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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.

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    NXT — April 17, 2019
    Winter Park, Florida Full Sail Live

    In the wake of an incredible TakeOver: New York, as well as the subsequent fallout episode last week, NXT has returned to its home dome of Full Sail Live in Winter Park, Florida. Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson talk over the course of the opening moments, as Mauro hypes up our main event of the evening, a non-title match pitting North American Champion The Velveteen Dream against a rising star in Keith Lee!

    But we then go to the the ring as another burgeoning superstar is making her way to the ring. That being the (previously) un-de-fea-ted Bianca Belair! Bianca doesn’t appear to be in any sort of good mood right now, and it’s understandable after she came up short in her attempt to capture the NXT Women’s Championship which landed in the lap of one Io Shirai on Friday night at TakeOver. Gone is Shayna Baszler now, and that’s created quite the hole in the women’s division as a result.

    Bianca gets into the ring and takes the microphone. She starts off by saying that she was robbed of becoming NXT Women’s Champion on Friday night. She paints the picture for us, saying that she had The Queen of Spades beaten after hitting the KOD on her. But thanks to the meddling of Io Shirai, it’s The Genius of the Sky is now NXT Women’s Champion and not her. She says that she proved that she belonged back in Phoenix, and should be NXT Women’s Champion right now. Since she wasn’t pinned, Bianca says that she’s the #1 Contender for the NXT Women’s Championship!

    But wait just a minute… Someone objects to that claim. That somebody is none other than Candice LeRae! Candice comes out with a microphone in her hands, wearing street clothes. She tells Bianca that she respects her and her desires, and says that she’s been impressive. But, Candice says that whether she was pinned or not doesn’t make her the #1 Contender or not, and that just like the rest, she should earn it.

    Bianca, though, has an objection to that. She first sarcastically “welcomes” Candice BACK to the NXT Women’s Division now that her husband “FINALLY” got the job done at TakeOver, so now she won’t just be Johnny’s wife. Secondly, Bianca says that she’s already beaten her before and she’d be happy to do it again if that’s what she’s implying. The two get nose-to-nose for a brief moment, but then their attention goes over to the stage as that revolving door keeps spinning!

    Out comes Mia Yim! Yim has a mic in her hand too, and says that Bianca and Candice are being too chatty for this Baddie, so she felt the need to come out and make her voice heard. Mia says that for a while now, she’s been staying in the shadows, but it’s time to break out. So, Mia says that she feels that Bianca’s overstayed her welcome, and Candice has spent too much time on the sidelines, so in her mind, Mia Yim should be the #1 Contender for the NXT Women’s Championship.

    Mia gets into the ring and the trash talking amongst the three of them begins. Soon enough, a fight breaks out!! The three ladies all go at it and scrap with one another as the fight eventually spills to the outside! It is Bianca and Mia who are brawling on the outside, while LeRae is in the ring and trying to pick herself up off the mat.

    LeRae looks out at them both, and then walks over to the corner. Candice climbs up to the top rope, looking down on Bianca and Mia who suddenly turn their attention to her. Mere moments later, Candice DIVES DOWN and SOMERSAULTS DOWN ATOP BIANCA BELAIR AND MIA YIM!! The stage dive from LeRae only puts into perspective just how hungry this women’s division is right now, and it has already blown the lid off here at the start of the show!
    After we come back from a quick break, it’s time to get right down to business. The women’s division stays in focus, as Deonna Purrazzo makes her way out onto the stage. The Virtuosa receives a very nice hand, as she’s making her first appearance on NXT TV since last August, and her first appearance on TV of any kind since last November! As she makes her way to the ring, where we see that one Lacey Lane is waiting, Mauro Ranallo states that next week, per General Manager William Regal, Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae and Mia Yim will collide in a 3-Way Dance to determine who’s next in line for a championship shot at NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai! The commentating team talks and hypes up that match, as we see Purrazzo get into the ring and take her jacket off, as she’s ready to go here.
    1 — Singles Match
    Deonna Purrazzo
    vs. Lacey Lane


    Lacey gives Deonna Purrazzo native quite the effort, but Lane proves to be no match for the Fujiwara Armbar Specialist. The Virtuosa controls much of this match and makes the most of her first TV appearance in months. She creatively twists Lane’s arm late in the match and puts it behind her back, and then suplexes her down RIGHT ONTO IT! She then is quick to slap on the Fujiwara Armbar afterwards! Lane tries to break free but Purrazzo cinches the hold in and applies packs upon packs of pressure. In the process, Lane’s pain threshold is harmed greatly, and she soon taps out to the pressure, giving Deonna a huge victory!

    WINNER — Deonna Purrazzo via submission at 4:45.
    Purrazzo’s music hits after the victory and she stands up feeling great. She is praised by the commentators for making quick work of the up-and-comer in Lacey Lane, as we get a quick replay sequence of the highlights of the match. Then the camera returns to Purrazzo, who’s up on the second rope and soaking up her winning feelings. She climbs off the apron and out of the ring, and walks up the ramp with an extra bounce in her step. It’s obvious that getting a victory on NXT TV has boosted her spirits, and for The Virtuosa, that may be all she needs to get ahead again.
    A video plays, highlighting the destructive path that The War Raiders have left behind them. Hanson and Rowe’s latest expedition of course included their demolition of Aleister Black and Ricochet at TakeOver: New York, and it’s any wonder what they’re capable of next. A graphic appears, highlighting the fact that they will be in action at Full Sail next week!
    Then the camera cuts backstage. Cathy Kelley walks into the office of General Manager William Regal. Kelley points out that Regal asked her for this time, and Regal nods his head. The GM says that tonight is going to be a very big night, because a very notable FORMER NXT superstar is RETURNING to Full Sail Live courtesy of the Superstar Shakeup! Kelley, point blank, asks Regal for more information. But, Regal smiles, and says he can’t tip his hand, but says that everyone will be pleased about this.
    Out of the gate next comes The Undisputed Era. It’s not so chipper in the ranks right now, as Adam Cole fell short of his goal of becoming NXT Champion at TakeOver: New York. It’s also not so chipper for the likes of Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong. Why? Well… none of them were on the TakeOver card, and right now, none of them are champions. They get into the ring, and Cole gets a mic. He says that he should absolutely be in a great mood right now, but unfortunately he’s not. He says that Johnny Gargano is the NXT Champion right now, and he calls that an injustice. Cole says that Gargano caught lightning in a bottle for the first time in his career and was lucky that the match was 2 Out Of 3 Falls.

    Because if it weren’t, Cole would be champion, as he points out he won the first fall. He says that there’ve been plenty who are trying to write off The Undisputed Era in the wake of his demise. But he however says that, as the old saying goes, reports of their demise are and will be greatly exaggerated. Cole says that while Fish, O’Reilly and Strong couldn’t get the job done in helping him out (a dig to some and a statement of fact to others) he knows that they will redeem themselves down the line, and Undisputed Era will be dripping with gold in no time.

    Making their way out to the stage, however, is a tag team known to the masses. It’s The Street Profits! Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford dance their way out onto the stage, much to the chagrin of the quartet in the ring. Cole gets on the mic and asks what the two of them are doing here. Montez gets on the mic and apologizes. He says he misread the format sheet, and got confused because he thought this week was Johnny Gargano’s Championship Celebration, not The Undisputed Era’s time to cry. That upsets the group in the ring, but Montez keeps it going. He calls Cole a great talent, but he wonders if things are getting overstated. Cole takes offense to that, saying he’s accomplished more in a year than they’ve accomplished in their entire careers. Montez does concede that point, but says that all they keep claiming is that they’ll have all the gold, and all they wind up doing is having less karats (read: carrots) than Bugs Bunny.

    That riles them up a bit more, and Roddy takes the mic from Cole, which certainly catches Adam off guard. Roddy says that he’s tired of hearing them talk, and if they have a problem with them then they should come and fight! The Profits look at each other, and Angelo gets on his mic and says he needs to slow down. He says that they have no problem fighting, but they know their game, and it’s 4-on-2 right now. So, Dawkins proposes that next week, they pick three guys, and they’ll find a partner, and they’ll do the dance in that ring. Roddy is quick to accept (without even consulting the rest of the group) and it sounds like we’ve got a six-man tag coming next week now!
    After a very quick advert break, we get a video hyping up the man who will be competing later on tonight, NXT North American Champion, The Velveteen Dream!
    On to the action again. The Forgotten Sons make their way out to the ring. After coming up short in the 2019 Dusty Classic, Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake are ready to try and bounce back. Led to the ring by Jaxson Ryker, Cutler and Blake go down the ramp with rather aggressive looks on their faces. Ryker stops them and gives them a pep talk and then they jump into the ring, where their opponents await them.
    2 — Tag Team Match
    The Forgotten Sons (w/ Jaxson Ryker)
    vs. Brendan Vink and Samuel Shaw


    The tag team of Vink and Shaw fare to be no match for The Forgotten Sons on this evening. Cutler and Blake run through them like a proverbial buzzsaw, retiring them in short order in a rather quick match. Vink is neutralized early on and dumped on to the outside. Shaw puts up a pretty honorable effort, but is eventually just at their mercy. Cutler and Blake finish them off with a Clothesline-Flatliner combination, which Blake scores the pin fall victory on afterwards.

    WINNER — The Forgotten Sons via submission at 4:32.
    Ryker gets into the ring after The Forgotten Sons’ emphatic victory. He nods his head at both of them, telling them that they both did as they were supposed to tonight. We get a couple replays that are… well, very one-sided here, of course. Then we jump back to the ringside area. The trio is headed up the ramp, as commentary does a good deal of hyping them up. They point out the fact that they certainly bounced back after coming up short to Aleister Black and Ricochet in the Dusty Classic Final a few weeks ago. We get a quick image of them standing atop the stage, looking at the path of destruction they caused tonight, before they head to the back.
    Cathy Kelley is backstage yet again. This time though she’s outside the locker room of Keith Lee. Lee, standing beside Kelley, is asked about his upcoming match with The Velveteen Dream. Lee says he’s relishing this opportunity, saying that he’s been on a topsy turvy road lately. He’s a little disappointed that he can’t get his hands on Dijakovic again, but says that dishing out some punishment to Dream will suffice. Kelley then asks if he’s disappointed that tonight’s match isn’t for a championship. Lee then responds with a pretty honest answer, saying he feels he hasn’t earned his keep quite yet here. Keith says he’s competed around the world, but still needs to find his footing in NXT. Lee says that tonight can certainly go a long way to him earning a title shot, and also that he’s a lot of things going into tonight, but disappointed he is not. As Lee is about to leave, Matt Riddle walks on by. Riddle tells his ‘bro’ that he’ll be watching tonight, and hopes he can do what Riddle could not at TakeOver: New York. Lee nods and pounds fists with him before heading on off.
    A video plays, hyping up the looming debut of the newest member of the NXT roster, KUSHIDA!!
    We get a quick dose of hype for next week’s episode of NXT, which will feature:

    ~ The Undisputed Era vs. The Street Profits and a Partner of Their Choosing in a Six-Man Tag!
    ~ The NXT Tag Team Champions, The War Raiders, IN ACTION!
    ~ Bianca Belair vs. Candice LeRae vs. Mia Yim in a #1 Contender’s Three Way Dance for Io Shirai’s NXT Women’s Championship!

    Then we get into the thick of things for our main event of the evening. The theme song for Keith Lee hits and the crowd lets out a loud round of cheers. He heads down the ramp and rolls through the ropes and into the ring, and poses as the crowd BASKS in his GLORY! Then, the purple lights hit in Full Sail Live! The Velveteen Dream makes his way out onto the stage, only as he can. The NXT North American Champion is stylish and certainly prepared for battle. He makes his way up to the ring and climbs inside, spinning around while holding out the championship he’s so proudly held for the last two months. He then glances over at Lee, giving him a head shake, and he places his title down and then looks to get to work.
    3 — Non-Title Singles Match
    Keith Lee vs. North American Champion, The Velveteen Dream


    Even without a championship on the line, The Velveteen Dream and Keith Lee go full bore here in the main event of this episode of NXT. Lee has something to prove and he certainly shows it in his actions in this match. He takes everything that Dream dishes out to him and throws it right back in his opponent’s direction. The North American Champion is understandably pretty cocky, but it costs him a couple of times early on as the determined and Limitless Lee is aggressive and proactive throughout.

    Lee goes for broke late in the matchup as he looks to dive off the top rope! But Dream leaps up and catches him with a big time dropkick in mid-air! Dream then goes for the cover! 1! 2! But Lee throws his shoulder up for the count of two. Dream brings Lee up to his feet and goes for THE DREAM VALLEY DRIVER but Lee slides off his shoulders and hammers him in the back. He hammers him again and then goes off to the ropes. He runs to the side of Dream, hits the ropes again and comes back and LAUNCHES HIMSELF at Dream with a POUNCE! He covers Dream! 1! 2! KICK OUT!

    Keith then picks himself up and looks understandably frustrated. He’s yet to take Dream out and that definitely seems to be affecting him. He pulls Dream up and hits him with a couple of forearms. He then shoots him over to the ropes and bends down. But, the North American Champion comes back with a HUGE kick to the chest! He then pulls himself down under Lee and POWERS HIM UP ON HIS SHOULDERS SOMEHOW! AND HE HITS HIM WITH THE DREAM VALLEY DRIVER!!! Dream then goes for the cover! 1! 2! 3-NO!!

    Lee kicks out of The Dream Valley Driver!! Velveteen is stunned and so is the Full Sail crowd. He picks himself up and argues with the official, while we see that Keith is getting himself up to his feet. Keith then gets up on the ropes, and Dream comes over. He angrily punches Lee in the face a couple of times, venting his frustration in a physical way. The referee accosts him, and then Dream relents for a moment before going for a Superkick! But Lee catches him by the boot!! Dream’s eyes widen as he bounces around, and Keith then busts out the GRIZZLY MAGNUM (Mongolian Chop for those scoring at home!)! Keith then brings Dream up onto HIS shoulders, walks around with him and goes for the SUPER NOVA! BUT DREAM LANDS ON HIS FEET! AND HE CONNECTS WITH THE SUPERKICK THIS TIME!! And for added measure, Velveteen goes over, climbs up to the top rope, LAUNCHES OFF AND HITS THE PURPLE RAINMAKER!! Right into the heart of Lee!! He hooks both legs! 1! 2! 3!!!

    WINNER — The Velveteen Dream via pin fall at 15:56.
    And it's The Velveteen Dream who emerges victorious!! The crowd lets out a round of cheers as Dream pulls himself up to his feet and is in celebration mode already. He takes his North American Championship and hoists it up in the air. Even while not defending it, he’s still a very proud and prideful champion. Replays air of the exciting sequences of this match, and we then pick Dream going up the ramp with the title around his waist. The camera cuts to Keith Lee, who seems certainly disgruntled. He put up an outstanding fight and put out an outstanding effort. And in the end, it still wasn’t enough for him to pick up a victory against The Dream.

    Velveteen gets up to the top of the ramp, and suddenly… “LOOK EVERYONE, IT’S TYLER!”

    A positively SHOCKING sound rips through Full Sail Live!! “#MMMGORGEOUS” PLAYS OUT ON THE LOUDSPEAKERS, and making his RETURN to NXT…

    Is TYLER BREEZE!

    Full Sail can’t believe it! Mauro, Nigel and Percy can’t believe it!! THE VELVETEEN DREAM CAN’T BELIEVE IT!! Tyler Breeze is here, and he’s staring right into the eyes of the North American Champion!!

    END OF SHOW


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    KOFI KINGSTON TO DEFEND WWE CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST BRAUN STROWMAN AT MONEY IN THE BANK

    Kofi Kingston's first title defense as WWE Champion has just been officially announced.

    At Money in the Bank on May 19, the new incumbent champion will be tasked with taking on a monstrous task. Kingston will face off with 'The Monster Among Men' Braun Strowman with the most coveted prize in the sports entertainment industry hanging in the balance.

    Strowman's victory in The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal impressed The McMahon Family enough to allow for him to be granted this WWE Championship Match. It's Strowman's first-ever chance to pick up the WWE Championship in his destructive career so far. He has had many an opportunity at the WWE Universal Championship. He will not be challenging for that championship for the foreseeable future now of course, as The Monster Among Men was sent over to SmackDown Live in last week's Superstar Shakeup.

    Obviously, Braun will have a decided advantage over Kofi in the size and strength department. But Kingston will assuredly be ready for this challenge, having gone through the gamut on the way to WrestleMania. He went up against the best of the best in Daniel Bryan on the big stage, and managed to achieve his dream of becoming WWE Champion against the mighty Bryan. So Kofi has displayed the heart of a champion before, and it is almost certain that he will again in Hartford at Money in the Bank.

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    RAW PREVIEW
    MASSIVE MAIN EVENT ANNOUNCED; MIZTV WITH IOWA'S OWN; WOMEN'S MONEY IN THE BANK QUALIFIERS TO BEGIN


    On the heels of the Superstar Shakeup, two of Raw's newest stars will be going toe to toe in the main event of the evening.

    AJ Styles and The Miz have had their battles on SmackDown Live before. But just one week after being brought to Raw in the Superstar Shakeup, The Phenomenal One and The Awesome One will tangle on Monday Night Raw for the first time in over three years.

    Styles and Miz, who both won at WrestleMania over Randy Orton and Shane McMahon, will be competing for a huge opportunity. The winner of this match will go on to Raw to face Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship at Money in the Bank on May 19 in Hartford, Connecticut.

    The McMahon Family has also decided to add a further element to this match, as the loser will be representing the Raw brand in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match that night. Despite apparent begrudging from Shane McMahon, WWE.com can confirm that this stipulation will be intact regardless, even though Shane's ire for The Miz was apparently a sticking point during the formulation of this match. This was done in part to reward both men, no matter the result, as they each scored huge victories at the biggest show of the year.

    Additionally, The Miz will be a big fixture on Raw, as he will host the Universal Champion and Iowa's own Seth Rollins on a special episode of MizTV, emanating from Des Moines. Will The Phenomenal One confront The Awesome One before their encounter later on in the night?

    Also, two Women's Money in the Bank qualifiers will begin on Monday night as well. WWE.com can announce that one of the qualifying matches will feature six-time Women's Champion Mickie James taking on former SmackDown Live Women's Champion Naomi.

    Only time will tell to see how everything shakes out, and you'll have to tune in to Raw to find out!

    MATCHES ANNOUNCED FOR RAW:


    Universal Championship #1 Contender's Match | Loser Goes to MITB Ladder Match
    AJ Styles vs. The Miz


    Women's Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
    Mickie James vs. Naomi


    Women's Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
    Participants TBA


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    Current Card for WWE Money in the Bank
    Date:
    May 19th 2019
    Location: Hartford, Connecticut; XL Center
    Event Music: Jim Johnston; Money

    Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
    AJ Styles OR The Miz vs. 3 Other Raw Participants vs. 4 SmackDown Live Participants


    Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
    Mickie James OR Naomi vs. 3 Other Raw Participants vs. 4 SmackDown Live Participants



    WWE Championship Match
    Kofi Kingston defends against Braun Strowman


    WWE Universal Championship Match
    Seth Rollins defends against AJ Styles OR The Miz
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    Kofi/Braun should be A LOT of fun, as Braun is the kind of big man that will be awesome for Kingston to play with. I completely expect a Kofi retain as well. Hopefully you do something nice with Braun though and not just book him in endless angles with no real outcome except for a failed titles shot like WWE do.

    Preview for Raw looks good as well, Miztv and main event should both be pretty fun.

    Good to see this is still on track, looking forward to Raw.








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    - I do have to wonder if this culminates in a Braun Strowman heel turn especially now that Braun is no longer on RAW and is on Smackdown Live basically facing off against Kofi who is so much more smaller than he is? Basically it is David vs Goliath but also because of the fact that Strowman as a babyface he is actually kind of grown stale but even if Kofi somehow someway retains...there is always the issue of whoever wins the Money in the Bank Ladder Match because he could cash in on Kofi right after his match

    - I wonder who qualifies for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match? Well as for who I think qualifies: The Miz (RAW), McIntyre (RAW), Ricochet (RAW) and Randy Orton (RAW)...and the Smackdown superstars that I think will qualify will be Finn Balor (WWE Intercontinental Champion) (SD Live), Aleister Black (Smackdown Live), Kevin Owens (SD Live) and Andrade (SD)

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    Raw — April 22, 2019
    Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena



    The clock turns to 7 p.m. local time here in Des Moines, Iowa, as Raw is on the air. We begin not in the ring, or even in the arena. Instead, the cameras are stationed outside the Wells Fargo Arena. The sun is setting, and it’s a pretty picturesque night. Suddenly, someone is seen driving a motorcycle. This is a sight that’s familiar with the viewers of Raw, especially those who tuned in just last week. That motorcycle rolls on up to the back entrance of the arena. The camera picks it up from behind, as we see that two women are on the bike. One hops off, and that figure’s pretty recognizable, considering that she has ‘Queen of Spades’ drawn onto the back of the jacket. The other has an unmistakable ‘ROWDY’ written on her jacket, meanwhile.

    The camera pivots around, and we see the woman off the bike take off her helmet, and we see that it’s Shayna Baszler! Baszler looks over at the other driver, smirks and throws up the 4. The driver nods her head, throws up the 4 herself and then speeds away. Baszler continues to smile as the camera zooms in on her. It’s clear that Shayna’s here and perhaps ready to stir up the pot even more again this week after delivering quite a message last week. Her friend? Well… she’s off on the road yet again, and it seems obvious to everyone that there’s indeed something going on here that everyone is going to have to start paying attention to.

    We cut straight over to the announce table for a cold opening reminiscent of those that used to happen on Monday nights over on TNT. Michael Cole welcomes us to the broadcast with no fanfare or theme music. Instead, Cole, alongside Renee Young and Corey Graves, begins to talk about what happened last week with Shayna Baszler with a crowd boasting behind them. Cole says that it’s clear that The Queen of Spades is intent on leaving a path of destruction behind her, but she very well might not be alone, if what we just saw was any indication. Corey says that it is abundantly clear to him that Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey are working together. To him, it’s flat out as can be, as we just saw Ronda drop Shayna off at the arena after she picked her up from the arena last week in Montreal. And Corey says that is putting Becky Lynch in danger, big time, as if she didn’t have anything else to worry about. Renee, meanwhile, says she was a little cautious admittedly as she’s not one to jump to conclusions, but two weeks in a row of this seems like an awfully big coincidence. She isn’t sure what this means for the rest of the women’s division on Raw, but certainly, a storm seems to be brewing. Graves says that the only people that should REALLY be concerned are Lynch, Bayley and Sasha Banks, and perhaps Charlotte Flair as well, even though she seems very unbothered. Renee then mentions that she’ll be interviewing Sasha Banks later on tonight, which should certainly be a spectacle.
    Nevertheless, the show must go on. Go on it soon does, as we hear the theme song of one of the most gifted female talents in WWE today. That woman is Naomi, as she comes out to a nice reaction from the fans. Mike Rome announces that this looming contest is a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match, which certainly raises the stakes a bit. Cole informs us that we’ll see another MITB qualifier later tonight, although he doesn’t disclose what it will be. Commentary hypes Naomi up as someone who could certainly boost herself up with a big win again after picking one up last week in her Raw debut. She then turns her attention to the stage, as Mickie James makes her way out. James is somebody who assuredly could do themselves good with a victory and commentary notes that she made a big claim two weeks ago that she was going to be demanding respect around here. Corey says that she shouldn’t have to, but she obviously feels compelled to now that she’s been MIA lately and doesn’t blame her at all.
    1 — WOMEN’S MONEY IN THE BANK QUALIFYING MATCH
    Naomi vs. Mickie James


    Naomi and Mickie are tasked with opening this edition of Raw from the in-ring perspective. Open they do with a loud bang. Naomi’s energy is apparent and abundant as she ups the pace right form the jump. She overwhelms James and eventually sends her out of the ring. With her on the outside, the Orlando native climbs up to the top rope. She looks down at Mickie and FLIES off the top rope, landing down on James with a huge cross body block!! Fired up, Naomi gets the crowd alive and we then head to the first commercial break of the evening…

    …And out of that commercial break, Naomi’s energetic start has been stymied. Replays show that Mickie was able to snuff her out with a huge side kick that sent her crashing off the apron and out to the floor. Since then, our commentators say, The Mick has been able to take control of the match and ground her. Naomi gets up to her feet as Mickie has her in a hammerlock. But, as Naomi goes to twist herself out, James twists her right back in and clotheslines her off her feet! James goes for the cover. 1! 2! Shoulder up from Naomi, which agitates The Mick a little.

    James gets herself up and sends Naomi hard into the corner. She goes in and elevates her boot up into her throat and chokes her with it. She relents at the count of four, then runs in and throws her knee up in Naomi’s face! She tosses Naomi down on the mat and then sits up on the top rope. She then climbs up to the top rope, waits for Naomi to get there, wraps her legs around her neck and drops off and hits the Mick-a-canrana! James goes over and hooks both legs. 1! 2! KICK OUT! Naomi stays alive! Mickie angrily looks over at the official, and shakes her head as she then looks over at Naomi. She crouches down, preying on her, waiting for her to get up to her feet. Naomi soon does, and The Mick looks to take her off her feet with THE MICK KICK—NO! SPINNING HEEL KICK BY NAOMI!!

    A desperate but effective kick takes James off her feet! Naomi gets up to her feet and pulls Mickie over near the corner. Naomi then grabs the top rope, slingshotting herself up, SPLITS HER LEGS, bounces off the top rope and HITS A MOONSAULT!! She covers! 1! 2! SHOULDER UP! James is not ready to hear the bell ring, and she gets the shoulder up in the nick of time to keep the match going. Naomi picks James up to her feet and knees her in the face. She gives another knee and then a kick to the side of her body. She goes for another, but Mickie grabs her boot! Naomi is caught hopping! Mickie walks to the center with her opponent’s boot still in her grasp. Mickie then knees her in the gut, grabs her by the head, and looks to hit the Mickie-DT! Mickie jumps up in the air… but Naomi brings her down on her feet! She then trips her up, jumps over and rolls through!! 1! 2! 3!!!


    WINNER — Naomi via pin fall at 10:17. Naomi qualifies for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
    Naomi is going to Money in the Bank! For the second consecutive year, MITB will FEEL THE GLOW as Naomi has defeated Mickie James! She jumps out of the ring promptly after scoring the victory, and Mickie can’t believe it. She is absolutely astonished that she wasn’t able to pick up the victory, especially since she was mere moments away from hitting the Mickie-DT until things went south. A few replays of the high points of the match are shown, and we then see Naomi, all smiles, backing up the ramp. Renee hypes her victory up, while Graves claims that she got lucky and that James was all but headed to MITB and would be in a “just world.” Cole then reveals that later tonight, Ember Moon will lock up with Natalya for the second Raw spot for the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!

    In addition, we learn that the United States Champion Samoa Joe will be in action tonight! Also, a special look at ‘The One and Only’ Ricochet!

    Backstage, we see Seth Rollins walking through the corridor, which gathers a BIG pop from the crowd. The Universal Champion will be on a special edition of MizTV — NEXT!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    A video plays as we return from break, highlighting the destructive path that the United States Champion Samoa Joe has left behind him before arriving to Raw. It’s a bit different than the one we saw last week, which of course announced his jump to the brand via the Superstar Shakeup.
    We then go to the ring, where the setup for MizTV has infiltrated the ring. Of course, The Miz is here too, and he welcomes us to the most must-see talk show in WWE history. Miz is then quick to introduce his guest, saying that he doesn’t want to keep the home state crowd waiting too long, so he brings out the Universal Champion Seth Rollins! Rollins walks out to a monster reaction from the home state faithful, and he himself is wearing a custom t-shirt and his gear. Of course, his Universal Championship’s in tow as well, as he holds it up high and then makes his way down the ramp. Rollins enters the ring and sits down in the director’s chair. Miz welcomes him to the show, and Rollins goes to speak, but the crowd cuts him off. Seth laughs and says hello to everyone here in Iowa, and they respond with a pretty massive pop.

    Miz asks Seth how it feels to be Universal Champion here in his home state of Iowa. He responds by saying that he had a vision that this was going to happen, so he feels great and validated for that vision. He says he knew, all along, that he was going to beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, which gathers a very nice pop. He says that this was the expectation, not the dream, so he feels fantastic. Miz says that he’s glad that he feels great, and says that lately he’s been as sharp as can be. However, Miz asks him how he’s feeling after what happened last week. He points up to the TitanTron, and we get a recap of what happened, that being that Randy Orton hit him with an RKO at the conclusion of the broadcast. Seth replies by saying he’s taken a number of those in the past, and it doesn’t feel unfamiliar. But, Rollins looks over at The Miz and says he has a question for him. Miz looks over as Seth asks him where Miz was when that happened.

    Rollins looks over at the TitanTron as another video plays, showing what happened prior to the RKO. That being that The Miz patted him on the shoulder and then leaving the ring, which left him susceptible to that RKO. Miz gets on the mic and tells Seth that he didn’t know that Randy Orton was going to strike. Seth says that he believes him, and that he was mostly busting his chops, and that he’d certainly ponder doing the same thing if the roles were reversed. Especially since, as Rollins points out, there’s no love lost between he and Miz, harking to their feud last year over the Intercontinental Championship. Rollins then also brings up the fact that tonight, The Miz will face AJ Styles for the right to face him at Money in the Bank. Miz says that’s correct, and that’s part of why he’s glad that he got him on the show tonight. It appeared that The Miz was going to get up to talk, but as he did, the music of The Phenomenal One hit!

    AJ Styles enters the arena to a pretty vocal reaction from the Wells Fargo Arena crowd. Styles, holding a microphone, gets on it and says he’s sorry to interrupt, but couldn’t help but feel like intervening anyway. He brings up that he’s very familiar with The Miz, having scrapped with him a few times on SmackDown Live before. But, as some might not realize, he’s not so familiar with the Universal Champion. In fact, as Styles points out, the two superstars have NEVER faced off one-on-one in WWE despite being prominent faces over the last three years. Styles says that he’s heard the talk all over the WWE Universe, as some have called Rollins ‘The Best in the World.’ Miz, bringing up his mic, quips that that can’t possibly be true, because that’s Shane McMahon’s title. That gets some laughs, especially so out of the other two. Rollins gets on the mic and says that to him, that chatter is correct. Styles prods him and says that he’s paid attention to everything that Seth has done. The Phenomenal One runs down all that he’s done and all those who he’s defeated over the past three years. However, in AJ Styles’ mind, you can’t be the Best in the World until you beat AJ Styles!

    Miz then gets up from his seat and says he has a question then: What does that make him? Because as Miz points out, he’s racked up victories, one way or another, over both men in the past few years too! Tension rises here in this sequence… until we unfortunately hear the music of The Lone Wolf! That’s right, Baron Corbin is here. Corbin angrily stamps out and kills the music quickly. He looks out towards the ring and expresses anger towards what he’s seeing right now. Corbin says that he retired Kurt Angle at WrestleMania and deserves a lot more respect from EVERYBODY around here apparently. He says that he doesn’t understand why AJ Styles and The Miz, two people from SMACKDOWN LIVE, got opportunities right as soon as they got here to Raw and why he’s being left out in the cold. Corbin says that the same thing happened over on SmackDown Live too, saying that Braun Strowman got a WWE Championship shot against Kofi Kingston because he won The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. But there’s no reward for Baron Corbin anywhere, and that makes him sick! He says that he wants justice, and wants there to be a Triple Threat Match tonight featuring he, AJ Styles and The Miz to face Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship!

    The Miz then nods at both men and looks over at Baron Corbin. Miz tells Baron to ponder this — The McMahon Family came to this decision and put HIM in this match, despite the fact that Shane McMahon has an axe to grind. And Miz says that they didn’t even seem to CONSIDER Baron Corbin, so that should explain everything to him! Styles then gets on the mic and looks out at Corbin and says that he’s had a couple of fights with him in the past, and would like to get his hands on him again sometime, but nothing that Baron Corbin’s ever done is as good as what AJ Styles has done! Rollins, laughing, gets on the mic and looks over at Baron. The crowd eggs Seth on to say something, and tells Corbin that last week, he got beat up by one hometown kid in Sami Zayn, and the way things look, Baron Corbin’s new thing might be to get beaten up by the hometown kids every week!

    Corbin, angry, goes after Seth on the mic, saying that he’s got something that he wants. Corbin then dares him to face him tonight! He brings up the fact that Seth did all this talking about being a fighting champion, and he hasn’t defended his championship once since winning it at WrestleMania. So, Corbin proposes that he get what he deserves tonight - a WWE Universal Championship shot against the hometown boy Seth Rollins! Rollins looks around and then asks Corbin if that’s what he really wants. Corbin says hell yeah it is. Seth then fires back and says that he’s in the mood to kick some ass here in Des Moines, and if it’s not gonna be The Miz or AJ Styles, then Baron Corbin is just fine! So, Rollins all but accepts Baron’s challenge, and now we wonder to see if it shall be approved!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    We’re back in Des Moines. We go from one segment with a champion to another, as the Raw Tag Team Champions have entered the building! Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder make their way to the ring with the belts on their shoulders. Our esteemed commentators talk over their win at WrestleMania two weeks ago, and say that this is the first time that they’ve wrestled since that night. Factual and helpful. They flash it back to last week, when Hawkins and Ryder talked with Sarah Schreiber. Their comments about being ready for any and all challengers ring very loudly here, as they get into the ring with some local talents here in Iowa.
    2 — Non-Title Tag Team Match
    Raw Tag Team Champs, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder vs. Dane and Wayne Bryant


    In what’s nothing more than a showcase match for the new champs, Hawkins and Ryder combat Dane and Wayne Bryant here and promptly dismiss them in relatively short order. Ryder does a lot of the leg work here, with Hawkins staying on the apron quite a bit. Renee wonders if he perhaps wants to make sure that he’s not jinxing anything, to which Graves says that might be some cowardice there. Nevertheless, Hawkins comes in towards the end and drops Dane Bryant with The Heat Seeking Elbow for the win!

    WINNERS — Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder via pin fall at 3:07.
    Hawkins and Ryder stand up and raise their arms up in victory. They hear their names called by Mike Rome, and are then awarded their titles back to them. We get some replays of the action from the match, albeit short, and Hawkins and Ryder then ‘clink’ their championships, a la the team that they took the titles from at WrestleMania. They then exit the ring, but suddenly the camera picks up a duo hopping over the barricade! That duo turns out to be none other than The Revival!! AND DASH AND DAWSON ATTACK HAWKINS AND RYDER!!!

    Dash and Dawson, both dressed in street clothes, black t-shirts and jeans, wallop the two of them at ringside. Dash drives his knee hard into Ryder’s gut a couple of times as he stands him up against the side of the ring. Dawson, meanwhile, continues laying into Hawkins over by the barricade, lifts him up and drops him down HARD on the top of the barricade. With Hawkins briefly indisposed, Dawson walks over and he and Dash continue to bully Ryder at ringside. They pound away and then throw him into the ring. They then go into the ring, lurk for a little bit as Ryder helps himself up to his feet. He then turns around and Dash lifts him up and Dawson runs over and they drop him with the Shatter Machine!!

    But The Revival aren’t done. They then turn their attention to Hawkins, who realizes now that his partner’s been incapacitated. Hawkins daringly runs into the ring, but Dash and Dawson are there to meet him! They stamp all over him by the ropes, mugging him and brutalizing him stomp by stomp by stomp. Dawson then signals something to Dash and the two of them then go onto the apron. Dawson then picks Hawkins up and props him up against the ringpost. He then goes up in his face, and angrily looks on. He tells Hawkins that this is just the start, and Dawson then pulls him in, PROPS HIM UP AND DASH JUMPS UP AND THEY DELIVER THE SHATTER MACHINE TO CURT HAWKINS ON THE APRON!

    Dawson helps Dash off the apron after he’d dropped Hawkins down on it with their brutal finisher. We get a replay of their destruction in the ring, capped off by the two Shatter Machines to the Raw Tag Team Champions. Cole accosts them for their actions, while Corey lauds them for it. Graves says that he wants to see this side of The Revival, because that’s been a gear missing from them the last few years, even while they were Raw Tag Team Champions. We see Dash and Dawson, now at the top of the ramp, admiring their work as Hawkins and Ryder are still very much reeling in the ring. The Revival smiles and each of them hoists up two fingers, signifying that they’re aiming to be two-time champs very soon.
    Smoothly transitioning backstage, we see Charly Caruso standing by with a mic in her hand. Caruso, standing outside the McMahon’s office, alerts the world that the challenge thrown down by Baron Corbin has OFFICIALLY been put to action! That means that, later on tonight, the former Constable of Monday Night Raw will go one on one with Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship! As Caruso goes on, Randy Orton then appears in screenshot. He goes to knock on the McMahon’s door, but Caruso then stops him and asks him why he’s here. The Viper looks at Caruso and says that he has a bone to pick. Orton brings up the fact that last week, he hit Seth Rollins with an RKO. He says that this #1 Contender’s Match later tonight is a farce without him around, because nobody can make an impact as quickly and as, well, impactful as he can. Caruso then informs him that he must not have heard the news. Orton side eyes her, and Chuck informs him that Rollins will be challenging Baron Corbin for the Universal Championship later tonight. That… doesn’t seem to go over well with Orton, who glares and shakes his head as he heads off into the distance.
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    Back to the airwaves we go. Renee Young is standing up on the stage, mic in hand, and she then welcomes Sasha Banks to the stage. Banks receives a very nice pop from the Des Moines crowd, as one half of the Women’s Tag Team Champions makes her way out. Absent is Bayley this week, which isn’t too surprising, considering that she’s officially a SmackDown Live superstar. The Boss though is definitely not looking too pleased as she walks up to Renee. Young then thanks Banks for joining her, and starts off by putting her hand up towards the TitanTron.

    A video then plays. It recaps the events that surrounded last week’s Women’s Tag Team Championships Match between The Boss and Hug Connection and The Divas of Doom. Of course, a lot of the focus played out OUTSIDE the match, as Becky Lynch was knocked out by “somebody.” The video continues, showing Sasha and Bayley going back to check on Becky, and then Banks finding the calling card - The Queen of Spades. Banks’ pursuit of one Shayna Baszler is then shown, but of course it went unfounded, as she was taken away by “somebody” who was wearing a “ROWDY!” jacket.

    The video then concludes. Our cameras focus in on Banks, who has a very sour look on her face. Renee asks her two questions — What’s the fallout been since last week? And how is Becky Lynch doing? Sasha looks at Renee and answers the first question by saying that Becky Lynch is recuperating. She says though that she’s not here tonight, which understandably get some audible groans from the crowd. The Boss then says to Renee that the fallout from last week hasn’t been too great.

    Banks points out that her best friend, tag team partner and fellow champion isn’t even on the Raw brand anymore. So, right now, she’s on her own. This especially rings true considering that Banks makes it a point to say that someone in particular is showing no interest in siding with them. Renee looks to clarify that that’s Charlotte Flair and Sasha, emphatically, says yes it is. The Boss then says that it’s unfortunate but not surprising that Charlotte is letting her ego get the best of her. Banks says that there may have been a time where she and Charlotte saw eye to eye but that it’s been years since that’s been the case for a reason. She says that when it comes to being a competitor, Charlotte is among the best and has always brought the best out of her. But when it comes to being an ally, that’s no longer the case, because it’s basically impossible for her to think of anyone but herself.

    Renee then moves on and asks her about how she failed to corral Shayna Baszler last week, and if that’s had an effect on her. Sasha says that it has had an effect, a big one at that. She says that she’s been thinking about it all week. She also says that if the rumors are true and that Ronda Rousey was in fact the one to pick her up last week and drop her off tonight, then that only further infuriates her. Renee asks Sasha if she knows that Shayna is here tonight, and Sasha says that she does but she hasn’t been able to find her, but suddenly the crowd starts to ROAR! Why? Well… The Man has come around!

    Without any music or fanfare Becky Lynch walks out on stage. Carrying her SmackDown Live Women’s Championship while her Raw Women’s Championship is strapped ‘round her waist, Becky, dressed in all black with her ‘BECKY 2 BELTS’ shirt on, trots over to Renee and Sasha. Banks looks quite a bit surprised, and Becky carries a big ol’ smirk on her face as she leans into the mic. Lynch says that Sasha looks a little surprised to see her. Banks says she is, and Lynch says that nobody can keep The Man at bay no matter what.

    Lynch apologizes for interrupting, but Sasha says that it’s all good. Lynch then asks Renee if she has any questions for her now. Young asks her how she’s doing. Lynch lets out a laugh and says that besides yet another bruise on her neck, she’s still standing tall with both her titles in tow. So, in other words, she’s doing quite fine. Renee asks her if it was in fact Shayna who took her out last week, just to confirm. Becky says that yes, it was that The Duchess of Spades who took her out last week. She paints the picture, saying that Shayna barged into her locker room, and she tried to take her down, but Baszler snuck a sucker punch in and choked her out.

    Becky then takes a moment to talk about what Sasha was saying earlier about Charlotte Flair. The Man couldn’t agree more with Banks’ assessment, as she calls Flair a dope. As far as she’s concerned though, she says as she looks at Sasha, Charlotte ain’t part of this fight to her. Banks looks on, knowing that Becky’s disdain for Charlotte isn’t a surprise, but also knowing in the back of her mind that their unity or lack thereof may cost them, so she says not a word but nods instead. Renee then asks her the same question regarding Shayna, and whether or not she’s seen her tonight. Lynch goes on to say the same thing… but there is suddenly a big buzz developing in the crowd over by the ring.

    The camera cuts over, and it picks up the fact that SHAYNA BASZLER IS WALKING THROUGH THE TUNNEL AND TOWARDS THE RING!

    The crowd’s reaction thunderously roams around the Wells Fargo Arena. The Man and The Boss quickly take notice of Baszler, who is fearlessly stomping towards the barricade. The Queen of Spades’ presence has everyone’s attention in the building, for sure. And she knows it in the way she walks and in her facial expressions also. Shayna comes up to the barricade, and instead of climbing OVER it, she merely climbs up and sits atop it. Baszler chomps on some gum, looks out towards Becky and Sasha, and smiles. Banks and Lynch look on as Renee stands there, rather awkwardly, not knowing exactly what to do. Lynch shakes her head and she goes to make her way down the ramp! Sasha, though, stays in front of her and seemingly shields her from doing so.

    The camera cuts over to Baszler, who checks her watch and motions for Becky to come get some. Sasha is still in front of her and trying to get her to calm down, maybe to avoid repeats of the last two weeks. Suddenly, as this powder keg situation seems to be heading for an explosion, the music of Cedric Alexander suddenly hits! Awkwardly, Alexander walks out as we all suspect that this segment has ran over its time. Cedric looks at all three women, while the camera cuts over to Shayna, who’s laughing over on the barricade. The camera cuts back to Ceddy, who’s pointing to his wrist, saying that they told him that it’s time for his match. Renee tries to get everyone shuffled away, and Lynch continues to glare over at Baszler, who throws the ‘4’ up and then hops off the barricade to head to the tunnel again.
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    Back from the break, and the attention is still on Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks. Banks and Lynch both don’t appear to be very happy, especially since that situation they were just involved with didn’t lead to any good for, well, either woman. Lynch stops walking and looks over at Banks. She asks her why she restrained her from getting her hands on Baszler. Banks says that she wants Shayna as much as Becky does, but she can’t let Shayna dictate her every move. Sasha tells Becky that they’re going to have to work together to solve this problem, and Becky knows it.

    Lynch asks Sasha if she’s sure about that. Sasha, confused, asks her what she means. The Man responds by telling Sasha that she has no problem with this alliance that’s been formed between herself, Bayley and Sasha. But, Becky says that for the last eight months, she’s been The Man for a reason, and that above all, she’s Sasha Banks’ friend and ally… but what she's not is Sasha Banks’ tag team partner. Lynch says that she’s proven that she can fight her own battles pretty well too. Becky gives a nod to both of her titles to try and prove her point. Banks looks on, rather taken aback and… perhaps even a bit angry now, as Becky saunters away.
    3 — Singles Match
    Cedric Alexander vs. Sunil Singh (w/ Samir Singh, Jinder Mahal)


    Raw settles down after it appeared we were going to get a very chaotic situation before the break. Nevertheless, Cedric Alexander’s second match on Raw will go as planned, as Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks were whisked away. Alexander takes on Sunil Singh, with Samir and Jinder Mahal at ringside. Last week, of course, Alexander fell to Jinder in his first match on the Raw brand since the Superstar Shakeup brought him there. It was not without controversy, as both Singh Brothers’ involvement on the outside allowed for Mahal to hit the Khallas on Ceddy. This time however, things seemingly go in a more positive direction for The Queen City’s Favorite Son. Cedric lights Sunil up big time from pillar to post. And while Samir and Jinder both try to get involved, Alexander is far more prepared to take them down. Eventually, Sunil is brought down with a huge Lumbar Check, and Alexander gets the 1! 2! 3!

    WINNER — Cedric Alexander via pin fall at 5:09.
    After the match ends, Jinder Mahal dives into the ring to go after Cedric Alexander. Alexander, however, has him beat as he rolls out of the ring quickly. Ceddy lets out a smile, having picked up his first win as a Raw superstar, redeeming himself after last week’s shortcoming. Jinder is furious, meanwhile, and glares down at Alexander from inside the ring. Samir Singh helps up his brother Sunil, but The Modern Day Maharajah and his focus is quite clearly supplanted on Ceddy, who is feeling nothing but joy right now. We get some replays of the big moments of the match, and we come back to Cedric motioning at Jinder, implying that he wants another crack at him soon. And by the looks of it, he feels confident he’ll get the job done this time.
    Cutting backstage, the camera finds Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder. The Raw Tag Team Champions are currently being helped to the trainers room. But as they’re being brought there, The Revival storms over and starts to ambush them!! Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson kick and stomp away at Hawkins and Ryder despite the fact that many an official is trying to restrain them. They continue to get their shots in, as Dash picks up Hawkins and throws him into the wall! Dawson, meanwhile, yanks Ryder up and knees him in the gut, and then SPIKES HIM with a big DDT on the concrete floor! The Revival then get up and trash talk Hawkins and Ryder, telling them that their title reign won’t be lasting much longer, as the two then storm away, having picked them apart not once, but twice.
    We then cut away to another part of the arena. A darker part of the arena, to be specific. The camera reveals Ruby Riott, tatted arms folded, as she’s standing against the wall. She looks off to the side, not directly at the camera. Ruby begins to talk about how The Riott Squad came to fruition almost a year and a half ago. She said that when they started, her goal as the leader was to ensure that they were a terror to everybody on the WWE roster. She walks us through, as we get footage of their arrival on SmackDown in November 2017. Riott talks over it, saying they could not have started any better.

    Riott says, however, that things fizzled out quickly for them. She was unable to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Fastlane in 2018. Then, however, things changed as they were brought to Raw. This was an opportunity, Riott says, for them to all refocus. For a while, Ruby says, she was proud of what they were doing. They clearly drove a wedge between the likes of The Boss and Hug Connection and were still aiming to assert themselves as a dominant threat. But, once again, Ruby says with frustration in her voice that things came undone. As footage from Evolution plays, she tells everyone that they failed to get it done on the biggest stage that the women have ever produced in WWE. Riott informs everyone of a secret that she’s never told anyone publicly — that after that match, she thought about dropping The Riott Squad for good.

    Ruby says that she was clear after that match that happened that things needed to change. Sarah Logan said that she was ultimately fine with whatever choice that Ruby had to make. Liv Morgan, however, was far more adamant in trying to keep them together. Riott says that secretly, the two of them quarreled a lot. Things erupted, she says, after Elimination Chamber. She got heated with both of them after they were unable to capture the Women’s Tag Team Championships. And again, Riott says that Morgan and her tussled because Morgan made a quip about how Ruby couldn’t defeat Ronda Rousey either. Ruby knew right then and there that Morgan had to be dealt with somehow, someway, but kept on believing that she would turn it around.

    Ruby says that two months later, that moment never came around. And that’s why she did what she did last week. As footage of that attack plays, Riott says that she believed in Liv Morgan, but Liv never truly gave her a reason to believe. She called Liv the weak link of The Riott Squad and said that she blames herself because she should’ve picked somebody better and if she did, The Riott Squad may still be standing here today. She runs Liv down, calling her weak-minded and fragile. She says that she hopes for the best for Logan but she won’t forgive Liv Morgan for doing the unforgivable — ruining The Riott Squad.
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    We come back to the broadcast and immediately, we’re hit with the theme music of the United States Champion. That of course being Samoa Joe, who stomps out to the stage. Joe, carrying the U.S. Title in his hand, walks down to the ring at a brisk pace. Our commentators hype him up, saying he’s no stranger to Raw, harkening back to his time on the brand in 2017 going into 2018, where he’s spent the last year on SmackDown Live. All the while, his opponent, Clayton Haynes, awaits him in the ring. Haynes is a local product from Iowa evidently, and he gets the “honor” to face Joe in… uh, a “competitive” match.

    Joe goes into the ring and gets on the mic. He says that he’s glad to be back on Monday Night Raw, and this time he’s the United States Champion. Joe says that in the past, many have partaken in United States Championship Open Challenges. Joe says that he’s not going to do that, which gets some boos, predictably. He says, however, that he’s feeling generous tonight. It’s his first night on Raw, after all. So, looking directly at Haynes, he informs him that he just talked to the McMahon Family, and this match will be for Samoa Joe’s United States Championship. Wow!
    4 — United States Championship Match
    US Champ, Samoa Joe defends against Clayton Haynes


    And… this goes about as predictably as possible. Haynes runs over and jumps up on Joe in the corner. Joe absorbs a beating for a couple of seconds, well, “beating…” and then clutches him and SLAMS him to the mat with a Uranage! Joe then runs up and drops down on Haynes with a BIG Running Senton! As Haynes grabs his stomach and rolls over, Joe pounces and grabs him and slaps the Coquina Clutch on!!! And rather promptly, Haynes taps out!!

    WINNER — Samoa Joe via submission at 1:07. Joe RETAINS the United States Championship.
    And after the 67-second match, Joe keeps the vice lock grip he has on Haynes applied. Joe is not just intent with just winning this match and retaining his championship. He seems to want to send a message to the locker room. The referee tries to pull him off, but Joe doesn’t relent. Cole accosts him for not letting go, as does Renee, while Corey just talks up the narrative about him wanting to prove that he was a worthy champion over Haynes. A ridiculous talking point, but very Corey Graves nonetheless.

    Soon the ring floods with referees and agents. And after a while, Joe finally gets pulled off by somebody. He goes to swing back at them, but stops himself short. While the officials and other agents clear Haynes out of the ring, Joe looks into the eyes of the man who pulled him off Haynes. Who is that man?

    IT’S JASON JORDAN!


    Joe lets out a laugh after looking in Jordan’s eyes for a while. Jordan goes on about how he shouldn’t be doing that. Joe “daringly” asks Jordan what he’s gonna do about it. Jason shakes his head and Joe says to him that his daddy ain’t around to protect him any longer. Jordan looks on with some anger in his eyes as he tells Joe to calm down and leave the ring. Joe shakes his head, picks up the championship belt and looks at Jason. He says that he’s the champ, and he’ll leave when he wants to.

    And for now, he doesn’t want to, and he gets in Jason’s face off mic, shouting in his face that he bets he wishes he could fight for this championship. Jordan looks away, and Joe laughs. He asks why he’s not looking at him, and asks him if he can’t even bother to fight. Joe mocks him and dresses him down, saying that he knows the truth and he knows that he wishes he could fight for this championship.

    Just then, somebody enters the ring and causes Joe to look away.

    THAT SOMEONE IS CHAD GABLE!

    And… Samoa Joe just laughs. As Gable tells him off, Joe just laughs it all off and backs towards the ropes and leaves the ring. He tells them both to enjoy the reunion and walks up the ramp, title in tow, as his music hits. Gable goes over and asks if Jordan’s alright, to which Jordan replies that he is, and Chad continues to look on with a bit of rage in his eyes at the United States Champion, likely because he was threateningly acting out around his former tag team partner.
    Commentary then tries to settle things down after that chaotic segment. After they reset, Cole begins to talk about Ricochet. He calls him a worldwide superstar who has quickly been gaining attention in WWE as one of the brightest stars in the entire company. Cole then send us to a video that plays. The video highlights The One and Only and his upbringings in Kentucky. Ricochet’s childhood is showcased to us, as we receive a rather in-depth and intimate look at the rising star. The video concludes before we can get to talking about his sports entertainment career, and also says the three most important words: To Be Continued…
    The video ends and we hear the music of The Miz. Miz walks out onto the stage after the opening licks of his theme song hit the airwaves, and we see him for the second time tonight. This time, of course, he’ll be in action and mighty high stakes are on the line right now. This to say the very least. Miz begins to walk down the ramp and head towards the ring as our commentators hype up this upcoming titanous bout. Miz gets into the ring, and after he does, we send it to commercials, as Cole hypes up the forthcoming contest!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    After commercials roll, the show comes back on the air. Miz is inside the ring, eagerly ready for competition. Commentators make mention of the fact that the winner of this match will face the winner of tonight’s main event between Seth Rollins and Baron Corbin at Money in the Bank for the Universal Championship, while the loser will be placed in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. The music of The Phenomenal One then hits once again. AJ Styles makes his grand entrance, catching everyone’s attention here. Styles pulls his hood down and looks out at Miz, who’s gotten his garments off and is in his maroon trunks, ready to fight. Styles, meanwhile, is wearing his predominantly white attire with black in it, and he’s looking ready to rock and roll too. Styles gets up to the ring and jumps up on the apron. He climbs in, takes a gander at Miz before doing his trademark posing, and then takes his hoodie vest off and gets set to go.
    5 — UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP #1 CONTENDER’S MATCH
    *LOSER GOES TO MITB LADDER MATCH*
    The Miz vs. AJ Styles


    Miz and Styles start off the match by competing with high-level intensity. Styles of course has been around the block more than once in the last few years in title contention. But Miz, meanwhile, has not scratched that surface in a very long time. So you can tell by the way that he acts in the early stages of the match that he’s very desperate to get back into title contention. He has prided himself on being a great Intercontinental Champion, but he wants back on top, and that’s pretty evident.

    The action spills through a commercial break and eventually comes back. The crowd is pretty split as the match progresses. Miz has certainly gained more fandom by being realer and honest lately, while Styles of course, as always, has a very strong base behind him. In the late stages of the match, the two superstars seemingly start hitting each other harder. Styles wins a back-and-forth volley and props Miz up on his shoulders. He looks for the Ushigoroshi, but Miz slides down and looks to hit the SKULL-CRUSHING FINALE! But Styles elbows free. He then props Miz up on his shoulders again on his way back and CONNECTS with the Ushigoroshi! He goes for the cover. 1! 2! SHOULDER UP!

    Styles is a bit moved that he wasn’t able to get it done, but gets right back to work. He hits Miz with a couple of forearm shots, lifts him up and slams him down to the mat. Styles then goes out onto the apron and looks out at Miz. He grabs the top rope, jumps up onto the top rope, AND LAUNCHES OFF, LOOKING TO HIT A 450º SPLASH! NO! MIZ THROWS HIS KNEES UP AND IMMEDIATELY PULLS HIM IN FOR A CRADLE! 1! 2! NO! Styles kicks out!! Miz’s savvy nearly allowed for him to pick up the win, but AJ proved resilient enough to stay alive thus far.

    Styles stumbles up and goes into the corner, right where Miz wants him as he runs over and hits him hard. Miz then connects with a few more right hands, walks over to the opposite corner and then storms back. BOOM! He hits him with The Awesome Clothesline! Miz slides through the top and middle rope and climbs up to the top. Styles turns around and Miz leaps off, looking for a double axe handle, but AJ grabs his arms in mid-air! Miz drops down on his feet and widens his eyes. Styles throws his arms out and kicks him in the gut! He then sets him up for the STYLES CLASH, but Miz drops down on his feet and back drops Styles!

    BUT STYLES LANDS ON HIS FEET! AND HE CONNECTS WITH THE PELÉ KICK! Miz is out like a light on the mat, and AJ takes notice of this and heads to the apron quickly. He launches up, jumps off the top rope AND THIS TIME DOES CONNECT WITH THE 450º SPLASH! He covers right away! 1! 2! 3-NO! MIZ KICKS OUT! Miz kicks out of the 450º somehow, and Styles is beyond stunned, while the resiliency of The Miz to stay alive is ever apparent and abundant here for certain.

    Frustrated, Styles looks off at the ref with a glare and grabs Miz and hits him with a forearm shot. He hits another, and Styles goes over to the apron. He pulls up his elbow pad, and looks on as he’s aiming to hit The Phenomenal Forearm! AJ grabs the top rope, readies himself, and then slingshots up. He jumps off the top rope AND LOOKS TO TAKE MIZ’S HEAD OFF! NO! Miz tumbles out of the way! AJ lands on his feet and tumbles himself, and then looks back towards Miz.

    Miz is running towards him, and Styles sidesteps him! Styles then goes for the PELÉ KICK AGAIN! No! The Awesome One moves out of the way and dodges the bullet! Styles hits the mat chest first and gets up onto his knees and Miz scampers over, grabs AJ from behind, AND THEN PLANTS HIM QUICKLY WITH THE SKULL-CRUSHING FINALE!! Miz turns him over and covers! 1! 2! 3!!!


    WINNER — The Miz via pin fall at 14:51. The Miz is the #1 Contender for the Universal Championship, while AJ Styles heads to the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
    The Miz is going to Money in the Bank! And not to be in the MITB Ladder Match, but he will instead challenge for the Universal Championship! A huge victory for The Awesome One here in Des Moines has him elated. He celebrates in the ring as we get a replay sequence afterwards of the high points of this epic encounter. Those replays end and we see The Miz is already halfway up the ramp. He’s smiling with delight, and why wouldn’t he be? He’s punched his ticket for a Universal Championship Match!

    AJ Styles, meanwhile, ain’t feeling so hot. And trouble has just entered the ring as he’s getting up!

    RKO TO AJ STYLES!!


    Randy Orton has struck! The Viper was angry earlier on tonight and it appears he’s now going to make his mark! Orton stands over the fallen Styles, as he is clearly still very unhappy. He looks down at the man who beat him at WrestleMania, and isn’t through with him yet! He drags him out underneath the bottom rope to the outside. Orton looks down at him and shakes his head, as The Miz is now nowhere to be found of course.

    The Viper gets down on the floor and looks on at Styles as he’s slow to get up. Orton starts yelling at him, and asks him if he thinks he’s better than him. He glares at Styles, and asks him again if he thinks he’s better than a 13-time World Champion and one of the greatest of this era. Orton’s arrogance is ever apparent as always, and Styles finally reaches his feet…

    BUT IS BROUGHT RIGHT BACK DOWN WITH ANOTHER RKO! THIS TIME ON THE FLOOR!

    Orton looks down at Styles with disgust and shouts at him that THAT was PHENOMENAL and he then stomps away from the scene. We get a replay of Orton’s descent on the ring and Styles with the first RKO, and then the delivery of the second one as well. The camera returns back to the arena and Orton has hopped the railing and is heading out to the back. Obviously frustrated with how the proceedings have gone, Randy Orton has struck his current nemesis in a big way, and we can only be left to wonder how Styles will respond.
    Ember Moon is then seen in the back. Moon, in her gear, is headed towards Gorilla, we’d presume, as her match with Natalya looms. Suddenly, somebody bumps into her and that someone? Well, it’s Mickie James. James tells Moon to watch where she’s going, but Moon shakes her head. She says that Mickie just bumped into her and that she needs to watch where she is going. Mickie looks in Ember’s eyes and gets a bit standoffish. “Honey that wasn’t intentional, but if you want me to make it so, I will,” James threatens, while Moon doesn’t back down an inch.

    Entering the fray, suddenly, is Alexa Bliss! Bliss immediately wonders what’s going on. Mickie looks over and laughs, and says that it’s none of her business. Bliss counters by saying that she saw Mickie bump into Ember just now and says she has a problem with that. Mickie asks her if she really does, and Alexa defiantly says yes. She says that she has a lot of respect for Ember and wouldn’t dare do something like that. She also says that if Mickie’s mad, maybe she shouldn’t have lost to Naomi earlier tonight!

    James lets out a laugh and says that that’s awful brave of Alexa to say to her face. Bliss quickly fires back, saying that Mickie could learn a thing or two about that. Alexa points out that she heard what she had to say a few weeks ago on Raw, when Mickie took a dig at her and how she gave respect to Ember during an interview where Bliss was nowhere to be found. Alexa says that she did that because Ember beat her, something that Mickie would know nothing about! James, clearly offended, says that maybe she should take her Fashion Nova outfits off and get in her gear sometime soon with her! Alexa, not backing down, says she’d gladly partake!

    James then leaves the scene and Alexa sighs and looks over at Ember. She apologizes promptly, and says that Mickie will be dealt with. Ember, a little reluctantly, nods her head and thanks Alexa for sticking up for her. Bliss says that it’s no problem at all and she’s rooting for her to beat The Queen of Harts in her match. Ember thanks her again, and then takes off. Certainly, it seems that Alexa’s gravitation towards Ember Moon is not stopping any time soon.
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    Backstage, prior to our upcoming contest, Sami Zayn is seen backstage. Zayn, who made his return last week, is talking to some fellow WWE superstars including, but not limited to, the likes of EC3 and Heath Slater. Zayn finishes talking with them and moves down the hallway. As he does however, the camera picks up the fact that Baron Corbin is lying and waiting! And then Corbin strikes!! Baron blindsides Zayn with a right hand to the back of the head, and then starts to kick away at him.

    Corbin, clearly unhappy after being embarrassed last week, grabs Zayn and throws him into the wall rather hard. He badmouths him for doing that embarrassing last week, and asks him if he thought he forgot about it. Zayn gets up and fights back a bit, but Corbin knees him HARD in the gut, and then once again throws him HARD into the wall! Zayn collapses down and Corbin stands over him, laughing. He tells Zayn that tonight he’s gonna be Universal Champion, and THEN he’s going to embarrass Sami Zayn like he should’ve last week!
    We then go back to the ring and Natalya is making her entrance as we speak. Nattie is primed and ready to attempt to get back into the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Commentary points out that she is the only woman to be in all three Money in the Bank Ladder Matches thus far, and would make it 4-for-4 if she got into this one. Nattie slides under the bottom rope and walks about the ring and then looks around, and the lights then go out. The theatrics play themselves out as Ember Moon appears! Moon, ready to look for her second consecutive MITB appearance, lets out her cry as she heads down the ramp. Commentary notes that Moon is red hot, having defeated Alexa Bliss and Liv Morgan in consecutive weeks. Tonight would be her third win in a row, and would put her in a very good spot going forward to say the very least. Moon jumps into the ring, looks at Nattie, and away… we go.
    6 — WOMEN’S MONEY IN THE BANK QUALIFYING MATCH
    Natalya vs. Ember Moon


    The first match of the night got a decent amount of time, but this one was more of a sprint. Ember and Nattie work a pretty solid match with one another. Nattie tries to slow down the more gifted and athletic superstar in Moon, and she just can’t ever seem to corral her. Moon looks stupendous against the veteran, and seemingly doesn’t let Nattie get a breath of life. Late in the match though, she does catch Moon napping, and looks to lock her into the Sharpshooter! However, Moon twists her around with her legs and sends Nattie down on the mat! Ember gets up to her feet and lands a HUGE headscissors takedown afterwards! She then heads up to the top rope, jumps off, AND NAILS NATTIE WITH THE ECLIPSE! She covers! 1! 2! 3!!!

    WINNER — Ember Moon via pin fall at 6:32.
    Ember Moon is going to Money in the Bank! The winning ways for Moon continue to truck on as she’s scored her third consecutive victory in as many weeks. Commentary puts over the fact that she ran circles around Natalya in that match, giving her credit for beating an established veteran in this company. Replays air of the highlights of the match, capping off with the Eclipse that gave her the W. After the replays conclude, we see Ember celebrating while Nattie looks on, and Moon looks over as Nattie comes up to her and pats her on the shoulder as she leaves, another sign of respect given towards Moon as her ascent continues.

    As we are about to head to break, we get a split-screen of both Seth Rollins and Baron Corbin as the two are set to duke it out over the Universal Championship!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    As we await our main event, we get a couple of announcements related to next week:

    One on One
    Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James

    Money in the Bank Qualifier
    Apollo Crews vs. Randy Orton

    Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier
    Dana Brooke vs. Ruby Riott

    !!! THE USOS’ RAW DEBUT !!!
    The Usos vs. The B-Team

    And now it’s time to shift our focus. Baron Corbin makes his way out onto the stage to massive amounts of boos. Corbin soaks them all up as he is to do while his theme music plays on the way to the ring. The former constable gets on the apron and steps over the top rope and immerses himself in all the heat. Then, soon after, Seth Rollins walks out to a huge, huge pop. The Iowa crowd give their own another loud ovation, and Rollins walks down the ramp to the ring, glaring right at Corbin the entire way. He gets on the apron and inside the ring, and then Mike Rome goes through the usual intros, and away… we go!
    7 — UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
    Universal Champ, Seth Rollins defends against Baron Corbin


    This match, like the second MITB qualifier, proves to be nothing short of a sprint with only a couple of minutes remaining on the broadcast. Corbin goes all out from the opening bell to try and take Seth Rollins’ Universal Championship away from him. It would be a delight anywhere, but it’s obvious that the man once known as The Lone Wolf wants to embarrass Rollins and beat him in his home state of Iowa. Rollins won’t quit though an that only further agitates Corbin. Towards the end of the match, Rollins is gaining steam. He goes for a Slingblade on Baron, but Baron turns it into DEEP SIX! He goes for the cover! 1! 2! SHOULDER UP BY ROLLINS!! Corbin is only agitated more, and he grabs Seth by the hand. He taunts him, saying that the title’s coming to him and there’s nothing he can do about it. He then goes for the END OF DAYS, but ROLLINS FLIPS THROUGH AND LANDS ON HIS FEET! AND HE SUPERKICKS CORBIN! Corbin goes around and stumbles, and Rollins then lands a side kick to the gut! Seth then runs off to the ropes and up to Baron. BAM! STOMP! He covers! 1! 2! 3!!!

    WINNER — Seth Rollins via pin fall at 6:49. Rollins RETAINS the Universal Championship.
    Rollins retains the Universal Championship! Seth avoids the humiliation and, instead, it’s Baron Corbin who’s wound up with the egg on his face and the tally in the loss column. Rollins celebrates with his championship, heading to the corners, and then gets on out of the ring when Corbin tries to strike him. Rollins lets out a laugh, taunts him with the championship he doesn’t have, and hoists it up in the air.

    Corbin shakes his head as he looks out to Rollins, saying that he got lucky. We get some replays of this sprint of a main event, including the ending sequences, featuring Rollins’ kick out, his counter of the EoD, and the finish with the Stomp. The camera then reverts back into the arena. We see Rollins, up at the top of the ramp, and he holds the title up over his head again. Smiling with delight, Rollins has certainly burned it down here in Iowa and has certainly proved himself a worthy fighting champion already.

    Corbin continues to scream at him from inside the ring, although it’s very clear that Seth can’t be bothered to care. The crowd remains loud, but as the camera widens out, we see that there might be another reason for thatSAMI ZAYN has entered the ring!! Zayn runs up behind Corbin AND BLASTS HIM WITH THE HELLUVA KICK! Payback for earlier tonight, Sami has laid Baron Corbin out for the second week in a row! Rollins, laughing from up at the top of the stage, acknowledges Zayn who acknowledges him back.

    And for the second week in a row, it’s Baron Corbin who’s been embarrassed in someone else’s hometown!

    END OF SHOW


    Current Card for WWE Money in the Bank
    Date: May 19th 2019
    Event Location: Hartford, Connecticut; XL Center
    Event Music: Jim Johnston; Money

    Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
    AJ Styles vs. Apollo Crews OR Randy Orton vs. 2 Other Raw Participants vs. 4 SmackDown Live Participants


    Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
    Ember Moon vs. Naomi vs. Dana Brooke OR Ruby Riott vs. 1 Other Raw Participant vs. 4 SmackDown Live Participants



    WWE Championship Match
    Kofi Kingston defends against Braun Strowman



    WWE Universal Championship Match
    Seth Rollins defends against The Miz


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    SMACKDOWN LIVE PREVIEW: THE EMPRESS AND THE HUGGER JOIN FORCES!

    Just a week before the historic All-Women's episode of SmackDown Live, the main event of that monumental episode will be joining forces this week!

    Asuka and Bayley are no stranger to one another. The Empress and The Hugger have faced off three times before, twice in NXT and one time last year on Raw. They have teamed before in NXT, and Tuesday night, they'll be teaming again. Asuka and Bayley will be taking on The IIconics, as Billie Kay and Peyton Royce will be tasked with facing off with this superpower tandem. With the stakes rising next week, the tension could rise this week, as we'll see if Asuka and Bayley can coexist a week before battling it out to take one step closer towards challenging Becky Lynch for her Women's Championship at Money in the Bank.

    Speaking of Money in the Bank, former SmackDown Live superstar AJ Styles was the first to qualify for the Raw brand in this year's Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Although it was due to unfortunate circumstances, Styles' loss to fellow former SmackDown Live superstar The Miz assured that The Phenomenal One would be part of one of WWE's most signature matches. And now on Tuesday night, we will see two more superstars punch their tickets for the match. In a match that will open the show, Cesaro of The Bar will battle Kevin Owens. And then, in the main event of the evening, Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor will face off with rival Bobby Lashley. You won't want to miss these contentious encounters, as there's a lot on the line.

    Speaking of a lot on the line, the SmackDown Tag Team Championships Tournament will march on this week. The two remaining Quarterfinal Matches will take place, as The Hardy Boyz will take on the tandem of Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura. Also, Heavy Machinery will face an extremely tough test, as they tackle the newly deemed Expat Express, as Andrade and Buddy Murphy will stand in Otis and Tucker's way of the semifinals.

    All of this, plus an appearance by WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, as well as an interview with 'The Queen' Charlotte Flair, comes to you tonight on SmackDown Live from Lincoln, Nebraska!


    CONFIRMED MATCHES FOR SMACKDOWN LIVE (4/23/19):

    Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
    Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens

    Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
    IC Champ, Finn Bálor vs. Bobby Lashley (w/ Lio Rush)

    SmackDown Tag Team Championships Tournament Quarterfinal Match
    The Expat Express (w/ Zelina Vega) vs. Heavy Machinery

    SmackDown Tag Team Championships Tournament Quarterfinal Match
    The Hardy Boyz vs. Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ Lana)

    Tag Team Match
    Asuka and Bayley vs. The IIconics

    SmackDown will come tomorrow.
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