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    Smackdown – 9/6/16


    Pinnacle Bank Arena

    Lincoln, NE

    WWE “Then, Now, Forever” opening video plays.
    We cut to a recap of last week’s Smackdown

    **Recap of Last Week’s Smackdown**

    The recap starts with Rusev, Lana and Sheamus in Alex Maverick and Shane McMahon’s office.


    Maverick


    You think you deserve a shot at the Intercontinental Championship?! Then prove it to us tonight in a match. If you win, we’ll give you a title opportunity.


    Lana


    Fine. Rusev will crush his competition and show that you should just give him the championship.



    Maverick


    Your opponent…

    We cut to see AJ Styles “too sweet” Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows on his way to the ring.


    Is the World Heavyweight Champion, AJ Styles!



    Ranallo


    After the disrespect Kevin Owens shows his friend Christian last week, you can bet Styles is going to take some of his frustration out tonight.


    Graves


    Rusev wants the Intercontinental Title shot that he was promised and deserves.

    We see clips from the match between Styles and Rusev. We see Styles hit an enzuguiri to Rusev on the apron and then springboard with the Phenomenal Forearm for the win.


    Ranallo


    A big win for AJ Styles, showing yet again why he’s the World Heavyweight Champion.


    Graves


    How can you be happy? Now Rusev won’t get his previously promised and deserved title shot. This is a travesty.

    Sheamus comes out and attacks Styles.


    Ranallo


    This is uncalled for!



    Graves

    Sheamus is letting out his frustration of being screwed last week in the World Tag Team Title Tournament.

    Gallows and Anderson run down to the ring and start brawling with Sheamus and Rusev.


    Ranallo


    And here comes Gallows and Anderson to help out their friend… helping out their fellow Club member!

    Anderson tosses Rusev out of the ring and goes to check on Styles. Kevin Owens comes out and attacks Anderson.


    Graves


    Owens is evening up the score to make it three on three.

    Rusev helps Sheamus beat down Gallows. Rusev holds Gallows back and Sheamus hits him with a BROGUE KICK!
    Rusev lets out a war cry and delivers a JUMPING SIDE KICK to the face of Anderson!


    Graves


    Sheamus and Rusev taking out Anderson and Gallows, making a point that they should be in the World Tag Team Title tournament.

    Owens then tells Sheamus and Rusev to lift up Styles. Owens gets in Styles’ face and yells at him “You’re looking at the next World Champ!” Rusev and Sheamus then toss Styles at Owens, who nails him with a POP-UP POWERBOMB!


    Ranallo


    And Owens with the direct message sent to the champion!

    Owens, Rusev and Sheamus with Lana by their side stand tall over the fallen Club members.


    Graves


    Kevin Owens just let AJ Styles know that his days as the World Heavyweight Champion are numbered.


    **End Smackdown Recap**

    “Back From The Dead” by Skillet plays as the Smackdown opening video plays. Pyro goes off in the arena and the fans are all on their feet cheering and going crazy. We cut to the announce table at ringside with Mauro Ranallo and Corey Graves.

    Ranallo


    Welcome everyone to Smackdown! We are coming to you live from Lincoln, NE and what a night we have for you.


    Graves


    That’s right. After what happened at the end of the show last week, our main event tonight will be all three members of The Club taking on Rusev, Sheamus and the #1 Contender for the World Title, Kevin Owens in a six man tag team match.


    Ranallo


    And we will also see a special interview conducted by my broadcast partner with the two women competing in two weeks for the Womens World Championship.


    Graves


    I sat down with the champion Sasha Banks and the challenger Becky Lynch and I assure you, you don’t want to miss it.

    “Lucha Lucha” plays and out comes Sin Cara and Kalisto taunting with the crowd as they chant “Lucha!”


    Ranallo


    And we kick things off with one of the two final first round matches of the tag team tournament.


    Hamilton


    The following tag team contest is scheduled for one fall and is a first round match in the World Tag Team Championship Tournament. Introducing first, at a combined weight of 368 pounds, Kalisto & Sin Cara, the Lucha Dragons.


    Ranallo


    And here’s an exciting team that you a lot about Corey.


    Graves


    Yes I do. Former NXT Tag Team Champions and Kalisto a former United States Champion. This team knows how to win titles and have been very good since coming to the main roster but this could be the big break they needed.


    Ranallo


    A very fast tag team. You never know what to expect from them as they look to make it past the first round here tonight.

    “Elite” plays and out comes Chad Gable and Jason Jordan to a loud crowd cheering for them.


    Hamilton


    And their opponents, at a combined weight of 447 pounds, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable, American Alpha.


    Ranallo


    But they have a tough challenge here tonight in Jason Jordan and Chad Gable. We saw them make their Smackdown debut last week to qualify for this tournament.


    Graves


    I don’t think anyone, including myself was expecting American Alpha last week but what an incredible addition to the Smackdown tag team division.


    Ranallo


    It’s the battle of two former NXT Tag Team Champions looking to move one step closer to becoming World Tag Team Champions.


    First Round of the World Tag Team Championship Tournament


    The Lucha Dragons vs. American Alpha


    The match is back and forth the entire time with each team getting an even amount of offense. Towards the end, Kalisto gets tagged in and springboards in onto Gable. Kalisto uses his speed and hits Gable with a handspring off the ropes into a jumping side kick. Kalisto runs off the ropes and connects with a Spike-ranna! Kalisto goes for the cover…1…2… Jordan comes in and breaks up the count. Sin Cara springboards off the ropes and hits Jordan with a dropkick, sending him rolling to the outside. Sin Cara measures Jordan, runs off the ropes and dives to the outside hitting him with a Suicide Dive. In the ring, Gable grabs Kalisto from behind and goes for a German suplex, but Kalisto lands on his feet. Kalisto runs at Gable and connects with a hurricanrana into the pin…1…2…. Gable kicks out. Kalisto gets Gable into his corner and tags in Sin Cara who is back on the apron. Sin Cara goes to the top rope as Kalisto goes for Solita Del Sol, but Gable shoves Kalisto into the corner, causing Sin Cara to lose his balance. Gable grabs Kalisto from behind and nails him with a German Suplex, causing Kalisto to roll out of the ring and to the floor. Gable makes his way to his corner and tags in Jordan who is back up on the apron. Jordan gets in and sees Sin Cara getting off the top rope and getting into the ring in the corner. Jordan runs at Sin Cara and nails him with a Should Thrust. Jordan tosses Sin Cara into his corner, takes off his straps and nails Sin Cara with another running Shoulder Thrust in the corner. Jordan tags in Gable. Jordan lifts Sin Cara up and American Alpha nail GRAND AMPLITUDE with Gable bridging for the pin…1…2…3. American Alpha win!



    Winners: American Alpha



    Hamilton

    Here are your winners, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable, American Alpha!


    Ranallo


    With the win, American Alpha moves onto the semi-finals of the tournament. Another week, another win. And Corey, Jordan and Gable continue to impress.


    Graves


    As I have said before, they could be the dark horses to win the whole thing. I think after tonight, a lot more people are believing in Jason Jordan and Chad Gable.

    Byron Saxton gets into the ring to interview American Alpha as they continue to celebrate.


    Saxton


    Alright Jason Jordan and Chad Gable, in just your second match here on Smackdown, you two win and will now move onto the semi-finals of the World Tag Team Championship tournament. You two have to be excited about this.


    Jordan


    You know Byron; we have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Even down in NXT, we were waiting… chomping at the bit to come up to the main roster and show what we can do.


    Gable


    We both have been in tournaments in the past when we were in amateur wrestling. And while we were singles competitors at that time, we always were fighting for a team, whether it was our colleges or our country.


    Jordan


    But we’ve gelled faster than anyone could have imagined. That’s why we tore up NXT and became NXT Tag Team Champions. Each match we have, we just get better and smoother as a team.


    Saxton


    Well next week we know you will face Enzo Amore and Big Cass as your semi-finals opponents. Any words for them?


    Gable


    All we have to say to them is that they better be Ready…

    Gable looks over at Jordan.


    Jordan


    Willing…

    Gable waits a second.


    Gable


    And Gable!

    Gable and Jordan continue to celebrate as the crowd cheers them.


    Ranallo


    Ready they will be, but we’ll see next week who will be willing and “Gable” enough to move onto the finals of the tournament.


    Graves


    Well I will be solidly in American Alpha’s corner next week as they face that bozo Enzo Amore and Big Cass.


    Ranallo


    Three teams have moved onto the semi-finals. We will find out the fourth and final team later on tonight.

    We cut backstage to the locker room to see AJ Styles putting on his boots. The crowd cheers. He looks up and stands up as we see Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson joining him. The crowd cheers The Club as they “too sweet” each other.

    Anderson


    You boys ready for tonight?


    Styles


    After last week, heck yeah I’m ready! Hey, thanks for having my back again last week boys.


    Gallows


    Of course. You’re a “good brother.”


    Anderson


    That he is.


    Styles


    Well you guys are “good brothers” for helping me out.


    Anderson


    We’re The Club… you mess with one member; you mess with the whole Club.


    Gallows


    See last week we fell a little short. But this week, when we get our hands on Rusev, Sheamus, and Kevin Owens…

    Anderson cuts in.


    Anderson


    Definitely not “good brothers.”


    Gallows


    No-ski.

    Gallows pauses and resets his original thought.


    They won’t be so lucky.



    Anderson


    They got the jump on us last week, but we will show them why we were the hottest free agent signings earlier this year.


    Styles


    I mean we’ve got the future World Tag Team Champions…

    Styles pats both Anderson and Gallows on the shoulder.


    And the current World Heavyweight Champion right here.

    Styles picks up his title belt.


    Gallows


    And all they’ll ever be champions of is whining and complaining.


    Anderson


    That doesn’t get you to the top… winning titles and proving you’re great like we’ve done in Japan and will do here is what gets you to the top.


    Styles


    Well boys… let’s go show them what made The Club famous around the world!


    Anderson


    Oh it’s going to be…

    Anderson holds up the “too sweet sign”


    Too sweet!

    Styles and Gallows “too sweet” Anderson and each other as we fade out.


    Ranallo


    It’s The Club taking on Rusev, Sheamus and Kevin Owens in our main event, tonight!


    **Commercial Break**

    We come back from commercial break. “Chachalala” is playing and Fandango is already in the ring with a microphone in his hand and gyrating his hips.

    Hamilton


    The follow contest is scheduled for one fall. Already in the ring, weighing in at 244 pounds, Fandango.

    Fandango lifts the microphone up.


    Fandango


    Shhhh… shh!

    The crowd boos him.


    Last week, I tried to find a dance partner to join me in the ultimate battle, but my choice wasn’t the right fit.
    Do not worry though… my search for the perfect dance partner will continue. But as for tonight…

    Fandango starts gyrating his hips again.


    I’m going solo!

    “Worlds Apart” plays and the crowd goes crazy as Sami Zayn makes his way out onto the stage.


    Hamilton


    And his opponent, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, weighing in at 205 pounds, Sami Zayn.


    Ranallo


    Fandango better focus on his solo dance tonight because here comes highly motivated Sami Zayn. Last week on Smackdown, Sami Zayn called out Bray Wyatt and challenged him to a fight. Wyatt showed up and tried to sneak attack him, but Sami Zayn was ready with the assist of a steel chair in hand, taking out Bray Wyatt.


    Graves


    I’m not sure you can say he “took him out.” Bray Wyatt was laughing after those chair shots, almost like he was amused by them. Sami Zayn is boking the bear one too many times and will... not may… will regret it.


    Ranallo


    And it was made official… in two weeks at Backlash, Sami Zayn will go one-on-one finally with Bray Wyatt.


    Fandango vs. Sami Zayn



    Fandango starts off with a quick attack on Zayn taking him down in the corner. Fandango punches and stomps Zayn into the corner. The crowd boos as Fandango backs away from the corner and dances at the crowd. Fandango measures Zayn and runs at him in the corner, but Zayn gets up, catches him and hits him with an Exploder Suplex in the corner. Zayn goes to the opposite corner as he waits for Fandango to get up. Zayn runs at Fandango and nails him with the HELLUVA KICK! Fandango falls to the mat and Zayn goes for the quick cover…1…2…3. Zayn wins!



    Winner: Sami Zayn



    Hamilton

    Here is your winner, Sami Zayn!


    Ranallo


    Sami Zayn makes quick work of the dancing Fandango.


    Graves


    I’m sure Sami saw Bray Wyatt in there but the problem is that Fandango is not Bray Wyatt. Bray Wyatt is manipulative, he’s calculating, he’s dangerous and most important of all he’s unpredictable.

    Just then, the Wyatt interruption video plays. We see a dark room filled with eerie smoke on the titantron screen. Zayn turns and stares at it. The smoke starts to clear and we see Bray Wyatt walk into frame as the crowd boos.


    Wyatt


    Sami… you think last week you got one over on me.

    Wyatt smirks.


    You took your might sword and gave it your best swing.

    Wyatt holds his arms out.


    But I’m still standing.

    Wyatt does a sinister laugh.


    And now in two weeks at Backlash, we will do battle as per your request.

    Wyatt pauses.


    I’m sure this has been something you’ve been dreaming about since that first night I took you out. But the reality is at Backlash it won’t be a dream…

    Wyatt looks right at the screen with a dead look in his eyes.


    It’ll be a NIGHTMARE! Because what you and everyone else doesn’t understand is that I am no mere mortal.

    Wyatt points at himself.


    I am invincible! I am a God! And you have no idea what I have in stored for you.

    Wyatt paces a bit before stopping.


    You are nothing more to me than a stepping stone in my path towards the great power. And once I take you out, it won’t matter if it’s the man who believes he’s phenomenal or the prize fighter…

    Wyatt pauses.


    Because I will take them both out and take my prize proving that I’m a phenomenon. And then all of you will finally listen as I show you the path to salvation!

    Wyatt lifts his head up and holds his arms out as he laughs. Wyatt lowers his head and looks dead ahead as he gets very serious quickly.


    RUN!

    The Wyatt interruption video plays again and Wyatt is gone from the screen. Zayn stands in the ring unable how to react to that but looking a bit worried and angry at the same time. We cut backstage to see Byron Saxton ready to interview someone.


    Saxton


    Please welcome my guests at this time, The Dudley Boyz.

    The Dudleys walk onto screen as the crowd can be heard booing. The Dudleys don’t look too happy.


    Bubba, D-Von, last week on Smackdown we saw you lose to Enzo and Cass in the first round match of the World Tag Team Tournament, a match you requested…

    Bubba interrupts.


    Bubba


    What’s your point Byron?


    Saxton


    Well I guess my point is what are you two thinking after being so confident going into last week and coming out on the losing end?

    D-Von has an angry look on his face and stares directly at Saxton.


    D-Von


    Did you just invite us here to insult us? To put us down? Do you know who we are?!

    D-Von pauses as he gets more intense.


    We are the 9 time WWE World Tag Team Champions! We are the team that has won the Tag Team Titles all around the world in every company we’ve been in! We are the damn Dudley Boyz and you’ll show us some respect!

    Saxton seems taken back and a bit scared of D-Von. Bubba holds D-Von back and calms him down.


    Bubba


    Like my brother said, we are the damn Dudley Boyz… the greatest tag team on the planet… period!

    Bubba pauses.


    Enzo and Cass think they got one over on us? They think they’re better than us? Well we’ll show them and everyone else just who in the hell we are!

    D-Von leans in towards Saxton.


    D-Von


    Oh my brother… TESTIFY!

    The Dudleys walk away frustrated. We cut back to ringside. “The Truth Reigns” plays and out comes Roman Reigns to a sea of boos.


    Hamilton


    Please welcome to the ring, Roman Reigns.


    Ranallo


    We just saw the frustrated Dudley Boys challenging Enzo & Cass, but here comes another man who has shown his frustration as of late.


    Graves


    And he has every right to be. Roman Reigns is one of if not the biggest star we have here on Smackdown. And what happens? Our General Manager and Commissioner just toss him aside not giving him the opportunities he deserves.


    Ranallo


    Well last week, Roman Reigns took things into his own hands when he interrupted a match between Finn Balor and Apollo Crews, attacking both men, no doubt making a statement.

    Reigns gets into the ring and grabs a microphone as the crowd continues to boo him.


    Reigns


    Ever since SummerSlam, I haven’t gotten the respect that I deserve around here.

    Reigns pauses.


    Before this “new management” I was seen and treated exactly as I should’ve been… as “The Guy”… as the top star in the WWE. Now…

    Reigns pauses disgusted.


    Now I’m treated like everyone else?

    Reigns pauses confused.


    What?! Have you seen me?

    The crowd starts chanting “you suck!” at Reigns.


    I don’t suck! I lead The Shield to greatness. I main evented WrestleMania… twice. And I’ve won the World Championship.

    The crowd boos.


    And yet guys like Finn Balor and Apollo Crews are getting chances to earn a title opportunity?

    The crowd cheers.


    Cheer them all you want, but last week I showed exactly why they don’t deserve a title opportunity before me!

    Reigns pauses and turns towards the stage.


    And I’m not leaving this ring until I get the recognition that I deserve from our little “new management.”

    Reigns stands there looking impatient waiting as the crowd boos him. Just then “Smack Down” by Thousand Foot Krutch plays. The crowd cheers as Alex Maverick comes out onto the stage.


    Maverick


    First off, I don’t care how things were done before I got here. You may have gotten “special treatment” before but that’s not how things work here on my Smackdown!

    The crowd cheers.


    Everyone deserves an opportunity.

    Maverick pauses and points to Reigns.


    And that includes you.

    Reigns demeanor changes and seems interested in what Maverick has to say.


    You have been impressive Roman since the draft and I believe you’ve showed that you do deserve a title opportunity.

    The crowd boos as Reigns nods his head in agreement.


    In fact, we do still have a vacant Intercontinental Championship…

    Reigns starts smirking.


    Reigns


    Alright now that’s what I’m talking about. Maybe I had you all wrong. I guess you do see the star I am if you’re going to give me the Intercontinental Championsh…

    Maverick cuts him off.


    Maverick


    Woah, woah woah! I never said anything about “giving” you the title.

    Reigns is confused and mouths “what?!”


    No. The Intercontinental Championship has always been the workhorse title so if you want it, you’re going to have to earn it.

    Reigns is getting angry.


    So at Backlash, we will have a match to determine the NEW Intercontinental Champion. It will be Roman Reigns…

    The crowd boos.


    Versus Apollo Crews…

    The crowd cheers.


    Versus Finn Balor!

    The crowd cheers.


    In a Triple Threat match!

    Reigns gets angrier at the announcement of Crews and Balor in the match.


    Oh and don’t think I forgot what you did last week.

    Maverick pauses.


    You ruined a great match to “make a statement.” So you want to make a statement taking two men out? Well I’ll give you that chance…

    Maverick pauses.


    Right now!

    “Let Me Show You How To Rock” plays and out comes Slater Gator onto the ramp as the crowd cheers. Slater, excited, pats Maverick on the back as the team walks down to the ring.


    Graves


    I’m not sure if I should be excited about the Intercontinental Championship match just made or upset about the unfair match that Roman Reigns has just been put into now.


    Ranallo


    Well when we come back, it will be Roman Reigns vs. Slater Gator in a Handicap match here on Smackdown.


    **Commercial Break**


    Handicap Match

    Roman Reigns vs. Slater Gator


    O’Neil goes toe to toe with a cocky Reigns and takes advantage right away with his strikes and power. He tags Slater in and Slater keeps the momentum going, making sure Reigns stays on the ground. Slater tags O’Neil back in, who continues to keep their momentum going. O’Neil goes for a back body drop and Reigns reverses it with a kick to O’Neil. Reigns then boots O’Neil in the face, sending him back into his own corner. Slater tags himself in. He gets into the ring and charges at Reigns, but Reigns hits him with an uppercut stunning Slater and then a clothesline to knock him down. Reigns then takes control of the match as he takes his time beating up on Slater. Reigns is clearly frustrated as he gets dangerously close to the 5 count while punching Slater a few times. Reigns delivers a few power moves to Slater like a Powerslam and a Samoan Drop. Reigns goes for a cover after the Samoan Drop…1…2…Slater kicks out. Reigns looks over at O’Neil with a smirk on his face, knowing O’Neil is concerned for his partner. Reigns yells at Slater to stay down. He sets him up for a Powerbomb, but Slater holds on for his life to Reigns’ legs to avoid the move. Reigns clubs Slater in the back and gives up on the move. Reigns instead lifts Slater on his shoulders and taunts to the crowd. Slater takes advantage and elbows his way out and off of his shoulders. Reigns turns around and takes a Jumping Back Leg Lariat by Slater. Slater has an opening and crawls towards his corner until he finally tags O’Neil back in. O’Neil comes in taking Reigns down with clotheslines and a powerful running shoulder block. O’Neil hits a few power moves, gaining momentum. O’Neil picks Reigns up, barks, and tosses him for a Fallaway Slam. The cover…1…2…Reigns kicks out. O’Neil starts to lift Reigns up and looks over a Slater to tag him in for a double team, but Reigns nails O’Neil with a LOW BLOW causing the DISQUALIFICATION!



    Winners: Slater Gator (via DQ)



    Hamilton

    Here are you winners by disqualification, Slater Gator!


    Ranallo


    A low blow by Roman Reigns! Taking the cheap way out of this match.

    Reigns looks down at O’Neil hunched over and smirks. Slater gets into the ring and walks over towards his partner to check on him with the referee.


    Graves


    It’s not cheap… it’s smart! Reigns was put in an unfair, outnumbered situation here and did what he needed to do.

    Reigns is about to leave when Slater stops him and starts yelling at him for what he did to O’Neil. Reigns does seem amused and goes to leave, but Slater grabs his arm. Reigns looks back slowly at Slater angry at that action.


    That was a huge mistake by Heath Slater.

    Reigns uppercuts Slater, causing him to stumble backwards. Reigns measures Slater and nails him with a huge SPEAR!


    Ranallo


    That was completely unnecessary! Reigns spearing Heath Slater for no reason.

    Reigns looks down at Slater as the referees tell him to get out of there. Reigns then leaves and starts walking up the ramp.


    Graves


    He put his hands on a man the star caliber of Roman Reigns. He needed to teach him a lesson.


    Ranallo


    He was standing up for his partner.


    Graves


    There’s a fine line between standing up for your partner and making a stupid decision. Heath Slater, no surprise, crossed that line and made a stupid decision. And you can bet Roman Reigns was sending a message to his Backlash opponents Finn Balor and Apollo Crews with that Spear.

    We cut backstage to see Finn Balor talking to Neville and Zack Ryder. The crowd can be heard cheering the three men.

    Neville


    It’s a big opportunity tonight.


    Balor


    Well no doubt you two deserve it.


    Ryder


    Thanks and what about you, Finn? That big announcement earlier by Alex Maverick.


    Balor


    Yeah I get a shot at the Intercontinental Championship! I wanted a title shot and now I get a chance to win one of the most prestigious titles in WWE history.

    Balor pauses.


    Think of all the Hall of Famers who’ve held that. Macho Man… Shawn Michaels… Bret Hart… all men that I idolized growing up in Ireland.



    Ryder


    Take it from a former Intercontinental Champion… you’ll fit right in with those names… You know it!

    Just then Apollo Crews walks into frame. He says hi to all three men.


    Neville


    Alright well we’re going to go get ready for our match.


    Balor


    Alright. Good luck out there guys.

    Neville and Ryder walk away.


    Crews


    So… big announcement earlier for both of us.


    Balor


    Yeah I was just talking to them about it. It’s very exciting… the Intercontinental Championship.


    Crews


    I know! Personally I wish it was just me and you one-on-one for the title…


    Balor


    Me too but we’ll take what’s given to us.


    Crews


    Exactly!

    Crews pauses.


    Speaking of which… obviously it is every man for himself so I wanted to let you know as much as I respect you…

    Crews stares down Balor.


    I won’t hold back when it comes to becoming Intercontinental Champion.

    Balor stares right back.


    Balor


    I’d feel disrespected if you didn’t.

    They both then smile at each other and shake hands.


    Crews


    May the best man win at Backlash.


    Balor


    Yes… just we can’t let Roman Reigns win.


    Crews


    Oh of course not.

    The two smirk at the remark. Balor is about to walk away when Crews stops him.


    Oh and Finn… don’t think I forgot we have to finish our match from last week.
    Balor looks at Crews.
    Balor

    You’re on!

    Balor walks away as Crews smirks. The screen fades as we go to commercial.


    **Commercial Break**

    We come back from commercial break to ringside. “Rebellion” plays and the Ascension comes out to the crowd booing them.

    Hamilton


    The following tag team contest is scheduled for one fall and is a first round match in the World Tag Team Championship Tournament. Introducing first, at a combined weight of 487 pounds, Konnor & Viktor, The Ascension.


    Ranallo


    Welcome back to Smackdown as we get set for our final first round match of the World Tag Team Title Tournament. We saw American Alpha advance earlier tonight and The Ascension will look to join them.


    Graves


    Let me tell you something Mauro… do not underestimate this team. They were the longest reigning NXT Tag Team Champions for a reason. They have decimated so many tag teams in their path and they look ready to refocus and be that dominating team again.


    Ranallo


    Well tonight is the night to do it with a huge opportunity towards the World Tag Team Championships.

    “Radio” plays and the crowd cheers as Zack Ryder makes his way out onto the stage.


    Hamilton


    Their opponents, first from Long Island, NY, weighing in at 224 pounds, Zack Ryder.


    Ranallo


    Put it won’t be an easy task because they will have to get past a newly formed team, including this man, a former WWE Tag Team Champion, Zack Ryder.


    Graves


    Zack Ryder should feel lucky to be in this match right now. But the fact is that he and Neville are too new of a team to take down an experienced team in The Ascension.

    “Break Orbit” plays and the crowd cheers as Neville makes his way out to the stage through the smoke.


    Hamilton


    And his partner, from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, weighing in at 194 pounds, Neville.


    Graves


    And don’t even get me started on this cheater. I’ve known Neville for years. I teamed with him in NXT. But him using the exposed turnbuckle on Sheamus two weeks ago disgusted me.


    Ranallo


    As always, that’s half the story. In a qualifying match against Sheamus and Rusev, Sheamus had exposed the turnbuckle and Neville sent Sheamus into the exposed steel completely unaware and simply took advantage to advance.


    Graves


    I can’t believe the bias journalism from you. Rusev and Sheamus were robbed and should be in this match. I hope The Ascension teaches them a lesson here right now.


    First Round of the World Tag Team Championship Tournament


    The Ascension vs. Neville & Zack Ryder


    The match starts off with Neville and Ryder taking control for the most part. Viktor reverses Ryder and is able to take control of the match for the Ascension. The Ascension keep control for a good portion of the match until Ryder is able to get his foot up in the corner and connects with a dropkick to Konnor to create separation. Ryder crawls to the corner and tag in Neville finally. Neville comes in with a burst of energy as he springboards off the ropes and dropkicks Konnor. He then continues with a flurry of kicks to Konnor ending with a running dropkick to the side of the head. Neville hits him with a Standing Shooting Star Press. The cover…1…2…Viktor breaks it up. Viktor goes to beat on Neville until Ryder comes in and lays in a few forearms backing Viktor up to the ropes. Ryder steps back and clotheslines Viktor over the top rope, taking himself with him as they land on the outside of the ring near the ramp. Ryder gets up but all of a sudden SHEAMUS blasts Ryder from behind! The referee is turned the other way towards the action in the ring and doesn’t see Sheamus. In the ring, Neville hits Konnor with kick to the head and sets him up near the corner laying down. Neville heads to the top rope, but stops when he sees RUSEV make his way out and onto the apron. The referee is yelling at Rusev to get down and out of here as Neville is distracted. This gives Konnor plenty of time to get up and trip Neville so he falls off the top rope and crashes to the mat. Konnor shoves Neville towards the middle of the ring as Viktor gathers himself and gets back into the ring in the opposite corner. Konnor and Viktor run at Neville and hit him with the FALL OF MAN! Konnor goes for the cover…1…2…3. The Ascension win!



    Winners: The Ascension



    Hamilton

    Here are your winners, The Ascension!


    Ranallo


    The Ascension pick up a huge win, but let’s not glance over the fact that Sheamus and Rusev just screwed Neville and Zack Ryder out of their shot in the tournament.


    Graves


    After they cheated in the qualifying match, what goes around comes around.

    The Ascension celebrate their win as Sheamus tosses Ryder into the ring. The Ascension step aside and leave the ring as Sheamus and Rusev get in.


    And it looks like they may not be done.

    Rusev goes over to Neville and starts punching him on the ground as Sheamus does the same to Ryder in the corner.


    Ranallo


    Now this is too much. What is this for?


    Graves


    Rusev and Sheamus are taking out their frustration on them.

    Ryder tries to fight back, but Sheamus knees him in the gut to stop that and then hits him with the Irish Curse Backbreaker.


    Ranallo


    Ryder and Neville are defenseless

    Rusev lifts up Ryder as Sheamus pounds his chest. He runs at Ryder and hits him with the BROGUE KICK!


    An unnecessary Brogue Kick by Sheamus to Zack Ryder!

    Sheamus then grabs Neville and lifts him up. Rusev lets out a war cry and then nails Neville with a running JUMPING SIDE KICK to the face!


    And now Rusev joins in with his friend taking out Neville.

    Sheamus smacks Rusev on the chest as the two look down at the destruction they just caused. They then roll out of the ring and walk up the ramp as the crowd boos them heavily.


    Graves


    Like it or not Mauro, Sheamus and Rusev just told Neville and Zack Ryder that they deserved to be in this tournament and not them.


    Ranallo


    That’s just being the ultimate sore losers. There was no need for the interference and certainly no need for the attack afterwards.


    Graves


    They were sending a message not only to them but to the whole locker room. Watch out because this is going to be a very dangerous team.

    A graphic showing the updated tournament bracket shows on screen.
    Ranallo

    Well regardless of how they won, The Ascension do move onto the Semi-Finals of the tournament where they will face The Club’s Anderson and Gallows next week here on Smackdown.


    Graves


    Which of the four teams will move onto next week to the finals at Backlash to crown our new World Tag Team Champions?!

    We cut backstage to an office where we see Alex Maverick and Shane McMahon

    McMahon


    That was a big announcement you made earlier tonight. A Triple Threat match for the Intercontinental Championship… can’t get much bigger than that!


    Maverick


    Thanks Shane! I couldn’t think of a better way to crown a new Intercontinental Champion than with those three determined men at our first exclusive pay per view.


    McMahon


    Speaking of Backlash, did you hear Bray Wyatt earlier tonight? Are we sure we still want to go through with letting Sami Zayn fight him?


    Maverick


    Yes I’m sure. Why? You were on board with it when we made the match. Are you changing your mind?


    McMahon


    Well… it’s just hearing him earlier tonight reminded me of how we don’t know what to expect from him. What if we are sending Sami Zayn into something he can’t handle?

    McMahon pauses.


    Or worse?



    Maverick


    What so we’re supposed to just sit around and be afraid of him? Not try to take him down a peg?


    McMahon


    Maybe facing him head on isn’t the right approach. When I was dealing with the Undertaker…


    Maverick


    Look, I get you’re cautious, but trust me… not doing anything is worse.

    McMahon looks unsure of Maverick’s statement as Maverick pauses.


    And look at two week ago when Sami Zayn gave Wyatt a taste of his own medicine.



    McMahon


    But Sami had a steel chair. He won’t have help against Wyatt and who knows what Wyatt will do at Backlash.

    Maverick thinks for a second.


    Maverick


    Well then maybe we need to even the odds for Sami.

    Maverick smirks and then walks away. McMahon looks confused as we fade to commercial break.


    **Commercial Break**

    We come back from commercial at ringside with Ranallo and Graves.

    Ranallo


    Welcome back to Smackdown. Well in just two weeks, we will come to you live on the WWE Network with the first Smackdown exclusive pay per view since the brand split, Backlash. And one match we will see is Sasha Banks defending her Womens World Championship against Becky Lynch. Earlier today, my broadcast partner Corey Graves sat down with these two women to discuss this match.


    Graves


    Yes I did. I’ll let you know I didn’t pull any punches and these women answered everything head on. You can tell how much passion they have and I have to say after conducting that interview, I know we are in for a hell of a match at Backlash.


    Ranallo


    Let’s take a look at that interview now.

    We cut to a previously recorded video. We see a room with Sasha Banks sitting with her Womens World Title on the left, Becky Lynch sitting on the right, and Corey Graves sitting in the middle.

    Graves


    Welcome to the special interview with the two women who will compete in just two weeks at the first Smackdown exclusive pay per view Backlash for the coveted Womens World Championship. I am joined here by the challenger for the title Becky Lynch…

    Graves motions to the right towards Becky.


    And the current Womens World Champion, “The Boss” Sasha Banks.

    Graves motions to the left towards Sasha.


    Ladies, thank you for joining me today in this this sit-down forum. My first question is for you Sasha.

    Graves turns towards Sasha.


    Winning the Womens World Championship has obviously been the highlight of your career. But since winning that title, have you felt pressure to prove that your win at SummerSlam wasn’t a fluke?



    Sasha


    My win at SummerSlam wasn’t a fluke, ok? People can say that all they want but I proved at SummerSlam that I deserve this championship. You don’t just look at one night, you look at a person’s whole career and since I’ve gotten to the main roster and even down in NXT I proved why I am “The Boss” and why I am currently your Womens World Champion. No one can take that moment away from me. But I know that now comes the hard part… keeping this title especially against the stiff competition we have here on Smackdown. But I promise you at Backlash, I will prove SummerSlam wasn’t a fluke when I walk out with this championship around my waist.


    Graves


    Do you feel like there is an animosity in the locker room towards you since winning the title?


    Sasha


    I wouldn’t say animosity. Like I was saying, we have such a talented roster of women here on Smackdown. The competition level is at an all-time high. Everyone is chopping at the bit for a shot at my title, as they should be. If you’re not here to be the Womens World Champion, then why are you here?

    Graves turns towards Becky.


    Graves


    Speaking of that, Becky two weeks ago on Smackdown you became the #1 Contender for the Womens World Championship. Do you feel that you actually deserve this title shot when there are others just as deserving or even more so say like the former champion Charlotte?

    Becky seems a bit annoyed by the question.


    Becky


    First off, two weeks ago I defeated Charlotte one-on-one clean in the middle of the ring to become #1 contender, so I don’t want to hear that she’s more deserving. I busted my arse for years to make it to this point. I wrestled all around the world and have proven myself to be the top notch competitor that I am today. As much as you and Charlotte like to bring herself up, this isn’t about Ric Flair’s daughter… this is about me, Sasha and that Womens World Championship.


    Graves


    Ok let’s keep it on you Becky. We’ve seen you two face off before one on one down in NXT for the NXT Womens Championship. On that night, Becky you lost the match. What’s to say that won’t happen again at Backlash?


    Becky


    The past doesn’t dictate the future. That was a long time ago. And yes, that night Sasha got the best of me. No doubt about that. But I think she’d even agree that that match could’ve gone either way. We left our all in that ring. I look back at that night and don’t think of a disappointing loss… I think of the night that I really came into my own as a competitor. The night the fans sang along to my theme song as I left the ring, showing me the ultimate respect… letting me know that they knew how hard I fought. That night made the Becky Lynch you see before you. And since then, I’ve been better and better. But I know Sasha has been as well. So at Backlash, it will be a repeat of that match, but with one major difference... this time I’m the one who’ll be walking out as champion.


    Graves


    You two along with Charlotte and Bayley called yourselves the Four Horsewomen down in NXT. You two have teamed together down in NXT and even here on the main roster.

    Graves turns towards Sasha.


    Are we going to see two friends having a friendly competition or does that all get thrown out the window come Backlash?



    Sasha


    Just like Becky was saying, we both know how good the other one is and have mutual respect for each other. But that’s where it stops. This isn’t going to be a match between best friends or some friendly competition. This is going to be a battle. I will not take it easy on Becky and I’m sure Becky won’t take it easy on me, nor would I want her to. Come Backlash, you will see two women giving their all to prove that they are the best and deserve to be called Womens World Champion. Nothing less.

    Graves turns towards Becky.


    Graves


    Going back to the Four Horsewomen, Becky you were the only one of the four to never have won the NXT Womens Championship. Alongside that, the two women you came up here with in Sasha and Charlotte have both won Womens Championships on the main roster. Simply put, are you the bust of the group?


    Becky


    Bust? Let me tell you something… just because I haven’t won a championship here yet doesn’t mean I’m a bust. Would you call Roddy Piper a bust for never winning the WWE World Title? What about Ricky Steamboat? The list goes on and on of Hall Of Famers who never won a World Title. Now with that said, just like those men did, I am craving the World Title. I want it so badly. The drive and determination to accomplish that goal oozes through my veins. So you better believe that I want to become champion and I will not stop until I am because I know it’s my destiny.


    Graves


    Final remarks from both of you women. Becky, we’ll start with you.

    Becky looks right at Sasha.


    Becky


    Sasha, at Backlash I know I’m in for the fight of my life, but I’m more than prepared for it. I’ve never been more ready for a match in my entire life. In two weeks, I prove all of the doubters wrong when I walk out the NEW Womens World Champion.

    Graves turns towards Sasha.


    Graves


    Sasha.

    Sasha looks right at Becky.


    Sasha


    Becky, I won’t take anything away from you. You are a tough competitor and I know I’m in for a real fight at Backlash. But if you think I’m ready to give this title up, you’re mistaken. This Womens World Championship is staying right where it is… around my waist.


    Graves


    Thank you ladies.

    We cut back to ringside.

    Ranallo


    Wow! Both Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch seemed as focused as ever for Backlash.


    Graves


    I thought going in that I was going to hear about this being a friendly competition and how much they like each other, but I’ll tell you Mauro, you could feel the tension and just how important this match is to both women.


    Ranallo


    I know I can’t wait to see that match in two weeks!

    “Recognition” plays and out comes Charlotte and Dana Brooke to a sea of boos from the crowd.


    Hamilton


    Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Charlotte and Dana Brooke.


    Ranallo


    Well here comes two people who probably aren’t looking forward to that match at Backlash.


    Graves


    No they aren’t. Take it from me, the Queen is not happy about being left out of this match and not getting her deserved rematch.


    Ranallo


    I’m sure Charlotte just saw that interview like the rest of us and she couldn’t have been pleased about it, especially when Becky Lynch dismissed her.

    Charlotte and Dana get into the ring and don’t look too happy. They both grab microphones.


    Charlotte


    What did we just watch?!

    Charlotte motions towards the titantron screen as she has a disgusted look on her face.


    I mean seriously… what was that trash?

    The crowd boos her loudly.


    Aside from the great journalism of Corey Graves, there was nothing redeemable about that.

    Charlotte talks and acts in a mocking way, mimicking Sasha and Becky.


    Oh I worked hard and deserve a shot. Oh it wasn’t a fluke at SummerSlam. I deserve this… I deserve that…

    Charlotte makes a disgusted face.


    What a loud of crap! First off, Sasha can say whatever she wants, but SummerSlam was nothing but a fluke. She beats me one time…

    Charlotte holds up one finger.


    ONE TIME and she thinks she’s better than me? That it erases the past where I dominated her and the rest of the womens division.

    Charlotte pauses as the crowd boos her.


    If I got my rematch against her… like I should have… I would’ve definitively beat her just like I have every other time.

    Charlotte pauses as the crowd continues to boo her.


    Oh but no… she’s defending her title against Becky Lynch. But what has Becky done to deserve a shot over me?

    Charlotte again talks in a mocking way.


    Oh but she worked hard through adversity and never gave up...

    Charlotte gets a disgusted look on her face again.


    Please… she may talk like John Cena but she’s nothing more than a cute little side act that’ll go nowhere in this business.

    Dana steps up.


    Dana


    And how about the way she just dismissed you when you got brought up? Like you were nobody.

    Charlotte is outraged by that as well.


    This woman should never be dismissed. She is the Queen of WWE! She is the rightful Womens Champion! She…

    Just then “Amazing (Remix)” plays and out comes Naomi. The crowd cheers as they are glad someone came out to shut Charlotte and Dana up. Charlotte and Dana don’t look pleased as they look over at Naomi on the stage.


    Dana


    What are you doing out here?! No one invited you out here.


    Naomi


    What am I doing? I’m saving all these people from your boring whining and complaining… that’s what I’m doing.

    The crowd cheers as Dana gets angrier.


    Dana


    How dare you…

    Charlotte stops Dana and tells her she’s got this.


    Charlotte


    This doesn’t concern you Naomi. This is for the girls who really matter and well… you haven’t been relevant in… ever.

    Charlotte turns to Dana and the two laugh as the crowd boos.


    Naomi


    I’m sick of you Charlotte claiming you’re the only one that deserves a title shot. You had your shot at SummerSlam and lost to Sasha Banks. You had a chance at another title shot and you lost to Becky Lynch.

    Charlotte is getting angrier with each word Naomi says.


    Smackdown is the land of opportunity, and as far as I can tell, you’ve had yours. It’s now time for someone else to get theirs.

    The crowd cheers.


    Charlotte


    Who? Someone like you?

    Charlotte and Dana scoff at that idea.


    Please. You’re not even in my league. You’re nothing more than a flashy entrance. I don’t feel the glow, but I smell the stench of your career stinking.

    Charlotte and Dana start laughing.


    Naomi


    How about you prove it then… RIGHT NOW!

    Naomi throws the microphone down and starts to walk towards the ring and Charlotte is yelling at her to get back. Just then “Smack Down” by Thousand Foot Krutch plays and out comes Alex Maverick onto the stage. Naomi stops halfway down the ramp.


    Maverick


    Charlotte, you want to run your mouth about how you’re the best…

    Maverick looks over at Naomi.


    And Naomi, you want to take advantage of the land of opportunity?

    Maverick waves to the back.


    Then let’s get a referee out here and have a match NOW!

    Naomi smirks as Charlotte is outraged by the decision.


    Graves


    How dare out General Manager do this to the Queen! She wasn’t expecting a match.


    Ranallo


    Well prepared or not, the match is happening. It’s Charlotte vs. Naomi when we return to Smackdown.


    **Commercial Break**


    Charlotte vs. Naomi


    Naomi out of the gate takes control with her athleticism and a big dropkick. Charlotte seems caught off guard as she clearly underestimated Naomi, thinking it was going to be an easy match. Naomi keeps control for a bit. She looks to go off the top rope but Dana distracts her by faking getting on the apron, allowing Charlotte to toss Naomi off the top rope and to the mat. Charlotte keeps control and slows the pace down. Charlotte works on Naomi’s back with things like knees to the back and backbreakers. Charlotte goes for the Figure 8, but Naomi is close to the ropes and holds on. Charlotte tries pulling Naomi away but her grip is tight. Charlotte stomps on her gut to make her let go and pulls her to the middle of the ring. Charlotte goes to lock in the submission but Naomi kicks Charlotte off. Naomi works her way back up, holding her back. Charlotte runs at Naomi for a big boot, but Naomi ducks it and connects with a few forearms to Charlotte. Naomi takes control, picking up the pace with fast kicks and athletic moves, catching Charlotte off guard. Naomi lifts Charlotte up and slams her down to the mat in a sit-out slam. Naomi hooks the leg…1…2…Charlotte kicks out. Naomi gets up and pulls Charlotte towards the nearby corner. Naomi grabs her back for a second, but seems to shake it off. Naomi goes for a Split Leg Moonsault, but Charlotte gets her knees up. Naomi clutches at her mid-section and falls to her knees in the middle of the ring. Charlotte runs at Naomi and hits her with NATURAL SELECTION! The cover…1…2…3. Charlotte wins!



    Winner: Charlotte



    Hamilton

    Here is your winner, Charlotte!


    Graves


    And just like that, Charlotte shows once again why she is the Queen of the WWE.


    Ranallo


    Take nothing away from Naomi though. She had a hard fought match that could’ve gone either way.


    Graves


    What are you talking about Mauro? Of course the Queen was going to win. She proved that Naomi is nothing compared to her.


    Ranallo


    I think we were watching different matches.


    Graves


    Looks like it. You may want to get your eyes checked so you can fully appreciate Charlotte’s greatness.


    Ranallo


    Well I just got word that next week here on Smackdown, the two women who will battle at Backlash for the Womens World Championship will team up to take on Charlotte and her protégé Dana Brooke.


    Graves


    After the tension I witnessed in that interview, I don’t know how Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch are going to work together, especially with their match coming up.

    We cut backstage to see Rusev and Sheamus in the locker room pumped up.


    Sheamus


    Now that felt good!


    Rusev


    That’ll teach those cheaters not to mess with us!


    Sheamus


    We told them and the whole world not to mess with us. And tonight, we showed them why. If we were going to be robbed of being in that match then there was no way we were going to allow Neville and Zack Ryder to get an opportunity they don’t deserve.

    Owens walks into the locker room.


    Sheamus


    Kevin! How’s it going fella?!


    Owens


    You two seem very cheery… I’m guessing that has to do with what you did earlier.


    Rusev


    We CRUSHED Neville and Zack Ryder and showed them how pathetic they are, just like we will to The Cub tonight.


    Owens


    Good… That’s comforting to hear. As much as I like a good beat down on Neville and Ryder, I need to know you two are focused on The Club tonight.


    Sheamus


    Don’t worry fella… they’re no longer a distraction. They’re in our rear-view mirror. We’re looking forward towards proving that we’re the best team on Smackdown when we take out The Club again tonight.


    Owens


    That’s what I want to hear. You two can focus on the bald twins Gallows and Anderson while I take out that soccer mom, overrated disgrace of a champion, AJ Styles.

    Owens pauses and looks at each Sheamus and Rusev.


    You boys ready?



    Rusev


    Let’s go end The Club!

    Rusev, Sheamus and Owens get hyped up and leave the locker room as we fade out.


    Ranallo


    It’s Rusev, Sheamus and Kevin Owens taking on The Club next here on Smackdown.


    **Commercial Break**

    As we come back from commercial break, “Stick To Your Guns” by Sick Puppies is playing with the Fury album cover on screen.

    Graves


    Welcome back to Smackdown. We’d like to give a special thanks to Sick Puppies for their song “Stick To Your Guns” the official theme for Backlash. It is off their new album “Fury” available now.

    A graphic for the Intercontinental Championship match is shown on the screen.


    Ranallo


    Well we heard the announcement from General Manager Maverick earlier tonight that the vacant Intercontinental Championship will be decided in a triple threat match between Roman Reigns, Apollo Crews and Finn Balor. Crews and Balor said earlier tonight that they know it’s every man for himself, but will they stick to their guns on making sure the ever determined Roman Reigns doesn’t end up with the prestigious championship?

    A graphic for the Womens World Championship match is shown on the screen.


    Graves


    And speaking of sticking to their guns, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch stated during my interview that this is not about friendship, it’s not about having a good match or about friendly competition. This is about the Womens World Championship. I was in that room and I believe the two of them. I believe we’re in for a war between two women looking to prove themselves.

    A graphic for Bray Wyatt vs. Sami Zayn is shown on the screen.


    Ranallo


    There’s no doubt that this will turn into a war between Sami Zayn and Bray Wyatt. Sami has been attacked a few times by Wyatt now. He boldly challenged Wyatt to this match but we’ll see if Zayn can stop Wyatt in his path towards the “great power.”

    A graphic of the World Tag Team Championship tournament bracket is shown on the screen.


    Graves


    Wyatt isn’t the only one seeking gold as the World Tag Team Championship tournament comes to an end at Backlash. We are down to four teams that will battle in the semi-finals next week. Who will move on and try to realize their goal of becoming World Tag Team Champions?

    A graphic for the World Heavyweight Championship match is shown on the screen.


    Ranallo


    And the World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line as the champion AJ Styles defends against the man who feels he is the only one who deserves the title, Kevin Owens. Will Owens be able to prove he’s worthy of the World Title or will Styles continue his great 2016 run?

    Hellfire” plays and out comes Rusev, Sheamus and Lana. They let out a battle cry as the crowd boos them.

    Hamilton


    The following contest is a six man tag team match scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, being accompanied by "The Ravishing Russian" Lana, at a combined weight of 571 pounds, "The Bulgarian Brute" Rusev and "The Celtic Warrior" Sheamus.


    Graves


    It’s main event time! I’ve been looking forward to this match all week.


    Ranallo


    Well this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Sheamus and Rusev out here tonight. Earlier in the night, we saw them cost Neville and Zack Ryder their match in the World Tag Team Title Tournament and as if that wasn’t enough, they attacked them afterwards.


    Graves


    How many times do I need to tell you… they were getting retribution for being cheated out of the tournament and sending a message to them. But forget those two, because this is about these two men who I’m convinced will be the next great tag team here on Smackdown.

    Fight” plays and out comes Kevin Owens to loud boos from the crowd.


    Hamilton


    Their partner, from Marieville, Quebec, Canada, weighing in at 266 pounds, Kevin Owens.


    Ranallo


    And I’m sure you’re going to praise this man too for his actions the past few weeks?


    Graves


    Why not? Kevin Owens became the #1 Contender at SummerSlam. He defeated a former World Champion in Mark Henry. At Backlash he will become World Heavyweight Champion. And tonight, we along with Rusev and Sheamus will take out The Club.


    Ranallo


    I think you left out how he’s disrespected the champion, low blowed a former World Champion and retired Christian, disrespected another former World Champion in Mark Henry, and helped attack The Club for no reason last week.

    “Omen In The Sky” plays and out comes AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson to the crowd cheering loudly for them as they hold up the “too sweet” sign.


    Hamilton


    And their opponents, at a combined weight of 763 pounds, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and the World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles, The Club.


    Graves


    All you do is focus on all the negatives, so let’s flip things around. The Club has been handed opportunities here on Smackdown while Kevin Owens, Rusev, and Sheamus are denied ones that they deserve and have to work hard to get them. Don’t get me wrong, The Club is great but those other three men deserve the same opportunities.


    Ranallo


    They can complain all they want about our General Manager but he’s afforded all of them multiple opportunities. But that’s not what this is about. Tonight is about retribution for The Club after being attacked last week at the end of Smackdown.


    Graves


    Of course it’s about that. They needed to make a statement and show why they belong on top. Taking nothing away from The Club but I feel Owens, Sheamus and Rusev are more motivated tonight.


    Kevin Owens, Rusev, & Sheamus vs. The Club


    The match goes back and forth between the two teams, which each taking control at points. Towards the end, Rusev and Styles are the two legal men. Styles just hit Rusev with a Torando DDT and goes out to the apron waiting for Rusev to get to his feet. Lana grabs Styles’ leg before he can springboard off. The referee notices and starts yelling at Lana before he tosses her out, much to the fans delight. Lana is angry and storms off up the ramp. Rusev goes over to the referee and yells at him for throwing his wife out. As the argument is happening, Styles springboards off the ropes towards Rusev. Rusev notices this and pulls the referee in the way. Styles tries to pull back at the last second but can’t stop from colliding with the referee, taking him down. Styles immediately checks on the referee but Rusev takes advantage with a Running Side Kick to the face. Rusev lets out a yell and looks to be going for the Accolade, but before he can go to lock it in, NEVILLE AND ZACK RYDER come out from the crowd and attack Rusev. Sheamus looks to get in to help, but Neville and Ryder Double Dropkick him off the apron to the outside mat near the ramp. Rusev tries to take that opportunity to roll out of the ring and goes near Sheamus to help his partner up, but Neville and Ryder run off the ropes and DIVE TO THE OUTSIDE onto Sheamus and Rusev, taking them out. Neville and Ryder celebrate their measure of revenge. Rusev and Sheamus slowly try to crawl up the ramp as Neville and Ryder chase the, to the back. Owens gets into the ring looking up the ramp yelling as his partners have been chased out and he’s now alone. Owens pulls himself together and looks to finish the job himself. He turns around and grabs Styles from behind, who is slowly getting back up, but Styles nails Owens with a PELE KICK. Gallows and Anderson get in the ring. Gallows gets Owens on his shoulders, Anderson runs off the ropes and hits him with the BOOT OF DOOM! Styles goes to the outside onto the apron, looks out at the crowd and springboards off onto Owens for a SPRINGBOARD 450 SPLASH! Gallows wakes up the referee who has enough wits to count…1……2…….3. The Club wins!



    Winner: The Club



    Hamilton

    Here are your winners, The Club!


    Ranallo


    Through all the craziness, The Club gets a measure of retribution against Kevin Owens.


    Graves


    Retribution?! This is a travesty! First AJ Styles takes out the referee which should be a disqualification right there. Then Neville and Zack Ryder come out and sneak attack Rusev and Sheamus, leaving Kevin Owens all by himself.


    Ranallo


    Turnabout is fair play after what Rusev and Sheamus did to Neville and Ryder earlier tonight. And unfortunately for Kevin Owens, he paid the price and got a taste of his own medicine.


    Graves


    That is the future World Heavyweight Champion! He doesn’t deserve that!


    Ranallo


    Many would beg the differ. But regardless, The Club gets a big victory here tonight giving them each some momentum. Gallows and Anderson into next week on Smackdown in the semi-finals of the World Tag Team Championship tournament as they take on The Ascension and AJ Styles two weeks away from his first title defense against the man lying in the ring, Kevin Owens.


    Graves


    Don’t think that this didn’t just motivate Kevin Owens even more heading into Backlash.


    Ranallo


    What will happen next week in our final stop before the first Smackdown exclusive pay per view Backlash? Thank you for joining us this week here on Smackdown! Goodnight!

    We fade out with Owens looking angry as he’s slowly trying to get up while The Club “too sweets” each other on the stage.



    Quick Results:


    American Alpha def. The Lucha Dragons in First Round of World Tag Team Championship Tournament



    Sami Zayn def. Fandango



    Slater Gator def. Roman Reigns (via DQ)



    Charlotte def. Naomi



    The Ascension def. Neville & Zack Ryder in First Round of World Tag Team Championship Tournament



    The Club def. Kevin Owens, Rusev, & Sheamus



    Next Week on Smackdown:



    Semi-Finals of World Tag Team Championship Tournament


    Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. American Alpha


    Semi-Finals of World Tag Team Championship Tournament


    The Club vs. The Ascension


    Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch



    Backlash Card – 9/18/16


    World Heavyweight Championship


    AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens


    Womens World Championship


    Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch


    Bray Wyatt vs. Sami Zayn



    World Tag Team Championship


    The Club OR The Ascension vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass OR American Alpha


    Intercontinental Championship


    Roman Reigns vs. Apollo Crews vs. Finn Balor

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    WWE Presents…


    Monday Night Raw from SAP Center in San Jose, California

    Episode 7

    September 12th 2016

    “Making A Statement”

    The Then.Now.Forever opening intro plays. We then see Seth Rollins with Nick Kennedy in his office from last week. We are mid conversation
    .


    Kennedy

    Seth…

    Kennedy goes to pat him on the back, but Rollins backs-away. Kennedy then chuckles.


    Kennedy


    …I hate to break it to you but you have no match tonight.

    Rollins

    (angry)

    WHAT?

    Kennedy

    (half-hearted)

    Sorry…

    (pauses)

    We’rerunning out of time. We could only fit the main event.

    Rollins

    Running out of time…

    (pauses)

    …main event?
    Rollins shakes his head in disbelief.

    Rollins


    I’m the number one draft pick. I’m Monday Night Raw. I’m the main event.

    Kennedy

    Actually you were the main event.

    Seth is taken back by that comment as once again the Boston crowd acknowledges that diss with an “ohhh”. We then scenes of Rollins getting finishers such as Dirty Deeds and a Zig-Zag from Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler respectfully.


    Kennedy


    You have not been getting it down lately Seth. You need to impress in order to get some air time.

    “Impress” echoes as we watch Kennedy turn the lights off on Rollins. The scene shifts to the main event where we see Cena and Ambrose doing battle. We watch the two go blow to blow with each other. We watch Ambrose hit a clothesline in the corner followed by a bulldog, then Cena one up him with a Springboard Stunner. We then watch the action spill on the outside as Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Ambrose. He rolls him into the ring goes for the pin and only gets a two count, much to his disbelief.


    We then see Ambrose hit a Dirty Deeds and he too onlygets a two count in which he shows frustration. We then cut to the Lunatic grabbing a chair from the time keeper area. He slides into the ring and that iswhere we join the action:


    Dean slides into the ring and has the chair firmly in his grip. He is ready to strike…BUT CENA GETS UP CATCHING AMBROSE OFF GUARD ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT AS AMBROSE AND THE CHAIR GO FLYING. A few moments pass and Cena crawls towards Ambrose and lays his atop his opponent. ONE….TWO….THR……………


    ROLLINS PULLS CENA OFF DEAN AMBROSE!!!! WHAT?!?!!?!? The Boston crowd is stunned.Rollins stomps away on Cena, who at this point can’t even block any of themsince he is fatigued. Rollins looks incensed and is taking out his frustration from earlier out on John Cena. He then notices the chair that was tossed acrossthe ring on accident. He positions in the middle of the ring. He grabs Cena and the two are in the center of the ring. He kicks him in the gut before planting a PEDIGREE ONTO THE CHAIR. BOSTON IS GOING NUTS BY BOOING AND CHANTING “YOUSUCK” TOWARDS ROLLINS. Rollins then turns to his former Shield brother who ishanging on the outside apron. He drags him by the arm sliding him on his back.He turns him over drapes his arm across Cena before rolling out of the ring as Ambrose gets the three count and victory!

    Winner: Dean Ambrose

    Phillips

    I cannot believe what we just witnessed. Seth Rollins just cost John Cena the number one contendership for the WWE Championship. All I want to know is why.

    The screen turns black and white as we see Rollins standing atop the ramp. The words of Seth Rollins echoes over and over again…“I’m the main event”.

    The screen goes black for a few moments before we openup with a wide shot of the titantron.

    Phillips


    This is Monday Night Raw!

    *The Second Coming*

    To a mixed reaction comes The Architect Seth Rollins who seems to be in a happier mood compared to the last few weeks. He walks down the ramp and a slight grin can be seen on the face of the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion.


    Phillips


    The WWE Universe has been asking all week, why Seth Rollins? Why did you get involved in the main event last week?

    JBL

    I’vealways been one of Seth’s biggest fans, but I too am dying to find out the answer. Last week’s main event was turning into an instant classic and Cena was closing in on become the new number one contender to the WWE Championship, but the Architect got involved.

    Phillips

    Which is shocking because for most of the summer Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose have waged war against each other.

    JBL

    Excellent point, but as they saying goes keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

    Rollins stands in the center of the ring with a microphone in his hand. That little grin hasn’t worn off yet. He takes a few moments to let the crowd wear themselves out before speaking right into the camera.


    Rollins


    DoI have your attention now?

    The continued crowd reaction occurs as Rollins starts to pace in the ring a bit as he continues his promo.


    Rollins


    For weeks I’ve been hearing I’ve turned into a bust, that I’m no longer main event material and I need to impress to get time on this show. With my actions last week, all those statements were put to bed.

    Rollins grin gets a little wider as he continues.


    Rollins


    I proved the WWE Universe wrong, I proved the locker-room wrong and I proved our idiotic general manager Nick Kennedy wrong. Seth “Frickin” Rollins is not only the first overall pick, but he is and always will be the main event of Monday Night Raw…

    (pauses)

    …and unfortunately for John Cena he had to be the martyr for me to prove my point.

    The crowd boos.


    Rollins


    (smiling)

    By the way you’re welcome Dean, although at this rate I’m not surprised I had to bail you out of trouble. After all that’s all I did when we were a part of The Shield.

    The crowd boos once again as Rollins laughs.


    Rollins


    Last week-

    *My Time Is Now*

    Rollins immediately turns to the entrance ramp as the crowd starts to cheer. We see John Cena appear with a bandage on his head protecting the stitches/staples he received after last week’s match. He look sat Rollins who is begging for Cena to come down. If that’s what he wants, that is what he is going to get as Cena without any hesitation comes running down the ramp and slides in the ring. Just as he does that the first overall pick rolls out of the ring and that only angers Cena, who begs for Seth to get in the ring, but Rollins is not going to fulfill Cena’s wishes which causes the crowd to boo.


    Phillips


    Cena sent Rollins running.

    JBL

    Rollins isn’t running he’s giving Cena a chance to rethink his decision.

    We see Rollins with that same grin on his face as he is now halfway up the ramp and now has decent space separating him and a pissed off Cena. The screen then shows a match graphic with Big Show and Baron Corbin.


    Phillips


    Speaking of decisions Baron Corbin doesn’t have one as Big Show will finally get his hands on The Lone Wolf after weeks of Corbin running. The two go one on one tonight.

    The screen then cuts to the backstage area where we seethe WWE Tag Team Champions.


    JBL


    Up next we have the “Top Guys” Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson in tag team action and I can’t wait!

    *Commercial Break*

    *What’s Up(Golden Truth Remix)*

    Back from commercial we see The Golden Truth bopping in the ring to their theme music as they patiently wait for their opponents tonight.


    *SouthernProud*

    To a chorus of boos we see the tag team champions appear. They taunt the crowd a bit as they take the titles off their waists before clinking them together atop the ramp before making their way down to
    the ring.


    JoJo


    Their opponents, weighing a combined four hundred and forty six pounds…The Revival!

    Phillips

    The self-proclaimed top guys of the tag team division are scheduled for action against Golden Truth here tonight.

    JBL

    Self-proclaimed? They clearly are the top guys. They hold the WWE Tag Team titles. If that doesn't scream top guys, what does?

    Match 1: The Golden Truth vs. The Revival

    Match Summary: The match is a bit more competitive compared to their first meeting a few weeks ago. However, it would still be the same result. After getting a hot tag from Goldust, Truth would mount some offense against Wilder which would include two quick clotheslines followed by a flapjack. However the offense wouldn’t last long. After the flapjack he kicks his opponent in the gut and goes to bounce himself off the ropes, Dawson would trip him up by the legs distracting him. When he turns around he is knocked down by a dropkick from Wilder. Dawson illegally gets in the ring to knock Goldie off the apron. From there they would hit the SHATTER MACHINE and get a three count.

    Winners:The Revival

    Phillips

    In easy fashion The Revival pull off the victory against the veteran team of Goldust and R-Truth.

    JBL

    I never had any doubts! This team is good. No other team stands a chance.

    Phillips

    I'm not sure about that. There are two hungry teams that will be facing off later tonight. We know whoever wins that match; will probably ensure their spot as number one contenders to The Revival’s titles.

    We see The Revival clink their titles as they stand tall on the ramp as Goldust checks on his partner who is holding his jaw.


    *Backstage Area*

    We see Nick Kennedy in his office typing on his cellphone as he gets a moderate reaction from the crowd. When he looks up we see a still pissed off John Cena. He is red with anger.

    Kennedy

    What can I do for you John?

    Cena

    I want Rollins and I want him tonight.

    The crowd cheers as Kennedy seems slightly speechless. He pauses for a few moments.


    Kennedy


    You got five staples on the top of your head.

    Cena

    So…

    Kennedy

    I'm concerned about your health. You’re not one hundred percent.

    Cena

    I’ma big boy I can handle it.

    Kennedy looking at the stature of Cena.


    Kennedy


    I know you are….

    Cena

    So make the match!

    (pauses and takes his hat off)

    You see what it reads on this hat?

    Kennedy nods.


    Cena


    Never give up! It’s not just a saying. It’s my way of life. I have given everything in that ring and I’m not going to let Seth Rollins take that away from me. He's the first overall draft pick? He’s the main event? Well I’m given him the chance to prove it tonight.

    The Raw GM sighs and throws his arms in the air.

    Kennedy

    Fine! You got your match.

    The crowd cheers as Cena places the hat on top of Kennedy's head and it’s clearly a few sizes too big. He takes it off and shakes his head before scoffing.


    *In-Ring*

    In the center of the ring we see a frustrated Dolph Ziggler with microphone in hand. He runs his fingers through his hair before talking into the microphone.


    Ziggler


    For weeks someone has been pushing my buttons by creating this “Show-Off Scorecard”. At first, I’ll admit it was a bit amusing, but now it is just plain annoying.

    (pauses)

    Clearly someone has a disliking towards me. I don’t know if it’s out of pure hate or jealousy. However there is one thing I do know…

    (pauses and looks at the camera)

    …the person running it is a complete coward.

    The crowd cheers.


    Ziggler


    He needs to stop playing these childish games and settle this like a man. That is why I’m calling him out right now. Maybe he can show me what a good score is…

    (pauses)

    …or maybe he can’t, because I’m just that damn good.

    The crowd cheers as Ziggler pretty much spikes his microphone to the side as he begins to bounce side to side as he faces the entrance ramp waiting for the Show-Off Scorecard guy to show up. However after a few beats of silence we see EVA MARIE walk out which causes the crowd to boo. She is dressed like a secretary and has a clipboard in her hands along with a microphone.


    Eva Marie


    Dolph…

    The crowd continues to boo and chants “You Suck” which causes Eva Marie to stop. She once again lifts the microphone to her mouth recomposing herself.


    Eva Marie


    Dolph I can assure you this superstar is not your scorecard nemesis. However, he is your opponent tonight!

    She motions towards the back and….


    *Man With A Plan*

    The Brian Kendrick in his signature white leather jacket comes swaggering out blowing kisses to the WWE Universe. He receives a very mixed reaction and he would probably have more fans if Eva Marie wasn’t by his side.


    Phillips


    It looks like Dolph Ziggler will have to wait a little longer to find out who the man behind the Show-Off Scorecard is.

    JBL

    I rather take this! The Brian Kendrick returns to Monday Night Raw!

    Phillips

    Brian Kendrick-

    JBL

    The Brian Kendrick…

    Phillips

    The Brian Kendrick made his in ring return to the WWE over the summer when he competed in the Cruiserweight Classic and before that we saw him on Total Divas training Eva Marie, which is why we see the two together now.

    JBL

    Under the guidance of Kendrick, Eva has gotten drastically better; however there is still more work to be done. Clearly she is dedicated though. Not only is she in The Brian Kendrick’s corner tonight, she will also be taking notes as indicated by her notepad.

    Match 2: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Brian Kendrick

    Match Summary: A returning Kendrick in the early going struggled against Ziggler who wasn’t too pleased that he didn't get his wish tonight and in the early going took it out on Kendrick.Eventually Kendrick was able to roll out of the ring and talk to Eva telling her that this was a good “lesson”. Ziggler wasn’t having any of that as he would go to the outside as well and start to chase Kendrick. Kendrick slid back into the ring and bounced off the ropes before connecting with a baseball slide on Dolph who was still on the outside. “Write that down” screamed Kendrick at Eva who would furiously scribble that down as Kendrick would gain the upperhand. Kendrick would follow that note with a few others as he showed plenty of aggression during the match. However, don’t doubt the Show-Off. Kendrick would climb to the top rope but before a move could be performed Ziggler would also scale the rope landing a few punches. He would then get both men off the top rope and onto the mat connecting with a suplexplex from the top.

    Both men are down as the referee begins his count. Eva on the outside is now playing cheerleader instead of understudy as she tells Kendrick to get up. Kendrick is the first man up, but can't capitalize as Ziggler pushes his hands away and connects with a superkick. It looks to be over, but he only gets a two count. However, Ziggler is able to follow that up with another signature move this time hitting aFamouser and again only getting a two count. Kendrick goes into the corner to try and gain space. Here comes the former World Heavyweight Champion. He goesover and tries to grab Kendrick who tangles himself in the ropes, forcing his opponent back with help from the ref. Ziggler tries to go for offense again andagain Ziggler tangles himself up. Ziggler is mad and tries to grab Kendrick who is using the ropes. The ref gets around Ziggler’s midsection to push him back and misses KENDRICK CONNECTING WITH A THUMB TO THE EYE. That gives Kendrick the opening needed for THE KENDRICK. He hooks both legs and gets the victory!

    Winner:The Brian Kendrick

    Kendrick rolls out of the ring and is met by Eva Marie who gives him a hug. He blows a few kisses to the crowd and asks Eva if she“wrote that down” which she nods.


    JBL


    The Brian Kendrick pulls off the victory. I hope Eva Marie got all of that.

    Phillips

    You failed to mention the victory came after the illegal poke to the eye.

    JBL

    Well if Dolph backed away like he was supposed to the referee wouldn’t have taken his eyes off the match.

    Phillips

    Clearly his frustration over the Show-Off Scorecard got the better of him tonight.

    We then see the titantron in which the scorecard appears.

    JBL

    Speaking of the scorecard….

    The scorecard appears and we see it appear with multiple scores. It reads Eva Marie: 10 and Ziggler: .5.


    Phillips


    Eva Marie is getting scores now?!?! C’mon this is getting ridiculous.

    JBL

    What Tom?!? She is a ten…just not in the ring.

    (chuckles)

    Maybe next week the scorecard could give you a score.

    Phillips

    I have a feeling it would not be accurate.

    JBL

    It's been pretty accurate about Dolph’s performances lately; I see no reason why it wouldn't be accurate for you as well.

    *Backstage Area*

    The camera shows Jack Swagger in the middle of a set of pushups. He does about five before we see a pair of boots flank his right. He hops up and we see Cesaro who gets a huge pop from the crowd. The two share a stare down for a few moments with blank expressions on their face. Finally Cesaro cracks a smile before shaking hands with his former tag team partner.


    Cesaro


    Welcome back…how do you feel?

    Swagger

    I'm feeling much better, especially after getting some revenge on Alberto Del Rio last week.

    Cesaro nods.


    Cesaro


    Speaking of last week I noticed you signaled to the Miz you were coming for his title.

    Swagger nods.


    Swagger


    That's because I never had the opportunity to compete for the United States title in the first place. The way I see it, I’m still number one contender for the title.

    Cesaro

    That's true, but I do hold a victory against The Miz which means I’m in line for another opportunity.

    Swagger

    You’ve had two already. How many more do you want?

    Before the Swiss Superman can reply the two time All-American continues.


    Swagger


    You know if I wasn’t attacked at SummerSlam I was going to win our match.

    Cesaro rolls his eyes.


    Cesaro


    You’re kidding me right? They don’t call me the Swiss Superman for nothing.

    Swagger

    Well I’m a two time, two time All-American…

    (pauses)

    …and your kryptonite.

    Cesaro raises his eyebrows clearly surprised. He looks like he wants to say something, but holds it in and regains his thoughts.


    Cesaro


    We can settle this at a later time. Let’s focus on tonight. We need to work together to beat those so-called A-Listers Del Rio and Tyler Breeze.

    Swagger nods and holds out his hand.


    Swagger


    See you out there…partner.

    Cesaro looks at Swagger’s hand and then at Swagger with slight hesitation before shaking his hand and leaving before Raw goes to a commercial break.


    *Commercial Break*

    Back from commercial break we see a wide shot of the announce table that features WWE Women’s Champion Paige, Tom Phillips and JBL as “Stars in the Night” plays in the background.

    Phillips

    Welcome back to Monday Night Raw and as you can see beside me is the WWE Women’s Champion…Paige.

    (turning to her)

    Welcome!

    Paige

    Hi guys! How are you?

    Phillips

    I’m-

    JBL

    We’re doing great! Pleasure to have you here.

    *Tropical Storm*

    To some boos we see Tamina appear. She looks out into the crowd and cracks an evil grin before walking down the ramp.


    JoJo

    This match is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, from The Pacific Islands….Taminnna!

    Phillips


    Tamina in action tonight. Tamina of course is the daughter of the legendary Jimmy“Superfly” Snuka.

    JBL

    Like her father she is a competitor. One of the strongest women we got in the division. Also appears on Total Divas alongside Paige…ain’t that right?

    Paige

    That is, but don’t let Tamina’s nice girl attitude outside of the ring fool you.Inside the ring she is as mean as they come.

    *Turn It Up*

    Bayley comes out to a huge pop since Raw is taking place in her hometown. She takes a few steps atop the ramp before raising her arms high in the air as inflatable arm flailing tubeman on each side of her start to wave in the air.

    JoJo

    Her opponent from San Jose, Calfornia….IT’S BAYYYYLEY!

    Phillips

    Last week Bayley battled Emma in what was a great match. Bayley would go on to win and is the new number one contender to the WWE Women’s Championship.

    JBL

    That is why I assume you’re out here Paige to scout your future opponent.

    Paige

    In part yes, but I am also here to support my friend Bayley.

    JBL

    Friend? What do you care about more that championship or your friendship?

    Paige

    I care about both equally, but when I’m in the ring there are no friendships.

    JBL

    That's what I like to hear.

    Phillips

    Maybe that's why you don’t have any friends John.

    Paige laughs.


    JBL


    Shut-up Tom!

    Match3: Tamina vs. Bayley

    Match Summary: A good back and forth match early but Tamina would use her strength to gain the upper hand and just as Bayley starts to fight back her opponent is able to land a nice Samoan drop. Just like her father did, she works her way up to the top rope and is looking to end the match. She goes for the Superfly Splash, but misses. From there it would be able to take advantage and build momentum. She is able to hit Tamina with two double axe handles. She would then whip Tamina into the corner before falling that up with a springboard running back elbow. Tamina is now in trouble as Bayley charges from the other corner before connecting with a dropkick, nearly taking Tamina’s head off. Tamina stumbles to her knees and falls face first on the mat as Bayley turns her over for a pin, but only gets a two count. Bayley stalks her opponent who is a bit dazed as she gets up. She goes to grab Tamina, who pushes Bayley away. She then tries a superkick, but Bayley catches it, spins her around and connects with the BAYLEY TO BELLY which gets the victory for the number one contender.

    Winner:Bayley

    Phillips

    Bayley keeps on rolling! Paige your thoughts?

    Paige

    Good win, but that’s never going to happen to me.

    The camera then shows Bayley approach the table which causes Paige to stand and show off the title around her arm. Are the two about to throw down? Nope…instead Bayley hugs Paige, nearly knocking her over.


    JBL


    They may be all hugs now, but soon enough these two will face off in the ring and I can't wait!

    *Backstage Area*

    We see Nick Kennedy watching the monitor. He has a smile on his face. He walks over and takes a seat at his desk and hears a knock on the door. He tells them to come in and we see Emma who gets boos from the crowd. She looks at the screen that still shows Paige and Bayley still buddy-buddy. She shakes her head in frustration.


    Emma


    This…this is a travesty. Hugging? There is no hugging in wrestling.

    (looks at Kennedy)

    You can't be happy with this.

    Kennedy

    I am. They are two of the best Raw had to offer.

    Emma

    But they're not better than me.

    Emma giggles but not in a cute way, more like an evil way. She then looks at Kennedy who is looking down at some papers. She seductively walks over and pushes the papers off the desk before lying on top of the table.


    Kennedy


    What you do that for?!?!?

    Emma

    Oh…did I do that? I’m so clumsy sometimes.

    Now she giggles in a cute girlish way, but Kennedy isn't having it.


    Kennedy


    I don't have time for this.

    Kennedy pushes his chair angrily behind him and starts to pick up the papers. Emma pouts.


    Emma


    When will you have time?

    Kennedy

    Let's see….

    (pauses)

    I don't know, last Tuesday through Sunday. I sent you text; I called you and got nothing.

    Emma

    I’m sowwwry.

    (pauses)

    I was too devastated to talk after losing to Bayley last week.

    Kennedy

    So why didn’t just say that?

    Emma

    Because…I was ashamed. I don’t want you to be going out with a loser.

    Emma sits up from the desk and Kennedy grabs her by the hand.

    Kennedy

    You're not a loser.

    Emma

    I sure feel like one.

    Kennedy

    Is there any way I can make you feel better?

    Emma thinks for a few moments.


    Emma


    Maybe a match against…

    (pauses)

    PAIGE!

    Kennedy

    Paige?!?!

    Emma

    Next week…

    (pauses)

    Non-title of course.

    Kennedy

    I don't know. You haven’t really earned it.

    Emma eyes start to water as she begins to give Kennedy puppy eyes. Kennedy after a few moments sighs and then cracks a little smile.


    Kennedy


    Fine….

    Emma

    Yay!

    Kennedy

    But under one condition. A little sugar for your sugar.

    Emma looks confused as Kennedy points to his lips. She then raises her eyebrows and starts to panic a bit.


    Emma


    Okay…

    (pauses)

    Okay….close your eyes.

    Kennedy closes his eyes. Emma pretends to gag. She then pulls out her cellphone and pretends to talk to someone.


    Emma


    Sorry bae!

    (leaving)

    It’s my agent. Got to go!

    Kennedy opens his eyes as Emma is practically running out of the frame.


    Kennedy


    I didn't hear it ring.

    Emma

    (off-screen)

    It was on vibrate!

    Kennedy snaps his fingers together.


    Kennedy


    Dang it! Maybe next week…

    He hangs his head as Raw goes to a commercial break.


    *Commercial Break*

    We see a graphic of The Miz with Maryse behind him. He has the U.S. Championship draped around his shoulder. The graphic also has the Good Morning America logo.

    Phillips

    Tomorrow The Miz will be a special guest on Good Morning America.

    JBL

    I can't wait! I’m going to be up bright and early for that one.

    *Realeza*

    Alberto Del Rio and Tyler Breeze both appear. The crowd boos as Breeze and Del Rio taunt the crowd as they walk down the ramp.


    JoJo


    This match is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first weighing a combined four hundred and fifty one pounds…Alberto Del Rio and Tyler Breeze…the A-Listers!

    Phillips

    With The Miz on GMA tomorrow morning he is not here tonight.

    JBL

    Still two thirds of the A-Listers are here and that is great. I know the Miz is rooting for these two guys from his penthouse suite in New York.

    *Patriot*

    Jack Swagger stands atop the ramp places his hand over his heart and screams “We The People” which echoes throughout the arena as the crowd also screams it.


    JoJo


    Their opponent first from Perry, Oklahoma weighing two hundred and sixty two pounds, heis an All-American American…Jack Swagger!

    Phillips

    The Miz also is watching because of Jack Swagger and Cesaro. Both men feel they should be number one contender for his United States Championship.

    JBL

    That may have an effect on their partnership here tonight. These two guys are competitors and kind of like the Bayley and Paige situation, championships over friendships.

    *Swiss Made*

    Cesaro comes out to his signature ringing alarm before ripping off his suit and doing his machine gun taunt.


    JoJo


    His partner from from Lucerne, Switzerland weighing two hundred and thirty two pounds….Ceeesarrooo!

    Phillips

    That may be true, but it may also drive them to perform their very best. This could be an interview of sorts for them. If they are impressive and pull out a victory against the A-Listers tonight, possibly one of them or both could be the number one contender to The Miz’s title.

    JBL

    Both? You hateful bias towards the Miz is showing Tom. At least when I do it at least I do it subtly.

    Match4: A-Listers vs. Jack Swagger/Cesaro

    Match Summ: As mentioned by Phillips in the early portion of this match both Swagger and Cesaro tag each other in trying to one up the other. It would cost Swagger who would try a Swagger Bomb in the corner, but would get the knees of Breeze in the abdomen. From there ADR and Tyler Breeze would take apart Swagger. They would show great double team moves such as a double suplex and a double clothesline. However, Del Rio’s cockiness, much like Swagger’s trying to one-up Cesaro would cost him. Del Rio would taunt the crowd before charging atSwagger in the corner. The two time All-American would catch him mid-air and would connecting with a belly to belly overhead toss.

    Both men are down. Swagger is able to make the tag to Cesaro who knocks Del Rio downwith a picture perfect dropkick followed by a running European Uppercut to Breeze knocking him on the outside. The Uppercut party won’t stop as he charges and hits one on Del Rio in the corner. He then sweeps the legs of Del Rio and The King of Swing is about to send the Mexican A-Lister swinging. The crowd begins to count as round and round they go. After 11 360 swings Cesaro lets goof him, just in time for Breeze to illegally connect with a superkick.

    The crowd boos as Breeze grabs his partner and drags him closer to safety before tagging himself in. Breeze goes to grab Cesaro but again he gets a shoulder thrust into his ribs by the Swiss Superman. He then grabs Breeze and places his head between his legs. He kinks his neck before hoisting him up and hitting THE NEUTRLIZER. The crowd goes wild as Cesaro goes for the pin and gets the three count.

    Winner: Cesaro/Jack Swagger


    Phillips

    As I said, maybe both men deserve to be number one contenders.

    JBL

    I’m sure The Miz won’t care. He’ll welcome both. He already beat Cesaro and he could beat Jack Swagger easily.

    *Backstage Area*

    We see Big Show walking down the hallway. He pats a worker on the back before flashing a smile. He then continues to walk.


    Phillips


    Big Show is all smiles. Probably because he finally gets his hands on Baron Corbin. That match is next!

    *Commercial Break*

    *Crank It Up*

    The crowd reaction is small, but they cheer as the Big Show makes his way towards the ring.

    JoJo

    Introducing first, from Tampa, Florida weighing four hundred and fifty pounds…The Big Show!

    Big Show continues down the ramp and we can hear the crowd buzzing. That is because Primo and Epico from behind try to attack Big Show! PRIMO JUMPS ON THE BACK OF SHOW, WHILE EPICO GRABS A HOLD OF ONE OF HIS LEGS. While these may be two grown men, they looking like kids trying to take down their father when kids wrestle with their father. Show is not going down.Instead he is able to flip Primo off his back as Primo lands hard on the steel ramp. He then grabs Epico by the head and lifts him up with ease. He then delivers a hand slap across his chest that rings out inside the arena.


    Phillips


    Primo and Epico have no business being out here.

    JBL

    Two weeks ago they were embarrassed by the Big Show. They’re trying to get some revenge.

    (laughs)

    Easier said than done as Big Show is dismantling them.

    Big Show goes grabs Epico by the throat. He looks like he is about to chokeslam him on the outside mats BUT FROM BEHIND CORBIN COMES IN WITH A CLUBBING BLOW TO THE BACK. Show drops Epico and Corbin using strength and momentum pushes Big Show into the ring post face first.


    Phillips


    And here comes Corbin from behind!

    (pauses)

    This was a set-up!

    JBL

    Non-sense! Corbin said he doesn’t work well with others. After all the Shining Stars disrupted his match. He said he is not afraid of the Big Show and he is proving it.

    Show is down to one knee. Corbin builds momentum and knocks him down with a big boot to the face that brings Show flat on the mat.Corbin then stomps away making sure there is no chance Show gets back to his feet. After a series of stomps Corbin goes over to the time keeper area and shoos them away. He then grabs a chair and with Show halfway up smashes it overhis back. He then connects with another one for good measure as Show is flat on his stomach, thriving in pain. The crowd boos as Corbin tosses the half bent chair away as referees come running down and tell the Lone Wolf to get back.


    Phillips


    Big Show appears to be in pain and Baron Corbin got what he wanted.

    JBL

    No he didn’t. He wanted a match against the Big Show. This is the complete opposite. Damn, you Shining Stars for ruining what was sure to be a great match and more than likely a Baron Corbin victory.

    We see the refs checking on a fallen Big Show who still feeling the effects of that attack. A match graphic appears of Seth Rollins and John Cena.


    JBL


    It's been a wild ride tonight, but we still have plenty more to come. That includes tonight's main event. It will be Seth Rollins verse John Cena.

    Another match graphic appears with The Usos and The NewDay.


    Phillips


    Up next two teams trying to climb the tag team ladder as it will be The New Day taking on the The Usos.

    *Commercial Break*

    The camera gets a wide shot of the fans, but not just any fans. It is members of the San Jose Sharks. This includes Brent Burns, Martin Jones and Tomas Hertl. The crowd cheers.

    Phillips

    Well look who we have here! Members of the 2015-16 Western Conference Champion San Jose Sharks, featuring Brent Burns, Martin Jones and Tomas Hertl.

    JBL

    They don't call this place the Shark Tank for nothing. And look at Brent Burns's beard. He could be a member of the Wyatt family.

    AwwwwwwwwwwwwwSan Jose! Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your world famous former two-time champs and feel the power!”

    “It's A New Day, Yes It Is”

    *New Day, New Way*

    Party time as we see the familiar trio make their way down to the ring, shaking their hips and tossing Booty O's into the crowd.

    JoJo

    This match is scheduled for one fall. Representing The New Day….Kofi Kingston and Big E!!!

    Phillips

    The Usos have been on a role as of late, however The New Day claim that despite losing at SummerSlam, they are still the top team here on Monday Night Raw.

    JBL

    That’s a joke. They lost the titles to The Revival at SummerSlam. They’re no longer the top guys. They have to start from the bottom.

    *So Close Now*

    JoJo

    Their opponents from San Francisco, California weighing a combined four hundred andseventy nine pounds...Jimmy and Jey...The Usos
    Phillips

    John as champions The Revival need opponents, which team do you think has a better shot taking down the The Revival.

    JBL

    Neither team. If I had to choose one to at least be worthy opponents for The Revival, I would choose The Usos. Two time Slammy Award winning tag team. Plus they don't dance horribly and have god awful breakfast cereal.

    Match 6: The New Day vs. The Usos

    Match Summary: Before the bell rang Jey would shake hands with Kofi as both teams show a sign of respect. Also int he beginning both teams got the crowd to chant “New Day Rocks” and “Uce-O”.Getting to the match itself Kofi and Jey started off and showed off their speed as both tried for quick pins, but only got one counts. Both simultaneously tried a dropkick and got air. The crowd cheers as Kofi would make a tag to the powerhouse of The New Day, while Jimmy would get that tag from his brother.Going to the powerhouse was a good decision as Big E. would gain the upper hand.At one point Big E. was just toying with Jimmy locking in an abdominal stretch slapping his midsection. Momentum would swing to the Usos when Big E. whipped Jimmy into the corner. E would charge into the corner and Jimmy would get an elbow into the face of Big E. He would hop onto the second rope and jump, but Big E. would catch him and set him up for the BIG ENDING, but Jimmy would slide off push Big E. into the corner turnbuckles front first and follow it up with a superkick.

    Both men need to make a tag and both would. Kofi comes flying in, but before he can mount offense Jey comes springing in with a crossbody. He then comes up and connects with a flapjack. Kofi again is quickly up, but Jey connects with a dropkick that sends Kofi flying into the corner. He hits hard and sits down in the corner. Jey builds up-steam from the opposite corner and connects with running hip attack. Before he can go for a pin he sees Big E. charging at him. He leans up against the ropes and lowers the top rope that sends Big E. up, over and spilling onto the outside. Jimmy is now up and both men focus on Kofi who is back to his feet,but he walks right into a double superkick. The camera shows Woods trying to help Big E. up, but Jimmy takes care of both connecting with a Suicide Dive,only to be shown up by his brother Jey who is high flying off the rope and connecting with SAMOAN SPLASH! He hooks both legs and gets the three!

    Winner:The Usos

    The crowd goes wild as the celebration is short as from the crowd comes THE REVIVAL WHO TACKLE JEY. Both men stomp away on Jey as the crowd boos.
    Jimmy from the outside hopsonto the apron, but receives a knee from Wilder that sends him back onto the outside. Dawson then starts to bark out orders and before you know it they send Jey off the ropes and he is welcomed by THE SHATTER MACHINE. The crowd boos as Wilder and Dawson stand over Jey Usos’ body. The crowd boos.

    JBL

    You wanted to prove you’re the top tag team in the WWE Usos? You just met who you have to go through in order to obtain that honor.

    Phillips

    I hate to say it, but you may be right. After so much dominance in NXT, it seems like The Revival are destined for the same here on Monday Night Raw.

    *Backstage Area*

    We see the Lone Wolf Baron Corbin walking with a swagger down the hallway. He has a slight sweat from the attack he executed earlier. However, he seems pleased with himself as a little grin appears on his face.The camera zooms out and we see Renee Young holding a microphone.


    Young


    Baron…if I could have a moment of your time?
    He doesn’t seem to be in the mood to talk, but Reneecontinues anyway.

    Young


    Many members of the WWE Universe want to know if you had prior knowledge that the Shining Stars were going to attack The Big Show?

    Corbin

    Prior knowledge?

    (laughs)

    That's a joke right? We tried that experiment once before and it clearly didn’t work.

    Young

    You have to admit that the Shining Stars attacking Big Show did help you do whatyou did tonight to Big Show.

    Corbin

    I don't need anyone’s help. What the Shining Stars did was utter stupidity and done completely under their own accord. What I do know is that Big Show was laid out by me. Last week you asked me if I was afraid of Big Show. After tonight I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Big Show who is afraid of me.

    He gives a fierce look to Renee before leaving. A match graphic appears for tonight’s main event.


    Phillips


    Up next it will be our main event! It will be Seth Rollins verse John Cena. Cena is not at one hundred percent and Rollins has a chip on his shoulder as he looks to prove he is still The Main Event here on Monday Night Raw. Who will prevail?

    *Commercial Break*

    “Light up the Sky” by Thousand Foot Krutch plays in the background as we see a graphic with Nick Kennedy on it.


    Phillips


    This just in…Nick Kennedy has a huge announcement next week regarding the Raw brand and we just learned Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon will also be there!

    JBL

    Hopefully that means he will be resigning and Stephanie will be taking over Raw. Get ready Boise, Idaho!

    *The Second Coming*

    Seth Rollins comes out to boos as he stands tall atop the ramp. He beats on his chest a few times before swaggering down the ramp.


    JoJo


    This match is scheduled for one fall. First from Davenport, Iowa weighing two hundred and seventeen pounds…Seth Rollins!

    Phillips

    Before we get to next week, we still have a main event tonight. Seth Rollins last week got involved in the main event costing John Cena the number one contendership for the WWE Championship, by planting Cena with a Pedigree onto a chair.

    JBL

    Only after he had Nick Kennedy tell him that he needed to impress. That was impressive. Last week he wasn’t even featured on the show! How can you not feature the first overall pick in the WWE Draft?!?!?

    *MyTime Is Now*

    A nice pop comes from the San Jose crowd. Cena comes out and displays a new colored rally towel. He shows it to the camera before tossing it into the crowd and running down the ramp.

    JoJo

    His opponent from West Newbury, Massachusetts weighing two hundred and fifty one pounds….John Cennnna!

    Phillips

    Not at a hundred percent tonight John Cena is a walking target. Clearly has damage to his head as seen by the huge bandage, someone like Seth Rollins, so desperate for a win, will be looking to take advantage of that.

    JBL

    Some may call it stupidity others call in heart. Whatever it is, it is the reason why John Cena is a fifteen time world champion.

    Main Event: Seth Rollins vs. John Cena

    Match Summary: Multiple times throughout the match The Architect goes for the head of Cena trying to expose those staples. The bandage might as well be a target on Cena’s forehead. However, Cena throughout the match is able to keep it on preventing further blood lost. In the early going Rollins is motivated and takes advantage of the less than one hundred percent Cena. Plenty of kick combos and high powermoves like Buckle Bomb, Somersault Neckbreaker from the top rope and the Falcon Arrow all getting near falls.

    Cena is able to fight back just like we’ve seen throughout his career, Cena takes advantage of the miss Five Star Frog Splash from the top rope by his opponent.He leads the comeback by connecting with four of the five “Moves of Doom” which occurs at the eleven minute mark of the match. When he gets Rollins up on his shoulders for an Attitude Adjustment…..


    *
    Retaliation*

    Cena immediately drops Rollins and turns to face the ramp. The crowd is buzzing and after a few moments Dean Ambrose appears from the curtains. He also looks to be at less than a hundred percent, but he is making his way down the ramp, even if it is at a slower pace. Whatever the pace is Cena wants him as he is waving him to come down.


    It might not even matter because as the Lunatic is at the end of the ramp, from behind is former Shield brother is up and grabs Cena from behind rolling him up GRABBING HIS JORTS FOR THE THREE COUNT AND MUCH NEEDED VICTORY!

    Winner:Seth Rollins


    JBL

    Rollins just pinned John Cena! The losing streak is over! The main event wins tonight’s main event. He still got it!

    We see Cena defeated and try to grab Rollins who quickly rolls out of the ring to prevent the beat down of his life. Rollins looks at Ambrose who looks at him.


    Ambrose


    You’re welcome…

    (pauses)

    …now we’re even.

    Ambrose starts to walk backwards back up the ramp never taking his eyes off Cena who is now protesting to the ref that his jorts were held on too. Still it doesn’t seem like the ref will reverse his decision. The camera shows Ambrose atop the ramp, still with his eyes locked on Cena.


    Phillips


    The Ambrose-Cena rivalry cont-

    WHAM! FROM BEHIND WITH HIS TITLE THE WWE CHAMPION CHRIS JERICHO TAKES DOWN DEAN AMBROSE!


    Phillips


    What the hell?!?!?!

    (pauses)

    It’s Chris Jericho!

    JBL

    Our WWE Champion and the man Dean Ambrose has a future championship opportunity against.

    Jericho turns Ambrose on his back and gets on top of him firing right hands as the crowd boos. After what seems like fifteen to twenty punches he gets up and stands over Ambrose.


    Jericho


    Remember who your real enemy is Ambrose!

    (jesus like pose)

    Drink it in mannnnnnnnn!

    The crowd boos as the scene fades to black with Jericho standing over Ambrose feeding off boos from the San Jose crowd.


    Quick Results


    The Revival def. The Golden Truth

    The Brian Kendrick def. Dolph Ziggler

    Bayley def. Tamina

    Cesaro/Jack Swagger def. Alberto Del Rio/Tyler Breeze

    Baron Corbin vs. The Big Show ends in a no contest

    The Usos def. The New Day

    Seth Rollins def. John Cena

    Confirmed For Next Week

    Announcement from Nick Kennedy and Stephanie McMahon


    Non-Title Match

    Emma vs. Paige
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    Smackdown – 9/13/16


    Wells Fargo Center

    Philadelphia, PA

    WWE “Then, Now, Forever” opening video plays.

    We cut to a recap of last week’s Smackdown

    **Recap of Last Week’s Smackdown**


    Hamilton

    The following contest is a six man tag team match scheduled for one fall.

    We see AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson on the stage holding up the “too sweet” hand signs.

    Ranallo

    Tonight is about retribution for The Club after being attacked last week at the end of Smackdown.

    Owens, Sheamus and Rusev are ready in the ring.

    Graves

    Taking nothing away from The Club but I feel Owens, Sheamus and Rusev are more motivated tonight.

    We see match highlights from the match. Styles looks to go for the Phenomenal Forearm but Lana holds his leg. The referee throws Lana out of the match and Rusev argues with the referee. Styles springboards off the ropes at Rusev, but Rusev pulls the referee in the way, making Styles take him out accidentally.

    Ranallo

    And the referee has been knocked out!

    Rusev hits Styles with a Running Side Kick to the face. Rusev looks for the Accolade, but Neville and Zack Ryder comes out and attack Rusev.

    Ranallo

    Neville and Ryder getting revenge for Rusev and Sheamus costing them their chance in the tournament earlier tonight.

    They dropkick Sheamus off the apron and dive to the outside onto Sheamus and Rusev before chasing them up the stage and to the back.

    Ranallo

    Kevin Owens now out here all alone.

    Owens goes to pick up Styles but Styles hits the Pele Kick. Gallows and Anderson get in and hit Owens with the BOOT OF DOOM! Styles then hits Owens with a SPRINGBOARD 450 SPLASH! Gallows wakes up the referee who counts the three.

    Ranallo

    Through all the craziness, The Club gets a measure of retribution against Kevin Owens.

    Graves

    Don’t think that this didn’t just motivate Kevin Owens even more heading into Backlash.

    Ranallo

    What will happen next week in our final stop before the first Smackdown exclusive pay per view Backlash?

    We fade out with Owens looking angry as he’s slowly trying to get up while The Club “too sweets” each other on the stage.

    **End Smackdown Recap**


    We cut backstage to see Alex Maverick working at his desk in his office as we hear the crowd cheer for the General Manager. Just then, Kevin Owens barges into the room and Maverick perks up from his desk. The crowd can be heard booing.

    Maverick

    Kevin…

    Maverick points to the door.

    You know the door is closed for a reason.

    Owens

    Your door should always be open to your future World Champion.

    Maverick wants to respond to that but just lets it go.

    Maverick

    To what do I owe this unscheduled visit?

    Owens

    Don’t be cute with me. Did you see what happened last week?!

    Maverick

    Yes I did… I am in fact the Smackdown General Manager so it’s part of my job.

    Owens

    So then clearly you saw the injustice that happened to me. What are you going to do about it?

    Maverick

    Injustice?

    Owens

    Yeah injustice! First AJ Styles purposely takes out the referee because he knew he was about to lose. Then those wastes of space Neville and Zack Ryder stick their stupid noses into MY match and attack my tag team partners, leaving me out there all on my own.

    Maverick

    And…

    Owens

    And you should do something about it.

    Maverick

    mockingly

    What would you like me to do Kevin?

    Owens

    I don’t like your tone. You should be taking this seriously. Neville and Ryder should be punished for interfering for no reason at all. AJ Styles should be suspended and stripped of his championship for hitting a referee. And I want the decision last week reversed PLUS the World Heavyweight Championship handed to me.

    Maverick thinks for a second.

    Maverick

    Ok so… none of that is going to happen.

    Owens doesn’t look too happy.

    Neville and Ryder are not your concern. Your partners Rusev and Sheamus started that last week and are to blame, so they will settle that score at Backlash this Sunday in a tag team match.

    Maverick pauses.

    As for AJ, he clearly hit the referee by accident so I will not be suspending him, stripping him of the title, or reversing the decision from last week. What I will do for you Kevin is this…

    Maverick pauses.

    Tonight I’m putting you in a match against a former World Champion.

    Owens

    Who?

    Maverick

    “The Big Red Machine” Kane!

    Owens doesn’t look too happy about that decision. Maverick gets closer to Owens and gets very serious.

    Now I’m going to tell you this one time… I’m the General Manager. I make the decisions here, not you. So next time, think twice before you barge into my office and make demands.

    Owens stares down Maverick before leaving his office. Maverick smirks.

    “Back From The Dead” by Skillet plays as the Smackdown opening video plays.

    Pyro goes off in the arena and the fans are all on their feet cheering and going crazy.

    We cut to the announce table at ringside with Mauro Ranallo.

    Ranallo


    We are just five days away from the first Smackdown exclusive pay per view. The crowd here in Philly is electric for the last stop before Backlash and what a way to kick things off with the announcement of Kevin Owens vs. Kane tonight. Mauro Ranallo here and as you can see my colleague Corey Graves is not beside me and that’s because he’s in the ring getting ready to hold a special Intercontinental Championship forum.

    We cut to the ring to see Corey Graves sitting on a stool in the middle of the ring with three empty stools next to him (two to the right and one to the right) and a podium next to him with the Intercontinental Championship on top.

    Graves

    Ladies and gentlemen welcome to Smackdown!

    The crowd cheers.

    Apparently I did such a great job with the sit down with Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch last week that our General Manager and Commissioner asked me to hold a special Intercontinental Championship forum here tonight.

    Graves turns towards the stage.

    So without further ado, lets introduce the three men who will be competing at Backlash for this prestigious championship. First up, is former WWE World Champion, Roman Reigns!

    “The Truth Reigns” plays and the crowd boos as Roman Reigns makes his way out.

    Ranallo

    Last week, Roman Reigns came out here and explained his actions from two weeks ago where he attacked Apollo Crews and Finn Balor stating that he felt he deserved a title opportunity before either of them. Our General Manager Alex Maverick came out and made this triple threat match for the vacant Intercontinental Title and you can tell Roman Reigns has his eye on the prize.

    Reigns gets into the ring, looks at the Intercontinental Title in the ring intensely and sits down next to Graves.

    Graves

    Next is one of the most athletic wrestlers we’ve ever seen, Apollo Crews!

    “Cruise Control” plays and out comes Apollo Crews to a cheering crowd.

    Ranallo

    Athletic indeed is Apollo Crews. With a great combination of strength, speed and agility, Apollo Crews may be one of the more dangerous superstars in the ring. We got to see him down in NXT for a short time last year before making it to the main roster earlier this year. Ever since the draft, Apollo Crews has started to improve more and more, showing us all just what he’s capable of.

    Crews gets into the ring and stares down Reigns. He points at the Intercontinental Title and makes a motion around his waist before sitting down.

    Graves

    And finally, the longest reigning NXT Champion, Finn Balor!

    “Catch Your Breath” plays and out comes Finn Balor to a big ovation from the crowd.

    Ranallo

    It’s been about two months since Finn Balor got called up to the main roster during the draft. He was one of the top draft picks for Smackdown and so far he has shown why. I have had the privilege of calling some of his high profile matches in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He helped to make NXT what it is today. And now Finn Balor hopes to show just how good he is here on Smackdown and he can start this Sunday with the Intercontinental Championship.

    Balor gets into the ring and looks at the Intercontinental Championship. He then looks up at Reigns and then over at Crews. Balor looks back down at the title before sitting down.

    Graves

    Gentlemen, thank you for joining me out here. This Sunday, you three will compete for the vacant Intercontinental Championship… a championship filled with great lineage and held my many Hall of Famers. Last week, you three were hand-picked by our General Manager to compete in a Triple Threat match for the opportunity to etch your name in history.

    Graves pauses.

    None of you have held this championship before, so we are guaranteed to see a first time champion.

    Graves turns to Reigns.

    My first question is for you Roman. As you look at the two men across from you, you have been on the main roster longer than them and neither of them have won a championship on the main roster yet, unlike you. Do you feel that gives you the advantage going into Sunday?

    Reigns

    Of course it does. I said it last week and I’ll say it again. What have Apollo Crews and Finn Balor done to deserve a title opportunity? I’m a former WWE World Champion. I’ve won the Royal Rumble, main evented WrestleMania twice, and the list goes on and on. I know what it takes to be a champion. These two…

    Reigns looks over at Crews and Balor.

    Simply put can’t hang with the Big Dog.

    Graves

    Well speaking of championship experience or lack thereof…

    Graves turns to Crews.

    Apollo, this next question is for you. We just heard Roman Reigns list his accolades here in WWE. We have seen Finn Balor be successful down in NXT. But with you, we haven’t seen much success when it comes to championships down in NXT or up here on the main roster. What makes you think you deserve this opportunity and is there a reason why you haven’t been successful in that department yet?

    Crews

    Let me answer your second question first. I debuted in NXT last year in August at NXT Takeover Brooklyn. I then got brought up to the main roster earlier this year. That is a very quick turnaround… quicker than most that come up from NXT. Quicker than Sami Zayn, Neville, the 4 Horsewomen…

    Crews points to Balor next to him.

    And even this man, Finn Balor. All considered to be great stars. And I was brought to the main roster quicker than all of them. There must be a reason for that. So I never had time to get my real shot at the NXT Title. And I’ve only been here for so long on the main roster. But I’ve made the most of it, especially since the brand split. I have been given more time to showcase what I can do. You said it Corey, I’m one of the most athletically gifted wrestlers you’ve ever seen. I think that management has seen that and that’s why I deserve this opportunity.

    Graves

    We’ve brought up NXT a lot so far so let’s go to the man that helped make NXT what it is today…

    Graves turns to Balor

    Finn, you were the longest reigning NXT Champion in history. But as Apollo just alluded to, it took you a long time to make it to the main roster. And if we want to go back further, it took you a long time to make it to WWE in general despite your success in New Japan. Why do you think that is and does that say something about you and how you’re viewed here?

    Balor

    No I don’t think it say anything, especially not anything negative. It’s not about the destination… it’s about the journey. I would never take back my time in New Japan or in NXT. My time there made me who I am today. I feel like I’m at the top of my game right now and I feel like our General Manager and Commissioner recognize that too. I spent so much time in both places for the same reason… because I was the champion at that time and I wanted to help make it a better place. And I feel like I did that for both New Japan and NXT.

    Balor pauses.

    You know, it’s odd that you ask me that question when so many talents took a very similar path to me getting here. AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Cesaro, even Daniel Bryan all traveled the world just like me for years and years before making it to the WWE.

    Balor turns towards Reigns.

    Unfortunately we didn’t have a family legacy to get us in the door, so we relied on hard work.

    Reigns stares at Balor.

    Reigns

    Is that a shot at me?

    Balor

    Take it as you wish. You are a great talent but you have been privileged in this business while guys like myself and Apollo had to work for everything we’ve gotten. That’s what this title is all about. It’s been named the “workhorse” title for a reason.

    Reigns

    Let me tell you something you leprechaun… I don’t care where you’ve gone or how hard it was to get here. If you were that good, you would’ve been here from the beginning like me. But face it, you don’t look like a star… far from it.

    Reigns turns towards Crews.

    And you… you are as replaceable as a roll of paper towels. Once you runout, I can go down the street and get another one of you at any time. Because you’re just a bland, mediocre wrestler just like so many other “incredible athletes” before you.

    Reigns pauses.

    I’ve been the star of this company. I’ve put it on my back the last few years. Without me, this company collapses. If you two leave... the only thing that happens is the indies gets two more rejects back. The two of you will be known nothing more than footnotes in the history books next to Roman Reigns…

    Reigns puts his hand in the sky like he’s reading a headline.

    Intercontinental Champion!

    Crews

    Think what you want Roman, but it doesn’t change the fact that as long as Alex Maverick is here, you won’t be getting opportunities handed to you left and right because of your family lineage anymore. You’re going to have to earn it just like the rest of us. Smackdown is the land of opportunity…

    Crews leans in more towards Reigns.

    Not the land of handouts!

    Reigns walks up to Crews and stares him down. Reigns then punches Crews and starts brawling with him.

    Ranallo

    It looks like Roman Reigns took exception to what Apollo Crews said about him.

    Balor jumps in and helps Crews out, attacking Reigns with fists and forearm strikes. Crews joins back in and he and Balor toss Reigns to the outside.

    Finn Balor and Apollo Crews dumping Roman Reigns to the outside, getting some retribution for two weeks ago when he attacked them both during their match.

    Balor and Crews back up and look towards each other. They then notice the podium with the Intercontinental Championship is between them as they look down at the title. They both put a hand on it and signal to each other that they will be the champion.

    Could we see them both work together to dispose of Roman Reigns like they just did tonight or will it truly be every man for himself when that prestigious championship is one the line?

    Just then, Reigns comes back into the ring and blasts Balor from behind into the podium and into Crews. Reigns grabs Balor and tosses him into the ring post, shoulder first. Reigns then turns right around and nails Crews, who just got back to his feet, with a Superman Punch!

    And Roman Reigns showing just why he believes he should be champion, attacking them both from behind again.

    Reigns goes over to where the Intercontinental Title is lying on the mat and picks it up. He raises it over his head yelling “I’m The Man!” as the crowd boos him.

    Will it be Roman’s time to shine this Sunday?

    Reigns puts the title back on the mat and walks out of the ring and up the ring with a badass attitude.

    It’s all about that Intercontinental Championship right there. Who will add their names to the history books at Backlash?

    We cut backstage to see Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson walking in the hallway to the ring.

    Ranallo

    And speaking of championships, these two men hope to win one at Backlash as well, but first The Club members must get past The Ascension. It’s the semi-finals of the World Tag Team Championship tournament next.

    **Commercial Break**



    We come back backstage with Byron Saxton, ready to interview someone.

    Saxton

    Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guests at this time, Neville and Zack Ryder.

    Neville and Zack Ryder come into frame and the crowd can be heard cheering.

    Last week in the first round of the Tag Team Title Tournament, Rusev and Sheamus came out and ultimately cost you two the match to The Ascension. And if that wasn’t enough, they attacked you after the match. We now know that it’s official that this Sunday at Backlash, it will be the two of you taking on the team of Rusev and Sheamus. What are your thoughts heading into that match in just five nights?

    Neville

    I’ve had my issues with Rusev for a while now, going back to when he attacked me before SummerSlam. He and Sheamus seem to only know how to sneak attack people and try to take them out because they can’t get the job done in the ring.

    Neville pauses.

    Their personal cheerleader Lana says they are the best team, but what have they done? They lost to Finn Balor and Apollo Crews at SummerSlam and then they lost to us in the tournament qualifying match a few weeks ago. As far as we’re concerned, they’re just a couple of sore losers.

    Ryder

    And just like last week in the main event, we will get our retribution this Sunday. As for tonight, I’m going to give a Sheamus a preview of what’s to come when I fist pump his face and knock that ugly looking mohawk off his head.

    Ryder makes a fist pump motion in the air.

    Woo, woo, woo! You know it!



    “Rebellion” plays and out comes The Ascension to a booing crowd.

    Hamilton

    The following tag team contest is schedules for one fall and it is a Semi-Finals match in the World Tag Team Championship tournament. Introducing first, at a combined weight of 487 pounds, Konnor & Viktor, The Ascension.

    Ranallo

    Corey, it’s time for the first of our two semi-finals matches tonight in the Tag Team Title tournament.

    Graves

    Yes it is and boy do The Ascension look ready. They have been looking great as of late, going back to the dominant team we saw down in NXT. This is not a team to take lightly. It looks like they are getting everything to click again and that spells bad news for the Smackdown tag team division.

    Ranallo

    Konnor and Viktor have a huge opportunity ahead of them here. The longest reigning NXT Tag Team Champions have an chance here to go to Backlash and become the new World Tag Team Champions.

    “Omen In The Sky” plays and out comes Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson holding up the “too sweet” signs to a cheering crowd.

    Hamilton

    And their opponents, representing The Club, at a combined weight of 545 pounds, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.

    Graves

    They do, but first they need to get past a team you know very well Mauro, The Club.

    Ranallo

    And that is no easy task. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were one of if not the best team in New Japan Pro Wrestling. They won the Tag Team Titles on three separate occasions and ran through every top team over there.

    Graves

    I said from the beginning that The Club may be the favorites to win this whole tournament and with the performances they’ve had, it’s been tough to argue that.



    Semi-Finals in World Tag Team Championship Tournament

    The Club vs. The Ascension

    -The match starts with a back and forth brawl with Viktor and Anderson. The two of them then tag in their partners and Gallows and Konnor also battle back and forth, trying to out muscle the other. Gallows gains control for he and Anderson for a bit, but the Ascension use a double team attack behind the referee’s back to take control from the Club. They control a good portion of the match from there until Gallows is able to reverse and tag in Anderson. Anderson comes in full of energy, taking down both members of the Ascension. Anderson connects with a running jumping kick to the legal man Viktor and goes for the cover…1…2…Konnor breaks up the pin. Konnor beats on Anderson until Gallows comes in. The two big men exchange blows until Konnor clotheslines Gallows to the outside. Konnor and Viktor go to opposite corners waiting for Anderson to get to his feet, most likely setting up for the Fall Of Man. Gallows reaches from the outside under the ropes and grabs Konnor’s leg, tripping him to the mat and pulling him to the outside. Gallows connects with a Big Boot, taking Konnor down to the floor. Back in the ring, Viktor looks over at his partner but then tries to stay focused on Anderson in the ring. He runs at Anderson, but Anderson reverses with a huge DOUBLE A SPINEBUSTER! Gallows then gets up in the corner and Anderson tags him in. Gallows lifts Viktor up and he and Anderson connect with the MAGIC KILLER. Gallows goes for the cover…1…2…3. Gallows and Anderson win!

    Winners: The Club



    Hamilton

    Here are your winners, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson!

    Ranallo

    And just like that, Gallows and Anderson are in the finals of the World Tag Team Championship tournament.

    Graves

    The Ascension put up a good fight, but like I said before, The Club is going to be a tough team to stop here on Smackdown.

    Ranallo

    They look to follow in the fellow Club member AJ Styles’ footsteps and win a World Championship and they can do so this Sunday at Backlash.

    Graves

    And we will find out later tonight who will join them.

    A graphic appears on the screen for Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. American Alpha.

    Ranallo

    That’s right. We will see the second semi-finals match here tonight when Enzo & Cass take on American Alpha.

    A graphic appears on screen for Kevin Owens vs. Kane.

    Graves

    And don’t forget our main event. Kevin Owens will take on “The Big Red Machine” Kane just five days from his World Title match here on Smackdown.



    **Commercial Break**



    We cut backstage and see Sheamus, Rusev and Lana walking towards the ring. Byron Saxton catches up with them as they walk in the hallway.

    Saxton

    Excuse me. Sheamus. Rusev. We learned earlier tonight that due to what happened last week, the two of you will take on Neville and Zack Ryder at Backlash this Sunday. What is your mindset going into this match?

    Sheamus

    The same mindset we had last week and the same mindset I have right now going against Zack Ryder…

    Sheamus stares down at Saxton which makes Saxton a bit nervous.

    We’re going to destroy them and put the whole locker room on notice.

    Sheamus pushes Saxton out of the way.

    Now get out of my way! I have a head to kick off fella.

    Sheamus continues walking with a purpose. Rusev and Lana follow behind him, giving a glare with attitude as they pass Saxton. We cut back to ringside.

    Graves

    What a stupid question by Saxton. Sheamus is a former World Champion. He always has a winner’s mindset.

    “Hellfire” plays and out comes Sheamus followed by Rusev and Lana cheering him on from behind as the crowd boos.

    Hamilton

    The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, being accompanied by Rusev and Lana, from Dublin, Ireland, weighing in at 267 pounds, "The Celtic Warrior" Sheamus.

    Ranallo

    Well Sheamus better not take Zack Ryder too lightly tonight or this Sunday because the same thing can happen to him that happened in the Tag Team Title tournament qualifying match.

    Graves

    You mean getting cheated out of a victory and a rightful spot for a championship opportunity? Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again. Sheamus is a warrior. He is a man of honor and dignity and expects his opponents to be at the same level and not stoop to such low standards.

    Ranallo

    Are we talking about the same person here?

    “Radio” plays and out comes Zack Ryder followed by Neville behind him to a cheering crowd.

    Hamilton

    And his opponent, being accompanied by Neville, from Long Island, NY, weighing in at 224 pounds, Zack Ryder.

    Ranallo

    Here comes a man full of honor and dignity who has scratched and clawed for everything’s he’s gotten in this business.

    Graves

    Zack Ryder is nothing but a disgrace. Just look at him. He dresses and acts like those regrets from the Jersey Shore. The people from that show don’t even act that like anymore because they know how stupid they looked.

    Ranallo

    Say what you want about Zack Ryder, but he is a former Tag Team, United States, and Intercontinental Champion with the crowd solidly behind him everywhere he goes. Zack Ryder knows how to get it done in the ring.



    Sheamus vs. Zack Ryder

    -The match starts with Sheamus and Ryder trading blows, with the brawler Sheamus getting the best of the exchange. Sheamus uses his strikes and power to control most of the match. Ryder ends up coming back, after reversing Sheamus in the corner and hitting him with a Missile Dropkick. Ryder fights back using his quickness. At a point, Ryder gets Sheamus down in the corner and stomps away at him. Ryder goes into the other corner and fist pumps as the crowd says “Woo! Woo! Woo!” along with him. Ryder runs at Sheamus and hits him with the Broski Boot! Ryder pulls him out of the corner and goes for the cover…1…2…Sheamus kicks out. Ryder gets back to his feet and holds out the LI hand sign, lining up Sheamus. Ryder runs at Sheamus and looks to go for the Rough Ryder, but Sheamus lifts him up and over his head. Sheamus turns around and nails Ryder with a hard forearm to the head. Ryder stumbles back off the ropes and comes back right into the Irish Curse Backbreaker by Sheamus. Sheamus goes for the cover…1…2…Ryder kicks out. Sheamus gets up and pounds his chest as he waits for Ryder to get to his feet. Ryder slowly gets up using the ropes. Sheamus runs at Ryder and goes for the Brogue Kick, but Ryder moves out of the way and quickly rolls up Sheamus with a school boy…1…2…3! Ryder gets the win!

    Winner: Zack Ryder



    Hamilton

    Here is your winner, Zack Ryder!

    Ranallo

    Zack Ryder gets the victory and Sheamus and Rusev are furious.

    Graves

    As they should be. Yet again, Zack Ryder gets a cheap victory. I think he had a handful of Sheamus’ tights there.

    Ranallo

    There was no handful of tights, but this Sunday it looks like Sheamus and Rusev will have their hands full when they take on Zack Ryder and Neville. Can this be a sign of things to come at Backlash?

    Graves

    Oh please let’s not hope so.



    We cut backstage where we see Byron Saxton in front of AJ Styles’ dressing room.

    Saxton

    I’m here in front of the World Champion’s dressing room hoping to get a word from him ahead of his big match this Sunday.

    Saxton knocks on the door. Styles opens the door.

    Hi AJ. Can I have a moment of your time?

    Styles

    Sure Byron.

    Saxton

    In just five days you will defend your World Heavyweight Championship for the first time and against Kevin Owens. After all we’ve seen from Kevin Owens, do you feel you have what it takes to defeat him on Sunday?

    Styles

    Well I’ll say this… putting aside the disrespectful and self-entitled attitude; Kevin Owens is a great competitor. I won’t take that away from him. He calls himself a prize fighter, meaning he will do anything…

    Styles pauses.

    And I mean anything to take this championship.

    Styles holds up the World Title belt.

    But I waited 18 years to hold this championship. I’m not giving it up that easily. Don’t think I forgot that he disrespected my friend and a legend in this business Christian as well as Mark Henry. I’m going to teach him a lesson in respect and bring his ego back down to Earth.

    Styles pauses.

    Kevin Owens is going to give me one hell of a fight, but at Backlash he’s going to find out why they call me the Phenomenal One!

    Saxton

    Thank you for your time AJ. Good luck this Sunday.

    Styles

    Thank you, Byron.

    Styles goes back into his room and closes the door.

    **Commercial Break**



    We return backstage and see Titus O’Neil talking to Mark Henry. Heath Slater comes up full of energy and the two stop talking and look at him.

    Slater

    Slater Gator babaay!

    Henry and O’Neil look annoyed.

    And Mark Henraaay!

    Henry doesn’t look too pleased.

    The World’s Strongest Man!

    Slater touches his arm and Henry quickly pulls his arm away.

    Henry

    Man what the hell is wrong with you?! Don’t touch me.

    Slater

    Sorry, I wanted to see how big your arms were compared to mine.

    Slater flexes.

    I think we’re pretty close.

    Henry looks annoyed at O’Neil, who is shaking his head.

    O’Neil

    Um Heath, what do you want?

    Slater

    I wanted to talk to my tag team partner.

    Henry

    Ok I’ll leave you two alone then.

    Henry turns to O’Neil.

    Good luck with him.

    Henry walks away.

    O’Neil

    Look about this team thing…

    Slater

    I know… we’ve been on a roll babaay!

    O’Neil looks confused.

    First we eliminated that guy…

    Points in the direction Henry went.

    Maybe that’s why he didn’t seem happy…

    Slater stops and ponders for a second.

    Anyway then we beat my former team the Social Outcasts and made it into the Tag Team Title tournament…

    Slater talks lower.

    We did lose in the first round…

    Slater perks up again.

    But then last week we beat former World Champion Roman Reigns. Slater Gator is on fire!

    O’Neil

    We won by disqualification.

    Slater

    A win is a win. He did that because he knew you had him beat.

    O’Neil

    I did have him in the palm of my hand.

    Slater

    Exactly. And did you see how I stood up for you?

    O’Neil

    You did… It was stupid, but you did stick up for me and I appreciate that.

    O’Neil pats Slater on the back.

    Slater

    That’s what tag team partners do. Just wait… so enough we will be World Tag Team Champions. I can feel it babaay!

    Unknown off screen

    Champions… I don’t think so

    Fandango then dances into frame.

    Fandango

    You two really think you have mastered the dance of tag team wrestling?

    Fandango scoffs at them.

    When you two are out there, you both have two left feet and step all over each other.

    O’Neil

    Look who’s talking. I don’t see you in a perfect team. I don’t even see you with a partner.

    Fandango

    This is not a race… I require the perfect partner to tango with as my search goes on.

    O’Neil

    Well how about if you can find one, you take us on next week and you can see our team work?

    Fandango

    You’re on.

    Fandango dances off screen. Slater turns to O’Neil excited.

    Slater

    Let’s show him what Slater Gator is all about.

    Slater puts his arms up and does the small dog bark.

    O’Neil

    We still need to work on that.

    We cut back to ringside.

    Ranallo

    Looks like the challenge is accepted for next week on Smackdown.

    “Elite” plays and out comes a hyped up American Alpha to cheers from the crowd.

    Hamilton

    The following tag team contest is scheduled for one fall and is a Semi-Finals match in the World Tag Team Championship Tournament. Introducing first, at a combined weight of 447 pounds, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable, American Alpha.

    Ranallo

    But right now, American Alpha looks ready for their biggest challenge to date.

    Graves

    That’s right Mauro. In just their third match here on Smackdown, they have the opportunity to go to the tournament finals this Sunday for the World Tag Team Championships.

    Ranallo

    We saw The Club’s Gallows and Anderson move on early tonight. Who will join them? Jordan and Gable look ready for the task at hand.

    “SAWFT Is A Sin” plays and out comes Enzo Amore and Big Cass to a cheering crowd. Enzo runs around the stage and dances a bit before lifting up his microphone. Enzo looks out to the crowd and the whole crowd says his whole opening with him.

    Enzo

    My name is Enzo Amore, and I am a certified G and a bonafied stud, and you can’t teach that.

    Enzo points at Cass.

    And this right here, this is Big Cass, and he’s seven foot tall, and you can’t teach that.

    Cass

    Off the microphone

    Hit ‘em with it Zo.

    Enzo

    Bada boom, realist guys in the room. How you doin’?!

    The crowd starts chanting “How you doin’!” as Enzo dances.

    Tonight is all about taking one more step towards the World Tag Team Championships. Now American Alpha… not gonna lie…

    Enzo pauses.

    You two are pretty good. But tonight, you can call us a Philly cheese steak cause we’re hot and on a roll.

    The Philly crowd cheers for the reference.

    We came to play hard on the playground and we ain’t running off to Bellaire when it gets rough.

    Cass

    Forget Uncle Phil.

    Enzo

    Philly is looking at the Fanatic and we’re going to fly like an Eagle to the finals of this tournament.

    The crowd chants “How You Doin’!” as Enzo starts dancing again.

    Cass

    And to any teams thinking they’re going to get in our way of becoming champions, well there’s only one word to describe you and I’m gonna spell it out for ya…

    The crowd sings along as Cass and Enzo get into it.

    S…A…W…F…T… SAWFT!

    Graves

    Tonight, I am the biggest American Alpha fan. Seeing someone like Enzo Amore fighting for the World Tag Team Championships would be such a disgrace.



    Semi-Finals in World Tag Team Championship Tournament

    Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. American Alpha

    The match is back and forth between these two teams, with each getting about an even amount of offense. Towards the end of the match, Gable is down on the outside after suffering a beating from Cass. Cass and Jordan are the legal men and Cass has just hit him with the EAST RIVER CROSSING! Cass goes over to his corner and tags in Enzo, who gets up to the top rope as they look to be going for the Badda Boom Shakalaka. Just then, “WE’RE COMING DOWN” PLAYS. Enzo and Cass stop and their attention is towards the stage waiting for the Dudleys to come out. The music stops and no one comes out. Jordan gets up and grabs Cass from behind for a suplex, but Cass grabs onto the nearby top rope to prevent it. Cass switches the hold and slams Jordan to the mat. Cass tells Enzo, the legal man, to go back to the top rope. Cass grabs Enzo and launches him for the Badda Boom Shakalaka, but Jordan gets his knees up just as Enzo comes crashing down. Cass goes to try and check on his partner, but the referee tells him he needs to get out of the ring since he’s not the legal man. Cass gets out to the apron and just as he does, he’s Dropkicked off by Jordan, sending Cass crashing to the outside. Jordan grabs Enzo and tosses him into his corner. Jordan backs up, pulls down his straps and runs at Enzo in the corner, nailing him with a nasty Shoulder Trust. Gable is back on the apron and Jordan tags him in. Jordan sets Enzo up and American Alpha hit him with GRAND AMPLITUDE! Gable bridges into the cover…1…2…3. American Alpha win!

    Winners: American Alpha



    Hamilton

    Here are your winners, American Alpha!

    Ranallo

    American Alpha in less than a month on the main roster will now get a championship match this Sunday!

    Graves

    A well-deserved win! You know I may have been saying The Club is the favorites, but the dark horses may have just shown they are on even playing field with them.

    Ranallo

    I still would like to know as would Enzo and Cass I’m sure, why did the Dudleys’ music play?

    Graves

    Who cares! The important thing is Enzo and Cass lost and we have a World Tag Team Championship match we can be proud of.

    American Alpha celebrate up the ramp and to the back as Big Cass gets in the ring to check on Enzo. Just then, Cass is attacked from behind by the Dudleys who came out from the crowd. They beat down on Cass with clubbing blows and stomps.

    Ranallo

    And of course now here come the Dudley Boyz, attacking from behind.

    Graves

    Cass should have seen this coming. They gave them a few minute warning.

    D-Von and Bubba stalk Cass as they hold up the 3D sign. Cass gets to a vertical base and turns around right into the 3D by the Dudleys!

    Ranallo

    And the 3D to Big Cass, sending a statement him and Enzo.

    The crowd boos as the Dudleys stand over the fallen Cass. Bubba then looks over at Enzo starting to get to his feet and tells D-Von to get behind him.

    NO! Come on! This isn’t necessary!

    Enzo turns around and gets hit with a 3D as well by the Dudleys! The Dudleys look down at the fallen team as Bubba yells out at the booing crowd.

    Bubba

    off microphone

    We’re the greatest tag team of all time! Learn to respect us!

    The Dudleys then leave the ring looking back at their handy work in the ring with smirks on their faces.

    Graves

    There has never been anything more necessary! Enzo got what he deserved for running his mouth to two legends.

    Ranallo

    The Dudleys are clearly still sour from losing to Enzo and Cass twice.

    Graves

    They aren’t sour or sore losers Mauro. They are reminding Enzo, Cass and the whole tag team division just who they are!

    **Commercial Break**



    We come back and we see a beat up but angry Enzo Amore and Big Cass walking with a purpose down the hallway back from the ring. Byron Saxton catches up with them.

    Saxton

    Enzo. Cass. We just saw the Dudleys attack you both out there and cost you a shot at the World Tag Team Championships. We know you two have had your issues with them in the past…

    Enzo

    The past… it seems like the Oldey Boyz are always stuck in past. Well Big Cass and live in the present and look towards the future. And in the future, I see an ass whopping for those geriatric furniture breakers.

    Enzo catches his breath.

    Bubba, D-Von, you messed with the wrong guys on the wrong night.

    Cass

    Dudley Boyz, if you want to step up to us, then do it to our faces this Sunday at Backlash.

    Enzo and Cass walk away from Saxton.



    We cut back to ringside.

    Ranallo

    You can’t blame Enzo and Cass for how they’re feeling right now.

    Graves

    Yes you can. It’s all Enzo’s big mouth’s fault that they were even in that position. And now they want even more of a beating this Sunday? Fine by me. I’ll enjoy that.

    “Worlds Apart” plays and out comes Sami Zayn to a huge ovation from the crowd.

    Hamilton

    Please welcome to the ring, Sami Zayn.

    Ranallo

    And speaking of this Sunday, this man Sami Zayn has possibly the biggest and most dangerous fights of his career.

    Graves

    I don’t understand it. Every week I think there’s no way Sami Zayn can make a dumber decision and then he calls out Bray Wyatt, the most dangerous man in WWE today.

    Ranallo

    Well after all the attacks and head games, Sami Zayn finally gets his hands on Bray Wyatt at Backlash.

    Graves

    I think you mean Bray Wyatt gets his hands on Sami Zayn and dismantles him.

    Zayn makes his way down the ramp and into the ring. He grabs a microphone as the crowd is doing the “Ole!” chants at him.

    Zayn

    Five days…

    Zayn pauses.

    Just five more days until I finally get my hands on Bray Wyatt!

    The crowd cheers.

    After almost two months of surprise attacks and cryptic messages, I get him in the ring face-to-face, one-on-one.

    Zayn points down in the ring and pauses.

    Now last week, Bray Wyatt said that Backlash will be a nightmare for me. That I have no idea what is coming. And he may be right.

    The crowd boos a bit at Wyatt.

    No one knows what to expect from Bray Wyatt ever. Anything can happen. But I’ll be anticipating surprises. I’ll be ready for anything he throws at me, because I don’t give up and I will not be intimidated!

    The crowd cheers as Zayn gets more animated and excited.

    This Sunday at Backlash, I enter not a match, but a war. A war with someone who thinks he’s a God. A war with someone who is one of the more dangerous men we’ve seen. But a war with someone I have beaten before.

    Zayn pauses.

    And that’s what started this all. Bray Wyatt is obsessed with power and that obsession will be his downfall because I’m focused on one thing…

    Zayn holds up one finger, pauses and looks into the camera with a serious look.

    REVENGE!

    “Smack Down” plays and out comes Alex Maverick onto the stage to a cheering crowd. Zayn looks confused as Maverick makes his way down the ramp.

    Ranallo

    Sami Zayn is focused on revenge this Sunday, but here comes our General Manager

    Graves

    Let’s hope that it’s to talk some sense into Sami Zayn and cancel this match.

    Maverick gets into the ring and grabs a microphone.

    Maverick

    I’m sorry to interrupt Sami, but I think you’ll appreciate what I’m going to say.

    Zayn nods and tells him to go ahead.

    It’s no secret how I’ve felt about Bray Wyatt. I think he’s a tremendous talent which I why I drafted him in the first place. But like you said, his obsession with power has driven him mad.

    Maverick pauses.

    Since this match was made, Shane and I have gone back and forth on what to do. Shane believes this match may be a mistake. That Bray Wyatt is too unpredictable for one man to handle. And you know what…

    Maverick pauses for a second.

    He may be right.

    The crowd boos as they believe in Zayn.

    I am not doubting your abilities Sami, but when it comes to Bray Wyatt as you’ve seen, anything is possible. He has so much at his disposal. But what if we even up the odds?

    Zayn seems intrigued.

    Two weeks ago, you should with a steel chair in hand that you were ready for whatever Bray Wyatt threw at you that night. That steel chair evened up the odds and helped you deal with the surprise factor of Wyatt.

    The crowd cheers remembering that moment.

    Wyatt hasn’t followed the rules and at Backlash, I’m sure he still won’t follow the rules. So why should you?

    Zayn nods in agreement.

    That’s why this Sunday at Backlash; it will be Bray Wyatt vs. Sami Zayn…

    Maverick pauses.

    In a NO HOLDS BARRED MATCH!

    Zayn smiles and looks excited about the announcement as does the crowd. He shakes Maverick’s hand as Maverick mouths to him “Good Luck!”

    Ranallo

    What an announcement! Sami Zayn vs. Bray Wyatt is now a No Holds Barred match!

    Graves

    Is Maverick trying to actively end Sami Zayn’s career?!

    Ranallo

    Maverick trying to even the odds between Bray Wyatt and Sami Zayn this Sunday…

    Graves

    Even the odds? He just ensured the biggest beat down of Sami Zayn’s career.

    Ranallo

    It certainly will be a war now at Backlash between those two.

    A graphic shows on the screen for Kevin Owens vs. Kane.

    And Kevin Owens may be heading into a war tonight as he goes one-on-one with the monster Kane in our main event here on Smackdown.

    **Commercial Break**

    We return backstage to see Alex Maverick walking in the hallway. All of a sudden, Shane McMahon comes up to him.

    McMahon

    Hey what was that all about?

    Maverick

    I told you last week I had an idea so I executed it. What… you don’t like it?

    McMahon

    Well you’re putting an already dangerous Bray Wyatt into a more dangerous match so I’m not quite seeing how this helps.

    Maverick

    Like I said out there, Bray Wyatt wasn’t going to play by the rules anyway. We saw that with his attacks and how he ignored our suspension. So I made it so Sami didn’t have to be constrained by the rules either.

    McMahon

    I don’t think you realized the situation you just put Sami Zayn in. Trust me. When I was dealing with the…

    Maverick quickly cuts him off.

    Maverick

    I’m going to cut you off there Shane. This is not someone else from your past. This is Bray Wyatt. We both have just as much experience dealing with him. You need to trust me on this. Whatever Bray Wyatt is going to do this Sunday, he was going to do anyway. As much as you think this match shouldn’t happen…

    Maverick pauses and points to himself.

    I want to give Sami Zayn a fighting chance at revenge!

    Maverick continues to walk down the hallway as McMahon has a concerned look on his face.

    We cut back to ringside.

    Ranallo

    Sounds like a little bit of a difference in opinion between our General Manager and Commissioner.

    Graves

    I know our General Manager has done a good job so far, but I’m with Shane McMahon on this one. I’m not sure if this is the best thing for Sami Zayn.

    “Recognition” plays and out comes Charlotte and Dana Brooke to boos from the crowd.

    Hamilton

    The following tag team contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, the team of Charlotte and Dana Brooke.

    Graves

    All hail the Queen!

    Ranallo

    Well last week, the “Queen” seemed bitter at a few comments made by Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch during your interview with them Corey.

    Graves

    Look, of course I would’ve rather of have Charlotte there as I believe she deserves to be champion. I had to remain unbiased but that doesn’t mean she can’t voice her opinion… or as I like to call it the truth.

    “Celtic Invasion” plays and the crowd cheers as Becky Lynch makes her way out.

    Hamilton

    Their opponents, first, from Dublin, Ireland, Becky Lynch.

    Ranallo

    Regardless of how you or Charlotte feels, it will be this woman, Becky Lynch, challenging this Sunday for the Womens World Championship.

    Graves

    While I’ve never been the biggest Becky Lynch fan, I will say that last week I saw that fire in her eyes. She is ready to give it her all at Backlash. But the question is will it be enough to dethrone the Womens Champion?

    “Sky’s The Limit” plays and the crowd cheers as Sasha Banks makes her way out onto the stage.

    Hamilton

    And her partner, from Boston, MA, the Womens World Champion, Sasha Banks.

    Ranallo

    As you say that Corey, the champion seemed to have a fire in her eyes as well.

    Graves

    Yes she did. You could tell from her answers last week to my question about being a fluke that she’s out to prove this Sunday that SummerSlam wasn’t a lucky night but that she is worthy of being champion.

    Ranallo

    The question here tonight is with such a huge match five days away for both women, can they be a cohesive team?



    Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch

    The match starts with a back and forth between Becky and Charlotte. Charlotte takes advantage for a bit before tagging in Dana. Dana keeps control for a little before Becky reverses and gets the momentum on her side. Sasha and Becky tag in and out performing moves on Dana seemingly to one-up each other. Dana eventually takes advantage of their competitiveness and manages to get Charlotte back in, who beats up Sasha. She keeps control with Dana by isolating Sasha in their corner. Sasha fights out of the corner and tags Becky in. Becky comes in taking out Dana, the legal woman. Becky nails her with the Becksplex and looks to go for the Dis-Arm-Her before Charlotte runs in and attacks Becky, knowing what was coming. Sasha gets in and goes after Charlotte, who tosses Sasha to the outside onto the apron. Charlotte goes for a Big Boot, but Sasha pulls the rope down causing Charlotte to go over the top rope and to the floor. Charlotte gets right up and grabs Sasha’s leg, but Sasha kicks her off of her. Sasha lines up Charlotte and jumps off connecting with the Double Knee Attack to her. Back in the ring, Dana has Becky up on her shoulders, but Becky elbows her way out of it. Becky grabs Dana’s arm and takes her down to the mat immediately and locks in the DIS-ARM-HER! Dana reaches out for the ropes but isn’t near them. With Charlotte out on the outside, Dana is forced to tap out, giving Becky and Sasha the win!

    Winners: Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch



    Hamilton

    Here are your winners, Becky Lynch and the Womens World Champion, Sasha Banks!

    Ranallo

    It was a bit rocky for a bit, but Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch pulled out the victory.

    Graves

    But let it be known, they didn’t beat the Queen.

    The referee is given the Womens World Championship to give to Sasha, but Becky takes it from him and stares down at it in her hands.

    Ranallo

    Becky taking the championship… could this be what we see on Sunday?

    Sasha gets into the ring and steps up to Becky. Sasha puts her hand on her championship. Becky looks up at Sasha and hands it over to Sasha.

    Graves

    Oh man! This is what I like to see Mauro! You can feel the tension in the air.

    Sasha holds the championship high in the air as she stares down Becky, who is signaling around her waist for the title.

    Ranallo

    These two are both out to prove something at Backlash, but only one can walk away the Womens World Champion.

    Graves

    These two are going to give everything they’ve got.

    “Stick To Your Guns” by Sick Puppies plays as a graphic for the Womens World Title match at Backlash comes on the screen.

    Ranallo

    Well these two women won’t have to wait long. In just 5 days they will go one-on-one for the Womens World Championship. From what we’ve seen, it will be an absolute battle for that title, but who will walk out the champion this Sunday?

    A graphic for Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. the Dudley Boyz at Backlash comes on the screen.

    After being cost their semi-finals match in the tournament earlier tonight by the Dudley Boyz, and angry Enzo and Cass challenged the tag team legends and we now know that the challenge has been accepted and made official for Backlash. Will Enzo and Cass win three straight or will the third time be the charm for the 9 time WWE World Tag Team Champions?

    A graphic for Rusev & Sheamus vs. Neville & Zack Ryder at Backlash comes on the screen.

    Graves

    Speaking of the Tag Team Title tournament, that’s where this match all began. Neville and Ryder defeated Rusev and Sheamus in the qualifying match under unfair tactics took matters into their own hands last week to right that wrong by taking them out of the tournament. They will now face off at Backlash to finish this bad blood. Will Neville and Ryder get lucky once again or will Rusev and Sheamus do what they set out to and put the locker room on notice?

    A graphic for the World Tag Team Title match at Backlash comes on the screen.

    Ranallo

    We talked about how important this tournament has been to the teams here on Smackdown, but after weeks of competition, we know have the two teams that will compete in the finals this Sunday. It will be The Club’s Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson taking on the new comers from NXT, American Alpha. Will The Club prove why they were the greatest team in Japan or will American Alpha continue their roll and claim the World Tag Team Championships?

    A graphic for the Intercontinental Title match at Backlash comes on the screen.

    Graves

    It will be a triple threat match for one of the most historic and prestigious titles in WWE history. Roman Reigns, Apollo Crews and Finn Balor will all battle it out to claim the vacant Intercontinental Championship. I was in the ring earlier with all three men and you can tell that they will all do whatever it takes to win this championship. They all have something to prove but which one of them will add the Intercontinental Championship to their resume?

    A graphic for the Bray Wyatt vs. Sami Zayn at Backlash comes on the screen.

    Ranallo

    Our General Manager dropped a big announcement on us earlier tonight when he made the match between Bray Wyatt and Sami Zayn a No Holds Barred match. He says it was to even the odds up for Sami Zayn against an unpredictable Bray Wyatt. With all that Wyatt has done to Sami Zayn the last two months, he can’t wait to get some retribution, but with no rules officially, did Bray Wyatt just become too dangerous for Sami Zayn to handle?

    A graphic for the World Heavyweight Title match at Backlash comes on the screen.

    Graves

    And it will be AJ Styles’ first title defense as he puts the World Heavyweight Championship on the line against the prize fighter Kevin Owens. Owens has felt he deserves the championship from the very beginning and finally has his chance to claim the ultimate prize. But can he do it or will AJ Styles show Kevin Owens why he was the hottest free agent this year and why he’s called the “Phenomenal One?”



    We cut backstage to see Kevin Owens walking in the hallway to the ring.

    Ranallo

    Well before he gets to prove he deserves the World Championship, Kevin Owens has to go through a former World Champion in the Big Red Machine. It’s Owens vs. Kane next.

    **Commercial Break**

    We return with the Wyatt interruption video playing. We then see a dark, smoke filled room with Bray Wyatt sitting in his rocking chair.

    Wyatt

    No holds barred… anything goes…

    Wyatt smirks.

    The sweet words to my ears. You see, you may think that the odds are evened up now…

    Wyatt laughs sinisterly.

    But they’re not. All you did was give me extra fuel to add to the fire this Sunday.

    Wyatt pauses.

    What was going to be just a nightmare will now turn into Sami Zayn’s own personal apocalypse.

    Wyatt leans forward in his chair.

    You may think you know how surprising I can be… but you have no idea what is coming this Sunday.

    Wyatt pauses as he gets a more serious look on his face.

    At Backlash, say goodbye to Sami Zayn as I draw one step closer to the “great power!”

    Wyatt stands up and holds his arms out. He stares right into the camera with a scary, serious face.

    RUN!

    The Wyatt interruption video plays again and the screen goes black.

    We cut back to ringside.

    Graves

    I told you! Sami Zayn better think twice before stepping into the ring on Sunday.



    “Fight” plays and out comes Kevin Owens as the crowd boos loudly.

    Hamilton

    The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, from Marieville, Quebec, Canada, weighing in at 266 pounds, Kevin Owens.

    Ranallo

    Well let’s try to regroup after that as we get ready for our main event tonight, which was brought about after this man, Kevin Owens complained to our General Manager at the beginning of the show.

    Graves

    After what happened last week, he had every right to complain. And what happens? He gets put into a match against Kane just five days before his World Heavyweight Championship match.

    Ranallo

    Maybe Owens shouldn’t run his mouth then. Maverick told Kevin Owens to show just how good he is tonight by taking on a former World Champion.

    Fire pyro goes off on the stage. “Veil Of Fire” plays and out comes Kane to cheers from the crowd.

    Hamilton

    And his opponent, weighing in at 323 pounds, Kane.

    Ranallo

    And it will not be an easy task as he faces “The Big Red Machine” Kane.

    Graves

    We haven’t seen Kane in quite some time but I can assure you, he is every bit as dangerous. Kevin Owens certainly won’t be taking him lightly.

    Ranallo

    As he shouldn’t. Kevin Owens will be in for a rough night if he looks past Kane and only towards AJ Styles tonight.



    Kevin Owens vs. Kane

    Right out of the gate, Owens goes on the attack of Kane. Owens clubs away at him and runs off the ropes at him, but Kane counters with a stiff uppercut, allowing Kane to take control. Kane lays in a bunch of strikes and hits Owens with a few power moves for near falls. Kane is beating down Owens in the corner until the referee tells him to get off before a count of five. Kane goes back to grab Owens, but Owens grabs Kane by the tights and pulls him into the corner, face first into the middle turnbuckle. Owens takes control, punching a stomping away on Kane, following up with a Cannonball attack. Owens maintains control, getting a few near falls on Kane. After multiple near falls, Owens starts to get frustrated. Owens gets Kane to the top rope and looks for some sort of superplex from the top rope, but Kane battles his way out of it and shoves Owens to the mat. Owens gets up and Kane jumps off the top rope nailing him with his patented Flying Clothesline. Kane then stalks Owens, pulling his glove on tight. Kane grabs Owens by the throat, looking to go for a Chokeslam, but Owens kicks Kane in the knee, taking him down to a knee. Owens then nails Kane in the gut with a Superkick and then lines up again and hits Kane in the face with a Superkick, causing the Big Red Monster to stumble back to the ropes. Owens grabs Kane and tosses him off the ropes. As Kane comes back, Owens nails him with an emphatic POP-UP POWERBOMB! Owens goes for the cover…1…2…3. Owens wins!

    Winner: Kevin Owens



    Hamilton

    Here is your winner, Kevin Owens!

    Ranallo

    A big win for Kevin Owens going into this Sunday’s championship match.

    Graves

    That it was. He just defeated a former World Champion in Kane. Not an easy task. Kevin Owens just proved to the world, including AJ Styles that he’s ready to take that World Heavyweight Championship.

    Ranallo

    But can he defeat AJ Styles when it counts at Backlash?

    Graves

    Of course he can.

    Owens grabs a microphone as he’s catching his breath.

    Owens

    Did you see that?

    Owens pauses to catch his breath some more.

    Did you see what I just did to the “Big Red Monster?”

    Owens pauses.

    I destroyed him! I just destroyed a former World Champion…

    The crowd boos as Owens pauses.

    Just like I did two weeks ago when I destroyed Mark Henry…

    The crowd boos even more.

    Just like when I destroyed the pathetic legacy of Christian with one kick…

    The crowd boos louder at Owens, who continues to ignore them.

    And just like this Sunday when I destroy another FORMER World Champion in AJ Styles!

    Just then “Phenomenal” plays and out comes AJ Styles to a cheering crowd. Styles walks out onto the stage with a microphone in hand.

    Styles

    Kevin, you talk a big game, but talk is cheap. You think you’re going to destroy me at Backlash?

    Styles pauses.

    Why wait till Sunday?!

    Styles drops the microphone and makes a b-line for the ring where Owens is waiting for him.

    Ranallo

    And AJ Styles wants to fight five days early.

    Styles gets into the ring and Owens goes right onto the attack of Styles with a running kick and stomping him to the mat.

    Graves

    Kevin Owens taking advantage right away. Was this a smart decision by AJ Styles?

    Owens yells out to the crowd that he’s the next champion. Owens lifts Styles up, but Styles breaks free of his grasp and connects with a few quick strike combinations, ending with a spinning back elbow that sends Owens falling to the mat and rolling under the ropes to the outside.

    Ranallo

    Owens treating now.

    Owens holds the side of his face and looks to be retreating, but Styles follows him to the outside and continues the attack with a clothesline from behind, sending Owens over the barricade into the stands.

    But Styles isn’t done just yet.

    Styles gets up on the barricade, waits for Owens to get up and jumps off the barricade onto Owens. Styles stays on him and continues with a few punches to the head.

    He wants to shut Kevin Owens up for all the disrespectful things he’s said over the last few weeks.

    Styles lifts Owens up, but Owens gets a thumb to the eye of Styles, allowing him to break free. Owens grabs Styles and tosses him into the wall by the elevated section of the stands.

    Graves

    This is what AJ Styles should be afraid of.

    Owens grabs Styles and tosses him over the guard rail by the side of the stage. Owens goes over the guard rail, grabs Styles and drags him into the backstage area.

    Owens looks like he isn’t done, which could be bad news for the champion so close to Backlash. He may live to regret this decision.

    We cut backstage to see Owens slamming Styles head on the production equipment boxes and tossing him into anything he sees as he continues to talk trash to Styles. Owens goes to walk over towards Styles, but Styles takes one of those equipment boxes and shoves it into Owens. Styles then grabs Owens and tosses him into nearby stack of steel poles against the wall. Styles grabs a small equipment box and slams it against Owens’ back. Styles lays in a few strikes on Owen’s back before tossing him ahead through a doorway. Styles follows and goes to grab Owens, but Owens grabs a nearby lead pipe and hits Styles in the gut with it and then over the back.

    Owens

    You think you’re better than me?! Huh AJ?

    Owens grabs Styles and tosses him into a nearby cage door. Owens yells at Styles mockingly.

    Come on champ!

    Owens grabs Styles and tosses him across a table filled with equipment and supplies. Owens lifts up Styles by the head and yells in his face.

    You’re looking at the next World Heavyweight Champion!

    Owens lifts Styles up and Powerbombs him through the table. Owens stares down at the fallen Styles with a smirk on his face. Finally security, referees and other wrestlers come over pulling Owens away and checking on Styles.

    Owens

    He doesn’t look so phenomenal now does he?!

    The security yells at Owens to get away as the doctors, Anderson and Gallows check on Styles. We fade out with a shot on the fallen Styles.

    Quick Results:

    The Club def. The Ascension in Semi-Finals of World Tag Team Championship Tournament

    Zack Ryder def. Sheamus

    American Alpha def. Enzo Amore & Big Cass in Semi-Finals of World Tag Team Championship Tournament

    Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch def. Charlotte & Dana Brooke

    Kevin Owens def. Kane


    Backlash Card – 9/18/16

    World Heavyweight Championship

    AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens

    Womens World Championship

    Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch

    No Holds Barred Match

    Bray Wyatt vs. Sami Zayn

    World Tag Team Championship

    Tag Team Tournament Finals

    The Club vs. American Alpha

    Intercontinental Championship

    Roman Reigns vs. Apollo Crews vs. Finn Balor

    Rusev & Sheamus vs. Neville & Zack Ryder

    Dudleys Boyz vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass




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    WWE News And Notes


    WWE is considering bringing Raw Talk and Talking Smack back to broadcast. They feel it is a good way to enhance not only the superstars by letting them speak more freely, but it will also allow the audience to get to know both general managers better. They also believe this will help both general managers be more comfortable on the microphone and in front of the camera.
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    We are less than two hours away from Smackdown’s first brand exclusive pay per view event. Here are some news and notes.

    Raw General Manager Nick Kennedy is backstage. Unsure if he has any role in tonight's show or is just there to show support for his friend and Smackdown General Manager Alex Maverick.

    Despite having three tag team matches (which is unusually high for an event like this) Maverick and Shane McMahon seem to be confident that each tag team match will be different from the other and are very excited for the tag division moving further.

    Expect Bray Wyatt and Sami Zayn to be a ‘brutal’ and ‘ugly’ match-up. Whichever superstar wins, expect a huge push coming their way in the next few months.


    Everyone backstage is excited for the triple threat match and believe each superstar is worthy of carrying the Intercontinental Championship moving forward. Our sources say as of now Finn Balor is the favorite.

    Styles verse Owens will be tonight's main event according to our sources.

    *Prediction Contest*

    World Heavyweight Championship Match
    AJ Styles © vs. Kevin Owens

    Winner:


    Rusev & Sheamus vs. Zack Ryder & Neville

    Winner:


    The Dudleys vs. Enzo & Cass


    Winner:

    Women’s World Championship
    Sasha Banks © vs. Becky Lynch

    Winner:


    Bray Wyatt vs. Sami Zayn

    Winner:


    Intercontinental Championship Match

    Finn Balor vs. Apollo Crews vs. Roman Reigns

    Winner:


    Tag Team Tournament Final For World Tag Team Titles

    The Club vs. American Alpha

    Winner:


    Additional Questions


    1.
    Match Order?

    2.
    Who takes the fall in the triple threat match?
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    Backlash – 9/18/16

    Richmond Coliseum

    Richmond, VA


    WWE “Then, Now, Forever” opening video plays.


    ***Opening video package***


    The video package starts with the word Backlash and a definition on the screen.


    Voice Over

    Backlash: A strong and adverse reaction to an action seen as unpopular or negative. We see it all around us. From the law, to work, to our everyday lives, people will always see certain decisions as unfair and lash out.


    We see Roman Reigns attack Finn Balor from behind during his match with Apollo Crews. Reigns tosses Crews into the steel steps and Spears Balor.



    Reigns (V.O.)

    I deserve a title opportunity… No one else!


    We cut to Sheamus and Rusev attacking Neville and Zack Ryder. Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick on Ryder and Rusev hits a Jumping Side Kick to the face of Neville.


    Graves (V.O.)

    Like it or not, Sheamus and Rusev just told Neville and Zack Ryder that they deserved to be in this tournament and not them.


    We then cut to the Dudley Boyz attacking Enzo Amore and Big Cass, hitting 3Ds on both of them.


    Bubba (V.O.)

    Enzo and Cass think they got one over on us? Well we’ll show them and everyone else just who in the hell we are!


    We cut to Bray Wyatt brutally attacking Sami Zayn on the outside ending with Sister Abigail onto the floor.


    Ranallo (V.O.)

    Wyatt saw that “great power” slip away and is now looking to vent his frustration.


    We cut to Owens low blowing Christian, delivering a Pop-Up Powerbomb to Mark Henry, and a Pop-Up Powerbomb to Kane.


    Owens (V.O.)

    At Backlash, I get to prove that I should be the World Heavyweight Champion right now!


    The screen goes black.


    Voice Over

    But those cause their own reactions.


    We cut to Balor and Crews brawling with Reigns and tossing him to the outside.


    Ranallo (V.O.)

    Finn Balor and Apollo Crews dumping Roman Reigns to the outside, getting some retribution for when he attacked them both during their match.


    We cut to Neville and Ryder double dropkicking Sheamus off the apron and then diving to the outside onto Sheamus and Rusev.


    Ranallo (V.O.)

    Neville and Zack Ryder getting some retribution after being cost their shot in the Tag Team Title tournament.


    We cut to Wyatt appearing behind Zayn, but Zayn takes the steel chair in his hands and hits Wyatt in the gut and then the back, sending Wyatt rolling to the outside.


    Ranallo (V.O.)

    Wyatt finally answered Sami’s call but this time Sami Zayn was prepared!


    We cut to Gallows and Anderson hitting the Boot of Doom on Owens, followed by a Springboard 450 Splash by Styles onto Owens.


    Ranallo (V.O.)

    The Club gets a measure of retribution against Kevin Owens.


    Voice Over

    Tonight…


    “Stick To Your Guns” by Sick Puppies starts playing.


    Starts a new era. Where the land of opportunity shines brighter than ever before. The opportunity to settle scores…


    We see clips of the Dudleys and Enzo and Cass fighting.


    Cass (V.O.)

    Dudley Boyz, if you want to step up to us, then do it to our faces at Backlash.


    We see clips of Rusev & Sheamus and Neville and Ryder brawling.


    Ryder (V.O.)

    We will get our retribution.


    Sheamus (V.O.)

    We’re going to destroy them and put the whole locker room on notice.


    We see clips of Zayn and Wyatt fighting.


    Zayn (V.O.)

    Bray Wyatt… I’m challenging you to a fight!


    Wyatt (V.O.)

    Be careful what you wish for.


    Maverick (V.O.)

    At Backlash, it will be a No Holds Barred Match!


    Voice Over

    And the ultimate opportunity… to etch your name in history and become a champion.


    We see clips of Gallows and Anderson beating the Ascension and clips of American Alpha beating Enzo and Cass.


    Ranallo (V.O.)

    We now have the two teams that will compete in the finals. It will be The Club’s Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson taking on the new comers from NXT, American Alpha.


    We see various clips of Reigns, Balor and Crews in action.


    Maverick (V.O.)

    At Backlash, we will determine the NEW Intercontinental Champion in a triple threat match!


    We see a clip of Sasha winning the Womens Title and Becky becoming #1 Contender, ending with a stare down between the two of them with the title.


    Becky (V.O.)

    At Backlash, I know I’m in for the fight of my life, but I’m more than prepared for it.


    Sasha (V.O.)

    If you think I’m ready to give this title up, you’re mistaken.


    We see clips of Owens and Styles in various matches and attacking each other.


    Owens (V.O.)

    You’re looking at the next World Heavyweight Champion!


    Styles (V.O.)

    At Backlash, he’s going to find out why they call me the Phenomenal One!


    Voice Over

    Who will rise to the occasion? Who will fight for their cause and what they want? Tonight… is about Backlash!


    ***The opening video ends***

    “Stick To Your Guns” by Sick Puppies plays again as an animated graphic for Smackdown flies onto screen.

    Voice Over

    And now, Smackdown presents…


    An animated graphic for Backlash now comes onto screen.


    WWE BACKLASH!

    We cut to ringside where a large amount of pyro goes off all around the stage. The fans are all on their feet screaming and cheering as they are excited.

    Ranallo

    We welcome you to the first Smackdown exclusive pay per view. This is Backlash! We are coming to you live from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA.


    We cut to the announce table to join Ranallo and Graves.


    I’m Mauro Ranallo joined as always by my broadcast partner, “The Savior of Misbehavior” Corey Graves. And Corey, what a night we have in stored where we’re certain to see a lot of Backlash since the draft.


    Graves

    Yes we are Mauro. Tonight, we will see people settle personal grudges, try to prove themselves to show just how good they are, and the lucky few will try to capitalize on the championship opportunities presented to them tonight. I can’t wait!


    Ranallo

    We’re ready and from the deafening cheers of this crowd, it sounds like they’re ready to!

    We cut back to stage where we see fireworks go off. “We’re Coming Down” plays and out come the Dudleys to loud boos from the crowd. Bubba and D-Von shoo off the crowd as they look laser focused.


    Hamilton

    The following tag team contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, at a combined weight of 549 pounds, Bubba Ray & D-Von, The Dudley Boyz.


    Ranallo

    And we kick things off with some tag team action with the most decorated team in WWE history.


    Graves

    Nine time WWE Tag Team Champions. They’ve won title all around the world as a team. They may very well be the greatest tag team not just in WWE history, but ever. Which makes how the Enzo Amore has treated the Dudleys that much more disrespectful.


    Ranallo

    Well this match came about after the Dudley Boyz attacked Enzo and Cass this past Tuesday on Smackdown after their music played to distract and cost Enzo and Cass their match in the Tag Team Title tournament. The Dudleys laid them out each with a 3D, leading to this match here tonight.


    Graves

    This has been brewing since the draft and tonight the Dudleys are going to finally give Cass and that annoyance Enzo the beating they deserve.


    "SAWFT Is A Sin” plays and out comes Enzo Amore and Big Cass to a loud cheering crowd. Enzo runs around the stage and dances a bit before lifting up his microphone. Enzo looks out to the crowd and the whole crowd says his whole opening with him.


    Enzo

    My name is Enzo Amore, and I am a certified G and a bonafied stud, and you can’t teach that.


    Enzo points at Cass.


    And this right here, this is Big Cass, and he’s seven foot tall, and you can’t teach that.


    Cass

    Off the microphone

    Hit ‘em with it Zo.


    Enzo

    Bada boom, realist guys in the room. How you doin’?!


    The crowd starts chanting “How you doin’!” as Enzo dances. Enzo stops and looks right at the Dudleys in the ring, with a serious look on his face.


    Oldey Boyz… tonight is appropriately named… cause you’re going to feel our Backlash!


    Enzo pauses as the crowd cheers.


    You’ve been the team of 3D, but tonight we won’t need no glasses to see you two cause you’ll be 2D…


    Enzo points to the mat and then the Dudleys.


    Flat on the mat after we beat your ass!


    The Dudleys don’t seem amused.


    And after we’re done with you, the next time you’ll ask to get the tables will be to setup the common room in the old folks home for your retirement party.


    D-Von takes exception to that comment, as Bubba tries to calm him down to focus, even though he’s angry himself. The crowd chants “How You Doin’!” as Enzo dances around again.


    Cass

    Dudleys… this past Tuesday, you came out and gave us both the 3D.


    The crowd boos.


    You sneak attacked us cause you know you can’t take us out otherwise.


    Cass pauses and puts up an O with his hand.


    You’re o and two against us, and after tonight, 3D will stand for 3 Down to Enzo and myself.


    The crowd cheers as Cass pauses.


    Cause you guys can’t beat us and tonight we prove once and for all that there’s only one word to describe you and I’m gonna spell it out for ya…


    The crowd sings along as Cass and Enzo get into it.


    S…A…W…F…T… SAWFT!


    Ranallo

    Enzo and Cass…


    Graves

    No! I’m cutting you off because I don’t want to hear one positive thing about those two after the blatant disrespect we just witnessed for two legends and future Hall of Famers. They should both be begging the Dudleys for advice, not making stupid 3D puns. But what else do you expect from a guy from Jersey?


    Ranallo

    My broadcast partner’s distain for New Jersey aside, Enzo and Cass seem fired up, but can they make it a clean sweep against the Dudley Boyz here tonight?


    Graves

    No, they won’t! If anything, they just fired up Bubba and D-Von even more.


    The Dudley Boyz vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass

    Enzo and Bubba start the match as they trash talk each other from across the ring until they are face to face. Bubba shoves Enzo in the face and the crowd oohs as Bubba shows disrespect. Bubba is yelling at Enzo “How you doin?!” in a mocking way. Enzo turns towards Bubba and runs straight at him with a flurry of punches. Bubba shoves Enzo off him and off the ropes. Enzo comes back at Bubba who goes for a clothesline but Enzo ducks and continues off the ropes. Enzo comes back and catches Bubba with a headscissors takedown. Enzo, who is close to his corner, tags in Cass. Cass gets Bubba in the corner and delivers a few punches to the gut. Cass then pulls Bubba out by the arm and clotheslines him. Cass goes for the cover...

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    Bubba kicks out. Cass backs Bubba into the corner with his shoulder. He tags in Enzo. Cass grabs Enzo by the arm and throws him into Bubba into the corner for a corner splash. Enzo goes for the cover...

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    Bubba kicks out. Enzo stomps on Bubba and dances around a bit. Enzo lifts Bubba up and looks to go for a Tornado DDT but Bubba uses his strength to block it and toss Enzo off him. Bubba then nails Enzo with a big boot. Bubba grabs Enzo and drags him over to his corner where he tags in D-Von. D-Von gets in and they hit a double team suplex on Enzo. D-Von goes for the cover...

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    Enzo kicks out. D-Von then goes right into a headlock and wrenches it in. They get to a vertical base and Enzo shoves D-Von off of him off the ropes. D-Von comes back off the ropes with a jumping shoulder block to Enzo, which sends Enzo to the mat and out of the ring to the floor. D-Von follows him to the outside and smashes his head on the barricade. D-Von is laying in a few strikes to Enzo as he's on the barricade. Bubba gets down from the apron and encourages his partner as he moves closer. Cass then gets down and tells him to back off. The referee tells Cass to get back to his corner while Bubba takes advantage and hits Enzo with a boot to the face. D-Von then takes Enzo and tosses him back into the ring and goes for the cover...

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    Enzo kicks out. D-Von tags in Bubba as he sets Enzo up in the corner. Bubba starts punching away starting slowly but then working up to fast jab punches until the referee tells him to get off at a count of 4. Bubba backs up and yells out at the crowd in a mocking way “How you doin?!” as the crowd boos him. Bubba lifts Enzo out if the corner and slams him to the mat with a scoop slam. Bubba lifts Enzo up immediately and hits him with another scoop slam. Bubba picks Enzo up again and hits him with a third scoop slam where he sits out this time. Bubba hooks Enzo’s leg for the cover...

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    Enzo kicks out. Bubba punches Enzo in the back of the head and then disrespectfully kicks Enzo on the side of the head as he tries to get up. Bubba grabs Enzo and viciously throws him shoulder first into the corner. Bubba tags D-Von back in. Bubba gets Enzo up for a sidewalk slam and D-Von jumps up and nails Enzo with a leg drop as Bubba drops down for the double team. D-Von goes for the cover...

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    Enzo kicks out. D-Von lifts Enzo up as he's clubbing him in the back. D-Von gets Enzo along the ropes and headbutts him. He Irish whips him off the ropes and bends down for a back body drop, but Enzo reverses by kicking D-Von. Enzo stretches out to try and get to his corner but D-Von quickly grabs Enzo back by his pants and pulls him in for a back suplex. D-Von grabs Enzo by the hair and lifts him up to drag him towards his corner to tag in Bubba. Bubba gets in and lands a few calculated jabs on Enzo. Bubba then grabs Enzo and Irish whips him into a corner. Bubba runs at Enzo from the other corner, but Enzo manages to get both his knees up to connect to Bubba’s chest. Bubba stumbles backwards and runs at Enzo again, but Enzo moves at the last moment and Bubba connects hard with the corner. Enzo falls to his knees due to exhaustion and starts to crawl towards his corner as the crowd cheers him on. Bubba reaches for Enzo’s leg but can't grab him to stop him from crawling towards his corner. Bubba tags in D-Von and right at that time, Enzo makes a last leaping effort to get to his corner and makes the tag to Cass. Cass comes in with tons of energy taking out D-Von with a clothesline and continuing his momentum to a splash in the opposite corner where Bubba just got to a vertical base. D-Von gets up and runs at Cass, but Cass side steps him and tosses him into Bubba in the corner. Bubba falls to the mat in the corner while D-Von stumbles out towards Cass, who picks him up and delivers a Fall Away Slam. Cass is feeding off the crowd now as they cheer him. Cass runs off the ropes and nails D-Von with the EMPIRE ELBOW! Cass goes for the cover...

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    Bubba comes in and just breaks it up. Bubba lays in a few punches and a stomp before the referee tells him to get out of the ring. Cass gets up and starts walking towards Bubba when D-Von chop blocks him from behind, taking the big man down. D-Von tags in Bubba and the two beat down on Cass to a roar of boos from the crowd. Bubba gets Cass up and lifts him from behind in a back suplex and D-Von drops him with a neckbreaker for the REVERSE 3D! Bubba goes for the cover...

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    Enzo flies in and just breaks up the cover. D-Von comes back in and blasts Enzo with a clothesline. The Dudleys signal they are going for the 3D as Enzo slowly gets up. They are about to go for it when Bubba turns around and clotheslines Cass hard, anticipating him coming and breaking up the move like he did in the first round of the tournament. D-Von lifts Enzo up and hits him with a flapjack as this goes on. Bubba turns to D-Von and shoves him in the chest yelling “D-Von!” The crowd anticipates Bubba to tell D-Von to get the tables but Bubba instead serves them and says “let's finish him!” as he points to Enzo. Bubba goes to a nearby corner and gets up on the second rope. D-Von lifts Enzo up, drags him towards the corner, and lifts him up onto Bubba in a Powerbomb position. Just then, Cass comes from behind and blasts D-Von and brawls with him out of the corner. Bubba still has Enzo up but is distracted now by what's going on to his partner, allowing Enzo to counter with a hurricanrana, sending Bubba crashing to the mat. Cass runs and lays a Big Boot on D-Von, which send him to the outside and onto the floor. Cass turns around, lifts Bubba up and slams his big frame with the EAST RIVER CROSSING! Cass lifts Enzo up and tells him to get to the top rope. Enzo slowly gets to the top rope with any energy he has left, jumps off and splashes onto Bubba with the help of Cass for the BOOM SHAKALAKA! Enzo goes for the cover...

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    3! Enzo and Cass win!


    Winners: Enzo Amore & Big Cass


    Hamilton

    Here are your winners, Enzo Amore and Big Cass!


    Enzo and Cass stand tall as the crowd cheers them on. Enzo dances around the ring with the little energy he has left as the crowd chants “How You Doin’!”


    Ranallo

    And for the third straight time since the draft, Enzo and Cass have defeated the Dudley Boyz. You have anything to say to that Corey?


    Graves

    I’m… I’m at a loss for words right now. This is a travesty.


    Ranallo

    Well Corey may not like it, but the crowd here is going crazy for Enzo and Cass picking up a huge win that could easily put them in World Tag Team Title contention in the future.


    Graves

    Oh please no! That would be the death of tag team wrestling as we know it.


    We see the Dudleys walking up the ramp looking frustrated and beat up.


    Ranallo

    The future is bright for Enzo and Cass, but what is next for the Dudley Boyz?


    Graves

    I’ll tell you this… the Dudleys will bounce back and come back better than ever. The Smackdown tag team division should be very afraid of a frustrated and angry Dudley Boyz.


    We cut backstage to see Byron Saxton ready to interview someone.


    Saxton

    Please welcome my guests at this time, The Club’s Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.


    Gallows and Anderson walk into frame to cheers from the crowd.


    Gentlemen, you’ve been around the world together, but tonight you will compete in the finals of the World Tag Team Championship tournament. Do you feel prepared going into tonight’s match against American Alpha?


    Anderson

    I don’t think we’d be here if we weren’t always prepared Byron. Like you said, we’ve competed as a team all over the world against some of the best teams.


    Gallows

    All of that has lead up to tonight. You see American Alpha is a great team… very athletic “good brothers.” But the one thing they don’t have is experience.


    Anderson

    They don’t have the experience of having to face and adapt to every kind of style you can think of. They don’t have the experience of competing on big stages.


    Gallows

    And their lack of experience will be their downfall. They have a bright future ahead of them, but that future doesn’t start tonight.


    Anderson

    There’s a reason why we were signed to big deals at the beginning of this year and why we were touted as the favorites to win this tournament.


    Gallows

    And tonight…


    Gallows pauses.


    We show everyone why when we walk out the NEW World Tag Team Champions!


    Gallows and Anderson “too sweet” each other before walking off.


    We cut back to ringside.


    Graves

    Gallows and Anderson seem confident and they have every right to be.


    Ranallo

    We will see them compete later on tonight in the finals of the World Tag Team Championship tournament.

    “The Truth Reigns” plays and out comes Roman Reigns onto the stage. He looks out at the crowd with a scowl on his face as he hears a chorus of boos rain down on him.

    Ranallo

    Well speaking of championships, we now get set to determine the new Intercontinental Championship, which was vacated during the draft back in August.


    Graves

    And this man, Roman Reigns, is the perfect person to win that title. He’s had one hell of a year winning the WWE Title in the main event of WrestleMania all the way to being in the finals of Smackdown’s World Heavyweight Championship tournament at SummerSlam. Roman Reigns is the man to bring prestige back to the Intercontinental Title.


    Ranallo

    Speaking of SummerSlam, after losing to AJ Styles for the World Title, Roman Reigns claimed he deserved another title shot and after our General Manager Alex Maverick wouldn’t give him one, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

    “Cruise Control” plays and out comes Apollo Crews. Crews taunts to the crowd as they cheer him on.


    Graves

    And he did that by showing up this man.


    Ranallo

    Three weeks ago, Apollo Crews and Finn Balor were having a one on one match which was interrupted by Roman Reigns, ending in the assault of both men.


    Graves

    Maverick told them that if they impressed him, they’d get a title shot. It’s all his fault. I don’t blame Roman Reigns. He’s wondering why do these two who haven’t had even close to the year Reigns has had deserve a title shot over him?


    Ranallo

    Well it may not be the year Roman Reigns has had, but Apollo Crews has been great and keeps getting better since the draft. He’s really stepped him game up and a win here could be huge for his career.

    “Catch Your Breath” plays and out comes Finn Balor with his leather jacket taunting with the crowd as they cheer him heavily.


    Ranallo

    But we can’t forget this man right here and how much he’s been on a roll since debuting on the main roster back in August after the draft.


    Graves

    Finn Balor is a tremendous talent. The longest reigning NXT Champion in history. He made it to the semi-finals of the World Championship tournament. He won at SummerSlam with Apollo Crews. But he’s still a rookie here on the main roster.


    Ranallo

    Finn Balor has had plenty of big match experience all around the world. And what remains to be seen is if Crews and Balor will work together in this big match situation.


    Graves

    They said they wouldn’t and I’m hoping to see that as I’m sure Roman Reigns is too. This is a championship match… there are no friends.


    All three men are in separate corners awaiting the announcement.


    Hamilton

    The following Triple Threat Match is scheduled for one fall and it is for the Intercontinental Championship.


    A graphic for the Intercontinental Championship is shown on the screen.


    Introducing first, from Pensacola, FL, weighing in at 265 pounds, Roman Reigns.


    Reigns steps up and put his arms up with his fists clenched with a cocky look on his face as the crowd boos him heavily.


    Next, from Stone Mountain, GA, weighing in at 240 pounds, Apollo Crews.


    Crews steps up and does his signature taunt with his arms up and swinging them back down as the crowd cheers him.


    And from Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, weighing in at 190 pounds, Finn Balor.


    Balor steps up and puts his arms out to the side and looks up as the crowd cheers him loudly.


    Intercontinental Championship

    Roman Reigns vs. Apollo Crews vs. Finn Balor

    The match starts off with Reigns yelling at both his opponents that he deserves the title. Reigns shoves Crews and then shoves Balor. Crews and Balor look at each other and then start attacking Reigns together. They beat him down with punches and kicks. They step back as Reigns gets up by the ropes and they both deliver a double team running dropkick to Reigns to knock him out of the ring to the mat. Crews and Balor nod at each other and then reset in the middle of the ring. They start by locking up with each other, which the stronger Crews takes advantage of and backs Balor into a corner. Crews let’s go and takes a step back. Balor goes for a kick to the gut but Crews catches his leg. Crews pushes him back using his leg so Balor bounces off the ropes. Balor runs at Crews, who leapfrogs him. Crews goes to catch Balor on the way back with a sidewalk slam, but Balor reverses it into a spinning headscissors takedown which Crews scouts and uses his athleticism to handspring out of being tosses on his back. Both men get to a knee and stare at each other as the crowd cheers them both. They meet in the middle of the ring and lock up again. Crews gets the better again and gets Balor in a side headlock. Balor steps backwards towards the rope and uses the momentum to tosses Crews off him. Crews bounces off the ropes and comes back right into a high dropkick by Balor, taking him down. Balor gets Crews up and tosses him into a corner. Balor runs at Crews and goes for a Monkey Flip, but Crews manages to land on his feet. Balor gets up and turns around into a dropkick by Crews. Reigns gets back in and grabs Crews from behind, hitting him with a Saito suplex. Reigns then picks up Crews and disposes him to the outside and to the mat. Reigns picks up Balor and starts kneeing him in the chest and gut as he’s bent over. Reigns tosses Balor off the ropes and catches him on the way back with a Tilt-A-Whirl Slam. Reigns goes for the cover…

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    Balor kicks out. Reigns picks Balor up and gets him in the nearby corner. Reigns clotheslines Balor and then lays in a forearm. He does this combination a few times and finishes with an uppercut. Reigns then gets Balor up on his shoulders, runs out of the corner and lands a Samoan Drop in the middle of the ring. Reigns goes for the cover…

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    Balor kicks out. Crews comes back in and hits Reigns with a running Jumping Clothesline. Reigns gets up and Crews hits him again with a Jumping Clothesline which he kips up from afterwards. Crews turns around and sees Balor on the top rope who jumps off and hits him with a Missile Dropkick. Balor lines up Reigns who is bent over trying to get his feet, runs at him and hits him with a running Corkscrew Neckbreaker. Balor goes for the cover…

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    Reigns kicks out. Balor looks to lift Reigns up, but Crews grabs Balor from behind. Before Crews can get a hold of Balor, Balor nails Crews with a Pele Kick. Balor gets up and Reigns runs at him for a clothesline, but Balor ducks it, grabbing Reigns by the head and drops him with a Reverse DDT. Balor gets Reigns down, grabbing his left arm and goes for a Fujiwara Armbar. He has it sort of locked in, but Reigns is able to prevent Balor from getting the leverage he needs to really lock it in and powers out of the hold. Balor runs off the ropes at Reigns, but Reigns moves out of the way and Balor is lifted up into a Military Press by Crews who was right behind Reigns. Crews drops Balor down to the mat and focuses his attention on Reigns who is coming at him, but Crews knees Reigns in the gut to take control. Crews picks up Reigns and Scoop Slams him to the mat. Crews sets up by the side of Reigns and goes for a Standing Moonsault, but Reigns gets his knees up which Crews takes right to the gut. Crews is holding his gut as Reigns gets to his feet. Reigns grabs Crews and tosses him to the outside. Reigns focuses on Balor and charges at him, but Balor side steps and sends Reigns through the ropes and to the outside. Balor runs off the ropes and dives over the top onto Reigns with a DIVING FRONT FLIP SPLASH. Balor gets right back into the ring, runs towards the opposite side and dives over those ropes onto Crews with a DIVING FRONT FLIP SPLASH. Balor grabs Crews and tosses him back into the ring. Balor goes for the cover…

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    Crews kicks out. Balor lifts Crews up to a vertical base and looks to be going for a suplex, but Crews blocks it. Balor tries again but Crews blocks it again. Crews gets his arm free and hits Balor with a Northern Lights Suplex, bridging into the pin…

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    Balor kicks out. Crews and Balor get up facing each other. Crews throws a punch and Balor then throws a punch. They trade another set of punches and then start trading kicks starting at the leg and moving up to the mid-section. Crews ends the trade-off with a jumping roundhouse kick to the head of Balor. Reigns then comes in a clubs Crews from behind knocking him hard to the mat. Reigns gets on top of Crews and lays in a few punches to the back of his head. Reigns picks up Crews, but Crews breaks free and dropkicks Reigns, causing him to stumble back towards the ropes. Reigns bounces off the ropes but comes back with a Big Boot to Crews, sending him crashing down, resting on the bottom rope with his head facing the outside. Reigns goes to the outside and measures his target Crews seemingly for the Drive By Dropkick, but before he can, he gets caught with a wrecking ball dropkick by Balor through the ropes. Balor gets on top of the barricade near him and jumps off looking for the Coup De Grace on Reigns, but Reigns rolls out of the way causing Balor to miss. Reigns gets up as Balor shakes off missing the move. Balor turns around right into a SUPERMAN PUNCH by Reigns. Reigns taunts the downed Balor as the crowd boos him. Reigns turns around right into a jumping Enzuguiri by Crews, taking Reigns to the mat. Crews climbs on the nearby steel steps and measures Reigns behind him as Reigns slowly gets to his feet. Crews jumps off with a Moonsault, but Reigns manages to catch Crews perfectly on his shoulders and drops Crews with a SAMOAN DROP ONTO THE FLOOR. Reigns grabs the hurt Crews and tosses him into the ring. Reigns mockingly taunts out at the crowd in the corner as he waits for Crews to get to his feet. Crews slowly gets up and Reigns nails him with a SPEAR! Reigns goes for the cover on Crews…

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    SPRINGBOARD COUP DE GRACE by Balor to the back on Reigns to just break up the three count. Reigns rolls over holding his back. Balor waits as Reigns slowly gets up. Balor charges at Reigns and dropkicks him hard into the corner, causing him to bounce off the middle turnbuckle with his neck and upper back. Balor makes sure Reigns is in place and quickly goes to the top rope as the crowd cheers him on. Balor sets up and jumps off the top rope hitting Reigns with the COUP DE GRACE! Balor goes for the cover…

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    3! Balor wins!


    Winner: Finn Balor


    Hamilton

    Here is your winner and the NEW Intercontinental Champion, Finn Balor!


    Balor holds the title, looking down at it with such pride as the crowd cheers him on and starts chanting “Finn!” Balor gets to his feet and holds his arms out with the title, taunting to his theme song with the rest of the crowd.


    Ranallo

    After only 2 months on the main roster, Finn Balor has won a championship! And I can’t think of anyone who epitomizes the “workhorse” title more than Finn Balor.


    Graves

    We all know how much work he’s put in to get here and he now holds high a championship that many Hall of Famers have held in their careers.


    Ranallo

    Just as it looked like Roman Reigns was going to add the Intercontinental Title to his resume, Finn Balor came out of nowhere and turned the tables on Reigns.


    Graves

    And I can tell you this… Roman Reigns is not going to be happy about that at all!


    Ranallo

    Well right now that doesn’t matter because Finn Balor is your NEW Intercontinental Champion and deservedly so!

    We cut backstage to see Alex Maverick and Shane McMahon watching the monitor as Balor celebrates in the ring. They are both grinning ear to ear.


    Maverick

    What a night so far!


    McMahon

    I know! We just crowned a new Intercontinental Champion in Finn Balor…


    McMahon points to the monitor.


    I’d say the first Smackdown exclusive pay per view is off to a great start!


    Maverick

    And it’s only going to get better. Think of all the matches we have still…


    Maverick lists out matches, using his fingers to count.


    The World Title match, the Womens World Title match, the finals in the Tag Team Title tournament, not to mention the No Holds Barred match…


    McMahon cuts off Maverick.


    McMahon

    Speaking of the No Holds Barred match…


    Maverick looks confused at McMahon, unaware of what he’s going to say.


    Are you sure we still want to have that match?


    Maverick looks a bit frustrated.


    Maverick

    Shane we went over this on Smackdown…


    McMahon cuts in.


    McMahon

    I know, but I don’t think you get just how quickly things can go south. You think you’re evening the odds for Sami Zayn, but you’re really just making Bray Wyatt that much more dangerous. Putting people…


    McMahon ponders for the right word.


    Gods…


    McMahon tries again for the right word.


    Supernatural beings like Bray Wyatt into dangerous environments like that makes them that much more destructive. Take it from me as someone who competed in a Hell In A Cell match against the greatest supernatural being this past WrestleMania.


    Maverick cuts in and puts his hand on McMahon’s shoulder to calm him down.


    Maverick

    Look, you can’t just sit around being afraid of these “beings” forever. You need to take action…


    Maverick starts to get passionate.


    Even if it is a huge risk. I wouldn’t put Sami in this situation if he didn’t want to and if I didn’t believe in him.


    Maverick pauses and looks at McMahon with a serious look on his face with a little bit of disappointment.


    Maybe you should have some faith too.


    The crowd “ooh’s” as Maverick walks away from McMahon, who takes a deep breath and ponders Maverick’s statement, but you can tell he’s still worried.
    We cut back to ringside.


    Ranallo

    Looks like a bit of a disagreement between General Manager and Commissioner.


    Graves

    I completely agree with our Commissioner. Forget the stipulation, Maverick needs to pull this match entirely.

    “Hellfire” plays and out comes Sheamus, Rusev and Lana onto the stage. Sheamus beats his chest and taunts with his arms out as Rusev looks fired up and ready to fight. The crowd boos as Lana has a scowl on her face and yells at the fans.

    Hamilton

    The following tag team contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, being accompanied by “The Ravishing Russian” Lana, at a combined weight of 571 pounds, “The Bulgarian Brute” Rusev and “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus.


    Graves

    Now here’s a team with no disagreements and one common goal. And that’s to put the entire locker room on notice.


    Ranallo

    Sheamus and Rusev started teaming together before SummerSlam and actually lost at that event in a tag team match. They then went on to lose in the Tag Team Title tournament qualifying match…


    Graves

    What are you doing Mauro? Why are you focusing on the negative? We are witnessing the birth of possibly one of the greatest teams in history. And you want to talk about that qualifying match? How about you talk about the fact that Neville and Zack Ryder, the “saints” that they are, used an exposed turnbuckle to beat these two men? How about you talk about that?!


    Ranallo

    Well it was Sheamus who exposed the turnbuckle in the first place so turnabout is fair play.


    Graves

    That’s biased journalism if I’ve ever seen it.


    Fireworks go off. “Break Orbit” plays and smoke starts to fill the stage. Neville comes out through the smoke and taunts up in the air with his fingers as the crowd cheers him.


    Hamilton

    Their opponents, first, from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, weighing in at 194 pounds, Neville.


    Ranallo

    You talk about biased Corey; this man was once your former partner in NXT.


    Graves

    Yes he was and we won the NXT Tag Team Championships too. Look I have nothing against Neville as an athlete. He is amazing and does moves I didn’t think were possible. But clearly he doesn’t have a moral compass if he’s fine with a tainted victory.


    Ranallo

    Well tonight he and his partner get to try and erase all doubt as we are set for a rematch of that qualifying match.


    “Radio” plays and out comes Zack Ryder to a cheering crowd. Ryder holds up the “LI” sign with his hands as he goes down the ramp.


    Hamilton

    And his partner, from Long Island, NY, weighing in at 224 pounds, Zack Ryder.


    Graves

    Here’s the problem… Neville is hanging out with this Jersey Shore degenerate which must have messed with his head.


    Ranallo

    Zack Ryder and Neville were thrown together as a team in the Tag Team Tournament, but they were ousted in the first round after Rusev and Sheamus interfered and cost them the match.


    Graves

    They were righting a very big wrong. They didn’t deserve that spot and even they knew it.


    Ranallo

    Well the two teams have been at each other for a month now and it’s time to settle the score.


    Rusev & Sheamus vs. Neville & Zack Ryder

    Just as the bell ring, Sheamus runs across the ring and blasts Ryder from behind. Sheamus clubs Ryder a few times in the back until he pulls him into the middle of the ring. Sheamus is holding Ryder’s legs, but Ryder tries to kick Sheamus off of him. Ryder gets up to his feet, but Sheamus connects quickly with a clothesline, taking him down again. Sheamus gets right on top of Ryder and starts punching him in the head. Sheamus gets up and lifts Ryder up too. He takes Ryder and tosses him into his corner where Rusev is. Sheamus connects with a hard shoulder thrust into Ryder’s midsection. Sheamus punches Ryder until he’s sitting in the corner. Sheamus tags in Rusev. Rusev comes in and starts stomping on Ryder in the corner until the referee tells him to get out of the corner. Rusev pulls Ryder out of the corner and nails him with a Saito Suplex. Rusev goes for the cover…

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    Ryder kicks out. Rusev gets up and stomps on Ryder in the midsection. Rusev tags Sheamus back in. Sheamus gets in and grabs Ryder, lifting him up to a vertical base. Sheamus clubs him in the back a few times. He lifts him up for a vertical suplex and just drops him down on his back. Sheamus lifts Ryder up and for a vertical suplex and drops him on his back yet again. Sheamus goes for the cover…

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    Ryder kicks out. Sheamus gets Ryder up in a corner and delivers a few body blows. Sheamus tosses Ryder into the opposite corner. He runs at Ryder in the corner, but Ryder gets his knees up, connecting with Sheamus knocking him down. Ryder quickly gets over to his corner and tags in Neville. Neville springboards of the ropes and hits Sheamus with a crossbody, right into the cover…

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    Sheamus kicks out. Neville gets up and waits for Sheamus to get to his knees to start kicking him in the chest and back. Sheamus tries to get up, but Neville hits him with a spinning back kick to the gut, runs off the ropes and connects with a dropkick to the side of Sheamus’ head. Neville measures Sheamus on the ground and nails a Standing Shooting Star Press. Neville goes for the cover…

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    Sheamus kicks out. Neville waits for Sheamus to start getting up and goes to run off the ropes, but Rusev pulls down the ropes, undetected by the referee who is checking on Sheamus. This sends Neville out of the ring and crashing to the floor. Rusev acts as if he did nothing towards the referee. Sheamus goes to the outside, lifts him up and slams his back into the side of the ring. Sheamus then tosses Neville back into the ring and follows him in. Sheamus tags in Rusev and holds Neville up with his arms hooked for Rusev to punch him until the referee counts for Sheamus to get out of the ring. Rusev grabs Neville in a gutwrench position and lays in a few knee strikes. Rusev then tosses Neville with a Gutwrench Suplex and goes for the cover…

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    Neville kicks out. Rusev tosses Neville back into his corner and stomps on him in the corner. Rusev tags in Sheamus. Rusev lifts Neville up and drops him gut first across Sheamus’ knee. Sheamus goes for the cover…

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    Neville kicks out. Sheamus goes right into a side-headlock on the ground as he yells out at the fans booing him. Sheamus wrenches it in more. Ryder starts clapping and the crowd joins in to try and motivate Neville to get back into it. Neville feeds off the crowd and starts to get up, but just as he gets to a vertical base, Sheamus grabs him by the head and slams him back to the mat. Sheamus steps on top of Neville to get to his corner to tag in Rusev, showing disrespect. They both get Neville up and deliver a Double Suplex to him. Rusev goes for the cover…

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    Neville kicks out. Rusev sits Neville up and knees him twice in the back. Rusev walks lifts Neville up and gets him in a Bearhug. Neville seems to be fading with each passing moment. Just as the referee looks to check is arm, Neville gets a surge of energy and starts punching Rusev in the head to loosen the grip until he finally gets out of it. Neville looks to get to his corner, but Rusev grabs him by the tights and pulls him back. Rusev grabs him from behind looking for maybe a German suplex, but Neville reverses it by rolling up Rusev…

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    Rusev kicks out, but the kick out sends Neville launching forward towards his corner to tag in Ryder. Ryder gets in and starts laying in forearm strikes to Rusev. Ryder tosses him into a corner, runs at him and nails him with a Jumping Forearm Strike, sending Rusev to the mat, sitting in the corner. Ryder goes into the other corner and taunts with the crowd with a fist pump going “Woo! Woo! Woo!” Ryder runs across the ring and nails Rusev with the BROSKI BOOT! Ryder drags Rusev out of the corner and goes for the cover…

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    Sheamus just breaks it up! Sheamus goes to attack Ryder, but Neville gets into the ring and dropkicks Sheamus, who is off balanced and falls through the ropes to the outside. Neville gets a running start and jumps over the top rope, turning in mid-air for a Moonsault onto Sheamus. Back in the ring, Ryder is back up holding up the LI hand sign, waiting for Rusev to get to a vertical base, who is getting up slowly. Right before Ryder looks to run at Rusev, Lana grabs Ryder’s foot from the outside as he’s standing too close to the ropes. Ryder turns towards Lana and yells at her to let go. She does and backs up from the apron. Ryder turns around but right into a RUNNING SIDE KICK to the face by Rusev. Rusev drags Ryder by the arm towards the center of the ring. Rusev looks at Lana, who tells him to “Crush!” Ryder. Rusev stomps on Ryder’s back and locks in the ACCOLADE! Rusev wrenches back on Ryder, with nowhere to go for him. But just in time, Neville comes in and kicks Rusev in the side of the head to break up the hold and save the match. Rusev gathers himself and tries to catch Neville off guard quickly with a Running Side Kick, but Neville ducks it and nails Rusev in the face with a Spinning Back Kick, knocking the Bulgarian down. Neville sets him up near a corner and proceeds to the top rope. Neville balances himself and measures for most likely the Red Arrow, but just then, Sheamus gets up on the apron and shoves Neville off the top rope. Neville falls from the top rope landing hard on the apron and falling to the mat on the outside. Back in the ring, Ryder and Rusev both slowly get up to their feet. Sheamus starts to get into the ring behind Rusev, as Ryder measures Rusev and runs at him. Ryder goes for the Rough Ryder, but Rusev sends him over the top of him in the air and Ryder gets nailed in the air with a BROGUE KICK by Sheamus! Rusev looks down at a fallen Ryder and yells out “Crush!” Rusev locks in the ACCOLADE again onto Ryder in the middle of the ring. Ryder is far from the ropes and with no Neville in site…

    Ryder is forced to TAP OUT! Rusev and Sheamus win!


    Winners: Rusev & Sheamus


    Hamilton

    Here are your winners, Rusev and Sheamus!


    Rusev lets go of Ryder emphatically. Lana gets into the ring, steps in the referee’s way and holds up the hands of Sheamus and Rusev as the crowd boos them.


    Graves

    They were able to right a wrong here tonight. Rusev and Sheamus showing what should have happened in the tournament qualifying match.


    Ranallo

    I have to give it to them, Sheamus and Rusev looked like a well-oiled machine. If they can continue to look how they did tonight, they will easily be a force to reckon with in the tag team division.


    Graves

    I feel bad for the poor suckers that will fight them next.


    Ranallo

    And they very well could be in line for a Tag Team Championship opportunity. I’m sure they will have their eyes on the tournament finals later tonight.

    We cut backstage to see Finn Balor walking through the hallway with his new Intercontinental Title on his shoulder as he gets a big pop from the crowd. He can’t stop smiling and looking at the title as everyone he passes in the hallway congratulates him. Byron Saxton catches up to him and stops Balor.


    Saxton

    Finn, what a match and congratulations on the win! In just two months of being on the main roster, you’ve become the new Intercontinental Champion. How are you feeling right now?


    Balor is visibly very excited.


    Balor

    Byron… words can’t describe how this feels right now. I still can’t believe this is real.


    Balor pauses and tries to collect himself as he’s very excited.


    All I’ll say for now is that I promise to make everyone proud holding this very prestigious championship!


    Balor holds up the Intercontinental Championship and looks at it. We can hear the crowd cheering as he states that.


    I will be a fighting champion and will make this “THE” championship on Smackdown.


    Just then, Balor looks over to the side off camera. The camera pans over and we see AJ Styles, who gets a huge pop from the crowd. Styles looks at Balor and the Intercontinental Title and then sort of half smirks before walking away. The camera focuses in on Balor, who is staring down in the World Champion’s direction with sort of a half smirk on his face as well.

    We cut back to ringside with Graves and Ranallo.

    Graves

    Well that was an interesting encounter.


    Ranallo

    And speaking of interesting encounters…


    A graphic for Zayn vs. Wyatt shows on the screen.


    Up next we will see a match that has been deemed very controversial since it was made, as Sami Zayn takes on Bray Wyatt in a No Holds Barred match.

    ***Sami Zayn vs. Bray Wyatt Video Package***


    “Two Months Ago” appears on the screen as we cut back to Zayn vs. Wyatt on Smackdown.


    Hamilton

    The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is the final first round match in the World Heavyweight Championship tournament.


    Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail, but Zayn reverses it into a roll up and gets the three count.


    Ranallo

    Sami Zayn does it! The resiliency of Zayn was on display here tonight.


    Wyatt attacks Zayn from behind and punches him.


    Ranallo

    Wyatt saw that “great power” he spoke of earlier slip away and is now looking to vent his frustration.


    Wyatt pulls Zayn out from the apron and he crashes to the floor.


    Graves

    Looks like he’s doing a bit more than venting his frustration.


    Wyatt nails Zayn with Sister Abigail on the floor. He then grabs the referee trying to stop him and tosses him into Corey Graves. Wyatt grabs Zayn and tosses him head first into the ring post. Wyatt gets on the announce table with his arms out and laughs before disappearing.


    Maverick (V.O.)

    After losing his match, Bray Wyatt viciously attacked Sami Zayn. Effective immediately, Bray Wyatt is suspended indefinitely. It is with great regret that I must pull Sami Zayn from the World Heavyweight Championship tournament.


    The screen shows the SummerSlam logo. We then see Owens and Zayn in the ring.


    Hamilton

    The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is to determine the #1 Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship.


    Ranallo

    With Sami Zayn it’s all about heart and I’m sure tonight he’ll have plenty of it. Tonight he gets what was taken from him, a shot to compete for the World Heavyweight Championship.


    Zayn is stalking Owens in the corner looking for the Helluva Kick when the Wyatt interruption video plays, distracting Zayn. Zayn runs at Owens for the Helluva Kick, but Owens moves and hits Zayn with a Half Nelson Exploder Suplex followed by the Pop-Up Powerbomb for the win.


    Ranallo

    Give the assist to Bray Wyatt for that momentary distraction


    The Wyatt interruption video plays and Wyatt is in the middle of the ring staring sinisterly at Zayn.


    Ranallo

    My God! It’s Bray Wyatt!


    Graves

    I would not want to be Sami Zayn right now.


    Wyatt blasts a shocked Zayn with a body attack and mounts him, punching him. Wyatt lifts Zayn up and nails him with Sister Abigail.


    Graves

    Bray Wyatt trying to finish what he started three weeks ago.


    Wyatt gets down on his knees taunting with his arms out by a fallen Zayn, as he does a sinister laugh.


    Ranallo

    Wyatt is imposing his will.


    “Black Honey” by Thrice starts playing.
    We cut to Smackdown from three weeks ago with Zayn in the ring.


    Zayn

    Bray Wyatt, you screwed me out of a Word Title shot last night! But more importantly you are trying to cost me my career for no reason. I’m challenging you to a fight, and I’m not leaving until you answer me!


    Wyatt comes on the titantron.


    Wyatt

    Sami… you’re seeing this all wrong. It was unfortunate that you happened to be standing in my way of that “great power”… But now you’re standing in my way on purpose. Be warned… I will show you no mercy and you will feel the effects of your own pride causing you to fall to the “New Face of Fear”… ME!


    Zayn

    You talk a big game. Why don’t you come down and say that to my face?


    Wyatt

    Be careful what you wish for.


    The Wyatt interruption video plays and the lights go out. The lights come back on and Wyatt is in the ring, but Zayn has the steel chair in his hands and quickly hits Wyatt in the gut with it and then to the back.


    Ranallo

    Sami Zayn was prepared!


    Wyatt rolls out of the ring. Zayn yells at Wyatt to come back into the ring as Wyatt laughs on the outside.


    Graves

    Did he just make things worse by angering this mad man?!


    We cut to this past week with Maverick and Zayn in the ring.


    Maverick

    When it comes to Bray Wyatt, anything is possible. But what if we even up the odds? Wyatt hasn’t followed the rules and at Backlash, I’m sure he still won’t follow the rules. So why should you? That’s why this Sunday at Backlash; it will be Bray Wyatt vs. Sami Zayn… In a NO HOLDS BARRED MATCH!


    Ranallo

    Maverick trying to even the odds between Bray Wyatt and Sami Zayn this Sunday…


    Graves

    Even the odds? He just ensured the biggest beat down of Sami Zayn’s career.


    Ranallo

    It certainly will be a war now at Backlash between those two.


    We see clips of Zayn and Wyatt fighting.


    Wyatt (V.O.)

    Sami Zayn… at Backlash it won’t be a dream…


    We see Wyatt standing over Zayn from that first Smackdown two months ago.


    It’ll be a NIGHTMARE!


    ***End of Video Package***

    We cut back to ringside.

    Hamilton

    The following contest is a No Holds Barred Match. In this match, there will be no disqualification and no count outs. The only way to win is by pinfall or submission.

    “World’s Apart” plays and out comes Sami Zayn. Zayn looks fired up and he taunts out to the crowd, who is equally as fired up to see him and signing his song.


    Hamilton

    Introducing first, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, weighing in at 205 pounds, Sami Zayn.


    Ranallo

    Sami Zayn is all fired up here tonight and so is this crowd. We talked earlier about Shane McMahon and others still being unsure about this match, but Sami Zayn seems sure as ever.


    Graves

    I said it before and I still stand by it. This is a stupid decision that Sami Zayn and our General Manager will live to regret.


    Ranallo

    Alex Maverick made this a No Holds Barred match to even the odds for Sami Zayn against an unpredictable Bray Wyatt and you better believe Sami Zayn will take full advantage of that in his payback to Bray Wyatt for all of those attacks and costing him two chances at a World Title match.

    The Wyatt interruption video plays and the lights go out in the arena. “Live In Fear” plays as Bray Wyatt slowly walks out onto the stage with his signature lantern, looking out at the sea of fireflies in the crowd. And although they have their phones up, the crowd is booing Wyatt heavily.


    Hamilton

    And his opponent, weighing in at 285 pounds, Bray Wyatt.


    Graves

    You talk about taking full advantage, well what do you think Bray Wyatt is going to do? He’s going to use everything and anything at his disposal to hurt and punish Sami Zayn for taking this match and being in his way of the “great power.”


    Ranallo

    The eerie creepy feeling of Bray Wyatt out here right now. This is only the second match Bray Wyatt has been in since the draft and it’s against the same man. Don’t forget, Sami Zayn did win that match against Bray Wyatt. He found a way before, and he could again.


    Graves

    And what did he get for his efforts? A vicious beat down by Wyatt! Whether he wins or loses, Sami Zayn loses. And who know what sort of surprises Bray Wyatt has up his sleeve tonight.


    Wyatt is standing on the outside of the ring between the ramp and the ring and blows out his lantern. The lights come back on and Wyatt looks up at ZAYN SUICIDE DIVING THROUGH THE ROPES onto him, catching Wyatt completely off guard.


    Ranallo

    MY GOD! Sami Zayn with a surprise for Wyatt!


    The referee rings the bell to start the match officially.


    No Holds Barred Match

    Bray Wyatt vs. Sami Zayn

    Zayn continues his attack on Wyatt as he beats on him by the ramp. Wyatt tries to block and break free, but Zayn grabs Wyatt and tosses him into barricade. Zayn grabs Wyatt and then tosses him right into the nearby steel steps. Wyatt tries to crawl away, but Zayn grabs him and tosses him into the corner of the barricade. Zayn waits for Wyatt to stand up by the barricade, runs at him and dropkicks Wyatt over the barricade and into the crowd. Security backs up the crowd as Wyatt tries to crawl away, but Zayn follows him. Wyatt gets to his feet stumbling. Zayn lays in a shot to the back of Wyatt, causing him to stumble forward towards the nearby guard rail. Zayn lays in a few punches to Wyatt before Wyatt starts to back away again through the crowd. Zayn grabs Wyatt by the head and bashes it on the nearby production table. Wyatt continues to stumble forward as Zayn picks up a nearby garbage can and hits Wyatt right in the back with it. Both men go forward towards the timekeeper’s area. Wyatt tries to shove Zayn away but Zayn clotheslines Wyatt over the timekeeper barricade. Wyatt crawls towards the ring and rolls in as Zayn grabs the steel chair in the timekeeper’s area. Zayn follows Wyatt into the ring with the steel chair. Zayn swings the chair at Wyatt, but Wyatt ducks it and chop blocks Zayn’s right leg at the knee from behind. Zayn falls to a knee and Wyatt boots Zayn in the face to knock him down. Wyatt stomps on Zayn’s right knee, making Zayn clutch at it. Wyatt grabs Zayn’s right leg and starts yanking at it and twisting it to more pressure and pain on it. Wyatt, holding Zayn’s right leg, drops and elbow drop onto his knee. Wyatt lifts Zayn up and laughs in his face. Zayn forearms Wyatt in the face to create separation. Zayn goes to run off the ropes, but his right knee starts to give out on him as it’s in pain. Zayn tries to shake out his right leg, but Wyatt takes Zayn out with a running body attack. Wyatt goes for the cover…

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    Zayn kicks out. Wyatt immediately grabs Zayn’s right leg and starts punching it. Wyatt wrenches Zayn’s leg and then locks in a Single Leg Boston Crab. Zayn yells in pain and starts frantically crawling for the ropes, knowing if he’s in this hold longer, his knee will be in serious trouble. Zayn gets to the ropes but there’s no rope break in this match. Zayn then crawls further to the outside using the apron as Wyatt has the hold locked in. Zayn manages to reach under the apron and pulls out a fire extinguisher. He turns and yells at Wyatt. Wyatt looks back and Zayn sprays the fire extinguisher right in his face, making him let go of the hold. Zayn slides all the way to the outside and up against the barricade. Wyatt clears his eyes and goes to the outside after Zayn, but the second Wyatt gets out of the ring, Zayn sprays the fire extinguisher at Wyatt so much that we can’t even see Wyatt in the smoke and foam. The fire extinguisher runs out and Wyatt is nowhere to be seen. Zayn goes over to the apron and checks under the ring for Wyatt. Wyatt pops halfway out from one of the sides from under the ring. He then arches up and Spider-walks the rest of the way out from under the ring. Wyatt goes over, grabs Zayn and tosses him into the nearby steel steps. Wyatt tosses Zayn into the ring, gets into the ring too and gets Zayn up in the corner. Wyatt lays a few punches into Zayn and then backs up to the opposite corner. Wyatt measures Zayn and runs at him for a body splash, but Zayn gets his elbow up to counter. Zayn lifts himself up to the top rope, jumps off and hits Wyatt with a Crossbody. Zayn goes for the cover…

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    Wyatt kicks out. Zayn gets up and shakes his right leg out to get some feeling back in it. Wyatt gets up and Zayn clotheslines him. Wyatt gets back up and Zayn clotheslines him again. Zayn goes for a third, but Wyatt ducks it. Zayn runs off the ropes and comes back with a Headscissors Takedown. Wyatt rolls out of the ring and to the outside. Zayn goes to the outside on the other side of the ring post, waiting for Wyatt to get up. Zayn runs and dives through the ropes hitting Wyatt with a Tornado DDT. Zayn goes by the announce tables and grabs another steel chair. Zayn takes the chair and hits Wyatt in the back with it twice. Zayn gets Wyatt back into the ring and follows him with the chair. Wyatt grabs the chair originally in the ring. Both men swing their chairs at each other and the chairs collide, causing both men to drop them. Zayn runs at Wyatt, but Wyatt ducks down and lifts Zayn up for a back body drop, which Zayn tries to counter by landing on his feet, but his right knee gives out on the landing, causing him to drop and clutch it. Wyatt launches his body at Zayn’s knee and takes Zayn to the mat holding his right knee in pain again. Wyatt scoops up Zayn and sets him upside down in the corner so he’s hanging by his bad leg. Zayn is already in pain trying to get out from the hangman position, as Wyatt grabs the steel chair in the ring with a sinister look on his face. He goes over towards Zayn and hits him with a devastating CHAIR SHOT TO THE KNEE. Zayn gets his leg unhooked and falls to the mat clutching his knee. Wyatt goes for the cover…

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    Zayn kicks out and immediately grabs his knee again. Wyatt lifts Zayn up, who is hobbling on his bad leg, goes for a suplex and slams him forward onto the mat. Wyatt runs off the ropes and nails Zayn with a Seated Senton Splash. Wyatt goes for the cover…

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    Zayn kicks out. Wyatt lifts Zayn up and holds him by the arm. He pulls him in for a short armed clothesline. Wyatt lifts Zayn up again and pulls him in for another short armed clothesline. Wyatt grabs Zayn’s right leg and DDT’s it into the mat. Wyatt lifts Zayn up into a back suplex position holding his leg and slams him forward onto his face and knee. Wyatt drags Zayn over towards the corner and rolls out of the ring. Wyatt grabs Zayn’s bad leg and smashes it against the ring post. Wyatt pulls Zayn out of the ring to the floor and starts laughing. Wyatt takes the cover off of the announce table and viciously throws it. Wyatt taunts towards the crowd who boos him. Wyatt grabs Zayn and smashes his head into the announce table. Wyatt gets up on the announce table and yells out towards the crowd “This is what needs to be done!” Wyatt takes too long taunting though as Zayn pulls Wyatt’s leg out and trips him so he falls back first onto the announce table. Both men are down. Wyatt fell onto a monitor and is clutching his back as Zayn tries to shake out his bad right leg. Both men get up. Wyatt goes to strike Zayn, but Zayn blocks it and lays in a few quick punches to Wyatt. Zayn goes to toss Wyatt into the ring post, but Wyatt reverse it and tosses Zayn towards the barricade. Zayn manages to hop up on one leg onto the barricade showing his great balance and athleticism and nails Wyatt with a ONE LEGGED MOONSAULT off of the barricade. Zayn is holding his knee but you can tell from his face he has a burst of adrenaline. Wyatt rolls back into the ring as Zayn goes under the ring and grabs a KENDO STICK. Zayn rolls into the ring hobbling and just beats Wyatt with the Kendo Stick until it breaks over his back. Zayn is feeling it as the crowd is behind him. Zayn grabs Wyatt and tosses him into the corner with an Exploder Suplex. Zayn goes to the opposite corner and goes to run towards Wyatt for the Helluva Kick but his knee is too hurt to run across the ring. Wyatt comes over and delivers an URANAGE to Zayn. Wyatt lifts Zayn up and gets him into position for Sister Abigail, but Zayn pushes Wyatt off and into the nearby corner. Zayn runs right behind Wyatt and nails him with the HELLUVA KICK! Zayn clutches at his knee right away as he hurt it on that move. Zayn slowly crawls towards Wyatt and goes for the cover…

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    WYATT KICKS OUT! Zayn took too much time to get to the cover because of the leg injury. Zayn looks up at the referee who is telling him it was only a two count. Zayn sits there hurt trying to figure out what to do. Zayn struggles to his feet and is yelling at Wyatt to get up. All of a sudden…

    The WYATT INTERRUPTION VIDEO PLAYS!

    The lights go out in the arena. They come back on and the crowd is in shock as we see THE WYATT FAMILY Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, and Braun Strowman up on separate sides of the apron as a shocked Zayn stands in the middle of the ring looking around him. Zayn puts his fists up looking at each of the massive members of the Wyatt Family, anticipating a beat down from them. Zayn then gets blasted from behind by Wyatt. The Wyatt Family then drops down from the apron as they look on at Wyatt punching Zayn on the back of the head. Wyatt lifts Zayn up, and nails him with SISTER ABIGAIL! Wyatt goes for the cover...

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    3! Wyatt wins!


    Winner: Bray Wyatt


    Hamilton

    Here is your winner, Bray Wyatt!


    Ranallo

    Sami Zayn fought hard and it looked like he had a chance to win this, but in the end Bray Wyatt and the surprising return of the Wyatt Family caught up to him.


    Graves

    What did I tell you Mauro?! I told you Bray Wyatt had surprises up his sleeve. And what a surprise it was!


    Ranallo

    I don’t think anyone thought we’d see the return of the Wyatt Family, including Sami. We haven’t seen them since the draft happened.


    Harper, Rowan and Strowman get back up on the apron. Wyatt waves for them to come in, as he has an evil grin on his face. The three men slowly get into the ring.


    Graves

    It looks like the worst may not be over for Sami Zayn unfortunately. This doesn’t look good.


    Harper, Rowan and Strowman surround a beaten Zayn on the mat. They stare down at him before stomping away at him and beat him down, as the arena fills with boos.


    Ranallo

    And the Wyatt Family mauling a defenseless Sami Zayn after being defeated here tonight.


    Wyatt stops them and grabs Zayn. He picks his half lifeless body up and tosses him to the outside to the floor. The ringside referees, who are too afraid to go in the ring to stop the Wyatts, go to check on Zayn.


    Graves

    Not even the referees want to get involved and I don’t blame them. Stay as far away from these monsters as possible for your own health.


    Wyatt smacks Strowman on the chest and points at Zayn, telling the big man to go get him.


    Ranallo

    Bray Wyatt giving instructions to the big man. Get Sami Zayn out of here now!


    Graves

    I think it’s too late now!


    Strowman goes to the outside, scaring away the referees and picks Zayn up onto his shoulder like a rag doll. He then runs and crashes Zayn THROUGH THE BARRICADE by the timekeeper’s area with a RUNNING POWERSLAM!


    Ranallo

    Braun Strowman may have just broken Sami Zayn in half after annihilating that barricade.


    Wyatt, Harper and Rowan are on the outside now by the announce table. Wyatt looks at the destruction and then turns and rips off the top cover to the announce table. The referees run to Zayn and are calling for the medical staff as they need a stretcher.


    Ranallo

    Look out Corey!


    Graves

    I’m getting the hell out of the way! I learned first-hand last time Wyatt will destroy everyone in his path without a care.


    Wyatt hits Harper and Rowan, telling them to get Zayn as he points to the announce table. Harper and Rowan move the referees, pick a lifeless Zayn up and drag him over towards the announce table.


    Ranallo

    Enough is enough! Whatever you have planned, don’t do it!


    Harper and Rowan grab Zayn by the throat and DOUBLE CHOKESLAM HIM THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!


    Zayn spine first through our announce table! We need medical staff immediately for Sami Zayn! This is too much!


    Wyatt paces around laughing and then stops and looks down at Zayn. Wyatt then looks at Strowman, points down at the floor behind him and yells instructions at him. Strowman then starts ripping up the mat to expose the concrete floor.


    Graves

    And I still don’t think Wyatt is done Mauro!


    Wyatt yells at Harper and Rowan to lift Zayn up, which they do. They bring Zayn over to Wyatt.


    It’s like he wants to end the career of Sami Zayn.


    Ranallo

    Or his life! I don’t think he cares!


    Wyatt sets Zayn up, kisses him on the forehead and delivers SISTER ABIGAIL ON THE CONCRETE FLOOR!


    NO!! THEY NEED TO BE STOPPED!


    Wyatt kneels down next to Zayn with his arms out laughing sinisterly with the Wyatt Family standing behind him as the crowd drowns out the arena with boos. The medical staff has brought a stretcher down and is trying to get to Zayn, but the Wyatts are intimidating them.


    Graves

    The medical staff is being intimidated here and I can’t blame them as Wyatt has shown he will not hesitate to take out an official or other personnel that gets in his way.


    Ranallo

    This monster needs to get out of here now! He’s proved his damn point already!


    Maverick and McMahon come storming down to ringside. Wyatt yells out “You Did This!” towards them both. The Wyatt interruption video plays and the lights go out. The lights turn back on and the entire Wyatt Family is gone. The medical staff rushes over to Zayn to check on him.


    Graves

    Finally they get over to Sami Zayn. You can only hope he’s ok after that brutal assault.


    Maverick and McMahon get down to Zayn, checking on him as the medical staff get him on the stretcher quickly.


    Ranallo

    Sami Zayn needs to go to a hospital now! Looks like the medical staff is working as quickly as they can with caution to get Zayn properly strapped to the stretcher and out of here.


    The medical staff then takes Zayn on the stretcher and quickly get him backstage with Maverick and McMahon following closely behind as the crowd chants “Sami!” in hopes that their fallen hero is ok.


    And there goes Sami Zayn. We wish the best for him.


    Graves

    I thought this was going to be brutal… but I never expected the level of assault we just witnessed on Sami Zayn. Let’s hope for the best for him.


    Ranallo

    We saw down at ringside here that Sami was breathing but he didn’t move at all.


    Graves

    I don’t think he moved since Braun Strowman put him through the barricade.


    We cut backstage to see the medical staff rushing the stretcher back to the ambulance to get Zayn to the hospital. Maverick and McMahon are looking on with a great deal of concern on their faces.


    McMahon

    I knew this would end badly.


    McMahon then walks away slowly with his head down, as Maverick stands there staring at the ambulance pulling away with a look of shock and concern on his face.


    Graves

    I hate to say it at a time like this, but Shane McMahon was right. He told Maverick this was a bad idea and after what we just saw, clearly he was right.


    Ranallo

    Well let’s just hope that Sami Zayn is ok. We’ll provide updates when we get them tonight on Sami Zayn’s condition. Let’s try to change the mood and send it over to Byron Saxton standing by.

    We cut backstage to an interview area where we see Byron Saxton.


    Saxton

    Please welcome my guests at this time, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable, American Alpha.


    Jordan and Gable walk into frame to cheers from the crowd.


    Guys, in just a few moments, you will compete in your biggest match as you will be in the tournament finals for the World Tag Team Championship. We heard earlier from your opponents, Gallows and Anderson, who said that their advantage over you two is their experience. What do you say to that heading into this match?


    Jordan

    Well… they’re right. They do have a lot more experience than us… as a team and just in the wrestling industry in general. There’s no denying how great they are. But when it comes to skills and athleticism, there’s no team that can compete with us.


    Gable

    We haven’t teamed together for very long, but right from the start down in NXT we knew we had something special here. We gelled so quickly as a team and it only gets better and better with each passing match.


    Jordan

    Think about this… we’ve been on the main roster less than a month and in our forth match…


    Jordan holds up four fingers.


    Fourth match, we’re competing for the World Tag Team Titles.


    Gable

    We may have been seen as the underdogs of this tournament, especially going into tonight’s match against the favorites, but we’re going to prove to everyone just how good we are and that we belong in this match tonight.


    Jordan and Gable look right at the camera with their game faces.


    Jordan

    So Gallows and Anderson, get ready for the fight of your lives. Because tonight is the biggest night of both our careers so you bet that we’re going to be Ready…


    Jordan pauses.


    Willing…



    Gable

    And Gable!


    Jordan and Gable leave looking pumped up.
    We cut back to ringside with Graves and Ranallo.


    Graves

    American Alpha seems ready to go.


    Ranallo

    And so are we as we take a look back at the World Tag Team Championship tournament and how we got to tonight’s finals.

    ***World Tag Team Championship Video Package***


    We see a graphic for the World Tag Team Championships.


    Maverick (V.O.)

    We will have an eight team tournament to determine the new World Tag Team Champions. We already have the teams of The Ascension…


    We see a quick clip of The Ascension.


    The Lucha Dragons…


    We see a quick clip of The Lucha Dragons.


    The Dudley Boyz…


    We see a quick clip of The Dudley Boyz.


    The Club, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows…


    We see a quick clip of Gallows and Anderson.


    And Enzo Amore and Big Cass.


    We see a quick clip of Enzo and Cass.


    That leaves us three teams short. To fill those spots, we will hold qualifying matches.


    We see quick clips of the qualifying matches. Slater Gator defeating the Social Outcasts, Neville & Zack Ryder defeating Sheamus & Rusev, and American Alpha defeating Fandango & Honky Tonk Man.



    Graves

    We have all eight teams now and the brackets are set. You better believe every team will bring their A game to become the new World Tag Team Champions.


    “Victorious” by Panic! At The Disco plays. A graphic appears on the screen saying “First Round.”


    We cut to short clips from Enzo and Cass vs. the Dudleys, ending with Cass taking out Bubba and Enzo reversing a flapjack by D-Von into a small package for the win.


    Ranallo

    Enzo and Cass become the first team to move on.


    We cut to short clips from The Club vs. Slater Gator, ending with the Magic Killer to Slater for the win.


    Ranallo

    And just like that, Gallows and Anderson move onto the semi-finals.


    We cut to short clips from American Alpha vs. The Lucha Dragons, ending with the Grand Amplitude to Sin Cara for the win.


    Ranallo

    American Alpha moves onto the semi-finals of the tournament.


    We cut to short clips from the Ascension vs. Neville & Ryder, ending with the Fall Of Man to Neville for the win.


    Ranallo

    The Ascension pick up a huge win. Which of the four teams will move onto the finals at Backlash?



    A graphic appears on the screen saying “Semi Finals.”


    We cut to clips from The Club vs. the Ascension, ending with the Magic Killer on Viktor for the win.


    Ranallo

    And just like that, Gallows and Anderson are in the finals of the World Tag Team Championship tournament.


    Graves

    I said from the beginning that The Club may be the favorites to win this whole tournament and with the performances they’ve had, it’s been tough to argue that.


    We cut to clips from American Alpha vs. Enzo & Cass, ending with Grand Amplitude on Enzo for the win.


    Ranallo

    American Alpha in less than a month on the main roster will now get a championship match this Sunday!


    Graves

    You know I may have been saying The Club is the favorites, but the dark horses may have just shown they are on even playing field with them.



    We see various clips of The Club and American Alpha in action.


    Ranallo

    After weeks of competition, we now have the two teams that will compete in the finals this Sunday. It will be The Club’s Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson taking on the new comers from NXT, American Alpha. Will The Club prove why they were the greatest team in Japan or will American Alpha continue their roll and claim the World Tag Team Championships?


    ***End of Video Package***

    We cut back to ringside. “Omen In The Sky” plays and out comes Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson to a cheering crowd. Gallows and Anderson stand at the top of the stage and “too sweet” each other before heading down the ramp.

    Ranallo

    After a month long tournament, it’s time for the finals and to find out who will become the new World Tag Team Champions.


    Graves

    And here’s the favorites to do so. The two men that have been the top pick since this tournament was announced. Gallows and Anderson look ready to add the top tag team gold to their already impressive resumes.


    Ranallo

    They have traveled the world together. Three time IWGP Tag Team Champions in Japan, these men know how to get it done against elite competition. We heard them earlier tonight, they feel their experience gives them the advantage tonight against a younger, less seasoned team.


    “Elite” plays and out comes Chad Gable and Jason Jordan all fired up. Jordan puts his arms out as Gable displays the rally towel saying “Ready, Willing, Gable” on it as the crowd is cheering them as well.


    But don’t count this team out just yet. They have proved to us time and time again in their short run here on Smackdown that they have what it takes to be the top team in this division.


    Graves

    They absolutely do. Both incredible athletes who were stars in amateur wrestling. Anyone who has seen them down in NXT knows that this team can get it done and this team is for real.


    Ranallo

    Former NXT Tag Team Champions, they know what it takes to win gold, but can they do it on the big stage?


    Graves

    They have gelled quicker than any team I’ve ever seen. They have a natural chemistry about them. They have been undefeated since coming to the main roster and in their forth match, they challenge for the World Tag Team Titles. If any team can beat The Club, I believe it’s this team right here.


    Hamilton

    The following tag team contest is scheduled for one fall and it is the Finals in the Tag Team Tournament for the World Tag Team Championship.


    A graphic for the World Tag Team Championship is shown.


    Introducing first, representing The Club, at a combined weight of 545 pounds, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.


    Gallows and Anderson step up and throw up the “too sweet” sign to a cheering crowd.


    And their opponents, at a combined weight of 447 pounds, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable, American Alpha.


    Gable and Jordan step up and raise their arms up to the crowd cheering for them also.


    World Tag Team Championship

    Tag Team Tournament Finals

    The Club vs. American Alpha

    Anderson and Jordan look to start the match. Anderson turns around and “too sweets” Gallows. He turns back around and gets grabbed immediately by Jordan, tosses overhead with a Belly-To-Belly suplex. Anderson gets back up and Jordan grabs him again, hitting him with a T-Bone Exploder Suplex. Jordan is full of energy early, getting the crowd into it. Jordan waits for Anderson to get and runs over to him, looking for some sort of takedown, but Anderson catches him with a hard knee to the head. Anderson Irish whips Jordan off the ropes. Anderson ducks down for a back body drop, but Jordan flips over and catches him with a sunset flip pin…

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    Anderson kicks out. Anderson goes right for a jackknife cover…

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    Jordan kicks out, pushing Anderson’s head down and flipping him into a sitout pin…

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    Anderson kicks out. Both men look to get up, but Anderson takes Jordan down by his legs and flips over into a bridging pin…

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    Jordan uses his core strength to bridge up to a vertical base. Jordan hooks Anderson’s arms from behind and gets him down for a backslide pin…

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    Anderson kicks out. Both men get to their feet and go for a dropkick on either other, just barely grazing each other’s feet. They both get up to a knee and stare each other down as the crowd claps in appreciation. Both men lock up, and Anderson gets the better, getting Jordan into a headlock. Jordan backs up to the ropes and shoves Anderson off of him. Anderson comes back with a shoulder tackle to Jordan. Anderson runs off the ropes at Jordan, but is taken down with a drop toe hold by Jordan, who rolls over Anderson’s back and locks in a side headlock. Jordan gets to his feet and pulls Anderson over to his corner to tag in Gable. Gable comes in and American Alpha hits Anderson with a Double Suplex. Gable with the cover…

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    Anderson kicks out. Gable locks in a side headlock of his own, but Anderson gets up and shoves him off. Gable comes back at Anderson and takes him down with a flying headscissors takedown, keeping the headscissors hold locked in on the ground. Anderson is able to slip his head out of the hold. He gets up and runs at Gable, who tosses him with a judo throw, but Anderson is tossed towards his corner, so he tags in Gallows. Gallows comes in and Gable hits him with a dropkick, sending him back into the corner. Gable runs to Gallows in the corner and goes for a Monkey Flip, but Gallows uses his strength to hold him and toss him back onto the mat. Gable rolls back towards his corner and Jordan asks for the tag, which he gets. Jordan comes in and goes for a takedown on Gallows, but Gallows is able to stay up, grab Jordan around the waist, lift him up and drop him down gut first onto his knee. Gallows lifts Jordan up and slams him to the mat. Gallows runs off the ropes and hits Jordan with a body splash. The cover…

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    Jordan kicks out. Gallows lifts up Jordan and drills him into the corner. Gallows lays in a few punches before tagging in Anderson. Anderson backs up on the apron, runs towards the corner and nails Jordan with a jumping kicking. Anderson gets in and goes for the cover…

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    Jordan kicks out. Anderson gets Jordan up right away and hits him with a Brainbuster. Anderson goes right into the cover…

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    Jordan kicks out. Anderson gets Jordan up and onto his shoulders, but he’s too close to the ropes allowing Jordan to hold onto them. Anderson tries to pull him off but ultimately lets him go. Anderson runs at Jordan, who reverses with a quick go behind into a snap German Suplex. Both men start crawling towards their corners. Anderson tags in Gallows and Jordan just leaps forward to tag in Gable. Gable quickly climbs to the top rope and jumps off at Gallows, hitting him with a Flying Clothesline. Gable and Gallows get up and Gable hits him with a dropkick. Gable gets Gallows up and goes for an Irish whip into the corner, but Gallows reverses it, sending Gable towards the corner. Gable springboards off the second rope in the corner and catches Gallows with a Flying Arm Drag. Gable waits for Gallows to get up, runs at him and nails with a Jumping DDT. Gable goes for the cover…

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    Gallows kicks out. Gable gets Gallows up and sets him up for a Northern Lights Suplex, but Gallows uses his size to block the move as he clubs down on Gable’s back with a double axe handle smash. Gallows grabs Gable and tosses him between the ropes, but Gable holds onto the middle rope, catching himself on the apron. Gallows turns around and sees this so he runs at him for a Big Boot, but Gable pulls the top rope down, sending Gallows over the top rope and to the outside floor. Gable measures Gallows as he gets to a vertical base, runs on the apron and nails Gallows with a Running Flipping Cannonball Senton. Gable gets up and gets the big Gallows back into the ring. Gable goes for the cover…

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    Gallows kicks out. Gable goes up to the top rope and waits for Gallows to get up. Gable jumps off the top rope for a Flying Crossbody, but Gallows sees it coming and nails Gable with a Big Boot as Gable is mid-air. Gallows collects himself as Gable gets up in the corner. Gallows runs at Gable and hits him with a body slam. Gable stumbles out of the corner, as Gallows lifts him up onto his shoulders and hits the Running Powerslam. Gallows goes over to his corner and tags in Anderson, telling him that’s it. Gallows gets Gable onto his shoulders and Anderson runs off the ropes connecting with the BOOT OF DOOM! Anderson goes for the cover…

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    NO! GABLE JUST KICKS OUT BEFORE THREE! Anderson sits up stunned and looks over at Gallows stunned on the apron. Anderson tags in Gallows and tells him to lift him up. Gallows looks to lift Gable up for the Magic Killer, but Gable kicks Anderson away as Gallows goes to lift him on Anderson’s shoulder. Gable then rolls Gallows up quickly in a small package pin…

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    Gallows kicks out. Gable stretches for the corner to tag in Jordan, but Gallows grabs his leg at the last second preventing it. Gable gets to a vertical base on one leg as Gallows still holds his other leg. Gable nails Gallows with an Enzuguiri to the back of the head with his one free leg. Gable crawls and manages to tag in Jordan. Jordan comes in on fire taking Gallows down with clothesline and followed by a dropkick. Jordan waits for Gallows to get to his feet, grabs him and somehow hits the big man with a Belly-To-Belly Suplex. Jordan is feeling it now as he waits for Gallows to get up in American Alpha’s corner. Jordan pulls down his straps and lets out a yell as the crowd is going crazy. Jordan runs across the ring and nails Gallows with a huge Corner Spear. Jordan tags Gable in. Jordan sets Gallows up and American Alpha hit GRAND AMPLITUDE! Gable bridges into the cover…

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    ANDERSON JUST GETS OVER THERE TO BREAK UP THE COVER! Gable gets up and tags Jordan back in. Anderson goes for a clothesline on Gable, but Gable ducks and grabs him from behind. Jordan grabs Gallows from behind at the same time and they both nail The Club with simultaneous German Supexes. Gable and Jordan look at each other and down at The Club. Jordan grabs Gallows’ leg and Gable grabs Anderson’s leg and they both lock in the ANKLE LOCK! They are both wrenching it in. Anderson turns over onto his back and manages to kick Gable off of him. Anderson gets to his feet and nails Gable with a Running Jumping Kick to the face, knocking Gable through the ropes and to the outside. At that time, Gallows crawls over towards his corner and gets to the ropes causing the rope break and the Jordan to let go of the hold. Gallows slowly gets up by his own corner. Jordan measures Gallows and goes for a Corner Spear again, but this time Gallows moves sending Jordan hard shoulder first into the post. Anderson gets back to his corner at this time and gets tagged in by Gallows. Gallows lifts Jordan up and they nail him with the MAGIC KILLER! Anderson goes for the cover…

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    3! Anderson and Gallows win!


    Winners: The Club


    Hamilton

    Here are your winners and the NEW World Tag Team Champions, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, The Club!


    Ranallo

    What a match! We just saw two teams put it all on the line. But ultimately, the veteran Gallows and Anderson become the new World Tag Team Champions.


    Graves

    Hats off to American Alpha. They put in one hell of an effort, but it just wasn’t good enough tonight against the top tier team of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.


    Ranallo

    Anderson and Gallows add another title to list impressive resume and their first here in WWE.


    Graves

    This may be the one of the most impressive teams we’ve seen in a long time here in WWE. I’d say they earned those large guaranteed contracts they got back in the beginning of this year.


    Ranallo

    That they did. And for now, The Club all has gold around their waist, but let’s see what AJ Styles can do later tonight.

    We cut backstage to see Byron Saxton ready to interview someone.


    Saxton

    Please welcome my guest at this time, the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, Kevin Owens.


    Owens walks into frame looking very serious and ready to go as the crowd boos him.


    Kevin, this past week on Smackdown, we saw you and your opponent for tonight, World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles, get into a huge brawl that ended in the back with you Powerbombing him through a table. Now AJ is fine to compete tonight, but who knows what sort of damage that may have done. Do you feel that if you win tonight, that attack cheapens your victory?


    Owens looks at Saxton unamused by the question.


    Owens

    Byron, I have so many problems with what you just said, I’m not sure where to begin.


    Owens massages his head as if he has a migraine then looks right at Saxton.


    First of all, “IF” I win?!


    Owens pauses.


    No you mean “WHEN” I win!


    Owens gets more intense as Saxton backs off a bit.


    Second, go back and re-watch the footage because it will clearly show that I had just gone through a grueling match with the monster Kane and AJ Styles…


    Owens puts his finger up to make an extra point.


    Who by the way had the night off, decided to come down for no reason and attack me. I merely defended myself.


    Saxton

    Well you were disrespecting him after your match.


    Owens gets angry and slowly leans in more towards Saxton.


    Owens

    I’m sick of this “disrespect” word getting tossed around. You know what’s disrespectful? That I wasn’t in the championship match at SummerSlam because I DESERVE that World Heavyweight Championship. Just like AJ Styles deserved that beating I gave him. So I don’t care if he’s 100% or if he can barely walk… it makes no difference because tonight is my night.


    Owens points to himself and pauses.


    You are looking at the man who will walk out tonight as your World Heavyweight Champion!


    We cut back to ringside with Graves and Ranallo.


    Graves

    Owens seems very confident and I think he’s walking out with that World Title tonight.


    Ranallo

    Well speaking of World Titles, up next we will see the Womens World Championship on the line as the champion Sasha Banks defends against Becky Lynch.

    ***Womens World Championship Video Package***


    The screen shows the SummerSlam logo across the screen.

    We cut to Charlotte locked in the Bank Statement by Sasha and tapping out. Sasha is on her knees emotional as the referee hands her the Womens World Title belt. Sasha holds it in her hands in front of her, staring down at it.


    Ranallo

    SHE DID IT! Sasha Banks finally realized her dream and has become the Womens World Champion! What a moment this is!


    Graves

    This is the biggest moment of “The Boss’s” career.


    We cut to the Smackdown after SummerSlam with Sasha in the ring.


    Sasha

    When I was a little girl, my dream was to make it to WWE and become Womens Champion. And this past Sunday at SummerSlam, I did just that. So get ready for the era of “The Boss” because I promise it’s going to be one hell of a ride!


    Charlotte comes out to the ring.


    Charlotte

    That title rightfully belongs to me! So you say you’re a fighting champion…


    Becky comes out interrupting Charlotte.


    Becky

    it’s time for something new. It’s time for someone new to challenge for that Womens World Championship.


    “Fireproof” by Against The Current plays.

    Maverick comes out to make an announcement.


    Maverick

    Here on Smackdown we’re all about opportunities. Sasha, we’re going to find out who you will defend your championship against at Backlash. It will be “The Queen” Charlotte taking on “The Irish Lass Kicker” Becky Lynch!


    We see a few short clips from the match between Charlotte and Becky. Charlotte rolls up Becky from behind for a two count before Becky kicks out and gets into a roll up over her own for a three count and the win.


    Ranallo

    Becky Lynch does it! She will get her championship match against the Womens World Champion Sasha Banks in less than four weeks at Backlash.


    We cut to Sasha in the exclusive sit down interview.


    Sasha

    I proved at SummerSlam that I deserve this championship. You don’t just look at one night…


    We see clips of Sasha’s career from her NXT debut, to her winning the NXT Womens Title, to her main roster debut, to WrestleMania this year, to her winning the title at SummerSlam.


    Sasha (V.O.)

    You look at a person’s whole career and since I’ve gotten to the main roster and even down in NXT I proved why I am “The Boss” and why I am currently your Womens World Champion. But I promise you, I will prove SummerSlam wasn’t a fluke when I walk out with this championship.


    We cut to Becky in the exclusive sit down interview.


    Becky

    I busted my arse for years to make it to this point.


    We cut to see clips of Becky down in NXT starting with her debut.


    Becky (V.O.)

    I wrestled all around the world and have proven myself to be the top notch competitor that I am today. That night in NXT…


    We cut to clips of the NXT Womens Championship match between Sasha and Becky from last year.


    Sasha got the best of me. But that match could’ve gone either way. I look back at that night and don’t think of a disappointing loss…


    We then see clips of Becky on the main roster and at WrestleMania this year.


    That night made the Becky Lynch you see before you. And since then, I’ve been better and better. This time I’m the one who’ll be walking out as champion.


    We see clips of Becky and Sasha from this week’s tag team match trying to one up each other.


    Sasha (V.O.)

    This isn’t going to be a match between best friends or some friendly competition. This is going to be a battle. Come Backlash, you will see two women giving their all to prove that they are the best and deserve to be called Womens World Champion. Nothing less.


    We see a clip of the referee grabbing the Womens World Title to give to Sasha, but Becky takes it from him and stares down at it in her hands.


    Becky (V.O.)

    Sasha, at Backlash I know I’m in for the fight of my life, but I’m more than prepared for it. I’ve never been more ready for a match in my entire life. In two weeks, I prove all of the doubters wrong when I walk out the NEW Womens World Champion.


    The clip continues with Sasha getting into the ring and stepping up to Becky. Sasha puts her hand on her championship. Becky looks up at Sasha and hands it over to Sasha.


    Sasha (V.O.)

    Becky, I won’t take anything away from you. You are a tough competitor and I know I’m in for a real fight at Backlash. But if you think I’m ready to give this title up, you’re mistaken. This Womens World Championship is staying right where it is… around my waist.


    The video ends with Sasha holding the championship high in the air as she stares down Becky, who is signaling around her waist for the title.


    ***End of Video Package***

    We cut back to ringside. “Celtic Invasion” plays and through the smoke, out comes Becky Lynch with her jacket, goggles and all, flipping her hair around as the crowd cheers her.


    Ranallo

    It’s time for the Womens World Championship match, and Becky Lynch sure looks fired up tonight.


    Graves

    She always does with her fake punk look and stupid orange hair.


    Ranallo

    Your hatred for her aside, Becky has been waiting for this moment since she came to the main roster. She earned her spot here tonight. And Corey, you saw it in her eyes during that sit down interview just how much this means to her.


    Graves

    I will say I did. I may not like Becky, but I know tonight we are in for a fight for that Womens World Championship, and Becky won’t give an inch to the champ.


    “Sky’s The Limit” plays and out comes Sasha Banks with her Boss glasses on and the Womens World Title around her waist. She does her signature taunt as the crowd cheers for her, a bit more than they did for Becky.


    But you can be prepared and fired up all you want, yet it still might not be enough for Becky against the champion Sasha Banks.


    Ranallo

    Sasha won the championship back at SummerSlam against Charlotte. Sasha has said tonight is just as important to her, not only to keep the championship, but to prove to everyone that SummerSlam wasn’t a fluke.


    Graves

    She’s called The Boss for a reason. I brought it up two weeks ago to these women. The last time they fought one on one for a title was down in NXT last year, where after a hard fought battle, Sasha walked out still the champion. Can tonight be a repeat of that night?


    Ranallo

    Or will Becky Lynch re-write history and walk out the Womens World Champion?


    Hamilton

    The following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is for the Womens World Championship.


    A graphic for the Womens World Championship is shown.


    Introducing first, the challenger, from Dublin, Ireland, Becky Lynch.


    Becky steps up and puts the punk rocker horn hand signal up to the crowd who is cheering her.


    And her opponent, from Boston, MA, she is the Womens World Champion, Sasha Banks.


    Sasha steps up and does her signature taunt with her championship in hand. She holds the title high before giving it to the referee.


    Womens World Championship

    Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch

    The match starts off with a stare down between the two women. The meet in the middle of the ring and lock up. Becky backs Sasha up into the corner and the referee breaks it up after a count of four. Becky lets go and backs off. Sasha goes at Becky, but Becky counters with an arm drag, keeping hold of Sasha’s arm in a kneeling arm bar. Sasha works her way up to a vertical base and punches Becky in the gut to get out of the hold. Sasha runs off the ropes at Becky and Becky goes for another arm drag, but Sasha reverses it into her own arm drag. Both women get to their knees and stare each other down as they get to a vertical base. The women meet in the middle of the ring and lock up again, with Becky getting the better, locking Sasha into a hammerlock from behind. Sasha elbows back at the head of Becky to break the hold. Sasha runs off the ropes, but Becky follows right behind her and catches Sasha with a knee to the gut. Becky tosses Sasha off the ropes and catches her on the way back with a Tilt-A-Whirl Backbreaker. Becky runs off the ropes and lands a quick leg drop on Sasha. Becky goes for the cover…

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    Sasha kicks out. Becky grabs Sasha’s arm and interlaces her fingers with Sasha’s as she twists her arm. Sasha starts to get up and handsprings forward to untwist her arm and alleviate the pressure. Sasha keeps a hold of Becky’s hand and now twists her arm. Sasha slaps Becky in the chest, runs towards and up the corner, and jumps off ending in an arm drag to Becky, sending her across the ring. Sasha waits for Becky to get up and dropkicks her. They both get back up. Becky tries to get control back quickly with a clothesline, but Sasha ducks it and drops Becky with a neckbreaker to keep her momentum. Sasha goes for the cover…

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    Becky kicks out. Sasha gets Becky to a vertical base and goes to Irish whip Becky into the corner, but Becky reverses it and follows after her. Sasha launches herself up and gets her legs on Becky’s shoulders around her head and pulls Becky face first into the top corner turnbuckle. Sasha backs up a bit, runs at Becky and hits her with the Double Knee strike to the chest in the corner. Becky falls to the mat and Sasha goes for the cover…

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    Becky kicks out. Sasha picks Becky up for a scoop slam, but Becky uses her momentum to go over the shoulder of Sasha and lands behind her. Sasha turns around right into a clothesline from Becky. Sasha gets back up and gets hit with a jumping calf kick by Becky. Becky grabs Sasha from behind as she gets up and nails her with an Arm Trap Reverse Exploder Suplex, which sends Sasha flying towards a corner. Becky rolls to the opposite corner and waits for Sasha to get up in the corner. Becky lines her up, runs across the ring and nails Sasha with a big Forearm Strike. Becky then springboards off the middle rope and hits Sasha with a kick in the corner. Becky goes for the cover…

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    Sasha gets her leg on the bottom rope quickly as she’s right there in the corner. Becky grabs Sasha’s arm on the ground and gets her right into a hammerlock, but Sasha is still too close to the ropes and immediately gets her legs wrapped around the ropes for a rope break. Becky holds on for a count of three before letting go. Becky gets Sasha up in the corner and grabs her arm and wraps it around the top rope and pulls for a count of three before letting go. Becky backs up and runs at Sasha, but Sasha gets her foot up this time. Sasha switches positions with Becky in the corner and gets Becky up so she’s sitting on the top rope. Before Sasha can climb the corner, Becky kicks Sasha away. Becky looks to try and reposition herself on the top rope, but Sasha gets right up, climbs the corner quickly and hits Becky with the Frankensteiner. Both women are down as the referee begins his count. They both start to get up slowly around the count of 5 and make their way towards each other on their knees. They start trading blows with each other as they make it back to a vertical base. Sasha takes advantage with a kick to gut and hits Becky with a snap suplex. Sasha holds onto Becky and swings with her hips to get up ala Eddie Guerrero. Sasha delivers another suplex to Becky and still holds on. Sasha swings her hips and gets up looking for the third suplex, but Becky blocks it and rolls Sasha up with a small package…

    1…

    2…

    Sasha kicks out. Both women get up and Sasha goes for a punch, but Becky blocks it, grabs Sasha and hits her with the BECKSPLEX! Becky goes for the cover…

    1…

    2…

    Sasha kicks out! Becky immediately goes to grab Sasha’s arm for the Dis-Arm-Her, but Sasha scrambles towards the ropes near the corner, not allowing Becky to lock it in. Becky gets Sasha up in the corner and lays in a few quick strikes to her. Becky gets Sasha up on the top rope. She climbs up and looks to set her up for a Becksplex off the top, but Sasha fights out of it and shoves Becky off the ropes to the mat. Sasha repositions herself with her legs inside the ring to get down, but Becky gets right back up and goes to the second rope, laying in a forearm to Sasha. The two women trade blows in the corner, until Sasha manages to slips under Becky of the top rope and to the mat. Sasha jumps up behinds Becky and nails her with the BACKSTABBER off the second rope! Sasha goes right into the BANK STATEMENT which she locks in. Becky quickly crawls towards the close by ropes and manages to get them for a Rope Break before the hold was in too long. Sasha gets Becky in the corner and lays in a few forearm strikes. She sets her laying across the middle rope in the corner and goes for the Double Knees, but Becky moves out of the way onto the apron, causing Sasha to fall knees first to the mat. Becky reaches through the middle rope grabbing Sasha’s arm and pulls her into the corner post. Sasha stumbles out of the corner, holding her arm and shoulder as Becky gets back in. Becky grabs Sasha as she turns around and delivers a BECKSPLEX into the corner. Becky pulls Sasha slightly away from the corner by her arm and locks in the DIS-ARM-HER! Sasha quickly scrambles and luckily close to the ropes and gets her foot on the bottom rope…

    ROPE BREAK!

    Becky picks Sasha up and goes for the Becksplex again, but Sasha elbows her way out of this one. Becky charges at Sasha, but Sasha steps aside and tosses her through the ropes to the outside. Sasha runs off the ropes and dives through the ropes to the outside onto Becky. Sasha shakes out her arm that Becky had the hold on and tosses Becky back into the ring. Sasha gets back in the ring, picks Becky up and nails her with a Brainbuster. Sasha looks over at the corner and goes over to it. She climbs to the top rope and jumps off, connecting with a FROG SPLASH onto Becky! The cover…

    1…

    2…

    Becky kicks out! Sasha sits up wondering what else she needs to do. Sasha gets up and waits for Becky to get to her feet, who is using the ropes as an aide. Sasha grabs Becky and goes for another Backstabber, but Becky holds onto the top rope, causing Sasha to crash down to the mat. Sasha gets up and Becky runs at her immediately, jumping and wrapping her legs around her arm, taking her to the mat in an armbar position. Becky quickly rolls over to get Sasha on her stomach and locks in the DIS-ARM-HER! Sasha right away starts looking for the nearest rope. Sasha tries to drag Becky as much as she can towards the ropes, while Becky has the hold locked in tight. Sasha crawls little by little stretching out to the bottom rope, which she’s now a fingertip away from. In a last gasp effort, Sasha manages to inch forward and get her fingers on the bottom rope…

    ROPE BREAK!

    Becky stands up, still holding onto Sasha’s arm and pulls her away from the ropes to the middle of the ring. She goes to put the hold right back on, but Sasha is able to use the space to roll Becky up with a school boy pin…

    1…

    2…

    Becky kicks out, with her rolling backwards with her front to the mat. Sasha immediately grabs Becky, almost anticipating the kick out and pins her down with her stomach to the mat and locks in the BANK STATEMENT! Now Becky is the one scrambling to get to the nearest rope, but Sasha is wrenching back hard. Becky inches her way closer, but that just makes Sasha pull harder, bending Becky’s back and neck in a position it shouldn’t be in. Becky keeps reaching out for the ropes and trying to loosen the grip with no luck, but starts fading more and more until she stops moving altogether. The referee checks Becky…

    He rules that she’s PASSED OUT! Sasha wins the match!


    Winner: Sasha Banks


    Hamilton

    Here is your winner and STILL Womens World Champion, Sasha Banks!


    Ranallo

    Sasha Bank retains the title. There’s no doubt that she deserves to be the champion now.


    Graves

    No there isn’t. But for once, I’m going to give Becky Lynch credit. She didn’t tap out. She passed out. She never quit, her body just did.


    Ranallo

    Becky wanted that championship so much that she couldn’t bring herself to tap out. She passed out from the pain put on her. There’s no shame in that. That’s the mark of a future champion.


    Graves

    Definitely no shame especially after a hard fought match like that one we just witnessed. Both women putting it on the line. But Sasha Banks proved why she is holding that title right now.


    Ranallo

    Well ladies and gentlemen, earlier tonight, we saw the vicious attack on Sami Zayn by the Wyatt Family. Sami was rushed to a nearby medical facility. As we noted before, at ringside Sami was breathing, but knocked unconscious. We have just gotten word that Sami Zayn is stable and has regained consciousness. The doctors are accessing him further to determine what injuries he may have suffered. I’m sure we will learn more on the condition of Sami Zayn by Tuesday on Smackdown.


    Graves

    We wish Sami Zayn a speedy recovery.


    Ranallo

    We’ll try to change gears now as up next it’s our main event! The World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line as the champion AJ Styles looks to defend his championship against his first challenger, Kevin Owens.

    ***World Heavyweight Championship Video Package***


    The SummerSlam graphic comes on the screen. We see Styles hitting the Styles Clash on Reigns and getting the three count for the win. Styles gets handed the World Title and is celebrating with Gallows and Anderson.


    Ranallo

    After all the sacrifice, all the hard work, and 18 years of traveling around the world, AJ Styles adds the final accolade missing from his resume, the World Heavyweight Championship!


    We cut to Smackdown that week, where we see Christian in the ring for the Peep Show.


    Christian

    Tonight is about a good friend of mine who when I first saw him, I knew he was going to be a huge superstar here in WWE one day. And at SummerSlam, he proved that he is a superstar! Please welcome the NEW World Heavyweight Champion, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles!


    We see Styles come out with the World Title around his waist looking out at cheering fans.


    Styles

    You know when I came to WWE at the start of this year, I didn’t know what to expect.


    We see a clip of Styles debuting at the Royal Rumble.


    But I busted my butt to get to this moment right here. This may be the most defining moment in my career. When I look at this championship, I think of all the greats that have held this big gold belt over the years.


    We see images of men like Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Triple H, Undertaker, and Edge holding the big gold World Title.


    All great men, great legends of this business that had held this championship belt high and called themselves champion of the world. Well now I can hold this same championship high and finally call myself the World Heavyweight Champion!


    Styles holds the World Title high in the air, but is interrupted by Owens coming out.


    Ranallo

    And here comes Kevin Owens…


    We cut to a quick flashback at SummerSlam where we see Owens Pop-Up Powerbomb Zayn and pin him for the win.


    Graves

    Kevin Owens is now your new #1 Contender


    We cut back to Owens coming out on Smackdown to confront Styles & Christian in the ring.


    Owens

    AJ, you’re just like your buddy Christian here… nothing more than a paper champion. In your first title defense, I expose you for the failure that you really are. And at Backlash, I get to prove that I should’ve been the number one draft pick… that I should’ve been in the tournament finals at SummerSlam, and that I should be the World Heavyweight Champion right now!


    Styles

    You say I’m not a real champion and that I don’t deserve this title…


    Styles steps up to get in Owens’ face and holds the title towards him.


    Well at Backlash, I dare you to prove it!


    Owens low blow kicks Christian and walks out proud of himself as Styles checks on his friend.


    Ranallo

    I didn’t think even Kevin Owens could be this despicable, but this is a new low!


    We cut to Styles being interviewed the next week.


    Styles

    Kevin Owens is a great competitor. I won’t take that away from him. What I have a problem with is his sense of entitlement and his lack of respect.


    We cut to Owens standing up face to face with Mark Henry.


    Owens

    You’re just like Christian wanting to get one last hope at the spotlight while you waste time that could be better used for people like me


    We cut back to Styles talking.


    Styles

    Since the draft, he’s claimed that he “deserves” a title shot and only he does. Things don’t work that way. You have to earn your title shots around here.


    As Styles talks, we see clips of Owens Pop-Up Powerbombing people, including Henry on Smackdown.


    Styles (V.O.)

    And even though he did just that, he still acts like a self-entitled jerk thinking he’s already the champion… like it’s a foregone conclusion. Well I’ll tell you this…


    We see clips of Styles hitting moves on opponents, ending with Styles hitting the Phenomenal Forearm on Rusev and pinning him on Smackdown.


    I, not Kevin Owens, am the World Heavyweight Champion. And at Backlash, I’m going to prove why I won the championship tournament and he didn’t.


    Styles stands in the ring after his win over Rusev, before Sheamus comes out and attacks him with his partner Rusev.


    Graves

    Sheamus helping his friend Rusev and letting out some frustration.


    Gallows and Anderson come out and brawl with Sheamus & Rusev.


    Ranallo

    And here comes Gallows and Anderson to help out their fellow Club member!


    Owens runs out and attacks Anderson.


    Ranallo

    Kevin Owens now joins the fight. What is his business out here?


    Graves

    I’ll tell you what he’s doing. Owens is evening up the score to make it three on three.


    We see Sheamus Brogue Kick Gallows and Rusev hit Anderson with a Jumping Side Kick to the face. Rusev and Sheamus hold up Styles as Owens yells in his face…


    Owens

    You’re looking at the next World Champ!


    Owens Pop-Up Powerbombs Styles and stands over him.


    Ranallo

    Owens with the direct message sent to the champion!


    Styles (V.O.)

    Kevin Owens calls himself a prize fighter, meaning he will do anything… and I mean anything to take this championship.


    “Stick To Your Guns” by Sick Puppies plays.
    We cut to Owens turning around into the Boom of Doom by Gallows and Anderson, followed by a Springboard 450 Splash by Styles onto Owens.


    But I waited 18 years to hold this championship. I’m not giving it up that easily.


    Styles is shown holding up the World Title with The Club celebrating with Owens walking away hurt and defeated.


    Kevin Owens is going to give me one hell of a fight, but at Backlash he’s going to find out why they call me the Phenomenal One!


    Owens (V.O.)

    I will get what I DESERVE!


    We cut to see Owens Pop-Up Powerbomb Kane and pin him for the win. We then cut to Owens on the microphone.


    Owens

    Did you see that? I just destroyed a former World Champion… just like this Sunday when I destroy another FORMER World Champion in AJ Styles!


    Styles comes out looking ready to fight.


    Styles

    Kevin, you talk a big game, but talk is cheap. You think you’re going to destroy me at Backlash? Why wait till Sunday?!


    Styles and Owens brawl all around the ring, into the stands and to the backstage area. We see clips of the two men brawling backstage throwing each other into production cases and various other equipment. Owens grabs a lead pipe and hits Styles in the gut with it.


    Owens

    You think you’re better than me?! Huh AJ?


    Owens tosses Styles into a cage door.


    Come on champ!


    Owens grabs Styles and tosses him across a table filled with equipment and supplies. Owens lifts up Styles by the head and yells in his face.


    You’re looking at the next World Heavyweight Champion!


    Owens Powerbombs Styles through the table.


    He doesn’t look so phenomenal now does he?!


    We cut to see quick clips of both Owens and Styles hitting moves on each other throughout the month.


    Ranallo (V.O.)

    Who will be the World Heavyweight Champion at Backlash?!


    The clip ends with Styles holding his World Title high and then cuts to Owens standing over Styles after putting him through the table.


    ***End of Video Package***

    “Fight” plays and out comes Kevin Owens, who looks very serious and focused. He ignores the loud booing crowd as he makes his way down the ramp.


    Ranallo

    It’s now time for our main event…


    Graves

    And here comes THE main event. The Prize Fighter, Kevin Owens. And Mauro, he looks more focused than I’ve ever seen him before.


    Ranallo

    Owens has touted for months now about how he deserves the World Title and no one else does. Well he finally gets his opportunity to prove that he does here tonight.


    Graves

    Of course he deserves it. Kevin Owens has shown time and time again why he’s one of if not the best, not just here on Smackdown, not just in WWE, but in the world! This focused Kevin Owens is one that AJ Styles doesn’t want to be in the ring with tonight because he isn’t leaving tonight without the World Heavyweight Championship. I guarantee it!


    “Phenomenal” plays and the fireworks go off. AJ Styles is on the stage and flips his hood up, putting his gloves together. Styles taps the World Title around his waist as he gets a huge ovation from the crowd.


    Ranallo

    I wouldn’t count the champion out by a long shot. AJ Styles has shown since coming to WWE that he not only belongs here, but he’s a star. Last month, he won a tournament that included Kevin Owens to become the World Heavyweight Champion.


    Graves

    There’s no doubt AJ Styles has been impressive. In fact, he’s what he says he is… phenomenal. But winning a title and keeping it are two different challenges. And how is he feeling after Smackdown on Tuesday going through the table? We don’t know what effect that’ll have tonight.


    Ranallo

    AJ Styles looks ready and unaffected by that here tonight. You talked about Kevin Owens being focused, well Styles looks as focused as ever here tonight to defend his championship.


    Hamilton

    The following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is for the World Heavyweight Championship.


    A graphic for the World Heavyweight Championship is shown on the screen.


    Introducing first, the challenger, from Marieville, Quebec, Canada, weighing in at 266 pounds, Kevin Owens.


    Owens steps up and cracks his neck to either side, not taking his eyes off the World Title.


    And his opponent, from Gainesville, GA, weighing in at 218 pounds, he is the World Heavyweight Champion, "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles.


    Styles steps up and puts his arms out to the side in his signature pose. He takes the belt off and holds it high and shows it to Owens, who is still staring at it. Styles gives the belt to the referee.


    World Heavyweight Championship

    AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens

    Right as the bells ring, Owens charges across the ring at Styles, but Styles saw him coming and moves out of the way, sending Owens into the corner. Styles lays in a few punches and forearm strikes until Owens is seated in the corner. Styles continues by stomping on Owens until the referee counts to 4, causing Styles to back off. Owens rolls out of the ring and kicks the steel steps in frustration. Owens yells at the referee to keep Styles back. The referee tells Styles to back up as the crowd boos Owens. Owens gets onto the apron, but Styles runs at Owens and nails him off and back to the floor with a running dropkick. Styles runs off the ropes and dives over the top rope with a Flipping Senton Splash onto Owens. Styles and the crowd are all fired up early. Styles gets Owens up and tosses him back into the ring. Styles gets up onto the apron and signals towards his arm for an early Phenomenal Forearm. Styles springboards off the ropes, but is caught by Owens as he comes down, who gets him into a package suplex position, lifts him up and drops Styles head and neck across his knee. Owens goes for a cover…

    1…

    Styles kicks out. Owens gets right on top of Styles and fires off rapid punches to his head. Owens stops, gets up and taunts to the crowd screaming “I’m Your Next Champ!” as the crowd boos him. Owens lifts Styles up, who breaks Owens grip and hits him with a quick combination of strikes ending with a back elbow, stunning Owens. Styles runs off the ropes, but Owens follows right behind him and clotheslines him over the top rope and to the outside. Owens follows Styles to the outside keeping on the attack. Owens grabs Styles by the head and lays in a few strikes before bouncing his head off the announce table. Owens picks Styles up on his shoulder and drops him face first on top of the barricade. Owens tosses Styles back into the ring and follows him. Owens goes for the cover…

    1…

    2…

    Styles kicks out. Owens drags Styles over to the corner, sitting him in it and starts punching and stomping on him until the referee tells him to back off before the 5 count. Owens backs up and goes to the opposite corner. He measures Styles and runs at him going for the Cannonball, but Styles just moves out of the way causing Owens to crash in the corner. Owens slowly gets back to his feet stumbling and goes to grab Styles to pick him up, but Styles gets his legs around Owens’ head and takes him down with a headscissors. Styles and Owens get to their feet at the same time. Owens runs at Styles, but Styles gets him on his shoulders and delivers a Fireman’s Carry Neckbreaker to Owens. Owens is sitting up holding his neck as Styles runs off the ropes and delivers a low flying forearm attack to Owens. Styles goes for the cover…

    1…

    2…

    Owens kicks out. Styles lifts Owens up and delivers a few quick kicks to the legs and mid-section. Styles runs off the ropes at Owens, who reverses Styles with a hip toss into a neckbreaker. Owens goes for the cover…

    1…

    2…

    Styles kicks out. Owens grabs Styles head right away and goes into a side headlock. Owens wrenches it in, but Styles starts to get to a vertical base to alleviate some of the pressure. Styles backs up to the ropes and goes to shove Owens off of him, but Owens keeps the headlock in yelling at him “No, No, No!” Styles then elbows Owens in the gut a few times to loosen the grip and this time is able to shove Owens off him and off the ropes. Owens comes off the ropes and Styles drops down, with Owens going over him. Styles gets up and goes for the dropkick to catch Owens on the way back, but Owens holds the ropes to avoid it, knowing what was coming. Styles sits up and Owens runs at him and delivers a stiff kick straight to the chest. Owens goes for the cover…

    1…

    2…

    Styles kicks out. Owens lifts Styles up and gets him up in a Package position and side slams him to the mat. Owens with a jackknife cover…

    1…

    2…

    Styles kicks out, but Owens keeps a hold of one of Styles’ legs and goes right into a Half Boston Crab. Owens is sitting back with all his weight on Styles as he yells back at him to give up. Styles is reaching out for the ropes as the crowd cheers him on to motivate him. Styles is about to reach the ropes, when Owens notices. Owens lets go of the hold, but not Styles’ leg as he lifts Styles up, traps is leg and nails him with a release German Suplex, flipping Styles onto his front. Owens then quickly grabs the leg again and locks the Half Boston Crab back in. Owens is leaning back hard as Styles uses every bit of strength to crawl towards the ropes. He reaches out and finally gets to the ropes, causing the rope break, where Owens releases on the referee’s 4 count. Owens gets off and then stomps of Styles’ back. Owens picks Styles up and Irish whips him into the corner. Owens charges at him for a body splash, but Styles moves out of the way causing Owens to splash the corner and gets caught with a quick jumping kick to the back of the head by Styles. Styles turns Owens around and gets him up on the top rope. Styles tries to gather himself before he gets up to the second rope to lay in a few punches. Styles sets Owens up for a Superplex, but Owens holds onto the top rope to prevent the move. Owens then punches Styles in the gut a few times to loosen Styles’ grip. Owens then keeps in the suplex position but grabs Styles’ leg and jumps out of the corner crashing down with a SWINGING FISHERMAN SLAM from the top! Owens crawls to the cover…

    1…

    2…

    Styles kicks out! Owens gets himself back up using the ropes and looks down at Styles, as the expression on his face changes. Owens picks Styles up and yells out at the crowd that it’s over. Owens tosses Styles off the ropes and lifts him up for a Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Styles reverses by going over the top of Owens and landing on his feet behind him. Styles catches himself and turns around, but gets nailed with a SUPERKICK by Owens! Owens goes for the cover…

    1…

    2…

    Styles kicks out. Owens wastes no time, getting right back to his feet and quickly nailing Styles with a Senton Splash. Owens goes for the cover again…

    1…

    2…

    Styles kicks out. Owens is starting to look frustrated. Owens gets Styles up and tosses him into the corner. Owens runs at him and clotheslines him, causing Styles to fall in a seated position in the corner. Owens goes to the opposite corner and measures Styles, almost seething at the mouth for what he’s about to do to hopefully finish Styles. Owens runs across the ring and nails Styles with the Cannonball in the corner! Owens pulls Styles from the corner and goes for the cover…

    1…

    2…

    Styles kicks out. You can see the frustration starting to build more on Owens’ face. He positions Styles on the ground and steps on him to get to the corner. Owens lifts himself up to the second rope and stares down at Styles. Owens the leaps and turns to the top rope and Moonsaults off, but Styles just moves out of the way, causing Owens to crash and burn to the mat. Both men are down hurt as the referee begins his count. Both men start to get up slowly. Owens gets to his feet first, holding his ribs, and grabs Styles to lift him up. Owens punches Styles, but Styles returns with a punch of his own. Owens and Styles start trading blows, getting faster and faster with each blow as the crowd boos Owens’ strikes and cheers Styles’ strikes. Owens ends the exchange with a kick to the gut, catching Styles off guard. Owens runs off the ropes at Styles, but Styles catches Owens with a picture perfect Dropkick. Styles picks Owens up and nails him with a few forearm strikes. Styles goes to run off the ropes, but as he turns around, Owens grabs him by the back of the tights and pulls him back. Owens goes for a back suplex, but Styles flips over Owens’ shoulders landing on his feet. Styles then grabs Owens from behind and lifts him in a Back Suplex position but sends him forward with a Sitout Facebuster. Styles is feeling it and goes out to the apron. He takes off his elbow pad and tosses it on the ground, waiting for Owens to get up as the crowd goes crazy knowing what’s coming next. Styles springboards off the ropes and nails Owens with the PHENOMENAL FOREARM! He goes for the cover…

    1…

    2…

    OWENS KICKS OUT! Styles can’t believe it but stays on the attack, locking in the CALF CRUSHER on Owens! Owens scratches and claws for the ropes as the crowd is yelling for him to tap. Styles tries to apply as much pressure as possible to stop Owens, who is slowly making his way to the ropes. Owens reaches out and can’t get the ropes. He looks like he’s about to tap but gets more last gasp and just makes it to the bottom rope…

    ROPE BREAK!

    Styles lets go and gets up looking down at Owens. Styles lifts Owens up, taunts for the Styles Clash and sets him up for the move, but Owens backdrops Styles to reverse the move, who manages to land on his feet. Owens turns around and gets nailed in the head perfectly with the Pele Kick by Styles. Styles goes out to the apron and waits for Owens to get to his feet presumably for the Phenomenal Forearm as he signals for it hitting his arm. Styles goes to springboard off the ropes, but Owens quickly kicks the ropes, causing Styles to crash and burn on the top rope and bouncing into the ring falling hard to the mat. Owens grabs Styles and pushes him off the ropes and nails the POP-UP POWERBOMB! Owens falls into the cover…

    1…

    2…

    3…WAIT! STYLES GOT HIS FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE!

    The referee noticed it just as his hand was coming down for the three count and waves off the pin. Owens is celebrating in the ring, not realizing the referee waved it off. The referee goes over to Owens explaining that Styles had his foot on the ropes before the three count. Owens is yelling at the referee arguing that he counted three. The referee isn’t giving in so a frustrated Owens goes over to Styles to continue the attack. He picks him up and throws him off the ropes presumably looking for another Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Styles holds onto the ropes. Owens marches over towards Styles, but Styles gets his boot up in Owens’ face, stunning him. Styles turns towards the ropes, springboards off and backflips into a Reverse DDT, planting Owens! Styles rolls to the outside onto the apron right away, springboards off and nails Owens with the SPRINGBOARD 450 SPLASH! Styles goes right into the cover…

    1…

    2…

    3! Styles wins!


    Winner: AJ Styles


    Hamilton

    Here is your winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion, AJ Styles!


    Ranallo

    AJ Styles does it! He’s retained his World Heavyweight Championship. He has proved just how phenomenal he is and continues his great run this year.


    Graves

    What crap! The referee counted three for Kevin Owens. We should have a new champion.


    Ranallo

    AJ Styles’ foot was on the ropes. The referee messed up counting three but made the right decision right away saying it was a rope break.


    Graves

    Owens was robbed tonight. I hope the GM and Commissioner were watching this.


    Ranallo

    You and Owens can think that all you want, but tonight AJ Styles was the one who stayed focused and was able to put away the challenger to still walk out as the World Heavyweight Champion.


    Styles celebrates in the ring with his World Title as Owens walks up the ramp screaming at the referee in frustration.


    Well thank you all for joining us here tonight at the first Smackdown exclusive…


    Just then, the Wyatt interruption video plays. The lights go out and on the titantron we see a smoke filled room with Bray Wyatt pacing into frame. The crowd is booing as Styles turns to look at the screen.


    Wyatt

    AJ... enjoy this moment while it lasts.


    Wyatt looks up at the camera.


    Because I’m coming to take the “great power” from you. And there’s nothing you can do to stop…


    Wyatt puts his arms out and Harper, Rowan and Strowman come into frame behind him.


    Us!


    Wyatt laughs sinisterly before staring directly at the camera.


    RUN!


    The Wyatt interruption video plays to end the night.



    Quick Results:

    Enzo Amore & Big Cass def. The Dudley Boyz

    Finn Balor def. Roman Reigns and Apollo Crews for the Intercontinental Championship

    Rusev & Sheamus def. Neville & Zack Ryder

    Bray Wyatt def. Sami Zayn in a No Holds Barred Match

    The Club def. American Alpha for the World Tag Team Championship

    Sasha Banks def Becky Lynch to retain the Womens World Championship

    AJ Styles def. Kevin Owens to retain the World Heavyweight Championship


    Songs Used:

    “Stick To Your Guns” by Sick Puppies – Backlash theme and World Heavyweight Title video package

    “Fireproof” by Against The Current – Womens World Title video package

    “Black Honey” by Thrice – Bray Wyatt vs. Sami Zayn video package

    “Victorious” by Panic! At The Disco – World Tag Team Titles video package

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    Re: Amrocky25 & RatedR31 Presents WWE: We Are The WWE Universe

    WWE Presents…

    Monday Night Raw from Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho

    Episode 8

    September 19th 2016

    “Like The Good Old Days”

    Then.Now.Forever intro plays before a few moments of a black screen and silence. Finally…


    *Welcome to the Queendom*

    To a chorus of boos appears the Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon is who is followed by Raw General Manager Nick Kennedy. The two walk down the ramp with clearly Stephanie leading the charge.

    Phillips

    This is Monday Night Raw. Hi everyone I'm Tom Phillips alongside me my broadcast partner JBL. We kick things off with the Raw General Manager and Raw Commissioner.

    JBL

    It's great to see Stephanie back on Raw!

    Phillips

    She's back John because her and Nick Kennedy have a huge announcement for tonight.

    JBL

    There has been a lot of speculation in the back. Superstars are excited in the back to learn what this huge announcement.

    Kennedy assists Stephanie into the ring like a true gentleman, before getting in the ring himself Stephanie hands him a microphone and the two stand in the center of the ring waiting for her music to die down.


    Kennedy


    Welcome-

    Stephanie

    (cutting Kennedy off)

    Welcome to Monday Night Raw!
    The crowd cheers.
    Stephanie

    A month and a half ago the WWE landscape was changed as we held the 2016 brand extension draft. WWE Superstars and Women along with NXT Superstars and women were drafted to either Raw or Smackdown. For a fortunate few they were drafted to “A-Show” Monday Night Raw.

    (pauses)

    For the less fortunate they were drafted to the inferior show Tuesday Night Smackdown….

    Kennedy

    Live!

    Stephanie tilts her head giving Kennedy a dirty look. He shyly laughs.


    Kennedy


    It's apparently important, which is dumb because we’re live too….

    He notices Stephanie is not pleased.


    Kennedy


    I’ll shut up now.

    Stephanie turns back to the sold out crowd.


    Stephanie


    As I was saying some were drafted to the “A-Show” and even though we are the “A-Show” we still look to improve each and every week.

    (pauses)

    With that said there is one man who has helped Monday Night Raw thrive. Without him, Monday Night Raw would be in danger of no longer being the top show. This man is….

    Kennedy takes a few steps forward looking all proud as he expects Stephanie to announce his name, but….


    *The Second Coming*

    Maybe not the man we were expecting, but it is the man we’re getting as Seth Rollins comes out all smiles. The Boise crowd boos, but Seth acts like they’re not even there. He gets into the ring and shakes hands with Stephanie. He gives Kennedy a stare before grabbing a microphone by a ringside worker.


    Kennedy


    Seth what are you doing out here?

    Rollins

    Didn't you hear what your boss just said?

    Kennedy looks confused.


    Rollins


    You have to work on your listening skills there buddy.

    Stephanie and Kennedy both share a confused look as Rollins focuses on Steph.


    Rollins


    Stephanie...I just want you to thank you for the kind words and for always believing in me.

    (pauses)

    I know at the beginning it was rough for all of us. I wasn't performing up to my standards, but the last two weeks I feel good.

    (pauses)

    I feel better than good, I feel great. I’m getting back to the way I was performing before my injury. However, I want to top that and be better than that. I really think my win against John Cena-

    Kennedy

    Hold it right there Seth….

    (pauses)

    Your “win” last week against John Cena has a little asterisk next to it and you know why.

    Rollins plays dumb and shakes his head. He can be heard saying “I don't know why”.


    Kennedy


    Second I hate to break it to you, but you are not the man Stephanie is talking about.

    The crowd cheers as Rollins looks at Stephanie.


    Stephanie


    He's right Seth.

    The crowd cheers as the former WWE Champion tries to hold back his anger.


    Rollins


    Well who is it then?

    *My Time is Now*

    As soon as that music hits Rollins happy expression changes to frustration. The trio in the ring turns to face the entrance ramp as a fired up John Cena appears. The crowd is just as fired up as the fifteen time World Champion who runs down to the ring before sliding in. His music dies down.


    Rollins


    It’s not him. It can’t be him. Steph-

    Stephanie

    It is not him.

    A look of anger appears on her face as she turns to Cena.


    Stephanie


    (slightly angry tone)

    What do you want John?

    Cena

    I couldn’t just sit in the locker-room and listen to Seth Rollins spew out pure crap.

    The crowd cheers as John Cena looks at Rollins.

    Cena

    It’s great that you’re feeling better and I truly think you can be better than you were before your ACL and MCL tear. However, right now instead of moving forward, you’re moving backwards.

    (pauses)

    You been saying for months…Redesign, rebuild, reclaim. Yet nothing has changed.

    The crowd cheers as Seth shakes his head clearly disagree.


    Cena


    You’re still cheating during matches, having others do your dirty work and of course kissing Stephanie’s ass.

    The crowd cheers as Stephanie tries to get at Cena, luckily Kennedy and Rollins both hold her back.


    Stephanie


    (angry)

    You watch what you say Cena!

    (pointing to Kennedy)

    He may be general manager, but make no mistake I am the boss and always will be the boss.

    Cena

    Then prove you’re the boss. I want a match against Seth Rollins. No gimmicks, no cheating, no outside interference, just him and I one on one.

    The crowd cheers as Stephanie ponders the thought. We can see Seth trying to convince Stephanie not to do it. Off microphone he can be heard saying I already beat him and there is nothing more he has to prove.


    Stephanie


    I-

    Kennedy

    (cutting off Stephanie)

    I got this Steph…

    (pauses)

    I mean Mrs. McMahon.

    The crowd cheers as Stephanie looks slightly pissed off, but she backs down as Kennedy turns to face Cena.


    Kennedy


    The whole reason we are out here was to announce in four weeks Raw will have its first brand exclusive Pay per View...No Mercy.

    The crowd cheers as Kennedy gives them a thumbs up.


    Kennedy


    With that said, John you will get your opportunity at Seth Rollins one on one.

    The crowd cheers as The Architect goes ballistic, while Cena pats Kennedy on the back and shakes his hand. Rollins turns to Stephanie pleading his case.


    Stephanie


    I like that match.

    (turns to Seth)

    You beat him once. I’m sure you can do it again. That’s why you were the first overall pick.

    Rollins can’t believe what he is hearing, but it looks like he is going to have to take it like bad cough medicine. Kennedy then lights up and turns to Stephanie.


    Kennedy


    I have another idea.

    Rollins

    (sarcastically)

    Great…because your first one was so good.

    Kennedy

    Tonight John Cena and Seth Rollins will be in tag team match against each other in tonight’s main event.

    The crowd cheers as once again Cena looks very appreciative of that match as that as well.


    Stephanie


    Who….

    The crowd starts to go “who, who, who” much like the New Day does. Stephanie even chimes in for a bit. Please though Steph never again. She waits for the WWE Universe to die down.


    Stephanie


    Who will be there tag team partners?

    The Raw General Manager rubs his chin and then shrugs.


    Kennedy


    Anyone they want in the Raw locker-room.

    Both seem intrigued by the little wrinkle in the match as the crowd is intrigued as well as they cheer.


    Kennedy


    I hope you guys have friends back there.

    Stephanie

    See this is why Monday Night Raw is thriving because of…

    *Break The Walls Down*

    A mixed reaction as the WWE Champion walks out and already has microphone in hand as he starts his trek down to the ring.


    Jericho


    Let me finish that sentence for you Steph, because of the WWE Champion and Best in the World at what he does….Chris Jerichooooooo!

    Some cheers can be heard as Y2J gets in the ring, closes his eyes and does the Jesus pose.


    Jericho


    Drink it in mannnnnnn!

    Everyone in the ring (except Jericho of course) roll their eyes.


    Kennedy


    She was going to say me.

    Jericho opens one eye looking at the Raw GM.


    Jericho


    Really?

    Both Stephanie and Kennedy nod.


    Jericho


    (towards Stephanie)

    I know you and I have had our differences in the past but how can you give high praise to this…this…

    (pauses)

    STUPID IDIOT!

    The crowd cheers as Kennedy rolls his eyes.


    Stephanie


    Now Chris there is no need for the name calling.

    Jericho

    My talent has been taken for granted on this show I am the WWE Champion, yet I’m underestimated and underappreciated!

    (looks at Cena)

    I beat this guy…

    (looks at Rollins)

    I know I can beat him…


    Rollins rolls his eyes and shakes his head no.


    Jericho


    ...and last week Dean Ambrose found out that I'm going to beat him, when the time comes.

    The crowd boos as Kennedy faces the champion.


    Kennedy


    Speaking of time and Dean Ambrose, Mrs. McMahon and I both believe that the best time for you to face Dean Ambrose will be in four weeks at No Mercy for your WWE Championship.

    The crowd cheers as Jericho confidently nods.


    Jericho


    When I defeat that stupid idiot lunatic I want my championship celebration.

    Kennedy

    N-

    Stephanie

    We could arrange that.

    Kennedy looks at Stephanie a bit confused.


    Jericho


    And I want balloons…

    Stephanie

    Okay.

    Jericho

    ...gold carpet

    Stephanie

    Okay.

    Jericho

    A highlight package of my title defense, a bottle of champagne, a…..

    Kennedy

    We get it!


    Jericho is taken back that he was interrupted by the Raw GM.


    Kennedy


    If I was you I would not take Ambrose lightly, just like I wouldn't take your opponent lightly tonight.

    Jericho

    (confused)

    Opponent?

    “Awwwwwwwwwwww Boise! Don't you dare be sour, clap for your World Famous former Two Time Tag Team Champs and feel the power!”

    “It's A New Day, Yes It Is”


    The crowd erupts with “New Day Rocks” chants. The trio comes out jiggling their hips much to the displeasure of Jericho. However Cena loves it as he starts to groove his hips as well.


    JBL


    Just great! The WWE Champion has to waste his greatness against one of these idiots.

    Phillips

    But which one will it be.

    That is the question and it looks like it will be decided by a three way “Rock/Paper/Scissors” game. Both Woods and Kingston throw scissors, but Big E. throws rock winning the game and getting the match against Jericho.

    Phillips


    It looks like Jericho will go against the rock of the New Day in Big E.

    Cena gives all the guys high fives as he leaves along with Kennedy. Steph and Rollins are not far behind. Woods tries to get them to move their hips, but neither partakes as Raw goes to commercial break.

    *Commercial Break*


    Match 1: Chris Jericho vs. Big E. w/Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods

    Match Summary: Back from commercial break we see Jericho hit the ropes coming back right into a standing body splash from Big E. Jericho rolls to the outside apron. Big E. tries to grab him over the ropes, but Jericho hangs him up on the top rope. Big E. stumbles backwards as Y2J quickly scrambles to the top rope before launching off and connecting with a double axe handle. He goes for a pin only getting a two. Before Big E. can regain himself as soon as he is up he is set back down on the mat by a running bulldog from the WWE Champion who follows it up with a perfectly connected Lionsault. Again he goes for the pin and again it’s a two count. Jericho quickly locks his opponent in a half-nelson submission torqueing the neck of his opponent, screaming at the ref to “Ask Him”. The other members of the New Day start to clap on the outside and Woods even starts to blow Francesca two as the crowd starts to chant “New Day Rocks”. The Boise crowd wills Big E. to a vertical base. He delivers a few fist to the abdomen of his opponent, however Jericho delivers a nice knee into his opponents gut. Jericho then bounces off the ropes, but comes back into the grip of his opponent who holds him for a few moments before launching him over his head with a Belly to Belly.

    Both men are down and again “New Day Rock” chants break out. After a count of eight both men are up and Y2J delivers a chop, the seemly has no effect on the big man. He tries again and again no effect even if it sounds like his has one. Jericho then bounces off the ropes and comes back and is welcomed by a clothesline. However, give the champ credit as he is backed up, but he is taken down by a scoop slam. Big E. then bounces off the ropes full steam ahead as he leaps a few feet in front of Jericho and connects with a huge jumping Body Splash. He has the pin and gets a count of two and a half. Jericho favors his ribs as Big E. starts to clap to the rhythm of “New Day Rocks” while his opponent tries to get himself back up. Eventually with help from the ropes Y2J is up and is hoisted onto the shoulder of Big E. who is looking for the BIG ENDING, BUT JERICHO SLIDES OFF PUSHING BIG.E INTO THE CORNER AS HE HITS THE CORNER FRONT FIRST. HE TURNS AROUND AND Y2J HITS THE CODEBREAKER. Kofi and Xavier watch as Big E. is pinned for the three count!

    Winner: Chris Jericho

    Jericho stumbles into the corner and a cocky grin slowly forms on his face as the ref goes over and raises his hand high in the air.


    JBL


    What a victory from the champion! As he said you cannot underestimate him! I hope that lunatic Dean Ambrose is watching.

    Phillips

    Jericho the self-appointed Best in the World shows why he is the WWE Champion taking out the muscle of The New Day.

    *Backstage Area*

    Switching gears we go backstage for the first time tonight as we see Cesaro and Swagger walking down the hallway. Both are having a small conversation with each other although we really can’t make out what they’re saying.
    The camera pans out to a wide shot as the duo stops in front of a door that reads “Raw GM”. Both guys look at the door and then each other before knocking on the door. A few moments pass before they open it and head in. The camera stays behind as Raw goes to commercial break.


    *Commercial Break*

    Back from commercial break we see a somewhat battered WWE Champion walking backstage. He is still favoring his midsection. He stops in his tracks and starts to breath heavy as we look over and see the United States Champion The Miz with his A-Lister allies Alberto Del Rio, Tyler Breeze and Maryse all standing behind him. The crowd boos as Miz looks styling as he wears a nice suit. He takes off his sunglasses before looking at Jericho.


    Miz


    It looks like you’ve seen better days.

    Jericho looks at Miz and his United States title.


    Miz


    However, I have a proposition that can make today a better one.

    Jericho tilts his head as Miz snaps his fingers. Maryse then hands him a clipboard and pen.


    Miz


    I heard what you said out there in the ring and I…

    (pauses and looks at the people behind him)

    …we couldn’t agree more with you. With a simple signature, you could be part of the revolution to get Nick Kennedy out of power and back on his mom’s couch where he belongs.

    The WWE Champion looks at the A-Listers. He gets in the face of Miz and the crowd starts to buzz, but the intensity quickly fades and a smile appears on his face.


    Jericho


    I’m not going to lie I use to think you were a stupid idiot, but clearly I was wrong.

    The A-Listers smile as Jericho grabs the clipboard and pen before signing the petition. Five names are now on the list. The two champions exchange a handshake before Y2J leaves. Miz looks at the rest of the A-Listers before smiling.


    Miz


    Can’t wait to show this to Stephanie later.

    The crowd boos before the scene switches to Cesaro and Swagger exiting the Raw GM’s office. Kennedy and Steph stand at the doorway shaking both superstars’ hands. They watch them leave, before Kennedy turns to his boss.


    Kennedy


    I think I made the right decision.

    Stephanie

    We…made the right decision.

    Kennedy

    Right…WE.

    *In The Ring*

    *Shining Stars*

    Inside the ring we already see Primo and Epico with brochures in their hands talking to fans ringside trying to convince them to go to their resort. They should be more focused on their opponent because….


    *Crank It Up*

    The crowd lightly cheers as a pissed off Big Show makes his way down to the ring.


    JoJo


    Their opponent, from Tampa, Florida weighing four hundred and fifty pounds…The Big Show!

    Phillips

    As you may have heard JoJo said, their opponent because both members of the Shining Stars will be taking on The Big Show in a handicap match.

    JBL

    I think if there was an army of the Shining Stars it still wouldn’t matter. Big Show is a man on a mission after what happened last week.

    Clip of Big Show getting ambushed by the Shining Stars, however holding his own against them until Corbin comes from behind and attacks his nemesis as of late. He then grabs a chair and beats him down.


    Phillips


    That’s because Big Show was scheduled to fight Baron Corbin last week, but the match never got started due to an ambush from the Shining Stars, which was followed up by the Lone Wolf attacking Big Show and laying out Show with a chair.

    JBL

    Not many superstars can make Big Show look weak, but Baron Corbin was able to accomplish that.

    Match 2: The Shining Stars vs. The Big Show

    Match Summary: It was supposed to be a tag team handicap match, but the Shining Stars don’t follow the rules as they immediately try to get the jump on Big Show; however the giant is able to decimate both of them quite easily. The match ending comes when Big Show grabs both Shining Stars and connects with a double chokeslam. He then drags Primo and places him on top of Epico before putting his ten fingers on the back of Primo and pinning them for the three count.

    Winner: The Big Show

    Phillips

    Big Show easily takes down the Shining Stars.

    JBL

    I’m sure their stars are no longer shining. It seems like it has burned out.

    *Backstage Area*

    We are inside the locker-room area as we see Paige sitting down lacing up her boots and the crowd cheers for the WWE Women’s Champion. She stands up and we see Bayley with a smile on her face, startling the champion. However, the crowd loves Bayley even if she is being slightly creepy. They give her a bigger pop than they gave Paige.


    Paige


    What are you…

    Before she can finish Bayley gives her a huge hug nearly squeezing the life out of her.


    Paige


    (struggling)

    …doing here?

    Bayley lets go and you can see some redness on the arms of Paige from that hug.


    Bayley


    I just wanted to thank you for being out there last week during my match. I appreciate the support, especially in my hometown.

    Paige

    Last week I wasn’t there for sup-

    Bayley

    It’s a relief to know that the WWE Women’s Championship won’t tear our friendship apart.

    Paige nervously laughs and looks away from Paige.


    Paige


    Yeah…

    Bayley

    Oh and I got some great news. I spoke the Stephanie and in four weeks at No Mercy our match will take place for the title. Isn’t that great?

    Bayley starts to get all giddy as Paige looks slightly less enthused.


    Paige


    (half-hearted)

    Yay!

    Bayley tries to compose herself.


    Bayley


    I need to save my energy to cheer you on tonight at ringside.

    Paige does a double take.


    Paige


    You’re going to be ringside during my match?

    Bayley

    Of course silly! Friends support each other. I’m just returning the favor.

    Paige

    You really don’t have…..

    Again Bayley hugs the air out of the champion. Paige is not returning the hug and looks like she wants to force Bayley off of her, but thinks the better of it and just embraces that hug.


    Bayley


    See you out there…..FRIEND!

    Bayley has a stupid smile on her face as she holds her hand in the air for a high five. Paige stares at it for a few moments and sighs before giving one of the weakest high fives ever. Bayley doesn’t care as she is full of energy she lets out a “Woooo” before leaving, while leaving Paige speechless.


    *Commercial Break*

    Back from break we see Kennedy walking with Stephanie to her limo that is waiting for her. He opens the door for her.


    Kennedy


    Have a safe trip back to Connecticut!

    He smiles before closing the door. He watches the limo leave and breathes a sigh of relief. He turns and sees a massive gut in front of him. The camera pans out and we see a furious Big Show.


    Big Show


    I want Baron Corbin!

    Kennedy gulps and then chuckles a bit before letting out a smile.


    Kennedy


    I couldn’t agree with you more, which is why at No Mercy it will be you and Baron Corbin one on one.

    Kennedy once again gulps as Show places his massive hand on the shoulder of Kennedy. Kennedy flinches and closes his eyes expecting the worse.


    Big Show


    (softly)

    Thank you.

    Show leaves as Kennedy still has his eyes closed. After a few moments he opens them and shakes his head in frustration as the camera pans over to the A-Listers.


    Miz


    Finally we found you!

    (looking around)

    Where is Stephanie?!?!?

    Kennedy

    She just left.

    Miz tries to hold back his frustration.


    Miz


    (whining)

    But I wanted to show her the new name we got on the petition.

    Kennedy rolls his eyes.


    Miz


    Oh well I’ll call her later to tell her.

    Kennedy

    Is there anything else Miz?

    Breeze

    Actually…

    Breeze and Del Rio step forward now in line with the U.S. Champ.


    Breeze


    …we have some business we would like to discuss.

    Del Rio

    We understand you haven’t made number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles.

    Kennedy

    That’s right.

    Del Rio

    With the announcement of Raw’s first brand exclusive Pay per View we feel we are qualified to take on The Revival at No Mercy.

    Breeze

    It’s what the people want.

    The crowd boos.


    Kennedy


    Do I look like John Laurinaitis? This isn’t “people power”. You have to earn the spot and after last week’s lost-

    Miz

    Last week’s lost was an unfortunate event that I fully claim responsibility for. Ya’ see they didn’t have my championship guidance because I was too busy getting my beauty rest for my appearance of Good Morning America. Maybe you saw it?

    (pauses)

    Of course not…you don’t know what must-see TV is!

    Kennedy

    You want must-see TV Miz? How’s this sound…

    (pauses)

    …Mrs. McMahon and I decided that next week on Monday Night Raw you will be in action against Jack Swagger….

    (pauses)

    …for your United States Championship!

    The crowd goes wild as Miz gets right in the Raw General Manager’s face. Breeze and Alberto Del Rio have to hold him back to make sure he doesn’t do anything foolish.


    Kennedy


    Oh and as for Tyler Breeze and Alberto Del Rio, they’ll get a chance to prove themselves tonight as they take on The Usos.

    Again the crowd cheers as Kennedy rubs his chin.


    Kennedy


    Yeah…that sounds like must see TV to me.

    Kennedy leaves as Miz shrugs off Alberto Del Rio and Tyler Breeze and adjust his outfit. He is still red with anger as the camera cuts to ringside.


    *Man With A Plan*

    The crowd boos as skipping out from behind the curtain is The Brian Kendrick. He waits atop the ramp as Eva Marie comes out. She blows everyone a kiss atop the ramp before leading them down the ramp. Kendrick starts to talk to Eva clearly teaching her up.


    JoJo


    This match is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first from Los Angeles, California Evaaaa Marieeee!

    JBL

    We go from a must-see TV to a must-see woman. That woman is Eva Marie and she is looking fine as always.

    Phillips

    Alongside her is The Brian Kendrick who has been training and mentoring her along the way. Last week she saw The Brian Kendrick defeated Dolph Ziggler in his Raw re-debut.

    *Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Party*

    Alicia Fox struts out from behind the curtains. As she makes her way down to the ring she gives fans high fives.


    JoJo


    Her opponent from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida…Aliciaaaa Fox!

    Phillips

    Eva will be looking to get a victory here tonight against Alicia Fox who defeated her two weeks ago.

    JBL

    Alicia Fox is a former champion, but from what I heard from The Brian Kendrick Eva Marie has been making great strides and he thinks she has a great chance to knock off Alicia Fox tonight.

    Match 3: Eva Marie w/The Brian Kendrick vs. Alicia Fox

    Match Summary: Even with The Brian Kendrick in her corner Miss. All Red Everything is struggling against the Foxy One. Alicia is dominate through the first four minutes of this match and is looking to end it early. She grabs Eva by her red hair and brings her to the middle of the ring before kicking her in the gut. Alicia then runs towards the ropes going for the Watch Yo Face, but The Brian Kendrick, tries to trip her up. He doesn’t make contact, but it distracts her and the referee. While the ref exchanges some words with TBK, Fox turns to face her opponent who connects with a thumb to the eye, which causes the crowd to boo. That is followed up by Sliced Bread #2, which is Kendrick’s finisher! That would get her the three count victory!

    Winner: Eva Marie

    Kendrick quickly slides into the ring and skips around Eva Marie blowing kisses to everyone as she gets her hand raised by the referee. She then hugs Kendrick.

    JBL

    Clearly the mentoring from The Brian Kendrick worked.

    Phillips

    Mentoring…? That is more like cheating. Eva Marie took advantage of the distraction and picked up the victory the same way The Brian Kendrick did last week.

    JBL

    Well he said to take notes; clearly she did and studied them pretty well. She gets an “A” in my book.

    *Backstage Area*

    In the backstage interview area we see the friendly face of Renee Young who smiles at the camera before talking into her microphone.


    Young


    Please welcome Dean Ambrose!

    Dean Ambrose comes into the frame to a mixed reaction from the Boise crowd. Clearly his actions as of late have turned some fans against him. He seems composed as he waits for Renee to start the interview.


    Young


    Last week after you interfered in the main event-

    Ambrose

    Whoa Renee. Interfered?

    (chuckles)

    Interfered would mean that I put my hands on John Cena and he’s lucky that I didn’t. If I did…

    Ambrose stops mid-sentence and looks at Renee who looks slightly concerned. He then refocuses himself and starts to talk.


    Ambrose


    …enough about John Cena. I have to look forward. I have to look towards four weeks at No Mercy.

    (pauses)

    Last week Chris Jericho got the jump on me. He attacked me from behind. Because of…

    The Lunatic Fringe takes a deep breath and breaths out clearly getting the idea and name of Cena out of his promo.


    Ambrose


    …I lost focus of what I set out to do after the brand expansion. The first night on Raw I said in front of Nick Kennedy that I want my WWE Championship back. In four weeks I have that chance. I must stay the course; take back what is rightfully mine, what I should have never lost in the first place and that is the WWE Championship!

    The crowd cheers as we hear clapping picked up by a microphone and it is louder than the crowds. It actually sounds like it is coming from the intermediate area. The camera pans out and we see Seth Rollins is the one who is clapping and he has a smile on his face.


    Rollins


    Run along Renee. I need to talk to Dean over here.

    Renee quickly scatters and Ambrose looks like he is ready for a fight, however for now Rollins looks to be the complete opposite.


    Rollins


    I couldn’t help but overhear what you were saying to Renee. You and I both know it is bullcrap.

    The former WWE Champion tilts his head sideways in confusion.

    Rollins

    You’re infatuated with ending John Cena and you won’t stop until you do.

    Ambrose starts to nod his head.


    Rollins


    When we first formed The Shield we vowed to rally against the injustices of the WWE. Throughout the years we did, but one injustice always eluded us.

    Ambrose continues to nod agreeing with every word Rollins has said.


    Rollins


    You know what we have to do…

    Rollins makes a fist and then places it in front of him. Some “yes” chants form and of course some “no” chants form as well.


    Ambrose


    I'm doing this for me and me only. See you out there.

    He walks away leaving Rollins who is pretty pleased he has his partner for tonight.


    *Commercial Break*

    Back from commercial break we see The Swiss Superman Cesaro who gets a nice ovation from the crowd. However, he doesn't seem too happy, he looks defeated. He walks and is stopped in his tracks as we pan over to The A-Listers who are the complete opposite. They seem confident and have this positive vibe around them.


    Miz


    I heard what happened earlier tough break.

    (pauses)

    Clearly Nick Kennedy doesn't see your talent, but we see your talent.

    Cesaro

    Of course you do, because you need to cheat to defeat me.

    Miz

    (with a serious look)

    All false statements aside why should we continue as enemies when we could be allies? You can be an A-Lister.

    Cesaro

    (laughs)

    Why would I want to do that?

    Miz points to showcases his wife and championships.


    Miz


    We get championships, we have power and as an added bonus we get the girls.

    Cesaro

    You have that.

    (looks at Del Rio and Breeze)

    What about them? They look empty handed.

    Del Rio

    Don't worry about us perro.

    Breeze

    Our time is coming, unlike yours.

    Del Rio

    You’re looking at the future tag team champions.

    Miz

    Tyler and Alberto are right. We don't get pushed to the side to make time for others. Time is made for us. How many years have you been in the WWE and how many WWE or World Heavyweight Championship opportunities have you had?

    Cesaro ponders for a few moments as he is silent.


    Miz


    That's what I thought.

    “Awwwweesssssommmmeeee”

    Miz hears the music and takes one final look at Cesaro.


    Miz


    Just think about it…I know you’re skeptical, but you know I'm also right.

    The A-Listers leave.


    *Ringside*

    After a few moments the A-Listers appear to the crowd booing. Miz leads the way as they go down to the ring and then he lets Breeze and Del Rio get in the ring first.


    JoJo

    This match is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, accompanied by The Miz and Maryse….representing the A-Listers Alberto Delllll Rio and Tyler Breeeeze!

    Phillips

    We just saw an interesting proposition made by The Miz, offering Cesaro a spot in the A-Listers.

    JBL

    Cesaro would be a fool, to decline the offer. No one turns down working with The Miz.

    The lights shut off and we see a single spotlight as the crowd starts to buzz with cheers as we see the Usos walk out and do their traditional Samoan chant. The crowd plays into their “Uce-O” chant before they jump and the pyro goes off.


    *So Close Now*


    JoJo

    Their opponents from San Francisco, California, Jimmy and Jey…the Usos!

    Phillips

    This is not only a big match for Alberto Del Rio and Tyler Breeze, but for the Usos as well, as they have been on a roll as of late and possibly feel they should already be number one contenders to the WWE Tag Team Titles.

    JBL

    A win tonight should solidify this, but that is easier said then done. As you said, a lot is on the line for both teams. This ought to be a great match.

    Match 4: The A-Listers w/ The Miz and Maryse vs. The Usos

    Match Summary: As mentioned by both announcers this is a huge match for both teams and it is pretty competitve throughout. The cameras even show THE REVIVAL WATCHING FROM BACKSTAGE. The Usos had the early advantage, but after a quick break and pep talk from The Miz, Del Rio and Breeze would be able to regroup and control the match in the middle of it. However, you can’t count out the Usos. Del Rio would stalk Jimmy in the ring who just got his bell rung by a the corner enzuguri a “vinatge” move of Del Rio. He would use the ropes to help get him up, but it would give him an outlet to hold on to as Del Rio goes for the backstabber, but instead drives himself back first on the mat. The crowd starts to cheer for Jimmy as Jey roots his brother on. Jimmy makes the tag as does Del Rio and Jey and Breeze are both in. Jey comes flying in connecting with a running shoulder block. Breeze is up and runs at his opponent who side steps him and pushes him into the ropes. Breeze comes back and is hoisted up onto the shoulders of Jey who connects with a Somoan drop. Jey looks like he wants to pin his opponent, but see ADR charging at him and quickly connects with a superkick that sends Del Rio rolling out of the ring as he holds his jaw. Jimmy is stirring as Jey helps him up and starts relaying a message while pointing to the man on the outside. Jey then goes near the ropes as Jimmy charges towards them. Jey lowers the top rope as Jimmy flies over connecting with a crossbody taking both him and Del Rio out. Miz heads over and checks on both men. He goes to grab Jimmy and Jey gets the attention of the referee to prevent that from happening. Miz backs away as Jey exchanges some words with Miz, but that would cost him AS FROM BEHIND BREEZE ROLLS UP JEY AND GETS A SURPRISE THREE COUNT! JEY CAN’T BELIEVE IT. UTTER SHOCK ON THE FACE OF RIKISHI’S SON.

    Winner: The A-Listers

    Breeze rolls out of the ring as Maryse steers him to safety while Miz drags Del Rio to safety as well. Theyy stands on the end of the ramp as Miz raises both his allies arms up in victory as Jey is still in shock, while Jimmy is on the outside still feeling the effect of the daredevil like move.


    JBL


    The A-Listers did it. They said their time was coming and it is here. What a victory. Cesaro I hope you’re watching.

    Phillips

    In somewhat of an upset Alberto Del Rio and Tyler Breeze just beat The Usos who have been tearing through the tag division as of late. Things are now surly heating up.

    JBL

    Now The Revival has another team that is gunning for their tag team championships. One is hard enough, now two?!?!?! Good luck.

    *Backstage Area*

    We see Dolph Ziggler who gets a nice ovation from the crowd. He seems focused as he is looking at a white board with documents, photos and random writing in marker on said board. Clearly Ziggler has been doing his homework on something or should I say someone as we see some Score-Card Guy written on the top of the board in the center. Some superstar’s names are crossed out, including John Cena, Dean Ambrose, and Jack Swagger.


    ??? (O.S.)


    Dolph….Dolph…Dolph…

    Alicia Fox comes into the frame, but the focus of the Show-Off is still fixated on the board.


    Fox


    Did you see what Eva Marie did out there to me earlier? The same exact thing The Brian Kendrick did to you last week.

    (holding back her anger)

    She just makes me want to scream! We have to get our-

    Ziggler

    WE don’t have to do anything. I have to stay focused on this.

    He motions to the board.


    Fox


    What happened to you?

    Ziggler

    (confused)

    Excuse me?

    Fox

    What happened to the Dolph Ziggler I use to know? What happened to the Dolph Ziggler who didn’t care what anyone said? The Dolph Ziggler who started in this business as a male cheerleader, was the butt of all jokes in the WWE, but was able to reinvent himself become the Show-Off and entertain the fans night in and night out, eventually leading to you become a World Heavyweight Champion.

    Ziggler starts to ponder what Alicia is saying.


    Fox


    I know the WWE Universe adores you, I adore you. You’re one of the best in this business and the loser behind the score-card knows that, which is why he is playing mind-games with you. Don’t let him win.

    She points to the board.

    Fox

    Put this behind you and help me take down Eva Marie and The Brian Kendrick.

    Ziggler looks at the board and then at Alicia who is puppy-eyed. After a few moments Ziggler cracks a smile for the first time in a long time.


    Ziggler


    Fine!

    Fox hugs Ziggler who nearly topples over. When she pulls away Ziggler looks at her.


    Ziggler


    I wasn’t the butt of all the jokes.

    Fox

    Uh…yeah you were!

    Fox smiles and starts to leave.


    Ziggler


    But we won tag team gold!

    The Show-Off chases after Fox as the crowd laughs as we go to commercial break.


    *Commercial Break*

    A graphic appears with “Perspective” from Hands Like Houses playing in the background.


    Phillips


    We like to thank Hands Like Houses for providing the official theme song for No Mercy, “Perspectives”, off the album “Dissonants” available on Itunes and the Google Play Store…

    (pauses)

    …and No Mercy is four weeks away, but it is shaping up to be a great event.

    Graphics appear highlighting each match. First is Big Show vs. Baron Crobin.


    Phillips


    Two giants square off as Baron Corbin will take on The Big Show.

    JBL

    Big Show demanded the match and Nick Kennedy had no choice but to give it to him. Two former Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal winners facing off. A lot of meat will be in the ring.

    Match graphic of Seth Rollins and John Cena appears.


    Phillips


    Seth Rollins is looking to live up to being the first overall pick in the WWE brand extension draft as he faces off against John Cena, who will be looking to bounce back after suffering a defeat to Chris Jericho at SummerSlam for the WWE Championship.

    Another match graphic of Chris Jericho and Dean Ambrose appears.


    JBL


    And speaking of the WWE Championship…Chris Jericho will be defending it against the Lunatic Fringe Dean Ambrose.

    Phillips

    Dean Ambrose will be looking to recapture what he had to relinquish due to the brand expansion draft.

    *Ringside*

    Bayley’s music is playing in the background as the camera shows her sporting a headset.


    Phillips


    Also at No Mercy the WWE Women’s Championship will be defended and this woman will be looking to capture it as she takes on her friend Paige.

    Bayley

    I can’t wait!

    *Real Deal*

    Emma makes her way down the ring. She brushes off the boos from the crowd as she heads down the ramp.

    JoJo


    Introducing first from Melbourne, Australia….Emma.

    Phillips

    Bayley you’re very familiar with Emma from your time in NXT and also here in the WWE. You defeated her to become the number one contender to the WWE Women’s Championship.

    Bayley

    That I did and I have no doubts that my friend Paige can beat her tonight.

    JBL

    How many times are you going to say “friend”.

    Phillips

    That’s not nice John.

    JBL

    You’re not going to be friends when you face off at No Mercy. You do want to win the championship, don’t you?

    Bayley

    Of course I do, but why can’t I make friends along the way? Wasn’t Ron Simmons your friend? Isn’t Tom Phillips your friend?

    JBL

    Ron yes, Tom absolutely not!

    *Stars in the Night*

    Paige flashes a little smile before skipping sideways down the ramp. She circles the outside of the ring as she stares at both Emma and Bayley (who of course smiles and gives her a friendly wave) before getting inside the ring.


    JoJo


    Her opponent from Norwich, England….Paiggggeeee!

    JBL

    I’ve been watching Paige for a long time, you may be friends now, but in that ring she’ll act like she never even associated with you.

    Bayley

    Paige is quite the competitor. That’s why she is champion, but at the end of the day we’re friends and we’ll always be friends. No championship can change that.

    Match 5: Emma vs. Paige

    Match Summary: Emma is really taking it to the champion as she has something to prove. Since returning from injury she has been average, even if she is getting high profile matches thanks to “snugging” up with Nick Kennedy. However, she proves her worth in the early going. The early offense causes Bayley to vacate the announce table and cheer on her friend from even closer, right outside the ring. It seems like it worked as Paige starts to build up steam connecting with multiple moves including short arm clotheslines, multiple head-butts, a fallaway slam and a fisherman suplex into a bridging pin, but even after all that she only gets a two count. She let’s out a “This is My House” which ignites the crowd into cheers. She goes to grab Emma and attempts to hit the Paige-Turner, but Emma spins out and connects with a Belly to Belly Suplex. She immediately turns to Bayley before going for a pin, but only getting a two. Emma once again turns to Bayley and the two start to exchange some words. Emma turns back and sees Paige is seated in the corner still feeling the suplex. Emma doesn’t seem to care as Paige is in perfect position to connect with Emma-mite Sandwich. She then pulls her to the center of the ring and goes for another pin, only getting a two count. Emma then quickly pounces on her opponent and applies the EMMA LOCK! The torque on the neck of Paige is unbelieveable, however she’s not giving up and is somehow able to grab the bottom rope as Emma lets go of the submission at a count of four. The damage may be done as Paige is favoring her neck. Emma looks to inflict more damage, although she can’t as her focus is now on BAYLEY WHO IS ON THE APRON. The words between the two continue. You would think these two were going to fight for the belt as they continue, however both women show great restraint in not hitting each other. Paige slowly gets up and stumbles over to Emma, spinning her around attempting a side kick but THE SIDE KICK HITS BAYLEY AND KNOCKS HER ON THE OUTSIDE MATS. EMMA THEN CONNECTS WITH A DROP TOE-HOLD FOLLOWED BY A STOMP TO THE BACK OF PAIGE’S HEAD/BACK AREA FOLLOWED BY THE EMMA LOCK. This time Paige can’t hold on and taps.

    Winner: Emma

    Phillips

    Emma just made the WWE Women’s Champion tap! What a victory for Emma as the WWE Universe is shocked

    JBL

    Bayley just cost her friend the match. I wouldn’t be surprise if she did that on purpose. She had no business being on that apron.

    Phillips

    I’m sure Bayley didn’t mean too. She just lost her composure in the heat of the moment.

    JBL

    Try telling Paige that!

    JBL is right as we see Bayley come to the aid of her friend. However, Paige isn’t looking for comfort; instead she pushes Bayley away and rolls out of the ring. She grabs her title from a worker, leaving Bayley alone in the ring as she looks very upset.


    *Backstage Area*

    We see a line of superstars (Golden Truth, Jack Swagger and Baron Corbin) all standing tall. We hear a few coughs as the camera pans out to wide shot as we see John Cena standing by himself. He looks at the superstars opposite of him.


    Cena


    I know a lot of rumors have been circulating, but I can now confirm Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are teaming up in my match tonight.

    Some of the superstars seem concerned.

    Cena

    I know some of us remember the chaos they caused when they were part of The Shield…

    (looks at Goldust, Truth, Swagger)

    however we shouldn’t fear them. We can’t back down or history is doomed to repeat itself. Tonight I’m facing them head on!

    We see Cesaro in the background starting to walk over as he listens to Cena’s speech.


    Cena


    And you should too! Because this is our show, not theirs. So who’s with me?!?!?

    All the superstars look at each other (except Cesaro who is still a few feet away, just listening in). Cena walks over to R-Truth and Goldust.


    Cena


    Goldie you were part of the Attitude Era, I’m sure always ready for a fight.

    Goldust

    Uh….

    (scratches his head)

    …I-I would but I have that thing.

    Goldust leaves the ring as he turns to Truth.


    Cena


    What about you Truth? What’s up?

    Truth has a smile on his face and is about to answer, but Goldust comes back into the frame.


    Goldust


    He has a thing too.

    Truth turns to his partner and looks confused.


    Truth


    What thing…?

    Instead of answering Goldust yanks his partner off frame. Cena sighs as he turns to Jack Swagger.


    Cena


    What about the two time All-American from Oklahoma?

    Swagger

    John you know I would, but I have a huge United States Title match and I can’t risk injury…

    (pauses)

    …good luck.

    Swagger leaves the frame leaving the fifteen time champion alone with the Lone Wolf Baron Corbin. Cena goes to say something, but Corbin cuts him off.


    Corbin


    Even if I had respect for you I wouldn’t do it.

    Corbin stares down Cena who looks right into the eyes of Corbin.


    Cena


    I’ll remember that.

    Corbin has a cocky grin before he leaves the frame. Cena shakes his head in frustration.


    Cena


    Never give up, never back down. Looks like I’m doing this on my own.

    Cena leaves the frame as we see Cesaro rubbing his chin in the background as Raw goes to a commercial break.


    *Commercial Break*

    Back from commercial break “Light up the Sky” by Thousand Foot Krutch plays as we see a featured graphic with Dolph Ziggler/Alicia Fox on one side and The Brian Kendrick/Eva Marie on the other side.


    Phillips


    We saw Alicia Fox solicit the help of Dolph Ziggler and he accepted. The match is official; it will be mix tag action as Dolph and Alicia take on The Brian Kendrick and Eva Marie.

    JBL

    But the match I’m even more excited for is the United States Title match…

    Graphic of Swagger on one side and Miz with Maryse on the other side.


    Phillips


    Jack Swagger will be looking to defeat the champion, The Miz next week on Raw live from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona!

    *Ringside*

    *Retaliation*

    The arena roars with excitement as Dean Ambrose appears. He is ready for the main event as he cracks his knuckles a few times and punches his jaw a few times.


    JoJo


    This match is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, from Cincinnati, Ohio weighing two hundred and twenty five pounds…Dean Ambrose!

    Phillips

    After what we saw develop over the past summer and even at SummerSlam, I never thought we would see Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose tag once again, but they are.

    JBL

    Sometimes an enemy of a enemy is your friend and that is what Dean Ambrose sees in Seth Rollins. Rollins may be an enemy of Ambrose, but Cena is the bigger enemy thus wanting an alliance with Rollins.

    Phillips

    As Rollins said Ambrose is infatuated with John Cena and it doesn’t seem like The Lunatic will be satisfied until Cena is destroyed.

    *The Second Coming*

    Seth Rollins comes out to boos as he stands tall atop the ramp. He beats on his chest a few times before swaggering down the ramp.


    JoJo


    His partner from Davenport, Iowa weighing two hundred and seventeen pounds…Seth Rollins!

    Phillips

    In four weeks Seth Rollins will be taking on John Cena, the man he defeated last week after a distraction from his tag team partner.

    JBL

    Which was all legal Tom! At No Mercy Seth Rollins will do it again.

    *My Time Is Now*

    Cena looks at his opponents that stand tall in the ring. He pulls out a towel displays in before looking at the camera saying “They might outnumber me, but I like my odds”. He winks before running down the ramp.


    JoJo


    His opponent from West Newbury, Massachusetts weighing two hundred and fifty one pounds….John Cennnna!

    Phillips

    For John Cena he tried to recruit some members of the Raw locker-room, but it looks like he will have to do this on his own.

    JBL

    Clearly this mini reunion of two-thirds of The Shield has the locker-room shook. However, John Cena backs down from no one, but the odds are truly stacked against him.

    In the ring we see John Cena looking at both Rollins and Ambrose as each superstar flanks Cena on his left and his right. They look like they are ready to pounce before the bell even rings….


    *Swiss Made*

    The ringing alarms hit the arena as the crowd goes wild as Cesaro makes his way out from behind the curtains coming out in the 007 entrance. He has a smile on his face as he does his machine gun taunt atop the ramp before tearing off the suit.


    JoJo


    His partner from from Lucerne, Switzerland weighing two hundred and thirty two pounds….Ceeesarrooo!

    Phillips

    He won’t have to do it alone! Cesaro looks like he will be answering Cena’s opening for a partner.

    JBL

    John Cena and the Swiss Superman?!?! This is almost a better pairing than the Swiss Superman and The Miz!

    Main Event: Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins vs. John Cena/Cesaro

    Match Summary: The crowd is still buzzing and chanting “Cesaro” over and over and Cena had full intent on starting the match against Rollins, but he instead gave what the fans wanted, letting Cesaro start. From there Cesaro used his power against the speed of Rollins, who looked completely lost in the ring causing Rollins to tag Ambrose. Ambrose told Cesaro to tag Cena which he does. From there these combustible elements really take it to each other. Following a few flying shoulder blocks and a spin out powerbomb, Cena would bounce off the ropes for a five knuckle shuffle, but would get a knee to his back from Rollins giving Ambrose the upperhand. From there quick tags from the former Shield Members as they show the WWE Universe why they were so dominant a few years ago. Ambrose seats Cena on the top turnbuckle and is attempting to go for a suplex from the top rope, but Cena fights back delivering a few punches knocking his rival down as Ambrose lands on the mat. Cena does “You Can’t See Me” before hitting the Five Knuckle Shuffle from the second rope. He desperately needs to make a tag and he does!

    Cesaro comes in and Ambrose makes a tag to Rollins. Rollins tries a clothesline which is ducked followed by a springboard corkscrew uppercut. He then hits Ambrose knocking him off the apron. He turns back to Rollins before hitting a scoop slam before jumping up in the air and landing both his feet into the gut of his opponent. The crowd goes wild as he does the Machine Gun taunt. He then turns to see Rollins back on his feet, but quickly sweeps his legs out from under him and has him in catapult position. No catapult is necessary; instead he connects with the Cesaro Swing, swinging the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion around and around. At a count of twelve he lets go of his grip. He shows no ill-effects as he notices Cena is back on his feet wanting a tag. Cesaro asks for help from the crowd to what he should do and the crowd is cheering of course!

    Cesaro casually walks over to Cena and is about to make the tag, but Cena is swept off the apron by the Lunatic Fringe! Cena then is taking out by a clothesline on the outside as the two men do battle. Ambrose immediately gets on top of Cena delivering a series of punches, however Cena is backing down as he rolls over and delivers punches of his own. Both men are rolling around like crazy. Dean is able to gain some space he leans up against the barricade, but he doesn’t have a chance to regain himself as Cena comes flying in with a clothesline that sends him up and over the barricade and into the crowd. Cena climbs over the barricade and is now chasing after Ambrose who is crawling away. Both guys are now fighting in the crowd.

    Back in the ring Cesaro goes to grab Rollins, but he gets a kick to the gut that knocks him down to one knee followed by a superkick to the head. Rollins goes to the lateral press and gets a two count! Rollins rolls to the outside and gets up on the apron. He waits for his opponent to get up. He springboards off looking for the knee, but get a European Uppercut. The crowd goes wild as Cesaro grabs Rollins places him between his legs and HITS THE NEUTRALIZER!! He rolls him over and gets the three count!

    Winner: Cesaro & John Cena

    Cesaro won’t be able to celebrate long as cameras go to the backstage area.


    *Backstage Area*

    PARKING LOT WE GO AS WE SEE AMBROSE TOSS CENA BACK FIRST INTO THE BODY OF A LIMO! The crowd goes wild as we see Ambrose laying into Cena with hard right hands. He makes sure Cena is slumped down in a seated postion. Ambrose is crazed as he looks around. The camera follows him as he limps towards a man who is getting into his car. He pushes the man out of the way and hops in. The crowd is buzzing. The announcers are going wild, saying Ambrose really has lost his mind. Ambrose revs the engine a few times from about a 100 feet away. WE HEAR THE CAR SKID OUT AS IT HEADS TOWARDS CENA WHO NARROWLY AVOIDS HIS DEMISE AS THE CAR CRASHES INTO THE LIMO. AMBROSE SLOWLY GETS OUT OF THE CAR AS HE TOOK THE BRUNT OF THE DAMAGE. HE GOES TO CHASE AFTER CENA BUT WE SEE REFEREE’S, MEDICAL PERSONNEL, SUPERSTARS AND NICK KENNEDY ALL ON SCENE NOW. Medical personnel check on Cena while superstars and referee force Ambrose back before he can cause anymore destruction.
    Kennedy looks at Ambrose and is boiling with anger. He looks at the superstars holding Ambrose back.

    Kennedy


    Get him out of here…

    (angry)

    NOW!

    They force him back as Nick Kennedy looks flustered. He then walks over to Cena who is being attended to by the medical department. Kennedy shakes his head in frustration as you can see sweat forming on his face.


    Kennedy