One last SmackDown before Survivor Series!
Before being teammates for SmackDown at Survivor Series, Sasha Banks and Shotzi Blackheart look to settle the score and #TCB, Take Care o’ Business!
- Team SmackDown Survivor Series Qualifier: Sheamus VS Cesaro VS Jinder Mahal VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins and joins Team SmackDown.
- Aliyah & Naomi VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya; Shayna & Natalya win.
- Jeff Hardy VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; Hardy wins.
- Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs VS Angel Garza w/ Humberto Carrillo; Nakamura wins.
- Sasha Banks VS Shotzi Blackheart; Sasha wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown opens with The Usos already in the ring.
The SmackDown Tag Team Champions have the crown, throne and scepter on display. Jimmy says the Tribal Chief will be out here soon, and do they have a surprise for him! But before that, they gotta get to this. Big E, the Bloodline showed up on Raw and sent a message loud and clear. They about to do the same thing to RKBRO at Survivor Series! Yeah, that’s right! The Usos hear voices in their heads, and they’re saying, “We the ones.” Then we’ll see who runs the WWE! Tonight, you’ll see who is the one true king! The Head of the Table! The Tribal Chief! Your Tribal KING! Their cousin, the Universal Champion, ROMAN! REEEEIGNS!
Roman makes his way out, Paul Heyman carrying the belt for him. Heyman hands the belt over so Roman can raise it up for the pyro. Then they continue to the ring, Heyman holding the title up as a banner. The Bloodline all hold up the finger to the sky, then Roman gets the belt again for the second round of pyro. Heyman fetches a mic for Roman and Roman sees the throne, scepter and crown. Roman asks Heyman what this is about but Heyman says he’s so overwhelmed. This has been in the works all week for him. “There is no one, no one, in the history of WWE that deserves to be crowned the king as much as the Head of the Table, the Tribal Chief, the Tribal King, Roman Reigns.”
Heyman knows in his heart that everyone here will agree that the distinction of king surely doesn’t belong to Xavier Woods. And it sure as hell will never belong to BRRROCK. LESNARRR. And it will never belong to someone like Big E, who will be smashed this Sunday by the Tribal King, Roman Reigns. “Because at Survivor Series, what chance-” Roman cuts Heyman off to ask for the mic, which Heyman hands over. “Whose idea was this?” Uh… Heyman points to the Usos, and the Usos point at each other. Roman says this must be a joke. They don’t really think that he cares about this stuff, do they? They don’t think he needs this, do they?
No no no. He puts in the hard work, earns the respect, “Hartford! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Fans are divided, but Roman says the only reason he took the crown last week is because he can. But here comes Xavier Woods! The rightful King of the Ring doesn’t have his cape, because he doesn’t have his crown, but he does have a mic. “Roman. All of those things that you have in the ring right now, those material things, those belong to me.” But those things do not make a king. What makes a king is knowing that you are to do good for the WWE Universe. And if you were a king, then based on what Roman did last week, he’d come out here and look Woods in the eyes as a man so they can settle this.
But that’s not Roman’s MO, is it? Then let’s sweeten the pot. Woods challenges Roman to be out here without his goons, “The Wet Bandits,” Roman looks Woods face to face and Woods shows him what a real king is made of. Roman says Woods is telling Roman that he doesn’t care about this stuff? It doesn’t mean anything? Then Jey takes the cape and blows his nose in it before throwing it down form Roman to wipe his shoes on. It doesn’t matter? No. Then Jey takes the scepter and BREAKS it! Is Woods sure this stuff doesn’t matter? Jey and Jimmy SMASH the throne! And then stomp it, then throw it out of the ring! Roman is laughing and says Woods looks pretty upset.
Last but not least, the crown! Jimmy SMASHES the pedestal, Jey gets ready to smash the crown, but Roman has Jey hand it over first. Roman will ask one more time: Is Woods sure that the crown doesn’t mean anything? Woods has a tear in his eye, Roman puts the crown down on the mat, and he raises a foot. Woods rushes in! Woods gets mugged 2v1! Roman laughs as the Usos rain down on Woods in a corner. Then they drag Woods over and make him watch. Roman says he is the ONLY king around here. He doesn’t need props. “I’m the one.” He STOMPS the crown, and tears it up, then smacks Woods off one of the pieces!
Fans boo but Roman smiles as the Bloodline stands tall. Will Roman still take Woods up on his 1v1 challenge for later tonight? Or will the fallen King of the Ring be without his retribution?
Backstage interview with Xavier Woods backstage.
Obviously a very difficult situation, but where does he go from here? Where does he go?! He goes to the ring later tonight to take on Roman. The “Roman Empire” wasn’t built in a day, but it will fall tonight! The king is not defeated just yet, but will Roman even care to face him again?
Team SmackDown Survivor Series Qualifier: Sheamus VS Cesaro VS Jinder Mahal VS Ricochet!
The Fella is back for a big fight! But will he be the one joining Drew McIntyre, Jeff Hardy, Xavier Woods & “Happy Corbin” in the battle for brand supremacy? Or will another rise up to take Sami Zayn’s spot?
SmackDown returns and the One and Only Ricochet makes his entrance. The Modern Day Maharaja is already in the ring, as is the Swiss Cyborg. The bell rings, Ricochet rushes Sheamus but is put in a corner while Mahal and Cesaro brawl. Mahal puts Cesaro in the opposite corner, he and Sheamus fire off hands and stomps. Cesaro kicks and EuroUppers. Sheamus turns around to see his old buddy in The Bar. Mahal storms up on Cesaro but Cesaro DECKS him! Sheamus CLOBBERS Cesaro, then gives a thumbs down. Ricochet fires off on Sheamus but Sheamus throws body shots. Sheamus scoops, Ricochet sunset flips, TWO!
Ricochet gets up but Mahal BOOTS him down! Cesaro EuroUppers Sheamus in a corner! Mahal stomps away on Ricochet then CLUBS away on Cesaro. Mahal and Sheamus mug Cesaro. Ricochet goes after Mahal and Sheamus but gets mugged, too. Shanky cheers Mahal on while Sheamus throws Cesaro out. Mahal throws Ricochet out to the apron and drags him up to set him up for Sheamus’ Beats of the Bodhrain! But Mahal rolls Sheamus up! TWO, and Mahal grins while wanting Sheamus to keep cool. But the two of them brawl with big hands, Sheamus knees low and EuroUppers again. Mahal staggers, Sheamus whips, Mahal kicks Sheamus back.
Mahal whips, Sheamus reverses and sends Mahal to the apron. Sheamus KNEES Mahal in the ropes, turns him around and gives Mahal Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus gets all 10, then reverse HOTSHOTS Mahal away! But Cesaro returns to trip Sheamus! Sheamus knows what’s coming and he kicks Cesaro away! Ricochet springboards to missile dropkick! Then he dodges Cesaro to tilt-o-whirl and headscissor! Cesaro ends up outside with everyone else, Ricochet kips up! Fans fire up, Ricochet builds speed, and he FLIES! Direct hit onto all three opponents and fans are fired up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Cesaro has Ricochet stuck on the ropes while Mahal fights Sheamus off. Sheamus and Ricochet each keep trying to climb up, but Cesaro turns things around on Ricochet. Ricochet resists, Mahal has knocked Sheamus down but Sheamus trips Mahal up! Sheamus and Cesaro each have Mahal and Ricochet, SUPERPLEX from the Fella! SUPER STEINER from Ricochet! All four men are down and fans fire up! Ricochet is up first and fans rally behind him. Sheamus stands, blocks Ricochet’s boot and clotheslines him in the corner! Sheamus scoops Ricochet but Ricochet turns it to a TORNADO DDT!
STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Mahal breaks it! Mahal fireman’s carries to a GUTBUSTER DROP! Cesaro SPINEBUSTERS Mahal, and fans go nuts! SWISS WING! They go around and around and get past 10, then 20! 25 rotations, and Cesaro gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Mahal endures, Shanky calls to him, and they get the ropebreak, but there’s no disqualifications! Ricochet WRECKS Shanky, then KICKS Cesaro! Cesaro lets go of Mahal to block a kick, but Ricochet ENZUGIRIS! Mahal clutches Ricochet but Ricochet sips out to RECOIL! Mahal is down, Ricochet goes up and fans are thunderous! Ricochet 630!! BROGUE from Sheamus!! Cover on Mahal, but Cesaro breaks it!
Sheamus staggers up, Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper in the corner, then fire off boxing shots. Cesaro whips corner to corner, but Sheamus BOOTS him down! Sheamus skins the cat to the top rope, leaps, but into a EUROUPPER! Cesaro reels Sheamus in, but here comes RIDGE HOLLAND! Sheamus’ number one fan is here, and Sheamus back drops Cesaro in the distraction! Sheamus aims, and Cesaro ducks the brogue! Roll up, TWO!! Holland is up, he swings but misses and then has to scramble away! BROGUE from Sheamus!! Cover, Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall (joins Team SmackDown at Survivor Series)
Sheamus celebrates with Northern Grit, seeing how his biggest fan helped him get this big win! Will
Backstage with Jeff Hardy.
Kayla asks the Charismatic Enigma about entering his sixth Survivor Series 5v5 match. Over the years, he’s teamed with some incredible superstars. Cerebral Assassins, Big Red Machines, legendary luchadores, and serious Showstoppers. But no one is like Drew McIntyre. That guy is in a league of his own. And it doesn’t matter what Roman says, Woods is the real king because Woods is the real deal. Woods will find a way to bring the Tribal Chief some tribal grief. And Sheamus is one rugged son of a bitch, and if he works as hard as the others, he’ll be a great contribution to the team.
But then you’ve got “Happy” Corbin, who lives in his own world. He only thinks about himself, and you never know what might happen. But Corbin and “Mad Cap” Moss are here to cheer “Jeffrey” up. Moss asks, “How does Jeff Hardy decide which face paint to use? He asks himself, ‘What goes well with a redneck.” So this is what we’re doing? Adam Pearce says he wants the team to win, but there’s no place for this attitude. Corbin is part of the team, so Pearce advises him to act like it. And Moss, everything’s a joke to you? Well let’s see if you’re still laughing after you’ve faced Hardy. Hardy laughs right at Moss, and then leaves. Will Moss learn he’s the butt of the joke tonight?
Backstage interview with Sheamus & Ridge Holland.
Megan congratulations Sheamus on joining Team SmackDown, but- He asks if she saw that! This fella here believes in Sheamus! You’ve heard what Holland has been saying! About how Sheamus is an inspiration! How he’s the greatest! How watching Sheamus made Holland want to be a WWE superstar! Hearing that almost brings a tear to his eye. NOT! Holland says that if it weren’t for Sheamus, Holland would be broke and fighting bums on the street. If anyone on the roster has a problem with what happened tonight, go find them in the pub. A man after Sheamus’ own heart! To the bar they go!
SmackDown looks closer at Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair.
They were “once upon a time,” best friends. Just earlier this year, Charlotte said that she was dominating the division while Becky was absent. THIRTEEN-TIME Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champion, but then Becky came back at SummerSlam! Big Time Becks shocked us all, but then the WWE Draft added fuel to the fire with their title swap. There is unfinished business here to say the least. Charlotte questioned Becky’s genuineness while Becky exposed Charlotte’s ego. It isn’t brand supremacy, it isn’t Champion VS Champion, it’s about finally seeing who is THE ALPHA of this generation!
Aliyah & Naomi VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya!
It seems the newest star of the show and The Glow have something in common now: Sonya Deville has abused her authority against them. But will they be able to stand against The Queen of Spades & The Queen of Harts together? Or will they be made to #TapNapOrSnap?
SmackDown returns as Shayna Baszler makes her entrance. The teams sort out, Aliyah starts against Natty. They tie up, Natty kicks low then throws hands. Aliyah hits an arm-drag, dropkicks Natty down, then brings her up to whip to a corner. Aliyah runs in but is put on the apron, but she ROCKS Natty with a forearm. Aliyah goes up, flips and RANAS Natty away! Shayna tags in, Naomi gets in, she and Aliyah hit DOUBLE THESZ PRESSES! They fire fast hands, Natty bails out but Shayna gut wrenches Naomi to a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Naomi backs Shayna down, Natty tags in but Naomi DECKS her! Naomi hits Shayna with a REAR VIEW!
Natty gets in, Naomi fires hands, Shayna throws Naomi down! Natty covers, fast count?! Natty & Shayna win!!
Winners: Shayna Baszler & Natalya, by pinfall
Wait, this isn’t right! Well this can only be because of one woman and she might as well change her name to Cruella! Will Deville continue to drag Naomi down over her persona bias?
Sami Zayn complains to Sonya Deville.
He is back to talking about his conspiracy theory given he was taken off Team SmackDown. For one, his documentary is still unreleased and it’s been seven MONTHS! Sonya understands he’s upset about all these things, but he just needs to relax. That was Adam Pearce, not her. And she has an idea. This Sunday is the 25th Anniversary of The Rock’s Debut. So in honor of that, she’ll make a 25 Man Battle Royal, in which Sami can win, and then he can have his name associated with The Rock, and the millions (and millions) of his fans. But then the ref walks over and asks if she did a good job.
Sonya pretends to have no idea who this is, and accuses her of being “one of those little NXT refs” trying to make it big. B-But she said- She said nothing, and she does not associate with crooked refs! Get out of here! Not suspicious at all…
Jeff Hardy VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!
No more laughing out loud, it’s time to let actions speak for themselves! Will the Charismatic Enigma use Happy Corbin’s hyena sidekick as a tune-up for taking on Team Raw?
SmackDown returns and Corbin makes his entrance to accompany Moss to the ring. Hardy gets a mic to say, “The odds are clearly not in my favor here tonight. If you’ve got Happy Corbin in your corner, I might as well have somebody in mine.” It’s DREW MCINTYRE! The Scottish Warrior, and Angela the claymore, make for some serious reinforcements! Who’s laughing now, Moss?
The bell rings, fans rally behind Hardy but Moss SPINEBUSTERS Hardy! Moss drags Hardy up, half nelsons and knees away on Hardy! hardy gets to a corner but Moss brings him around. “What did the fist say to the face?” BAM! Moss drags Hardy up but Hardy JAWBREAKERS back! Moss staggers into an ATOMIC DROP, then a trip to the leg splitting leg drop! And the basement dropkick! Moss gets up, Hardy kicks to the TWIST OF FATE! Off comes the shirt and Hardy goes up top! But Corbin distracts! McIntyre drags Corbin down to throw him over the announce desk! But Moss still trips Hardy up and drags him out for a suplex! Hardy makes it a cradle, Hardy wins!
Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall
Corbin gets in but gets a CLAYMORE kick from McIntyre! Moss tries but he gets a GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! Hardy goes up top again, fans fire up for the SWANTON BOMB! McIntyre indeed had Hardy’s back, but will they and Corbin be able to put this all aside when they have to fight Team Raw?
Heyman walks and talks on his phone.
“The Tribal Chief does not like surprises.” But then Kayla scares Heyman as she springs in outta nowhere. Stop doing that! But did they hear the challenge Woods made earlier? Yes he heard the challenge made~! But he’s sick of this false narrative that Roman needs people around him. Roman doesn’t need the Usos, he loves the Usos. He doesn’t need the special Counsel, but he loves Heyman. The same way Kayla does. But yes, 48 hours before Survivor series, where Roman will smash Big E, Woods wants to challenge Roman Reigns and call his bluff. There are no bluffs on the Island of Relevancy. So as far as Roman goes, the challenge is hereby accepted. Will Woods make Roman regret that and everything else he’s done?
Rick Boogs shreds!
He gets Hartford to call and respond, then says he’s here to rock with the Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke NakamurAAAAAA~! The King of Strong Style makes his entrance, but will he and Boogs be rockin’ after another run in with Angel y Humberto?
Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs VS Angel Garza w/ Humberto Carrillo!
SmackDown returns and Los Lotharios make their entrance. Garza already takes off the pants to get serious against Nakamura! The bell rings and Garza throws the pants at Nakamura to then SHOTGUN dropkick! Snapmare and a basement dropkick! Garza gets Nakamura up, CHOPS him against the ropes, but Nakamura blocks the whip. Garza CHOPS, whips but Nakamura knees back! Garza ducks one kick but not the LEFT! Nakamura KICKS Garza around, then stomps him in the corner. The ref counts, Nakamura backs off but snapmares Garza to then go up top. FLYING- DROPKICK from Garza!
Garza sees Nakamura go to the apron, runs in but Nakamura jumps over the baseball slide! FLYING KNEE! Nakamura almost hits the announce desk! Nakamura puts Garza in the ring, but Carrillo anchors Nakamura’s foot! Just like last week! But Boogs pries Carrillo off with a gut wrench and just shaking him around before he TOSSES him! Garza runs in but only gets buckles! Schoolboy to the KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura wins!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall
But then Carrillo hits Nakamura as he runs into the ring! Los Lotharios regroup and run away, but this looks far from over between them, Nakamura and Boogs!
Shotzi and Sasha meet backstage.
Sonya keeps them civil here, because they’re going to be teammates on Sunday. Sonya is certain- Shotzi interrupts to say what she’s certain of: “Sasha Banks, you are a petty, vindictive little brat. When I get screwed over, I don’t forget. Ever. What’s that saying? Payback’s a-” Sasha stops Shotzi there. If she had a nickel for every time a rookie tried to make a name off of her, Sasha would be rich. Oh wait, she IS rich! She’s the Boss, the Standard, and the CAPTAIN of this team. Nd Shotzi, no one would know who you are without Sasha. So yeah, payback is a BITCH, and so is she!
Sonya shouts them down and says they can take this frustration out in the ring. But when the match is over, she expects them to shake hands. Shotzi and Sasha both sneer at that, but the Boss’ music hits first. Will it still be #BossTime? Or will Shotzi #TCH?
Sasha Banks VS Shotzi Blackheart!
SmackDown returns and Shotzi makes her entrance. The bell rings, the two tie up and Shotzi powers Sasha to a corner. The ref counts, Shotzi lets off and she stars Sasha down, Sasha dodges Shotzi to get the headlock and thrashes her around. Shotzi powers out to then pull hair and throw Sasha down! Shotzi shouts at Sasha but Sasha reaches up to headscissor! Sasha dodges to CHOP Shotzi, then she knuckle locks nd goes up, up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Shotzi gets up as Sasha swaggers, and then Shotzi shoves Sasha around. Sasha shoves back, Shotzi pulls hair. Sasha pulls hair, the ref counts on them both but they both club the other.
Sasha blocks a kick, Shotzi blocks the knee! QUESTION MARK KICK! Shotzi wants the chicken wings but Sasha fights out to spin Shotzi around, snap suplex! Una Amiga! Another snap suplex, Dos Amigas! She wants the third, and gets THREE AMIGAS! Fans chant for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” and Sasha goes up top. FROG SPLASH but she has to bail out as Shotzi moves! Shotzi puts Sasha on the apron, ROCKS her, then kicks, but Sasha ducks to KNEE back! Sasha steps in, Shotzi KICKS her! Shotzi runs but Sasha dodges! Shotzi lands on her feet, avoids the meteora, then kicks to RAM Sasha into steel steps!
The ring count is climbing, Shotzi puts Sasha’s hand in the steps to KICK them! And again! And again! The count is climbing! Shotzi gets in at 8, Sasha is still down and Shotzi howls before going right back out. Shotzi puts Sasha in the ring, covers, TWO! Shotzi snarls, drags Sasha back up, CLUBS her, but Sasha gets around to waistlock! O’Conner Roll, TWO, and Sasha ends up outside again. Shotzi goes back out, puts Sasha on the apron but Sasha Tiger Feints to kick Shotzi! METEORA off the apron! The Boss is back on top as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Sasha blocks a kick t KNEE Shotzi down! Sasha then gets Shotzi up, but Shotzi fights the backstabber by bending Sasha’s fingers! ELBOW BREAKER to the bad arm! Then a fireman’s carry, SWINGING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi is seething, she drags Sasha up and brings her in, but no Sliced Bread as Sasha shoves her away! Roll up, TWO! Sasha goes up to get DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Sasha goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Sasha fires up as she shoves Shotzi away and fans fire up with her. Sasha climbs, jumps, METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives and Sasha can’t believe it!
Sasha waits on Shotzi to rise, then reels her in, but Shotzi denies the backstabber to KICK the bad arm! Cravat to the SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Sasha narrowly escapes and Shotzi can’t believe it! “YOU’RE GARBAGE! Sasha, you are nothing but TRASH!” Shotzi drags Sasha up, but Sasha JAWBREAKERS, to then bring Shotzi around and shoulder into her. But Shotzi HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Shotzi brings Sasha along to POST her! Shotzi goes out and drags Sasha up to put her in the ring. Shotzi climbs, aims, BALLPIT SENTON!! But Sasha bails out! Shotzi is furious, but she goes out to drag Sasha back up.
Shotzi puts Sasha in, drags her up, fireman’s carry, but Sasha rolls Shotzi up into the CROSSFACE! And uses her legs in it! Shotzi taps, Sasha wins!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission
The Boss finds a way to make up for a bad arm, but Sonya is waiting on the stage for the sportsmanship. Sasha stands Shotzi up and offers a handshake. Shotzi sees Sonya watching, so Shotzi shakes hands. But then Sasha brings Shotzi in for a BACKSTABBER! Sonya isn’t happy, but she can’t exactly replace Sasha this late in the game. Sasha says she’ll see everyone on Sunday!
Roman is in his private room.
“Wiseman.” “Yes, my Tribal Chief?” “Is it time?” “It is time, my Tribal Chief.” Roman stands, and he tells the Usos he will handle this by himself. The confrontation of chief and king happens, after the break!
SmackDown presents Xia Li, Volume One.
“When we are young, our parents feel like superheroes. Larger than lift itself. My dad felt like a giant, looming over my family with a protective shield. Then… Just like that… Our protector was gone. Vulnerability is pungent, and it can be sniffed out. Our landlord was on us like a bloodhound. The walls trembled. When he burst into our home and dragged our belongings into the street, as my grieving mother begged for him to stop, someone had to wield my father’s protective shield. And that person was me. I hate vultures. They flock to the vulnerable like moths to a flame. No vultures will ever get to my family again.” She is her father’s daughter. She is The Protector!
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
The Lightning From Down Under was added to the SmackDown Team for Survivor Series. She was Team NXT a few years ago, but she is so excited to represent the blue brand. She’s had a full week, and she confronted the SmackDown Women’s Champion last week. What motivated Toni to challenge Charlotte? Charlotte is consumed by her match with Becky Lynch. Who wouldn’t want to see that? But when you become obsessed, you become vulnerable. And when Charlotte loses this Sunday, her ego won’t handle that. She’ll come at Toni guns blazing because Toni had the gumption to say, “So you’re Charlotte Flair. Big freakin’ deal!”
We know Charlotte doesn’t play well with others, but when she loses to Becky, and she will, she’ll want to take it all out on Toni. All Toni wants is a championship match. But speaking of, Charlotte walks in! “After I prove my superiority over Becky this Sunday and beat the living crap out of her, you’re next on the list.” It won’t be for the title, but then Charlotte will do to Toni what she does to Becky on Sunday. Charlotte tosses her hair and takes her leave, but Toni says that went just as she expected. But will it all go as Toni said in time?
Xavier Woods goes to the ring!
The King of the Ring is ready to bring down the Roman Empire! But will King Xavier, first of his name, only end up last of his name at Roman’s own hands?
SmackDown returns and Woods has the mic. “Roman, Roman, Roman. It is I, your king, King Woods. And I’m here in Hartford, Connecticut. And I’m here in this ring tonight to find out if you are a man. Because last week, you and I had a match, Roman, and I hit that Limit Break elbow and I hit it clean.” Then the Usos showed up and threw the whole match out. But that means Roman Reigns, the so-called Tribal Chief, THE WWE Universal Champion cannot beat Xavier Woods. If that makes Roman feel any kind of way, then he should bring his ass to the ring and prove Woods wrong. Woods waits, and here comes Roman!
Once again, Roman walks out on stage, Heyman carrying the belt for him. But then Heyman cues the Usos! Roman wasn’t going to honor the deal at all! But wait, where are the Usos? Jimmy gets thrown out on stage! And then Jey! Woods shrugs, and fans have an idea! BIG E IS HERE! Big E walks right down the ramp and throws hands with Roman! Fans are thunderous as Big E RAMS Roman into steel steps! And then gets him up to RAM him into barriers! Roman sputters but Big E puts Roman in for Woods! Woods stomps away on Big E, and he chest bumps with Big E! They stomp away on Roman, but the Usos come back!
Big E scoops Jey, Woods SUPERKICKS Jimmy! BIG ENDING for Jey! Woods gets Jimmy up to feed to Big E for another BIG ENDING! The Usos bail out but where’s Roman? Woods builds speed and he FLIES to take out the Usos again! Roman runs in to SUPERMAN PUNCH Big E! The Tribal Chief was picking his spot! Roman aims from a corner, “OOAH~!” But he runs into a scoop! But he slips away before the ending! Roman retreats, lucky to get away from the New Day! Will the WWE World Champion finally humble the WWE Universal Champion at Survivor Series?
A good go-home from SmackDown, but the best stuff continues to be with Roman. He gave Woods a lot of grief ruining the King of the Ring gear, which is great Heel heat on Roman, but it seems like WWE is (foolishly) ending Woods’ KOTR character already. That’s dumb considering they had Corbin be Wolf King for way too long, but this is Vince, the man who allowed his people to release numerous wrestlers who are immensely talented. Maybe Woods can bring out a new crown and scepter that is even more New Day in its presentation, but I am really glad they had Big E show up to fight with Roman. Big E standing tall on Raw and right here surely means he loses to Roman, but what else is new for opponents of the Head of the Table?
I like that they gave us a big Fatal 4 to determine Sami’s replacement rather than just naming one like they have for, oh, I dunno, all the other replacements in this half-assed build. I figured Holland would get involved to help Sheamus, though. But couldn’t they have done a better job of it? Hell, Shanky was there, he couldn’t do the same for Jinder? But I’m thinking this was mostly to establish that Sheamus & Holland will be a tag team after Survivor Series, not that they’ll get a tag title match while Usos are still champions and Heels. Maybe Cesaro teams with Mansoor again so they can have a feud with Sheamus & Holland.
I do like that we got Aliyah & Naomi VS Shayna & Natty at all, because those were the exact teams I was hoping we’d get out of the WWE Draft and all the other stuff. The WWE Women’s Tag Division needs the Queen of Harts & Queen of Spades to stick together. And while I’d normally complain about a short woman’s match these days, this one worked in story because Sonya is becoming a tyrant. Still waiting on when The Bloodline starts to almost feel Face by countering Sonya’s abuse of power with a bit of their own influence, but I’m probably better off hoping WWE gets brains and hires back some of the people they let go.
I like that McIntyre helped Hardy against Corbin & Moss, but I’m surprised the Viking Raiders weren’t involved in this because of their beef with Corbin & Moss. Makes me think this was a one-off for the Survivor Series go-home, and we’ll be back to the hyenas and the Vikings after. Sami had a good moment with Sonya, at least he didn’t forget the conspiracy theory documentary during all the mess. But what else does he have when his feud (and Jinder’s feud) with Hit Row is dead because Team Vince killed it? Sami, Jinder & Shanky VS Hit Row should’ve been the Six Man Tag blow-off we were heading to with those guys.
I know Xia Li was going to get a repackage going from Tian Sha on NXT to here on SmackDown, but Marvel Comics character was not what I expected. Toni has a good promo, and Charlotte has a good cameo in that promo, I hope Toni gets a great showing against Charlotte. Shotzi got a great showing against Sasha, but I should’ve figured Sasha would win. Sasha may be Face as according to WWE, but the way their promos went, you could’ve easily said Shotzi was Face and Sasha was Heel and it’d be the exact same. Sasha’s a better Heel anyway, why not build a new star by letting Shotzi be the Face? Isn’t WWE supposedly wanting to get edgy again? Shotzi’s pretty much the one to get behind in that. SHE HAD A TANK, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/8/22)
It’s a golden Monday night!
Can Ciampa conquer the All Mighty?
Raw kicks off the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, AND sees Bobby Lashley defend the US Championship against Tommaso Ciampa! Who reaches golden glory in Cleveland?
- Seth Rollins VS Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford; Rollins wins.
- Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens; No Contest.
- Rey Mysterio
w/ Dominik MysterioVS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day; Finn wins.
- Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Tamina & Dana Brooke; Kai & Sky win and advance to the next round.
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Miz; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Andrea Guercio & Spencer Slade; Omos wins.
- Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; wins.
- No Disqualifications: AJ Styles VS The Miz; wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament Bracket is here!
Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky are of course a team, and they’ll be taking on Tamina & Dana Brooke! Then Asuka teams with Alexa Bliss to take on Nikki A.S.H. and “Doudrop” Piper Niven, Raquel Rodriguez teams with Aliyah against Shotzi & Xia Li, and in quite the surprise, NXT’s Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark will be taking on Natalya & Sonya Deville! Who will make it to the finals to be the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions?
Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky head to the ring!
The Role Model leads #CobraKai and the Evil Genius out here in The Land, and The Land boos them after all the cheap shots they’ve been taking. Bayley, Kai & Sky all get mics and Bayley says, “DING DONG~!” Fans boo but Bayley says c’mon, she hasn’t seen them in forever and this is what she gets? But Bayley, Kai & Sky are all excited to see your dumb, smiling faces! Trust her when she says they don’t wanna be here, either, but the fans need them. The fans are watching to see what these three do to salvage this division. Kai says, “Like crash SummerSlam and shake everyone up?” “Exactly!”
The fans can’t honestly sit here and say they enjoy watching Becky Lynch play dress-up every week. But they cheer! But they can’t honestly like that “champion” in Bianca Belair. But they cheer again! Bianca would be nothing without Bayley! And that’s why last week, they had to make a statement. For all the fans! First, they took care of stupid Becky’s shoulder, then they lit a fire under every single woman in the locker room, for the fans! These three are bringing back what’s been missing. Sky says it’s the hunger! Yes! The division needs to be hungry for more! But Bayley doesn’t blame the locker room. They’re just like the fans: sheeple who don’t know how to ask for more.
But if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, ask better questions! So here’s a question for all the idiots out there: “How am I the only one to realize what a lethal weapon Iyo Sky is? How am I the only person in this whole damn building who realized the benefits of bringing in someone like Dakota Skai?” Okay, yes, she said it wrong, big whoop! Shut up so she can think, dummies! They’re upsetting Bayley, but imagine how mad these two are? They’ve been boiling this whole time! Fans boo, Bayley gets mad, but Kai has her calm down. Bayley doesn’t have to tell them anymore. Kai & Sky will show them in this tag title tournament tonight and win it!
But wait! Here comes Alexa Bliss! AND Asuka! The Fury and the Empress are going to be in that same tournament, so this seems to be a reminder. But here comes BIANCA, too! The RawEST Women’s Champion walks down to the ring with Alexa and Asuka and they get mics, too. Alexa says, “Yeah, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.” Fans chant for the EST, and Alexa tells Dakota & Iyo that they’re not winning. If they win tonight, guess who they’ll face next? Alexa Bliss & Asuka!! And after what they pulled last week, there’s more incentive to beat the hell out of them and win the titles.
And Bianca tells Iyo they’re not done, either. Bianca IS hungry, and she’s ready to finish what they started last week. But if we’re playing the numbers game, the three of them have no problem dealing with Bayley’s three right now. Oh pipe down. Bayley knew this would get them all worked up. But Bayley calls the shots. They can do 3v3 where it counts, which isn’t here in Cleveland! The Six Woman Tag can happen at Clash at the Castle! Bianca looks to Alexa and Asuka, and challenge accepted! Okay, then! But while Bayley is trying to keep control, Bianca says tonight, she’ll lose it! And the brawl is own! Bianca fires off on Bayley, Asuka throws Kai out while Alexa is after Iyo!
Fans fire up as things spill out of the ring, and then into the crowd! Bianca throws knees on Bayley but refs rush out to break up the others. Bayley hits back, Iyo SMACKS Alexa off the desk! Then Iyo goes after Bianca! Asuka rushes after Iyo, but then Kai rushes after Asuka! Alexa gets on the barrier to CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are fired up as Alexa drags Kai up to fire off forearms! Officials and management rush out now, will this chaos subside after the break?
Seth Rollins VS Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford!
The Visionary already burned it down with Montez Ford, but now he takes on the other half of the Street Profits! Will Rollins sweep the series? Or will the #CurseOfGreatness take down the Architect?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Rollins headlocks, but Dawkins powers up and out. Rollins wrenches to mule kick, but Dawkins avoids the Curb Stomp! Dawkins and Rollins circle, tie up, and Dawkins headlocks. Rollins powers up and out, things speed up and Rollins hurdles, but Dawkins handsprings! And DROPKICKS! Cover, ONE, but Dawkins wrenches to a wristlock, then YANKS the arm. Dawkins grinds the arm but Rollins pulls headbands to whip Dawkins to ropes. Dawkins hurdles then FLYING ELBOWS! Ford mocks Rollins’ short temper, then Dawkins POUNCES Rollins over the desk! Fans are fired up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Rollins has Dawkins down with an armlock. Dawkins fights up but Rollins wrenches. Dawkins ROCKS Rollins with forearm after forearm, then he whips Rollins to a corner. Dawkins runs in, into a BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins catches his breath but Ford is right there coaching Dawkins. Rollins kicks Ford away! Ford gets mad and gets a chair! Ford gets in the ring, the fans are fired up, but the ref has Ford stay back! Ford lets go of the chair and the ref throws it out, but he still has to keep Ford from hitting Rollins. The ref EJECTS Ford! And Rollins laughs while the fans boo. “Bye bye~!”
Rollins grins and laughs as he soaks up the heat from the fans, but Dawkins is up to clothesline Rollins up and out! Fans fire up, Dawkins builds speed, and he FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans are thunderous! Dawkins puts Rollins in, scoops him, PUMP HANDLE FALL AWAY SLAM! Dawkins then runs to CYCLONE SPLASH! And ENZIGURI! Then the underhooks for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Dawkins can’t believe it! Fans fire up as Dawkins scoops but Rollins slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Rollins comes back to turn Dawkins, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Rollins then runs, but Dawkins dodges!
Dawkins rolls Rollins up, but Rollins rolls through! Dawkins dodges again, SKY HIGH BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives and Cleveland is losing their mind! Rollins flops out of the ring and Dawkins snarls. Dawkins goes out and runs in around the way, but is sent into steel steps! Rollins gets in the ring, Dawkins pursues, but the CURB- NO, Dawkins dodges again! SKY- NO, Rollins wrenches and WRINGS the arm, then underhooks! PEDIGREE!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Visionary couldn’t hit his favorite, but wait! Here’s the CURB STOMP!! Ford rushes back out but the damage to Dawkins is done! Rollins runs off, having swept the Profits. Will he face the consequences? Or just head off towards the title?
The Mysterios talk backstage.
Dominik helps Rey prepare for Finn Balor, but in walks Edge! Rey’s cool but Edge can tell Dom’s heated up. Edge has their backs, because what happened last week with that Spear was an accident. Are they cool? Dom’s cool. But then he shoves Edge! Rey calms Dom down, it was an accident! Rey’s known Edge for 20 years, he’s like family! Rey’s known Dom for 25! How can Rey take Edge’s side?! Dom storms off but Rey assures Edge he’ll talk with Dom about this. Is it going to be harder to forgive the Rated R Superstar than expected?
Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.
The Hollywood A-Lister and the Psycho Killer are here after Ciampa’s phenomenal win last week to become Bobby Lashley’s challenger tonight. Does he feel tonight is the night? Miz points out the use of “phenomenal,” and asks if Kevin Patrick couldn’t think of another word. Miz says there is nothing phenomenal about someone who sides with a hack like Logan Paul! But who had the last laugh? Ciampa! And Ciampa says people always talk about overcoming adversity. When you want something you believe in, believe in Ciampa! Who believed in Ciampa? The first-ever US Champion, Harley Race! That man trained Ciampa and made him into the man he is today.
Three years ago to the day, Harley paced away. Tonight, Ciampa dedicates his win to the King, Harley Race! And, and, AND, with Harley looking down on him, and with the Miz in his corner, Ciampa will truly make this his moment. When he steps foot in that ring and Lashley looks into his eyes, Lashley will feel Ciampa’s sacrifice, and Lashley will realize that he has already lost. Will Ciampa’s blackheart finally beat with gold again?
Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens!
Once again, the younger brother of Elias is taking on the Prizefighter, and even though Kevin claims he’s over his obsession, this will be quite the test. Will Kevin focus on the fight and not Ezekiel’s identity? Or will he #ZekeOut all over again?
The bell rings and Kevin rushes Zeke! Kevin fires off forearms, maybe that obsession has rekindled already! Kevin stomps away in the corner, Zeke slips out but Kevin goes out to POST him! And the RAM him into the desk! And then again, making the desk move! Zeke crawls, Kevin drags him up and reels him in! Fans fire up for the APRON POWERBOMB!! Kevin’s mean streak has returned and Zeke writhes! The ref is calling this match, Zeke can’t continue!
Kevin gets in the ring and looks down on Zeke while medics are rushed out to the ring. They bring a stretcher and board! Kevin laughs at the destruction he has wrought, but is this going to be the last time we see Zeke?
Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day!
The King of Lucha and the Prince go another round, and things are even more tense after what happened at SummerSlam and last week on Raw. Will Rey finally end things with the Judgement Day? Or will he face the punishment for resisting?
Finn gets a mic to say, “Edge thinks we should fear him. Rey Mysterio thinks that we should fear him. Those two can’t even get on the same page! Poor little Dominik Mysterio’s already abandoned both of them! The Judgement Day isn’t afraid of anyone! Y’know why? Because fear isn’t real. Fear is a product of your imagination. But danger is real! Danger is very real! And Rey, tonight, you’re going to find out that I am danger!” Priest tells Edge that to be clear, if he wanted to, he could lay Edge out. But in two weeks, the WWE is in Toronto. Edge hasn’t wrestled on Raw in Canada in 12 years!
So here it is! Priest is officially challenging Edge, 1v1! The Rated R Superstar VS The Punisher! If Edge still has a set, then he and Priest can end this! Edge may have started the Judgement Day, but in Toronto, in front of Edge’s family and friends, the Judgement Day ends Edge! What will Edge say about that challenge? As for Rey, he can’t seem to find Dominik anywhere. Well, Edge’s offer still stands, especially after being called out. Rey says he knows Dom, Dom will come to his senses. Well, okay then. Go get ’em! Rey goes it alone for now, but will he be alone in the end? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Rey makes his entrance. And though Rey waits, there’s no Dom. Rey goes to the ring and gets in alone. The bell rings and Fin kicks Rey low! Finn bumps Rey off buckles, fires off body shots, then brings Rey around to bump off more buckles. Finn throws more body shots, bumps Rey off more buckles, then CHOPS him! Fans “WOO~!” then Finn whips Rey corner to corner. Rey reverses, ROCKS Finn then bumps him off buckles. Finn staggers, Rey bumps him off more buckles! Rey ROCKS Finn again, bumps him off more buckles, then fires off more haymakers. Rey whips corner to corner, Finn reverses, but Rey elbows him way.
Rey runs and tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Finn out! Fans fire up and Rey WRECKS Finn with a dropkick! Rey then goes to the apron, for a FLYING SEATED SENTON! Fans fire up and Rey KICKS Finn in the leg. Rey puts Finn in the ring, climbs up the corner, and leaps to SEATED SENTON again! Fans fire up while Finn flounders, but Rey runs in, Finn pops him up but Rey RANAS Finn into buckles! Finn flounders, Rey whips him to ropes, but Finn reverses. Rey ducks and springboards, but Finn avoids the crossbody! Rey crashes down and Finn snarls as he runs in and KICKS Rey in the side! Finn stomps Rey, then springboard stomps him again and again!
Finn lets off as the ref counts but only Priest applauds. Finn drags Rey up, clamps on and ROCKS him with forearms in the back! Finn runs but Rey rams into him! Rey slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! Rey kicks low but Finn hits back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn is annoyed but he stalks Rey. Finn drags Rey up, suplexes, then holds on for Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Finn smirks and Dos Amigos! Finn then gets back up, mocks Latino Heat, but REY suplexes Finn back! Fans fire up while Finn goes to ropes. Priest coaches Finn, but Rey dodges the haymaker to fire off shots! Rey whips, Finn reverses but Rey kicks back!
Rey CLOBBERS Finn, whips him to ropes, but Finn reverses to kick and run, sunset flip! But Rey rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Finn flounders to a corner. Rey storms over, RAMS into Finn, then climbs up. Rey rains down fists, but Finn turns it around into an Electric Chair! But Rey turns that into a wheelbarrow BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Rey is frustrated as Finn survives that counter. Rey dropkicks Finn to ropes and dials it up, but Priest takes the 619 for Finn! Finn grabs Rey’s mask and RAMS him into the post! Rey is down on the outside while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Finn has Rey up top. Rey fights the superplex, fans rally up, and Rey throws body shots! Rey CLUBS Finn, then sunset flips, but Finn holds on! So Rey YANKS him down! Finn hits buckles, Rey runs in but Finn still scoops! Rey arm-drags Finn away! Rey then runs and SLIDES to SUNSET FLIP BOMB Finn into barriers! Fans fire up, but Priest creeps over. Rey stares him down, puts Finn in the ring, but Priest taunts Rey about where Dom went. Rey gets on the apron, he GAMANGIRIS Finn away, but then Finn staggers into the ref! Pries trips Rey in the distraction! Fans boo, but here comes Edge!
Edge runs down the ramp to TACKE Priest into the steps! And then BOOT him over the barriers! Edge and Priest fight in front of the fans and Finn is shocked! Finn hurries to YANK Rey up, but Rey lands on his feet to mule kick and hop on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Finn escapes and Rey can’t believe it! Finn and Rey stand, they throw haymakers back and forth, over an dover, and fans fire up! Rey KICSK and KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Finn ends up on ropes, Rey dials it up! But Finn LARIATS Rey down! Finn fires up and aims from a corner to SHOTGUN Rey into the corner! Rey falls into the drop zone and Finn climbs up!
COUP DE- NO, Rey rolls and runs to RANA Finn back onto ropes! Rey redials, but Rhea is carrying Dom out like a sack of potatoes! Rhea makes Rey look at Dom, but then Finn drags Rey into a dragon sleeper! 1916!! Finn goes up top, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
Edge and Rey forgot about Rhea the Eradicator! Will the Judgement Day do just as they say and destroy Edge and the Mysterios?
Backstage interview with Tamina & Dana Brooke.
These two are a team together in the Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, and that means Dana could be a Double Champion. And she needs a partner to get there. She’s defended her 24/7 Championship a lot, with her biggest challenger being Tamina. So together, they- Wait, Bayley, Sky & Kai walk in. Bayley wants Dana to relax, these three aren’t going to beat her up to take that title. They have their eyes set on belts that suit them. And the Women’s Tag Team Championships suit them because Bayley was the first one to hold them! Not that Dana would know about that.
But Tamina does. So keep yapping, Bayley, and Tamina will take her and her friends out of the tournament right now. Kai tells Dana, “See you out there.” Iyo Sky says in both Japanese and English, “I don’t like you.” Will Dana & Tamina not like what’s coming in the opening match of this tournament?
Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Tamina & Dana Brooke!
#CobraKai & the Evil Genius have both been NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, though not together. But they’re taking on a duo where only one of them has had a tag title reign of their own. Will it be easy for Kai & Sky to take control? Or will the Flex Appeal & Daughter of Superfly shut them down right out of the gate?
The teams sort out, Dana starts with Kai and fans rally up. Kai and Dana circle, tie up, and Dana waistlocks. Kai pries at the hold, switches around, but Dana headlocks back. Kai powers out, but Dana blocks a hip toss to hip toss Kai! Then handsprings to BOOT Kai down! Cover, ONE, but Dana drags Kai up with a facelock. Kai endures the squeeze, pries out again but DOUBLE FOREARMS hit! Tamina tags in, and she eggs Kai on. Fans rally with Dana for “TA-MI-NA!” Kai rushes in but Tamina SWATS her, then ROCKS her! Then again! Then she DECKS Sky! Bayley protests but Tamina dodges and kicks Kai to then suplex high and hard!
Kai bails out and Sky hurries over. Tamina tags Dana and Dana climbs up, for a SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up with Dana! Bayley creeps over but then Dana stares her down. Bayley says that’s fine, Kai & Sky don’t need her. Dana doubts that, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Kai has Dana down in a motorcycle stretch. Dana endures and the fans rally up, but Kai shifts to a chinlock, Dana uses that to JAWBREAKER free! Dana then runs, dodges, rolls Kai up, TWO! Kai KICKS Dana down! Cover, ONE!! Kai is frustrated but she drags Dana up to tag Sky. Kai & Sky double whip, then BOOT, and COMPLETE SHOT to an AX KICK and BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Dana survives the onslaught but Bayley says she is proud of her team. Sky whips Dana in to the corner, runs and CROSS CHECKS her! Sky stomps a mudhole, trips Dana up, then digs her boots in!
The ref counts, Sky swings up for a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kai, Kai clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Dana down. Fans rally, Dana fights up but Kai throws her by her hair! Cover, TWO! Bayley coaches Kai but fans chant, “Bayley Sucks!” Bayley says no she doesn’t! Kai drags Dana up but Dana shoves her away and pops her up, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Kai survives that one and Bayley is relieved. Kai and Dana crawl for their corners, but Kai drags Dana away! Tag to Sky and she runs around to stay between Dana and Tamina. Dana leaps, Sky catches her, but Tamina reaches out for the tag!
Fans fire up as Tamina dribbles Sky off buckles! Then runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up, Kai gets in but gets a SUPERKICK! Tamina back body blocks Sky then fires off elbows! Cleveland fires up with Tamina as she whips Sky. Sky reverses, Tamina ducks the roundhouse but not the HEEL KCIK! Sky fires off forearms, then a SHOTEI! But Tamina SUPERKICKS! Sky rebounds into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, Kai breaks it! Dana drags Kai up but Kai throws Dana out! Dana drags Kai out with her and ROCKS her! Dana runs in, but Bayley saves Kai from the handspring attack! Dana hits barriers! Sky SHOTEIS Tamina up top, then climbs up after her!
Sky fires off forearms on Tamina, Kai sneaks in a tag. Tamina BOOTS Kai down, HEADBUTTS Sky off the ropes, and then Tamina stands up to SUPERFLY! But she even catches Sky’s boots! But Kai returns with a SCORPION KCIK! And a BOOT! Tag back to Sky, and she goes up for the OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, Kai & Sky win!
Winners: Iyo Sky & Dakota Kai, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
Bayley raises her team’s hand in victory! But now, who will they meet in the semifinals? We’ll have to wait for Alexa & Asuka VS Nikki & Piper.
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.
Kevin Patrick hurries after KO to ask him just why he brutally assaulted Ezekiel. Oh, he wants a comment? Well first comment, if KP ever runs up on KO like that again, he’ll drop KP harder than that powerbomb. Second, why did he do it? Because unlike that idiot who doesn’t know who he is, KO knows who he is! He’s KEVIN OWENS! And Kevin Owens may have been gone, but there are more eyes on this show than before, and tonight was KO reminding everyone in the back and watching at home that this is still the Kevin Owens Show!
Also, it’s of note that Piper & Nikki apparently crashed their rental car? What exactly happened there?
Trainers check on Dominik.
Rhea Ripley truly brutalized him, is it clear to him now that Edge isn’t the one to worry about?
WWE remembers the legacy of the WWE United States Championship.
Narrated by John “Bradshaw” Layfield. “America. A country built on opportunity deserves a champion that upholds its great legacy. A legacy of greatness is painted in red, white and blue.” Harley Race, Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Scott Hall, JBL, Eddie Guerrero, John Cena, just to name a few. Ricky Steamboat was a proud champion, as were Booker T, Kofi Kingston, and now Bobby Lashley. “The United States Championship has helped shape the careers of 20+ Hall of Famers, and will continue to do so well into the future of the WWE.” And that new chapter starts NOW!
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Miz!
The All Mighty wants to be a fighting champion to prove he is the greatest, and he has perhaps found his greatest challenger. The Blackheart wears Harley Race’s iconic robe to the ring, but will it bring him to prominence? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine make Ciampa feel the pain inside the Hurt Lock?
Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance, and he’s wearing gold on his tights as well as around his waist. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries this great championship in The Land!
Ciampa fires off on Lashley at the bell! Ciampa whips, Lashley reverses but Ciampa slide sunder. Things speed up, but Lashley runs Ciampa over! Lashley drags Ciampa up, suplexes, and holds Ciampa up for 10 before the SLAM! Lashley paces around but Miz calls Ciampa over. Ciampa gets to a corner for Miz to give him advice, but Lashley bumps Ciampa off buckles. Lashley climbs up to rain down fists, but Ciampa trips Lashley up! Lashley still elbows Ciampa away, then throws elbows in the corner. Lashley warns Miz to watch himself, and Lashley runs, Ciampa swings, misses, then leaps into Lashley’s arms!
Lashley pops Ciampa around, Ciampa slips out and CHOP BLOCKS! Miz coaches Ciampa to keep on him and Ciampa stomps Lashley, then CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Lashley just gets up with a scowl on his face! Lashley blocks a kick to ELBOW Ciampa down! Fans fire up as Lashley takes aim, but Ciampa bails out! Ciampa and Miz regroup to talk strategy, and then Miz gets on the apron to distract. But Lashley knows that trick, and he turns around to DECK Ciampa off the apron! Lashley fireman’s carries Ciampa, but Miz blocks his path to the post! So Lashley TOSSES Ciampa into the Miz! Fans fire up as Lashley stands tall and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Ciampa is taking of the cover off a crossbar! Ciampa then stomps away on Lashley, rains down fists, and drops a HEADBUTT! Cover, ONE!! Ciampa clamps onto Lashley with a chinlock, and he grinds Lashley down into an almost Bully Choke! Fans rally, Lashley endures and fights up, but Ciampa leans on him. Lashley pries at the hold but Ciampa knee slow. Ciampa runs, Lashley runs him over! And again! And then RAMS into him at the corner! Lashley lets off to clothesline, then he runs side to side to RAM in again! Ciampa sputters and fans fire up but Miz coaches Ciampa. Lashley whips corner to corner, Ciampa BOOTS back!
Lashley staggers, Ciampa swings but into a kick! Lashley gut wrenches, CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa survives and Miz breathes again. Miz coaches Ciampa more but Lashley trophy lifts him! Then brings him into position, but Ciampa turns powerslam into REVERSE DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Ciampa crawls to a cover, TWO! Lashley stays in this and Miz is sweating. Ciampa CLUBS Lashley, Lashley ROCKS Ciampa. Ciampa ROCKS Lashley, Lashley ROCKS Ciampa! Ciampa forearms, Lashley fires off fists, but Ciampa kicks a leg out! FRONT DDT! Cover, TWO!
Miz argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Ciampa drags Lashley up, underhooks him, but Lashley powers out and dodges, to SPEAR!! Cover, but again Miz helps with the ROPEBREAK! The ref misses it like last week, but Lashley didn’t! Lashley glares at Miz, and then here comes AJ STYLES! Styles CLOBBERS Miz and runs him off into the crowd! Fans fire up as things are truly 1v1, and Lashley goes back to Ciampa. CRADLE!! TWO!! Ciampa hurries to a corner, pulls at the buckle pad, and it comes loose! Lashley gets Ciampa for a COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up with Lashley, he stalks Ciampa, but wait! Miz returns!
Miz slides in, slides out, but Styles is after him again! They scramble out of the ring, Lashley clamps onto Ciampa, but Ciampa RAMS him into the bare steel! And then the POST! PSYCHO KNEE!! Cover, TWO?!!? Lashley survives and shocks Ciampa! Fans fire up again and Ciampa drags Lashley up. Ciampa underhooks, but Lashley fights the lift! Lashley fireman’s carries and pops Ciampa into the nelson, but Ciampa drags Lashley down! GargaNO Escape!! Shout out to Ciampa’s greatest friend and rival, and Lashley is enduring the hold! Lashley rolls it around, drags Ciampa right up, and into a POWER- NO, Ciampa slides off again!
Ciampa tosses Lashley out of the ring, and gets Lashley with WILLOW’S BELL!! Cover, TWO!?!? Lashley survives again and Cleveland is thunderous! Ciampa stalks Lashley, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley BLOCKS the knee! MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Lashley drags Ciampa up, HURT LOCK!!! Ciampa flails, reaches out, but he TAPS! Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE United States Champion)
Ciampa tried every trick in the book, but he could not derail the Rocky Mountain Machine! Will nothing stop Lashley from making the US Championship the mightiest of all?
Omos and MVP walk in backstage.
The Nigerian Giant is back, and he is going to the ring! Who will soon fall from the top of this mountain of a man’s two hand slam?
Raw shares the footage from backstage.
Miz and Styles brawled from ringside to gorilla, and officials rushed in to stop it! So because of this confrontation, Styles VS Miz is signed for action later tonight! And it will be NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! Will Styles get a phenomenal win? Or will Cleveland be AWESOME?
2v1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Andrea Guercio & Spencer Slade!
The Nigerian Giant is so big, he’s taking on two of Cleveland’s own at the same time! Will these mere mortals wish they’d signed up for a different night?
The bell rings and Guercio & Slade rush Omos together! But Omos TOSSES Guercio, SHOVES Slade, then he CLOBBERS Slade! Omos drags Guercio up and into the ring from the floor! Omos then runs in, but Slade dodges! Slade CLUBS away then jumps on for a SLEEPER! But Omos RAMS Slade into buckles, RAMS him again, then dares Guercio to try something., Guercio CROSSBODIES, into Omos’ arms! Trophy lift, and SLAM! Then Omos drags Guercio up by his ear, to TOSS him into the corner! Guercio & Slade stand up, Omos SANDWICHES them with the corner! Omos then scoops Guercio to give him SNAKE EYES, and a BOOT to Slade!
MVP says Omos is done playing with his food, he can finish this. DEADLIFT TWO HAND SLAM!! Cover on Guercio, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
Did you really expect anything else? Omos wipes out two men, but who will be on his path of destruction next?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
Kevin Patrick congratulates him on his win over Dawkins, but asks the Visionary what he thinks about Matt Riddle’s interview next week. “Did you just bring me in here to ask me about Riddle?! I told the entire world, including you, last week that I was done with Riddle! Hahaha! So what, he’s gonna come back next week for some exclusive interview? What do you think he’s gonna say? Is he gonna have some earth-shattering announcement? NO! It’s RIDDLE!” Riddle will say “Bro…! Dude…! Cool…! Randy~!” Rollins explains something here: “I am the Gatekeeper of this industry! Anyone, or anything, that’s any good, they’ve gotta go through me!”
And as great as Riddle could be in the ring, he’s even better at flushing his own potential down the toilet. Don’t believe Rollins? Ask Dana White. HAHAHA! Now look, if Riddle has even two working brain cells left, he’ll come back with this interview and tell the world, “Bro, I’m hanging up the flip flops.” And he’ll retire for good. And if he doesn’t, then Rollins might just have to Cody Rhodes Riddle’s ass out the door! Anyway you slice it, if Riddle has something to say next week, then so does Seth Freakin’ Rollins! HAHAHAHA!
Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!
The Showoff and “Master” Gable were both a big part of last week’s Triple Threats for the US Championship, but they both lost out. Who proves they’re deserving of another shot at the other’s expense?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/8/22)
Columbus gets Elevated!
Elevation has CERO MIEDO!
Before AEW Dynamite: Quake by the Lake and their Tornado Tag match, the Lucha Brothers tune up against The Wingmen in a standard 2v2!
- Ruby Soho & Skye Blue VS Megan Myers & Nikki Victory; Soho & Blue win.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ Ari Daivari VS Casey Carrington; Boudreaux wins.
- Athena VS Queen Aminata; Athena wins.
- Kiera Hogan & Leila Grey w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Freya States & Alice Crowley; Kiera & Leila win.
- John Silver & Alex Reynolds VS T.U.G Cooper & Lord Crewe; Silver & Reynolds win.
- The Lucha Bros w/ Alex Abrahantes VS The Wingmen; The Lucha Bros win.
One thing to note is that Parker Boudreaux has Ari Daivari in his corner. I wonder if the Trust Busters is becoming a trio, Parker joining Daivari and Slim J. Then in Kiera and Leila teaming up, this is the one time where “Can they coexist?” should be a thing since The Baddies still haven’t fully accepted Leila. And of course, the Lucha Brothers will beat The Wingmen to get momentum going into their Lucha Rules Tornado Tag with Rush & Andrade.
Down The Wire: NBA Scout Mike Vandegarde
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Down The Wire: Former Zappers QB Jason Stewart
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Down The Wire: Sell Josh Hader & Wisconsin’s State Fair Top 10 New Foods
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Down The Wire: Disappointments and Baker Mayfield
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Down The Wire: NCAA Madness & NBA Offseason Tier List
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Bandwagon Nerds #143: HBO Maximum Shake Up
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Home Is Where Hallmark Is: Time to Fall Into Love with the August Line-Up, and Westcott Bay Series Book 2!
Summer comes to a close and it's time to Fall Into Love as Home Is Where Hallmark Is previews August...
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Soulfly – Totem (2022)
Soulfly just came out with a new album a few days ago! How does Totem rank in the JAR?
Talk the Keki – An Anime Podcast: Isekai Ojisan Debuts, Devil is a Part-Timer And Other Summer Shows
It's time for the Summer Review with Talk The Keki! Garem Labyrinth of Another Works, Call of Night -- plus...
New Force Order – A Star Wars Podcast: The Mon Calamari
GGP and Doc talk Andor news, the Ahoska & Mando double trailer and more on the New Force Order!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/8/22)
It's a golden Monday night!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/8/22)
Columbus gets Elevated!
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/7/22)
Will Jonah rock the Rainmaker?
AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn't work in Vince's picture, AJ got...
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/6/22)
G1 continues to raise the stakes!
Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report (8/6/22)
THREE title fights on a Saturday night!
DWI Podcast #335: The Tape
With DP out on assignment, the rest of the crew covers Summerslam along with TRIVIA and of course, The Tape!
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/5/22)
Jon Moxley's on a Rampage!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (8/5/22)
We're on the road to Cardiff!
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/5/22)
ACE VS KING!