Weekly Wrestling Review: 10/7/19-10/11/19

Monday Night Raw

Opening Segment

We kick off Raw with a Baron Corbin and Randy Orton beatdown on Rusev. The babyface is able to fend them off but then Bobby Lashley appears on the titantron and he reveals that he is in Rusevs’ home. Lashley undresses and gets under the bed covers where he is eventually joined by Rusevs’ wife, Lana. Lana reveals that everything that was once Rusevs is now hers and that as the lights dim out, Lana and Lashley laugh under the covers together. Furious, Rusev attacks both Orton and Corbin who are mocking him. Rusev utilizes the ring post and some steel steps to take care of the dastardly heels. This apparently was supposed to be a Rusev vs. Orton match but obviously that did not happen. As much as I despise this storyline, I’m all for a monster Rusev push.

Grade: C

Natalya vs. Lacy Evans in a Last Women’s Standing Match

Natalya starts the match off hot with some hard-hitting moves and even locks in the Sharpshooter. Evans is able to fight back and drop Natty for a 9-count but Natty gets back up and returns the favor. Natty is able to hit a suplex and some more offense to force the ref to start the count on Lacy. But, Lacy manages to return to her feet and slam Natty into the barricade headfirst after Natty misjudges a dropkick attempt. Natty is able to break the count at 9 but gets sent right back down by Lacy for her troubles. Lacy teases grabbing a table but doesn’t because that would be pandering to the crowd and the heels aren’t here to please the crowd. As we return from commercial, Lacy has trapped Natty in a chair by placing a kendo stick through the armrests. As Natty struggles to get free, Lacy uses another kendo stick to continue the beatdown. Natty is able to fight her way out of harm’s way but ends up getting dropped by Lacy again after she used the kendo sticks for herself. Lacy utilizes a trashcan with Natty’s’ name on it because “she’s a nasty” and knocks down Natty once again. They then fight up the ramp to the entrance screen where Lacy hurls Natty into the screen before taking Natty over to the announce table. Natty refuses to stay down even after being suplexed on the table. Lacy keeps the beatdown going on the stage until Natty reveres s suplex attempt that would have sent her through a table off of the stage. Natty is able to powerbomb Lacy through the said table from the stage and Lacy is unable to beat the 10-count.

Result: Natalya wins via powerbomb through a table off of the stage

Grade: C+

Aleister Black Backstage Promo

Black is back with moody promos about how someone needs to pick a fight with him.

Grade: C

Street Profits Backstage Promo

Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins hype up the show and give us some profiles for potential draftees in the upcoming WWE draft. 

Grade: C+

Tyson Fury Backstage Interview

Tyson Fury is here and he explains that he is seeking an apology from Braun Strowman for what happened last week.

Grade: C

Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler (c’s) vs. The Viking Raiders in a Non-Title Match

The Viking Raiders have a great match against the Raw Tag Team Champions. Erik and Ivar dominate the majority of the early portion of the match until the heels are able to get their footing. Ziggler gets visibly frustrated because the good guys are being resilient and fighting off all the big moves of the heels. Erik is able to miraculously kick out of a Spinebuster and ZigZag combination which baffles the champs. As Roode goes for a Glorious DDT, Erik is able to fight him off until the Viking Raiders get a chance to hit the Viking Experience on Ziggler for the victory.

Result: Viking Raiders win via pinfall after the Viking Experience

Grade: B

Aleister Black Backstage Promo / Handicap Match with the Singh Brothers

Black once again appears on the big screen but this time he says that he is tired of waiting and is heading to the ring for a fight. The Singh Brothers are in the ring trying to hype themselves up for the upcoming WWE draft but are interrupted by Blacks’ music.

Black hits a big kick to the head of Samir and then a high-knee strike to Sunil. Samir tries to sneak attack Black but eats a Black Mass for his efforts. Black then applies a new submission finisher to Sunil who instantly taps out.

Result: Aleister Black wins via submission with a new finisher

Grade: B+

Braun Strowman Backstage Interview

Strowman explains that his actions were in good fun but that if Fury wants to fight, he’ll fight.

Grade: C+

Rey Mysterio Backstage Interview

Rey describes he and his sons’ health after they were brutally attacked by Brock Lesnar last week. Rey then says that his sons’ godfather, Cain Velasquez, is the only man that Lesnar fears and that is why Velasquez came to the aid of the Mysterio family.

Grade: B-

The OC vs. Lucha House Party in a 6-Man Tag Team Match

Metalik starts off strong on the heels but they are able to fight back until everything breaks down and all 6 men enter the ring. After the Lucha House Party dispell The OC to the outside, each member climbs on top of the same ring post and simultaneously hit diving flips onto the heels who are around ringside. Things settle down and Lince, who tagged in during commercial, is able to fight off Karl Anderson and make the hot tag to Kalisto as AJ Styles also enters the match. Everything goes haywire again as everyone attempts to hit their big moves but eventually Styles plants Kalisto with the Phenomenal Forearm for the 3-count.

Post-Match: The OC continues the beatdown as Gallows and Anderson hit a Magic Killer and Styles hits a Super Styles Clash on Lince.

Result: The OC win via pinfall after Styles hits the Phenomenal Forearm on Kalisto

Grade: B-

Miz TV w/ special guests Becky Lynch (c) and Charlotte Flair (c) 

Miz recaps all of the action from last week before introducing The Man. Becky comes to the ring to a huge pop from the crowd. Miz then introduces Charlotte and the crowd goes mild. To start, Miz lists all of Becky’s accomplishments and Becky states that Miz forgot to mention that Becky kicked Sasha Banks ass last night. Miz congratulates Charlotte on her victory last night as well before announcing that the duo will face the Kabuki Warriors tonight in tag team action. The duo then gets into a staredown as they start to bump heads about who is better. The Kabuki Warriors interrupt the segment by talking down to the singles champs in Japanese from the entrance ramp. Asuka and Kairi Sane charge the ring and attempt to attack the singles champs but they overpower them before we get a commercial break.

Grade: B+

Becky Lynch (c) and Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Kabuki Warriors (c) in a Non-Title Women’s Tag Team Match

Becky and Asuka exchange moves until Asuka sends Becky to the outside. Sane tags in and the tag champs perform some double-team moves. Lynch fights back and makes the tag to Charlotte as Asuka tags in as well. Charlotte overpowers Asuka until Asuka rolls out of the ring to recover. Giving them no time to recover, Charlotte hits both of the heels with a moonsault to the outside of the ring. Becky gets a hot tag and tries taking down both heels but Sane moves and is able to drop Becky. Sane goes for the InSane Elbow but Becky knocks her down and hits a leg drop of her own. Things turn up a notch as all 4 women fight in the ring resulting in Charlotte tweaking her knee. This distracts the ref and Asuka uses the Green Mist on Becky for the cheating win.

Post-Match: The Kabuki Warriors are beating down Becky and Charlotte until Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross make the save.

Result: Kabuki Warriors win via pinfall after cheating

Grade: B+

Apollo Crews Backstage Interview

Crews states that he has been working hard and looks to showcase his talents tonight against Ricochet.

Grade: C

Viking Raiders Backstage Promo

The Viking Raiders announce that they are challenging Roode and Ziggler for the Raw Tag Team Championships next week.

Grade: B

Ricochet Backstage Interview

Um, this was not timed well. A clearly prerecorded interview that airs 1 minute after the Crews interview has Ricochet acting like that interview took place hours ago. Not to mention Charly Caruso gave both interviews… so theoretically, Ricochet and Crews were standing right next to each other the whole time.

Grade: C

Ricochet vs. Apollo Crews

A very fast-paced match as the pair counters every counter that they throw at each other. The match ends after Ricochet catches Crews with a Recoil out of nowhere.

Result: Ricochet wins via pinfall after hitting the Recoil

Grade: B

Main Event: Braun Strowman and Tyson Fury Standoff

Fury says that he demands an apology and Strowman makes his way down to the ring. Strowman says that he would destroy Fury and Fury counters with the fact that he’s a heavyweight champion, unlike Strowman. The 2 try to fight but security separates them. They each take down all of the security guards until the undercard of WWE superstars has to come separate them once again. 

Strowman leaves the ring and goes backstage where he starts to be interviewed he changes his mind and runs back into the ring to continue the brawl as the show goes off of the air.

Grade: C

Conclusion

This was a very boring episode of Raw. If this is what Raw is now after the Fox deal with Smackdown, they need to cut this show back from 3 hours down to 2.

Overall Grade: D

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NXT

We will start the Wednesday Night Wars with NXT this week.

Opening Segment

  • A recap of last week starts the show.
  • We go straight into the newly dubbed NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match.

Drew Gulak (c) vs. Lio Rush in a Cruiserweight Championship Match

  • Gulak goes for a running dropkick right at the bell but connects with the turnbuckle.
  • A great start by Rush by Gulak overpowers the challenger into a submission hold and multiple strikes.
  • Rush is perched on the top turnbuckle when Gulak kicks him to ringside to enter our first commercial break of the night.
  • Rush has fought back into this match but Gulak keeps knocking him down with power moves.
  • Gulak locks in the Gu-Lock but Rush escapes with a roll-up.
  • Gulak hits the Cyclone Crash but Rush, aware of his surroundings, gets his foot on the rope to break the pin attempt.
  • Rush sends Gulak crashing to the mat from the top rope and hits a frog splash followed by a stunner and lastly the Final Hour to get the pinfall!
  • Post-Match: Gulak grabs her old title from Rush and hands it to him himself in a sign of respect.

Result: Lio Rush wins via pinfall to capture the NXT Cruiserweight Championship

Grade: B+

Finn Balor Vignette

  • A video package about the career and upcoming return to NXT for Balor.

Grade: B

Tegan Nox Vignette

  • The rehab and return of Tegan Nox is documented before an announcement that she will return to in-ring action next week.

Grade: B+

Rhea Ripley vs. Aliyah w/ Vanessa Borne

  • Ripley utilizes some short-arm lariats before locking in a leg-lock on Aliyah… while standing.
  • Ripley swings Aliyah around while holding in the leg-lock before wrenching it in on the mat.
  • Aliyah taps out to the submission move.
  • Post-Match: Ripley says that she is coming for the NXT Women’s Champion: Shayna Baszler

Result: Rhea Ripley wins via submission

Grade: B-

Breezango vs. Ever-Rise The Forgotten Sons w/ Jaxon Ryker

  • Tyler Breeze and Fandango make an interesting entrance as construction workers and are dubbed “Men at Work” by commentary.
  • The Forgotten Sons take out Ever-Rise and take their spot in this match with the help of Jaxon Ryker.
  • Steve Cutler takes the fight to Breeze early on and tags in Wesley Blake for some tandem offense.
  • Fandango gets the hot tag to take care of Blake before Breeze tags back in.
  • Fandango hits an impressive sunset powerbomb from the top rope on Blake before Ryker gets involved.
  • The Forgotten Sons takedown Fandango after Ryker handles Breeze for the victory.

Result: The Forgotten Sons win via pinfall after cheating.

Grade: C+

Keith Lee Vignette

Grade: B+

Boa vs. Cameron Grimes

  • Right at the bell, Grimes points at the ramp which causes Boa to look that way and eat a Cave-In for the 1-2-3.
  • Killian Dain was on the ramp and attacks Boa after the bell.

Result: Cameron Grimes wins via pinfall in less than 10 seconds

Grade: C

Damian Priest Vignette

  • Preist explains his actions and why he attacked Pete Dunne.

Grade: B

Roderick Strong (c)  vs. Isiah “Swerve” Scott in a Non-Title Match

  • Swerve almost gets the upset pinfall after a shocking side head kick.
  • Swerve is shocking everyone as he is dominating early on against the champ.
  • Strong fights back with a massive chop that sounded like the most painful chop ever.
  • Strong connects with a backbreaker to get the momentum.
  • These two appear to be working stiff as maybe someone connected legitimately early on in the match and it upset the other.
  • After a huge straight right hand, Swerve has his eyes set on an upset again.
  • The rest of the Undisputed Era comes down the ramp to cheer on Strong.
  • Swerve is dishing out power move after power move but Strong keeps kicking out.
  • A slingshot double stomp by Swerve could be the match.
  • Strong gets a second wind and locks in the Stronghold for the victory out of nowhere.

Result: Roderick Strong wins via submission

Grade: A-

Adam Cole Promo

  • Cole says that Swerve is good, but he isn’t good enough to upset The Undisputed Era.
  • Cole then says that everyone wants a piece of them but no one is good enough.
  • Velveteen Dream interrupts Cole from above the entrance ramp.
  • Dream says The Undisputed Era is great, but not Strong.
  • Dream says Strong doesn’t “measure up” to him as he shows a picture of Strong on the jumbotron with a microscopic pixelation over his junk.
  • Tommaso Ciampa stalks his way out to the ring with a crutch in his hand.
  • Ciampa enters the ring with the crutch and a steel chair and The Undisputed Era retreat.
  • Ciampa simply says, “Goldy, daddy’s home.” to his title that he never lost which is currently held by Adam Cole.

Grade: A

Tommaso Ciampa Backstage Interview

  • Angel Garza cuts off the interview and says that he, the best looking man on NXT, should be the one being interviewed.
  • Garza says something in Spanish to Ciampa who knocks him out.
  • When asked what Garza said to him, Ciampa replies, “I have no idea.”

Grade: A

Dakota Kai vs. Bianca Belair

  • Kai and Belair exchange taunts and moves early on in this match.
  • Kai goes facefirst into the ring post which allows Belair to get the upper hand.
  • Kai has fought her way back into the match after the commercial break.
  • Many near falls occur as Kai is giving everything she has to offer to knock down Belair.
  • A double-chicken wing slam into a standing shooting star press allows Belair to regain the advantage.
  • After a short exchange, Belair hits the K.O.D. for the victory.
  • Post-Match: Belair says that she gets the next shot at Shayna Baszler, not Rhea Ripley.

Result: Belair wins via pinfall

Grade: C+

Dominik Dijakovic Vignette

  • Dijakovic says that he is prepared for Keith Lee and that he will end their rivalry next week.

Grade: C

Finn Balor Vignette

  • Another Balor video package explaining his return to NXT.

Grade: C

Pete Dunne Vignette

  • Dunne explains that he is the best and he is ready for a fight with Damian Priest next week.

Grade: B

Main Event: Kushida vs. Walter (c) in a Non-Title Match

  • WALTER patronizes Kushida as the man is over twice his size.
  • Kushida returns the favor and actually dumps WALTER to the outside of the ring to the shock of the NXT crowd.
  • Kushida botches a top rope move and WALTER big boots him out cold.
  • WALTER places Kushida in between the ropes and lays in the vicious chops that he has.
  • The crowd chants, “WALTER is gonna kill you” but Kushida reverses a powerbomb into a DDT.
  • Kushida is once again getting some offense in on the champ.
  • Kushida goes for a sunset powerbomb to the outside but WALTER hangs onto the ropes and stomps Kushida in the face.
  • Kushida makes WALTER run facefirst into the ring post and then hits a DDT from the apron to the floor.
  • Kushida locks in the Hoverboard Lock but WALTER powers out.
  • WALTER locks in the Sleeper but Kushida escapes.
  • WALTER hits a big boot, a suplex, and another for a close 2-count.
  • WALTER goes to the top rope but Kushida joins him and locks in the Hoverboard Lock and suplexes him to the mat.
  • WALTER is able to get the ropes so he doesn’t have to tap.
  • A shotgun dropkick and a powerbomb results in the WALTER vict- NO KUSHIDA KICKS OUT!
  • After a lariat, WALTER is able to get the pinfall to remain undefeated.

Result: WALTER wins via pinfall

Grade: A

Conclusion

Everything that involved a champion of some sort was great, everything else… not so much.

Overall Grade: B

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AEW

The Wednesday Night Wars continue with AEW. The AEW website does not offer wrestler profiles but the roster can be found here.

Opening Segment 

  • We open the show with a 1st-round tag team tournament matchup.

Grade: N/A

The Young Bucks vs. Private Party

  • Nick Jackson starts with Isiah Cassidy and Cassidy keeps avoiding the Superkick.
  • Matt Jackson tags in and the Bucks perform some double team moves after Matt takes out Marq Quen.
  • Nick and Matt continue to tag in and out as they wear down Isiah.
  • Isiah fights back and makes the hot tag to Marq.
  • Marq hits a bunch of unique tope suicidas on each Young Buck.
  • Marq hits a 450 splash and gets a 2-count.
  • The Young Bucks hit their Superkicks to gain the advantage.
  • Matt powerbombs Isiah on the entrance ramp.
  • Marq somehow kicks out of a double team powerbomb so Nick locks in the sharpshooter.
  • Matt tags in and continues the beatdown on Marq while Isiah remains down.
  • Nick tags back in as the Bucks perform more double-team moves.
  • Matt tags back in but Marq is able to escape.
  • When Marq goes for the hot tag to Isiah, Nick takes Isiah out on the apron.
  • After some back and forth, Isiah gets the hot tag.
  • Isiah appears to have hurt his back (from the powerbomb).
  • Matt hits a ton of northern light suplexes but Private Party kicks out.
  • Isiah is able to get to the ropes and break the hold by Matt even after Nick hit him with a facebuster.
  • Gin & Juice and a shooting star press results in Private Party winn- NO MATT KICKS OUT!
  • When the Bucks go for a Meltzer Driver, Isiah takes out Nick on the apron and Marq is able to roll up Matt for the pinfall! A surprise win!

Result: Private Party wins via pinfall

Grade: B+

Chris Jericho Promo

  • Jericho introduces his accomplices: Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara, Santana, and Ortiz.
  • Jericho refers to “The List,” a shot at WWE.
  • Jericho tells everyone to stop chanting “We The People” at Hager because that was bad creative work from WWE.
  • Jericho officially names the stable: The Inner Circle.
  • Lastly, Jericho runs down Cody Rhodes and his entire family.

Grade: B+

Jimmy Havoc vs. Darby Allin in a #1-Contenders Match for the AEW Championship

  • We get a prerecorded video of Havoc as he makes his entrance and it shows how crazy he truly is. 
  • Havoc explains that he’s been doing this 15 years and that he loves the pain as he punches himself in the face repeatedly.
  • As Allin makes his entrance, we get a reminder that Allin took Cody Rhodes to a time-limit draw previously and is a rising star.
  • Allin offers his hand for a handshake but Havoc attacks him. 
  • Allin appears to be in control early on as he hits some dropkicks.
  • Havoc is able to suplex Allin to the outside quickly.
  • Havoc then uses his unorthodox style of biting and manipulating joints.
  • Allin starts to fight back but Havoc lifts him off of the ground with a sleeper hold and connects on another suplex.
  • Allin rolls out of the ring to recover as we get a commercial break.
  • Allin is able to kick out of a wicked Havoc elbow.
  • A Death Valley Driver by Havoc and yet again, Allin kicks out.
  • A Tiger Driver 98 and Allin still kicks out!
  • Allin is able to roll up Havoc for a 2-count!
  • Allin hits a stomp and then a Coffin Drop for the win!

Result: Darby Allin wins via pinfall to become the #1 Contender for the AEW Championship

Grade: B+

Bea Priestley & Emi Sakura vs. Riho (c) & Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D.

  • Riho and Sakura are in a counter-fest early on in this match.
  • Sakura is able to lock in the Romero Special on Riho.
  • Bea tags in and goes right for Baker.
  • Baker and Bea are fighting on the outside of the ring.
  • Sakura joins Bea and double-suplexes Baker on the ringside floor.
  • Riho goes up top and connects with a dive to the heels on the outside as we get a commercial break.
  • Back live and Baker has tagged in and hits a DDT on Bea.
  • Sakura tags in and hits a Vader Bomb and a Senton.
  • Riho fends off Sakura with a stomp which allows Baker to get the advantage.
  • Sakura taps out to Bakers’ submission finisher.
  • Post-Match: Aubrey Edwards has to separate Bea and Baker.

Result: Britt Baker and Riho win via submission

Grade: B-

Best Friends Interview

  • Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta are asked how they are feeling heading into their match next and they say, “Don’t ask us, ask this guy” as Orange Cassidy is revealed to be sitting behind them.
  • Orange Cassidy, being his cool self, simply gives a thumbs up.

Grade: B

Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard vs. Jon Moxley

  • Spears is being dubbed the self-proclaimed “Chairman” of AEW because of his chair shots delivered to Cody Rhodes in previous weeks.
  • Moxley wastes no time as he charges the ring and takes down Spears.
  • Moxley lays in a plethora of strikes and even launches Spears into the barricade.
  • After a Blanchard distraction, Spears is able to hang Moxley across the ropes.
  • Blanchard is then able to shove Moxley into the steel steps while the ref wasn’t looking.
  • Spears puts Moxley on the steps and starts laying in strikes to his head.
  • Spears then lifts Moxley up and rams him into the barricade resulting in Moxley having his head land on the concrete floor as we head to commercial.
  • Back live as Spears has the upper hand.
  • Spears spits water on Moxley.
  • Moxley is able to fight back after a tope suicida.
  • Spears barely survives a running knee strike as he kicks out at 2.
  • Some back and forth strikes and chops occur before a Moxley clothesline.
  • Spears reverses a Paradigm Shift for a 2-count.
  • Moxley connects on the Paradigm Shift moments later for the win.
  • Post-Match: Kenny Omega appears on the entrance ramp with a broom and bat both covered in barbed wire.
  • Omega tosses the bat to Moxley as the 2 square off.
  • Before anything can happen, PAC appears with a chair and takes down Omega.
  • Instead of attacking Omega, Moxley walks away.

Result: Moxley wins via pinfall

Grade: B+

Main Event: Adam “Hangman” Page & Dustin Rhodes vs. Chris Jericho (c) & Sammy Guevara w/ Jake Hager

  • Dustin Rhodes sends the champion to the outside after a combination of punches.
  • Rhodes sends Jericho face-first into the ring post.
  • Some tag team moves by the good guys on Guevara take place.
  • Hangman is simply throwing Guevara around the ring.
  • Rhodes tags back in and continues where Hangman left off.
  • Hangman tags back in again as some more double-team moves occur.
  • Guevara goes for a kick to the Hangman but misses which allows Rhodes to tag in and start stomping Guevara.
  • Hangman then hits a shooting star press on Guevara.
  • Jericho creates a distraction that allows Guevara to takeout Hangman as we go to commercial.
  • Jericho tags in and starts to choke Hangman in the ropes.
  • Guevara prevents a tag but Hangman fights him off.
  • Jericho tags back in to prevent the tag again.
  • Jericho does some taunting before attempting the Lionsault but Hangman gets his knees up.
  • Hangman takes down Guevara with a wicked clothesline before making the hot tag to Rhodes.
  • Rhodes hits a top-rope crossbody to the heels.
  • Hangman hits a moonsault on Guevara on the outside but Hager takes him out afterward.
  • Hager then entered the ring and took out Rhodes as the ref was distracted.
  • Jericho lands the Judas Effect for the pinfall.
  • Post-Match: The heels continue the beatdown on Rhodes and Hangman as we go off of the air.
  • THE LIGHTS COME BACK ON! CODY IS IN THE RING!
  • Santana and Ortiz takedown Cody from behind!
  • MJF has entered the ring with a steel chair!
  • The heels are holding Cody up for MJF to hit with the chair but MJF stays loyal to Cody and takes out the heels.
  • Jericho takes down MJF but the Young Bucks come to the rescue!
  • Jericho walks up the ramp with his championship as the faces stand tall in the ring.
  • DARBY ALLIN RIDES DOWN THE RAMP ON A SKATEBOARD AND TAKES DOWN THE CHAMPION!
  • Jericho yells, “…I’ll see you next week, it’s your funeral you bitch!” as we go off of the air.

Result: Jericho and Guevara win via pinfall

Grade: A

Conclusion

A very solid show that was exciting nearly all the way through.

Overall Grade: B+

WEDNESDAY NIGHT WAR WINNER FOR WEEK 2: AEW

NXT: 1

AEW: 1

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Friday Night Smackdown

Opening Segment

  • The show starts with a match to determine who gets the #1 overall pick in the WWE draft.

Grade: N/A

Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins (c) in a Non-Title Match to Determine the #1 Overall Draft Pick

  • The former Shield members bump fists to start the match.
  • A slow start as both men exchange rest holds.
  • Rollins dumps Reigns to the outside and duo reverse their signature moves from each other.
  • Now Reigns dumps Rollins to the outside as we get a commercial break.
  • Back live and Reigns is fighting out of a sleeper.
  • Rollins goes for the Stomp but Reigns counters with a roll-up.
  • Rollins counters with Spear by putting Reigns into the turnbuckle.
  • Rollins hits a couple of tope suicidas and a Frog Splash for a 2-count.
  • Reigns reverses another Stomp but Rollins hits him with a Bucklebomb.
  • Reigns bounces back with a Superman Punch for a 2-count.
  • Rollins counters a Spear with a Pedigree and Reigns kicks out again.
  • Lights out! The Fiend is here!
  • The Fiend drags Rollins through the ring!
  • Rollins climbs back out of the ring but The Fiend pokes his head through the hole in the ring.
  • Lights out again as The Fiend is now at the top of the entrance ramp.

Result: Rollins wins via DQ

Grade: B-

Draft Selections

Grade: B

King Corbin vs. Chad “Shorty” Gable

  • Corbin runs down the crowd as he enters the ring.
  • Oh god, they are actually advertising Gable as “Shorty” now.
  • Corbin launches Gable around the ring and around ringside to start.
  • Gable works the leg of Corbin but he racks Gable’s eyes to get the upper hand once again.
  • Corbin telegraphs his moves and Gable dropkicks him on the outside.
  • Corbin then chokeslams Gable on the announce table as we go to commercial.
  • Back live and Gable reverses the Deep-Six.
  • Gable hits some running bicycle kicks which sends Corbin to the outside.
  • Gable hits a moonsault but Corbin kicks out at 2.
  • Gable reverses the End of Days into a rolling suplex for another 2-count.
  • Gable now reverses a chokeslam into an Ankle Lock.
  • Corbin escapes and hits the End of Days for the pin.

Result: King Corbin wins via pinfall

Grade: C

Draft Selections:

Grade: B

Brock Lesnar (c) w/ Paul Heyman Promo

  • Heyman runs down the crowd while hyping up Lesnar.
  • Heyman hypes up Cain Velasquez from the Lesnar vs. Velasquez UFC fight in 2010.
  • Heyman says that Lesnar is not scared of Velasquez.
  • Heyman then states that Lesnar will conquer Velasquez at Crown Jewel in a few weeks.
  • Rey Mysterio’s music hits and he appears alongside Cain Velasquez.
  • They show everyone pictures of Velasquez destroying Lesnar in UFC.
  • Velasquez threatens to put another scar on the face of Lesnar.

Grade: C+

New Day Promo for Breastcancer Awareness Month

Grade: N/A

New Day vs. The OC in a 6-Man Tag Team Match

  • Xavier Woods gets slammed into the steel steps right as the match starts and we get a commercial break.
  • Back live, Kofi Kingston gets the hot tag and takes out AJ Styles.
  • Kofi gets a crossbody for a 2-count but Karl Anderson breaks up the pinfall.
  • Big E suplexes Anderson, Luke Gallows big boots Big E, and Woods hits a DDT on Gallows before hitting a dive to the outside on all of them.
  • Kofi is able to reverse a Styles Clash and eventually hit the Trouble in Paradise for the pinfall on the U.S. Champion.

Result: New Day win via pinfall

Grade: C+

Draft Selections

Grade: C, are they splitting up Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross? They were just the tag team champions less than a week ago!

Draft Selections

Grade: B, okay they fixed it.

Main Event: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Bayley for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship

  • Bayley has cut her hair and is destroying the “Bayley Buddies” (wacky arm flailing tube men).
  • The match starts and the duo is attacking each outside of the ring.
  • Charlotte slams Bayley into the barricade and then throws her into the crowd.
  • Bayley slams Charlotte’s head into the steel steps as we go to commercial break.
  • Back live and Bayley is in control.
  • Bayley goes for a stunner through the ropes but Charlotte reverses and hits a dive of her own.
  • Charlotte now works the legs of Bayley before sending her back out to ringside.
  • Charlotte hits a moonsault off of the barricade to Bayley before rolling her back into the ring.
  • Bayley hits the Bayley-to-Belly for a 2-count out of nowhere!
  • Charlotte goes for a moonsault but Bayley gets her legs up.
  • Charlotte locks in a Boston Crab but Bayley escapes.
  • Bayley hits a running knee to Charlotte into the turnbuckle and then a flying elbow drop for another 2-count.
  • Bayley is complaining to the ref and Charlotte hits Natural Selection.
  • Charlotte goes for the Figure-Eight but Bayley was playing possum and rolls her up for the pinfall!
  • Post-Match: Bayley introduces new music, grabs a mic and says, “Screw all of you!” as the show goes off of the air.

Result: Bayley wins via pinfall and becomes the new WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion

Grade: B+

Conclusion

A pretty nothing show but a character change for Bayley is big and much needed.

Overall Grade: C+

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-Mitchell Seefeldt

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