Raw revs up towards Money in the Bank! Alexa Bliss will name the Red Team’s entrants for the MITB Ladder Matches, but who will they be?
- Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre VS Ricochet & Braun Strowman; Ricochet & Strowman win.
- The Usos VS The Good Brothers; The Usos win.
- Bobby Lashley VS The Miz; Lashley wins.
- The Viking Raiders VS Lucha House Party; The Viking Raiders win.
- Naomi VS Alexa Bliss; Naomi wins.
- Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder VS The Revival; Ryder & Hawkins win.
- Rey Mysterio VS Samoa Joe; Mysterio wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Alexa Bliss opens Raw!
The Goddess heads to the ring as the University of Kentucky gives her a standing ovation. Alexa picks up the mic to get to business. “Welcome to a very special Moment of Bliss.” In less than three weeks, Money in the Bank will return! This event will once again have a Men’s and Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Matches. There will be a total of 8 superstars competing over the MITB contract that guarantees a shot at the top title of their division.
And right to it, the men for Raw are… BRAUN! The Monster in the Bank wants another shot to make up for his missed opportunity against The Beast! “The man who redefines aerial combat”, Ricochet! The One and Only and Kentucky’s own is officially Team Red, but will he ascend to new heights in his first MITB match? The Scottish Terminator, Drew McIntyre! Will McIntyre hand out Claymores to take his first MITB contract? And the former Raw General Manager, former Golden Gloves winner, and… Alexa doesn’t care to list the rest, we know it’s Baron Corbin. A former Mr. MITB himself, will the Lone Wolf make up for going bankrupt before?
Corbin knows his list of accolades is quite the mouthful, but fans will surely enjoy him becoming a two-time MITB winner! Fans boo in disagreement. Ricochet brings up Corbin might be a two-time loser. The first time Corbin was Mr. MITB, he failed. Who’s talking? Oh, sorry, did mommy let Ricochet out to play? But McIntyre agrees with Ricochet. After Corbin stole McIntyre’s opportunity, what happened? “You blew it!” Last week wasn’t fair. Styles had two hours to prepare while Corbin only had an hour. No excuses! McIntyre is sick of “outside forces” getting in his way! When McIntyre wins, “the power will be in my hands!” Ricochet knows they wanna talk and pass blame, but he’s not here to talk. Then shut it!
McIntyre tells the new guy to stick to his high-flying and leave “the business talk to the grown-ups.” Otherwise, McIntyre will drop him where he stands. And then Corbin will climb the ladder and claim MITB. Yes, by stealing another of McIntyre’s wins. That’s called strategy, tough guy. Then maybe McIntyre should drop Corbin where he stands. The fans want a fight to down and Corbin tells the fans it doesn’t matter what they say, but Strowman tells Corbin to shut up! They can all talk about winning, but the reality is, there is nothing that can stop him from winning! Strowman wants a preview of MITB. A tag match: Corbin & McIntyre VS Ricochet & Strowman! And then you can #GetTheseHands now! Alexa gives these four their space, because that match looks ready to go, after the break!
Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre VS Ricochet & Braun Strowman!
Raw returns and the match begins with Strowman and Corbin attacking him! Ricochet gets bumped out as Corbin stomps a mudhole into Strowman. Fans boo but Strowman grabs Corbin to shove him out! Corbin returns only to get scooped. Corbin escapes and boots Strowman back, but walks into a right hand! Stormwan clotheslines Corbin out and tags Ricochet. Ricochet kicks Corbin from the apron then takes him down with a moonsault! Ricochet chase Corbin back in to kick him away. Fans fire up as Ricochet springboards and clotheslines Corbin down. Corbin scurries away and tags in McIntyre.
McIntyre circles with Ricochet and they tie up. McIntyre puts Ricochet in a corner but Ricochet gets away. Ricochet throws hands but McIntyre shoves. Ricochet kicks McIntyre but runs into his arms! McIntyre pops Ricochet into a suplex but Ricochet escapes, only to get a CHOP! McIntyre seethes as he looms over Ricochet. He stomps Ricochet’s arm then drags him up for a right hand. Ricochet counter punches and runs, but into a back elbow! McIntyre tags in Corbin and McIntyre chokes Ricochet. He backs off and Corbin looms over Ricochet now. Corbin drags Ricochet and mocks the booing fans as he punches Ricochet back down.
Corbin chokes Ricochet on the ropes but lets up at 4. He argues with the ref but McIntyre keeps his hands clean. Corbin stands Ricochet up to throw body shots. He brings Ricochet out for a knee to the stomach and a half nelson chinbar. Fans rally for Ricochet, and Ricochet powers up, only to be wrangled back down. Corbin leans on Ricochet, but even Strowman rallies up for the King of Flight. Ricochet works his way up to his feet and fights out of the hold. Corbin whips but Ricochet rolls off the back to speed up and headscissor Corbin down! And dropkick him, too! Ricochet hits McIntyre away then ducks Corbin to springboard, but into a body check! Corbin is back in control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin tags in. Corbin looms over Ricochet and brings him up. Fans chant “Get These Hands!” but Corbin drives elbow after elbow in. Corbin sucker punches Strowman but that only angers the Monster. The ref keeps Strowman back as Corbin stomps Ricochet out. Corbin mocks the Kentucky fans and then taunts Strowman again. Corbin puts Ricochet into a corner hard, then runs in, but Ricochet boots back! Ricochet somersaults but misses the dropkick! Corbin tosses Ricochet out and distracts the ref while McIntyre looms. But Strowman makes sure to keep him back. Corbin blindsides Strowman, but to no effect! Strowman chases Corbin down, but runs into a CLAYMORE from McIntyre! But McIntyre hits the LED’s on the way down, too.
Corbin drags Ricochet into the ring and covers, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but he still taunts the fans. Ricochet gets to his corner but has no Monster to tag. Corbin throws body shots on Ricochet then whips him corner to corner. Tag to McIntyre and he looms over Ricochet again. McIntyre brings Ricochet up for a CHOP! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Ricochet with a half camel clutch and a grinding chinbar. McIntyre also hooks the mouth but lets up at 4. He continues to grind down Ricochet, but Ricochet endures. Ricochet powers up and fans rally behind him. Ricochet fights back but McIntyre knees low. McIntyre shoves and tilt-o-whirls Ricochet into a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! McIntyre anchors Ricochet to tag in Corbin, who mocks Ricochet over Strowman being down.
Corbin drags Ricochet up and put shim in a corner. Ricochet boots then enziguris back! Somersault shotgun dropkick hits! And Strowman’s back! Hot tag to McIntyre and the Monster! Strowman rallies on McIntyre! Corner to corner for a big corner clothesline! Then a clubbing forearm! Strowman roars and Kentucky fires up with him! Storwman runs in again but misses! He hits post, but Ricochet tags back in. Ricochet jumps over McIntyre, then mule kicks, only to get a Glasgow Kiss! McIntyre staggers back to aim again, but Corbin tags in! Corbin wants to be the glory hound all over again! He drags Ricochet up but Ricochet slips through to tag Strowman back in! McIntyre punches Corbin, Strowman scoops and tags Ricochet in. MONSTER SLAM to SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Ricochet & Strowman win!
Winners: Ricochet & Braun Strowman, Ricochet pinning
Kentucky’s actual favorite son wins alongside the Monster Among Men! But even though they celebrate now, the MITB ladder match is coming. Will one of these winners be THE winner? Or will someone else, such as one of SmackDown’s four, take the prize?
The Usos VS The Good Brothers!
Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows are back in red, but they aren’t in a mood for the Usos’ lockdown. The Good Brothers are taking over the penitentiary, because they’re #Bulletproof.
The teams sort out, and it’ll be Jey against the Machine Gun!
Anderson and Jey tie up and Jey gets the headlock. Anderson powers out but Jey runs him over with a shoulder. Jey speeds things up but blocks Anderson’s hip toss to clothesline him down. Cover, ONE! Jey tackles Anderson then tags in Jimmy. Jimmy slides and taunts Gallows before hitting Anderson with a forearm. Cover, TWO! Anderson gets to an open corner and kicks Jimmy away. Anderson bumps Jimmy on buckles then throws big haymakers. The ref counts as Anderson grinds a forearm in, but Anderson lets up on 4. Anderson puts Jimmy in the corner and tags in Gallows. Gallows mugs Jimmy then clubs Jimmy down. He whips Jimmy but Jimmy slides to uppercut back. Jimmy does a dance and CHOPS Gallows.
Jimmy throws hands in the corner but lets up at 5. Gallows punches Jey away but Jimmy hits Anderson. Jimmy baits Gallows in and dumps him out. Jimmy builds speed as fans fire up, but he runs into a big right! Gallows gets back in and throws Jimmy into the ropes! The ref reprimands Gallows but Jimmy gasps and writhes from the shot to the throat. Gallows drags Jimmy up and throws him into the ropes again! The ref can only reprimand Gallows while Jimmy gasps for air again. Fans rally for Jimmy but Gallows throws big hands. Jimmy hits back and CHOPS, too! Jimmy runs but into a BOOT! Gallows looms over Jimmy and throws up the Too Sweet. Cover, TWO!
Gallows pushes Jimmy out of the ring, and takes his time going after him. He whips Jimmy hard into barriers! The Uso Penitentiary is in bad shape while we go to break.
Raw returns as Gallows grinds down Jimmy. Jimmy fights out of the chinlock but gets thrown down. Tag to Anderson and the Good Brothers double whip. Gallows kicks and Anderson boots Jimmy down. Cover, TWO! Anderson puts on his own chinlock and Jimmy endures again. Fans rally up again, and Jimmy jawbreakers free! Jimmy runs but Anderson elbows him down. Cover, TWO! Anderson drags Jimmy up by his hair and puts him in the corner. Tag to Gallows and the Good Brothers combine for the back suplex neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Gallows keeps on Jimmy and stomps him away from Jey. Jimmy hits the dragon whip kick! Jimmy hurries for his corner as fans rally up, hot tag to Jey and Anderson!
Jey rallies on Anderson with big lariats! Mule kick and a pop-lock uppercut! Anderson swings but misses, into the Samoan Drop! Fans fire up with Jey as he goes corner to corner for the hip attack! Cover, TWO! Jey is surprised but he doesn’t lose focus. Jey waits for Anderson to stand, but he misses the splash hard! Anderson SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! The Good Brothers are frustrated as they tag. Gallows drags Jey up and they prepare Magic Killer, but jimy saves his brother with a SUPERKICK! Gallows throws Jimmy out but Jey ducks to SUPERKICK! Tag to Jimmy, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Jey DIVES onto Anderson while Jimmy climbs. USO SPLASH! Cover, Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy pinning
The Penitentiary still belongs to the Uso Brothers! But where is the never-before-seen thing they promised? The Usos pick up the mics and give respect to the Good Brothers. But those #TopGuys are talking tough. Put your kids to sleep, make sure grandma’s eyes are closed, and keep your vomit in your mouth.
The footage rolls of the Usos as they check the bathroom. The Revival is shaving each other’s backs!! Not even the twins do that for each other! “Hey, you missed a spot!” Gotteee~! But then Dash & Dawson show up and claim an invasion of privacy! They’ll clear the air with the WWE Universe. Dash & Dawson are M E N, men. Being men, they get body hair. And considering the size of his own muscles, reaching his back ain’t easy. It is just impossible, so he asks his best pal of 20+ years to help him out. Dash helps his best friend in a moment of need. They have each other’s backs. Like, literally? The Revivals are not having any jokes! They have a match with Hawkins & Ryder, and after taking those two out, they’ll come for you, Uce.
Yes, a big match, that’s good. But if you wanna run up, you gonna get dun up! Welcome to The Uso Penitentiary! Will Dash & Dawson keep focus against the Raw Tag Team Championships later tonight?
Miz TV returns to Raw!
The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show has been on SmackDown for so long, it’s finally back on the red brand! And its first guest in its return? The Rocky Mountain Machine, Bobby Lashley! All this, after the break.
Raw returns and Miz welcomes us to his talk show. It feels good to be back on Mondays! Yes, Miz is still the A-Lister, star of Miz & Mrs, and one of the most decorated WWE champions of all time, but this is a new chapter. He’s ready for new matches and new guests. So please give a standing ovation to the “All Mighty” Bobby Lashley! Lashley walks to the ring and takes a seat with Miz. The fans boo, to Miz’s surprise. Miz welcomes Lashley and says he looks great. But Lashley interrupts Miz because Lashley has seen Miz TV before. Lashley sets some ground rules: he will only answer the questions he likes to answer. And he speaks in the third person now? Lashley says Miz needs to watch his tone.
Well then, Lashley, you must be wondering why Miz invited you here. Miz thought that no one else would be better for his first guest on Raw. Lashley is probably the most physically gifted wrestler in the WWE, yet it doesn’t seem like he’s put it all together. This is not an insult, it’s just that some wonder if Lashley is reaching his full potential. People wanna talk Lashley’s potential? Lashley has only been back for one year but he’s a two-time Intercontinental Champion. What has Miz done in the past year? What has Miz done? Lashley wants to go stat-for-stat? Well the old Miz would’ve brought up his full list of 8-time Intercontinental, 7-time tag team, two-time United States and WWE World Champion. Check the wiki! He’d be here for a very long time.
Kentucky cheers Miz on but Miz says no one is questioning Miz’s potential. Miz is an overachiever, have you seen Maryse? But Miz did all that without any of Lashley’s athletic abilities. Well that’s what Miz has done. But let’s talk about Wrestlemania. Shane put a whooping on Miz and Miz’s dad. Shane punched “baked potato” George, and what did Miz do? He screwed up. NO wonder his dad thniks he’s worthless. Miz fires off on Lashley! But Lashley powers him into a corner for shoulder after shoulder! Miz hits back and boots Lashley down! Lashley bails out and Miz throws chairs at him! Miz is all fired up, but will he stack up to the All Mighty?
Bobby Lashley VS The Miz!
Raw returns and Lashley has Miz in a chinbar. Miz fights his way up and out as Kentucky rallies. Lashley knees low and puts Miz on the ropes. Lashley suplexes Miz up and holds him there before throwing him down. Cover, TWO! Fans jeer as Lashley looms over Miz. Lashley waits for Miz to sit up before scooping him. Miz slips out and boots him from a corner. Miz puts Lashley in a corner for IT Kicks! He goes corner to corner for big knees! Then again for more knees! Miz goes a third time, but here comes the money~! Shane distracts Miz with his entrance, but Miz still dodges and clotheslines Lashley out.
Miz wrecks Lashley with a dropkick and keeps his eyes on Shane as he puts Lashley back in. Shane leaves so Miz goes to the apron. But Shane runs back in! Miz dodges Lashley and slides under for a sunset flip. TWO but Miz kicks low for the low DDT! Cover, TWO! Shane looms around the ring but Miz gives Lashley more It Kicks! Shane gets closer and cues something up? The titantron shows Papa Miz’s face! Miz swings on Shane but gets a SPEAR from Lashley! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
The All Mighty gets the win but the Money is what did it. Shane celebrates with Lashley and then Lashley lets Shane toy with The Miz. Shane kicks and punches Miz, but Miz tackles Shane! Miz fires off on Shane but Lashley pulls Miz off. Lashley SPINEBUSTERS Miz down! Shane gets serious as he takes off his jacket. Shane kicks Miz while he’s down and then grounds ‘n’ pounds as fans boo. Miz can’t defend himself as Shane reels him into another triangle hold! He makes Miz look at Papa Miz’s face! Shane feels proud of himself as he chokes Miz out.
Shane sits Miz up as he grabs a mic. “It’s too bad you’re unconscious right now. But just remember this: I am the Best in the World!” Shane leaves Miz down and out, but will Miz come back for revenge soon enough?
The Viking Raiders VS Lucha House Party!
Erik and Ivar conquered NXT and now they’ll conquer Raw! Their raid has only just begun, but the fiesta fights back! Kailst, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik topple them down, then double DIVE to wipe them out! “Lucha! Lucha!” echoes out but the Vikings regroup. Will Kalisto and his amigos regret angering these war machines?
Ivar starts against the Lucha Dragon with the bell, but he misses as he rushes in. Kalisto kicks away then tags in Metalik. The King of the Ropes kicks Ivar then springboard missile dropkicks. Ivar stays on his feet so Metalik chops and whips. But Ivar reverses, and cartwheels to avoid the handspring! Ivar CLOBBERS Metalik! Tag to Erik, and he drags Metalik up for big knees. Erik keeps on Metalik with a standing armlock. Fans rally and duel as Metalik fights out. Tag to Ivar and the Vikings double suplex. Metalik slips out to tag in Kalisto! Kalisto springboards up and over both Vikings, but Erik catches him. Erik tosses then throws Kalisto down! Erik officially tags back in and Ivar attacks Metalik! Ivar feeds Metalik to Erik’s shotgun knees! Erik uses Ivar as the human weapon, hip attack!
Kalisto drags himself up but Erik tags Ivar back in. The Vikings target Kalisto, for THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning
Lucha House Party feels the Viking Experience, but Lince fights back! Lince chops away, but runs into another combo, the springboard lariat German Suplex! The Vikings are ready to raid Raw, who will be next on their warpath?
Alexa Bliss returns!
The Moment of Bliss continues as Alexa sits on her set. She announced the men for the MITB Ladder Match, but now it’s time for the women. Raw’s female superstars will be… The Queen of Harts, Natalya! Natty takes her seat on set and thanks Alexa for that incredible intro. She’s never been Raw Women’s Champion, but after becoming Ms. MITB, it’ll change. Yes, okay, but on with the announcements. Another first-time MITB competitor, Dana Brooke! Dana is herself honored, and excited, for this opportunity. She says this will be her chance to jump to the front of the line. She isn’t gonna wait her turn! Is Dana saying Natty and others are holding her back? Well no offense, but Natty’s been given any opportunity. FYI starting with “no offense” usually means it’s meant to offend.
Dana still defends that Natty’s been given far more opportunities. Natty says she’s earned her shots. Alexa keeps the two from fighting, and says we need to move on. So if they could take the argument off the set, that’d be great. Moving on, the newest addition to Monday Night Raw, it’s Naomi! A two-time champion in her own right, it’s time to #FeelTheGlow! Naomi is ready for her first taste of the Raw title. She vows to climb her MITB contract, and target whoever the champion is with “all this glow.” Dana and Natty both protest that this is their time, but Alexa again has to interrupt them. “You guys are worse than the men, okay?” For shame! They’re interrupting her show, and an important moment for this fourth woman.
These three were very fortunate, so this fourth woman is probably hoping and praying for this opportunity. This isn’t just about Alexa’s show, but about this fourth woman. And that fourth woman is… ALEXA! Yay for her! Now all three women are upset about this. But anyway, Alexa tells the other three to leave so the future two-time Goddess in the Bank can have the spotlight. Well why don’t we give the fans another preview tonight? Naomi VS Alexa, right here and now. Alexa would, she really would. But she don’t want to. And she’s not dressed! Well Naomi is pretty sure she could beat Alexa no matter what, Ms. former MITB. Maybe she’s not as good as she thinks. Alexa decides to take Naomi up on the challenge after all. Will the Goddess #FeelTheGlow long before MITB?
Firefly Fun House returns~!
Bray Wyatt is back and now he’s painting! “Bonjour!” He loves to paint, because painting is a way to express any suppressed feelings. “When you’re expressing yourself, no one can ever truly hurt you.” But wait, who is this little bunny friend? It’s Ramblin’ Rabbit! And would he like to see the painting? Yes! Bray shows us all his painting of… a burning shed! With Abby inside… (the one Orton burned) Speaking of Abby, she says this is NO time for games! She woke up in a bad mood~! Ramblin’ Rabbit leaves while Abby scolds Bray. He hasn’t learned his lesson, did he? Take it easy, Abby, that’s the past. And he is sorry for what he did. The kids forgive him, right? Yeah~!
Fine. Just keep it down while Abby is resting. Yes, yes, shh. Abby the Witch is a… “sociopath”. Ramblin’ Rabbit returns. That’s the word of the day, right? Yes, that’s right! Sociopath is the word of the day! Well that’s all the time we have for today. Aww… But remember, little fireflies. He’ll light the way, and you just have to let him in. See you next time~! Bye~! Yay~!
Naomi VS Alexa Bliss!
As promised, the match is set, even with Alexa not in wrestling gear! Can she still keep up with one of the most athletic women on the roster? Or has she just put her foot in her mouth instead?
Raw returns and Alexa uses ropes for defense while she adjusts her shoes. Naomi rolls her up, TWO! Alexa says she needs a time-out for her shoes! Naomi KICKS Alexa on the leg! Then brings her in for a buckle bulldog! Alexa staggers into a roundhouse, then Naomi steps up for the twerk attack! She kicks Alexa down and hits the sliding lariat. Naomi keeps moving for the split-leg leg drop! Cover, TWO! Alexa shoves Naomi away but Naomi comes back, only to get a flapjack! Alexa finally gets to tie her shoes, then kicks on Naomi. She bumps Naomi off buckles then sits her down for a mudhole stomp. Alexa shouts at the ref that she knows how to count!
Alexa brings Naomi up for a snapmare into a chinlock. Naomi endures as fans rally. Alexa grinds Naomi down but Naomi refuses to give up. Naomi powers her way up but Alexa wrangles her back down. Fans still rally and Naomi arm-drags out. Naomi kicks away and lights Alexa up! But Alexa catches her for an STO! Cover, ONE! ALexa grows frustrated, but also because her shoes won’t behave. Alexa chokes Naomi on the ropes but lets up at 4. She comes back for more then lets up at 4 again. Naomi gasps while Alexa brings her up. Alexa taunts Naomi but Naomi cradles her! TWO, and Alexa kicks Naomi down. Alexa drags Naomi up for a cravat. She powers Naomi down but fans rally up again.
Naomi continues to endure as she powers her way back up. Naomi fights out with body shots and scoops Alexa. Alexa slips out but gets a kick. Alexa denies the buckle bulldog this time, then throws Naomi down by her hair. The ref reprimands Alexa but Alexa kicks Naomi while she’s down. Alexa laughs as she throws Naomi around. Alexa taunts and mocks Naomi before she covers, TWO! Naomi gets up and fights back with body shots. Alexa knees Naomi then dumps her out. She has to tie her shoes again, but she still kicks Naomi back out. Naomi gets up and hits Alexa first, then slingshot sunset flips! TWO, but leaping jawbreaker knocks Alexa down!
Naomi drags Alexa and the shoes come right off! Alexa throws Naomi into the buckles! Alexa goes back for her shoes, but gets a Rear View! But that’s not all, Starship Pain! Cover, Naomi wins!
Winner: Naomi, by pinfall
The Goddess goes down because of an unorthodox wardrobe malfunction! Will Alexa be better prepared, and dressed, for her return to the MITB Ladder match? Or will another woman ascend and pull down that contract?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio and Dominique.
People are speculating that this has been the most challenging stretch of Rey’s career. At Wrestlemania, Samoa Joe made Mysterio submit in under a minute. Yes, and then Lars Sullivan attacked him during the Superstar Shake-Up. Mysterio knows he lives in a world of giants, but he has to keep getting up after being knocked down. Mysterio feels like he let everyone down at Mania, but that was the past. He’ll move ahead and prove he’s better than that. Dominique has his father’s back, but will the King of Lucha Libre be able to get even with the Destroyer?
Becky Lynch is here!
The Man has two titles, but she also has two challengers for two matches at the MITB PPV! What will she have to say about the double header she put herself in? That’ll be after the break.
Raw returns again, and Charly interviews her even as Kentucky cheers. Becky made a decision that is “impulsive” and risky. Charlotte Flair again became #1 contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but it was the Champ-Champ who decided to add that match to MITB. Fans love “Becky Two Belts!” but it has to be asked: Why? The fans seem to be answering that for themselves. But Becky says this isn’t impulsive. There are two options: try and protect all that she has, or she can just fight them all. And Becky only knows how to fight. But by defending two belts in one night, that reduces the odds- Does anyone think Becky would be here today if she cared about odds?
Look back a year ago. No one thought Becky would main-event Wrestlemania, but she did. Kentucky continues to show its love as Becky says that a month ago, the Baddest Woman on the Planet was unbeaten, and many thought she was unbeatable, until Becky beat her to become #BeckyTwoBelts. Her whole career has been a long shot, but nothing has been by accident. Becky ran her mouth about Charlotte holding things hostage, so Becky isn’t ever gonna do that, even if she’s at a disadvantage. So we can talk impulses and odds, but just know this: Becky didn’t make history by dodging people, she did it by beating them. She’ll gladly take on both opponents.
Charlotte has that championship DNA, but Becky still has her number. As for Lacey Evans, “that plank” is a great athlete with a strong right hand, but she made a mistake in punching someone who like sit. Who knows where Lacey is, but Becky will tell her where and when that beating is coming: MITB! Charly respects that, but has to bring up the times the Woman’s Right has laid Becky out. In fact, just last week, Lacey used two to keep Becky down. Fans boo seeing the replay, but Becky has to point out this isn’t so much a preview as a reminder. Sorry, “Chuck”, but Becks will take it from here. Becky calls out Lacey that if she’s not too busy, let’s have some payback! Becky wants to remind Lacey who she’s dealing with!
Fans are fired up for Becky, but here comes the Sassy Southern Belle! Lacey tells Becky, “Well isn’t it just like a man to want what he wants when he wants it.” That Irish temper is bubbling up, honey. Lacey keeps her manners, but she did warn Becky not to let emotion get the best of her. Seems Becky didn’t listen, so no more talk. Lacey rushes Becky and the brawl is on at ringside! Becky gives as good as she gets, but referees rush to keep them apart! Becky rams Lacey into the apron but the refs pull them apart. But they both get loose to brawl again! Lacey throws knees while Becky throws haymakers, but security comes out to keep them back. Except Becky still gets loose! Becky and Lacey scrap around the corner but the refs and security still get them apart.
Kentucky wants to “Let Them Fight!” and we get another collision! The scrap falls down and the two are separated again. Becky gets up on the apron while Lacey goes up the ramp. This battle is coming, will the Model Soldier be more than even the Champ-Champ bargained for?
Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder VS The Revival!
The Major Brothers are golden again after defeating the #TopGuys at Wrestlemania, but that just means the fights get harder. Will they turn away Dash & Dawson in this non-title rematch? Or will the Revival #SayYeah to redemption?
Raw returns as The Revival makes their entrance. Teams sort out, and Hawkins starts against Dash with the bell. They tie up right away and Hawkins gets a headlock. He gets the takeover but Dash headscissors. Hawkins pops out and dares Dash to bring it. Dash runs in but Hawkins speeds things up to dropkick Dash down. Cover, ONE, but Hawkins keeps on Dash. Tag to Ryder and Hawkins whips Dash out to trip him up. Hawkins bounces Dash off the apron for Ryder to wreck him with a dropkick! Ryder drags Dash up and in but has to keep Dawson back. Dash goes after Ryder and tags in Dawson. Dawson gets a cheap shot in and Dash dropkicks Ryder down. Dawson covers, TWO! He keeps on Ryder with a leg drop, elbow drop and falling headbutt. Dawson back suplexes Ryder down, but notices the fans chant, “Shave Your Back!”
The Revival tune out the jeers as Dawson drops a knee. Cover, ONE, but Dawson stomps Ryder’s hand. Tag to Dash and Dawson feeds Ryder to Dash’s knees. Dash throws European Uppecuts and CHOPS! Dash mocks Ryder before stomping him to ropes. Tag to Dawson, and the Revival drop toehold Ryder for the elbow drop. Cover, TWO! Hawkins reaches for Ryder but Dawson keeps on Ryder with a seated stretch. Fans still taunt with “Shave Your Back!” as Dawson fish hooks Ryder’s face. Dawson lets up to go for the chinbar, but Ryder fights his way up. Ryder pushes for his corner but Dawson sends him out first. Dawson mocks the fans as he fires off forearms and kicks. Dawson goes at Hawkins but it’s so Dash can get a cheap shot in! Dash tags in and becomes human weapon, leg drop! Cover, TWO!
The Revival keep their cool while Dash keeps between Ryder and Hawkins. Fans rally as Ryder takes haymakers. Dash puts on a keylock, but Ryder endures. Ryder fights up but Dash brings him around for a suplex. Ryder lands on his feet for a neckbreaker! Both men are down but crawling, hot tag to Dawson! Dawson hits Hawkins but Ryder shoves Dawson. Dawson hits Ryder head to head, then falls onto the cover. TWO into Ryder’s ghost pin! Ryder & Hawkins win!!
Winners: Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins, Ryder pinning
The underdog champions pull out the win! Will the Major Brothers continue on this new streak? Or will the #TopGuys get back at them and The Usos in time?
Backsatge interview with The Miz.
Obviously it’s been a rough night after what Shane and Lashley did to him. What’s his response? “He really is the Best in the World, isn’t he?” Shane continues to drag Miz’s father into this. But at MITB, Miz vows to keep things in the ring. And it will be in a STEEL CAGE! Will Shane accept this challenge? Or will he find a way to twist it to his advantage?
Sami Zayn is here!
The Underdog from the Underground has deemed himself the prosecutor of the WWE Universe, but it’s also been more like he’s the persecutor. Sami says he was kind enough last week to share his life with us. He wants to clarify: the joy he’s been experiencing isn’t just from those lovely trips. It’s because he did a lot of soul-searching and deep introspection. Sami had a lot of time to rekindle his love of history and sociology and psychology, “things that make us understand the human condition.” It really helped him make sense of “you people”. In fact there’s one concept that really applies: “entitlement”. Sami made sure to dumb it down for Kentucky, but the point being is that it is a “general belief that one deserves more or is entitled to more than others.”
Does that sound familiar? Fans boo but that must be because it hits close to home. It’s almost not your fault, but it is. For years, the WWE Universe was fed the lie that the customer is always right. There are any number of reasons, mostly social-economical, but he won’t explain it here because no one in Kentucky could ever understand it. “We both know I’m right.” But the point is, the fans think that what they feel is correct, and whatever they want should just be given to them! And when they don’t get that, when they want it, how they want it, they throw a tantrum! Like last week, Sami was flying home at 4 in the morning, and some little boy asks for Sami to sign one of the Sami Zayn action figures. Naturally, Sami said no. The boy burst into tears and cried to daddy.
Did that make Sami feel good? Fans think so, but that says more about them than him. It made Sami sick, because at no more than 5 years old, this boy thinks he’s owed something! Sami didn’t owe that boy something, and he doesn’t owe anyone here a damn thing! Sami has been more than generous. Three shoulder surgeries and 17 years of classics has been pretty good. So from now on, the fans get what Sami chooses to give them. “That is the new dynamic of this relationship”. Fans accept whatever Sami is willing to give. Sami laughs, because people are attacking him. “If you don’t like the WWE, just quit!” Is that what fans what Sami to do?
Well believe Sami that when he says quitting WWE would be AMAZING! But what is even better than that is coming out here, week after week, and holding the fans all accountable for their actions! Sami is having more fun coming out week after week to critique the critics! The fans are drunk with power and no one has stood up to them. But Sami will take the power back! Sami drops the mic, but if he’s not going to give fans what they want, how will he ever get a title match?
Rey Mysterio VS Samoa Joe!
The Wrestlemania One-Minute Win was a low point for the King of Lucha Libre, as he himself puts it. But can he make up for it by getting a win on the WWE United States Champion?
Raw returns again, and Joe speaks. “Now Rey, I managed to watch that segment earlier”, it was very touching. But while Dominique says he loves Rey, his actions say something different. That boy is ashamed of his father! In fact, if Mysterio were any decent father, he’d get Dominique a mask to hide his shame. But tonight, masks won’t save Mysterio. AJ Styles used Mysterio to steal Joe’s opportunity, so for both their transgressions, “there will be a reckoning.” If you thought what happened at Mania was bad, tonight will pale in comparison. Mysterio makes his entrance, and this rematch begins!
Joe runs at Mysterio and kicks him down. Joe clubs away then drags Mysterio up. Mysterio fights back with forearms, but Joe knees low. Joe throws Mysterio out hard, then builds speed, but Mysterio gets in the ring first. Joe bails out of the dive and Mysterio dropkicks him away. Mysterio leaps from the apron for a seated senton! Fans fire up as Mysterio refreshes the count and builds speed. Mysterio slides, but onto knees! Joe looms over Mysterio as we go to break.
Raw returns and Mysterio fights Joe off with fists and kicks! Mysterio runs and kicks again, but then runs into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Joe grows frustrated, but he stalks Mysterio to the ropes. Joe kicks Mysterio away from the ropes then sits him up for a neck wrench. Mysterio endures as Joe leans on Mysterio and fans rally up. Mysterio kicks free but Joe stomps him down. Joe runs but misses the back senton! Mysterio gets to the apron and to a corner. Mysterio springboards and hits another seated senton! He keeps moving and dropkicks Joe’s legs out! Mysterio kicks away then springboards again, but Joe catches him! Only for Mysterio to make it a DDT! Cover, TWO!
Joe survives but he’s shaking out cobwebs. Joe puts Mysterio in a corner but gets a boot. Mysterio ducks under and tilt-o-whirls Joe into buckles! Mysterio gives Joe a 619 to the stomach! He climbs up for a flying headscissors! Joe is back on the ropes, and Mysterio dials up another 619, but Joe blocks it! Into the Coquina Clutch! But Mysterio slips out and kicks back! Mysterio runs in, but Joe throws him down with the urenage! Joe grins as he drags Mysterio up and around for another, but Mysterio tilt-o-whirls for a high stack! Mysterio wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
Joe is SHOCKED! But Mysterio celebrates with Dominique! With a win over the WWE United States Champion, will Mysterio make the tiebreaker with Joe for the title? Who walks away from round three with the belt?
Michael Cole is in the ring to preside over the WWE Universal Championship Contract Signing!
Two of the best performers in this generation clash for the first time in the WWE! First, the #1 contender, the Phenomenal AJ Styles makes his entrance! Then the champion himself, the Beastslayer and Universal Champion, Seth Rollins, makes his entrance! Each man takes their seat as Cole asks Styles what it would mean to win the title and further cement his legacy. Well that’s the whole reason Styles is on Raw! Styles had a great time with two amazing years making SmackDown the House That AJ Styles Built. But this is Raw! This is where the craziest fans are! And Styles has always liked Rollins. They’ve known each other many years, and Rollins is a good guy, but he has what Styles wants.
Both men know that when they want something bad enough, each of them will do whatever it takes to get it. But like Styles said, “winners find a way”, and Rollins is a winner because he is Universal Champion. But again, they’ve known each other many years. How many times was it said that Rollins would be the new Styles? Many times. Rollins is stronger, faster, and younger, but the truth is, he will never be Phenomenal. Rollins admits Styles is right. There is only ever one AJ Styles. And Rollins never wanted to be the next AJ Styles. Rollins has only ever wanted to be the first “Seth Freakin’ Rollins”. He appreciates Styles’ enthusiasm, but this is not the House AJ Styles Built, but #MondayNightRollins. Rollins respects Styles’ run on SmackDown, but he’ll need to be better than Phenomenal in order to win.
Styles knows how much that title means to Rollins. He knows what Rollins had to get through to get it. And wasn’t he obsessed being the thoroughbred workhorse? But at what cost? How is Rollins holding up? Styles knows the fans want to see them “Burn It Down!” and promises they will. And then Styles will be the one to build it back up. But back to Rollins’ condition, Styles asks because his “brotherhood” isn’t here to help anymore. They aren’t around to hold him up. Styles doesn’t want to insult Rollins. Rollins went through Hell at Mania. But it seems Rollins might not have much left.
As for Styles, he’s ready to go now! His new shirt is “Never Rest, Never Rust”, because Styles is the bulldog nipping at Rollins’ heel. The dog is gonna sink his teeth in and not let go until he’s standing over Rollins as the new Universal Champion. Styles signs his part of the contract, and Rollins will spell things out for Styles. There are a lot of parallels between them, but there are a lot of differences, too. Styles likes to build things up, but Rollins likes to #BurnItDown. Their stories are similar but there is one thing that Rollins did that Styles didn’t: he beat Brock Lesnar. Rollins beat Lesnar to be the one holding the belt while Styles is just trying to take it.
Styles wants to know how Rollins is feeling? Ask Lesnar because Rollins was at his best. Rollins will also be at his best at MITB when he beats Styles. Rollins signs his part of the contract, and Cole clears out as Styles snatches the belt from Rollins! Styles gives it back, and offers a handshake. Rollins simply holds the belt up over his head. This is as close as he’ll get, according to Styles, but then Styles sucker punches Rollins! Styles clobbers Rollins but Rollins hits back! Rollins kicks Styles out of the ring! And DIVES, too! Rollins is all fired up! Styles started the fight, but will Rollins be the one to finish it? Styles hits back! And Phenomenal Forearm puts them both through the table!! But it’s Styles who gets up first! Will this be the same result after this WWE dream match?
For a lot of the hype going into this Raw, this wasn’t quite all it was cracked up to be. I appreciate WWE streamlining the process of the MITB Ladder entrants, but they more or less copy-pasted how the segments went down. Superstars are named, they talk their part, and a match happens. I do appreciate Alexa Bliss pointed out how the women weren’t doing anything the men weren’t tonight, and she did a halfway decent job selling the “surprise” of her being in the Women’s MITB match. Of course, it was almost obvious when it was announced she’d be making these announcements, so maybe it should’ve been ladies first. Either way, the men’s tag was good, and it was good to see McIntyre turn on Corbin as minor comeuppance before Strowman & Ricochet won.
Alexa VS Naomi had a good idea with the shoes being pivotal, but the execution felt as sloppy as the laces. It was good for Naomi to win, but I felt like Alexa should’ve won after that shoe spot just so she’d more or less back up her words. There’s time for Naomi to get her back before MITB so Alexa’s luck and opportunistic nature should’ve given her the advantage. Plus, I don’t see a Raw superstar winning the Women’s MITB given Becky’s double header. Becky and Lacey had a great segment with a great brawl that finally gets Lacey looking legit. Becky will still win against Lacey, and her match with Charlotte will be close, and as I said before, whether Becky wins or loses to Charlotte, a SmackDown Ms. MITB will likely be something Becky has to watch for. Maybe Bayley for a fresh rivalry.
Good to see the Good Brothers back on TV, but it seems it’ll be par for the course. The Usos VS The Revival is another fresh rivalry, but Vince’s influence is already making it stale. Vince takes that same adolescent humor from “AoPP” and puts it into “Shave Your Back!” #TopGuys, not to mention the jokester Jimmy & Jey exposing it all. And while the Viking Raiders kept that name and their individual names, I refuse to think of their moves as anything remotely near “Viking Experience”. How is Raw supposed to have a good tag division if Vince is undercutting it at every turn?
Though I suppose this only proves Sami right: fans feel entitled to their wants. Sami is the personification of that concept, where Vince will do what he wants no matter what we think, or whether our ideas are better. I really hope if Sami goes for a fourth week, someone interrupts him. Don’t get me wrong, Sami delivered his promo perfectly, but you can only go so far before he has to fight. Miz had a good match and segment with Lashley and Shane, and I like that Miz took the initiative to call out Shane for a Steel Cage match. I just hope there’s a way Miz can even the odds when Shane seems to have Lashley on his side. Maybe MITB can give us a crossover where Elias helps Shane and Roman helps Miz out, regardless of Roman winning against Elias in their own match.
Obviously Mysterio VS Joe was a much better and longer match tonight, but the Adpocalypse that was going on really killed how it felt at home. It’s great Mysterio wins, and that US Championship rematch can go either way, but it was hard to be as excited when we only just got back from break, he wins, and we go right back to break. As for the contract signing, great to see Styles turn Heel and it was great to see that table spot to end the brawl, but I don’t get the motivation of Styles asking how Rollins feels. Both guys go pretty all out in their matches, and Styles being the older, wouldn’t he be the one feeling worse for wear? Either way, these two will have a killer match that could go either way, but Heel Styles hopefully means Club Reborn.
My Score: 8/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.40 ~ 23RD JUNE 2019
NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!
NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!
In between “Global Junior Tag League” ending on the 13th June, and “Global Junior Tag League” starting on the 27th June, NOAH held a small interim tour of only three days. In the past these tours would have names like “Navigation with Spirits”, “Navigation to The Future” (or my personal favorite “Navigation on Stormy Seas”), but sadly LIDET have done away with these, and now all the interim tours are simply “NOAH The Spirit”.
It should be mentioned that all the tours have had excellent attendances with full houses each night, and this has given a tremendous morale boost to NOAH.
Yoshiki Inamura and his “rival” Kinya Okada faced off on the first night in Aizu, with the more experienced Inamura picking up the win. The rest of the tour was Inamura teaming with Kongoh, and Okada having matches with seniors like Daisuke Harada & Masao Inoue.
Junta Miyawaki faced his seniors (and lost to them) starting with Hi69 in Aizu on the 19th, Naomichi Marufuji on the 22nd and Atsushi Kotoge on the 23rd. Kotoge’s unanimated lack of expression and unusual calm demeanor is starting to scare people…
Miyawaki showed his first element of defiance, by refusing to shake hands with Marufuji. It’s rare for Miyawaki to act in this way towards his seniors (I can’t imagine this happening to Misawa had he asked Marufuji for one at that age and at that point in his career, then again 2001 was a very different world).
Hitoshi Kumano had his first singles match ever with Takashi Sugiura on the 22nd June in Nagano, and said that he was so happy about facing his hero, he couldn’t sleep. Nothing was going to mute this excitement, even the fact that he lost to him.
RATELS entered into their usual squabble about Global Junior League (this happens every year, with Tadasuke threatening to poison everyone last year, but this year he yelled out to whoever was listening, that he would win), with Daisuke Harada saying he was going to win in the backstage interview.
Naturally, this did go down well with the others, with Tadasuke walking off over it, and then coming back to point and yell at Harada that it was HIS victory that would happen.
On the 22nd June, YO-HEY lost to Yoshinari Ogawa, and Tadasuke became irate and started yelling. Harada got into the ring to try and calm the situation, but this only made Tadasuke angrier and he left (still shouting), although he later apologized and said he was disappointed.
RATELS seemed to have patched up their differences by the 23rd, but again no one wanted to trust each other, and in their post match interview, when they went to do their handshake they all jumped back into a defensive pose with their fists raised. Even HAYATA (who is in Block B), and was smirking at the others arguing with each other, joined in.
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi (and various other partners) faced Kongoh each night. The record stands with Kiyomiya having two victories over the group in three nights, the third was when Kenoh pinned Hi69 following the foostomp.
On the final night of tour, Kaito Kiyomiya spoke on the microphone, and hinted that he and Taniguchi may team up together to take the tag belts. One of his dreams was to hold both championships.
Kenoh’s tri-weekly column was back to talk about the Misawa Memorial show, his rants against others, his shock at Atsushi Aoki’s death, and KENTA’S return to Japanese wrestling (albeit New Japan), or as he put it “that man has returned”.
Kenoh (who says he respects KENTA, despite his rant) says that he will make NOAH a place that KENTA will want to come home to, as well as making him regret that he ever chose New Japan over “his home”. Naturally, Kenoh wouldn’t be able to keep his ire at Marufuji supporting KENTA out of it, and said that Marufuji’s message of support to him was Marufuji saying “anything to be popular”.
Both Marufuji and KENTA responded to Kenoh in different ways.
In usual talkative style, Marufuji posted a picture of Kenoh’s article with graphics over it, with a message that didn’t really translate too well but basically saying there was nothing wrong with being supportive, and hinting at a secret (and for good measure he called him “Kenoh-kun”, which he knows will wind him up)
KENTA, in usual quiet style, made no comment, and simply posted a picture of the column to his Instagram story.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and KAZMA SAKAMOTO)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ Go Shiozaki got stuck in his jacket
~ YO-HEY wouldn’t let HAYATA leave during the post match interview in Aizu
~ Hitoshi Kumano said he is aiming to have a body that does not lose to the heavyweights, but would cause havoc amongst the juniors
~ Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (again)
~ Yoshinari Ogawa held a training session for the roster at Takaoka, Toyama before the event started. He taught Kaito Kiyomiya and the new trainee.
~ IPW have mentioned that Daisuke Harada will be defending the IPW Junior Heavyweight title, but have said that NOAH will make the announcement.
~ Naomichi Marufuji’s search for a tag partner continues.
~ In Aizu, AXIS wore t-shirts with “AIZU” on them.
~ Hitoshi Kumano can be considered the unofficial third member of AXIZ.
Riki Choshu’s Power Hall (featuring Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura) will be broadcast live on the 26th June on Samurai at 6.30pm
The opening night of Global Junior League (Thursday 27th June 2019, Korakuen Hall) broadcast at Friday 5th July on Samurai.
“The long days of summer are just around the corner: the stories behind the famous photograph of June 2000”
Global Junior League: Mini interview with YO-HEY
Global Junior League: Mini interview with Minoru Tanaka
The Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Ten Year Event, and “The Future of Noah”, presented by 22 year old Kaito Kiyomiya
“It’s been ten years since Mitsuharu Misawa died” ~ Keiji Mutoh’s memories
PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, KENTA, PKDX
GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
Newsletter by Hisame
Mitchell’s WWE Stomping Grounds Results & Report! (6/23/19)
It’s time to kick ass and take names!
It’s the first-ever WWE Stomping Grounds event!
WWE debuts a brand-new PPV with a lot on the line! Who will Baron Corbin’s guest referee be? Who escapes a steel cage THE WWE World, Heavyweight, Champion?
- Kickoff – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Tony Nese VS Drew Gulak VS Ariya Daivari; Gulak wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lacey Evans; Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- The New Day VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; Owens & Zayn win.
- WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Ricochet; Ricochet wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS Heavy Machinery; The Planet’s Tag Team Champions win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Bayley wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon; Reigns wins.
- WWE World Championship Steel Cage Match: Kofi Kingston VS Dolph Ziggler; Kingston wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
- WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin w/ Special Guest Referee ???; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WWE Stomping Grounds Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, David Otunga and Booker T as they recap and prepare for all the action tonight in Tacoma!
Big E and Xavier Woods join the panel!
The New Day speak to the preparation of WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston, for tonight’s intense steel cage match with Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler might be watching, though, so they can’t give away any secrets about the W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion. Big E guzzles down and drenches himself in water, because he’s thirsty for victory. As for Woods kicking Ziggler, Ziggler kicked him first, so things were even. Ziggler is a grown man, he got what he got. Then what does Kofi have to do to remain champion without them? “Coach, he don’t need us!” 11 years, Kofi doesn’t need The New Day. New Day will have Kofi’s back from the back.
Woods knows Coach knows players gotta get it done on their own. The New Day will do that to Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn when they “stomp their grounds.” Do better, Coach! But will all three men of the New Day be victorious tonight?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
Has the Lone Wolf found his special guest referee for tonight’s WWE Universal Championship? He’s had people knocking on his door all morning. But yes, he has picked his referee. And the guest ref is… a secret! Corbin will keep Seth Rollins on his toes until he’s pinned him on his back. What Rollins did this past week was sadistic and cowardly. At Super Showdown, the ref screwed up. At Stomping Grounds, Corbin vows to slay the Beastslayer and become the new WWE Universal Champion. Will Corbin’s ace in the hole go the way he hopes?
Ricochet joins the panel!
The One and Only challenges for the WWE United States Championship against Samoa Joe after winning a big Fatal 5 Way Elimination. Booker T gives Ricochet props for making it here, and Ricochet notes his whole journey has been amazing. How does he feel taking on one of the most dangerous men in the WWE today? Ricochet worked so hard and sacrificed so much to perfect his style, and he will not waste this opportunity. But Joe’s mean streak only proves he’s a bully. Ricochet will be in the fight for his life, and will force Joe to respect him.
But then Joe communicates via video chat! Don’t think for a second he isn’t listening! Respect? Ricochet’s been here for a cup of coffee and not a good one. Ricochet knows nothing about surviving and competing int he WWE. Joe will show Ricochet what he’s really won in that Fatal 5 Way. “Being amazing has never saved anyone from the beating I put on them.” Ricochet will sleep tight, but tonight is not his night. Ricochet says he’ll respond with actions, but will it be enough to get the gold?
The Planet’s Tag Team Champions address the WWE Universe.
At least, they would if the stage hands would get out of the way! Once the referees get clear, Daniel Bryan rants about the treatment of the tag team divisions! “That’s the kind of disrespect people have for the entire Tag Team Division.” It’s because of The New Day and Usos, who have amazing matches, treating the division like a joke! Swivel hips, throw pancakes, play practical jokes. But the Planet’s Tag Team Champions vow to SAVE this division from teams like Heavy Machinery. Tucker Knight, an All-American, Otis Dozovic, a Pan-American medalist, but they just talk about “having a great time.”
Can you imagine the poor example those two would set. It’s Idiocracy come to life! Tucker and Otis would make this all a giant joke! “We’re trying to save the tag team division from being a joke!” The entire world should be thanking them! But it’s not for them. It’s for an ideal. It is for the greater good of tag team wrestling, and the planet. “Blue Collar Solid is no match for champions fighting for the greater good.” Now keep refs out of his shot!
Shane McMahon smells something good.
It’s the smell of victory for Drew McIntyre against Roman Reigns. McIntyre tells Roman that he’s too emotional. The mere mention of his family and Roman freaks out. All McIntyre has ever done is tell the truth. The truth is, Roman’s family won’t recognize him and his children will scream in terror. If that upsets Roman, that’s on Roman. The truth hurts, but not as much as what McIntyre will do to him. Shane loves the intensity! But will he love the result of tonight’s grudge match?
Kickoff – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Tony Nese VS Drew Gulak VS Ariya Daivari!
The Premier Athlete didn’t expect two challengers, but he welcomes the challenge! But will he be able to survive both the Philly Stretcher and the Stamina Monster? Or will one of them come away with the title, without even pinning or submitting the champ?
The introductinos are made, Nese repping the 205 Live brand all the way with his new gear. The belt is raised and we kick off the action!
Gulak dropkicks Nese right down! Tozawa goes at Gulak but Gulak throws him to a corner. Gulak runs into forearms from Nese. Nese gets Gulak in a corner and throws haymakers until Tozawa hurries back in. Tozawa throws haymakers on Nese but Nese elbows him back. Nese springs up but Tozaa gets under. Nese still lands on his feet! He also goes Matrix as Tozawa swings at him, to kip-up and kick back! Nese knee lifts and sweeps the legs, cover, TWO! Nese suplexes but Tozawa slips out. They standing switch and Nese rolls Tozawa, but Gulak runs in, only to get turned around into a German Suplex! Nese has two covers, TWO! Both men get free but Nese stomps Tozawa down. Gulak bails out but Nese slingshots out. Nese cartwheels over Gulak’s clothesline to SUPERKICK him away!
But Tozawa DIVES to hit Nese! The Tozawa Torpedo takes out Nese, then he CANNONBALLS onto Gulak! All three men are down but the fans are fired up! Tozawa crawls away from Gulak to fire up and go after Nese. Tozawa drags Nese up and in and climbs to the top rope. He leaps at Nese, missile dropkick hits! Cover, but Gulak breaks it just in time! Gulak grimaces as he goes to Tozawa. Tozawa throws Gulak out and drags Nese to a drop zone. Tozawa climbs again, but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese leaves Tozawa stranded, for a top shelf kick! And then a gut buster! Cover, but Gulak breaks in again! Gulak drags Nese up for a suplex, but Nese slips out.
Gulak standing switches and inverted suplexes Nese to the apron. Nese hits back but Gulak puts him through ropes. Gulak elbows Tozawa then suplexes him into Nese! All three men are down again while we go picture in picture.
Gulak drags Tozawa up and headlock takeovers. Gulak traps an arm but Tozawa endures the combination of holds. Tozawa fights out and lifts Gulak, but Gulak is just a bit too much. Gulak fights out of the fireman’s carry to drag Tozawa up for headbutts. Gulak whips but Tozawa ducks and tilt-o-whirls to the Iron Octopus! Now Gulak must endure a submission! Gulak endures, but starts to fade. We return to single picture as Nese picks Tozawa off Gulak, to throw at him! Nese then whips and ROCKS Tozawa with a left hand! But Gulak LARIATS Nese! Gulak roars and dragon sleepers to the GuLOCK! Nese endures the full hold, sleeper and body scissors! But he works his way out and around, reaching for ropes. Gulak pulls the arms away to sink it in deep! But Tozawa DROPS IN!! The super senton outta nowhere!!
All three men are down again and Tozawa grins that he saved the match. Tozawa covers Nese, TWO! He covers Gulak, TWO! Tozawa backs off to catch his breath. Gulak fireman’s carries, but Tozawa slips out to shove and huricanrana! Tozawa tries again, and manages the fireman carry slam! And then a shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gulak lives but Tozawa keeps his focus. Tozawa lines up a shot and runs in, but gets tossed out! Nese elbows Gulak then runs, but Gulak tosses him out. Nese lands and kicks back! Gulak is down, Nese Triangle MOONSAULTS! Cover, but now Tozawa breaks it in time! Tozawa and Nese glare at each other. Nese CHOPS but Tozawa CHOPS back. Nese CHOPS again, but so does Tozawa. Tozawa CHOPS, then fakes Nese out to the JAB! Nese is in the corner but right back up to put Tozawa up top. SHORYUKEN again!
Nese climbs up to join Tozawa, but Tozawa resists. Tozawa and fans shout “AH! AH!” as he clubs away on Nese! Tozawa forearms NEse into the Tree of Woe! But Gulak jumps over Nese to SUPERPLEX Tozawa! But Nese sits right up to adjust and aim, 450 FLOP!! Gulak avoids the splash and drags Nese up, only for Nese to bring Gulak up in the Dude Buster! Cover, SHINING WIZARD! Tozawa covers Nese, TWO!! All three men are down but fans are loving it! Nese crawls to a corner while Tozawa sits up. Tozawa goes at Gulak with the kick, the swing, the slide and the rolling roundhouse! Nese comes back and shoves Tozawa right out hard! PREMIER KNEE! But Tozawa rolls Nese!! TWO, and Nese rolls Tozawa! TWO, to a deadlift, BUCKLE BOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Tozawa bails out to leave Nese and Gulak alone in the ring. These old rivals glare as they stand up. They grab each other by the bear, but Gulak throws elbow after elbow. Nese forearms Gulak then German Suplexes him into buckles! NEse brings down the pad, runs, but into an elbow! Gulak torture racks Nese, but Nese slips out. Tozawa runs in and shotguns Nese down! Gulak ducks the kick, torture rack, neckbreaker! Cover, GULAK WINS!!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall; NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The Submission Specialist didn’t need a submission, and he beat the other challenger to take the title from the champ! Will Drew Gulak change the way 205 Live operates once and for all?
In the WWE, boots are made for more than just walking.
A Lady wants a belt. A Beastslayer won’t let his go so easily. The Big Dog wants to take a bite out of a Terminator, and a Show-Off wants to prove #ItShouldHaveBeenMe! Who walks on from here walking tall?
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lacey Evans!
They say ladies first, but The Man is the one who wants to get this over with! Will Lynch finally shut the Sassy Southern Belle up with this rematch from Money in the Bank? Or will a Woman’s Right be all it takes to take that last belt from the former Champ-Champ?
The introductions are made with Becky going out first. Lacey follows, in gear that already looks like she’s celebrating. The belt is raised and we begin Stomping Grounds with some Straight Fire!
The bell rings and Becky circles with Lacey. They tie up and Lacey powers Becky to a corner. Becky turns it around and talks trash. Lacey slaps Becky’s hand away then shoves her. Becky shoves back and the fans are already thunderous. Lacey waistlocks but Becky drop toeholds to a trailer hitch! Lacey grabs the ropebreak and Becky lets go at 3. Becky taunts Lacey as they circle and tie up again. Becky waistlocks and slams Lacey, but Lacey scrambles tot he ropes again. The ref counts but Becky yanks and slams Lacey! Lacey bails out but Becky pursues to club her down! Becky puts Lacye in and dodges the shoulder to knee and kick Lacey back.
Fans fire up as Becky gets in, and Becky catches the kick! Lacey asks Becky simply put it down, but Becky runs around to spin and throw Lacey! Becky bumps Lacey on buckles and then another corner, and then a third. Fans still cheer as Becky gets all four corners! Becky whips Lacey but Lacey reverses. Becky stops herself and elbows Lacey, but then springboards to kick Lacey back. Lacey gets out again which only annoys Becky. Fans chant “Lacey Sucks!” Becky wrecks Lacey with a baseball slide! Becky drags Lacey up and in, but Lacey kicks her back! Lacey crawls but Becky returns to backslide, TWO! Becky blocks another kick to dragon screw Lacey! Lacey punches Becky’s ribs! Lacey grabs Becky in a facelock, for a fallout DDT! Then Lacey gator rolls Becky to the apron and a post.
Lacey Bow ‘n’ Arrows Becky against the post by a leg and the ponytail! Fans boo as Lacey kicks Becky back in. Cover, TWO! Lacey stalks Becky to ropes and stomps away. She wrenches and wrings Becky out to then pull on the arm. Lacey kicks Becky in the ribs while fans jeer. Becky endures as Lacey pulls but she pops out to a cover! ONE, and Lacey bumps Becky off buckles now. Lacey stomps a mudhole into those ribs, then kicks Becky while she’s down. Lacey throws Becky down by her hair, and clamps on to an armlock. She hammers the ribs but Becky endures. Becky fights back as fans rally up, but Lacey hammers her to a cover, TWO! Lacey has the arm again and just hammers away! Becky still endures, but Lacey covers, TWO!
Lacey keeps on that arm while digging her knuckles and elbow into Becky’s ribs. Becky refuses to quit and fans rally up again. Becky kicks free then rolls Lacey, TWO! Lacey and Becky slowly stand but Becky throws hands. Becky whips but Lacey reverses to run her over! Lacey covers but Becky slips out! Becky mule kicks Lacey, then dodges in the corner for the jump kick! Becky grabs Lacey but Lacey elbows out. Lacey rams her shoulder into Becky’s ribs! Lacey hoists Becky up top but Becky fights back! Super armbar takedown!! Lacey flails and rolls to stack Becky, ONE! The armbar is back on! Lacey uses her legs for a ropebreak! Becky lets go at 3 and hobbles away. She runs in but gets sent into the buckles! Lacey hits her swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO!
Lacey adjusts her outfit while catching her breath. She returns to Becky with the handkerchief to wipe herself off and throw it on Becky. Lacey adjusts her hair while fans boo. She toys with Becky but Becky shoves the tissue back in Lacey’s mouth! Becky throws off haymakers and uppercuts! Then she rallies with lariats! Becky gives back kicks and knees, then runs, but into a body shot! Becky boots Lacey back, then runs for big forearms! Lacey is down and Becky fires up with the fans. Becky stalks Lacey, takes aim, Straight Firearm! And more stomps! Becksploder! Cover, TWO!! Lacey still lives and Becky is beside herself. Becky drags Lacey to a drop zone and stomps her down to then climb up. Straight Fire Leg Drop FLOPS!! Lacey climbs while Becky writhes. Lacey slingshots but into knees! Becky rolls Lacey, TWO!
Becky grabs at the arm, but Lacey gets up and whips. Lacey follows but into a scoop. She escapes, and elbows Becky away. Springboard stunner! BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Lacey loses her cool. Lacey drags Becky into the drop zone and climbs up. Becky springs up to yank Lacey off! And into the Disarm-Her! Lacey taps, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
The Man denies the Lady again! Will this finally keep the Sassy Southern Belle out of her business? Who else will move up to challenge Becky for her belt?
Mustafa Ali will be the light of the WWE.
No matter who, no matter where, and no matter what the situation, he vows to protect, serve and inspire the WWE Universe.
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
The Advocate just came out of Baron Corbni’s office! Is he the referee despite what he said on Raw? And will Brock Lesnar follow? Those aren’t the questions to ask. Heyman wants to know if the WWE World and WWE Universal Champions are here tonight. And they are. So with both of them here, doesn’t that present multiple opportunities for The Beast in the Bank? Yes, it does. Heyman walks off, but did he really confirm or deny anything?
But then Corbin walks out, and he’s starting to think Kayla is after more than an interview. She wants an answer: has he chosen a referee? Yes, someone who won’t do any favors, who will call this down the middle. Corbin doesn’t need help to beat Rollins, he just needs someone who can do their job. Then when Corbin becomes champion, he’ll worry about Lesnar if he shows up. Will the Lone Wolf have to worry that far ahead? Or will he lose to Rollins even with a “competent” ref?
The New Day VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!
Awwwww~ Tacoma~! While Kofi Kingston defends his W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Championship, Big E and Xavier Woods will show these best frenemies what they get for sticking their noses in their business. Plus, this is finally a chance to get back at “Big O” for tricking them! But will Sami & Kevin ruin the New Day’s fun before the fairy tale is over?
The teams sort out and Woods begins with Kevin. They approach and Kevin SUPERKICKS Big E! Then SUPERKICKS Woods! Then another SUPERKICK! A fourth SUPERKICK! Kevin hurries up top for a SWANTON! Cover, TWO!? Tag to Sami and Saim drags Woods up for another SUPERKICK! Then a Blue Thunder Bomb!! Cover, TWO?! How is Woods doing this?! Tag to Kevin and Kevin climbs again, for a Frog Splash! Cover, TWO?!? Kevin and Sami are furious! How can Woods take all this damage?! Kevin rains down rights and then argues with the ref on the counts. Tag to Sami and Sami rains down rights of his own. Big E gets back on the corner and fans rally for the New Day. Kevin tells them to shut up but they only chant harder.
Sami drags Woods up for kicks to his face. Big E coaches Woods on but Sami punches Woods back down. Sami puts Woods in the corner then taunts Big E. Tag to Kevin and Kevin drags Woods around for stomps. Kevin backs off to taunt Big E while Sami gets cheap shots in. Then Kevin runs back in for a CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Woods somehow still has something left. Kevin taunts Big E more then drags Woods around for a back senton! Kevin mocks Woods to go tag Big E, before dropping another senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin mocks the New Day clap but fans genuinely clap. Kevin drags Woods up and puts him in the corner. Tag to Sami and Sami throws hands!
Sami stomps Woods, then distracts the ref for Kevin to get a cheap shot in. Sami slaps Woods, so Woods SLAPS Sami! Woods also CHOPS Sami, but Sami wrangles Woods to a crossface! Woods endures the hold as Sami cranks back. Fans rally up again and Woods rolls Sami, TWO! Sami anchors Woods down and drags him away. Sami tags Kevin and Kevin stomps Woods down. Kevin mocks Woods’ pain before bringing him up. Woods dodges the clothesline to enziguri Kevin! Kevin tags Sami and Sami hits Big E down! Sami stalks Woods and drags him up for a back suplex. Woods slips out to give Sami the back suplex! Both men are down but crawling.
Sami tags Kevin and Kevin runs, but Woods dodges the senton! Woods jumps for the corner but Kevin catches him. Woods turns around, wheelbarrow facebuster! Big E rises and returns to his corner! Hot tags to Sami and Big E! Big E throws Sami overhead! And again! And then belly2belly! Big E swivels them hips! But he has to hit Kevin down first. Sami gets up but gets a big elbow, then the Big Splash! Cover, TWO! Now Sami survives, but Big E keeps on him. Big E waistlocks but Sami fights out with elbows. Sami boots Big E then hops up to bring Big E in. Sami rains down rights and lefts, and grins as he facelocks, but Big E powers out of the tornado. Big E urenages Sami down! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Woods and the New Day coordinate. Woods tries but can’t lift Big E the first time. He gets it the second time for the human weapon, Big E splash! Sami writhes and Woods runs, banzai leg drop! Cover, but Kevin breaks it! Big E throws Kevin out then scoops Sami. Woods climbs up but Sami wiggles free. Woods jumps over Big E into Sami’s boot! Big E hits post, too, and the New Day is down! Sami tags Kevin and gives Woods a HELLUVA KICK! Then feeds to the POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, but Big E breaks in! Fans say “This is Awesome!’ as Sami runs into Big E’s lariat! SUPERKICK from Kevin! Woods denies the stunner for a rolling elbow! All four men are down but Tacoma is giving a standing ovation!
Kevin goes to a corner but so does Woods. Sami joins Woods on the apron, but Woods mule kicks. Big E runs and SPEARS Sami down to the ground! Woods kicks Kevin down into the drop zone! Woods climbs but Kevin trips him up! STUNNER! Cover, Kevin and Sami win!
Winners: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, Owens pinning
After dealing out so much damage, the best frenemies finally down the New Day! Is this the start of Kevin and Sami turning things around?
Nikki Cross checks in with Alexa Bliss backstage.
The Loony Lass is excited for her friend and tonight’s SmackDown Women’s Championship match. The Goddess appreciates having Nikki in her corner. It won’t be Alexa against the world anymore. They wanted to be tag team champions together, but Bayley cost them that. Alexa also feels responsible, but Nikki says Alexa doesn’t need to feel bad. Bayley showed her true colors, so hopefully fans see her for who she really is. But that title is too special to belong to someone like Bayley. Which is why Nikki will love watching Alexa win. It’s them against the world, but will Nikki ever see she’s on the wrong side?
WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Ricochet!
The Destroyer lost the belt because of controversy, but Rey Mysterio was noble enough to give it back. Joe was less so when he still attacked an injured King of Lucha for even having the belt at all. Now the King of Flight steps up, can he succeed where even the living legend failed?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin!
Joe and Ricochet circle as fans chant, “Joe’s gonna kill~ you~!” They tie up and Joe wrenches Ricochet to then slap and kick away! Ricochet gets right up but Joe has his guard up. Joe grins as Ricochet stays back and they circle again. They tie up and Joe JABS Ricochet down. Ricochet keeps his cool while Joe dares him to come back for more. They tie up again and Ricochet ducks the jab this time to CHOP Joe! Joe just shrugs but he runs into Ricochet’s forearms. Ricochet runs and rolls off Joe’s back to then huricanrana Joe down! And dropkick him out! Ricochet builds speed and slides out but Joe dodges. Ricochet throws more haymakers but Joe rams him into the apron! Joe looms over Ricochet and throws him into steel steps!
Joe refreshes the count to then stalk Ricochet more. He drags Ricochet into the ring at the count of 5, then runs in at Ricochet in the corner. Ricochet goes up and over but runs into the urenage! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps his cool as he looms over Ricochet again. Fans duel as Joe stalks a crawling Ricochet. Joe drags Ricochet up for a CHOP and Ricochet falls back down. Ricochet gets to a corner but Joe is on him again. Ricochet CHOPS and forearms back, but runs into a back elbow! Joe covers, TWO! Ricochet is dazed and the referee checks on him. Joe comes back as Ricochet slowly gets up. Joe bumps Ricochet off buckles to CHOP him back! Ricochet throws forearms and whips, but Joe reverses. Joe back elbows and PELES! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and Joe grows annoyed.
Joe pulls Ricochet’s arms and wraps on a chinlock. Ricochet endures and fans rally up. Ricochet feeds off the energy and works his way up. He fights back with elbows and body shots but Joe clamps on tighter. Ricochet stands to jawbreaker out! Joe checks his chin while fans rally again. Ricochet stands and throws forearms on Joe. Joe hits Ricochet back with one big swat! Joe has Ricochet at the ropes and grabs the legs to yank Ricochet up into a powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Ricochet flounders away but Joe keeps his focus. Joe drags Joe up again for a snapmare and neck wrench. Ricochet endures but fans rally up again.
Ricochet reaches but can’t get ropes, so he works his way back up. He fights out with body shots again, but Joe CHOPS him back! Joe runs but into Ricochet’s dropkick-flip and enziguri! Ricochet ducks the lariat to PELE Joe back! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ricochet gets back to his feet but Joe follows. Joe swings but Ricochet counter punches. Ricochet then runs to forearm, but Joe stays up. Ricochet tries again, for another huricanrana! Joe is in a corner and Ricochet runs in to ram his shoulder in. Ricochet springboards and clotheslines Joe down! Joe bails out but Ricochet runs to FLY! Direct hit takes Joe down! Ricochet hurries to get Joe up and in! Ricochet springboards again, missile dropkick! But he’s not done, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Ricochet keeps his cool as he heads for another corner. He climbs up and aims, but Joe gets up. Ricochet jumps over but Joe scoops him for a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Joe grows frustrated, but keeps his eyes on Ricochet as Ricochet stirs. Joe drags Ricochet up but Ricochet throws forearms and CHOPS! But Joe CHOPS back again! Ricochet stands so Joe whips, Ricochet handsprings, but into a full nelson! Ricochet breaks free but still gets a German Suplex! Joe runs as Ricochet rises to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Joe is shocked. Joe glares at Ricochet as he clamps hands on the shoulders. Joe drags Ricochet up for another urenage, but Ricochet fights out! Ricochet boots but Joe blocks it, to FLIP Ricochet!
Joe puts on the Coquina Clutch! But Ricochet climbs the ropes! Ricochet hotshots Joe down! Joe is in the drop zone, and Ricochet climbs up again! Ricochet 630 but he has to roll through! Joe LARIATS Ricochet, but Ricochet springs back up! CODE BREAKER! Ricochet keeps going and gets back up top! Ricochet tries again, 630 SENTON! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; NEW WWE United States Champion
Incredible! Ricochet’s first try, and he’s already a champion! The One and Only surprises himself more than anyone, but now he IS United States Champion! Will Ricochet ascend to even greater heights now that he’s got gold?
Ricochet is welcomed and congratulated by other WWE superstars.
Former and current champions alike welcome Ricochet, but even Triple H! The King of Flight clearly has the respect of The Game, but will Samoa Joe be coming back for revenge?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS Heavy Machinery!
Big Red Rowan and “The New” Daniel Bryan vow to save tag team wrestling in the WWE by ending the fun and the jokes. But perhaps the new YOLO County Tag Team Champions, Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic, will show them you can have fun and win at the same time!
The introductions are made, and the Washington crowd is strongly behind Aberdeen’s Daniel Bryan. The belts are raised and the teams sort out, we begin this champions vs “champions” match with Dozer and Rowan.
Dozer shimmies those legs but Bryan calls Rowan over. Fans hope he tags in, and he does! Bryan circles with a stomping and jiving Dozer, then they approach. Bryan kicks Dozer in the leg but Dozer shrugs it off. They circle and Bryan kicks again. Fans cheer but Dozer still isn’t bothered. Bryan and Dozer circle again and Bryan gets in another kick. Bryan kicks Dozer more, but Dozer keeps moving. More kicks land but Dozer blocks one to shove Bryan down! Dozer flexes but Tacoma boos. Bryan gets up and circles with Dozer again. They tie up and Dozer shoves Bryan again! Dozer shows off the pythons, brother! Fans still cheer Bryan as he stares down the shimmying Dozer.
Bryan and Dozer approach and Bryan gives more kicks! Fans chant “YES! YES!” and Bryan runs, but into a trophy lift! Dozer dumps Bryan down then suplexes Bryan up. Dozer holds him as Tucker tags in. Tucker takes a hand-off, and he keeps Bryan up for another five before dropping him! Cover, TWO! Tukcer keeps on Bryan with a headlock and he grinds Bryan to his knees. Fans rally for Bryan and Bryan powers out. Tucker runs Bryan over then things speed up. Tucker shows that agility to then LARIAT Bryan down! Cover, TWO! Tucker keeps his cool as he back suplexes. Bryan lands on his feet and Rowan tags in. Bryan kicks Tucker and Rowan crossbodies Tucker down! Rowan roars and drags Tucker to a corner for buckle bumps.
Rowan clubs away then runs corner to corner, for a big corner splash! He pushes Tucker to then dropkick him down! Cover, TWO! Rowan keeps on Tucker with a chinbar while fans cheer, “Please Recycle!” Tucker endures the neck wrench and fights his way up. Rowan throws Tucker back down and soaks up the cheers. Tag to Bryan and fans cheer louder as the Planet’s Tag Champions mug Tucker. Rowan whips Bryan in for the dropkick, then adds his own clothesline! Bryan drags Tucker to a post to swing the leg into it! And again! Bryan stalks Tucker as he crawls, then grabs the legs for a surfboard! Bryan stomps the knees! Tucker writhes while Rowan tags in. Rowan drags Tucker up for headbutts then drops elbows on the legs. Rowan runs to splash down! Cover, TWO!
Tucker crawls to a corner while Rowan argues with the ref. Rowan claws at Tucker’s face! Rowan clubs Tucker then whips him corner to corner hard. But Tucker boots back and dodges, to send Rowan into the post! Tucker crawls while Rowan falls to the mat. Hot tags to Bryan and Dozer! Dozer rallies on Bryan with big arms and shoulders! Fans boo as Bryan gets scooped for a spinning, spinning, spinning slam! Dozer runs at Bryan but gets sent into buckles! Bryan runs corner to corner to hit a dropkick! Then another! But Dozer pops Bryan up to a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Heavy Machinery was so close! But Dozer has Bryan in a drop zone and climbs up. Dozer banzais, but misses the Vader Bomb! Bryan grits his teeth as he fires up.
Dozer sits up and Bryan unleashes Yes Kicks! Bryan kicks Dozer over and over, then prepares the buzzsaw, but Dozer is the one powering up! Dozer takes more kicks as he pumps his hips! Bryan kicks and kicks but Dozer leans into them! Then he scoops and SUPLEXES Bryan! Dozer runs corner to corner for a splash! Bryan flops down, and Dozer has his target. Dozer pumps up and hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Tag to Tucker, and Dozer catapults Bryan into the belly2belly suplex! Cover, but Rowan breaks it! Rowan clotheslines Dozer down then kicks him out. The ref reprimands Rowan and the Big Red backs off. Tucker gets to his feet but Bryan gives his leg kicks! Tucker haymakers back but Bryan still kicks. Bryan kicks but misses, into a back suplex!
Tucker gets to a corner, climbs up, and MOONSAULTS! But flops!! He clips Bryan but it was far from what he wanted! Both men are down, and they crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Rowan and Dozer! Dozer and Rowan stare down and start brawling with haymakers! Rowan runs to bump shoulders but Dozer comes back to give it. Rowan clotheslines but DOzer stays up> dozer clotheslines but Rowan stays up. They both go and collide, butn either aflls! Rowan runs, Bryan tags in, Dozer dodges to scoop! Powerslam on Rowan, tag to Tucker! They grab Rowan, but he’s not legal! Bryan dumps Tucker out! Bryan climbs and leaps at Dozer, flying knee! Then he runs at Tucker, but gets a haymaker! Tucker climbs, to LEAP onto Rowan!! Tucker goes back to Bryan, but gets caught in a cradle! Bryan & Rowan win!!
Winners: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions, Bryan pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions
Bryan’s brain beats Tucker’s brawn! Bryan and Rowan get through this by the skin of their teeth, but is this the last time Heavy Machinery challenges for the titles?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!
There is a lot of history between the Huggable One and the Goddess that dates back to their days in NXT. Bayley was Raw Women’s Champion when these two first battled for a title, and Alexa won because things were too extreme for her. But now, a year later, Bayley has grown while Alexa has stayed the same. Yet Alexa’s “very special friend” doesn’t seem to see that. Will Nikki play into Alexa’s game? Or will Bayley hold on to this title to prove she isn’t just a placeholder?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this rivalry revisited!
Bayley goes right to Alexa and shoves her. Alexa shoves back and now it’s a brawl! Alexa puts Bayley in a corner for stmops, but Bayley powers her out to another corner! Bayley throws furious haymakers, then runs in for a big knee! She rolls Alexa to a cover, TWO! Bayley drags Alexa up but Alexa powers her to a corner now. Alexa rams her shoulder in, then gets mad at the ref for counting. Bayley flapjacks Alexa on buckles! Then long darts her onto more! Cover, TWO! Bayley keeps her cool then runs in, but Alexa gets clear. Bayley changes direction to put Alexa in a corner. She bumps Alexa off buckles. Alexa turns it around to throw Bayley into buckles back! Alexa drags Bayley to a cover, TWO! The Goddess grows frustrated while fans duel.
Alexa puts Bayley on ropes to choke her! She lets up at 4 and Bayley shoves back. Alexa clubs Bayley down then wrangles her into a chinlock. Bayley endures while fans continue to duel. Bayley moves around and fights her way up. Alexa wrangles Bayley down with a chinbar! Alexa grins but Bayley fights up again. Bayley elbows free and scoops, but Alexa slips out to give Bayley a backbreaker! Alexa chokes Bayley on the ropes again, but lets up at 4. Alexa puts Bayley in a corner with buckle bumps, then bounces Bayley off the mat. The Goddess brings back a classic, the skateboard stomps! Cover, TWO! Alexa tries again, TWO! Alexa grows further frustrated, but Bayley throws body shots. Bayley runs and crossbodies! Cover, TWO!
Alexa clubs Bayley right back down, then drags her up by her ponytail. Alexa whips Bayley hard into a corner, then runs in, to SLAP her! Bayley checks her mouth while Alexa takes a bow. Alexa runs in to get run over by Bayley! Cover, TWO! Bayley stomps Alexa then somersaults for a rolling elbow! She keeps moving, but into that killer right! Nikki coaches Alexa on and Alexa goes at a dizzy Bayley, only to get a hotshot! Bayley knees Alexa back in, then climbs up top. Bayley leaps over Alexa but turns around into a facelock. She fights out to then run and knee Alexa down! Alexa bails out and regroups with Nikki. Bayley tells Nikki to back off, to then daredevil dropkick. Alexa dodges but not for long! Bayley has Alexa’s arm but Alexa uses that to yank Bayley into the post!
Alexa slams that arm on the ground a few times. Alexa clubs Bayley’s shoulder and puts her in the ring to cover, TWO! Frustration starts to boil up again as Alexa yanks and pulls on Bayley’s arm. Alexa wristlocks and drops a knee on the arm. Cover, TWO! Alexa grows further frustrated by Bayley’s toughness. Bayley gets to ropes but Alexa is on that arm again. Alexa laces the arm through to pull Bayley into ropes. She lets up at 4 but comes back for more. Alexa yanks on that arm but Bayley swings the other. Alexa catches her and rolls her to a bridging cover. Bayley gets up and powers out, but Alexa tilt-o-whirls, only for Bayley to saido suplex! Cover, TWO! Bayley keeps her cool as she gets to a corner.
Alexa stirs as fans duel again. Bayley aims, runs in, and sunset flip powerbombs Alexa into buckles! But Alexa slumps out of the ring! Nikki checks on her pal, but Bayley runs to DIVE! Nikki takes the hit! Alexa throws hands but Bayley counter punches. Bayley runs but Alexa sends her into steel steps! Alexa drags Bayley up, for a Sunset Flip Bomb! “This is MY title, Bayley!” Alexa drags Bayley up and in to stomp her more. Then Alexa climbs up top but Nikki gets in?! Nikki wants back at Bayley but this wasn’t the time! Bayley climbs up but Alexa sends her back down. Alexa moosnaults, but Twisted Bliss gets knees! And BAYLEY2BELLY! Bayley wins!!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall; still SmackDown Women’s Champion
Nikki costs Alexa and Bayley keeps her title! But just what is the truth here? Karma keeping Alexa from getting what she wants? Or Alexa getting what she deserves?
The WWE 24/7 Championship has had quite the week.
First, R-Truth gets tricked by Drake Maverick in disguise as Carmella! Maverick high-tailed it out of SmackDown to make it to his wedding, only for a certain someone to crash it! Maverick was in shock that Truth would ruin his special day and take away the title! The newlywed husband would drown his sorrows at the reception, but worse yet, his new wife is asking for a divorce!! Can Maverick salvage his marriage before worrying about his wrestling career?
The NEW WWE United States Champion takes pictures with the title!
Ricochet poses for the camera, and the Good Brothers give him congrats. They pose with him for some Too Sweet pics. Ricochet doesn’t want them fooling around, but then AJ Styles joins in. Now it’s a Phenomenal photo shoot. Styles compliments the champ, and says he’ll see him tomorrow on Raw. Wait, what? Is the new champion already up against a top tier contender?
Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon!
The Big Dog is a special talent and Shane McMahon knows that. Roman has won multiple Royal Rumbles and is a WWE Grand Slam Champion, but the Best in the World still beat him at WWE Super Showdown. Of course, it wasn’t without a lot of help from the Scottish Terminator, which is why Roman turns his attention to him. Will it be Roman or McIntyre kicking ass and taking names to prove they’re the biggest dog in the WWE Yard?
The moment Roman appears, McIntyre goes at him! They brawl on the ramp, a nd McIntyre whips Roman into barriers. But Roman returns the favor! They finally get in the ring and the bell rings as the fists fly. Roman bumps McIntyre off buckles and gives punches. Shane protests but McIntyre powers out before 10, only to get clothseline’d out! Shane checks on McIntyre but the ref tells him to back off. Roman decides to FLY! Roman wipes out McIntyre as Shane gets clear! Shane backs off even more but Roman pursues. Roman chases Shane through the crowd! Deja vu to Raw as Roman LEAPS, but into McIntyre’s haymaker this time! McIntyre throws Roman into steel steps, too, blasting them apart! He puts Roman in then looms over him.
McIntyre drags Roman up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! McIntyre punches and stomps Roman then whips to suplex him overhead! Cover, TWO! Shane coaches McIntyre on and McIntyre rains down rights. McIntyre chokes Roman, but distracts the ref so Shane can get cheap shots in! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Roman with an armlock and chinbar. Roman endures the holds while fans duel. Roman powers his way up, pries free of the chinbar, and throws haymakers! McIntyre shoves and elbows Roman down! Cover, ONE! McIntyre stomps Roman from head to toe then hooks the mouth. The ref counts and McIntyre lets go at 4.
McIntyre toys with Roman then rains down rights. McIntyre makes sure Roman sees the big one. Fans say “Shane is Awful!” while McIntyre looms over Roman. McIntyre facelocks then deadlifts but Roman resists to snap suplex McIntyre back! Both men are down but slowly stirring. McIntyre sits up first but Roman uppercuts first! Shane hotshots Roman! McIntyre hits a SPINEBUSTER and jackknife covers, TWO! Roman won’t go down to such a cheap screw job. McIntyre hauls Roman up again for that deadlift suplex! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grabs Roman for another armlock and chinbar, but Roman endures as fans duel again. Roman gets up and pries free again, to headbutt! Roman throws hands but McIntyre shoves, only for Roman to kick. But then McIntyre clotheslines Roman! Cover, TWO!
Shane says it’s fine, just stay on him. McIntyre drops an elbow on Roman’s knee, and then pulls him into a grounded surfboard! Roman endures being pulled back while Shane says the timekeeper should be ready. The ref says Shane should stay away from the bell. McIntyre lets Roman go and shifts to a modified crossface! Roman endures all over again, but Shane again checks about the bell. Roman refuses to quit, and powers his way up to fireman’s carry! But McIntyre slips out and shoves Roman, only to run into the Samoan Drop! Both men are down but Shane keeps his confidence in McIntyre. A standing count begins and reaches 5 before McIntyre gets up. Roman slowly follows and throws haymakers. McIntyre returns them, then CHOPS!
Roman haymakers but McIntyre forearms. Roman uppercuts but McIntyre back kicks! McIntyre whips Roman into a corner but Roman comes out with clotheslines! Roman whips but McIntyre reverses, only for Roman to leap and lariat him down! Roman wants Shane to see this as he gives McIntyre point-blank lariats! He gets all 10 and runs, to BOOT McIntyre down! Fans fire up while Shane grows worried. Roman takes aim from a corner, locks ‘n’ loads, but Shane distracts the ref! SUPERMAN PUNCH for Shane! Roman won’t leave Shane alone, he leaps for another SUPERMAN PUNCH! McIntyre slides out but into an uppercut! Roman goes for but misses the Drive-By Dropkick! McIntyre has Roman in the position, Inverted Alabama Slam off the announce desk!
McIntyre puts Roman in, drags him up, scrapbuster slam! Cover, TWO!! Roman lives and McIntyre can’t believe it! McIntyre tries again by putting Roman in the corner. He hoists Roman up top, and CHOPS him before climbing up to join him. Roman trips McIntyre up and punches him into a Tree of Woe! McIntyre sits right up! But Roman headbutts him back, then punches him more. McIntyre throat chops, stands up, and SUPERPLEXES Roman down! Cover, TWO!! Roman still lives but McIntyre is too tired to be frustrated. But McIntyre kips up!? McIntyre aims at Roman from the corner and watches Roman slowly stir. Roman stands, McIntyre runs in but misses! Backslide, TWO! Glasgow Kiss rocks both men!
McIntyre hops up top again, aims at Roman, and leaps INTO A SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Both men slowly sit up but it’s Roman who roars! Fans fire up with Roman as he lets out the battle cry! But McIntyre kicks the spear away! Roman uppercuts, McIntyre gives another Glasgow Kiss, but Roman comes back with a SPEAR! Cover, but Shane yanks the ref out! Shane refuses to let his guy lose! Shane drags Roman up and around to a corner for stomps! The Best in the World throws off his jacket and takes aim from across the way. COAST 2 COAST!! Shane drags Roman over and lets McIntyre cover. He puts the ref in, who counts, TWO!! Roman still survives! McIntyre takes aim again, Roman stand,s SUPERMAN PUNCH! Shane urns in but is thrown out! Roman dodges McIntyre to SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
The Big Dog survives the Best Screwjob in the World! Shane and McIntyre both fall to Roman here, but is this the end of their war?
WWE World Championship Steel Cage Match: Kofi Kingston VS Dolph Ziggler!
The 11 year journey was a dream come true at Wrestlemania this year, but it wasn’t quite as inspiring to the Show-Off. Ziggler returned to the WWE bitter and jealous, claiming all the moments Kofi had on the road to Wrestlemania should’ve been his. Ziggler failed to prove #ItShouldHaveBeenMe at Money in the Bank, but he cites Xavier Woods’ interference as why he lost. Now he and Kofi will be locked inside steel. Will #Kofimania still live on? Or will Ziggler prove he is worthy of being the WWE World, Heavy, Weight, Champion~?!
The cage is lowered, the introductions are made and the belt is raised. The door is locked and the bell rings to begin this MITB rematch!
Ziggler and Kofi circle but keep a distance. Ziggler shows superkick but Kofi gets clear. Kofi tries Trouble in Paradise but Ziggler gets clear, too. The two get in each other’s face, and Ziggler shoves Kofi. Kofi shoves back, but Ziggler climbs the cage! Kofi anchors Ziggler back down and then yanks him off. Ziggler swings but into an arm wrench. Ziggler slips out and dropkicks Kofi down! The Show-off wants the door but Kofi grabs his legs. Ziggler shakes Kofi off but Kofi rolls Ziggler up! TWO, and Kofi dropkicks, only for Ziggler to block! Ziggler catapults Kofi, but Kofi uses it to climb! Ziggler anchors Kofi and yanks him down now. Kofk blocks the superkick to dropkick Ziggler! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps his cool while Ziggler crawls to a corner.
Kofi runs in for a corner splash, then throws European Uppercuts. He whips Ziggler corner to corner but misses the splash this time! Ziggler tosses Kofi into the steel more and Kofi scrapes against it. Ziggler drags Kofi up to rake his face into the steel more. Fans rally up for New Day but Ziggler brings Kofi across the way. Kofi blocks the bump but so does Ziggler, and Ziggler drops Kofi to a neckbreaker! Ziggler drags Kofi back up and throws him right into steel! Kofi bounces off and falls down but Ziggler circles him like a shark. Ziggler drags Kofi up again, digging fingers into Kofi’s face. There are no disqualifications so Ziggler can do that as he puts on the chinlock. Fans rally for Kofi but Ziggler shakes his head no.
Kofi powers up and fights free, but Ziggler throws him down by his hair. Ziggler throws Kofi into steel again! Cover, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Kofi with a crossface! Kofi works against the hold and fans rally up again. Ziggler drags Kofi back down but Kofi backs up to his feet. Kofi jawbreakers free! Ziggler staggers but comes back to put Kofi in a corner. Ziggler fires off fast body shots while fans boo and jeer. The Show-Off backs off, and runs back in, but into an elbow! Kofi boots Ziggler away, then runs to whip. Ziggler reverses but Kofi goes up to dropkick back! Both men are down but fans rally up. Kofi drags himself up with the ropes while Ziggler stands. Kofi rallies with clotheslines and chops! Then a dropkick! Kofi leaps for the lariat but Ziggler sends him into steel! Cover, TWO!
Ziggler keeps his cool as he drags Kofi back up. Ziggler puts Kofi in a corner and slaps him! He slaps Kofi over and over, and shouts “Look what you made me do!” Ziggler throws Kofi but Kofi sends Ziggler into steel! Kofi does it again! Ziggler flounders around but Kofi keeps on him, a third time off the steel! Kofi slaps Ziggler now, but Ziggler shoves him away. Ziggler kicks out a leg, but his famouser is sent into a steel beam! Kofi rolls Ziggler, TWO! Fans rally and Kofi leaves Ziggler behind to climb! Ziggler hurries after to anchor a foot! Kofi fights Ziggler off and continues, but Ziggler climbs up after him. Kofi and Ziggler brawl on the top rope, and Ziggler bounces Kofi off the steel. Ziggler tries again but Kofi bumps Ziggler back!
Kofi knocks Ziggler off the top! Kofi’s climb continues! But he sees Ziggler get back up, so he springboard crossbodies instead! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps his cool and climbs again. Kofi reaches the top but Ziggler scrambles after! Ziggler gets Kofi’s feet and drags him back down! Ziggler bumps Kofi off steel and Kofi falls back. Now Ziggler climbs, but Kofi hurries up! They’re both at the very top! Kofi headbutts Ziggler, but Ziggler tries to climb down the outside! Kofi anchors Ziggler on the top, but Ziggler kicks and flails! But Kofi clubs and drags Ziggler back, to the top rope, for another headbutt! Both men fall to the mat! Kofi and Ziggler crawl towards each other, and start brawling! Ziggler haymakers but Kofi gives it back. Now Ziggler headbutts, but Kofi hits SOS!! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler survives and Kofi is too tired to be frustrated.
Kofi crawls to a corner as fans rally and even duel. Ziggler stands and Kofi aims, Trouble in- Ziggler catches Kofi but Kofi slips out of the back suplex. Kofi boots but Ziggler catches it to a takedown and leg DDT! Kofi clutches the bad leg but Ziggler keeps on it. Ziggler rolls Kofi to have the leglock! Kofi endures and drags himself to ropes. Kofi gets the rope but there are no ropebreaks in the cage! Ziggler still twists and pulls, but Kofi uses the ropes to stand. Kofi climbs more, even with Ziggler on his leg! Ziggler yanks Kofi off, then SUPERKICKS! But Kofi hits the door! The door opens and Kofi starts slumping! Ziggler grabs Kofi to keep him inside! Ziggler drags Kofi up but Kofi grabs the steps to stay outside. Kofi and Ziggler have a tug-o-war, but Ziggler gets Kofi back in.
Kofi endures the heel hook more, and Ziggler sits up to get leverage. But Kofi stands and rolls to send Ziggler into a corner! Ziggler comes back but swings into Trouble- No, the ankle lock is back! Ziggler twists Kofi’s foot all over the place! And puts his full weight on the leg to anchor Kofi down. He even uses the ropes for leverage! Kofi endures, hops to his feet, and pulls Ziggler into an ankle lock of his own! Ziggler flails and kicks Kofi away. ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!? Kofi survives but Ziggler is too tired to be shocked! Ziggler dares Kofi to stand, but his superkick is countered with a hook kick! Kofi and Ziggler fight for control, and Kofi gets a facelock. Ziggler backs away towards the door! Ziggler feels his way through the doorway but Kofi anchors him. Kofi drags Ziggler while Ziggler kicks and flails.
Kofi powers Ziggler into the ring, then suplexes. Ziggler slips out but his legs give out. That doesn’t matter, he crawls for the dooor again! Ziggler reaches but those are his hands, not his feet, touching the ground! Ziggler does what Kofi did and grab that steel staircase! Kofi drags Ziggler by tights and boots, but Ziggler thumbs the eyes! Ziggler is free, and crawling out the door! But Kofi scrambles up to DIVE! Kofi gets out first!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by escape; still WWE World Champion
What an innovative yet risky way to win! Kofi dives to victory, and it is NOT Ziggler who has the title! Is this Ziggler’s last shot at the WWE Championship? Will he back for more? The New Day returns to celebrate with Kofi, but how long can Kofimania keep going?
On-stage interview with The New Day!
Charly congratulates Kofi on retaining the WWE Championship, but asks what is next for him? Kofi said it before and says it again: he respects Ziggler as a competitor. But Kofi also vowed to walk out of Stmping Ground our W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion! And he did, BABYYYYY~! The New Day keeps the celebration going, but will it last through the summer?
Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre are furious backstage.
But Kayla comes by to ask some questions. After all the hype, Roman got the last laugh. McIntyre doesn’t care if Roman is laughing! McIntyre wants a rematch! Shane tells he’ll get it, on Raw! Roman will have to prove how bad he really is, when he takes on them both! And then Roman will finally learn the WWE is Shane’s Yard!
WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin w/ Special Guest Referee ???
Apparently the Lone Wolf still has a lot of pull with WWE management from his (failed) time as a Raw General Manager. But he cites that the ref was “incompetent” during the Super Showdown Universal Championship match, so now he gets his own handpicked referee to call this match. Is this what it will take for Corbin to finally be champion? Or will Rollins continue to #BurnItDown?
At the same time, with Paul Heyman spotted in the arena, will The Beast in the Bank still appear to cash-in? And if he does, will whoever wins this match stand a chance of staying WWE Universal Champion?
The introductions are made, and of course we need to see who Corbin even got to be special guest referee. Rollins makes sure to keep that promise of attacking whoever sides with Corbin by showing off that steel chair. The former Raw GM, former Golden Gloves boxing champion, former WWE United States Champion, former Mr. MITB, the man who retired Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania, and “Tacoma’s Favorite Son” grabs a mic but Rollins won’t let him speak. Rollins grabs the mic to say he doesn’t know who took the job, but warns them that they will get the same treatment as all the others. Rollins dares Corbin’s choice to come out so they can just get this over with.
Corbin picks the mic back up to continue where he left off. “After much deliberation,” Corbin chose… The Sassy Southern Belle, Lacey Evans! And yes, she walks out in a fashionable referee uniform! Rollins can’t hit Lacey, can he? She tells him to drop the chair, but Corbin lurking distracts Rollins. Lacey grabs the chair, then Corbin attacks from behind! Corbin stomps away on Rollins, then jams him with the chair! Referee Lacey doesn’t seem to care about any of this. Lacey is sticking it to Becky since Rollins is The Man’s man. Lacey asks for the chair and Corbin lets her have it. Corbin fetches Rollins while Lacey disposes of teh chair. The bell rings, and this match finally starts!
Corbin lifts and throws Rollins down! Cover, TWO! The count might have been fast, but you won’t see Corbin complain. Corbin follows Rollins outside to ram him into barriers! Then throws him into more barriers! Corbin drags Rollins up to bring him all the way over to the far side barriers! Lacey “reprimands” Corbin while fans say “This is Stupid!” Corbin rams Rollins into the post then puts him in the ring. By the way, Lacey wasn’t counting for them being outside. Corbin drags Rollins up but Rollins CHOPS and punches back! Rollins whips but Corbin reverses. Rollins dodges Corbin but Corbin slides out. Corbin slides back in to clothesline Rollins down! Rollins rolls to the ropes but Corbin stalks him to the corner.
Corbin drags Rollins up for haymakers, then grinds as he rams his knee into Rollins. Corbin runs to punch Rollins back down! Fans boo but Rollins gets back up. Rollins grimaces but Corbin rams his knee in again. Corbin runs again, but Rollins dodges to CHOP and punch back! Rollins whips but Corbin hits a DDT! Corbin watches Rollins crawl to a corner. Corbin looms over Rollins and whips him corner to corner hard! Rollins hits buckles then mat! Lacey mockingly checks on Rollins, but Corbin is on him again with another hard whip! Rollins tumbles up then down the buckles! Corbin drags Rollins around to throw body shots and haymakers in a corner. Fans tell Corbin he’s “Boring~! Boring~!” but Corbin puts Rollins up top.
Corbin throws hands then climbs up. Rollins fights back while resisting the superplex! Lacey reprimands Rollins as he headbutts Corbin away. Rollins leaps over Corbin, then runs, but into an uppercut! Corbin hops up and leaps for ax handles! Lacey “checks” on Rollins while Corbin mocks the fans. Corbin drags Rollins up for more haymakers, but Rollins gives them back! Rollins gets an edge but Corbin shoves him back. Corbin slides out then in again, but Rollins dodges to PELE! Both men are down and Lacey tells Corbin to get up. Rollins and Corbin both stand, and they brawl more! Corbin forearms, Rollins haymakers, then Rollins counter punches and chops! Lacey reprimands ROllins but he whips. Corbin reverses but Rollins reverses back for a rolling elbow!
Rollins dodges Corbin to hit a Slingblade! Rollins boots Corbin from a corner then hops up, blockbuster! Corbin is up but Rollins clotheslines him out! Rollins aims and runs, to DIVE! Direct hit! Rollins puts Corbin in fast then springboards, flying knee! SUPERKICK! Rollins covers but Lacey takes her sweet time counting, so Corbin gets out at “TWO”! Fans boo while Lacey tells Corbin to get up. Fans chant for Becky but Rollins runs at Corbin. Corbin puts Rollins on the apron but Rollins shoulder back in. Rollins slingshots but into a haymaker! Corbin joins Rollins on the apron and drags him up. Corbin choke lifts but Rollins hotshots him! Then slides out to powerbomb him through the announce desk!! Fans love that one!
Rollins gets in the ring and tells Lacey to count! Lacey reluctantly does, but she again takes her sweet time doing it. She eventually gets to 5, but even that long 5 is before Corbin moves. The count goes to 7 but Lacey pretends something is wrong with her boots. She gets to 8 but then says the match is going to be a No Count Outs?! The announcer announces it, to which Rollins still can’t believe.
WWE Universal Championship No Count Outs: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin w/ Special Guest Referee Lacey Evans!
Rollins drags Corbin from the wreckage and into the ring. Rollins shouts at Lacey and says, “You asked for it!” Burn It Down! Mule kick, run, but Corbin bails out. So Rollins DIVES, into a haymaker! But he hits Corbin back out, to DIVE! Into an apron choke slam! Corbin gives Rollins another choke slam! Cover, TWO!! Lacey tried being fast but it wasn’t fast enough. Corbin keeps his cool, and from the look on his face, has an idea. Corbin drags Rollins around by his legs, but Rollins knows what this is! Ropebreak, not that Lacey would say it. Corbin yanks Rollins but Rollins lands on his feet! Rollins elbows Corbin, dodges him, then runs in. But into a boot! Corbin leaps but gets ropes! SUPERKICK!
Rollins climbs up again, FROG SPLASH! Cover, but Lacey reluctantly counts, and then pretends to get a shoulder cramp. Rollins and the fans are tired of this farce. Rollins glares at Lacey, then goes at Corbin. Corbin jabs and SMACKS him with a chair! Obviously these chair shots don’t count to Lacey. Corbin puts Rollins back in the ring and SMACKS Rollins more! Lacey again plays dumb to this. She “reprimands” Corbin about the chair, and he “apologizes.” Now Lacey has to make another adjustment: No Disqualifications…
WWE Universal Championship No Hold Barred: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin w/ Special Guest Referee Lacey Evans!
And we thought Shane was trying to pull one over on Roman. Fans still want to see where Becky went, but Corbin drags Rollins up. But Rollins spins out to throw hands! Corbin shoves and pops Rollins up, but Rollins gives him a Falcon Arrow on the chair! Cover, but Lacey doesn’t even start this time! Michael Cole counts to 7 but it doesn’t matter! Rollins is starting to reach a breaking ponit, but between Lacey being an official and a lady, he isn’t allowed to. Lacey even SLAPS him! Rollins laughs it off, and the two argue. She SLAPS him again! Then kicks him low! Corbin comes back but Rollins punches him away! Lacey low blows Rollins! END OF DAYS!!
But here’s Becky!! She finally gives Lacey what she deserves! And it’s No DQ, after all! Becky forearms Lacey down! Then throws her into barriers! Then Becksploder into the barriers! Before raining down more rights! Real referees come out to pull Becky off Lacey and Corbin shouts for someone to get in. John Cohn is back from Super Showdown! Corbin reels Rollins in but Rollins slips out, SUPERKICK! CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion
The Lone Wolf’s ludicrous conspiracy fell apart! Becky checks on her man, and he’s clearly thankful she helped out. #ManSquared stand tall as WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Champion, are they going to #BurnItDown with Straight Fire?
For the concerns and disappointments in the build, I have to say, WWE managed to salvage everything with the actual Stomping Grounds event. There were still some glaring flaws, but pretty much everything made up for everything up to this point. I still wish the WWE would treat Cruiserweights better, because to be honest, their title match did not deserve to just be a kickoff show match be default. Nothing personal to New Day, Kevin Owens or Sami, but they should’ve been the kickoff show. There was nothing on the line, and they made the first part into Kevin-Sami Spam Their Best But Woods Survives. It would’ve been more shocking and perhaps better served to the story if Kevin & Sami won faster or maybe dirtier than they did.
What we got was still a really good match, because of the four men in the match, but it wasn’t even for being #1 contenders to tag titles. Meanwhile, the Triple Threat was an actual Cruiserweight Championship match. And it was a great one! I knew all there guys were going to give it their all, and Gulak won as predicted. It would’ve been too much too soon for Nese to retain against two top opponents, and Tozawa was clearly in to take the pin from Gulak. This all works so that at WWE Extreme Rules, Nese finds his way to a rematch so that he and Gulak can go to the extreme to not only fight for the belt, but settle their feud that’s been long-standing since the dreadful Enzo Amore days of 205 Live. That could go either way, and would definitely raise the winner’s stock considerably.
I was really surprised in the moment that the Raw Women’s Championship was first up, but we know why now. Lynch VS Lacey was a good but I feel like the MITB one was better. Perhaps because of the story they had planned, that’s why. Obviously Lynch retains but sadly it seems like WWE is trying to make her VS Lacey a real rivalry. And good to see the SmackDown Women’s Championship match turned out about how I figured. Nikki costs Alexa, but for now, Alexa doesn’t seem that upset at her. Maybe that changes if something goes wrong again. Hopefully this means Bayley moves on to actual SmackDown superstars like Carmella, once she and Ember Moon deal with Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville. Again, if only Vince hadn’t ruined the Women’s Tag Division…
What a great surprise for Ricochet to win the United States Championship! And then he gets congrats from HHH! That must be a sign that WWE sees Ricochet’s value and is going to use it to the fullest. This match was great, too, so apparently Joe was for it, too. I really hope Ricochet brings back the United States Championship Open Challenge, we need to see him take on any assortment of superstars even without it being a PPV. Though, AJ Styles talking to Ricochet, that must mean that’s the plan for Extreme Rules. Bryan and Rowan were great in their kickoff promo, and their match with Heavy Machinery was also great. No idea who there is unless Kevin & Sami suddenly go Face to face Bryan & Rowan. Or that huge WWE Undisputed Tag Title idea I had given what Raw did.
Shane really tried his hardest to screw Roman over. I almost thought he was going to recreate the Montreal Screwjob having the bell ring to say Roman “submit” to McIntyre’s modified crossface. But luckily they didn’t go that way, even though it did lead to Roman winning to regain that ol’ Super Roman level of power. A handicap to count as the joint Shane-McIntyre VS Roman rematch on Raw is just gonna be the same and sadly it does no one any favors. The cage match was about how all cage matches go, but what really made it good was Kofi’s dive to escape. No one ever did that before, and I don’t know why, but it was great for Kofi to be the one.
I really thought there was going to be a cash-in while The New Day was on stage. On one hand, Lesnar needs to remind Kofi he’s a target, too, but then again, maybe he’s letting Kofi think he’s not a concern at all until a much bigger PPV, such as Summerslam. I guess Heyman teasing is enough for the WWE. Then the WWE Universal Championship, that was dragged out for way too long. Becky should’ve been on Lacey much sooner. I get they wanted things to escalate to that No DQ “restart,” but even that could’ve been done faster because I’m sure plenty of wrestling fans have seen the “biased referee” bit before. Lacey payed it perfectly, though, but this should’ve all been a half step faster. But hey, at least WWE can now market the real-life relationship of Rollins and Becky.
My Score: 8.2/10