Who will reign after the Clash of Champions?
Raw and SmackDown put up all the gold in one night! Will Randy Orton become a 14 time world champion? Or will Drew McIntyre still reign atop the WWE?
- Kickoff Show – SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Lucha House Party; Cesaro & Nakamura win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS The Riott Squad
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Ladder match: Jeff Hardy VS Sami Zayn VS AJ Styles; Zayn wins and is the undisputed WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Wrong Turn at Ref Town: R-Truth w/ Lil Jimmy VS Drew Gulak; Gulak wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Zelina Vega; Asuka wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews w/ Ricochet; Lashley wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas; The Street Profits win and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Acceptance Speech Ambush: Drew Gulak VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS
Nikki Cross???; Asuka wins by disqualification, Bayley retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- WWE World Championship Ambulance Match: Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton; McIntyre wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
- WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Jey Uso; Reigns wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Clash of Champions Kickoff Show!
Join Charly Caruso, Booker T, John Bradshaw Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in reviewing, discussing and predicting all the action about to go down in the #GoldRush!
Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler and Nikki Cross have NOT been medically cleared to compete for tonight, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships and SmackDown Women’s Championship matches will be addressed tonight and tomorrow on Monday Night Raw!
Backstage interview inside the Champions’ Lounge.
The SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura, are toasting already with Kayla Braxton. She thanks them for letting her in here, but isn’t this premature? NO, Kayla, tonight the victory is guaranteed! Lucha House Party are all great athletes, individually. But together, they’re like oil ‘n’ water. Swiss, Japanese, but in the ring it is Pippin and Jordan! Hobbs and Shaw! Simon and Garfunkel! Hello darkness, my old friend~! Love that song. And tonight, they will take great pleasure in defending the titles, and watching LHP implode.
But they aren’t worried about that time LHP won? Don’t be a Debbie Downer, okay? They let her in without her actually being a champion. Please, do them a favor and show yourself to the door. Will the Swiss Cyborg and King of Strong Style still have their golden tickets to the Champions’ Lounge after tonight?
MVP joins the Kickoff Show via video chat.
Montel Vontavius Porter feels like MVP, aka outstanding. But with Apollo Crews constantly in the way of th eHurt Business, is MVP sick of him? No, MVP is sick of stupid questions. Apollo is not in the Hurt Business’ way. Lashley hurt Apollo’s neck, his feelings, and will hurt the feelings of Apollo’s kids, too. Booker asks how Cedric Alexander doing in the Hurt Business? Oh, MVP has plans for him. Alexander has a college education, amateur experience, and there is a lot of potential there. MVP knows that a veteran can see that potential in younger stars, so MVP just needs to mentor Alexander to greatness.
JBL says the Hurt Business is one of the greatest groups he’s seen in a long time. Business is good, but where do they feel they’ll be in six months to a year? Well, the business is a global conglomerate and will continue to grow. They will expand beyond borders. MVP is the “managing partner” and spokesman for Hurt Business, but he does see lots and lots of title gold in the future. Everyone wants to know their alignment, but the only thing that matters is gold and green.
Charly asks MVP about what happens if Apollo actually wins. MVP wants to rewind back to how they are the Hurt Business, emphasis on business. This is not personal, just business. But Apollo beating Lashley? That’s insanity! That’s like saying Mark Henry will beat up a hurricane. A natural disaster comes, you batten down the hatches and ride it out. That is all Apollo can do tonight against the All Mighty Lashley. Peter asks one last question. We saw Hurt Business fight Retribution, are they going to be a distraction? Absolutely not. It was MVP and his associates that offered to deal with Retribution. There is method to the madness and a plan in place. There are no distractions, but just part of the “business model.”
Charly wishes Lashley luck, but MVP says Lashley doesn’t need luck. MVP wishes luck to the panel instead. But will Apollo throw a wrench in the plan MVP has for the business?
R-Truth is a prospector?
He wants more gold! This is the gold rush, y’all! He sifts his mixing bowl and still has his WWE 24/7 Championship. No, wait, panning for gold isn’t like a frying pan. And that’s a bowl. Truth says it’s a gold rush so he wants gold. No, not that kind of gold rush< Truth. It’s just that there’s all the championship gold tonight. And as 24/7 Champion, he needs to be the most careful. And where did Truth get this costume, anyway? Did the shark attack scare him that badly? Yes, that was the highest of scarestivity. This is scaryology, JBL, you gotta study it. So no concerns about someone coming after Truth’s title? No, he’s minding his own business. Well, then be careful because all titles are on the line. Especially this title. Then get ready for hide ‘n’ seek! Off goes ol’ Truth! Shucky Ducky Quack Quack!
Backstage interview with Angel Garza and Andrade Almas.
The #1 contenders are ready for their rematch with the Street Profits, but how can they make sure they have a plan without Zelina Vega? Garza says playing the field can be a lot more fun. “No one needs baggage weighing them down.” Vega blamed them for their setbacks, but it was Vega instigating things. Almas says that Vega is the past, their future is the gold. If they have each other’s back, how can they lose? No one can measure up to the future Raw Tag Team Champions. They even finish each other’s sentences. The Profits want the smoke, but they need to first extinguish the fire. Will Garza and Almas bring the heat to Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins?
Sami Zayn interrupts the panel,
He is again upset that HE is not called the Intercontinental Champion and Jeff Hardy is. “PLEASE enlighten me, Charly, and tell me why you didn’t just refer to me as the Intercontinental Champion?” Because Hardy is- Well who pinned Hardy on Friday? And who didn’t lose the title? Sami did both of those things! Sami beat Braun Strowman! Not many people did. Sami faced Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania and Sami won! No one has defeated Sami, so how is it he is not the champion? Just because Styles won the sham tournament like a scab? And then Hardy wins it off Styles!
Sami says Booker knows etiquette, so Booker surely agrees Hardy should’ve thrown away his reign and told Sami to give him a shot at the real title, right? Booker says a champion gone as long as Sami, he could be an interim at best. Sami seems no one understands. If no one is going to show him the respect he deserves, he’s leaving. If he loses tonight, he blames the panel for throwing him off his game!
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Lucha House Party!
Not originally meant to be this early, things have been moved around because of the changes to the overall card. Will that barely matter to the Swiss Cyborg and King of Strong Style? Or will this mean LHP has an advantage by catching them unprepared?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, but which two members of LHP are stepping up? It will be Kalisto and Lince Dorado! They sort out, and Lince starts with Cesaro. Cesaro corners Lince but Lince gets a waistlock. Cesaro spins through to scoop and slam Lince down! Cesaro kicks Lince while he’s down, then stomps him down. Cesaro throws haymakers and Lince flounders to ropes. Cesaro whips but Lince rolls off his back! Lince runs but into an STO! Cesaro goes to cover but Lince blocks with a monkey flip, tilt-o-whirl and headscissors! Lince dropkicks and Cesaro ends up in LHP’s corner! Lince enziguris Cesaro and tags Kalisto! Kalisto gets a boost for the elevated splash! Lince adds his own splash, Kalisto covers, TWO!
Kalisto throws haymakers on Cesaro, but Cesaro pops Kalisto up! Kalisto lands on his feet, Cesaro whips him to ropes but Kalisto tilt-o-whirls into a sleeper hold! Cesaro powers up and rams Kalisto into buckles. Kalisto boots Cesaro, leaps and hits a huricanrana! Tag to Lince, Lince missile dropkicks! Lince hobbles, Cesaro tags Nakamura in and Nakamura brawls with Lince! Nakamura knees and whips Lince corner to corner, but Lince boots back! Lince hops up but Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES him down! Gran Metalik checks on Lince but Nakamura puts Lince on the apron. Nakamura taunts Kalisto before he KNEES Lince into the ring! Nakamura gets in, drags Lince up and bumps him off buckles.
Tag to Cesaro, Cesaro stomps a mudhole into Lince and throws haymakers. The ref backs Cesaro off but Nakamura gets a cheap shot in. Cesaro drags Lince up by the mask and reels him in for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Cesaro puts Lince back in the corner, tags Nakamura in, and they mug Lince. Nakamura brings Lince around to KICK him in the chest! Lince wobbles, Nakamura KICKS and KICKS again! Cover, TWO! Nakamura drags Lince up, pushes him to a corner for Bad Vibrations! Nakamura lets up at the ref’s count to then dig his heels into Lince’s head. The ref counts, Nakamura lets off and drags Lince back up. Nakamura snapmares and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura tags Cesaro and Cesaro stomps Lince. Cesaro grinds forearms in Lince’s face, covers, TWO!
Cesaro keeps on Lince with a chinlock into a camel clutch of sorts, but Lince endures. LHP and the fans rally up, Lince fights back but Cesaro whips him. Lince rolls for a SNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO, and Cesaro BOOTS Lince down! Cover, TWO! Cesaro grows frustrated but he drags Lince to the corner. Tag to Nakamura, they mug Lince, and Nakamura puts Lince on the top rope. Nakamura runs in but only gets buckles! Lince enziguris then climbs up, for a crossbody! Both men are down and the LHP rally! Lince and Nakamura crawl, hot tag to Cesaro and he BOOTS Kalisto down! Cesaro throws body shots on Lince but the ref counts. Cesaro fireman’s carries and puts Licne on the top rope! Tag to Nakamura, and now Nakamura gets his Top Shelf Knee!
Cesaro gut wrenches Lince off, Nakamura knees Lince into the suplex! Cover, TWO! Lince still lives and Nakamura grows frustrated. Nakamura rams knees into Lince over and over, as well as elbows, and then more knees! Cover, TWO! Nakamura drags Lince up, tags Cesaro in, and they mug Lince more. Cesaro brings Lince around to put in another ocrner for European Uppercuts. Cesaro whips Lince corner to corner but Lince elbows him away! Cesaro back suplexes Lince away from the ocrner but Lince lands on his feet! Lince boots, Cesaro blocks and flips him but Lince lands on his feet! Lince slides under Cesaro, hot tag to Kalisto! The self-proclaimed leader of LHP fires off kicks on Cesaro!
Kalisto whips, Cesaro reverses but Kalisto dodges and tilt-o-whirls to DDT! Cover, Nakamura knees him off! Nakamura intercepts Lince, whips him but Lince handsprings! But Nakamura blocks the Golden Rewind to back suplex, but Lince lands on his feet again! BACKSTABBER! Nakamura gets out, Kalisto aims at Cesaro on the apron. Kalisto kicks and enziguris Cesaro to then slingshot, but the DDT is blocked! Cesaro powers Kalisto up, but LInce DIVES to give Kalisto the spin! DDT! Kalisto kicks at Nakamura, Nakamura blocks but Lince SUPERKICKS him down! LHP is on the same page! They get Cesaro in the ring, Kalisto hits a bottom rope moonsault!
Tag to Lince for the second rope moonsault! Tag back to Kalisto and he’s all the way up, for the TOP ROPE MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives the hat trick and grabs Kalisto’s foot! Kalisto keeps fighting towards his corner, Cesaro drags him away but Kalisto uses that to slide under! Sunset flip, TWO, and Cesaro fireman’s carries Kalisto! Nakamura trips Lince and throws him into barriers! And then INVERTED EXPLODERS Lince over! Kalisto dodges Cesaro, tries another sunset, but Cesaro pops him right up! Kalisto rana roll-up, TWO! Kalisto fires off strikes, SOLIDA but no sol! Tag to Nakamura, EUROUPPER and swinging KINSHASA! Cover, Cesaro and Nakamura win!
Winners: Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
LHP was on the same page, but it didn’t matter because the champions are just on a different level! Will anyone take over the Champions’ Lounge with these two in charge?
“You’ve worked your whole life for this.”
John Cena narrates as the superstars work hard in and out of the ring to “hold this honor. To be the best. But in the blink of an eye, it could all go away.” For there are others who worked just as hard as the champions. They say it is their turn now to be the one others chase. “So this is it. A clash of champions!” This night ends all the debates in an “all-out gold rush.” Superstars get in the ring with purpose, declare they’re champions, and prove it! Will the Claymore crush the Viper? Or will the Viper remind us all exactly who he is? Will the Big Dog still be the chief? Or will another show he is just as worthy? Will the Role Model’s dominance continue? Or come crashing down? When the moment comes calling, how will you answer? Another chaser? Or as the champion?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Ladder match: Jeff Hardy VS Sami Zayn VS AJ Styles!
The Charismatic Enigma won the title off the Phenomenal One, the Phenomenal One won the title in the tournament, but the Great Liberator says none of that should have happened! Sami Zayn never lost the title, but he wasn’t around enough to defend it! Will Sami “fix” all of that tonight? Or will he have a hard pill to swallow when someone else brings down both copies of the Intercontinental Championship?
The introductions are made, the belts already hang high over head, and we will all see who is THE WWE Intercontinental Champion!
Sami complains again and again about this, so Styles ROCKS him! He and Hardy hit Sami, Hardy hits Styles and whips him away. Hardy hits Sami, and whips him into Styles! Hardy snapmares Styles, brings him up, and bulldog clotheslines Styles and Sami down! Hardy stomps Styles, kicks Sami and goes outside. Hardy gets a ladder already, but Styles dropkicks it into Hardy’s ribs! Styles aims and slingshots to forearm Hardy down! Styles grabs the ladder but Sami mule kicks Styles. Sami uses the ARABIAN PRESS to take Styles down! Sami almost crashed into the ladders but he gets up and walks it off. Sami brings the ladder up and aims at Hardy, to SLAM it on Hardy’s back! Sami taunts Hardy and Styles, and SLAMS the ladder on Styles!
Sami leaves these two behind to put the ladder in the ring. Sami stands that ladder up, but Hardy goes after him! Hardy clubs away on Sami as the ladder leans on ropes. Hardy whips, back drops and sends Sami onto the ladder! Sami writhes while Hardy goes to the ladder. Hardy brings the ladder off the ropes and sets it up, upside-down? Styles comes in, Hardy clubs him first, and suplexes Styles. Styles resists, rams Hardy into a corner but Hardy kicks back. Hardy hops up, Styles throws haymakers but Hardy boots. Styles baits Hardy and Hardy leaps, Styles sends Hardy into the ladder! Hardy and ladder crash down, but Styles picks up the ladder. Styles stands the ladder up but sees the supports broke so he puts that in the corner.
Sami gets up, Styles throws haymakers and then whips Sami into the ladder! Sami bounces around the corner like pinball, and that causes him to crash back down on the steel! Styles goes out to fetch a ladder that’ll stand up while Sami flops out of the ring. Styles stands this new ladder up, climbs it, but Sami returns to stop him! Sami drags Styles down and pushes him away, but Styles PELES him down! Styles returns to his ladder, starts the climb again, but Hardy returns. Hardy climbs the other side to throw haymakers! The two brawl up top, Styles wobbles down but comes back to punch Hardy. Styles throws Hardy down by his hair! Styles reaches for the titles, but Hardy returns to drag Styles back down! Hardy brings Styles back to earth and clubs away.
Styles fires off strikes but Hardy atomic drops, leg trip and leg splitter! Basement dropkick! Styles and Hardy are both down but Hardy crawls to the ladder. Styles is on the apron, Sami goes after Hardy to throw him out! Sami baseball slide dropkicks Styles before climbing the ladder! Styles hurries up and gets Sami off the good ladder to bring him to the bad ladder. Sami blocks the throw to elbow Styles away. Styles swings into an EXPLODER onto the bad ladder!! Styles writhes out of the ring where Hardy is. Sami is alone and climbing! Sami touches the belts but Hardy is back! Hardy clubs Sami down from the top, clubs him some more, then throws him out. Sami drags Hardy out to join him, and throws him into barriers and folded ladders! Styles DECKS Sami!
Styles stalks Hardy, even with his back bothering him. Styles bumps Hardy off the really tall ladder, then pushes him around. Styles makes sure Sami stays down by stomping him. Styles then runs and uses the steel steps to LEAP at Hardy, but Hardy dodges and lets Styles crash into barriers! Hardy comes back, does the same trick, and hits POETRY IN MOTION on Styles! Everyone is down on the outside but Hardy stands first. Sami HELLUVA KICKS outta nowhere! Hardy ends up down and out in front of the ThunderDome screens! Sami hurries back into the ring, hurries to the ladder, but is slowly climbing from his sore body slowing him down. Styles CHUCKS a step ladder at Sami and nails him!! Styles saves his chances by nearly breaking Sami’s arm with that attack!
Styles slowly drags himself into the ring and goes back to the ladder. Hardy flounders in, hurries over and he climbs with Styles. They both swat at each other while reaching for the gold. They start brawling again, but the ladder is wobbly! The ladder tips over, BOTH Styles and Hardy fall out of the ring!! Sami survives hiding inside the corner! Sami gets the ladder back up, climbs up all alone, but Hardy returns! Hardy grabs at Sami, Sami kicks Hardy away, and Sami starts climbing. Styles springboards, but Hardy tips the ladder at the same time! The Phenomenal Forearm gets SWATTED out of the air, but the ladder comes back to BOP Hardy! Sami is again the only one left standing!
Sami stands the ladder back up again, again begins to climb, but Hardy is there, to drag Sami down to a TWIST OF FATE! Now all three men are down! Hardy rises first, drags himself to the ladder and climbs, but Styels goes after him. Hardy kicks Styles away, reaches for the belts, but Sami tips the ladder the long way! Hardy flips over the top to be safe, until the ladder hits the post!! The ladder flips around and scissors Hardy!! Sami hurries after a new ladder but Styles is there to throw haymakers! Styles clubs Sami, makes him let go of the ladder, and bounces him off the announce desk! Styles takes the ladder of his own now, puts it in the ring, but Sami attacks! Sami POSTS Styles then takes ownership of this ladder.
Sami makes a ladder bridge from ring to desk, and brings Styles back. Sami tries to bump Styles but Styles blocks and hits back. Styles bounces Sami off the desk then climbs up. Styles kicks Sami, Sami wobbles, Styles MOONSAULT DDT’s off the desk!! Styles gets up, puts Sami on Sami’s own ladder bridge, but the bridge tips over. So Styles just SLAMS Sami on the desk! Styles resets that ladder bridge, puts Sami on the ladder and clubs away. Hardy returns?! And he RAMS Styles in the face with a ladder!! Hardy sees what’s going on with Sami and the ladder and throws off the shirt! Hardy brings a TALLER ladder over, climbs that, and relives the glory days with a SWANTON BOMB THROUGH SAMI AND THE LADDER!!!
Somehow, Sami and Hardy live! Hardy RAMS Styles with the step ladder before hobbling off after a new ladder. Hardy puts that in the ring, but Styles the ladder that scissored Hardy against him again! Styles knocks Hardy down, gets in the ring and stands the new ladder up. Styles climbs, reaches for the titles, but Hardy returns to tip the ladder over! Styles crashes down, Hardy flounders about, and somewhere, someone chants “This is Awesome!” Wait! Sami rises on rage alone! Sami throws Hardy into barriers! And into more barriers! Sami reaches inside his jacket and has HANDCUFFS?! Sami planned something all along! Sami stomps Hardy, and brings over a short ladder. Sami SMACKS Hardy with it! And then cuffs Hardy BY HIS EAR GAUGE HOLE!! Sami just made that ladder into a huge earring!
Sami puts another ladder in the ring and kicks Styles down! Sami cuffs one of Styles’ wrists, but since Styles resists, Sami kicks him more and more. Sami stands up a ladder, but Styles punches back! Styles bumps Sami off the ladder, reels Sami in, and snap suplexes! But wait, Sami managed to cuff himself to Styles?! When did he do that?! Sami laughs because Styles can’t go anywhere without him now! Styles punches and stomps Sami down for his little “magic trick.” Styles drags Sami with him as he climbs! Hardy carries the ladder that’s cuffed to his ear and heads for the ring! Styles fireman’s carries Sami to make his own climb easier, but Hardy and his ladder are here!
Sami has a key, and while Hardy SMACKS Styles over and over, Sami uncuffs himself from Styles!! Sami is free, and he cuffs Styles to the ladder! Styles is stuck halfway! Sami climbs up and over, and grabs the belts!! SAMI WINS!!
Winner: Sami Zayn (UNDISPUTED WWE Intercontinental Champion)
Still champion? New champion? Guess it doesn’t matter now! Sami has both belts, making him THE champion! And he leaves the key on the ground for the others to fight over now! Kayla Braxton is on stage to interview Sami about this big win. She says Sami recaptured, but he says that is not at all the case. The title was his all along! It should be “And STILL Intercontinental Champion,” Sami Zayn! Will Sami ever lose the belt(s) ever again?
R-Truth is backstage, trying to hide!
Lil’ Jimmy and Truth have wandered into the referee’s room! “My bad. We’re on the wrong set.” Enjoy your snacks, guys. Truth hurries off but the ref asks if he needs anything. Truth says back off! But Drew Gulak gets him! GULAK WINS!!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
The founder of Catchpoint just caught Truth! Truth blames Jimmy for this! SmackDown has the 24/7 Championship, but will they still have it by the end of the night?
Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Zelina Vega!
Originally for the kickoff, the only women’s championship match left untouched happens now! Will La Muneca finally be the one ready for Asuka? Or is there no such thing?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the biggest test in Vega’s career begins now!
Asuka and Vega circle, tie up, and Asuka throws Vega down. Asuka taunts Vega’s talking all this time, and then calls for a test of strength. She partially teases Vega for her shorter height, so Vega kicks. Asuka avoids the kick, too, and dances around. Vega tries again but nope, Asuka still knew it was coming. Vega kicks, Asuka moves but Vega kicks again! That time she catches Asuka, and now Vega gets the knuckle locks. Vega and Asuka have a test of strength, and Asuka runs Vega over! Cover, TWO as Vega gets a shoulder up. Asuka pushes that shoulder down, TWO as Vega gets the other shoulder up. Vega stands, kicks and wrenches to kick the arm! Vega taunts Asuka now, they tie up and go around. Asuka wrenches, yanks on the arm, but Vega wrenches through.
Asuka forearms first, then reels Vega in for a headlock. Vega endures, throws body shots, but Asuka holds tight as Vega tries to power out. Vega tries again, gets free but Asuka runs her over! Asuka dances a little again, then speeds things up. Asuka rolls, Vega side-steps but Asuka blocks the arm-drag to an ARMBAR! Vega moves around, reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Asuka lets go fast, Vega gets to a corner, and Asuka stomps Vega. Asuka hoists Vega up top, clubs her on the back, but Vega hits back. They brawl, Asuka gets the edge, Vega shoves her down! Vega hurries after Asuka but Asuka pushes her away. Vega still wants the arm but Asuka shoves her away. Vega comes back again, Asuka mule kicks her! Vega is on the apron, Asuka runs and hip attacks her off!
Asuka shakes out the bad arm and goes out after Vega. Vega yanks Asuka into steel steps! Vega drags Asuka into the ring, goes after Asuka’s arm with clubbing forearms and stomps. The ref counts as Vega digs her boot in, but she lets off at 4. Vega drags Asuka up to throw her arm first into the corner! Vega wrenches the arm to a hammerlock but Asuka whips free. Vega is in a corner now, Asuka runs in but Vega boots her! Asuka shares that off but runs into an arm wringer! Cover, ONE! Vega keeps on the arm with a hammerlock, Asuka endures but Vega bridges! Vega cranks on the arm, then shifts to a cover, TWO! Vega drags Asuka up, hits a shoulder breaker, then repeats! Asuka blocks the third for a chinlock! Vega pushes off buckles to escape the Asuka Lock, to an ARMBAR!
Asuka kicks around and gets out to get the chinlock again! Vega fights and snapmares free! Asuka mule kicks Vega away! Vega goes to the apron, Asuka hurries over and throws forearms. Vega hits back, Asuka kicks and runs, but the hip attack misses! Vega climbs on for a DRAPING CRUCIFIX! Vega lets go at the count of 4, climbs up top, and reels Asuka in for a huricanrana! Asuka is in the other corner, Vega hits CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Vega can’t believe it! Asuka gets up, Vega hurries after, but the backstabber is denied! Asuka kicks but Vega ducks to roll her, for the SCHOOL GIRL KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Vega is furious and goes after Asuka, but the rocket kick is blocked! Asuka has Vega, pops her up but Vega wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO, Vega reels Asuka into a EUROCLUTCH! TWO, into ASUKA LOCK!! Vega taps, Asuka wins!!
Winner: Asuka, by submission (still Raw Women’s Champion)
Vega had a lot of fight, but it was not enough to dethrone the Empress of Tomorrow! Charly Caruso interviews Asuka and asks if Vega impressed her at all. Vega is “like a firecracker. Small, yet dangerous.” But Vega was NOT ready for Asuka! Vega stands up, and Asuka offers her a handshake. Vega refuses, because she BOWS! Asuka bows, but then Vega attacks! Vega is a sore loser and she throws Asuka down! Asuka gest up in a rage, and shouts, “OI OI! What the hell, huh!?” Vega wants to still fight, huh!? Asuka will fight her again, and rip her apart! Will the Empress give La Muneca another match just so she can teach her a lesson in respect?
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews w/ Ricochet!
The Rocky Mountain Machine and CEO of the Hurt Business holds the gold that has hot potato’d between the business and Apollo. Will it go back to Apollo in this rematch from Payback? Or will Lashley just put the hurt back on him?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and business picks up once again!
Lashley and Apollo circle, Lashley gets a leg and trips Apollo to a cover, ONE! Lashley and Apollo go again, Lashley has the arm, MVP coaches Lashley to break the arm. Lashley wrenches, Apollo throws forearms but Lashley knees low. Lashley runs and runs Apollo over, then waits for him to get back up. Apollo does, they tie up again and Lashley again gets the arm. Lashley wrenches, steps through to trip Apollo up but Apollo kicks back! Apollo boots and clothelsines Lashley out of the ring! Apollo goes to the apron to MOONSAULT Lashley down! Apollo is fired up and Ricochet is fired up with him. Ricochet keeps his eyes on MVP while Apollo rams Lashley into barriers. Apollo puts Lashley in, but Lashley clobbers Apollo on the apron.
Apollo blocks the buckle bump to give the buckle bump then enziguris Lashley away! Apollo climbs, leaps and crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps on Lashley with forearms then a whip. Lashley reverses, Apollo goes up but Lashley stays back to shove Apollo into buckles. Apollo bounces off into the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! MVP tells Apollo’s dreams are now nightmares, “nothing you can do about it.” Lashley slams Apollo’s arms on the mat then chokes Apollo on the ropes. MVP asks if they’re doing business right now. Lashley drags Apollo up but Apollo hits back. Lashley rams Apollo into the corner, throws haymakers then digs his forearm into Apollo’s face. The ref counts, Lashley lets up, but then he puts Apollo back on ropes to choke him!
The ref counts while MVP talks trash. Lashley lets up, Ricochet shouts at MVP, but Lashley suplexes Apollo high and hard! Cover, TWO! Apollo flops out of the ring and Lashley goes out after him. Ricochet coaches Apollo but Lashley gets in his way. Lashley fireman’s carries Apollo, but Apollo slips off to POST Lashley! MVP hurries to check on Lashley while Ricochet coaches Apollo. Apollo and Lashley are back in at 9! Apollo starts rallying with forearms on Lashley! Apollo rams Lashley to a corner, rams over and over, then fires up as he goes corner to corner for a SPLASH! Lashley swings but Apollo dodges. Lashley mule kicks but runs into an elbow! Lashley bails out but Apollo leaps from the apron to crossbody again!
Apollo drags Lashley back up and into the ring, climbs up top, but leaps over Lashley. Lashley runs into an enziguri! Apollo gorilla presses and dumps Lashley down, standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Lashley lives and MVP coaches him up. Apollo goes to a corner, climbs up again, but Lashley throws haymakers! Lashley climbs up to join Apollo, brings Apollo up, for a SUPERPLEX! Lashley crawls to a cover, TWO! Ricochet coaches Apollo up, but Lashley drags Apollo up into the gut wrench. Apollo lands out of the Dominator to kick and STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Apollo goes to a corner, climbs back up, and FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Lashley lives and Apollo can’t believe it!
MVP and Ricochet are both worried but for different reasons. Apollo waistlocks, Lashley standing switches but Apollo elbows free. Apollo runs, Lashley follows and he picks Apollo up for the ALL MIGHTY SPINE BUSTER!! Lashley stalks Apollo, and gets the HURT LOCK!! Apollo taps, Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE United States Champion)
Business is booming as Apollo is hurting! Will anyone ever take this title from the iron grip of the Rocky Mountain Machine?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas!
There has been much drama and action between these two teams. Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins have been firmly united but it has been a roller coaster of dysfunction for the Lethal Lothario and El Idolo. But now that La Muneca is out of the way, can Garza and Almas stay on the same page to finally take the gold? Or will their fire be put out for the Profits’ smoke?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the teams sort out. Dawkins and Almas start what could be the final chapter in this rivalry!
Dawkins and Almas circle, tie up, and Dawkins gets the arm. Dawkins wrenches to a wristlock, Almas spins through to wrench, shoulder breaker and wristlock. Dawkins wrenches back but Almas throws forearms. Almas knees, tags Garza and they mug Dawkins. Garza wrenches for a standing armbar, tags Almas back in, and they mug Dawkins more. Almas headlocks, Dawkins tries to power out but Almas holds on! Dawkins tries again and gets free to then run Almas over! Things speed up, Dawkins hurdles and whips Almas to dropkick him down! Dawkins drags Almas up, tags Ford, and they whip Almas for another dropkick! Garza gets in but he gets a dropkick! Almas clobbers Ford from behind and whips him. Ford reverses, leaps up and over but Garza saves Almas from another dropkick!
Garza tags in, whips Ford for Almas to pop him up, into Garza’s kick! Off come the pants! Garza throws them at Ford then grinds Ford down with an armbar. Tag to Almas, Almas climbs up and Garza holds Ford, for a missile dropkick! Almas looms over Ford, stomps him down, then brings Ford up to throw out of the ring. Tag to Garza, Almas goes out after Ford to sit him on the apron. Garza runs to PENALTY KICK Ford at the ropes! Cover, TWO! Garza keeps on Ford with a chinlcok and thrashes him about. Garza shifts to add a half nelson, then he knees Ford in the side over and over. Dawkins coaches Ford as Ford endures. Fans build to a rally, Ford fights up, and Ford powers up to back suplex Garza down! And then kick him for good measure!
Garza kicks Ford back but both men are still down. Garza kicks Ford again but Ford heads for his corner. Ford reaches but Garza anchors a foot. Ford gets free, hot tag to Dawkins! Garza tags Almas but Dawkins rallies with clotheslines and a leaping elbow! Garza runs into a FLAPJACK! Dawkins gives Almas an EXPLODER! Dawkins is fired up, he runs at Almas for a cyclone splash! Dawkins runs but into Almas’ dropkick! Almas has Dawkins in a corner, fires himself up and runs corner to corner. CIEN- NO! Dawkins dodges the knees, shoves ALmas, but Garza tags in! ANOINMENT SPINE BUSTER for Almas, but Garza dropkicks Dawkins down!
Ford tags in and goes up top, Garza intercepts with forearms! They brawl up top, stand up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Ford survives but Garza is too tired to be frustrated! Ford slowly rises but Garza goes after him. Ford DECKS Garza! Garza and Ford both wobble, Ford dodges Garza but Almas trips Dawkins in time! Garza rolls Ford up, TWO! Ford kicks but Garza catches him and KNEES him back! Garza flounders but the ref throws up an X? Almas tags in, blasts Dawkins and gives Ford CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!?! Ford survives again and Garza looks to be out of this match. But Almas reels Ford in, Ford resists the hammerlock and enziguris! Hot tag to Dawkins! ANNOINMENT! Cover, THREE?! The Profits win!!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)
Almas was just a half second too late, according to the ref! But replay shows maybe not? Will Garza and Almas have grounds for one more time around with the Profits? Or are the Profits moving on to new challengers? Can Garza even compete with medics checking on him?
The 2020 WWE Draft is coming!
Yes, it’s once again time to shake things up again! Every superstar on Raw and SmackDown, even the champions, are on the board! October 9th, as part of Friday Night SmackDown, we will see who ends up where in the WWE!
Backstage interview with Drew Gulak!
How did the new 24/7 Champion find himself in that position? Well, as a coach, one of his first rules is “Always be alert.” He wasn’t even scheduled to compete, but he knew he needed to stay loose. Gulak was just doing his lunges up and down the halls of the ThunderDome, and that’s when he spotted R-Truth! Truth’s guard was down, Gulak seized the moment, and now has the title! He’d like to dedicate this victory to a former champion and a former rival, Akira Tozawa, who may have been eaten by a shark. But Truth comes in, CLOBBERS Gulak with that bowl from the kickoff show, and covers! The ref is there, counts, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
THIRTY-NINE! Truth has his baby back once again, and said Gulak should’ve had a V8. Gulak didn’t even get to finish his acceptance speech, but will he get a second chance soon enough?
Bayley heads to the ring!
The longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion is here, with both belt and chair, to address Nikki Cross being unable to compete. Bayley takes a seat in the chair she used to hurt Sasha Banks and sets her title on it. “Aw man, what sad news about Nikki Cross!” Nikki has to forfeit her title opportunity! That sucks, because Bayley was hoping to see Nikki would prove the world wrong and show she could actually win. Bayley even got new gear for this! But don’t worry, the most dominant champion in WWE would’ve won either way.
But Bayley won’t let us down as our role model. Tonight, she is giving the opportunity of a lifetime to any superstar in the back! It is an open challenge! Anyone? Ding dong, hello? No one here? Well that’ sit then. Cut to the chase, the ref can raise her hand now and declare her the winner! The ref gets in, Bayley runs around to celebrate, but wait. Is that ASUKA?! Well, she is anyone in the back, but the fact that she was still here is a surprise! Is Asuka going to become the Two Belt Empress?!
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Asuka!
The bell rings as Bayley swings on Asuka but Asuka dodges and dances! Bayley rushes Asuka, Asuka dodges to then follow and run her over! Asuka is fired up as she runs at Bayley for a corner hip attack! Asuka reels Bayley in, Bayley fights out but Asuka blocks a kick to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bayley bails out, takes off her jacket and says she is NOT doing this. Champion’s Advantage! But Asuka pursues, puts Bayley back in and hits the sliding kick! Asuka aims from a corner to hip attack again! Cover, TWO! ARMBAR! Bayley kicks and flails, powers Asuka to a cover, ONE! ASUKA LOCK!! Bayley gets the ropes! Asuka lets go, Bayley gasps as she gets to the apron. Asuka drags Bayley up but Bayley hotshots Asuka away!
Bayley rains down rights on the arm, having seen what Vega was doing to Asuka in that match. Bayley SAIDO SUPLEXES Asuka! Cover, TWO! Bayley is frustrated and argues with the ref but she stomps Asuka at the ropes. Bayley wraps the arm around the bottom rope, but she lets go at the ref’s count. Bayley KNEES Asuka in the corner, covers, TWO! Bayley sneers as she toys with Asuka. Bayley is after the bad arm, and hits an armbreaker DDT! Bayley dares Michael Cole to say her name again as she climbs up top. Bayley leaps, into Asuka’s CODE BREAKER! Bayley flops out of the ring and Asuka fires herself up!
Asuka aims from the apron, runs but Bayley blocks the kick to trip Asuka up! Bayley gets back in the ring, runs and baseball slides but Asuka dodges to ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka drags Bayley up for a GERMAN SUPLEX to the floor! Asuka drags Bayley up but Bayley uses a CHAIR!
Winner: Asuka, by disqualification; Bayley is still SmackDown Women’s Champion
Bayley keeps her title and keeps on Asuka with the chair! The Chairwoman keeps that reign going, but someone SMACKS her with a chair!! It’s SASHA BANKS! Sasha, bad neck and all, still gives Bayley a taste of her own medicine! Sasha clubs away on Bayley, Bayley shoves her away and scrambles into the ring. Sasha grabs at her but Bayley kicks her down! Sasha’s neck is still a target and Bayley drags her up to put her in the ring. Bayley tells Cole to shut up now, and she gets another chair! And a kendo stick! Bayley stalks Sasha, has the chair, and sits it up. Bayley gets HER chair, brings it over menacingly, but Sasha kicks her in the knees!
Sasha grabs the kendo stick and SMACKS Bayley on the back! And again! And again and again and again! Bayley crawls, Sasha stands on the chair! Sasha takes the chair for her own, Bayley begs for mercy, but Bayley gets away before Sasha can swing on her! The Boss leaves it at this because of her neck, but she has clearly put fear in the heart of Bayley! Will it only be a matter of time before these two finally put this grudge to bed?
WWE World Championship Ambulance Match: Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton!
The Viper went after the Scottish Psychopath with THREE punts to the head, and McIntyre had to ride to a hospital in an ambulance. But McIntyre would return the favor and hit Orton with THREE Claymores! Orton also rode in an ambulance, and only became more determined to be the Legend Killer of old. Who takes one more ride in an ambulance while the other rides off with the world title around their waist?
As each man makes his entrance, they look at the ambulance, the final destination of this match. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the difference between one man’s first reign and another man’s 14th begins!
McIntyre kicks and punches Orton first! Orton flounders around the ring, McIntyre keeps hitting him, and then CHOPS him! McIntyre stomps Orton in a corner, punches him more and follows him around the way. Orton kicks back, McIntyre throws more haymakers and a CHOP! McIntyre CHOPS Orton again, then has him against the ropes to punch him right down! “Get your ass up, Randy! Get up!” McIntyre drags Orton up, and ROCKS him with a haymaker! McIntyre whips, Orton ducks but the RKO is denied! Orton side steps McIntyre to send him to the apron. McIntyre gets back in but Orton kicks the ropes to hit McIntyre in his claymore! Orton kicks McIntyre again then drags him out for the DRAPING DDT! McIntyre is down and clutching the jaw, which is still a factor.
Orton scowls as he looms over McIntyre, and he backs up. Orton takes aim as McIntyre sits up, but who is that grabbing Orton’s foot? That’s THE BIG SHOW! Big Show drags Orton out and gives him a CHOKE SLAM through the announce desk! No disqualifications means The Giant can get away with this! Show leaves and Orton drags himself from the wreckage. McIntyre hurries after Orton and grins at what happened to him. McIntyre drags Orton up, fireman’s carries and gives him snake eyes to the barriers! The fans cheer as McIntyre stomps Orton then brings him up, for a CHOP! McIntyre bumps Orton off steel steps, then stomps one of Orton’s hands! Orton writhes and curses under his breath but McIntyre brings him up again. McIntyre whips him into more barriers!
McIntyre is having fun now as he stalks Orton. “How does it feel, Randy?” McIntyre drags Orton up by a facelock, clubs him and ROCKS him with another haymaker! Orton flounders on the ramp but McIntyre brings him up to another fireman’s carry. They approach the ambulance, and McIntyre LAWN DARTS Orton into the doors! McIntyre opens the side compartment, and brings out crutches?! And a chair! McIntyre watches Orton rise and he JAMS him with the chair, then SMACKS him on the back! Orton writhes more, McIntyre waits for him to rise. McIntyre wants Orton to look at him for this one. But Orton SMACKS McIntyre with a crutch! And then sweeps the legs with them! Orton grabs the chair and digs it into McIntyre’s jaw!
Orton throws crutches aside and opens the ambulance doors. McIntyre rises and Orton pushes him in. McIntyre fights back, puts Orton in and beats him down! McIntyre just needs to close the doors! Orton boots McIntyre away but McIntyre comes back with haymakers. Orton counter punches right to the jaw! Orton EuroUppers McIntyre, then hobbles after him. Orton brings McIntyre around to bump him off the side of the ambulance! Orton opens the driver side door and is already plotting. The Viper slithers back to McIntyre, drags him over, puts McIntyre in the cab, but McIntyre knows what he’s up to! McIntyre pushes Orton away to HEADBUTT! The Glasgow Kiss hit Orton so hard, he’s drooling in a stupor! McIntyre aims at Orton now, to run and CLAYMORE THE DOOR OFF!? Orton dodges and the door takes the shot!
McIntyre’s leg is hurting now and Orton watches McIntyre writhe as he catches his breath. Orton drags McIntyre up for more EuroUppers, then brings him over to the other side of the ambulance. McIntyre blocks a bump to bump Orton off the hood! McIntyre pursues as Orton crawls away. They go behind the curtain to a backstage area. McIntyre CHOPS Orton, follows him to an arm chair and has him take a seat. McIntyre rains down right hands until Orton flops out of the chair! McIntyre throws things aside and gets his bad leg to work. McIntyre drags Orton up to put him against the wall for a CHOP! Orton is stinging but McIntyre whips him. Orton reverses to send McIntyre into a wall! Orton also bumps into the camera man, but who is this attacking now?
It’s CHRISTIAN! At last, he is on his own two feet again! And he slides Orton across catering! The ref gets Christian to stop so Christian leaves. McIntyre hobbles over to Orton, drags him up and headlock punches him more. And CHOPS him again! Orton stumbles and staggers back to the curtain and McIntyre clubs him through. McIntyre tosses Orton on top of the hood, climbs up to join him, and brings Orton up. Orton rakes McIntyre’s eyes! Both men wobble, Orton throws McIntyre onto the windshield! Orton covers out of instinct but that doesn’t help here. Orton realizes that, and lets off to rest on the hood. McIntyre manages to get up, and he’s climbing up higher on the vehicle! Orton pursues and punches McIntyre to the very roof of the ambulance!
Orton joins McIntyre up there, but McIntyre hits back. McIntyre rocks Orton, but Orton KNEES McIntyre in the head! Orton sits back while McIntyre clutches his jaw. McIntyre ends up at the rear of the ambulance again and Orton punches him. McIntyre is hanging on but Orton stomps his hands! McIntyre clings with one hand but can’t hold on as Orton stands on the fingers! McIntyre lets go and falls to the floor! Orton looks down with a big grin before standing up. Orton turns around into SWEET CHIN MUSIC from HBK!! HBK shoves Orton off the roof and down through spare tables!! And he tells Orton to SUCK IT! Orton’s enemies continue to haunt him until the very end!
Orton drags himself from the wreckage but McIntyre is there to get him! McIntyre drags him up, fireman’s carries him to the ambulance, but Orton fights back! Orton gets off to RKO!! McIntyre is down with a dazed look in his eyes! Orton sits up, crawls over to McIntyre, and hauls him into the back of the ambulance! Orton closes one door, but he takes too long smiling before going to the other door, and McIntyre holds it open! McIntyre forces his way out, rakes Orton’s eyes, and gets out! McIntyre staggers away, aims at Orton, and hits a CLAYMORE!! McIntyre hauls Orton up and into the ambulance, but then thinks what more he can do first. McIntyre drags Orton out part way, and PUNTS Orton!! He finally returns the favor before putting Orton back in and closing both doors! McIntyre wins!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre (still WWE World Champion)
McIntyre literally shuts the door on Orton’s 14th title reign! The Scottish Psychopath holds tight to the gold, but who will come for it next? Wait, who is driving the ambulance? RIC FLAIR!! “I promise not to break the speed limit! WOO~!” Again, the sins of the Viper have come back to haunt him! Will Orton return even a little humbler than before?
WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Jey Uso!
The Big Dog says this is HIS island, HIS WWE, and HIS right as the Tribal Chief! But for once, Jey wants to show he is worthy of the great family legacy! Will this night be that night? Or will the razing, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion of the World still be RRROMAN! RRREIGNS?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the battle of the Anoa’i Family, by the Anoa’i Family and for the Anoa’i Family begins!
Jey and Roman stare down then circle. Jey says “It didn’t have to go down like this, Uce.” Roman sucker punched him so that’s why this is happening. They tie up, Roman powers Jey to a corner but lets up at the ref’s count. Roman gets in Jey’s face but Jey stares right back. They circle and tie up again. Roman still powers Jey to a corner then throws him across the way! Jey gets up, shakes out the arms and stares Roman down again. They circle again, Roman tells Jey he should’ve just taken the payday. Jey says he wants to get this, too. They tie up again, Roman again puts Jey in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Jey goes up and over and shouts out daddy Rikishi with the pop lock ‘n’ dabbin’.
Roman rushes Jey, Jey gets a waistlock but Roman switches and powers Jey to a corner again. Roman then throws Jey across the way again and Jey tumbles out of the ring. Jey gets up and walks around to cool off. Roman talks smack and asks, “How you gonna be the chief if you can’t stay on the island?” Jey fires himself up and shoulders into Roman! And rocks him with an uppercut! And another! Jey whips, Roman reverses but Jey ducks, only for Roman to hit the leaping lariat! Cover, TWO! Roman keeps his cool as he watches Jey crawl to ropes. Roman chokes Jey on the ropes! The ref counts, Roman says, “I told you!” but he lets off at 4. Jey gasps and Heyman tells the ref to respect the chief. Roman drags Jey up, bumps Jey off buckles, then drags him up to DECK him!
Roman tells Jey he should’ve listened to the chief. Jey gets to the apron, Roman drags him up to choke him on the ropes again! The ref counts, Roman lets up at 4 to ROCK Jey with the uppercut! Jey tumbles down to the ground and Roman paces about. The ring count climbs, Roman goes out at 4 to fetch Jey. Roman drags Jey up to bump him off the apron! Jey flounders about but uppercuts back! Roman uppercuts harder! Jey staggers to the announce desk, Roman hears the ring count and refreshes it at 6. Roman tells the ref he is the chief, he does what he wants. Roman bounces Jey off the desk! Roman says he loves Jey but this is a lesson he has to learn. Roman puts Jey in, covers, TWO! Jey refuses to lose so Roman wraps on a chinlock.
Jey endures, Roman squeezes tight but fans clap to build to a rally. Jey fights up and throws body shots to fight free. Roman headbutts Jey! Roman whips Jey to ropes but Jey kicks back! Jey mule kicks, and uppercuts! Roman rebounds into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Roman is starting to see what his cousin is really capable of! Jey gets to a corner and aims at Roman. “UCE! OH!” Jey runs corner to corner, but into the SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman takes a moment to catch his breath, but Jey flops out of the ring. Roman watches Jey crawl to the desk before going out. Roman heads over but Jey throws a forearm! Roman actually likes that! Roman forearms Jey, Jey forearms again! “What, b*tch?!” Roman ROCKS Jey with that uppercut!
The ring count is 5, Roman drags Jey up and in at 7. Roman covers, TWO! Jey still won’t stay down and Roman sighs. Heyman tells Jey he should just listen to the chief, he’s only making this harder on himself. Roman told Jey on Friday, this is that ass whooping. Just stay down next time. Roman headbutts Jey again, throws haymakers over and over but the ref counts. Roman lets up, looms over Jey, and tells Jey there are levels to this. Roman lives at this level. “I’ve been doing this.” Jey CHOPS back! Roman ROCKS him with another uppercut! Roman says Jey doesn’t pay attention. Jey crawls to a corner, Roman runs in and clotheslines him down! Roman stalks Jey to another corner, and hits another clothesline!
Jey staggers away to yet another corner, and Roman runs in, to get boots! Jey dodges the uppercut to give uppercuts! Jey shoves and POSTS Roman! Roman gets himself out of the corner and shakes out the arm while Jey gets up. Jey runs in to clothesline Roman out! Jey builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Roman into barriers! Jey puts Roman back in, kicks but Roman blocks, only to get the DRAGON WHIP! Roman stumbles out, Jey DIVES again! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! Jey gets up, drags Roman up and brings him back into the ring. Jey goes up, leaps, crossbody! Cover, TWO! SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives the rally from Jey but Jey is too tired to be frustrated about it!
Jey goes to the apron, climbs up a corner, but Roman is up! Jey leaps over Roman, rolls, into a LEG LARIAT!? Roman covers, TWO!! Roman brings out something new but Jey survives! Roman seethes as he stands over Jey again. Jey crawls while Roman goes to a corner. Roman aims at Jey, Jey staggers up, but Jey jumps over the spear to roll Roman up! TWO!! SUPERKICK!! Jey goes back up top, USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives again, but wait! The way he kicked out, it was like a low blow! Was it just bad positioning from Jey? Or was that on purpose? Either way, both men are down and somewhere in the ThunderDome, “This is Awesome!” Roman goes back to the corner, Jey stands, SPEAR!! But Roman doesn’t cover?
Roman watches Jey writhe and says, “I told you.” Jey should’ve just taken the payday. But he brought Roman out here. “Say it to me! Tell me. I want you to call me ‘chief.’ Acknowledge me as your Tribal Chief, Uce. Do it now and this is done.” Jey refuses. Roman grabs him by the beard and hair and tells him to say it. Jey still refuses, so Roman whips and SPEARS him back down! Roman keeps saying Jey just has to say it. Tell Roman in front of the entire world. Tell Roman he is the head of the table. Roman makes Jey look into the camera. Tell us that Roman owns it all! “Not today, Uce!” Jey is defiant until the end, Heyman tells Roman he is the Tribal Chief. But it doesn’t matter if Heyman says it. Jey needs to say it! If Jey doesn’t want to, he’ll be made to! Roman rains down furious right hands!
The ref tries to stop Roman but Roman won’t unless Jey says it! Roman pushes the ref aside and is getting frustrated with him. This is Roman’s world, so do not make him address you again or he’ll knock you into next week and into a new job. “This is family business here.” Roman goes back to Jey and again demands Jey acknowledge his place in the family. Roman headbutts and throws point-blank elbows! The ref checks on Jey but Jey says he isn’t quitting. Roman wants the ref to understand, this is how it’s been their whole life. Roman makes Jey look at the camera. The family is watching! Roman’s kids, Jey’s kids, everyone. Roman throws more forearms on Jey, but here comes Jimmy!
Jimmy isn’t cleared but he isn’t here to fight. Jimmy has a towel and tells Jey he’s about to throw this in. Jey doesn’t need to prove himself to Roman! Jey tells Jimmy not to do it, Roman dares Jimmy to do it. Roman says Jimmy needs to bend the knee and tell Roman is the head of the family. That is how this ends. Jey tells Jimmy not to do anything. Jimmy is torn, but he does as Jey says. Roman says they’ve spent their whole lives together and yet Jimmy is gonna listen to Jey? Jimmy wants to throw in the towel, Jey tells him not to, and Roman drags Jey from the ropes for MORE forearms! And haymakers! Jimmy throws in the towel!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by forfeit (still WWE Universal Champion)
But Roman refuses to stop! Jimmy gets in to shield his brother and tell Roman it’s enough! Is this how Roman wanted to win?! They’re supposed to be family! What is wrong with Roman!? “You the chief, man. You’re the Tribal Chief.” If that’s what Roman wants, then fine. Just leave Jey alone and cool off. Roman not only takes his title, but he takes the lei Jey came out with. Roman is still champion, and is now truly, in his mind, the Tribal Chief of the Anoa’i Family. If Roman brutalized blood, will he only be more merciless towards everyone else?
All things being what they are, Clash of Champions was great tonight! Yes, we all know about the COVID concerns in Florida right now, and clearly that hit WWE at a very bad time. We did not get the Women’s Tag Team Championships match, but Raw will address that. Granted, it felt like the Riott Squad was going to lose but hopefully this doesn’t ruin anyone’s chances at these titles. Even if it has to wait for Hell in a Cell, I think that’d be fine. Nikki Cross being out is also a shame, hopefully she (and Killian Dain for that matter, as he is her real-life husband) will be alright.
I imagine much of what we got out of the resulting Bayley VS Asuka match was the same, i.e. the disqualification and Sasha attacking. It’s fine for Sasha to get some retaliation, but I feel like they aren’t really selling her neck all that much by having her back again. Keep Sasha away until the Royal Rumble and she can win to go to WrestleMania. They took the slow burn approach this long, just keep doing it. Asuka of course won against Vega, but it was a good match for Vega. Vega faking Asuka out with the respectful bow was good, but I feel like they’ll just be having a non-title match to settle things from here. And while Retribution didn’t show tonight, I wonder if Mia Yim and Mercedes Martinez, or whatever their Retribution names are, get after Asuka to go for that title.
For that matter, no Retribution during the US Championship match seemed like a missed opportunity. Lashley and Apollo had a good match, and Lashley wins so I bet Dominik “T-Bar” Dijakovic takes him on in singles competition. Odd name and ruined gimmick aside, Lashley VS Dijakovic would be a great match, so long as it’s booked like it’s still Dijakovic. I liked the little bits of the WWE 24/7 Championship we got, including Truth becoming an old timey prospector just to sell the “gold rush” subtitle. Gulak got a quick reign, it’s a shame there wasn’t a third segment for him to get it back. The WWE Draft is coming back, though I REALLY don’t want it to, maybe Gulak and a few others end up on Raw to freshen up the 24/7 Championship scene since it seems just a USA Network thing right now.
The Triple Threat Ladder match opening was a good move, but WOW was it scary! I’m really surprised Hardy isn’t injured in some way, especially from that one particular ladder spot. I did like the creativity of the match, though, such as Sami cuffing people to things. I am also surprised Sami won, but in some way it makes sense, as now Sami gets to explore the midcard, which he didn’t get to do while staying healthy during the peak of pandemic. The SmackDown Tag Team Championship match was really good, and I’m more surprised that LHP didn’t fall apart. I wonder if Sami tries to reunite with Cesaro & Nakamura now that Sami is truly a champion. I wouldn’t mind a Six Man Tag of “Artist Collective” VS LHP and THAT is how LHP falls apart.
I honestly didn’t think Profits would win tonight, but I feel like there was an audible called after Garza went down. I hope his leg isn’t too messed up. There are only so many people on any show because of the many releases AND coronavirus concerns, and even then there are fewer tag teams right now. Ivar went down so Viking Raiders aren’t going to be active, AOP was let go because they kept getting hurt, and now Garza could be out. Almas could go to singles competition, and Almas VS Lashley would also be a great match, but who knows right now.
The top titles had great matches, too. I like that Orton’s victims came back. It didn’t really hurt McIntyre to me, because it’s just natural story that they’d want revenge. Maybe this is a way for Orton to stay away for a moment while Edge recovers, and they can both return to have their tiebreaker at Mania. And Roman VS Jey, incredible story telling! It had incredible pacing as it moved from chippy competition to a serious and even uncomfortable fighting. Roman demanding Jey admit who is in charge, Jey telling Jimmy to stay out of it but Jimmy throwing in the towel, all amazing stuff. It’s hard to comprehend how this storytelling is from the same people giving us the confusing mess that is Retribution. If anything, Retribution was left off tonight so no one could compare them side by side.
My Score: 8.7/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21
AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.
Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!
- Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
- Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
- Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
- AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
- Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
- Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – **** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.
Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.
Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.
Tag Team Turmoil
Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…
Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…
Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.
Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-
Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.
Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.
(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)
New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-
We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.
Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”
Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.
Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-
As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.
Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.
We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-
Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.
Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.
Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.
(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)
Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-
Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.
Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.
Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (4/10/21)
BEHOLD! The Night Panther!!
It’s the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Night Planter!
Mild-mannered Old Spice salesman, Joseph Average, finds himself in the middle of an incredible WWE 24/7 Championship prophecy! But is he hero or villain?
- WWE 24/7 Championship Picnic Panic: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa & Night Panther; Truth retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
R-Truth is having a picnic.
“This is just not your ordinary picnic. We eatin’ good.” And after spraying some Old Spice Night Panther, they’re smellin’ good, too! But Akira Tozawa is sneaking up to snatch Truth’s snacks! Truth goes to reach for some, sees Tozawa, and Tozawa says, “Say cheese~!” What’s Tozawa doing at Truth’s picnic?! And with Ninja Referee (Drew Gulak) and the Night Panther! Truth finds he’s outnumbered! Tozawa and Ninja Ref Gulak grab Truth, and Truth says, “Oh no! Say it ain’t so, Joe!” He went from Average Joe, to Average Ninja! But if you go full ninja, you go evil. But, Joe’s not evil…
Tozawa shouts, “ATTACK!” But stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ through! A hurricane? Truth’s insurance covers that. But what is he doing here? What’s he doing here? Everyone knows that hurricanes and night panthers are mortal enemies. Truth confirms. And yet, here Joe is, ruining Truth’s picnic with his baby. Wazzupwiththat?! Night Panther, attack!! Night Panther punches at Hurricane but is blocked and counter punched! Truth breaks free of the kung-fu grip, and hurries with Hurricane to the Truth Cave! AWAY~!
The ninjas pick themselves up and Tozawa blames Night Panther for this. But he tried…! Tozawa takes away Night Panther’s seemingly endless blackbelt. Was this Yokozuna sized? But Tozawa doesn’t care what the prophecy says, Joseph Average is NOT the Night Panther! The “HAH! HAH! HAH!” turns into laughter at Joe’s failure, and Joe runs away in shame. Ninja Ref Gulak tries to talk with Tozawa but he won’t hear it. Will Tozawa ever get the 24/7 Championship away from Truth? Will Joseph Average redeem himself? Or is there truly someone else who the Night Panther mantle is meant for?
Not quite as conclusive as I thought, but this was a pretty great next part to this story with Eric Bugenhagen, aka Ricky Buge, aka The Buge, now Joseph “The Night Panther” Average, who may not even be the Night Panther anymore. I like that we got The Hurricane in this, and if it weren’t for the divide of WWE and AEW, I would love if the cinematic wrestling universe got Matt Hardy involved with this title. Having a brand deal feels right up the “Big Money Matt” gimmick’s alley. I hope Buge returns and proves himself as the Night Panther, or even just as Joseph Average. This is the kind of fun this title needs to be having either way.
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