Monday Night Raw
- Becky Lynch makes her way to the ring and takes about how she was the #1 overall pick.
- Lynch talks about how Sasha Banks is scared of her and that’s why Charlotte Flair is her replacement tonight.
- Charlotte talks about she doesn’t want to fight Becky but instead wants to be friends again.
- Charlotte was bluffing as she attacks Becky.
- The two women brawl as we go to commercial break.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair in a Non-Title Match to Determine the Draft Order for Tonight (Becky for Raw and Charlotte for Smackdown)
- Becky starts the match hot as she goes straight for Charlotte now that the brawl has become a match.
- After some back and forth, Charlotte locks Becky in a head scissors submission and repeatedly slams her head into the mat.
- Becky fights back until Charlotte slams her face-first into the ring post as we get another commercial.
- Back live, Becky is firing up with some clotheslines and shoulder tackles.
- Becky hits her missile dropkick but Charlotte kicks out of the pin attempt.
- Charlotte catches Becky as she goes for another dropkick and locks her in a Boston Crab.
- Becky escapes and sends Charlotte to the outside before rolling her back in and missing on a dive.
- Charlotte hits Natural Selection but Becky kicks out!
- Becky drops Charlotte from the top rope but eats the turnbuckle when attempting to lock in the Dis-Arm-Her.
- Charlotte goes for the Figure-Eight but Becky makes her eat the turnbuckle.
- Becky hits the leg drop but Charlotte kicks out!
- Charlotte hits a spear but Becky kicks out now!
- As Charlotte sits in disbelief, Becky rolls her up for the pinfall.
Result: Becky Lynch wins via pinfall
Seth Rollins Backstage Interview
- Rollins says that he is not worried about where he is drafted because Bray Wyatt will find him no matter what.
- Rollins also states that he’s a fighter and that he is going “Fiend hunting” tonight to put an end to him.
- Raw Selects: Seth Rollins (c)
- Smackdown Selects: Brock Lesnar (c)
- Raw Selects: Charlotte Flair
- Smackdown Selects: New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods)
- Raw Selects: Andrade w/ Zelina Vega
Andrade w/ Zelina Vega vs. Ali
- Vega hypes up Andrade as they make their way to the ring by saving Raw is privileged to have Andrade.
- We return from commercial with the match already in progress.
- Ali goes for a dive to the outside but Vega gets in his way, allowing Andrade to get back into the ring.
- After some back and forth, Andrade sends Ali tumbling over the top rope to the outside with a nasty fall.
- Andrade sends Ali shoulder first into the ring post after twisting his arm.
- Andrade is clearly targeting the left arm/shoulder of Ali.
- Ali kicks out of pin attempt after Andrade nails him with a stiff knee strike.
- After working the arm some more, Andrade misses a knee strike and tumbles to the outside.
- Ali goes for another dive to the outside but this time he jumps over Vega.
- Vega then sends Ali crashing to the outside.
- Andrade hits the Hammerlock DDT for the pinfall.
Result: Andrade wins via pinfall
- Raw Selects: Kabuki Warriors (c) (Asuka and Kairi Sane)
- Smackdown Selects: Daniel Bryan
- Raw Selects: Rusev
- Smackdown Selects: Bayley (c)
- Raw Selects: Aleister Black
The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode (c) in a Championship Match for the Raw Tag Team Championships
- Erik starts the match by taking out both of the champs and Ivar hits a dive on Roode.
- Ivar tags in and hits a splash on Ziggler but Roode breaks up the pinfall.
- Erik tags back in but Ziggler takes him down after Roode gets involved.
- Roode and Ziggler exchange tags ultimately sending Erik to the outside where he gets thrown into the ring post.
- Ziggler hits a ZigZag to Erik on some chairs in the timekeepers’ area as we go to commercial.
- Back live and Ziggler has Erik in a rest hold.
- Roode tags in and is dominating Erik in the corner.
- Ziggler tags back in as they continue to beat down Erik.
- Erik knocks out Ziggler using the last bit of energy he had.
- Roode tags in but Ivar gets the hot tag.
- Ivar takes out the champs single-handedly before tagging in Erik.
- The Viking Experience is broken up by Ziggler who then tags in.
- The champs hit a Spinebuster-ZigZag combo only for Erik to kick out!
- Ziggler lands a Famouser on Erik but he kicks out again!
- Roode tags in and hits the Glorious DDT after a Ziggler superkick to Erik but Ivar breaks up the pin attempt!
- Ziggler tags in but Erik reverses a double-team move to tag in Ivar.
- Ivar takes the champs out again and tags in Erik.
- The Viking Experience connects on Ziggler for the pinfall!
- New Raw Tag Team Champions!
Result: The Viking Raiders win via pinfall to become the Raw Tag Team Champions
Viking Raiders Promo
- Erik says that they are first to go undefeated and win IWGP, ROH, NXT, and Raw Tag Team Championships.
- Raw Selects: Cedrick Alexander
- Smackdown Selects: Shinsuke Nakamura (c)
- Raw Selects: Humberto Carrillo
- Smackdown Selects: Ali
- Raw Selects: Erick Rowan
- Black goes for Black Mass after a springboard moonsault but Young ducks it and goes outside the ring.
- Young tries rolling Black up in a pin attempt but Black locks in his new submission finisher to make Young tap.
Result: Aleister Black wins via submission
- Raw Selects: Buddy Murphy
- Smackdown Selects: Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
- Raw Selects: Jinder Mahal
- Smackdown Selects: Carmella
- Raw Selects: R-Truth (c)
Street Profits Backstage Promo
- Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins hype themselves up over being drafted to Raw.
- The OC interrupt the segment and question Raws decision to select the Street Profits.
- Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson jump the Street Profits and AJ Styles (c) shoves a cart into them as well to end the segment.
- Ricochet starts off hot, catching Benjamin off guard in the process.
- Benjamin, who hasn’t been on TV in forever, is overpowering Ricochet early on.
- Ricochet battles back and hits a springboard clotheslines before a standing moonsault for a 2-count.
- Ricochet goes up top for the 630 but Benjamin suplexes him from the top rope… Ricochet lands on his feet!
- Ricochet hits the Recoil for the victory.
Result: Ricochet wins via pinfall
- Lana is seen getting a massage while making suggestive comments.
- Bobby Lashley appears and takes over for the masseuse.
Grade: N/A, how the hell do I grade this?!
Braun Strowman and Tyson Fury Contract Signing
- Strowman says Fury has a terrible ego and that he will get his first loss ever at Crown Jewel.
- Fury says that he is a fan of Strowmans and that his kids love him.
- Fury then reiterates that he is the best in any ring whether it’s boxing or WWE.
- The 2 standup and Strowman breaks the table with his hands while Fury playfully breaks a pen.
- Raw Selects: Samoa Joe
- Smackdown Selects: The Miz
- Raw Selects: Akira Tozawa
- Smackdown Select: King Corbin
- Raw Selects: Shelton Benjamin
- The duo has a stalemate early on as they keep reversing moves.
- Alexander takes a horribly nasty looking fall from the top turnbuckle as we head to commercial break.
- Back live and Alexander has fought his way back into it until a Murphy knee strike and tope to the outside.
- Murphy hits the Meteroa but Alexander kicks out.
- Alexander fights back again with a dropkick, tope, and a Flatliner but Murphy kicks out.
- Murphy hits a sit-down powerbomb but Alexander kicks out again.
- Murphy transitions into Murphy’s Law and gets the pinfall.
Result: Buddy Murphy wins via pinfall
Street Profits Backstage Segment
- Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins say that they want “the smoke” from The OC (AJ Styles (c), Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson).
- Ford says the need to go get them now but Dawkins points out they need a 3rd man to help them.
- The Street Profits agree to keep their 3rd partner a secret.
- Raw Selects: Rey Mysterio
- Smackdown Selects: Chad “Shorty” Gable
- Raw Selects: Titus O’Neil
- Smackdown Selects: Elias
- Raw Selects: Liv Morgan
Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) (c) vs. Natalya and a Mystery Partner
- Mystery Partner: Lacy Evans
- What a joke. They were just in a 9-match/week battle that culminated in a Last Woman Standing Match… last week!
- Lacy is overpowering Sane early in the match.
- Sane just hit Evans with a backfist that was a stiff shot right to the face.
- Sane is slowing wearing down Lacy until Asuka tags in.
- Lacy is able to tag in Natty who takes down the champs.
- Asuka reverses a Sharpshooter attempt into a submission attempt but Natty escapes.
- Natty locks in the Sharpshooter.
- Sane hits a bulldog on Natty to save Asuka as we go to commercial.
- Back live and Asuka has Natty in a submission.
- Natty hits Asuka with a basement dropkick.
- Asuka recovers quickly and continues to work the arm of Natty.
- Sane tags in and the champs double team Natty.
- Natty transition a submission into a suplex and gets the hot tag to Lacy.
- The crowd boos as this match is still going on.
- Sane kicks out of a bronco buster and an elbow drop.
- Sane and Asuka tie Lacy up in the ropes but Natty makes the save.
- The crowd boos even more.
- Lacy avoids the InSane Elbow but Asuka the sly tag.
- Womans Right to Sane but Asuka rolls up Lacy for the pinfall.
Result: Kabuki Warriors win via pinfall
Main Event: Firefly Fun House
- Bray Wyatt says that everyone is safe in the Firefly Fun House.
- Seth Rollins attacks Bray Wyatt and destroys the Firefly Fun House pictures.
- Bray Wyatt begs Rollins to stop doing what he is doing, furthering the point that Bray and The Fiend are different people.
- Rollins sets the Firefly Fun House on fire as he says his catchphrase.
- Some questionable draft decisions such as keeping Roode and Ziggler together while splitting R-Truth and Carmella up.
- Jinder Mahal?!
- A few great matches including the Raw Tag Title Match.
- That Lana and Lashley segment…
- Titus O’Neil?!
- The Natalya and Lacy Evans booking?!
- Seth Rollins insistence on using catchphrases…
Overall Grade: D
- Tommaso Ciampa makes his way to the ring as we kickoff the show with a match.
- Ciampa and Garza run the ropes to start until Ciampa is able to send Garza into the barricade and steel steps outside the ring.
- Garza hits a couple of dropkicks to the previously injured knee of Ciampa.
- After a tope suicida and a missile dropkick by Garza gets cocky by removing his Mexican tights to reveal he is only wearing trunks.
- Ciampa disposes of Garza and then performs some moves onto the discarded tights.
- Ciampa throws the tights into Garza’s face and then hits him with Widows Bell for the win.
- Post-Match: Adam Cole (c) and the rest of the Undisputed Era (c) make their way to the ring.
- Ciampa grabs a steel chair and his crutch to defend himself in the ring.
- Kyle O’Reilly tosses a USB stick at the commentary team before the champs walk away.
Result: Tommaso Ciampa wins via pinfall
The Undisputed Era Video via USB
- The video shows Velveteen Dream knocked out at the hands of The Undisputed Era.
- The Undisputed Era say that Tommaso Ciampa is next.
Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan vs. Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel) w/ Alexander Wolfe
- I’ll be honest, all 4 of the guys involved in this match look the exact same.
- Imperium is in trouble early until Aichner recovers and tags in Barthel.
- Burch hits an insane headbutt and missile dropkick combination.
- Aichner and Barthel are able to maneuver a double-team move as we get a commercial.
- Back live and Lorcan gets the hot tag and proceeds to hit a variety of uppercuts and dives.
- Burch and Lorcan go for a double-team move but it is broken up.
- Lorcan gets double-teamed by Imperium by kicks out of the pin attempt to the shock of the crowd.
- Once again, another double-team move by Imperium connects but this time Lorcan cannot kick out.
Result: Imperium win via pinfall
Johnny Gargano Vignette / Backstage Interview
- A video plays showing the history of Gargano and why “Gargano is NXT.”
- Gargano explains that he doesn’t know how he feels about the return of Tommaso Ciampa because of their history.
- The duo show off their athleticism early on as the reverse move after move from their counterpart.
- A springboard dropkick by Io gives her the advantage until Carter is able to sweep the leg of Io.
- Io hits Carter with a german suplex and then a moonsault for the victory.
- Post-Match: Io grabs a mic and says that she is next in line for Shayna Baszler, not Rhea Ripley or Bianca Belair.
- Rhea Ripley enters the ring and steals the mic from Io.
- Ripley tells Io to keep her name out of her mouth.
Result: Io Shirai wins via pinfall
General Manager William Regal Interview
- Regal tells everyone that Velveteen Dream is injured and out for awhile due to the attack by The Undisputed Era.
- Regal then states that Roderick Strong will still defend his championship, only it will be against the winner of the blood feud between Dominik Dijakovic and Keith Lee.
Dominik Dijakovic vs. Keith Lee in a #1 Contenders Match for the NXT North American Championship
- These two men are 1-1-1 against each other.
- Lee targets the left arm of Dijakovic with some shoulder charges and then a submission lift.
- Commentary is really putting over the athleticism of these two giant men.
- Dijakovic gets back into the matchup with a wicked clothesline as we get a picture-in-picture commercial break.
- Despite the left arm being hurt early on, Dijakovic appears to be in complete control now.
- Lee has hulked up and is throwing punches like crazy in order to get back into this match.
- Lee hits Dijakovic with a shoulder tackle that sends the 275lb Dijakovic flying across the ring.
- Dijakovic hits the Chokebomb to the 325lb Lee but Lee kicks out of the pin attempt.
- Dijakovic perches Lee onto the top rope but Lee slaps him off the rope and hits a frog splash to the injured arm of Dijakovic.
- Lee hits the Spirit Bomb on Dijakovic that shakes the ring but Dijakovic rolls out of the ring to avoid a pin attempt.
- Lee rolls him back into the ring only for Dijakovic to connect with a Cyclone Kick for a 2-count.
- Lee shows off his strength by suplexing Dijakovic while holding him in the air, so an unassisted suplex essentially.
- Dijakovic gets Lee in the electric chair position but Lee counters with a reverse hurricanrana/spike brainbuster!
- Lee is back on the top rope and Dijakovic goes for a hurricanrana but Roderick Strong interferes!
- William Regal appears and says that Strong will not get off that easily as he will now have to face BOTH men next week in the title match!
Result: Keith Lee wins DQ after Roderick Strong interferes
- I have to admit, I do not like “The Original Bro” whether it’s a gimmick or otherwise… BUT I’ll never say that to Riddle’s face because he could literally kill me.
- A knee strike, running forearms, and a penalty kick by Riddle to start but Reed powers back.
- Riddle hits the Bro-to-Sleep, a powerbomb, and a Final Flash but Reed kicks out.
- Riddle goes up top for a dive but Reed catches him for a powerbomb.
- Riddle kicks out of the pin attempt and hits the BroDerek for the pinfall victory.
- Commentary really put over Riddle as being deceptively strong as he lifted the 330lb Reed multiple times in this quick match.
Result: Matt Riddle wins via pinfall
- The comeback story of Nox continues but Taynara sends her to the outside early on with a big dropkick.
- Back in the ring, Taynara hits a double knee strike in the corner but Nox kicks out of a pin attempt.
- Nox fights back with some uppercuts, a chokeslam, a senton, a crossbody, and The Shiniest Wizard to get the win.
- Post-Match: Shayna Baszler comes to the ring and runs down Nox on the mic by saying that she is running out of limbs to rehab.
Result: Tegan Nox wins via pinfall
Finn Balor Vignette
- Balor announces that he is coming back to NXT next week.
- We already knew this from the last couple of weeks.
Boa vs. Killian Dain
- Boa starts off hot as he seeks revenge from last week but Dain flattens him with a crossbody outside of the ring.
- Back into the ring, Dain is working the injured ribs of Boa with strikes.
- Boa fights back momentarily but Dain hits 3 Vador Bombs to halt a comeback attempt.
- Dain locks in a half-nelson abdominal stretch that forces Boa to tap.
Result: Killian Dain wins via submission
Main Event: Pete Dunne vs. Damian Priest
- Before the match, Pete Dunne snaps the fingers of Killian Dain who was still making his way to the back from the previous match.
- Priest starts the match with a big leaping elbow strike.
- Dunne gets in it with some joint manipulation, his calling card.
- Priest sends Dunne to the floor with a big kick off of the apron and then rolls him back into the ring as we get a picture-in-picture commercial.
- Dunne goes for more joint manipulation but Priest counters with a falcon arrow.
- Dunne gets an avalanche superplex to Priest which gives him time to recover.
- Dunne hits an ezeguri into a combination of moves including a stomp to the fingers.
- A moonsault to the outside on Priest by Dunne follows as Dunne continues to fight back into this match.
- Dunne hits a sit-down powerbomb for a 2-count.
- Dunne stomps Priest and then locks in the triangle but Priest counters into a pin attempt for a 2-count.
- Priest sends Dunne into the ring post and then hits a crucifix powerbomb for a 2-count.
- Priest connects with a senton to the outside on Dunne.
- Dunne lands on his feet when Priest tries to suplex him.
- Priest hits a frankensteiner and then the South of Heaven but Dunne kicks out.
- The duo exchange strikes in the center of the ring.
- Dunne counters the South of Heaven but then Priest counters back and so on until Dunne knocks out Priest with a heavy right hand.
- Dunne goes for a moonsault but Priest gets his knees up.
- The ref gets caught in between the superstars as they are tied up and Priest low-blows Dunne.
- Priest hits The Reckoning for the pinfall
Result: Damian Priest wins via pinfall after cheating
- A lot of glorified squash matches this week for NXT.
- The #1 Contenders Match was outstanding.
- Seems like this week was just a prelude to set up next weeks show.
Overall Grade: C+
- We kick off the show with a tag team tournament matchup.
SCU (Christopher Daniels Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian) vs. Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta) in a Tag-Team Tournament Matchup
- As SCU is making their entrance, the Lucha Brothers jump them.
- Christopher Daniels gets piledriven onto the entrance ramp and is tended to by medical staffers.
- Scorpio Sky came to the rescue and has replaced Daniels for SCU in this match.
- The Best Friends are dominating early on because of the attack by the Lucha Brothers.
- After a stacked suplex to Frankie Kazarian, he is able to defy the odds and make the hot tag to Sky.
- The Best Friends take each other out on accident.
- Sky hits an impressive dive to the outside and loses his shoes in the process.
- Kazarian tags in as he battles the back injury from earlier.
- The Best Friends are able to connect with Sole Food.
- Sky interrupts the Best Friends hug and gets tossed to the outside for his troubles.
- Kazarian kicks out of a double-team move that shocked the crowd.
- Trent goes for a piledriver on the apron but Kazarian reverses it into a backdrop.
- Kazarian lifts Trent up for a powerbomb and Sky dropkicks Trent on the way to the mat for the pinfall.
Result: SCU win via pinfall and advance
Santana and Ortiz vs. John Silver and Alex Reynolds in a Tag Team Match
- Santana levels Silver early on and it appears this match will be over quick.
- Ortiz tags in as the Inner Circle members are making this look easy.
- Santana and Ortiz hit the Street Sweeper for the victory.
Result: Santana and Ortiz win via pinfall
Chris Jericho (c) Video
- Jericho declares that Santana and Ortiz will face and defeat the Young Bucks (Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson) at Full Gear.
Cody Rhodes Vignette
- A video package plays detailing Cody Rhodes history and desire to win the title from Chris Jericho at Full Gear.
- Are we forgetting that Darby Allin has a championship match against Jericho tonight?
Riho (c) vs. Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. in a Title Match for the AEW Women’s Championship
- The crowd is fully behind Riho in this match.
- Baker goes for the Lock Jaw but Riho is able to reach the ropes for the rope break.
- Riho hits a crossbody and a dropkick.
- Riho is able to roll through a Baker move and hit 2-legged stomp and knee strike.
- Riho goes up top for a stomp but Baker moves and hits her with a slingblade.
- Baker hits a TKO and a dropkick but Riho kicks out of a pin attempt.
- Riho attempts multiple roll ups but Baker connects with a neckbreaker and a superkick only for Riho to kick out again.
- Riho hits a northern lights suplex and locks in a single leg crab on the Dr.
- Baker is able to get to the ropes but Riho quickly goes up top for the stomp again, only for Baker to kick out at 2.
- Riho connects with the double-knee strikes but gets greedy going for another attempt as Baker moves out of the way.
- Baker attempts to cinch in the Lock Jaw but Riho had the move scouted and rolls her up for the victory.
Result: Riho retains via pinfall
Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus Marko Stunt) vs. Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Ray Fenix) in a Tag-Team Tournament Matchup
- Marko Stunt has replaced Luchasaurus because of a “serious injury” that occurred to the big man according to commentary.
- Stunt starts with Pentagon and Stunt bites the fingers of the heel.
- Jurassic Express connect to DDTs to the heels which shocks both them and the crowd.
- Stunt and Jungle Boy both dive to the outside and take out the heels.
- A double-team move to Pentagon but he kicks out.
- Jungle Boy tags in and attempts a pin after a Stunt 619.
- Pentagon rallies back with some kicks to both of the good guys.
- Fenix tags in and delivers some hard-hitting chops to Jungle Boy and Stunt.
- Pentagon delivers a pumphandle driver to Stunt and he somehow kicks out.
- Stunt gets kicked into a somersault by Pentagon as we go to commercial.
- After Stunt fights back into the match, he gets the hot tag to Jungle Boy.
- Jungle Boy gets a reverse DDT on Pentagon Jr.
- Following a knee-strike by Jungle Boy to Fenix, Stunt hits a 450 Splash, and then Jungle Boy hits a standing shooting star press for a 2-count.
- Stunt tags in but as he and Jungle Boy were setting up a double-team move to Fenix, Pentagon makes the save.
- After an arm-breaker, a Package Piledriver is delivered to Stunt for the pinfall.
Result: Lucha Brothers win via pinfall and advance
PAC and Jon Moxley vs. “Hangman” Adam Page and Kenny Omega
- Commentary is really driving home the fact that none of these men like each other so the teams might crumble.
- Moxley starts the match with some strikes to the head of Omega.
- PAC tags himself in to join in on the fun.
- Moxley tags back in and keeps the fight going on Omega.
- Omega is finally able to escape with a suplex and makes the tag to Hangman.
- Hangman takes out PAC with a pescado and then a crossbody to Moxley.
- Hangman sends Moxley to the floor with a big kick.
- When Hangman goes to the top rope, PAC causes a distraction which allows Moxley to push him off of the ropes as we go to commercial.
- After avoiding one lariat from Hangman, Moxley isn’t so lucky the next time as Hangman connects.
- Omega gets the hot tag as PAC tags in as well.
- Omega hits each man with a suplex.
- Hangman and Omega hit a variety of double-team moves on PAC until Moxley makes the save.
- Omega hits the V Trigger on Moxley but PAC makes the save with a springboard cutter!
- Hangman goes flying and lands on PAC sending him into the barricade!
- Moxley and Omega, now alone in the middle of the ring, exchange blows until they go to the outside of the ring.
- Moxley has grabbed a barbed wire baseball bat!
- Omega has grabbed a barbed wire broom!
- Before Moxley could use his weapon, PAC stopped him so that they wouldn’t be DQ’d.
- Pissed off, Moxley abandons his tag partner after hitting him with his finisher!
- Buckshot lariat from Hangman, a V trigger from Omega, and a Deadeye by Hangman seal the match.
Result: “Hangman” Adam Page and Kenny Omega win via pinfall after Jon Moxley betrays PAC
Main Event: Chris Jericho (c) vs. Darby Allin in a Philadelphia Street Fight for the AEW Championship
- Darby takes down the champ and starts laying in the strikes.
- Jericho gets sent to the outside after a clothesline.
- Darby has impressed early as he flips around and knocks down the champ with a dive.
- Back in the ring, Jericho drops Darby with a kick and slows down the pace.
- The champ throws Darby chest first into the turnbuckles.
- Darby fires back until he gets flipped inside-out by a clothesline.
- Jericho sends Darby through the ropes and into the ring post as we go to commercial.
- Back live and Jericho is beating down Darby with a kendo stick.
- Darby has been busted open and is bleeding from his head.
- Darby has fought back and Jericho barely kicks out of a crucifix pin attempt.
- Darby is going for an armbar on the champ but he transitions into the Walls of Jericho!
- Darby reaches the ropes and uses the kendo stick followed by a crossbody for a 2-count!
- Jericho hits the Code Breaker but Darby grabs the ropes for the break in the pin.
- Jericho brings a steel chair into the ring and whallops Darby with it.
- With the steel chair propped up in between the turnbuckles, Jericho goes for a lawn dart but Darby reverses it into a stunner for a 2-count.
- Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho again!
- Darby is once again able to reach the ropes.
- Jericho has grabbed a roll of duct tape and is tapping Darby’s hands behind his back.
- Darby is thrown around the ring and is defenseless it appears.
- Darby avoids a clothesline and connects on a springboard moonsault for a 2-count!
- A dropkick sends Jericho to the outside and Darby hits a rolling senton to him on the outside… his hands are still taped behind his back!
- Back in the ring and Darby hits a top rope senton on Jericho for another 2-count!
- Jericho takes down Darby with a clothesline and then a powerbomb onto Darby’s own skateboard.
- Darby kicks out!
- Jericho picks up the chair but Darby kicks it into his face!
- Darby goes up top once again but Jake Hager appears and knocks him out!
- Jericho cinches in the Walls of Jericho and Darby submits.
Result: Chris Jericho retains via submission after Jake Hager gets involved
- A couple solid championship matches and general matches overall filled tonight’s card.
- The show started slow but picked up after the Cody vignette.
Overall Grade: B+
WEDNESDAY NIGHT WAR WINNER: AEW
Friday Night Smackdown
- We kickoff the show with an Intercontinental Championship match.
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) w/ Sami Zayn vs. Roman Reigns in an Intercontinental Championship Match
- Shinsuke starts out on top but Reigns quickly knocks him off of his feet.
- Reigns nails a Somoan Drop for a 2-count early in the match and Zayn goes to the aid of Shinsuke.
- When Reigns goes for the Driveby, Zayn pulls Shinsuke out of the way and Shinsuke lands a big kick on Reigns as we go to commercial.
- Back live and Shinsuke has Reigns in a chokehold in the center of the ring.
- Reigns is able to power out of the hold and uppercut then clothesline the champ.
- Shinsuke is floored by Reigns after a big boot.
- When Reigns goes for a Superman Punch, Nakamura reverses the move into a triangle submission.
- Of course, Reigns picks him up with one arm and powerbombs the champ.
- Side note: “The Big Dog” is extremely annoying.
- Once again looking for the Superman Punch, Reigns fails to connect when Zayn makes the distraction.
- Shinsuke goes for the Kinshasa but Reigns lands a Superman Punch first for a near fall.
- Out of nowhere, King Corbin appears and destroys Reigns with his scepter!
- Post-Match: Corbin lands the Deep-6 on Reigns but then Daniel Bryan comes to the rescue.
- Bryan disposes of Corbin and Shinsuke but then Zayn grabs a hold of him long enough to allow Shinsuke to hit him with a Kinshasa.
Result: Roman Reigns wins via DQ after King Corbin interferes
New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods) and Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker) Backstage Segment
- Otis and Tucker offer to make the New Day some pancakes.
- Xavier Woods points out that they can’t because their match is soon and eating before wrestling is like eating before swimming.
- Otis pours the entire bowl of pancake/protein powder mix on himself in his bikini chefs apron.
- We go to commercial with the 5 men getting along nicely.
King Corbin Backstage Interview
- Corbin gets asked why he attacked Roman Reigns, and he simply walks away.
- A pre-match video plays hammering home that Chad Gable is now “Shorty” Gable and I refuse to call him that.
- Axel starts the match by patting Gable on the head and overpowering him.
- Gable is able to kick Dallas to the floor and then lock in the Ankle Lock on Axel for the submission win.
- Post-Match: Gable is interviewed in the ring about his height.
- In the interview, Gable gives an inspirational speech about embracing who you are and overcoming the odds.
- The speech ends with Gable saying he will go by “Shorty G” from now on.
Result: Chad Gable wins via submission
Grade: C+, I loved the speech until the end…
Hulk Hogan Interview via Skype
- Hogan says not to worry about Team Hogan with Seth Rollins dropping out of the match.
- Either Ali or Chad Gable will make Team Hogan when Hogan announces the decision later.
Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker) and New Day (Xavier Woods and Big E) w/ Kofi Kingston vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) (c) and Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode in a Non-Title 8-Man Tag-Team Match
- Heavy Machinery suplex both Roode and Ziggler.
- Otis and Big E both suplex The Revival.
- Woods hits a dive over the ropes to The Revival on the outside.
- When Woods goes to attack Roode on the outside, Roode and Ziggler hit their Spinebuster-ZigZag combo move as we go to commercial.
- Back live as Woods is desperately trying to get a tag to any of his 3 partners.
- Woods is able to create separation with a missile drop kick and Otis gets the hot tag.
- Otis does his no-sell/shake his body move and the crowd loves it.
- Dawson made a secret tag.
- Heavy Machinery goes for the Compactor but Tucker gets taken out and The Revival double-team Otis.
- Xaiver Woods tags in after Big E and they hit the Midnight Hour on Dawson for the pinfall.
Result: Heavy Machinery and New Day win via pinfall
Daniel Bryan Backstage Interview
- Bryan talks about the new match scheduled for tonight as he and Roman Reigns will battle Shinsuke Nakamura and King Corbin.
Miz Tv w/ Bayley (c) and Sasha Banks
- Sasha interupts Miz to state the Bayley is the first ever grand slam champion.
- MIz cuts to a video package detailing Bayley’s change from happy-go-lucky babyface to dastardly heel.
- Miz asks Bayley why she did what she did.
- Bayley takes a long pause and says she doesn’t owe anyone an explanation.
- Bayley shrugged off a bunch of Miz questions and Miz made a funny Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman comparison.
- Miz is tearing Bayley and Sasha apart on the mic.
- Bayley explains that she gave so much to the fans and they were not appreciative.
- No longer putting herself second to the fans, Bayley explains that she was tired of people taking advantage of her.
- Bayley states that she has “outgrown” the fans.
- “Live sucks and then you die.” -Bayley –Vince McMahon
- Nikki Cross appears on the ramp with a mic.
- Nikki says that she will give Bayley a big hug after she becomes #1 contender.
- Dana Brooke appears on the ramp and states that she is tired of being overlooked and puts over the catchphrase, “flex appeal.” Get it? Like sex appeal but PG for a muscular woman.
- Lacy Evans makes her entrance now as we head to commercial.
Nikki Cross vs. Dana Brooke vs. Lacy Evans vs. Carmella vs. Sonya Deville vs. Mandy Rose in a 6-Pack Challenge Match to Become #1 Contender for the Smackdown Women’s Championship
- Sonya and Mandy work together early on to take out the true faces in this match (Carmella and Nikki).
- Nikki fights back momentarily but ultimately gets dumped to the outside.
- Fire and Desire throw Carmella into the timekeepers area but Dana takes both of them out.
- Lacy takes out Dana only to get kicked back into Fire and Desire.
- Carmella reamerges and lands a dive onto the heels from the barricade as we go to commercial.
- Back live as Fire and Desire are beating down Carmella.
- Carmella hits a bronco buster on the tag team but Nikki rolls her up for a 2-count.
- Carmella dives to the outside and takes out the heels followed by Nikki doing the same.
- Lacy manhandles the faces of this match only for Dana Brooke to powerbomb and hit a senton on her!
- Carmella and Mandy break up the pin attempt by Dana and then they fight.
- Everyone hits their finishers until Nikki hits hers on Mandy for the pinfall.
Result: Nikki Cross wins via pinfall
- Gulak grabs a mic and tells everyone that he is a former champion and that Strowman needs to change his strategy.
- Gulak puts his 345 page powerpoint presentation on the titantron to help Strowman for his future match against Tyson Fury.
- Strowman interrupts Gulak and does Strowman things: Running Shoulder Tackle then Running Powerslam for the pinfall.
Result: Braun Strowman wins via pinfall
Main Event: Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (c) and King Corbin w/ Sami Zayn
- It is announced that Roman Reigns is the new captain for Team Hogan at Crown Jewel.
- Why did Bryan make his entrance, then Shinsuke and Corbin, and THEN Reigns?
- Reigns and Bryan double-team Corbin to start.
- Bryan connects with his running dropkicks, a bulldog, and some YES kicks but Corbin ducks the last one to make the tag to Shinsuke.
- Zayn distracts Bryan when he goes up top allowing Shinsuke to kick him to ringside as we go to commercial.
- Back live and Corbin is beating down Bryan until Shinsuke tags in and Bryan fights them off.
- The close-up camera was on Reigns for what felt like 2 minutes as Bryan was crawling to make the tag but Corbin pulls him off of the apron.
- Corbin goes to sandwich Reigns in between the steel steps but Bryan prevents him.
- Bryan locks in the Lebell Lock on Shinsuke but Corbin breaks up the submission when Zayn throws him back into the ring.
- Reigns then hits a Spear on Corbin through the barricade into the time-keepers area.
- Bryan and Shinsuke have some back and forth until Bryan hits the Running Knee for the pinfall.
Result: Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns win via pinfall
- If it weren’t for the women’s #1 contender match, this show would have been a complete wash.
Overall Grade: C