Week of 5/15/2017 - 5/21/2017 (Friday - Sunday)

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    Takeover: Chicago
    Date: May 20, 2017
    Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois
    Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Tom Phillips, Percy Watson

    How did we not get here before? If there's one town that seems perfect for one of these things, it's Chicago. We have a five match card here and thanks to the addition of the United Kingdom Title match, four of those matches are for titles. The card might be a bit predictable as is usually the case with Takeover but that doesn't mean it's a bad thing. Let's get to it.

    The opening video focuses on underdogs winning here in Chicago, including a shot of Wrigley Field. As a Cleveland Indians fan, SCREW OFF! The Cubs were the favorites coming into the World Series and it was really tiresome listening to people treat the Indians like they were some kind of nuisance that had to be dealt with so EVERYONE'S favorite team could win the World Series.

    Roderick Strong vs. Eric Young

    Strong comes through the crowd to lay out Sanity and Young is scared about having to be on his own. The fans are behind Roddy as you can tell it's a hot crowd tonight. Young gets beaten around ringside before grabbing a neckbreaker back inside. Strong makes his comeback but goes after Wolfe and Dain, the latter of whom hits a crossbody on the floor to take over.

    The slow beating continues inside with Young working on the neck to set up that wheelbarrow neckbreaker. Strong dropkicks him out of the air though and there's the first backbreaker. A belly to back faceplant sends Young bailing to the floor but he gets in the wheelbarrow neckbreaker to take over again. It takes too long to throw him back inside though and Strong is out at two.

    The top rope elbow looks to set up another wheelbarrow neckbreaker but Strong is ready for it this time. Another shot knocks Dain off the apron but Young breaks up the Angle Slam. The fans stay behind Roddy as he catches Eric on top and knees him in the jaw, knocking him down onto Sanity. Back in and a suplex into a backbreaker gives Strong the pin at 13:38.

    We recap the UK Title match, which I believe is the same recap that opened the UK Championship Special from earlier this week. Tyler Bate defeated Pete Dunne to win the inaugural title back in January but Dunne is back and more serious.

    Jim Ross comes out for commentary on the next match.

    United Kingdom Title: Pete Dunne vs. Tyler Bate

    Bate is defending and has a mustache and beard, making him look like he's a fourteen year old trying to buy beer. The fans are behind Dunne (the Bruiserweight) but Tyler does have some fans. At least they're not cheering for CM Punk. Dunne works on his arm and cranks away a bit but can't stomp Bate's hand into the steps.

    Instead Bate pulls away and pops him in the jaw (I believe that one was Bop), only to have Dunne hit an X Plex (release suplex) onto the apron. Back in and it's time for more working on the finger but Bate shrugs off some kicks to the face. Bate grabs a suplex and flips out of another X Plex. A standing shooting star shows off some of Tyler's athleticism but he gets caught in a triangle choke.

    Now it's time to show off the strength with Bate powerbombing his way to freedom. A very long and very fast airplane spin gives Bate two more and both guys are down. Dunne flips out of a German suplex and blasts him with a forearm, followed by an X Plex into a sitout powerbomb for a very near fall, drawing a standing ovation. They slug it out again with neither getting an advantage until Tyler rolls into a kick to the head.

    Dunne gets out of the Tyler Driver but the Bitter End is countered into a DDT in an awesome counter. They're somehow not done yet as Tyler goes up for freaking SPIRAL TAP and another near fall. Bate misses a big dive over the top and knocks himself silly though, setting up the Bitter End for the pin and the title at 15:29.

    We recap the Women's Title match. There was a battle royal for the #1 contendership but Asuka interfered, making the classic mistake of thinking that she wouldn't have any challengers. As is always the case, the boss made it a four way, though Ember Moon was injured and had to pull out.

    Women's Title: Asuka vs. Ruby Riot vs. Nikki Cross

    Asuka is defending and undefeated. Nikki throws her jacket at Riot to start but a hip attack puts her on the floor. We get Ruby vs. Asuka with the fans being split again. Ruby sends her outside and loads up a dive, only to have Nikki come back in to break it up. Asuka comes back in with a missile dropkick to Nikki while landing on Ruby in a top rope splash. It lands on the knees but it's still a cool looking spot.

    With Nikki down on the floor, Asuka grabs a powerbomb on Ruby but Nikki makes the save. All three wind up inside again with Ruby mostly missing a hurricanrana on the champ. Asuka and Nikki head and Ruby dives on the champ, followed by a top rope backsplash for two on Cross. Nikki gets superkicked into a German suplex from Asuka but the champ catches Ruby's dive in the Asuka Lock.

    A reverse DDT onto the apron knocks Riot silly and Asuka's baseball slide gets her caught in the ring skirt for a beating. All three are down for a bit until Asuka gets sent outside again, leaving Riot to kick Cross in the head. Asuka dives back in and runs the rope before making the save, forcing Riot off the cover so she doesn't get the pin. The knee to the head knocks Riot silly and Asuka pins them both at 12:22.

    The Velveteen Dream arrives this Wednesday.

    We recap Hideo Itami vs. Bobby Roode, which actually isn't closing the idea. Itami is finally back and healthy and Roode needs an opponent. They've been going after each other for weeks with Itami knocking him out via GTS twice now.

    NXT Title: Hideo Itami vs. Bobby Roode

    Itami is challenging. A computer generated piano appears on stage and plays the start of Roode's entrance before the real things takes over. Feeling out process to start with Itami taking him down into a headlock. Roode pulls him off the ropes though and grabs a Blockbuster for two.

    We're already in the chinlock as Roode is keeping things simple to continue his custom. Itami fights up and hits a running boot to the face, followed by some running clotheslines. A top rope clothesline really picks things up and Roode's missed charge sends him shoulder first into the post. Roode escapes a weak Fujiwara armbar but gets caught in a Falcon Arrow for two.

    Another shot to the arm looks to set up the GTS but Roode slips away and snaps Itami's throat across the top rope. They head outside with the shoulder going into the steps but Itami's dropkick only hits the steps, leaving both guys down. Back in and Itami has a bad knee but still manages a running dropkick in the corner.

    The GTS doesn't work though and it's a Glorious DDT for a close two. Itami pops up for a GTS but it knocks Roode to the floor and only gets two. Itami punches him in the face over and over but another GTS is countered into back to back Glorious DDTs to retain Roode's title at 17:49.

    Kevin Owens, Milwaukee Brewer Eric Thames, Sami Zayn, Pat Patterson and Kassius Ohno are here.

    We recap DIY vs. the Authors of Pain. DIY finally beat the Revival but the Authors took them apart in their first shot at the titles. They haven't gotten a rematch yet though and tonight it's in a ladder match. The other issue is Tommaso Ciampa's knee/ankle, which he injured at a house show two days ago. Word is he's good to go but it should be interesting to see how he's doing.

    Tag Team Titles: Authors of Pain vs. DIY

    DIY is challenging and it's a ladder match. The fight is on in a hurry with the Authors being knocked outside. It's too early for a ladder though and Akum is sent face first into the steps. DIY brings in a huge ladder to set up at ringside but have to dive underneath it to take the champs down.

    For some reason they both climb the ladder, allowing Akum to make a pretty easy save. Razar does the slowest climb in history and DIY quickly breaks it up. The Super Collider doesn't work but DIY gets dropped onto the ropes. Ciampa is holding his knee but seems to be good to continue. The Authors are smart enough to drop down and crush DIY with the ladder again.

    Now it's time for the big ladder and of course the fans (who have been good tonight) want tables. Two ladders are bridged from the apron to the barricade with a standing ladder between them but double powerbombs are broken up. Strikes to the head put the Authors on the ladders......and DIY climbs the big one. Stereo splashes crush the champs, with Gargano nearly overshooting his target.

    Back in and all four go up two ladders with only Gargano being left, only to have Paul Ellering come in for the save. Gargano superkicks him down but the Authors get back up and massacre Ciampa in retaliation. Ellering gives the sign to end things and Gargano shoves Ciampa out of the way to take one heck of a ladder shot to the face. The champs both climb again and it's Ciampa with a superplex THROUGH A LADDER (as in breaking it, not bending it) to put both guys down.

    Akum knocks Gargano away before moving the ladder, which gets caught around his neck. That means Meet in the Middle to knock him silly and all four are down. DIY goes up at the same time but the Authors kick the ladder away and pull them down for the Super Collider. That's enough to retain the titles at 20:11.

    Post match DIY gets the big heroes' ovation....until Ciampa turns on Gargano and lays him out with a running knee to the face. White Noise off the announcers' table and through a bunch of tables ends the show. That's the right call as it's not like they have anything else to do, especially since they're clearly not getting the titles back.

    Roderick Strong b. Eric Young – Suplex backbreaker
    Pete Dunne b. Tyler Bate – Bitter End
    Asuka b. Nikki Cross and Ruby Riot – Running knee to Riot
    Bobby Roode b. Hideo Itami – Glorious DDT
    Authors of Pain b. DIY – The Authors pulled down the titles


    Backlash 2017
    Date: May 21, 2017
    Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois
    Commentators: Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips, John Bradshaw Layfield

    It's time for another Smackdown exclusive, which could mean things are hit or miss tonight. The card isn't exactly the best with Jinder Mahal challenging Smackdown World Champion Randy Orton and AJ Styles challenging Kevin Owens for the US Title. Other than that though, this is kind of a stretch for a pay per view. Let's get to it.

    Kickoff Show: Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English

    This is their third match and this time English sings himself to the ring. Dillinger starts with the ten but English says this is his town (which it actually is). English starts cheating to send Dillinger into the corner though and the posing takes us to an early break. Back with English working on a chinlock until the comeback starts up. Tye knocks him down and drops a knee before hitting the ten left hands in the corner. Aiden gets in an elbow but misses a Swanton, allowing the Tyebreaker to finish him off at 8:18.

    The opening video doesn't have much of a theme but it does touch on almost all of tonight's matches.

    Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler

    Makes sense for the opener and DEAR GOODNESS do the fans love Nakamura. Feeling out process to start with Ziggler not being able to do much, other than be told to bring it. Nakamura takes him into the corner and starts picking up Good Vibrations. Dolph grabs the neckbreaker over the ropes and slaps on a chinlock as the fans are actually split.

    Ziggler's dropkick and the Shot to the Heart get two but Nakamura kicks him in the head to take over again. The running knee in the ribs connects as they're not exactly going crazy out there. A triangle doesn't last very long with Ziggler making the ropes. It's way too early for Kinshasa so Ziggler hits the Fameasser for two.

    Ziggler tunes up the band but has to settle for the Zig Zag for another near fall. A powerbomb of all things is broken up and Nakamura kicks him in the head again, only to get superkicked in the back of the head. That's not enough either so Ziggler tries a single leg, earning himself some knees to the head. The middle rope Kinshasa misses but the regular version is good for the pin on Ziggler at 15:48.

    Here's the full Fashion Files segment from Tuesday to fill time.

    Tag Team Titles: Usos vs. Breezango

    Breezango is challenging and Breeze is still in the janitor costume, complete with mustache and mop. Jimmy comes at him and gets stopped with a mop to the fact. That earns Tyler a superkick and the mop is broken, much to the fans' annoyance. Fandango comes in for some hip gyrating....and Breeze is now dressed as an old woman, complete with blue hair, a dress and a cane. Fans: “LET'S GO GRANDMA!”

    We get the standard set of spots: flashing and the Bronco Buster, only to have Jimmy kick him down as well. JBL goes along with the whole gag and gets a dress thrown at his head. Jimmy goes shoulder first into the post and the hot tag brings in Fandango. Everything breaks down and Jey is sent outside, leaving Jimmy to take an Unprettier for two. Breeze is sent over the barricade but comes right back with a dive to take them down. JBL says these guys are about to win the titles and it's a superkick to Fandango to retain the titles at 9:12.

    We recap Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin, which is your standard bully vs. underdog story. Corbin has jumped Zayn multiple times now and Sami is fighting back.

    Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin

    Zayn starts fast and sends Corbin to the floor for the flip dive, only to have Corbin bail away. Sami isn't willing to wait and dives onto Corbin to send him into the barricade as it's one sided early on. Back in and Corbin starts the power game with some forearms and a bearhug to slow things down. A spinebuster drops Zayn again and his high crossbody is good for two.

    Another shot to the back slows him down though and a chokebreaker gives Corbin two more. He takes Sami up top, only to get taken down with a sunset bomb for a nice near fall. Sami's tornado DDT is broken up and Corbin makes things even worse by blocking the exploder in the corner.

    Instead he grabs two more off a crucifix, only to walk into Deep Six for another two. They're trading near falls here and it's not half bad. Sami gets sent outside but comes back in with a boot to the face, followed by the Helluva Kick for the clean pin at 14:19. JBL is rather stunned by the upset and I can't say I blame him.

    Xavier Woods, Ember Moon, Zack Ryder and someone else play Rocket League on Up Up Down Down.

    Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers arrive an hour and twelve minutes into the show. Tonight he's going to turn this city into a beautiful thing despite everything thinking he's evil and horrible. We hear some Punjabi with Mahal promising to become champion.

    Welcoming Committee vs. Charlotte/Becky Lynch/Naomi

    Lynch has a long red mohawk tonight and gets thrown into the corner for her efforts. It's off to Charlotte to take over on Natalya but the strutting gets her in trouble as she's knocked into the Welcoming Committee corner. That doesn't last long either though as it's off to Naomi, who takes the beating for her team as well.

    Becky gets pulled off the apron to prevent another tag though and Tamina gets two off a Samoan drop. The second attempt at the hot tag works a bit better and Becky comes in with the Bexploder for two on Natalya. Carmella has to break up the Disarm-Her and Tamina adds a shot of her own, setting up the Sharpshooter to make Becky tap at 10:07.

    We recap the US Title. It's another simple story: the Face of America vs. the Face That Runs the Place. Owens is extra smug lately but has shown how violent he can get against Chris Jericho.

    US Title: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens

    Owens is defending. AJ is all fired up to start so Owens bails, only to have them switch places with AJ smirking a bit. Back in and AJ scores with a dropkick but Owens just blasts him with a clothesline to take over. We hit the chinlock with Owens demanding to ASK HIM, followed by a DDT and two backsplashes for two. Owens spends a bit too much time talking trash though and gets caught in belly to back faceplant.

    The fireman's carry flip into a backbreaker gives AJ two and he smiles a bit. Styles takes too long going up top though and gets caught with a superkick, followed by a big double underhook into a neckbreaker for a cool looking move. Owens isn't done as he sends AJ outside with Styles' knees going into the steps. A Cannonball against the barricade sets up a Cannonball against the leg in the corner as Owens certainly has a target.

    We hit a half crab and an ankle lock of all things but AJ has fought Kurt Angle before and dives over to the ropes. Owens takes him up for a superplex but gets pulled down with a sunset bomb for two, only to have the Phenomenal Forearm broken up. A double underhook implant DDT gives Owens two but frustration starts to set in, allowing AJ to score with the Pele.

    Now it's Styles taking him to the top for a superplex, meaning Owens can use the swinging superplex for two more. They head to the apron with AJ getting in a suplex on the apron but both guys are done. Owens throws him into the timekeeper's area but eats a Phenomenal Forearm. AJ isn't done though and loads up the Styles Clash on the top with JBL freaking out. His foot actually goes through a hole in the table though and Owens beats the count back in at 21:09.

    We look at the Kickoff Show match.

    Erick Rowan vs. Luke Harper

    This would be the cool down match. They take turns driving each other into the corner to start before taking a quick trip outside. Back in and Rowan starts throwing Harper around as the announcers recap the history between these two. Rowan misses a top rope splash though and bails to the floor, allowing Harper to hit one heck of a suicide dive. Back in and Harper's slingshot hilo gets two, followed by Rowan powerbombing him for the same. A slugout doesn't get anyone anywhere so Rowan clotheslines him down. That means it's time to go talk to the mask, allowing Harper to get in a discus lariat for the pin at 8:26.

    We recap the Smackdown World Title match. Jinder Mahal won a Six Pack Challenge and has attacked Randy Orton a few times, including stealing the title belt for a week or so.

    Smackdown World Title: Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal

    Orton is defending and attacks Mahal before the bell. The beating goes on for a bit until things are separated Jinder is ready to go. Orton is right back on top of him and hammers Mahal all over the ring, including taking him outside for a beating on the floor. Mahal gets in a shot to the arm and takes over though, setting up a variety of armbars back inside.

    With the offense that limited, Orton sends him shoulder first into the post to get a breather and grabs the superplex to put both guys down. Orton throws him with a fall away slam for two, folloed by a neckbreaker from Mahal for the same. They head outside with Orton beating up the Singh Brothers, allowing Mahal to post the bad arm.

    Not that it matters as Orton throws him back inside for the RKO, only to have the Singh Brothers pull Mahal outside. The Brothers are thrown onto the announcers' tables, followed by a double hanging DDT back inside. Mahal sneaks in though and grabs the Khallas for the pin and the title at 16:47.

    We get a long celebration and a ton of fan reaction shots to end the show.

    Shinsuke Nakamura b. Dolph Ziggler – Kinshasa
    Usos b. Breezango – Superkick to Fandango
    Sami Zayn b. Baron Corbin – Helluva Kick
    Welcoming Committee b. Naomi/Charlotte/Becky Lynch – Sharpshooter to Lynch
    Kevin Owens b. AJ Styles via countout
    Luke Harper b. Erick Rowan – Discus lariat
    Jinder Mahal b. Randy Orton – Khallas

    Quick Results

    Monday Night Raw
    Jeff Hardy b. Sheamus – Swanton Bomb
    Alicia Fox b. Sasha Banks – Ax kick
    Miz b. Dean Ambrose via DQ when Ambrose kicked him low
    Neville/TJP b. Jack Gallagher/Austin Aries – Detonation Kick to Gallagher
    Roman Reigns b. Finn Balor – Spear
    Big Cass b. Titus O'Neil – Big boot
    Seth Rollins b. Bray Wyatt via DQ when Samoa Joe interfered

    Jinder Mahal b. AJ Styles – Kalas
    Breezango b. Colons – Falcon Arrow to Primo
    Carmella b. Naomi – Rollup
    Randy Orton b. Baron Corbin – RKO

    Drew McIntyre b. Sean Maluta – Running kick to the face
    Sonya Deville b. Lacey Evans – Standing Shining Wizard
    Kassius Ohno b. Andrade Cien Almas – Rolling elbow

    Impact Wrestling
    LAX b. Laredo Kid/Garza Jr. – Street Sweeper to Kid
    Kongo Kong b. Braxton Sutter – Emerald Flowsion
    James Storm b. Ethan Carter III via DQ when Carter hit the referee
    Low Ki b. Andrew Everett and Trevor Lee – Low Ki pulled down the belt

    Takeover: Chicago
    Roderick Strong b. Eric Young – Suplex backbreaker
    Pete Dunne b. Tyler Bate – Bitter End
    Asuka b. Nikki Cross and Ruby Riot – Running knee to Riot
    Bobby Roode b. Hideo Itami – Glorious DDT
    Authors of Pain b. DIY – The Authors pulled down the titles

    Backlash 2017
    Shinsuke Nakamura b. Dolph Ziggler – Kinshasa
    Usos b. Breezango – Superkick to Fandango
    Sami Zayn b. Baron Corbin – Helluva Kick
    Welcoming Committee b. Naomi/Charlotte/Becky Lynch – Sharpshooter to Lynch
    Kevin Owens b. AJ Styles via countout
    Luke Harper b. Erick Rowan – Discus lariat
    Jinder Mahal b. Randy Orton – Khallas

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