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    205 Live — April 9, 2019
    Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center



    205 Live is quick to begin on the WWE Network, and Drake Maverick walks us through the dramatic Cruiserweight Championship match from WrestleMania. That bout, of course, saw Tony Nese emerge victorious and become the new champion, dethroning Buddy Murphy from his spot at the top of the cruiserweight world. Maverick informs us that tonight, Murphy will get a rematch for the Cruiserweight Championship against Nese in the 205 Live main event!

    We then go into the Barclays Center, and the music of Drew Gulak hits. Gulak and Gentleman Jack Gallagher make their way out to the ring for what’s set to be a tag team match, according to ring announcer Greg Hamilton. Vic Joseph informs us all that Gulak and Gallagher will take on the team of Humberto Carrillo and a ‘mystery partner,’ who will apparently be picked at Carillo’s discretion. Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Aiden English go over the possibilities, as Carrillo’s music hits. Humberto strides out, gets introduced, and stands and waits by the entrance way. Then, “Somos Latinos” hits, and making his way out is Raul Mendoza! Carrillo looks happy, while Gulak and Gallagher don’t look pleased themselves. The commentary team hypes Mendoza up as a bubbling prospect from down in NXT, who apparently is getting a shot here at 205 Live to make an impact. English notes that the two have experience with each other, having teamed down in NXT a handful of times on TV and down in the Florida circuit.
    1 — Tag Team Match
    Drew Gulak and Gentleman Jack Gallagher vs. Humberto Carrillo and Raul Mendoza


    Gulak and Gallagher get put on their heels early by the lightning-fast and high-adrenaline offense dished out by Carrillo and Mendoza. Much to Gulak’s chagrin, his ‘No Fly Zone’ is ignored by the antics of their tandem adversary, which angers him quite a bit. That leads to quite a bit of miscues between he and Gallagher. Eventually, Gulak takes control of the matchup and starts to put Mendoza on HIS heels. Carrillo can only stand in his corner and watch as his partner gets worked over. Gallagher eventually gets in the mix too, but Mendoza soon shows some fighting spirit. But he is taken down by Gulak in the corner, and he drops off the apron after the ref accosts him. Carrillo, meanwhile, runs around the ring, comes up to the steps and Gulak stands back. He puts his hands up, pleading that Humberto do nothing to him, but Carrillo has apparently had enough. He runs up, jumps up on the steps, FLIES up and out towards Drew and takes him down with a big cross body! Carrillo then goes back over to his corner as Mendoza gets back in the mix, and Humberto’s tagged in! Humberto works over Gallagher, as he and Raul overwhelm him. Carrillo then hits a split-legged moonsault in the corner, and pins Gallagher 1-2-3!

    WINNERS — Humberto Carrillo and Raul Mendoza at 7:27.
    Carrillo and Mendoza celebrate the win in the ring while Gulak, steamed, stymies himself in anger outside. He pulls his partner out from under the ropes and aids him back up, keeping a sharp eye on Carrillo the entire way. Highlights roll of the big spots in the matchup, and then we cut back to the ring as Humberto and Raul are still celebrating in the ring. They each seem appreciative of one another’s efforts, and commentary notes that Carrillo may well have found a friend who actually has his best interests at heart, instead of trying to stifle them like Gulak has in the past few weeks and months.
    Cutting backstage, a fight is breaking out! As the camera zooms in, we see that the brawl is going down between the likes of Cedric Alexander and Oney Lorcan! Alexander and Lorcan are fighting in a hallway, and that fight spills out to a wider concourse area. Lorcan goes and dumps Alexander right into a chest, and starts to pick him apart with right hands! He then walks away, and looks to charge into him, but Cedric grabs the chest and cuts him off with it! Oney goes FLYING over it, and Alexander is then the one to start beating HIM up! Finally, the rest of the cruiserweights pull the two men apart, as it’s clear these two superstars want a piece of each other!
    Back from break, we learn that next week, in the aftermath of what just happened, Cedric Alexander will go one on one with Oney Lorcan!
    Prior to our main event, Buddy Murphy is interviewed by Kayla Braxton. Murphy gives a rather impassioned speech about getting to the top of the crusierweight division after being overlooked for so long. He says that even though he’s been appearing on Raw and SmackDown Live this week, that changes nothing. In fact, Buddy says his intention is to win the Crusierweight Championship back tonight, and take it up to either Raw OR SmackDown Live after next week’s Superstar Shakeup! Murphy’s music then hits, and out he goes to the ring. The announce team talks him up, and discusses Murphy’s aforementioned plan. Nigel says it’s brilliant, and the fact that he could showcase the brand is a beautiful thing. Aiden, however, says he isn’t sure about it, because he’s concerned that his goal isn’t to showcase, but instead be self-serving, and perhaps take the 205 Live brand hostage with a champion who might not be around each and every week. Tony Nese then makes his entrance, as the new Crusierweight Champion is looking in tip-top shape. The Premier Athlete looks ready to go and he’s wasting little time in briskly heading down to the ring to meet Buddy!
    2 — CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
    Cruiserweight Champ, Tony Nese defends against Buddy Murphy


    The two athletically gifted superstars partake in yet another stirring contest. Nese absorbs quite a lot in the early goings from the hungry Murphy, who is title-less for the first time since October’s Super Show-Down event down in his home country of Australia. And it’s evident that he wants that championship back, what with his attack on the incumbent champ in the early goings. Nese, though, absorbs and remains aplomb, kicking out of the early pin fall attempts, and using his survivability to frustrate his former mentor and training partner. He flips the table on Buddy, and soon dropkicks him out of the ring. Then, Nese goes high-risk, jumping off the top rope and down on Murphy on the floor after somersaulting through the air!! The move understandably gathers quite a lot of attention from the remaining crowd at Barclays, as they certainly are appreciative of Nese’s efforts to go all out.

    Late in the match, Nese has Murphy on his heels after kneeing him in the gut. He then runs off to the corner, leaps up to the second rope, jumps up to the top, comes off but flies right into a knee by Buddy! Buddy knees him again after running forward, and then hits him with a big time neckbreaker! He goes for the cover, but Nese survives again by kicking out! After getting the shoulder up, Nese tries to escape, but Murphy pulls him in. He slugs him a few times, pulls him up and connects with a spin kick. He then pulls him on his shoulders, and goes for Murphy’s Law! But Nese wrangles out and then pulls him down into a pinning combo! But Murphy kicks out. Nese then ducks a clothesline, kicks Murphy in the gut, and goes for a PUMPHANDLE MICHINOKU DRIVER… BUT MURPHY SLIPS BEHIND, SPINS HIM AROUND AND THEN LIFTS HIM UP AND DROPS HIM WITH MURPHY’S LAW!! 1… 2… KICK OUT! Nese kicks out of Murphy’s Law! Murphy can’t believe it, nor can the rest of this crowd. Buddy gets up and gets in the official’s face, telling him to do his job better. He then goes over and grabs Nese, who suddenly rolls him up into a small package! 1… 2… KICK OUT! Murphy then goes for a superkick, but Nese ducks underneath, and leaps and hits a step-up enziugiri! He then grabs Murphy, spins him around, lifts him up and PLANTS HIM WITH THE PUMPHANDLE MICHINOKU DRIVER! He hooks the legs! 1… 2… 3!!!


    WINNER — Tony Nese via pin fall at 14:09. Nese retains the Cruiserweight Title.
    Nese survives and retains the Crusierweight Championship!! The Premier Athlete survives his first test as champ, and boy was it a furious one. He gets up to his feet and the official hands him the championship belt. He holds it up high as he walks over to the ropes to balance himself on them. Replays then air, as we see the highlights of the epic encounter. We see Murphy, afterwards, sitting against the ring afterwards, collecting himself and realizing that his quest to become Cruiserweight Champion again is now up in smoke, and with him heading to either Raw or SmackDown Live next week… he might never get another shot at that championship again…

    END OF SHOW
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    NXT UK — April 10, 2019
    Coventry, West Midlands, EnglandCoventry Skydome Arena

    This episode of NXT UK starts off a little bit differently from the norm. In the sense that we’re starting with a pre-taped promo! Talking to us from in front of the camera is NXT UK Women’s Champion, Toni Storm! Storm, of course, has an NXT UK Women’s Title defense against Jinny tonight. She says she’s been deep in preparation for this match, but is also aware of all the ever-changing things going on.

    She notes that we have a new NXT UK Champion in WALTER, whom of course took down Pete Dunne over the weekend at TakeOver: New York. Storm also talks about the change that could come NXT UK’s way in next week’s Superstar Shakeup.

    Toni notes that this could be the final time that she competes in front of the NXT UK Universe. Storm says that if that’s the case, then she’s going to go out with a bang. She directs a challenge at Jinny, saying that she’s going to be in for the fight of her life tonight, and that she better bring all she’s got if she wants to become NXT UK Women’s Champion.

    The champ closes by saying that tonight, perhaps for the last time on NXT UK, will be Toni Time.

    And now we proceed to the more aggressively recapped portion of this post…

    1 Travis Banks def. Kassius Ohno
    2 Piper Niven def. Killer Kelly
    3 Joseph Conners def. Jack Starz
    4 Toni Storm def. Jinny to retain the NXT UK Women’s Championship


    Wasn’t kidding… This, of course, was the last of the tapings out at Coventry before the round of NXT UK tapings at Axxess during WrestleMania weekend. Naturally… I putting my own spin on THOSE tapings, just like I will be the next round of NXT proper TV tapings. Hey, speaking of which…
    NXT — April 10, 2019
    Brooklyn, New YorkBarclays Center

    Now for the aggressively recapped portion of THIS episode… since these post-TakeOver tapings never mean shit…

    1 Candice LeRae def. Aliyah, who had Vanessa Borne at ringside
    2 Jaxson Ryker def. Danny Burch, as both parties (The Forgotten Sons, Oney Lorcan) were at ringside
    3 The Street Profits def. The European Union (Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel)

    So, yeah. Just wanted to get that done and over with. Onto an actual WEEK of booking that is actually pretty heavily influenced by me! Stay tuned for Raw.


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    Raw — April 15, 2019
    Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre



    Monday Night Raw opens up with a wide shot of the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada! The Superstar Shakeup is about to take center stage on what’s sure to be a hugely eventful night of this weekly episodic television series. The show begins, however, with a staple of Raw the last three years: the Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor! One week removed from dodging a major bullet shelled out by Mr. McMahon, Michael Cole informs us that Finn must defend his IC Championship HERE and NOW against the FIRST acquired superstar in the Shakeup! Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young dissect the multitude of possibilities here, while Finn, unbothered, gets into the ring and goes through the usual motions of his entrance. Bálor takes his jacket off and dismisses it to the side and puts his championship on his shoulder. He looks out as there’s a dramatic pause. The crowd percolates, percolates and percolates some more…

    …And after a few more moments, “PHENOMENAL” hits to a rather extraordinary reaction! Finn himself is taken aback a little bit, as are our announcers, as AJ STYLES busts through the curtain! The Phenomenal One has joined the Monday Night Raw roster! And he’s about to compete for the Intercontinental Championship HERE and NOW against Finn Bálor! The announce team goes over Styles’ long list of accomplishments over on the SmackDown Live brand, and of course, the history between Styles and Bálor that runs real, real deep. Styles gets into the ring, smirks at Finn, and Bálor himself can’t help but be amused by this all himself. Styles takes his hoodie vest off and tosses it aside. As his music dies down he goes to the center of the ring and offers his hand. Finn looks down at him as he hands his IC Championship off, and shakes his head. Instead, he holds up a ‘Too Sweet’ sign with his hand! Styles laughs and quickly accepts it, goes to his corner, and after intros by one Mike Rome, away we go!
    1 — INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
    IC Champion, Finn Bálor defends against AJ Styles


    A PPV quality matchup to start off Monday Night Raw? That’s one way to get things going. Finn and Styles feel each other out in the opening stages of the matchup. It’s clear that their styles are somewhat similar to one another. And despite the fact that they’ve only met once in WWE history, they definitely seem to know exactly what’s coming. There’s a lot of countering and reversing in the early goings, which certainly gets the crowd to be excited. Styles eventually takes control, but Finn back drops him out of the ring. Finn then goes for his signature Tope Con Hilo over the top rope, but Styles moves out of the way before Finn can even leap. Bálor invites him back into the ring, and they get back into it.

    Styles seizes control of the matchup once again. Commentary does a good job pointing out how the last time we saw AJ in the ring, he lost to Ali in his final match on SmackDown Live. And it’s apparent, according to them, that he wants to get back to his winning ways again with this matchup here. The way that Styles is going about things though, you’d swear he was working as a bad guy, as he’s picking Finn apart. He knows that Bálor’s been through quite a couple of fights over the past few months with Bobby Lashley, a man who’s much bigger than him, and he’s trying to pick up the pieces that The All Mighty may have left him without him actually knowing that he’d be the one to pounce on them.

    But Finn is Finn for a reason, and the Intercontinental Champion soon rallies himself back into control of the matchup. He eventually back drops Styles out, but Styles lands on his feet! Styles hits him with his forearm, and but Finn rifles back in with one of his own! Styles doesn’t go off the apron, so Finn runs up and hits a Pelé Kick that sends him off! Bálor then measures him up, runs over to the ropes, hits off them, charges forward and takes flight! AND HE LANDS DOWN ON STYLES WITH THE TOPE CON HILO! Finn eventually gets Styles back in the ring, goes up on the apron and slingshots in. But Styles catches him in mid-air! And then delivers the Ushigoroshi! But a near fall ensues!!

    The two continue to battle as the match wages on. Another near fall ensues for The Phenomenal One after hitting a Reverse DDT later on in the matchup. It’s not enough Styles to get the win, so The Phenomenal One goes over to the apron. But not before stomping all over Bálor first. He then grabs the top rope, jumps up, slingshotting his way up. He springs off, and goes for a 450 SPLASH! BUT FINN PULLS HIS KNEES UP! AND THEN QUICKLY POUNCES AND CRADLES HIM! 1! 2! KICK OUT BY STYLES! Both men reach their feet. Finn goes for a Slingblade, but Styles stays on his feet. Styles goes for the Pelé Kick, but Bálor moves away! Styles eats canvas, and Finn runs up and DRILLS HIM with a Penalty Kick! Finn then drags him over near the corner, and goes to the top rope! Finn jumps up and off the top rope, LOOKING FOR THE COUP DE GRÂCE! BUT AJ PULLS HIS BOOTS UP AND FINN’S FACE HITS THEM!

    Finn stumbles and then hits the floor! Styles then gets himself up, and looks over at Finn, flat on his face. AJ then goes out onto the apron and pulls up his elbow pad. He looks on, readying himself, as the Intercontinental Champion slowly pulls himself up to his feet. The Phenomenal One then leaps up, slingshotting himself up onto the top rope. He springs off and CONNECTS with THE PHENOMENAL FOREARM! But instead of covering, Styles gets himself up and wipes the slate clean! He shouts that it’s “OVER” and he then pulls Finn up between his legs! He stretches his arms out, signaling for the Styles Clash! He then gestures around his waist, taking a LOT of time, feeling himself a bit too much perhaps… and he lifts Finn up… BUT FINN DROPS DOWN ON HIS FEET! The IC Champion then TRIPS STYLES UP BY THE LEGS AND FLIPS OVER! SHOULDERS DOWN! 1! 2! 3!!!


    WINNER — Finn Bálor via pin fall at 20:35. Bálor RETAINS the Intercontinental Title.
    A hell of a start to the show leaves the Bell Centre crowd floored. Finn Bálor surprised AJ Styles with a counter of his Styles Clash to pick up the win and retain his championship. The Phenomenal One got a little too greedy, Michael Cole says, and Renee and Corey can’t help but agree. The highlight reel then plays from this eventful matchup, as they ring off all the hits. The camera then zooms back into the fold, as we see Styles still in complete disbelief. Finn then goes to get up, Intercontinental Championship still in hand.

    But suddenly, someone grabs him from behind and trips him up from under the ropes! The camera picks up who it is — it’s Lio Rush! Lio pulls Finn out of the ring and starts to tee off on the wounded IC Champion! And meanwhile, in the ring, Bobby Lashley has arrived, and he’s ambushing AJ Styles! The crowd certainly is unhappy, and it’s likely that Finn and AJ are too. But right now, they are at the mercy of The All Mighty and The Man of the Hour! The beat down continues, but on the outside, the tide turns! Lio goes to attack Finn, but Finn sidesteps him and sends Rush into the barricade! Finn then steps back, runs forward and hits a front dropkick that sends Rush crashing into the barricade again!

    Finn then looks over and sees Lashley still beating on Styles. He climbs up onto the apron and grabs Bobby’s attention! Finn slingshots in, but Lashley catches him in mid-air! The Intercontinental Champion’s in a bad spot, but suddenly, as Lashley throws Finn up on his shoulders, AJ Styles comes in and kicks Lashley in the back! The blow causes Finn to get off his shoulders, and Styles sends him out of the way. Bobby comes back with a BIG right hand to AJ, which sends him reeling. Lashley then turns around, and goes into a three-point stance. The All Mighty then charges in, looking to hit The Phenomenal One with the Spear! But Finn suddenly comes in and hits him with a Slingblade! Bobby then hits the mat, and stumbles back up to his feet. AJ Styles, meanwhile, runs up, leaps up, and smashes his forearm right into Lashley’s face, sending him tumbling through the ropes!

    Bobby and Lio are now in retreat mode, as AJ and Finn are standing tall! Commentary hypes up that this might be a moment for flash photography, considering that the Shakeup could take Finn over to SmackDown Live. But for now, Bálor and Styles own the ring, and ‘Too Sweet’ each other yet again.
    Afterwards, we make a jump cut over to Charly Caruso. Caruso hypes up the match that we just saw, and says that while many may be wondering if that’s the last image we’ll see of Finn Bálor on Raw, perhaps it’s the last time we’ll see Lashley or Lio too. Chuck then goes into sell mode, talking up a big pair of singles matches tonight, as Ember Moon will be taking on Liv Morgan, while Sarah Logan takes on a new acquisition to the Raw brand via the Shakeup. Caruso points out that after last week, The Riott Squad are at odds and are looking desperate, so this could perhaps be a big night for them and their future as a unit.

    In addition, Caruso talks about Baron Corbin’s Gold Medal Ceremony, which she says will be taking place later on tonight.

    Also, Caruso announces that a MAJOR tag match is happening in tonight’s main event, as Universal Champion Seth Rollins will team up with one acquisition in the Superstar Shakeup against the likes of The Revival! But first, Caruso says that when we return, she will be interviewing ANOTHER acquisition in the Shakeup!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    Aaaaaand we’re back. Charly Caruso is standing by once again. She then welcomes the NEWEST acquisition to Monday Night Raw







    It’s not one superstar, and it’s ALSO not PARANOIA… because it’s THE USOS! The incumbent SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions have made the jump to Monday Night Raw! They appear to be very hyped, as they say that they’ve made their mark on SmackDown for nearly three years, but it’s time to jump into new waters and a new environment. Caruso asks them, point blank, about the status of the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships.

    Jimmy Uso tells Chuck that they relinquished the SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles this morning after learning they were going to Raw. In turn, they don’t know what will happen, but they were told they would make the status known on Tuesday night. The Usos wrap up the interview by telling the rest of the Raw Tag Team division that it’s time to step up, because the greatest tag team of all time has made their way to this brand. They say they’ll welcome everybody to the Uso Penitentiary soon enough, and after that declaration, they whisk themselves away, feeling ever-so hyped about their new digs.
    Back inside the arena we go. Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young dissect the happenings from just a few moments ago, with The Usos moving to Raw. Graves and Young couldn’t appear to be more excited about it, and point out that they hope that the current Raw Tag Team Champions, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, were watching, because a storm could be coming their way in a hurry. They then start to talk about what happened at the conclusion of last week’s show. We cut back to that, seeing Shayna Baszler choking out Becky Lynch. They then highlight the fact that The Queen of Spades threw up the four, and they aren’t exactly being subtle about it, either. Then, we get a recapped version of Becky Lynch’s speech on SmackDown Live.

    But as that’s going on, the video suddenly stops. Why? Well… “LIKE A LADY” plays over the loudspeakers! LACEY EVANS trots on out, microphone in hand, wearing a blue polka dot dress and her ridiculous hat and white gloves. Evans, calling herself The Sassy Southern Belle, proclaims that everyone should be giving her their attention, because she is the newest acquisition to Monday Night Raw! Evans then drops the mic, spins around and goes back up the ramp, as commentary talks up the fact that Evans has finally found a home, and will be seen more often now on Monday nights!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    After break, we jump back into the Bell Centre. Inside the ring is Jinder Mahal who, with The Singh Brothers at his side, appears ready for action. Mahal says that while 2017 was a year to remember for him, becoming WWE Champion and all, 2018 was a step back. But The Modern Day Maharajah firmly believes that 2019 will be the year he gets back on track. He says that it all starts right now, because he’s issuing an open challenge! Mahal says that if anyone in the back wants to get their hands on a former WWE Champion, then he’s more than willing to let that happen, but to be warned because they are dealing with a different beast than they may know by now. Shortly thereafter, “WON’T LET GO” hits to a pretty stirring reaction! Making his way out onto the Raw stage is none other than CEDRIC ALEXANDER! And it seems evident to everyone that Ceddy has made the jump to Monday Night Raw! Alexander, dressed in red trunks, fittingly, and red boots with black kneepads, trots on up to the ring, glancing at the situation at hand. He’s unafraid though, and he’s ready to roll here as he heads inside the ring!
    2 — Singles Match
    Jinder Mahal (w/ The Singh Brothers) vs. Cedric Alexander


    Alexander sets the pace early on in this one, perhaps unsurprisingly so. He gets Jinder to play by his style of match, as he heightens the pace early and uses his acceleration to his advantage. The one thing though is that he has to account for the fact that The Singh Brothers are at ringside. And Samir and Sunil don’t exactly let Cedric off easy. Eventually, he pays a bit too much attention to them, and gets ambushed by Mahal from behind. He then beats him down on the outside and sends him into the ring, where the beatdown continues. Mahal, now in control, keeps Ceddy down, and the crowd gets behind him. But the former WWE Champion (Crazy world we live in, right?) is intent on trying to make his effort match his words. So he has a trick for every attempt that Alexander has for trying to squirm on out. Alexander, however, nearly steals the match with a quick roll up. But Mahal kicks out at two. Cedric gets up though and takes Mahal out with an enzuigiri! As he gets up to his feet, he sees that Samir is up on the apron, pitching a fit to the official! So Cedric runs over and takes him down with a dropkick!! It’s at that moment, though, that Sunil grabs him and pulls him out of the ring! The referee accosts Sunil, but Cedric quickly takes care of him by throwing him into the barricade! Cedric goes into the ring but, suddenly, Mahal grabs him and hits him with the Khallas! 1! 2! 3!

    WINNER — Jinder Mahal via pin fall at 6:45.
    A fastidious and determined effort by Cedric goes by the wayside in his debut! Thanks in part to the efforts of The Singhs, Jinder Mahal is able to stand tall here with the win. Renee talks down on The Singhs for arguably costing Alexander the match. But Corey points out that maybe Cedric should’ve been concerned with Mahal instead of them. Renee counters by saying that there was no way he couldn’t considering that Sunil literally pulled him out of the ring. But Corey retorts by saying he shouldn’t have engaged them in the first place. This back-and-forth goes on for a little bit, but the camera keeps a close eye on Alexander, who shakes his head, seemingly wanting to avenge himself already for his sour debut.
    We jump backstage after this match, and we see The Boss and Hug Connection. The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are doing nothing but talking about what happened last week to their ally, and saying that they need to keep eyes in the backs of their heads tonight. Speaking of… a knock at their door is heard. They both immediately get defensive, as Bayley asks whomever it is to come in. Sure enough… the door opens. The camera widens to reveal… Beth Phoenix and Natalya! The duo known as The Divas of Doom are here! Beth says that last week they didn’t get to do this, but they both then congratulate Bayley and Sasha on their successful title defenses. Both at WrestleMania and last week on Raw against The Riott Squad. Both Bayley and Sasha nod their heads, and then Natalya points out that while Beth was pinned at WrestleMania, Bayley and Sasha have never defeated the two of them in a straight up tag team match. Almost immediately, Bayley says that if they want a challenge, then they’ve come to the right place. Sasha adds that they want to be fighting champions, so if they’re after the Tag Team Titles, then they’d be happy to do the dance tonight. Beth and Nattie smile, saying that’s exactly what they want, but to be careful what they wished for. And with that, The Divas of Doom leave, as we’ve got ourselves a tag team match looming in the distance now!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    After break, the music of The Scottish Psychopath hits the airwaves. Drew McIntyre treks down the ramp, looking to be just as pissed off as he was last week. Mac doesn’t have an opponent in the ring this week, however, as he’s just dressed in street clothes tonight. Drew gets into the ring and takes the mic away from Mike Rome. Drew says that right now, everybody’s going to give him the respect he says that he deserves. McIntyre brings up how last week, he had a dominant performance against ‘some rookie’ and it’s only made him hungrier for competition. But they’re not letting him compete tonight, he says, because they want to protect everyone else’s safety. Mac says that while he can respect the McMahons playing that role, what he can’t respect is someone else getting in his business. Drew then looks over to the TitanTron, and a video plays. We get a look back at what happened after Mac’s match last week. That, of course, being that Ricochet showed up in defense of Brennan Williams and chased Drew off.

    Drew says for the last couple of months, he’s paid attention to Ricochet and what he’s done. And he says that while everyone is been bedazzled by his athletic abilities, he’s simply not impressed. Mac says that Ricochet is a little man playing in a giant’s world. McIntyre points out his dimensions, pointing out that he’s 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, and could squash Ricochet like a bug in an instant. That seems to get The One and Only’s attention, because out he comes! Ricochet, too, is dressed in street clothes, and has a mic in his hand. The One and Only says that he isn’t wavered by Mac’s words, because he’s heard it all before. Ricochet adds that Mac isn’t obligated to be impressed by what he does in the ring, but points out that it seems to be a winning formula for him, unlike whatever it is that Drew’s done for the last year.

    Drew asks Ricochet if he thinks he’s funny with that kind of wise crack. Ricochet responds by saying the WWE Universe in Montreal seems to think it was. Drew says he doesn’t care what these people think, and says he didn’t find it funny. Ricochet says that’s tough, but jokes can be subjective, which probably explains why he can’t see that so many people think he’s a joke. Ricochet calls Drew a sore loser and points out that he couldn’t seem to handle the fact that he lost to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, fair and square. The One and Only says he did play a video from last week, but didn’t play the part where he was doing nothing but crying and whining about his loss to Roman. He says that he wasn’t successful at WrestleMania either, or, in fact, at TakeOver: New York either. But Ricochet says that the difference is that he took his loss like a man and kept it rolling. All that Drew did, meanwhile, was beat down a rookie last week and then go after him after the match for no reason at all. Ricochet says he won’t give Drew the satisfaction of what he wants tonight — a fight — but he’d better keep his eyes peeled, because while he’s small, it’s never about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
    Before going to break, we get a quick look at Ruby Riott laying into both Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, the latter of whom will be competing NEXT!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    As Sarah Logan makes her entrance, with Ruby Riott close behind, the commentary team announces that The Boss and Hug Connection vs. The Divas of Doom for the Women’s Tag Team Championships for tonight is official! They also quickly recap the names that have moved to Raw in the Superstar Shakeup, officially announcing that RICOCHET has joined the Raw brand.

    ~ AJ STYLES
    ~ THE USOS
    ~ LACEY EVANS
    ~ CEDRIC ALEXANDER
    ~ RICOCHET


    And we’re about to have another addition to the mix, as Logan gets into the ring, with Riott, angrily with her arms folded, looks on from ringside. It is then that we hear the word “AMAZING” over the loudspeakers! Dancing her way onto the stage is none other than NAOMI! We’ll now be feeling the GLOW every Monday, because Naomi is the latest to join the Raw brand, as Renee exclaims with excitement over this addition. Commentary hypes her up as a former SmackDown Live Women’s Champion and one of the most gifted superstars in the entire world as she heads down to the ring. Riott glares over at Logan, telling her that she had better get the job done here. Naomi gets into the ring and plays up to the crowd, and as she does, Logan strikes her from behind to get the match started!
    3 — Singles Match
    Sarah Logan (w/ Ruby Riott) vs. Naomi


    Logan uses her size advantage over Naomi in the early goings to her advantage. Riott cheers her on from ringside and tells her to continue to lay into her. And much to her delight, Logan does exactly that. Sarah pounds away at her in the corner, as Naomi is in a bad spot early on in the matchup. Ruby, surprisingly, stays out of the way in trying to help Logan out, perhaps because she wants Sarah to prove a point on her own. Eventually, Naomi is able to jostle her way back into the matchup. And she rallies back, but is soon cut down by Logan. Naomi, though, is relentless in her pursuit of victory. Eventually, as Logan goes for a back drop, Naomi hangs on and brings herself down to her feet. She then jumps up and slaps on a guillotine choke! She tries to suck the life out of Logan, who’s fading a bit, but Logan soon powers Naomi own on her back! She then readies herself, and looks on and goes for a flying knee to the face, but Naomi narrowly avoids the dangerous shot! She then launches her boot into her face! Spinning Heel Kick! She drops down, but Logan kicks out at 2.5! Naomi then goes for the REAR VIEW, but Logan snatches her up and lifts her in the air! BUT NAOMI SUDDENLY ROLLS THROUGH! 1! 2! 3!!!

    WINNER — Naomi via pin fall at 5:42.
    And Naomi picks up the victory! Logan looks on stunned that she was gotten, and Naomi slides out before she can get attacked. A sequence of replays occurs after the matchup, which displays the pin fall by Naomi in full. Afterwards, Ruby Riott is shown at ringside, looking angrier than a you know what. The camera cuts over to Naomi, who shrugs her shoulders and laughs as she backs up the ramp to the stage.

    Back down at ringside, Sarah Logan has gotten out of the ring and is pleading with Ruby Riott. Riott, though, is stern in giving Logan a cold-ass shoulder. With her back turned to Logan’s pleas, the leader of The Riott Squad stands there, hands on her hips, looking absolutely disgusted with her ally’s performance tonight. Logan goes to grab Riott by the shoulders to turn her around. But, when she does, Riott swipes at her hands! Riott glares at Logan as she backs away from her. She shakes her head at her and continues to backpedal around the ring towards the ramp. Sarah puts her hands on her head and drops her elbows down on the apron. Looking to be extremely upset, Sarah bows her head while Riott, meanwhile, storms away in a huff.
    Backstage, WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins is interviewed by Charly Caruso. Caruso asks Rollins what his thoughts are going into the main event of the evening without knowing who his tag team partner will be. Seth says he’s prepared for just about anything. He lists off a couple of names who could be his tag team partner tonight, some friends, some allies and some enemies. Whatever the case, he’s just ready to burn it down tonight against The Revival. Speaking of which… Dash Wilder then appears on screen as Caruso disappears. Dash catches Seth’s attention, and does so long enough to keep him from knowing that Scott Dawson is behind him, and he ambushes him from behind! The Revival then put the boots to the Universal Champion, stomping all over him, without any sort of relent. The former Raw Tag Team Champions taunt Seth and then pick him up, but Rollins then begins to fight back! Rollins hits a couple of punches in, but eventually Dawson takes him down with a chop block on Seth’s previously injured leg! Seth is in a BAD way, as we hear The Revival laughing on their way away from the scene.
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    We get a quick recap of the events that unfolded prior to the break, surrounding Seth Rollins. Michael Cole tells us that Rollins is currently being evaluated by the medical staff.

    Elsewhere, in the backstage area, the camera picks up the arrival of The Man! Becky Lynch has made her way in to Montreal, and unsurprisingly her appearance garners quite a lot of fanfare from the fans looking on.
    Liv Morgan is seen reluctantly walking to Gorilla with Ruby Riott on her tail. Liv nervously looks back at Ruby, who glares at her and grabs her by the arm. Morgan freezes up, and Ruby tells her that she didn’t like what happened with Sarah, and if she knows what’s good for her, then she better perform well against Ember Moon now, otherwise Liv isn’t going to like what happens to her after. Morgan bites her lip, and then goes through the curtain as she is under a boatload of pressure to say the very least. The commentary team discusses this, and flashes back to earlier tonight, when Sarah Logan couldn’t get it done against Raw’s newest superstar, Naomi. Ruby’s reaction in particular is showcased, as she was obviously furious with Sarah to the point where she ignored her and snapped on her. Meanwhile, Liv is still attempting to get herself in the right mindset here, having already gotten into the ring. Ruby patrols the ringside area, as the lights then go down. Making her spectacular entrance is Ember Moon! Moon, on the heels of a humongous victory over Alexa Bliss, is looking to make it two in a row now as she marches down to the ring where Morgan is there, lying and waiting. And given the situation? Well, Ember could be on her way to a victory, but an angry Ruby Riott could also prove to be in her way here. What will happen? Time will soon tell.
    4 — Singles Match
    Liv Morgan (w/ Ruby Riott) vs. Ember Moon


    This match features two of the more athletic competitors on the roster, and that athleticism is showcased in a big way. However much of the attention shifts away from the ring early on. Ruby appeared intent on trying to meddle with things. However… she noticed that SOMEBODY was walking down to the ring. That someone? None other than ALEXA BLISS! Bliss, one week after showcasing a very loud gesture of respect towards Ember Moon, now looks like she’s going to fully be in her corner here. Riott backs off, but keeps a sharp glare on The Goddess the entire way. Moon notices Bliss in her corner later, after neutralizing Liv for a moment. She seems a bit surprised, but Bliss suddenly shouts at her to get out of the way of an oncoming Liv! And she DOES, and Liv eats the turnbuckle instead!

    Moon continues her attack, but Morgan certainly stands up well to the damage dealt to her. The two get in a bit of a groove, and while Ruby is agitated that Morgan’s not getting it done yet, Bliss, meanwhile, is far more supportive in her attempts at trying to get Ember back into this matchup. Ember is soon dumped out of the ring, and Alexa goes over to check on her. She helps her up, and asks if she’s okay. Moon replies yes, and again, Bliss sees that Morgan is coming her way! Liv charges over and looks to fly in with a dropkick on Moon. BUT THE GODDESS DUMPS HER AWAY AND EATS THE SHOT INSTEAD!! A SHOCKING maneuver to be sure, but Alexa has just taken the bullet for Ember! Morgan can’t quite believe it herself, and then goes to go on the attack, but Moon sends her into the ringpost! She then rolls her into the ring and climbs up to the top turnbuckle. Ember then dives off AND DRILLS LIV WITH THE ECLIPSE!! Liv flips into the air and down onto her back, and Moon scampers over and covers! 1! 2! 3!!!


    WINNER — Ember Moon via pin fall at 7:07.
    Another week, another win for Ember Moon! She looks and sees Ruby coming her way, and she rolls right on out of the ring. Alexa Bliss, having recuperated from the dropkick, crawls over towards Ember, who grabs her by the hand and pulls her up. Bliss advises her to get going, and the duo does, as Ember is still obviously a bit cautious about everything, but does not want to deal with Riott and her anger right now. We get a sequence of replays, and then it’s back into the ring. Ruby is standing over Liv, who like Sarah, is now in plead mode. Riott looks away, appearing to try and calm herself down. Morgan gets herself up and continues to plead with Ruby that she’s capable of better and that she’s sorry. Riott looks at her, dead in the eyes, and asks her if she’s sorry. Morgan says yes she is, and Ruby then replies by saying she is too… for trusting her.

    BOOM! RIOTT SLAMS MORGAN IN THE FACE WITH HER ELBOW! The crowd reacts as Riott starts to beat and stomp on Liv, having obviously blown a gasket now that her Riott Squad compadres haven’t gotten the job done! She picks Liv up by the hair, as she’s clearly woozy, and runs and throws her over the top rope and out to the floor! Riott gets out of the ring and kicks Liv HARD in the gut as she doubles over in pain. She then gives a strong kick to the back of Morgan, and then mounts her and starts to wallop her with right hand after right hand after right hand! Finally some relief comes, in the form of Sarah Logan, who yanks Ruby off of Liv! Sarah gets up in Ruby’s face, asking her what the hell she’s doing, and Ruby replies by saying it’s something she should’ve done a long time ago!

    BOOM! ANOTHER HARD ELBOW TO THE FACE, THIS TIME TO SARAH LOGAN’S! Riott then grabs Sarah and pulls her up, and then runs her face first into the ringpost!! Ruby then goes and grabs Liv again, and throws her into the ring. She goes in, grabs Morgan, lifts her up and stares at her. “You were never worthy,” Riott says to her. “And I should’ve known that,” she adds, as she grabs her hand and WAFFLES HER with the Riott Kick! But she’s not done. She goes out and grabs Logan, and throws her into the ring too. She gets inside, pulls Logan up, and BOOM! Riott Kick to Sarah Logan as well! Riott looks down at both of them, shakes her head and dusts her hands clean and leaves the scene in a huff, not looking back once and leaving with absolutely no regret in her eyes, either…
    After that dust is settled, we go backstage and see Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder. The Raw Tag Team Champions are interviewed by Sarah Schreiber. Schreiber asks how the two of them have been feeling in the last two weeks since they won the Tag Titles at WrestleMania. Ryder says that it’s felt great to be on top of the Raw tag team division. He says that while others may think that they’re just jokes, or just transitional champions, or just enjoying their 15 minutes of fame, the truth is that they are just as good as any tag team out there. Ryder says that they have the chemistry and the connection that they know is better than anybody else’s around right now, and they plan on staying on top for a long time. Hawkins then gets asked about his long losing streak ending, and Hawkins says he’s happy to get that burden off his shoulders. He says that he couldn’t have asked for anyone better than Ryder to be around him when the losing streak finally concluded. Hawkins says that he’s a new man now, and that he’s going to start a WINNING streak now! They are both then asked about how the Raw tag team division is changing in a hurry tonight, with The Revival hunting around, and now The Usos are here, too. Ryder says, point blank, they welcome any and all challengers. They want to be known as the best tag team on the planet, and to be the best, they have to beat the best. So whoever is going to be around them, just know, that they’ll be right there to take on whatever challenge comes their way.
    Heading backstage, and speaking of Tag Team Champions, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are seen warming up in their locker room. Cole does a good job of hyping up the match for later tonight, as The Boss and Hug Connection will go toe to toe with The Divas of Doom.

    But… before we can get there, the camera sticks on the locker room of Baron Corbin, as we’ll evidently be getting our Gold Medal Ceremony NEXT!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK

    Heading back into the Bell Centre, we see that the ring has a black mat on it now, with a podium set up. The Olympic music starts to play (synergy never felt SO good) and soon enough, Baron Corbin makes his way out on stage. There are massive boos, of course, but Corbin is too busy soaking in his own arrogance to even worry about them. He walks down the ramp, with an American flag draped around him, just for added measure. He climbs up the steps, and gently puts the flag down on the ropes. He gets in the ring, takes the flag and wraps it around him again. Then, for good measure, he spins around, just like Kurt Angle used to do, and then stands in the center of the ring.

    There are still a massive amount of boos ring around the Bell Centre. But, again, there is no shred of evidence that Baron Corbin gives a damn. Renee Young comments that she’s never been prouder of her country for this reaction. Corey Graves, naturally, chimes in and says she should be respectful, and these losers in Montreal should too. Mike Rome then steps in and starts to introduce Corbin, citing the usual accomplishments an accolades: Former acting General Manager of Monday Night Raw, former Golden Gloves boxing champion, former United States Champion, former Money in the Bank winner, the man who retired Kurt Angle at WrestleMania, and a man who’d like to be recognized as America’s favorite son!

    Rome then asks that everyone please rise for the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner. Corbin then goes on up to the top podium, as we see a man walk over, holding a box. He opens it up, and the camera reveals that inside the box is, well, a Gold Medal! Corbin bows his head, and the man awards him with the Gold Medal as he brings his head back up. He keeps the flag wrapped around him, closes his eyes, smiles and brings his head up. The tune begins to play, and is obviously not received well by the Montreal faithful. Corbin keeps a respectful stance, however, at the top of the podium as the tune nears its completion. Baron then ‘wipes away’ a tear or three from his eye, and nods his head, and the tune completes playing, and he brings his fists up into the air with the flag hanging behind him.

    That’s the image that stays with us for the moment. But that soon changes, as “WORLDS APART” hits suddenly! And as you can imagine, a BOOMING, RIDICULOUS reaction rips through the Bell Centre! Corbin, not looking to be thrilled at ALL, can only look on from inside the ring. He, and everyone else, can see that SAMI ZAYN has made his return! Zayn, in his signature Kangol hat, black zip-up and jeans, eats up the reaction from the Montreal crowd, as the hometown boy is back! Zayn brings the microphone up, looking around at the crowd, as he proclaims that he’s back in French! Zayn then says in English that he’s back on Monday Night Raw!

    Sami looks over at Baron, and says that he’s doing everybody here in Montreal a favor by interrupting this ridiculous ceremony. He tells Corbin that he should realize how ridiculous this all is. But, Zayn says, that would require him to have even an ounce of self-awareness, and judging by the last couple of months, it’s obvious that he has absolutely none! Sami says that while he’s been out of action, Baron Corbin drove Monday Night Raw into the ground. And he couldn’t bear to stand by anymore in the back while this ceremony was going on, because he would probably tank this further in the depths otherwise. Corbin goes to talk, but gets cut off by a good old fashioned OLÉ chant. Corbin tells them all to shut up and that this isn’t a soccer match, this is WWE, and he’s mad that Sami interrupted this ceremony. Baron says that he has no right to talk about him like this. He’s accomplished more in the last few months than Sami’s accomplished in his entire WWE career.

    Sami says that while that’s true, there’s one accolade that Baron accomplished while Sami was gone that he’s forever proud to not attain, and that’s becoming the biggest asshole in WWE history! We get a good old fashioned “ASSHOLE!” chant afterwards, which lasts for about 30 seconds before Baron cuts the crowd off. He challenges Zayn to fight him, and Sami says that he has been itching to get going, and he may not be dressed to ‘compete,’ but he’s always ready to fight. And so, Sami drops the mic, and sprints down to the ring! Sami gets inside, but Baron IMMEDIATELY stomps down on his back! Corbin puts the boots to him, specifically and smartly targeting Zayn’s previously injured shoulders with his stomps. Corbin brings him up to his feet after taunting him, and goes for the End of Days, but Sami lands on his feet instead and jumps up and dropkicks him! Corbin topples the podium over, and Zayn hits another dropkick on him and sends him into the corner! Sami looks at him, targets him, runs over and takes him out with the Helluva Kick! Down goes Corbin, and the man known as The Underdog from The Underground is back and is already back to his beloved ways!

    We get a bit of hype for our main event of the evening, as well as the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Match, which is scheduled… NEXT!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    Prior to the start of our semi-main event, a video package plays. And make no mistake, it highlights a new acquisition to Monday Night Raw RIGHT AWAY! Images of this superstar, a current champion in WWE, dominate the package, just as they have dominated the scene. The package concludes with the name of the superstar, and it’s one that fans of all kinds know: It’s none other than SAMOA JOE!

    We then get a look at who’s moved over to Monday Night Raw in the Superstar Shakeup!

    ~ AJ STYLES
    ~ THE USOS
    ~ LACEY EVANS
    ~ CEDRIC ALEXANDER

    ~ RICOCHET
    ~ NAOMI
    ~ SAMOA JOE

    As commentary talks up the arrival of the United States Champion, another set of champions arrives on the scene. The Boss and Hug Connection are here, and they’re ready to roll for yet another big match. Having gone through the ringer lately, Bayley and Sasha Banks still look amped and prepared for another title defense, their third in the last eight days. The Boss and The Hugger know full well what they’re standing up against tonight, and they climb into the ring, looking confident yet cognizant of the task at hand. Then, attention turns to the stage as Beth Phoenix makes her way out! Phoenix stands confidently on the stage and then looks over her shoulder. Natalya then makes her entrance, receiving a huge pop from the Canadian faithful. The Divas of Doom are most CERTAINLY ready to kick some ass, but the question is will they able to handle the strength in connection that BnH possesses?

    Well, we’re about to find out, one way or another.
    5 — WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH
    WWE Women’s Tag Team Champs, The Boss and Hug Connection defend against The Divas of Doom


    It doesn’t take too long for these two teams to start going at each other, full throat. In fact, it happens right out of the gate. The two teams pair off, Bayley fighting with Beth, Sasha with Natalya, and the fight even spills out to the outside area! Banks and Bayley overwhelm The Divas of Doom with their tenacity at first. But soon enough, the brute size and strength of Beth favors her over The Hugger as she sends her flying away onto the floor. Nattie savvily turns things around on Sasha, and sends her flying up and OVER the steel steps, as she nearly could’ve had it even worse had she landed even a fraction closer to them. Luckily, that doesn’t happen, but it doesn’t stop the punishment dished out to them after the tide turns away.

    The action does eventually slip back into the ring. The DoD start to attack and dissect Bayley, with Sasha now being the one waiting for a hot tag, unlike last week. Banks can only watch on as Bayley is beaten up pretty badly by Beth, who seems like she’s intent on trying to right what happened at WrestleMania, after The Hugger struck her with the Elbow Drop for the 1-2-3. Bayley tries to get away, but Beth cuts her off. She then tags in Nattie, who goes to work on Sasha. She nearly puts her away, and then goes for the Sharpshooter, but Bayley throws her off! The Hugger now has a shot to get to The Boss, and the crowd looks on as she makes the approach. Bayley digs into the mat, presses up and reaches out — and makes the tag to Sasha Banks! Banks gets in and…

    SUDDENLY, everyone’s attention moves to the TitanTron! Why, we’re not sure, but there’s a camera crew motoring over towards a locker room. The action almost completely stops, as Nattie looks on herself, Beth looking with a puzzled look on her face, and Bayley glancing up as well.

    The camera crew barges into the locker room of one BECKY LYNCH…







    AS SHE IS KNOCKED OUT COLD ON THE FLOOR


    A gasp rips through the Bell Centre, as somebody has gotten to The Man! Sasha, fearing the worst, drops down and tells Bayley that they need to go. Banks looks over at Nattie and Beth, shakes her head, and again tells Bayley that they need to go. The Hugger doesn’t hesitate to listen to her tag team partner, and The Boss and Hug Connection then suddenly take off and leave the ringside area! The referee shrugs his shoulders, as Beth and Nattie are left in absolute befuddlement, as this match heads into NO CONTEST territory!


    RESULT — No Contest at 7:09. Bayley and Sasha Banks RETAIN the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
    As many, commentary team included, speculate as to what just happened, the camera then flips over to Bayley and Sasha, who are frantically running towards the champ’s locker room. Sasha yells for more help on the way, and then the two of them suddenly reach the locker room. Officials are inside, as Becky is still completely laid out cold. Bayley drops down and immediately tries to check on Lynch, asking if she can hear her. There’s no response, and while Bayley checks on the status of The Man, The Boss asks an agent, Jamie Noble to be precise, point blank, what happened? He says that he just walked in here, and that he isn’t sure. Banks then asks the ENTIRE room what happened, and there’s just quietness. She says that SOMEBODY has to know, and Sasha then drops her eyes down to the floor. Banks storms over somewhere suddenly, and bends down and picks something up.

    That something, as the camera reveals, is… a playing card. The Boss looks at it and then her face turns RED with anger. She shakes her head, and then whips it down on the floor. Sasha then STORMS OFF, as Bayley then, along with everyone else, looks over at the card. While The Boss furiously walks out the door, and heatedly slams it, the camera widens to reveal the face of the card







    It’s… AN ACE OF SPADES!!!!!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    Back to the broadcast, and right away, Sasha Banks is in pursuit. She’s hot on someone’s trails, and one can only speculate… (or be aware of PAINFULLY obvious context clues). Banks doesn’t give a damn about, well, anything except for finding the culprit. She then stops in her tracks, looks over as the camera whirls around. And in the distance…

    Stands…

    SHAYNA BASZLER!

    Sasha bolts on over in pursuit of The Queen of Spades! Baszler, though, grabs an assembly of lead pipes and throws them down on the floor and begins to trot away! Sasha stops, goes around them and continues to pursue The Queen of Spades. But we see that Shayna has grabbed a chest, and throws it in her direction! And it catches Sasha and she tumbles into and over it! Banks is HURT, but she continues to trudge on, as we see Shayna go out of the nearby door towards the parking lot!

    She shouts at Shayna’s name, and then spots her trying to get away. Banks then sprints after her, as Shayna continues to stomp away. Suddenly, as Sasha nears closer, SOMEONE, riding a MOTORCYCLE, drives up and pulls up near Shayna!

    “GET ON!” The driver, who’s wearing a helmet with a tinted visor, appears to be a female with long brown hair, a leather jacket, and jeans shouts to Baszler, who hops on and grabs the driver by the waist. Sasha continues to run over, and the camera then zooms back to Shayna and the driver of the motorcycle. Baszler smirks, and pats the driver on the back. The camera also just so happens to pick up the back of the driver… as we see something written on the back of the jacket







    AND IT READS

    ROWDY!

    SHAYNA AND THE DRIVER THROW UP THE ‘4…’

    BEFORE DRIVING OFF INTO THE NIGHT!


    Banks, FURIOUS, stamps her feet on the ground and balls up her fists, as she deeply glares into the night. The Boss was unsuccessful in her attempt at corralling The Queen of Spades, and it DAMN SURE APPEARED that The Rowdy One just helped her make a daring and incredible escape! If suspicions weren’t high after last week’s shocking conclusion to Raw… boy, they just shot through the ROOF this week!
    Back at the commentary desk we go. Cole, Graves and Young try to properly dissect all that’s happened in the last couple of minutes. They note that the match between The Boss and Hug Connection and The Divas of Doom was ruled a NO CONTEST, and that the champs retained subsequently. They then note, of course, that Becky Lynch was taken out backstage and is being transported to a local medical facility. Then, they note that they have received word that SHAYNA BASZLER… is OFFICIALLY A SUPERSTAR of Monday Night Raw, the latest acquisition in the Superstar Shakeup!

    And then, of course, they talk about what just unfolded in the back between Shayna, Sasha Banks and the driver of the motorcycle that helped Baszler on her getaway attempt. Renee points out that the back of the jacket read “Rowdy,” and there’s only ONE person who could be wearing that jacket. Graves says that usually, he takes a little while to digest things, and that we shouldn’t normally jump to conclusions… but the evidence, Graves says, is ALL out there right now. Cole then quips that they still have to pivot towards the main event, somehow someway.
    The Revival then make their entrance, feeling good about themselves after their earlier attack on Seth Rollins. That attack is replayed for us as they make their way down to the ring, and afterwards, we see they’ve already made their way inside the ring. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder seem to have gotten a kick out of it, but their laughter soon stops. That’s because the music of The Beastslayer hits! Seth Rollins limps out onto the stage, Universal Championship strapped around his waist, and gear on, looking prepared to get his hands dirty here. Rollins stops on the stage and looks over his shoulder, as we await the arrival of his tag team partner, who, as we know, is part of the Shakeup…

    After a brief pause, we are then asked to BE QUIET ON THE SET! The crowd lets out a big applause, as an extended yell of “AWEEEEESOMMMMME!” cuts through the Bell Centre! Rollins lets out a smile, as Dash and Dawson are taken aback! THE MIZ then arrives on the scene, as The Awesome One has made the jump over to Raw! Miz and Seth are no stranger to one another, but tonight they will be tag team partners against the former Raw Tag Team Champions! Miz fist bumps Rollins, and the two then march down to the ring, with The Revival lying and waiting as things are about to get cracking!
    6 — Tag Team Match
    The Revival vs. Universal Champion, Seth Rollins and The Miz


    We’re nearing the end of the show, so this match is nothing short of an absolute sprint. And unsurprisingly, when you combine some of the best workers in the company with one another, it turns out to be a very fun sprint indeed. Rollins gets attacked for much of the matchup, as his knee is clearly in a bad way again. Miz is forced to stand and watch on the outside, while The Revival dissect his tag team partner. Valiantly though, Rollins continues to fight through it. He puts Dawson on his heels later on, landing a big kick to the chest that takes him down to his knees. Rollins then goes for a Superkick, but Dawson grabs his boot, and twists the leg, hurting his knee in the process! Dawson then gets up, looks over and walks over to Seth. He fakes a right hand and then grabs Seth and DROPS HIM with a DDT! He then hooks the legs, but a near fall ensues after Miz breaks up the pin!

    Miz is sent back to his corner, and in the meantime, Dash gets in the run Gand lays the boots to Seth. Miz, angered, tells the referee to go look over. But, by that time, Wilder has already made his way back to his corner. So the intervention went unseen, and as a result, Seth is still in a world of hurt. Miz continues to try and will his tag partner on, and Rollins is able to wiggle his way out of a jam and put Dawson away from him! Seth then crawls over, and we see Dawson make the tag to Dash, but at the same time, Seth makes the tag to The Miz!! The Awesome One comes in, all guns blazing, and rips through Dash and then Dawson, too. He connects with a couple of ‘It Kicks,’ which are received well these days, and scores a near fall after Dash kicks out of the last one. Dawson tries to get himself involved, but Seth, suddenly, DIVES OFF THE TOP ROPE and takes him out with a CROSS BODY! Miz then blocks a big right hand by Dash, spins him around and hits the Skull-Crushing Finale! He covers Dash. 1! 2! 3!!!


    WINNERS — Seth Rollins and The Miz via pin fall at 9:09.
    A triumphant finish for the heroes tonight! Miz celebrates the win and helps Rollins up to his feet afterwards, as Montreal is certainly happy to see how things played out here. We get a quick sequence of replays, as the conclusion of the show is inching closer and closer. After the replay, and as commentary talks up this effort by The Miz and Seth Rollins, The Awesome One shakes Seth’s hand and pats him on the shoulder. Rollins, holding his Universal Championship, nods at him, knowing he could be his competition sooner or later. And he damn sure looks like he’d be ready for the task. Miz walks away from the ring, as Rollins holds up the Universal Championship above his head.

    However, there’s a sudden but loud stir building up in the crowd. Why? Somebody has slithered into the ring. And that somebody runs up and

    IT’S RANDY ORTON AND HE HITS THE BEASTSLAYER WITH AN RKO!!!!!

    The crowd can’t quite believe it! The Viper stands over the fallen Rollins, smile on his face, as it is apparent that the 13-time World Champion has moved over to Monday Night Raw in the waning moments!

    END OF SHOW

    SUPERSTAR SHAKEUP RECAP
    Spoiler:

    ~ AJ Styles
    ~ The Usos
    ~ Lacey Evans
    ~ Cedric Alexander
    ~ Ricochet
    ~ Naomi
    ~ Samoa Joe
    ~ Shayna Baszler
    ~ The Miz
    ~ Randy Orton
    ~ EC3 (Announced on Social Media)
    ~ Eric Young (Announced on Social Media)
    ~ Karl Anderson (Announcd on Social Media)
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    EDIT, I'M HAVING THOSE ISSUES AGAIN WHERE THE FORUM WON'T LET MY FORMAT MY POSTS SO APOLOGIES FOR THE SHITTY DISPLAY!!!I’ve just read everything you’ve posted in here so figured I’d leave some comments. I like the idea of Finn Balor having seemingly rubbed Vinnie Mac the wrong way last week. The potential for him to be put in awkward scenarios like this, and defending the title most weeks, will do wonders for the IC belt, and probably produce the match of the night every week. I think that’s awesome if it’s where you’re heading.

    AJ coming to Raw makes complete sense as it did in real life, just feels fresh after being on SD forever. Match was awesome as you’d expect from the two, and the aftermath sets up a future angle with Lashley and Rush for both men. Awesome start with the match, the aftermath was solid, however after a 20 minute match, to be ran off like this, I’m not sure that does much for Lashley’s credibility. Also, if Lashley/Finn is something that is going to continue, you’ve got a bit of work to do to make it interesting, didn’t enjoy this at all in real life. Still, good start to the show with that show stealing match.

    I can almost echo the sentiments regarding AJ and feeling fresh on Raw with The Usos coming over as well. Their promo was fine enough, and I look forward to seeing how they fit in during the coming weeks. Anything to strengthen up the tag division further is a good thing though.

    Lacey Evans is permanently on Raw? Cool. Not much else to add really.

    Cedric Alexander getting the chance to do something outside of 205 Live is always something I’m going to be a fan of, so I’m all for that. Jinder wanting to get his career back on track in 2019 is good character motivation for him, however I pray to god that he doesn’t. Anyway, the win here with the help of The Singh’s sets up a nice little revenge angle to help Cedric fit in to his new home. Solid stuff.

    Right now, on this show, fighting champions seem to be a thing and I’m all for it. I like the idea of Sasha and Bayley happy to take on any challenge. Segment to set up their match with Divas of Doom was solid enough.The possibilities of what you can do with a McIntyre/Riccochet match excite me greatly. Anyway, Drew destroying some jobber last week until Riccochet made the save was a good start to this, and this segment followed it up nicely. Drew being pissed made sense and I thought his bit on the mic was good. Whilst the back and forth nature sets up what it needs to with these guys, and was booked well, I thought Riccochet’s bit on the mic caused a bit of a dip for me in the segment. McIntyre has been pushed pretty heavily over the past 12 months and has arguably looked stronger than anybody, so to be labelled as a joke and what not just felt off for me. Didn’t like it too much, but still, I’m excited about what these two can do in their now simmering feud.

    The Riott Squad implosion was always on its way after last week, I just didn’t realise it would happen so quickly. Still, no issues with how it went down. I’m intrigued if Logan and Morgan will be out for revenge, or whether they’ll just avoid Ruby. Still, well executed I thought and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next. Naomi coming in and getting a win due to this was a fine way to debut her on Raw, and Ember Moon getting another win feels important. Two weeks in, it feels like she’s going to be a big part of things, especially with Bliss helping her this week. I’m undecided on what direction I think this angle will go, but am enjoying it so far. Great job.

    Seth getting attacked by The Revival was one of those solid one night angles I guess. Not much else to say, and considering the way the last couple of angles this show had, not sure it was needed. Feels unimportant.We need more from Hawkins and Ryder next week in my opinion. This segment was fine and dandy but they already feel like a bit of an afterthought for me, and we’re only two weeks in to their title reign.

    Already, The Revival and The Usos feel like a much bigger deal.When it was announced last week, I thought “holy shit, that’s brilliant”, and my opinion hasn’t changed on Corbin’s gold medal ceremony. Typical heel, troll like bullshit but you delivered in spades here. Coming out with the flag (in Canada no less), the mocking of Angle, being presented with the medal, wiping away the fake tears, this was just terrific stuff from Corbin. I marked for the Sami return and the obvious battle these two will have is one I’m looking forward to. I thought this was a really good segment.

    Samoa Joe on Raw? Epic.

    Miz joining Raw makes complete sense due to his reality show and what not. Miz and Rollins were always going to beat the Revival in a solid main event. Big moment though with Orton also joining Raw and taking out the champ. A fun way to end the show, well booked throughout with the Superstar Shakeup as well.

    However, I have saved best for last. We will ignore the women’s tag title match and get to the juicy part. The attack on Becky, the ace of spades card being left, the bike with the Rowdy jacket, holy shit. I thought the four Horsewomen foreshadowing last week was impressive, but this was immaculate, really took the cake. Best thing on the show, and arguably one of the best executions of an angle I’ve read in a while. Tremendous fucking job.A pretty good show here as you still find your groove with the Superstar Shakeup and what not. Still, you’re putting your own spin of things and already creating some enjoyable stuff, none more so then your awesome women’s stuff. What a surprise! Keep up the fantastic work.
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    Thank you for the feedback, Stoj. :D

    Now on to news.
    LARS SULLIVAN RELEASED

    World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of Dylan Miley (Lars Sullivan).

    8-TEAM TOURNAMENT TO CROWN NEW SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS TO BEGIN TONIGHT

    Per the McMahon family, there has been a decision made on the future of the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships.

    The Usos, the previously incumbent champions, moved to Monday Night Raw in the 2019 Superstar Shakeup last night. The Usos informed the WWE Universe that upon hearing they were headed to Raw, they relinquished the championships, leaving them vacated. They will not be vacant for long, though. The McMahon Family has announced that new champions will be crowned at the completion of an eight-team single elimination tournament.

    Announced teams for this tournament include The Bar, The Hardy Boyz, the team of Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura as well as Heavy Machinery, who are officially part of the SmackDown Live brand now. Additionally, multi-time Tag Team Champions The New Day are going to be vying for the championships, as well as the duo of Rowan and former WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan. Finally, two exciting tag teams have been created, per the superstars' requests. The high-flying team of Ali and Rey Mysterio are joining the mix, as well as a pair of young guns looking to make an impact. Those young guns are Andrade and Buddy Murphy. Last week, Murphy acknowledged Andrade's presence after a victory he attained on SmackDown Live. And now, the duo, who are no stranger to one another as they have trained together at the WWE Performance Center, will be competing for championship gold.

    The full bracket will be revealed later tonight on SmackDown Live!

    ANNOUNCED TEAMS
    ~ Ali and Rey Mysterio
    ~ Andrade and Buddy Murphy
    ~ Daniel Bryan and Rowan
    ~ Heavy Machinery (Otis, Tucker)
    ~ Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura
    ~ The Bar (Cesaro, Sheamus)
    ~ The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy)
    ~ The New Day (Big E, Xavier Woods)

    NEWS & NOTES

    - The release of Lars Sullivan on Tuesday morning had been something that was in the works for the last few months. As everyone could piece together, Sullivan was supposed to be part of the initial wave of NXT call-ups in January, alongside EC3, Lacey Evans, Heavy Machinery and Nikki Cross. Sullivan, however, no-call no-showed not once, but twice that initial week. WWE officials were unable to contact Sullivan during those two days and throughout that ensuing week. Vince McMahon, who was high on Sullivan, and was set to put him in a feud with John Cena, was initially distraught and couldn't understand why Sullivan didn't show up. So, he, and WWE higher-ups, gave Sullivan time to mull things over and let them play out.

    Sullivan, however, never ended up complying. He was supposed to come to town during WrestleMania weekend, but never did. His presence was requested at Raw last Monday, but he didn't show up there, either, and did not show up to SmackDown Live, either. It was at that point that he was taken off the roster sheet, and Vince felt that he had run out of chances by then. There was almost no contact between both parties, and ultimately, it has led up to today's news of Sullivan's dismissal from the company.

    We're told that one of the reasons that many believe Sullivan never showed up were due to his racist comments on forums years ago that were unearthed recently. Many felt that he was showing cowardice towards the POC inside the WWE locker room, and was the root of the reported 'anxiety attacks' that came over Sullivan when he was initially supposed to come up to the main roster. This was brought to light to many WWE higherups, and no doubt likely played a part in his dismissal either, as it would've been a major PR hit to the company.

    - Anyways, officials were mostly pleased with how things played out on Raw last night. Most especially, they were pleased with how the opening match between AJ Styles and Finn Bálor went. There is a reason why Finn has been put in big spots this year, and last night was one of the reasons why.

    - The other angle that was a big hit backstage was the one surrounding Becky Lynch, Bayley, Sasha Banks and Shayna Baszler. Bruce Prichard worked hands on with them all in helping to lay out and shoot the segments. The idea of Shayna having a 'calling card' in the Ace of Spades was thought up collectively by Prichard and Baszler. We are told that it was obviously not Ronda Rousey driving the motorcycle that Baszler executed her getaway on, but instead a local independent wrestler who played the role. Rousey, of course, is on sabbatical right now, and she was not in Montreal last night. But that is the illusion that they were looking for.

    - The reasoning for The Miz being moved over to Monday Night Raw is due to the fact that his reality show, Miz & Mrs., is on the USA Network. Given that SmackDown Live is moving to Fox, USA Network and NBC Universal likely would not have been pleased if Miz was on another network. So, WWE made things easier for them and for Miz by putting him back on the Raw brand. Randy Orton, meanwhile, was moved over to Raw as a move to freshen things up for him. He had been on SmackDown Live since the split in 2016, and putting him on Raw now will give him a shot to change things up. The same can be said about AJ Styles, who did about everything he could do on SmackDown the past few years, as well as The Usos.

    - The reasoning for there being a vignette for Samoa Joe moving to Monday Night Raw is because Joe fell ill on Monday in Montreal. He was sent home, and they decided to just craft a video package in his absence instead.

    - The Riott Squad fell apart last night, and it's likely that the three of them will no longer be on the same brand. But as of this morning, they are still not completely set on who is moving where. But the expectation is that Ruby Riott will be feuding with Liv Morgan, whom they think can be put in a sympathetic babyface role going forward. So, wherever Ruby goes, expect Liv to follow suit. Sarah Logan may be the odd person out here, although officials still view her as a more-than-serviceable hand.

    - Braun Strowman, Nia Jax and Roman Reigns have all been absent from TV lately. Nia's absence is due to injuries to her knees she had been working with lately. She is expected to be out for more than a couple of months. Strowman, meanwhile, requested and has been given some time off due to some wear and tear he's suffered through lately that he wants to rest up from. Reigns, meanwhile, is still slowly being brought into the fold here after coming back following his leukemia treatments.


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    Well I'm here I might as well...News and notes is all pretty standard, not much to mention. What excites me in this post is the tag team tournament, which looks sure to bring some EPIC matches to the table. I know there are some already established teams in here, but I'm pumped to see Andrade/Murphy and Mysterio/Alio do their things. Some show stealers coming I think.Looking forward to SD.








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    I don’t have a whole lot to comment on right now, but just wanted to drop in and say how much I’m digging the way you’re building and teasing this 4HW/4HW feud. The card reveal on Raw was really well done, as was Shaynas attack on Becky the week before. Honestly, I’d say it was the perfect way to bring her up to make an immediate impact. That’s the angle that’s got me invested the most at the minute.

    What I’ll also say is that that tag title tournament looks RIDICULOUS in terms of the depth of talent involved. Play it out right, and you’ll have a 2019 version of the Smackdown Six on your hands with those combinations. Absolutely mouth watering potential for matches there.

    Still early days with a lot of the other stuff, but the booking of Balor has stood out as a positive. Feels like he’s got direction for the first time, and I personally think Orton is a fine option to be plugged into the role of the first big challenger for Rollins. His Raw re-debut was a nicely done moment to close the show. As much as I detest everything about Corbin, he IS a heat magnet, and your segment on Raw was bloody brilliant. Perfect return for Sami, and I’m glad he’s back to being a face. The Lashley angle and Drew/Ricochet feud both feel a bit cold, and any renewed push of Jinder is a push too hard for my liking, but I’ll let those things play themselves out before really casting judgement.


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    SmackDown Live — April 16, 2019
    Bell Centre Montreal, Quebec, Canada



    There’s absolutely no waiting around in the ball pit on this episode of SmackDown Live. For the second straight night, we’re in the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and for the second straight night, we’re kicking things off with in-ring action. The music of The Bar plays, and Cesaro and Sheamus make their entrance. Tom Phillips welcomes us to the broadcast, as we’re brought over to the commentators table where Corey Graves and Byron Saxton lie. Phillips discusses with us the fact that The Usos are now on Monday Night Raw, and thus have vacated the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships. As a result, an 8-Team Tournament is set to begin here and now! The commentary team banters about the possibilities, as they then reveal the bracket:


    After the graphic disappears, we see Cesaro and Sheamus in the ring, strategizing away. Then, the music of the ageless Rey Mysterio hits to a big reaction in Montreal. The legendary high-flyer makes his way out onto the stage, wearing red and blue attire tonight. Mysterio then stands at the edge of the ramp, after going all the way down, eying both Cesaro and Sheamus. The music of the burgeoning Ali then hits to a big reaction, too. Commentary talks up Ali’s win from last week over AJ Styles, who has now of course moved over to the Monday Night Raw brand. He’s now in an even bigger spot arguably, competing with a legend in Rey in the pursuit of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. They then slide into the ring together, as Cesaro and Sheamus beat it for the moment, and they take hold of the ring and then look over at their opponents, who finally make their way inside.
    1 — SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM TITLES TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL MATCH
    The Bar vs. Ali and Rey Mysterio


    The night certainly kicks off in style with this high stakes tag team matchup. Cesaro and Sheamus get the early advantage over the high-flying and exciting team of Ali and Mysterio. As you might expect, really. They’ve been the ones doing this for longer, and they’ve certainly had their fair share of tag team gold in the past too. It’s not going out on a limb to say that they’re one of the favorites to win this tournament, and they certainly show why in the early goings. However, it’s no secret that Ali and Mysterio are a talented bunch themselves. And you can see them starting to gel as the match moves on.

    Late in the matchup, Ali is being worked over big time by Sheamus. But, the man known once before as The Heart and Soul of 205 Live elbows his way out of The Celtic Warrior’s grasp. He then makes a big lunge and tags in Rey Mysterio! Mysterio then slingshots up onto the top rope, springs off and takes Sheamus off of his feet with a seated senton! Mysterio then runs over and takes Cesaro off the apron with a running front dropkick! Cesaro goes flying, and Sheamus, up to his feet, charges in at Mysterio. Mysterio ducks it though, and runs over to the ropes. He rebounds off, and Sheamus looks for a tilt-a-whirl, but Mysterio takes him off his feet with a headscissors takedown!

    Mysterio tumbles back up to his feet and runs over to the ropes. He jumps off on the second one as Sheamus is getting to his feet. He leaps back, but The Celtic Warrior catches him! But this is no problem for Mysterio, as the innovative legendary luchadore powers himself up and hits a wheelbarrow bulldog! He goes for the cover, but Sheamus kicks out at 2! Ali, on the outside, sees that Cesaro is getting up to his feet. And so, Ali takes off. Ali runs around one corner, LEAPS up onto the apron, as Cesaro takes a look over. The Swiss Cyborg doesn’t have time to react, because Ali LEAPS OFF THE APRON, SOMERSAULTING IN THE AIR AND HE CRASHES DOWN ON CESARO!!

    Sheamus, meanwhile, in the ring, has countered another tilt-a-whirl attempt right into a backbreaker! He then loads Mysterio up, looking for WHITE NOISE, but Mysterio slips off him! Mysterio then dropkicks Sheamus and he lands down on the middle rope! Rey doesn’t waste any time at all, and he runs off to the ropes, comes charging back, AND HITS HIM WITH THE 619!! Sheamus tumbles back and down on his feet, and meanwhile, Ali gets on the apron. He communicates with Mysterio, then jumps up onto the top rope after slingshotting, and hits a MAGNIFICENT 450º SPLASH!! Mysterio then comes right off the top rope as well AT THE SAME TIME THAT ALI LAUNCHED HIMSELF UP, AS HE DROPS THE DIME DOWN ON SHEAMUS!! He covers! 1! 2! 3!!!


    WINNERS — Ali and Rey Mysterio via pin fall at 18:07.
    Ali and Rey Mysterio are through to the semifinals! The crowd is electric as Ali and Rey have scored a MAJOR upset win over The Bar to kick this Tag Team Titles Tournament off. There is certainly good reason to have so much jubilation, as this dynamite tag team just pulled off quite the coup. Highlights of this exciting contest roll, as Phillips, Graves and Saxton talk up the enormity of this match and how one big time tag team is gone, and now it is guaranteed that one side of the final will be going for their first-ever Tag Team Championships reign. Ali and Rey are seen celebrating their win up the ramp as we come back to the broadcast.

    Meanwhile, Cesaro and Sheamus are very much in defeat, and commentary ponders what could be next for this team, whilst hyping up the fact that in tonight’s main event, the second quarterfinal match will take place, as The New Day takes on the team of former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and Rowan!

    And also, The Kevin Owens Show will take place with special guest: Charlotte Flair!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    A video package then plays after the round of commercials, highlighting the incoming arrival of a Raw superstar in the Superstar Shakeup! This superstar has brought on quite a lot of excitement in the past few years ever since he burst onto the scene. The superstar is a multi-time champion and one of the best around these days. He, as we all know, is the current Intercontinental Champion! That’s right, FINN BÁLOR is coming to SmackDown Live!
    We then see the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Bayley and Sasha Banks are seen discussing the events that went down on Monday night. They talk about how it’s now clearly imperative that they keep eyes in the backs of their heads, and also, very imperative that they make sure they keep their eyes open in front of them too. Speaking of which… Stephanie McMahon then appears. Steph says that she hopes that Becky Lynch is doing well, and not just because she’s the SmackDown Live Women’s Champion who needs to fulfill her duty, but because she’s obviously looking out for her. Bayley and Sasha exchange a look at each other, and then Stephanie continues on. She says that she knows they’ve had a tough 24 hours. But, she says that she admires them for how much they’re persevering, as it’s in their DNA and everyone knows that.

    Steph then tells them that there is some news that she needs to break to them. She isn’t sure how they’re going to react, but she has to tell them anyway. Steph then looks right in the eyes of BAYLEY and tells her that she’s now officially a SmackDown Live superstar! Aghast, Bayley and Sasha pop up and protest for a moment. Bayley asks her how could she let that happen, knowing that they’re the Women’s Tag Team Champions. Sasha points out that they can’t be broken up after all that they’ve done the last year or so. The heiress to the McMahon throne proceeds to calm them down.

    Steph says that they need not to worry about them splitting up, because that’s not happening. Despite the fact that Bayley is now on SmackDown Live, the two of them WILL remain the Women’s Tag Team Champions, as they are obligated to defend those titles on any turf right now. There is now a semblance of reassurance and sighs of relief in The Boss and Hug Connection’s corner, but… that doesn’t last long. Steph asks them if they realize what this means, and the two of them look at each other. Bayley says that Steph JUST told them that they wouldn’t be broken up. And Stephanie replies that she knows that… but that’s as long as they’re the Women’s Tag Team Champions, and once they LOSE those Tag Team Titles, then Bayley is on SmackDown Live while Sasha Banks is on Raw, AND THEY CAN NO LONGER COMPETE AS A TAG TEAM! As if there’s been enough tension in their corner, now even more has been supplanted on The Boss and Hug Connection!
    Elsewhere backstage, we dive into the locker room of one Daniel Bryan. Bryan is, rather obsessively, watching the conclusion of the dramatic WWE Championship Match from WrestleMania, which saw him lose the title to Kofi Kingston. Bryan continues to rewind it, and watch it play out again. He rewinds it, and lets it play out again. He rewinds it once again, and lets it play out again. Rowan comes over towards the TV, but Bryan gets up and tells him not to turn it off. Rather sternly at that. Rowan says that he’s concerned about Bryan and how he’s handling this. He wants to know if his mind is in the right place, because they have their Tag Team Championships Tournament match tonight against none other than The New Day later on in the show.

    Bryan says that he’s absolutely focused, and them facing The New Day only makes it easier to focus. Bryan tells Rowan that tonight, he’s going to go out there with more ferocity than he’s ever had before. He tells Rowan that he hopes that Kofi is out there tonight, because he wants to let him know that he’s still coming for the championship that he feels belongs to him. He also tells Rowan that while he’s no longer The Planet’s Champion, the two of them can become The Planet’s Champions and tonight can be the first start towards becoming that.
    The camera jettisons backstage. Kayla Braxton welcomes in the tag team of Ali and Rey Mysterio. Kayla talks highly of their victory from earlier tonight, and asks them how they’re feeling. Rey takes the question, saying that the two of them feel great. He says that despite the fact that they were informed just a few hours ago about their spot in the tournament, they feel they’re ready for the task at hand. Rey says that he’s been a Tag Team Champion with some of the best of the best, listing off Batista, Billy Kidman, Rob Van Dam, Edge and of course, Eddie Guerrero. And he says that, in his opinion, the man who’s standing beside him has the talent to be up in that light as well!

    Ali humbly accepts the designation, and says he’s thankful to be teaming with one of the greatest of all time. As he says that though, he’s interrupted. They are interrupted by Zelina Vega, who wants to know who exactly Ali is talking about. Because in her mind, she’s standing beside one of the greatest of all time… Enter: Andrade! Zelina says that she’s also standing beside a has been, clearly looking right at Mysterio as she does that. Rey shakes his head, as Zelina says that she thinks it’s cute that they’re getting all buddy buddy right now. And hey, speaking of, in walks Buddy Murphy! Zelina says that over the last week, they’ve been forming an alliance that was going to come to fruition with or without this Tag Team Titles Tournament. She says that this was inevitable, just like it’s inevitable that Ali and Rey Mysterio are going to lose to THE EXPAT EXPRESS in the semifinals!

    Rey questions if that’s true, and Zelina says it is. Ali says that if it is, then they might want to explain that to ‘him.’ Who is him, Zelina asks, and she turns around… and sees OTIS! Disgusted, Zelina scowls as Otis lets out one of his trademark snarls. Tucker walks in and tries to pull him away, getting gross looks from all three of Andrade, Buddy and Zelina. Otis reaches out, which frightens Zelina just a bit more, as Andrade yells at him to get away. Buddy shakes his head as Ali and Rey are heard laughing in the background, now relishing in their victory and the newly formed Expat Express’ misfortune.
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    Back to ringside we go. The music of Shelton Benjamin then hits. Benjamin, whom we last saw on the road to WrestleMania, falling to Seth Rollins, is set for singles competition. His opponent, Tom Phillips says, will be the newest acquisition to SmackDown Live! It is a wonder then who it will be, as we see Shelton get inside the ring. He bounces around, and then suddenly the lights go out! A loud guitar riff is heard, and “ROOT OF ALL EVIL” hits to a rather booming reaction! On his way out, in the only way he possibly can, is none other than ALEISTER BLACK! And it is abundantly clear to everybody that Black is the latest member to join the SmackDown Live roster! The announce team hypes this up quite a bit, as he’s already made quite the impact now, and he’ll officially be home here on the blue brand now. Black gets into the ring, as Shelton appears unfazed and unafraid right now, even though there is quite the reason to be.
    2 — Singles Match
    Shelton Benjamin vs. Aleister Black


    The match is certainly a bit competitive, as Shelton Benjamin’s no slouch. However, it’s clear that Aleister Black has plenty of punches to pull and he showcases his diverse arsenal of maneuvers. Benjamin certainly gives him a sturdy test, but Aleister is able to pull away late in the matchup. Black goes for a big series of kicks, and lands most of them, but Benjamin grabs him by the boot on the last attempt! He spins him around and then goes for a kick of his own. Black grabs him by the boot then, but Shelton scores with the Dragon Whip! The signature maneuver of his nearly gets him down for the count, but it merely results in a count of 2.5. Black and Benjamin then get up to their feet, and Shelton goes for a T-Bone Suplex! But Aleister wriggles free, and then scores with BLACK MASS! Black drops down and goes for the cover. 1! 2! 3!!!

    WINNER — Aleister Black via pin fall at 6:40.
    Certainly, a very big win for Aleister Black in his OFFICIAL SmackDown Live debut! Highlights roll of this sprint between he and Shelton, as it certainly was one that made both look pretty good. Black shined a bit brighter on this Tuesday evening in Montreal, and the crowd lets him hear it, as they cheer after we come back to the broadcast. Black sits down in the ring, Indian style, as a spotlight hits him as he gets right back into focus. Our commentary hypes him up quite a big deal, and it’s obvious to many that he’s a star in the making.
    We’re once again backstage with Bayley and Sasha Banks after the conclusion of that eventful match. The duo is completely beside themselves because of the fact that Bayley is now a member of the SmackDown Live roster. This means that every title defense that they have just got even more important, because not only is their title reign on the line, but their standing as a tag team as well. Banks and Bayley go back and forth about how they need to make this work with all that’s happened lately. Entering the fray then is someone that, well, both of them know quite well. It’s none other than Charlotte Flair! Charlotte asks the two of them what they’re in such distress for. Banks informs her of what’s going on, and Charlotte lets out the smallest of laughs.

    “Oh really,” Charlotte says with feigned concern. “That’s so unfortunate,” she adds. Banks tells her to lose that attitude, but Charlotte tells her that she can’t be bothered. Flair says that she has one thing on her mind, and that’s winning back her SmackDown Live Women’s Championship. She tells Bayley and Sasha that she thinks it’s cute that they were so aligned with Becky Lynch on Monday, as if to say that she has no interest in doing that. Bayley asks Charlotte what her problem is, and Flair says that she doesn’t have a championship, that’s her problem. She glares at both women, who have titles in their possession, and then storms away.
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    As we make our way back to the broadcast, we’re sent to the commentators table. Tom Phillips hypes up the Superstar Shakeup thus far, noting the list of superstars who’ve joined the squad:

    ~ Intercontinental Champion, Finn Bálor
    ~ Aleister Black
    ~ Bayley
    ~ Buddy Murphy
    ~ Otis
    ~ Tucker


    And in addition to all that, Phillips, Graves and Saxton then go on a quick rundown of some other notable moves!

    ~ Bobby Lashley
    ~ Braun Strowman
    ~ Lio Rush
    ~ Nia Jax
    ~ Nikki Cross
    ~ Sarah Logan


    Commentary points out that now Finn Bálor and Bobby Lashley, along with Lio Rush, are members of the SmackDown Live brand. They bring up the possibility of that feud continuing, and as they do, we transition up to the ring.
    The music of Kevin Owens hits to a rather ridiculous reaction from the Montreal crowd. Quebec’s own KO makes his entrance, as The Kevin Owens Show is set to commence. Owens receives his hero’s welcome as he heads down to the ring, and he certainly takes it all in stride. He grabs a microphone and welcomes everybody to the show, but makes sure to say it in French first. Owens then talks about how the Superstar Shakeup is causing so many different things to happen, but tonight, as far as he knows, The Kevin Owens Show won’t be affected. He then welcomes out his guest, Charlotte Flair, who receives a not-so-similar reaction to KO. No, The Queen definitely isn’t too well liked here in Montreal, and probably wouldn’t be if she called herself La Reine either.

    Charlotte climbs into the ring and takes a seat. Owens welcomes her to the show, and Charlotte thanks him for bringing her on. KO says that we weren’t able to hear from Charlotte last week, in the wake of her defeat at WrestleMania to Becky Lynch. There’s some loud “Becky!” chants that come off that, which seem to annoy Charlotte. Owens asks her how the last nine days have been, and Charlotte says, flat out, that they’ve been terrible. She says that she was riding high on the wave of winning the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship from Asuka. That mention gets her some boos, but Charlotte obviously doesn’t care. She continues, saying that she was aiming to make history in the first-ever women’s main event at WrestleMania. She came in with more style and bravado than anybody in the match. She said she came in more confident than either of them. And what happened?

    Charlotte points out that she wasn’t even involved in the decision! So to her, Becky may have beaten Ronda, but she didn’t beat The Queen! KO, though, has a retort. Owens points up to the TitanTron. There, a video plays, showcasing Becky’s win over Charlotte from back at Hell in a Cell! Charlotte asks Kevin if this is a joke, and Owens says no, but says he’s not finished quite yet. He points up again, and more footage plays, this time of Becky Lynch defeating Charlotte at Evolution! Flair is clearly getting angry, but that doesn’t seem to bother Owens, who points up yet again to the TitanTron. This time, the clip that plays is of Becky eliminating Charlotte in the Royal Rumble! Charlotte asks Kevin what the hell is going on. Owens replies by saying he’s simply wondering why it matters that she didn’t beat Charlotte at WrestleMania. Charlotte says that it absolutely matters, because Becky can’t say that she beat her. Owens responds by saying that while that’s true, she can’t say that she’s never beaten her, because for the last year, that’s all that she’s done. Owens says, as Flair is getting visibly upset, that she can think what she wants, but Becky Lynch has more than proven herself, and even if she didn’t pin Charlotte, she still walked out with both titles at WrestleMania!

    Charlotte seems to still be angry about this, and then takes a dig at Owens, asking him where he was at WrestleMania. She takes it a step further, pointing out that she at least has made history at WrestleMania, while Owens has done nothing memorable. KO, though, has yet another retort. He says that he recalls the fact that he won the United States Championship at WrestleMania 33. Flair says that the only thing memorable about that was him beating up somebody who doesn’t even work here anymore (!) and that nobody remembers that match. Owens has something for her again though, as he says that maybe it’s true, but he remembers the fact that Charlotte lost her match that night. Flair gets up and standoffishly looks at him, asking him why he brought her on his show if all he was going to do was antagonize her. Owens says he didn’t think it would be any different than what she’s used to, considering she has antagonized the entire SmackDown Live women’s locker room in the last couple of months, to the point where she was gifted a title shot, out of nowhere, and won the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship, thereby robbing EVERYBODY else of a title opportunity!

    As Charlotte goes to fire back, music hits in the arena. Charlotte turns around and looks over, and the energetic rookie Kacy Catanzaro has arrived on the scene! Owens seems a bit surprised by this, but doesn’t seem to take issue with it. Commentary wonders what Catanzaro could want, but is sure to point out that she had a dazzling debut last week in the eight-woman tag team match that she was on the winning side of. Catanzaro gets into the ring and takes a microphone. Charlotte looks down at her, like she’s some sort of peasant, and Catanzaro brings the mic up. She apologizes to Owens for interrupting, but felt like she needed to come out here. Charlotte lets out a laugh and brings the mic up. She, rather disingenuously, introduces herself and ‘welcomes’ Kacy to SmackDown Live. Kacy nods her head and shakes her hand, but it’s obvious she can see past it.

    Charlotte tells Kacy that she shouldn’t be apologizing to Kevin Owens, because she did nothing wrong… to him. To her, however, she has committed a wrong, and that wrong was coming out here and interrupting HER! She tells Kacy that she might be new around here, but she needs to know her place. Charlotte adds that she will be damned if she is interrupted by a “ninja” cosplaying as a wrestler, but Kacy, having had enough, swipes the microphone out of Charlotte’s hand! That generates quite the reaction, as Catanzaro continues on. She says that she felt she needed to come out here to shut her up! Kacy says she came to SmackDown Live to make a name for herself and to compete, not to listen to droning by the ‘so-called’ best around here. So she tells Charlotte Flair that she wants a piece of The Queen here and now! Charlotte lets out a laugh, as she arrogantly looks on, “afraid.” The Queen asks Kacy what makes her think she’s in her league, and Kacy responds by saying that, well, she has as many wins against the SmackDown Live Women’s Champion as Charlotte does in the last year.

    That obviously doesn’t sit well with Charlotte at ALL! And so, The Queen DEMANDS that a referee come out here, so they can have a match! And by God, a ref comes down a few moments later, and after the commercial break, we’re going to get a match, pal!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    3 — Singles Match
    Charlotte Flair vs. Kacy Catanzaro


    We’re back from the break, and the set of The Kevin Owens Show has cleared its way out. In its place stand Charlotte Flair and Kacy Catanzaro, who proceed to go right at it as the bell rings. The energetic Catanzaro is feisty right out of the gate. It seems obvious from the jump that Charlotte’s arrogance is biting her in the ass, and Kacy is fully intent on trying to capitalize. Flair’s gonna Flair though, and she eventually takes hold just as Catanzaro was about to go flying through the air, as she leapt up on the apron and caught her with a hard forearm shot that sent her spiraling back. Flair then goes to work, attacking Kacy’s knee, trying to make her vulnerable in the process.

    Catanzaro fights back with a bundle of feistiness and energy behind her, though. And plenty of heart and perseverance too. She continues to absorb everything that Charlotte dishes out at her, and only comes back harder. She gets Charlotte staggering for a moment, and then goes to the corner. She grabs the top rope, slingshots and vaults herself up to the top, and bad leg and all, springs off and hits a beautiful spinning heel kick! She (slowly) crawls over and makes the cover, perhaps where her damaged knee comes back to bit here, and only gets a two count! Catanzaro helps herself up with the ropes, and fends off Charlotte’s attacks. She then stumbles over with Charlotte on jello legs, but Charlotte then takes a run and hits Kacy in the leg with a chop block!! Catanzaro cries as she drops down, and Charlotte runs up and then hits the NATURAL SELECTION down on Kacy! She goes for the cover! 1! 2! 3!!!


    WINNER — Charlotte Flair via pin fall at 6:26.
    After the match is over, Charlotte gets up to her feet and gets her hand raised. She, though, seems unsatisfied. She goes over and stomps down on Kacy’s knee! Charlotte stomps on it again and again, and then grabs the leg and throws it down on the mat! The referee accosts her, but Charlotte doesn’t give a damn. She brushes by, walks into the ropes, comes back and drops a knee down! A move her daddy would be proud of, Charlotte gets up and WOOOOs, and then asks Kacy if she still wants a piece of The Queen. She then shouts at Kacy, telling her that if she wants to be the woman, she’s gotta BEAT the woman! Charlotte then goes out of the ring, but not to leave. No, instead, she reaches underneath the ring skirt… and grabs a KENDO STICK!

    Charlotte climbs into the ring with it, and prepares to use it to do more damage to poor Kacy Catanzaro! The ref is there again, but Charlotte swims by him and brings the kendo stick over her head! And that’s when “FUTURE” hits to a huge reaction! Charlotte looks on, mouth agape, as Asuka is storming to the ring! Charlotte goes to attack her, but The Empress is ready and fends her off with a big right hand! Asuka continues the attack, sending in a flurry of kicks, and goes for a BIG one but Charlotte ducks it and avoids trouble by sliding out of the ring!

    The crowd boos The Queen as she goes up the ramp. Wanting no more part of Asuka, Charlotte power walks up the ramp and towards the entranceway. In the ring, meanwhile, Asuka helps the fallen Kacy Catanzaro up to her feet. Catanzaro is clearly grateful for Asuka’s help, as she thanks her audibly. Asuka pats her on the shoulder and holds her hand up, giving quite the endorsement to the 29-year old upstart.
    In the back, The Bar are walking, awfully despondently. Cesaro stops walking and looks over at Sheamus, who’s definitely visibly feeling it. Cesaro says that for nearly three years now, they’ve been the standard for tag team wrestling. But ever since they lost the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships to The Miz and Shane McMahon at the Royal Rumble, things have been different. Every time they’ve had an opportunity, they’ve come up short. And they came up short big time tonight against a makeshift tag team made a couple hours ago.

    Sheamus looks over at Cesaro and asks him what he’s trying to say. Sheamus says that they’re supposed to be in this together, through thick and thin, and that they were a makeshift tag team once before and became the best in the company. Sheamus says that if Cesaro is trying to say that they should split up, then he should get to the point. But Sheamus warns him that he shouldn’t drop this yet, because if he does, he’ll go back to what he was doing before tagging with him, and that’s absolutely nothing. Sheamus then briskly walks away, leaving Cesaro a bit stunned, as he knows he may have made a point… but he certainly still feels strongly about his.
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    We see Charlotte Flair after the conclusion of the most recent commercial break. The Queen seems more than delighted with her work tonight, even if she did hightail it outta there after Asuka showed up. And for the second time this evening, she happens to run by The Boss and Hug Connection. Charlotte sarcastically asks the duo if they’ve solved their drama, which draws a mega eyeroll from Sasha Banks. Charlotte laughs, and says that if Sasha has a problem then she should step up, but reminds her of all the times that she beat her before.

    That prompts a response from Bayley. The Hugger steps up and gets in Charlotte’s face. Charlotte laughs as Bayley asks her what her problem is again. Charlotte says that she already answered that question, and goes to leave but Bayley grabs her by the arm! She pulls her back, and Charlotte looks at her disgustedly. Bayley says that she’s not talking about her championship dilemma. She asks Charlotte, point blank, why she can’t put aside her differences with her, Sasha OR Becky Lynch! Charlotte says that that’s a hilarious question, and wonders if Bayley had paid attention to the last year and all the problems between her and Becky, which were caused by BECKY, in Charlotte’s words. And there’s certainly some truth to that, no doubt.

    Bayley however points out that she and Sasha had similar issues all of last year, and look where it got them. The Hugger says they became the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions and have made each other better. Bayley says that the same exact thing could happen with Charlotte and Becky, and they know that Becky doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Charlotte. However, Bayley tells Charlotte, flat out, that they are ALL in trouble. Charlotte laughs, and asks her if she really thinks that she should feel threatened, and tells Bayley that she’s overreacting, as it’s been a week. She lists off her accomplishments, but Bayley says that none of that matters because Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler are going to continue to cause problems for ALL of them, and Charlotte needs to get on the same page as them, or they will all go down like Becky did on Monday or worse. With that, Bayley and Sasha leave and glare at The Queen. Charlotte, her hubris glowing, looks on without a single care in the world.
    After this sequence in the back, a video suddenly plays just as we go into the arena. And it highlights the fact that a MAJOR PLAYER is coming to the SmackDown Live brand in the Superstar Shakeup! The crowd certainly has a loud reaction, as we see highlights of this megastar play on the screen. That superstar? One of the most dominant around… it’s RONDA ROUSEY! In a magnificent case of “timing being everything,” the news that Ronda Rousey is OFFICIALLY SmackDown Live-bound has arrived! A MONSTER move for sure that our commentary team cannot help but hype up big time, and can’t help but link to the drama backstage that just unfolded and has BEEN unfolding.
    Now though, it’s main event time! The music of The New Daniel Bryan hits, and out comes the man once known as The Planet’s Champion alongside Rowan. We get a quick look back at the segment backstage between Bryan and Rowan, in which Bryan said that they could become The Planet’s Champions if things shake out the right way for them. Bryan and Rowan get into the ring and look around, as we head to what’s advertised as our final commercial break of the night!
    We’re back, and as we return, The New Day makes their arrival to the scene! Led by WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, the tandem of Big E and Xavier Woods certainly look ready to scrap with the former WWE Champion and his big gun. Bryan is sure to keep an eye on Kingston, notably his WWE Championship, as Kingston heads over to the commentary table to join Phillips, Graves and Saxton for this match!
    4 — SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM TITLES TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL MATCH
    Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. The New Day (w/ Kofi Kingston)


    No surprise here, this match turns out to be a pretty great one. It plays out a little like their Gauntlet Match sequence from a few weeks ago, just a lot more extensively. Kingston’s presence, even at commentary, certainly keeps things in New Day’s power. Especially since Bryan has a lot of his attention fixated down on Kofi oftentimes during the bout. Bryan, though, certainly powers through it and shows exactly why he’s Daniel F’N Bryan though, while Rowan proves to be a formidable player as well.

    Late in the matchup, Bryan and Big E are going chop for forearm, and the hoss in Big E is taking serious control. He sends Bryan into the ropes, and goes for a big Powerslam, but Bryan counters as he’s being slammed down and pulls him down by the arm! And he goes for the YES LOCK, AND SLAPS IT ON! The incredible counter by Bryan puts Big E in a huge bind. Woods and Rowan, meanwhile, are battling it out on the outside. Rowan goes for a HUGE right hand, but Woods dodges it! Woods then runs and jumps and hits a big front dropkick on Rowan that sends him colliding into the ringpost! He then looks into the ring, sees his partner in peril, and goes up on the apron. He then scales the ropes, just as Bryan reaches back and applies more pressure. Big E’s hand comes up, as Xavier gets up to the top rope. He then scales the top rope, like a tightrope, FLIES OFF AND CONNECTS WITH AN ELBOW DROP!!

    AND BREAKS UP THE SUBMISSION!!!

    Bg E was nearly set to tap out, but Xavier Woods keeps him and The New Day alive! The big break deals a big blow to Bryan’s back and his chances of advancing so far. Rowan, meanwhile, has gotten up to his feet after hitting the ringpost. He sets his sights on Woods, drags him out underneath the ring, and then levels him with a HUGE clothesline! It turns him inside out, and Rowan then grabs him and slams him down with a HARD Chokeslam!! The action then goes back inside the ring. Big E gets Bryan up, and lifts him up and goes for the BIG ENDING! AND HE HITS IT!! He turns Bryan over, and goes for the cover! 1! 2! SHOULDER UP! Bryan survives and Big E can’t quite believe it. He pulls Bryan up and sends him into the corner. He then grabs him, and stands up on the second rope, perhaps aiming for a SUPER BIG ENDING! But from the outside, Rowan pulls Bryan off Big E’s shoulders as he lands on his feet! Big E looks over, and Rowan is then hit with a huge forearm by Big E!

    But with his eyes off him, Bryan then climbs into the ring. He then goes for a rollup on Big E! He hooks the singlet up but can’t get 3! Big E then captures Bryan and goes up for the Big Ending again. No! Bryan rakes the eyes, and then goes and runs and hits the RUNNING KNEE!! He drops down and makes the cover! 1! 2! 3!!!


    WINNERS — Daniel Bryan and Rowan via pin fall at 10:45.After the matchup, Rowan goes into the ring and starts picking the pieces up and pounds away at Big E! Bryan soon joins the fight, but also joining the fight is the WWE Champion!! Kofi Kingston jumps into the ring and goes right after Daniel Bryan! He fires away with right hands, but Rowan suddenly jumps him from behind! Rowan starts to pick away at Kingston as well, and Bryan soon joins in on the fight as well. Big E is down and Xavier Woods is still out on the floor, as the WWE Champion is being hit with a big 2-on-1 attack!

    Suddenly, “THE TRUTH REIGNS” HITS TO A MONSTER REACTION!!

    The crowd gets up on their feet, as Bryan and Rowan immediately stop what they’re doing. Arriving on the scene is none other than ROMAN REIGNS!!

    The Big Dog wastes little time in going down to the ring!! Reigns gets in and goes after Rowan and he goes after Bryan!! Reigns hits Bryan with a HUGE Superman Punch, sending the former champion out of the ring! He then looks over at Rowan, who’s getting up to his feet, and he runs over and CUTS ROWAN IN HALF WITH A SPEAR!!

    It appears evident that the game has absolutely changed, as Roman Reigns may very well be the last move in the Superstar Shakeup, and is officially a member of SmackDown Live!!

    END OF SHOW
    UPDATED SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS TOURNAMENT BRACKET
    Spoiler:


    SUPERSTAR SHAKEUP RECAP
    Spoiler:

    ~ Aleister Black
    ~ Bayley
    ~ Bobby Lashley
    ~ Braun Strowman
    ~ Buddy Murphy
    ~ Finn Bálor
    ~ Lio Rush
    ~ Nia Jax
    ~ Nikki Cross
    ~ Otis
    ~ Roman Reigns
    ~ Ronda Rousey
    ~ Sarah Logan
    ~ Tucker


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    I’ll start with the tag team title tournament because that’s what I was most looking forward to this show. I think it was a very smart decision to bookmark this show with an epic eighteen minute opener, followed by a fun main event. Opener was easily the show stealer, and Ali/Mysterio getting the win is a good call. I really like the idea of these two as a team, will constantly steal the show. I think the segment with Rey putting Ali over and comparing him to his other tag partners is a smart way to keep Ali getting over also. Nothing but positives for this particular bit of booking as far as I’m concerned.

    The Bar doing the job makes sense and I don’t necessarily think that’s an issue, as it makes sense. I wasn’t sure about the segment afterwards though, with Cesaro and Sheamus seemingly having issues. Yes, they’ve had a rough trot and the two openly thinking about it is okay, but the way Sheamus cracked it and showed friction between the two, it feels really rushed for me. I think failure over a few more weeks leading to this would have been better off. With that being said regarding the execution, I still think the booking is heading in the right direction with these two.

    If there was a team I was torn on being in the tag tournament it was Bryan and Rowan. Let’s be honest, anything Bryan touches is epic, and let be start by saying I appreciate Bryan being obsessed with the WWE Title and losing to Kofi… But that to me lies the problem. The WWE Title is clearly Bryan’s one true goal, and he doesn’t seem to care all that much about the tag titles. I know he mentioned at the end that he wants to win the tag gold with Rowan, but it very much felt like an afterthought here. Considering a majority of this episode was surrounding the tag title tournament, I wasn’t sure this was the best way to go about things.

    Main event match would have been a very good way to end the show, especially with the aftermath, which I’ll touch on a little later. Still, Bryan needs to bounce back after the loss to Kofi, so a win here makes complete sense, and I was okay with the attack afterwards as well. Overall, I think all of the booking regarding the tag division was a success.

    Whilst it comes a bit out of the blue, I really like the idea of Sasha and Bayley having to keep winning to stay together. Stephanie being a bitch, more so because of their association with Becky is fine also. The two segments with Charlotte were quite good also, especially selling the fractured relationship between the trio, and then the other two trying to explain to Charlotte why they are all in danger. A brilliant start of including Charlotte in this all conquering angle. Charlotte at this stage is cool as a cucumber, but the pending debut of Ronda Rousey will surely eventually change her mind. Still loving this direction.

    Ugh, Kevin Owens as an antagonising face is cringe worthy. I disliked his part in this segment with Charlotte massively, just doesn’t suit him in my opinion. Charlotte being really annoyed about all the losses to Becky makes sense, and I thought this was a good way to put over the fighting spirit of Kacy. Asuka making the save is the big one though, as before Charlotte joins her lady friends, Charlotte/Asuka is where the money is at.

    Finally, Aleister Black on Smackdown is a nice addition to the roster, as is Roman Reigns. Much like the AJ move, it loses some lustre because it’s the same as what occurred in real life, but a change was definitely needed for Roman. Good decisions all around.

    Not a lot to complain about here. A pretty simple show, focused on the tag tournament, and it was a refreshing change.








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    205 Live — April 16, 2019
    Montreal, QC Bell Centre



    After an eventful episode of SmackDown Live, the latest edition of 205 Live comes on the air on the WWE Network. Drake Maverick comes on the screen first after our Then, Now, Forever package. He discusses last week’s successful title defense by the new Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese. Maverick congratulates Nese and also wishes Buddy Murphy well on SmackDown Live. But, Maverick says that it’s time we turn the page and aim towards finding the next challenger for Nese’s Cruiserweight Championship. Drake says that tonight, we’re going to start that process.

    He says that in three weeks time, there will be a #1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match, with the winner going on to face Nese at Money in the Bank. Maverick says there will be a series of three matches over the next three weeks, starting tonight, to determine the representatives in that match. Drake says that we will kick things off tonight with the first of those matches, as Gran Metalik of The Lucha House Party will go one on one with Mike Kanellis.

    He also of course hypes up the main event of the evening, which features 205 Live newcomer Oney Lorcan going head to head with Cedric Alexander, who is likely competing in his final 205 Live match.

    We jump inside the Bell Centre here in Montreal. Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Aiden English welcome us to the broadcast, and hype up the announcements that were just made by Drake Maverick. As they banter about it, the music of The Lucha House Party hits! Out walks Gran Metalik, and he does so without the presence of Kalisto and Lince Dorado. Metalik high fives some fans on the way down to the ring and jumps in through the ropes. Commentary notes that Metalik has long been a staple of the 205 brand, but has never been Cruiserweight Champion. In fact, the last time he even fought for the championship was in the finals of the inaugural Cruiserweight Classic!

    As Metalik walks around, 205 Live is hit with the power of love. Mike Kanellis walks out with Maria Kanellis beside him. Mike, certainly, has been on a roll lately and he’ll now get himself an opportunity to PLAY for an opportunity at the Cruiserweight Championship. Unlike Metalik, Mike has brought an ally to ringside, which Nigel notes may play a role in the finish of this match. They seem to give an inkling to the thought that Mike is the favorite here over Metalik, and perhaps Metalik would’ve been wise to bring his comrades down with him. Nevertheless, it’s time to get rolling.
    1 — CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP #1 CONTENDER’S PLAY-IN MATCH
    Gran Metalik vs. Mike Kanellis (w/ Maria Kanellis)


    While Gran Metalik opted not to come out with his Lucha House Party brethren, Mike Kanellis did not decide to go to the ring without his wife Maria. Metalik and Kanellis have a pretty solid match. It’s not hard to have a good match with the former of these two talents for sure, and Kanellis has been on a bit of a roll lately. So, it shouldn’t come to much a surprise that this match works out really well. Late in the matchup though, Maria tries to meddle with it. She gets up on the apron as Metalik was going for a vertical suplex on her husband. That gets the attention of both Metalik and the official. With the official’s back turned, Kanellis knees Metalik below the belt! He then drops him with the POWER OF LOVE, and goes for the cover! 1! 2! Shoulder up from Metalik! The two Kanellises can’t believe it, and Mike protests with the official.

    Maria does also, but suddenly, Mike’s attention is drawn to the ramp. Why? Because AKIRA TOZAWA is making his way to ringside! Tozawa heads down the ramp and towards the ring, and Maria then takes notice of this also. She goes up to him and asks him what he’s doing here. Tozawa just stands there, arms folded, as Maria continues to berate him and tell him to leave. Mike joins in from inside the ring, his back turned to Metalik. Maria then SLAPS TOZAWA ACROSS THE FACE! Tozawa holds his face in some pain, while we see Mike laughing from inside the ring. He turns around but is pulled into an inside cradle by Metalik! 1! 2! NO! Kanellis kicks out! Kanellis then gets up to his feet but Metalik ducks the right hand, runs off the ropes and comes flying back with a hurricanrana! He then takes Kanellis, puts him up on his shoulders and hits the METALIK DRIVER! 1! 2! 3!!!


    WINNER — Gran Metalik via pin fall at 9:05. Metalik advances to the #1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match.
    In the aftermath of Gran Metalik’s victory, Mike and Maria certainly are not in wonderland right now. In fact, it’s the complete opposite, as Mike’s chances of becoming Cruiserweight Champion were just ramped up in difficulty. All thanks to the work of one Akira Tozawa, who is getting the last laugh now as he backs up the ramp, smiling and laughing aloud. Metalik, meanwhile, owns the ring right now and is quite celebratory. He is now one step away from getting a humongous opportunity against Tony Nese for the Cruiserweight Championship. All we have to do is find out just who his opponents are in three weeks time, but that is a matter of mere formality.
    A video plays, highlighting the captivating career of Cedric Alexander. It starts from all the way back to his run in the Cruiserweight Classic in 2016. His memorable match with Kota Ibushi is highlighted, of course, as well as the “PLEASE SIGN CEDRIC” chants that took place after the match. Then his big moments on Raw and on 205 Live are shown. His run as Cruiserweight Champion, which started with his WrestleMania 34 victory over Ali is highlighted afterwards. It can be said that Alexander is the quintessential 205 Live superstar, and tonight is likely his final bow, especially indicative after this lengthy and delightful video package.
    Cutting elsewhere, we find Drew Gulak and Gentleman Jack Gallagher. The duo both seem to be a bit restless still about their loss to Humberto Carrillo and 205 Live newcomer Raul Mendoza last week. Gulak says that next week, the two of them will be about systematically taking both of them out, as Gulak says that he’s facing Carrillo in a match to play his way into getting a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity, while Gallagher will take on the newcomer Mendoza. Gallagher agrees that next week should be about that, but you get the sense that maybe, just maybe he’s a little bit solemn about not getting a crack at playing his way into the Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match too.
    We now head back inside the arena, and it’s main event time. The music of Oney Lorcan hits and out he walks down the ramp. Holding one finger in the air, Lorcan briskly paces to the ring, looking hungry to attack as always. As he walks down, we get a quick replay video of the altercation last week between Lorcan and Cedric Alexander from last week which led to this one-on-one contest tonight. Lorcan gets into the ring, wearing bright yellow trunks and black kneepads and boots, and paces back and forth. Then, the music of Cedric Alexander hits. The new Raw superstar walks out for perhaps the final time in his 205 Live career. Ceddy looks down at Lorcan, who is cracking his knuckles, and trots down the ramp. Alexander is seen wearing purple trunks, fittingly so, and he jumps up onto the apron after approaching the ring. He hops inside and aims right at Oney, as he gets in his face, and the anticipation mounts for what should be a rip-roaring contest.
    2 — Singles Match
    Oney Lorcan vs. Cedric Alexander


    The likely swan song for Cedric Alexander starts with him out on the attack. Alexander uses his deep arsenal of high-flying moves to overwhelm Oney from the opening bell onwards. He takes high risks and they pay off, as Lorcan is absolutely taken aback right out of the gate. Alexander doesn’t really come close to ending the match early on. But it’s certain that Lorcan is going to have to dig deep to take him out. And he digs really deep to knock him off his feet with a big time uppercut later on in the matchup. That uppercut turns the tide in the match, as Oney takes over from that point. He uses his high-impact strikes to take Cedric down a couple of pegs.

    The action continues on though and the hard hits still come. Later on in the matchup, Cedric and Oney exchange forearms and Alexander puts Oney on his knees with a big kick to the midsection. He then heads over to the corner and begins to ascend up the ropes. But suddenly, Lorcan springs up and runs over. He then grabs Alexander and shoves him OFF THE TOP ROPE AND HE FLIES DOWN AND CRASHES FACE-FIRST ONTO THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! Cedric lands with a huge thud and is nearly knocked out. Oney gets out on the apron and watches as Cedric gets up to his feet a few moments later. Oney then runs toward him, FLIES OFF THE APRON AND HITS A HUGE BLOCKBUSTER DOWN ONTO THE RINGSIDE FLOOR!

    Oney is a madman and everyone knows it, and he soon reaches his feet and throws Cedric into the ring. He rolls in and goes for the cover, but Alexander stays alive and kicks out at 2.5! Oney gets up to his feet and drives Alexander into the corner. He hits him with a couple of big uppercuts, and runs forward and looks to hit another, but Cedric throws his boot up and catches Oney in the face! Oney shakes it off and runs toward him again, but again, Cedric catches him with the boot to the face! Cedric then props himself up on the top rope, sitting down on it, and he grabs Oney and pulls him in. He looks for a TORNADO DDT, but Oney plants him on his feet. He then goes for a NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX, but Cedric knees Lorcan in the face on the way up! Cedric then pulls Oney up in the air and PLANTS HIM DOWN with a huge BRAINBUSTER! He goes for the cover on Lorcan, but Lorcan kicks out at 2.5 himself!

    Cedric rolls off Oney and soon gets up to his feet again. He hammers at Lorcan’s back a few times, and then looks to hit the LUMBAR CHECK, but Oney uppercuts him! Lorcan then twists him around and goes for a HALF AND HALF SUPLEX, but Cedric wrangles out of it! He pushes Lorcan into the ropes, and Oney comes back as Cedric picks him up and SLAMS HIM RIGHT DOWN with a MICHINOKU DRIVER!! He goes for the cover! 1! 2! 3-NO!! Kick out by Oney again! Cedric puts his hands on his head as he’s in disbelief that Oney was able to kick out of that one, and what is left of the crowd in Montreal gives their appreciation to these two stars. Cedric then goes up to the top rope and jumps off, AIMING TO STOMP HIS FEET DOWN ON LORCAN! No! Oney gets out of the way and Cedric has to tumble away. Oney then comes charging in, full speed ahead, and he BLOWS CEDDY OFF HIS FEET WITH AN UPPERCUT TO THE JAW!!

    Oney then grabs Cedric afterwards from behind and throws him BACK with a HUGE HALF AND HALF SUPLEX!! Cedric though TUMBLES back after the blow and is on his feet, and Oney runs up and gives him HELL again with ANOTHER uppercut!! It springs Cedric into the turnbuckles and he stumbles ahead, and Oney then spins him around, grabs him and hits a SECOND HALF AND HALF SUPLEX BUT BRIDGES HIM THIS TIME!! 1! 2! 3!!!


    WINNER — Oney Lorcan via pin fall at 16:02.
    The match is OVER and Cedric Alexander’s career in 205 Live may now be OVER as well! Oney Lorcan wins this battle of wits, as these two put together a thrilling main event on 205 Live this week. Lorcan gets his hand raised after the match and owns the ring as he celebrates his win. Replays air of the match’s highlights, and then we wrap up those and come back to the ring. Cedric is helping himself up to his feet now, and Oney walks on over to him. He glares at Alexander, who shares a glare right back at him. Cedric pushes himself out of the corner and gets in Oney’s face, as the two may well lock horns again! However, Oney Lorcan then offers his hand out! The crowd cheers as Cedric looks at him and nods, and he shakes Lorcan’s hand! The two then embrace, and Oney pats Cedric on the back and tells him that he should be proud of all this and then leaves the ring. Cedric then gets the ring to himself, as he drops down on the mat, taking in everything as we fade away…

    END OF SHOW
    UPCOMING MATCHES on 205 LIVE

    4/23/19
    Spoiler:

    ~ Gentleman Jack Gallagher vs. Raul Mendoza
    ~ Drew Gulak vs. Humberto Carrillo -- CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP #1 CONTENDER'S PLAY-IN MATCH
    5/7/19
    Spoiler:

    ~ Gran Metalik vs. Drew Gulak OR Humberto Carrillo vs. ??? -- CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP #1 CONTENDER'S TRIPLE THREAT MATCH
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    Firstly, just some generic comments on the fact that I like the idea of the Cruiserweights having to earn their way into a number one contender’s match. On a show that is always booked in a simpler fashion to the two bigger brands, this is just a solid way to get some awesome wrestling on the show. I’m happy with that, this is the way this brand should be booked.

    Booking 101 from what I can see regarding the opener. Gran Metalik goes over which is great for him, whilst Tozawa evening the odds means Kanellis/Tozawa will eventually lock horns. Good stuff.

    It’s said so often but it truly is the little things that count in BTB and this Cedric Alexander video was one of those. This man is without a doubt the biggest star the brand has had to this point in time, so it makes complete sense to give him a video package on his last night. I like this a lot.

    Gulak and Gallagher wanting to get back at their opponents from last week makes sense, no issues there. What I’m more interested in is Gallagher being disappointed at not having an opportunity for the Cruiserweight Title, and Gulak possibly not noticing. Obviously the start of an angle that will take some to develop, but I’m all for it. Everybody on this brand wants to be fighting for the one title and this segment shows that, whilst also sets us up for some interesting stuff in the future. Probably my favourite part of the show if I’m honest, just because it shows signs of some character development happening on this show.

    Main event would have been a damn good match and I enjoyed the detail in the write up. I’m happy you have Lorcan the win also. I’m a firm believer in the territory way of things, where if you’re leaving, you put somebody over before you go. The handshake afterwards and Alexander getting his final moment on the brand was a nice finish.

    A solid episode here, no doubt. No complaints, booking was where it needed to be. I look forward to seeing Lorcan settle in after an awesome debut, as well as the Gulak/Gallagher stuff.








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    Now that I've got your attention, it's time to really turn some heads.…

















    HISTORIC ALL-WOMEN'S EPISODE OF SMACKDOWN LIVE TO TAKE PLACE ON APRIL 30

    The next step in WWE's Women's Evolution will be made on April's final day.

    WWE will produce, for the first time ever, an all-women's edition of its weekly television program, SmackDown Live. The landmark television program will take place on April 30, live from the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio on the campus of The Ohio State University. Airing at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network, SmackDown Live will feature five women's matches on the show, all of them littered with high stakes. Tom Phillips will be on the call for this night, and will be joined by both Renee Young and WWE Hall of Famer, Beth Phoenix.

    Per the McMahon Family, the five matches that will take place will set the stage for a mammoth Fatal 5-Way match the following week in Louisville, Kentucky. The winners of these five matches will go on to take on each other in that Fatal 5-Way, fighting for the right to face off with current SmackDown Live Women's Champion Becky Lynch at the Money in the Bank event, which will stream live on WWE Network on May 19 from Hartford, Connecticut.

    The five matches that will take place will feature 10 of the best and brightest from the SmackDown Live brand. The former SmackDown Live Women's Champion Charlotte Flair will once again take on the young upstart Kacy Catanzaro, who gave The Queen a run for her money on this past Tuesday night's episode of SmackDown Live. Another former SmackDown Live Women's Champion will be featured in this historic event, as Carmella will be battling the ultra-competitive Sonya Deville, who is still on a quest to prove herself and win the SmackDown Live Women's Championship for the first time in her career.

    Moving on, two new stars to SmackDown Live will be involved in this event as well. Nikki Cross, a frenetic and dangerous competitor in her own right, will take on a familiar foe in Peyton Royce of The IIconics. Cross had her fair share of run-ins with both Royce and Billie Kay in the past down in NXT, so there is history there to be sure. Meanwhile, SmackDown Live newcomer Sarah Logan will get a crack at history, as she will take aim at 'The Golden Goddess' Mandy Rose.

    Finally, the main event of the evening is a titanic bout featuring two of the absolute best that SmackDown Live has to offer. It also represents the next chapter in a rivalry that has spanned the last three years. Asuka, yet another former SmackDown Live Women's Champion, will take on the women whom she took the NXT Women's Championship from all the way back in April 2016. The Empress has drawn the lovable one known as The Hugger, Bayley in the main event of this mammoth night in sports entertainment.

    The Huggable One has never defeated Asuka in her career yet. She met her match at the aforementioned TakeOver: Dallas, and also fell in a rematch at TakeOver: Brooklyn II. Last year, Asuka and Bayley tussled in a memorable bout on Monday Night Raw, but once again, it was Asuka who came out victorious over Bayley. So will Bayley be able to get over the hump and take one step closer to possibly becoming SmackDown Live Women's Champion, and with the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship in her possession now, perhaps be known as Bayley 2 Belts?

    One thing's for certain. You WON'T want to miss this SIGNIFICANT night in two weeks.

    ALL-WOMEN'S SMACKDOWN LIVE CARD
    {WINNERS ADVANCE TO A #1 CONTENDER'S FATAL 5-WAY THE FOLLOWING WEEK}

    Charlotte Flair vs. Kacy Catanzaro

    Carmella vs. Sonya Deville

    Nikki Cross vs. Peyton Royce (w/ Billie Kay)

    Mandy Rose vs. Sarah Logan

    !!! MAIN EVENT !!!
    Asuka vs. Bayley
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    It feels like natural progression that you'd eventually go for something like this, since you're basically the best user of the women in the BTB business.

    Do I feel like this is a little contrived just to push the women's revolution similar to what WWE do in real life? Sure. Could these matches have been spread over the course of a few weeks? Sure.

    And whilst there's no real reason for this, I know you'll deliver the goods. Nothing but confidence in you mate, looking forward to the read, and of course, everything until then.








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    NXT UK — April 17, 2019
    Brooklyn, New York Pier 12



    Our first of a few several episodes of NXT UK from the location of WrestleMania Axxess is underway! Pier 12 in Brooklyn, New York is playing host to this afternoon’s festivities, providing a very unique environment and atmosphere to say the very least. Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show, and hype up tonight’s main event — a high stakes main event bout between Jordan Devlin and Tyler Bate. Joseph and McGuinness say that this match could prove pivotal to see who’s next in line for a shot against the new NXT UK Champion, WALTER!

    But we get going with action from the exciting NXT UK Women’s Division! The music of Kay Lee Ray hits, and Ray makes her way down to the ring. Ray is still very much a spring chicken in NXT UK, having competed in just two matches so far. To her credit, she’s won them both, having defeated the likes of Candyfloss and Isla Dawn. Commentary hypes her up as someone who can certainly take the incumbent champion Toni Storm to the limit as she climbs inside the ring. Then, the music of one Xia Brookside hits. Brookside comes out to a nice hand from the crowd, as the bright and colorful lass looks ready to rock. Commentary says that she’s been trying to find her way, having only accumulated one victory so far in her NXT UK career. Nevertheless, she remains chipper and ready to roll here, and she climbs in and takes a look across the ring at KLR.
    1 — Singles Match
    Kay Lee Ray vs. Xia Brookside


    KLR and Xia get into it here in what turns out to be a fairly competitive match. But what gathers everyone’s attention in this one is who comes out during the match.

    That somebody is none other than PAIGE!

    The former multi-time Divas Champion, and a UK native herself, walks out by the entranceway a few minutes into the match. She appears to be… scouting, or at the very least watching this one very intently. As it pertains to the match itself, it heats up towards the end. Xia counters a tilt-a-whirl into a pinning combination but only is able to get a 2 count. Xia then gets up to her feet and pulls KLR into an inside cradle! But KLR kicks out of that as well. Brookside goes for a rollup after, but Ray rolls through it and kicks Brookside’s head off!! She then yanks Xia up, sets her up and powers her down HARD with a Gory Bomb!! She turns Brookside over and goes for the cover. 1! 2! 3!!!

    WINNER — Kay Lee Ray via pin fall at 7:06.
    Ray gets up to her feet after winning the match and the official raises her hand. The camera cuts to Paige who nods her head and seemingly applauds the efforts of Ray. Joseph and McGuinness talk over the highlights of the match as we then see Ray go up to the entranceway where Paige still stands. KLR and Paige share a glance at each other, as Ray is certainly intrigued as to why Paige is there. She then heads to the back, as Paige nods her head at Brookside, who gets up and looks over. Paige claps for her too, as does the crowd, as she certainly had a noticeably good effort in defeat.
    In the lead to tonight’s main event, a video package plays. The reel highlights one Tyler Bate, the man who was the first-ever NXT UK Champion. It offers commentary from Triple H, Johnny Saint, his part-time ally and part-time rival Pete Dunne, his Moustache Mountain tag team partner Trent Seven and even the likes of Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong of The Undisputed Era. It serves as quite the hype vehicle for Bate and the main event, as he’s put over strongly as one tough bastard.
    Making his way out next is The Kiwi Buzzsaw himself. Travis Banks marches down to the ring, receiving a very nice hand from the faithful who’ve gathered up by the ring here at Pier 12. Banks climbs inside the ring as commentary talks up the fact that he picked up a big victory over Kassius Ohno last week. So now, Banks will be looking to make it two in a row. To do so, however, it appears he’s going to have his hands full, because out walks Noam Dar! Just a few weeks after his match with Mark Andrews ended in near-disaster, Dar is back and ready to roll! He climbs in the ring and takes off his zip-up and stares over at Banks, who looks like he’s ready to rock.
    2 — Singles Match
    Travis Banks vs. Noam Dar


    This match gets a good bulk of time, and both Banks and Dar make the most of it. Commentary hypes up the fact that this is the first time these two men have gone one-on-one in any capacity in any promotion, and that the only time they’ve ever crossed paths before was last June on the Night 2 of the UK Championship Tournament, in which they were in a Fatal Four Way Match that Dar had won. They also talk up the fact that while Devlin and Bate are jockeying for positioning, this match might very well be big for positioning around here as well.

    The match kicks into another gear later on as Banks and Dar get into a chop fest. Dar starts to overwhelm Banks with chops until he gets him to the ropes. He whips him across the ring and goes for a hurricanrana! But Banks holds onto his legs! Banks powers him up, deadlifting him, and SLAMS him down with a Sit Out Powerbomb!! 1… 2… NO! Dar kicks out at the count of 2.5! Banks then pulls himself up, grabbing Dar as well and he shoves him into the corner. Dar eats the turnbuckle face first, and Banks runs up and drives his knees into Dar’s back!! Banks tumbles backwards and then grabs Noam on his way over, locks him in a waist lock and pulls him back with a Bridging German Suplex!! 1… 2… NO!! Once again, however, Noam kicks out before the count of 3!

    Banks pulls himself up to his feet yet again as he’s in a little bit of disbelief. He then goes up to the top rope, looking to finish Dar off! He leaps but Dar rolls himself out of the way! Noam lands on his feet and tumbles away, but Dar then catches him with a jumping knee to the face!! He then pulls Dar in, hooks him up for a Fisherman’s Suplex, but turns it into a Fisherman Buster!! He then goes for the cover on Banks! 1! 2! 3-NO! Travis Banks kicks out!! Noam is shocked that it wasn’t enough, and he gets up to his feet and argues with the official momentarily. He then feels Banks clawing him, and so he kicks him away. He then grabs him by the leg and looks to lock in the Champagne Superkneebar!! Travis Banks however relentlessly throws him away. So, Noam then locks in, and looks for the Nova Roller!! But Banks ducks it and dodges the bullet!! Noam crashes and burns and then Banks collects him, lifts him up and SLAMS HIM DOWN with the Kiwi Crusher!! Banks hooks the legs back. 1.. 2… 3!!!

    WINNER — Travis Banks via pin fall at 12:09.
    The crowd lets out a very big hand as Travis Banks is victorious! The Kiwi Buzzsaw celebrate his victory after getting helped up to his feet. He and Noam Dar certainly exhausted a lot of energy here, and the folks in Pier 12 were certainly treated to quite the dazzling display. Replays roll of this pretty stout matchup, as Joseph and McGuinness hype up the encounter. Banks and Dar meet in the center of the ring, and Noam shakes Banks’ hand before walking out of the ring. Commentary says that Noam definitely has nothing to be ashamed of, but that this was a huge win for Travis Banks nonetheless.
    A video then plays. It hypes up the looming arrival of a superstar who’s coming to the NXT UK brand. That superstar is none other than Russian sensation Ilja Dragunov!
    A bit of hype plays out for next week’s episode of NXT UK. Featured will be:

    ~ Rhea Ripley, the former NXT UK Women’s Champion, in action!
    ~ The in-ring return of Dave Mastiff!
    ~ The Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships!
    We then take aim at the main event of the evening (or afternoon, depending on where you live). The music of The Irish Ace hits, and out Jordan Devlin trots. Devlin, who of course won his series of matches with Travis Banks, last competed on TV on March 27, when he defeated the likes of Dan Moloney. In fact, Devlin has won his last two NXT UK TV matches, the only defeat coming at the hands of Noam Dar, whom we saw in our last bout. So, a victory here could well position himself to be in a very great spot. The Irish Ace gets inside the ring and takes off his track jacket and dumps it off to the side, and he then goes back and forth and looks over at the stage. That’s when Tyler Bate walks out as his theme song hits to a very loud applause. Bate walks out as Devlin glares down at him from inside the ring. He was last seen defeating James Drake on NXT UK TV back on March 20. He’s collected two victories in a row too, having defeated Gentleman Jack Gallagher on February 27. Commentary notes that this is the first time they’ve faced off with each other on NXT UK TV, and it should be quite the encounter as a result.
    3 — Singles Match
    Jordan Devlin vs. Tyler Bate


    This certainly turns out to be a high quality main event. For good reason as well, as these two stars square off in a match where positioning towards becoming the man next in line for the NXT UK Championship could very well be on the line. The feeling out process in this match doesn’t last too long. Eventually, Bate and Devlin just try to beat the pants off one another, and it obviously goes over very well with the crowd. Devlin looks to take out one of the arms of Bate, a move rooted in attempting to neutralize the Tyler Driver ’97, which obviously the arm is very important for.

    Late in the matchup, things start to certainly turn up quite a bit. Bate is relentless in his refusal to quit, but Jordan Devlin’s adamant in trying to take him out. He counters a right hand from Bate, and uppercuts him in return. Bate staggers to the corner and Jordan heads out on the apron. He slingshots back in and slams Bate down with a Cutter! He goes for the cover. 1! 2! SHOULDER UP! Tyler still won’t go down and Devlin gets up and puts the boot to him angrily. He lifts him up, pulls him in and slams him down to the mat. Devlin then goes and hits his Standing Moonsault! He goes for the cover again. 1! 2! SHOULDER UP!

    Bate won’t quit!! Devlin rakes his hair as he pulls Bate up to his feet again. He forearms him a few times, and whips him strongly into the corner. Bate staggers out and Devlin goes and grabs him and aims for a Saito Suplex, but Bate lands on his feet!! Devlin turns around and goes for a right, but Tyler ducks underneath and chops Devlin! He chops him again and then a third time, and sends him to the ropes. But Devlin catches him and pulls him in and hits him with his knee! Jordan then goes to the ropes, but Bate drops down on his stomach. Jordan leaps over him and hits the ropes, and Bate gets up, grabs him and hits an Exploder!

    The move takes its toll on both men as Bate is slow to get up to his feet. Devlin gets up as well and Bate runs over but Devlin goes for a right. Bate ducks under, goes to the ropes, drops down, handsprings off them and hits him with a back elbow!! He goes for the cover, but Devlin rolls away from him! He goes out to the ringside area, and Tyler climbs up to his feet. He looks out at Jordan, as he thinks he’s gotten himself comfortable, but Tyler won’t let that happen. He runs off to the ropes, comes back, sprinting away, and he LANDS A SPACEMAN MOONSAULT PLANCHA ON DEVLIN!!

    Bate soon gets himself up a few moments later after the crowd goes bonkers. He gets Devlin up and rolls him into the ring. Tyler then goes over to the corner, climbs up the ropes, gets up and LAUNCHES OFF, HITTING A 450º SPLASH ON HIM!! He goes for the cover after! 1! 2! 3-NO!! Jordan Devlin kicks out of the 450º! Bate is in shock, as is much of the rest of the crowd. He pulls himself up and looks out at Devlin who’s helping himself up in the corner. Bate sprints forward but Devlin then catches him with his boot!! Bate then dives into the top rope, springs off and back over but DEVLIN RUNS AND GRABS BATE AND PLANTS HIM DOWN WITH A SPANISH FLY!! Devlin rolls him over and covers!! 1! 2! 3-NO!!!

    TYLER BATE KICKS OUT!! The Spanish Fly nearly put him out, but at 2.95, Bate was able to stay alive and pop his shoulder up off the mat. Devlin, furious, accosts the official for not doing his job well enough. He then gets Tyler up, yells at him, and then props him up on his shoulders. Devlin goes for IRELAND’S CALL, but Bate lands on his feet!! Devlin grabs him by the waist after, however Tyler catches Jordan in the mouth with his elbow!! Bate turns around and Devlin, after checking his mouth, walks in and Tyler kicks him in the gut! He then goes for the TYLER DRIVER ’97, but Devlin powers himself up and into a bridging combination!! 1! 2! KICK OUT!! Bate and Devlin get up and Tyler goes for a right. Jordan counters and props him up on his shoulders! But Tyler slides right off again and pulls Jordan between his legs, butterflies the arms and SLAMS HIM DOWN! TYLER DRIVER ’97! 1! 2! 3!!!

    WINNER — Tyler Bate via pin fall at 16:42.
    And with that, Tyler Bate picks up a MASSIVE victory! This memorable encounter concludes with the first-ever UK Champion scoring a major win, and the Pier 12 crowd gives he and Jordan Devlin a standing ovation. Vic and Nigel hype up the match that we just witnessed, praising both man’s efforts, as we go to the replays. After that sequence, we see that Jordan Devlin has rolled himself out of the ring and is looking on with definite anger and frustration in his eyes. Bate, meanwhile, is the opposite, as he’s quite celebratory in the ring. Joseph and McGuinness sign off, wondering if Tyler has just put himself in UK Championship contention now following this major W.

    END OF SHOW


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