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WWE 2019: No Wildcards

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WWE NEWS:

Rhyno has left the WWE:

Rhyno has left the WWE due to his contract expiring. WWE did offer him a new contract but Rhyno wanted to explore options with other companies and he is now expected to join IMPACT.

Dolph Ziggler debuts in NXT!

After announcing he was leaving Monday Night Raw on the latest episode, Dolph Ziggler made his debut in NXT as William Regal announced him as the brand's latest signing. According to backstage rumors, the reason for this is two-fold. The first reason is to give Dolph Ziggler a bit of a reset after years of bad booking. The second reason is due to AEW. With AEW coming to TV soon, WWE are expected to place NXT on the same night to counter-program AEW and wanted a main roster star to join the brand. Finn Balor was originally considered but they decided against this as there were more plans in place for him on Smackdown in comparison to Dolph Ziggler on Raw.


Booker note: I felt Ziggler did not have a role in my thread at this moment in time and sending him to NXT for a while till I have a spot as well as giving him some time away from the show is for the best. Also going to be semi-realistic with the talent who left/leave in real life. If it is someone who is clearly set on leaving they will (like Rhyno above) but someone who might stay if treated better, then I will keep (hint hint Luke Harper).

Women's tournament announced for Monday Night Raw

Paige has announced there will be an eight women tournament starting on next week's Raw to see who faces Becky Lynch at Summerslam. The following first-round matches have been announced:

Sasha Banks vs Natalya

Kairi Sane vs Tamina

Sonya Deville vs Naomi

Bayley vs Mandy Rose


Fatal 4 way to decide Rey Mysterio's opponent at Summerslam

Paige also announced in two weeks we will see a number one contender's match for the Cruiserweight title between Oney Lorcan, Tony Nese, Akira Tozawa and Noam Dar. The winner of the match will go on to face Rey Mysterio at Summerslam for the Cruiserweight title. With Rey Mysterio introducing a new title belt on next week's Raw, it is exciting times within the Cruiserweight division.

Ricochet injury at a house show:

Ricochet picked up a slight injury to his left hand at a house show hence the angle ran on Smackdown Live to cancel his match with Buddy Murphy. Luckily it doesn't seem to be too serious and he should be able to return to in-ring action in time for the Great American Bash.


Matches confirmed for next week:


Quarter final tournament match:
Sasha Banks vs Natalya

Quarter final tournament match:
Kairi Sane vs Tamina

Quarter final tournament match:
Sonya Deville vs Naomi

Quarter final tournament match:
Bayley vs Mandy Rose

Singles match:
EC3 w/Drake Maverick vs Tyler Breeze

Matches confirmed for 2 weeks:

Universal title match:
Seth Rollins (c) vs Aleister Black

Semi-final tournament match:
Sasha Banks or Natalya vs Kairi Sane or Tamina

Semi-final tournament match:
Sonya Deville or Naomi vs Bayley or Mandy Rose

Number one contender's for the Cruiserweight title fatal 4 way match:
Oney Lorcan vs Akira Tozawa vs Tony Nese vs Noam Dar


Matches confirmed for 3 weeks:

Women tournament final:
Sasha Banks or Natalya or Kairi Sane or Tamina vs Sonya Deville or Naomi or Bayley or Mandy Rose



Matchcard for Summerslam:

August 11th

Toronto, Ontario, Canada




WWE title match:

Kofi Kingston or Randy Orton (c) vs Drew McIntyre or Roman Reigns

Raw Women's title match:

Becky Lynch (c) vs Winner of the number one contender's tournament

Smackdown Women's title match:

Becky Lynch or Lacey Evans (c) vs Charlotte Flair or Asuka

Cruiserweight title match:
Rey Mysterio (c) vs Oney Lorcan or Akira Tozawa or Tony Nese or Noam Dar

Past vs Future:
Goldberg vs Matt Riddle
 

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Ziggler in NXT actually sounds lit af :mark:

and :lmao at Rhyno leaving and going to Impact around the same time he did irl too
 

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Monday Night Raw
July 1st:

Dallas, Texas


Monday Night Raw starts with the usual video package as we cut to the commentary team who welcome us to the show. Michael Cole hypes up the show announcing we will have the start of the Raw Women's title tournament with the winner facing The Man Becky Lynch at Summerslam. Big Show also announces we will see Tyler Breeze take on EC3 in singles action. And in the main event of the show, we will see the number one contender to the Universal title Aleister Black take on Bobby Roode!


*ROOT OF ALL EVIL*

Say the devils name and he shall appear! Aleister Black makes his way out to the ring getting a loud pop from the crowd as he has a stoic look on his face. He takes his time as Michael Cole puts over how lethal the Black Mass is and Black's title run in NXT only came to an end due to Johnny Gargano costing him his title. Big Show also puts over the fact he is yet to be beaten in singles action on Monday Night Raw. Aleister Black once inside the ring takes a seat, cross-legged in the center of the ring as he looks to address the fans.

Aleister Black: Since coming to Monday Night Raw, I have had one goal. Becoming Universal champion. And ever since Ricochet left for new lands, I have been going through everyone in my path.

Cheers from the live crowd.

Aleister Black: I have the devil on my back and next week, I claim my prize. Seth Rollins, you are the top star on Raw.

Black takes a moment before carrying on.

Aleister Black: I came to this place to test myself against the best. Good or bad, it is just a matter of perspective. I just want to fight the best there is.

Aleister Black rises to his feet.

Aleister Black: Rollins, you are a good man who has done bad things. We all know about your history.

Mixed reaction from the crowd with some agreeing with what Black is saying whilst others have forgiven Rollins for his actions.

Aleister Black: You have many sins that I will absolve you off next week as you will fade, fade to...

*BURN IT DOWN/ SECOND COMING*

A loud pop from the live crowd as the current Universal champion makes his way to the ring. Big Show says things might kick off after what Black had to say about Seth's past. Seth Rollins steps into the ring coming face to face with Aleister Black. The crowd are hyped up as the two popular superstars stand face to face as Rollins looks to speak.

Seth Rollins: Absolve me of my sins? Black, I will always live with the sins of my past.

Seth Rollins turns to the crowd as Black stands there stoic as ever.

Seth Rollins: The things I did, the brothers I stabbed in the back to get to the top. That will never be washed away.

Seth turns back around and comes face to face with the Dutch Destroyer.

Seth Rollins: Each day, I live with what I have done and I use it to drive me to be a true champion for these fans. To show people they can become a better person even after making mistakes in their past.

The cheers get louder as Aleister Black stares a hole through the champion.

Seth Rollins: And next week, I will show everyone why this is Monday Night Rollins!

Black remains stoic as Rollins stares him down.

Aleister Black: Rollins, next week you can show the world what you like but you will suffer the same fate as everyone else as you fade to black.

Black drops the microphone to the mat as both men stare each other down as the tension can be cut with a knife. Seth Rollins lifts his Universal title in the air as Michael Cole once again hypes up the main event but also hypes up the Universal title match next week as these two stars go head to head.

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*AMAZING (REMIX)*

As we return from the commercial break, Naomi makes her way out getting a decent pop from the live crowd. Big Show on commentary tells us that right now we are going to have the first of the four Round 1 matches in the Women's number one contender tournament as Paige looks to find Becky Lynch's next challenger.

*SQUARE UP*

Sonya Deville fixes her MMA gloves as she marches to the ring. Michael Cole on commentary informs us of a ruling made by Paige banning anyone from ringside to make sure Becky Lynch gets the best possible challenger at Summerslam. Sonya jogs up and down on the spot in the ring as Naomi looks hyped up as the referee calls for the bell getting this underway.

Match 1: Sonya Deville vs Naomi

Match summary: Naomi has a good showing at the start of the match as she uses her athleticism to control the match with Sonya struggling to keep up. Sonya fights back as she uses her MMA skills to wear down the leg of Naomi and slow her down. From there Sonya grinds Naomi down and in the end, gets her in a Kimura after Naomi falls off the top ropes due to the damage done to her leg during the match! Naomi tries to find a way out of the lethal hold but she is forced to tap out!

Winner via submission: Sonya Deville (6:20)

Sonya rises to her feet post-match having picked up a massive win tonight and is now 2 matches away from a shot at the Raw Women's title at Summerslam. As the tournament brackets appear on the screen Big Show hypes up a potential Fire and Desire semi-final match. Meanwhile, in the ring, we can see Naomi struggling with her leg as Sonya lets out a cocky smirk as she heads up the ramp. We then cut backstage as we can see Oney Lorcan sat on a chair as he stares at the camera.

Oney Lorcan: You want to know why I'm going to win the fatal four-way next week?

Oney Lorcan shakes his head.

Oney Lorcan: Because this division is WEAK! This division cares too much about sportsmanship. Where did that get me on NXT and 205 Live? Nowhere!

Oney rises to his feet looking angry (well even angrier than normal).

Oney Lorcan: You saw what I did to Tony Nese. I did it because he is weak. He is too soft. The fact someone like him has been Cruiserweight champion and I haven't, it makes me sick!

Oney kicks over the chair in a rage before looking at the camera.

Oney Lorcan: Next week I earn my place at Summerslam and then I take the Cruiserweight title from Rey Mysterio. Because I'm the only one strong enough to kill a legend!

Oney is breathing heavily as he stares at the camera looking as intense as ever.

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*OMEN IN THE SKY*

We return from the commercial break as The Club walk to the ring with AJ Styles front and center. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows have their Raw tag team titles on their shoulders as Michael Cole talks about the group returning to their former glory in the last few weeks. Big Show also talks about AJ's comments last week calling Mustafa Ali's win over him a fluke. Michael Cole says Ali will think otherwise but Big Show wonders if Ali would be able to beat Styles one on one. Now the Club are in the ring AJ Styles looks to speak.

AJ Styles: Let me start off by saying this. It should be me versus Seth Rollins next week for the Universal title, not Aleister Black!

Boos from the crowd as they clearly disagree with AJ Styles.

AJ Styles: I'm the most phenomenal person on this roster! There is no one on this roster who can beat me.

At this point, the crowd responds by chanting “Ali, Ali” which makes AJ Styles angry.

AJ Styles: Him pinning me was a fluke! Put him in a one on one match against me and I will show him what a phenomenal performer looks like!

Karl Anderson: But you nerds wouldn't know what a phenomenal performer looks like.

Cheap heat but it works as Luke Gallows is passed the microphone.

Luke Gallows: You people cheer for losers like Jey Uso and his broken brother.

Boos from the crowd Gallows mocks the injured Jimmy Uso before passing the microphone back to Karl Anderson.

Karl Anderson: Or Ryder and Hawkins.

AJ Styles: I mean you boys beat them so bad, you sent Curt Hawkins into hiding.

Boos from the crowd as The Club in the ring too sweet each other.

AJ Styles: And since coming back the loser is too scared to face you two again. Because Curt Hawkins knows what will happen when he steps into the ring with Good Brothers once again!

*WEIGHTLESS*

Jey Uso: Yo, yo, yo. We ain't hearing any more of that rubbish! We aren't having it fam.

Jey Uso leads the way standing in front next to his friend Zack Ryder as Curt Hawkins follows behind the pair looking at the ramp clearly not looking at all confident.

Jey Uso: You three stand in that ring, in a great big circle jerk and start dissing my boys? Nah Uce we ain't having it.

Cheers from the crowd as Jey Uso looks fired up. However, AJ responds by laughing with his boys.

AJ Styles: Can Curt Hawkins not speak for himself? Is he too scared? Or has he remembered his level?

Karl Anderson: What kind of loser goes on a 269 match losing streak?

Curt Hawkins looks angry as he looks like he is going to speak but he can't bring himself to respond as he passes the mic back to Jey Uso looking to walk off. Zack Ryder goes after him as AJ Styles laughs in the ring.

AJ Styles: See? He can't even respond because he knows it's the truth. If I fought him in this ring I would beat him without even trying!

Jey Uso: OK put your money where your mouth is then!

Curt Hawkins stops looking confused. AJ is in the ring laughing as Hawkins grabs the mic from Jey.

Curt Hawkins: Jey what are you doing? I can't beat AJ Styles I'm just a los...

Zack Ryder snatches the microphone!

Zack Ryder: Bro, you're not a loser. Listen to what they are saying about you. Prove them wrong next week and face AJ Styles.

Curt is unsure what to say as he weakly nods clearly still doubting himself as AJ laughs in the ring.

AJ Styles: See you next week Curt. Can't wait to be the first name in your next losing streak.

AJ drops the microphone as The Club stand in the ring and laugh at Curt Hawkins on the outside who clenches his fists as Ryder and Jey Uso try to encourage their boy.

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*#MMMGORGEOUS*

As we return from the commercial break, Prince Pretty makes his way out to the ring with his selfie stick in hand as the crowd cheer for the popular supermodel as he makes his way to the ring. Breeze is strutting his stuff, Michael Cole tells us Paige has made AJ Styles vs Curt Hawkins official for next week's Monday Night Raw. Big Show wonders if Curt Hawkins has a chance of beating the Phenomenal one?

*TOP ONE PERCENT*

EC3 makes his way out as the crowd boos the one percenter as he is joined by his manager/ assistant Drake Maverick. Both men walk to the ring as Big Show reminds the fans of what happened last week and the fact EC3 felt disrespected by Tyler Breeze and will be looking to show Breeze does not belong in the ring with him. Michael Cole also mentions EC3 will be feeling the pressure to win tonight after a slow start to his time on Monday Night Raw.

Match 2: Tyler Breeze vs EC3 w/Drake Maverick

Match summary: Breeze starts off hot causing EC3 to roll to the outside, looking frustrated. EC3 gains the upper hand thanks to Drake Maverick getting in between the two men on the outside. Breeze sends Drake into the barricade but EC3 pounces on Tyler Breeze and takes control of the match, slowing down the pace before tossing Tyler Breeze back into the ring.

Once inside the ring, he starts to work over the supermodel, really looking to wear him down. Breeze struggles as EC3 looks desperate to pick up the win tonight and get back on track. However, Breeze mounts a comeback and starts getting back in control. He lines up EC3 looking to finish him with the Unprettier! However as this is happening, Drake Maverick makes his way over to Breeze's selfie stick.

Drake Maverick grabs hold of the stick and teases breaking it, as Breeze drops EC3 and rolls to the outside as he clobbers Drake Maverick with a supermodel kick! Breeze makes his way back into the ring but the distraction has allowed EC3 to recover. EC3 catches Breeze with a flying clothesline dropping Breeze. EC3 wastes no time lifting Breeze up and hits him with the Top One Percent. EC3 makes the cover and picks up the win!

Winner via pinfall: EC3 (8:35)

EC3 gets to his feet, soaking in all the boos from the fans as Drake Maverick is still down and out on the outside of the ring. Michael Cole says EC3 should give the assist to Drake Maverick because without his interference tonight, Breeze had the match won. Tyler Breeze is shown in the ring looking annoyed at losing tonight as EC3 heads up the ramp with a now semi-conscious Drake Maverick gloating about picking up the victory.

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*BOOYAKA 619*

The Cruiserweight champion Rey Mysterio makes his way out joined by his son Dominick, without his Cruiserweight title getting a pop from the live crowd. In the ring, we can see a podium set up with a title belt clearly under a black cloth. Big Show on commentary being a really good friend of Mysterio's hypes up what he has done in his career and what he has done for wrestling over the years. Rey Mysterio is now in the ring as his son stands behind him with a massive smile on his face as Rey looks to address the live crowd.

Rey Mysterio
: I just want to tell you fans how special tonight is. Not because of me but because of you people.

Cheers from the fans as Rey smiles.

Rey Mysterio: Without you people, I would not be where I am today. You fans give me strength, you give me support and you made me want to bring the Cruiserweight division back to where it belongs.

Rey makes his way over to his son smiling at him.

Rey Mysterio: And it is not just me you give strength to. Watching the fans cheer me on and support me inspired my son to follow his father in his footsteps as he prepares to step into the ring.

Rey and Dominick share a hug in the ring as Rey makes his way over to the podium as he gets ready to unveil the title belt.

Rey Mysterio: But this isn't just about us. This is about the Cruiserweight division and I want a new title belt to represent that.

Rey Mysterio pulls the black cloth off the podium and reveals the brand new title belt getting a loud pop from the live crowd. Here is what it looks like:



Rey Mysterio grabs hold of the Cruiserweight title lifting it into the air showing it off to the fans. Once he is done he passes the title to his son who places the title around his waist.

Rey Mysterio: This is a new era for the Cruiserweight division. And next week I find out who gets to challenge me for this belt at Summerslam. And looking at the names, all four men would be worthy challengers.

Rey lets out a smile being respectful as ever.

*BOLLYWOOD BREAKDOWN*

Boos from the crowd as the Cruiserweight tag team The Singh Brothers make their way out with sunglasses on their faces as Rey Mysterio and Dominick look confused.

Samir Singh: You made a massive mistake tonight Rey.

Sunil Singh: Massive!

Samir Singh: You had a title unveiling and you didn't invite WWE's only Bollywood stars?

Sunil Singh: What a mistake.

Samir Singh: We are worldwide icons. I bet everyone in the crowd has seen our films.

Sunil Singh: Let's hear it if you have seen our movies!

Complete silence from the crowd, which makes Dominick in the ring laugh. The Singh Brothers at this point slide into the ring and stare at Rey's son.

Samir Singh: What are you laughing at? Did your dad fail to teach you respect?

Boos from the crowd as Rey looks at the pair.

Rey Mysterio: I think it is time for you to leave.

Sunil Singh laughs as he walks over to Rey putting his hand on Rey's shoulder.

Sunil Singh: Rey you need to learn to treat real stars like us with respect. We came out here to bring interest to your division. We are here to help.

Dominick at this point has had enough and moves Sunil's hand off Rey's shoulder.

Dominick: Get your hands off my dad!

Samir, however, responds to this by slapping Dominick in the face!

Samir Singh: Who do yo...

Rey Mysterio dropkicks Samir sending him flying before taking down Sunil Singh with a wheelbarrow bulldog! Rey then checks on his son who says he is fine. Rey can be heard saying a few words to his son. Dominick nods and both men charge at the rising Singh Brothers and hits them with dual hurricannas getting a massive pop from the crowd! Both Rey and Dominick look to the crowd before nodding as the pair hit A 619 ON EACH OF THE SINGH BROTHERS! The fans let out a loud pop as Rey and Dominick share a hug in the ring whilst the Singh brothers lay down and out in the center of the ring.

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As we return from the commercial break we see Tony Nese sat on a chair staring at the camera.

Tony Nese: Let me start by saying this. Oney you will pay for what you did to me last week. You think I'm weak? I will prove otherwise. But I can't let that cloud my judgment as there are two other opponents in the match.

Tony Nese takes a moment before looking to carry on.

Tony Nese: So you want to know why I'm going to win at Summerslam? I mean I've become champion before. I know what it is like to be at the top and I thrive on competition. So stepping into the ring with three of the best Cruiserweights in the world? I'm more than ready and I will win because I'm the premier athlete.

We then cut to the commentary team as Michael Cole hypes the fatal four-way next week. Big Show tells us we will hear from Akira Tozawa and Noam Dar before the end of the show.

*WHAT YOU THINK*

Tamina makes her way to the ring getting a very small reaction from the crowd as Michael Cole and Big Show carry on telling us about the fatal four-way next week.

*THE NEXT VOYAGE*

Kairi Sane makes her way out with her telescope in hand as she spies Tamina in the ring but her eyes will be on the prize that comes from winning this tournament, a shot at the Raw Women's title at Summerslam. Michael Cole puts over Kairi Sane and the impressive win she picked up over the 6 time Women's champion Mickie James on the Stomping Grounds pre-show. Once inside the ring, Tamina looks cocky whilst Kairi looks way ahead of the match due to the size of her opponent.

Match 3: Kairi Sane vs Tamina

Match summary: Kairi Sane may have come into this match a little wary but she quickly overcomes Tamina as she uses her strikes to take down her larger opponent and in the end hits her with an In-sane elbow advancing to the semi-finals!

Winner via pinfall: Kairi Sane (4:29)

Kairi Sane gets to her feet all smiles as usual and is one step closer to a title shot at Summerslam. Michael Cole hypes up the potential of a Becky Lynch vs Kairi Sane match at Summerslam and wonders if the pirate princess can get her hands on some treasure!

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We return from the commercial break as we can see Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura are sat in a locker room together and silence speaks for itself with neither man wanting to talk to the other. The door however suddenly opens and Lana walks in. Rusev gets up and kisses his wife on the lips as Shinsuke in the background rolls his eyes.

Rusev: So what was your idea?

Lana: So I spoke to Paige and next week we have a match against the debuting Street Profits!

Rusev nods and kisses his wife again as Shinsuke mutters something under his breath.

Rusev: What did you say?

Shinsuke Nakamura: Nothing. Me no speak English.

Shinsuke lets out a troll-like smirk which only pisses off Rusev.

Lana: Listen Shinsuke this is a big opportunity for you two to get back on the map. You beat the Street Profits and we might get a shot at the tag team titles.

Shinsuke holds his chin before nodding.

Shinsuke Nakamura: OK. I will carry your husband to victory.

Shinsuke walks off and leaves Rusev stood there looking angry.

Rusev: Carry? I should knock some sense into him.

Lana: Honey just ignore him OK. I know who the true star on this team is. I mean who else has a day named after him?

Rusev smiles and chuckles to himself a little before kissing his wife as we cut to what looks like a bar. We see a bunch of people partying in the background as The Street Profits are sat with a couple of drinks next to them, talking to each other.

Angelo Dawkins: Yo have you heard the news?

Montez Ford: Kevin Hart Smith took a lie detector test!

Angelo Dawkins: Wait what? No bro, not that. No, the big news is...

Montez Ford: KSI is going fight Logan Paul one more time.

Angelo Dawkins: No dude. Rusev and Shinsuke want the smoke.

Montez Ford: Oh they want the smoke?

Angelo Dawkins: Oh they want it. Next week we are taking on Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Montez Ford: Oh man that is some fire.

Montez does an over the top celebration jumping in the air, clearly hyped up.

Montez Ford: Two former United states champions? Shinsuke Nakamura who won the royal rumble. Rusev who beat John Cena.

Angelo Dawkins: Hey we asked for the smoke and we got it.

Both men high five each other.

Montez Ford: Now let's go PARTY!

Montez heads to the dance floor and starts busting a move as Angelo Dawkins chuckles before joining his friend. The pair are clearly the life and soul of the party as the following graphic appears on the screen:

The Street Profits
Bringing the swag back to Monday Night Raw
Next week!

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We return from the commercial break as we can see Noam Dar sat on a chair staring at the camera as he is noticeably chewing his gum excessively loud.

Noam Dar: Why do I need to do this? Every smart person knows the Scottish Supernova is going to Summerslam.

Dar spits his gum out.

Noam Dar: I mean look at the people I'm facing. They just don't measure up. Oney is an angry little troll, Tony Nese was a paper champion and Akira? Akira is missing his buddy, Brian Kendrick.

Noam Dar smirks pulling out another lot of gum and sticking it in his mouth as he begins chewing super loud once again.

Noam Dar: And then at Summerslam, I get to break Rey Mysterio's leg and put the legend on the shelf where he belongs. The young always replace the old!

Noam Dar once again spits out his gum before walking off looking every bit the cocky prick he is. We then cut to Charly Caruso who is stood backstage ready for an interview.

Charly Caruso: Would you please welcome my guest at this time, Mustafa Ali.

Mustafa Ali walks into the shot with a big smile on his face. Ali is in a hoodie as he smiles at Charly Caruso.

Charly Caruso: Ali, what did you think of AJ's comments earlier on tonight calling your pinfall on him a fluke?

Mustafa Ali: Listen AJ Styles can say what he likes but if he wants to back those words up I will take him on, any time, any place.

Charly Caruso: My...

???: Ali is ducking the real fight.

Charly Caruso and Mustafa Ali turn around to see Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush. Bobby Lashley stands behind Lio looking angry and serious whilst Lio does what he does best, run his mouth.

Lio Rush: You need to stop focusing on AJ and focus on the man of the hour, the man with all the power, the man who eliminated you from the Elimination Chamber, Walking Armageddon himself Bobby Lashley!

Mustafa Ali: Is that a challenge?

Mustafa Ali showing no fear as he barges past Lio Rush and stands in front of Bobby Lashley.

Lio Rush: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Not here. A match with my main man needs hype. We will go to Paige and next week, Bobby Lashley will display all the power and show Paige why he should fight Seth Rollins at Summerslam.

Mustafa Ali keeps eye contact with Bobby Lashley the whole time Lio is talking, knowing who the real threat is.

Mustafa Ali: See you next week.

Ali and Lashley stare each other down as we cut back to the ring.

*SKY'S THE LIMIT*

The crowd let out a loud pop as Mrs. Money in the Bank and one-half of the Women's tag team champions makes her way to the ring. Michael Cole on commentary mentions the title shot Sasha Banks already has and says maybe Sasha Banks is eying up all the gold. Big Show mentions we have seen very few double champions in WWE but we haven't seen a triple champion before.

*NEW FOUNDATION*

Also getting a pop from the live crowd but nowhere near as large, Natalya makes her way to the ring ahead of a big opportunity tonight. Michael Cole mentions Natalya wanting another shot at the Man Becky Lynch after losing to her a month ago. Big Show mentions Natalya's tag team partner who has taken a few weeks off to heal her injuries and says that could be added motivation for Natayla.

Match 4: Sasha Banks vs Natalya

Match Summary: Both women take their time feeling each other out in the early stages. Sasha Banks would try to work over the back of Natalya setting her up for the Bank Statement whilst Natalya looks to work over the back and legs of Banks as she looks to go for the Sharpshooter. This leads to a mostly technical affair as both women look to grind each other down throughout the match with various submissions.

As it goes on Sasha noticeably takes a little bit longer to break her submission holds then Natalya does, really looking to rack up the damage and gain any little edge she can over the Queen of Harts. In the end, the little edges are telling as the damage done to Natalya's back means she is unable to full lock in the Sharpshooter. Sasha Banks takes advantage hitting the Backstabber on Natalya! Banks quickly follows it up by locking in the Bank Statement and Natalya has no choice but to tap out!

Winner via submission: Sasha Banks (11:01)

Sasha Banks lets go of the hold as soon as the bell rings, with the referee raising her hand into the air. The Boss soaks in the cheers from the crowd as Michael Cole hypes this up as maybe being BOSS TIME! Big Show mentions it will now be Sasha Banks vs Kairi Sane in the semi-finals of the tournament as the camera shows Kairi Sane watching the match backstage as she a big smile on her face, relishing the challenge. Sasha Banks meanwhile in the ring lifts her Women's tag team title in her left hand and the Money in the Bank briefcase in her right hand.

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As we return from the commercial break, we cut to the commentary team as Michael Cole informs us that right now we are going to see a pre-recorded interview that took place earlier today with Matt Riddle. We cut to a nice room as we can see Renee Young sat ready to start as Matt Riddle walks into the room in a yellow tracksuit, with his headphones around his neck and a big smile on his face.

Matt Riddle: Yo Renee.

Renee Young: Hello Matt, thanks for agreeing to this interview.

Matt Riddle: Aw Renee, you're doing me a favor bro. I love nothing more than speaking my mind.

Matt Riddle takes a seat across from Renee Young, putting his feet on the table as he gets super relaxed.

Renee Young: So a lot of people don't know this but you have only been wrestling for 5 years now is that correct?

Matt Riddle: That's correct. I mean I'm the only man to get fired from MMA with a 4 match win streak. But life gives you new doors and opportunities and it brought me here.

As Matt is talking we get clips of his matches in not just NXT but also a few of his matches in Progress Wrestling.

Matt Riddle: I love fighting. I love taking on the best.

Renee Young: And the best including Goldberg?

Matt looks annoyed at that line as he shakes his head clearly disagreeing.

Matt Riddle: When I talk about the best I think of Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Bret Hart, hell the man I plan on retiring Brock Lesnar!

Renee Young: You plan to retire Brock Lesnar?

Matt Riddle: Yeah bro. Listen I'm always honest. I say what I feel. I came here to be the best and if that means stepping on a few toes and pissing a few people off, hey bro that's what I'm going to do.

Renee Young: Do you think your mouth could get you into trouble?

Matt Riddle: Bro I'm just being honest. If that gets me into trouble...

Matt shrugs.

Renee Young: Before we get onto Goldberg again, don't you think angering Brock Lesnar is a bad idea?

Matt Riddle laughs.

Matt Riddle: Probably but angering him is the easiest way to get him to fight me.

Matt moves his feet off the table as he leans forward.

Matt Riddle: But the difference between Goldberg and Brock is I respect Brock. I have none for Goldberg.

Renee looks a little confused.

Renee Young: But you said you wanted to retire Brock Lesnar?

Matt Riddle: Yeah bro. Because I want to be the man to say he made the toughest fighter in WWE history retire. That is like my dream. Goldberg after I beat his ass, I don't care what he does.

We see clips of Brock Lesnar competing throughout the years even against Goldberg in recent years as Matt Riddle carries on.

Matt Riddle: He is a man who has done everything! He has done it in UFC and WWE. He has made it to the top in both and you don't do that without hard work. I mean look at the shape he is in. That takes a lot of work. However, there is one thing that bothers me.

Renee Young: What's that?

Matt Riddle: He has gotten complacent. The dude is capable of so much more but he feels like he unbeatable so doesn't try. So I want to be the one that conquers him and ends his career. Could you imagine what that would be like bro! I might even get Paul Heyman to announce I conquered the beast!

Renee can't help but smile and nods agreeing with Matt Riddle.

Renee Young: Why do you hate Goldberg?

Matt Riddle who is normally all smiles, is no longer smiling as he takes a moment before speaking, surprising Renee. Renee would then look to fill the silence with another question.

Renee Young: Have you always hated Goldberg or is this a recent th...

Matt Riddle: I've always hated Goldberg. Everyone used to tell me for years “Oh bro this guy is so good.” No, he is terrible and the most over-hyped wrestler in history.

Riddle is clearly getting heated.

Matt Riddle: He is a dangerous moron who doesn't know his own power. Like, Goldberg is so clumsy and reckless he ended the career of Bret Hart by accident. No malice, just him being a careless moron.Goldberg is a former football player who learned two moves and button mashed them until he had a 250 match win streak. If you survive those two moves, you beat him. He has no stamina bro. After a couple of minutes, he is totally gassed! Me? I can go all night long.

Matt Riddle winks at Renee who smirks as somewhere Moxley gets ready a barbed wire baseball bat.

Matt Riddle: Renee, did you know when Paige offered me the chance to come to Raw, I said no. I loved NXT. NXT is the future and I loved my time down there. I mean who doesn't love Florida. I didn't have to travel and I got to face some of the best wrestlers in the world each week.

Renee Young: What changed your mind?

Matt Riddle: I was promised Goldberg would be coming to Raw. Paige knew that even the smallest chance to end the myth would bring the ultimate bro to Raw. I mean he knew where I was and has been ducking me for years. So I came to him.

Renee Young: Well that answers all my questions. Once again Matt, thanks for your time.

Matt Riddle: Renee, any time.

Matt Riddle smiles as he shakes her hand and walks out of the room as we cut to a commercial break.

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We return from the commercial break as we can see Akira Tozawa looking at the camera with a serious look on his face.

Akira Towaza: Why am I going to win at Summerslam? Because AHA.

Akira gets to his feet as he hypes himself up.

Akira Towaza: I am going to kick Dar in the head and knock him out! AHA. I will put down Oney Lorcan!! AHA. And I will suplex Nese! AHA. See you soon Rey! AHA

We cut to the ring as Michael Cole mentions the interview we saw before the commercial with Matt Riddle having a lot to say. Big Show talks about most people when they come into the business, look to keep their mouths shut not wanting to rub anyone the wrong way but Riddle doesn't pull any punches. Michael Cole tells us we will hear what Goldberg has to say in response next week as he will be interviewed by Renee Young.

*GOLDEN GODDESS*

Mandy Rose makes her way to the ring getting boos from the live crowd. Big Show on commentary talks about the fact everyone is talking about Sasha Banks and Bayley facing each other in the finals but what about Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose facing each other in the semi-finals if Mandy wins tonight. She mocks the crowd before showing off why she is god's greatest creation.

*TURN IT UP*

Bayley makes her way to the ring holding one-half of the Women's tag team titles in the air but she is not all smiles. She points to Mandy in the ring who rolls her eyes and tells Bayley they didn't attack her. Bayley slides into the ring and gets in Mandy's face as Mandy pushes her hand in Bayley's face and calls her a stupid girl which prompts Bayley to smash her in the face with a punch! Mandy drops to the mat clutching her face as Bayley passes her tag team title to the referee. He passes it to the timekeeper before calling for the bell getting this underway!

Match 5: Bayley vs Mandy Rose

Match summary: Bayley jumps on Mandy Rose and lays into her with numerous lefts and rights. Mandy tries to fight back but Bayley is too strong and picks up the win with a Bayley to Belly without struggling too much.

Winner via pinfall: Bayley (2:40)

Bayley gets to her feet still not happy as the crowd cheers her on. Mandy Rose meanwhile rolls to the outside holding her face as Michael Cole puts over how impressive the fight Bayley showed tonight was and wonders what she will do to Sonya Deville next week after their attack at Money in the Bank. Big Show tells us Fire and Desire can keep denying the attack all they want because Bayley clearly thinks they were behind it and is looking for revenge! We then cut to the backstage area as Charly Caruso is stood ready for an interview.

Charly Caruso: Would you please welcome my guest at this time, Bobby Roode.

Bobby Roode walks into the show getting boos from the live crowd, as the glorious one looks to be in a bad mood.

Charly Caruso: Bobby in tonight's main event you take on the number one contender for the Universal title Aleister Black. How are you feeling ahead of that match?

Bobby looks at her with disgust.

Bobby Roode: How do I feel? I feel disgusted. It should be in that spot. I'm the only one who is glorious enough to take this brand to new heights. But this company is used to wasting potential.

Bobby strokes his chin before letting out a smile.

Bobby Roode: However, I have an opportunity. You see if I beat Aleister Black tonight, Paige will have no choice but to give me the one on one title shot I deserve!

Bobby Roode walks off smirking, clearly having a plan in mind for the main event tonight.

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When we return from the commercial break, we are inside a gym as the camera shows Kurt Angle and Chad Gable make their way inside. Chad Gable is all smiles as he can be heard talking to Angle as they make their way over to the weights and equipment.

Kurt Angle: Now if I'm going to be your coach, we are going to be doing some intense training.

Chad Gable: Like you did before the Olympics?

Gable is like a puppy so happy to be training under his idol and hero.

Kurt Angle: Yes and no. Over the years, do you know how I kept performing at an elite level even outside WWE? By updating my methods. And whilst my body ain't what it used to be, I make sure I live up to the 3 I's which are...

Chad Gable: Intensity, Integrity, and Intelligence!

Kurt can't help but blush a little bit.

Chad Gable: I made sure I learned them when growing up. I even made a note of them...

???: Fella you need to calm down a little.

The camera pans over as we can see the Celtic Warrior himself Sheamus with a big smile on his face. He is a bit red as he has been clearly working out.

Chad Gable: Sheamus?

Sheamus: That's right Chad, put it there.

Both men shake hands as Angle steps forward to explain.

Kurt Angle: Y'see I ain't in the shape I once was. My mind is still the same but the body, it just ain't willing anymore. So to make sure you are in the best possible shape to beat Joe, I went to look for the best trainer around and my son stumbled upon this man's youtube channel.

Chad Gable: Jason watches Celtic Warrior workouts?

Kurt Angle: Yes he does. He keeps sharing the videos with me on what's it called? Myspace that's it! Anyway, Sheamus knows more training techniques then I do and there is no athlete better equipped for getting you into the shape you need to be in to beat Samoa Joe.

Sheamus: I know more training techniques then you can shake a stick at and it will help me get back into ring shape myself.

Chad Gable: OK Sheamus where do we start?

The camera cuts away as the two men start talking to each other and we cut to the Lucha Dragons who are stood in front of a ring with both men facing the camera.

Kalisto: Over the last few weeks me and my buddy Sin Cara we have been on a run.

Sin Cara: Win after win after win.

Kalisto: By just doing Lucha things.

Sin Cara: But we have our eyes on gold.

Kalisto: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. We are coming for the Raw tag team titles.

Sin Cara: We have never quite been able to get our hands on those titles.

Kalisto: But now we want to make up for lost time.

Sin Cara: The dragons rise

Kalisto: And we are the future of Lucha!

Both men let out a smile as they look fired up, sending a clear message to the current Raw tag team champions.

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When we return from the commercial break, we can see Heath Slater stood in the ring ready for a match as the commentary team inform us Mustafa Ali vs Bobby Lashley has been made official for next week's Monday Night Raw!

*DESTROYER*

The United States champion Samoa Joe marches to the ring with an angry snarl on his face. Heath Slater in the ring looks worried in the ring and knows what is about to happen, almost wishing his friend Rhyno was here to help him. The referee rings the bell and this is underway!

Match 6: Samoa Joe vs Heath Slater

Match Summary: Heath gets wrecked as Joe takes him down in quick fashion and locks in the Coquina clutch forcing Slater to tap out in under a minute.

Winner via submission: Samoa Joe (0:58)

Joe tosses the limp body of Heath Slater to the side as he tells the referee to get him his title. As he does that we see Heath Slater try to roll out of the ring but Joe won't allow that! He drags him back towards the center of the ring and lays into the one-man-band! He gets a few more shots in before lifting him into the air and planting him with the musclebuster!

Joe gets to his feet happy with his handiwork which gets a mixed reaction from the live crowd as he snatches the United States title from the referee and shouts to the crowd no one is going to stop him, no one! We then cut to the backstage area as we can see Renee Young ready for a backstage interview.


Renee Young: Would you please welcome my guests at this time, Zelina Vega, Cesaro and Andrade Cien Almas.

All 3 walk into the shot with Andrade and Cesaro in a pair of nice crisp suits whilst Zelina Vega has a wicked smile on her face and the Money in the Bank briefcase in her hands.

Renee Young: Last week saw Cesaro pick up his second win in a row under your leadership Zelina. What is next for the Swiss Superman?

Zelina Vega: Me and Cesaro will be looking to get him in a position to fight for the gold. I mean maybe we find him a partner and go after the Raw tag team titles. Or maybe he goes after the United States champion Samoa Joe. But for Cesaro, no matter what success is in his future.

Renee Young: What did you make of Dolph Ziggler leaving Raw and joining NXT after losing to both of your clients?

Andrade in background smirks.

Andrade Cien Almas: Corrió como un cobarde.

Zelina Vega: Exactly Andrade. He ran away because he couldn't handle his failures. He knew he made the biggest mistake of his career turning us down. But he isn't the only person in our sights. You see Andrade has his eyes on the top prize.

As Zelina Vega says that we see Seth Rollins walk into the shot behind her, holding his Universal title.

Seth Rollins: Is that so?

Andrade turns around and gets in Seth's face though Seth refuses to back down. Cesaro just stands behind Andrade looking serious.

Seth Rollins: Any time you want to step up and fight me I will be ready. I mean I pulled off the heist of the century. So don't try to sneak up on me because I will be ready for it.

Seth Rollins walks off leaving Andrade and Zelina Vega fuming as they start to talk to each other as we cut back to the commentary team at ringside who gives us a quick rundown of the matches announced for next week's show before telling us the main event of the evening is up next and to not go anywhere.

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*BURN IT DOWN/ SECOND COMING*

Seth Rollins's music hits as the Universal champion makes his way to the commentary desk joining Micheal Cole and Big Show. Both men welcome him as Seth Rollins tells us he is here to see what Aleister Black can do first hand.

*GLORIOUS DOMINATION*

Bobby Roode makes his way out shaking his head, still annoyed it is not him fighting Seth Rollins for the Universal title next week. The crowd boos him as Michael Cole asks Seth his thoughts on Bobby Roode. Seth Rollins tells us Roode may be great in the ring but his ego gets in the way and he has already beaten him.

*ROOT OF ALL EVIL*

Aleister Black makes his usual gothic entrance getting loud cheers from the crowd as Roode rolls his eyes in the ring unimpressed. Big Show asks Seth if he has a plan for Aleister Black who is a unique superstar. Seth says he is working on a plan but something he has to worry about is the Black Mass. Seth puts it over as something no one has kicked out of and therefore he has to find a way to make sure he never gets to hit with it. Aleister Black once in the ring stares down Bobby Roode as the referee calls for the bell and this match is underway.

Main event: Aleister Black vs Bobby Roode

Match summary: Black in the opening moments of this match peppers Roode with several kicks really taking control and forces him to the outside. Roode ends up holding his neck on the outside as Black goes for a suicide dive before stopping in the center of the ring as he pauses to meditate! This infuriates Roode who rushes back into the ring and goes on the attack but once again Black counters him and brings him down to the mat with a legsweep!

Roode noticeably lands awkwardly and clutches his neck. Black takes control of the match as he works over Roode but Roode gets back into it with an eye poke. Roode is in control now but even whilst in control, he is grabbing his neck which is in a lot of pain. Roode realizing how much pain he is in looks to finish this quickly but Black transitions a DDT attempt into a Fujiwara Armbar!

Bobby Roode struggles in the hold but gets his hand onto the bottom rope forcing the break. Black though is quick to follow up with several stomps to the chest before flying off the ropes with a springboard moonsault. 1 2 Roode barely kicks out! Black though looks at Seth Rollins and climbs to the top rope as he takes a few moments to dive off and hit a double foot stomp. Black hooks the leg 1 2 3 Black picks up the win!

Winner via pinfall: Aleister Black (6:00)

As soon as the referee's hand hits the mat for 3, Bobby Roode rolls to the outside as the medics come over to check on him with the referee throwing up the X symbol. Meanwhile, Michael Cole on commentary asks Seth if he has, even more, to worry about after that match. Seth quips that Black ain't a one-trick pony it seems and he has a lot to plan for. Seth takes his headset off as he walks towards the top of the entrance ramp. Aleister Black meanwhile is as calm as ever is sat in the middle of the ring meditating as the show comes to a close with the two men staring each other down ahead of their Universal title match next week.


Matches confirmed for next week:

Universal title match:
Seth Rollins (c) vs Aleister Black

Semi-final tournament match:
Sasha Banks vs Kairi Sane

Semi-final tournament match:
Sonya Deville vs Bayley

Number one contender's for the Cruiserweight title fatal 4 way match:
Oney Lorcan vs Akira Tozawa vs Tony Nese vs Noam Dar

Singles match:
Mustafa Ali vs Bobby Lashley

Singles match:
AJ Styles vs Curt Hawkins

Debut match:
Street Profits vs Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura



Matches confirmed for 2 weeks time:


Women tournament final:
Sasha Banks or Kairi Sane vs Sonya Deville or Bayley



Matchcard for Summerslam:
August 11th

Toronto, Ontario, Canada




WWE title match:
Kofi Kingston or Randy Orton (c) vs Drew McIntyre or Roman Reigns

Raw Women's title match:
Becky Lynch (c) vs Sonya Deville or Kairi Sane or Sasha Banks or Bayley

Smackdown Women's title match:
Becky Lynch or Lacey Evans (c) vs Charlotte Flair or Asuka

Cruiserweight title match:
Rey Mysterio (c) vs Oney Lorcan or Akira Tozawa or Tony Nese or Noam Dar

Past vs Future:
Goldberg vs Matt Riddle

EWR Rating:
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WWE News:

Bobby Roode out for 8 months:

On Monday Night Raw, the main event had a weird finish with Black not using the Black Mass like usual. This happened due to Bobby Roode partway through the match picking up a serious neck injury. After the show had gone off the air, Roode had to be helped to the back and the diagnosis is not good. Bobby Roode has been ruled out of action for 8 months. The injury seemed to occur after Bobby Roode landed awkwardly after a legsweep. There were plans in place for Bobby Roode to be a key part of the mid-card over the coming months which will have to now be rewritten.

Booker note: EWR injury on the show to Bobby Roode basically forced the ending on Raw. Shame as I had plans for Roode in the mid-card as a heel but they will have to be adjusted.


Jeff Hardy vs Bray Wyatt made for Smackdown:

Shane McMahon has announced on Twitter Jeff Hardy will be taking on Bray Wyatt this week on Smackdown Live and the winner will pick the stipulation for the Smackdown Tag team titles match at The Great American Bash! Jeff will be doubly motivated looking for revenge after being injured by the War Raiders a month ago. What will happen when the two former World champions collide?

Confirmed for Smackdown:

Main event grudge match (New Day are banned from ringside):
Xavier Woods vs Randy Orton

Winner picks the stipulation for The Great American Bash:
Jeff Hardy vs Bray Wyatt

Steel cage match:
Alexa Bliss vs Ruby Riott
 

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Smackdown Live
July 2nd:
San Antonio, Texas

Smackdown Live starts with the usual introduction before we cut to the commentary team. Cory Graves and Byron Saxton hype up the upcoming show as they tell us the 3 matches that were announced before the show: A steel cage match between Alexa Bliss and Ruby Riott, Jeff Hardy vs Bray Wyatt with the winner picking the stipulation for the Smackdown tag team titles match and in the main event Xavier Woods takes on Randy Orton.

Big E: Ooooooooooooh, San Antonio Texas! Don't you dare be sour. Clap for your world famous WWE Champion and feel the power!


*NEW DAY NEW WAY*

A loud pop from the live crowd as the New Day makes their way to the ring, as Big E and Xavier Woods slap hands with the fans whilst Kofi shows off his WWE title. There are none of the usual pancake throwing antics and games with the crowd as The New Day are clearly in a serious mood tonight.

Corey says at The Great American Bash Kofi faces his greatest test in the form of the man who kept him down years ago, Randy Orton. Byron on commentary responds telling Corey that Kofi was able to overcome being held down at Wrestlemania and he thinks Kofi can do it again this Sunday. The New Day are now in the ring, with each of them holding a microphone.


Kofi Kingston: Before I start, I just want to thank you fans again.

Cheap pop but Kofi smiles.

Kofi Kingston: No I really mean it. Without your support, I wouldn't have got the opportunity to fight for the WWE title at Wrestlemania. I wouldn't have got to live my dreams and without your support as well as my brothers’ support, I might already be retired.

The crowd starts up a New Day rocks chant bringing a smile to all 3 men's faces.

Kofi Kingston: You two really do.

Both men smile as Big E does a fake crying bit behind him.

Kofi Kingston: And that is why I must beat Randy Orton this Sunday!

Boos for the mention of the Viper Randy Orton.

Kofi Kingston: He has tried to get to me by hurting my friends. He punted one of my best friends in the skull and I know why Randy did it? Because he is scared.

Ohhhs from the crowd.

Kofi Kingston: Me and Randy have history. And I know what kind of person he is. He thrives on bullying people, making them fear him. Getting in their heads and then he strikes.

Kofi sighs before lifting his WWE title in the air.

Kofi Kingston: Bryan is only part of the reason it took so long for me to get a one on one WWE title shot.

Xavier Woods: Randy Orton used to use his power backstage to Kofi down and do you want to know why?

Big E: Because Kofi refuses to be scared by a bully.

Kofi Kingston: And that's what makes you scared Randy. I have the power of positivity behind me. I refuse to let a bully like you keep me down!

Cheers from the crowd getting behind the fired up Kofi Kingston.

Kofi Kingston: With my boys and these fans behind me you can't stop me. I need to beat you. You have messed with my friends, heck I know you're going to try messing with Xavier tonight but we always have each others back.

Xavier Woods: Just because I said they wouldn't be at ringside doesn't mean my friends have to stay in the locker room.

Big E reaches into his trunks and pulls out a PANCAKE!

Kofi Kingston: Dude. Time and a place.

Big E: Sorry forgot I had that in there.

Big E instead of throwing it away eats the pancake as Woods and Kofi can't help but laugh at his antics. Big E once he finishes eating the pancake reaches back inside his trunks and pulls out two tickets! The camera then zooms in on two empty seats in the front row with a reserved sign on them.

Kofi Kingston: We may not be at ringside but we will be right there, ready if you try anything, Randy.

Cheers from the crowd as Kofi Kingston looks to carry on, however...


*SHER (LION)*

The crowd starts to boo as the former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal makes his way out with a microphone in his hand and looks to be in a bad mood (as always). The New Day in the ring look confused and wonder why Jinder is out here. Jinder, as he is walking to the ring, starts pointing at the crowd.

Jinder Mahal: You people disgust me!

Boos from the crowd as Jinder Mahal shakes his head.

Jinder Mahal: I never got this treatment. I had to scratch and claw my way to the WWE title. I had to go away, get in the best shape of my life and come back before getting an opportunity at the WWE title. But did I get any love? Where was Jindermania!

Big E: Maybe it is because nobody likes you?

Cheers from the crowd as Jinder looks even more annoyed.

Kofi Kingston: You cheated your way to the WWE title. I mean look where you are without the Singh Brothers.

Jinder is furious.

Jinder Mahal: I am the modern-day Maharaja! I don't need those two to get to the top. I beat Randy Orton to take that title! How about I show you and these fans what a real champion looks like right now!

Big E steps forwards getting in Jinder Mahal's face but Kofi puts his hand out, stepping in front of his friend.

Kofi Kingston: Well I could do with a warm-up ahead of this Sunday so let's get a referee out here.

Cheers from the crowd happy to see the WWE Champion in action. Xavier Woods and Big E slide out of the ring as Corey Graves on commentary tells us Shane McMahon has made this match official and it will take place after the commercial break, so don't go anywhere!


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Match 1: Kofi Kingston w/The New Day vs Jinder Mahal

Match Summary: We return from the commercial break with this match underway. Big E and Xavier Woods are cheering on their friend at ringside but it is Jinder in control as he has the WWE champion in a rest hold, looking to slow down the pace. However, the tricks that worked for Jinder back in 2017, no longer work as well in 2019 and Kofi keeps the match at a pace he enjoys. Byron on commentary notes that this is a good sign for the Great American Bash as Randy Orton also likes to keep the pace of a match slow and if Kofi counters that this Sunday he is likely to retain. Corey replies to Bryon, telling him that Randy Orton is on another level to Jinder Mahal. We get to closing stages of the match as Jinder Mahal is in control and looks to set Kofi up for the Khallas but Kofi counters with the SOS! 1 2 Jinder kicks out. Jinder gets up looking to go on the attack but Kofi hits him with Trouble in Paradise! 1 2 3 Kofi Kingston picks up the win!

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston (7:37)

Kofi Kingston gets to his feet as Big E and Xavier Woods join him in the ring to celebrate his victory. As The New Day are celebrating in the ring, we cut to the backstage area as Randy Orton can be seen watching the match on a TV monitor. He lets out an evil smirk before walking off as he gets ready for his main event match with Xavier Woods tonight.

The camera then cuts to the car park as we can see Roman Reigns entering the building as you know all the best good guys turn up to the show late. As he is walking through the hallway, we see him get angry. The camera pans over and we see why as Shane McMahon appears with a smile on his face.


Roman Reigns: You have five seconds to leave before I punch you in the jaw.

Shane McMahon: Now Roman that is no way to speak to your boss.

Roman Reigns: Five, four...

Shane McMahon: Calm down Reigns I come in peace. As you can see none of the Corporation are with me.

Reigns looks around and see no one waiting in the shadows. However, he doesn't let his guard down.

Shane McMahon: I came to offer you some advice.

Reigns is looking at his fist clearly not listening to Shane McMahon and wondering whether he should just punch Shane in the face.

Shane McMahon: You do what these fans want and you play their hero. But why? Why do you do what these fans want? The only reason any of them cheer you, is due to what happened to you. That is the only reason for the love since coming back. I mean look how they treated you in the past.

Reigns glares at Shane McMahon who holds his hands up.

Shane McMahon: Listen I am just speaking as someone who came back and was their savior until one day they turned on me. Said I was abusing my power. Taking time from the real superstars. These fans always change their minds. They're fickle.

Shane shakes his head.

Shane McMahon: Roman, if you joined us things would be so much better for you. You wouldn't be losing all the time. Look at last week. You would be the top star on this brand.

Reigns pauses for a moment looking like he is considering the offer until he grabs Shane McMahon by the collar and pins him against the wall.

Roman Reigns: I will never join the Corporation.

Roman drops Shane McMahon as Shane looks a little annoyed before he readjusts his shirt. Reigns however just carries on walking down the hallway.


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*I CAME TO PLAY*

The Miz makes his usual entrance getting a pop from the live crowd as he makes his way to the ring. The Miz seems focused as Corey Graves puts over the rivalry between him and Daniel Bryan over the years with the next chapter in the wars between the two men coming at the Great American Bash. The Miz is now in the ring sat in one of his chairs as he looks to the fans and gets ready to speak.

The Miz: Welcome to the most must-see talk show in WWE history, MIZ TV!

Cheap pop but it gets the fans hyped up as The Miz looks to begin.

The Miz: But let me start this off by sending a message to a man who I'm very familiar with. Daniel Bryan.

Boos from the crowd due to the mention of Daniel Bryan's name.

The Miz: Or should I say the New Daniel Bryan? Last week, I beat your friend and now I get my hands on you. But we have been here before. Year after year we fight each other. Hell to quote a line from an ally of mine in recent times, we are destined to do this forever!

This gets a few fans to pop, getting the Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn reference.

The Miz: You think I'm soft? Maybe I used to be. Maybe I was soft once upon a time but now? I will show you why I earned these fans respect! I may never earn your respect Bryan but I don't want it! I just want to kick your ass!

Cheers from the crowd as The Miz is fired up.

The Miz: But that's not why I'm out here tonight! No, I am here to interview my guest Roman Reigns so let's get the Big Dawg out here!

Cheers from the live crowd and they don't have to wait long:


*THE TRUTH REIGNS*

Roman Reigns walks to the ring getting a pop from the live crowd as he looks very serious. He joins The Miz in the ring and takes a seat across from him.

The Miz: Thanks for agreeing to this interview Reigns.

Roman Reigns responds to this by nodding his head.

The Miz: So last week you took on the Corporation teaming with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn but once again you lost to the Corporation.

Roman Reigns: I remember.

The Miz: Do you have a plan for us to stop Shane McMahon?

Roman Reigns: My plan for taking down the Corporation is this.

He grabs hold of his fist doing a shotgun motion as the crowd cheer on Roman Reigns.

The Miz: Well we have been using that but it isn't working.

Mixed reaction from the crowd but The Miz holds his hands up.

The Miz: Hear me out. Whatever we are doing isn't working as time and again the Corporation use the numbers game to beat us. We need to find a way to break the cycle.

Roman takes a moment to think however before he can respond:


*HERE COMES THE MONEY*

Shane McMahon makes his way out to the ring as he is flanked by not only the Corporation but he is also joined by his friend Daniel Bryan and his follower Erick Rowan. The Miz and Roman Reigns get to their feet ready for a fight as Shane McMahon smiles.

Shane McMahon: Roman, Miz you really need to learn to pick your battles. No one can stop the power of the McMahons.

Boos from the crowd as Shane smiles and laughs to himself.

Shane McMahon: I told you already Roman but my biggest mistake was trying to please these fans instead of doing what's best for business.

More boos for that famous line as Daniel Bryan steps forward looking to speak.

Daniel Bryan: And Miz you're nothing more then a B+ Plus player.

Massive heat for that line but The Miz just rolls his eyes in the ring.

Daniel Bryan: Well done cheating to beat Rowan last week but now, I get to destroy you and do something I enjoy more then anything on the planet. Punching you in the face!

The Miz: Why wait till Sunday? Let's do this right now!

The Miz slams the microphone down to the mat as he picks up one of the chairs on the set holding it ready for a fight. Drew McIntyre meanwhile snatches the microphone from Daniel Bryan who looks confused.

Drew McIntyre: You want a fight? You're on!

Drew tosses the microphone away confusing the rest of the Corporation but they do follow Drew to the ring due to the numbers advantage. They surround the ring ready to attack The Miz and Roman Reigns, however... KEVIN OWENS AND SAMI ZAYN SPRINT DOWN THE RAMP! They get to the ring attacking Shane McMahon and Elias from behind catching the pair by surprise! It ends up turning into a mass brawl which has been the ongoing pattern between these two groups over the last couple of months. Zayn, Owens, The Miz, and Reigns are in control of the brawl at the start but eventually, the numbers game is telling with Drew McIntyre's power being the difference as he knocks Reigns out cold with his lethal claymore kick! In the end, all of the faces are laid out in the ring as The Corporation, Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan stand tall in the ring as Corey tells us he expects to see the same scene this Sunday!


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*FEMME FATALE*

We return from the commercial break as The Iiconics start to make their way to the ring getting boos from the live crowd though some fans are just happy the pair from Down Under are without microphones tonight. Corey Graves on commentary mentions this match has been made after the war between the Iiconics and the Twisted Sisters carried on Twitter over the weekend.

*GLASGOW CROSS*

Nikki Cross makes her way out to the ring as she is joined by her fellow Twisted Sister Isla Dawn. The pair make their way to the ring as Byron mentions this being an important match for both teams within the Women's tag division with competition on all 4 brands growing as numerous teams will want to be next in line for a shot at Women's tag team titles. Nikki Cross slides into the ring ready for a fight as Peyton Royce on the outside mouths off to Isla Dawn who remains calm.

Match 2: Billie Kay w/Peyton Royce vs Nikki Cross w/Isla Dawn

Match summary: Nikki Cross's wild offense leads to Billie Kay spending a lot of the match on the outside trying to regroup. This winds the Twisted Sisters up but this works to Billie's advantage allowing her to cheap shot Nikki after chasing her around the ring and gives Billie her only section where she is in control. However, Nikki survives Billie's control phase and in the end, hits Billie Kay with the Purge for the win!

Winner via pinfall: Nikki Cross (4:33)

Nikki Cross gets to her feet as Isla Dawn celebrates in the ring with her friend. Byron says the Twisted Sisters now hold two victories in singles competition over The Iiconics. Corey, however, responds by saying they have yet to beat The Iiconics in tag team action and the real test comes then as the pair are tag team specialists! As Peyton Royce trash talks the pair in the ring we cut to the backstage area as Becky2belts is making her way to the ring looking smug when she is stopped in her tracks as she sees the Women's tag team champions the Boss 'n' Hug Connection! There is tension in the air as Becky stares the tag team champions down before smirking.

Becky Lynch: I know those belts allow you to go anywhere but you don't have a match tonight? So that's not what you’re here for.

Becky looks at the Money in the Bank briefcase before lifting her two Women's titles in the air. Sasha Banks lets out a little laugh.

Sasha Banks: Oh don't worry Becky, you'll know when the Boss goes to the bank and cashes in.

Bayley: We came here to speak to Shane McMahon actually.

Becky Lynch: Did you now? Well, Sasha if you want to let me know when you're going to cash that baby in and get dropped like the dope you are, be my guest!

Sasha Banks: Cute. No, I will cash this in on the Boss's time, not yours. See Becky not everything is about you. Bayley had this great idea didn't you Bayley.

Bayley nods and lets out a massive smile appreciating the compliment though noticeably Becky rolls her eyes.

Bayley: Thanks, Sasha. We are going to put these titles on the line in an open challenge, the night after we qualify for the finals of the Raw tournament Women's title.

Becky Lynch smirks as Bayley looks confused.

Sasha Banks: What's so funny?

Becky Lynch: Oh Sasha, unlike Bayley I see right through you. Maybe one day the kid will wake up to what her friend is truly like.

Sasha looks angry as Bayley looks confused by what Becky is saying.

Becky Lynch: Now if you excuse me, the man has business to take care of.

Becky Lynch walks off as Bayley turns to Banks.

Bayley: What's her problem?

Sasha Banks: Don't worry about it. Like I said, I will deal with her on the Boss's time.

Sasha Banks shakes her head looking angry as Smackdown goes to a commercial break.


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*CELTIC INVASION*

Becky Lynch makes her way out to the ring getting a loud pop from the live crowd who as usual start up a “Becky2belts” chants as she marches to the ring. Corey Graves mentions what happened before the commercial break and says Becky is smart not to trust the Boss calling Sasha Banks a snake. Back in the ring, Becky Lynch is now ready to speak with a microphone in her hand and her two title belts on her shoulders.

Becky Lynch: It seems everyone has their eyes on the champ. And I love it.

Becky smirks as she is really feeling herself tonight.

Becky Lynch: I mean let's run down the list. I mean on Raw we have Kairi Sane, Sonya Deville, Sasha Banks, and Bayley all fighting in a tournament for the right to fight me at Summerslam! And oh Sasha, trust me I am ready for the knife in my back, unlike Bayley!

Ooohs from the crowd as Becky looks to carry on.

Becky Lynch: I know the real reason you want to be here next week. But trust me when I say this, any time you want to cash in I'll be ready for a fight!

Cheers from the crowd as they are hyped about the possibility of the two horsewomen going head to head.

Becky Lynch: But it ain't just on Raw the competition is hotting up. Asuka and my old punching bag Charlotte are fighting to see who makes it to Summerslam! However, the Man has one dope she has to take care of first. Lacey Evans.

Boos for the mention of the first lady of Smackdown Live.

Becky Lynch: Last week you had a lot to say. Well, The Man always comes around so Lacey how about you say those things to my face right now!

Becky looks pretty fired up as she waits for the First Lady of Smackdown Live to make her way out but there is no sign of Lacey Evans.

Becky Lynch: C'mon Lacey? Were you all talk? Didn't they teach you how to fight in the marines?

Becky is getting really fired up but once again there is no sign of Lacey Evans as Becky shakes her head and makes her way towards the ropes.

Becky Lynch: Fine, it is time for me to collect the debt one way or another!

Becky drops the microphone as the crowd cheer excited at the possibility of Becky looking for a fight. She marches up the ramp and makes her way to the back... but she suddenly falls down and crashes to the floor! The crowd are really confused until we see Lacey Evans step out from the back as she blows on her fist. She poses over Becky having knocked her out cold with the Women's right! Lacey in her left hand meanwhile has a microphone and looks to speak staring at the prone Becky Lynch.

Lacey Evans: Oh Becky, Becky, Becky. Never interrupt a lady when she is doing her work. I'm guessing your mama never raised you right.

Boos from the live crowd as Lacey lets out a cocky smile.

Lacey Evans: You have your eyes on everyone else but you should have your ideas on me! Being in the marines talk me to assess the threat but Becky you have so many darling, sooner or later it's going to catch up with you.

Lacey bends down and grabs Becky Lynch's Smackdown Women's title getting even more heat from the live crowd.

Lacey Evans: And after this Sunday, you won't have to worry about Charlotte or Asuka because this title will be mine. With a right, a women's right!

Lacey drops the microphone onto Becky who is still out cold as she stands tall holding the Smackdown Women's title as Corey wonders if this will be the scene we see this Sunday?


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When we return from the commercial break we see the steel cage that has been hanging in the air all night starts to lower down to the floor as Byron recaps the issues between Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon, and the Riott Squad over the last 2 months. Corey says it comes to a head tonight as Ruby fights Bliss inside a steel cage and wonders if the Goddess of Smackdown Live is making a massive mistake.

*WE RIOT*

Ruby Riott leads the way looking all business tonight as she is flanked by her teammates the Riott Squad. Both of them look in an excited mood even though in theory they shouldn't be able to make it into the cage. Byron wonders what their plan is but Corey tells him to shut up and says the pair are clearly out here for moral support.

*SPITEFUL*

Alexa Bliss makes her way out getting cheers from the live crowd as she is joined by Ember Moon on the way to the ring. Corey mentions Bliss is smart enough to make sure she has her friend over the last few months by her side to keep an eye on the Riott Squad. Alexa Bliss steps inside the cage as she and Ruby Riott stare each other down as the referee calls for the bell to get this underway.

Match 3: Steel cage match: Alexa Bliss w/Ember Moon vs Ruby Riott w/The Riott Squad

Match Summary: Once the match gets underway both women spend the first few moments brawling with each other. Both Ruby and Bliss make good use of the cage sending the other into it and pressing them into the cage. Bliss, however, being the smaller competitor struggles as Ruby Riott uses her superior size to control the match and starts working over poor Alexa Bliss! On the outside, the Riott Squad whilst Ruby stays in control chooses not to get involved in the match and stick to watching from the outside. However, Alexa Bliss fights back and sends Ruby crashing into the cage. She slams Ruby's head into the cage wall numerous times before getting her into the center of the ring. At this point with it looking like Bliss is about to win, Liv Morgan attacks the referee on the outside of the cage and grabs the keys!

Ember Moon goes to stop her but Sarah Logan gets in the way attacking Ember Moon. Liv Morgan meanwhile opens the door and enters the steel cage! On the outside, as this happening Ember takes control of the brawl and slams Sarah Logan into the cage before jumping off the barricade and connecting with a modified Eclipse! Ember then has an idea as she looks at the cage. Back in the ring, Bliss is about to hit her DDT but Liv Morgan catches her with a kick to head. Liv Morgan helps Ruby Riott to her feet as both women start to attack Alexa Bliss, beating her down two on one! They get her in position for a double suplex but Bliss fights Liv Morgan off sending her backwards before Irish whipping Ruby into the cage! Liv though catches Bliss with a kick as she trash talks Bliss but suddenly EMBER MOON DIVES OFF THE CAGE AND HITS LIV MORGAN WITH AN ECLIPSE!

The crowd let out a massive “HOLY SHIT” chant as Ember Moon and Liv Morgan lay on the mat after that massive spot. Both Bliss and Ruby make their way to their feet selling the damage they have done during this match as they go for each other but as Ruby goes for the Riott Kick, Bliss dodges and catches her with a boot to the gut before planting her with a DDT! She then quickly makes her way to the top rope and hits Twisted Bliss! Bliss makes the cover 1 Sarah Logan enters the cage 2 Ember Moon stops her too!3 ALEXA BLISS PICKS UP THE WIN!


Winner via pinfall: Alexa Bliss (11:30)

Alexa Bliss slowly gets to her feet as she gives her friend Ember Moon a hug as both women are happy to have finally gotten the upper hand over the Riott Squad. Both women make their way out of the cage as Corey and Byron on commentary praise Alexa Bliss's performance as well as giving Ember Moon credit for her insane Eclipse off the top rope and stopping the Riott Squad from getting involved in this match. Meanwhile inside the cage, Ruby is coming to as Logan and Morgan help her up but it is clear the leader of the Riott Squad is not happy with them after losing tonight.

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When we return from the commercial break we focus on the commentary team as Byron Saxton and Corey Graves welcome us back to the show though Corey tells Byron for this next part of the show he needs to head to the ring. He takes a moment to take his headset off before grabbing a microphone and sliding in between the ropes.

Corey Graves: Now some of you may be wondering why I have stepped into this ring. Well due to chaos of the last few weeks between Finn Balor, Buddy Murphy, Luke Harper and Ricochet, all four men have been banned from contact with each other on tonight's show.

Boos from the crowd wanting to see them in action.

Corey Graves: However we will be hearing from all 4 men today as I look to ask them a few questions ahead of the Great American Bash this Sunday.

The camera then pans to the titantron as it shows the screen split into 4 squares with Finn Balor in the top left in a black leather jacket with his Intercontinental title around his waist. In the top right corner, we see Luke Harper wearing his usual ring gear with a blank expressionless stare. In the bottom left we can see Ricochet with a smile and is wearing a nice suit. Lastly in the bottom right we see Buddy Murphy in a hoodie and jeans as he seems to be chewing gum as he stares at the camera.

Corey Graves: My first question goes to the current Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor...

Buddy Murphy: Hey Corey, if anyone should get the first question it is me. People have been sleeping on my abilities for far too long.

Ricochet: Maybe if you shut your mouth, people would want to listen to you.

Buddy Murphy: Did I ask for your two cents Trev?

Ricochet: Nah but I'm going to give it homeboy.

Finn Balor: Do you two mind? Corey was trying to ask me for a question.

Corey Graves: Thank you, Finn. How do you feel about defending your Intercontinental title in a match where you don't even have to be pinned to lose your title?

Finn Balor: I should be angry but I don't mind the challenge. When I won this title from Bobby Lashley I made it clear I welcomed all comers and look how many came. I tried defending this belt in a one on one match but others could not help getting involved.

Buddy Murphy: I wouldn't have had to if I got what I deserved.

Luke Harper noticeably stays silent throughout this but looks angry.

Corey Graves: Buddy onto you, who in my opinion is the best-kept secret in WWE. Why do you think people have overlooked you over the years?

Buddy Murphy: Listen I'm going to be honest here. A lot of people forget I was an NXT tag team champion. They remember what Ricochet, Finn and Harper did in NXT but not me. Heck, all they remember from my time as a champion down there is my ex.

Buddy Murphy sighs shaking his head before carrying on.

Buddy Murphy: And look at my run in the Cruiserweight division. I was relegated to a show no one watched! I held that belt for 6 months, winning it in my home country but I was constantly pushed to the background!

Buddy Murphy looks angry as he carries on.

Buddy Murphy: That is why I call myself the best-kept secret in the WWE because it is about time I get the respect and deserve. And when I take that Intercontinental title of yours Finn, my greatness will no longer be denied.

Corey Graves: My next question goes to Ricochet. You came up from NXT in January with Aleister Black. How have you found your time on Smackdown?

Ricochet: Listen I love NXT. It is the brand where the future of this company competes but I came here to fight the best today and Finn Balor, well he became the first Universal champion for a reason. Luke Harper, he is a monster and has held that belt before. And...

Buddy Murphy: And once again I'm forgotten about.

Ricochet: I was just getting to you homeboy!

Buddy Murphy: Sure sure. Just remember what happened last time we met in the ring.

Ricochet: And watch what happens this Sunday.

Finn Balor: Do you two want to get a room? Let me make one thing clear to you both. If you two want to focus on each other, that is fine because I have my eyes on all three of you!

Luke Harper: Your eyes should only be on me.

All 3 men stop arguing and listen to what Luke Harper is saying, with all 3 men wanting a piece of him after his attacks on them over the last few weeks.

Luke Harper: I have laid waste to all three of you before and this Sunday I lay waste to you all again!

Luke Harper at this point pulls his microphone out as Corey Graves in the ring looks confused.

Corey Graves: Luke I haven't asked you any questions yet.

Luke Harper, however, doesn't care and starts to walk off.

Finn Balor: Harper, Harper I ain't done with you yet.

Harper is long gone at this point as the champion sighs.

Finn Balor: Well, someone else can pass on this message to him. It doesn't matter your size or how big you are, I will defend this Intercontinental title and Luke Harper you will pay for what you have done to me!

Buddy Murphy: You should be thanking him because without him that title would be me!

Corey Graves: OK guys I am going to have to bring this interview to a close. Any final words?

Ricochet: This Sunday I will do things no other man can do and this Sunday I will become Intercontinental champion.

Finn smiles.

Finn Balor: Ricochet I respect you but I can assure you, this title stays with me and my demons.

Buddy Murphy: Listen you two focus on each other all you want but this Sunday, I will make sure people can't forget how good I am!

The interview is now at an end as Smackdown Live goes to a commercial break.


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*LIVE IN FEAR*

Bray Wyatt makes his way out to the ring as he leads the War Raiders down the ramp however it is Bray competing tonight. Corey Graves on commentary puts over how important this match will be for Bray to win because a loss to Jeff Hardy, could mean the War Raiders competing in the same match type that they lost their NXT tag team titles in. Both the War Raiders stand in Bray's corner holding their Smackdown tag team titles looking angry.

*NO MORE WORDS*

The Hardy Boyz make their way out to the ring getting a pop from the live crowd with only Jeff dressed to compete. Matt can be heard saying a few words to his brother who sprints down the ramp and joins Bray Wyatt in the ring, showing no fear when it comes to being face to face with the Eater of Worlds. Matt Hardy meanwhile stays in Jeff's corner as the referee calls for the bell getting this match underway.

Match 4: Winner picks the tag team titles match stipulation: Jeff Hardy w/Matt Hardy vs Bray Wyatt w/The War Raiders

Match summary: Once the bell rings, Jeff starts the match off laying into Bray Wyatt and letting out a lot of pent up anger. However, Bray survives the storm and Jeff who tries to use his high flying offense to control the match struggles. However, partway through the match, Bray catches him with a pounce dropping Jeff. Jeff is struggling on the mat as Bray is picking him apart. Bray climbs on top of Jeff and starts hitting him with several punches until we hear Jeff scream. Bray lets out a smirk as he mocks the crowd whilst the referee noticeably checks on Jeff Hardy. Matt Hardy on the outside looks worried. Bray looks to go back on the attack but the referee pushes him away. Bray still tries to go after Jeff who is not moving as the referee calls for the bell and holds up the X symbol!

Winner via stoppage: Bray Wyatt (7:24)

Matt Hardy and the medical team slide into the ring as soon as the match finishes. The medics check on Jeff as Bray Wyatt rolls out of the ring and is joined by the War Raiders as Bray laughs like a mad man. Byron is concerned for Jeff as he calls Bray a monster. Corey Graves says Bray may be a monster but he won the match tonight and now the War Raiders will pick the stipulation for this Sunday's tag team title match if Jeff even makes it to this Sunday. Back in the ring, we can see Matt talking to the medics clearly concerned about the well being of his younger brother.

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When we return from the commercial break we cut to a video package that starts by showing us Asuka winning the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble. It shows her overcoming the field before she announced she would face Charlotte at Wrestlemania 34. We then get highlights of the match before Charlotte Flair picks up the win over Asuka.

Charlotte: I was ready for her then.

Asuka: I let myself down. I was soft.

We then cut to Asuka struggling for the rest of the year before getting the chance to fight for Smackdown Women's title at TLC in a TLC match against Charlotte and Becky Lynch. Once again highlights of the match are shown before we see the finish of the match with Ronda Rousey appearing and costing Becky and Charlotte the match. We cut to an image of Asuka stood on top of the ladder holding her Smackdown Women's title.

Charlotte: I would have won that night if it wasn't for Ronda sticking her nose in.

Asuka: I beat them. I beat them both.

We then cut to clips of them both going head to head once again on Smackdown Live with Charlotte Flair picking up the win one more time. It then shows Charlotte going onto the main event of Wrestlemania whilst Asuka ended up in the pre-show battle royal.

Charlotte: I will say this time and again. The queen is always ready.

Asuka: She stole my Wrestlemania moment twice. I need to beat her!

We then lastly cut to a clip of them battling Becky Lynch and losing to her in singles actions. For Charlotte, it is numerous clips throughout 2018 and 2019 whilst for Asuka, it is her loss to the Man at Money in the Bank.

Charlotte: I never got my rightful rematch for my Smackdown Women's title and the Queen wants her throne back.

Asuka: I need one more match with Becky. I shall be ready for the Man this time.

The clip comes to an end with a split-screen image merging half of Charlotte's face and half of Asuka's face. We then cut back to the commentary team at ringside who hype up the match between two of the top women on Smackdown Live with the winner fighting for the Women's title at Summerslam. The pair then run down the rest of the announced card for the Great American Bash. Once they finish doing that Corey says he also has breaking news regarding the Smackdown Tag Team titles match this Sunday.

Bray Wyatt and his War Raiders will be announcing their chosen stipulation for the tag team titles match this Sunday on the Great American Bash pre-show. Byron then tells us that Jeff Hardy picked up what seems to be a broken bone in his face around the eye area. He is going to have further to see if this is the case and whether he will be able to compete at the Great American Bash this Sunday. He then tells everyone to follow WWE on all social media platforms to hear the outcome of the medical evaluation.


Big E: Ooooooooooooh, San Antonio Texas! Don't you dare be sour. Clap for your world famous five-time tag team champions and feel the power!


*NEW DAY NEW WAY*

The crowd cheer as the ever-popular New Day make their way out. We can see Kofi Kingston and Big E offering some words of encouragement to Xavier Woods as he makes his way into the ring. Big E and Kofi then hop over the barricade taking a seat in the front row. However being the nice guys they are, they start taking pictures with some of the fans in the crowd and have fun with them.

*VOICES*

Randy Orton makes his way down to the ring, slowly as he has his eyes on Kofi Kingston and Big E the whole time. Both men stare each other down as Randy Orton lets out a sinister smirk as he looks at Xavier Woods in the ring. Corey wonders if Kofi will be able to stay out of the match. Woods meanwhile looks angry and stares at the man who punted him in the skull at Money in the Bank and wants revenge.

Main Event: Xavier Woods vs Randy Orton

Match summary: Xavier starts the match fired up as he jumps on Randy Orton and lays into the Viper with several hard lefts and rights looking to get revenge after what Randy did to him. However, the anger Woods has allows Randy to pounce and take control of the match. As Randy is in control he makes sure to focus on Kofi and Big E in the crowd, showing off the damage he is doing with a series of headlocks as he slowly dissects Woods.

Woods tries to fight back throughout the match but each time he fights back Randy Orton cuts him off. Throughout the match weirdly Orton doesn't go for a single cover instead looking to make Xavier Woods suffer. Randy Orton hits him with an RKO but noticeably he doesn't go for a cover. Instead, he looks at Kofi calling him stupid before making his way to the corner of the ring as he lines up Xavier Woods for the PUNT KICK! Kofi, however, knows what is coming and jumps over the barricade and slides into the ring attacking Randy Orton, causing the DQ!


Winner via DQ: Randy Orton (8:08)

Kofi looks to lay into Randy Orton but the Viper smartly sneaks out of the ring and flees through the crowd to boos! Kofi gives chase as Big E checks on Xavier Woods as Bryon tells us Kofi knew Orton would try to pull something like this and was ready for him. Orton is now in the stands as Kofi Kingston stands by the barricade, realizing he won't get his hands on Orton tonight. Corey Graves on commentary wonders if Randy Orton has gotten into Kofi's head by messing with his friends and if the attacks by the Viper will cause Kofi to lose this Sunday. Kofi goes back to the ring to check on Xavier as well, with Randy Orton standing at the top of the stairs staring down Kofi Kingston and tapping his head as the show fades to black with Corey Graves hyping up the WWE title match at the Great American Bash this Sunday!



However after the show on Twitter:

Jeff Hardy has picked up an eye injury
After a medical evaluation by the WWE medical team, it has been ruled that Jeff Hardy is out of action until further notice due to an eye injury sustained during his match with Bray Wyatt. What this means for the Smackdown tag team titles match is unknown but Jeff will definitely be unable to compete this Sunday with his brother Matt Hardy.


Matchcard for The Great American Bash:
July 7th
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


WWE title match:
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Randy Orton

Smackdown Women's title match:
Becky Lynch (c) vs Lacey Evans

Number one contender's match for the WWE title at Summerslam:
Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre


Number one contender's match for the Smackdown Women's title at Summerslam:
Charlotte Flair vs Asuka

Fatal 4 way intercontinental title match:
Finn Balor (c) vs Ricochet vs Luke Harper vs Buddy Murphy

Tag team match:
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin and Elias


Grudge match:
Daniel Bryan vs The Miz

Pre-show:


Grudge match:
Lucha House Party vs The Gentleman


Matchcard for Summerslam:
August 11th
Toronto, Ontario, Canada



WWE title match:
Kofi Kingston or Randy Orton (c) vs Drew McIntyre or Roman Reigns

Raw Women's title match:
Becky Lynch (c) vs Sonya Deville or Kairi Sane or Sasha Banks or Bayley

Smackdown Women's title match:
Becky Lynch or Lacey Evans (c) vs Charlotte Flair or Asuka

Cruiserweight title match:
Rey Mysterio (c) vs Oney Lorcan or Akira Tozawa or Tony Nese or Noam Dar

Past vs Future:
Goldberg vs Matt Riddle

EWR Rating:

66%

Booker note: Once again EWR hates my Smackdown tag team division.Hold off on any predictions just because there will be a news update with a slight update to the card due to the EWR injury and I had to improvise lol.
 

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WWE News:

Twisted Sisters vs The Iiconics made official for the GAB pre-show

Shane McMahon has announced on Twitter the Twisted Sisters will take on the Iiconics in a tag team match after Isla Dawn and Nikki Cross picked up wins in singles matches against both members of the Iiconics. Will the former WWE women's tag team champions pick up the win or will the Twisted Sisters pull off some Black Magic?

Riott Squad fined for attacking a referee during the Steel cage match on Smackdown Live

The Riott Squad have been fined due to the actions of Liv Morgan during the steel cage match on Smackdown Live. Shane McMahon has made a point to fine each member of the squad due to the chaos all 3 have caused on Smackdown and Raw over the last two years, looking to send a message to the group and get them to stop their chaotic antics.

Smackdown Tag team title match will go ahead:

Shane McMahon has ruled the Smackdown tag team titles match will go ahead at the Great American Bash if Matt Hardy can find a tag team partner to replace his injured brother Jeff Hardy. The decision was made after the Smackdown Live commissioner spoke to Matt Hardy during the week and he insisted on the match with or without a partner. Will Matt Hardy find a partner to take on the War Raiders this Sunday or will he be forced to go it alone?

Naomi has picked up an neck injury

Naomi who recently returned to Monday Night Raw has picked up a neck injury during a match on a house show. She is now expected to be out for 8 months due to this. This comes as a blow to the Raw Women's division with Naomi only just coming back after taking some time off to look after her injured husband.

Tyson T-Bone has entered rehab

Tyson T-Bone from the NXT UK brand has checked into rehab for undisclosed reasons. This announcement came from his own twitter. It is expected to not derail any major plans within the brand.

Booker note: I swear EWR has some running joke that the same week Jeff Hardy gets injured, someone goes to rehab.


Predictions contest for The Great American Bash:

WWE title match:
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Randy Orton

Smackdown Women's title match:
Becky Lynch (c) vs Lacey Evans

Number one contender's match for the WWE title at Summerslam:
Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre


Number one contender's match for the Smackdown Women's title at Summerslam:
Charlotte Flair vs Asuka

Fatal 4-way intercontinental title match:
Finn Balor (c) vs Ricochet vs Luke Harper vs Buddy Murphy

Smackdown Tag team titles match (Stipulation TBA):
The War Raiders (c) vs Matt Hardy and ???


Tag team match:
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin and Elias

Grudge match:
Daniel Bryan vs The Miz

Pre-show:


Grudge match:
Lucha House Party vs The Gentleman

Tag team match:
The Iiconcis vs Twisted Sisters



Predictions:


Predict the match order (minus the pre-show):


Predict the winners of each match:


Predict the longest match:


Predict the shortest match:


What will be the stipulation for the Smackdown tag team titles match?


Will Matt Hardy find a partner and if so who will it be?


Any surprise returns (not including Matt Hardy's tag team partner)?


And lastly will either of the Money in the Bank Briefcase holders cash in?
 

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@Chris Hey dude I will be posting the PPV tomorrow if you still wanted to drop predictions.
 

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Predictions contest for The Great American Bash:

WWE title match:

Kofi Kingston (c) vs Randy Orton
Winner: Kingston


Number one contender's match for the WWE title at Summerslam:
Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre
Winner: Roman


Smackdown Women's title match:
Becky Lynch (c) vs Lacey Evans
Winner: Becky


Number one contender's match for the Smackdown Women's title at Summerslam:
Charlotte Flair vs Asuka
Winner: Asuka


Smackdown Tag team titles match (Stipulation TBA):
The War Raiders (c) vs Matt Hardy and ???
Winners: Hardy and friend


Fatal 4-way intercontinental title match:
Finn Balor (c) vs Ricochet vs Luke Harper vs Buddy Murphy
Winner: Ricochet


Grudge match:
Daniel Bryan vs The Miz
Winner: Bryan


Tag team match:
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin and Elias
Winners: Ownes & Zayn


Pre-show:

Grudge match:

Lucha House Party vs The Gentleman
Winners: Gentlemen


Tag team match:
The Iiconcis vs Twisted Sisters
Winners Twisted Sisters


Predictions:


Predict the match order (minus the pre-show):
Rearranged them above


Predict the longest match:
Reigns/McIntyre


Predict the shortest match:
IIconics/Twisted Sisters


What will be the stipulation for the Smackdown tag team titles match?
TLC


Will Matt Hardy find a partner and if so who will it be?
Yes but IDK lets go with Senior Benjamin :side:


Any surprise returns (not including Matt Hardy's tag team partner)?
Nah


And lastly will either of the Money in the Bank Briefcase holders cash in?
YES!
 

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The Great American Bash:
July 7th
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pre-show recap:

The Iiconics vs Twisted sisters (Nikki Cross and Isla Dawn)

Match summary: The Iiconics try to use their experience as a tag team to defeat the Twisted Sisters. However, Nikki and Isla have been working on their teamwork and they are even able to outperform the Iiconics when it comes to teamwork. The pair pick up the win as Isla Dawn gets Billie Kay into an Electric chair position and Nikki Cross dives off the top rope hitting her with a diving clothesline as Byron Saxton calls the move Written in the stars (I may change that name). Nikki makes the cover and the Twisted Sisters pick up the win.

Winners via pinfall: Twisted Sisters (7:10)


Bray Wyatt announces the tag team titles match stipulation

Summary: Bray Wyatt is shown backstage surrounded by the War Raiders who are holding their Smackdown tag team titles looking as imposing as ever. Bray boasts about destroying Jeff Hardy and says the price of bringing war is the bodies you leave in your wake. He says Matt should have known what he was dragging his brother into when he came to face the War Raiders. He says if Matt finds anyone to take on his War Raiders, they will be destroyed in the war to come as the Smackdown tag team titles match will be a No DQ tornado tag match!


The Gentleman vs Lucha House Party

Match summary: A decent match between two of the tag teams in the Smackdown Live tag team division. The Gentlemen start the match by offering a handshake to Lucha House Party before cheapshotting Lince after the bell. Throughout the match, The Gentlemen use a ground game trying to pick apart Lucha House Party. However, Lucha House Party use their high-flying skills to get back into the match and in the end, Gran Metalik picks up the win for his team as he hits Aiden English with a corkscrew somersault senton bomb!

Winners via pinfall: Lucha House Party (8:11)


Main show:


The main show starts with Corey Graves and Byron Saxton welcoming us to the show as they give us a rundown of the card before announcing that we are starting the show off hot with the Intercontinental title fatal 4-way match!

*OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE WORLD*

Buddy Murphy makes his way out to the ring first getting boos from the crowd. He gives the fans an angry look as he walks to the ring. Corey Graves tells us that Buddy Murphy comes into this match with a point to prove. Byron says Murphy has a chip on his shoulder for sure but will that help him win this match?

*ONE AND ONLY*

Ricochet gets a loud pop from the live crowd as Byron Saxton hypes him up as the wild card in this match due to him being able to things no other man on the planet can do. Once inside the ring, he and Buddy Murphy start trash talking each other clearly ready to lay into one another after the past few weeks.

*SWAMP GAS*

And we are back to boos as the monstrous Luke Harper makes his way to the ring with a blank expression on his face. Both men turn their attention to Harper as Corey Graves tells everyone Luke Harper is his pick to win tonight. Byron however on commentary wonders if the actions of Luke Harper over the last few weeks will lead to all 3 of his opponents working together to eliminate him. He steps over the ropes and into the ring but before anything can happen:

*CATCH YOUR BREATH*

Finn Balor makes his way out with the Intercontinental title around his waist as he shows off his abs to the delight of the live crowd. As he makes his way down the entrance ramp he makes sure to stare all three men in the ring down as he points the finger guns at them. He climbs into the ring as he passes his title to the referee. Byron and Corey remind us of the fact that Finn Balor does not have to be involved in the decision tonight to lose his title. All 4 men make their way to a ring corner as the referee gets the match underway.

IC title fatal 4-way match: Finn Balor (c) vs Buddy Murphy vs Luke Harper vs Ricochet

As soon as the bell rings, everyone attacks Luke Harper looking to get payback for the attacks over the last few weeks. All 3 lay into him which sends Luke Harper to the outside of the ring. Buddy Murphy as soon as Harper rolls out of the ring grabs Ricochet from behind planting him with a German suplex as he lets out a cocky smirk taking advantage of Ricochet being distracted. Finn Balor, however, is ready for Buddy Murphy and lays into him with a forearm smash sending Buddy Murphy backwards. Buddy Murphy stumbles a little but fires back with a few European uppercuts as he looks to prove himself. Balor is wobbling a little bit as Buddy goes for another one, Balor ducks and connects with an overhead pele kick! Finn runs off the ropes as he looks for a slingblade BUT Murphy counters with a powerbomb planting the Intercontinental champion!

Murphy goes for the cover 1 2 Balor kicks out! Murphy gets to his feet with a cocky smile on his face as he turns around into a big boot from Luke Harper! Finn Balor rolls out of the ring as Luke Harper tosses Buddy Murphy around like a rag doll looking for payback due to the backstage attack by Buddy Murphy two weeks ago. He gets Murphy in the corner of the ring and starts hitting him with several knife-edge chops really peppering Murphy's chest! Luke Harper backs away as he looks for a corner big boot as Ricochet comes flying off the ropes hitting a slingshot springboard missile dropkick!

Harper is staggered as Ricochet runs off the ropes looking for a basement dropkick but Harper jumps over him! Ricochet turns around but meets Luke Harper's boot. However, before he can follow it up Murphy attacks Harper from behind! Harper no-sells it and turns around as he grabs Buddy Murphy by the throat and tries to chokeslam him! However, Ricochet catches Harper off-guard with an European uppercut! Harper stumbles back but grabs hold of Ricochet as he looks to chokeslam him as well but as he lifts them both up into the air... FINN BALOR RUNS OFF THE ROPES AND HITS HARPER WITH A SLINGBLADE!

Luke Harper crashes to the mat as Finn Balor hits a jumping double foot stomp as Ricochet and Buddy Murphy roll out of the ring. Balor makes the cover 1 Harper kicks out! Finn realizes he will have to do a lot more if he wants to put away Luke Harper. He starts laying into the rising Luke Harper with several kicks to the chest before he runs off the ropes and hits a basement dropkick. Balor makes the cover 1 2 Harper kicks out! Finn Balor looks to keep up the pace as he lifts Harper off the mat but Harper pushes him off. Luke looks for a lariat but Finn is too quick as he ducks underneath him! Finn runs off the ropes but is tripped up by Buddy Murphy on the outside! Murphy would then drag him through the ropes and slams him back first into the apron. Harper though runs off the ropes and flies over the top rope wiping both men out with a SUICIDE DIVE!

All 3 men are wiped out on the outside of the ring as the camera pans to show the high-flier Ricochet stood on the top turnbuckle as he stares at all 3 men as they start to rise to their feet and flies off the top rope hitting them all with a SHOOTING STAR PLANCHA! This gets a loud pop from the crowd as all 4 men are wiped out on the outside of the ring. Ricochet gets to his feet first as he grabs hold of Buddy Murphy and slides him into the ring. Ricochet climbs onto the apron before hitting a springboard senton onto Murphy! Ricochet makes the cover 1 2 Murphy kicks out! Ricochet gets to his feet as he is joined in the ring by the Intercontinental champion Finn Balor! Both men stare each other down as Buddy Murphy slides out of the ring. The crowd goes wild, excited at the prospect of these two men going head to head!

Both men let out a slight smirk taking their time to eye each other up before Ricochet fires the first shot with an uppercut sending Finn Balor back slightly. Finn Balor fires back with a few punches of his own before he runs off the ropes looking for a slingblade but Ricochet dodges it matrix style! The crowd goes wild as Finn crashes to the mat and Ricochet follows it up with a STANDING SHOOTING STAR PRESS! Ricochet makes the cover 1 2 Finn kicks out! Ricochet lifts Finn Balor off the mat as he hits Balor with a Northern Lights Suplex as he bridges 1 Harper breaks the cover! Luke Harper is not taking any chances! Harper picks up Ricochet by the throat before sending him flying across the ring with a massive OVERHEAD CHOKE SUPLEX! Finn Balor struggles to his feet as Harper grabs him from behind and slams him down with a half nelson suplex!

Luke Harper makes the cover 1 2 Balor kicks out! Harper wastes no time peeling Finn Balor off the mat as he sees Ricochet rising to his feet in the corner and biel throws Finn Balor into Ricochet! Harper is not done there as he follows it up with a body avalanche crushing the two men in the corner of the ring! Luke Harper drags Finn Balor out of the corner of the ring as he lifts him in the air for a delayed Vertical suplex, really taking his time as he looks to make the blood rush to Balor's head! Luke Harper brings Finn Balor crashing down but before he can make the cover Buddy Murphy charges into the ring and smashes Luke Harper in the head with a knee lift staggering the big man! Balor rolls out of the ring as Murphy attacks Harper with a few rapid-fire kicks battering Luke Harper before finishing off the sequence with a running dropkick. Murphy makes the cover 1 Ricochet breaks it up!

Ricochet runs off the ropes as he looks to hit Murphy with a running hurricanrana but Murphy is ready and counters Ricochet planting him with a powerbomb! Murphy isn't done though as he sees Harper stirring on the mat and POWERBOMBS RICOCHET ONTO LUKE HARPER! Murphy brings Ricochet up one more time and plants the smaller opponent as he holds on for the cover 1 2 Ricochet kicks out! Harper rolls out of the ring as Murphy looks to make Ricochet suffer as he drags him off the mat and batters him with SWISS DEATH! Ricochet falls to the mat as Murphy rolls him over and locks in the REGAL STRETCH IN THE CENTRE OF THE RING! Ricochet is in a ton of pain as Murphy is stretching the hold back really looking to force Ricochet to tap out!


Ricochet lifts his arm into the air teasing that he is about to tap out!

AS WE SEE FINN BALOR STOOD ON THE TOP ROPE!

AND HE DIVES OFF HITTING A COUP DE GRACE TO THE BACK OF MURPHY!

Murphy lets go of Ricochet as Finn Balor makes the cover!

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Ricochet breaks the cover!

Ricochet used the last of his energy to keep the match alive! Finn Balor gets to his feet as Buddy Murphy rolls out of the ring. Ricochet is only just getting to his feet himself as Finn lays in some rapid strikes before finishing off with an enziguiri staggering Ricochet! Finn grabs Ricochet by the head and drills his head into the mat with a lifting inverted DDT! Finn hooks the leg 1 2 Ricochet kicks out! Finn Balor though doesn't waste any time and sees a golden opportunity as he climbs to the top rope as he looks to end this! However, Ricochet wisely rolls out of the ring to the outside! He struggles to his feet on the outside bent over as Finn quickly changes direction and dives off the top rope HITTING A DOUBLE FOOT STOMP TO RICOCHET'S BACK!

Ricochet is down and out on the outside as Balor gets to his feet looking to get Ricochet back into the ring as Luke Harper charges at Finn Balor and connects with a single leg dropkick planting Finn Balor! Finn drops Ricochet as Luke Harper yanks the Intercontinental champion up into the air by the throat and CHOKESLAMS HIM BACK FIRST ONTO THE RING APRON!

Luke Harper has a cold blank expression on his face as Finn falls to the ring floor clutching his back which is now in a ton of pain! Luke Harper makes his way towards Ricochet lifting off the mat and hits him with a gutwrench powerbomb onto the ring floor! Harper is looking to hurt people at this point! Luke Harper has a crazed look in his eyes but as he turns around Buddy Murphy dives off the ring apron hitting a diving meteora stunning the big man! Harper is on wobbly legs as Murphy hits him with multiple stiff punches and kicks! Murphy grabs hold of Harper and sends him back first into the ring apron!

Murphy slides Harper into the ring and looks to end this! Using all of his power Buddy Murphy lifts Luke Harper into the air and plants him with a MASSIVE POWERBOMB. Murphy isn't done though because as Harper sits up Murphy takes his HEAD OFF WITH A KNEE LIFT! Murphy makes the cover


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Harper kicks out!

Buddy Murphy looks annoyed that Luke Harper was able to kick out so he tries to deadlift Luke Harper off the mat but the big man fights him off sending Murphy backwards! Harper gets to his feet as Murphy rebounds off the ropes looking for a knee strike but Harper scoops him up and plants him with a MICHINOKU DRIVER II! Luke Harper makes the cover

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RICOCHET HITS A SHOOTING STAR PRESS BREAKING THE COVER!

Luke Harper gets to his feet as Ricochet is clearly struggling due to the pain his back is in and this proves costly as Harper charges at him connecting with a big boot! Ricochet is flattened and falls to the mat as Murphy slides out of the ring. Harper grabs Ricochet and sends him flying across the ring with a belly to back suplex BUT RICOCHET LANDS ON HIS FEET! Loud cheers from the crowd as Luke Harper turns around into a hurricanrana sending Harper onto the middle rope! Ricochet then runs off the ropes and hits a TIGER FEINT KICK! Commentary talk about Rey Mysterio being his idol growing up as Ricochet then lands on the ring apron as he takes a moment before hitting a SLINGSHOT SPRINGBOARD 450 SPLASH! Ricochet hooks the leg

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Finn Balor breaks the cover!

Finn Balor saves his Intercontinental title in the nick of time! He wastes no time as he grabs hold of Ricochet and lifts the high-flier into the air and looks for 1916! However, Ricochet escapes out of it and hits a swinging tornado DDT! Ricochet isn't done there however as he sizes the rising Finn Balor up and connects with RECOIL! Ricochet makes the cover

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FINN BALOR KICKS OUT!

Ricochet is a little stunned Finn was able to kick out but the champion refuses to lose his title that easily! Ricochet though refuses to let that get him down as he noticeably holds his back in a ton of pain and he makes his way to the top rope, doing it slowly due to the damage done throughout this match. He has to take a while to steady himself as Buddy Murphy clubs him in the back! Buddy Murphy climbs onto the top rope as both men start to do battle! Buddy Murphy targets Ricochet's back as the one and only tries to fight him off! Buddy though scoops Ricochet up onto his shoulders and hits him with AN AVALANCHE FIREMAN'S CARRY GUTBUSTER! Murphy is quick to make his way over to Ricochet as he makes the cover

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FINN BALOR STOMPS ON HIS BACK BREAKING THE COVER!

Buddy Murphy grabs hold of his back as Ricochet rolls out of the ring. Finn Balor would then kick Buddy Murphy's head off with a massive soccer kick to the head. He then drags him up off the mat and plants him with 1916! Finn Balor, however, looks to make sure this is over and makes his way to the top rope! He flies off and connects with the COUP DE GRACE! Finn goes for the cover

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LUKE HARPER PULLS THE REFEREE OUT OF THE RING!

Luke Harper doing whatever it takes to save this match! Finn Balor is unsure what just happened as he gets to his feet. Luke Harper meanwhile slides into the ring and takes Balor's head off with a superkick! Harper drags the prone Finn Balor up above his head and sends him flying out of the ring with a POWERBOMB ONTO THE PRONE RICOCHET ON THE OUTSIDE! Luke Harper then turns around as Buddy Murphy staggers to his feet. Harper charges at him and goes for the DISCUS CLOTHESLINE...

BUDDY MURPHY DUCKS!

Buddy Murphy catches Harper as he turns around with a SUPERKICK staggering the monster. Murphy lifts Harper onto his shoulders as he tries to get him in position for MURPHY'S LAW! However, Harper slips out grabbing hold of Murphy and slams him down with a SLEEPER SUPLEX! Murphy's body bounces off the mat and as he rises to his feet... DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Harper makes the cover!

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Ricochet and Balor both slide into the ring!

BUT THEY ARE TOO LATE!

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Winner via pinfall and NEW Intercontinental champion: Luke Harper (14:51)

Both Ricochet and Finn Balor sit on the mat arms outstretched, annoyed to have come just short tonight. Meanwhile, Luke Harper has a blank look on his face as he rises to his feet, a two-time Intercontinental Champion. Byron Saxton on commentary talks about the fact Luke Harper pulled the referee out of the ring in the closing stages and without him doing that, Finn would still be champion. Corey tells Byron a true champion does whatever it takes to win.

As Luke Harper is passed his title, he stares at it almost transfixed on the belt before making his way out of the ring. Finn Balor meanwhile can be seen shaking his head. Ricochet is meanwhile holding his back in immense pain whilst Murphy kicks the barricade annoyed at not only losing but also being pinned tonight. We then cut backstage as Cathy Kelly is stood ready for an interview.


Cathy Kelly: Would you please welcome my guest at this time, Matt Hardy.

Matt walks into the shot as he seems a bit disheveled almost as if he hasn't slept.

Cathy Kelly: My first question would be, how is your brother Jeff?

Matt Hardy: He is not good Cathy.

Noticeably as he talks Matt can be seen pulling at his hair and acting almost a little unhinged?

Matt Hardy: My brother Jeff was injured once again at the hand of Bray Wyatt. I should have made sure he never made it out of the lake. He should have been, he should have been de de dele DELETED!

Matt looks a little wild-eyed as Cathy Kelly is unsure what to make of Matt's odd mannerisms.

Cathy Kelly: Um, have you found a tag team partner for tonight or will you be taking on the War Raiders alone?

Matt Hardy: Yes I have found the most DELIGHTFUL partner who will bring justice to the pair. Someone I have known for years.

Cathy Kelly: And who is that?

Matt Hardy: When it comes to going to war, one does not reveal his hand too early Kelly of Cath.

Matt Hardy walks off leaving Cathy Kelly baffled by that interview as we cut back to the commentary team at ringside who are equally confused. Both Corey and Bryon wonder who Matt could have found and if whoever it is has a chance against the might of the War Raiders who have been unstoppable since becoming tag team champions on Smackdown Live!


*DRIFT*

Elias makes his way out with his guitar in hand as he pauses waiting for his tag team partner and fellow member of the Corporation. Corey and Byron on commentary mention Shane McMahon's promise to give the pair a shot at the Smackdown tag team titles if they can beat Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn tonight.

*I BRING THE DARKNESS (END OF DAYS)*

Baron Corbin makes his way out next getting boos from the crowd, dressed in his waiter-style outfit as he soaks in the heat from the fans and Baron Corbin has a microphone in his hand ready to speak.

Baron Corbin: You fans are only booing because you know I'm about to destroy another two of your heroes.

Elias: Shut your mouths.

Cheap heat for the pair but it is effective as they carry on their slow walk to the ring.

Baron Corbin: It is fine Elias because tonight we will beat Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, just like I beat Kurt Angle!

Now the boos get super loud as the crowd are reminded of what happened at Wrestlemania earlier this year. Corbin and Elias step over the ropes as they now stand in the ring.

Baron Corbin: And Elias was kind enough to write a song talking about my glorious victory!

Loud boos as Elias starts to strumming his guitar however before he can start...


*FIGHT*
*WORLDS APART*

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn make their way out with a pair of microphones in hand as the crowd let out a loud pop for them stopping Elias before he can sing.

Sami Zayn: Oh dear god will you two stop.

Kevin Owens: You two talk way too much

Sami Zayn: And that's coming from us.

Kevin Owens: We came here for one reason and that's to fight.

Sami Zayn: And for once not each other.

Cheers from the crowd as well as a few laughs.

Kevin Owens: So let's get this started!

Both men drop their microphones as they charge toward the ring. Elias smartly slides out of the ring as the referee stops Sami and Owens from attacking Corbin. Corbin uses this to his advantage to cheap shot Sami Zayn and tosses him from the ring. Owens responds by pushing past the referee and starts brawling with Corbin. The referee at this point realizes he can't get them to their corners and calls for the bell getting this underway!


Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs Elias and Baron Corbin

Both Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin carry on brawling in the ring at the start of the match, fairly evenly matched. Owens gets Corbin into the corner of the ring but Corbin slides out getting boos from the crowd. Corbin starts mocking the fans at ringside but Kevin Owens climbs over the ropes and dives off the apron with a cannonball senton wiping out Baron Corbin! Kevin Owens picks up Baron Corbin and looks to send him back towards the ring. As this is going on, Elias can be heard talking trash. Owens brings Corbin over to the corner of the ring and makes the tag to Sami Zayn bringing his partner into the match. Both men work over Corbin in the corner as they look to stay in control of the match before Owens Irish whips him out of the corner allowing Zayn to hit a basement dropkick as he makes the first cover of the match. 1 2 Corbin kicks out!

Sami Zayn looks to follow up as he goes for a standing moonsault but Corbin is ready as he gets his knees up just in time! Zayn clutches his chest as Corbin smirks. He gets to his feet mocking the crowd as he clubs Sami Zayn in the back! Corbin turns to Owens and starts mocking him as he biel tosses Sami towards the corner of the ring. Corbin makes his way to the corner and hits a body avalanche crushing Sami Zayn! Corbin makes the tag, bringing Elias into the match. Corbin would Irish whip Sami out of the corner sending him towards Elias who hits a back body drop! Elias makes the cover 1 2 Zayn kicks out. Elias smirks though as he grabs Sami and locks him in a headlock as he starts to work over the smaller man. Elias looks to take all the pace out of the match as he turns to Kevin Owens and mocks the prizefighter.

Owens keeps his temper in check for now as he trusts his tag team partner to survive the offense of Elias and Corbin. Sami looks like he might escape the hold but as he looks like he is about to escape, Elias brings him back down to the mat with a snap suplex sending Sami back towards the Corporation's corner of the ring! Elias follows it up with an elbow to the side of the head keeping Sami grounded. Elias then grabs Sami's arm and locks it in a wrist lock and uses that to bring Sami over to their corner of the ring as he makes the tag once again. Corbin steps in and boots Sami in the face whilst Elias holds onto him. Sami drops to the mat as Corbin makes the cover 1 2 Sami kicks out! Corbin and Elias are really toying with their prey at this point as Owens fumes in the corner of the ring, desperate to get into the match!

Corbin presses down on the shoulder of Zayn with a nerve hold as he carries on working over Sami Zayn getting boos from the live crowd. Corbin though releases the nerve hold lifting Sami Zayn into the air and tosses him into the turnbuckle with snake eyes! Corbin tags in Elias as both men make a few rapid tags as they work over Sami in the corner of the ring with several boots to the gut! Elias pulls Sami Zayn out of the corner of the ring after a while before running the ropes and hitting a leaping shoulderblock! Elias makes the cover 1 2 Zayn kicks out! Elias though looks to taunt Sami as he locks in a wristlock before dragging Sami towards the ropes as he hits WALK WITH ELIAS. Elias once again makes the cover 1 2 Sami kicks out! Elias picks up Sami off the mat looking to hit him with a powerbomb but Sami ROLLS THROUGH!


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Elias kicks out!

Elias looks annoyed as Sami looks to get to his corner but Elias grabs hold of Zayn's foot dragging him back to the Corporation's corner of the ring and tags in Baron Corbin! Corbin wastes no time as he charges across the ring and takes Owens off the ring apron with a clothesline getting boos from the crowd. Corbin turns around as Sami kicks Elias away sending him backwards and wipes Sami out with a big boot to the face! Corbin makes the cover 1 2 Sami kicks out! Corbin looks a little miffed Sami was able to kick out. Corbin takes his frustration out by laying into the underdog from the underground with several furious punches! Corbin picks Sami up off the mat and works over him with a bearhug grinding him down for a few seconds before hitting him with a sidewalk slam, as he looks to inflict more pain on Zayn! Corbin makes the cocky cover 1 2 Zayn kicks out!

Zayn is struggling as once again Corbin starts to taunt his tag team partner Kevin Owens as he scoops Sami in the air looking to get him in position for the END OF DAYS! However Sami thinking quickly hits a TORNADO DDT planting Baron Corbin in the center of the ring! Sami takes a moment as he looks up and sees Kevin Owens's hand stretched out ready for the tag! He crawls and reaches out...


AS HE MAKES THE HOT TAG TO KEVIN OWENS!

Corbin tags in Elias who tries to charge at Kevin Owens but he gets taken out with a superkick! Elias is on wobbly legs as Owens is quick to follow it up by hitting a German suplex planting Elias. Owens turns around as Corbin tries to catch him off guard but Owens hits Corbin with a STUNNER! Corbin rolls out of the ring selling the lethal move as Elias tries to catch Owens off guard with a roll-up!

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Owens kicks out!

Elias nearly steals the win! Elias looks to catch Owens out as he gets to his feet but Owens catches him with a kick to the gut as he goes for the STU... No! Elias sends Owens into the ropes. Owens comes back off the ropes as Elias tries to go for the DRIFT AWAY but Owens fights him off and HITS THE POP-UP POWERBOMB! Kevin makes the cover

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Sami Zayn bounces off the ropes wiping out Corbin with an ASAI MOONSAULT!

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Winners via pinall: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (7:06)

Cheers from the live crowd as Kevin Owens gets to his feet and is soon joined by Sami Zayn as the pair share a hug. Byron puts over the pair tonight after having a tough time due to the numbers game the Corporation have been using in the last few weeks. As they are celebrating in the ring the camera cuts to Shane McMahon backstage in his office.

He was clearly watching the match and doesn't look happy. We see Drew McIntyre in the background getting ready for his number one contender's match with Roman Reigns later on tonight. Shane sighs as we cut back to the commentary team at ringside as Corey Graves tells us, up next we have Daniel Bryan vs The Miz!


*I CAME TO PLAY*

The Miz makes his way out to the ring with his usual long flowing coat and sunglasses as he looks super focused ahead of this match. Byron and Corey on commentary talk about the clashes The Miz and Daniel Bryan have had throughout the years. Corey counters though as he tells Bryon that this is a new and improved Daniel Bryan.

*FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIES*

Daniel Bryan makes his way out holding his hemp WWE title as he is followed by his fellow Eco-warrior Erick Rowan. The crowd boos the hell out of Daniel Bryan as he makes sure to shove his title belt in the fans' face, shouting about the environment as he walks to the ring. Once inside the ring, The Miz is ready to go straight away but Bryan tells the referee to keep him back getting boos from the crowd. Miz does as the referee instructs and heads to the corner as Bryan passes the hemp WWE title to Erick Rowan as we get this match underway.

The Miz vs Daniel Bryan w/Erick Rowan

Once the bell rings The Miz goes straight for Daniel Bryan, but the planet's champion slides out of the ring getting boos from the crowd! He jaw jacks with the fans on the outside as The Miz tells Bryan to get back into the ring. Bryan takes his time before sliding inside. However, he quickly slides out once again winding The Miz up! Daniel Bryan at this point tells The Miz he was just copying his style like you copied mine! This winds The Miz up and he storms out of the ring looking to chase after Daniel Bryan! He chases Bryan around the ring but gets cut off by Erick Rowan who stands in front of him. This distracts The Miz for a moment allowing Bryan to climb onto the apron and dive off hitting Miz with a diving knee strike! Boos from the crowd as Bryan taps his head letting out a smug smirk! The referee meanwhile gets to a 5 count in the ring as Bryan picks up The Miz and sends him into the barricade!

Daniel Bryan slides in and out of the ring as he makes his way over to The Miz who is leaning against the barricade and starts laying into him with the Yes kicks! He batters The Miz whilst trash-talking him. He makes a dig about Miz stealing his moves before sending him into the ringpost getting boos from the crowd. Daniel rolls The Miz into the ring and he looks to go to work over Miz, stretching him in the middle of the ring! The Miz is in a lot of pain with Bryan really punishing the A-Lister. Bryan meanwhile is enjoying himself and breaks his submission hold to clock Miz in the face as he lets out a sick smile. Bryan takes his time as he looks to carry on working over The Miz. He goes for a bow and arrow hold but Miz counters by sweeping the legs out from underneath Bryan!

The Miz wastes no time and lays into Daniel Bryan with a few punches letting out some of his frustration. He lifts Bryan off the mat and connects with an Atomic drop before sending him into the corner of the ring! The Miz wastes no time as he charges in and hits the AWESOME CLOTHESLINE! As he does, The Miz makes sure to taunt Erick Rowan on the outside of the ring before making his way out of the corner. The Miz then makes his way to the opposite corner of the ring, taking a moment before doing a “YES” taunt mocking his arch-rival and connects with a hesitation dropkick! The Miz is getting really fired up as he drags Bryan towards the center of the ring and makes the first cover of the match! 1 2 Bryan kicks out! The Miz looks to keep Bryan grounded as he hits Bryan with a leg drop!

He looks to grab Bryan by the head but the planet's champion fights back with several vicious elbows sending The Miz back towards the ropes. Bryan wastes no time as he charges off the ropes and takes Miz's right leg out with a chop block! Bryan like a shark smells blood in the water and once again lets out a sick smile. The Miz tries to get back to his feet but Bryan hits him with a brutal double foot stomp on his right leg! It is clear Bryan is now looking to make the Miz suffer as he grabs hold his leg and starts connecting with a series of dragon screw leg whips. He hits 3 in a row as Miz's right leg is now in a lot of pain! The Miz grabs his right leg as Bryan smirks. He enjoys making The Miz suffer as he walks over to the A-Lister and STOMPS ON HIS RIGHT LEG! This gets boos from the crowd as Miz is still clutching it.

Bryan gets in his face and calls Miz soft! Bryan carries on trash-talking Miz, getting right in his face so Miz slaps him! Bryan stumbles back a tiny bit as Miz rises to his feet and takes Bryan's head off with a leaping lariat! Miz makes the cover 1 2 Bryan kicks out! The Miz is noticeably limping and he realizes he is going to have put Bryan away as soon as possible due to the damage done to his right leg already. The Miz grabs hold of Daniel Bryan and hits him with a snapmare driving Bryan's head into the mat. Miz makes the cover 1 2 Bryan kicks out! Miz gets to his feet once again struggling due to the damage done to his right leg. The Miz starts to work over Bryan on the mat as he tries to stretch him and wear him down ready for the Skull Crushing Finale! Bryan though is a submission expert and escapes by smashing Miz in the right leg with an elbow strike!

Miz once again grabs it due to the pain as Bryan picks him up and Irish whips him into the corner of the ring shoulder first! Bryan isn't done, however. Bryan slides out of the ring and grabs the right leg of The Miz and starts slamming it into the ringpost over and over again! The referee gets to a 4 count and nearly DQ's Bryan! Bryan, however, shouts back at the referee that HE HAS TILL FIVE! However, the damage is clearly done as Miz is in a ton of pain! Bryan is getting cocky as he locks The Miz in a headlock and just starts battering him with several MMA style elbows! Bryan looks to make the A-Lister well and truly suffer for daring to face him tonight. Once Bryan has hit nearly a dozen elbows, he drops Miz to the mat but once again he refuses to make the cover, as Corey speculates he wants to make Miz tap out! Daniel Bryan grabs hold of Miz's right leg and looks to go for the dreaded HEEL HOOK!

Miz though reacts quickly and kicks away Bryan with his left leg, desperate to avoid the submission hold! Bryan looking to go back on the attack but Miz acting quickly hits a jumping neckbreaker! Miz has to take a moment due to the pain his leg is in. He then grabs hold of Bryan and hits him with a shoulderbreaker! Miz doesn't stop there as he hits another shoulderbreaker as he looks to find a way to weaken the submissions of Daniel Bryan! Miz follows it up with an arm stunner once again wrenching on the arm before coming off the ropes with a running clothesline! Miz makes the cover 1 2 Bryan kicks out! Miz is still in pain as he considers his next move as Bryan looks to get some distance. Miz though, now he is back in control knows not to let Bryan get away and hits him with a Yakuza kick using his damaged right leg! That might have hurt Miz as much as Daniel Bryan but he makes the cover anyway 1 2 Bryan kicks out! The Miz gets to his feet and looks to end this. He drags Daniel Bryan off the mat and looks to hit the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE... BUT BRYAN ESCAPES!

Bryan fends The Miz off with an elbow to the head! Bryan then turns around and smashes him with a forearm smash. Miz stumbles as Bryan then takes out his right leg with a jumping dropkick! Miz falls to the mat and clutches his right leg as Bryan lets out a sinister smirk. He stands over Miz and once again gives him a disrespectful stomp to the leg but he isn't done there. He makes his way over to the head of Miz and just starts STOMPING ON HIS HEAD! Bryan really goes to town on the Miz as he is just stomping him over and over here looking to really hurt The Miz! Bryan finally stops after a good 7 or 8 stomps to the head and locks in the YES LOCK! Bryan locks the hold in tight as The Miz is clearly not in a good way. Miz is near the ropes but due to his injured leg, he can barely get any traction!


MIZ LIFTS HIS HAND INTO THE AIR

BUT HE REFUSES TO TAP!

The Miz starts shifting his body towards the ropes, trying to find a way to escape the lethal hold and pushes forward even though it is hurting his injured right leg! He reaches and reaches before FINALLY GRABBING THE BOTTOM ROPE! This forces Daniel Bryan to break the hold! Daniel Bryan, however, keeps the hold locked in till the count of 4 before finally letting go! Bryan though makes sure to give Miz a boot to the chest before he lets out an evil smile. Daniel Bryan pulls The Miz back to the center of the ring and grabs hold of his right leg as he looks to lock in the FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Bryan is looking to use one of the Miz's signature submission moves against him as he applies massive pressure to the right leg of The Miz who is in a ton of pain in the center of the ring. Bryan has the hold locked in tight and MIZ HAS NOWHERE TO GO!

THE MIZ IS IN MASSIVE TROUBLE

BUT HE FINDS THE STRENGTH TO REVERSE THE PRESSURE!

NOW IT IS DANIEL BRYAN TRAPPED IN THE CENTRE OF THE RING IN THE FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK!

The Miz knows how to escape his own move as well as anyone Bryon Saxton tells us as Daniel Bryan is in a lot of pain as he tries to find a way to escape the hold but he is trapped in the center of the ring! He tries to reach the ropes behind him but he isn't going to make it as...

BARON CORBIN AND ELIAS MAKE THEIR WAY OUT!

They sprint down the ramp and climb onto the apron distracting the referee. Bryan seeing this taps out which gets The Miz to break the hold, not realizing the referee is distracted! Miz though quickly sees the referee did not see the tap and looks angry. He charges at Elias and hits him with a clothesline knocking him to the floor. In the background however, we can see Bryan makes his way towards Rowan. Corbin meanwhile smartly jumps off the apron smirking as the referee is still telling him off. Miz meanwhile looks to get back to business as BRYAN CLOCKS HIM WITH THE HEMP TITLE! Bryan quickly disposes of the evidence as the referee was still distracted by Baron Corbin! Bryan gets the referee's attention and for the first time tonight makes a cover

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BRYAN STEALS THE WIN!

Winner via pinfall: Daniel Bryan (11:45)

Baron Corbin and Elias head up the ramp smirking to themselves as they have screwed over The Miz tonight. In the ring Daniel Bryan stands over The Miz and starts talking trash as he tells Miz “he will always beat him”! Byron Saxton on commentary is going mental and brings up the way Bryan won however Corey says Bryan will do whatever it takes to pick up the victory and live his dreams.

The Miz is only just coming to now as he sees Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan heading up the ramp to celebrate as they hold the hemp WWE title in the air, showing off the weapon they used to beat him tonight and he shakes his head clearly annoyed at himself for losing the way he did. Corey Graves then informs us up next we have the number one contender's match for the Smackdown Women's title at Summerslam.

We cut to a quick video package which shows the first time these two women met in singles action, at Wrestlemania 34. It shows Charlotte picking up the win before transitioning to the second time the two women met in singles action as Charlotte once again defeated Asuka and this time became Smackdown Women's champion taking her title belt into the Wrestlemania 35 main event. It then shows Asuka's determination to win tonight whilst highlighting Charlotte's arrogance and overconfidence heading into this match.


*THE FUTURE*

A loud pop from the live crowd as the Empress of Tomorrow Asuka makes her way down to the ring in her usual outfit. Byron talks about how focused Asuka has been in the lead up to this match and the fact she is looking to put to rest the demons of the past. Corey, however, says Charlotte has Asuka's number and will always have Asuka's number. He tells Byron there is no shame losing to the queen. Byron, however, tells Corey, he doubts Asuka feels the same.

*RECOGNITION*

Charlotte makes her way out to the ring in her full robe as she soaks in the heat from the live crowd. Asuka stares at Charlotte from the ring, refusing to break eye contact. Corey on commentary mentions that Charlotte feels the title shot at Summerslam should be hers by right as she never got a rematch for the Smackdown Women's title. Byron, however, counters by reminding us Asuka had to earn her rematch and Charlotte should do the same. In the ring, both women stare each other down from opposite sides of the ring as the referee calls for the bell to get this match underway.

Number one contender's match for Summerslam: Asuka vs Charlotte

Once the bell rings both women take their time, staring each other down with Asuka not wanting to make any mistakes in the early stages. The pair lock up in the center of the ring as both women vie for control and are fairly evenly matched. They battle for a while with Charlotte taking control with a headlock as she slams Asuka down to the mat. Charlotte would then give the crowd a “WOO” letting out a cocky smirk before turning her attention back to a rising Asuka. She catches the rising Asuka off-guard with a chop to the chest before once again putting her in a headlock! Charlotte is acting cocky as she has the hold locked in but she doesn't have it in tight enough, allowing Asuka to escape and hit Charlotte in the face with an elbow. This forces Charlotte to break the hold and allows Asuka to clock Charlotte with a spinning back fist!

Asuka is focused on getting the job done as she goes for a roundhouse kick to the head but Charlotte dodges! She scrambles to the ropes looking a little worried. Asuka meanwhile has a cold blank expression on her face. No smiles, she needs the win tonight. Charlotte takes a few moments before making her way back over to Asuka as once again both women lock up in the center of the ring. Charlotte this time seems more focused but the Empress gets Charlotte in a double chicken wing hold as she looks to drop her down to the mat but Charlotte counters with a roll-up! 1 2 Asuka kicks out! Charlotte nearly stole the victory as Asuka rolls away almost mad at herself for nearly getting caught out this early. Charlotte though once again is starting to act cocky as she makes her way towards Asuka.

Charlotte once again looks to go for a lock-up but Asuka dodges and goes after Charlotte's legs as she lays into the Queen with a couple of stiff kicks! However, Charlotte grabs hold of Asuka's leg and goes for a twisting leg snap but Asuka boots her in the head sending Charlotte backwards! Asuka quickly follows up kicking Charlotte in the gut before hitting her with an Inverted DDT! Asuka makes a cover 1 Charlotte powers out! Asuka goes straight for her lethal kicks to the chest but Charlotte grabs Asuka's leg, looking to set up the figure eight but Asuka makes it to the ropes! Charlotte lets go of her foot as she smiles whilst Asuka gives her an angry glare. Charlotte charges at Asuka going for a shoulder block but Asuka leapfrogs over Charlotte, running off the ropes herself and hitting her with a hip attack! Asuka makes the cover 1 Charlotte powers out again and this time Asuka is clearly a little frustrated. She grabs hold of Charlotte's head but Charlotte sends her backwards hitting her with a forearm smash. Charlotte jumps on Asuka hitting a Lou Thresz press with several punches.

Charlotte makes the cover on Asuka 1 Asuka powers out herself! Charlotte is a little annoyed and stunned Asuka powered out. However, she quickly regains her composure telling Asuka she can do this all night! Asuka responds to this by punching Charlotte in the face! Asuka jumps to her feet and lines up for A SPIN KICK BUT CHARLOTTE CATCHES IT AND CONNECTS WITH A DRAGON SCREW LEG WHIP! Asuka grabs hold of her left leg which is now in a slight bit of pain as Charlotte has a smug smirk on her face. Charlotte jumps into the air and connects with a knee drop crushing Asuka on the mat as she makes the cover 1 2 Asuka kicks out! Charlotte gets back to her feet as she smirks. She lifts Asuka off the mat and sends her into the corner of the ring with an Irish whip. Charlotte then lays into Asuka's chest with a knife-edge chop!

Charlotte lets out a WOO right in Asuka's face which leads to Asuka responding by slapping Charlotte in the face! Charlotte stumbles backwards and looks furious but Asuka catches Charlotte with a running dropkick to the gut. Asuka makes the cover 1 2 Charlotte kicks out! Asuka gets to her feet clearly angry that Charlotte is acting cocky and catches her as she gets to a seated position with several kicks to the chest, battering Charlotte! Asuka finishes it off by going for a roundhouse kick to the skull but Charlotte counters with a leg sweep! Charlotte clutches her midsection before goes back on the attack clubbing Asuka in the back of the head. Charlotte lifts Asuka up and slams her to the mat with a German suplex! Charlotte makes the cover 1 2 Asuka kicks out! Charlotte makes her way to the head of Asuka she locks in a figure-four head-scissors hold as she looks to grind Asuka down.

Charlotte transitions this and starts slamming Asuka's head into the mat with as she hits Asuka with three push-up facebusters before letting go and making another cover 1 2 Asuka kicks out! Charlotte looks to press her advantage as he bends down and starts chopping the chest of Asuka, laying into the Empress of tomorrow. Charlotte runs off the ropes and connects with a basement dropkick! Charlotte makes the cover 1 2 Asuka kicks out! Charlotte once again woos at the crowd as she grabs hold of Asuka and lifts her off the mat, locking in an Abdominal stretch as she looks to wear down the challenger. Asuka is in pain but gets a hand free and smashes Charlotte in the face! Charlotte stumbles backwards as Asuka goes for the SPIN KICK but Charlotte rolls underneath and flees to the outside!

Charlotte was ready for Asuka once again. She taps her head as Asuka gets even more annoyed and slides to the outside jumping on Charlotte, laying into the Queen with several hard strikes. Asuka grabs hold of Charlotte as she lifts her up and sends her back first into the barricade! Asuka charges at Charlotte and connects with a running hip attack as she is pressed into the barricade! The referee gets to a 3 count in the ring as Asuka doesn't stop there as she batters the chest of Charlotte with several hard strikes until Charlotte falls down but Asuka grabs hold of her lifting her up and powerbombs Charlotte back first onto the barricade! Asuka then makes her way back to the ring as the referee gets to a 6 count. Asuka though will take the win even if it is via countout. The referee carries on the count


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Charlotte makes it into the ring just in time!

A few in the crowd let out boos with them wanting Asuka to win by any means necessary but Asuka is quick to go back on the attack as she hits Charlotte with several knee strikes as she enters the ring. She is really laying into her by the ropes! The referee starts counting and even gets to a 4 count before Asuka finally backs way. Charlotte is dazed as Asuka charges at her going for another knee strike but Charlotte catches her off guard with a front chop block to the weakened left leg! Charlotte looks angry as she jumps into the air and hits a knee drop onto Asuka's left leg. Charlotte isn't done there as she grabs hold of the left leg and hits Asuka with a rolling leg snap! However, Charlotte holds on and hits another. Charlotte then transitions this into a cover making sure to put pressure on Asuka's left leg. 1 2 Asuka kicks out. Charlotte, however, is no longer acting cocky as tosses Asuka into the corner of the ring.

Charlotte starts hitting Asuka with several knees to her left thigh as she starts to work over Asuka in the corner of the ring. The referee gets to a three count before Charlotte backs away. Charlotte isn't done though as she hits Asuka with a couple of knife-edge chops as she once again looks to pepper Asuka's chest. Asuka starts to stumble in the corner of the ring as Charlotte has an idea. Charlotte slides out of the ring and looks to grab the left leg of Asuka and go for a FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK USING THE RINGPOST! Asuka with her right leg desperately kicks Charlotte away however crawling to the center of the ring! Charlotte looks annoyed her plan was thwarted for a moment but she quickly responds by making her way to the top rope and hitting Asuka with a TOP ROPE MOONSAULT! Charlotte hooks the leg of Asuka!


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Charlotte looks shocked Asuka was able to kick out of the hold. Charlotte argues with the referee before bending over Asuka. Charlotte starts taunting the Empress of tomorrow, telling her that she will always be ready for her. This fires Asuka up as she starts to rise to her feet, clearly still in pain after the moonsault. However, Charlotte responds to this by SLAPPING ASUKA IN THE FACE! Loud boos from the live crowd as Asuka has a face full of thunder! Charlotte, however, responds to this by going for another slap to the face but Asuka catches Charlotte's hand! Charlotte is worried as she tries chopping Asuka with her left hand but Asuka is able to transition into a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Asuka gets the armbar locked in tight as Charlotte is trapped in the center of the ring as Asuka looks to go for the bridge!

Charlotte is in a lot of pain as Asuka wrenches on her arm looking to force the Queen to tap! Charlotte starts trying to move her body towards the ropes looking for a way to break the hold. Asuka realizing what Charlotte is trying to do and arches the hold back even further which causes Charlotte to cry out in pain and lift her hand into the air as she looks like she is going to TAP OUT...


BUT SHE REFUSES AND GETS HER FOOT ONTO THE BOTTOM ROPE!

Asuka keeps the hold on till the count of 3 before slamming Charlotte's arm down to the mat! Asuka is a little angry as she wonders if she can find a way to beat the Queen? Charlotte meanwhile is starting to struggle and worry as Asuka makes her way over to Charlotte and starts laying into her with several vicious kicks! The referee starts the count as Charlotte is in the ropes getting to four before having to literally pull Asuka away from Charlotte! Charlotte is struggling as Asuka has a wild look in her eyes, desperate to win. She looks to run off the ropes going for a HIP ATTACK but Charlotte moves out of the way just in time! Asuka was slightly slower than usual due to the damage done to her leg throughout the match giving Charlotte the chance to dodge! Charlotte rolls towards the center of the ring as Asuka turns around into a SPEAR! Charlotte makes a weak cover not able to hook the leg due to the damage done to the right arm!

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Asuka kicks out!

Charlotte rolls over to the mat and slams her hand on it frustrated that Asuka refuses to just stay down. She takes a few seconds to regain her composure before she looks to the damaged left leg of Asuka and smiles to herself as she looks to go for the FIGURE-FOUR LEGLOCK! She grabs the legs of Asuka but Asuka is ready and smashes Charlotte in the face with a forearm smash once again stunning her! Asuka takes advantage of Charlotte being stunned as she takes out her legs with a low kick causing Charlotte to crash to the mat! Asuka gets to her feet and connects with a splash as she makes the cover 1 2 Charlotte kicks out! Asuka though wastes no time as she grabs Charlotte by the hair, prompting the referee once again to tell her off. However, Asuka doesn't care as she puts Charlotte into a hammerlock position and plants her with a HAMMERLOCK DDT! Asuka makes the cover

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Asuka gets to her feet as soon as Charlotte kicks out and connects with a switchblade kick driving Charlotte's head into the mat! Asuka, however, does make the cover as she looks to get her in position for the ASUKA LOCK! Charlotte though tries to fight out of it, as she knows how lethal the submission hold is! Asuka though is able to get it locked in as Charlotte is trapped in the center of the ring with nowhere to go!

Charlotte though refuses to tap out and tries to find a way to get to the ropes...

But there is no escape for the Queen!

She lifts her arm into the air!

But she uses it to shift her body and push Asuka into a PINNING PREDICAMENT!

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Charlotte rolls away from Asuka as she takes a moment to get her breath back. Asuka sits on the mat for a moment as all the self-doubt starts to fill her head as she wonders if she can win this match? Charlotte is still struggling to get back up as Asuka gets to her feet. Asuka stalks Charlotte from behind, limping due to the damage done to her left leg throughout the match! Charlotte gets to her feet as Asuka once again goes for a SPIN KICK... BUT CHARLOTTE COUNTERS WITH A SPINEBUSTER! Charlotte gets back to her feet as he doesn't go for the cover and instead runs off the ropes and connects with NATURAL SELECTION! Charlotte makes the cover

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Asuka kicks out!

Charlotte looks in shock as once again Asuka survived but she now looks to finish this as she grabs the left leg of Asuka and locks in the FIGURE-FOUR LEGLOCK! Asuka is in a ton of pain as Charlotte locks on her father's legendary submission near the center of the ring! Asuka though refuses to tap out so Charlotte makes the bridge and transitions into the FIGURE EIGHT!

Charlotte has the hold locked in tight and Asuka is trapped in the center of the ring!

ASUKA IS TRAPPED IN THE SAME HOLD THAT SHE TAPPED OUT TO TWICE BEFORE!

SHE DOESN'T WANT TO TAP A THIRD TIME!

BUT SHE MIGHT NOT HAVE A CHOICE...

SHE IS IN SO MUCH PAIN AS CHARLOTTE IS TEARING AT THE LEFT LEG OF ASUKA!

BUT ASUKA STARTS SHIFTING HER BODY TOWARDS THE ROPES!

SHE IS INCHES AWAY AS CHARLOTTE PULLS EXTRA HARD!

BUT ASUKA GETS HER HAND ON THE BOTTOM ROPE!

Charlotte lets go after a 2 count from the referee as she looks furious! Asuka refuses to lose to Charlotte again! The queen shakes her head as she sees Asuka struggling back to her feet and takes her out with Queen's boot! Charlotte, however, chooses not to make the cover as she wants to make sure Asuka stays down. She takes a moment to climb to the top rope as she steadies herself on the top rope, struggling to climb but she is eventually able to get herself in position for the moonsault.

However, Asuka gets to her feet and KICKS THE ROPES CROTCHING CHARLOTTE ON THE TOP ROPE! Mixed reaction from the crowd though still mostly cheers with Asuka getting desperate to beat Charlotte tonight! Asuka though doesn't care about the reaction from some of the fans and climbs onto the top rope taking her time due to the damage done to her left leg throughout the match. She hits Charlotte with a couple of punches before grabbing hold of her and planting her with a MASSIVE SUPERPLEX! Asuka makes the cover!


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ASUKA HAS FINALLY BEATEN CHARLOTTE!

Winner via pinfall and number one contender for the Smackdown Women's title: Asuka (21:08)

Asuka rolls to her side and for the first time since the match started Asuka lets out a smile. She has finally overcome her white whale in Charlotte. Asuka gets her hand raised by the referee as Corey Graves mentions the lead up the finish with Asuka desperately kicking the ropes and crotching Charlotte. She needs to resort to a cheap trick to defeat the Queen. Byron says whilst he can't defend it he can understand why Asuka was so desperate to pick up the victory tonight. Charlotte rolls out of the ring and shakes her head clearly furious she lost tonight as she can be heard complaining about Asuka kicking the ropes in the closing stages. The Queen marches to the back as Asuka carries on celebrating to the delight of the live fans when this hits...

*LIKE A LADY*

The crowd let out some large boos as Lacey Evans makes her way down the entrance ramp doing her usual strut getting Asuka's attention straight away. Asuka looks annoyed her celebration has been interrupted and stares directly at Lacey Evans who carries on as normal. Corey mentions it could be Lacey Evans that Asuka faces at Summerslam if Lacey can prove a lady is always better than a man! Asuka makes her way out of the ring and comes face to face with Lacey Evans as the two women stare each other down. Byron wonders if things will kick off between the pair as...

*CELTIC INVASION*

The crowd goes wild as the man Becky2belts makes her way onto the entrance ramp with both of the title belts on her shoulders as she stands at the top of the ramp staring down Lacey Evans and Asuka. Asuka makes her way up the ramp as Bryon says Asuka already avenged one loss tonight, will she get the chance to avenge another at Summerslam Corey mentions that Lacey won't take this disrespect well as Becky looks Asuka in the eyes as the crowd are excited at the prospect of Becky Lynch and Asuka going head to head one more time! Both women stare each other down as Lacey Evans cheap shots The Man Becky Lynch from behind!

Loud boos from the live crowd as Asuka looks at Lacey Evans and Becky Lynch before heading to the back leaving her two potential opponents to go at it. Lacey Evans meanwhile grabs hold of Becky Lynch, dragging the man by her hair and tosses her down the ramp. Becky gets to her feet as Lacey Evans charges down the ramp and starts laying into the man! Corey Graves on commentary gives Lacey Evans credit for how she is starting this match, taking the fight right to the man. Lacey grabs Becky Lynch by the hair again and tosses her into the steel steps. In the ring, the referee tells Lacey to bring it into the ring but Lacey knows she can't be disqualified as the match hasn't started yet. Now with Becky pressed against the steel steps, Lacey slaps Becky Lynch in the face!

Lacey goes for another slap but Becky Lynch catches Lacey's arm as she looks furious! Becky fires back sending Lacey Evans backwards! Becky Lynch then looks to go on the attack but Lacey Evans counters with a pumphandle slam sending Becky's back bouncing off the ring floor. Lacey then grabs Becky Lynch by her hair and rolls her inside the ring. Lacey Evans shouts at the referee telling him to call from the bell which he does, happy to finally get this match underway.


Smackdown's Women title match: Becky Lynch (c) vs Lacey Evans

Lacey Evans makes the cover 1 2 Becky Lynch kicks out! Lacey Evans looks annoyed as she climbs on top of Becky Lynch and looks to carry on the advantage she gained from the pre-match assault and starts laying into Becky Lynch with several slaps to the face. Lacey Evans would then get into a handstand position before transitioning into a knee drop onto the chest of Becky Lynch. Lacey makes the cover 1 2 Becky Lynch kicks out! Lacey is in total control as she starts dabbing herself with a handkerchief before picking it up and shoving it into the mouth of Becky Lynch getting loud boos from the crowd. Becky spits it out as Lacey follows up her disgusting actions by giving Becky a shoot kick to the head as she makes the cover 1 2 Becky kicks out! Lacey smirks enjoying her control over this match as runs off the ropes and looks for a body splash... BUT NOBODY'S HOME!

Lacey grabs her back as Becky Lynch jumps on her and starts clobbering the first lady of Smackdown live with several lefts and rights looking to make her pay for attacking her before the bell! Becky is wailing on Lacey Evans who tries to fight back but the Man is in complete control! Becky gets to her feet as she hits Lacey Evans with a leg drop! However, she doesn't stop there as she hits another and another and ANOTHER! Becky makes the cover 1 2 Lacey kicks out! On commentary, Byron Saxton wonders if Lacey's pre-match attack may have been a mistake as it seems to have fired up Becky Lynch here! Becky grabs Lacey off the mat and launches her into the corner of the ring with an Irish whip! Becky takes a moment before flying into the corner of the ring and hitting the FLYING FIRE-ARM! Becky then grabs hold of Lacey and suplexes her out of the corner with a belly to belly suplex!

Becky Lynch makes her way to the top rope as she steadies herself and flies off hitting Lacey Evans with a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Becky makes the cover 1 2 Lacey kicks out! Becky though calmly gets to her feet as she lifts Lacey Evans off the mat and looks to hit MAN DOWN... but Lacey elbows Becky in the head a couple of times and escapes getting some breathing room! Lacey knows she is in trouble and rolls to the outside to get some breathing room for a moment. Becky Lynch though is not done with Lacey however and rolls to the outside looking to keep the attack up! Lacey turns around as Becky catches her with a European uppercut sending Lacey backwards. Becky tells Lacey it is time for her to learn whose division this is and sends her face-first into the ring post before rolling Lacey back into the ring! Becky poses for the crowd as she rolls back inside but Lacey catches her with a kick to the gut stunning the man!

Lacey grabs hold of Becky and brings her back into the ring with a suplex showing off her strength as she makes the cover 1 2 Becky kicks out! Lacey gets to her feet, taking a moment to rub her jaw after the beating Becky had given her. Lacey then looks at the prone hitting Becky and hits her with a STANDING MOONSAULT! Lacey showing off her incredible athleticism as she makes the cover. 1 2 Becky Lynch kicks out! Lacey gets to her feet looking annoyed that Becky was able to kick out. Lacey looks at Becky on the mat and starts hitting her with a few elbow strikes as she takes back control of the match. However, after the 4th one, Becky grabs hold of her arm and looks to go for the DIS-ARM-HER! Lacey though realizing she is in trouble scrambles to the ropes forcing Becky to let go of the hold! Becky backs off smirking as Lacey looks annoyed but relieved she made it to the ropes in time.

Becky Lynch looks to go right back on the attack as she goes for a kick to the mid-section but Lacey catches Becky's leg and hits her in the chest with a gut punch! Lacey grabs hold of Becky and hits her with a pumphandle slam! Lacey makes the cover 1 2 Becky kicks out! Lacey looks annoyed and sits on Becky. She sits there for a few seconds and starts slapping her again! Total disrespect being shown by the first lady of Smackdown Live tonight! Lacey grabs Becky by her hair but Becky counters with a boot to the stomach and hits her with a pumphandle suplex! Becky though chooses to not make the cover and instead looks to do more damage as she grabs hold of Lacey's arm and starts working it over, as she looks to weaken the arm ready for the DIS-ARM-HER! Lacey is already in pain due to the damage done by Becky but she breaks free with a couple of elbows sending Becky backwards.

Lacey connects with a kick to the chest before she plants her with a swinging neckbreaker! Lacey isn't done however as she gets into a handspring before transitioning into an elbow drop! Lacey makes the cover 1 2 Becky kicks out! Lacey at this point who would make her way over to Becky's right arm and connects with a handspring knee drop to the arm! Corey Graves on commentary calls this smart and says Lacey is looking to make it harder for Becky to lock in the dis-arm-her! She grabs hold of Becky as she goes for a shoulderbreaker but Becky fights Lacey off as once again Becky Lynch is too good for Lacey Evans! Becky grabs her right arm and sends her crashing to the mat with an arm drag! Becky lifts Lacey Evans off the mat and sends her flying with a BEXPLODER! Becky hooks the leg and makes the cover 1 2 Lacey kicks out! Becky sighs to herself as she looks to end this!

She gets Lacey in position once again looking for MAN DOWN but Lacey once again is ready for it and counters by hitting Becky with a facebuster to the mat! Lacey plants Becky Lynch and makes the cover 1 2 Becky Lynch kicks out again! Lacey sighs as she sizes Becky Lynch up and gets ready to go for the WOMAN'S RIGHT! She lines Becky up and swings for the fences...


BUT BECKY CATCHES THE ARM AND TRANSITIONS IT INTO THE DIS-ARM-HER!

BECKY LOCKS IT IN TIGHT!

LACEY HAS NOWHERE TO GO...

AND TAPS!

BECKY LYNCH RETAINS HER TITLE!

Winner via submission and still Smackdown Women's champion: Becky Lynch (8:37)

Becky Lynch holds on for a second or two but she does let go of Lacey's arm as she rolls to the outside straight away holding her right arm, annoyed to have lost to the Man Becky Lynch tonight and lost her opportunity to win the Smackdown Women's title. Byron Saxton puts over Becky Lynch defending both her Smackdown and Raw Women's title for 3 months. Corey though tells us once again she will have to defend both her titles when she takes on Asuka and the winner of the Raw Women's title tournament at Summerslam.

Byron tells us she has done it before so maybe she can do it again. The camera then cuts to a sweaty Asuka who is watching backstage as she stares at the TV with an angry focused glare. We cut back to the ring as Becky Lynch celebrates getting Becky2belts chants from the fans, once again proving herself to be at the top of the Women's division in WWE. We then cut backstage as we see Cathy Kelly stood ready for an interview.


Cathy Kelly: Would you please welcome my guest at this time Ricochet?

Ricochet walks into the shot still selling the pain from the fatal 4 way Intercontinental title match earlier tonight.

Cathy Kelly: Ricochet tonight you went through a battle with three of the best superstars on Smackdown Live for the Intercontinental title. How did it feel to come up short tonight?

???: Why are you interviewing him?

The camera pans over to show Daniel Bryan with his Hemp WWE title followed by fellow Eco-warrior Erick Rowan as Daniel Bryan looks furious. Ricochet meanwhile just shakes his head as Daniel Bryan starts to rant.

Daniel Bryan: Why are you wasting these people's time interviewing someone like Ricochet when you could be interviewing the planet's champion who once again defeated the Miz. I have so many important things that I need to say. I need to make sure the fans know the correct...

Ricochet: Maybe people are sick of hearing you talk.

Ricochet barges past the pair as Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan stand in front of Cathy Kelly looking annoyed as we cut back to the ring ready for the next match.


*GALLANTRY*

Drew McIntyre's music hits as he marches out with an angry stare as Shane McMahon follows the sinister Scotsman to the ring. Byron Saxton on commentary wonders why Shane McMahon is out here but Corey Graves replies telling Byron that the Smackdown Live commissioner probably wants to make sure this number one contender's match goes smoothly.

*THE TRUTH REIGNS*

Roman Reigns walks down to the ring with a serious look on his face. Drew McIntyre stares up the ramp, looking for a fight almost immediately but the referee and Shane tell him to back up as Reigns snarls at him. Byron thinks this one could explode any minute as the referee calls for the bell and this match is underway!

Number one contender match for Summerslam: Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre w/Shane McMahon

Once the bell rings, Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns charge at each other and start brawling in the middle of the ring! Both men batter the hell out of each other in the first minute with neither man really gaining an edge as they end up by the ring ropes and send each other to the outside! The commentary team reminds us of the bad blood between the two after Drew McIntyre's digs at Reigns's cancer in the lead-up to Wrestlemania! Once they are on the outside both men land on their feet and carry on the brawl but Reigns gains the upper hand as he sends Drew McIntyre into the barricade by the timekeeper's area! Roman takes a moment to gear himself up and looks to go for a SPEAR THROUGH THE BARRICADE but Drew counters with a knee strike stunning a charging Roman Reigns as the referee gets to a 3 count.

Drew saves himself early in this match as Reigns is clearly fired up. Drew grabs the big dawg and sends him into the barricade with an Irish whip! Drew McIntyre isn't done as he starts beating the hell out of Reigns on the outside. The referee inside the ring can be heard getting to a 6 count as Drew McIntyre picks Roman up and slams him on the ring floor with a snap suplex! The referee gets to a 7 count as Drew McIntyre rolls into the ring smiling for a moment before rolling out of the ring looking to inflict more pain on Roman Reigns! Drew McIntyre slides back out of the ring and once again looks to toss Roman into the barricade but this time Roman reverses it with an Irish whip of his own! Roman wastes no time as he charges at Drew and smashes him with a massive uppercut whilst he is leaning on the barricade!

Roman grabs Drew McIntyre by the head and slams him into the steel steps at ringside. We see them slightly move due to the impact of the throw from Roman Reigns who lets out a loud roar to a pop from the crowd! In the ring, the referee gets to a 4 count as Roman grabs Drew McIntyre and rolls him back into the ring. Roman makes the first cover of the match 1 2 Drew McIntyre kicks out! Roman Reigns now in the ring grabs hold of Drew McIntyre and launches him into the corner of the ring! Reigns charges in but Drew McIntyre catches him in the face with a big boot stopping Reigns's momentum! Roman stumbles back a little bit as Drew McIntyre takes his head off with a clothesline! Drew grabs hold of Roman and tosses him into the air before hitting him with an elbow strike to the head! Drew makes the cover 1 2 Reigns kicks out!

Drew stays on the mat as he goes for a bow and arrow stretch on the mat but Roman refuses to let him lock it in, catching Drew in the jaw with a wicked right hand! Roman gets to his feet but Drew is ready as he catches him with a jumping neckbreaker! Drew makes the cover 1 2 Reigns kicks out! Roman tries to roll to the outside as Drew responds to this by hitting a punt kick to the chest! Reigns starts to make his way to his feet as Drew McIntyre makes his way over to the big dawg and starts laying into him with several knife-edge chops, laying into Roman here. The referee has to warn him as he gets dangerously close to a 5 count as he backs away leaving Roman feeling a little sore but he then sends Roman to the outside with a massive lariat! Roman crashes to the floor with a thud as Drew slowly climbs over the ropes and onto the ring apron. He lines Roman Reigns up and dives off hitting Reigns with a DIVING CLOTHESLINE!

Drew once again gets to his feet as he looks focused on getting the job done as Shane McMahon cheers the crown jewel of the Corporation on from his corner at ringside. Drew though lifts Roman Reigns off the ring floor and hits him with a massive overhead belly to belly suplex onto the entrance ramp! Roman can't help but clutch his chest due to the impact as Drew wipes out as rising Roman on the entrance ramp! In the ring, the referee gets to a 4 count as Drew picks up the prone Roman Reigns oddly not wanting to take the win via countout and sends Reigns into the ring apron! Roman's back and mid-section are getting destroyed by Drew's assault in the early stages of this match. The referee gets to a 6 count as Drew grabs Roman and lifts him into the air, looking for a spinebuster onto the apron but Roman starts punching Drew until he lets go of him, saving himself from that lethal move!

Roman follows it up with a lariat taking Drew down to the ring floor as the referee is now getting to an 8 count in the ring. Reigns slides inside making sure he beats the count as the referee gets to 9... but Drew makes it in just in time as well! Drew and Roman both rise to their feet as the two men stare each other down and once again go back to trading blows in the center of the ring! Drew gains the upper hand once he starts targeting Reigns's damaged mid-section! Drew McIntyre grabs hold of Roman looking to lift him into the air but Roman counters with a side suplex slamming Drew to the mat. Reigns makes the cover 1 2 Drew kicks out! Reigns though looks to take control and this allows him to recover. He then works over Drew McIntyre for a little bit with a nerve hold! Roman lets go of the nerve hold and hits a jumping elbow drop to Drew. Reigns makes the cover 1 2 Reigns kicks out!

Roman gets to his feet as he hits Drew with a few punches to the head and sends him into the corner of the ring as he looks to take control of the match. Shane watches on as Roman starts battering the hell out of Drew in the corner of the ring with several corner clotheslines! Reigns lets out a roar before hitting him with a final clothesline! Reigns grabs Drew's head and goes for a running bulldog but Drew counters and sends Reigns into the corner with a BUCKLE BOMB! Drew once Reigns is in the corner of the ring charges in and clocks him in the head with a big boot to the face! Drew makes sure to drive the boot in before smashing Roman in the face with an elbow to the head! Drew grabs hold of Roman and spins him around for a spinebuster to the mat! Drew makes the cover 1 2 Reigns kicks out! Drew looks a little annoyed as he grabs hold of Roman and starts working over him a little on the mat.

Drew lifts Roman off the mat and starts hitting him with a couple of German suplexes sending Reigns's body crashing off the mat! Drew makes his way over to Roman and makes the cover 1 2 Reigns kicks out! Drew is a little annoyed as he picks Roman up but Roman counters with a DDT to the mat cutting Drew off. Commentary put over how evenly matched these two men are as Reigns makes the cover 1 2 Drew kicks out! Roman takes a moment as he grabs his mid-section selling the damage done before getting to his feet as he catches the rising Drew McIntyre with a palm strike sending him backwards a little bit. Roman takes a moment as he sets himself up in the corner and charges at Drew looking for the SUPERMAN PUNCH but Drew counters with SNAKE EYES and sends Roman's head crashing into the turnbuckle! Roman is dazed and turns around into a dropkick from McIntyre! Drew makes the cover 1 2 Reigns kicks out!

Drew at this point looks a little annoyed that Roman will not stay down and drags him off the mat and connects with a gutwrench powerbomb planting Roman Reigns. Drew makes the cover 1 2 Roman kicks out! Drew looks annoyed in the ring as we can see Shane on the outside cheering him on. Roman meanwhile is really starting to struggle due to the damage done by Drew in this match. Drew makes his way towards the top rope as he takes a few seconds to line up Reigns before connecting with a diving leg drop! Drew makes the cover 1 2 Reigns kicks out! Drew looks annoyed Roman was able to kick out but he stays focused. Shane McMahon at ringside cheers him on as Drew lifts Roman up off the mat as he gets Roman Reigns in position for the FUTURESHOCK DDT! However Roman fights of out of it and counters by getting Drew into a fireman's carry position and hits an uppercut rocking Drew slightly. He lifts him off the mat and plants the Scotsman with a powerbomb! Reigns makes the cover 1 2 Drew kicks out!

Reigns takes a moment to sell his ribs as his mid-section is in pain as he takes a moment to get off the mat but he once again makes his way to the corner of the ring as he cocks his fist and sizes up the rising Drew McIntyre hitting him with the SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman makes the cover 1 2 Drew kicks out! Roman, however, makes his way to the corner of the ring as he starts to size Drew McIntyre up for the SPEAR... BUT Drew dodges out of the way! Roman Reigns turns around as Drew hits him with a massive GLASGOW KISS. Reigns is rocked by the super-hard headbutt as Drew grabs Reigns and slams him down to the mat with a double rotation spinebuster! Drew makes the cover 1 2 Reigns kicks out! Drew McIntyre though is not done there as he grabs hold of Roman Reigns and looks to lock in the IRON MAIDEN (chicken-wing over the shoulder crossface)! He gets it locked in tight in the center of the ring as he stretches the hell out of Roman Reigns as he tries to force him to tap out! Reigns struggles in the hold... But he makes his way to the ropes!

Drew McIntyre breaks the hold at the count of 3 as he slams Reigns's head down to the mat with a thud, clearly annoyed as the referee looks to make sure Reigns is OK. Reigns though refuses to let the referee check on him as Drew on the other side of the ring sizes Roman Reigns up and charges in looking for the CLAYMORE... BUT REIGNS DODGES OUT OF THE WAY AND DREW TAKES OUT THE REFEREE BY MISTAKE! Drew looks a little stunned he hit the referee by mistake but shows no remorse as he turns around but gets hit with a SPEAR! Roman Reigns takes advantage of McIntyre's mistake and wipes the sinister Scotsman out. Reigns makes the cover as the fans start to count 1 2 3 4 5. Reigns soon realizes the referee is out cold and makes his way over to the referee trying to revive him.

However, as Roman Reigns is trying to revive the referee we see Shane McMahon makes his way over to Drew McIntyre who is still down from the spear and tries to get his attention as he reaches into his pocket! Drew starts to come to and looks a little confused as we can see Shane pull a pair of BRASS KNUCKLES out of his pocket! Drew questions what he is doing as Shane tells Drew to use this as Shane tosses the weapon to Drew...


BUT ROMAN CATCHES IT INSTEAD!

Shane McMahon quickly realizes what he has done as Roman shrugs and puts the brass knuckles on! He sizes Drew McIntyre up and catches him as he turns around with a SUPERMAN PUNCH USING THE BRASS KNUCKLES! Reigns tosses them from the ring as the referee is starting to come to! Roman Reigns makes the cover as Shane McMahon watches on from ringside with his head in his hands!

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Roman Reigns is going to Summerslam!

Winner via pinfall: Roman Reigns (15:37)

Roman Reigns gets to his feet holding his mid-section as Corey Graves on commentary calls this a robbery! Byron, however, responds to this telling Corey that Shane's plan backfired and it was all Shane's fault. Drew meanwhile is just coming to and he turns his eyes to Shane McMahon outside the ring! Shane McMahon meanwhile looks worried as he tells Drew he is sorry. Drew though isn't in the mood to listen and gets to his feet, chasing after a fleeing Shane McMahon!

Roman Reigns back in the ring just shrugs and goes back to celebrating his victory tonight, with the fans excited at the prospect of Roman Reigns main-eventing Summerslam as he fights either Randy Orton or Kofi Kingston for the WWE title! We quickly cut backstage as we see Shane McMahon running away but Drew catches him with a lariat to the back of the head, dropping Shane! Drew grabs hold of Shane and pins him up against the wall as we can see a bunch of stagehands trying to stop him!


Drew McIntyre: WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT PEOPLE GETTING INVOLVED IN MY MATCHES?

Shane McMahon doesn't say a word as he cowers in fear with the Scottish psychopath ready to kill him. At this point, Baron Corbin and Elias appear pulling Drew McIntyre away from the Smackdown Live commissioner trying to calm him down. Drew, however, shakes them off with ease as he stands over Shane McMahon who is on the floor begging for mercy.

Drew McIntyre: You better fix this or I swear to god, you will pay!

Drew McIntyre storms off as Baron Corbin and Elias check on Shane McMahon as we cut back to the commentary team at ringside. Corey berates Drew for putting his hands on Shane McMahon but Byron tells Corey that Drew has every right to be mad, as Shane McMahon cost him a WWE title shot at Summerslam with his actions tonight even if it was by accident!


*WAR*

The War Raiders make their way out getting boos from the live crowd as they walk to the ring led by their leader over the last few months Bray Wyatt. They hold their Smackdown tag team titles in the air as Bray has an evil smile on his face as he points them towards the ring and makes his way to the timekeeper's area. He grabs a steel chair from it and takes a seat on it next to the commentary table as he gets ready to watch the carnage.

*LIVE FOR THE MOMENT*

Matt Hardy makes his way out to the ring with a steel chair in one hand and a microphone in the other. Corey Graves wonders who would be crazy enough to team with him as the War Raiders have broken everyone who has gotten in their way! Matt takes a moment staring all 3 men down in the ring.

Matt Hardy: You three have managed to injure my brother twice now and tonight, it isn't just about those tag team titles. No tonight I get payback and DE DE... DELETE you two!

It has been a while but it causes the crowd to start up a few “delete” chants.

Matt Hardy: But who could I find willing to take on you two? Two monsters who take pleasure in going to war. I need a friend to save me. I need a force of nature. I needed a superhero.



Smackdown tag team titles No DQ tornado tag team match: War Raiders (c) vs Matt Hardy and The Hurricane

The Hurricane and Matt Hardy overwhelm the pair and force them out of the ring with the chair shots! Both men then drop the chairs in the ring and make their way to the top rope and hit both the War Raiders with a diving crossbody! This gets cheers from the crowd as Bray Wyatt watches on with an angry glare. Matt Hardy starts laying into Hanson whilst Hurricane is firing off on Rowe as the unlikely duo are in control. The Hurricane makes his way over to the ringside barricade and jumps off it hitting Rowe with a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Meanwhile Matt Hardy takes Rowe down with a Russian legsweep! Matt though isn't done as he climbs to the top rope, posing for a moment and hits Rowe with a SWANTON BOMB HIS BROTHER JEFF'S SIGNATURE MOVE! The Hurricane makes his way over to Matt as they lift Rowe up and slowly roll him into the ring.

It takes a little while to get him into the ring but they manage to do it. However, Hanson is back up and clobbers the Hurricane from behind! Matt Hardy sees this and jumps onto Hanson who catches him and slams him down onto the ring apron with a brutal spinebuster! Matt Hardy grabs his back as we can hear Bray in the background laughing like a mad man. Rowe in the ring gets back to his feet a little dazed as Hanson shouts to Rowe. Rowe climbs onto the apron as Hanson joins him on the ring apron. Rowe tosses Hanson onto the prone Hurricane for a CANNONBALL SENTON! Rowe follows this up by diving off the apron and hitting Matt Hardy with a dropkick sending him into the barricade! Bray once again starts laughing as he enjoys his two men destroying their opponents tonight as the tide is starting to turn in The War Raiders favor.

Hanson and Rowe are back on their feet as they both nod and grab the Hurricane and Matt Hardy by the throat, chokeslamming them on the ring floor! Hanson and Rowe look to Bray who gives them a sinister nod as the pair make their way into the ring and grab both of the steel chairs, making their way back over to Matt Hardy. They lift both of the chairs into the air and start battering the hell out of him with both of the chairs! They hit him with several chair shots as The Hurricane tries to make the save but Rowe catches him in the gut with the steel chair before smashing him in the back with it! Rowe then opens the chair up, setting it down on the outside of the ring. He yanks the Hurricane onto his shoulders and hits him with an ELEVATED POWERBOMB ONTO THE CHAIR, BREAKING IT! Hurricane holds his back clearly out of it as Hanson drops his steel chair having worn it out on the back of Matt Hardy as he picks him up and sends him into the apron!

Matt's back bounces off the apron holding his back as Hanson wipes him out with a clubbing lariat! He rolls Matt Hardy into the ring as Rowe meanwhile reaches under the ring and grabs a table sliding it into the ring! Rowe goes about setting up the table as Hanson grabs hold of Matt looking to carry on the beating but Matt counters by BITING Hanson's arm in desperation! It is almost like something has broken inside the mind of Matt Hardy as he looks to find any way possible to survive! Hanson grabs his arm and looks furious but before Matt can do anything else, Rowe slides into the ring and smashes Matt Hardy with an elbow strike! Matt wobbles as Hanson runs over and hits him with a running bulldog. Both the War Raiders look at each other and roar with Hanson picking up Rowe and POWERBOMBS HIM ONTO MATT HARDY! Matt is down and out as both men look to finish him off...

But the Hurricane appears on the top rope! He points at both the War Raiders who look confused as he dives off the top rope and catches both men off-guard with a diving dropkick! Matt falls to the mat and rolls out of the ring for the moment. The Hurricane gets pumped up as he jumps on Rowe and hits him with the hurricane press! He lays into Rowe really pummelling one-half of the tag team champions.Hanson gets back to his feet and drags the Hurricane off of Rowe. Hurricane, however, fights back and GRABS HANSON BY THE THROAT! Rowe gets up but Hurricane GRABS HIM BY THE THROAT AS WELL... which of course fails as both men swat him away like a fly. Hanson grabs the Hurricane tossing him into the air as Rowe catches him and hits him with THOR'S HAMMER! Rowe makes the cover


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The War Raiders are not done yet as they look over at the table set up in the corner of the ring and drag The Hurricane to his feet by the throat. Rowe and Hanson take a few seconds to pull the dead weight across the ring before they hit the Hurricane with a DOUBLE CHOKESLAM THROUGH THE TABLE! Rowe pulls the Hurricane out of the rubble and makes the cover as Hanson runs off the ropes and wipes out Matt Hardy with a SUICIDE DIVE!

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Winners via pinfall and still Smackdown tag team champions: The War Raiders (4:17)

Mercifully this one is over. The referee makes his way to Rowe as he lifts his hand into the air as the commentary team put over the dominance shown by the pair tonight and whilst the two veterans put up a fight, they were no match for the War Raiders in this kind of chaotic environment. Bray gets up from his chair at ringside as he grabs the Smackdown tag team titles and slides into the ring handing them both to Rowe and Hanson. On the outside, we can see Matt struggling to his feet as he sees what happened to his friend Shane Helms. In the ring, however, we can hear Bray says something to the War Raiders and they slide to the outside. Byron says there is no need for this but Corey tells him that Bray wants to send a message to the entire Smackdown Live roster tonight!

Hanson and Rowe slide out of the ring as they surround a dazed Matt Hardy. Matt is smart enough to know he is in trouble and starts desperately trying to fight back! However, he doesn't last long against the two behemoths as they batter the hell out of Matt Hardy. Hanson flattens him with a sit-out
DOUBLE UNDERHOOK POWERBOMB onto the ring floor. Rowe meanwhile looks under the ring and pulls out another table! He sets it up on the outside and makes his way back over to Hanson as both men grab Matt Hardy by the throat and PUT HIM THROUGH THE TABLE WITH A DOUBLE CHOKESLAM AS WELL!

Total destruction by the War Raiders tonight as pose over Matt Hardy's prone body looking as dominant as ever with Corey and Byron wondering who will be able to stop them. We then cut to a quick network ad that hypes up the upcoming Summerslam PPV in Toronto Canada in 5 weeks! We then cut back to the commentary team who inform us up next is the main event for the evening as Kofi Kingston defends his WWE title against Randy Orton! We cut to a video package that is set to Vicious by Halestorm. The package focuses on the history of these two men and their feud going all the way back to 2008. It goes over all the big moments as it shows Kofi destroying his car, beating CM Punk and Orton in the same night, the Boom drop in MSG before it quickly cuts to the STUPID STUPID STUPID moment and focuses on Orton RKOing him.

The package carries on showing Kofi having to work his way back up and his midcard title reigns over the years and his numerous tag team title runs with different partners. We then see Randy Orton having title run after title run as we hear Randy's comments calling Kofi great but reminding us he was the legend killer but now he is the legend. We then cut to Orton's return RKOing Kofi before once again showing Kofi beating down Orton through the years and even showing Kofi destroying Orton's special car before we hear Kofi tell Orton he will beat him because he has to before we cut back to the ring ready for the main event.


*VOICES*

Randy Orton slowly makes his way to the ring, taking his time as he gets mostly boos from the crowd but a few cheers due to being Randy Orton. He has an evil smirk on his face as he walks to the ring taking his time. Corey Graves on commentary talks about the hall of fame career Orton has had already and reminds us he is a 13 time World champion. Byron counters Corey, telling him Kofi has faced Orton before and knows what he is in for.

Big E: Ooooooh Philadelphia. Don't you dare be sour, clap for your world famous WWE champion and feel the power!


*NEW DAY, NEW WAY*

The whole of the New Day make their way to the top of the entrance ramp as Kofi Kingston the WWE champion stands front and center. Both Big E and Xavier Woods are hyping their boy up ahead of one of the biggest matches of his career as he looks to overcome the man who stopped his rise in the past. Kofi turns to them giving the pair a hug before they head backstage leaving their boy to handle his business.

As Kofi Kingston is walking to the ring he stares at Randy Orton, ready to kick his ass as he takes him time getting into the ring. Byron Saxton comments that Kofi is focused on not just defeating Randy tonight but making sure he stays WWE champion. Corey gives Kofi credit calling him a fighting champion but Randy Orton is on another level compared to most world champions. Kofi passes the referee the WWE title as they do the usual pre-match announcements before getting the main event underway.


WWE title match: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Randy Orton

As soon as the bell rings, Kofi charges at Randy Orton and lays into the challenger as he looks to get Orton back for the attacks on his friend Xavier Woods. Randy gets trapped in the corner of the ring as Kofi mounts the Viper and starts laying into him. Kofi gets off about 10 punches before backing away and follows up with a European Uppercut! Kofi grabs Orton as he tosses him out of the corner and runs off the ropes connecting with a splash. Kofi makes the cover 1 Orton kicks out! Kofi will have to do a lot more to put away the 13-time World champion tonight. Kofi climbs on top of Orton as he looks to lay into the Viper and keep control of the match! After a few shots, he climbs off Orton and looks to go for a jumping double foot stomp but Orton smartly rolls out of the way and out of the ring! Orton gets boos for taking a breather but Kofi thinking quickly sprints to the top rope and dives onto Randy Orton hitting him with a SLINGSHOT TOPE CON HILO wiping out the Viper out!

Loud cheers from the crowd as Kofi looks fired up in the opening stages of this match. Kofi grabs hold of Randy and rolls him back into the ring as Byron Saxton gives Kofi credit for keeping the fast pace up and overwhelming Randy Orton in the opening stages of this contest. Orton in the ring gets to his feet as Kofi positions himself on the top rope and hits a diving chop dropping Randy Orton! Kofi makes the cover 1 2 Orton kicks out! The crowd once again gets behind Kofi who has been all over Randy Orton so far in this match as he runs off the ropes and connects with a basement dropkick sending Randy back down to the mat as Kofi makes another cover. 1 2 Orton kicks out! Kofi gets to his feet looking to keep up the pressure but as he goes for a hip toss Orton fights back hitting Kofi with a European uppercut! Randy looks to charge at Kofi but Kofi leapfrogs over Orton and runs off the ropes hitting Orton with a hurricanrana!

Orton gets to his feet a little dazed as Kofi runs off the ropes and takes him down with one of his signature double-handed chops before running the ropes again and catches Orton with another double-handed chop! Kofi is getting pumped up as he runs off the ropes and goes for the BOOM DROP but Orton moves out of the way causing Kofi to crash and burn! Orton smiles as he looks to pounce as he catches a rising Kofi Kingston with a DDT planting Kofi to the mat. Orton though smirks and doesn't make the cover, knowing he has to do some more damage to Kofi to win this match!

Orton makes his way down to the mat and starts to work over Kofi as he locks him in a headlock and starts to wear down Kofi, looking to slow down the pace. Luckily for the fans however Orton doesn't keep the headlock in too long as he drags Kofi off the mat keeping it locked in before transitioning into a one-hand bulldog. Orton makes the cover 1 2 Kofi kicks out! Orton though remains calm as he smiles to himself, almost like he is going to enjoy picking Kofi apart! Orton would then start up the GARVIN STOMP as he makes his way to each of Kofi's limbs and looks to pick him apart one limb at a time!

Randy Orton finishes the Garvin stomp off as he makes his way to the head of Kofi and jumps into the air hitting him with the jumping knee drop to the skull! Kofi clutches his head as Orton lets out an evil smirk as he feels in control of the match. He once again gets Kofi in a headlock looking to work over him but Kofi thinking quickly uses his agility to get his feet to the ropes and puts Orton into a pinning predicament! 1 2 Orton kicks out and is forced to break the hold! Orton looks furious Kofi was able to counter him and goes to attack Kofi but the champion reacts quickly leapfrogging over the Viper Randy Orton and connects with a dropkick planting Orton. Kofi leaps into the air and plants Orton in the chest with a jumping elbow drop. Kofi makes the cover 1 2 Orton kicks out! Kofi gets to his feet as he once again looks to keep up the high pace, running off the ropes and connecting with a running soccer kick to the chest!

Orton clutches his chest as Kofi takes a moment before running off the ropes and hitting Orton with a second kick, this time to the head planting Randy Orton! Kofi makes the cover 1 2 Orton kicks out! Orton as soon as he kicks out, rolls out of the ring as he once again looks to get away from the fast-paced offense of Kofi Kingston. Kofi once again looks to keep the pace up as he runs off the ropes and goes for a SUICIDE DIVE... BUT ORTON MOVES OUT OF THE WAY CAUSING KOFI TO CRASH AND BURN! Orton lets out a cocky smirk as he looks at the fallen Kofi Kingston who is in a lot of pain after crashing and burning on his suicide dive attempt! Orton bends down and calls Kofi “STUPID” getting boos from the live crowd. Randy drags Kofi up off the ring floor and Irish whips Kofi into the barricade as he now looks to take complete control. The referee gets to a 4 count in the ring as Randy Orton being the veteran he is, makes his way back inside the ring and slides back out knowing he can't win the WWE title by countout.

He slowly makes his way back to Kofi, who is still in a lot of pain after crashing and burning as Orton sends him into the barricade and starts laying into him with several punches! Orton though lets out an evil smirk as he drags Kofi to his feet and hits a BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX ONTO THE BARRICADE! Kofi's shouts out in clear pain after being dropped back first onto the barricade. The sadistic Viper lets out an evil smirk as he looks to carry on his attack. He grabs hold of Kofi and drags him towards the ring before rolling him inside as he slowly stalks his prey. Once inside the ring Orton looks to zero in on the damage he has done and grabs hold of Kofi as he locks him in a bow and arrow hold as he targets Kofi's back! Orton wrenches back on the hold as Kofi is clearly in a lot of pain!

Orton meanwhile is smiling as he enjoys torturing the champion! Orton after keeping it in for a good half a minute lets go of it but makes sure to stomp on Kofi's back, inflicting even more pain to the champion! Orton takes a moment as he thinks about his next move as he stands behind Kofi and instead of his usual forearms to the chest, he lays into Kofi's back with several forearms. Orton hammers away at the champion looking to damage Kofi 's back further but Kofi counters with a back elbow stunning Orton for a moment! Kofi looks to get up to his feet struggling due to his back as he takes down Orton with an enzguiri dropping Orton though he has to take a moment once again selling the damage to his back. Kofi looks to run off the ropes carrying on the attack but ORTON CATCHES HIM AND HITS THE SCOOP POWERSLAM! Vintage Orton as Michael Cole would say! Orton makes the cover 1 2 Kofi kicks out! Corey Graves on commentary mentions the damage it will do to Kofi's back each time he kicks out and the Viper will know this!

Randy bends over Kofi once again calling him stupid as he grabs Kofi and locks him in a headlock. He grinds Kofi down and starts working over him again before transitioning into a rest hold stretching Kofi's back. Orton once again looks to keep the pace slow and work over the champion. Kofi is struggling and tries to fight out of the hold so Orton makes his way to his feet and hits Kofi with a neckbreaker sending Kofi right back down the mat! Orton goes right back to work and starts once again grinding down Kofi, really focusing his attack on the back of Kofi looking to hurt the champion! Orton is getting boos from the crowd as he transitions from the headlocks into a full nelson hold pulling the arms of Kofi back before he slams him down to the mat with a thud. Orton makes the cover 1 2 Kofi kicks out! Orton is starting to get a little frustrated by Kofi's resilience in this match!

Orton makes his way to the leg of Kofi as he flips him over onto his front and locks him in a Boston crab working over the back of Kofi causing even more pain to the champion as he really wrenches the back of Kofi! Kofi is in a lot of pain in the center of the ring as the commentary wonder if Kofi is going to be forced to tap out! Kofi though refuses to give in, least of all to Randy Orton tonight and starts to crawl to the ropes as he looks for a way out of the hold! Kofi is struggling and in a lot of pain but he is inches away from the ropes and is about to get his fingertips on the ropes as Orton breaks the hold! Orton quickly follows up by hitting a jumping double knee drop onto Kofi's back! Kofi once again cries out in pain as Orton bends over Kofi and calls him stupid for not tapping out. Orton then grabs Kofi by the legs and once again locks the Boston Crab in the center of the ring as he looks to carry on the torture!

Kofi is once again in big trouble as he teases tapping in the center of the ring but Kofi refuses to give in that easily! He clenches his fist and fights through the pain as once again he starts to make his way to the ropes! Kofi fights and fights through the pain as he reaches out for the bottom rope! Orton wrenches back extra hard one last time but Kofi makes it to the bottom rope forcing the break! Orton though keeps the hold on till the count of 4 really looking to ramp up the damage to the back of the WWE champion! Orton is now starting to get angry at the fact Kofi refuses to give in. Orton shakes his head and can be heard muttering “STUPID, STUPID” to himself before turning around to face the downed Kofi who is struggling to his feet as he stalks his prey and starts banging the mat as he prepares for the RKO! He lines Kofi up and strikes... but KOFI COUNTERS WITH A SOS!


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Orton kicks out at 2.9!

Orton just about survived the surprise move and he looks furious! Meanwhile, Kofi struggles up to his feet holding his back as Orton charges at Kofi but Kofi thinking quickly hits Orton with a hurricanrana sending him across the ring! Kofi then charges at Orton and catches him with a jawbreaker! Kofi makes the cover 1 2 Orton kicks out! Kofi takes a few moments to get back up as he sells the damage done to his back throughout this match! Kofi looks to tough through the pain as he runs off the ropes but the Viper strikes quickly sending him over the ropes with a clothesline! Randy Orton then looks at the prone Kofi Kingston on the ring apron and looks to drag him up to his feet as he takes a few seconds before planting Kofi with the HANGING MIDDLE ROPE DDT! Kofi's head is planted into the mat as Orton rolls him over and makes the cover

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Kofi kicks out!

Orton snarls as he looks annoyed Kofi will not stay down in this match! Orton climbs on top of Kofi at this point and just unloads on the champion! Orton starts battering the WWE champion with several brutal mounted punches to the head, as he looks to kill Kofi's fight tonight! Orton gets to his feet as he takes a moment to pose for the crowd as he stretches his arms out in the air. Orton is getting cocky. He makes his way back over to his prey as he drags him up to his feet as he looks for the R...KOFI COUNTERS WITH A LEAPING BACK ELBOW SENDING ORTON BACKWARDS! Kofi wastes no time as he hits Orton with a reverse roundhouse kick sending Orton to the mat! Kofi knows how lethal the RKO is and keeps finding ways to avoid being hit by it! Kofi knows he can't keep this up forever. Especially with the state his back is in and looks to go high risk! He climbs to the top rope as he takes a few moments to steady himself due to his back before HITTING A TOP ROPE BOOM DROP! KOFI HOOKS THE LEG!

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ORTON KICKS OUT!

Kofi takes a moment to get to his feet but refuses to get upset at Orton kicking out. He is fueled by the power of positivity and refuses to let this setback get him down. He moves away from Randy as he sizes him up in the center of the ring as he gets ready to hit TROUBLE IN PARAD... ORTON DODGES AND CONNECTS WITH THE RKO OUTTA NOWHERE! Orton makes the cover

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KOFI GETS HIS FOOT ON THE ROPES!

Randy Orton looks confused and wonders why the referee is not counting to 3 but then he sees Kofi's foot and realizes! Randy, however, does react well as he just starts stomping Kofi on the mat looking to batter the WWE champion, angry he dared survive the RKO! He stomps and stomps on the back of Kofi until the referee is forced to pull him back as he warns the Viper he will disqualify him! Kofi meanwhile using all of his energy manages to crawl to the corner of the ring as Randy has a face full of rage and venom. Orton heads to the opposite corner of the ring and HIS MOUTH STARTS TO FOAM AS HE SETS UP FOR THE DREADED PUNT KICK!

KOFI IS OUT OF IT IN THE CORNER AS ORTON IS LOOKING TO END HIS CAREER

RANDY CHARGES IN...

BUT KOFI COUNTERS WITH A PENDULUM OVERHEAD KICK OUT OF THE CORNER!

RANDY STUMBLES BACK!

AS KOFI FLIES OUT OF THE CORNER AND HITS TROUBLE IN PARADISE!

KOFI MAKES THE COVER!

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KOFI KINGSTON RETAINS!

Winner via pinfall and still WWE champion: Kofi Kingston (20:47)

Kofi doesn't move when the bell rings as he lays down on the mat next to Randy Orton, having pulled out of the win after a last-ditch counter. The crowd meanwhile go wild happy that Kofi was able to retain and overcome Randy Orton tonight! Kofi slowly gets to his feet as the referee passes him his WWE title. The Viper Randy Orton meanwhile slides out of the ring and walks to the back looking furious as he leaves as he holding his head. Orton disappears and Kofi stands in the ring celebrating for a while as he rolls out of the ring and celebrates with some of the fans at ringside as we see The New Day sprint down the ramp and they join their boy at ringside as all 3 men give each other a massive hug! Big E and Xavier Woods raise Kofi onto their shoulders as Byron puts over the friendship between these 3 men and how much Kofi winning will mean to them as well as him. The 3 men carrying on celebrating at ringside when...

*THE TRUTH REIGNS*

A loud pop though we get a small number of boos as the number one contender for the WWE title at Summerslam Roman Reigns makes his way out onto the entrance ramp. The whole of the New Day turn their attention to the entrance ramp as they see Roman Reigns stood there staring at them as the show comes to end with Roman Reigns and Kofi Kingston staring each other down ahead of their WWE title match as Summerslam!


Matchcard for Summerslam:
August 11th

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


WWE title match:
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Roman Reigns

Raw Women's title match:
Becky Lynch (c) vs Sonya Deville or Kairi Sane or Sasha Banks or Bayley

Smackdown Women's title match:
Becky Lynch (c) vs Asuka

Cruiserweight title match:
Rey Mysterio (c) vs Oney Lorcan or Akira Tozawa or Tony Nese or Noam Dar

Past vs Future:
Goldberg vs Matt Riddle

EWR Rating:

63%
 
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WWE News:
Shane Helms will be staying with WWE
Last night saw Shane Helms return to in-ring action making an appearance as the Hurricane. Shane Helms is currently working in a backstage role as a producer but he filled in as Matt Hardy's tag team partner at last minute due to Jeff Hardy's injury. Don't expect this to be a full-time return and this was a one-off appearance to give the fans a pop on the show due to Jeff's injury coming so close to the PPV. Matt Hardy's short-term future is unknown as once again Jeff Hardy is out for the next few months.
 

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@Char Aznable will be shocked by this episode's ending :side:

Monday Night Raw:
July 8th:
Newark, New Jersey


Monday Night Raw starts with the usual video introduction before we cut to Michael Cole and Big Show on commentary who welcome us to a stacked Monday Night Raw. Big Show runs down the card for tonight making sure to remind the fans that the main event will be Aleister Black taking on Seth Rollins for the Universal title. Michael Cole tells us that right now however we will see the Cruiserweight division in action as we will learn who will be facing Rey Mysterio for the Cruiserweight title at Summerslam!

*WIN IT ALL*

Tony Nese makes his way out to the ring getting cheers from the crowd and a few woos from the ladies in the crowd as he shows off his great abs. He poses for the crowd as Michael Cole tells us he is one of two former Cruiserweight champions in this match and will be looking to get back to the top of the Cruiserweight division tonight.

*COMBATIVE*

Oney Lorcan makes his way out next getting boos from the live crowd as he marches to the ring at a high pace. Big Show puts over how angry Oney Lorcan has been ever since joining Monday Night Raw and his hard-hitting style might give him the edge tonight.

*STRAWBERRY MOON*

Akira Tozawa makes his way out next to a small pop from the crowd as he starts shouting “AHA AHA” as he walks to the ring trying to get the crowd excited. Michael Cole mentions his ally in recent times Brian Kendrick is on the shelf leaving Akira all alone but he reminds us that Akira is a former Cruiserweight champion in his own right!

*WEEKEND ROCKSTAR*

And the last man to make his way out is the Scottish Supernova Noam Dar. The cocky young superstar is chewing gum as he walks to the ring and is full of himself as always. Big Show on commentary talks about the damage someone like Dar can do to your legs and tells us his submissions might make him the perfect person to beat Rey Mysterio. Noam Dar steps in the ring and he makes sure to walk over to Akira Tozawa. He chews gum in his face as Akira is not bothered by this. Noam Dar reacts to this by spitting his gum in Akria's face! Akira finally cares and punches him in the face! Oney Lorcan takes that as his signal to get the match started attacking Nese and the referee realizing he won't be able to get this under control calls for the bell getting this match underway.

Match 1: Number one contender's fatal 4-way match: Tony Nese vs Oney Lorcan vs Akira Tozawa vs Noam Dar

Match summary: This match is a fast chaotic affair as all 4 men give it their all to make it to Summerslam. The early stages of the match resemble two separate singles matches with Oney Lorcan pairing off with recent rival Tony Nese whilst Akira Tozawa pairs off with Noam Dar. After the opening 5 minutes, we are left with Akira Tozawa and Tony Nese in control as they face off in the center of the ring. After a little exchange between the two, the match breaks down into the normal fatal 4-way chaos with each man looking close to winning at different points. However, in the closing stages, Tony Nese takes care of Noam Dar but Akira Tozawa catches him with a bridging German suplex which Oney breaks at 2. He tosses Nese from the ring and hits a half and half suplex on Akira. Oney makes the cover 1 2 3 Oney Lorcan is going to Summerslam!

Winner via pinfall: Oney Lorcan (11:13)

Oney Lorcan gets to his feet as Noam Dar was this close to breaking it up but he couldn't make it into the ring in time to make the save! Oney meanwhile pulls his hand away from the referee and gives him a death glare as he marches up the ramp happy to have gotten the job done. On the outside, we can see Tony Nese shaking his head looking disappointed to have come up short whilst Dar being the cocky prick he is can be heard muttering this was Akira's fault as the camera cuts back to the number one contender for the Cruiserweight title at Summerslam Oney Lorcan who looks angry and focused.

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When we return from the commercial break as we see Renee Young walking backstage as she catches up to the new number one contender for the Cruiserweight title Oney Lorcan who still looks to be in a bad mood as she approaches him.

Renee Young: Oney can I ask you a few questions?

Oney just gives her an angry glare not saying a word. Renee is unsure how to react so carries on anyway.

Renee Young: Um a massive win for you tonight and a massive opportunity as you will be competing at the biggest party of the summer. What are your thoughts ahead of Summerslam?

Oney just stares angrily at her so Renee asks another question.

Renee Young: What do you think of your opponent at Summerslam Rey Mysterio?

Oney just glares at Renee before speaking.

Oney Lorcan: Rey Mysterio is a legend of this business. He paved the way for people like me.

Renee Young: Those are very kind words for your opponent...

Oney Lorcan: But it doesn't matter what he did in the past because I'm going to destroy him! I am going to end the legend of Rey Mysterio and be the ONE at the top of the division.

Oney Lorcan storms off still not in a good mood even after earning himself a shot at the cruiserweight title. We then cut elsewhere as we can see Curt Hawkins sat down on a bench drinking from a water bottle looking really nervous. He is shaking his head clearly worried ahead of his match with AJ Styles later on tonight. We then see JeyUso and Zack Ryder walk over to their friend and take a seat on opposite sides of him.

Zack Ryder: Listen bro, don't sweat it. You have got this.

Curt Hawkins: Dude I am about to take on a former United States champion, a former World champion. He is the Phenomenal one and I am just a loser.

Jey Uso: Uce you need to stop talking about yourself like that. You are a former tag team champion and tonight you can beat AJ Styles!

Curt Hawkins: How am I going to beat AJ Styles? I'm not on his level.

Zack Ryder: Dude you have no chance of doing it when you talk like that. Look at me.

Curt Hawkins turns to Zack and stares directly into his eyes.

Zack Ryder: If you keeping thinking like that you have no chance. You need to start believing in yourself.

Curt just sits there for a moment as he slowly nods taking Zack's words on board.

Curt Hawkins: OK I will start trying to believe in myself.

Jey Uso: You have to really mean it Uce. You can't doubt yourself this much. Trust us.

Curt Hawkins: Guys I know you are trying to help me but I need some time on my own OK?

Zack Ryder: Alright bro but we will be there at ringside with you deal?

Zack Ryder sticks his fist out for a fist bump which Curt Hawkins accepts letting out a small smile. Zack Ryder and Jey Uso walk off as Curt Hawkins's smile fades and he is back to being upset once again.

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*DOMINANCE*

We return from the commercial break with Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush making their way to the ring. Lio Rush makes sure to hype the monstrous Bobby Lashley up to anyone who will listen in the crowd. Michael Cole says Bobby Lashley is looking to get back on track after losing out on the Universal title at Stomping Grounds. Lashley climbs into the ring looking as stoic as ever whilst Rush keeps up his antics on the outside of the ring.

*GO HARD*

Mustafa Ali makes his way out getting a good pop from the live crowd as he does his normal pose when suddenly he gets attacked from behind by AJ STYLES! AJ Styles hits Mustafa Ali with a bunch of clubbing blows but the heart of Monday Night Raw starts fighting back! However, as soon as it looks like Ali might be able to fight back, The Club storm out and both men attack Mustafa Ali putting a beatdown on Ali!

In the ring Lio Rush being the cocky little shit he is can't help but laugh at Mustafa Ali for getting destroyed by The Club whilst Bobby Lashley just watches on stoic as ever. Both members of The Club lift Mustafa Ali up into the air and plant him with the Magic Killer! We now see a swarm of referees coming out as they tell The Club they need to head to the back. AJ Styles just lets out a cocky smirk as do his boys Gallows and Anderson.

Lio in the ring tells his main man he might just have the night off which Lashley doesn't seem bothered by as he stands there waiting. In the meantime, the referees are speaking to Mustafa Ali as a bunch of medics come over to check on him. The medics want to take him to the back but Ali pushes them away and refuses treatment. He struggles to his feet and walks to the ring. Paige comes out at this point sans her usual entrance as she looks to speak to Mustafa Ali.

Paige tells Ali she will find a new opponent for Lashley tonight. Mustafa Ali shakes his head saying he still wants to fight. Paige tries to argue but Ali gets up to his feet saying he will fight either Lashley or The Club. Paige shakes her head before she tells the medics to be ready after the match and allows Mustafa Ali to head to the ring. Ali nods and runs down the ramp. Ali then springboards off the ropes and catches Lashley off-guard with a dropkick! The referee calls for the bell as this match gets underway!


Match 2: Mustafa Ali vs Bobby Lashley w/Lio Rush

Match summary: Lio Rush slides out of the ring though he shouts at the referee for allowing Lashley to get cheap shotted before the bell. Ali goes at a faster pace than usual, trying to end this match quickly as he overwhelms Lashley with a flurry of high-flying offense. He even gets Lashley in position for the 054 but as Ali flies off Rush shouts for Lashley to move causing Ali to crash and burn! From there Lashley takes full control of the match and batters Mustafa Ali. This goes on for about a minute before Lashley ends it with a running powerslam for the win!

Winner via pinfall: Bobby Lashley (3:48)

Bobby Lashley stands tall in the ring as he looking every bit the monster of a man he is as Mustafa Ali is down and out on the mat after not just a beating from the Club but also fighting Bobby Lashley. Michael Cole puts over the heart of Mustafa Ali but Big Show wonders if him fighting Lashley was a good idea after what the Club did. Now on the entrance ramp, Lio Rush starts talking trash to the fans as he hypes his boy up once again. Mustafa Ali in the ring struggles to his feet, selling the damage done to him during this match as he gets a good reaction from the live crowd. As he heads up the ramp it is clear to see he ain't happy. We then cut backstage as we see Charly Caruso stood ready for an interview.

Charly Caruso: Would you please welcome my guest at this time, the United States champion Samoa Joe.

Samoa Joe walks into the interview area looking very smug as he has the US title on his shoulder, now champion for 125 days.

Charly Caruso: A lot of people are wondering what is next for you on Monday Night Raw after beating Chad Gable.

Samoa Joe: The champion is always ready. But everyone else is running scared! They see me holding this belt and they know the future that awaits them. Look what happened to Rhyno after he faced me! There is no one stronger than me on this brand! No one who is a bigger monster than me. And no one can stop me!

Samoa Joe walks off having sent a message to the entire Raw roster as we cut back to the commentary team who also wonder if anyone will be able to stop Samoa Joe's United States title reign?

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When we return from the commercial break, we can see the Bollywood Boyz sat on what looks like a cheap movie set as they turn around to face the camera with big goofy smiles on their face and take off their sunglasses.

Sunil Singh: Hello guys.

Samir Singh: As you can see we on set for yet another feature production.

Sunil Singh: As top Bollywood stars we are very busy.

Samir Singh: Week in week out we are on set performing in the next top Bollywood movies.

Sunil Singh: But we took time out of our busy schedule

Samir Singh: And it is a busy schedule.

Sunil Singh: Out of the kindness of our hearts we came to Rey's Cruiserweight title ceremony to bring some much-needed prestige.

Samir Sunil: And how does his son treat us?

Sunil Singh: With total disrespect.

Samir Singh: So next week we want a tag team match with Rey Mysterio and his son.

Sunil Singh: And being the stars we are, we will get what we want.

Samir Singh: Now if you excuse us, we have to be a film to finish.

Both the Singh brothers get off their chairs and head onto the set as we cut back to the commentary team at ringside with Michael Cole and Big Show mocking the pair. Both men wonder what it would be like to see Rey's son in action though Big Show mentions that Dominick is still in training and is still learning how to be wrestler which Rey Mysterio has made clear time and time again. Big Show adds he thinks the Singh Brothers know this as well and want a handicap match with Rey Mysterio!

*TOP ONE PERCENT*

EC3 makes his way to the ring next getting boos from the fans as he looks as cocky as ever. Drake Maverick joins him as he has his arm outstretched in front of him, with a phone out as the pair mock Tyler Breeze's signature entrance! Michael Cole on commentary reminds us of what happened last week, with Drake Maverick being the difference in EC3's match with Tyler Breeze. EC3 gets into the ring as Drake carries on mocking Tyler Breeze pulling faces and taking “selfies”.

EC3: Last week, I showed you what true money looks like. See Tyler Breeze thinks he is the model of what a superstar should be but...

EC3 strikes a few poses as Drake Maverick carries on taking pictures of himself and EC3 annoying the crowd.

EC3: Just look at me. I have the best body money can by

Michael Cole (on commentary): Does he realize what he just said?

EC3: See you may have your looks but I have you beat there. And I also have more money then you will have in your life and more talent then you could ever dream of having.

Boos from the crowd, for the arrogance being shown as Drake, nods along and takes one more selfie.

EC3: But last week proved one thing. I came to this brand with a purpose and that is to pick up victory after victory after victory after...

*#MMMGORGEOUS*

Tyler Breeze makes his way out to the top of the ramp without his usual selfie stick but instead has a microphone. He is also dressed in a nice shirt and jeans or whatever the height of fashion is at the moment as he looks to address Drake Maverick and EC3 in the ring.

Tyler Breeze: You two do know that jealousy is an ugly trait. But I suppose it would fit you two uggos perfectly!

Cheers from the crowd as Drake Maverick and EC3 look furious in the ring, taking offense to being called ugly.

Tyler Breeze: EC3 you can talk about victories but the only reason you beat me last week is your little troll doll next to you!

Drake Maverick: What did you call me?

EC3 grabs hold of Drake calming him down as he looks to speak.

EC3: Whether Drake got involved or not, I would have beaten you because I'm the better man in every single way.

Boos from the crowd as EC3 once again starts posing in the ring.

Tyler Breeze: If you say so. But EC3 I want a rematch.

EC3: Why should I give you a rematch? I have already done enough for charity this month.

Tyler Breeze: Cute. But I don't just want to fight you. No, I want to take both you and Drake Maverick on at the same time.

Both EC3 and Drake Maverick let out a chuckle as they look at each other.

EC3: So you couldn't beat me and now you want to try beating both of us?

Tyler Breeze: You heard the prince. Me versus you two next week in a handicap match and both you will learn the power of true beauty.

EC3: You're on but after next week, you will be a stepping stone for me as I carry on getting victory after victory after victory!

EC3 tosses the microphone down as he and Drake Maverick pose in the ring whilst Tyler Breeze smirks, acting surprisingly confident ahead of a potential handicap match next week on Monday Night Raw. We then see the Boss and one-half of the WWE Women's tag team champions Sasha Banks making her way to the ring! Michael Cole tells us it's BOSS TIME after the commercial break.

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*SKY'S THE LIMIT*

Sasha Banks makes her way out with the Women's tag team title in one hand and the Money in the Bank briefcase in the other. She has a cocky swagger in her step as in the corner of the screen we see a pre-recorded promo coming from the Boss.

Sasha Banks: Tonight the Boss gets one step closer to Summerslam. Kairi may have become friends with Bayley whilst I was gone but I am Bayley's best friend and I don't mind stepping over Kairi to get what I want. And very soon you'll be calling me Banks3belts!

We cut back to Sasha in the ring as the commentary team reminds us that if she wins the Raw Women's championship she could then cash in for the Smackdown Women's championship straight after!

*THE NEXT VOYAGE*

Kairi Sane makes her way out next also getting a good reaction from the fans as she looks at Sasha Banks through her telescope as she has her eyes on the prize, a chance to fight Becky Lynch at Summerslam. She starts walking to the ring as we also hear from Kairi Sane in a pre-recorded promo.

Kairi Sane: Tonight I get to fight someone I respect in Sasha Banks. And when I win, I am going to go to Summerslam and taking the gold! I have my eyes on the treasure.

The short promo ends as we see Kairi Sane step into the ring as she comes face to with Sasha Banks as the referee calls for the bell getting the match underway!

Match 3: Sasha Banks vs Kairi Sane

Match Summary: Kairi starts the match by offering Sasha Banks a handshake. Sasha takes a moment to accept it before cheap shotting Kairi Sane! Sasha Banks then jumps on Kairi as she lays into her with an aggressive assault catching the pirate princess off-guard. Sasha stays in control but Kairi fights back and really lays into Banks with some hard kicks, angry at the cheap shot at the start of the match from someone who she thought better of.

From there it turns into a back and forth match between the pair as both women show why they are two of the best wrestlers in the company. Sasha Banks is even taken aback by how good Kairi Sane is as the former NXT women's champion lays into her with several kicks and strikes really bringing it. Kairi manages to lock in the anchor on Sasha Banks but she makes it to the ropes in time to force a break. Kairi breaks it on the count of 2 as she backs away.

Sasha though is clutching her ankle as she calls the referee over. Kairi makes her way over to carry on the attack but the referee asks her to back off as he checks on the condition of Sasha Banks. Kairi herself looks a little concerned but Sasha suddenly pushes away the referee and hits a dropkick stunning Kairi! Sasha quickly follows it up as she hits Kairi Sane with BANKRUPT! Sasha Banks makes the cover 1 2 3 Sasha Banks advances to the final thanks to her cheap trick!

Winner via pinfall: Sasha Banks (13:04)

Sasha Banks gets to her feet as noticeably she gets a mixed reaction due to her faking an injury to defeat Kairi Sane tonight. Sasha doesn't care though as she celebrates her victory tonight and gloats to the crowd calling herself the boss. She demands the referee pass her not only the Women tag team title but the Money in the Bank briefcase as she gloats. Meanwhile, Kairi Sane who has now recovered looks pretty upset to have been deceived not once but twice by Sasha Banks. Sasha though shows no remorse as she walks up the ramp, as smug as ever.

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When we return from the commercial break we see Aleister Black is sat down in a dark room on a chair as he looks at the camera. He is in a black shirt and jeans as he looks at the camera.

Aleister Black: Seth Rollins, I want you to know this. I do respect you.

Black pauses before carrying on.

Aleister Black: Just because I see the darkness in you doesn't me I don't respect your ability or the champion you have become. You see I'm a big believer in duality.

Black rises from his chair and starts to walk around the room.

Aleister Black: No man is truly good and no man is truly evil. We all have our demons...

Clips of Seth Rollins turning on the SHIELD, threatening to cripple Edge to bring back the authority and pulling off the heist of the century at Wrestlemania 31.

Aleister Black: But we all have our own heroic moments...

Clips of Seth Rollins saving Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns from attacks whilst trying to regain their trust, defeating HHH at Wrestlemania 33 and lastly defeating Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 35.

Aleister Black: However tonight that doesn't matter. I came to fight the best fighters in the world. And after I laid waste to the competition in NXT, I came to Raw.

Clips of his time in NXT as he defeated superstars such as Velveteen Dream, Johnny Gargano and even Mr. Money in the Bank Andrade Cien Almas!

Aleister Black: And tonight, I want you to give everything Seth. I am looking for a fight and tonight the devil on my back will be quenched as I become Universal champion as you will fade...

Clips of Aleister Black hitting superstar after superstar after superstar with the Black Mass.

Aleister Black: Fade to Black!

Aleister takes a seat back on his chair and goes back to meditating as we cut to Renee Young who walks up to The Club who are laughing and joking with each other backstage.

Renee Young: AJ, Luke, Karl. Why did you attack Mustafa Ali before his match earlier tonight?

AJ Styles: Why Renee? Because we can! That disrespectful punk thinks that a fluke pinfall over me means anything? He got lucky. Look at my boys next to me.

Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows lift their Raw tag team titles into the air.

AJ Styles: They are two-time tag team champions. And me? I am a former two-time WWE champion and a former United States champion. I mean I'm simply Phenomenal! Mustafa Ali is not on my level and needed to be put in his place! Now, are you done?

Renee Young: No I have one more question AJ. Shouldn't you be preparing for your match later on tonight against Curt Hawkins?

All 3 members of the Club stare at Renee Young blankly for a few seconds before they burst out laughing.

AJ Styles (still laughing): Oh Renee, you crack me up. Prepare for Curt Hawkins? Renee that match is going to be the easiest match of my life. I don't need to do any preparations to beat that loser. Come on boys lets go.

All 3 members of the Club walk off as Renee shakes her head as we see Karl Anderson come into the shot one more time.

Karl Anderson: AHAHAHAHA

Karl walks off as Renee shakes her head as the commentary team tell us after the commercial break we will see the second semi-final in the Raw Women's title tournament as Bayley takes on Sonya Deville!

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*SQUARE UP*

Boos from the crowd as the former MMA fighter Sonya Deville makes her way out to the ring and she looks ready for a fight. She looks focused as we see get a picture in picture promo from Sonya Deville as she is stood with her tag team partner Mandy Rose.

Sonya Deville: Tonight I get the chance to avenge the injustice me and Mandy have suffered over the last couple of months.

Mandy Rose: Week in week out, our names have been dragged through the mud!

Sonya Deville: But tonight, I might just do what I'm accused of doing and when I win the final, I am taking the Raw Women's title from Becky Lynch.

Mandy Rose: You may have beaten one former MMA star but this one has been wrestling far longer then Ronda ever did and has never been given the same opportunities as Ronda. When she gets her shot, she is taking the Raw Women's title.

Sonya Deville: And when we get our rightful rematch for the WWE Women's tag team titles, we will take those too!

We cut back to the ring as Sonya is jumping up and down on the spot, shadow boxing as she waits for Bayley.

*TURN IT UP*

Bayley makes her way out next holding her Women's tag team title in the air getting a decent pop from the live crowd. She has her eyes focused on the ring as Sonya stares at Bayley, daring her to come and fight. Bayley takes her time though keeping calm as we get a picture in picture promo from her as well.

Bayley: At Money in the Bank, Fire and Desire robbed me of the chance to become a money in the bank winner. You can deny it all you want but my best friend Sasha is right. Who else would have motive to attack me? And tonight I get the chance to get revenge on you, Sonya. I already beat Mandy and now I get to beat you as well.

The promo finishes as Bayley is now in the ring as she tells Sonya she is going to pay. Sonya, however, responds telling Bayley to shut up and square up, sick of the accusations over the last couple of months. The referee meanwhile calls for the bell getting this match underway.

Match 4: Bayley vs Sonya Deville

Match summary: Bayley and Sonya brawl in the early stages of the match, similar to the tag team titles match at Stomping Grounds 3 weeks ago. Once again this proves to be a bad plan on Bayley's part as Sonya takes control thanks to her superior striking game! Sonya starts working over one-half of the Women's tag team champions and grinds her down on the mat. Bayley is really struggling as Sonya puts her MMA experience to good use in this singles match and this time there is no Sasha for Bayley to tag in to save her! Bayley is really on the ropes as Sonya keeps working her over with several MMA strikes and also several submissions on the mat really grinding Bayley down.

Bayley though has too much heart to give in and each time Sonya gets a hold locked in she makes it to the ropes. Sonya is starting to get annoyed as she can't find a way to keep the former Raw Women's champion down for a 3 count or make her tap out. Sonya even has to be warned by the referee a few times for not breaking holds. In the end, Sonya looks to go for a kimura as she tries to break Bayley's arm! Bayley though out of desperation counters and rolls up Sonya! 1 2 3 Bayley picks up the win!

Winner via pinfall: Bayley (8:40)

Sonya kicks out at literally 3.01 but it is too late as Bayley rolls away quickly and gets her arm raised by the referee. Big Show and Michael Cole give Bayley credit for finding a way to survive. Sonya, however, isn't ready to give Bayley any credit and attacks Bayley from behind clubbing her! The crowd boos the hell out of Sonya for the cheap attack as the former MMA fighter is battering Bayley on the mat!

The crowd let out a “BOSS” chant as they wait for Sasha Banks to make the save but instead we see Mandy Rose run down the ramp as she looks to help Sonya beat down Bayley! Both women work over Bayley two on one. Bayley tries to fight back but she struggles due to the numbers game as the commentary team wonder where Sasha Banks is. The beating carries on for a little while until...


*SKY'S THE LIMIT*

Finally the BOSS Sasha Banks makes her way down to the ring with her Money in the Bank briefcase in hand! She runs down the aisle as she slides inside the ring and takes Mandy Rose's head off with the briefcase! Sonya turns around as she goes for a kick but Sasha dodges Sonya's strikes before swinging for Sonya's head but Mandy Rose on the outside pulls Sonya out of the ring, saving her friend!

Mandy helps Sonya to her feet as both members of Fire and Desire wisely retreat up the ramp now both members of the Boss 'n' Hug connection are in the ring! Sasha takes a few moments to trash talk to the retreating pair before she turns back to her tag team partner Bayley as she looks to make sure she is OK. Bayley is a little sore after the two on one attack by Fire and Desire but is able to get to her feet.

Bayley makes sure to give her best friend a hug and thanks her for the save. Big Show on commentary meanwhile reminds us that next week these two women are going to go head to head for the chance to fight Becky Lynch at Summerslam for the Raw Women's title! Michael Cole mentions we have seen these two collide in the past and tells us it promises to be a classic that we don't want to miss next week.


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When we return from the commercial break we see Charly Caruso stood ready for an interview.

Charly Caruso: Would you please welcome my guest at this time the Universal champion Seth Rollins.

The Universal champion walks into the shot with a big smile on his face as he has his Universal title belt on his shoulder, ready for his title defense in the main event later on tonight.

Charly Caruso: Seth in tonight's main event you are facing Aleister Black, someone who hasn't lost since in singles matches since coming to Monday Night Raw. How do you plan to beat him?

Seth Rollins: Well Charly, I always have a plan. I have been doing my research on him and he is one hell of a competitor. I have not just looked through his matches on Raw however but also his time in NXT. And I have a plan to beat him tonight.

Charly Caruso: How do you feel about facing such a tough challenger with Summerslam in 5 weeks and another title defense surely coming then?

Seth Rollins: I'm not thinking about Summerslam at the moment. I need to beat Black first. I will worry about Summerslam after tonight. But being a fighting champion means taking on all challengers and putting this title on the line whenever I'm challenged.

Charly Caruso: Are you saying you like being challenged?

Seth Rollins: I mean that is what Monday Night Rollins is all about. No matter who steps up, I plan on fighting them and beating them so these fans get a champion who is here week in week out!

Charly Caruso: Thanks for your time Seth.

Seth Rollins: Any time Charly.

Seth Rollins walks off as we cut to a gym backstage as Rey Mysterio is stood with his son Dominick. Both men are in hoodies and a little sweaty as they have clearly just finished a training session.

Rey Mysterio: Singh brothers. We heard your challenge earlier on tonight and as much as my son would love to accept, he isn't ready yet.

Dominick nods a little disappointed but he understands where his dad is coming from.

Rey Mysterio: He will be one day soon but I want my son to be 100% ready before he steps into the ring. But that doesn't mean I won't face the Singh Brothers.

Rey steps forward as he looks a little more serious.

Rey Mysterio: You two are cowards. You know my son is not a wrestler yet you challenge him to a match? Well I spoke to Paige and next week I will take you two on in a tag team match but it will be with this man.

As he says that we see the young Cruiserweight Humberto Carrillo walk into the shot as he shakes hands with Rey Mysterio and Dominick. He even does a little bow before Rey.

Humberto Carrilo: It will be my honor to team with an icon such as yourself.

Rey smiles as he turns back to the camera.


Rey Mysterio: Just like my son, Humberto is the future of Lucha libre. And next week we will teach you two a lesson.

We then cut back to the commentary team at ringside who talk about that match next week but Big Show wonders if Rey should have his eyes on Oney Lorcan now he knows that is who will be facing him for the Cruiserweight title at Summerslam. Michael Cole then tells us after the commercial break we will see a pre-recorded interview between Renee Young and Goldberg.

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When we return from the commercial break as we can see Renee Young sat down ready to interview the man, the myth, the legend Goldberg. Goldberg walks into the room and takes a seat.

Renee Young: Thanks for agreeing to this interview Goldberg.

Goldberg: Anytime Renee.

Renee Young: So my first question would have to be, what brought you back? What made you want to come back to the ring after retiring?

Goldberg takes a moment to think as we see clips of his last match in WWE against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 34 where he lost his Universal title.

Goldberg: Well my plan was to challenge Seth Rollins. I never got my rematch for the Universal title after losing to Brock Lesnar. If Seth wants a true challenge I should be next!

Renee Young: But instead, you were challenged by someone else.

Goldberg: That stupid punk kid.

Goldberg grunts as he says that, looking furious to even have to think about Matt Riddle.

Renee Young: Now Riddle is someone who has been very outspoken when it comes to talking about you and your career. What are your thoughts on Matt Riddle?

Goldberg: Matt Riddle is everything that is wrong with the world today. What has he done to make him worthy of stepping into the ring to face me or Brock Lesnar? The only reason he has got this match is because I'm sick of him running his mouth.

Renee Young: Let’s discuss some of the things he has said about you in the past. He has called you a one-trick pony...

Goldberg: Do I need to do anything else other than getting the job done? Others focus on being too well rounded. You can keep all your tricks because I don't need them. I'm pure power. I'm a wrecking ball. You can prepare all you want and know exactly what is coming because I will still destroy you. Nothing you can do can stop my spear and jackhammer.

Renee Young: He also mentioned you ending Bret Hart's career...

Goldberg: Yeah I accidentally ended someone's career. This isn't ballet!! People get hurt when they step in the ring with me. You make the decision to fight me, you accept the consequences.

Renee Young: But couldn't it be argued that ending someone's career, especially a legend like is something that deserves criticism?

Goldberg: Are you speaking on behalf of those nerds online? I would like to see them step into the ring and do what I do.

Goldberg is getting very heated so Renee chooses to change the subject.

Renee Young: My next question would be how much do you about the career of Matt Riddle?

Goldberg scoffs at that question.

Goldberg: Why would I know about that kid? What should I have seen of him?

Renee Young: Well I mean, he has been putting in great performances on NXT over the...

Goldberg: Why would I give a **** about that?

Renee looks a little shocked by Goldberg's language (and luckily because it is pre-recorded we can cut it out
)


Goldberg: Riddle to me is just going to be another victim on a long list. I don't care what he has done elsewhere because he hasn't done it at the top level like I have. Until he does, he is just a nobody.

Renee Young: I mean people would argue that NXT is the future of the WWE and has produced some of the top stars we see today in...

Goldberg: Are you not listening to me Renee?

Goldberg stands up and knocks his chair over as he does it.

Goldberg: Until he fights at the top level, he is just a kid who needs his jaw broken so he stops running his mouth. All that matters is he is next!

Goldberg rips off the microphone attached to his shirt and tosses it to the floor clearly angry with how the interview went as he storms off. We then cut back to Big Show and Michael Cole at ringside who are both shocked by how the interview went. Big Show says he has never seen Goldberg that angry whilst Michael Cole says contrary to what Goldberg says NXT is a great brand.

He then makes sure to plug the WWE network saying you can get it for 9.99 with the first month free! The camera then cuts to AJ Styles and The Club as the Phenomenal one can be seen walking down a corridor as he heads to the ring. Big Show tells us up next we will see AJ Styles in actions against the former two-time tag team champion Curt Hawkins and tells the viewers to not go anywhere!


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*PHENOMENAL*

Boos from the crowd though there are a few cheers for AJ Styles as he walks to the ring followed by the Raw tag team champions The Club. AJ looks super relaxed as he walks to the ring, showing no fear and taking it very easy as he walks to the ring. Michael Cole on commentary meanwhile confirms that Paige has made Tyler Breeze versus EC3 and Drake Maverick in a handicap match official for next week's show.

*IN THE MIDDLE OF IT NOW*

Curt Hawkins makes his way out to the ring with his cane in hand as Jey Uso and Zack Ryder follow behind him. However, Curt Hawkins looks like he wants to be anywhere but here. Meanwhile, Big Show reminds us that next week as well in the main event we will see the WWE Women's tag team champions Sasha Banks and Bayley take each other on to see who faces the man Becky Lynch at Summerslam for Raw Women's title.

Curt Hawkins is now stood on the outside of the ring, still not confident about his chances tonight before gulping and sliding into the ring. AJ though mocks him and tells Curt Hawkins he should have stayed on the outside of the ring! Jey and Zack tell Curt to ignore him. On the other side of the ring, we can see The Club laughing at their leader's joke as they are certain he is going pick up the victory tonight. The referee then calls for the bell to get this match underway.


Match 5: Curt Hawkins w/Zack Ryder and Jey Uso vs AJ Styles w/The Club

Match summary: Once the bell rings both men take a few seconds to get the match started. AJ though walks over to Curt Hawkins and offers him the first shot! He literally stands there offering his cheek to the cautious Curt Hawkins who takes a moment before swinging for AJ but the Phenomenal one dodges and sends Curt Hawkins to the mat! AJ lets out a cocky laugh and mocks Curt Hawkins for falling for such an obvious trick, really heeling it up in this match.

AJ after this starts to dominate and control the match as expected but he is clearly not taking his opponent tonight seriously and could have already won this match within the first 3 minutes if he was taking Hawkins seriously. Jey and Zack Ryder motivate their boy on the outside as AJ carries on playing with his food and looks to go for the calf crusher but Hawkins counters rolling AJ up! 1 2 AJ kicks out!

AJ looks shocked and was nearly caught out due to his own arrogance in this match. Hawkins though looks to stun AJ as he hits him with a dropkick knocking AJ down to the mat. Curt Hawkins looks fired up as if something has awoken inside him and he hits AJ with a flurry of offense stunning the former WWE champion! AJ is on the ropes as Hawkins grabs hold of him and connects with the LAUGH RIOT! Hawkins makes the cover 1 2 AJ kicks out!

Curt Hawkins is looking super fired up now as the fans get behind him as he looks to make his way to the top rope. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson look worried so Luke distracts the referee allowing Karl to push Curt Hawkins off the top rope and to the mat getting boos from the crowd! Zack Ryder and Jey Uso seeing this attack both members of the Club getting them away from the ring and they end up by the timekeeper's area! AJ meanwhile takes advantage of the distraction his boys have caused as he takes down Curt Hawkins with a Phenomenal Blitz! He then makes his way to the ropes as he sets up for the Phenomenal Forearm when...

*GO HARD*

Mustafa Ali appears on the entrance ramp, looking a little worse for wear but he starts to walk to the ring getting AJ's attention. This distracts him for a second before he turns his attention back to the rising Curt Hawkins as he flies off the ropes but Hawkins dodges! AJ crashes and burns as Hawkins grabs hold of him and rolls him up into a schoolboy! 1 2ALI HOLDS THE LEGS BEHIND THE REF'S BACK FROM OUTSIDE THE RING 3! CURT HAWKINS HAS BEATEN AJ STYLES!

Winner via pinfall: Curt Hawkins (7:30)

Curt Hawkins gets to his feet and has a look of pure joy as he just beat the Phenomenal One AJ Styles! Ali smiles on the outside as the four men brawling on the outside stop fighting and look towards the ring in shock! AJ meanwhile gets in the referee's face arguing about the finish of the match telling the referee Ali was holding his legs! AJ is throwing such a fit that he does not even see Ali slide into the ring which allows Ali to attack him from behind!

Hawkins meanwhile is celebrating in the ring like a mad man as The Club tries to get into the ring but Jey Uso and Zack Ryder keep them at bay! That is until Curt Hawkins climbs to the top rope and dives onto the Club members wiping them out with a crossbody! Hawkins gets to his feet as he looks at his tag team partner and friend in recent times Jey Uso, giving both men a hug as he keeps shouting he won, he won!

AJ Styles meanwhile slides out of the ring fleeing as he calls for his boys to follow him as AJ's face is bright red with anger after losing to Curt Hawkins tonight. Meanwhile, Mustafa Ali smiles in the ring happy to have gained a measure of revenge tonight. Whilst on the outside of the ring Curt Hawkins seems to have gotten his confidence back after beating the Phenomenal One himself AJ Styles.


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When we return from the commercial break we are inside another gym as we see a montage showing Gable doing several different workouts as Sheamus gives the former Olympian some instructions. It also cuts in clips of the youtube show Celtic Warrior workouts as Kurt Angle sits behind him watching like a proud dad. Sheamus also lets out a smile clearly happy with Gable's progress.

We then cut back to the commentary team at ringside who talk about what we have just seen. Michael Cole mentions he is a big fan of Celtic Warrior workouts and says Sheamus has gotten into the best shape of his life since starting the youtube channel. Big Show wonders what it can do for someone as talented as Chad Gable and if he can work his way back to face the United States Champion Samoa Joe.


*ROAR OF THE RISING STAR*

Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura make their way to the ring led by Rusev's wife Lana. She can be heard giving the pair instructions as they head to the ring but Shinsuke is clearly not paying the slightest bit of attention. Rusev looks fired up and determined to win this match whilst Shinsuke clearly does not give a damn.

*BRING THE SWAG*

The Street Profits make their way out to the ring for the first time and the crowd give the debuting pair a decent pop as they each have a red cup in one hand and a microphone in the other as they get ready to speak.

Montez Ford: Hey New Jersey, are you ready for us to bring back the swag?

Small cheers from the live crowd as Dawkins puts his hand to his ear.

Angelo Dawkins: I can't hear you people. Now, do you want the swag?

The crowd gets louder as Shinsuke looks on from the ring, unimpressed.

Montez Ford: But we ain't just here to bring the swag. No nono we are here because we want the smoke.

Angelo Dawkins: Tell em, my boy!

Montez Ford: So get your red cups up as tonight you will see the most electrifying debut in sports entertainment!

Angelo Dawkins: And you two better bring it!

Both men toss the microphones onto the entrance ramp as they climb into the ring fired up and ready for this match with Montez Ford stepping into the ring to start the match off whilst Rusev steps into the ring for his team with Shinsuke shrugging, looking like he doesn't even want to be out here right now.

Match 6: Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Lana vs The Street Profits

Match summary: Rusev starts the match fired up, looking to win but Montez Ford is on fire and brings the smoke taking down Rusev. Montez is on fire and forces Rusev to retreat to his corner! Shinsuke would respond to his tagging himself in and shaking his head at his tag team partner Rusev. Rusev goes to argue with him but Lana convinces him otherwise. Rusev shakes his head and lets his partner take over as Shinsuke gets caught off-guard by a spear from Angelo Dawkins!

Montez Ford made the tag whilst Shinsuke and Rusev were arguing with each other! From there the Street Profits stay in control and use their skills as a tag team, as they use a lot of frequent tags to work over Shinsuke Nakamura. Rusev watches on conflicted as he is enjoying his tag team partner getting shown up but also wants to make the tag and save him so he can win the match! In the end, Shinsuke makes the tag and Rusev runs in for the hot tag taking control of the match for his team, even getting a few cheers from the crowd.

Rusev is on fire as he smiles at his wife Lana as we approach the closing stages of this match! He lifts Montez Ford up into a powerbomb position as Montez Ford fights back laying a few punches in on Rusev! Rusev heads backwards as he drops Montez but Shinsuke makes the blind tag again. Shinsuke steps into the ring but before Rusev can even react Angelo Dawkins takes Shinsuke out with a pounce!

Shinsuke drops to the mat as Rusev goes for a machka kick but Angelo moves out the way in time and hits Rusev with a pop-up spinebuster planting Rusev! Montez Ford is back on his feet as he talks to Dawkins. Dawkins grabs hold of the prone Shinsuke and lifts him off the mat before planting him with a sit-out powerbomb. Montez climbs to the top rope and connects with a massive FROG SPLASH! Montez hooks the leg and covers Shinsuke 1 2 Rusev tries to break the cover but Angelo blocks him! 3 THE STREET PROFITS PICK UP THE WIN IN THEIR DEBUT MATCH!

Winner via pinfall: The Street Profits (8:04)

The Street Profits jump to their feet as they hug and celebrate having picked up the win tonight. Dawkins even makes his way to the ropes and starts shaking them, showing how much this debut win means to the pair. Michael Cole and Big Show on commentary put over how good Shinsuke and Rusev are with both men being former United States Champion. Both men make their way to the crowd and start celebrating with a few of the fans.

Back in the ring, we see Rusev is checking on his tag team partner, even though his partner tagged himself in twice. Shinsuke is slowly coming to after being hit with the frog splash as he looks at his partner and pushes him away. Rusev gets in Shinsuke's face confronting him as he asks Shinsuke what his problem is. Shinsuke doesn't respond and walks away from Rusev. Lana climbs into the ring stopping Shinsuke from leaving.

Lana talks to him and says this team can work. However, Shinsuke shakes his head saying no and
HITS RUSEV WITH A LOW BLOW! Boos from the live crowd as Lana is furious with Shinsuke who just lets out a troll-like smile and rolls out of the ring as he sarcastically says “ME SO SORRY” before walking off towards the back. Lana in the ring checks on a rising Rusev who looks furious meanwhile and wants a piece of Shinsuke as he holds his never region.

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When we return from the commercial break we see Renee Young stood backstage ready for an interview.

Renee Young: Would you please welcome my guest at this time, The Man Becky Lynch!

A loud pop from the live crowd as Becky Lynch walks into the shot once again holding both her title belts.

Renee Young: My first question, how are you feeling after defending your Smackdown Women's title last night against Lacey Evans?

Becky Lynch: I'm feeling great Renee! Lacey tried to step to the man's level but once again I put another blonde in their place.

Renee Young: And you already know one of your challengers for Summerslam, The Empress of tomorrow Asuka. What are your thoughts about going head to head with Asuka one more time?

Becky Lynch: Right now me and Asuka, we sit at one apiece. Now the man already corrected the black mark on her record but the fact remains Asuka is the only person to beat me since I became the Man around here.

Becky takes a moment to adjust the Smackdown Women's title belt on her shoulder.

Becky Lynch: So at Summerslam, I get to fight the toughest opponent I have ever faced one more time!

Renee Young: Over Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey?

Becky smiles.

Becky Lynch: Especially over those two dopes. Ronnie, I was in that little weirdo's head from day 1 and Charlotte...

Becky chuckles slightly.

Becky Lynch: I mean I spent the last year beating her week in week out for this title!

Becky Lynch lifts up the Smackdown Women's title.

Becky Lynch: But Asuka she has been the one person to stop me. However, at Summerslam, The Man gets the chance to prove I am the best wrestler in the world today!

Renee Young: My other question relates to your other title defense that night, who would you rather face at Summerslam. Bayley or Sasha Banks?

Becky smiles.

Becky Lynch: It doesn't matter. Whichever dope wins I will be ready. Though Sasha, unlike Bayley, I’ll be ready for the knife in my back!

Becky walks off on that note, proudly showing off both her title belts as we cut back to the commentary team at ringside who once again hype the main event for next week's Raw as we find out who faces Becky for the Raw Women's title at Summerslam! We then cut to the ring as the usual big announcements are done ahead of the main event for the evening as Aleister Black takes on Seth Rollins for the Universal title!

*ROOT OF ALL EVIL*

The arena goes pitch black as we get the full Aleister Black entrance, with the Dutch Destroyer looking as stoic as ever as he walks to the ring ready for the biggest match of his career as he takes on Seth Rollins. Once inside the ring, he walks to the ropes furthest from the ramp and takes a seat on the mat as he starts meditating, as he awaits his opponent!

*THE SECOND COMING/ BURN IT DOWN*

More cheers from the crowd as Seth Rollins makes his way down the ramp as he holds his Universal title in the air for all to see. In comparison to Aleister Black, he walks fairly fast down the entrance ramp and joins his opponent in the ring with Black still sat down staring at the champion. Seth passes his title to the referee as Black rises to his feet as both these men come face to face. The referee calls for the bell and this match is underway!

Main event: Universal title match: Seth Rollins (c) vs Aleister Black

Match summary: The bell rings as both men stare each other down as Seth offers Black his hand. Black, however, chooses to not shake his hand as he just stares at Seth. Seth shrugs and looks to go on the attack but Black dodges, going for BLACK MASS but Seth ducks underneath and slides out of the ring having to take a breather a little shaken! Black, however, runs off the ropes as he goes for a suicide dive as Seth moves out of the way but Black jumps backwards and sits in the center of the ring!

Seth though has done his homework and runs around to the other side of the ring and takes down Black with a basement dropkick to the head as he is sat down, catching Black off-guard! From there both men start trade strikes and battle with each other as they try to expose the flaws in the other's game. Both men are fairly evenly matched in the early stages as the match gets to about the 8-minute mark with both men down after they catch each other with a kick to the head when this plays...


The crowd let out a massive initial pop before it turns to boos as they realize what is about to happen! BROCK LESNAR marches out from the back and sprints down the ramp, followed by an angry Paul Heyman! Brock slides into the ring and takes down both men with a double clothesline forcing the referee to call for the bell ruling this match a no contest!

Winner: No Contest (9:15)

The bell may have rung to bring an end to this match but the destruction is just beginning! Brock grabs Aleister Black lifting him into the air and drops him with an F5! Rollins meanwhile is just starting to come to as Paul Heyman gets Brock's attention! Brock turns around and just starts clobbering Seth Rollins with forearm after forearm after forearm as he batters the hell out of Seth Rollins.

Brock gets to his feet as he sees Black starting to stir ever so slightly, so he grabs Black and hits him with a German suplex sending Black flying! Black rolls out of the ring for a moment selling the damage as Brock turns his attention to the Universal champion Seth Rollins! Seth gets to his feet
bleeding from the head as he swings at Brock but he is too beaten up to put up much of a fight and Brock lifts him up for another F5!

Brock though isn't done as he gets loud boos from the crowd as he drags the deadweight of Seth onto his shoulder one more time and hits another F5! Paul Heyman is laughing to himself, happy with the destruction Brock Lesnar is causing tonight as he gets ready to speak
BUT BLACK HITS A SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT DROPPING BROCK LESNAR! Paul Heyman looks on in total shock as Black has a face full of thunder!

Aleister Black turns around as he glares at Paul Heyman causing him to scramble under the bottom rope pretty quickly! Aleister Black turns back around he looks to line Brock Lesnar up for
THE BLACK MASS but Brock using his insane agility dodges! Brock turns back around grabbing Black from behind and plants him with a German suplex!

Brock is furious now however and just starts wailing on Aleister Black! He lays into him with several punches, battering the Dutch Destroyer on the mat! Brock gets up to his feet looking furious as he bends down and grabs hold of Black's arm. He takes a moment before locking in a
KIMURA! Brock twists and pulls on the arm of Black until we see the arm BEND! Brock lets go as Black can be heard shouting in pain through gritted teeth as he rolls out of the ring!

Big Show says in a hushed voice that he thinks Brock just broke Aleister Black's arm! We can see Black with a face full of rage holding his arm as a swarm of medics sprint to the outside of the ring to check on him. However, when they try to get into the ring to check on Seth Rollins, Brock scares them off saying he ain't done! He drags Seth Rollins up one more time, who is still bleeding on the mat and hits him with a
FOURTH F5!

Seth drops to the mat like a sack of spuds as Paul Heyman makes his way over to the timekeeper's area and takes the Universal title with him to the ring! Paul Heyman slides inside as he passes the Universal title to his client and bends down over the prone Seth Rollins, who is bleeding all over the mat as Brock holds the Universal title in the air!

Paul Heyman: Seth Rollins! You stole my client BRRRRRRROCK LESNARRRRRR'S property at Wrestlemania. At Summerslam Brock takes it back! And that ain't a prediction, that's a spoiler!

Paul Heyman then tosses the microphone onto the prone body of Seth Rollins, making his way out of the ring. Brock makes sure to drop the Universal title on Seth Rollins as he smirks happy with the chaos he has caused tonight. The medics now finally rush in as half of them check on Seth Rollins whilst the rest stay with Black as one can be overheard saying “I think it's broken”. The show comes to an end as we get a final image of the carnage the returning Beast Incarnate has caused tonight.

Matches announced for next week:

Women's title tournament final:
Sasha Banks vs Bayley

Tag team match:
Rey Mysterio and Humberto Carrillo vs The Singh Brothers

Handicap match:
Tyler Breeze vs EC3 and Drake Maverick



Matchcard for Summerslam:

August 11th
Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Universal title match:
Seth Rollins (c) vs Brock Lesnar

WWE title match:
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Roman Reigns

Raw Women's title match:
Becky Lynch (c) vs Sasha Banks or Bayley

Smackdown Women's title match:
Becky Lynch (c) vs Asuka

Cruiserweight title match:
Rey Mysterio (c) vs Oney Lorcan

Past vs Future:

Goldberg vs Matt Riddle

EWR Rating:

74%
 

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