Will a Demon dethrone the Tribal Chief?
WWE may belong to Roman Reigns, but will the Universal Championship after tonight? Finn Balor once again becomes The Demon, will he finally reign again?
- Kickoff Show– Liv Morgan VS Carmella; Morgan wins.
- Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles & Omos; The New Day wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Street Profits; The Usos win and retain the titles.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Alexa Bliss; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
- WWE United States Championship Triple Threat: Damian Priest VS Sheamus VS Jeff Hardy; Priest wins and retains the title.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins by disqualification, Lynch retains.
- WWE Universal Championship Extreme Rules Match: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS “The Demon” Finn Balor; Reigns wins and retains the title.
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It’s the Extreme Rules Kickoff show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in analyzing, discussing and predicting all of tonight’s action!
Sonya Deville joins the panel.
Kayla cuts right to the quick and asks Sonya what her problem is with Naomi. Sonya can’t believe everyone makes it like this is something personal she has against Naomi. If you disrespected Sonya the way Naomi did, she would still have the same issue. It is important in this company to set ground rules and uphold standards. Sorry if Pearce takes that inappropriate behavior, but she doesn’t. She has set a precedent for males, females, Raw and SmackDown stars. JBL agrees with that, and Kayla thanks Sonya for giving an answer.
They move things to the SmackDown Women’s Championship match, Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair in a SummerSlam rematch. Sonya says Becky is setting an awesome example for women around the world, being a new mother and coming back to win the title on her return. Peter says people were freaking out over Bianca losing in 26 seconds, but he says there’s something new he’s seeing out of her. Peter asks Booker if there’s something to be learned from a loss like Bianca suffered. Booker says no, because you have to always be ready. But he’ll also say that the first person to throw a punch is the first one who ran out of ideas.
Now, Becky threw the first punch as a calculated tactic so Bianca better have everything in order. JBL says there’s never an advantage, he agrees with Book. It can take things to a new level, but this is the game Becky’s playing. Bianca was more than ready, Becky said no and made her wait. But then is Becky in a league of her own? Too big for Bianca’s britches? Booker says Becky had nine months to think on how she’d come back. She called her shot and hit it out of the park. JBL says Bianca is a once in a generation performer but she got took. Bianca is all that and a bag o’ chips, but will she be bigger and better than Big Time Becks tonight?
Backstage interview with The New- AJ Styles & Omos?
The Phenomenal One wants to know why the WWE isn’t talking about him and his colossal friend but the New Day come in and are laughing at Styles & Omos. Why would anyone talk to someone not on the show? But then BOBBY LASHLEY jumps Big E! Omos and Styles go after Kofi and Woods, then security rushes in to stop the brawling! Adam Pearce shouts for them all to stop this, this is NOT happening here! Lashley wants after Big E and Big E wants after Lashley, but will they have to wait until Monday for this big meaty battle?
The Street Profits arrive.
Montez Ford knows Angelo Dawkins had a good weekend while things didn’t go Ford’s way Friday. But Ford swears tonight is different. They have no intentions of leaving without the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. So if there are any other motives, let him know right now. Dawkins has Ford’s back. Secret handshake, and Dawkins says it was real funny for Bloodline to jump Ford 3v1. But they can’t pull that tonight. The Profits want the smoke, but will they get the gold?
Sonya Deville is back.
She talks the Raw Women’s Championship match and how Charlotte is fed-up with the antics of Alexa Bliss. The Queen wants athletic competition, but Alexa’s antics are still very successful. Sonya would be concerned because this is a very different opponent for Charlotte. They went hit for hit on Monday, but Alexa’s taken minds over. Charlotte has determination and focus, but Alexa is still a great wrestler in her own right. They haven’t faced each other in three years, Survivor Series 2018, this could be something. Sonya says this is the most intense she’s seen Alexa, too. Charlotte’s “humanized” Alexa, wanting Mean Girl rather than Twisted Bliss.
JBL and Booker both know that The Undertaker was a powerful competitor but had the added layer of the supernatural. Even if you can strip away the mystique, you still have to deal with someone who can beat you up. Will Charlotte be able to strip away Alexa’s mind games? Or will Alexa strip Charlotte of that title?
Kickoff Show – Liv Morgan VS Carmella!
Columbus is ready to #LivMore! Will Liv be to fight ugly and humble the self-professed Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE?
Mella gets a mic to say, “Oh my gosh~! Liv, do you even realized what you could’ve done to me by lodging my face into the turnbuckle? I mean, look at me, honey!” She is THE most beautiful woman in the WWE, and her face is her greatest asset. It opens doors, pays the bills and gets her anything she wants. And no one can relate! No one knows what it is like to be this beautiful. Mella’s face separates her from “nasty people like you.” And Liv can’t stand it! That’s why she viciously attacked Mella’s face! She should be ashamed! But let’s face it, Mella’s hot, Liv’s not. Mella laughs but then Liv ATTACKS!
The ref pulls Liv off Mella and Mella is furious. The bell rings and Liv goes back on the attack! Mella uses ropes as a defense then kicks Liv away. Liv goes Matrix to then arm-drag but Mella kicks low. Mella whips but Liv reverses to then back body block in the corner! Liv comes back, only gets buckles but then turns things around! WING SNAPPER, but Mella is ready for the buckle shot. But then Liv SHOTGUNS Mella out of the ring! Fans fire up, Liv runs in but Mella avoids the dropkick. Liv drags Mella up by her hair but Mella trips Liv on the apron! Liv tumbles down, Mella soaks up the heat and gloats about how gorgeous she is. Then a FABULOUS KICK floors Liv!
Mella puts Liv in the ring, covers, TWO! Mella keeps on Liv by putting her in the corner for elbow after elbow! Then one more to top it off. Liv sits down, Mella gloats and runs in, FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mella clubs away on Liv in frustration, “I’m hot, you’re not!” Mella drags Liv up, snap suplexes then covers, TWO! Mella wraps on a chinlock. Liv endures, fans rally up and she fights up, only for Mella to throw her down. Mella adjusts her gear, mocks the fans and then digs Liv’s face into the mat. “You wanna ruin my face?!” She dribbles Liv then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally up again and Liv fights, even as Mella squeezes tight.
Liv gets a second wind and fights up to her feet. Liv throws body shots, fights free, then scoops, only for Mella to slip out, EDGE-O-CUTION! Cover, TWO! Liv still lives but Mella just shakes her head. Mella ties Liv’s hair to the bottom rope then stomps away on her! The ref counts, Mella stops at 4 and Liv is freed from the ropes. Mella says Liv isn’t on her level, so Liv SLAPS back! They scrap, Liv throws forearms and haymakers but Mella shoves her. THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Liv runs at Mella in the corner, SHINING WIZARD! Liv whips, Mella reverses but Liv rolls and returns, ENZIGURI! Liv shrieks and fans fire up as she goes up and up, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!!
Liv grows frustrated as Mella survives, but she still has moves to try. Fans rally behind Liv as she gets Mella up but Mella throws her into buckles! Liv staggers into a cradle, TWO! Mella gets up, Liv rolls her up, TWO! Mella runs in again, bucks the O’Conner Roll and avoids Oblivion to SLAM Liv down! Cover, TWO! FABULOUS KICK! Cover, TWO! Mella can’t believe it but the fans fire up! Mella argues with the ref but the count was fair. Mella drags Liv up, but Liv hits back with a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Mella survives and now Liv is growing frustrated! Mella crawls to a corner, Liv takes aim as fans rally up but Mella BOOTS her!
Mella goes up, Liv runs into the HANGING TRIANGLE! Mella lets go at 4 and then drags Liv through the ropes. Liv swipes but Mella ROCKS her! Mella puts Liv on the apron to club away, then dump her down. Fans rally behind Liv again but Mella takes aim. FABU- NO! Liv turns that into a WING SNAPPER and boot into the table! Liv puts Mella in, runs and hits OBLIVION! Cover, Liv wins!
Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall
And that is how you humble the most arrogant woman in the WWE! But will this win help Liv make her way towards the gold?
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
The Demon looked strong on Friday, but is Roman Reigns taking Balor more seriously now? Heyman asks who hired Sarah for this job. That is the stupidest question he’s been asked ever. Even KAYLA has the sense not to ask that question! Maybe Kayla is why Sarah is the one asking that dumb question. Or Rosenberg won’t get off his butt and interview Heyman, either. But how should he answer? OMG Roman’s been unworthy for almost 400 days because they overlooked The Demon~! Roman’s been eating burgers all weekend! “Future ex-champion” should just be in the graphic! Is that what they wanted?
C’mon, be real. The winner, and still Universal Heavyweight Champion, and going on to Crown Jewel to face Brock Lesnar AS CHAMPION… Roman. Reigns. And that’s not a prediction. That’s a spoiler. But will Balor spoil the spoiler and all of Roman’s plans?
“In this kingdom… Extreme rules.”
No one ever said the rules were fair. A Queen takes on a Twisted Lil’ Fury. A Tribal Chief isn’t facing a Prince, but a DEMON! The Man and the EST run it back from SummerSlam to head into the Fall. “Tonight, we’re gonna push everything to the extreme. No holding back. No limits.” There’s one shot to take the titles. This night only comes around once a year. Tonight, anything goes!
Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles & Omos!
After the backstage brawl, all this beef is going to open the show! Will Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods show the Rocky Mountain Machine, the Phenomenal One and the Mountain of a Man why NEW! DAY ROCKS? Or will they be the ones rocked to the core on the night when WWE gets extreme?
The trios sort out and Styles starts against Woods. Woods and Styles circle as fans rally up already. “NEW! DAY ROCKS! NEW! DAY ROCKS!” as Woods and Styles tie up. Styles kicks low, CLUBS Woods down, then grins as he brings Woods up with a suplex. Woods slips out to CHOP and CHOP, then bump Styles off buckles. Woods CHOPS Styles in the corner, then runs him corner to corner to ram him off buckles! Woods whips Styles to the ropes, Styles reverses, tilt-o-whirl but Styles avoids the leg sweep to a CALF CRUSHER! Woods gets the ropebreak and scrambles to the New Day corner. Styles talks trash but Woods tags Kofi.
Fans fire up as Kofi and Styles meet again. They circle, approach, and Kofi gets around to mule kick, kick and spin! Styles ducks Trouble but Kofi lands on his feet out of the back suplex! Styles returns the favor then CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Kofi gets away now and Styles says he’ll take everybody’s legs! Big E shakes his head, and Kofi tags him in! Fans fire up for the NEW WWE World Champion as he circles with Styles. Styles rushes in but into a LARIAT! Big E drags Styles up, whips him to the corner, and dares Lashley to get in! Lashley drags Styles up so he can tag, and fans are thunderous for this one! They throw hands and then Lashley knees and mule kicks!
Lashley runs to CLUB, then LARIAT Big E down! Fans boo but Lashley says this is why HE’s the real champion! Lashley puts Big E in a corner, runs corner to corner but Big E dodges! Big E comes back with big hands! Lashley facelocks, Big E RAMS him into the New Day corner! And rams him over and over, then throws more hands! “Time! To! Turn! Up!” Stampede stomps begin! Big E, then Woods, then Kofi, and Kofi gets some with interest! Tag to Woods, he gets one more before Kofi whips. Lashley bails out and Woods stops, but tag back to Kofi so he can PLANCHA! Lashley catches Kofi! Woods jumps on to dropkick Lashley down!
The New Day fires up and fans rally with them. Big E and Woods keep Styles and Omos back as Kofi puts Lashley in. Kofi talks some trash to Styles but he gets in and Lashley ROCKS him! Lashley clinches, TOSSES Kofi, then snarls at Big E. Lashley storms over to Kofi and RAMS into him in return. Lashley runs side to side to RAM into Kofi again! Lashley glares at Big E as he clamps onto Kofi with an armlock. Lashley SLAMS Kofi’s arm on the mat, then tags in Omos! Lashley stands Kofi up in the corner for Omos to clothesline down! Omos sneers as he drags Kofi back up, then reels him in for a CLUBBING forearm! Kofi crawls to the enemy corner but he throws body shots in return.
Omos KNEES Kofi and Kofi flounders to ropes. Kofi kicks and punches back but Omos DECKS him with an uppercut! Kofi is dazed as he sits up, Omos drags him back up and reels him in. Omos suplexes Kofi and holds him up for a count of 10 before a GOURD BUSTER! Omos steps on Kofi for the cover, TWO! Tag to Styles and he kicks Kofi around. Styles grins as he drags Kofi up and wraps on a chinlock. Kofi endures the grind, fans rally up but Styles leans on the hold. Kofi fights up, reaches out, but has to throw body shots to get free. Styles CLUBS Kofi back down then stalks him to a corner. Fans rally but Styles brings Kofi up, to then sucker punch Woods!
Styles gets mad, the ref was in his way for that moment! But Styles turns around into DOUBLE STOMPS from Kofi! Both men are down, fans fire up and clap along, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi crawls but Styles tags in Lashley! Lashley runs in but is dumped back out! Only for Lashley to go after Big E! Lashley throws Big E around ringside and into steel steps! Kofi is alone as Lashley returns and gives him a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Kofi is still in this and Lashley is frustrated. Lashley paces while Kofi slowly sits up. Lashley taunts Kofi then brings him around for a gut wrench. AK- NO! Kofi lands on his feet for a PENALTY KICK!
Kofi KICKS Lashley in the side, rains down fists, but Lashley is in his corner. Lashley RAMS Kofi into buckles, CLUBS him in return, then pushes him around. Lashley scoops Kofi but Kofi slips off and shoves Lashley away! Hot tag to Woods! Woods ducks and dodges then slides to ROLLING ELBOW! Lashley rebounds but Woods dropkicks him! Woods hits a forearm in the corner, then climbs up to rain down fists! Lashley shoves Woods at 7, but Woods SHOTGUNS! Lashley comes back, Woods slips around but no DDT. Lashley runs in but into buckles! Woods forearms then GAMANGIRIS, then GET OVER HERE! DDT hits, Woods covers, TWO!
Woods keeps cool as he brings Lashley back up to throw hands. Woods runs but Lashley scoops him into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Lashley looks to his corner then brings Woods back up. Lashley throws hands, hoists Woods up top and then climbs up. Woods fights back, Lashley throws more hands to ROCK Woods, then Lashley eggs fans on as he sits Woods up. Woods throws body shots and shoves Lashley away! Woods adjusts, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Fans fire up because Big E is back on the corner! Hot tags to Styles and the world champion! Big E gets Styles for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Big E punches Omos, then OVERHEAD suplexes Styles again!
Big E ROCKS and BOOTS Omos down! Styles swings but into the SIDE Belly2Belly! Big E swivels the hips, runs side to side and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps along with the fans and he waits for Styles to rise. Styles is up, he throat chops then Phenomenal Blitz! Big E blocks but Styles PELES! Styles runs in, into a NASTY Urenag-E!! Cover, TWO! Big E isn’t done, he hauls Styles up to the top rope. Big E climbs to join him but Styles resists the superplex. Styles fights back with body shots, slips under and trips Big E up! Big E staggers, Styles runs, but Big E sends Styles out then runs to- NO! Styles guillotine leg drops then sunset flips! TWO!! ENZIGURI!
Big E ends up in the corner, Kofi blind tags and Big E pops Styles up! GAMANGIRI, then a DOUBLE STOMP BOMB COMBO!! Cover, Lashley breaks it! Lashley drags Styles to their corner, tags himself in, then goes right after Kofi. Gut wrench to Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives but Lashley is seething. Lashley aims as Kofi flounders up, but Kofi hurdles the Spear! Lashley tumbles out of the ring and hobbles from his banged up legs. Styles runs in but is sent out to join him! Tag to Big E, and he gives Kofi a boost to FLY!! But Omos SWATS Kofi out of the air!! Styles leaps to CLOBBER Woods! Lashley hits Big E with a COMPLETE SHOT!
Fans boo as Lashley grins and watches Big E. But then Styles tags himself in!? Lashley doesn’t like that but has to accept it as Styles springboards, but then Lashley tags back in! Big E dodges one, Lashley comes in, SPEAR into Styles!! Big E scoops Lashley for a BIG ENDING!! Cover, New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall
Ya bois are still on top! Will this be the beginning of Big E, Kofi & Woods all standing tall on Monday Night Raw?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Street Profits!
Just like Roman Reigns, Jimmy & Jey are on top of the blue brand because they are Bloodline! But will blood prove weaker than smoke when Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins come to tear it all down this #TakebackSeason?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the Profits can pull off a miracle on Sunday!
The teams sort out and Dawkins starts with Jimmy. They circle, tie up, and go around. Dawkins puts Jimmy in the corner, Jimmy turns it around but Dawkins turns it back. Dawkins headlocks, Jimmy powers out but Dawkins runs him over! Jimmy backs off and smiles as Dawkins talks some smack. Jimmy has Dawks back off and they go again. They tie up, Dawkins powers Jimmy back but Jimmy headlocks. Dawkins powers out, ducks and hurdles to then whip Jimmy for a dropkick! Dawkins gets Jimmy back up, whips again and POUNCES him! Cover, TWO! Dawkins stays on Jimmy but Jimmy hits an uppercut! Tag to Jey but Dawkins runs him over!
Dawkins pushes Jey to the corner, tags Ford and they whip Jey for a dropkick from Ford! Dawkins dropkicks Jimmy as he gets in, then the Profits double clothesline the Usos out of the ring! Fans fire up as Ford snarls and fetches Jey into the ring. Fans chant “We Want the Smoke!” as Ford stalks Jey. Ford KICKS Jey in the side, brings him up to CLUB him on the back, then he tackles him down for ground ‘n’ pound! Jey shoves Ford away but Ford is right back on him. Jimmy tags in, Jey whips and Ford jumps but Jimmy KICKS the ribs! Ford drops to his knees, Jimmy shoves him out to stomp him on the apron! The ref counts but Jimmy goes out to RAM Ford into the apron!
Jimmy puts Ford back in, covers, TWO! Jimmy tags Jey and the Usos double suplex to hang Ford out to dry! Ford flops off from his bad ribs hurting him and Jey goes out to tear at the tape! Jey gives Ford a back suplex to the floor! Jey gloats as he looms over Ford and then removes the last of the tape. Jey puts Ford in the ring and looms over Ford as Ford crawls. “We the ones! Damn right!” Jey waistlocks for a BIG back suplex! Dawkins coaches Ford but Jey stays between the Profits. Jey wraps on another waistlock for a rear bearhug. Ford endures and fans rally up for him. Ford fights up to his feet, reaches out but Jey keeps him anchored!
Ford throws forearms but Jey holds onto his other arm! Ford has to throw more forearms but he’s still fingertips away! Jey ROCKS Ford with a forearm and tells fans to hush. Jey back suplexes, Ford lands on his feet then dodges in the corner! Jey POSTS himself, and now both men are down! Jey and Ford crawl, hot tags to Dawkins and Jimmy! Dawkins rallies on the Usos with big forearms and clotheslines! BIG leaping uppercut for Jimmy, FLAPJACK for Jey! CYCLONE SPLASH for Jimmy, CYCLONE SPLASH for Jey! BIG bulldog for Jey and fans fire up with the Curse of Greatness! Jimmy throws Dawkins out and ENZIGURIS him down!
Jimmy builds speed to DIVE, into Dawkins’ arms! For an EXPLODER! Jey runs in but into a forearm! Dawkins RAMS Jey into barriers, goes back after Jimmy and dumps him out. Jimmy ROCKS Dawkins, climbs up top, but Dawkins ROCKS Jimmy! Dawkins climbs up to join Jimmy, gets him up and hits a SUPERPLEX! Roll through to the CASH OUT! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives but Dawkins keeps his focus. Tag to Ford and Dawkins gets Jimmy up. Ford does his best to climb up the corner as Dawkins has the Electric Chair. BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY!! Ford crawls to the cover, TWO!! Ford winces as he clutches ribs but he brings Jimmy up.
Jimmy headbutts the ribs! Dawkins tags in and gets Jimmy, but Jimmy HEADBUTTS! Tag to Jey, Jimmy swings on Dawkins but Dawkins runs into a DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins still lives but Jey shakes his head. Jey says this is it, and he stalks Dawkins back to the corner. Jey dares Dawkins to get up and then he throws haymakers! Jey runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Ford tags in fast as Jey gloats, Jey runs back in and Dawkins moves! GAMANGIRI! ANOINTMENT! FROM THE HEAVENS but onto knees!! Cover, TWO!?! Deja vu from Friday! Ford gets a ghost pin, TWO! SUPERKICK, FRONT KICK, ENZIGURI!!
Dawkins tags in, he gets Jey up and Electric Chair lifts Jey. Ford is back up top but slowly. Jey slips off to shove Dawkins into Ford! Ford hits buckles with ribs! Jey SUPERKICKS Dawkins, tag to Jimmy! USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Dawkins barely survives and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Jimmy crawls over to his corner. Dawkins slowly flounders up as Jey tags in. The Usos both run in but are both dumped out! Ford tags in again before the Usos drag Dawkins out to RAM him into barriers! Ford CANNONBALLS onto them both!! Ford gets Jey in, climbs up top, and leaps FROM THE HEAVENS!! But the ribs! Ford flounders to a cover, JIMMY BREAKS IT!
All four men are down and the fans are loving this! Jimmy drags himself back to the Uso corner as Jey sits up. Ford gets up but his ribs keep him down. Jey tags Jimmy, the Usos regroup again and they aim at Ford. But Dawkins saves Ford to take the DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Ford throws Jey out, sunset flips on Jimmy, TWO!! SUPERKICK to the ribs! Tag to Jey, the Usos both aim, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Tag back to Jimmy and each Uso takes a corner! DOUBLE UCE SPLASH!! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
Even as beat up as Ford was, he and Dawkins almost had the titles back around their waists! But “almost” isn’t enough, The Usos can still say #WeTheOnes at the top of the SmackDown Tag Division! Is there any stopping the Bloodline’s dominance on the blue brand?
Bobby Lashley is furious backstage.
“Big E, you’re a coward!” From winning the world title with the MITB cash-in to tonight’s Six Man, Big E is a chicken SH*T! He dares Big E to fight him 1v1 like a man! He dares Big E to put the title up on the line on Raw! Lashley wants the title back!! But will all his rage be enough to take it back?
Raw Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Alexa Bliss!
The Queen doesn’t play with dolls and she doesn’t play other people’s mind games. But will Twisted Lil’ Bliss (and Lily) show that this isn’t just a game when she ruins all of Charlotte’s fun?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and win or lose, it’s playtime for evil little Lexi!
Charlotte and Alexa slowly circle and stare down while the fans rally up. Charlotte won’t stand for fans chanting, “Let’s Go, Bliss!” The two tie up, Charlotte shoves Alexa down then gloats. Fans boo but Alexa slithers and crawls. Alexa dodges Charlotte, tilt-o-whirls for a headscissor then a dropkick! Alexa hurries to get a facelock but Charlotte slips out of the DDT! Charlotte runs in but the boot is put on the ropes! Alexa kicks Charlotte out of the ring, goes to the apron and CANNONBALLS Charlotte down! Alexa then stands on the steel steps to smile as Ohio cheers their hometown hero. Charlotte gets in the ring, Alexa follows to then dodge and spider-woman in the ropes.
Alexa then leaps but into Charlotte’s arms! BACKBREAKER to a SLAM! Charlotte dribbles Alexa off the mat, then she puts Alexa on the ropes to choke her! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off at 4 then backs off to bring Alexa around. CHOP, CHOP and- Alexa ducks! Charlotte tilt-o-whirls for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Charlotte stomps Alexa towards a corner, then stands on her back while pulling on her arms! Alexa endures but Charlotte sits Alexa up to dig her boot in deeper. Fans rally, Alexa grits her teeth and fights to her feet! Alexa twists under to kick Charlotte in the leg! JAWBREAKER! Charlotte stays up to kick Alexa down, then she gets an inverted Gory Especial!
Alexa endures being upside-down and stretched back! Alexa gets her hands free to throw elbows, then she sits up to punch! Charlotte turns Alexa around, but Alexa RANAS her into buckles! Both women are down but the fans fire up! Charlotte sits up, Alexa runs in but into a BACKBREAKER and BUCKLE SHOT! Charlotte turns things back around but she isn’t done there. She shakes her head as she climbs up top, but Alexa trips her up! Charlotte hits buckles again, then Alexa SHOTGUNS her out of the ring! Alexa keeps moving but Charlotte catches the baseball slide into a swinging SLAM into the barriers! Alexa is down in a heap as a ring count climbs.
Charlotte mocks the fans booing her, so they just boo harder. Charlotte puts Alexa in the ring at 5 of 10, covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! A high stack, TWO! Alexa still lives and frustrates Charlotte. Fans rally behind Alexa and Charlotte is furious. But Alexa gets her in a cradle! TWO, and Charlotte CLOBBERS Alexa! Charlotte drags Alexa around, steps on her on the way to the corner, then climbs up again. Charlotte steadies herself for a MOONSAULT! Alexa moves so Charlotte STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte slithers and stalks Alexa, NATURAL- NO! Alexa slips out to ROCK Charlotte with a forearm! ROLLING SENTON! Cover, TWO into ghost pin! TWO!
Charlotte rolls Alexa gain, TWO to a dead lift POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! The Queen is beside herself as Alexa still lives! Charlotte goes up again, MOONSAULT into boots! Alexa hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Alexa almost had Charlotte and is frustrated with how far she still has to go! Alexa shoves Charlotte to a drop zone and she goes up top now. Alexa sees Charlotte crawling over so she stomps her down. Alexa puts Charlotte back in the zone, goes back up, and TWISTED BLISS FLOPS!! Charlotte gets the legs but Alexa gets the cradle again, TWO!! Alexa reels Charlotte in, DDT!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Alexa was close to the win but too close to the ropes!
Alexa huffs and Charlotte grabs Lily!? Alexa is stunned Charlotte would do that! Charlotte throws Lily then BOOTS Alexa down! But Charlotte isn’t done, she POSTS Alexa then throws her down! NATURAL SELECTION!! Cover, Charlotte wins!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)
Charlotte didn’t play around but she still touched Alexa’s toys! Charlotte kicks Alexa out to join Lily, then she grabs Lily again! The Queen wants to add insult to injury as she tears an ARM off Lily! And then the LEGS! And lastly, the HEAD! Lily is little more than an empty cloth with stuffing all over the floor! But Alexa jumps on and attacks! Alexa’s fury clubs away on Charlotte then KICKS her out! THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Charlotte kicks her away to then RAM her into the apron! And TOSSES her over the announce desk! Fans want a table spot but Charlotte washes her hands of this, so to speak. Will the Queen continue to reign over Raw and ruin everyone else’s fun?
As for Alexa, she drags herself up and over the desk. She sees what’s left of Lily and roars in anger! She throws off her hair ties and flips the lid off the desk. Alexa goes to pick up the pieces of Lily and does her best to put her back together. Will Alexa make Charlotte pay for what she did to her best imaginary friend?
Heyman is on the phone backstage.
He is happy to be on the same page for the 2021 WWE Draft. It’ll be the biggest draft yet and- Oh, Kayla is here. She wants to know who he’s talking to. Heyman says he’ll call them back in two, er, maybe one minute? Okay, thanks. SO who was that? Oh sorry Mommy, does he need permission to use the phone? Is it jealousy that it’s another journalist? Does she think he’s talking to other women on the phone? She probably thinks it’s Lesnar, right? So what if it is? Is he not allowed to? He is Special Counsel, shouldn’t he cover all the bases? There are deals to negotiate at all times!
Usos come by to say hey, and Heyman says he has to go. Call you later. Will Heyman be able to keep playing all sides until it all falls apart?
WWE United States Championship Triple Threat: Damian Priest VS Sheamus VS Jeff Hardy!
The Archer of Infamy is really rolling the dice on this one! He has two targets in this match who can both hit him first! Will the Fella regain the US title in this extra large fight? Or will the Charismatic Enigma pull off a shocker to finally get some gold again?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Priest can #LiveForever with the odds not in his favor!
Fans are fired up for Hardy but Sheamus KNEES him down at the bell! Sheamus wants him and Priest to be 1v1 so Priest fires off forearms and body shots! Priest bumps Sheamus off buckles then winds up for a BIG uppercut! Priest whips, Sheamus reverses but Priest dodges to KICK and KICK and ROLLING ELBOW! Priest clotheslines Sheamus and himself out of the ring! Priest gets up to RAM Sheamus into barriers! Sheamus staggers away but Priest follows after and ROCKS him with uppercuts and forearms! Priest throws more hands, CLUBS Sheamus down, then stomps him against the barriers! Fans fire up with Priest as he gets Sheamus up again.
Sheamus throws body shots, Priest ROCKS Sheamus again, but Hardy LEAPS in! Hardy hits Priest into the barriers but Sheamus DECKS Hardy! Sheamus RAMS Hardy into barriers then catches his breath. Sheamus gets Hardy up, fireman’s carries but Hardy fights free. Hardy is on the apron, he boots Sheamus away and LEAPS! Down goes Sheamus! Hardy fires up and fans fire up with him as he bumps Sheamus off barriers, then off the apron. Sheamus hits back, Priest FLIES in outta nowhere! Down go both Sheamus and Hardy, then Priest puts Hardy in the ring. Priest stomps Sheamus down and clubs away on him for good measure before returning to the ring himself.
Priest runs corner to corner to back elbow Hardy, then keeps going to back elbow Sheamus! Back to Hardy, then Priest BROKEN ARROWS! Cover, Sheamus breaks it! Sheamus EuroUppers Priest, Priest whips him out of the ring. Fans want tables but Sheamus drags Priest out. They brawl again, Priest spins but into Sheamus’ scoop! Sheamus LAWN DARTS Priest into a post! Sheamus seethes and he goes back to the ring. Hardy attacks Sheamus in the ropes, whips but Sheamus reverses to scoop and IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! The Fella soaks up the heat while Hardy flounders to a corner. Sheamus stomps Hardy, drags him back up and reels him in for a short arm clothesline!
Priest returns but Sheamus KNEES him back out of the ring! Sheamus tells Hardy that the fans love him, but Hardy throws body shots. Hardy whips, Sheamus reverses but Hardy kicks back! Hardy runs but into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Sheamus shouts, “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?” Fans boo but Sheamus sees Priest on the apron. Sheamus CLUBS Priest, then turns him around for forearms to the back. Priests resists but Sheamus still gives him Beats of the Bodhrain. Priest blocks at 5, elbows and turns things around. Priest staggers, but he kicks a leg out. Priest hits Beast but Sheamus HOTSHOTS him away! But Hardy SHOTGUNS Sheamus outta nowhere!
Hardy gets up, Sheamus throws hands but Hardy counter punches! Hardy whips, Sheamus reverses but Hardy knocks him down! Atomic drop, leg trip to leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick and a SPLASH onto knees! Sheamus knew that one well and gets a cover, TWO! Sheamus scoops, Hardy slips out, Russian Leg Sweep! Leg hook clutch! Cover, Priest breaks it! Priest runs in but Hardy elbows him away. Sheamus runs in but gets a forearm! Hardy goes up, DOUBLE WHISPER IN THE WIND! Hardy hurries to cover Sheamus, TWO! Hardy keeps his cool, he runs in and basement dropkicks Sheamus in the corner! Sheamus gasps, Hardy goes up for the HARDYAC- BOOT!
Sheamus aims, runs in and Alabama lifts for an ALABAMA SLAMA! Sheamus’ mask even flew off! Cover, TWO!! Hardy is still in this but Sheamus goes after the legs! CLOVERLEAF! Hardy endures but reaches around. Hardy crawls over, ROPEBREAK! No disqualifications so Sheamus doesn’t have to let go, though! Priest drags Sheamus off with a chinlock to the bad nose! Sheamus throws body shots, Priest ROCKS him with a right! Priest runs in at the corner but is put on the apron. Priest dodges the forearm to ROUNDHOUSE back! Tornado- WHITE NOISE! Cover, but Hardy dropkicks things apart! TWIST OF FATE!!
Sheamus falls out, Priest dodges the spinning back kick to BELL CLAP! THE RE- NO! Hardy drags Priest into a dragon sleeper! Priest gets up but gets a TWIST OF FATE! Hardy throws off the shirt and fans fire up with the extreme legend! Hardy goes up top, aims, but Sheamus SHOVES him off! Hardy gets nothing but ropes! Fans boo as Sheamus gloats and then climbs up. Sheamus leaps, mocking all of Hardy’s moves, for a KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Sheamus hurries to kick Hardy back out. Sheamus mocks the applause and says it’s time for it! Sheamus runs in but Priest dodges the Brogue! Priest runs, but into boots from the corner!
Sheamus skins the cat and still gloats, “I still got it!” But Priest choke grips for a SUPER SOUTH OF HEAVEN SLAM!! Cover, Hardy is up top to SWANTON it apart!!! Fans are thunderous for Hardy and he just has to choose a target! Hardy throws hands on Priest but Priest gives them back. Hardy counter punches, kicks and throws more hands but Priest fires a flurry! Hardy ducks the heel kick to give a kick but no Twist! ROUNDHOUSE! Priest gets Hardy up and springboards, but Sheamus comes in to KNEE Priest out of the air! Hardy shoves Sheamus out to cover Priest! TWO!!! Sheamus gets Hardy up but Hardy sunset flips, TWO!! BROGUE!! But Priest rolls Sheamus up, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
The Celtic Warrior and the Charismatic Enigma came within inches of the goal, but it is Priest who keeps the gold! Priest shows respect to Hardy and Hardy shows it back but Sheamus seethes on the ramp. Will the Archer and the Fella run it back again down the road? Or will the Draft have different plans in mind?
Big E responds to Lashley’s challenge!
Lashley’s lost his mind but Big E will help him find it! He doesn’t hide behind anyone! And Lashley should be ashamed talking about bad knees during a cash-in. “Yo ass better get ready when I stand in that ring Monday night, that’s tomorrow,” and DEFENDS the world title! So in other words, Big E has ACCEPTED the challenge! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity show Lashley isn’t All Mighty anymore?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair!
Whether anyone likes it or not, The Man came back and defeated The EST in 26 seconds her very first night back from her maternity leave. But is Bianca about to give us the strongEST, the fastEST and the greatEST comeback from a loss yet? Or will #BigTimeBecks continue to be unapologetic at the top of the SmackDown Women’s Division?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see what the over-under is on revenge!
Becky and Bianca circle and the chants for “E S T!” get on Becky’s nerves already. Becky offers a handshake but Bianca’s seen this before. Bianca swings but Becky gets her in the clinch! But Bianca elbows out hard to torture rack! Becky flails free and bails out fast! Bianca smiles as she waits on Becky and Becky rushes up to the apron at 5 of 10. Becky slowly steps inside as fans rally and duel now, and Bianca blocks her kick! Bianca spins Becky, gets a headlock, and grinds Becky down. Becky fights up, pulls hair then whips Bianca away, only for Bianca to run her over! Bianca keeps moving, Becky drops but Bianca handsprings and sidesteps, but hurdle turns into FLAPJACK!
DISARM- NO, Bianca rolls Becky! TWO and Becky knees low. Becky is mad now but Bianca blocks her whip. Bianca whips Becky hard to a corner, then whips her hard the other way! Bianca scoops Becky for a SLAM, then runs to BIG splash! Cover, TWO! Bianca waits on Becky as she gets up at the ropes. Becky staggers into a corner, fans rally and duel and Bianca bumps Becky off buckles. Bianca bumps Becky off more buckles, but Becky stops the hattrick to turn things around. Becky stomps a mudhole, then brings Bianca out to whip. Bianca goes up and tells Becky to kiss this! Becky seethes, Bianca goes over her and dropkicks her out! Fans are fired up again as Becky fumes at the desk.
Becky tells commentary to shut up about her own thoughts, she has a plan. The ring count climbs, Bianca dares Becky to come back but she refuses. So Bianca goes out and RAMS Becky with a shoulder! Bianca bumps Becky off the apron then puts her in the ring. Becky scrambles away and back to the ropes. Bianca swings but misses, HOTSHOT with help from the ponytail! Becky gets in, NECK SNAPPER! Cover, TWO! Becky gets frustrated but she thinks of another move. She stomps Bianca, KICKS her in the back, and paces about as she fires herself up. “I’m Becky Lynch! I’m the best!” Bianca hits back but Becky CLUBS her down!
Fans rally and duel again as Becky stomps a mudhole into Bianca in a corner. Becky lets off and argues with the ref, then she drags Bianca up to snapmare. Becky runs to drop the leg, brother! And then an elbow drop! Becky taunts the fans, runs again but Bianca avoids the second leg drop! Becky hobbles up and Bianca gets her with a gut wrench! Becky fights free and uses the ponytail to throw Bianca down! Cover, TWO! Becky fumes again and tells fans to shut their faces. Becky CLUBS Bianca, demands fans cheer for the champ, and then she chokes Bianca on the ropes! The ref counts, Becky lets off at 4 and argues with him again.
Becky drags Bianca up, Bianca throws body shots and hits a JAWBREAKER! Becky comes back, Bianca dodges and tilt-o-whirls but Becky goes for an arm! Bianca shoves her away but misses in the corner! Rocket kick, front kick then BECKSPLDOER! Becky hurries to cover, TWO! Becky is surprised but Bianca still writhes on the mat. Becky drags her into a camel clutch but Bianca gets her arms free. Becky thrashes Bianca in the chinlock and stretches her back. Bianca endures, fights up as fans rally and duel again, and Bianca backpacks Becky to RAM her into buckles! Becky holds on, Bianca pops her around to a suplex! Both women are down and a standing count begins.
The count is 5 of 10 before either woman sits up. Bianca and Becky go to opposite ends and drag themselves up the ropes at 7. Becky runs in but into an elbow! Then into a corner! Bianca comes back to run Becky over with shoulders, then forearms and dropkicks! And dropkicks again! Bianca whips Becky, Becky reverses but Bianca goes up and over again to handspring and spin Becky around! Snap suplex, roll through and a STALLING SUPLEX! SLAM and kip up! Fans fire up with Bianca as she goes up to rain down rights! Becky guards as best she can, then slips out before 10 to get the ponytail! It’s a tug-o-war, Bianca uses that to reel Becky in for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up while both women are down again. Becky crawls away to a corner as Bianca slowly sits up. The dueling continues and Bianca goes in. Becky goes up, leaps but Bianca rolls the crossbody through to a dead lift FALL AWAY SLAM! Becky flounders to ropes, Bianca covers, ROPEBREAK!! Bianca feels frustrated much like Alexa was earlier tonight, but that’s the ring general savvy of Big Time Becks. Becky is on the apron but Bianca storms over. Becky suckers her into a KICK, KICK, then climbs up top. Bianca goes up after Becky but Becky shoves her away. Bianca comes back to SHORYUKEN! Bianca then trophy lifts Becky off the top and fans fire up, only for Becky to slip out!
Rolling ghost pin, TWO, DISARM-HER!! Bianca scrambles, reaches, and gets her own ROPEBREAK! Becky holds on until 3, and now feels some frustration of her own. Becky hobbles over to Bianca on the apron and drags her up by the ponytail. Becky wants to bring Bianca in but Bianca uses the ponytail to yank Becky out to join her! Bianca gets Becky with chicken wings, but Becky wheelbarrows Bianca into the steps! Becky shoves Bianca into the ring, goes up top, to drop the MAN’S LEG! Cover, TWO!! Becky can’t believe it but Bianca isn’t the toughEST for nothing! Becky drags Bianca up again, throws her through ropes and then fires off forearms and uppercuts!
Becky kicks Bianca, goes back to the corner, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Again, thoughEST! Becky works to stay calm as Bianca sits up. Becky stands her up, reels her in, but Bianca slips out of the urenage to reel Becky in! Suplex but Becky rolls it to the ARMBAR! Bianca scrambles, clasps hands, turns it to a cover, TWO!! ARMBAR!! Becky wants that arm but Bianca moves around to another high stack! TWO, and a dead lift into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack and it’s deep, TWO!!! Becky survives and Bianca is feeling the frustration! Fans are loving this as both women are down, exhausted from how hard they’ve fought so far.
Bianca gets up first and she drags Becky up to ROCK her with a forearm! Becky snarls but Bianca hits her again. Becky hits back now, but Bianca comes back with a third forearm. Becky hits Bianca, Bianca hits again and again and again! Bianca fires off, Becky shoves her but runs into a O’Conner Roll! TWO, Becky has it with tights! TWO! Bianca runs into a MAN- NO! Roll up, TWO! DISARM-HER!! Bianca flails and scrambles again, but Becky drags her from ropes! Bianca fights to stay up, then turns the armlock into a dead lift torture rack! But is that SAHSA BANKS?! Sasha attacks Bianca!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by disqualification; Becky Lynch retains the title
The Boss saves The Man and stomps away on the EST! Sasha was supposed to be the SummerSlam opponent all along, but she gives Bianca a METEORA! Then a BOOT WASH! The Legit Boss just pulled off the most legit screw job, and her fellow Four Horsewoman gives her a thumbs up. But are things all good between them? NOPE! Sasha tackles Becky because she wants that belt! Bianca comes back but Sasha SLAPS her! BACKSTABBER!! But then Sasha blocks Becky’s kick to KNEE and BACKSTABBER! Is it #BossTime on SmackDown again? Or will Sasha have to make sure the Draft works with her, not against her?
WWE Universal Championship Extreme Rules Match: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS “The Demon” Finn Balor!
The Head of the Table, the Tribal Chief, the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion says he fears no man, but the irony is that he isn’t up against a man tonight. Finn Balor resurrected his dark side in order to humble Roman, but will The Demon be exorcised through extreme measures? Or will Balor relive the past and completely throw off the title’s future?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see what happens on any given Sunday when anything goes!
The fans are fired up as Demon Balor stares down the Tribal Chief. Roman is stoic but Balor is seething already. Roman circles around Balor but Balor keeps his eyes on Roman. They tie up, Roman shoves Balor away but Balor rolls right up to his feet. Balor keeps his eyes on Roman as they circle again. They tie up, Roman powers Balor to a corner but Balor slips out to throw body shots and kicks to the leg. Roman ROCKS Balor with one but Balor stands right up. Roman ROCKS Balor, Balor hits back! Roman keeps hitting but Balor gets stronger! He throws hands but Roman knee slow. Roman scoops, Balor rakes eyes and fish hooks his nose!
Roman drops to a knee, Balor CLAWS him on the back! And KICKS the leg again. Balor KICKS but Roman ROCKS him with an uppercut! Roman checks his face, Balor checks his jaw. Roman fireman’s carries to a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Balor grits his teeth, sits up and Roman seems unsure what to make of this. Fans still want tables but Roman kicks and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Roman goes out and looks under the ring. Roman brings out a kendo stick! Roman says he’ll get what he wants to get, but then wait. Where’d Balor go? Balor rises from the corner, and he has a DEMONIC KENDO STICK! They get in and Balor SMACKS Roman first! And again! And again!
Balor fires up and fans fire up, too! Balor puts down his demon sword to CHOP! Roman doesn’t flinch and he turns things around to point-blank clothesline again and again! Roman gets 5, brings Balor around and throws him out. Roman tells fans that there won’t be tables. Roman goes out, Balor trips him up! Roman’s stuck in the apron skirt and Balor stomps away! Fans fire up, Roman gets free but Balor PENALTY KICKS Roman down! Balor goes looking under the ring now, he finds a TABLE! Fans fire up but Roman LEAPING LARIATS Balor down! Roman says everyone’s a bunch o’ dumbasses. NO table as he puts it away under the ring.
Roman drags Balor up and into the ring, then tosses the demon kendo stick aside. Fans want tables, Roman brings out chairs. Roman JAMS Balor then JAMS him on the mat! And again! And again! Roman taunts fans with the chair because it’s not a table, then he takes aim. Balor trips Roman and DOUBLE STOMPS the chair into Roman’s ribs! Roman bails out, Balor goes out to CHOP Roman, then RAM him into steel steps! The steps pop apart but Balor rains down rights on Roman. Balor brings Roman around to RAM into barriers, then he goes back to find… THE TABLE! Fans are thunderous to finally get what they want as Balor puts the table in the ring.
DRIVE-BY from Roman and Balor hits post! Roman gloats and raises his finger, #HeTheOne who just did that. Roman drags Balor back up, TOSSES him over the timekeeper’s area, then has Heyman hand him something. Is that a mask? Balor flounders, Roman storms over to throw hands! Roman wears the mask so he doesn’t have to worry about contamination as he bounces Balor off the Plexiglas kickoff desk! And then TOSSES him onto it! Balor tumbles back off it as Roman wants Ohio to #AcknowledgeHim! Balor gets up, Roman brings Balor around to put him back on the Plexiglas. Roman climbs up to join Balor but Balor grits his teeth.
Balor stands, Roman reels him in, but Balor fights the Urenage! KOWATA KICKS! Roman hops off the desk but Balor LEAPS! They go CRASHING through a table! Fans get what they wanted one way or another! Balor stands up and drags Roman back up. Balor punches Roman back towards ringside, and even CHOPS him! Roman staggers to the timekeeper’s area and Balor bumps him off barriers. Balor brings Roman around and puts him into the ring. Balor stalks Roman as he crawls, but he sets up the table he brought out before. Roman goes after Balor but gets caught into the ELBOW DROP DDT! Balor still wants to use the table and he stands it up!
Balor brings Roman over but Roman gets him for an URENAGE through the table!! Cover, TWO!! Roman may be the Head of the Table but breaking one didn’t win it for him! Both men are down and writhing as the fans say, “This is Awesome!” Roman stands first, hobbles over to the corner and starts firing himself up. Roman locks ‘n’ loads and takes aim at Balor. Balor stands, Roman runs in, but Balor ducks to CHOP! Balor fires off haymakers, closed fists and all! Roman ROCKS Balor with an uppercut but Balor PELES! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Cover, TWO! Roman is annoyed but Heyman coaches him. “Show him! Make him acknowledge you!”
Roman says “All day, every single day!” Fans rally and duel as Roman pumps up and Balor rises. Roman lets out the battle cry, but runs into a BOOT! Balor runs in to SLINGBLADE! Roman staggers, Balor takes aim with finger guns, but he runs into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?!? AND A LOW BLOW! Taste your own medicine, Roman!! Balor gets in Roman’s face and nods that he did that on purpose! SHOTGUN sends Roman out of the ring! Balor builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Roman! Balor hurries to get Roman into the ring and in a drop zone! Balor goes up top and… COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, but the USOS drag Balor out! The Usos mug the Demon!!
The Usos RAM Balor into barriers, then DOUBLE SUPERKICK him against the barriers! The Usos clear the wreckage from earlier to bring out a third table! The Usos set that up real quick, move the demon sword aside and haul Balor up. The Usos shout out the Shield but Balor fights back! FLAPJACK for Jimmy, SLINGBLADE for Jey! Balor drags Jey up and looks at the announce desk. POWERBOMB through the table!! The Usos are down but Roman SPEARS Balor through the timekeeper’s area!!! Fans are losing their minds as Balor, Roman and the Usos are all down at ringside!! Wait, that heartbeat. Balor spasms, the lights turn red, and Balor stands right back up!!
Balor drags Roman up, POSTS him, then gets chairs! Balor SMACKS Roman and SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS! Roman staggers into a SHOTGUN that puts him through the table!! Balor’s music is playing like an anime fight scene!! Balor puts Roman in, climbs up the corner, COUP! DE! Wait, did the corner just collapse?! Did HEYMAN have something to do with that?! Balor clutches a leg and hobbles back up as Heyman shouts to Roman! SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief continues to survive by the skin of his teeth! Roman feels a higher power may have just saved him from The Demon, but is he really blessed? Or will he feel anything but facing The Beast at Crown Jewel?
Up until the very end there, this was a surprisingly great PPV. Extreme Rules still doesn’t get as extreme as WWE pretends it will, but we still got some great matches. Even Liv VS Mella was allowed to be on the level I had hoped for, in that Mella wasn’t as concerned about her looks and gave Liv a good fight. Liv winning was a given, of course, but this is still great for her. This was at least treated as the top midcard story for the SmackDown Women’s Division, but Liv might still have to wait her turn on titles. Unless the Draft moves her to Raw, and she could step up to Charlotte to finally bring their story full circle.
WWE also did a pretty decent job of setting up a bonus match with the backstage brawl turning into a great Six Man Tag. New Day wins for a great crowd pleasing opener to the main card, and Big E VS Lashley to OPEN Monday Night Raw is big stuff. Yes, it’s also a ratings grab since Vince knows Monday Night Football is happening and wants to give fans who are both into NFL and WWE a reason to watch his show. Big E VS Lashley is also probably so Lashley gets his rematch in, loses, and then could have a fresh start on SmackDown with the Draft moving him over. Lashley could go for Intercontinental Champion for some great stuff with Nakamura, or we could finally get some WWE Heel VS Heel in Lashley VS Roman.
Usos VS Profits was another top level classic tag match and it was a valiant effort with Ford’s bad ribs. But as I said with SmackDown last Friday, it was also pretty clear that Usos were moving on to take on American Alpha. At the same time, the Draft means teams from Raw could move over to challenge the Usos, too, for a fresh start in the Fall. Maybe the Viking Raiders, as they’ve had the Raw Tag Team Championships and aren’t likely to get them back for some time. Then we got a great Raw Women’s Championship match, Charlotte and Alexa definitely sticking to the actual in-ring competition, no tricks from Lily other than she being the major distraction. Charlotte tearing up Lily might send Alexa into an even darker space and we get closer to a Women’s Firefly Fun House match. If only Halloween wasn’t on a Sunday…
The Triple Threat was a great match but I wish they’d chosen to bring out at least kendo sticks or chairs. There were No Disqualifications, they should use it on the PPV named Extreme Rules! But as also expected, Hardy takes the pin in Priest’s win, Sheamus is strong so that if he stays on Raw, he can have one more go at the title. Or if he does move to SmackDown, he at least hasn’t dropped in power level so he can go after Nakamura and the Intercontinental Championship, possibly completing his Grand Slam. In fact, we can even get McIntyre getting the US title on Raw, Sheamus the IC title on SmackDown, the Scottish and Celtic Warriors meet again through Survivor Series’ brand VS brand matches.
Becky VS Bianca was an awesome match, especially with the character work from Becky, and what a surprise that Sasha returned to “ruin” things. Bianca stays strong because it was a controversial end, Sasha returns strong, and Becky is the fortunate and almost cowardly Heel, as WWE tries to make her. I expect that we get something big on Friday as they play up the drama of the Draft moving people around. I would really hope SmackDown gets to keep all three, they make a strong core unit in the title scene. And as I’ve said before, if Nia Jax is moved over with the Draft to join The Bloodline, they can even revisit the origins of The Man.
THE Extreme Rules match was 90% awesome and 10% “DAMN YOU VINCE” but you really taste the last 10%. I recall my analogy of pizza with mayo and grape jelly thrown on it at the last second, and that was Rollins VS The Fiend in Hell in a Cell where attempt at murder was a disqualification. Vince did that, but through his using “divine intervention” or whatever this is to save Roman. How much more protected can Roman be, and how much more arrogant and blasphemous can Vince get? Vince is the storywriter and therefore “god” of the WWE Universe, OF COURSE he watches out for the Tribal Chief. A desk breaking under Ford’s weight, a turnbuckle breaking under Balor’s, and yet I am NOT rooting for Lesnar at Crown Jewel just to stop this farce. They build the Demon up with his “second life” and The Fiend lighting, yet he gets crapped on just like The Fiend was.
My Score: 8.5/10
Andrew’s G1 Climax 31 FINALS Day Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021
Kota Ibushi looks to 3-Peat, Kazuchika Okada looks to win his first G1 in 7 years! Who will win?
Kota Ibushi looks to 3-Peat, Kazuchika Okada looks to win his first G1 in 7 years! Who will win?
So we get a fairly basic card. A few undercard tags, the semi-main contains Shingo and most of the main players not in the Finals. Jeff Cobb goes from a shot in the Finals to the opening match, that’s a big blow to the ego.
There’s a few interesting threads that can be pulled at, but the major draw is the G1 Climax 31 Finals. So let’s get to it!
- Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Kanemaru wins via Boston Crab @8:40 – **
- United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata: Yano wins via Roll-Up @8:29 – **
- House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) w/Dick Togo vs Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @11:20 – * ½
- KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens w/Jado vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Chase wins via Package Piledriver @10:41 – ** ½
- 5 Minute UWF Rules Match::Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr: Time Limit Draw @5:00 – *****
- TenCozy, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi: Shingo wins via Pumping Bomber @12:17 – *** ½
- G1 Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Referee Stoppage @25:37 – *** ¼
Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Commentary doesn’t even really try to hide the fact that these Young Lions are very early in their careers and have no real chance. They are in this match to learn, build endurance and get experience.
Nothing special in this match, they give the Lions a few flash pinfall attempts but again, we all know better. More just moments of surprise cause the Suzuki-Gun duo were playing with their food. Still far too fresh in their training to show anything more than basics, and all I’ll say is, they didn’t embarrass themselves, so that’s a positive.
United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata
So one of the most successful teams and singles wrestlers this year, against a clown and a veteran. I mean Nagata is no slouch, but he’s not in a position to be upsetting two rising stars. Maybe Yano pulls off some thievery, but I’m not really intrigued.
Early on we see the usual Yano stuff of shenanigans and turnbuckle pads going missing. Nagata gets tagged in and we get some real wrestling. However, Cobb and Nagata square off outside when they aren’t the legal men, and Yano executes the miraculous shot to the Ding-Ding, and Rolls-Up O-Khan for the win!
This does continue the weird story between O-Khan and Yano, so at least there’s a thread of story, but it does definitely leave Cobb in a weird spot.
House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) w/Dick Togo vs Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii
Early on SHO starts with the mind games having a CHAOS towel in the ring and wiping his body with it, and being generally mocking. Things start quick, turnbuckle pads are taken off, people get wrapped into ropes and I suppose this is a more tolerable usage of EVIL. House of Torture can torture the 6 man division with bad wrestling and cliché paint by numbers heel work.
Togo uses the garrot on HASHI, but HASHI and Goto manage to hit GYR on EVIL, but Dick Togo of course gets involved to distract the referee. Chairs lay out the CHOAS members, Everything is EVIL on HASHI and yeah yeah, House wins and challenge for the six mans. Ugh.
KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens w/Jado vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Hiroshi Tanahashi
So wait, we get all Bullet Club members against the veteran Hontai Squad? I mean Tanahashi has looked extremely mortal lately, and he’s not really bringing a ton of back up. When Makabe is the second best one on your squad, and he’s barely wrestled this year…you gotta wonder.
Makabe starts things off and we can see his back and waist heavily taped. So it looks like Makabe’s part time schedule could have something to do with injuries. Injured or not, Makabe gets the most of Loa, brings in Honma, then Honma eats some offense from Tama, until Honma counters and lands a big suplex. Tiger Mask IV comes in and actually cleans house, it takes a little bit before Tama does the Double Leapfrog Haku Chop to start taking control.
Bullet Club smacks around Tiger Mask until KENTA eats a Tiger Driver (ironic, I’m aware) and then Tanahashi gets tagged in. Tanahashi works to get a measure of revenge on the Bullet Club, but then we get some spam moments. G.o.D. tries to take out Makabe, but Makabe wipes out G.o.D. easily. Makabe brings in Honma, Honma takes it to Chase Owens, but no avail. A missed Kokeshi, a blocked Brainbuster attempt, and then C Trigger into Package Piledriver gives Chase the win.
Chase looks to be setting up a challenge, but KENTA blindsides Tanahashi with the belt. KENTA and Chase play tug of war a little, Chase tells KENTA he pinned him, KENTA says he doesn’t care, and Chase relents. He says KENTA can get the first shot, but he got next.
5 Minute UWF Rules Match: Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr
This…this is amazing. Shibata gets his first match in 4 years, and it’s against the most perfect wrestler for Shibata to have a technical and safe exhibition match.
Since its UWF this is usually done in a points system like the old IMPACT Grand Championship. But a 1 round exhibition doesn’t allow for anything beyond a Draw, but this is wonderful. It’s a technical marvel with counters, submissions, references to Inoki’s classic on the ground pose that we saw Great-O-Khan reference back to during the G1. This is just a great moment, and hard to do any real play by play, but it’s a technical marvel. Hell, Shibata looks better than he ever has.
WAIT – After the match Shibata says “Next time I’m in the ring, I will be in my ring gear”. He punctuates the line with a hard flat back bump and a kip up. …Shibata is back? SHIBATA IS BACK?!
TenCozy, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi
Taguchi and Hiromu start off with a good bit of comedy, before everyone not named Tenzan starts doing the Mongolian Chops, much to Tenzan’s chagrin. Wato has some nice spots early before LIJ do their wonderful Bum Rush. BUSHI comes in, uses the shirt and then LIJ starts dominating Wato. Wato manages to get a little space and get Kojima in and we get Machine Gun Chops on SANADA in the corner!
Hiromu tries to block it, gets shoved in the corner for his own chops, BUSHI tries to stop it, and gets put in the corner for the Triple Stacker of Chops. Shingo looks, and then drops off the apron and decides he’s just gonna let them play. Shingo does cut off Kojima before he does his signature Elbow, so Shingo didn’t ignore his team, just decided he wasn’t gonna fall into the dumb spot.
Signature spams, LIJ pain train, signature spam again, and then we get solid call backs. Shingo and Tenzan are the last two, Shingo uses Mongolian Chops, Tenzan responds in his own way. Some haymakers thrown, a Headbutt from Tenzan, the attempted Flying Headbutt, but Shingo cuts him off, Pumping Bomber, and Shingo wins!
G1 Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada
So they feel each other out early, and have the usual fast pace wild swings that get dodged and end in a small rest moment where they just smile and absorb the energy of the match. Before Ibushi can really get anything going, the arrogance of the Rainmaker returns. Very deliberate shots, perfectly rolling through his Slingshot Senton, and his single foot Dropkick. It’s really interesting to see Okada reverting back to his old self. The 2017 form is further exemplified by Shibata’s return since it helps to bring everyone back to “brighter days”.
Okada goes for his corner Hip Attack, but now Ibushi gets to start a comeback. Dropkick, Roundhouse Kicks, Standing Moonsault and Okada powders. After some fighting on the outside, Okada takes control again and hits a DDT on the ramp, which has Ibushi pretty much out. Okada waits in the ring until about 18, before he decides that’s not how he wants to win. Drags Ibushi in, tries the Money Clip, Ibushi won’t go in comfortably, Okada rocks him, whips him into the ropes, hits the Million Dollar Dropkick, and finally gets the Money Clip sunk in. Okada is in a different aggressive form that we haven’t seen since 2018 when his nearly 2 year title reign ended and he went balloon crazy.
Savage Elbow, Rainmaker Pose, Zoom Out…Wind up…Rainmaker misses and Ibushi returns with his own Lariat turning Okada inside out. Now they stand up for the strike exchange. Okada falls into an old Nakamura trap, where he starts winning the exchange, taunts the challenger and gets rocked. Ibushi grins, hits the Frankensteiner sending Okada to Powder. So now it’s Moonsault time for Ibushi, and lands perfectly on Okada.
Going back inside, Ibushi looks for Kamigoye, Okada blocks and then ducks the Round Kick, goes for a Backslide, but Ibushi rolls through and kicks Okada. Okada then eats a V Trigger and a Kamigoye…but it’s only 2! Okada flips Ibushi over when he attempts another Kamigoye, Double Legged Cradle, but ibushi kicks out. They lay each other out, Ibushi crawls to the top rope, Phoenix Splash and…Ibushi lands weird. He immediately grabs his arm, Red Shoes goes over to Ibushi, and after a few moments Red Shoes calls for the bell.
Okada wins the G1 off of Ibushi missing the Phoenix Splash and possibly dislocating his right arm.
Overall Score: 7.25/10
There’s a dark poetry in the ending to this year’s G1. Starting with Naito’s injury and ending with Ibushi’s injury, just makes this a fairly cursed year which plays into the cursed aspect of this World Heavyweight Championship. In a way, this works out for the best since if this tournament was supposed to make a newer wrestler and ended the same way, there would always be an asterisk. But it’s Okada, he’s a proven commodity and no one will really question his victory. I really appreciated the fact that he always loomed close while Ibushi was struggling with the doctor and through his injury. He held his hand many times, even seemed to tell him it’s fine, we’ll do it correctly 1 more time in the future.
Katsuyori Shibata returns, Kazuchika Okada returns to the a level of prominence by winning the G1 Climax 31 and this is a nice way to remind people of the names that many of the current crop of IWC fans know. New Japan grew quickly because of AJ Styles and Kenny Omega’s Bullet Clubs, but in the last few years we’ve seen many of the names we know fall to the back or go to different companies. This could be a return to form finally for New Japan.
Even if it ended off a failed Phoenix Splash, it could help New Japan rise from the ashes of community favor like a Phoenix.
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021
Bound for Glory is on Saturday! How does IMPACT! hype us up for one of their crowning PPVs of the year?!
We get to see Mickie in an IMPACT ring for the first since 2015, Heath tries to get answers out of Rhino and we’ll probably see a lot of Josh Alexander and Christian Cage fleshing out the last little bits of the World Title match.
Aside from that, do we get anything of note to talk about, or is it just an appetizer for the real show on Saturday?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 22, 2021
- Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice: NO CONTEST/Double Pinfall – ***
- Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve: Tenille wins via Spotlight Kick – ***
- Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Mick DDT – *** ¼
- Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel: Miguel wins via Meteora – ** ¾
The Insiders Stream on YouTube didn’t start until about 9:00pm, I’m not sure why IMPACT constantly has issues, but YouTube is not a hard platform to utilize. These delays are inane and embarrassing.
Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice
Bey and Leo try some trickery early, but Finlay keeps pace. When Leo gets back into the match he starts throwing Finlay around a bit, which opens up opportunity for Bey. Bey looks to get flashy, but Finlay manages to get Juice in and Juice comes in hot. He nearly flips Bey out of the ring, takes Leo off the apron and tags in Finlay for some tandem work.
Leo breaks up the pinfall and then throws out Juice. Finlay grabs Bey in a Backbreaker/STO combination but Bey’s feet bump the referee. Leo chokeslams Finlay, puts Bey on top, but it takes the new referee too long to show up and it’s only a two count. We see Hikuleo trying to finish things, while the new referee tries to wake up the original referee. Leo gets double teamed, Juice Rolls Up Leo and then Bey Rolls Up Finlay, both referees count a 3 count for the different pinfalls. So we get a little call back to Beer Money and Motor City Machine Guns if we’re staying within TNA Universe.
This will probably end up a triple threat, unlike the MCMG/Beer Money double pinfall which ended in overtime.
There’s a long segment with Josh Alexander giving us his story. It’s not a bad segment, but the only advantage to the show starting late means I got to rewind for the match and speed through most of this. Alexander is a great story, but I already mostly know it, and would really like to see him win at Bound for Glory. Get the title back on a wrestler on the actual IMPACT roster.
Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve:
This is a Digital Media Championship preliminary match. I find it interesting that there’s 3 men and 3 women. So instead of one or two for “inclusion” it’s actually an even spread. The way the teams are broken apart is interesting too where it’s Power vs Crazy vs Opportunistic.
The gimmicks actually paid off in the match. Jodynne massacred kids, but then things started to get a little messy. Fallah gets a handle on things, squishes the world, and then looks to BAHHnzai Drop on Tenille but Kaleb gets involved. A little more confusion, Steve hits King Kill 33 on Fallah, but Skyler pulls Steve out of the ring. Tenille hits the Spotlight Kick and the Opportunistic team win because well…there was an opportunity.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 22, 2021
Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James
Mickie takes a moment to absorb the accolades from the crowd first, and then we see a quick strategy twist. Savannah looks for a few Haymakers and using her reach to her advantage, where Mickie just finds a few quick strikes and interesting angles to land some offense. Mickie looked to be building some momentum, and then Tasha got involved.
Savannah starts to dominate after the assist from her second. Big Bear Hug in the middle has Savannah just ragdolling Mickie until she can land a few choice Forearms. Mickie fights out, Sole Butts, a few nice attacks and Mickie hits the Avalanche Thesz Press, but only a 2 count. Deonna’s music plays as Savannah kicks out, Mickie is distracted and then we see Savannah lay in some big shots. The Full Nelson Bomb only gets Savannah a 2. Mick Kick rocks Mickie and then Mick DDT for the win. Hardcore Country wins the match.
Deonna walks down, mouths off…actually pushes Mickie…so I’m confused about the no contact clause…but then Rehwoldt shows up behind Mickie and wipes her out.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 22, 2021
Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel
The Sauce against the other guy who can’t speak but likes to try to use food analogies and sucks at it, aka, Trey Miguel. He’s like a Young Will Ospreay with less ability to talk…so no upside at the moment cause Ospreay was pretty awful up until a year or two ago.
So this is just a lot of counters, blocks, Arm Wringers, not much direct offense, just a lot of choreographed spots. This feels like a much slower paced version of a Ricochet/Ospreay match from 2016. Zayne is a more fluid wrestler, and he just makes everything look good. Miguel does a weird Cradled Octopus but Zayne responds with a Handspring Frankensteiner, as an early highlight spot.
Miguel in Ospreay fashion hits the Cheeky Nandos, into the corner stuck Tiger Feint, Meteora and Trey wins.
Thankfully Maclin attacks Trey after the match so I feel generally better. Bullet Club comes out and take out both Maclin and Trey. El Phantasmo just baby faced himself in my house.
Show ends with the usual talking segment hyping the World Title match. Alexander gets a “You Deserve It” from the crowd and portrays himself as the everyman fighting for his boys. Christian’s music hits and Captain Charisma vacuum shows up to stir a pot that doesn’t need to be stirred.
Christian taking the experienced thrives under pressure condescending veteran angle is…annoying. Like I said a few weeks ago, the boxes they are trying to play in, I don’t love. Alexander does flip the script nicely talking about how people classified him as nothing more than a Tag Team guy, and “sounding familiar” strikes a chord with Christian. Small scuffle as Christian tries to snip back, but it’s fairly paint by numbers.
Overall Score: 5/10
Low key? This was a pretty lame episode for an Impact Go Home. The matches weren’t really anything special, with the most happening during Pick Your Poison, but it effectively being a non-issue. The YouTube delay of course hurt my enjoyment of the show, but even without the delay, I don’t really feel like this would’ve registered much higher on my scale.
I am looking forward to Bound for Glory because of who’s in the matches, but this episode didn’t help sell it. Thankfully it’s already sold out, and most people probably decided if they were purchasing it by now.
When it comes down to it, I’m expecting quite a few title changes, even though I’m figuring that Mickie’s involvement is more of a one off to give the rub to younger talent and cement her dominant reign. Alexander I would love to see win the belt and The IInspiration would do wonders and put an immediate spotlight on a division that has floundered behind a lack of real teams and no real direction.
So I’ll see all of you on Saturday for Bound for Glory!
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