Week of 7/3/2017 - 7/9/2017

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    Monday Night Raw
    Date: July 3, 2017
    Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
    Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Booker T.

    It's the go home show for Great Balls of Fire and the question becomes which match WWE is treating as the featured attraction tonight. In other words, it depends on if Brock Lesnar is here tonight or not, as tends to be the case all the time. Let's get to it.

    We open with a recap of Enzo Amore and Big Cass's split.

    Here's Enzo to open the show. He lists off all the bad things that have happened to him in the last year and says that all happened while Cass was behind his back. Cass watched all that time because he never had Enzo's back. Cass wanted to take advantage of the silver tongue but now he has to face the fists that come with it.

    Enzo is grateful for everything that's happened to him and he'd shove his dad down a wishing well before he joined the dark side. He's grateful to every kid out there wearing his gear. They're the people who help put food on his table because he believes in the good that he's doing. It's something you just can't teach. He's been in holes a lot deeper than seven feet before and Cass is nothing more than a catchphrase that Enzo wrote.

    Cass said his mouth writes checks that he can't back up but no one goes harder than him. Next time, don't be surprised if that merchandise check is for ZERO DIMES. Unless he starts wearing a Casshole shirt. Enzo is ready to go but comes back to say he's ready to fight on his own because it's all him now.

    Cass says Enzo can't talk the talk because on Sunday, he won't be walking at all. He's ready for Sunday but Enzo jumps him from behind and the fight is on. It's quickly broken up.

    Sasha Banks/Bayley vs. Nia Jax/Alexa Bliss

    Nia throws Bayley into the corner to start but gets dropkicked a few times. That just earns Bayley a modified Snake Eyes so it's off to Banks for a double dropkick. Another dropkick puts Nia on the floor but she grabs Bayley off the apron and crushes her against the barricade. Back from a break with Bayley having been taken to the back from being crushed. Sasha stomps Alexa in the corner but Nia just crushes her with a backbreaker. Bliss stands on Banks' hair for a bit until Sasha fights up and kicks Jax in the knee. The Bank Statement ends Bliss out of nowhere at 10:15.

    Braun Strowman tells Kurt Angle that he's dealing with Roman Reigns tonight.

    Video on Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar with Brock saying he's not worried about Joe just because he put his hands on Heyman.

    Noam Dar vs. Cedric Alexander

    Alicia Fox makes her return and gets to see Cedric clothesline Dar to the floor. Back in and Dar gets in a kick to the chest for two. Dar starts in on the arm but Fox gets on the apron for an accidental distraction, allowing Cedric to hit the Lumbar Check for the pin at 2:09.

    We look at the attention the Ball Family got from their MizTV appearance last week.

    It's time for MizTV with Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas behind Miz and Maryse. Last week, Miz exposed the Ball Family as the overrated acts that they are and Lonzo will prove it again when he's an NBA bust. The only bigger bust than Lonzo is Dean Ambrose, who the Ball Family would be crazy to have as a representative. When Ambrose debuted, he was going to be the next Roddy Piper and the breakout star of the Shield. Now though, we know that Ambrose can't handle success. Dean is going to be the biggest joke in WWE but here he is to interrupt.

    Ambrose wants his rematch for the Intercontinental Title and wants it tonight. Cue Heath Slater and Rhyno though with Heath saying he's never had a shot at a singles title in eight years. He's always telling his kids that he's got this and things will be ok but in reality, he has no idea if he's got this. Miz says no but here's Angle to say Miz is defending against Slater tonight and Ambrose on Sunday. Let's have tonight's match.....now.

    Intercontinental Title: Miz vs. Heath Slater

    Miz is defending and wearing a suit while Ambrose is on commentary. Slater grabs a rollup to start but we go with a headlock to slow things down instead. Some right hands have Miz in trouble as Dean talks about the delicious food that he hears Slater's wife makes at the trailer. Miz bails to the floor off an atomic drop and we take a break.

    Back with Miz holding a front facelock and sending Heath outside where Rhyno and the Miztourage get in a staredown. Back in and Miz hits the YES Kicks until a flapjack takes him down. Slater slugs away and hits a jumping knee to the face for two.

    The neckbreaker out of the corner gets two more and Slater powerslams him off the top for a nice counter. Rhyno goes after Dallas and Axel for getting on the apron to distract the referee, earning himself a posting. The Finale finishes Dean at 12:48.

    Ambrose hits the ring for the save but gets beaten down as well.

    We look back at Strowman taking Reigns out.

    Titus O'Neil wants Apollo Crews to face Braun Strowman for the sake of his daughter. Crews actually falls for it.

    Here's Goldust to talk about his new film: the Shattered Truth. This film wouldn't be possible without everyone in this arena. All the little people you see. With this film, he's done the impossible and turned R-Truth into a star. The film is a highlight reel of last week's non-match, shot something like a trailer with footage from the cameraman Goldust brought with him. When the film is done, Truth is behind Goldust, munching on some popcorn. Goldust is quickly chased to the floor.

    Sheamus and Cesaro come into Angle's office so he can give them their stipulation for Sunday's title match against the Hardys: a thirty minute Iron Man match.

    Seth Rollins vs. Curt Hawkins

    It's the windup jumping knee to the face for the pin at 9 seconds.

    Post match Rollins grabs the mic and calls Bray Wyatt a coward. Whenever he's ready for a fight, Wyatt is nowhere to be seen. Wyatt always talks about how he's a god and ready to destroy everything but on Sunday, Seth is going to expose him for what he is. The only question will be if Bray is a man or a coward.

    Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar are live via satellite for a sitdown interview. Joe rants about being tired of answering questions because he's ready to fight. Lesnar calls him a coward but Joe says Brock can never get his hands on him. Joe is ready to fight so Lesnar lists off all the names he's beaten. That's fine with Joe, who has a list of names he's choked out. Lesnar and Heyman chuckle so Joe walks out and goes to find Brock. Angle tries to talk him down but security pulls Joe away from Lesnar's room.

    Neville vs. Mustafa Ali

    Non-title. Ali snaps off a running hurricanrana but it's too early for the inverted 450. Instead Neville loads up a reverse belly to back superplex, only to have Ali land on his feet. The running tornado DDT plants Neville for two but he shoves Ali off the top for a crash. Ali's head hits the barricade so Neville stomps away and tosses him into the air for the crash. Ali eats a clothesline and the Rings of Saturn makes Ali tap at 6:20.

    Bray Wyatt is in the desert and talks about people worshiping the sun. It's been less than 100 days since Wrestlemania and things have been chaos ever since. The Beast has been made a mortal and there's no stopping Bray now. On Sunday, Rollins will learn what it's like to burn in the sun.

    Bliss is leaving and says she let Sasha beat her as a strategy for Sunday.

    Finn Balor vs. Cesaro

    The Hardys are on commentary. Cesaro powers Balor up and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to take over. Some chops in the corner rock Cesaro but Balor gets thrown to the floor in a heap as we take a break. Back with Finn getting two off a sunset flip but Cesaro muscles him up with a gutwrench suplex.

    Finn fights back and kicks Cesaro away, only to have Elias Samson come out for a distraction. Swiss Death gives Cesaro two and another uppercut rocks Finn. It doesn't rock him enough though as Finn kicks him off the apron. Samson breaks up a dive so the Hardys get off commentary to brawl with Samson and Sheamus. Finn dives onto everyone and we hit various finishers until Balor throws Cesaro back inside for the Coup de Grace and the pin at 15:05.
    PPV card rundown.

    Here's an ambulance plus Braun Strowman to talk about how much he loves to hurt Roman Reigns. Titus O'Neil comes out to introduce Crews for the slaughter.

    Apollo Crews vs. Braun Strowman

    Crews is quickly thrown outside as soon as Strowman gets his hands on him. We hit the neck crank before Crews is sent outside again. Titus fires him up enough that two enziguris stagger Strowman. The standing moonsault is broken up with Strowman kicking Apollo across the ring in an awesome block. Three straight powerslams finally put Crews away at 4:13.

    Post match Titus tries to save Apollo from a worse beating but takes one himself. Apollo gets thrown into the ambulance but it won't drive away. Of course Reigns is the driver and he spears Strowman off the stage. Strowman is on his feet before the show is over.

    Bayley/Sasha Banks b. Alexa Bliss/Nia Jax – Bank Statement to Bliss
    Cedric Alexander b. Noam Dar – Lumbar Check
    Miz b. Heath Slater – Skull Crushing Finale
    Seth Rollins b. Curt Hawkins – Windup jumping knee
    Neville b. Mustafa Ali – Rings of Saturn
    Finn Balor b. Cesaro – Coup de Grace
    Braun Strowman b. Apollo Crews – Powerslam


    Date: July 4, 2017
    Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
    Commentators: John Bradshaw Layfield, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton

    John Cena is back for the first time since Wrestlemania XXXIII and there's no real indication of what he'll be doing. Since Cena can appear on either show, this might be something of note or just a glorified one off appearance. Let's get to it.

    The opening video looks at Cena.

    Here's Cena to open the show. The fans are all over him but he tells them to let him have it because he's WAY too fired up to be rattled tonight. Cena talks about the importance of Independence Day and talks about the American Dream.

    The same idea holds true here: everyone has a chance to come out here and compete with the best. Lately, a lot of people have been out here running their mouths talking about Cena going Hollywood and becoming little more than a part time mascot. Cena is an all-timer because he'll show up on Raw or Smackdown to face anyone from AJ Styles to Seth Rollins to Roman Reigns and anyone in between.

    Cue the returning Rusev to say he works just as hard in the ring as anyone but he hasn't had any commercials hyping up his return. The American Dream, just like Cena's return, is a joke. Rusev rips on the Fourth of July and gets drowned out with a USA chant. Cena issues a challenge for a Flag Match but Rusev says we do this on his time and his terms. Rusev walks away so Cena starts a USA chant/song.

    Chad Gable and Styles come in to see Daniel Bryan, who says Kevin Owens doesn't want either of them in the battle royal because he's beaten both of them. Bryan kind of agrees so the two of them will be fighting each other for the right to be in the battle royal instead.

    Chad Gable vs. AJ Styles

    Feeling out process to start with AJ easily being taken down but popping up for his dropkick to send us to a break. Back with AJ blocking a belly to belly superplex attempt. The Phenomenal Forearm is broken up but Gable misses a moonsault attempt. AJ gets the Calf Crusher for a bit but Gable twists out and plants him with a German suplex. Not that it matters as AJ is sent to the apron and hits the Phenomenal Forearm for the pin at 8:11.

    AJ helps him up post match.

    Mojo Rawley looks at a Hype Bros shirt. Zack Ryder comes in and says it's cool because they're both in the battle royal. That seems to smooth things over a bit.

    Here are Carmella and James Ellsworth to brag about winning Money in the Bank again. Carmella laughs off the idea of the fans having their wrongs righted last week and goes Rolling Stones with a little You Can't Always Get What You Want. Cue Naomi who says her eyes are always open so the cash-in won't work.

    This brings out Daniel Bryan who tells Ellsworth to shut up. Due to what he did last week, he's banned from the arena again, but as a bonus he's fined $10,000 and suspended for thirty days without pay. If he doesn't leave NOW, Carmella loses the contract so they split.

    Women's Title: Lana vs. Naomi

    Naomi is defending and grabs her reverse Rings of Saturn for the tap out at 11 seconds.

    Post match Tamina comes out to stare Naomi down and leaves with Lana.

    Baron Corbin jumps Shinsuke Nakamura with the briefcase.

    It's time for the Rap Off with rapper Wale in charge. Both the Usos and New Day have groups of people with them and trade insults about penis size, fake Jamaican accents, staying in your lane and the Usos being nothing until Naomi put them on Total Divas. A fight almost breaks out so Wale disqualifies the Usos after nearly twelve minutes of rapping/rhyming back and forth.

    Randy Orton vs. Aiden English

    Aiden gets annoyed at Randy for interrupting jumps him from behind. Before he can sing again though, we hit a commercial. The match is joined in progress with Orton beating the heck out of English, including dropping him back first onto the announcers' table. The hanging DDT to the floor makes things even worse and Orton hits him with the steps for the DQ at 2:19.

    English takes a post match RKO and here are Mahal and company with something to say. He talks about how everyone disrespects him because of the color of his skin but before he can speak Punjabi, Orton cuts him off and threatens to RKO Mahal back to India. Nobody likes Mahal because he's a jacka**.

    Tye Dillinger is interviewed by Tyler Breeze in drag. Tyler, or Te-Nee Young asks what Tye is going to do to deal with the quadruple threat of Breezango. Dillinger gives a basic strategy and nearly runs into Fandango, who is wearing a fake mustache and dressed like a construction worker. Fandango and Breeze are bros forever, no matter how things get tonight.

    Renee Young (who says Te-Nee Young was filling out the dress) interviews Mike and Maria Kanellis about the power of love. A noise interrupts them and it's Sami Zayn stretching. He talks about the Power of Love and goes into a discussion of Huey Louis and the News. As Sami wonders why you never hear about the News, his music hits and he has to run off.

    Battle Royal

    Sami Zayn, Konnor, Viktor, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, Mojo Rawley, Zack Ryder, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Tyler Breeze, AJ Styles, Tye Dillinger, Sin Cara, Epico, Jason Jordan

    Winner gets a shot at Kevin Owens, on commentary here. Harper clotheslines Ziggler out before the vest can even come off. We take an early break and come back with Rowan eliminating Fandango. Breeze is thrown to the apron and jumps into Fandango's arms before being placed back inside. That's fine with Rowan who dumps him a few seconds later.

    Harper knocks out Konnor but gets dumped by Rawley. We're down to Ryder, Rawley, Rowan, Dillinger, Styles and Zayn. The Hype Bros nearly get into it but team up to dump Rowan. Rawley throws Ryder out and says it's not personal. Ryder doesn't seem to mind when Sami kicks Rawley out.

    So we're down to three with Tye stomping on Styles and Sami, in increments of ten of course. Tye sends both of them to the apron but Sami backdrops Dillinger out to get us down to two. Sami grabs a quick exploder on Styles but misses the Helluva Kick and gets Pele Kicked out to give AJ the win at 11:18.

    Owens hits the ring and beats Styles down, only to have AJ knock him to the floor and hold up the title to end the show.

    AJ Styles b. Chad Gable – Phenomenal Forearm
    Naomi b. Lana – Reverse Rings of Saturn
    Aiden English b. Randy Orton via DQ when Orton used the steps
    AJ Styles won a battle royal last eliminating Sami Zayn


    Date: July 5, 2017
    Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
    Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson

    The Tag Team Titles are on the line tonight. Also, Bobby Roode has gotten underneath the skin of Roderick Strong, including talking about Strong’s wife. The title is up for grabs tonight with a ticked off Strong wanting both the title and a measure of revenge. Let’s get to it.

    Opening sequence.

    Strong and his family arrived earlier today.

    Sanity vs. Kassius Ohno/Hideo Itami

    Wolfe and Dain for Sanity here. Ohno blasts Wolfe into the corner to start and it’s off to Itami for the kicks in the corner. Dain offers a distraction though and it’s Wolfe snapping Itami across the top to take over as we take a break. Back with Itami still in trouble with Dain easily cutting the ring off to keep Hideo down. Itami comes back with kicks and Ohno is ready for the tag but Itami doesn’t even go near him. It’s a Falcon Arrow to Wolfe but Ohno gets knocked outside by Dain. The GTS knocks Wolfe silly, only to have Dain crossbody Itami for the pin at 9:44.

    Ember Moon is training for her comeback at the Performance Center when Ruby Riot interrupts the press conference to say she should get the title shot instead. Moon doesn’t mind.

    We look back at the Last Woman Standing match.

    Video on Drew McIntyre.

    Drew wants the winner of tonight’s title match.

    We look at DIY splitting.

    Johnny Gargano is back next week.

    Billie Kay and Peyton Royce were annoyed that Peyton was the only one to remember Billie’s birthday when Andrade Cien Almas got into an argument with his female associate.

    Last week, Bianca BelAir defeated Aliyah to qualify for the Mae Young Classic.

    Video on Bobby Roode vs. Roderick Strong.

    Strong has victory on his mind.

    Roode says Strong is about to face reality.

    NXT Title: Roderick Strong vs. Bobby Roode

    Strong is challenging. Roode gets the better of an amateur exchange and does his GLORIOUS pose, earning himself a pair of dropkicks. A half nelson backbreaker drops the champ and we take an early break. Back with Roode grabbing a Blockbuster and stomping away, only to take another backbreaker.

    Roode bails to the floor again but sends Strong’s knee into the steps to take over. It’s time to really work on the knee, including a kick to the knee to cut off a comeback. We come back from a second break and come back with Strong kicking out of a leglock and sending Roode into the buckle.

    The Angle Slam and another backbreaker give Strong two but Roode is right back with a chop block to take over again. The knee is wrapped around the post but Strong catches him on the top and shoves the champ out to the floor in a crash. A Glorious DDT gets two on Roderick but it’s Strong popping back up with knees to the face and a backbreaker for the pin…..with Roode’s foot underneath the ropes. Roode knocks him off the apron and hits a Glorious DDT to retain at 25:34.

    Strong hugs his wife to end the show.

    Sanity b. Kassius Ohno/Hideo Itami – Crossbody to Itami
    Bobby Roode b. Roderick Strong – Glorious DDT


    Impact Wrestling
    Date: July 6, 2017
    Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
    Commentators: Josh Matthews, Jeremy Borash, D’Angelo Dinero

    We’re back stateside and past Slammiversary which saw Alberto El Patron become the new Impact Wrestling World Champion. However, it’s a new era as the company has rebranded as Global Force Wrestling. The show is still called Impact Wrestling how in depth the changes go remains to be seen. Let’s get to it.

    LAX is in the clubhouse and Konnan says they’re bringing the newest member tonight.

    Recap of Slammiversary.

    Opening sequence.

    Here’s Alberto with his brother and father to open things up with a celebration. His brother is going to be in the ring soon and we’ll get to see how talented this family really is. Alberto praises his father and talks about what it means to be World Champion. If anyone wants a shot, come get one. Cue Lashley to say the win meant nothing and to promise to build a wall around the family. Dos Caras slaps Lashley in the face but Alberto gets between them. The fight is scheduled for later.

    Earlier today, Bruce Prichard yelled at the announcers, telling them to chill out and drop all the drama.

    The Swoll Mates will be debuting in two weeks.

    Caleb Konley vs. Sonjay Dutt

    Non-title. Konley takes him into the corner and grabs an early cravate as they don’t seem to have much time. A bodyscissors into a rollup gives Konley two and he smacks Dutt in the jaw for good measure. Konley charges into a pendulum kick in the corner and it’s the tornado DDT to plant him hard. Dutt's top rope splash for the pin at 4:47.

    Post match Trevor Lee comes in and drops Dutt before running away with the title. Lee declares himself the new champion.

    Grado is back with an American flag and flanked by the Veterans of War and Eddie Edwards. They want to celebrate the Fourth of July in an eight man tag tonight because they’re proud to be Americans. The four of them leave and a rather rotund man is doing Hindu squats.

    Eli Drake/Chris Adonis/Fallah Bahh/Mario Bokara vs. Veterans of War/Eddie Edwards/Grado

    Drake gets taken into the corner and thrown around by the Veterans of War. Adonis can’t do much with Mayweather so here’s Grado to get beaten into the corner. It’s off to Eddie to kick Bahh off the apron but Mario escapes the Backpack Stunner. Everyting breaks down and Grado elbows Bahh out to the floor. The MOAB drops Drake and there’s the middle rope Codebreaker to Adonis. The Boston Knee Party ends Adonis at 4:36.

    Post match here’s Joseph Park to give Grado a letter, which really upsets him. Grado leaves with Park.

    Braxton Sutter vs. Matt Sydal

    Sutter chops him into the corner and fires off some knees. Something like a reverse Fameasser drops Sutter, followed by a kick to the head. Sydal drops the shooting star press for the pin at 3:17.

    Sutter is frustrated after the loss and doesn’t want Allie around him.

    LAX doesn’t say anything new.

    JB is in the ring for the announcement of the Super X Cup, an eight person X Division tournament for a big trophy. The eight participants come out and we get the first round matches:

    Sammy Guevara

    Andrew Everett

    Taiji Ishimori
    Davey Richards

    Dezmond Xavier
    Idris Abraham

    Video on Abraham.

    Video on Xavier.

    Super X Cup First Round: Idris Abraham vs. Dezmond Xavier

    Feeling out process to start with Xavier grabbing a headlock. Xavier starts flipping around until a running boot to the ribs cuts him off. Back from a break with Abraham still in control but a quick cutter takes him down. Xavier sends him face first into the turnbuckle and Abraham is stunned.

    Back up and a deadlift German suplex drops Abraham but he kicks Desmond in the head. Xavier gets in a kick to the head of his own and Abraham is stunned even more. Spiral Tap puts Abraham away at 11:15.

    Gail Kim has an announcement next week.

    Video on Naomichi Marufuji.

    Xavier says that finisher was the Final Flash. You’ll see it again.

    Moose is ready to defend against Marufuji next week but Ethan Carter III comes in to say he deserves a shot. Moose tells him to go to the back of the line.

    Rebel vs. Sienna

    Non-title. Sienna throws her against the ropes to start and starts in with some hard kicks to the head. A charge misses in the corner but Sienna easily counters a handspring elbow into a German suplex. Sienna gets two off a Samoan drop but Rebel knocks her into the corner for some running knees and elbows. The handspring splash staggers Sienna but Rebel dives onto KM. Back in and Sienna rolls her into the guillotine choke for the tap at 3:16.

    The announcers run down next week’s card.

    GFW/Impact Wrestling World Title Alberto El Patron vs. Bobby Lashley

    Lashley is challenging and strikes away to start, knocking Alberto outside in the process. The champ gets sent into the steps and another hard whip sends him into the steps. We hit the chinlock for a bit before Alberto is backdropped to the floor, nearly hitting the post as we take a break.

    Back with Alberto fighting out of another chinlock and firing off the kicks to the legs and a shot to the head. A big powerbomb plants the champ for two and Lashley is already starting to get frustrated. There’s the Codebreaker to the arm but Lashley cuts him off with a spinebuster.

    Alberto kicks him in the face though and gets two off a middle rope double stomp to the back. Lashley shrugs it off and sends the champ into the corner for a double stomp of his own, followed by the spear for no cover. Instead it’s the Dominator but Lashley still won’t cover. Not that it matters as LAX comes in to go after Lashley for the DQ at 15:03.

    Konnan says Alberto is the newest member of the team, though he’s out of it and doesn’t acknowledge the announcement. They hold up his arm to end the show.

    Sonjay Dutt b. Caleb Konley – Top rope splash
    Eddie Edwards/Grado/Veterans of War b. Fallah Bahh/Mario Bokara/Chris Adonis/Eli Drake – Boston Knee Party to Adonis
    Matt Sydal b. Braxton Sutter – Shooting Star Press
    Dezmond Xavier b. Idris Abraham – Final Flash
    Sienna b. Rebel – Guillotine choke
    Lashley b. Alberto El Patron via DQ when LAX interfered


    Austin Aries has been released.




    Great Balls of Fire
    Date: July 9, 2017
    Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
    Commentators: Michael Cole, Booker T., Corey Graves

    It’s time for the most oddly named pay per view in a long time and yes they’re actually going to call it this. Brock Lesnar is getting back in the ring for the first time since Wrestlemania to defend the Universal Title against Samoa Joe. This has the potential to be a war and that’s what the title needs. Let’s get to it.

    Kickoff Show: Cruiserweight Title: Neville vs. Akira Tozawa

    Tozawa is defending and has Titus O’Neil in his corner. They run the ropes to start and flip away from each other. Neville gets sent to the floor but blocks a dive with a kick, allowing Neville to yell at Titus. Tozawa gets sent into the barricade and we take a break. Back with Neville getting two off a kick to the chest. Tozawa gets in a kick of his own and goes up so Neville bails, meaning Tozawa gets in a suicide dive for two.

    An Octopus Hold sends Neville to the ropes before he can kick Tozawa in the head for two more. Neville’s Phoenix splash misses and Tozawa gets in the top rope backsplash, only to have Neville roll outside again. Tozawa heads up but gets crotched hard. Neville kicks the ropes to make it even worse and a kick to the chest retains the title at 11:26.

    The opening video has a drive-in movie theme with the matches being treated as old school trailers.

    Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins

    Rollins is popular so Bray wants to beat him up. Seth kicks him down to start and Bray smiles in the corner. It’s too early for the suicide dive though as Bray punches him back and hammers away. They head to the apron for a slugout and Seth is sent hard into the steps for his efforts.

    A charge sends Seth into the barricade and we hit the chinlock. Seth fights up and heads to the top, meaning it’s a superplex to bring him back down. Bray has cut him off almost every time so far like he has Seth very well scouted. Rollins knees out of a suplex and sends Bray outside for the suicide dive.

    The Sling Blade and Blockbuster get two on Bray but he breaks up the momentum with a heck of a clothesline. That hard release Rock Bottom gives Bray two and he runs his mouth about being a god. Rollins slugs away until a poke to the eye cuts him off. Sister Abigail gives Bray the pin at 12:05.

    The Hardys have been watching superhero shows to prepare for facing Sheamus and Cesaro. Jeff talks about being in the first tag team tables match and tag team ladder match. Not only do they break barriers but they also break bars.

    We recap Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass. They were a popular team but Big Cass got tired of bailing Enzo out of trouble for running his mouth. Cass finally had enough of it and turned on him, sending Enzo into a more emotional place than ever before. Enzo is in way over his head physically but his heart could carry him through.

    Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass

    Before the match, Enzo talks about how they debuted here last year in the same arena but now it’s war. He quotes some That’s Life and says if Cass wants to stomp on him, come on because he’s always going to be a dreamed. Enzo goes on for a LONG time and basically says he’s here to fight because he won’t give up. Cass debuts some new music.

    Enzo charges right at him and gets tossed around like he’s not even there. Something like a crossface chickenwing slows Enzo down and Cass splashes him for good measure. Some forearms to the back have Amore in more trouble and Cass tells him to bring it on. A gorilla press drop sends him outside but he gets back in at nine. The big boot ends Enzo at 5:22.

    Tag Team Titles: Hardys vs. Sheamus/Cesaro

    Sheamus and Cesaro are defending and this is a thirty minute Iron Man match because we haven’t watched them fight enough. Cesaro distracts Matt to start and it’s a Brogue Kick for the first fall at 20 seconds. Jeff tries his luck and dropkicks both of them down, followed by Matt ramming Sheamus’ head into the apron a few times. It’s Cesaro cutting Jeff off to save his brother and they head outside with the champs taking over.

    Back in and Cesaro grabs a gutwrench to keep Jeff in trouble as the announcers get in “playing defense” as many times as they can. Jeff is sent outside and the match is going so slowly that we look back at the first fall. Cesaro grabs a side choke as we’re not even ten minutes in yet. Matt gets knocked off the apron and the assisted White Noise gives Cesaro the second fall on Jeff at 9:48.

    Back up and Sheamus goes shoulder first into the post, allowing the hot tag back to Matt. Sheamus is rammed into three buckles ten times each, followed by Poetry in Motion and a Side Effect. The Twist of Fate ends Cesaro to make it 2-1 at 12:55. Sheamus comes in and gets caught with the slingshot dropkick in the corner for two as we hit the halfway point. Jeff flip dives onto everyone but Cesaro posts Matt for a countout to go up 3-1 at 16:55.

    Sheamus grabs a chinlock, followed by the very slow forearms to the chest. We hit ten minutes to go as Sheamus gets two off a double suplex. Cesaro kicks Jeff off the apron and grabs the Sharpshooter on Matt. Sheamus gets dropped as well though and Matt makes a fast tag so Jeff can cradle Cesaro to make it 3-2 at 22:55. A basement dropkick gives Jeff two more, followed by Matt’s tornado DDT for two at 5:00 to go.

    Matt hits the moonsault for what looked like three with Cesaro diving in (possibly too late) for the save. A super Twist of Fate drops Sheamus and we’re tied at 2:55 to go. Sheamus is still down so a top rope splash/elbow give the Hardys two. Jeff gets a blind tag and hits the Swanton but Cesaro, the legal man, rolls him up for the pin at 25 seconds left. Time runs out and the champs retain 4-3 at 30:00.

    Xavier Woods was at the Rocket League World Championships.

    We recap the Women’s Title match. Alexa Bliss is tired of being judged and if she has to beat up Sasha Banks to prove herself, so be it.

    Women’s Title: Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks

    Banks is challenging. Sasha knocks her outside to start and Bliss takes a breather while feeling her own jaw. Back in and Bliss does her dislocated arm thing, which the announcers are all shocked by because they’ve never watched her matches before. Bliss teases walking out and rams Bliss into the apron to take over. The double knees and moonsault knees to the back give the champ two and it’s off to a modified surfboard.

    One heck of a backbreaker gives Bliss two more but Sasha comes back with some forearms to the face. Bliss catches her with a sunset bomb out of the corner for two (nasty landing). Twisted Bliss hits knees and the Bank Statement has Alexa in trouble until a rope is grabbed. Banks sends her into the barricade but Bliss slaps her in the face and takes the countout at 11:48.

    Post match Sasha fights her up to the announcers’ table. Bliss gets shoved off and the double knees off the table drops Bliss to the floor.

    We look at the Kickoff Show match.

    Tozawa is in pain and tells Titus he wants a rematch. Titus will work on it but wants Tozawa to get looked at by the trainers.

    Intercontinental Title: The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose

    Miz is defending. Dean goes after the Miztourage to start and grabs a rollup for two. Miz gets in the short DDT and kicks Dean in the chest to stay in control. Dirty Deeds is broken up but Ambrose throws Miz down to get a breather anyway. A butterfly superplex gives Dean two but he tweaks his knee on the way down.

    Dirty Deeds still doesn’t work and we hit the Figure Four. Dean, with a bloody lip, makes the bottom rope but the knee is done. Miz fires off the YES Kicks but gets slapped in the face. The top rope standing elbow gives Dean two but the Miztourage pulls Dean to the floor for a beating.

    Dean dives on all three of them but bangs up his knee even more. Back in and Dirty Deeds connects with Maryse putting the foot on the ropes. Dean hits a suicide dive (partially taking Maryse out in the process) but Dallas hits him in the back of the head, setting up the Skull Crushing Finale to retain at 11:15.

    Long recap of Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman. They were fighting back in February, then took a break for Wrestlemania, then Strowman shoved over an ambulance with Reigns inside, then they took another month off because of an elbow injury. Tonight it’s an ambulance match in what should be the blowoff.

    Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman

    Ambulance match. Strowman goes right after the ribs and throws Reigns outside with ease. A shot with the steps crushes Roman again but Strowman hits the post with the steps. Back in and Roman’s comeback is cut off by the powerslam with Strowman going for a cover out of instinct.

    Reigns slips off of Braun’s shoulders and manages a Samoan drop. Strowman goes shoulder first into the post and Roman wraps it around the post. Some chair shots make the elbow even worse but Strowman just gets up and shrugs them off. Strowman tells Reigns to hit him and then knocks him off the stage and into the side of the ambulance. Reigns send him head first into the ambulance for a breather, followed by a Superman punch to put him halfway inside.

    Strowman hits him with a backboard and throws Reigns back onto the stage. A hard shot knocks Strowman through the LED screen but Reigns can’t follow up. Instead Braun pops up and throws him off the stage again. Roman misses a spear though and winds up in the ambulance to give Braun the win at 15:30.

    Roman pops out of the ambulance and spears Strowman into it. He jumps into the driver’s seat and speeds to the back where, after a few camera cuts, backs the ambulance into a production truck to pretty much kill Strowman. Kurt Angle and company come up to try and open the ambulance….and we’re going to the ring?

    Heath Slater vs. Curt Hawkins

    This is an impromptu match and I have no idea why it’s been added. Hawkins is barely ready and the announcers ignore the match to talk about Strowman being in trouble. We cut to the back again where a fire truck is coming in to get Strowman out. With the camera away from the ring, Slater wins with something we don’t even see at 2:28.

    Still in the back, the Dallas fire department is here to use the jaws of life to open the ambulance. Braun crawls away and refuses medical help. Angle is STUNNED as Strowman walks away to applause.

    We recap Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe. Samoa Joe became #1 contender last month and has showed that he’s not afraid of Lesnar, even nearly choking him out at one point. Lesnar has shown no signs of being afraid of Joe and laughed at him for even trying. Tonight it’s going to be a fight.

    Universal Title: Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar

    Lesnar is defending. Joe jumps him during the Big Match Intros and they head outside with Lesnar being Rock Bottomed through the table. The bell hasn’t rung yet and Lesnar is dragging himself inside. Joe enziguris him in the corner and starts laying in the headbutts. Lesnar can’t overpower him and Joe hammers away in the corner. He can’t get the full Koquina Clutch in though and Lesnar sends him into the buckle for the break.

    There’s the first German suplex, followed by the second and third but Joe kicks him low for the break. Another Rock Bottom gives Joe two but he still can’t get the Clutch. A weak version of the Clutch goes on until Lesnar escapes with a side slam. Lesnar charges into the post, only to slip between Joe’s legs and turn on the German suplexes again. We hit the sixth but Joe slips out of the F5 and puts on the Clutch. Lesnar grabs the ropes but the referee casually lets it stay on. Brock is turning purple but he powers up into the F5 to retain at 6:29.

    Joe glares at Lesnar with the announcers emphasizing that Joe got caught and Lesnar was in big trouble to end the show.

    Bray Wyatt b. Seth Rollins – Sister Abigail
    Big Cass b. Enzo Amore – Big boot
    Cesaro/Sheamus b. Hardys 4-3
    Sasha Banks b. Alexa Bliss via countout
    Miz b. Dean Ambrose – Skull Crushing Finale
    Braun Strowman b. Roman Reigns – Strowman shut Reigns in the ambulance
    Heath Slater b. Curt Hawkins – Unknown
    Brock Lesnar b. Samoa Joe – F5

    Quick Results

    Monday Night Raw
    Bayley/Sasha Banks b. Alexa Bliss/Nia Jax – Bank Statement to Bliss
    Cedric Alexander b. Noam Dar – Lumbar Check
    Miz b. Heath Slater – Skull Crushing Finale
    Seth Rollins b. Curt Hawkins – Windup jumping knee
    Neville b. Mustafa Ali – Rings of Saturn
    Finn Balor b. Cesaro – Coup de Grace
    Braun Strowman b. Apollo Crews – Powerslam

    AJ Styles b. Chad Gable – Phenomenal Forearm
    Naomi b. Lana – Reverse Rings of Saturn
    Aiden English b. Randy Orton via DQ when Orton used the steps
    AJ Styles won a battle royal last eliminating Sami Zayn

    Sanity b. Kassius Ohno/Hideo Itami – Crossbody to Itami
    Bobby Roode b. Roderick Strong – Glorious DDT

    Impact Wrestling
    Sonjay Dutt b. Caleb Konley – Top rope splash
    Eddie Edwards/Grado/Veterans of War b. Fallah Bahh/Mario Bokara/Chris Adonis/Eli Drake – Boston Knee Party to Adonis
    Matt Sydal b. Braxton Sutter – Shooting Star Press
    Dezmond Xavier b. Idris Abraham – Final Flash
    Sienna b. Rebel – Guillotine choke
    Lashley b. Alberto El Patron via DQ when LAX interfered

    Great Balls of Fire
    Bray Wyatt b. Seth Rollins – Sister Abigail
    Big Cass b. Enzo Amore – Big boot
    Cesaro/Sheamus b. Hardys 4-3
    Sasha Banks b. Alexa Bliss via countout
    Miz b. Dean Ambrose – Skull Crushing Finale
    Braun Strowman b. Roman Reigns – Strowman shut Reigns in the ambulance
    Heath Slater b. Curt Hawkins – Unknown
    Brock Lesnar b. Samoa Joe – F5
  2. Mighty NorCal

    Mighty NorCal SHALL WE BEGIN?

    Dec 5, 2006
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    Raw was exactly what it needed to be content wise, obviously much, much more than it needs to be time-wise. My god.

    Smackdown continues to be a superior show, but badly and maddeningly continues to deeply underutilize its talent. The continuing squashing of Lana's new character is nothing short of utterly baffling, and were the fuck is Charlotte?!

    NXT was damn solid as usual. Roddy Strong was much too milktoast, but a new-age Dusty Rhodes vs Ric Flair type feud between he and Roode is just what he needs.

    GBOF was pretty damn fine. Nothing overly bad, nothing that will really stick with me. Would have liked Joe and Brock to get another 5 minutes, but what can you do.

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