won the match in a match that wasn’t very good and featured a lot of posturing. The third fall was okay but it was really slow moving. Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja faced Cavernario, Hechicero, and Rey Bucanero. This was a really fun match. Caristico, Oro, and Roja have good chemistry together. They ended up winning the match in three falls.
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, and Stuka faced Cavernario, El Terrible, and Euforia in the main event. It was an okay match. Atlantis was moving decently in this match. The former won the match when Atlantis got Cavernario in a torture rack. The co main event featured, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr, and Black Panther facing off against Mephisto, Luciferno, and Rey Bucanero. This also wasn’t a bad match. Blue Panther can still go at a reasonably high rate for a man who is almost 60. He did two middle rope dives. But the latter team won with an elaborate submission, as Mexico is known for.
Arena Mexico Friday Preview
The main event for this show is Caristico, Volador Jr, and El Valiente vs Ultimo Guerrero, Sanson, and Cuatrero. An interesting pairing for the latter team. Also interesting to know that Rush will be on MLW live on Friday interest of being in Mexico. The co main event is Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and Flyer vs Shocker, El Terrible, and Rey Bucanero. Sounds like a fun match up. There is a lightning match between Soberano Jr and Forastero. That should also be a fun match.
AAA had a show. Yeah, that had a show. Moose returned to AAA which is cool, I like Moose. Dr. Wagner, Psycho Clown, and Pagano faced Moose, Blue Demon Jr, and Rey Escorpion in the main event. It was a brawl like match where Pagano unceremoniously pinned Moose in the main event. The OGTs faced Porde de Norte in the co main event in which was a fun match. Aerostar faces Monster Clown in a strap match and he won. It was somewhat brutal but not as crazy as I’ve seen in AAA. It was pretty much a nothing show.
They have a show on Christmas. Branded as the AAA vs Elite. Elite being a dead brand they resurrected just for storyline reasons. I’m not watching that live probably because I’m not an animal. Psycho Clown, La Parka, and Pagano will face Electro Shock, Taurus, and Rey Escorpion in the main event. The co main event sees Averno, Chessman, and Super Fly face Australian Suicide, Golden Magic, and Jack Evans. Hijo Del Vikingo, Luchador Sorpersa, and Halcon 78 Jr face Emperador Azteca, Samoano, and Tonga. Faby Apache and Lady Shani face Lady Maravilla and Keyra. Chicano, Vanilla, and Villano III Jr face Chica Tormenta, Demus, and Toxin. Then there’s a minis match.
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