WWE steps on the gas and drives in the Fastlane! Will the New Daniel Bryan stay the world champion? Will Becky Lynch earn her way into a Triple Threat?
- Kickoff Match – The New Day VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev w/ Lana; The New Day wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Miz & Shane McMahon; The Usos win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville; Asuka wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- WWE Championship Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kevin Owens VS Kofi Kingston; changed to…
- 2v1 Tornado Handicap Match: The Bar VS Kofi Kingston; The Bar wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Revival VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS Aleister Black & Ricochet; The Revival wins and retains the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio VS R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Samoa Joe wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Nia Jax & Tamina; Banks & Bayley win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
- WWE Championship Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kevin Owens VS ???; Bryan wins and retains the WWE Championship.
- Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch; Lynch wins, by disqualification, and joins the Raw Women’s Championship match at Wrestlemania as a Triple Threat.
- Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley; The Shield wins.
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It’s the WWE Fastlane Kickoff Show!
Join Johnathan Coachman, Beth Phoenix, David Otunga and Sam Roberts in previewing the action for tonight’s final stop before Wrestlemania!
The IIconics join the panel.
Billie Kay & Peyton Royce play dumb as to knowing Sasha Banks & Bayley are in town. It’s because they haven’t seen the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions on SmackDown yet. They have a good point, but then are they out here to call them out? But what happens if Nia Jax & Tamina win? The IIconics aren’t going to ask nor answer that question. Quiet, Sam. But the IIconics are the future, and the future is IIconic! Strike the pose! Then will the IIconics give a prediction on this first title defense? Billie consults with Peyton, and they go with Boss & Hug Connection. Coach thinks that’s in their best interest considering Nia- What’s that? What’s that, Coach? Look Billie in the eyes and say that again. “Thank you.” “You’re welcome.” Will the inaugural champions stay the champions? Or will the Samoan Dynasty have gold this close to Wrestlemania?
Backstage interview with Fire & Desire.
Mandy Rose prepares for her title match with Asuka. She won thanks to a fake eye injury, and Asuka got her back for it. Does Mandy think tonight is a long shot? Well Asuka had to attack them from behind, so she must be desperate. Asuka is the one with a long shot chance to win. Sonya says Mandy is strategic, focused, and has the mental edge. But EC3 comes along. “Mannnndy.” Oh wow, he speaks. He does a lot of things, except forgetting to introduce himself. EC3 is between brands, and he’s a bit of a hot commodity. Something these two know a lot about.
Oh so the first thing EC3 says is this? There’s more where that came from. Well Mandy’s not on Earth to flirt with a human tanning bed. She has more important things to focus on. Sonya and EC3 click at each other before EC3 leaves. Will the Top One Percent pursue SmackDown as his main roster home?
Carmella petitions for R-Truth’s United States Championship rematch.
The Fabulous Princess gets signatures, but Zelina Vega has advice for Carmella. Truth lost but Carmella has a clipboard like they’re somebodies. Unlike John Cena, Truth should give up. Because El Idolo will finish Rey Mysterio and move on to the title. Oh but didn’t Samoa Joe pin Almas in that Fatal 4 Way? Samoa Joe himself comes by and before this escalates, he’ll make this clear: he is the champion. And Joe will continue to be champion. If Truth, Mysterio or Almas have a problem, then just come see him. He’ll be more than happy to put their problems to sleep. And he even signs the petition. Tonight, everyone gets what they want: It’s a FATAL 4 WAY REMATCH for the title!!
Christian joins the panel!
He jokes around with Sam and Otunga, but he also has some matches to talk about. The Miz gets to be in his hometown of Cleveland, does Christian think that’ll help? It might be more of a distraction. If you want to know why Miz is so annoying, just look to Papa Miz. Give Papa Miz a luxury box seat, not one ringside! But Miz is approaching 40, why is he still looking for his father’s approval? The Usos are laser focused, but why is Miz worrying about his daddy issues? Christian knows about tag title reigns, it’s about chemistry. Usos have chemistry from the womb while Miz and Shane are kinda forced. And Christian never had to go for dad’s approval. Does this spell doom for the would-be Best Tag Team in the World?
Aleister Black & Ricochet speak.
“Our lives are defined by moments.” Ricochet will never forget falling in love with high-flying. Or the moment that he was going to the WWE. And now he’ll create a new moment in his WWE PPV debut. As a kid from Kentucky, Ricochet has always wanted to be a WWE champion, and he’ll make that dream come true. Aleister reminds us that “People fear the unknown.” With each of their victories, they put fear in the hearts of their opponents. This isn’t about the past, this is about destiny choosing them to win the Raw Tag Team Championships. One flies, one strikes, and all the rest will #FadetoBlack. Will this air strike of destiny hit its mark in the Triple Threat?
AJ Styles joins the panel.
The Phenomenal One speaks on the “mistake” of replacing Kofi Kingston in tonight’s WWE Championship. Kofi went through four other competitors just to get this close to the title and it was all taken away by a whim. As for Kevin Owens, Styles agrees that Bryan needs his mouth shut, but it should’ve been by Kofi. Kofi’s probably got the best chance of stopping Bryan. The Road to Wrestlemania is in the home stretch, and Styles knows what it takes to get to the end. Bryan has been doing this a long time and is going to another level. Bryan has Rowan as a back-up but Kevin will surely think outside the box. But what about Styles’ own fall? He’s gone from champion to contender to commentator. Well you can’t always be the top guy, but Styles will bide his time.
Then what about Randy Orton always having a retort? Orton’s a bully and he’s just trying to pester Styles into reacting. Christian knows Orton can get in your head without even trying. But Styles is confident, he’ll deal with Orton when the time comes.
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.
The Prizefighter made a surprising return and now has a title match. With all the controversy, has he been able to focus? The controversy is all Vince McMahon’s thing, go ask him. Kevin still agrees, Kofi earned his shot but Kevin’s not going to refuse his own. This is to make life better for him and his family. Plus, Kevin just can’t stand Bryan talking down to the WWE Universe anymore. All the fans have wanted to punch Bryan so Kevin will do that for us! But then in come the New Day. Kofi just wants to say he has no problem with Kevin. This is Kevin’s shot, so good luck. Kevin appreciates that, and shakes Kofi’s hand. And good luck in the tag match. Speaking of, that’s up next!
But wait, the McMahons want to speak with Kofi in regards to a WWE Championship match?! Big E and Xavier Woods are excited for Kofi, but is this what we’re all thinking?!
Kickoff Match – The New Day VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev w/ Lana!
The power of positivity and pancakes comes to Cleveland to take on a rather effective makeshift team! Can Big E & Woods keep the King of Strong Style and Bulgarian Brute from gaining any ground in the SmackDown Tag Division?
The teams sort out and we begin with Woods and Nakamura. Woods and Nakamura circle while fans chant “New! Day Rocks!” Nakamura simply ignores it while he tests with kicks. They tie up and Nakamura waistlocks. Woods works to a wristlock, but Nakamura cartwheels and reverses back. Nakamura knees Woods to a corner then throws strikes. Nakamura whips corner to corner but Woods goes up and over. Woods runs and things speed up, Woods tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Cover, TWO! Woods brings Nakamura up but Rusev runs in. Woods turns around into a roundhouse! Nakamura tags to Rusev while we go picture in picture.
Rusev covers, TWO! Rusev grimaces as he looms over Woods. He stomps Woods at the ropes, then sits him up for a swift kick to the back! Fans rally but Nakamura tags in. Nakamura and Rusev mug Woods, but Woods hits back. We return to single picture as Nakamura knees Woods back down. Nakamura stomps Woods in the corner then kicks Woods’ leg. Tag to Rusev and Rusev throws heavy hands. Rusev rams his shoulders in over and over! Rusev taunts Big E but goes back to Woods. He lifts Woods into the bearhug! Fans rally as Woods endures the squeeze. Woods ear claps Rusev off then throws haymakers. Rusev knees low then tags Nakamura. They double whip, for pop-up knee to enziguri! Cover, TWO! Nakamura drags Woods away while we check on The Miz talking to his dad.
Papa Miz hopes Miz brings the titles home. Well then he better get to his seat, because the SmackDown Tag Titles are first! Shane comes by, says hi to Papa Miz, and gets pumped up with The Miz for their match. Back in the ring, Woods fights his way out of Nakamura’s facelock but Nakamura knees low. Nakamura puts him in the corner and tags in Rusev. Rusev puts Woods on the top rope and throws haymakers. Rusev climbs up top but Woods resists. Woods throws body shots back and headbutts Rusev down! Woods adjusts, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Both Woods and Rusev are down but fans fire up! Woods and Rusev crawl, hot tags to Nakamura and Big E! Big E rallies with overhead suplexes! And a belly2belly! Fans fire up as Big E swivels the hips. Big E runs, BIG Splash!
But Big E’s not done there. He waits for Nakamura to stand, and he scoops. Nakamura slips around to a guillotine! Big E squats, but powers back up! Big E powers Nakamura off! Nakamura rolls to the apron and slowly stands. Big E builds speed, to get a knee! Nakamura drags Big E out to kick away between the ropes! And an ax kick! Nakamura climbs while Big E staggers away. Leaping knee! Cover, TWO! The New Day still lives, so Nakamura tags Rusev. The King and Brute work together to whip Big E, but Woods tags in. Big E fights off Rusev but gets the dynamic dropkick. Nakamura runs into the swing kick and step-n complete shot! Rusev roundhouses Woods! Cover, TWO! Rusev grows frustrated as he glares at Woods. Fans rally as Rusev drags Woods into a corner.
Rusev puts Woods up top and throws heavy haymakers. Woods throws them back and boots Rusev away. Woods leaps over Rusev, to come back for a wheelbarrow, but Rusev blocks to a wheelbarrow suplex! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura returns and Rusev tags him in. They drag Woods up and whip again. Fireman’s carry to suplex! Sliding knee! Cover, TWO!! Woods stays alive so Nakamura takes aim. Woods counters the Kinshasa to a roll-up! TWO, but tag to Big E! Urenage backstabber combo! Big E runs Rusev over and hauls Nakamura up. Woods climbs, but Rusev distracts the ref. Lana trips up Woods! Nakamura boots Big E then tags Rusev. Nakamura runs but is sent out. Big E turns around into a MACHKA KICK! Cover, Woods saves it! The New Day will not die!
Nakamura throws Woods into buckles, but Woods dumps him out! Rusev runs but Woods dumps him out! Tag, and Woods builds speed! Woods FLIES, but is caught! Rusev and Nakamura double slam Woods down! Woods writhes but Rusev puts him in. Cover, TWO!! Woods continues to survive, but Rusev shouts to “CRUSH!!” Rusev stomps Woods, and puts on the Accolade! Woods endures being bent back, but he powers up to get an arm out! Rusev gets the arm back but Woods still gets closer tot he ropse. Nakamura pulls the ropes away! Big E grabs Nakamura and dumps him into the timekeeper’s area! Rusev lets Woods go to shout at Big E, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO!! Rusev runs in but misses. Tag to Big E, and Big E scoops Rusev. Woods climbs. UpUpDownDown! Cover, The New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, Big E pinning
Lana scowls as her two heavy hitters lose again. The New Day celebrate this win, but will they be celebrating something even bigger when they regroup with Kofi?
“What are you willing to do to get to Wrestlemania?”
They all follow roads. Some to glory, some to pain. But all roads lead home. The Big Dog overcame a true fight for his life, but now he wants it #OneLastTime. The Shield reunites, but will they be back on top? Vince McMahon tried to deny The Man, but will Straight Fire head straight for Mania? And Vince McMahon did very much the same to Kofi Kingston, but will that come back to bite the Planet’s Champion? There are tag titles a plenty, but who is taking them all the way to the goal? The Road to Wrestlemania enters the Fastlane!
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Miz & Shane McMahon!
Jimmy & Jey may have the titles #OnLock, but will Cleveland’s own bring championships home? The Miz and Shane look to truly be the Best Tag Team in the World, will they do Papa Miz proud?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin! Jimmy starts against Shane and “The Land” is strong behind their hometown here and his Co-Besty. Jimmy and Shane approach but Shane’s test kicks keep Jimmy back. Jey points out the shoes while Jimmy circlds with Shane. Jimmy runs into a jab! And then an arm-drag! And another arm-drag! Shane gets Jimmy with a Russian Leg Sweep! Tag to The Miz and Cleveland is ready! The Co-Besties give co-jabs and fancy foot work! Jimmy slides away and tags to Jey. Jey runs into Miz’s boot! Cover, ONE! Miz keeps on Jey with CHOPS! Cleveland chants “Miz is Awesome!” as Miz gives more chops to Jey. Miz whips but Jey reverses. Jey runs into a mule kick, and Miz goes up and over with a sunset flip! TWO, but Miz brings Jey over.
Tag to Shane, and they hit the Hart Attack! Cover, TWO! Shane puts Jey in the corner for mudhole stomps and fast hands. The ref counts but Shane back elbows at 4. Shane hits Jimmy for good measure, but Jey hits back. Jey headlocks, Jimmy tags in, and the Usos work together to run Shane over! Shane sits up in a daze while Jimmy looms closer. Jimmy headbutts Shane down then throws elbows. Jimmy drops one more headbutt then covers, ONE! Fans rally for Shane as Jimmy brings him up. Jimmy throws uppercuts and puts Shane in the corner. Tag to Jey and the Usos split the wishbone. Jey stays between Shane and Miz as he rains down rights and stomps. Jey wraps Shane in a chinlock but Cleveland continues to rally. Shane endures and reaches but Jey turns Shane away. Jey shifts to a facelock but the rally builds.
Shane feeds off the energy as Jey shifts back to a chinlock. Shane fights free, but gets the dragon whip kick! Cover, TWO! Jimmy tags in and hits Miz while Jey drags Shane away. Fans boo as Jimmy stomps Shane. Jimmy drags Shane to the ropes and chokes him, but stops at 4. Jey gets a sucker punch in! Miz protests but Jimmy wraps another chinlock on. Shane endures again while fans rally up. Shane fights and crawls for his corner, but Jimmy keeps Shane away. Jimmy drops a fist, then drags Shane away. Tag to Jey and Jey hits a leaping headbutt! Cover, ONE! Shane crawls to the ropes while Jey grows frustrated. Jey throws a big right, but into the float-over DDT from Shane! Both men are down but the fans rally up! Shane and Jey crawl, hot tags to Jimmy and Miz!
Miz hits the springboard ax handles! He hits Jey then flapjacks Jimmy! Miz gives It Kicks in the corner! He goes corner to corner for double knees! And then for more! Cleveland is fired up as Miz hits the A-List Lariat. Miz boots Jey then slides under Jimmy for a sunset flip! TWO, but Miz dumps Jimmy out. Miz takes off the jersey and climbs up high! Miz LEAPS and wipes both usos out! And right in front of Papa! Papa Miz applauds, too, as Miz puts Jimmy in. Miz ducks the dragon whip, hits the low DDT! Cover, TWO! Shane and the fans rally as Miz keeps his focus. Miz runs, but Jimmy ducks the boots! Roll up, TWO! Jey tags in and Jimmy rocks Miz with an elbow. Pop Up Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives but Jey taunts Shane. “Watch this!”
Jey runs in, but into a full nelson! Jey resists the Finale to mule kick. Tag to Jimmy, but Miz fights back with elbows and boots. Miz goes up, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Cover, but Shane breaks it! Shane throws hands on Jey! But Jey reverses, Samoan Drop Neckbreaker! Miz dumps Jey out, then gets Jimmy, Skull Crushing Finale! But the ref’s too busy helping Shane!! Cover counted, TWO!! Miz can’t believe how close they were! Miz keeps his cool as he drags Jimmy up. He goes after the legs now, and then the Figure Four! But Jimmy sends him into the post! Jey tags in and the Usos haul Miz up into an Electric Chair. The Usos make sure Papa Miz is watching. But Miz slips out and shoves Jey into Jimmy! Roll up, TWO!!
Miz puts Jey on the apron but runs into a kick! Jey climbs up but Miz hits back! Miz throws more lefts then climbs up. Jey fights back and hits a BIG hotshot! Jimmy and Miz are down, but Shane aims at Jimmy! But Jey gets in Shane’s way. They each want to leap! Jey leaps, Shane hits HIM!! Everyone is down and Cleveland is losing its mind! Miz sits up as fans cheer, including Papa! Papa says go up top, so Miz goes up top! Miz aims at Jey, for a frog splash! ONTO KNEES!! Cover, The Usos win!!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions
Jimmy & Jey take advantage of Miz’s gamble! The Usos keep the titles and move on towards Wrestlemania, but what does this mean for the Co-Besties? Miz and Shane still raise each other’s hands, and hug it out with Papa Miz. They raise Papa Miz’s hands, too, for his part in their run. And then Shane attacks Miz?! Shane fires hands and stomps Miz out!? Fans boo and ask “Why, Shane, Why!?”
Shane rips the “Cleveland is Awesome” shirt and uses it to choke Miz! And then he wipes the sweat with it, to throw at Miz. Shane gives Miz more stomps, right in front of Miz’s dad! Shane talks trash to Papa Miz, then grabs him by his face! He shoves Papa Miz down, then kicks Miz more! Shane drags Miz up for fists right to the head, then into a triangle hold! Shane makes sure Miz and his dad lock eyes as Miz is choked out. Papa Miz pleads that someone stop Shane, but no one can stop Miz from passing out. “That’s your son!” Shane shouts as he rubs his forearms into Miz’s face. Cleveland boos Shane out of the building, but he doesn’t care. Will Shane give us a reason why? Will Miz get revenge either way?
The Pack mocks The Shield.
Drew McIntyre says “The Shield rides again. One last time, to be broken by my hands.” Baron Corbin says that while the brothers have been dealing with dysfunction, these there have been dominating. Bobby Lashley says the fight brought them together, but this fight will finish it. This will not be a happy farewell tour, but a crushing and embarrassing defeat. “Believe that.” Corbin, McIntyre & Lashley feel they are the new power in the WWE, but will they feel true power tonight?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in Cleveland, playing his guitar as always. “On the Road to Wrestlemania, we’re in the Fastlane. We just saw Cleveland’s own Miz get his ass kicked by Shane.” Elias sees the future, and as far as he can tell, if that was Miz’s Dad, he’s not going to age well. But Elias is in Cleveland, and he can’t wait to be gone. He’ll head to LA and hang with his friend, LeBron. Elias ends his performance, and Cleveland doesn’t want an encore.
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville!
The Empress of Tomorrow may have gotten suckered by God’s Greatest Creation, but she got her and the Gladiator Gal back. Will Asuka be ready for any other tricks up Mandy’s sleeves? Or will Mandy still not be ready for Asuka?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Mandy and Asuka circle and tie up. Mandy gets a wristlock but Asuka switches it back quick. Asuka snapmares and kicks Mandy! Asuka gets a headlock but Mandy fights out to get her own headlock. Mandy gets a takedown but Asuka rolls through to a heel hook! Mandy reaches and gets the ropebreak fast. Asuka lets Mandy go and eggs Mandy on. Mandy runs into a takedown then a shoulder. Asuka puts Mandy in a corner then runs in. Mandy puts her on the apron but Asuka hits her back. Asuka keeps Sonya back but Mandy pounces! Mandy drags Asuka in but Asuka breaks free. Asuka blocks a kick, to the Ankle Lock! Sonya runs in but back out. Mandy waistlocks but Asuka standing switches. She rolls Mandy, TWO!
Sonya distracts again, Mandy hits the Golden Knee! Cover, TWO! Mandy rains down rights on Asuka but lets up at 4. Mandy drags Asuka up again for a big suplex! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated and she tries another cover, TWO! Mandy drags Asuka up and wrenches to a standing abdominal stretch. Asuka endures and Cleveland rallies for her. Mandy digs her elbow in but Asuka fights out. Mandy throws forearms then suplexes, but Asuka slips out. Asuka can’t German so she gets an Octopus Stretch! And she pulls back hard! Sonya starts searching under the ring? Mandy shifts and slams Asuka down! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated and throws haymakers on Asuka. Asuka grows angry as Mandy talks trash.
Asuka SLAPS Mandy, then again! She throws palm strikes, but Mandy whips. Asuka hops up and hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Asuka as she fires off more palm strikes! Mandy can barely cover up, but she does kick. Asuka blocks it to give a kick of her own! Asuka runs corner to corner for a hip attack! And then the German Suplex! Asuka keeps moving, Sliding Wizard! Cover, TWO! Mandy shows toughness as she slowly stands up. Asuka grins as she stalks Mandy. Asuka kicks away on Mandy at the ropes, then runs. Mandy dodges the hip attack, Golden Knee! Cover, TWO! Sonya is frustrated for Mandy as she drags Asuka up. Mandy underhooks but Asuka flails. Asuka hits the pop-up knee! Sonya panics while Mandy is dazed.
Asuka drags Mandy up for forearms from both sides. Sonya finds what she was looking for: a kendo stick! Mandy ducks the roundhouse and shoulders Asuka away. Mandy whips but Asuak reverses. Sonya forgot to reset the skirt and Mandy trips on it! Asuka back heel kicks Mandy down! Cover, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by pinfall; still SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Empress wins because Fire & Desire were too busy trying to sneak the win. Mandy isn’t happy about it, will she forgive Sonya? Who will step up to Asuka for Wrestlemania?
The New Day look for Kofi Kingston.
What’s the big news? He doesn’t have any! No one has let him in the office. Wait, they’re making HIM wait when they invited him over? They knock again, but then barge in. Vince McMahon is there, and wants to know what this is about. What? He had Kofi waiting. No Vince was waiting for Kofi. No, Kofi has been waiting for 11 years. Vince talked about box office hits, but he’s had it for almost a dozen years! Please do not take this opportunity from Kofi after all Kofi has done for the company. The McMahons said the people will get what they want? Well people want Kofi! Kofi for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania! Vince says what will happen… is tonight’s WWE Championship is now a Triple Threat! And it’s up next!!
WWE Championship Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kevin Owens VS Kofi Kingston!
The New Day will have to stay backstage, but that’s fine by them! The WWE Universe has wanted Kofi to have his moment, and this might be the night! Will Kofi bring the power of positivity to that organic championship belt? Will The Prizefighter make good on his own opportunity? Or will the Planet’s Champion remain the world champion?
Wait, hold on. Something’s not right. There’s been a sudden change, the match is actually later tonight. This is a Handicap Match?! Kofi against The Bar, in tornado rules?!
2v1 Tornado Handicap Match: The Bar VS Kofi Kingston!
This is clearly Vice McMahon’s doing, but why!? Is Kofi still in the world title match tonight? Will he even make it to the end of tonight?!
Cesaro & Sheamus have no complaints as they corner Kofi. Kofi fights against them but this is too much! Fans boo as The Bar stomps away on Kofi all over. Sheamus puts Kofi in a corner and The Bar throws hands. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Cesaro still whips Kofi corner to corner. Sheamus whips Cesaro in but Kofi fights back! Kofi sends Sheamus into the post then throws hands on Cesaro. But Sheamus comse back and The Bar again has the numbers. They rain down rights and grind knees in. Cesaro runs Kofi over, and Sheamus helps out for dual Half Crabs! Kofi endures while fans boo this Cleveland Screw Job!
The Bar drags Kofi back up and Cesaro whips Sheamus in for a pump knee! Cesaro adds a running European Uppercut, and then scrapes Kofi out to the floor. The Bar drags Kofi up to club him against the barriers. Sheamus throws EuroUppers, then Cesaro gut wrenches Kofi onto the barriers. The Bar hauls Kofi into the ring to club away on the apron. Fans still chant for Kofi and still boo for The Bar. Kofi revives and boots Cesaro into barriers! Kofi shoves Sheamus into another post! He kicks Cesaro back and into the ring. Kofi climbs up but has to ax handle Sheamus down. Kofi climbs again, and leaps, into a EuroUpper! The Bar coordinates to finish Kofi off. Cesaro powerbomb lifts, Sheamus adds a clothesline, Doomsday Bomb!
But The Bar isn’t through with Kofi, as Sheamus beats his chest. Cesaro holds Kofi up, for the BROGUE! Cesaro takes the cover, but doesn’t finish it! Fans boo even louder, but The New Day come to the ring! Only for Rusev and Nakamura to attack them first! KINSHASA for Big E! MACHKA Kick for Woods! A-Swiss-ted White Noise for Kofi! Cover, The Bar wins.
Winners: The Bar, by pinfall
What horrible abuse of power did we just watch? Is Vince McMahon never going to acknowledge Kofi’s accomplishments?
Backstage interview with Sasha Banks & Bayley!
The Boss & Hug Connection defend their titles tonight, and give a quick shout-out to Kofi. His heart is an inspiration to them. How do Sasha & Bayley feel being champion underdogs against Nia Jax & Tamina? Well yes, Nia and Tamina are strong, but these two welcome the challenge. They’ll never take the titles for granted, and they’ll fight for everything they’ve worked for. Sasha & Bayley are ready to defend the belts on all brands and become the best women’s tag champions ever. #BankonThat.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias, again.
The Drifter is giving fans the encore they didn’t want because he doesn’t care what fans want. “It’s a New Day. Oh, yes it is. Kofi just suffered the same fate as that moron, The Miz.” They all looked like some Cleveland Cavaliers: A bunch of beat up losers, just like the fans here. Can we finally put this Kofi talk to rest? And just admit to yourself that the Pittsburgh Steelers are the best. This ends Elias’ second session, will he try to go for a third?
Backstage interview with Shane McMahon.
What is his explanation for his attack on The Miz tonight? He doesn’t give one.
Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Revival VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS Aleister Black & Ricochet!
The #TopGuys worked hard, and sometimes cheated, to finally get these tag titles, and they’re not about to give them up so easily. The GLORIOUS Duo got themselves this rematch by ruining the shot for the NXT air force! Will the Embodiment of the End and the One and Only show everyone not to underestimate them?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and The Revival talk trash. They get punched out of the ring, leaving the GLORIOUS Duo to brawl with Ricochet and Aleister! Aleister and Ricochet boot them out, then fake them out! Superhero landing and cross-leg sit-down! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while the other two teams talk strategy. Roode & Gable go to their corner and Ricochet officially starts with Gable. They tie up, Gable waistlocks to a takedown to another waistlock. Gable throws Ricochet around but Ricochet back flips out! Ricochet runs and rolls off Gable’s back to then handspring and headscissor Gable! He dropkicks Gable, too! Ricochet brings Gable up but Gable hits him with a right. Gable goes to monkey flip but Dash Wilder tags in.
Ricochet headscissors Gable but Dash grabs Ricochet! Tag to Dawson, assisted suplex! Cover, TWO! The Revival keep on Ricochet as Dawson whips and runs Ricochet over! Dash taunts “Ricky” as Dawson bumps him off buckles. Dawson CHOPS then stomps a mudhole into Ricochet. He drags Ricochet up to a fireman’s carry and tags in Dash. Assisted gutbuster drop! Cover, TWO! Dash drags Ricochet up for a EuroUpper. Fans rally and Ricochet pushes Dash away. Gable tags in and drags Ricochet up. Gable snap suplexes and floats over, TWO! The Revival talk trash while Gable drops legs on Ricochet’s arm. Gable pulls the arm back in a keylock but fans rally for Ricochet. Ricochet fights his way up and jawbreakers free!
Dawson tags in and is right on Ricochet as he hangs him out to dry. Dawson then drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt down! He hauls Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dawson fish hooks Ricochet’s nose then clamps on a vicious chinlock. Fans rally again and Ricochet fights his way up. Ricochet snapmares Dawson but Dawson shoves him. Dawson runs into a back elbow! Ricochet rocks Dash, then leaps, but Dawson keeps him from Aleister! Dawson puts him in an open corner but Ricochet boots back. Somersault shotgun dropkick! Both men are down but crawling. Roode tags in off Dawson, hot tag to Aleister! The Dutch Destroyer rallies on the GLORIOUS Duo with his strikes! Boot for Gable, and he sends Roode into Dash! Aleister sweeps the legs and drives in the knee! Aleister kips up, springboards, and quebradas!
Fans fire up with Aleister as he lifts Roode’s head. Aleister aims, but his kick is sent into Dawson! Spinebuster from Roode to Aleister! Roode coordinates with Gable and brings Aleister over. Tag to Gable, and he climbs up, But Aleister escapes the Glorious Combination. Gable elbows Aleister but runs into a boot. Ricochet tags in, Aleister Meteora to Roode! Gable rolling kicks Ricochet! Gable rolls Aleister for Chaos Theory, but Dash splashes Gable! Ricochet Shooting Star on Dash! Cover, but Roode breaks it! All six men are down but Cleveland is fired up! The teams regroup and Roode drags Ricochet up. Ricochet throws Roode out, Dawson tags in. Ricochet runs in at Dash but is put on the apron. He fights off both Revival members, and dumps Dash out.
Ricochet climbs, but Gable anchors him. Dawson haymakers Ricochet from the other side! Dawson climbs and drags Ricochet up, but Ricochet rocks him with a right! Ricochet climbs up now, and they stand all the way up. SUPER STEINER on the pile!! Everyone crashes and burns, and Cleveland loses their minds! The teams regroup again, and Ricochet drags Dawson back up and in. Ricochet and Aleister head back in the ring, but Roode clubs Aleister down. Ricochet climbs up but Dawson slips out. Roode whips Aleister into barriers! Ricochet sees that, and DIVES over the post! Ricochet hits Roode, but Gable tags in! Gable climbs up, and leaps at Dawson! Big crossbody! But roll through! TWO, and Gable victory rolls! TWO, and Gable ends up in a hotshot! SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover, The Revival retain!
Winners: The Revival, Scott Dawson pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions
There’s no time to celebrate! Dash scrapes out Aleister but Roode comes back for a GLORIOUS DDT! BLACK MASS for Roode! Ricochet hits the Landslide on Dash! Ricochet climbs up while Aleister watches guard. 630 senton!! The Revival might have retained, but they’ve still got the NXT air force hot on their tails. Will Aleister & Ricochet get a fair shot down the road? Or will they have NXT to worry about on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio VS R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
Don’t worry, you’re not watching a rerun from last week’s SmackDown. The Destroyer heard the Fabulous Princess and La Muneca talking about title contenders, and decided to give all three men he beat another shot. Will Joe put all the talk to bed when he puts someone to sleep? Will Truth #BeLikeCena and win the title back? Or will the title go to someone else?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this epic rematch! Truth rushes Joe and Mysterio headscissors Almas! Joe goes after Mysterio now and clubs away. He whips Mysterio but Mysterio slides under. Joe throws Mysterio and Mysterio slides, but into Almas’ facelock. Truth clotheslines Almas to also DDT Mysterio! Carmella coaches Truth up while Joe glares from the middle of the ring. Joe builds speed to DIVE! He barrels into all three opponents! Cleveland chants for Joe as he stalks Mysterio. Joe puts Mysterio in the ring, then puts Almas in. Joe CHOPS Almas to a corner, then CHOPS Mysterio in a corner. Almas CHOPS back, but so does Joe. Joe headbutts Almas then throws forearms on Mysterio.
Joe runs but Truth anchors his feet. Almas rocks Joe with a forearm, then actually works together with Mysterio, pop-up seated senton onto Joe! They bring Joe down but fight each other now! Almas boot feints to elbow Mysterio down! Cover, TWO! Truth throws Joe into steps then back suplexes Almas. Almas whips but Truth comes back with the spinning elbow! Cover, TWO! Zelina is relieved but Carmella keeps her cool. Truth asks “What’s up?!” and does the splits. Almas waistlocks but Truth standing switches. Mysterio springboards and huricanranas them both! Mysterio wheelbarrows Almas and gets both Almas and Truth again! Almas bails out and Mysterio goes after Truth. Truth reverses the whip but gets a kick. Mysterio wheelbarrows, but Joe runs him and Truth over with clotheslines!
Joe drags Mysterio up and throws heavy knees. Carmella and Zelina are both worried as Joe jabs away on Truth. Joe headbutts Truth down then drags him back up. Joe and Truth brawl while Zelina coaches Almas back up. Truth runs but into the sleeper hold! But Mysterio dropkicks Joe onto ropes! Mysterio dials it up but misses! Joe grabs Mysterio for a scoop, but Mysterio tornado DDT’s out of it! Cover, TWO! Mysterio puts Joe in a drop zone then climbs up top. Almas trips Mysterio up and boots Truth back down. Almas CHOPS Mysterio then climbs up to join him. El Idolo references Latino Heat, but Mysterio resists the superpelx. Truth adds on and Electric Chairs Almas. Mysterio SUPER STEINERS Almas off him!
Truth throws Mysterio out and covers Almas, but Mysterio breaks it with a slingshot leg drop! Mysterio covers Truth but Joe breaks it! Joe tosses Mysterio out and stalks Truth. Joe hits the back elbow to PELE! Mysterio springboards but into Joe’s arms! But Almas springboards to dropkick them down! Almas fires up and targets Mysterio. He drags Mysterio up, facelock and Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! Fans boo as Almas goes for Tres, but Mysterio cradles! TWO, and Almas knees Mysterio low. Almas powerbomb lifts into the Gory Special! Truth dropkicks Almas down! Carmella rallies the fans as Truth covers Almas, TWO! Truth covers Mysterio, Ropebreak! Truth goes back to Almas and drags him up. He throws haymakers, then splashes Mysterio in the corner. Truth comes back but is put on the apron. Joe trips Truth off! Almas triangle corkscrew crossbodies Joe!
Mysterio climbs up top and leaps for a SUPER Huricanrana on Almas! All four men are down and Zelina is shocked, but fans are loving this. Truth drags Mysterio up to throw into the barriers and then into the ring. Truth dodges Zelina’s headscissors, but not her SUPERKICK! Carmella marches over and tackles Zelina! It’s a cat fight, and both Almas and Truth break them up. Joe urenages Mysterio! Cover, but Truth and Almas just break it! Truth throws hands on Joe, but Almas hits La Sombra on Mysterio! Cover, but Truth breaks that. Truth runs at Joe for a corner splash. Then he tells Almas to hit his move? CIEN KNEES for Joe! And then the shoulder tackles of Cena! Spinebuster for Joe, spin-out bomb for Almas!
Truth says “You Can’t See Me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle hits Joe! Almas runs back in but he gets the kick, to Scissor Kick! Cover, but Joe back sentons! Truth kicks Joe but misses the scissors. Joe sends Truth to the post, but Mysterio puts Joe on the ropes! Dial it up, 619!! Drop the Dime! But Joe dodges, and gets the Coquina Clutch!! Mysterio fades out, Joe wins!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission; still WWE United States Champion
The Destroyer makes Mysterio go night-night, and successfully retains. Who is left to step to Joe at Wrestlemania?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Nia Jax & Tamina!
The Glamazon, Beth Phoenix, joins commentary for this historic first defense of these brand new tag titles! The Boss & Hug Connection is strong as ever, but will it prove stronger than the Samoan Dynasty?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin this historic tag title defense! We begin with Tamina and Bayley at the bell. They tie up and Tamina powers Bayley to an open corner. Tamina backs off but with a shove. Bayley fires off furious forearms! Bayley then dodges Tamina and wrenches the arm. Tag to Sasha and they crisscross Tamina to whip her backwards. Sasha headlocks but Tamina brings her over to tag Nia. Things speed up and Nia scoops Sasha. Sasha slips out and fights back. She rocks Nia with a roundhouse and tags Bayley. But Nia fireman’s carries Sasha to use her as a weapon! Nia dumps Sasha on Bayley then covers Bayley, TWO! Nia keeps on Bayley with furious clubbing forearms. She drags Bayley to the corner and tags in Tamina.
Nia feeds Bayley to Tamina’s clothesline! Tamina covers, TWO! Tamina keeps on Bayley and brings her over for mudhole stomps. Tag to Nia and Nia gloats. Bayley hits back with body shots and forearms, but Nia headbutts her down. Tag back to Tamina, headbutt to uppercut to powerbomb! Tamina covers, TWO! The Samoan Dynasty grows frustrated with Bayley. Tamina keylocks Bayley but fans rally up. Bayley feeds off the energy and fights back. But Tamina headbutts her back. Bayely fights out of the corner, hotshot for Nia! Bayley flapjacks Tamina into buckles! She hurries for her corner but Tamina keeps her back. Bayley fights free, tag to Sasha! Sasha knees Tamina then climbs up for a crossbody! She fires off kicks then runs to run Tamina over! Cover, TWO!
The Boss grows frustrated herself now, but keeps on Tamina. Tamina uppercuts but misses in the corner. Sasha knees then climbs again. She leaps but Tamina gets under. Sasha wheelbarrows but Tamina back suplexes. Sasha lands on her feet and rocks Nia. Tamina rocks Sasha then tags Nia. Pop-up Samoan Drop! Cover, but Bayley breaks it! Nia goes after Bayley and tosses her out. Nia drags Sasha to put her in an open corner. Sasha dodges and hot tag to Bayley! Bayley knees Nia in the corner, then back elbow! Bayley runs in for another, but Tamina runs in. Tamina gets sent out, but Nia catches Bayley! Bayley elbows free and runs back in, but is put on the aprno. She hits Nia and dodges Tamina! Bayley dodges Nia, too! Nia hits the post, tag to Sasha. Bayley helps Sasha hit the meteora!
The Boss & Hug coordinate again, Sasha LEAPS onto Nia and Tamina! They somehow manage to catch her, but Bayley DIVES to bowl them all over! All four women are down but fans are fired up. A ring count begins and passes 5 before the champs sit up. They get Nia in at 8 and Sasha climbs again. Bayley tags in, Sasha hits Meteora. Bayley hits the Macho Elbow! Cover, but Tamina drags Bayley off! Sasha goes after her but gets an uppercut. Tamina gets up but gets the hotshot! Bayley runs at Nia, but into a powerbomb, only to huricanrana through! Cover, Boss & Hug win!
Winners: Bayley & Sasha Banks, Bayley pinning; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
But no time to celebrate, as Nia and Tamina attack! Fans boo as they stomp and punch Bayley. Sasha runs in but gets much of the same. The Samoan Dynasty throw Bayley and Sasha out of the ring. SUPERKICK for Bayley! Nia drags Sasha up to toss her over the announce desk! Fans boo but the Samoan Dynasty soaks it all up. And they spot Beth Phoenix! Tamina eyes the Glamazon, but even Nia isn’t sure about challenging a Hall of Fame female superstar. Beth and Tamina talk trash, and Beth fires off! Nia runs Beth over!
The Samoan Dynasty beat Beth down and put her in the ring! Fans boo harder as Nia runs, for a leg drop! Nia drags Beth over, Tamina climbs up, but here comes Natalya! The Queen of Harts saves her friend, but gets a SUPERKICK! The Samoan Dynasty beat both Natty and Beth down until referees finally rush the ring. Nia and Tamina leave with big grins on their faces, but will they regret showing such disrespect?
WWE Championship Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kevin Owens VS ???
The Planet’s Champion swears to remain the world champion, because that is what both Earth and humanity needs! But Vince McMahon felt what this match needed was someone other than Kofi Kingston. And so, in steps the returning Prizefighter. The Kevin Owens Show returns to PPV with a title opportunity, will he make the most of it? But at the same time, there is still a triple threat stipulation! After Kofi got the beat down from The Bar, who is joining in? It’s Mustafa Ali! Can The Beacon of Light shine brightest in this sudden title opportunity?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans still want Kofi, but Vince McMahon made his decision. Ali, Kevin and Bryan approach, but Bryan tells them both they don’t deserve this match. Bryan has a purpose, but Kevin just punches him down! Ali helps out, too, and they club Bryan down. Kevin tosses Bryan out, and now takes Ali on 1v1. They circle and tie up. Kevin gets a headlock but Ali powers out. Kevin runs Ali over and things speed up. Ali jumps but into the fireman’s carry. He fights out, things speed up again, and Kevin runs Ali over. But Bryan returns to CHOP Kevin! Bryan CHOPS more, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin CHOPS Bryan in the corner and throws haymakers. Bryan bails out so Kevin goes back to Ali.
Kevin CHOPS Ali, and again. He whips Ali corner to corner, but Ali goes up and over. Things speed up again and Ali hits a flapjack dropkick. Cover, but Bryan breaks it. Bryan drags Ali up to give him No Kicks against the ropes. Fans still chant “Kofi! Kofi!” as Bryan whips. Ali holds ropes and dumps Bryan out but Kevin rolls Ali. TWO, and Kevin CHOPS Ali again. Kevin whips Ali but Ali dodges to DIVE onto Bryan! Ali runs back in to shoulder and slingshot, but Kevin shoves him down! Kevin takes aim from the apron and cannonballs! He takes out Ali, but then goes at Bryan! Cannonball into barriers! “Who’s the man now?!” Kevin puts Bryan in the ring and covers, TWO! Kevin keeps on Bryan with more chops, then a whip. Bryan reverses and gives Kevin a kitchen sink knee.
Cleveland still wants Kofi, but Bryan shakes his head. Bryan sees Ali return but Ali punches him first. Ali roundhouses Kevin then climbs up. Bryan dropkicks Ali off the top and to the floor! Fans are in shock, and boo Bryan as he soaks up the heat. Bryan goes to Kevin but Kevin fights back. Bryan stomps Kevin at the ropes, then puts him in a corner. He chops and kicks Kevin over and over, then focuses on the No Kicks! Bryan scowls at the fans before dragging Kevin up. Bryan wrenches the arm and brings Kevin to the mat. Kevin endures as Bryan traps the arm in a hammerlock. Bryan grabs the other arm and pulls back from elbows to fingers! Bryan stands on the arms for a torturous cover, TWO!
Kevin escapes to a corner, and CHOPS Bryan back! Kevin chops and haymakers then whips. Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, to run Kevin over with a leaping lariat! Fans boo as Bryan gloats. Ali returns but Bryan stomps him down. Bryan throws Ali back out, and continues to tell Kevin he doesn’t deserve this match. Bryan gives Kevin more No Kicks, and the buzzsaw! Cover, but Ali breaks it! Bryan drags Ali up for a back suplex. Bryan smirks as he gives Ali the No Kicks. Ali ducks the buzzsaw and shoves! Bryan puts him on the aprno but Ali slingshots for the somersault facebuster! Ali fires up and fires CHOPS on Bryan. He whips Bryan but Bryan reverses. Ali goes up and over but Bryan clobbers him with a clothesline!
Only Rowan is on Bryan’s side as he gives Ali a dropkick. Kevin dodges Bryan to give Ali another cannonball! And another for Bryan! Ali SUPERKICKS Kevin, Kevin SUPERKICKS Ali! Kevin SUPERKICKS Bryan but Ali hops on for a sleeper. Backpack senton onto Bryan! All three men are down but stirring. Bryan gets to one corner and Kevin another. Fans are willing to get behind Kevin as he drags Bryan up for even more CHOPS! Kevin puts Bryan up top, then climbs up to join him. Bryan resists the superplex and he headbutts Kevin down. But Ali springs up and fires off hands on Bryan. Kevin adds on to Electric Chair Ali. Ali slips out to shove Kevin into Bryan, REVERSE-RANA on Kevin! Ali hurries after Bryan, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! But Bryan rolls away!
Ali goes after Kevin in the drop zone and climbs. 0-5-4 FLOPS! Kevin hits the STUNNER!! Cover, but Bryan barely breaks it in time! All three men are down again, but fans are firing up. Kevin drags himself on the ropes but turns around into a chop from Bryan. Kevin throws haymakers, but Bryan kicks back. Bryan misses a kick but denies a stunner, roundhouse! Kevin crawls to one corner and Bryan the other. Bryan aims at Kevin, but runs into a Pop-Up Powerbomb! Cover, TWO!? Kevin can’t believe Bryan survives! Bryan gets to the apron but Kevin’s on him. Bryan resists the bomb to back drop Kevin on the apron! Ali dodges Bryan’s knees to send them into the post! Guillotine catapult! Ali climbs up and aims at Bryan. Ali 450 onto Bryan and the apron!! He crawls while Bryan rolls away. Cover, but Rowan saves Bryan!
Rowan throws the jacket off and gets involved! SUPERKICK from Ali! SUPERKICK from Kevin! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from them both! Rowan goes down but still on his feet, so Ali huricanranas Rowan into the post. Kevin builds speed, to FLY onto Rowan! But Bryan hits a flying knee on Kevin! Bryan puts Kevin in the ring, then climbs up high. But Ali anchors Bryan’s feet! Bryan fights with Ali on the apron, Ali CHOPS Bryan on the top rope! Ali lines up the shot, climbs up to join Bryan again, but Bryan shoves him away! Ali lands on his feet, dodges the knee, and then hits a SUPER TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up with Ali but he runs into Kevin’s Pop-Up APRON Bomb! Rowan wrecks Kevin! Rowan helps Bryan get up and in!
Bryan covers Ali while Rowan throws Kevin to the timekeeper’s area! Cover, TWO!? Ali still lives?! Bryan is furious and Rowan is shocked. Bryan drags Ali up and again says he doesn’t deserve to be in the match. He SLAPS Ali around each time, but Ali SLAPS back! Ali fires hands but Bryan shoves. Ali elbows Bryan away, hops up, but leaps into the KNEE PLUS!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall; still WWE Champion
The Planet’s Champion remains the world champion, with a big help from Big Red. Will Bryan continue to represent Earth while shouting his rhetoric? Who will be his Wrestlemania opponent?
But things aren’t done here. Rowan palms and slams Ali to the mat! The message has been sent, but who will have a retort?
Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch!
This is not the first time The Queen and The Man have fought each other, and it surely won’t be the last. But this is the most important time these two have faced each other. Becky won the Women’s Royal Rumble, but Vince McMahon took that right from her. Becky raised Hell to get what she deserves, but got suspended and arrested. But now she has one last chance to make it to Wrestlemania. All she has to do is win, and the Raw Women’s Championship match with Ronda Rousey goes from 1v1 to a Triple Threat! Can the Lass Kicker overcome the stacked deck to take back what’s rightfully hers?
Charlotte mocks Becky hobbling out to the ring with the crutch. She offers to help Becky into the ring but Becky refuses. Becky doesn’t let her bad leg affect her confidence but it only makes Charlotte the more assured she has this. Especially seeing Becky struggle to take her jacket off with her bad arm. The bell rings, but the ref lets Becky know she’s gotta put the crutch aside. Becky tosses it away while Charlotte points at the Wrestlemania sign. They circle and Charlotte mocks the one leg hopping. Charlotte shoves Becky around but Becky hits back with furious haymakers! Charlotte shoves Becky again but Becky eggs Charlotte on. They tie up and Charlotte puts Becky in a corner. Charlotte goes after the bad leg but lets go at 4.
Charlotte mocks Becky’s punches but Becky comes back with more! But Charlotte hits back with the CHOPS! Charlotte kicks the bad leg and then kicks Becky to a corner. Becky takes swings but Charlotte still toys with her. Charlotte grins and the brawl continues. Charlotte wraps Becky’s bad leg against the ropes, but Becky hits back with her good leg. Becky boots and leaps for a Thesz Press! She rains down rights but Charlotte gets Becky off. Charlotte elbows the knee but Becky enziguris. Charlotte ducks it to put the bad leg in a Half Crab! Fans boo and Becky endures as Charlotte pulls back deep! Charlotte digs an elbow in, too, but fans rally for Becky. Becky turns things over and kicks away with her good leg. But Charlotte again cranks the bad leg and turns Becky over for the Crab.
Becky endures and kicks Charlotte off her. Becky gets to a corner and now Charlotte gets annoyed. Charlotte walks over but Becky tosses her out. Charlotte lands on her feet and takes the bad leg to throw into the apron! And again! Becky kicks her back! Becky hobbles as Charlotte returns. Charlotte chop blocks the leg from the front! Charlotte grins as she points at the Wrestlemania sign. Becky kicks, but Charlotte turns it into a Dragon Screw. Charlotte runs in but into an elbow. She deflects the boots to elbow Becky back. Charlotte puts Becky’s bad leg on the ropes to drop a knee on it! Becky limps to a corner but Charlotte’s on her again with CHOPS! Charlotte CHOPS again and again and again, but stops at the ref’s count of 4.
Charlotte puts the leg on the ropes again, but Becky dodges the knee drop! Becky kicks back, but Charlotte chop blocks again! Charlotte toys with Becky and Becky throws body shots. Charlotte drags Becky up but to a cradle! TWO, and Charlotte throws Becky with an exploder! Becky rolls out while Charlotte kips up. Charlotte struts then fetches Becky. Charlotte throws Becky sideways into barriers! The Queen mocks the fans who cheer for The Man, then puts Becky back in. Charlotte drags Becky to a drop zone then steps on Becky’s face! Becky kicks back but Charlotte kicks her down. Charlotte climbs but Becky shoves her down! Charlotte crashes into barriers!
Becky leaves her out there as the ring count climbs. The count passes 5 before Charlotte stands up. Charlotte gets in at 7, but Becky’s on her with a Disarm-Her! Charlotte rolls through and gets the Figure Four! Becky endures but here comes RONDA!! Ronda attacks Becky!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by disqualification; joins the Raw Women’s Championship match at Wrestlemania
The Baddest Woman actually helps out Becky Lynch, because that’s the fight she’s wanted all along. The Queen is furious, but The Man’s actually okay with that. Ronda points at the Wrestlemania sign, and all three will meet again. Who comes away with the title after such a star-studded match?
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias, yet again.
The Drifter does come out for a third time, but fans aren’t so sure they want to see him right now. Elias still plays his guitar and sings. “Becky Lynch won, so I guess that makes her The Man. Everyone seems to love her, but honestly I’m not a fan.” Becky’s 15 minutes are almost up, and he’ll be glad to see them go. She’s so destined for failure, it’s surprising she wasn’t born in Ohio. Elias says it’s time for the main event, and the reunion of The Shield. But honestly, Elias has no faith in them, like every time the Browns take the field.
Elias finishes, but takes offense at the boos. But he’s just happy he never got interrupted once tonight. The reason for that is obvious: everyone agrees that Cleveland is the worst city to go to this close to Wrestlemania. This is his final performance, good night, and he loves none of you. But then, Lacey Evans makes her presence known! The Sassy Southern Belle struts down the ramp like always, then struts back up. Because Randy Orton gets Elias!! The Viper will strike any time, anywhere! But AJ Styles hits a Phenomenal Forearm on Orton! Styles found the time and place to deal with Orton, and took him down! Are these two through with each other? Or are they going to have more to say at Wrestlemania?
Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley!
The Lone Wolf isn’t alone anymore, as he’s been teaming with the Scottish Terminator and Rocky Mountain Machine over and over to assert dominance over Raw. But along the way, they made the mistake of making light of the meanest, toughest and most dominant trio in a long, long time. Will Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose make the most of this #OneLastTime? Or is it going to be the last time for another reason?
Corbin’s pack makes their entrance as always, one at a time. But The Shield brings back the Shield entrance! They come down the stairs among the WWE Universe for what could truly be one last time. The Shield hops up on the apron and enter the ring. They and Corbin’s pack stare down while the referee does his best to keep the peace. And the fight is on! All six men brawl, and Ambrose throws out McIntyre while Rollins throws out Lashley and Roman throws out Corbin. Corbin regroups with McIntyre and Lashley while fans are fired up for The Shield. Things calm down and teams sort out. The bell rings and Rollins starts against Lashley.
Lashley clubs away on Rollins then tackles him to an open corner! He rams his shoulder in again and again, then runs corner to corner. Rollins hits back, runs but Lashley follows. Rollins dodges to slingblade Lashley down! The Architect brings Lashley up but Lashley puts Rollins in the corner. Corbin tags in to bump Rollins off buckles. Corbin runs into a boot, and then the buckle shot! Rollins brings Corbin over and tags Ambrose. Snapmare leads to sliding lariat and knee drop, topped off with an elbow drop. Cover, ONE! Corbin uppercuts Ambrose and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre chops Ambrose then whips him, only for Ambrose to throw him down by his hair. Ambrose puts Mcintyre in the corner, tag to Rollins and tag to Roman.
Ambrose is a step stool for Rollins’ forearm smash, and Rollins feeds McIntyre to Roman’s leaping lariat! Cover, TWO! McIntyre bails out and regroups with the pack. Fans fire up while The Shield give props to Roman’s lack of rust. McIntyre returns and stares down Roman. Roman and McIntyre circle and McIntyre kicks and clubs Roman down. McIntyre puts Roman in a corner and stomps away. McIntyre whips Roman corner to corner but Roman elbows back. Roman uppercuts and tags Rollins. They double whip and double shoulder McIntyre, to then split the wishbone! Rollins CHOPS McIntyre in the corner, then again. He whips McIntyre but McIntyre reverses, and McIntyre kicks Rollins down as he goes up and over!
Rollins bails out but Corbin clobbers him while the ref is distracted. McIntyre tags Lashley and Lashley rams Rollins into barriers! And again! Lashley refreshes the count and drags Rollins into the ring. Lashley covers, TWO! Rollins reaches but Lashley drags him up and to the corner. Tag to Corbin and Corbin throws body shots. Corbin punches Rollins down but Rollins punches back. Corbin shoves Rollins to run him over with an elbow! He puts Rollins in a half nelson chinbar and holds on tight. Fans rally for Rollins as he endures. Rollins gets up but Corbin knees low. Corbin drags Rollins up but Rollins lands on his feet! Rollins Peles! Both Rollins and Corbin are down, but McIntyre tags in. McIntyre blasts Roman but Rollins counters the bomb with a huricanrana! McIntyre whips Rollins away from Ambrose but Rollins kicks back! Hot tag to Ambrose!
The Lunatic rallies on the pack! Ambrose throws lariats on McIntyre, but McIntyre catches the crossbody. Ambrose pops out to roll up, TWO! McIntyre swings but it’s Ambrose who clotheslines him out. Ambrose climbs up high and LEAPS for a Lunatic Elbow! McIntyre is sent into barriers but Ambrose drags him back in. Corbin trips Ambrose but Ambrose punches him down. Lashley SPEARS Ambrose behind the referee’s back! Cover, but Roman breaks it! Lashley throws Roman into barriers but Rollins fights back. Lashley and Corbin toss Rollins into barriers and into the fans! McIntyre aims at Ambrose, CLAYMORE! But Ambrose rolls all the way out!
McIntyre demands a ring count begin immediately, and it does. The count passes 5 before Ambrose sits up. Rollins is down in the front row and Roman is crawling, but Ambrose gets in at 9! McIntyre rains down rights on Ambrose then drags him over. Tag to Corbin and McIntyre sits Ambrose up for Corbin’s stomps. Corbin drags Ambrose up to punch him right back down. Tag to Lashley, and he runs to ram his shoulder in. Cover, TWO! Lashley wrenches Ambrose’s neck but Ambrose endures. Fans rally and Ambrose reaches for The Shield’s corner. Ambrose fights up, but runs into a Complete Shot! Cover, TWO! Lashley taunts Roman but Rollins has also returned. Lashley tags McIntyre so they can mug Ambrose more. McIntyre deadlift suplexes Ambrose and covers, TWO!
McIntyre stomps Ambrose’s hand then dares him to keep fighting. He drags Ambrose up for another suplex, but Ambrose counters to a suplex of his own! Fans rally and Ambrose boots McIntyre. McIntyre tags to Lashley while Ambrose climbs. Lashley is on Ambrose quick, but Ambrose resists the superplex. Ambrose forearms and headbutts Lashley down, to leap over Lashley and get a neckbreaker! Both Ambrose and Lashley are down but crawling for their corners. Fans fire up, hot tag to McIntyre. McIntyre whips, but Ambrose rebounds for the Lunatic Lariat! Fans rally again, hot tags to Corbin and Roman! Roman rallies on Corbin! Corbin reverses the whip but gets the leaping lariat! Roman rocks Lashley and McIntyre, then boots Corbin down!
Fans fire up with The Big Dog as he takes aim, Drive-By Dropkick for Corbin! Cover, but McIntyre breaks it. Rollins springboards to clothesline McIntyre! Lashley grabs Rollins, but Ambrose bails him out. Ambrose and Rollins each kick Lashley, then each dropkick him! They both build speed, and DOUBLE DIVE! They take out McIntyre and Lashley, and Roman clotheslines Corbin out. Roman builds speed into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Corbin can’t believe it! Rollins throws McIntyre to the timekeeper’s area but Lashley does the same to Rollins. Ambrose runs on the announce desks to LEAP onto them all! Those four are all down, leaving Corbin and Roman alone in the ring.
Corbin drags Roman up but gets an uppercut! They brawl with big rights back and forth. They hit harder and harder, but Corbin knees low. Corbin runs, but into a fireman’s carry! He slips out to send Roman into the post! Roll-up, TWO! Choke Slam! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives while the brawling continues in the crowd! Lashley, McIntyre, Rollins and Ambrose move all the way to the back corner of the arena! They’re in the kickoff show’s set! Ambrose rains rights on McIntyre while Lashley bumps Rollins off a trunk. Back in the ring, Corbin has Roman on the top rope. Corbin climbs up but Roman resists the superplex. Roman fights Corbin off while McIntyre and Lashley turn things around on Ambrose.
Roman fights Corbin off with headbutts while Ambrose fights the others off with haymakers. The Big Dog slips under, SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Lashley and McIntyre put Ambrose on the kickoff panel desk, but Rollins is going somewhere higher? Ambrose leaps but is caught, so Rollins LEAPS onto them all!! They’re all down again! But Rollins and Ambrose rise from the wreckage! Roman is in the corner, he locks and loads, and says he’s got something for Corbin’s “b*tch ass.” Corbin catches the Superman Punch and puts Roman in the corner. Roman goes to boot but Corbin just slides under it. Corbin comes back, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! But we all know Roman isn’t done here.
Rollins and Ambrose return as Roman takes aim. But McIntyre and Lashley return to throw them down! Roman SUPERMAN Punches each of them! END OF DAYS!! Cover, but The Shield breaks it in time! Cleveland knows “This is Awesome!” as The Shield keeps each other alive. Corbin stomps and punches Rollins and Ambrose in turn, then goes back to Roman. Corbin dumps Roman out and coordinates with his pack. They clear off an announce desk and drag Roman over. It’s clear what they want to do, and McIntyre takes Roman’s role. But Ambrose and Rollins intercept! The brawl is back on, but Lashley goes to slam Rollins. Roman SUPERMAN Punches Lashley, and Rollins Curb Stomps Lashley into the desk! Rollins leaps over Corbin for Roman to SPEAR him! The Shield then goes after McIntyre, as the rabid Hounds of Justice of old!
And now fans know The Shield will do it themselves! They drag McIntyre up, “OOAH!!” SHIELD TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the announce desk!! Fans want “One More Time!” and there is another announce desk to use… Corbin is still moving, so he becomes The Shield’s prey. The Shield flanks the ring while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Corbin realizes the trouble he’s in, but there’s no running from this! SUPERKICK from Rollins, SUPERMAN PUNCH from Roman, Dirty Deeds from Ambrose! Fans are thunderous because they’re getting “One LAST Time!” They haul Corbin up, “OOAH!!” SHIELD TRIPLE BOMB! Cover, The Shield wins!
Winners: The Shield, Roman Reigns pinning
The end of an era, and the Shield hugs to celebrate. This one last ride was victorious, but is it really the last time? Is Ambrose really serious about not renewing his contract? Will Roman make an even bigger comeback in the months to follow? Will Rollins #SlayTheBeast? All we know is, the Shield is together with one last fist bump.
Well this was a rather wild Fastlane. Oddly enough, we don’t get two Kickoff matches because one becomes a main show match. It was for the best that Mysterio VS Almas didn’t happen in the Kickoff, their feud needs proper spotlight for a blow-off. Then the WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way rematch was amazing, and it’s natural for Samoa Joe to retain. I’m still hoping Joe VS Cena happens at Mania, those two never got to have their program because of Joe injured his foot at that time. The New Day VS Nakamura & Rusev was surprisingly good for a Kickoff match, and I’m hoping for a rematch down the line. In fact, it sounds like there might be tie-in to Kofi’s story to Wrestlemania, since Nakamura & Rusev attacked The New Day while Kofi was put in that Handicap Match.
In kayfabe, Kofi Kingston got done dirty by Vince McMahon using semantics to trick him. There is now heat on The Bar, Nakamura & Rusev as well as Vince. But in reality, we know this is just saving Kofi for the world title at Wrestlemania. And in both, this benefits Mustafa Ali, because he finally gets to shine in a world title match. The Triple Threat we got was great, Ali was incredible. But naturally, Bryan finds a way to win to also keep things goings towards Bryan VS Kofi. This story is taking a great dynamic. Bryan claims to be a “new” Daniel Bryan, when really, it’s Kofi. And by that, I mean the guy who fans love but the company “doesn’t”, and so the company does whatever they can to make Kofi miserable. And just like Bryan did at WM30, Kofi will overcome and be the champion.
The SmackDown Tag Team Championships match was great, but the one part I didn’t see coming was Shane turning on Miz! Though, Miz couldn’t really turn in his hometown. Keeping Miz the Face is a great move, and surely means Miz will win their grudge match at Mania. The SmackDown Women’s Championship match was only okay, but the twist of Sonya’s cheating screwing Mandy was a good move. There’s new tension between them, and then throw in EC3’s strange flirting, there might be something that could actually be interesting for Fire & Desire heading for Mania. The Raw Tag Team Championships match was also great, but I got scared when Ricochet and Dawson did that Super Steiner onto the group. It almost didn’t work out. I knew the Revival would retain, but I’m thinking the Dusty Rhodes Tag Classic should be Aleister’s & Ricochet’s focus (in kayfabe).
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match was good but also kinda short. Bayley & Banks win to stay strong, because there’s still SmackDown and NXT to compete on. Nia and Tamina going after Beth Phoenix and bringing out Natty means at least a women’s tag grudge match of Samoan Dynasty VS Natty & Beth. At most, it means Natty & Beth are the “legends” team in the possible multi-team match for the titles. The IIconics are surely the SmackDown team, and who knows how they’ll handle NXT being in on these belts. I’m just hoping that if it’s any team, is The Sky Pirates. But the prospect of Beth getting #OneLastMatch is rather interesting. Better than how WWE handled the finish to Flair VS Lynch tonight.
How is Becky supposed to feel like a conquering underdog if Ronda basically hands her a spot in the match? Or is a promo going to explain that’s to counter Charlotte being handed her spot in this? I can see Ronda wanting to ensure she gets the match we were supposed to get at Survivor Series, but this didn’t seem like the right way to do it. Ronda also isn’t helping this build with her “Wrestling is scripted” VLOG, but that’s a whole separate can of worms. Also, if they’d kept Ronda out of this, this could’ve been a great main event with a triumphant Becky rather than a weirdly grateful Becky.
But in the context that this is how they went about it, The Shield main event actually worked out. It was nostalgic, it was over the top, and it was a palette cleanser for the funk that the Flair-Lynch-Rousey mess left. Shield wins, naturally, and we close with the Shield Fist Bump here so that Wrestlemania can be about A) Rollins alone conquering The Beast and B) have THE main event be the Raw Women’s Championship, where we finally get Becky Lynch’s triumphant moment.
My Score: 7.9/10
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; wins.
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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?
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.
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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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