WWE brand warfare returns! Will Daniel Bryan be able to conquer The Beast, Brock Lesnar? Will Charlotte Flair be ready for Rowdy Ronda Rousey?
- Kickoff Show – 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination Match: SmackDown wins, The Usos surviving.
- Women’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown; Raw wins, Nia Jax surviving.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion VS WWE United States Champion: Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Rollins wins.
- Raw Tag Team Champions VS SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS The Bar w/ The Big Show; The Authors of Pain win.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali; Murphy wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- Men’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown; Raw wins, Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre & Braun Strowman surviving.
- Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair; Rousey wins, by disqualification.
- WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar VS WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan; Lesnar wins.
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It’s time for the WWE Survivor Series Kickoff Show!
Jonathan Coachman, David Otunga, and two WWE Hall of Famers, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Beth “The Glamazon” Phoenix start us off!
Alexa Bliss rallies her team.
SmackDown’s attack clearly showed that they’re afraid, and ready to play dirty. Raw will win, but that’s not enough. The Goddess wants “total humiliation.” Did no one see what Nia Jax did to Becky Lunch’s face? And Ruby Riott says they have luck on their side. Speaking of luck, has Natty fixed her daddy’s broken sunglasses? Natty attacks!! Team Raw scrambles to separate Natty and Ruby, and Alexa Bliss shouts over all of them. This is NOT how they’re doing this! Natty and Ruby, if you can’t get along, you’re off the team! They freak out again, but that’s the captain’s choice. With spots open at the last minute, will there be anyone to fill them? Or is Raw going into a handicap scenario against SmackDown?
The WWE General Managers join the panel!
The Glampire in Chief and the “Acting” Lone Wolf join King and Coach to talk Survivor Series. Paige is feeling the win is coming because SmackDown is a family. But then Corbin’s guys, Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush, appear! Do you know what’s missing from this panel? The “Almighty” Lashley. His pecs are sculpted by Michaelangelo. Lashley is walking art. Los Angeles is witnessing art. Lashley double guns, and Lio says everyone better get ready. Another statue will be built in honor of the Rocky Mountain Machine. His favorite pose, the double cheeks! Lashley the living legend destroys SmackDown tonight. Coach redirects the discussion to the matches, so Lio and Lashley take their leave. Their behavior only makes Paige feel even more confident her men win.
With all this emotion as Raw and SmackDown go head-to-head, what else makes Paige confident her teams win? She’s confident because they’re all families, because they’re all united, and because they’re all coached by Paige, and not an interim GM. Baron Corbin doesn’t care about that, his guys are getting along for tonight. Corbin knows there’s dysfunction, but he is sure they’ll all work together as one. Then there’s Seth Rollins against Shinsuke Nakamura, the Architect is one of the best. Brock Lesnar takes on Daniel Bryan, and Bryan probably doesn’t last two minutes. And while SmackDown’s Women’s team invaded, Raw’s team has lost members because of dysfunction.
Well egos clash, but when the bell rings, Raw comes together to win, and get back at Shane McMahon for stealing the World Cup. The women will come together to get back at SmackDown for the raid. And Corbin is going to earn being permanent GM. Paige says that her underdog teams always find a way. Just look at Daniel Bryan. But then, their women’s team also has a blank fifth spot. Well that’ll be a secret until the match, and that’ll be a perfect fit to win.
Moving from that, Becky Lynch can’t compete because of the concussion, how did that affect things? Paige did let Becky choose her replacement, and Charlotte Flair was the best choice. Corbin isn’t so sure Charlotte can be ready for Ronda in just a few days. Charlotte beat Asuka at Wrestlemania. But Asuka is not Ronda. Ronda had a bad arm after what Becky did but Ronda’s fought with worse. Corbin and Paige are each confident as can be, but whose teams will be the best in WWE?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
The war of words was personal between Ronda and Becky, and then between Ronda and Charlotte. The thing about social media, people love you then hate you. But that’s not what this match is about, it’s about Ronda VS Charlotte. Even frenemy Becky knows The Queen gets it done when it matters. Ronda wants to bring up Horsewomen? Fine. Anyone can hold up the four fingers, but Charlotte is the only one with the birthright to make it mean something. Charlotte fights for SmackDown and for herself. She will prove no one can lace up her boots, and even the Baddest Woman on the Planet will bow down.
Naomi rallies Team SmackDown.
With Charlotte moving up to face Ronda Rousey, they have a spot open. The Glow steps up to be the new captain, and Raw is on the ropes. The important thing to remember is that these four must stay united. And that includes their new fifth: R-Truth? He thanks them for including him, but he’s not the fifth woman. Because he’s not a woman! Why’s science gotta matter?
Moving on, the fifth is Mandy Rose. And she’s so glad everyone “came to your senses.” Now they might be upset after she was too truthful, but tonight will be the biggest night of their careers. And she’s not going to throw it away just to fight with them. Sonya Deville is the only one standing up for Mandy but she doesn’t make it easy. Naomi keeps them calm, because SmackDown needs to show they’re the better WWE Women’s Division. Truth even joins in on the hands-in moment. With dysfunction going against dysfunction, which Women’s Division will survive?
Kickoff Show – 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination Match!
Raw is #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS as Bobby Roode & Chad Gable lead The Ascension, The Lucha House Party, The B-Team and The Revival against SmackDown! But The Usos are ready to put all of WWE Tag Team wrestling on #LOCKDOWN as they lead The New Day, The Club, The Colons and SAnitY! Who will survive to establish tag team supremacy?
Awww~ LA! The New Day starts by introducing Survivor Series! “The one night a year where we have SmackDown going up against Monday Night Raw.” Fans are on SmackDown’s side as they boo Raw. And Xavier Woods enjoys bringing it up. To the head-to-head competition, this is about brand supremacy. And what better way to kick things off, than with who? Who who who? SmackDown’s Tag Team Division, BABY~! The New Day introduce the other teams, starting with The Club, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows! Second, the “sliest cousins” in WWE, Primo & Epico Colon! Third, the craziest and chaotic people on earth, SAnitY! And last but certainly not least, the “fearless leaders”, perhaps the greatest team on the planet, The Usos! Jimmy & Jey have mics of their own and welcome Raw to the SmackDown Penitentiary!
Raw’s teams come out, starting with the #TopGuys, The Revival, Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder! Then the Cruiserweight trio, Lucha House Party! Third, The Ascension, Konnor & Viktor! Fourth, The B-Team, Bo Dallas & Curt Axel! And last but absolutely GLORIOUS, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable! Gable says the captains are here, so Team Raw is here. LA still likes SmackDown better. Gable says Raw starts Survivor Series with a win. Roode agrees, and it will be… GLORIOUS! All ten teams are here, and we can finally begin!
Anything can eliminate a duo, and it only takes pinning one man to eliminate them both. Of course that means extra members for the trios must stand down, so Kofi Kingston and Alexander Wolfe for SmackDown, and Gran Metalik for Raw, hover at ringside.
To begin, it’s Kalisto and Epico. They tie up, Kalisto gets a waistlock but Epico reverses to an arm wrench. Epico snapmares but Kalisto handsprings through. Kalisto whips but Epico reverses. Kalisto handstands and handsprings but Epico kicks him down. Epico suplexes Kalisto up and holds him there! Then drops him after 5! Cover, ONE, but Epico stays on Kalisto with a back suplex. Kalisto slips out, but jams a leg. Kalisto hobbles but he’s okay. Woods shouts to sweep the leg, but Epico walks into an elbow. Tag to Lince Dorado, and he dropkicks Eipco down. Tag to Kalisto again, and Kalisto manages to run, for the elevated splash! Lince planking! Kalisto covers, TWO! Epico survives and gets Kalisto with a back suplex! Epico drags Kalisto over, puts him on the ropes, and tags in Primo.
Primo runs in for the big back attack. He adds a slingshot senton and a dropkick before bringing Kalisto back up. Primo kicks and sweeps the leg! But Kalisto shoves Primo into Epico! Primo stops Kalisto but Dawson tags in. Kalisto skins the cat to springboard in, but Primo dodges. Kalisto makes his knee feel worse, and Primo adds a leg DDT! But then The Revival pounces on Primo with a Shatter Machine! Cover, The Revival ELIMINATES The Colons!
But then Anderson comes in and goes after Dash Wilder. Anderson whips but Dash reverses. Dash runs in but Anderson dodges and hits the jump kick! Dawson runs into a spinebuster! Dash gets a spinebuster! Roode helps LHP check on Kalisto while Axel saves Dash from the pin. Dash tags Axel and Axel brings Anderson to a corner for buckle bumps and stomps. Metalik subs in for Kalisto while Axel whips Anderson corner to corner. Axel gives Anderson a back elbow, then snapmares for a neck snap! Cover, TWO! Axel drags Anderson over and stomps with the “B-Team! B-Team! GO GO GO!” chant. Tag to Bo Dallas and he hits a corner clothesline, then feeds Anderson to Axel’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Bo keeps on Anderson with a whip but Anderson reverses. Bo back elbows Anderson but Gallows gets a sucker kick! Roll up, The Club ELIMINATES The B-Team!
Gable hops in for Team Raw, so Anderson tags out to Big E! Fans fire up for this show down and rally up with “New! Day Rocks!” But then Big Damo tags in!? Killian Dain rushes Gable, fights out of the waistlock, but Gable slips out of the lift. Gable fires off but gets the Divide crossbody! Cover, TWO! Damo tags in Eric Young, and SAnitY works together for the Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, Roode saves his partner. Damo grabs Roode and throws him out, but Roode’s on the apron. Roode baits Damo out, then Gable elbows Young. Gable tags Roode then climbs up. Roode brings Young around with a neckbreaker, Gable adds his moonsault! Cover, Roode & Gable ELIMINATE SAnitY!
But then Big E scoops Roode! Konnor tags in and attacks Big E. Konnor runs Big E over, then stares him down. Big E gets Konnor in the abdominal stretch! And puts some stank on it with the spanks! Konnor pops out and throws Big E down hard. Woods baits Konnor in for the swing kick, but Konnor catches Woods on the springboard. Fall Away Slam! Woods is in the Raw territory, and Viktor tags in. The Ascension mug Woods with double punches, clubs and kicks. Cover, ONE! Viktor keeps on Woods with a chinlock while Kofi coaches Woods up with blue pancakes. Fans rally and Woods gets up. Woods fights back but Viktor clubs him down. Viktor whips but Woods dodges. Woods slides, roaring elbow! Tag to Big E and the New Day work together.
Somehow Woods gets Big E up for the electric chair splash! Cover, The New Day ELIMINATES The Ascension! Metalik hops in, Big E whips but avoids the handspring. Big E likes that, and tags out to Gallows. Gallows kicks low then whips, but Metalik kicks back. Tag to Lince, and he climbs up for a crossbody! But Gallows catches him, gives him to Anderson, but Lince resists! Lince huricanranas Andersno, and counters Gallows with a stunner! Gallows bails out, Lince builds speed, but into Anderson. Anderson stops the huricanrana, but only for a moment! Anderson hits ropes and tumbles out. Lucha House Party DOUBLE Asai! Lince puts Anderson in, tags Metalik in, and Metalik climbs for his tight rope springboard swanton! Cover, The Lucha House Party ELIMINATES The Club!
Now we’re down to SmackDown’s Usos and New Day against Raw’s Revival, Lucha House Party and Roode-Gable. Jimmy jumps in to face Metalik, and the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants start. They tie up and Jimmy puts Metalik in the corner for a BIG uppercut. Metalik hits back with a dropkick! tag to Lince, who CHOPS away on Uso! Lince whips but Jimmy reverses, only for Lince to roll him up. TWO, Lince runs to springboard, quebrada! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy gets Lince but gets in the tilt-o-whirl headscissors. Jey tags in, Lince runs into the pop-up Samoan Drop! Cover, The Usos ELIMINATE Lucha House Party! Now it’s the captains and one other team for each side.
Woods tags in to take on Dawson. They tie up and go around, Woods gets the wristlock. Dawson reaches but Woods keeps him away from Dash. Dash falls in but Dawson uses that to get a tug on hair and the uppercut. Tag to Gable and Woods is fed to the boot. Gable stomps Woods, then he tweaks the knee. Gable keeps on Woods, then tags to Dawson. Dawson drops legs and elbows, then a headbutt. Fans rally for SmackDown as Dawson looms over Woods. Dawson hits the Usos just because, then whips Woods. Woods boots him away, then rolls up, TWO! Woods heads for Big E but Dawson reels him in. So Woods hits Roode & Gable, then hits Dash. Flying missile dropkick hits Dawson! Fans rally and Woods heads for his corner. Dawson tags in Dash, tag to Big E!
Big E throws Dash overhead! Then again! And then to the side! Fans fire up as Big E swivels those hips. Big E runs, but has to hit Dawson first. Dash rolls Big E, TWO! Big E throws Dash, Gable tags in. Gable catches Big E in an Exploder! Tag to Roode, and they coordinate again. Chaos Theory Neckbreaker!! Cover, TWO!! New Day survives and Team Raw can’t believe it. Roode refocuses, and winds it up. GLORIOUS, kick, but no DDT as Big E elbows out. Woods tags in, and whips Roode into the urenage backstabber! Cover, but Gable LEAPS to break it! Jimmy comes in but is thrown out. Dawson DIVES?! He takes out Jimmy and even Kofi! Woods wrecks Dawson, but Dash hits a tornado DDT!? The Revival pulls out all the stops for Raw, but then Big E SPEARS through Dash!!
Roode & Gable stand up in the ring and see everyone gather. Gable builds speed, Roode gives him a BOOST! Gable bowls everyone over! Now Roode wants some, and he builds speed, to run into a SUPERKICK! Jey puts Roode out, and he decides to be… GLORIOUS! And FLIES! Jey takes out the others, but then Gable gets Jimmy up top. Gable comes around behind Jimmy, SUPER GERMAN onto the others! Everyone is down and fans are loving it! Gable tags in from Roode, and they bring Woods up. They want another combo, but Woods pushes Roode and Gable is tripped up. Roode elbows Woods, then back suplexes. Woods slips out to tag Big E. Woods boots Roode, then Honor Rolls Roode! Big E sees Gable, catches him, and then Woods climbs! MIDNIGHT HOUR! Cover, and Woods keeps Roode down, New Day ELIMINATES Gable & Roode!
Dash goes after Woods, but runs into Big E’s arms. Dawson sunset flips and it sends Dash flying, but still a cover! TWO, and Dawson goes for a tornado. The DDT hits but Woods tagged in. Woods runs in, but his DDT is denied. Woods kicks Dawson, then suplexes, but Dash tags in. Dawson is sent out and Dash is put in a corner. Dash puts Woods on the apron but Woods hits back. Woods climbs up and takes aim, tight rope springboard SHATTER MACHINE!! The Revival ELIMINATES The New Day! We’re all tied up with The Revival and the Usos! Dash & Dawson stare down with Jimmy & Jey. Fans rally up, and the brawl is on!
The Usos get the edge and Jey sends Dawson out. Jimmy keeps on Dash but Dawson sends Jey into steps. Jimmy puts Dash up top but Dash slips out. Dawson tags in, bulldog bomb! Cover, TWO!! The Usos survive, and so does SmackDown! Dash gets back up and Dawson brings Jimmy up. Jey hits Dash but Dawson hits Jey! Jimmy kicks, Dawson falls for the dragon whip! Jimmy gets to a corner and climbs. Dawson stops him with a right hand and a chop. Dash returns and Dawson climbs. Tag, and Dawson SUPERPLEX! Dash frog splash!! Cover, but Jey breaks it! All four men are down as the battle continues. Fans rally up for the Usos but Dash tags Dawson.
The Revival drag Jimmy up and double whip, but Jey SUPERKICKS Dash! Sunset flip but Dawson sits on it, TWO! SUPERKICK for Dawson! Tag to Jey, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Dash! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Dawson! Jey drags Dawson around, tags to Jimmy, and Jimmy climbs. Uso Splash! Cover, SmackDown wins!
Winners: Team SmackDown, the Usos as sole survivors
Nothing less from the captains of the Blue Brand! Jimmy & Jey stand tall as the last team standing, establishing they are the best team in the WWE today! This victory is big for SmackDown, will there be further victories for their roster?
Raw’s Women’s Team has made its substitutions!
With Ruby and Natty out, the #LegitHuggable Sasha & Bayley join the team! Now that things are 5v5 as they’re meant to be, which team will prove their Women’s Division is superior?
Opposing forces collide.
Raw and SmackDown. Beast and Goat. Baddest Woman and The Queen. From first-ever matches to champions against champions to the undying tradition of 5v5, this one night defines competition. Who will survive?
Women’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown!
There were many last minute adjustments for this match to finally take shape, but the brands have settled on their quintets! The Goddess is ringside as her friend in Mickie James, frenemies in Nia Jax and Tamina, and just plain enemies in the best friends, Sasha Banks & Bayley represent Team Red. Against them with Captain Glow, Naomi, stands Asuka, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose and Carmella (who brought R-Truth out, too). Neither team is 100% united, but they’ll be 100% focused on defeating the other!
All ten women are present, and the teams sort out. SmackDown does it better, as they agree Captain Naomi starts. Raw figures it out and decides it will be the Daughter of Superfly. Naomi and Tamina circle, then tie up. Naomi gets a headlock, then springboard sunset flip, TWO! She dropkicks Tamina, then runs in but into an elbow. Tamina hits Carmella just because, but then a brawl breaks out! The ref tries to restore order but it’s no use. Asuka and Sonya throw Sasha out but she drags them out with her. Naomi hits Nia with a springboard kick! SUPERKICK from Tamina! Cover, Tamina ELIMINATES Naomi!! Raw takes the lead already! But then Carmella rolls Tamina, Carmella ELIMINATES Tamina! Forget that, the teams are tied again. And now, DANCE BREAK~!
Carmella hits the Fabulous Floss and pump kick, but then she turns around to see Nia. The #FaceBreaker swings, Carmella tries to roll her up, but no go. Nia lifts Carmella easily, then tosses her down. Tag to Mandy! Carmella wants the Golden Girl to prove what she can do, and Mandy runs at Nia. Nia runs Mandy over! Cover, TWO! Nia drags Mandy up but Mandy kicks her legs, gives her a knee, then another knee! Tag to Mickie, who throws forearms on Mandy. Mandy shoves Mickie but walks into the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Mickie keeps on Mandy with a whip, but Mandy reverses to an abdominal stretch! Mickie endures as Mandy grinds in an elbow. She rolls Mandy to a Muda Lock! Now Mandy endures, but she gets the ropebreak. Mickie frees Mandy, Mandy knees low.
Mandy throws forearms, then tags in Asuka. Mickie knows how dangerous Asuka is, and the two circle. They tie up with fans on Asuka’s side, and they go around the ring. Mickie gets a headlock but Asuka fights out. Asuka whips and they bump shoulders. They don’t fall, so Mickie goes again. They collide again but neither woman falls. Mickie goes again, Asuka follows to hip attack! Asuka keeps on Mickie with an Octopus Stretch! Mickie endures, so Asuka sunset flips. Mickie sits on it, TWO! Asuka hits her with a back hand! Tag to Sonya, and now the Gladiator throws hands on Mickie. Sonya tackles Mickie into a corner but the ref backs her off. Mickie boots Sonya, then elbows. Mickie hops up for the Mick-canrana! Back kick, then front kick, Mickie runs and ducks under. Mickie snapmares Sonya, but Bayley tags in.
Bayley drops the elbows on Sonya, then covers. TWO, but Bayley keeps her eyes on SmackDown. Bayley brings Sonya over, tags to Sasha, and the friends double whip Sonya. Sasha puts Sonya sideways, Stock Drop! Mickie tags in, then climbs up. Mickie leaps, seated senton! Cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but Mickie swings a kick. Sonya dodges and SPEARS! Then sliding knee! Mandy tags in to take the cover, Mandy ELIMINATES Mickie! The friends argue, but Bayley gets Mandy! ONE, and Mandy knees low. Mandy tags Carmella in, and Carmella kicks Bayley. Carmella brings Bayley to a corner for a Fabulous mudhole, then out for a whip. Bayley reverses but is put on the apron. She hits Carmella back, then hotshots! Bayley climbs, leaps, but Carmella dodges.
Carmella dodges again, mule kick to moonwalking DDT! She feeds Bayley a boot, then mocks Sasha. Carmella runs in, but into a Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley ELIMINATES Carmella! But Mandy is right on Bayley with furious right hands. Mandy grins as she puts Bayley in a corner for golden mudhole stomps. The ref counts and Mandy backs off. Mandy chokes Bayley on the ropes, then taunts Bayley. Bayley hits back, but Mandy throws her down by her hair. Mandy mocks the fans as she brings Bayley up. She whips Bayley to a corner, but gets a back elbow. Bayley ducks under, tag to Sasha! The Boss rallies on Mandy, then dropkicks Mandy down. Mandy ends up in a corner, Sasha runs in. Sasha misses the knees but dodges Mandy’s, Bank Statement backstabber and crossface! Mandy taps, Sasha ELIMINATES her!
But Sonya is right on Sasha with fists! Sonya gives Sasha stiff knees, then toys with her. Tag to Asuka, and the swift strikers mug Sasha in the corner. Asuka puts Sasha in another corner, then fires up, hip attack! She stomps Sasha, then covers, TWO! Asuka keeps on Sasha as Alexa grows worried. Tag to Sonya and Sasha gets more kicks. Sonya wraps on body scissors and grinds her forearm on Sasha’s face as she taunts. Fans rally up for Sasha as Sonya rolls her around. Sasha gets up and backs Sonya up into buckles. She snapmares Sonya off, but runs into a catch. She rolls under, tag to Bayley! Bayley rallies, but Sonya puts her in a corner. Sonya runs in but gets snake eyes, then a knee! Bayley keeps on Sonya with shoulders in a corner, then the wacky waving knee strike! Cover, TWO!
Asuka coaches Sonya up but Bayley as her on the ropes. Sonya puts Bayley on the apron but Bayley slides in, only to get a right hand! Sonya shoves Bayley and gives her a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Nia breaks it! And fans immediately rain boos down on her. Nia runs in at Sonya but Sonya dodges, sending Nia into the post! And then Asuka adds a boot! Nia goes down and the Empress keeps on her with stomps. But then Sasha gives Asuka a Meteora! Bayley gets Sonya with a back suplex, cover, TWO! Sonya survives as teams regroup. Both Sonya and Bayley are down, and fans rally up. Alexa has no choice but to cheer Bayley as she stands. Sonya hits Bayley so Bayley tackles Sonya! They both fall out of the ring and hit the floor hard!
A ring count begins and Sonya kicks Bayley into barriers. Sonya scrambles back in but Bayley brings her back out. Bayley2Belly on the floor! The count is ten, DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Now it’s just Asuka against both Sasha Banks and Nia Jax. Asuka and Sasha both enter the ring, and fans fire up! Sasha shoves, but Asuka fires a backhand. Sasha ducks it and dropkicks Asuka, but then Asuka comes back with her own dropkick! Asuka fires up for her team, which ironically is different from last year. Sasha wants the backstabber but Asuka fights out. Asuka gets Sasha with the pop-up knee! Sasha is rocked, Asuka gets her in a German Suplex! Sasha rolls to the apron, but hits Asuka back! Nia returns, but Asuka hits her off with the hip attack!
Sasha knees Asuka back, then comes back. Asuka puts her on the apron and roundhouse kicks her down! Then Asuka kicks from the apron, but gets tripped! Sasha lines up a shot from the apron, and leaps. Asuka dodges, hip attack again! Fans are loving this as Asuka puts Sasha in the ring. Asuka climbs up, Sasha stands, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives but Asuka shakes her head. Asuka drags Sasha up and trash talks in Japanese. Fans duel as Asuka fires off forearms. Asuka runs but Sasha follows, tilt-o-whirl, but Asuka blocks. Asuka wants her lock, but Sasha drops down, only for Asuka to yank her back up! They go around again, and Sasha rolls it back to a cover, TWO!
Sasha blocks a kick to give a knee, then meteora! She tosses Asuka to the center and climbs up top. But Nia shoves her down!? Asuka gets Sasha in the Asuka Lock!! Sasha taps, Asuka ELIMINATES her! But that leaves Nia alone with Asuka, for a leg drop! Then another! And another! But Nia isn’t done at three leg drops, and the fans boo and jeer as hard as they can. Nia hauls Asuka up, for a Samoan Drop! Cover, Raw wins!
Winners: Team Raw, Nia Jax as sole survivor
And Alexa is just fine with it! The Goddess and the Irresistible Force are on the same page as the Red Brand gets their first win. However, it was at the expense of Sasha Banks. Will The Boss settle for being a pawn in this game? Or will she and Bayley get even with Nia in the near future?
Baron Corbin and Stephanie McMahon celebrate.
As far as the main show goes, Raw is up 1-0 on Survivor Series. And that’s just the start for the night. It better be, because while Raw Women’s had motivation, the raid was still a bad thing. So if Corbin wants to go from interim to permanent GM, get the sweep. Corbin guarantees Raw stands tall. Can he? In come Paige and Shane! SmackDown says the Women’s Match is one thing, but by the end of the night, they’ll be #FeelingBlue.
Okay, sure, Shane stole the World Cup, but they’re not stealing Survivor Series. They’re like LeBron: overrated, over-hyped, and they can’t get he job down. But they do have AJ Styles and Becky Lynch. Oh wait, no they don’t. Shane likes this attitude, it’s so great, because it’ll make the victories that much sweeter. And then we’ll all win when Stephanie fires Corbin. Corbin says he’s not worried, but should he be?
WWE Intercontinental Champion VS WWE United States Champion: Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
Los Angeles is ready to #BurnItDown with The Architect! However, Rollins has been so busy with the Lunatic Fringe, Dean Ambrose, that he hasn’t had time to prepare for the King of Strong Style. As for Shinsuke, he has become “Ob-Seth-ed” with his opponent since learning he’d be facing the Kingslayer. Can Rollins focus on a different opponent tonight? Or will he get a #Knee2Face from the United States of Nakamerica?
Belts are put away and the bell rings. Fans are already fired up for this first-time-ever match. Nakamura and Rollins circle as fans duel. Nakamura tests the waters with a kick, then he and Rollins tie up. They break fast, but approach again. They tie up, Rollins gets a facelock but Nakamura sprawls. Nakamura gets around behind but Rollins goes for the arm. Rollins gets the arm up, but Nakamura puts him on the ropes. The ref counts and Nakamura backs off at 4, to bring back the ab rest. Fans duel as Nakamura backs away and says, “C’MON~!” Rollins knows of the knee, and stays back. They circle again and tie up. Nakamura gets the arm and wrenches Rollins to the mat. Rollins endures as Nakamura twists the wrist.
Rollins gets up and rolls, then handsprings, then reverses. Nakamura knees low, then snapmares. Rollins avoids the stomp and the kick, then rolls Nakamura. TWO, and Rollins avoids a knee. Fans applaud as Rollins mocks Nakamura’s “C’MON!” Nakamura runs in to an arm-drag then a knee. Rollins snapmares, crucifix, TWO! Rollins has Nakamura but Nakamura gets to the ropes. The ref counts and Rollins lets Nakamura go. Nakamura slides out to catch his breath. Fans continue to duel while Nakamura takes advantage of the ring count. Nakamura returns slowly, so Rollins lounges on the top rope. Nakamura grins as he and Rollins circle again. They tie up, Nakamura knees low. Nakamura gives another knee, then a clubbing hand. Rollins staggers, and Nakamura is on him in a corner. Nakamura whips Rollins corner to corner, but Rollins comes back with a clothesline!
Now Rollins grins as he brings Nakamura up and whips. Nakamura holds ropes, then puts Rollins on the apron. Rollins kicks but is blocked. Nakamura kicks but is blocked. Nakamura throws a shoulder but gets a guillotine leg drop! Rollins skins the cat while Nakamura tumbles down. Rollins builds speed, changes direction with Nakamura, but gets a kick! Nakamura puts Rollins in but then on the apron for a running knee! Fans duel again as Nakamura stomps Rollins. Nakamura puts Rollins back in, covers, TWO! Nakamura keeps his cool while Rollins checks his face. They go to a corner and Nakamura rams his shoulder in. Nakamura gives Rollins Bad Vibrations!
Nakamura backs off, but comes back to bring Rollins up. Rollins fights him off, but Nakamura is on him with body shots. Nakamura snapmares and drops a knee, then covers. TWO, but Nakamura puts on a chinlock. Rollins resists but Nakamura gets both arms. Fans rally up as Rollins endures the chicken wings. Rollins gets up and goes to turn, but Nakamura throws in another knee. Nakamura gives Rollins Bad Vibrations on the ropes! The ref counts and Nakamura backs off at 4. Nakamura comes back to stomp Rollins, but stops at 4. Fans still duel as Nakamura drags Rollins back up. Nakamura has the facelock but Rollins sprawls and resists. Nakamura rams in a knee!
Fans rally again, and Rollins gets up. Rollins facelocks Nakamura, but Nakamura resists the suplex. Nakamura knees Rollins again, and gives more Bad Vibrations. But Rollins stands up, and reels Nakamura in for a buckle shot! Both men are down, but Rollins crawls away. Fans rally again as Nakamura stands. Nakamura walks into CHOPS from Rollins. Rollins counter punches and then throws body shots. Nakamura reverses the whip but Rollins gets a slingblade! Rollins keeps moving, and boots Nakamura from a corner. Rollins hops up and over, but turns around into a boot. Nakamura’s up, but Rollins scoops him off. Nakamura fires off hands, but Rollins still lawn darts Nakamura out! Rollins builds up energy, and then builds up speed, to DIVE! Direct hit, but he keeps going, for another DIVE!
The double shot hits, but fans want a third. Rollins obliges, here’s the hat trick! Fans are thunderous as Rollins gets Nakamura up and in. Rollins aims, then springboards, leaping lariat! Cover, TWO!! The IC Champion almost gets the US Champion, but this is far from over. Nakamura gets to a corner, but Rollins runs in for a forearm smash. Rollins then suplexes, but Nakamura slips out. Nakamura swings a kick, Rollins ducks, but Nakamura gets Rollins with the other! Rollins crawls to ropes, Nakamura is on him with more kicks. Nakamura kicks Rollins to a corner, then whips corner to corner. Rollins reverses but runs into a knee! Nakamura puts him on the top rope, and hits the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives but Nakamura keeps on him.
Nakamura drags Rollins up, and wants the inverted exploder, but Rollins resists. Rollins gets free, only to get a backstabber! Nakamura drags Rollins up, Rollins snapmares and SUPERKICKS Nakamura! Cover, TWO!! It was so close, but Nakamura somehow survives! Rollins drags Nakamura up again, and wants a bomb. He gets Nakamura up, but Nakamura fights. Nakamura rakes the eyes, then dodges in the corner. He roundhouses Rollins in the back of the head, then stomps away into the apron. The ref backs Nakamura off, and Rollins gets angry. Rollins fires wild hands from both sides, then stomps of his own! Fans like the fire in Rollins as he brings Nakamura out. Clothesline countered into an armbar! Then a triangle! Nakamura has Rollins in deep, and keeps him down on the mat.
Fans rally again and Rollins gets a second wind. Rollins deadlifts and buckle bombs Nakamura! Nakamura is down but Rollins has to catch his breath. Rollins kicks Nakamura over, then begins to stomp. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” as Rollins mule kicks. But he runs into a boot! Rollins rocks Nakamura with a forearm, then reels Nakamura, but Nakamura headbutts. Nakamura scoops, Landslide driver! Cover, TWO!! And Nakamura can’t believe it! Nakamura crawls away from Rollins and goes to the apron. He climbs up and aims at Rollins. Rollins hurries over, and up, SUPERPLEX! To Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and fans are loving this! Rollins stands first but Nakamura follows.
Fans continue to duel as Rollins throws a forearm. Nakamura throws one back and now it’s a brawl. Rollins hits back, but so does Nakamura, and repeat. Rollins gets an edge, but Nakamura eggs him on. Nakamura then ducks to give a strike fest! Inverted Exploder! Nakamura aims from the corner and… Rollins dodges the Kinshasa to give Nakamura the Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO!? Somehow Nakamura survives! But Rollins continues on, and climbs up top. Rollins leaps, frog splash FLOPS! KINSHASA!! Cover, TWO!?! How?! Nakamura has no answers but the fans still love it. Nakamura wants another, and he takes aim from the corner. Rollins slowly stirs, then slowly stands. Nakamura runs out, to a SUPERKICK! Mule kick, but Nkamaura dodges the stomp. Nakamura roundhouses but Rollins dodges the knee, to CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
That’s 2-0 for Raw on the main show, 2-1 overall! So far, Constable Corbin’s confidence is justified as The Architect still wins against a man he hadn’t prepared for. Now that Survivor Series is through for Rollins, can he focus fully on the Lunatic Fringe?
Raw’s Men’s Team talk backstage.
This team is full of dysfunction, but Braun Strowman wants to make things clear. He doesn’t like Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Bobby Lashley, and barely knows who Lio Rush is. Finn Balor is alright, but he needs to carry his weight against Team SmackDown. Then Strowman can get what he deserves. Otherwise, they’re all gonna #GetTheseHands. McIntyre says he should be in charge, because he broke The Shield, he ended Kurt Angle, and he’ll brutalize Shane for Ziggler’s sake. The “Mindless meat castle” better stay out of the way. Is that so?
Corbin comes in, saying this is what SmackDown wants. What’s going on? Strowman’s a mindless meat castle. Well he is. And the deal is, Strowman can’t touch Corbin until after Survivor Series. Strowman knows that, so he’ll have to settle for throwing Lio into Corbin! The Monster Among Men storms out, but R-Truth comes in to keep everyone calm. “Guys, guys, guys! We’re better than this!” Get it together. Truth, you’re not on this team OR on Raw! Go! Oh. Oops. Truth leaves, but Raw is still in disarray. Can they pull it together before the traditional 5v5?
Raw Tag Team Champions VS SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS The Bar w/ The Big Show!
SmackDown may have won the Tag Team Division Elimination Match, but now it’s time to see which team truly reigns over all! Maverick has already led Akam & Rezar to titles in just a few months, can he lead them to a victory over the dominant five-time champions?
The teams sort out and it is Sheamus against Rezar. They tie up, and break. They go again, and Rezar puts Sheamus in a corner. Sheamus turns it around and the two break. Rezar rushes Sheamus but Sheamus dodges. Sheamus gets a headlock but Rezar powers him to the AOP corner. Rezar clubs away on the Celtic Gladiator but Sheamus fights out. Sheamus gives European Uppercuts, then Cesaro runs in to hit Akam. Cesaro tags in, and The Bar duoble whip and use the Bar Lariat on Rezar! Akam returns but Cesaro hits Rezar with another EuroUpper. Then he hits another, and another. Cesaro dropkicks the legs out and grabs a leg. Akam barrels in to stop the Swiss Swing, then hits Sheamus. Cesaro gets Akam, and we go swinging!
But Rezar leaps and tackles Cesaro! Rezar corner clotheslines Cesaro, then tags in Akam. AoP combine for a sidewalk slam stomp! Cover, TWO! Akam keeps on Cesaro at the ropes to choke him. Big Show protests and the ref counts. Akam backs off at 4, but he throws hands on Cesaro. Tag to Rezar and the AoP mug the Swiss Cyborg. Cover, TWO, but Rezar is on Cesaro with headbutts. Rezar throws hands, tags in Akam, and the AoP mug Cesaro with knees in the corner. Akam taunts Sheamus, then goes after Cesaro with hands. He snapmares Cesaro down, then wraps on a chinlock. Cesaro scrambles around but can’t get free. Maverick taunts Cesaro while Show coaches him up. Fans build to a rally, and Cesaro feeds off it to get free with elbows. Cesaro throws more EuroUppers, but Akam tackles him down!
Akam hammers away, but backs off at the ref’s count. He drags Cesaro away and tags in Rezar. AoP combine for an atomic drop knee! Cover, but Sheamus breaks it! Rezar and Sheamus end up fighting! Cesaro rolls Rezar but the ref is too busy with Sheamus, Rezar gets away. Rezar clubs Cesaro, then puts him in a corner for stomps. Tag to Akam, and the AoP again mug Cesaro. Akam taunts Sheamus again, but Cesaro gives him another EuroUpper! And then another, and another! Cesaro fires off more EuroUppers, but runs into a big clothesline! Cover, TWO! Akam drags Cesaro away with a chinlock camel clutch. Akam even stares Big Show down as he does. Cesaro moves around and fans rally up.
Cesaro fights out of the hold, and gives more EuroUppers. He runs, dodges, springboard EuroUpper! Sheamus and Rezar call for their partners as they crawl. Hot tags to them both! Sheamus rallies on Rezar with big forearm shots. He whips but Rezar reverses. Rezar misses, and gets a pump knee! Sheamus keeps going for another! Sheamus hits Akam for good measure, then goes after Rezar. Rezar dumps him out but Sheamus hot shots! Sheamus has Rezar, for Ten Beats of the Bodhrain! And Sheamus finally gives fans all 10! Then another hotshot! Sheamus climbs up, for the flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Maverick sighs in relief, but Sheamus rallies the fans again. Sheamus wants his kick, but Maverick distracts. Cesaro gets Rezar with a EuroUpper, BROGUE!! Cover, but Maverick gives Rezar the ropebreak!
Sheamus glares at Maverick, and Cesaro comes in from the other side. Maverick runs away, but into Big Show! Big Show didn’t even have to do anything. Big Show hauls Maverick up onto the apron, and chokes him with one hand! Maverick pees himself?! Show and The Bar can’t believe he wet himself, and just laugh. But then Rezar attacks them all! He and Akam combine, powerbomb neckbreaker! Cover, The Authors of Pain win!!
Winners: Raw’s Authors of Pain, Rezar pinning
The destructive duo win, thanks to a rather humiliating but effective distraction. With such dominance for both Raw and the AoP, will SmackDown ever get on the board?
Team SmackDown talks backstage.
Everyone feels good, and The Miz comes in as captain. He has an inspirational speech to help them win tonight, and even heal the world. As great as that speech is, he cannot give it, only one man can! And that man is Commissioner Shane O’Mac! Well okay. Now SmackDown is down, but they’re always the underdogs. Always! SmackDown has always been knocked down but they don’t stay down!
Rey Mysterio is the ultimate underdog, they need that tonight. Jeff Hardy is the Charismatic Engima, he has what it takes. And of course, Samoa Joe. The Samoan Submission Machine, a dominant force all over the world. R-Truth is- Not on the team, despite being on SmackDown. Well Truth wants to join the roster. He already’s on the roster. Oh, what a relief. Raw is a mess! Miz compliments Shane on his speech, it was riveting. Much like Marine 6. If they win, they’ll all get a signed copy! Truth would love that, if it’s Becky’s signature. Anyway, SmackDown MUST win this! #WeAreSmackDown! Will SmackDown bring it and get that first but all important win?
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali!
Survivor Series takes a break from Red VS Blue to bring us some 205 Live purple! The Juggernaut won the title at Super Show-Down, in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia! Murphy ended Cedric Alexander’s 2018 winning streak as well as his reign, but now he faces a familiar foe. The Beacon of Light gets another shot at the title, after coming so close yet still being so far from it at Wrestlemania. Can Ali finally grab the gold? Or will he be stopped by the Unstoppable?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Murphy corners Ali but Ail gets out and round. Ali dodges Murphy but not for long. Murphy puts Ali in a corner and rams in his shoulder. Ali slips out and CHOPS, but Murphy barely flinches. Murphy shoves Ali, then picks him up. Ali sunsets but Murphy lifts him up. Ali breaks free to hit Murphy with a forearm, but Murphy just grins. Murphy walks into an elbow, but reels Ali in. Ali slips out of the suplex but Murphy tosses him to a corner. Ali goes up and over to run, then dodges Murphy to hit a leaping huricanrana! Murphy is on the apron but Ali dropkicks him down. Ali then climbs up and leaps for a big senton! Direct hit and fans fire up for the fearless Heart of 205 Live!
Ali drags Murphy up and in, covers, ONE! Murphy kicks Ali away then rolls out of the ring. Ali walks over but Murphy drags him out. Ali shoves Murphy into barriers hard, then climbs up again. Murphy anchors his feet but Ali kicks him away. Murphy slides under and around to shove Ali! Ali hits barriers! Murphy grins while Ali writhes on the ground. The referee checks on Ali but he’s okay to continue. Murphy throws Ali into the LED, then into the barriers, then into the ring! Murphy returns to cover, TWO! Ali survives but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy kicks Ali in the back, then swaggers about. Ali hits back but Murphy just laughs it off. Ali chops, Murphy kicks. Murphy whips Ali then tosses him with a back drop! He stomps Ali then kicks him in the back! Cover, TWO, but Murphy keeps his cool.
Murphy rams a knee into Ali’s back then puts on a chinlock. Fans rally up and Ali feeds off their energy. Ali gets up and fights with body shots. Murphy clubs Ali down, then brings him up. Ali makes the suplex a crossbody, ONE! Murphy kicks low again, then whips. Ali kicks him back, then boots him. Ali trips Murphy, and catapults him into buckles! Murphy is rocked, and Ali gets running. Ali gives Murphy a flapjack dropkick! Murphy rolls to a corner while fans fire up with Ali. Ali goes over and brings Murphy up for forearms. He whips but Murphy reverses. Ali slides to a stop, slides out and roundhouses Murphy away. Then he slingshots in, but Murphy knows what’s coming, and tosses Ali out of the ring! Murphy builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Ali!
Murphy puts Ali in then hurries up top. Murphy leaps, but Ali ducks under. Ali kicks Murphy, then SUPERKICKS him! Then SUPERKICK again, POISON-RANA! Murphy is out, Ali covers, TWO! Murphy survives and Ali is at a loss for words. Fans chant “205! 205!” for these crazy Cruiserweights. Ali drags himself up and goes over to Murphy. Murphy shoves him away, but Ali comes back with haymakers and forearms. But Murphy gives Ali a strike fest, only to miss the knee. Ali shoves Murphy out to the apron, then runs to tilt-o-whirl draping DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives again and Ali is shocked. But Ali still has something more, and he drags Murphy to a drop zone. Ali climbs, but Murphy shoves him off! Ali hits apron face first! The ref checks on Ali while Murphy rests in the ring.
Murphy refuses to show mercy as he fetches Ali. But not to put him in the ring. Murphy clears off the announce desk and brings Ali up on top. Ali kicks Murphy back! Ali gets space, runs over, Spanish Fly off the table! Just like one of their instant classic showdowns during their rivalry! More of LA chants “205! 205!” Ali gets up and drags Murphy to the ring. He has Murphy in the drop zone, so he climbs up again. Murphy grabs Ali’s hair and tucks him in! SUPERKICK! To powerbomb! High stack lift, sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Ali survives and now Murphy is shocked! Murphy gets up as fans say “This is Awesome!”
Murphy drags Ali up, pumphandle but Ali pops out to roll up, TWO! Ali flounders but back elbows Murphy away. He springboards, into a knee trigger! Murphy drags Ali up and around, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The Beacon of light may have brought Murphy to his limits, but The Cruiserweight Juggernaut is truly unstoppable! Murphy’s young reign continues, who will step up to him next? When and where will Ali get another chance?
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan!
He is WWE Champion again after a shocking victory, but now has to face Brock Lesnar with very little time. Is he ready for The Beast? Bryan just grins as he walks away. We’ll take that as a yes from the Yes Man.
Men’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown!
Captain Corbin leads the way for the Scottish Terminator, Show-Off, Monster Among Men, Rocky Mountain Machine (with Hype Man of the Hour) and the Extraordinary Balor Club leader! They will face the Hollywood A-Lister, the Destroyer, the Enigma, the King of Lucha Libre and yes, SmackDown Commissioner (and technically Best in the World), Shane O’Mac! There is far more dysfunction on Raw’s team, however, can they hold it together so that Corbin keeps his job and Strowman #GetsTheseHands on Brock Lesnar? Or will the ultimate underdogs finally prove to Raw that they’re THE show?
All ten men are present, and Joe eggs on Team Raw with a toss of his towel. Fans like that, as do his teammates. The ref keeps the peace and things sort out. Joe starts, but both Strowman and McIntyre want at him. They argue with each other about it, but Corbin actually sides with Strowman on this. McIntyre backs down and the bell rings. Strowman reminds Corbin what’s coming the moment this is all over, but McIntyre tags in! Strowman and McIntyre argue now, but Joe pounces with a Coquina Clutch! McIntyre throws Joe off so Joe hits everyone else on Team Raw, and gets the Coquina back on! McIntyre uses buckles to push back,cover, TWO, CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre ELIMINATES Joe!? The Scottish Terminator helps Raw take the lead in this match and fast!
Fans boo but McIntyre grins. He waits for SmackDown’s response, but the fans respond with “Bullsh*t! Bullsh*t!” SmackDown sorts itself out and they go with Jeff Hardy. Hardy and McIntyre circle but McIntyre promises to get to Shane soon enough. He and Hardy tie up and McIntyre puts Hardy in a corner. “You’re nothing to me! Nothing!” Miz rallies the fans for Hardy and they echo “DELETE! DELETE!” with Hardy. Hardy gets a waistlock but McIntyre fights out and chops back. McIntyre whips Hardy but Hardy kicks him back. Hardy throws hands, runs, dodges, but still gets a clothesline! McIntyre tags in Ziggler, and prepares Hardy for the Show-Off. Ziggler waits, but Hardy gets clear of the Superkick! Shane tags in, and we have our rematch from the WWE World Cup!
Shane fires off those fast hands! Ziggler turns it around to throw hands back, but the ref backs him off. Ziggler dropkicks Shane down! Shane hits back with uppercuts, then an arm-drag! Another arm-drag and Shane’s dancing. Shane gets the float, but Ziggler rolls up, TWO! Ziggler aims, kicks, and Famousers! Cover, TWO! Shane survives but Corbin grows frustrated. Ziggler waits for Shane to stand again, but Shane blocks the superkick to give Ziggler a big back elbow! Shane brings Ziggler up, whips, but runs into a ZIGZAG! Cover, Miz breaks it! Miz backs away, then tags in!
The REAL World Cup Finals finally happen, but Ziggler fights out of the Finale. Ziggler jumps but is caught, and Miz wants a Figure Four! Ziggler powers out and dodges, but Miz denies the ZigZag. Miz misses his boot but rolls through the roll up, only to get a dropkick! Ziggler declares himself Best in the World. Ziggler goes to tag McIntyre, but Strowman intercepts. Strowman is in, but then McIntyre tags in again! The two biggest men in the match argue again, so they start fighting! Team Raw works to keep the peace but SmackDown takes advantage as they attack! They focus on McIntyre and Strowman, and clear the ring! They have the Monster on his knees, but he explodes out! Strowman runs but is tripped up! Mysterio runs, 619!! Shane and Miz double clothesline Strowman out!
Miz throws McIntyre into a post while Hardy keeps on Strowman. Team SmackDown pull apart an announce desk, and Corbin can only watch! Miz and Hardy keep Strowman down, then haul him up and over. Mysterio helps, and Shane gets himself to a corner. Strowman’s on the table, Shane’s up top, SUPER ELBOW through the table!! LA loses their minds, as does Corbin! The Monster is taken out for the moment, but so is Shane O’Mac. Miz puts McIntyre in and covers, ONE! McIntyre gasps for air but Miz gives him a boot!
We check backstage and see Stephanie and Paige watching. Paige is obviously proud of her team for currently dominating Raw. Back in the ring, Miz circles McIntyre. Fans chant “Miz is Awesome!” But McIntyre headbutts Miz! Finn is up, McIntyre looks to tag, but he doesn’t trust Finn? Finn wants in, why won’t McIntyre tag? Miz gets McIntyre in the full nelson! McIntyre breaks free, Finn tags in! And kicks McIntyre! Finn rallies on Miz with a running chop, corner to corner whip. Miz reverses, but Finn goes up and over. Finn walks into a boot, but kicks Miz on the top rope! Finn trips Miz up, and gives him double stomps! Fans fire up with Finn, and Finn aims at Miz. Finn runs, but into a full nelson. Wheelbarrow counter, TWO!
Finn dodges Miz then swing kicks from the apron. Miz is down, and Finn goes up! Coup de Grace misses, but Finn wrecks Miz with a dropkick. Slingblade for Hardy! John Woo dropkick for Miz! Finn puts Miz in but Miz tags Mysterio! Springboard seated senton on Finn! Springboard crossbody, too! Mule kick, springboard wheelbarrow, but into an elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated, even as Finn stays on Mysterio. Finn chops Rey, then whips. Mysterio kicks back, then tilt-o-whirl headscissors Finn to ropes. Corbin warns Finn and Finn avoids the 619, to slingblade Mysterio! Mysterio stands, and gets a dropkick! Finn climbs up again, aiming at Mysterio. Coup de Grace misses again, and Mysterio wheelbarrows Finn to ropes. 619! Springboard frog splash! Mysterio ELIMINATES Finn! Both teams are even again!
McIntyre clobbers Mysterio! He rips Mysterio’s shirt off, then gets mad at Finn for being elminated. He hauls Finn up, and clubs him back down. McIntyre tosses Finn out, but Mysterio puts him on the ropes! Lashley tags in and boots Mysterio down! Fans boo as the Mighty Rocky Mountain lifts Mysterio up, and carries him around. But Mysterio lands on his feet. Mysterio slides under, only to be caught and tossed! Lashley gives Mysterio a neckbreaker, then high-fives Lio Rush. Lashley brings Mysterio up for the Vertigo Suplex. After a count of about 10, Mysterio starts fighting back! Mysterio DDT’s Lashley down! And Corbin is speechless. Lashley gets to ropes, then runs at Mysterio. Mysterio enziguris, Ziggler tags in. Lashley runs but is sent out, Ziggler gets Mysterio! Mysterio rolls Ziggler but Ziggler sunset flips. Mysterio rolls through to buzzsaw!
Both men are down and fans rally up. Hot tag to Hardy! Hardy rallies with haymakers. Ziggler whips but Hardy runs him over. Atomic drop, leg-splitting leg drop! Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy says “DELETE! DELETE!” then goes for the Twist, but Ziggler shoves him. Ziggler runs into a back elbow, but McIntyre swipes at Hardy. Hardy wrecks McIntyre, then leaps for a tornado DDT! Hardy returns, but gets a satellite DDT! Cover, TWO!! Hardy lives and Corbin is stressed out. Fans rally up for Hardy as he and Ziggler stir. Ziggler aims, tunes it up, and kicks, but Hardy deflects! Twist of Fate! Hardy hurries up top, SWANTON BOMB! But onto knees! It was double-edged for Ziggler and both men are down again. Hardy hot tags Miz!
Miz runs and hits Ziggler with the A-List lariat. Shane returns, and Miz decides to tag him in. Shane hobbles his way to the other corner, because he wants another crazy idea. Miz holds Ziggler in place, and Shane leaps for COAST2COAST! It hits!! He drags Ziggler to a cover, Shane ELIMINATES Ziggler! The World Cup stays with SmackDown! But Lashley clobbers Shane down! Lashley hauls Shane up for an overhead suplex. Then he clotheslines and clubs away in the corner! The ref backs Lashley off but Lashley comes back for more stomps and another suplex! Shane ends up by Miz and tags in, but then Lashley goes after Miz! Lashley hip tosses Miz in, then hits a complete shot! But Miz dodges in the corner! A-List Lariat! Miz tags Shane back in, they want another!
Shane can barely move but he does get to the top rope. Miz holds Lashley down and Shane leaps, for- Strowman to clobber him outta the air! Corbin is actually glad to see Strowman moving! Lashley covers but Mysterio saves Shane! Mysterio drags Shane away, and Hardy tags in. Hardy goes at Lashley, but Lsahley tags in Strowman. Hardy hits Strowman with everything he has, but Strowman denies the Twist into a Monster Slam! Cover, Strowman ELIMINATES Hardy! Mysterio leaps in for a missile dropkick, but Strowman is only staggered. Mysterio kicks at the legs then hits an enziguri. He puts Strowman on the ropes, runs, but the 619 is caught! Pop-up, Monster Slam! Cover, Strowman ELIMINATES Mysterio! The Monster has decimated SmackDown in an instant!
Miz realizes what he faces, and looks ready to run away. Fans chant “Get These Hands!” but Miz would rather not. Strowman doesn’t give him a choice as he comes running around the corner! Miz sacrifices Shane to the shoulder tackle! But Strowman keeps chasing Miz, and blasts him into the barriers! Strowman puts Miz in, but Miz runs in, only to get a Monster Slam! Strowman ELIMINATES Miz! The Monster has taken out three men, and quite easily! Now only Shane remains, and he’s in no good shape. Strowman waits for Shane to crawl into the ring. After Strowman, there’s still Lashley and McIntyre! Corbin mockingly applauds as “The Best in the World” manages to stand up.
Shane turns around, and realizes what he’s in for. Even so, he doesn’t back down. Strowman dropkicks him down! Then squashes him in the corner! Strowman scoops Shane, for one more Monster Slam! Cover, Raw wins!
Winners: Raw, with Lashley, McIntyre & Strowman surviving
Raw continues to define “dominance” as the score now goes 4-0 on the main show. Will the only win SmackDown scored be on the Kickoff?
Corbin is proud of his team for winning, but then he goes after Strowman! The deal was after the team won, the gloves were off. But Corbin only angers Strowman, who gets back up quick. Corbin raises the hands of Lashley and McIntyre, on the stage. Will Constable Corbin regret reminding Strowman of his grudge?
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Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
Now that Rollins is done with brand warfare business, he moves on to TLC. And he will defend his Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose. Rollins VS Ambrose once again after some time, huh? Ambrose has been hiding since he stabbed The Shield in the back. He hides in the crowd, in parking lots, and behind his excuses. But there won’t be anything left to hid behind when the title’s on the line. Will Ambrose show how strong he is without his brothers? Or will Rollins prove Ambrose was just the weak link?
Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet wanted after “The Man”, but “The Man” surprised everyone when she led a raid on Raw! Unfortunately for Becky Lynch, she got one wild right hand from Nia Jax, and now she can’t compete tonight. Becky made sure her best frenemy took her place to take on Ronda, and The Queen is happy to oblige. Which woman will be better prepared for a fight they never expected but always wanted?
Introductions are made, the bell rings, and we begin! Fans chant “Becky! Becky!” but Ronda tunes it out. She circles with Charlotte and they tie up. Ronda knees but Charlotte forearms. They circle again, and Ronda dodges a kick while Charlotte dodges a punch. Fans “WOO~” as Charlotte keeps away from those hands. Charlotte chop blocks but Ronda kicks her back. They tie up again and go around. Charlotte swipes at Ronda but Ronda comes back for more. They’re swinging wild as the ref tries to break them up. Charlotte shoves Ronda! Ronda is shocked, but Charlotte says this HER ring. They approach again, Ronda’s kick is blocked but she gets Charlotte’s arm for an armbar! Charlotte scrambles up and out, then tackles Ronda. She wants the Figure Four but Ronda counters.
Ronda jackknifes to a fireman’s carry, but Charlotte sunset flips. TWO, Ronda wants the arm again but Charlotte gets away. Fans applaud for this incredible and even match-up. The two circle again and Ronda gets a waistlock. Charlotte gets a headlock takeover, and has Ronda on the mat. Fans duel as Ronda moves around in the hold. They stand up and Charlotte knees low. Charlotte throws Ronda into buckles! Ronda is dazed, but Charlotte is on her with shoulders and kicks. Charlotte throws Ronda with an exploder! Cover, ONE, but Charlotte keeps her cool. Charlotte drags Ronda around and drops knees on the knee. Charlotte turns Ronda over, and goes for an STF! Ronda resists, but Charlotte grinds her forearm into the back of Ronda’s head. Fans rally and Ronda spits blood from a bloody lip.
Charlotte rolls her and gets the leg trapped. Ronda endures the knee wrench, so Charlotte shifts to drop knees into the knee. Charlotte drags Ronda up to give elbows on the knee, but Ronda uses her other knee to hit Charlotte! Both women are down but Ronda gets to the apron. Charlotte stands and heads over, but Ronda knees her away. Ronda drags Charlotte up, for a hanging armbar! The ref counts but Ronda stops at 4. Charlotte rests on the ropes, but Ronda decides to go full WWE as she climbs up top. But Charlotte trips her up! Charlotte then climbs, but Ronda resists. Ronda pushes Charlotte off with a gordbuster! Ronda then drags Charlotte back up, and around, for a rolling armbar! Charlotte scrambles around to make it a cover, TWO, and Ronda keeps after the arm. Charlotte rolls it again, TWO!
Ronda drags Charlotte into a triangle now, but Charlotte deadlifts her up, into a Boston Crab! Ronda crawls for ropes, but Charlotte drags her away! Then Charlotte shifts, but gets a kick. Charlotte kicks Ronda back, then NATURAL SELECTION- But Ronda slipped out to get the arm! She drags Charlotte around, pulling as hard as she can, twisting as far as she can. Charlotte rolls through and pushes Ronda away. Ronda runs in but into a backbreaker and a boot! Fans applaud as Charlotte catches her breath. Ronda is down and Charlotte goes up, for the Moonsault! But Ronda gets boots up! Ronda grabs Charlotte, for a rolling slam! Ronda gets rowdy, but gets SPEARED! Cover, TWO!? Charlotte can’t believe it, but Ronda still lives! Ronda springs to life to get the armbar, but Charlotte slips through to the Figure Four!!
Fans are thunderous as Ronda endures the legendary leg lock. Ronda works to pry the hold apart, and she manages to turn it over! Charlotte endures the pressure but rolls it back. They keep rolling and fall out of the ring! Fans are loving this! Ronda drags Charlotte up and throws her into barriers! She then puts Charlotte in the ring, judo throws her around once, twice, three times! Ronda gets rowdy again, and fires off those hands! Charlotte guards as best she can, then gets in those Flair Chops! “WOO~” echoes out with each one as Charlotte backs Ronda into a corner. Charlotte kicks the legs out, then gives more chops! Ronda blocks one, and brings Charlotte in for a throw. Charlotte boots back! Cover, TWO!! Ronda still won’t go down and Charlotte is beside herself with frustration. But fans know “This is Awesome!”
Both women are emotional right now as Charlotte drags Ronda up. Charlotte scoops but Ronda gets a takedown! Charlotte gets out of the ring but Ronda drags her back in! Ronda brings Charlotte around, fireman’s carry, Rowdy Slam, aka the Piper’s Pit! “Who wants a souvenir?” Ronda wants the arm but Charlotte resists with everything she has. Charlotte and Ronda end up by the ropes again and must break. Ronda wants Charlotte to get back in, but Charlotte clutches her arm as the ring count begins. Fans are dueling and Charlotte grits her teeth. Charlotte goes back in at 8, but then back out for more time. Ronda isn’t having it, she goes out and comes running around the corner, into a kendo stick?!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by disqualification
But that isn’t the end, as Charlotte shoves Ronda into steel steps! Raw is going up to 5-1 because of this, but the real shame is that this instant classic is now tarnished! Charlotte SMACKS Ronda again, and again, and again! The stick is broken on Ronda’s body! But Charlotte keeps going! The ref tries but Charlotte won’t listen to her. She puts Ronda in, and SMACKS with a new kendo stick! Charlotte has a sinister look in her eyes but fans rather like it. Ronda is left a mess, but Charlotte grabs a chair! Charlotte brings the chair in now, but the ref stops her from continuing. Charlotte exits the ring and makes her way to the ramp, but then she runs back in for NATURAL SELECTION! On the chair!!
Charlotte is a wild animal but fans chant “YES! YES!” She picks up the chair again, but more officials come in. They try to reason with Charlotte, and she looks to agree with them, but then she fights them off! This will cost her a hefty fine, but she doesn’t care. She puts the chair around Ronda’s head! Charlotte glares down at the helpless Ronda, and circles her like a shark. She shoves the last ref out, then STOMPS the chair! The vice crushes Ronda, and now security rushes out! The Mad Queen leaves Ronda for dead, but fans chant “Thank You, Charlotte!” on behalf of the Lass Kicker. When Becky comes back, will she give personal congratulations to Charlotte? Will Ronda be okay to defend her title against Nia Jax as promised?
WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar VS WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan!
The Beast is once again the “reigning, defending, undisputed” Universal Champion, but only after a Crown Jewel screw job orchestrated by Baron Corbin. The Goat is once again the world champion, but only after throwing a fit and kicking below the belt on The Phenomenal One. But this match isn’t about controversy, but about supremacy! Does the Yes Man stand a chance of surviving? Or will he bring Suplex City crumbling down to the ground?
Jojo introduces Bryan, but Heyman of course takes over the duties of introducing his client. The belts are put aside and the bell rings, and Bryan goes right at Lesnar! Bryan dropkicks the leg, but Lesnar stays up. Bryan gets away, but he’s laughing and egging Lesnar on! Lesnar and Bryan circle, but then Bryan bails out of the ring. Bryan jogs around the ring to toy with Lesnar, and perhaps show off his own cardio. He returns to the apron, but then drops back down. Lesnar waits as Bryan creeps close again, but then Bryan backs away. Bryan clearly wants to troll Lesnar. Lesnar rushes out but Bryan slips back in. Bryan is very smug about his mind game, but Lesnar is still moderately calm. They circle in the ring again, and Bryan kicks. Lesnar gets the leg and then clobbers Bryan! Then Lesnar looms over Bryan, and laughs.
Lesnar hauls Bryan up, German Suplex! Bryan slumps to the apron, and the referee worries about him, given his medical history. Lesnar drags Bryan back in, then says “Suplex City!” Fans join in and chant it back. Lesnar drags Bryan up, for another German Suplex! Bryan sputters to the ropes, but Lesnar just watches. Heyman is actually shocked by all this, despite seeing it all before. Lesnar drags Bryan up by his hair, then puts him in a corner. For a belly2belly suplex! Three powerful suplexes total, but Lesnar still won’t cover. Fans boo and jeer, but Lesnar doesn’t care. He tells Bryan, “I can do this all night long.” And then he throws Bryan again! He keeps throwing Bryan with belly2bell suplexes, and Heyman is almost appalled. Lesnar dumps Bryan out of the ring, then holds up his belt as if he’s already won this match.
Lesnar goes out to fetch Bryan, only to throw him into barriers! He puts Bryan back in, but Bryan rolls all the way back out. Fans are divided as Lesnar goes out to fetch Bryan again. Lesnar throws Bryan into more barriers, then hauls Bryan into the ring. Bryan barely moves as Lesnar stands over him. Lesnar hauls Bryan up into a bearhug! He squeezes the life out of Bryan, but Bryan refuses to give up. So Lesnar slams him down! Lesnar continues to laugh as he looms over Bryan. He drags Bryan up again, but then drops the dead weight. “That’s your champion, huh?” Lesnar isn’t impressed. Bryan crawls to a corner, but Lesnar hauls him up for another German Suplex! Lesnar doesn’t want to end this, he’s having too much fun.
Lesnar drags Bryan up once more, and puts the bearhug back on. Bryan is a rag doll yet he doesn’t quit, so Lesnar throws him overhead again! Bryan is dazed as he clings to the ropes. Lesnar drags him away, then back up, into the fireman’s carry. For an F5! Cover, but Lesnar lets up!? The Beast is just playing with his food now, as he tosses Bryan aside. Lesnar drags Bryan around again, but then Bryan kicks him in the face! And again! Bryan somehow still has life, but Lesnar looks to end it. Fireman’s carry, F5 but into the ref! Bryan is on his feet, and he LOW BLOWS LESNAR!! Lesnar is reeling, fans are thunderous, and Bryan hits the KNEE PLUS!! Cover, TWO!! The Beast survives a shot to the balls and one to the head?! Heyman is panicking, though, because Bryan’s plan is clearly working now.
Bryan is up again, and he kicks away at Lesnar’s leg! Fans shout “YES! YES!” with each kick. Bryan kicks Lesnar while he’s down! And he doesn’t let up! Bryan grabs Lesnar’s arms to stomp and stomp and stomp! He only stops because he flounders away. Heyman continues to panic as Lesnar gasps for air. Lesnar gets up, but Bryan runs in, but to a fireman’s carry! Bryan slips out, then dumps Lesnar out! Bryan has a wild look in his eyes as he slingshots out! Lesnar catches him, but Bryan slips off to shove him into a post! Bryan’s on the apron, and he leaps for the flying knee! Down goes Lesnar! Fans are amazed as Bryan has new life. Bryan ditches Lesnar long enough to build speed, and DIVE! But Lesnar catches Bryan and rams him into the post, spine first!
Bryan is down again and Lesnar clears his head. Lesnar hauls Bryan up for another shot to the post. He then crawls into the ring long enough to refresh the count. Lesnar goes over to the steel steps and takes the top half off. He runs in but Bryan dodges! Steps hit post and into Lesnar’s face! Bryan is on the apron again, for more flying knees! Both men are down but fans are still fired up. A ring count begins, and both men crawl over. Bryan kicks Lesnar, Lesnar kicks Bryan. Lesnar puts Bryan in but Bryan is ready. Bryan runs at Lesnar, Knee Plus again!! Cover, TWO!? Lesnar still lives, but Heyman is freaking out all over again.
Bryan keeps on Lesnar, chop block to legs! Then he takes the legs to the post! Lesnar falls out of the ring, that’s how hard Bryan swung him! But Bryan doesn’t let up, he puts Lesnar in and climbs. Bryan leaps, missile dropkick hits! Lesnar rolls away and Heyman is about to faint. Bryan fires himself up, and LA fires up with him. Lesnar manages to get to his feet, but gets a dropkick in the corner. Bryan goes again for another! He keeps going, but into the fireman’s carry, only for Lesnar’s legs to give out on him! Bryan gets the YES LOCK! Lesnar endures as Bryan pulls back hard as he can! Even Lesnar looks worried! Bryan pulls, but Lesnar pries free. So Bryan clubs him in the head! And the Yes Lock is back on!
Lesnar reaches, moves around, but Bryan pulls back so far on the neck! Lesnar gets free again, only to get in a triangle. It’s a cover, ONE as Bryan keeps shoulders up. Bryan punches away but Lesnar deadlifts, fireman’s carries, F5!! Cover, Lesnar wins!
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall
To Heyman’s relief, Brock Lesnar pulls out the win. Bryan used everything, from grit to savvy to cheating, but somehow Suplex City stays standing. If anything was even a little different, perhaps The Goat would’ve conquered the Conqueror. But instead, Raw completely conquers SmackDown, 6-1, with the only win for Team Blue in the Kickoff Show. Is AJ Styles somewhere thinking he could’ve done better? Or is Lesnar just that freakishly unstoppable? Will SmackDown ever get one over on Raw?
This is a very hard Survivor Series to score. On one hand, a lot of the action was great. On the other, the scoring of the “Survivor Series” wasn’t at all right. The final “score” was 6-1 and ONLY the SmackDown Tag Division won anything. And then, ways of getting to some wins were not really good for anyone, Raw or SmackDown.
The SmackDown Tag Division is much stronger just on paper, so I’m glad they won. I suppose Nia Jax has to stay strong for her match with Ronda, but screwing over Sasha must be another element to story they want to use. Nia has had history with each of the NXT Horsewomen, maybe that’ll cycle back around because of the real-life accident with Becky. I actually like that Ambrose didn’t interfere with Rollins’ match, and as such, Rollins wins clean in an epic match. I hope something happens to give us this match again. But at the same time, story dictates Ambrose should’ve interfered and then that’d feed perfectly into their Intercontinental Championship match at TLC, while giving SmackDown one main show win.
The Authors of Pain got a distraction, but not the one fans wanted. Drake Maverick peeing himself is NOT what we wanted from Big Show and him being ringside, and only shows Vince is reverting back to being 6 years old. The Cruiserweight Championship match was great, and that Spanish Fly off the table was a nice callback to past matches between them. I’m pleasantly surprised Murphy wins, and that way, Murphy VS Alexander the rematch will happen as we move into December. That way Alexander settles his story with Murphy, and Ali can focus his story on making it to WrestleMania. Ali can then be crowned there for an even bigger moment. Also, I’m glad that the Cruiserweights got to be on the main show, and fairly deep into it. The fans in LA seemed to know and enjoy them, and hopefully this gets more eyes on 205 Live.
Of all the matches Raw definitely should’ve won, it was the Men’s 5v5. Shane did amazing in this match for basically being the high impact player, Raw had to win because Strowman’s path back to Lesnar depended on it. Strowman VS Corbin is coming at TLC for sure, but I’m wondering if Stephanie puts a stipulation that Strowman has to win to get his shot at Lesnar. Then Corbin can use all the tricks up his sleeve to keep Strowman from getting what he wants. One thing I am surprised about is that Orton didn’t attack Mysterio, in the match or after Mysterio was eliminated. That would’ve helped make SmackDown’s losing in the end a bit more acceptable in story because he helped Raw out.
Ronda VS Flair was probably the best thing of the night! And not just because that match was legitimately good, but even the dirty finish made it great. Charlotte basically became Becky in that moment, because I’m pretty sure “The Man” would’ve resorted to something brutal like that, too. I half expected Becky to come out on stage to more or less congratulate Charlotte, but maybe we’ll get that on SmackDown. The fans were really rough, though, being so behind Becky that they basically treated Ronda like she was Nia, aka the one who hurt Becky. If that Horsewomen VS Horsewomen match is still coming around, I’m not sure who is going to be Face anymore just on how fans react, but given how Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir are written in NXT, what if Ronda ended up turning, too?
And honestly, I would’ve put Ronda VS Flair on last if that’s how it was going to turn out. It would’ve definitely given the PPV a different feel from ending on how Lesnar VS Bryan ended. Now, I still loved how Lesnar VS Bryan went all the way up until then. Bryan trolling Lesnar, but then toughing it, that was brilliant writing. Bryan is going extra Heel it seems, but against Lesnar, fans don’t mind. I sure didn’t. But because it’s Brock Lesnar, he must win even in kayfabe. This will surely fuel Bryan VS Styles going into TLC, on top of Bryan cheating Styles. As for Lesnar, if Strowman isn’t going to be the one, and Roman Reigns just can’t be the one right now, perhaps the fact they’re teasing Lars Sullivan on main roster means something? Would love to see Lesnar as the victim of a Freak Accident.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (12/12/18)
The Cruiserweight Champion and challenger are set to face off at TLC, but first warm-up in Vegas! Will Buddy Murphy or Cedric Alexander come out ahead?
- Buddy Murphy VS
Noam DarGran Metalik; Murphy wins.
- Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese; Alexander wins.
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Drake Maverick sets the scene for tonight!
TLC will see Buddy Murphy defend the Cruiserweight Championship against Cedric Alexander in a long awaited rematch from Super Show-Down! The champion and challenger both have something to prove to the other, and allowed Maverick himself to choose their opponents for tonight. The Scottish Supernova was eager to step up and get back at Murphy for screwing him in a match with Tony Nese. But Noam Dar is unfortunately not cleared to compete. Therefore, it will be the Juggernaut taking on the King of the Ropes, Gran Metalik! Metalik himself is eager to show he can hang with the champion.
As for the Soul of 205 Live, he still gets his match with The Premier Athlete. Alexander and Nese have gone back and forth in their own rivalry that dates back to the beginning of this brand. Nese gave Alexander a defeat the 205 Live after Alexander lost the title, and wants to be a major road block to Alexander’s rematch. “With such a small margin for error between Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy”, who will make it to TLC riding high on a wave of momentum?
Buddy Murphy VS Gran Metalik!
The Juggernaut wants to show the tag team victory the Heart & Soul of 205 Live have over him means nothing by taking on anyone tonight. The King of the Ropes wants to ride the high his Lucha House Party amigos reached in their Tornado Tag victory last week. Murphy taking on this match is a huge gamble, but it is Las Vegas, after all. Will Murphy hit the jackpot or bust this close to TLC?
The bell rings and Murphy circles with Metalik. They tie up and Murphy powers Metalik to a corner. Murphy backs off but then pie faces Metalik. Metalik shoves Murphy then dodges to egg Murphy on. They circle again and Murphy waistlocks. Metalik standing switches but Murphy pries his way out to a wristlock. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” for Metalik as Murphy yanks on his arm. Murphy brings Metalik to the mat and grinds an elbow into the shoulder. Metalik flips through and reverses, but Murphy reverses back, only for Metalik to reverse again, but Murphy wrangles him back to the mat. Metalik kips up but Murphy drives him back down, so Metalik headscissors. Murphy pops out but Metalik sweeps and covers. ONE and Murphy sweeps to cover, ONE. Metalik handsprings again and fans fire up.
The “Lucha! Lucha!” chants return but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy and Metalik tie up again and Murphy kicks low. Murphy clubs Metalik then wrenches into a back suplex. Metalik slips out and speeds up to handspring past Murphy. Metalik headscissors and throws Murphy out. Now Metalik builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Murphy and the champ goes down! Fans chant for Metalik as he gets up and goes after Murphy. Murphy shoves him away then knees low, but Metalik sends him into barriers. Metalik stalks Murphy from the barrier’s edge, to leap for another headscissor! The fans fire up as Metalik puts Murphy in the ring. Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps the fans going as he goes to Murphy. Murphy yanks Metalik into buckles!
Murphy gets up and puts Metalik on the top rope. He climbs up to join Metalik but Metalik fights back. Metalik shoves Murphy down but Murphy’s right back up! Metalik shoves him away again, and boots him back. Murphy staggers, but catches Metalik’s leap into a suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up. Murphy crawls to a cover, TWO! Metalik shows his toughness but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy drags Metalik up to throw him out. He leaves Metalik for dead as the count climbs. Metalik crawls back at 6, and gets in at 8! Murphy stomps Metalik out, then throws a heavy right hand! Cover, TWO! Murphy grows frustrated but he puts Metalik in a grounded stretch.
Fans rally as Metalik endures the forearm in the face. Metalik pries his way out but Murphy drives in elbows to the chest! Cover, TWO! Murphy wraps Metalik up in a chinlock, but Metalik fights his way up. Metalik rams Murphy into buckles while throwing in body shots. Metalik gets free but walks into a boot! Murphy drags Metalik up and throws him out, but Metalik stays on the apron. Murphy is annoyed as he goes back over to Metalik. He brings Metalik up but Metalik swing kicks him away! Metalik aims and springboards, big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik kicks Murphy’s legs but Murphy shoves Metalik. Metalik springboards for the back elbow! He CHOPS Murphy then whips, but Murphy reverses. Metalik walks the ropes, and springboards for the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Metalik keeps his cool, and starts up another “Lucha! Lucha!” He lifts Murphy in a fireman’s carry, but Murphy slips out. Murphy fires off his strike fest, but misses the knee to get a SUPERKICK! Metalik gets another fireman’s carry but Murphy slips out and shoves Metalik to the ropes, KNEE TRIGGER! Murphy runs, but into a fireman’s carry, Metalik Driver!! TWO!! Metalik almost had the Cruiserweight Champion, but Murphy’s tougher than that. Metalik drags Murphy to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Murphy revives and rolls out to the apron. Murphy goes for Metalik but Metalik shoves him down. Metalik goes after Murphy but Murphy drop toeholds him into the desk! Murphy then back suplexes Metalik right on the apron! Murphy puts Metalik in and climbs up top, for a flying meteora! Cover, TWO! Metalik shows he’s tough, too, and Murphy can’t believe it.
Both men slowly stir with the 10 count. Fans rally up as Murphy stands first. Murphy drags Metalik up but Metalik inside cradles! TWO and Metalik boots Murphy down! Metalik climbs but Murphy tucks him in, only for Metalik to pop out and mule kick Murphy away! Metalik finishes climbing, and moonsaults, onto boots! Murphy deadlifts to a sit-out bomb! TWO!? Metalik lives and Murphy is furious. But fans love this and bring back the “Lucha! Lucha!” Metalik gets to the ropes but Murphy grits his teeth. Murphy drags Metalik up and around, for the point blank knee trigger! Then, pumphandle to victory roll!? TWO! Metalik springboards, but into Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Cruiserweight Champion finally finishes it off and moves on to his title defense this Sunday! If the King of the Ropes put up such a great fight, how much more will the Age of Alexander do? And what shape will Alexander be after his match later tonight?
Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick meet with Drake Maverick.
The Stamina Monster helps The Man with a Plan with his collar as the GM walks in. Maverick approves their match with Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher, under Street Fight rules. How ironic, really. How? Well, their Street Fight match against each other. And now they’re working together in a Street Fight tag match. Yes, true. Kendrick admits he’s changed since then. When he returned to the WWE, he manipulated and cheated because he was desperate. Kendrick was doing whatever he had to in order to keep his dream, and Tozawa was one of the main targets. So Kendrick should thank Gallager & Gulak for beating that out of him. What Kendrick needs to do now is lift this Division up. Kendrick’s a changed man.
Tozawa agrees and supports Kendrick. But the problem now is that Kendrick still looks the same. Tozawa has an idea. Well, okay… What kind of makeover will Tozawa give Kendrick? And Tozawa thanks Maverick for his time, but reminds Maverick he lost those Raw Tag Team Championships. “So, you’re FIRED!” Tozawa can’t fire people, he’s not the GM or anything. But can he and Kendrick fire up and melt the cruel winter?
Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher respond.
“A Street Fight is the perfect place to end the career of THE Brian Kendrick.” And what Kendrick needs to understand that the beating they gave him wasn’t to humiliate but to redeem Kendrick. Kendrick was fired once, twice, so maybe this isn’t for him. Gallagher & Gulak didn’t go far enough, because if they had, the team of Tozawa & Kendrick wouldn’t have existed. And that’s why a Street Fight Tag is perfect: they can go as far as they want, and anything is legal. So when they face off for the final time, you WILL tap out. Who will survive this gritty grudge match?
Backstage interview with Ariya Daivari.
The Persian Lion has beaten down local competitors two weeks in a row, what is the reason behind that? Wrestling used to be simple: find two of the toughest men, put them in a ring, and let them battle it out until only one was left standing. It was never meant to be flashy or pretty. “What’s happened to this business?” All anyone seems to care about is dressing up like their favorite superheroes or retweeting compliments. Daivari was out with an injured neck, and he watched 205 Live have a lot of flash, but no fight.
Hideo Itami walks over, and says he was watching last week. “Good job.” The two shake hands, and there seems to be mutual respect for their mean streaks. Daivari says Itami is one of the last true men in the Cruiserweight Division, and the only one worthy of respect. Will Daivari and Itami bring 205 Live back to a rougher and more “respectful” time of wrestling?
Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese!
The Soul of 205 Live wants to rebuild his legacy starting with TLC, but the Premier Athlete says he’s not worthy. The Juggernaut already goes in tired but victorious, will Alexander be able to do the same?
The bell rings and Nese flexes on Alexander. Alexander ignores it as he circles with Nese. Fans rally up as the two tie up. Alexander pushes Nese back to a corner but backs off at 4. Alexander flexes back and circles with him again. Vegas is on Alexander’s side and that annoys Nese. Nese and Alexander tie up and Nese gets a waistlock. Alexander tries to break out but Nese rolls him. Nese flexes again but Alexander shrugs it off. Alexander and Nese tie up again and Alexander gets the wristlock. Nese pulls hair and gets the reversal. Alexander rolls and handsprings to reverse back then get a takedown. Nese shoves Alexander back and gets his own takedown, but Alexander pushes him away. Alexander rolls, handsprings and headscissors but Nese handsprings through!
Alexander runs into Nese’s back elbow, but Alexander gets under Nese’s moonsault! Nese goes Matrix to dodge Alexander, but Alexander hits the dropkick! Fans fire up as Alexander covers, TWO! Alexander checks his teeth while catching his breath before going back to Nese. He bumps Nese off buckles and then CHOPS. Alexander CHOPS again, then follows Nese to ropes. Nese mule kicks and then goes to backslide, but Alexander hooks ropes to stay grounded. Alexander reels Nese in to toss him out! Fans fire up as Alexander builds speed, but Nese slides in! Alexander barely grabs the rope in time to stop himself, and he manages to shoulder Nese back. Nese rolls as Alexander springboards to SHORYUKEN! Cover, TWO!
Nese keeps on Alexander with stomps, then he flexes again. Fans boo as Nese clubs Alexander. Alexander chops back, but Nese kciks him to a corner. Nese whips corner to corner hard, then covers, TWO! Nese keeps his cool as fans duel. Alexander chops back again, then boots from a corner. Alexander runs into a throat chop! Nese runs and hotshots Alexander down! Then triangle jump moonsault! Cover, TWO! Nese argues the count but the ref says it was two. Nese stomps away on Alexander then brings him up for a scoop slam. Cover, TWO! Nese sits Alexander up for the body scissor squeeze. Fans rally while Alexander endures. Nese grabs for an arm but Alexander resists, so Nese clubs him. Nese gets the arm and CHOPS Alexander. Alexander punches back and breaks free!
Alexander throws more hands, then runs, but into a big clothesline! Cover, TWO! Alexander survives and Nese is surprised, but Nese keeps his cool. Nese wraps on a chinlock and drives a knee into Alexander’s back. Fans rally and Alexander feeds off the energy. Alexander gets up but Nese throws him to the apron. Alexander boots Nese back, then springboards. He fakes out the uppercut to step-springboard for a complete shot! Nese gets to a corner and fans rally up. Alexander takes off the elbow pads and rallies on Nese. He gives Nese an uppercut now, but msises in the corner. Nese runs into the dropkick and hits buckles. Alexander goes to the apron to kick Nese back in! Nese staggers, Alexander springboards, flying lariat hits! Cover, TWO! Nese is dazed but he survives.
Alexander fires up with the fans as he stalks Nese. He brings Nese up but Nese mule kicks and knee lifts. Nese roundhouses but misses the sweep to get a buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Alexander grows frustrated and gets a wild look in his eyes. Alexander goes back to Nese and brings him up. Nese clutches ropes and Alexander has no choice but to let go. Alexander walks into a gutbuster! Cover, TWO! Nese keeps on Alexander with a shove and a back elbow. Then Nese runs for big forearms! Cover, TWO!! Alexander barely gets out and Nese grows frustrated. Nese drags Alexander up, saying “I’m better than you!” He slaps Alexander as he repeats that, but Alexander slaps back!
Alexander blocks the kick to give an elbow, then runs to handspring. Nese catches the Neuralizer into a Samoan Drop! But Nese can’t cover, he’s too exhausted. Nese forces himself to stand and bring Alexander up. He whips but Alexander reverses. Nese grabs ropes then dumps Alexander out. Nese runs to FLY! Direct hit folds Alexander up! The referee checks on both men, but they’re both okay to continue. Nese drags Alexander up and in, then goes to a corner. Nese climbs up, leaps, but his 450 flops! Alexander goes to cradle but Nese blocks it, TWO!! Michinoku Driver outta nowhere! TWO!! Alexander can’t believe Nese survives, but fans are fired up!
Vegas cheers Alexander on as he stalks Nese. Alexander brings Nese up but Nese sprawls to block. Nese elbows Alexander but walks into a roundhouse. Alexander lifts but Nese slips out to a cover, TWO! Neuralizer! Then Lumbar Check!! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
The Premier Athlete pushed Alexander to his limits but it wasn’t enough, the challenger keeps pace with the champion. Speaking of, Buddy Murphy returns to stare Alexander down. Alexander dares Murphy to bring the fight, there’s nothing but “space and opportunity” between them! Murphy takes a look at his belt, and puts it down so he can rush the ring! Murphy gets in but Alexander gets him down! The champion and challenger brawl on the mat, but then Murphy bails out. Alexander doesn’t let him go as he FLIES out! Fans fire up as Alexander gets back in the ring. Alexander dares Murphy to keep the fight going, but Murphy reconsiders. The Soul of 205 Live is fired up, but will he be able to reclaim his throne? Or will he be stopped by the unstoppable?
A great go-home for 205 Live that also feeds a bit into next week’s episode. I do like the full circle Kendrick is going through having another Street Fight based match for a blow-off. I just hope Tozawa’s new wardrobe ideas don’t make Kendrick reconsider the partnership. We still need more teams for the potential Cruiserweight Tag Team Division. And in which case, Daivari’s promo about joining forces with Itami started to sound more like a reason he’d join up with Gulak & Gallagher. But I suppose more than one Heel team can have the motivation of wanting a more brutal and less flashy style of wrestling to prevail. But where Gulak & Gallagher love ground game and grapples, Itami & Daivari can be about strikes and drivers. A match between those four might be pretty good, too.
The two matches we got tonight were the only matches we needed. It’s a shame Noam Dar didn’t get to go against Buddy Murphy, but Murphy VS Metalik was still an incredible opener. The styles went well together, and Metalik still looks really strong in losing. Alexander VS Nese was incredible again, even after the many other times we’ve seen it. I was curious as to why it wasn’t Alexander VS Ali, but not only would it be too soon, we know now Ali VS Bryan was in the works. I was surprised Murphy agreed to brawl against Alexander for even that little bit. As the Heel, he should’ve just stayed back rather than fight to retreat. It still got the fans fired up, but maybe this is so Alexander can stand tall and give the math to Murphy.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/12/18)
Ricochet puts up his NXT North American Championship on the line, but against who? Plus, EC3 wants payback on Bobby Fish for that vicious chair attack!
- EC3 VS Bobby Fish w/ The Undisputed Era; EC3 wins.
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Mighty; Lorcan & Burch win.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Mia Yim VS Reina Gonzalez; Yim wins and joins the NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way.
- NXT North American Championship: Ricochet VS ???; Ricochet wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
EC3 VS Bobby Fish w/ The Undisputed Era!
The Top One Percent looks to keep it 100 as he goes for payback against the Infamous One for what he did weeks before TakeOver: WarGames II. But Fish has his friends by his side as always, will EC3 be able to win with Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong and Adam Cole lurking?
Adam Cole says the holidays have come early because now Fish gets to humiliate the “Top One Percent of Morons”. EC3 was dumb enough to think he’d elevate his career to new heights. But with the help of a chair, Fish showed EC3 that NXT is their world! The Undisputed Era is the center of the NXT Universe, and everything revolves around her. This has been a career year and is just the beginning of an entire decade! And in 2019, the four of them will be “draped in gold”. That’s not a threat, “that is Undisputed.” But EC3 makes his entrance and we begin this grudge match!
Fish and EC3 are ready to go with the bell. Fish moves around but EC3 corners him, so Fish bails out. The Undisputed Era cheer Fish’s mind games on, and so do some fans. Fish returns but wants EC3 to stay back. EC3 doesn’t and he hip tosses Fish in! Fish scrambles to a corner and EC3 fires off hands and stomps! EC3 whips corner to corner but Fish ducks down to go after the leg. EC3 powers Fish off and hits a BIG powerbomb! Fish staggers about and EC3 clotheslines him right out! EC3 goes out with him, but gets back in the ring, all fired up! Fish is reeling and the Era coach him up, but EC3 comes out. EC3 fetches Fish into the ring and puts on a half nelson. Fish gets up but EC3 makes it a nerve hold to keep him down.
Fish gets up and powers EC3 to a corner, but EC3 turns it around. EC3 CHOPS Fish, and again! Then he biels Fish across the way. Roddy and Kyle distract, and Fish chop blocks the bad leg! Fish rains down rights but EC3 pushes him off. Fish stomps EC3, then kicks him. The Era is rabid as Fish throws hands and puts EC3 in a corner. Fish throws body shots and forearms, then kicks away at the back leg. Dragon screw throws EC3 for a loop! Fish grabs the bad leg and pulls on it, standing on the other leg to keep him down. Fans rally and EC3 pushes Fish off! EC3 runs in but misses, and then turns around into an exploder! Cover, TWO! Fish is furious, but he goes back for more.
Fish brings EC3 up but it’s EC3 who hits the suplex! EC3 grits his teeth as he gets up, and he counter punches Fish. He fires off lefts and rights then whips, but Fish snaps against the ropes awkwardly. EC3 takes advantage with a scoop slam, then wants Fish to “Say My Name!” Name Drop elbow hits! Roddy and Kyle distract again but EC3 hits them for it. But Fish still gets the chop block! Fish goes for a leg but EC3 cradles! EC3 WINS!
Winners: EC3, by pinfall
But The Era attack! All four of them stomp away like rabid dogs, but here come Heavy Machinery! Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic use size to even up the numbers! Dozer clobbers Cole and Strong while Tucky gets rid of reDRagon! Kyle tries to escape but Heavy Machinery drag him back in. EC3 gets Kyle up for the One Percenter! Fans are thunderous for this trio as EC3 gets Dozer pumping up. Dozer gets going with the Caterpillar elbow! Will Heavy Machinery help the Top One Percent end this Undisputed Era once and for all?
NXT Media catches up to Dakota Kai and Io Shirai.
They fought together to stop The Horsewomen from ganging up on Captain Kick. Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir keep sticking their noses in Shayna Baszler’s matches, so these two are going to stop that personally. The Genius of the Sky don’t want her friends getting bullied, so all that’s left is a match. That’ll happen next week, who takes a victory in this Women’s Division war?
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Mighty!
The One Two Combination defeated Shane Thorne & Nick Miller already, but this is about the sore loser sneak attack after the match! Will Thorne & Miller regret punking out this pair of pugilists? Or will Lorcan & Burch finally make The Mighty kneel?
Lorcan & Burch are raring to go but they still wait for the bell. Thorne starts with Lorcan and Lorcan fires off! Then Miller and Burch get in and it’s a pair of brawls! Burch throws Miller out then Lorcan throws Thorne out. Burch goes out and Miller shoves him into the apron, but Lorcan FLIES! Lorcan wipes The Mighty out and fans fire up! Lorcan puts Thorne in and then runs into the corner for a big elbow. He gets moving but Thorne follows with a European Uppercut! Thorne runs but Lorcan follows to rock him back! Lorcan suckers Thorne into an elbow and a powerbomb! Then the Half Crab! Miller comes in but gets CHOPS! Thorne gets Lorcan with the saido suplex! Tag to Miller and he whips Lorcan. Miller hits a big corner clothesline, then whips into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives but Miller keeps on him.
Tag to Thorne, and Miller whips Thorne at Burch. Miller then whips Thorne back but Lorcan dodgse to tag Burch! The Governor rallies on The Mighty, and tackles Thorne with a Thesz Press! Burch rocks Miller with a right, then goes right at Thorne with a clothesline and kick. Miller runs but is sent into Thorne, and then Burch deals out more kicks! Burch hops up and leaps for a missile dropkick! And he kips up! Tag to Lorcan, and the One Two coordinate at a corner. Burch lifts Thorne but Thorne fights out. Thorne dodges Burch to SHORYUKEN Lorcan. Then he clobbers Burch. Miller returns and helps Thorne get up top quick. SUPERPLEX BOMB! Miller puts Thorne on top to cover, but Burch barrels through Miller to break it! Burch gets thrown out, and Thorne tags Miller in.
The Mighty go after Lorcan but Burch saves him from Thunder Valley. Miller tackles them both, and then scoops Lorcan. Powerslam, to Poetry in Motion cannonball! Cover on Lorcan, TWO!? The Mighty are shocked by this double toughness! Miller tags Thorne, and they again go after Lorcan. They lift Lorcan up, but get double DDT’s! Lorcan has a wild look in his eye and fans rally behind it. Lorcan takes Miller’s face and SLAPS away! Then he SLAPS away on Thorne! they BOTH slap Lorcan, but then he ducks and they slap each other!! Lorcan sends Miller into a post, then tags in Burch. Burch headbutts Thorne, and with Lorcan’s help, London Tower! Cover, Lorcan & Burch win!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Burch pinning
They did it again! The Mighty fell to the One Two Combination, who continue their hot streak since returning to action. While the Undisputed Era has Heavy Machinery to worry about, will Lorcan & Burch move up the ranks towards those NXT Tag Team Championships?
NXT Media has another video from Johnny Gargano.
“Aleister, you thought our story ended in Los Angeles when you ‘absolved’ me of my sins.” But Gargano never said he did nothing wrong. This is about the greater good. The ends justify the means. The end: becoming NXT Champion, and the world celebrating! So if the means meant beating someone up, Aleister was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s why their story continues. Gargano says Aleister can put Gargano in a cage with the devil himself, and he’ll do whatever he has to to make sure the story ends the right way. Gargano won’t just turn the page, he closes the book on Aleister Black. Will Gargano keep his word to end the Embodiment of the End? Or will his happy ending simply #FadeToBlack?
Dominic Dijakovic speaks.
“The bond of blood is sacred. The roots of our tree are unbreakable. They keep us grounded.” He will fight for them, and die for them. This is “our vision”, and you will #FeastYourEyes on his debut, next week.
Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler and the Horsewomen.
She, Jessamyn and Marina have heard about the Fatal 4 Way #1 Contenders match. But Shayna doesn’t care, because it will always end the same way: she goes home with the title, her opponent goes home with nothing. As for the challenge issued by Dakota & Shirai, Marina & Jessamyn laugh it off. They’re ready for the “challenge”. The Horsewomen roll out, but who will have the last laugh when it’s all said and done?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Mia Yim VS Reina Gonzalez!
The Queen of Spades awaits a challenger at TakeOver: Phoenix now that she’s moved the Pirate Princess out of the way. The Un-De-Fea-Ted Bianca Belair is already one participant, and William Regal announces via Twitter that Lacey Evans will be the other. Both women have put together impressive wins, so it’s up to the Blasian Baddie and the Daughter of the Desperado to impress the GM this week. Who joins the EST and the Lady of NXT in a fight for the right to challenge #ShaynaTwoTime and her reign of terror?
The bell rings and Mia ties up with Reina. Reina powers Mia to a corner, but Mia dodges the swing to jump on for a guillotine! Reina powers out but Mia slips away. Mia leaps back on for the guillotine! Reina powers out but Mia dropkicks her back. Mia goes for Sole Food but Reina pushes her away. Reina swings but Mia dodges, and puts the guillotine back on! Reina powers out again, but to a suplex! And she hangs Mia out to dry on the rope, before throwing her down! Reina stomps a mudhole into Mia, but backs off at 4. She drags Mia out to a cover, TWO! Reina grows frustrated but fans rally up for Mia. Mia hits back, but gets clobbered! Reina runs, and boots Mia right down! Cover, ONE! Reina tries again, TWO!
Reina grows frustrated but she talks trash in Spanish. She dares the Baddie to get up, then pulls her into a Canadian torture rack! Mia endures the stretch and Reina even fish hooks. Reina jumps around to add torque, but Mia fights out. Mia arm-drags Reina into ropes, then gets space. Reina staggers over but into CHOPS! Mia throws body shots and even more chops! Mia throws palm strikes and kicks, then knees and a Pele! Reina staggers, time to Eat Da Feet! Cover, Mia wins!
Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall
Reina eats Sole Food and Mia now sits at the winner’s table! Can the Baddie beat out the Model Soldier and EST? Who will join them as the fourth and final contender?
Aleister Black speaks.
“What I find interesting about the human race is that everything they do revolves around how they are feeling.” Everyone keeps asking, “What do you feel about your match with Johnny Gargano?” How does he feel about a Steel Cage Match with Gargano? He doesn’t feel anything. He just knows he has to win. “It’s come to my attention that you are far, far beyond absolution. You are far beyond redemption. And the only thing left is the total annihilation.” It will happen in that steel cage. There won’t be any running or hiding, there will simply be Gargano and his sins, and they will all #FadeToBlack! Will Aleister leave Gargano for dead inside the steel?
NXT North American Championship: Ricochet VS ???
The One and Only is eager to prove he’s a fighting champion and a worthy champion at that. He left it to NXT GM William Regal to choose his opponent, and Regal promised “something special” for this match. But who is it that answered this open contract challenge?
Ricochet makes his entrance and awaits his mystery challenger. The “something special” turns out to be… “Look everyone, it’s Tyler!” Prince Pretty returns to NXT in a major way! Tyler Breeze brings back the selfie cam titantron feed, and looks to revitalize himself with a new belt! Will Breeze shock everyone by becoming the third-ever North American Champion? Or will Ricochet add Breeze to the highlight reel?
The belt is raised and fans chant “Welcome Back!” for the NXT alumni. The bell rings and fans are already dueling. Tyler and Ricochet take a moment to enjoy it before circling. They tie up and go around, and Breeze arm-drags Ricochet. Breeze backs off to lounge on the top rope. Ricochet nods respect as Breeze comes back. They tie up again, and Ricochet gets around to a headlock. Breeze powers out but Ricochet rolls and speeds things up. Ricochet rolls off the back then ducks under to handspring and headscissor and dropkick! Breeze bails out to catch his breath, but Ricochet comes out. Breeze hurries back in, but Ricochet doesn’t give him time to rest. Ricochet and Breeze go around, Breeze goes for a Half Crab. Ricochet gets to ropes and pushes Breeze away. Breeze kicks Ricochet then runs, but into a somersault lariat!
Breeze bails out, but Ricochet fakes him out on the apron. Ricochet boots Breeze then leaps, into a dropkick! Both men are down, but fans are loving this! The fans still duel while Breeze checks his teeth. Breeze puts Ricochet into the ring, then into a corner. Breeze stomps a gorgeous mudhole into Ricochet, then shouts at the ref when he’s pulled away. Ricochet flounders but Breeze is on him with a scoop. Breeze puts Ricochet on the top rope and climbs up, but Ricochet fights him off. Breeze falls back and Ricochet is on him, but Breeze shoves. Ricochet comes back to knee Breeze back. Ricochet then somersaults from a corner to dropkick Breeze! Breeze crawls to a corner and Ricochet runs in, for a big back elbow to back hand.
Ricochet throws Breeze into buckles but misses the tiger feint kick. Breeze German Suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet! Ricochet sends Breeze into buckles again and hits the tiger feint! Ricochet springboards for a flying uppercut! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Breeze survives, showing his toughness. Fans rally up as Ricochet gets back up. Ricochet puts Breeze in a drop zone, then climbs up top. Ricochet leaps, but has to roll through the Phoenix Splash when Breeze moves. Breeze hits back with haymakers, but so does Ricochet. They brawl back and forth, and fans are divided.
They hit each other at the same time, and same goes for kicks. Ricochet turns around but both men clothesline. Breeze blocks Ricochet’s boot but Ricochet dodges Breeze’s Super Model Kick. Both men run, and collide with double crossbodies! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while both men are down. A 10 count begins and the fans rally up. Breeze and Ricochet sit up slowly, and brawl on their knees. Ricochet gives an uppercut, but Breeze clubs him on the back. They continue as they stand up and Ricochet fires off forearms. Ricochet suplexes but Breeze resists. Breeze suplexes but Ricochet resists. They repeat the cycle but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet back suplexes but Breeze slips out. Breeze waistlocks but Ricochet elbows out.
Ricochet runs, springboards, but misses, SUPER MODEL KICK! And Reverse-Rana! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Breeze is shocked. Fans declare “This is Gorgeous!” rather than awesome, but it’s still awesome, too! Ricochet and Breeze go to opposite corners, then approach. Ricochet says NXT is his now, but Breeze mule kicks. Breeze throws haymakers, then aims a kick, but Ricochet hits with a boot first! Ricochet walks over, into a jumping knee! And an enziguri! Breeze leaps but he’s caught, into the fireman’s carry, and Samoan Driver! Cover, Ricochet wins!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; still NXT North American Champion
That wasn’t just special, that was spectacular! Prince Pretty gives the King of Flight a fight he wasn’t expecting, but Ricochet shows Breeze the respect he deserves, and the two handshake. Will Breeze stick around to give it another try? Will Ricochet’s reign extend to be one of the most impressive in NXT history?
An incredible episode right here! We waste very little time getting into action and I am really impressed that EC3 pulls off another surprise win on an Undisputed Era member. He and Fish had a great match, and I really liked that it was Heavy Machinery backing EC3 up in that brawl. I think it should be a Six Man of EC3 & Heavy Machinery VS Roderick Strong & reDRagon while Adam Cole likely distracts or interferes. And while his story with the North American Championship likely isn’t over, I don’t know if NXT would want to create a secondary WarGames scenario where now it’s just EC3 and Heavy Machinery standing in for Pete Dunne & War Raiders. Cole can hang about as the leader of Undisputed Era while waiting for title scenes to change.
I’m a touch disappointed we’re only getting 2v2 next week, but Dakota & Shirai VS Jessamyn & Marina should be a great match for the last two MMA Horsewomen to make an in-ring debut with. Now in real-time, we have learned Dakota Kai is injured, but that shouldn’t affect next week’s match. Sadly it’ll mean she won’t get to be part of TakeOver: Phoenix or anything else after that, and we wish her a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, Mia and Reina have a great match. Reina having a bull rope and cowbell makes me want a Women’s Bull Rope match for the hell of it. If Reina sticks around, she should be able to gain some ground once things clear up. As it stands, Mia looks like a front runner as the Face in that Fatal 4 Way. I wonder if they’ll use a battle royal to determine the fourth participant.
That tag team match of Lorcan-Burch VS The Mighty was incredible! NXT Tag Team wrestling is getting back up there and the scrappy One Two Combo is a large part of that. Get those two on SmackDown AND 205 Live, they’ll be great tag title contenders at least. Gargano and Aleister have great promos going towards their Steel Cage match, but I hope they use the cage in different ways of physicality than we usually see. Throwing the opponent into steel is one thing, but I think NXT can use these two for something really gritty.
For me, it’s a bit of a mixed bag on Tyler Breeze’s return. It’s a bit sad that he was sent back, but it was a great surprise and Full Sail got behind him. The bottom line is this is the wrestling quality main roster should’ve given Breeze, but Vince just insisted on overemphasizing gimmick and comedy. Granted, Breeze does great with comedy, but if the Fashion Police were doing matches on this level, they’d be champions. Breeze gave Ricochet a hell of a match, and it really elevates Ricochet in winning. It’ll really take something insane to dethrone Ricochet, if Breeze got to be this strong. As for Breeze, I’m not sure what he’ll do now that he’s back. I was hoping he’d go to 205 Live, but I know HHH will treat Breeze right either way.
My Score: 8.8/10