The NXT UK Women’s Champion has her first real defense against The White Witch! Will Rhea Ripley be able to resist the magic cast by Isla Dawn?
- Episode 17 – Jordan Devlin VS Mike Hitchman; Devlin wins.
- Episode 17 – Fabian Aichner VS Eddie Ryan; Aichner wins.
- Episode 17 – Mustache Mountain VS Saxon Huxley & Tyson T-Bone; Mustache Mountain wins.
- Episode 17 – NXT UK Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Isla Dawn; Ripley wins and retains the NXT UK Women’s Championship.
- Episode 18 – Toni Storm VS Charlie Morgan; Storm wins.
- Episode 18 – Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS The Grizzled Young Veterans; The Grizzled Young Veterans win.
- Episode 18 – Killer Kelly VS Nina Samuels; Samuels wins.
- Episode 18 – Joe Coffey VS Travis Banks; Coffey wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jordan Devlin VS Mike Hitchman!
The Irish Ace wants to change this brand to NXT Ireland, but he’ll have to make it to the top of the mountain to do that. In his way is the Wild Boar of Wales, who just wants to run wild. Will Devlin prove that the #AceTrumpsAll? Or will the Boar finally gain some ground in NXT UK?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Boar gets an arm. Boar chinbars Devlin and brings him down to a cover, ONE! Fans duel as Boar and Devlin tie up again. Boar tosses Devlin overhead, but Devlin gets up with grit teeth and a glare. Devlin and Boar tie up again and Devlin pulls hair. Boar turns things around at the rope, but Devlin goes low to forearm Boar in the back. Devlin shoves and forearms Boar again, then kicks him down. Devlin clubs away on Boar, but backs off at 4. He yanks Boar up to push and forearm his back again. Devlin hooks Boar’s face to drive in an elbow. Devlin pulls Boar back with a chinlock and knee in the back. Boar endures and pries his way out. Fans rally as Boar throws forearms into Devlin, but Devlin whips Boar hard into buckles!
Devlin laughs at Boar as he eggs him on. But then Boar grins back and that shocks Devlin. Devlin throws heavy forearms and drags Boar up, urenage to standing moonsault, but Boar dodges! Boar runs to back senton on Devlin! Fans rally up as Boar stalks Devlin. Boar throws hammering hands, then runs to shoulder block Devlin! Boar gives his own urenage, covers, TWO! Fans fire up with Boar as Devlin crawls to a corner. They bark with Boar as he runs corner to corner for a big shoulder tackle! Boar pulls Devlin out, package lift but Devlin slips out. Swinging Pele! Cover, TWO!! Boar survives and Devlin is frustrated. Devlin drags Boar over to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Devlin leaps but lands on his feet when Boar dodges the moonsault. Pop-up bomb!
Boar rolls Devlin to a corner, goes corner to corner, but misses his inverted cannonball! Devlin yanks Boar up for the back suplex driver! Devlin drags Boar up, fireman’s carry to Ireland’s Call! Cover, Devlin wins!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall
The Irish Ace aces another match, and rolls forward toward the title. Devlin picks up a mic to ask “When are you people gonna learn what that miserable little punk just learned? What the rest of the guys in that locker room know! When you bet on Jordan Devlin, it’s not a gamble. Because the Ace Trumps All!” Devlin may be an ace, but when will he be dealt the match he wants?
NXT UK Media catches up with Mustache Mountain.
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate face the new team of Saxon Huxley & Tyson T-Bone on tonight, but they are still having to worry about Gallus in the background. How are they finding the NXT UK Tag Team Division so far? Well there’s no beating around the bush, the brand kicked off in a big way. Tonight, Huxley & T-Bone will get dealt with. British Strong Style has beef with Gallus, but those three will be out of the way soon enough. Then Mustache Mountain can focus on getting those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. They’ve done it before, but can they do it again?
Backstage interview with Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster.
The Welsh Rockstar and Modfather go up against the Grizzled Young Veterans, Zack Gibson & James Drake, next episode, and with those NXT UK Tag Team Championships up for grabs, what could this victory mean towards impressing Johnny Saint & Sid Scala? Big things, real big things. They want the gold, and they embody what NXT UK is: the most exciting thing in the WWE! There is no glass ceiling for NXT UK or for these two. “The sky is the limit.”
Fabian Aichner VS Eddie Ryan!
The Italian Tank has split things between #Mandrews & The Modfather, but he looks to move on from that to reach that #NXTLVL. Will he get back on a winning track against Plymouth’s English Lion?
The bell rings and Plymouth is fired up for their hometown hero. Ryan circles with Aichner, and Aichner offers a handshake. Ryan goes to take it, but Aichner pulls it away. Aichner backs away to ropes as he laughs, but he comes to back to tie up with Ryan. Aichner pushes Ryan to a corner, and fakes a punch. He laughs at Ryan for flinching, and then they tie up again. Aichner gets a headlock but Ryan powers out. Aichner blocks the hip toss but misses the clothesline. Ryan shoves and dropkicks Aichner, then clotheslines him out! Fans fire up and Ryan builds speed, but runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Aichner stomps away on Ryan, and even drops ax handles. Fans boo as Aichner taunts and toys with Ryan.
Ryan gets up and CHOPS Aichner, but Aichner kicks low. Aichner hits a big back suplex, covers, TWO! Aichner keeps on Ryan with shots to the ribs. Fans rally up as Ryan endures the seated abdominal stretch. Ryan works out of the hold and fights back with body shots. Aichner knees low then suplexes but Ryan slips out. Ryan headbutts the gut and uses European Uppercuts. He shoves and enziguris Aichner to a corner! Ryan runs in and hits a big forearm smash. Ryan keeps moving but Aichner dodges. Aichner runs in to a back elbow, and Ryan hops up. Ryan leaps for a flying uppercut! Cover, TWO! The Italian Tank is tough but the English Lion still has more.
Ryan picks Aichner up but Aichner grabs the ropes. Ryan pulls but has to let Aichner go. He kicks Aichner and rocks him with a forearm. Aichner reverses the whip to suplex Ryan and hang him out on the top rope. Ryan falls to the floor and Aichner slingshots right out, to pick Ryan up and ram him into steel steps! Aichner rams his knee into Ryan and the steps! He puts Ryan in the ring, and finishes with the spinning sit-out powerbomb! Cover, Aichner wins!
Winner: Fabian Aichner, by pinfall
The Italian Tank rolls on with speed, strength and savagery! Will Aichner soon find himself in the title scene?
Travis Banks speaks.
“Joe Coffey. You wanna squash me? Well I’m the Kiwi Buzzsaw. Nobody squashes me.” The Coffey Brothers went after him at Cambridge, but they should’ve made sure he’d never come back. Banks came back with fury and has dealt with Wolfgang. Now he’s solely set on the Iron King. Joe worries only about the title, but what he should worry about is the Buzzsaw coming up behind him. “Your oversight will be your downfall.” Travis Banks has Joe Coffey in his sights, will he shred the Iron King to pieces long before he ever gets a shot at Pete Dunne?
Mustache Mountain VS Saxon Huxley & Tyson T-Bone!
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate spoke on their title aspirations, but they’re not the only ones seeking to be the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions. The Divine Beast has joined forces with the King of Travelers, but will this match made in darkness be enough to climb the Mustache Mountain?
The teams sort out and it will be T-Bone starting against Bate. The bell rings and T-Bone starts swinging. Bate keeps his guard up in the corner but T-Bone fires off until the ref counts 4. Bate throws hands back and gets in shots. T-Bone picks Bate up and brings him over to Huxley. Huxley tags in and starts throwing in big knees. He drags Bate up and into the Canadian back breaker, but Bate slips out. Bate gets to a corner and boots Huxley away. Huxley comes back but gets a knee, and then Bate leaps up for a flying uppercut! Tag to Seven and Seven baits Huxley in. Huxley takes the bait and gets a CHOP. And then another chop! Seven climbs up to throw down chops! Seven sees T-Bone coming and runs him off, but then Huxley leaps for a Thesz Press!
Tag to T-Bone and T-Bone drags Seven up. Seven chops T-Bone and fires up, but T-Bone dares him to chop more. Seven instead kicks low and hits a DDT! Fans chant for the “Big Strong Boys” as Seven goes for a leg lock. T-Bone pushes him away, but Seven hits Huxley in the corner. Seven turns around into T-Bone’s heavy right! T-Bone drags Seven up and over, tag to Huxley. Huxley stomps Seven then drags him up into the corner. Tag back to T-Bone and T-Bone whips Huxley in for a big splash. T-Bone sits Seven up but fans rally. T-Bone drives his knee in again and again but stops at 3, to give Seven the wash! He drags Seven out for a cover, TWO! T-Bone tags Huxley in. Huxley brings Seven up but Seven fires back with body shots.
Huxley knees and forearms Seven, then puts him against the ropes. The ref counts but Huxley runs to crossbody Seven against the ropes! Cover, TWO! Huxley keeps on Seven and tags in T-Bone. Huxley scoop slams Seven, then T-Bone drops an elbow. Cover, TWO! T-Bone keeps Seven grounded with a facelock, but fans rally up again. Seven kicks and flails, and powers his way towards Mustache Mountain’s corner. Seven gets closer with each step but T-Bone fires off clubbing forearms. T-Bone hits Bate for good measure, but Seven gets him with a snap dragon suplex! Seven crawls but Huxley tags in! Huxley drags Seven away, but gets an enziguri! Hot tag to Bate! Bate rallies with EuroUppers and forearms for both Huxley and T-Bone! Fans sing for Bate and he dodges to send Huxley’s boot into T-Bone!
Bate hits a EuroUpper, then goes corner to corner for another. He whips but Huxley reverses. Huxley runs in but is caught! Bate brings Huxley out for an exploder! Bate kips right up! Standing shooting star! Cover, but Bate sees T-Bone coming, so he moves and sends that elbow drop onto Huxley! Bate puts up Bop but hits T-Bone with BANG! T-Bone flops out of the ring, Bate builds speed and DIVES on him! Bate gets back in and goes after Huxley. Double underhook but Huxley back drops out, Bate lands on his feet, tag to Seven. Bate boots Huxley, Seven grabs Huxley in a full nelson! Seven brings Huxley up, Bate runs, rebound lariat to snap dragon! Cover, Mustache Mountain wins!
Winners: Mustache Mountain, Trent Seven pinning
A huge showing for Seven & Bate that surely impresses the NXT UK GM, Johnny Saint! Gallus is still in their path, but will British Strong Style soon dominate all of NXT UK?
Backstage interview with Dave Mastiff!
The Bomber of the Black Country is the last undefeated superstar and top monster of NXT UK. His match with Eddie Dennis was pretty brutal, but brutal is what Mastiff does. Now where does he go next? Perhaps the WWE UK Championship. But Dennis attacks! He throws Mastiff into doors and into walls! This is NOT over between him and Mastiff, who will prove themselves the truly dominant monster of the brand?
NXT UK Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Isla Dawn!
The Mosh Pit Kid may not have won the Mae Young Classic this year, but she did defeat the MYC winner, Toni Storm, in the NXT UK Women’s Championship Tournament! That gives her the right to say she is the inaugural champion, but she must also have her first ever challenger. The White Witch channels the powers of fire and spirit, but will that be enough to survive the Riptide?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans are on Isla’s side, but Rhea doesn’t let that bother her. They tie up and Rhea powers Isla to a corner. Isla turns it around and pushes back, but then Rhea turns it back again. They keep pushing, and Isla gets the headlock. Rhea pulls hair but Isla wrenches on the head. Rhea powers Isla around as fans rally up. She powers out of the headlock but Isla trips her up to double stomp her down! Cover, ONE! Isla keeps on Rhea with another headlock. Rhea endures and rolls Isla, TWO! Isla keeps the hold and wrenches back deep. Rhea squeezes back with a side bearhug, and the two stand up. Isla holds on as Rhea pulls hair.
Rhea puts Isla into a corner, and gets a body shot in. She shoves Isla out to then dropkick her down! Fans applaud the power as Rhea stomps Isla to a corner. Isla gets up and the two trade forearms but Rhea hits harder. Rhea stalks Isla as fans rally up. She clubs Isla down again, but Isla hits back. Rhea kicks Isla to a corner, then stomps a mudhole. Rhea mocks the fans as she drags Isla out. She suplexes Isla up and brings her down! Cover, TWO! Rhea toys with Isla but fans continue to rally. Rhea goes for the legs but Isla pushes her away, only for Rhea to come back and boot her down. The champ flexes as she grinds a boot into Isla’s back. Isla gets loose but Rhea clubs her again.
Fans continue to rally but Rhea brings Isla up to snapmare into a chinlock. Rhea thrashes Isla around but fans rally again. Isla feeds off the energy but Rhea wrangles her back down. Isla works against the hold, and then fights out, only to run into a big clothesline! Cover, TWO! Rhea keeps her cool as she brings Isla up again. Rhea suplexes but Isla blocks. They fight and Rhea goes again, but Isla pushes her away. Isla swings but Rhea blocks it. Rhea lifts her but Isla wheelbarrows through. Rhea blocks again, TWO, inverted cloverleaf! Isla endures being held off the ground and thrashed about as fans rally up. Isla crawls for the ropes, and manages the ropebreak! Rhea drops Isla to then kick her in the arm! Rhea drags Isla up by her chin, glaring her in the eyes. Isla breaks free to fire forearms!
Isla ducks a boot and dodges a dropkick! Rhea runs in but misses and hits post! Isla catches her breath while Rhea pulls herself from the corner. Fans rally and Isla ducks Rhea’s punches to fire off forearms. Isla kicks but Rhea dodges, only to get a heel and a knee! Rhea is gasping as Isla hits her with a saido suplex! Isla fires up now, takes aim, and hits the roundhouse! Then, Call of the Quarters! Cover, TWO!? Rhea survives and Isla is shocked! Isla’s best move didn’t finish it, and now she has to think of a new plan. Fans rally up as both women stand. Isla goes after Rhea with a whip, but Rhea holds onto ropes. Isla forearms and whips but Rhea still blocks. Rhea ducks a kick, pumphandle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall; still NXT UK Women’s Champion
The White Witch was so close, but the Mosh Pit Kid still survives! Rhea’s reign continues, but the list of challengers is only growing. Who will step up to challenge the Aussie with Attitude next? What will it take for them to become the second-ever champion?
Toni Storm VS Charlie Morgan!
The Lightning from Down Under returns! Her match with Rhea Ripley over the NXT UK Women’s Championship left her worse for wear, but she’s all better now! Toni is ready to rock, but will the Fearless Ace take advantage of her ring rust?
The bell rings and fans cheer Toni on. She and Morgan shake hands then tie up. They push each other and back off, but then tie up again. They break and Morgan SLAPS Toni. Toni grins and fires off palm strikes. Toni runs and boots Morgan down and fans fire up! She whips but Morgan reverses, so Toni changes directions to dropkick! Cover, ONE! Toni stomps Morgan then goes after the legs for the deathlock. She falls back for an STF! Morgan endures as Toni pulls back, but crawls over for the ropebreak. Toni lets Morgan go quick but stomps her to a corner. Toni throws forearms and runs in, but into boots! Morgan boots Toni away again and hits an enziguri! Cover, ONE! Morgan is surprised but she keeps on Toni with clubbing forearms.
Morgan puts Toni in a corner for chops, then stalks her for a back elbow. She rolls Toni out and brings her around for elbows to the back. Morgan keeps on Toni with a camel clutch! Fans rally up and Toni endures the stretch. Toni pries her way out and slips out from the back. She pumphandle flips Morgan over, then fires off forearms! Toni whips Morgan but Morgan reverses. Toni gets behind to throw Morgan with a snap German suplex! Morgan gets to a corner, Toni runs in to ram her with a knee! Toni brings Morgan up, double underhook, Storm Zero! Cover, Toni wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The lightning strikes and Toni hasn’t missed a step! When will The Storm get her rematch with The Riptide for that title?
“We are Gallus!”
The Coffey Brothers and Wolfgang are just as bold, daring and dangerous as the word itself. These three have the same mentality, and a pack mentality, and are aiming for the top. They’ve beaten down Mustache Mountain and many others, and vow to make NXT UK their Kingdom. But they’ve made more enemies than they realize, will Joe Coffey be ready for the Kiwi Buzzsaw in the main event?
Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS The Grizzled Young Veterans!
The High-Fiving, Stage-Diving Welshman and The Modfather look to electrify the entire NXT UK Tag Team Division and take those coming tag titles for their own. However, Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem look to soon be recognized as NXT UK’s Number One Tag Team by taking those titles first. Will Andrews & Flash be able to fly high over Zack Gibson & James Drake? Or will be made to #GritTheirTeeth as they’re given a Ticket to Ride?
The teams sort out and it will be Gibson against Andrews to start. Fans sing “If you hate Gibson, stand up!”, and they do. Andrews and Gibson tie up and Gibson puts Andrews against the ropes. Gibson lets off but gets a cheap shot in. He scoops Andrews but Andrews slips out to try an arm-drag. Gibson blocks and shoves Andrews to a corner, but Andrews elbows him away. Andrews hops up and leaps for a wheelbarrow arm-drag! Andrews goes after Gibson’s arm and tags in Flash. The speedsters whip Gibson and double hip toss him, then hit a standing moonsault and imploding senton combo! Cover, TWO! Flash keeps on Gibson with a facelock but Gibson powers his way to the GYV corner.
Drake tags in to clobber Flash. Drake forearms and kicks Flash around, then whips him to a corner. Flash elbows away, then flips for the Rude Boy Block! Drake gets to a corner but Flash runs in for a BIG knee! Flash rolls Drake to a drop zone and climbs, but Gibson throws wrist tape at him! Drake takes advantage of the distraction with a leaping forearm! Flash crashes down to the apron then the floor, and Gibson tags in. Gibson hauls Flash up, Drake slingshots out, and they combine for the backbreaker stomp! Fans boo and jeer but Gibson tunes them out. Gibson drags Flash back up and tosses him onto the barriers. Gibson puts Flash back in and stays between him and Andrews. Fans sing “If you hate Gibson, shoes off!” and show off their shoes.
Gibson reels Flash in for a lariat then covers, TWO! Gibson puts Flash in a cobra clutch and thrashes him around. Flash endures as fans still sing about their shoes. Flash works his way up but Gibson tags to Drake. Gibson reels Flash out for Drake’s forearm! Cover, TWO! Drake drives his knee into Flash’s back then wraps on a new chinlock. Flash endures as fans rally up. Drake wrenches back, but Flash feeds off the fan energy. Flash powers Drake back but Gibson tags in. Gibson mugs Flash then hauls him up for a suplex. Flash blocks then slips out, and waistlocks. Gibson standing switches but Flash reaches for Andrews! Gibson holds Flash back, and reels him in for a knee. Tag to Drake and the GYV double whip Flash to a corner.
Flash goes up and over Gibson and then under Drake, but Drake grabs his legs. Flash shoves Drake into Gibson, hot tag to Andrews! Andrews springboards over Drake to huricanrana Gibson! Andrews then fires off haymakers and chops on Drake! He whips but Drake reverses. Andrews slides under GYV to double Pele! Gibson rolls out and Andrews goes after Drake. Drake reverses and whips but Andrews fakes him out to tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Andrews keeps moving but Drake shoves him away. Gibson tags in, Drake waistlocks but Andrews fights them both off. Andrews runs at Gibson but is put on the corner. Gibson sweeps the legs and rocks Andrews with a forearm. Drake adds a dropkick, and #GritYourTeeth with the draping code breaker! Cover, TWO!! Andrews survives that grizzled combination, but Gibson is gritting his teeth now.
Gibson drags Andrews up and tags Drake. Drake climbs and Gibson electric chairs Andrews. Andrews fights out and shoves Gibson at Drake, then tags in Flash! Gibson runs in and is dumpe dout. Flash swing kicks Drake, then springboards for a Reverse-Rana! Cover, but Gibson breaks it just in time! Gibson drags Drake over to their corner, then tags in. Gibson goes after Flash, but falls for the feint to get the headbutt! Flash brings Gibson over, tag to Andrews. Flash arm-wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, but Gibson throws Flash at Andrews! Gibson tags Drake and grabs Flash. Drake enziguris and Gibson throws Flash with a long dart! They go after Andrews, drag him off the top rope, double suplex, to double Stun-Dog Millionaire!
Andrews hurries up top, takes aim, but is that Fabian Aichner?! Aichner shoves Flash into steel steps behind the referee’s back! But Andrews saw it, and DIVES onto Aichner! Andrews rains down rights but Gibson tags in. Drake grabs Andrews but Andrews swing kicks him down. Andrews climbs, still thinking Drake is legal. Fall to Pieces shooting star, but Gibson is legal! Shankly Gates!! Andrews taps, Grizzled Young Veterans win!!
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, Zack Gibson by submission
The Italian Tank helps Gibson & Drake get a big win, but mostly so he can screw over Webster & Andrews. And he’s not done, he goes after Andrews with a rain of rights! He stomps Andrews out, then drags him up. Flash saves Andrews from the bomb, and they work together to kick Aichner out! Will the dynamic duo make Aichner pay for costing them momentum in the tag title race?
Killer Kelly VS Nina Samuels!
The Portuguese Pitbull and the Pink Devil want to try their hand at challenging inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley, but will have get through each other first! Who will take the next step towards riding the Riptide?
The bell rings and Kelly circles with Nina. Fans seem to feel equally about both women so they simply chant for “NXT! NXT!” Nina dodges Kelly’s lunge, then tosses her hair in Kelly’s face. Kelly grins, then grabs Nina in a waistlock! Nina scrambles to the ropes and gets the break. Kelly backs off, and the two circle again. Nina and Kelly tie up and Nina puts on a headlock. Kelly powers out but Nina cartwheels over her. Nina pie faces Kelly, and Kelly again grins, before firing off forearms! Kelly hits a forearm smash in the corner then pump kicks Nina down! Cover, TWO! Nina rolls away and Kelly goes after her on the apron. Nina ducks and hotshots Kelly away! Fans boo and jeer but Nina keeps on Kelly with hammering hands. Cover, TWO! Nina puts Kelly in a full nelson but fans rally up.
Kelly fights her way up and pries her way out of the hold. Kelly slips around to the back but Nina slips around to get the full nelson back! Nina throws Kelly down then neck snaps! Cover, TWO! Kelly survives but Nina keeps her cool. Nina brings Kelly over to bend her against the ropes. Nina lets go at 4, then rolls to run back and dropkick Kelly down! Cover, TWO! Kelly still lives but Nina puts her back in the full nelson. Fans cheer on the “UK Wrestling!” on display as Kelly slips out and victory rolls! TWO, but Kelly fires forearms. Kelly boots but Nina blocks. Nina talks trash but Kelly enziguris her down! Kelly brings Nina up, to suplex her into buckles! Then Kelly takes aim from across the way, BIG dropkick in the corner! Cover, TWO!! Nina lives but Kelly keeps focus.
Kelly drags Nina up, fisherman but Nina pulls a pigtail! Nina throws Kelly into buckles, then fireman’s carry! Ushigoroshi! Cover, Nina wins!
Winner: Nina Samuels, by pinfall
The Pink Devil finally gets herself a win on NXT UK TV, and in a big way! Every woman on the roster will want a title shot, has Nina just secured hers?
Backstage interview with Fabian Aichner.
He interfered with a tag match involving Andrews & Webster, but they got the last laugh. Aichner tells Radzy to zip it, because if Andrews & Webster think they can get the best of him, they’ve got another thing coming. And if those two think they’re in line to be tag champions, Aichner will find himself a partner to take them for his own! Who will join the Italian Tank against the Andrews-Webster air force?
Joe Coffey VS Travis Banks!
The Iron King of Gallus wants to be the Iron King of NXT UK, and waits for his chance against The Bruiserweight. But while he waits, a Kiwi Buzzsaw comes back for revenge! Will Travis get what he’s after and deny Joe what he wants? Or will Joe run through Travis on the way to Pete Dunne’s throne?
Conspicuous by their absence are Wolfgang and Mark Coffey. Perhaps Joe feels he can handle Travis on his own for once. The bell rings and they go right at each other! Travis dodges to fire off kicks, but Joe whips Travis to ropes. Travis comes back with more forearms but Joe kicks back. Joe whips Travis but Travis comes back again! Joe shoves Travis but Travis dropkicks him to a corner! Fans are fired up as Joe bails out of the ring. Travis doesn’t let him get away, and gives him a Penalty Kick from the apron! Travis stalks Joe around the corner, but runs into Joe’s headbutt. Joe and Travis brawl but Travis gets an edge. The ring count reaches 5 as Joe puts Travis in the ring. Travis builds speed to DIVE! But Joe uppercuts Travis out of the air!
Joe brings Travis around, to swing him into barriers! Joe roars while Travis writhes, and then Joe puts Travis back into the ring. Fans sing for Travis but Joe stalks him to ropes. Joe stomps the bad shoulder in the corner. Travis guards the bad shoulder and fans rally up, but Joe keeps on him with haymakers. Joe grabs the bad shoulder and clubs away. Joe wants a full nelson but Travis resists. Fans sing but the full nelson is put on! Travis endures as Joe thrashes him around. Fans still rally and Travis powers his way back up. Travis pries out of the hold, then drops down. Joe stops him and gets him back in a full nelson! Travis resists and keeps the hold from being completed. Travis backs Joe down to a corner and is free! He throws elbows into Joe, but Joe wrenches and rams shoulders!
Joe stomps and drops elbows, but then Travis gets away. But Joe gets Travis’s bad arm in an armbreaker DDT! Travis rolls to a corner and Joe stomps another mudhole into him. Joe brings Travis up for an arm wrench and throws Travis down! Travis clutches the bad arm but now Joe goes after it with a nerve hold! Joe digs in his fingers and even a knee, but fans rally. Travis feeds off the energy and gets up, only for Joe to drag him back down. Joe drops an elbow then puts the nerve hold back on. Fans haven’t given up on Travis and Travis doesn’t give up on the match. Travis throws a forearm but Joe rams his shoulder in again. Travis kicks now but Joe rams shoulders again. Joe brings Travis around but Travis still kicks. Joe rams his shoulder in more, and now fans duel.
Travis grits his teeth, but Joe kicks a leg out. Joe yanks Travis up but gets a big knee! It sends Joe’s mouth guard flying! Travis and Joe crawl to opposite corners, and Joe runs in, only for Travis to sweep his legs! Travis runs to dropkick Joe in the back! Then runs to shining wizard! Cover, TWO!! Joe is rocked and Travis keeps on him. Travis drags Joe up and tries a suplex, but the bad arm won’t do it. Joe clubs away on the bad shoulder then throws Travis into the corner. Joe hits a big splash, but then Travis boots him. Travis runs but into the powerslam! Cover, TWO! Joe doesn’t let off, he deadlifts Travis up. Travis elbows back, so Joe shoves him. Joe catches Travis, and swings him around, before throwing him overhead! Cover, TWO!! Travis lives and Joe is shocked.
Fans rally up again as Travis crawls to a corner. Joe throws forearms into Travis’s back, then pulls the bad arm against the ropes! He lets off at 4, to throw hands. Travis hits back and they brawl. Joe hoists Travis up top and rocks Travis with a left. Joe climbs up top to join Travis, and focuses on the bad arm. The ref counts and Joe stops at 4. Travis fights Joe off but Joe comes back with a blunt chop. Joe climbs again but Travis sends him down! Double stomps on Joe’s back! Fans fire up and Travis runs in, diving stomps! Travis fires up, adrenaline helps in the fisherman suplex! Cover, TWO!! Joe gets to the apron and fans are loving this.
Travis gets up and rocks Joe off the apron with a right. Travis builds speed as fans fire up, and he DIVES! Direct hit! The Kiwi Buzzsaw puts Joe back in and climbs up top. Double stomps again! Cover, TWO!! Travis was so close but he’s still so far from finishing this. But he doesn’t give up, he fires up. Fans follow as he stands. “This is Awesome!” but Travis misses his enziguri. Travis rolls but Joe SPEARS him! All the Best is blocked but that bad arm keeps Travis from counter attacking! All the Best comes around the other side! Cover, Joe wins!!
Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall
The Iron King outlasts the damaged Kiwi Buzzsaw, but if only by the skin of his teeth. Either way, Joe wins and rolls on towards the title. Will Joe be able to outlast the Bruiserweight and take that title? Or will Pete Dunne prove it takes more than being Gallus to be the best?
Another great double dose, and I’m wondering how close we are to the end of this backlog. Toni Storm is back healthy and Rhea Ripley is still champion, Rhea VS Isla had a great match, but it just made sense for Rhea to retain. Perhaps a Toni VS Rhea rematch happens at NXT UK’s first ever TakeOver in Blackpool on January 12th. At the same time, perhaps the announcement of that event will be coming in one of the backlogged episodes. Nina VS Kelly was good, and I was surprised Nina won. But at the same time, it was a matter of time before she did, as NXT UK needs more Heels than just Rhea and Jinny.
Jordan Devlin has a good match with Wild Boar Hitchman and clearly wants his second chance against Pete Dunne. Hopefully Dunne shows up again in these backlogged episodes to give us a WWE United Kingdom Championship story and match going into TakeOver: Blackpool. Joe Coffey’s match with Travis Banks was great, and he equally wants his shot. I wonder if it will be a Triple Threat where it’ll be Ireland VS Scotland VS Britain for the UK title. A Triple Threat might be the only way Dunne ever loses that title since he’s just dominating 1v1. Now whether it’s Devlin or Coffey that benefits from it could go either way. I still need to see a Six Man Tag of Gallus VS British Strong Style to help with the math.
Aichner does well on his own against English Lion, Eddie Ryan, but it seems I was right in thinking he’d get a tag partner to settle things with Andrews & Webster. I have no idea who it could be, but I’m also thinking it won’t matter, the Faces will likely win out. Andrews & Webster had a great match with The Grizzled Young Veterans, and naturally GYV wins to keep themselves hot in the tag title race. Mustache Mountain did great against Huxley & T-Bone, though I would hope Huxley & T-Bone don’t split just off of a bad debut. Again, Gallus, GYV and Mustache Mountain are the front runners for those tag titles, but there could be a way where any one of them comes out the inaugural champions.
My Score: Episode 17 – 8.4/10; Episode 18 – 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/23/19)
Drew Gulak wants to teach Humberto Carrillo a lesson!
The Cruiserweight Crusader says class is in session! Will Drew Gulak force Humberto Carrillo to submit to the submission style of wrestling?
- Drew Gulak VS Humberto Carrillo; Carrillo wins.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari; Daivari wins and will challenge Tony Nese for the title.
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The Cruiserweight Crusader addresses the WWE Universe.
“Hello, my name is Drew Gulak.” And these are strange times on 205 Live. It’s alright if you’re confused. Gulak’s long time rival, Tony Nese, became Cruiserweight Champion against all odds at Wrestlemania. Cedric Alexander left for Raw while Buddy Murphy moved to SmackDown via the Superstar Shake-Up. But tonight, the Premier Athlete will learn who his first challenger is when Oney Lorcan and Ariya Daivari battle for the first time ever. No one could’ve predicted 205 Live’s current state of affairs, but Gulak assures all his constituents that he will soon have that Cruiserweight Championship around his waist to finally bring about his Drewtopia. And that begins by taking his rebellious student to school and finally shows him that “when you step to me, you will tap out.”
David Otunga joins 205 Live commentary!
While Nigel McGuinness trains superstars in the UK Performance Center, WWE’s top lawyer joins Vic Joseph and Aiden English in calling the fastest action in sports entertainment!
Drew Gulak VS Humberto Carrillo!
The Philly Fury steps down from the podium after his State of Division Address to now address what he feels is a travesty in the state of Ultimo Ninja’s young career. Will Gulak get Carrillo to stay safe and sound with feet on the ground? Or will Carrillo show Gulak there’s more than one way to live on 205 Live?
As Gulak finishes his entrance, WWE shares Gentleman Jack Gallagher’s Instagram message. “Salutations, 205 Live, ladies and fellow gentleman.” Gallagher is on the sidelines given he needs to get some stitches in his moustache. Now fans are surely wondering why he gave Gulak a headbutt. As a gentleman, he must explain. It’s all rather simple. What has Gulak done for Gallagher? Gallagher suspected Gulak was just furthering his own goals at the expense of Gallagher’s. Gallagher was proven right when Gulak got Gallagher disqualified against Carrillo, so he made sure Gulak understood something. Gulak may not have valued Gallagher as a friend, but he will learn to respect him as an enemy. Gallagher will surely come back to settle his grudge with Gulak, but will Carrillo get his pound of flesh first?
Carrillo makes his entrance and we begin this fight of philosophies. Gulak circles with Carrillo and ties up. Gulak gets a headlock takedown and cover, TWO! Carrillo scrambles away to a corner but Gulak dares him to come back. Carrillo does and ties up with Gulak again. Gulak rolls Carrillo, TWO! Gulak is feeling himself as he taunts Carrillo. But he also tells fans to show respect when they boo and jeer. Carrillo and Gulak tie up again and Gulak gets a waistlock takedown. Carrillo slips out to a crucifix pin, TWO! But Carrillo suddenly gets La Majistrol, TWO! Gulak is frustrated, but he’s caught in an Oklahoma Roll! TWO and Gulak realizes Carrillo does know how to mat wrestle like him. Gulak gets up and circles with Carrillo then ties up.
Gulak grabs Carrillo’s hair and pulls him to ropes. He gives Carrillo a cheap shot then an uppercut! Gulak brings Carrillo up but Carrillo trips him up. Things speed up and Carrillo’s agility allows him to headscissor and springboard arm-drag Gulak around! Carrillo also dropkicks Gulak out and then builds speed, but Gulak avoids the baseball slide. Gulak swings on Carrillo but he blocks to CHOP and use the apron to climb way up high! Carrillo waves hi but Gulak says he should come down. Carrillo dares him to join him up top but Gulak insists Carrillo come down. Gulak climbs up to get at Carrillo but Carrillo kicks him away. Carrillo hops down and speeds up to triangle enziguri Gulak down! Fans fire up as Carrillo handsprings to arm-drag Gulak off the mat! Cover, TWO!
Carrillo clamps on with a chinlock but Gulak endures. Gulak fights up and snapmares Carrillo off, but Carrillo handsprings through to SUPERKICK! Gulak is dazed but he still trips Carrillo’s springboard up! Carrillo crashes to the mat and Gulak shakes out the cobwebs. Gulak gives springboard stomps with the bottom rope. Then he rains down rights before getting an armbar! Carrillo rolls to block but Gulak goes after fingers! Fans rally for Carrillo as he endures Gulak pulling at fingers. Carrillo gets the ropebreak but Gulak holds on until 4. Gulak stalks Carrillo to the corner but Carrillo fights back. Carrillo throws haymaker after haymaker, then runs, only for Gulak to tilt-o-whirl scoop. Carrillo lands out of it and ducks a clothesline, but Gulak wheelbarrows to a step-through! Gulak drops a leg on Carrillo’s leg, and puts on an Indian Deathlock!
Carrillo endures as Gulak pushes on the legs. Carrillo keeps it from being a cover and he throws a BIG right! Gulak gets mad and gives a ground ‘n’ pound. Gulak makes it a cover, ONE, so Gulak stands with the deathlock on. Carrillo endures so Gulak clubs him down to a cover. TWO, but Gulak shifts to another cover, TWO! Gulak wraps on with a chinlock of his own, but Carrillo fights his way up. Gulak throws Carrillo down then drops an elbow, cover, TWO! But Gulak doesn’t let up as he puts a deep leg hook on Carrillo. Fans rally for Carrillo but Gulak rocks back into a surfboard! And chinlock! Carrillo reaches and flails, then pries free, only to fall on his face. Gulak covers, TWO! Gulak drags Carrillo up and wraps on another chinlock.
Carrillo endures as Gulak grinds him into the mat. Carrillo reaches for ropes as fans build to another rally. He works his way up and fights out but Gulak suplexes. Carrillo lands on his feet and elbows Gulak away. Then he boots Gulak away, and runs to whip Gulak to a corner. Carrillo clotheslines and snapmares to quickly dropkick him down! Nebraska fires up with Carrillo as he somersault moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Gulak lives and scrambles to ropes, but Carrillo grits his teeth as he drags him up. Gulak reverses the whip but Carrillo handspring back elbows him down! Carrillo hurries to a corner and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Carrillo grows frustrated but he has the fans on his side. Carrillo drags Gulak up but Gulak blocks the suplex.
Gulak throws hands and scoops Carrillo into the dragon sleeper! But Carrillo slips out and shoves. He leaps but Gulak sunset flips, TWO! Gulak fireman’s carry to gutbuster drop! Ghost pin cover, TWO! Gulak grows frustrated now but he stalks Carrillo to ropes. Gulak drags Carrillo up but Carrillo blocks the whip. Carrillo lets Gulak’s pull help give him momentum for a forearm! Carrillo then whips Gulak to a corner and runs in. Gulak puts Carrillo on the apron and hits Carrillo back. Carrillo blocks the buckle bump to give a roundhouse! Carrillo climbs up, leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gulak survives and Carrillo grits his teeth. Gulak grins at Carrillo’s frustration as both men slowly sit up. Carrillo throws a forearm but Gulak gives it back. Carrillo hits again, so Gulak headbutts. The brawl continues back and forth as they stand up.
Gulak CHOPS then kicks, but Carrillo blocks to kick back! Both men stagger, Carrillo springboards to enziguri, but gets caught into an Ankle Lock! Carrillo rolls through to a cradle, TWO!! The Ankle Lock is on again! Gulak drags Carrillo around but Carrillo endures. Carrillo reaches for ropes, but turns to kick Gulak away! Gulak is down and fans fire up for Carrillo as he crawls to a corner. Fans rally up as Gulak stands. Gulak swipes blind but he finds Carrillo. Carrillo fights back but Gulak elbows and headbutts him down. Gulak hoists Carrillo up top and CHOPS him! Gulak climbs up and bends his own rules, but Carrillo resists the superplex. Carrillo fights Gulak back then SLAPS him down! Gulak staggers back up but Carrillo sunset flip powerbombs! Carrillo puts Gulak in the drop zone, headstand, AZTEC PRESS! Cover, Carrillo wins!!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall
It looks like the student has surpassed the teacher! Gulak thought he’d drag Carrillo down to his level but Carrillo soars higher than ever! Will this springboard Carrillo towards a future title opportunity? Will Gulak be able to rebound before Gallagher comes back for his own grudge match?
Oney Lorcan speaks.
“I have been training, competing and making sacrifices for over a decade, for one goal: Make it to the WWE and become a champion.” There’s one man between him and Tony Nese: Ariya Daivari. Daivari isn’t like other Cruiserweights. He doesn’t care about being flashy or technical. All he does is hit as hard as possible until there’s only one man left standing. Luckily, that’s the kind of fight Oney likes.
Ariya Daivari speaks.
“Ever since I got my priorities straight and focused on myself rather than those past flops I was propping up for the last year, I have been untouchable.” Daivari is undefeated in 2019! And he plans to keep it that way. It doesn’t matter if it’s Lorcan, if it’s Nese, or the entire 205 Live roster, nobody is keeping him from becoming the next Cruiserweight Champion.
Will the Privileged Persian Lion give Lorcan more fight than he can handle? Or will Lorcan take it all in stride as he looks to accomplish his goal?
Drake Maverick speaks with Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis, again.
The 205 Live GM feels like he’s having the same conversation every single week. Maria has this inability to let Mike succeed on his own. Her interference in the Fatal 4 Way is inexcusable. THE Brian Kendrick walks over and hopes he’s not interrupting. Maverick doesn’t want any trouble, but Kendrick plays innocent. Why would he do something when Maria is the one constantly distracting Mike’s opponents? Like when she cost Kendrick’s good pal, Akira Tozawa, in that Fatal 4 Way. This isn’t a vendetta. Kendrick just wants to talk. Tozawa can fight his own fights.
Maria says they can blame her all they want, but if Kendrick’s looking for the reason his “meal ticket” lost, the two of them should look in the mirror. But maybe they’re just too cowardly to do that. Kendrick just wanted to talk. Tozawa can fight for himself. Then why is Kendrick here? Right, he should get going. He was just a distraction, anyway. What? Akira Tozawa attacks Mike outta nowhere! The Stamina Monster find the right opportunity to attack the Opportunist, but Maverick reprimands him as security pulls him off Mike. But then Mike sucker punches Tozawa and Maria laughs at him. Maverick gets Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis to leave, but this fight is far from over.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari!
The Premier Era of 205 Live truly begins, and it’s time to see who will step up to challenge Tony Nese now that Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy have moved on. Will it be the Boston Brawler of the Persian Lion that punches their ticket for a title match?
But before the match begins, the Cruiserweight Champion appears to watch this up close and personal. The bell rings and Lorcan focuses on Daivari and vice-versa.
Lorcan and Daivari tie up and push each other around. Lorcan puts Daivari in a corner but they continue along the ropes. The ref calls for a break and Lorcan honors it to let Daivari come out. Daivari circles with Lorcan and they tie up again. Lorcan wrenches to a hammerlock but Daivari slips through to hammerlock back. Daivari wants his hammerlock lariat already, but Lorcan gets clear! Lorcan and Daivari tie up again as fans cheer for “Oney! Oney!” Daivari gets the hammerlock again and again wants the lariat! But Lorcan gets clear and wants his Half ‘n’ Half! Daivari gets away and gets out of the ring. Lorcan stares Daivari down and dares him to get back in. Daivari takes his time as he eyes Nese. Daivari gets back in at the ref’s count of 6 and circles with Lorcan again.
Lorcan headlocks but Daivari powers out to punch Lorcan in the back. Daivari wants a cobra clutch but Lorcan holds the ropes. The ref counts and Daivari lets go at 4. Lorcan comes back gets a headlock and takedown to a cover. ONE but Lorcan tries again, ONE. Daivari goes around but Lorcan holds on. They stand and Daivari tries to power out but Lorcan holds on. Daivari makes it a cover now, ONE! Lorcan squeezes tighter but Daivari keeps it from being a cover. They stand again and Daivari powers out. Lorcan runs Daivari over and covers, ONE, so Lorcan tackles him, ONE! Daivari kicks low and CHOPS Lorcan at the ropes! Lorcan staggers from the string but Daivari whips. Lorcan reverses and atomic drops Daivari. He gives Daivari another atomic drop, then a third! Daivari ends up flying out of the ring!
Fans fire up for Lorcan as he builds speed, but Daivari clobbers him out of the air! Lorcan tumbles down and the referee checks on him. Lorcan’s okay to continue so Daivari takes his time getting him up and into the ring. Daivari stalks Lorcan to a corner and whips corner to corner. Lorcan hits buckles hard and falls over. Daivari stomps Lorcan out then fires up. Fans boo and jeer but Daivari goes back to Lorcan. Daivari drags Lorcan up to CHOP again. Lorcan seethes as Daivari gives more CHOPS. Daivari can’t believe this, so he keeps trying the CHOP! Lorcan glares and CHOPS back! CHOP after CHOP and then Lorcan scoops. Daivari slips out to a spin Lorcan for an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives but Daivari keeps his cool.
Daivari glares at Nese but Nese shrugs it off. Daivari goes back to Lorcan to whip, but Lorcan elbows Daivari down! Lorcan clotheslines and whips back, but Daivari holds ropes. Lorcan runs over but Daivari dumps Lorcan out hard! Daivari fetches Lorcan to bounce him off the announce desk. Lorcan staggers around and Daivari grinds him into the timekeeper barrier. Daivari puts Lorcan in the ring at 8 and argues with the ref about that count. Daivari drags Lorcan up by his ears and bumps him off buckles. The Persian Lion CHOPS Lorcan and chokes him on the ropes in full view of Nese. Daivari stalks Lorcan and puts him in another corner. Daivari whips corner to corner but Lorcan reverses. Lorcan misses as Daivari goes up and over, and Daivari wants his Million Dollar Dream!
Lorcan flails to resist, but Daivari drags him down! Daivari goes for the body scissors but Lorcan keeps moving around. Fans rally and Lorcan gets a second wind! Lorcan sits up and drags Daivari with him for the ropebreak, but Daivari rolls him off! So Lorcan uses buckles to push back to a cover, TWO! Daivari frees Lorcan but clobbers him back down. Daivari stands and drags Lorcan up, but Lorcan suplexes him first! Lorcan grits his teeth and fans rally up behind him. Daivari crawls over and they both stand up. Lorcan throws big European Uppercuts! Lorcan whips but Daivari reverses, only to get a kick! And a CHOP! And a dropkick that sends him way out! Lorcan slingshots and splashes down! Fans fire up with Lorcan as he drags Daivari into the ring.
Lorcan becomes the Fury of 205 Live as he wants his Half ‘n’ Half, but Daivari elbows out. Daivari boots Lorcan then hops up to leap, into a EuroUpper! Lorcan runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Daivari survives but Lorcan’s rage builds! Lorcan glares and drags Daivari up in the half nelson. Daivari arm-drags out and SUPERKICKS! Million Dollar Dream! Daivari has Lorcan down and Lorcan flails around but he’s stuck in the middle of the ring. Lorcan fades, but he comes back to life! Lorcan sits up again and fans rally behind him. Daivari can’t believe Lorcan is prying out of the hold! Lorcan grabs Daivari to slap, slap, SLAP! Running EuroUpper!
Lorcan drags Daivari up again, and to the top rope! He climbs up behind Daivari, half nelson, but Daivari fights out for dear life. Lorcan falls hard, and Daivari turns around for the LION SPLASH! But he flops as Lorcan gets clear! Nese likes what he sees as Lorcan glares at Daivari. Lorcan runs in for a big clothesline, then a back elbow! He keeps moving, but gets another SUPERKICK! Daivari flounders his way up top, LION SPLASH! It hits, but he’s not done! Daivari hammerlocks for the LION LARIAT! Cover, Daivari wins!!
Winner: Ariya Daivari, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Nese has to applaud that performance, because that was truly worthy of fighting for the title. Daivari walks up to Nese and Nese offers a respectful handshake. Nese wants to congratulate Daivari on a “hell of a match”, but all Daivari wants from Nese is the title. Nese holds up the title and dares Daivari to take it. Daivari backs down for now, but this match is coming. What will it take to stop the man who stopped the unstoppable?
An incredible episode of 205 Live! Gulak did a great job in his promo to frame the new chapter in the Cruiserweight Division after the Shake-Up, and I was really surprised he lost to Carrillo. Gallagher’s own promo made it seem like the main thread of this story was going to be their blow-off match to settle things so I feared Carrillo was going to be fodder to give Gulak momentum. But instead, Carrillo gets the win he should’ve had all along, and can move on to whatever is next. Gulak VS Gallagher meanwhile will be great, and I hope they get a stipulation of some kind to make it even more exciting. Tozawa VS Kanellis is obviously going to happen again, I also hope that gets something special for the blow-off.
Lorcan VS Daivari was a great contender’s match. As Lorcan put in his promo, their styles parallel each other so closely, it was great to see them hit hard and move fast. Nese being Face, naturally the Heel wins but this was honestly another long time coming moment in 205 Live. If Enzo had stuck around, I’d imagine Nese would’ve still found his way to the title off him, then the “Zo Train” would break up and we’d have gotten Nese VS Daivari sooner. But after the time that’s passed, it’s great to get this match with the forms of Nese and Daivari we have now. I don’t know if this match will be part of MITB PPV, but even if it’s the go-home or the episode after, it’ll be great. I’m sure Nese will retain, this is his first defense outside of the rematch with Murphy.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (4/23/19)
What is the fate of The Big Dog?
SmackDown landed The Big Dog in the Superstar Shake-Up, but will he be gone already? What will Vince McMahon have to say about Roman Reigns’ actions?
- Finn Balor VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Finn wins.
- Kairi Sane w/ Asuka & Paige VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Sane wins.
- Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers VS Chad Gable; No Contest.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley; Flair wins and will challenge Becky Lynch for the title in the future.
- Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rusev & Lana; Kingston wins, by disqualification.
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Shane McMahon returns to SmackDown!
He shuffles his way to the ring but cuts his music because there’s not a lot of time and he’s not in the best of moods. Hamilton, you’ve got one shot so make it count. “Ladies and gentlemen, introducing: the Best in the Wooooooorld~! SHAAANE! McMAAAAAHON!” Shane approves, but this isn’t about him. Tonight is about Roman Reigns. Specifically, what Roman did to Vince McMahon last week. Shane shares footage, and warns us that it might make viewers sick to their stomachs. The footage shows Vince McMahon introduce the greatest acquisition for SmackDown ever: Elias! But the Big Dog came out to prove Vince was wrong with a SUPERMAN PUNCH! And Roman claims SmackDown is now HIS Yard!
Shane feels that was awful. What type of man hits another man’s father like that? Shane’s father is one of the greatest to ever live! A national treasure, even! And when Roman Reigns punched Vince, it was like disgracing the American flag or defacing Mount Rushmore. Shane is of course ignoring what he did to Miz’s own father. But can anyone believe Roman’s audacity? He didn’t just hit Vince, he hit the Chairman of a billion dollar company! And more than that, he hit Shane’s dad. There are going to be repercussions. But what is most fitting? A huge fine? A long suspension? Or a complete termination, aka “fire him”? No, Shane’s emotions are getting the best of him. This will be settled here and now in the ring! Roman, you better listen. Get your butt out here and that’s an order!
Shane waits, and Roman’s music hits! And the Big Dog arrives! Roman stares down with Shane as he heads down the ramp. Roman enters the ring and has a mic as he stands before Shane. Nebraska is on Roman’s side in this one. Roman tells Shane nothing, because he tosses the mic aside. Shane puts his mic aside, and starts to warm himself up. But here comes Elias! Elias gets an uppercut but Shane gets cheap shots in! Shane punches and stomps and knees Roman to a corner but Roman powers out and boots! Roman uppercuts but Elias saves Shane. Elias throws hands and knees into Roman and Shane piles on. The two mug Shane as fans boo and jeer. Shane holds Roman as Elias throws hands and stomps but Roman powers up and out! Only for Shane to tackle him back down.
The Cornhuskers do not approve as Shane drags Roman up for Elias. Elias gives Roman the Drift Away! Shane O’Mac and The Drifter leave Roman down and out, but this looks far from over. Will the Big Dog take a bite out of Elias next time they meet?
Shane and Elias celebrate backstage.
They both feel really good about what they just did to Roman. Shane made his dad proud and Elias taught the Big Dog a lesson. There is more to come, of course, but when and where will The Drifter man up to The Big Dog?
Backstage interview with Kofi Kingston!
He still likes being introduced as the WWE Champion. But his first singles match since Wrestlemania is against Shinsuke Nakamura. But that love and magic of Kofimania is still in his heart. It is growing stronger every day as all is right with the world! He is THE WWE Champion! Xavier Woods jumps in and wants Kofi to say it again! Kofi is our W! W! E! World, Heavyweight, CHAMPION~! Everything is right with the world. But there is another big change. Big E is recovering and will be back soon, but in his place, the honorary member of The New~ Day~. It’s Kevin Owens, aka Big O! Big leap in, too!
Kevin adds that tonight is a big night. Is he ready for Nakamura? Yes, he is. Kevin knows Kofi will win, “becaaause~! New, Day Rocks!” Kevin gets the hips swiveling, but will Kofi keep winning against the King of Strong Style?
Finn Balor VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The Extraordinary Man and El Idolo met in the ring on Raw during the Superstar Shake-Up, and now they’re both on SmackDown for a rematch! Will Finn make up for that loss? Or will Almas quickly go 2-0 on the Too Sweet Intercontinental Champion?
Before their entrance, Almas & Vega accuse Finn of running away during the Shake-Up. El Idolo’s legacy will grow. Almas wants that title, and he wants to destroy “the myth of Finn Balor”. He and La Muneca make their entrance, and we begin this rematch!
Almas and Finn circle and tie up. Almas powers Finn to a corner and fires off stomps and knees and elbows! Finn turns it around to give it all back! Nebraska fires up as Finn stomps away on Almas then drags him over. Vega grabs on but gets pulled in with him! Almas uses the distraction to kick Finn away! He kicks Finn out, then runs to the corner for a triangle corkscrew splash! El Idolo fires up while we go picture in picture!
Almas drags Finn up and in, then covers, TWO! Finn gasps for air while Almas glares. Almas kicks Finn down then forearms him. Finn hits back but Almas knees low. Almas whips and knees Finn in the corner! Cover, TWO! Almas puts Finn in an armlock and leans on him. Vega coaches Almas while Finn endures. Finn powers his way up but Almas wrangles him back down. Finn endures and fights back. Almas knees low again then punches Finn to ropes. Almas CHOPS Finn and Finn staggers away. Finn reverses the whip, Almas sunset flips but Finn slips through to dropkick him down! Vega grows concerned as Finn throws Almas out. Finn speed sup but runs into an elbow! cover, TWO!
Almas keeps his cool but Vega is heated. Almas puts Finn back in the armlock, but Finn endures the grind. Finn fights up again but Almas knees low. Almas throws forearms then reels Finn in for a powerbomb. Finn fights his way out to sunset flip! TWO, and Almas boots Finn to a corner. Almas stomps away but backs off at 4. Vega is relieved to see Almas in control as he uppercuts Finn down. Almas goes back to the armlock as we return to single picture.
Fans rally for Finn and Finn fights his way back up. Almas knees low yet again, but Finn still counters the powerbomb, into a DDT! Finn crawls to a corner and boots Almas away. Finn trips Almas to double stomps! Nebraska fires up as Finn swing kicks Almas to a drop zone! Finn climbs up top but Almas trips him up! Almas sits Finn up to throw forearms then climbs up to join Finn. He stands up, SUPER STEINER sunset flip! TWO! Almas runs but is tossed out! Finn builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes El Idolo down! Finn puts Almas back in then goes for Slingblade. Almas denies it, boot feint to elbow! Finn is down, and gets CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Finn lives and both Almas and Vega are furious!
Fans rally up for Finn again as Vega keeps Almas focused. Almas drags Vega up but Finn counters to an elbow drop DDT! Vega climbs up top!? The referee doesn’t see this before she leaps! Finn dodges and Almas catches, but then Finn shotgun dropkicks Almas down! Finn up quick, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
And the series is all tied up! The Extraordinary Man is Too Sweet for Tranquilo, but will there be a tiebreaker in the near future?
Elias sings a song.
“Money’s all around. SmackDown is mine. And speaking of money, I’ve got a little song on my mind. Roman, I gotta little proposition for you. Face me 1v1 and learn the universal truth.” At Money in the Bank, Elias promises to be Money in the bank. Shane loves it! But let’s get going. Elias VS Roman, MITB PPV, perfect idea. Shane and his new pal ride off into the night, but will Elias end up bankrupt against Roman instead?
SmackDown shares exclusive footage from earlier today.
Fire & Desire, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville, confronted Paige over this misunderstanding in the Women’s Tag Division. They think Paige realized Absolution was way out of her league. When Kairi & Asuka fail, don’t call on them to help her out. It will be too late. Are Mandy & Sonya serving up harsh truth? Or just their own delusions?
Kairi Sane w/ Asuka & Paige VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!
The Glampire brought the Pirate Princess to SmackDown and had her join forces with the Empress of Tomorrow in hopes of them taking over the Women’s Tag Team Division. Kairi sets sail in her SmackDown solo debut, but will she earn #JoshiRoyalty a shot at the IIconics’ titles?
SmackDown returns as the IIconics make their entrance. Billie tells Paige that last week, they got her confused with Nick Fury. “Avengers, Assemble!” But instead of Thor and Captain America, it’s Asuka and “Kerry Sane”? They’re not superheroes, they’re super lame. But last week, “Kerry”- no, it’s Kay Iry? That InSane Elbow was a fluke. Peyton wasn’t warmed up and wasn’t hydrated, on top of the whole element of surprise. But tonight, Peyton drank a whole gallon of water! Really? Yes. And now Peyton will give Kairi her first loss on SmackDown. Remember that they are the future, and the future is… IICONIC! Pose. The trash talk stops so that we can begin this match.
Peyton teases Kairi but Kairi grabs her hand to wrench it to a hammerlock. Peyton elbows out and bumps Kairi on a buckle to stomp away! She backs off at the ref’s count because she knows she has until 5. Peyton then grinds her boot into Kairi until 4. She kicks Kairi at the ropes but Kairi blocks to a dragon screw! Kairi ax kicks and blockbusters Peyton down! Kairi whips but Peyton reverses, only to get the Interceptor Spear! Fans fire up as Kairi marches the plank. Sliding D! Kairi climbs and gives Peyton that InSANE Elbow! Cover, Kairi wins!
Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall
The Pirate Princess herself is 2-0 quickly on Peyton, and her team is quickly climbing up on the IIconics. Will Kairi and Asuka take those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships even sooner than Paige expected?
But wait, here come Fire & Desire. They mockingly applaud the win but Paige dares them to put up or shut up. Wait, is that Jinder Mahal? The Modern Day Maharaja and the Singh Brothers are on SmackDown now, and have a match after the break.
Aleister Black speaks.
“You know who I am.” But do you know what he is? The name and persona are not the same thing, nor should the aesthetic provoke any judgmental reactions. But it does, doesn’t it? These last remaining seconds are not enough for him to explain the complexity of his tragic self. But give it time, and surely the world you know will have him condemned. What does the Embodiment of the End mean by all this?
Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers VS Chad Gable!
Raw’s newly renamed Robert Roode called Gable a load of dead weight. But will Gable prove to Roode, Mahal and the WWE Universe that he’s anything but?
But as Gable makes his entrance, LARS SULLIVAN attacks! The Leviathan clobbers Gable from behind then drags him up to ram him into a post!
The referee reprimands Lars but Lars just laughs, then eyes Mahal and the Singh Brothers! Lars gets in the ring and stares down with Mahal. Mahal stares back, but then runs away! Lars gets Samir and then Sunil, FREAK ACCIDENT! But the Mile High Monster isn’t done, he goes to the other Singh Brother to give him the running powerbomb! Lars roars but here comes R-Truth! Truth wants payback for what Lars did last week, and throws hands with the Leviathan! Fans fire up with Truth, but he leaps into a powerbomb! Lars glares down at Truth before he drags him up, for a second running powerbomb! Fans boo but Lars simply grins at his own destructive power. Will any superstar hope to survive when The Leviathan decides to target them?
Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.
Does he accept Elias’ challenge? Elias better hope those punches were worth it, because Roman’s gonna break his jaw. Roman accepts the MITB PPV challenge! Simple as that, but will Shane help Elias out in return for earlier tonight?
Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!
The Queen grabs a mic to note how at Wrestlemania 35, in the historic Winner Take All main event, “three of the very best”. Not just the best women, but the best in the business went 1v1v1. The Baddest Woman on the Planet, The Man and The Queen battled, and Becky pinned Ronda. Becky now has both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships. But she pinned Ronda, not Charlotte. Charlotte didn’t get pinned, she didn’t get submitted. Ronda lost Charlotte’s belt for her. Becky did not beat Charlotte for one of those titles, so Charlotte wants #BeckyTwoBelts to explain why she’s the rightful owner of that other belt “when she did NOT beat me”. And so here comes Becky!
The Champ-Champ has both belts, and already has Lacey Evans on Raw targeting the red belt. Becky responds to Charlotte wanting an explanation. It was Winner Takes All, does Charlotte not understand what that means? Becky didn’t pin Charlotte, because she was too busy beating the woman no one else, not even Charlotte, could beat! Charlotte was in that match, but Becky had beaten her so many times, she’s lost count. Becky wanted to beat Ronda because she already knew she could beat Charlotte. And in the end, Becky left with both belts and there wasn’t a thing either woman could do about it.
Charlotte says the only injustice here is Becky holding both belts without beating both women. Charlotte is the one in Becky’s head, because every time that Lacey Evans knocks her out, all Becky can see is Charlotte. It’s all Becky can tweet about! Charlotte in Becky’s head? Since this began, Becky has owned Charlotte time and again! Becky fights off the odds while Charlotte is on her worst streak yet. Charlotte admits she is on a bad streak, but she feels Becky is scared. Becky has everything to lose but Charlotte has nothing left. After Lacey at MITB, Charlotte’s next and taking her belt back. How is Charlotte next? Shut up, ya dope and let Becky say what she wants. What Becky wants is for Charlotte to clear out for the sake of Bayley, Ember Moon and Mickie James! Charlotte is the web management won’t remove! Charlotte’s Web! Clever!
But Becky continues to say that if Charlotte wants to work her way up from the back of the lien, go ahead. Charlotte’s done it 8, she’ll do it a 9th! But speaking of Bayley, here she comes! The Superstar Shake-Up is about fresh starts, but all Bayley sees is a rerun. Bayley thanks Becky for that shout-out. Becky may have lost count on how many times she’s beaten Charlotte, but we can all count how many times Becky’s beaten Bayley: ZERO! Charlotte suggests Bayley ignore Becky, but get int he back of the line. SmackDown is still Charlotte’s show. Bayley pushes Charlotte away to tell her to stop acting like she’s owed stuff and start earning stuff. They both want a shot, so let’s see who deserves on via a match!
Charlotte has no time for Bayley but Bayley is gonna make her make time! What happens between the NXT Horsewomen after the break?!
SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley!
SmackDown returns, and we have our match! Who will earn a future title match against Becky Lynch?
The bell rings and the two tie up. They’re even in power, but Charlotte uses leverage to stay put. Bayley still gets her to a corner but Charlotte turns it around. Charlotte grinds forearms then shoves Bayley. Bayley shoves back and knocks Charlotte off her feet! Charlotte gets up but Bayley headlocks. Charlotte knees low then scoops but Bayley slips out to fire off forearms. Bayley whips but Charlotte tumbles to the apron. Charlotte shoulders in but into a stunner! Bayley dives through the corner to dropkick Charlotte! Bayley puts Charlotte back in and speeds things up to crossbody Charlotte! Cover, TWO!
Bayley keeps on Charlotte with a low elbow and sliding lariat! Charlotte throws Bayley into ropes then spins Bayley for a neckbreaker! She throws Bayley down by her ponytail then stalks Bayley to ropes. Charlotte stomps away on Bayley but lets up at 4. Fans “WOO~” as Charlotte pulls Bayley into ropes. Charlotte lets up at 4, but brings Bayley to a buckle for bumps. She bumps Bayley off other buckles, then SLAPS her. Bayley slaps back but Charlotte rocks her with a right. Charlotte stands Bayley up to whip, but Bayley goes up and over to roll up. TWO, but Bayley goes up again to springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Bayley runs in and hits a knee! She keeps going to ram in her shoulder, then wacky waving back elbow!
Bayley runs for another but misses. She boots Charlotte back but Charlotte elbows back. Charlotte drops a knee on Bayley’s knee! And then drags Bayley around for more knees into the leg! The Queen is in control as we go picture in picture.
Charlotte stalks Bayley and wraps her leg on the bottom rope. The ref counts and Charlotte lets go at 4 to stomp Bayley instead. Charlotte drags Bayley up and sweeps the good leg to then springboard sit-down on the bad leg! Charlotte circles Bayley like a shark before putting the rope back on the ropes. She drops down on the leg again, then stalks Bayley to the ropes. Charlotte keeps on the leg by wrapping it on the second rope then kicking it down. Bayley catches the newest springboard into a roll-up! TWO and Charlotte CHOPS Bayley. Bayley forearms back but Charlotte CHOPS! They repeat, but Bayley falls over. Charlotte chop blocks the bad leg out! Cover, TWO! Bayley still lives but Charlotte keeps her focus. We return to single picture as Charlotte wants the Figure Four.
Bayley punches Charlotte away to deny the leg lock, but Charlotte stomps the leg out again. Charlotte whips but Byaley reverses to throw Charlotte out. Charlotte slingshot roll-ups but Bayley rolls through to knee Charlotte in the head! Both women are down and Bayley catches her breath while clutching her leg. Nebraska rallies up for Bayley as she runs in, but Charlotte knees her back. Charlotte runs into a lariat! Cover, TWO!! Bayley drags Charlotte up to club away on her back. Bayley’s all fired up and Nebraska is, too! She drags Charlotte up to whip, but Charlotte boots. Bayley dodges and back suplexes but Charlotte slips out. Charlotte BOOTS Bayley this time, covers, TWO!! And Charlotte can’t believe it!
Charlotte works on what she could do next, but fans are rallying for Bayley. Fans duel as Charlotte drags Bayley over to a drop zone. Charlotte climbs but Bayley avoids the moonsault! Bayley gives Charlotte a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Bayley is so close and yet so far away! Charlotte crawls to ropes but Bayley pursues. Bayley drags Charlotte up but Charlotte powers her to a corner. Charlotte goes for another knee but Bayley yanks her out of the air! Bayley runs to sunset flip Charlotte into buckles! Cover, TWO!? Charlotte survives and Bayley is beside herself. But Bayley grits her teeth and heads up top. Charlotte gets up and trips Bayley up! Figure Four, but cradle counter! TWO!? SPEAR! Cover, Charlotte wins!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship
The Queen proves she deserves another shot because she earned her shot!
Becky Lynch watches backstage, and again has to cross paths with her arch-nemesis. But why is she accepting another challenger on top of Lacey Evans? Having both belts means having to do double duty, and Becky promises to make Lacey tap before she gets those fancy gloves off. Is Becky underestimating her competition? No but she’s betting on herself. Becky will defend both titles in one night, and still be the Champ-Champ. The Man takes on a huge challenge, but will she prove she’s worthy of being #BeckyTwoBelts after Money in the Bank?
Welcome to Firefly Fun House~!
Who is that in the red sweater? Iiiiiit’s BRAY~! Brat Wyatt has missed us. But he knew we’d all be back together some day. He saw it in his dreams. Bray Wyatt promises we’ll all have fun. All the fireflies will feel safe here. And he can’t wait to show us what he’s learned. Tada~! Here are his very special friends! Mercy the Buzzard! Abby the Witch! “You are going to love them.” Now, Bray admits he used to be a very bad man. Boo~! Yes, he deserves that. But Bray has been punished for that, so that part of him is dead.
However, he has a reminder so that he won’t ever go back to being that “pathetic slob loser.” Bray shows a cardboard cut-out of himself, and CUTS IT UP! YAY~! The fun is just getting started. So remember, fireflies: Bray will light the way, all you have to do is let him in. See you next week!
Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rusev & Lana!
Awwww~ Nebraska! Clap for your world famous five-time champs, for Big O, and the WWE Champion, and feel~ the power~! The Prizefighter again joins Xavier Woods and Kofi in slinging pancakes and bringing the power of positivity to the ring! But will Kofimania continue to run wild against the King of Strong Style?
SmackDown returns again, and the bell rings. Nakamura and Kofi circle while Kevin and Xavier are on their own commentary table. Kofi headlocks but Nakamura wrenches out, only for Kofi to get the headlock again. Nakamura powers Kofi to ropes and brings back the ab rest. He then kicks Kofi low to bring Kofi into a headlock. Nakamura grinds Kofi down but Kofi fights out. Nebraska cheers Kofi as he powers out, only for Nakamura to ram him down. Nakamura swings kicks but Kofi avoids them. Kofi whips Nakamura and things speed up. Kofi hurdles, hurdles and elbows Nakamura down! Then he dropkicks Nakamura out of the ring. Kofi builds speed to fake Nakamura out!
Kevin and Xavier talk the target on the top champion’s back as Kofi dances. Nakamura gets back in and ties up with Kofi. Nakamura wrenches and kicks away on Kofi in a corner. He puts Kofi in a corner for Bad Vibrations! Nakamura snapmares Kofi to drop a knee, but Kofi dodges! Kofi knees Nakamura down! Kofi then rebound springboards to splash! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps on Nakamura as he wrenches the arm. Nakamura endures as Kofi leans on him. Kofi puts Nakamura on the mat to knee drop the arm. Kevin likes Kofi’s style, but Nakamura standing switches to a sleeper hold! He shifts to an armbar but Kofi blocks! Nakamura drags Kofi into a triangle but Kofi resists. Fans rally up for Kofi while Rusev and Lana cheer Nakamura. Kofi makes it a cover, TWO!
Kofi gets to a corner then slips out to kick Nakamura back. He climbs up while Nakamura staggers. Kofi leaps and crossbodies Nakamura’s back! Cover, TWO!! Kofi keeps his cool while Nakamura crawls to the apron. Nakamura shoulders in but Kofi kicks him back. Kofi dropkicks Nakamura all the way down, then builds up speed, only for Nakamura to get him with a kick! Nakamura drags Kofi around for an apron knee drop! Kofimania is in trouble while we go to one more break!
SmackDown returns once more as Nakamura has Kofi in a facelock. Kofi endures and fights his way up as Kevin and Xavier talk on commentary. They cheer Kofi on and Kofi pushes for ropes. Nakamura keeps Kofi down on the mat but fans rally up. Kofi feeds off that energy to fight out with body shots. But Nakamura rams his knee into Kofi! Kofi gets to ropes but Nakamura is on him with more knees. Nakamura drags Kofi up to kick him right in the chest! Nakamura then toys with Kofi as Kofi ends up on the apron. Kofi slowly stands but gets another kick to a corner. Nakmaura keeps on Kofi with knees then tosses him back out. Nakamura whips Kofi at steel steps but Kofi goes up and over to come back with flying ax handles! But Nakamura dodges, then sliding dropkicks Kofi in the back!
Nakamura puts Kofi back in and Rusev cheers Nakamura on. Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps his cool while Xavier says this is Kofi’s time to shine. Kofi takes kicks to the chest and eggs Nakamura on. Nakamura keeps giving kicks but Kofi blocks. Nakamura monkey flips but Kofi lands on his feet! Fans fire up with Kofi as he tells Nakamura, “C’MON!” Kofi rallies on Nakamura with ax handles and a dropkick. Nakamura gets to a corner but dodges Kofi to kick. Kofi’s boots are deflected, Nakamura runs for the Sliding German Suplex! Nakamura takes his time getting to a corner. He takes aim at Kofi, but runs into double stomps! Nebraska fires up as Kofi takes aim from a corner. Kofi spins but Nakamura ducks. Nakamura swings but Kofi ducks, SOS! Cover, but Rusev attacks!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by disqualification
The Bulgarian Brute keeps on the champ but Xavier jumps in! Rusev fights Xavier off, too, so here comes Kevin! Big O fires off on Rusev then throws him out! The New Day throw Nakamura out, but then Xavier builds speed and Big O launches him onto Rusev! But KINSHASA for Xavier! Nakamura runs in, but Kofi gets Kevin clear to give Nakamura Trouble in Paradise! Kevin SUPERKICKS Kofi!? Well of course, this is how Kevin always operates. He was their friend, and now he’s there enemy. Kevin tears off the New Day shirt to reveal his own merchandise, then he stomps away on Kofi! But he’s not done there, he throws Kofi out of the ring and then throws him into barriers! Kevin drags Kofi up again to throw him into a post!
Fans boo and jeer as Kevin puts Kofi back in the ring. Kevin grabs the WWE Championship belt, and brings it to the ring. The Prizefighter holds the greatest prize in the WWE up over Kofi’s head as he stands on Kofi’s head! “You think this is yours?! I hope your kids had a good time! Because I’m coming for this!” But Kofi fires off hands! Kevin clubs and clobbers and stomps Kofi down in a corner, then drags him up to toss him out again. Kevin seethes as he stands Kofi up, but here comes Woods with a wrecking ball dropkick! So Kevin CLOBBERS Xavier! Kevin drags Xavier up to give him the APRON POWERBOMB!! Same old Kevin, same old brutality. Kevin may have just broken Xavier’s back, and he’s broken the WWE Universe’s heart yet again. Will he break Kofi’s dreams by ending his title reign?
What a great episode! And that’s even with the Superstar Shake-Up supposedly continuing into a second week to make up for the changes brought on by Vince’s indecision and apparently Fox’s request to have a stronger Latino base for when SmackDown goes to them. That’s all fine but perhaps they should’ve given Vince a call before making the decision in the first place. Who knows, the brand split might end (again) in 2019. But at least we got a rematch of Finn VS Almas here for another great match, with Finn winning. I would hope we get a tiebreaker soon, maybe at MITB, title more than likely on the line. And naturally Shane has to have back-up against Roman, and naturally it’s Elias. Shane had great Heel hypocrisy in his promo and Elias gets the best of Roman now, but pretty sure Roman wins at MITB PPV.
You’ve gotta feel for Chad Gable. He no longer has a dedicated tag team and then he’s just fodder for Lars. I started feeling bad for Mahal, too, because he almost ended up the same. Lars dominates Truth again, and this must be the feud they’re going with, but there isn’t much more to Lars as a character right now than smash, roar, smash again, leave. Of course, this is all Vince booking things, and he’s done the same to the War Viking Raider Experience. Hopefully Lars can get a promo in before they have an actual match. Speaking of, Aleister’s promo was vague, but that’s fine per his character from NXT. And we get the same Firefly Fun House from last night, so I wonder if he’ll be on both shows for a minute to see what stories we can get between both rosters.
As entertaining as the IIconics are, I feel like Vince only gave them the belts so they’ll put over another team that wasn’t Bayley & Sasha. Vince took away the fun of Boss & Hug VS Sky Pirates in NXT just so Vince could do something here. It’s still involving Kairi, at least, and she did great tonight. But it also looks like they may have to go through Mandy & Sonya before earning their title shot. That should be fun, in that Paige can laugh at them while her new team moves on. And as many hoped, Becky’s pulling a double header at MITB. She made a great point about Charlotte needing to move aside, but sadly, Vince says otherwise. Bayley VS Charlotte was amazing, but Vince chooses Becky to take on two blondes in one night. Lacey’s doubtful but Charlotte might be able to win against a tired Becky.
And everyone saw it coming but to think Kevin Owens would turn on The New Day here and now. Kofi VS Nakamura was an incredible match, Kevin and Xavier were incredible on commentary, and that was a wicked beating for Kofi and Xavier from Kevin. I was imagining that, with Big E out on injury, something would happen to Xavier and that leaves Kofi all alone. Kofi and Kevin will obviously fight for the title at MITB PPV, but I would hope Kofi wins to keep Kofimania going. Of course, as with this title, Rollins’ Universal Championship and either of Becky’s titles, Mr. & Ms. Money in the Bank could easily go after them in the same night as winning the briefcases. A cash-in might be the one way fans can even remotely accept one of the big three losing a title because cash-ins are all about sniping anyway.
My Score: 8.5/10
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