Raw begins the 2019 Superstar Shake-Up! Who will stay on the Red Brand’s Roster? And who will be moved here from SmackDown to start fresh?
- 8 Man Tag: Ricochet, Aleister Black, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder VS ???; The Revival & The Viking Experience win.
- Finn Balor VS ???; Andrade Almas wins.
- Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS ???; The Usos win.
- The IIconics VS Bayley & ???; Bayley & Naomi win.
- EC3 VS ???; No Contest.
- Becky Lynch VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Lynch wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Natalya VS Lacey Evans; Evans wins and will challenge Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship.
- Six Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns & ??? VS Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush; Rollins, Reigns & AJ Styles win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Stephanie opens Raw as she heads to the ring!
Montreal has a mixed reaction to her appearance, but she takes it in stride. Stephanie picks up the mic and welcomes everyone to the show! She wants everyone to give a proper standing ovation to the Best in the World, Shane McMahon! Fans boo even stronger now as Shane O’Mac makes his way out. Shane gives Stephanie props on her introduction, but still asks Mike Rome give him a better. “The BEST, in the Wooooooooooorld~! SHAAAANE! McMAAAHON!” Shane approves, but now, in French. Fans chant “CM PUNK!” at Shane but that goes largely ignored. Shane gives his own French introduction, but the fans boo, so he gives it again. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Stephanie says Angle had his last match. Shane also points out he used proper French, not the “dirty” Montreal dialect.
But all that aside, Stephanie gets us to business: every superstar is eligible for the Shake-Up! There will be amazing match-ups, new contenders, or even tag teams broken up. The Superstar Shake-Up is one of their favorite nights of the year. Everyone starts their journey to Wrestlemania anew, so- Hold on, Steph, let’s take a look back the previous year. Shane has his highlights ready. Grabbing “that giant Muppet”, Papa Miz, then putting Miz in a triangle hold to choke him out in front of Papa Miz. But back to what Stephanie was going to say, the very first Shake-Up is… THE MIZ!! Shane panics, but where is he coming from? BEHIND! The Miz gets revenge with a rain of fists! And he chases Shane out of the ring! Shane hits back and tackles Miz into a post!
Shane kicks Miz to a barrier and throws hands! He clotheslines Miz over the barriers, but Miz comes back with a CHAIR SHOT! Miz SMACKS Shane more! Shane runs away but Miz, blood streaming down his face, stands tall. Will the grudge match sequel truly be a blockbuster?
8 Man Tag: Ricochet, Aleister Black, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder VS ???
This 4v4 match confirms who is solid red for Raw! The King of Flight and Dutch Destroyer join forces with the Raw Tag Team Champions, but who will stand against them?
Raw returns, and we see The Revival make their entrance. But then, the WAR RAIDERS appear! The NXT Tag Team Champions have been called up?! And they’re renamed as the Viking Experience! Ebar and Erik join Dash & Dawson in the ring, and this tag war begins!
The teams sort out, and we begin with Hawkins and Dawson. Dawson and Hawkins circle then tie up. Dawson headlocks but Hawkins powers out, only to be run over. Things speed up and Hawkins gets hip tossed. He pushes Dawson away to arm-drag Dawson down. Hawkins has the armlock but Dawson moves around. Hawkins still tags Ryder, and the Major Bros combine Russian Leg Sweep and STO. Cover, ONE, but Ryder wrenches Dawson. Tag to Ricochet and Ricochet kicks the arm. Ricochet wrenches and yanks Dawson’s arm then tags in Aleister. Aleister hits the arm and wrenches to a standing lock. Dawson pulls hair to bring Aleister over. Tag to Dash but Aleister gets away to throw Dash! He throws Dawson, too, but Dash forearms him down.
Dash drags Aleister up and CHOPS him to the corner. Dash CHOPS again, then tags Warbeard Ebar. Ebar clubs and stomps Aleister down then tags Dawson. Dawson swaggers about and goes after Aleister’s nose! Dawson lets up but then drags Aleister up by his hair. Tag to Dash and the Revival mug Aleister. But Aleister powers Dash to his corner and rags Ricochet. They double whip, kitchen sink and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps on Dash and brings him back for Aleister to tag. They mug Dash but Dash knees back. Dash headbutts Aleister to the ropes then throws uppercuts. Aleister hits back but Dash tags in Ebar. Ebar tags Erik and the vikings double whip. Aleister dodges to DOUBLE Quebradea, but is caught! Ricochet missile dropkicks them down!
The Revival run in but the champs get them. Aleister and Ricochet boot The Revival, then we get quadruple whips and double back drops! Ryder, Hawkins, Aleister and Ricochet control the ring while we go to break!
Raw returns and Hawkins fights out of Erik’s cravat, but Erik powers him to the corner. Ebar tags in and the Vikings work together for knees to Hawkins! Cover, TWO! Hawkins lives but Ebar grinds his forearm into Hawkins’ face. Ebar tags Erik and scoop slams Hawkins. Erik scoop slams Ebar for the human weapon senton! Cover, TWO! Erik keeps his eyes on Hawkins as he puts on a modified armlock. Hawkins endures as fans rally up. He fights his way up then hits The Revival and Ebar, only to be blasted by Erik! Tag to Ebar, and Ebar drags Hawkins up for a big shoulder! Ebar tags Dash and Dash kicks Hawkins in the head. Dash stomps Hawkins out then tags Dawson. The Revival combine for human weapon leg drop! Cover, TWO!
Dawson keeps on Hawkins with a seated abdominal stretch. Fans continue to rally and Hawkins fights his way back up. Hawkins arm-drags out but Dash tags in. The Revival clobber Hawkins then cover, TWO! Dash keeps on Hawkins with a chinbar but Hawkins powers up again. Dash throws in elbows to keep Hawkins down but fans keep cheering. Hawkins gets up and reaches, but Dash brings him around, so Hawkins uses that momentum to throw Dash into buckles! Tag to Dawson and he intercepts Hawkins. Hawkins still dodges to tag in Ryder! The Broski rallies and bumps Dawson off buckles. He whips corner to corner but Dawson reverses. Ryder goes up to knee Dawson away, then he dropkicks Dash down! Ryder runs at Dawson for a flapjack!
Fans fire up as Ryder hits Dawson with forearms in the corner. Ryder goes side to side, and the Vikings are intercepted by Aleister and Ricochet! Ryder wrecks the Revival with a double dropkick! He drags Dawson up and in, but has to fight Dash off first. Tag to Erik and Ryder punches Dawson. Ryder boots Erik and hops up, Rough Ryder leg drop! Cover, but Dash barrels in! Aleister knees Dash! Dawson knees Aleister! Ricochet leaps at Dawson but is caught, only to body scissor Dawson out! Aleister hits Meteroa on Dash! Ricochet moonsaults on Dash! Hawkins swings but Ebar cartwheel clotheslines Hawkins down! The Vikings loom over Hawkins and drag him up. They toss Hawkins out onto Aleister and Ricochet!
Ryder returns but gets Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ebar and the Vikings drag Hawkins up. FALLOUT! Cover, The Vikings and Revival win!
Winners: The Viking Experience & The Revival, Ebar pinning
An impressive debut for these massive war machines! Will this lead to an even bigger title match? Will this lead to a new era already?
Raw, get ready to enter the Age of Alexander!
The former Cruiserweight Champion and Soul of 205 Live is starting a new chapter next week thanks to the Shake-Up!
Finn Balor VS ???
The Extraordinary Man is ready for any challenge, but will he be ready for a superstar handpicked by The McMahon Family who is making his Raw debut tonight?
Raw returns, and Finn’s opponent is El Idolo! Andrade Almas, along with Zelina Vega, is in Montreal! And Vega introduces them both to the Monday Night Raw crowd. Vega knows who Finn Balor is. But for the past year on SmackDown, Andrade has showcased his own talents, and has done rather extraordinary things himself. For one, Andrade is multilingual. Here in Montreal, English is a second language. Fear not, for she and Andrade will address the WWE Universe in their native tongue. Andrade uses French to say “Merci!” But then he changes to Spanish to insult Finn. Fans troll him back with “What?! What?!” even as Andrade tops off his message. The bell rings and this first-time match-up begins!
Finn and Almas tie up and Finn gets a waistlock. Almas elbows out hard then stomps Finn down. Almas whips and knees Finn in a corner. Finn sits down and Vega says “SI! SI!” Almas goes corner to corner for CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO! Vega is annoyed already but Almas is confident as he stomps Finn. Almas drags Finn up and hammerlocks but Finn fights out. Finn throws hands but Almas clubs him. Almas tries to bomb lift but Finn back drops! Almas sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick! Finn gets to ropes while Almas gets up. Almas waistlocks but Finn elbows out. Almas fires off knees but Finn reverses the whip to dropkick Almas down! Vega is worried for Almas as Finn gets to his feet.
Finn aims at Almas from the corner but he runs into a scoop. Almas spins Finn but Finn DDT’s Almas! Almas rolls out but Finn wrecks him with a dropkick. Finn aims from the apron to Penalty Kick, but Vega is Almas’ shield! Finn stops and Almas trips him up! Fans boo the cheat while we go to break.
Raw returns and Almas stomps Finn to a corner. Almas backs off at 4 then stomps Finn more. He backs off again but runs, only to miss! Finn gets up while Almas gasps for air. Finn grits his teeth and throws strikes on Almas in the corner! He backs off at 4 to come back with a dropkick! Finn gets up, one knee bothering him. Almas gets to ropes but Finn runs over to CHOP him in the corner. Finn whips corner to corner but Almas reverses. The Intercontinental Champion goes up and over but that bad knee bothers him, Almas gets him with a kick! Almas hops up but Finn kicks, only to get caught and kicked again! Almas drags Finn in for the inverted tornado. But Finn lands on his feet to counter with an elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO!
Both men are slow to standing but Finn is up first. Vega coaches Almas up but Finn Slingblades him down! Finn grits his teeth to aim at Almas. Almas stands in one corner, and comes back with a handspring PELE! Cover, TWO!! Vega is furious while both men are down. Almas sits up first and drags Finn to a drop zone. Almas climbs up while fans rally. MOONSAULT! But Finn moves, and gets up knees for the second! Finn shotgun dropkicks Almas down! He aims at Almas but Almas trips him up! Almas climbs up from the other side and puts Finn in the Tree of Woe. Almas leaps but Finn gets clear. Finn gets up to kick Almas away! Finn climbs again and fans fire up, COUP DE GRACE misses! Boot feint to elbow! Hammerlock, cradle counter! TWO, but Finn clotheslines Almas out!
Finn gets that knee working but Vega is in his way again. He just FLIES over her! Direct hit on Almas! He puts Almas in but Vega gets away with a headscissor! Almas puts Finn in then drags him up, hammerlock, LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, Almas wins!!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall
La Muneca pays dividends again as she helps El Idolo conquer the Extraordinary Man! But bigger than that, Almas just beat the Intercontinental Champion! Will Almas soon go from El Idolo to El Campeon?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter has come to Montreal, and he says his musical is so powerful that it summoned the Doctor of Thuganomics and The Deadman. Why are these legends interrupting his legend? What do they see in Elias that prompts them to ruin his performance? Elias vows he’ll be ready next time. It all boils down to a truth they don’t want to admit: WWE stands for Walk With Elias! Montreal seems to know that. The Bell Center is packed tonight, the energy is off the charts, and just think: the fans would feel this regularly if the Canadiens were good enough to make the NHL Playoffs. Montreal boos that, but Elias moves on. He has a special song for tonight, but he’s also getting flashbacks of Seattle. But Elias promises that if any superstar interrupts him, they will NEVER be able to show their face again!
Rey Mysterio appears! Well, he doesn’t need to show his face, he has his legendary lucha mask on! Elias rushes Rey but Rey dodges Elias. They go again and Rey fires off on Elias! Elias knees low and throws Rey to the apron. Rey lands on his feet to shoulder and kick Elias back. Rey springboards to a headscissors that throws Elias out. Elias gets up but gets kicked back out! Rey scares Elias off with a 619! The King of Lucha Libre comes to Raw, will he dial up a huge 2019?
Oh no! It’s LARS SULLIVAN! The Leviathan has been hunting legends, and he’s found one! Rey is ready and he dropkicks Lars first. Lars still gets in and Rey throws hands. Lars shoves Rey but misses in the corner. Rey kicks more and boots Lars from a corner. Rey springboards but into Lars’ monstrous grip! But Rey keeps fighting, gets free, and tilt-o-whirls, but into a scoop! He escapes and chop blocks, but Lars catches him for a FREAK ACCIDENT! The Leviathan warns Rey not to do that again, and then scoops Rey up for a gut wrench running powerbomb!! Lars leaves the lucha libre legend for dead, laughing at his own showing of power. Who else will become the prey of this new predator?
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS ???
The GLORIOUS Duo are already in the ring when Raw returns, and speak on the Superstar Shake-Up. There’ve been a lot of changes already, but one thing that will not change: when these two are on their game, they can defeat any team in the WWE! Gable tells the fans to “SHOOSH!” They’re on their game tonight, and it doesn’t matter who doubts that, this is an open invitation to prove them wrong. “Who wants some, boys?” The team that answers: THE USOS! Jimmy & Jey change from SmackDown blue to Raw red and bring the Uso Penitentiary with them! Will they put Roode & Gable on #Lockdown?
The bell rings and Gable starts against Jimmy. Fans are fired up for the Usos as Gable circles with Jimmy. Jimmy grins as he and Gable tie up. Gable gets a waistlock then a takedown. He waistlocks again but Jimmy gets up. Gable throws Jimmy again, then turns him for a chicken wing. Jimmy resists and pushes Gable to a corner. Jimmy whips but Gable reverses. Gable follows Jimmy as he slides and blocks the kick, only to get the enziguri! Jimmy tags Jey and holds Gable while Jey mugs him. Jey whips but Gable reverses, so Jey uses that to hit Roode. Jey runs Gable over, too, then builds up speed. Roode trips Jey up and Gable kicks Jey out! Roode then runs Jey over with a clothesline!
Gable tags Roode and Roode fetches Jey. Roode rams Jey into barriers and Gable taunts him. Jimmy comes over but has to stay back as Roode puts Jey back in. Roode covers, TWO! Roode stomps Jey then rains down rights. Gable tags in and Gable rolls Jey into a chinlock. Fans rally for the Usos and Jey fights out. Gable clubs him back then whips him to the corner. Tag to Roode and they mug Jey more. Roode snapmares and rams his knee into Jey’s back. Roode wraps on a chinlock but Jey endures. Jey fights back but Roode knees low. Roode whips but Jey kicks, only for Roode to block. Roode spins Jey but gets the dragon whip kick! Both men are down, hot tags to Gable and Jimmy!
Jimmy rallies on Gable with clotheslines, mule kick to uppercut! Gable swings but misses, ends up in the Samoan Drop! Fans fire up as Jimmy aims at Gable corner to corner. Jimmy runs and hits the hip attack! Cover, TWO! Jimmy keeps his cool but runs into a back elbow. Gable hops up and grabs Jimmy’s arm for a hanging armbar! He lets up at 4 and Roode tags ni. They combine for a blockbuster German Suplex! Cover, TWO! Roode grows frustrated and hits Jey for good measure. Tag to Gable and they coordinate again, but Jimmy denies the Glorious Combination. Gable dodges the Superkick to roll up, TWO! Gable waistlocks and rolls Jimmy but Jey tags in. Jey saves Jimmy from Chaos Theory, and then SUPERKICKS Gable!
Jimmy SUPERKICKS Roode out then the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK Gable! Fans fire up as the Usos take a corner each! They climb up and hit the DOUBLE UCE! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy pinning
Whether it’s SmackDown or Raw, the Uso Penitentiary stands tall! Jimmy & Jey had the SmackDown Tag Team Championships for a long time, is it only a matter of time before they have the Raw tag titles?
It’s time for A Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess struts onto her set and takes a seat. Her guest will be Montreal’s own Sami Zayn, after the break!
Raw returns and welcomes everyone to the Superstar Shake-Up edition of her show. With everything up in the air, she could end up on SmackDown. But if that’s the case, then she’ll give a proper farewell in French, and her guest is perfect for that. She gives an introduction to Sami Zayn! Montreal is excited to see Sami and sing along with his song as he joins Alexa on set. Sami is just as happy to dance along with his theme and the cheers of his fans. So much so, the theme hits again for an encore! He then takes a bow and rejoins Alexa on set. Alexa is impressed by this reception.
But wait, round three? Sami gets into it with the fans, but he knew this was just fish in a barrel. He gets the fans to react to a BIG French shout out! “Too easy.” Then he goes to a classic, “Ole~ ole ole ole~! Ole~, ole~!” Sami has to stop now, because he could do it all night but they have a show to do. Alexa notes Sami’s great return last week, and she speaks for everyone when she says it’s fantastic to have him back. Sami agrees as fans chant “OUI! OUI!” He’s been in town all week, and it’s great to see friends, family and his hometown neighborhood. Sami even got some bagels from St. Viateur. He absolutely loves Montreal. The city is great. The people are the problem. Montreal can’t believe Sami is saying this!
Yes, this city has world class cuisine and architecture, but the people? Ugh. The lowest point of his week is right now! Being here with all these people, it’s just so… Quebec. To be honest, Sami didn’t want to be here, or do Alexa’s show. It’s not personal. It’s just, this is all funny because nine months ago, Sami would’ve looked forward to this reaction. But now the cheers just make him sick. The fans cheer for Kevin Owens now. That’s even worse! Sami knows the truth: the fans just project their unaddressed issues onto the superstars, like Sami. Sami is no longer accepting it. It is disgusting and shameful! These aren’t fans! These are fantasy players!
Alexa knows Sami said fans over-critique him. Sami thinks the fans are the problem, but Alexa says it bluntly: Sami’s the problem. Sami says he was born here, but these are not his people. He doesn’t even live in Montreal, he’s in Orlando, Florida! Sami chose to leave Montreal before, and chooses to do it again now. Fans mockingly sing, “Hey, hey, hey! Good-bye~!” Sami doesn’t care, he says “See you in Hell” and storms out. All the tension between Sami and the fans aside, will Sami be staying on Raw? Or will he end up on SmackDown tomorrow night?
The IIconics VS Bayley & ???
Peyton Royce & Billie Kay came across a sulking Bayley earlier tonight and teased that with no Sasha Banks around, they’d hear her out. Bayley told them to keep Sasha’s name out of their mouths. She vowed to find a new partner and take them on in the ring, but who is it that joined the Huggable One? It’s NAOMI! Will she and Bayley make the IIconics #FeelTheGlow?
Bayley starts with Billie, and goes right at her with the bell! She fires off furious hands and brings Billie to her corner. She bumps and stomps Billie then tags Naomi. Naomi bumps Billie on other buckles then fires off forearms. Naomi backs off at 4 but gets a boot from Billie! Peyton tags in and she clubs and kicks Naomi around. Peyton bumps Naomi on buckles then stomps a mudhole into her. She drags Naomi up for forearms then wrenches to another forearm. She drives elbows in then puts on a thrashing chinlock. Naomi endures as fans rally. Naomi fights her way up and out but Peyton keeps her from Bayley. Peyton knees low then hits Bayley, but Naomi comes back with a jawbreaker! Billie tags in and she throws Naomi down by her hair.
The IIconics coordinate but Naoim disrupts their bulldog! Naoim ducks a kick to feed Peyton to Bayley2BellY! Split-leg moonsault! Naomi & Bayley win!
Winners: Naomi & Bayley, Naomi pinning
The Glow and Huggable silence the IIconics tonight, but will this new duo be the ones to challenge for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?
EC3 VS ???
The Top One Percent hasn’t gotten a lot to do since coming to the main roster, so he demands competition! The McMahons have obliged, but who have they set up against The Best Here, the Best There and The Best Anywhere?
Raw returns, and EC3’s mystery opponent is: BRAUN! Well, Strowman isn’t leaving Raw apparently, but EC3 will have wish he was. Will #VictoryAfterVictory come after EC3 #GetsTheseHands?
The second Strowman hits the ring, he runs EC3 over! Then Strowman throws EC3 across the ring! And then back the other way! The bell didn’t even ring as Strowman barrels in for a corner splash! Strowman throws EC3 out and chases him up the ramp to run him over again! The Monster Among Men drags EC3 to throw him into LED boards! EC3 crawls but Strowman is on him for uppercuts! Strowman throws EC3 around and brings him to the commentary area. Strowman CHOKE SLAMS EC3 through the stage!! The match ends before it begins, but has Strowman’s newest run of terror only just begun?
But Becky Lynch appears! The Man sees the Monster Among Men and simply raises her SmackDown Women’s Championship. She passes by the wreckage to go to the ring for her first match back on Raw since becoming the Champ-Champ!
Another superstar moves from SmackDown to Raw!
SAnitY is now without its chaotic captain, Eric Young! What will the madman do now that he’s come to new territory?
Becky Lynch VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The #StraightFire welcomes the challenge of being on both brands given she’s both brands’ champions. Will the Squad Leader get a second chance at challenging for the Raw Women’s Championship now that it’s not Ronda Rousey?
Raw returns as the Squad makes their entrance. The bell rings and fans fire up for Becky! Ruby and Becky tie up and Ruby throws a slapping haymaker. Becky comes back with a Thesz Press! Becky throws fast hands then yanks Ruby from the ropes. Ruby gets up but Becky knees her and puts her in a corner. Becky stops away but backs off at 4. Becky goes to bump Ruby but Ruby blocks. Ruby goes to bump Becky but Becky blocks. Becky hip tosses Ruby then calf kicks her down. Ruby rolls out to regroup with the Squad, but Becky wrecks Ruby with a dropkick! Becky aims from the apron for a leaping forearm! Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan glare at Becky as she puts Ruby in. Becky follows but has to swipe at Liv. Ruby gets Becky with an STO! Cover, ONE!
Ruby keeps on Becky with furious forearms and a throw by her hair. Becky gets to ropes but Ruby is on her with a choke. Ruby lets up at 4 then puts Becky in a corner. Ruby stomps a mudhole of her own while the Squads taunt Becky Two Belts. Becky fights back but Ruby snapmares her down to a cravat. Fans rally and Becky endures as Ruby thrashes her around. Becky fights her way up and throws body shots. Ruby shoves Becky and brings her in, but Becy jawbreakers back. Becky kicks and lariats as she rallies up. Becky knocks Ruby down with double forearms then throws Ruby with a Becksploder! Ruby gets to a corner and puts Becky on the apron. Becky hits back and climbs up, but Ruby trips her up. Ruby yanks Becky off then climbs up, stage dive cannonball! Cover, TWO!
Ruby climbs up again but Becky gets clear of the stomps. Becky drags Ruby in for the Disarm-Her! But the Squad saves Ruby! Fans boo but Becky leaps onto them all! Becky follows Ruby into the ring but Ruby gets her again. Becky counters and brings her down, Disarm-Her is on! Ruby taps, Becky wins!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission
The Man fights the Squad as they rush the ring! She throws Sarah out with a Becksploder, then does the same to Liv! The Man holds up both her belts, but will she be able to hold her own going back and forth between the brands?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley.
Corbin’s Pack is back together, but he’s hoping Charly gets sent to SmackDown. Charly brings up the mystery man in the team they’ll be facing. Any speculation as to who that man will be? It doesn’t matter! McIntyre is only after Roman Reigns. Corbin knows Rollins and Roman are riding high, but Corbin retired Kurt Angle. Now his pack will run those boys off Raw. And after what Lashley did to Ambrose, the real question is: who is even dumb enough to team with those two? We do wonder who that man is, and we’ll have to wait for the main event.
Natalya heads to the ring!
The Queen of Harts sees Becky Two Belts is still in the ring, and must want to talk to her about one of those titles. We’ll see what she has to say after the break!
Raw returns and both Natty and Becky have mics. Natty congratulates Becky on her win here tonight, and her historic win at Wrestlemania 35. As a pioneer of the Women’s (R)Evolution, Natty dreamed of main-eventing Mania. Charlotte, Ronda and Becky turned dreams into reality, and Natty is proud of that. Becky is the first woman to pin Ronda! And the first woman to win both Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships in the same night. Becky talked about taking on all comers, so Natty is here to let her know that the Best There is, the Best There Was and the Best There Ever Will Be is coming for that Raw Women’s Championship.
Becky respects that, and notes how she spent years in the trenches with other underappreciated talents. And she knew that the second she won, those other underappreciated talents would hunt her down, just like Becky hunted down “that little weirdo, Ronnie.” But that’s the nature of the business. To take over the world, you gotta take those at the top. Becky and Natty go way back and have fought anyone anywhere, and look at them now! Fans tell both women, “You Deserve It!” Becky thanks them, but admits Natty was there at the ground floor. It would be a pleasure to- Lacey Evans interrupts! “This dope again…”
The Sassy Southern Belle struts her stuff out again, and actually speaks! “Well isn’t this just adorable.” Lacey admires Natty’s determination, but that title can’t possibly be around the waist of a “classless has-been” like her. Stop all this nonsense about a title match, because a lady knows how to curry favor and use her influence exactly what she wants. And now that Lacey is officially Raw, what she wants is her shot at the championship! And per the McMahons, Natty’s match will be against Lacey. That winner will be the #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship. Natty, stand by for an education from the Woman’s Right. And Becky, you pay attention, too. A Lady can teach a Man a thing or two. Lacey struts her way to the ring, her in-ring debut is huge! Who wins to move on to a title match?!
Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Natalya VS Lacey Evans!
The bell rings and Natty steps to Lacey. Natty waistlocks but Lacey works her way out with elbows. Lacey whips Natty to a corner but Natty dodges to give her a rebound sit-down! Natty walks all over Lacey to dropkick her down! Then discus clotheslines her back down! Natty tosses Lacey out hard and has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Lacey drags Natty up by her hair. Lacey scowls as she slaps Natty around, but Natty trips her up! Natty wants the Sharpshooter but Lacey powers out. Lacey bails out but Natty wrecks her with a dropkick! Natty drags Lacey up for a SLAP of her own! Natty puts Lacey back in and powers her to a corner for furious hands! The ref backs hr off but Lacey uses that to throw Natty into buckles. Lacey stomps a classy mudhole into Natty then bangs her head against the buckles. Lacey lets up at 4 while Becky watches backstage. The Southern Belle yanks Natty out hard and puts on a cobra clutch.
Fans rally for Natty as she endures. Lacey digs her chin in as she leans on Natty. Natty powers up but Lacey wrings her out for a takedown. Lacey drops knees on the arm then drags Natty up by her hair. Lacey goes to suplex but Natty cradle counters! TWO, and Lacey drives elbows into Natty. Lacey puts the cobra clutch back on and thrashes about but Natty endures. Fans rally again as Lacey headstands to put all her weight on Natty’s neck. Natty stands and arm-drags Lacey out! Lacey runs into an elbow then a kick. Natty spins to discus lariat Lacey again! She wants the legs, and says “This B*tch!” is getting a Sharpshooter!
Montreal cheers for their favorite hold, and Natty keeps Lacey from the ropes! Lacey endures as Natty puts it on deep, and she gets a ropebreak! Natty lets go but fires hands as Lacey gets out of the ring. Natty chase Lacey and rams her into barriers. She SLAPS Lacey, then puts her back in the ring. Natty stalks Lacey but the Woman’s Right comes outta nowhere! Lacey turns Natty over and climbs up top for a double jump Moonsault! Cover, Lacey wins!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall; new #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship
Lacey uses both her Woman’s Right and Lady’s Moonsault to become Becky’s first challenger! Will The Man really learn not to mess with a lady?
Backstage interview with Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins.
The Big Dog and the Universal Freakin’ Champion know what Corbin’s pack is planning. Will their third man be able to help? Everyone wants to know how that third man is, huh? Roman says we’ll just have to wait for the main event. Even though that door does open… But Rollins knows Corbin’s right: this is the honeymoon phase because both men are victorious after Wrestlemania. Life’s good for them, but for the Pack, life won’t be so good. The way this Shake-Up is shaping up, this could be everyone’s last night on Raw. And if so, they’ll tear the house down on the way out. That main event is next!
A creepy dollhouse…
A rocking chair rocking itself while trampling a stuffed animal… And a rocking chair with a laughing puppet…? Who or what is making its way to the WWE?
Six Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns & ??? VS Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush!
The Scottish Terminator and Rocky Mountain Machine again join [insert city here]’s Favorite Son to fight The Architect and The Big Dog. But with the Lunatic Fringe out of action and on his way out of the WWE altogether, who is joining the fight tonight?
Raw returns as Corbin makes his entrance with the lengthy list of his accomplishments, followed by Lashley & Lio making their entrance. Then Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins make their entrances, followed by the mystery partner… The Phenomenal, AJ STYLES! SmackDown was the House that AJ Styles Built, but now Styles’ home is Raw! Will this truly phenomenal addition to the team be what’s needed to silence Corbin and his pack?
Raw returns again and Lashley starts against Rollins. Lashley powers Rollins to a corner and rams his shoulders in. He backs off at 4 but throws hands now. Lashley runs corner to corner but Rollins kicks back. Rollins tags Roman and the Shield Bros whip Lashley for shoulders. They also split the wishbone! Roman uppercuts Lashley to a corner then headbutts him. Styles tags in and The Shield holds Lashley for Styles to throw hands. Lashley powers out and puts Styles in the Pack’s corner! Tag to Corbni but Styles gets away. Corbin and Styles circle and Styles throws chops and haymakers. Styles whips but Corbin blocks to uppercut. Corbin runs but Styles hurdles to speed things up, Styles dropkicks Corbin down! Styles fires up but Corbin tags out to McIntyre.
McIntyre tells Styles to tag out to Roman! Roman tags in and we have a Wrestlemania rematch. McIntyre talks trash but Roman throws hands! McIntyre kicks low then runs but into another uppercut! Roman gives close range clotheslines in the corner all the way to 10. Roman runs but into a belly2belly suplex! McIntyre gives Roman a Glasgow Kiss then covers, TWO! Roman almost didn’t, but McIntyre puts him in the corner, only to deadlift suplex him back out! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Roman with a rain of rights, making sure Roman sees the big one to top it off. Fans boo while McIntyre looms over Roman. McIntyre drags Roman up and tosses him out. Tag to Corbin and Corbin rams Roman into barriers! Corbin throws Roman into other barriers while his Pack taunts the Big Dog.
Corbin puts Roman back in the ring, then stays between Roman and the others. Fans taunt Corbin, and Roman headbutts! Roman throws hands but Corbin shoves him for the choke slam backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Roman escapes and Corbin is furious while we take one last break!
Raw returns once more, and Corbin tags in only to get uppercuts! Hot tag to Rollins! Rollins springboard clotheslines Corbin! Then he hits Lashley down! He boots Corbin then jumps over to build up speed for a Slingblade! Then he slingshots onto McIntyre! Rollins keeps moving but Corbin grabs him! Corbin lifts for the Choke Slam but Rollins sunset flips through! TWO, mule kick! Fans fire up and Rollins stomps to “Burn It Down!” Rollins kicks Corbin again but Corbin bails out. So Rollins builds speed, only to run into a right hand! Corbin gives Rollins an atomic slam! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious with the ref but two is two. Corbin drags Rollins up to throw big rights. He hoists Rollins onto the top rope and throws more hands, then climbs up to join him.
Fans rally for Rollins and Rollins fights back! Corbin staggers away and Rollins kicks him. Rollins leaps for a blockbuster! Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Hot tags to Lashley and Styles! Styles bobs ‘n’ weaves with Lashley to then hit the Phenomenal Blitz! He hits McIntyre for good measure before giving Lashley a corner clothesline! Styles lifts Lashley but Lasjley powers out. Lashley runs into a boot and Styles leaps, only to be pushed off. Styles dodges to PELE Lashley down! Corbin returns, he gets a PELE! Lashley stands, Styles kicks low and wants the Clash. But a CLAYMORE stops that! Roman runs in but McIntyre throws him overhead! McIntyre pursues Roman, but a SUPERKICK stops him! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre into the crowd!
Rollins goes after Corbin but Corbin slides out, only to get a Drive-By Dropkick from Roman! And a DIVE from Rollins! The Shield takes care of Corbin and Styles forearms Lashley. Lio anchors Styles’ foot, but he fights him off. Lashley catches Styles, Dominator toss! Cover, CURB STOMP!! Roman aims and lets out the battle cry, to SPEAR Lashley! Styles takes aim, springboards at Lashley, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles and team win!
Winners: Styles, Reigns & Rollins, AJ Styles pinning
A phenomenal return to Raw and Styles stands tall alongside The Big Dog and the Beastslayer! Will Styles only have bigger and better things now that he’s on the red roster? Will either Roman or Rollins end up on SmackDown tomorrow night?
There was a lot to worry about for this 2019 Superstar Shake-Up, but for the most part, this first night of it was actually alright. There was really only one massive and confounding mistake tonight: Vince McMahon not only called up Ray Rowe & Hanson while they were still NXT Tag Team Champions, he changed their team name AND their individual names!! The War Raiders are now the Viking Experience, Erik & Ebar?! Or Ibar or whatever Vince made it! Is Vince genuinely losing his mind?! Why would he change so much about their names?! The 8 Man Tag they were in was still great, and for the time being it’s great to know Aleister and Ricochet are sticking together. But what is going on with Vince that he thinks those name changes were good?! What possible reason could that geezer have when there was literally nothing wrong with their previous names?!
But again, the rest of tonight actually worked out. The Miz returns to Raw to beat up Shane, but also I would think to keep the USA Network Miz & Mrs plug since SmackDown will be leaving for Fox in the Fall. Almas and Vega come to Raw so that Vega can still be with husband Aleister, and Almas had a great match with Finn. Rey Mysterio comes over to silence Elias but then to get squashed by Lars Sullivan. Lars is looking like the new legend killer since Orton hasn’t done that in years, but Rey being on Raw also means he and Almas can continue their feud even with Almas possibly challenging for the Intercontinental Championship. The Usos come over to start fresh, which is great because Raw needed some extra seriousness. They did great against Roode & Gable, who might be on their way to SmackDown.
With the Usos, Naomi naturally comes over. Naomi and Bayley have a good match with the IIconics and win, and this does bring up the questions about Sasha Banks’ status with the WWE. I don’t see Sasha actually leaving, and this idea of Bayley teaming with someone else could just be a new angle in the story. Eric Young being moved over without a word is an example of how there will certainly be supplementary Shake-Ups that everyone will learn about through WWE’s social media and official site. SAnitY being without Eric is going to be interesting, but maybe that opens things up for Dain and Nikki Cross to interact more on screen since they’re another married couple. This might leave Wolfe out in the cold or just as a third wheel.
Superstars who might wish they’re moved to SmackDown should include The Riott Squad. They haven’t gotten to do much of anything for a long time on Raw. Ruby losing to Becky was natural, but still a shame given everything before this point. But it’s great to see the WWE is doing one thing right: they’re going to set Becky up to have opponents from both shows. Lacey VS Natty was specifically for the Raw Women’s Championship, meaning there can be a separate challenger for the SmackDown title. Lacey wins big in her first singles match on Raw, and I’m sure she’ll give Becky a good match, but we all know she won’t win the title here. If Becky’s dropping either of those belts, it’ll likely be the SmackDown belt and to someone like Asuka or Charlotte.
EC3 should want to either go to SmackDown, or back in time to before Vince called him up. I’m sure there was so much planned for him down in NXT under HHH, but Vince had to get his beef on with the Top One Percent. Of course, Vince hasn’t properly used EC3 since doing all that, so maybe he just wants to chuckle to himself about burying a star from TNA Impact. Either way, EC3 being destroyed by Strowman was great for Strowman, but EC3 should want his fresh start on SmackDown and Fox. But then a big surprise that basically wasn’t a surprise was AJ Styles coming to Raw! The Six Man Tag was great, obviously Styles scores the fall as the new guy, and this could mean a few things.
First, everyone imagines Roman going to SmackDown to fill Styles’ spot, that’s almost a given. Second, and a more personal desire, The Club reunites in full on Raw! I don’t see Finn going over to SmackDown because we didn’t see the United States Champion Samoa Joe coming over to Raw. Then all it would take is a supplemental Shake-Up to say The Good Brothers, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, are on Raw. After that it’s just having The Good Brothers get another push back to tag titles while Styles VS Rollins becomes the Universal Championship program. With a little bit of time, we could be seeing a GOLDEN Club around Summerslam time!
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s Evolve 10th Anniversary Special Results & Report! (7/13/19)
10 Years and Counting!
Evolve comes to the WWE Network!
A major milestone of 10 years is worth celebrating in a big way! And so the WWE brings Evolve’s anniversary special to the Network, and puts together sensational crossovers such as Adam Cole VS Akira Tozawa for the NXT Championship!
- Josh Briggs VS Anthony Green w/ Brandi Lauren; Briggs wins.
- Four Way Freestyle: Sean Maluta VS Curt Stallion VS Stephen Wolf VS Harlem Bravado; Wolf wins.
- Arturo Ruas VS Anthony Henry; Ruas wins.
- No Disqualifications: Brandi Lauren VS Shotzi Blackheart; Lauren wins.
- Colby Corino w/ Sean Maluta VS Babatunde; Babatunde wins.
- Evolve Tag Team Championships: The Unwanted VS AR Fox & Leon Ruff w/ Ayla Fox; Fox & Ruff win and become the new Evolve Tag Team Champions.
- Matt Riddle VS Drew Gulak; Riddle wins.
- Evolve and WWN Championship Unification: Austin Theory VS JD Drake; wins and is the undisputed Evolve and WWN Champion.
- NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Akira Tozawa; Cole wins and retains the NXT Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Many WWE Superstars owe a lot to Evolve Wrestling.
For 10 years, Evolve has been a place for wrestlers to hone their craft and find themselves. In the days before NXT, Cesaro, Daniel Bryan, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre and many others came through Evolve. It was named for the need to evolve and adapt to the changing landscape of pro-wrestling, and that is what it represents to this day. And so, to give back, WWE brings Evolve LIVE from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia!
Lenny Leonard shows us the future here tonight as many Evolve stars are ready to fight. They’re ready to evolve and achieve dreams! But as the wrestlers slowly exit the ring, there’s a low blow with the ropes! The cheap shot artist, Harlem Bravado, is told to get out while his victim, Stephen Wolf, is checked on. But the last one in the ring is Josh Briggs, the Professional Disliker of People. He takes the mic to say that “Tonight is about opportunity!” Tonight, he takes HIS opportunity! Briggs demands that Anthony Greene get back in the ring to face him now! Greene’s manager says for Greene to go, so he gets in the ring, and tears off the pants! The referee keeps the peace while we get a proper introduction.
Josh Briggs VS Anthony Green w/ Brandi Lauren!
Chances are, Briggs does not like #RetroAG, but maybe he just has a thing against fanny packs. Brandi helps AG with his jacket and pack and we begin this opening match!
Briggs and AG tie up as fans duel. Briggs just tosses AG to a corner! Then he tosses him out of the corner across the way! Briggs runs corner to corner but misses, but he puts AG on the apron. AG swings but Briggs blocks to slingshot AG into a backbreaker! Fans cheer as Briggs sneers at AG. Briggs drags AG to whip and swing but AG ducks to huricanrana! AG clutches his back as he walks into another backbreaker, then sidewalk slam and splash! Cover, TWO! Briggs grins as he waits for AG to stand. AG sees the choke slam hand and bails out! But Briggs chases after, only for AG to slip back in. AG runs into a boot, but Brandi anchors Briggs’ feet! Briggs shakes her off but AG kicks him at the ropes.
AG has a leg and DDT’s it into the mat! Then AG hops to the apron, only to get grabbed around the throat! AG kicks out the bad leg then boots Briggs down! AG builds speed to DIVE, into Briggs’ hands! For an apron choke slam! Philly is fired up for Briggs, who glares at Brandi as she checks on AG. Fans duel as Briggs gets back on the apron. Briggs drags AG up but AG blocks the kick to kick the leg out, then SUPERKICKS Briggs down! Briggs slowly stands up, to get AG’s springboard cutter to the apron! Brandi cheers AG on as AG clubs away on Briggs. AG drags Briggs up for a swift right hand! Briggs staggers around the corner but AG bumps him off the apron. AG puts Briggs in then climbs up top, to springboard twisting crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Briggs as AG catches his breath.
AG stalks Briggs to a corner to throw big hands and a CHOP! Briggs’ bad shoulder comes into play but he holds onto the ropes. Briggs whips AG but AG elbows back and snapmares Briggs into buckles! AG stomps a mudhole into Briggs’ legs! The ref backs AG off but Brandi gets a cheap shot in! AG comes back and drags Briggs to a cover, TWO! AG smirks as he looms over Briggs. Fans build to a rally and Briggs pushes AG down. Briggs runs but into a jawbreaker and neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Brandi grows frustrated for AG, but fans say “Retro Sucks!” AG ignores them to drag Briggs up. He suplexes but it’s Briggs with the X-Plex! Briggs catches his breath while AG slowly stands.
AG runs in but into an elbow. Briggs dodges AG and sends him out, then is ready when he returns. Briggs breaks through the lariat for a leaping lariat of his own! AG is in a corner and Briggs runs in for a big back elbow. Briggs goes side to side to get a SUPERKICK from AG! Brandi taunts Briggs but Briggs revives to boot wash AG over and over! Briggs brings AG out, whips, backbreaker to butterfly backbreaker! Cover, TWO!! AG survives and Brandi is relieved. Brandi talks smack to Briggs but Briggs just gets angry. Briggs drags AG up and back suplexes, but AG fights out. AG trips Briggs to go for the leg, but Briggs throws him off. AG cartwheels through to forearm Briggs in the corner! Then AG runs, but into a BOOT!
Briggs scoops AG and hits a crucifix Michinoku driver! Cover, TWO!? Briggs is shocked that AG still lives! AG crawls to ropes and Brandi coaches him up but Briggs whips. AG kicks Briggs but it barely does a thing! Briggs blocks another kick but takes the enziguri! He’s still up! Briggs fakes AG out but AG enziguris again! Back suplex and hammerlock to chickenwing DRIVER! Cover, TWO, into a Half Crab! AG has the bad leg but Briggs endures to get the ropebreak! AG lets go reluctantly, but he stomps the bad leg. Brandi talks more smack while AG climbs up top. AG leaps for a 450 but rolls through as Briggs dodges! Briggs puts AG in a corner, blocks a kick but takes another enziguri. School boy into buckles! AG grins as he climbs up again. But Briggs revives to rock him with a right!
Briggs climbs up and brings AG around like a backpack. But Brandi anchors them down! The referee EJECTS Brandi! But in the meantime, AG gets on Briggs’ shoulders for a SUPER VICTORY ROLL! Cover, TWO!? Now AG is shocked, but he SUPERKICKS Briggs, then SUPERKICKS again! Briggs blocks the third into the pump-handle GTS, the Go To HELL! Then the choke grip, but AG slips out! AG fakes Briggs out, grabs a leg, but Briggs fights free. Briggs grabs AG, AG breaks free and throws a big haymaker! But Briggs grabs with the other hand, so AG punches with his other hand! Briggs switches back to the right hand, but so does AG! Briggs still gets AG with the choke slam POWERBOMB! High stack cover, Briggs wins!!
Winner: Josh Briggs, by pinfall
And the Professional Disliker takes the first win on this anniversary card! Surely he has to like that. Will this lead Briggs towards a title in the near future?
Evolve looks back on The Unwanted’s history.
As of Evolve episode 123, The Unwanted’s Eddie Kingston and Joe Gacy became the NEW Evolve Tag Team Champions after dethroning NXT’s Street Profits. And even after giving up Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, they reloaded with Sean Maluta. However, they know now from Evolve 131, their new contenders are AR Fox and Leon Ruff. In the present, Eddie Kingston warns Fox and Ruff that he, the Unwanted King, and the Unwanted Maniac, Gacy, will take all those years, all those miles, all those hot dogs and handshakes, they’re not going to let anyone beat them! “Understand something: you may not know us, but you can ask those ‘superstars’ about me.” The world will finally see what the Unwanted can do, but will they retain their titles under these brighter lights?
Four Way Freestyle: Sean Maluta VS Curt Stallion VS Stephen Wolf VS Harlem Bravado!
Speaking of the Unwanted, the Samoan Dragon and their newest member is here to grab his own opportunity with his own hands. But so are the Lone Star, the Leader of the Pack, and the Globetrotter! Who makes the biggest impact on this 10th anniversary special?
Wolf wants at Harlem after that cheap shot to start the show, but the ref keeps the peace again. Each man has a corner and the bell rings. Wolf goes right at Harlem and throws hands! Maluta has Stallion to deal with and Stallion throws big rights and CHOPS! Wolf brings Harlem out while Maluta reverses a whip to back kick. Maluta goes to bomb but Stallion back drops. Maluta sunset flips but Stallion rolls through to stomp! Harlem stomps Wolf into barriers while Stallion covers, TWO! Stallion throws more heavy hands on Maluta then whips. Harlem returns just as Maluta reverses. Harlem grabs Stallion and holds him there for Maluta. Maluta runs in but Stallion gets clear, and Maluta’s forearm hits Harlem!
Stallion waistlocks but Maluta switches. Stallion bucks Maluta off but he runs into a kick. Maluta backslides but Stallion rolls through, to get a buzzsaw! And twisting suplex! But Wolf returns to dropkick Maluta! Wolf runs corner to corner but Maluta dodges to whip Wolf away. Maluta misses in the corner now, and Wolf kicks him away. Wolf springboards to crossbody Maluta down! Wolf howls but Harlem clubs him down! Harlem soaks up the heat but gets CHOPS from Stallion! Harlem ducks the third chop to roundhouse Stallion down! Fans boo but Harlem just soaks up the heat. Wolf gets up and baits Harlem in to dump him out. Wolf builds speed to FLY! Direct hit wipes Harlem out and the pack howls with Wolf. But Maluta climbs to LEAP onto him and Harlem! But Stallion builds speed to FLY onto all three!
Fans fire up behind the Lone Star as he gets Maluta back in. Stallion waistlocks, deadlifts and German Suplexes! Bridge cover, TWO! Stallion keeps his cool as he drags Maluta up again. Maluta throat chops Stallion! Maluta CHOPS Stallion back then runs, but Harlem dumps him out! Harlem waves bye before giving Stallion CHOPS of his own. Then he fakes a chop to give a jab. Harlem sees Wolf jump in and gets under to scoop Wolf to a dragon sleeper. Stallion runs in, but gets caught by Harlem, for Harlem to DDT and complete shot them both! Harlem covers Wolf, TWO! Fans say “You Still Suck!” to Harlem, and then Wolf fights back. Harlem still fits Wolf for a big back suplex and cover, TWO!
Harlem keeps on Wolf with a stomp in the corner. He drags Wolf up to CHOP, then whip corner to corner. Wolf reverses and runs in but gets an elbow. Harlem hops up but Maluta forearms him down onto ropes! Stallion returns but gets a SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK for Harlem! Wolf springboards into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up for the Savage as he covers Wolf, TWO! Maluta keeps his cool as he BOOTS Stallion down. Maluta drags Wolf up but gets a jawbreaker! Wolf runs, Maluta dodges, and they both crossbody! Both men are down gasping for air, but Wolf is up first .Fans rally and Maluta follows. Harlem runs in but gets Wolf’s enziguri. Stallion has Maluta for a Snap German! Stallion and Wolf stare down, but BOOT the others!
Wolf and Stallion sweep the legs, and then corner to corner, dropkick and swinging bronco buster! Stallion fires up, but fakes Harlem out to Sole Food! Wolf monkey flips Maluta down and a double cover, TWO!! Now Wolf and Stallion stare down. Philly duels between them, so they start brawling! Wolf kicks but Stallion CHOPS away! Stallion whips but Wolf reverses and rolling elbows! Wolf runs but into Harlem’s BOOT! Stallion HEADBUTTS Harlem, but Maluta enziguris Stallion! Maluta rips off the wrist tape and whips Wolf. Wolf tiger feints to a lariat! All four men are down and the fans are loving it! Wolf is up first as the fans rally. Wolf drags Maluta up but Maluta blocks the suplex. Harlem throws Maluta out and ducks Wolf’s kick to shove and pop-up to a Death Valley Driver!
Harlem is fired up but fans boo as he drags Satallion up. Double underhooks but Stallion breaks out, jackknife to Alabama, Air Raid Crash! But Maluta hits a FLYING code breaker on Stallion! Stallion gets out of the ring so Maluta goes at Wolf. Wolf ducks the kick and hits a Blue Thunder Bomb! Maluta is in the drop zone and Wolf heads up top. Harlem trips Wolf up! Fans boo but Maluta decks Harlem. Maluta climbs up to join Wolf, but Stallion is back! SUPER INVERTED SPANISH FLY! Harlem has Stallion, butterfly driver! Shooting Star from Wolf to Harlem! Wolf wins!!
Winner: Stephen Wolf, by pinfall
The Leader of the Pack gets the better of all three opponents! And now he’s howling all the way to the back! Will the Globetrotter be back for payback?
Evolve hears from Anthony Henry.
A wrestling veteran of over 16 years, the Patron Saint of Wrestling promises to show the world high impact strikes, slick submissions, and a little bit of everything. His MMA and amateur wrestling makes him a violent hybrid, but it will always be a fight.
Arturo Ruas VS Anthony Henry!
The Brazilian Tiger lives by the code of #TechniqueisEverything and believes his own technique is better than everyone’s. However, we just heard from the Patron Saint of Wrestling, and we know now that Ruas is in for a fight! Who fights harder to prove themselves to the world?
The bell rings and the strikes are swinging! Each man gets clear and now they both know they’re serious. Ruas throws hands and then tackles Henry to the mat. Ruas has the armbar but Henry gets the ropebreak. Henry is let go and Ruas eggs him on in Portueguese. Fans rally as Henry fires off on Ruas! Henry tackles Ruas now and throws his own hands! Henry wants the armbar but Ruas rolls out to go for his own! Ruas clubs and hammers but Henry, bloody nose and all, stands up and slips out. Henry gets through the leg guard to rain down hands. Ruas pushes Henry away and gets him down with a body scissor catch! Ruas has the arm but Henry stands again to go for Ruas’ arm! Henry pulls but Ruas has the monkey grip.
Henry clubs away on Ruas but Ruas stands up and deadlifts! Ruas slams Henry with a powerbomb! But Ruas rains down hands before the cover, TWO!! Henry just escapes but Ruas is laser focused. Ruas kicks Henry in the back, then taunts him more. Ruas toys with Henry before throwing hands in the corner. The ref backs Ruas off and checks on Henry. Henry refuses to back down so Ruas chinlocks him in the ropes. Henry eggs Ruas on so Ruas knees him back down. Ruas talks trash as Henry flops down. Ruas brings Henry up but Henry fires off palm strikes! Henry kicks but Ruas ducks to waistlock. Henry wheelbarrows through to double stomp Ruas down! Ruas and Henry are both reeling from respective damage, but fans fire up for Henry as he hits a windmill kick!
Henry fires himself up as he gives Ruas muay thai knees. Ruas whips Henry into a corner hard, but Henry boots and climbs at the same time! Missile dropkick! Fans are fired up as Henry kips up! Henry runs corner to corner for a big forearm smash, then whips Ruas into a hammerlock back suplex! Henry Northern Lights and floats over to the armbar! Ruas resists but Henry pries that grip apart!! Ruas slips around to a cover, ONE and Ruas bails out. Henry goes to the apron and leaps with a knee! Ruas gets wrecked into railing and Philly fires up again! Henry gets Ruas in and climbs, double stomps but he has to roll through. Ruas dodges again then blocks to counter punch away. Ruas knees, cartwheels and shotgun dropkicks! Cover, TWO!! Henry survives and Ruas is furious.
Ruas drags Henry up for another rain of rights. Ruas soaks up the heat as he drags Henry back up. Cravat scoop but Henry slips into a sleeper with body scissors! Ruas bumps Henry on buckles but Henry is back on! Ruas tries again, but Henry won’t let him be! Henry has Ruas fading, then sweeps the legs! Ruas ducks the Penalty Kick to give an Eddie Gordo Kick! German Suplex and bridge, TWO!! Henry survives again and Ruas is furious. Fans rally up for Henry as Ruas stalks him to the ropes. Ruas throws hands from all sides. Henry boots back but Ruas smears him into ropes. Ruas kicks the legs out but Henry blocks the knee! Henry kicks that leg out to buzzsaw Ruas down! Ruas is down and Henry fires the fans up again.
Henry climbs but Ruas intercepts with big haymakers. Ruas climbs up to join Henry and clubs away on the back. Henry hits back and hits dumdum stomps! Then a tornado DDT! Henry keeps moving as Ruas is down. Henry’s back up top, BIG double stomps! Cover, TWO!? But Henry is right on the Ankle Lock! Ruas endures as Henry twists and wrenches! Ruas rolls and gets Henry down to go at the leg. Both men have a leg lock, but realize this won’t do it. So they start throwing SLAPPING palm strikes! Ruas backs off and fans rally up again. Ruas and Henry throw hands fast and furious and the fans are loving it! Henry gets the edge, but runs into the capoeria heel kick!! Cover, Ruas wins!!
Winner: Arturo Ruas, by pinfall
The Tiger may have even knocked Henry out with that heel kick. Ruas gets a big win in a truly big fight. Will Ruas find himself fighting for a title in the near future? And is there still plenty of fight left in Henry?
No Disqualifications: Brandi Lauren VS Shotzi Blackheart!
To say there is history between the Retro manager and SHINE Wrestling’s Nova Champion would be an understatement. They tried settling things at Evolve 128, but the Pizza Cat would not let Brandi off so easily, and a brawl broke out afterward. Referees would not #LetThemFight back then, but now they have no choice! Will things finally be settled when the gloves are off and the rules are out of the way?
The bell rings and fans cheer for “Pizza Cat! Pizza Cat!” Shotzi and Brandi approach, but someone attacks Shotzi for Brandi! Natalia Markova is on Brandi’s side!? Brandi says this is a No DQ, after all. So the ruthless Russian does all the dirty work with her roundhouse, boot and running X-Factor! Then a running heel kick in the corner! But Shotzi fights back! Shotzi chops away and boots Natalia, and Brandi bails out! Shotzi springboard enziguris Natalia to the corner! Then hits a corner 619! Fans fire up with Shotzi and climbs up, for a big missile dropkick! Natalia is taken care of, and now Shotzi builds speed to DIVE onto Brandi! Direct hit but not without its consequences as Shotzi now has a bloody nose.
Shotzi drags Brandi up to bump off the apron, then walks around the way to look under the ring. She brings out chairs, but as always, “We Want Tables!” For now, Shotzi sticks to the chairs as she sets them up by the ramp. Brandi grabs one but Shotzi mule kicks her down! Shotzi puts Brandi back in the ring, but Brandi wrecks Shotzi with a dropkick into those chairs she set up! Fans are reminded of “E C DUB! E C DUB!” as Brandi brings Shotzi over to whip right into the apron. Brandi grabs those chairs from earlier and reorganizes them. She drags Shotzi over and suplexes, but Shotzi blocks. Shotzi fights back and punches Brandi, but Brandi whips Shotzi into the post! If that nose wasn’t bleeding before, it is now.
Brandi grabs another chair and brings Shotzi over. “I’m giving you exactly what you wanted.” But Shotzi fires off palm strikes and a SUPERKICK! To then run in for a senton onto the chair!! Both women are down but somehow okay to continue. Shotzi drags Brandi onto the apron, but Brandi shoves her into another post! Then grabs her for an apron powerbomb! Fans are reminded of “Kevin Owens!” now as Brandi covers, TWO! Shotzi survives and Brandi grows frustrated. Brandi drags Shotzi up and to a corner to bump off buckles. Brandi whips Shotzi corner to corner but Shotzi goes up and over to roundhouse Brandi! Shotzi runs and dodges Brandi to mule kick then front kick. Rolling elbow to enziguri! Brandi flops into a corner and fans fire up with Shotzi.
Shotzi runs corner to corner for another senton! Brandi slips out to the apron but Shotzi follows. Shotzi grabs Brandi, but Brandi denies Sliced Bread. Brandi kicks Shotzi into this post, then gets to the floor. Brandi brings Shotzi around back to those chairs, but Shotzi bumps her off the apron. Shotz bounces Brandi off those chairs, and then goes under the ring again. She brings out even more chairs, and starts stacking them on the other chairs! Shotzi brings Brandi around, lifts, and sits Brandi on the very top. Fans ask Shotzi, “Please Don’t Die!” but Shotzi fires herself and howls to the moon. Shotzi builds speed but Anthony Greene returns! Shotzi boots him down, then builds speed again, to DIVE! She only gets chairs!! AG moved Brandi out of the way and Shotzi crashes and burns!
Fans lose their minds over the carnage! AG drags Shotzi from the wreckage and puts her in the ring. Brandi covers, TWO!?! But how?! No one can believe it but the fans are loving it! AG hurries to find anything to give to Brandi while fans rally up for Shotzi. AG finds a kendo stick and hands it to Brandi! But now AG has to fight off Curt Stallion! Brandi SMACKS away on Shotzi while the Lone Star makes sure AG can’t do anything more. Shotzi is down, just taking those kendo stick strikes! Cover, Brandi wins!
Winner: Brandi Lauren, by pinfall
There should be an asterisk here that it was almost a handicap match. Shotzi has the fans on her side, so Brandi’s win rings hollow. Will this settle anything between Brandi and Shotzi?
Colby Corino w/ Sean Maluta VS Babatunde!
The Unwanted Son has the Unwanted Savage by his side as he looks to make his own impact on tonight’s anniversary show. But how well will he do against a truly massive opponent?
The bell rings and Colby talks trash to big bad Baba. Colby chops but they don’t do a thing! Fans know Colby messed up, and Babatunde crushes Colby’s hand. Colby punches with the other hand, but Babatunde just LAUNCHES Colby! Colby bails out and regroups with Maluta, but Babatunde hurries out to fetch Colby. Babatunde tells Maluta to back off, and Colby runs at him! But he’s still not big enough! Babatunde grabs Colby, tosses him up onto the apron, and CHOPS him against the ropes! Colby feels his soul leave his body, then Babatunde tosses Colby into the ring. The ref keeps Maluta back, but Colby gets Babatunde with a shotgun knee! The giant is finally rocked, and then Maluta gets a cheap shot SUPERKICK in!
Babatunde staggers into the ring and Colby fires off forearms. Babatunde pushes Colby away, but Colby quickly goes to the corner. Colby springboards and swantons onto Babatunde’s back! Fans duel as Colby covers, TWO and with force! Colby gets mad now as he climbs back up. Colby leaps but into Babatunde’s hand! Babatunde lifts Colby with both hands, to buckle bomb! Then Babatunde runs in for a big corner splash! Babatunde SWATS Colby with one hand, then runs to drop a HUGE elbow! Colby gasps for air but Babatunde isn’t done, HUGE splash! Cover, Babatunde wins!
Winner: Babatunde, by pinfall
The Unwanted still want to fight the big man, so out comes the King and the Maniac. They check on Colby, but he’s still breathing. Eddie Kingston gives a role call, reminding everyone they are the Evolve Tag Team Champions. Maluta takes Colby to the back while Kingston mocks “Bababooey.” “People like you make us sick.” Babatunde gets handed opportunities just because he played football and is 7-foot-whatever. But the Unwanted traveled the road and did things the “right” way. The Performance Center handed Babatunde everything, but the Unwanted will take the “big goofy bastard” out to take his spot.
But wait, here comes their challengers! AR Fox and Leon Fox, along with Ayla Fox and The Skulk, won’t let The Unwanted do what they want. They DIVE onto the Unwanted, wrecking them to the barriers! Babatunde takes his leave so Fox and Ruff can handle their business right here and now!
Evolve Tag Team Championships: The Unwanted VS AR Fox & Leon Ruff w/ Ayla Fox!
No need for introductions or raising the belts here, the fight continues where it left off! Fox and Ruff build speed again, but The Unwanted get clear. So they just change direction and DOUBLE DIVE anyway! Kingston and Gacy are taken out and Philly fires up with the challengers. Fox and Ruff get back in the ring, but Kingston and Gacy drag them out for big haymakers. The Unwanted regroup, and Gacy DIVES, but misses Fox to only get Kingston! Ruff runs over to climb up and FLY onto The Unwanted! Ruff holds onto the Unwanted, and Fox springboards for an IMPLODING CANNONBALL! It proves a little double-edged as Fox clips the barriers, but he’s up on his feet! Philly is thunderous as Fox and Ruff put Gacy in.
Ruff CHOPS Gacy, then goes acrobatic and even shows off a little for the huricanrana! SUPERKICK and buzzsaw from Fox, then Ruff adds an Eddie Gordo kick before Fox hits a cutter! Ruff German Suplexes and bridges to a cover, with Fox on top! But Kingston breaks it up! Kingston throws hands on Fox and Ruff, but they duck his double clotheslines to double enziguri! Ruff brings Kingston up as Fox goes to a corner. But Kingston shoves Ruff forward to get Fox’s cutter! Gacy handsprings to give Fox a cutter!! Then the Unwanted combine, discus lariat to saido suplex! Ruff is all alone as the Unwanted hit a corner train, and double forearms! Cover, TWO! Ruff lives and Kingston is seething.
Fans rally for Ruff as the Unwanted coordinate again. Scoop slam from Kingston, then from Gacy. Kingston gets up top and Gacy suplexes Ruff up there for him. SUPER POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Fox returns but gets the Russian Leg Sweep STO combo! Kingston has Gacy go at Ruff but Ruff fights back! Ruff throws hands and chops but the Unwanted mug him in the corner, and CHOP away! Kingston even headbutts Ruff before he hoists Ruff up top. Kingston climbs up to join Ruff, and SUPERPLEXES Ruff into Gacy’s powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Ruff shocks the Unwanted with his resilience! Ayla and the rest of the Skulk rally for Ruff, as do the fans. The Unwanted toy with Ruff and then bring him to a corner. Gacy hops up top and Kingston suplexes, but Fox saves Ruff. Kingston turns around into Fox’s SUPERKICK while Ruff enziguris Gacy!
Ruff climbs, but Kingston body checks Fox! Gacy and Ruff brawl, and then Ruff kicks Kingston, for a backflip DDT! Fox hits the springboard Spanish Fly on Gacy! Double covers, TWO!! They were so close but still so far from winning! But Philly still believes in Fox and Ruff as they regroup. Fox drags Kingston and whips, but Kingston blocks. Kingston backhands Fox right down! Gacy runs at Ruff, but Ruff goes to crucifix. Kingston drags Ruff off Gacy and into a half nelson. Discus Half ‘n’ Half combo! Gacy covers Ruff, TWO!! Ruff is proving to be superhuman and it infuriates Gacy. But Gacy and Kingston coordinate. Kingston looms over Ruff as Gacy gets a table! Gacy sets that table up while Kingston keeps Ruff in a corner.
Kingston sits Ruff up top to CHOP, then climbs up to join him. He wants to bomb Ruff! Fox goes Coast 2 Coast on Gacy! Ruff fights back and hits a SUPER CRUCIFIX, the Ruff Ride! Ruff then DIVES onto Gacy, through that table!! Fox gives Kingston the 450 Splash! Cover, Fox & Ruff win!!
Winners: AR Fox & Leon Ruff, Fox pinning; NEW Evolve Tag Team Champions
The Skulk has gold! Philly is ready to celebrate along with them as they dance it out in the ring! But will this be the last The Skulk has seen of The Unwanted?
Evolve looks at the history of Catch Point.
The now WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Drew Gulak, founded a team of “like-minded wrestlers” in Evolve, all the way back in 2015. Catch Point was a philosophy. The style was all about isolating weakness, and taking back what is the heart of pro-wrestling. Gulak wanted his group to be strong, so he recruited Matt Riddle into the fold. Riddle agreed that wrestling is about taking the opponent down by any means necessary. You beat someone down, make them submit, or just knock them out.
And so when NXT returned to Philly recently, Drew Gulak threw out an open challenge! Who answered? Matt Riddle, naturally. Riddle said the 10th Anniversary was the perfect place to do this, bro. Now Catch Point partners face off in a match four years in the making. Who will prove themselves the superior submission specialist?
Matt Riddle VS Drew Gulak!
This #CatchPointReunion doesn’t need to be for titles or anything like that. It is all about both men’s pride and skill as true wrestlers. Will the Original Bro slow the Philly Stretcher down on the way to Extreme Rules? Or will Gulak make Riddle simply tap out?
Catch Point trainees take a jog around the ring, and then stand at attention for the captain! Philly’s own walks in and his trainees give the Catch Point salute before taking their leave. The bell rings and the Catch Point founders stare down. They circle and tie up. Gulak keeps Riddle off him, and they go again. Gulak spins around but Riddle trips Gulak up, but Gulak kicks Riddle away. Fans are loving this as Riddle and Gulak test the waters. Riddle throws hands and gets Gulak down but Gulak is ready with a facelock. Riddle rolls Gulak and gets a rear mount but Gulak slips out the back. Gulak has a leg but Riddle rolls through to escape the ankle lock. Philly sings for their hometown hero as he and Riddle approach again.
Riddle and Gulak tie up and go around, and Riddle pushes Gulak against ropes. Riddle backs off and Gulak circles with him again. Gulak gets caught in a waistlock and Riddle slams him down! Riddle keeps on that rear mount but Gulak endures as Riddle grab the arm. Gulak stands up out of the hammerlock but Riddle holds on. Riddle chinlocks but Gulak pries the hands away. Gulak turns Riddle around and into the GuLock! But Riddle rolls off! Riddle has the arm but Gulak has the ropebreak right away. Fans cheer as Riddle backs off. Gulak and Riddle circle and tie up again. Riddle powers Gulak to a corner but the ref gets them apart, only for Riddle to throw hands. Riddle kicks away on Gulak, but Gulak boots back! Gulak hops up and leaps, into a Bro-Trigger!
Both men are down but Riddle is up first to hit the Bro-Ton! Cover, ONE, but Riddle is on the arm again. Gulak endures but Riddle wants the Bromission! Gulak pops out to a cover, ONE! The two back off and fans cheer this technical exchange. Gulak and Riddle circle again as fans duel. Riddle throws jabs and kicks but Gulak throws haymakers. Gulak gets knees in then snap suplexes Riddle to a cover, ONE! Gulak and Riddle glare as Gulak gets a cravat. Riddle fights back but Gulak snapmares to a cover. ONE, but Gulak CHOPS Riddle on the back. Gulak puts on a headscissor and grabs a leg to deny Riddle’s escape. Riddle moves up and around, pops out, but Gulak ducks the Penalty Kick! Gulak and Riddle circle again and start throwing hands!
Gulak facelocks, then Gotch holds. Riddle fights his way out but Gulak headlocks. Philly decides they love “Both These Guys!” as Gulak drags Riddle down. Riddle endures the chinlock crank and works out the back. Riddle throws big hands but Gulak standing switches and rolls, but into Riddle’s powerbomb! TWO, Bro-Trigger blocked! Into Gulak’s bomb! High stack, TWO, but into a Half Crab! Fans are loving this back and forth as Riddle endures. But Riddle powers up and gets the ropebreak! Gulak falls off the hold, just as tired as Riddle right now. Gulak goes right at Riddle and throws big uppercuts! He drags Riddle up but Riddle throws hands back. Riddle CHOPS away from both sides, then ducks Gulak’s lariat. Ripcord Bro-Trigger! Cover, TWO!!
Gulak survives and goes to the corner, but Riddle drags him out to drop another Bro-Ton! Riddle goes to a corner and climbs up top. But Gulak grabs him for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but fans still duel and rally. Riddle crawls as a standing count begins. The count reaches 5 before Gulak sits up. Gulak and Riddle head for each other, and Riddle CHOPS Gulak around. Gulak grabs a leg but Riddle sprawls. Riddle clubs and ax kicks away on Gulak’s back! Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO! Gulak grins and Riddle scowls as the two stand up again. Philly says “This is Awesome!” as Gulak and Riddle throw hands again. Gulak headbutts low then does it again. He waistlocks Riddle up to a full nelson. Riddle resists and slips around to the GULOCK!? He’s taking Gulak’s move!!
But Gulak knows how to get out, only for Riddle to get a triangle! Gulak gets the ropebreak and Riddle holds on until 4. Riddle stomps Gulak down then drags him up, but Gulak cradle counters! TWO, and Riddle CHOPS! Fisherman buster and cradle cover, TWO! Philly is on their feet as Catch Point’s battle continues. Gulak rolls to the apron as fans duel harder than ever. Riddle drags Gulak up for a sleeper at the ropes, but Gulak hotshots him away! Gulak gets up as Riddle gasps for air. Gulak grins, but Riddle is right on him for a deadlift SUPER German!! Like a certain Golden Star! Riddle climbs as fans chant “Yowie Wowie!” FLOATING BRO, into the GULOCK!! Gulak has Riddle flailing and reaching, so far from ropes! But Riddle flips over, to gut wrench Gulak, BRO DEREK! Cover, Riddle wins!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
The Catch Point reunion did not disappoint, and Riddle can say he beat the Cruiserweight Champion! But will Gulak have better luck against the Premier Athlete, Tony Nese, at Extreme Rules?
Gulak grabs a mic to speak. “Catch Point was founded on three things: competition, opportunity, and respect.” Fans cheer those pillars. Gulak tells Riddle that as Cruiserweight Champion, in an Evolve ring, “bro, you are a hell of a competitor. I respect you, and it is always an honor.” The two shake hands and even hug it out. They give their Catch Point salute, and Philly joins in. Gulak even tells Curt Stallion something real quick. “I’ve got news for you. Matthew Riddle handpicked you to be his opponent tomorrow,” so hopefully the Lone Star is up to the task. Stallion and Riddle will have their showdown, will it become a #Brodown?
Evolve welcomes Bryan Idol.
Apparently, “Evolve wouldn’t be where it is without Bryan Idol,” but only Idol seems to think that. Fans boo this special guest ring announcer even as he struggles to make the introduction for the next match. Fans even tell Idol to STFU. Idol has a dry throat it seems. He refocuses, but then the lights go out? When they come back up, Idol isn’t in the ring, it’s PAUL HEYMAN!! Philly loves Heyman and “E C DUB! E C DUB!” Heyman bows to his Philly faithful and then sees the mic Idol left behind. Fans tell Heyman “Welcome Back!” and Heyman introduces himself. He is honored and privileged to be back, especially after fans chant, “Thank You, Heyman!” Heyman thanks them in return, because he is honored to be home.
Heyman lets us in on a personal secret that Heyman has always been offered all sorts of guest spots on all sorts of shows, but he doesn’t really do that kind of stuff. To be honest, he wasn’t actually invited here. But don’t boo, it was because Evolve just knew Heyman doesn’t do this. But this time, Heyman asked Evolve if he could be here tonight. Heyman has to tell the “shmuck” in the corner to shut up, because he’s the “extreme due with the microphone.”
But to the reason why Heyman is here, it’s because the Evolve fans and roster are the future! Heyman won’t be one of those old guys watching the glory days. He wants to know more about the future of this industry than when he walked in here. But given that Heyman is fat and sweating his ass off, he wants to hurry up and announce this next match. Because a few years from now, when fans watch this back, they’re gonna be thinking, “That was the moment we all knew this industry is going to evolve.”
Evolve and WWN Championship Unification: Austin Theory VS JD Drake!
The Blue Collar Badass from Shelby, North Carolina is seen as the underdog against the #FutureLegend. At least, the Future Legend thinks so. Theory is ready to prove he is worthy of his title, JD’s title, and of every spotlight and big stage from here to Wrestlemania. JD says he’s the better man, but Theory wants to prove he’s put in just as much work. Both men have fought and sacrificed, from losing loved ones to battling inner demons. JD is the every man, but Theory wants to be the man. Whose journey has made them the stronger man as they battle for both belts?
Heyman marvels at the fact Evolve has pyro. But Heyman does his duties as the ring announcer, framing this as a title for title, winner takes all match. Foreshadowing for Extreme Rules perhaps? He also introduces the “reigning, defending, undisputed Evolve Champion, AUSTIN! THEORY!” and “a man who only needs one damn nickname, the Blue Collar Badass” and “reigning, defending, undisputed WWN Champion, J! D! DRAKE!” Fans chant “Thank You, Paulie!” as Heyman makes his exit. With that, the belts are raised, and the bell rings as history begins!
Drake and Theory stare down as fans duel. The two approach and then Drake shoves Theory. Theory SLAPS Drake, so Drake swings punches. Theory ducks, kicks low and underhooks Drake! He wants his finisher, Ataxia, already, but Drake powers out to underhook Theory! Theory denies Drillbit, then starts counter punching. Theory whips but Drake blocks with power. Drake whips but Theory goes up and over then ducks to dropkick! Drake stays standing but Theory dodges, only to get Drake’s dropkick! Theory bails out and shakes out the cobwebs, but Drake builds speed. Drake runs into Theory’s forearm! Theory drags Drake out to throw hands, but then he misses and forearms the post!
Drake CHOPS Theory back and Theory goes reeling. Drake drags Theory up for another CHOP and Theory flops to the floor. Fans want “One More Time!”, so Drake drags Theory up to shove him against the apron, and CHOP again! Theory falls to the floor and crawls away to the ramp. Drake stalks him and throws more hands. Drake wants to bomb, but Theory back drops Drake onto the ramp! Fans fire up as Theory stomps Drake. Theory mocks Drake’s journey of 15 years compared to his sensational 3. Theory drags Drake in and covers, TWO! “C’mon, that was five!” The ref says it was not, and Drake hits Theory back. Theory clubs Drake to a corner then CHOPS. But it only makes Drake made! Theory wants Drake to take it easy, but chops again! Drake doesn’t flinch as he CHOPS Theory again!
Theory gets up to club Drake down and stomps him to ropes. Theory kicks Drake against the ropes, then snap suplexes him down. Cover, TWO! Theory keeps on Drake with a half straitjacket. Fans rally up as Drake endures. Drake throws hands and gets free, but Theory blocks a kick for a saido suplex! Theory hops over to hit the standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps his cool and catches his breath. He stalks Drake to a corner and throws forearms in. Theory drags Drake into the ropes and mocks him, “Tell them a sad story!” Drake CHOPS Theory back, but Theory runs in for a stiff forearm to the back. Theory throws more big forearms, but Drake just feeds off it.
Fans rally up and Drake stands. Drake dares Theory to really hit him. “You can’t hit me harder than life has!” Theory tries with another chop, but Drake CHOPS Theory off his feet! Theory gets up again and clotheslines, but Drake stays up. He keeps trying but he just gets Drake down to a knee. Drake blocks the next clothesline to give one back! Fans fire up as both men slowly stir. They stand on opposite ends of the ring, and Drake runs in, only to get an elbow. Theory runs in but into a BIG scoop slam! Both men are down again while Drake rolls to the far corner. Fans continue to duel as the standing count begins. Drake heads for Theory as they both stand at 6. Theory drop toeholds Drake into buckles, then slingshot shotgun dropkicks!
Drake is in a corner, Theory runs corner to corner, crossbody splash and then a float to a sweep. Slingshot stomps miss and Drake drags Theory out, to toss him up. Theory bounces off the ropes and Drake ROCKS him with that right! Drake rests against the post to catch his breath. He gets Theory back in but Theory rolls out the other end. So Drake DIVES! Direct hit right to the railing! Drake puts Theory back in and runs at the corner, to CHOP! Then he scoops and slams Theory into a drop zone. Drake hops up, Vader Bomb! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives but Drake keeps his focus. Drake sees an opening so he climbs up again. But Theory is up and clubs Drake’s back. Theory climbs up behind but Drake elbows him away. Drake turns around, leaping leg lariat!
Theory is down in the corner, but he gets clear of the cannonball! Then Theory somersaults, for the blockbuster! Cover, TWO!! Both Drake and Theory are down but fans know “This is Awesome!” The referee checks on Theory but he’s okay to continue with a bloody nose. Theory storms over to Drake and drags him up. Theory underhooks, but Drake resists to tackle Theory to a corner. Drake stands Theory up to CHOP him again! Drake hoists Theory up top to CHOP yet again! Theory gasps for air, and Drake chops even more. Drake climbs up but Theory fights back. Theory slips down, but Drake holds on to punch Theory down. Theory leaps to club Drake on the back! Then he gets Drake in a torture rack!
With wobbly legs, Theory powers Drake through Three Seconds Around the World! Cover, TWO!! Drake survives Theory’s tower hacker bomb and Theory can’t believe! Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” as Theory talks to himself. Theory shouts at Drake, “Your kids are going to watch me!” He drags Drake back up, underhooks, but Drake back drops out! Drake staggers to a corner, but so does Theory. Drake runs in but into a boot! Theory somersaults, into a STUNNER!! Theory flops around, Drake runs in for the CANNONBALL! Then underhook, lift, DRILLBIT! The butterfly neckbreaker hits! Cover, TWO!!! But Drake doesn’t even question it, he just climbs! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!?! Theory still lives and Drake is just exhausted! Philly still loves this match because “This is Awesome!”
Drake and Theory stir, then sit up. They lean on each other, then Drake CHOPS Theory down. Theory sits back up to forearm Drake back. Drake CHOPS again, but Theory comes back with forearms. They stand and pick up steam, Drake CHOPS again. Theory still keeps throwing forearms, Drake ducks one but gets an elbow, to SUPERKICK! Underhook, inside fisherman, and Theory flips Drake, only for Drake to land on his feet?! Drake LARIATS Theory down! Drake hurries to a corner and climbs up again, MOONSAULT FLOPS! SUPERKICK, and another! And another! ATAXIA!! Cover, Theory wins!!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall; still Evolve and NEW WWN Champion
History has been made, and the unified titles belong to the #REALSuperstar! Is this just the beginning of the legend that is the Future Legend, Austin Theory?
Theory takes a moment to soak in the moment before he gets a mic. “Everyone knows that Evolve Wrestling is where it’s at. And everybody’s gonna try their hardest to get here.” Theory tosses down the WWN belt and steps on it as he continues. “They’ll chase their dreams, and realize that the Evolve Championship symbolizes that your dream must go through me if you want to get to where you want to go!” Because Theory is the measuring stick of Evolve! Theory is the standard of Evolve! Theory is the REAL SUPERSTAR of Evolve!
But wait, the lights go down and… Josh Briggs appears! Theory turns around, into the choke slam! Briggs sees the Evolve title and picks it up. He has staked his claim and has sent his message. When and where will Briggs get his shot at his dream?
Evolve takes a closer look at Josh Briggs.
“I get to show the world why I’m the best in Evolve.” This towering titan got into pro-wrestling because “it’s one of the only legal ways to get into a fight with someone.” The Disliker of People is coming for the title, who here can stop him?
NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Akira Tozawa!
This main event practically epitomizes the potential Evolve brings out of its wrestlers! The Stamina Monster of Dragongate USA and former Cruiserweight Champion returns to an ovation of “AH! AH!” But the Panama City Playboy returns to #ShocktheSystem, BAYBAY! Will Cole’s Championship Celebration Tour stay spotless? Or will Tozawa bring that title with him to 205 Live?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this incredible crossover main event begins!
Cole and Tozawa stare down as fans duel. They circle as the dueling gets louder. Cole and Tozawa tie up and go around the ring. Cole gets Tozawa in a corner, but backs off, “BAYBAY!” Fans cheer as Cole takes a bow. Tozawa just smiles and circles with Cole again. Cole waistlocks but Tozawa counters with a wristlock and shoulder breaker. Cole rolls around to wrench Tozawa back. Tozawa rolls and trips Cole to a headlock. Cole fights against the hold but Tozawa holds on. Fans echo “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he cranks Cole more. Cole headscissors but Tozawa powers out to the headlock again. Cole works his way out of the headlock to get his own. Tozawa powers out but Cole runs him over. Cole brushes his shoulder off but things speed up.
Tozawa slips out of the back suplex and shoves Cole to dodge and tilt-o-whirl into the Iron Octopus! Cole hurries to the ropes and Tozawa lets him go. Tozawa kicks Cole around the ropes and throws hands. He whips Cole corner to corner but Cole tosses him to the apron. Tozawa kicks Cole away then climbs up top. Cole trips Tozawa and Tozawa hits buckles on the way down! Cole bicycle boots Tozawa down! Fans cheer as Cole drags Tozawa back up, and drops him with a neckbreaker. Cole looms over Tozawa as fans duel again. Cole brings Tozawa up and throws a big forearm. He stomps Tozawa in the corner then drags Tozawa up to wrench and whip hard! Tozawa bounces off buckles while Cole flexes.
Cole drags Tozawa up for a snapmare, then drives his knee in. He slaps Tozawa in the head, then wraps on a chinlock. Tozawa endures and fans rally up. Tozawa works his way around and reaches, but Cole wrangles him from the ropes. Fans rally and duel more as Tozawa flops around. Tozawa gets up and fights free, only to run into Cole’s back elbow. Cole catches his breath and looms over Tozawa. “I’m the man now. You hear me? I’m the man. I’m going to be the NXT Champion forever. And you, Tozawa? You suck!” Tozawa SLAPS Cole! Cole throws a forearm but Tozawa gives it back. They brawl now, and Tozawa gets the edge. Cole knees low then runs, but into Tozawa’s fireman’s carry! Cole fights with elbows, but Tozawa still tosses him!
Tozawa runs to shotgun dropkick Cole out! Then Tozawa runs to DIVE! Direct hit with the Tozawa Torpedo! But he’s not done there, Tozawa goes again. But Cole gets clear, so Tozawa becomes a CANNONBALL! Fans rally with “AH! AH!” as Tozawa has to pull his leg from the railing’s gap. Tozawa is free and puts Cole back in. Tozawa climbs high and hits a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tozawa keeps his focus as fans “AH! AH!” again. Tozawa drags Cole up into a waistlock. Cole standing switches but so does Tozawa. They go back and forth, Cole breaks free to enziguri! And backstabber! Cover, TWO! Tozawa is tougher than that, and Cole keeps his cool.
Cole drags Tozawa back up, fireman’s carry of his own, but Tozawa fights out. Tozawa runs, but into the BOOT! Fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Cole gets to a corner as fans duel again. Tozawa sits up and Cole throws forearms on him. Tozawa just feeds off them! He gives them back and it’s a brawl as fans still duel. Tozawa gets an edge and he beats Cole down to a knee! HE runs, but into another BOOT! Only to fire up more! Another BOOT, and Cole runs, into Tozawa’s boot! Enziguri, then run, but he falls for the feint! JAB rocks Cole, but he still SUPERKICKS Tozawa! Tozawa’s mouth piece flew out!! Fans chant “Yowie Wowie!” for that exchange.
Tozawa and Cole crawl to the same corner, and Tozawa climbs up top again. Cole stops him with a forearm to climb up and join him. Tozawa resists the superplex, but Cole throws body shots. Tozawa throws his own with every “AH! AH!” Cole resists Tozawa’s counter and throws more forearms. Tozawa knocks Cole down with one! Then leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Last Shot brain buster! Cover, TWO!! Tozawa survives and Cole is in disbelief. Cole rolls out of the ring and wants to quit? He takes the title and brings it into the ring! The referee reprimands Cole, but wait! It’s Johnny Gargano!! Gargano distracts Cole, Tozawa rolls Cole! TWO, Snap German!
Tozawa is all fired up and Gargano is fired up with him. But Cole fights out of the waistlock to run. But Tozawa kicks, swings, slips under, rolling roundhouse! Tozawa puts Cole in a drop zone and climbs up again, for the SUPER SENTON! But Cole gets knees up! Cole hops up, DESTROYER! Knee pad down, Last Shot shining wizard! Cover, Cole wins!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; still NXT Champion
Cole stays your champion, BAYBAY! But Gargano now enters the ring as fans duel between him and the champ. They stare down, and Gargano dares Cole to put the belt on the line between them. Cole refuses, he does things his way and on his time. But the decision is ultimately up to NXT General Manager, William Regal. Will Regal determine if Johnny Wrestling gets another shot at Adam Cole BAYBAY?
While Cole leaves, Gargano checks on Tozawa. Fans chant for them both and Gargano wants a mic now. Gargano appreciates the chants for him, but he wants them to cheer Tozawa again. Fans do with “AH! AH!” Gargano says, “Every single time I step back in this building, I’m reminded how much I truly love what we do.” Gargano was at Evolve 1 in 2009! And 10 years later, Evolve 131 on the WWE Network tells Gargano two things. One: he’s getting old. Two: pro-wrestling in 2019 is “pretty freakin’ cool!” It’s cool because of the fans, so Gargano gives his thanks.
But thinking back, Evolve would close with a particular question. It’s been awhile since Gargano’s done something like this. But does Tozawa remember the question? Maybe. “Did you enjoy the show?” Philly says “YES! YES! WoooooOOO~!” Well give a round of applause for that guy at the end there. And can he do that again? “WoooooOOO~!” Philly loses their minds for that one. But Gargano wants to be serious. There would be no Akira Tozawa, no offense, or Adam Cole, or Johnny Wrestling, if it wasn’t for the Evolve fans. “We all started here, and you let guys let us live our dreams, and we can’t thank you enough for that.”
But there’s one more thing the fans need to do. Tonight wasn’t about WWE, NXT and the crossover, but about the true Evolve Wrestling roster. They are the future of this industry! JD Drake, Austin Theory, Shotzi Blackheart, and the rest! Support them as much as you supported the previous stars. Gargano thanks them on behalf of everyone else. The fans love him and he loves them! But they’re running out of time so let’s wrap this up. Gargano loves the fans, he loves Evolve, thanks so much! With that, Gargano and Tozawa hug and Gargano lifts Tozawa’s hand. Tozawa bows in thanks to the fans while Gargano gives out high-fives to the fans. Evolve has made it 10 years, here’s to another 10!
I’m sure covering this event comes as a surprise. This was my first Evolve event ever, and to be honest, I decided to watch this one because of the crossover with WWE/NXT, and because it was going to be on the Network. But I’m sure like me, many WWE fans heard about this, got curious because of said crossover, and took the time to watch this almost-3-hour event during this already busy wrestling weekend. And if not, they might find time later in the week to do it, when there isn’t something they watch. Whenever someone watches this, I’m confident they will be as blown away as I was by pretty much everything they saw tonight!
Jumping right in without any real knowledge didn’t hurt this event at all, because everyone was on their game, and like all wrestling promotions, it did as much as it could to give context while you’re watching and listening. It was clear from the opening the animosity between Harlem Bravado and Stephen Wolf, and the animosity for everyone from Josh Briggs. It was also great to see a lot of familiar faces like Babatunde, Sean Maluta, Arturo Ruas (Jaoude) and even Colby Corino. Maluta getting to be part of a group like The Unwanted is going to be good for him to really spark something in him, since he’s just been jobber Cruiserweight for 205 Live and NXT. It was also good to see other faces from other non-WWE related things like AR Fox (Dante Fox when he was on Lucha Underground).
Briggs VS Greene was a solid opener with the usual but still well done manager tropes. Briggs wins because obviously we see later, he’s on the rise. That Fatal 4 Way with Wolf, Bravado, Stallion and Maluta was incredible, and it feels pretty big for Wolf to win that. And clearly they’re planning ahead to give Wolf and Bravado a bigger feud. Henry VS Ruas, holy hell, can NXT get these guys going more once we’re past Summerslam? Ruas/Jaoude is clearly better than he’s been on NXT, just because NXT’s been stacked. If Velveteen Dream keeps the North American Championship, give the Brazilian Tiger a chance. Or even if it’s Roderick Strong, let Anthony Henry come up with an NXT name and give him a go. Babatunde has a great story building with The Unwanted, he and Colby made that squash match a lot better than normal.
The Unwanted VS The Skulk (I guess is the team name) was a great tag match. It really fits in an apparently tag heavy weekend when you factor in WWE Extreme Rules and AEW Fight for the Fallen. Perhaps tag team wrestling is finally getting some respect. But it was also a great move for this anniversary special to give us new tag champions, this will be big for Fox and Ruff. And depending on how things go, I wonder if Babatunde works with them against The Unwanted for a match or two. The women’s No DQ match was insane, but totally fitting of this Extreme Rules weekend, too. I didn’t know much about Shotzi before this, but she earned major respect doing that tope suicida into the tower of chairs. And while she loses, it works for both her and Brandi to get the right kinds of heat with the story of the match.
Then the last three matches were all so great, with or without the history. Catch Point Reunion, Gulak VS Riddle, wow! This is why Gulak is Cruiserweight Champion and why Matt Riddle needs to be a champion at or after Toronto. It was great to have Heyman back, he’s amazing, and the title unification match was killer. With Briggs on the rise, it works for the Heel to win so now the Face is in the chase. Then the NXT Championship involving alumni was good stuff, but obviously Cole was going to retain with Tozawa being more involved with 205 Live, and with NXT advertising the defense for Wednesday. Gargano showing up was a nice surprise, even though he wasn’t going to cost Cole. Gargano seems to want another shot, maybe he’s the one on Wednesday? And Gargano’s closing speech was great, that seals the deal on both new and longtime Evolve fans sticking with this promotion.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE Extreme Rules Results & Report! (7/14/19)
Get ready to get extreme!
WWE throws out the rule book!
Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans will go all out when it’s Winner Takes All in an Extreme Rules Mixed Tag Match! Will #ManSquared keep the WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships from the Lady and the Lone Wolf?
- Kickoff Show – WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak VS Tony Nese; Gulak wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- No Holds Barred Tag: Roman Reigns & The Undertaker VS Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre; Reigns & The Undertaker win.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS The Usos; The Revival wins and retains the the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- Aleister Black VS Cesaro; Black wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Handicap Match: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bayley wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- Last Man Standing: Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley; Strowman wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Tag: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS The New Day VS Heavy Machinery; The New Day wins and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
- WWE United States Championship: Ricochet VS AJ Styles w/ The Club; Styles wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler; Owens wins.
- WWE World Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe; Kingston wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
- Winners Take All Extreme Rules Mixed Tag, WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch VS Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans; Rollins & Lynch win and retain their championships.
- WWE Universal Championship Money in the Bank Cash-In: Seth Rollins VS Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman; Lesnar wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WWE Extreme Rules Kickoff!
Join Jonathon Coachman, Beth Phoenix, Charly Caruso and Sam Roberts as they review and predict the action for tonight!
Lacey Evans and Baron Corbin enjoy tea time.
“What do you think?” Corbin thinks Lacey looks like the next Raw Women’s Champion. It’s a good look for her. Corbin says this is all professional. They get to payback Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch for what they’ve done. Corbin will use a chair on Rollins’ spine to rearrange it vertebrae by vertebrae. Or maybe he goes through a table. Or maybe he smashes a teapot- No, not Lacey’s teapot! Especially when there are kendo sticks with Becky’s name on it. The Lady has been dying to beat sense into The Man. Lacey is a bit of a romantic, and she believes in love. Which is why the love between Rollins and Becky will end. Then the #Homewreckers will take the titles and destroy #ManSquared’s relationship. Corbin nods in agreement, but will the homewreckers be the ones getting wrecked?
Kickoff Show – WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
The Extraordinary Man lost to the King of Strong Style on SmackDown, and it was brutal. But now Finn looks to return that brutality in Philly! Will Finn tie things up between Nakamura? Or is the title going to go home with a rockstar?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this surprise rematch!
The two circle and fans are already fired up. Finn and Nakamura tie up and push each other around. Nakamura puts Finn on the ropes, and brings back the ab rest. Finn shoves Nakamura off, and doesn’t let him say, “C’MON!” Finn gives “C’MON” to Nakamura! Nakamura and Finn brawl and Nakamura whips. Finn reverses, Nakamura sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick! Finn CHOPS Nakamura in the corner, then CHOPS him in another. He whips Nakamura corner to corner but Nakamura reverses and redirects Finn. Finn goes up but gets caught and put on the top rope! Top Shelf Knee! Finn goes to the apron and Nakamura follows. Nakamura hops up but Finn kicks him down! Finn catches his breath and grits his teeth as he takes aim. Finn builds speed to FLY onto Nakamura!
Fans fire up with Finn as he puts Nakamura into barriers! And then barriers on the other side! This is all payback for SmackDown’s beat down! The ring count climbs to 4 but Finn puts Nakamura in. Finn is in at 5 and drags Nakamura up. Nakamura rolls to get the arm. Finn blocks so Nakamura switches to the other arm! Nakamura gets the armbar but Finn gets a ropebreak. Finn staggers to a corner but Nakamura is on him with kicks and stomps. Nakamura rams knees into ribs and shoulders, then drops one on Finn’s head. Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps his cool as he wraps on a chinlock. Philly rallies for Finn and he fights his way up. Finn fights back but Nakamura squeezes tighter!
Nakamura grinds Finn to the mat but fans give Finn new life. Finn fireman’s carries but Nakamura slips out. Nakamura throws a forearm, Finn PELES Nakamura back! Both men are down but Finn gets to a corner. Fans rally behind Finn as Nakamura runs in. Finn boots Nakamura back, then dropkicks the legs out! Finn keeps moving, another dropkick to the head! Nakamura is up but Finn has him for the elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn keeps his focus while WWE goes picture in picture. Finn aims from the corner and gives Nakamura a slingblade! Then Finn aims, only for Nakamura to hit his dynamic dropkick! Nakamura fires himself up as WWE returns to single picture, and he puts Finn back up top. But Finn avoids a second knee to give a kick!
Nakamura is down and Finn climbs up! But Nakamura trips him up! Nakamura positions Finn in the ropes and kicks away, to then run and slide, German Suplex! Finn hits hard and Nakamura takes the long way back into the ring. Nakamura aims from the corner, “YAO!” Double Stomps from Finn! Nakamura writhes to his feet, shotgun dropkick blasts him down! Finn heads up top again, COUP DE GRACE! But Nakamura got clear, to KINSHASA Finn in the back! Nakamura crawls to a corner as Finn flounders up, KINSHASA to the front! Cover, Nakamura wins!!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
The King of Strong Style finally checks off another title in the WWE! This match was fast and furious, but will there be a Summerslam sequel when there are no more rematch clauses?
The New Day joins the Kickoff via video chat!
Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods are a totem pole as they speak on the history that could be made tonight. How does possibly becoming 6-time tag team champions feel? Before that, Happy Birthday, Charly Caruso~~~! But pressure? Pressure busts pipes, but not the New Day’s pipes! The important thing is that the New Day is gonna be ALL GOLD~! Very possible, but Big E and Woods must beat two teams, aka a 33% chance of winning. Well the odds aren’t that bad. One-third is good. But what is math when you compare to the unicorn magic? Heavy Machinery are big, big boys. Otis is a bowling ball with legs.
And Kofi Kingston knows they can beat Daniel Bryan! Kofi did it at Mania! But now Kofi faces Samoa Joe, a ruthless opponent. Joe has made a career out of mind games, but Kofi got in Joe’s head back! Kofi does not fear Joe, and after the New Day sweeps, they will be W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight AND Smack, Down, Tag, Team CHAMPIONS, BABYYYY~! Historic up in here. And why is that? “BECAAAUSE~! New! Day Rocks!” Will the power of positivity be overflowing in Philly?
Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak VS Tony Nese!
Another title match on the Kickoff features the hometown Philly Stretcher, and his former friend turned bitter enemy in Premier Athlete! Gulak won this title in a Triple Threat back at Stomping Grounds, can Nese get back what he never truly lost? Or will he simply tap out?
The tension mounts as the introductions are made. The belt is raised and we begin this championship grudge match!
Gulak rushes and shotgun dropkicks Nese! But Nese tackles Gulak to throw hands! Gulak turns it around to stomp away, then throws Nese with a headlock. Nese headscissors but Gulak pops out, and the two circle again. Fans cheer for their hometown hero as he and Nese tie up. Nese waistlocks and rolls Gulak around. Gulak powers up and wrenches o ut. Gulak wrenches and whips but Nese stops himself to elbow Gulak away. Nese moonsaults but Gualk gets under. Nese goes Matrix to mule kick, knee lift and sweep! Cover, ONE, and Gulak gest to ropes. But Nese clotheslines Gulak right out! Nese is fired up but Philly boos as he slingshots. Gulak dodges, but so does Nese, until Gulak leaps off the apron with a lariat! Gulak wipes Nese out but also himself.
A ring count begins and Gulak is up. He drags Nese in at 6 and covers, TWO! WWE goes picture in picture as Gulak wrenches Nese’s neck. Nese endures and fights his way up to throw hands. Gulak knees low and whips to shotgun dropkick Nese back down! Cover, TWO! Gulak stays on Nese with that neck wrench as WWE returns to single picture. Nese fights his way up and fights out again. Gulak shoves and whips but Nese slides under to pump handle and powerslam! Cover, TWO! Gulak survives and takes a moment to catch his breath. Nese also stands slowly, and the two head at each other. A kick for a kick, and CHOP for a CHOP! Gulak knees low and kicks away on Nese’s face. Nese blocks one and spins to a German Suplex into buckles!
Nese has Gulak where he wants him and goes side to side, but into Gulak’s elbow! Gulak torture racks but Nese gets to the apron. Nese throws a heavy left, then drags Gulak onto the ropes. Nese hops up for a draping apron moonsault! It wasn’t the best but it still looks painful! Nese and Gulak are both down but outside the ring. A ring count begins and Nese crawls at 5. Gulak is in but Nese climbs up. Nese reaches the top, 450 splash! It just hits and Nese covers, TWO! Nese grows frustrated but he and Gulak slowly get back up. Nese throws forearms and wants an Alabama lift. Gulak blocks to club Nese on the back. Gulak boots but Nese uppercuts! Nese CHOPS but Gulak jabs and CHOPS!
Nese shoves but Gulak rolls under to a sunset flip, but Nese jackknifes. Gulak rolls through but Nese has the lift! Nese pulls Gulak from ropes but Gulak gets the powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Nese still lives and Gulak is furious. Gulak runs and LARIATS Nese upside-down! Cover, TWO!! Gulak nods, he knows Nese is tough. Fans rally up as Gulak torture racks again. Cyclone Crash neckbreaker! Gulak covers, Gulak wins!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
It was gritty and vicious, but that’s how Gulak likes it. Gulak will continue his reign over the Cruiserweight Division, but where will he take 205 Live over the summer?
The rules have been altered.
Extreme is all around. The Best in the World wants to put Roman down like a dog, but the Dead Man won’t let it happen without a fight for justice. The Lady and the Lone Wolf want gold, but The Man and Her Man want this to be their last chance. Kofimania is a dream come true, but now he has to face a living nightmare. A Monster and a Machine will fight until there is only one left standing. Anything goes tonight, when WWE gets extreme. “Can you feel it now?”
No Holds Barred Tag: Roman Reigns & The Undertaker VS Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre!
No, you’re not dreaming. The #GraveyardDogs really are opening the night against the Scottish Terminator and “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~!” And with nothing holding them back, will the Big Dog and the Phenom finally make Shane and McIntyre #RestInPeace?
Philly gives an ovation to Taker already as the teams stare down. The teams sort out and McIntyre starts with Roman. Roman and McIntyre circle and McIntyre talks trash before the brawl begins! Roman backs McIntyre down then whips but McIntyre reverses, only to run into an uppercut! Then Roman fireman’s carries, but McIntyre powers out to throw Roman overhead! McIntyre is on Roman and bumps him off buckles. McIntyre stomps a mudhole into Roman then tags in Shane. Shane stomps Roman, then throws fast hands. Shane rope-a-dopes but gets ROCKED! Roman bumps Shane on buckles then rains down rights of his own! He gets all 10, then wrenches Shane towards his corner. Fans fire up and Shane flails for his life, but Taker tags in!
Taker throws hands on Shane then wrenches him for shoulders. Taker runs Shane over and drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Taker stays on Shane with a wrench. Shane reaches for McIntyre but Taker keeps him away. Taker even toys with Shane just a bit before climbing up. Shane stops Old School with fast hands! Shane rope-a-dopes more, but Taker grabs him! Taker throws his fast hands! Taker shows Shane what a real striker can do! Then he whips Shane corner to corner and clotheslines him down hard! Taker drags Shane up again for a wrench, and he finally climbs up. Fans let Taker know, “You Still Got It!” as he hits Old School! Shane scrambles away and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre stares Taker down eye-to-eye! Then he throws hands!
McIntyre rocks Taker but only for a moment! Taker hits back and we have a brawl! Taker gets the edge and whips McIntyre, but McIntyre kicks back! It only angers Taker! McIntyre clotheslines Taker out but Taker lands on his feet! Taker drags McIntyre out to ram him into the apron! Taker puts McIntyre on that apron, and we’re about to see another classic. Apron guillotine leg drop! Cover, TWO! Roman tags in and Taker sets McIntyre up for Roman’s uppercut. Roman gives McIntyre point-blank clotheslines, all the way to 10. Then Roman runs to BOOT McIntyre down! Philly fires up as Roman locks ‘n’ loads. Shane runs over but Roman uppercuts him down. Roman uppercuts McIntyre, but McIntyre whips Roman. Shane dumps Roman out!
Taker comes over to start using that No Holds Barred stipulation! Taker has a chair and he runs Shane off to the stage! But McIntyre has Roman and rams him into steel steps! McIntyre puts Roman back in to stomp away. Then he deadlift suplexes Roman up and down! Cover, TWO! McIntyre drags Roman up and tags in Shane. McIntyre drops Roman with a neckbreaker, Shane covers, TWO! Shane rains rights down on Roman, then covers again, TWO! Roman gets to a corner and Shane tags McIntyre. McIntyre bumps Roman off buckles but Roman punches back. McIntyre shoves Roman for another overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Roman with an armlock and chinbar.
Fans rally as Roman endures. McIntyre shifts to a keylock, but Roman feeds off the fan energy. Roman works his way up as McIntyre wrenches, and Roman punches free. Roman whips but McIntyre reverses and forearms in the corner. McINtyre whips corner to corner but Roman reverses now. Roman runs into an elbow, but gives McIntyre the Samoan Drop! Both men are down and Philly rallies up. McIntyre runs in at Roman but only gets post! They’re both down again, but crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Shane and Taker! Taker rallies on Shane with big hands, then hits McIntyre, too! Taker bumps Shane off buckles then whips corner to corner for a big clothesline! Shane flounders around, into Snake Eyes! And the boot!
McIntyre returns but gets punched back out. Taker clotheslines Shane out, and fans are fired up as Taker stares at the announce desk. Taker stomps Shane before pulling the desk cover off. He clears the desk of the monitors and such. Taker brings Shane over, has him in bomb position, but Shane resists. Elias appears to SMASH Taker with his guitar!! Roman uppercuts Elias and runs the Drifter into barriers. CLAYMORE outta nowhere! McIntyre sends Roman into the timekeeper’s area! Elias grabs what’s left of his guitar, but Taker grabs Elias’ throat! CLAYMORE for Taker! McIntyre is furious as he paces about. Elias helps Shane up and Shane says to set Taker on the desk. McIntyre and Elias haul Taker over and set him on the desk. McIntyre rains down rights to make sure Taker stays down, and Shane climbs up top! IN-SHANE ELBOW FROM POST TO DESK!!
Fans lose their minds as Shane brings back his glory days at the cost of his body! McIntyre and Elias drag Taker from the wreckage while Shane manages to stand. Elias and McIntyre put Taker in and drag him to the corner. Shane brings back another classic as he pulls out a trash can. McIntyre places it for Shane and Elias holds Taker in place. Shane goes to the opposite corner and climbs again. He slashes the throat to mock Taker, COAST2COAST!! But Roman returns to SUPERMAN PUNCH Elias! McIntyre hurries out to Russian Leg Sweep Roman down! Shane drags Taker to the middle of the ring, though. Taker sits up!! And he has Shane’s leg!
Taker yanks Shane in, choke grip, CHOKE SLAM! Elias runs in, Elias gets a choke slam! Taker slashes the throat, but McIntyre is looming! CLAY- SPEAR!! Roman saves Taker! And now they have Shane all alone. Roman drags Shane up, “It’s done now!” He feeds Shane to the TOMBSTONE! Cover, Taker and Roman win!
Winners: The Undertaker and Roman Reigns, Taker pinning
The Graveyard Dogs truly own this yard! They were truly a formidable force, even in their first time as a team. Taker and Roman give a nod of respect to each other, then part ways as Roman lets Taker have the ring.
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins!
The Man and Her Man prepare for #WinnersTakeAll, so it’s like they’re responsible for each other’s titles. Rollins interrupts. They already know what’s at stake, and they know where they are: the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia! And as we just saw, fans love getting extreme. Rollins and Becky took a little walk around the city. Not anything romantic, she’s not that sappy. But there’s so much inspiration. Like the Liberty Bell and its crack. Rollins is gonna crack Corbin’s head just like it! Or that statue of William Penn. Becky pictured a Lacey statue: covered in crap. But the main event is THE Extreme Rules match. There is inspiration, motivation, and options. The only thing that isn’t an option is losing. Enough said. But will the champs get out of Philly still golden?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS The Usos!
Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson have gone back and forth with Jimmy & Jey, from pranks to insults to matches. But now things will be settled with the titles on the line! Is the Uso Penitentiary about to get extreme? Or will the #TopGuys #SayYeah to retaining the titles?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin this championship grudge match!
The teams sort out and Jey starts with Dawson. They circle and tie up, and Dawson waistlocks. Jey standing switches but Dawson arm-drags Jey to an armlock. Jey headscissors but Dawson pops out, only for Jey to sweep and cover. Dawson pops out to sweep back but Jey pops out. Dawson trips to a jackknife but Jey bridges. Jey spins Dawson to a backslide, TWO! Dawson backs off to the corner, and the fans echo, “UCE! OH!” Jey waits for Dawson to come back, and the two tie up again. Dawson wrenches but Jey wrenches back. Jey counter punches then Jimmy tags in. Jimmy slides and hits a big forearms smash. Cover, ONE! Dawson kicks back and tags Dash. The Revival whip Jimmy but Jimmy goes up and over to throw uppercuts. Dash clubs Jimmy into a back suplex but Jimmy escapes.
Jey tags in, and Dash runs into double kicks! The Usos aim to double superkick, but Dawson saves Dash. The Revival regroups, but the Usos build speed, only to get forearms! Dash and Dawson run in but get sent back out, the Usos FLY! Double direct hits but also with some crash and burn. Jey shakes it off and drags Dash into the ring. Fans echo “UCE! OH!” as Jey drags Dash up. Dash wings but misses, Dawson tags in before the atomic drop. Jey uppercuts Dawson but goes after Dash. That’s the wrong guy, and Dawson clobbers Jey! The Revival throw Jey into barriers and mock him while Jimmy protests. The Revival are fine with a count out but Jey crawls over at 3. Jey is still down at 5 but stands at 7. He gets in at 8 but Dawson is on him with a snapmare and leg drop.
Dawson adds the elbow drop and headbutt, then tags Dash. Human weapon leg drop! Cover, TWO! Dash grows frustrated and he pushes Jey around. “You want Uso? How about this, Uso?” Dash haymakers Jey to the apron, then pulls him in for the bottom rope guillotine! Cover, TWO! Dash looms over Jey and wraps on a rear bearhug. Fans rally with “UCE! OH!” as Jey endures. Jey fights his way up but Dash headbutts him in the back. Fans continue to rally as Jey fights his way up again. Jey elbows and punches free then arm-drags Dash. But Dash tags in Dawson and Dawson intercepts Jey! Jey counter punches and fights back, back suplex drops Dawson! Both men are down and Philly fires up. Jey crawls but Dash goes at Jimmy.
Jimmy fights Dash off and knocks him down, but Dawson runs at Jey. Jey back drops Dawson but the tag isn’t seen! The ref keeps Jimmy out and the Revival mug Jey! Dawson plays dead as he and Jey are in the corner. Fans boo and jeer but The Revival simply take a bow. Tag to Dash and he hops up. Dawson brings Jey up, elbow back drop combo! Cover but Jey fights out before a count. Jey gets to a corner and Dash stomps him out. The ref checks on Jey while Dash tags in Dawson. Dawson drags Jey up to the top rope, but fans continue to echo “UCE! OH!” Dawson CHOPS away on Jey, then hauls him up. Jey fights out of the superplex, but then both crash and burn off the corner! Fans rally up as both men are outside and a ring count begins. Dash gets Dawson up and in and then tags. But Jey sprints to tag Jimmy! Jimmy kicks Dash then hist a crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Jimmy rallies with haymakers and kicks, then gives Dash the Samoan Drop! Dawson runs in to get a Samoan Drop, too! Jimmy has targets and fires up, corner to corner for the hip attack! Dash runs in and spins Jimmy for a powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Dash is surprised, but he refocuses. Dash tags in Dawson and The Revival focus on Jimmy. Jimmy boots them both away, then climbs for Whisper in the Wind! Shout out to Team Extreme! Tag to Jey and the Usos get a Samoan pop drop!Cover, TWO! Dawson survives and headlocks, but Jey powers out. Dawson hits Jimmy but Jey rolls him. TWO and the superkick is blocked to a knee, jab and BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Now Jey survives and Dawson is furious. Dawson drags Jey up to the top rope and CHOPS!
Dawson climbs up to join Jey, and Dash tags in. Dash climbs on the other corner, SUPERPLEX to FROG SPLASH! Cover, but Jimmy splashes in to break it! Cover on Dash, but Dawson breaks it! All four men are down and crawling while fans rally up. The teams regroup and stare down, before a brawl breaks out! Dawson throws Jimmy out but Jey rocks Dash. Jey SUPERKICKS Dawson then SUPERKICKS Dash! Jimmy tags back in, the Usos run but Dawson trips Jey! Jimmy gets Dawson but Dash gets Jimmy! Dawson tags in as Dash tornadoes, but Jimmy powers out. But Jimmy turns around into SHATTER MACHINE! Cover, the Revival win!!
Winners: The Revival, Scott Dawson pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions
Two of the best tag teams around, and it was that close for the Usos. But the #TopGuys are still on top of the Raw Tag Division. Will they be partying all the way to Summerslam in Toronto?
Aleister Black VS Cesaro!
For weeks, the Embodiment of the End has wanted someone, anyone, to #PickaFight with him. And after weeks of waiting, someone finally knocked on his door. It was the Swiss Cyborg! Now, we are in for a fight… between… superpowers!
The bell rings and the two stare down. Cesaro and Aleister approach, and immediately Aleister wants Black Mass! Cesaro gets under and puts Aleister in a corner. Aleister kicks back so Cesro give a European Uppercut! Aleister fires back again and headlocks, but Cesaro back suplexes him down! Cesaro drags Aleister up, Gotch but Aleister back drops out! Cesaro lands on his feet and sits down cross leg to mock Aleister. Aleister kicks but Cesaro dodges. Aleister still fires off a strike fest, with the knee sending Cesaro out! The Dutch Destroyer goes to the rope and moonsaults out onto Cesaro! And then he shows Cesaro how cross-legs are done. Aleister puts Cesaro in then has him in the corner.
Cesaro bumps Aleister off buckles but Aleister elbows back. Aleister hops up to hit a meteora, then roundhouses Cesaro back down! Cover, TWO! Aleister is on Cesaro with more strikes, a sweep to the legs, and then lifts him with a foot. Cesaro powers Aleister off to throw forearms and EuroUppers! Aleister fires back, but his quebrada is disrupted as Cesaro shoves him out! Cesaro walks off the kicks to his leg while fetching Aleister. Cesaro puts Aleister back in and stalks Aleister, for a springboard uppercut! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is back on Aleister with a chinlock and half straitjacket. Aleister endures and fans rally up. Aleister fights his way up and out, focusing on that leg. Cesaro whips and clotheslines Aleister down! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro drags Aleister up in a gut wrench and throws him! Another cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his focus as he stalks Aleister. Aleister kicks that leg again, but Cesaro keeps approaching. Cesaro drops elbows on Aleister, then a double stomp! Cover, TWO! Cesaro goes after Aleister’s arm now with a mounted armlock. Aleister endures as fans rally again. Aleister fights up and kicks that leg. He’s free, band quebradas! Direct hit but both men are reeling. Cesaro hobbles over but gets more kicks. Aleister counter punches, fires off more kicks, but Cesaro gives another EuroUpper! Cesaro runs into the corner, blocks a boot but not the next one. Aleister hosp up, meteora is caught to a pop-up uppercut! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Cesaro drags Aleister up for a running EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro is growing frustrated, and he drags Aleister up for elbows. Cesaro throws hands and uppercuts, but aleister turns one into a backslide! TWO, and Aleister keeps kicking the leg. Aleister kicks the punch away to hook kick. Cesaro runs to springboard, into a knee trigger! Cover, TWO!! Aleister grits his teeth as he looms over Cesaro. Aleister drags Cesaro up but Cesaro yanks him into ropes. But Aleister is on the apron and kicks the legs. Cesaro knees back then whips, to pop-up. But the knee gives out before he could do more. Aleister cradle counters, TWO! More kicks to the leg, then a takedown to a kneebar! Aleister also has the heel hook and Cesaro shouts in pain!
Cesaro drags himself, but can’t reach ropes. But Cesaro turns the leg lock into a Sharpshooter! Cesaro sits down, Aleister reaches, but Cesaro shifts to the crossface! Aleister elbows the bad leg, rolls Cesaro to a cover, TWO! Another knee from Aleister to Cesaro! Both men are down and Philly is loving it! “This is Awesome!” and far from over. Aleister and Cesaro slowly stir, but it is the Swiss Cyborg that sits Aleister up. Aleister hits, Cesaro hits back, and the two brawl on the mat! Aleister borrows EuroUppers, but Cesaro gives them all back! Cesaro hits from all sides, then has the Gotch position! Aleister attacks the legs, fires off strikes, Cesaro blocks and blocks, but not the BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
That was a fight! The Embodiment of the End is back and vicious as ever, will he be fighting his way to a title match in Toronto?
R-Truth and Carmella are on the hunt for the WWE 24/7 Champion.
They plaster the halls with wanted posters with Drake Maverick (and an upset Renee Michelle) on them. Truth wants his baby back, because he’s a mess. But instead of Maverick, they find Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. Truth needs to ask them something. Have they seen Hornswoggle? Is he in that room with them? Actually, yes. No, don’t listen to her, Truth.
But anyway, Truth and Carmella leave while Alexa presents Nikki with a gift. IT’s… an Alexa Bliss shirt! In Nikki’s torn up style! This is perfect for their Handicap match later. But then the Street Profits come by. It’s so cute seeing them being friends. But with 20-20 vision, they see that Bayley is in trouble. So the Profits want to know: when Alexa becomes the NEW Smackdown Women’s Champion, where da party at? Uh, co-champs. Wait she was serious about that? Yes… PFFF! Yeah, right. The Profits trust the process, but they’re not going to share a singles title. Montez Ford wouldn’t even share his dinner. Is that why he didn’t afford Dawkins to dinner? Nikki speaks up, saying she’ll prove them wrong when they’re SmackDown Women’s Co-Champions! Woo, that intensity! Dawkins wants to party with her. But will Bayley let there be a party?
SmackDown Women’s Championship Handicap Match: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
The Hugger has the odds against her, all because the Goddess manipulated the loner Loony Lass. Will Alexa get her way and have Nikki win this title for her? Will Alexa actually share the title like she says?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this unorthodox title match!
Alexa “lets” Nikki start, and Nikki ties up with Bayley. They go around the ring and Nikki headlocks. Bayley slips out but Nikki starts shoving. Bayley punches and Nikki tags out to Alexa. Alexa rushes Bayley but gets thrown around. Bayley headlocks Alexa but Alexa pulls hair. Bayley holds onto the arm and wrenches then jams it. Alexa hits Bayley in the back then drags Bayley over. Tag to Nikki but Bayley gets clear. Nikki and Bayley circle again and Nikki headbutts low. Nikki whips Bayley but Bayley stops herself. Bayley flapjacks Nikki on buckles, then rolls her for a sliding lariat! Cover, ONE, but Bayley stays between Nikki and Alexa. Nikki knees low and tags ALexa. Bayley throws Nikki out and rams her into the barriers! She throws Nikki back in and elbows Alexa away. Bayley stays on Nikki but Alexa shoves her into steel steps!
Alexa looms over Bayley and drags her up by her ponytail. Alexa clubs Bayley then puts her in the ring. Cover, ONE, and Alexa is annoyed. Alexa bumps Bayley off buckles then tags Nikki. Nikki stomps a mudhole then tags Alexa back in. Alexa stomps a mudhole then tags out. This looks like the NewDay’s stampede as they tag again. Nikki tags in once more, and drags Bayley up to hit a wrenching neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps on Bayley with a straitjacket stretch, but fans rally as Bayley endures. Nikki digs a knee in and pulls Bayley backwards. Alexa shouts, “Make her suffer!” But Bayley fights up, so Nikki knees low. Nikki whips but Bayley sends Nikki out. Bayley goes to wreck with a dropkick but Nikki catches her in the apron skirt. But Bayley fights Nikki off! Until Alexa wrecks Bayley with a dropkick!
Alexa returns to the corner and Nikki tags her in. The Goddess goes back to Bayley to stand her up, fix her hair, and SLAP her! Alexa puts Bayley in the ring and covers, TWO! She tries again, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but she keeps on Bayley with a whip into the corner. And then SLAPS her again! Tag to Nikki and Nikki hauls Bayley up top. Bayley is in the Tree of Woe as Nikki stomps away again! Nikki tags Alexa and Alexa climbs up to bring Bayley up for forearms. The ref reprimands Alexa, and Bayley hits back! Bayley fights free of the Tree, then decks Nikki! Alexa grabs Bayley and drags her up in the hangman’s sleeper! She lets go at 4, to throw Bayley down by her hair! The referee reprimands Alexa sterner, but Alexa hits Insult2Injury! Cover, TWO! Alexa argues the count but the ref says the count is fair.
Alexa sits Bayley up but Bayley counter punches! Bayley throws more haymakers and then runs, into that killer right from Alexa! Buzzsaw from Bliss, but Bayley LARIATS back! Bayley fires off with furious hands from all sides! Bayley runs to DIVE onto Nikki! And then she goes back to Alexa for the hotshot! Cover, TWO! Alexa gets to her corner but Bayley rams a shoulder in. Nikki tags in but runs into a saido suplex! Bayley scoops Alexa and slams her on Nikki! Nikki and Alexa go to opposite corners, and Bayley blocks the kick to throw Nikki down. Bayley steps through to lace the legs, and into a Trailer Hitch! Nikki screams but Alexa runs in, only to miss her knee drop! Bayley has Alexa in a crossface! She has both opponents in submissions! Alexa bites the fingers and gets free!
Nikki rolls the Trailer Hitch to get closer to ropes, but Bayley stops her just short. Bayley cranks harder and Alexa runs in to clobber Bayley. The referee counts Alexa so she leaves. Bayley swings at Alexa but misses. Bayley tackles Nikki again, but Alexa runs in. The ref stops Alexa but Nikki hits Bayley back. Tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Another try, TWO! Nikki is furious, but tags in Alexa. Alexa climbs up, Twisted Bliss gets knees! Tag to Nikki and Nikki hurries up top, to leap into a knee! Bayley drags Nikki to a drop zone and climbs up high, Macho Elbow! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall; still SmackDown Women’s Champion
There is still only ONE SmackDown Women’s Champion, and that’s Bayley! Even with the odds against her, Bayley succeeds and rolls on through the summer. Will there be a second chance for the Goddess and her follower? Or is it back to Raw for the both of them?
Last Man Standing: Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley!
Somehow, someway, the Monster Among Men and the Rocky Mountain Machine survived crashing through the stage! And more surprising, it was Lashley who got up first! And now Lashley vows that Strowman won’t ever get up again. Who will be the last superhuman standing here tonight?
To everyone’s surprise, Strowman is actually here! This match will happen, which is surely to Lashley’s liking. Because he rushes Strwoman right away! But Strowman throws him over and out of the ring! And then into barriers! Strowman shows no mercy as he still uses superhuman strength to toss Lashley in the ring. Lashley staggers up and Strowman follows. The bell finally rings and Strowman hits a corner splash! And then another! Lashley flops down and Strowman keeps his eyes on him. The count begins already, but Lashley rolls out to get to his feet the easy way. But Strowman decides to take a lap! Strowman blasts Lashley off his feet! Another count and Lashley gets up at 5. Strowman takes another lap, but Lashley SPEARS him down!
The count starts as Lashley flounders away. Strowman clutches his gut, but he is crawling. He uses the desk to prop himself up at 4, but Lashley clubs him into the desk. Lashley brings Strowman around to bounce off the steel steps. Lashley pulls the steps apart while Strowman staggers to his feet. The steps are a battering ram and SLAM into Strowman! Lashley looms over Strowman as he crawls. The count reaches 5 before Strowman stands again. Lashley has the steps again, and rams Strowman over the barriers! Strowman is down in the front row but Lashley keeps close. The count starts again and Strowman staggers up at 3. Strowman throws hands back but Lashley gets a chair! Lashley jabs the chair into Strowman’s ribs, then SMACKS him on the back! Strowman is reeling from those chair shots, and Lashley stalks him up the stairs.
Lashely punches Strowman to keep him moving up. He even fires forearms into the back, taking advantage of the reported spleen injury. Strowman stands at 4 but Lashley punches him towards the top of the stairs. The fight starts heading towards the hallway, but Lashley redirects Strowman to ram him into railing. Lashley soaks up the heat as he stalks Strowman out of the arena. Cameras hurry to follow, and the fight is by the concessions! Strowman is slowly moving, and stands at 6. Lashley brings Strowman crashing into a wall! Lashley rains down rights to keep Strowman down. Fans are booing and jeering from the merch stands while the count rises. Strowman is stirring again while Lashley boasts to fans. Strowman is up at 4 yet again, so Lashley throws haymakers.
Lashley tips over tables to clear room. He drags Strowman over in front of the merch shirts, but Strowman resists the suplex, to suplex Lashley into the wall! Both men are down while Philly loses its mind. Strowman is up at 5, Lashley is up at 7. Strowman stalks Lashley and rocks him with a right! Lashley crawls away to the cutain, and Strowman throws him through it! They return to the arena, and Lashley almost falls down the stairs! Strowman keeps on him with hammering hands. Lashley staggers away but Strowman won’t let up. Strowman punches Lashley down the rest of the way, then boots him back to the ground level. The count returns as Lashley is down. Lashley stirs but Strowman can tell that’s not enough. Strowman has fans move aside so he can have a runway. Strowman BLASTS Lashley again!
Philly is fired up with Strowman as the count returns. But Lashley still stirs, and is up at 8! That’s the longest count yet. Strowman scoops but Lashley slips out, to SPEAR Strowman through barriers!! Both men are down as fans lose their minds again. The count is on both men now, but they both rise at 8! Lashley walks into Strowman’s uppercut! Strowman staggers away but Lashley pursues. Lashley clubs Strowman back, focusing on those ribs. Lashley drags Strowman up to ram him into the apron edge! Strowman collapses from the pain in his sides, and the count begins again. Strowman manages to get up at 4, but Lashley is stalking him. Lashley bumps Strowman off the apron, then decides to take a lap, just like Strowman out. He comes around to POUNCE Strowman over the announce desk! Then puts the desk on top of Strowman!
Strowman is under the desk as the count rises past 5! But he slips out from underneath at 8 and stands at 9! Lashley is frustrated, but he sees Strowman in the crowd. Lashley leaps the barrier, only to be tossed into the international announcer row!! The Machine and that particular commentary team are down. Lashley stands at 8 but Strowman comes around to rock him with a right hand! Strowman drags Lashley up and headbutts him past the Chinese announce team. Lashley is down and the count begins again. Lashley sits up at 3 but Strowman walks over. Strowman drags Lashley up but Lashely throws hands. Lashley throws the trash on Strowman! The count starts for Strowman as he stirs among fast food wrappers and other garbage. Strowman is up at 7, and backhands Lashley away! Lashley crawls but Strowman comes barreling over to kick him down.
Strowman won’t let the count start, he throws more hands to leave Lashley wobbling. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Lashley eggs Strowman on! So Strowman boots Lashley back down! And throws big hands! Lashely wants Strowman to keep hitting him, so he does! But Lashley keeps getting up! Strowman bounces Lashley off railing, and they go back up the steps. Both men are running out of gas, but Lashley throws a fan into Strowman! Strowman pushes the fan aside, but Lashley clears out more space. Lashley drags Strowman over but Strowman shoves him into railing. Strowman clubs away and uses a fan’s seat to SMACK Lashley on the back! Lashley flops down, but Strowman won’t spare him just yet. Strowman kicks open an area, and hauls Lashley up onto his shoulders! Lashley resists for dear life, but Strowman clubs him down. Strowman scoops Lashley, for an EXTREME MONSTER SLAM!!
They drop through flooring into a blocked off section! And yet, Strowman drags himself up as the count begins again. Philly chants for “E C DUB! E C DUB!” The count passes 5 but where are Strowman and Lashley? Strowman busts through the wall!! Lashley is still lost in there, and the count hits 10! Strowman wins!!
Winner: Braun Strowman
Both men went above and beyond their limits, but it is the Monster who conquers the Machine! Will this finally end the war between these two real-life titans?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles and The Club.
The Phenomenal One will take the One and Only on one more time for the United States Championship. But the last time Ricochet and Styles faced off, Styles lost and then reunited with Gallows & Anderson to beat Ricochet down. Oh there it is! People think that Styles losing is why he reunited with The Club? Wrong! They’re not just friends, they’re Good Brothers. Ricochet was just the first of many. Ricochet is amazing, he will be a huge star one day. But Styles will take away that title. And that is just, Too, SWEET! Throw it up, Charly. PSYCHE! The Club heads out, but will they be leaving with Ricochet’s gold?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Tag: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS The New Day VS Heavy Machinery!
Awwww~ Philly~! Clap for this massive tag match, and feel~ the power~! Daniel Bryan and Rowan want to #SaveTagTeamWrestling, and they’ll do that by denouncing and defeating teams that don’t take things seriously. However, they face a tall task being against Big E, Xavier Woods, Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic. Which team comes out of this seriously talented Triple Threat with the titles?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the teams sort out so that Bryan starts with Woods, leaving Heavy Machinery as the odd men out.
Woods and Bryan circle but Dozer doesn’t stop pumping on the apron. Bryan and Woods tie up and Bryan wrenches to a headlock. Woods powers out but Bryan runs him over. Bryan runs but Woods hurdles then ducks then hurdles again. Woods runs but Bryan shows that he can hurdle. Woods waistlocks but Bryan fights out of the German Suplex. Bryan back suplexes but Woods slips out. Woods ducks under to hit the rolling elbow! Bryan goes to the Heavy Machinery corner and Tucker tags in. Tucker waistlocks and slams Woods, then keeps on him for a headlock. Woods powers out but Tucker shows off his agility to run Woods over! Fans cheer for “Tucky” as he drags Woods up. Tucker whips but Woods goes up and over to speeds things up. Woods dodges to tilt-o-whirl huricanrana!
But Woods walks into Tucker’s elbow. Rowan tags off of Tucker and throws him out! Rowan clobbers Woods, then drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Rowan rams his knees into Woods then wrenches the neck. Woods endures and fans rally up. Woods fights his way up but Rowan knees him down. Rowan drags Woods over to bump off buckles then tags Bryan in. The Planet’s Tag Champions combine to whip Bryan’s dropkick into Woods! Rowan steps on Woods on his way out, then Bryan drags Woods around to hook the legs. Bryan pulls on Woods’ face, then remembers there’s no disqualifications! Bryan rakes Woods’ eyes then clobbers Woods with crossface forearms. He stomps Woods’ knees then tags in Rowan.
Rowan pump handles Woods to a backbreaker! He hits Big E for good measure, then Bryan throws Big E into steel steps! But Woods enziguris Rowan back! Woods gets up but Rowan shoves him to the empty corner. Rowan runs into Woods’ boot, and then gets a missile dropkick! Rowan and Woods crawl, but it’s only Bryan and Otis! So that’s where the tags go! Dozer bulldozes Bryan over and over! Dozer scoops, spins, spins the other way, and slams Bryan down! “Oh yeah~!” Bryan staggers while Otis pumps it up. Otis catches Bryan for an overhead T-bone suplex! Then goes corner to corner to squash Bryan in a corner. Bryan flops down in the drop zone, and fans know what Otis wants here! Otis pumps it up, Caterpillar elbow!
Tag to Tucky, and Heavy Machinery gives Bryan a #HossToss! Cover, TWO!! Tucker fires up and drags Bryan into a back suplex. Bryan escapes and Big E tags in! Big E gives Tucker a belly2belly! Then runs to hit the Big Splash, onto Tucker’s knees! Tag to Otis and Otis suplexes Big E while Tucker climbs. Otis holds Big E up for the CROSSBODY! Cover, but Rowan breaks it! Tucker runs into Rowan’s urenage! Rowan heel kicks Otis down! Woods hops on, only to be thrown off, and run over! Rowan is a one man wrecking crew, and he feeds Woods to Bryan’s knee! Fans boo but Bryan soaks it up. But Big E clotheslines Rowan out and SPEARS Bryan off the apron! Otis sees that carnage and wants in! Fans want to see it, and Otis builds speed! But then he carefully goes to the apron, to LEAP! He still bowls everyone over. But then Tucky sees his chance and climbs up top. Tucker LEAPS onto Big E and Rowan!
Philly loves this demolition derby as Otis puts Big E in the ring. “This is Awesome!” as Otis scoops Big E. Tucker adds on, COMPACTOR!! Cover, but Woods breaks it in time! Tucker whips Woods then pops him up for Otis’ powerslam! Woods bails out and Rowan grabs Tucker and Otis with claws. But they fight free, and meet in the middle for a belly sandwich! Otis splashes Rowan in the corner, then Tucker adds his. Otis does it again, then so does Tucker. A third round for Otis, and then Heavy Machinery haul Big Red up top. They both climb up to join Rowan, but Big E joins in! Bryan tags Rowan before Big E gives Heavy Machinery DOUBLE SUPER POWERBOMBS! Big E turns his attention to Rowan and climbs up to join him. Big E has Big Red, for a BIG SUPERPLEX! But Bryan is up top, FLYING HEADBUTT! To the Lebelle Lock!!
Big E endures as Bryan cranks back hard! Big E crawls around, reaches with his legs, but Bryan makes it a Rings of Saturn! He even gets a leg in! Big E wriggles with one good leg, to be under the ropes! But No DQ means no ropebreaks! Big E still powers his way forward, so Bryan lets go. Bryan grimaces as he starts giving Yes Kicks to Big E’s big chest. He even goes with both legs for Yes and No Kicks. But Big E just gets mad! Big E eggs Bryan on, so Bryan SLAPS him! And SLAPS him! But Big E doesn’t back down. Big E reels Bryan in for a BIG LARIAT! The straps come down, he whips Bryan to a corner, but Bryan goes up and over, to get caught!! Woods is back, tags in, hops up, MIDNIGHT HOUR!! Cover, New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, Xavier Woods pinning; NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions
The New Day are SIX time tag champions! AND they’re completely golden!! At least, for now. Can Kofi Kingston keep this dream a reality by the end of the night? Or is Samoa Joe going to ruin the fun for everyone?
The New Day celebrates backstage!
Kofi Kingston is so proud of Big E and Xavier Woods! Kayla Braxton comes over to ask them about this, but then PAUL HEYMAN takes the mic? Well, even his presence won’t ruin things for the New Day.
Paul Heyman heads out on stage and Philly already chants “E C DUB!” as he introduces himself as the Advocate for the future “reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World OR Universal Champion!” Now let’s set things straight: Heyman IS Philadelphia. Philly agrees to that. Heyman IS the entire concept of Extreme Rules. Another agreement. So Heyman will be damned one way or another if he leaves Philly without being part of history. “Therefore, here is your spoiler.” His client, BROCK LESNAR, WILL cash in! And Heyman will have the honor and the privilege leaving with the NEW WWE World or Universal Champion. But saying this in advance, that’d make Heyman pretty stupid. So you have to wonder: is Heyman telling the truth? Or is he Paul Heyman? A major bluff or the ultimate ultimatum? Only time will tell.
WWE United States Championship: Ricochet VS AJ Styles w/ The Club!
The One and Only has gone 1-1 with the Phenomenal One, but he’s also been in 3v1 situations as The Club reunited to beat him down. Will Ricochet have any luck with Gallows & Anderson lurking nearby? Or will the Club get back some gold?
The introductions are made, but the moment Ricochet does his superhero landing, Anderson and Gallows attack! They club away and #BeatUpRicochet, but then Styles pulls them off. He only pretends to be upset while the referee checks on Ricochet. Ricochet is legit upset that The Club would resort to that, but he isn’t going to back down. He stands up, the bell rings, and Styles tackles Ricochet to a corner! Styles fires off shoulders and stomps away until the ref backs him off. Ricochet gets up and throws haymakers and body shots back! Ricochet CHOPS then whips, but Styles reverses. Styles wants a back drop but Ricochet rolls off his back, to then handspring headscissor and dropkick Styles down! Styles flounders to the apron and uses that for defense.
Ricochet eggs Styles on but Styles takes his time. Styles gets in and yanks Ricochet into buckles. Styles drags Ricochet up but Ricochet ducks and arm-drags him around! Ricochet CHOPS in the corner, then whips Styles corner to corner. Ricochet hits a clothesline then a somersault shotgun dropkick! Styles goes out and Ricochet builds speed, to fake him out! Ricochet boots from the apron, then Shooting Star tackles Styles! Anderson creeps close, and Gallows barks, so Styles can rabbit punch Ricochet down! Styles refreshes the count to drag Ricochet up, and toss into a post! Ricochet is down as the count climbs again. Styles drags Ricochet up and into the ring to drag him up by his ear. Styles bumps Ricochet off buckles and The Club talks trash.
The Phenomenal One stands Ricochet up to CHOP Ricochet, then whips him corner to corner hard! Ricochet flops to the mat upside-down, but Styles drags him up for a backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Styles grins as he stalks Ricochet to ropes. Styles kicks Ricochet to the corner, then stomps Ricochet down. He snapmares Ricochet into a chinlock, but fans rally for Ricochet. Ricochet works his way up and fights with body shots. Ricochet runs but Styles elbows him right at the ropes! Styles drags Ricochet around and into a chinlock. Ricochet endures as Styles grinds him to the mat. Fans rally again and Ricochet works his way back up. Ricochet jawbreakers free, and throws haymakers! Ricochet backs Styles down but Styles rocks Ricochet back.
Styles runs, into the dropkick-flip and enziguri! Both men are down but Philly fires up again. Ricochet rolls his way to the ropes, then speeds things up! he starts rallying with forearms, and a huricanrana! Styles is in the corner and Ricochet runs corner to corner for a shoulder tackle. Ricochet bumps Styles off buckles then kicks him away. Springboard clothesline! Then he FLIES out onto The Good Brothers! Ricochet returns to Styles with a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet won’t be deterred as he gets back to his feet. He drags Styles up and fireman’s carries, but Styles slips out. Ricochet elbows Styles back and whips, but runs into an elbow of Styles’. Styles moonsaults, but Ricochet denies the DDT to a Northern Lights! Roll through, deadlift suplex! Cover, TWO!
Fans duel as Ricochet keeps his cool. Styles gets to ropes as Ricochet walks over. Styles tosses Ricochet out but Ricochet is on the apron. Ricochet forearms Styles away, then springboards, but into Styles’ fireman’s carry! Ushigoroshi! Styles is slow to stand, but he drags Ricochet up. Ricochet barrels Styles into buckles, then runs back in, but Styles puts him on the apron. Ricochet shoulders in, steps in, but Styles blocks to snap suplex Ricochet into the corner! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as he looms over Ricochet. Styles drags Ricochet back up and torture racks him. Ricochet slips out and rolls Styles up, TWO! Styles scoops Ricochet to an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO!
Styles starts to grow frustrated, drags Ricochet up, and wants the Clash. Ricochet slips out again, then dodges Styles in the corner. Ricochet runs into Styles’ boot, and then a forearm! Styles prepares his arm, springboards, but Ricochet gets under! Ricochet runs into a wheelbarrow facebuster! Cover, TWO! Styles drags Ricochet up again, lift, but Ricochet huricanranas! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Ricochet and Styles stir and start throwing forearms on the mat. They fight their way up and keep throwing hands. Ricochet starts getting mad and he throws strikes from all over, only to get the Phenomeanl Blitz. But Ricochet ducks the clotheslines to enziguri! Styles PELES!
Styles goes to suplex but Ricochet counters with a swinging neckbreaker! But Styles still lifts Ricochet for a brain buster! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again but fans know “This is Awesome!” Styles slowly gets up and drags Ricochet over to a corner. Styles hauls Ricochet up top but Ricochet fights back. They brawl and Styles rocks Ricochet. Styles climbs up to join Ricochet but Ricochet fights back again. Ricochet slaps Styles off the top and adjusts position. But Styles is right back up, only to get a hotshot from Ricochet! Ricochet climbs back up, springboard shooting star! Cover, but Styles has a foot under the rope! Anderson points it out and the count is off!
Ricochet can’t believe how close he was, but he vows to wrap it up. He drags Styles to a drop zone, climbs up top, but Anderson runs over. Ricochet leaps over him and BOOTS Anderson down! But this distraction allows Gallows to trip Ricochet! Ricochet is stuck on the corner and Styles takes advantage, with an IMPLODING STYLES CLASH! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; NEW WWE United States Championship
The Club helps their Phenomenal Leader become a three-time US Champion! And with them by his side, will Styles ever lose the title?
Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler!
This match was meant to happen on last week’s SmackDown, but the growing tension between Prizefighter and Show-Off turned into a parking lot brawl. As such, the match happens now! Will KO shut Ziggler up for once? Or will Ziggler back up his bitter words with a win?
The bell rings and Ziggler talks trash already. Kevin gives the trash talk back until Ziggler SLAPS him. Kevin gives Ziggler a STUNNER! Cover, Kevin wins!!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
How fast was that!? And Kevin takes up the mic again to say, “Y’know what?! Now that there’s nobody to cut my mic off…” Kevin repeats that Shane taking TV time from more deserving wrestlers, it disgusts him! Kevin expected to be suspended or even fired before tonight. But the truth is, if Shane wasn’t in the ring with Taker, it would’ve happened. But Kevin lives to see another day, while that Tombstone to Shane is proof that Shane should go straight to hell! Mic drop! Is Kevin’s rebellion going to have consequences come this week’s Raw and SmackDown?
WWE World Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe!
The New Day is golden, but will they stay that way when the dream of Kofimania collides with the dream crusher that is the Samoan Submission Machine?
Before Joe heads to the ring, Charly Caruso asks if he has any final words for Kofi. The message is very clear: Joe is here to end the “unexceptional” reign of Kofi Kingston. Joe knows the importance of tonight, with how all three members of the New Day are champions now. But they all want to ride off with the gold held high. But Joe will make this dream into a nightmare. It begins with Kofi waking up to the NEW WWE World Champion. Joe’s music hits, and he makes his way out to the ring. Kofi follows with his platter of pancakes! Philly gets flapjacks while Kofi heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this increasingly intense title match!
Kofi rushes Joe with a dropkick! But Joe comes back with a clothesline! Joe scowls at Kofi as he drags him up. Joe jabs away on Kofi but backs off at the ref’s count. Kofi crawls but Joe is on him with a CHOP! Joe throws hands but Kofi throws them back! Joe sweeps the legs! Then he CHOPS Kofi on the back! Kofi chops back but Joe decks him to ropes. Joe chokes Kofi on the ropes but lets up at 4 again. Kofi gasps as he crawls to the corner, but Joe is on him with jabs and headbutts. Joe throws hands but Kofi throws them back. Kofi kicks, too, but runs into Joe’s back elbow! Joe looms over Kofi and drags him up for a snapmare. Joe traps an arm for the neck wrench. Fans rally as Kofi endures.
Kofi fights his way up and out, then headbutts. Kofi throws hands and whips Joe corner to corner. Joe whips Kofi and hits the back elbow to PELE! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps his cool as he watches Kofi flounder. Fans rally as Joe stalks Kofi. Kofi blocks the buckle bump and throws hands! Joe covers up but Kofi fires off, then whips corner to corner. Joe reverses but Kofi goes up and leaps, but Joe gets clear. But Kofi rolls through to surprise Joe with a dropkick! Joe bails out and Kofi builds speed, only to run into a forearm! Joe covers, TWO! Kofi continues to prove how tough he is, but Joe kicks away at him. Joe headbutts Kofi then blocks the punch. Joe bends the fingers and snaps them! Then he drags Kofi out to bump him off the steel steps!
Joe puts the middle finger between them, and STOMPS the steps!! Kofi snaps back in pain and Joe dares him to flip him off now. Joe grins as Kofi writhes in pain. Joe drags Kofi up and into the ring at 8. He stalks Kofi and slaps him around. Joe taunts Kofi, but Kofi flips Joe off with the other hand! Joe stomps away on Kofi, then drags him up to whip. Kofi ducks and CHOPS Joe, even with the band hand. Kofi keeps chopping and dropkicks Joe, then dodges again for a leaping lariat! Fans fire up but Joe yanks Kofi to the apron. Kofi climbs up and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Kofi clutches his finger but brings Joe up for headbutts. Kofi runs but into the powerslam! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps on Kofi with a lot of spinning around, then a powerbomb! High stack cover, ONE, but into the STF!
Kofi endures but his bad leg is caught. Then Joe switches to a full crossface! Kofi scrambles with his good leg and reaches the ropebreak! Joe lets go in frustration, but Joe also mockingly applauds Kofi’s heart. Fans boo but Joe soaks up the heat. Joe drags Kofi up but Kofi ducks, SOS!! Cover, TWO!! Joe escapes, but his ego almost doomed him. Kofi hobbles to a corner and rallies the fans behind “New! Day Rocks!” Kofi spins, but into a Coquina Clutch! Joe holds on tight but Kofi uses the ropes for leverage, so Joe dumps him down for a senton! Cover, TWO! Joe stalks Kofi as Kofi slowly stands. Kofi rolls down and kicks Joe back! Joe throws hands as fans duel over Lesnar cashing in. One thing at a time, Philly. Joe rocks Kofi, but Kofi dodges to hit Trouble In Paradise!! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; still WWE WOrld Champion
Kofimania survives to fight on! The New Day stays golden in the summer, but will they stay golden all the way to Summerslam?
Winners Take All Extreme Rules Mixed Tag, WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch VS Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans!
That’s a mouthful, but it’s all important to understand that if the Lone Wolf and the Lady fail, they’re done! No more chances at these titles while The Architect and The Lass Kicker are champions. But at the same time, all it takes is one person to lose both titles for the newest power couple. Will #ManSquared shut up and shut out Corbin and Lacey? Or is it all going to fall apart when their love is pushed to the extreme?
The introductions are made, the Sassy Southern Belle has Seth’s name on her booty… But The Man and Her Man are coordinating as X-Men! That aside, the belts are raised and the teams sort out. It’s ladies first as Becky and Lacey start with the bell!
Lacey wants Becky to get a look at the writing on her shorts, but Becky dropkicks her out! Becky kicks Lacey as she runs in then hip tosses her down. Becky kicks Lacey front and back, and Lacey scrambles away. Tag to Corbin, so Rollins comes in automatically, and he fires off on Corbin! Corbin shoves and rolls Rollins up, TWO! Rollins throws hands on Corbin again, then runs into the corner. Corbin dodges but runs into a boot. Rollins hops up to hit a blockbuster! Corbin bails out so Rollins waits for him. Corbin grabs a kendo stick! Here are those Extreme Rules! But Rollins is ready and punches Corbin before he can take a swing. Corbin knees low and throws Rollins to the apron. Rollins kicks back then Slingblades while Becky clearly searches for something under the ring.
Lacey grabs the kendo stick and takes a swing! Rollins blocks it, and it’s a tug-o-war. Lacey tries to use her wiles, but Becky comes in to go wild with her own kendo stick! Becky SMACKS away on Lacey! Then Rollins does the same to Corbin! #ManSquare leaves Lacey and Corbin stinging from the bamboo strikes! Fans fire up with Becky and Rollins, and then then two run to dropkick and DIVE! Becky hits Lacey with a Straight Firearm while Rollins DIVES again! The Man and Her Man stand tall as they put Corbin back in. Rollins drags Corbin up for a suplex, but Corbin blocks. Corbin suplexes Rollins but Rollins fights out. Rollins CHOPS and punches away, then whips. Corbin reverses but Rollins breaks free to rolling elbow Corbin down!
Philly’s back to dueling over Lesnar cashing in while Corbin bails out. Rollins builds speed again, but runs into a chair! Corbin covers, TWO! Corbin rains down rights on Rollins then takes that chair back up. He tells Becky to stay back as he SMACKS Rollins down! Corbin gives Rollins more chair shots, and even jams the ribs. Cover, TWO! Lacey fetches a fresh chair, then another. Corbin sits those chairs up back-to-back and drags Rollins over. He choke grips Rollins, but Rollins pops out to a sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Rollins elbows Corbin, grabs a chair, but Corbin kicks low. Corbin lines it up, DDT to the chair! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but Becky rallies Philly.
Corbin has the chair again and he jams Rollins in the back. He wedges that chair into the corner and goes back to Rollins. Corbin bounces Rollins off the other chair’s seat again and again, and again taunts Becky. Corbin whips Rollins corner to corner towards the chair. Rollins reverses but Corbin slides out to slide in, but Rollins ducks to PELE! And then SUPERKICK on the rebound! Rollins throws Corbin into his own chair! Becky tags in and now Lacey has to come in. Becky arms up first with a chair! And so does Lacey! But Becky jams Lacey first, and doesn’t even flinch when Lacey’s chair falls on her head. Becky just keeps giving Lacey chair shot after chair shot! She drags Lacey up to throw into barriers over and over! She puts Lacey back in and then brings a chair with her.
Becky aims at Lacey but Lacey kicks the chair away. Becky still kicks Lacey back, to bulldog her off the other chair! Fans fire up as Becky stacks chairs. Becky brings Lacey over, for a Becksploder onto the chairs! Then she drags Lacey to a drop zone and sets a chair on her body. Becky hops up and leaps, chair shot leg drop! Cover, TWO! Lacey toughs it out but Becky doesn’t mind that. Becky drags Lacey around again, then goes to another corner. She climbs up top and fans fire up, but Corbin rushes in to save Lacey. So Rollins knees Corbin down! Chair toss, missile dropkick from Becky! Corey Graves calls that the “Van-Man-inator.”
Rollins clotheslines Corbin and himself out! Becky goes at Lacey but Lacey sweeps the legs. Lacey slingshots for the elbow drop! Lacey keeps going by putting Becky in a drop zone. She hops up and fixes her hair, for a double leap moonsault! Cover, TWO! Lacey is shocked, then glares down at Becky. Lacey wants Becky to stand, and Becky does. The Lady loads up but Becky ducks the Woman’s Right! Becky wants the Disarm-Her but Lacey rolls her up! TWO, and Lacey scoops. Becky slips out and drops Lacey with a reverse DDT! Tag to Rollins, and Rollins decides to give Philly something they’ll like: a table! Rollins and Becky get two tables and bring one over to the ramp. They set it up together, and Becky says they should use both. Rollins agrees and brings it over.
Becky and Rollins set this second table up right next to the first, and then drag Corbin and Lacey over. But Corbin powers Rollins into a barrier! Lacey does the same to Becky! Corbin throws Rollins into the timekeeper’s area! Lacey throws Becky into steps! Corbin drags Rollins back up and tosses him onto the announce desk! Then he puts Rollins in and grabs two kendo sticks! He hands one to Lacey as they circle Rollins. Rollins gets up to get SMACKS from all sides! Lacey toys with Rollins before she SMACKS him more. The sticks are tossed aside and Corbin drags Rollins up. Together, Lady and Lone Wolf choke grip. Becky runs in, she gets Lacey’s choke grip! Double choke slams! Double covers, TWO!! Lacey and Corbin lose their collective cool and argue with the “nasty” ref.
Corbin and Lacey dump the champs out to then bring them to those tables. Corbin adjusts a table while Lacey pushes Becky to the ramp. Lacey and Corbin bring Rollins over, to double suplex. But Becky saves Rollins, and they double suplex Lacey and Corbin onto the ramp! Everyone is stinging from that one, but Rollins and Becky go back to the tables. They put Lacey on one and Corbin on the other, naturally. Becky and Rollins hurry up to a corner. Rollins climbs up high while Becky is just below. Ladies first as Becky leg drops on Lacey through the table! Then Rollins frog splashes onto Corbin and his table! Philly loves the destruction! Rollins drags Corbin up and into the ring, despite the Lone Wolf being dead weight. Rollins makes sure Becky is okay before going to the corner.
Fans echo “Burn It Down!” as Rollins runs, but Corbin catches him for a powerbomb! Then rolls Rollins for a DEEP SIX! Cover, but Becky breaks it! They’re all down again, that may have been the last gas from Straight Fire. Becky and Rollins regroup but Lacey returns. Becky still throws Lacey out, but then she turns around into End of Days!!! Corbin normally can’t do that, but this IS Extreme Rules! But now Rollins is furious. Corbin says this is on Rollins, but Rollins fires off with the kendo stick! The stick splinters, so Rollins SMACKS away with the chair! And then, CURB STOMP!! But that’s not enough for Rollins, he needs a SECOND! Lacey is frightened so she starts backing away. Rollins hits a THIRD Curb Stomp! Cover, Rollins & Becky win!!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch, Rollins pinning; still WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Champions
The Architect and Lass Kicker vanquish the Lone Wolf and the Sassy Southern Belle! Now they’ll never have to-
Oh no! Just as Heyman “spoiled,” Brock Lesnar IS here!! He’s actually here and with his Money in the Bank briefcase!! Rollins can’t believe Heyman told the truth. Rollins isn’t sure what to do with Becky down and the damage already done. He goes at Lesnar but Lesnar gets him with a German Suplex! Philly is Suplex City as Lesnar throws Rollins again! Heyman talks with the ref, it IS happening!!
WWE Universal Championship, Money in the Bank Cash-In: Seth Rollins VS Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman!
The announcement is made, the bell rings, and Lesnar grins as he drags the Beastslayer up. Fireman’s carry, F5!!! Cover, Lesnar wins!!
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall; NEW WWE Universal Champion
Heyman gave us the spoiler, and it was true! The Beast is once again the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion without even breaking a sweat. Lesnar heads for Summerslam in Toronto, but who will meet him there?
Y’know, this might have been the best Extreme Rules PPV in a long, long time. Even with the ending, everything was above and beyond expectations. I’m a little disappointed the WWE Intercontinental Championship was shoe-horned into the Kickoff Show when this should’ve been saved for Summerslam. But Vince must have insisted this happen now so that Eric Bischoff’s SmackDown could “start fresh.” It was a great match, and no starter fresh than Nakamura winning to become the new champ. With no rematch clauses, this will give Finn a lot to do on the way to Summerslam if he wants to get a rematch. At the same time, Aleister Black VS Cesaro was an incredible match for being non-title, so I could see Aleister move up to challenge Nakamura for a very similar match.
The Cruiserweight Championship was solid, but perhaps sloppy from both guys trying to prove Cruiserweights belong on more than the Kickoff Show. That apron moonsault was the scary thing, but otherwise, this match was good. Gulak obviously retains for more fresh match-ups on 205 Live, but I wonder what Nese does next. Skipping ahead, Kevin Owens decimating Ziggler was actually really great. And while the rumors are that Shane is being written off TV, perhaps Kevin is the last nail in the coffin, so to speak. Opening the night with the No Holds Barred tag was a nice surprise. A little disappointed that this didn’t translate to Tornado Tag by default, but it basically became that with all the great stuff. It was obvious that Taker and Reigns would win, but now we’ll see if the Taker VS McIntyre for Summerslam rumors are real.
I expected the Women’s Handicap to look more like just Nikki VS Bayley, but apparently Alexa felt she should actually help win the title she wants. Bayley getting both opponents in submissions was a unique moment, and was perhaps a nod to Sasha Banks with Bayley getting one of them in a crossface. I’m honestly surprised Bayley won so cleanly. There should’ve been seeds of discontent sown between Alexa and Nikki but oh well, there’s still time before Summerslam. The US title match went about as expected, with The Club interfering on and off. It was still a great match even with that, and it just makes sense that even after all Ricochet did to survive last week on Raw, Styles wins. Like Finn, Ricochet has a lot of work to do if he wants a Summerslam rematch, but this could also open things up for Styles.
That Last Man Standing match itself was probably the best Last Man Standing match I’ve seen in a long time. Strowman and Lashley went all over the place, did all sorts of unique stuff not really seen from WWE in some time, and that finish was just the right level of over the top for these two. The second they fell into that inexplicable box, I knew Strowman was busting through that equally inexplicable wall facing ringside. I don’t really know where Strowman goes from here, but again, Styles as a Heel champion might bring a Face Monster around as a challenger. Of course, there is tonight’s ending…
The tag team championship matches were amazing! Usos VS Revival was obviously not going to disappoint, and neither was the SmackDown Triple Threat. Usos VS Revival was going to go either way to me, so Revival retaining works just fine. Those guys deserve to be treated as a strong tag team, and that’s what they are after this match. For just half a second, it looked like Heavy Machinery was going to win after the Compactor, but this was still too soon. New Day get their sixth tag title reign, and to our surprise, they stay golden! That’s pretty great, honestly, now we’ll get more gags from the three about this fact. Kofi VS Joe was probably one of the weaker matches, but it is hard to follow great match after great match.
And of course, we finally get to the main event. Like the No Holds Barred, why this wasn’t just outright a Tornado Tag makes no sense when there are no rules. But like the No Holds Barred, it essentially makes up for that when the things get all chaotic and intense. It was so great to see the side-by-side kendo stick smacks, and I’ll even give kudos to Lacey and Becky for their choke slam alongside Corbin and Rollins. Even that double table spot was really creative. But with Heyman giving that spoiler, it was the only real play but for a cash-in to happen. Kofi was spared for SmackDown’s sake, so Crossfit Jesus had to be sacrificed for Vince’s sins. But some Philly fans apparently wanted to see it, and they couldn’t swerve anymore or else Heyman’s kayfabe credibility would be dead.
And while I’m not a big fan of Lesnar having top titles anymore, this was actually done the right way. Becky was down because of Corbin crossing a line, so she couldn’t help Rollins. Rollins was beat to hell so he wasn’t going to last long either way, and this even works as Lesnar’s payback for Rollins taking desperate measures the last few times. It’s disappointing that Lesnar reigns again, but this is what makes Extreme Rules matter in a weekend so packed with great wrestling. So like Ricochet and Finn, Rollins will have a long climb back up if he wants a rematch at Summerslam. As for Becky, she’s also kept safe and strong with her title, and she might even have Bliss-Cross trying this same handicap strategy before their break-up.
My Score: 8.8/10
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