Hey guys, so as some of you may know, MOC is no longer reporting news and recaps. It was a decision I wanted to implement as I want to bring a more customized site to you all featuring exclusive content and opinions. But it doesn’t mean I can’t give you my glorious predictions which NEVER come true. So being as this weekend is TakeOver and Backlash, here are my predictions for Saturday’s broadcast of NXT TakeOver: Chicago which will be aired on the WWE Network.
(images below sourced from WWE.com)
Roderick Strong vs. Eric Young Singles Match
There been some growing tension in the last few weeks between these two men. WWE has run a few highlight videos on Strong trying to build his character up and reveal that he’s become a new father, and the videos have been doing a decent job.
So when it comes to this match, I feel Roderick has the most momentum behind him as WWE tries to sell him as being “the guy” at this time. So in my opinion I feel that he does win, but via DQ. When Eric Young is involved in a match, you also have to know SAnitY will also be involved somehow. So I feel the way WWE can draw out this feud is having Strong win following an interference from SAnitY.
MOC Prediction: Roderick Strong via DQ.
Tyler Bate (c) vs. Pete Dunne -WWE United Kingdom Championship- Singles Match
We get a surprise UK title match at an NXT event. Frankly I can’t complain as these talents are great. Tyler Bate has been a fighting champion and represents a division in WWE that is gaining ground. This Saturday that UK title [which looks beautiful by the way] get defended against a fighting challenger who will go to any cost to become the new champion. Pete Dunne is a fighter, and has truly showed his capabilities in that ring in every match he’s been apart of. Whether fighting along side UK talents, or showcasing his dominate talents in singles competition I feel Dunne’s time is here, and this Saturday he becomes the new UK champion. Especially as WWE begins to tape the UK Championship specials. The time for UK fighting has begun.
MOC Prediction: Pete Dunne (New United Kingdom Champion)
Authors of Pain (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano -NXT Tag Team Championship- Ladder Match
So this match is up in the air at this time as Tommaso Ciampa sustained an injury at an NXT Live event in Highland Heights, KY. Ciampa jumped off the apron for a knee attack, but when he landed he may have sprained his knee or ankle. The match was stopped right away when the ref threw up the “X” indicating a true injury. Here’s a slow motion of the spot thanks to a fan in attendance:
WWE hasn’t provided any updates on the situation, or even if the match has been cancelled but nonetheless even if it were to happen, I feel WWE would keep the tag titles on Authors of Pain, and eventually split Gargano and Ciampa as both men are amazing singles competitors. Not to mention there was a singer who revealed online that she was taping a theme for Gargano, which only lead to speculation of a potential split sometime soon. So in my opinion, no matter the circumstances or who faces who, I believe Authors of Pain retain those titles.
MOC Prediction: Authors Of Pain (retain)
UPDATE: In an update, Triple H revealed in a conference call that Ciampa twisted his ankle and is being evaluated today. But early reports indicate that Ciampa is good to go for TakeOver.
Asuka (c) vs. Ruby Riot vs. Nikki Cross -NXT Women’s Championship- Triple Threat Match
Let’s face it, when you compete against Asuka one-on-one, you’ll eventually be tapping out. So let’s add more women to a match, and the potential to have Asuka lose without even being pinned or submitted. With WWE running the Women’s Tournament sometime in the fall, there’s been several new talents which WWE are looking to bring in. Many presume that Asuka who has been so dominant in NXT may be one to be called up to the main roster sooner rather then later. This match, has the potential to have Asuka lose her title, but without her being the one who lose it.
With Asuka not being the reason to losing her title, it could just drive her insane trying to regain her title as it would mean that her streak as the longest NXT women’s champion comes to a stop. In all honesty I do feel that Asuka may lose her title this Saturday, and if I had to pick one winner, I would assume Nikki Cross becomes the new champion. The main reason is because NXT may start pushing the SAnitY stable soon, and this could lead to potential titles in the long run.
MOC Prediction: Nikki Cross (New NXT Women’s Champion) pins Ruby Riot.
Bobby Roode (c) vs. Hideo Itami -NXT Championship- Singles match
All I can say is, if Hideo hits the GTS, the Chicago crowd will either support him, or boo the ‘F’ out of him. As we all know the Chicago audience are crazy for their hometown boy CM Punk, so I will be expecting a ton of Punk chants, but really hope they don’t over saturate the show with them.
In regards to this match, I feel NXT hasn’t really built this match as a main event worthy draw. Bobby Roode has been fabulous in the ring, and Itami’s not bad either, but his lack of charisma is what kills my draw to see this match. He’s not a bad competitor in any way shape or form, I just feel that the build for this match has been a bit lack-luster. But nonetheless I feel both men will deliver and give a decent show. As far as winners go, Bobby Roode comes out on top in my opinion. He holds that title with pride and frankly it looks good on him and I feel that WWE will keep that title on him for a while. Due to that, I feel Roode will retain.
MOC Prediction: Bobby Roode (retains)
Those are my predictions for Saturday’s show. Please feel free to share yours below and let’s see what you guys think may happen. Always love to hear from others.
Please note, due to the new format for MindofCarnage.com, we will not be covering the show live, but I will be live tweeting and maybe run a Facebook chat during the show and would love to chat with you guys there. Feel free to follow me on Twitter and Facebook.
We finally reach the biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania 33! It’s all come down to this, as we see almost every title competed for during tonight’s PPV event. Not to mention a few great matches not surrounding any type of Championship. Tonight will be a memorable one, and as we usually see during WrestleMania I’m expecting a few surprises here and there.
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Austin Aries vs. Neville (c) -KICK OFF MATCH- -WWE Cruiserweight Championship- Singles match
I won’t be detailing this match as you can watch it on the Kickoff stream above, but I’ll outline the ending. Aries at one point locks in his submission victory, but Neville rakes at Aries repaired eye, and lays him out. Neville hits the red arrow and pins for the 3 count.
Winner: Neville (retains)
Match was really good, face paced and well timed.
Andre The Giant Battle Royal -KICK OFF MATCH- Braun Strowman, Sami Zayn, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Apollo Crews, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Chad Gable, Jason Jordan, Mark Henry, Goldust, R-Truth, Curtis Axel, Primo, Epico, Bo Dallas, Jinder Mahal, Rhyno, Heath Slater, Mojo Rawley, Curt Hawkins, Tyler Breeze, Fandango, Killian Dain, Tian Bing
I’ll list who gets eliminated and provide the winner after the fact. Just as a side note the Vaudevillians, Ascension, Titus O’Neil along with a few more talents that were announced as removed from the match earlier in the day, have been added back on. Looks WWE just packed them in.
Primo Eliminated by Braun Strowman
Kalisto Eliminated by Braun Strowman
Simon Gotch Eliminated by Braun Strowman
Heath Slater Eliminated by Braun Strowman
Goldust, Jey Uso & Konnor Eliminated By Big Show
Big Show Eliminated by Braun Strowman
Viktor Eliminated by Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman Eliminated by everyone else.
Curt Hawkins Eliminated by Mark Henry
R-Truth Eliminated by Dolph Ziggler
Aiden English Eliminated by American Alpha
Jimmy Uso Eliminated by American Alpha
Jason Jordan Eliminated by a few wrestlers
Chad Gable Eliminated by a few wrestlers
Tyler Breeze & Breezango Eliminated by TIan Bing
Sin Cara Eliminated be Mark Henry
Mark Henry Eliminated by Killian Dani and Sami Zayn
Tian Bing Eliminated by Dolph Ziggler
Epico Eliminated by Sami Zayn
Bo Dallas Eliminated by Mojo Rawley
Apollo Crews Eliminated by Killian Dain
Dolph Ziggler Eliminated by Mojo Rawley
Luke Harper Eliminated by Titus O’Neil
Titus O’Neil Eliminated by Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn Eliminated by Killian Dain
Jinder Mahal, Mojo Rawley and Killian Dain remain.
Killian Dain Eliminated By Mojo Rawley
Jinder Mahal Elminated by Mojo Rawley
Winner: Mojo Rawley (2017 Andre The Giant Battle Royal)
MOC: Now i didn’t know this next match was on the Kickoff, but it must have been moved last minute as it…. is….
Baron Corbin vs. Dean Ambrose (c) -KICK OFF MATCH- -Intercontinental Championship- Singles Match
Baron and Dean have a pretty good back and forth contest but the finish comes when Baron tries for his ‘End of Days’, but Ambrose counters into his Dirty Deeds and pins for the 3 count.
Winner: Dean Ambrose (retains)
OPENER: recording artist, Tinashe is introduced in the middle of the ring and begins singing American The Beautiful. Jets would fly overhead when she finished singing. We cut to the opening video for WrestleMania 33
OPENER: We cut back to the arena and New Day, the WrestleMania hosts make their way out with their ice cream bike, and wearing Final Fantasy inspired gear.
The English, German and Spanish announce team is introduced ringside by Michael Cole, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton.
New Day enter the ring and Xavier gets on the mic first and yells “WRESTLEMANIA” as loud as he can. They say they are honored to be there tonight and that men and women collide to engage in battle for the audience enjoyment. They claim that there will be excitement tonight and officially pull their levers. They joke around thinking it’s a penis joke, but Big E says its the lever to begin WrestleMania, and begin a New Day Rocks chant.
Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles Singles Match
Shane McMahon comes out in his white jersey top and runs down the 80 yard ramp to the ring. His family is shown ringside for this match. AJ entrance has him daunting some new White, black and red gear.
The match begins and Shane looks to throw fists. AJ backs him up and says he needs to relax with the fists. Shane lowers his posture and both men clinch up. AJ plays around with Shane to showcase that he can out wrestle Shane. They clinch again, and both men perform a bit of chain wrestling going back and forth. Shane would throw him to the ropes and Aj hits a running shoulder. He hits a snapmare and mocks Shane McMahon’s shuffle. Shane watches as both men glare off.
They clinch again and this time Shane quickly slams Styles to the mat. He hits a few arm drags and hits a surprise roll up pin. Styles kicks out and rolls to the outside not believing what Shane can do. Shane mocks AJ Styles in the ring.
AJ climbs back into the ring and hits a straight right to Shane. Shane shakes it off and goes off on Styles throwing several punches connecting to AJ. He hits a jumping knee and tries for another attack, but AJ hits a throat punch. Shane comes back landing a few punches, and AJ throws him to the outside. Shane gets to his feet and AJ hits a running sliding dropkick.
Shane jumps backwards and goes right over the announcers table. Both men would go back to the ring as the ref count downs. AJ stalks Shane as he lands a few hard punches and kicks. AJ hits a knee drop to the head and takes Shane into the corner. He hits a running clothesline and pins for a 2 count. AJ land a hard right hand and yells at Shane to do the same. Shane follows his request and begins laying several punches. AJ fights back but Shane gets him back with a gut kick. AJ pushes Shane away and tries for a rebound move, but Shane shakes the ropes tripping AJ Styles.
Shane looks to take control and begins delivering a few jabs to the head. Shane shuffles around AJ landing a few hard punches. He takes him off the ropes and lands a jumping back elbow. Shane tosses AJ across the ring and hits the Olympic slam. Shane pins but only gets a 2 count. Shane positions AJ and tries for a suplex, but AJ fights back and lands a neck breaker against the knee. AJ looks for his Styles Clash, but Shane pushes AJ into the corner. Styles though quickly counter into the calf-crusher in the middle of the ring.
Shane screams in pain but manages to reach behind, crab AJ into a choke hold. Shane transitions the choke into an arm lock, and then into the rings of Saturn. AJ rolls Shane for a 2 count, as does Shane to AJ. Both men deliver a hard clotheslines and lay each other out. AJ rolls to the apron but Shane meets him and tries to bring him back into the ring, but AJ hangs him on the top rope. AJ positions himself and goes for the 450, but Shane transitions and catches AJ into the triangle choke. AJ gets it locked on and begins to fade. He slowly falls back, but continues to fight. He reaches his feet, and quickly positions for the Styles Clash, but doesn’t get all of it as he only uses one arm. He pins but Shane kicks out at 2.
Both men reach their feet and begin exchanging punches in the middle of the ring. Shane takes AJ into the corner and delivers several knees to AJ. AJ goes for a kick but the ref gets hit by mistake. Shane goes on the attack again, but AJ counters with his pele kick. Styles notices that the ref is down and begins to look under the ring for some weapons.
He throws in a garbage can, and stands it up in the ring. He drags Shane into the corner sitting down and forces the steel can against his chest. AJ climbs the opposite corner and looks for the coast-to-coast but Shane explodes up as AJ jumps, and smashes the can against his face. Shane positions AJ this time, and sets up the second trash can in the ring. Shane climbs the opposite corner and jumps delivering a nice coast-to-coast on AJ driving that can into his face. Shane pulls AJ to the middle of the ring and pins for the 1…2..kickout!
Shane moves to the ringside and strips the English announcers table. He pulls AJ to the outside and lays him on the table. Shane climbs into the ring and to the top rope. Shane jumps, but AJ Styles moves out of the way taking Shane right through the table. AJ drags himself to Shane, and rolls him back into the ring. AJ climbs to the apron and tries for the forearm, but Shane counters into a jumping DDT. Shane drags AJ to the corner, climbs to the top rope and tries for the shooting star press, but AJ moved out of the way and Shane crashes to the mat.
AJ again, rolls to the apron and prepares himself for the forearm. This time AJ connects. He pins Shane and gets the 1..2..3!
Winner: AJ Styles
ANNOUNCERS: They showcase some celebrities ringside, but get stopped by Kevin Owens entrance. They continue and say that YouTube sensation Lilly Singh is at ringside.
Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho (c) -WWE United States Championship- Singles Match
Jericho had the countdown during his entrance, and it was refreshing as we haven’t heard that for a while. IN addition he’s also wearing a leather light-up scarf. Amazing!
The match begins and both men exchange punches quickly. Owens tries for a running move but Jericho counters right into the walls of Jericho. Owens reaches the ropes and rolls to the apron. Jericho hits a sliding dropkick taking Owens to the outside. He climbs to the top rope and lands a cross body on Owens on the outside. Jericho continues the assault driving Owen’s head against the steel steps. He rolls him back into the ring, and Jericho hits an axe handle from the top rope. Jericho throws Owen’s to the opposite corner, and tries for a move, but Owens stops him with a side head kick.
Owens takes the advantage now landing several punches to the head. He hits his cannon ball in the corner, and does it again on the apron driving Jericho’s head into the ring post. Both men go back into the ring and Owens pins for the 3 count. Owens lands a hard kick to the back and locks in a rear choke grounding Jericho.
Jericho manages to get some momentum and break out but Owens stops him with a hard kick to the chest, and a running senton. Owens pins and gets a 2 count. Owens stalks Jericho telling him to stay down, and drives his forearm against his face. Owens continues the beat down on Jericho slapping him around. He runs the ropes but Jericho hits a quick dropkick taking Owens to the apron. Jericho hits his rebound dropkick taking Owens to the outside.
Jericho goes to the outside, but Owens pushes him against the apron and tries for his apron powerbomb, but Jericho counters flipping him over. Jericho lands a few running shoulders on the outside, rolls Owens into the ring and climbs to the top rope hitting a spinning elbow. Jericho pins but only gets a 2 count. Jericho takes Owens into the corner delivering a few slaps to the chest. Jericho counters an attack but Owens and tries for the code breaker but Owens counters with a package style sit down slam. Owens pins and only gets a 2 count.
Owens begins to climb to the top rope, but Jericho quickly trips him and sits him on the top turnbuckle. Jericho climbs with him and hits a top rope hurricanrana. Jericho pins, but again only gets a 2 count. Jericho and Owens begins exchanging some punches, but Jericho gets control with a running bulldog. He goes for the lion-sault, but Owens counters and hits a superkick. Owens pin but gets a 2 count.
Owens positions Jericho and heads to the top rope, he jumps for a frog-splash, but Jericho counters with a knee to the gut. Jericho goes for the Lion-sault but Owens counters with his knees. Owens again goes to the top rope, and tries for the senton, but Jericho counters with his knees. Both men reach their feet and Jericho right away tries for the walls of Jericho, but Owens breaks out. Owens catches Jericho’s cross body, and hits a swinging splash giving him another 2 count pin. Owens tries for the pop-up powerbomb but Jericho counters, hits an elbow and lands the Lion-Sault. Jericho pins, but gets a very close 2 count.
Jericho can’t believe Owens kicks out and slowly reaches his feet. He lifts Owens up and slaps him around. Jericho tries for the hurricarana but Owens catches him hanging upside down and transitions Jericho into the Walls of Jericho. Jericho yells as Owens has the submissions locked in, but Jericho fights out. Owens though gets the upper hand and lands a gut kick. Owens tries for a cannon ball, but Jericho catches him right into the Walls-of-Jericho. Jericho pulls him to the center of the ring and locks it in. Owens would manage to pull himself to the bottom rope.
Jericho goes on the attack again stomping on Owens who’s grabbing the bottom rope. Jericho tries for a clothesline but Owens counters and hits his pop-up powerbomb. Owens pins but Jericho kicks out at 2. Owens yells in frustration and positions Jericho on his knees. Owens yells at Jericho that he’s a piece of trash and tries for the pop-up powerbomb again, but Jericho quickly counters into a code-breaker. Jericho pins, but on the count of 2 Owens gets ONE FINGER on the bottom rope.
Owens rolls to the outside, and just as Jericho was climbing out Owens catches him and lands a powerbomb onto the apron. He rolls Jericho back in and pins for the 1..2..3!
Winner: Kevin Owens (New United States Champion)
Nia Jax vs. Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley (c) -Raw Women’s Championship- Fatal-4-Way Match
Bayley would come out first, experiencing some technical issues with her wavy armed air things on the stage area. She had some extra at ringside. Nia is second with nothing really special. Sasha Banks got a ride down to the ring in a fancy little taxi car. Charlotte was the last entrance and she daunted a nice green robe.
The match begins and right away Nia goes after Charlotte. All women try and focus on Nia Jax but she uses her size and dominates all of them. She hits a running body press on all three women. She hits a cross body on both Bayley and Sasha in the corner. She throws out Sasha, and Nia lands a big splash on Bayley. Charlotte and Nia begin to face off. Charlotte lands a few slaps to the chest but NIa hardly feels it. Charlotte gets taken to the apron and hits a hard punch on Charlotte, but Nia stops her and throws Charlotte onto Bayley and Sasha on the outside.
Bayley, Sasha and Charlotte climbs the apron and face Nia Jax. All three women climb in an begin attacking NIa. Bayley and Sasha hit a few knees to the head. Bayley and Sasha try for a back drop, but Nia doesn’t allow them. Charlotte lands a hard kick which takes Nia back and gets slammed right on her head. Sasha pins but Nia kicks out. Nia again, takes control and takes out all the women. She tries for a splash on Charlotte, but Bayley stops her. Charlotte positions from the bottom and all three women land a three-way powerbomb. Each women pins and get the 1..2..3!
Nia Jax Eliminated
Charlotte looks to get a high-five from Sasha and Bayley, but they don’t answer and look to attack, but Charlotte rolls to the outside demanding both of them [Bayley and Sasha] to fight. Bayley and Sasha look to start but Charlotte pulls out Bayley and attacks her on the outside. Sasha runs the ropes and Charlotte moves out of the way making Sasha land on Bayley. Charlotte climbs to the top rope, and jumps landing a twisting corkscrew on both Bayley & Sasha.
Charlotte rolls Sasha into the ring and tries for the Natural selection, but Sasha counters for the Bank statement. Charlotte counters and hits a back breaker on Sasha. She pins but only gets a 2 count. Charlotte begins removing the second turnbuckle, but Sasha looks for a roll up pin. Charlotte kicks out and delivers a few punches. She takes Sasha off the ropes, but Sasha hits a hurricanrana and takes Charlotte to the corner. She smashes her head against the turnbuckle and climbs to the top. She hits her double knees, and locks in the bank statement. Charlotte again manages to fight out.
Sasha rolls Charlotte up, but Charlotte kicks out throwing Sasha into the exposed turnbuckle. Charlotte pin and gets the 1..2..3!
Sasha Banks Eliminated
Bayley begins attacking Charlotte and lands several punches, but Charlotte hits a kick to Bayley’s knee. She drives her knee into the exposed turnbuckle. Charlotte climbs to the top rope and goes for the moonsault, but Bayley moves out of the way. She drags over Charlotte and pins for a 2 count. Bayley now climbs to the top rope, favouring her knee. She jumps but Charlotte catches her and locks in the figure-4-leglock. Charlotte tries to lock in the Figure 8, but Bayley manages to drag herself to the bottom rope.
Charlotte now goes on the attack and hangs Bayley upside down in the corner. She climbs the corner and stands on Bayley’s hurt knee. Charlotte pulls Bayley up in the corner but Bayley counters flipping Charlotte over her and back to the mat. Bayley remains hanging upside down in the corner. Charlotte looks for a running shoulder, but Bayley sits up and Charlotte goes shoulder first into the exposed turnbuckle. Bayley climbs the top rope and hits her Macho Man elbow, pins and gets the 1..2..3!
Winner: Bayley (retains)
ANNOUNCERS: They thank the city of Orlando for being a great host to WWE. They recap the Hall of Fame on Friday and show a few highlights.
They now introduce the Hall of Fame inductees to the stage area; DDP, Rock ‘N’ Roll Express, Family of Rick Rude, Teddy Long, Eric LaGrand, Beth Phoenix & Kurt Angle who got a huge ovation.
BACKSTAGE: Seth Rollins is shown backstage having his knee wrapped up.
Enzo Amore/Cass vs. Sheamus/Cesaro vs. Luke Gallows/Karl Anderson (c) -Raw Tag Team Championship- Triple Threat Ladder Match
Enzo and Cass make their way out first for this match and deliver their usual opening promo. Sheamus & Cesaro are out next, and both men are wearing a suit / kilt type of gear. Both men rip them off.
The match was about to begin, but gets stopped as New Day make their way out. Big E says that as the hosts, they have just received word that the ladder match has become a fatal-4-way. They tease another team entering which they tease could be them, but THE HARDY BOYS MUSIC HIT AND THEY MAKE THEIR WAY OUT. Matt and Jeff have RETURNED!!!! HOLY FUCK!!!
The match finally begins after the audience goes crazy and the fight begins. All members begins brawling inside and outside of the ring with Jeff and Matt connect Poetry in motion on Karl and Luke. Enzo runs in but the Hardy’s hit their fist drop, senton. Jeff and Matt connect a double suplex on Cass. Sheamus and Cesaro stop the action, but Jeff comes back hitting Whispier in the wind on Cesaro and Sheamus. Matt grabs a ladder and he and Jeff begin setting them up in the ring. Jeff begins climbing but Luke Gallows pushes the ladder down and takes both Jeff and Matt out with a ladder.
The Club set up the ladder in the ring but Cesaro comes in and pushes Karl off the ropes. Cesaro hits his rolling Senton on Luke and connects it to Gallows as well. Cass runs in and takes both Sheamus and Cesaro out. Cass stops Matt from entering the ring with a big boot, and stops Jeff with one as well. Enzo throws out Matt Hardy and Cass grabs another ladder. Both he and Enzo slide two other ladders in the ring, as one still remains in it. Jeff and Matt set the ladder up across the barricade and ring apron, but Luke and Cass sandwich them. They push the ladders together creating a ladder table on the outside.
In the ring Sheamus and Cesaro positions Luke and Karl for the giant swing and beats. They gets a standing ovation and Sheamus slams Karl Anderson. Cesaro hits a 619 on Luke Gallow and both members celebrate in the ring. Cesaro and Sheamus look for another ladder but Cass kicks them out of the ring. Cass throws Enzo on both of them. Jeff Hardy attacks Cass and takes him to the outside. Jeff tries for a rebound move, but Sheamus hits the Brogue kick. Sheamus grabs a ladder and slides it into the ring.
Sheamus sets up the ladder as many talents are on the outside, Luke Gallows also climbs up with Sheamus and both struggle with the titles. Enzo comes in and pushes both men off the ladder. Enzo sets up the ladder again and begins climbing. Enzo slowly works his walk up, and gets some help when Cass comes from underneath. Gallows and Sheamus grab Cass from underneath and powerbomb him on the ladder in the corner. Sheamus and Gallows take eachother to the outside leaving Enzo on the ladder by himself.
Karl Anderson meets Enzo on the ladder and both brawl it out ontop of the ladder. Karl throws Enzo off, and right against Cesaro landing a hard European uppercut. Sheamus and Cesaro look to throw Kalr to the outside but Gallows stops them. They hit the Magic killer on Sheamus, but Matt Hardy comes in hitting the twist of fate on Gallows. Karl climbs the ladder but Matt meets him. He positions Karl and connects a twist of fate to Karl. Jeff positions a very large ladder on the outside and lands on Sheamus and Cesaro who were laid out on the ladders set up earlier. Matt Hardy would climb the ladder and grab the Raw Tag Team Championships…… HARDY’s WON!!!
Winners: The Hardy Brothers! (New Raw Tag Team Champions)
John Cena & Nikki Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse Tag Team Match
Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler is introduced as the guest commentator. Al Roker is the special guest ring announcer and asks the fans to refer to him as “chocolate thunder.” He delivers a very lacklustre introduction to Miz and Maryse.
The match begins with Maryse and Nikki Bella. Before they clinch, Maryse would backtrack to her corner and tag in Miz. This makes Miz and Cena enter the ring.
Before they clinch, Miz taunts the audience and gets a great ovation. Cena tries for an attack, but Miz rolls to the outside. Cena follows, but Miz out thinks him and begins stomping on Cena as he entered the ring. Miz taunts the audience and goes back on the attack on Cena. As the ref gets distracted by Miz, Maryse lands a hard slap to Cena. Cena looks to tag out but Miz grabs his arm and hits a hard head butt. Miz hits a right arm to the face and taunts the audience. Miz goes for a corner clothesline and hits it getting the audience excited.
Miz climbs to the top rope and connects a double axe handle; Miz pins but gets a 2 count pin. Miz hits a running boot to the head and again, taunts the audience. Miz gets another running boot to the head and the audience chants “one more time.” Miz obliges. Miz continues the assault looking for another running clothesline in the corner but John Cena moves out of the way taking Miz right into the corner. Cena reaches for Nikki and just as she gets to her, Maryse pulls her off the apron. Miz hits a neck breaker and pins for the 2 count.
Nikki gets back on the apron and rallies for the tag, but Miz won’t allows Cena and counters an AA attempt planting a DDT. Miz picks up another 2 count pin. Miz begins connecting sidekicks to Cena’s chest as a YES chant begins. Miz mocks Nikki and she connects a hard slap taking Miz to the outside. Cena would push and tag in Nikki.
Nikki comes in and right away spears Maryse. She lands a few punches, but Maryse runs to the outside. She gets consoled by Miz, but Nikki runs the ropes and hits a sucidie dive, and hits Miz. Nikki brings Maryse back in and lands a hard forearm. Cena plants Miz in the ring, and both Cena and Nikki hit the five knuckle shuffle. They hit the rack attack, and AA at the same time and Cena and Nikki pin for the 1..2..3!
Winners: John Cena & Nikki Bella
POST MATCH: Cena would get on the mic after the match, and tell Nikki that this was what she wanted; a WrestleMania moment. Cena says that before her surgery he asked her a question when she was very loopy, and that she wouldn’t remember he asked her a question that he would tell her when the time is up. John Cena said that now is the time, Cena would say that before she went into surgery, Cena would tell her that one day he would marry her. John Cena would go on one knee and propose to Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33. Showcasing a LARGE FUCKING DIAMOND RING, he asked and Nikki obviously accepted.
Triple H vs. Seth Rollins Non-Sanctioned Match
Triple H entrance had him entering the arena surrounded by police patrolled bikes, riding his own three wheeled bike with Stephanie McMahon on the back.
Rollins entrance had him hold a torch and place it on the ground; this set the ground a fire down the ramp and to the ring. This was just a special little effect.
The match begins and right away both men begin exchanging punches. Rollins beats on him and gets Triple H off his feet. He runs the ropes and hits a running kick and takes Triple H to the outside. Rollins throws HHH against the ring post. He tries to Irish whip him into the barricade, but Triple H counters taking Rollins instead. Triple H tries for an attack, but Rollins counters and clotheslines Triple H to audience area ringside. Triple H tries for a running move against Rollins but he flips him over the barricade and at ringside once again. Rollins jumps off the barricade and takes out Triple H.
The action goes back to the ring and Triple H grabs Rollins leg, but Rollins hits a kick to the head, taking Triple H to the outside. Rollins runs the ropes and hits a suicide dive. Rollins runs back into the ring and connects a second one. Rollins takes Triple H to the announcers table and smashes his head against one. He strips an announcers table and puts Triple H on top of it. He positions HHH for the pedigree but HHH counters and hits a DDT on the table. The table does not break.
Both men lay on the table as the ref checks on both of them. Triple H grabs a chair and smashes Rollins over the bad knee with it. Rollins yells in pain and tries to climb back into the ring, but Triple H comes back again and smashes Rollins against the knee. Triple H positions Rollins knee on the announcers table, and jumps off the chairs driving his knee to the back of Rollins’ bad knee.
Triple H takes Rollins to the ring and slices at his knee, and begins dropping elbows to the knee. Triple H locks in a swans neck on the knee and twists Rollins leg making him yell in pain. Rollins tries to fight back and manages to break the hold, but Triple H continues to hunt Rollins and lands a few slaps to the chest. He stomps on Rollins knee, but ever time Rollins desperately tries to attack Triple H. He quickly launches Triple H face first into the middle turnbuckle, giving him a well needed breather.
Rollins tries to climb to the top rope, but Triple H stops him and tries for the superplex. But Rollins fights back and head butts HHH, he rolls over Triple H for the powerbomb, but as Rollins lands he grabs his knee and yells out in pain. Triple H laughs and begins landing punches to Rollins head. Rollins positions him for the powerbomb, but again his knee gives out. Triple H tries for the pedigree but Rollins counters and hits the turnbuckle powerbomb.
Rollins gets some energy to get himself to his feet and connects a running forearm to Triple H and throws him to the outside of the ring. Seth Rollins climbs to the top rope in the ring, and goes for a cross body on Triple H and hits it. Triple H lands hard and holds his head. Rollins grabs Triple H and throws him against the corner post, not once, but twice. Rollins goes under the ring and pulls out a steel chair. But not just one, two… accompanied by a table. Rollins set it up at ringside as Triple H rolls back into the ring.
Rollins sees HHH in the ring and climbs to the top rope, and hits a frog-splash on HHH to his lower back. Rollins pin but gets a 2 count. Rollins grabs a steel chair and Triple H begs to not hit him. Rollins goes for the attack, but Triple H kicks his knee and delivers a spine buster. Triple H pins but gets a 2 count. He then grabs the chair and positions Rollins ankle between it and stomps on it crushing his ankle. He lands a dropping elbow on the chair and positions the chair higher so it was crush Rollins knee. Triple H climbs to the top rope, but as he gets there, Rollins removes the chair and throws it at HHH’s face. Triple H sits on the top turnbuckle as Rollins climbs up, positions himself and hits a superplex on HHH, and hits the falcon arrow. Rollins pins but only gets a 2 count.
Rollins again climbs to the top rope facing the audience, but Stephanie McMahon comes in and trips Rollins. Triple H grabs Rollins legs and locks in a reverse figure 4 [similar to the one on Raw] and pushes back making Rollins yell out in pain. Rollins tries to fight out with a few punches and manages to get out and tries locking in his own submission, but Triple H fights out. Seth Rollins rolls to the outside.
Triple H quickly grabs another chair and smashes it against Rollins leg and locks in the leg lock once again. Rollins throws the chair on Triple H and begins looking under the ring for more weapons. He throws a sledgehammer near Triple H, and that makes Triple H break the hold. He grabs the hammer, and Rollins retreats into the ring. Rollins goes on the attack first and gets HHH to let go of the hammer. Both men exchange punches in the ring, until Triple H hits a knee to the face, Rollins hits a few kicks to the gut and face, but Triple H finished it landing a hard clothesline flipping Rollins inside, out.
Triple H once again grabs the sledgehammer but Rollins quickly flips and lands a hard head kick to Triple H. Rollins picks up the sledgehammer this time and waits for Hunter to get up. He looks to strike but Stephanie grabs the sledgehammer and pulls it out of his grip. Rollins gets distracted and turns back to Triple H and right into the pedigree. Triple H pins for a very close 2 count pin.
Triple H annoyed drags Rollins into the corner and looks for a top rope pedigree but Rollins flips him over into the ring. Rollins positions himself and hits the phoenix splash and pins for a very close 2 count. Rollins lifts HHH up and tries for the pedigree but HHH counters and tries for another one. Rollins counters and tries for the pedigree, but Triple H counters. Rollins lands on his feet but Triple H again goes for the pedigree. Rollins counters once again and Triple H takes him out with a knee chop. Stephanie tries to grab Rollins to give Triple H a spot to hit him, but Rollins moves out of the way. Triple H misses her, but Rollins bounced him back taking Steph off the apron, and through the table set up earlier at ringside. Triple H upset goes on the attack, but Rollins hits him with the pedigree and pins Triple H for the 3 count win.
Winner: Seth Rollins
PERFORMANCE: Steven Marlee and Pitbull are on the stage ready to perform
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt (c) -WWE Championship- Singles Match
The match begins and right away Orton lands a lou-thez press and hits a few puches to the head. Orton his the powerslam and tries for the RKO quickly. Bray rolls to the outside. Orton follows and begins beating on Bray on the outside. He rolls Bray into the ring, but Bray takes advantage landing a hard punch to Randy, and connects a running headbutt in the ring. Bray taunts in the corner hanging upside down. The lights go out and in the ring, maggots are projected. Randy freaks out and roll to the outside.
Bray kneels in the center of the ring and taunts towards Randy. Randy comes in trying to attack, but Bray tries for the sister Abigail, Orton counters and tries for the RKO but Bray counters, runs the ropes and hits Randy hard with a running cross body. Bray rolls Randy to the apron and hits a DDT taking Randy head first against the apron. Bray hits Randy with a running clothesline in the corner, and again Bray taunts Randy hanging upside down. For the second time maggots are projected on the ring.
Bray beats on Randy, but he quickly tries to counter into the RKO, Bray counters and hits a running senton. Bray pins for the 2 count. Bray tries for the sister Abigail but Randy counters into a roll up pin, but Bray kicks out and hits a hard clothesline taking Randy to the outside. Bray climbs to the apron and tries for a move, but Orton stops him with a dropkick. Randy tries to attack but Bray pushes him into the ring apron, and lands Sister Abigail face first into the ring barricade.
Bray rolls Randy back into the ring, but Randy rolls out on the opposite side. Bray follows and tries for a clothesline, but Orton counters and hits the RKO to the outside. He rolls Bray into the ring and pins for 2 count. Randy begins pacing the ring trying to raise the energy and stands over Bray. He backs into the corner looking for the head bunt, and goes for it; but Bray counters and tries for Sister Abigail, but Orton counters into the backbreaker. Orton follows that up with the apron DDT. Orton begins taunting the audience and calls for the RKO, but Bray hits Sister Abigail quickly, and pins for a close 2 count.
Bray taunts the audience and begins to crawl like a crab, and for the third time bugs are projected in the ring. The lights come back and Bray is slapping Randy around, Randy hits a quick RKO and pins for the 3 count for his 13th title reign.
Winner: Randy Orton (New WWE Champion)
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg (c) -WWE Universal Championship- Singles Match
Both competitors get introduced, with Heyman making the introduction for Brock Lesnar.
The match begins and right away Goldberg tries to attack, but Lesnar hits a German suplex. Lesnar hits two more, and as he taunts, Goldberg hits a quick spear. Lesnar gets up and Goldberg hits another spear. Lesnar rolls out of the ring and Goldberg follows. Goldberg lands a third spear right through the barricade into the time keepers area.
Goldberg drags Lesnar back into the ring and looks for the Jackhammer, but Lesnar counters into the F5, but Goldberg counters into the 4th spear. Goldberg positions Lesnar and hits the Jackhammer. Goldberg pins, but Lesnar kicks out at 2. Goldberg positions for another spear, but this time Brock sees him and jumps over him as Goldberg goes for it. Lesnar hits one German suplex, two German’s and a third, making that a total of 6 German suplexes in this match. Lesnar hits a 7th and an 8th and that’s right… a 9th. The audience start a 10 chant, as Lesnar hits it.
Brock hovers over Goldberg and picks him up delivering the F5 and pins for the 1..2..3!
Winner: Brock Lesnar (New WWE Universal Champion)
Naomi vs. Mickie James vs. Carmella vs. Natalya vs. Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss (c) -Smackdown Live Women’s Championship- Six-Pack Challenge
This match quickly gets started and all women begin to brawl it out in the ring. Naomi takes out Natalya and Mickie James takes Alexa out of the ring. Becky Lynch hits an exploder to Carmella taking her to the outside. Naomi and Bliss hit a double suplex to Naomi on the outside. In the ring, Becky Lynch takes Mickie to the outside. She tries for a top rope move, but Ellsworth holds her down, and Carmella gets a hurricanrana and pins Becky for the 2 count. Alexa kicks her off and slaps Carmella out of the ring.
Natalya comes in and Alexa slams her and pins. Mickie James breaks the hold but Becky Lynch comes in taking the momentum and taking Natalya into the corner. She hits a cross body and an exploder to Natalya and Carmella. James Ellsworth tries for a superkick on Becky, but she hits an exploder on him too and takes him to the outside. Mickie attacks Becky’s back and gets a pin, but Alexa breaks it up. Natalya looks to get a pin on Becky but Naomi breaks that up. Carmella tries to interrupt but Natalya counters and locks in a sharpshooter on both Noami and Carmella.
Mickie James breaks up hold and hits her DDT on Becky Lynch. Carmella lands a hard kick to James but Alexa takes them both out. Naomi takes ot Alexa with the rear view, and hits a cross body on all women on the outside of the ring. She rolls Alexa back into the ring, and tries for a rebound move, but Alexa counters with a forearm. Alexa tries for a pin, but Naomi locks in a submission lock, and gets the tap out victory.
Winners: Naomi (New Smackdown Live Women’s Championship)
NEW DAY: New Day make their way out dressed in fantastic blue suits. They come out to announce the new attendance record which is 75,245 people in attendance and tell the fans that without no WWE Universe, there is no WWE.
Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker No Holds Barred Singles Match
Jim Ross makes his entrance to the announcers table to call this match with Roman Reigns & Undertaker.
We get revealed that this match will be a no holds barred match where anything goes.
The match begins and Roman tries for the attack right away, but Undertaker stops him with a hard right hand. Taker lays a few punches on Roman and throws him out of the ring. He yells towards him “my yard!” Roman runs back in and tries for another attack, but Taker stops him and throws him back to the outside “still my yard.”
Roman begins to think about a tactical way to re-enter the ring and manages to hang Taker on the top rope. Roman comes in and attacks and clotheslines Taker out of the ring. Taker lands on his feet and lures Reigns to him. Taker grabs his legs and pulls Roman to the outside, and throws him against the steel steps. Undertaker rolls Roman back into the ring and delivers more hard right hands. Undertaker throws Roman off the ropes but Roman counters and hits a Samoa drop to Taker.
Taker slowly begins to get up but Roman stops him with a few shots to the head. He tries to attack on the outside, but Taker lands a cheap punch, followed by a head butt. Taker tries to drive Roman into the ring post, but Roman counters throwing Taker instead. Roman hits the drive by dropkick and lays Taker out on the outside. Roman brings him back into the ring and begins beating on Roman in the corner. Roman and Taker begin delivering punch after punch in the middle of the ring. Taker tries for a back drop, but Roman stops him. It makes no difference as Taker comes back attacking Roman and hits a running clothesline in the comer. Taker hits the snake-eyes and the big boot, followed by the leg drop and gets a 2 count pin.
Taker tries for the choke slam but Reigns rolls to the outside. Undertaker follows, and Reigns tries for another drive-by, but Taker stops him with a hard punch. Taker strips the announcers table and brings Roman over. Taker hits a head butt, but Reigns runs back hitting a dropkick. Roman tries for another one, but Taker catches him and choke slams him on top of another announcers table that wasn’t stripped. Taker begins stripping the third announcer’s table ringside.
Undertaker climbs on top of the tables, and Roman does to, but as Taker was taunting Roman runs and hits a huge spear taking himself and Taker through the far announcers table. Roman rolls into the ring as the ref checks on the Undertaker. Roman stands in the middle of the ring looking back at the Undertaker yelling “who’s yard is it now?” Undertaker sits up and gets to his feet heading towards the ring.
Undertaker rolls into the ring but Roman immediately goes on the attack and stomps away on Taker. He delivers a few clotheslines in the corner and follows it up with a few punches to the head. Taker though is in position and sets Roman up for the last ride and hits it. Taker covers Roman and Roman kicks out at 2. Undertaker rolls to the outside and grabs himself a steel chair and brings it back to the ring.
Reigns tries to get up, but Taker lands a hard kick to the head. Taker grabs the chair and drives it into Roman’s midsection. He hits it across his back a few times really whacking Roman and bending that chair. Undertaker calls for the chokeslam, but Roman rolls out of the ring and to the outside. Taker follows, but Roman rolls back in quickly, and as Taker comes back into the ring, Roman hits a superman punch. Roman hits a second one, and tries for the third one, but Taker catches him a choke slams him on the steel chair. Taker covers but only gets a 2 count.
Undertaker calls for the tombstone and goes for it hitting it. Undertaker pins Roman put he kicks out at 2, and Taker can’t believe it. Taker tries for another Tombstone, but Roman looks to counter. It looks like Roman was trying for his own tombstone, but was unable to lift Takers body up into position. It appeared that Taker couldn’t get his legs up. Reigns instead hits him with a superman punch, and positions himself for the spear. Roman calls for it, connects it and looks to pin. As Roman crawls for the pin, Undertaker locks in the Hell’s Gate looking to choke Roman Reigns. Roman Reigns manages to roll and get to the bottom rope.
Undertaker crawls to the chair he used earlier, but Roman Reigns grabs the chair first and smacks it over the Undertakers back. Roman keeps smashing Taker over and over with it hitting him across the back, or mid section. Roman Reigns hunts Taker as he Taker crawls to his feet. Taker gets up and Roman hits another spear. Roman pins but Taker kicks out at 2.
Roman positions himself again, and waits for Taker to get to his feet. Roman calls for the spear again and tries for it. Roman hits it again and pins and again Taker kicks out at 2. The audience are freaking out and deliver a YES chant for Takers resilience. Roman just can’t believe. He hits a superman punch to Taker, and positions again for the spear. Taker tries to sit-up, but falls back as he just can’t. Roman stalks Taker as he reaches his knees and Taker mouths something to him. Roman hits a few punches and runs the ropes a few times and hits another hard spear, pinning the Undertaker giving him the 1..2..3!
Winner: Roman Reigns
Roman gets some celebratory fireworks after the match as Taker stays laid out in the ring.
POST MATCH: After the match Undertaker is shown laying in the ring as a “thank you Taker” chant begins. Taker manages to sit up and looks around the arena as another “thank you Taker” begins. They show the highlights of the match.
Take would get his coat and hat back on and stand under his blue lights as his music plays. Could this very well be the last WrestleMania Taker fights at? Taker stands looking around at a sea of clapping fans. Taker removes his gloves, Jacket and Hat and lays them in the ring signifying that this was in deed his final match,
As fun as WrestleMania was, it ends on a sad note with the unfortunate end of the Undertaker.
Thank you so much for reading guys, hope you enjoyed WrestleMania. Any highlights not posted yet, will be posted tomorrow.
Show: NXT TakeOver: Orlando Date: April 1st, 2017 Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, FL. Author: Cade Carnage
Ohhhhh dam here we go! NXT Orlando baby, the first show in what will be an exciting weekend. I can’t begin to explain how much I love WrestleMania weekend, because no matter what, WWE makes this weekend the most important and memorable for wrestling fans. So if you’re sitting at home, watching from a bar, or experiencing these shows live, be prepared for one amazing experience.
No tonight’s no different as NXT brings you TakeOver from Orlando FL. But here’s one extra special treat for tonight’s show, earlier today William Regal announced while at Axxess, that during tonight’s show, WWE NXT will be unveiling new championship belts for all divisions (Top Championship, Tag Team, & Women’s.) That’s pretty special, and no it was not an April Fools joke. So not only are we looking forward to some great matches, but the unveiling of what we hope to be some amazing looking belts.
I won’t wait any longer, let the recapping begin! Make sure to keep refreshing the page for latest updates and highlights. Also let me know of any errors you see, it’s hard to recap and proof read during live events. Images sourced below from the event sourced from @WWENXT on twitter.
NXT TakeOver: Orlando Pre-Show
No Way Jose Out: During the PreShow we found out that No Way Jose will not be able to compete in the eight-person tag team match after being attacked by SAnitY during WrestleMania Axxess. Dillinger, Strong and Ruby can either fight SAnitY with a man down, or find another partner.
Many people online are speculating that Hideo Itami or Kassius Ohno may answer the call.
OPENER: NXT TakeOver Orlando begins with the lights dimmed and with the spotlight on the ring. Triple H gets on the speakers and says that tonight’s is “our night” and that this is WrestleMania week. He says that tonight they show “them” that they are NXT that they are home! A NXT TakeOver Orlando video package airs.
—-, Roderick Strong, Ruby Riot & Tye Dillinger vs. Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, NIkki Cross & Eric Young Eight-Person Tag Team Match
SAnitY enter the ring first as they re-show the footage when Sanity attacked No Way Jose at Axxess. Dillinger would follow and instead of his usual entrance he comes in serious and focused. Ruby and Roderick comes out and now we wait for the potential partner. The lights would go down and Kassius Ohno would come out.
Kassius Ohno, Roderick Strong, Ruby Riot & Tye Dillinger vs. Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, NIkki Cross & Eric Young
Dillinger’s team would run into the rind attack Sanity. They would take all members of Sanity out instead of Nikki Cross. Nikki gets left in the ring with Ruby Riot and the match begins. Nikki keeps the advantage on Ruby until Ruby takes her to the corner and drives her head against the turnbuckle. Wolfe tags in and Ruby must tag out. Kassius comes in as Wolfe jumps around like a crazy person. Ohno hits him with a hard elbow and hits Eric Young as well. Kassius lands a senton on Wolfe and pins for a 2 count.
Kassius goes on the attack against the arm and twists and pulls on it. He takes Wolfe down and gets another pin. Kassius gets distracted by Young, allowing Wolfe to take advantage with a hard elbow. Young tags in and the beat down on Kassius begins. Young keeps him in his corner and tags in Wolfe. Wolfe hits a hard European uppercut and tries for an elbow drop. Ohno moves out of the way and tags in Roderick Strong.
Roderick comes in fast and attacks Wolfe, takes Young off the apron and throws Wolfe into Dain. Roderick hits a back breaker on young, and goes for some knees in the corner. Wolfe manages to counter Rodericks attack and hits a huge German suplex. Dain tags in and stomps away on Strong. Dain lands a few elbow drops and taunts the audience. Roderick manages to fight back with a few kicks and tries for a tag but Dain picks him up and throws him to his corner. Roderick attacks young and wolfe, but Dain hits a huge running dropkick. Young tags in.
Young takes Strong to the corner and chokes him by lifting him up on the apron. He hits a fist to the back of the head and pins for a 2. Young tags in Wolfe, and Wolfe tags in Dain. Both men deliver a double team where Dain hits a corner spear, and Wolfe; a running clothesline. Wolfe tags back in and locks in a choke. He hits a neck breaker and tags in Eric Young. Young jumps from the top rope and hits a nice elbow to the back of the head and pin. Dillinger would kick him off Strong. Eric goes on the attack again and lands a cheap shot to Dillinger on the apron. Roderick tries to fight back but Young takes him out and hits a cheap shot to Kassius Ohno on the apron.
Roderick again tries to fight back but Young takes him to the corner. He goes for the dropkick but Strog moves out of the way and tags in Tye Dillinger. Tye comes in with the momentum and takes out all the members of SAnitY connecting a perfect looking DDT to Alexander Wolfe. He hits a top rope cross body on Wolfe, and a suicide dive on Young on the outside. Dain hits a hard punch from behind, but Strong lands a running dropkick. Wolfe takes him out. Kassius runs the ropes and looks for his own bomb, but he creatively stops himself, flipping to the outside and hitting Wolfe with a hard elbow. IN the ring, Ruby looks to land a running cross body, but Nikki stops her. Both women fight to the outside.
Dillinger and Young are the two men back into the ring. Dain tries to stop Dillinger but he takes him and Young both out. Wolfe takes him out, but Kassius comes in hitting a DDT, suplex to Dain and Wolfe. Eric hits a neck breaker on Kassius. He looks for his finisher on Dilliger, but Roderick hits a running kick to the head. Roderick is left in the ring with Dain. Both men were about to fight, but Ruby jumps on Dain’s back and Nikki lands on Roderick. Both men get thm off and they begin fighting on the outside. Dillinger is in the ring with Dain and looks for his finisher, but Young stops him and Dain hits his finisher on Dillinger and pins for the 3 count win.
BACKSTAGE: Bobby Roode is backstage starring at his NXT championship.
AUDIENCE: Edge and Beth Phoenix, two WWE Hall of Famers are sitting ringside.
Aleister Black vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas Singles Match
The match begins and both men slowly begin working. They reach a clinch but split right away. They try for another one and Almas gets an arm lock. Black counters and locks in his own arm lock. Almas counters into a neck lock and looks for a pin, but Black counters, and tries for a head kick but Almas ducks it. Both men split.
They go for another clinch and Black goes behind and pushes Almas to the ropes. Almas locks himself into the ropes and taunts. He goes on the attack and Almas rolls to the outside. Black tries for a suicide dive, but stops himself on the ropes, back flips and lands in a cross legged position. Almas climbs back into the ring and goes on the attack, but Black manages to counter each attempt and hits a hard kick for the head.
Both men head to the corner and this is where Almas takes advantage landing a double stomp to the chest. He fakes a running move and delivers a hard slap to Black. Almas goes for the suplex, but Black takes him to the apron, but Almas locks in the arm lock over the top rope. Almas lets go and heads to the top rope landing a missile dropkick. He pins for a 2. Almas gets an arm lock but Black manages to fight out and begins landing several knees to the gut and chest. Black continues the attack with multiple kiks and takes Almas to the outside. He hits Almas with a springboard backflip and rolls him back into the ring. Black tries for a kick but Almas counters with a few elbows. He tries for another arm lock on the apron, but Black stops him with some knees. Almas again tries for the top rope missile dropkick, but Black counters with a powerbomb and a 2 count pin.
Almas counters the pin with an arm lock and takes Black to the corner, he tries for the cross body but Black counters with a small package pin. Both men exchange a few more punches and kicks and even knocked eachother down with their kicks. Almas manages to land a backflip kick to the head and pins for a 2 count. Almas lands double knees to the head and tries for his DDT finisher but Black counters. Almas re-counters and hits a quick German for a 2 count. Almas goes for a running move but Black stops him with a high knee, and begins delivering several kicks to Almas’ head. He lands a quick roundhouse and pins for the 3 count victory.
Winner: Aleister Black
Authors Of Pain (c) vs. The Revival vs. #DIY -NXT Tag Team Championship- Triple Threat Tag Team Match
Before the match could begin, William Regal addressed the team to introduce the new NXT Tag Team Championships. He hands the ref the new belts and holds them up… Ok their not that bad.
The match begins and all members of each team are in the ring. Both Revival and DIY turn to focus AOP and as the bell rings, all the teams go for AOP. They takes them to the outside and DIY take out Akam against the barricade. DIY now pull out a table and set it up at ringside. They go for Akam but he magaes to fight back a little, that it until DIY push him into the steel steps. On the otherside Revival take out Rezar.
DIY and Revival meet eye to eye and get back into the ring. Scott Dawson gets thrown out and DIY hits a double team on Dash and pins for a 2 count. The teams get settled down as Ciampa and Scott head to their corners. DIY tag in and double hip toss Dash Wilder, but Akam tags in and double clotheslines DIY. Akam tags in Rezar and he lands a hard gut kick to Ciampa. Rezar goes for a corner attack but Ciampa hits a big boot. He tries for a jumping move but Rezar catches him. Ciampa counters hits a hard kick to the head and tries to tag someone from Revival, but they back off. Akam tag in and AOP both beat on Ciampa as Revival watches on. As Akam has his back turned, Revival attack Akam and hit a DDT and pull Ciampa over them to Eliminate AOP. But that does work and Dash tags himself in. Scott tags in and hits a elbow drop. Akam though manages to fight back and when Scott looks for a tag from DIY, they back off this time.
Akam goes on the attack again but gets tagged out by Johnny Gargano. Scott takes out Akam and turns to Johnny’s apron spear. Gargano takes out Dash who was trying to run in. On the outside, Ciampa lands a cross body on Rezar and Johnny on Akam. In the ring, Johnny climbs back in and hits a springboard DDT on Scott for a 2 count pin. Johnny tries for a cross body on AOP but they catch him easily. They use him as a shield to stop Ciampa hitting a sucide dive, and throw Johnny on Dash Wilder on the outside. AOP rolls Scott and Johnny into the ring. Rezar tags himself in and begins to choke Johnny in the middle of the ring.
Rezar tags Akam and both hit a double team backbreaker. Akam pins for the 2 count. Akam chokes Johnny to slow down the action a little bit. DIY teammate Ciamp and Revival are still laid out on the outside. Akam lifts Gargano up and locks in a torture lock. Gargano manages to slowly fight back and tries for a pin, but Akam counters and tries for an elbow drop, he missed. Gargano tries to jump over Akam to tag Ciampa but Akam catches him. Gargano breaks out and throws Akam against Scott Dawson ringside. Ciampa gets the tag and manages to take out Rezar and Akam. He hits not one, but two German Suplexes on Akam and its his running knee. Ciampa pins and looks to eliminate the champions, but gets a 2 count.
Ciampa hits a few chest slaps and sees Rezar cimbing the apron, he looks for a powerbomb through the table they set up earlier but Rezar holds onto the ropes. Gargano tries to help but against Rezar holds onto the rope. Revival run in and hit Rezar making him let go and go through the table. The audience go crazy.
In the ring, Revival and DIY now focus on the remaining AOP member, Akam. All teams go on the attack, with Akam trying to fight back, and actually getting the upperhand. Akam goes for a powerbomb on Ciampa, but Dash tags in and takes out Akam. Scott comes in and locks in a leg lock on Akam. Gargano looks to kick Dawson off, but stops and instead locks in cross face on Akam. Akam almost looks to tap out, but Rezar comes back in, and even with Ciampa and Dash holding him back, he breaks the submission.
The audience give a “this is awesome chant.” Rezar tags out and goes on an attack on Dash, but Rezar gets stopped. Each member of Revival and DIY hit a hard strike on Rezar leaving Revival’s Scott and DIY’s Gargano in the ring. Gargano and Scott hits DIY finisher on Rezar, while Dash and Ciampa hit Revival’s finisher on Akam, thus leaving Revival and DIY the only two teams in the ring.
Each face off, battle it out. Ciampa and Dawson get taken to the outside. Dash and Gagano fight it out until they see AOP get back to their feet. They both run the ropes and hit a suicide dive on AOP. Ciampa begins climbing to the top rope but gets stopped by Dawson, he climbs to the top rope and hits a superplex to Ciampa on top of AOP, Dash and Gargano on the outside.
Scott rolls Ciampa in the ring, but Rezar quickly tags Scott and clotheslines him. Akam gets to the apron and tags in. Both men deliver their finisher to Ciampa and pin for the 1..2..3!
AOP double team Dash Wilder and get a quick 2 count pin. They go for another double team finisher but Scott Dawson stops Akam on the ropes. Dash throws Rezar to the opposite corner. Dash lifts Akam on his shoulders and Scott hits a clothesline from the top rope. Scott hits a few German Suplexes on Rezar and pins for a 2 count. Revival look for a double move, but AOP fight back. They try for their finisher on Scott, but Dash gets in the way and takes the clothesline himself. Scott manages to get on quick pin on Akam, but that doesn’t matter as AOP take both men out and double powerbomb both men.
AOP still go on the attack taking Dash Wilder outside of the ring. Akam tries to lift Scott on his feet but Scott falls back down. Scott though tricks Akam and gets a surprise pin but it’s only for 2. On the outside Rezar runs Dash into the barricade, and in the ring Akam runs Dash against the turnbuckles. AOP hit their double powerbomb again and pin for the 3 count win.
Winners: Authors of Pain (retain)
Asuka (c) vs. Ember Moon -NXT Women’s Championship- Singles Match
Before the match could begin, again William Regal handed the ref the new Women’s Championship. Ok, not bad either.
The match begins and both women stare off to start with. They clinch quickly and get to the ropes, making the ref break them apart. They clinch again and both roll on the matt with Ember Moon locking in the headlock and taking her over. Both women’s deliver headlock takedowns, arm locks, arm drags, and a dropkick and stare off once more.
Asuka tries to shake hands, but tricks Ember and tries for an attack. Ember counters into a hurricanrana. Ember manages to connect a arm drag and both women go back and forth again this time with shoulder blocks. Asuka gets the upperhand landing a hip attack but Ember comes back landing a few kicks and taking Asuka to the outside. Ember tries for a sliding move, but Asuka slides into the ring, runs the ropes and hits Ember off the apron with a hip attack throwing her against the barricade.
Ember Moon slowly climbs back into the ring where Asuka lands a few hard strikes. He hits a few spinning punches taking Ember to the mat. Asuka goes on the attack again but Ember catches her leg and faceplants Asuka against the mat. Ember runs the ropes, but Asuka hits her with a third hip attack. Asuka lands a few chest kicks and tries for a German suplex, but Ember tries to fight out. Asuka tries for the Asuka Lock, but Ember breaks out and hits a hard forearm taking Asuka to the outside. Ember runs the ropes rebounds to the outside landing on Asuka.
Ember throws Asuks back into the ring and looks to try for her Eclipse finisher, but Asuka counters and hits a shining wizard. Asuka pins but only gets a 2 count. Asuka gets on the top of Ember and locks in a choke. Ember Moon manages to reach her feet with Asuka on her back and tries for the ropes, but slowly begins to fall back to the mat, but she doesn’t quite and gets back to her feet, and falls back breaking Asuka’s lock.
Asuka tries for another hip attack, but Ember counters and hits a superkick. Both women are laid out on the mat as the ref checks on both of them. Both exchange and block a few kicks but Ember gets the neckbreaker. Ember hits a running dropkick to the head and lands a few kicks to the gut. Ember hits a fall-away slam and hits a corner clothesline. Ember tries for a rebound move, but Asuka stops her and hits a German Suplex on Ember giving her a 2 count pin.
Asuka begins slapping Ember around until Ember hits a discuss clothesline. Asuka goes for a spinning kick, but Ember stops her and hits a t-bone suplex. Ember climbs to the top rope looking for the finisher, and Asuka stops her, but Ember fights back and throws her off. She positions herself again, but Asuka grabs the ref and pushes him against the ropes taking Ember off them. Asuka lands a hard head kick and pins for the 3 count.
Winner: Asuka (retains)
AUDIENCE: Drew McIntyre (aka. Drew Galloway) at ringside for tonight’s NXT TakeOver: Orlando show… that’s interesting.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode (c) -NXT Championship- Singles match
Prior to the beginning of the match, William Regal hands the new NXT championship to the ref. Again, this one is not that bad either.
The match begins and both men exchange a kick with one-another. Roode tries go behind, but Nakamura stops him with a neck lock. Both men go back and forth with some chain wrestling, with Nakamura taking Roode to the ropes and resting his head on his gut. Roode laughs at it and tells him that NXT is his now. He does a Glorious taunt, but Nakamura pushes him away with his leg. Roode finally goes on the attack, but Nakamura stops him with a few knees to the gut. He takes Roode to the corner and delivers a few more kicks and looks for the good vibrations, but Roode grabs his foot and pushes him away. Nakamura lands a side head kick and takes him to the corner again where he lands the good vibrations.
Roode rolls to the outside and Nakamura follows. He throws Roose into the barricade and rolls him into the ring. Roode stops Nakamura on the apron, and Nakamura tries for a suplex. Roode stops him, runs the ropes and hits Nakamura hard throwing him against the barricade. Roode moves to the outside and goes on the attack. Roode rolls Nakamura back into the ring and begins choking him on the ropes.
Roode takes Nakamura to the corner and stomps away on him as the ref counts to 4. He stomps on his again with the ref counting to 4 once again. Roode taunts “Glorious” to the audience and goes on the attack. He hits a few chest chops and throws Nakamura to the opposite corner. He lands a running clothesline and hits a neck breaker giving him a 2 count. Roode locks in a clavicle hold keeping Nakamura down riving in pain.
Nakamura manages to fight out, but Roode puts him back to the mat and delivers a dropping knee giving him a 2 count. Roode continues to wear down Nakamura by locking in a neck twist and yelling at a ref “common!” He gets another pin but only a 2 count. Roode right away locks another neck twist. Nakamura gets some momentum and gets to his feet. He pushes him off the ropes but Roode tries for the sleeper, Nakamura rolls him out and hits a kick to the back of Roode’s head.
Both men reach their feet and Nakamura begins landing some hard strikes. He hits a few punches and kicks to the chest and takes Roode to the corner. He lands a running knee to the gut, and hangs Roode over the top turnbuckle. He hits a knee to the gut, and dropkicks Roode to the outside of the ring. He lays Roode along the apron and hits a running knee to Roode’s head and jumps landing his knee to the back of Roode’s head. He rolls Roode back into the ring and pins for a close 2 count.
Nakamura looks for the exploder suplex, but Roode breaks out with a few elbows. He tries for a running move but Nakamura counters and runs the ropes. Roode counters and hits a HARD clothesline. Roode Takes Nakamura to the corner and hits a chest slaps. He tries for a running move but Nakamura connects a big boot and hits a running knee. Nakamura looks for his finisher but Roode steps out of the way and attacks Nakamura’s past “injured” knee. Roode attacks the knee with a few elbows and drags Nakamura to the corner driving his knee against the steel post.
Roode stomps on the leg in the ring and drives his knee into the back thigh. Roode slaps Nakamura and locks in the Figure-4-Leglock. Nakamura yells out in pain and tries to break the hold, but instead he tries to flip over to reverse the pressure, and eventually manages to do it. Roode breaks the hold and again goes on the attack on the knee.
As Roode was taking his time with the attacks Nakamura surprise him with a arm lock. Roode manages to break it, but gets transitioned into a Triangle hold. Roode almost breaks out of that as well, but Nakamura again transitions back into the arm lock. Roode slowly inches to the ropes and manages to making the ref break the hold. Nakamura gets to his feet angry and delivers hard aggressive kicks to Roode’s body and head. Nakamura lays Roode over the top turnbuckle again and tries for another knee, but Roode moves out of the way taking Nakamura’s knee into the turnbuckle.
Roode tries to stretch out his arm on the outside and climbs back into the ring. He delivers a few shots to Nakamura’s back and grabs his leg. Nakamura begins kicking Roode in the arm over and over again. Roode ducks one of the kicks and hits a back stabber giving him a 2 count pin.
Both men, exhausted stare off in the middle of the ring as they reach their feet. They begin exchanging punches. Roode looks to hit his DDT, but Nakamura counters with a knee. He hits a face front suplex and lands a running knee to Roode giving him a 2 count pin. Nakamura calls for his finisher but Roode uses his brain and rolls to the outside. Nakamura follows and rolls Roode back in and as he’s climbing into the ring, Roode kicks the middle rope giving him a low blow and hits his Glorious DDT. Bobby pins but Nakamura kicks out at 2.
Roode not believing that Nakamura kicked out, climbs to the outside of the ring and grabs the ringside bell. The ref argues with Roode and grabs the bell pulling it away from Roode. Bobby turns around to a hard kick from Nakamura. He hits his exploder suplex and tries for his finisher but Roode catches him into a spinebuster and pin for a very close 2 count.
Roode struggle to get Nakamura to his feet for the DDT, but Nakamura pushes Roode into the corner and drives his shoulder into the gut. Nakamura tries for a running move, but Roode drives his shoulder into Nakamura’s knee. Bobby Roode climbs to the second rope, and holding Nakamura jumps and transitions into his Glorious DDT and pins for the 3 count win.
Winner: Bobby Roode (retains)
What are your thoughts on the show, and the new belts?
Hey folks! It’s Jack Wannan once again. Today, I will be doing live coverage of WWE Fastlane! If you can’t catch the show, this is the place for you to check. There will be timestamps throughout the night so you can see when there are updates. Make sure to come back every 15-20 minutes for more updates!
6:45PM: The pre-show is starting soon! Grab the popcorn, and get ready!
The pre-show can be viewed for free here:
7:00PM: The pre-show is live! We go right to the analyst desk inside the arena.The crew on the desk is Renee Young, Booker T, and Peter Rosenberg. Booker T does the first pop culture reference on the show, referencing the Daytona 500, which happened last week. Speaking of Booker, the crowd gave him a huge reaction when he started talking.
7:03PM: Charly Caruso will be in the social media lounge tonight, interviewing Samoa Joe during the second half of the hour. A match is also scheduled for the pre-show too.
7:13PM: We get shown a backstage segment from earlier where Brian Kendrick motivates Noam Dar as they are teaming later on tonight. Kendrick implies that Alicia will have a meltdown ringside, which makes Fox freak out. Dar diffuses the situation, but Kendrick leaves saying “I don’t do crazy”, making Fox flip out again.
7:16PM: Cesaro and Sheamus are at the analyst desk. Cesaro is frustrated because he feels the fans doesn’t want to see him talk, they want to see him fight. The whole desk says that Gallows and Anderson will win the tag match tonight.
7:2oPM: Mick Foley is backstage on the phone with Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie’s flight is delayed, and she is mad at Mick. As they are on the phone, Jinder Mahal walks in and says that him and Rusev are no longer a team. Mahal and Rusev start arguing. Mick Foley sets up some sort of thing between them later tonight, but it’s very confusing what it was. As Foley walks out of the scene, Stephanie is still on the phone saying “Mick?”
7:26PM: It is time for the Samoa Joe interview. The first question is “Why did you side with Triple H, and why did you attack Seth Rollins?”. Joe said that he was presented with an opportunity, and he wanted to make an impact. Second question was how does he plan on destroying Sami Zayn tonight? He says that he has done it before and he can do it again. Third question was what Joe’s plan for Wrestlemania? He said that his plan will be revealed eventually, but he wants to make an impact. Good segment.
7:40PM: Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa vs Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar
We head to the commentary booth with Austin Aries, Michael Cole, and Corey Graves. Our first match is up next, but before that we see a teaser of Austin Aries, and his eventual in-ring return. Our first match of the night is from the Cruiserweight division. A combination of two rivalries, if you will. Swann and Tozawa face Kendrick and Dar. Tozawa starts off against Dar. Early on in the match Swann and Tozawa try for double dives, but they stop because Fox stands infront of Kendrick and Dar. We go to a quick commercial break.
After the break Tozawa is in the ring under the control of Brian Kendrick. “Taking him to school” as Aries described. Swann gets the hot tag on Dar. Standing frogsplash by Rich gets a kickout. Swann and Dar wear eachother down, and another hot tag happens, this time Tozawa and Kendrick. Kendrick and Dar get thrown to the outside once again. The double dives by Tozawa and Swann work this time around. Swann and Dar are the legal men. Tozawa and Kendrick are brawling outside the ring as Swann hits the Pheonix Splash on Dar for the win.
7:54PM: Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa def. Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar
7:55PM: PPV to start soon.
8:00PM: The PPV is underway! It starts off with a video package hyping up the show. After that we get a quick pyro show, then we head to our first match!
8:04PM: Sami Zayn vs Samoa Joe
It’s time for our first match of the PPV, Sami Zayn vs Samoa Joe! Sami is happy heading to the ring, but he buckles down and is serious once the match starts. The match is at a very slow pace from the get-go. Samoa Joe wears down Zayn with strikes. The crowd does not react too much to what is happening. Sami Zayn starts to slowly make a comeback. He hits the Blue Thunder Bomb, but gets a kickout. Joe hits his patented Senton. Zayn kicks out. After that move, Joe goes back to his jabs and strikes. Joe hits the ropes for a move, but Sami collapses. When Joe walks towards him, Zayn hits a roll-up pin. Zayn must have been “playing possum”. The two are on top rope. Joe tries for the Superplex but it doesn’t work. Both of them get off the top rope. Zayn tries for a Helluva Kick but he gets slammed down by Joe. Joe hits Zayn with the Cohena Clutch (Might have spelt it wrong lol) to end the match. Crowd is dead silent.
8:17PM: Samoe Joe def. Sami Zayn
8:19PM: Bayley is interviewed backstage. Bayley says that Charlotte has the advantage. Bayley challenges Charlotte to leave Dana Brooke in the locker room for tonights match. Nia Jax walks into the scene and says that she will rip her “best friend” (Sasha Banks) to shreds.
8:21PM: Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (RAW Tag Team Championship Match)
Our first tag match of the PPV is up next! Enzo Amore and Big Cass face the tag champs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Championships. Enzo and Cass make many, many Milwaukee references while on the mic before the match. Cass and Anderson start off in this match. Gallows gets thrown to the outside alongside his partner Karl, and Enzo gets thrown onto both of them. Back in the ring is Anderson and Enzo. As they get back in the ring, the champs have control in the match. Enzo is isolated in the champs corner. Anderson and Gallows are frequently tagging in and out to keep Enzo in their corner. This goes on for quite some time.
Finally, after a very long time, Big Cass gets the hot tag. Cass hits a big boot to Anderson. The team hits Bada Boom Shaka Laka and go for the pin, but Gallows drags Enzo out of the ring during the pin. Anderson hit Enzo with a knee a minute later. When he goes for the pin, Enzo has his leg on the rope, but the ref doesn’t notice because Gallows pushed Enzo’s foot off.
8:36PM: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson def. Enzo Amore and Big Cass to retain the RAW Tag Team Championships
8:38PM: Stephanie is on the phone with Mick again. Her flight is still delayed and she says that she won’t make it to the show.
8:40PM: Nia Jax vs Sasha Banks
We have had our first singles match, our first tag match, and now we will have our first women’s match of the night! Nia Jax faces Sasha Banks in a grudge match. Sasha Banks is working the “wearing down” gimmick on Jax, which is basically attacking Jax with strikes, and Jax nosells most of them. Anyways, Nia Jax has control over this match for most of the time. Sasha shows almost no offence in this match. Crowd is not showing much interest in this match. Nia Jax puts Sasha in the Torture Rack and starts to squat while doing that. Sasha reverses it into a sleeper. Jax escaped by running Sasha into the corner. Sasha jumps back onto Nia’s back for another attempt at the sleeper. Nia throws Sasha off this time. Sasha hits a DDT into a Banks Statement next. Crowd starts to make noise for that. Jax reverses by Slamming down Banks then leg dropping her. After that, Jax tries for something, but Banks hits a roll-up pin for the win. Crowd pops for this. Jax looks shocked.
8:52PM: Sasha Banks def. Nia Jax
8:55PM: Rusev and Jinder Mahal find opponents
It’s time for whatever Mick planned for Jinder Mahal and Rusev. When the two get to the ring, they immediately start to argue. They then start to brawl. Jinder awaits his opponent. Cesaro and Sheamus come out. Cesaro will face Jinder Mahal first. The crowd was silent for this match. As was I. This was a RAW mid-card match. Cesaro gets the victory after some slow pace fighting. Who cared about the match. It was a waste of everyone’s time.
After the match, Jinder gets beaten up by Rusev. Who answers Rusev’s challenge? Big Show! Big Show and Rusev battle for quite some time. Big Show Chokeslam’s Rusev two times in a row. He looks around at the crowd, then chokeslams Rusev for the third time. Rusev is lying in the corner after, and eats a knockout punch to end the match. Rusev and Jinder both take their loses and leave.
9:18PM: Jinder and Rusev lose their matches lol
9:23PM: Jack Gallagher vs Neville (Cruiserweight Championship Match)
Our second Cruiserweight match is for the Championship! Jack Gallagher faces the champion Neville! Before the match we see another Austin Aries hype video. The two grapple and trade strikes at the start. It is still a very back and forth match as bigger moves start to get used. Gallagher does a dive at one point, which feels almost out of character for him, but still cool. After that both of them go to the top rope and Gallagher hits a Superplex. Later on Neville throws Gallagher onto the ropes then does a very fast suplex that looked ugly. Neville follows up with his crazy flippy thing then goes for a pin but Gallagher kicks out.
Gallagher starts to make a comeback, hitting Neville with two headbutts in a row. Minutes later Neville sits on the top rope again but he gets hit with another headbutt. Gallagher then gets pushed off the ropes, Neville hits the Red Arrow right after to give Neville the win.
9:39PM: Neville def. Jack Gallagher to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
9:42PM: Backstage we have a suprise interview with Paul Heyman. Paul says that Brock is allowed at the event tonight, but he can’t confirm or deny if he will show up. He also claims that no matter who wins tonight, Brock will win in the end.
9:44PM: The New Day come out, with an ICE CREAM BIKE! They say that they will have ice cream when they are hosting Wrestlemania. That ends the segment.
9:55PM: Roman Reigns vs Braun Stroman
After Braun said he wanted more of a challenge, he gets exactly that tonight! Braun Stroman squares off against Roman Reigns! Crowd gives Roman very loud boo’s as he enters the building. Reigns is struggling in this match as Stroman goes about his business. Stroman hit a Samoan Drop, a splash, and many other moves to wear down Reigns. Reigns slowly starts to make his comeback by dodging moves. Stroman tries to dive onto Reigns in the corner but Roman dodges and Stroman hits the post. Roman hits a drive by a few minutes later. Reigns tries for the spear through the barricade but Stroman picks up Reigns and slams him through an announce table. Later on, Stroman heads to the TOP ROPE and tries for something but Roman dodges. He hits the spear right after for a 3 count to end the match.
10:14PM: Roman Reigns def. Braun Stroman
(FUN FACT: This is the first singles loss that Braun Stroman has ever taken.)
10:17PM: Backstage we see Mick Foley talking to Joe saying that he doesn’t want Joe helping Owens out in the main event. Joe does not say anything, he just walks away.
10:23PM: Charlotte vs Bayley (RAW Women’s Championship Match)
The RAW Women’s Championship gets defended in our second-last match tonight. Charlotte walks out with Dana Brooke, but tells Dana to go backstage before she is done walking off the ramp. Charlotte’s undefeated 1-0n-1 PPV record is really emphasized by the commentators.
Bayley showed dominance at the start of the match. So much so that Charlotte had to run outside the ring to catch a breather at one point. Charlotte does regain control though when Bayley decided to go outside the ring too.
They battle back and forth for nearly 20 minutes. But as the fight continues, Sasha Banks runs down to the ring all of the sudden. She attacks Charlotte but the bell does not get rung. Bayley hits a Bayley-2-Belly outside the ring, then does it once more inside the ring for the pin.
I don’t get how this match didn’t end via DQ. The crowd sounded confused and quiet for that crowd finish. WTF happened.
10:44PM: Bayley def. Charlotte to retain the RAW Women’s Championship
10:53PM: Goldberg vs Kevin Owens (WWE Universal Championship Match)
FINALLY! It’s time for our main event of the evening! Goldberg faces the champ Kevin Owens! Goldberg chants erupt throughout the arena as Goldberg makes his entrance. Kevin Owens also gets a big reaction from the crowd, but not as much as Goldberg did.
Here we go! Just before the ref rings the bell, Owens steps out of the ring for a quick timeout. The more time he takes outside the ring, the more heat the crowd gives him. Kevin Owens finally mans up and gets in the ring for the match. Jericho’s music hits just as the bell rings, and Goldberg hits his Spear and Jackhammer to become the NEW Universal Champion as Chris Jericho watches from the ramp. WOW. Lots of stuff to discuss tomorrow on Monday, but I gotta sleep.
That wraps up the show!
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6:50PM: The kickoff show starts at 7PM EST and can be viewed for free. Here is the think to the kickoff show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL8pHOKNpV8
7:00PM: The kickoff show is live and starts with the analyst desk conversing. The desk consists of Renee Young, Booker T, Sam Roberts, and Carmella. Dasha is backstage at the Social Media Lounge and will interview Becky Lynch later. We get a look at the NEW Elimination Chamber. It looks more square, and larger. It has good square zones for jumping, above every chamber.
7:27PM: While the kickoff show panel is underway, James Ellesworth walks into frame and says that he got him and Carmella skybox tickets. Carmella uses this as an excuse to leave the analyst desk, and takes off her microphone. Ellesworth is wearing his golden outfit that was picked out a few weeks ago. The kickoff match and the Becky Lynch interview are still to come.
7:34PM: It’s time for the Becky Lynch interview in the social media lounge with Dasha. First question is “Are you excited to disarm Mickie James?” in which Becky replied with “Yes”. “If you could tag team with anybody” was the next question, with Lynch replying “Shawn Michaels” because she could be the “Armbreak kid”. Third question was if she watched any old Mickie matches to prepare for the match. Lynch said yes and praised what James has done in the past. That wrapped up the interview.
7:41PM: Curt Hawkins vs Mojo Rawley
It’s time for our Kickoff match! The four commentators that we usually get for Smackdown Live are calling this match. This match is an odd pairing, but maybe a story could develop from this match. Let’s see. The only beef that these two have is some shots and Hawkins fired on Twitter recently. Still not sure what Hawkins’ character is. The match has a very slow pace right as it starts. 2 minutes into the match Mojo barely beats a 10 count, getting in the ring at 8. We go to a 1 minute commercial break. Slow back and forth action continues. Mojo mounts a comeback with a Stinger Splash and a stomach-first slam. Pin attempt after is kicked out. Hawkins responds with a Downward Spiral. Mojo kicks out of that move too. Mojo reverses a move that Hawkins was setting up for, and hits a running punch and slam to get the win at 8 minutes and 3 seconds.
This wraps up the pre-show coverage. The rest of the show is on the WWE Network
7:53PM: Mojo Rawley defeats Curt Hawkins (8:03)
Post Match Interview:
8:00PM: The PPV is live! It starts with an Elimination Chamber hype video. We get the cool pyro as usual, then we go to our first match, Becky Lynch vs Mickey James.
8:03PM: Becky Lynch vs Mickie James
The two go into a tie-up at the start of the match. The tie-up continues until they both roll outside the ring. The two of them walk back into the ring and continue the match. The two fight outside the ring again just a minute later. Mickey is targeting the arms quite often early on in the match. Mickey shows lots of dominance throughout the first 5 minutes of the match. Crowd nearly silent during the mid part of this match. Becky makes a comeback 8 minutes into the match and hits the Exploder Suplex. A noticeable cut starts bleeding on Mickie’s left elbow. Becky continues to sell her arm very well. James hits the Mick Kick and goes for the pin. Lynch kicks out. Becky makes another comeback and tries for the Disarmer. James tries to reverse into a roll up pin, but Lynch responds with a roll-up of her own to win the match. The match ends after 11 minutes of competition.
8:18PM: Becky Lynch defeats Mickie James
8:19PM: Dasha is in the Carmella and Ellesworth Skybox and Carmella says that the “wrong woman won” that match.
8:21PM: Apollo Crews and Kalisto vs Dolph Ziggler
As Kalisto makes his entrance, Ziggler throws Kalisto against the entrance wall. Kalisto is too injured to compete, and the match is now Crews vs Ziggler. Ziggler has control of the match for the first few minutes. Kalisto heals up and joins the match at the 7 minute mark. I guess it was a 2-on-1 the whole time? Apollo Crews gets the pin after 7 minutes of fighting. After the match, Ziggler continues to fight. He takes down Kalisto and Crews, and wedges a chair on one of Crews’ feet. He stomps on the ankle, and Crews sells it like murder. He decides to do it once more. Ziggler walks off and we cut to commercials.
8:35 PM: Apollo Crews and Kalisto defeat Ziggler
Post Match Interview:
8:36 PM: Tag Team Turmoil Match
It’s time for our first title match of the night, the tag team turmoil match! The tag team turmoil match starts with Heath Slater and Rhyno versus The Fashion Police, AKA Fandango and Tyler Breeze. Good back and forth action between these two teams lasts quite an amount of time. Fandango pins Heath Slater who was the illegal man in the ring. As Fandango gets up, he eats a Gore from Rhyno got eliminate the two. The Vaudevillians come out next to face Slater and Rhyno. After only a couple minutes, The Vaudevillians get eliminated by Heath Slater. The Usos are the next challengers. The Usos eliminate Heath Slater and Rhyno and American Alpha come out next. These two teams get much more time than the last two teams. Jason Jordan gets a hot tag and starts going crazy. Gable tags in as The Usos are stills fighting Jason. Chad Gable walks in the ring and gets a roll-up to eliminate The Usos. After being eliminated The Usos beat up American Alpha and they do it well. A Frogsplash onto Jason Jordan ends the brawl. The Ascension make their way to the ring once the brawl finally ends.
The Ascension try to pick the scraps but American Alpha still have some fight left in them. American Alpha make a comeback and win the match via Grand Amplitude. They retain their Tag Team Championships. I was not that interested in this match, and I found it kind of lame. Maybe this was just because I was hoping for The Revival to debut in this match.
9:00PM: American Alpha win Tag Team Turmoil
9:06PM: Nikki Bella vs Natalya
The second out of the trio of Women’s Matches is Nikki Bella vs Natalya, and it’s the next match on the card! This match had very slow paced back and forth action. The crowd did not react to anything that was going on. Nikki Bella’s mother and brother are shown ringside during this match. Nikki Bella gets fired up after Nattie says “You can’t see me bitch”. Nikki’s comeback does not last long as Natalya regains the advantage minutes later. Later on both wrestlers trade blows on the top rope, and Natalya hits a Superplex. Nikki Bella goes for John Cena’s trademark submission move the “STF” for the second time, but Natalya escapes again. The two of them brawl outside the ring until the ref calls a double countout. The brawl outside the ring looked like blatant stalling. Before the countout, we saw Nikki make a last ditch attempt to run in the ring, but Natalya stopped her, hence the double countout. But what’s interesting is that Nikki did maybe the slowest run ever to the ring. It was painfully obvious what the finish to the match would be. After the match we get a brawl, ending with Natalya running away as the ref holds Nikki back.
9:22PM: Nikki Bella vs Natalya ends in a double countout
9:22PM: Carmella, still in the Skybox, says that the two who were wrestling have “Major issues’ and are out of control, and Ellesworth says the same thing
9:29PM: Randy Orton vs Luke Harper
It’s Family vs Family up next when Luke Harper faces Randy Orton! 8 minutes into the match Luke Harper does a mini-Swanton over the ropes (whatever it’s called) and a big boot to follow. Randy kicks out. Orton’s trademarked rope DDT gets reversed by Harper right after. Luke Harper further showcases his highflying with a Tope Suicida, sending Orton over the German commentary table. Harper follows that up by throwing Orton down onto the English table. Orton and Harper re-enter the ring at the 7 count. Orton reverses Harper into a very big Superplex. The first part of the match was slow, but this part really caught my attention. Minutes after the Superplex, Orton calls for an RKO. Harper gets up and nails Orton with a Superkick. A second one follows. Orton kicks out at 2 and a half. Harper goes for a Powerbomb that leads to a kickout. The crowd is very intruiged by the match at this point. Harper trying for a clothesline gets reversed into an RKO out of nowhere for the win. What a match this was! I loved it.
9:48PM: Randy Orton def. Luke Harper
9:52PM: A fight breaks out backstage between Natalya and Nikki Bella.
9:52PM: Naomi vs Alexa Bliss (Smackdown Women’s Championship Match)
The Women’s Championship sees a new challenger in Naomi. Will the champion Alexa Bliss still be able to call herself #1 by the end of the night? Let’s find out! Early on in the match it is apparent that Naomi is giving Alexa Bliss a run for her money. The match stays back and forth as it heads past the 10 minute mark. At one point Alexa Bliss throws a temper tantrum out of frustration. The Twisted Bliss gets reversed by Naomi putting her knees up. Naomi reverses and hits a moonsault off the turnbuckle to win the championship and become the new Smackdown Women’s champion. Even though it was a great match, it seemed like a bit of an ugly finish. Seemed like Naomi’s legs landed on Bliss’ side. Anyways, after the match Naomi gets interviewed and gives a very good, short promo. Crowd was very happy about this. This was a good quick title match. I am very happy to see Naomi as champ.
10:07PM: Naomi def. Alexa Bliss to become new Champion
10:07PM: Carmella gets interviewed again in the Skybox. Dasha gets immediately sent out of the Skybox because they were annoyed that they were repeatedly being interviewed.
10:14PM: It is time for the Elimination Chamber match!
It is time for the Elimination Chamber match! AJ Styles and John Cena will start in the ring, as the other four competitors are in chambers, awaiting their entrance. The two wrestlers trade moves for five minutes, and then the next entrant comes in. That next entrant is Dean Ambrose! Ambrose goes right after Cena. Lots of fighting happens outside the ring in the floored area. Ambrose stands above his pod and jumps down with an Elbow onto Cena. Ambrose has control for the most part, until Bray Wyatt becomes the fourth entrant. Wyatt clears house when he enters. Styles climbs up the Chamber with Cena. They climb to a part of the cage higher than the pods. They trade blows, until Cena crashes onto the ground. Styles walks over to a pod where Dean Ambrose is standing. They both bash their heads on the plexiglass on the wall above the pod. Ambrose falls off, while Styles stays resting above the pod. Bray Wyatt delivers 3 man Superplex with Ambrose and Styles involved. The next entrant comes in, being Baron Corbin. As the final entrant The Miz walks into the ring, Baron Corbin gets eliminated by Ambrose via roll-up. Out of frustration Corbin beats up Ambrose even more, throwing Ambrose THROUGH the plexiglass of one pod. The refs try their best to get Corbin out of there, but he continues the assault. Corbin hits the End of Days on Ambrose, then finally decides to leave the ring.
The Miz pins Ambrose in the middle of the ring, taking advantage of what Corbin did, eliminating Ambrose. The crowd boo’d quite a bit for that elimination. The Miz does more “YES” chants, mocking Daniel Bryan. John Cena eliminates The Miz, then tries to eliminate Styles. Styles reverses an AA into a Styles Clash. A minute later, Cena gets on top of a pod and delivers a cross body onto Bray and Styles. Bray Wyatt hits the Sister Abgail on Cena after reversing an AA, pins Cena and eliminates John Cena! This means that we will have a new champion tonight!
It’s down to two. Bray Wyatt and AJ Styles. Styles hits a Springboard 450, but Wyatt kicks out. A minute later, a Phenominal Forearm gets reversed into a Sister Abgail, for Bray Wyatt to become the newest WWE Champion! What a match this was! What a great finish to the match. Loved it.
11:02PM: Bray Wyatt wins the Elimination Chamber and becomes the WWE Champion
That wraps up tonights coverage! Thanks for following along! Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JackWannan to see what I am up to, and follow Mind of Carnage @MindofCarnage to see what the site is up to!
Show: WWE Royal Rumble PPV Date: January 29, 2017 Venue: Alamodome San Antonio, TX
Hey guys, so same issue from yesturday is still present today and my laptop just doesn’t seem to want to work efficiently. For some reason my disk reads at 100% and my operating system slows down tremendously. Due to that, it leaves me much trouble when it comes to recapping as typing is delayed, viewing pages is delayed and pretty much everything is delayed, by several minutes. Ohh god!
Anger is present.
So again I will be sourcing the recap portion of this from WrestlingInc.com. Make sure to refresh for the latest details. Images below are sourced from @WWE and WWE.com. Highlights will be uploaded when available.
Royal Rumble Kickoff Show:
Naomi, Nikki Bella & Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss (c), Natalya & Mickie James -KICKOFF Match- Six-Women Tag Team Match
We go to the ring and Mauro Ranallo welcomes us. He’s joined by JBL, David Otunga and Tom Phillips. Greg Hamilton does the introductions as Naomi makes her way out first. Nikki Bella and Becky Lynch are out next. SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss is out next, followed by Mickie James. Natalya is out last.
Natalya starts off and taunts Nikki but gets slapped. Natalya tags Bliss right in and lets her start. Bliss and Nikki go at it now. Nikki counters and covers for a 2 count. Naomi tags in for a double dropkick on Bliss. Natalya tags back in. The heels go for a triple suplex but the babyfaces counter and hit it instead. Naomi ends up leaping out onto her opponents and taking them down. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Becky is unloading on Natalya with leg lariats. Becky with the Firearm and a sidekick in the corner. Natalya goes to the floor for a breather. Becky follows but Mickie launches her into the barrier. Natalya with a snap suplex on the floor.
Natalya brings it back in and the heels keep control. Bliss tags in and works Becky over. Mickie with a cheap kick on Becky as Bliss covers for a 2 count. Natalya mocks Nikki but gets rolled up by Becky for 2. Natalya keeps control and covers for another 2 count. More back and forth as Bliss is back in. Natalya stops Becky from tagging. Naomi gets a hot tag and unloads on Bliss and Natalya. Naomi with her signature kicks on Bliss. Naomi drops Bliss and covers for a 2 count as Mickie breaks it up. Becky takes her out. Natalya takes Becky out. Nikki spears Natalya. Bliss and Naomi go at it again. Naomi drops her with a kick and hits the split-legged moonsault for the win.
Winners: Naomi, Nikki Bella and Becky Lynch
BACKSTAGE: The panel leads us to a promo for tonight’s WWE Universal Title match. Charly is backstage with WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho. They talk about how RAW General Manager Mick Foley has something against them. We come back to the panel and see the RAW announcers making their way to the ring.
Cesaro & Sheamus (c) vs. The Club -RAW Tag Team Championship- -KICKOFF Match- Tag Team Match
We go to the ring and out comes RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus. Michael Cole welcomes us and he’s joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are out next. Cesaro and Anderson go at it to start. Cesaro with an early 2 count. We have one referee in the ring and one at ringside. Sheamus comes in and goes at it with Anderson now.
More quick tags. Cesaro and Gallows go at it. Cesaro hits the springboard uppercut for a 2 count. Sheamus tags in for a double team suplex. Sheamus drops a knee on Gallows for a 2 count. Cesaro comes back in but Gallows gets the upperhand as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Sheamus ends up hitting the forearms to Gallows on the apron. Sheamus with a top rope clothesline for a 2 count. Cesaro comes in off the top with another 2 count. Gallows avoids the Cesaro Swing. Anderson tag sin and knocks Sheamus off the apron. Cesaro with an uppercut. Anderson drops him for a 2 count. The second referee stops some cheating. Cesaro with another 2 count. Anderson counters the Neutralizer. Cesaro comes back and hits the 619. Cesaro with a crossbody for a 2 count.
Anderson and Cesaro tangle. Anderson hits the spinebuster for a 2 count. Gallows comes in for a Magic Killer but Sheamus stops it. Cesaro with a DDT on Gallows. A referee goes down by accident after a Brogue Kick. Cesaro with the Swing on Anderson now. Cesaro with the Sharpshooter on Anderson now. Gallows comes in with a boot to the face to break it up. Anderson with a 2 count as Sheamus breaks it. Gallows and Sheamus brawl. More confusion with the referee. Gallows nails Sheamus with a kick. Sheamus eats a Magic Killer. Gallows and Anderson end up getting the pin for the win.
Winners and New RAW Tag Team Champions: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
KICKOFF PANEL: Back to the panel and Rosenberg has replaced HBK. Austin Aries joins the panel to discuss tonight’s Cruiserweight Title match. Aries predicts a new champion tonight. We go backstage to Charly and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose in the Social Media Lounge.
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax -KICKOFF Match- Singles Match
We go back to the ring and out comes Sasha Banks first. Nia Jax is out next.
They go at it to start but Nia overpowers early on. Nia tosses Sasha across the ring and then runs her over. Nia stands tall as we take another break.
Back from the break and Nia fights off a Banks Statement before going to work on Sasha’s injured knee. More back and forth as Sasha fights back. Sasha comes off the top with knees but Nia kicks out at 2. Nia ends up catching Sasha in the pop-up Samoan Drop for the quick win.
Winner: Nia Jax
KICKOFF PANEL: We go back to the panel for more discussion on Triple H and Seth Rollins. Renee sends us to Stephanie McMahon. She says Rollins has officially been banned from The Alamodome and she will address his actions at WWE NXT “Takeover: San Antonino” on tomorrow’s RAW. Stephanie is positive that a member of RAW will win the Rumble tonight. The panel leads us to a promo for tonight’s WWE Title match.
ENTRANCE: We go to the ring and out comes WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels to a big hometown pop.
Shawn talks about his Rumble history in San Antonio and hypes tonight’s main event. Shawn says there’s only one thing left to do… get this party started. Shawn says they want San Antonio to have fun like only they can do and make some noise like only they can do. And if you’re not down with that… the crowd finishes the line for HBK as his music hits. Cole talks about how they had some WWE Network sign-up issues but those have been cleared up and fans still have time to join for the Rumble.
OPENING: The 2017 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view opens with a video package. We’re live from The Alamodome in San Antonio as Michael Cole welcomes us and the pyro goes off.
Charlotte (c) vs. Bayley -RAW Women’s Championship- Singles Match
We go right to the ring and out comes Bayley to a pop. RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair is out next as Cole introduces us to some of the international announce teams at ringside.
We get formal ring introductions from JoJo. They lock up and go at it. Charlotte slams Bayley first. Back and forth until Bayley catches Charlotte with a cutter on the second rope. Bayley comes through the ropes and takes Charlotte down on the floor with a head scissors. Bayley with a crossbody from the second rope to the floor. Bayley brings it back in the ring for a 2 count.
Charlotte turns it back around and brings it in for a 2 count. Charlotte slams Bayley’s face into the mat repeatedly. Charlotte keeps control and nails a running boot for a 2 count. Charlotte uses scissors to slam Bayley into the mat a few more times. Charlotte tosses Bayley with her legs and stands tall. Charlotte with another pin attempt before some taunting and trash talking.
They both go down after a double clothesline. Bayley looks for a comeback but Charlotte chops her into the corner. Bayley with more offense. She nails a springboard crossbody. Bayley with more offense. Bayley drops Charlotte on her face. Bayley goes to the top but takes too much time and has to come down. Bayley stomps on Charlotte for a 2 count. Bayley goes back to the top and nails a big elbow drop for a 2 count.
Charlotte turns it back around after going for the knee. Charlotte applies the Figure Four. Bayley manages to turn it around on her. Charlotte reverses it into the Figure Eight and uses the ropes for leverage but the referee sees it and stops her. More back and forth. Charlotte ends up getting the win out of nowhere after a Natural Selection on the apron.
Winner: Charlotte (Retains)
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns -WWE Universal Championship- -Chris Jericho hangs above the ring in a Shark Cage- No-DQ Singles Match
We go to the ring and the shark cage is waiting for Chris Jericho in the middle. The music hits and out comes WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens with the WWE United States Champion. Roman Reigns is out next. We get formal ring introductions from JoJo.
Jericho stalls on going into the cage. Owens and Jericho beat Reigns down but he fights them off and puts Jericho in the cage. The cage is raised above the ring as we get the bell. Reigns goes at it to start but Owens turns it around. Reigns rocks Owens and sends him to the floor. Reigns knocks Owens over the barrier and they fight through the crowd now.
They fight back to the ringside area and Reigns uses the German announce table. Owens turns it around and sends Reigns into the steel steps. Owens takes the hood off the Spanish announce table and throws it on Reigns. Owens goes under the ring and brings out a bunch of steel chairs. Owens jabs Reigns with a chair shot to the ribs. Owens ends up hitting a big corner cannonball into the barrier. Owens poses on the announce table to a mixed reaction. Owens stands a bunch of chairs on top of each other at ringside. Another chair shot to the ribs, and another. Owens adds to his mountain of steel chairs and brings Reigns back into the ring. Owens goes to powerbomb Reigns from the apron through the chair mountain but it’s blocked. Reigns rocks Owens with a right hand. Reigns tries to suplex Owens from the ring onto the chairs but Owens blocks it. Owens drops Reigns over the top rope. Owens tries to knock Reigns into the chairs but Reigns hangs on. Owens charges but Reigns comes in with clotheslines.
Reigns turns it back around as Jericho looks on from the cage. Reigns brings a table inside the ring but Owens nails a Backstabber for a 2 count. Owens goes for a corner cannonball and mocks Reigns. Reigns blocks the cannonball and nails a sitdown powerbomb for a close 2 count. Reigns looks up as Jericho tries to distract him with the cage. They end up on the floor again. Owens with two superkicks to place Reigns on top of a table. Owens goes to the top and nails a big Frogsplash through the table. Fans chant “holy s–t” now.
More action inside the ring now. Reigns crashes into a chair in the corner. Jericho drops brass knuckles down to Owens. Owens mocks Reigns. A Superman punch from Owens is blocked. Reigns tries to get the knuckles. Owens hits the Superman punch on Reigns but Reigns still kicks out at 2. Owens stands a chair up in the middle of the ring. Owens goes for a powerbomb onto the chair but Reigns resists. Reigns counters and puts Owens through the chair with a Samoan Drop. Owens kicks out at 2.
Reigns goes to the floor and is frustrated. Reigns brings a table from under the ring and slides it in. Reigns stands the table up in the corner. Owens rolls him up from behind for a 2 count. Reigns nails a Superman punch and Owens goes down but kicks out at 2. Reigns readies for a spear through the table but Owens kicks him and nails a stunner for a 2 count. Owens with many stomps in the corner now. Owens with a corner cannonball. Owens goes to the top to try for a superplex through the chair mountain but Reigns counters and sends Owens through the chairs instead. Jericho looks on at his best friend laid out on top of the chairs.
Reigns goes for a big powerbomb through the announce table and nails it. Reigns brings Owens back into the ring and readies for a spear. Braun Strowman appears and pulls Reigns out of the ring. Braun sends Reigns into the ring post and then chokeslams him on top of an announce table. It doesn’t break. Braun rolls Reigns into the ring and follows. Braun nails a big running powerslam through the table in the corner. Owens crawls over and covers for the win.
Winner: Kevin Owens (retains)
BACKSTAGE: Backstage segment with Stephanie McMahon, Mick Foley, Daniel Bryan and Mick Foley. They have a Rumble tumbler. Sami Zayn picks #8 and Dean Ambrose also picks but won’t reveal his number.
Rich Swann (c) vs. Neville -WWE Cruiserweight Championship- Singles Match
WWE Network issues to start this match. No handshake between the two. They go at it to start. Neville takes control and brings it to the floor as my feed cuts back out.
Neville controls a good part of the match it seems but the feed comes back to Swann in control. Swann hits a running lariat and a jumping Frogsplash for a close 2 count. Swann goes to the top but Neville crotches him.
Neville climbs up for a superplex but Swann fights him. They end up on the mat. Swann with a big kick. Neville with a superkick of his own. Neville goes for a move but Swann counters and rolls him up for 2. Swann almost puts Neville away with a kick but Neville gets his foot on the bottom rope. Swann keeps control but Neville runs up the top and nails the big superplex for a 2 count. Neville goes right into a submission in the middle of the ring. Swann taps and Neville wins the gold.
Winner and New WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Neville
AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena -WWE Championship- Singles Match
We go to the ring and out first comes WWE Champion AJ Styles. He watches as John Cena makes his way out next. We get formal ring introductions from Greg Hamilton and he’s fired up.
We get some trash talking and stalling to start. Cena with a big clothesline to take control. Cena takes AJ into the corner and works him over. AJ turns it around and keeps Cena down. AJ taunts Cena. Cena comes right back and uses his power. Cena goes for an early Attitude Adjustment but Styles lands on his feet and nails an enziguri. Cena makes another comeback. More back and forth now. AJ with a 2 count after a forearm.
Cena comes back as some fans boo. Cena calls for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but AJ blocks it and fights back. AJ with a German suplex and a Facebuster for a 2 count. AJ keeps control until Cena turns him inside out with a clothesline. Cena nails the Shuffle but AJ’s still in it. Cena rocks AJ while he sits on the top. Cena climbs up for a superplex but AJ counters and ends up hitting a spin-out powerbomb for a 2 count. AJ goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Cena ducks it. Cena nails the AA for a 2 count.
Cena waits for AJ to get up now. Cena with a big clothesline for a 2 count. Cena waits for AJ to get up again. Cena goes for another clothesline but AJ ducks and catches him with a pele kick. More back and forth. AJ nails a Phenomenal Forearm for a 2 count. AJ misses a kick. Cena gets him in the Electric Chair and drops him into a Facebuster. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now.
Cena ends up going for the AA again but AJ counters it into the Calf Crusher. Cena gets AJ in the STF now. Cena pulls AJ back from the bottom rope and tightens the hold. More back and forth. AJ gets the STF applied on Cena now. Cena powers up with AJ on his back. Cena goes for an AA but AJ counters. They trade counters. Cena gets the Figure Four locked. They trade counters and reversals again. Cena powers up and slams AJ. Cena slowly climbs to the top as AJ is still down. Cena goes for the leg drop but AJ blocks it. AJ goes for the Styles Clash and nails it but Cena still kicks out at 2.
Cena blocks the springboard 450 with his knees. Cena nails a Destroyer for a close 2 count. More back and forth and close calls. Cena catapults AJ into the corner and nails a cutter for a 2 count. Cena takes AJ to the second rope for a super AA and he nails it. AJ still kicks out at 2. Cena can’t believe it. AJ counters another AA and nails the Styles Clash. AJ crawls to the apron and goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Cena blocks it and turns it into an AA. Cena immediately nails another AA for the win and the title.
Winner and New WWE Champion: John Cena
The 2017 Royal Rumble Match
We go back to the ring and JoJo announces the rules of the match. The #1 entrant is revealed to be Big Cass. He comes out with Enzo Amore, who does their introductions. #2 is revealed to be Chris Jericho and out comes the WWE United States Champion. They meet in the middle of the ring and go at it. Cass takes it to the corners and nails a splash. Cass with a fall-away slam as “stupid idiot” chants start up.
More back and forth. Kalisto is out next for his Rumble debut. He was not previously announced. He comes in and nails Cass, then goes to work on Jericho. Cass and Kalisto go at it until a big boot floors Kalisto. Jericho works over Cass with chops now. The next man out is Mojo Rawley.
Mojo comes in with a big shoulder on Kalisto. Mojo nails Jericho next. Cass comes after Mojo but he fights back. Jericho and Mojo work on eliminating Cass now. He fights them both off. The next man out is Jack Gallagher, who was not advertised. Gallagher decks Cass and Mojo with his umbrella. Kalisto counters but Gallagher gets the upperhand. Jericho drops Gallagher from behind. Jericho slams Gallagher and stands tall. Gallagher comes from behind with a low blow using the umbrella. Gallagher embarrasses Jericho and dropkicks him. Cass and Kalisto go at it in the corner. Mojo tries to eliminate Cass. Mark Henry is out next. He also was not advertised.
Henry splashes Cass in the ring. Gallagher headbutts Henry. Henry eats it and eliminates Gallagher.
Henry gets a big pop from Texas but Gallagher comes off the top with the umbrella. Henry grabs him and tosses him over the top. The next man out is Braun Strowman. Braun comes in and eliminates Mojo. Cass goes for a big boot but Braun moves and Cass gets hung up. Braun eliminates Cass. Kalisto comes over next but Braun eliminates him, tossing him out onto Cass and Mojo.
Henry and Braun go at it now. Braun sends him to the apron but Henry hangs on. Braun eliminates Henry.
Sami Zayn is out next. He unloads on Braun but gets dropped. Braun clubs Sami to the mat. Braun charges twice but runs into boots. Sami tries to suplex Braun but Braun scoops him. Sami counters and sends Braun into the ring post. Sami tries to dump Braun over the top but there’s no chance. Sami keeps fighting until Braun runs over him. Braun keeps up the attack. The next man out is Big Show.
Braun stares Show down as he marches to the ring. Show steps over the top rope and they meet in the middle of the ring. Show blocks a right hand and unloads on Braun. Braun comes back with a clothesline. Show ends up nailing a big chokeslam on Braun. Jericho slides back into the ring but Show blocks a Codebreaker. Show drops Jericho with a knockout punch. Show scoops Braun and goes to eliminate him but it’s blocked. Braun scoops Show for an elimination but that’s blocked. Braun tries again and Big Show is eliminated.
The next man out is Tye Dillinger to a pop. He enters at #10. Dillinger runs to the ring and ducks a clothesline. Dillinger goes to work on Braun but he won’t go down. Dillinger mounts Braun in the corner as fans count along. Braun picks him up but Sami makes the save. Sami and Dillinger team up to take on Braun now. Braun fights them off. They go for a double suplex but Braun counters and suplexes them at the same time. The next man out is James Ellsworth. Carmella is with him.
Ellsworth doesn’t want to enter because Braun is waiting. Carmella tells him to go on. Sami and Dillinger come from behind to try and dump Braun but he hangs on. Braun brings himself back in and runs over Sami and Dillinger at the same time. Braun splashes them both in opposite corners. Ellsworth still hasn’t entered the ring. The next man out is WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose. Ambrose talks Ellsworth up to help him take on Braun. Ellsworth falls for it but Ambrose lets him run into the ring by himself. Braun grabs Ellsworth and tosses him over the top. Ellsworth is eliminated.
Ambrose with a top rope elbow on Braun. Braun fights Ambrose off. Ambrose counters. Ambrose, Dillinger and Sami all work on Braun now. He fights them off and hits corner splashes on Sami and Ambrose. The next man out is Baron Corbin. Corbin hits the ring and unloads on Braun as Ambrose jumps on Braun’s back. It’s 4-on-1 now. Braun fights out and boots Corbin. Braun eliminates Dillinger by tossing him over the top.
The triple team on Braun continues. Corbin eliminates Braun with a big clothesline over the top.
Ambrose with Dirty Deeds on Corbin. Sami works on Ambrose now. The New Day music hits and out comes Kofi Kingston next. Kofi dropkicks Sami and tosses him to the apron. Ambrose grabs Kofi and throws him to the apron. Sami tries to dump Ambrose. Kofi tries to dump Sami. Corbin decks Kofi. Corbin drops Kofi with a right. Ambrose goes to work on Corbin now. The next man out is The Miz at #15, accompanied by Maryse. They kiss and she heads to the back. Miz with a Skull Crashing Finale to Sami. Corbin ends up hitting a Deep Six on Miz. Kofi goes to the top but Corbin points at him. Corbin takes his legs out and Kofi smacks the top of the ring post but he hangs on. Kofi comes back in with a Trouble In Paradise to Corbin. The next man out is Sheamus.
Sheamus comes out with clotheslines. Sheamus with the 10 forearms to The Miz. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick on someone. Ambrose and Sami try to eliminate Sheamus now. The next entrant is Big E. Big E with an abdominal stretch on Miz. Big E with a big thrust in the corner. Kofi jumps off his back and nails Miz. Sheamus works on Corbin now. Kofi and Big E work on dumping Miz. Sami and Ambrose go at it. The next entrant is Rusev. Lana walks him out but heads to the back. Rusev is wearing a nose guard after suffering the broken nose on RAW from Kofi’s crossbody. Rusev enters the ring and goes wild.
Rusev works on Ambrose now. Sheamus with uppercuts on The Miz. The next Superstar out is Cesaro. Cesaro with a Cesaro Swing on Sami, then a Swing for Ambrose. Kofi also goes for a Swing, as does Big E. Cesaro is dizzy now. Corbin charges but Cesaro hits him with the Swing as well. Cesaro goes for a Swing on Sheamus next but Sheamus pleads. Fans pop as Cesaro considers it. Rusev drops Cesaro. Rusev tries to dump Cesaro but Sheamus makes the save. Miz and Kofi work on Ambrose. The next entrant is Xavier Woods for his Rumble debut. Woods sends Sheamus into the ring post and clotheslines him. Kofi follows up with a kick. Woods and Kofi double team Sheamus and hold him while Big E nails the big splash.
Kofi and Miz go at it now. Big E scoops Miz and drops him into kicks from Woods and Kofi. The next Superstar out is Bray Wyatt by himself as the arena lights up. Cesaro works on Rusev now. Big E goes after Sami. Bray enters the ring and plants Miz into the mat. Wyatt takes Ambrose down next. Wyatt drops Cesaro and then Rusev. Wyatt stares Woods down in the middle of the ring and he freezes. Woods ducks and nails Wyatt. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail but it’s blocked. Wyatt floors Woods with a clothesline. Wyatt tosses Woods but he hangs on. Cesaro and Sheamus go at it with Woods and Kofi now. The next man out is Apollo Crews.
Crews debuts in the Rumble and unloads. Wyatt slows him down with a kick. Ambrose goes after Wyatt. Big E saves Kofi and Woods again. Sheamus and Cesaro eliminate Kofi, Woods and Big E at the same time. Sheamus tries to dump Cesaro but Jericho eliminates them both at the same time. Sheamus and Cesaro argue at ringside now.
Randy Orton is out next. Orton hits the ring and unloads with clotheslines. Orton catches Miz in a powerslam. Orton with a RKO on Corbin, then Rusev. Sami comes off the top rope but Orton catches him on the way down with a RKO. Wyatt and Orton pose together. Jericho attacks Orton as Wyatt goes for Ambrose. Dolph Ziggler is out next. Ziggler hits the ring with superkicks. Rusev catches a kick but Ziggler counters and nails a superkick. Ziggler with a double DDT on Miz and Crews. Ziggler superkicks Miz and Crews. Crews and Miz both hang on. Ziggler and Ambrose go at it now. Luke Harper is out next at #25.
Orton watches as Harper comes in and goes to work on Crews. Harper dumps Crews to the apron and eliminates him. Harper and Orton lock eyes now.
Wyatt plays peacekeeper but Harper floors Wyatt to a pop. Orton attacks but Harper ducks and drops him with a big boot. Harper picks Wyatt up by his hair. Harper kisses Wyatt on the forehead and goes for a Sister Abigail but Orton makes the save with a RKO on Harper. Ambrose works on Jericho now. The next Superstar out to the ring is Brock Lesnar to a big pop. Paul Heyman is right behind him.
Pyro goes off as Lesnar marches to the ring. Lesnar goes right after Ambrose and tosses him. Ambrose is eliminated. Lesnar eliminates Ziggler next. Lesnar with Germans on Rusev, Jericho and Corbin. Miz takes a F5. Orton approaches but Lesnar hits him with a F5. Lesnar stands tall as fans start chanting for Goldberg.
Out next comes Enzo Amore, who was not advertised. Enzo charges the ring as Lesnar waits and everyone else is down. Lesnar dares him to enter the ring. Enzo hops on the apron and stares Lesnar down. Enzo takes his shirt off and gets riled up. Enzo charges but Lesnar turns him inside out with a big clothesline. Lesnar eliminates Enzo. Lesnar with a suplex on Sami, then Jericho. Lesnar kicks Rusev and hits him with knees. Lesnar with a snap suplex on Rusev too. The next man out is Bill Goldberg to a pop.
Goldberg marches to the ring as pyro goes off. Lesnar waits. Goldberg enters and ducks a shot from Lesnar. Goldberg spears Lesnar to a pop. Goldberg clotheslines Lesnar over the top. Lesnar is eliminated.
Lesnar can’t believe it. Goldberg takes out Corbin next, then Jericho. Sami attacks but Goldberg hits him with a Jackhammer. Orton and Wyatt double team Goldberg now. Goldberg ducks and nails a double spear on The Wyatts. The next man out is The Undertaker to a pop.
The lights come on and Taker is already in the ring. Goldberg turns around and they come face to face. Taker grabs Goldberg by his throat but they’re attacked by Corbin and Rusev. Corbin works over Taker. Goldberg eliminates Rusev. Taker eliminates Corbin. Taker turns around to a spear from Goldberg. Harper attacks but Goldberg eliminates him. Taker eliminates Goldberg.
Miz and Sami attack Taker now. Taker fights them off. Taker chokeslams Miz, then Sami. Wyatt gets dropped by Taker, as does Orton. The final entrant is Roman Reigns to a very mixed reaction.
Reigns walks to the ring as Taker looks on. Reigns stops at ringside and they lock eyes. Reigns steps on the apron and enters. They meet in the middle of the ring. Taker with a right hand. Reigns fights back and they trade shots in the middle of the ring. Taker with a big clothesline. Taker goes for a chokeslam on Reigns but it’s blocked. Reigns with a Superman punch on Taker. Taker blocks the next Superman punch and chokeslams Reigns. Taker blocks a RKO. Taker drops Wyatt. Taker eliminates Miz with a clothesline. Taker eliminates Sami with a clothesline. Taker tosses Reigns but he hangs on. Taker grabs Jericho in mid-air and chokeslams him.
Taker cuts his own throat to a pop. Reigns comes from behind and eliminates Taker to boos. The two stare each other down as some fans do the “bulls–t” chant. Reigns grabs Jericho and tosses him but Jericho hangs on. Jericho fights back and goes to the top. Reigns eliminates him from the top with a Superman punch. It’s down to Reigns, Wyatt and Orton.
Orton and Wyatt double team Reigns now. Orton with the second rope draping DDT. Reigns blocks a double team and nails Superman punches. Reigns eliminates Wyatt by tossing him. Reigns readies for a spear on Orton. Orton blocks it in mid-air with a RKO. Orton clotheslines Reigns over the top for the win.
Winner: Randy Orton (2017 Royal Rumble Winner)
Thank you for reading guys, hopefully I can fix this technical issue i’m having. I will destroy this dam laptop.
Show: WWE TLC Date: December 4, 2016 Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas TX
Hello my fellow readers to your TLC live recap!
Now unfortunately I won’t be able to live recap the show as I’ll be watching the event sporadically throughout the night. Due to that, the following recap below will be sourced from Wrestlinginc.com. I apologize for the inconvenience and I should be back to live recapping following this PPV. What can I say, I’m putting up Christmas decorations. It’s that time of year again.
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WWE TLC KICKOFF Live Stream
American Alpha, Hype Bros & Apollo Crews vs. The Vaudevillians, Ascension & Curt Hawkins. 10-Man Tag Team Match
We go to the ring and Mauro Ranallo is on commentary with JBL and David Otunga. Chad Gable and Jason Jordan are out first for their team as Greg Hamilton makes the introduction. Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley are out next, followed by Apollo Crews.
Simon Gotch and Aiden English are out first for their team, followed by Konnor and Viktor. Curt Hawkins is out next as the heels head to the ring. A pre-recorded intro from Hawkins plays and he refers to the city as Houston. Hawkins and Crews start off going at it. Hawkins takes Crews down first and shows off. Crews takes advantage and turns it around. Crews with a dropkick for a 2 count.
Ryder tags in but Hawkins wants none of him. Viktor tags in and takes control of Ryder. Viktor runs into knees in the corner but keeps control after a back elbow. Ryder counters with a neckbreaker and a 2 count. Mojo tags in for some double teaming in the corner. Mojo slams his opponent and does the Hammer Time move. Mojo takes out Konnor’s knee now. English comes in but Mojo turns it around and tags in Jordan. Jordan with a takedown and a tag to Gable for some double teaming. They also clear the apron, then hit a double dropkick on Gotch. Aiden gets sent to the floor. Gotch charges but he also gets thrown out. Both teams take turns tossing each other to the floor. Crews is the last one, tossing Hawkins. He stands tall until both teams come back in and face off. They start brawling. The babyfaces clear the ring and stand tall as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Hawkins is in control of Gable. More tags between the heels as they keep Gable down. Fans rally for Gable now. Gable finally gets the tag and Jordan comes in to unload. Gotch breaks up a 2 count. The Hype Bros take out The Vaudevillains. The Ascension takes out Mojo. Alpha takes out The Ascension with leaping clotheslines from the top. Hawkins nails Crews but Crews suplexes him from the apron onto other guys on the floor. Alpha hits their finisher on Gotch for the pin.
Winners: American Alpha, The Hype Bros and Apollo Crews
Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton -SMACKDOWN Tag Team Championship- Tag Team match
We go right to the ring and out comes Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Randy Orton. SmackDown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno are out next as we get a look at some of the international announce teams.
Wyatt and Rhyno go at it to start. Wyatt turns it back around early on and tags in Orton for a quick double team. Orton unloads on Rhyno but misses a clothesline. Rhyno with a shoulder tackle. Slater tags in for some double teaming. Slater goes to work on Orton now. Orton cuts him off and beats him down. Slater nails a leg lariat and a big right hand in the corner. Orton counters and dumps Slater to the apron. Harper distracts the referee, allowing Wyatt to sweep Slater from the apron. Orton keeps control and in comes Wyatt. Wyatt mounts Slater and beats on him for a 2 count.
Orton comes back in and goes for the second rope draping DDT. Slater fights him off. Slater fights off Orton and Wyatt. Slater comes in over the top but Orton catches him in a big powerslam for a 2 count. Wyatt tags back in now. Slater fights Wyatt and Orton off again. Rhyno gets the tag as Wyatt slams Slater. Rhyno unloads on Wyatt.
Harper ends up taking one for the team on the floor as Rhyno Gores him. Rhyno goes back in the ring and doesn’t see Orton get tagged in. Orton runs in the ring and nails a RKO outta nowhere to Rhyno for the win and the titles.
Winners and New SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Wyatt Family
After the match, The Wyatt Family stands tall as we go to replays. Harper brings the titles in and hands them to Orton and Wyatt. Harper bows to Wyatt and sells the Gore. Wyatt places his title over Harper’s shoulder and says something to him. Orton comes face to face with Harper. Orton places his title on Harper’s other shoulder. Wyatt drops to his knees as Orton and Harper pose behind him.
BACKSTAGE: We get backstage comments from Dean Ambrose and WWE World Champion AJ Styles in separate segments. Ambrose indicates James Ellsworth is not here tonight. He also quotes Dusty Rhodes and says there will be “hard times” for AJ tonight. AJ doesn’t seem concerned about Ambrose’s confidence.
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella No DQ Singles Match
We go to the ring and out first comes Nikki Bella. Mauro leads us to a video on this feud as Carmella makes her way out.
They go t the floor and start. Nikki ends up bringing it back in but attempting a powerbomb on the apron. Carmella fights it off as the referee warns them to bring it back in the ring. Carmella sends Nikki into the steel steps with a head scissors. Carmella sends Nikki into the barrier. Carmella comes back in the ring as Nikki sells a leg injury. Nikki makes it in before the 10 count and kicks out at 2. JBL says this is No DQ but there are count outs. Carmella keeps working on the leg now. She suplexes the leg into the ropes and poses as fans boo her.
Carmella puts Nikki in a Tree of Woe and goes under the ring for a kendo stick. Carmella brings it in and mocks John Cena before hitting Nikki with the kendo stick a few times. Nikki falls to the mat. Carmella with another kendo stick shot. Nikki fights her off now. Carmella unloads with the kendo stick. Nikki fights out of a hold with kendo stick shots. Carmella grabs the stick again but wastes time and Nikki kicks her from behind, dropping her on the floor. Nikki grabs the stick but Carmella rams her into the barrier. Nikki rams Carmella back into the apron. Nikki stands on top of the barrier and hits a big roundhouse kick to the face. Nikki brings Carmella back into the ring and beats on her with the kendo stick.
Carmella dumps Nikki to the floor. Nikki sprays her in the face with a fire extinguisher. Nikki brings the extinguisher in the ring and sprays her again. Nikki empties the extinguisher and scoops Carmella for the Rack Attack 2.0. She hits it for the pin.
Winner: Nikki Bella
After the match, Nikki is making her exit when Carmella recovers and yells for the music to be cut. Carmella says she hopes Nikki is proud of herself. Carmella says Nikki hasn’t evened the odds after what happened at Survivor Series but she didn’t because she wasn’t the one who attacked Nikki that night. Carmella reveals that it was Natalya who attacked Nikki.
BACKSTAGE: Dasha Fuentes is backstage with SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan. Bryan praises Ziggler and believes he’s a better representative for the SmackDown brand. Bryan admits The Miz does bring a star quality to the title. Miz walks up and interrupts. Miz wishes it was Bryan he’s going to push off a ladder tonight. Miz tells Bryan to enjoy watching him retain the title. Miz walks off.
The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler -WWE Intercontinental Championship- Ladder Match
We go to the ring and out comes Dolph Ziggler first. We get a look at some of the other international announce teams in the arena. WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz is out next with Maryse.
Mauro says this is the final battle between these two. The bell rings and they have words in the middle of the ring as we see the title hanging high. Ziggler with the first takedown. Ziggler pounds on Miz and takes him to the corner. Miz catches a superkick. Ziggler blocks the Skull Crushing Finale. More back and forth. Miz catapults Ziggler to the floor. Ziggler goes under the ring for a ladder but Miz nails a Wrecking Ball dropkick. Miz tries to run Ziggler into a ladder standing at ringside but it’s blocked. Miz blocks a shot into a ladder on the ramp. More back and forth until Miz drops Ziggler with a big boot to the face.
Ziggler ends up sending Miz face first into the ladder. Miz turns it around and uses the ladder on Ziggler at ringside. Ziggler blocks a big shot and drops Miz on the floor. Ziggler runs Miz’s face across the steel as fans do dueling chants. Ziggler keeps control until Miz drops him face first into the ladder on the floor. Miz regroups as the referee checks on Ziggler. Miz tries to bring a ladder in the ring but Ziggler knocks him in the face with it. Miz dropkicks the ladder into Ziggler. Ziggler falls back on the floor. Another tug-of-war for the ladder. Ziggler pulls Miz into the ring post and he goes down. Miz stops Ziggler from pushing a ladder in the ring. Ziggler kicks him. Ziggler goes for a Fame-asser into the ladder. Miz blocks it and goes for a powerbomb. Ziggler blocks it and drops Miz into the ladder with a big DDT. Both are back down now.
They come back in and Miz stops Ziggler from climbing a ladder. Miz rams a ladder into Ziggler in the corner. A ladder is bridged in the corner. They fight up top and Ziggler drops Miz face first into the ladder. Miz hits the mat on his back. Ziggler jumps over the bridged ladder and hits a big elbow drop for a 2 count. Ziggler sends Miz face first into the bridged ladder. Ziggler climbs up for the title but Miz fights him. Ziggler kicks him away. Miz comes back and pulls Ziggler to the mat but Ziggler hits a running clothesline. Ziggler goes back up but Miz pushes the ladder over. Ziggler crashes. Miz with more ladder shots in the corner. Miz mocks Daniel Bryan and nails a running dropkick into the ladder. Miz with another corner dropkick into the ladder and more mocking Bryan. Miz goes for another dropkick but Ziggler shoves the ladder in his face.
Ziggler stands the ladder up while Miz is still down. Miz climbs up and they meet at the top of the ladder, trading shots. Ziggler knocks Miz to the mat. Ziggler reaches for the title but Miz grabs his foot and wraps it around the ladder. Miz ties Ziggler’s leg up on the ladder and he comes down as the ladder goes over. Miz blocks a superkick and drops Ziggler’s knee over the steel. Miz with another knee shot into the steel. Miz puts Ziggler’s leg in between the ladder legs and continues the attack. Miz ends up going for a Skull Crushing Finale on the ladder but Ziggler fights him off. Ziggler goes for a superkick but his leg goes out. Miz with a SCF into the ladder.
Miz stands the ladder up and looks to climb for the title as Maryse looks on. Miz grabs the title but Ziggler pushes the ladder over. Miz is hanging by the title now. Ziggler pushes the ladder up and knocks Miz down. He falls but doesn’t have the title in his hand. It appears Miz may have suffered an injury. The referee checks on him on the floor. Ziggler climbs up for the title but is slow to get there. Miz comes back in and stops him. Miz limps around but manages to slingshot powerbomb Ziggler from the ladder to the top rope onto the bridged ladder in the corner. Some fans chant for The Miz now.
Miz looks to be hurting as he stands two ladders up. He climbs one. Ziggler comes in and climbs the other. They fight at the top of the ladders. They both get fingers on the title but the fight continues. Ziggler unloads with right hands and a headbutt, and another headbutt. Ziggler knocks Miz to the floor with a headbutt. Ziggler falls a few steps but climbs back up for the title. Miz runs back up the ladder and hits two low blows. Ziggler hangs from the ladder now. Miz sends him to the mat. Miz climbs up and grabs the title to retain.
Winner: The Miz
After the match, Miz hobbles down the ladder with the title as Maryse checks on him. Ziggler rolls to the floor. Miz raises the title as Maryse calls for a mic. Miz dedicates the win to SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan. Miz raises the title and says, “Hey Daniel, we did it!” Miz says Bryan’s hate and always giving Ziggler a chance motivated him to become the greatest Intercontinental Champion ever. Miz calls for someone to give Ziggler a participation award. He knocks Dallas and calls everyone losers. He and Maryse are winners. Maryse goes on and drops the mic before kissing his wife. Miz hobbles away as his music hits. We go to replays.
Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin Chairs Match
We go to the ring and Kalisto is out first. Out next comes Baron Corbin.
The bell rings and Kalisto goes to work with a chair but Corbin shuts him down. Corbin takes control but Kalisto blocks a powerbomb onto a chair. Kalisto with kicks now. Kalisto with some offense until Corbin turns it around. Corbin with forearms to the head as Kalisto’s head is up against the barrier.
Corbin uses his shirt to manhandle Kalisto at ringside. Corbin tosses Kalisto into a pile of chairs. Corbin brings it back in the ring and covers for a 2 count.
Corbin keeps control and continues dominating. Corbin stands up a bunch of chairs in the middle of the ring. Kalisto forces Corbin to chase him. Kalisto sends Corbin head first into a chair that was propped up in the corner. Kalisto keeps control and goes to the top. Kalisto puts Corbin through the chairs in the middle of the ring with a seated senton. Corbin kicks out at 2. Kalisto ends up running for a big dive onto Corbin on the floor but Corbin catches him with a big Deep Six on the floor.
They bring it back in the ring and Corbin covers for a 2 count. Corbin mounts Kalisto and unloads on him now. Corbin is upset. Corbin collapses a bunch of chairs and stacks them in the middle of the ring. Corbin with chair shots on the floor now. Kalisto turns it around with offense on the floor now. Kalisto brings it back in with a springboard leg drop. Kalisto places a chair on top of Corbin and climbs to the top. Kalisto nails the big moonsault but Corbin still kicks out at 2. Kalisto with chair shots to the back now. Kalisto makes a pile of chairs in the middle of the ring now. Kalisto goes to the top but Corbin counters and smashes a chair in Kalisto’s face on his way down.
Corbin nails End of Days on top of the pile of chairs for the win.
Winner: Baron Corbin
After the match, Corbin stands tall as we go to replays. Corbin goes to ringside and tears the top of the announce table. Corbin yells at the announcers, scaring the hell out of Mauro. Corbin says that will happen to anyone who gets in his way. Corbin acts out a bit more before leaving as the referee checks on Kalisto. We get more replays from the match.
BACKSTAGE: Dasha is backstage with Natalya, asking about Carmella accusing her of being the one to attack Nikki Bella at Survivor Series. Natalya just says “yeah right” and goes on to wish Becky Lynch good luck. Natalya praises Becky and says Carmella’s accusations are absurd. Natalya calls Carmella a liar and walks off.
ANNOUNCERS: They hype WWE Roadblock, the Royal Rumble and the WWE Network. Tom Phillips leads us to a video package for tonight’s Women’s Title match.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss -SMACKDOWN Women’s Championship- Tables Match
We go to the ring and Alexa Bliss is out first. SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch is out next.
The bell rings and Becky quickly takes control. Becky goes to ringside for a table but Bliss nails the Wrecking Ball dropkick. Bliss sends Becky into the barrier and looks for a table but changes her mind. Becky nails a clothesline. Becky launches Bliss into the barrier. Becky keeps control and goes for a powerbomb onto the announce table but Bliss escapes to the apron. Bliss with a kick to the head. Becky sweeps her on the apron. Becky keeps control and hits a snap suplex. Becky goes under the ring and brings a table out.
Becky stands the table up on the floor while Bliss recovers. Bliss kicks her as she comes back in. Becky fights her off. Becky tries for a suplex from the ring through the table on the floor. Bliss fights her off. Becky comes back into the ring but Bliss knees her and beats her down. Bliss unloads in the corner now. Bliss misses in the corner and gets kicked. Becky makes a comeback but Bliss bites her fingers and sends her to the mat. Bliss comes back in with more offense. Bliss keeps control and goes under the ring for a table. Becky jumps off the apron but misses. Bliss sends Becky face first into the ring post. Bliss finishes pulling the table out now. Bliss slides the table in the ring and goes back to work on Becky, slamming her head first into the apron. Bliss brings Becky back in now. Bliss stomps on Becky and goes to stand the table up.
Becky looks to make a comeback but Bliss beats her down. Bliss places Becky on the table and goes to the top but Becky cuts her off. Becky climbs up for a superplex but gets sent to the mat. Bliss kicks her back. Bliss puts a table into the corner and leans it up. Becky fires back with uppercuts. More back and forth now. Bliss blocks a Bexplex through the table. They both avoid going through the table a few times. Bliss drops double knees across the ribs. Bliss pushes the table over onto Becky but she rolls out of the way.
More back and forth. Becky puts Bliss into a fireman’s carry to put her through the table but Bliss pushes the table over. Bliss drops Becky onto the under-side of the table with a DDT. Becky uses the table legs for leverage and applies the Disarm-Her. The hold is broken. Becky with a pumphandle slam. Becky lays a table across the bottom rope in the corner. She places Bliss on top of the table next. She goes to the top but Bliss fights her and brings her to the mat hard. Becky counters an attempt and sends Bliss face first into the table that was placed on the bottom rope.
They trade shots on the apron now. Bliss gets knocked to the floor. Bliss takes advantage and powerbombs Becky through the table that was earlier stood up on the floor. Bliss wins the title.
Winner and New SmackDown Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss
After the bell, Bliss goes in the ring to raise her title as Becky is down on the floor. We go to replays. Becky isn’t happy about Dasha trying to interview her at ringside. Becky says she’s upset with herself and doesn’t feel good right now. She walks off and we go to more replays as Bliss looks on with the gold.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose -WWE World Heavyweight Championship- TLC Match
We go to the ring and out first comes Dean Ambrose. WWE World Champion AJ Styles is out next.
We get formal ring introductions from Hamilton. There were some loud boos for Ambrose. The bell rings and AJ attacks but Ambrose drops him first. Back and forth now. AJ ends up standing a ladder under the title and climbing up. Ambrose runs in and stops him. AJ goes back up again but Ambrose stops him. Ambrose whips AJ under the ladder and shoves it into his face on the bounce back. Ambrose clotheslines AJ out to the floor. Ambrose beats AJ up the entrance-way now and tosses him across a table. The assault continues with Ambrose takes it over to the stage area. Ambrose with a suplex on the floor. Ambrose taunts AJ and places him on top of a table. Ambrose climbs one of the taller, heavy duty ladders. AJ gets off the table and walks away. Ambrose with a clothesline from behind.
They fight in the crowd now. Ambrose dumps a trash can over AJ. They fight back to the ringside area. Ambrose comes off the barrier but AJ dropkicks him in mid-air. AJ keeps control on the barrier but misses a flying forearm against the barrier. Ambrose grabs a chair and runs around the ring, nailing AJ in the face with it. Ambrose returns to the ring and stands the ladder up. Ambrose goes to climb up but AJ runs in and stops him.
Styles nails Ambrose with the ladder and wastes some time. AJ drops Ambrose on the ladder and nails a big knee drop. Ambrose ends up catapulting AJ into a ladder leaned up against the ropes, causing AJ to fall to the floor as well. Ambrose launches a ladder out of the ring, knocking AJ back. Ambrose brings a table in the ring instead of a ladder to climb for the title. AJ comes in with a chair shot to the back. AJ keeps control with the chair. AJ stands the chair up and puts Ambrose through it with a sidewalk slam.
AJ keeps control with the chair and stands another up. AJ goes under the ring and brings a few more steel chairs in. AJ stands 4 chairs up together in the middle of the ring. He goes for a suplex through the chairs but Ambrose blocks it and sends AJ crashing through the chairs. A “holy s–t” chant breaks out. Ambrose with a slam into a chair. Ambrose takes a chair to the second rope and elbow drops it onto AJ. Ambrose launches AJ into the corner while he’s down. Ambrose leans a table up in the corner now. AJ fights back and unloads. AJ with a snap suplex through the table in the corner.
Ambrose unloads with strikes now. AJ nails a dropkick. Ambrose comes right back with the Lunatic Lariat to turn AJ inside out. More back and forth and counters. Ambrose sends Styles out to the floor. Ambrose smiles before nailing a big dive. Ambrose lays Styles on top of the announce table. He stands a ladder on top of another announce table. AJ climbs off but Ambrose beats him up some more and places him back on the announce table. Ambrose climbs to the top of the ladder that was placed on top of the other announce table. Ambrose leaps and nails a huge elbow drop to put AJ through the announce table. A “holy s–t” chant breaks out as the referee checks on both. Fans chant “this is awesome” as we go to replays.
Ambrose gets up while AJ is still out. Ambrose brings a ladder into the ring and climbs up for the title. AJ leaps in with a Phenomenal Forearm and knocks Ambrose off the ladder. The ladder is still standing. They both climb the ladder now. They trade shots at the top. Both fall to the mat. Ambrose blocks a Styles Clash. Ambrose spins AJ around and sends him into the ladder. Ambrose climbs back up but AJ pulls him down. AJ goes for a powerbomb but Ambrose counters and dumps AJ over the top rope. AJ pulls Ambrose off the apron and drops him at ringside. AJ hits the moonsault into the reverse DDT on the floor. Styles ends up nailing a huge springboard 450 from the ring through a table. Fans can’t believe it. Another “this is awesome” chant.
AJ comes back in and positions the ladder under the title. He climbs but out comes James Ellsworth in a neck brace. He does get some boos. AJ stares him down. AJ goes to ringside and beats Ellsworth down. AJ pulls Ellsworth over for a Styles Clash on the steps but Ambrose stops him. Ambrose drops AJ with a DDT on the steps. Ambrose goes back in the ring and moves the ladder under the title. Ambrose climbs for the title but AJ makes it in the ring and climbs up with him. Ambrose knocks AJ off the ladder and out of the ring. Ambrose reaches for the title but Ellsworth comes in and tips the ladder over. Ambrose falls off, crashing through a table on the outside of the ring.
Ellsworth waves for AJ to come back into the ring. We see a dazed Ambrose looking up from the debris at ringside. AJ crawls back in the ring as Ellsworth roots him on from ringside. AJ stands the ladder up and climbs for the title. AJ slowly climbs the ladder and grabs the title to retain.
Winner: AJ Styles
After the match, AJ’s music hits as Ellsworth celebrates at ringside. AJ stands on top of the ladder with the title as Ellsworth watches. Ambrose is laid out at ringside. We go to replays. TLC goes off the air with Ellsworth celebrating while AJ stands on top of the ladder with the title held high.
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