Who wins big in the Windy City?
For the first time ever, Survivor Series become a brand warfare triple threat! How will Raw and SmackDown fare with NXT in the mix?
- Kickoff Show – Cross Brand Tag Team Battle Royal: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler win for SmackDown.
- Kickoff Show – NXT Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Lio Rush VS Akira Tozawa VS Kalisto; Rush wins and retains the NXT Cruiserweight Championship for NXT.
- Kickoff Show – Triple Threat Tag: The Viking Raiders VS The New Day VS The Undisputed Era; The Viking Raiders win for Raw.
- Women’s 5v5v5 Elimination Triple Threat Tag: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown VS Team NXT; Team NXT wins.
- Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura VS Roderick Strong; Strong wins for NXT.
- NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Pete Dunne; Cole wins and retains the NXT Championship.
- WWE Universal Championship: The Fiend Bray Wyatt VS Daniel Bryan; Wyatt wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
- Men’s 5v5v5 Elimination Triple Threat Tag: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown VS Team NXT; Team SmackDown wins.
- WWE World Championship No Holds Barred: Brock Lesnar VS Rey Mysterio; Lesnar wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
- Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Bayley VS Shayna Baszler; Baszler wins for NXT.
- Final Score – Raw: 1, NXT: 4, SmackDown: 2; NXT wins Survivor Series.
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It’s the Survivor Series Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, Booker T and David Otunga in recapping and predicting all the action!
Sam Roberts and John Bradshaw Layfield are even here to talk about the action. The second-longest running WWE PPV will be the biggest it’s ever been with this “unprecedented” triple threat format! Shayna Baszler has a big opportunity but she’s coming off a big Women’s WarGames match. JBL doubts the Queen of Spades’ odds, but Sam Roberts is pretty sure she’s still the biggest name coming out of all of this. Who will be right and who will be wrong after that epic encounter?
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
The introduction was not good enough for him, so he gives his introduction himself. The Advocate for the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World, just the order of things works better. Brock Lesnar VS Rey Mysterio, Miracle or Massacre. The underdog, Mysterio, holding his poor injured son, Dominic, after that beating to oblivion. Mysterio used a pipe to attack Lesnar, and now rumors abound. Lesnar isn’t at 100%, tonight is the night Mysterio pulls off the miracle. Or perhaps Lesnar is a miracle killer, and simply massacres Mysterio in ways the WWE has never seen before and will make sure we never see again. Miracle or massacre, wait and see.
What are the affects of WarGames?
After all the chaos and destruction, are any of the competitors in shape for tonight’s matches? The Undisputed Era, the members of Team Ripley and Team Baszler, Baszler herself! For that matter, Kevin Owens surely surprised everyone else, especially Team Raw. Will Seth Rollins be okay with the Prizefighter risking himself like that?
Shawn Michaels joins the panel!
The Heartbread Kid is here to reveal which five are on NXT’s Men’s Team! HBK first speaks to the game plan for tonight: survive and thrive. People are implying NXT are the odd ones out, the trouble makers, and that’s exactly right! NXT is ready, and they are going to pump some life into tonight! But given WarGames, they had to wait to see who was able to compete. Without further ado, NXT Men’s Team it is Damien Priest, Matt Riddle, Keith Lee, WALTER, and Tommaso Ciampa! That’s right, even NXT UK gets in with the WWE United Kingdom Champion! This group touches on what makes pro-wrestling great! With the leadership of HBK and HHH, will this quintet conquer Raw and SmackDown?
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
The NXT Champion lost the WarGames match but how does that affect tonight’s NXT Championship match? Cole has been on all three shows and WarGames this week! He’s not 100%, but that doesn’t change that he’s Adam Cole, Baybay. Dunne may have been a dominant UK Champion, but he’s never had a week like Cole’s had. Dunne may be Team NXT, he’s going to be treated like Raw and SmackDown. You will see what a superior champion on a superior brand looks like, and that is undisputed.
Bayley talks to the panel via video call.
The Bad Bad Bayley’s game plan is to just take over. She will do the same thing she’s been doing for seven years: be a champion. The aggression first focused on Becky Lynch and Shayna Baszler, but Bayley stepped out of the shadows. They call Bayley the underdog, and she bottled it up. It’s different now. Bayley is sick of it all, and she says Becky and Baszler have what’s coming to them, and it’s all their own fault. Which woman is more challenging for her? Neither, they’re the same. Pin one, submit one, doesn’t matter which, it is Bayley’s night. The favorite coming into this is the NXT Women’s Champion, how is the SmackDown Women’s Champions feeling? Bayley does respect Shayna Two Time for carrying on what she built. Bayley’s been doing this longer than her, but can she keep it up?
Kickoff Show – Cross Brand Tag Team Battle Royal!
Raw, SmackDown and NXT send in the best of their tag team division, but that world cup trophy signifies the Best Tag Team in the World is in this match! The OC, Street Profits and Major Bros of Raw, the Revival, Roode-Dolph, Lucha House Party and Heavy Machinery of SmackDown, and the Forgotten Sons, Breezango and Imperium of NXT are all in the ring, but who wins the first score for their brand tonight?
The bell rings and it is chaos! The Top Guys and GLORIOUS Show-Offs stay back and hit whoever comes close. They go after Fandango while other groups square off. Gran Metalik helps Lince Dorado stay in, and then toss Steve Cutler out! The Forgotten Sons are ELIMINATED! That was fast, guess they’ll be forgotten. But then Angelo Dawkins POWERBOMBS Lince Dorado out onto the Sons, Lucha House Party is ELIMINATED! Things are thinning out thanks to that, but Heavy Machinery is still too big for even two men to eliminate together. So it turns into four men! Tucker saves Otis from their fellow SmackDown superstars. Curt Hawkins tumbles out from the middle but Zack Ryder is sent out over the top! And he lands on Hawkins! The Major Bros are ELIMINATED!
Otis bumps Marcel Barthel but Barthel holds on. Fabian Aichner fights Ziggler off to go after him. Barthel saves himself while The Revival go after Tucker. The OC go after Imperium and Street Profits, but Otis bulldozes into Karl Anderson. Aichner has Ziggler, catapults but Ziggler skins the cat! Aichner goes after Ziggler but Ziggler drags him out! They’re both on the apron while Fandango goes after Tucker. Ziggler and Aichner fight on the edge with big hands and kicks. ZIggler headbutts Aichner, but Barthel gets Ziggler with a sleeper! Aichner runs in, but Roode intercepts! Roode body checks Aichner down, and ELIMINATES Imperium! And he SAVES Ziggler from falling to the floor! Roode-Dolph is safe, and they go after the Street Profits with the Revival.
But Otis drags Ziggler up for the spin cycle scoop slam! And off comes the shirt! Fans pump up with Otis as he hits the CATERPILLAR, only for The Revival and OC to toss him out! Heavy Machinery is ELIMINATED! The Revival go after Breezango while the OC beat down the Street Profits. Fandango goes out the middle rope, Breeze is thrown over the top! But Fandango keeps his friend in, with a princess carry! But then the Revival bump him off, Fandango is ELIMINATED, as is NXT! Now The OC and Revival mug the Street Profits. Dawkins helps Ford survive the double back drop, to double dropkick and ELIMINATE The Revival! The Profits brawl with The OC, but now Roode-Dolph helps out. Brand warfare doesn’t matter when they hate the same team. But then Anderson and Roode argue, and start brawling!
Gallows rocks Roode with an uppercut, Anderson helps out, neckbreaker back suplex! But Ziggler ZIGZAGS Anderson before Magic Killer! Roode dumps Gallows out but Gallows stays up. SUPERKICK gets rid of Gallows, the OC is ELIMINATED! Roode-Dolph regroups and stands off with The Street Profits! One Raw team and one SmackDown team. The two team start brawling! Roode knees Dawkins and whips but Dawkins holds the ropes. Ziggler mugs Ford but Dawkins boots Roode. Only to run into a GLORIOUS SPINE BUSTER! Roode and Ziggler work together, but the SUPERKICK hits Roode! Roode flops out the middle rope, but Ford throws Ziggler. Ziggler throws Ford instead! Ford holds on and punches Ziggler away! Into Dawkin’s SPINE BUSTER!
Ford goes up top, but Roode shoves him down! Ford holds on the ropes as he flounders about! Ziggler goes after Dawkins but is bucked off. Dawkins ROCKS Ziggler! But satellite DDT! WORLD STAR FROG SPLASH! But Roode throws Ford out, SmackDown wins!
Winners: SmackDown’s Roode & Ziggler; Raw: 0, NXT: 0, SmackDown: 1
And the blue brand is the first on the board! Is this the first of many for one of the OG brands of WWE?
Christian joins the panel!
He knows from experience that Survivor Series is the biggest stage for many stars tonight. He looks forward to seeing true champions and legends step up to the challenge.
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Lio Rush VS Akira Tozawa VS Kalisto!
The Man of the Hour is not immune to the brand warfare! This title has joined NXT, but it could leave the brand if one of the others wins! Will the red, blue or black-n-gold hold the purple belt after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this Cruiserweight crossover match begins!
Kalisto and Tozawa here fans cheering for Lio, and both take offense. They decide to go after Lio together! They mug and beat down Lio, then double whip him out of the ring. Tozawa rolls Kalisto, TWO! Kalisto is upset and the two start shoving. Then brawling! Tozawa clubs Kalisto and whips, but Kalisto tumbles out as Lio gets in. Lio sends Tozawa into Kalisto and rolls Tozawa up, TWO! Lio dropkicks Kalisto out but Tozawa whips. Lio redirects, Kalisto drags him out and throws him into barriers. But Tozawa runs in, to get a KICK! Kalisto clubs Tozawa but Tozawa shoves. Kalisto CHOPS Tozawa while having the knuckle lock. He goes up, Lio returns but Kalisto kicks him away! Kalisto springboard arm-drags Tozawa then kicks Lio again.
Kalisto goes corner to corner, shoulder tackles, but handsprings into a waistlock. Tozawa shoves Kalisto into Lio’s boot but then Tozawa goes after Lio himself. Lio punches Tozawa away and slips out to the apron. Kalisto runs at Tozawa but Lio bobs ‘n’ weaves to hit back again. Lio slides under Tozawa to go after Kalisto as fans duel. Kalisto full nelsons but Lio fights free. Lio whips Tozawa but Tozawa reverses, and Kalisto helps. Lio dodges them both, double back elbows take them both down! Lio covers Tozawa, ONE! Lio keeps his cool as he gets fans fired up for NXT. Lio kicks but Tozawa blocks. Tozawa flips Lio, fakes him out, and ROCKS him with the jab! Fans fire up with Tozawa but Lio slips out of the back suplex.
Lio runs in, Tozawa gets clear, Lio handspring kicks Kalisto away but comes back into Tozawa’s fireman’s carry. Tozawa TOSSES Lio down! Then builds speed, to basement shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tozawa keeps his cool as he drags Lio into the drop zone. Tozawa climbs up top and fans rally with “AH! AH!” Lio stops Tozawa with haymakers then climbs up to join him. Kalisto enziguris Lio and joins in now! Tozawa and Kalisto have Lio, they climb up to the very top, but Lio gets them with a SUPER DOUBLE SPANISH FLY!! All three men crash down and Chicago rallies up. Lio stands first and grits his teeth. Lio punches Kalisto then punches Tozawa, and repeat. Lio CHOPS, but Tozawa and Kalisto hit back! They work together again, but Kalisto turns on Tozawa! Lio heel kicks Kalisto! Fast hands on Tozawa, but Tozawa kicks, spins, slides under and GERMANS! Cover, but Kalisto steps on Tozawa to jackknife cover Lio, TWO!!
Chicago cheers as all three men are down again. Fans build to a rally and duel, but Kalisto is up first. The “Lucha! Lucha!” chants echo as Kalisto stalks Lio. But no Salida, Lio slips out. Kalisto ducks a kick to cravat Lio, and then he boosts off Tozawa for the SALIDA DEL SOL! Cover, but Tozawa uses a Shining Wizard to break it! Kalisto flops out and Lio is in the drop zone! Tozawa climbs up top, fans “AH! AH!” TOKYO TOWER SENTON!! But Kalisto breaks the cover!! Tozawa is shocked but fans rally up as Kalisto rises. Tozawa and Kalisto shove each other, then start slapping each other! It’s a SLAP FIGHT! Tozawa clubs away on Kalisto, but Kalisto dodges to SUPERKICK! Kalisto runs, handsprings, but into a waistlock! German, but Kalisto lands on his feet! SALIDA DEL SOL DOS! FINAL HOUR OUTTA NOWHERE! Lio covers Kalisto, Lio wins!!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall; still NXT Cruiserweight Champion; Raw: 0, NXT: 1, SmackDown: 1
The NXT Cruiserweight title stays with NXT! The Living Piece of Gold helps the black-n-gold get on the board, is Raw going to be left in the dust at this rate?
Sami Zayn joins the panel.
They cannot talk about a Match of the Year Candidate match, Styles VS Nakamura VS Strong, without putting respect on the tone! Don’t treat this like it’s some other match. Realize the level of artistry in this match! Nakamura isn’t an artist, he is THE artist! Booker T doesn’t get it, so Sami wants everyone to “truly understand the caliber” of talent Nakamura is and has become. But surely Sami respects Styles and Strong, “on a certain level.” Styles is a great competitor, Strong is a great competitor, but they are not intellectual artists. It is not just something int he ring, it is a mind-set. You either have it, or you don’t. It is an intangible that you cannot measure. It isn’t just a bunch of tag lines, it is the reality! He may be underestimating Styles and Strong, but they’re underestimating the instant classic Nakamura will make this match.
But Styles was a world champion in the WWE, Nakamura has yet to be. Well a huge difference there is that Nakamura now has Sami in his corner. And when it comes to their past, it may have gone Styles’ way, but now Shinsuke has Sami, and he’s better than ever! Tonight, “you are going to see the very best of Shinsuke Nakamura.” The Great Liberator promises a masterpiece, but will it be a victory for the King of Strong Style?
Backstage interview with The New Day.
Kofi Kingston and Big E are ready for their tag team triple threat with The Viking Raiders and Undisputed Era. Kofi is a living get-well-soon card for Xavier Woods, but he wants to know what the other teams are like? Two teams that have tagged together for a long time all over the world, but you can’t forget ya bois, the SEVEN-TIME W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONSSSUH! This will be a reminder that the New Day are the 483-day, WWE record breaking and “have been and still are” the GREATEST team in the WWE! Awwww~ Chicago~! Don’t you DARE be sour! Clap for this tag team champions match, and feel~ the power~!
Kickoff Show – Triple Threat Tag: The Viking Raiders VS The New Day VS The Undisputed Era!
The raid comes to Chicago and it collides with the Power of Positivity. But even after a brutal WarGames match last night, will reDRagon still #ShockTheSystem?
The teams sort out and one man starts for each team! It’s Ivar, Big E and Kyle O’Reilly at the bell!
Kyle kicks Ivar then at Big E! Kyle goes for a leg but Ivar smashes Kyle away. Big E shoves Kyle away and Bobby Fish tags in. Fish kicks away but gets double hip tossed away! Tag back to Kyle, and reDRagon work together, only to get run over by Ivar and Big E! NXT clears out so that WarBeard and Big E Langston can throw big hands! Big E dodges, and scoops Ivar?! But Ivar slips out to shove Big E. Big E bucks Ivar then hurdles him! Ivar rolls off Big E’s back! Things speed up, Big E runs Ivar over!? But Kyle comes in to attack with fast knees! Fish helps dump Big E out, but ivar gets Kyle in the Raw corner.
Tag to Erik and Kyle gets knees from both Vikings! The Raiders then go at Fish, hip tossing him in! Ivar scoop slams Fish, then Erik scoop slams Ivar on Fish! Erik roars but Big E tags in Kofi. Erik goes after Kyle but Kofi comes in to throw hands. Kofi whips and dropkicks Erik down! Kofi has Kyle in the corner with haymakers while the Vikings regroup. Kofi kicks and wrenches Kyle to bring him to the SmackDown corner. Big E tags in, then snapmares Kyle for Kofi’s Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO! Big E tags Kofi back in, and the New Day combines for a leap frog senton! Cover, TWO! Kyle writhes but is still alive. Kofi throws haymakers and brawls with Kyle, then kicks to whip Kyle out of the ring. Kofi mule kicks Fish away, but the Vikings return! Raw and SmackDown stare down as fans rally up, and the brawl is on!
Erik throws Big E out while Ivar has Kofi. Kofi slips out to swing kick, and Big E throws Erik into barriers! But reDRagon returns to whip Kofi. Kofi goes up and dropkicks back! Kofi puts Fish out, but Kyle catches the kick. Dragon screw in the ropes! Kyle climbs up top, knee drop! Heel Hook! Kofi flails and reaches, but Fish runs at Ivar, to get a seated senton! Ivar splashes down on Kyle! Kofi is free but Big E belly2bellies Ivar! Erik EXPLODERS Big E! Kofi hotshots Erik and kicks away. Kofi runs, but into a scoop! They end up in a corner and Kofi gives big hands to Erik. Fans rally up and duel as Kofi has to fight Kyle off. Kyle hits Kofi back and knocks him down. Kyle and Kofi kick each other on the apron edge back and forth. Kyle gets the edge, but Big E runs in! Kyle dodges and Big E flies out of the ring! Kofi rocks Kyle, Fish sweeps Kofi!
Ivar and Erik are on the apron now, and Erik scoops Ivar to THROW him onto everyone else! Fans are fired up as all six men are down! Erik drags Kyle into the ring, but both men are wiped out energy wise. Erik throws haymakers on Kyle against the ropes. Erik whips and runs Kyle over with forearms! He scoops Kyle up but Fish chop blocks Erik! Kyle boots Erik down, then kicks him while he’s down. Tag to Fish, but Erik ROCKS reDRagon! Fish throws hands back, but Erik grabs a leg. Fish gets free to give knees back. Erik holds onto ropes but Fish grinds his foot into him. Fish drags Erik in, tweaks the leg, then tags Kyle. Kyle kicks Erik and throws clubbing elbows and big knees into the ribs. Kyle runs to slide a knee into Erik’s ribs! Kyle hooks the legs up, figure four SNAP lock!
Tag to Fish as Chicago rallies for NXT. Fish drags Erik up, snap suplex! He keeps Erik from Ivar, too. Erik fights back with big forearms, and TOSSES Fish into Kyle! Fans rally up as Erik crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Ivar! The Warbeard back drops Fish! And sidewalk slams Kyle! Ivar runs to BASEMENT SPLASH! Fans fire up as Ivar starts a war train corner to corner! Clothesline after clothesline, but then Kyle runs in! Ivar sends Kyle’s knee into Fish! Spinning powerslam! Big E runs in, into a big heel kick! But Kyle and Fish get Ivar with kicks and knees! They double whip Ivar, Ivar tumbles out to forearm back. Ivar hurries to a top rope, but Fish gets clear. Ivar rolls through to tag Erik! SHOTGUN KNEES! Ivar runs in, but Kyle saves Fish from the bronco buster! Kofi springboards back in, into Erik’s arms! But Kofi slips out, to boot Erik back. Kofi double STOMPS Erik down!
Tag to Big E and Kofi climbs up, Big E throws Kyle overhead into ropes! And then Fish gets one, too! Kofi Penalty Kicks Kyle! Kofi hops over Fish’s sweep to kick him, too! Erik shotgun knees Big E! Erik smacks Kofi away, then goes after Big E. He climbs up top to rain down rights in the corner. But Kofi tags in and kicks Erik back! Big E has Erik up, Kofi joins in, DOUBLE STOMP DOOMSDAY!! Cover, but Ivar breaks it! Ivar runs but is sent out by Kofi. Big E tags in, Kofi builds speed, and Big E BOOSTS Kofi to take out Ivar and reDragon! Erik is back up, Big E SPEARS into him! They crash down on the outside! Chicago fires up as Big E gets Erik back in. Kofi tags and heads up top, but the other teams are regrouping. Fish stops Kofi, but it’s Kyle who shoves him down. Erik shoves Big E away, Ace Ten MAO!
Tag to Ivar, waistlock and springboard, LARIAT GERMAN! But Ivar can’t make the cover. Kofi swings, Trouble in Paradise hits a post!! TOTAL ANNIHILATION! But the Vikings stare down reDRagon. The chase is on! The Undisputed Era get in the ring as the Vikings get out and get them with fast hands! Erik fights as best he can, but still gets Ax ‘n’ Smash! And an Exploder from Fish! Ivar gets back up, but he gets a double kick sandwich! Only to power up!? He choke grips them both, but they both knee back! Ivar cartwheels out of annihilation! Ivar handsprings and double back elbows! Erik gets in, Kyle gets THOR’S HAMMER onto Fish! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!!
Winners: Raw’s Viking Raiders, Ivar by pinfall; Raw: 1, NXT: 1, SmackDown: 1
Things are all tied up after the kickoff show’s three matches! The only tag team to be champions in NJPW, ROH, NXT and Raw are the winners, but will their brand join them by the end of the night?
The landscape has changed forever.
Raw and SmackDown have been riding high for decades, but NXT is here to turn things upside-down! The “main roster” is a thing of the past, because the black ‘n’ gold is bold enough to say they are on par, no, BETTER, than their older sibling shows. Monday Night Rollins, The Big Dog’s Yard, and the once developmental brand turned wrestling phenomenon are going to showcase for the sake of supremacy! Who survives Survivor Series?
Women’s 5v5v5 Elimination Triple Threat Tag: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown VS Team NXT!
We open with the new take on an old tradition! It will still be teams of five representing the brands, but with a third branch added, that’s FIFTEEN superstars all at once! The Queen, Charlotte Flair, leads Natalya, Sarah Logan and the Kabuki Warriors. The Boss, Sasha Banks, leads Nikki Cross, Carmella, Dana Brooke and Lacey Evans. The Mosh Pit Kid, Rhea Ripley, leads Candice LeRae, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair and Toni Storm. Tensions are running high on these teams made up of rivals, but which fearsome five rises above that pettiness to score another victory for their brand?
The teams sort out, and with one woman per brand, it’s the Valkyrie, the Sassy Southern Belle, and the Lightning from Down Under! Lacey throws her skirt at Sarah and then boots her down! Toni brawls with Lacey, but Lacey throws Toni down by her hair. Lacey already dabs the sweat off her brow, but she turns into a double flapjack! Toni and Sarah double whip but Lacey holds the ropes. Nikki tags in just before Lacey is dumped out. Nikki fires off forearms on both Toni and Sarah! Toni grabs Nikki to lariat her down! Sarah gets around Toni to ripcord and Northern Lights! Sarah runs to cartwheel knee drop on Toni! Cover, but Toni gets loose. Nikki jumps on for a thrashing sleeper on Sarah! Sarah back sentons with Nikki onto Toni! Toni crawls while Sarah covers Nikki, TWO! Sarah covers Toni now, TWO! Back to Nikki, TWO!
Nikki headbutts Sarah and forearms, then runs to wheelbarrow, but Sarah blocks. Toni waistlocks Sarah, to German Suplex them both! Fans rally up as all three women crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Carmella, Io Shirai, and Kairi Sane! Fans are excited to see former friends meet again! The Stardom duo are ignoring Princess Mella, until she shoves Shirai. So Shirai and Kairi work together to club Carmella down! Mella hurries to tag Dana Brooke. Dana lets Kairi and Shirai tie up. Shirai headlocks, Kairi powers out but Shirai handsprings over. They go agani, Kairi goes up and headscissors Shirai down! Kairi runs to slide into a boot from Shirai! Shirai hits a basement dropkick to Kairi’s head! Shirai underhooks to lift but Kairi fights out. Kairi Alabama SLAMS Shirai! cover, TWO, and Dana rolls Kairi! TWO, Shirai rolls Dana, TWO!
Shirai whips but Dana reverses, Shirai ends up stacked with Kairi. Dana handsprings to elbow them both down! Dana climbs up and SmackDown is fired up as Dana hits a DOUBLE SWANTON! Cover on Kairi, TWO! Dana tags Lacey, and they double whip Kairi to double hip toss her. Dana handsprings to boot Kairi for Lacey to cover, TWO! Candice tags in to roll Lacey up! TWO, and Lacey SLAPS Candice. These two never did settle things from NXT… Candice fires off on Lacey! Asuka tags in, to hip attack Lacey! Candice uppercuts them both! Candice snapmares and sentons Asuka! She runs at Lacey, tornado complete shot! Cover, TWO! Tag to Rhea, and Chicago fires up! Rhea dropkicks Lacey out, but Asuka gets her for an armbar takedown! Rhea flails but Bianca makes the save!
Natty DISCUS lariats Bianca! Nikki hits the PURGE on Natty! Shirai dropkicks Nikki but Charlotte SPEARS Shirai! Candice dropkicks Charlotte, Carmella FABULOUS Kicks Candice! Toni German Suplexes Mella! Dana enziguris Toni, but Sarah GUT BUSTERS Dana! Sasha hits a BACKSTABBER! Chicago is thunderous as The Boss holds the ring! NXT and raw regroup, Shirai and Candice are down. They did suffer a lot of damage during WarGames, perhaps this is affecting their abilities now. Charlotte tags in off Asuka to stand against her fellow Horsewoman. Raw and SmackDown wait to see what happened with Team NXT. It seems Shirai and Candice can’t continue! Does that mean NXT is now down 5v5v3 already?
Rhea and her team regroup to keep going, and she again stands against Charlotte and Sasha, just like Friday. Rhea got the win last time, but things will be different in an elimination match. Surprisingly, Rhea tags out to Bianca! But the EST is ready, so the team captains tag out to Sarah and Nikki. Nikki leaps in and chops Bianca! Then she kicks Sarah into a neckbreaker! Bianca throws Nikki out but Nikki shoulders back in. Nikki slingshot dropkicks, then LEAPS onto Rhea just because! And trips Toni to go after her on the apron! Bianca grabs at Nikki but Nikki hits her away. Rhea puts Nikki on the apron for Bianca to use the ropes in the roll up! Bianca ELIMINATES Nikki Cross! NXT works together to get one SmackDown star down.
But now Carmella runs in. Mella-go-round headscissor for Bianca and a kick for Sarah. But Bianca gives Mella the Kiss of Death! Mella scrambles away and Sarah gets Bianca. Bianca powers her to a corner and rams in shoulders. She lets up but Sarah DECKS her! Sarah fights Toni and Rhea off and headbutts Bianca! Sarah throws Bianca out hard, and howls to the moon before hitting flying knees on BOTH Toni and Rhea! Sarah puts Bianca back in and climbs, but Rhea yanks her down. Bianca clubs Sarah and hip tosses her in hard. Bianca handsprings to knock Asuka away and moonsaults on Sarah, but Natty breaks the cover. Sarah knees Bianca down, covers, TWO! The EST is the toughest, and she dodges Sarah to DECK her!
Bianca steps on Sarah to go to the open corner. Bianca climbs up, and hits a 450!! Cover, Bianca ELIMINATES Sarah! Now it’s 4v4v3! But in comes Charlotte. Charlotte and Bianca each tell each other to kiss this, and then tie up. Bianca waistlocks but Charlotte elbows out hard. Charlotte whips Bianca in but Bianca elbows back. Charlotte clotheslines Charlotte but Mella rolls Charlotte! TWO, mule kick to FABULOUS Kick! Mella runs in but is put on the apron. Rhea distracts, Mella takes advantage with a knee. But Charlotte BOOTS Mella! Bianca rolls Charlotte, TWO! Bianca clotheslines Charlotte but runs into the backbreaker and BOOT! Charlotte drags Bianca to a drop zone and grins at Rhea. Charlotte climbs but Mella disrupts that. Charlotte kicks Mella away but Mella is back with forearms. Mella handsprings but the steiner is blocked! Mella fights, and SUPER STEINERS Charlotte onto Bianca!
Cover on Charlotte, TWO! On Bianca, TWO! Back to Charlotte, TWO! Back to Bianca, ONE!! Mella is losing her cool but fans are fired up! Mella kicks Bianca down then drags her away by the long ponytail. Bianca fights back, but Mella mule kicks her down. Cover, TWO! NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, Charlotte ELIMINATES Carmella! 4v3v3! Sasha gets in for SmackDown but Kairi tags in for Raw. Toni Storm tags in for NXT, and she circles with another familiar foe. Kairi kicks but Sasha sends it into Toni. Sasha knees Toni herself then runs, into Toni’s BOOT! Toni drags Kairi up and headbutts! Kairi back hands Toni down! Kairi prepares to weigh anchor, InSANE Elbow for Toni! Cover, but Sasha METEORAS Kairi! Sasha ELIMINATES Kairi! But Asuka is right in!
Asuka fires off on whoever comes close! Hip attack for Toni, pop-up knee for Sasha! Bulldog clothesline combo! Dana tags in and runs in to get a heel kick! Cover, Asuka ELIMINATES Dana! Now it’s 3v2v3! Charlotte tags in and Asuka didn’t like the timing. They start fighting each other now! Charlotte throws Asuka down by her hair! But Lacey runs in, only for Charlotte to counter punch and CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Lacey falls but Charlotte brings her up, Exploder into buckles! Charlotte kips up and fans “WOO,” but Asuka screws Charlotte over with the GREEN MIST!! Asuka even leaves, not caring to continue for Raw. Lacey hits the Woman’s Right! Cover, Lacey ELIMINATES Charlotte!
Natty is the last one for Raw, she rolls Lacey up, TWO! Lacey kicks low and whips, but Toni is back. Lacye elbows Toni but runs into Natty’s rebound sit-down! Toni basement dropkicks! Natty DISCUS lariats Toni! Natty rolls Lacey, Natty ELIMINATES Lacey! Sasha steps in as SmackDown’s last. It is 1v1v3!! NXT has the advantage just on numbers! And the fans are behind them, too! Toni brawls with Natty and Sasha! Toni brings Natty up to underhook, but Natty resists to trip Toni up. Natty gets the Sharpshooter! And Sasha adds the crossface!! Toni can’t take two holds, she TAPS and is ELIMINATED! Fans boo but Natty and Sasha dare NXT to step up. Bianca gets up but runs into a Boss level HART ATTACK! Cover, Sasha ELIMINATES Bianca!
Rhea is the last woman for NXT, it is 1v1v1 now! Natty and Sasha grin but fans are confident in Rhea. Rhea is confident in herself, even if the Boss and the Queen of Harts- Wait, Sasha betrays Natty! Sasha ELIMINATES Natty! Sasha wants Rhea all to herself. Rhea and Sasha are the last two, only one will be the #SoleSurvivor! They trash talk each other, and Rhea throws big haymakers! Sasha pushes back, but into an atomic facebuster! Rhea runs to dropkick Sasha down! Cover, TWO! Rhea pushes Sasha around, then drags Sasha up. Rhea whips, Sasha dodges, tilt-o-whirl, but Rhea blocks with pure power! Rhea suplexes but Sasha slips out to a sleeper! Rhea backs Sasha into buckles over and over, then snapmares Sasha off. Rhea runs in, but into a drop toehold! Rhea eats buckles, Sasha goes corner to corner, Meteora! And then more knees up close and personal!
Sasha drags Rhea out to a drop zone before climb up top. Fans are dueling, Sasha vows to end this. Rhea stands, Sasha leaps, SUPER METEORA! Cover, TWO!! It won’t be that easy to beat the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion! Fans are rallying again but Sasha runs in, Meteora to the back! Sasha brags for her brand as she climbs up top, and leaps again, but into a BOOT! Rhea covers, TWO! Rhea stomps Sasha and grabs the legs, ties them up for the Inverted Cloverleaf! Sasha endures but rolls to a CROSSFACE! Rhea scrambles against the Bank Statement, reaches for ropes, but Sashas switches to that side!
Wait a minute, is that Candice and Shirai returning!? Rhea powers up and Sasha tornado DDT’s! Back into the Bank Statement! Candice and Shirai drag Rhea out, but Sasha wrecks them both! Sasha realizes she’s 1v3 thanks to some trickery, but Rhea rams Sasha into barriers! Rhea rams Sasha into the apron, then drags Sasha into the ring. Rhea says it’s over, pump handles, but Sasha slips out to shove! Sasha blocks the boot to give a KNEE! But Shirai goes after Sasha from the apron. Candice distracts on the other end, Shirai missile dropkicks Sasha down! Rhea take advantage, pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, NXT WINS!!
Winner: Team NXT, Rhea Ripley by pinfall; Raw: 1, NXT: 2, SmackDown: 1
Don’t trust a team coached by DX! NXT bends the rules and rubs it in on Raw and SmackDown to break the tie, but will NXT break through to win the Survivor Series?
Seth Rollins talks with Kevin Owens.
The Architect obviously saw his teammate at WarGames last night. He’s hoping Kevin can clear things up for him. It was a big moment, but for NXT. Rollins wants to know if his team is at 100%, and that means knowing Kevin’s loyalties. First off, that was about the Undisputed Era, not brands. And Kevin has a strong connection to NXT, he still loves NXT. But NXT doesn’t need him. Raw does, desperately. So don’t worry about WarGames. Tonight, KO is Raw. But Rollins questioning someone else’s loyalty? Do we need to remind him of his history? Shield fist. The tensions are growing, but will it all explode in the ring tonight?
Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn VS Roderick Strong!
The Phenomenal United States Champion of Raw, the “studly” Artist Intercontinental Champion of SmackDown, and the Savior of the Backbreaker North American Champion of NXT. Who will be the best regional champion of the WWE?
The bell rings and the three are wary of the others. They circle and approach as Sami watches closely. Shinsuke knocks Strong down then fires off on Styles! He stomps Styles then knees Strong. Shinsuke whips Strong to kitchen sink knee him down. Shinsuke goes after Styles with stomps in the corner and then boots Strong down. Styles blocks a kick to fire back, but Strong clubs Styles. Strong runs into Styles’ dropkick! Strong flounders to a corner, Styles runs to clotheslines Shinsuke. Then he comes back for Strong! Back to Shinsuke, but Strong dodges. Styles boots, jumps, but into a backbreaker! Strong dropkicks Shinsuke down, then CHOPS him for a backbreaker! Fans rally and duel as Sami checks on Shinsuke.
Strong stomps Styles down, then runs to wreck Shinsuke with a dropkick. Styles is on an apron but Strong is there, too. Strong suplexes but Styles saves himself from the drop! Shinsuke is up but is sent into the apron, Styles sliding knees Strong down! Styles has Shinsuke back in the ring then kicks Strong while he’s down. Styles aims at Shinsuke and slingshots, but Shinsuke trips him up! Styles flops to the mat and Shinsuke rams knees over and over into him! Shinsuke drags Styles up into the corner for Bad Vibrations! Strong returns but gets kicked out. Shinsuke then drags Strong back up to suplex him up and in! Shinsuke goes back to Styles for a snapmare and knee drop! Cover, but Strong easily yanks Shinsuke off. Shinsuke stomps Strong for it, then puts Styles in a corner.
Shinsuke hoists Styles up, and hits the Top Shelf Knee! Styles flops down to the floor, so Shinsuke goes to Strong. Strong gets the fireman’s carry, gutbuster drop! Cover, TWO! Strong drags Shinsuke up for stomps, then CHOPS away! Strong half nelsons to a modified torture rack! A Bow ‘n’ Arrow even. Shinsuke endures as Strong bends him back2back. Fans rally up and Shinsuke elbows out, only for Strong to make it a gutbuster! Styles clamps onto Strong with a sleeper hold! Strong flails and endures but Styles smothers him with his body weight. Strong keeps fighting but Styles hooks the face. No disqualifications so he isn’t in trouble for it. Styles sees Shinsuke coming and throws Strong into him! Then back to the sleeper! Strong fades as Styles wrenches and thrashes, but Strong revives. Sami coaches Shinsuke up like a good corner man, and fans rally.
Strong gets up to fight out against Styles. Strong arm-drags Styles away then throws big haymakers. He hits Shinsuke with those, too, and then CHOPS Shinsuke down. Strong dodges Styles, leaping lariat sends Styles rolling! Big knee against the ropes! Shinsuke swings a kick, into another backbreaker! Strong gives Styles endless side2side forearms! And then a big facebuster! Cover, TWO! Strong grows a bit frustrated, drags Styles up, and suplexes, but Styles slips out. Styles decks Strong, CHOPS Shinsuke, repeat! But then Strong knocks Styles into Shinsuke, and whips Styles the other way. Styles elbows Strong away, hops up, moonsault into the dragon sleeper! Strong snapmares out, monkey flips Styles, Styles lands on his feet, to get a DYNAMIC ENTRY! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Strong brawls with Shinsuke! Sami cheers as Shinsuke gets a strike fest, ax kick, sliding knee! Cover, but Styles is right there and breaks it! Chicago loves “All These Guys!”
Shinsuke hits Styles, but Styles scoops to an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Styles drags Shinsuke into the Clash but gets powered to a corner. Shinsuke runs in, but Styles rolls. No Calf Crusher, but there is an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles was close, but he kicks Strong while he’s down. Styles drags Shinsuke back into position, lifts, but Strong dropkicks the Clash apart! Sami gets Shinsuke to safety so no one can cover him! Strong drags Styles up but Styles swings, into an OLYMPIC SLAM! But Strong holds on, butterfly POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Strong can’t believe he didn’t get it there! Strong drags Styles up again while Sami helps Shinsuke recover. Strong CHOPS Styles in a corner and Styles sits down. Strong stomps a mudhole into Styles, then drags him up to the top rope.
Fans rally and duel as Strong climbs up to join Styles. Shinsuke returns to add on! Strong fights Shinsuke off, but Styles slips out to turn things around! Electric Chair, and Shinsuke is up, DYNAMIC DOOMSDAY!! But no one comes away unscathed, Shinsuke has a rough landing onto Strong’s leg! All three men are down and fans are rallying as Shinsuke covers on Strong, but Styles yanks Shinsuke off to bump him off buckles. Shinsuke puts Styles on the apron, dodges the forearm and ROUNDHOUSES Styles down! Shinsuke aims at Strong, YAO! But Styles anchors a foot! Sami goes after Styles, putting him into the post! STRONG KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sami is relieved but still biting his fingernails as Shinsuke survives. Strong grits his teeth and clutches his leg, but he still gets Shinsuke back up. Shinsuke blocks the suplex and fireman’s carries, GO TO SLEEP!
Shinsuke aims from the corner, YAO! But Styles uses Strong for a launching pad, Phenomenal Forearm! Strong back elbows Styles, Shinsuke enziguris Strong! Shinsuke kicks Styles but Strong boots and enziguris Shinsuke. Styles back hands and LARIATS Strong, Shinsuke hits a backstabber! Shinsuke has Strong, Inverted Exploder throws Strong onto Styles’ head! Shinsuke judo throws Strong and hits KINSHASA!! Cover, but Styles breaks it in time!! Sami is furious as this isn’t over yet! Strong flops out of the ring, Styles and Shinsuke flounder. Chicago figures they should just “Fight Forever!” Styles and Shinsuke stand, and Shinsuke says, “C’MON!!” They fire off fast hands! Strike fest meets Phenomenal Blitz, but Shinsuke hits the heel kick! Styles hits the PELE!
Shinsuke staggers back, Styles runs in but gets a boot. Shinsuke is up, FLYING KNEE! Shinsuke drags Styles up to the fireman’s carry, LANDSLIDE DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Sami is getting heated as Shinsuke aims from the corner again. Sami rallies the fans, but Styles rolls Shinsuke up! ONE, into the Clash, but Shinsuke fights out. Styles boots back, forearms again, and then springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! But Strong tosses Styles out and covers Shinsuke, Strong wins!!
Winner: NXT’s Roderick Strong, by pinfall; Raw: 1, NXT: 3, SmackDown: 1
Opportunistic? Brilliant? No, that was Undisputed. The North American Champion outsmarts the Phenomenal United States Champion and studly Intercontinental Champion. NXT is running away with this, but will they still be leading by the end of the night?
The Miz talks to Daniel Bryan.
The A-Lister knows they don’t get along. But they’re family men and professionals who have faced the best of the best. There are normal competitors, and then there’s The Fiend. The Miz can’t describe what happened, but he has that feeling stuck in him. It was like pure evil. Something that can’t be stopped. For Bryan’s sake, for Miz’s sake, for their families and for the WWE Universe, Bryan needs to put a stop to The Fiend. Bryan simply tells Miz to go away. Miz means well but Bryan is too focused. Will that be his downfall against the living nightmare that is Bray Wyatt?
NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Pete Dunne!
This is not a brand supremacy match, but a supremacy on a brand match. The Bruiserweight wants to make history by being the first man to have been WWE United Kingdom and NXT Champion in his career, but he’ll have to do that against the workhorse of the black ‘n’ gold. Will more history be made on an already historic night?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this purely NXT match begins!
Dunne and Cole sport tap wrapped around their most vulnerable limbs. They tie up, Dunne gets Cole down and tortures the hand! Cole gets up and spins through to then wrench back. Dunne rolls, handsprings and wrenches back, but Cole still gets a headlock. Dunne powers out, ducks down then hops over to duck down again and clothesline Cole down! Cole clutches the bad ribs but Dunne is after his arms instead. Dunne hammerlocks one and tortures the other now, going after the fingers and wrist! Dunne then shifts to the right arm, hammerlocks that on the mat, and STOMPS! Cole scrambles away but Dunne heads out after him. Dunne CHOPS Cole then takes an arm and brings it to the steel steps. Dunne hammerlocks and STOMPS the arm!
Fans cheer for Dunne’s savagery as he goes after Cole. Cole pushes Dunne to a corner, Dunne pushes him away and hops up, but Cole kicks out the legs! Dunne tumbles to the mat with the bad leg and Cole gets away to breathe. Cole stomps Dunne’s bad legs and then stomps his chest and face! The ref backs Cole off and Dunne kicks back. Cole turns Dunne around to hit a neckbreaker! Cole goes after the bad leg with stomps and a standing kneebar. Dunne clubs at the hands and Cole lets go, only to stomp the leg again. Dunne CHOPS Cole, Cole dropkicks the bad leg out! Dunne writhes but Cole tells him, “NXT’s mine, you chump.” Cole drags Dunne up but Dunne hits back. Cole knees low, but Dunne X-PLEXES! Fans rally and duel as Dunne clutches the bad leg again.
Cole is up but Dunne fires off fast hands! Cole swings, misses, Dunne CHOPS away! Dunne whips corner to corner, Cole reverses, but Dunne manages to go up and over and enziguri! Dunne German Suplexes Cole, and stomps the hands! BUZZSAW! Dunne lifts Cole, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cole barely gets out with those bad ribs, but he did get out. Cole rolls out of the ring but Dunne goes to the corner. Fans rally and duel as Dunne is up top, SUPER MOONSAULT! That proves double-edged given the bad knee and both men are down on the outside. The ref starts a ten count but Dunne gets Cole in at 6. Dunne is in at 7, falls for the fake out to mule kick! Cole German Suplexes but Dunne lands on his feet, to buzzsaw kick again!
Dunne drags Cole to a drop zone and climbs up top again. But that bad leg slows him down, and Dunne moonsaults onto knees! LAST SHOT SHINING WIZARD!! Cover, TWO!?! The Last Shot wasn’t the last one after all, but Cole isn’t done yet. Cole goes to a corner and climbs up. Dunne slowly stands, Cole leaps, but no Sunrise for him. Dunne ROCKS Cole, but Cole BOOTS back! Dunne LARIATS Cole inside-out! Then Dunne drags Cole up, but Cole hits LAST SHOT USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!?! Dunne survives both Last Shots, new and old, but Cole isn’t going to stop there. Dunne slowly rises as fans rally up, and Cole vows this will be it. But Dunne ducks the Last Shot to get a takedown! Cole resists the armbar, rolls Dunne up, TWO!
Dunne has an arm, ducks a kick, pump handle, BITTER END!! Cover, TWO!?! If the Last Shot isn’t the last, then this isn’t the end, either! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” Dunne kicks Cole from the mat and then as he stands. Cole hits back with haymakers and forearms, but Dunne CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then a forearm! Cole enziguris back! Dunne enziguris, too! Dunne runs, goes up and over, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Chicago is coming alive for “NXT! NXT!” Cole heads back to the corner as fans declare “This is Awesome!” Dunne rises, Cole aims, but no Sunrise with that BIG right! Dunne drags Cole up, X-Plex BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and rolls out to the apron, then to the floor.
Dunne walks over, but Cole enziguris the bad leg! Cole gets back in the ring and then joins Dunne on the apron. Cole drags Dunne up, fireman’s carry but his back gives out. Dunne has Cole but his leg gives out. Niether man can lift, so Cole kicks out the leg. Cole climbs up, leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE TO THE APRON!! Chicago is thunderous as it loses its mind! Both men are down and a ring count begins. The count reaches 5 before Cole sits up. Cole is in at 6 but Dunne is only now stirring. Dunne sits up at 8, stands at 9, is in at 9.5! SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!?! Dunne lives?! Cole is furious, but this IS the longest reigning UK Champion he’s up against. Chicago is in love with this match as Dunne dares Cole to bring it. Dunne goes back for his mouth guard but Cole stands on it. Cole brings down the knee pad but Dunne gets the fingers! SNAP! Pump handle, BITTER- SUNRISE?! LAST SHOT!! Cover, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; still NXT Champion
The last Last Shot at the last minute, and that was the last of the Bruiserweight! The top champion in NXT is still Adam Cole, BAYBAY! And the Undisputed Era comes out to celebrate with them, because they’re all still #DrapedInGold!
WWE joined Unicef Kid Power for World Children’s Day.
The WWE superstars helped the young superstars of Chicago’s Bateman Elementary understand they can make a difference in not just their lives, but in other people’s lives.
Baron Corbin talks to Team SmackDown.
The King says they’ll be just fine if they listen to him. Do they not remember Friday? Roman Reigns is the captain, and no one cares what Corbin has to say. Will this quintet get things together in time for the Men’s Elimination Tag?
WWE Universal Championship: The Fiend Bray Wyatt VS Daniel Bryan!
SmackDown is now the focus as the new blue belt is on the line! But perhaps, more than that will be won or lost tonight. Mental instability combined with endless passion creates something new. Things are about to get scary, but can Bryan conquer his fear to defeat the nightmare and take the gold? It’s a simple, one-word answer.
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and The Fiend’s red light bathes the arena as this nightmare down memory lane begins!
The fans chatn “YOWIE WOWIE!” as Bryan fires off with a dropkick! And Yes Kicks! And corner to corner for another dropkick! Then again, only to get a LARAIT! The Fiend rains down furious forearms on Bryan then stomps him down. The Fiend drags Bryan up to uppercut him against ropes. He headbutts Bryan and Bryan staggers away. The Fiend keeps after him, whips, and headbutts Bryan down! Bryan gets out of the ring but The Fiend simply chuckles as he watches from the apron. The Fiend goes out to fetch Bryan and shove him into barriers. “YOWIE WOWIE” continues to echo as The Fiend whips Bryan into a post! The ring count climbs but The Fiend just drops a back senton! The Fiend laughs, and wants Bryan to remember.
The Fiend puts Bryan in the ring at 7, then follows. The Fiend kicks Bryan while he’s down, but Bryan fights back! That doesn’t last long as The Fiend knees and urenages! The Fiend dares Bryan to get back up, but drags him up for clubbing forearms. Bryan crawls to the corner but The Fiend brings him up again. Bryan is practically dead weight, but The Fiend still suplex TOSSES him away! The Fiend is enjoying himself as he stalks up to Bryan. The Fiend drags Bryan up for a neck wrench, and he leans on Bryan as he cranks harder and harder. Bryan endures, fans rally up, but The Fiend neck SNAPS! The Fiend laughs as he scrapes Bryan out of the ring. The Fiend takes his time with Bryan, giving him a big uppercut! The Fiend runs in, but Bryan sends The Fiend crashing over the steel steps! Bryan hurries into the ring, builds speed, and DIVES! But into SISTER A- No, Bryan sends The Fiend into a post!
Bryan is on the apron, leaps, BIG flying knee! Direct hit and The Fiend is down! Bryan goes back to the ring, climbs up top and leaps OVER the post! HUGE crossbody takes The Fiend down! Bryan crawls away from The Fiend but The Fiend gets in the ring. Bryan is up top again, leaps again, missile dropkick! But Bryan isn’t done, he goes up top yet again! But The Fiend just stands up again, to get another missile dropkick! Bryan won’t stop, he climbs a third time. The Fiend stands again, another missile dropkick! And a kip-up! Fans fire up with Bryan, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan gives The Fiend Yes Kicks! And then… BUZZSAW!
But The Fiend sits up!? The Fiend dares him to do more, so Bryan gives him more Yes Kicks! And another BUZZSAW! Yet still, The Fiend sits up. The Fiend is even enjoying this! Bryan gives Yes and No Kicks! Kicks from all sides, and a THIRD Buzzsaw! The Fiend flops over, and Bryan Danielson STOMPS! Bryan has the fingers at the ready… “YES! YES!” The Movement is back! The Fiend stands, Bryan runs in, KNEE PLUS! Cover, TWO!?! The Fiend survives and Bryan can’t believe it. But fans are behind Bryan strongly, so Bryan feels he can do it. Bryan feeds off the energy, but The Fiend rises! Bryan throws haymakers, The Fiend pushes Bryan down, but Bryan boots back. Bryan hops up, but the MANDIBLE CLAW clamps on! But Bryan drags The Fiend into a hanging armbar!
Bryan lets go at 4, but the damage has been done! The Fiend actually feels pain as Bryan climbs. Bryan leaps, into a BIG right hand! SISTER ABIG- No! Roll up, TWO! But Bryan runs into the Mandible Claw!! The Fiend smothers Bryan into the mat, it’s a cover, The Fiend wins!!
Winner: The Fiend Bray Wyatt, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion
The Fiend forced Bryan to go back to what made him who he was in the first place, but that still wasn’t enough. The nightmare continues to reign, who has a chance of defeating this living embodiment of fear?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
The King of Lucha Libre has his shot at The Beast. He finally gets a chance at revenge, and No Holds Barred might be the right stipulation. We’re nearing the 15 year anniversary of when Mysterio first faced Lesnar. Some things never change. Lesnar didn’t change. But Mysterio is a new Mysterio. Tonight, Mysterio does things that the old Rey would never have done. Months ago, Mysterio considered hanging up the mask. But then he didn’t, because of Dominic. This moment might have been a moment when Mysterio told Dominic to look away. But this time, he wants Dominic to watch closely as Mysterio swings this pipe into Lesnar. Mysterio tells Dominic himself to watch Mysterio club the Beast’s legs out. “Son, I really hope you’re watching up close as I massacre Brock Lesnar and take away his WWE Championship.” This is a meaner Mysterio, but will he manage to pull off both miracle AND massacre?
Men’s 5v5v5 Elimination Triple Threat Tag: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown VS Team NXT!
The Architect leads Kevin Owens, Ricochet, Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre. The Big Dog leads Mustafa Ali, “Shorty G” Chad Gable, Braun Strowman and King Corbin. And as we learned earlier today, the Blackheart leads Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, Damien Priest and WALTER! Will NXT continue its dominance? Or will one of the old school brands finally start catching up?
The teams sort out, Captain Rollins steps up to Captain Ciampa and the Monster Among Men. Ciampa and Rollins circle with Strowman, and work together! Strowman shoves each of them away and shakes his head. They go again, 2v1, then double whip. Strowman breaks through to double DROPKICK!? Strowman roars and fans do cheer that insane agility. But the Scottish Terminator and the Ring General tag in! Three of the biggest men in this match are standing against each other. Walter and McIntyre go after Strowman together, and have a better going of it. They have Strowman in a corner with mudhole stomps, but then McIntyre turns on Walter! The haymaker doesn’t budge Walter. Walter hits McIntyre, so McIntyre CHOPS. Walter CHOPS, and it’s a CHOPS fight! McIntyre kicks low to whip, but Walter reverses. They collide and then Walter BOOTS!
Walter clotheslines Strowman then sits on McIntyre! Fans rally, but Strowman POUNCES Walter! McIntyre escapes the slam, but Walter German Suplexes McIntyre! Walter tries it on Strowman but no go. Walter CHOPS Strowman, but Strowman just brushes it off. Walter eggs Strowman on and then BOOTS Strowman, to DROPKICK! CLAYMORE for Walter!! Cover, McIntyre ELIMINATES Walter!! Fans boo but now Damien Priest steps in. The Archer of Infamy takes aim at McIntyre then dodges. He and McIntyre brawl, Damien fires off fast strikes! BIG right hand a la The Rock! Then Damien goes after Strowman, only to be sent into a corner! Strowman runs in, only gets a post! Roundhouse for McIntyre! Gable tags in but so does Ricochet! Gable MOONSAULTS Damien then dodges Ricochet. Ricochet uppercuts and rolls off the back to handspring, into an Ankle Lock!
Ricochet rolls Gable off and things speed up. Gable whips, Ricochet handsprings, into a waistlock! CHAOS THEORY! But Ricochet flops out of the ring as Riddle tags in. The Bro stares down Shorty G and the two tie up. Gable goes for a leg but Riddle sprawls. The two go back and forth, waistlock slam but Gable waistlocks back. Riddle slips out to get a leg but Gable bridges to switch. Riddle has the Ankle Lock! Gable rolls, to get the Ankle Lock! Riddle pushes Gable off, but misses the Penalty Kick. Gable keeps dodging, and the two stand off. Fans are loving that as Riddle and Gable circle. Riddle shoves, kicks, but Gable gets around. Ciampa tags in before the roll, and BOOTS! Gable fires off on Ciampa with uppercuts and forearms, then ducks the mule kick. But Ricochet’s back, handspring double PELE!
Tag to Kevin and Kevin climbs up, who does he hit? FROG SPLASH on Gable! Cover, Kevin ELIMINATES Gable! And Roman steps in! But so does Corbin? The Big Dog and Wolf King argue, so Kevin SUPERKICKS Roman out! And then tells Corbin to pay attention. Corbin escapes the Stunner but Kevin gives chase to SUPERKICK! Kevin sees Roman, CANNONBALL into barriers! Chicago fires up with Kevin as he goes after Corbin, and gets that STUNNER! Kevin puts Corbin in, but Ciampa has Kevin, Willow’s Bell! Cover, Ciampa ELIMINATES Kevin! There’s no loyalty between them after all! And Ciampa pats his own back. But Orton is in, and the Psycho Killer meets the Viper. Two like-minded superstars stare down and circle, then Orton goes for the RKO! Ciampa powers out, clotheslines Orton out, then gets Orton in the ropes!
But Orton knows that move and trips Ciampa up. Orton throws Ciampa into barriers! Orton is wary of NXT being right there, and he drags Ciampa back up, for an apron back suplex! Orton gets in, strikes his pose, and Chicago cheers. Orton stomps away on Ciampa surgically, and scrapes Ciampa’s face. Orton whips but Ciampa kicks back! Tag to Damien, but Orton RKO’s Ciampa! Damien has Orton, THE REC- No! RKO AGAIN! Cover, Orton ELIMINATES Damien Priest! But Riddle is in fast, Final Flash misses, RKO denied! Roll up, Riddle ELIMINATES Orton!! The Viper got sloppy and got caught by the Bro! But Orton STILL RKO’s him! That is his parting gift, Corbin coves Riddle, Corbin ELIMINATES Riddle! The King is opportunistic as ever, but he finds himself up against Keith Lee now. Corbin tags out to Strowman, and the Monster now stands against the #FirstOfHisKind.
Raw sends in McIntyre and he CLOBBERS Lee! McIntyre headbutts Strowman, sucker punches Roman, but Strowman LARIATS McIntyre! And blows up the Raw corner! Strowman sees a lot of targets on the outside, and takes a lap! Strowman blasts Ciampa, he blasts Rollins, Ricochet, McIntyre, and Chicago is fired up! But wait, let’s have another! Strowman gains speed but everyone gets clear, until Lee POUNCES outta nowhere! That’s a freight train crash right there! The ring count climbs because Lee, Strowman and McIntyre are all outside. CLAYMORE outta nowhere! The count passes 5, gets to 8, Lee is in and McIntyre, too! Strowman is counted out, and is ELIMINATED!
Corbin and Ricochet tag in, ricochet dropkicks Lee! Corbin gets Ricohet but ricochet slips out, dropkick-flip and enziguri! Triangle dropkick on Ali for good measure! Ricochet runs in but is put on the apron by Corbin. Ricochet kicks back, then springboards, flying lariat! Ricochet then FLIES out onto Roman! Fans are fired up as Ricochet aims at Lee from the top rope. Ricochet 630 but he has to bail out! END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin ELIMINATES Ricochet! Rollins jumps in, and Ciampa tags in. Ali tags in and Chicago is happy to see their hometown hero! Ali sends Rollins into Corbin then windmill kicks Ciampa! Ali fires off with Rollins but Rollins knees low. Rollins whips, Ali stops and sips out to roundhouse back. Ali slingshots in, but the somersault is boosted, so Ali gets Ciampa with the facebuster!
Rollins back suplexes but Ali slips out and uppercuts back. Tornado DDT! Rollins and Ciampa both bail out., Ali builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends them and Corbin into the desk! Ali realizes what he did but has to keep on Rollins. Ciampa goes after Ali but gets sent into a post. SUPERKICK takes Ciampa down! Corbin drags Ali out because he’s upset with Ali. Ali slaps Corbin’s hand away, but gets in for a CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins ELIMINATES Ali! Chicago boos, and Roman says this is Corbin’s fault! Rollins tags McIntyre and Raw goes after them both! Rollins DIVES into Keith Lee! McIntyre sends Roman into barriers! Things are 2v2v2 as McIntyre gets Ciampa in, runs in, but Ciampa elbows him away. Ciampa can’t block the elbow, and McIntyre has the Inverted Alabama SLAM! Cover, TWO!!
McIntyre seethes as he goes to the corner. McIntyre aims and dares Ciampa to get up. Ciampa does stand, but Roman SPEARS McIntyre! Roman ELIMINATES McIntyre! Rollins rolls Roman up, TWO!! Roman swings, misses, Rollins Peles! Roman bails out, Rollins builds speed, but Roman uppercuts him back! Rollins is stuck, Roman hits the DRIVE-BY! But Ciampa gets him with WILLOW’S BELL! Ciampa drags Roman up, underhooks, but Roman sips out to SUPERMAN PUNCH! All three men are down, with Rollins all alone anyway. Corbin wants in, but fans want Keith Lee. Ciampa and Roman crawl for their corners, Corbin gets in to go after Lee! Fans boo as Corbin stomps Ciampa and forces Roman to the corner. Corbin tags in and says he’s picking up the slack.
Fans chant at the “STD! STD!” as Corbin drags Ciampa up. Ciampa choke grips but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES and SPEARS the King!! Ciampa covers and ELIMINATES Corbin! Raw and SmackDown are down to Rollins and Roman, and now the team captains are staring down. All three men take a moment to prepare, and the Shield brothers stand together. Ciampa doesn’t care, he goes after them both! It’s a 2v1 brawl, except Keith lee is still here! Roman and Rollins go after Lee now and beat him out of the ring. Rollins drags Ciampa up and throws him out, and the Shield brothers work together. They may be down a lunatic, but they still clear off the announce desk. Ciampa fights back but Rollins clubs him down. Rollins lifts Ciampa up and Roman lets out the war cry. But Lee barrels them all down!
Lee sees an opening and drags Roman up. But Roman rams Lee into the steel steps Ciampa gets Rollins in, PSYCHO KNEE! Then, PROJECT CIAMPA! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives and Ciampa can’t believe it! But Ciampa focuses on Rollins and brings him back up. Ciampa underhooks this time, lifts, but Rollins slips out to SUPERKICK! And mule kick, to run and- No! Ciampa BOOTS Rollins first! But runs into an elbow. Rollins hops up, leaps into a KNEE! Underhooks, SUPERMAN PUNCH! CURB STOMP! Rollins covers Ciampa, and ELIMINATES Ciampa! The teams are now 1v1v1! Keith Lee hobbles into the ring against the Shield brothers. Fans sing for Lee, and he runs the Shield brothers over! Lee TOSSES Rollins across the ring! Lee runs in but the Shield brothers put him on the apron. Lee fights them off and slingshots, double splash!
Chicago is thunderous as Lee lifts Rollins in a fireman’s carry. But Rollins slips out of the Death Valley, enziguri and SUPERKICK! Rollins hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Lee lives and Rollins is furious! Rollins fires up because he shouts, “I built NXT, and now I’ll tear it down!” Or rather, “Burn it Down!” But he runs into the fireman’s carry, JACKHAMMER! Cover, Lee ELIMINATES Rollins!! Raw is completely out of it, once again leaving just NXT and SmackDown! And The Big Dog knows it. Roman gets back in the ring as fans sing “OH~ Bask In His Glory~!” The two stare down and circle. Lee dodges the super punch, but Roman dodges a kick. Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Then again! Cover, TWO!!! That was a hair away from a victory! Lee is in a daze, but Roman aims from the corner. Roman lets out the war cry as Lee wobbles up. Roman runs in, to a SPIRIT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Lee won’t stop, he goes up to the top! MOONSAULT FLOPS! SPEAR!! Cover, SmackDown wins!!
Winner: Team SmackDown, Roman Reigns pinning; Raw: 1, NXT: 3, SmackDown: 2
The Big Dog is the #SoleSurvivor! But this only does so much, can SmackDown hope to tie? Will Raw take the last possible points? Or will NXT find a way to put a nail in the coffin?
But out of respect for the Limitless One, Roman offers a fist bump. Lee gives it, and lets Roman have the ring. Will there come a time when these two meet again in a 1v1 match to really see whose Yard this is?
Becky Lynch speaks.
“Tonight, Survivor Series, Chicago.” Champ VS Champ VS Champ. It has been weeks of attacks, takeovers and open doors, and The Man has learned things. Shayna Baszler was training while Becky was doing what it takes to be The Man. Becky knows even a moment away from the gym puts her at a disadvantage against a “machine” like her. But there is no training that can give Shayna what Becky knows about herself. There is nothing they can do to take what Becky worked hard to get, and there is no person that can beat her down enough to keep her down.
As for Bayley, she’s been whining about being disrespected. Don’t get it twisted! Bayley has always pushed Becky, and has been the one attacking her. Becky broke her own rule of never coming looking to settle debts. It was because Becky didn’t want to fight Bayley. Becky sees too much of herself in Bayley. But tonight, Becky finally crosses that line. Will The Man come ’round and take the final Survivor Series point?
WWE World Championship No Holds Barred: Brock Lesnar VS Rey Mysterio!
The Beast started all this when he went after the King of Lucha Libre and his son just because he could. Things escalated to bring in Cain Velasquez at Crown Jewel, but it would not end there. In order to get the revenge he seeks, Rey is willing to throw away the rules and restraints. This has already been called #MiracleOrMassacre, but Mysterio vows to bring both! Can he do that and take away Lesnar’s precious title?
The introductions are made as Mysterio goes from King of Lucha to Clown Prince of Crime. Heyman of course introduces Lesnar, and also says some of it in Spanish. The belt is raised, the bell rings, and the rules are thrown out on this golden grudge match!
Mysterio immediately goes out to get something from under the ring! It’s that steel pipe! Mysterio has his little friend, but Lesnar bails out of the ring. Mysterio wants Lesnar to get back in but Lesnar takes his time. Mysterio chases Lesnar, they go back in the ring, and Lesnar clobbers Mysterio! Lesnar makes sure Mysterio doesn’t have the pipe as he throws him down! Then he drags him up to clobber him down again! Lesnar taunts “Rey Rey” as he drags him up to slide him out of the ring! Lesnar goes out to drag Mysterio up and throw over an announce desk! Specifically the Spanish announce desk, at that. Lesnar clears the desk then drags Mysterio up, to belly2belly Mysterio onto the hood! Mysterio is writhing as the massacre begins. Then Lesnar puts the hood on Mysterio’s body to STOMP it down!
Lesnar tosses the hood aside to drag Mysterio back up, and ram into the post! Mysterio writhes more but Lesnar looms over him. Lesnar takes time to tie his boots, because he isn’t at all concerned about Mysterio. Lesnar drags Mysterio up to a fireman’s carry, but Mysterio slides out to send Lesnar into a post! Mysterio gets in the ring while Lesnar wobbles, and Mysterio’s going for the pipe! Heyman warns Lesnar, Lesnar gets in and stops that. To then German Suplex Mysterio ON the pipe!! And then he dead lifts Mysterio for a second German! Chicago is becoming Suplex City now. Lesnar mocks Mysterio, kicking the pipe to him and daring him to use it. Mysterio crawls to the ropes, but Lesnar German Suplex again! That’s three!
But wait, is that Dominic?! Dominic has a towel, and begs Lesnar to stop! Is Dominic going to throw in the towel? Lesnar keeps him from doing that by throwing the towel away. And then he grabs Dominic! Mysterio LOW BLOWS Lesnar! Heyman panics, because Dominic LOW BLOWS, too! Mysterio SMACKS away with the steel pipe!! Dominic joins in, CHAIR SHOT to the back! Father and Son, DOUBLE 619!! And Dominic is up top, FROG SPLASH! Mysterio FROG SPLASH! Double cover, TWO!! Lesnar kicks out and Heyman is actually shocked! Mysterio tells Dominic to go back up. But Lesnar gets Dominic with a GERMAN SUPLEX! Mysterio leaps, into an F5!! Cover, Lesnar wins!
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall; still WWE World Champion
Not even two generations of Mysterios could defeat Lesnar, and Chicago is furious. Will anyone ever defeat The Beast?
Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Bayley VS Shayna Baszler!
Last, but far from least, the Women’s Champions battle! This has gone so far past brand warfare between The Man, Bad Bad Bayley and the Queen of Spades. The talking, the invading, the fighting, it all comes to a head. This is the last match for the scoreboard, who gets the points?
The bell rings and the three stare down. Fans rally and duel, but it doesn’t sound like Bayley gets any love. Becky and Bayley approach Baszler, but Bayley also keeps a safe distance. To then push Baszler into Becky! Bayley fires off with Baszler but Becky throws Bayley away. Bayley comes back but gets decked! Baszler rocks Becky and Bayley clotheslines Becky down! Bayley goes at Baszler but Baszler gets her down for ground ‘n’ pound! Bayley turns it around and the two spill out of the ring. They still brawl, but Becky comes in to wipe them both out! Becky drags Bayley into the ring and throws strikes! Becky runs and forearms Bayley down! Cover, ONE! Becky drops a leg, an elbow, then the other leg, only to miss! Bayley is up, throws Becky down by her hair, then covers. Becky Matrix slips out, to run and dodge and wreck Baszler with a dropkick.
Becky kicks Bayley through the ropes then climbs up, but Bayley forearms her down. Bayley tosses Becky down! Becky gets up, Bayley runs corner to corner, sunset flip bomb into buckles! Bayley doesn’t get the best angle, but still covers, Baszler breaks it. Baszler drags Bayley up to throw her into buckles, then goes after Becky’s arm! Baszler hammerlocks but Bayley knocks Baszler off Becky. Bayley tries to reason with her, but then she baits Baszler into buckles! Bayley stomps a mudhole into Baszler, then clubs away with forearms. Bayley snapmares, covers, ONE! Bayley waistlocks but Baszler breaks out to hammerlock and throw Bayley down. Baszler hammerlock STOMPS! Then step-up knees Bayley to the corner! Baszler whips Bayley corner to corner, but Becky’s back with a boot! Becky forearms and stomps away on Bayley, then adds Baszler to it.
Baszler blocks the jump kick to throw Becky down and kick her down. Bayley clotheslines Baszler! Baszler bails out and Bayley stomps away on Becky! Bayley chokes Becky on the ropes, then stomps Becky into the corner. Bayley rams her shoulders in and rolls back, but no wacky waving, just all attitude. But Becky elbows back! Bayley drop toeholds to dribble Becky’s face off the mat! Cover, TWO! Bayley hits Baszler back out, then goes back to Becky. Becky throws hands and backs Bayley to a corner. Becky whips Bayley corner to corner and fans rally up. Bayley trips Becky to throw hands! Bayley mocks the booing fans as she stands over Becky. Bayley knocks Becky down, and again, then flips her over for a cover. TWO, and Bayley grows annoyed.
Bayley grins as she drags Becky up, but Becky throws hands. Bayley knees low, throws Becky to the apron, hotshot! Cover, but Baszler drags Bayley off. Baszler shoulders in, but into a hotshot! Becky boots Bayley, but all three women are down. Becky gets Bayley with a Becksploder! And Baszler gets a Becksploder! Becky back kicks Bayley and uppercuts Baszler. Bayley scoop but Becky slips out to a dragon sleeper. Baszler storms over but Becky kicks low. Becky has them both, double DDT combo! Cover on Bayley, TWO! Becky keeps her cool as she drags Bayley to a drop zone. Becky climbs up as fans rally. Becky aims, and hits the Man’s Leg Drop! Cover but Baszler breaks it! Baszler brings Becky up but Becky sends her out. Bayley rolls Becky, TWO, into the DISARM-HER! Bayley endures, Baszler comes in to KNEE Becky! And gut wrench slam!
Becky bails out but Baszler turns around into Bayley’s knee. Bayley knees Baszler down more, covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Bayley grabs Baszler, BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, TWO!! Baszler survives and Bayley is seething. Baszler body shots and gut wrenches, but Bayley yanks her into ropes! Bayley runs to knee Baszler into buckles! But Baszler comes back to ground ‘n’ pound again! Baszler does not let up on Bayley, she just hammers away over and over and over! Baszler drags Bayley up, suplexes her down, then covers, TWO! Baszler grows annoyed but then grins. Bayley hits back and the two brawl. Baszler gets the edge but Bayley fights back. Bayley swings, into a fireman’s carry! Becky missile dropkicks in! All three women are down again and Bayley ends up out of the ring. Becky and Baszler slowly rise and fans rally up with them. Baszler and Becky start brawling!
Becky eggs Baszler on and the brawl continues. Bayley returns as the other two throw hands, and she crossbodies them both down! Becky slumps out of the ring now, and Bayley goes after Baszler. Baszler powers Bayley to a corner! Baszler fires off hands then puts Bayley up top. Baszler climbs up and clubs away on Bayley’s back. Bayley fights off whatever suplex Baszler had planned, but then Becky comes in. Bayley pushes Becky away then hops over the sweep to BOOT Becky back! Bayley aims, but runs into a Kirafuda Klutch! Baszler drags Bayley up higher but Becky clubs Baszler on the back! Bayley hits the floor and Becky has Baszler for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! The Man keeps her cool as fans rally up. Becky stalks Baszler, has the arm, but Baszler resists. Baszler reels Becky in for a Kirafuda! But Becky throws Baszler into Bayley! Roll up, TWO! DISARM-HER!!
Baszler endures, slips around to get on top, and gets the KIRAFUDA! Becky backs Baszler down, Bayley runs in but gets tossed out! Becky is free, but Bayley drags Baszler out with her! Bayley clutches her leg and hobbles, that landing on the apron hurt. Baszler sends Bayley into post and Becky forearms Bayley down! Baszler knees Becky in the back! Becky hits barriers and Baszler throws her into the post! Baszler brings Becky around to throw into steel steps! Baszler drags Becky up again, to throw into steps again! Baszler throws Becky into the announce desk! Baszler sees Bayley isn’t moving, so she brings Becky up. Baszler underhooks and Canadian racks, to BOMB Becky on the announce desk! Becky tumbles off, Bayley returns to LARIAT Baszler!
Bayley is furious, she gets Baszler in the ring and brings her up. But Baszler KIRAFUDA! Bayley snapmares to a cover, TWO, the Klutch is still on! Bayley SAIDO! Bayley drags Baszler into the drop zone, climbs up top and grins as she takes aim. MACHO ELBOW, into the KIRAFUDA!! Bayley flails, claws, Baszler rolls Bayley away from ropes and has her in the center! Bayley TAPS, Baszler wins for NXT!!
Winner: NXT’s Shayna Baszler, by submission; NXT wins Survivor Series
Incredible! The first time NXT joins this traditional PPV, and they take it all! The final score is NXT: 4, SmackDown: 2, Raw: 1!
Shayna Baszler stands tall with her title, literally looking down on The Man. But then Becky rises to get payback! She trips Baszler, clears off the desk, and drags Baszler up. She hip tosses Baszler onto the other announce desk! Then hops the barriers, for the Man’s Leg Drop! They crash through the table but Becky stands up! The Raw Women’s Champion may not have won, but she didn’t lose this match, either. Will we see these two fight again one day?
As for their brands, how does Raw rebound starting tomorrow on Monday? Or SmackDown on Friday? And what does NXT do to capitalize on this amazing achievement?
Except for one match in particular, everything was pretty great tonight. I’ll just say now, Lesnar’s reign is again a bunch of Vince BS. If that was going to be all it was, just get Lesnar out of the way early so we can purge it from our memories with everything else before it. That match killed the mood so that Chicago almost barely even cared about the Women’s Champions Triple Threat anymore, despite that match being great. In actual quality, I feel like Lesnar matches are worse than kickoff matches now. Speaking of those kickoff matches, we were not told about what they’d be, but they did pretty good with them. The tag team battle royal was alright, I’m a bit disappointed they didn’t try to book it about brands. It all just ended up being Faces against Heels instead. And in the end, I’m not sure SmackDown deserve to win that via Roode-Dolph. Fans liked a lot of other teams better than them, should’ve been Street Profits for Raw.
I really liked the NXT Cruiserweight Championship match, but I do not understand the point of it, other than the math needed to have an odd number of cross-brand matches. We all knew Lio Rush would win, it’s the NXT Cruiserweight Championship now, not the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Then I was surprised and disappointed at the idea of putting the Tag Champions Triple Threat on the kickoff. But I suppose it just seems there was concern the main show would be too long if it was on the main card. In the end, it still ended up amazing because it’s there of the best tag teams around. But because of SmackDown and NXT winning a match each, it was just too predictable that Raw won here. Though in the end, it was their only win, so that’s saying something. I wonder if Roode-Dolph spins their win into a reason to challenge The New Day for the titles.
I really liked the Women’s 5v5v5, and it was very clever though also Heelish for NXT to fake injuries. It does lower Raw’s and SmackDown’s guards because they thought they had the advantage, and there were more NXT fans than Sasha fans so it’s not like NXT was seen as the Heels. Plus, Sasha is a Heel so doing Heel things to a Heel means you’re a Face. The midcard champions triple threat was so good. I half expected Sami to get more directly involved but he more or less behaved himself this match. In a match of three Heels, I was surprised no one resorted to even more Heel tactics. The OC or reDRagon could’ve easily helped out, but Strong and Styles went it alone, and Strong still won all the bigger for it.
The NXT Championship, Cole VS Dunne, was also so good. TakeOver quality after all they went through yesterday makes that even more impressive. But Cole wins, because as great as Dunne is, this perhaps isn’t the time for his own historic moment. The Undisputed Era’s story is what will lose them the titles, against Ciampa and other superstars. I assume Velveteen Dream in some capacity. Bryan VS The Fiend was pretty great, but the red light is annoying now only after two previous uses. Also shouldn’t it have been blue to match the belt? That aside, a great showing from both guys but the lull in the middle should’ve been trimmed down or something. I get we’re supposed to get horror movie menacing pacing, but that doesn’t really work when the rest of the matches to that point were pretty intense.
While fans were just so strongly behind NXT, I get that NXT couldn’t win the Men’s 5v5v5, too. I was surprised more by Damien Priest being on the time, but I suppose since NXT didn’t win, it worked out to not send someone with a bigger name *cough* Finn Balor */cough* to lose with the team. It was a bit of a shame Walter was eliminated so early, even though he was in there with some legitimately big and powerful men. The WWE United Kingdom Champion deserved a bit better, but maybe Walter wasn’t allowed to risk himself since he has to make it to TakeOver: Blackpool II. But to even things like that out, it was actually great booking for Corbin to just be insufferable and ruining his own team’s chances. It was therefore genius for Roman to help eliminate Corbin, but this will surely continue their feud on SmackDown. Lee got a great showing being the last NXT superstar, but of course Roman Reigns is Sole Survivor. It was mostly because it shouldn’t have been Rollins given the reasons fans are souring on him.
Again, screw Lesnar and Vince. However, the Women’s Champions main eventing, great choice! The Man is still very over, Baszler is just this force of nature in NXT at this point, and Bayley is rising up with pretty great Heel Heat here and there. Despite Chicago being so upset after what happened with Lesnar VS Mysterio, they just managed to muster up some enthusiasm for this match. I said last night for WarGames that Baszler would have to be part of the decision to get the right payoff, and that’s what happened! And then in the end, Baszler WINS! NXT wins, they deserve to win, they’re the real best brand, best liked brand, why wouldn’t they win the series and also win the main event?
If Bayley won, there would’ve been a series tie and I don’t think WWE would’ve even had an idea for how to settle that. If Becky won, fans would’ve been mostly okay with that, but NXT would’ve only won by default and that seems weaker. In the end, this was the best result for many reasons. Becky going after Baszler after may seem like being a sore loser, but it also allows things to circle back to Becky VS Baszler at some point to prove who is better 1v1. There was mention of Ronda Rousey, but we didn’t get anything Horsewomen VS Horsewomen related. Maybe that Becky VS Baszler story is what brings Horsewomen VS Horsewomen around in time for WrestleMania. Royal Rumble would be a good moment for that, as it basically starts the Road to WrestleMania.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/9/21)
205 Live nostalgia, anyone?
The Cruiserweight Division looks back before moving forward!
Now that there is ONE TRUE Cruiserweight Champion, the division moves forward. But with that, we also take a look back at some classic title matches!
- WrestleMania 34, WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals: Cedric Alexander VS Mustafa Ali; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
- WrestleMania 35, WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Tony Nese; Nese wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
- TakeOver 31, NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; Escobar wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Nigel McGuiness opens the show!
“On the heels of the instant classic ladder match between Santos Escobar and Jordan Devlin, welcome to 205 Live!” Tonight, we revisit some of the very best Cruiserweight title matches of all time! And not many come better than the WrestleMania 34 showdown!
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals: Cedric Alexander VS Mustafa Ali!
Months before April 8th, 2018, this title had been vacated and a tournament had been put in place! Before they were #PRIMED and the (former) leader of Retribution, they were the Heart and Soul of 205 Live! The then 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, stands with the title belt to watch as theses two finalists battle it out for that very prize!
The bell rings and we begin. The fans are thunderous for them as they high-five and circle. Ali gets the waistlock but Alexander the standing switch and slam. The fans cheer for “Both These Guys!” while Ali gets up and puts on a headlock. Alexander lifts but Ali holds on. Alexander powers out, they collide, Alexander shoulders Ali down on the rebound. He wants Ali to show that heart, and they speed up. Ali headscissors Alexander and then dares Alexander to show the soul. They tie up and go against the ropes and into a corner. Neither man backs down until the referee separates them, then Ali shoves Alexander.
Alexander shoves back and dares Ali to hit him. Ali does with a chop, so Alexander responds with a kick. Alexander whips but Ali kicks him back, so Alexander rolls under and headscissors and dropkicks Ali down. Cover, TWO! Alexander puts Ali right in an armlock, but Ali works his way up and out. Ali whips but Alexander reverses, flapjack dropkick! Alexander staggers, Ali runs in but Alexander puts him on the apron to block a kick and hit a kick. Ali goes down, Alexander builds speed and FLIES! Down they both go, but Alexander is up first. He puts Ali in the ring, covers, TWO! Alexander keeps on Ali with a rear bearhug. Fans rally while Ali endures the squeeze.
Ali gets up and fights out of the hold, rocking Alexander with a forearm. Alexander responds with a running European Uppercut! He whips Ali corner to corner then throws him with a big back body drop. Cover, TWO, but Alexander keeps his cool as he puts Ali back in the bearhug. Ali endures the squeeze while fans rally again. Ali gets up and fights back but Alexander knees low. Alexander chops Ali, then brings him up for a suplex, but Ali slips out. Alexander knees low again, then runs, but into Ali’s lariat. Ali starts to rally and chop, but Alexander reverses the whip. Ali slides to a stop, and intercepts Alexander with a ROUNDHOUSE!
Alexander staggers, Ali rolls in for the facebuster! Cover, TWO! Ali brings Alexander up, but Alexander blocks and counters with a EuroUpper. Ali yanks his waistband and counters a kick with a kick! He runs, but into Alexander’s Spanish Fly! Both men are down and fans build to a rally. Alexander gets up while Ali gets to a corner. Alexander runs in, but into Ali’s boot. Ali hops up, tornado DDT blocked! Alexander hangs Ali up on the ropes, then catches his breath before climbing up to join him. Fans anticipate something, and Ali resists. They brawl on the top rope, but Alexander gets the better of Ali, only for Ali to almost send Alexander tumbling down with his counter.
Ali and Alexander brawl more while trying to stand up, Ali hits Alexander with a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Even John Cena watching from the audience is stunned seeing that! Cover, TWO, and Ali can’t believe it! He shakes his head as he watches Alexander flounder about. Ali brings Alexander over to a corner but Alexander knows what that means and resists. Ali kicks Alexander, then climbs, but Alexander gets up to throw him off! Maverick and the referee check on Ali after his crash landing, but Ali is still good to go. Alexander waits as the count begins, but Ali dares Alexander to finish him. Alexander takes the bait, he puts Ali in the ring and covers, TWO!
Alexander gets frustrated, but tells Ali it’s already over. Ali shakes his head, it’s not over. Alexander kicks Ali and then stomps away in a rage! He yanks Ali up, back suplex lift but Ali slips out! Ali hits the Reverse-Rana! Alexander is dazed, and Ali gets going. Ali hops up, flying tornado DDT! Alexander lands in a drop zone! Ali goes up, and hits the 0-5-4! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Alexander survives with a foot on the ropes! Ali shouts for Alexander to stay down before he stomps him back. Ali climbs up again, 0-5-4 FLOPS as Alexander moves! Alexander scrambles to his feet while Ali drags himself back up. They run at each other, Alexander’s big back elbow rocks Ali, but he still gives another.
Alexander tells Ali “This is enough!” But clearly, it isn’t, and the third back elbow flips Ali over! Alexander lifts Ali up, for the LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall (NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion)
The Carolina Kid didn’t want to go that far, but he had no choice but to break the Heart of 205 Live. More importantly, Alexander finally proves he can win the big one! Drake Maverick personally presents the belt to Alexander, and the true celebration begins! The Age of Alexander would go on for quite a run, before running into an Aussie Juggernaut, who is featured in our next match!
Nigel McGuiness introduces the next match.
We fast forward an entire year to WM35, and Nigel was again there to see Tony Nese in his home state taking on the Australian Sensation, Buddy Murphy, in another incredible Cruiserweight kickoff to the Showcase of the Immortals!
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Tony Nese!
The Aussie Juggernaut proved himself against some of the best in the Cruiserweight Division, from Cedric Alexander to Mustafa Ali to three opponents at the same time. And on the Grandest Stage of Them All, he went toe-to-toe with the Premier Athlete, a man who is a parallel to him in physique, a man who used to be his friend, and a man he betrayed over the greed for this title! But Nese had homefield advantage, and it came in handy!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this battle of Body Guys!
Murphy runs right at Nese but Nese dodges the knee trigger! Nese fires off furious hands then counter punches. Murphy boots then goes up and over, but Nese keeps up to trip him up! New York fires up with their hometown kid, but Murphy dodges the triangle moonsault. Nese lands on his feet to slingshot and somersault to rock Murphy with a left! Nese puts Murphy in but has to push Murphy away on the top rope. Murphy comes right back but Nese resists the fireman’s carry. Nese fights back but still gets a gut buster drop on the buckles! Murphy checks his teeth while we go picture in picture.
Murphy stomps a mudhole into Nese but backs off at 4. Nese staggers up but Murphy is on him with a snapmare. Murphy swiftly kicks then covers, TWO! Murphy wraps Nese up in a chinlock but Nese endures. New York rallies behind Nese as Murphy shifts to a stretch. Murphy drives his elbow in again and again then wraps the chinlock back on. Nese fights his way up, we return to single picture as Murphy wrangles him back down. Murphy cranks Nese’s neck and leans his weight on him. Murphy’s eye is bloody but he ignores it while holding Nese down. Nese powers up and bumps Murphy off buckles. Murphy holds on but Nese bumps him again.
Murphy is still caught so Nese tries again, but Murphy uses that to throw Nese into buckles. Nese staggers into Murphy’s grip, tornado DDT denied with a snap suplex into the buckles! Murphy is down and Nese crawls to the opposite corner. Both men stand slowly, but Murphy walks into Nese’s elbow. Murphy comes back again but gets a haymaker! Nese rocks Murphy again, then again! Nese counter punches and snapmares to a facebuster. He runs, hits a knee lift and a heel kick! Murphy flounders to a corner while Nese nips up and fires up! New York fires up with him as he runs in for a big back elbow. Nese keeps moving but Murphy throws him to the apron.
Murphy turns around to counter and rock Nese, then climbs up for a suplex chance. Nese sweeps the legs and rocks him with a roundhouse, DRAPING triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO! Murphy survives, but Nese keeps his cool. Nese drags Murphy up for a whip but Murphy holds the ropes. Nese tries again but Murphy holds on. So Nese mule kicks Murphy into a whip. Murphy reverses but Nese slips under, pump handle but Murphy slips out. Murphy boots Nese away! He hops up but Nese SHORYUKEN! Nese climbs up to join a dazed Murphy, but Murphy resists a superplex. Murphy bumps Nese on a buckle, then sunset flips over. Nese denies the powerbomb but gets the SUPERKICK!
Murphy brings Nese out, AK-DDT! Cover, TWO! Nese survives but Murphy keeps his focus. Murphy drags Nese up by his hair and prepares the pumphandle. Nese victory rolls through, TWO! Murphy fireman’s carry to the TKO knee to knee trigger! Murphy suplexes but Nese slips out and shoves. Nese hits a REVERSE-RANA! Both men are down and New York cheers for this kickoff to the kickoff! Nese and Murphy get to opposite corners. Both men slowly stand as fans rally up. Nese and Murphy bob ‘n’ weave but Murphy gets his strike fest. Nese dodges the knee and goes Matrix to mule kick! Knee lift and roundhouse but Murphy jumps the sweep for buzzsaw, mule kick, but runs into Nese’s left forearm!
Nese runs but fakes Murphy out for an elbow. Murphy rebounds to LARIAT Nese off his feet! Murphy keeps going, but Nese back drops, to a VERTABREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Nese cannot believe Murphy survives! Murphy crawls to a corner but Nese pursues. Nese runs side to side but Murphy bails out, so Nese FLIES! The flop takes Murphy out and New York fires up as Nese puts Murphy in. Nese climbs up high, 450 splash! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives again and Nese is beside himself. Murphy gets back to a corner and Nese brings down the knee pad. But Murphy grabs Nese’s leg, so Nese stomps a mudhole into him. Nese runs but into a KNEE TRIGGER!
Murphy pump handles, Murphy’s Law!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Nese still lives! Murphy is shocked but then he gets an idea. Nese is in the corner, and Murphy brings down his knee pad. Murphy runs side to side, but Nese SUPERKICKS him! German Suplex into buckles! PREMIER KNEE!! Cover, NESE WINS!!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall (NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion)
The unstoppable HAS been stopped! The Premier Athlete was the Juggernaut’s kryptonite, and now he is the new champion! We know the Premier Era ended with a Triple Threat involving Akira Tozawa and Drew Gulak, and the title itself would be integrated into the NXT system, eventually leading it to where it is today! As such, we relive a highlight of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship era!
Nigel McGuiness returns again for another match introduction.
The Cruiserweight title didn’t just make it to WrestleManias, it finally made it to NXT TakeOver thanks to Santos Escobar and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!
NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!
The year 2020 was certainly a mess, and the Irish Ace being isolated in the UK further complicated how this division worked. El Hijo del Fantasma won the “interim” title at the end of the Cruiserweight Championship Round Robin finals, with some controversy to it, but there was one man who did defeat him along the way! Swerve got his shot but was screwed over by El Legado and a loaded lucha mask! Swerve wanted revenge, but that is always hard to come by!
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the Cruiserweight Division finally gets to TakeOver!
Escobar and Swerve circle as the crowd rallies up already. They approach, tie up, and Escobar gets the arm. Swerve hooks a leg to trip Escobar, cartwheels over but Escobar arm-drags Swerve away. Escobar runs but Swerve dodges, Escobar huricanranas but Swerve handsprings through! Swerve says HE is Cruiserweight wrestling, and that upsets Escobar. Escobar rushes Swerve, Swerve dodges and Eddy Gordo headscissors Escobar away! Escobar gets up and Swerve smirks. Swerve then trips Escobar, turns him over with leg hooks and goes to dead lift, but Escobar victory rolls through, TWO! Escobar sweeps the legs to cover, ONE! Swerve sweeps the legs to cover, ONE! The two stand off in fighting stances and the crowd loves it!
Swerve blocks Escobar’s punch, fakes him out to mule kick, and then runs, into a forearm! Escobar runs into a monkey flip! Escobar just barely gets his feet under him but Swerve handsprings and MOONSAULTS him down! The crowd is fired up as Swerve watches Escobar flounder. Escobar leans against the post, and pulls down the crossbar cover. Swerve gets in the ring to refresh the ring count, and he goes to the corner to CORKSCREW SENTON! Down goes Escobar and the crowd fires up again! Swerve puts Escobar in the ring but Escobar bails out the side. Swerve runs and FOSBURY FLOPS Escobar down! The fans are thunderous as Swerve is showing he can do it all!
Swerve puts Escobar in, covers, TWO! Escobar bails out again but Swerve pursues. Swerve drags Escobar up to go after the arm. Swerve wraps the arm around the very crossbar Escobar exposed! He’s showing Escobar what bending the rules gets you as he bends the arm! The ring count is at 7 but Swerve puts Escobar in at 8. Cover, TWO! Swerve grows annoyed with Escobar and he pulls Escobar around to go after the bad arm! Escobar endures as Swerve pulls it way back to drop down on it! Escobar puts a leg on the rope, Swerve stomps him anyway! Swerve brings Escobar up to Northern Light takedown into an ARMBAR! Short Arm Scissor, even, as Escobar resists.
Escobar gets legs under the ropes, Swerve lets off but goes to the apron. Swerve drags Escobar up to hotshot the arm! Fans rally as Swerve brings Escobar up again, but now Escobar hotshots Swerve! And KICKS him off the apron! Escobar runs and builds speed to DIVE! ARROW FROM HELL!! Swerve gets sent into the fencing, Escobar puts Swerve back in, covers, ONE?! Escobar is furious that Swerve kicks out so he KICKS Swerve in the face! Escobar waits for Swerve to stand and he LARIATS Swerve back down! Swerve gets to a corner, Escobar runs and DOUBLE KNEES! Escobar puts Swerve up top and SLAPS him!
Escobar climbs up and SUPER STEINERS! Then somersault and elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Swerve still lives and the fans stay fired up! Escobar stomps away on Swerve at the ropes but the ref counts. Escobar stops at 4 because he still doesn’t want to be disqualified. Escobar stands Swerve up and tells him, “Yo soy Lucha Libre!” Escobar SLAPS Swerve, kicks him, and says maybe if he spits in Swerve’s face will make him understand. Escobar reels back but Swerve puts a hand on Escobar’s mouth! No spit flies, but the fists do! Escobar clubs Swerve, reels him in, but Swerve frees himself to ROCK Escobar! And again! Swerve fires off heavy haymakers in the corner!
The ref counts, Swerve stops at 4 to throw Escobar down, for a DISCUS! The crowd is thunderous as Escobar flounders up. Swerve runs in to uppercut! Swerve snapmares Escobar for the falling EuroUpper! Escobar bails out but Swerve BOOTS him from the apron! And then again! Escobar goes down in a heap, Swerve puts him in, slingshot to somersault, ROLLING THUNDER SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Escobar survives but Swerve doesn’t lose focus. Swerve aims from the corner, hops up again and waits for Escobar to stand. Escobar is up but he climbs up to join Swerve! So Swerve slips under, only for Escobar to kick him away. Escobar turns around, Swerve dropkicks the legs out! DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Escobar survives again but Swerve grits his teeth. Swerve drags Escobar up with a half nelson but Escobar gets the ropes! The ref counts, El Legado returns! The ref stops Wilde from getting in, Escobar shoves Swerve and Mendoza trips him up! Gut wrench, SHOULDER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives the screw job attempt! Escobar goes to the apron to follow Swerve, runs side to side, but into a pop-up that puts Escobar on the ropes! Escobar is stuck on his fantasma, Swerve throws haymakers! Swerve then hops up, and STEINERS Escobar onto Legado!! They catch him, help him up, but here comes ASHANTE “THEE” ADONIS!!
From what’s been happening on 205 Live, Adonis isn’t a fan of Legado del Fantasma, either, and he goes up to TORNILLO! Adonis wipes out Mendoza and Wilde! The crowd is thunderous as Escobar is in shock! Adonis and Swerve run off the henchmen before Swerve hurries into the ring. Escobar runs over, gets a back elbow, and Swerve goes up and in to somersault, into a CALF KICK! Fireman’s carry, PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!??! How?!!? Escobar doesn’t know how, but the crowd is electric! Escobar is fuming as he stomps away on Swerve over and over! Escobar drags Swerve back up, suplexes, uno amigo! Then a roll over, dos amigos!
Fans boo, they don’t think Escobar is worthy of Eddie Guerrero but he still hits all three amigos! Escobar goes up top, FROG SPLASH FLOPS!! Swerve evades and denies Escobar his Latino Heat! Swerve gets the arm, POP CULTURE!! Escobar clutches his arm but Swerve gives him a HOUSE CALL!! But that’s not it, Swerve goes up for the 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Escobar survives all of that and Swerve is losing his mind! The crowd hopes they “Fight Forever!” because “This is Awesome!” But this will end somehow, and Swerve drags Escobar up. Escobar flounders, throws Swerve out and hurries back up.
Swerve hurries after him, half nelsons him, but Escobar holds ropes for dear life! Escobar pushes Swerve back, Swerve falls and hits the bare crossbar!! It comes into play after all!! Escobar drags Swerve in, brings him up, underhooks and lifts, BUTTERFLY FACEBUSTER ACROSS THE KNEE! Cover, Escobar wins!!
Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
So much fight from Swerve, and he even had a new ally fight against the minions, but Escobar always has a back-up plan! And he would continue to rule over the division in this way, even to the point of having Wilde & Mendoza help at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver! Will the tyrannical Emperor of Lucha always have this crown?
Nigel McGuiness returns once more to wrap up the show.
It has been a great experience on 205 Live to see some of the greatest title matches of all time. But speaking of great title matches, that makes you think of great champions. Just last night at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Escobar proved he is a great champion by winning the Cruiserweight Championship Unification Ladder match! Relive that and both nights of TakeOver on Peacock in the US and the WWE Network everywhere else! But what will see now in the future was we continue in the Era del Fantasma?
Recap episodes are always fun for looking back, but also because it’s super easy for me to cover them since it’s just copying, pasting and editing. I like the three they selected, basically giving us a look back at the last three years of the Cruiserweight Division, but it also makes us see how far 205 Live has dropped off in the WWE because Alexander, Ali and Murphy were so awesome in 205 Live. Nese is still here but more for lack of WWE/NXT not giving him more to do. Admittedly, Murphy has dropped off on RawDown, too, but at least WWE has tried with him. I almost feel like worst case scenario for Murphy is to come back and be the Aussie Juggernaut again. Escobar’s a beefy Cruiserweight, so is Murphy, let’s get something like that going again.
I am also disappointed, because it was advertised that we’d get a special look at Escobar VS Devlin, but that wasn’t there. I couldn’t have gone through the content too fast, a segment like that wouldn’t be just a few seconds long. Maybe there was another “right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing” moment and that information was put out without knowing what the final episode would look like. I wouldn’t mind if they gave us that segment for the aftermath NXT on Tuesday, and encored it on next week’s 205 Live, but WWE/NXT needs to get 205 Live going like how it was when Ali, Murphy and Alexander were here.
My Score: 8.1/10
Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.9.2021
All Japan’s Champion Carnival kicks off today! The Triple Crown Champion Suwama is in action as well as the Ace of the company Kento Miyahara! Check it out!
All Japan’s Champion Carnival kicks off today! The Triple Crown Champion Suwama is in action as well as the Ace of the company Kento Miyahara! Check it out!
Now I haven’t kept close eyes on the product last few months, because personally, they weren’t grabbing my interest post Quarantine Comeback. But since my Puro Patronus Mathew Sarpraicone is having some computer issues, I guess I’m covering the first couple of these!
Let’s see how the tournament starts!
- Shuji Ishikawa vs Koji Doi: Ishikawa wins via Thesz Press @9:09 – ** ½
- Suwama vs Kohei Sato: Sato wins via German Suplex Hold @10:49 – ***
- Yuma Aoyagi vs Shinjiro Otani: Otani wins via Overhand Chop @9:51 – *** ¼
- Jake Lee vs Shotaro Ashino: Jake wins via D4C @3:44 – **
- Zeus vs Kento Miyahara: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @18:16 – **** ¼
Shuji Ishikawa vs Koji Doi
Doi is the least recognized name in the tournament this year, and last I was aware of his was during the closure of Wrestle-1. Most of his success has come in the tag team division, but he’s no real slouch. Interestingly, Ishikawa is the newest Gaora TV Champion, but also was tied heavily to Suwama and their Violence Giant tag team.
We see Doi come out fast trying to throw Ishikawa into the corners and take him off his base. Ishikawa towers over Doi, so Doi was underneath, literally and figuratively the entire match. As Ishikawa hit most of his signature spots, including the Mushroom Stomp from the middle rope, Doi had a moment where he locked in the Rings of Saturn; but Ishikawa is just too big.
As Doi tried to keep the pressure up, rope runs, big strikes, Murder Lariat attempts from Doi but Ishikawa stifles the surge with a Fire/Thunder Driver. They both stumble up, run the ropes a bit trading lariats and charges, Ishikawa jumps, hits a Thesz Press and manages to keep Doi down for the 3 count!
Suwama vs Kohei Sato
An early card match gives us the Triple Crown champion against one of his more recent challengers! Falling short for the Triple Crown a few months ago, Sato has a little bit to prove.
The match opens as a slugfest, Suwama gets the best of things and rides the power advantage over Sato for a long time. Sato is taller than Suwama but Suwama is more powerful and controlled the pacing. Things went to the outside and the former Violence Giant kept up to the name.
When the match came back in to the ring Suwama looks to try and finish things, goes for the Rolling Lariat, but it gets blocked. Sato starts fighting back, hits a Falcon Arrow for a near fall, and then Suwama starts looking like he’s in trouble. Suwama hits the Double Chop comeback, and tries a Powerbomb, but Sato blocks it, Sato goes for a Powerbomb, but Suwama blocks it. The power struggle is tangible, but Suwama seems to be losing some of the back and forth. Sato rocks Suwama, locks in the German Suplex, and hits the German Suplex Hold.
Kohei gets on the board and avenges his loss! Depending on how the tournament shakes out, Kohei might get another shot at the title in the future.
Yuma Aoyagi vs Shinjiro Otani
The veteran Otani is putting Yuma through the paces early. He’s side stepping Dropkicks and just kicking Yuma to prove a point. Yuma tries to fire back, and then Otani continues to push off certain moves and be funny.
Yuma does manage to take advantage of his youth, but when he goes for the disrespect by attempting the Bootwash, Otani fires, lays out the younger wrestler and hits the Wash. Yuma goes to the outside, and when he turns back to the ring, Otani charges and hits a running Bootwash straight to Yuma’s face.
As Otani takes the role of the cagey veteran punishing the Young Boy, Yuma tries to find ways to come back, but things Otani stays a little ahead of the younger wrestler. Yuma gets a close moment where he locks in End Game, but Otani fights to the ropes. Otani then backs the younger wrestler down, hits Dragon Suplex, then goes for another, but Yuma blocks. Otani counters the block with a lariat, then another Dragon Suplex but Yuma kicks out at 1! Refusing to stay down, Otani goes into his bag of tricks and hits Yuma twice with Hashimoto style Overhand Chops, to finally keep the younger man down.
Jake Lee vs Shotaro Ashino
So there is some fun history between these two when Ashino brought Enfantes Terrible over to AJPW and took JIN down a peg. But then recently, Jake stole the Enfantes members from Ashino and betrayed JIN. Ashino is looking to avenge the turnabout, but Jake is trying to craft his Carnival masterpiece.
Jake definitely has the swagger of an anime villain. He widens his arms like he’s conducting a symphony and moves slowly yet deliberately. Ashino starts quick, hitting a Drop Toe Hold and going to the ground game, but Jake stabilizes. Ashino again brings Jake down after successive German Suplexes and goes for the Ankle Lock! Jake has trouble navigating it for a while, but eventually finds the ropes.
Retreating to the corner, Jake sees the referee, Ashino charges, Jake uses the referee shield and starts taking advantage. A few direct blows to the head, Giant Killing to the back of the head, followed by D4C. Jake drags the referee back, picks up the win and leaves cackling. He’s limping heavily, selling the viciousness of the Ankle Lock even in a short match, but yeah, not what I expected.
The match was used to help build Jake’s new persona and possibly give Ashino a steeper mountain to climb. But the length and abrupt end was definitely not expected. Interesting, but also a little off putting.
Zeus vs Kento Miyahara
Zeus and Kento have had great wars. There was a point a few years ago where Kento was Zeus’ hurdle, but after beating him for the Tag titles, he then gathered momentum. Zeus has beaten Kento for the Triple Crown before, has beaten him in the Carnival, and this has been one of the best rivalries of the last few years in current AJPW. Kento is of course the current generation Ace, and everyone knows that; but given Zeus’ track record and Kento’s stagnation the last year since losing the Triple Crown to Suwama, we could get something interesting.
The match starts with their usual sarcastic respect to one another during breaks and outside the ring moments. Given that they’ve had 2 5 Snowflake classics in the last 3 years, this had a lot to live up to. But at no point did it feel like retreading, since they are both in different positions comparatively, this felt like a whole new book, not an additional chapter. Zeus landed a lot of power spots while Kento combated everything with his Knees.
Kento’s usual attack of Blackouts from different angles rocked Zeus pretty hard. Zeus ate a few, grabbed a Chokeslam and they both landed for a rest spot. Zeus drives Kento into a corner, goes for an Outside-In Brainbuster and starts trying to end things. Kento goes for the Shutdown Suplex, Zeus fires out, a few big Lariats and a Jackhammer from Zeus…AND ZEUS WINS!
Overall Score: 7.25/10
Now this wasn’t a bad start to things! Sure the Ashino/Jake Lee match did not go the way I expected, it definitely told enough of a story to prove it’s going somewhere. Shinjiro Otani gets a solid start to things, Shuji Ishikawa won a match he was supposed to and Zeus/Kento ended up being a solid day 1 main event.
Kento has started on the back foot before. I guess we get to see if he wins out until the Final Day, or if he has a larger struggle. Let’s check out the Day 1 Standings!
- Zeus: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Kohei Sato: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Jake Lee: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Suwama: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Koji Doi: 0-1 – (0 Points)
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