Weekly Wrestling Review: 10/14/19 – 10/18/19

Monday Night Raw

Opening Segment

  • 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.

Grade: B+

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

Grade: B

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.

Grade: B-

Draft Selections

Grade: B

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

Grade: B

Draft Selections

Grade: B

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

Grade: A-

Viking Raiders Promo

  • Erik says that they are first to go undefeated and win IWGP, ROH, NXT, and Raw Tag Team Championships.

Grade: A

Draft Selections

Grade: B

Aleister Black vs. Eric Young

  • 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

Grade: C+

Draft Selections

Grade: C

Street Profits Backstage Promo

Grade: B+

Ricochet vs. Shelton Benjamin

  • 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

Grade: B+

Lana Vignette

  • 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.

Grade: B

Draft Selections

Grade: B

Buddy Murphy vs. Cedrick Alexander

  • 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

Grade: B+

Street Profits Backstage Segment

Grade: A-

Draft Selections

Grade: B

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

Grade: D-

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.

Grade: F

Seth Rollins

Conclusion

Overall Grade: D

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NXT

Opening Segment

  • Tommaso Ciampa makes his way to the ring as we kickoff the show with a match.

Grade: N/A

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Angel Garza

  • 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

Grade: B

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.

Grade: B

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

Grade: B-

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.

Grade: B

Io Shirai vs. Kayden Carter

  • 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

Grade: C

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.

Grade: B

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 

Grade: A

Matt Riddle vs. Bronson Reed

  • 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

Grade: C

Taynara vs. Tegan Nox

  • 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

Grade: C

Finn Balor Vignette

  • Balor announces that he is coming back to NXT next week.
  • We already knew this from the last couple of weeks.

Grade: C

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

Grade: C

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

Grade: B+

Damian Priest

Conclusion

  • 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+

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AEW

Opening Segment

  • We kick off the show with a tag team tournament matchup.

Grade: N/A

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

Grade: C+

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

Grade: C

Chris Jericho (c) Video

Grade: B

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?

Grade: C

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

Grade: B

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

Grade: B

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

Grade: B+

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

Grade: B+

Conclusion

  • 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+

Chris Jericho

WEDNESDAY NIGHT WAR WINNER: AEW

NXT: 1

AEW: 2

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Friday Night Smackdown

Opening Segment

  • We kickoff the show with an Intercontinental Championship match.

Grade: N/A

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

Grade: C

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.

Grade: B

King Corbin Backstage Interview

  • Corbin gets asked why he attacked Roman Reigns, and he simply walks away.

Grade: B-

Chad “Shorty” Gable vs. Curtis Axel w/ Bo Dallas

  • 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.

Grade: B-

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

Grade: B

Daniel Bryan Backstage Interview

Grade: C

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.

Grade: B

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

Grade: B+

Braun Strowman vs. Drew Gulak

  • 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

Grade: C+

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

Grade: C

Conclusion

  • If it weren’t for the women’s #1 contender match, this show would have been a complete wash.

Overall Grade: C

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-Mitchell Seefeldt

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