The NXT Champion returns to in-ring action! Will Tommaso Ciampa make Otis Dozovic respect him? Or will The Dozer surprise us all against the Psycho Killer?
- Lars Sullivan VS Victor Worchak; Sullivan wins.
- The Street Profits VS The Mighty; The Mighty win.
- Kairi Sane VS Vanessa Borne; Sane wins.
- Tommaso Ciampa VS Otis Dozovic; Ciampa wins.
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NXT General Manager, William Regal, heads to the ring!
For weeks, Regal has been investigating personally the matter of who attacked Aleister Black just days before TakeOver: Brooklyn 4. Regal explains that he’s closer to finding the culprit. But before he can say more, here comes the Undisputed Era! Adam Cole leads Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly on stage. “Week after week after week”, the same routine. Regal doesn’t do his job and pretends to be Sherlock Holmes. Aleister was taken out weeks ago, and is still out, and that’s on Regal. But that’s also in the past. Instead, Regal needs to protect his NXT Tag Team Champions from unprovoked attacks. Strong agrees, because what about the War Raiders? The champs shouldn’t have to worry about cosplay vikings. Kyle admits he feels unsafe.
And Aleister isn’t here. No one likes Aleister, but the fans do. Regal thinks it’s rather interesting these three interrupted his news about the investigation. And when it comes to sneak attacks– What is Regal implying? How dare he imply! The Era join Regal in the ring as they realize he’s changing the subject. He wants the War Raiders to go unchecked, and letting Ricochet do what he wants. What is it Cole says Ricochet is doing? Ducking Cole’s rematch! On top of that, Regal let Pete Dunne challenge for the NXT North American Championship first? Cole gives Regal a deal: Cole wants his championship rematch “right freakin’ now.” Fans like the sound of that.
Regal says Cole never asked before. Cole wanted Dunne to soften Ricochet up first. And then interfering in last week’s Champion VS Champion– Cole wants Regal to tread lightly. Regal says Cole tried to slip something by him, but he didn’t. Cole can’t get his rematch yet, it won’t be fair. Like when Cole robbed Dunne of his opportunity. However, Cole gets his shot in two weeks, against Ricochet AND Pete Dunne in a Triple Threat. Cole does not like that, but Regal lets the tag team champs have nothing to worry about. Because in three weeks, it will be Undisputed Era VS War Raiders for those NXT Tag Team Championships. Cole, Strong and O’Reilly just stuck their foots in their mouths and now must deal with the consequences, and that is Undisputed.
NXT Media caught up with Johnny Gargano.
While Johnny Wrestling is trying to find his way back from failure, his in-ring return will be against 205 Live’s Premier Athlete, Tony Nese. How does he feel about that? Gargano feels good, for the first time in a long time. But the last time he competed, he lost to Velveteen Dream. Gargano said he was sorry, but what about? Gargano apologized to the fans for how he was acting and how he was losing. He got his head right, and he’s seeing clearly now. Sometimes you gotta get knocked down low to stand up tall. Gargano won’t whine, cry or complain anymore. He returns to the man he was meant to be. Will Johnny Wrestling return to his former glory against the Cruiserweight Adonis?
But as Gargano joins up with Mrs. Wrestling, Lacey Evans comes along to see the happy couple for herself. Lacey is so disappointed that Candice LeRae insists on separating work from personal life. A real wife would fight along side her man, no matter what. Candice takes offense to both Lacey’s words and her touching Johnny, and snaps back. Will Candice make the Lady of NXT eat her words along with some fists?
Backstage interview with Velveteen Dream.
The Patrick Clark Experience is a bit annoyed he has to do this. Dream already stole the show time and again, so what’s left to talk about? Him beating Gargano? NO, he’s not talking about Johnny Failure, the man not here (Aleister Black) or the man that attacked that man, the NXT Champion. Wait, does Dream believe Ciampa attacked Aleister? Dream is not a snitch, but the writing is on the wall. Go read it.
Lars Sullivan VS Victor Worchak!
The Leviathan continues his path of destruction now that he’s back from his fractured jaw injury. He wrecked the Top One Percent for pointing fingers and then mauled Raul Mendoza just because he could. What hope does Worchak stand against him?
The bell rings and Lars starts swatting Worchak with big hands! Lars has Worchak in the corner and clubs away with forearms. He drags Worchak up to whip and pop up into a powerslam! Worchak backs off to a corner but Lars is on him with body shots, then a body splash! Lars throws Worchak across the ring, then back the other way! Fans do their best to rally for Worchak with “Let’s Go, Jobber!” but it does no good. Lars tosses Worchak a third time, and Worchak flops out of the ring! But wait, here comes EC3! EC3 attacks from behind!
Winner: Lars Sullivan, by disqualification
EC3 throws hands, but Lars picks him up! EC3 slips out to throw jabs while fans chant “NX3!” The Top One Percent clotheslines Lars out, but then gets caught by one big paw. He breaks free to jab away, then clobber Lars with a haymaker! Lars is furious but so is EC3. EC3 grins as he dares Lars to return, but Lars grins as he walks away. The Best Here, the Best There and the Best Anywhere seems to amuse the Mile High Monster. Will Lars have the last laugh when he crushes EC3 all over again? Or will Lars be the first of #VictoryAfterVictoryAfterVictory?
Backstage interview with William Regal.
Can he elaborate on the investigation announcement he meant to give? Regal says he’s narrowed the suspect list down but he still needs more information before he can name a culprit. But then he hears a banging and a rattling in his office. The door opens and it’s Nikki Cross! What was she doing in there? She doesn’t answer that, and simply says she wants to “play” with Bianca Belair again. He’ll consider her request. But then she again says she knows. If she means the Aleister Black attacker, then why doesn’t she say? No one knows what Nikki knows, perhaps it’s just her mania talking. But will she get to “play” with the Un-De-Fea-Ted EST again?
The Street Profits VS The Mighty!
Both teams want to be the best in NXT, and that’s just fine. But when Shane Thorne & Nick Miller cheat to win and then steal personal items of Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford, that’s a step too far. Will the #CurseOfGreatness make The Mighty kneel? Or will they steal a win along with those chains?
Thorne & Milller rub in that they have the Profits’ swag, so Dawkins rocks Thorne with a swift right! Miller tries to fight back but Dawkins is on him with furious haymakers. The bell rings, Dawkins whips Miller and drops him with a dropkick! Dawkins has Miller in a corner and fires off body shots. Then he hits the spinning splash! Miller knees low and tags Thorne in. The Mighty double whip but Dawkins shoves them into each other. Ford tags in and Dawkins hits a double bulldog. Ford then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Thorne! Then he dodges Miller to send him into steel steps! Ford puts Thorne in to cover, TWO! Ford is still mad over the chain theft, and tags in Dawkins.
The Profits mug Thorne then Dawkins looms over Thorne. Dawkins whips Thorne to a corner but Thorne boots him away. Thorne runs but into a lift and snake eyes. Miller distracts, Thorne dropkicks! Thorne puts Dawkins in his corner to throw hands. Miller returns and tags in, and The Mighty mug Dawkins. The Mighty put Dawkins back in their corner and Miller back suplexes Dawkins down. Fans rally up while Miller covers, TWO! Dawkins crawls for his corner but Miller keeps him back. Thorne tags in and Miller whips him in for the forearm smash. Thorne gives Dawkins a European Uppercut, but Dawkins fires off forearms and elbows. Dawkins dodges, hot tag to Ford!
Ford rallies with stiff lariats on both Mighty. He builds speed, sunset handspring to clothesline Thorne out and calf kick Miller! Ford runs but is put on the apron. He dodges and elbows Miller then jumps over Thorne, only to be put into the post! He stuck between the post and steps, Thorne dropkicks the steps into Ford! Miller fetches Ford and drags him up into the ring. Miller drags Ford around to go after the damaged leg. Tag to Thorne and The Mighty work that leg over together. Thorne toys with Ford then drags Ford up. Fans rally but The Mighty work together again as Miller tags in. The Mighty mug then double leg sweep. Thorne penalty kicks, Miller clotheslines, cover, TWO! Miller puts on a modified deathlock!
Fans and Dawkins rally while Ford endures. Ford gets mad as he chops away on Miller. Miller wrenches but Ford chops! They’re separated but Miller grabs a hand. Ford breaks free from that but Miller chop blocks him! Miller drags Ford back, Thorne tags in and he stomps away on Ford. Thorne has Ford in a corner to uppercut and kick. He runs back in but Ford dodges! Thorne misses an elbow drop, too, and Ford crawls to the Profits’ corner. Miller runs in but is sent back out! Thorne grabs Ford’s leg, but Ford keeps reaching. Thorne swings but misses, double clotheslines take both men down! Fans rally up as Ford stirs. Thorne follows but Miller goes after Dawkins. Dawkins shoves Miller, Ford lands out of the back suplex but his leg buckles! Jackknife cover while Miller anchors Dawkins, The Might win!!
Winners: The Mighty, Shane Thorne by pinfall
Another match, another win won by sneaky tactics! The Mighty get away with the victory and the chains, will the Profits ever get those back?
Kairi Sane VS Vanessa Borne!
The Pirate Princess celebrates her first birthday as NXT Women’s Champion, and it seems her present to herself is a match. Can Kairi continue to sail smoothly in her first reign? Or will the vivacious Vanessa very quickly spoil the birthday girl’s fun?
The bell rings and Kairi has the fans on her side. But Vanessa takes her captain’s hat and wears it mockingly, to then throw it down and kick it out! Vanessa says she’s The Vision, the star of the division. But Kairi is mad now. Vanessa shoves, Kairi shoves. Vanessa swings but Kairi blocks and counters with a takedown. Kairi ax kicks Vanessa, then whips. Vanessa reverses but Kairi comes back to counter the back drop. Vanessa kicks low and hits a spinning suplex, aka the Starry Night. Cover, TWO! Vanessa stomps Kairi out of frustration, but Kairi gets to ropes. The referee backs Vanessa off at 4 but Vanessa comes back to club Kairi down.
Vanessa puts Kairi in a grounded cravat but fans rally up for Kairi. Kairi powers up and fights back with body shots. She powers Vanessa to a corner and arm-drags her off. Vanessas runs but Kairi dodges. Kairi build speed and gets her satellite DDT! But she’s not done with Vanessa yet. She waits for Vanessa to stand so she can hit her down with double ax handles. Kairi runs and spears with the Intercepter! Fans fire up as Kairi matches the plank. Kairi runs and hits the Sliding D! Vanessa is down but Kairi climbs up. Kairi aims, anchors aweigh with the InSane Elbow! Cover, Kairi wins!
Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall
The Women’s Champion is still looking strong, but we all know she has the Queen of Spades waiting on the horizon. Speaking of, here she comes! Shayna’s appearance cuts the celebration short as she heads to the ring. She picks up a mic and says Kairi should celebrate while she can. The clock is running out on her reign. Shayna admits Kairi won in Brooklyn, and it hurt. She won’t take out her frustration out on Kairi yet, because the rematch is coming. Shayna promises to drown Kairi, drop the anchor and take back the title.
Kairi responds, “Ahoy, Shayna.” And okay, the rematch will happen. “At WWE Evolution.” The All Women’s PPV has its NXT Women’s Championship match all set! “And I will beat you again!” Will Kairi be the first NXT Women’s Champion to successfully retain at the first ever Evolution? Or will Shayna be the first woman to win the title there instead?
NXT Media caught up with Keith Lee.
The Limitless One has truly impressed since coming to Full Sail, and it’s clear what’s next. Lee wants opportunity, and gold, to be truly Limitless. Lee then runs across The Finest, Kona Reeves. Kona pretends not to know who Lee is, then claims there’s nothing limitless. But Kona is being rude, he introduces himself properly and offers a handshake. But then he takes it back. Kona knows Lee is new, but Lee needs to learn to wait his turn. Lee points out that Lee is turning heads, and The Finest is just the man with the Finest Set of Losses. If Kona wants to talk down to Lee, then how about this? They meet in the ring and maybe The Finest will have the privilege to #BaskInMyGlory. Kona finishes getting his hair done, but will he be The Finest Victory Keith Lee has since coming to NXT?
Tommaso Ciampa VS Otis Dozovic!
The Psycho Killer is the NXT Champion and is still suspected of being the man to attack the Embodiment of the End. Ciampa admitted to wanting to, but claims someone else did it first. The Dozer doesn’t believe, and he also doesn’t see what’s so great about Mr. Blackheart. Will Otis use the power of #SteaksAndWeights to squash the champ? Or will Ciampa make sure Otis never forgets to say his name with respect?
The bell rings while fans tell Ciampa “You Suck!” Otis and Ciampa circle and tie up. Otis throws Ciampa down and Ciampa gets up frustrated. Ciampa checks his jaw before kicking Otis low. He puts on a headlock but Otis uses his strength to lift Ciampa around. Otis powers out and runs Ciampa over with a shoulder. Otis whips Ciampa and runs him over again! He whips Ciampa corner to corner hard, and Ciampa tumbles out to the floor! Otis pursues and puts Ciampa back in, but Ciampa wants a break. Ciampa gets to a corner and back elbows Otis. He jumps up but gets caught by Otis! Otis spins around and around and around before tossing Ciampa. Fans chant “Steaks ‘n’ Weights!” as Otis fires up. Ciampa bails out before the Caterpillar can get going, so Otis has to pursue again.
Ciampa swings but Otis counter punches. Otis clubs Ciampa against the apron, then against barriers. He puts Ciampa in but Ciampa gets him in the facelock! Otis comes in and shovels Ciampa back out. Ciampa is reeling but Otis builds speed, to Caterpillar! Otis dares “Tomato Champus” to come back, but Ciampa stays back. Then Ciampa grabs a leg! He isn’t strong enough to trip Otis, Otis just stands on Ciampa! The ref counts and Otis backs off at 4, but then pursues Ciampa again. Otis lifts and snake eyes Ciampa off the apron. He picks Ciampa up again, but Ciampa slips off to club Otis in the head. Ciampa then throws Otis down by his hair! Otis hits the steel ramp while Ciampa goes back to the ring. Ciampa wants a count out win, and the ref begins her count.
Otis stirs at 5 so Ciampa clubs away on him with vicious forearms! Ciampa puts Otis back in the ring, only to drag him onto the apron, for that knee brace knee strike! Cover, TWO!! Otis survives, and fans fire up. Ciampa runs and hits another knee strike! Cover, TWO!? Ciampa can’t believe the resilience of this human tank. He turns Otis around, neckbreaker! But the Blackheart is not done, he stalks Otis to put him into a chinlock. Ciampa hops on for a sleeper hold, but Otis bumps him into buckles. Ciampa comes back for more, so Otis drops back for the backpack senton! Fans rally up and Otis drags himself up. He clobbers Ciampa with big forearms, then throws him to a corner for the shoulder tackle!
Otis tosses Ciampa across the way, then whips him to the ropes. Ciampa knees Otis but Otis lariats Ciampa! Cover, TWO!! The Dozer almost had a win, and Ciampa knows it. Ciampa bails out, not wanting any more of this. But then Otis’ pal, Tucker Knight, stands in his way! Ciampa turns around and gets run over by Ciampa! Otis puts Ciampa in the ring and splashes in the corner. Otis tosses Ciampa overhead! Tucker coaches Otis on as Otis hits another splash and another overhead toss! Ciampa rolls out again but Otis gives chase. They return into the ring, Ciampa gets the facelock but Otis trips him up! Otis drags Ciampa out for an overhead toss on the floor!
Ciampa writhes but fans fire up for Otis. Otis puts Ciampa in, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!! Fans keep cheering Otis on, and he prepares a powerbomb. Ciampa slips out and hides behind the ref, to then thumb the eyes! Ciampa tries to underhook but Otis powers him back. Otis walks into Ciampa’s boot, but Ciampa runs into the powerbomb!! Cover, TWO?!? Otis was so close, and everyone knows it. The fans are on Dozer’s side as he drags Ciampa into a drop zone. Otis climbs but Ciampa gets to an apron. And he catches Otis into the draping DDT!! Otis is groggy but Tucker encourage shim to continue. Somehow Otis returns, but Ciampa just gets him again, draping DDT! Cover, Ciampa wins!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
The Psycho Killer wins, or rather, survives! Otis was so close to bulldozing Ciampa, but Ciampa is champion for a reason. Ciampa has no contenders while the former champion, Aleister Black, is still out of commission. Will he reign unchallenged all the way through the Fall? Or will the Dutch Destroyer return to make Ciampa #FadetoBlack?
A quick but really good episode. The Aleister Black investigation takes a back seat this time as it’s used mostly to set up other things. A triple threat between Cole, Dunne and Ricochet seemed a pretty clear choice after the Undisputed Era ruined Champion VS Champion, so it’s great we’re getting it in a couple weeks. And it’s about time we get War Raiders VS Strong-O’Reilly. It’s a shame Bobby Fish still seems out of commission, but there’s a chance he’ll be used to help the Era retain against Hanson & Rowe. And with NXT War Games 2 on the horizon, I would love to see the Undisputed Era be forced into it again to go against Ricochet & Raiders and British Strong Style. There could even be a way to put the North American and Tag Team Championships on the line so that the winning trio gets all those belts.
I like the tie-in between Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling and Candice’s own Women’s Division concerns. Lacey Evans is clearly not above seducing Johnny away from Candice, and seeing Lacey VS Candice will be some good stuff while the two wait for the Women’s Championship scene to clear up. Same goes for Nikki Cross VS Bianca Belair round 2, those two can use their feud to jump Bianca up and send Nikki to main. And Kairi VS Shayna at Evolution, that’s going to be awesome. I’ll say it again: If we get to see the Japanese Strong Style women all victorious that night, from Kairi retaining her title, Asuka possibly claiming a title, and Io Shirai more than likely taking the Mae Young Classic, that would be some WWE (R)Evolution in action.
The Mighty sneaks another win, which is fine by their Heel personas. It’s too bad them as Faces didn’t work out, but maybe they’ll finally get their chance at titles once another team moves up to main. Keith Lee VS Kona Reeves next time will be an easy win for Lee, unless Kona starts cheating. EC3 VS Lars Sullivan is going to be great, they can just make that a Top One Percent slug fest, EC3 was taking it to Lars with those haymakers. Otis Dozovic really impressed against Tommaso Ciampa, but it’s still too soon for him to get a win over the top champion. Fans already love Otis, and Tucker is good enough, Heavy Machinery is another team that might have to wait until call-ups. Though, I wonder if this will bring about a Heavy Machinery split with Otis being the HBK to Tucker’s Marty Jannetty…
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; wins and
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Dean Ambrose; wins and
- WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan VS AJ Styles; 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!
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?
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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