WWE is coming into the home stretch before TLC and the end of the year! See what happened as we near the start of WrestleMania season.
On RAW, Corbin’s reign of terror continues, but he finds a familiar foe leading a resistance movement. Nattie’s attempt to help Ronda Rousey with the Samoan Sisters runs into a Riott. A big announcement is hinted at for the Women’s Division, giving Sasha and Bayley a chance to show their teamwork skills. Dean Ambrose’s mind games are stepped up, to Rollins’ cost, and an EXTREME legend is forced to take his final bow.
On SmackDown, the war of words in the women’s division comes to blows and shows definite cracks. The New Daniel Bryan turns the tables on Miz. Jeff Hardy takes on Randy Orton, but finds that Samoa Joe isn’t done with him.
On NXT UK, the gameswomanship to decide who will take on Rhea Ripley next takes some surprising turns. Ripley discovers that being champion isn’t easy. The Last Kings of Scotland find that they don’t have the keys to the kingdom just yet. And Jordan Devlin continues to build momentum for himself.
On 205, the war between the Lucha House Party and Maria’sMinions continues, Cedric Alexander FINALLY gets the match he wants, and Ariya Daivari looks to get some traction.
On NXT, the war between the Three Horsewomen and Team Sane gets off to a nasty start. The Forgotten Sons make a statement, and Ciampa’s return to Full Sail ends in a brawl.
So what happened? Let’s find out!
Baron Corbin and His Cronies: They say that absolute power corrupts absolutely, and Baron Corbin is a prime example of that. The acting GM of Monday Night RAW is drunk on his almost unlimited power, hopeful that he will be rewarded for his toadying by becoming permanent General Manager of RAW. Along the way, he’s managed to find a few lackeys, namely Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley, to act as his muscle against the babyfaces.
However, in his rise to the top, Corbin had stepped on a lot of people, including Finn Balor and Elias. Balor would prove to be the biggest thorn in Corbin’s side the whole evening, so if Corbin thinks he’s crushed the resistance, he’s got another thing coming.
Women’s Division: Ronda Rousey and Nattie were supposed to kick off the show by taking on Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka, but before the match could start, Nattie was attacked by the Riott Squad, who wasted no time in taking Nattie to task, and by task, I mean putting her through a table. While that was going on, Jax and Snuka jumped Rousey from behind and left her in the ring. Guess that match will have wait.
Alexa Bliss, who is now in charge of the RAW Women’s Division, decided to give this whole open forum thing another try. Unfortunately, her antics last week hadn’t endeared her to Sasha and Bayley, who were both very vocal about the fact that they didn’t want her in the RAW Women’s Division, and her attempt to drive a wedge between them didn’t help. One thing we did learn is that the long-sought for Women’s Tag Team Titles ARE coming,and Sasha and Bayley want to be the first champions.
However, Mickie James, Dana Brooke, and Alicia Fox came out, eager for another beatdown, but Alexa held them off, saying that if they wanted a fight, they were going to have a match. Dana Brooke tried to get in a shot, but was sent back to the locker room by Bliss.
The match was really good, James and Fox are a really great tag team, but Sasha and Bayley weren’t in the mood to play after two weeks of Bliss’ antics, and put James and Fox away by having better teamwork, much to the seeming approval of Alexa Bliss.
However, that was about the only good moment Bliss was going to have. An enraged Ronda Rousey confronted Bliss over what happened atthe start of the show and demanded to take Jax and Snuka on in a handicap match. Bliss refused, but promised to find her another partner and re-do the match.
In a backstage interview, Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka were asked about restarted match between themselves, Ronda Rousey, and Rousey’s new partner, Ember Moon. Neither woman is particularly worried about it. They’ll put Rousey and Moon away like Nia did Becky Lynch and how Tamina’s been putting away Moon.
The match between Rousey, Moon, Snuka, and Jax started out as 2-1 as the Samoan Sisters got the jump on Rousey before Moon came out, however, Moon came running out and even the odds. After that, the match was pretty good, if a little rough. The improvised team of Rousey and Moon had great teamwork and were able to put the Samoan Sisters away with an armbar on Tamina, but what will be the scene next Sunday at TLC
RAW Tag Team Division: Last week, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable came close to taking the tag team championship from AoP, except for the whole part about Drake Maverick peeing on Roode’s prize robe. This week, Roode and Gable went to Corbin and demanded a rematch. Corbin seemed hip to it, but stated that Roode had to defeat Maverick in order to get the rematch.
For weeks, the Lucha House Party has been getting the best of the Revival, and for weeks, the Revival has been complaining about it. Revival keeps wanting to blame the Lucha House rules that allow LHP to compete in 3-2 handicap, but the LHP had already gotten at least one victory over the Revival without the rule.
There’s not much to say about this match. Revival made the same complaint they’ve been making for a month, the match still went under Lucha House Rules, and the Revival lost. Rinse. Repeat.
In 2016, the unlikely team of Heath Slater and Rhyno shocked the WWE Universe by becoming the first SmackDown Tag Team Champions.However, since losing the titles, it’s safe to say that the team has been used mostly for comic relief. The problem is that Corbin doesn’t have much of a sense of humor and tells them that there’s no longer room on RAW for them, one of them has to go. But Corbin offers them a way out: One of them can quit and the other can keep his job. When Slater and Rhyno can’t agree on who should quit,Corbin makes a match between them and the loser will be fired.
This match was really sad. It was clear that neither Slater nor Rhyno wanted to put the other out of a job, but they really didn’t have a choice, Slater’s got kids after all. Thankfully, the match was quick,Slater came out on top, ending the WWE career of the Manbeast, the last OG ECW champion. Thank you, Rhyno.
After that heartbreak, Slater confronted Corbin and got another bombshell, he’s been demoted to referee. So not only did Corbin force Slater to end his best friend’s career, he humiliated him just for the hell of it. Corbin’s going to regret that, I’m sure.
On paper, Bobby Roode’s match with Drake Maverick looked like a cakewalk, especially to Roode, who dominated much of the match, until AoP, and Corbin threw a wrench into the plan.
See, when Corbin made the match, he had no real intention of actually letting Roode and Gable get another chance. How do I know? Because when it looked like Roode was about to win, Corbin employed his usual tactic to be sure he or his cronies would win: He changed the match to a handicap match, AFTER Gable had been beaten down by AoP.
The renewed match wasn’t much to speak of. It started out as 3 on 1 due to Gable recovering from his beatdown, but even when Gable did come out, Glorious Alpha were no match for a 3 on 2 assault. Maverick and AoP would get the win with a Super Collider and two more people joined the resistance.
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins: Even though Ambrose missed last week’s RAW due to being inoculated against just about every disease he could think of, he promised to be at RAW this week and he kept that promise. However, Deans…germ aversion was still in place, he came out in with a SWAT team, a quarantine unit, and a gas mask. What’s with the gas mask? Well, it’s because Houston is a slum, according to Ambrose and the gas mask is to protect him from the germs.
The SWAT Team, who have their own masks, are there to protect Bane Ambrose (seriously, he looked like Bane from the Dark Knight Movies) from a completely unprovoked attack from that crazy Seth Rollins. Okay, maybe that attack wouldn’t be COMPLETELY unprovoked, because Seth’s a needy little thing who is forever needing Dean for something and just couldn’t stand the truth Dean had to say.
Dean’s feelings are justified though! Seth’s a control freak and anyone who’s lived with a control freak knows what an absolute pain in the ass that can be. Problem is that most wouldn’t have the guts to let that control freak have it. Dean did. He had the strength and the guts to let Seth have it.
Dean points out that the Shield used to be the outsiders,but then Seth and Roman sold out. They sold out to the establishment, and they sold out to the fans. The fans want Rollins? Too bad, life’s not fair. Dean Ambrose is now the moral compass of the WWE.
Turning his attention to TLC, Dean promises that he will win. He will make Rollins lose control because simply TAKING that Intercontinental Championship would way too easy. Rollins will lose his infamous control and that lovely championship will fall into the safe arms of Dean Ambrose.
At this point, Rollins has had enough and heads for the ring, taking out everyone in his path, including the SWAT team Dean hired to protect him. Rollins finally got his hands on his former friend and the fight was on. Rollins was able to the upperhand a few times, but the righteous Ambrose was able to turn it around, with a well-placed shot with his gas mask. Ambrose would add further injuries to insult by hitting TWO Dirty Deeds on Rollins before leaving, still proclaiming his integrity. Will that integrity hold at TLC? Or will Rollins be able to keep his championship?
Drew McIntyre Appreciation Night: One of Corbin’s brainstorms of the evening was to give Drew McIntyre an appreciation segment in the ring, complete with gold metal for his accomplishments.McIntyre wasted no time in taking credit for everything himself and denouncing babyfaces like Finn Balor as unworthy and complaining about lazy and complacent superstars.
However, out comes Dolph Ziggler. It seems that Corbin cut Ziggler out of the footage of McIntyre’s rise to the top, something that Ziggler was very much a part of and the Show Off isn’t happy about this.
McIntyre, however, wasn’t about to share the glory with his former friend and eviscerates his former partner. However, Ziggler wasn’t going to stand for McIntyre’s nonsense and lays McIntyre out. Enraged by Ziggler’s actions, Corbin forces Ziggler to face McIntyre one on one.
On paper, this looked like a really one-sided match since McIntyre had a serious height and strength advantage of Ziggler. Ziggler had his famous scrappiness…and some help. Finn Balor would help Ziggler get the win over McIntyre by laying the Scottish Psychopath out, leaving him open to a Ziggler Superkick. Enraged, McIntyre vowed to make Balor pay for his embarrassment.
Elias vs Bobby Lashley: Last week, Lashley was the victim of a 3 or 4 – 1 beatdown at thehands of Corbin, McIntyre, Lashley, and Rush. Elias got on the guitar and was prepared to put his trashing of Lashley to music when Rush interrupts and praises Lashley.
Not happy about the interruption, Elias went after Lashley and a brawl broke out. Elias would get the upperhand, sending Lashley into the TitanTron and then turned his attention to Lio Rush, who ran away, as did Lashley when Elias tried to go El Kabong on him. But Rush, suddenly comes running back, just in time for El Kabong. Why would Rush do something so foolish? Because he was more worried about getting away from Finn Balor than with Elias’ guitar. Looks like the resistance is growing on RAW.
Backstage, a stressed, and pissed, Corbin had an interesting meeting with Jinder Mahal. The Shaman of Shanti just wants to help Corbin find peace through meditation. He also offers to help Corbin deal with his little Balor problem. Corbin agrees and sets the match for later.
Finn Balor vs Jinder Mahal (with the Singhs): Finn Balor had spend Monday night doing everything he could to annoy Baron Corbin and had done a pretty good job of it. Mahal had offered to take care of Balor for Corbin, and to get some measure of revenge for all the humiliating losses Mahal and partner, Alicia Fox, had taken during the Mixed Match Challenge.
Unfortunately, despite Mahal’s best efforts, Balor would pull out the victory with some help from Apollo Crews, who attacked the Singhs. Looks like Balor’s resistance building is getting somewhere, or did Crews have his own reasons for helping out?
However, Balor still had to reckon with Drew McIntyre,who attacked him backstage as Balor was giving an interview and gave him a vicious beating.
WWE Championship: Note to self: NEVER enter a hyperbaric chamber, if what happened to Daniel Bryan is anything to go by. Once upon a month ago, Daniel Bryan was the perennial darling of the WWE Universe, but then he entered a hyperbaric chamber and came out a walking Vegan and Greenpeace stereotype, who had no qualms about screwing over a colleague he claimed to respect just because the colleague mentioned him in a promo.
Miz got the interesting job of interviewing the new Daniel Bryan and it went about as well as you can expect. Miz didn’t see what was so new about Bryan, but Bryan sets the record straight: He doesn’t give a damn what the fickle fans think or about winning honorably. It’s either win or lose. Which means Miz was right about Bryan all along.
Miz isn’t sure what to make of this and Bryan chides him for never getting to the point. So what about kicking Styles in the balls? People do worse things than that every day to each other and to the planet.
Miz is completely lost, sure he knew all along that Bryan was full of crap, but did he become champion because of what Miz said. Bryan can’t seem to decide what the answer is and it doesn’t matter. Old Daniel Bryan is dead and no one can do anything about that.
However, an enraged AJ Styles would beg to differ. Bryan did the typically heel thing and shoved Miz towards Styles to take the punishment, which he did, but Styles hadn’t taken his eyes off of Bryan. Bryan runs, but Miz gets involved and it’s a three way fist fight until Miz hits a Skull Crushing Finale on Styles. Miz is stunned by Bryan’s actions, but time will tell if there will be any repercussions.
WWE United States Championship: Last week, Rusev was supposed to have a match against Nakamura, but Nakamura played dirty and took Rusev out with two Kinshasa kicks before the match started. When asked about this, Rusev didn’t mince words: Nakamura did what he did because he was afraid and knew that Rusev would beat him.
And who wouldn’t be afraid of the muscles Rusev showed off, not to mention that Rusev is hungry for the US Championship, which he held for almost a year in 2014 before losing it to John Cena. Nakamura wants to treat the US Championship like a toy, but for Rusev, it represents honor and tradition, which Nakamura doesn’t have. Nakamura can run, but he can’t hide from the hungry Rusev, who vows to feast on Nakamura on Rusev Day!
SmackDown Women’s Division: SmackDown started off with the contract signing for the Women’s TLC Match at TLC because we make history on Tuesday nights. Asuka and Charlotte come out, followed by Becky.
Anyone who has ever watched a contract signing in WWE knows how they go: Everyone insults everyone else and a fight breaks out. Well,this was no different, only this argument, seemed to center around who could beat Ronda Rousey, between Charlotte and Asuka. Becky shut them both up, by pointing out that SHE was the one who took Rousey out with a broken face and a concussion, though Charlotte tried to claim that her beating of Rousey was more impressive because Becky dropped the ball, totally ignoring the fact that Becky had been forced to give up her match, she hadn’t wussed out on it. Finally tired of the posturing, Becky signed the contract and left, but not before pointing out that Charlotte hadn’t been able to beat Rousey and neither Charlotte or Asuka could beat HER.
Before that argument could continue, Sonya Deville, who was still smarting from losing to Asuka last week, and Mandy Rose. As far as they’re concerned, Charlotte and Asuka are completely undeserving of making history. Sonya and Mandy were brought in by Paige, THEY should be the ones making history. Besides, what happens if something…unfortunate should happen to Charlotte and Asuka?
Paige, who had had enough of this, pulls the ever reliable tag team match from the General Manager playbook: Asuka and Charlotte vs Sonya and Mandy.
The match between Asuka, Charlotte, Mandy, and Sonya was actually really good, but there were questions about the solidity of both partnerships. Absolution’s issues are well-known while Charlotte and Asuka have a history and are rivals for the title.
However, the partnership of Deville and Rose proved much stronger than Charlotte and Asuka’s. The Queen and the Empress had a few snafus that turned into an all-out problem when Asuka accidentally hit Charlotte,which Charlotte repaid by ‘accidentally’ hitting Asuka with a big boot, which Asuke then repaid with a deliberate kick to the face, which let Sonya pick up the win, much to the amusement of Becky Lynch, who had been watching the match at ringside. Maybe all the Man has to do is let Charlotte and Asuka beat the hell out of hell out of each other and just take her title and leave.
SmackDown Tag Team Division: The SmackDown tag team championship will be contested in a Triple Threat Match at TLC, so Xavier Woods, Jey Uso, and Cesaro, all accompanied by their respective partners, took each other on in a singles dress rehearsal for TLC.
The match was really great, but Cesaro stole the show by doing a giant swing on Jey Uso WITH Xavier Woods in a fireman’s carry on his shoulders. Unfortunately for Cesaro, that show of strength, which really needs to be seen to be believed, didn’t stop Jey Uso from knocking Cesaro’s head off with a superkick for the pinfall. That’s the second or third win in a row for the Usos, but will they be able to keep that momentum at TLC?
Miz and Shane McMahon:Ever since Crown Jewel, Miz has been trying to schmooze Shane, and ever since Crown Jewel, Shane has tried to gently let Miz down. This week, Shane finally lost his patience after Miz again tried to make their boss/employee more than it was. They aren’t partners, and Shane doesn’t owe Miz anything. Miz is going to do MizTV with Daniel Bryan and that’s that. Miz sulks off, but it remains to be seen if he’ll take the hint.
Jeff Hardy vs Randy Orton: Last week, Jeff Hardy’s anniversary celebration was interrupted by Samoa Joe’s head games. This week, Hardy took on a familiar foe, Randy Orton. Orton was more interested in threatening and mocking Rey Mysterio, but Orton is an equal opportunity abuser, so he’ll crush Hardy too.
The match was really good, as expected, but just when it seemed Hardy had Orton where he wanted him, Samoa Joe interrupted with a video depicting himself in a bar, mocking Hardy, again for his past issues with substance abuse. The distraction was enough for Orton to get the pinfall via an RKO. Joe mocked Hardy’s defeat, but will Hardy make the sadistic Samoan pay for his deeds?
AJ Styles vs Miz: After all the shenanigans earlier in the evening, it was decided to let Styles and Miz work their issues out in the ring. Bryan was on hand to watch and give his opinion.
If you were expecting an amazing match, you were not disappointed. Styles and Miz had a fantastic back and forth match. However, despite the best efforts of Miz, and some interference by Bryan, Styles would make the Awesome One tap out to the Calf Crusher for the win. However, Bryan wasn’t done and attacked Styles, targeting his leg and everything else, leaving the former champion in a heap. As Bryan left, he chided the booing fans for being fickle, but will Styles be able to stop the new Bryan at TLC?
The Scottish Kings vs Everyone: The Sinister Scots have been running roughshod over the NXT UK locker room, and they have no intention of stopping, especially since NXT UK Champion, Pete Dunne isn’t there that night.
Joe Coffey takes the mic and discusses the words that have been thrown around about himself, his brother, and their new friend: Ruthless, devious,underhanded, and those are probably the ones that can be repeated on TV. However, all those words are 100% accurate and they don’t care if fans don’t like it, they RUN NXT UK. All three men are gallus, or bold, which sounds better than gallous, or chicken and this is their kingdom, not the proponents of British Strong Style.
However, they’re interrupted by Travis Banks, who was taken out by the Gallous Kings a few weeks ago. Joe mocks Travis, but the Kiwi Buzzsaw is mad as hell and done listening to the Coffeys, and bum rushes the ring. But when it looks like Banks was in serious danger of getting his ass kicked, Moustache Mountain runs into make the save and sends Gallus running.
NXT UK Women’sDivision: We get another look at Isla Dawn, who came VERY close to taking Toni Storm out of the NXT UK Women’s Championship Tournament.
Backstage, Johnny Saint announces that with so much going on, he needs some help, and introduces Sid Scala as his assistant GM. However,this doesn’t impress new champion Rhea Ripley, who isn’t happy about not getting the attention she feels owed as NXT UK Women’s Champion.
When Scala tries to assure her that he and Mr. Saint are working to find her the best competition, Ripley treats the statement with contemp tthat would’ve gotten her knocked on her ass if she’d been a man or Scala had been a woman. Ripley might not think much of Saint’s ‘hired help’ but will she be impressed with her opponent?
Isla Dawn took on Nina Samuels in a great match up. Isla seems to have learned something from her match with Toni Storm, because she kept her eyes on the prize, putting away the Pink Devil with a suplex. She wove a spell this week, but will she have the same result with Ripley?
A week after her devastating loss to Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm discussed the loss and her injury. It seems Toni hurt her back during the match and will be missing some ring time, but Storm vows to come back and look out Rhea Ripley when she does.
Backstage, Fabian Aichner is in the house because the talent in NXT UK is some of the best in the business, and that’s what he wants when he goes up against Mark Andrew.
Last week, Jordan Devlin came within a breath of becoming NXT UK Champion. Devlin’s quite proud of last week’s match and claims that Dunne showed fear and is quite confident of another shot. This week, though, he’s going up against Flash Morgan Webster, but he’s not worried. He’s the Ace,Webster’s the Joker, Ace trumps everything. He’ll take care of Webster and reshuffle his deck of cards for another opponent.
Fabian Aichner vs Mark Andrews: At first glance, this seems like such a mismatch of styles and appearances. Aichner is all muscle and size, Andrews is smaller, but quicker.However, this was an amazing match. Aichner might a bigger guy, but he could move around and kept up with Andrews. However, Andrews’ refusal to stay down finally pissed off Aichner who finally snapped and beat the snot out of Andrews, taking home a pinfall victory with a really cool spinning sit-out powerbomb, much to everyone’s surprise. Aichner definitely made an impact in NXT UK, but will Andrews be his only victim?
Eddie Dennis vs Tucker:Ever since his debut, Eddie Dennis has destroyed every opponent he’s come across. This week, his victim…er, student is Tucker.
The match was quick. Tucker got in a few offensive moves,but the Headmaster from Hell wasn’t impressed and punished Tucker with a brutal beatdown, putting poor Tucker away with a Ruler’s Edge and a Next Stop Driver for the pinfall. The reign of terror continues, but is ti getting the attention of whoever Dennis is mad at?
Jordan Devlin vs Flash Morgan Webster: Since his debut, Jordan Devlin has been talking a lot of smack, and backing it up, but will the Irish Ace regret dismissing Flash Morgan Webster as a joker?
The match was really good. Webster has a lot of fight and a lot of moves, but Devlin is a whole other level, and he knows it. If the fans were hoping Webster would make Devlin eat all the smack he was talking, they were sorely disappointed when Devlin put Webster away with a driver for the pinfall. If I was Pete Dunne, I wouldn’t be counting my blessings over beatingJordan Devlin just yet.
NXT UK Women’s Division: Last episode, Isla Dawn bounced back from her devastating loss in the Women’s Championship Tournament with a fantastic victory over Nina Samuels. Dawn attributes her victory to her Wiccan faith of good, truth and spirit,which the Goddess embodies, and which will, hopefully, guide her to the NXT UK Women’s Championship.
However, Rhea Ripley scoffs at Dawn’s proclamation. She wants worthy competition and the White Witch isn’t it. However, Ripley does have an opponent tonight and she wants Isla Dawn to check that match out very closely.
Well, Ripley’s choice of opponent, which she hand-picked, was interesting. Her name was Candy Floss (Cotton Candy, for the Americans in the crowd) and her hair and personality was as bright and cheery as her name. Despite the crowd giving her fair warning about what was about to happen, Miss Floss seemed quite excited about the opportunity she was getting.
To everyone’s surprise, including mine and Ripley’s, Candy Floss turned out to NOT be a total pushover, she gave Ripley quite a fight, but Ripley’s size and power advantage to be unstoppable and put Candy away with the Riptide.
Ripley seemed surprised by the fight she got, and seemed to want to congratulate her opponent, but beat her down and threw her out of the ring. Maybe she should re-think her stance on the NXT UK Women’s division.
Joseph Conners vs Dan Moloney: Last week, Conners destroyed former partner, Saxon Huxley, but how will he fare against the other Birmingham Bruiser?
The match was quick but ugly. Conners and Moloney are pretty rough and tumble guys and beat the living hell out of each other. However, Conners had righteousness on his side, at least in his own mind and managed to put Moloney with Don’t Look Down. Pete Dunne better clear his calendar.
Mustache Mountain vs Gallus: Since the first episode of NXT UK, there have been issues between the Last Kings of Scotland and the proponents of British Strong Style, lead by Mustache Mountain and Pete Dunne.
This week, as Seven and Bate were arriving for work, the Gallous ones were waiting and taunting them. However, before anything more interesting than squawking could happen, the GM and his assistant showed up and made the Gallous Boys leave, but Joe Coffey will face Travis Banks later.
Mike Hitchman vs Dave Mastiff: This was a battle of the super heavyweights. Mastiff is undefeated in NXT UK, but can he beat the equally huge Wild Boar?
Both guys were in a surprisingly jolly mood as they get started, but that didn’t last long. This wasn’t a pretty match to watch, but both guys beat the tar out of each other, but seemed to be having fun doing it, but Mastiff would pull out the win with his devastating cannonball. Mastiff is rolling and I’m curious to see who will be able to stop him.
Backstage, Mastiff was still feeling pretty jolly, he praises Hitchman’s skills, Mastiff was just a little better. However, lurkingin the shadow was Eddie Dennis, who has also been on a roll lately. That collision would be interesting. What do you say, Mr. GM?
Tyson T-Bone vs El Ligero: The King of the Travelers fell short in his attempt to beat DaveMastiff, but will he have better luck against the Leeds Luchador?
This was definitely a clash of styles, but it worked really well. T-Bone and Ligero went back and forth, nearly getting themselves counted out. However, Ligero’s pluck turned out to be the deciding factor in this match as the Luchador would put T-Bone away with a springboard splash.
Ligero won this round, but where does he stand in NXT UK.
Travis Banks vs Wolfgang (with the Coffey Brothers: Before the match, Assistant GM, Sid Scala, made a change in the match up. Trent Seven and Joe Coffey will have a match NEXT week, plus there’s going to be an announcement that a lot of people in NXT UK are going to want to hear.
It was clear from the start that Wolfgang wasn’t taking Banks seriously, a decision he came to regret when Banks proved harder to beat than expected.
It looked like the other Gallous Brothers were going to help Wolfgang steal the victory he couldn’t seem to get on his own when Moustache Mountain appeared and took both Coffeys down. In the end, Banks would get the win with a small assist by Seven, using the Gallous Brothers’ own tricks against them, but we all know the Last Kings aren’t going to take that lying down.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: After getting pinned fair and square by Cedric Alexander in last week’s amazing main event, you’d think that Buddy Murphy would have more respect for the former champ, especially since that victory impressed Maverick enough to finally give Alexander his rematch, but he’s not. Alexander needed Ali to beat Murphy last week and Ali was a tougher opponent. However, he offers Alexander a chance to prove himself worthy of Murphy’s respect before their match: They’ll each have a singles match next week and Maverick can pick their opponents. Who will be the lucky contenders?
Maverick might not have to look very far to find someone to take on Murphy. Noam Dar isn’t happy about how Murphy helped his ‘daft’ friend, Tony Nese beat Dar a few weeks ago and he’s more than happy to let Murphy know to his face.
At the end of the show, Maverick had made his decision. Murphy WILL face Noam Dar and Cedric Alexander will face Tony Nese. Nese wasn’t bothered, he sent Alexander on his losing streak and will do it again, but will the renewed fire in Alexander burn Nese?
Brian Kendrick (with Akira Tozawa) vs Drew Gulak (with Jack Gallagher: Once upon a few month sago, Kendrick and Gulak were partners in crime against Cedric Alexander, then Gulak claimed Kendrick had gone soft and turned on him. Now, these former friends are about to try and settle this thing once and for all.
The match was great and very fast moving, with both guys going back and forth. Unfortunately, Kendrick was denied a pinfall victory whenGallagher attacked him to save Gulak from getting pinned. Kendrick found himself being double-teamed when Tozawa runs in, but also falls victim to theParty of Gulak, but I doubt a hollow victory will suffice, especially after this.
Ariya Daivari vsClay Roberts: Daivari made his return last week, seeming to join forces with Hideo Itami, showing Itami the respect Itami seemed to think he was owed.
This match was quick. Daivari might respect Itami, but he didn’t respect his opponent. He made quick work of Roberts, who put up a fight,but was finally put away with a clothesline, after Daivari pulled him out of the pin several times before ref stopped the match. We’ll have to see if Daivari’s nastiness will be enough to impress Itami.
Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander: There have been rumors that Cedric Alexander was going to turn on his long-time friend, Mustafa Ali, especially after Ali became #1 Contender before Survivor Series. However, last week’s match showed no animosity between the two friends as they worked together to put away the Body Guys.
What do the two men in question have to say? Ali is humble. He’s glad that Alexander is getting his rematch and Ali hopes he wins,but Ali also warns that whoever the Cruiserweight Champion is, they need to look out because the Heart of 205 still beats and he still wants that championship.
Cedric Alexander is excited about FINALLY getting his rematch. He’s not worried about Murphy’s comments about himself and Ali, that’s grade-school stuff. He is a go for that little challenge and will take out whomever Maverick finds for him.
Tornado Tag Match –Lucha House Party vs TJP and Mike Kanellis (with Maria Kanellis): This neverending feud keep plugging away, but Maria’s Minions have an advantage this week: Gran Metalik is NOT in the house due to becoming a father, so it’s Kalisto and Lince Dorado vs TJP and Mike Kanellis in the Tornado Match.
The match was good, the antics about the Lucha toys wasn’t, as Maria destroyed Penelope the Pinata, much to the fury of the Texas crowd. However, despite all the antics, Maria’s Minions couldn’t put away the Lucha House Party, even on an even playing field. In fact, LHP used the Minions’ tricks against them, using their pinatas as weapons to neutralize Maria and Mike and hitting the Salida Del Sol on TJP, on the pinatas with a shooting star press to seal the deal.
LHP, and the fans, celebrate their victory and the return of the stolen masks. Pinatas for everyone! Feliz Natividad!
NXT Championship: For the first time since defeating Velveteen Dream at TakeOver, Tommaso Ciampa returned to Full Sail, with Goldy in tow.
Ciampa was quite proud of himself and his work. He’d killed Velveteen Dream, ruined Black’s legend, and ended Gargano’s fairy tale.Yet, the fans still don’t accept him, but he doesn’t care. He’s going to makehis time with Goldy the kind of reign they’ll be talking about in the years to come.
However, Aleister Black has plenty to say about that. Ciampa may have beaten him for the title, but he had plenty of help and, by the way, Black has never gotten his rematch. Gargano’s been absolved of his sins,but Ciampa hasn’t and Aleister wants his rematch at TakeOver.
Gargano comes out and says that they aren’t done because Gargano hasn’t said they’re done. Ciampa approves of this and even makes a suggestion: They did a great job of tearing each other apart at TakeOver, but they forgot the steel cage! Gargano agrees and offers Black a steel cage match. Black’s tired of this whole conversation and says that he’ll fight Gargano anywhere,including a parking lot, which Gargano laughs at, reminding Black of how that went.
Tired of the BS, Black goes to hit Gargano with Black Mass,but Gargano gets away, but Ciampa, who didn’t have the good sense to run away instead of laughing heard the Mass instead. So the war continues in a Steel Cage, but who will emerge the winner?
NXT North AmericanChampionship: NXT Media caught up with Ricochet and he told them that he’s looking for opponents for his North American Championship and hoped that William Regal could help him with that little problem.
NXT Women’s Division: William Regal announced that NXT will be having a mini-tournament to decide who will qualify for a fatal four way match to determine a #1 Contender for Shayna Baszler’s NXT Women’s Championship. Or, at least, there will be matches to determine three of those ladies, Bianca Belair gets a bye because she’s undefeated, but how will she fair when there’s three other ladiesto beat.
Shayna Baszler may be NXT Women’s Champion, but she had plenty of help along the way, namely Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, and stomped on a lot of toes, namely Kairi Sane, Dakota Kai, and Io Shirai.
This week, Dakota Kai took on the Queen of Spades in one-on-one action, or it was supposed to be one-on-one. Baszler had her posse in tow, while Kai came out alone. Duke and Shafir didn’t get involved, but Kai took a heck of a beating, including getting her arm seriously injured by Baszler, but Kai kept fighting, but she finally fell to Baszler’s feared submission hold.
That should’ve been the end of it, but Baszler wasn’t done. She, and her friends, attacked the fallen Kai, but Kai has friends to and Io Shirai ran to the rescue. Shirai took out all three so-called Horsewomen,but Shayna almost got a free trip around the world, courtesy of a furious, one-armed, Dakota Kai, but Duke and Shafir saved Baszler at the last minute. Baszler may have won the match, but it’s clear she’s picked the wrong women to piss off.
NXT Tag Team Division: Heavy Machinery are looking for gold. They weren’t ready the last time they got a title shot, but a lot has changed since then. Dozer even took on the Champion! Undisputed Era better look out because Heavy Machinery is coming.
The Forgotten Sons have been waging their own little war for respect against a system they feel has wronged them and they’re also looking to get their hands on Undisputed Era’s lovely gold belts. This week,they took on familiar foes, Raul Mendoza and Humberto Carrillo.
Much like the last time these two teams met, Forgotten Sons won, despite Mendoza and Carrillo could throw at them. Mendoza and Carrillo put in a great effort, but Forgotten Sons were just a little bit better. Better luck next time, amigos.
Undisputed Era had some things to say about EC3’s comments last week. Fish is insulted by 3’s dismissal of him as another guy. Undisputed Era are sharks and they destroy anyone who challenges them, just ask the War Raiders.As far as UE is concerned, there’s no one even remotely worthy of challenging them,but Heavy Machinery has been undefeated since June, but they’ll fail against the Undisputed Era, just like EC3 will.
Which brings us to War Raiders. We all knew that everyone involved in the War Games Match took a hell of a beating, but the Raiders took more of an asskicking than most. Hanson, who really shined in the match has broken ribs, a ruptured spleen (OUCH) and several torn ligaments, however, he will be back and god help anyone in his way.
Matt Riddle vs Punishment Martinez: Matt Riddle, for reasons that totally baffle me, has been making quite a splash in NXT. This week, he took on ROH veteran Punishment Martinez, who looks as scary as his name implies.
Despite my skepticism, this was actually a really good match. Riddle and Martinez really mixed it up and showed promise as a future feud, but Riddle would walk away with the submission victory. Or, he would have, if he hadn’t been sucker punched by Kassius Ohno, who was looking for some revenge after what happened at TakeOver. Guess that shiny toy isn’t safe from Ohno just yet.
RAW: RAW was another mess this week. It wasn’t as bad as last week, but the year-end doldrums are definitely being felt.
I’m not a fan of Dean’s germaphobe quirk, but I LOVED the promo.
I have a feeling Slater being a ref is going to be a deciding factor at TLC.
Thank you, Rhyno.
Cannot wait for the Nattie/Ruby Riott Tables match.
I get that WWE is trying to make a Shield type group with Balor/Elias/Strowman and/or Ziggler, but the Shield was special and can’t be replicated.
SmackDown: The Women’s match this week was really great and keeps Deville in the title conversation.
Miz’s face-ish turn isn’t working for me. He’s too obnoxious to be a good babyface.
The ‘New’ Daniel Bryan is basically everything people hate about Vegans and environmentalists.
Cesaro’s strength is not of this earth!
I find it interesting that people are up in arms about RAW using Roman’s health issues in a storyline, but say nothing about SmackDown using Jeff Hardy’s substance abuse issues.
NXT UK: I’ll be so glad when NXT UK is back to one episode a week.
Jordan Devlin is going to be a star in the UK wrestling scene.
Loved the Isla Dawn/Nina Samuels match.
I hope Candy Floss sticks around.
I hope they introduce the Tag Titles soon because all these teams needs something to work towards.
205 Live: Alexander is FINALLY getting his rematch!!!
I hope the LHP/Kanellis/TJP feud is over.
NXT: Hope Hanson gets well soon, sounds like he was beat all to hell in that War Games match.
Loving the build of the feud between the Three Horsewomen and Team Sane.
Am intrigued by the Gargano/Black steel cage match.
Well, that’s it for Week in Review! Next week, we’ll have TLC results to discuss and hopefully some new storyline directions! Have a great week an be good to each other!
Greg DeMarco’s 2023 WWE SummerSlam Review
The biggest party of the summer comes to Detroit, when WWE SummerSlam 2023 delivers an action packed event that easily exceeds expectations.
The biggest party of the summer comes to Detroit, when WWE SummerSlam 2023 delivers an action packed event that easily exceeds expectations.
WWE presents SummerSlam 2023 live from ford field in Detroit in front of over 59k fans–who provided an electric atmosphere. Overall the card featured either matches, many of them delivering at or above expectations.
Read on for my thoughts, and even some ratings!
How I am rating segments:
I am using “The Line of DeMarco-cation,” which is for entertainment. the line is if I was entertained. You can have three main results:
- ABOVE the Line of DeMarco-cation
- AT the Line of DeMarco-cation
- BELOW the Line of DeMarco-cation
If necessary, i reserve the right to go WAY ABOVE or WAY BELOW. Significant segments can be rated. individual and overall ratings are totally subjective.
It’s simple: ENTERTAIN ME!
Logan Paul vs. Ricochet
- Welcome to the biggest match of Ricochet’s career.
- Samantha Irvin’s outfit matches Logan Paul, not Ricochet — SWERVE, BRO!
- Ricochet is a star, and I love seeing him treated like one.
- Rocket Mortgage is donating $5k for every move off the top rope? This match alone might accumulate half a million.
- I know Logan Paul needs to catch a private jet to Dallas and that’s why this is on first, but this is the perfect opener.
- If you didn’t know who Logan Paul was, you’d think he was just another member of the roster–and that’s the biggest compliment you can give to him. He’s a damn good heel, too.
- Paul using Braun Strowman’s powerslam–will we get Logan vs Braun?
- LOGAN MUST POSE!
- SPANISH FLY STICK THE LANDING.
- This might be the best match either have had in a LONG time.
- Logan Paul just hit a Buckshot Lariat over the top rope and to the floor. Sorry Hangman.
- I love that refs continue to have names – like former Greg DeMarco Show guest Eddie Orengo (as El Bandido Jr).
- I’d love to know Ricochet’s powerlifting numbers. Dude is deceptively strong.
- Logan Paul flew two-thirds of the way across the ring on the Springboard Froggy Splash
- This match is spotty–yes–but watch and learn Young Bucks. They are strung together by psychology and it all makes sense,
- LOVE that finish. Logan Paul wins (as expected), but Ricochet is protected.
- Think about that – RICOCHET IS PROTECTED.
- Hell of a match.
Winner: Logan Paul (pinfall brass knucks shot)
WAY ABOVE The Line Of DeMarco-cation.
Brock Lesnar vs. Cody Rhodes
- That video package–amazing. It likely telegraphed Cody’s win, but I don’t think many expect Cody to lose.
- I love when people question Brock’s presence. Did you hear that pop?
- Cody got a hell of a pop, too.
- You can tell how much Brock Lesnar respects Cody Rhodes, as he opens up the arsenal for him.
- I love that Brock simply stands center ring as the ref counts Cody out. Brock wants to win–doesn’t care how. That’s a little detail that shows how brilliant of a character Brock Lesnar is.
- This is the fifth time Brock has gone for the count-out–and I love the psychology.
- Now Brock does care how he wins–he wants to break Cody’s will.
- Wait, is this Cody Rhodes’ mystery twin brother Cory Rhodes?
- That top rope Cody Cutter was fantastic.
- Not sure when Brock’s shorts got ripped, but it adds to this fight.
- That’s what this is, a fight. And that is Brock Lesnar at his finest.
- It might have been a happy accident, but Cody’s hand bouncing off the bottom rope before he finally grabs it to break the Kimura is another amazing little thing.
- Brock is so slow and methodical, but snatches people up for the F5 in a flash. So good.
- Cody Rhodes wins, after THREE Cross Rhodes. Good shit.
- Interesting that the show of respect from Brock to Cody is considered Cody’s arrival.
- Or maybe it’s just the arrival of “The American Nightmare.”
- I will be very interested–as will all of you–to see what’s next for both men.
Winner: Cody Rhodes (pinfall, three Cross Rhodes)
WAY ABOVE The Line Of DeMarco-cation.
NOTE: Very interesting that Roman Reigns was featured in the PayBack promo, as well as Logan Paul. I wouldn’t expect either to be on that card.
Slim Jim SummerSlam Battle Royal
- I have to admit, it just feels right to have Slim Jim back in my wrestling.
- This better be good since it cost us Becky Lynch vs. Trish Stratus.
- I hope Sheamus got a full entrance for the crowd.
- Oh look, Omos still works here!
- Chad Gable is so damn good.
- Austin Theory is in this match? And didn’t get an entrance?
- At WrestleMania 30, Big E was in the Andre The Royal Giant Memorial Battle Rumble, didn’t get an entrance, and didn’t even get to carry his Intercontinental Champion. And I don’t even think his elimination was mentioned by commentary (I’d have to go back and check).
- Santos Escobar eliminating Austin Theory at least makes sense.
- LA Knight barely breathes and the crowd gets ELECTRIC.
- I haven’t made as many bullet points because this has actually been a really good battle royal!
- I’d love to know who the agent was–fantastically done.
Winner: LA Knight (last eliminates Sheamus)
AT The Line Of DeMarco-cation.
MMA Rules Match – Ronda Rousey vs. Shayna Baszler
- Some of the shots during the entrance make me want WWE to get rid of stages altogether, and stick with this type of entrance.
- Also, it’s a reminder that I hate major wrestling events in daylight.
- This being an MMA Rules Match seems to be a missed opportunity at having a special guest referee.
- The fans DO NOT CARE About this match, and I see why.
- I am all for Ronda being able to go out how she wants to go out, and the talent pushing their own idea forward. But sometimes, you gotta say no.
- Some matches also play much better in an arena instead of a stadium (Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair from WrestleMania comes to mind). This is one of those matches.
- Whenever NXT had an “unsanctioned match,” the ref wore all black. That’s what we should have done here.
- Now we have doctors checking on Shayna? Really? I know we want to put over how tough she is, but…..
- The crowd pops out of relief when it’s over.
- Do this on Raw, not here. Give Becky and Trish this spot.
Winner: Shayna Baszler (technical submission, Kirifuda Clutch)
BELOW The Line Of DeMarco-cation.
Intercontinental Championship: Drew McIntyre vs. GUNTHER (c)
- My Peacock membership doesn’t let me see the video package here, and I am fine with that–it’s been a while since I’ve seen that AFLAC Duck, though.
- Ludwig Kaiser must love doing the entrance, but honestly the act might be getting stale?
- Corey Graves very poetic in pointing out that “records are meant to be broken.” That’s one of the core values of WWE at this point.
- It does appear GUNTHER will be going it alone tonight as Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci are headed to the back. Let’s see if they stay there.
- Interesting placement for this match, right after the ill-received MMA Rules Match.
- Didn’t the internet tell us Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor was going on fourth?
- Btw, this match is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage. Money talks, BAYBAY!
- GUNTHER truly lives the “Ring General” gimmick.
- As the match progresses, I honestly can’t see Drew winning here.
- The simplicity of the finishing sequence really adds to GUNTHER: top rope slap fest, McIntyre crotched on the ropes, splash, lariat, powerbomb. Nothing fancy–trademark GUNTHER.
Winner, #ANDSTILL the Intercontinental Champion: GUNTHER (pinfall, powerbomb)
ABOVE The Line Of DeMarco-cation.
World Heavyweight Championship: Finn Balor vs. Seth “Freakin'” Rollins (c)
- I presume we will get a bunch of Judgment Day shenanigans here, but I really needed Seth to go on last to further establish his championship. Instead, we are smack in the middle of the event (according to the Peacock slider, anyways)
- Seth Rollins’ entrance + 58k people = a beautiful sight
- The worst thing about this, to me, will be when Balor and Rollins are partners after Balor turns babyface.
- Love Rollins tossing the vest at Balor.
- Love the more unique start to the match.
- Interesting that Rollins, with a win, moves to 5th all time for SummerSlam wins? I had no clue! Mr. SummerSlam anyone?
- We keep naming refs, and I love it,
- If you want an “inside look” at a match, start paying really close attention for a few minutes starting with the triplicate of dives from Seth Rollins. You’ll see a few things that the cameras picked up.
- LOVE LOVE LOVE the Buckle Bomb into the barrier from Balor to Rollins. Should have known they’d do that, but it never crossed my mind. Brilliant.
- Decent amount of overlap in the offense of this match and the one prior–in hindsight, they may have wanted to put GUNTHER/McIntyre on before Rousey/Baszler.
- Fans boo’d the crap out of Damian Priest when he came down–but popped like hell for Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley.
- I really enjoyed the story told with the Judgment Day. When Priest called for the briefcase to be used, it would have worked. When Balor called for it, it wasn’t going to work, and Damian Priest knew it. But he let Finn Balor sink himself anyway. That will definitely play again later when they fully implode.
Winner AND STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Seth Freakin’ Rollins (pinfall, Stomp on the Money In The Bank Briefcase)
WAY ABOVE The Line Of DeMarco-cation.
WWE Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka (c) Bianca Belair
- Very odd having Asuka enter second.
- Charlotte Flair with the ode to Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 35 (IYKYK)
- Did I miss the C4 ad read? I saw that Bianca Belair entered with some, which made me thing THAT was why she came in last, and now the C4 branding is around the ring, but no real mention? Or did I miss it? Was it only for Peacock Premium subscribers?
- Very choppy match so far–and Charlotte has to basically stop the match to have Jessika Carr fix her outfit, leaving Belair and Asuka in the corner waiting until Asuka realized what was happening and tried to cover. The Double Natural Selection that followed was quite clunky.
- Bianca nowhere near Charlotte Flair when the moonsault hit–is Bianca really that good? I seem to ask myself this during every big time Bianca match, dating back to WrestleMania 37 when I felt like Sasha Banks had to carry her.
- I find myself wanting to fast forward to the finish, here. I’m not, but I kinda want to.
- ANOTHER REF NAMED! Thank you, Michael Cole.
- If IYO SKY cashes in here (which is easy to expect), I really hope it’s not right after Charlotte wins, getting her to #15. Granted, she could cash in DURING the match and make it a 4-way. But of everyone, I think Charlotte needs to eat the pin tonight.
- We have now had medical personnel tending to one of the participants in the middle of each women’s match tonight–first Shayna Baszler, now Bianca Belair. Seems like a misstep on someone’s part.
- Bianca with the heroic comeback, and a beautiful 450 Splash on Charlotte during the Figure Eight.
- Charlotte gets misted but Bianca gets the pin???
- Makes sense if we do the cash in here. as Bianca is hurt.
Winner, AND NEW WWE Women’s Champion: Bianca Belair (pinfall, small package)
- Aaaaaaaand here comes IYO SKY.
- I love Corey Graves telling Bianca to get the hell out of dodge.
- IYO and Bayley take out everyone, and she is indeed cashing in.
- Over The Moonsault, new champion, and the crowd goes nuts. Women’s Money In The Bank briefcase is still undefeated.
- Nice World Of Stardom reference by Michael Cole, too.
Winner, AND NEW WWE Women’s Champion: IYO SKY (CMITB cash-in, pinfall, Over The Moonsault)
AT The Line Of DeMarco-cation.
There were some rough spots, but the cash in saved it for me.
Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Match: Jey Uso vs. Roman Reigns (c) with Paul Heyman
- I am timing this from the second Jey Uso’s theme hits through the end.
- Man, Mike Rome is on one, and I am not sure if that’s a good thing. He doesn’t sound as fantastic as he usually does.
- 12:34 from Jey’s music hitting to the bell ringing.
- Roman is so slow and methodical, I don’t know if he realized Jey was going to dive so soon. Jey connected with Roman’s back, but that could have been really really bad.
- I know this is Tribal Combat, but given the use of stairs earlier tonight, we might as well consider the stairs legal.
- You know it’s an important match when Roman Reigns hits The Drive By, as he did on Jey Uso.
- Table, Kendo Stick, and more early.
- Jey clotheslining Roman over the top rope (with the Kendo Stick) and hitting the dive makes me think Jey got slightly lost earlier when he did the dive to a kneeling Roman’s back.
- That was a MASSIVE powerbomb onto the chairs!
- 35 minutes in (remember, since the start of Jey’s entrance, so 23 minutes into the match) and this is definitely just a touch slow. The story is amazing, so that’s my only complaint so far.
- I have to wonder if Roman knew he was bleeding when he hopped the barricade to go into the crowd.
- Aaaaaaaaaaaand here’s Solo Sikoa. That should surprise no one. We gotta get the whole family involved, right? At least the whole Bloodline.
- Solo declining to help Roman up might be starting Solo’s arc in the story, but it wasn’t apparent enough and commentary had to fill in the blanks.
- 50:22 since Jey’s entrance is the point where Jimmy shows up (pulling Jey out of the ring).
- Jimmy hits the Superkick and leaves.
- Spear through the table that was set-up about a week ago and Roman Reigns pins Jey Uso at 52:09 (from th estart of Jey’s entrance).
Winner AND STILL Undisputed WWE Universal Champion: Roman Reigns (pinfall, spear through the table)
AT The Line Of DeMarco-cation.
“At” might surprise you, but this was WAY too slow. Bell-to-bell it was roughly 40 minutes, and that was about 10 minutes too long. But the story is worth it in the end.
WWE SummerSlam 2023
Total Matches: 8
- ABOVE the Line of DeMarco-cation – 4 matches (3 WAY ABOVE)
- AT the Line of DeMarco-cation – 3 matches
- BELOW the Line of DeMarco-cation – 1 match
One “bad” match and seven “good ones, four of those I’d call “great.” Three of the great ones I labeled as “WAY ABOVE” the line, which easily makes up for one match that was lacking. Hell, when even the Battle Royal is good, you know you watched a damn good show.
Overall Rating for WWE SummerSlam 2023: 9/10
Let me know your thoughts! Drop a comment and tell me your ratings, and what you think of the Line Of DeMarco-cation.
King’s WrestleMania Rewind: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka from WrestleMania 34
Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!
Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!
We look back at Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka at WWE WrestleMania 34. ‘The Empress of Tomorrow’ put her unprecedented and historic undefeated streak of 914 days on the line against ‘The Queen’s’ SmackDown Women’s Championship.
For years, this was considered a dream match while Asuka dominated the roster in NXT, while Flair won numerous championships on the main roster on both Raw and SmackDown. The Empress made her long-awaited debut on the September 11th episode of Raw and began to tear through the competition.
Asuka outlasted all twenty-nine other women in the historic first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble match to challenge for the title of her choosing. At Fastlane, she made her choice.
The WWE Universe was so excited for this match myself included. Both superstars delivered a fantastic performance on the Grandest Stage of Them All executing counter after counter. Asuka showed off some nasty-looking kicks to her opponent, and Flair hit a thunderous Spanish Fly off the top rope. Flair was seconds away from defeat at the hands of The Empress but she locked in Figure Eight and Asuka was forced to tap out.
I can’t even begin to explain how shocked I was at this outcome, as nearly everyone expected The Empress to continue her undefeated streak and walk away with the women’s title. This controversial decision was the downfall of Asuka’s momentum. She would ultimately win the SmackDown Women’s Championship at the 2018 TLC pay-per-view in the triple-threat ladder match.
Fast forward to this year when Asuka has recently returned with her Japanese-inspired persona Kana. Kana is dangerous and ruthless and is heading into a championship with Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 39. The Empress has regained all her momentum and is highly favored to walk away with the Raw Women’s Championship. Let’s hope that Asuka and Belair can tear the house down and deliver an A+ grade match both women are fully capable of.
Down The Wire: Biggest Trade in Bucks History, MLB Playoff Push, Swifties Taking Over Football
Join the Brothers Wortz as they cover professional sports in unprofessional ways!
Chairshot NFL: Broncos @ Bears… Really?!?
Andrew and PC get you ready for week four with their Locks of the Week and the Balaz NFL Power...
Down The Wire: NFL No Cap Recap Week 3
Join the Brothers Wortz as they cover professional sports in unprofessional ways!
Down The Wire: Injuries, Names, and Week 3 Picks
Join the Brothers Wortz as they cover professional sports in unprofessional ways!
Chairshot NFL: 49ers Are Early Favorites
Andrew, PC and Rey are all in attendance to deliver their Locks of the Week but, to start the show...
Musical Chairs S3: E5- Sly And The Family Stone & Third Eye Blind 
This week the guys look at two more great bands that might not have reached their full potential: Sly &...
Bandwagon Nerds #203: Adjust The Tracking
The Nerds return to recap the penultimate Episode of Ahsoka, to look at more great trailers, and to discuss how...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (10/1/23)
Countdown to the Clash!
Bandwagon Nerds #202: Bridger Over Troubled Water
Grand Admiral Thrawn and Ezra Bridger finally made their live-action debuts and BWN breaks it all down for you.
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (9/23/23)
Race towards fate!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/3/23)
There's still No Mercy on NXT!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/2/23)
Rev up your engines!
Mitchell’s AEW WrestleDream Results & Report! (10/1/23)
AEW's tribute to Antonio Inoki.
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (9/30/23)
It's WrestleDream Eve!
Mitchell’s NXT No Mercy Results & Report! (9/30/23)
There's No Mercy in Bakersfield!
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: Cruisn’ into No Mercy!
DJ's back off vacation! Some more discussion about WWE releases and NXT No Mercy!
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/29/23)
Eddie Kingston is on a Rampage!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/29/23)
King VS Emperor to determine a champion!
DWI Podcast #395: I Can Hear Andrew’s Orgasm From 2000 Miles Away
What is the ceiling for Jade Cargill in WWE?
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 9.28.2023
JOYA ends tonight! We keep the JO but lose the YA - and an X Division championship match!