It’s the SmackDown After Super Showdown!
The New Day is back in full force! Big E returns to SmackDown to join Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods in battling Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn!
- The Miz VS Elias w/ Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre; Miz wins and moves on to face Drew McIntyre.
- The Miz VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon & Elias; McIntyre wins but Miz still has a match with Shane McMahon.
- The Miz VS Shane McMahon w/ Drew McIntyre & Elias; Shane wins.
- SmackDown & YOLO County Tag Team Championship Unification Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS AJ Kirsh & Dave Dutra; changed to…
- YOLO County Tag Team Championships: AJ Kirsh & Dave Dutra VS Heavy Machinery; Heavy Machinery wins and are the new YOLO County Tag Team Champions.
- Sonya Deville w/ Mandy Rose VS Carmella; Deville wins.
- Bayley VS Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss; Bayley wins.
- Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; The New Day wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown opens with Miz TV!
However, it has been noted that the Hollywood A-Lister is hosting this Wild Card edition under protest. Sacramento is happy to see him either way as he shows off a meme shirt with Papa Miz on it. But Miz explains he must “follow the script” tonight. Without further ado, Miz welcomes us to the ground-breaking television event on the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. Miz’s guest specifically requested to be on the show, so please welcome… Roman Reigns’s Stomping Grounds opponent, the Scottish Terminator, Drew McIntyre. And then “The Pest of the World…” Wait that’s a smudge, but fans seem to agree with it. In that case… “He is, the PEST, of the WOOOOOOOOOORLD~!” Shane McMahon!
Fans boo as Shane, McIntyre and even Elias are heading to the ring. The Pest of the World is still feeling great over his McIntyre-assisted victory over Roman at Super Showdown, as footage recaps for us. Fans boo as Shane shuffles about in the ring and picks up a mic. McIntyre stays between Shane and Miz in case Miz tries anything. Guess that dummy card was too smart for Miz. Shane tells Greg Hamilton to give him the right introduction as the “BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOORLD~!” Shane needs a stool for Elias. Miz’s show is great, but there needs to be a musical act. Therefore, the Drifter is here. Elias plays a bit as Shane and McIntyre take their seats. That’s good stuff! But fans say, “You Suck! You Suck!” Shane says they must mean Miz.
That aside, Shane loves the highlight reel of his victory. At Super Showdown, he did what he said: he defeated Roman Reigns, 1 2 3. But fans shouldn’t be upset, Shane is the Best in the World. Elias plays a chord in agreement. Miz points out that Shane’s accomplishments are tainted. Best in the World?! He won one match at the World Cup! And it was thanks to Miz! Miz beat the hell out of Shane in a Falls Count Anywhere, and yet Shane won by a technicality. Miz grated Shane’s face, but Shane won by slipping out of his shirt!! Roman destroyed Shane at Super Showdown, until the Scottish Sycophant helped him. Tomato, tomah-to. But just start the interview. Oh well Miz isn’t the only one. Roman had an interview after Super Showdown, too.
It was the interview we saw on last night’s Raw. Roman knows Shane was handed that win by Drew McIntyre. McIntyre is a dangerous man, but so is Roman. Stomping Grounds will be Roman’s rebound to kick ass and take names, starting with Drew McIntyre. Back in the present, McIntyre responds. This is Roman’s problem: he lets his emotions get the better of him, and they will be his downfall. Roman should know better than anyone that McIntyre is unlike anyone else int he WWE today. When McIntyre hurts people, he enjoys it. He has no remorse, no pity, and loves to do it! He has a weapon no one else has: the boom-stick known as The Claymore. And at Stomping Grounds, McIntyre will kick Roman’s head off! Talk about kicking ass and taking names.
Miz admits McIntyre is great, but too bad he’s Shane’s lackey. Miz promises McIntyre that Shane will just use you then stab you in the back. Just look at Miz! They became tag team champions and then when they lost, Shane betrayed Miz. Shane keeps hearing all this talk, he can tell Miz is resentful. But it’s okay, because Miz has something in common with Shane and Roman. Shane has Roman’s number just like Shane has Miz’s! 1-0 on Roman, and 2-0 on Miz! Miz says there is nothing special about Shane: a talent-less hack who won a lottery of being a McMahon. And Miz is the son of a baked potato. Miz gets up but McIntyre is in the way.
Shane likes where this is going. He gets to see that aggression, but maybe there is something left. Miz wants another shot at Shane? Then how about right here and now? Fans want this, but McIntyre gets ready to go. Shane says he’ll do this, on one condition. Or two. First, Miz must beat Elias. And then he must beat McIntyre. And if Miz does that, he’ll get a dream match sequel against The Best in the World. But let’s get started right now! Clean up the set and get SmackDown going! Can Miz run a special gauntlet to get one more shot at Shane?
The Miz VS Elias w/ Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre!
SmackDown returns as the gauntlet already begins! Elias knocks Miz down and asks Sacramento, “Who wants to Walk With Elias?” Then Elias punches Miz around the ring, and brings him to a corner. Elias climbs up and Miz Walks With Elias, to a meteora! Cover, TWO! Miz survives but Elias puts him in a cobra clutch. Fans rally and Miz fights his way up and jawbreakers out! Miz counter punches Elias! Miz backs Elias down then throws It Kicks in the corner! He runs corner to corner, for double knees! And again! And then Elias hits Miz with his knee! Cover, TWO! Elias grows frustrated as he goes after Miz again. Elias hooks the leg but Miz slips out to kick low. Miz misses the buzzsaw, and Elias electric chairs to a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!
Elias keeps Miz down then hurries up top. Elias leaps, but his Macho Elbow FLOPS! Miz gets Elias in the Finale! Cover, Miz wins!!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall; moves on to Drew McIntyre
But no time to rest, the Scottish Terminator says he’s up NOW!
The Miz VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon & Elias!
Miz has no time to recover as SmackDown goes picture in picture. McIntyre rushes him in the corner but Miz dodges! Miz throws hands on McIntyre and then runs, but into a BOOT! Miz tumbles out of the ring but McIntyre pursues. McIntyre lifts Miz to ram him into barriers, then apron, then barriers again before throwing Miz into steel steps! McIntyre is enraged as he drags Miz up and into the ring. He looms over Miz before standing him up and putting him in a corner. McIntyre CHOPS Miz but Miz CHOPS back! McIntyre clubs Miz then suplexes him! Cover, TWO! Miz survives again but McIntyre puts him in a chinbar and armlock.
Fans rally as Miz endures the hold. Miz works his way up and fights his way out. But Miz runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO! McIntyre grows further frustrated and stomps Miz out. McIntyre puts Miz in a corner for another CHOP! And then bumps him of buckles before another CHOP! McIntyre reels Miz in for a BIG lariat! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps Miz down with that chinbar and armlock, but fans again rally up. Miz fights back up and out, but McIntyre knees low. McIntyre hoists Miz up top and then climbs up to join him. Miz fights back again! He fires shot after shot and McIntyre tumbles back. Miz leaps, into a BIG right from McIntyre! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps coaching McIntyre as he looms over Miz again.
SmackDown returns to single picture as McIntyre stands and CHOPS Miz! Miz falls but McIntyre dares him to get back up. McIntyre stands Miz for a swing, but Miz ducks, kicks and kicks. McIntyre kicks and shoves Miz to a corner, but runs into a boot. Miz dodges McIntyre to send him into the post! Shane checks on McIntyre, but fans fire up for Miz! Miz wrecks McIntyre with a dropkick! Shane backs way off and Miz throws McIntyre into barriers! Miz throws McIntyre back in the ring, then springboards, but falls! He’s still not the best high-flyer and now he’s tired. But Miz still kicks McIntyre to drop the DDT! Fans rally as Miz slowly gets back up. Miz powers up but Shane lurks close. Miz swings at Shane, but gets the Glasgow Kiss from McIntyre!
McIntyre demands Miz rise. Miz staggers up, into a CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall; gauntlet ends
The Best in the World celebrates with McIntyre, and tells Miz that maybe they should still have a match. He’s having this trilogy match anyway!?
The Miz VS Shane McMahon w/ Drew McIntyre & Elias!
Shane shuffles circles around Miz to then throw fast jabs! But Miz hits back! Miz throws big body shots, then gets Shane down on the ground! Miz has the full nelson but Shane manages to hotshot Miz off. Shane boots Miz down then puts on the Best Triangle Hold in the World! Miz taps, Shane wins!
Winner: Shane McMahon, by submission
Put another asterisk by Shane’s victory. He may be 3-0, but he had two other men do 90% of the work. Will Miz ever get revenge on Shane O’Mac? Will McIntyre be the one to kick ass and take names at Stomping Grounds?
Fire & Desire find Ember Moon backstage again.
Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville tease her for being wrapped up in kiddy land. Read up on a real-life superhero. More like villain. Fire & Desire had to attack Carmella in last week’s Triple Threat. Carmella didn’t deserve to fight for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. And you’re about to see Sonya tear it up all over again. Sonya SLAPS the Nintendo Switch out of Ember’s hands! Fire & Desire leave just in time to avoid Ember’s rage! Will the War Goddess have something to say about the bad attitude of Mandy & Sonya?
The Planet’s Tag Team Champions return to SmackDown!
“The New” Daniel Bryan and Rowan return to SmackDown, ready to save this division. But will they just continue to spew insults and platitudes instead? Find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns as Bryan and Rowan have mics. “Ladies and gentlemen, you are in for a real treat tonight. Because the Planet’s Tag Team Champions are putting their titles on the line, against the YOLO County Tag Team Champions,” AJ Kirsh & Dave Dutra. It will be a “title unification” match!!
SmackDown & YOLO County Tag Team Championship Unification Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS AJ Kirsh & Dave Dutra!
Sacramento chant “YOLO! YOLO!” for their own, but then Heavy Machinery appears! Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic know Bryan and Rowan are “elitist cowards” ducking them. The #BlueCollarSolid boys are hard-working, determined, but also, they like having a damn good time! That’s why if they faced Bryan & Rowan, they’d be the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions! Cool speech, guys, but they haven’t done anything to earn shots. Maybe they can earn the shot against the YOLO County champions! Challenge accepted! Wait, what?
YOLO County Tag Team Championships: AJ Kirsh & Dave Dutra VS Heavy Machinery!
Sacramento’s own didn’t think they’d be facing competition this big. The bell rings and Tucker blasts Kirsh with a lariat! Then Dutra jumps in but gets a hip toss! Tucker clotheslines Dutra out and tags Dozer in. Tucker whips Dozer in and Dozer squashes Kirsh! Kirsh falls and Dozer pumps it up! Dozer gives Sacramento the Caterpillar! The elbow drops and Dozer tags Tucker. Tucker whips Kirsh to pop up to Dozer’s catch! Then, COMPACTOR! Cover, Heavy Machinery wins!
Winners: Heavy Machinery, Tucker pinning; NEW YOLO County Tag Team Champions(?)
The #BlueCollarSolid boys win, but Bryan has to hold Big Red Rowan back! Tucky & Dozer proved themselves by winning “titles,” but Bryan says now is not the time to defend their titles. When and where will these two teams finally throw down for the Planet’s (aka SmackDown) Tag Team Championships?
The WWE 24/7 Champion is backstage on SmackDown!
R-Truth is staying hydrated but Carmella has her own match to prepare for. Truth is exhausted. He lost his belt on an airport tarmac over the weekend! And then won it back mid-flight at 49 thousand feet Celsius! Then they get stuck in an elevator, bonds with the contenders, but then gets betrayed! His life has been marked by traumatization ever since the 7/11 Championship can into his life! Carmella understands, but what can they do? Truth doesn’t want to give it up. Someone’s coming! Get int he trunk! Don’t lock him in! Carmella plays it cool, and then… Uh oh, it locked!! And her match is up next! Carmella promises to come back after her match. But Mahal hears Truth in the trunk!
Mahal confirms it’s Truth by pretending he’s Mella! “Mella” tells Truth to take short breaths. Mahal, er, Mella, will go get a crowbar! Be right back! Truth freaks out, but he has to be careful not to breathe all the air! Will Carmella finish with Sonya fast enough to get back before Mahal does?
Sonya Deville w/ Mandy Rose VS Carmella!
Fire & Desire bullied Ember earlier, now they look to do more to the FABULOUS Princess. Will picking on superstars help them rise to the top of the Women’s SmackDown and Tag Divisions?
SmackDown returns with the bell, and Carmella takes the fight right to Sonya! She dropkicks Sonya then feeds her to her foot. Carmella huricanranas Sonya then tackles her down. Sonya gets away and to a corner. Carmella cools off but runs in, only to be put on the apron. Carmella bobs ‘n’ weaves but gets a kick and knees through the ropes! The ref counts and Sonya lets up at 4. Sonya drags Carmella in for a cover, TWO! Sonya keeps her cool while Mandy watches like a hawk. Carmella gets up but Sonya chokes her on the ropes! The ref counts and Sonya lets off to throw more knees. Fans rally for Carmella but Sonya puts her in a chinlock and body scissors. Carmella pries her way out but Sonya drags her back down.
Sonya puts a squeeze on Carmella with the legs, but fans rally again. Carmella fights up and around to throw hands! Sonya shoves Carmella away, then kicks and hits a BIG sliding wizard! Cover, TWO! Sonya keeps her cool then trash talks Carmella. She pie faces her around, but Carmella SLAPS her back! Sonya boots Carmella then jackknifes, TWO! Code of Silence! But Mandy puts Sonya’s foot on the ropes for the ropebreak! The ref didn’t see the assist, but Carmella has a good idea what happened. Mandy plays dumb but the chase is on! They end up in the ring, Sonya knees Carmella down! Oklahoma roll, TWO!! Carmella crawls away but avoids Sonya’s attack! Carmella builds speed, to DIVE! She takes out BOTH Fire & Desire!
Fans fire up with Carmella as she brushes Mandy aside to get at Sonya. But then Mandy grabs at Carmella! To get a FABULOUS Kick! Carmella gets back in the ring, to get a standing Shining Wizard! High stack cover, Sonya wins!!
Winner: Sonya Deville, by pinfall
When you fight one, you fight both. Fire & Desire help each other out again, but will this help either of them get towards the top? Or are those WWE Women’s Tag Team titles still on the horizon?
The Goddess is backstage on SmackDown.
And so is Nikki! They both use the Wild Card, but Alexa is surprised to see Nikki. Why? Nikki didn’t hear? What? What’s going on? Well better this comes from a friend… After Nikki bumped into Becky and cost Bayley, Bayley participated in social media bullying. Alexa blocked Bayley so she can’t prove it, but obviously Bayley isn’t the huggable friendly girl she pretends to be. She is no better than those that would call Nikki weird, and friendless, and- Oh, sorry. Words hurt. But they can get payback! Alexa set up a match of Bayley VS Nikki. Nikki should use Bayley as the face of those who were mean to her. And don’t hold back. Is Nikki really falling for Alexa’s manipulation? And will she soften the SmackDown Women’s Champion up for Alexa this close to Stomping Grounds?
Awwww~ Sacramento~! The New Day returns to SmackDown at full force!
And it’s time to celebrate! Not just the Super Showdown victory, but Big E’s return! Kofimania throws pancakes and Xavier Woods plays the trombone while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and the positivity is still flowing. And “ya boys the NEW~ DAY~” speak on the extremely important day everyone has been waiting for. Today is the true return of Big E! Sacramento chants “Welcome Back!” and Big E says he IS back! Again. The way things went, if Big E had a title for every return, he’d be Charlotte Flair. #BookingJoke. What? No, uh, booking as in a flight… But to get down to business, the boys are back together and will be in a match! They will end the match quickly so Woods can get back to E3. But against “Sam Zayn,” Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler, three men who went against the New Day one time or another.
What happened when Kofi faced Sami? “I beat him.” And then at MITB, against Kevin Owens? “I beat him!” And uh, Ziggler at Super Showdown? “Everybody know I beat that boy!” And at Stomping Grounds, we do it all again, in a Steel Cage! No sneak attacks, no hit and runs, because Ziggler won’t get away from Kofi. And Kofi will remain THE W, W, E- Ziggler interrupts! The Show-Off says he put Kofi on a pedestal and told the world that Kofi earned everything he got, and Kofi betrayed that! Kofi betrayed the WWE Universe, “you coward!” And worst of all, Kofi betrayed himself. There is only one reason Kofi is still champion, and it’s Xavier Woods. Woods did attack Ziggler from the outside, but only because Ziggler hit Woods first. Not that Ziggler cares about the context.
But even now, Kofi must admit it should’ve been Ziggler! But at Stomping Grounds, there will be no where for Kofi to run and hide, and no one to save him from Ziggler! Ziggler and Kofi will be locked in that cage, and then the world will know the truth! That without The New Day and the easy way out, Kofi can NEVER beat Ziggler! Kofi points out the part Ziggler left out: kicking Woods in the face! Did Ziggler not think Woods would retaliate? But now, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn come out! “If there’s one thing that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn can’t stand, it’s injustice!” That is what is going on here in SmackDown!
Be honest, folks. If Sami kicked Kofi in the face to help Kevin win, everyone would’ve demanded justice for Kofi! Yet for some reason, when things are turned around for Woods to kick “poor, poor Ziggler” so Kofi wins, fans are okay with that?! That tells Sami that the “disgusting people” of the WWE Universe don’t care about justice. They have no morals or ethical code! All that matters is who you like and don’t like! But these two don’t care about what fans like, so shut your mouths! Sami and Kevin will right this wrong. And to be honest, Kevin and Sami enjoy every chance they get to beat up the New Day. Well speaking of enjoyment, the New Day enjoyed seeing Rollins wear Sami’s narrow behind out with that chair on Raw!
Don’t you talk about Sami’s behind! Because if it was anyone else in that referee outfit, Rollins would be fined or worse. But the fans are hypocrites! And the biggest one is the one with the title. Big E says that despite all their talents and ambitions, this WWE Championship run is not about them! It’s about the man who walked through fire to show he is the BEST! Ziggler says Kofi is a coward? But Kofi is gonna kick ass and take names, and that name will be Dolph! And then he’ll remain W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! And before all that, we get a free preview! “BECAUSE~! New, Day Rocks!” The Six Man Tag will be the main event, but will the New Day really roll into Stomping Grounds?
Backstage interview with Smackdown Women’s Champion, Bayley!
Does she have a response to Alexa Bliss’ accusations? Consider the source. Bayley doesn’t have anything against Nikki Cross, but if she’s getting caught in Alexa’s wicked web, so be it. Hopefully Alexa likes watching ringside, because Bayley will beat Nikki, and then give Alexa a Moment of Bliss she won’t ever forget. Will the Twisted Sister keep believing The Goddess’ twisted truth?
Aleister Black speaks.
“For the men and women of SmackDown, there is so much conflict, yet so little resolution. Another week goes by, and I offer both, and it’s so simply.” The conflict is someone picks a fight with him, the resolution is Aleister fights that person. Yet there is no one at his door. We don’t have to fight over trivial things like the love of a woman or man or ideology or turf. It could be so much more simple. Aleister wants someone to open his door. The door opens, and Aleister shouts out through it! “Will somebody, anybody, please please I bet of you, PICK A FIGHT, WITH ME!?” But there is no response. Will the Embodiment of the End get the resolution to his thirst for conflict?
Bayley VS Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss!
SmackDown returns as Nikki and Alexa make their entrance together. Nikki goes right at the ring, wild as ever. The bell rings, and we begin.
Nikki and Bayley tie up and go around, and Bayley puts Nikki in the corner. Bayley throws fast hands, but backs off, only to get a crossbody from Cross! Nikki thrashes Bayley around then goes to the apron. Bayley dropkicks Nikki off it! Bayley hurries out to come around and daredevil dropkick Nikki down! She puts Nikki back in and covers, ONE! Nikki gets out of the ring and Alexa checks on her “Friend”. Bayley tries the dropkick again but gets caught into the apron! Nikki clubs away on Bayley until she drops to the floor! Nikki puts Bayley in the ring and wrenches her to an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO!
Bayley crawls but Nikki is on her as SmackDown goes picture in picture. Alexa cheers on Nikki as she headbutts Bayley down. Nikki wraps Bayley up in a straitjacket chinlock, but Bayley arm-drags out, only for Nikki to knee her down! Bayley bails out and Nikki wrecks her with a dropkick! Nikki drags Bayley up and into the ring, and then covers, TWO! Bayley gets away but Nikki is right on her with another straitjacket! Nikki thrashes Bayley around, but fans rally up. Bayley fights out by stomping Nikki’s feet, but then Nikki kicks low to hit a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but Nikki keeps on Bayley with a half nelson chinbar.
Bayley endures again as fans rally up. Bayley fights her way up but Nikki wrangles her back down. Nikki covers, TWO! Nikki drags Bayley to the corner while SmackDown returns to single picture. She puts Bayley in the Tree of Woe to stomp away! Alexa taunts Bayley but Bayley kicks out of the Tree! Bayley catches Nikki in a hotshot! Bayley gets in and dodges Nikki to then hit a side-to-side knee! Nikki staggers but Bayley rallies with lariats, and a rolling splash! Cover, TWO! Nikki gets up but Bayley tightens that ponytail. Bayley grabs Nikki but gets an elbow! Nikki swings but into a saido suplex! Alexa gets on the apron to distract, Nikki cradle catches Bayley! TWO, and Bayley knees Nikki down again!
Bayley glares at the Goddess before spinning Nikki around. Bayley has Nikki in the drop zone and she climbs up high. She makes sure Alexa sees the Macho Elbow! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall
The Goddess glares back because her puppet failed to win. Will Bayley defeat Alexa to keep the SmackDown Women’s Championship on SmackDown?
Jinder Mahal and a referee return to the hall!
But where is the trunk with Truth?! They loaded them on the truck. Truck!? Mahal hurries with referee and crowbar, and there are two trunks! The trunks have to go to Raw in LA next week. Okay then, Mahal will just meet them in LA! But wait, Truth IS still in one!! And Carmella just misses him, too! Is Truth going to stay WWE European 24/7 Champion? Will he even be alive by the time he arrives in Los Angeles?!
SmackDown presents a new episode of Firefly Fun House!
Bray finishes putting up a new sign. “Abandon All Hope Ye Who Exit Here.” That sounds familiar… But then Bray notices the audience! Kon’nichiwa, everybody! Bray’s doing some handiwork around here. But Mercy and Rambling Rabbit are fighting! Well Mercy’s tryin’ to eat him again! He ain’t food, dude. Yeah but it’s law of the jungle, dumb bunny! Oh, Mercy. Does Bray have to get The Fiend? Yeah didn’t think so. So how about letting fate decide? Bray covers his ears and… It’s Rambling Rabbit’s lucky day. He may have the floor!
Rambling Rabbit’s got a lot to say, dude. Don’t eat your friends, no matter what! He doesn’t feel safe here anymore. He needs to tell the fans what’s really going on in the Fun House, yo! Bray grabs Rambling Rabbit by the head. “Now why did you have to go and do that?” Bray throws Rambling Rabbit down, and has a mallet! No not the mallet, dude! SMASH! SMASH! And yes, SMASH! Oh is he okay? Doesn’t look it. Bray takes a taste. Yowie wowie, he’s delicious! Which reminds Bray. Today’s sponsor: Rambling Rabbit’s Bohemian Breakfast Spread. Start every morning, with a smash! Now remember, Fireflies. Bray will always light the way. You just have to let him in. Okay bye~!
Is this truly the last we’ve seen of that wascally wabbit?
Backstage interview with Apollo Crews.
His match with El Idolo never happened on last week’s SmackDown, only because Andrade Almas attacked before the bell! Apollo still suffered La Sombra, in order to send a message to Finn Balor. Apollo’s response is that he’s not here as someone’s afterthought. He won’t forget what Almas did, so the first chance he gets- “Will be the last mistake you ever make,” Zelina Vega says. She says Almas is in a bad mood, and advises Apollo not to anger him. Or else Almas will make sure Apollo never has another match in the WWE. And apparently Chad Gable is taking notes? On what? And will either Apollo or Almas make good on their word?
Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!
We heard both sides say their peace earlier, but who backs up words with a win? Find out after one more commercial break!
SmackDown returns once more, and The New Day once again makes their trio entrance. The teams sort out and Woods starts against Ziggler so they can settle their own business from Super Showdown. The two circle and tie up. Ziggler wrenches the wrist but Woods turns it around. Ziggler gets to the ropes and tells Woods to get back. Woods backs off and the two circle agian. Ziggler gets the leg and then the waistlock on the mat. Woods powers his way up and pries free to another wristlock. Woods yanks the arm then jams it, but keeps on Ziggler. Ziggler punches Woods away, then brings him to the corner to tag Sami. Sami mugs Woods and goes after Woods’ arm now. Sami wrenches Woods to the mat, but Woods fights his way back up.
Woods rolls, breaks free and dropkicks Sami down! Sami goes to the New Day corner and ends up in the Unicorn Stampede! Tag to Kofi, then Big E, then Kofi again. Big E whips Kofi in for a basement dropkick to top it off! Cover, TWO! Kofi whips Sami corner to corner then runs in, but only gets buckles! Kofi tumbles right out of the ring, and Ziggler goes right at him with a BIG lariat! Woods protests but Ziggler gets away with it as he jogs away. The ref counts but Kofi stirs at about 4. Ziggler tags in so he can fetch Kofi into the ring.
Ziggler wraps Kofi up in a sleeper hold and taunts him to tag his friends. Fans rally up and Kofi fights his way up. Kofi fights out with body shots and forearms, but Ziggler shove and dropkicks Kofi out of the ring! Kevin drops a senton behind the ref’s back! Kofimania is in trouble as we go to one more break.
SmackDown returns once more, and Ziggler has Kofi back in the sleeper. The fans rally up and Kofi fights his way up, only for Ziggler to wrangle him back down. Ziggler tags Kevin in and holds Kofi down for Kevin to stomp. Kevin taunts Kofi before standing him up, to only clothesline him down! Fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” but Kevin laughs as he picks Kofi up. Kofi fights back but Kevin clubs him and whips him. Kofi goes up and dropkicks Kevin down! Kevin and Kofi both crawl for their corners, hot tags to Sami and Woods! Woods hits Ziggler then dodges Sami to forearm Sami down! And again! Mule kick to front kick to whip. Sami reverses but Woods dodges to slide to roaring elbow!
Fans fire up with Woods as he runs and wrecks Sami and Ziggler with a dropkick! Woods puts Sami back in and then climbs up, but Kevin distracts for Ziggler to trip Woods up! Sami tags Kevin, and Kevin clubs away on Woods! Kevin dropkicks Woods in the back and Woods slumps to the mat. Kevin taunts Big E but fans boo as the ref has to keep Big E back. Ziggler and Sami return to their corner as Kevin puts Woods in. Kevin throws hands then tags Ziggler. Kevin mocks the fans chanting “USA” because now Ziggler is in. Ziggler drags Woods around to rake the eyes against the rope! He lets up at 4 and taunts Kofi with a superkick feint. Sami gets a cheap shot on Woods, but then Ziggler keeps Woods down with a sleeper hold and body scissors.
Woods reaches for ropes but Ziggler keeps him away. Fans rally again and Woods fights up. Woods fights out of the hold, but Ziggler scoops. Woods slips free to roll Ziggler, TWO! Ziggler keeps Woods anchored away from his corner! Woods claws but is still dragged away by the grapevine. Tag to Sami and Sami stomps Woods out. Sami grins as he drags Woods up for crossface forearms. He drives his knee into Woods’ back then puts on a chinlock. Woods endures again and fans rally up for him. Woods gets up and fights out, and CHOPS Sami back! And again, and again! Sami haymakers and Woods falls. Sami rains down rights then SLAPS Woods around! Fans boo but Sami does back off to tag Kevin.
Kevin stomps Woods and scoops him for a slam. He goes to the corner and hops up, moonsault hits Woods on the side! Cover, TWO!! Woods survives after not dodging in time, but Kevin keeps on Woods with clubbing forearms. Kevin whips Woods but Woods gives him a DDT! Both men are down and Sacramento fires up once more! Hot tags to Ziggler and BIG E!! Big E throws Ziggler way overhead! And again! And then baits Ziggler into the belly2belly! But Big E keeps moving with the hip swivel and BIG SPLASH! Big E still isn’t done, he gets fans fired up. Ziggler crawls to the apron but Big E runs, into Ziggler’s knee! Ziggler runs in to kick and- No, Big E dodges the Famouser to scoop Ziggler! Tag to Kofi and Kofi climbs up, but Ziggler slips out!
Smai tags in and Ziggler SUPERKICKS Big E! Kofi goes at Ziggler but gets eyes raked. Sami grabs Kofi, but Kofi escapes and lets the SUPERKICK hit Sami! Woods takes the SUPERKICK for Kofi, and then Kofi hits Trouble In Paradise on Ziggler! Another Trouble in Paradise for Smai! Cover, The New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, Kofi pinning
And Kofimania has momentum for Stomping Grounds! Will a steel cage be a difference maker in the rematch of Kofi VS Ziggler? Or will Kofi remain the W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion?
Much like Raw last night, SmackDown shrugs off the disappointment of Super Showdown to head for WWE Stomping Grounds with some good stuff. Again, a lot of recycled material, but SmackDown has the good material. We open pretty strong with a “reluctant” Miz TV to keep Miz’s story with Shane alive. Honestly, it should’ve only ever been Shane and Miz but whatever. Miz obviously gets the worst of it when Shane puts him in a double header, and then adds insult to injury making him have that rematch after all. The trilogy ends not with a bang, but with a lot of Shane Heel Heat that just seems unnecessary to do at this point in time. Once again, WWE should’ve found a way to wait until Extreme Rules, because as I said on Raw, Miz getting to go off like that would be great for everyone.
Given how Fire & Desire are bullying Carmella and Ember Moon, I’m expecting a team-up of Fabulous & War Goddess to get back at them. Which again begs the question, what is going on with the Women’s Tag Team Division? Where are Asuka, Kairi and Paige to call out the IIconics and get that tag title match going already!? Clearly Nikki and Alexa are moving aside for the time being, as Alexa really is the Heel manipulating poor Nikki into doing her dirty work. Bayley VS Nikki was a good match, and would be great if that was for the title, but nope. I still believe Nikki will eventually see through Alexa’s act and they’ll have some kind of match. Pretty sure I said much of this for Raw, but this is how it goes with the Wild Card Rule not so much breaking as blurring the brand split.
Truth is a treasure and he was literally stuck in a trunk after being stuck in an elevator. Obviously now we won’t need to worry about social media posts from the WWE 24/48/7/11 European Television Champion for the week. But it would be the perfect thing if next Monday on Raw, that trunk was opened and Truth popped out with such relief, only to get covered by whoever happened to be there. As great as Truth is as champion right now, it will freshen up things if he’s finally on the hunt. I’m also still waiting for the first female 24/7 Champion to truly make this belt something special.
I was really hoping Bryan & Rowan were going to win those YOLO County tag titles so they could recycle them per their gimmick. But a Heavy Machinery squash match is always fun to watch. These four could easily have a title match at Stomping Grounds, but Washington state is Bryan Country, so I think Bryan & Rowan win there. I wonder if we’d get Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS New Day, especially if the sustainable organic belts arrive to basically recreate Wrestlemania when The New Day threw those away to bring back the current blue belts. Honestly, SmackDown needs more tag teams, maybe the extra ones on Raw come over. I guess Vince just hates tag team wrestling regardless of gender.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/19)
Is the One and Only better than Phenomenal?
It’s the Raw After Stomping Grounds!
Raw wants to kick ass and take names, too! The NEW United States Champion takes on some Phenomenal competition for the first time ever! Plus, Shane McMahon proves to be the Best Sore Loser in the World as he demands a handicap rematch with Roman Reigns!
- 8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day; win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns; No Contest.
- Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater; Slater wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Heath Slater VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Cedric Alexander VS EC3; EC3 wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: EC3 VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn; Kingston wins.
- Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins.
- Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Bliss wins.
- Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win.
- Ricochet VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with Seth Freakin’ Rollins!
And he is still WWE Universal Champion, even after Baron Corbin’s clever ruse. The Lone Wolf tried using a Lady to get in between Rollins and his title, but it was thanks to The Man that things didn’t go their way. Rollins and Becky Lynch made sure Corbin and Lacey Evan got what they deserved, and the two stood tall to end Stomping Grounds. And he’s all smiles as fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins picks up a mic to talk about last night. “Last night at Stomping Grounds, right down the road at Tacoma, Baron Corbin thought he was going to take this title from me.” But here comes The Man! And still Raw Women’s Champion! Becky joins her beau in the ring to stand side-by-side with him.
Fans cheer but Rollins is a bit surprised. Rollins says Becky interrupted him. She did? She did. But before getting into this, Rollins gives Baron Corbin some credit. Sounds crazy, but he was smart to admit he couldn’t out wrestle or out fight him, so he got a ref Rollins couldn’t hurt and who would do anything she could to stick it to Rollins. But Corbin wasn’t smart enough to realize that he has “the best back-up on the planet.” It pays to be The Man’s Man. And when it came to last night, they proved why they’re both the champions of their divisions. Lacey lost but had to come out and tried to steal a title. But The Man came around to slap Lacey’s empty head off its shoulders. But here comes Baron Corbin himself now!
And Lacey attacks from behind!! Lacey is all over Becky but Becky turns it around! Rollins pulls Becky off Lacey but Becky gets mad at him! And then goes back to hitting Lacey! Corbin finally appears but Rollins is right on him, Slingblade! Becky stops stomping Lacey long enough for a Becksploder! Corbin’s plans fail again! The Man and her Man stand tall with their titles, but Corbin says fans SHOULD chant for Becky. She saved Rollins and that title! Rollins should just give Becky his boat, then fly home to put on an apron and make dinner for The Man, since she’s the real bread winner! Lacey agrees, Becky should get her girl on out of here before Lacey puts her hands on him again.
Corbin says Becky is the only reason he isn’t Universal Champion! And he chose Lacey because she’s the only real woman on Raw! He’d even take her in a mixed tag match against The Man and Rollins anytime, anywhere. Lacey agrees! That should be at Extreme Rules. Well if those two dopes are that desperate for getting their heads stomped and arms ripped off, fine. But on one condition: if Corbin and Lacey lose, that’s it! No more matches with either of them ever again! Corbin and Lacey talk it over, and accept. And then they raise it! Oh well their ideas seem to be working out so well. Rollins doesn’t even care what the challenge is, he accepts it! Well he should’ve cared, because BOTH titles are on the line! Will this unique mixed tag championship match be as extreme as it is historic?
8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day!
Washington is still Daniel Bryan Country! The SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions combine forces to take on respective challengers as Jimmy & Jey join forces with Big E & Xavier Woods! Will Dash & Dawson help Bryan & Rowan restore the prestige to WWE’s tag team division? Or will they be no match for positivity and the penitentiary?
Raw returns as the #TopGuys make their entrance, followed by The New Day! Usos break it down: champions VS challengers! “The Little Rascals” and “Spongebob and Patrick” team up but they’ll get locked down! But in this elimination match, once one member of a duo is eliminated, so is his partner! Who will end up at a major disadvantage first?
Teams sort out and Bryan starts against Woods. Woods doesn’t mind that the fans cheer for Bryan, but then Scott Dawson tags in on his own. Dawson says it’s okay, he’ll get this done. He nudges Bryan but Bryan pushes back. Dawson and Woods tie up, and Dawson gets a headlock takeover. Woods gets up and powers Dawson. Tag to Big E and Big E runs Dawson over! Woods holds Dawson in place for Big E’s SPLASH, with a leg drop added! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps on Dawson and whips to scoop. But Dawson slips out and tags Rowan. Big E suplexes Dawson but gets run over by Rowan! Rowan hits Woods and then throws Big E with a sit-out urenage! The Usos come in but get sent out by Rowan alone! Big Red Splash FLOPS!
Fans rally and Bryan tags in, as does Woods. Woods dodges, slides, and mule kicks. Woods whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to then run and leaping lariat! Washington fires up as Bryan clotheslines Woods out. The Revival cheer Bryan, too, as he DIVES to hit- Dawson!? Woods got clear, but then he runs into Bryan’s forearm! Bryan climbs up fast, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Kip-up and fire up! Bryan aims at Woods, to give him Yes Kicks! He aims the buzzsaw but misses! Woods waistlocks but Bryan standing switches to roll up! TWO, and Dash uppercuts Bryan!? Woods rolls Bryan up, The New Day ELIMINATE The Planet’s Tag Team Champions! The Revival’s pettiness may have just cost them!
Dawson goes at Woods but Woods reverses the whip. Dash tags in and Dawson puts Woods out. Woods hits Dash back then kicks Dawson. Woods springboards, into a SHATTER MACHINE! The Revival ELIMINATE The New Day!! Things are evened up in a blink of an eye! Will the Usos be able to avenge the New Day after the break?
Raw returns as The Usos DOUBLE FLY! They take out both Dash & Dawson! They throw hands then put Dash in. Dawson runs but gets a double back drop! Fans rally for the Usos but Dash puts Jey on the apron. Jey kicks back then climbs up for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Dash flounders but blocks Jey’s kick, and ducks the dragon whip! Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip, Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Dash keeps The Revival alive, but Jimmy keeps moving. Jimmy climbs but Dash springs up. Jimmy jumps over and Dash hits Jey, only to gt a SUPERKICK! Then Jimmy pop, lock and uppercuts! He ducks the clothesline but leaps into Dash’s powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dash grows furious that Jimmy survives!
Fans rally up as Dash and Jimmy are on the apron. Dash throws hands and pulls off Jimmy’s shirt to CHOP him. Jimmy headbutts back! Jimmy gets in but his superkick is countered to an Electric Chair! Dawson tags in and climbs up top, Electric Chair Bulldog! Cover, TWO!! Dawson argues with the ref, but two is two. Dawson stomps Jimmy but fans rally up. Jimmy counter punches but Dawson shoves him away. Dawson blocks the kick but still gets the dragon whip! Jimmy climbs up but Dawson stops him with a forearm! Dawson climbs up but Jey tags in. Dawson punched Jey down and calls for Dash. Dash climbs the other corner, but Jey shoves Dash down! Jey climbs up on Dash, SUPERPLEX from Dawson to Jimmy, but Jey SPLASHES down! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The New Day & The Usos, Jey Uso pinning
The Usos win it for their team, but most importantly, this means they beat the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will Jimmy & Jey head to Extreme Rules with a championship match on the card?
Raw found Braun Strowman warming up for his Tug of War match.
The Monster Among Men has already proven he’s strong enough to flip a semi truck, but now he shows that he can tow one, too! That’s roughly 8 tons! Can Bobby Lashley stand against such strength?
Raw presents Miz TV!
The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show returns, and his guests are at the center of the most exciting title chase in recent history: The WWE 24/7 Championship! Yes, it is Carmella and R-Truth! The Fabulous Princess walks out with the now 7-time champion, but Miz assures him the interview is a pause on the 24/7 rules. In just a month, this WWE 24/7 Championship has led mobs of superstars all over the world, from a golf course, a tarmac, on an airplane over the Red Sea, and perhaps wildest of all, Drake Maverick’s wedding. Miz shares the YouTube footage from over the weekend, and poor Maverick having his special day ruined with a roll-up.
Back in the present, Miz is shocked! A wedding? Really? Really! This old gag returns after however long. And the fans support it? Yes! Truth thanks them! But he explains to Miz that the 48/7 European TV Championship “ain’t no joke, bruh!” Truth has been barely able to eat, drink or be merry, “if you know what I mean.” He can’t go shopping, he can’t go to picnics, without looking over his shoulder. Truth even has WWE Superstars showing up at his house! Dressing like police, “Sir! Please turn your music down! Your car is on fire!” Yeah right. Truth’s smarter than that. Carmella translates that while the wedding crashing was extreme, the title is that important to him. Wait, here comes Drake Maverick!
A dejected Rockstar Spud says winning that title was the biggest moment of his career, and his wedding was supposed to be the biggest moment of his life, and Truth ruined both of them! His new wife won’t talk to him or go on their honeymoon. And that means they haven’t… “consummated the marriage!” Fiber’s good for that. No, Truth, not constipated… Fans chant “Constipation!” Maverick talks man to man with Truth, asking for a rematch. No shenanigans, just a straight up match right here and now on Raw, to see if Maverick can win back the love of his back. Yeah, let him win his wife back. No, the title!!
Miz is getting information in his ear. If Truth accepts, then it is with a ban from ringside for anyone else. Fans want to see it! Truth accepts Hornswoggle’s challenge! Miz shouts for a ref, and we’ll get this after the break!
WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick!
Raw returns as the bell rings, and Maverick fires off on Truth! Truth shoves Maverick away and hits the Lie Detector! Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; still WWE 24/7 Champion
Well that didn’t last long. Surely Maverick was still hungover from the reception. But now that the match is over, the floodgates open!! Truth doesn’t see it in time, and now he’s surrounded! He manages to knock down EC3 and a few others, then ducks Gran Metalik’s springboard dropkick! Truth kicks Metalik and throws him out onto his amigos! But No Way Jose slips in! Truth avoids the roll-up, but not the NEURALIZER! Cedric Alexander covers, but No Way Jose breaks it up!
Alexander and Jose brawl but the Lucha House Party piles on. Truth and Carmella retreat through the WWE Universe! Truth has the title now, but will he finish Raw with it?
As for Maverick, he stands up, but is clearly distraught. Charly Caruso gets in the ring to ask him about this tough week. Where does he go from here? (Other than just staying 205 Live GM) He can’t really bring the words out, so he simply takes his leave.
Lacey and Corbin talk backstage.
She wants to be Raw Women’s Champion, so he better- Yes, he knows. Rollins has been a thorn in Corbin’s side, too. Coribn will enjoy stomping Rollins out. They need to keep their heads in the game. Rollins is treated like he’s Superman, but Superman has his kryptonite. And for Rollins, it’s Becky. Take her out then they’ll both get the titles. And they might even be a power couple of their own.
2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns!
The Best in the World couldn’t screw The Big Dog out of a Stomping Grounds victory, so now he and the Scottish Terminator try again together! Can Roman again rise up and defy the odds? Or is this deck finally stacked enough to stop him?
Wait, Shane makes sure it is clear this is the kind of Handicap Match with no tagging! Now Roman really will have to overcome both Shane and McIntyre at the same time. He doesn’t seem to care as he makes his entrance, though. Roman uppercuts Shane the second he gets in the ring! The bell rings and McIntyre throws Roman in a corner! McIntyre clubs away on Roman and throws in big knees. Roman hits back with big hands of his own, until McIntyre shoves him away. Roman clotheslines McIntyre out but Shane comes back with body shots! But Roman backs Shane into a corner and rams his shoulder in! BIG uppercut! But McIntyre drags Roman out to throw him into barriers! And then more barriers! And then the steel steps!
Shane joins McIntyre on the outside to stomp Roman. McIntyre drags Roman to bounce him off the base steps! And then picks up the other steps while Shane holds Roman up. Shane feeds Roman to McIntyre’s step battering ram! McIntyre drags Roman into the ring and both he and Shane stalk Roman. Fans duel as McIntyre sits Roman up for Shane’s kick! Shane kicks Roman more then McIntyre stomps him. McIntyre drags Roman up, and Shane whips Roman into a CLAYMORE! But that’s not enough for Shane, he has McIntyre bring Roman up again. McIntyre whips Roman at Shane, for Shane’s SPEAR! Shane again steals Roman’s move, but Shane still won’t end it. He has McIntyre take aim again, for a second CLAYMORE!
And that’s still not enough! Shane climbs to a corner while McIntyre holds Roman, but a gong!? The lights go down, and then come back on, with The UNDERTAKER! He catches Shane, for a CHOKE SLAM! Taker boots McIntyre then fires off fast hands in the corner! Taker DECKS McIntyre, then clotheslines him out! Shane staggers up, but Taker clotheslines Shane out! The Deadman just saved Roman Reigns from Shane and McIntyre! Fans are thunderous as Taker slashes the throat, eyes rolled back. Taker strikes his famous pose and the dark light shines! Is Taker here to finally end The Best in the World?
Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman!
The Monster Among Men won an arm wrestling contest, which Lashley took very sorely. Then Strowman beat Lashley at Super Showdown, which Lashley also took sorely. But now the Rocky Mountain Machine wants to see just how strong Strowman truly is in this old school test! Lashley used a telephone pole for his training, and tore the rope apart! Will that happen to this rope here tonight? Or will one titan fall to the other before that happens?
Fans fire up as each man goes to their corner. They chant “Get These Hands!” as each man straps in. The ribbon is centered with the red line, and the bell rings! Lashley gets an early advantage, but Strowman holds tight. Strowman digs in so hard, the mat carpet is coming up! Strowman is mere inches from the red line, but he grins! Was he toying with Lashley!? Strowman reels Lashley all the way over!
Winner: Braun Strowman
But Lashly is again a sore loser as he goes after Strowman with clubbing hands and stomps! Lashley throws Strowman into a post! Then he grab the rope to pull Strowman back! The rope blinds Strowman as it goes across his eyes! Lashley finally lets go, and Strowman slumps out of the ring. But Lashley isn’t done, he goes out and runs around the corner, only for Strowman to BLAST him off his feet! Lashley gets up to blast Strowman into barriers! Lashley boasts like he won, but he still hasn’t beat Strowman in a match. Will he change that the next time these two meet?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
The Phenomenal One is cleared to compete, and he’s ready to go! But as great as rehab was, why is he after Ricochet so soon? Because sitting at home was killing him. But now there’s a new WWE United States Champion. The match Ricochet had with Samoa Joe was so incredible- Wait why is No Way Jose’s music playing? Styles sees Gallows and Anderson in the conga line!! They’re just partying, good brother. But what about preparing for the Viking Raiders?! Oh AJ, it ain’t nothing but a G&A Thing. They’ve talked about this!
No, he talked about this. They’re still at the top of their game. Like when they lost to the Usos? Come on! Where is the NJPW Gallows & Anderson? The Club!! Where are the former Raw Tag Team Champions? What happened? Well what happened to Styles!? Gallows calms Anderson, and vows they will take the fight to the Raiders.
The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders!
Both these teams held gold while in NJPW, but it seems only one team has held onto that mean streak that made them champions. Can Gallows and Anderson bring back the Doc and Machine Gun? Or will Erik & Ivar put them through a Viking Experience they’ll never forget?
Raw returns as Gallows and Anderson watch the Raiders make their entrance. The bell rings and Gallows goes right at Ivar! He kicks Ivar and throws body shots in the corner. Then a big uppercut! Gallows brings Ivar over and tags Anderson to mug Ivar. But Ivar kicks and clubs Anderson back, then tags in Erik. Ivar scoop slams Anderson, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Anderson! Erik stalks Anderson to a corner and whips him corner to corner. Anderson reverses but Erik goes up and over, only to get a BIG lariat! Anderson grits his teeth as he rains down rights on Erik! He lets up at the ref’s count but brings Erik over to tag Gallows. The Club whips Erik and Gallows kicks low. Anderson clubs Erik down for Gallows to drive elbows into. Gallows then clamps on a chinlock to thrash Erik around.
Styles watches backstage and likes what he sees from his boys. Erik powers up as fans rally, and he fights out of the hold. Erik shoves but Gallows YAKUZA Kicks! Then Gallows uppercuts Ivar! Tag to Anderson, fireman’s carry, Boot of Doom! Cover, TWO! Erik survives but Anderson scowls. Anderson rains down more hands, but stops to soak up the heat. They want Styles to see this. But Erik forearms Anderson down! Tag to Ivar and Ivar runs Anderson over! Ivar hits Gallows back, but misses in the corner, to still give Anderson a seated senton! Gallows runs in but Ivar cartwheels to clotheslines Gallows out! Ivar builds speed and Erik tags in, Ivar DIVES into Gallows! Erik has Anderson, THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
And Styles is disappointed all over again. What will it take for The Club to get back on track?
Nikki Cross finds Alexa Bliss backstage.
The Goddess is clearly upset, and Nikki apologizes. Alexa isn’t mad at her, she just isn’t sure what they could do different. Nikki still takes the blame, so Alexa says they can just use that as motivation. Bayley is just that good at manipulating people. But there has to be a way to get a rematch. Yeah, they need a plan. But Alexa needs to be alone for that, so Nikki scoots away. Does Alexa already have that plan in motion?
Raw returns and Nikki ends up encountering Naomi and Natalya.
They aren’t sure how to say this, but Nikki being friends with Alexa Bliss, something is up. Alexa is not very trustworthy. Nikki sees the best in people, but they’ve seen the worst in Alexa. Yes, Nikki knows Alexa’s past but- Alexa comes by and asks what’s going on. Is Nikki betraying her with this “neon Bayley buddy”? That’s Ms. Neon to Alexa. Natty and Nikki try to keep the peace but Naomi says Nikki will just have to learn the hard way. As for Alexa, she’s gonna #FeelTheGlow the hard way. Will Naomi and Natty be able to shine some light on Alexa’s true colors?
Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater!
We all know Heath’s got kids, and needs the money, but is taking on a shattered Mojo really the way to go about it?
But wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion returns! As does the horde of superstars chasing him! Truth gets in the ring, but now he’s a target of them as much as he others! Slater keeps out the mob but Mojo points out Kalisto. Truth sends Kalisto FLYING onto the group! And then Mojo goes after Truth! Truth dumps Mojo out but Slater hits a neckbreaker on Truth! Cover, SLATER WINS!!
Winner: Heath Slater, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
What a crazy turn of events! Slater’s got championship money coming tonight, baby! But wait, that means he’s the new target! EC3 drags him out, but Slater ducks to send EC3 into Mojo! #RunHeathRun! But wait, he ends up back in the ring as he fights of Eric Young and Titus O’Neil! Truth is waiting, LIE DETECTOR! Cover, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Simply incredible! Raw has seen three WWE 24/7 Championship matches in one night!! Truth is now an 8-time champion, but the chase doesn’t stop! Cedric Alexander returns outta nowhere, to hit a LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
This is the busiest this title has been in its one month of existing! The Soul of 205 Live finally has a title on Raw, but now he has to run away with it! Alexander dodges Mojo but EC3 hits the Top One Percent! Cover, EC3 wins!!
Winner: EC3, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Ethan Carter III finally gets himself a title! But then Carmella just steals the belt?! That’s not a valid title change! But then Truth rolls EC3 up! Truth wins again!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
NINE TIMES! Truth is a NINE TIME WWE 24/7 Champion! The chase is on again, will there be even more title changes before Raw is over?
Backstage interview with WWE United States Champion, Ricochet!
The One and Only has his first title in the WWE, and it’s still surreal to him. But Ricochet knows it is a feeling he doesn’t want to let go. He will do what he can to keep this title and this feeling. It may be cliche to say, but it did take the support of his family, friends and fans to get him here. But that was Stomping Grounds. Tonight, he faces a wrestler who he has admired his entire career in AJ Styles. Styles is a trailblazer for those who aren’t the biggest but they are the most determined. Ricochet will prove to Styles and himself that he is worthy of holding this title. Will the King of Flight fly higher than ever before here tonight?
Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens!
Kofimania lives on! And he did it by falling with style as he literally leaped over Dolph Ziggler to escape the cage. Charly interviews Kofi in the ring to congratulate him again on his victory. But before she can ask anything more, Sami Zayn interrupts! He and Kevin say the softball journalism is just wasting our time. Luckily, he and Kevin came prepared. Kevin has some real questions so “Not Renee” can just leave. Time for an impromptu edition of the Sami & Kevin show! Let’s see if Kofi can keep up.
Question 1: Why is Kofi here? 2: Who does Kofi think he is? 3: Why doesn’t he just get the hell out of here?! Kofi asks them something back. Does Kevin not see the giant zit that’s bleeding? Kofi can see it all the way from the ring. Sami asks why Kofi is such a “paper champion”? Why is it that Kofi’s identity as champion is “guy that gets help from his friends?” AKA Big E and Xavier Woods, who lost to Kevin and Sami! So why does Kofi use his friends? Hey, just because the best frenemies are always on and off, doesn’t mean everyone does that, too. Kofi, Xavier and Big E are brothers! This bond can’t be broken!
And not winning by himself? But didn’t he beat Kevin at MITB by himself? And Kofi beat Ziggler by himself in that cage match. And just like that, Kofi will beat “Sam Zayn” by himself. Wow. The arrogance. “I did it all by myself!” Classic delusions of grandeur by Sami’s estimation. Sami will give Kofi a reality check! It isn’t about ego, it’s about perseverance! The WWE Championship isn’t just about Kofi but about the fans. And to be honest, Kofi is getting tired of Sami talking. So Sami should just come and get another Trouble in Paradise courtesy of THE W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion, BABYYYYYY~! Kofi is ready, but is Sami ready?
Raw returns with the bell and Kofi circles with Sami. Kevin cheers Sami on as he wristlocks Kofi. Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Kofi picks a leg and drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Sami gets to the ropes and apron. Kevin comes by to check on Sami as he gets back in. Fans rally for Kofi but Kevin tries to start a Sami chant. Kofi and Sami tie up and Kofi waistlocks to a headlock. Sami pulls hair but the ref reprimands him. Sami throws body shots and haymakers, but lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Kevin cheers but fans boo as Sami comes back for more. Sami CHOPS Kofi then bumps him off buckles. Fans rally for Kofi but Sami whips Kofi corner to corner. Sami runs in but Kofi elbows him away. Kofi slips out and kicks Sami away, then springboards for ax handles!
Kofi rallies with chops and a dropkick! He keeps moving to leaping lariat Sami down! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi makes sure Kevin is watching as he aims from the corner. Kevin warns Sami, and Sami ducks the Truoble to roll Kofi up! TWO, but Sami kicks Kofi back down. Kevin argues with the ref but Sami throws hands on Kofi. Sami whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi springboards to dropkick Sami down! Sami rolls to ropes again, but Kofi is on him with another whip. Kofi jumps but Sami bails out. Sami regroups with Kevin, but Kofi slides out. Sami dodges and hotshots Kofi down! Kevin gets cheap shots in! And then jogs away to get away with it. Sami goes out to fetch Kofi into the ring as Kevin applauds.
Sami stalks Kofi and rains down hands into Kofi’s head. He wraps Kofi in a chinlock but fans rally up. Kofi gets up and fights out but Sami punches him back. Sami whips and runs Kofi over with forearms! Sami toys with Kofi and brings him up for more hands. He whips Kofi but Kofi clotheslines Sami back! Fans rally up as Kofi slowly stands. KOfi counter punches Sami and backs him down. Kofi whips but Sami reverses to kick and punch Kofi back down. Saim runs but Kofi leaps on him! Kofi rains down furious rights! Then runs back in, but gets an exploder into buckles! Kevin shouts for Sami to cover and Sami does, TWO! Sami and Kevin grow frustrated but Sami keeps on Kofi in the corner.
Sami hoists Kofi up top but Kofi fights back! Kofi then adjusts and leaps, but Sami gets clear. Kofi lands on his feet but gets a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO! Sami and Kevin are shocked that Kofi survives! But Sami aims and runs corner to corner, to get leaping double stomps! Fans rally up again and Kofi runs at Sami, but is put on the apron. Kofi punches back then springboards, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives again and Sami grows frustrated. Sami drags Kofi up, waistlocks, but Kofi resists the lift. Kofi punches away on Sami, but Sami reels him in, Blue Thunder gets a sunset flip counter! Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Sami and Kevin are stunned! Kofi proves he can get it done on his own, but Kevin gets on the mic. If Kofi thinks he’s so great, then he needs to prove it more! Have a match with Kevin Owens, right here and now! Kofi considers it, and figures why not! Kofi goes back to the ring for another match! Is he going to complete the sweep after the break?
Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn!
Raw returns as Kofimania goes for a double header! The bell rings and Sami distracts! Kofi falls for it, and gets a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin hurries up top, SWANTON onto knees! Kofi saves himself there and Kevin goes to the corner. Kofi and Kevin both stand, SUPERKICK! Kevin covers, TWO! Kevin grimaces as he drags Kofi up, and whips him, to a Pop-up, but Kofi slips out! Kofi sends Kevin out but Kevin drags Kofi out. Kevin kicks and prepares a bomb, but Kofi back drops Kevin down! Both men are down and crawling around while Sami lurks nearby. Kofi runs at Kevin but is sent into the barriers! Kevin runs at Kofi but gets an SOS to the ramp! Both men are down again but Kofi crawls to the ring.
Kofi gets in at 9, Kevin is down! The count hits 10, and Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by count-out
But Sami is right on Kofi! Kofi throws Sami out and Sami is with Kevin, as Kofi FLIES!! Kofi still has so much left despite all he’s been through, but is he going to hit a wall sooner or later?
But wait! Samoa Joe attacks Kofi on the stage!! Joe drags Kofi up to throw him into LED panels! And then swings him around to slam him back into them! Joe drags Kofi up for an urenage! Kofi writhes while Joe looms over him. Joe leaves and the referees bring But Joe attacks again! With the Coquina Clutch!! Kofi is out cold, and Joe finally leaves him alone. Is the Samoan Submission Machine going to be the one to end Kofi’s dream come true?
Raw announces a HUGE Extreme Rules PPV match!
After the Undertaker returned to save Roman Reigns, they will team up to take on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre! Will the Yard truly belong to The Deadman and the Big Dog? Or will the Best in the World and his Scottish Terminator find a way to stack the deck in their favor?
Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!
The Goddess failed to bring the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Raw, but she still claims it is because Bayley is a bully and a liar. But Naomi and Natalya know Alexa is all that and more, it’s just a matter of getting Nikki to see that. Will this match do a lot to expose Alexa’s true intentions? Or will the wool still be pulled over the eyes of Crazy Cross?
The bell rings and Naomi SLAPS Alexa! Alexa swings but Naomi splits to dodge! Alexa runs into a kick and another slap! Naomi runs into a big lariat! Alexa scowls as she looms over Naomi. She goes to pick Naomi up but Naomi kip-ups! So Alexa throws Naomi down! Cover, ONE! Alexa grows annoyed, but she stands on Naomi’s hair. Naomi kicks Alexa away! Then kicks her legs out, to drop the splits leg drop! Cover, TWO! Alexa scrambles away and regroups with Nikki. But Naomi runs and baseball slides, to WRECK Nikki! That was not her intent but Alexa did dodge. Alexa gets back in and catches Naomi with the Bliss-DT! Cover, Alexa wins!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall
The Goddess doesn’t seem that torn up about Nikki getting hit. But then she goes after Naomi more! She stomps Naomi down and tells Nikki to get hers in. Alexa keeps kicking Naomi then brings her up for Nikki. Nikki doesn’t understand, but she does shove Naomi and Alexa down. Here comes Natalya! The Queen of Harts runs off Alexa and Nikki to defend Naomi. Is this going to settle down after the break?
Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
Raw returns and now it’s friends against friends! Nikki still doesn’t seem sure about this, but she starts against Naomi. Naomi dropkicks Nikki down then brings her over to the corner. Natty tags in and she rolls Nikki, ONE! Natty keeps on Nikki with a snap suplex, then another. Nikki gets up and avoids a third, then hops on for a thrashing sleeper hold! Natty throws Nikki off, then hits a discus lariat! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Nikki but Nikki headbutts back. Tag to Alexa and Alexa grabs Natty, only for Natty to power her all the way back! Natty rams knees in then tags in Naomi. Naomi puts on a full nelson and thrashes her about. Alexa endures but gets a Full Nelson bomb! Body scissor cradle, TWO!
Naomi keeps on Alexa with a facelock, then bulldogs her into buckles. Tag to Natty and Natty rebound sits Alexa down. Natty runs on Alexa but Nikki blocks her path. Alexa DECKS Natty with a right! Cover, TWO! Nikki rallies for Alexa while Alexa wraps Natty in a chinlock. Natty endures as fans rally up. Natty fights her way up and fights out of the hold, then scoops Alexa for a Michinoku Driver! Both women are down but Natty crawls to a cover, TWO! Nikki still roots Alexa on as Natty clubs away. Natty snap suplexes Alexa down then drags her up for another. Natty drags Alexa around and wants the sharpshooter, but Alexa powers out! Tag to Nikki! Nikki rallies on Natty with furious forearms! She throws Natty into Naomi! Then splashes on Natty in the corner, to a bulldog! Cover, TWO!
Nikki keeps moving, going to the ropes. She shoulders and slingshots in for a dropkick! Then she hurries up top, and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki doesn’t slow down, she fires up more. She brings Natty to their corner and Alexa tags in. Natty fights back, but Alexa lets Nikki take care of Natty with The Purge! Alexa covers, Alexa and Nikki win!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning
Nikki is still confused, but only because Alexa let her do all the work. Though, Alexa did do a lot of work against Naomi in their singles match. Are they going to work like this all the way to those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?
Ricochet VS AJ Styles!
Raw brings us this incredible first-time-anywhere match-up! And while it isn’t for the WWE United States Championship, surely a win would mean the Phenomenal One is back at the front of the line for the title he once held. But with how hard he fought to get here, will the One and Only only fight that much harder to be better than phenomenal?
The bell rings and Styles circles with Ricochet. They tie up as fans duel and Styles powers Ricochet to a corner. The ref calls for a break and Styles backs off. Styles and Ricochet circle again and tie up again. Ricochet wrenches and wristlocks, but Styles rolls and handsprings to reverse it. Ricochet works to do the same but Styles catches him to a headlock! Styles has Ricochet on the mat but Ricochet rolls to a cover, ONE! Ricochet rolls again and Styles lets go. Styles runs into an arm-drag, and then another! Styles stays back to avoid a third, and fans cheer the exchange.
But here come Anderson & Gallows down the ramp. Ricochet is wary of The Club being here in Styles corner now. He and Styles tie up again, and Ricochet headlocks. Styles powers out but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet has to worry about Anderson swiping at him, but Styles is just as surprised. This isn’t what he meant when he said they should take things more seriously. Styles can do this on his own! He even gets on the mic to tell them they’re not ruining this. He wants them to leave, and now. The Club backs off to leave Styles be. Raw goes to break, will Anderson & Gallows really honor Styles wishes?
Raw returns once again, and it really is just Styles and Ricochet now. They tie up again, and Ricochet waistlocks. Styles standing switches, but Ricochet does, too. Ricochet headlocks, and holds on as Styles tries to power out. Fans duel again as Styles gets back up. Styles throws forearms and back suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet runs and rolls off Styles’ back, then handsprings to headscissor and dropkick Styles down! Cover, ONE! Ricochet keeps on Styles with haymakers in the corner. Ricochet wrenches and brings Styles to the mat. Styles gets up but Ricochet wrenches again, then tucks Styles in for a modified standing stretch. Ricochet makes it a cover, TWO!
Styles powers Ricochet to a corner! Ricochet forearms back but Styles CHOPS back! Ricochet throws another forearm but Styles rocks him with a right! Styles shakes it off while bringing Ricochet up for a CHOP! He whips but Ricochet rolls off his back again, only to get a PELE! Styles brings Ricochet up and bumps him off buckles. He rams his shoulder into Ricochet, then snapmares him for a swift kick to the back. Fans duel while Styles grimaces through a scratched and bloody face. Styles drags Ricochet up again but Ricochet blocks the suplex. Ricochet fights back with forearms, but runs into a back drop! Styles looms over Ricochet before bringing him up for a stiff forearm! Ricochet hits back and then dropkicks Styles down!
Styles bails out but Ricochet runs, to FLY! Direct hit but a bit double-edged! Ricochet gets up to get Styles back in the ring. Ricochet covers, ONE! Styles gets to a corner but Ricochet is on him with a snapmare. Ricochet runs and hits a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ricochet grows frustrated but he keeps focus on Styles. Styles kicks Ricochet back and snap suplexes him into buckles! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is dazed but still in this. Styles keeps his cool as he stalks behind Ricochet. Styles clamps on a chinlock and bends Ricochet back in a pseudo Camel Clutch. Ricochet endures being bent and stretched and fans rally up behind him.
Ricochet stands and fights out with body shots and uppercuts. He backs Styles into a corner then whips, but Styles reverses. Styles runs in but into a boot! Ricochet runs, ducks and dropkick-flips! Styles back hands but Ricochet PELES Styles! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stand. Ricochet counter punches Styles, then throws forearms and CHOPS! He whips Styles but Styles reverses again, only to get a forearm! Ricochet keeps moving to huricanrana Styles! Styles goes to a corner and Ricochet runs in, shoulder tackle! Then springboard, flying clothesline! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Ricochet can’t believe it! Ricochet keeps his cool, though, and gets Styles up.
Styles blocks the suplex, so Ricochet throws hands. Styles escapes the suplex and returns to the corner. He elbows Ricochet back then hops up, but Ricochet gets under the moonsault! Only to run into a scoop, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles gets up and stalks Ricochet again. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet counters to a jackknife cover, TWO! Ricochet boots but misses, and Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! High stack cover, TWO!! Styles is still frustrated but still focused. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet uppercuts him away! Ricochet baits Styles into a corner and gives him a back elbow. Ricochet CHOPS then suplexes, twisting neckbreaker! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet’s frustration starts to boil over as Styles survives. But he drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up top. Ricochet aims, 630 but he has to bail out! Styles forearms Ricochet away, springboard to the PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
And the Phenomenal One beats the champion! Styles takes the belt, but helps Ricochet up. Styles shows Ricochet respect by raising his hand. But is this just the first time we’ll be seeing both men in the ring together? Will Extreme Rules have an even greater rematch?
Stomping Grounds surprised us with a lot of great stuff, and Raw follows up with some great action, too! Though, they do get the slightly disappointing part out of the way early in further recycling the rivalries of Rollins-Corbin and Becky-Lacey. Extreme Rules gives us a Mixed Tag match that should be pretty fun, and the creative part is that it’s for both the WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships. It sounds like it won’t be something more like a No Disqualifications match, because I’d love to see Becky and Rollins smack away on Lacey and Corbin side by side with kendo sticks. It’d make that match worth it since there’s no way Corbin and Lacey win those titles. And it probably keeps Lesnar from cashing in, too, since Becky would be there to back up Rollins.
I guess we’re still recycling Strowman VS Lashley, too. Their tug of war was a fun bit, but Strowman sure is sweeping Lashley in everything. I wonder if this means we see the return of a Bull Rope Match, and not the kind where they need to tag the corners. These two whipping each other with the rope, using the rope to “choke” each other, that might be what this feud needs to end decisively. And then one of these guys can start challenging for a title again, depending on who has what after Extreme Rules. Probably the Universal Championship to give Rollins some competition but also to be thrown in the mix with Lesnar and that MITB cash-in. Strowman and Lashley both daring Lesnar to try would be pretty good stuff to carry Raw to Summerslam.
Teaming up the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions was a pretty good match for tonight, after what we got before Stomping Grounds. I just wish it wasn’t the kind of elimination match where one member means the whole team. But given what else we got tonight, the time constraints were surely why, and perhaps for the greater good. With the Heels not working together well, I still hope this turns things into a story for all the titles. These four teams, and perhaps throw in the Viking Raiders and Heavy Machinery for a massive Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championship #WinnersTakeAll match would be great for Extreme Rules or Summerslam. How else are the Planet’s Tag Team Champions supposed to save the division?
I think the best thing Raw did tonight was the WWE 24/7 Championship stuff. I wish Maverick had put up more of a fight, but perhaps this prompts something big on 205 Live. Then the rest of the action was amazing, with the multiple title changes and Truth racking up the title reigns. It was incredibly creative for it to invade a scheduled match, I’m surprised they didn’t try that sooner. I don’t know if we even need anything more on SmackDown, this was great. The second best thing was Undertaker returning to Raw to go after Shane and McIntyre! It isn’t really clear why, but maybe it leads to something even better, like Taker VS Roman at Survivor Series for Taker’s 30th anniversary and actual last match.
It’s pretty clear Raw still needs SmackDown to help since Kofi pulled double duty. It’s great build for his reign, but it’s just a shame Vince didn’t schedule a Raw-exclusive story here. Joe going after Kofi was pretty great, though, and I would love if Kofi VS Joe got to be the Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules the PPV. In order for Kofi to establish himself, he needs someone as vicious as Joe to overcome. Though, it would be nice if there was a SmackDown superstar that could’ve done it. But at the same time, it’ll be like Alexa VS Bayley, teasing that Raw could end up owning both belts. Styles VS Ricochet was great, and Styles’ story with the Club is taking interesting turns. Ricochet VS Styles has to be the US Championship match, I just hope it’s Styles who turns instead of the Club turning on him.
My Score: 8.3/10
(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