Friday, August 18, 2017

GFW Destination X 2017 Reviews with Other Thoughts

GFW Impact Wrestling TV Taping Results For 8/24 *SPOILERS*

The following results feature content for next week’s Impact Wrestling, taped after tonight’s live Destination X show at the Impact Zone at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida:
Taryn Terrell comes out and says she came back to help Gail retire. Gail comes out and chases her away.
oVe defeated The Heatseekers
Grado comes out and says his time is up, and now he has to leave the country. Fans chant ‘Please don’t go’ at him, then Laurel Van Ness comes out, and she’s her normal self, not the ‘Hot Mess’. She says she’s a changed woman because of him, and ends up proposing to him. Grado says yes and the crowd cheers. Kongo Kong comes out to break up the party, but Mahabali Shera comes out and Kong backs away.
Eli Drake wins Gauntlet For The Gold to become the new GFW World Champion 
– Gauntlet match participants order of entry:
  • Eli Drake
  • Eddie Edwards
  • Mario Bokara
  • Eddie Kingston
  • Braxton Sutter
  • Richard Justice
  • EC3
  • Kongo Kong
  • Suicide
  • Mahabali Shera
  • Chris Adonis
  • El Hijo De Fantasma
  • Johnny Impact (Johnny Mundo / John Hennigan)
  • Garza Jr
  • Fallah Bahh
  • KM
  • Taiji Ishimori
  • Bobby Lashley
  • Moose
  • Low Ki
Final six participants are Moose, Johnny, Low-Ki, Eddie Edwards, Lashley, and Eli Drake. Final four was Moose, Drake, Eddie Edwards, Johnny Impact, then it was down to Drake versus Edwards, who entered at 1 and 2, respectively.

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GFW Destination X Report

We get a new opening video.
– Lashley arrives flanked by American Top Team fighters and owner Dan Lambert.
– We now get a hype package for tonight’s show.
– Mackenzie Mitchell tries to talk with Bruce Prichard, but he blows her off; she teases that she saw a surprise in the office.
Knockouts Title Match: Champion Sienna w/KM vs. Gail Kim: Kim uses her speed to begin, lays in strikes but Sienna cuts her off, but Kim gets a sunset flip for 2. The reverse DDT by Kim gets 2. Sienna bails to the floor as Kim looks for eat defeat. Kim follows, but Sienna slams her to the steps. Kim rolls back in and Sienna beats her down in the corner, hits the corner splash and covers for 2. Sienna then grounds her with the Japanese strangle hold, maintaining her control. Sienna follows with the back breaker and fall away slam, covering for 2. Sienna sets Kim up top, follows and looks for a superplex, but Kim fights her off and hits the sunset bomb. Kim fires up with strikes, hits a clothesline and then up top and hits the high cross for 2. Sienna counters the corner splash and they roll to the mat. Kim escapes AK 47 and hits eat defeat. KM distracts the ref, and Kim takes him out. Taryn Terrell then makes her return, attacking Kim with the cutter and allowing Sienna to hit AK 47 for the win. Terrell last worked for TNA in July of 2015, teaming with Marti Belle & Jade, losing to Awesome Kong & Brooke. She had just lost her Knockout’s title to Kim. Champion Sienna defeated Gail Kim @ 7:02 via pin


Matt Sydal says Lashley will know his name by the end of the night, and he will earn Lashley’s respect.

Bruce Prichard Decides The Fate of The GFW Championship: Prichard is out with the GFW world title to address the situation, since Patron was stripped of the title. He’s a corporate consultant and it’s his job to oversee on air talent. He says the past year has been great and the next will be even better. He has a prepared statement regarding Patron and says he’s been stripped of the title. Patron gave up the title to focus on his family and wishes him the best in his future endeavors. So he has to fix the issue, and the company is only as good as its champion. He can order the title to revert back to a former champion, and is giving the title to Lashley. But instead of Lashley, Jim Cornette appears making his return to the company. He’s been gone since 2009. They shake hands and hug. Prichard tries to get him to leave, and Cornette says he is now working for Anthem to help fix things. Prichard claims to run things and calls for security. He adds that Cornette will never be his boss and orders him removed. Cornette says that he isn’t his boss, and calls Prichard arrogant and a guy that pushes his agenda; people are sick of him. Cornette says Prichard is fired. Cornette has Prichard escorted from the ring and takes the GFW title from him. Cornette says Patron didn’t give up the title, he was stripped of it. It’s a new day moving forward, no more vacations, you have to fight for your spot. The wrestlers have to prove themselves or they will deal with Cornette. Cornette says he isn’t handing anyone the title. They will have a 20-man gantlet next week, and the winner will become the new champion. LAX now arrives, and after the commercial break, Konnan says that they traded one lying cracker for another. Konnan says Ki should be the #1 contender since he has a title shot tonight, but Cornette disagrees. Ki then says that he smells fear on Cornette. Cornette says he’s willing to listen, and says Ki is getting the shaft in this whole situation, but he will out Ki in the gauntlet and will enter at #20. That’s the best he can do for him, due to corporate’s orders. Konnan says if Cornette double crosses them, they will end him.
Super X Cup Tournament Final Match: Desmond Xavier vs. Ishimori: They work a fun and fast paced opening stretch, and as they work Josh announces that a Global OTT network is coming as they continue to largely ignore the action, Ishimori grounds Xavier, and then follows with chops. Ishimori picks up the pace and hits the springboard seated senton. He slams down Xavier, but Xavier counters the double stomp and gets a roll up for 2. Xavier looks for a RANA, but Ishimori counters out with a flapjack. Xavier fires u with strikes and hits a cutter for the double down. He follows with corner attacks, and then a standing corkscrew moonsault for the near fall. The basement dropkick follows, Xavier up top and has to roll through on the 450, and Ishimori then hits a dropkick. The back handspring kick follows, and Ishimori heads to the ropes and hits a double stomp for 2. Ishimori hits the double knees, and hits the 450 for 2. Xavier battles back with a series of kicks and picks up the anticlimactic victory. Desmond Xavier defeated Ishimori @ 8:56 via pin
– Post match, Xavier gets interviewed and promises to come for the X-Division title.
– Bruce Prichard yells at Karen Jarrett and blames her for his situation. YAY authority figure battles.
– Grado cries backstage about being deported. Park says he gets to say goodbye next week.

X-Division Title Ladder Match: Champion Sonjay Dutt vs. Trevor Lee: They battle back and forth at the bell and then the fight quickly spills to the floor. They work back in, and Dutt keeps the pace high and hits a RANA, sending Lee to the floor. Lee looks to get a ladder involved, but Dutt dropkicks it into his face and follows with a moonsault to the floor. Lee battles back, hits the apron PK and then sets up a ladder and looks to climb. Dutt rolls back in and cuts him off until Lee slams him to the buckles. Lee follows with a dump suplex onto the ladder as we take a break. Post break and Lee beats on Dutt with the ladder and now looks to climb. Dutt manages to cut him off, but Lee hits the running double stomp and cuts off the champion. Lee now breaks out a table and sets it up in the ring, in the corner. Lee looks for a German, but Dutt fights out and hits a tornado DDT using the table to run off of. Dutt now sets up the table, lays Lee on it and heads up top but Lee crotches him. Lee then tosses Dutt over the table, and then sends him to he floor. Lee works over Dutt, rolls him back in the ring and sets up a ladder. Lee then makes a ladder bridge, but Dutt cuts him off and lays him on it and heads up top and hits a splash. Dutt climbs, but Caleb Konely arrives to attack Dutt and help Lee; he powerbombs Dutt through the table. But Petey Williams arrives to make the save, DESTROYER on Konley. Williams tries to rally Dutt, but Lee hits him with the ladder. He climbs, but Dutt springboards onto the ladder, knocks Lee off and wins. Champion Sonjay Dutt defeated Trevor Lee @ 16:03
– Mackenzie interviews Lashley backstage. Lashley is not an X-division guy, he’s here to destroy Sydal and take his title back.
oVe (Jake & Dave Crist) vs. Jason Cade & Zackary Wentz: Wentz attacks at the bell, they have some awkward exchanges and oVe then works double teams. Cade in, but the double teams continue. Cade fires up with strikes, hits a code breaker but gets cut off. oVe work over Wentz, hits a superkick on Cade as he flies in and the high low kick finishes Cade. oVe defeated Jason Cade & Zackary Wentz @ 2:18 via pin [NR]
– Cornette is making a deal for next week as Moose & EC3 arrive and want in the gauntlet, and Cornette says they are in. Drake & Adonis arrive, and they want in the gauntlet as well. Cornett puts them in the gauntlet, with Drake being given the #1 spot.
– Lashley’s ATT teammates are at ringside.
The Winner Gets a Title Shot of His Choosing: Lashley vs. Matt Sydal: Sydal looked to use his speed to begin, and hit a kick but Lashley hit the running cross body to take control. Sydal fought off the powerbomb, they blew a pop up powerbomb spot, went back to it and Sydal hit a RANA and standing moonsault but Lashley kicks out and sends Sydal to the floor. Post break, Lashley is working over Sydal on the floor and slams him into the barricade. Lashley high fives his ATT pals, and then sends Sydal back in. Lashley dominates now, just slamming Sydal around with ease. Lashley hits a corner spear, and then works body shots in the corner. Lashley then with the cocky cover for 2. Lashley follows with the delayed suplex, sets and Sydal avoids the spear and lands a spin kick. The tornado DDT follows, and the cover gets 2. Sydal up top, but Lashley cuts him off, but they slip up top, that could have been bad. They battle back up top; Sydal sends Lashley off and hits the meteora. Sydal works kicks, but as he picks up the pace, runs into a spinebuster for 2. Lashley then hits the running power slam for a near fall. Lashley then hits a dominator for 2. Lashley to the floor and grabs a chair. The ref tries to take the chair, Sydal kicks it into his face and heads up top. The shooting star press eats knees. Lashley then misses a spear, posts himself and Sydal rolls him up for the win. Matt Sydal defeated Lashley @ 14:52 via pin
– ATT owner Dan Lambert is disgusted by Lashley’s loss. The ATT guys attack the ref, but Lashley stops them.
– We get a video package for Johnny Mundo, he’s coming.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

GFW Impact Wrestling Destination X Card

– Here is the card for tonight’s GFW Destination X event.
* Bruce Prichard addresses the GFW Title situation following Alberto El Patron being stripped of the title
* The Winner Gets a Title Shot of Their Choosing: Lashley vs. Matt Sydal
* Knockouts Title Match: Champion Sienna vs. Gail Kim
* Super X Cup Tournament Final Match: Desmond Xavier vs. Ishimori
* X-Division Title Ladder Match: Champion Sonjay Dutt vs. Trevor Lee

8/16 WWE NXT Report

Tonight's episode sees NXT Champion Bobby Roode's recent adversaries go head-to-head as Drew McIntyre and Roderick Strong go at it inside the squared circle. We'll also see all the other final hype for Saturday's NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III show, which Wrestling Inc. will have full coverage for beginning at 7:00PM ET.


- Mauro Ranallo and crew welcome us to the show and runs down tonight's card.
- Contract signing for the NXT Women's Championship match with Ember Moon and Asuka. Mr. Regal presides over the signatures. Both ladies looking nice in their dress clothes. Ember touts Asuka's run and includes the the champ breaking Goldberg's undefeated streak. This leads the crowd to begin a Goldberg chant and drum beat, which was semi-impressive. And as impressive as Asuka's streak has been, Ember says she's only taken short cuts with one person...her. She had to push a ref to beat her before and attacked her later on, leading to last injury. Ember says Asuka made the biggest mistake of her life and she'll end Asuka's reign. As they both sign the contract, Asuka goes on a mini-tirade in Japanese. They have a stare-off with no physical confrontation to end the segment.
- Back from break and Mr. Regal telling a great little story. Lars Sullivan comes in and begs for another tag team match, and says he won't destroy his partner if they lose, which is a pretty fun gimmick.
Street Profits (Ford/Dawkins) vs. Lars Sullivan & Chris Silvio

The Street Profits are OVER, and Silvio's career may soon be over if he takes the pin. Sullivan tries to get the match started, but Silvio runs in and gets a stiff shot from Dawkins. Ford runs through the crowd in hysteria. Tag made to Ford, who flips his way in to join Dawkins for some tandem offense. Silvio just a fingertip away, but no tag. Ford sends a shot to Sullivan, who doesn't budge. Ford smartly decides to not go for a confrontation. Tag made by SP. Power bomb and frog splash combo get the job done for the Street Profits with Sullivan never getting into the match.
Winners via Pinfall: Street Profits
- After the match, SP heads for higher ground. Lars stares his fallen partner down. Rather than a complete beat down, Lars shows a bit of compassion and carries his partner's limp body to the back. The compassion doesn't last long, as Sullivan takes Silvio outside the building for the beat down and throws him into a garbage bin. Technically within Mr. Regal's rules.
Billie Kay (with Peyton Royce) vs. Ruby Riot

Of course this match was spawned by a backstage video of the Iconic Duo ragging on eccentric Riot's looks...as all good feuds should begin. Nice response for Riot, who uses a variety of roll-ups, excluding fruit, to begin the match for a series of near falls. Riot mocks the iconic duo's little dance, and it's on from there. Big discus clothesline from the taller Kay, but Riot fights back with a few strikes. Straight leg stunner from Kay for a unique bit of offense. Nice take over from Kay into an upper body submission, which Riot fights out of. Royce rooting her partner on as the crowd gets behind Riot. Riot's educated feet showing their diploma with a string of kicks. Kay goes for a corner attack, but Riot catches her with her knees and sends her face first into the turnbuckle. Upside down kick of sorts connects for Riot and gets the win over Kay.
Winner via Pinfall: Ruby Riot
- After the match, Royce grabs the mic and continues to run down Riot's looks and it appears this feud is not over.
- Announce team runs down the NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III card.
- Vignette for the tag team titles, featuring Paul Ellering and Authors of Pain, as well as their challengers, SAnitY.
Roderick Strong vs. Drew McIntyre

Crowd relatively reserved for this match. McIntyre with the sizable size advantage. Strong hurdles a whip attack and delivers a leg lariat. Went to the well again too early as McIntyre stops it in it's tracks the second time and McIntyre with an impressive suplex. Roddy back on the offensive, sending Drew outside, where they both go strike for strike. Roddy charges in, but Drew pops him up into the steel post. Referee with the slowest ten count of all time as they're both still outside. Roddy back in, enziguri on the apron, then drops McIntyre back first onto the "hardest part of the ring." Strong rolls back in as we go to break.
We're back and the back and forth is still going. Strong with the minor upper hand with a slightly disheveled abdominal stretch. McIntyre works his way up, but then Roddy throws several haymakers. McIntyre now down in the corner as Roddy looks to finish the job. Several more kicks and stomps from the messiah of the...back breaker. Drew selling his behind off for Strong as he gets locked into another upper body submission. Drew fights out again and a huge clothesline creates space. Kick to the midsection then head from Strong, runs the ropes, but promptly gets thrown by a belly-to-belly by McIntyre. We've reached the battle of wills in the middle of the ring portion of the match, which McIntyre gets the best of. McIntyre heads up top for an ax handle. Reverse Alabama Slam by McIntyre, which looked amazing, leads to a pin and a long two. Drew strikes up the band for the Claymoore, but Strong ready with a jumping knee counter. The back breaker specialist finally lands one to even the odds. Another knee strike from Strong, then heads up top, but a huge head butt sends Strong crumbling. Both men caught up in the ropes, Drew caught up in the Tree of Woe. None other than the NXT Champion Bobby Roode runs down the ramp to take out both men, and does so quite giddily.
Result: No Contest--Interference
- Roode gloats as McIntyre tries to will himself up. Roode hits the Glorious DDT and leaves his challenger laying. He blows a kiss to Strong for good measure as the crowd chants "you suck" at the glorious one. We get one good GLORIOUS from Roode as he stands tall to end the episode. Side note; security was slightly slow in protecting the main event.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ric Flair remains in critical condition, suffering “multiple organ problems”

WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair remains in critical condition and is currently suffering from “multiple organ problems” according to a new report by TMZ.com on Wednesday.
Flair’s fiancĂ©, Wendy Barlow, issued a statement on Wednesday noting that she took Flair to the hospital last Friday after he was complaining of severe abdominal pains adding, “from that moment on it all seems like a nightmare.”
Barlow confirmed that Flair, who was placed in a medically induced coma on Monday, is now battling multiple organ problems. No word at this time if Flair remains in the coma after undergoing a medical procedure on Monday.


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WWE NXT Preview

WWE NXT airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT) on WWE Network.
Tonight is the go home show for this Saturday’s NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III live special on WWE Network. Set for tonight is Drew McIntyre vs. Roderick Strong in the main event.

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8/15 WWE 205 Live Report

Results courtesy of WWE.com:
WWE 205 Live results, Aug. 15, 2017: There’s a new king in town
Tonight on WWE 205 Live, Neville tried to intimidate new WWE Cruiserweight Champion Akira Tozawa, but the new champion proved he’s ready for their rematch at SummerSlam. Plus, Gentleman Jack Gallagher once again attacked The Brian Kendrick.
Cedric Alexander & Gran Metalik def. Tony Nese & Drew Gulak
In recent weeks, Tony Nese has defeated both Gran Metalik and Cedric Alexander in singles competition, resulting in both competitors seeking a rematch. However, rather than grant one, the other or both another singles bout, Nese recruited his friend Drew Gulak to face Metalik and Alexander in a tag team contest. Gulak then praised Nese’s physique and fitness as an example for the WWE Universe.
Nese and Alexander kicked off the action in a fast-paced and highly athletic display, resulting in a stalemate. Alexander took control, causing Nese to tag in Drew Gulak. Remaining in control, Alexander tagged in Gran Metalik, who showed off his own incredible agility with his lucha libre style of competition.
Alexander and Metalik did their best to work together and keep Gulak on defense. Gulak and Nese – the more experienced tag team – enjoyed a brief advantage before both Alexander and Gran Metalik took them down on the outside.
Gulak and Nese maintained a clear advantage in the content before the pendulum of momentum would swing once more. Alexander nearly scored a victory against Gulak, but “The Premier Athlete” made the save. Nese took a moment to gloat, and though he fended off an attack from Metalik, Alexander knocked him down before hitting Gulak with the devastating Lumbar Check for the win.
The Brian Kendrick def. Mustafa Ali via disqualification
As The Brian Kendrick made his way to the ring to face Mustafa Ali, he looked weary and kept peaking over his shoulder, around the arena and even under the ring. The brutal attacks by Gentleman Jack Gallagher in recent weeks had seemingly taken its toll on Kendrick’s psyche, and his demeanor was visibly shaken. However, after a verbal altercation earlier in the evening, Kendrick accepted a challenge from Ali.
Despite accepting the match, Kendrick was clearly shaken as the contest got underway. He was hesitant to strike and seemed to be a shell of himself as a former WWE Cruiserweight Champion. The Man with a Plan struggled to mount any offense, and in the moments he did, his follow-ups were weak. Ali seized the opportunity to show what he was capable of inside the ring. Ali was also able to show his resilience after being dropped face-first onto the turnbuckle and breaking free of the Captain’s Hook.
Following the application of his signature hold, Kendrick seemed more focused and attacked his opponent on the outside. As Kendrick prepared to strike Ali’s leg against the steel steps, Gentleman Jack Gallagher attacked and unleashed his fury on his nemesis.
Kendrick managed to escape Gentleman Jack’s wrath by retreating into the crowd, but it was clear that Gallagher was inside Kendrick’s head.
Ariya Daivari def. Rich Swann
Hoping to rebound after his loss to TJP last week on WWE 205 Live, Rich Swann stepped inside the ring to face Ariya Daivari.
Swann took control with his incredible speed, leaving Daivari reeling until the battle spilled outside the ring. After avoiding a high-risk maneuver from the top, The Persian Lion launched his opponent into the ring apron and was able to slow the pace of the match.
However, the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion recovered and struck back, even avoiding a high-flying move, before preparing to secure victory.
As Swann ascended the ropes, TJP suddenly made his way into the arena wearing a knee brace and on crutches. Swann turned his attention to The Duke of Dab – seemingly unaware of the injury – allowing Daivari to capitalize and pick up a huge win.
Akira Tozawa is ready to defend the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at SummerSlam
Akira Tozawa shocked the WWE Universe on Raw when he did what no one else could and defeated Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. With the two originally slated to battle at SummerSlam, Titus O’Neil negotiated for the match to take place a week early on Raw, and Tozawa delivered. Despite Neville invoking his rematch clause for The Biggest Event of the Summer, Titus Worldwide rolled out the red carpet for the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion on WWE 205 Live.
Titus held a special toast for Tozawa and thanked him for being part of Titus Worldwide – helping make his own dreams come true. As the celebration continued, Neville made his way to the ring. The former champion expressed his feelings for the title, claiming Tozawa sullies the prestige he brought to the championship. Neville then presented a countdown clock that displayed the time remaining until their rematch at SummerSlam – signifying when Tozawa’s reign would end. The King of the Cruiserweights guaranteed that he would reclaim the championship and told the new titleholder to savor the time he has left.
O’Neil called out Neville, telling him Tozawa would not fall for the intimidation game or start a fight. As O’Neil continued speaking, Neville charged the ring, but was quickly stopped by Tozawa. After The Stamina Monster drove The King of the Cruiserweights into the barricade, the rivals returned to the ring.
Unfortunately for Neville, he was quickly dispelled from the squared circle, and The Stamina Monster put his SummerSlam challenger down with a dive through the ropes. Despite Neville’s threats, the Cruiserweight Champion proved he was ready to defend his new title at The Biggest Event of the Summer.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8/15 WWE Smackdown Report

- The final WWE SmackDown before SummerSlam opens up with a video for Sunday's big pay-per-view.
- We're live from the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island with Tom Phillips, JBL and Byron Saxton.
- The Singh Brothers come to the stage under a spotlight as the boos continue. They introduce the WWE Champion and out comes Jinder Mahal in a suit.
Mahal takes the mic and comments on today being Independence Day for the great nation of India. Jinder goes on until a group of Indian dancers come out to perform on the stage. Jinder also brings a woman into the ring to sing the Indian national anthem. The dancers start performing again, making their way to the ring now. The Singh Brothers dance around Jinder in the ring. The music stops and the boos pick up. Jinder rips the fans for booing him and says we will see him beat our hero John Cena later tonight.
Jinder says Cena had the company on his back for years but there's a new face. Jinder takes credit for WWE going international and for people signing up to the WWE Network to see him retain at SummerSlam. Jinder says he will beat Cena more convincingly than Shinsuke Nakamura ever could tonight. Then at SummerSlam, Jinder will prove why Nakamura's destiny is to lose to The Modern Day Maharaja. Jinder asks for quiet as he speaks to his people. The music interrupts and out comes Nakamura to a pop.
Nakamura stands in the middle of the ring with a mic and a smile on his face. Jinder asks how dare he disparage his people on this day. Nakamura says today is also the day in Japan where they pray for people who have died in war, so he prays for peace. But Sunday at SummerSlam in America, Jinder is losing the WWE Title... to me. A "yes!" chant starts up as The Singh Brothers play to the crowd. Nakamura and Jinder stare each other down. Nakamura's music hits and he leaves.
- Still to come, Cena vs. Jinder. Also, AJ Styles apologizes to Shane McMahon. We see Becky Lynch and Natalya walking backstage. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and the announcers send well wishes to WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, confirming that he underwent successful surgery on Monday but is still in critical condition.
Natalya vs. Becky Lynch
We go to the ring and out first comes Becky Lynch. Natalya is out next. SmackDown Women's Champion Naomi is out next to interrupt. She joins the announcers for commentary as Natalya stares her down.
Back and forth to start until Becky takes control. Natalya avoids a Disarm Her early on. Natalya is on the floor as Becky stands tall. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Becky finally looks to make a comeback but Natalya keeps control. Becky with a Bexploder and more offense for another 2 count. Natalya blocks a Disarm Her and goes for the Sharpshooter. More back and forth and counters. Natalya ends up applying the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring.
Naomi looks on as Natalya tightens the hold. Becky taps out.
Winner: Natalya
- After the match, Natalya stands tall and stares down at Naomi as her music hits and we go to replays. We come back to Natalya attacking Becky and applying the Sharpshooter again. Naomi hits the ring to make the save but Natalya retreats. The music interrupts and out comes Carmella with James Ellsworth and her Money In the Bank briefcase. Carmella cuts a promo and says may the best woman win at SummerSlam. Ellsworth says the winner will still lose. Carmella raises the briefcase as her music hits and Naomi looks on from the ring.
- Back from a break and we see what happened with AJ Styles and Shane McMahon last week.

- Tamina Snuka is backstage asking Lana why she doesn't have a match tonight. Lana says Tamina isn't ready. Tamina disagrees. Lana goes on and says people walk right by Tamina, they don't fear her but if Tamina is patient, people will fear her. Lana's going to use her ravishing ways on Tamina, then she will become the most destructive force with one purpose - to crush. Lana says they will be unstoppable together and then Tamina will be ready to become the SmackDown Women's Champion.
- The Usos are backstage with SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan. They want to know which New Day members they're facing at SummerSlam. Bryan says it will be Big E and Xavier Woods. The Usos want Woods and Kofi Kingston tonight after what happened last week. Bryan makes the match.
Rusev vs. Chad Gable
We go to the ring and out comes Rusev. We see how he floored Randy Orton as last week's SmackDown was going off the air. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Chad Gable. Back and forth to start as they go at it. Gable catches Rusev in a huge belly-to-belly suplex. They end up on the floor and Rusev starts to unload, using the steel ring steps as the referee counts. Rusev grabs Gable and launches him through the air, over the announce table. Gable lands hard and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner by DQ: Chad Gable
- After the bell, Rusev starts taking the announce table apart as the crowd pops. Rusev brings Gable over and stomps on his back, then applies The Accolade on top of the table. Rusev breaks the hold as fans chant for Randy Orton. Rusev grabs a mic and returns to the ring. Rusev says "Randy..." when The Viper strikes outta nowhere with the RKO. The crowd pops big as Orton hits the corners to pose. Rusev is still laid out in the middle of the ring. Orton walks around the ring while his music plays and we get replays.
- The announcers plug the WWE Network and SummerSlam Week.
- Still to come, Cena vs. Jinder. We see AJ Styles backstage walking. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and out comes WWE United States Champion AJ Styles. We see footage from last week's segment with Kevin Owens and SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon, who went down after an accidental pele kick.
Fans chant AJ's name. He says after seeing that footage, he has to get Shane out here first. The music hits and out comes the special referee for Sunday's match between Owens and Styles. Shane thanks Providence for the love and goes on to tell AJ that no apology is necessary for last week. Fans chant Shane's name now. AJ just wanted Shane to know that the kick was an accident. AJ wants to make sure, man to man, that Shane's not going to use this as an excuse to screw him over on Sunday. Shane talks about being referee at SummerSlam and makes it clear - last week was an accident but if AJ puts his hands on him again, Shane will put his hands all over AJ. AJ keeps asking if that was a threat because it sounded like a threat. The tension continues until the music interrupts and out comes Owens.
Owens isn't so sure that last week was an accident. He makes his way into the ring and says if anything happens during the match from his end, it's an accident. Owens extends his hand for a shake and comments on getting his title back this Sunday. Shane says it wouldn't be appropriate if he shook Owens' hand but if Owens wants to shake, he should shake the hand of his opponent. Owens offers his hand to AJ.
This turns into trash talking and finger pointing. Owens shoves AJ. They go at it. Owens ducks and AJ almost punches Shane but Shane catches him and holds him. Owens tries to take advantage with a superkick from behind but AJ moves and Owens drops Shane instead. Owens can't believe it. AJ smirks. A "you suck" chant starts up as Owens storms to the back. We go to a replay. Shane is down on the mat but getting to his feet. AJ is saying something to Shane, preparing to make his exit. We get another replay of what just happened to Shane. AJ heads to the back as Shane looks on while his music plays. Shane leaves the ring as well.
- Still to come, Cena vs. Jinder. Also, The Fashion Peaks finale and The Usos vs. The New Day in a non-title match. Back to commercial.
The New Day vs. The Usos
Back from the break and out comes SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day for this non-title match. It will be Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods representing the team tonight. They cut promos on tonight's match and how The Usos can get these hands. The Usos are out next.
Kofi starts off with Jey Uso and takes control early on. Woods wth quick tags and more offense as they unload on Uso. Uso goes to the floor for a breather but Kofi and Woods leap out and take them out. The brawl continues as Kofi slams Usos's head into the barrier and we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and the finish sees The Usos hit a double superkick for the pin on Kofi.
Winners: The Usos
- After the match, The Usos stand tall as The New Day recovers.
- Still to come, Cena vs. Jinder in the main event.
- Back from the break and we get a plug for tonight's WWE 205 Live episode.
- The announcers lead us to the finale of Breezango's Fashion Peaks series. The Ascension makes another appearance. Fandango ends up saying that the entire tag team division is facing something dark. Breezango will return in two weeks, the graphic says.
- Still to come, Cena vs. Jinder. Back to commercial.
Jinder Mahal vs. John Cena
Back from the break and WWE Champion Jinder Mahal is making his way out with The Singh Brothers as Greg Hamilton does the introduction. John Cena is out next for this non-title main event, the first meeting between the two.
The bell rings and they go at it. They lock up for a test of strength and Jinder takes control. Jinder works Cena around for a few minutes before Samir Singh nails a cheap shot. Fans boo and Jinder goes right back to work on Cena. Jinder sends Cena back out to the floor. The Singh Brothers taunt Cena while he's down. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Jinder continues to dominate. Cena dodges a move in the corner and looks to finally get some offense in for the comeback. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle and nails it as The Singh Brothers look on. They pull Jinder to safety. Cena chases them around the ring and back in. The brothers grab Cena's leg while the referee is distracted by Jinder. Cena gets hit with another cheap shot but this leads to the referee ejecting The Singh Brothers to the back. Jinder isn't happy.
Cena takes advantage of a distracted Jinder and locks the STF in. Jinder crawls to the bottom rope with Cena on his back. The hold is broken. Cena ends up going for an Attitude Adjustment but Jinder blocks it and drops Cena again. Jinder nails a knee and Cena kicks out at 2. Jinder goes for The Khallas but it's blocked. They tangle and Cena hits the AA for a close 2 count.
Cena takes Jinder to the top for a super AA and he nails it. Cena covers for the pin but here comes Baron Corbin for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: John Cena
- After the bell, Corbin waits for Cena to get up and nails him with the Money In the Bank briefcase. Corbin talks some trash as Cena ends up out on the floor. Fans boo as Corbin walks up the ramp. A referee checks on Cena. Corbin stops and runs back into the ring where Jinder is down. Corbin gives the referee the briefcase and is cashing in his Money In the Bank title shot. The crowd pops.
WWE Title Match: Baron Corbin vs. Jinder Mahal
Corbin waits for Jinder to get up. The referee checks on Jinder to see if he's able to go. The bell rings. Corbin knocks Cena off the apron as he jumps up. Jinder takes advantage of the distraction and rolls Corbin up for the pin to retain.
Winner: Jinder Mahal
- After the bell, Corbin throws a fit as Jinder scrambles up the ramp with the title. Corbin can't believe he lost his shot. Cena is smiling at ringside because of what he just took from Corbin. Corbin continues throwing a fit as we go to replays. Jinder stands tall with The Singh Brothers on the stage as Corbin's ringside tantrum continues. Cena taunts Corbin from the ramp. Cena heads to the back as Corbin talks trash from ringside. We get another replay of the failed cash-in. SmackDown goes off the air with Corbin staring at Cena.

GFW to Resolve Title Situation at Destination X

– GFW has announced that Bruce Prichard will be making an announcement regarding the GFW title on this Thursday’s Destination X special. The company announced yesterday that they had stripped Alberto El Patron of the title.

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