Thursday, December 29, 2016

Mickie James Undergoes WWE Physical – Slated For Smackdown

According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Mickie James had her WWE physical in Pittsburgh on December 22nd. If all of her tests come back and there are no issues, she is scheduled to start on the Smackdown brand soon.

Opinionated View- Hope it's true about her being on Smackdown. On Raw she would stuck carrying dead weight IE Charlotte, Sasha or Jax. On Smackdown she could have some really great matches with Becky or Alexa.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

12/27 WWE 205 Live

Results courtesy of WWE.com:

WWE 205 Live results: All hail King Neville

On the latest episode of WWE 205 Live, Neville sent a clear statement to Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann, Jack Gallagher and Ariya Daivari engaged in WWE’s first duel and more!

Tony Nese def. Cedric Alexander

With girlfriend Alicia Fox at ringside, Cedric Alexander squared off with Tony Nese on WWE 205 Live. At ringside with Nese was his tag team partner Drew Gulak, who Alexander defeated last week in singles competition. Gulak blamed Alicia for his loss after she injured her ankle and Noam Dar carried her to the locker room, claiming it gave Alexander an unfair advantage.
The respective ability of Nese and Alexander provided the WWE Universe with a breathtaking display of high-level competition with neither Superstar able to maintain an advantage for very long. As the action intensified, an altercation erupted between Gulak and Alicia leading Gulak to claim he was attacked. As a result, Alicia was ejected from ringside. Nese seized the opportunity to score a pinfall on a distracted Alexander.

Mustafa Ali def. John Yurnet

After an impressive showing against Lince Dorado on WWE 205 Live last week, Mustafa Ali looked to continue building momentum against John Yurnet.
Competing in front of his hometown crowd in Chicago, Ali gave a full-blown display of his impressive agility. Unfortunately for his opponent, Yurnet appeared to suffer an injury early in the contest. However, Yurnet displayed his own resilience powering through the injury to continue the bout. Ali was unrelenting and his offensive ability was too much for his opponent, as he secured the victory following a jaw-dropping maneuver from the top rope.
After the match, Ali told the WWE Universe he felt good to be in his hometown. He also stated that even though some people see him and hear his name and aren’t sure what to think, his actions and ability always win over the fans.

Jack Gallagher def. Ariya Daivari in a Gentlemen’s Duel

Before their unique duel got underway, Ariya Daivari admitted he had never been in this type of confrontation before. Jack Gallagher seemed surprised and proceeded to unveil a table covered with potential weapons such as a frying pan and Kendo stick. Keeping the duel gentlemanly, the combatants would choose each other’s weapons with Gallagher choosing the Kendo stick for his nemesis.
Thinking he had an advantage, Daivari chose an umbrella for his opponent. The duel got underway with both Superstars back to back. Although they were supposed to walk five paces apart, Daivari attempted to attack early but Gallagher was ready. Using his umbrella like a rapier, Gallagher took down his opponent to the delight of the WWE Universe.
Daivari rebounded, using the table of weapons to his advantage and briefly looked as though he may emerge victorious. Nevertheless, “The Extraordinary Gentleman” regained his composure and executed his patented headbutt, forcing Daivari from the ring and forfeiting the duel.

Neville def. Rich Swann in a Non-Title Match

On Raw, Neville issued a challenge to Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann to meet in singles competition. Since his return at Roadblock: End of the Line, Neville has set out to prove that he is The King of the Cruiserweights and has decimated both Swann and TJ Perkins. However, former friends Swann and Neville haven’t competed one-on-one since Neville’s return and he was poised to end 2016 with a statement.
As the opening bell sounded, Swann wasted little time initiating an offense against Neville. Having been decimated by Neville multiple times in the past week, Swann had to leave everything in the ring against The King of the Cruiserweights. However, once Neville gained control of the contest, he was ruthless in his attacks, tossing Swann into the barricade and the ring apron on the outside.
Neville methodically attacked Swann and it appeared as though he would maintain dominance against the champion for the rest of the evening. Proving his resilience, the champion struck back and the two competitors engaged in an epic battle that certainly can be regarded as a WWE 205 Live classic.
Preparing to seal the deal with a high-risk move off the top rope, Swann was countered by Neville’s quick-thinking and The King of the Cruiserweights executed a huge superplex for the win.
After the contest, Neville ruthlessly assaulted the Cruiserweight Champion, further asserting his dominance and demanding his crown.

Opinionated View- Go ahead IWC sheep who want to pretend the cruiserweight division isn't a total joke defend the duel I'll wait.

12/27 WWE Smackdown Report

The WWE opening hits.
We go live immediately to Chicago where John Cena’s music hits.

John Cena returns

We hear a loud “JOHN CENA SUCKS” chant to the theme of John Cena as he makes his first appearance on WWE television since October. Cena smiles at the response and jumps inside the ring for a big reaction from the crowd in Chicago tonight.
Mauro Ranallo, JBL, David Otunga and Tom Phillips say hello from ringside.
“Let it rain, let it rain. I missed the hell out of this.” Cena holds the mic up as the crowd gives a mixed reaction in Chicago. He said very few places in the world compete with the excitement of the Allstate Arena in Chicago. A loud “CM PUNK” chant starts up. Cena tells the crowd they have to be louder and asks if they are chanting “CENA SUCKS.” He figured the crowd would be chanting “GO CUBS GO” given everything that has happened. A decent amount of the crowd starts booing and Cena asks if we have some White Sox fans in the house. “Chicago is the city of champions. And WWE recognizes that so tonight you will be given championship matches,” adds Cena.
Cena plugs the tag team, women’s and WWE Championships all being on the line tonight. He asks who will be the WWE Champion to close 2016: Dolph Ziggler (mixed reaction), Baron Corbin (booing) or AJ Styles (mixed reaction). Cena said it sounds like we have a few fans of AJ Styles in the house and he can be added to that list. He talks about Styles making a year out of it, but wonders if he can do it one more time tonight. Cena said this brings him to his next point: what is he doing here? A loud “UNDERTAKER” chant starts up in Chicago. Cena said hearing that makes him think a lot of people have been planning and speculating his future. He said 2016 wasn’t exactly a “super year” for “Super Cena.”
Cena talks about getting referred to as a part-timer and how some stars say he already has one foot out the door to Hollywood. He’s here tonight to set the record straight: “I’m not done. I’m not leaving. And I’m sick of this New Era BS. It’s not the new era. It’s the my time is now era.” Cena said he is watching the winner of tonight’s main event very close because he’s challenging them to a championship match at the Royal Rumble. He said many fans are saying he can’t do that, but he just did because he is John Cena. “Recognize,” adds Cena as he drops the mic and heads to the back.
We get plugs for the championship matches set for tonight.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton are out next and joined by Luke Harper. They defend the titles next in a four corners match.
-Commercial Break-
Backstage, we see security guarding The Miz’s locker room area. The new interviewer knocks on the door and Maryse answers. Maryse closes the door and then Miz opens. Miz says no and says he will only answer questions from that “unprofessional journalist” that slapped him last week in Renee Young. He said to go find her instead.

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships
Four Corners Elimination Match
The Wyatt Family (c’s) vs. The Usos vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. American Alpha

We start with Chad Gable and Rhyno. Randy Orton and Luke Harper represent the champions tonight. Rhyno with a snapmare and shoulder block early on Gable. Rhyno levels Gable with a quick clothesline after blocking a hip toss attempt. Gable with an elbow and suplex into a bridge when Jey Uso tags himself in who throws rights over Rhyno. Jimmy Uso tags himself in and lands a jumping right hand to Rhyno in the corner. Jimmy chokes Rhyno against the ropes and Jey gets in a cheap shot with the referee distracted. Tag to Jey who kicks Rhyno in the chest. Jey tosses Rhyno down by his hair. Tag to Jimmy who keeps Rhyno in a headlock. Rhyno fights out with a clothesline. Tag to Heath Slater who comes off the top with a shot on Jimmy. Slater with a high knee and leg lariat on Jimmy. Slater with a neckbreaker and then eats a right hand slap from Jimmy. Slater with a kick to the face from the ring apron and dropkicks Jey off the apron. Slater falls coming off the top and eats a superkick from Jimmy. Jimmy rolls up Slater and gets the pinfall.
Heath Slater and Rhyno are eliminated.
-Commercial Break-
We are back live as Jey has Jordan down in a headlock. We see a shot of Bray Wyatt watching the match at ringside. Jordan gets the tag to Gable. Gable with shots to Jey. Gable with an overhead suplex on Jey and Jimmy makes the save. Jimmy with a kick to the head of Jordan when Jordan comes in. Both Gable and Jordan are in the middle. The Usos jump at them from the top rope, Gable and Jordan catch them and hit Alpha suplexes. Gable with a roll up on Jey and gets the pinfall from the corner.
The Uso are eliminated.
Luke Harper is in and goes after Gable right away. The Usos get in shots on Gable and Jordan at ringside as the start heading to the back. Harper tosses Jordan inside the ring where Randy Orton is waiting. Orton with stomps over Jordan and then drops him over the top rope. Orton launches Jordan to the corner and then hits a snap powerslam. Orton with uppercuts to Jordan in the corner. Jordan catches Orton with a dropkick from the corner. Tags to Gable and Harper. Gable with a cross body and dropkick on Harper. Gable shows his power hitting a german suplex into a bridge on Harper. Orton with a shot on Gable as Bray Wyatt distracts the referee. Harper is back in with a shot on Gable.
-Commercial Break-
We return live as Harper has Gable in a headlock. Gable tries to fight out and Harper gets in a side headlock to keep the action grounded. Harper catapults the chest of Gable into the second rope. The referee starts the count. Gable rolls in at 9 and Harper quickly throws him back outside. Orton jumps down and drops Gable back first over the ring barricade. Orton does this a second time to Gable and tosses him back inside the ring as he becomes the legal man. Orton drops Gable over the top rope, does this a second time, but bounces Gable off the second time hitting a suplex for a two count. Tag to Harper who drops Gable down with a Michinoku Driver for a two count. Harper with his Gator Roll on Gable. Harper catches Gable with a swinging sidewalk slam for a two count. Gable counters and sends Harper to the corner. Hot tag to Jordan and tag to Orton. Jordan with shots on Orton followed with a dropkick. Jordan with an overhead release suplex on Harper. Jordan with a side back suplex on Orton and Harper breaks up the pinfall. Harper tosses Jordan out. Jordan pulls Harper out and throws shots. Gable flips off the ring apron catching Harper over Jordan! Jordan jumps off the ring apron and catches Bray Wyatt on the outside. As Jordan gets back in, Orton catches him with a kick and a DDT off the ropes. A loud “RKO” chant starts up in Chicago. Gable with a shot to Harper in the corner. Orton jumps up with Gable. Orton accidentally takes out Harper and Gable with a missile dropkick to Orton. Jordan splashes Orton in the corner. Jordan and Gable hit Grand Amplitude and get the pinfall!

Winners and new WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions: American Alpha

After the match, we see a shot of a very angry Bray Wyatt at ringside. Chad Gable and Jason Jordan celebrate with the tag team championships. We see a replay of the finish. Back live, we see Randy Orton and Luke Harper starting to argue. Bray gets between them.
Alexa Bliss defends the Smackdown Women’s Championship next.
-Commercial Break-
We get a plug for the Royal Rumble in four weeks.
Footage from last Tuesday is shown of how we arrived at a triple threat match for the WWE Championship tonight featuring AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin.
Backstage, Renee Young is with Ziggler. Ziggler said he gave Corbin a fight last week and said it probably wasn’t the smartest decision to put his title shot on the line last week. “So here we go. Triple threat. WWE Championship.” He talks about the opportunity before him tonight and how tonight makes him the wild card in this deck.
Backstage, James Ellsworth is interviewed and asked if it bothers him that people make fun of him. Ellsworth says he gets it because he is scrawny and chinless. He said some times it brings him down. Carmella interrupts and says asking these questions is just making fun of Ellsworth. She finds him “uniquely attractive” and wants James to come with her.
Alexa Bliss heads to the ring. She defends her title next.
-Commercial Break-

WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Becky Lynch

We get ring introductions for the challenger Becky Lynch and champion Alexa Bliss.
The bell rings and Becky with a lock up takedown quick on Bliss. Bliss takes the back of Becky and Becky counters into a leg submission. Bliss gets the ropes to break it up. Becky with a headlock and Bliss breaks it up getting a headlock of her own. Becky catches Bliss with a shoulder tackle. Bliss counters a sunset flip into a cover. Becky with reversal into a pinfall of her own. More pinfall attempts between the two. Becky with a back kick after bridging out of a pinfall attempt. Becky goes for an armbar and Bliss counters. Bliss plants Becky on her back while tripping her up. Bliss with forearm shots to the back of Becky. Becky with a series of arm drags and dropkick combo on Bliss. Becky with a baseball slide, but Bliss blocks it and throws right hands pulling Becky out. Becky tosses Bliss face first off the ring apron as the referee continues his count. Bliss sends Becky into the steel ring post.
-Commercial Break-
Back live and Bliss stands on the hair of Becky pulling her arms. Becky with a series of clotheslines and leg lariat on Bliss. Bliss blocks an exploder from the corner by Becky. Becky whips back the arm of Bliss and sends her shoulder first into the corner. Bliss with shots to Becky up top. Becky catches Bliss with a dropkick off the top turnbuckle. The La Luchadora music hits. She runs down in mask and distracts Becky at ringside. Bliss attempts a roll up and Becky kicks out. Becky with pinfall attempts on Bliss. Bliss with a huge forearm to the jaw of Becky. Bliss with knees and a moonsault combo for a two count. Bliss with Twisted Bliss, but Becky gets her knees up. Becky locks on her armbar. Bliss has her boot on the bottom rope. Bliss acts like her arm is hurt distracting the referee. This allows La Luchadora to get in a cheap shot on Becky sending her into the steel ring post after Becky tried to remove her mask. Bliss with a DDT and gets the pinfall.

Winner and still WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss

After the match, Alexa Bliss is asked who it was in the mask at ringside. Bliss said based on the size it could be Sasha Banks or even Nia Jax.
Footage from last week of Renee Young slapping The Miz is shown.
Backstage, Renee Young is out The Miz’s locker room area when Maryse opens the door. Maryse tells Young that she should run. Miz calms down Maryse and walks out. He wants to know if Renee has a question. Renee talks about 2016 being a year of growth for him. Miz goes to talk about 2017 being better when Dean Ambrose attacks. Ambrose is wearing a security shirt, grabs a walkie talkie and adds, “All clear.”
-Commercial Break-
Backstage, Nikki Bella is asked about Natalya betraying her last week. Nikki talks about her determination getting her back to WWE and not just because of her looks.
Backstage, Renee Young gets word with Baron Corbin asking if he feels any pressure. Corbin said he should have been recognized as a top star long ago. He refers to Ziggler and Styles as “two little men” who are about to feel the end of days.
Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler head to the ring next for the main event.
-Commercial Break-

WWE Championship
Triple Threat Match
AJ Styles (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

We get ring introductions for the challengers Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin and the current champion AJ Styles. Big reaction for Styles tonight in Chicago.
The bell rings and Corbin pushes Styles over right away. Ziggler with a dropkick catching Corbin. Corbin misses a stomp over Styles and Styles fires back with a kick to the leg. Ziggler with a splash to Styles in the corner. Corbin avoids a dropkick from Ziggler and then levels Styles with a right hand in the corner.
-Commercial Break-
We return live as Corbin sends Ziggler back first into the ring. During the break, Corbin delivered a huge high back body drop on Styles. Corbin with a shot on Styles back first into the side of the ring. Back inside, Styles with chops and forearms to Corbin. Ziggler with a dropkick on Corbin who was on the back of Corbin. Styles with a high knee to Ziggler countering a suplex attempt. Ziggler with a knee of his own countering in the air. Corbin levels both Styles and Ziggler with a big double clothesline. Corbin with repeated stomps to Ziggler. Corbin tosses Ziggler to the corner. Styles with right hands to Corbin. Corbin drives Styles back first into the corner with force. Corbin tosses Ziggler into Styles in the corner. Ziggler gets an elbow up on Corbin and Styles with a boot to Corbin. Corbin slides out, back in, lariat to Ziggler and planting STO on Styles for a two count.
-Commercial Break-
The show returns live as Corbin is hitting kicks to Ziggler in the corner. During the break, we see Corbin catching Styles with a right hand during a springboard attempt. Corbin with shots now to Styles in the other corner. Ziggler and Styles take turns with right hands to Corbin backing him up. They now double team Corbin with rights. Ziggler and Styles clothesline Corbin over the top rope. Corbin tosses Styles into the barricade at ringside. Ziggler jumps on the back of Corbin and Corbin flips him back down to the floor. Corbin starts clearing off the announce table at ringside. Corbin misses a charge hitting the barricade shoulder first. Styles off the steel steps with a shot on Corbin. Ziggler with a superkick on Corbin. Corbin falls on the announce table. Both Ziggler and Styles are up on the barricade, jump and crash over Corbin through the announce table! We see Styles connected with a leg drop, while Ziggler connected with a flying elbow over Corbin. Ziggler with a modified Rock Bottom on Styles over the ring apron. Back inside, Ziggler catches Styles with a jumping DDT for a close two count. Styles drops Ziggler over his knee. Ziggler avoids a Styles Clash attempt. Styles with a forearm, springboards up and Ziggler catches him with a kick. Styles with a quick roll up for a two count. Ziggler catches Styles with a dropkick and Styles barely kicks out. Ziggler with a neckbreaker and flying elbow combo over Corbin. Corbin with Deep Six on Ziggler and Styles breaks up the pinfall. Styles and Corbin exchange elbows. Corbin with End of Days on Styles and Ziggler hits the Zig Zag on Corbin! Corbin kicks out. Corbin props Ziggler up on the turnbuckle. Ziggler fights off Corbin, stands up and Corbin crotches him off. End of Days on Ziggler. Styles catches Corbin with his springboard forearm. Styles rolls over, hooks the leg of Ziggler and gets the pinfall to retain his title.

Winner and still WWE Champion: AJ Styles

After the match, Mauro Ranallo confirms that AJ Styles vs. John Cena at the Royal Rumble for the WWE Championship is now officially set.
Cena’s music hits and he jumps inside the ring staring down Styles who has the WWE Championship in hand. Cena removes his hat and shirt staring down Styles. Cena extends his hand to Styles. Styles puts the WWE Championship on the mat and shakes Cena’s hand. Styles grabs his title and yells, “This ain’t going no where!” Cena and Styles argue.
We hear from Neville about facing Rich Swann tonight on WWE 205 Live

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Update on TNA Ownership

According to PWInsider.com, while not confirmed, the feeling in TNA is that an announcement is forthcoming from Anthem Sports & Entertainment regarding Anthem’s purchase of TNA Wrestling and its parent company Impact Ventures LLC....
With regards to how all of this will affect Dixie Carter, if the sale is announced, it will mean Carter is completely done with the company from a power standpoint, and Ed Nordholm of Anthem will be the lead person going forward. Whether or not Carter will remain an on-air character with the company, similar to the roles currently held by Daniel Bryan and Mick Foley in WWE, remains to be seen. With regards to Nordholm, he has reportedly been spoken highly of by several TNA talents and is said to be very business minded.
As for the upcoming TNA TV tapings, the company will be taping 12 episodes of Impact from January 5th-12th, and will broadcast a live One Night Only PPV.

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Report: Jay Lethal Re-Signs With ROH

Jay Lethal appears to have re-upped with Ring of Honor. PWTorch reports that Lethal has signed an exclusive deal for two years with the company.

WWE reportedly had interest in Lethal but has been making relatively low offers to ROH free agents.

Opinionated View- Bad move since leaving TNA and going to ROH Lethal has really regressed and has become nearly unwatchable. I think a lot of that has to do with being to at ease in ROH and not felling the need to push.


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John Cena to Kick Off Smackdown Tonight

John Cena posted the following on Twitter today…


Opinionated View- So you have been warned skip the open.

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205 Live Preview

WWE 205 Live airs tonight on the WWE Network live from Chicago, Illinois.
Scheduled for tonight’s show beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET (9:00 CT) is WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann vs. Neville in a non-title match.
Also advertised for the show is Jack Gallagher vs. Ariya Daivari in a Gentlemen’s Duel.

WWE Smackdown Preview


Scheduled for tonight’s final episode of Smackdown in 2016 is three championship matches. This includes AJ Styles defending the WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin in a triple threat, The Wyatt Family and Randy Orton will defend the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships against The Usos, Heath Slater and Rhyno and American Alpha in a four corners elimination and Alexa Bliss will defend the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch

Also scheduled for the show is the return of John Cena in his first appearance on WWE television since the No Mercy PPV back in October.

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Goldberg Returns to Raw Next Week

It was announced during tonight’s 12/26 WWE RAW from Chicago that Bill Goldberg will make his return to WWE during next week’s first episode of RAW of 2017 in Tampa.
This will be Goldberg’s first appearance on RAW since November following the Survivor Series PPV where he announced he would be entering the 2017 Royal Rumble match in January.
WWE is hyping that Goldberg will have a response for Brock Lesnar, who will also be entering the 30 Man Royal Rumble match on January 29 inside the Alamodome in San Antonio.

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12/26 WWE Raw Report

“The. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video kicks off the show that recaps the events from last Monday’s RAW. Braun Strowman made a complete mess of the show, attacking numerous superstars in an effort to unleash the anger he wanted to direct at Sami Zayn, but Mick Foley had already sent him home. In the main event, Strowman attacked Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
The RAW video plays, and we go live into the arena to see the crowd. Michael Cole welcomes us to the final Monday Night RAW of 2016.

Stephanie McMahon kicks off Monday Night RAW

Stephanie McMahon’s music hits, and she makes her way to the ring to loud boos. McMahon wishes everyone Happy Holidays before welcoming them to Monday Night RAW. Mick Foley had a very busy Christmas, so she gave him a well-deserved night off. A loud “CM Punk” chant fires up. She says if they can keep it up for longer than 2:15, they’d last longer than Punk did, referring to his quick UFC defeat. The crowd loudly boos. Tonight, we need to get RAW started with the biggest…
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a nice reception. Rollins gets in the ring and wishes Chicago a Merry Christmas. Rollins wanted to say it to Stephanie as well. She got to spend time with the family, including Triple H. Did she get Triple H everything he wanted? Did she give him what he needs, like his manhood? Rollins doesn’t know what she has in her purse, whether it is his snowballs or the whole Yule log. Rollins tells her to give it back to him. McMahon quotes Michelle Obama by saying when he goes low, she goes high. Triple H is the Chief Operating Officer of WWE. Rollins says he used to be one of the baddest dudes walking around here. Last year, he was primed to enter the Royal Rumble to win the title for a 14th time. This year, Rollins is calling him out left and right to no response. His wife has him all suited up in his office or at home with the kids. Triple H will be remembered as the biggest coward of all time. McMahon says she is not her husband’s keeper. Her husband is more of a champion than Rollins ever will be.
Rollins says they don’t need to go through this, but he came to Chicago for a fight. Last week, Braun Strowman stuck his nose in his business, so he’s here to request a fight against him.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he comes out to loud boos from the Chicago crowd. The WWE United States Champion stands in the ring. McMahon questions if he also wants Strowman. Reigns says Strowman made a big mistake last night. The crowd immediately boos when he starts speaking. Reigns says he’s here to fight. Rollins says Reigns will have to get in the back of the line because he wants Strowman. Reigns tells him to step aside. Rollins says he won’t do that. Reigns says he’ll go in the back and teach him a lesson. Rollins says he’ll follow him and do that like they used to do. Reigns agrees and says they should drag Strowman out and power bomb him through the table. McMahon gets excited and mentions Smackdown Live is in the building tomorrow. Maybe Dean Ambrose is in the area and we can see a Shield reunion. She builds the crowd up only to say it won’t happen. If Rollins is looking for a fight, he’s got it against the man that annihilates everything in his path, Braun Strowman. As for Reigns, he’ll face an opponent of her choosing. As for title matches, we have one to kick off the show. It’s a Tag Team Championship rematch!
“OHH CHICAGO — DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR YOUR LONGEST-REIGNING TAG CHAMPS AND FEEL THE POWER!!”
The New Day makes their way to the ring to a massive reception from the crowd. They’ll face RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus, next.
-Commercial Break-

RAW Tag Team Championships Match
The New Day vs. Cesaro and Sheamus (c’s)

Xavier Woods will start the match against Sheamus. Woods immediately dropkicks him down for a no count. Woods elbows him in the face and tags in Kofi Kingston. Kingston kicks Sheamus, Woods elbows him, Kingston drops an elbow, and Woods drops a second rope elbow. Kingston hits a splash for a two count. Kingston wrenches the arm, but Sheamus elbows him. Cesaro tags in, but Kingston takes him down with a head-scissor and a dropkick. The New Day fires up the Unicorn Stampede. Woods and Kingston finish it up with back-to-back dropkicks. Woods drops a leg for a two count. Woods chops the chest twice before Cesaro quickly uppercuts him down. Cesaro sends him into the ropes, but Woods holds on and elbows him. Sheamus grabs Woods’ hair and pulls him over the top rope. Woods clutches his knee in pain at ringside.
-Commercial Break-
We come back from the break to see Woods fighting them both off. Sheamus quickly clotheslines him down and knocks Kingston off the apron. Woods goes for a tag, but Kingston isn’t there. Cesaro tags in. Sheamus hits an Irish Curse Backbreaker before Cesaro comes off the ropes with a diving knee drop for a near fall. Cesaro goes for his Cesaro Swing, but Woods fights out. Cesaro sends him into the ropes and charges, but Woods sends him out of the ring. Woods comes off the apron with a diving tornado DDT! Sheamus goes outside and manhandles Cesaro into the ring to tag himself in. Kingston also tag in after Woods counters a back suplex.
Kingston shoulders him and comes off the top rope with a chop to the head. Kingston chops the chest twice before hitting a dropkick. Kingston ducks a clothesline and takes Cesaro out at ringside with a summersault plancha. Kingston gets in the ring, flips through an Irish Curse Backbreaker, and hits the SOS for a near fall. Kingston comes back with a pendulum kick. Woods tags in and kicks Sheamus in the face to take him down. Woods goes to the top rope and connects with a diving elbow drop, but Cesaro breaks up the pinning attempt. Sheamus comes back by kicking him in the face and tagging in Cesaro. Cesaro hits a sunset flip and transitions into the Cesaro Swing. Big E gets on the apron to distract the referee. Kingston goes for Trouble in Paradise on Cesaro, but he counters into a catapult, but Big E moves. Kingston comes off the ropes with a cross-body attempt, but Cesaro counters by pressing him over his head and throwing him over the top rope into Big E. Woods rolls Cesaro up for a near fall. Woods elbows him in the face and goes for the Honor Roll, but Sheamus blind tags in and Brogue Kicks him after the roll! Sheamus covers for the win!

Winners and still RAW Tag Team Champions: Cesaro and Sheamus

Tonight, we’ll see Seth Rollins take on Braun Strowman. Brock Lesnar and Goldberg will be in the 2017 Royal Rumble match. We’ll take a look at a video for what awaits Goldberg, next.
John Cena returns on Smackdown Live tomorrow night.
-Commercial Break-
Video Package: Brock Lesnar highlight package
Goldberg will return next week on RAW. A “Goldberg” chant breaks out in Chicago.
Braun Strowman is seen walking backstage, frightening stagehands. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho find him. Owens says he’s the man they’re looking for. This man literally decked the halls… well, not literally, but he did deck people in halls. Jericho says he wouldn’t want to be on The List of Strowman… “squash ’em down, man.” Owens says he wanted to talk to Strowman man-to-giant-man. He knows Strowman wants competition. Once he beats Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble and retains his title, he’ll be next in line. Strowman warns him to be careful what he wishes for. Owens and Jericho try to plant in his head that Reigns and Rollins aren’t afraid of him. Jericho lays it in thick by saying they don’t think he’s big and hits like a pillow. They also think (coincidentally) that he’s a “stupid idiot.” Strowman thinks the rumors are crap and gets in Jericho’s face. Owens talks him down, and Strowman walks off.
Elsewhere backstage, Goldust and R-Truth are talking Christmas shows. Bayley walks up to them and says she has a belated Christmas gift for Goldust. R-Truth wants to share, but Goldust says he’s on the naughty list. Bayley gives R-Truth a hug. Bayley gives Goldust a Dusty Rhodes teddy bear. She wouldn’t be the number one contender for the RAW Women’s Championship if not for the guidance of his father, and she loved him so much. Goldust is moved by that and hugs her. She walks off. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows walk up and make fun of the two for playing with toys. They grab the Dusty Bear and rip it’s head off before walking off. Goldust picks up the beheaded stuffed animal and looks angry.
-Commercial Break-
Footage is shown of Nia Jax confronting Sasha Banks in the ring last week. Banks was on crutches with a brace on her left knee. Jax said she was weak and kicked the crutch out from under her and threw her into the ropes.
Charly Caruso is at ringside interviewing a newcomer named Scarlett. Scarlett is wearing a Sasha Banks shirt. She asks about her choice to face Nia Jax in her first match. She says she’s just thrilled to make her WWE debut in Chicago. The only thing that could make it better is if the woman that inspired her to get in the ring, Sasha Banks, were here.

Scarlett vs. Nia Jax

Jax immediately kicks her down at the sound of the bell and wildly head-butts her. Jax throws her across the ring and avalanches her in the corner. Jax hits a running hip bump to the face before hitting a Samoan Drop for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Nia Jax

Nia Jax gets on the microphone and warns her to pick a better role model next time. Jax then drops a leg on her before walking off.
Bayley is seen walking backstage. We’ll hear from the new number one contender, next.
-Commercial Break-
Stephanie McMahon is backstage with Charlotte Flair. Flair simply says, “Thank you,” before shaking her hand and walking off. It isn’t clear what they were talking about. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho want to make an official complaint about Mick Foley. At Road Block, he beat Roman Reigns. Then the stupid idiot gave him another shot at the Royal Rumble while putting Jericho in a shark cage like a “sexy piƱata.” Jericho says it’s 200 feet in the air. It isn’t. Jericho flips out about the phobia of heights. Jericho says she mentioned that she was looking for an opponent for Roman Reigns’ United States Championship tonight. McMahon puts Kevin Owens in the match and walks off. Owens is excited while Jericho is disappointed it wasn’t him.

Bayley discusses becoming the number one contender

Bayley makes her way to the ring to a nice reception from the crowd. She says she loves Chicago. Bayley says she hopes Santa Claus got them everything she wanted. As for her, Christmas came early last week because she pinned Charlotte for the third time in a row. That makes her the new number one contender. Ever since she was a kid, all she’s dreamed of is holding that Women’s Championship. It’s about time. It’d be pretty sweet to replace that replica championship…
Charlotte Flair’s music hits, and she comes out to the stage. Flair says she’s sorry to interrupt Bayley’s “cosplay” moment because she likes to play a WWE Superstar, but she had to correct something. Bayley didn’t beat her last week. Bayley says her robe might be on too tight, but when the referee raises your hand, you’ve won the match. Flair shows a replay of her shoulder coming up before the referee hits a three count. If this happened to someone like Bayley, she’d have to deal with the loss and move on with her life. For someone like her who was born and raised in this business… if her dad gave her any advice, it’s to always have a good lawyer on hand. Her and her lawyers talked to Stephanie McMahon last night (on Christmas), her win has been expunged from the books. The win never happened. She doesn’t get why she’s so stunned. Maybe it’s because Bayley is average, so she cannot relate. Flair gets in the ring and says she was born with a silver spoon, so she didn’t have to wait in line. She knows how the system works and made it work for her. She has been reminiscing a lot about their time in NXT and remembers Bayley saying this is a childhood dream. Flair says she was secretly laughing at her the entire time. She’s not unreasonable. Maybe it’s because it’s the holiday season, but she’ll give her a second chance at her childhood dream. Flair will give her another match right now. Bayley says they can finish what they started last week.
Flair says she almost forgot. In the settlement, she was guaranteed a referee that would call it down the line. Dana Brooke’s music hits, and she comes out in a referee shirt. This match is next.
Later tonight, we’ll see Seth Rollins take on Braun Strowman. We’ll also see Kevin Owens face Roman Reigns for the United States Championship.
-Commercial Break-

Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair
Guest Referee: Dana Brooke

They lock up, and Bayley powers her to the corner. Flair quickly takes her down and chops her in the corner a few times. Flair mocks Bayley and chops her again. Bayley turns her around and stomps her down. Brooke animatedly admonishes her. Bayley gives her Bayley-To-Belly. Flair takes Bayley down and sends her to the corner. An actual referee runs down. Bayley hits a low elbow for a one count. Flair takes her down and bounces her in the corner. Bayley turns her around and slams her off the turnbuckle ten times. Bayley goes to the top rope and hits a cross-body block for a two count. Bayley hits a running shoulder before connecting with a running elbow. Flair gives her a backbreaker and sends her into the turnbuckle for a two count. Bayley kicks her away and hits the Bayley-To-Belly, but Brooke pulls the referee out of the ring. Bayley chases her around the ring and catches her. Flair quickly rolls Bayley up with her feet on the ropes. Brooke does a fast count to cost Bayley the match.

Winner by Pinfall: Charlotte Flair

Stephanie McMahon confronts Braun Strowman backstage, who is sandwiching a stagehand into the wall. Strowman says he wanted to know where Sami Zayn was and this guy didn’t answer him fast enough. McMahon says she doesn’t know where Zayn is. She can’t make him magically appear, but she gives him a match against him next week. Strowman demands it be made a Last Man Standing Match. McMahon agrees. She tells him to show her what he’ll do to Zayn next week when he faces Rollins tonight. Strowman smirks an walks off.
Footage is shown of Neville saying he’s going to obliterate the Cruiserweight Division.
Neville makes his way to the ring. He’ll be in action against TJ Perkins, next.
-Commercial Break-
Austin Aries replaces Byron Saxton for the next match.

Cruiserweights Match
Neville vs. TJ Perkins

The referee asks that they shake hands, but neither man will. They circle the ring and lock up. Neville wrenches the arm, but Perkins twists out and dropkicks him down. Perkins uppercuts and kicks him before hitting a running knee to the face for a one count. Perkins applies a side headlock, but Neville whips him off. Perkins comes back with a hurricanrana and whiffs on a spin kick. Neville rolls out of the ring. Perkins then takes him out with a corkscrew plancha. Perkins puts him in the ring and goes to the top rope for a cross-body block to pick up a two count. Perkins kicks him and ties him up in the tree of woe. Neville sits up to avoid a dropkick and kicks Perkins to the floor. Neville goes outside the ring and sends him into the barricade. Neville puts him in the ring and elbows him in the face before applying a chin lock. Perkins eventually fights up, but Neville elbows him. Neville sends him into the ropes. Perkins tries to do his wrap up in the ropes, but slips to the apron. He avoids Neville and hits a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Perkins gets him in the ring and hits a double chickenwing gutbuster for a near fall. Neville comes back with a flurry of strikes. Neville backflips over him before slingshotting over the ropes, but Perkins catches him and hits a Detonation Kick. Perkins goes for his TJP Special, but Neville sits on his and grabs the tights to win.

Winner by Pinfall: Neville

Charly Caruso asks Neville what he plans to do next. Neville says when you leave a line of bodies in your wake, all of a sudden everyone wants to talk to you. The Americans usually only talk about him when they’re insulting his accent or his personality. Perhaps they think his face isn’t appropriate for Monday Night RAW. It is America’s ignorance and arrogance that has prevented them from appreciating him. Tomorrow, they’re going to have no choice but to appreciate him because he is going to beat the Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann. They’re looking at the true king of the Cruiserweights.
Roman Reigns will face Kevin Owens for the United States Championship.
Footage is shown Rusev and Jinder Mahal attacking Enzo Amore at Sensitivity Training.
Big Cass is pushing Enzo Amore around in a wheelchair. We’ll hear from them next.
-Commercial Break-
Tomorrow night on Smackdown Live, we’ll see Alexa Bliss defend the Smackdown Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch. We’ll also see a four corners Tag Team Championship match. Finally, we’ll see AJ Styles defend the WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin.

Enzo Amore and Big Cass address Rusev’s attack

A photo is shown of the severe bruises left on Enzo following last week’s attack. Their music hits, and Big Cass wheels Enzo Amore out to the stage. Enzo goes through his shtick to a nice reception. Enzo says he doesn’t like sensitivity training. Enzo calls Rusev and Jinder Mahal chickens and says they’re not hard. He’s a rolling stone. Whether rolling in a limo with a bimbo or in a wheelchair, it doesn’t matter. If they want to kick it, they’ve got no hope in finding him solo. Enzo says they have a couple of haters. Big Cass gets in the ring and says Rusev doesn’t have what it takes to do that to him. If he did, he’d slap the taste out of his mouth. They’ve got a problem with Enzo, so that means they have a problem with him. Big Cass says he can come out and do something about it.
Rusev’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage with Lana. Jinder Mahal then joins him. Mahal approaches Enzo and slaps him in the face. Mahal gets on the apron, but Enzo pops up from the chair and pulls him off. Rusev and Big Cass brawl in the ring before Cass clotheslines him out of the ring. Outside the ring, Enzo boots Mahal into the wheelchair. Enzo pulls himself up to the apron, and Cass launches him into Enzo. They go over the wheelchair hard. Big Cass gets back in the ring and big boots Rusev off the apron. Enzo gets into the ring in pain and celebrates.
Later tonight, we’ll see Seth Rollins fight Braun Strowman.
-Commercial Break-

Bo Dallas and Darren Young vs. The Shining Stars

Bob Backlund is ringside with Bo Dallas and Darren Young. They took part in Sensitivity Training last week. They begin fighting until…
Braun Strowman’s music hits. Strowman grabs a Christmas tree with one hand and marches down to the ring. Bo Dallas leaps off the stairs, and Strowman swats him out of mid-air with the tree! Strowman then slams it down on him. Strowman elbows Primo in the face while he attempts a suicide dive. Strowman gets in the ring and runs over Young. Epico hits him with a chair, but he doesn’t feel it. Strowman sends him into the ropes and viciously clotheslines him down. Strowman goes outside and grabs Young before throwing him into Backlund, who goes down. Strowman takes the steel steps and throws them into Dallas and The Shining Stars! Strowman celebrates in the ring as the crowd chants him name and thanks him.
Strowman will face Seth Rollins, next.
-Commercial Break-

Braun Strowman vs. Seth Rollins

The bell rings, and Strowman quickly powers him to the corner and throws him across the ring. Strowman lifts him up, but Rollins slides off, hits him a few times, and pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Rollins connects with a suicide dive, but Strowman doesn’t go down. Rollins gets in the ring and goes for a second one, but Strowman quickly gets in the ring and turns him inside out with a shoulder block. Strowman clubs him down a few times and chokes him with his boot. Strowman pulls him up, but Rollins lands on his feet and gives him an enzuigiri. Strowman charges him in the corner, but Rollins gets up, causing him to hit the ring post shoulder-first. Rollins hits a springboard knee to the head, but Strowman is still standing. Rollins hits a second one, but he’s still standing. Rollins goes to the top rope and jumps into his arms. Strowman powers him into the corner and puts him on the top rope. Rollins boots him in the face and takes him down with a blockbuster neckbreaker. Rollins goes for a Pedigree, but Strowman gives him a back body drop over the top rope! Strowman goes outside and shoulder blocks him down. Strowman puts him in the ring.
Sami Zayn’s music hits, and Strowman stares at the stage. Zayn comes through the crowd and leaps off the steps to attack him.

Winner by Disqualification: Braun Strowman

Zayn sends him three times into the ring post, but Strowman quickly recovers and chases him out of the arena. Chris Jericho then runs down and gives Rollins the Codebreaker! Jericho talks some trash before referees run down to keep him back. Jericho gives him a second Codebreaker when he gets to his feet.
Charly Caruso is backstage with Kevin Owens. She says he has a chance to hold the WWE Universal Championship, as well as the WWE United States Championship. Can he offer insight into his preparation? Owens says he can’t answer because he stopped paying attention to her. Jericho took out that scumbag Seth Rollins, Reigns’ closest friend. Owens says he’ll become a double champion with Chris Jericho! They hug. Jericho says they’ll own Reigns and own the United States Championship.
-Commercial Break-
The Makeover of Emma to Emmalina will premiere soon.

Anderson and Gallows vs. The Golden Truth

Goldust will start the match against Karl Anderson. Goldust takes him down and punches away at him. Goldust stomps him down and tags in R-Truth. R-Truth avalanches him in the corner before giving him a hip toss. R-Truth drops a leg before punching him in the head. Anderson powers him to his corner and tags Luke Gallows in. Gallows quickly big boots him down before hitting a second one. Gallows drops an elbow before tagging Anderson back in. Anderson applies a chin lock, but R-Truth fights up. Anderson takes him down with a kick for a two count. Anderson goes back to the chin lock. Gallows tags back in, but R-Truth fights back. R-Truth takes him down with a jumping heel kick. Goldust and Anderson are tagged in. Goldust hits a pair of clotheslines before giving him an uppercut. Goldust boots Gallows off the apron before giving Anderson a powerslam. Anderson immediately rolls out of the ring. Goldust sends him into the barricade and talks some trash. Goldust puts him in the ring, hits a bulldog, and boots Gallows off the apron. Anderson then rolls Goldust up with a handful of bodysuit for the win.

Winners by Pinfall: Anderson and Gallows

Rich Swann is walking backstage. Over his shoulder, he sees Noam Dar talking to Dana Brooke.
-Commercial Break-
Austin Aries returns to replace Byron Saxton.

Cruiserweights Match
Ariya Daivari vs. Rich Swann

Daivari declines to shake his hand and quickly strikes him down. Swann punches away at him and sends him into the ropes, but Daivari holds on. Daivari goes for a hip toss, but Swann uniquely counters out. Daiviari comes back with a neckbreaker and goes to the top rope. Swann avoids a frog splash and hits a pair of clotheslines. Swann kicks and double stomps him down. Swann viciously kicks Daivari in the face and picks up the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Rich Swann

Charly Caruso asks for his reaction to Neville’s challenge. Swann says Neville is a royal sourpuss, which draws an audible groan from the Chicago crowd. Who thought that was a good line? Swann says if Neville wants a fight, he’ll get it. Neville immediately attacks him from behind. Neville viciously sends him into the LED apron and puts him in the ring. Neville goes to the top rope and hits the Red Arrow.
Goldberg will return next week on RAW. Coming up next, we’ll see how his return to WWE has been so far.
-Commercial Break-
Charly Caruso is asking Ariya Daivari about his loss. Daivari blames it on Jack Gallagher. Jack Gallagher walks up to a big reception. Gallagher says he is an extraordinary gentleman and gives him the opportunity to take back his baseless slander. Daivari calls him a scoundrel. Gallagher challenges him to a duel. Daivari asks if he’s Alexander Hamilton. Gallagher says if he has his American history correct, he’s more like Aaron Burr. Gallagher then takes a leather glove and slaps him in the face! Daivari is stunned!
Video Package: Goldberg’s shocking victory over Brock Lesnar in 1:26
Goldberg and Brock Lesnar are both in the 2017 Royal Rumble. Goldberg will be on RAW next week. We’ll also see Braun Strowman take on Sami Zayn in a Last Man Standing Match next week on RAW.
Kevin Owens makes his way to the ring. The WWE Universal Champion will face Roman Reigns for the WWE United States Championship, next.
-Commercial Break-

WWE United States Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (c)

JoJo does the introductions in the ring. They circle the ring, and Owens puts himself through the ropes to keep Reigns back. They lock up, and Reigns powers him to the corner before giving a clean break. The crowd fires up a “Let’s go Roman/Roman sucks” chant. Owens kicks him and applies a side headlock. Reigns fights up and whips him off. Owens goes for a shoulder block, but Reigns doesn’t go down. Owens applies another side headlock before Reigns whips him off and shoulder blocks him down. Owens immediately rolls out of the ring while the crowd loudly boos. Owens takes a lot of time, so Reigns goes outside and punches him before putting him back in the ring. Owens punches and kicks him as he gets back in the ring. Owens peppers him with right hands before having a whip reversed. Reigns lowers his head and eats a kick. Owens hits the ropes, but Reigns follows him in and clotheslines him down.
Chris Jericho’s music hits, and he runs down to the ring to distract Reigns. Owens gives Reigns a DDT for a near fall. Owens immediately follows up with a senton splash for another near fall.
-Commercial Break-
We come back from the break to see Owens talking trash to Reigns. Owens kicks him in the face. Owens sends him into the ropes, but Reigns ducks a clothesline and connects with a pair of clotheslines. Reigns hits the ropes and hits a leaping clothesline. The crowd is starting to boo. Reigns clubs away at him in the corner until Owens comes out and superkicks him. Owens mocks Reigns’ taunt and hits a cannonball for a near fall. Owens kicks him in the back and applies a chin lock. Owens keeps him grounded for quite a bit. Eventually Reigns fights up, but Owens throws him out of the ring. Owens grabs him and sends him hard into the barricade. Jericho talks trash to Reigns. Reigns pops up and hits Owens with a Drive By Dropkick. Reigns sends him into the barricade before putting him in the corner for ten clubbing blows. Reigns boots him into the ropes and hits a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Owens goes to the apron and snaps him off the top rope. Owens hits the backstabber for a near fall. Owens yells at the referee over his count.
Owens sends him into the ropes, but Reigns hangs on and elbows him. They trade blows before counters a superkick into a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Reigns slowly gets to his feet and sets up for a Superman Punch. Owens counters into a roll-up for a near fall. Reigns comes back with a Superman Punch for a near fall. Reigns sets up for a spear when Jericho gets on the apron. Reigns scares him away and turns into a Codebreaker from Owens for a near fall! Seth Rollins runs down, brawls with Jericho, and gives him a Pedigree on the floor. Owens superkicks Rollins, gets in the ring, and eats a spear for the loss.

Winner and still United States Champion: Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins get in the ring and stare at each other. They look at Owens and nod. Rollins gives Owens a Pedigree. Reigns goes outside and spears Jericho on the floor! They celebrate in the ring as the final RAW of 2016 comes to a close.

Monday, December 26, 2016

WWE Roadblock Interest Was Down From Previous PPVs

The WON reports that WWE Roadblock saw a decrease in overall interest by most viewable metrics. The site reports that while there was more interest in the show than for TLC, Google searches were down by about half from the usual level of monthly non-“Big Four” PPV events to 100,000.

The show drew an attendance of about 8,000 which was considered to be a disappointment considering that WWE had a two-for-one ticket deal the week of the show. There is no word on viewing numbers on the Network for the show at this time

Opinionated View- Of course it was down. Awful card including a fucking iron man match with two awful wrestlers in a stale feud. They made Owens look like a total moron that couldn't do anything right and needed Jericho to do anything. Speaking of Jericho why should any care about his lazy phoning it in feud and  matches.


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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Title set for NXT TakeOver: San Antonio on January 28

After last night’s 12/21 WWE NXT on the WWE Network, it was announced that NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Title will main event the NXT TakeOver: San Antonio live special on January 28 on the WWE Network.
Also set for the show is The Authors of Pain challenging for the NXT Tag Team Titles against the winner of the #DIY vs. The Revival NXT Tag Team Title rematch that will air on NXT TV on January 4.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sasha Banks Reportedly Set to Have Big Match at WrestleMania

Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer noted on Twitter that Sasha Banks is set for a “big match” at WrestleMania 33. Meltzer noted that Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley is the current plan for the Raw Women’s Title match for that show but that big plans for Banks are also in the works:

Opinionated View-But Dave just yesterday you were saying WWE wasn't high on Sasha.... Well its far to early to start screaming "Why?" Besides Mania always needs a piss break match.


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Preview For Next Week's Smackdown

After last night’s 12/20 episode of WWE Smackdown Live in Detroit, the following has been announced for next week’s 12/27 special “Wild Card Finals” edition of Smackdown Live in Chicago, Illinois.

WWE World Title, Triple Threat Match

AJ Styles (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

Smackdown Women’s Title

Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Becky Lynch

Smackdown Tag Team Titles, 4-Way Elimination Match

The Wyatt Family (c’s) vs. The Usos vs. American Alpha vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno

The return of John Cena



12/20 WWE 205 Live Report

Results courtesy of WWE.com:

WWE 205 Live results: Neville steps toward coronation

On the latest episode of WWE 205 Live, Ariya Daivari battled Lince Dorado and sent a message to Jack Gallagher, Noam Dar continued his quest to win Alicia Fox’s heart and Neville teamed with The Brian Kendrick to show Rich Swann and TJ Perkins what he is capable of doing in the ring.

Ariya Daivari def. Lince Dorado

Ariya Daivari had one goal in mind on WWE 205 Live – to get back on track after receiving a “thorough thrashing” from Jack Gallagher on Raw last week. The Persian Lion faced a daunting challenge in the form of a rematch against Lucha Libre sensation Lince Dorado.
The Golden Lynx relied on his incredible agility to maintain a strong offense against Daivari. However, The Persian Lion relied on a more physical style to counter the luchador’s speed. Displaying his resilience, Daivari weathered a flurry of fast-paced maneuvers to counter a move on the top rope and execute a frog splash for the win.
After the match, Daivari made his animosity towards Jack Gallagher known, claiming that the British gentleman was not extraordinary, but was indeed a scoundrel.

Cedric Alexander def. Drew Gulak

Fresh off a victory against Noam Dar on Raw, Cedric Alexander set his sights on building momentum on WWE 205 Live in a bout against Drew Gulak.
Everything was going smooth as Alexander and Gulak engaged in a competitive match until Alicia Fox – at ringside supporting her boyfriend, Alexander – suffered an injury to her ankle after Gulak pushed Alexander into her following a jaw dropping spill to the outside.
Before Alexander could leave the ring to help his girlfriend, Dar raced to her side and helped Alicia to the locker room. Seizing the opportunity to capitalize on his opponent being distracted, Gulak nearly stole a victory. However, Alexander recovered and managed to pick up the win before racing to the back to tend to Fox.

Neville & The Brian Kendrick def. Rich Swann & TJ Perkins

Neville made a shocking return at Roadblock: End of the Line and dismantled Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann and TJ Perkins, putting the entire Cruiserweight division on notice. Proclaiming himself the king of cruiserweights, Neville again attacked Swann and Perkins on Raw, this time with the support of The Brian Kendrick. This of course led to the tag team match on WWE 205 Live, a perfect opportunity for Neville to show off his abilities alongside the current and two former Cruiserweight Champions.
The Man that Gravity Forgot wasted no time displaying his new and ruthless in-ring style at the expense of the Cruiserweight Champion. However, TJ Perkins managed to change the tide of the match against both Neville and Kendrick.
Although Neville and Kendrick dominated early in the contest, the Cruiserweight Champion and TJP kept the WWE Universe on the edge of their seats with a competitive battle. Unfortunately for Swann and Perkins, it was not enough and Neville’s unbridled aggression proved to be the deciding factor in the match, finishing off Perkins with a Red Arrow.

12/20 WWE Smackdown Report

“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Smackdown video plays, and we go into the arena to see a pyrotechnics display. The stage is decorated with Christmas trees and presents. AJ Styles’ music hits, and the WWE Champion makes his way down to the ring. We’re going to kick off Smackdown Live with a WWE Championship match.

WWE Championship Match
AJ Styles (c) vs. James Ellsworth

The crowd is chanting for AJ Styles. Styles yells at him, while Ellsworth gestures that he is 3-0 against him. The ring announcer does the introductions once both men are in the ring. The crowd is really buzzing about this match. Ellsworth’s name receives a lot of jeers from the Detroit crowd. As for Styles, he is roundly cheered.
The bell rings, and Ellsworth throws some phantom jabs at Styles. Styles quickly sends him to the corner and talks some trash. Ellsworth goes for No Chin Music, but Styles blocks it and wipes him out with a strike combo. Styles covers him and picks up the win to retain his championship.

Winner and still WWE Champion: AJ Styles

The referee gives Styles his championship, but he shakes his head and puts it down before snapping Ellsworth’s head off the middle rope. Styles goes outside, grabs him, and slams him off the commentary table. The crowd is chanting “YES.” Styles picks him up and forearms him down before dropping him face-first on the ring steps. Styles lifts up the apron and sends Ellsworth headfirst into the steel structure of the ring. Styles then gives him a guillotine catapult into the steel frame. Styles grabs his championship and starts to walk off before stopping and turning around. Styles grabs Ellsworth and gives him a snap duplex into the barricade. Styles gets in the ring and mugs for the crowd. Referees surround Ellsworth and check on his wellbeing. He appears to be unconscious. Styles apologizes for the crowd having to witness that. No wait… he isn’t. That’s been building up for six weeks and was a long time coming. A stretcher is sent out for Ellsworth. Rudolph and the chinless reject can go back to the Isle of Misfit Toys when they go on. Now he can move on to more important things this year like… actually he’s done with the most important things this year. It’s time to move onto 2017 for him. He doesn’t need to ask Santa for anything for Christmas because he has it all, including the WWE Championship. It looks like it’s a Merry Christmas to AJ Styles and a Happy New Year.
Dolph Ziggler’s music hits, and he quickly walks down to the ring. Ziggler sarcastically congratulates Styles before reminding him that there is one more thing coming at the end of the year — he’s next in line for the WWE Title. Styles forgot about him because Ziggler is a cakewalk. The best thing Ziggler does is lose. Ziggler says this is coming from the guy that took four tries to beat Ellsworth. Styles says he only needs one try to beat him. Ziggler says it’s not going to be that easy. A couple of months ago, he put his entire career on the line for a shot at the WWE Intercontinental Championship. He went through hell and came out on top. What does Styles think he’s willing to do to get his hands on the title?
Baron Corbin’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. Styles laughs and gets out of the ring. Corbin says it should be him versus AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, not Ziggler. How many chances are they going to give him? Corbin calls him “little man.” Ziggler says he may be new, but you don’t get chances; you earn them. He earned his championship shot while Corbin was taking a week off. Corbin says the only reason he earned anything is because he wasn’t here. Next week when he faces Styles for the title, he will lose because that’s what Ziggler does. Corbin says Ziggler doesn’t steal the show. He steals opportunities and wastes them. So next week… Corbin takes him down with a right hand. Ziggler tries to fight back, but Corbin lays him out with the End of Days. The crowd callously chants “One more time.” Styles is pleased with what he sees.
Tonight’s main event will see Dean Ambrose take on Luke Harper. Coming up next, we’ll see The Miz defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Apollo Crews.
-Commercial Break-
Daniel Bryan is backstage trying to calm Dolph Ziggler down. Ziggler says he wants Baron Corbin tonight. Bryan agrees to the match, but if Ziggler loses Corbin will get his shot at the WWE Championship next week. Bryan asks if he’s sure, but Ziggler says he is and won’t go down without a fight.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Apollo Crews vs. The Miz (c) w/ Maryse

Footage is shown from WWE Tribute to the Troops when Gabriel Iglasius distracted him.
The bell rings, and Crews quickly gets a crucifix pin for a two count. Crews goes for la magistral, but Miz kicks out. Miz quickly retreats to the corner. Miz fakes a lock up before kicking and punching him. Crews quickly slingshots over him, leapfrogs him, and dropkicks him down for a two count. Crews applies a side headlock, but Miz whips him off, leapfogs him, and goes for a dropkick, but Crews avoids it. Crews jackknifes him for a two count. Miz quickly gets out of the ring, but Crews baseball slides him down. Miz reverses a whip into the apron, but Crews leaps up and takes him out with a moonsault block. Crews gets him back in the ring and goes to the top rope for a cross-body block to pick up a near fall. Miz quickly gets out of the ring to recover.
-Commercial Break-
We come back from the break to see both men down. Crews gets to his feet, as does Miz. Crews kicks him down and kicks him in the head before sending him into the ropes for a clothesline. Crews kips up and hits a standing enzuigiri for a two count. During the commercial, Crews took Miz down. Crews goes for his finish, but Miz fights out and goes for the Skull Crushing Finale. Crews counters into a roll-up for a two count. Crews quickly drops him with an Olympic Slam for another two count. Crews misses an avalanche, but manages to give him a back elbow. Maryse gets on the apron to interfere, but the referee catches it before promptly ejecting her from ringside. Maryse vigorously protests. Crews rolls Miz up for a two count. Miz quickly comes back with a big boot and hits the ropes, but Crews counters with a German Suplex for a near fall. Miz flips through his finish, rakes the eyes, and hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.

Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: The Miz

Renee Young gets in the ring and interviews The Miz about his obsession with Dean Ambrose. Miz mentions her obsession with Ambrose. She’s the one sleeping with him. The crowd lets out an “Ohh!” Renee slaps him in the face and walks off.
Footage is shown of Zack Ryder’s injury from last week. They show a picture of the scar on his knee.
Next week, we’ll see a four corners elimination match for the WWE Tag Team Championships. The Wyatts will defend against Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Usos, and American Alpha.
Natalya’s music hits, and she makes her way to the ring. She grabs a microphone while we go to commercial.
-Commercial Break-
John Cena returns to Smackdown Live next week.

Natalya attempts to explain herself to Nikki Bella

Natalya says she’s tired of all the rumors and asks Nikki Bella to come to the ring to talk. Nikki Bella obliges and comes down to the ring. As soon as she gets in the ring, Carmella’s music hits, and she comes down the ramp. Carmella says she’s just here to see how Natalya will weasel her way out of this. Nikki says how does she know Carmella isn’t the on that attacked her. Carmella says if she did, she’d be bragging about it. John Cena can’t help her out with all her problems. Carmella tells her to stop daydreaming about the SNL afterparty and realize that Natalya is a liar. Maybe some silicon leaked into her brain. Natalya is greatly upset by that comment. Carmella says that’s enough of the act. Did Natalya not tell her that someone needs to teach Nikki a lesson? Natalya tells her to shut her mouth. Carmella talks about how Natalya cried on her shoulder and said the Bella Twins were in WWE because they couldn’t make it on their own. Natalya says that’s something she said in private. Natalya calls her a “dirty little Staten Island snitch.” Nikki asks if Natalya really attacked her. Natalya says Carmella caused all this and chases her. Natalya grabs her on the stage and sends her into the trees.
Natalya then looks at Nikki and says, “Alright… I did it, you bitch. I have always despised you. I am Natalya Neidhart. I am wrestling royalty. You are not. Nikki, you may have been the longest reigning Divas Champion in WWE history, and I know you worked so hard, Nikki. You worked ten long years. You worked your butt off, but you and your sister got everything because you’re beautiful. Yeah, yeah, you’re nothing, just like these people here. Yeah! You’ve got the magazine covers, you’ve got to walk red carpets, you’ve got the Total Divas spinoff. That should have been me! And you didn’t get it, Nikki, because you’ve got a great personality. You’ve got no charisma. My cat has more charisma than you. Yeah, bitch. You may be beautiful on the inside, Nikki, and on the outside, but you are a nothing. And that’s why John will never marry you!” Natalya walks off with the crowd buzzing. Nikki is disgusted.
Dolph Ziggler will face Baron Corbin later tonight. The winner will face AJ Styles for the WWE Championship next week. Coming up next, Dean Ambrose will face Luke Harper.
-Commercial Break-
Daniel Bryan is on the phone when Alexa Bliss walks in limping. Bliss says her leg really hurts and says he better punish Becky Lynch accordingly. Bryan says the punishment he’s come up with is fair. Becky will face her for the Smackdown Women’s Championship next week. Bliss is disgusted and asks if he’s really going to put his injured champion in danger. Bryan says he talked to the trainers and she is 100% cleared to compete. Last week she refused to face her competition, but he’s scheduled her for a match tonight. If she doesn’t compete, she’ll forfeit the title. Bliss says she didn’t fight last week out of the goodness of her heart. Whatever happens to the person she faces tonight is on him. Bliss then walks off, no longer limping.

Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper w/ The Wyatt Family

The bell rings, and Ambrose quickly dropkicks him. Ambrose misses a clothesline and sends him into the ropes, but Harper holds on. Ambrose sends him out of the ring. Harper gets in, and Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but he can’t hook it. Harper gives him a guillotine catapult into the ropes. Ambrose falls out of the ring to recover.
-Commercial Break-
We come back from the break to see Ambrose fighting out of a superplex attempt. Ambrose head-butts him down, jumps over him, and gets caught with a spinning sidewalk slam for a two count. Harper applies a modified crossface submission. During the commercial, Harper sent him into the steps. Ambrose fights up, but Harper takes him down and hits a pendulum backbreaker. Harper lifts him up in a torture rack submission, but Ambrose fights off and punches him. Ambrose hits the ropes and clotheslines him down. Ambrose hits a running forearm and goes for a bulldog, but Harper throws him off. Harper drops him on the turnbuckle before giving him a superkick that sends him out of the ring. Harper gets him in the ring, but Ambrose quickly comes back by snapping him off the top rope. Ambrose goes to the top rope and leaps to take out Wyatt and Orton at ringside. Harper gets in the ring and gives Ambrose a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Harper is incredulous. Ambrose ducks a discus clothesline and catches him with la magistral for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Dean Ambrose

Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton immediately attack Ambrose. They double-team him with punches and stomps. Wyatt sets up for Sister Abigail before throwing him into Orton for an RKO. Wyatt stands over Ambrose and just stares. The Wyatt Family then poses next to him before the lights go off.
When the lights come back on, Ambrose is struggling to get up. The Miz’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with his wife, Maryse, by his side. Miz gets in the ring and gives him a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz and Maryse kiss in the ring and pose for the crowd.
Tonight’s main event will see Dolph Ziggler face Baron Corbin. The winner faces AJ Styles for the WWE Championship next week. Coming up next, we’ll see Alexa Bliss in action.
-Commercial Break-
Alexa Bliss will be facing a masked female luchador.

La Luchadora vs. Alexa Bliss

The bell rings, and La Luchadora rolls under a lock up. She does this again, and Bliss looks irritated. Bliss grabs her, but La Luchadora takes her down for a two count. Bliss chops her, but La Luchadora takes her down and wrenches the arm before picking up a two count. Bliss looks furious. La Luchadora gives her a snapmare before applying a body-scissor. La Luchadora rolls around wiht her before applying a chin lock. Bliss quickly forearms her and clubs away at her for a one count. Bliss chokes her on the ropes and runs against her for a two count. Bliss appears to be bleeding from a nose ring hole. Bliss puts her in the corner, but La Luchadora elbows her and applies the Dis-Arm-Her. Bliss taps out.

Winner by Submission: La Luchadora

La Luchadora runs around and high fives the crowd before hugging the commentators. La Luchadora gets in the ring and unmasks to reveal it’s actually Becky Lynch. Bliss is furious.
Ryan Phillippe is walking around looking for Randy Orton. Mojo Rawley bumps into him and says it’s not a good idea to find Orton. Curt Hawkins comes up and winds up getting involved in a match with Rawley. They’ll fight later.
-Commercial Break-
Ryan Phillippe will be on commentary for the next match.

Curt Hawkins vs. Mojo Rawley

Hawkins kicks and punches him before having a whip reversed on him. Hawkins quickly gets out of the ring to rethink his strategy. Hawkins runs away from Rawley and punches him while he tries to get into the ring. Hawkins hits the ropes, but Rawley avalanches him. Rawley pulls him up to the apron before sending him to the turnbuckles. Hawkins connects with a clothesline for a two count. Rawley soon comes back with a back body drop. Rawley hits a pair of shoulder blocks and a clothesline. Rawley avalanches him twice before viciously shoulder tackling him. Rawley hits a running forearm in the corner for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Mojo Rawley

Mojo Rawley calls Ryan Phillippe into the ring, and they hug. A new episode of “Shooter” is on right after Smackdown Live.
Coming up next, we’ll see Dolph Ziggler take on Baron Corbin. The winner faces Styles for the WWE Championship.
-Commercial Break-
John Cena returns next week on Smackdown Live.
James Ellsworth has been taken to a hospital, but then he’s shown backstage all bandaged up with ice bags tied to him. Ellsworth is too injured to talk.
AJ Styles will be on commentary for the next match.

#1 Contender’s Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

Corbin quickly gets out of the ring at the sound of the bell. Corbin takes him down a few times before throwing him against the ropes. Corbin chokes him with the boot before kneeing him in the midsection at ringside. Corbin gets him in the ring for a two count. Ziggler makes a brief comeback, but Corbin sends him sternum-first into the corner for a near fall. Corbin talks trash to him in the corner and clubs him. Corbin sends him to the opposite corner hard for another near fall. Corbin goes for a slam, but Ziggler slides off and dropkicks him. Ziggler hits the ropes and clotheslines him down. Corbin counters an avalanche into a flapjack into the ropes. Ziggler quickly comes back with a back elbow, but Corbin wipes him out and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Corbin then sandwiches Ziggler’s head into the ring post.
-Commercial Break-
We come back from the break to see Ziggler fighting out of a chin lock before sending him shoulder-first into the ring post. Ziggler immediately follows up with a famouser for a near fall. Ziggler counters a powerbomb into a roll-up for a two count. Corbin comes back with an STO, but Ziggler kicks out at two. Corbin talk a little trash to Styles. Corbin punches Ziggler down and taunts the crowd. Ziggler surprises him with a roll-up, but Corbin kicks out. Corbin immediately clotheslines him down for a near fall. Ziggler snaps him off the ropes before going for a neckbreaker against the ropes. Ziggler kicks the knee and connects with the Zig-Zag for a near fall! Ziggler gets him in the corner and punches away at him. Ziggler gets him propped up on the top rope, but Corbin fights him off and elbows him back. Corbin floors him with Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin throws a tantrum over his inability to put him away.
Ziggler rolls out of the ring to recover. Corbin follows him out and sends him into the barricade. Corbin sends him into the barricade a second time before throwing him into AJ Styles. Corbin lifts him up, and Ziggler superkicks him. Both men are counted out.

Double Count-Out

AJ Styles attacks both men with a steel chair. Styles cracks it off their backs numerous times. Daniel Bryan’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage. If Styles wants real competition, then next week on Smackdown Live it’ll be Dolph Ziggler versus AJ Styles versus Baron Corbin in a triple threat WWE Championship Match. Styles is furious over that ruling.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Plans For Next Two Weeks of Impact Wrestling

TNA has announced that next week’s episode of Impact will be a “Best of 2016” special that will include Kurt Angle’s TNA farewell, Gail Kim’s Hall of Fame induction and more.


After that on December 29th will be an episode centered on the Hardys, looking at the highlights of Broken Matt Hardy and more. The company will then begin taping material at their live shows starting January 5th at Universal Studios, Florida.

Opinionated View- This might be flipped with the Hardy stuff airing this week based on Matt saying in an interview they are throwing holiday party. Now I would always prefer new content but I get everything that went on this year and  it being the holidays doing this.



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Corgan and Lagana Met With Officials

– PWInsider reports that Billy Corgan and Dave Lagana met with Ring of Honor management in Baltimore a few weeks ago. No word on what, if anything, came from that meeting.

Opinionated View- Well something needs to change in ROH given how its been so boring for so long. Hopefully Corgan would cut ties with the Briscoes and than tells New Japan they aren't allowed to use New Japan to build there own company while tearing down ROH. Of course I also fear Billy coming out doing a whole "Dixie Carter has no idea what she is doing" promo.

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AJ Styles vs. James Ellsworth for the WWE World Title to finally take place on Smackdown Live in Detroit tonight

WWE.com has announced that WWE World Champion AJ Styles vs. James Ellsworth for the WWE World Title will take place tonight on Smackdown Live in Detroit after the title match was held off the last two weeks due to an an ankle injury suffered by Styles at the TLC PPV in his match with Dean Ambrose.

Also added to tonight alongside the previously announced Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper will be WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz defending the WWE Intercontinental Title against Apollo Crews, as well as a Triple Threat #1 Contenders Match between Tyler Breeze, Konnor and Heath Slater where the winners’ team will be the new #1 Contenders to the Smackdown Tag Team Titles after the injury to Zack Ryder takes the Hype Bros. out of the #1 Contenders’ spot.

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Total Nonstop Deletion Coming to DVD

– Matt Hardy posted the following on Twitter…

         #BROKEN Matt Hardy
@MATTHARDYBRAND
A Digital Video Disc of my has been ordered by the .

These ILLUSTRIOUS events must be documented for POSTERITY.


Pwinsider reports that there will be extras and deleted scenes on the DVD release.

Opinionated View- They listened to me. Now hopefully they will include all the deletion matches.

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Backstage Details on Why WWE Moved Onto The Charlotte & Bayley Feud

WWE officials want the Charlotte & Bayley feud to culminate at WrestleMania 33, feeling that Bayley has more babyface potential than Sasha Banks. The report also says that Vince McMahon has not been very high on Sasha Banks, for various reasons, and her title reign was never meant to be a long one. The company reportedly believes that Charlotte is the better heel and that the money program is Bayley vs. Charlotte.


Opinionated View- If it's true I can't blame for not being high on Sasha given how bad Sasha is in the ring and how often she gets hurt. Of course WWE was still stupid enough to have Sasha main event numerous Raw's and a PPV. And have her be part of title feud as kept pushing "The Women's Revolution." As for Bayle having more potential well that doesn't mean anything. Bayle is just annoying.


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WWE 205 Livve Preview

Set for 205 Live tonight at 10PM ET on the WWE Network is Neville and Brian Kendrick vs. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann and TJ Perkins.

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WWE Smackdown Preview

Set for Smackdown Live tonight at 8PM ET on the USA Network is Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper with Smackdown Tag Team Champions Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton at ringside, plus an appearance by actor Ryan Phillipe, who stars in the USA Network series “Shooter” that Randy Orton as a small role in.

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Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns rematch for the WWE Universal Championship announced for the Royal Rumble

During the opening segment of tonight’s 12/19 WWE RAW from Columbus, RAW General Manager Mick Foley revealed that Kevin Owens would be defending the WWE Universal Championship against WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns at the upcoming Royal Rumble PPV on January 29 inside the Alamodome in a rematch from Roadblock.

A special stipulation was announced for the match as Chris Jericho will be forced to step inside a shark cage that will hang above the ring during the championship rematch.

Opinionated View- As I said during Raw coverage its rare matches with this gimmick work. Mainly you are just waiting for the guy in the cage to still interfere some how. And it seems like it will be another month of Owens coming off as a useless moron that is helpless without Jericho.

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12/19 WWE Raw

The RAW opening hits. We go live to Columbus where pyro goes off.

The Chris and Kevin Show

WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho are in the ring with mics in hand. “Welcome to the Chris and Kevin Show,” says Owens. He talks about doing whatever it takes to keep his title including taking a Codebreaker from Jericho. Jericho tells the monkeys in the back to roll the photo stills from last night’s Roadblock PPV.
We see footage of Jericho interfering during the Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns main event and giving Owens a Codebreaker to setup a DQ win for Owens to retain his title. Back live, Jericho calls that “beautiful baby.” Owens says he has to admit that when Jericho showed up in the ring last night he wasn’t sure what he was going to do. He says the WWE Universal Championship is right where it belongs.
Jericho says giving that Codebreaker hurt him more than it hurt Owens. He says he had to trick everyone. Jericho extends his arms and brings in Owens for a hug, man. They talk about Santa Claus and Jericho calls him a stupid idiot. Jericho accuses Santa of stealing his gimmick by using a list. He informs Santa that he just made the list. Mick Foley interrupts and says Jericho can’t talk that way about Santa. He talks about Santa knowing when people are naughty or nice and how Jericho has been very naughty. Foley wants to look back at Roadblock last night where Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns put Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho through announce tables after the match.
Back live, Foley says that is known as payback. Owens refers to himself as a national treasure and how his career could have been ended. Jericho calls Foley’s leather jacket stupid. Foley takes off the jacket to reveal a biker Santa long sleeve shirt saying this is actually more stupid. He tries to go for a cheap pop saying right here in Pittsburgh when we are actually in Columbus. Foley corrects himself and Jericho says everyone knows Pittsburgh is better than Columbus anyway. He advertises a tag team match against Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins tonight. Foley also plugs that Santa has brought us a gift all the way from the North Pole. A small cage lowers inside the ring. Foley books a rematch between Owens and Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship where Jericho will be placed inside the small cage hanging above the ring. Jericho doesn’t think the cage is safe. Foley tells Jericho to get inside to prove it is safe. Foley starts opening up his fanny pack and can’t find the key. The cage starts to raise up. Jericho yells at Owens to save him. Foley tells the guys in the back to work on getting a key for the cage. “Until then, have a nice day,” adds Foley. We see a shot of Jericho hanging above the ring.
-Commercial Break-
Backstage, we see Chris Jericho being given oxygen and complaining about how high that cage was over the ring. Kevin Owens tells him to calm down and says he needs to get ready for the tag team match against Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins tonight.

Big Cass w/ Enzo Amore vs. Rusev w/ Lana

Before the match, we hear from Enzo Amore and Big Cass. Enzo does the usual introduction. Cass said Rusev took the cowards way out last night at Roadblock.
Cass goes after Rusev in the corner right away with body shots. Cass with right hands. Cass with repeated stomps. Cass with more rights and Cass won’t back off. The referee stops it.

Winner via DQ: Rusev

After the match, Cass continues attacking Rusev with big right hands and stomps. The referee tries to pull Cass away. Rusev with a kick to the knee of Cass and bails.
Sasha Banks will talk about last night’s Iron Man match next.
-Commercial Break-

Sasha Banks talks WWE Roadblock

Sasha Banks heads to the ring using a crutch. Banks has a mic and talks about leaving it all on the line last night at Roadblock. She said being forced to tap broke her heart and even did damage to her leg. Banks talks about making history with Charlotte the last few months. She talks about leaving Roadblock without her title adding, “The better woman won.” Banks said she doesn’t feel like The Boss anymore. She is asking Charlotte so she can look her straight in her eyes and congratulate her tonight.
Nia Jax walks out instead. Jax grabs a mic and starts staring down Banks circling her. She doesn’t know why Charlotte isn’t here. Jax calls Sasha weak and wounded. “You’re just a little girl.” Jax kicks out the crutch and Sasha goes down. Jax picks up Sasha, yells that she is the real boss and launches her into the ropes forcing her to land on her bad leg/knee. Jax teases attacking Sasha more with the crutch, but tosses it aside.
Backstage, Cedric Alexander is with Alicia Fox. He takes on Noam Dar next.
-Commercial Break-
Backstage, the new WWE RAW Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro are with Mick Foley. Foley talks about them ending the reign of New Day. He feels like a “proud papa” when he made the decision to put them together. Foley reveals the new tag team titles. They are now silver with red leather straps. Sheamus takes both titles and Cesaro starts arguing with him when a referee runs up telling Foley they have an emergency. We see Braun Strowman attacking random people backstage and tossing objects all around. Foley wants to know what Strowman is doing. Strowman wants Sami Zayn tonight. Foley tells Strowman to take the night off and that he also gave Sami the night off. Strowman isn’t pleased.

Cruiserweight Division Match
Cedric Alexander w/ Alicia Fox vs. Noam Dar

Austin Aries is back on commentary tonight with Cole and Graves.
Footage is shown of Dar defeating Alexander two weeks ago on 205 Live.
Back live and the match kicks off. Alexander with a huge elbow to Dar early. More elbows from Alexander. Alexander with a backwards huricanrana and then a dropkick that sends Dar to the outside. We see a shot of Alicia Fox cheering on Alexander.
-Commercial Break-
We return live as Alexander is favoring his knee. Dar misses a jumping stomp from the top rope. Alexander catches Dar with a kick to the head off the ropes. Alexander with a springboard flying clothesline that catches Dar. Alexander tosses Dar up and drops his back down over his knees to get the pinfall.

Winner: Cedric Alexander

After the match, Noam Dar has a mic. He congratulates Cedric Alexander on beating him. Dar brings up beating him two weeks ago and says they appear to be even. He said Alexander still has what he wants: the beautiful Alicia Fox. Dar refers to her as “Foxy Baby” and that she is the real prize. He said all he wants for Christmas is her.
Backstage, we see The New Day heading to the arena.
-Commercial Break-
The New Day walk out. Xavier Woods talks about the legendary tag team championship reign ending after 483 days. Kofi Kingston says they don’t have to mourn long and references Ric Flair being a 16-time champion by losing 15 times. Big E adds, “And that will be Charlotte in a month.” Woods says they will reclaim the titles.
Cesaro is out next with a mic in hand. Sheamus follows. They show off the new WWE RAW Tag Team Championships. “Oh Fella…don’t you…” and Cesaro cuts off Sheamus. He tells him not to do it. “We talked about that,” adds Cesaro. Sheamus says the day really is a new day and today is day one of the new tag team champions, Sheamus! Cesaro adds in his name. The fans boo when Sheamus says his name. The fans cheer for Cesaro.
Kofi complains about them getting new title belts after just one day. He admits that they are happy it was them who ended the long streak. Sheamus goes to interject to thank them and Woods starts a “SHAME” chant in his direction. Woods says they are giving congratulations to Cesaro and not Sheamus. They put over how strong Cesaro is. Cesaro says he has to be strong to put up with a massive ego pointing at Sheamus. Another “SHAME” chant starts up. Sheamus says it was because of him that they became the champions. He says the reign of terror created by New Day has finally come to an end. Sheamus thinks they can beat the record New Day set and maybe hold the titles for up to 20 years. Woods talks about all they created as New Day including t-shirts and cereal. Big E starts a “New Day Rocks” chant. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson interrupt. Anderson says he see’s a bunch of and lets Gallows finish his thought: “nerds.” He says they are far from good brothers. Gallows refers to them as Nerd Day. The Shining Stars are out next. Primo and Epico talk about it being the holiday season and how they have the perfect holiday gifts. They give out brochures to the Shining Stars resort in Puerto Rico. Cesaro tears them up. A big brawl breaks out.
-Commercial Break-

Eight Man Tag Team Match
WWE RAW Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro and New Day vs. Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and The Shining Stars

We return live as Epico plants Kofi with a big double hook driver. Karl Anderson tags himself in and covers Kofi for a two count. Tag to Luke Gallows who throws a big kick to the head of Kofi and gets a two count off a cover. Tag back to Anderson who works over Kofi with a headlock. Anderson with a leaping heel kick catching Kofi. Tag to Gallows who throws body shots at Kofi in the corner. Gallows misses an elbow, but drops Kofi with a quick boot to the face cutting off a tag out. Gallows catches a jumping Kofi and hits a quick chokeslam.
-Commercial Break-
Back live, Anderson has Kofi in a side headlock as Kofi is fighting back. Anderson cuts off Kofi from tagging out and tosses him up on the top turnbuckle. Kofi with a tornado DDT on Anderson from the corner. Gallows gets the tag and gets in a cheap shot on Big E, Sheamus and Cesaro. The Shining Stars dive out at them as well. Inside the ring, Gallows drops Kofi with a big boot. Anderson gets the tag and connects with his Boot of Doom as Gallows held up Kofi and Anderson is only able to get a two count. Kofi dumps Gallows out. Hot tag to Big E. Big E with an overhead belly-to-belly on Anderson three times. Sheamus tags himself in, tosses Epico over the top rope and then throws forearms to the chest. Sheamus with a rolling senton on Epico. Sheamus with a right hand to Primo. Epico with a roll up on Sheamus for a two count. Tag to Cesaro who goes up and drops down over Epico with help from Sheamus. Primo breaks up the pinfall. Brogue Kick. Gallows with a kick. Big E with shots. Anderson takes out Big E. Cesaro lifts Anderson up and catches him with an uppercut. Cesaro gets Epico down and gets him in the Cesaro Swing. Cesaro transitions to a Sharpshooter on Epico. Epico taps.

Winners: WWE RAW Tag Team Championship Sheamus and Cesaro and The New Day

After the match, Sheamus takes both belts and celebrates on the corner. Cesaro grabs on his belts and celebrates up on the other corner.
Backstage, Enzo Amore is arguing with Big Cass about Rusev. Cass said Rusev got what he had coming tonight. A man walks up with a letter for Enzo. The letter informs Enzo he has required to attend mandatory sensitivity training for “exposing” himself backstage.
-Commercial Break-
Neville heads to the ring. We see footage from Roadblock last night when Neville attacked WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann after Swann retained his title. Back live, Neville has a mic and talks about destroying Swann and TJ Perkins last night. He talked about the people cheering him. Neville said it’s been a long time since he heard cheers. He doesn’t want the fans pity and tells them to take their cheers and stick’em. Neville issues a warning to the Cruiserweight division and plans to obliterate the division.
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann interrupts. Swann wants to know what happened to the guy he used to look up to. Neville tells him to shut up and show some respect. He talks about taking Swann under his wing in Japan and teaching him everything he knows. Neville talks about Swann’s career taking off, but not getting any respect. He refers to himself as the King of the Cruiserweights. Swann says Neville can’t handle this.
The Brian Kendrick interrupts. He demands Swann show respect to Neville. Kendrick said he is able to show respect towards Neville. Neville agrees and says Kendrick actually earned his opportunities around here. He thinks Swann needs to be taught his place. Kendrick enters the ring and starts attacking Swann. Neville wants a piece of Swann and pulls Kendrick off. Neville with stomps to Swann. TJ Perkins runs out and Neville catches him with a huge kick. Neville keeps stomping away at Perkins and then goes back to stomps on Swann. Neville leaves and Kendrick gives Perkins the Sliced Bread #2 from the corner.

WWE Sensitivity Training: Part 1

Backstage, we see Darren Young, Bob Backlund, Jinder Mahal and Bo Dallas when Enzo Amore walks in for the training. The teacher tells Enzo to start first. Enzo raises his right hand and starts doing his promo introduction when the teacher tells him to stop. He says he is here because he showed all of his co-workers his “Italian sausage.” Enzo says it wasn’t his fault as Big Cass locked him out. The teacher refers to Cass as his “martial partner” and Enzo corrects her saying he’s into chicks and that Cass is his tag team partner. Jinder Mahal introduces himself. The teacher asks how you spell that and Enzo interrupts saying “S-A-W-F-T.” The teacher says they are going to pretend that didn’t happen.
-Commercial Break-

Titus O’Neil vs. Sin Cara

Sin Cara with right hands early and a springboard cross body. Right as the cross body connects on Titus, Braun Strowman’s music hits and he heads to the ring.
Strowman enters the ring and levels Sin Cara. Strowman with a clothesline on Titus. Strowman kicks Sin Cara in the gut and then kicks Titus out of the ring. Strowman with a running powerslam on Titus on the floor outside. Sin Cara jumps at Strowman and Strowman catches him driving him into the floor.

Winner: No Contest

Strowman picks up Sin Cara and tosses him on his shoulders. WWE officials run out to try and break it up. Mick Foley is now on the stage and tells Strowman to put Sin Cara down. Strowman drops Sin Cara and says, “I told you, or else!” Strowman grabs Sin Cara and launches him into a Christmas tree and presents that were setup near the stage. Strowman starts destroying more of the Christmas decorations on the stage.
WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte will appear next.
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Backstage, Kevin Owens asks Chris Jericho if he is okay. Jericho says no. He talks about hanging inside a cage like a moron earlier tonight. Owens fires him up calling Jericho the greatest of all time. He said tonight they have a match to win.

New RAW Women’s Champion Talks Roadblock

The new WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte heads to the ring. She tells the fans to bow down for the queen and puts herself over as a 4-time Women’s Champion. Charlotte talks about how Sasha Banks probably won’t make it back out here tonight after what Nia Jax did to her earlier tonight. She talks about beating “The Boss” out of Sasha Banks. Charlotte said she has solidified herself as the greatest superstar of all time and how she could be put in any era where she would dominate including Trish Stratus and Fabulous Moolah. She refers to herself as the “Queen of Pay Per View.” Charlotte talks about the fans subscribing to the WWE Network thinking this is going to be the month where she loses, but she is a guaranteed winner. She says Clemson will beat Ohio State in the playoffs.
Bayley is out next to interrupt. Bayley has a mic in hand. “Why are you interrupting me,” says Charlotte. The fans start up a Bayley chant. Bayley says she is here to congratulate her and thinks Sasha vs. Charlotte is going to go down as the greatest women’s rivalry in WWE history. Charlotte says that is enough out of her. She says Bayley doesn’t belong in this ring and instead belongs with the fans paying to watch her. Bayley thinks the Charlotte vs. Bayley rivalry should get started now that the Sasha rivalry is over. She talks about last night involving the Iron Man scoreboard and how the scoreboard between them is Bayley: 2, Charlotte: 0. Charlotte says those victories don’t count. She says she has always been number one and Bayley has always been number four referring to the Four Horsewomen. Charlotte says Bayley has never been good enough. Bayley wants to challenge Charlotte to a match right now. Charlotte talks about putting her body through a lot last night. She says Bayley is already dressed like a fifth grader and wants to go to school.
Charlotte calls for a referee. A referee heads to the ring.
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Non-Title Match
WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte vs. Bayley

We return live as Charlotte mocks Bayley with a loud “woooooooo.” Lock up and Bayley works over the left arm of Charlotte. Charlotte counters working the left arm of Bayley. Bayley catches Charlotte with a shoulder tackle. Charlotte with a kip up and yells at Bayley it’s going to take more to put her away. Charlotte with a snapmare and wraps her legs around the shoulders of Bayley flipping her around the ring. Bayley gets a side headlock into a takedown on Charlotte to keep it grounded. Bayley goes back to work on the left arm of Charlotte. Bayley catches Charlotte with an elbow and a cross body for a two count. Bayley tries to kip up and almost doesn’t land it. Bayley with a drop toe hold on Charlotte and then proceeds to roll all around her back. Bayley with a series of roll ups on Charlotte.
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We return live and Charlotte is bouncing the face of Bayley off the mat. Charlotte has Bayley locked up with her legs. Bayley bridges up and gets Charlotte’s shoulders down on the mat for a two count to break it up. Charlotte with a big chop to Bayley. Charlotte goes back to a headlock keeping Bayley grounded. Charlotte dumps Bayley on her back and gets in a pose. Bayley sends Charlotte face first to the corner. Bayley gets her boots up. Double clothesline and both women are down. Bayley with a tackle and rights. Bayley throws an elbow to the back of Charlotte’s neck and connects with a diving clothesline. Bayley with a modified RKO on Charlotte through the ropes. Bayley with a shot on Charlotte in the corner, a back elbow splash, big boot, goes up to the second rope and Charlotte pulls her down over the ropes. Charlotte goes for a moonsault and connects over Bayley. Bayley kicks out after two. Charlotte is in shock. Bayley with a roll up for a close two count. Charlotte with a series of chops dropping Bayley. Bayley with a backslide pin and gets the win!

Winner: Bayley

After the match, Michael Cole mentions how Bayley now has three wins over Charlotte. Charlotte backs to the corner and has a look of shock on her face. We see a replay of the finish and Corey Graves points out that Charlotte had her shoulder up before the three.

WWE Sensitivity Training: Part 2

The teacher wants to do some role-playing. Bo Dallas wants to know if she can say bo-gin instead of begin. Darren Young impersonates Bob Backlund. Backlund starts exercising. Enzo Amore impersonates Jinder Mahal and says everyone swipes left with him on Tinder. Mahal impersonates Enzo saying he has little man syndrome. Enzo asks the teacher if it would be insensitive if he smacks the taste out of Jinder’s mouth. The teacher says yes. Enzo says he won’t do it and he’s already becoming more sensitive.
Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho vs. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins is up next.
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A promo for Emmalina airs again.

WWE Sensitivity Training: Part 3

Bo Dallas plans to stop forcing his bo-lieves on others. Darren Young is going to stop being so selfish and more supportive for his coach. Bob Backlund will be more supportive as well. Backlund tells him to give him 200 Hindu squats. Jinder Mahal plans to think before he acts out. Enzo Amore is excited about being more sensitive in all aspects of life. He wants to exchange Instagram handles and that way they can exchange DM’s if he needs help late at night. Rusev walks in and he goes to bail when Mahal gets in his face. Rusev and Mahal attack Enzo. Mahal holds Enzo and Rusev throws some big rights. Rusev holds Enzo in a full nelson and Lana walks in slapping him. Rusev slams Enzo through a table.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns head to the ring. The main event is next.
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WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho vs. WWE U.S. Champion Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins

We start with Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho. Jericho tackles Rollins right away and throws rights. Quick tag to Kevin Owens pushing Rollins to the corner. Owens with kicks and stomps to Rollins in the corner. Tag to Jericho who connects with a snap suplex on Rollins. Tag back to Owens who works over Rollins in the corner with right hands. Tag to Jericho. Rollins with a kick to Jericho and dumps Owens out. Rollins with his jumping Sling Blade on Jericho. Rollins with rights and chops to Jericho. Rollins throws kick sending Jericho to the ring apron. Rollins with a suplex on Jericho from the ring apron over the top rope. Tag to Roman Reigns as he splits the legs of Jericho with Rollins. Reigns with a jumping elbow drop over Jericho. Tag to Owens who is about to get in and then gets in slowly instead. Reigns with a big right. Reigns with another right that drops Owens this time. Owens with a forearm to the back of Reigns, tags in Jericho and Reigns catches him with an uppercut jumping from the corner. Tag to Rollins. Reigns goes to launch Rollins into Jericho in the corner. Owens pulls Jericho out. Owens and Jericho start to bail up the ramp when Rollins jumps on the back of both. Reigns follows going after Owens throwing rights as Rollins tosses Jericho back in. Rollins with right hands and chops to Jericho. Reigns tags himself in as Rollins comes off the ropes. Reigns levels Jericho with a big right. Reigns launches Rollins into Jericho. Rollins throws Jericho at Reigns who connects with a big boot as we head to a commercial break.
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Back live as Reigns gets the tag and explodes on Owens with a jumping clothesline and knocks Jericho off the corner with a right hand. Owens pulls Reigns out, but Reigns tosses Owens into the ring barricade at ringside. Reigns catches Owens with his drive by dropkick and tosses Owens back inside the ring. Reigns with repeated clotheslines to Owens in the corner. Reigns cuts off a Jericho attack with a right. Owens catches Reigns with a superkick, hooks the leg and Reigns kicks out after two. Owens with right hands to Reigns. Jericho gets the tag, drops Reigns down in a snapmare and puts on a headlock. Reigns breaks it up with rights, but Jericho catches him with a dropkick. Owens gets the tag and stomps over Reigns. Owens with a boot to the face of Reigns. Owens with a kick to the chest of Reigns and tags in Jericho. Jericho distracts the referee letting Owens get in a cheap shot on Reigns. Tag to Owens who stomps away at Reigns and throws rights. Owens with a headlock on Reigns. Reigns powers out of the headlock into a big samoan drop. Tags to Rollins and Jericho. Rollins with a Blockbuster off the corner on Jericho. Rollins connects with a second Blockbuster on Owens. Rollins with running forearms to both, kicks Jericho, hooks him and hits a DDT on Jericho/neckbreaker on Owens at the same time. Jericho catches Rollins with an elbow and misses a Lionsault attempt. Jericho counters a Pedigree attempt, Rollins lands on his feet and kicks Jericho in the head. Rollins clotheslines Jericho over the top rope. Rollins with a suicide dive taking out Jericho and Owens at ringside. Reigns catches Owens with a Superman on the outside. Back inside, Rollins catches Jericho with a flying knee, goes back up top and Jericho gets his knees up as Rollins attempts a frog splash. Jericho has Rollins down and in the Walls of Jericho. Rollins gets to the bottom rope to break it up. Reigns with a Superman to Jericho from the ring apron when Jericho attempted a springboard. Reigns wants the hot tag. Braun Strowman runs down and pulls Reigns down. Strowman lifts Reigns up in the air and tosses him back down hard on the mat. The referee calls for the bell.

Winners via DQ: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins

After the match, Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho attack Seth Rollins. Strowman enters the ring and both Jericho and Owens bail. Strowman with a forearm to the chest of Rollins and follows that up with a running powerslam. Strowman yells, “I told you, or else!” Owens and Jericho dump Reigns inside the ring. Strowman grabs Reigns, yells “everyone will fall” and connects with a running powerslam on Reigns as well.
The show closes with Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho smiling on the ramp.