SmackDown After Crown Jewel, aka SmackDown UK, promises to address Shane O’Mac jumping in the WWE World Cup and winning it, plus Survivor Series!
- The New Day VS The Usos; The Usos win and are captains of the Tag Team Division Survivor Series Elimination Match.
- Becky Lynch VS Nikki Cross; Lynch wins.
- Rey Mysterio VS Andrade “Cien” Almas; Mysterio wins and is added to SmackDown’s 5v5 Survivor Series team.
- Bryan’s Pick, Jeff Hardy VS Miz’s Pick, Samoa Joe: Joe wins and joins SmackDown’s 5v5 Survivor Series team.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s SmackDown Manchester!
And General Manager Paige heads to the ring! The Glampire feels right at home and the fans are excited to see her. She welcomes them to the show but won’t be out too long. She just needs them to help introduce “The Best in the World”, Shane McMahon! Fans boo for Shane O’Mac instead, because we all know he won the WWE World Cup under the shadiest of circumstances. The Miz was meant to represent SmackDown against Raw’s Dolph Ziggler, but as Ziggler brought up on Raw, there was some controversy. Drew McIntyre was ejected, The Miz attacked before the bell but then hurt himself during the brawl. Shane wouldn’t let the World Cup end on forfeit, so he took Ziggler on himself! Shane hit a Coast2Coast and won the cup! But did he deserve to?
Before Shane speaks, Paige wishes to have Shane pose with the trophy for photos. She brings the cup into the ring and presents it to Shane. Shane poses with it, and then returns the cup. Fans still boo as he greets Manchester. Shane thanks Paige for the “flattering introduction”, but to set the record straight, he will admit he doesn’t think he’s the Best in the World. That trophy shouldn’t belong to him, but it should belong to SmackDown. When Miz couldn’t compete, Shane’s instincts took over and he didn’t want SmackDown to not be the superior brand when it clearly is. Fans agree with that.
And speaking of superior brand, Survivor Series is coming to pit Raw against SmackDown. Once again, it will be Brock Lesnar VS AJ Styles! Then for the first time ever, Ronda Rousey VS Becky Lynch! And now we know, Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura as well as The Authors of Pain VS The Bar. Then Captain Alexa will lead her women and Captain Corbin will lead his men in the traditional 5v5 Elimination Tag matches. Shane introduces the Blue Brand Men’s team captain, Daniel Bryan! The former GM and a highly decorated champion, Bryan is a natural choice to lead the team. Bryan thanks the fans for the ovation, and he thanks Shane for humbly acknowledging he’s not the Best in the World. And also, Bryan is honored to be chosen as Team Captain.
But wait, here comes The Miz! He has a limp in his step, but he’s still heading down the ramp. “Really, Shane? Really?” Daniel Bryan as captain? Miz disagrees, because Shane really is the best. And Miz isn’t angry with Shane. He’s just disappointed that after two great matches but suffering an injury, for Shane to heroically step in and save the day, no one has given Miz two-thirds of the credit. Fans actually agree. Miz and Shane together are the best in the world, Co-Besties. So is it like partial custody? Shane can hang out at Miz’s place. Shane says it was for the best that it worked this way, because Miz would’ve lost and been fired.
Miz says he’s never been so injured that he could never compete, unlike Bryan. The leg is fine, thanks for asking. Miz deserves to be team captain over Bryan. Fans are divided on that one. Shane thinks, and based on Miz’s performance, he should be captain, so he is. Miz rubs it in Bryan’s face with “YES! YES!” But Shane says that Bryan should also be captain. They will be co-captains of the Survivor Series team. What? How will that ever work? Bryan looks up for the challenge of working with a rival, but Miz doesn’t. Will this situation change before Survivor Series?
Miz and Bryan argue backstage.
Shane comes by and tries to sort it out. Miz isn’t questioning a decision, but why does Shane think this would work? He wants a team with urgency, with tension, and these two have that. Plus, these two bring the best out of each other, so that’s what Shane is counting on. Miz says Shane can count on him. Bryan says the same. Then by the end of the night, pick your three other members. Miz has his first pick: Shane McMahon! Shane doesn’t want Miz to kiss up to him. Be serious.
Bryan can’t believe it, but he actually agrees. Even Miz is shocked. But no one has more on the line than Shane. It just makes sense. In that case, Shane accepts. We have three members so far, and Miz is “nice” enough to give Bryan the next pick. Bryan is thankful, but both of them feel weird working together. Will these co-captains be able to coexist all the way to Survivor Series?
The New Day VS The Usos!
Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E didn’t win back the tag team titles, but they have a chance to lead their brand into battle! However, so do Jimmy & Jey, as the winning team of this match will be captains of the Survivor Series team! But don’t get confused, it’s for the WWE Tag Team Division match.
The teams sort out and the New Day goes with Kofi and Big E. Woods tosses pancakes as Kofi starts with Jey. Jey and Kofi circle and tie up. Jey gets a headlock but Kofi powers out, only for Jey to run him over. Things speed up and Kofi jumps, but Jey catches him! Jey back suplexes but Kofi slips out to dropkick! Jey is out, Jimmy runs in but is sent out. Big E tags in, Kofi bounces as Woods plays the trombone. Kofi fakes out Jey, and Woods adds some “laughter”. Big E runs Jey over! The New Day has control while we go picture in picture.
Big E drags Jey up and in, cover, TWO! E tags in Kofi, and they work together for a leap frog senton! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps on Jey with an arm wrench and armlock. Woods flings more flapjacks to the fans while Jey endures. Jey gets up but New Day brings him around for a whip. Jey reverses but Kofi goes up, only for Jey to kick his legs out! Kofi goes down and Jey tags in Jimmy. The Usos stomp Kofi, then Jey brings Kofi up. Jimmy uppercuts, then chops Kofi in the corner! Tag to Jey, and Jimmy feeds Kofi to a lariat. Cover, TWO! Jey drags Kofi away, tag to Jimmy. Jimmy runs as Jey holds Kofi down, leaping headbutt! Cover, TWO! Jimmy wraps Kofi in a chinlock, but fans rally for Kofi.
Kofi gets up and fights back, but Jimmy keeps him from the corner. Jimmy whips Kofi into the Uso corner and Kofi hits buckles hard. Tag to Jey, and the Usos stomp a mudhole into Kofi. Jey backs his brother off for the hesitation dropkick! Kofi gasps and rolls to an open corner, but Jey is right on him. Jey whips Kofi corner to corner hard and Kofi hits buckle then the mat. We return to single picture as Jey takes aim from across the way. “Uce! O!” Jey runs into Kofi’s double stomps! Fans rally up while The Bar watch from backstage. Hot tags to Jimmy and Big E! Jimmy runs into Big E’s overhead belly2belly suplex! Then another, then another! Fans fire up and Big E swivels the hips. Big E runs, but into an uppercut! Jimmy runs in, but into the urenag-E! Cover, TWO!
Big E has the fans rally up with the “New! Day Rocks!” clap. He scoops Jimmy but Jey tags in. The Usos double kick Big E away, Jey climbs up, Uso Splash onto knees! Big E scoops, Big Ending! Cover, but Jimmy breaks it just in time! Fans duel as Big E gets up. He keeps his eyes on Jey as he rolls to the apron. Jey stands, Big E runs and Kofi tags in. Jey dodges the DIVE and Big E hits the floor! But Big E gets up to barrel Jimmy into barriers!! Then he goes after Jey, to scoop him and run! Jey slips off to send Big E into the timekeeper’s area! The Usos regroup but Kofi climbs up high, SUPER TRUST FALL!! Woods checks on his team, and gets them going. Kofi puts Jey in, covers, TWO! Somehow Jey lives, and this match continues.
Fans rally up as Kofi brings Jey around. Jey breaks free but runs into SOS! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but so are their partners. Jey hits Kofi to a corner but Kofi boots him away. Kofi quickly goes up and leaps, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! The New Day are frustrated but still in control as we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Kofi goes after Jey at the ropes. He kicks and punches away, then drags Jey up for a whip. Jey reverses but Kofi holds ropes, so Jey runs in. Kofi dumps him out, but Jimmy tags in! Jey hits Kofi, and then the Usos double suplex Kofi! Kofi fights his way out, Big E SPEARS Jey!! They both go down and Kofi hits Jimmy with Trouble in Paradise! Kofi drags Jimmy in for a cover, TWO!? How?! Kofi gets back up and brings Jimmy up. He headbutts Jimmy to a corner, then CHOPS. Kofi hoists Jimmy up top and climbs up to join him. Kofi wants the superplex, but Jimmy resists. Jimmy fights back, and headbutts Kofi down. Jimmy adjusts, but Kofi comes back, SUPER STEINER– Blocked into a powerbomb!!
Both men are down but Manchester is fired up. Woods tries to coach Kofi up as Jimmy climbs. Uso Splash! Cover, Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy pinning; are now Team Captains of the Tag Team Division Survivor Series Elimination Match
The Usos prove they’re that good and that determined. They give The New Day props over their endless tag team wars. There is no SmackDown Tag Division without both teams. And as the new captains, the Usos want the New Day to be the first recruits to represent. The five of them shake on it, and the team is forming! Who else will join this massive 10v10 tag team match?
The Miz is on the phone with someone.
We’re a week away from his new release, Marine 6. So what talk shows will he be on? None of them? Why not?! Because they want Becky instead!? Well, he’ll have to call his agent back, because Bryan has returned. Has Bryan made his pick for the Men’s 5v5 team? Yes he has. Rey Mysterio. Really? he’s a future hall of famer, sure, but his return hasn’t done much of anything. But Mysterio beat Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton, and The Miz. In a fluke, just like Bryan over Miz! But fine, if Rey impresses in his match with Andrade “Cien” Almas, he’s on the team.
In that case, let’s move tot he last pick. Bryan and Miz will each pick a person, and those two compete to be the fifth and final person. Miz likes that idea! And they feel weird again… But who will each man choose as a potential fifth team member?
Becky Lynch heads to the ring!
The Relent-Lass Straight Fire has a new mindset as she is “The Man” of all WWE right now! But she’s heading towards a fight with the Baddest Woman on the Planet at Survivor Series. Ronda gave Becky a warning about that match, but Becky is here to respond. “Ronda Rousey, you told me that you were the last woman on Earth that I should provoke.” Well who the hell is Ronda to tell Becky anything?! True, Ronda holds a championship, but she’s not a champion. Not yet. Champions will themselves through adversity, through injury, through doubt. But Ronda hasn’t been tested, yet. Becky is The Man, which is why she’s a champion and Ronda isn’t. Winning comes so easily to Ronda, that when she finally meets The Man at Survivor Series, that “titanium body will be let down by your weak mind.”
Becky has been ground down and built back up more times than she can count. She has made history. She has been tested daily, weekly, monthly, yet she is the most relentless person Ronda has ever met. Ronda was on Raw and mocked Becky for the long road she traveled and the jobs she took to pay her way to this point. So no, Becky wasn’t hand picked, yet here she is. Fans are on Becky’s side with that one. Becky wasn’t meant to be the main event, but here she is. She wasn’t meant to be the talk of the entire industry, but here she is: the only champ. But Ronda says Becky should be happy because she has Ronda’s respect. Well come Survivor Series, it won’t be respect but her arms that Becky has! And Becky doesn’t’ care if you’re a bad bitch, because you’re gonna be Becky’s.
But now Becky’s all fired up, she wants a fight! Is there any woman brave enough to step to Becky and get an arm mangled in Manchester? The open challenge is answered by… SAnitY!? Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain return from obscurity, because they FINALLY have their Twisted Sister! It’s NIKKI CROSS!! And she’s ready for a fight, too! She runs to the ring, and runs wild like she does on NXT! Becky isn’t sure what to make of the Loony Lass as she thrashes her own jacket around. Who does Nikki think she is to step to– She takes the mic from Becky!? “I’ll play with you, Becky. Let’s play, Becky! You wanna play? Play with Nikki! Let’s play! Let’s PLAY!” The challenge is issued back. Becky don’t play, Becky fights. And that fight, is after the break!
Becky Lynch VS Nikki Cross!
The Relent-Lass meets the Loony Lass in Crazy Cross’ SmackDown debut! Will Becky get the fight she wants? Or will Nikki use Becky for a bit of playtime?
SmackDown returns as the bell rings. Nikki grins as Becky glares. The two circle and tie up. Becky gets the waistlock and slam, cover, ONE. Nikki hits her with a forearm! Nikki runs into another waistlock and slam, but gets away. Becky pushes Nikki down and around, then stomps her to a corner. Nikki gets up and eggs Becky on! Becky kicks low, then whips. Nikki comes back with a tilt-o-whirl headscissor. Nikki walks into a yank and she gets sent out of the ring. Becky goes to the apron but ends up in a skirt trap! Nikki fires off on Becky until she’s down on the ground! Nikki stops at 4 to kick Becky behind the apron. She puts Becky in but Becky bails out. Nikki pursues but Becky trips her up.
Becky brings Nikki up to throw her into barriers left and right. She then kicks Nikki into the LED panel, and puts her in the ring. Cover, TWO! Becky keeps on Nikki with a chinlock and thrashes her around. Fans rally up and Nikki gets up. Nikki fights out but Becky scoops. Nikki slips out and rolls up, TWO! Becky calf kicks Nikki down, covers, TWO! The Man grows frustrated but she drags Nikki up by her hair. She jams Nikki’s face while fans duel. Becky throws Nikki with the Becksploder, but Nikki is right up. Becky runs her over with forearms, covers, TWO! Now Becky toys with Nikki, but Nikki fights back. Becky kicks Nikki down, Nikki comes back with forearms. Nikki hops on for a sleeper hold! Becky fights her off but runs into a kick and then forearms. Becky hits back, but runs into boots. Nikki rallies!
Nikki fires up, runs in, big clothesline to bulldog! Becky is down, but Nikki goes up top. Nikki leaps at Becky with a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps that wild grin as she wrenches Becky into an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Becky rolls away and now Nikki grows frustrated. Nikki stomps a mudhole into Becky, but the ref has to pull her off. Nikki comes back, but Becky throws her into ropes! Then Disarm-Her! Nikki taps, Becky wins!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission
This was definitely a fight, but one The Champ still found a way to win. Becky will have an even bigger fight on her hands with Ronda, can she still overcome adversity?
The Miz takes selfies backstage.
Bryan photobombs! Instagram together! But anyway, Bryan has his choice for the team: Jeff Hardy. Oh wow, another World Cup competitor that everyone loves, a great choice. However, can he be better than Miz’s choice. Bryan knows from experience how clutch this guy is. It’s Samoa Joe. Joe says “May the best man win.” Will the Destroyer destroy the Charismatic Enigma and join Team SmackDown?
Shinsuke Nakamura talks.
He feels bad for Seth Rollins. His life is “burning down.” Roman has a disease, Ambrose has issues. But at Survivor Series, Nakamura will cheer Rollins up and help him forget all his other problems. He’ll get a special gift only found in the United States of Nakamerica, a #Knee2Face.
Rey Mysterio VS Andrade “Cien” Almas!
It’s a first-time-ever right here on SmackDown TV! The King of Lucha Libre goes against the Original Ungovernable to earn Miz’s approval onto Team SmackDown! Can Mysterio dial it up? Or will Almas force him to tranquilo?
SmackDown returns as El Idolo makes his entrance. He enters the ring and the bell sounds. Almas gets the arm and wrenches the wrist. Mysterio rolls and flips but Almas throws him down. Mysterio comes back with headscissors but Almas kicks him low. Almas CHOPS Mysterio, then whips. Mysterio kicks and headscissors Almas down! Almas gets to a corner but Mysterio is on him with a whip corner to corner. Almas reverses but Mysterio goes up and over. Mysterio keeps moving but runs into the boot feint and back elbow! Almas stomps away on Mysterio, but backs off at the ref’s orders. The ref checks on Mysterio but he’s okay to continue. Almas runs in to knee Mysterio, then whips him corner to corner. Almas runs in for another big knee! Cover, TWO!
Almas keeps his cool as he brings Mysterio up. He puts Mysterio in a corner then runs in, but misses the knee! He tumbles out to the floor, and Mysterio goes to the apron. Mysterio leaps, but is caught, and swung into the barriers! Almas takes control as we go picture in picture. Almas puts Mysterio in, covers, TWO! Mysterio gets to ropes, but Almas is on him with stomps. Almas drags Mysterio up and wrenches the wrist. He clubs the arm then gives it an armbreaker. He wrenches the arm again, but Mysterio endures. Mysterio gets up but Almas shifts to a hammerlock to ground him. Mysterio gets up and fights back, then goes up to rebound and arm-drag Almas off! He keeps moving, but Almas turns the wheelbarrow into a facebuster!
Both men are down but Almas sits up first. The referee checks on Mysterio, but he’s okay to continue. Almas stalks Mysterio as he gets to a corner. We return to single picture as Almas runs in, but Mysterio dodges Cien Knees! Mysterio runs in but is put on the apron. He swing kicks back, then springboards for the seated senton! Things speed up, Mysterio goes around the world to headscissor Almas! Fans fire up as Mysterio runs, but into a boot! Almas hops up, flying sunset but Rey rolls through to buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Mysterio keeps his cool and calls for the number. Fans chant for the 619 as Mysterio climbs up top. Almas trips him up!
Almas CHOPS and then climbs up to join Mysterio. He wants the superplex but Mysterio holds on. Mysterio fights Almas off, then sunsets. Almas lands on his feet, CIEN KNEES! Then MORE Cien Knees! Cover, TWO!! Almas can’t believe Mysterio survives, but fans know “This is Awesome!” Mysterio stirs but Almas shakes his head. Almas shoves and gets Mysterio in a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker. Almas climbs up top, moonsault, lands on his feet to moonsault again but Mysterio gets his knees up! Both men are down as Almas gasps for air. Fans call for it, Mysterio dropkicks Almas onto the ropes, but Almas still denies the 619. Almas lifts Mysterio in an electric chair but Mysterio headscissors him out! Yet Almas still has Mysterio! Almas spins, Mysterio headscissors him into the apron! Then Mysterio runs, to slide for a tornado DDT!
Manchester is thunderous for the lucha legend and his innovation. Mysterio puts Almas in the ring at 6, then climbs in at 7. Mysterio springboards, flying headscissors to put Almas on ropes! Then 619!! Springboard, splash! The dime drops, cover, Mysterio wins!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
The King conquers the Idol, but has he impressed Miz? Randy Orton RKO outta nowhere!! The Viper strikes when you least expect it, and he leaves Mysterio down and out. Orton won’t let Mysterio enjoy his celebration, but will he pay for it later?
Bryan sees this backstage.
And he questions if The Miz put Orton up to sabotaging their fourth man. Miz doesn’t want to talk to Orton after the RKO from last week. But what happened with the match? Didn’t he watch it himself?! Miz is just messing with Bryan, of course he saw. Mysterio won, Miz saw it all. Up until the RKO, Mysterio was impressive. Mysterio is on the team. How dare Bryan accuse Miz of sabotage? What if Bryan does the same? He won’t, because he knows Hardy will win. If he doesn’t, hopefully Bryan puts emotions aside and is the bigger man about it. Miz chuckles at his veiled insult. Mysterio is on the team, but who will join as the fifth and final member?
AJ Styles speaks.
The WWE World Champion says that life as a wrestler is unpredictable. He defended his title twice on two different continents. But where did that reign start? Here in Manchester. And what is Styles’ reward? Going two years in a row against Brock Lesnar, who is truly a Beast, unlike any opponent Styles has ever faced. Styles gave it everything he had, from the 450 Splash to the Calf Crusher to the Phenomenal Forearm. Yet it wasn’t enough. Most think it’ll go that way again. But being a wrestler is unpredictable. So Styles vows here and now to defeat Brock Lesnar. “That’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. Because I am the Phenomenal AJ Styles!”
Paige is back in the ring.
We have two weeks until the Women’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match. And seeing how things went down at Evolution, things will be combustible. And so, let the introductions begin! First, the FABULOUS Carmella! And she has her Mixed Match Challenge partner, R-Truth, with her! Manchester, say what’s up! Second, #FeelTheGlow with Naomi! Third, put your hair up and square up with Sonya Deville! Fourth, no one is ready for Asuka! The Sole Survivor for Raw last year is a perfect choice for SmackDown this year. And last but certainly not least, Charlotte Flair! But, wait, where is The Queen? Instead, the Golden Mandy Rose appears. She tells everyone that this wasn’t the blonde we expected, but surprise~, “obviously an upgrade.”
Paige says Mandy is not taking Charlotte’s spot, sorry and thank you. Okay but why did Mandy get snubbed but Sonya is in? Mandy is happy for her friend, obviously, but Mandy eliminated Sonya at Evolution. So she’s just concerned about Paige’s choices. Asuka isn’t Empress of Tomorrow, she’s Yesterday’s News. Mella is Money, but those dance breaks were like her title reign: short and meaningless. Carmella points out she at least had a title reign. Naomi, Mandy didn’t forget about you. But is anyone feeling the glow? Manchester is. How about her husband, Jimmy? Them’s fighting words. And a fight breaks out! Naomi tackles Mandy and the others scramble to separate them. Sonya gets her “friend” Mandy out of there, but now these two argue. Fans want another fight, but Mandy backs down. Will Mandy still be friends with Sonya? And what of Charlotte no-showing?
Bryan’s Pick, Jeff Hardy VS Miz’s Pick, Samoa Joe!
The Goat likes the Charismatic Enigma while the A-Lister likes the Destroyer. Who joins Team SmackDown in the battle against Raw’s biggest and baddest?
Co-captains Miz and Bryan join commentary to watch this match very closely. They’re still surprised they’ve put together a team so quickly and so cleanly, but this main event could change some of that.
The bell rings and Joe goes right at Hardy! He throws jab after jab in the corner, then trash talks Bryan over making Hardy his choice. Bryan says of course Hardy is his choices, because Hardy is tough and a great tag team specialist. Joe whips Hardy corner to corner but Hardy elbows Joe back. Hardy climbs, Whisper in the Wind hits! Cover, TWO! Miz blames that very move for his horse voice. Fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” as Hardy stalks Joe. Joe bails out, but Hardy wrecks him with a dropkick and a jumping ax handle. Hardy drags Joe and puts him in the ring. Hardy clubs Joe then stomps away. He runs, but Joe runs Hardy over! Miz likes what he sees! Joe looms over Hardy as we go to one last break.
SmackDown returns again, and Joe jabs away at Jeff again. Fans duel between them as Joe brings Hardy out for more strikes. Hardy hits back with haymakers, then whips. Joe reverses, and hits the back elbow to Pele! Cover, TWO! Joe grows frustrated but he goes after Hardy. He brings Hardy up and snapmares him into a neck wrench. Hardy endures and fans rally up. Hardy gets up and fights out, but Joe throws him out. Joe goes out to fetch Hardy, and whip him into barriers! Bryan cheers for Jeff as he and Miz argue about being better leaders. Joe whips Hardy but Hardy uses that to get on the apron and leap for a lariat! Bryan likes that risk-taking, and Hardy keeps on Joe with haymakers.
Hardy whips but Joe reverses, only for Hardy to run him over. Atomic drop to leg splitting leg drop! And dropkick added, cover, TWO! Bryan and Miz calm down on commentary as Hardy gets up. Hardy says “DELETE! DELETE!” He kicks low but Joe denies the Twist, to put on the Coquina! But Hardy jawbreakers, to the Twist of Fate! Joe is down, Hardy takes off the shirt before going up top! Bryan is fired up but Miz is panicking, Swanton Bomb meets knees! Coquina Clutch! Hardy taps, Joe wins!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission; is the fifth and final member of SmackDown’s 5-Man Survivor Series Team
Joe rubs this victory in Bryan’s face, but Miz wants Bryan to keep his emotions in check. Joe gets right up in Bryan’s face, those emotions boil over! Bryan hits Joe, Joe puts Bryan in the ring, but Joe gets caught in the Yes Lock! Miz pries Bryan off Joe and asks what he’s doing. So Bryan hits Miz! The truce is over. Shane runs in, but Bryan throws him out of instinct! Fans are on Bryan’s side with this one, but will Bryan still be a co-captain after this?
Again, SmackDown is Raw but better! They didn’t need to stretch things out, we have our Men’s and Women’s teams already! And we’ve got great stories going into each part. Charlotte refusing to show is a good addition to her “crisis of confidence” because now she doesn’t even seem to think she’s worthy of being on the team. Mandy Rose questioning each choice but particularly Sonya Deville is a good bit of story for the duo formerly known as Absolution. That team doesn’t have much going for them, but Mandy and Sonya going solo, and possibly with Sonya going face, could make for some interesting and fresh stories going into the end of the year.
I’m surprised Raw didn’t say a thing about the return of the 10v10 Tag Team Survivor Series match, but I suppose they could only do so much while selling the Men’s and Women’s teams. Usos make a natural choice for team captain, and the New Day are a natural choice to join them. Of course, there are only so many tag teams on either brand, even with SAnitY returning, making choices won’t be that hard. I like the idea of Shane making Miz and Bryan co-captains despite the combustibility, and it was a really great part of the show. Of course, it’s still odd Shane hasn’t done much with the World Cup other than say he won it not for himself but for SmackDown. Maybe his air of humility will turn into one of arrogance because he’s so insistent on being humble.
Mysterio VS Almas was a great match, but Orton attacking might be a sign that his new target is Mysterio. That feud might be pretty good, at least on nostalgia. Becky VS Nikki Cross was outstanding, even with Nikki losing her debut match. Now that SAnitY is at 100%, they might finally start making some moves as a unit. Regardless of who wins in Becky VS Ronda, Nikki could make a great case for being Becky’s challenger come TLC. And speaking of, after that promo, Becky could totally surprise us. She tore it up on the mic, and this was set up as a fresh take on a familiar concept in WWE, like we’ve seen in Cena VS Styles, or we will see again in Lesnar VS Styles. At the very least, Becky needs to be the one to push Ronda to her limits or it’ll all be for naught.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (11/14/18)
Two of the Cruiserweight Division’s fastest and brightest stars collide! Can the Age of Alexander give the 24 year old piece of gold a run for his money?
- Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher; Gulak & Gallagher win.
- Lucha House Party VS Mike Karma & Kraig Keesaman; Lucha House Party wins.
- Cedric Alexander VS Lio Rush; Alexander wins.
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The Cruiserweight Championship is on the line at Survivor Series!
The Juggernaut and The Beacon of Light look to steal the show this Sunday as they renew their epic rivalry from the Summer. These two have all but defined 205 Live in 2018, and we expect to hear from both of them before the night is through.
But first, unlikely allies team up for the first time as Akira Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick look to settle scores with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” has never been more true, as The Ungentle Men’s Club kicked Kendrick out for his weakness, only for the Man with a Plan to join up with the Stamina Monster. Will Kendrick and Tozawa teach Gulak and Gallagher what no mercy really looks like?
And then we have a first time ever dream match main event between the Soul of 205 Live and the Man of the Hour. Cedric Alexander may have lost the Cruiserweight Championship, but he was moments away from getting another shot at Lio Rush’s expense. But Lio says that was never going to happen and never will happen. Lio still has his undefeated streak since debuting on 205 Live, but will it survive the rebirth of the #AgeOfAlexander? Or will Lio continue to collect the winner’s check this close to Survivor Series?
Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher!
The Ungentlemanly Alliance made their biggest impact when they attacked The Stamina Monster during a match with Colin Delaney. But then, things wouldn’t go their way against teams like the Lucha House Party, or against the then champion, Cedric Alexander. Instead of sharing in the blame, the Philly Fury put it all on The Man with a Plan for going soft. Gulak and Gallagher literally kicked Kendrick out, but they never expected him to help out his oldest foe! Now a new alliance has been struck, but is it strong enough to stop the gentlemen grapplers?
Before the match, Dasha Fuentes asks Kendrick & Tozawa about this fierce rivalry turned tag team. How do they plan on working together? Tozawa thinks on how to answer that question, but then he just smiles and heads out. Kendrick figures that’s good enough, and he heads out, too. Is this a bad sign? Or is it their way of saying they don’t need a plan?
The match begins with Gulak and Kendrick. Kendrick smirks because he knows Gulak is tagging out to Gallagher. Gulak smirks as Gallagher and Kendrick circle. Kendrick suddenly runs at Gulak! Gulak gets away but Kendrick elbows Gallagher away. Kendrick throws forearms and then whips Gallagher to the corner. Kendrick runs in to hit the forearm smash, then tags Tozawa. Tozawa hops in as Kendrick scoop slams Gallagher, and adds the shouting senson! Cover, TWO! Tozawa drags Gallagher up for a chop, then another chop. Gallagher falls for the feint and gets the jab! Fans “AH! AH!” with Tozawa but Gulak shouts “No Chanting!” Gulak’s still on his rules for a #Better205Live as Tozawa stomps a mudhole into Gallagher. Tozawa brings Gallagher over and tags in Kendrick.
Kendrick and Tozawa whip Gallagher into double boots, then Kendrick covers. TWO and Gulak is relieved. Gulak taunts Kendrick but Kendrick keeps on Gallagher. Gallagher powers out of Sliced Bread to send Kendrick at ropes, then runs him over with a back elbow! Tag to Gulak, and Gulak swings. Kendrick ducks to throw forearms and knees in a corner! The ref backs him off but Kendrick comes back to kick and club Gulak more. Kendrick throws more forearms, even between the ropes. Gulak uses that against Kendrick to pull him into the ropes. Tag to Gallagher and Gallagher kicks Kendrick while Gulak goes after Tozawa! Now it’s a brawl outside as Gallagher clobbers Kendrick against the announce desk. Gallagher puts Kendrick back in, then stays between Kendrick and Tozawa.
Gallagher stomps Kendrick, then tags Gulak back in before lifting Kendrick in a fireman’s carry. He hotshots Kendrick, Gulak runs and clobbers Kendrick with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Gulak keeps his cool as he sits Kendrick up for an armlock. He says Kendrick’s too soft, but fans rally up for Kendrick. Kendrick fights out and fights back, booting Gulak again and again. Gulak blocks a boot to put it on the ropes and kick out the leg. Tag to Gallagher, and Gulak hands off the toehold for Gallagher to twist. Gallagher gets both legs for a stomp on the knees! Then he drags Kendrick around for another toe ‘n’ ankle hold. Kendrick endures while Gulak tells him to quit. Gallagher tags Gulak, but Kendrick fights against both of them.
Gulak atomic drops Kendrick and Gallagher adds a running knee! Cover, TWO! Kendrick survives, but Gulak bumps him on buckles. Gallagher tags, and mugs Kendrick with Gulak’s help. The ref reprimands Gulak but Gulak shouts back he knows the count. Gallagher stomps Kendrick then brings him up for a snapmare into chinlock. Kendrick endures as Tozawa rallies up the fans. Kendrick arm-drags Gallagher off, but Gulak tags in. Gulak keeps Kendrick from Tozawa, but Kendrick fights back. Kendrick boots Gulak down, but he’s down, too! Fans rally, Gallagher tags in again and gets Kendrick with a headlock. Kendrick powers out, Tozawa stops Gallagher with an “AH!” and Gallagher turns around into Kendrick’s back drop! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tags to Gulak and Tozawa!
Tozawa boots then whips Gulak, into a back kick. Gulak ducks the spin kick but Tozawa slides under him, to get the spin kick! Gulak is on the apron so Tozawa knocks him down! Then Tozawa builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit with the Tozawa Torpedo! Tozawa puts Gulak in, then hurries up top. Gallagher gets up but Kendrick trips him! Gulak gets up but gets a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tozawa is a bit surprised, but he stays on Gulak with a whip. Gulak reverses, but Tozawa stops himself to elbow bakc. Then Tozawa tilt-o-whirls to an Octopus! Kendrick intercepts Gallagher, but is still pushed into Tozawa! Gulak is free, and Tozawa glares at Kendrick! Tozawa misunderstands what happened, but there isn’t time to explain as Gallagher tackles Kendrick out of the ring! Gulak rolls Tozawa up, Gulak & Gallagher win!
Winners: Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher, Gulak pinning
It wasn’t that there was no plan, but that there was no trust that cost Tozawa & Kendrick the match. Can these two get on the same page if they want to stop the cruel winter Gulak & Gallagher have planned for the Cruiserweight Division?
Drake Maverick presides over the official Cruiserweight Championship weigh-in.
The GM is honored to oversee this weigh-in for the major match coming at Survivor Series. First, the challenger, Mustafa Ali. Ali steps on the scales, and weighs in at 182 lbs. The champion weighs in, at 205 on the dot. Buddy Murphy makes weight, which has been a challenge of his since joining 205 Live. But with the numbers on the record books, the match will happen. Murphy tells Ali he’s going to put him in the ground. Ali points out that the last time Murphy said that, Ali put him on the mat. Murphy shoves Ali, Ali fires off and Maverick hurries to keep this fight from happening here! Officials get Murphy out of the room as Ali says he’s not afraid of the Juggernaut. The tension is running high, what will happen when they’re cut loose on Sunday?
Backstage interview with Buddy Murphy.
Does the Cruiserweight Champion have anything to say about that confrontation in the trainer’s room? That was just Murphy reminding Ali what this is all about. This isn’t about their rivalry, this isn’t about stealing the show, this isn’t even about how Ali scratched and clawed his way back to a title shot. No, this is simply about Murphy’s Cruiserweight Championship, and what he’ll do to keep it. Murphy is willing to go to Hell and back, so Ali has no idea what’s in store for him. Actually, Murphy almost feels bad for him. Will Murphy leave anything left of Ali after Survivor Series?
Lucha House Party VS Mike Karma & Kraig Keesaman!
The Golden Lynx and the Lucha Dragon may be without the King of the Ropes while he’s off being a father to his newborn child, but they still have Penelope Pinata! And while they’re staples of the Cruiserweight Division, they’ll be ready to represent Raw at Survivor Series in the 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination Match! Will they gain some last momentum before the brand warfare?
The bell rings and Lince starts against Keesaman. Lince handsprings and starts up the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants. Kessaman shoves Lince and says “NO Lucha! NO Lucha!” But then he turns around into a chop! Lince whips but Keesaman reverses, so Lince springboards for a crossbody! Lince handsprings and kicks Keesaman, then runs to headscissor! Fans “Lucha!” with Lince but Keesaman hits low. Keesaman mocks the lucha chant, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Lince gets rid of Karma and tags in Kalisto. Kalisto runs for the alley-oop splash, then Lince adds the planking splash! Lucha House Party fires up, but in runs Karma. He misses and gets double mule kicks. Kalisto runs and Lince gives him the boost for a missile dropkick!
Keesaman is in the corner as Kalisto flosses. Kalisto runs in but Keesaman puts him on the apron. Lince tags in and swing kicks Keesaman! Kalisto gets Keesaman with Salida del Sol! Lince climbs while Kalisto knee-springboards for a senton onto Karma! Shooting Star on Keesaman! Cover, Lucha House Party wins!
Winners: Lucha House Party, Lince Dorado by pinfall
The luchadores win fast and fun and now roll on towards Survivor Series! Can they be the x-factor that helps Raw win over SmackDown?
But from the titantron, Maria Kanellis gets their attention. “Pay attention to The First Lady while she congratulates you on another victory.” She wants them to enjoy this while they can, because they have unfinished business with TJP and her husband, Mike Kanellis. The only reason tonight is ending on a party and not the next phase of Maria’s plan is because Gran Metalik wasn’t here tonight. Maria is an equal opportunist, because when her team makes an example out of their trio, she wants it to be the first time and only time. So enjoy the party. And wish Gran Metalik good luck in next week’s match, against TJP. Maria looks forward to it. A concerning message from Mrs. Kanellis, but will the King of the Ropes return only to lose? Or will Metalik ruin Maria’s plans and keep the party going?
Cedric Alexander speaks.
“For over a year on 205 Live, I ran undefeated. Not by accident, but because I outworked every single person in that locker room day in, day out.” But to Lio Rush, this is a game, a quick fame grab. To Alexander, this is his life. So for guys like Lio Rush, a title is just a trophy, but to Alexander, it means the world. It means he leaves a legacy for his family, and inspires kids around the world to be just like him. The legacy doesn’t end, it only continues.
Cedric Alexander VS Lio Rush!
The Age of Alexander looks to rebuild after losing both title and win streak in 2018. However, he’ll have to end the Man of the Hour’s streak to do it. Will Alexander make the 24 year old piece of gold put his money where his mouth is? Or will Lio make this the Soul of 205 Live’s Final Hour?
The bell rings and Lio smirks as he circles with Alexander. Fans duel as Alexander corners Lio. Lio uses the ropes as a defense, so Alexander backs off. Lio comes out and goes for legs but Alexander keeps away. They tie up and Lio gets a leg, but Alexander sprawls to get a wristlock. Lio rolls and arm-drags but Alexander holds on! Alexander wrenches Lio into a shoulder breaker, but Lio pushes him to ropes. Lio then gets a headlock out of the ropebreak, and holds on as Alexander lifts. Alexander powers out but Lio holds ropes. Lio baits Alexander in but Alexander bucks him off the roll-up. Alexander runs but Lio follows. Alexander handsprings over and back, but Lio dodges to come back and headscissor, but Alexander handsprings through! Lio laughs, he likes how Alexander can keep pace. Alexander says Lio isn’t as good as he thinks he is.
The fans duel as Lio backs up. Lio then gets Alexander with a leg sweep! And SLAPS Alexander! Lio says this is his house, but Alexander gets up and the chase is on! Lio stops on a dime to change directions, then does it again, then ducks the boot to springboard huricanrana! Alexander gets to a corner, but keeps his cool, even as Lio taunts, “Are you gonna cry?” Lio brags but Alexander trips him now! And then dropkicks him! Lio ends up in a corner, and Alexander gives him a chop. Alexander puts Lio in another corner to give him another chop. Fans fire up while Lio crawls away. Alexander brings Lio out for a snapmare and dropkick, then cover. TWO, but Alexander keeps his cool. Alexander walks into Lio’s kick but gives back another chop! He whips Lio to a corner, then back drops him on the rebound!
Lio crawls to another corner, but Alexander runs in, only for Lio to escape. Lio comes back, but Alexander dropkicks his legs out, sending him into buckles. Alexander then goes to the apron, and runs in for the corner kick! Lio staggers back, Alexander springboards in, into a SUPERKICK! Alexander staggers on the outside, Lio DIVES at the corner! Lio leaves Alexander out for the count, going back to the ring to rest. Alexander gets up at 5, so Lio goes out to run and dropkick him into barriers! Then he whips Alexander into steel steps! Lio leaves Alexander out again, shouting at the ref to count. The ref counts, and Alexander is down until 5. Alexander stands at 6 and gets in before 7. Lio nods and grins, but then is serious as he throws hands in the corner.
The ref counts and Lio backs off at 4. Lio comes back and grinds his boot into Alexander, as fans duel. Alexander gets up and chops Lio, but Lio kicks Alexander. Lio snapmares and kicks Alexander again, cover, ONE! Lio wraps on body scissors and a half nelson chinlock. Alexander endures as fans rally up. Alexander gets up, crawls but Lio rolls him around. Lio clobbers Alexander with crossfaces, then flexes. But Alexander gets up with Lio as a backpack, and rams him into buckles. Lio hops back up but Alexander rams him into buckles again. Alexander chops Lio, then whips him corner to corner. Lio reverses, but Alexander catches the kick. Alexander flips Lio over, Lio lands on his feet, then ducks and handsprings. Alexander blocks the mule kick but not the enziguri! Lio covers, ONE, but Lio is still laser focused.
Lio circles Alexander. He kicks Alexander swift in the back, then again. Lio lines up a shot, but Alexander blocks the kick! Alexander gives Lio the stiff back elbow! Alexander gets moving, and hits the shoulder tackle and swing kick! Lio staggers, Alexander springboards for the flying clothesline! But he’s not stopping there, he brings Lio up. Lio slips out of the lift then runs, but Alexander shows he can change direction just as fast. Alexander redirects Lio, handspring, Neuralizer! Cover, TWO!! Lio survives and now Alexander has to keep his cool. Alexander grits his teeth as he gets up. Lio rolls around in a daze as Alexander takes off the elbow pads. Lio yanks Alexander out, but runs into the boot. Alexander springboards in, complete shot! Cover, TWO! Alexander is beside himself, but he watches Lio flounder and crawl to the apron.
Alexander drags Lio back in, but Lio kicks the leg out then back heel kicks! Lio turns Alexander around, then spins more for the spin-cycle Unprettier! Cover, TWO!! And Lio is furious! “Are you kidding me?!” Lio undoes his wrist tape as fans rally up for Alexander. Lio stalks Alexander, brings him up but Alexander shoves him away. He gives haymakers but Alexander shoves him away, to then rock him with a right! Lio is dazed again, Alexander goes at him, but Lio fires off a strike fest. But Alexander ducks the back hand to scoop slam, but Lio makes it a victory roll?! TWO!! SPANISH FLY, from Lio! That’s usually Alexander’s move! Lio heads up top, and leaps, but his splash flops!
Alexander hurries, LUMBAR- No, Lio headscissors! But Alexander blocks with superior strength! Alexander brings Lio back up, but Lio gets him with the huricanrana pin! TWO, Lio runs and low springboards backwards for a stunner!! Alexander staggers around, Lio runs, into Alexander’s Spanish Fly! Alexander holds on and brings Lio up, for the LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
The Man of the Hour’s streak is over!! Alexander gets a huge win and finally gets out of his own losing streak. Can Alexander use this to skyrocket back to the title? Who will hold the title when he does?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
The Beacon of Light heard Murphy say that he’s willing to go to Hell and back to keep the Cruiserweight Championship. Well that’s exactly what he’ll have to do to win. But he won’t be going alone, Ali will be right there with him. That title means more to Ali than Murphy understands. Murphy can talk trash and play mind games, but it won’t matter because it’ll come down to what they do in the ring. It’ll come down to Murphy’s strength and Ali’s speed. It’ll come down to Murphy’s aggression and Ali’s determination. And it’ll come down to Murphy’s anger and Ali’s heart. That’s when Murphy will learn not even a Juggernaut can stop the unstoppable.
A spectacular 205 Live to be the Survivor Series go-home! Tozawa & Kendrick VS Gulak & Gallagher was great, but it makes sense for the Heels to win here. It would be too soon for Tozawa and Kendrick to be a better duo as they haven’t even been shown spending time together. I’m sure Kendrick can explain to Tozawa what happened with the usual “bumped into” misunderstanding, so they’ll surely go for another match with Gulak & Gallagher. Then Lucha House Party sans Metalik wins, because they need to strong before having their blow-off with TJP & Mike Kanellis. I’m guessing something in Maria’s plan extends this feud, aka the Heels win.
Alexander VS Rush was amazing! Because of how fast these two guys move, the 15 or so minutes given was more than enough time. They got so much into it, such great story of Lio thinking talent alone gets him through but Alexander showing him what hard work can do. I like the trade of Spanish Flies, that’s such a standard of Alexander’s style now that it was great for Lio to hit one of his own. And in a great surprise, Alexander wins! I would’ve liked for the “crisis of confidence” to last longer, but maybe Alexander’s title rematch happens at TLC. Speaking of the title, Murphy and Ali had a great scuffle in the trainer’s room and then great individual promos to remind us of their feud’s intensity. It doesn’t really matter who wins so long as the match is great, and on the main show!
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/14/18)
WarGames II is coming, and The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly steps up! Who from the #OneAndOnlyBruiserRaiders fights him for advantage on tonight’s NXT?
- Mia Yim VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins.
- Lacey Evans VS Karissa Rivera; Evans wins.
- WarGames Advantage: Kyle O’Reilly VS Hanson; O’Reilly wins the handicap advantage for his team.
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Mia Yim VS Bianca Belair!
The HBIC, Head Baddie in Charge, didn’t take kindly to the words from The EST. Mia may have not one the Mae Young Classic, but she earned her spot here. Now can she earn the first win ever over the Un-De-Fea-Ted Bianca?
The fans are divided as the bell rings and the two women circle. Bianca pie faces Mia, but Mia shrugs it off. They tie up and Bianca pulls Mia’s hair. She lets go and Mia gets a waistlock. Bianca gets the standing switch, throws Mia down, then toys and taunts Mia. Mia gets the legs, the jackknife, TWO! Mia gets the headlock and takeover, and has control of Bianca. Bianca works her way up and pulls at Mia’s hair. Bianca gets out, clubs Mia, then runs her over with a shoulder. Fans still duel as Bianca runs. Bianca cartwheels over Mia, and Mia deflects the dropkick. Mia throws knees, then runs, to dropkick Bianca back! Mia hits another dropkick, and another dropkick! She runs and blasts Bianca with a fourth, but Bianca yanks Mia out to the floor. Mia checks her nose while Bianca catches her breath.
Mia rolls in but Bianca is ready with ax handles. Bianca drags Mia to a cover, TWO! Bianca wrenches Mia’s neck, and fans rally up. Mia endures as Bianca thrashes her around. Mia stands but Bianca throws her down again. Bianca sits Mia back up for more neck wrenching, and grinds Mia into her knee. Fans duel, Mia fights her way up and out of the hold. Mia rolls Bianca, TWO, Oklahoma Roll! ONE, and Bianca barrels Mia over. Cover, TWO! Bianca keeps her cool as she drags Mia back up. Bianca bumps Mia off buckles and throws forearm after forearm. The ref counts, so Bianca stops at 3 to climb up. Bianca has Mia in a hangman’s sleeper! Then she shoves her down for a cocky standing cover, TWO! Bianca stomps her frustrations out on Mia, then pulls her hair back.
Fans rally as Bianca trash talks and knocks Mia down. Bianca sits on Mia to toy with her more. Bianca says “I’m the best! She’s nothing!” But Mia trips Bianca and covers, TWO! Bianca dropkicks Mia hard, then high stack covers, TWO! Mia escapes and Bianca grows frustrated. Bianca drags Mia up for a cravat, but fans rally again. Mia endures being thrashed about in the hold, and feeds off the fan energy. Mia fights back with body shots, but Bianca throws her down. Bianca leaps, but her leg drop gets nothing! Mia back elbows Bianca, then drop toeholds her into buckles! Mia dodges to run Bianca over. She boots Bianca then dropkicks her again. Mia gut wrenches and throws Bianca! Cover, TWO! Bianca survives and keeps her undefeated streak alive!
Fans continue to duel as Mia kicks from all sides. Bianca shoves and gets Mia in a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Mia survives and shocks Bianca. Bianca drags Mia up again, whips, and tackles Mia in the corner! Bianca throws in her shoulder, then SLAPS Mia. She whips Mia corner to corner, but Mia dodges. Bianca thinks she’s smarter than that, but Mia throws palm strikes, knees and a Pele! Bianca’s down, Mia covers, TWO!! Another near fall, and Bianca is floundering. Mia runs in, cannonball! Then she drags Bianca out, to wrench the arm. Bianca hits the forearm, then Burning Hammer! Or as Bianca calls it, the KOD, Kiss of Death! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
The EST continues to be the one and only Un-De-Fea-Ted woman in NXT! Will this win finally earn Bianca that NXT Women’s Championship match she’s been after?
Ricochet talks with Pete Dunne and The War Raiders backstage.
One of them has to step up against Kyle O’Reilly for the WarGames Advantage match tonight. Who will it be? The One and Only knows all four of them want it, but he is the one who can get it done. The Bruiserweight disagrees, he’s got this. Ricochet and Dunne argue, but Ray Rowe shouts them down. He and Hanson agree, the War Beard has this. Ricochet and Dunne accept. Will Hanson bring the war early to Kyle O’Reilly?
NXT looks at what led to the TakeOver grudge match.
“Why, Johnny, Why?” NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 was meant to have a Triple Threat for the title. But someone attacked Aleister Black when no one was looking. William Regal questioned Gargano in front of the NXT Universe, yet Gargano was cryptic with his answer. However, it turned out someone was watching that night: Nikki Cross. And for weeks, the Loony Lass toyed with giving the answer away. Gargano would reveal it to us all only when there was no other way to keep the secret. Gargano would use a video message to explain his reasons. In his mind, Gargano did nothing wrong, it was just business. Gargano felt only he could defeat and only he should defeat Tommaso Ciampa for the title. However, that didn’t work out and now Gargano will face retribution.
Gargano claims to be the hero of this story, but Aleister says Gargano has it wrong. Aleister says Gargano doesn’t know who he is. Gargano is not the hero in this story, he is the coward. Johnny Wrestling feels no shame and has no regrets. But will he after The Dutch Destroyer does everything he can to destroy Gargano? Or will the darkness consume Gargano as he makes Aleister #FadetoBlack?
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle.
The King of Bros has had a great time in NXT so far, and debuted successfully and is ready for anyone. But Kassius Ohno walks in. He was waiting all week to hear something about Riddle challenging Ohno for a match, but so far, nothing. When Ohno confronted Riddle, that was a test. Ohno is a man of action, he came back and challenged champions. And do you know what those champions did? They took action. So Ohno sees through the “Bro Show” hype, it’s just trash. Trash? How about this? They’ll go 1v1 next week, the TakeOver aftermath, and Riddle takes that little test. Riddle will pass the test, and leave Ohno KO’d in the ring. How about that, bro? Ohno has nothing else to say, but Riddle doesn’t mind. They’ve talked, now they can fight. Who will win that fight next week on NXT?
Lacey Evans VS Karissa Rivera!
The Lady of NXT continues her crusade to straighten out the Women’s Division to follow her example. Armed with her powerful Woman’s Right, will Lacey make an example of the second-generation Cherokee Warrior?
The bell rings and Lacey dares Karissa to approach. They tie up and Lacey knees low, then whips to drop toehold Karissa to the mat. Lacey holds Karissa down with push-ups! Then she puts Karissa in a corner with buckle bumps, and rams Karissa back again and again. Lacey backs off at 4, but comes back with the swinging bronco buster! Lacey dabs herself off with the handkerchief, but Karissa fires off with double hand chops! Karissa runs to dropkick Lacey down! Cover, ONE! Lacey is angry now that Karissa made a mess of her wardrobe. Lacey slams Karissa’s face off the mat again and again! She stops at the ref’s count of 4, then ROCKS Karissa with the Woman’s Right! She tells the ref to count as she covers, Lacey wins!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall
The Model Soldier wins with a 1-2-3 but she could’ve easily won with a knockout. Lacey’s on a roll as she continues to #FightLikeaLady, but now she gets a mic to speak.
“NXT is full of a bunch of classless nasties.” These “girls” forget what it’s like to carry themselves with sophistication. But Lacey leads by example, because it is her responsibility as THE Lady of NXT. And if they don’t adhere to her standards, then she’ll personally teach them a lesson in manners. Lacey wants to be top of the division, but she’ll need the title for that. Will she aim for whoever comes out of TakeOver: WarGames the champion?
NXT looks at what led us to the NXT Championship #PsychoDreamMatch.
The Psycho Killer came out the champion after all that transpired with Gargano and Aleister. “When you’re at the top, they will always try to chop you down.” Fans would rain boos and jeers on Ciampa, but Ciampa would shrug it all off. Ciampa clutched to his precious title, but the Patrick Clark Experience would speak up! Velveteen Dream wanted a “moment” with Ciampa and the title, and so did fans. Dream loves the spotlight, and there’s no bigger spotlight than at TakeOver. But Ciampa’s seen “kids” like Dream in this same spot, only to “crack under pressure.” Of course, in Gargano’s case, Ciampa helped create some of those cracks.
But that aside, Ciampa would go after Dream to show him he doesn’t deserve the champ’s spotlight. However, Dream would get the better of Ciampa and be the one standing over the champ. The spotlight is never brighter than in Los Angeles. Dream says Ciampa’s blinded by his own obsession. You can’t fight what you can’t see. Dream gets his shot, but will he get his moment? Or will Ciampa end yet another fairy tale story?
NXT takes a look at what led to the FIFTH fight between the Queen of Spades and Pirate Princess!
It was yet another match for the NXT Women’s Championship between Shayna Baszler and Kairi Sane, at WWE Evolution. However, Shayna had her friends, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, in the front row. Things would break down, and the other Horsewomen of MMA fame would get involved! The distractions and sucker kick would pay off, Shayna would get Kairi in the Kirafuda! The Queen had her throne back, and the Pirate Princess had lost her treasure. She knows it wasn’t fair that Shayna’s friends helped, but William Regal knew a way around it happening again. This fifth time, the winner will have to win twice, because it will be Best 2 out of 3! This tiebreaker for the title will finally decide who the one true NXT Women’s Champion is! Who will be standing tall at the end of TakeOver: WarGames?
WarGames Advantage: Kyle O’Reilly VS Hanson!
The Undisputed Era love to #ShockTheSystem, but they’ve gotten a lot of negative attention from those they’ve gone after. The War Raiders want after The Undisputed Era for always escaping with the NXT Tag Team Championships. The Bruiserweight wants after Roderick Strong for screwing him over in the Dusty Rhodes Classic. And the One and Only wants to Adam Cole to finally shut him up. But will their team get the advantage in the coming war?
The bell rings and the two approach. Kyle circles Hanson and gives some testing kicks, but Hanson doesn’t budge. Kyle gives quick palm strikes but Hanson still doesn’t flinch. Hanson corners Kyle so Kyle gives him a forearm. Hanson roars but Kyle dodges to fire more strikes. But Hanson easily shoves Kyle away to then run him over. Kyle bails out and Hanson dares him to come back. Kyle takes a moment to compose himself, then gets back in via the steps. He drops down to dare Hanson to make a move. Kyle then kicks and kicks, but Hanson drags Kyle up. Hanson avoids the sweep, so Kyle shifts to a headlock. Kyle can’t get the headlock takeover because Hanson’s too big and strong!
Hanson brings Kyle up but Kyle tries again. Hanson brings Kyle up again and pushes him to ropes. Kyle slips out of the scoop and has a waistlock, but Hanson bucks him off. Kyle dodges but runs into Hanson’s huge shoulder! Hanson squashes Kyle in a corner, then whips him corner to corner hard! Kyle stands but gets clobbered again! he ends up on the top rope, and Hanson hammers away! Hanson hits Kyle ten times then backs away. Kyle slumps out of the ring and to the floor, but Hanson goes out to fetch him. Hanson puts Kyle in the ring but Kyle is on him with a dropkick to the leg! Kyle dragon screws Hanson down! Fans duel as Kyle kicks away on Hanson’s leg. Kyle throws palm strikes and knees, then runs to kick the leg out! Hanson is down and Kyle goes after the leg.
Kyle wants a Half Crab but Hanson uses the good leg to hit back. Kyle lets go of the leg to throw palm strikes from both sides! He then goes back to the leg, puts it on the rope, and springboard drops on it! Cover, TWO and with power! Kyle ends up on the outside, but runs back in for a scoop slam! Hanson runs, but his splash belly flops! But he still catches Kyle’s kick! Kyle throws palm strikes but Hanson spins Kyle around, for a back suplex. Kyle lands on his feet to chop block Hanson’s other leg! Hanson’s down, Kyle covers, TWO! Hanson gets to the ropes but Kyle goes after him. Kyle wants a leg but Hanson throws hands wherever he can. Kyle knees low and grabs the leg, to dragon screw again! Hanson is down but Kyle isn’t done with him.
Kyle kicks then knees. Hanson clubs him with one big forearm, but Kyle gets a takedown! And heel hook! Fans rally as Hanson endures the leg lock. Kyle wrenches harder but Hanson refuses to give up. Hanson reaches as fans rally up. He clubs away on Kyle’s knee, then goes to pry the lock open. He does, and boots Kyle in the face! Hanson crawls away while Kyle is dazed. Hanson hobbles up but Kyle kicks the leg again. Kyle runs, but into a back drop! Hanson has to kneel from the pain, but he does come back for big haymakers and back hands! He whips Kyle and gets him in a sidewalk slam. Then the crossbody splash! But Hanson keeps moving, firing himself up. Hanson whips Kyle into a corner then squashes him. Then a scoop, spinning slam! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives, and fans continue to duel.
Hanson looms over Kyle, Kyle kicks the leg! Kyle drives in a knee, but then Hanson clubs him. Kyle goes after the leg, but Hanson deadlifts him up. Hanson boots Kyle right out of the ring! Hanson DIVES!! He runs Kyle over like a bus, then puts Kyle back in the ring. Hanson isn’t done with Kyle, he runs in at the corner, for a Bronco Buster! Then Hanson hops up, but here comes Adam Cole! Cole talks trash to distract, but Hanson decides to make it worse for Kyle on Cole’s account. Hanson goes top rope, FOR A MOONSAULT! But he belly flops! Kyle Penalty Kicks, cover, TWO!! Into Arm-ageddon! Hanson resists as best as he can, so Kyle shifts to the ankle lock! Hanson’s bad leg is the target, but Hanson still gets a ropebreak!
Cole is furious and Kyle doesn’t let go, so Hanson shoves him away! But Kyle distracts the ref long enough for Cole to enziguri Hanson! Hanson staggers into Ax ‘n’ Smash!! Cover, TWO!? Hanson survives, and it infuriates Cole! Cole argues with the ref, but Ray Rowe comes out to rock him! Rowe rallies for his fellow Raider, and fans chant “War! War!” Kyle grabs Hanson but Hanson shoves him back. Kyle comes back, into Hanson’s knee! But Kyle still ducks to kick and knee and kick! Hanson cartwheels and clotheslines! Both men are down but fans fire up. Rowe sees Cole get up, and throws him into the steel steps. But then Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish go after Rowe! They gang up 2v1 on Rowe, so here comes Pete Dunne!
Dunne blasts Strong, then rocks Fish! Cole hits Dunne but Dunne takes his fingers. Fish chop blocks Dunne, and the Undisputed Era regroup. So here comes Ricochet, FLYING IN from the ring!! The One and Only evens things, but the ref is too distracted with this to see Kyle smash Hanson with the belts! Kyle covers Hanson, the ref counts, Kyle wins!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall; The Undisputed Era have the WarGames advantage
“You did it!” Kyle won the match, but Dunne and Hanson are worst for wear now. The Undisputed declare WarGames is theirs, are they right about that? Or can Ricochet’s team regroup to shock them back?
A pretty good go-home for NXT, though obviously with mostly filler matches to make room for hype videos. Those hype videos were pretty great, though, really summed things up nicely and set the tone for each match. Naturally, Bianca Belair stays undefeated, and I’m thinking she will until her shot at the title. Lacey Evans was very dominant, and is building herself up as the other option for a new Heel challenger. Therefore, I feel Kairi Sane finds a way to win the Best 2 out of 3 Falls, so that these Heels can have a go. This scenario is very much like Samoa Joe a year or so ago, where he had his multiple title reigns but then moved on to main roster. Shayna has the same, and then she, Jessamyn and Marina can join Rousey on main so that one day we’ll get that Horsewomen VS Horsewomen match.
That WarGames Advantage match was great! I didn’t expect it to be Kyle or Hanson, but that was still pretty great as both are proven singles talents in ROH. Of course the Undisputed Era comes out to make things controversial, and naturally the Undisputed Era get a big advantage because they’re the Heels in this. The interesting wrinkle is Dunne’s knee hurting. Chances are it’s kayfabe to keep Dunne out while he does NXT UK tapings. But that’s fine, I was expecting the Top One Percent to join this fight after what the Undisputed Era did to him, so this could be EC3’s way in. Though, I’d love to see it as a surprise, fans will pop hard for him to show up during the entrances and even be the starting man for the Face team.
My Score: 8.2/10
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