It’s time for Tables, Ladders and Chairs! Will AJ Styles take the WWE Championship back from the “New” Daniel Bryan? Will Baron Corbin become GM by forfeit?
- Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Cedric Alexander; Murphy wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- Kickoff Show – Ladder Match: Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush; Elias wins.
- Mixed Match Challenge Finals: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox w/ The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth & Carmella; Truth & Carmella win MMC Season 2, and are now the 30th spots in both the Men’s & Women’s Royal Rumbles.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Bar VS The Usos VS The New Day; The Bar win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- TLC Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins, Corbin is no longer Raw GM, Strowman faces Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble for the WWE Universal Championship.
- Tables Match: Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Natalya wins.
- Finn Balor VS Drew McIntyre; Finn wins.
- Chairs Match: Randy Orton VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Nia Jax w/ Tamina; Rousey wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan VS AJ Styles; Bryan wins and retains the WWE Championship.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Dean Ambrose; Ambrose wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; Asuka wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
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It’s the WWE TLC Kickoff Show!
Jonathan Coachman, Booker T, David Otunga and Sam Roberts discuss the stories and possible outcomes of all the matches on tonight’s card!
Baron Corbin practices his victory for later tonight.
The temporary Raw GM wants Jojo to put in way more emotion for the announcement that he will be the permanent GM. Heath Slater is going to be his referee and will count to 10, then Jojo will announce the decision. Charly Caruso comes in, and Corbin informs her that she has been handpicked to interview him after his victory by forfeit. She’s thankful for that, but she’s also here to interview him about the rumor that Braun Strowman will still be here tonight. Even if that were possible, Corbin would shatter Braun’s good elbow to pieces. And Corbin no longer responds to questions beneath a Raw GM. Now, from the top! “Ladies and gentlemen, your winner by forfeit, and permanent general manager, Baron Corbin.” Much better. But will that really be the announcement by the end of the TLC Match?
Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Cedric Alexander!
The Juggernaut won the title in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia, at the Super Show-Down event. However, the Age of Alexander looks to rebuild itself in San Jose! Can the Soul of 205 Live survive the unstoppable?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin! Alexander and Murphy circle and tie up. Murphy gets a waistlock but Alexander the standing switch. Murphy wrenches an arm but Alexander rolls through and reverses! Alexander wrenches the wrist but Murphy slips through the headlock takeover. Alexander headscissors but Murphy pops out. Roles reverse and now Alexander pops out of the headscissors. Murphy sweeps, cover, ONE. Alexander sweeps, ONE, and both men handspring up! Fans fire up for this even exchange and chant “205! 205!” for the fastest hour of WWE. Alexander waistlocks but Murphy breaks out. Alexander dodges and headscissors Murphy out! Fans fire up again as Alexander builds speed. Alexander dodges and ducks Murphy to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO!
Alexander keeps his cool, then CHOPS Murphy against the ropes. Murphy dumps Alexander to the apron but Alexander rocks him with a right! Alexander lines it up, but gets a knee trigger on reentry! We go picture in picture while Alexander falls out of the ring. Murphy fetches Alexander into the ring then climbs up. Murphy leaps for a meteora! Cover, TWO! Alexander lives but Murphy keeps his eyes on him. Murphy drives a knee in and wraps on a chinlock. Murphy shifts to drive elbows into Alexander’s shoulder and chest. Cover, TWO! Murphy gets Alexander back in the chinlock but fans build to a rally. Alexander gets up and fights back with body shots. Alexander breaks free to throw a forearm, then shoves Murphy to a corner. Murphy boots back, then hops up.
Murphy brings Alexander around for a hangman sleeper hold! He lets go at 4, but dares Alexander to stand back up. Murphy leaps, but into a SUPERKICK! Alexander and Murphy are both down, and fans build to another rally. Alexander gets to a corner, and runs corner to corner at Murphy. He rams in a shoulder then swings a kick to kick Murphy from the corner! Springboard complete shot, and then Alexander wrecks Murphy with a dropkick! Alexander keeps going, springboard lariat! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives and Alexander is frustrated. Alexander stands while Murphy clutches ribs. Alexander drags Murphy up, but Murphy slips out of the lift. Murphy boots, dodges, but Alexander counters! Murphy sits on it, with trunks! TWO, and Alexander gets a sudden Michinoku! Cover, TWO!!
Alexander is shocked again, and thinks of what else he must do. Alexander stands and brings Murphy up. He throws a stiff forearm and Murphy falls over. Murphy slowly rises but Alexander punches him back down. Alexander brings Murphy up but Murphy blocks to fire off strikes! The knee misses, but so does the enziguri. Alexander rolls to uppercut! Alexander runs but Murphy reels him in. Murphy ducks the kick to shove Alexander, but Alexander elbow shim away. Alexander hops up, but gets tucked in for a SUPERKICK! And a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Now Alexander lives and Murphy is shocked! Murphy drags himself up while Alexander crawls. Murphy stalks Alexander to a corner, and scrapes him out to the apron. They both stand on the edge, and Alexander suddenly gets Murphy with a Death Valley Driver! Alexander puts Murphy in, cover, TWO! LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Murphy finds a way to survive, and Alexander is beside himself. Murphy slumps out of the ring, but Alexander pursues. Alexander drags Murphy up but that’s 205 pounds of dead weight. Alexander puts Murphy in and stalks him to a corner. Murphy yanks Alexander into buckles! Murphy runs back in for a knee trigger! Then he drags Alexander up, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The Age of Alexander’s revival will not be at the expense of the Juggernaut! The unstoppable run of Buddy Murphy continues, will it ever end?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in San Jose, and has one of his guitars in hand. But in a Ladder match with Bobby Lashley, another of his guitars will be above the ring as the prize. Even so, he asks the usual question: “Who wants to Walk with Elias?!” San Jose does! TLC will be TLCG: Tables, Ladders, Chairs & Guitars. A ladder is a great symbol, he’s already climbed the ladder of success. Now he must climb to reclaim his beautiful Fender. And once he does, he’ll play a tune on Lashley that he’ll never forget. But right now, Elias plays a classic with his own spin on it. “Do you know the way to San Jose?” So please, silence phones, hold applause and maybe sing along. But no such luck, as Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush make their entrance.
Kickoff Show – Ladder Match: Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush!
This is a very unique Ladder match for The Drifter and the Rocky Mountain Machine. Instead of the prize being a title or a contract, it is one of Elias’ prized guitars. Will Elias save his Fender from Lashley’s grasp? Or will that guitar soon bring a smash hit across someone’s back?
Lio speaks on the way out. “Once again, you are sadly mistaken!” Nobody came here for Elias. They all paid to see The Almighty Bobby! And their favorite pose: Bobby’s booty! Anyway, the bell rings and the two circle in the ring. Lashley and Elias tie up and end up all over the ropes. Elias powers out of the headlock but Lashley runs him over. Lio hypes Lashley up as Lashley hits a complete shot. Lashley heads for a ladder already, but fans tell him “Lashley Sucks!” Lashley brings a ladder up and in, but Elias dropkicks it into him! Elias stomps the ladder onto Lashley, then jumps to stomp through the rungs! Elias drags the ladder into the ring, then a second. He backs Lio off before going into the ring. Lio coaches Lashley up while Elias stands a ladder up.
Elias begins to climb but Lio gets in to stop him! Lio runs but can’t escape! Elias throws Lio but Lio goes under the ladder. Lashley returns to knock the ladder over. Lashley and Elias brawl, but Elias whips Lashley to hit him with a big knee! Elias picks up his second ladder and stands it up in a corner. He goes to Lashley for a chop, then body shots. Elias whips but Lashley reverses to send Elias into the ladder! Lashley runs to SPEAR Elias into the ladder. THe ladder falls on Elias’ back, but Lashley brings Elias up for the Vertigo Suplex! Lashley drives Elias down quick, then picks up the second ladder. Fans still say “Lashley Sucks!” especially as Lashley uses the AK slam to throw the ladder down on Elias!
We go picture in picture as Lashley stands up the first ladder. Lashley begins to climb, but Elias uses the second ladder to hit Lashley! Lashley comes off the ladder but Elias keeps on him! Elias rams the ladder into Bobby, then sets it up in another corner. Elias whips Lashley to ropes to run him over with a lariat! He keeps on Lashley with another whip but Lashley reverses. Elias goes up to mule kick Lashley! But then he runs into a belly2belly suplex that throws him into the ladder! Elias writhes while Lio chants. Lashley gets up and traps Elias in a corner with the ladder. Lashley rains down rights then kicks the ladder into Elias. Lio coaches Lashley to stand up the first ladder, and Lashley begins his climb. Lashley is almost there, but Elias returns to club him on the back!
Elias brings Lashley down with a powerbomb on the other ladder!! Lashley writhes in pain now, and Elias clibms. But Lio climbs up first! Elias stops Lio from touching the guitar, then knocks him off the ladder! Elias grabs his guitar, unhooks it, and wins!
The Drifter has his guitar back, but now the question is: who to use it on? Elias aims for Lashley, but Lio jumps on him first! Elias throws Lio off easily, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER from Lashley! Lashley tells Lio to get up and Lio climbs up top. Lio aims, and hits the Final Hour splash! Lashely picks up the guitar and aims at Elias. Elias stands, to get SMACKED with the guitar! Both guitar and Elias are broken, will the Almighty Lashley climb his own ladder of success towards a title?
“As another year comes to an end, you have to wonder: did you make the mark?”
The Shield is broken. The Baddest Woman on the Planet has a Facebreaker in her way. And history is made again. “And all it’s gonna take is a little TLC.”
Mixed Match Challenge Finals: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox w/ The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth & Carmella!
#Mahalicia and the #FABULOUSTruth have been the underdogs of Mixed Match Challenge Season 2 from their first match to their last match. But now, they’re both at the end of the tournament competing for the 30th spots of both the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumbles! Which team wins a huge advantage on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Truth & Mella rep the Sharks with the black and teal, “What’s up?!” Jinder and Alicia finally look to be on the same page with their own matching red gear. The teams sort out and the men start. Mahal and Truth circle and duel with “What’s Up?!” against “Shanti!” Fans prefer Truth. The two tie up and Mahal gets a headlock takeover. Truth resists the cover attempt, then fights his way up. Truth powers out but Mahal runs him over. Mahal grins as he runs, but Truth goes to back drop. Mahal whips but Truth crossbodies! Cover, ONE, Backslide! TWO, so Truth rolls up! TWO, and Mahal backs off. Alicia tags in, so Carmella comes in with her. Alicia says she’s got this, but Carmella and Truth egg them on. Truth and Carmella uses splits to dodge then double hip toss! And fans want it, so we get a… DANCE BREAK~!
The Fabulous Flossing begins but the Bollywood Boys join in! Only to get thrown out! Truth returns to his corner but Alicia clobbers Carmella. Alicia hits the swinging neckbreaker, covers, TWO! Alicia wraps on a chinlock but fans rally for Carmella. Carmella fights up and out, but Alicia shoves her. Carmella tilt-o-whirls to throw Alicia! Alicia is dizzy and ends up in Carmella’s takedown for fast hands! Alicia throws Carmella by her hair to deny a tag to Truth. Northern Lights, bridge, TWO! Alicia returns to the chinlock but fans rally up again. Carmella gets up and arm-drags Alicia away. Double clotheslines take both women down! The fans and the Singh Brothers rally for their favorites, hot tag to Truth! Mahal comes in, but Truth rallies with headscissors of his own!
Truth adds clotheslines and a calf kick! Mahal scrambles while Truth does the splits. Truth kicks low but the SInghs distract. Mahal kicks low but Truth dodges. Alicia tags in as Truth dropkicks Mahal. Alicia tells Truth to get out. He has to listen because she is captain now! Truth borrows her hat, and now HE is captain. Alicia kicks low and goes for scissor kick. FABULOUS Kick from Carmella, cover, but Mahal yanks her off! Truth dumps Mahal out, then slingshots for a wrecking ball dropkick. Carmella kicks a Singh away, but walks into Alicia’s jackknife cover! TWO, Code of Silence!! Alicia taps, FABULOUS Truth wins!
Winners: R-Truth & Carmella, Carmella pinning; win the Second Mixed Match Challenge, are now the 30th entrances of the Royal Rumbles.
From last to first, Truth & Carmella win it all!
In-ring interview with FABULOUS Truth!
How do they feel about this huge opportunity they just won? Oh and where are they going for vacation? Well it’s F A B U L O U S to win. They get to enter the Royal Rumbles last, possibly go to Wrestlemania, but they’ll also be heading to… Barcelona? No, bigger. Rome? No, tropical. Rio!? Paris?! No, no, cultural epicenter. Truth chose… WWE Headquarters in Connecticut!! What. Truth, that’s not even… Well, Truth’s strange dream destinations aside, they’re still getting those Rumble spots. Can Truth & Mella make the most of golden opportunities?
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Bar VS The Usos VS The New Day!
Awww San Jose~! Three of the best teams perhaps in ALL of WWE compete for the titles tonight! Cesaro & Sheamus may not be the best rappers but they’re much better at giving European Uppercuts. But Jimmy & Jey have tag team wrestling on #LockDown while ya bois, the New~ Day~ bring positivity and pancakes! Who will be the Blue Brand’s best after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and teams sort out. Only two competitors at a time means only Sheamus against Kofi Kingston to start. Sheamus and Kofi circle, then tie up. Kofi gets a waistlock but Sheamus powers him to the open corner. Sheamus backs off and circles with Kofi again. Fans rally for New Day and Kofi gets into the mood. Sheamus gets him in a headlock but Kofi headscissors. Sheamus pops out and gets another headlock. Kofi powers out but Sheamus runs him over. Cover, ONE, and Sheamus brings Kofi into another headlock. Kofi fights out and things speed up. Kofi leaps but Sheamus catches him to a back suplex, only for Kofi to slip out and dropkick! Cover, TWO, Kofi tags Woods.
Kofi kicks Shemaus down, Woods hits a sliding lariat, and Kofi adds a splash. Woods drops the elbow and covers, but both Usos and Cesaro break it. The Usos argue with Cesaro and Kofi and a brawl breaks out! Cesaro and Kofi end up outsid,e Jey builds speed, but runs into a EuroUpper! Woods wrecks Cesaro then builds speed on his own, but runs into the Irish Curse! Cover, TWO! Sheamus kicks Woods to The Bar’s corner and chokes him on the ropes. Sheamus throws corssface forearms, then Cesaro gets a hotshot! Tag to Cesaro and The Bar hit Woods with Super Saiyan Kicks. Cover, TWO! Cesaro argues for a faster count, then taunts Woods. Woods hits back but Cesaro tags Sheamus. Sheamus kicks Woods and The Bar whip Woods for the Bar Lariat! The Bar use their catchphrase and Sheamus stomps Woods.
Sheamus sits Woods up for a chinlock, then thrashes Woods around. Woods endures as fans build to a rally. Woods fights out of the hold, but Sheamus shoves him into a shoulder. Tag to Cesaro, and The Bar double elbow drop on Woods. Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his eyes on the Usos while looming over Woods. Cesaro stomps Woods’ hand, then puts on another chinlock. Woods endures again, and fans rally up for the Usos. Cesaro shoves Woods but Woods hits Sheamus! Honor Roll hits Cesaro! Cesaro tags Sheamus and Sheamus hits the Usos just because. Sheamus goes to Woods but Woods hits back. Woods leaps but is put in the open corner. Sheamus has Woods up top then throws hands as he climbs. Sheamus soaks up the heat while preparing a superplex, but Woods fights him with furious body shots!
Woods crotches Sheamus on the ropes, then dropkicks him down! Both men are down in the ring and crawling. Hot tag to Cesaro, hot tag to Kofi! Kofi springboards and rallies on Cesaro! Kofi dropkicks then hits the leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Kofi as he gives Cesaro the Boom Drop! Kofi aims from the corner and fans clap along. Kofi swings but is caught into a toss! Csaro runs in, Jimmy Uso tags in. Kofi kicks Cesaro then kicks Jimmy. Kofi leaps but Cesaro catches him! Cesaro lifts Kofi but Jimmy leaps in for a crossobdy! Cover, Cesaro breaks it! Cesaro gets the dragon whip kick, but Kofi rolls Jimmy! TWO! Jimmy misses Kofi but Jey tags in.
The Usos double kick Kofi back! Jey SUPERKICKS Kofi! SUPERKICK for Woods! SUPERKICK for Sheamus! Cesaro leaps into a SUPERKICK! The Usos aim but miss Kofi. Samoan Pop!! Cover, but Woods breaks it! Jimmy and Woods brawl and fall out of the ring. Jey climbs and aims at Kofi, but Cesaro tags in! Uso Splash, but Cesaro tosses Jey into post! Cover on Kofi, TWO!! The Bar is shocked they didn’t steal that one. Cesaro stalks Kofi now while Big E coaches Kofi up. Cesaro gets Kofi in the Swiss Swing! He goes around and around for about 12 rotations, and steps through for the Sharpshooter! Kofi endures the legendary lock, but Big E keeps Kofi from quitting. Cesaro drags Kofi away, but Woods hits the Get Over Here!
Sheamus tags in and blasts Woods and then Jey! Sheamus aims at Kofi now, calling for the end. Kofi stands, dodges the Brogue and rolls Sheamus up! TWO, and Sheamus tries again. Double stomps intercept the Brogue! Tag to Woods and Woods hurries up. Trouble In Paradise, to Limit Breaker!! Cover, but Jey and Cesaro both break it! Fans are thunderous for this match as four men are down in the ring. Big E coaches up his team, but it’s Jey who stands first. Cesaro follows and gives Jey a EuroUpper. Jimmy runs in, to a pop-up EuroUpper! Kofi dropkicks Cesaro out, then Kofi climbs up top. Kofi aims at the group outside, for a SUPER TRUST FALL! He takes out both Usos and Cesaro, but Sheamus goes after Woods.
Woods resists with hands and a kick. Sheamus staggers, but Cesaro goes for Woods’ feet. Woods mule kicks Ceaor, but steps into a BROGUE! Cover, The Bar wins!
Winners: The Bar, Sheamus pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions
The Swiss Cyborg and Celtic Gladiator survive the odds and the chaos! They deny two great tag teams and perhaps become the greatest team themselves. Will any team come along to dethrone this duo?
TLC Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman!
The “General Manager Elect” can win himself that position permanently, or The Monster Among Men can shockingly return from elbow surgery and win his shot at The Beast, Brock Lesnar. Can Strowman save us from Corbin’s dictatorship? Or will no one #GetTheseHands tonight?
As a bonus, Heath Slater is made the referee for this match. The #OneRefBand will have to be the one to count to 10 to see if Strowman appears. Corbin thanks the fans for the “warm welcome.” He understands the fans are upset both about Corbin’s performance as GM and Strowman’s condition. Corbin takes the complaints very seriously, he listens to and respects their input. But “Too bad! Get used to it!” After Slater counts, Strowman loses by forfeit and Corbin is THE Raw GM. Now stop wasting time, ring the bell. The bell rings, and Slater has no choice but to start. Corbin grins and counts along. Slater reaches 5 and there’s no sign of Strowman. But then at 7, Strowman’s music hits!
The Monster Among Men IS here! His bad arm is in a sling, but he’s not gonna let that stop him. Corbin protests, Strowman can’t be in any shape to compete. Strowman circles the ring and picks up a mic. Strowman enters the ring, and fans hope Corbin will “Get These Hands!” “While you were out here flapping your gums, you forgot to mention something very important, Corbin.” It’s that in a TLC Match, there are No Disqualifications. Corbin doesn’t understand what that means. Strowman explains that if someone happened to help Strowman, like someone who is “sick and tired of dealing with a crappy General Manager”, it’d be perfectly legal. Corbin sees Apollo Crews appear, chair in hand. Strowman says Corbin made his bed, now he’ll lay in it.
Because Bobby Roode & Chad Gable are also here! And Finn Balor, the de facto leader of this rebellion. Finn, Apollo, Roode & Gable all enter, armed with chairs. Corbin tells Slater to do something about this. But Slater can’t, it’s No DQ. Also, Slater quits as referee. Slater throws the shirt at Corbin and decks him! The chair-wielding rebels close in. Corbin begs for mercy, but he gets nothign but steel! Everyone gets a chair shot in, with Finn adding one more SMACK! Fans are thunderous for this anti-Corbin alliance, and Corbin refuses to continue. But here comes Kurt Angle!! The previous Raw GM is here, and he’s making sure Corbin faces the consequences.
Angle picks up a chair and jams it into Corbin! Then SMACKS away on Corbin’s back! Corbin goes back to the ring, to get a GLORIOUS combination! And Apollo’s frog splash! And the Olympic Slam! Finn climbs up to add the Coup de Grace! Slater goes back to being a ref, so that Strowman can cover and be counted. Strowman wins!!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall; is now the #1 contender to Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship; Corbin is NO LONGER Raw General Manager
The Monster Among Men and all of those on Raw under Corbins’ thumb have their retribution! Will Strowman be able to recover to 100% so that he can finally #GetTheseHands on the Beast’s title?
Tables Match: Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The Queen of Harts lost her father, The Anvil, but the Squad Leader doesn’t seem to care. Instead, Ruby wants to use it to further break Natty’s heart. But will Natty get her revenge by breaking a table with Ruby’s body?
The Squad walk out with Ruby and again present the table with Jim Neidhart on it. The bell rings and Ruby laughs at her own joke. Natty isn’t laughing, and fans are on her side. She and Ruby tie up and Natty gets Ruby down! Natty throws fast hands but Ruby scrambles away. Ruby throws Natty into ropes! Sarah takes a swipe but Natty gets away, only for Ruby to put her in the corner. Liv anchors Natty’s feet so that Ruby can splash in the corner. Ruby throws Natty down and kicks her in the side. Ruby pulls Natty’s hair as she says Natty’s nothing. Fans rally for Natty and Natty gives Ruby a snap back suplex! Ruby regroups with The Squad but Natty bounces her face off table top! Ruby hits Natty back and hurries up to the apron. Natty climbs up and wants to suplex Ruby off!
Ruby resists so Natty slides under to slap her! Natty hotshots Ruby then runs, but Liv moves Ruby out of the way! Liv gets knocked off the apron and falls through the table! Sarah checks on Liv while Ruby kicks Natty back. Ruby also checks on Liv, and Liv needs medics to check on her. More referees come out to help with the situation, and Ruby goes back to Natty. The match continues and Sarah helps Ruby get a table. Natty fights back and throws Ruby with a German Suplex! Natty dropkicks the table into Sarah! Ruby staggers but Natty pursues. Natty SLAPS Ruby, then throws her into the apron. Natty throws Ruby into barriers, and then tells her “You wanna mess with my family, b*tch?!” She gives Ruby another slap, but then Ruby slaps Natty back! Natty stomps on Ruby and positions another table.
Natty fetches Ruby and wants a bomb, but Ruby fights out. Ruby can’t escape as Natty puts her into barriers! Sarah comes running in, but Natty dodges to send her into barriers, too! Natty scoops Sarah and slams her through a table! The Squad is down, but Ruby throws Natty into apron! Ruby brings Natty to the Anvil table. Ruby makes Natty look at Anvil, claiming “He’s ashamed of you!” Fans boo but Ruby throws Natty into steps. Ruby puts her Anvil table in the ring and sets it up in a corner. Fans rally for Natty but Ruby fetches her into the ring. Ruby whips Natty, but Natty stops herself! Natty dodges Ruby and then lifts. Ruby fights out and wheelbarrows. Natty pops out to put Ruby in a Sharpshooter! This isn’t for the win, but to torture Ruby back for what she’s said!
Ruby grabs the table, and tips it to hit Natty on the back of the head! Natty goes down and Ruby gets free. Both women are down but fans rally up. Ruby gets back up and Natty crawls away. Ruby sets the Anvil table up on its legs. Natty stirs while Ruby struggles with the set up. Natty gets Ruby up in an Electric Chair, for the drop! Ruby writhes while Natty catches her breath. Natty stands while Ruby rolls out. Natty clears out the wrecked tables to bring out a new one. But this has RUBY on it! Natty grins over the poetic justice. Natty puts the Riott table in the ring, but she also puts on her dad’s jacket! The Anvil is with Natty in spirit now as she goes after Ruby.
Natty boots Ruby right down, then sets up the Riott table. Natty positions it just right, and then goes after Ruby. But Ruby goes to kick, only for Natty to scoop her. Ruby slips out to SUPERKICK Natty down! Ruby decides to use Natty’s table now. She puts Natty on top, but Natty stops her on the top rope! Natty bounces Ruby off her own image, and then sets her up just right. Natty climbs up top, but Ruby stops her with a kick! Ruby climbs up now, and pats Natty on the cheek. Ruby stands up, but the Frankensteiner is blocked! Natty brings Ruby back up, for a SUPER POWERBOMB, through the table!!
Revenge is sweet! The Queen of Harts makes her father proud, and makes Ruby pay in the best way. Will Natty leave The Squad behind and finally get back towards a title?
Finn Balor VS Drew McIntyre!
The Extraordinary Man already got back at Baron Corbin for everything he’s done on Raw, now Finn looks to settle scores with the Scottish Psycho. McIntyre has already hit Finn with Claymores before, will there be another boot in Finn’s future?
The bell rings and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Finn ties up with McIntyre and McIntyre puts Finn in a corner. McIntyre backs off at 4 but Finn chops him. It doesn’t do much, and McIntyre throws hands and chops of his own in Finn! McIntyre stalks Finn, and stomps the hand as he mocks the Too Sweet. McIntyre whips but Finn kicks him back. It still does little, and McIntyre scoops Finn. Finn slips out to kick away, but McIntyre clubs him with a clothesline. McIntyre stomps Finn more, then CHOPS Finn in a corner. McIntyre puts Finn in another corner but Finn dropkicks a leg out! Fans fire up with Finn as he drags McIntyre up. McIntyre powers Finn to a corner to stomp and chop back.
McIntyre hoists Finn up top then climbs up to trash talk him. But Finn slips out to trip McIntyre up! Finn stomps away on McIntyre, then climbs back up. McIntyre gets up to grab Finn by the throat! McIntyre brings Finn down to throw him overhead across the way! Finn is down, but McIntyre’s own legs are weakened. McIntyre keeps on Finn with a rain of rights. Fans rally for Finn and he kicks the bad leg. McIntyre whips Finn at buckles hard, and Finn hits the mat. McIntyre taunts Finn, “Fight up, Balor! Fight!” Finn shoulders in, then slingshots to a sunset. McIntyre holds ropes then stomps Finn again. McIntyre tosses Finn again! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Finn with a chinbar and armlock.
Fans rally while Finn endures. Finn fights out and kicks the bad leg. McIntyre kicks out Finn’s leg, then deadlift suplexes Finn up and over! Cover, TWO! Finn lives but McIntyre mocks him. “Reach! Reach!” McIntyre clubs Finn down and puts the chinbar back on. Fans rally and Finn gets up again. McIntyre wrangles Finn back down and keeps on the armlock and chinbar. Fans keep cheering and Finn gets up again. Finn pries his way out of the hold but McIntyre puts him in a corner. Finn boots back, and throws forearms. McIntyre stays standing but Finn keeps hitting him. Finn goes for the legs but McIntyre clubs him back. McIntyre lifts but Finn slips out to trip McIntyre and hit the double stomps! Finn fires up with the fans and runs at McIntyre in a corner, running chops!
Finn whips corner to corner but McIntyre reverses. McIntyre misses Finn, Finn goes tilt-o-whirl for the DDT! Finn clotheslines McIntyre out, then builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit takes McIntyre down! Finn brings McIntyre up and in, but McIntyre whips him. Slingblade! Finn aims but runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is frustrated, but he won’t let up. McIntyre sits Finn up to chop him. “You’re pathetic! You’re nothing to me!” But Finn kicks back! Finn’s boot is countered but Finn counters the Alabama slam to a cover! TWO, but Finn dodges McIntyre to kicks him down! Finn climbs up but McIntyre stops him. McIntyre CHOPS Finn then climbs up to join him. McIntyre hauls Finn up, SUPER Celtic Cross!! Cover, TWO!! Finn still lives and McIntyre is furious!
Fans rally up while McIntyre looms over Finn. McIntyre drags Finn up to throw him out. McIntyre watches Finn crawl before going out. Finn uses the apron skirt to trap McIntyre! Finn punches and stomps away! McIntyre crawls away, blocks the Penalty Kick and throws Finn down! McIntyre grins and laughs but the ring count passes 5. Glasgow kiss headbutt brings Finn down! McIntyre refreshes the count and mocks the Too Sweet. McIntyre hauls Finn up with ease, and puts him in the ring. But wait, Ziggler appears to SUPERKICK! The ref didn’t see it, and McIntyre is down! The Show-Off returns the favor for Finn from weeks ago, but Ziggler also has a chair! McIntyre boots the chair into Ziggler!
McIntyre and Ziggler scrap and McIntyre puts Ziggler into the ring. The referee tells McIntyre not to use the chair, but McIntyre still brings it in. Finn blasts the chair into McIntyre! Finn climbs, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
The Scottish Terminator lost focus and the Extraordinary Man takes advantage! Ziggler may not have cared about Finn getting a win, but he did get his payback on McIntyre. Will McIntyre target them both for revenge in the New Year?
Chairs Match: Randy Orton VS Rey Mysterio!
The Viper wants to make another hero into a victim, but the King of Lucha Libre won’t let it happen! With steel chairs at the ready, will Mysterio turn the hunter into the hunted?
The bell rings and Mysterio circles with Orton. Orton kicks low and clubs Mysterio on the back. Orton throws Mysterio out and he grabs a chair. Mysterio kicks Orton and grabs a chair. Mysterio jabs it into Orton’s ribs, then SMACKS him on the back! Orton scrambles away but Mysterio keeps chase. Mysterio SMACKS Orton again, then jabs him some more. Mysterio gives another SMACK! Orton goes to a corner and Mysterio keeps on him with the chair edge. Mysterio gets another chair, and sits it up in front of Orton. Mysterio goes corner to corner but Orton dodges. Orton clubs Mysterio on the top rope, then borrows that chair to SMACK Mysterio down. Mysterio writhes and ends up on the apron, but Orton places the chair.
Orton goes out to the apron and brings Mysterio up. Mysterio fights out and shoulders Orton back. Mysterio jabs Orton again, then runs, to dropkick the feet out! Orton bumps apron on the way down, and Mysterio has his chair back. Mysterio runs with it, to boogie board the chair onto Orton! Fans fire up for that creativity but both men writhe from the pain. Mysterio brings another chair over and SMACKS Orton again! Orton scrambles into more chairs but Mysterio kicks him in the rib. Mysterio bumps Orton off the apron and sits him down in a chair. Mysterio throws more hands, then lines up a shot from the apron. He leaps, but Orton dodges to send the seated senton onto the chair! Orton grins as he stalks Mysterio again. Orton brings Mysterio up to SMACK him down!
Now Orton clears off an announce desk and sets a chair on top. Orton goes back to Mysterio and brings him over. He throws Mysterio face first onto the chair! Mysterio is stuck on the table while Orton puts chairs in the ring. Orton grins as he brings Mysterio back to the ring. Cover, TWO! Mysterio is tougher than that but Orton doesn’t seem to mind. Orton goes to his chair pile and wedges one in the corner. Orton goes to Mysterio and kicks him away from picking up a chair. He hauls Mysterio up, runs at the corner, but Mysterio slips out. Mysterio headscissors Orton into that chair! Mysterio runs, but into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps his cool while he watches Mysterio crawl. Mysterio gets to the apron, but Orton heads over with a chair.
Orton places the chair down and drags Mysterio out through the ropes. Fans know what’s coming, but so does Mysterio! Mysterio gets in, puts Orton on the ropes, but the 619 is denied! Mysterio still kicks Orton away, then hurries to a corner. He springboards, but Orton throws a chair at him! Mysterio crash lands, Orton covers, TWO! Orton gets another chair and stomps Mysterio down. Orton wedges the chair into a corner, but the lower level this time. He goes back to Mysterio, armed with another chair. Mysterio kicks Orton away, takes that chair and SMACKS Orton again! Orton is on the ropes, 619 connects! Mysterio hurries up top, but Orton trips him up. Orton now has Mysterio where he wants him, and swings Mysterio into the chair!
Mysterio is stuck in the Tree of Woe, and Orton grabs yet even more chairs. Orton goes to Mysterio to bounce him off the corner chair again, then sets the new chairs up. Mysterio falls out of the Tree but Orton makes sure his line-up is perfect. Orton then goes to Mysterio and drags him up in a cravat. Orton aims for the chairs, but Mysterio slips out. Mysterio mule kicks and rolls to throw Orton into his own chairs! Then victory roll cover! Mysterio wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
Orton is furious but that’s a win! Mysterio is no victim, and certainly not the Apex Predator’s prey. But even with this win, will Orton still hunt Mysterio down?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor!
He got a big win thanks to Dolph Ziggler. Finn doesn’t understand why, but Ziggler shows up to say “You’re welcome.” Finn didn’t have a chance without him. Ziggler says Finn is lucky he was there. Finn stops Ziggler from leaving but Ziggler throws Finn into trunks! It seems Finn has only moved on from McIntyre to have beef with the Show-Off. Will Finn get the last word against Ziggler?
Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Nia Jax w/ Tamina!
As the Baddest Woman puts it, the real test of a champion is if they can fight in sickness or in health, ready to throw down even on their worst day. The Irresistible Force is ready to give Ronda that worst day, and break her face while ending her undefeated reign. Will this Money in the Bank rematch finally settle who is THE baddest woman of WWE?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Ronda and Nia circle and tie up. Nia throws Ronda to a corner, but Ronda gets right up. Ronda circles with Nia again, then dodges her. Ronda smirks as she bobs ‘n’ weaves and gets in a jab. Nia gets mad but Ronda keeps dodging her. Ronda throws more hands and grins as she frustrates Nia. Nia misses but counters a punch with a whip. Ronda gets free to start kicking now. Nia blocks a kick, and shows that #FaceBreaker hand. Nia punches but Ronda reverses it into a takedown! Ronda wants the armbar but Nia powers out to powerbomb Ronda down! Tamina cheers her cousin on as she covers, ONE! Ronda gasps for air, but Nia won’t let up.
Nia yanks Ronda up by her ponytail to throw her to a corner. Nia squashes Ronda then drags her out for a toss! Another squash, another toss! Nia runs and drops the elbow! Cover, ONE, and Nia grows frustrated. Ronda coughs and gasps but Nia toys with her now. Nia drags Ronda up by her ponytail, and throws her into a post! Fans boo and jeer but Nia lines up a shot, to knee Ronda into the post! Ronda clutches her arm, but Nia keeps on her with headbutts. Nia runs again, but misses the leg drop! Nia slowly stands up and brings Ronda up, but Ronda uses the good arm for a guillotine! But Nia powers out, only for Ronda to shift to a sleeper hold! Nia throws Ronda but Ronda brings her down to the armbar!
Nia scrambles to the ropes and then throws Ronda into barriers! Ronda goes down in a heap while the count begins. Nia drags Ronda up and in at 6. Nia covers, TWO! Ronda continues to frustrate Nia, and Nia puts Ronda in a cobra clutch. Nia thrashes Ronda around but fans rally up. Ronda stands and fights out, only for Nia to kick low. Nia powerbomb lifts, but Ronda headscissors out! Ronda scrambles to a corner, and dodges Nia to send her into a post! Nia falls out, but Ronda won’t let up. Ronda climbs up top, takes aim and leaps! The crossbody topples Nia! Fans fire up as Ronda gets up. Ronda drags Nia into the ring, not wanting a count out result. She gets Nia in at 7, covers, TWO! Ronda grows frustrated, but she won’t let that stop her.
Ronda gets rowdy, and throws fast hands! She hits the step-up wizard, and then the SUPER WOMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!! Nia still lives but Ronda won’t stop. Ronda climbs up, and leaps! Nia rolls through the crossbody, pops Ronda up, and hits the Samoan Drop!! Cover, TWO!! Ronda survives and Nia is shocked! Tamina is furious on her cousin’s behalf while Nia headbutts Ronda down. Nia whips Ronda to a corner, squashes her again, then drags her up again. Nia has the fireman’s carry and climbs up with Ronda. But Ronda fights back! Ronda slips around, to sunset flip! Nia holds on, but Ronda gets her off!! Cover, TWO!! Ronda can’t believe it, and neither can the fans!
Fans duel as Ronda glares at Nia. Ronda staggers over and goes after an arm. Nia resists, but Ronda sees Tamina coming in. Ronda goes after Tamina, but then Nia clubs Ronda down. Nia prepares the fist, but Ronda dodges! They tangle up, and Ronda climbs up for the takedown! The two go back and forth as Ronda keeps her eyes on Tamina. Ronda kisses the hand good-bye, ARMBAR!! Nia taps, Ronda wins!!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
The Baddest Woman is still the champion, and that’s still Ronda Rousey! Tamina helps Nia get away, but will the Samoan Dynasty be back for more? Or will someone else climb the mountain to challenge Rowdy Ronda?
Backstage interview with Nia Jax.
But Nia doesn’t want to talk. Becky Lynch comes over to stare down the Face Breaker. And Becky hits her back! “Keep my name out yer mouth!” The Man just got even with Nia, but when will they really settle their score?
WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan VS AJ Styles!
The Old Daniel Bryan is dead! Long live the NEW Daniel Bryan! But will this new side of Bryan be able to defeat The Phenomenal One now that we all know what to expect from him?
Before the match, AJ Styles is interviewed. He knows both the Old Bryan and New Bryan will do anything they have to in order to win, so that makes them no different. Especially when both are beatable. Styles promises to have a Phenomenal Forearm with Bryan’s name on it. Styles has played Bryan’s mind games long enough. This time, Bryan plays Styles’ game. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin!
Bryan and Styles circle but Bryan bails out of the ring. Fans boo but Bryan takes full advantage of the ring count. This is a lot like Bryan’s plan against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. Bryan returns, circles with Styles, but again bails out. Styles is frustrated already and that amuses Bryan. Bryan soaks up the heat from the fans, while taking his time returning. Fans still duel between Styles and Bryan as they tie up. Bryan puts Styles in a corner but Styles turns it around to chop and forearm! Styles bumps Bryan off buckles then stomps a mudhole into him. Styles bumps and chops Bryan more, then whips corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over but Styles saw that coming. Bryan still counters the waistlock to a takedown, but Styles reaches up to headscissor Bryan down!
Styles kicks Bryan to a corner, then drags him up for more buckle bumps. Styles rams his shoulder in then snapmares Bryan out to kick him in the back! Fans duel as Styles throws hands. Styles whips but Bryan kicks him away. Bryan runs but things speed up. Bryan fakes Styles out, but Styles still dropkicks him down! Styles clotheslines Bryan out, then takes his time waiting for Bryan. Bryan gets up, Styles slingshots, but into a roundhouse! Styles clutches his ribs while Bryan hobbles over. Bryan whips Styles into the timekeeper barriers! Bryan puts Styles in the ring and takes aim from a corner. Styles stands for Bryan to bump and kick him in a corner. Bryan whips Styles to ropes, and rocks him with the kitchen sink knee! Styles clutches his ribs while Bryan circles him. Fans boo as Bryan twists Styles’ leg.
Bryan laces the legs and drives a knee into Styles’ spine. Bryan hooks Styles’ face and drives in another knee. He hooks the face, drives in a knee, repeat! Bryan then hooks the chin for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch! Styles endures and manages a ropebreak. Bryan lets him go, but is not bothered at all. Bryan brings Styles up for a headbutt, then puts Styles in a corner. “You wanna chop me?!” Bryan CHOPS Styles! Bryan CHOPS Styles again, and again, but then Styles fires chops back! Styles chops more but Bryan throws a stiff body shot. Bryan drags Styles up into the Tree of Woe, and goes out to pull Styles against the ropes. He lets up at 4, then returns as Styles falls out of the Tree. Bryan rocks Styles with a EuroUpper, then dares Styles to come out. Styles stands and Bryan mule kicks him.
Bryan keeps taunting Styles as he gives more EuroUppers. Bryan kicks Styles against the ropes, until Styles slumps out of the ring. Fans boo Bryan while Styles slowly gets up. Bryan goes after Styles but Styles throws haymakers! Styles punches away in a corner, but stops at 4. Styles gasps for air but Bryan kick shim low! Bryan whips but Styles reverses. Bryan goes up and over, things speed up, and Styles side-steps Bryan. Styles goes for a Dragon Suplex but Bryan counters to a victory roll! TWO, and Bryan drop toeholds Styles into buckles! Bryan runs corner to corner, for a big dropkick! Fans boo as Bryan keeps going, for another dropkick! Bryan wants another but gets clobbered by a clothesline! Both men are down and a 10 count begins. The count passes 5 before either man stirs.
Bryan and Styles stand and Styles hits first! Styles staggers Bryan around the ring with those haymakers, then fires off in a corner. He stomps a mudhole into Bryan but the ref pulls him off. Styles returns, dodges Bryan’s punch to fire the Phenomenal Blitz! Bryan ducks the back hand but gets a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Styles rains rights down then returns those vicious stomps! Styles wants the Clash, but Bryan scrambles out of the ring. Bryan leans against barriers but Styles comes out to throw him into the post! And again! Bryan staggers into a haymaker, but the count passes 5. Styles puts Bryan back in and Bryan begs for mercy. Fans don’t believe Bryan, so neither does Styles! Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool, and drags Bryan up.
Bryan fights out of the suplex, then runs corner to corner, only to get a back elbow! Styles moonsaults but Bryan reverses the DDT into a cravat! Bryan drives in knees then throws Styles with a cravat suplex! Cover, TWO! Styles still lives and only now does Bryan grow frustrated. Bryan waits for Styles to sit up to give him “NO Kicks”! He keeps kicking, and hits the buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!! Bryan keeps his cool while Styles stirs. Fans duel as Bryan drags Styles up. Bryan gives a headbutt, then back suplexes. Styles slips out to enziguri! Both men are down again but stirring. They each get up with the help of the ropes. Styles runs in at Bryan, but is put on the apron. Styles hits Bryan away, then springboards, but into another roundhouse! But Styles caught it, for a dragon screw! Styles then kicks the bad leg out!
Bryan is in a corner, and Styles brings him over to slam the legs into the post! Styles keeps on the left leg, and Bryan crawls away in pain. Styles stalks Bryan, to chop block him! Another receipt from weeks ago! Styles stalks Bryan and goes after the leg, but Bryan enziguris with the other! Bryan hobbles up to give big body shots. Bryan stomps a mudhole into Styles, then brings Styles up. They go to the top rope, SUPER STEINER! But Styles rolls through that to sunset flip! And into The Styles Clash! But Bryan fights back! So Styles goes after the leg! Half Crab! Bryan endures but Styles’ own legs barely hold him up. Bryan crawls for ropes, but Styles pulls him away! Styles sits down, Bryan bites his finger to ignore the leg pain.
Bryan reaches, crawls, but Styles pulls him away again. But now Bryan drags Styles down into the No Lock!! Bryan drives elbows to get Styles to stop fighting, and the lock is in! Styles endures now and rolls it over, jackknife cover! TWO, sunset flip, TWO! Roundhouse! Pele!! Both men are down but the fans are fired up! San Jose knows “This is Awesome!” as both men stir. Bryan stands and throws hands, but Styles hits back. Bryan hits, Styles hits, repeat. Styles gets an edge, but Bryan back kicks. Bryan back kicks again, then runs corner to corner. Styles dropkicks him down! Both men are down, but Styles crawls to the apron. Styles aims, springboards, 450 hits! Cover, TWO!! Bryan and Styles have barely anything left, but this match still goes on!
Styles stands up and brings Bryan up. Bryan powers Styles into the corner, then runs back in. But Styles gets the Calf Crusher!! Bryan endures as Styles wrenches! Bryan flails and freaks out, but manages to roll to a ropebreak! Styles has no choice but to let go, and Bryan gets out of the ring. Bryan clutches his leg while Styles goes out to fetch him. Styles drags Bryan up and in, but Bryan rolls right back out. Bryan hobbles away but Styles stalks him. Bryan hits another hard body shot! And whips Styles at the barriers. Styles jumps over to then forearm Bryan away. Phenomenal Forearm off the barriers! Styles drags Bryan up and in at 8, then aims on the apron. Springboard, but Bryan dodges! Styles almost hits the ref, but he dodges Bryan! Small package! TWO as Bryan gets it his way, Bryan wins!!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall; still WWE Champion
The New Bryan stays the current champion by the skin of his teeth! With Styles now out of the way, who will step up to challenge this New Bryan in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Ronda and Natty.
Both friends won tonight, but what is next for Ronda? Is it going to be the next chapter with Charlotte Flair? Well, payback’s a b*tch, and Ronda’s the baddest one on the planet. Will The Queen have to worry about Rowdy Ronda on the way to The Rumble?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Dean Ambrose!
The Architect and The Lunatic dedicated their Raw Tag Team Championship victory to their brother in arms, Roman Reigns. But then Ambrose tainted that moment by betraying Rollins! Ambrose would be elusive about explaining why, but then he’d say that Rollins was scum dragging him down and making him weaker. Will Ambrose take the title from Rollins to add the biggest insult to injury? Or will Rollins #BurnItDown and show Ambrose who’s really the weak one?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we begin! Ambrose and Rollins stare down as fans chant “Burn It Down!” Ambrose trash talks Rollins but Rollins pie-faces him. Now Rollins dares Ambrose to do something, and they tie up. Rollins gets a waistlock but Ambrose grabs the ropes. The ref counts and Rollins lets go. Ambrose and Rollins circle again, tie up again, and Ambrose shifts from hammerlock to headlock. Rollins powers out and things speed up, Rollins runs Ambrose over with a back elbow. Rollins throws hands on Ambrose and they go around the ring. Now Rollins chops and throws body shots. He stomps a mudhole but Ambrose kicks back. Ambrose clubs Rollins then throws him over. Rollins lands on the apron, shoulders in then springboards for the flying clothesline!
Ambrose gets to a corner, Rollins hits a forearm smash. Rollins goes corner to corner for another, then tries again, but Ambrose bails out. Fans boo as Ambrose stays by the announce desks. Rollins comes out and around the way, but Ambrose tosses him into a desk! Ambrose claims Rollins is the maniac, but then he bounces Rollins off the desk. Ambrose puts Rollins back in the ring, to elbow him on the apron. Rollins rolls but Ambrose stomps and drops elbows. Cover, TWO! Ambrose stalks Rollins, then chokes Rollins on the ropes. Ambrose clubs Rollins with a crossface, then stalks Rollins to a corner. Fans cheer Rollins on but that only makes Ambrose club Rollins harder. Ambrose snap suplexes and covers, TWO!
Ambrose puts Rollins in a chinlock, but Rollins endures. Fans rally up and Rollins feeds off the energy. Rollins jawbreakers free but Ambrose uses the kitchen sink knee to bring him down. Ambrose hops up and takes aim, to hit a leaping elbow. Cover, TWO! Ambrose keeps his cool and stomps Rollins down. Cover, ONE, so Ambrose goes after the arms. Rollins endures as Ambrose pulls back, a knee pressed to the spine. Ambrose shifts to a seated abdominal stretch. Rollins continues to endure, and pries his way out. Ambrose shifts to a facelock, but Rollins hits body shots. Rollins suplexes, Ambrose slips out but Rollins elbows back. Rollins whips but Ambrose reverses. Ambrose clobbers Rollins on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Ambrose keeps going, hopping up top and daring Rollins to stand.
Rollins stands, and gets another elbow! Cover, TWO! Ambrose keeps his cool, and climbs up again. He waits for Rollins to stand again, and leaps. Rollins kicks low, but Ambrose gets him into a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ambrose tries again, TWO! Ambrose sits on the cover, TWO! The Lunatic glares at the ref but two is two. Ambrose goes back to taunting Rollins, and laughs when Rollins whiffs on the punch. Ambrose dares Rollins to try again, and he again dodges Rollins’ swipe. Rollins gets Ambrose the third time, so Ambrose stomps and punches Rollins down. Ambrose yanks Rollins up but Rollins lands on his feet! Ambrose waistlocks Rollins and rolls him up, TWO! Rollins has the cover, TWO! Ambrose runs but into a buckle shot!
Rollins fires up with the fans, but Ambrose counters the boots into a knee jacker. Ambrose puts the leg in the ropes to dropkick it, then dragon screws into a Cloverleaf! Rollins endures the hold, and powers his way towards ropes. Ambrose sits down deeper, but Rollins refuses to quit. Rollins gets a second wind, and powers his way to a ropebreak! Ambrose holds on until 4, and Rollins gets to the apron. Ambrose taunts and laughs at Rollins while fans boo and jeer. Rollins drags himself up but Ambrose is on him. Ambrose says “I am not a joke.” But Rollins hotshots Ambrose! Rollins hits Ambrose, then slingshots to guillotine Ambrose through the ropes! Ambrose tumbles down, and Rollins builds speed. Rollins DIVES but into a fist!
Ambrose gets back in, but runs into a Slingblade! Rollins boots Ambrose away, hops up for the blockbuster! The knee slows Rollins down but Rollins gets up. Ambrose follows but Rollins wants a bomb. Ambrose back drops, Rollins lands on his feet but the leg buckles. Rollins clotheslines Ambrose out and DIVES! This time he hits! But he won’t stop there, Ambrose moves and Rollins DIVES on him at the ramp! Rollins gets Ambrose up and in, then climbs up top. Ambrose stops Rollins with a haymaker, then climbs up to join him. Ambrose makes sure the fans are watching, but Rollins resists the superplex. Rollins fights Ambrose off and headbutts him. Sunset flip but the legs give out! Ambrose laughs, because he knew that’d happen. But Rollins gets up to still carry Ambrose corner to corner for a buckle bomb!! Cover, TWO!!
Rollins keeps his cool, and drags himself up. Rollins stomps “Burn It Down!” He mule kicks Ambrose, but Ambrose knees back! Ambrose throws hands but Rollins returns them. They brawl, hitting back and forth. Ambrose eggs Rollins on and Rollins fires off haymakers from both sides. Ambrose knees low, then runs, but Rollins follows. Rollins dodges, double crossbodies cancel out! Both men are down but fans rally up. Ambrose and Rollins get up, and Ambrose headbutts. Rollins palm strikes, so Ambrose returns it. The brawl ignites again and gets fast and furious! Fans love it, and Ambrose gives big body shots. Rollins headbutts and kicks, but misses the roundhouse. Dodon Buster! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Ambrose grows frustrated.
Ambrose gets up and goes to a corner. Ambrose climbs, but Rollins springs up! But Ambrose crotches him, to then clobber him off with a clothesline! Ambrose drags Rollins from the ropes before covering, TWO! Ambrose wonders if Rollins is laughing now. He drags Rollins up but Rollins pushes him away. Ambrose mocks the “Burn It Down” stomps. But Rollins dodges to enziguri! And Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO!! Ambrose survives but Rollins keeps moving. Rollins climbs up again, frog splash gets knees! Cover, TWO!! Ambrose almost had Rollins, but Rollins still lives. Both men slowly stand up, and Ambrose kicks quick. Rollins puts Ambrose in the corner but Ambrose boots him away. Ambrose climbs again, but Rollins is up quick, SUPERPLEX! Roll through, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!!
Rollins grows frustrated, but he still has something more to give. Rollins glares at Ambrose, and throws a heavy right! Ambrose wants mercy, but Rollins says “This is the fight you wanted, you son of a b*tch!” Rollins hits Ambrose again, then goes to superkick, but Ambrose puts up the Shield fist? Ambrose wants to bring the Shield back together now?! Rollins won’t fall for it, he clobbers Ambrose and SUPERKICKS him! Rollins has a wild look in his eyes as he barrels into Ambrose! Ambrose tries to run away but Rollins throws him into barriers! And into the apron, and then picks Ambrose up for a bomb! Rollins barrier bombs Ambrose!!
Rollins leaves Ambrose for dead on the outside, and the ring count climbs. The count passes 5, then past 7. Ambrose crawls, but Rollins goes out to put him back in at 8. Rollins makes Ambrose look him in the eyes. “I didn’t want it to come to this!” Rollins says “This is for Roman, you piece of sh*t!” Rollins runs, but into Dirty Deeds!! Cover, Ambrose wins!!
Winner: Dean Ambrose, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Lunatic knew it all along! Rollins loses control, and the title! Ambrose takes the belt for his own, but will he have to face the consequences of his own sins soon enough?
SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair VS Asuka!
The Man, The Queen and The Empress. Three of the best women in perhaps all of the WWE today, and they’re making history together! This is the first ever Women’s TLC Match, and certainly in Triple Threat format, and certainly in THE Main Event spot! Can the Lass Kicker hold onto her title in such an intense match-up? Or will she lose her throne to one of these royally ruthless opponents?
The introductions are made, the belt raised high above the ring, and we begin! Fans are already fired up for this as the three women stare down. The three circle around, and Becky talks that neither of them are getting that belt. Charlotte says Becky is all talk. Asuka is action and she kicks away on both of them! She fires off on Charlotte more, but Becky comes over. Asuka back hands Becky then mule kicks her down. Fans fire up with The Empress as she starts a hip attack train! Asuka hits Charlotte, then Becky, then flexes. Becky gets Asuka at the apron and drags her back in for draping knees. Becky throws Asuka down and takes a moment to say “I’m the freakin’ Man and that’s my freakin’ title!”
The Man puts Asuka in a corner for stomps, then throws her out with a Becksploder! Asuka rolls away but Charlotte comes back. Becky dodges and throws forearms on Charlotte! Becky headbutts, then runs, but into Charlotte’s exploder! Charlotte kips up and lets out a “WOO!” Charlotte and Becky go out, but all three women want a ladder! Asuka and Charlotte fight over one, but Charlotte shoves the ladder into Asuka. Becky goes for a table, but Charlotte stomps it to smack Becky in the face with it! Charlotte sets the table up in a corner, but Asuka returns. Charlotte bounces Asuka off the table top again and again! Becky returns to grab the ladder and stand it up! Charlotte boots it into her! Becky and ladder end up in the corner but Asuka goes after Charlotte.
Asuka fires off palm strikes on all sides, but Charlotte blocks one to kick Asuka back. Charlotte runs at Asuka, but into a code breaker! Asuka dodges the ladder as Becky shoves it. Becky boots Asuka then hops up, but Asuka trips her up. Asuka and Becky brawl in the corner while Asuka climbs. Asuka steps down to reposition the ladder. She drags Becky out to throw her onto the ladder! Becky writhes but fans fire up for Asuka. Asuka grins as she brings the ladder back up. Asuka stands it up, then climbs. But Charlotte returns to bounce Asuka off the rungs! Charlotte climbs, but Asuka pulls her off. The two brawl and Charlotte throws Asuka out.
Asuka comes back to pull Charlotte down again. Asuka has Charlotte in bomb position, to bomb her through the table!! Fans lose their minds over what The Empress did to The Queen! Asuka grins as she heads up the ladder. But Becky returns with a missile dropkick! All three women are down but fans fire up. Becky climbs up now, but Asuka yanks her right off! Becky rolls away and Asuka takes aim. Asuka runs to hip attack Becky down! But Charlotte has a chair and SMACKS Asuka! Asuka rolls out and Charlotte climbs a corner. Charlotte aims, SUPER MOONSAULT! Charlotte wipes out Becky and Asuka in one go! But Charlotte’s not done, she wants something more.
Charlotte grabs another table and brings it over. She sets it up nearby, but Becky SMACKS her with the chair! Becky SMACKS Asuka, then SMACKS Charlotte! And back to Asuka with SMACK after SMACK! Fans fire up with The Man, but Charlotte boots the chair away. Charlotte throws Becky at chairs and barriers! Charlotte clears off an announce desk, right down to the monitors. She bounces Asuka off it, but then Becky returns with a new chair! Becky SMACKS Charlotte, but sees ladders and Asuka. Becky brings the taller ladder over, and sets it up. She kicks Charlotte away from where she wants to put it. Becky makes sure Asuka is clearly on the table, then puts Charlotte beside her. Becky climbs up, takes aim, and leaps! Asuka moves, only Charlotte gets the leg drop through the table!!
Fans lose their minds all over again! All three women are down, but Asuka is moving, having avoided the destruction. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Asuka heads for the ladder in the ring! Asuka begins to climb, but it’s slow going. Becky returns and climbs up the other side! The two meet at the top, and now it’s a brawl. Asuka reaches but Becky stops her with haymakers. Becky reaches but Asuka hits back. Charlotte returns with a kendo stick! She SMACKS Asuka, then Becky, then Becky more! Charlotte shoves Becky down then focuses on Asuka! Asuka gets to a corner but Charlotte keeps hitting her! Charlotte kicks Asuka out, then heads for the ladder. The Queen climbs, but Asuka returns. Charlotte SMACKS Asuka again, telling her to “Give up! It’s MY title!” But Becky comes around, to Becksploder Charlotte against barriers and table!
Asuka takes the stick to SMACK Becky! Again and again and again, Asuka hits Becky! Asuka and fans fire up, but Charlotte SPEARS Asuka into barriers!! Charlotte grits her teeth with a wild look in her eyes as she pulls herself from the wreckage. Fans again declare “This is Awesome!” as Becky heads for the ladder in the ring! Charlotte sees this and hurries over. She yanks Becky off and these two lock eyes. Charlotte and Becky jaw jack and start brawling! Charlotte chops, but Becky haymakers back. They stagger about, still trading chops and haymakers. Becky gets an edge, and throws Charlotte into the ladder! Becky glares but Charlotte staggers up, so Becky tackles her down! The two tumble out as they scrap, and Charlotte CHOPS more. “WOO” echoes out with each one, then Charlotte rams Becky into another announce desk.
Fans want tables, so Charlotte brings Becky up and over. “The Man always bows down to The Queen.” Charlotte SLAPS Becky, and then pushes a table aside to climb up. She aims for Becky, and SWANTONS through her and the table!! Fans again lose their minds over this, as both women crawl from the wreckage. Charlotte leaves Becky behind, and goes for the ladder in the ring. Charlotte stands it up, and climbs! She reaches for the belt but Asuka returns! Asuka and Charlotte fight up top, and Asuka manages to force Charlotte away from the belt. They both go back and forth, but Becky returns with a new ladder! Becky climbs while the other two fight. Asuka slips to the bottom, and Charlotte moves over. Charlotte and Becky brawl, mostly working to keep each other from the belt.
But then Ronda Rousey appears!? The Raw Women’s Champion decides to screw over both Charlotte and Becky! Ronda sends them down with the ladder, and leaves it at that. Fans are torn, but now this just leaves Asuka!! Asuka climbs the ladder, reaches the belt, and takes it off the hook! ASUKA WINS!!
Winner: Asuka; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Empress finally has that belt for her own! Maybe it was because of the Baddest Woman’s assistance, but the throne still belongs to Asuka! Will Becky and Charlotte want after Asuka or Ronda come time for the Royal Rumble?
This was a very packed TLC, but sadly not all of it was what it could’ve been. First of all, I am very disappointed the Cruiserweight Championship was again demoted to Kickoff Show. Clearly Vince still doesn’t see the merit of that Division, if only because WWE Network rankings don’t really do it justice. That aside, it was a great match, but sadly it being demoted to Kickoff also meant the title wouldn’t change hands. Murphy likely moves on to Mustafa Ali or even Noam Dar as the next Face to face. Now the Kickoff Show did rightfully have that glorified “[x] on a pole match”. Elias VS Lashley should’ve been nothing more than a No DQ match where Lio’s interference and the guitar would still come into play.
Instead, they should’ve given that Ladder Match to Rollins VS Ambrose. As good as Rollins VS Ambrose was for a singles match, fans definitely wanted something more. Those “This is Boring!” chants certainly made it clear to me, at least. But either way, it made sense from Ambrose to win that title after being proven right. Perhaps the rematch happens at Royal Rumble, but even that would need something to make it different. And perhaps it’ll still come down to Renee Young getting off commentary to interfere in some way. Corey Graves certainly kept berating her on commentary, perhaps she’ll do something about it. Though, that does tread dangerously close to making Ambrose and Renee like a main roster version of Gargano and Candice.
The Mixed Match Challenge finals went exactly as expected, with FABULOUS Truth going over. In the end, MMC2 becomes far from what it could’ve been, and honestly I hope this is the last of it for some time. The SmackDown Tag Team title triple threat was incredible, though, as it always was going to be. I’m very surprised The Bar retains, but perhaps they and The Usos will have a 2v2 feud, or SAnitY returns as Faces to match size and strength. Though, if Vince McMahon is making a TV appearance, I fear a Shake-Up is coming… Hopefully nothing too much, because that would just mean ruining SmackDown talent on Raw. Hopefully Vince is just announcing the new Raw GM, now that Corbin is out. Maybe a certain WOKEN One?
And as we felt from last week’s Raw giving us a TLC match of Corbin VS Rollins, that was to make up for no real TLC Match of Corbin VS Strowman. But as a moment on the show goes, that was most of what I wanted. It was great for Finn to rally his troops against Corbin and for them to help Strowman dethrone Corbin. And Slater even settles his story by using his referee authority solely to stop Corbin. Strowman VS Lesnar is coming, and hopefully A) we’ll get a great match rather than #SuplexCitySpamming and B) Strowman will win. It has to be Strowman’s time or else WWE will have ruined him like so many others. Then Strowman can be our proper full-time monster champion and face whoever it is at Royal Rumble.
Finn VS McIntyre was good, but perhaps still lacking. Ziggler helping him was fitting per the story, and a Finn VS Ziggler program on the way to the Rumble should be good. Though, such a feud feels like a strange microcosm of what WWE does to the truly hot talent they have. The Tables match of Natty VS Ruby, and basically the entire Riott Squad, was good, and better than expected. It’s good story for Natty to win, especially with her own Ruby Riott table. The Chairs match could’ve been more brutal, but it seems not even four hours gives enough breathing room for Orton to really brutalize Mysterio. Mysterio wins and fast, which is fine, perhaps they’ll continue this towards the Rumble.
The WWE Championship was great, Bryan continues to be right at home as his new Heel self. I was surprised to see Bryan win, though, because there aren’t that many Faces on SmackDown ready for a title match. Jeff Hardy has Samoa Joe to deal with, and Rusev is only on United States Championship level right now. Andrade Almas has wanted something, but he’s too good as a Heel to take on this ultimate Heel in Bryan. Styles could always earn another shot, like a reversal of his feuds with Nakamura and Joe. If anything, this speaks to SmackDown’s one flaw of not building up their world title tier outside of the champion and challenger.
The Raw Women’s Championship was really good, Ronda and Nia looked to work together well here. Naturally Ronda wins, but it was good story all around for things to reference back to Survivor Series time. Becky gets back at Nia, but I really thought it was going to be Nia and Tamina interfering later. The Women’s TLC Triple Threat was amazing, and thankfully WWE knew to put this on as the main event. The Women’s (R)Evolution truly shines when WWE acknowledges the best thing going is a Women’s Championship story. There were so many great spots, and I suppose it keeps everyone strong if Ronda interferes. This really makes for some wild possibilities with The Rumble and Wrestlemania after. Maybe Becky wins the Rumble and choose Ronda to give us the Survivor Series match we wanted.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (7/23/19)
A huge night of crossover between 205 Live and NXT!
The Cruiserweights of NXT join 205 Live!
In the wake of Raw Reunion, the Cruiserweight Division heats things up by bringing in superstars from NXT! While he didn’t win in the Breakout Tournament, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott did make an impression! Can he do the same in a non-title match with THE Cruiserweight Champion, Drew Gulak?
- Lucha House Party VS Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza; Carrillo & Mendoza win.
- Oney Lorcan VS Tony Isner; Lorcan wins.
- Drew Gulak VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; Gulak wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
After weeks of her husband dropping the ball, Maria Kanellis dropped a bomb on him with their second child being on the way. And as he kept losing, she kept piling on the insults and humiliation. But instead of manning up and taking accountability, Mike just dumped it all on Drake Maverick, who was dealing with his own issues. Granted, the 205 Live GM should have left the WWE 24/7 Championship alone and focused on his real job, but at least Maverick owned up to it.
But Mike wouldn’t have any of that. Not only did Mike rip into his opponent last week, but he verbally berated Maverick in the ring and to his face, insulting Maverick’s own wife! Maverick lost his cool and threw hands on Mike, which is a major violation of the rules between a General Manager and a wrestler under his purview. Maverick said after the show that you can only push a man so far. And if Mike wants a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity that badly, he’ll have to earn it, just like everyone else. But for the first time in 205 Live history, it will be a match… with DRAKE MAVERICK!
Drake Maverick now speaks tonight.
“I’ve had a week to calm down and think about my actions.” As the GM, his actions were completely uncalled for. But as a man, everyone should agree that Maverick is justified. Too bad Mike isn’t here in person to hear this from Maverick, but as he said last week, Maverick will give Mike what he wants. Mike will get his opportunity for a title match, and he gets a chance to kick Maverick’s ass. Those were his words, weren’t they? But just because Mike has this opportunity doesn’t mean Maverick isn’t going to fight back. Mike won’t be facing Drake Maverick the GM next week. No, next week, won’t even be a match! It’ll be a fight! Because the last order as GM from Maverick is that they get all their anger out, because he is making it… an UNSANCTIONED MATCH! What won’t Maverick and Mike do in order to settle this issue once and for all!?
Lucha House Party VS Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza!
The crossover begins with some high-flying lucha libre! Humberto and Raul reunite to take on the triumphantly returning Lucha Dragon and King of the Ropes! But while this is a crossover encounter, can Mendoza make an impact and find a place here in the Cruiserweight Division?
The teams sort out and Mendoza starts against Kalisto. The two circle as fans rally up with “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Kalisto and Mendoza tie up and Mendoza wrenches to a wristlock. Kalisto cartwheels to reverse the wrench back. Mendoza rolls and wrenches back to headlock Kalisto. Kalisto powers out and scoops Mendoza, but Mendoza escapes the tilt-o-whirl with a grin. Mendoza gets Kalisto in the scoop but Kalisto lands on his feet now. They both go to arm-drag but that cancels out. Kalisto whips and hurdles but Mendoza keeps up. Kalisto handstand walks to headscissor but Mendoza handsprings through! Mendoza huricanranas but Kalisto rolls through to his feet.
The two go again, and Kalisto wristlocks to CHOP Mendoza over and over. Kalisto then goes acrobatic, showing off even, and arm-drags! But Mendoza handsprings through to stay on his feet! Mendoza bats Kalisto into an arm-drag but Kalisto arm-drags back. They both dropkick and handspring, and are now head to head! Miami loves this,a nd the two even shake hands in respect. Fans rally with “LUCHA! LUCHA!” while Mendoza and Kalisto tag out. Carrillo and Metalik show off already as they enter the ring with handsprings. Carrillo and Metalik tie up and Metalik waistlocks. Carrillo pries free to get a wristlock to hammerlock. Metalik headlocks back, but Carrillo spins Metalik around for his own headlock. Metalik powers out and Carrillo shows off his agility again!
Things speed up and Carrillo gets clear of the handspring. Carrillo dodges but Metalik monkey flips him, only for Carrillo to handspring through! Metalik also handsprings, and Miami is still loving this! Another “LUCHA! LUCHA!” chant begins as the two shake hands. But then Metalik kicks low and fireman’s carries Carrillo over. Tag to Kalisto before Metalik dumps Carrillo down. Kalisto then knee-boards to senton! Kalisto drags Carrillo back to tag Metalik, and holds Carrillo down for Metalik’s knee drop onto the arm! Cover, ONE! Metalik keeps on Carrillo with a chinlock, but Carrillo scrambles up. Kalisto tags in and climbs up to hop down and kick the arm. Kalisto tags back to Metalik, and Metalik kicks Carrillo’s arm, too.
Metalik snapmares Carrillo into a chinlock. Carrillo endures and fans rally up. Carrillo fights his way up and out but Metalik throws him down by his hair. Metalik stomps Carrillo then drags him over to tag Kalisto. Kalisto drops ax handles on the arm then covers, ONE! Kalisto keeps on Carrillo with another chinlock. Carrillo endures again as fans build back to a rally. Carrillo fights free a second time, but runs into the heel kick! Cover, TWO! Kalisto grows annoyed, but Carrillo knees him low. Carrillo whips Kalisto to the corner and hits a clothesline, then tags in Mendoza. Mendoza and Carrillo whip Kalisto to double hip toss! Mendoza and Carrillo combine, wheelbarrow victory splash! Cover, TWO! Mendoza keeps on Kalisto with an armlock on the mat. Kalisto endures and fans rally yet again.
Kalisto fights up and out but Mendoza knees low. Mendoza wrenches Kalisto and tags Carrillo. Carrillo returns the favor to Lucha House Party with double stomps to Kalisto’s arm! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps his cool and drags Kalisto up for a wrench. Kalisto endures and fights back as fans rally with “LUCHA! LUCHA!” But Carrillo scoops and slams Kalisto hard! Carrillo smiles, but gets a kick from the mat! And then boots! Tag to Metalik, and Kalisto boosts Metalik for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps Carrillo down with a mounted hammerlock. Carrillo endures and fights up again, throwing body shots. Metalik knees low over and over and brings Carrillo back down. Metalik shifts to a partial camel clutch, but Carrillo still endures.
Carrillo gets up but gets a CHOP, and Metalik whips him corner to corner. Metalik corner clotheslines, then runs the ropes to dropkick Carrillo down! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps in this, but Metalik has him up for more CHOPS! Metalik whips but Carrillo springboards for the flying headbutt! Both men are down but the “LUCHA! LUCHA!” echoes out. Both men crawl, hot tags to Kalisto and Mendoza! Kalisto springboards but Mendoza gets under to lariat and dropkick! Mendoza whips Kalisto but Kalisto reverses. But Kalisto misses in the corner as Mendoza slips out to the apron. Mendoza hurries to climb and walk the ropes to dropkick Kalisto down now! Cover but Metalik breaks it!
Metalik dodges Carrillo once but not the second time! Carrillo swings but misses, Kalisto hits a Neuralizer enziguri! Mendoza runs to springboard enziguri Kalisto! Cover, TWO!! Kalisto still lives and Mendoza is furious! But Miami loves this as Mendoza stalks Kalisto. Mendoza drags Kalisto up but gets a jawbreaker! Kalisto staggers back to tag in Metalik! Mendoza runs in but gets a swing kick from Metalik! Metalik walks into a mule kick, to give a SUPERKICK! Carrillo tags in as Mendoza falls back! Carrillo kicks and whips but Metalik reverses. Metalik runs in but is put on the apron. Metalik kicks Carrillo but Carrillo kicks back! Carrillo uses the corner to rebound out, but Metalik gets under to SUPERKICK him back! Metalik climbs the same corner, but Carrillo clubs him back!
Carrillo climbs to join Metalik but Metailk fights him. Metalik jumps for a SUPER STEINER!! Cover, but Mendoza breaks it! Mendoza has Kalisto but Kalisto elbows back. Kalisto runs, Mendoza follows and enziguris Kalisto out! Mendoza runs and FLIES to take out the Lucha Dragon! Metalik kicks Carrillo down! Metalik climbs again, MOONSAULT, to boots! Carrillo hurries to put Metalik in place and climb up himself, for a TWISTING SPALSH! Cover, Carrillo and Mendoza win!!
Winners: Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza, Carrillo pinning
These five luchadores brought the heat in Miami! But in the end, it was Ultimo Ninja and his NXT tag team partner who won out in the end! Will this lead them both to bigger and better things as we head for SummerSlam?
The Singh Brothers are seething backstage.
THE Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa have their Boscar trophy! Those two don’t deserve awards! The Singhs are the best Bollywood actors and the best team in 205 Live. They’ve played Kendrick’s game long enough, but now he and Tozawa must play theirs. It will be a tag team match to settle the score! Both Samir & Sunil promise it will be lights, camera and some Bollywood action. But will the summer blockbuster they hope for end up giving Kendrick and Tozawa the spotlight instead?
205 Live takes a closer look at NXT’s Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.
From Evolve Wrestling and beyond, Isaiah Scott brings the swerve. Swerve is confidence and style. That is his advantage over everyone else in the WWE Performance Center, in NXT, and now in 205 Live. The former Evolve Champion is going up against THE Cruiserweight Champion, can Swerve swerve Drew Gulak in this blast from the past?
Jack Gallagher tweets respect to Chad Gable.
“The aim of performing at the highest level is not to be good just once, but to build upon each experience. As positive as the response to my contest against Mr. Gable was, I assure you, the best of Jack Gallagher, and WWE 205 Live, is still yet to come.” When and where will we see Gentleman Jack’s best? And against who?
Oney Lorcan VS Tony Isner!
The Boston Brawler has repaired himself after that rough #AnythingGoes match with Ariya Daivari, and is ready for more! How much of a fight is his opponent in for tonight?
The bell rings and Lorcan has his dukes up with Isner. They approach and “Tony Ice” throws hands on Lorcan! But then Lorcan gets his hands on Isner, and puts him in the corner for CHOPS and European Uppercuts! Lorcan bumps Isner off buckles to then whip corner to corner hard! Fans fire up with Lorcan as he runs corner to corner for a big back elbow! Lorcan keeps moving to give Isner another elbow, then a blasting EuroUpper! The Fury of 205 Live grits his teeth and powers himself up as he grabs Isner, for the Half ‘n’ Half! Cover, Lorcan wins!
Winner: Oney Lorcan, by pinfall
Lorcan puts “furious” in fast and furious, and that’s what this match was from the Boston Brawler. How much longer will Lorcan have to wait for a fight with the champ?
The Cruiserweight Champion, Drew Gulak, speaks.
“Last week, I wondered who would dare step to me, knowing what pain and punishment awaits.” It’s no surprise to Gulak that absolutely no one from the 205 Live locker room did. So instead, he faces someone not from 205 Live, Raw or SmackDown, but from someone from Gulak’s past. It’s someone who is now considered the future of NXT in Isaiah Scott. Gulak trained Scott, showed him the way, and shared the fundamentals of survival. He probably thinks Gulak is the same man from before, but he’s not. Gulak has rebuilt himself, has evolved since his days in Evolve, and he’s now the Cruiserweight Champion! Gulak commends Swerve’s courage, but Swerve has a lot more to learn. What harsh lesson will Gulak teach Swerve in the main event, up next?
Drew Gulak VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!
The cruel Cruiserweight Champion said his piece, but now Swerve gets a chance to respond with actions. Will Swerve be able to breakout into 205 Live to match his impact in NXT? Or will Gulak make him simply tap out?
The bell rings and Gulak shotgun dropkicks Swerve right away! Then he throws Swerve with a headlock takeover. Swerve gets up and pries free to wristlock Gulak down. Gulak counters with headscissors and brings Swerve down. Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Swerve uses his legs to fight Gulak off. Gulak waits for Swerve to get up, and the two tie up again. Swerve gets the wristlock and brings Gulak down. Gulak gets up out of the rear mount but Swerve headlocks. Gulak shoves Swerve off and Swerve tumbles through the ropes! Swerve lands on his feet and walks it off, and Gulak just waits for him to return while smirking smugly. Swerve returns and ties up with Gulak again. Gulak chinbars but Swerve has a wristlock. Swerve lifts Gulak with a shoulder breaker but Gulak fights out.
Gulak has hair but Swerve arm-drags him down. Swerve has the wristlock but Gulak slips out. They go around with standing switches while fans duel. Gulak half nelsons to a snapmare but Swerve rolls and evades to kip up. Swerve smirks as he waistlocks and rolls Gulak, but then goes Eddy Gordo to headscissor and dropkick Gulak out! Fans cheer while Swerve waits for Gulak now. Gulak returns and baits Swerve to headbutt low. Gulak throws Swerve over the top rope but Swerve handsprings to land on his feet! Fans love that but Gulak is upset. Gulak runs out but Swerve evades again. Swerve baits Gulak into his rope flip splash! Cover, TWO! Swerve keeps his cool as he brings Gulak up.
Swerve wristlocks Gulak into a corner, but the ref calls for the ropebreak. Isaiah lets up to then grab Gulak again. Swerve has the fingers and elbow while fans duel. Gulak endures the joint manipulation and sits up, but Swerve holds on. Fans rally as Swerve waistlocks but Gulak standing switches. Swerve elbows Gulak off him and runs, but Gulak reels him in. Swerve unhooks using a leg and ROCKS Gulak with that right! Cover, TWO! Gulak survives that punch and Swerve might’ve even hurt himself with that one. Swerve shakes feeling back into his hand while Gulak shakes the cobwebs out. Swerve brings Gulak up for more hands in the corner, and an off-hand CHOP! Gulak grabs hair but Swerve turns it back on him to snapmare Gulak down for a knee drop! Cover, ONE!
Fans duel harder as Swerve keeps shaking that hand out. Swerve has Gulak in a facelock and throws body shots and kicks. Gulak clubs that bad hand! Gulak haymakers Swerve out of the ring and takes a moment to catch his breath. The ring count starts but Gulak goes out the side. Gulak comes around the way to throw Swerve into barriers! Fans boo and cheer as Gulak has Swerve again. Gulak CHOPS Swerve right on the announce desk! Gulak throws Swerve into the apron and Swerve flops to the floor. So Gulak Canadian racks Swerve, to Crucifix Bomb him into a post!! Swerve is down and Gulak is grimacing as he drags Swerve back into the ring. Cover, TWO!! Swerve still lives but Gulak seems to enjoy knowing he gets to hurt Swerve more.
Gulak has a leg while fans duel. Swerve fights as best as he can but Gulak still gets him in the modified Half Crab. Gulak stands on Swerve’s head, but Swerve uses that to pop out. Gulak and Swerve throw clubbing hands but it’s Gulak who backs off. He whips Swerve corner to corner but Swerve reverses. Swerve walks into a CHOP, and then Gulak hops up to jump for a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Gulak grows annoyed now but he goes right at the limbs again. Gulak grinds Swerve down with an armlock but fans rally up. Swerve fights his way up, even with a bad arm. Swerve gets to his feet to throw forearms, even with the bad arm. Gulak clubs Swerve back and bumps him off buckles.
Gulak hoists Swerve to the top rope, then clubs him hard on the back again. He drags Swerve out in the Crucifix again, but Swerve flips out to jawbreaker back! Then Swerve cartwheels on one hand, to run and uppercut Gulak in the corner! Swerve throws Gulak down and hops up, flying uppercut! Cover, TWO! Gulak gets to the corner while Swerve grows frustrated. Gulak boots Swerve and hops up, but Swerve STEINERS him off the corner! Swerve fires up, bad hand and all, and Miami is with him! Gulak stands, Swerve runs for the killshot calf kick! Cover, TWO!! Swerve was so close and yet still so far from finishing Gulak! Fans know “This is Awesome!” and Swerve feeds off that energy. He uses his good arm to half nelson, but Gulak goes after the bad arm!
Gulak scoops, to the dragon sleeper! Body scissors complete the GuLOCK! Swerve flails and scrambles, his long legs get the ropebreak! The ref counts and Gulak lets go at 2. Fans cheer as Swerve and Gulak get up again. Gulak goes over but Swerve puts him on the apron. But Gulak has the bad hand! Swerve punches free, sweeps the legs, and SUPERKICKS Gulak point blank! Gulak hangs on the edge, Swerve double stomps him down! Swerve puts Gulak back in and climbs up top! Swerve aims and fans fire up, KILLER DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!?! Gulak survives and fans are loving “205! 205!” for this crossover! Swerve refocuses as he goes to Gulak.
Swerve drags Gulak up but Gulak body shots free. Gulak whips but Swerve reverses. Gulak dodges but so does Swerve, only for Gulak to sunset flip him from below! TWO, and Swerve manages to tilt-o-whirl slam Gulak, into an armbar! Gulak flails and reaches, but Swerve’s own bad arm is part of the hold. Gulak’s two good arms beat Swerve’s one, and he has the bad arm by the fingers. But Swerve clubs away! Gulak SLAPS back, and now it’s a brawl! Gulak wrenches, clubs and combines cravat with fisherman for a SUPLEX! Swerve is dazed, Gulak drags him up into the torture rack! Cyclone Crash neckbreaker!! Cover, Gulak wins!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall
And that is why he is our WWE Cruiserweight Champion! Gulak grits it out against a true breakout star and still stands tall. And Gulak makes sure Swerve knows it as he holds the title up in his face. Who steps to Gulak next to feel the pain?
205 Live has been on a roll, so naturally bringing in NXT superstars makes it even better! The irony is, I just hope Isaiah “Swerve” Scott isn’t stuck in the Cruiserweight Division. Granted, other stars have been able to move up and out, but not with much backing from ol’ Vince “Needs Beef” McMahon. Raul Mendoza needs to just be here already, though. His tag match with Carrillo VS Lucha House Party was a great opener! Why can’t the Cruiserweight Division get tag titles? These tag matches are always great, and there always seem to be tag rivalries, titles just make sense. Kendrick & Tozawa VS Singh Brothers is obviously going to be another one of those feuds, and as great as next week’s match and subsequent matches will be, something more than pride needs to be on the line.
The “Unsanctioned” Drake Maverick VS Mike Kanellis match is going to be awesome! Especially with the story elements in it. Mike winning gets him a Cruiserweight Championship match, but I can’t see him winning with Gulak being such a great Heel. But also being unsanctioned, I bet Maria helps so that at least she and Mike make-up and stop the emasculation on Raw. At the same time, could this be a moment for Mike to go Face? It’s possible. Then our amazing main event, Gulak VS Swerve was as good as a title match itself! Swerve’s hand being hurt must be for the match, it gives great story for Gulak to go after it and to hold Swerve back through the rest of the match. Swerve may not have won the Breakout Tournament in NXT, but he’s totally going to be a star, just wait and see.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (7/23/19)
Who steps up to Kofimania at Summerslam?!
SmackDown heats up towards SummerSlam!
The W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~ may be preparing for a #Smackville debut, but he wants to have something for the biggest party of the summer! Who is he going to call out on the way to Toronto? Plus, Shawn Michaels returns to SmackDown as a guest commentator for tonight’s action!
- Apollo Crews VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins.
- Ember Moon VS Charlotte Flair; Moon wins.
- Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe; No Contest.
- Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens, Special Guest Referee: Drew McIntyre; No Contest.
PLAY BY PLAY
From calling out Shane McMahon being a glory hog to straight up stunning him in the ring, the KO Show will not be silenced! Even as Shane brings every crony possible, Kevin finds a way to get the best of the Best in the World! But what will the consequences be for Kevin as we head for SummerSlam?
SmackDown opens with The New Day!
Big E and Xavier Woods dance on the announce desk in front of Tom Phillips and David Otunga, but then Shane McMahon comes out to ruin the fun. Fans boo as Shane goes to the ring. Even Xavier boos while Big E hands out pancakes. “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~!” gets his proper introduction from Greg Hamilton before he reflects on last night’s Raw Reunion. WWE paid homage to superstars both old and new, but one face Shane was happy not seeing was Kevin Owens. Where was Kevin? Hiding behind social media and yapping, but he did say something interesting: Kevin wants a match with Shane at SummerSlam. And thinking about it, such an event wouldn’t be complete without the Best in the World.
Shane tells Kevin Owens, challenge accepted! But all that other yammering had something else interesting: if Kevin loses to Shane, then Kevin would quit the WWE! Fans let Shane know, “You Can’t Wrestle!” But Shane just says they can ask Roman Reigns about that. However, Kevin said he’d quit before, but then he didn’t actually quit. Shane rolls the footage of such words. August 27th, 2018, Kevin Owens lost to Seth Rollins and, in Toronto, Kevin said, “I quit.” Can you believe Kevin did that? Well Shane will make Kevin quit again! But it has to be in writing! Speak of the Prizefighter, here he comes! Miami goes wild for Kevin as he walks out on stage with a microphone.
Kevin tells Shane, “I’ve said a lot of things about you, but there’s one thing I wouldn’t say and that’s that you’re not smart.” Yes, Kevin hit a low point last year, but that was the “broken down” Kevin who didn’t want to piss anyone off. That Kevin is not this Kevin! Kevin knew if he issued a challenge, Shane would accept. Because Shane wants Kevin gone, and Kevin knows Shane loves the spotlight. And that spotlight is no brighter than SummerSlam in Toronto! The only problem is, Kevin won’t quit. And the reason why is because he’ll beat the hell out of Shane! But why wait?! Kevin wants to fight right now! Shane says if he wants that match at SummerSlam, then he’s not going to do anything right now.
Shane sees the fire in Kevin, and maybe Kevin should fight tonight. Not Shane, of course. But Kevin can fight… Roman Reigns! Shane pits his two biggest enemies dissenters against each other for his own benefit! Will KO get through Roman Reigns to then give the Best in the World the worst beating of his life?
Shane meets up with his crew.
Elias and Drew McIntyre love the ideas Shane had. Just when they thought he couldn’t get any more amazing as a leader, pitting Kevin against Roman, it’s beyond brilliant. It’s truly genius. Shane wants to go up even higher! This match needs something special. To make sure nothing happens, there should be a special guest referee. And it’ll be Drew McIntyre! McIntyre is good with that. And it also needs Elias as the special guest timekeeper! And to really, really put this together, the special ring announcer will be, the BEST, in the WOOORLD himself. Shane is definitely smart enough to know how to abuse his power. But how smart will it be to be that close to such combustible elements?
Apollo Crews VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
The rising star just needs that one moment to finally prove himself, but how will he do against the King of Strong Style?
The bell rings and Apollo circles with Nakamura. They approach but Apollo backs off. Fans duel as they approach again. Nakamura kicks one hand and reels Apollo in for a headlock. Apollo powers up and out to then run Nakamura over. Apollo brings Nakamura up and scoops to slam Nakamura down hard. Then Apollo drops a big leaping elbow! Apollo drags Nakamura up for a suplex, and holds him up there! For over 20 counts! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps his cool as he brings Nakamura up again. Nakamura breaks free to throw a strike fest then whip, but Apollo reverses. Nakamura holds the ropes but Apollo clotheslines him out! Apollo goes to the apron, ASAI MOONSAULT! The New Day are loving this as SmackDown goes picture in picture!
Apollo looms over Nakamura before putting him in the ring. Apollo slingshots and sentons, but Nakamura gets clear. Nakamura sweeps Apollo’s legs to trip him on the apron! Then he turns Apollo sideways for a knee strike, then a knee guillotine! Apollo falls to the floor and Nakamura stomps him out. Nakamura drags Apollo up and puts him back in the ring. He covers, TWO! Nakamura keeps his cool as he stands Apollo up for a cravat. Apollo endures the hold and slowly fights his way up. Nakamura snapmares and drops another knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura grows annoyed with Apollo as he puts him in a corner. He stomps the legs out then gives Apollo some Bad Vibrations! Apollo stops those, but Nakamura punches him down!
Nakamura stomps away on Apollo again and again at the ropes, only stopping when the ref backs him off. Nakamura stands Apollo up again for a SWIFT kick to the chest! Apollo wobbles but stays up, so Nakamura kicks him again! Then Nakamura grinds Apollo down in a facelock. Apollo endures as Nakamura squeezes tight. Apollo fights his way up and gourd busters Nakamura down! And then LARIATS Nakamura inside-out! Both men are down but Apollo catches his breath. SmackDown returns to single picture as he and Nakamura stand. Apollo mule kicks and BOOTS, then leaps to lariat Nakamura down! Kip-up and Apollo fires up! The New Day and Miami are also fired up as Apollo throws Nakamura with a fall away slam! Cover, TWO!
Apollo keeps his cool and says it’s time to raise the roof. He lifts Nakamura but Nakamura slips out to swing a kick. Apollo ducks but gets the left heel! Nakamura aims at Apollo in a corner, runs in, but blocks the boots. He turns Apollo around for the roundhouse, and sliding German! Nakamura unzips his shirt while Apollo is dazed. Nakamura runs in, but gets an enziguri!! OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Apollo can’t believe it! The New Day is going nuts on commentary as Apollo plans what’s next. Apollo goes up top, but Nakamura trips him up! Top Shelf Knee! Then he throws Apollo off, only to get a pop-up flapjack! Standing shooting star misses! KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall
The WWE Intercontinental Champion shows Apollo what being King of Strong Style really means! What will it take for Apollo to rise up higher?
But to add insult to injury, Nakamura kicks Apollo all around the ring! And out of the ring, and then kicks him while he’s down! Nakamura goes up the ramp and aims, for another KINSHASA! Nakamura caresses the title as he heads out, but will there come a time when someone wants that belt for their own?
Mandy Rose surprises Sonya Deville.
Where has she been, though? Don’t worry, she took care of business. She talked to Shane and told about the IIconics making jokes. Now they have a match that could earn them a future tag title match! Sonya is speechless as she’s so proud of her best friend. Will Fire & Desire take the fight to Peyton & Billie when they meet in the ring?
SmackDown hears from Mustafa Ali.
“I’ve got to rewrite the story.” He has to take the pen into his hand and rewrite his story! Not a sob story about a kid chasing his dream, who went from being a cop to a wrestler, and had to fight to earn his title shot only for his body to give out on him. Injured, replaced, and forgotten. Ali knows he lost time, but he won’t let that be his story. Ali has his pen, he puts it to paper, and it will read, “Ali becomes a champion.” It doesn’t matter who it is, no one is writing his story! He’ll even use his blood to write the story. Ali will go down in history with his story.
SmackDown presents: Miz TV!
The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show returns again, and Miz fires up Miami for the Miz & Mrs. season premiere! Miz takes a look back at Raw Reunion and all the stars, icons and legends that showed up. It was a lot of fun, but tonight’s guest carries that over. It is none other than the Heartbreak Kid, SHAWN MICHAELS! The New Day sings along as HBK makes his way to the ring. Ironically, HBK was supposed to be where the New Day was, but perhaps things worked out in the end.
Miz and HBK sit but the fans cheer and that gets HBK moving around again. The party keeps on rolling. Miz and others loved having legends back, but others were negative towards it. HBK has been on both sides, from the young guy in the back watching old time- er, Legends, coming around, and thinking “Why don’t they just get out of here?” But at the same time, this is family! It’s hard to turn down such a chance to hang out. And everyone had a blast, right? Fans in Miami sure are having a blast. And DX-Kliq even recruited an honorary member. Miz really “appreciates” it wasn’t him. But Seth Rollins has been a lot to fun watching growing up from the WWE PC and NXT, to another match with Brock Lesnar. In the words of Rollins, HBK hopes Rollins will #BurnItDown.
But to spoil the fun, it’s Dolph Ziggler! “Enough already with these so-called legends limping out tot he ring, ‘happy to be there’.” Ziggler hopes someone puts him out of his misery before he ever gets like that. Miz would be happy to be the one to do it! HBK keeps the peace. Clearly, Ziggler needs to say something, so let him say his piece. Ziggler does! He’s actually happy to see HBK. Ziggler and everyone used to idolize HBK, emphasis on “used to.” HBK could’ve just ridden off into the sunset, but what did he do? Shuffled back out and waved to the crowd, “it was embarrassing!” As bad as Goldberg-Taker! Ziggler tells HBK the truth: when HBK came back in November, he broke Ziggler’s heart. So Ziggler will tell him what no one else has the guts to say: “You were embarrassing.”
Miz looks to HBK for a response. HBK’s response: “I’ll admit it. I’m not going to disagree with you. It was embarrassing. I was embarrassed.” But what’s more embarrassing than that, is working your whole career and giving it your all, and still being left with nothing but being known as “a second-rate, Shawn Michaels wannabe.” Ziggler scowls, and fans pile on. Ziggler will not let HBK say that about him! The only second-rate HBK here is THIS HBK! And real fitting that he and Miz are here together. They ruined their legacies to shake hands, kiss babies, wave like idiots on a parade float! They’re the ones who will be left known for kissing ass while Ziggler-
“Oh just do something already!” Miz has had enough of Ziggler’s bitter whining, “It should’ve been me!” In this industry, you MAKE it you! So do something about it! Ziggler looks to Miz, then to HBK. Fans dare him to “Do Something! Do Something!” Everyone drops mics and tosses off jackets. Miz even leans forward to give Ziggler an easy shot. Ziggler goes to leave, HBK turns him around, but then HBK ducks the sucker punch and it goes into Miz! HBK goes after Ziggler on Miz’s behalf! HBK helps Miz up, but then Ziggler comes back with a SUPERKICK! Ziggler takes HBK down with the move he made famous! Then runs away from Miz before anything more can happen! Will Ziggler pay for such disrespect and cowardice?
Ember Moon VS Charlotte Flair!
SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley, was allowed to name her challenger for SummerSlam, and after helping her thwart Fire & Desire, she chose the War Goddess! Now Ember looks to prove she’s not only worthy of the match, but capable of beating the champion by beating a former champion. Will the #Shenom be able to Eclipse the Queen of Flair? Or will she find there’s a reason the Queen is #CharlotteNineTime?
The bell rings on this first-time-ever, and Ember circles with Charlotte. Charlotte kicks Ember’s legs out and then whips her to ropes. Ember handsprings through the hip toss to arm-drag Charlotte. CHarlotte comes back and runs Ember over, then stomps away. But here comes Bayley! The Queen is upset, but Bayley just wants a front row seat. Ember rolls Charlotte up, EMBER WINS!!
Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall
Bayley didn’t mean for that to happen, but it did happen. But then Ember puts Bayley in the ring!? Charlotte BOOTS Bayley down, but then Ember ECLIPSES Charlotte! Then she sees Bayley stirring, and grins. Ember climbs again, aims at Bayley, and gives BAYLEY an Eclipse! The War Goddess has declared war on champion and Queen! Will she regret making enemies of two NXT Horsewomen? Or is she going to rise above them all?
SmackDown returns to Kofimania!
The WWE World Champion throws pancakes as he makes his way out to the ring and Miami gets hype with positivity! They cheer and chant while he gets a mic. “Miami, BABYYYY~!” Before Kofi gets to his Smackville match with Samoa Joe and Dolph Ziggler, he wants to call out the man he hopes will be his SummerSlam opponent. Hopefully Kofi gets it out before getting attacked outta nowhere, because he’s talking to Randy Orton. Kofi waits, and The Viper appears! Orton himself looks to see if there might be anyone coming up to get after him. But the coast is clear, and Orton takes a mic for his own.
Kofi tells Orton that he wants Orton because of the history between them. Some fans might have forgotten, but Kofi remembers. November 16th, 2009: a sold out Madison Square Garden, and everyone chanting for Kofi. Fans chant for Kofi now. That was the night Kofi whooped Orton in a Falls Count Anywhere! And if Orton doesn’t recall it himself, there’s footage as a refresher. The SUPER BOOM DROP! That moment still gives Kofi goosebumps. That was supposed to be the moment Kofi made it to the main event. But that didn’t happen, now did it? Let’s get to the truth, to the real-life details. Orton used his influence to screw Kofi over. It almost worked, too. Until it didn’t.
Ever since then, Kofi kept on the grind and kept believing himself, and used the very real Power of Positivity to become what Orton never wanted him to be! The W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion~! Orton responds, saying “You think I used my influence to hold you back?” Orton admits it! But it was a favor to Kofi. Kofi wasn’t ready back then. And he’s still not ready now. This reign is a fluke. Kofi brags about his 11 years, but what about Orton’s 18? Orton admits he didn’t have to work hard, because it was so easy just being himself. He didn’t have to fake an accent, throw pancakes or shake his ass. All he had to do was be him, “and it’s worked pretty damn good.” Orton wins, wins and wins, to then main event a Mania.
That reminds Orton of something. Wrestlemania 35’s Kofimania only happened because of Orton. Orton hurt Mustafa Ali, and Kofi took Ali’s spot. What Orton is getting at is Kofi doesn’t deserve the title. And Orton could take it from Kofi whenever he wants. Whenever, huh? Then how about testing that at SummerSlam? Kofi Kingston VS Randy Orton, for the WWE World Championship. If Kofi wants it, he’s got it. But as fair warning, this little fairy tale comes to an end courtesy of the most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling: R K O. Kofi shows no fear, but will he regret inviting a Viper into the ring?
But wait, here comes Samoa Joe! The Samoan Submission Machine doesn’t care about this talk, he wants another fight. Joe wants to show he can get this done even before Smackville’s Triple Threat. And Orton decides to stay and see that, after the break.
Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe!
SmackDown returns as this Extreme Rules rematch begins! Kofi and Joe circle while Orton takes a seat ringside. Joe wrenches a wrist but Kofi slips through to wrench back. Kofi wrenches Joe but Joe wrenches right back! Joe has the wristlock, but Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench again. Joe reaches for ropes and gets the ropebreak. Kofi lets up and backs off, daring Joe to bring the fight. Joe and Kofi circle while fans chant “New! Day Rocks!” Kofi waistlocks Joe but Joe pries free to a fireman’s carry takedown. Joe has the armlock and grinds Kofi down. Joe stands on Kofi’s arm and hammerlocks, but Kofi rolls and kicks Joe away.
Kofi is on Joe’s arm again, and keylocks it. Joe powers the hold back and throws Kofi down by his hair. Joe walks around Kofi and drags him back up for a CHOP! Kofi reels back from the stinging in his chest, but Joe keeps on him with headbutts. Kofi kicks back and throws chops of his own! He backs Joe down, but Joe headbutts him right back down. Joe runs but Kofi speeds up with him! Kofi hurdles and back elbows Joe! Kofi dropkicks Joe out of the ring, then builds speed, to FLY! The Trust Fall topples Joe and Kofi is having fun! Fans fire up with Kofi as he puts Joe back in the ring. Joe gets to a corner and Kofi runs in to forearm smash. Kofi climbs up to rain down rights, right where Orton can see him. But then Joe trips Kofi up and Kofi hits buckles!
Joe looms over Kofi as Kofi shakes the cobwebs out. Joe CHOPS Kofi to the corner, then runs in. Kofi dodges and comes back, but Joe throws him with the urenage! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but Joe keeps his cool while SmackDown goes picture in picture.
Joe looms over Kofi again and scrapes his soles off Kofi’s face. He drags Kofi back up for the swift jabs, and big haymakers! Kofi wobbles but Joe still CHOPS him at the ropes. Kofi fires back with big haymakers and kicks of his own! Only to run into Joe’s elbow! Joe glares as he stalks Kofi to a corner. Joe drags Kofi up again, pulling hair to bring him in for a headbutt! The ref reprimands Joe but Joe doesn’t care as he drags Kofi up again. Joe snapmares Kofi into a neck wrench. Kofi endures the crank on his head as fans rally up. Kofi fights but Joe leans his weight on him. SmackDown returns to single picture as Joe twists harder.
Fans rally but Orton watches with a stoic stare. Kofi fights his way back up and fights with elbows. Joe knees low, but runs into Kofi’s double chops! Kofi fires off more then dropkicks Joe! Kofi runs and leaps to lariat Joe down! Fans fire up again as Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi gets to a corner and takes aim. Fans clap along and Kofi runs out, but Joe gets to a corner. Joe dodges but Kofi goes up and over to crossbody Joe down! But Orton decides to strike! But Kofi denies the RKO and the match is thrown out!
Kofi is ready for Orton this time, and Orton throws off his vest. Joe confronts Orton, to get the RKO! Kofi gives Orton Trouble in Paradise! Kofimania runs wild, but will he make it through the Smackville Triple Threat for this rematch to even happen?
Finn Balor returns to SmackDown!
The Extraordinary Man was the first victim of The Fiend, but he’s back to show he’s not afraid. What will he have to say after SmackDown returns from break?
SmackDown returns and Kayla Braxton is there to interview Finn. Finn has had a rough couple of weeks, losing the WWE Intercontinental Championship at Extreme Rules, but then being attacked on Raw the next night. Again, it was the shocking and perhaps disturbing debut of Bray Wyatt’s Fiend on live television, in which he attacked Finn and left him down and out in the ring. Finn finally has a chance to respond. He’s not sure how Bray’s mind works. Is this back to settle an old score? Or for something new? But from the puppets to the attack on Mick Foley last night, and The Fiend itself, Finn isn’t sure what to make of any of it.
Is Finn shaken? Bray is even more twisted than ever before, but Finn has stared fear in the face before. Finn didn’t back down then, and he won’t now! So if Bray, The Fiend, or whatever he is today, how about a match at SummerSlam?! And on the titantron, it’s another episode of Firefly Fun House? Happy Bray is there, “Yowie Wowie!” And so are Mercy the Buzzard and Ramblin’ Rabbit. Finn is so brave! It’s inspiring, really. It’s the reason they’re all fans of Finn’s in the fun house. But The Fiend isn’t, no matter how many times they tell the Fiend how “super duper” Finn is! But the challenge has been accepted! Bray does give a warning: Finn is an Extraordinary Man, The Fiend is no man. “The Fiend is an abomination. The Fiend is power. And the Fiend remembers.” #LetMeIn.
The Fiend now has control of the fun house! “Let me in!” Will Finn survive The Fiend at SummerSlam? Will Finn be bringing the WWE Intercontinental Championship with him after Smackville this Saturday?
SmackDown returns with a backstage interview with Charlotte Flair!
She shouldn’t have to ask for this interview. That thing with Ember and Bayley is a slap in the face. No wait, being off SummerSlam is a slap in the face. No wait, Bayley choosing Ember just because is a slap in the face. Charlotte is THE woman behind the Women’s (R)Evolution! How do you leave The Queen of All Eras off SummerSlam!? Mark her words: she will be part of SummerSlam, she demands to be SummerSlam, and she’ll have a better opponent than Ember Moon to finally prove she is THE greatest woman wrestler of all time.
Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens, Special Guest Referee: Drew McIntyre!
As if making two of his enemies fight each other, the Best in the World makes sure the Scottish Terminator is the officiator, the Drifter is the timekeeper, and he himself is the ring announcer. This is certainly a stacked deck, but will the Prizefighter still be in good shape to go after Shane O’Mac?
Shane does his ring announcing duties by introducing Elias and McIntyre in turn, and SmackDown takes one more break before this main event finally goes down.
SmackDown returns once more as everyone takes their positions. Kevin makes his entrance, but Shane doesn’t give him an introduction. Roman then makes his entrance, but Shane doesn’t give him an introduction, either. It’s so obvious what Shane is up to with this, but Roman isn’t going to shy away from a fight. He and McIntyre talk trash but then Elias rings the bell. Shane finally gives the introductions, calling Kevin “The Quitter.” Kevin gets out to scare Shane off, then he takes a mic up. Shane thinks eh’s so funny and smart, huh? Kevin has no problem going through everyone to get at Shane! Shane’s getting dropped whether he likes it or not!
Roman takes the mic from Kevin and says Kevin’s not going through him. He’ll whoop everyone’s ass tonight! Shane calls for the real bell, and the bell sounds! Roman and Kevin circle, tie up, and Roman powers Kevin to a corner. McIntyre calls for the break, and Roman gives the break. Fans duel as Roman and Kevin circle again. They tie up again and Kevin headlocks. Roman powers Kevin back to a corner, and McIntyre calls for another break. The break is given, but McIntyre shoves the two a little too much. He says they have to listen to him as the referee. Roman UPPERCUTS McIntyre and throws him out! Kevin hits Elias! Shane scrambles but he’s surrounded! Roman and Kevin have him in the ring, out of the ring, and then back in the ring!
McIntyre saves Shane from Roman but Kevin helps Roman out! Elias attacks with a BIG knee! The brawling continues and Shane gets his cheap shots in on Roman. Shane and his crew stomp Roman all around, and Miami tells them, “You Suck!” McIntyre and Elias hold Roman up and Shane mocks the battle cry, but Kevin trips Shane uP! To throw him into barriers! Roman gets free, Kevin SUPERKICKS McIntyre! SUPERKICK for Elias! Roman SPEARS McIntyre! Kevin gives Elias a STUNNER! Fans are thunderous because Shane isn’t getting away just yet! Roman feeds Shane into the ring, SUPERMAN PUNCH! STUNNER! The Big Dog and KO stand tall, “Aw Hell Yeah!”
Fans want “One More Time!” and so does Roman. Kevin hauls Shane up, for another STUNNER! “You think tonight was good?” Kevin vows to do the impossible: make Shane enjoyable! Because he vows to give Shane the ass whooping of a lifetime! But can Kevin really do this all again in Toronto? Or is Shane going to find yet another way to abuse his power and stack the deck?
This was a pretty fun and more substantial episode of SmackDown after Raw Reunion being mostly filler. One thing that disappointed was that HBK didn’t join commentary at all tonight. However, the New Day taking his place was a great alternative, Big E and Xavier Woods were so hype it made things feel even more fun. Especially in the Apollo VS Nakamura match. Apollo had a great performance against Nakamura, but to be fair, he’s still not where Nakamura is. Nakamura VS Finn is coming at Smackville, and for the Intercontinental Championship, but I don’t think Nakamura drops it after Ali had such a passionate promo. At the same time, The Fiend VS Finn is happening, so maybe Finn wins the title to lose it to Bray, and Ali jumps in from there.
Ember getting a quick win over Charlotte and then leaving both her and Bayley down and out is great for Ember. She needs a spark to really get going towards this title match. Of course, Charlotte is talking about trying to outshine the title match, but is Charlotte going to have another match with Asuka just for that? Or does she circle back and copy last year’s SummerSlam by becoming part of a Triple Threat? It might be better if she joins the title match, because oddly, I can see Ember winning off her instead of just Bayley, especially if it’s an Eclipse outta nowhere. Then Fire & Desire having a match against the IIconics for a title opportunity, I don’t see that going any better than when the Kabuki Warriors finally got their shot. But perhaps it will work towards a Triple Threat of its own so that the right team comes out on top.
Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton had a great promo showdown to plug their long history against each other. It was rather surprising that Orton admits to politicking but I suppose it works into the story. Kofi VS Joe was pretty good, too, even with Orton interrupting. Smackville is going to be a lot of fun with that Triple Threat for the title, but I’m pretty sure the title doesn’t change hands. Kofi VS Orton is going to be great, or at least it should with story elements. And given Kofi referenced that memorable Boom Drop, I hope they do that again for the match, perhaps through an announce desk. And I would think for story, Kofi has to win at SummerSlam to further build his legacy.
We also got some great development for the Miz VS Ziggler story this time. Throwing HBK into the mix helped, and oof, those stinging comments about wannabes and embarrassments. This is the spark to give us a match to care about, since I expected the match itself was going to be good anyway. Then the story of the night, Shane trying to screw over Kevin and Roman. It was pretty clear this wasn’t going to work out, in order to give Kevin a lead towards their match. Though, saying this match is about Kevin quitting, I wonder if they’ll make it an I Quit match. It would just make sense, because then Kevin really does have to say the words again to lose, and it would also allow Kevin to beat the hell out of Shane since there would be no rules but to win.
My Score: 8.4/10
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