Raw ramps up towards Extreme Rules!
Braun Strowman has bested Bobby Lashley in arm-wrestling, in tug-of-war, and even in a Super Showdown! But now they’ll battle all over Dallas if they have to in a Falls Count Anywhere match! Plus, the Viking Raiders VS The New Day for the first time ever! Will the winner rise towards contention in both the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Divisions?
- Falls County Anywhere: Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley; No Contest.
- The New Day VS The Viking Raiders; New Day wins, by disqualification.
- Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Samoa Joe & The Viking Raiders; Joe and the Viking Raiders win.
- Cesaro VS No Way Jose; No Contest.
- Lacey Evans w/ Baron Corbin VS Natalya; Evans wins.
- Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: The Miz VS Elias; Miz wins.
- Mixed Tag: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch VS Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis; Rollins & Lynch win.
- Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross VS Carmella; Carmella wins.
- Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss VS Carmella; Cross wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Drake Maverick; Maverick wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE United States Championship: Ricochet VS AJ Styles; Ricochet wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Falls County Anywhere: Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley!
Raw opens with a colossal rematch! The Monster Among Men won the first time around, but the Rocky Mountain Machine has been wanting payback in the worst way! Can Lashley win when there are no boundaries on where this fight can go? Or will he still #GetTheseHands?
Both behemoths get in the ring and the bell sounds. The two collide with shoulders, then speed up. Strowman rolls, ducks but Lashley SPEARS! Strowman bails out but that doesn’t matter in a Falls Count Anywhere. Lashley goes out and runs, but gets run over! Strowman drops a senton on Lashley! Cover, TWO! Lashley crawls but Strowman is on him with a scoop. Strowman carries Lashley but Lashley slips out to ram Strowman into a post. Then SPEAR him into the timekeeper’s area! Cover, TWO! Lashley keeps his focus as he gets to his feet. Lashley glares as Strowman stands, and he clotheslines Strowman into the front row!
Fans get a true front row seat as Lashley stalks Strowman through the crowds. Lashley clubs Strowman then throws him into a trash barrel! Strowman hits back as he also makes a retreat. Lashley takes a chair and SMACKS Strowman on the back! Then jabs him in the ribs for another SMACK! And another! Cover, TWO! Lashley keeps on Strowman with clubbing forearms but fans chant “You Suck!” Lashley ignores the fans as he throws haymakers on Strowman. Strowman throws Lashley away! Then walks up to boot him down! Strowman gets space and runs in, to BLAST Lashley several rows away! Cover, TWO!
Strowman drags Lashley up as they move towards the stage. He pushes Lashley into railing, then hip tosses him onto the stage! Lashley writhes as Strowman climbs the stairs. Strowman drags Lashley up but Lashley hits him back. Lashley throws hands and Strowman falls to a knee. Lashley drags Strowman up again to SUPLEX Strowman down! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Lashley takes aim. But it’s Strowman who SPEARS him through the stage! And it’s utter destruction! Dallas loses its mind as sparks fly and explode! Crew rushes the scene with fire extinguishers, but where are Lashley and Strowman? Both men are down in the smoldering wreckage! “This is Awesome!” but can it continue?! From the call for EMT’s, perhaps not. Will either the Monster or the Machine rise from the ashes to fight again?
Raw returns to Lashley and Strowman on stretchers.
Each man is put in an ambulance to be taken in for proper medical evaluations. After breaking the stage and blowing up the generators, will either man make it back to Raw?
The New Day VS The Viking Raiders!
Even after the carnage of Strowman VS Lashley, the show must go on! And so must the War! The Wild Card Rule brings SmackDown’s best in Big E and Xavier Woods over to Raw to face Erik and Ivar! Which world-renowned team wins bigger to head for tag titles?
Raw returns to feel~ the power~ as The New Day make their entrance! Power has been restored enough for their titantron to play, and teams sort out. Big E starts against Erik and Erik throws big knees and forearms! Erik runs but into a big elbow from Big E! Big E grinds Erik into the apron while Woods plays his trombone. Big E hits the splash on the apron! Woods fires Big E up as he covers Erik, ONE! Big E brings Erik up but gets a big forearm! Tag to Ivar and the Raiders go after Big E, feed to the seated senton! Ivar drags Big E up for clubbing forearms and boots. He even drops ax handles to the mat! Ivar drags Big E up for crossface forearms, then tags Erik.
Fans rally as Big E hits back! He scoops Ivar but Erik boots him down. The Raiders whip E to the corner, and feeds him to shotgun knees! Erik uses Ivar as a weapon, corner hip attack! Cover, TWO! Erik keeps on Big E with a seated armbar but fans rally up. Big E powers up and fights out, but Erik knees low. Erik shoves but runs into a belly2belly! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, but Erik anchors Big E. But Samoa Joe attacks Woods!!
Winners: The New Day, by disqualification
But Kofi is there for the rescue! Kofi and Joe brawl back and forth but Kofi gets an edge! But then Ivar attacks Kofi!? The Raiders work with Joe to beat down The New Day! Referees work to separate this fight, but can they restore order over the break?
Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Samoa Joe & The Viking Raiders!
Raw returns as the battle lines are drawn! Will adding the WWE Champion and his Samoan Submission Extreme Rules challenger change the outcome?
Kofi starts with Ivar as Dallas is rabidly behind the New Day. Kofi fires off kicks and rocks Ivar with a heel! He hits a corner splash then whips Ivar corner to corner. Ivar reverses but Kofi dodges and springboards for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kofi tags Woods then kicks Ivar. Woods adds the sliding lariat, then Kofi rebounds for a splash. Woods climbs and hits a flying elbow drop! Cover, TWO! The War Beard is tougher than that, but Woods CHOPS. Joe steps in but that distracts so Ivar can heel kick Woods down! Joe tags in and stomps away on Woods. He makes sure Kofi watches as he throws big forearms. Woods gives forearms back and then fast hands. Joe shoves and runs Woods over with an elbow!
Joe jams Woods with headbutts over and over then tags Ivar back in. Ivar tags Erik and the Raiders feed Woods to a knee, then another knee! Woods goes down as Erik roars. Fans rally up but Erik is on Woods’ arm. Woods endures and fights his way up, to arm-drag Erik off! Woods CHOPS again and again, but Erik shoves him. Erik catches the crossbody and pops Woods up for an exploder! Erik glares at Kofi and Big E before he tags Ivar in. Ivar scoop slams Woods down, then Erik scoop slams Ivar on Woods! Tag to Joe and Joe drops a senton! Cover, TWO! Joe clubs Woods down then sucker punches Big E! Woods fights back with hands but Joe CHOPS him off his feet! Tag to Erik as Woods crawls to the open corner.
Erik is on Woods with forearms, then tags Joe back in. Joe throws headbutts then whips corner to corner. Woods boots back, hops up, and missile dropkicks Joe down! Fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tags to Ivar and Kofi! Kofi springboards and rallies on the Raiders! Kofi chops away on Ivar then dropkicks him to a corner. He runs in but misses the splash. He evades Ivar then climbs to crossbody! But Ivar catches him! Ivar pops Kofi up but Kofi slips out to kick back. Ivar uppercuts back! Tag to Erik but Kofi dodges to leaping lariat! Fans fire up as Kofi gives the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi hits Joe but Erik hits Kofi! Joe tags in, but Kofi knocks Joe away.
Kofi climbs but gets Ace Ten Mao from Erik! Big E throws Erik overhead! And dodges Ivar! The Raiders regroup as Big E runs, but into a knee! Woods hits Ivar back out, then he builds speed, but only wrecks Erik. Ivar runs in to DIVE out onto Woods!! Kofi returns, Trouble in Paradise for Ivar! COQUINA CLUTCH!! Joe has Kofi caught! Kofi gasps and flails, but he fades out! Joe and the Raiders win!
Winners: Samoa Joe and The Viking Raiders, Joe by submission
The Destroyer catches Kofi here, but will he get him again when it’s 1v1? Or will not even being put to sleep end the dream come true?
Drake Maverick brings his wife, Renee Michelle, to Raw!
The former WWE 24/7 Champion tricked her into thinking it was their honeymoon getaway. Maverick introduces Michelle to his coworkers. This is just a stop along the way! But he is obsessed! He has a choice: her or the 24/7 title. Maverick obviously chooses her, his wife. They kiss and make up, but then R-Truth is right there! “Don’t mind me at all, dog. I’m a sucker for romance.” Heart hands. Truth sings as he exits, but will Maverick be able to live with the truth that Truth is champion and not him?
Raw finds The Club backstage.
Anderson and Gallows are talking that “it’s not on us,” but AJ Styles walks in. Styles admits the Good Brothers were on fire, but they still lost. Well have you been in the ring with the Viking Raiders? They’re legit, and just beat The New Day! But Anderson has an idea: Styles didn’t dominate, either. What is that supposed to mean? Well Styles almost lost in his first match back. Well it was his first match back! That’s a pretty big little lie, huh? Styles always gives 100%, and Ricochet still almost got him. So don’t get on them for not winning, bruh. But Styles did win, so he’ll be getting a US Championship match. The Brothers have a bet: Anderson doesn’t think Styles wins. And he even puts his hot Asian wife on the line! Wat.
But Styles tells them Ricochet is one of the best, up-and-coming superstars. But that bet? Styles doesn’t need the hot Asian wife. Gallows does and hopes the bet is still on. Will Styles be able to prove Ricochet has nothing on him?
Cesaro VS No Way Jose!
The Swiss Cyborg doesn’t look in the mood for the Fighting Fiesta’s conga line, but R-Truth is! He’s bringing up the rear as the Cat in the Hat! And he does that to mock Maverick and Michelle as they enjoy front row seats! Truth even invites Michelle to be part of the fun! Maverick wants the title, but Michelle stares him down. Maverick sits back down and lets Truth move on. But the rest of the Raw roster doesn’t! They chase Truth around the ring and back to the back!
Cesaro attacks Jose from behind! He knocks Jose out of the ring, then gut wrench suplexes Jose to the floor! Cesaro shows no mercy as he gives Jose a Neutralizer to the floor! Cesaro leaves Jose behind, will he leave more superstars down and out on his rise to the top?
Backstage interview with The Street Profits!
The NXT Tag Team Champions, Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford, make their Raw debuts! “Charlie, Charlie, Charlie, what such a great introduction, Charlie!” But it’s missing something. Some flavor! Yes, flavor! Get that flavor, Ford. Ford says FINALLY! No, Ford, no. Well the NXT Tag Team Champions are here for a special reason. They’re bringing the swag back to Raw. These titles don’t stop them from having smoke. We want the smoke~! But will they get it while they’re here?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
The Hollywood A-Lister comments that superstars put their bodies on the line is a risk they all take. He wishes both Strowman and Lashley speedy recoveries. But speaking of injuries, Miz was beating Elias before Shane McMahon attacked. The “Best in the World” and the Drifter made sure Miz could not fight back and then finished the match. Is Miz 100% for tonight’s rematch? It’s not about how Miz feels but what Miz needs to do. Miz fed Shane’s ego for his own benefit, but he’s created a monster! Shane has Elias, Drew McIntyre and The Revival protecting him. But Miz promises Shane will need a replacement for Elias after tonight. And Shane needs to watch out, because the Undertaker might be here tonight.
Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre return to Raw!
And of course, Mike Rome has to give the “proper introduction” for the “BEST in the WOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~!” But fans prefer to say, “You Suck!” Shane wants fans to know that he has been keeping tabs on the well-being of both Strowman and Lashley after their incident. He doesn’t just come out here to grace us with his presence. But Shane also addresses last week, the “perfect set-up” to end Roman Reigns. Roman was shaking in his boots facing these two, because he had no chance of winning. Shane entertains himself with the footage from last week, in which he and McIntyre brutalized Roman in their 2v1 Handicap match. McIntyre says the footage speaks for itself, that is what’s going to happen at Extreme Rules. Roman only delayed the inevitable.
But Shane wants to address the person Roman “begged” to help him, in the Undertaker. Taker and Shane have gone to battle and will again. Shane looks forward to it. Taker surprised them and Shane gives him that. But there won’t be any surprises at Extreme Rules when Shane and McIntyre put them in the ground. Taker is the greatest legend in all of the WWE, having gone through generation after generation striking fear into the hearts of every man he’s ever faced. But McIntyre is no ordinary man. “I am a hybrid of every generation, and I am not afraid of the Undertaker.” McIntyre doesn’t give a damn about the Undertaker!
Now there’s a rumor that Taker is here, and McIntyre is dressed to fight. Fans chant for “Undertaker!” as McIntyre dares the Deadman to show himself so that he and Shane can tell him they are going to exterminate his legacy! Thunder claps and lights start to flicker. Everyone looks around, and the lights go down! Lightning strikes the ring! McIntyre is furious and throws his jacket off. Then the bell tolls, and the moon rises. Everyone watches the stage as the music plays. The smoke rises high, but McIntyre and Shane don’t take it seriously. Until he steps out from behind the curtain!! Shane keeps McIntyre back as Taker heads down the ramp. As Taker draws closer, Shane and McIntyre get out of the ring. They go over the barriers to get far away from Taker, but McIntyre still glares at the Phenom.
Taker takes up a mic as fans cheer. “Roman Reigns never asked me for my help. That’s not who he is. But if you need answers to the ‘why,’ let me explain to you who I am.” Taker tells Shane that he is and has always been the Reaper of Wayward Souls. And he’s here to collect on theirs. Shane had a little of Taker’s respect for awhile. Their Hell in a Cell match at Wrestlemania, Shane gave it his all. He lived to tell the tale. But then like most mortals, Shane fell victim to his own greed and ego! “You may be the Best in This World, but where I’m sending you two, you’ll be nothing more than another couple of lost souls suffering the torment and torture of the acrid stench of death.” That will be for all eternity! They will NEVER Rest… In… Peace…!
Taker slashes the throat and the bell tolls again. Shane and McIntyre have heard the Deadman’s Ultimatum, but will they learn to fear his presence?
Lacey Evans does her make-up.
Baron Corbin is there, too, and says making the Mixed Tag #WinnersTakeAll match into an Extreme Rules match only benefits them, the challengers. They’re not afraid to cross lines, and Seth Rollins will put himself through anything to win. Rollins took such ungodly punishment to take the title from Lesnar. But why risk it all for his latest fling? “Is she worth it?”
And speaking of Becky Lynch, she’s fought her entire life to make dreams into reality. She beat the Baddest Woman to become the Double Champ. The Man is more than just a persona, it’s almost a moment. Bless her heart. But she’s putting her fate in Rollins? Lacey’s seen The Man’s Man’s wondering eyes. Rollins will see that when Lacey beats Natalya, he should never have put his trust, nor his fate, in Becky’s hands. Will the Sassy Southern Belle put her money where her mouth is against the Queen of Harts?
Lacey Evans w/ Baron Corbin VS Natalya!
“Dallas’ Favorite Son” joins his Lady at ringside to watch this “warm up” up close and personal. Will Natty make a fool of them both this close to Extreme Rules?
The bell rings, they tie up and go around the ring. Natty has Lacey on the ropes, but Lacey shoves her back. So Natty shoves Lacey out! Natty pursues but gets a big clothesline! Lacey drags Natty into the ring and covers, TWO! Lacey bumps Natty off buckles over and over while The Man and Rollins watch backstage. The ref reprimands Lacey but she lets up on Natty to come back with a mudhole stomp. Corbin likes what he sees as Lacey hits the swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey drags Natty to the ropes to elbow her between them over and over. Lacey lets up at four to then kick and sweep the legs! Then Lacey slingshot elbow drops on Natty! Cover, ONE! Lacey keeps on Natty with a seated cobra clutch.
Fans rally for Natty while Corbin coaches Lacey. Natty fights out with an arm-drag! But Lacey knees back and brings Natty around for a neckbreaker. Roll to a cover, ONE! Lacey is furious as she drags Natty to a drop zone. Lacey climbs but Natty yanks her off! Natty puts Lacey in the corner to club away! The referee pulls Natty off and Corbin gets on the apron to complain. This distracts Natty but Natty still blocks the roll-up! TWO, and Natty spins to DISCUS Lacey down! Natty SLAPS Lacey then whips, but Lacey reverses. Lacey runs but misses, and Natty springboard sits her down! Natty walks all over Lacey but Corbin trips her up! Fans boo as he gets away with it, but Natty turns around into the Woman’s Right! Cover, Lacey wins!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall
#ManSquared watches but they’re not surprised nor impressed. Corbin helps Lacey win here, but will they be able to pull the same trick when there’s nothing stopping the champs from beating them down?
Ricochet talks with Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins backstage.
But Charly Caruso comes by for an interview. The WWE United States Champion has had quite a wild week. He won the title, then got to be in the Raw main event. Granted, he lost to AJ Styles, who says Ricochet may not be on par with him. That’s fine for him to think, but that was a big honor for Ricochet. Whether Styles gave 100% or not, Ricochet knows the next time could go his way. So he wouldn’t make any mistakes? But the Good Brothers come by to take over the interview. Anderson says the only mistake last week as AJ not putting Ricochet down in three minutes or less. Styles just didn’t want to embarrass him. The real Styles had Ricochet beat from the get-go.
Oh is that what they think? Well Ricochet is confident that if they’re having a rematch, he’ll get Styles. Wow, the new kid’s got a set. But now it’s time for the new kid to be put in his place. Well if they want a match, Ricochet will defend the title. Oh no, not with them. But maybe someone else. Who do the Good Brothers mean? And will Ricochet really be better than Phenomenal the second time around?
Raw returns as Styles meets up with The Club.
They tell him everything Ricochet said, but they also add some things. Like Ricochet saying he could beat Styles in his sleep. And how he’s willing to defend the title against Styles. Styles wants a talk with Ricochet, but the Good Brothers can’t believe him. THE AJ Styles, having a talk? The former WWE Champion of 371 days, talking to some kid? He talked about their edge dulling, but where’s his? The NJPW Styles would just accept the challenge and then slap Ricochet across the face! Where’s THAT AJ Styles?
Styles finds Ricochet with the Good Brothers behind his back. Does Ricochet really think he’ll win so easy? That’s not what he said. Well here’s Ricochet’s chance. Because Styles will take that title tonight! Ricochet doesn’t get why Styles is all fired up, but he accepts. Ricochet offers a handshake, Styles SLAPS Ricochet! So Ricochet SLAPS back! Styles grins, “this is gonna be good.”
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter gets interrupted right away!
Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: The Miz VS Elias!
The Hollywood A-Lister doesn’t matter how many times he has to fight, he will fight his way back to a sequel with Shane. Will his spin-off series with Elias go better than from SmackDown?
The second Miz hits the ring, he hits Elias! And he throws Elias out! Miz throws Elias into steel steps! Then into the other steel steps! Miz puts Elias in the ring but the ref keeps him back. The ref checks on Elias and Elias says he’s good to go. The bell rings, and Miz rams double knees in! Miz hits the FINALE! Cover, Miz wins the first fall!
Miz – 1; Elias – 0
The Miz is fired up because now he has Elias all to himself. Fans fire up with Miz as he watches Elias get back up. The second fall begins immediately, and Miz runs in again. Elias gets out and runs away, but Miz wrecks him with a dropkick! Miz puts Elias in again, but Elias knees low. Elias runs but into a low dropkick! Elias falls on his face, but Miz is after his legs! Figure Four but Elias cradle counters, TWO! Miz boots Elias to a corner, then runs in, only for Elias to put him on the apron. Elias drags Miz in, DRIFT AWAY! Cover, Elias ties it up!
Miz – 1; Elias – 1
Raw goes to break while these two rest up for the third fall! Who wins now that it’s sudden death?
Raw returns, and both men are back on their feet. Elias runs but Miz counter punches him! Miz throws hands from both sides then kicks the legs. Miz runs but Elias side steps to Electric Chair! Spinning sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Elias keeps his cool while Miz goes to a corner. Elias runs in and stomps then punches away on Miz. The ref backs Miz off but Elias runs back in for more! Elias whips Miz to run him over with an elbow. He rains down rights on Miz then covers, TWO! Elias grows annoyed with Miz but he wraps on a thrashing hcinlock. Miz gets up fast and goes around to arm-drag, but Elias holds on tight!
Elias cranks back on the chinlock hard but Miz powers up again. Fans rally as Miz pries at the hold. Miz throws body shots but Elias uppercuts. Elias throws more, and Miz staggers about. But Miz counters one for a backslide! TWO, and Miz baits Elias into a corner for an elbow. Elias and Miz CHOP away, but Miz gets the edge! Miz whips but Elias slips around for an inverted swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Elias grows furious as Miz gets to the apron. Elias aims and runs in, but gets post! Miz drags Elias up and in fast, to go for the Figure Four! He has it on! Elias endures the legendary leg lock as Miz bridges back! Elias taps, Miz wins!!
Winner: The Miz, by submission, 2-1
The A-Lister has vanquished Shane’s bard, but when will Miz and the Best in the World get to settle things for themselves?
Exclusive interview with Raw Women’s Champion and WWE Universal Champion, Bekcy and Rollins!
Rollins and Becky both wish Strowman and Lashley speedy recoveries. Charly congratulates each of them on their Stomping Ground wins, but now they have the #WinnersTakeAll Extreme Rules Extreme Rules match. Is that an impulsilve move? Rollins, impulsive/ NO! Becky, you tell them. Pff, tch, pff… No… Pff… Well, hold on. Look at the facts. 1v1 they can beat each one, but now the stakes are raised. They can lose the other’s title for each other. DOn’t lose her title. Well don’t lose his title. Well obviously they’re not going to. But it’s Extreme Rules. Anything can happen. Except these two losing. Don’t make her laugh.
But maybe this isn’t impulse but the plan all along. Becky needs to listen to him more. Or he just got lucky. Damn right he got lucky. Hehehe. But Maria Kanellis is here? And she finds it so desperate that they’re the “First Couple of the WWE,” But they don’t. Yeah because they’re not. They walk around with titles and accolades, like beating the Baddset Woman and the Beast. But Maria pushed an 8 pound baby out of her uterus. That deserves a title in itself, doesn’t it? And Rollins isn’t impressive either, compared to Mr. Kanellis. The only reason Rollins is champ is because Mike hasn’t had his chance yet. The Extreme Rules match isn’t extreme at all. But Maria has one: here, tonight, the Kanellises VS The Man and The Bitch.
So Maria wants a fight, huh? Becky will slap the heads off these dopes here and now. “Y’all done messed up.” Will Rollins & Becky uses Maria & Mike as warm-ups for Corbin and Lacey?
Mixed Tag: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch VS Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis!
We just saw what went down between #ManSquared and the #FirstCouple, but now we’ll see who is the better couple!
Raw returns as each couple makes their entrance. The teams sort out and the men start first. Mike and Rollins tie up and Rollins wrenches to a hammerlock. He shifts to a snapmare and kicks Mike hard in the back! Maria reprimands Mike for going easy. Mike kicks at Rollins but Rollins blocks and trips Mike up. Things speed up and Mike shows he can keep up, until Rollins runs him over! Rollins offers Mike a chance to tag out to his wife, but Mike comes back for more. Mike haymakers and bumps Rollins in a corner. Mike stomps away and CHOPS! He barks in Rollins’ face then whips him corner to corner. Rollins breaks free to forearm Mike back! Rollins whips and pops Mike up for a buckle bomb! SUPERKICK! And he MAKES Mike tag Maria?!
Fans cheer as Maria realizes she has to fan The Man. Becky tags a tag from Rollins to make it official, but Maria runs away! Maria gets on a mic and says Mike was supposed to protect her! Mike said he’d mop the floor with Rollins, but he can barely mop the floors at home. Mike disgusts Maria. But then Becky comes running over, and Maria claims she’s pregnant again! Fans call BS, but Becky wants to take it easy. She won’t hurt the expecting mother. Mike is shocked, because he thinks it’s real, too. How could Maria be pregnant, though!? Well yeah, because Mike ain’t man enough for the job. But that means The Man can go after Mike! Disarm-HIM! Mike taps, Becky and Rollins win!
Winners: Rollins & Lynch, Lynch by submission
#ManSquared has its first win as a couple! But did we just see the last match of the Kanellises as a couple?!
Speaking of, Maria can’t believe Mike is the father of her children! She has waited for him to grow up and take responsibility in his career. But no, he’s just a disappointment. The only man in the ring was Becky. So maybe next time, Maria will just ask Becky to give her a baby. Maria drops the mic and perhaps just dumped Mike. Is this the last night the Kanellises are going to be a couple!?
Paul Heyman is backstage on Raw!
The Advocate introduces himself via Charly’s mic, and reminds us that his client is Mr. Money in the Bank 2019. It’s been a weird night for Rollins, a bad night for Kofi, so maybe it’s the perfect night for Lesnar to cash-in. Maybe, maybe not. But then the Profits come by and are excited! Lesnar? Here tonight? Really? THE Brock! Lesnar!? Look at that beaming bald head, Paul. Aw yeah! Hey, man! Hey, Heyman. You guys finished? Heyman has no time for this. He leaves, because he’s a busy man. Don’t be like, Paulie! Come back! COME BACK! Aw no…! Did you all just see what happened? That’s cray cray. Rock a by baby in the tree top, uh, whatever the rest of that song is. The Profits head out, but will they be back?
Raw presents A Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess wishes a speedy recovery to Strowman and Lashley before going on with the show. She has a very special guest. The Loony Lass beat Bayley to win Alexa a rematch for the SmackDown women’s Championship. Plus, they’re best friends! It’s Nikki Cross! Nikki is so excited to be a guest and not just a co-host, though Nikki is always excited. And they both look back at her accomplishment against Bayley last week. What an achievement for Nikki to beat Bayley! Nikki thanks Alexa, and assures everyone that this wouldn’t be possible without Alexa’s guidance. The Goddess was the first person to take Nikki seriously and welcome her to Raw. For that, Nikki will always be grateful.
Alexa is touched, but this is Nikki’s moment. Until SmackDown’s FABULOUS Carmella appears! Carmella actually agrees, this is Nikki’s moment. Nikki beat Bayley, but why is someone else getting the match? Why is Mella here? She had to ruin the moment? No, the truth is, Alexa is manipulating Nikki. That’s not friendship. It is meant to be mutual. Nikki got Alexa the match so what has Alexa gotten Nikki? Trying to break them up? How sad. Alexa realizes Carmella is just a S I D E K I C K. How cute, you can spell. But how about we go to the ring and Carmella shows Alexa a sidekick, when she kicks Alexa upside the head! Mella wants a match, so Alexa accepts! Will it be Goddess or Fabulous that is victorious tonight?
Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross VS Carmella!
The bell rings and Alexa runs right at Carmella, only to get rolled up! CARMELLA WINS!!
Winner: Carmella, by pinfall
And in record time, the Goddess gets beat! How could this happen with her “best friend” by her side and a title match on the horizon?!
Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss VS Carmella!
Raw returns and the Loony Lass looks to avenge Alexa! The bell rings and she rushes Mella with a crossbody! Nikki hammers away then fires up. She hops on for a thrashing sleeper hold but Mella backs her into buckles. Carmella snapmares Nikki off and dropkicks Nikki down. Cover, TWO! Nikki shoves Carmella but Carmella comes back with a tilt-o-whirl that goes around and around for headscissors! Carmella then clotheslines Nikki down but Nikki bails out. Alexa distracts Carmella and Nikki drags Carmella into the apron skirt! Nikki hammers away but lets up at the ref’s count. Fans fire up with the furious best friend as she puts Carmella back in the ring. Nikki covers, TWO! She tries again, TWO!
Alexa cheers Nikki on as Nikki drags Carmella up. Carmella jawbreakers back! Then elbows Nikki away. Nikki keeps running in but gets a boot. Carmella runs Nikki over with lariats, then ducks for an atomic drop! Carmella bumps Nikki off her boot, then moonwalks corner to corner. She runs back in, Fabulous bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Nikki hits back and swings for a dropkick! Nikki climbs and glares at Carmella, but Carmella gets under the jump. Carmella kicks but Nikki blocks, to the Purge! Cover, Nikki wins!
Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall
Nikki avenges Alexa! But while Alexa celebrates alongside Nikki now, can Alexa get the win against Bayley when she has to do it on her own?
Raw returns to Nikki and Alexa talking backstage.
But then they encounter Sarah and she asks Nikki how she feels that the WWE Universe wants her to face Bayley for the title instead of Alexa. Alexa answers for her by saying no comment. The Goddess ushers her “friend” away in a huff. Are Alexa’s true colors going to start showing?
Drake Maverick and Renee Michelle head out.
He apologizes for this, but he’ll make their honeymoon amazing. She thanks him and then goes to freshen up. But the horde chasing the WWE 24/7 Championship pass through!? Because Truth is around the corner! He avoided them, but sees Maverick! Maverick says he’s done, he’s just headed to his honeymoon. Does Maverick have any water? No. Truth is thirsty from running all night. But have a good time, Maverick. Maverick attacks using his luggage!? Where’s a ref!? One slides in, Maverick wins!!
Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
He has it back! He says he and Michelle will get to do it 24/7 now! Truth is in shock as Maverick and Michelle head out! Will Truth have to do that to get the title back?
WWE United States Championship: Ricochet VS AJ Styles!
The One and Only goes against the Phenomenal One one more time! And after this challenge was made official through slaps, will this rematch get a little intense? Or will it get very intense?
Raw returns with the bell and Styles circles with Ricochet. They tie up and Ricochet trips Styles up fast. Ricochet runs, rolls, then leaps, but Styles gets him with a back lift. Ricochet wheelbarrows to a roll up, TWO! Styles DECKS Ricochet with a right! Ricochet staggers to a corner but Styles bumps him off buckles. Styles whips Ricochet corner to corner but Ricochet reverses. Ricochet rams his shoulder in then springboards for a flying clothesline! But Ricochet keeps moving, standing shooting star onto knees! Cover, TWO! Styles CHOPS Ricochet then bumps him on buckles. Fans duel already as Styles kicks away on Ricochet.
Styles whips Ricochet corner to corner again but Ricochet boots him away. Ricochet somersaults and shotguns Styles out of the ring! Ricochet builds speed to FLY! He wipes Styles out and gets him into the ring fast. Ricochet aims from the corner before he springboards again. Styles gets under and then boots Ricochet away. Styles forearms Ricochet then springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Ricochet has his foot under the ropes! But Styles wins?!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; NEW WWE United States Champion
The ref missed the ropebreak because of the angle, but a secondary ref comes out to show him the mistake. Fans are divided as the referees talk this out. Raw goes to one more break while the controversy is addressed.
Raw returns and this match has restarted. However, the Good Brothers have appeared at ringside. Styles insists they stay out of this, but the bell rings either way. Styles lets Gallows & Anderson stay because he focuses on Ricochet.
Ricochet and Styles circle, and Ricochet ducks a punch to give punches! He bumps Styles on buckles and stomps to then CHOP Styles against ropes. Ricochet keeps throwing hands and CHOPS as Styles goes around the ring. Styles reverses the whip to rock Ricochet with punches and kicks. Styles runs but into the dropkick-flip and enziguri! Ricochet suplexes to the anarchy neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles survives but Ricochet climbs up. Ricochet Phoenix Splash but Styles gets clear! Styles boots but gets caught and then thrown out hard! Ricochet runs to FLY, but Styles gets clear! Only for Ricochet to land on his feet! Styles slingshots out for a forearm! He takes Ricochet down but he has to drag Ricochet in the ring.
Styles drags Ricochet up for a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles glares at Ricochet as Ricochet crawls away. Styles drags Ricochet up and wants the Clash, but Ricochet slips out! Ricochet swings but Styles blocks with a kick! Styles torture racks, to the Tower Hacker Bomb! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives again and the Good Brothers are questioning Styles’ edge. Ricochet gets to a corner but Styles is on him. Styles puts him on the top rope, but Ricochet fights with forearms. Styles goes down and Ricochet adjusts, to leap for a wheelbarrow takedown to cradle, RICOCHET WINS!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; still WWE United States Champion
The One and Only manages to get one over on the Phenomenal One! Gallows & Anderson are stunned while Styles is frustrated, but Ricochet offers a respectful handshake. Styles takes it, and the Good Brothers do applaud the good sportsmanship. But then they get in the ring, and Styles keeps the peace. Styles DECKS Ricochet! And stomps him out! Styles tells the Good Brothers to get in here, and they do! They give Ricochet MAGIC KILLER! The Club has reunited as they continue to trash talk and punch Ricochet down. Fans boo as Styles goes to a corner. Styles climbs up as the Good Brothers bring Ricochet over. SUPER STYLES CLASH!!
But they’re not done there! Styles keeps raining down right hands on Ricochet! Then Anderson gets his in. Styles stands on Ricochet with his old pals with him. The Phenomenal One may have failed tonight, but will his third time with Ricochet be #TooSweet?
This Raw was the best Raw in months! Especially with how it was clearly with Paul Heyman at the wheel. The most obvious sign was the opening of Falls Count Anywhere turning into LED destruction! The layers of realism here were incredible, and the status of both Strowman and Lashley became a theme throughout the night. But clearly this is so these two can come back for at least the go-home and set up something even wilder for Extreme Rules. Then while we still get a lot of this “no wrestling during commercials” stuff, at least there was some creativity to it thanks to Heyman. Instead of New Day VS Viking Raiders finishing before setting up the Six Man, Samoa Joe interrupts and prompts Kofi to come out.
It works for Joe and Raiders to win here, because Joe needs to keep even with Kofi, and this can all bleed into SmackDown tomorrow. Joe has yet to be a Wild Card for SmackDown so him using one to propel things with a promo would be a good move. There was also a lot of great story progression in the WWE 24/7 Championship, with Renee Michelle making her Raw TV debut and Maverick winning the belt back. But you know now this means the honeymoon is getting crashed after all. Cesaro decimating No Way Jose without it even being a match was an interesting move. Maybe Cesaro gets meaner in order to get towards title contention again. But I’m mixed on Street Profits being here. They got to show how charismatic and hilarious they are, but they’re still NXT Tag Team Champions! This is going to be like the Viking Raiders’ experience, just with more promos.
The Shane, McIntyre and Taker segment was great. Taker’s promo makes it seem that it is out of respect that he helped Roman, but also that he no longer respects Shane. The tag team match at Extreme Rules will be good enough, and it is clearly going to head for Taker VS McIntyre with how McIntyre made Taker the focus instead of Roman. But that’s fine, because w need to circle back to Miz VS Shane. Raw did a good job doing the 2 out of 3 falls this time, making the first two so fast, then the third one feel like a real good stand-alone match. I know the two shows are meant to feel distinct, but if it’s so that crafting matches isn’t so obvious, can’t Raw incorporate the picture-in-picture SmackDown uses? It just ties a hand behind booking’s back.
It even affected the story of Alexa and Nikki! Alexa had to lose so fast to Carmella after their great back and forth in the talk show section just so it wouldn’t bleed over into the break. Nikki VS Carmella was a better match just because of time, but it does seem to build on the story in its own way. SmackDown will definitely address Nikki’s status in the match. Perhaps a Triple Threat is what we need to break Alexa and Nikki up. Meanwhile, the new couple of #ManSquared is still finding itself on camera, but they’re still a younger couple so it’ll take time. Can’t believe we got such fierce drama from the veteran couple of Mike and Maria. Maria burned it up on the mic, this development works so well with their 205 Live story yet doesn’t need it for context to bring the heat.
Also, if the Mixed Tag at Extreme Rules is in Extreme Rules, Corbin should realize this could just devolve into a tornado tag brawl. And if Becky tapping Mike out is any indication, there’s a chance Becky gets some shots in on Corbin before the finish. But this is finally going to end things with Rollins, Lynch, Lacey and Corbin. Then we ended with the best thing possible in Ricochet VS Styles II! They got creative here again with the mandatory break with that ropebreak controversy, and while Ricochet retains, we get a Styles Heel turn that was definitely a well-needed change for him and The Club. The Club together again and Heel will definitely do great things for them and for Raw, things are finally looking up.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (7/16/19)
It’s getting hot in the Cruiserweight Division!
And STILL Cruiserweight Champion…
Drew Gulak and Tony Nese gave it there all at Extreme Rules, but it is the Philly Stretcher that won as the hometown hero! What is next for this cruel and calculating Cruiserweight Champion on the road to Summerslam?
- Akira Tozawa w/ THE Brian Kendrick VS Samir Singh w/ Sunil; Tozawa wins.
- Mike Kanellis VS Jackson James; Kanellis wins.
- Jack Gallagher VS Chad Gable; Gable wins.
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The Cruiserweight Champion speaks.
“For months, Tony Nese was looked at as the pinnacle of this division, and everyone else was fine with that. How sad.” The Premier Athlete lacked the killer instinct to truly lead. And even after becoming champion, Nese dared to doubt Drew Gulak. But now Gulak has erased all doubt, and his grip on the title is growing tighter by the day. Who will dare to step up next when they know what kind of pain and punishment to expect in Gulak’s 205 Live?
Akira Tozawa w/ THE Brian Kendrick VS Samir Singh w/ Sunil!
The Bollywood Boys tried to mock the Man with a Plan, and he looked to make them pay for it in the ring. But then when the Singh Brothers were beating him down 2v1, the Stamina Monster came to his friend’s rescue! Now Tozawa will take on the other Singh to see if they can sweep. Will Bollywood be celebrating or commiserating after their run-in with these former Cruiserweight Champions?
The bell rings and the two circle. Samir knees low and clubs Tozawa down to then stomp him in the corner. The ref counts and Samir backs off to swivel those hips. But Tozawa CHOPS away! He fakes Samir out to JAB! Samir crawls to a corner but Tozawa stomps him down. Fans “AH! AH!” but Samir yanks Tozawa into buckles. Samir stomps a mudhole into Tozawa, then swivels his hips again. Samir grinds his feet in while Sunil trash talks. The ref counts so Samir lets up to drag Tozawa up and whip. Tozawa hits buckles hard and falls to the mat. Samir covers, TWO! Samir keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock but Kendrick and the fans rally up. Tozawa fights up and out, but Samir clubs him bakc. Samir runs but into the kick!
Tozawa swings, slides under and then fireman’s carries. Samir fights with elbows, but Tozawa still tosses him! And then adds the shotgun dropkick! Samir bails out and regroups with Sunil, but Tozawa runs over. Sunil blocks his path so Tozawa adjusts to CANNONBALL onto Saimr! They crash into the barriers, but Tozawa is up to “AAH!” with the fans! Tozawa puts Samir in the ring and in a drop zone. He climbs up top but Sunil lurks. Kendrick shouts at Sunil and Tozawa hops down. Tozawa dodges Samir and rolls him up, Tozawa wins!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall
But Sunil goes after Kendrick! Then Samir and Sunil work together to stomp a Bollywood mudhole into Tozawa. Samir rains down rights and Sunil has the Boscar. Roll film and… Kendrick stops the attack! Kendrick throws Sunil out and Tozawa kicks Samir down! The Bollywood Boys are on the retreat again, but they forgot their trophy! Tozawa grabs it, and holds it up high. Now it’s Tozawa’s Boscar, for Best Performance Against a Singh Brother! Will he and Kendrick rack up more wins and more accolades as the summer heats up?
205 Live presents part 2 of their closer look at Humberto Carrillo.
The young luchador is already in his second year of signing with the WWE, and his first year alone has been a dream come true. He told his parents that he would be here one day, it is truly a childhood dream come true. There has been a lot of change in his first year. His first goal is to keep the lucha libre tradition to represent both him, his family and where he comes from. And now, his goal is to be WWE Cruiserweight Champion. Will the rise of Ultimo Ninja happen within his second year as a WWE superstar?
Mike Kanellis VS Jackson James!
Things have been rough for the Kanellis Family. The Opportunist of Love has not gotten the opportunities he’s wanted, and it’s a blame game as to why. Then he finds Mrs. Maria Kanellis is pregnant, but she doesn’t even think Mike is man enough to be the father. And while Drake Maverick acknowledges his lack of focus, Mike still says what happens next is on the GM’s head. Just what is next for the Kanellis Family drama?
Maria watches backstage as Mike hits the ring. The bell rings and Mike BOOTS Jackson right off his feet! Jackson flounders to a corner but Mike CHOPS away on him! Mike lets up just long enough, to then CHOP away again. He drags Jackson out to whip and SPINEBUSTER! Maria does start to smile as she sees Mike manhandle Jackson to another corner. Jackson flops down and Mike grits his teeth as he runs in to clothesline! Mike rolls Jackson and fires himself up more. He drags Jackson up just to LARIAT him back down. But he’s not done there, he gives Jackson another LARIAT! Jackson’s torso is almost as red as his tights, as Mike hits the Power of Love! Cover, Mike wins!
Winner: Mike Kanellis, by pinfall
Finally a win for Mr. Kanellis, but he’s not done! This is what he warned Maverick about as he throws Jackson out. He grabs a mic and says, “Did you think that is what I was going to get fined over?!” That wasn’t it at all! Mike dares Maverick to fine him in person! Maverick does come out and lets Mike vent. No, it won’t be that easy. Mike is done going into offices. What Mike has to say he says in front of everyone! Two months, his contract expired and he could’ve gone anywhere! But Mike decided to stay for two reasons: to prove to Maria that he’s good as he says he is by becoming Cruiserweight Champion; and to kick Maverick’s ass!
Well Maverick apologizes for Mike’s bad mood, but maybe Mike should look in the mirror. The reason Mike isn’t anywhere in the Cruiserewight Division is because of himself. Mike isn’t more deserving than any of the day one guys! And then he didn’t last long on Raw! Speaking of Raw and not lasting long, Mike saw what happened with Renee Michelle. Oh yes, stoop to lows. Maverick is not a competitor in the Cruiserweight Division, he is their GM. Oh wow, yeah, Mike totally forgot that! Maverick is the same GM that keeps chasing the 24/7 Championship! The same GM that embarrasses the brand walking around in his underwear! Mike isn’t the joke, Maverick is.
Maverick never said Mike was a joke! Maverick brought Mike here because he has the potential to be one of the best! Mike will not let Maverick patronize him! Maverick wants to be the bigger man, but he’s not. Maverick’s barely half a man. Height insults. Mike tells Maverick to go home, talk to his wife, beg her for forgiveness, and prove to her that he’s a man. But wait, he’s not! Because a real man wouldn’t back down from a fight, or let someone talk down to him like Mike is to Maverick. Is Maverick getting mad? He looks mad! You mad? No, Maverick’s not mad. Because a real man gets mad. A real man wouldn’t let Mike say that their wife is a filth- THAT’S IT! Maverick fires off hands on Mike, then ducks the clothesline to dropkick Mike out!
Maverick dares Mike to come back and get what’s coming to him! But Mike just grins, because he may have just caught Maverick in his trap. Will Maverick still be 205 Live GM after hitting one of his superstars?
Jack Gallagher VS Chad Gable!
The last time the Extraordinary Gentleman and the American Olympian tangled on 205 Live, it ended in a disappointing and even controversial count-out. Gable got the win, but not even he was satisfied. So now Gallagher and Gable go 1v1 in this rematch of redemption! Who will gain a proper victory in Worcester?
The bell rings and Gallagher offers a handshake. Gable takes it to prove this match will be respectful. They tie up and Gable waistlocks. Gable spins and trips Gallagher to float into the facelock. Gallagher rolls and escapes to wrench the wrist. Gable spins and waistlocks to spin Gallagher to a snapmare and chinlock. Fans like the technical exchange. Gallagher works his way out the back with the handstand. Gable nods respect to that, and they go again. Gable wristlocks but Gallagher rolls and handsprings to cartwheel and wrench. But now Gable rolls, bridges, spins and headlock takeovers. Gallagher headscissors but Gable pops out. Roles reverse but Gallagher jackknifes, TWO as Gable bridges out. Gable lifts Gallagher but Gallagher slips out to arm-drag! The two stand off, and fans cheer the exchange again.
Gable offers the handshake, and Gallagher accepts, but Gable uses it to drag Gallagher into a waistlock and slam! Gable shifts up to a headlock, but Gallagher powers up. Fans rally and Gallagher gets his own headlock. Gable powers out but Gallagher runs him over. Gallagher runs but Gable speeds up, only to run into a fireman’s carry and hotshot! Gallagher sunset flips, TWO, but he goes at Gable’s arm. Gable endures the armlock and powers his way up. Gable whips but Gallagher reverses, only for Gable to dodge and arm-drag back. La Magistrol, TWO! Another arm-drag and now Gable has Gallagher in the armlock. Gallagher endures as Gable pulls on the keylock. They stand and Gallagher reverses to a takedown and short-arm-scissors.
Gable rolls back to make it a cover, TWO, and Gallagher still has the arm scissor. Gable rolls again, TWO, and the arm scissor is still on. Fans rally as Gable works on a solution to the hold. Gable rolls again to deadlift Gallagher for an Electric Chair drop! Gable drags Gallagher up for European Uppercuts, and Gallagher is rocked! Cover, TWO! Gable grows frustrated and goes after a leg with a standing toehold. Gallagher endures the toe ‘n’ ankle twist while avoiding a cover. Gallagher kicks free but Gable whips him hard to a corner! Cover, TWO! Gable keeps his cool as he drags Gallagher back up. He whips Gallagher again but Gallagher goes up, under, but runs into the overhead belly2belly! Cover, TWO!
Gable drags Gallagher around to drop a twisting toehold! He yanks the leg and Gallagher clutches his hamstring. Gable circles like a shark then dragon screws the leg! Gallagher clutches the knee but Gable steps through for another toehold. It is a cover, too, TWO! Gable keeps on the toehold and Gallagher has to keep sitting up. Gallagher endures then kicks with his free leg. But Gable gets the bad leg for another toehold! Then Gable twists to turn Gallagher, but Gallagher fights free. Gallagher walks into a EuroUpper, and another. Gable throws another but into a backslide! TWO, and a BIG dropkick from Gallagher decks Gable! Gallagher counter punches Gable back then whips. Gable reverses but Gallagher ducks to deck him with a right!
Gallagher suplexes Gable and holds him up there with his extraordinary strength! And drops him after roughly 15 counts! Cover, TWO! Gallagher grows frustrated with Gable’s toughness, but he gets himself back up. Gable follows, dodges and waistlocks to roll, Chaos Theory denied to the Double Wristlock! The Kimura Lock is on but Gable moves to relieve pressure. Gable powers to a cover, TWO and he’s freed. Gallagher staggers away but Gable runs in, only to get an elbow. Gallagher hops up, leaps for a missile dropkick! Gable staggers but runs over, only for Gallagher to dump him out. Gallagher runs to blast Gable off the apron, then slides. Gable gets under, only to get thrown into barriers! The Gentleman is getting gritty now!
Gallagher goes into the ring and the ring count begins. Gallagher runs to DIVE! But Gable deflects it! And then throws Gallagher with a German Suplex! Deja vu to their first match a month ago! Gable and Gallagher crawl up as the count begins. Gable stands at 4 but won’t leave Gallagher behind this time. He puts Gallagher in at 7 and hops in at 8, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO, and Gable blocks the punch to full nelson. Gallagher breaks free and wants the wristlock. Gable slips out, Tiger Driver 97! TWO, to the ANKLE LOCK! Gable shouts out the Olympic Gold Medalist as Gallagher endures! Gallagher reaches but is dragged away! Grapevine!! Gallagher unlocks the legs to hammer away on Gable’s head! Gable lets go and Gallagher is free. Worcester cheers both men’s grit as Gallagher and Gable stand.
Gable throat chops and rolling kicks! But Gallagher uses the ropes to rebound, for the Extraordinary Headbutt!! He falls to the cover, TWO!? Gable survives and Gallagher can’t believe it! Both men slowly stir and head for each other. Gallagher grimaces as he SLAPS Gable. Gable SLAPS back and now it’s a brawl! They throw forearms and elbows, then Gallagher fires off body shots and windmill fists! The ref counts and Gallagher stops. Gallagher whips Gable corner to corner, then runs in, but misses his dropkick! Gable catches Gallagher into the Canadian Rack! Dominator DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gallagher still lives and Gable is in shock!
Fans fire up as Gable drags Gallagher to a drop zone. Gable climbs up and moonsaults, to get boots to the gut! Gallagher hits his Extraordinary Dropkick!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Gallagher is the one in shock now! Gallagher drags Gable up and hoists him to the top rope. He clubs Gable over and over before climbing up top. Gable fights back with elbows, but Gallagher clubs him more. Gallagher still staggers down, but clubs Gable into the post. Gallagher climbs up again, stands up with Gable, SUPER BACK SUPLEX, becomes Gable’s crossbody! Gable glares, rolls Gallagher, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, Gable wins!!
Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall
Gable and Gallagher pushed each other to their limits, but it was Gable who edges out the Gentleman. But to be a good sport back, he offers Gallagher a hand. Gable helps Gallagher up and gives him a nod. The fans love the respect between Gable and Gallagher, will we get more from these two terrific technicians? But with this decisive defeat, what is next for Gallagher in the Cruiserweight Division?
A pretty great episode for 205 Live for the Summerslam build. Gulak gives us a great promo as he gets to start fresh with new competition, and we got another good Humberto Carrillo profile video. Again, pretty sure Carrillo is on his way to the title, but he’ll need to have matches to earn it. Tozawa VS Samir with Kendrick and Sunil around was a good match, but as I said last week, we’ll probably just get a tag team build to a tornado and/or No Disqualification tag match blow-off that means nothing because we have no tag titles. But it will still be a great match because Kendrick and Tozawa are great, and the Singh Brothers are also good given the tornado blow-of we just got with Lucha House Party.
I am loving the continuity between Raw and 205 Live as far as this Kanellis-Maverick story is going. Mike gets his win but then the real thing in this is the red hot promo between him and Maverick. They had great points to throw at each other, especially Mike mocking last night’s WWE 24/7 Championship segment. This could easily become the story of Maverick fighting for his job as GM given how he hit Mike. And it’s a way for Maverick to shift from the 24/7 Championship and let Truth feud with someone new. Again, if Maverick loses, I expect it to be Maria taking his place and then she gives Maverick the opportunities he “deserves,” like going against a Face Cruiserweight Champion, maybe as Carrillo’s first feud.
Then the main event of Gable VS Gallagher was incredible, regardless of Worcester dissenters thinking it was boring. Technical wrestling is not boring, Worcester was just tired and/or drunk. And then when they left the technical stuff behind for big hits and throws, the fans woke up and saw this match was actually great. Gable winning was a great choice, because now we’re getting a Gallagher crisis of confidence type thing. Gallagher sold that uncertainty at the end there, so something has to happen where he decides between 205 Live and NXT UK as his place to be in the WWE, and that could be a really good story.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (7/16/19)
The BEST! Town Hall Meeting, in the WOOOOOORLD~!
It’s the SmackDown After Extreme Rules!
And STILL your W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~, Kofi Kingston! But not only that, the New Day have the SmackDown Tag Team Championships back! What is next for this GOLDEN New Day on the way to Toronto?
- Aleister Black VS Cesaro; Aleister wins.
- Liv Morgan VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins.
- Ember Moon & ??? VS Fire & Desire; Moon & Bayley win.
- Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Randy Orton, Samoa Joe & Elias; Orton, Joe & Elias win.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics VS The Kabuki Warriors w/ Paige; The Kabuki Warriors win by count-out, The IIconics retain the titles.
- Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; wins.
- Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler; No Contest.
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Kevin Owens speaks for the WWE Universe!
The only thing we’ve gotten from this new McMahon policy is MORE SHANE! And no one wants that! Shane tried to silence Kevin but he refused to stop. Shane claiming to be Best in the World is an insult to every superstar in the company. Security chased Kevin off, but Kevin wouldn’t stay gone. He made sure that when Shane least expected it, he got a STUNNER!
But now, Shane has security ready to apprehend Kevin should things get out of hand again. Kevin walks through the door and sees Shane. Shane heard all that yammering, and has an idea: the SmackDown Town Hall. Everyone and anyone can get their complaints out. Shane will hear them all out, but he will not tolerate insubordination. Kevin sees what Shane is up to. But Kevin says he works for the WWE, not Shane. But the WWE is under the McMahon Family. Shane is the boss, and he will not have Kevin spreading lies. So Shane personally tells Kevin he has the night off. Go somewhere else and enjoy yourself. Kevin heads back out the door, but will he listen to Shane’s orders?
The SmackDown Town Hall Meeting begins!
Superstars from The New Day to the Kabuki Warriors and even Buddy Murphy are present on stage while they wait for Shane McMahon to appear. “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~” gets his proper introduction, and perhaps his longest yet, before the meeting officially begins.
“As you can see, Kevin Owens-” Fans cut Shane off with boos and chants of “You Suck! You Suck!” But Shane repeats that Kevin has the night off and is barred from the building. And now we have our first ever SmackDown Town Hall. This is for any superstar that is respectful to Shane to air grievances. Who wants to speak first? The various superstars seem hesitant, but one man who doesn’t is ROMAN REIGNS! Bayley and the New Day bark for the Big Dog. Roman says it straight: no one respects Shane. And if Shane wants diplomacy, how about he kiss Roman’s ass? Superstars like Charlotte Flair and Randy Orton are a little surprised. Shane says that was not respectful, so now Roman will be fined.
Shane wants more superstars to speak, and picks Charlotte to speak. Charlotte defends Shane, Roman’s words were uncalled for. But from one wrestling royal family to another, Charlotte thanks Shane for all the opportunities she has been given. It makes Charlotte sick that Kevin would take advantage of Shane! But then LIV MORGAN speaks up! Charlotte, stop being phony. Is there anything real about Charlotte? Oh snap~! Wait who is this child? Does she work here? Oh right, because everyone is borne with a blue tongue. And Charlotte forgot about Liv until Kevin mentioned Liv in a burp. Shane keeps the peace and moves things along. Shane picks out the #BestKeptSecret, Buddy Murphy.
Murphy knows Kevin mentioned him, but he doesn’t need anyone else to fight his battles. Kevin should keep Murphy’s name out of his mouth, or he’ll slap the taste out of Kevin’s mouth. Shane loves this fire, he’ll talk with Murphy later. Shane also picks out Apollo Crews. Apollo steps up and does have something to say. Hopefully this is healthy dialogue, but… “Everybody, including myself, agrees with what Kevin Owens said last week.” Except for Zelina Vega and Andrade Almas. Don’t kiss up to the fans, Apollo. If he wants a “healthy” conversation and an opportunity, prove it in the ring. Almas tells Apollo that tonight, he’ll be pinned in the center of the ring!
Elias then strums his electric guitar to introduce himself, and take his turn speaking. The “Greatest Acquisition in SmackDown History” is interrupted by the New Day. Big E tells Elias he is the greatest jackass in SmackDown history! Keep it clean, guys, c’mon. But Kofi Kingston will not agree with Kevin, #TheNorthRemembers, but there are some good points he’s made. How long did it take Kofi to be WWE Champion? TOO LONG! Shane says they need to cut Kofi off, but Kofi says no one is getting opportunities! There goes the mic. Fans boo this oppression of free speech but Shane plays dumb. This Town Hall went great for the first time, and thanks for participating. This concludes the meeting. But was anything really settled under this?
Cesaro stays back to speak up. What brings the Swiss Cyborg of Raw over here? Wild Card rule allows Cesaro to challenge Aleister Black to a rematch from Extreme Rules! He hopes Aleister will pick, a fight, with him. And obviously that means tonight. Shane likes the idea, and makes it reality! Cesaro VS Black, who wins in this gritty rematch?
Shane continues to brag that he doesn’t have to rule with an iron fist. But he does get another STUNNER!! Kevin defies the authority again, and mocks Shane’s shuffle. What will be the consequences of such defiance?
Aleister Black VS Cesaro!
Both men wanted a fight and they got one at Extreme Rules. But the fighting is far from over as they do it again here on SmackDown! Will the Embodiment of the End make the Swiss Cyborg #FadetoBlack twice in one week?
The bell rings and Aleister circles with Cesaro. They tie up and Aleister ducks to throw forearms. Cesaro knees back then throws the European Uppercuts. Cesaro whips but Aleister reverses to kick Cesaro back and then down! Alesiter runs but fakes Cesaro out to springboard and sit down. SmackDown goes picture in picture as Aleister stares a hole through Cesaro.
Cesaro catches his breath as he stares back at Aleister. Aleister watches Cesaro consider his options. Cesaro runs in and shoulders Aleister away, but Aleister kicks him back! Aleister is on Cesaro in a corner with those kicks, then kicks him against the ropes. Cesaro forearms back but Aleister keeps on kicking. ALeister has Cesaro in another corner, but Cesaro catches a kick to dump Aleister out! Aleister hits the floor while Cesasro checks his chest. Cesaro goes out to fetch Aleister, putting him in the ring and stalking him to the other side. Cesaro knees Aleister against the ropes then throws more uppercuts. Aleister BOOTS back, but Cesaro keeps on giving EuroUppers! Cesaro suplexes Aleister and covers, TWO!
Cesaro keeps his cool as he wraps Aleister up in a chinlock. Then he adds an arm of Aleister’s for a partial straitjacket. Aleister endures and fights out to give more kicks. Aleister whips but Cesaro reverses, only to run into an elbow. Aleister hops up and hits the meteora! Cesaro is reeling as Aleister grits his teeth. Aleister throws forearms and uppercuts of his own. He whips but Cesaro reverses, to pop-up uppercut! Cover, TWO! Aleister checks his teeth but gets a basement uppercut! Cover, TWO! Aleister even pushed Cesaro’s face as he kicked out. Cesaro wraps back on and has the cobra clutch. Aleister fights his way up but Cesaro knees him over and over. Cesaro wrangles Aleister down and grinds him into the mat.
Aleister fights up again and kicks at Cesaro’s legs. He runs but back into a sleeper hold! SmackDown returns to single picture as Cesaro leans his full weight on Aleister. Fans rally up as Aleister endures again. Aleister fights up and arm-drags out, to bobs ‘n’ weave and counter punch. Cesaro knees low but runs into Aleister’s elbows! Aleister fires off, sweeps and thrusts the knee! He kips up and fans fire up with him! Aleister runs, quebrada! Cover, TWO! Cesaro escapes and Aleister is angry, but not without focus. Aleister waits for Cesaro to stand, but Cesaro gets clear to give back an uppercut! Cesaro throws more uppercuts, runs and BOOTS Aleister down! Cover, TWO! Into a Crossface! Cesaro pulls back but Aleister endures.
Fans rally and Aleister reaches. Aleister rolls Cesaro to a cover, TWO! Cesaro puts Alesiter in a corner but mises and gets post! Aleister runs in to knee trigger Cesaro down! The Cyborg is down, but Aleister picks him up with his foot. Aleister spins, BLACK MASS! Cesaro’s mouth guard goes flying!! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
That’s a 2-0 sweep for the Dutch Destroyer! Will Cesaro want to keep this going? Or is Aleister moving on to even tougher fights?
Dolph Ziggler finds Shane backstage.
The Show-Off knows Shane got got by Kevin, but tonight is about teaching Kevin a lesson. It should be Ziggler. No, Kevin got away. But if Kevin wants to give the people what they want, then he should want this match, too. Make it the main event of the show! Well if that’s the case, Shane will make the match. The Best in the World and Ziggler want to air some grievances on Kevin, but will it go their way?
SmackDown shares exclusive footage from after Extreme Rules.
After losing the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, Daniel Bryan was going crazy. His mission to #SaveTagTeamWrestling failed! He followed his dream, he tried to elevate the “jokers” to a main event status, but he failed! So if Bryan wants to change the world and save everyone, he has to aim higher. Bryan has to go where Bryan has not gone before. He knows now what he must do. But what does this mean for his apparent announcement later tonight?
Liv Morgan VS Charlotte Flair!
The Juvenile Delinquent made her presence known during the SmackDown Town Hall Meeting, and did so by confronting the Queen! Will she pay for her insolence? Or will she make the show #SmackDownLIV with a huge return victory?
The bell rings and Liv circles with Charlotte. They tie up and Charlotte just shoves Liv down. Charlotte doesn’t take Liv serious for a second, but then Liv goes Matrix to dodge her! Liv fires off forearms and then hits a huricanrana! She keeps moving to dropkick Charlotte down! Charlotte scrambles to a corner and Liv waves. Liv and Charlotte stand, and Liv ducks to waistlock. Charlotte elbows out to club Liv to a corner. Charlotte stomps Liv and then pulls her against the ropes. She lets up at the ref’s count of 4 with a “WOO~!” Charlotte drags Liv up to CHOP her! Those Flair CHOPS echo out and then Charlotte back suplexes. Liv slips out to enziguri Charlotte down!
Liv hits a swinging stomp onto Charlotte’s back! She drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO! Charlotte’s tougher than that as a nine-time Women’s Champion. But Liv keeps moving, huricanrana blocked into a powerbomb! Charlotte Figure Fours to the Figure Eight! Liv taps, Charlotte wins!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission
Again, there’s a reason she’s #CharlotteNineTime. The Queen shows the delinquent the gap between them, is it only a matter of time before Charlotte gets her tenth?
As for Liv, sore and sobbing as she is, she grabs a headset. Charlotte is right, Liv isn’t real enough. But she vows to be real when she returns again. What does this mean for the future of SmackDown Liv?
Dolph Ziggler calls Kevin Owens.
He has to get Kevin’s number from a referee, but he dials it up all the same. Will Kevin pick up? Will Kevin take the bait of this main event play?
Ember Moon & ??? VS Fire & Desire!
The Shenom has been bullied by Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, not that they see it that way. God’s Greatest Creation and the Gladiator Gal want to push Ember around, but will they be able to when Ember has back-up? Though, speaking of, who is her back-up? The mystery partner is… BAYLEY! The SmackDown Women’s Champion is feeling great after beating both Raw’s Goddess and Loony Lass, will she and SmackDown’s War Goddess put out the fire and desire?
The bell rings and Mandy attacks Ember while Sonya goes after Bayley! Sonya throws knee after knee into Bayley while Mandy pushes Ember out. Mandy then returns to their corner to tag in, and Sonya feeds Bayley to a Kiss from a Rose! Then sliding wizard from Sonya! Mandy covers, TWO! Mandy clubs Bayley down then chokes her on the ropes. The ref counts and Mandy lets up because she knows. Mandy wraps Bayley up for a chinlock but Bayley fights out to a saido suplex! Tag to Ember to shotgun dropkick Mandy down! Ember lights Mandy up with those kicks! She has Mandy in a corner and stomps away. Ember whips corner to corner and htis an elbow. She rolls Mandy to climb up, but Sonya runs in. Bayley gives Sonya the Bayley2Belly! ECLIPSE for Mandy! Cover, Moon & Bayley win!
Winners: Ember Moon & Bayley, Moon pinning
And that is the power of a champion and a #Shenom! Will this show Mandy and Sonya what you get for bullying?
Kayla Braxton congratulates the winners, and asks the champ who she wants for Summerslam. Well Bayley is so happy that she’s finally through with Alexa. Now she can do what she really wants: elevate this SmackDown Women’s Division! Bayley wants someone worthy, someone with charisma but she’s also never faced. Someone who would treat the title right if they end up winning. Hmm… That sounds like Ember! Ember says “Hell yeah!” These two look ready to have a Summerslam showdown, but who comes out on top of the Blue Brand?
Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura!
The NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion is congratulated, but he says he is a storm. Now Nakamura is free to rain down his chaos on the entire roster. But as he turns around, the Beacon of Light is there. Mustafa Ali congratulates the champ, but he seems to be the first one who wants at the gold. Can Ali weather the storm that is the King of Strong Style?
Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your SIX-TIME champs and WWE Champion, and FEEL~ the POWER~! It’s a golden New Day, yes it is! Pancakes are flying and the belts are shining. Give it up for ya bois! You might as well call Kofi Kingston “Simon Phoenix” because he dismantled the Submission Machine, Samoa Joe. Yes, Kofi is the Demolition Man and the W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! But wait wait, look! The New Day had a great victory to dethrone the Planet’s Tag Team Champions to become the six-time, W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~! “And look at us now.” African-American Leprechauns holding all the gold! White gold, even. BABYYY~!
Now everyone can guess what Bryan’s announcement is, but before we hear about a 10 minute lecture about recycling, fracking, and the ice cream licking epidemic that is downright nasty, Big E accepts the tag title rematch here and now in Worcester! The Planet’s Tag Team Champions come out and the New Day is ready to fight. But Bryan says nothing, and just leaves with Big Red Rowan. Was the tag title rematch not his announcement? Oh wait here Bryan comes again. Bryan wants to say something, but he can’t bring himself to say it. So again, he leaves. Wait, third time’s the charm. Bryan is clearly working on how to phrase it. Fans cheer “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and it only angers him. Bryan drops the mic this time, so we’re not getting his announcement. At least not yet.
But now Samoa Joe comes out! Kofi is all smiles as Joe says while Bryan isn’t in the mood for championships, Joe wants one. Kofi’s back-up dancers are passing out title matches like it’s Christmas in July. So take up their example and put that title back on the line here and now! Fans want to see that match again, and Joe wants Kofi to be the man he claims to be. But wait, is that… Elias?! The Drifter tells Joe that “with all due respect”, he had his chance and he lost. If there is anyone primed and ready to take that world title from Kofi, it’s Elias. But then Randy Orton appears!
The Viper didn’t win the Cross Brand Top Ten All Star Battle Royal to go against Lesnar, but Orton says he hasn’t had the world title in some time. So he’s gonna just take it. ANd he’ll do it with the most dangerous three letters in wrestling: R K O. But Elias says no everyone can have the match tonight. But there can be a Six Man Tag to make a point. So it’s a Six Man Tag, playa? A challenge, playa? Champion’s Huddle. The New Day accept this challenge, playa! Orton opts out. Wow…! The Viper doesn’t want to strike? Seems more like the snake is a little limp. That gets Orton to opt back in! Will The New Day pay for that joke? Or will they have the last laugh?
Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Randy Orton, Samoa Joe & Elias!
Holla holla! SmackDown returns as these teams sort out. Kofi starts with Elias at the bell. They tie up and Elias headlocks right away. Kofi powers out but Elias runs him over with a shoulder. Elias runs but Kofi hurdles and elbows Elias down! Cover, TWO! Orton slithers in to distract Kofi and Elias kicks Kofi down. Tag to Joe and Joe mugs Kofi with those swift jabs. Joe drags Kofi up and whips him from open corner to open corner. Kofi hits buckles hard and falls to the mat. Fans rally with the New Day clap, and Kofi double stomps Joe down! Cover, ONE!
Kofi mule kicks and snapmares to then tag Woods. They combine with the speed combo of kick, lariat and rebound splash! Woods hits an elbow, then tags Big E for the Big Splash! Cover, TWO! Big E drags Joe up but Joe headbutts back. Tag to Elias and Elias runs, but into Big E’s abdominal stretch! With spanks! Fans chant along and Big E shoves Elias to elbow him down. Tag to Woods and Woods is the human weapon, wheelbarrow splash! Cover, ONE! Woods puts Elias in a corner with a chop, then whips him. Elias reverses but runs into a boot. Woods somersaults, Honor Roll hits! Cover, TWO!
Elias powers Woods against ropes and Orton yanks Woods down by his hair! The ref misses that as Elias distracts him. Elias goes after Woods with forearms in the open corner. The ref backs Elias off but only for a moment. Elias whips Woods to elbow him down, cover, ONE! Elias mugs Woods with a rain of rights, then throws Woods out of the ring. The New Day is in trouble as SmackDown goes picture in picture.
Elias catches his breath while Woods is down. Tag to Joe and Joe fetches Woods. Joe drags Woods up to put into the ring, then keeps between him and the New Day. He mocks Woods to crawl for a tag, but then stomps Woods down. Joe rains fists and elbows down. Joe drags Woods over and tags in Orton. Orton stomps Woods’ limbs, then his stomach. He drags Woods up to toss back out the ring, then goes out to back suplex Woods on the announce desk! Woods writhes to the floor but Orton looms over him. Orton drags Woods up and in and covers, TWO! Tag to Elias, and SmackDown returns to single picture as he stomps Woods down.
Elias drags Woods back up but fans rally. Elias wraps on a chinlock and thrashes about. Woods endures and reaches for his corner. Woods fights out but Elias knees low. Elias keeps Woods from the corner but Woods clubs away. Elias pulls hair to yank Woods down! Then he hits both Big E and Kofi with cheap shots. Joe BOOTS Big E down on the outside! Elias has Woods on the top rope to CHOP, then climbs up to join him. He stands Woods up, but Woods resists! Woods fights back and sends Elias down. Woods adjusts and leaps for a missile dropkick! Both men are down and fans rally up. Hot tags to Orton and Kofi!
Kofio springboards and rallies! He hits Orton, he hits Joe, then he dropkicks Orton! Kofi leaping lariats Orton down! Fans are fired up with Kofi as he hits the New~ Day~ Boom Drop! Kofi then aims from the corner as fans clap along. Orotn rises but avoids Trouble in Paradise. Kofi avoids the RKO, runs, hops and crossbodies! Cover, but Elias breaks it in time! Big E gives Elias a belly2belly! Joe runs BIg E over but Woods goes after Joe. Joe whips Woods but gets sent out! Woods fires up and FLIES! Direct hit takes out Joe! Woods hurries back and baits Elias into a kick! But Joe yanks Woods down to put on the Coquina Clutch! Woods goes to sleep while Elias KNEES Big E down! Elias returns to Kofi, but gets Trouble in Paradise!
RKO ON KOFI!! Cover, Orton’s team wins!
Winners: Randy Orton, Samoa Joe & Elias, Orton pinning
Most importantly, the Viper took out THE WWE World Champion! Does this put the Apex Predator at the front of the line for Summerslam?
SmackDown returns as Carmella looks for R-Truth.
Wait where is he? The washing machine? Why? Because he’s hiding! But now he’s stuck. Just help him out. Careful now, careful. Okay, the lid is off. How did Kane do this? There ain’t no bathroom in here. Carmella has a better spot, but it’ll involve a costume. Okay, because the 48/7 European 7/11 24/7 I-75 277 Champion ain’t no joke. Yeah, they’ll go to Comic Con. No no he ain’t no con. He did his time. Not that! Just follow her. Right, right. Truth falls out of the washing machine! Man down! It’s okay, just get up. Who will Truth cosplay as he and Mella go to Comic Con?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics VS The Kabuki Warriors w/ Paige!
Peyton Royce and Billie Kay perhaps shocked the world when they were the ones who came out of Wrestlemania’s historic Fatal 4 Way Women’s Tag Title Match as the winners. However, and for whatever reason, they’ve yet to actually defend those titles in the three months that have passed. But finally, a team has them backed against the wall! Will the Empress of Tomorrow and the Pirate Princess truly becoming #JoshiRoyalty when they have the gold around their waist? Or will Asuka and Kairi Sane find what makes the future IIconic?
SmackDown returns as the introductions are made and the belts are raised. The teams sort out and it will be Kairi and Peyton to start in this long-awaited title match!
Peyton slaps Kairi, and that was a mistake. Kairi CHOPS Peyton, then whips. Peyton reverses but Kair rebounds and tags Asuka. Headsicssors and waistlock to a Code Breaker and Blockbuster! Kairi hits Billie down while Asuka cover,s TWO! Asuka keeps moving but misses the hip attack. Billie tags while Peyton hits her leg lariat! Billie BOOTS, covers, TWO! Kairi and Paige coach Asuka while Billie talks trash. Asuka heel kicks Billie down! Billie bails out and Peyton checks on her. The ring count begins and the IIconics remember Champions’ Advantage. They get up at 7, but then don’t go in! The let the count hit ten!!
Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, by count-out; The IIconics are still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
The Kabuki Warriors are furious! They chase the IIconics down and throw them into posts! Then Billie gets barriers! Asuka drags Peyton into the ring and gives her a corner hip attack! ROUNDHOUSE! Kairi is up top, and is roaring as she hits her InSane Elbow! The champions cheated Asuka and Kairi out of a real match, but will there be a rematch to remedy this?
Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
SmackDown returns as El Idolo and La Muneca are already in the ring. The rising star makes his entrance and shows his physique on the way to the ring. But Almas goes after Apollo as soon as he enters! This is par for the course from the not so tranquilo Idolo. The referee checks on Apollo, and Apollo still wants this match to happen. The ref rings the bell, and Almas runs to knee Apollo in the corner! Almas fires off but Apollo hits back. Apollo misses his enziguri and Almas stomps him out for it. Almas drags Apollo up, boot feint to sharp elbow! Almas then puts Apollo in the corner, goes corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, Apollo turns it around to a crucifix! Apollo wins!!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall
Their egos get the better of Almas and Vega! Can Apollo turn this into something even greater in the coming weeks?
Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler!
It seems KO took the bait. What trap has Shane set for him in response to the stunner from earlier tonight?
The bell rings and Kevin blocks the superkick! Ziggler escapes the stunner, but then Kevin FLIES out onto him! Kevin wipes Ziggler out and shouts “I told you it’s MY show!” He puts Ziggler in, climbs up again, and leaps for a swanton, onto knees! Ziggler hits the Famouser! Cover, TWO! Ziggler drops a leaping elbow and covers, TWO! Ziggler grows frustrated but tries another elbow. Cover, ONE! Ziggler wraps on a chinlock and then shifts to an armlock then the crossface. Fans rally up and Kevin fights up, but Ziggler rakes his eyes! Ziggler drags Kevin up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Ziggler wrangles Kevin back down but fans keep rallying. Kevin fights up again but Ziggler shifts to a chinlock. Ziggler rakes the eyes again, then squeezes tight. But Kevin fights up and out, only for Ziggler to kick the leg. Ziggler whips but Kevin reverses, only to run into buckles. Ziggler hits a corner splash! Then the satellite DDT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler’s fury builds while Kevin rolls to a corner. Ziggler runs in but misses to hit the post! SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin climbs again, leaps again, NOW the swanton hits! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler survives and Kevin is growing frustrated. But here comes the stacked deck: Shane leading Drew McIntyre, the B-Team, Elias, The Revival, and many many more! This might as well be a Lumberjack match now!
Kevin sees he’s surrounded, but then gets a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Shane is frustrated for Ziggler. The unofficial lumberjacks pace about and Ziggler fires himself up. Ziggler drags Kevin up to throw into a post! Ziggler toys with Kevin, but Kevin SLAPS him! But Ziggler throws hands and stomps! The ref backs Ziggler off, but comes back to throw Kevin into the post again! Shane mocks Kevin’s pain while fans boo and jeer. Ziggler stomps but misses his kick! STUNNER!! Cover, but Shane drags Kevin out! So he gets a STUNNER! Kevin bails out before the horde gets a hold of him! Kevin gives up this battle so he can continue the rebellion!
Kayla Braxton asks Shane about this foiled plan. Shane says Kevin will pay! He forces himself up and walks, coughing for air. What will Shane and his squad do to make sure Kevin and every superstar that stands opposed to him learn their place?
Well this was certainly a wild episode of SmackDown. Not as good as it could’ve or should’ve been, but still really wild. Recap at the start aside, that “Town Hall meeting” was a pretty fun idea to open the show. Obviously Shane is becoming a dictator while we get some nice promos and interaction between those truly underutilized superstars. It was actually pretty genius to have Roman Reigns speak out against Shane and then do nothing else for the rest of the night. Roman’s already beaten Shane, so it’s not like he has to do anything more to him. Clearly things are shifting so that Kevin has the biggest spotlight in the story. I just wish there was better scheduling so that the main event actually gets the time it deserves.
But much like Raw last night, SmackDown was able to get the point across. Tonight’s point: Kevin 3:16 says he’ll stunner anyone on Team Shane. I don’t know if stories intertwine with Shane and Ziggler taking on Kevin and Miz as a tag team, but doing that might save room on the Summerslam card. And the build towards then might involve more of Kevin having to duck and dodge stacked decks like those other Heels surrounding him. At least it means Murphy and the Authors of Pain got to do stuff, even if it’s just chasing Kevin like he’s the 24/7 Champion. Speaking of, great little moment for Truth. That fall out of the washing machine was shoot, but he played it off well. I can’t wait to see the 24/7 Championship at a Comic Con.
Aleister Black VS Cesaro Round 2 was as good, if not better, than the Extreme Rules match, and that made it amazing for SmackDown! Aleister’s sweep of Cesaro should lead him to the Intercontinental Championship, but Mustafa Ali makes an appearance to make a point that he wants after Nakamura, too. Either choice will be great, and we’ve got three weeks to see who we’re getting. Maybe a contender’s match of Aleister VS Ali? Meanwhile, Bryan’s “career-altering announcement” was obviously just some hype, but it does bring some intrigue. His line about going where he’s never gone before is interesting, and makes me think it might not be about the SmackDown Tag titles at all.
The Six Man Tag we got instead was pretty great, playa. The Heels win to give us three strong choices for Kofi’s Summerslam opponent, but given Samoa Joe just lost, Elias still doesn’t feel quite ready, and the history of Kofi and Orton in Kofi’s 11 years in the WWE, I think it’s Orton. If Kofi is to prove he is one of the best WWE World Champions, beating Orton would go a long way towards that. The SmackDown Women’s Championship seemed built a little too fast, though. It was great for Bayley to be Ember’s mystery partner, since it was almost too obvious for it to be Carmella. Bayley and Ember put Fire & Desire away pretty easily, but it’s not as fun when a champion just chooses a challenger. Their match will be great, but there should’ve been another week of action to have someone earn the spot.
Kudos to kayfabe Liv Morgan for wanting to “be real” and earn her spot in the locker room. She gave Charlotte a bit of a fight, but Charlotte is Charlotte and she wins very easily. I’m curious to see what Liv will be like when she returns. The women’s tag title scene is still a mess, though. For three months, the IIconics have been the cover girls for how Vince robbed us of #LegitHuggable doing awesome stuff, like going to TakeOvers to take on whatever female teams NXT and NXT UK could come up with, as well as all teams from Raw and SmackDown. But nope, go with the Aussie Mean Girls and pretend those titles aren’t important. And when we finally get a title match somewhere, it’s the Heels being extra cowardly and losing on purpose. Obviously this is to extend things to Summerslam (we hope) but it still stinks in the moment.
My Score: 8.1/10