WWE holds the first-ever All Women’s Pay-Per-View, Evolution! All the gold of the Women’s Division is on the line as history is made tonight!
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- Trish Stratus & Lita VS Mickie James & Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss; Stratus & Lita win.
- Historic Women’s Battle Royal: Nia Jax wins and will challenge for the Raw Women’s Championship.
- 2018 Mae Young Classic Finals: Io Shirai VS Toni Storm; Storm wins the 2018 Mae Young Classic.
- Six Woman Tag: The Riott Squad VS Natalya, Bayley & Sasha Banks; Natty, Bayley & Banks win.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler; Baszler wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing Match: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair; Lynch wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella; Rousey wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WWE Evolution Kickoff Show!
Our commentary team for the night, Renee Young, Beth Phoenix and SmackDown GM Paige, are also our panel!
Charly Caruso leads the WWE Evolution Red Carpet!
And she’s currently joined by the Legit Boss, Sasha Banks, and The Goddess, Alexa Bliss. These staples of the Raw Women’s Division look wonderful as they prepare for their big matches. What is the significance of tonight? Alexa says this is proof that women can do anything. It started with the very first women’s match, and is now an all women’s PPV! Sasha says you can dream it up, but when it happens, it’s a dream come true. To be around all these other amazing women, Sasha cannot express all her gratitude and joy.
These two also made history with the first Women’s Match in Abu Dhabi. It was nerve wracking but it was awe-inspiring for the people to cheer “This is Hope!” It shows they’re making changes all over the world. That match was bigger than just wrestling. Women’s Wrestling is making changes and history, it means so much to show little girls that they can do it like the guys, but even better.
Red Carpet interview with Trish Stratus.
Can she put into words what tonight means to her? It’s very hard, she’s still pinching herself. Everything the women set out to do, this night brings it full circle for her. Her debut was here, and now she’s here at an event just for the women of wrestling. It means that it all made a difference. Did she ever expect this night? No, they were focused on baby steps. This is a huge step forward for a division that was under the radar for the longest time. The women kept the faith and now it’s grown into this global movement. And it means so much to her to side with Lita, her longest rival and friend. Their shared story also comes full circle as they give it their all, plus Mickie James, that energy will be great.
Carmella joins the panel!
The FABULOUS Princess looks 80’s fab and she’s so excited. The women on the panel, the women in the back, she’s so excited. Carmella’s own personal evolution from hair dresser to manager to former women’s champion is impressive in itself. She feels so fortunate to be part of another first-time-ever, she can’t help but smile.
Red Carpet interview with Natalya!
The Queen of Harts is ready for her Six Woman Tag, though she is overwhelmed and nervous. But all the superstars thrive on that feeling, because this moment is what everything has led to. She’s so grateful we’re here. How does she plan to deal with the Riott Squad? Ruby loves using number games, but the three former women’s champions all have plans to tap them out.
R-Truth joins the panel?
He says he talked to Paige in the back, even though she’s been out here the whole time, and says he’s got a spot in the Historic Battle Royal. Truth is honored to be part of such a big night, and vows to win that title shot against his good friend, Carmella. Carmella corrects him on all of that. Truth feels a little foolish, but promises to support Carmella i her efforts. Also, DANCE BREAK~!!
Red Carpet interview with Maria Menounos!
Maria believes the significance of tonight is honoring the past and celebrating the present, in all women’s sports. She reunited with the women from her ‘Mania match six years ago, and it was such a big moment to be even on a ‘Mania card. Now to have a whole card dedicated to women is amazing. Maria never thought this was coming, but always hoped it would. She had to be here to see it in person. And as a huge fan, what’s her most anticipated match? She can’t choose! They all deserve the spotlight. What about Ronda Rousey joining? She’s amazing, it’s been a great addition to it all.
Eve Torres joins the panel!
The “Disney Princess” is honored to be here sharing the moment. What does tonight mean as a former champion in her own right? “It’s a little unreal, to be honest.” Eve compares the Diva’s Era to this new era, and it seems so special to make up for all those raised hopes and then disappointments. She’s excited to see Ronda compete, and even Becky VS Charlotte. It’s all going to be stellar, everyone belongs here. What did hearing that announcement meant to the champions on this panel? Well it was something everyone wanted, worked for and expected, and now it’s here. It was vindication. But don’t discredit the men who stood by them, from coworkers, friends and husbands. This was a group effort and everyone got to have a sigh of relief when this was announced.
Stehpanie McMahon is on the Red Carpet!
The Raw Commissioner helped make this announcement, and is now feeling the goosebumps. It’s a women’s Wrestlemania tonight. She was part of the fight for this Women’s (R)Evolution, this must be a moment of satisfaction. Stephanie is so proud of all the current women, but knows that it was all the women all over the world in all the different promotions that made this possible. History is being made, and Stephanie gives her husband, Triple H “Paul”, is also a big part of training and acquiring the elite talent, both male and female, and working together equally with them. Women started stealing the show, and now women are the show! Stephanie hopes the world is blown away and left demanding more.
Nia Jax and Ata Johnson are on the Red Carpet!
The Irresistible Force helps her aunt celebrate her birthday, and now Nia will fight in the Historic Battle Royal. Nia hopes to make the entire family proud with a win tonight. Ata is so proud of both her nieces, Nia and Tamina, and is so excited to see this night. What would Nia say to future women wrestlers about what’s next? “Whatever we want.” The women are always innovating, and will continue to do that even tonight.
Ronda Rousey is on the Red Carpet!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet is also a best pal to The Queen of Spades, who challenges for the NXT Women’s Championship tonight. But there’s also camaraderie with all the women because this was a collective effort. “Making history” is used so much but this truly is worthy of those words. Ronda has butterflies right now, they’re growing. As a woman in sports, especially fight sports, what does this mean for gender equality? Ronda is looking forward to being a mother soon, and hopes that her daughters deal with less BS than she did, the same as her mom hoped Ronda dealt with less.
Now to Nikki Bella and the verbal jabs, what’s Ronda’s mindset? Because it’s gotten personal, the nicest thing to do would be to finish Nikki off quick. But given what Nikki’s said, Ronda won’t be so nice, she’ll make sure Nikki walks out looking different than how she walked in.
It’s time for a (R)Evolution
Divas became women. Inspiration spread and became courage and passion. Women competed in new places for the first time, and the chant was “This is Hope!” This was a childhood dream for each and every one. It didn’t start with just a few, it started with everyone. The dream was proving Women’s Wrestling was on par with the Men’s. The (R)Evolution is worldwide, and the (R)Evolution will be televised! This generation carries the torch from the previous, and is ready to pass it on to the next. Sugar, spice and everything nice, meet power, determination and fury. Past, Present and Future come together to prove that then, now and forever, Women’s Wrestling belongs.
Trish Stratus & Lita VS Mickie James & Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss!
Two legends join forces to slap some respect into the Mean Girls of Raw! Trish & Lita are no strangers to #KickieJames, but will their time away be too much ring rust to overcome their opponents? Or are legends like fine wine?
The Goddess welcomes us all to WWE Evolution. She promises us an amazing night, but for Trish & Lita, “I get it. It’s way past your bedtime.” Turn those hearing aids up as she introduces some real leaders of the (R)Evolution in Foxy & Mickie! Alexa has to sit out because of a recent injury, but Alice leads the Red Queen and Mad Hatter to the ring.
The teams sort out, and Mickie starts against Lita. Fans are already thunderous as the two tie up. Mickie and Lita power each other around and Lita puts Mickie in a corner. The fans are on her side as she honors the break. Mickie shoves Lita, so Lita punches Mickie! Lita whips but Mickie reverses. Lita comes back with a headscissor! She rallies with lariats then a monkey flip into a ground ‘n’ pound! Lita brings Mickie up but Mickie knees low. Mickie tags Alicia, but Lita is right on her. Alicia sues the ropes but is still yanked into the ring! Lita throws Alicia around, then runs in at the corner for a clothesline. Alicia flounders but Lita whips her corner to corner. Lita sees Mickie and pulls her in, so now they’re both in the corner.
Tag to Trish, and Trish is a step stool, for Lita’s Poetry in Motion! Mickie slumps out while Trish aims at Ailcia. Alicia is furious as she ties up with Trish. Trish throws Alicia with a judo like hip toss. They trade hammerlocks, but Trish gets up to snapmare Alicia away! Trish waits for Alicia to come back, and gets her in another snapmare. Fans know “You Still Got it!” Trish tells Alicia tag Mickie, and she does. Fans are ready for this rivarly revival! Mickie trash talks Trish, but Trish gives it back. Mickie pokes trish, Trish throws a forearm. Now it’s a brawl back and forth! Trish gets the edge and whips Mickie. Mickie reverses, but Trish gets a Thesz Press! Trish fires fast hands, then runs in, but into a boot!
Mickie hops up, but Trish wants Stratusphere! Mickie stops that and now the two brawl on the top rope. Trish gets an edge again, then adjusts, for SUPER STRATUSPHERE! Cover, TWO!! Mickie survives but Trish drags her over. Tag to Lita, but Mickie scrambles away. The Mean Girls of Wonderland regroup, but then panic when Trish & Lita show dive. Alexa leads her girls away, they’re over this dream match. But Trish & Lita aren’t, they go right after Fox & Mickie! They all brawl, and Lita gets Mickie in. Foxy gets Trish down, then runs in, but accidentally boots Mickie! Lita knocks Alicia down, then climbs up top, but Alexa interferes by tripping her up! Alicia distracted the ref during that, and now Alexa’s BFFs pounce.
Mickie drags Lita over but Lita fights her off. Mickie tags Alicia and Alicia drops elbows on Lita. Fans rally for Lita but Alicia keeps pie-facing her. Alicia stomps Lita in a corner, then brings her over to bump off Mickie’s boot. Mickie tags in as fans rally for Lita. Mickie stomps Lita, lita hits back, Mickie stomps her again. Fans rally as Mickie puts Lita in a chinlock. Lita feeds off the energy and snapmares Mickie off. Mickie kicks Lita right down! Then she hits Trish just because. The ref holds Trish back but Lita gets back in. They work together to headscissor Mickie! But Mickie comes back with a neckbreaker, covers, TWO! Mickie tags Alicia and they mug Lita. Alicia Nothern Lights Lita, TWO! Alicia is furious and wraps Lita in a chinlock.
Fans rally up again as Alicia thrashes Lita around. Lita fights back, gets out of the scoop and hits a reverse DDT! Both women are down but everyone rallies up. Lita crawls, as does Alicia. Hot tags to Mickie and Trish! Trish rallies on Mickie with right hands. She runs, big snapmare then another! Trish whips and gives Mickie a sit-out spinebuster! Cover, TWO!! Mickie survives again and gets to a corner. Trish is on her with chops, and Mickie flounders around the ring. Trish puts some stank on an even bigger chop! Mickie kicks back, rolls Trish up, TWO!
Mickie aims, boot and facelock, but Trish is out and gets her own headlock. Stratusfaction! Cover, but Alicia breaks it just barely! Lita gets Alicia with a Twist of Fate! Then she goes up, to hit a Lita-sault on both women! Mickie flounders up, into a Chick Kick! Cover, Trish & Lita win!
Winners: Trish Stratus & Lita, Trish pinning
Greatness never dies, and that’s why Team Bestie succeeds! If this is just the beginning, what other amazing action will we see tonight?
Red Carpet interview with The Bella Twins!
Nikki prepares for Ronda Rousey tonight, but what does she say about people thinking she “crossed a line” saying Mama Rousey is ashamed of her daughter. Brie speaks for them when she tells Kayla Braxton that, as an interviewer, things need context. Ronda brought up their love lives first. But this isn’t about pointing fingers, tonight is about the Evolution. The Bellas are going to dedicate Nikki’s match to Mrs. Rousey. She overcame such adversity ever time Ronda loses or breaks her word. Ronda says she’ll “end” Nikki? But Nikki Bella is Fearless and a #DoSomethingBella. The only thing ending is Ronda’s title reign.
Historic Women’s Battle Royal!
This match embodies the past, present and future coming together. Twenty women collide, but only one will win a shot at a Women’s Championship! Who will make history on this night that makes history all by itself?
The IIconics are so happy it’s happening! And it’s taking place in… Long Island? Ew. They all sound weird. They’re glad they don’t have the Long Island Accent. The IIconics see childhood heroes who paved the way, so they’ll repay them by paving the road “back to obscurity.” Billie & Peyton think they’re so funny. “Enjoy these precious few seconds, because soon it will all be over.” Then the women of the past can go back to doing whatever losers do. Tonight is about the future, and #TheFutureisIIconic! POSE! Billie & Peyton fangirl over each other, but the legends come after them first! The legends ELIMINATE the IIconics!
But now, legends stand across from the current women, and the real fight is on! It’s chaos as women pair off. Or in some cases, end up in trios. Asuka goes after Molly Holly, Tamina is after Alundra Blayze, but Lana is after Ember? Well not everything is clear cut. Mandy and Sonya work together and ELIMINATE Molly Holly! Then they target Kelly Kelly while Zelina Vega goes after Maria Kanellis. The duo formerly known as Absolution get Kelly over the ropes and ELIMINATE her! The other brawls continue, and Mandy gives Asuka some kicks. Torrie Wilson fights off Sonya but Mandy bails her friend out. Together, Mandy & Sonya fight with Torrie, and ELIMINATE Torrie! But then Mandy ELIMINATES Sonya?! Sorry, but it is everyone woman for herself.
Sonya storms off while Mandy stomps Lana. Alundra runs over Asuka and Naomi, but Nia Jax grabs her! Nia scoops Blayze out, and ELIMINATES her! Maria goes after Nia, the First Lady is back in action! She gives Nia a DDT, but she’s too much to push over. Tamina grabs Maria but Maria gives her a jawbreaker, and a furious bronco buster! Nia comes back for Maira and puts her on the apron. And with a headbutt, she ELIMINATES Maria! Vega gives Tamina CIEN KNEES! She drags Tamina up whiel Mandy goes after Nia. Tamina shoves Vega back for a SUPERKICK! Then she scoops Carmella for a Samoan Drop! The cousins meet and fans fire up for this amazing stare down. Nia and Tamina let out battle cries and go after everyone else! Family sticks together, but then have the ring to themselves.
Lana gets up, wishing them a Happy Lana Day. Tamina shoves Lana, Lana slaps Tamina! Lana kicks away on Nia, but to no effect. Double headbutts for the Ravishing Russian, before Tamina ELIMINATES Lana! Nia scoops Tamina for a slam! Asuka goes after Nia, a familiar foe from NXT! Naoim heps her frined out, but that’s too much for just them. More women join in, and we end up with a 4v4 suplex situation! The side that wins is Nia’s! All the women are down but the fans are fired up! Carmella returns and now she has control. DANCE BREAK~! Carmella flosses, but Ivory gets up. To join in! High ten! But then Mandy goes after Ivory and puts her on the apron. Carmella helps Ivory out and ELIMINATES Mandy!
But the fight is back on! Rear View for Tamina! Handspring elbow for Ember! Michelle McCool goes after Carmella while Ember suplexes and ELIMINATES Dana Brooke hard! Carmella runs, but into a powerbomb! Michelle puts Carmella up top, but here comes Ember! Springboard, into a boot! Michelle drags Ember up for a powerbomb, but Ember resists. Ember shovels Michelle out, then SUPERKICK! Ember ELIMINATES Michelle McCool!
Tamina fights off Asuka and Naomi, but gets a code breaker and dropkick! Naomi runs at Tamina but a back drop ELIMINATES Naomi! Ivory rocks Asuka for a facebuster! Carmella throws Ember at Nia but Nia shoves Carmella back. Ember hits Nia with a tornado DDT! Carmella runs but into a sidewalk slam! Carmella bumps Ember off her boot, Asuka goes after Ivory. The Fabulous Princess moonwalks, but Ember puts her on the apron! Ember forearms and ELIMINATES! Carmella! Tamina tackles Ember in a corner!
Our final five are Nia, Tamina, Ember, Asuka and Ivory! The last legend fights off Tamina, but she’s on the top rope. She leaps at Tamina, big crossbody! Ivory gets herself back up, and back up top. She wants one more, but Tamina throws Asuka at Ivory. Ivory tumbles, fights Asuka but a dragons crew and a hip attack ELIMINATES Ivory! Now we have Nia, Tamina, Ember and Asuka. The Empress and Shenom meet again and fans chant “NXT!” Asuka fires off strikes, then the pop-up knee. She runs at Ember but misses, SUPERKICK! Ember throws Asuka out and ELIMINATES her! But Tamina is ready. Ember turns around, but she blocks the superkick! She runs, but into a swinging slam! Nia takes advantage and goes after Tamina. Tamina SUPERKICKS Nia down!
Tamina runs into Ember’s elbow. Fans rally for Ember as she dodges Tamina to dropkick Nia. Ember roars as she runs and handsprings to forearm Tamina! Ember climbs high, for an Eclipse! She hurries to get Tamina up and out, Ember ELIMINATES Tamina! Now it’s just Ember and Nia! They were friends going into this, but only one can win this. Fans are thunderous as the two stare down. Ember runs at Nia but Nia runs her over! Nia drags Ember up but Ember kicks back. Nia tosses Ember! Ember comes back with forearms, then tries to tip Nia over. Nia fights her off and gut wrenches her out! Ember is on the apron and works to drag Nia out with her. Ember kicks Nia, then uses the ropes and a facelock! She drags Nia up and over, but wait, Zelina Vega?!
Zelina dumps them both to the apron, because she was never eliminated. But she thinks she’s won when she hasn’t! Nia is there when she turns around, and tries to reason with her. No going, so she rakes Nia’s eyes! Zelina leaps on for a sleeper but Nia pops her up for a trophy lift! Nia carries Zeilna around, and tosses her out onto Tamina! Nia ELIMINATES Zelina! But Ember is there, and dropkicks Nia to the ropes! Ember runs to clothesline Nia over and over. She gets a big run, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Nia drags Ember up, tosses her out, Nia WINS!
Winner: Nia Jax; earns a future Raw Women’s Championship match
The Irresistible Force was also unstoppable, and now she’s a #1 contender! The Samoan Dynasty triumphs, where and when will Nia get another Raw Women’s Championship reign?
In-ring interview with Nia Jax!
She made history! Nia is so emotional given everything the family is going through. Fans know “You Deserve It!” Nia is so happy to have shared the ring with legends, but now she focuses on that title. She’s one step closer, who would she rather face? Nikki or Ronda? Nia wishes the best of luck to both women and their match tonight. That winner better enjoy their moment, because it won’t last long.
2018 Mae Young Classic Finals: Io Shirai VS Toni Storm!
This is conclusion to the second-annual, 32-woman tournament that honors the memory of THE legend of Women’s Wrestling. It has boiled down to the Genius of the Sky and the Lightning from Down Under! Both women seek this career-defining moment, but who will achieve a dream?
The bell rings and another momentous match begins. Toni and Shirai shake hands to show they respect each other. Fans duel as these two tie up. Toni gets a headlock, but Shirai works her way out. Shirai gets her own headlock, but Toni pries her way out. Toni wrenches the wrist but Shirai reverses back. Toni spins and reverses that to a headlock takeover. Shirai headscissors but Toni fights it. Shirai does it again and gets Toni’s head. Toni works her way up and around and slips out. Shirai and Toni shake hands again as they start over. They tie up, Toni gets the arm again. Shirai flips, handsprings and wrenches the wrist. Toni spins, reverses to a hammerlock, but Shirai gets the wrist back. Toni spins, bends, rolls and breaks to fire off strikes! She runs, but Shirai drops down. Toni changes direction to dropkick Shirai! Cover, TWO!
Toni toys with Shirai a little, then brings her back up. She gives Shirai a stiff European Uppercut, then a forearm. Toni whips but Shirai ducks and handsprings. Toni gets out of the way but still gets a dropkick! Shirai kips up and fires up, as do the fans. Shirai stomps Toni, then steps on her before dropping knees. Cover, TWO, but Shirai gets a Rings of Saturn! Toni endures while fans rally up. Toni feeds off the energy to get moving, but Shirai hooks her with a leg. Shirai pulls Toni back but Toni gets the leg off. Toni powers her way up but Shirai rolls her through to keep the hold! Toni reaches with her legs, for the ropebreak! Shirai lets Toni go at 4, and Toni gets to a corner.
Shirai runs in but into a boot. Toni stands up, and goes up over Shirai. They run again, Toni gets Shirai in a German Suplex! Toni runs in for the hip attack! Then she puts Shirai in a drop zone, and climbs up! Toni can fly, but Shirai gets to the ropes. Shirai scares Toni, then springs up for a dropkick! Toni tumbles down to the ground! Shirai gets moving, and triangle ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit but both women are down. Shirai drags herself to the ring but doesn’t get in quite yet. She enters at 6 but Toni is back at 7. They end up on the apron together, and start brawling. Fans duel as Toni double underhooks. Shirai resists but Toni holds on, too. Toni tries again, but so does Shirai. They separate, Toni headbutts Shiari! And hits a German Suplex on the apron!!
Shirai tumbles down while Toni tumbles in. The ring count begins again as both women slowly stir. Shirai gets up at 7, flounders at 8, but gets in at 9! Toni is shocked, but she covers now, TWO! Toni is growing frustrated, but she goes after Shirai again. She throws forearms, but Shirai counters and fires her own! Fans duel as Shirai gets an edge. Shirai fires off furious and endless forearms, then an uppercut! Shirai runs, but into a clobbering clothesline! Toni drags Shirai up, STORM ZERO! Cover, TWO!? Shirai survives Toni’s best move!! Toni cannot believe it but many of the fans can’t, either. Shirai gets back to the bottom rope for safety, but Toni goes after her.
Toni drags Shirai up, but Shirai hotshots Toni back! Shirai slips into the ring, runs, and hits a 619! Shout out to her hero, Rey Mysterio, before she springboards for the sunset flip! Cover, TWO!! That was close! Toni flounders to a corner and fans continue to duel. Shirai gets to an opposite corner, and runs in for the meteora! She puts Toni in a drop zone and gets on the top rope. Shirai leaps, moonsault meets knees! Toni double underhooks, Storm Zero AGAIN! TONI STORM WINS!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; 2018 MYC Winner
The Storm blots out sun and triumphs over the Genius of the Sky! She makes good on her second chance in the Mae Young Classic, and only increases her stock in the WWE.
The 2018 Mae Young Classic trophy is presented.
Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Sara Amata all join the finalists in the ring. Toni’s hand is raised as the official announcement is made. Both women receive a bouquet of flowers, but Toni is the one who receives the crystal trophy to hold up in victory. What new heights will Toni achieve in her already stellar career? Will Io Shirai be just fine despite this loss?
Six Woman Tag: The Riott Squad VS Natalya, Bayley & Sasha Banks!
Ruby, Sarah & Liv doing what they want to who they want, and lately that’s been bully and beat up the Queen of Harts and the #LegitHuggable BFFs. Will Natty, Bayley & Sasha get payback? Or will WWE Evolution #StartARiott?
The teams sort out and the Juvenile Delinquent, Liv, starts with Queen of Harts, Natty. The two tie up and go around the ring. Liv puts Natty in a corner, then SLAPS her! Natty chases Liv to the other side, but the Squad back Liv up. Liv kicks Natty then throws her down by her hair. Liv says “kiss thiss”, but then sees Natty’s duck coming. She teases Natty but gets a slap for it! Tag to Sasha, and they give Liv a #Legit Hart Attack! Liv tags to Sarah, and the Kentucky Valkyrie goes after Sasha. They trade chops, then Sasha goes acrobatic to arm-drag. Sasha dropkicks Sarah, covers, TWO. Sasha brings Sarah over, tag to Bayley! The Boss & Hug Connection work together for big knees and meteora! Sasha feeds Sarah to Bayley for the hotshot! Sarah is outside, Bayley pursues.
Bayley dropkicks Sarah through the post! She puts Sarah back in, but has to avoid Ruby. She bumps Ruby off the apron, but runs into a dropkick trap! Sarah drives Bayley into the post, and now the Squad has control. Ruby taunts Bayley while Sarah drags her out. Cover, TWO! Tag to Liv, and they mug Bayley. Liv elbows Bayley in the ribs, then puts her in a seated stretch. Fans rally up but Liv grinds Bayley’s ribs more. Bayley endures as she works her way out and fights back. Liv drives her back, Sarah tags in, and they stomp a mudhole into Bayley. Sarah drags Bayley down with a cobra clutch. Fans rally as Bayley gets back up. Sarah knees Bayley low then tags Ruby. They mug Bayley more, and then Sarah tags back in. Ruby catapults Bayley into Sarah’s forearm! Cover, TWO, and the Squad grows frustrated.
Sarah puts Bayley in a corner to stomp a new mudhole. She backs off at 4, then lets out a howl. Sarah runs but Bayley gives her snake eyes! Bayley reaches but has to snake eyes Sarah again. She crawls but Sarah is on her. Sarah whips but Bayley reverses. Ruby tags in but Bayley blasts the corner up. Bayley hurries but Ruby trips her up. Ruby gets in and Liv tags, for another catapult, but Bayley hits Liv! Bayley clobbers Ruby and starts crawling for her corner. Sarah gets in but is thrown back out, so she trips up Natty and clobbers her down! Liv grabs Bayley and drags her away. Tag to Ruby, and the Squad continues to isolate Bayley. They double whip but Bayley fights them off! Bayley hotshots Liv, crawls but Ruby stops her. Bayley shoves her away, hot tag to Sasha!
The Boss rallies, blocks a kick to give a kick! She runs in the corner but is put on the apron. She knees Ruby away, then climbs up, for meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha grows frustrated, but keeps focus. She brings Ruby up, scoops but Ruby slips out to mule kick. Ruby runs back in but Sasha turns her. Ruby fights her off but ends up in a crucifix pin. TWO, Sasha gives Ruby a knee. Ruby kicks Sasha back then shoves. Bayley tags in, roll through to backstabber to Bayley2Belly! Cover, but Liv barrels into them all! Both best friends are down while Sarah saves Ruby. Ruby tags to Sarah, Sasha tags back in. Sasha hits Liv then meteora press on Sarah!
Fans fire up as Sasha takes aim at the Squad. She runs, FLIES, but is caught, to be tossed into barriers!! The Squad puts Sasha back in, covers, TWO!! Sasha survives and Sarah is shocked. Sarah grits her teeth as she tags Liv in. Liv climbs while Sarah brings Sasha over in an Electric Chair. They coordinate, Riott Doomsday! Tag to Ruby, tag to Sarah, combination back senton! Sarah covers, but Natty breaks it! Sarah hits Natty and throws her back out. She goes abck to Sasha for stomps. Liv tags in and coordinates with Sasha for an enziguri. Tag to Ruby and she climbs up top. Ruby aims, but Bayley protects her friend with her body. That’s fine by Ruby, stage-dive senton! Cover, TWO!? Bayley’s body was enough to help Sasha survive! Ruby is furious as she tags Liv in.
Liv aims at Sasha but Sasha dodges the enziguri. Liv tags back out, Sarah and Rub work together again, but misses the senton! Hot tag to Natty! Natty hits a discus lariat! Then a German Suplex! Natty keeps on Sarah with a whip, but Sarah elbows. Ruby tags in but Sarah takes the wheelbarrow facebuster. Liv tags in as Ruby gets a scoop slam. Natty stacks Ruby and Sarah, for a DOUBLE Sharpshooter! Liv pounces with a facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and The Squad is at a loss for words! Liv stalks Natty as Natty looks for tags. No one home, Liv stomps Natty out! Liv continues to stalk Natty, and runs in, but for a pop-up! Tag to Bayley, Natty bombs Liv! Bayley Macho Elbows! Then DIVES on Ruby & Sarah! Sasha Frog Splashes! Cover, Sasha’s team wins!
Winners: Natalya, Bayley & Sasha Banks, Sasha pinning
Viva la Evolution as a shout-out to Latino Heat helps Sasha’s team win! They celebrate with one big hug, where will this major team victory lead the three former champions?
NXT Women’s Championship: Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler!
This furious feud dates back to the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament. The Pirate Princess won that crystal trophy, but The Queen of Spades won the title first. Kairi would take the title from Shayna in their third meeting, but Shayna claims that was more her losing than Kairi winning. The fourth time around will prove who is the better woman as an NXT title is defended on a main roster PPV for the first time ever!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Shayna and Kairi circle, Shayna throws a kick. Kairi stays up, then lunges in. She gets a waistlock but Shayna tosses her off. They go again, and Shayna powers Kairi to a corner. Shayna grinds her forearm but backs off at 4. She trips Kairi up then eggs her own with her spade hands. Kairi ducks under Shayna to then kick her down! Kairi taunts back with the telescope hands. Shayna kicks but gets caught. Kairi kicks but Shayna avoids. Shayna goes for her hold but Kairi gets out. Kairi throws a hand but gets caught again. Kairi works against the sleeper, so Shayna grabs hair. Shayna whips but Kairi wheelbarrows to a stunner!
Fans fire up as Shayna staggers back. Kairi “swims”, to run in and hit the Sliding D! Kairi springboards for double stomps on the apron! Shayna tumbles down as she coughs for air. Kairi keeps on Shayna, but Shayna reverses. Shayna whips but Kairi jumps onto the steps. Kairi jumps over Shayna to hit a big palm strike. She runs in but Shayna blocks that Sliding D to drive Kairi into the steps! Shayna refreshes the count to put Kairi back in. Shayna storms over to Kairi and puts her in a hammerlock. She throws Kairi into buckles, then drives in a knee. She runs and slides to come back for another knee! Kairi is stunned, Shayna gut wrenches and slams her! Cover, TWO! Kairi grits her teeth as she crawls, but Shayna is on her again.
Shayna grabs the arm and begins the torture as she twists elbow, wrist and shoulder! Shayna hammerlocks the arm, to STOMP IT! Kairi clutches her arm as fans boo and jeer Bully Baszler. Shayna doesn’t care as she covers, ONE. Shayna keeps on Kairi, and has her in a seated double wristlock. Kairi endures as fans rally up. Kairi gets to her feet and rolls Shayna, TWO! Shayna ducks Kairi to get the arm again. Shayna has a mounted armbar, and moves around to twist it more and more. Kairi endures, but Shayna yanks back!! Kairi goes to the ropes, that arm could be worse than broken. Shayna toys with Kairi now, but Kairi gets mad. Kairi uses her good arm to throw a forearm, so Shayna throws one. Kairi gives another, Shayna gives another.
They go back and forth, but Shayna kicks the bad arm. Shayna runs, but Kairi gets her with a forearm. Kairi runs but Shayna gets her with a knee. Shayna runs, into a backhand! Both women fall but fans fire up! Fans chant “NXT! NXT!” as the referee counts. Kairi crawls over to Shayna, but not for a cover. Kairi goes after the legs with her Anchor Lock!! Shayna endures, slips around, and gets the bad arm! Shayna tweaks it quick and Kairi is down. Kairi writhes but Shayna is on her arm again. Kairi puts Shayna in a corner and fires off wild strikes! The referee backs her off, but Kairi just fires up more. Kairi whips but Shayna reverses. She blasts out for a SPEAR! The Interceptor hits its mark, but Kairi isn’t done. Kairi marches the plank, runs back in, another shoulder tackle! Then blockbuster! Cover, TWO!
Kairi isn’t done yet, she brings Shayna up and to a corner. She hoists Shayna up for the Alabama Slam! Shayna’s down, so Kairi climbs up! But Shayna knows this, and kicks Kairi on the way. She has a hangman’s armlock!! Shayna lets go at 4 to send Kairi tumbling to the floor. Shayna mocks the Pirate Princess before she fetches Kairi. She puts Kairi in, then waits for Kairi to get up. Shayna suplexes but Kairi turns it into a DDT! Kairi hurries up top to use that good elbow. But Shayna rolls out. Fans boot and jeer, but Kairi doesn’t care where Shayna goes. SUPER CROSSBODY!! Direct hit!
Fans fire up for Kairi throwing caution to the wind! But then Shayna throws Kairi into barriers. Shayna runs back in, but Kairi dumps her out onto the other MMA Four Horsewomen, Marina and Jessamyn! All three are wiped out, but Kairi isn’t done with Shayna yet. Kairi drags Shayna back over, but Jessamyn goes after her! Kairi back hands her! The champ puts challenger back in the ring, back in the drop zone, but then Marina rushes the ring! Marina gets kicked away, then rocked with a back hand. Shayna gets teh Kirafuda Klutch!! But Kaiir makes it a cover, TWO!! Kairi flounders but gets Shayna in a waistlock. Roll up, TWO! Into Jessamyn’s kick!? Kirafuda Klutch!! Kairi is stuck, flailing but fading! Kairi tries for a second wind, but she’s OUT!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission; NEW NXT Women’s Champion
The Queen of Spades steals this one, all thanks to her friends! She may be the first-ever two-time Women’s Champion, but not without controversy. Will NXT GM William Regal have something to say about this on Wednesday?
SmackDown Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing Match: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair!
The Lass Kicker and Queen of Flair were friends, but the problem there is that there could only be one champion. Becky wanted the title back so badly, that when her “best friend” took it away right in front of her, she snapped! The now Relent-Lass Straight Fire burned down bridges, and now wants to make Charlotte burn. Charlotte is willing to return that fire, but only one woman can be left standing. Who will walk away from this historic event having won a title, but lost a friend forever?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Becky points out how the fans are on her side. Charlotte shrugs that off, and we begin! Fans do not slow down in chanting for Becky as she and Charlotte circle. They rush each other. Charlotte dodges but Becky evades. Charlotte blocks but Becky evades again. Becky shoves Charlotte but Charlotte shoves her back! Charlotte struts as Becky is counted! Becky scrambles up and clotheslines Charlotte down. The ref counts but Charlotte kips up. The two stare down and rush each other. Charlotte gets the takedown but Becky pushes her away. Becky comes back with forearms! Becky drops a leg, mocks the strut before dropping an elbow, then drops another leg.
The ref counts and Becky swaggers about. Charlotte gets up but Becky is on her with EuroUppers. Charlotte counters to hit the neckbreaker! Becky reverses the whip but runs into a shoulder. Charlotte hurries to the top rope, but Becky stops her. Becky throws Charlotte down! The count begins but Charlotte is up at 4. Becky is on her again with the Becksploder! Charlotte is in a corner with the new count. She’s up at 3, and goes to boot Becky. Becky counters with a EuroUpper, then climbs up to leap. Charlotte dodges and boots Becky down! Becky is under the count now, but she gets up at 4. Fans duel now as Charlotte runs in. Becky bumps her off buckles but Charlotte gets up. Becky throws her all the way out and has the ref count. Charlotte uses the announce desk for help and gets up at 4.
Becky decides to look under the ring, and has a kendo stick! Becky SMACKS away on Charlotte with the bamboo! Charlotte goes writhing but Becky pursues and SMACKS her more. Charlotte blocks a swing, but Becky kicks her down. Becky bumps Charlotte off the apron edge, then goes looking for other things. Fans say “We Want Tables!” but Becky finds chairs first. Becky brings one of those out, but Charlotte tosses some into the ring. Becky does the same, so Charlotte raises the stakes. Both women throw in more chairs, raising the ante. Fans chant “E C Dub!” as chair after chair is put in the ring. All the chairs are in the ring, so Charlotte brings out a table! Becky stops that as she hits her with a flying forearm! Becky stalks Charlotte as she crawls. Charlotte gets Becky with her own exploder!
Becky is down for the count, but gets up at 5. She grabs a chair from the ring, and SMACKS Charlotte while she’s setting up the table! Becky jabs Charlotte with it, then SMACKS her again! Becky drags Charlotte around while fans chant “You Deserve It!” They go into the ring, and Charlotte is being counted again. Becky watches as Charlotte gets up at 5. She throws Charlotte onto the chair pile! Charlotte is being counted, but Becky makes a new chair pile. Charlotte is up at 6, so Becky brings her around! Becky wants the exploder but Charlotte fights her off. Charlotte gives Becky a back suplex on the chair pile! Becky and Charlotte are both down but Charlotte is stirring. Charlotte stands at 7 as she rolls out. Becky drags herself up at 8, but flounders.
Charlotte goes for another table! She sets a table in the ring, but then Becky hits a jump kick! Charlotte goes down and Becky sets up the table. Charlotte stands at 5 thanks to the announce desk. Becky finishes with the table but sees Charlotte coming. She back kicks, then urenages Charlotte on those chairs! The count returns, and Charlotte stirs but clutches her neck. Charlotte slowly stands and makes it at 8, so Becky goes after her again. Becky bumps Charlotte off the table to then put her on the table. Becky climbs up now, but Charlotte stops her! Charlotte stomps away on Becky, then puts her on the table. She clubs away on Becky with forearm after forearm. Charlotte then staggers her way over to the corner and climbs up. Charlotte moonsaults, on Becky! The table does NOT break!!
Both women are down, but Charlotte is up first. Charlotte sets that table back up, but Becky flounders over. Charlotte bounces Becky off the wood, then puts her back on. The Queen climbs up again, for a swanton! This time the table breaks! But both women are down again, and the count begins. The count passes 5 as they both sit up. It reaches 8 as Charlotte and Becky scramble up, to stand at 9! Becky flops back down while Charlotte slumps out of the ring. Charlotte drags out a LADDER! And she puts it in the ring. This unofficially becomes a TLC match now. Becky clobbers Charlotte, the ladder manages to stay up. Becky pushes it down then drags it over. She goes back to Charlotte as fans declare “This is Awesome!”
Becky scoop slams Charlotte on the ladder! Charlotte is down and the count begins. She manages to stand at 6, so Becky gets her again. Charlotte slips out and chop blocks! She kicks away on the leg, drags Becky over, and laces it through the ladder… Charlotte stomps the legs, then re-laces the legs, for the Figure Four! And FIGURE EIGHT! Becky taps but that doesn’t matter, this is a Last Woman Standing! Becky endures the torture, but grabs a chair. She smacks Charlotte’s legs, and gets free. The count returns but can Becky stand with bad legs? The count passes 5 as Charlotte gets up. Becky rolls out to stop the count, but those legs are not doing well. Charlotte goes out to follow Becky, but Becky shoves her into the steps!
A new count begins as Charlotte clutches an arm and Becky clutches her legs. Becky shouts “Stay down!” but Charlotte refuses. So Becky shoves her into a post! Charlotte’s down again while Becky props herself up. The count restarts and climbs past 5 again. Charlotte manages to get up but Becky’s leaving with the belt! Charlotte chases her down and chops her in front of the fans! Chop after chop but Becky throws forearms now. They go back and forth, Becky staggering on one good leg. Charlotte keeps giving chops so Becky keeps giving forearms. Charlotte gets an edge, Becky flops around on noodle legs. They go back to the ring as Charlotte tosses Becky over the barrier. Charlotte clears off the announce desk! She drags Becky over to bounce her off another desk.
Charlotte kicks Becky while she’s down, then drags out a new ladder! Charlotte sets it up by the announce desk, and fans anticipate what she’s planning. Becky does, too, and hits Charlotte with the title belt! Becky drags Charlotte over now, and bounces her off the desk. She sets Charlotte on the table, positions the ladder, and climbs. Becky aims, leaps, SUPER leg drop through the desk!! Both women are down but fans are losing their minds! Becky gets up at 7, but Charlotte is slower. Charlotte still gets up at 8, so Becky boots her down! Becky rains down rights, then bounces her off the floor. Becky buries Charlotte in arm chairs, even taking Renee Young’s. She uses the chairs from the ring, too, and then what’s left of one of the tables.
A count begins, and Becky is confident she’s won. The count passes 6 as Charlotte stirs, and she emerges at 9!? Charlotte glares at Becky, she’s like something from a horror movie in Becky’s eyes. Becky runs but Charlotte chases her and SMACKS her with that kendo stick! Becky flounders, into Charlotte’s SPEAR! Both women are down again, and a new count begins. Charlotte doesn’t wait for the count, she drags Becky around. She still has the table from earlier to use, so she stands it up. Charlotte drags Becky back up and bounces her off wood. She puts Becky on the table, and begins a new climb.
Charlotte reaches the top rope and aims for the table, but Becky gets up! Becky SUPER BOMBS Charlotte THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans are thunderous as the count returns. The count passes 5 but Charlotte somehow stirs. It reaches 7, then 9… Charlotte’s still on all fours, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch; still SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Lass Kicker keeps the Queen down and holds her title up high! Charlotte definitely needs help, but Becky leaves her behind again. If not even this much could stop Becky, what can?
Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet thought the Bella Twins were trustworthy. That the Bella Twins were respectful. And that the Bella Twins were her friends. But she was wrong. She found out the Bella Twins were just after the spotlight and the title. The Fearless Nikki faces Ronda tonight, will she catch the Rowdy Women’s Champion off guard? Or will Ronda rip her arm off?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Ronda and Nikki circle and tie up. Ronda throws Nikki down quick! Nikki scrambles to ropes, but Ronda teasingly encourages her to stand back up. Nikki stands, they tie up again, and Ronda throws her again. Ronda has the arm, but does put on the armbar to show it was that easy. Nikki gets Ronda’s leg, but Ronda brings her back around to an armlock. Again, Ronda shows her how easy it is. Ronda lets Nikki go and Nikki gets more frustrated than if she already lost. Nikki and Brie talk quickly, and Brie moves around. Ronda keeps her eyes on Nikki, and throws her right out! But then Brie marches over, and Nikki shoves Ronda into the post!
Nikki gets back in the ring and waits for Ronda. She gets Ronda by the hair, Ronda gets loose, but not Brie shoves Ronda into a post! Nikki fetches Ronda to put her in, then covers. ONE, but the Bellas keep their cool. Nikki puts Ronda in a chinlock and Brie taunts her. Ronda endures and works against the hold. Ronda moves around but Nikki traps an arm. Nikki taunts Ronda while fans duel. Nikki knees Ronda low, then tosses her out. The Bellas soak up the heat, then Nikki shoves Ronda into barriers. She bounces Ronda off the apron, then puts her back into barriers. Nikki puts Ronda in, covers, TWO! Brie coaches Nikki up as Nikki puts on a headscissor squeeze. Ronda endures as Nikki drags her around. Nikki does push ups as she squeezes Ronda, but Ronda rolls out and free.
Ronda gets to a corner and Nikki comes over. Ronda shoves her away, but Brie gets a cheap shot! Nikki puts Ronda in a corner and bumps her off buckles. She drags Ronda around and slams her into the post! Nikki shoves Ronda back in and covers, TWO! Nikki puts Ronda back in a chinlock, but Ronda gets up. Now Nikki has an abdominal stretch, and drives in her elbows. Ronda powers out but Nikki keeps the hold on. Ronda turns red as Nikki pulls on her more. Fans rally up as Ronda tries to pry her way out. Nikki wrangles her down but Ronda gets up again. Ronda throws Nikki off and can breathe again. Nikki gets to a corner, and back elbows Ronda away. Nikki hits the Fearless Enziguri! Cover, TWO!! The Bellas grow frustrated as Ronda survives.
Nikki drags Ronda back up and into a corner for shoulders to the stomach. Nikki backs off at 4, then hoists Ronda way up. Fans duel as Nikki climbs up to join Ronda. Nikki wants a superplex, but Ronda holds on. Ronda shoves Nikki away, but Brie gets up. Nikki strikes in the distraction! Nikki climbs up again, but Ronda holds on. Ronda and Nikki fight, Nikki falls down. Ronda adjusts, and leaps for a crossbody! But Nikki gets clear! Ronda crashes and burns while Brie chants “YES! YES!” for her sister. Nikki is smug as she targets Ronda. She slides but Ronda dodges! Brie helps Nikki while Ronda clutches her ribs. Nikki’s neck is an issue, but she’s back in.
Nikki lines up a kick but Ronda blocks! Ronda trips Nikki, rolls to the fireman’s carry, but Brie gets up on the apron again. Brie grabs Nikki’s hand, but ends up part of the fireman’s carry!! Ronda gives both Bellas a ROWDY SLAM! Fans are thunderous as all three women are down. Ronda gets up first and glares at Nikki. Ronda fires up for strike mode! Nikki staggers up and into a boot! She stands again, for the punches! Ronda reels Nikki out for a monkey flip and the ground ‘n’ pound! Ronda drags Nikki back up, judo throw after judo throw. She dares Nikki to get up again. Nikki drags herself up in a corner, but covers up. Ronda just SLAPS Nikki. Ronda stands Nikki up, cradles her, for the Fall Away! Nikki slumps out of the ring and Brie is panicking.
Ronda fetches Nikki, she’s not letting Nikki off that easy. She puts Nikki in, Brie sucker punches Ronda! But that only angers Ronda, who reels Brie in for a throw across the announce desk! Ronda returns to Nikki, but Nikki gets an Ala-Bella Slam! Cover, TWO!! Nikki cannot believe Ronda survives again! Nikki drags herself away while Ronda gets up. Ronda runs in but into the post! Nikki brings Ronda up, Rack Attack!! Cover, TWO?! Ronda still lives and Nikki is shocked! Nikki has one last idea, as she climbs up top. Ronda gets her with body shots, but Nikki forearms Ronda away. Ronda comes back, leaps up, SUPER takedown, into the ARMBAR!! Nikki taps, Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
It didn’t matter that Nikki was Fearless, Ronda is peerless! Rowdy Ronda retains her Raw Women’s Championship and is still the Baddest Woman on the Planet. She celebrates with her husband in the front row while the Bellas regroup and retreat. If Nikki failed, will Brie give it a go? Will Brie just end up the same as her sister? Or is Ronda moving on to another challenge?
Nia Jax watches backstage. The win in the battle royal gives Nia her shot at Ronda’s title, but where and when will she want it?
Ronda meets all the other WWE women on the stage to celebrate the entire night! Viva la Women’s Wrestling! Viva la Evolution!
There were many reasons to be worried about this PPV, that it could just end up a glorified episode of Raw or even SmackDown. After watching this event, I personally feel that all those worries were put to rest, because this was great! The Kickoff Show was fun, lots of great interviews, and R-Truth was classic. Then, much like an NXT TakeOver, it was very smart to start with a tag team match like Trish-Lita VS Foxy-Mickie. It was a good adjustment for Alexa Bliss to meddle, because it added to how great Trish & Lita came off. Those two could make a serious run again, as at least part-timers. Then the “Historic” Battle Royal was chaotic but in a good way, and far exceeded expectations. Nia winning can work as she and Ronda never had a clean finish, so a rematch from Money in the Bank is fine.
Of course, Asuka not winning should’ve been a sign to me that I wasn’t getting my Japanese Strong Style sweep. Toni Storm winning over Io Shirai was quite surprising, but it did work better for her overall story in the WWE. Toni already has the NXT UK Division, though, so this win will surely be spun into her placement in the NXT UK Women’s Championship picture. Io Shirai is still fine in losing, she has a lot to do in the American NXT. I was even more surprised that Shayna won, and with help from the other MMA Horsewomen. This does help establish Jessamyn and Marina in the eyes of the WWE Universe as a whole, and will definitely lead to a Women’s Championship story for NXT TakeOver: WarGames. I wonder if Kairi can get friends for a Women’s WarGames…
The Six Woman Tag was another of the dreaded matches, but wow did the match itself make up for a lot. The Riott Squad was definitely a well-oiled machine, but I’m thinking Natty, Bayley & Sasha going over was so fans could cheer the Faces. I’m just not sure where any of this is going as a story without tag titles. That Last Woman Standing had one odd element, and that was that any knockdown was counted. I don’t remember that being how Gargano VS Ciampa Last Man Standing being that way. But even so, this Last Woman Standing Match puts some previous Last Man Standing Matches to shame! Though, I will say Charlotte was dangerously close to Super Cena/Roman territory, but Becky winning was the right move. Now we freshen things up on SmackDown going into Survivor Series.
The Raw Women’s Championship match was a lot better than expected, too, and it was actually thanks to the Bella Twins working together like that. Ronda toying with Nikki was fun, too, but the heat really got good when Brie started getting involved. Ronda obviously still wins, because fans will want Nia VS Ronda 2 far more than Nikki Bella w/ Brie VS Anyone. Plus, Ronda winning truly establishes that this is no longer a Diva’s Era, but the Women’s (R)Evolution. I really hope that this PPV becomes an annual tradition, so long as it can maintain this level of entertainment. AKA, keep HHH booking things because I’m pretty sure he was a major part of things behind the scenes.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/19)
The three challengers to the Cruiserweight Championship will challenge each other in a Triple Threat! Who proves they’re Buddy Murphy’s biggest threat?
- Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik; Carrillo wins.
- Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa; Itami wins.
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Drake Maverick hypes up the already exciting night for 205 Live!
It will be one of the most intriguing line-ups with some major implications towards the Cruiserweight Division’s future! First, Humberto Carrillo is officially part of 205 Live and has his second match on air against Lucha House Party’s King of the Ropes! Humberto showed heart against the Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy, can he show even more against Gran Metalik? Then the Triple Threat main event pits Akira Tozawa, Hideo Itami and Kalisto against each other in one last match before the Cruiserweight Championship match! Who seizes a big advantage going into the title match?
Aiden English joins commentary!
The SmackDown superstar and symphony singer shifts gears to be alongside Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph on the fastest hour of WWE!
Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik!
The man formerly known as Ultimo Ninja has been making quite the waves in NXT and even in his 205 Live debut last week. Humberto didn’t win against the Juggernaut, but he did impress everyone enough to earn his Cruiserweight contract! Will he have a better time against the King of the Ropes? Or will he go a quick 0-2?
The bell rings and Humberto shakes hands with Metalik to show respect. Fans like that, and applaud as the two tie up. Metalik gets a waistlock, but Humberto works his way out to a wristlock. Humberto wrenches but Metalik rolls and reverses. Metalik wrenches but Humberto handsprings and reverses back to a headlock. Fans applaud while Metalik powers out. Things speed up and Humberto shows his agility! He dodges the handspring but Metalik headscissors, only for Humberto to handspring through! They both dropkick but those cancel out, and fans applaud the stalemate. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” as the two go again.
Metalik dodges Humberto to chop him and whip him. Humberto goes up and over and shows off more, then gets Metalik with an arm-drag. Humberto chops and goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Metalik bails out but Humberto builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes Metalik down and Humberto lands on his feet! Humberto drags Metalik up and into the ring, then covers, TWO! Humberto keeps on Metalik with a grounded wristlock, then brings Metalik up for a facelock. He suplexes Metalik down and floats to a cover, TWO! Humberto keeps his cool as he drags Metalik back up. He scoops and slams Metalik to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Fans fire up as Humberto moonsaults, but he gets boots! Metalik gets up and runs to Sling-Dog Humberto down! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps his cool as he drags Humberto up.
Metalik puts Humberto in a corner, CHOPS him, then whips corner to corner. Humberto reverses but Metalik walks the ropes to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik is surprised but focused as he wraps on a chinlock. Humberto endures as fans slowly build to a rally. Humberto feeds off the energy and fights out, but Metalik throws him back down. Metalik puts the chinlock back on, but Humberto endures again. Metalik brings Humberto up in the fireman’s carry but Humberto fights out. Hands start flying, then both men duck kicks, but Humberto comes back with an enziguri! Humberto covers, TWO! Metalik rolls to ropes while Humberto grits his teeth. Humberto hurries after Metalik and both men end up on the apron. Humberto brings Metalik up but Metalik boots him back. Metalik brings Humberto in but Humberto boots him.
Fans rally up as Metalik tosses Humberto over the corner. Humberto hits Metalik back then climbs up top. Humberlto hits Metalik with a SUPER Bulldog to the apron! It was a bit double-edged as Humberto hits the floor, but he forces himself back up. Humberto goes up top again as Metalik slowly stands. Humberto leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik survives and Humberto grows frustrated. Humberto and Metalik go to oppsite corners, and Humberto runs in. Metalik dodges but Humberto tumbles to the apron. Humberto SLAPS Metalik away, but Metalik comes back with a SUPER HURICANRANA! Both men crash and burn to the floor but fans fire up! The referee checks on them both but they’re somehow okay.
Metalik sits up first and fires up with more “Lucha! Lucha!” Fans echo it as he puts Humberto in the ring. Metalik climbs and springboards, Swanton! Cover, TWO!! Humberto survives and now Metalik is shocked. Metalik refocuses and waits for Humberto to stand. He drags Humberto up and onto the top rope, then CHOPS him for good measure. Metalik positions Humberto and climbs up to throw forearms. He even SLAPS Humberto to see what the young star has. Metalik prepares but Humberto resists. Humberto fights back and shoves Metalik. Metalik lands on his feet but runs into a boot. Humberto adjusts, leaps, and hits a missile dropkick! Humberto doesn’t cover, he headstands and rebounds for an Aztec Press! Cover, Humberto wins!!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall
A huge victory over a 205 Live staple! And Metalik gives him the show of respect he earned. Humberto breaks even at 1-1, but will this first victory be the first of many?
Drake Maverick meets with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher.
Clearly the ground game lobbyists of the Submission Commission are upset that a high-flyer was the first new Cruiserweight signed. But look at how impressive Humberto Carrillo is! Gulak and Gallagher have no words. They storm off but Tony Nese enters and wants a word with the GM. Nese wants a rematch with Noam Dar tonight. Well yes they are tied, and the fans would love seeing that tiebreaker. Maverick will consider it. Consider it? Well yes, he can’t just jump into it. The Rumble is Sunday, the title could change hands– Nese doesn’t care about any of that. Just consider what will happen if Nese doesn’t get his match. Dar has been running his mouth and Nese is tired of it. If Nese doesn’t get the match, then he’ll make his own opportunity. The Premier Athlete has sent his ultimatum, will Maverick take it seriously?
Akira Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick speak.
Tozawa says that he’s “had some good times and bad times on 205 Live.” But the past doesn’t matter, this opportunity is huge. Tozawa didn’t travel around the world to be a joke, he came to the WWE to make a name for himself. He will become the two-time Cruiserweight Champion. But can he be the top contender after tonight’s Triple Threat?
The Lucha House Party speak.
Lince Dorado knows that 2019 will be a big year for the trio. They’re on both Raw and 205 Live, and they spared the joy of lucha libre to the WWE Universe. But the one thing that they’re missing and will take them to the next level is that Cruiserweight Championship! If one of them wins, they all win! And Kalisto is going to show all the others in that Fatal 4 Way that he IS a threat. Kalisto vows to be that two-time Cruiserweight Champion, with the power of “Lucha! Lucha!” But can speed kill when there are multiple opponents?
Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa!
The Lucha Dragon may have his amigos, the Innovator of the GTS may have his hype man, and the Stamina Monster may have the Man with a Plan, but who will have the momentum going into the title match this Sunday?
Before Hideo Itami makes his entrance, he and Ariya Daivari have an interview backstage. What would it mean to finally become Cruiserweight Champion? Daivari speaks for Itami, saying that as the only man who has not held that title, it makes Itami the hungriest and most dangerous superstar. The only thing missing from his already legendary career is WWE gold, so Itami will make an example out of his opponents tonight. Itami speaks in Japanese to say that he is coming for the Cruiserweight Championship by any means necessary. Itami makes his entrance, and we begin this match!
But wait, Buddy Murphy makes his presence known! The champion reminds his contenders what they’re fighting for while also keeping an eye on all three of them. And as a bonus, he joins commentary! The bell rings and Itami goes right at Kalisto and Tozawa! Murphy already knows commentary will talk about how a Fatal 4 Way means he could lose the title without being pinned, but that won’t matter because he’s not losing. In the ring, Itami keeps on Tozawa and throws him out. Itami then goes after Kalisto with haymakers and a whip. Kalisto kicks Itami back then runs to tilt-o-whirl haedscissors! He adds a dropkick, then chops Itami before going acrobatic for the arm-drag! Itami bails out but Tozawa returns, and Tozawa hits Kalisto with a missile dropkick! Kalisto bails out but Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo blasts Kalisto into the announce desk!
Tozawa and Murphy stare down, but Itami knocks Tozawa into the desk now! Itami and Murphy stare down for a moment before Itami drags Tozawa up and throws him into barriers. Itami stomps Kalisto thenn puts him into the steel steps! Murphy is confident this won’t happen to him in the match. Itami kicks away on Tozawa then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Itami keeps on Tozawa with a whip, then a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Tozawa shows his toughness but Itami kicks him in the back. Itami boots Kalisto out and then soaks up the heat. Itami goes to Tozawa but Tozawa hits him back. But Itami still puts Tozawa in a chinlock to grind him down. Tozawa endures and moves around to a ropebreak.
Itami lets him go but drops elbows right on the back. He stomps Tozawa then goes after Kalisto. Kalisto hits back but Itami rocks him with a European Uppercut and a swift boot! Fans respect that with applause, as does Murphy. Itami goes back to Tozawa and covers, TWO. Itami keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock but Tozawa again endures. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Tozawa fights out but Itami knees low. Itami runs but into a huricanrana! Tozawa gets Itami with a saido suplex! Kalisto leaps in but into a dropkick! Tozawa quickly covers Kalisto, TWO! Now he covers Itami, TWO! Tozawa keeps his cool but both Kalisto and Itami go to the apron. Fans echo “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he goes after Kalisto with a forearm. Tozawa builds speed again, but runs into Itami’s lariat! Cover, but Kalisto breaks it in time!
All three men are down and Murphy is amused. Fans build to a rally as all three men slowly stir. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, and Itami hits Kalisto. Kalisto hits Tozawa again, Tozawa hits Itami again, and Itami hits Kalisto again. The rotation continues like this as the three men stand up. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto. Kalisto CHOPS Tozawa, Tozawa CHOPS Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto! The rotation continues as Kalisto kicks Tozawa, but Tozawa fakes Itami out to hit Itami and Kalisto with jabs! Tozawa is the only one standing, and even Murphy applauds that. Fans chant “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he runs at Itami. Itami boots him away then climbs up to tornado hotshot Tozawa down. Itami climbs up and makes sure Murphy is watching, but Kalisto kicks Itami!
Kalisto climbs with fans chanting “Lucha! Lucha!” Kalisto clubs away on Itami as they both stand. He wants the superplex but Itami resists. Tozawa adds on and helps Kalisto, but then Murphy joins in! This is a Triple Threat, so no disqualifications as Murphy helps make this a Tower of Doom!! The Juggernaut says this is just a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, but the referee still insists he leave. Murphy doesn’t listen as he throws Itami into a corner to stomp a mudhole into him. He then goes after Kalisto with a heavy forearm, and then throws Tozawa into a corner for another mudhole. Fans duel but Murphy soaks it all up. Murphy goes after Kalisto again but Kalisto kicks him away. Murphy staggers into Tozawa’s boot, then into double SUPERKICKS! Kalisto gives Murphy a Salida del Sol! And Tozawa adds his Tozawa Torpedo!
But then things return to the match as Kalisto knee-board sentons onto Tozawa! Kalisto drags himself back into the ring, and Itami boots him down! Itami drags Tozawa into the ring, stands him up, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Itami is furious but he won’t let off Tozawa. He drags Tozawa up for a strike fest, but Tozawa dodges to give his own. The swinging roundhouse hits! But Kalisto springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Everyone is down, but Tozawa crawls to a corner. Kalisto runs in at him for a kick to the stomach! Kalisto hauls Tozawa up top and rocks him with another kick. He climbs up to join Tozawa, prepares a superplex, but Itami attacks. Kalisto headbutts Itami then dumps him out hard. He kicks Tozawa again, climbs up again, and SUPER STEINERS! But Tozawa held on and Kalisto hits the floor!
Tozawa stands, leaps, SUPER SENTON! But Kalisto avoids it! Itami blasts Kalisto witht he dropkick, then hits Tozawa with the GTS Mk. II, aka the Sakura Knee! Cover, Itami wins!
Winner: Hideo Itami, by pinfall
If Murphy made this a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, then we just saw Itami survive them all and win! Will Murphy change things when it really is a Fatal 4 Way? Will Itami repeat this performance? Or will one of the former champions become champion again?
A solid go-home for 205 Live here, and Aiden English did great on commentary. Percy Watson was okay, but he does better on NXT because it’s not live. And for whatever reason, there seemed to be more fans and more invested fans than last week. And that was fortunate, as Humberto Carrillo has another great match with Gran Metalik. Humberto wins now that he’s officially part of the Cruiserweight Division, and also because it wouldn’t be good for him to lose twice already. Metalik is safe in losing, it helps build Humberto up. I’m pretty sure Humberto is going up against Gulak & Gallagher soon enough, so that’ll also be great for him. He’s a great talent, so he’ll get to the title soon enough, he just needs to build himself up in the eyes of live audiences.
Nese VS Dar 3 is coming, but with Nese making that threat, it’ll probably be after he attacks Dar backstage. The tiebreaker blow-off should feed into a contenders scenario. If anything, including Nese and Dar in a bigger contenders match would be nice, too. Like a Triple Threat that throws in Cedric Alexander, who has history with both men, or a Fatal 4 Way to include Lio Rush because he needs his chance. Tonight’s Triple Threat turning into an unofficial Fatal 4 Way was smart, too, as it keeps the three contenders relatively equal. Itami wins and could defy the math, but I wonder if this opens the door to a two-time champion in Kalisto or Tozawa. Kalisto implying Lucha House Party is like the New Day with Freebird-ing a singles title would be an interesting story to go with, but maybe that’s why it won’t be him.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (1/22/19)
SmackDown prepares for the Royal Rumble in the biggest ways! Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas, 2 out of 3 Falls! Who gains momentum while breaking the tie?
- Naomi VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville; Rose wins.
- The Miz w/ Shane McMahon VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus; Cesaro wins.
- Mustafa Ali VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins.
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas; Mysterio wins, by disqualification.
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The Man starts off SmackDown!
Becky Lynch prepares for her shot at the Empress of Tomorrow at the Royal Rumble PPV, but she’s here in Wichita to say that there’s nothing more than she likes than being in the ring fighting. But The Man has something to say first. It wasn’t too long ago that no one paid attention to Becky. But now everyone has an opinion on who and what she should be. Becky will say this: the only thing The Man should be doing is main-eventing Wrestlemania! Fans agree with that! And she’ll slap the heads off anyone and everyone who gets in her way. That journey starts on Sunday, against Asuka. Becky’s watched Asuka clean out NXT, steamroll the main roster, and is undoubtedly one of the best. “But I’m better.”
Becky reminds us that Asuka never beat Becky for the title. And the fact that isn’t eating her up tells Becky something. The others have warmed themselves on the fire Becky lit, but things change at the Rumble. Becky has dethroned a Queen, and will break the Empress! Becky will walk through fire and brimstone- But speaking of the Empress, here comes Asuka! Asuka stands across the ring from Becky and holds up the belt. She tells Becky in Japanese that she’s not intimidated by the talk. Fans duel as these two argue, but here comes Charlotte! The Queen is going to be in the Women’s Rumble, but she has a mic to tell both Becky and Asuka tonight that “As much as I’m enjoying this, and excited for your match this Sunday”, nothing will be better than her throwing out 29 other women to win the Rumble.
And then the choices she’s got on her plate. Ronda VS Sasha, but Sasha’s someone Charlotte’s beaten so many times, and has beaten the Hell out of Ronda via “Ken” the kendo stick. Then Asuka VS Becky, Charlotte broke the Empress’ Streak, and “The Man” may have gotten her the last few months, but Charlotte has owned the division for four years. And Charlotte IS the Main Event! Charlotte lets out a “WOO~” but Asuka fires off on Becky! A brawl goes down in the ring and Charlotte watches in amusement. Fans cheer but referees come out to break this fight up! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and they do fight, but security comes out to try their hand. It’s no good, Becky gets after Asuka now! Asuka throws Becky into barriers then stomps away! The brawl continues, and Becky throws Asuka over the announce desk!
Referees and security reprimand Becky but she uses her own jacket to whiplash Asuka over and over! The Lass Kicker stands tall, to then clobber Asuka back down! Fans are thunderous as Becky finally backs off. Asuka gets up and is furious, but she’ll have to wait for Sunday to settle things. With this level of fire inside both of them, which woman will blaze a trail down the Road to Wrestlemania?
The brawl continues backstage!
Asuka caught up to Becky and the fight again has to be pulled apart! Will these two even make it to Phoenix?!
Naomi VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville!
The Glow found out about the Golden Goddess trying to seduce and humiliate her husband, but she threw down in the hotel room. This fight finishes in the ring, will Naomi make Mandy #FeeltheGlow in the strongest way? Or will Mandy dim the lights instead?
Naomi doesn’t wait for the bell! She charges through Sonya and gets right at Mandy on the ramp! She throws Mandy into the apron then into the ring. Naomi wants to keep going, but Mandy SLAPS her! The bell rings and now things are official as Naomi fires off slaps of her own! She tops it off with a backhand and Mandy rolls out. Mandy regroups with Sonya while we go picture in picture. Sonya helps Mandy catch her breath and Mandy returns. Naomi is right on Mandy but Mandy puts Naomi in the corner. Mandy stomps a mudhole then backs off at the count of 4. Naomi gets up and SLAPS Mandy! Naomi snapmares and runs for the sliding lariat! Leg drop cover, TWO! Naomi keeps on Mandy with an armlock while Mandy checks her nose.
Naomi wrenches and Mandy endures. But Naomi rubs Mandy’s face into the mat, then pulls her hair before stomping her back down. Mandy checks her nose again as Naomi scoops and slams her. Naomi runs and drops the splits! Cover, TWO! But Naomi doesn’t let up, she’s right back on Mandy with a facelock. They stand up and Naomi whips. Mandy reverses but Naomi slides and shoulders back in. Sonya runs in but gets a kick, Mandy blasts Naomi with a knee! Mandy drags Naomi up and in and covers, TWO! Mandy keeps on Naomi with a rain of right hands! She drags Naomi up for a thrashing chinlock, but now Naomi endures. Naomi fights her way up but Mandy reels her in. Naomi dodges and rolls Mandy up, TWO! Jawbreaker as we return to single picture!
Naomi roundhouses Mandy, then runs for lariats and elbows! Mandy clotheslines Naomi back down then covers, TWO! Mandy glares at Naomi as she stomps her back down. She kicks Naomi to the ropes then chokes her against them. Mandy lets up at 4 while fans boo and jeer. Mandy drags Naomi up for forearms in a corner, but backs off at 4 again. Naomi boots back, and hits the enziguri! She kicks Mandy while she’s down, then stands her up for forearms of her own! Mandy shoves Naomi away, but Naomi come back to hit a huricanrana! Mandy staggers about and Naomi runs, but is put on the apron. Naomi hits Mandy away, but Sonya anchors feet. Mandy takes advantage by shoving Naomi into the post! Cover, Mandy wins!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall
The duo formerly known as Absolution works together for victory! However, the Royal Rumble is always every superstar for themselves. Will Sonya be willing to help Mandy then? Will Mandy go into business for herself? Or will Naomi get back at both of them with an elimination?
Rey Mysterio speaks.
“2006, I was in the Royal Rumble match for over an hour.” He used every trick he had to survive. His speed got the better of bigger competitors. His training gave him the stamina to never slow down. And his will to keep fighting shocked the world. This Sunday, Rey looks to repeat history. But tonight is about respect as he faces Andrade Almas again. Almas took a shortcut to win, but now he won’t have La Muneca ringside. The playing field is even, and Almas will learn that in order to gain respect, he has to earn it. Who will earn massive momentum towards this year’s Royal Rumble match?
The Miz meets with Shane McMahon.
Is he ready? He’s ready. The Most Must-See Superstar takes on the Swiss Cyborg up next!
The Miz w/ Shane McMahon VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus!
The #BestTagTeamintheWorld challenges The Bar for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships on Sunday, and the Hollywood A-Lister looks for a singles sweep leading into it! He got the better of the Celtic Gladiator on Shane O’Mac’s birthday, and Shane even got to give Sheamus a Coast2Cake dropkick. Can Miz gain his team more momentum tonight? Or will Cesaro save the champs from going 0-2 against 1/3rd Best in the World?
The bell rings and Sheamus distracts right away so Cesaro can blast Miz with big European Uppercuts! Cesaro does not let up on the EuroUppers until the ref counts 4! Cesaro then deadlift gut wrenches and tosses Miz! The Swiss Cyborg taunts Shane then drags Miz up for a headlock. Miz powers out and things speed up, but Miz gets caught into a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps on Miz with a whip but Miz reverses. Miz runs, blocks the boot and kicks the leg against the ropes! Miz backs off, but runs back into another EuroUpper. Cesasro dumps Miz but Miz sunset flips to the Figure Four! Miz has Cesaro in the legendary leg lock but he heads for the ropes. Sheamus helps Cesaro get the ropebreak, then helps him escape the ring.
Miz goes for the wrecking ball dropkick, but gets another EuroUpper for it! The Bar is fired up but Shane keeps Sheamus in check while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Miz fights out of a headlock. Cesaro throws hands but Miz counter punches! Miz backs Cesaro down with rights and lefts, then kicks! Miz goes corner to corner for a dropkick! He keeps going and hits another dropkick! Miz wants a hat trick, and hits the A-List lariat! Fans fire up and Shane applauds while Sheamus panics. Miz climbs up but leaps into another EuroUpper! Cesaro has feet on the ropes but Shane stops that! Sheamus come around and runs Shane over! Miz rolls Cesaro, TWO! Cesaro swings but into a full nelson. He elbows out of the Finale and puts Miz on the ropes. Cesaro chokes, Sheamus gets a cheap shot! Gotch Neutralizer!! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
But Shane comes back with a vengeance on Sheamus! Cesaro goes after Shane but gets those same fast hands! Shane shoves Cesaro into a post, then clocks him again! Fans are riled up for Shane as he clears off the announce desk! Shane puts Cesaro on top then climbs up high. Fans are anticipating Shane’s trademark madness, but Sheamus shoves Shane down at the barriers! Sheamus drags Miz up to throw him into a post, then The Bar mugs Shane! Cesaro feeds Shane to a BROGUE!! Fans boo and jeer as The Bar stomp away on Shane, but Miz shields Shane with his body. Miz gets clubbing hands and then dragged over to the table.
Cesaro scares off the referee while Sheamus drags Shane up. The Bar work together, to body slam Shane through Miz and the table!! Fans lose their minds over this, but does this mean Shane & Miz will lose out on those titles?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
The Beacon of Light was meant to face the Destroyer in a match last week, but the Destroyer decided to destroy Ali before the bell ever rang! Joe left Ali for dead, but Ali being a former Chicago police officer, he doesn’t back down so easily. Ali learned that eyes tell the whole story. Joe gave Ali a beating and kept asking “Do you understand?!”
Ali understands, but it wasn’t the punching and post tosses that told him. It was Joe’s eyes. And those eyes said Ali wasn’t worthy. Those eyes said Ali was just an example being made. Those eyes said Ali was nothing in Joe’s eyes. But now Joe will have to look into Ali’s eyes and see a man with no fear. It will be a light so bright the darkness has nowhere to hide. Ali’s eyes say he can win. But will his body back up what his eyes are saying?
Vince McMahon sees what happened to his son.
He watches backstage as referees and medics help Shane and Miz get up. Somehow Shane and Miz are okay after what The Bar did, but Vince can’t worry about them right now. He has to keep the peace between Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles in their face-to-face encounter, next!
Vince McMahon heads to the ring!
Wichita greets The Chairman with an ovation as he enters. He’ll hold his thoughts to himself about what just happened to Shane, but he’s sure that tag title match will be incredible. And that brings him to the two most passionate and athletic superstars on SmackDown having their own title match on Sunday. First, the challenger and former champion, The Phenomenal AJ Styles! Styles makes his entrance, and fans give him an ovation. Then, the champion himself, “The New” Daniel Bryan! Fans boo this time for the man who killed the Yes Movement.
But Bryan doesn’t stand in the ring, despite this being a “face-to-face.” Bryan claims this is a trap, and refuses to step into a ring with the “sociopath”, the same man who slammed Bryan into a bunch of “animal carcasses” last week. Bryan’s too embarrassed to stand in the same ring as a man who pandered to the people. He had a vision of the future of AJ Styles once again being WWE Champion. It is an ignorant future, an impotent future and an illiterate future! AJ Styles cannot be allowed to have the title, because he uses it for fame and fortune. Bryan uses it for the “greater good”! Greater good? Is that “Greater good” Bryan acting like a jackass?
This behavior is why the fans want Styles to be their champion. He makes them laugh and cheer and jump around, but he doesn’t make them think or feel guilty when they should feel guilty every day of their lives! Bryan doesn’t care about their feelings, because he’s not the “People’s Champion”, he’s the Planet’s Champion! The planet doesn’t need Styles, it needs Bryan to use this platform to be its voice. If the planet had a voice, it’d be shouting for Bryan to shut up. Styles doesn’t remember Bryan pedaling a bike here. He probably got on a plane to get here. There’s a word for that: fickle. Fans echo “Fickle!” at Bryan. And Bryan talks of being embarrassed? That’s not the feeling. It’s fear.
Styles stood across from many men and has seen that look in their eyes, too. Bryan is afraid of what will happen at the Royal Rumble. Bryan should be afraid. He’s corrupted himself just to have the title. But what happens when he no longer has that title? What will Bryan have left? “Nothing.” Bryan quotes Carl Sagan, but Vince insists he get in the ring. Fans say “YES! YES!” but Bryan knows Vince obviously doesn’t want to listen. The Baby Boomers are the greatest parasites of this world! These fans bow down to Vince, but they don’t realize that Vince’s entire generation just takes and takes but never gives back! They BOW to Vince for it! It’s like Vince just pulled this incredible illusion to conceal the economic debt, but fans are satisfied with social media garbage.
Meanwhile, Vince hordes the wealth and power! Vince has created such an environment where someone like Styles can be a hero! Damn it, Bryan, get in the ring! Styles knows Vince advertised a face-to-face, but that doesn’t mean it has to be in a ring. Styles chases Bryan on the outside! And catches him! Styles throws haymakers then throws Bryan into barriers! Bryan scampers away but Styles keeps on him, throwing him into steel steps! Styles puts Bryan in the ring, takes aim, and springboards, but Bryan uses Vince as a shield! Styles aborts but gets the Knee Plus for it! Fans boo as Bryan takes the belt and retreats. The New Daniel Bryan won’t have anywhere to run at the Rumble, will the real AJ Styles get that belt back?
R-Truth and Carmella talk about their respective Royal Rumble matches.
Truth is excited to be Mr. 30 and book his trip to face the Phenomenal AJ Styles or the New Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania. So not the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar? Brock Lesnar’s champion? No, Truth does not want to go to Sioux Falls City. No it’s Suplex City. Same thing. But Truth wouldn’t mind trying the Cruiserweight Champion, Bobby Murphy. No it’s Buddy Murphy. And there’s a weight limit to that Division, Truth. Oh so he’s fat? No he’s just not 205! As for Carmella, she encounters Charlotte. Charlotte thinks she’s just going to waltz her way into the Rumble and Mania? She wasn’t even in last year’s. This isn’t’ just any match, it’s a tornado. You gotta keep a head on the swivel and hold onto the ropes. Plus, Carmella’s Ms. 30, the #GatekeeperinGucci. No one gets through her.
Charlotte tells Carmella it’s fine to be confident. Being 30th is an advantage, but Charlotte is Charlotte. And with a trip to Mania on the line, the match isn’t a tornado, Charlotte is. Who will survive their respective Rumble matches to headline the Greatest Show in Sports Entertainment?
Mustafa Ali VS Samoa Joe!
The Beacon of Light said his peace, but The Destroyer’s expression says it all for him on his way out. This match will finally happen, who will send the biggest message this close to the Royal Rumble?
SmackDown returns as Ali makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Ali and Joe approach and Joe throws those swift jabs! Joe stomps Ali in the corner, then grinds his boot in. He scrapes Ali out of the ring, then pursues while trash talking. Joe stand Ali for a CHOP, and Ali staggers to the ramp. Joe drags Ali up and says Ali still doesn’t understand. He throws Ali at the post but Ali hops up to fly back for a crossbody! Ali keeps on Joe with fast hands, and both men get in the ring. Ali dropkicks Joe down, then throws haymakers! The ref counts and backs Ali off, but Joe CHOPS Ali off his feet! Joe drags Ali up and headbutts him back down.
Joe drags Ali up by his hair to then throw into buckles. He runs but misses, Ali forearms him away! Ali slingshots but into throat chops! Ali crashes and burns, we go picture in picture. Joe leaves Ali down and out while a ring count climbs. But Joe then goes out to fetch Ali with a grin, and drags him up for roundhouses. Joe paces around Ali like a shark with blood in the water before putting Ali back in. He rains down rights and stomps on Ali, still smirking. He sits Ali up into an arm surfboard and digs a knee into Ali’s back. Ali endures and powers up to fight out! He runs, but into Joe’s elbow! Joe glares down at the dazed Ali before covering, TWO! Ali lives but Joe is just annoyed. Joe drives his elbow into Ali’s head, then looms over him menacingly.
Joe puts Ali in a corner and gives more jabs and elbows. He stops at 4, but Ali crawls after Joe. Joe says Ali asked for this, and throws hands, but Ali counter punches! Ali backs Joe down then whips, but Joe reverses. Joe runs in for the back elbow and Pele! Ali goes down, Joe covers, TWO! Joe grows further annoyed, but he just smirks as he looks down at Ali. He drags Ali up for a neck wrench, but Ali endures again. Fans rally up and Ali powers up. Ali fights back but Joe knees low and backs Ali down. Joe whips corner to corner but Ali slips out to hit back. Ali slingshots for the facebuster! But he’s too tired to cover! Fans rally up as the ref counts. Both men stir and stand.
Ali ducks the punch to dropkick Joe back! And another dropkick sends Joe out. Ali builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit! Joe staggers but Ali pursues, but Joe puts him in the timekeeper’s area. Ali returns with a leaping crossbody! He tackles Joe down and rains down rights! Ali drags Joe up but Joe shoves him into the ring. Joe returns but Ali kicks and SUPERKICKS, and SUPERKICKS again! Joe staggers, Ali leaps, tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali can’t believe Joe lives, but he doesn’t’ give up. He drags Joe over to a drop zone and climbs up. Joe trips Ali up, then drags him into the Coquina Clutch! Ali flails but Joe drops down with the body scissors! Ali taps, Joe wins!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission
But Joe won’t let go until Ali falls asleep! Joe sends his message to Ali and the other 28 superstars entering the Men’s Rumble. Will Joe destroy the entire field? Or will there be a shining light in his way?
The New Day do Royal Rumble research.
They watch the many saves of Kofi Kingston’s career. Kayla Braxton comes in to ask them about The New Day going every man for himself. Everyone asks this question! Tom Phillips, Renee Young, Mike Rome, now Kayla? Is Tony Chimel gonna ask next? He does! Chimel, be gone! Be gone, Chimel! “Every man for himself”, but that doesn’t matter to The New Day. When one of them wins, they all win! Now, they’ll dog walk erryone, but Kofi wonders if this is the year he can’t save himself. Woods and Big E keep Kofi’s chin up, and Kofi gets an idea. He has a new idea! But he’s not telling you, Kayla. Kayla, no no no. What will Kofi do to keep himself in the Rumble this time? Will this finally be the year he actually wins?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas!
The King of Lucha Libre and El Idolo have gone back and forth, and now they’ll settle things in the main event before the Royal Rumble! Without Zelina Vega, can Almas stay tranquilo? Or will Mysterio show Cien how it’s done?
The bell rings and we begin the first fall. Almas and Mysterio approach and Almas fires of kicks and punches. He whips and elbows Mysterio down, then drags Mysterio up for a shove. Mysterio kicks back then runs again, but into a torture rack. Almas swings but Mysterio makes it an arm-drag! Mysterio aims at Almas on the outside for a flying huricanrana! Almas is down and we go to break!
SmackDown returns again, and Almas looms over Mysterio. Almas whips but Mysterio reverses, only to be put on the apron. Mysterio shoulders in then swing kicks Almas away. Almas is dazed while Mysterio catches his breath. Mystiero springboards for the seated senton! He keeps moving to springboard again but into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Almas keeps his cool as he drags Mysterio back up. Almas hammerlocks but Mysterio slips out to sunset flip DESTROYER! Cover, TWO! Mysterio keeps calm and heads to a corner. He hops up as Almas crawls over, flying wheelbarrow to victory roll, but Almas counters! TWO, and Almas puts Mysterio on the top rope. Mysterio adjusts but Almas trips him up! Almas climbs now, but Mysterio trips him up!
Mysterio goes to the outside, CHOPS Almas, then climbs up to join him. Almas fights Mysterio then gets a fireman’s carry. Mysterio stops Almas, then adjusts to SUPER- No, the Steiner is blocked to a SUPER SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, Almas gets the first fall!
Almas – 1; Mysterio – 0
But this is just the first! The second fall begins, but both men have already given so much. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men catch their breath. Almas stands while Mysterio leans on the ropes. The ref gives the signal, and Almas kicks Mysterio. Powerbomb lift, rebound, another sit-out! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio survives this bomb, but Almas just fires himself up. Almas drags Mysterio up for another bomb, but Mysterio pops through for another DESTROYER!! Cover, Mysterio gets the second fall!
Almas – 1; Mysterio – 1
Things are tied up faster than a hiccup, and now it all comes down to this third and final fall! Both men are down and catching their breath, so we go to one last break.
SmackDown returns once more, and Mysterio dodges Almas in the corner! Almas crashes and burns from corner to floor! Mysterio recovers in the ring while Almas is down and out. Mysterio takes aim, builds up speed, and slides, but into the facelock! Almas drags Mysterio out but Mysterio shoves him into barriers. Mysterio adds an enziguri, but the 10 count climbs. Mysterio returns to the ring at 6, but he’s not gonna leave Almas alone. Sliding sunset bomb into the barriers! Mysterio drags himself away from Almas and gets himself some water. Fans are loving this as Mysterio returns to Almas. He puts Almas in the ring then takes aim from the apron. Fans fire up as he springboards, West Coast Pop! Cover, TWO!! Almas lives but both he and Mysterio are exhausted.
Fans rally up with chants of “619!”, and Mysterio goes to Almas at the apron. Almas drags Mysterio into the draping armbar! Almas lets go at 4, and fans boo as Almas fires himself up. He goes after Mysterio, and throws him into buckles hard. Almas soaks up the heat, and even shimmies like Latino Heat, as he drags Mysterio up. He throws Mysterio at the corner again but Mysteiro stops himself. Mysterio puts Almas on the apron but Almas forearms him back. Almas shoulders in but into Mysterio’s knee. Mysteiro slingshots for another sunset flip powerbomb, but Almas back flips through! Mysterio rolls up but into a bomb to the post! ALmas puts Mysterio in fast, drags him up, hammerlock DDT! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Mysterio survives and Almas cannot believe it! Almas grits his teeth while fans rally for Mysterio again.
Almas goes after Mysterio’s arm with a Fujiwara! Mysterio endures and rolls around, but Almas holds on. Almas brings Mysterio back down but Mysterio refuses to quit. Mysterio drags himself over but Almas drags him away! Almas adds leverage with his legs but fans cheer Mysterio on. Mysterio keeps moving, rolls through, but Almas pushes for a cover. ONE, and Mysterio springs up to the ropes. But Almas trips him up, only for Mysterio to make it a roll up! TWO, and Almas quickly puts Mysterio up on his shoulders. Mysterio hits a reverse-rana! He crawls to a cover, TWO! Both men are exhausted, but Mysterio forces himself back tot he apron. Springboard huricanrana puts Almas on the ropes! Mysterio dials it up, 619 connects! But wait, Samoa Joe!? He apron bombs Mysterio!!
Winners: Rey Mysterio, by disqualification
Mysterio gets the second fall but not the way anyone wanted! But Joe isn’t just after him, he goes right after Almas, too! He throws Almas right into the post, then goes back to Mysterio on the outside. Joe puts Mysterio in the ring, and drags him into the Coquina! Mysterio can’t tap, he’s got nothing left! Joe lets Mysterio go and demands a microphone. “I told you people I came here to make a statement!” And what he just did is exactly what he’ll do to 24 other Rumble entrants. “Because my name is Samoa Joe”– RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!! The Viper returns after being gone for weeks! Randy Orton is another of the Rumble participants, is he going to be the one in Joe’s way?
What a great SmackDown go-home! We have another opening talk segment, but it was to great effect with Charlotte coming out to stake her claim, and then we get that awesome brawl. It was great to have the return from commercial have even more brawling, it really boosts the heat between Becky and Asuka. I’ve been talking about a Triple Threat at Mania, but it really is a shame if it’ll be at the expense of Asuka. The title match will be great, but a part of me wouldn’t mind if Asuka retained and Becky found a different way to go after Ronda. And with hyping Charlotte and Carmella for the Women’s Rumble, I bet Charlotte wins after all to complete the Triple Threat.
Naomi VS Mandy was a surprisingly good match, but that recap package, I feel like this entire story has been about paralleling USA Network’s original reality show, Temptation Island. Ugh. Things like this are why it’ll be better for SmackDown to get on Fox. But as for this story, it’s probably not over since Mandy and Sonya had to cheat. Naomi might find herself a tag team partner to go against them both, and even be part of the Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match, and that will serve as the blow-off.
Vince McMahon’s presence was better used here than on Raw. He helped the show transition from the great Miz VS Cesaro and subsequent beat down into the champion-challenger face-to-face. With the beating The Bar gave Miz and Shane, I’m really hoping Miz and Shane win the belts. It’s not burying The Bar but pushing the Miz-Shane story further. I almost don’t want them to fight each other now, Miz and Shane are doing pretty good together, but it might still happen. And then things can truly be freshened up in the SmackDown Tag Division so a team like SAnitY or Heavy Machinery can come into prominence. Then the Styles-Bryan face-to-face was good, with Bryan’s newest Eco-Heel promo and Vince just not having any of it. Bryan gets away while standing tall, I wonder if that means Styles wins.
Ali VS Joe was good, but naturally Joe won. Ali is talented, and he had a great video promo a la his 205 Live promos, but he’s just not at the level to defeat Joe yet. Mysterio VS Almas was incredible, but Joe attacking at the end was both awful and perfect. Mysterio VS Almas can’t settle just yet, not on a go-home, and Joe makes himself a real threat for the Rumble. But wow, what a great way for Orton to return! RKO Outta Nowhere is classic and effective. I don’t really want Orton to win the Rumble, but there were rumors of Orton VS Styles at Mania. Even if Rollins wins to give us Finn VS Rollins 2, Orton can still find a way through Elimination Chamber or Fastlane. It’s not really the match I want, but it might be coming after all.
My Score: 8.5/10