Week of 9/4/2017 - 9/10/2017

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    Monday Night Raw
    Date: September 4, 2017
    Location: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska
    Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Booker T.

    As has been the case in recent weeks, we’re coming in with a big match on the card. In this case it’s Jeff Hardy making a return to singles action as he challenges Miz for the Intercontinental Title. Other than that we also have a showdown as Braun Strowman faces Big Show inside a steel cage. Let’s get to it.

    We open with a long recap of the John Cena vs. Roman Reigns promo last week. The more I think about it, the more I like it for Reigns. More on this later this week.

    John Cena vs. Jason Jordan

    Before the match, we look at Cena answering an open challenge from Kurt Angle fifteen years ago in his debut match. The fans are actually behind Cena, which should tell you a lot about Jordan’s future. Jason grabs an early takedown and grabs a waistlock. Cena can’t do much with him to start until a hard clothesline drops Jason without much effort. A suplex gets two on Jordan, followed by a hard whip into the corner for the same as we take a break.

    Back with Jordan hitting his own suplexes and that’s enough for Cena, who initiates the finishing sequence. Jordan’s rollup is countered into the STF but he reverses into something like a Crossface. Cena powers out (because he’s Cena) and reverses another suplex into a crossbody. That’s enough for Cena though as he grabs the AA for the pin at 11:38.

    Post match Roman Reigns comes out for a chat. Back from a break with Roman asking why it took a veteran twenty minutes to beat a rookie. I don’t think Reigns knows A, what a rookie is or B, how to tell time. Cena says Roman is starting to ask questions and that’s the worst thing he could do. They’re distracting him and he’s out here with his zipper down. Reigns: “I busted it actually. Big dog.”

    Cena promises that Reigns will get his answers at No Mercy, either by a guy who has lost his steps or someone who has been stringing Roman along. Roman is going to learn that he’s an entitled golden boy while people like Chad Gable, Jason Jordan and even the Miz have had to fight and claw their way to get where they are. Point being, Cena doesn’t respect Reigns because Roman is the only one living a lie. Reigns wants to fight right now but Cena doesn’t seem interested. That makes Roman think he’s all talk, which is why Reigns doesn’t respect him.

    Cesaro/Sheamus vs. Heath Slater/Rhyno

    Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are on commentary. Slater rolls Cesaro up for a very early two and gets caught in the wrong corner for his efforts. It’s off to Rhyno for the power, only to walk into the Brogue Kick for the fast pin at 2:17.

    Matt Hardy thinks it’s a WONDERFUL night for a new Intercontinental Champion. Jeff talks about wrestling each match like it’s his first as well as his last. Tonight he’s either going out in a blaze of glory or as the new Intercontinental Champion. Matt is ready for the Miztourage too.

    Intercontinental Title: The Miz vs. Jeff Hardy

    Miz is defending. Jeff gets three near falls in the first minute before a clothesline puts Miz on the floor. A dive is teased but Jeff pulls back as Miz moves, sending us to a break. Back with Jeff getting two off his sitout gordbuster but mostly missing the Whisper in the Wind. Dallas offers a distraction so Axel can break up the Swanton, leaving Matt to take care of both of them. All three are ejected and it’s Jeff grabbing a rollup for two.

    Miz’s DDT gets the same but he misses the running clothesline in the corner. Miz hits a running knee ala Daniel Bryan for two and we hit the YES Kicks. Jeff is right back with a dropkick but his dive off the apron is broken up. We hit the Figure Four for a bit with Jeff getting out without too much trouble.

    The Twisting Stunner has Miz in trouble so he heads outside, only to get caught by Poetry in Motion against the barricade. Back in and the Swanton misses thanks to Maryse telling her husband it was coming. Another Twist of Fate is countered into the Skull Crushing Finale to retain the title at 13:02.

    We look back at last week’s main event with Alexa Bliss winning the title but getting beaten down by Nia Jax.

    Nia comes in to see Kurt Angle and wants to know why she’s not in the title match. Emma comes in to do her “I started the Women’s Revolution and it’s all over Twitter” stuff. Nia threatens to end her so Kurt makes a tag match with the two of them facing Bliss and Banks. If Nia and Emma win, they’re added to Bliss vs. Banks at No Mercy to make it a four way.

    We look back at Big Show and Braun Strowman breaking the ring in April.

    Enzo Amore/Cedric Alexander/Gran Metalik vs. Tony Nese/Drew Gulak/Noam Dar

    Rematch from 205 Live because that show needs to be made even less important. Enzo says it’s ok for him to cheat last week on 205 Live because it means he’s smart. He has nicknames for the other five people in the match, most of, all of which we heard on 205 Live. Joined in progress after a break with Nese and Alexander jumping over each other.

    Nese gets sent into the corner so Enzo tags himself in, only to get dropped into the corner. Drew grabs a seated abdominal stretch until Enzo fights up to send all three villains to the floor. Back up and the hot tag brings in Cedric for the handspring enziguri to Gulak. Alexander and Metalik hit stereo dives but Enzo tags himself in again for a poke to the eye. The Jordunzo ends Gulak at 4:59.

    Sasha Banks is getting ready when Alexa Bliss comes in. A shouting match ensues with Banks promising to make Bliss scream at No Mercy.

    Here’s Finn Balor for a chat. He misses being Universal Champion and thinks the Intercontinental Title would have looked good around his waist, had it not been for Bray Wyatt. Just because he beat Bray at Summerslam, a monster like that never really goes away. Finn doesn’t run from his demons because sometimes he becomes them.

    Bray pops up on screen to talk about Abigail taking him hunting. His first kill was an exhilarating experience but one day it became too easy. Then he put his weapon down and began hunting with his hands. He showed them no mercy and it showed him his purpose. The Demon is Finn’s bow and arrow so face Bray with his bare hands at No Mercy. Balor says he’s made his choice so Bray tells him to run.

    Nia Jax/Emma vs. Alexa Bliss/Sasha Banks

    If Emma and Jax win, they’re added to the No Mercy title match. Joined in progress with Sasha not being able to wristdrag Nia. Emma tags herself in and stomps away in the corner before grabbing a seated full nelson. It’s off to Bliss for some kicks to Emma with Nia not even offering a tag.

    Bliss and Banks take turns beating on her, even joining up for a double suplex. Twisted Bliss doesn’t work and it’s off to Nia for the Samoan drop on the champ. Sasha has to dive in for a save but can’t get the Bank Statement on Nia. Jax plants Banks and drops the big leg but Emma runs in for the pin at 8:55.

    Nia Samoan drops Emma post match.

    Strowman thinks tonight is a recipe for destruction and that’s a message to Brock Lesnar.

    Ambrose and Rollins run into Elias with Dean liking the music.

    Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins vs. Anderson and Gallows

    Non-title with Sheamus and Cesaro at ringside. Seth stomps Anderson in the corner to start as Cole can’t stop laughing for some reason. The champs knock Anderson and Gallows to the floor for stereo dives and we take a break. Back with Ambrose in a chinlock, followed by a chokebomb for two.

    Rollins makes a quick save and Dean dropkicks his way to freedom. The hot tag brings in Seth to clean house with a suicide dive and a Sling Blade. Cesaro and Sheamus finally do something by offering a distraction, only to have Rollins grab a rollup on Anderson for the quick pin at 11:50.

    Cesaro and Sheamus beat up Anderson and Gallows to make the point clear.

    Conor the Crusher video for pediatric cancer awareness month. Some other kids got to invent their own characters too in a nice touch. Nothing wrong with that.

    Enzo is celebrating with Metalik and Alexander when Neville comes in. The three of them will be in a fatal five way elimination match tomorrow night on 205 Live with the winner getting the title shot at No Mercy.

    The referee from the ring collapse match says he’s going to let them fight tonight.

    Big Show won’t stand for this idea of being put out to pasture by Strowman because Braun doesn’t know what a cage match is. There hasn’t been anyone in twenty three years big enough or bad enough to break Big Show. This was one of Show’s best promos in years, even though he was looking just slightly to the left for some reason.

    Brian Kendrick and Tony Nese are the other two in the five way.

    Big Show vs. Braun Strowman

    Inside a cage with pinfall/submission/escape to win. Strowman splashes him up against the cage to start but runs into the KO punch as we go to a break. Back with both guys down again until Show slams him into the cage over and over. Show tries to climb for some reason and gets crotched, only to shove Strowman off again.

    That means a top rope elbow for two and a THIS IS AWESOME chant. Show goes for the door but gets pulled back, only to have Strowman get the door slammed on his head. A double shoulder puts both of them down but Show’s chokeslam is countered into a DDT for two. The chokeslam is good for two and Show escapes the powerslam. Strowman misses a charge and goes into the cage wall but is still able to catch Big Show escaping. The big old superplex plants Show and it’s the running powerslam for the pin at 16:58.

    Post match Strowman says that’s nothing compared to what he’ll do to Lesnar. Now it’s time to put Big Show out to pasture, so Strowman powerslams him through the cage (a section of which breaks and falls to the floor) to end the show.

    John Cena b. Jason Jordan – Attitude Adjustment
    Cesaro/Sheamus b. Heath Slater/Rhyno – Brogue Kick to Rhyno
    Miz b. Jeff Hardy – Skull Crushing Finale
    Enzo Amore/Cedric Alexander/Gran Metalik b. Tony Nese/Drew Gulak/Noam Dar – Jordunzo to Gulak
    Nia Jax/Emma b. Alexa Bliss/Sasha Banks – Legdrop to Banks
    Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins b. Anderson and Gallows – Rollup to Anderson
    Braun Strowman b. Big Show – Running powerslam


    Date: September 5, 2017
    Location: Denny Sanford Premiere Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Commentators: Corey Graves, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton

    The march towards the Cell continues and we have a new commentator to help us get there. The big story tonight is Randy Orton vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for a future shot at Jinder Mahal. Other than that we’ll be having more on Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens, which only exists for the sake of having Shane in the Cell again. Let’s get to it.

    Opening sequence.

    Tom Phillips explains that JBL has left on good terms and introduces Corey Graves as the new analyst. Nothing wrong with that.

    Randy Orton says he’s seen a bunch of stars come and go so Nakamura is nothing new.

    Shinsuke Nakamura says the title is his destiny.

    Carmella and James Ellsworth are here for her match against Natalya but Kevin Owens comes out to say he’ll be referee. Cue Shane McMahon to say this isn’t happening again. He’s not going to let Owens take over like he did last week and he’s certainly not having Owens become a referee. Shane talks about Owens blaming him for all of his problems. We even go all the way back to Owens being handed the Universal Title a year ago.

    Owens thinks this is all about Shane wanting attention from his daddy. That’s why he brings out his kids and has them dance around. That’s a major red line for Shane so Owens talks about Shane diving off the Cell and surviving the helicopter crash. Shane’s whole family would have been better off if he hadn’t survived that crash, including his kids. The beating is on and Owens gets knocked over the table before it’s broken up.

    Post break, Owens is helped to the back when he runs into Daniel Bryan. Owens says this really is going to become the Kevin Owens Show because he’s going to sue the McMahon Family for everything they have. Daniel says there has to be something else Owens can do so Kevin says he’ll just press criminal charges against Shane instead.

    Carmella vs. Natalya

    Non-title. Carmella snaps off a headscissors to start and a dropkick gets two. We take an early break and come back with Natalya fighting out of a bodyscissors. Carmella superkicks her back down and Ellsworth throws her the briefcase. She screams no and Natalya grabs a rollup for the pin at 6:19.

    Post match Carmella yells at him for being such a screwup and call him a charity case. They’re done.

    Conor’s Cure video.

    Here’s the reinvented Dolph Ziggler, who looks just like he has for years. Ziggler says no one appreciates what he can do in the ring. These people would rather sit on their hands unsatisfied while he’s right here in front of them. The fans would rather have some dumb gimmick. Ziggler leaves and here’s John Cena’s music…..with Ziggler doing Cena’s entrance. Ziggler holds up a Cena hat to the camera: “We’re on Smackdown Live! BUY THIS BABY!”

    If that doesn’t work, we can try this. Cue Ziggler to Pomp and Circumstance with a good looking blonde and a bad robe. That’s not it either so Ziggler has one more idea. This time it’s Naomi’s Glow entrance, complete with wig. Ziggler says that doesn’t work either so it’s the fans’ fault and he’s done. I think I get what they’re going for here but it feels like a YouTube video rather than a storyline.

    Sami Zayn vs. Aiden English

    Sami headscissors him down to start but misses a high crossbody, allowing Aiden to grab a rollup for the clean pin at 1:05.

    Post match Aiden tries to sing again but gets chased off. He manages to keep singing even as he begs Sami not to hurt him.

    Bryan is upset by what happened with Shane when New Day comes in, showing off their new underwear (for sale of course). The Usos come in as well and announce that it’s going to be a street fight against New Day next week for the titles. The tag teams leave and Bryan gets a phone call from someone who says something has to be done in the ring. Bryan says he’ll do it right now but he’s not pleased.

    Here’s Bryan (with no music) to the ring. Bryan calls Shane to the ring so here’s the boss, also without music. Daniel asks Shane what he’s thinking and talks about all the times he’s had to swallow his pride as boss. You can’t run Smackdown doing things like he wants. Shane apologizes and says there’s no coming back once you cross a line about his kids. He asks Bryan what would happen if he was in Shane’s place but Bryan says don’t put him in that place. The call from before the break was from Vince, who has indefinitely suspended Shane.

    Jinder Mahal doesn’t care who he faces next week.

    Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin

    AJ Styles is on commentary. Corbin heads outside to yell at him so Tye dives onto Baron to take over early on. A clothesline sends Corbin outside again and we take a break. Back with Dillinger fighting out of a chinlock and scoring with a forearm. The Tyebreaker doesn’t work and Corbin sends him outside for a kick to the head. A chokeslam is countered into a rollup for two and Tye hammers away in the corner. Corbin hits him in the throat though (AJ: “CHEAP SHOT!”) and the End of Days is enough for the pin on Tye at 7:40.

    Post break AJ tells Dillinger that he has the US Title shot next week. That’s the third title match on the card.

    Video on Bobby Roode.

    Ellsworth runs into Carmella in the back and begs her forgiveness. Carmella says from now on, they’re doing things her way. She kisses him and then slaps the taste out of his mouth.

    Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Randy Orton

    The winner gets Mahal, who is watching in a sky box, at Hell in a Cell. The threat of an RKO sends Nakamura bailing into the corner and Orton offers a smile. Nakamura does his head on the chest but Orton tries the draping DDT, sending Nakamura to the floor as we take a break. Back with Nakamura elbowing his way out of a chinlock but getting dropped onto the announcers’ table to keep Orton in control.

    We hit another chinlock until Mahal kicks him in the head to get a breather. The knees in the corner keep Orton in trouble but he comes back with his backbreaker. Nakamura gets caught on top for the superplex but Orton can’t follow up. That earns him a COME ON and Nakamura starts with the knees.

    Kinshasa is countered into the powerslam and Orton is shocked by the kickout. Now the hanging DDT works but the RKO is countered into a cross armbreaker (nice). A triangle choke has Orton in trouble though it’s not all the way in. Orton breaks it up with a powerbomb, only to eat Kinshasa for the pin and the title shot at 13:26.

    Nakamura looks a bit shaken up but gets to his feet.

    Owens is in the back when Bryan comes up to him. This was just the beginning because next week, Smackdown is Owens’ personal playground. No one can do anything about it, but Bryan has a surprise of his own: Vince is here next week.

    Natalya b. Carmella – Rollup
    Aiden English b. Sami Zayn – Rollup
    Baron Corbin b. Tye Dillinger – End of Days
    Shinsuke Nakamura b. Randy Orton – Kinshasa


    Date: September 6, 2017
    Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
    Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo

    There’s a lot going on around NXT at the moment but the big story is the status of Asuka and the NXT Women’s Title. While still undefeated, Asuka has suffered a broken collar bone, which would keep her on the shelf for a long time, though she’ll be here tonight. Other than that we have Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly as the ROHNWO. Let’s get to it.

    We open with a recap of Hideo Itami losing at Takeover: Chicago and turning heel as a result. Kassius Ohno had been trying to calm him down for months but it eventually turned violent. Tonight they’re squaring off in a No DQ match.

    Opening sequence.

    Andrade Cien Almas vs. Cezar Bononi

    Zelina Vega is on commentary and says she’s known Almas for seven years. Their relationship seems to be business only at the moment. Bononi drives him into the corner, only to have Almas light him up with a chop. Vega takes credit for the aggression as Bononi comes back with a clothesline and dropkick. Not bad athleticism for someone his size. Almas gets in a knee to the back in the corner and the hammerlock DDT ends Bononi at 2:53.

    We look back at Cole and company attacking Drew McIntyre last week and William Regal chasing them off.

    Regal says the trio knows this can’t happen again and all fighting will take place in the ring.

    An interviewer is standing outside Asuka’s door when the Velveteen Dream comes up to say that he’ll speak soon about someone who caught his eye in Brooklyn.

    Lars Sullivan vs. ???/???/???

    Sullivan doesn’t want tagging and tosses all three of them around like they’re something that is tossed around with ease. Two of them are thrown into each other in the corner for a splash and it’s three straight standing Boss Man Slams for the pin at 1:18.

    Post match No Way Jose comes out to say Sullivan messed up the conga line in Brooklyn and it’s payback time. Sullivan beats him down too.

    There’s something odd here. On the live stream version of the show, this aired normally. On the on demand version though, about forty seconds into the match, we cut away to the clip from last week, completely ignoring the next two segments. There’s no mention of the end of the match or Jose’s involvement and it just picks up like nothing happened. I’ve never seen that before.

    Johnny Gargano says Brooklyn was amazing and the DIY shirt didn’t change anything. He just lost focus. Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli come in to say they broke up DIY at Full Sail. Gargano laughs it off and offers to fight one of them next week.

    Video on Sonya DeVille.

    We go to a clip of Sanity being laid out in the parking lot.

    Sanity doesn’t care about who these three are or think they are. The only thing that matters is chaos.

    Zeda vs. Sonya DeVille

    Zeda is from the Mae Young Classic. Sonya gets rolled up for an early one before easily taking her down. A slam sends Zeda bailing to the floor and a kick to the chest drops her back inside. That’s enough for Sonya as a triangle choke ends Zeda at 1:42.

    Earlier today, Regal was watching an in-ring workout at the Performance Center when Ruby Riot came in to ask for a handicap match against Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. Regal won’t do that but if Ruby can find a partner, she can have a tag match.

    Kassius Ohno vs. Hideo Itami

    No DQ due to Itami hitting him low to break up their previous match. Ohno wastes no time in slamming him down and dropping a leg before kicking Itami in the head. Itami pops back up and backdrops him to the apron, followed by a ram into the post. Back in and Itami nails a running hesitation dropkick in the corner. It’s already chair time with Itami holding it up to block the rolling elbow as we take a break.

    Back with Itami slowly kicking him in the face and telling Ohno to bring it. Ohno kicks him in the face a bit harder, followed by a Shining Wizard. They’re certainly liking the head strikes so far. The GTS doesn’t work so Ohno BLASTS him with the elbow to knock Itami outside. Another forearm (Ohno: “HOW MUCH DOES THIS HURT???”) sends Itami up the ramp but he suplexes Ohno right back down.

    Itami hits another hesitation dropkick into the chair into Ohno’s face for a near fall. The kickout makes Itami demand respect (From the chair perhaps?) but the GTS still won’t work. Instead Ohno hits a heck of a low blow, followed by another rolling elbow for the pin at 12:21.

    Next week: Ruby Riot/??? vs. Billie Kay/Peyton Royce and Pete Dunne defends the UK Title against Wolfgang.

    Regal brings out Asuka for the big update. The fans cut her off with a THANK YOU ASUKA chant before she talks about all the great superstars she’s fought around here. She’s grown so much around here and is grateful for NXT. Regal praises her for her efforts in NXT but says people have started to recognize her lack of competition. She is now in negotiations with both Raw and Smackdown, which draws a heck of a YES chant.

    However, that means she’s stepping down as Women’s Champion. The locker room comes out to the stage to applaud her (Riot claps weirdly) and Asuka says NXT comes with her everywhere. Ember Moon comes to the ring for a big hug and here’s HHH, flanked by a guy carrying flowers. He can carry Great Khali but not a bouquet?

    They trade the title for the flowers and HHH announces her as the undefeated NXT Women’s Champion at 523 days to end the show. I’m not sure what needs to be added here. She’s dominated NXT and is going to be a big deal on the main roster too. I’m not wild on vacating titles but she deserves this and the injury was a perfect way out.

    Andrade Cien Almas b. Cezar Bononi – Hammerlock DDT
    Lars Sullivan b. ???/???/??? – Side Slam
    Sonya DeVille b. Zeda – Triangle choke
    Kassius Ohno b. Hideo Itami – Rolling elbow


    Impact Wrestling
    Date: September 7, 2017
    Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
    Commentators: Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews

    As the company tries to go a week without some kind of controversy, here we are with more continuing adventures of a bunch of MMA fighters. That’s the top story at the moment as American Top Team and Bobby Lashley continue to dominate the show, which seems to be setting up a big deal at Bound For Glory. In actual wrestling news, tonight Eli Drake defends the World Title against Matt Sydal. Let’s get to it.

    Opening sequence.

    Caleb Konley/Trevor Lee vs. Sonjay Dutt/Petey Williams

    Dutt armbars Konley to start before it’s off to Petey to speed things up. As assisted Sliced Bread #2 gets two on Konley as everything breaks down early on. The villains are put in the Tree of Woe with Petey standing on both of them and singing O Canada. Petey gets caught in the wrong corner for some double teaming, only to slip away for the hot tag to Dutt a few seconds later.

    The tornado DDT gets two on Konley and everything breaks down again. Another tornado DDT (this time with Petey being used as a launching pad) puts Konley down again (bad night for his head) and there’s the Canadian Destroyer. Dutt’s top rope splash puts him away at 7:24.

    LAX vs. John Bolin/Zachary Wentz

    Non-title. The jobbers get stomped down in the corner as OVE is watching from the back. Bolin gets caught in a hanging Stunner/bicycle kick combination, only to have Wentz thrown onto him. The Street Sweeper ends Zachary at 1:37. Total squash.

    Post match OVE comes out to challenge for the titles but Konnan says they’ll do it in the Crash. That’s cool with the brothers.

    Taryn Terrell/Sienna vs. Gail Kim/Allie

    Gail goes after Taryn to start but settles for some clotheslines on Sienna. A flapjack cuts Gail off though and it’s Taryn coming in for a few cheap shots before handing it right back to Sienna. Taryn’s running flip neckbreaker keeps Gail in trouble but she hurricanranas Sienna down and brings in Allie to clean house. Sliced Bread #2 gets two on Sienna as Braxton Sutter and KM brawl to the back. Allie goes up for a high crossbody but Sienna rolls through and grabs the tights for the pin at 4:24.

    Post match Allie gets beaten down until Rosemary comes out for the save. Cue the debuting Taya Valkyrie for quite the impressive entrance. Taya gets in Sienna’s face but knocks Rosemary down instead, setting up a double chickenwing faceplant. You can probably book the six Knockouts tag already.

    Eli Drake is ready for Matt Sydal.

    Here’s Jim Cornette for a chat. Jim praises some of the talent including Johnny Impact before hyping up the main event. Cornette would put his money on Sydal but here’s Impact to interrupt. Impact gets straight to the point: he wants the winner of tonight’s match. This brings out LAX with Low Ki leading the way.

    Cornette doesn’t think five against one is a good thing but Konnan gets in Johnny’s face to say Impact’s opinion doesn’t mean anything. What’s up with Konnan overlooking Low Ki for a title shot? Cornette says it has nothing to do with them being Latino and Low Ki is in line just like everyone else. The brawl is on with Johnny holding his own until security breaks it up.

    Post break Cornette makes Impact vs. Low Ki for the #1 contendership.

    Joseph Park tells Grado that there’s a big problem with Laurel Van Ness being Canadian. Grado hugs Laurel but the wedding is off. He tells her not to cry but Laurel seems to snap again, despite Grado’s high five.

    Video on GFW’s involvement in TripleMania. There’s a focus on Lashley and Moose appearing in a battle royal. It was actually a team battle royal and their partner, Jeff Jarrett, isn’t mentioned at all. Moose eliminated Bobby and tensions ran high.

    Video on Johnny Impact being so dominant in AAA, where he’s a triple champion. Impact successfully defended his titles in a three way ladder match and says his gold means more than Drake’s.

    Video on the Sexy Star/Rosemary incident from TripleMania as we hit twenty minutes of packages on the show. Sexy Star was never mentioned.

    Video on how important the talent relationship between the companies is.

    Next week it’s OVE vs. LAX for the titles from Tijuana.

    Video on Dezmond Xavier, who credits his military training with getting him into wrestling.

    Pagano is coming.

    Eddie Edwards is the first American to win the GHC (Pro Wrestling Noah from Japan) Title.

    Video on Garza Jr.

    Richard Justice is still exercising after being hurt last week.

    Matt Sydal is ready to win the title in what is his official cash-in for beating Lashley.

    GFW World Title: Eli Drake vs. Matt Sydal

    Drake is defending and shoves him around to start but Sydal doesn’t seem too shaken. Some kicks to the leg set up la majistral for two on Drake as we talk about TripleMania some more. The champ hammers away to take over again as this isn’t exactly thrilling so far. A pop up Big Ending (with Sydal flipping backwards to land on his back instead of his stomach) gets two and we take a break.

    Back with Drake elbowing him in the chest and hitting a powerslam. We hit the chinlock for a bit before Drake’s jumping neckbreaker gets two more. Drake gets posted though and Sydal scores with some chops for a breather. Eli stomps him right back down and grabs a DDT for two.

    A kneedrop only hits mat though and Sydal hits a backdrop to put both guys down. Matt’s standing moonsault gets two and an ELI SUCKS chant starts up. The top rope double knees put Drake down for two so Adonis throws in the title. Sydal gets in a jumping knee to the face for another near fall. The shooting star is loaded up but Adonis offers a distraction, setting up a belt shot to the head. Drake adds the Gravy Train to retain the title at 19:28.

    Sonjay Dutt/Petey Williams b. Caleb Konley/Trevor Lee – Top rope splash to Konley
    LAX b. John Bolin/Zachary Wentz – Street Sweeper to Wentz
    Sienna/Taryn Terrell b. Allie/Gail Kim – Reversed crossbody with a handful of tights
    Eli Drake b. Matt Sydal – Gravy Train







    Quick Results

    Monday Night Raw
    John Cena b. Jason Jordan – Attitude Adjustment
    Cesaro/Sheamus b. Heath Slater/Rhyno – Brogue Kick to Rhyno
    Miz b. Jeff Hardy – Skull Crushing Finale
    Enzo Amore/Cedric Alexander/Gran Metalik b. Tony Nese/Drew Gulak/Noam Dar – Jordunzo to Gulak
    Nia Jax/Emma b. Alexa Bliss/Sasha Banks – Legdrop to Banks
    Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins b. Anderson and Gallows – Rollup to Anderson
    Braun Strowman b. Big Show – Running powerslam

    Smackdown Live
    Natalya b. Carmella – Rollup
    Aiden English b. Sami Zayn – Rollup
    Baron Corbin b. Tye Dillinger – End of Days
    Shinsuke Nakamura b. Randy Orton – Kinshasa

    Andrade Cien Almas b. Cezar Bononi – Hammerlock DDT
    Lars Sullivan b. ???/???/??? – Side Slam
    Sonya DeVille b. Zeda – Triangle choke
    Kassius Ohno b. Hideo Itami – Rolling elbow

    Impact Wrestling
    Sonjay Dutt/Petey Williams b. Caleb Konley/Trevor Lee – Top rope splash to Konley
    LAX b. John Bolin/Zachary Wentz – Street Sweeper to Wentz
    Sienna/Taryn Terrell b. Allie/Gail Kim – Reversed crossbody with a handful of tights
    Eli Drake b. Matt Sydal – Gravy Train

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