It’s the SmackDown after TLC, and The Empress of Tomorrow has taken the throne! Will The Queen or The Man come back for revenge?
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Naomi; Asuka wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- The Miz & ??? VS ???; The Miz & Mandy Rose win.
- The Usos VS The Club; No Contest.
- AJ Styles & Mustafa Ali VS Daniel Bryan & Andrade “Cien” Almas; Styles & Ali win.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon addresses the entire roster at once.
He informs them that last night on raw–BOO!–The McMahons ushered in a “fresh start” for the entire WWE. There will be new faces, new match-ups and new opportunities. That’s because the McMahons are finally listening. They owe it to the company and to the WWE Universe. The locker room can agree to that. This all starts tonight. Don’t just reach for brass rings, but grab it, rip it down and take it for all it’s worth! Shane thanks General Manager Paige and brings her forward. On behalf of everyone, Shane thanks Paige for her work as GM. Paige isn’t going anywhere, but her position is changing. “Thank you, Paige! Thank you, Paige!”
Becky Lynch heads to the ring!
The Man is without her belt, and she’s not happy about it. Becky battled tooth and nail with Charlotte Flair and Asuka, but it would be the Raw Women’s Champion, Ronda Rousey, who affected the outcome! Asuka has the title and someone’s gonna pay for that. Fans cheer Becky on but she says it doesn’t matter who’s running the show, she’s in charge. There’s all this “corporate nonsense speech”, but she’s in front of the people because this is where the real business is conducted. And all Becky wants from the McMahons is Ronda Rousey served up. “Ronnie” better listen. When Becky stepped into Ronda’s business, she faced her up front, made her tap in the locker room and fought her in the ring. But when Ronda stepped into Becky’s business, she didn’t even stick around to fight.
Ronda pushed the ladder down but Becky worked way too hard to “let some Rowdy Piper cosplayer take it all away from me!” But now The Queen appears! She has had her own issues with Ronda, and was equally screwed over by Ronda’s interference. Charlotte joins Becky in the ring with her own microphone, and fans “WOO~!” Charlotte tells Becky to take a number. In fact, be number two behind The Queen, “because Ronda stole my opportunity at TLC.” Speaking of cosplayers… And Becky will no longer be behind Charlotte. Yet the days of her looking up to Charlotte are #ThenNowandForever. Let’s be real. The odds were, Charlotte would’ve become the eight time Women’s Champion. Becky and Charlotte argue, but then THE SmackDown Women’s Champion appears!
Asuka heads to the ring, the belt around her waist. She joins Charlotte and Becky in the ring, and with both of them glaring at her, tells them “Forget Ronda. Asuka is the champion now~!” Becky wants Asuka to prove it. Charlotte says Asuka should thank Ronda. Asuka is a paper champion thanks to Ronda’s help. But Becky and Charlotte still argue with each other, so here comes VINCE MCMAHON!? The Chairman was on Raw, and now he’s on SmackDown! And Mr. McMahon quickly wishes everyone a happy holidays before moving to business. He congratulates the new champion, Asuka, and then says Becky’s behavior is unbecoming. Someone owes her something? Same goes for Charlotte, making her excuses. It was a TLC Triple Threat, “anything goes”, which means anyone could jump in.
And they did, it was Ronda. Ronda wants to write the next chapter. So get over it and settle things with Ronda. Now, how about Asuka defending that title tonight? Fans like the sound of that, as does Asuka. Well they’ll figure out who that is tonight! And with that, here comes Naomi! Naomi says Charlotte had her chance, and Becky lost. But now Naomi wants her shot! Vince considers the options, and makes the match! The Empress and The Glow collide, who will have that throne by the end of the night?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Naomi!
SmackDown returns as the bell rings. Asuka and Naomi are noted friends but they’re willing to fight for the top spot tonight. They tie up and go around, and Naomi wrenches the arm. Charlotte and Becky watch ringside, both wanting to see who they’ll be targeting after this is done. Asuka goes for the ropes and flips through. Asuka reverses but Naomi kicks and flips through, too. Naomi cartwheels and reverses to an armlock. Asuka fights out and arm-drags Naomi down. Asuka grinds a knee into Naomi but fans rally up. Naomi headscissors but Asuka pops out, only to run into Naomi’s headlock takeover. Asuka headscissors but Naomi pops out. The two stand off and fans applaud.
Asuka whips Naomi then follows, but Naomi dodges. Naomi runs into a waistlock but resists. Naomi slips out of the back suplex, but dropkicks cancel out! Fans fire up as the two circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, but Naomi spins. Asuka kicks but Naomi waistlocks to a full nelson. Asuka standing switches but Naomi arm-drags. Naomi kicks Asuka stiff in the back! Asuka gets a leg and goes for an ankle lock! Naomi rolls through to escape, then gets that full nelson. Full Nelson bomb, body scissor cover! TWO and Asuka makes it a cover, TWO! Naomi goes for the crucifix cover, TWO! Asuka slips out to a Fujiwara armbar! Fans applaud but Becky and Charlotte are stone faced.
Naomi gets up and fights back but Asuka forearms, too. Asuka whips but Naomi goes up. The twerk attack is denied with a kick! Asuka brings Naomi to the ropes to kick her, making sure Charlotte and Becky see it all clearly. Naomi gets to a corner and back elbows Asuka. Naomi hops up but Asuka clubs her. Asuka climbs for an elevated abdominal stretch. The ref counts and Asuka lets go, to brag that “Asuka champion!” But Naomi gives her a SUPER Russian Leg Sweep! Naomi can’t make the cover, and both women are down while we go picture in picture.
Naomi and Asuka slowly stir, and Naomi sits up first. Asuka rolls out, but Naomi sees her. Naomi slingshots and planchas! Asuka goes down in a heap, but Naomi is right on her. Naomi puts Asuka back in, then covers, TWO! Naomi keeps on Asuka with a buckle bump. She stomps Asuka, then grinds in her chaser lights. She backs off at 4, and Asuka hits back. Asuka kicks from the mat but Naomi grabs a leg to smash it on the mat! Naomi sits Asuka up to hit the sliding lariat! Naomi then wraps on a chinlock to grind Asuka down. Asuka endures as Naomi pulls back on the chinlock. Asuka fights her way up, and then fights free of the hold. Naomi shoves Asuka to light her up with kicks! Asuka kicks, Naomi kicks, then double roundhouses! Both women are down but it doesn’t impress Charlotte or Becky.
Asuka and Naomi crawl to ropes and use them to stand. Asuka runs in but her hip attack misses. Naomi dropkicks Asuka out of the ring! The referee checks on Asuka but she’s okay. Naomi slides, but is caught and dragged out! We return to single picture as Asuka catches her breath. Fans rally up for Asuka as she brings Naomi back into the ring. Asuka climbs up top, and leaps for a missile dropkick to Naomi’s back! Naomi rolls out but Asuka pursues. Asuka stomps Naomi down, then even toys with her. Asuka brings Naomi back up to run her all the way to the timekeeper’s area. Naomi goes up and hits back with a springboard enziguri! Both women are down right in front of Becky, who actually seems amused now.
A ring count begins and passes 5 before either woman stirs. Asuka crawls and gets in at 9, Naomi in at 9.5! The match continues and both women stare down. They approach and start brawling with forearms. Naomi hits, Asuka hits, repeat! Naomi gets an edge, but runs into the pop-up knee! Asuka aims at Naomi in the corner, runs in, but into boots. Asuka deflects them only to get another enziguri! Naomi has Asuka in the drop zone, GLow Ship hits knees! ASUKA LOCK!! Naomi rolls but Asuka is a backpack now. Naomi gets up and uses buckles for leverage! Cover, TWO, the Asuka Lock is in deep!! Naomi gets up again, sits out, but Asuka rolls her over for a waistlock. Naomi counters the German Suplex to a victory roll, TWO! REAR VIEW! Cover, TWO!!
Naomi almost had Asuka but she keeps her cool. She goes to the apron and takes aim. Naomi springboards, but into a code breaker!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka is furious, and goes for her lock again! She makes suer Charlotte and Becky watch, as Naomi taps! Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission; still SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Empress didn’t know Naomi would step up, but she does prove that she’s ready for anyone! Charlotte and Becky both want that title back, but will they be ready for Asuka?
The Miz visits The McMahons backstage.
Vince is the one who answers the knock. Miz was hoping for Shane. Sorry, he can’t come out to play. Well, then with Vince here, Miz hopes Vince understands the “rough patch” he and Shane are going through. But Miz is the utility man of SmackDown. He knows he and Shane could be #BestTagTeamintheWorld!
And what is Vince to do about that? Miz is a worthy partner for Shane’s son. He just wants Vince’s blessing. Blessing? Vince has never given that in his life. He doesn’t believe in blessings. Miz isn’t getting his blessing, but he can prove himself. Vince will find a team, and a partner for Miz, and Miz can prove how great a tag team wrestler he really is. Miz is eager for this opportunity, but will he be able to make the most of it when he has no idea who he’s against and who he’s teaming with?
Backstage interview with Rusev & Lana!
The Bulgarian Brute beat Shinsuke Nakamura in a tag team match, does this earn him a United States Championship match? Rusev hopes the McMahons are watching, because Rusev is a man of action. He proved Nakamura he is a worthy challenger. Rusev is a handsome superstar super athlete! You could shave his beard off and make a baby sweater out of it, and sell it for thousands of dollars on eBay! Have you seen how Nakamura looks lately? All blue, like Sonic the Hedgehog. Nakamura can run fast and run far, but he’s not escaping Rusev. Rusev will get his hands on Nakamura, and get that US Championship back, on Rusev Day! The challenge has been issued, what will the McMahons have to say about that?
Jeff Hardy heads to the ring!
The Charismatic Enigma has been the target of Samoa Joe’s mind games, but isn’t letting it get him down. Hardy hears Joe has reconsidered his actions and wants to apologize? Some of the things Joe said were true, that Hardy has been weak, made mistakes, “but that was then, this is now!” Hardy wakes up and worships the fact that he is alive, well, and here. So Joe can “apologize”, to Hardy’s face! Samoa Joe does come out, microphone in hand. Joe tells Hardy, “I am sorry.” Joe is sorry because this is not an apology after all. They should’ve done this long ago. This is an intervention.
Joe wants Hardy to look at him, they’ve known each other a long time, and Joe is very worried for Hardy. This is the holiday season, and it can be rough on a man like Hardy. Those demons will come right back and control him again. Enough! The more Joe reminds Hardy about his past, the more Hardy remembers he’s never going back. Hardy sees right through Joe. Joe attacks other people’s weaknesses to cover his own insecurities up. Is it because Joe hasn’t had a title in two years? Joe has nothing to say, but he will attack! And Hardy is ready! Twist of Fate! Hardy leaves Joe down, but will he render The Destroyer OBSOLETE?
The Miz & ??? VS ???
The Hollywood A-Lister wants to team with Shane O’Mac, but he can’t get Vince McMahon’s blessing. However, he can prove it, if he wins this Mixed Match Challenge. Miz’s partner is the Golden Goddess, Mandy Rose! A pretty good choice for a partner, but then, who are the Golden Stars facing? The Mixed Match Challenge champions, the FABULOUS Truth!! R-Truth & Carmella defeated #Mahalicia to win the 30th spots in the Men’s & Women’s Royal Rumbles, which was preceded by defeating the previous champions, Team AWESKA! Can Truth & Carmella repeat the process against Miz and Maryse? Er, Mandy?
The bell rings and the women start us off. Carmella and Mandy tie up, and Mandy powers Carmella to the ropes. Mandy throws Carmella but then Carmella dodges to headscissor around the world! Carmella dropkicks Mandy to the corner, Miz tags in. Truth comes in and things speed up. Truth wheelbarrow to victory rolls, TWO! Miz gets up but Truth clotheslines him out. Mandy regroups with Miz, but FABULOUS Truth give us a DANCE BREAK! The flossing and twerking has it’s time, but Mandy runs in! Truth saves Carmella to FABULOUS Kick her! But Miz gets Truth with a Skull Crushing Finale! Cover, Miz & Mandy win!
Winners: The Miz & Mandy Rose, Miz pinning
The Golden Goddess takes the hit but her team gets the win! Will this convince Vince to let Shane and Miz team up? What will Shane have to say about this?
WWE takes a look at the new faces coming to the main roster!
Monsters, Beasts, Vipers, Giants. None of them compare to the Leviathan! Lars Sullivan is a dominate Freak and promises to destroy the roster.
The Lady of NXT, the Model Soldier, Lacey Evans is armed with a Woman’s Right to hit hard and class it up.
#SteaksAndWeights fuel Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic in tag team wrestling! They have a “damn good time” in the ring, and they’re COMIIIIN’!
The Loony Lass loves to play! SAnitY’s Twisted Sister finally joins her chaotic crew, who wants to play?
The Top One Percent prepares for #VictoryAfterVictory on the main roster! Will he find brand new success as he jumps from #NX3 to TV?
The Usos head to the ring!
Jimmy & Jey may not have won that SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat, but they were up against The New Day and The Bar. But they’re not too bummed out, because they’re still the constant of WWE. They may not won, but they weren’t pinned. The gold is still on their minds, so The Bar should come out here and– Wait, that’s not The Bar, that’s The Club! Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson walk out with mics, and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Anderson hears this week after week, Usos, New Day, Bar, repeat. Those are great teams having great matches but they had a rap battle? And The Good Brothers haven’t been around since August? That’s four months that a legit great tag team of the decade has been on the sidelines. But no more. It’s a clean slate, so let’s clean house. Time to get paid.
The Usos explain they’re not the reason The Club slipped through the cracks. You either step up or get stepped on. And these two better step up or turn around. Well they’re not turning around, so Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! A referee hurries out, and we might have a match! Yes, this IS a match! Will the #OGBC break free of the #LockDown?
The Usos VS The Club!
SmackDown returns and Anderson has Jimmy down in a chinlock. Fans rally up and Jimmy fights his way up, only for Anderson to wrangle him back down. Jey recovers on the outside, having been treated just as rough. Fans rally again and Jimmy reaches for his brother. Anderson kicks and whips Jimmy, then hits a big uppercut in the corner. Tag to Gallows and he headbutts Jimmy in the ribs. Gallows roundhouses Jimmy, then covers, TWO! Gallows drives elbows into Jimmy over and over, then warps on a new chinlock. Fans still rally for Jimmy, and Jimmy gets a second wind. Jimmy fights with body shots but Gallows knees low. Gallows whips but Jimmy dodges to send the boot into the corner! Gallows tumbles out, but he crawls back in. He and Jimmy both crawl to their corners, hot tags to Anderson and Jey!
Jey rallies on Anderson with big clotheslines and a back kick. He uppercuts then dodges Anderson to give him a Samoan Drop! Fans fire up with Jey as he aims at Anderson. Jey runs corner to corner but misses the hip attack. Anderson rocket kicks then neckbreakers! Cover, TWO! Anderson keeps his cool and tags in Gallows. The Club go after Jey together, fireman’s carry, but Anderson gets tripped up! Jey slips out to sunset flip but Gallows pulls him back up. Gallows hits the two-handed sit-out choke slam! Cover, TWO! Jey survives and The Club is frustrated. Gallows runs but jimmy tags in. Both Usos kick Gallows away! Tag back, Jimmy leaps but into Gallows’ hand. Gallows catches Jey, too, but both Usos kick him away. Anderson tags in just before The Usos clothesline Gallows out!
Jey is in the ring and aims at Gallows, but Anderson intercepts with a shotgun kick! Jey is all hung up and we go picture in picture! Everyone else is down while the ref helps Jey out of the ropes. Jey goes to the floor, and the ref checks on him. He’s okay to continue somehow, and hurries back up. Anderson is on him and puts him in the ring. Anderson climbs, leaps, flying neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Anderson grows frustrated. Anderson brings Jey back up, but Jey wants a fireman’s carry. Anderson slips out but Jey standing switches. They run to ropes and Gallows tags in! Jey rolls Anderson but gets a YAKUZA Kick! Cover, TWO! Gallows drags Jey up, gut wrench but Jey slips out. Jimmy tags in, SUPERKICK rocks Gallows! Jimmy leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO!
The Usos are shocked but Jimmy keeps moving. Jimmy climbs but Gallows rocks him with an uppercut. Gallows tags Anderson and Anderson climbs up after Jimmy. Jey is still down from his bad leg, but Jimmy fights Anderson off. Jimmy shoves Anderson down, but Anderson gets under the leap. SUPERKICK for Gallows, SUPERKICK for Anderson! Jimmy keeps going, climbing again. But wait, NOW The Bar appears! Jimmy watches Cesaro & Sheamus head down the ramp, but still leaps for the Usos Splash! Cover, but SAnitY attacks?!
Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain & Eric Young attack both The Usos and The Club, seemingly doing what The Bar wanted to themselves. Big Damo aims at Jey, and crushes him with The Divide! Wheelbarrow neckbreaker from Eric to Anderson! Wolfe gets Jimmy up and Damo enters. They work together for the power slam neckbreaker combo! Cesaro & Sheamus watch SAnitY walk past, and Eric says “We beat you to it!” Will SAnitY soon target the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?
The Bar brush it off and go after the Usos and Club themselves! They throw Anderson into a post, then Gallows into barriers! Jey gets thrown into barriers, and The Bar raise their belts. Cesaro & Sheamus don’t care if things are changing, they’re determined to stay the champions. But will things get too chaotic for even them to survive?
Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.
“Rusev, I should be afraid of you? I should be afraid of this?” The King of Strong Style plays footage of Total Divas, as Rusev turns his trunks into a Speedo. Then there are highlights of him and Lana, and Rusev just being generally goofy. Nakamura says Rusev is no champion contender. He’s not a star. Rusev is a total diva. Will the King of Strong Style be able to keep Rusev far away from the title? Or will this only motivate the Bulgarian Brute to come after him harder?
Be sure to tune into the USA Network this Wednesday for the New Day’s WWE 2018 Pancake Powered New Year Super Spectacular~! They’ll look abck at the most unforgettable moments of the WWE. Featuring who? Who who who? John Cena! Roman Reigns! Braun Strowman! Becky Lynch! And many more! Join them so that you will have a very merry ho! Li day! Ho! Li day!
AJ Styles & Mustafa Ali VS Daniel Bryan & Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
This may be a new phase for the WWE, but the New Daniel Bryan is still the WWE Champion, and he surprisingly didn’t have to cheat to do it. But fair fight or not, that doesn’t mean The Phenomenal One and Beacon of Light will just leave it at that. They team together for the first time ever to go against the New Bryan as well as El Idolo!
But before the match, Bryan picks up a mic. Fans boo and jeer as Bryan says he “killed the Yes Movement.” Bryan destroyed the House that AJ Styles Built. But unlike the fans, Bryan isn’t about destruction, he’s about creation. He will create something better. Bryan is creating a “brave new world.” He understands the fans won’t like it, because they fear change. How else can they explain the “vacuous consumption” and the destruction of the planet that gives us life? Fresno, California is the guiltiest of all! Some fans actually agree. Bryan is sickened by how proud and ignorant they are. Fresno is #1 in pollution in California! “Shame! Shame!” Bryan shames all of the Fresno fans!
“Self-education is the only kind of education there is.” And that might work for some, but “you people” wouldn’t know education if it was handed to them through a drive-thru window! Fresno should not try self-education because they will fail! Actually, it looks like they failed already. But they have someone to show them the way, to teach them the right way to live. And that man is “your WWE Champion, the NEW Daniel Bryan!” That aside, Almas & Vega make their entrance, as well as Styles and Ali, and we finally have this match, after the break.
SmackDown returns as Bryan circles with Styles, but tags out to Almas. Almas and Styles circle now and tie up. Almas kicks low then fires off forearms and CHOPS. He rams knees in, too, then whips Styles corner to corner. Styles reverses, but Almas back elbows him away. Almas runs but Styles catches the kick. Almas dodges, boot feint to back elbow! Cover, ONE, but El Idolo feels good about rocking the Phenomenal One. Almas puts Styles in a corner for more knees and forearms. Vega cheers her client on but fans rally for Styles. Almas brings Styles up for knees, but Styles hits back with haymakers. Almas scoops but Styles slips out. Styles gets a waistlock but Almas elbows out. Things speed up and Styles dropkicks Almas down!
Both men are down but fans rally up. Styles stands first and brings Almas up. Styles wrenches the arm and tags in Ali. Ali climbs and leaps for double stomps to Almas’ arm. Ali wrenches to a wristlock but Almas forearms out. Almas fireman’s carry and swings Ali, but Ali arm-drags through! Ali wrenches the arm but Almas back drops, only for Ali to sunset flip. TWO and Almas pulls hair! Bryan tags in and he mugs Ali in the corner. Bryan gives Ali “No Kicks” in the corner over and over. He backs off at 4, but brings Ali up to bump him off buckles. Bryan SLAPS Ali, and Vega applauds. Bryan wrenches Ali into an abdominal stretch. He bends Ali’s arm back and pulls hard, making Ali and Styles look at each other. Styles and fans rally for Ali, and Ali hip tosses out!
But Bryan tags Almas and Almas drops a leg on Ali’s arm! Almas taunts Styles, then grins as he brings Ali up. Almas CHOPS Ali against ropes, and Bryan wants uno mas. Vega wants one, too, so Almas stands Ali up for another CHOP! Bryan tags in and he brings Ali up for a chop of his own. Bryan whips Ali corner to corner then runs in, but Ali slips out to roundhouse Bryan back! Ali aims, slingshots for the somersault facebuster! Bryan bails out but Ali gets moving. Almas uses tranquilo to block the path and Vega joins him. Styles dropkicks Almas down! Vega freaks out, but Styles helps Ali FLY! Ali takes out Almas and Bryan and fans fire up while we go to break!
SmackDown returns once more, and Bryan has Ali in a Lion Tamer! Ali endures the modified Boston Crab and fights out with kicks. But Bryan tags in Almas and Almas climbs to splash down! Cover, TWO! Almas keeps his cool and goes after the legs himself. Almas turns Ali for a Half Crab and pulls back hard. Ali crawls and fans rally up, but Almas shifts to drop an elbow. Ali drags Ali up to then hit a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Almas brings Ali over and stomps him out before tagging Bryan in. Bryan dares Ali to stand, and makes sure to stay between him and Styles. Ali sits up but gets more No Kicks! Ironically, fans say no and Almas says yes. Bryan brings Ali up and whips, but Ali kicks him back! Ali throws haymakers, then runs, but into a BIG clothesline!
Bryan goes right at the legs, for the surfboard! Ali endures as he’s held up high, then brought into a dragon sleeper! Ali flails and reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go at 4, then tags Almas. Almas drags Ali up and taunts him. Fans rally up and Ali fights back. Almas SLAPS Ali then whips him, and flapjack tosses Ali down! Cocky cover, TWO! Almas mocks Styles with a Clash but Ali huricanranas through! Only to get flipped with a lariat! Almas climbs up and moonsaults, lands on his feet as Ali rolls, but standing moonsaults to get knees! Ali and Almas are down, but Ali is crawling for his corner. Almas starts to crawl, hot tags to Styles and Bryan!
Styles rallies on Bryan with chops and forearms, and the Phenomenal Blitz! Styles hits the sliding forearm! He hits Bryan in the corner, then suplexes him up. Bryan fights back but Styles gets him with a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool, then runs back in. Bryan puts Styles on the apron, but Styles springboards. Bryan gets under, but caught into a Calf Crusher!! Styles wrenches hard, then rolls Bryan from ropes! Almas attacks to break the hold! Almas drags Styles up, hammerlocks and facelocks, but Styles resists the DDT. They go around to ropes, and Styles dumps Almas out! Ali comes in outta nowhere with a flying huricanrana! Bryan runs but misses Styles in the corner, and Styles gets Bryan ready for the Clash! Bryan roundhouses! And buzzsaws!
But Bryan doesn’t cover, he aims at Styles, only to get a boot! Styles hops up, moonsault DDT! Both men are down, and Ali returns. Styles heads that way, hot tag! Ali runs and tilt-o-whirls for the DDT! He puts Bryan in a drop zone, but Almas goes after Ali up top. Ali fights Almas off, Stylse Phenomenal Forearms Almas down! 0-5-4!! Ali covers, Ali & Styles win!!
Winner: Mustafa Ali & AJ Styles, Ali pinning
What a massive way for the Heart of the Cruiserweight Division to officially join SmackDown then to pin the WWE Champion!! We all know this “fresh start” in the WWE means no more rematch clauses, so with AJ Styles out of the way, will a Beacon of Light shine in the title scene?
Once again the saying is SmackDown: Raw but better! Raw suffered from too many commercials but SmackDown kept the ratio just right. And even without commercials, the irony of “the more things change, the more they stay the same” is that SmackDown was still great even while Raw was in the toilet. Therefore, SmackDown continues to be great, even with these changes, real or imagined by the McMahons.
I’m a little sad to hear Paige isn’t a General Manager, but it sounds like there will be some new role to make up for that. Maybe some kind of “executive assistant” or something. And opening with a brief mention of the TLC Triple Threat controversy was good, as was that opening SmackDown Women’s Championship match. Ronda’s idea of the champion defending the title after a PPV might actually be a thing after all. Asuka retains, but I wonder how they’ll determine a challenger. I’d make Charlotte VS Becky 1v1 so we can get another great match from that, and then the winner gets a title match. Of course, Becky wants Ronda, too, so I’m still thinking she goes into the Rumble for a chance to get at Ronda. Becky VS Ronda definitely should happen somehow.
The Miz talking with Vince backstage was definitely something. And when the announcement was a mixed tag, I knew right away Miz was against Truth & Carmella. Truth & Carmella already won plenty so Miz wins to continue this story with Shane. I believe SmackDown is doing taping for their Christmas episode, same as Raw for Christmas Eve, so that Miz TV segment with Miz and Shane is likely happening right now. I’d imagine Shane will again insist he would rather stay out of the ring, but perhaps he gives Miz one last chance just to see how it goes. Then a match with jobbers maybe, or maybe a real team like The Colons, and who knows? #BestTagTeamintheWorld might make it pretty far.
Speaking of tag teams, everything with SmackDown’s Tag Team Division was perfect. The Club finally get some shine against The Usos in a really good match, and SAnitY returns to make their own big statement. I would love if SAnitY finally gets in the mix and maybe even get those titles of The Bar. Perhaps in a Fatal 4 Way, give The Club an even chance at it, too. The NXT call-ups are shown tonight, too, those six will be divided equally. Nikki Cross comes to SmackDown, obviously, and Lacey Evans will go to Raw to keep the Women’s Divisions even. Then it’s either SmackDown gets a tag team or two singles competitors in Lars and EC3. I would love EC3 to be on SmackDown for a feud with Bryan’s current character.
The tag team main event was spectacular, and Mustafa Ali is officially part of SmackDown. I hope he’ll be a crossover with 205 Live, Ali still deserves to be Cruiserweight Champion and wrap his story up with Buddy Murphy. At the same time, Ali gets to be the one to pin Daniel Bryan, I would love if Ali gets both titles. It would be such an amazing thing for Ali and for everyone if the Cruiserweight Division opens up with a Champion VS Champion story. Bryan could even trim down, kayfabe or not, and compete on 205 Live to A) get that show the ratings it deserves and B) show that every title matters. Why should anyone stop at one title when they’re eligible for multiple? The New Bryan should try to spread his message to all possible outlets, and the Cruiserweight Division should be one of them.
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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