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Mitchell’s WWE Super Show Down Results & Report! (10/6/18)

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WWE makes a huge splash down under at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds! Will it be The Game or the Dead Man who wins their #LastTimeEver Super Show-Down match?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Bar; The New Day wins and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins by disqualification, Lynch retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
  • John Cena & Bobby Lashley VS Kevin Owens & Elias; Cena & Lashley win.
  • Asuka & Naomi VS The IIconics; The IIconics win.
  • WWE Championship No Holds Barred Match: AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe; Styles wins and retains the WWE Championship.
  • Six Woman Tag: Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins VS The Riott Squad; Rousey & The Bella Twins win.
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Buddy Murphy; Murphy wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
  • Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack; The Shield wins.
  • WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: Daniel Bryan VS The Miz; Bryan wins and will challenge for the WWE Championship at WWE Crown Jewel.
  • Last Time Ever: Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels VS The Undertaker w/ Kane; changed into…
  • Last Time Ever, No Disqualifications: Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels VS The Undertaker w/ Kane; HHH wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Melbourne, the time has come.

The stars align for this global event. There will be many first time ever matches, but only one #LastTimeEver. Twenty years, an entire Era, comes full circle as the Phenom and the Game collide not just one more time, but one final time, with their strongest allies behind them. But at the same time, grudges must be settled, wars must be waged, and a champion must be crowned! Are you ready for this super show? Are you ready for Super Show Down!?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Bar!

Awww~ Melbourne~! Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for this opening tag team title match, and feel~, the power~! These two top teams of the Blue Brand and WWE overall collide one more time in the land down under to see who returns to the states the W, W, E, SmackDown, Tag, Team, Champions~!

The bell rings and New Day is in speed formation with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. Kofi starts against Cesaro and Melbourne are strong behind New Day. Cesaro gets the headlock but Kofi powers out, only for Cesaro to run him over. Things speed up and Kofi elbows Cesaro down. Cover, ONE, tag to Woods. Kofi kicks, Woods lariats and Kofi splashes. Woods goes up, Kofi tags in, big elbow drop. Woods intercepts Sheamus and Kofi springboards for another splash! Now Woods uses Kofi for the step stool and senton, then Kofi slingshots back for another splash! Cover, TWO! Sheamus helps Cesaro get out and they regroup. Kofi hits Sheamus, then FLIES! But The Bar catches him, so Woods adds on. It’s not enough as Sheamus catches Woods and rams him into a post! Cesaro rams Kofi into the post, too, and The Bar now has control.

Big E coaches his boys up, but Cesaro covers Kofi. TWO, and Cesaro tags to Sheamus. The Bar double whip and Super Saiyan Kicks! Sheamus drags Kofi out for a lariat, cover, TWO! He keeps on Kofi with the high keylock. Fans rally up and Kofi feeds off the energy. Kofi gets up but Sheamus knocks him down. Tag to Cesaro he gives Kofi a BIG European Uppercut. Cover, TWO, but Cesaro puts Kofi in a modified crossface that puts a knee into the back of Kofi’s head. Cesaro pulls back but Kofi endures. Melbourne rallies up again and Kofi moves around. Kofi fights with elbows but Cesaro pushes. Kofi sunset flips, TWO! Cesaro has a foot and drags Kofi over to tag in Sheamus. Sheamus stomps Kofi then kicks him to the ropes. He drags Kofi up but Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus gives four, then tags to Cesaro.

The Bar double suplexes Kofi up and in, Cesaro covers, TWO! Woods returns to the corner and fans rally. Cesaro puts Kofi in a chinbar and armlock. Kofi works his way up but Cesaro wrenches harder. Kofi throws hands and jawbreakers, but Cesaro tags to Sheamus. Sheamus intercepts by hitting Woods back down. Kofi evades but there’s no one to tag. Sheamus tags Cesaro and Cesaro hits a EuroUpper! He brings Kofi over and The Bar give a double backbreaker! Cesaro covers, TWO! Cesaro puts Kofi on the ropes to choke, then Sheamus gest a cheap shot knee! Cover, TWO! The Bar argues the count, but two is two. Big E coaches up Kofi but Cesaro looms over the high-flyer. Cesaro shoves Kofi to the corner but Kofi fights out. Kofi backs Cesaro down but Cesaro whips him. Kofi dumps Cesaro out! Woods is back and fans fire up!

Kofi crawls but Cesaro tags Sheamus. Kofi tags Woods and Woods rallies! SUPERKICK for Cesaro then he dodges around Sheamus. Mule kick to sliding shot! Cover, TWO! Woods keeps going, chopping away on Sheamus. Sheamus kicks low and tosses Woods out, but Woods says on the apron. Woods kicks back, then step-in springboards, but Sheamus denies the DDT. Sheamus gives Woods the Irish Curse backbreaker, covers, TWO! Big E checks on Kofi while Sheamus goes to a corner. Sheamus roars and aims at Woods. He runs in, but Woods dodges the boot to roll up! TWO and Woods mule kicks Sheamus. Sheamus staggers into a tag from Cesaro. Woods runs but Sheamus tosses him into Cesaro’s EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!

Cesaro grabs the legs and takes Woods swinging! He swings Woods around and around, then puts on the Sharpshooter! Woods endures as Cesaro sits down deep. Kofi slowly returns but Sheamus intercepts him. Kofi shoves Sheamus away to kick Cesaro! Sheamus comes in and grabs Kofi, but Kofi brings him out with body scissors! They’re both down and Woods cradles Cesaro! TWO, but Cesaro rolls Woods, with ropes! Kofi stops that, but then Sheamus grabs him. Kofi breaks free to hit Trouble in Paradise! Woods baits Cesaro into a boot and Kofi tags in. Woods feeds Cesaro to Kofi’s swinging boots, then gives him a backstabber! Kofi climbs and jumps for double stomps against those knees! Cover, New Day wins!

Winners: The New Day, Kofi Kingston pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions

The five-time tag team champions are still the five-time tag team champions as the speed formation gets the win! Will this fifth reign be even greater than their record setting fourth reign?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair!

The Lass Kicker finally sits back atop her Women’s Division, but her former friend in The Queen of Flair won’t just sit back and let her have her way. Will Becky’s two-year struggle be for naught? Or will she be too Relent-Lass for Charlotte to overcome?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Charlotte and Becky circle and Melbourne is more on Becky’s side than Charlotte’s. Becky likes that as she kicks and forearms Charlotte. She grinds Charlotte against ropes. Charlotte boots but Becky blocks that to send it sideways. Becky goes after that leg then sweeps the other. She drags Charlotte up but Charlotte fights back with big knees and forearms. Charlotte puts Becky in a corner but Becky boots back. Becky kicks Charlotte into buckles then goes out of the ring. She drags Charlotte all the way out and to the floor! The referee checks on Charlotte and reprimands Becky, but Becky keeps on Charlotte by shoving her into the post! Charlotte shouts in pain from her shoulder, but Becky puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO!

Becky keeps her cool and stomps a mudhole into Charlotte. She backs off at 4 but goes after Charlotte at the ropes. She stops at 4 again, to bring Charlotte up. Becky elbows Charlotte’s neck then whips her to a corner. Charlotte tumbles to the apron then slingshots in for a roll up. TWO, and Charlotte chops! Becky dodges the next one to tilt-o-whirl takedown into the Fujiwara armbar! Becky pulls back as hard as she can but Charlotte endures. Charlotte powers her way up but Becky brings her back down! Becky pulls on fingers on top of the arm, but Charlotte still endures. Fans rally as they stand up, and Charlotte sidewalk slams Becky! Becky staggers into a back suplex! Both women are down but stirring. Fans rally up for Becky as she stands.

Becky gives Charlotte EuroUppers, then a back kick. Charlotte turns that around to knee drop the back of the leg! Becky staggers into more Flair chops! Charlotte chops and chops then whips but Becky blocks. Charlotte kicks the bad leg, then puts Becky in a corner. Becky dodges to jump kick! Becky scoops Charlotte, but Charlotte fights out. Charlotte scoops and tosses Becky with the exploder! Becky flounders to a corner while Charlotte kips up. Charlotte walks over but Becky puts her into buckles. Becky hops up, leaps and hits the forearms. Cover, TWO! Becky grows frustrated already, but she knows Charlotte well enough to know this won’t be so easy. Becky glares at Charlotte and goes after the arm. Charlotte gets a takedown and wants her hold but Becky punches her away. Charlottes boots Becky down! Cover, TWO!

Charlotte keeps her cool, and takes a moment to catch her breath. Becky gets her in a roll up, TWO! Charlotte forearms Becky but Becky comes back with a forearm. Charlotte forearms again, but so does Becky. They go back and forth, staggering but still standing with every shot. Becky gets an edge, then headbutts! Charlotte SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and now Charlotte is growing frustrated. Charlotte sits up first and drags herself up with ropes. She gets herself to a corner and climbs up top. Charlotte aims, moonsault hits knees! Becky rolls Charlotte up, TWO! Enziguri! Becky staggers over but she wants to go up top. She takes aim, leg drop flops as Charlotte evades!

Charlotte boots Becky back down, then goes after the legs. She drags Becky around for the Boston Crab! Becky endures and crawls towards ropes, for the ropebreak! Charlotte lets go, and grits her teeth. Becky grabs her belt and wants out. But Charlotte pursues, tackling Becky into barriers! Charlotte puts Becky in the ring, but Becky kicks her. Charlotte SPEARS again! But she doesn’t cover, she wants the Figure Four! She gets it! Charlotte wants the bridge but Becky knows it. Becky moves around and drags towards the ropes, but Charlotte gets the Figure Eight! But Becky slaps her with the belt!

Winner: Charlotte, by disqualification; Becky is still SmackDown Women’s Champion

Champion’s Advantage of course works to the advantage of the champion. Becky lets Charlotte win this match, but Becky keeps the title. If it took an act of desperation to hold onto the title, will Becky be able to keep her reign going? Or will The Queen regain her throne sooner rather than later?

Charlotte isn’t happy with the result either way, and she goes after Becky at the ramp! She drags Becky back to the ring, but Becky slips out to attack back! Becky drags Charlotte up now and throws her with a Becksploder! The Lass Kicker wants more, and she knees Charlotte’s head into the barriers! Becky leaves Charlotte down and out, who else will be burned by the Straight Fire?

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias and Kevin Owens.

The Drifter and Prizefighter have come to Melbourne. Elias plays the opening to Thunderstruck by ACDC, and puts his own spin on it, and Melbourne likes it. Elias is officially an international sensation, but he knows he’s most loved in the land down under. But that’s because Australia knows the truth: WWE stands for “Walk With Elias!”

Tonight is going to be a great night but it’s even better with his big fan and good friend, Kevin Owens, with him. Kevin knows usually nothing cheers him up quite like Elias’ music, but who knows if that’ll happen tonight? These two great guys sit in a cesspool of a city. Kevin told them Super Show Down should be in Canada! Elias says that’s fine, but he got some advice. When things get bad, don’t worry, because John Cena and Bobby Lashley will choke, just like Collingwood did. Melbourne seems to like hearing that. But before Elias can sing a song, Lashley makes his entrance!

 

John Cena & Bobby Lashley VS Kevin Owens & Elias!

The Dominator has had his problems with both Kevin and Elias, but he’s not alone. The 16-time WWE world champion has had his history with both Prizefighter and Drifter, and makes his return to the ring for this historic event! Of course, Kevin claims that’s the only reason Cena is back, meaning Cena and Lashley won’t work well together the way the good friends, Kevin and Elias, will. Will Kevin be proven right or wrong when these two big names combine forces for Super Show Down?

The teams sort out, and Kevin starts while fans duel as always about “Let’s Go, Cena!” “Cena Sucks!” But Cena lets Lashley start, so Lashley circles with Kevin. Kevin tags out to Elias so Elias circles with Lashley. They tie up and Lashley gets the wristlock. Lashley wrenches the arm and yanks on it. Lashley jams the arm then clubs Elias on th back. He throws in a knee then runs to run Elias over with a shoulder. Elias gets to a corner and knees back. Elias chops Lashley then throws forearms. He runs but into Lashley’s Thesz Press! Lashley puts Elias in a corner for haymakers then whips him corner to corner. He runs in but Elias boots Lashley away. Elias runs but Lashley leaps over to then powerslam! Cover, TWO! Elias gets to his corner and Kevin tags in.

Lashley still goes after Elias but Kevin goes after Lashley. Kevin puts on a headlock but Lashley powers out. They collide shoulders but neither man stands. Kevin kicks and headlocks but Lashley powers out. They collide shoulders again, but then Lashley turns Kevin around for the swinging neckbreaker. Lashley runs in at Kevin for the big shoulder tackle. He then climbs up for corner punches. Lashley gets six but Elias comes in. Lashley hits Elias but then misses Kevin. He dodges Elias and has to fight them both off. He complete shots Kevin, then points to Cena. But Elias intercepts and knocks Cena off the apron. Lashley lifts Elias but Kevin SUPERKICKS him down! Kevin stomps away then says he can’t see Cena.

Kevin drags Lashley over and Elias tags in. They mug Lashley, then stomp a mudhole into him. Elias throws hands, then bumps Lashley off buckles. Elias scoops and slams Lashley to then drop an elbow. Cover, ONE! Elias keeps on Lashley and Kevin tags in. They continue to mug Lashley, then Kevin throws in shoulders. Kevin taunts Cena then goes back to keeping Lashley away. He clubs and kicks Lashley but won’t stop taunting Cena. Kevin forearms Lashley then puts on a chinlock. Fans rally for Lashley and Lashley feeds off the energy. Lashley reaches out to Cena but Kevin drives him down with a DDT! Cover, TWO! Kevin drags Lashley up and over to tag Elias in. Elias rams his shoulder into Lashley, then brings Lashley up for a backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Elias keeps on Lashley and tags Kevin back in.

Lashley fights out now, and keeps Elias from escaping by going after him with a suplex. Kevin saves Elias, but Lashley throws hands on him. Lashley hits Elias for good measure, but then misses on his spear! Lashley crashes and burns, but Kevin tags Elias. Elias goes after Lashley and puts him into the post. He puts Lashley in the ring then tags Kevin back in. Kevin climbs, for a frog splash! Cover, TWO! Lashley survives and Kevin is livid. Kevin drags Lashley up as fans rally up. Lashley reaches again but Kevin clubs him down. Kevin has Lashley in the facelock, but Cena rallies the fans again. Lashley stands and fights out. Kevin knees low then runs, but into the spinebuster!

Lashley crawls for his corner, and Cena is ready! Hot tag to Cena and Elias! Cena rallies with his shoulder tackles! Then the spin-out bomb, and of course, “You Can’t See Me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle! He fireman’s carry and hits the Attitude Adjustment! But he’s not done there, Cena uses his newest move, the Lightning Punch! Cover, Cena & Lashley win!

Winners: Cena & Lashley, John Cena pinning

The Franchise and the Dominator power through the Drifter and the Prizefighter! Will Cena return to use that Sixth Move of Doom to get that 17th world title reign? Will Lashley himself make his way back towards a title?

Cena takes a mic and speaks.

“I honestly didn’t know what to expect coming back here tonight.” Cena thanks the fans, as WWE is and will always be his home. His life is changing, but he’ll never forget where he came from. Cena wants to let us know he has no idea what the future holds, so he’ll focus on the now. Cena stands in front of 70000 people making some noise, and he means this from the bottom of his heart: there’s not a better feeling in the world. He thanks them for letting him be part of this event. When and where will we see Cena again?

 

Asuka & Naomi VS The IIconics!

Billie Kay & Peyton Royce marvel at being back. It’s so beautiful that they’re finally– Wait, Peyton wants to say it. No, Billie wants to say it. They’ll say it together: they’re home! There’s no place they’d rather be and no audience they’d rather compete in front of. Asuka and Naomi are “not too shabby”, but Australia and the world will see #WeAreIIconic! Will being back in Melbourne give the Iconic Duo the power they need to overcome Asuka & Naomi? Or is no one, no matter where they are, ready to #FeelTheGlow?

The bell rings and Naomi starts against Peyton. The two circle and tie up. Naomi powers Peyton to ropes but Peyton turns it around. Peyton shoves Naomi and the IIconics laugh, but then Naomi hits back with forearms! Naomi goes to bulldog but Peyton pushes her into buckles! Peyton brings Naomi back and tags Billie. The IIconics double wrench and kick Naomi down. Billie sits Naomi up but Naomi counters. Billie catches the kick but Naomi does the splits and shimmy. Naomi shoves Billie then blocks her kick. Billie begs for mercy, she can’t do the splits. Naomi pulls and ouch goes the thighs. Asuka tags in and Glowmorrow whips. They pass Billie through to sweep and dropkick!

Asuka whips but Billie reverses. Asuka goes up and over and wiggles her hips. Billie runs at Asuka but Asuka grabs the arm. They spin around as Asuka tries to get the takedown! Billie tags Peyton and Peyton saves Billie. Naomi comes in but the duo backs down to strike their “IIconic!” pose. Then they rush Asuka and Naomi, only to get dropkicks! Glowmorrow counts it out, “Ichi! Ni! San!” and they double hip attack the IIconics down! Glowmorrow also do their own secret handshake and pose. Asuka fetches Peyton and catches her by her hair. They go in the ring but Billie distracts. Peyton grabs a leg, Billie gets in for the boot! Peyton covers, TWO! The IIconics are furious but Peyton throws hands on Asuka. Cover, TWO! Peyton tags Billie and the IIconics work together to heel kick Asuka down. Billie covers, TWO!

Billie keeps on Asuka with the armlock. Both IIconics trash talk but Asuka endures. Fans rally up and Asuka fights her way up. Billie knees low but Asuka fights out of the IIconic corner. Asuka gets past Billie to roll her up, TWO! Billie drags Asuka up but Asuka reaches for Naomi. Billie kicks but Asuka catches her into a German Suplex! Fans rally as both women crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Peyton and Naomi! Naomi rallies on Peyton, then springboards for the roundhouse! Peyton is dizzy, Naomi bulldogs her into the buckle. Naomi jumps up, split leg moonsault! Billie breaks the cover, but Asuka dropkicks her down!

Naomi slingshots onto Peyton on the outside, then spanks her butt! Billie anchors Naomi into the apron! Asuka goes after Billie but Billie sends Asuka into barriers. Peyton drags Naomi in, Billie waistlocks and wheelbarrows Naomi, IIconic knee! Cover, the IIconics win!!

Winners: The IIconics, Peyton Royce pinning

Melbourne celebrates their hometown heroes being victorious! Will Peyton & Billie use this to move up in the SmackDown Women’s Division and make the future truly IIconic?

 

WWE Championship No Holds Barred Match: AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe!

The Phenomenal One and the Destroyer were once good friends, but perhaps being such good friends is how Joe learned Styles’ weakness. Joe would burn the bridge between him and Styles by using Styles’ own family as a pressure point to hurt the champion. It backfired at first, as Styles went after Joe so hard, he got disqualified. Then in their rematch, Styles survived, but not without controversy. Joe demanded this match, and SmackDown GM Paige agreed. There MUST be a winner this time, so the rules go out the window! Does Styles have a chance of surviving? Or will he leave Joe for dead in the land down under?

Before the bell, Joe waits for Styles on the ramp. Styles marches his way down, eyes locked with Joe, and the fight is on! They brawl on the ramp and Joe headbutts Styles. Styles hits back and throws Joe into barriers! He puts puts Joe in the ring and this match officially begins! Styles throws Joe into a corner then throws hands. Joe can only defend himself, then he throws jabs back. Joe backs Styles down until Styles falls down. Styles stands up and hits Joe back with a heavy haymaker. Joe stands but Styles is on him again. Joe throws Styles out then follows, but Styles trips him up. Even so, Joe shoves Styles over the announce desk! Styles quickly gets up and chases Joe back into the ring.

Styles kicks Joe down, then stalks him to a corner. He kicks Joe again, then chops him. Styles bumps Joe off buckles then rams in a shoulder. Fans duel as Styles snapmares Joe and kicks him in the back. Styles kicks Joe in the chest, but Joe grits his teeth. Joe chops Styles off his feet! Joe stalks Styles now, then chops him off his feet again. He headbutts Styles then jabs him against the ropes. Joe runs and boots Styles out of the ring! Joe waits for Styles as long as it takes, because there are no count-outs. Styles stands and Joe builds speed to DIVE! Joe barrels Styles into barriers! Joe paces while Styles crawls. Styles makes it around the corner but Joe is there to bounce him off steel steps. Joe stalks Styles and whips him to barriers. Then he forearms Styles back into them!

Joe drags Styles up for a snap suplex to the floor, then looms over Styles as he writhes. He puts Styles in the ring, then soaks up the heat. Joe snapmares Styles into a vice grip on the shoulder. Styles endures but Joe has an iron grip. Fans rally up and Styles stands to fight out with elbows. Styles throws haymakers, then runs, but into Joe’s big back elbow! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps his cool as he puts that grip back on Styles’ shoulder. Styles again endures while fans rally up. Styles pries his way out and fights back with chops. He chops and forearms then whips, but Joe reverses. Joe hits the back elbow to Pele! Styles flops out to the apron while fans duel again. Joe drags Styles for a cover, TWO! Styles drags himself back to the apron, but Joe keeps his eyes on him.

Joe grabs the legs and catapults Styles into the ropes for the guillotine. Styles coughs and gasps for air as he flops to the floor. Fans chant “We Want Tables!” while Styles staggers to his feet. Joe stalks Styles to stomp him at the apron. Joe drags Styles up and suplexes, but Styles holds onto ropes. Now Styles to suplex Joe out, but Joe resists. Joe gets Styles up and in but Styles slips out to then throw the Phenomenal Blitz! Joe is on his knees, Styles runs and hits the forearm! Styles catches his breath while Joe crawls to a corner. Styles runs in corner to corner for the big clothesline. Joe gets out of the fireman’s carry but Styles elbows Joe away. Styles hops up and hits the moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool, and drags Joe up.

Styles wants the Clash, but Joe sweeps the legs to catapult Styles into buckles. Joe then runs him over with a lariat! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Styles up for a fireman’s carry. Styles fights out to enziguri! Joe wobbles but stays standing. Styles runs but into the powerslam! Cover, TWO! Styles barely survives but Joe is still just as frustrated. Joe drags Styles back up and whips him to a corner. Styles hits back then hops up, but Joe catches the moonsault for a driver! Cover, TWO!! Joe is so close but still so far. Fans duel as Joe comes up with ideas. Joe rolls out, and he snags a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Joe aims at Styles but Styles dropkicks the chair into his face! Styles stands while Joe is down.

Styles decides to take that chair for his own, to jab it into his ribs and SMACK it across his back! Joe hides under the bottom rope but that won’t spare him. Styles jabs and SMACKS Joe again, then sits the chair up. Styles takes a seat to wait for Joe, so that he can kick him. Then he positions the chair and puts Joe in a corner. Styles backs off, runs back in, and uses the chair for a step stool, only for Joe to catch him, and urenage him onto the chair! Joe covers, TWO!! Styles still survives and Joe grows further frustrated. Joe rolls out because he wants something else. He goes to the ring, and pulls out a table! Melbourne is happy to see that!

Joe brings the table up and in, but first SMACKS Styles with the chair! Styles writhes in pain while Joe sets up that table. Joe drags Styles to the corner and up to the top rope. Fans anticipate what’s coming, but so does Styles. Styles slips out and electric chairs Joe and himself through that table!! Joe clutches his leg, but “This is Awesome!” Styles drags himself up but so does Joe. Joe can barely walk, and the referee checks on Joe. Joe says he heard something pop, but he won’t let this end the match. Styles comes over and moves the ref aside, to stalk the wounded Joe. He goes after the bad leg with vicious stomps! Styles shows no mercy for the man who threatened his family! He grabs and snaps the leg in the toehold, and says “He’s mine now!”

Styles grabs that leg for a DDT into the mat. He drags Joe up to a corner, and just as Joe said before, Styles reminds Joe there are consequences for our actions. But Joe turns things around to put Styles in the corner, only for Styles to get the leg for the Calf Crusher! Joe grabs Styles first, for the Coquina Clutch! Styles squirms around, but a ropebreak doesn’t do anything. Even so, Styles uses the ropes to get out of the hold then he roundhouses Joe away! Styles hurries back up, forearms Joe away, then hotshots him. Joe falls and Styles aims, for a springboard 450 on that bad leg! Styles doesn’t cover, he wants Joe to suffer as he suffered.

Joe rolls out but Styles pursues. Styles kicks that bad leg even as Joe hobbles. He forearms Joe against the barriers but then Joe dumps Styles over. Joe chops Styles now, right in front of the fans. Styles forearms Joe away, then uses the barriers as a springboard for the Phenomenal Forearm! Joe is now dead weight but Styles drags Joe up and in, because the fall has to happen in the ring. Styles prepares his forearm again, and aims at Joe. Joe manages to stand, and Styles springboards, but into the Coquina Clutch! Joe doesn’t have it all, and Styles backs him into buckles. But Joe holds on, and then uses the clutch to suplex Styles! Cover, TWO!!

Both men are down from exhaustion and pain, but this match must continue. They slowly stir, and Joe stands first. Joe puts Styles in a corner, then hoists him back up top. He chops Styles then tucks him in, for a Muscle Buster lift. Styles slips out as the knee gives out, roll up, TWO, COQUINA!! Joe can’t get the body scissors and Styles rolls up like Hell in a Cell! TWO, and Styles shifts right to the Calf Crusher! He even uses Joe’s own boot straps against him! Joe endures as Styles pulls way back. JOE TAPS! STYLES WINS!

Winner: AJ Styles, by submission; still WWE Champion

There had to be a winner, and there was! SmackDown stays the House that AJ Styles Built, and it took so much to keep it that way. Will Styles continue to keep SmackDown his house? Or will he be facing a new challenger soon enough?

 

Six Woman Tag: Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins VS The Riott Squad!

THE Raw Women’s Champion leads Nikki & Brie into battle with Ruby, Liv & Sarah. With WWE Evolution still on the horizon, will we see a glimpse of a coming title match? Or will Rowdy Ronda and the Bellas make sure the Squad doesn’t #StartARiott?

Ronda and Nikki talk it out, but Ruby is waiting. Nikki convinces Ronda to let her start, but then Ruby clobbers Nikki from behind! Ruby drags Nikki up to club her down, then mocks her pain. She whips Nikki but Nikki lariats and dropkicks back. Nikki runs in at the corner but Ruby sends her into buckles. Ruby drags Nikki over to the Squad but Nikki arm-drags. Nikki turns Ruby for the cravat buster then a big shoulder. Ruby staggers but reverses the whip, only for Nikki to reverse back and hit the spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Nikki brings Ruby over and Brie tags in. The Bellas double wrench and sweep, then Brie covers. TWO, but Brie keeps on Ruby. Ruby rolls Brie, TWO, but Ruby gets Brie with the complete shot! Cover, TWO!

Ruby keeps her cool and drags Brie over. Tag to Liv and the Juvenile Delinquent enziguris Brie down! Cover, TWO! Liv keeps on Brie, and even raspberries at her. But Brie grabs that blue raspberry tongue and pulls! Liv breaks free to rock Brie with a right. Liv runs but into Brie’s dropkick! Brie says “Brie Mode!” and runs, to hit the knee! She calls Liv a loser, then yanks her to the cover. TWO, but Brie keeps on Liv. Tag to Nikki, and the Bellas double suplex Liv up to rebound her down. Nikki covers, TWO! The Squad coaches Liv up but Nikki keeps on her. Fireman’s carry but Liv fights out. Liv runs, Sarah tags and Liv kicks Nikki down. Sarah adds her knee, then covers, TWO!

Sarah grounds ‘n’ pounds Nikki to then turn her over for a hair-pulling clutch. She rams Nikki down with a forearm then covers, TWO. Sarah throws knees to back Nikki down. Tag to Liv, and Liv climbs up. Sarah feeds Nikki to Liv’s knees, then Liv hits a flying facebuster! Cover, TWO! Liv stalks Nikki to a corner and stomps a mudhole. She taunts Brie with booty smacks, but runs into Nikki’s boots! Fans rally as both women crawl for their corners. Liv intercepts Nikki first then drags her over. Tag to Sarah, and Sarah stomps Nikki. Sarah taunts Nikki to tag her team, then knocks her down. Sarah drags Nikki over and tags in Ruby. Ruby kicks Nikki then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally and Nikki fights out. Ruby throws Nikki down by her hair, covers, TWO! Ruby drags Nikki over, tag to Sarah.

Sarah stomps Nikki then wraps on a cobra clutch. Nikki endures and fights back, but Sarah spins her around for a sweep. Sarah covers, TWO, and the Squad grows frustrated. Sarah taunts Ronda but Nikki rolls her, TWO! Nikki crawls for her corner but Sarah intercepts with a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Sarah keeps on Nikki with a chinlock, and turns it into a straitjacket. Nikki endures as Sarah shifts back to a cobra clutch. Brie and Ronda rally the fans as they reach for tags. Nikki powers up and fights out. Sarah rocks Nikki with a right, then whips her to a corner. Sarah runs but into an elbow. Nikki hits Ruby then hits the Fearless Enziguri! Ruby lurks outside, and trips up Brie! Liv hits Ronda, and now Nikki is all alone! The ref gets order back, but Ronda returns. Nikki shoves Sarah and tags in Ronda!

The Rowdy One rallies on Sarah with those judo throws! Liv runs in but she gets throw around, too! Ruby is in, she gets a rolling taya goshi! Ronda goes back to Sarah and monkey flips her to a corner. She then fires up and throws the strikes! Sarah can only defend, but then she gets reeled in for the ROWDY SLAM! The Bellas intercept Ruby and Liv, but Brie ends up in a post and Nikki into barriers. Nikki kicks Ruby back and puts her into barriers while Sarah holds onto ropes. Ronda yanks Sarah off, wanting that arm, but Liv clobbers Ronda from behind! Liv and Sarah regroup, then go after Ronda. They drag her up, but Ronda grabs one arm each! Ronda reels them both in for double takedowns! And then she stacks them for a DOUBLE ARMBAR!! Both of them tap, Ronda and the Bellas win!

Winners: Ronda Rousey & The Bella twins, Rousey by submission

The Raw Women’s Champion makes two people tap out at once to bring her, Nikki & Brie the victory! Will anyone hope to ever defeat the Baddest Woman in the Planet?

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Buddy Murphy!

The Soul of 205 Live has been undefeated in the year 2018, especially once becoming THE Cruiserweight Champion at Wrestlemania. However, the Cruiserweight Juggernaut is the other hometown hero tonight. Can Murphy use his superior size and strength to end the #AgeofAlexander? Or is the building legacy only going to continue in the land down under?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Murphy has Melbourne on his side and he makes sure Alexander knows it. Murphy offers a handshake, only to take it back. Then he hits Alexander with a knee trigger! Cover, TWO! Murphy almost got the better of Alexander, but he keeps going. He sets Alexander in the drop zone then climbs up, but Alexander bails out. So Murphy hops down, builds up speed and FLIES! Direct hit on the champion! Melbourne is thunderous for Murphy as he puts Alexander in. Murphy climbs again and leaps at Alexander for meteora! Cover, TWO! Alexander survives but Murphy is not deterred. Murphy kicks Alexander swiftly on the back, then again. Murphy kicks Alexander a third time, then covers, TWO! Alexander isn’t that easy to defeat, but Murphy doesn’t mind.

Murphy aims but Alexander evades. Alexander gives Murphy a big uppercut, then a boot. Alexander blocks Murphy’s kick to give the elbow. Murphy staggers and Alexander runs, but into a sleeper hold! Murphy squeezes tight and brings Alexander down to a knee. Alexander endures and powers Murphy to a corner. He bounces Murphy off buckles but it takes three times to break free. Murphy then shoves Alexander into buckles! Fans cheer as Murphy drags Alexander up. Murphy sets Alexander on buckles, then runs corner to corner, only to get a SUPERKICK! Murphy is down and Alexander drags himself up. Fans rally again as Alexander walks over. Murphy rocks him with a heavy right! Alexander staggers to a corner and Murphy puts him up top.

Melbourne is behind Murphy as he climbs up. Alexander fights back and he shoves Murphy away. Murphy returns but is pushed back again. Murphy tries a third time but Alexander gets him with a SUPER Michinoku Driver!! Cover, TWO!! Melbourne is relieved that their hometown hero still lives. Alexander and Murphy both stir as the fans rally up. Alexander runs and shoulders Murphy, to then swing kick and knee strike. Murphy staggers, Alexander says “Get Over Here!” with the step-in springboard shot! Murphy rolls out of the ring but Alexander builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on the challenger! Alexander puts Murphy back in, but he has to catch his breath a moment. He gets to the apron and takes aim at Murphy.

Springboard but into a waistlock. Standing switch and shove, handspring to Neuralizer! Cover, TWO! Murphy survives but Alexander still has moves to use. Alexander drags himself up while fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!” Alexander drags Murphy up in a waistlock, hauls him up but Murphy resists. The champ’s back also bothers him, but he tries again. Murphy slips out and boots Alexander! Murphy hops up but gets an uppercut! Alexander climbs up but hears the fans still on Murphy’s side. Alexander brings Murphy up, but Murphy fights back. They brawl up top with body shots, but Murphy gets the edge. Murphy sunset flips but Alexander holds on. He gets tucked in, SUPERKICK to POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Melbourne can’t believe it but Alexander survives.

The fans keep rallying and Murphy sits up first. Alexander follows and the two glare at each other. Murphy grabs Alexander but Alexander enziguris! Alexander fires himself up but Murphy reels him in. Murphy dodges the kicks to give the knee trigger! Murphy pumphandles but Alexander pops out to victory roll! TWO!! SPANISH FLY OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover again, TWO?!? Murphy survives impact after impact and Alexander’s face says it all! Melbourne is giving their hero a standing ovation as he crawls to ropes. Alexander takes off the elbow pads because he’s getting serious. He drags Murphy in but Murphy sends him out. Alexander is still on the apron, and springboards, into a knee trigger! MURPHY’S LAW!! Cover, MURPHY WINS!!

Winner: Buddy Muphy, by pinfall; NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion

The Age of Alexander is OVER! Murphy promised to bring it crumbling down, and he has! Will this new reign prove that no one can stop the unstoppable Cruiserweight Juggernaut?

 

Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack!

Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose have been one of the most dominant trios in WWE history. However, that could easily change if Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler win here tonight. The Universal Champion, the Intercontinental Champion and the Raw Tag Team Champions are all in this match, but this match is not about titles, but about supremacy!

The Shield make their entrance from three separate stairways. Rollins on camera left, Reigns on camera right, and Ambrose right up the middle. They regroup at the ring to then flank it like back in the old days. The Pack stands back to back to back, ready for the war. The muzzles come off, and the fight is on! Rollins brawls with Ziggler, Ambrose brawls with McIntyre, and Reigns has Strowman! Rollins clotheslines Ziggler out to then help out but Strowman gets the better of Reigns. Ambrose sends McIntyre out, then goes with Rollins to help Reigns. The Shield all have the Monster Among Men reeling and then tumbling out of the ring. But the brawl continues on the outside! Ambrose takes apart the announce desk while Rollins jumps on Strowman.

Reigns helps Rollins out, then Ambrose comes over. Strowman is vulnerable, and fans can anticipate what’s coming. The Shield coordinates, but Ziggler & McIntyre save Strowman. Strowman clubs Rollins while Ziggler has Ambrose and McIntyre has Reigns. This still isn’t officially a match, though. McIntyre chops Ambrose then Rollins, and Strowman puts Rollins in. Ziggler follows and now we can start. The referee checks on Rollins but Rollins wants to fight. The bell rings and Ziggler leaps for the satellite DDT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grows frustrated, but he calls for his team. McIntyre tags in and he suplexes Rollins down. Cover, TWO! The Scottish Stud taunts Rollins about tagging to no one, then stomps Rollins down. McIntyre puts Rollins in the Pack’s corner, tag to Strowman.

Strowman roars at Reigns and Ambrose before squashing Rollins with the corner splash. He dares one of the Shield boys to get in, then he whips Rollins hard corner to corner. Rollins bounces off buckles and hits the mat, and Strowman tags in Ziggler. Ziggler takes his time bringing Rollins around for the snapmare and elbow drop. Cover, TWO, so he wraps Rollins up in a sleeper hold. Ziggler also gets the body scissors and squeezes the air out of The Architect. Fans rally and Rollins gets up. Rollins reaches but Ziggler pulls hair to bring Rollins down. Ziggler tags McIntyre to mug Rollins. McIntyre puts Rollins in a corner for stomps, haymakers and clubbing forearms. He makes sure Ambrose and Reigns watch as he pulls Rollins’ hair. McIntyre again taunts Rollins with tagging, before stomping him out. He drags Rollins over to tag Ziggler back in.

Ziggler stomps Rollins, then embraces the heat. Ziggler stands Rollins up and eggs Rollins on. He hits Rollins down, then shows a superkick to Ambrose. Ziggler toys with Rollins but Rollins counter punches him. Rollins whips but Ziggler reverses to hop on for another sleeper hold! Ziggler becomes a backpack, putting his full weight on Rollins. Rollins fades but fans rally up. Ambrose coaches Rollins up, too, and Rollins gets a second wind! Rollins reaches for his corner, but Ziggler rakes the eyes! Even so, Rollins back suplexes Ziggler down! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to McIntyre! McIntyre intercepts Rollins but Rollins kicks and slingblades McIntyre down! Now McIntyre and Rollins crawl, hot tag to Strowman! Strowman blasts Ambrose & Reigns down then runs Rollins over!

Fans chant “Get These Hands!” as Strowman drags Rollins up. Ziggler throws Ambrose into barriers and then McIntyre throws Reigns into steps. Strowman drags Rollins around to make him look at his fallen friends. Strowman also taunts the fans, “Look at your might Shield!” He puts Rollins in the Pack’s corner to ram in a shoulder. Strowman rocks Rollins with a right, then tags in Ziggler. Strowman stomps Rollins on his way out, then Ziggler taunts Rollins. “Do something! C’mon, do something, Seth!” But Ziggler says no one cares anymore. Rollins fights back with furious hands! Ziggler kicks a leg out, then goes for the Famouser, only to get a buckle bomb instead!

McIntyre tags in to pick Rollins up, only for Rollins to huricanrana counter! Strowman tags in and he runs Rollins over again! He kicks Rollins while he’s down, then runs corner to corner for a big corner squash. Rollins is down, but so is everyone else. Strowman decides to do something different, and he climbs up top! Fans anticipate something crazy, and Strowman leaps, only to belly flop! Now everyone is down and Rollins has an opening. Rollins shouts for Ambrose and Ambrose drags himself up. Strowman also crawls and Ziggler is back. Tag to Ziggler, tag to Ambrose! The Lunatic Fringe rallies on the Show-Off! Ziggler dodges but still runs into Ambrose’s Fall Away Slam!

Ambrose sees Ziggler get to the apron and brings him up, to suplex in. Ziggler slips out but is denied his Zigzag. McIntyre returns but Ambrose knocks him away. Ziggler wants the Famouser but is again denied as Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds! Ziggler elbows out but his kick is denied, Dodon Buster from Ambrose! Cover, TWO!! The Shield is making a comeback but it’s not over yet. Ambrose grits his teeth and heads up top. He aims at Ziggler but Ziggler climbs up quick. Ambrose fights him off and adjusts, for the Lunatic Elbow! Ziggler rolls through, TWO! They both run, double crossbodies collide! Both men down and now McIntyre returns to his corner. Ziggler and Ambrose crawl, tag to McIntyre who reels Ambrose in. Ambrose slips out of the suplex to hit a neckbreaker! Ambrose crawls for Reigns, and tags him in!

The Big Dog rallies with a boot and uppercuts! He gives McIntyre close-range clotheslines in a corner. He gets all 10 then runs to clothesline McIntyre out. Reigns sees his target, slides out and runs over, for the Drive-By dropkick! Reigns puts McIntyre in and gets a DDT! Cover, TWO! Reigns keeps his cool as he backs off to a corner. Fans duel as Roman locks and loads. Reigns takes aim, but Ziggler comes in. He runs Ziggler off but McIntyre boots Reigns. Reigns rebounds and runs at McIntyre, but McIntyre dodges to send the SUPERMAN PUNCH into AMBROSE! McIntyre takes advantage of the shocked Reigns with a roll up, TWO, and Roman rolls McIntyre. Deadlift to sit-out bomb! Cover, but Ziggler breaks it. Rollins returns to springboard clothesline Ziggler. Strowman returns to scoops Rollins.

Reigns runs at Strowman but gets caught by one big hand! Strowman shoves Reigns into McIntyre’s headbutt, but Rollins slips out to bait Strowman into a post! McIntyre blocks Rollins’ boot and drags Rollins onto his back. But Reigns SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre to save Rollins! Cover, TWO! Everyone is down again, but Melbourne builds to a rally. Reigns & Rollins stir in the ring, but now The Pack flank them. The tables have turned, but Ambrose returns! Who does Ambrose stand with? Everyone wants to see Ambrose’s answer. Ambrose nods, enters the ring, but then runs right at Strowman! He blasts Strowman down with a dropkick, The Shield is still whole! Ambrose keeps running while brawls happen on either side, and he DIVES on Strowman!

Reigns beats down Ziggler and then The Shield all go after McIntyre. Reigns tags in Rollins, who tags in Ambrose. The Shield coordinates, and feed McIntyre to Cerberus, the Triple Powerbomb, but Strowman barrels in to wipe everyone out! The Monster roars, and he takes Reigns to toss him out. Strowman tosses Rollins out, too, then goes to the outside. Ziggler tags in as Strowman runs Reigns over! Strowman keeps going to run Rollins over! Ambrose gets the ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!? The Shield still lives, so Strowman orders Ziggler to toss Ambrose out, “I’ll run his ass over!”

Ziggler tosses Ambrose out, Strowman takes aim. Strowman runs in, but Reigns SPEARS Strowman throw barriers!! The Big Dog and the Monster are down and out but Ziggler SUPERKICKS Ambrose! He and McIntyre put Ambrose in and drag him up. McIntyre runs, but Rollins SUPERKICKS him! Ziggler SUPERKICKS Rollins, but Ambrose gives Ziggler Dirty Deeds! cover, The Shield wins!!

Winners: The Shield, Dean Ambrose pinning

Raw is STILL The Shield’s Yard! Ambrose remains loyal to his brothers, and in the end that is the X-Factor that helped them win. Will The Shield continue to dominate as they always have? Or is this war far from over?

 

WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: Daniel Bryan VS The Miz!

This feud has been raging for eight years, ever since the Hollywood A-Lister was the NXT Pro to the “Rookie” Yes Man. But between differences in style, personality and ability, these two quickly became archenemies. And now, with Bryan back from retirement and The Miz feeling on top of the world, they battle again to see who gets back towards the world title first!

AJ Styles, as sore and tired as he is, watches this match backstage, holding his WWE Championship. The Phenomenal One wants to know along with all of us who will face him down the line for the title. Miz makes his entrance first, and takes up a mic to speak before the match.

“Earlier tonight, AJ Styles–” Bryan interrupts with his entrance! Melbourne is much happier to see him than Miz. All of Melbourne chants “YES! YES!” along with Bryan as he enters the ring.

The bell rings and Miz rushes at Bryan! Miz goes after the ribs with knees and shoulders, then whips Bryan to hit him with the kitchen sink knee. He drags Bryan around to stomp away at those battered ribs. Miz suplexes Bryan to hang him up on the ropes. Bryan clutches his ribs while Miz parodies the Yes chant. Miz runs at Bryan but into the roundhouse! Bryan stands and fires himself up to give Miz the Yes Kicks! Fans chant “YES! YES!” with every kick, then backs off. Miz ducks the buzzsaw but Bryan slips out of the back suplex. Bryan misses the knee but Miz parodies and hits it! Cover, TWO! Miz argues about the count but that was still just a two. Miz drags Bryan up but Bryan small packages, Bryan wins?! WHAT?!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall

That was so fast, even Bryan is surprised it happened! Miz is furious but the ref says that was a three. Perhaps Miz shouldn’t have asked for faster counting… But a win is a win and Bryan moves on to face AJ Styles at WWE Crown Jewel! Will the Goat return to the top of the mountain? Or will the world champion stay Phenomenal?

 

Last Time Ever: Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels VS The Undertaker w/ Kane!

What was meant to be a showdown of epic proportions for old times’ sake turned into a very personal war of words and egos. Six years after the End of an Era, the Game and the Dead Man revive their rivalry to truly finish it! Will it end here? And who will be left sanding when it does?

The introductions are made, and to everyone’s surprise, it’s now NO DISQUALIFICATIONS!

Last Time Ever, No Disqualifications: Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels VS The Undertaker w/ Kane!

But it doesn’t take long for Taker to figure it out: This is COO HHH’s doing. The Cerebral Assassin shakes his head to confirm it. But that doesn’t bother Taker, now these two can go all out in this final battle. Fans duel as Taker and HHH stare down. Taker slashes his throat and the bell rings. HHH dodges Taker’s punches, then dodges again. Fans already know “This is Awesome!” HHH taunts Taker with the completely open guard, but then ducks to throw hands on Taker! Taker grabs HHH and puts him in the corner. HHH still dodges and then takes a walk, as if he doesn’t take Taker seriously. HBK gets up to high five his best friend while Kane hops up to talk with his Brother of Destruction. HHH and Taker circle, and Taker finally hits HHH.

Taker wrenches the arm and rams shoulders into each other. He wrenches the arm again for another shoulder collision. Taker brings HHH over to the corner and goes up. HHH denies Old School with a punch, then gives back the arm wrench and shoulders. HHH wrenches more to continuing going after that arm. He wrenches again, and now he climbs up! HBK likes the idea, but Taker doesn’t. Taker grabs HHH and throws hands in the corner! He knocks HHH off his feet, then wrenches the arm again. Taker rams shoulders with HHH and knocks him down. He brings HHH back up for another shoulder knock down. Taker wrenches again, and climbs up. Taker walks the tightrope, to give us some Old School! Fans fire up while HHH crawls to a corner. Taker throws hands and fans say “You Still Got It!”

Taker continues to rock HHH with right, then whips him corner to corner. HHH comes out and Taker scoops him, for Snake Eyes! But HHH counters with the knee! HBK distracts and HHH clotheslines Taker out! But Taker lands on his feet, to grab HBK! HHH saves Taker but gets a hotshot for it. HBK shoves Taker into a post! HBK runs away from Kane but the damage is done. HHH fetches Taker to whips him into barriers. HHH brings Taker up again to whip into steel steps, knees first. The referee keeps Kane back while HBK sneaks a table out. HHH sets it up but Kane comes over. No DQ means nothing can stop Kane and HBK from clashing. Even so, HHH gets Taker up but Taker back drops him! Taker brings HHH up and puts him into the steel steps now.

HHH goes into the ring, Taker follows, but HHH is on him with knees. HHH runs for the swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! HHH looms over Taker while fans say “This is Awesome!” HHH throws hands on Taker but Taker hits back. Taker gives furious body shots and even an uppercut! Taker whips HHH but HHH counters with that signature knee. Cover, TWO! HHH gets to a corner and hops up, and leaps at Taker. Taker grabs him with both hands to then toss him out over the side! HHH staggers into barriers, and HBK checks on his friend. Taker comes out to fetch HHH, and whip him into barriers. HHH tumbles into the timekeeper’s area, but Taker clears off the announce desk. HBK approaches but Taker backs him down. HHH returns to club Taker in the back.

HHH backs Taker down with haymakers, then runs at him, only to get back dropped into the crowd! Taker pursues, and the WWE Universe get to see this up close and personal. Taker dumps HHH into the tech area to choke him with wires! HHH gets free but he topples over railing as he gasps for air. Taker stalks HHH but HHH fights back. HHH wants the Pedigree but Taker dumps him onto the railings! Taker drags HHH around and they go through the crowd more. The referee keeps close as Taker and HHH brawl through the Melbourne crowd. HHH is retreating more than anything but then Taker grabs him and brings him back. They return to ringside, and Taker dumps HHH into the timekeeper’s area again.

Taker uppercuts HHH against the barrier, then looks for something under the ring. HBK tries to stop him but gets an uppercut. Taker takes a chair and brings it in the ring. HHH drops a leg on Taker to take that chair for his own. HHH aims, but Taker boots him down first! Taker says he has his eye on HBK while he picks up the chair. Taker aims at HHH for a jab to the ribs. HHH tumbles out, and HBK checks on him. But Taker comes out and scares HBK off. Taker SMACKS HHH across the back! Fans lose their minds as Taker jabs HHH in the ribs. Taker drags HHH over to where he left the table. He puts HHH on the wood, and he climbs up. HBK goes to stop him again, only to get a boot! HHH gets away from the table and DX regroups.

Taker builds speed, but runs into the chair! HHH swings the chair but Kane drags HHH out! Kane choke grips HHH, then HBK. DX kicks Kane and HBK Sweet Chin SUPERKICKS! HBK puts Kane on the table, HHH drops an elbow on Kane through the table!! HHH gets up and grabs the chair again. Taker stands as HHH climbs the corner. HHH leaps but into Taker’s hand! Choke Slam! But Taker isn’t done with HHH there as he scoops him up. Taker has HHH in position, for the TOMBSTONE! Cover, TWO!? HHH survives?! Taker gets flashbacks to his Wrestlemania saga with HHH and even HBK. Taker punches the referee out cold! The Phenom apparently doesn’t trust the referee isn’t against him, either. Taker warns HBK to back off or he’s next.

HHH stirs but Taker has the chair. Taker pushes the referee out of the ring to then kick HHH while he’s down. He wants HBK to watch this. Taker picks up the chair again, aims at HHH, and SMACKS him on the back! HHH writhes from that gunshot like chair shot. Taker toys with HHH and decides to go one more time. He picks the chair up again and makes HBK watch as he again SMACKS HHH! The chair bends off HHH’s back, but Taker isn’t done with it. Taker puts it around HHH’s head, but now HBK begs Taker not do this. HBK knows this got personal but this is too much. Taker steps over, but turns around. HBK runs into the ring but into a big right hand! HBK flounders out, HHH hits his spinebuster on Taker!

Everyone is down, from the two men competing to their allies to the referee. A spare referee appears to officiate. HHH and Taker stagger up, but Taker grabs HHH. HHH kicks low, underhooks, PEDIGREE! Cover, TWO!? Taker survives and this last time ever still isn’t over. But now HHH puts that chair around Taker’s head like a vice. HHH drags himself to the corner and up the ropes. He reaches the top, and jumps to stomp the chair!! Cover, but Kane drags the referee out! It was all Kane could do to save Taker’s pride. Everyone is down again, but HHH and Taker are stirring. But wait, HBK is up! And he brings out HHH’s other old friend, the sledgehammer! HBK gives it to HHH, but Kane manages to hand Taker a new chair. These two old warriors are armed with familiar weapons and stand up with them.

Taker rushers HHH but HHH uses the hammer to send the chair into Taker’s face! HHH crawls to a cover but there’s no ref to count! HHH picks Taker up but Taker reels him into Hell’s Gate!! The banned hold is allowed in this No DQ, no ref situation! HHH fades, but with his last gasp, chokes Taker with the hammer’s handle! Both men struggle to choke the other out, but both men fall. Fans applaud, “This is Awesome!” Taker flounders while HHH crawls. Taker wants the hammer but HBK takes it away. Kane returns and grabs HBK, but HBK low blows Kane. Taker grabs HBK and tosses him out again. He again picks up the hammer, and tosses it aside. HHH kicks but Taker back drops him. Taker grabs HHH, and hits the choke slam! Taker waits for HHH to stand, and then scoops. SWEET CHIN MUSIC!

The original ref slowly returns, and HBK goes for another, but Taker blocks it. Taker scoops HBK but HHH uses the hammer! Taker goes down, but stands up to take another SWEET CHIN MUSIC! HHH gives him another PEDIGREE! Cover, HHH wins!!

Winner: Triple H, by pinfall

The Game wins this Last Time Ever match with the Dead Man! DX celebrates together, having conquered death! One of the greatest rivalries in wrestling finally ends after all this time. Taker sits up and nods his head. Taker hands HHH his hammer, and HHH puts it aside, to offer a handshake of respect to Taker. HBK says they’ve all been through enough. HHH helps Taker stand and Kane joins them in the ring. HHH and Taker hug, Kane shakes HHH’s hand. These four icons all raise their hands and the fireworks go off! Melbourne gives them all a standing ovation, but then the Brothers of Destruction glance at each other. A new fight begins as Kane clobbers HBK, and Taker gives HHH one more Tombstone!! Nothing is over until death says it’s over!

HBK tries to fight back but Kane stops him with an uppercut. Taker tosses HBK out, Kane uppercuts HBK again! Taker and Kane finish clearing off the announce desk. They mug HBK more, and then haul him up. Taker grabs HBK, to Choke Slam him through the table!! The Brothers of Destruction walk away, leaving DX for dead. If this was the last time ever 1v1, will there be a last time ever tag team match?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

Honestly, Super Show-Down was a pretty good show. I do have a few complaints, though. There were some confusing choices in match order. Why did they (Vince) insist on giving us almost all the SmackDown matches in the first half? The WWE (World) Championship should never been outside of the last three matches, no matter what else is on the card. And for that matter, it was a great match, but I do wonder why they went with Styles over Joe. That said, I really enjoyed the SmackDown Tag Team and Women’s Championship matches. Of course the New Day retains, and of course a “Heel” Becky uses a DQ to retain. We’ve already learned that Becky VS Charlotte will happen again on SmackDown, but I would still hope Becky retains, just cleanly this time.

Cena & Lashley VS Elias & Kevin was a bit odd, Lashley was a bit sloppy or just confused on the booking of the match. He and Cena still win, of course, but it was mostly so Cena could have a feel good moment speaking to the fans. Glad to see the hometown heroes win both matches, but it meant so much more for Murphy to win the title. I was really surprised that match, being the one title change of the night, was so late on the card, but that’s also good for the Cruiserweights. The entire division has been doing great so they need to be given some spotlight by being deeper in the match cards.

The Raw Six Woman tag was good, and I did like there being a subtle story of the Bellas only tagging each other. It could be spun that the Bellas were just doing it out of habit, but it could also be that they wanted to keep Ronda out of the spotlight. Naturally, Ronda is needed and she’s the one who wins, and that double armbar was creative. It sucks for the Squad but it’s what happens when you’re against WWE’s favorites. Evolution is on the horizon so maybe the Squad gets rewarded with a shot at the Women’s Tag Titles, assuming those are still coming. And we already sense it’ll be Nikki Bella VS Ronda Rousey at Evolution, for Ronda to strengthen her legacy off of Nikki’s.

The Shield VS The Pack was great, probably better than I expected. There was such great back and forth and overall chaos, and I enjoyed that they toyed with the swerve even for just a moment. The Shield stays together, and they stand tall, perhaps Rollins & Ambrose get another go at the tag titles just because. The only other complaint of the night comes in Bryan VS Miz. That ended way too fast, but maybe the point is that Bryan is meant to be able to beat Miz cleanly faster than Miz ever could beat Bryan even with cheating. Bryan VS Styles is set for Crown Jewel but I wonder if, with the month we have, Miz won’t do something about that.

And finally, that Last Time Ever match that became No DQ, was actually a lot of fun. Taker surprisingly moved okay, and the No DQ aspect did help a bit. They had their friends, HBK and Kane, help out, and there were some great spots like the table and the return of the sledgehammer. HHH wins but it was a great twist for the Brothers of Destruction to attack at the end. This could spin into anything, from DX VS Brothers of Destruction at Crown Jewel or Survivor Series, to likely kick off HBK’s return tour for however many matches he can muster. It could be some nostalgia filter but I’m liking this pseudo farewell tour for Taker, Kane and even DX.

My Score: 8.6/10

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The Chairshot Match Of The Year Final Match Pool

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How did the last week of voting pan out for Second Chance and November? Only one way to find out. Take a look at our 12 MOTY matches and let’s see where Andrew’s 5 votes are going.






Last week was our final vote to round out the 12 matches in the Match of the Year pool.  Since we love Top 5s here, the idea will be for everyone to whittle the 12, down to their 5 favorite, and then we get our final 5 to vote on.

Let’s see what matches we have in our MOTY Pool:

  • January – NXT Takeover Philly NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas(c)
  • February – New Beginning in Osaka IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada(c) vs SANADA
  • March – NJPW Strong Style Evolved: Golden Lovers vs Young Bucks
  • April – NXT Takeover NOLA NXT Championship: Andrade Almas(c) vs Aleister Black
  • May – WWE Backlash Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins(c) vs The Miz
  • June – NJPW Dominion IWGP Heavyweight Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Kazuchika Okada(c) vs Kenny Omega
  • July – G1 Climax 28: Hirooki Goto vs Tomohiro Ishii
  • August – G1 Climax 28 Finals: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi
  • September – All In NWA Championship Match: Cody vs Nick Aldis(c)
  • October – Evolution SmackDown Women’s Title Last Woman Standing Match: Becky Lynch(c) vs Charlotte
  • November – NXT Takeover WarGames II NXT Championship Match: Velveteen Dream vs Tommaso Ciampa (c)
  • December/Second Chance – Impact Wrestling Redemption World Championship Triple Threat: Fenix vs Austin Aries (c) vs Pentagon Jr

Now as you can see, the overall list has some decent balance. Five from New Japan and WWE, along with 2 outlier matches. So it’s not heavily tipped one way or the other.

For the rest of this article I’ll just list out my 5 picks from this list, and then we can get to everyone’s votes.

 

5. NXT Takeover WarGames II NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs Velveteen Dream

This makes my Top 5 from our MOTY pool because this was just a good combination of all things wrestling. Solid wrestling, homages, callbacks, high suspense moments, big crowd reactions…just everything. Sure it might not have been a work rate master piece, but there’s more to wrestling than work rate.

 

4. NJPW Dominion IWGP Heavyweight Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs Kenny Omega

This was almost a given since it already won Tokyo Sports Best Bout, which marks the fifth year in a row Okada was involved in the Best Bout, and the first time since Kenta Kobashi and Mitsuharu Misawa that the same pairing won back to back. Though it wasn’t the best of their four matches in my opinion, you can’t overlook the storyline ramifications.

We saw this match finish off the ascent of Kenny Omega, as well as, send Kazuchika Okada into some goofy balloon loving spiral. Love or hate the Elite, this story had a lot of attention and was told pretty damn well.

 

3. All In NWA Championship: Cody vs Nick Aldis (c)

In a similar vein to the Okada/Omega match, this had a lot of story significance. Cody challenging for all of the World Championships he could was one, him trying to be the first second generation wrestler to capture the NWA Championship was another and of course, the emotions tied with Dusty was the one most of us cared about.

As I said when I reviewed All In, this match was a love letter to his father. Yes it was a very old school southern style match. Obvious blade jobs, a goofy possible knock out for the DDP pop, Brandi putting herself in the way of a move to protect her husband, this was all love. It was a match I think most old school fans would enjoy, and unless you really need flips or work rate, this match evoked some emotion out of most watchers.

This is wrestling.

 

2. NXT Takeover Philly NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas (c)

An early contender that still holds up nicely. This was the first match since Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura to really just blow me away. They both turned it up, the double knees into the post looked brutal and the whole thing was a great culmination of Andrade’s character.

It was after this match, most of us were sold that he figured it out and would be huge. Now we just have to hope Vince sees it too.

 

1. G1 Climax 28 Finals: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi

It’s not often we get a match where one of the competitors considers the other one God. Ibushi and Tanahashi have immense respect for each other, and they also have an undeniable chemistry. Ibushi gets a lot labels as a “flippy shit” wrestler, but he sells wonderfully and knows how to tell a story in the ring.

On top of Ibushi’s athletic prowess and overall wrestling ability, we couple that with Tanahashi’s masterful pacing and his own artistic way of building a match…this was just poetry in motion. It definitely helps this is my personal number 1 match all year, so of course I was ecstatic that it made The Chairshot MOTY pool. Beautiful match.

 

Thoughts:

If you didn’t partake much in the match votes leading up to this pool, now’s you’re chance to make your voice heard. Vote for your Top 5, and then we can have the final vote starting next week, for our second Chairshot MOTY. Our first ever vote went to, NJPW Dominion IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega vs Kazuchika Okada (c).

Will New Japan end up winning this year also?






What are your Top 5 out of these 12? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.14 ~ 14TH DECEMBER 2018

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The endless well of NOAH knowledge, Hisame, bring us updates and news leading up to NOAH’s final show of the year, Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2.

 

NEWS

TOKYO SPORTS PURORESU AWARDS 2018
Tokyo Sports announced their nominations for their annual end of year awards. NOAH have not been included since 2016 when Katsuhiko Nakajima won “The Fighting Spirit Award” and Naomichi Marufuji won “Best Bout”.

Although Takashi Sugiura was a runner up nominee in “Outstanding Performance”, this went to Naomichi Marufuji (who has won “Best Bout” in 2006, 2008 and 2016, “Outstanding Performance” in 2006, “Best Tag Team” (with KENTA) in 2003, and “Newcomer Award” in 1999). 

Kaito Kiyomiya has won his first award for “Fighting Spirit”.

Kaito Kiyomiya, being Kiyomiya, at first couldn’t believe it. He thought he had either been nominated for “Best Newcomer”, despite having debuted three years ago, or that someone was joking.

YO-HEY IN IPW
IPW have announced that YO-HEY is the second NOAH wrestler to compete in their Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament on Tuesday 15th January 2019 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.
Tickets can be bought here

YO-HEY said when RATELS were due to come over in 2018 that he was excited as this would be his first time in England, and he wanted to meet Mr. Bean.

Yes. I guess a man described as a “childish buffoon who brings various unusual schemes and contrivances to everyday tasks” would get on very well with YO-HEY.

Expect another two NOAH names to (hopefully) be announced.

POWER HALL 2018
NOAH wrestlers have been announced for “Power Hall Year End Special” on December 28th.

Masa Kitamiya and Kaito Kiyomiya will be in “Timeless Masterpeice” (main event) teaming with Riki Chosu & Tatsumi Fujinami (Kitamiya) and NOSAWA and Kasai (Kiyomiya)

Katsuhiko Nakajima will be in a four man tag and renew his rivalry with Takuya Nomura in “Ultimate Collision”

Heisei Ishingun will reunite (Akitoshi Saito and AKIRA)

HAKATA STALENE CLOSED FOR REPAIRS
Hakata Stalene has been closed for renovation until March 2019. There is some concern that when it reopens it will not be used for puro, which will be not only disaster for the local residents, but promotions who come to the area too.

YO-HEY & HAYATA OUTSIDE PARTICIPATION
YO-HEY & HAYATA will be appearing in Kushinbo Kamen’s New Year Produce on the 28th December, and they recorded this video message.
Question: how can someone covering their face by a hood, STILL look SO PHOTOGENIC?

 

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH wrapped up a short (compared to the frenetic pace of last year) “Winter Navigation 2018”. Sadly due to the snowy weather rolling into the provinces (and I think as one fan said, not having a streaming service which severely impacts as people don’t sometimes know what is going on), attendances have not been good with only one night in five being sold out.

Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima announced that they have split from “The Super New Generation Army” and stand as a team called “The Mid Generation” as they both debuted in 2004; so despite being part of the “Golden Era”, they stand now in the era between the vets and the younger heavyweights. This makes more sense for both of them, Shiozaki in particular who was in a grey area being too old for the younger heavyweights and too young for the veterans.

I think this was probably always NOAH’s intention to have them break away from the others at some point, especially now Kiyomiya is not so dependent on Shiozaki and needs less input. The GHC Heavyweight tag championships that Shiozaki has held recently have been for him to get other people (Kotoge & Kiyomiya) over in the heavyweight division, so this is one is for him to enjoy with a partner who certainly needs no favors.

Although the two are far too green to be involved in any storylines (as much as NOAH has them) or heated feuds, Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura are slowly building into a feud, with Inamura refusing to shake hands with Okada the second time he lost to him and leaving the ring. Looking at the size of them, these two are going to be ultra heavyweights one day. 

Due to injury, Chinese athlete, Chang Yufeng, has been pulled from the NOAH cards and is working ringside duties. This means that Lin Dong-Xuan has had his first singles matches and faced Tadasuke on the 9th in the resulting card shake-up.

None of the champions or their challengers have managed to directly get the win over each other in any of the pre-matches.

Yuji Hino made a definite impact (a Kotoge shaped impact) when Shiozaki and Nakajima clashed with himself and Taniguchi in their one and only pre-match by giving him “The Fucking Bomb”. Hino (whom Nakajima has called The Hooligans “pet pig”) has not been in NOAH due to his schedule since the 9th December. Nakajima says he will “silence his noisy oinking” at “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2”

Hino then went on to insult most of The Hooligans (aside from KAZMA SAKAMOTO and Mitsuya Nagai). He’s probably not going to take well to being called names either.

Kotaro Suzuki said something to the effect that Daisuke Harada walked in and took the seat he had left empty. Harada said this untrue as he came here from Osaka Pro, and that no one wants his damn seat anyway, they all have their own. Harada said he cannot afford to lose in Yokohama, after all, much more is on the line than just the belt.
Suzuki’s last comment before the title match is that people should cheer for Harada (who he called “truly my puppet”) because he was going to crush him and take everything from him.

Hajime Ohara hinted that there is a mini generational war going on among the juniors with Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 having the tag belts, and Kotaro Suzuki having the GHC Junior. There was tension between The Backbreakers and the GHC Junior Tag Champions at the match signing with Kumano and Tanaka squaring up. 

Minoru Tanaka likened the title match in Yokohama to be like a barbecue with butter falling into the fire, and told Hajime Ohara on the last night that he was the “burnt scum” of it when Ohara sarcastically told him to enjoy the taste of his barbecue.

Takashi Sugiura and Kaito Kiyomiya continued to stalemate, with Sugiura telling Kiyomiya that he had better bring his energy to Yokohama. In a post match promo on the 12th he said that he was going to “win a way that he cannot stand up” either by knockout, pin or referee stop.

GHC BELT NEWS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

All titles will be challenged for on the 16th December at “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2”

Kaito Kiyomiya will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight
Daisuke Harada will challenge for the GHC Junior
Yuji Hino & Maybach Taniguchi will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag
The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) will challenge for the GHC Junior Tag

TOUR TIDBITS
~ President Uchida told Katsuhiko Nakajima that “I don’t kick people, and laugh” when discussing teams for Masao Inoue’s bowling tournament
~ Atsushi Kotoge got his cape back that Yoshinari Ogawa threw into the audience at Korakuen Hall
~ YO-HEY had planned to go buffo to use the dojo tanning machine, but unsurprisingly, December is too cold and the dojo doesn’t have much in the way of either heating or air-con, and he apologized for the inconvenience of his not getting naked. Please let that be the end of his story.
~ Atsushi Kotoge started waving The Hooligans flag around (they had left it behind), his cloak also broke and Kumano took a secret picture of him fixing it.
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been able to start very light training. Makoto Hashi (old dojo friend from the AJPW days) has been helping him with physiotherapy (he trained as one when he retired from NOAH), and they talked of old times during the rehabilitation sessions.
~ Everyone in NOAH has a nickname, Kinya Okada’s is apparently “Oka-chan”
~ Atsushi Kotoge was scolded for timekeeping by Go Shiozaki and then Takashi Sugiura for taking too long rushing around the hall
~ This was apparently Tadasuke’s first time in a NOAH  ring against Takashi Sugiura (he showed “amazing power” when he lariated Sugiura according to a fan)
~ Kinya Okada gave a post match interview for his debut, he says he admires everyone, but he has no hero. He wants to be his own wrestler.
~ Hitoshi Kumano has picked up a nasty looking black eye during the last three days of “Winter Navigation 2018”.
~ The top of Kinya Okada’s head and hair vanished on the entry screen into the blue background due to a glitch, making him look like one of the “Coneheads”.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya celebrated his third anniversary in wrestling on the 9th December
~ Masao Inoue told Quiet Storm not to chop him as “it hurts as its cold”.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya really likes tomatoes (says he will be the only person eating them at a buffet, his fridge is full of them, ate them at an interview instead of an apple).
~ Hi69 celebrated his 37th birthday on the 12th December.
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima has had a new t-shirt released…

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
He’s been good this week. Expect that to change after he’s had to behave himself at Yokohama.

BROADCASTS
The event on the 7th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December

BOOK CORNER

English translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography “Heir to The Ark
(Chapters 1 and 2 are complete, 3 is currently ongoing)

Review of “Anything is possible ~ The Eddie Edwards Story

LINKS
“I have been with Noah for eighteen years, I have worn the belt and carried Noah” ~ mini interview with Takashi Sugiura. 
“I will change the scene with the win on the 16th December” ~ interview with Kaito Kiyomiya 
“I will not be beaten” ~ Kaito Kiyomiya pledges generation change by taking the GHC 
“Come At Me You Bastards” ~ Kenoh’s column (December 2018) 

Image credit ~ NOAH GHC

 

With Yokohama being the last big event; how will the landscape shake up? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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