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! (11/14/18)
Two of the Cruiserweight Division’s fastest and brightest stars collide! Can the Age of Alexander give the 24 year old piece of gold a run for his money?
- Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher; Gulak & Gallagher win.
- Lucha House Party VS Mike Karma & Kraig Keesaman; Lucha House Party wins.
- Cedric Alexander VS Lio Rush; Alexander wins.
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The Cruiserweight Championship is on the line at Survivor Series!
The Juggernaut and The Beacon of Light look to steal the show this Sunday as they renew their epic rivalry from the Summer. These two have all but defined 205 Live in 2018, and we expect to hear from both of them before the night is through.
But first, unlikely allies team up for the first time as Akira Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick look to settle scores with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” has never been more true, as The Ungentle Men’s Club kicked Kendrick out for his weakness, only for the Man with a Plan to join up with the Stamina Monster. Will Kendrick and Tozawa teach Gulak and Gallagher what no mercy really looks like?
And then we have a first time ever dream match main event between the Soul of 205 Live and the Man of the Hour. Cedric Alexander may have lost the Cruiserweight Championship, but he was moments away from getting another shot at Lio Rush’s expense. But Lio says that was never going to happen and never will happen. Lio still has his undefeated streak since debuting on 205 Live, but will it survive the rebirth of the #AgeOfAlexander? Or will Lio continue to collect the winner’s check this close to Survivor Series?
Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher!
The Ungentlemanly Alliance made their biggest impact when they attacked The Stamina Monster during a match with Colin Delaney. But then, things wouldn’t go their way against teams like the Lucha House Party, or against the then champion, Cedric Alexander. Instead of sharing in the blame, the Philly Fury put it all on The Man with a Plan for going soft. Gulak and Gallagher literally kicked Kendrick out, but they never expected him to help out his oldest foe! Now a new alliance has been struck, but is it strong enough to stop the gentlemen grapplers?
Before the match, Dasha Fuentes asks Kendrick & Tozawa about this fierce rivalry turned tag team. How do they plan on working together? Tozawa thinks on how to answer that question, but then he just smiles and heads out. Kendrick figures that’s good enough, and he heads out, too. Is this a bad sign? Or is it their way of saying they don’t need a plan?
The match begins with Gulak and Kendrick. Kendrick smirks because he knows Gulak is tagging out to Gallagher. Gulak smirks as Gallagher and Kendrick circle. Kendrick suddenly runs at Gulak! Gulak gets away but Kendrick elbows Gallagher away. Kendrick throws forearms and then whips Gallagher to the corner. Kendrick runs in to hit the forearm smash, then tags Tozawa. Tozawa hops in as Kendrick scoop slams Gallagher, and adds the shouting senson! Cover, TWO! Tozawa drags Gallagher up for a chop, then another chop. Gallagher falls for the feint and gets the jab! Fans “AH! AH!” with Tozawa but Gulak shouts “No Chanting!” Gulak’s still on his rules for a #Better205Live as Tozawa stomps a mudhole into Gallagher. Tozawa brings Gallagher over and tags in Kendrick.
Kendrick and Tozawa whip Gallagher into double boots, then Kendrick covers. TWO and Gulak is relieved. Gulak taunts Kendrick but Kendrick keeps on Gallagher. Gallagher powers out of Sliced Bread to send Kendrick at ropes, then runs him over with a back elbow! Tag to Gulak, and Gulak swings. Kendrick ducks to throw forearms and knees in a corner! The ref backs him off but Kendrick comes back to kick and club Gulak more. Kendrick throws more forearms, even between the ropes. Gulak uses that against Kendrick to pull him into the ropes. Tag to Gallagher and Gallagher kicks Kendrick while Gulak goes after Tozawa! Now it’s a brawl outside as Gallagher clobbers Kendrick against the announce desk. Gallagher puts Kendrick back in, then stays between Kendrick and Tozawa.
Gallagher stomps Kendrick, then tags Gulak back in before lifting Kendrick in a fireman’s carry. He hotshots Kendrick, Gulak runs and clobbers Kendrick with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Gulak keeps his cool as he sits Kendrick up for an armlock. He says Kendrick’s too soft, but fans rally up for Kendrick. Kendrick fights out and fights back, booting Gulak again and again. Gulak blocks a boot to put it on the ropes and kick out the leg. Tag to Gallagher, and Gulak hands off the toehold for Gallagher to twist. Gallagher gets both legs for a stomp on the knees! Then he drags Kendrick around for another toe ‘n’ ankle hold. Kendrick endures while Gulak tells him to quit. Gallagher tags Gulak, but Kendrick fights against both of them.
Gulak atomic drops Kendrick and Gallagher adds a running knee! Cover, TWO! Kendrick survives, but Gulak bumps him on buckles. Gallagher tags, and mugs Kendrick with Gulak’s help. The ref reprimands Gulak but Gulak shouts back he knows the count. Gallagher stomps Kendrick then brings him up for a snapmare into chinlock. Kendrick endures as Tozawa rallies up the fans. Kendrick arm-drags Gallagher off, but Gulak tags in. Gulak keeps Kendrick from Tozawa, but Kendrick fights back. Kendrick boots Gulak down, but he’s down, too! Fans rally, Gallagher tags in again and gets Kendrick with a headlock. Kendrick powers out, Tozawa stops Gallagher with an “AH!” and Gallagher turns around into Kendrick’s back drop! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tags to Gulak and Tozawa!
Tozawa boots then whips Gulak, into a back kick. Gulak ducks the spin kick but Tozawa slides under him, to get the spin kick! Gulak is on the apron so Tozawa knocks him down! Then Tozawa builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit with the Tozawa Torpedo! Tozawa puts Gulak in, then hurries up top. Gallagher gets up but Kendrick trips him! Gulak gets up but gets a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tozawa is a bit surprised, but he stays on Gulak with a whip. Gulak reverses, but Tozawa stops himself to elbow bakc. Then Tozawa tilt-o-whirls to an Octopus! Kendrick intercepts Gallagher, but is still pushed into Tozawa! Gulak is free, and Tozawa glares at Kendrick! Tozawa misunderstands what happened, but there isn’t time to explain as Gallagher tackles Kendrick out of the ring! Gulak rolls Tozawa up, Gulak & Gallagher win!
Winners: Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher, Gulak pinning
It wasn’t that there was no plan, but that there was no trust that cost Tozawa & Kendrick the match. Can these two get on the same page if they want to stop the cruel winter Gulak & Gallagher have planned for the Cruiserweight Division?
Drake Maverick presides over the official Cruiserweight Championship weigh-in.
The GM is honored to oversee this weigh-in for the major match coming at Survivor Series. First, the challenger, Mustafa Ali. Ali steps on the scales, and weighs in at 182 lbs. The champion weighs in, at 205 on the dot. Buddy Murphy makes weight, which has been a challenge of his since joining 205 Live. But with the numbers on the record books, the match will happen. Murphy tells Ali he’s going to put him in the ground. Ali points out that the last time Murphy said that, Ali put him on the mat. Murphy shoves Ali, Ali fires off and Maverick hurries to keep this fight from happening here! Officials get Murphy out of the room as Ali says he’s not afraid of the Juggernaut. The tension is running high, what will happen when they’re cut loose on Sunday?
Backstage interview with Buddy Murphy.
Does the Cruiserweight Champion have anything to say about that confrontation in the trainer’s room? That was just Murphy reminding Ali what this is all about. This isn’t about their rivalry, this isn’t about stealing the show, this isn’t even about how Ali scratched and clawed his way back to a title shot. No, this is simply about Murphy’s Cruiserweight Championship, and what he’ll do to keep it. Murphy is willing to go to Hell and back, so Ali has no idea what’s in store for him. Actually, Murphy almost feels bad for him. Will Murphy leave anything left of Ali after Survivor Series?
Lucha House Party VS Mike Karma & Kraig Keesaman!
The Golden Lynx and the Lucha Dragon may be without the King of the Ropes while he’s off being a father to his newborn child, but they still have Penelope Pinata! And while they’re staples of the Cruiserweight Division, they’ll be ready to represent Raw at Survivor Series in the 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination Match! Will they gain some last momentum before the brand warfare?
The bell rings and Lince starts against Keesaman. Lince handsprings and starts up the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants. Kessaman shoves Lince and says “NO Lucha! NO Lucha!” But then he turns around into a chop! Lince whips but Keesaman reverses, so Lince springboards for a crossbody! Lince handsprings and kicks Keesaman, then runs to headscissor! Fans “Lucha!” with Lince but Keesaman hits low. Keesaman mocks the lucha chant, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Lince gets rid of Karma and tags in Kalisto. Kalisto runs for the alley-oop splash, then Lince adds the planking splash! Lucha House Party fires up, but in runs Karma. He misses and gets double mule kicks. Kalisto runs and Lince gives him the boost for a missile dropkick!
Keesaman is in the corner as Kalisto flosses. Kalisto runs in but Keesaman puts him on the apron. Lince tags in and swing kicks Keesaman! Kalisto gets Keesaman with Salida del Sol! Lince climbs while Kalisto knee-springboards for a senton onto Karma! Shooting Star on Keesaman! Cover, Lucha House Party wins!
Winners: Lucha House Party, Lince Dorado by pinfall
The luchadores win fast and fun and now roll on towards Survivor Series! Can they be the x-factor that helps Raw win over SmackDown?
But from the titantron, Maria Kanellis gets their attention. “Pay attention to The First Lady while she congratulates you on another victory.” She wants them to enjoy this while they can, because they have unfinished business with TJP and her husband, Mike Kanellis. The only reason tonight is ending on a party and not the next phase of Maria’s plan is because Gran Metalik wasn’t here tonight. Maria is an equal opportunist, because when her team makes an example out of their trio, she wants it to be the first time and only time. So enjoy the party. And wish Gran Metalik good luck in next week’s match, against TJP. Maria looks forward to it. A concerning message from Mrs. Kanellis, but will the King of the Ropes return only to lose? Or will Metalik ruin Maria’s plans and keep the party going?
Cedric Alexander speaks.
“For over a year on 205 Live, I ran undefeated. Not by accident, but because I outworked every single person in that locker room day in, day out.” But to Lio Rush, this is a game, a quick fame grab. To Alexander, this is his life. So for guys like Lio Rush, a title is just a trophy, but to Alexander, it means the world. It means he leaves a legacy for his family, and inspires kids around the world to be just like him. The legacy doesn’t end, it only continues.
Cedric Alexander VS Lio Rush!
The Age of Alexander looks to rebuild after losing both title and win streak in 2018. However, he’ll have to end the Man of the Hour’s streak to do it. Will Alexander make the 24 year old piece of gold put his money where his mouth is? Or will Lio make this the Soul of 205 Live’s Final Hour?
The bell rings and Lio smirks as he circles with Alexander. Fans duel as Alexander corners Lio. Lio uses the ropes as a defense, so Alexander backs off. Lio comes out and goes for legs but Alexander keeps away. They tie up and Lio gets a leg, but Alexander sprawls to get a wristlock. Lio rolls and arm-drags but Alexander holds on! Alexander wrenches Lio into a shoulder breaker, but Lio pushes him to ropes. Lio then gets a headlock out of the ropebreak, and holds on as Alexander lifts. Alexander powers out but Lio holds ropes. Lio baits Alexander in but Alexander bucks him off the roll-up. Alexander runs but Lio follows. Alexander handsprings over and back, but Lio dodges to come back and headscissor, but Alexander handsprings through! Lio laughs, he likes how Alexander can keep pace. Alexander says Lio isn’t as good as he thinks he is.
The fans duel as Lio backs up. Lio then gets Alexander with a leg sweep! And SLAPS Alexander! Lio says this is his house, but Alexander gets up and the chase is on! Lio stops on a dime to change directions, then does it again, then ducks the boot to springboard huricanrana! Alexander gets to a corner, but keeps his cool, even as Lio taunts, “Are you gonna cry?” Lio brags but Alexander trips him now! And then dropkicks him! Lio ends up in a corner, and Alexander gives him a chop. Alexander puts Lio in another corner to give him another chop. Fans fire up while Lio crawls away. Alexander brings Lio out for a snapmare and dropkick, then cover. TWO, but Alexander keeps his cool. Alexander walks into Lio’s kick but gives back another chop! He whips Lio to a corner, then back drops him on the rebound!
Lio crawls to another corner, but Alexander runs in, only for Lio to escape. Lio comes back, but Alexander dropkicks his legs out, sending him into buckles. Alexander then goes to the apron, and runs in for the corner kick! Lio staggers back, Alexander springboards in, into a SUPERKICK! Alexander staggers on the outside, Lio DIVES at the corner! Lio leaves Alexander out for the count, going back to the ring to rest. Alexander gets up at 5, so Lio goes out to run and dropkick him into barriers! Then he whips Alexander into steel steps! Lio leaves Alexander out again, shouting at the ref to count. The ref counts, and Alexander is down until 5. Alexander stands at 6 and gets in before 7. Lio nods and grins, but then is serious as he throws hands in the corner.
The ref counts and Lio backs off at 4. Lio comes back and grinds his boot into Alexander, as fans duel. Alexander gets up and chops Lio, but Lio kicks Alexander. Lio snapmares and kicks Alexander again, cover, ONE! Lio wraps on body scissors and a half nelson chinlock. Alexander endures as fans rally up. Alexander gets up, crawls but Lio rolls him around. Lio clobbers Alexander with crossfaces, then flexes. But Alexander gets up with Lio as a backpack, and rams him into buckles. Lio hops back up but Alexander rams him into buckles again. Alexander chops Lio, then whips him corner to corner. Lio reverses, but Alexander catches the kick. Alexander flips Lio over, Lio lands on his feet, then ducks and handsprings. Alexander blocks the mule kick but not the enziguri! Lio covers, ONE, but Lio is still laser focused.
Lio circles Alexander. He kicks Alexander swift in the back, then again. Lio lines up a shot, but Alexander blocks the kick! Alexander gives Lio the stiff back elbow! Alexander gets moving, and hits the shoulder tackle and swing kick! Lio staggers, Alexander springboards for the flying clothesline! But he’s not stopping there, he brings Lio up. Lio slips out of the lift then runs, but Alexander shows he can change direction just as fast. Alexander redirects Lio, handspring, Neuralizer! Cover, TWO!! Lio survives and now Alexander has to keep his cool. Alexander grits his teeth as he gets up. Lio rolls around in a daze as Alexander takes off the elbow pads. Lio yanks Alexander out, but runs into the boot. Alexander springboards in, complete shot! Cover, TWO! Alexander is beside himself, but he watches Lio flounder and crawl to the apron.
Alexander drags Lio back in, but Lio kicks the leg out then back heel kicks! Lio turns Alexander around, then spins more for the spin-cycle Unprettier! Cover, TWO!! And Lio is furious! “Are you kidding me?!” Lio undoes his wrist tape as fans rally up for Alexander. Lio stalks Alexander, brings him up but Alexander shoves him away. He gives haymakers but Alexander shoves him away, to then rock him with a right! Lio is dazed again, Alexander goes at him, but Lio fires off a strike fest. But Alexander ducks the back hand to scoop slam, but Lio makes it a victory roll?! TWO!! SPANISH FLY, from Lio! That’s usually Alexander’s move! Lio heads up top, and leaps, but his splash flops!
Alexander hurries, LUMBAR- No, Lio headscissors! But Alexander blocks with superior strength! Alexander brings Lio back up, but Lio gets him with the huricanrana pin! TWO, Lio runs and low springboards backwards for a stunner!! Alexander staggers around, Lio runs, into Alexander’s Spanish Fly! Alexander holds on and brings Lio up, for the LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
The Man of the Hour’s streak is over!! Alexander gets a huge win and finally gets out of his own losing streak. Can Alexander use this to skyrocket back to the title? Who will hold the title when he does?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
The Beacon of Light heard Murphy say that he’s willing to go to Hell and back to keep the Cruiserweight Championship. Well that’s exactly what he’ll have to do to win. But he won’t be going alone, Ali will be right there with him. That title means more to Ali than Murphy understands. Murphy can talk trash and play mind games, but it won’t matter because it’ll come down to what they do in the ring. It’ll come down to Murphy’s strength and Ali’s speed. It’ll come down to Murphy’s aggression and Ali’s determination. And it’ll come down to Murphy’s anger and Ali’s heart. That’s when Murphy will learn not even a Juggernaut can stop the unstoppable.
A spectacular 205 Live to be the Survivor Series go-home! Tozawa & Kendrick VS Gulak & Gallagher was great, but it makes sense for the Heels to win here. It would be too soon for Tozawa and Kendrick to be a better duo as they haven’t even been shown spending time together. I’m sure Kendrick can explain to Tozawa what happened with the usual “bumped into” misunderstanding, so they’ll surely go for another match with Gulak & Gallagher. Then Lucha House Party sans Metalik wins, because they need to strong before having their blow-off with TJP & Mike Kanellis. I’m guessing something in Maria’s plan extends this feud, aka the Heels win.
Alexander VS Rush was amazing! Because of how fast these two guys move, the 15 or so minutes given was more than enough time. They got so much into it, such great story of Lio thinking talent alone gets him through but Alexander showing him what hard work can do. I like the trade of Spanish Flies, that’s such a standard of Alexander’s style now that it was great for Lio to hit one of his own. And in a great surprise, Alexander wins! I would’ve liked for the “crisis of confidence” to last longer, but maybe Alexander’s title rematch happens at TLC. Speaking of the title, Murphy and Ali had a great scuffle in the trainer’s room and then great individual promos to remind us of their feud’s intensity. It doesn’t really matter who wins so long as the match is great, and on the main show!
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/14/18)
WarGames II is coming, and The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly steps up! Who from the #OneAndOnlyBruiserRaiders fights him for advantage on tonight’s NXT?
- Mia Yim VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins.
- Lacey Evans VS Karissa Rivera; Evans wins.
- WarGames Advantage: Kyle O’Reilly VS Hanson; O’Reilly wins the handicap advantage for his team.
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Mia Yim VS Bianca Belair!
The HBIC, Head Baddie in Charge, didn’t take kindly to the words from The EST. Mia may have not one the Mae Young Classic, but she earned her spot here. Now can she earn the first win ever over the Un-De-Fea-Ted Bianca?
The fans are divided as the bell rings and the two women circle. Bianca pie faces Mia, but Mia shrugs it off. They tie up and Bianca pulls Mia’s hair. She lets go and Mia gets a waistlock. Bianca gets the standing switch, throws Mia down, then toys and taunts Mia. Mia gets the legs, the jackknife, TWO! Mia gets the headlock and takeover, and has control of Bianca. Bianca works her way up and pulls at Mia’s hair. Bianca gets out, clubs Mia, then runs her over with a shoulder. Fans still duel as Bianca runs. Bianca cartwheels over Mia, and Mia deflects the dropkick. Mia throws knees, then runs, to dropkick Bianca back! Mia hits another dropkick, and another dropkick! She runs and blasts Bianca with a fourth, but Bianca yanks Mia out to the floor. Mia checks her nose while Bianca catches her breath.
Mia rolls in but Bianca is ready with ax handles. Bianca drags Mia to a cover, TWO! Bianca wrenches Mia’s neck, and fans rally up. Mia endures as Bianca thrashes her around. Mia stands but Bianca throws her down again. Bianca sits Mia back up for more neck wrenching, and grinds Mia into her knee. Fans duel, Mia fights her way up and out of the hold. Mia rolls Bianca, TWO, Oklahoma Roll! ONE, and Bianca barrels Mia over. Cover, TWO! Bianca keeps her cool as she drags Mia back up. Bianca bumps Mia off buckles and throws forearm after forearm. The ref counts, so Bianca stops at 3 to climb up. Bianca has Mia in a hangman’s sleeper! Then she shoves her down for a cocky standing cover, TWO! Bianca stomps her frustrations out on Mia, then pulls her hair back.
Fans rally as Bianca trash talks and knocks Mia down. Bianca sits on Mia to toy with her more. Bianca says “I’m the best! She’s nothing!” But Mia trips Bianca and covers, TWO! Bianca dropkicks Mia hard, then high stack covers, TWO! Mia escapes and Bianca grows frustrated. Bianca drags Mia up for a cravat, but fans rally again. Mia endures being thrashed about in the hold, and feeds off the fan energy. Mia fights back with body shots, but Bianca throws her down. Bianca leaps, but her leg drop gets nothing! Mia back elbows Bianca, then drop toeholds her into buckles! Mia dodges to run Bianca over. She boots Bianca then dropkicks her again. Mia gut wrenches and throws Bianca! Cover, TWO! Bianca survives and keeps her undefeated streak alive!
Fans continue to duel as Mia kicks from all sides. Bianca shoves and gets Mia in a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Mia survives and shocks Bianca. Bianca drags Mia up again, whips, and tackles Mia in the corner! Bianca throws in her shoulder, then SLAPS Mia. She whips Mia corner to corner, but Mia dodges. Bianca thinks she’s smarter than that, but Mia throws palm strikes, knees and a Pele! Bianca’s down, Mia covers, TWO!! Another near fall, and Bianca is floundering. Mia runs in, cannonball! Then she drags Bianca out, to wrench the arm. Bianca hits the forearm, then Burning Hammer! Or as Bianca calls it, the KOD, Kiss of Death! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
The EST continues to be the one and only Un-De-Fea-Ted woman in NXT! Will this win finally earn Bianca that NXT Women’s Championship match she’s been after?
Ricochet talks with Pete Dunne and The War Raiders backstage.
One of them has to step up against Kyle O’Reilly for the WarGames Advantage match tonight. Who will it be? The One and Only knows all four of them want it, but he is the one who can get it done. The Bruiserweight disagrees, he’s got this. Ricochet and Dunne argue, but Ray Rowe shouts them down. He and Hanson agree, the War Beard has this. Ricochet and Dunne accept. Will Hanson bring the war early to Kyle O’Reilly?
NXT looks at what led to the TakeOver grudge match.
“Why, Johnny, Why?” NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 was meant to have a Triple Threat for the title. But someone attacked Aleister Black when no one was looking. William Regal questioned Gargano in front of the NXT Universe, yet Gargano was cryptic with his answer. However, it turned out someone was watching that night: Nikki Cross. And for weeks, the Loony Lass toyed with giving the answer away. Gargano would reveal it to us all only when there was no other way to keep the secret. Gargano would use a video message to explain his reasons. In his mind, Gargano did nothing wrong, it was just business. Gargano felt only he could defeat and only he should defeat Tommaso Ciampa for the title. However, that didn’t work out and now Gargano will face retribution.
Gargano claims to be the hero of this story, but Aleister says Gargano has it wrong. Aleister says Gargano doesn’t know who he is. Gargano is not the hero in this story, he is the coward. Johnny Wrestling feels no shame and has no regrets. But will he after The Dutch Destroyer does everything he can to destroy Gargano? Or will the darkness consume Gargano as he makes Aleister #FadetoBlack?
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle.
The King of Bros has had a great time in NXT so far, and debuted successfully and is ready for anyone. But Kassius Ohno walks in. He was waiting all week to hear something about Riddle challenging Ohno for a match, but so far, nothing. When Ohno confronted Riddle, that was a test. Ohno is a man of action, he came back and challenged champions. And do you know what those champions did? They took action. So Ohno sees through the “Bro Show” hype, it’s just trash. Trash? How about this? They’ll go 1v1 next week, the TakeOver aftermath, and Riddle takes that little test. Riddle will pass the test, and leave Ohno KO’d in the ring. How about that, bro? Ohno has nothing else to say, but Riddle doesn’t mind. They’ve talked, now they can fight. Who will win that fight next week on NXT?
Lacey Evans VS Karissa Rivera!
The Lady of NXT continues her crusade to straighten out the Women’s Division to follow her example. Armed with her powerful Woman’s Right, will Lacey make an example of the second-generation Cherokee Warrior?
The bell rings and Lacey dares Karissa to approach. They tie up and Lacey knees low, then whips to drop toehold Karissa to the mat. Lacey holds Karissa down with push-ups! Then she puts Karissa in a corner with buckle bumps, and rams Karissa back again and again. Lacey backs off at 4, but comes back with the swinging bronco buster! Lacey dabs herself off with the handkerchief, but Karissa fires off with double hand chops! Karissa runs to dropkick Lacey down! Cover, ONE! Lacey is angry now that Karissa made a mess of her wardrobe. Lacey slams Karissa’s face off the mat again and again! She stops at the ref’s count of 4, then ROCKS Karissa with the Woman’s Right! She tells the ref to count as she covers, Lacey wins!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall
The Model Soldier wins with a 1-2-3 but she could’ve easily won with a knockout. Lacey’s on a roll as she continues to #FightLikeaLady, but now she gets a mic to speak.
“NXT is full of a bunch of classless nasties.” These “girls” forget what it’s like to carry themselves with sophistication. But Lacey leads by example, because it is her responsibility as THE Lady of NXT. And if they don’t adhere to her standards, then she’ll personally teach them a lesson in manners. Lacey wants to be top of the division, but she’ll need the title for that. Will she aim for whoever comes out of TakeOver: WarGames the champion?
NXT looks at what led us to the NXT Championship #PsychoDreamMatch.
The Psycho Killer came out the champion after all that transpired with Gargano and Aleister. “When you’re at the top, they will always try to chop you down.” Fans would rain boos and jeers on Ciampa, but Ciampa would shrug it all off. Ciampa clutched to his precious title, but the Patrick Clark Experience would speak up! Velveteen Dream wanted a “moment” with Ciampa and the title, and so did fans. Dream loves the spotlight, and there’s no bigger spotlight than at TakeOver. But Ciampa’s seen “kids” like Dream in this same spot, only to “crack under pressure.” Of course, in Gargano’s case, Ciampa helped create some of those cracks.
But that aside, Ciampa would go after Dream to show him he doesn’t deserve the champ’s spotlight. However, Dream would get the better of Ciampa and be the one standing over the champ. The spotlight is never brighter than in Los Angeles. Dream says Ciampa’s blinded by his own obsession. You can’t fight what you can’t see. Dream gets his shot, but will he get his moment? Or will Ciampa end yet another fairy tale story?
NXT takes a look at what led to the FIFTH fight between the Queen of Spades and Pirate Princess!
It was yet another match for the NXT Women’s Championship between Shayna Baszler and Kairi Sane, at WWE Evolution. However, Shayna had her friends, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, in the front row. Things would break down, and the other Horsewomen of MMA fame would get involved! The distractions and sucker kick would pay off, Shayna would get Kairi in the Kirafuda! The Queen had her throne back, and the Pirate Princess had lost her treasure. She knows it wasn’t fair that Shayna’s friends helped, but William Regal knew a way around it happening again. This fifth time, the winner will have to win twice, because it will be Best 2 out of 3! This tiebreaker for the title will finally decide who the one true NXT Women’s Champion is! Who will be standing tall at the end of TakeOver: WarGames?
WarGames Advantage: Kyle O’Reilly VS Hanson!
The Undisputed Era love to #ShockTheSystem, but they’ve gotten a lot of negative attention from those they’ve gone after. The War Raiders want after The Undisputed Era for always escaping with the NXT Tag Team Championships. The Bruiserweight wants after Roderick Strong for screwing him over in the Dusty Rhodes Classic. And the One and Only wants to Adam Cole to finally shut him up. But will their team get the advantage in the coming war?
The bell rings and the two approach. Kyle circles Hanson and gives some testing kicks, but Hanson doesn’t budge. Kyle gives quick palm strikes but Hanson still doesn’t flinch. Hanson corners Kyle so Kyle gives him a forearm. Hanson roars but Kyle dodges to fire more strikes. But Hanson easily shoves Kyle away to then run him over. Kyle bails out and Hanson dares him to come back. Kyle takes a moment to compose himself, then gets back in via the steps. He drops down to dare Hanson to make a move. Kyle then kicks and kicks, but Hanson drags Kyle up. Hanson avoids the sweep, so Kyle shifts to a headlock. Kyle can’t get the headlock takeover because Hanson’s too big and strong!
Hanson brings Kyle up but Kyle tries again. Hanson brings Kyle up again and pushes him to ropes. Kyle slips out of the scoop and has a waistlock, but Hanson bucks him off. Kyle dodges but runs into Hanson’s huge shoulder! Hanson squashes Kyle in a corner, then whips him corner to corner hard! Kyle stands but gets clobbered again! he ends up on the top rope, and Hanson hammers away! Hanson hits Kyle ten times then backs away. Kyle slumps out of the ring and to the floor, but Hanson goes out to fetch him. Hanson puts Kyle in the ring but Kyle is on him with a dropkick to the leg! Kyle dragon screws Hanson down! Fans duel as Kyle kicks away on Hanson’s leg. Kyle throws palm strikes and knees, then runs to kick the leg out! Hanson is down and Kyle goes after the leg.
Kyle wants a Half Crab but Hanson uses the good leg to hit back. Kyle lets go of the leg to throw palm strikes from both sides! He then goes back to the leg, puts it on the rope, and springboard drops on it! Cover, TWO and with power! Kyle ends up on the outside, but runs back in for a scoop slam! Hanson runs, but his splash belly flops! But he still catches Kyle’s kick! Kyle throws palm strikes but Hanson spins Kyle around, for a back suplex. Kyle lands on his feet to chop block Hanson’s other leg! Hanson’s down, Kyle covers, TWO! Hanson gets to the ropes but Kyle goes after him. Kyle wants a leg but Hanson throws hands wherever he can. Kyle knees low and grabs the leg, to dragon screw again! Hanson is down but Kyle isn’t done with him.
Kyle kicks then knees. Hanson clubs him with one big forearm, but Kyle gets a takedown! And heel hook! Fans rally as Hanson endures the leg lock. Kyle wrenches harder but Hanson refuses to give up. Hanson reaches as fans rally up. He clubs away on Kyle’s knee, then goes to pry the lock open. He does, and boots Kyle in the face! Hanson crawls away while Kyle is dazed. Hanson hobbles up but Kyle kicks the leg again. Kyle runs, but into a back drop! Hanson has to kneel from the pain, but he does come back for big haymakers and back hands! He whips Kyle and gets him in a sidewalk slam. Then the crossbody splash! But Hanson keeps moving, firing himself up. Hanson whips Kyle into a corner then squashes him. Then a scoop, spinning slam! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives, and fans continue to duel.
Hanson looms over Kyle, Kyle kicks the leg! Kyle drives in a knee, but then Hanson clubs him. Kyle goes after the leg, but Hanson deadlifts him up. Hanson boots Kyle right out of the ring! Hanson DIVES!! He runs Kyle over like a bus, then puts Kyle back in the ring. Hanson isn’t done with Kyle, he runs in at the corner, for a Bronco Buster! Then Hanson hops up, but here comes Adam Cole! Cole talks trash to distract, but Hanson decides to make it worse for Kyle on Cole’s account. Hanson goes top rope, FOR A MOONSAULT! But he belly flops! Kyle Penalty Kicks, cover, TWO!! Into Arm-ageddon! Hanson resists as best as he can, so Kyle shifts to the ankle lock! Hanson’s bad leg is the target, but Hanson still gets a ropebreak!
Cole is furious and Kyle doesn’t let go, so Hanson shoves him away! But Kyle distracts the ref long enough for Cole to enziguri Hanson! Hanson staggers into Ax ‘n’ Smash!! Cover, TWO!? Hanson survives, and it infuriates Cole! Cole argues with the ref, but Ray Rowe comes out to rock him! Rowe rallies for his fellow Raider, and fans chant “War! War!” Kyle grabs Hanson but Hanson shoves him back. Kyle comes back, into Hanson’s knee! But Kyle still ducks to kick and knee and kick! Hanson cartwheels and clotheslines! Both men are down but fans fire up. Rowe sees Cole get up, and throws him into the steel steps. But then Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish go after Rowe! They gang up 2v1 on Rowe, so here comes Pete Dunne!
Dunne blasts Strong, then rocks Fish! Cole hits Dunne but Dunne takes his fingers. Fish chop blocks Dunne, and the Undisputed Era regroup. So here comes Ricochet, FLYING IN from the ring!! The One and Only evens things, but the ref is too distracted with this to see Kyle smash Hanson with the belts! Kyle covers Hanson, the ref counts, Kyle wins!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall; The Undisputed Era have the WarGames advantage
“You did it!” Kyle won the match, but Dunne and Hanson are worst for wear now. The Undisputed declare WarGames is theirs, are they right about that? Or can Ricochet’s team regroup to shock them back?
A pretty good go-home for NXT, though obviously with mostly filler matches to make room for hype videos. Those hype videos were pretty great, though, really summed things up nicely and set the tone for each match. Naturally, Bianca Belair stays undefeated, and I’m thinking she will until her shot at the title. Lacey Evans was very dominant, and is building herself up as the other option for a new Heel challenger. Therefore, I feel Kairi Sane finds a way to win the Best 2 out of 3 Falls, so that these Heels can have a go. This scenario is very much like Samoa Joe a year or so ago, where he had his multiple title reigns but then moved on to main roster. Shayna has the same, and then she, Jessamyn and Marina can join Rousey on main so that one day we’ll get that Horsewomen VS Horsewomen match.
That WarGames Advantage match was great! I didn’t expect it to be Kyle or Hanson, but that was still pretty great as both are proven singles talents in ROH. Of course the Undisputed Era comes out to make things controversial, and naturally the Undisputed Era get a big advantage because they’re the Heels in this. The interesting wrinkle is Dunne’s knee hurting. Chances are it’s kayfabe to keep Dunne out while he does NXT UK tapings. But that’s fine, I was expecting the Top One Percent to join this fight after what the Undisputed Era did to him, so this could be EC3’s way in. Though, I’d love to see it as a surprise, fans will pop hard for him to show up during the entrances and even be the starting man for the Face team.
My Score: 8.2/10
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