It’s the Raw after Money in the Bank!
And the Beast has the briefcase! Will he choose to strike tonight? Or wait until Seth Rollins is unable to fight? Plus, Becky Two Belts is now just Becky One Belt! Will the Raw Women’s Champion respond to the Sassy Southern screw job?
- Sami Zayn VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- Ricochet VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- The Usos VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss VS Lacey Evans & The IIconics; Lynch, Cross & Bliss win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Scramble: Titus O’Neil wins and becomes the inaugural WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Change: Robert Roode wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- The Miz VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon; McIntyre wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Change: R-Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin; changed to…
- No Disqualifications Tag: Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin; Rollins & Kingston win.
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Brock Lesnar returns to Raw!
The Advocate is alongside the #BeastintheBank as he rubs his shocking victory in the faces of the WWE Universe! Lesnar and Heyman go into the ring as he holds up the briefcase high above his head. The only reason Lesnar was even able to be in the Men’s MITB Ladder Match is because someone took out Sami Zayn before the show. And Lesnar, much in the fashion of the MITB contract itself, decided to appear when no one else could stop him.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” Paul Heyman introduces himself and explains that his money is on The Beast, “the purveyor of paranoia, BROCK! LESNAR!” And paranoia should be around because of all the conspiracy theories going on. And they’ve heard them all: this was hatched the moment Braun Strowman stuck Sami Zayn on that wall; that Lesnar was able to sneak into the arena through a back door. How can you sneak a Beast into the room? Maybe Sami was lured into a dark hallway and then someone with political pull in the WWE got Brock to be the eighth man. That’s far too much credit for them. Just blame Lesnar for JFK why don’t you!
But this is how it goes: the world and universal champions need to be very paranoid. Wherever Seth Rollins or Kofi Kingston go, they’re both vulnerable to the “greatest assassin” in the WWE, who literally has a contract out on their reigns. Heyman imagines Rollins being afraid to show up in the ring or on TV, because Lesnar might strike. As Heyman’s daddy once taught him, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the world isn’t out to get you.” But it won’t be the world coming for those titles, it’ll be Lesnar! Because Lesnar has a contract that guarantees you HAVE to defend that title when Lesnar demands you defend that title! But speaking of the champs, here comes Seth Rollins!
The Architect is still WWE Universal Champion after a truly phenomenal match with AJ Styles, and he stands in the ring with Mr. Beast in the Bank. Rollins picks up a mic and says he’d be in a great mood after being in the fight of his life, and won. He would be, but he’s not, because he has to come out and “see this.” Lesnar with the MITB contract. Rollins cuts to the chase: he’s here being a champion that inspires people, and that Lesnar never had the guts to be! But he can’t do that with Lesnar hanging that contract over his head. Rollins makes a proposition: he beat Lesnar at Mania, and he’ll beat him again, but he doesn’t want to wait. Lesnar should cash that contract in tonight! Fans definitely want to see that!
Heyman says no to this, because it’s Rollins who has to play Lesnar’s game. This is Lesnar’s game of “antici…pation.” Which means Rollins has to wait until Lesnar feels like cashing in. Rollins should be used to waiting. Like waiting seven hours to watch his girlfriend main event when Rollins wants to be The Man. Rollins does NOT take kindly to that, and starts shoving Lesnar to egg him on. Heyman keeps Lesnar back, and says Rollins might not even be worthy of being Lesnar’s target. Lesnar might not even cash in on Rollins. Maybe Lesnar wants a new challenge. Or maybe a New Day! Maybe it’ll be Lesnar VS Kofi Kingston! Well ask and you shall receive! The Wild Card Rule brings Kofi to Raw!
Kofimania returns as Kofi stands with Rollins and Lesnar. He doesn’t mean to steal Rollins’ thunder, but he is trying to establish his legacy as WWE World Champion. He wants to be remembered as one of the best of all time! And Kofi can’t do that without beating the best night after night, the title on the line against the best! “So Brock, congratulations on becoming Mr. Money in the Bank.” But if he’s gonna cash in tonight, Kofi wants it to be him. Heyman just realizes something: Universal Champion, World Champion, and they’re both auditioning to have a match against “the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Champion of the Box Office”! Mr. MITB didn’t need to go to them, they came here to him.
Heyman has an inside scoop that Rollins and Kofi aren’t done for the evening. And with both of them out here, Lesnar and his contract isn’t going anywhere. “Stay tuned, the Beast is yet to come.” What matches are Rollins and Kofi in? Will they be able to win and be ready for a possible cash-in?
Someone arrives in the arena.
It’s Mick Foley! Foley returns to Raw to unveil the newest WWE championship! He says hello to superstars left and right, but what kind of title is he bringing?
Sami Zayn talks with Bobby Lashley.
Sami’s freaking out because he got attacked at MITB and is up against Braun Strowman tonight! Now these two haven’t always gotten along, but maybe they can help each other. Strowman and Lashley have a match at WWE Super Showdown, so why not help Sami soften Strowman up? No, Lashley’s not going to help Sami. He’s going to let Sami help him. Good luck out there!
Kofi and Seth talk backstage.
Rollins appreciates the help out there but Kofi doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into. Oh Kofi gets it, he’s cementing his legacy. But what is this about having action tonight? HHH appears! He was going to explain but they both ran out there. They’ll be teaming up in the main event against Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin. Well at least they’ll have strength in numbers. But will the Rocky Mountain Machine & Lone Wolf end up doing Brock’s dirty work?
Sami Zayn VS Braun Strowman!
The Underdog from the Underground and critic of the critics does not want this rematch with Strowman. He screwed the Monster Among Men out of the MITB ladder match, and then may or may not have been attacked by Strowman last night. Either way, is Strowman about to get revenge on Sami for the Falls Count Anywhere screw job?
Raw returns as Strowman makes his entrance and Sami starts running! Strowman gives chase through the crowd! This is a flashback to when Strowman chased Sami backstage before MITB! Strowman encounters Bobby Lashley. And Sami sucker punches Strowman! Sami tries to whip but Strowman just shoves Sami into trunks! Sami crawls away but Strowman stares down with Lashley. “I’ll deal with you later.” Strowman chases after Sami! And clubs him down into trunks! They end up back by gorilla position as Strowman punches Sami down. Strowman shoves and stalks Sami onto stage! Then carries him on his shoulders.
Sami can’t escape as Strowman carries him all the way to the ring! But then Sami slips out to shove Strowman into a post! And another post! Sami shoves Strowman but Strowman stops himself to shove Sami into barriers! He puts Sami in the ring then takes aim from a corner. Sami dodges and Strowman goes into a post! The bell finally rings, and Sami runs corner to corner, into a lariat! Strowman drags Sami up and tosses him back out of the ring. Strowman starts building up speed, and he runs Sami right over! He puts Sami in the ring again, scoops him, and gives him the Monster Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The Monster has his revenge, but now he’ll have a bigger fight in Saudi Arabia! Will Bobby Lashley #GetTheseHands?
Raw holds an in-ring interview with Lars Sullivan.
The Leviathan is a SmackDown superstar, but the Wild Card Rule allows him to walk out to the ring. Charly notes Lars’ “unparalleled” path of destruction, and Raw gives us a highlight reel. Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth and both Hardy Boys on multiple occasions, and even the Lucha House Party just last night. Fans boo but Lars laughs. What are Lars’ goals on the main roster? Before he can answer, the Lucha House Party appears for revenge! Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik flank the ring, and they hit first! A knee and double missile dropkicks! Metalik and Lince club away but Lars throws them into each other. Kalisto missile dropkicks now, then TRIPLE dropkicks send Lars out!
Fans rally for the Lucha House Party, but Lars gets angry. Kalisto slingshots but is caught and slammed on the apron! But a double DIVE hits! Lars still explodes out and lariats Lince! Lars puts Lince in, then shoulders Metalik over. He dares them to keep trying, then turns his attention back to Lince. Lince fights but still gets a FREAK ACCIDENT! Lars isn’t done, he drags Lince up in a corner. But Kalisto and Metalik save Lince from the Leviathan Bomb! Lucha House Party survives, for now. But will it take more than three luchadores to defeat a Freak?
Ricochet VS Cesaro!
The One and Only wasn’t the only one surprised and screwed over by Beast at Money in the Bank, but he’s not going to be the one to let that slow him down. He takes on the Swiss Cyborg in a match that is sure to be fast and furious!
Raw returns and shares why this match came about. After the Men’s MITB ladder match, and all the destruction Ricochet and the other six superstars not named Brock Lesnar put themselves through, he was obviously sore walking into tonight. Cesaro felt the need to add insult to injury by claiming Ricochet is just like the rest of the “bubble wrap” generation, and Ricochet took offense. Ricochet’s not going to take the night off, but will he regret not resting up?
Cesaro finally makes his entrance, with a brand new song. He enters the ring and we finally begin this match!
Ricochet rushes Cesaro but gets tossed to a corner! Cesaro walks into haymakers but knees low. He whips Ricochet and tosses him with a HIGH back drop! Ricochet hits hard on his bad back and rolls out of the ring in pain. Cesaro shows no mercy as he drags Ricochet up for a scoop. Ricochet slips out to send Cesaro into a post! Ricochet runs back in but is put on the apron. He keeps moving to moonsault onto Cesaro! With his bad back, that’s double-edged for Ricochet, but he doesn’t let that stop him. Ricochet gets back in and slingshots back out, only to get caught and tossed back on the apron! The Swiss Cyborg shows no mercy while we go to break!
Raw returns again as Cesaro has Ricochet in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow lock. Ricochet endures being bent back, but fans rally up. Ricochet fights his way up and out then jawbreakers Cesaro back! Cesaro still goes after Ricochet but gets haymakers for it. He whips Ricochet and pops Ricochet up, but Ricochet back flips off him! Ricochet runs, tilt-o-whirls twice, then headscissors Cesaro out! Fans fire up as Ricochet builds speed to FLY! He wipes Cesaro out! But Cesaro hurries away, forcing Ricochet to follow after. Ricochet puts Cesaro in the ring while fans say “This is Awesome!” Ricochet climbs, leaps, but into a European Uppercut! Cesaro drags Ricochet up into a torture rack to go after that back! Then gives him a backbreaker drop! And the Gotch Neutralizer! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Lesson learned: go after someone when they’re less than 100%! Ricochet’s back held him back, but can he bounce back on the road to WWE Stomping Grounds?
Raw backstage interview with AJ Styles!
The Phenomenal One was so close to beating Seth Rollins in an instant classic. But where does Styles go from here? “Back to Square One.” But Styles likes that, working hard is what he does. Styles knows he can beat Seth Rollins, just not last night. It was a loss, fair and square, and there’s no shame in that. It’s why Rollins is Universal Champion. But Baron Corbin has to come over and mock him. Is Styles telling that same tired story of getting bigger, stronger and faster to do it next time? Please. Styles lost! Yes, says the failure of a Mr. Money in the Bank and Raw General Manager.
That’s all the past. Corbin pinned Rollins on Raw, so it was a slap in the face that Styles got his chance first. No, it wasn’t. THIS is a slap in the face! Because Styles actually slaps him! Corbin promises Styles will pay, but where and when?
Kofi talks with Mick Foley backstage.
The WWE World Champion is very curious about this new WWE title, and Mick gives him a tiny peek. What is in the bag?!
Roman Reigns returns to Raw, again!
The Big Dog loves using the Wild Card Rule! Though, he should since he’s part of why Vince McMahon felt the need to make it. But what will Roman do with this week’s use of the rule? Find out after the break!
Raw returns and Roman has a mic. But before he can say a word, Shane McMahon appears! Shane O’Mac survived a Steel Cage match with The Miz at Money in the Bank, but now he’s back to annoy Roman. “Roman Reigns, using the Wild Card Rule. The Big Dog in the Yard, right?” Well the Yard is only so big compared to being Best in the World. And Shane proved so last night in that brutal match. Shane walked out with hands held high in victory. And Shane is officially done with The Miz. Now Shane’s focus will be fully on Roman. He can’t get it out of his head what Roman did to Vince McMahon, Shane’s father and “the WWE personified.” Roman cowardly hitting Vince down, what kind of man does that? Fans say “YOU! YOU!”
Roman doesn’t know about the fans, but he hates spoiled rich kids. Shane said a bunch of crap, but the only thing Roman heard was Shane’s done with Miz. Perfect timing, because Roman’s done with Elias. No, Roman thinks that, but Elias isn’t done with Roman. One fluke victory doesn’t prove anything. Again, Shane’s one to talk. But if Elias isn’t here and Shane has business, let’s squash it in the ring tonight! Wow, how brave, Roman, to issue a challenge after Shane got all beat up even in winning. But Shane does ask the fans if they want to see “The Best in the World” VS “The Big Dog”. They do! Shane takes off his jacket, tosses it aside, and says it’s not happening. Shane does what all “spoiled rich kids” do: controlling his own destiny. He’s the boss, and he has control around here. Let him demonstrate.
Drew McIntyre appears! The Scottish Terminator is again willing to help Shane while going after Roman. He and Roman stare down as Shane considers that challenge again. Still not happening tonight. But he accepts it for Super Showdown. The last thing Roman will hear, “Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of this match, and the Best in the World, Shane McMahon!” Roman tells the spoiled rich kid that he’ll soon be saying what a lot of people have been saying around here: “I just got my ass kicked by Roman Reigns.” Believe that. But Super Showdown aside, will Roman and McIntyre add another chapter to their rivalry later tonight?
Shane walks with McIntyre.
They feel good about that stare down and trash talk with Roman Reigns. But they’re quickly interviewed about the implication that Shane wont’ be alone in Super Showdown. There’s no implication. What happened was- The Miz is here as another Wild Card! They’re not done. McIntyre stands between them. Shane doesn’t think, he knows he’s done. And if Miz has problems, then he’s got problems with McIntyre. Now Shane has others fighting his battles? Fine. Miz will get McIntyre out of the way, and go back after Shane. Will the A-Lister get through the Terminator to give us that trilogy?
The Usos VS The Revival!
Jimmy & Jey give a quick hey to their cousin, Roman, as they make their way out. They put the SmackDown Tag Team Champions on #LockDown at MITB, but they keep moving right into settling things with Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson! Will the #TopGuys get revenge for the pranks? Or will they be put in the Uso Penitentiary?
Raw returns as Dash & Dawson make their entrance. The teams sort out, and Dash just attacks Jimmy! Dash drags Jimmy over to the Revival’s corner to stomp away! Dash tags in then climbs up top! They give Jimmy the backbreaker leg drop! Cover, TWO! The referee backs Dawson off so everyone can take jackets off but Dawson throws Jimmy out of the ring. Jey runs in but Dash runs Jimmy over! The ref keeps Jey back and Dash tags in. The Revival both go after Jimmy to throw him into a barrier! Fans cheer the Usos on but Dash dares Jimmy to laugh now. He puts Jimmy in and then haymakers him to the corner. Dash throws uppercuts then tags Dawson. The Revival work together for the assisted suplex! Cover, TWO!
Dawson taunts Jey then drags Jimmy back up. He puts Jimmy in a chinlock and drives an elbow into Jimmy’s face. Dawson CHOPS Jimmy then stands him up. Jimmy hits back and fights out! Jimmy whips but Dawson reverses, only for Jimmy to dodge. Jey tags in and they double mule kick Dawson. They throw Dawson out then double clothesline Dash out! Fans fire up with the Usos while we go to break.
Raw returns and Jimmy fights up out of Dash’s chinlock. Dash holds Jimmy away from Jey but Jimmy throws back. Dash suplexes but Jimmy slips out! Jimmy kicks Dash away but both men are down. Dash tags in Dawson and Dawson anchors Jimmy. Jimmy hits the dragon whip enziguri! Now he and Dawson are down, but fans rally up. Jimmy and Dawson tag Jey and Dash! Jey rallies and mule kicks, then dabs and uppercuts on ’em! Things speed up, Samoan Drop for Dash! And one for Dawson, too! The Revival end up in opposite corners and Jey rallies the fans. “Uce O!” hip attack to Dawson! Then to Dash! Dash dumps Jey out but gets a kick for it! Jey climbs and crossbodies! Cover, TWO!
Jey keeps his cool while Dash crawls. Dash whips Jey in the corner and rocks him with a right. Dash climbs up but Jey uppercuts him back. Jey CHOPS Dash then climbs up to join him. Dawson tags in and Dash sunset flips! Dash carries Jey then powerbombs him, Dawson drops the Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and The Revival pleads with the ref! The count is what it is, so Dawson drags Jey back up. “You think it’s funny!?” Dawson gives Jey uppercuts while fans rally up. Jey hits back! They brawl with big hands, then Dawson ducks to backslide. Jey uses Dash as a step to get out of it but Dawson rocks Jey with a right! Dawson whips but Jimmy tags in, the Usos Double SUPERKICK! Cover, but Dash barrels in!
Dash hits Jey then goes after him. He deflects the superkick and uses the barriers as a step for his tornado DDT! Jimmy builds speed and DIVES onto Dash! Jimmy goes back to Dawson, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO, superkick blocked! Dawson throws another right, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Dawson survives and now Jimmy can’t believe it! Fans say “This is Awesome!” as Jimmy gets himself up top. Jimmy aims but Dash runs in. Jimmy jump over, back drops Dash but Dawson rolls him up! With tights! The Revival wins!!
Winners: The Revival, by pinfall
It looks like Dash & Dawson have the last laugh this time. They steal one from the Usos, but will they be able to take back those Raw Tag Team Championships that way?
Alexa Bliss gets a touch-up from the Raw make-up department.
The Goddess has enough blush so she stops here. Nikki Cross comes by and Alexa compliments her on that Women’s MITB Ladder Match performance. The only thing is, Nikki didn’t win. Well yes, but she had the briefcase for a second. Yes, Alexa saw that, but Nikki didn’t win. Well it’s okay. Alexa will cheer her up with- The Revival marches in, celebrating their win! Did they see them win against the Usos?! They’re the next guests on A Moment of Bliss, right? Just think about it, okay? They head off and Alexa isn’t sure what to make of it. Will Nikki cheer up after Alexa has Becky Lynch as tonight’s guest?
Raw presents another episode of Firefly Fun House!
Though, it doesn’t look as cheerful as usual. “Let Him In.” Bray Wyatt is back, in his demonic form! Will you let Bray in?
Time for another A Moment of Bliss!
Raw’s top talk show has a new co-host with Nikki joining Alexa on stage. Alexa addresses the fact her luggage keeps getting misplaced by wearing her gear just in case. Where is her coffee, though? The stage hand brings out two cups, but Alexa doesn’t realize one was meant for Nikki… She pours the second into the first and takes a sip. On to her guest: the woman, or rather, The Man, that retained her Raw Women’s Championship but not her SmackDown Women’s Champion! It’s Becky Lynch!
Becky appears, holding up her one belt, and Nikki lets Becky have her seat. To then lurk by Alexa. Alexa has Nikki maintain personal space then welcomes Becky to the show. Last night was surely heartbreaking. Becky climbed a mountain against Lacey Evans and Charlotte Flair. How does it feel to no longer be the Double Champion? But speaking of champions, here come the IIconics! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here without violating the Wild Card Rule. This isn’t Becky Two Belts anymore, she’s Becky One Belt! It doesn’t have the same ring to it, though. And poor Becky is so sad. If it makes her feel any better, Peyton & Billie still have two belts.
“Shut yer faces, the two of ya.” Becky defended more in one night since those two have since Mania. And if they wanna talk trash, Becky will fight them both, take their titles and go up to Becky Three Belts! But wait, Lacey Evans appears! The Sassy Southern Belle struts onto the stage and says “Typical man, never knowing where to give proper credit.” The reason Becky is down a belt is because of Lacey. Fans still feel Becky is “Becky Two Belts” in their hearts. And Lacey can add honey to her sentences, but the fact is, the Lady got tapped out. She couldn’t get the job done when Becky was giving only half her attention. But now that Becky is focused, she can slap Lacey all up and down Raw. She’ll do it to the IIconics, too! Three versus one? Yeah right.
Nikki will be Becky’s partner. Okay, that’s 3v2. Well Alexa will do. What? No, she’s not part of this. Nah it’s okay, just stand there and look cute while The Man handles business. The Goddess is reluctant, but she joins in. A major Six Woman is about to go down, after the break!
Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss VS Lacey Evans & The IIconics!
Raw returns as the teams sort out. Becky and Billie start and tie up. Becky headlocks but Billie powers out, only to get run over. Billie scrambles away to tag Peyton. By the way, Alexa’s finishing her coffee off the apron. Peyton and Becky tie up and Becky scoops. Peyton slips out and yanks Becky down by her hair. Cover but Becky slips out Matrix style. Peyton scrambles away and Becky dares Lacey to tag in. Lacey says she’ll tag in when she wants to, so Peyton runs into a drop toehold. Nikki tags in and gets the hand-off from Becky. Peyton shoves Nikki around, but Nikki table tops Peyton. Nikki dropkicks Peyton then whips her to a corner. Nikki roars before hitting a corner splash to bulldog! Cover, TWO!
Nikki is wild as ever as she shoulders into Peyton the hits Billie. She dropkicks Peyton then climbs up to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Billie shouts at Nikki but Peyton clobbers Nikki from behind. Tag to Billie and the IIconics crisscross Nikki to kick her down. Then they strike their pose. Billie drags Nikki up to knock her down, and now Lacey tags in. Lacey stomps a mudhole into Nikki then takes out her handkerchief. Lacey wipes the sweat from her brow then gives Nikki her swinging bronco buster! Peyton tags and covers, TWO! Peyton drags Nikki up and into an armlock. She adds a chinbar while fans rally for Nikki. Nikki fights up but Peyton throws her down by her hair. Peyton puts the armlock and chinbar back on and Nikki endures again.
Fans cheer Nikki on while Alexa sips her coffee. Nikki gets up and fights out but Peyton whips her hard into buckles. Lacey tags herself back in and stomps Nikki down. Lacey drags Nikki up to throw her down and step on her. She taunts Becky before putting Nikki in a neck wrench camel clutch. Lacey whips Nikki into the corner then tags Peyton. Peyton drags Nikki up for forearms then puts her in a corner. She whips Nikki corner to corner then runs in, but only gets the post! Hot tags to Becky and Billie! The Man rallies on Billie and hits a calf kick! Lacey drops down to avoid Becky even further, but then Billie rolls Becky! ONE, and Becky mule kicks Billie into the Becksploder! Lacey just leaves so Becky Straight Firearms Billie. Then hits the missile dropkick!
Becky hits Peyton for good measure then boots Billie back down. Becky hops up, leg drop! Cover, Becky’s team wins!
Winners: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss, Lynch pinning
This match quite literally lasted a cup of coffee because only now is Alexa done and able to join her team. She celebrates with Nikki and Becky, but Becky leaves her behind to grab her belt. Will the Raw Women’s Champion continue to slap the heads off challengers now that she only has one belt to worry about?
Raw returns with Mick Foley!
Foley loves the response but he’s all business. He has a title on his shoulder in a bag. There’s been something missing from Raw as of late, so it’s time to revisit “R A W”. Raw needs to be raw again! Let’s make Mondays raw again! For superstars wanting to step up, Foley knows it takes a lot to make a mark. It takes a lot to become a champion. You don’t just defend a title, you live, dream and covet! It’s something you’ll sacrifice teeth and an ear to have! It is an obsession that consumes the day. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, that is. And so with that in mind, Mick Foley presents the new… WWE 24/7 Championship!
The name obviously implies that this belt will be defended anytime, anywhere! Keep in mind, the champion won’t get days off. The champion could be playing golf and boom, a ref appears and a match happens. A slide at Chuck E. Cheese or at the tanning salon, you better have your trunks ready because falls count anywhere. Foley puts the title down and starting tonight, this very third hour of Raw will get downright mean and nasty! Maybe a little dirty. And it starts right here tonight, in Albany, New York. The inaugural 24/7 Champion will be crowned! It will be a championship scramble! Mick will leave, superstars will line up, and they’ll go for the gold. Is this belt open to all superstars on Raw? No. It’s open to Raw, SmackDown, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK, and maybe even a good ol’ legend or two!
The moment this bell rings, “he who retrieves it, receives it, and destiny is staring you in the eye.” Foley gets out of the ring, and we begin!
WWE 24/7 Championship Scramble!
First on the scene are FOUR superstars! Cedric Alexander, Eric Young, EC3 and Mojo Rawley run down the ramp while fighting each other! They crash and burn but Mojo gets closest! But now No Way Jose and both Good Brothers head out! Seven superstars fight and push and stomp, and even Titus O’Neil appears! Karl Anderson is closest but EC3 anchors him! Alexander shoves Titus while EC3 bumps Mojo. Titus throws Alexander back, then goes for the title! But Mojo POUNCES! Alexander springboard clotheslines Mojo but EY slides in! They both see the belt andhesitate, allowing the Good Brothers to trip them up!
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows both go for the belt! They grab it at the same time, and stare down! Will this tag team break up over this? EC3 shoves them into each other! But No Way Jose punches EC3! They brawl with the belt just below them! Jose gets an edge then tackles EC3 out of the ring! Everyone’s down but no one has the belt! Wait, is that Drake Maverick!? Titus O’Neil stands in his way! But he still grabs the belt! Titus pries him off it, and TOSSES him at the others! Titus grabs the belt and runs away with it!
Winner: Titus O’Neil; inaugural WWE 24/7 Champion
The Real Deal celebrates, but for too long! Robert Roode and a ref appear, and Roode rolls Titus up!! Roode wins the belt!!
New 24/7 Champion: Robert Roode!
A GLORIOUS steal! Roode takes the belt and runs, but everyone chases him backstage! Can Roode get away with the gold? Will Titus get back at him? Or will someone else take that title off Roode first?
Raw finds Roode running for his life.
He has the belt but the clock is running. He hides behind some trunks as the angry mob runs past. They all blow past Roode, and he slowly sneaks out to run back the other way. Will Roode make it to a safe place to hold onto that belt a little longer?
The Miz VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon!
The Hollywood A-Lister wants his trilogy with Shane McMahon, but Shane doesn’t want any more of Miz. Probably because Miz comes closer and closer to actually defeating him. But for now, Miz must survive the Scottish Terminator in order to have a clear path. Will Miz find a way to finally have retribution on Shane O’Mac?
Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance, Shane O’Mac shuffling around behind him. McIntyre doesn’t break focus from Miz, and the same goes for Miz with McIntyre. The bell rings and we begin this first-time-ever!
Miz and McIntyre tie up and Miz manages to sidestep him. McIntyre lungs and Miz gets a headlock. Miz goes for the takeover but McIntyre blocks with power! McIntyre powers out but Miz dodges to kick and punch him back. Miz whips but McIntyre blocks to CHOP Miz down. Shane likes what he sees as McIntyre drags Miz up for more CHOPS! McIntyre whips Miz corner to corner but Miz goes up and over! Miz runs, but into McIntyre’s arms! McIntyre pops Miz up but Miz slips out to jawbreaker back. McIntyre shoves but Miz kicks him back. It does nothing! Miz speeds things up and baits McIntyre onto the apron. Miz slides and trips McIntyre up! Then blocks a boot to throw McIntyre’s leg into barriers!
Shane lurks but Miz sees him. Shane stays back as Miz puts McIntyre in. Miz slides but McIntyre blocks the sunset flip. McIntyre tosses Miz into a corner, but Miz dropkicks the legs out! McIntyre hits buckles and Miz fires off! Miz throws hands but McIntyre back suplexes. MIz lands on his feet and boots McIntyre away. McIntyre ends up in a corner and Miz runs in. McIntyre catches the A-List lariat! And he TOSSES Miz overhead! Shane applauds and McIntyre stomps Miz’s hands. McIntyre deadlift suplexes Miz hard! Cover, TWO! Shane says that’s fine, because McIntyre is still in control. McIntyre stands Miz up to CHOP him against the ropes!
McIntyre drags Miz to the ropes and wants to suplex him out! Miz resists and knees McIntyre back, to then sunset flip! But McIntyre holds ropes to save himself. He hits Miz away but Miz trips him up! McIntyre hits the apron hard! McIntyre hobbles but hits Miz back, to sit him on the barrier. Shane applauds as McIntyre blasts Miz into the front row! Shane mockingly asks if Miz is okay, before McIntyre deadlift suplexes Miz up and to the floor! The Terminator is in control while we go to break.
Raw returns as McIntyre drags Miz up on the to rope. Miz fights free to sunset flip powerbomb McIntyre down! Shane doesn’t like that. Miz catches his breath while McIntyre crawls away. Fans rally for Miz as he counter punches McIntyre! Miz throws more hands and even It Kicks! He runs corner to corner to hit double knees! And again! But McIntyre follows, only to get post! Miz has the fans fired up as he runs corner to corner to hit that A-List Lariat! He dumps McIntyre down to springboard ax handle! Cover, TWO! McIntyre lives but Miz keeps focus as he gives more It Kicks! Miz kicks and kicks and aims, but McIntyre counters the buzzsaw, only for Miz to huricanrana!
Miz wants the full nelson but McIntyre powers out. McIntyre hits him with a back elbow in the corner, and then the Inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO! Miz survives and McIntyre is frustrated. But Shane still has confidence as McIntyre whips Miz. Miz dodges again, to give kicks to the inner thigh! Miz runs and blocks a boot, to a knee jacker! McIntyre writhes but Miz is after the legs for a Figure Four! McIntyre shoves Miz away, Shane gets a cheap shot in! SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Shane is shocked the cheating didn’t work! But McIntyre takes aim and runs, but Miz dodges the claymore! Takedown, to Figure Four! McIntyre endures and Shane freaks out, but McIntyre CHOPS away on Miz! Miz falls back and the hold comes off.
McIntyre hobbles up and heads for Miz. Miz dumps McIntyre out and wrecks him with a dropkick! Then Miz glares at Shane! Shane runs away! Miz misses getting Shane, but dodges McIntyre again. He throws McIntyre into barriers! Then the ring, but Shane attacks from behind! Shane pushes Miz in the ring, CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Shane is the Best in the World at screwing over The Miz! McIntyre rolls on, will he get a title match out of this? Shane tells Miz he was done with him, but he has a parting gift. Shane has McIntyre put Miz in a corner while Shane climbs up. McIntyre holds Miz down, but here comes Roman! Roman saves Miz and SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre! Then he runs Shane off! Shane’s also the Best in the World at running away. But will he have what it takes to fight The Big Dog at Super Showdown?
Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley discuss their main event match.
They’re ready to team up again, but then Robert Roode bumps into them! Roode does his best to hide the 24/7 Championship so they don’t get any bright ideas. The mob runs in and Roode gets out of there! How has Roode not just gotten to the hotel!? And is Drake Maverick going to be okay? He might need to hydrate.
Raw backstage interview with the WWE World and Universal Champions, Kofi and Seth!
They’ll both be taking on Baron and Bobby, but what about the Beast in the Bank? As champion, you need to multitask! They both know Lesnar’s around but they also know Corbin & Lashley are legit. No one likes Lashley, no one ever liked Corbin, in all of space and time. They’re dangerous, so they’re first. Then who do they think Lesnar will go after first? That’s not their concern. Kofi worked hard to be world champion, so he’ll visit and survive Supelx City to stay W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! Seth, where them hips at? Yeah no. The two champs head out for their main event, but will it be ruined by a cash-in?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“Witness what happened last night. My shoulders were never fully on the mat.” Joe shouldn’t have lost his WWE United States Championship to Rey Mysterio. But he’s not angry, because it was just a mistake. Joe knows Rey knows, because he is an honorable man, a caring husband and father, and a man with a reputation that spans the globe. So Rey won’t let that controversy taint his legacy. Joe knows Rey. Joe is not compassionate, but he will gift Rey an opportunity to simply hand the title back. He’s giving Rey the opportunity to lead by example. Be the man Joe knows he wants Dominique to be. Because if Rey doesn’t, imagine the example Joe will set for him. The WWE United States Championship will be addressed next week!
Roode makes it to the parking lot!
The only way he stops the Raw roster from chasing him is to get to a vehicle! He asks R-Truth for help! Truth puts him in the trunk! Truth sends the mob the other way, then goes back to his car. He lets Roode out, and brings him to the passenger seat. But a ref is here?! Truth hits Roode and bumps him off the car! Cover, Truth wins!!
New WWE 24/7 Champion: R-Truth!
He takes the belt and runs away with it! The belt’s headed to SmackDown either way, but will Truth be able to hold onto it through the night?
Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin!
Two top champions in the WWE team up together against two towering opponents. With Lesnar and his MITB contract lurking, will the Architect and Kofimania be able to focus? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine and “Albany’s Favorite Son” take advantage and earn themselves title matches?
Raw returns and someone made this No Disqualifications?!
No Disqualifications Tag: Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin!
That someone has to be HHH, who made this match with Heyman. Rollins makes his entrance, only to be attacked by Corbin! Corbin drags Rollins up but Kofi runs to help, only to be intercepted by Lashley! Lashley tackles Kofi into the LED wall while Corbin stomps Rollins on the stage. Corbin drags Rollins to the ring and Lashley follows. They put Rollins in and the bell rings! Rollins fights Corbin off, then hits Lashley, only to turn around into DEEP SIX! Cover, but Kofi returns to break it!
Lashley throws Kofi out then goes after him again. Corbin keeps on Rollins with body shots. Corbin rains down rights then yanks Rollins up. Rollins lands on his feet to PELE! Rollins and Corbin are down, but crawling for their corners. Kofi is there for the hot tag! Lashley also tags in, but Kofi springboard ax handles Lashley down! Kofi CHOPS away then dropkicks Lashley. Lashley runs but Kofi dodges to clothesline him down! Kofi drops the New Day Boom Drop! Fans fire up with Kofi but Kofi has to hit Corbin away. Lashley hits Kofi then suplexes, but Kofi slips out. Kofi boots Lashley away, then hops up for a crossbody! Cover, but Corbin breaks it. Rollins returns but gets a right hand from Corbin. Corbin returns to his corner and Lashley tags him in.
Lashley takes Kofi and throws him out. Corbin and Lashley drag Kofi up to whip him at barriers hard! Then they do the same to Rollins! Corbin and Lashley loom over both champions while we go to one last break!
Raw returns again as Corbin ROCKS Rollins with a right. Lashley grinds his boot into Kofi while Corbin drags Rollins up again, only to punch him back down. Rollins flounders to his feet but Corbin runs again, into Rollins’ slingblade! Rollins hits Lashley away then DIVES onto Corbin! But Corbin catches him, to choke slam him on the apron! And toss him into the timekeeper’s area! Corbin stomps away then buries Rollins with chairs! Lashley puts Kofi in the ring and rams his shoulder into him! Fans boo and jeer as Lashley and Corbin mug Kofi. Corbin hits the choke slam backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kofi crawls to a corner but Corbin and Lashley haul him up top. They both climb up, but Rollins returns with a chair!
Rollins SMACKS Lashley! He SMACKS Corbin! He SMACKS Lashley, but Corbin punches him down. Corbin tosses Rollins to the apron but Rollins kicks back! Rollins springboards and hits a flying knee! Lashley swings but Rollins ducks to PELE! Rollins mule kicks Lashley! And mule kicks Corbin! Fans fire up and Rollins stomps, “Burn It Down!” He aims at Corbin but Lashley yanks him out! Lashley stomps Rollins, but Kofi meets Lashley in the ring. Kofi leaps but into Lashley’s arms, to tackle him in ropes! But it’s Kofi who dumps Lashley out of the ring! Corbin runs but he gets dumped out! Rollins DIVES and gets them both! Kofi climbs and Trust Falls! He wipes out Corbin and Lashley!
Fans fire up as Kofi puts Corbin in the ring. Kofi springboards but Corbin gets under. Corbin reels Kofi in but Kofi slips out to spin and hit Corbin with Trouble in Paradise! Cover, Kofi & Rollins win!
Winners: Kofi Kingston & Seth Rollins, Kingston pinning
But Lashley SPEARS Kofi! Then SPEARS Rollins! The Almighty Lashley has the chair, and takes aim at Kofi. Kofi ducks, Rollins SUPERKICKS Lashley! But here comes Lesnar!! He has his briefcase, but Rollins has the chair! Who is The Beast going to target?! Lesnar circles like a shark, but both Rollins and Kofi are on guard. Lesnar does his lap, hops up on the apron, but stays back. Fans boo as the Beast simply plays mind games with the champions. Heyman says they take a week to decide. The Beast will return next Raw, who will be his prime target?
Well this was certainly something. There was actually a good bit of buzz going into Raw tonight after what happened at MITB. And this time, the formula of a long opening segment works because we needed Heyman to talk for Lesnar to tell us how things are in story. Everything Heyman said about those conspiracy theories was a worked shoot, because word is, they really did find a way to sneak Lesnar in and surprise everyone, superstars included. But it was a great move to throw intrigue back in by teasing a choice between the two top titles. It really would be good if Lesnar VS Kofi became a thing, but it sadly sounds like Rollins VS Lesnar is happening at the now Saudi Arabia Super Showdown. Though, I would hope the title doesn’t change overseas like that.
Lesnar going out during the main event was obviously just a tease. Between running short on time and having one champion there to help the other, Lesnar wasn’t going to succeed anyway, even if he’s Lesnar. The tag team main event was really good, to be honest, though it clearly sounds like Vince doesn’t know how match rules interact anymore. Either way, it seems interesting that the Brock Lesnar bias is spreading to all of the McMahon authority with HHH apparently helping set the champions up for Lesnar to attack. HHH should be the only one on their side, given how he is on NXT. Though, Vince doesn’t care about continuity between main roster and NXT, obviously.
Ricochet and Cesaro had a great match, but naturally Cesaro wins over a battered Ricochet. A rematch of these two when Ricochet is at 100% will be awesome. The Lucha House Party getting to at least survive Lars was a good move. Someone needs to start putting up a fight, so three someones doing it is fine. We finally get a great Usos VS Revival match, as we should’ve been getting all along. Renee seemed so salty during this part, I can’t be sure if she’s going Tweener or what. It’s smart for Revival to win by cheating, they’re still the Heels. They must get those Raw tag titles off Hawkins & Ryder.
The Raw Women’s Division stuff is definitely being forced by Vince. Granted, Becky and Nikki do their parts, and obviously there isn’t meant to be chemistry between Nikki and Alexa, but it doesn’t even seem like good awkward chemistry. Clearly Alexa still isn’t at 100%, or whatever WWE needs her to be at to compete, but maybe that can go into story. Alexa lets Nikki and Becky do all the work against Lacey and the IIconics, and of course Becky wins for her team. Alexa might get Nikki to do the same if they become a tag team to face the IIconics 2v2. I do like that Becky has a non-submission finisher now with that top rope leg drop, it’ll give her matches more variety now. Lacey seems a front runner for another shot, but she should have matches with Naomi and/or Dana first.
Strowman squashes Sami to get that story done, and now his match with Lashley at Super Showdown is the next thing. Hopefully we get some real build next week, a stare down was okay but obviously not enough for these behemoths. Honestly, they could’ve been doing more with these two all along, so maybe the Super Showdown match is just the start. At the same time, Lashley has to be part of this new Mean Street Posse Shane’s making. Lashley, McIntyre and Elias are definitely members given they’re the ones doing Shane’s bidding. Obviously Shane cheats Miz, and almost as obvious, Roman helps Miz. This still looks good for a second Miz-Roman team-up down the line. Maybe Miz helps Roman at Super Showdown since McIntyre will be in Shane’s corner. Miz, Roman and Strowman can make an interesting team to face Shane’s guys.
This new title is obviously the Hardcore Championship revived, but apparently without a No Disqualification element. That’s a shame, since it’s literally Falls Count Anywhere. This belt has three reigns already, and it’s all been pretty fun in my opinion. I really hope that with modern technology like Facebook Live, YouTube and even the WWE Network, we get all sorts of shenanigans with this title, especially on days without Raw or SmackDown. Hell, this belt better show up at TakeOver: XXV! I just don’t get why this announcement went alongside the changes to Raw’s third hour. The lighting is dimmer and the tone is apparently going to be more mature. It’s been obvious how desperate Vince has gotten because of his own booking, but one of these things might save WWE TV.
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