SmackDown brings us a Wrestlemania Rematch this close to TLC! The Queen ended the Empress of Tomorrow’s undefeated streak, but will history repeat itself?
- Daniel Bryan VS Mustafa Ali; Bryan wins.
- The Miz & Shane McMahon VS Chip & Chad; The Miz & Shane win.
- Samoa Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy & Rusev w/ Lana; Hardy & Rusev win.
- Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; Asuka wins, by disqualification.
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Daniel Bryan heads to the ring!
Or should we say, the new Daniel Bryan. Either way, the WWE Championship will be on the line against the Phenomenal AJ Styles. However, it’s a minor miracle Styles can even compete after what this Daniel Bryan did to his leg at the end of last week. Fans boo and jeer this Bryan as he picks up a mic. Bryan recalls calling the WWE Universe a bunch of sheep. He wants to apologize for that. Bryan wants to apologize to sheep. Sheep don’t deserve to be compared to such idiots! They’re not the ones destroying the planet with endless consumption. It’s not a “carbon hoof print.” The fans aren’t sheep. They’re parasites! Fans disagree, and believe “Daniel Sucks!” He just calls them fickle.
As he was saying, fans are parasites because they take and take and give nothing in return, especially in Las Vegas. But Bryan isn’t surprised, because fans latched on tot he Old Bryan and lived vicariously through him. That’s what the Yes Movement really was. “Well guess what? The Old Daniel Bryan is dead! And the Yes Movement is dead!” But just like any parasite, the fans have moved on to a new “fickle field”. And these idiots all sit on the couch in the House that AJ Styles Built. Fans cheer for Styles, but Bryan reminds us he is the WWE Champion! And at TLC, Bryan vows to crush Styles’ dream of reclaiming the title, and then the announcement will be “Still WWE Champion, the NEW Daniel Bryan!”
Do fans not believe him? “No! No!” Well Bryan debates with friends all the time, “sometimes you don’t know whether your’e stupid or you deliberately pull the wool over your eyes so you don’t have to realize the facts.” Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance. Like in Vegas! But wait, here comes Bryan’s opponent for tonight, the Beacon of Light, Mustafa Ali! Ali responds to Bryan with an introduction, but Bryan already knows who he is. The idiot fans might not but Bryan does. And he knows they’re having a match later, but Ali can join him now. Bryan gives Ali an introduction, and it seems fans do know who he is. Ali is the Heart of 205 Live, and is an incredible performer. Bryan sees a lot of his former self in Ali.
So Bryan gives Ali advice: they don’t need to have this match tonight. Bryan tells Ali that the fans won’t care, “they’re too self-absorbed” and xenophobic. These fickle fans do not deserve this great match. Fans boo so Bryan calls them all fickle. But Ali wants to know what happened to Bryan. Bryan inspired wrestlers like Ali to become a superstar. The entire 205 Live roster looks up to Bryan because Bryan stood toe to toe with any giant and proved he had heart. So what happened? Bryan talks about the Old Bryan, but that Old Bryan would want a fight. Ali wants a fight! Bryan paces while fans chant “Fight! Fight!” Bryan asks Ali what kind of car he drives. What does that have to do with this? But, it’s an SUV.
Bryan doesn’t like that. Ali is small, why does he need a car so big? Well, he has a wife and kids- Bryan slaps him! Bryan says Ali is ignorant, and slaps him again. So Ali fights back! Bryan whips but Ali reverses and headscissors Bryan tot he apron! Then dropkicks Bryan out, and leaps with a senton! Ali looks to shut this New Bryan up, next!
Daniel Bryan VS Mustafa Ali!
SmackDown returns as Bryan whips Ali and knocks him down with a kitchen sink knee. Bryan drags Ali up for a headbutt then toys with him. Fans boo as Bryan taunts Ali then bumps him off buckles. Bryan kicks away on Ali in the corner, then soaks up the heat. Bryan drags Ali up with an arm wrench, then whips him corner to corner. Ali goes up but Bryan catches him with a kick. Bryan kicks Ali while he’s down, then drops knees. Bryan hooks Ali’s face but lets up at 4. Ali gets to a corner but Bryan rocks him with a European Uppercut. Bryan grabs Ali for a toehold, then drops an elbow on the knee. Bryan hooks the legs and grabs at the arms. Ali resists so Bryan hooks the nose instead!
Bryan lets up at 4, then hooks the nose again. He lets go at 4, and then lets off the legs to stomp Ali on the back! Fans boo but Bryan soaks up the heat. Bryan stalks Ali and gives him the Yes Kicks. OR perhaps now, the “No Kicks” because fans say “No!” with each one. Bryan aims but Ali dodges to kick back! Ali SUPERKICKS Bryan in the back, covers, TWO! Bryan bails out but Ali builds speed to wreck him with a dropkick! Ali slingshots but Bryan dodges to send Ali into the post! Bryan grins while we go picture in picture.
Ali is down while Bryan catches his breath. Bryan climbs up top to make sure everyone can see him. Then he goes back for Ali on the outside, but leaves him for dead. Bryan soaks up the heat and counts along, but Ali gets in at 9! Bryan looks annoyed by the resilient Ali. He kicks Ali while he’s down, then drags him up. Bryan snap suplexes Ali down, then heads up top. Ali gets up and stops Bryan! Ali climbs up to join Bryan, and hits a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! But Ali flounders away, he crawls back to a cover, TWO!! Ali was so close to pinning THE WWE Champion! He hurries to put Bryan in a drop zone and goes back up. But Bryan trips Ali off and Ali hits the floor!
Bryan gets Ali back into the ring fast, and wraps on the No Lock! Ali moves around, enduring the hold. Bryan wrenches back hard, but Ali doesn’t give up. Ali drags himself and Bryan towards ropes as we return to single picture. Ali reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go, but is simply annoyed further. Bryan drags Ali up and puts him on the top rope backwards. He pulls Ali down into the Tree of Woe and gives more No Kicks. Bryan runs corner to corner, and hits a dropkick! Bryan drags Ali out of the Tree, then puts him back up. He climbs up behind Ali, but Ali slips out of the Super Back Suplex! Ali dodges Bryan and Bryan hits buckles! Ali CHOPS Bryan, and again, and again! Bryan kicks back and bump Ali off buckles.
Bryan whips but Ali reverses. Ali gets under Bryan to hit the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali again comes close and is shocked. Bryan ends up in a drop zone and Ali hurries up again. Ali leaps, 0-5-4 FLOPS! Bryan drags Ali over and slams his leg into the post! And again! And again! Ali crawls away but Bryan comes around from the corner to chop block the leg! Bryan drags Ali into the Heel Hook! Ali taps, Bryan wins!
Winner: The New Daniel Bryan, by submission
The WWE Champion’s new mean streak helps him snuff out the Beacon of Light tonight in Vegas! However, The Phenomenal One is coming for payback, will he become the new champion?
But Bryan isn’t done with Ali! He attacks Ali on the stage with those savage stomps! And he puts the Heel Hook on again! Ali taps but it doesn’t matter. More referees appear and Bryan lets Ali go. Fans boo but Bryan revels in it as he holds up his title. This mean streak runs deep, will it be the key to keeping the New Bryan the current champion?
Awww Vegas~! It’s time for a Rap Battle!
The New Day come out to host a special battle of bars between The Usos and The Bar!
SmackDown returns as Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E stand ready as judges for this second ever SmackDown Rap Battle. Meanwhile, The Bar look like they stepped out from the 90’s. Now they’ll all be battling in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat. The Bar requested this battle but the New Day won’t allow for any funny business. Sheamus starts off, “This has gone too far, Big Tony, hit them with the bar.” Cesaro starts a beat for “Ice Ice Shamy.” The Bar basically parody Vanilla Ice. Fans don’t know whether to laugh or boo. The New Day rank that… a trash can out of 10.
As for the Usos, Jimmy and Jey take a moment to collect themselves. “It’s the Usos VS the Bar in a rap off, I’m like it can’t be. What the hell are they about to talk about, UCe?” “Sheamus’ hair grease. Cesaro’s mouth piece.” The Usos got cheated, defeated, they removed it from their memories like Woken Hardy: DELETED. They beat the Ninja Turtles, and now it’s on to Bebop and Rock Steady. “FELLA~!” Mr. Movie Star, they’re not stealing a line but that was booty. Usos show love, like cupid. Sheamus looks dumb. No, like stupid! Is Sheamus purposefully staying white like chalk? Does he have Cesaro help him with the mohawk? Brogue Kicks VS Superkick, ain’t no pump action, those come from the hip, hit you in the teeth. But how do you knock Cesaro’s teeth out with no knuckles? I dunno. Let’s introduce our friend, Mr. Turnbuckle.
Hello, Mr. Turnbuckle! How did it feel? Well when he pushed Cesaro’s teeth down his throat, we learned who’s the real man of steel. Cesaro the Swiss Superman, right? King of Swing, right? But that won’t matter against their Uso kryptonite! The Bar sets the bar? No this is a true tag team, they’re the stars. Ten years, still going hard, zero injuries, Uso Iron Man! Tony Stark!! The Usos are bulletproof, are the truth and still have fun. Back to back tag team of the year, six time champs coming soon. The Bar, New Day, Usos, Sunday, Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! The Bar have heard enough, they start swinging! The Usos are ready, and they hit back! Cesaro and Sheamus get sent out, and then the Usos are ready to throw with The New Day.
But The Bar comes back to blow it all up! BROGUE for Jey, and then a beating for the hosts! Jey gets up, but gets A-Swiss-ted White Noise! The Bar hold up their titles, and as the Usos said themselves, “We ARE the Bar!” Will #RunBAR continue to run the SmackDown Tag Team Division after TLC’s Triple Threat?
“I thought nobody would be ready for Asuka. I was wrong, I was not ready, I made one mistake.” The mistake was Asuka let up. But this Sunday, Asuka will kick, strike, climb and grab that title to win. As for tonight, Charlotte won’t be ready this time! The Empress is fired up, will she settle the score from back at Wrestlemania?
The Miz is in the ring!
He holds the World Cup trophy, and tells Shane McMahon that while it’s his week to have custody, Miz needs to speak his mind. Miz wants Shane to come out, and doesn’t want to have to beg. Fans want to see him beg. Miz concedes, and kneels. He bends the knee, and asks Shane come out to talk. This is bigger than a trophy, so please come out. Shane O’Mac appears! He joins Miz in the ring, and says “What’s up, Las Vegas?” And what is up with Miz? Is he okay? Why is Miz out here with the trophy? It’s the only way Miz can get through to him! Shane won’t respond to him. They can be so good together, if he’d just give Miz a chance.
Miz knows Shane is scared, and so is Miz. But Shane owes Miz one. They should tag together again. If they lose, fine, this can stop. But if they win, they can be the #BestTeamintheWorld! Shane thinks this is getting weird. No, the trophy is just a symbol. They can be so much more! Then enlighten him. Okay, fine. Miz will say this for the first time in his life. In fact, Miz will show him! Get a referee out here! A referee appears. They’ll take on Chip & Chad, The Vegas Boys! Chip & Chad appear, and the match is set?
The Miz & Shane McMahon VS Chip & Chad!
Shane is very confused, and tries to reason with Miz while the bell rings. Chip and Chad attack Shane! Miz is shocked, but he coaches Shane up. Shane fires off fast hands! He knocks Chip(?) down then throws him out! Shane dares Chad(?) to fight, and he lights him up with jabs! Shane whips then hits a big back elbow. He hits Chip away and then gives Chad a float-over DDT! Fans want Miz to get in, but he’s busy holding the world cup. Shane brings Chad into a triangle hold! Miz is already celebrating before Chad taps out. Shane & Miz win!
Winners: The Miz & Shane McMahon, Shane by submission
The Best Team in the World finally succeeds! But Miz is clearly more pumped then Shane is about it. Will Shane come around and join Miz on this tag team journey to the top? Or is Miz just seeing what he wants to see?
Paige is furious with the referee.
They can’t just be making matches without the GM’s consent! Especially with the commissioner. But The Miz said she gave permission. Paige sees what’s going on now. But just as she tells the ref to hush, Chip & Chad come in, with invoices. The Miz said they were getting paid $5000 each for that match. Paige tears up the invoices, and tells everyone to leave. Will the GM have words for the overly ambitious A-Lister?
Randy Orton heads to the ring!
The Viper prepares for a Chairs Match with the King of Lucha Libre! These two will be able to do whatever they want with those infamous steel weapons. Orton brings one into the ring with him, and says “Nothing like a good ol’ fashioned solid steel chair, am I right?” They’re built for comfort, but can also make a statement. Orton rolls footage of how he’s used these chairs to brutalize Rey Mysterio these last few weeks, namely wrapped around Mysterio’s head before being thrown into a steel post. Orton likes that, but perhaps we can do better. He rolls more footage, as he did very much the same thing, but throwing Mysterio into steel steps this time.
“Now let me get this straight.” Mysterio knows he has a Chairs Match, and is okay with that? Everyone’s seen what Orton does to his opponent, yet Mysterio is okay with that? Mysterio must think he’ll get his revenge. But Mysterio is a victim, and victims don’t get revenge. The locker room will be worried about TLC, but Mysterio needs to be worried about RKO. But Mysterio SMACKS Orton from behind! Mysterio jabs the chair into Orton, then SMACKS him again! Then he tosses the chair at Orton, to dropkick it in his head! Orton is on the ropes, and Mysterio hits the 619! Orton bails out, but Mysterio wants more! Will the Viper be a victim after Sunday?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
If Charlotte Flair and Asuka beat each other up badly enough, does that give her an advantage in the SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC? Advantage? Becky’s getting back in the ring, road testing both her banged up face and her banged up brain, in one of the most dangerous matches in all of WWE. And not just against one but two of the best. So no, there is no advantage. But Becky still loves it. Fighting against the odds is what Becky does. And doctors can get all twitchy, but she’ll still scout her opponents tonight. And then on Sunday, she’ll remind all of us how much chaos can happen when The Man comes around.
Samoa Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy & Rusev w/ Lana!
The Destroyer wants to remind the Enigma of his troubled past, while the King of Strong Style wants to make it clear the Super Athlete will never relive his glory days. Will Hardy and Rusev uniting be enough to show Joe and Nakamura that it’s not about the past but the future?
Nakamura and Joe troll their opponents, but then the FABULOUS Truth appears? Dance Break~! The music hits and the flossing begins! “Proceed.” Nakamura kicks Hardy and the match begins! Nakamura drives in knees, then stomps Hardy down. He tags in Joe and Joe drives down elbows. Hardy hits back and Joe bails out. Joe drags Hardy out to join him and then throws Hardy into barriers. The Destroyer looms over the Enigma as we go picture in picture.
Joe puts Hardy back in the ring and stands hardy up. He tags to Nakamura and Nakamura stomps away in the corner. Nakamura gives Hardy Bad Vibrations, then taunts Rusev. He says “C’MON!” and Rusev takes the bait, but the ref keeps him back. Nakamura goes back to Hardy for a snapmare and knee drop! Cover, TWO! Joe tags in but Hardy flounders for Rusev. Joe drags him back and stomps Hardy out, before driving elbow after elbow into Hardy’s shoulder. He wrenches Hardy’s neck and Hardy endures as fans rally. Hardy stands up and fights back, but runs into Joe’s back elbow. Joe covers, TWO! Joe stands Hardy up for jabs as we return to single picture.
The referee counts and Joe backs off. Hardy fires off but Joe reverses the whip to hit the back elbow to Pele! Hardy goes down, Joe covers, but Rusev breaks it. Joe keeps on Hardy with another snapmare, and chops to the shoulder. He tags in Nakamura and Nakamura stomps on Hardy. Nakamura brings Hardy up in a facelock, then rams his knee in. He puts Hardy on the top rope and hits the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps his eyes on Rusev as he tags Joe back in. Joe kicks Hardy while he’s down, then pulls on the arms for the half surfboard. Rusev and fans rally for Hardy, and Hardy gets up. Hardy kicks and punches Joe, but Joe denies the Twist. Joe runs into the corner but into an elbow. Whisper in the Wind hits! Both men are down but fans fire up!
Hardy and Joe crawl for their corners as fans chant “Rusev Day!” Hot tag to Nakamura, then to Rusev! The Bulgarian Brute rallies on the Rockstar, and throws haymakers! Rusev whips and clobbers him at the ropes. Rusev scoops Nakamura to ram in his knee, then throws him with the Fall Away Slam! Nakamura gets to a corner but Rusev runs in for the back shoulder, and then the spinning heel kick! Fans fire up with Rusev as he stomps the mat. Nakamura slowly stands, and he elbows Rusev away. Rusev still lifts but Nakamura slips out. Nakamura swings but misses, Rusev’s roundhouse connects! Cover, but Joe breaks it. Hardy gives Joe the Twist of Fate!
Hardy follows after, and leaps off the apron! He wipes Joe out, but Nakamura runs at Rusev. Drop toehold, into the Accolade. Nakamura escapes to use his strike fest, then aims from a corner. But he runs into a MACHKA KICK instead! Cover, Rusev & hardy win!
Winners: Jeff Hardy & Rusev, Rusev pinning
The Bulgarian Brute pins the United States Champion! Will Rusev use this to launch back into the title scene? Will Hardy be able to render Joe’s mind games OBSOLETE?
Shane McMahon confronts The Miz backstage.
What is going on with him and the trophy? Paying competitors to attack Shane? Tricking an official into calling a match no one sanctioned? Miz is crossing a line. Miz admits it! But he won’t apologize. Shane’s instincts kicked in and won, just like he did at the World Cup! That kill-or-be-killed McMahon instinct! Miz has main evented Wrestlemania, has a film franchise and a reality TV series, but he’s never been considered Best in the World. Not until Shane came along. Miz offers a handshake, but Shane denies it. Miz is left hanging, will he give up this pursuit? Or will he only be all the more motivated?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
“The New Daniel Bryan” took the WWE Championship through underhanded means, but is Styles ready to take the title back? Styles is biding his time, because no one else wants to beat Bryan up more than he does. He’s counting the days, hours and minutes to TLC. This “new” Bryan isn’t that new. It’s more like “the real” Bryan. But there’s only one Phenomenal One, and that’s AJ Styles. Styles is ready for revenge, but will he get satisfaction on Sunday?
Charlotte Flair VS Asuka!
The Queen and the Empress are both ready for TLC’s first ever Women’s TLC match, that is also a triple threat with the champion, Becky Lynch. However, tonight is about a rematch from their epic SmackDown Women’s Championship Wrestlemania match! Will Charlotte be able to repeat history? Or will she find she’s no longer ready for Asuka?
SmackDown returns with a backstage interview from Charlotte. She’s days away from another historic first, but what about this amazing rematch? Charlotte knows what’s at stake. Asuka says she’s going to break Charlotte, but The Queen doesn’t break. The Queen breaks streaks. This will be a preview of how Charlotte will make them bow down to the Queen! The Queen makes her entrance, and we begin!
But wait, The Man promised to be ringside, and her she comes! Becky Lynch raises her belt all the way down the ramp and over to commentary where she takes her seat. The bell rings and Asuka and Charlotte turn their focus back on each other. Charlotte boots but misses, and Asuka puts on a waistlock. Asuka lifts but Charlotte fights out, only for Asuka to chop her back. Asuka runs, but her hip attack is caught! She still victory rolls through to a Kneebar! Charlotte scrambles around and stands up. She pries Asuka off and drives her down with a back suplex! Charlotte stands but Asuka follows. Charlotte CHOPS Asuka, and again. Asuka ducks the third to hit a German Suplex! Asuka fires up and runs, but Charlotte dodges the hip attack. Charlotte boots Asuka off the ropes, and takes a moment to catch her breath.
Fans echo the “WOO~!” as Charlotte brings herself over to a corner. Charlotte climbs up and moonsaults, but gets knees! And then flipped into the Asuka Lock! Charlotte scrambles more and gets up. Asuka holds on, but Charlotte makes it a backpack senton! Asuka grabs Charlotte again! Charlotte scrambles around but can’t get Asuka off. Charlotte roles to a ropebreak, and Asuka lets go at 4. This epic rematch continues after the break.
SmackDown returns once more, and the two are brawling on the mat! Charlotte and Asuka fire up with each hit and fans are dueling. Asuka hits, Charlotte hits, but Asuka gets an edge! Charlotte blocks, spins Asuka around, but Asuka switches to an octopus stretch! Charlotte endures as Asuka pulls back harder. Fans rally on both sides as Charlotte works against the hold. Charlotte pops Asuka up but Asuka makes it a crucifix driver! Cover, TWO! Fujiwara armbar outta nowhere! Charlotte struggles against it, but can’t get away. Becky seems unimpressed either way. Asuka wrenches back but Charlotte rolls through, only to end up in a triangle hold! Charlotte makes it a cover, ONE. She tries again, ONE! Charlotte rains rights then makes it a cover again, ONE.
Asuka fires palm strike while holding the hold. Charlotte deadlifts and powerbombs! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte almost had Asuka, but both women are down from exhaustion. Fans “WOO~” for Charlotte and cheer for Asuka as the two stir. Charlotte sits up first, and crawls over to Asuka. Asuka sits up and they both trash talk. Charlotte slaps Asuka as she says “You will never break me!” But Asuka gets the takedown, the jackknife, but Charlotte slips through to Figure Four! Asuka endures as Charlotte wrenches back. Asuka turns the hold over! The pressure reverses and now Charlotte endures! Charlotte scrambles to ropes and the two separate. Becky seems amused now. Asuka and Charlotte force themselves up, but Charlotte gets Asuka’s leg. Asuka endures the toehold, but Charlotte drives in elbows! Charlotte goes for another Figure Four but Asuka resists, so Charlotte drops a knee!
Fans duel as Asuka endures. Charlotte hammers away on Asuka, her frustration boiling over. Cover, TWO! Becky is again stoic as she watches Chalrotte drag Asuka over to a corner. Charlotte throws a leg into the post! She gives Becky a glare before she again throws Asuka’s leg against post. Charlotte then drags Asuka over, covers, TWO! She goes for the figure four, but Asuka cradles! TWO, and Charlotte CHOPS Asuka. And chops, and chops! Asuka blocks the next chop, and fireman’s carry takedown to kicks! Asuka runs, but Charlotte follows. Spear into a code breaker! Cover, TWO!! Asuka almost caught Charlotte there but this battle continues. Fans continue to duel as Asuka stands. Asuka kicks away on Charlotte, again and again and again, but then the buzzsaw is blocked. She still knocks the wind out of Charlotte, then fires off elbows from all sides!
Asuka kicks Charlotte in the face again and again, almost toying with her. She gives another shot then runs, but into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!? Asuka survives and Charlotte is surprised. Becky is stone faced, but on the edge of her seat. Charlotte flounders to her feet while Asuka stirs on the mat. Charlotte drags Asuka to a drop zone while fans duel. She climbs up top, moonsault! Asuka gets her feet up, but Charlotte saw it coming! Charlotte grabs the feet for a figure four, but Asuka sees that coming! Cradle to Asuka Lock!! Charlotte flairs but the hold is on deep! Asuka stays on Charlotte’s back, and they fall out of the ring! Charlotte resorts to a kendo stick! And she SMACKS Asuka!
Winner: Asuka, by disqualification
The Mad Queen returns as she swings wild! Charlotte gave Asuka the win, but The Man simply smirks as she looks at her battered competition. Becky goes to leave, but Charlotte SMACKS her in the back! Charlotte SMACKS away on Asuka, but Becky comes back with kicks! Becky throws Charlotte into the steps, then takes up the stick! She SMACKS Charlotte now! And again, and again! But Asuka attacks Becky! And throws her over the announce desk! Asuka picks up the stick for her own, and SMACKS Charlotte back! And Becky on the table, too! Asuka smacks everyone!! The Empress stands over The Queen and The Man, but will she stand tall as the Women’s Champion?!
SmackDown again has the superior main roster go-home! And oddly enough, that might be because they changed some things. Naomi and Mandy Rose were meant to spark a feud tonight, as started by social media, but perhaps there were factors beyond anyone’s control that cancelled that match. After all, this is a live show. But I do appreciate SmackDown at least wanted a midcard story going into TLC, it can’t always be about the title.
Moving on, Daniel Bryan’s opening promo was great. I knew he was going to pull that gag about “that’s an insult to [x]”. And it’s great for Mustafa Ali to be the one trying to get through to Bryan about his new behavior. For one, it’s just great that Cruiserweights are showing up on both main shows, and I hope this continues to some degree, in perhaps an effort to stop the isolation of the Division on 205 Live. Raw already has Lio Rush and the Lucha House Party, perhaps SmackDown can have stars like Ali, Noam Dar, or Cedric Alexander show up to give us some great matches. Bryan VS Ali was itself a great match and Ali looked strong even in losing.
I’m a little disappointed Bryan VS Styles won’t be a Chairs Match, but learning that Orton VS Mysterio gets that, that’s really great. Orton and Mysterio have been heading that way given the violent chair spots, and I am sure they’ll do the stipulation justice. But Mysterio standing tall tonight, I have a feeling that means Orton wins at TLC so his hunt for heroes can continue. The rap battle was great, from The Bar having a completely comedic routine to The Usos having a killer one. The Bar attack and manage to stand tall, but perhaps that, too, is a sign we get new champs at TLC. I feel that since The New Day already reached their five-time mark, The Usos will get another turn. And as great as these three teams are, I hope Usos becoming champs help shuffle challengers. SAnitY and The Club deserve second chances.
The Miz is definitely heading for a match with Shane, he just has to be. He goads Shane into a surprise match with jobbers, which actually helps cover up that Shane’s floatover DDT turned into a hungover DDT. I’m just wondering what he’ll have planned now that Shane seems firmly against #BestTeamintheWorld. Hardy & Rusev VS Joe & Nakamura was a really good match, and definitely builds things towards their respective blow-offs. However, it still feels too early to call who wins their respective feuds. It would be great if Rusev gets the US Championship back, he could use it after that detour with Aiden English. Hardy-Joe is also harder to decide, but Joe hasn’t won much lately so he could really use this one.
The SmackDown Women’s Championship scene is incredible right now. This Wrestlemania rematch tonight was amazing, and in the moment I was disappointed that it ended with a disqualification. But between the awesome brawl that happened between Charlotte, Asuka and Becky and how a disqualification keeps both women strong, I’m okay with it. The TLC Triple Threat is going to be off the charts, and it will definitely steal the show no matter where it is on the card. I’m hoping that if there is a new champion, it will be Asuka. The fans were so behind her, they have been behind her, and will be behind her even if she takes the title from Becky. The only other option fans will still be behind is if Becky retains, because otherwise Charlotte treads dangerous waters in her push.
My Score: 8.7/10
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 4 B Block
Second night for the B Block! Jay White and Tetsuya Naito need to get on the scoreboard. Did it happen?
Second night for the B Block! Jay White and Tetsuya Naito need to get on the scoreboard. Did it happen?
Sapporo is a fun city for the main event, with a lot of general history.
Will Ospreay having a neck injury means he’s not working the undercard tonight.
Those are probably the two points that matter the most. So I guess let’s get to the show!
- Jyushin Thunder Liger & Kota Ibushi vs Yota Tsuji & Shota Umino: Ibushi wins via Half Boston Crab @8:20 – **
- Toa Henare, Ren Narita & Tomoaki Honma vs EVIL, BUSHI & SANADA: BUSHI wins via MX @7:20 – ** 1/2
- Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Zack Sabre Jr & Lance Archer vs KENTA, Clark Connors, Karl Fredricks & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Kanemaru wins via Deep Impact @11:30 – ***
- Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale vs Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI: Okada wins via Rainmaker @8:45 – ** 1/4
- Block B: Shingo Takagi vs Toru Yano: Shingo wins via Pumping Bomber @6:15 – ** 3/4
- Block B: Juice Robinson vs Hirooki Goto: Juice wins via Pulp Friction @12:20 – *** 1/2
- Block B: Jon Moxley vs Jeff Cobb: Moxley wins via Draping Deathrider @8:55 – *** 1/4
- Block B: Tomohiro Ishii vs Jay White: Ishii wins via Vertical Drop Brainbuster @19:15 – **** 1/2
- Block B: Taichi vs Tetsuya Naito: Taichi wins via Last Ride @21:00 – *** 3/4
Liger and Ibushi take on Young Lions because Will Ospreay is nursing an injury. So this was unexpected, but who’s gonna argue with some Liger? Bare bones basic Young Lion match, but Liger and Ibushi kept the interest high.
EVIL and SANADA are facing one another on Thursday, but they were on the same team tonight. Part of this story was BUSHI remaining to look strong since the end of the BOSJ, while EVIL and SANADA had the tension building up. Instead of the LIJ fist bump after the win, EVIL tries to cheap shot SANADA, SANADA counters and then they have a stand off.
This Suzuki-Gun match was beautiful. It was just a gang fight, with each member of Suzuki-Gun taking someone off and Lance Archer even joined commentary at some point. House show quality match was a good way to describe this, but it was still fun and got across the point for future matches and just great character work.
It might be a little mean to say, but YOSHI-HASHI is in this match, so who cares? Chase Owens does prove why he’s the glue that holds Bullet Club together. He’s a great tag team player and this year he’s looked a lot better than he has in the past. So we’ve got an alright match, Okada wasn’t gonna eat a pin, but I guess they wanted to protect YOSHI a little, so Chase ate the Rainmaker.
Shingo proved he watched the Naito match by trying to get Yano to take off his shirt. Anyone who saw Shingo in Dragon Gate knows he’s got some comedy chops being a former…wait…the current, Open the Owarai Gate champion (Owarai means comedy). Shirt, wrist tape and turnbuckle shenanigans ensue, but the right person won. Shingo gets on the board and doesn’t suffer the shame of getting bamboozled.
This tends to be an issue with Goto and Juice a lot of the time. By this, I mean boredom. Goto and Juice have bumped heads a few times and they both try very hard, but they aren’t exciting together. Juice being a quirky but not overly animated just means you get a snarky line and one move that may be entertaining (usually Left Hand of God) and then the action stalls. So both did good work, it was a tough match, but it wasn’t really anything crazy. Solid enough match though.
Moxley focused on Cobb’s left shoulder, so the story was to take out Cobb’s power and try to figure out how to end the match. We saw another solid match, and Moxley gets across more of his character. He does borderline heel tactics and then apologizes to the referee. So this brawling, unstable babyface is an old school gimmick in Japan, but not often seen in New Japan. It’s nice to watch, and Moxley taking advantage of Cobb’s positioning to hit the Draping Dirty Deathriding Paradigm DDT.
Jay White starts off against two of the heavier hitters from Chaos, his former stable. After taking Goto lightly, Ishii comes into this match after a big win over Jeff Cobb. White came into the match less relaxed, but still playing up his smarmy character. Ishii laid into Jay the whole match, where Jay tried to outsmart the Stone Pitbull, but Jay isn’t as clever as he thinks he is. A great match with well placed false finishes and a lot of tension. Fantastic back and forth, plus Ishii picking up the win is something special.
There were so many story threads going on here. Sapporo is the place of their Intercontinental Championship match earlier in the year where Taichi had Takashi Iizuka interfere. Iizuka left the Iron Fingers for Taichi, but he hasn’t used them in the 6 months he’s had them. This was a great struggle of wrestlers who were once rivals, but Naito has since eclipsed Taichi. Hell, Taichi even hit a Ganso Bomb, shades of his mentor Toshiaki Kawada. References, call backs and a solid match from a story telling perspective. Work rate might not have been fantastic, but that’s the beauty of professional wrestling being more than the moves in the ring. Plus part of the fun of Taichi matches is watch Miho Abe react, since she’s such a lovely devoted valet.
Overall Score: 6.75/10
A lot of this show was driven by the stories and the historical threads between participants, opposed to the in-ring action. I appreciate the mixture of angles that New Japan shows attack with. Many newer fans just know NJPW for great hard hitting work rate, but the beauty of puroresu in general is how deep the stories go.
Sometimes the wrestlers reference things from their mentors/trainers, sometimes it’s just a story line from the isolationist politics that each puro company has dabbled with or sometimes it goes all the way back to when someone was a Young Boy in a dojo. The layers are there for those who wish to know, so part of the fun in nights like this, are what personally floats your boat.
The show was the weakest so far, but there were plenty of satisfying moments outside of ring work.
B Block Standings:
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-0 (4 Points)
- Jon Moxley – 2-0 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-0 (4 Points)
- Toru Yano – 1-1 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-1 (2 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 1-1 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-1 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-2 (0 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 0-2 (0 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 0-2 (0 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/15/19)
It’s the Raw After Extreme Rules!
And there’s a not-so-new WWE Universal Champion! What is going to happen now that once Raw is once again under the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BROCK LESNAR!?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: Ricochet & The Usos VS Robert Roode & The Revival; Ricochet & The Usos win.
- The Viking Raiders VS Vinnie Rooner & Jackson James; The Viking Raiders win.
- Drew McIntyre VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins.
- Finn Balor VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins.
- Zack Ryder VS Mike Kanellis w/ Maria; Ryder wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Club VS Lucha House Party; The Club wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender Elimination Fatal 4 Way: Natalya VS Naomi VS Carmella VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Natalya wins and will face Becky Lynch for the title at Summerslam.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Drake Maverick w/ Renee Michelle VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender “Cross Brand All-Star Top 10” Battle Royal: Seth Rollins wins and will challenge Brock Lesnar for the title at Summerslam.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw makes Long Island into Suplex City!
And that’s because Paul Heyman brings The Beast with him! The Advocate and the NEW Universal Champion enter the ring and Heyman gives his introductions, and is happy to shout he is with the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion, BRRROCK! LESNARRR!” But what amazes Heyman the most is that he told the truth, and fans would rather he told a lie. Heyman isn’t much for an “I told you so,” but he told you so. He told the WWE Universe last night during Extreme Rules that Lesnar would cash-in, and he did! #WeToldYouSo. Don’t boo that, boo yourselves for not believing.
But another group that needs to listen to the “told you so” is the WWE roster. Rollins wasn’t going to be the challenger and there needed to be a new one, but no one stepped up. Heyman has the stroke right now, wink wink. So Heyman has the how for who will be Lesnar’s Summerslam opponent. Lesnar is not the easiest Beast to negotiate with. Just ask UFC. Lesnar fights when, where and how he wants. So Heyman’s plan will be the “Cross Branded, Top Ten All Star Battle Royal!” And of course, the winner of this tongue twister gets to make history in Toronto by being beaten, victimized and conquered by Brrrock! Lesnarrr! But who are the top ten all-stars? Here they are! Will it be Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Big E, Cesaro, Braun Strowman, Rey Mysterio, Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Bobby Lashley or Roman Reigns that wins his way to the biggest party of the summer?
If Heyman were Roman, he’d take a rain check. Seth Rollins rode into Philadelphia like he was Becky Lynch’s Stud, and then Lesnar made Rollins into a “gelding.” Google it, Long Island. But the emasculated pony that steps up to Lesnar, you risk health, well-being and manhood. The promise and threat and spoiler from Heyman this time: if anyone has the opportunity to step into the ring with Lesnar, you risk all that and more, “because in this Universe, you’re all Brock’s b*tches.”
But as Brock and Heyman make their exits, the One and Only makes his entrance! Ricochet may not have an opportunity at Lesnar, but he’s just fighting to get back at the man who took his title. Will the King of Flight fly high for a chance at The Phenomenal One?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: Ricochet & The Usos VS Robert Roode & The Revival
Raw returns and hey, Uce. There’s unfinished business with the Lil’ Rascals. Pretty Ricky is ready to rock with Jimmy & Jey, and they’re going to welcome the GLORIOUS #TopGuys to the Uso Penitentiary!
The teams sort out and we begin with Scott Dawson and Jimmy Uso. SUPERKICK to Dawson with the bell! Dash runs in and gets a kick from Ricochet! Ricochet tags in, Recoil! Shooting star press, cover, the first fall is Ricochet’s!
Ricochet & Usos – 1; Roode & Revival – 0
Well that was fast. Roode is upset with the Revival already, but now he starts the second fall with Ricochet. They tie up and Roode knees low. Roode clubs then bumps Ricochet off buckles, then stomps a GLORIOUS mudhole in! Roode CHOPS Ricochet against the ropes, then whips him across the way. Ricochet rolls off Roode’s back to handspring and headscissor and dropkick! Cover, ONE! Roode won’t be beat so quick, but Ricochet drags him to the corner. Tag to Jey and he takes the hand-off. Jey whips but Roode reverses. Jey goes up and over to mule kick and pop-lock into a SPINEBUSTER! Roode covers, TWO!
Roode tags Dash and Roode feeds Jey to Dash’s knee. Dash throws European uppercuts then rips off Jey’s shirt. Dash clubs Jey but fans rally up as he chokes Jey on the ropes. The ref backs Dash off and then keeps an eye on Dawson. Dash CHOPS Jey but Jey uppercuts back. Dash throws Jey into the corner but Jey fights out! Jey walks into Dash’s kick then gets a scoop slam. Dash drops but misses his elbow, tag to Jimmy! Jimmy rallies and kicks to pop-lock and uppercut! Then the Samoan Drop! Jimmy fires up but has to hit Roode first. Dash whips and Dawson tags in, flapjack on Jimmy! Cover, the Revival tie things up!
Ricochet & Usos – 1; Roode & Revival – 1
The Raw Tag Team Champions keep their trio in this, and we go to break!
Raw returns for the third and final fall. The bell rings and Dawson corner clotheslines Jimmy. Dawson snap suplexes, then drops an elbow, a leg and the headbutt. Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Tag to Dash, and the Revival work together to rope guillotine Jimmy! Dash covers, TWO! The Revival and Roode grow frustrated but they’re still in control. Dash drags Jimmy up to an abdominal stretch but fans rally as Jimmy endures. Jimmy works his way out and arm-drags Dash away. Dash grabs Jimmy to keep him from his corner! Jimmy punches Dash but can’t get free. Dash reels Jimmy back into the stretch, but gets a hip toss! Dawson tags in and tackles Jimmy while Dash hits Jey. But Jimmy dragon whips and dropkicks! Hot tags to Roode and Ricochet!
Ricochet bumps and boots Roode, then springboards for the flying clothesline! Ricochet dropkicks Dawson down! He tosses Dash out and Jey FLIES! But Roode kicks Ricochet, only for Ricochet to roll him up. Roode slips out, but gets a RECOIL! Ricochet hurries up top, 630 senton! Cover, Ricochet & the Usos win!
Winners: Ricochet & The Usos, Ricochet pinning
But to ruin the celebration, it’s The Club! AJ Styles wears the WWE United States Championship proudly, but Ricochet DIVES right onto him! Gallows and Anderson go after Ricochet but the Usos go after them! But The Revival go after the Usos! To get SUPERKICKS! SUPERKICK for Anderson, SUPERKICKS for Gallows! And then the Usos run, but Roode drags Jimmy out to throw him into barriers! Jey grabs Roode but gets a hotshot, into the SHATTER MACHINE! Roode has the Revival go after Jey more, but Ricochet springboards to crossbody them all! But Styles snipes Ricochet with that Phenomenal Forearm! The Club gets the better of Roode again, as they feed him to the MAGIC KIILLER!
“That’s what you get?! You have no idea who you’re messing with!” That is Styles’ message to the One and Only and anyone else who wants to step to The Club! Who will dare step to them for a chance at the US Championship?
The Viking Raiders VS Vinnie Rooner & Jackson James!
The war comes to Long Island! Their team name is a birthright for Erik and Ivar, and they will rain down mayhem on any fools that stand before them! Those fools tonight clearly don’t know what they’re in for, because they’re still here. How long will Long Island’s own even last?
The bell rings and Erik powers Rooner right to the corner! Tag to Ivar and Rooner is fed to the knee, then another knee. Ivar throws Jackson in for Erik’s shotgun knees! Ivar then goes corner to corner to splash Rooner and bronco buster Jackson! Then Erik uses Ivar as a human weapon to smash Rooner in the corner! Cover but Ivar wants to do more. He tags Erik back in and they haul Jackson up for a scoop slam backbreaker, to gutbuster, to German lariat combo! And of course, Rooner gets THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
Another team has been sent to Valhalla after going through the #VikingExperience. Who else will experience the war these two viking machines bring?
Drew McIntyre storms into the Raw locker room.
After he and Shane McMahon lost to Roman Reigns and The Undertaker, the Scottish Terminator is in no mood to have the other superstars laughing it up. Does Cedric Alexander think he’s funny with that trick last week? Well when it comes to challenging competition, Alexander is up to the task. How inspirational. But McIntyre will get Alexander back for sticking his nose into someone else’s business. McIntyre will dismantle and dismember Alexander. Kidding! That’s illegal. But he will humble Alexander. He will eviscerate him. Well Alexander has heard how humble he is, but the joke tonight will be on McIntyre. Does the former Cruiserweight Champion know what he’s getting himself into with an angry Scottish Psychopath?
Drew McIntyre VS Cedric Alexander!
Raw returns and the business between these two men will be settled already! Alexander was standing up to help Roman, but will he regret it?
The bell rings and McIntyre runs Alexander over! Then bumps him off buckles to CHOP away on. McIntyre whips Alexander but Alexander dodges, the handspring and hit the Neuralizer enziguri! Alexander then FLIES onto McIntyre! The Age of Alexander still has that 205 Live fire, and he puts McIntyre in to springboard. McIntyre gets under and catches Alexander for a belly2belly into buckles! McIntyre stand Alexander up to CHOP him off his feet! then he throws him overhead across the ring! McIntyre isn’t done, he suplexes and TOSSES Alexander! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Alexander with stomps and another CHOP! He drags Alexander up again for the deadlift, but Alexander fights out! Alexander blocks the boot to hit the elbow!
McIntyre staggers but runs in, only o miss in the corner. He lands on the apron and climbs up, to leap into a dropkick! Alexander has McIntyre down! Fans rally up as Alexander gets up. Alexander runs and handsprings again, but into the Glasgow Kiss! McIntyre drags Alexander up for hammering haymakers in the corner! The ref backs McIntyre off but he just comes back and lifts Alexander, inverted Alabama Slam, that Alexander counters to a roll-up! ALEXANDER WINS!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
The biggest upset in years! McIntyre lost focus and Alexander has the last laugh! Will Alexander reestablish himself on Raw with this as the foundation?
Raw hears from Finn Balor.
“Last night was a rough night.” He lost the WWE Intercontinental Championship to Shinsuke Nakamura. But he doesn’t dwell on the past, he looks for a way forward. Finn wants the title back, but he has to fight his way there. Samoa Joe is in his path. Finn doesn’t care has to go up, over, around or straight through, he will keep moving forward.
Samoa Joe responds.
Finn thinks he can do what? Through Joe? Over him? Well unless Finn is going to summon the Celtic heroes of old to help him, here is what really happens: Finn walks out and Joe will be waiting to hand him another loss. Joe’s music hits, it’s time to see if the Extraordinary Man can do extraordinary things.
Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.
The #GraveyardDogs were victorious, but how does the Big Dog plan on using that in tonight’s battle royal? Roman doesn’t care what anyone says, from Braun Strowman to Rey Mysterio to even Seth Rollins. This is Roman’s week! From ESPY’s to Hobbs & Shaw to Extreme Rules, the only way Raw ends is with Roman dominating tonight and punching a ticket to take back his Universal Championship. Will Roman truly make the WWE his Yard once again?
Finn Balor VS Samoa Joe!
Finn lost his title, and Joe failed to take one for his own. Both men are determined for another chance, but who comes out of this heading for Toronto?
Raw returns as Finn makes his entrance. The bell rings and this NXT rivalry is renewed for a night!
Finn and Joe tie up and Joe powers Finn to a corner. Joe lets up but shoves Finn. Finn comes back and waistlocks, but Joe elbows out. Joe wrenches Finn to a wristlock but Finn rolls through. Joe wrangles Finn back down, but Finn kips up. Finn headlocks and holds on as Joe tries to power out. Joe lifts Finn but Finn gets the takeover. Joe stands back up to try again and he gets free. He CHOPS Finn on the run, then whips. Finn kicks back then headlocks. Joe powers Finn to a corner but Finn uses the corner to go up and around to another takeover. But Joe makes it a crucifix! Joe wins!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall
But he isn’t done fighting! He hammers Finn down then drags him up for the Coquina Clutch! But Finn rolls back to double stomp! And Slingblade! Finn grits his teeth as he shotgun dropkicks Joe into the corner! Joe is down, Finn climbs up, COUP DE GRACE! A ferocious Finn leaves Joe the one reeling, but he still lost. What more must the Extraordinary Man do to get back to a title?
Wait, what is going on with the music? And the lights…? Something is happening in the dark! It’s the FIEND!! Bray Wyatt has Finn in his clutches!! For a Sister Abigail!! Long Island loses its mind as the Fiendish One leaves, laughing all the way.
Drake Maverick and Renee Michelle check in.
As Mr. & Mrs. 24/7 Champion. Oh wait Renee wasn’t supposed to hear that. But it’s for their protection. This is the perfect place for them, right? Renee wants the most romantic room and the most expensive wine. Maverick pays cash to stay off the grid. With a generous tip. But R-Truth is lurking! He and his referee are looking for a Hornswoggle. H-o-r-n, swoggle. Short guy with a funny accent. Oh wait, what’s that behind his ear? A whole George Washington! Well alright, Truth can check the guest list.
The Street Profits are watching Raw, backstage.
Uuuuuuh… Wow. So Maverick has not consummated his marriage yet? Well he’s probably nervous because he’s never done it before. Wait, no, not like that. But there’s a reason guys are putting their height on their Tinder profiles. But anyway, to business: the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way ELIMINATION match! Natalya, Naomi, Carmellaaaa~ and even Alexa Bliss! Wait, is Nikki Cross going to be in her corner? “That’s what the graphic says.” Well then Bliss-Cross all day. For real?! What is with you, boy? Why you crushing in Cross? She’s intense! Yep.
But speaking of intense, TONIGHT! The 10-Man All Star Battle Royal! Who you got!? Huh!? HUH!? BIG E!! Yeah man! But Ford wants… Monday Night ROLLINS! Rollins is like them! He wants all, the, smoke. #WeWanttheSmoke. But will Rollins be able to #BurnItDown when he’s in the ring with nine other hungry superstars?
Zack Ryder VS Mike Kanellis w/ Maria!
Long Island Iced Z is the hometown hero, but the First Lady surprises Mike by saying she’s taking his match? She’s pregnant! Yeah and he’s a loser. She has a better chance of defending the family honor than him. The music hits, and she walks out first?! So, wait, what? WWE doesn’t do co-ed! And certainly not with a pregnant woman! Mike hurries out after Maria and convinces her he will do this. Mike gets in the ring, the bell sounds, and Ryder hits the ROUGH RYDER! Cover, Ryder wins!
Winner: Zack Ryder, by pinfall
Wow, they even announced that it was under a minute. Salt in the wound for the struggling Opportunist of Love. Maria says she told him so. Because they’re- no, her unborn child had a better chance at beating Ryder than Mike. She drops the mic, leaving Mike stinging more from her words than the leg lariat. Will Mike ever be a man in Maria’s eyes again?
Six Man Tag: The Club VS Lucha House Party!
AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson all got to #BeatUpRicochet again tonight, but they’re not satisfied. They want to prove Raw is theirs as they take on Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado. Are Mondays about to be #JustTooSweet?
The trios sort out and Styles starts against Metalik. Styles goes right at the King of the ropes and hammers him into the Club’s corner. Tag to the Machine Gun and he stomps away on Metalik, too. Anderson bumps Metalik in the other corner then whips corner to corner. Metalik boots back then Sling-Dogs! Metalik runs the ropes to leap for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik drags Anderson up but gets a knee. Anderson stomps Metalik out then drags him by his mask to the Club’s corner. Tag to Gallows and Anderson grinds a boot in. Gallows drags Metalik up for big body shots. Gallows stomps but the ref backs him off, and Styles gets a cheap shot in. Big Doc Gallows drags Metalik up again to club him back down.
Gallows throws hands but Metalik CHOPS! But it does nothing, and Gallows decks Metalik. Gallows adds a headbutt, then drags Metalik to whip. Metalik kicks back then whips but Anderson tags in. Gallows reverses and kicks, Anderson shotgun boots Metalik down! And the Club Too Sweet together. But wait, Ricochet attacks Styles!! Ricochet wants revenge! He throws Styles down and Lucha House Party takes care of the Good Brothers! This match is just chaos now, and other refs have to grab Ricochet. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but Raw goes to break while things are sorted out.
Raw returns as this Six Man Tag starts again. Styles mugs Lince and whips him to a dropkick! Styles is all fired up after what Ricochet did earlier, and he drags Lince to the corner. Tag to Gallows and Gallows throws haymakers on the Golden Lynx. The ref counts and Gallows backs off, to come back and tag Anderson. The Good Brothers mug Lince more, then stomp him out. Anderson drags Lince up for a big scoop slam and cover, TWO! Anderson keeps on Lince with a headlock and grinds him down. Long Island rallies with “LUCHA! LUCHA!” for Lince and he fights back. But Anderson clubs Anderson down and sucker punches Metalik! Anderson taunts Kalisto but the ref keeps the Lucha Dragon back.
Anderson whips Lince but gets a Golden Rewind stunner! Hot tag to Kalisto! Kalisto hits Styles down then kicks Gallows! HE rolls Anderson for the List Kick! Then handspring enziguri! Cover, TWO! Kalisto keeps moving to SPIKE-Rana Anderson! Anderson bails out but the Lucha House Party regroup to DIVE! They take out Gallows, Kalisto FLIES to hit Anderson! Kalisto puts Anderson in and punches, but styles anchors him. Kalisto kicks Styles away but Kalisto springboards into a catch! And a SPINEBUSTER! Anderson tags Gallows, and the Good Brothers drag Kalisto up, for the Boot o’ Doom! Gallows boots Lince away then tags Styles. Styles drags Kalisto back up while fans boo, and puts no the Calf Crusher! Kalisto taps, The Club wins!
Winners: The Club, Styles by submission
Styles refuses to let Kalisto go, and the Club throw Lince and Metalik back out. Kalisto suffers until Styles is satisfied! And then Styles kicks Kalisto out so that he and his Good Brothers stand alone. The Club wants to run Raw, who will they run over to do it?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The former Universal Champion clearly has not gotten over last night, but he has no choice but to watch Lesnar walk around with a title he doesn’t deserve. Rollins is hurt but he’s also a man possessed. Speaking of, The Man, Becky Lynch, is one of the toughest people he knows. She will be okay, whether she shows up here or not is her choice. But Baron Corbin knows what happens when you push Rollins. And that is just a sample of what he’ll do to anyone and everyone as he fights his way back to the title! Sami Zayn, Bobby Lashley, even Roman Reigns! All until he is fighting and beating Brock Lesnar again. Is Rollins going to burn it all down for revenge?
Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender Elimination Fatal 4 Way: Natalya VS Naomi VS Carmella VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!
The Goddess and her loyal friend failed to dethrone Bayley over on SmackDown, but perhaps they can become Raw Women’s Co-Champions. However, Alexa will have to get through the Queen of Harts, the Glow and the Princess of Staten Island to head for Toronto. Will the Loony Lass play any part in this attempt at redemption?
But wait, The Man IS in Long Island! Becky walks out, sore as she is, to proudly hold up the belt she still has. Who will the Lass Kicker see win a chance to get their head slapped off their shoulders? We find out after the break.
Raw returns and the bell rings. Alexa kicks Natty and SLAPS Naomi, but Naomi chases her out of the ring. Mella rolls Naomi but Natty breaks that. Natty shoves Mella out while Nikki checks on Alexa. Now Natty and Naomi, friendly rivals, stand alone. They tie up, Naomi headlocks but Natty shoves. Naomi leaps to sunset flip, TWO! Naomi whips Natty to a corner but misses to get buckles. Natty rebounds and sits Naomi down to walk all over her. But Naomi is ready for the basement dropkick, and the two cancel each other out with dropkicks, and then clotheslines! Alexa wants to take advantage but Mella trips her up.
Mella takes advantage, cover on Naomi, ONE! Cover on Natty, TWO! Cover on Naomi, ONE! Natty, TWO! Naomi again, TWO! Mella is freaking out as she covers Natty again, TWO! She drags Natty up to throw her out, then goes at Naomi with stomps in the corner. Mella whips Naomi corner to corner but Naomi elbows back hard. Naomi ups up but Mella forearms back. Mella backs off and runs in to FABULOUS Steiner! Cover, TWO! Naomi stays in this, and Natty returns. Mella ducks and tilt-o-whirls to go around the world! The Mella-go-round sends Natty down in a corner! Then she moonwalks and runs corner to corner, for the FABULOUS Bronco Buster! But then she ducks the Rear View to FABULOUS KICK! FABULOUS KICK for Natty! Alexa rolls Mella up, Alexa ELIMINATES Carmella!!
The Goddess got the better of the Princess and now she covers Naomi. But Mella distracts long enough, TWO! Dropkick from Naomi to Alexa, and Naomi covers, TWO! Naomi keeps her cool as she facelocks Alexa. Naomi scoops Alexa for a slam, then kicks her down. She dropkicks Natty out for good measure, then drags Alexa back up. Naomi bumps Alexa off buckles and kicks away on her. Nikki is concerned as Naomi snapmares and kicks Alexa again. Cover, TWO! Naomi grows annoyed with Alexa as she drags her back up. Fans rally and Alexa fights back. Naomi knees low then scoops but Alexa slips out to clothesline! Cover, TWO!
Alexa grows annoyed but Nikki coaches her up. Alexa clubs Naomi and kicks her back. She SLAPS Naomi then runs, but into clotheslines with Naomi! Both women are down and Becky likes what she sees. Fans rally but we go to break.
Raw returns and Alexa is alone against Natty and Naomi. But then Naomi rolls Natty, TWO! Naomi headscissors Natty down, then slides. Natty blocks the dropkick to drag Naomi out for a suplex. Naomi rests so Natty shoves her into steps. natty walks into an elbow, then Naomi hops up for a blockbuster! Naomi grins but Alexa attacks from behind! Alexa puts Naomi in and covers, TWO! Alexa keeps on Naomi with a chinlock. Naomi endures as Alexa thrashes her around. Alexa pulls hair to get a little mean. Fans rally up and Naomi fights her way up and out, but Alexa knees low. Alexa bumps Naomi off buckles and stomps a mudhole in. Natty comes in but gets kicked out, but Naomi gets Alexa in a full nelson bomb! Body scissor clutch cover, TWO!
Becky mocks Alexa as Naomi leg drops! Cover, TWO! Nikki passionately coaches and cheers Alexa on, but Naomi kicks Alexa. Naomi hits a buckle bulldog, but Natty discus clotheslines Naomi down! Cover, TWO! Natty wraps a chinlock on Naomi now, and Nikki checks on Alexa. Naomi fights her way up again but Natty throws her down. Natty drags Naomi around to hook the legs, and then grabs at the arms. Naomi tries but she still gets pulled into the surfboard! Natty holds Naomi up but Alexa covers Natty! TWO and then Alexa scramlbes away, with a grin on her face. Natty drags Naomi up but Naomi kicks back. Naomi tries to light Natty up but Natty dragon screws her to a corner! Natty runs into Naomi’s kick!
Naomi hops up but has to kick Alexa away. Natty gets Natty for a spinning powerbomb! Cover, and Alexa even helps, TWO! Natty boots Alexa then drags Naomi around, but Alexa rolls Natty up! TWO, and Alexa DECKS Natty with that divine right hand! Alexa kicks away on Naomi while fans rally up. Alexa puts that chinlock back on, but Naomi crawls for the ropes. Naomi reaches but Alexa drags her away to a cover, ONE! Alexa drags Naomi up as Nikki gets fans to cheer. Alexa stomps a mudhole in but the ref backs her off. She grinds her feet into Naomi but Naomi scorpion kicks then dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Alexa catches Naomi by the hair to throw her down, then wraps that chinlock back on.
Alexa grins at Becky but Becky doesn’t seem to sweat Alexa. Naomi fights back up but Alexa throws her into Natty! Natty is down while Naomi is out, but Natty powers Alexa to a corner to fire off! But Alexa throws Natty into buckles! Alexa stomps Natty back then dares fans to boo. But Natty SLAPS Alexa, to a scoop. Alexa slips out, throws Natty down, then runs, only for Naomi to drag her out. Naomi kicks Natty, BOOTS Alexa, then slingshots to sunset flip Natty! Natty rolls through, high stack, Natty ELIMINATES Naomi! The Queen of Harts just felt the Glow, and we take a break before the final showdown.
Raw returns and Natty stares Alexa down. Nikki assures Alexa she has this, and Alexa gets back in the ring. Natty goes right at her but Alexa uses the ropes as defense. Natty eggs Alexa on but Nikki grabs the mic. If people don’t start cheering for her best friend, she’s gonna… She’s gonna… The fans boo and Nikki shouts at them to shut up! Nikki will chant for Alexa alone if she has to! Alexa gets back in, but still uses the ropes. The ref backs Natty off and Alexa plays cat ‘n’ mouse to BOOT Natty down. Fans chant “You Suck!” and Nikki is upset. Alexa clubs Natty but Natty scoops Alexa. Alexa lips out to throw Natty down by her hair! Fans still boo as Alexa adds Insult2Injury! Cover, TWO!
The booing gets louder but Alexa drags Natty up to whip her to a corner. Natty dodges and gives Alexa the rebound sit-down! Natty stomps Alexa but Alexa bails out. Alexa runs away from Natty Nikki takes the discus! Alexa moves past her best friend to put Natty in. She drags Natty up but Natty gets the Sharpshooter! ALexa taps, Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by submission; NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship
Charly Caruso congratulates The Queen of Harts on punching her ticket to Toronto. Natty says a year makes such a difference. So much happened, but now she’s going back home to Canada to face her friend in Becky Lynch. This is a dream come true. Becky borrows a mic to respond, as a friend. “Correction: The Man has something to say.” Fans cheer as Becky hits the ring to stand with her contender.
Becky gives Natty congrats, and admits to being all hurt. But Becky is here to fight, because nothing makes her happier than a fight. With that, no more smiles. If Natty thinks this will be a match of friends, she’s in for a shock. Step up or Becky will wipe the floor with her. “Your career needs something.” And Becky is that something. If it’s one thing Becky learned in her last year, she does better at war than at love. Well then Becky must not be a good lover, “b*tch.” The claws are out and Becky has her war. Natty is going to take that greasy orange mop off her head, pull the horseshoe out of her ass, and beat the hell out of The Man. Becky wouldn’t have it any other way. Who wins this already red hot summer blockbuster?
Raw hears from Randy Orton.
“After I win tonight’s battle royal, I’ve got a little unfinished business with Brock Lesnar to attend to.” It isn’t a chip on his shoulder, but it is enough venom to take down the Beast. Will the three most dangerous letters in the WWE end Lesnar in Toronto?
Raw presents another edition of Miz TV!
The Hollywood A-Lister was asked by the Show-Off himself if he could be the guest tonight. Miz obliged, and he’ll talk with Dolph Ziggler after the break!
Raw returns to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show and Miz gives the introductions. Dolph Ziggler makes his entrance and joins Miz in the ring. Miz gest to business; why does Ziggler want to be here? Well Ziggler has his career problems on SmackDown, but he and Miz go way back and wanted to see if the rumors are true. What rumors? That while Miz used to want to outdo everyone, he’s just the yes man who does the talk show. Oh wow, Ziggler’s trying to get a rise out of Miz? Is he upset? Jealous? What? No, Ziggler is happy for Miz that Miz is happy to be here. Well yeah, he’s happy to be here in Long Island!
But this is what Ziggler means. Miz is just happy to be here now. He doesn’t have that fire anymore. Everything Miz does for the WWE, is it worth kissing ass and yet being snubbed off PPV? Better that than lose in 17 seconds. Well yeah, Ziggler has to deal with that embarrassing. Like Goldberg Taker bad. But Ziggler just wants to know how Miz could become everything he hated! He’s not from Long Island! Or Hollywood! They’re both from Cleveland! A gritty city, where they grew up with that attitude. Miz is better than this, yet he’s becoming everything he hates! Miz is everything that is wrong with WWE! He only cares about fortune and fame, “just like your wife.” That’s it! Miz attacks Ziggler and runs him out of the ring! Miz has fire now, but will Ziggler regret sparking it?
Mr. & Mrs. 24/7 Champion prepare for tonight.
Those roses have thorns, though. Ouch. But will they really “get it on” when we come back from break?
Raw returns and Maverick is ready. Renee is slipping into something more comfortable, so Maverick does, too. “Daddy’s ready for love.” Maverick does his best Shawn Michaels with just the belt on. Renee has a little surprise, but wait, room service comes by. Maverick is too ready, so he calms himself down. Renee brings the table in and thanks the bellboy with a tip. She heads to the bed and she has a big surprise. Wait, can the bellboy leave already? Wait, that’s… A REFEREE!! Is someone else here?! Who followed them!? Where is that other WWE superstar? Truth pops out from the table!! ROLL-UP! TWO!! Maverick throws the roses in Truth’s face! But Truth crossbodies Maverick onto the bed! Cover, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Truth got his baby back! And he hopes they’re still able to consummate. Maverick chases Truth out of the room, and Renee shouts under the sheets. What will Maverick and Truth do to each other next as their legendary feud continues?
WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender “Cross Brand All-Star Top 10” Battle Royal!
Awwww~ Long Island~! Prepare to see the best from both brands battle it out for a chance at the Beast, and feel~ the power~! Big E is out first as he, the Lone Wolf, the Critic of the Critics, the King of Lucha Libre, the Rocky Mountain Machine, the Monster Among Men, the Swiss Cyborg, the Viper, the Big Dog and the Architect are set to do battle! Who is the last all-star standing to meet Lesnar in Toronto?
Before Strowman goes out there, he makes sure all nine others know, they’re going to #GetTheseHands! Lashley’s wearing the rib tape to prove what happens when fighting the #LastMonsterStanding, but will Strowman do it all over again? But wait, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman return to get a good look at this match. The reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion takes a seat right on the stage while we go to one last break.
Raw returns once more, and the bell finally rings! Heyman and Lesnar watch eagerly as the brawls break out! Corbin and Rollins keep fighting from Extreme Rules, as do Strowman and Lashley! Rollins runs but into a choke slam! Corbin whips Rollins out but Rollins keeps off the floor. Lashley runs Orton over but Strowman body shots those bad ribs. Roman has Orton but Corbin saves Lashley? Those two work together like back in the day to soften Strowman up. Rollins and Mysterio fight, Cesaro comes in to go after them both. Cesaro deals uppercuts to everyone around! Sami, Orton, Roman, Sami again, Roman again, then Big E! He even hits Mysterio and trips him up, for the Swiss Swing!
Cesaro and Mysterio go around 10 times, then he catapults Msyterio up. Mysterio saves himself and Big E scoops Cdesaro. Cesaro sips out to trip BIg E, but Lashley crossbodies Cesaro down! Then trophy lifts and ELIMINATES Cesaro! But then Mysterio 619’s the bad ribs! And missile dropkicks as payback for a few weeks ago. Strowman ELIMINATES Lashley with a toss!! But now, Big E steps to the biggest man in the ring. Big E wants to see what Strowman can do. They collide but neither falls. Fans rally with “New! Day Rocks!” as Big E dodges Strowman, only to get run over! Strwoman hauls Big E up, but Big E slips out. Big E sends Strowman into buckles, and scoops Strowman!! BIGGEST ENDING!
But RKO for Big E! The Viper is still here, but Sami ELIMINATES Big E for him. Sami laughs all the way into an RKO! Mysterio dropkicks Sami, dials it up, 619! And Orton ELIMINATES Sami! But then Roman turns Orton around, to get an RKO anyway! Mysterio kicks his old foe and whips Orton, but Orton whips Mysteiro to 619 Roman! Orton whips but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Orton falls out under the middle rope, he’s not out of the match. Mysterio climbs, leaps, seated senton on Roman! But Corbin whips Mysterio out and ELIMINATES him! As if Corbin wasn’t hated enough. But now we have four of the final five in the ring: Strowman, Corbin, Rollins and Roman.
The Shield brothers stand united with Strowman against Corbin. Fans cheer as Strowman uppercuts Corbin. He puts Corbin on the ropes while Roman slips out the bottom, for a Drive-By Dropkick! Corbin reels into Rollins’ SUPERKICK! Rollins ELIMINATES Corbin! But now he, Roman and Strowman (and Orton on the outside) are the only ones left. And Strowman powers Rollins into a corner. He blocks the Superman Punch, to start a corner splash train on the Shield boys! But then Roman runs out, only to SPEAR Rollins! Strowman grabs Roman with one hand, scoops him up, and brings him tot he ropes. Roman fights out and looks to drag Strowman out with him! Rollins bumps them and ELIMINATES them both!
But Rollins forgets about Orton! Orton throws Rollins, but Rollins skins the cat! Orton runs over but gets a forearm. He hits back but Rollins does, too. Rollins and Orton brawl on opposite sides, but Orton drags Rollins in for the draping DDT! Rollins is down and Orton wants Lesnar to see him hear the voices in his head. The Viper stalks the Architect, but gets a mule kick and CURB STOMP! Rollins drags Orton up and throws him out, to win!
Winner: Seth Rollins; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Universal Championship
The Architect follows through! He wants one more shot at Lesnar to finally put him away for good! But Heyman says, “That’s not how you introduce the winner of a Cross Brand Top Ten All-Star Battle Royal.” He does the honors. “Ladies and gentlemen, your winner of the Battle Royal, the new #1 contender, and the man who now gets to go to Summerslam to be beaten, victimized and conquered, SETH, FREAKIN’, ROLLINS!”
Rollins responds and tells Heyman to “shut the hell up!” He’s been the conduit long enough, Rollins talks directly to Lesnar! “I told you I am a man possessed!” Rollins vowed to fight anyone to get a fight with Lesnar, and will make Summerslam look like Wrestlemania when he stomps Lesnar out and becomes THE reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion again. Lesnar has heard enough, and he has the chair as a weapon. He slams the apron with it, but that’s just a warning shot. Rollins doesn’t back down, but will he be put down? Or will history repeat itself between Beast and Beastslayer?
After a surprisingly good Extreme Rules, this Raw ended up a bit of a mixed bag. I’ll say right now that while the “no wrestling during commercials” edict seems to have loosened a little (but really only in the second Six Man Tag), it is still very present and very detrimental to the flow of things. The first Six Man Tag had to be made 2 out of 3 Falls because of it, which really held Ricochet, Roode, Revival and the Usos back given how great all six men are. It was fine that Ricochet and Usos won to rebound from their Extreme Rules PPV losses, and then it worked for The Club to go after them. In the Club’s Six Man Tag later on, booking was at least smarter, making Ricochet be the cause for a “restart.”
I really hope we’re getting Triple Threats for both the Raw Tag Team and WWE US titles, but more the former than the latter. Styles VS Ricochet 1v1 without Good Brother interference will be what they and the title needs. And a triple threat for the Raw tag titles to mirror SmackDown will be exactly what The Revival, the Usos and the Club all need. Speaking of needs, I like that Becky frames her coming match with Natty something Natty needs to stay relevant, because it’s true. Natty winning the Women’s Elimination Fatal 4 was a great surprise, but it works since WWE is going to Canada and she’s Canadian. But the pacing could’ve been better, and would’ve been helped if Becky wasn’t ringside the whole time. Have Becky come out after to have the same promos with Natty, and you still get the effect of her toughing out her bumps and bruises.
Poor Viking Raiders, still fighting their way out of the hole Vince put them in. And as soon as Maria was acting like she was going to make Mike’s match her match, it was clear Mike was losing. Just didn’t think it’d be in a squash they actually announce as such. But that little detail is to probably further “humiliate” Mike. As of last week’s 205 Live, Mike promises to do something drastic for this week, so this can help as motivation for that. I hope he shouts “I AM a man!” the entire time. And what a great win for Cedric Alexander! This will make for a great build for McIntyre if that match with Taker is still coming. Maybe Taker saves Alexander from a beat down this time to then challenge McIntyre to a match. And a new Miz VS Ziggler feud might be interesting, with Ziggler all but saying Miz is the new Cena.
I am so pumped to see the payoffs of two unlikely hits for Raw. After a surprisingly fast win for Samoa Joe and an equally surprising retaliation from Finn, Bray Wyatt returns! The Fiend makes his live debut, and I’m pretty sure this means Fiend VS Demon at Summerslam for some really freaky stuff. Also the fans should’ve chanted “Yowie Wowie!” here, but oh well. Then the other was getting to see what we all guessed would happen: Truth crashes the honeymoon! He takes the title back but I’m not sure where gags like this can go, because this was already the ultimate thing. Maybe Bischoff chooses a third person for the mix with SmackDown tomorrow night and that changes things up for Maverick and Truth.
I knew the long-name battle royal wasn’t going to take that long by the time we got it. They did great to jam in everything in those 10 minutes or so, but of course Rollins wins for what will essentially be his last chance at the title. Raw could’ve really freshened things up with Strowman winning for another try, and hopefully a successful one. Or they could’ve found used this match to turn Lashley or even Orton Face to go at Lesnar. Lashley would’ve been the preferred two of those, but it seems his turn isn’t what they want to do yet. Lesnar VS Rollins will still be good, and seeing it again shouldn’t be a reason to dislike it. A rivalry is built on rematches, but this one does need to end things for a good long time, and hopefully with Rollins winning so we don’t get Lesnar just disappearing with the belt again.
My Score: 8.1/10
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