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?
- 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.
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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?!
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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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (10/15/18)
Last week’s Raw saw the return of Degeneration X, and their challenge of the Brothers of Destruction! Will Kane & The Undertaker give us all their answer?
- WWE World Cup Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre; Rollins wins and qualifies for the WWE World Cup.
- Ember Moon & Nia Jax VS Tamina & Dana Brooke; Moon & Jax win.
- WWE World Cup Qualifier: Dean Ambrose VS Dolph Ziggler; Ziggler wins and qualifies for the WWE World Cup.
- Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox & The Singh Brothers; Finn wins.
- Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Tyler Breeze; Lashley wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Kurt Angle; The AoP wins.
- Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Natalya wins, by disqualification.
- Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack; The Shield wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Philadelphia is BRAUN!
The Monster Among Men and his Pack head out to the ring, still feeling great after having defeated The Shield in a Six Man Tag Team rematch last week on Raw. Braun Strowman moves on towards the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel in a Triple Threat against Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, while the Raw Tag Team Champions split the other two Shield Brothers in their Crown Jewel World Cup qualifiers. Dolph Ziggler speaks first, saying the WWE Universe is looking at the greatest trio in WWE History. Drew McIntyre says they didn’t need matching outfits to do it, either. Strowman says they proved it last week, and will prove it again against anyone, anywhere! But if you didn’t see it, here’s the footage.
A highlight reel plays to show the final moments, where Ambrose would be caught off guard by a Claymore kick. Ambrose would be so upset that he just stormed out of the ring. Afterward, Ambrose was interviewed, and said, “I don’t get it. Maybe I just don’t belong anywhere anymore.” McIntyre claims he hates to tell us “I told you so,” but he does. The Pack broke The Shield, and can only imagine where Ambrose is as he tries to figure out where he belongs in the Shield agenda. Roman and Rollins are the only members who ever benefited from that team. But The Pack has spoken the truth, and only now has Ambrose opened his eyes to see it, and the Shield has been shattered. Strowman adds that at this rate, The Shield won’t be around to help The Big Dog at Crown Jewel!
And speaking of, that brings us to the WWE World Cup. McIntyre will mow through Rollins, then the entire field of eight, and prove he’s the best in the world! However, Ziggler points out his own qualifier, and who knows, these two might meet in the finals and Ziggler wins. That would be a shame, Ziggler. Ziggler’s great, but buddy, you’re no McIntyre. He knows, because he’s the most consistent superstar in WWE, just check the math. Strowman says that as great as both these two are, Strowman makes sure Roman and Lesnar both #GetTheseHands! But wait, here comes The Shield! Not from the stands, but from the stage. However, it’s only Roman and Rollins?
Rollins speaks up, saying there’s some bad news. The Shield isn’t shattered or broken, they’re alive and well! But they were also listening about who is the best in the world, and there’s news for McIntyre & Ziggler. Rollins will win and prove to everyone that he is the best. What a great speech from two-thirds of The Shield! But seriously, where is their “brother” Ambrose? Not that these two egomaniacs care that Ambrose accepted the truth. Ziggler doesn’t really care, either, he’ll take a forfeit. Shut up, Ziggler, you’re not getting a forfeit. Ambrose runs on Ambrose time, so he’ll do what he wants when he wants. Ambrose always shows up. But the funny thing is, they should worry more about these titles. Well, not that they’re ever get near them. And Strowman goes to the back of the line after Crown Jewel.
Rollins has always liked Philly, but you know why? The cheese steaks, but also because Philly is a fighting town! McIntyre’s already out here, Rollins is already out here, so let’s have their match NOW! McIntyre accepts, and no one comes out to say “no”, so it’s happening next!
WWE World Cup Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre!
Raw returns as The Architect and the Scottish Stud both fight for the right to join the eight-man, one-day tournament to crown the best in the WWE today! They circle while fans chant “Burn it Down!” McIntyre powers Rollins to a corner, then dares him to come out. Rollins does and he circles with McIntyre again. Rollins gets a waistlock but McIntyre pries it off. McIntyre gets the headlock but Rollins works his way out, only for McIntyre to put it back on. McIntyre grinds Rollins down, and holds on as Rollins works to power out. Rollins works against the hold again, ad pops out the back. He wrenches the arm and yanks on it, but gets a forearm for it! McIntyre puts the headlock back on, but Rollins powers out. McIntyre runs him over, then things speed up.
Rollins tries a hip toss but ducks McIntyre’s clothesline counter to then dropkick McIntyre. He keeps moving but runs into a kick from McIntyre. McIntyre lifts Rollins but Rollins headscissors him out. Fans fire up and Rollins builds speed, to DIVE! But McIntyre catches him for an overhead suplex! McIntyre drags Rollins up and in, then stalks him to the far side. Rollins bails out, but McIntyre pursues. He exposes the ring frame, but Rollins rams him into it! Then into the barriers! Rollins drags McIntyre up but here comes Ziggler! The Show-Off distracts Rollins and McIntyre crawls under the ring. Ziggler backs off and McIntyre reels Rollins into the frame! The Pack helps each other out to get control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Rollins fights his way out of the armlock. Ziggler stays ringside to coach McIntyre, and McIntyre chops Rollins. McIntyre runs in but into a SUPERKICK! Both McIntyre and Rollins are down, but Rollins gets to the apron. Rollins fires himself up, then springboards in. McIntyre gets under but Rollins evades him to slingblade! Rollins gets to a corner but McIntyre is on him with a back elbow. McIntyre drags Rollins out by his legs, but Rollins turns the inverted Alabama Slam into a victory roll! TWO! Rollins dodges and sends McIntyre into the post! Then he hops up and jumps for the blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but Ziggler is relieved. Fans rally up with “Burn it Down!” and Rollins stands up. Rollins climbs up a corner, but McIntyre stops him with a right.
McIntyre chops Rollins, then climbs up to join him. He lifts Rollins but Rollins fights out. Rollins swing kicks McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! Rollins climbs back up, but McIntyre sits up to throw him off! Both men are down again, but now McIntyre climbs up. Rollins stands, leaps up and SUPERPLEX! Roll through, Falcon Arrow from McIntyre! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again as Rollins survives the halfway counter. McIntyre stands and punches Rollins, but Rollins throws punches back. McIntyre kicks and chops, but Rollins reverse the whip. Rollins dodges the boot and hits the enizguri, to mule kick! Rollins stomps but Ziggler distracts again. But Rollins still stops McIntyre, and clotheslines him out, to DIVE on Ziggler! Then DIVE on McIntyre!
Rollins keeps moving and McIntyre gets back in, Mule kick, but Ziggler holds the ropes to send Rollins tumbling out! But here comes Ambrose! From behind! Ambrose throws Ziggler down but McIntyre clobbers Ambrose. CURB STOMP for McIntyre on the ground! A ring count has reached 8, McIntyre misses it!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by Count-Out; qualifies for the WWE World Cup
The Lunatic Fringe helps out his brother and now The Architect joins a star-studded field at Crown Jewel! But #AmbroseTime is still to come, can he defeat the Show-Off to bring all three Shield brothers to Saudi Arabia?
The Shield walk together backstage.
Rollins knew Ambrose would show up, he runs on Lunatic Time but it all works out. What did Rollins call him? What? He didn’t call him anything. Ambrose is the funny one, right? The one they need in case of emergencies. It’s not like that! Ambrose knows they didn’t mean it like that, but he’s got his own problems to take care of now. Ambrose’s mood seems more unstable than usual. Are Rollins and Roman sure there aren’t cracks in their Shield?
From the bowels of the arena, The Brothers of Destruction speak.
“Respect? Triple H and Shawn Michaels want to lecture us on respect?” The respect Undertaker and Kane had for DX died from DX’s own dishonesty. This reunion is built on a bed of lies. Michaels claims he stayed away out of respect, but deep down in his soul, what killed him in the shadows was nothing more than fear. The fear that HBK would feel helpless all over again. Fear that he’d be humiliated again. And fear that Taker would put HBK so far down, he’d never be able to return.
Crown Jewel will see the Brothers of Destruction reunite to face DX for the first time ever! And it will be where all of HBK’s fears come true. HHH won a battle in Melbourne, but he started a war that begins and ends at Crown Jewel. Then he can slink back to his boardroom while HBK can shuffle away to retirement. “Are you ready?” Their answer: “Rest… In… Peace…!”
Ember Moon & Nia Jax VS Tamina & Dana Brooke!
The War Goddess and Irresistible Force know that the enemy of an enemy is a friend. Therefore, they’ve become fast friends over having common enemies in Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox & Mickie James. However, Dana has a returning superstar on her side as the Daughter of Superfly is back on Raw! These four women, plus Alicia and the IIconics are just the first of many to enter the WWE Evolution Battle Royal! The winner of that match gets a future Women’s Championship match on their brand, but who here tonight will gain major moment towards that monumental night?
Ember and Dana start with the bell and tie up. They push each other around the ring, and Dana puts Ember in a corner. Dana bounces Ember off buckles, then backs off at the ref’s count. Ember comes out but Dana gets her in a waistlock. Ember pries against the hold then bumps Dana off. She runs but Dana follows to run Ember over. Ember kips up while Dana brags, then sweeps the legs! Oklahoma roll cover, TWO! Ember whips but Dana reverses to a knee. Dana bounces Ember off buckles to then tag in Tamina. Tamina stomps and snapmares Ember into a chinlock and armlock. Fans rally up and Ember powers up to her feet. Tamina drags Ember back down while we learn of more SmackDown entrants, from Asuka to Lana to Carmella.
Ember endures and fans rally up. She stands and arm-drags Tamina off, but Tamina runs her right over. Tamina brings Ember over to then toss her to Nia’s corner! Tamina dares Nia to tag in, so Nia does. These two powerhouses circle, and Tamina dodges Nia’s punch to fire off her own. Nia pushes Tamina to corner splash, then rolls for a blockbuster! She kicks Tamina to a corner but runs into buckles. Tamina stomps then headbutts Nia. Nia headbutts back, so Tamina gives another. Tamina adds another headbutt, but Nia dodges the superkick to scoop her. Tamina slips out of the Samoan Drop to then lift Nia. Nia slips out and headbutts Tamina back. But Tamina still gets the Samoan Drop!? Both women are down but fans are loving this!
Nia and Tamina crawl for their corners, hot tag to Dana! Dana goes after Nia with fast hands, but Nia throws her at the corner. Nia runs in for a big splash, then tag to Ember. Ember climbs up while Dana staggers, into an Eclipse! Cover, Ember & Nia win!
Winners: Nia Jax & Ember Moon, Ember pinning
The Prophecy of Flame and the Game Changer win this one, but Tamina wants more! She and Nia stare down while Ember tries to keep the peace. Tamina shoves Ember, Nia shoves Tamina, Tamina SUPERKICKS Nia! But then everyone in the ring realizes that battle royal is coming, so Ember and Tamina dump Nia out of the ring! There are no friends in a shot at the Women’s Championship, so Ember goes after Tamina! Tamina fights Ember off and then powers Ember up on the ropes. Ember resists, Dana comes in to dump them both out! Can the former statistician use numbers to her advantage and become #1 contender?
Ronda Rousey heads to the ring!
The Raw Women’s Champion stood tall with The Bellas both in Melbourne and on last week’s episode, but Nikki & Brie waited until they were back in the states to blindside and betray the Baddest Woman on the Planet! Nikki gets her shot at the title but Brie will be in her corner at WWE Evolution. Tonight, Ronda has Philly on her side as she speaks. Everyone knows what happened last week. Ronda wants an explanation. The Bellas owe her that much. Ronda waits, and the Bellas appear.
Nikki & Brie says that no one here paid to see Ronda, they paid to see the twins. Fans boo, because that’s not true. But as for that explanation, Ronda isn’t owed one. This is show business, not show friends. Ronda disrespected The Bellas first by disregarding what they’ve down for the WWE. Did Ronda think they’d sit back and just watch? Ronda is why they’re back, because they were cringing at Ronda leading the (R)Evolution. She doesn’t deserve to be here, she’s a loser! She never deserved that title match, nor deserves to have that title. Nikki gives us a history lesson: they made Diva mean something. They made “Diva” strong. Total Divas and Total Bellas are what put Women’s Wrestling on the map! They’ve done more in that ring than Ronda ever will. Nikki is the longest reigning Diva’s Champion, and that current championship wouldn’t exist without the Bellas.
Ronda tries to speak but Nikki interrupts. Is she going to try and break their arms? Philly wants her to! But Ronda stays in the ring as she says she was trying to be respectful. She knew WWE was their home first, and was trying not to be judgmental, even though the Diva’s Era made her sick to stomach. They did the best they could with the best they had. When the Bellas came up to her, she thought they were so cool and accepting. She hoped they could be sister soldiers driving this (R)Evolution together! But that was Ronda’s mistake for being idealistic and naive. The Bellas are the embodiment of a stereotype: DNB, the Do Nothing Bellas.
The Bellas weren’t supporting Ronda, they were just after the spotlight, and Ronda has never seen such desperation for attention. The only thing the Bellas did that was impressive was how far they got with minimum talent! They leech off the names of their men! They plagiarize and dilute those men’s moveset. The Bellas are just relics of the past waiting to be eliminated ilke smallpox. The wait is over, because Ronda could easily rip their arms off and beat them with them! Only the referees will be able to stop Ronda and even they’re not that good. But Ronda is more than a pretty face. She will ruin them. It doesn’t matter how much money is poured into marketing, “Bella” will become a four letter word!
Oh so the Bellas are talent-less diseases? “YES! YES!” Anyone who thinks that is just jealous! The word “Bella” has done more last week than Ronda has her entire WWE career. “You’re welcome.” The Bellas are the ground breakers, have knocked down more barriers and doors. Ronda doesn’t even compare. Really? Knocked down doors? Ronda’s been doing that her entire career, from judo to Strike Force to UFC and now, in the Bellas’ home of the WWE! The only door Nikki ever knocked down was to Cena’s bedroom! WHOA~! Brie holds Nikki back but Philly explodes with that one! Oh, and Cena threw Nikki out that same door. So are those two gonna catch this ass-whooping or is she gonna have to go up there?
Nikki & Brie throw down the mics, storm down the ramp, but then Nikki simply swivels those hips while security backs them up. Ronda meets the security, and knocks them down! The Bellas go running and Ronda holds down the ring. Philly is on fire and Ronda is just as heated. Will Evolution see a Diva holding her own? Or will she only be holding her broken arm after the Rowdy Women’s Champion gets through with her?
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable talk with someone back stage.
It’s Kurt Angle! He looks so relaxed. Yes, Angle owes Stephanie so much for this “vacation”. His stress level is way, way down. Gable would love a hat like that. Check out that shirt, though. It’s absolutely… GLORIOUS! They move on but Angle now parties with No Way Jose and his conga line! But then, Baron Corbin comes by. Angle must think he’s pretty smart, huh? How long has it been since Angle wrestled 1v1 anyway? 12 years. Then to help Angle prepare, Corbin has a match for him. But Angle didn’t bring his gear. Corbin’s sure Angle will figure something out, in this Handicap Match with the Authors of Pain! Does the Olympic Gold Medalist stand a chance against two behemoths at once?
WWE World Cup Qualifier: Dean Ambrose VS Dolph Ziggler!
The Lunatic Fringe may no longer like that nickname, but he’s still very much that with his behavior tonight. Will he be able to focus his frenzy and qualify for the World Cup like the Architect? Or will the Show-Off take advantage of his instability instead?
Raw returns as Ziggler makes his entrance, then the bell rings as we begin. They circle and tie up and Ambrose gets the hammerlock to headlock. Ambrose gets a headlock takeover, but Ziggler powers up and out. Ambrose runs him over with a shoulder, covers, TWO! The Lunatic keeps on Ziggler with a snapmare and crossface forearms. Cover, TWO! Ambrose snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Ziggler rolls to a corner but Ambrose is on him. Ziggler elbows him away, then gives Ambrose a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Ziggler wraps him up in a sleeper hold and body scissor. Ambrose endures, then rolls to his knees. Fans rally up as he stands up and powers out. Ziggler kicks him low then turns him, but Ambrose powers out of the neckbreaker. Things speed up and Ambrose catches Ziggler to a Fall Away Slam!
Ziggler rolls out of the ring but Ambrose is on him. Ambrose throws Ziggler hard into barriers, then all the way to the other side! He drags Ziggler up and into the ring, then climbs up top. Ambrose leaps for the Lunatic Elbow but Ziggler gets under. Ziggler turns Ambrose around but Ambrose trips him up. Ambrose wants the Cloverleaf but Ziggler denies. Ziggler runs into a boot, then Ambrose heads up. Ziggler leaps up to join him, for a SUPER Facebuster! Both men are down as we go to break!
Raw returns as Ziggler scrapes his laces on Ambrose’s face. Ziggler then aims, but Ambrose counters the superkick into a catapult! Ziggler hits off the post then slumps to the mat. Ambrose gets up while Ziggler comes back out. Ambrose ducks to then club and clothesline Ziggler. He whips Ziggler to run him over with an elbow, then drags him back pup for a suplex onto the ropes! Ziggler bounces off and to the mat, where Ambrose is ready with double chicken wings. Ziggler fights out, then leaps, but the DDT is denied. Sunset flip but Ambrose turns it to a Cloverleaf! Ambrose bends Ziggler back in the middle of the ring! Ziggler drags himself towards ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Ambrose holds on to 4 before letting go.
Ambrose gets up but walks into a hotshot on the ropes. Ziggler runs in but misses his corner splash. Ambrose double chicken wing, DODON BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! The Show-Off survives but the Lunatic Fringe is far from out of ideas. Ambrose climbs back up but Ziggler trips him up! Ziggler climbs up to join Ambrose, but Ambrose resists to then send Ziggler down with a gordbuster! Ambrose adjusts but McIntyer comes out! Rollins stops him but Ambrose decides to jump on McIntyre! Rollins helps Ambrose up but Ambrose shoves him away. Ambrose runs into the ring, and into a SUPERKICK!! Cover, Ziggler wins!!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall; qualifies for the WWE World Cup
The Raw half of the tournament is full, and Ziggler is the last man in! Rollins can’t understand why Ambrose pushed him, but Rollins enters the ring to try and talk to Ambrose. Ambrose stands up and sees Rollins, but Ambrose just pushes past his friend. Rollins pursues, not giving up on Ambrose, but they start shoving each other. Roman comes out to keep the peace, and now Baron Corbin comes out!
The Constable sees The Shield bickering and wonders if they’re still having problems. The last thing he wants is for this team to break up on his watch. So he’ll give them a chance to redeem themselves in a special rematch from last week. The Shield VS The Pack III, tonight! Even if The Shield wasn’t arguing within itself, two members have already competed and exhausted themselves. Will they be able to survive the wild dogs of war? Or is this night the last night The Shield will be standing together?
Strowman, Ziggler & McIntyre talk backstage.
The Show-Off is so fired up, because he knew they’d get the better of The Shield. Tonight will finally be the night! The Shield is cracked and will shatter. Ambrose is vulnerable, and while Strowman wants after Roman, he needs to first crush Ambrose & Rollins while Roman watches. Strowman isn’t dumb. He knows how to hurt The Shield, so the other two need to listen. If they screw up out there, he promises they’ll #GetTheseHands, too. The Pack doesn’t seem as well-put-together, either. Will The Shield or The Pack break first?
Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox & The Singh Brothers!
The Extraordinary Man has his Huggable Mixed Match Challenge partner by his side in another match with the Modern Day Maharaja! Will Finn keep his win streak going? Or will #Mahalicia finally get some semblance of payback here in Philly?
Raw returns as both men stand in the ring. They circle with the bell and Mahal kicks low. Mahal scoops and slams Finn fast, then covers. TWO, so Mahal drives in his knees. Mahal wraps Finn in a chinlock, but fans rally up for Finn. Finn stands up but Mahal brings him back down to the mat. Alicia high-fives with each Singh brother as Mahal keeps Finn down. Finn feeds off the energy as the fans rally up again. Mahal knees low but FInn reverses the whip. Mahal sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick him down! Finn drags Mahal up but Mahal powers him to a corner. Mahal runs into boots, Finn hits the slingblade! Finn shotgun dropkicks Mahal down, then climbs up top! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
But wait, Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush are headed out here? The Manager of the Hour leads his client down to the ring, and then into the ring. Lashley stares down with Finn as Lio says that Finn wishes he looked more like Lashley. Lashley shows off as Lio talks him up. Bayley backs Finn off while Lashley continues to literally flex on him. The Rocky Mountain Machine and his 23 year old piece of gold rain on Finn’s parade, but has his own match next. Will his new found ego be his downfall? Or is he truly the Heavyweight that’s back to Dominate?
Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Tyler Breeze!
Raw returns and Lio continues to hype up “My Man, Bobby Lashley!” He tries to start up a chant but Philly boos. The bell rings and Breeze is wary of Lashley. But Lio says The Big Man isn’t ready yet. Show them the money pose! There it is! Lashley postures on the top rope again, showing that vascularity, but Breeze is actually wanting to have this match. Lio says no one looks as good as Lashley, and Lashley continues to flex. Breeze and Lashley finally circle, and Lashley powers Breeze to a corner. Lashley toys with Breeze and continues to flex. Breeze dodges but is powered away. Breeze ducks to enziguri! Lashley is stunned, Breeze hops up, and he leaps, but into Lashley’s arms! Lashley switches to the Vertigo Suplex! One handed! Lashley slams Breeze down and Lio cheers him on.
But Lashley isn’t done with Breeze, he lifts him for a Full Nelson! He thrashes Breeze around then throws him down. Lio likes what he sees as Lashley tackles Breeze in the corner. Lashley brings Breeze out and flexes again. Breeze fires off with fast hands and a dropkick! Breeze runs, but into a powerslam! Lio continues to chant for Lashley but Philly still boos. Lashley deadlift gut wrenches Breeze onto his shoulder, then drops him with the AK! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
The Rocky Mountain Machine only lets Lio Rush raise his hand in victory. This new combination of Lashley’s strength and Lio’s mouth look to run all over the Raw roster. Does anyone stand a chance of stopping them?
Trish Stratus & Lita are here!
The two Hall of Fame women’s champions were powerful rivals during their time in the WWE, but now they’re allied against the sassy little Goddess and her own former six-time Women’s Champion best friend. WWE Evolution will have a tag team match with no less than 20 title reigns in total, but tonight, Lita and Trish address Philly. They feel great to be back, because one week from Sunday is the first ever All Women’s PPV. Lita knows Trish knows they’ll– Before she can finish her statement, Alexa Bliss & Mickie James appear! Alexa says she’s got this. From a present hall of famer to a future one, Alexa knows. Lita is worried that she and Trish will be humiliated! How are they going to compete with The Goddess? She’ll run circles around them! Judging from the looks on their faces, Alexa nailed it.
Mickie says Alexa was spot on. She’ll be Trish. Oh yes, if anyone knows Trish, it’s Mickie. Mickie’s Trish believes Mickie continues to elevate herself every single night. And they’ll finally end Stratusfaction! Alexa says Mickie nailed it. But Mickie forgot the Stratus point, too. It’s in the hips. But to face facts, Trish & Lita haven’t been in a ring in a long, long, looooong time. And while those two were kicking back, Mickie & Alexa have been kicking butt. This is the epitome of nostalgia, but nostalgia is fleeting. If Trish & Lita think they can walk right in and beat two of the best, they’re so wrong. Mickie & Alexa travel the world, it’ll be so easy. Trish & Lita should just go home, find their wrestling gear way in the back of the closet. If they think they can just win right off the couch, they’re sadly mistaken.
Are these two serious? Evolution will allow all the women in the WWE to make history, and you’re out here talking ’bout practice? Practice? Alexa & Mickie could make their careers with this match, but they’re talking ’bout practice. Practice? Philly likes the reference. But maybe Alexa & Mickie are right. The Hall of Famers should practice. Yes, some practice. Right now! Lita & Trish dare Alexa & Mickie to go, but Alexa & Mickie says they practice how they play. The jackets come off, but then go right back on. The Goddess and friend will wait for October 28th, but will they regret overlooking two hall of fame superstars?
Bayley encounters the Riott Squad.
Aw no, someone save Liv Morgan from a hug! Sarah Logan can’t see anything from that blinding smile. But Ruby says there’s no worries. Bayley doesn’t have her best friend Sasha Banks, and can’t call on Finn Balor. Bayley’s only real power is running away from a fight. Will the Squad get away with teasing the Huggable One?
The Conquistador is in the ring!
The last we knew, the man in gold was the gold medalist. Is Angle resorting to his golden bodysuit because he doesn’t have his ring gear?
2v1 Handicap Match: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Kurt Angle!
Akam & Rezar don’t care about Angle’s legacy, they only destroy what they’re aimed after. The Constable plans for this 2v1 beating to be payback on Angle for Angle taking away his shot at the World Cup. Will his plans go the way he wants? Or does Angle have something up his golden sleeves?
The bell rings and Akam starts while Corbin has a seat on the stage. Akam swings on Conquistador Angle but ends up in a waistlock. He elbows out before Angle can throw him with a German Suplex. Akam powers Angle to a corner then whips him corner to corner. Angle dodges an drolls Akam but Rezar tagged in. Rezar boots Angle down before he can put on the Angle Lock. Rezar runs him over with a clothesline, then tags in Akam. The AoP drag Angle up, and give him the suplex powerbomb neckbreaker! Cover, AoP wins!
Winners: The Authors of Pain, Akam pinning
Corbin is proud of these two, as is Maverick. But then Maverick realizes this isn’t Angle at all! Akam sits Conquistador up and takes off the mask. That’s definitely NOT Angle! Especially since Angle comes up behind Corbin to give him an Angle Slam! Angle gets the better of Corbin and AoP, but will he still be able to enjoy his “vacation”? Or will Corbin come up with something worse for him later?
The Riott Squad “decorate” Natalya’s dressing room.
They give it a heaping helping of ketchup and mustard. They think it’s hilarious, but will Natty have the last laugh?
Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The Queen of Harts still owes the Squad for the beating weeks before Super Show-Down, but she doesn’t have any back-up right now. Can she survive against such numbers at ringside? Or will Ruby and her girls #StartaRiott?
Natty has a mic as she comes out, because she says, “Ruby, Ruby, Ruby. Did you honestly think that I’m gonna walk blindly to the ring with you and your hooligan friends ready to attack me three on one?” No. She has back-up after all! It’s Bayley! AND Sasha Banks! The Legit Boss is back from injury, and is ready to team with her friends! The bell rings and Natty goes right at Ruby! Ruby gets to ropes but Natty is on her. The ref brings Natty back and Ruby mule kicks her. Ruby throws forearms, then throws Natty down by her hair. Cover, ONE, but Ruby keeps on Natty with a chinlock. Ruby stares Bayley & Banks down, but Natty fights out of the hold. Ruby throws her down again, then covers, TWO!
Bayley, Banks and Ruby trash talk, Natty rolls Ruby up! TWO and Ruby kicks Natty down. Ruby covers, TWO, and the Squad grows frustrated. Ruby puts Natty in a cravat, but fans rally up again. Natty gets up, arm-drags out, but runs into an STO! Cover, TWO! The Squad is further frustrated, but Natty gets to a corner. Ruby is on Natty with shoulders into the stomach, then backs off to run back in. Natty dodges and denies Deadly Nightshade to then dump Ruby out. The Squad regroups while Natty recovers in the ring. Ruby gets in and grabs Natty by her hair. She brings Natty up but Natty SLAPS Ruby! Then takedown, to the Sharpshooter! Ruby endures, Sarah chopblocks!
Winner: Natalya, by disqualification
The fight is on! Sarah & Liv brawl with Bayley & Banks and toss them back out. The Squad focuses on Natty, lifting Natty up for Ruby to run. But Bayley & Banks drag Ruby out then double Thesz Press! Sasha knees Sarah and Bayley gives her a saido suplex. Liv runs into the backstabber, to Bayley2Belly! Natty has Ruby with a German Suplex! The Queen of Harts stands tall with the #LegitHuggable duo. Will they get the better the Squad? Or will it take just a little longer to #StartaRiott?
Elias sees his daily selection of guitar picks.
However, he is very upset. There is not a single green one among them! The stagehand says he couldn’t find a green one, so Elias tosses the whole bunch back in his face. The green one was in his hair. It was a test, and this guy failed. The Drifter is ready for his performance, will he go uninterrupted this time?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
“My eyes are like a crystal ball and you are looking into the future.” The future hinges on the one universal truth that even John Cena knows deep down, that WWE really stands for ‘Walk With Elias!” Elias says that he was having lunch with Carson Wentz earlier today, and talked about his injuries from last season. The injuries were painful but the real pain was psychological, like pretending to care about the city of Philadelphia. Philly of course boos, but Elias continues to say that “Gritty” is not a good mascot. But Gritty is the spitting image of the people: a fat, googly-eyed slob! So please, silence phones, hold applause and while it’s hard for Philadelphians to do, shut mouths! But here comes Apollo Crews!
Elias calls for the guys to cut the music. Apollo apologizes, but just wanted to interrupt Elias once. It felt like his turn, that’s all. Well of course Apollo interrupts Elias, Elias is the best thing going. But Apollo better pray to stay on Elias’s good side, because Apollo’s career is in Elias’s hands now. Elias is not gonna make a start out of Apollo tonight. Apollo admits he’s not like Elias, with the guitar and the singing and the jokes. But that doesn’t matter when he steps inside the ring. True, Apollo is apparently talented. But Elias has never seen it. Like how no one’s seen Bigfoot of the Flyers win the Stanley Cup. Or like Elias being taken serious as a musician. Apollo has hold himself back for too long, seeing so many people pass him up, including Elias. “And straight up, I’m sick of it.”
Elias can understand, being compared to such a star as himself! Compared to him, who is Apollo? Is Apollo not getting this? Elias can show you what happens when you interrupt him. Elias puts his guitar and stool aside, takes off the scarf and headset, but Apollo is ready with an enziguri! Then the trophy lift, that he holds onto for a good 10 seconds before dumping Elias down! Apollo says “That’s who I am!” Apollo has all the talent he needs, but when and where will he get the opportunities?
Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack!
The Hounds of Justice won in Melbourne, but the Dogs of War won in Chicago. Philadelphia is the site of this major tiebreaker, but both teams are looking ready to crack at any moment. Can Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose hold it together? Or will Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler outlast them on the road to Crown Jewel?
The tension is high as both teams stand across from each other. The bell rings and the ref asks the teams to sort out. Rollins steps up for The Shield, Strowman tells Ziggler to carry his weight. Ziggler takes the start and circles with Rollins. They tie up and Ziggler gets a headlock. Ziggler wants Strowman to see what he’s doing because he can do it all day long. Rollins powers out and things speed up. Ziggler leaps into Rollins’ arms, for a scoop slam! Rollins brings Ziggler over, tags to Ambrose, and snapmares Ziggler for Ambrose’s sliding lariat. Rollins adds a knee drop and Ambrose drops an elbow. Cover, ONE, but Ambrose keeps on Ziggler. Tag back to Rollins and they double whip Ziggler into double shoulders and a split of the wishbone.
Strowman protests the double teaming while Ziggler scrambles away. Ziggler shoves Rollins into Ambrose! Ambrose takes offense but Rollins says it was Ziggler’s doing. Ziggler gets away while Roman comes in to keep the peace again. The Monster Among Men wipes them all out! Ziggler hits Roman with the DDT! Cover, TWO!! The Pack almost finished it here, but the match continues while we go to break.
Raw returns and McIntyre grinds Roman into the mat with a forearm. Fans rally up and Roman fights up to his feet. Roman punches out of the hold, then runs, but into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Again the Pack almost ended it but Roman survives. Tag to Ziggler and the Raw Tag Team Champions mug Roman on the mat. Ziggler stomps and stalks Roman, then puts on an armlock of his own. Roman endures again as fans build to another rally. Roman fights Ziggler off and arm-drags him away. He rallies with lariats, then crawls for his corner. Strowman shouts for the tag, but Ziggler gives it to McIntyre.
McIntyre whips Roman but Roman leaps for another lariat! Roman again crawls for his corner and McIntyre rolls. Hot tag to Strowman, who is right on Roman. He whips and squashes Roman in the corner, then says “This is how you take care of stuff!” But McIntyre tags back in! McIntyre stomps a mudhole but then Strowman tags back in. The tension mounts as Strowman barks at McIntyre. McIntyre dares Strowman to get the job done then, so Strowman drags Roman out for a headbutt and a one-handed whip. Strowman runs corner to corner, but into a boot! Roman staggers but lifts Strowman. Strowman is too much, but he still misses in the corner. Roman tries again, and gets the Samoan Drop! Both men crawl for their corners, but McIntyre & Ziggler ditch the tag to blast Rollins & Ambrose down!
The Pack regroups, Ziggler tags in then tags McIntyre. They both go after Roman, Claymore ZigZag! Cover, but Rollins AND Ambrose break it! They kick Ziggler out then coach Roman up. Roman comes to and crawls for his corner, but McIntyre climbs up top. McIntyre leaps into an uppercut! Tag to Rollins! Springboard clothesline, then tag to Ambrose. They double clothesline McIntyre around then out of the ring. Strowman runs back in but misses, they double shoulder him out! Ambrose & Rollins build speed, to double DIVE on the tag team champions! Rollins & Ambrose keep moving, to double DIVE on Strowman! But he catches them both, so Roman saves them with a flying SUPERMAN PUNCH! Ambrose climbs up top, to leap at McIntyre, but McIntyre boots him. McIntyre goes for the legs but Ambrose jackknifes! Ziggler breaks the cover, but Rollins throws him out.
Rollins enziguris McIntyre, Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds! Cover, but Ziggler barrels Rollins into Ambrose again! Everyone is down again, but Ambrose and Rollins sit up first. Rollins again explains, but Ambrose is again upset. Ambrose turns around, but Rollins turns him back around, and Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds! Rollins powers out of it, Ziggler shoves them into each other again!! ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is furious, but McIntyre is back. They bring Ambrose up, but SUPERMAN PUNCH! SUPERMAN PUNCH for Ziggler, but Strowman scoops Roman. Roman slips out, and dodges Strowman again. McIntyre runs in but Roman dodges, the Claymore takes out Strowman!! McIntyre realizes what happened, but runs into a SPEAR!!
But Ziggler is lurking, only to be denied his ZigZag. SHIELD BOMB OUTTA NOWHERE! The Cerberus hits, Ambrose covers, The Shield wins!!
Winners: The Shield, Dean Ambrose pinning
In the end, the brotherhood survives! Ambrose knows who his friends are, and holds tight with Rollins & Reigns. If not eve The Pack can break them up, can anything stop this trio?
As for Strowman, Ziggler & McIntyre, The Monster is NOT happy. He joins them in the ring and Philly hopes they “Get These Hands!” Strowman drags Ziggler up and shouts “What did I tell you!?” He scoops Ziggler, for a Monster Slam! But then McIntyre gives Strowman another Claymore! That one was on purpose. McIntyre leaves Strowman behind and even ditches Dolph. However, Strowman eventually stands up, and dares McIntyre to fight him. Is The Pack the team that fell apart? Will McIntyre regret standing up to a Monster?
This Raw wasn’t as good as recent weeks in my opinion. For one, we are getting more Shield and Pack and all that as we build to Crown Jewel, a PPV that might not even happen given current political climates. It was rather obvious the actual dialogue never once mentioned Saudi Arabia, so it seems WWE is just waiting to see how things turn out before making any substantial changes. And just looking at how the WWE World Cup qualifiers were left between The Shield and Pack, it’s rather disappointing they aren’t giving a chance to other stars. Finn Balor was relegated to squashing Jinder Mahal and then being overshadowed by Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush attempting to get heat. Philly didn’t really go for it, and I myself am just hoping we get to Finn VS Lashley now before fans just stop caring about Lashley altogether.
It seems like the WWE is scrapping the Women’s Tag Division at the moment, they’re instead just throwing in all the women they would’ve had in tag teams into that #1 Contender’s Battle Royal. I suppose that’s fine, it’ll allow them to get more women on the card and get that 50 Stephanie McMahon promised. The best moment of the night, though, was Ronda and The Bellas. It was probably the best promo battle the Bellas have ever been in, and Ronda’s burn on Nikki was atomic! Their match is finally feeling good and will probably be worthy of the main event. The tag team match of Alexa-Mickie VS Trish-Lita sounds good given their promos, too, and could be used as a great opener or halfway point match.
Tamina’s return was a nice surprise but it was almost too out of nowhere, no one really knew how to receive her. Her standing against Nia, that either needs to be a feud or a new tag team. When The Riott Squad picked on Bayley out of nowhere, it almost gave away that Sasha Banks was coming back tonight. And given the two of them backed up Natty against The Riott Squad, I’m thinking a Six Woman Tag at Evolution, after I assume next week’s Raw go-home gives us a Boss & Hug Connection return against Liv & Sarah. I’d like to see Natty, Sasah & Bayley win, it just works for the sake of the Women’s Tag that we’re still waiting on.
Angle getting the better of Corbin was great. I almost thought the Not-Angle Conquistador was going to turn out to be Heath Slater given his encounter with Corbin a few weeks ago, but seems Slater can’t even get himself a squash match now. This is good long-term build towards Survivor Series, Corbin VS Angle to be GM of Raw. I hope Slater teams up with Angle to continue fighting Corbin, but chances are WWE won’t think of that. Though they did seem to realize Apollo Crews needs something to do, so he’s having another go at Elias. But if this is a push for Apollo, it’ll be his third time trying. Maybe Apollo just needs to go to SmackDown instead so that, as his promo implied, he can focus on his athletic ability. Plus, I’d love to see Apollo go against any of the SmackDown superstars.
But of course, the show ends with The Shield VS The Pack III. The match itself was great again, just as the other two times before. Story wise, I actually like that, for all the pushing of this Shield break-up where Ambrose no longer gets along with Rollins & Reigns, the team that’s breaking up is The Pack. What’s interesting is that after he stood up to Strowman, McIntyre didn’t drag Ziggler away with him. Perhaps their team-up might be over soon, after they end up losing the Raw Tag Team Championships to either Rollins-Ambrose or The Authors of Pain. And of course, I bet their break-up happens during the match, which ensures the other team becomes the new champions.
My Score: 8/10
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Joe’s CMLL Review & Ratings (10/15/2018)
CMLL Arena Puebla Monday
Lestat, Rey Samuray, Asturiano vs Rey Apocalipsis, Joker, and Guerrero Espacial
Samuray and Joker start off and Samuray is so much taller than Joker. They start grappling on their feet which soon becomes mat wrestling. Asturiano and Guerrero make their way in and continue the trend of grappling. They hit a stale mate and shake hands bringing in Lestat and Apocalipsis. They pick up the pace as Lestat attacks his partners in the corner. Lestat gets Apocalipsis out of the ring, and hits Guerrero with a fireman’s carry. Then Samuray hits a springboard 450 for the pin. Asturiano hits a lionsault on Joker for the fall. First Fall: Asturiano hits a lionsault on Joker for the pin.
Lestat and Apocalipsis start off the next fall. Lestat hits a hurricanrana and goes for a top rope dive but Rey’s female companion covers him. Asturiano comes in with Joker briefly but he hits a pose and Samuray and Guerrero enter. Samuray hits a head scissors then a springboard arm drag, then feigns a dive. Lestat comes in with Apocalipsis. Rey has him in his corner and they take him out. Asturiano comes to make the save but he suffers the same fate. Samuray gets triple teamed until he’s hit with a fireman’s carry then a splash off the top by Joker which pins him. Lestat comes in and gets double teamed and then Guerrero submits him for the fall. Second Fall: Guerrero Espacial submits Lestat with a stretch for the fall.
Third fall starts with Lestat being triple teamed. Samuray makes the save and they start to exchange spots. Lestat comes in and hits a springboard leg drop on Apocalipsis but the count is broken up. Rey Samuray hits a lionsault but gets up after 2. Samuray hits a rotating dive off the top on Guerrero for the pin. Joker then hits him with a canadian destroyer for a pin. Apocalipsis and Lestat get in. Lestat hits a death valley driver. He goes to the top and misses the swanton bomb. Apocalipsis gets him in a leg roll which leads to an arm bar for the win. Third Fall: Apocalipsis submits Lestat with an arm bar.
Winners: Rey Apocalipsis, Joker, and Guerrero Espacial
Marcella, Lluvia, and La Vaquerita vs Dayls, Tiffany, Amapola
Tiffany starts with Vaquerita. They exchange submission holds and counters. Lluvia and Dayls make their way in. They start to work at a faster pace until Lluvia stops and takes her shirt off. Dayls doesn’t let up and attacks her after. Lluvia hits a face buster and feigns a dive. This brings in Marcella and Amapola. Marcella hits a head scissor take over then a foot stomp from the top. The match starts to break down, Vaquerita hits a drop kick off the top, then Lluvia hits one in the corner on Dayls for the fall. First Fall: Lluvia pins Dayls with a corner drop kick.
Marcella starts with Tiffany and they’re slapping each other in the chest to start. It quickly breaks down and all 6 women are in the ring. The two other are taken out and Vaquerita gets triple teamed. She gets taken out and Lluvia comes in and she gets drop kicked to the ramp. Marcella tries to help but she’s drop kicked to the floor. Tiffany gets Vaquerita in a torture rack like submission for the fall. Second Fall: Tiffany submits La Vaquerita with a modified torture rack.
Third round begins with more triple teaming on Marcella. They take one out and move on to triple teaming the next. They make a come back and get a triple submission in the center of the ring but it’s broken up. Marcella goes for a vertical suplex but Dayls reverses it into a small package for the win. Third Fall: Dayls pins Marcella with a small package.
Winners: Dayls, Tiffany, and Amapola
Diamante Azul, Kraneo, and Volcano vs Hechicero, Templario, and El Felino
Volcano starts off with Templario and I don’t think you’re going to see much mat wrestling with Volcano. Templario tries to move around Volcano but he can’t because he’s too big. Volcano hits a big boot on Templario sending him to the outside. All of them stare down for a moment before Azul and Hechicero come in. Hechicero tries to unmask him while they’re grappling on the ground. Felino gets in their next with Kraneo next. Kraneo body slams Felino and is about to go for a splash but then Templario and Hechicero come in to attack him and this leads to a brawl. They hit Kraneo with a triple team spine buster but sell their backs afterwards. They get him in a triple submission afterwards. Hechicero hits a running knee on Azul and Felino pins him. First Fall: Hechicero hits a running knee on Diamante Azul and Felino pins him.
Second fall begins with them interacting with the midgets that are ring side. Hechicero and Templario hit a double suplex on Volcano. Hechicero, Templario, and Felino continue to triple team everybody. They start to make a come back and Kraneo hits Felino with a hip attack in the corner. Volcano hits a sit out press slam on Templario for the pin. Azul body slams Hechicero and Kraneo goes up to the top for a splash and pin. Second Fall: Kraneo pins Hechicero with a splash off the top.
Third round starts with Kraneo and Felino in the ring attacking each other. Kraneo hits a double splash on Hechicero and Templario after they try to double him. Templario then is in there alone with Volcano and he’s trying to get him down again. He gets Templario out of there, Hechicero comes in and tries to hit a springboard attack but he’s caught and slammed. Felino tries his hand but to no avail, and Volcano feigns a dive when Felino goes to the outside. I don’t think we’ll be seeing him dive. Templario is in there with Azul now. Azul gets off rapid fire tilt-a-whirl back breakers. Azul hits a hurricanrana on Hechicero then goes for a middle rope dive. Leading to Templario and Volcano in the ring again. Volcano hits a spine bsuter then his handspring splash. Kraneo sits on Felino after a failed sunset flip for the win. Third Fall: Kraneo sits out on El Felino after a failed sunset flip.
Winners: Kraneo, Volcano, Diamante Azul
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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.5 ~ 12TH OCTOBER 2018
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
As Noah head towards the end of the year, Autumn Navigation began on October 7th in Gunma. I am afraid I don’t have too much information about the first two shows.
Naomichi Marufuji’s feud (not so much Akitoshi Saito’s) with Mitsuya Nagai and “The Hooligans” began in earnest. Marufuji came out with a weary expression like he had to deal with something that was tiresome (and to him it is, as he says that The Hooligans are not worthy of the title shot, although he’s had to begrudgingly give them one), and this match was to prove just to be that as Nagai came out to “second”.
“Second” in this case being another word for “interfere”, which he did by pulling the referee out of the ring when Marufuji went for the pin on Taniguchi. While the ref and Nagai argued, Cody Hall used the distraction to creep into the ring and ambush Marufuji with “The Hooligan” bomb, meaning that Taniguchi got the win when the ref got back in the ring.
Afterwards The Hooligans stood over Marufuji, Cody Hall & Taniguchi holding the heavyweight tag belts, and Taniguchi with his foot on him.
Marufuji said afterwards that he was irritated before, but he’s angry now, and he’s had enough. This wasn’t enough, however, to stop The Hooligans from running over them again on the 11th October.
Noah have started the pre-matches for Global League; on the 11th October, Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima faced off against each other after a long while. Nakajima, as ever, smirking when kicking someone, this time his tag partner.
NOAH MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE IN EUROPE & USA
IPW have announced that they have become the official merchandise vendor for Noah for Europe, and I understand they also deliver to the USA. I am afraid for any other country, you would need to check directly with them. Shop can be accessed via the link above.
“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”
Kenoh’s column this week is thought to be generally not too interesting (aside from maybe the end about appearing in a quiz show), but he does give some interesting insights into life in Noah and how wrestlers branching out into other programs beyond wrestling, can help a product.
Speaking of Kenoh, I read a very sweet story in an interview earlier this week.
When Kenoh was a tiny infant (about two or three), he used to stand at the window of the Nippon Kempo watching them practice until his mother removed him. Even when it snowed, he would stand at the window.
His mother later asked if he could see inside, and then enrolled him in the school.
NAOMICHI MARUFUJI VS HIKARU SHIDA
For her tenth anniversary in wrestling, Hikaru Shida challenged Naomichi Marufuji to a rematch. They had last clashed on April 17th, and she had been knocked out within a few minutes (108 seconds to be precise). This time she managed to last eighteen minutes with him. He took knee attacks, and she took chops.
Marufuji won with the high knee, and said afterwards that “the match was fun, and with so much potential, I want you to be the top girl”.”.
WINTER NAVIGATION 2018 & EARLY DATES FOR JANUARY 2019
Noah have announced the dates for “Winter Navigation 2018”, plus “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2” and “NOAHFul Gift in Differ”.
They have also announced dates for January 2019.
Last year NOAHFUL Gift was held in ShinKiba, this year it will be being held at Korakuen Hall. Although Noah have announced no plans for the format as of yet, it will most likely feature the flea market in which Noah sell their old ring wear to fans (in the old days they would also serve Dojo chanko) and the usual battle royal and comedy matches.
Genba Hirayanagi threatened to appear last year in some gnarly old pants when he heard there was a flea-market. Sugiura said no one would want them, and Marufuji told him that it was “called obstruction of business”.
Thankfully Genba’s questionable taste in clothes is not a recurring feature, but Akitoshi Saito in cosplay is. In past years we have seen a lounge singer (complete with frilled cuffs, cummerbund and a velvet suit), and a pigtailed joshi. 2017 saw him in a video which was played in installments throughout the evening flanked by Moose in a Burger King hat, Eddie Edwards in a Santa hat (both were trying not to laugh), and Saito in various stages of undress whilst wearing a wig and make-up.
During the Battle Royale last year, everyone dressed up; well, almost everyone, as Kenoh appeared in an old karate outfit, and HAYATA came as himself in DOVE Pro. Other highlights included Takashi Sugiura being labelled a “vulgar and tasteless Santa” by Tokyo Sports, Hi69 was a “Panda” (his costume was purple tights and Panda face-paint, and according to Hajime Ohara he had gone out and bought his costume the night before, leading Sugi to point, laugh and say “that’s not a Panda, that’s a monster), Hajime Ohara as Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service” complete with satchel full of bakery goods, a Jiji on his shoulder, black wig with a bow and a broom, Hitoshi Kumano as a bear, Daisuke Harada as HAYATA (which HAYATA did not appreciate and glared at him afterwards) and of course the inevitable Mr. Koto (Atsushi Kotoge).
Needless to say its a fun show, and if you are going to be in Tokyo over Christmas\New Year, I not only envy you, I also highly recommend you go and see it. All grudges, rivalries and title matches are put aside, and the roster relax and have fun.
Naomichi Marufuji and Hi69 will miss Noah’s event on the 18th November as they will be participating in Ryuku Dragon Pro in Okinawa
Kenoh will be appearing for KAIENTAI DOJO on Sunday October 28th, he will team with Tank Nagai against Yuri Asakawa & Kengo Mashimo.
Junta Miyawaki will make his second appearance for YOUNGDOMS (FREEDOMS sub brand) on the 5th November, he will team with Shunsuke Sayama vs Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU
GHC BELT NEWS
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
- GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69
The GHC Heavyweight Championship currently has no challenger as Global League will begin in late October to determine the number one contender.
Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge will clash over the GHC Junior Championship on October 30th at Korakuen Hall (match signing to be held the same day)
Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Championship against “The Hooligans” (Maybach Taniguchi and Cody Hall) on Sunday October 14th in Kobe.
The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet.
- Naomichi Marufuji was involved in a minor car accident this week when someone reversed into him, he is fine fortunately.
- Noah released Halloween Revolutionary cloaks for kids which were sold on the 11th October, with the Revolutionary Hero on hand to sign them. Atsushi Kotoge has said that the manufacturing cost is too high to make them for adults.
- Takashi Sugiura gave a defense match interview, in it he said he wants to be the first reigning champion in history to win Global League, and if that happens he will nominate his own opponent, which will be Masato Tanaka. They have fought against each other in the past, but they have never had a title match over a single belt.
- Mitsuya Nagai called a lady in the crowd “you old bag” because she was mouthing off to him.
- Mohammed Yone’s disco ball for his entry has become a thing
- People would like to see Atsushi Kotoge and Kaito Kiyomiya tag together and challenge for the belts
- HAYATA has a new online diary, “HAYATAbot”, I am afraid that to access it requires a paid subscription
- Kenoh will finally get his wish for a singles match with Naomichi Marufuji on the 8th November at Korakuen Hall for Global League 2018.
- Like Hi69 does, Atsushi Kotoge did a short question time with fans on Twitter, highlights included; Kotoge saying he doesn’t drink at home, and Go Shiozaki asking what the capes were made of to which, Kotoge said playfully, “asshole, I’ll go and look”. He never actually answered Shiozaki’s question.
- Kenoh’s friend, Masahiro-san (whom Kenoh has blocked, and who Masahiro-san calls “that asshole who blocked me”), posted a few candid pictures of when he stayed at Kenoh’s home for the night on Twitter. Masahiro-san usually deletes them a few minutes after posting, but they were there long enough to ascertain Kenoh bought tourist fodder Union Jack boxer shorts when he visited London for Frontline Pro Wrestling.
- Hajime Ohara is holding exercise classes in Kawasaki which are open to adults of every age and sex. The classes will be simple exercises in how to build, tone and maintain muscles and how to exercises with a water bottle.
KING SHAMLESS’S CORNER
None this week, he’s managed to behave himself.
English language translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, “Heir to The Ark”
Takashi Sugiura’s sixth defense interview
Akira Taue loved the “Talk Battle” with Toshiaki Kawada
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