Match #4 – Triple Threat for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship: The Brian Kendrick vs. TJ Perkins vs. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann
Austin Aries has joined commentary for this match. The bell rings and TJP shoves Kendrick into the corner to unload with right hands, The Wizard Of Odd pushes him away, Swann charges in with shots of his own, Perkins grabs the champion with a roll-up from behind and Kendrick breaks it up at a 2 count. Irish whip to the ropes is reversed, The Outlandish One hangs on, Kendrick rushes in, Swann goes to leapfrog over, but the spot is botched and The Wizard Of Odd catches a knee to the head, then rolls outside. Swann turns around and TJ goes for a body slam, the champion slides out and grabs a waistlock, pushes Perkins into the ropes, The Fil-Am Flash knocking him down with a shoulder block.
He heads back into the ropes, slides through between the legs, pushes Rich to the ropes for a roll-up, the champion hangs on to send him away and Kendrick drags Swann to the outside. TJP scores with a dropkick through the ropes to Kendrick, steps out to send him back inside, climbs up to the top rope for a sunset flip, rolls through and looks for the TJP Clutch. The Wizard Of Odd breaks free and pulls himself up in the corner, catches Perkins charging in with a kick to the head, The Outlandish One hops to apron behind him, clocks Kendrick with an enzuigiri and TJ pulls him back to a vertical base. Swann rushes in and hits them both with a double hurricanrana, drills Perkins with a spinning back kick to the ribs, leaps off TJ’s back to hit Kendrick with a seated senton, covers and TJP breaks it up at 2.
The champion goes for a side headlock on Perkins and gets sent off to the ropes, The Fil-Arm Flash drops down, leapfrogs over, goes for a monkey flip, Rich front-flips over it, Kendrick drops him with a big boot, then clobbers TJ with a heel kick for a count of 2. He tries to toss Perkins to the outside and TJ hangs himself up in the ropes, The Wizard Of Odd looks to ram the champion into him, Perkins avoids it, Swann lands on his feet on the apron as The Fil-Am Flash decks Kendrick with a kick. The Outlandish One heads upstairs and clears Perkins out of the ring with a dropkick, Kendrick quickly brings Swann down into the Captain’s Hook, TJP rolls back in, picks Kendrick’s leg and locks on the TJP Clutch.
The Wizard Of Odd reaches for the bottom rope, Swann scores with a rolling splash to Perkins to break it up, all three guys now slow to get back to their feet. Rich measures Kendrick in the corner, gets caught with a reverse STO into the 2nd turnbuckle, The Wizard Of Odd hooks him for Sliced Bread #2, Swann blocks and dumps him out to the apron, Kendrick landing on his feet, but gets caught by a superkick from TJ. The champion goes for the Spinning Back Kick to Perkins, The Fil-Am Flash ducks it, grabs the leg for the TJP Clutch, Rich scratching and clawing his way to the bottom rope, but it doesn’t matter.
TJ releases it anyways, tries to pull Swann up, they exchange right hands and forearm shots, Kendrick rolls back in and meets a double superkick. The Outlandish One surprises Perkins with the Spinning Back Kick, hooks the leg and retains the title.
Winner and STILL WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Rich Swann (Spinning Back Kick)
- After The Bell: Swann celebrates in the ring, pyro goes off and Neville makes his way down to the ring, then blasts the champion with a big forearm. TJ pulls him away and gets drilled by multiple spinning kicks to the midsection, The Man That Gravity Forgot hits the ropes for a single-leg dropkick to lay TJ out, tosses Rich to the outside then drives him into the barricade. He does the same to Perkins, rolls him back into the ring, sends Swann in too and stands over both of them with a disgusted look on his face.
- EA’s Take: Decent match with some nice spots, but there were some sloppy ones as well and I think these guys could do better if given another shot. Nice surprise to see Neville come back and get involved, but also turn heel at the same time, which I certainly didn’t anticipate. Initially I didn’t want Neville to be a part of this division and thought he was just fine working outside of it, but I love the new aggressive side and if WWE isn’t going to do anything with him, then there’s really no better place for him to be. I just don’t want to see any of the other Cruiserweights take a backseat and hope WWE will still work to build them up at the same time.
Backstage: WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens walks down the hallway and stops at Chris Jericho’s locker room, tries to enter, but it’s locked. He bangs on the door and implores Y2J to open it, apologizes for what happened earlier, but thinks their friendship has to be stronger than this. He tells Jericho to pull his list out and add “Kevin Owens” to the top if it makes him feel better, but there’s still no response. The Prize Fighter states that friends make mistakes, but best friends forgive each other. He still gets no response, realizes he got his answer and knows they aren’t best friends anymore, claiming his feelings have really been hurt.
Match #5 – 30 Minute Iron Man Match for the RAW Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs. RAW Women’s Champion Sasha Banks
Collar & elbow lock-up to start out, both ladies jockeying for position down to the canvas, the challenger finally pushing Banks away. They tie-up again and the champion goes to a wristlock, The Queen rolls out into one of her own, Sasha reverses into a hammerlock, but the challenger counters back into a front facelock. The Boss finds her way back up and goes back to a wristlock, Charlotte counters out into a side headlock to bring the champion down, Banks with a headscissors to escape, but The Queen kips up to her feet and gains the side headlock again.
Sasha reverses back to one of her own, flips through a back suplex attempt, bring The Queen to the canvas with a side headlock takedown, Charlotte works to her feet and Sasha connects with knees to the midsection. The champion sends her to the ropes and gets knocked down by a shoulder block for a quick 1 count, the challenger tries to keep the shoulders down with her power, Sasha springs up into a sunset flip and gets a count of 2. She kicks Charlotte away, The Queen hits the ropes and runs into a back elbow, irish whip to the corner is reversed, the champion hops up-and-over the charging-in challenger, tosses her away, then counters a clothesline into a crucifix and rolls into the Bank Statement.
Charlotte is able to escape to the outside and takes a breather, climbs back up to the apron, rams a shoulder into the breadbasket, slings in with a roll-up for 2, grabs another roll-up for a 2 count and starts to talk some trash. She rushes in for a clothesline and Banks ducks it for a backslide that gets 1, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, The Boss with a tilt-a-whirl into a roll-up for 1, then quickly scores with a dropkick. She hits the ropes and mocks the challenger, goes for a slap to the face that’s blocked, Charlotte pops up with a big boot, hits the ropes and gets caught in a rear naked choke. The Queen finds her footing with Banks on her back, breaks free with modified jawbreaker for a 2 count, rams The Boss face-first off the top turnbuckle multiple times, drags her to the outside and sets for a powerbomb on the floor.
The champion gets to the apron and comes off with double knees down to the floor, throws the challenger back inside for another count of 2, tries to pick Charlotte up and gets surprised by a jawbreaker. The Queen looks for a body slam and Sasha slips out of it, hooks on a straight-jacket, but the challenger powers her way out of it. She runs at the champion for a clothesline, Banks ducks it and hits multiple clotheslines of her own, blocks a kick and scores with one of her own, the challenger with tries to send the champion outside with a handful of hair, but the tables are turned and Charlotte goes outside instead. The Boss hits the ropes and flies through the ropes with a suicide dive, sends The Queen back in for a near fall, measures her in the corner and rushes in, but gets elevated over the top.
The champion lands on her feet and rams Charlotte into the top turnbuckle, The Queen takes Banks’ legs out from under her with a kick, Sasha falling face-first onto the ring steps down to the floor. The challenger drags her back into the squared circle for a cover and a near fall, bludgeons the champion with heavy right hands, the referee backs her away to check on Sasha, The Queen staying on her with boots to the abdomen. She chokes The Boss on the bottom rope and stomps away, snapmares her over for multiple knee drops, hooks the leg and again only gets a 2 count. The challenger wrenches away at the neck region, Banks works back to a vertical base, gets ripped back down to the mat by the hair, Charlotte hits the ropes for another knee drop, but it’s off-target.
The Boss uses the corner to pull herself back up, catches the challenger running in with a boot to the face, comes off the 2nd rope with double knees, lateral press and another count of 2. The champion rushes back in and gets cracked by a modified backbreaker, Charlotte follows with a neckbreaker, kips back up and hits a knee drop, but still can’t find a 3 count. She hooks on a figure four headscissor and batters Sasha face-first into the canvas, rolls her over with slams, Banks blocks one for a cover, but only gets 2. The Queen sends her to the ropes and the champion goes into a tilt-a-whirl for the Bank Statement, the challenger blocks it, sends the champion into the corner and charges in, Sasha gets the boots up, but it’s blocked.
Charlotte swings Banks’ legs around, connects with a rope-assisted backbreaker for a near fall, pulls Sasha up for a dropkick, The Boss pulls herself up in the corner and keeps The Queen away with kicks. She arm-whips Charlotte face-first into the top turnbuckle, unloads with chops and a barrage of stiff forearms, measures for double knees in the corner, then goes to the high rent district for a crossbody, but nobody’s home. The challenger follows with Natural Selection and still only gets a count of 2, picks The Boss up for a t-bone suplex, the champion slides out behind, tries the Backstabber, but it’s blocked and Charlotte drives her backwards into the turnbuckles. She snapmares Banks away, slams her back down by the hair, goes to the top turnbuckle for a moonsault, The Boss cuts her off, climbs up for a superplex, but gets knocked back down and hit by a Super Natural Selection for the 1-2-3.
First Fall: Charlotte Flair
The Queen goes for another cover and gets a count of 2 multiple times, the challenger starts slapping her around and talking trash, The Boss fires back with slaps of her own, Charlotte ducks one and hits a back suplex for a near fall. The challenger powers Banks back up for another back suplex, the champion fends it off with elbows to the back of the neck, hits the ropes and goes into a tilt-a-whirl, rolls Charlotte up and ties it up.
Second Fall: Sasha Banks
Charlotte goes for a big boot that misses, The Boss hops on her back for a sleeper, gets thrown away, the challenger connects with the big boot this time, covers, but only gains a count of 2. She drags the champion over towards the corner and goes upstairs for a moonsault, The Boss rolls out of harm’s way, slaps on the Bank Statement, Flair tries reaching the bottom rope, but gets rolled back to the center for the tap-out.
Third Fall: Sasha Banks
The Boss pulls Charlotte to her feet and gets surprised by a flurry of stinging chops, fires back with a series of her own, Banks goes to the 2nd rope, Flair sweeps the leg, drops a knee to the back of Sasha’s knee and starts to target it. She goes for the Figure Eight and gets caught by a right hand, rolls outside and pulls the champion under the bottom rope in the corner, then rams the champion’s leg into the ring post multiple times. She slides back in and continues to punish the knee with a heel hold, The Boss counters out with a roll-up for a near fall, can’t capitalize and Charlotte chop blocks her.
Flair goes back to the heel hold, switches to a figure four, the champion writhes in pain, turns over, but the challenger switches the pressure back in her favor. The Boss tries to pull herself to the ropes and gets dragged back to the center of the ring, the clock ticks down and Charlotte bridges into the Figure Eight, The Boss tapping out as the clock expires.
Fourth Fall: Charlotte
The referee informs the ring announcer that the match will continue under sudden death rules, keeps the challenger away until Sasha can get back to her feet and Charlotte goes to the bad knee with a dropkick. The champion pulls herself back up and the ref calls restarts the match, The Queen goes for the Figure Eight again, gets surprised by a roll-up and just barely kicks out at 2. She quickly tosses Banks with a t-bone suplex, goes for another, the champion counters with a small package and gains a near fall. The Boss sneaks in a kick to the leg to buy some time, uses the ropes to get back to her feet, Sasha is bleeding from the nose now, ducks under a clothesline and connects with a Backstabber, then locks on the Bank Statement. Flair hooks the bad leg to escape it, reverses into a figure four, bridges into the Figure Eight and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW RAW Women’s Champion: Charlotte Flair
- EA’s Take: This one started off pretty slow and it honestly made me wish we got something else, possibly a ladder match. However, it really picked up near the end and you really have to give both of these women for WORKING THEIR ASSES OFF. Was it everything I thought it would be? Not really. Was it as good as their Hell In A Cell Match? I don’t believe so, but I certainly respect what they did, especially Sasha because she got popped pretty bad in the nose and was bleeding all over herself at the end. Kudos to both ladies. I did pick Charlotte because honestly, it makes the most sense. If Sasha retains and Charlotte is out of the picture, who steps up to challenge? There are no heels in the RAW Women’s Division that are even remotely prepared for that spot, so with Charlotte you know you can go to Bayley for a couple of months if need be.