Week of 5/29/2017 - 6/4/2017 (Monday - Wednesday)
Monday Night Raw
Date: May 29, 2017
Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina
Commentators: Michael Cole, Booker T., Corey Graves
It's the go home show for Extreme Rules and we already have two matches announced. Tonight we have Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns and Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe vs. Bray Wyatt to help set up the Fatal Five Way at the pay per view. Other than that there's always the chance that some new matches could be announced so let's get to it.
We open with the John Cena narrated Memorial Day tribute.
Here are Miz and Maryse for MizTV. Miz complains about Dean Ambrose stealing his Intercontinental Title and then getting himself disqualified to retain it. Therefore, the rematch is going to have the title changing hands on a disqualification. We see a clip of last week's match where Miz got Ambrose disqualified, which he'll do again on Sunday.
As for tonight though, Miz brings out his guests: Sheamus and Cesaro. Miz praises them for being hard working guys but Sheamus and Cesaro think the fans have been fickle. After months of working harder than anyone, the fans turned on them for the sake of the shiny new toy. Miz thinks the same thing is true for him as he's the one who made the title mean something. Cue Ambrose to say that someone needed to shut these three up. He's not out here alone though as the Hardys run out to help clear the ring.
Hardy Boyz/Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro/Sheamus/Miz
Joined in progress after a break in what shouldn't be the biggest surprise. Sheamus works over Matt and throws him around before hitting the forearms to the chest. Cesaro comes in with a chinlock for a few seconds, only to have Matt get up and bring in Dean to clean house. Jeff baseball slides Cesaro and Dean hits the swinging neckbreaker on Sheamus.
A Miz distraction lets Sheamus knee Dean in the head though and we take a break. Back with Miz missing the big YES Kick and getting rolled up for two. A big boot gives Miz the same though and Dean stays in trouble. Ambrose fights away again but Cesaro and Miz take the Hardys off the apron so there's no one to tag. I've always loved that spot and it still works.
The Rebound Lariat is enough for the hot tag to Jeff as everything breaks down. Miz eats Poetry in Motion and Side Effect for two. The Twisting Stunner drops Sheamus and it's Dirty Deeds to Cesaro. A neckbreaker (looked like a Twist of Fate that was sold wrong) and the Swanton are enough to put Miz away at 12:45.
The announcers talk but Graves is on his phone and leaves, looking a bit distraught.
Graves takes the phone to Kurt Angle, who says if it's true, it could ruin him.
Elias Samson has a song for us before his match against a somewhat old looking jobber.
Elias Samson vs. Zac Evans
Samson throws him around and hits something like a spinebuster before pounding away on the ropes. Evans' back is bent around the post, followed by the reverse swinging neckbreaker for the pin at 2:40.
Graves is back and doesn't want to talk about what happened.
Samoa Joe watches a Finn Balor video and says he's broken Balor before and can do it again. Bray Wyatt pops up on screen to say that Joe is blind like the masses. Only one man can slay the Beast and that man is the Eater of Worlds.
Bray Wyatt vs. Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor
Bray bails to the floor to start so Finn hammers on Joe, which goes about as well as you would expect. Joe tosses Bray back inside, leaving us with the Balor showdown. One heck of a kick to the head staggers Bray but Joe is back in to hammer on Balor. The idea of a Bray vs. Joe showdown seems to intrigue the fans, only to have Joe sent outside again.
All three are back in for a Tower of Doom with Bray being the only man standing. Sister Abigail is broken up by Joe but Balor breaks up the Koquina Clutch. The big flip dives takes out the monsters and we go to a break. Back with Balor getting double teamed as the big guys take turns crushing him in the corner.
They take turns hitting backsplashes but Bray finally turns on Joe, as you had to expect him to do. Things don't go well for Bray though as Balor makes his comeback with a string of strikes to the face. Balor sends both guys outside and hammers away, only to get caught in Joe's Rock Bottom out of the corner. Bray dumps Joe again but Sister Abigail is broken up again. Joe takes it instead, only to have Balor jump Bray from behind. The Sling Blade and corner dropkick but Joe tosses Balor into the post and steals the pin at 16:48.
Rollins says he knows Reigns better than anyone and knows that he owns him. Tonight it's going to be the knee that used to be his greatest weakness but is now his greatest strength.
Noam Dar vs. Rich Swann
Alicia Fox and Sasha Banks are here as seconds. Dar jumps him from behind at the bell and stomps on the back of Swann's neck. Rich makes a quick comeback as the women get into it. A middle rope Phoenix splash puts Dar away at 2:55.
Swann and Banks dance post match.
The Revival is back and asked about attacking Enzo. They deny any wrongdoing and play down the footage of them being seen last week around the time of the attack. Corey says that Big Cass has seen the tape.
We look at the 205 Live street fight between Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa.
Big Cass comes out to yell at Graves for implying that he had something to do with Enzo being attacked. There's a more natural, fast paced feeling to this show and it's working so far.
Kalisto vs. Titus O'Neil
Kalisto starts fast with the kicks and dropkicks Titus into the corner. A victory roll is broken up and Titus grabs a rollup with trunks for the pin at 49 seconds.
Here's Alexa Bliss with a table of stuff and some random people for This is Your Life Bayley. Bliss talks about the kendo stick hanging in the corner, which Bayley would probably try to hug instead of use on her. Now it's off to the table, which includes Bayley's first doll, which she still plays with. Then we have a trophy for best in sportsmanship. Bliss also has Bayley's yearbook where she was voted most likely to apologize.
That's enough for the table of stuff though so let's move on to the guests, starting with Mrs. Flapper, Bayley's fourth grade teacher. Apparently Bayley had perfect attendance and sat next to her father, who she just couldn't be away from without crying. Then we have Bayley's best friend Tracy, who says Bayley was the nicest girl in the world. The problem was Bayley let people take advantage of her by taking the fall for them or doing their homework. Then something happened and they stopped talking. Bayley wanted to watch wrestling instead of going out and doing anything else.
Bliss finds this hilarious we have Bayley's ex-boyfriend Phil, who said their first date was ok but kind of strange. Her dad was there every single time, including the time they almost had their first kiss. Phil didn't really like her though because he just wanted to get closer to Tracy. She liked him too so they kiss, which Bliss deems disgusting. Cue the real Bayley to clean house, including going up to grab the stick. Bliss cuts her off though and pulls out a second stick to give Bayley a beating. This was a long segment but Bliss sold it as she can do so well. The joke got old in a hurry more than once but at least they kept it moving fast enough.
Enzo has been attacked again. Maybe we could see who did it if we didn't use all of the cameras on crowd reaction shots. Cass blames the Revival but Angle says they were gone. Angle tells him to calm down while we figure this out.
Austin Aries/Jack Gallagher vs. TJP/Neville
TJP and Gallagher get things going with Jack being driven into the corner for some kicks From Neville. That just means the headstand in the corner and a quick dropkick to take us to a break. Back with Gallagher in trouble as TJP puts on a chinlock. Jack fights up again and makes the hot tag to Aries, who comes in and works on the leg. The Last Chancery is broken up with a jawbreaker and the villains are sent outside for a double suicide dive. Aries misses the missle dropkick but Neville misses the Phoenix splash. The Last Chancery makes Neville tap at 12:40.
Reigns says he'll win.
Post break, Neville is livid.
We look back at Goldust attacking R-Truth a few weeks back.
Goldust says the story is about to be finished.
R-Truth Productions cuts Goldust off and we have Truth quoting Pulp Fiction. Goldust is gonna get got.
Sasha Banks will be on 205 Live. Pay no attention to the audience being tiny for weeks leading up to this.
Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins
They circle each other to start with the fans being almost one sided behind Rollins. Reigns throws him around and stares Rollins down. Some big forearms send Rollins outside but he hits the jumping knee, followed by a clothesline over the top. A dive takes us to a break with a good deal of time left.
Back with Rollins being sent into the barricade, right in front of a good number of empty first and second row seats. Reigns hits the corner clotheslines but the Superman Punch is pretty easily blocked. Rollins springboards into the Superman Punch for two but it's too early for the spear. Instead Rollins hits the low superkick for two of his own, only to have Reigns no sell the Buckle Bomb and hit another Superman Punch.
They head outside with Reigns going shoulder first into the steps, setting up a Blockbuster for another two. That great looking frog splash is still only good for a near fall but Rollins misses the third Phoenix Splash of the night. An enziguri sets up the windup knee but Reigns spears him down for the pin at 18:22.
Dean Ambrose/Hardy Boyz b. Sheamus/Cesaro/Miz Swanton Bomb to Miz
Elias Samson b. Zac Evans Reverse swinging neckbreaker
Samoa Joe b. Bray Wyatt and Finn Balor Coup de Grace to Wyatt
Rich Swann b. Noam Dar Middle rope Phoenix splash
Titus O'Neil b. Kalisto Rollup with a handful of trunks
Austin Aries/Jack Gallagher b. TJP/Neville Last Chancery to Neville
Roman Reigns b. Seth Rollins Spear
Date: May 30, 2017
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Commentators: Tom Phillips, John Bradshaw Layfield, Byron Saxton
You might have heard about this one before but tonight has a Fatal Five Way for a future title shot. In this case it's the Smackdown Women's Title as Charlotte, Becky Lynch and the Welcoming Committee will go at it for a shot at Naomi at the upcoming Money in the Bank pay per view. Let's get to it.
Charlotte says she's ready to face anyone.
Carmella will make a fabulous champion.
Natalya says her one and only catchphrase which isn't even hers.
Becky Lynch doesn't need the luck of the Irish to win.
Tamina says she'll win.
We open with Kevin Owens' Highlight Reel with Owens talking about how he's going to climb the ladder for the briefcase. After winning that, it's one step away from the Smackdown World Title, which will make him the face of the entire WWE. One thing he needs to step on before he gets there is his guest tonight: Shinsuke Nakamura. Owens calls Shinsuke a rock star and you remember what happened to the last rock star around here. If Nakamura shows up at Money in the Bank with the fans singing his song, it's going to be the day the music died.
This brings out Baron Corbin to show a clip of his beatdown of Sami Zayn. Owens: I've been beating up Sami Zayn for fifteen years so you've got nothing to brag about. Nakamura says he pinned Owens last week and Corbin has lost to Sami twice in a row. The brawl is on with Sami coming in for the save. A challenge is issued and the tag match is on after the break.
Sami Zayn/Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin/Kevin Owens
Nakamura sends Corbin into the corner to start and tells him to bring it. That earns Corbin some Good Vibrations in the corner before it's off to both partners. Sami sends Owens outside so it's back to Corbin to hammer away in the corner. Owens adds a kick to the head and Baron grabs a powerslam as we take a break.
Back with Sami fighting out of Owens' chinlock and hitting the Blue Thunder Bomb. Corbin gets dropped as well and the hot tag brings in Nakamura. Everything breaks down and we get some heel miscommunication, causing Corbin to deck Owens with a right hand. Kinshasa makes things even worse for Owens and is good for the pin at 11:10.
Here are the Usos to brag about beating American Alpha and Breezango so no one is left. As you might expect (or should expect if you've been paying attention), heeeeere's New Day. Jey: Did you three get lost skipping down the Yellow Brick Road? Kofi: It's more of a skip clap. Big E. gets right to the point: they want the titles. The Usos threaten to shoot New Day so Kofi brings up Shane McMahon, who has granted them a title shot at Money in the Bank. The Usos leave as Big E. and Woods carry Kofi around. This did exactly what it needed to do.
Long recap of Jinder Mahal winning the title and all the fallout that ensued.
It's Fashion Files time with Fandango as a film noir style gumshoe saying that it might be time to go back to the discount rack. He finds the fashion police department ransacked so he pulls out his price tag gun, only to find a woman's silhouette. It's Breeze in a wig and dress for some reason and, after realizing they can hear each others thoughts, they find a bottle containing ethanol alcohol, tree frog excrement and hibiscus. They have a new case.
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Carmella vs. Natalya vs. Tamina
Elimination rules and the winner gets Naomi at the pay per view. The brawl starts before the bell with Tamina hitting a Samoan drop on Charlotte. Becky beats up Carmella in the timekeeper's area and Charlotte hits the moonsault onto Tamina and Natalya. Charlotte powerbombs Natalya through the table and everyone is down with the match never starting.
Cue Shane to say let's do something big, like the first ever women's Money in the Bank ladder match. In other words, we have no idea how to book a solo feud so let's just throw everyone into one match and put our feet up while saying the big matches are coming later on. That's the writers' solution instead of, you know, WRITING SOMETHING ELSE.
Breezango vs. Colons
Breezango is still wearing the same stuff from the film noir bit, including Breeze in the dress. Primo rips off the dress and the wig (because of course there's a wig) but Fandango squirts Primo with the water gun. Back from a break with Fandango in a chinlock, followed by Epico getting two off a Downward Spiral. Epico pulls Breeze off the apron so he bails under the ropes, only to come back as the janitor. Fandango and Epico fight over the mop, allowing Breeze to grab the Unprettier for the pin at 8:04.
AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler are ready to fight tonight.
Here's Randy Orton to talk about Jinder Mahal. His family is full of wrestlers and if his grandfather was still alive, he wouldn't say anything to Randy. Instead he'd just smack Orton for losing a title to someone like Mahal. At Money in the Bank, Orton is going to take a lesson from his grandfather and smack some sense into Mahal. Cue Mahal on the screen to say he's champion and Orton isn't. Orton poses like it doesn't mean anything.
Dolph Ziggler vs. AJ Styles
Feeling out process to start with AJ scoring off a great looking dropkick to take over. Ziggler sends him outside though and we take a break. Back with AJ hitting his seated forearm and a Tesshocker for two. Ziggler knees him in the head, only to get suplexed hard into the corner. AJ gets in a backbreaker but Ziggler hits him in the back of the head for something you don't see too often.
A running knee to the jaw drops AJ again but he comes right back with the Calf Crusher. Ziggler rakes the eyes (like a true heel should) for the break, followed by the Zig Zag for a delayed two. AJ gets back up and tries a springboard, only to get pulled down for a crash. The superkick is good for the pin on AJ at 12:13. Did I mention that AJ was billed as the hometown boy here?
Sami Zayn/Shinsuke Nakamura b. Kevin Owens/Baron Corbin Kinshasa to Owens
Breezango b. Colons Unprettier to Primo
Dolph Ziggler b. AJ Styles Superkick
Date: May 31, 2017
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness, Tom Phillips
We're back in Orlando for the first in a series of shows that isn't likely to build towards a Takeover. After last week's stand alone show from Chicago, tonight we're scheduled to see the Glorious Celebration from NXT Champion Bobby Roode, which will likely see a new challenger arise. Let's get to it.
Here's Tommaso Ciampa on crutches to a mixed reaction. He'd like Johnny Gargano to come out here right now but it turns out that Gargano isn't here tonight. Tommaso asks if people would like to see Johnny replaced because he's been thinking about that idea a lot lately. Two days before Takeover: Chicago, he sustained an injury that was going to keep him out.
There was never any doubt that Ciampa was going to wrestle but in less than one day, fans were talking about dream partners for Gargano. It made Ciampa feel like an afterthought and that's not what he is. They fought together and lost, but during the match Ciampa felt something in his knee pop. He's been doing this for twelve years and knew that it was an injury instead of just being hurt.
Despite that though, he knew they had to keep fighting for the people. After the loss though, he knew that Gargano wanted to replace him just like the people did. The fans chant afterthought so Ciampa rips into the fans for ruining DIY. If Ciampa had to go away, Johnny Wrestling was going with him. Ciampa is going away for now but he's coming back more dangerous than he's ever been because he is professional wrestling. Really good promo here as Ciampa explained everything, even though he's likely out until next year with that knee injury.
Video on Danny Burch.
Bobby Roode says he won't be here tonight but promises to make his presence felt next week.
Danny Burch vs. Pete Dunne
Non-title. Dunne works on the arm to start but gets tripped down into a leglock. The fans are behind Dunne again because heels don't really exist in wrestling today. Burch snaps Dunne's fingers but can't get the Crossface. Instead Dunne slaps him in the face as we take a break. Back with Burch hitting a middle rope dropkick and one heck of a right hand gets two.
Burch headbutts him for two (SWEET! Dang this crowd is annoying me tonight.) but gets caught in the X Plex for two. It's too early for the Bitter End so Burch blasts him with a clothesline. Both guys are down though and Dunne bails to the apron for a breather. Burch's hanging DDT gets two but he gets German suplexed into the corner. The Bitter End finishes Burch at 10:48.
Dunne brags about his win and says he's happy to not have to watch someone carry around his title any longer.
Velveteen Dream says the ambiance isn't right for an interview.
Video on the Authors of Pain.
Andrade Cien Almas vs. Cesar Bononi
Bononi is the huge guy who we saw a few weeks back. A dropkick sets up the early double knees in the corner as Cesar is rocked to start. Bononi gets in a few knees but something like an Eye of the Hurricane drops him again. One heck of a sliding kick to the face sets up the running slap in the corner but a suplex is countered into a small package to give Bononi the pin at 3:04.
Almas seems to laugh it off.
Billie Kay and Peyton Royce are at the Performance Center and looking for something iconic when they run into Ember Moon. As they insult her, a trainer comes up with her medical release.
Asuka will defend the Women's Title against Nikki Cross and Ruby Riot in an elimination match in two weeks.
After losing to Roode, Hideo Itami snapped and wouldn't listen to Kassius Ohno. This felt heel turnish.
Earlier today, Itami and Ohno shook hands in the parking lot.
Sanity vs. Kassius Ohno/Roderick Strong
It's Young and Wolfe for Sanity here. Strong slugs away at Young to start and gets two off a half nelson backbreaker. Wolfe comes in and takes a running splash in the corner from Ohno. The first pump kick sends Wolfe into the apron and it's back to Young, who eats a kick as well.
Killian Dain trips Ohno up to take over though and the slow beating takes us to a break. Back with Ohno fighting out of Young's chinlock but getting taken down into another one from Wolfe. A kick to the face gives Wolfe two as the fans are split on if they want Roddy. Half of the crowd is disappointed then as he comes in off a hot tag and house is quickly cleaned.
An Angle Slam and faceplant get two on Wolfe but Young makes the save. The double teaming begins with Dain getting on the apron, only to have No Way Jose make his return for the save. Ohno forearms Wolfe down and the suplex backbreaker (End of Heartache) finishes Young at 13:42.
Pete Dunne b. Danny Burch Bitter End
Cesar Bononi b. Andrade Cien Almas Small package
Roderick Strong/Kassius Ohno b. Sanity End of Heartache to Young
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