Friday, August 18, 2017

GFW Destination X 2017 Reviews with Other Thoughts

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

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

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GFW Destination X Report

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


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

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

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

GFW Impact Wrestling Destination X Card

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

8/16 WWE NXT Report

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


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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

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


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WWE NXT Preview

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

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8/15 WWE 205 Live Report

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8/15 WWE Smackdown Report

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

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

GFW to Resolve Title Situation at Destination X

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

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WWE Smackdown Preview

WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight from Providence, Rhode Island. Tonight is the go-home show for this Sunday’s Summerslam PPV live from Brooklyn. Set for tonight is WWE Champion Jinder Mahal vs. John Cena, plus Becky Lynch vs. Natalya and AJ Styles will apologize to Smackdown Live commissioner Shane McMahon for accidentally hitting him last week.

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WWE 205 Live Preview

WWE 205 Live takes place tonight from Providence live on WWE Network at 10:00 PM ET. Set for tonight is a Titus Worldwide celebration for new Cruiserweight Champion Akira Tozawa, who defeated Neville to win the title last night on RAW.

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8/14 WWE Raw Report

Tonight's WWE RAW opens up with a lengthy video package looking at the recent feud with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. RAW Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro.
- We're live from the TD Garden in Boston as Michael Cole welcomes us. He's joined by Corey Graves and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T.
- We go right to the ring and out comes Dean Ambrose.
Ambrose calls for the music to be cut. He knows everyone is asking what's up with he and Seth Rollins after last week. Ambrose calls Rollins out to the ring and here he comes to another pop.
Ambrose says he's sick and tired of playing the games. He's just going to ask... what is Rollins doing? They have some back and forth before Rollins says they both know that they can run this place if they team up again. Rollins says if Ambrose is willing to put the past in the past, he's done playing games. Rollins offers his fist for a Shield-style bump and fans pop, then a "yes!" chant breaks out. Ambrose takes it all in and thinks about it. Ambrose can't believe this. This leads to another argument between the two. Rollins says maybe this was just a stupid idea, but maybe it wasn't. Rollins gets hype and says no one can touch them. He changes his tune and says maybe too much has happened. He's done playing games. He goes to leave but Ambrose stops him. The crowd pops as they stand in the middle of the ring. Ambrose offers his fist and the crowd pops. Rollins stares at Ambrose.
Rollins raises his fist but stops and goes to leave. Some fans boo. They start shoving each other. Ambrose tackles Rollins and they start going at it. Ambrose mounts Rollins with strikes on the mat. Ambrose gets up and asks Rollins what his problem is. Ambrose goes t leave but Rollins attacks from behind and beats him up. Ambrose tackles Rollins out to the floor but they get hung up on the ropes and it looks bad. They're sitting on the floor when the music hits and out come RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus.
The champs attack and beat Ambrose down first, tossing him over the barrier. They double team Rollins now, sending him into the barrier. They roll Rollins into the ring and stomp away. The "you look stupid" chants start up. Ambrose finally hits the ring for the save but the numbers game catches up. The babyfaces try for another comeback but get shut down. They finally get up at the same time and unload on the champions. Sheamus gets knocked to the floor. They double team Cesaro and send him over next. Rollins and Ambrose stand tall as the champs recover at ringside. Another "yes!" chant breaks out. They actually do the fist offering one more time. Finally they put their fists together and stand tall for a pop in the middle of the ring. Ambrose's music hits as Cesaro and Sheamus look on from the ramp. The music hits and out comes RAW General Manager Kurt Angle to loud "you suck!" chants. Angle makes Rollins and Ambrose vs. Cesaro and Sheamus for SummerSlam on Sunday.
- Still to come, the SummerSlam Fatal 4 Way participants will be in the ring at the same time, for the first time. Also, Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks. We go to commercial.
- Back from the break and the announcers send well wishes to WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.

#1 Contenders Match: Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks
We go to the ring and out first comes Nia Jax. Sasha Banks is out next to a big hometown pop as Mike Rome does the introduction. Before the bell hits, the music interrupts and out comes RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss. There's a tall lifeguard chair sitting at ringside and she watches the match from there.
The bell rings and Nia floors Sasha to start the match. Nia mocks Sasha and stands tall as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and they're going at it as Bliss looks on. Nia dumps Sasha to the apron with a headbutt. Nia comes down and Sasha tries to fight for control but Nia grabs her and launches her into the barrier. Sasha hits hard and the referee starts counting. We get replays of the spot and come back to Nia pinning Sasha for a 2 count in the ring. Nia applies a bear hug in the middle of the ring now.
Nia dominates Sasha some more and runs her over. Nia drops a big leg drop but Sasha kicks out at 2. They tangle back & forth and Sasha gets on Nia's back but Nia ends up turning that into a Samoan Drop. Sasha kicks out at 2. Nia shows some frustration before hitting another Samoan Drop. Sasha rolls to the floor for a breather and avoids the pin.
Sasha comes back in for a 2 count. Nia misses an elbow and they both go down. Nia is slow to get up but she gets to her feet first. Bliss looks on as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Nia has Sasha up top for a superplex but Sasha fights her. Sasha goes for the sunset flip powerbomb but Nia hangs on. Sasha ends up hitting the double knees to the gut in the corner but Nia kicks out at 2. Sasha ends up unloading with knees in the corner. Sasha charges but Nia gets her boot up. Sasha gets the Banks Statement applied out of nowhere.
Nia crawls for the bottom rope but Sasha blocks her and tightens the hold. Sasha blocks the counter and drops Nia on her face in the middle of the ring. Sasha gets the hold applied again and tightens it in the middle of the ring. Nia taps and Sasha is going to SummerSlam.
Winner and New #1 Contender: Sasha Banks
- After the match, Sasha's music hits as Bliss looks on from her chair. Sasha stands tall and they stare each other down.

- Kurt Angle is backstage watching and he's excited about how tremendous SummerSlam will be, which is why he's called The Hardys in. He mentions how they won't be able to wrestle The Revival at SummerSlam. The Miztourage walks in to interrupt and the WWE Intercontinental Champion isn't happy about what happened last week with Brock Lesnar. This leads to Miz vs. Jason Jordan being made for tonight. A referee walks in and tells Angle that they have a problem with Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt. Angle hurries off and we go back to commercial.
- Back from the break and we see Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt brawling backstage. Officials are trying to break it up. Kurt Angle appears and tells them to save it for SummerSlam. Balor doesn't want to wait. Angle tells them SummerSlam is coming early if they don't want to wait. The match will happen tonight.

Elias vs. R-Truth
We go to the ring and Elias is waiting with a spotlight and his guitar. The boos start up. Elias introduces himself and asks who wants to walk with Elias tonight. Elias knocks Fenway Park for more boos. He starts a song and asks everyone to hold their applause. The song brings more boos from the crowd as it knocks Boston. R-Truth's music interrupts and out he comes rapping.
Truth enters the ring but Elias decks him out of nowhere and beats him down before the bell can ring. Elias drops Truth with the Drift Away and stands tall. Elias grabs his guitar and stands over Truth as his theme plays. Elias leaves as we get a replay of what happened.
- Still to come, the SummerSlam main event participants will be in the same ring.
- We see the shark cage hanging above the ring. Big Cass will be here next. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and out comes Big Cass to the ring.
Cass starts talking about SummerSlam but fans boo him. He tries again but the boos continue. Cass tries again and now the "you suck" chants start up. Cass keeps trying to talk but the heat continues.
Cass mentions Sunday's match with Big Show next and why Show is suddenly friends with Enzo Amore. Cass says Enzo needs someone to stand up for him backstage when he pisses people off, which seems to be every day now. Cass says Show needs Enzo to help him stay relevant. Cass says Show needs Enzo because there's a new 7 footer on the block and his name is Big Cass, and Show knows he can't beat Cass without Enzo's help. This is why Enzo will be locked in the shark cage on Sunday. Cass says Enzo can run his mouth all he wants on Sunday but he can't get involved, but he will have the best seat in the house to watch Big Show get destroyed.

Cass says he's going to prove to Show, the locker room and everyone around the world that he is the best big man in the game today. Cass says all Enzo can do is sit there and watch... the music interrupts and out comes Enzo. Enzo introduces himself and starts cracking jokes on Cass. Enzo brings out Big Show and they head to the ring together. Cass puts the shark cage between he and Big Show as Show stalks him. Enzo gets on the apron but Cass knocks him off. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows suddenly appear to attack Show but he fights all three opponents off. Show grabs Gallows and Anderson by their throats but Cass makes the save with a big boot. Show gets triple teamed now.
Gallows uses a belt around the wrist to pull Show into the shark cage. Enzo jumps on the apron but Cass launches him off with a big boot. Cass slams the shark cage door onto Show's wrist as Gallows continues to hold it with the belt. The triple team continues as Cass tries to cause an arm injury to prevent a knockout punch on Sunday. Referees hit the ring to stop the assault now. The heels stand tall as Show is checked on and we get replays. Cass leaves as his music plays.
- We see what happened in last week's Last Man Standing main event. Still to come, the SummerSlam main event participants will be in the same ring together. Also tonight - Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt and Akira Tozawa vs. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville with the title on the line. We go to commercial.

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Akira Tozawa vs. Neville
Back from the break and out comes Akira Tozawa with Titus O'Neil for this SummerSlam match that was moved up. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville is out next. We get formal ring introductions from Rome.
Back and forth to start. They show each other up and are evenly matched early on. Tozawa catches a kick and dropkicks Neville. Tozawa with a chop and more chops. Neville turns it back around with a kick to the gut. Neville keeps control until Tozawa kicks him in the jaw. Tozawa gets the "ah!" chant going for a dive but Neville cuts him off. Tozawa ends up covering for another pin attempt. Neville rolls to the floor to regroup as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Neville drops Tozawa with a big kick in the corner for a 2 count. We see how Neville hit a suplex on the floor during the commercial, right in front of Titus. Neville keeps Tozawa grounded now. Tozawa fights up and drops Neville. They trade strikes. Tozawa hits a kick and misses a kick. Tozawa turns it back around and sends Neville to the floor for a breather. Tozawa runs the ropes and hits a suicide dive, taking Neville down on the floor.
Tozawa goes back into the ring and runs the ropes again, nailing another dive. Tozawa brings it back into the ring for a close 2 count as Titus goes wild. Tozawa ends up hitting a kick to the face and the standing senton. Tozawa goes to the top but Neville cuts him off. Neville climbs up but Tozawa fights back as fans do the "ah!" chant with him. Neville nails a huge superplex but they both land hard on the mat. Titus tries to rally for Tozawa.
They get up and Tozawa boots Neville. Tozawa with more offense, including an enziguri that stuns Neville. Tozawa goes to the top but Neville gets to his feet. Neville uses the referee as a shield and ends up dropping Tozawa into the Rings of Saturn. Tozawa counters and turns it into a close 2 count. Neville sends Tozawa face-first into the turnbuckles. Neville goes to the top for Red Arrow but Tozawa rolls out of the way. Tozawa goes to the top as fans pop. Tozawa hits the big senton bomb for the win and the title.
Winner and New WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Akira Tozawa
- After the match, Titus brings the title in as the celebration begins. Apollo Crews hits the ring to join in on the Titus Worldwide celebration. They lift Tozawa on the shoulders of Titus. We go to replays and come back to Titus Worldwide taking a victory selfie.
- The announcers discuss WWE SummerSlam Week and the WWE Network.

- Back from the break and we see what happened to Big Show at the hands of Big Cass, Gallows and Anderson. Cole questions Show's health going into SummerSlam. We go backstage to Enzo, Show and a trainer. The trainer informs Show that his hand is broken. Show tells the trainer to leave. Enzo apologizes and wants to say forget about SummerSlam. Show stops him and says he's fought bigger and badder, he's not missing SummerSlam. Enzo tells him to look at the bigger picture. Show says he is the bigger picture and Enzo better never forget who he is. Show walks off.
- We get a look back at how Sasha Banks defeated Nia Jax to become the new #1 contender earlier tonight.
- Mickie James and Emma are backstage. Emma is looking at social media and isn't happy about how everyone is talking about Sasha. She goes on about how other people get her opportunities, bringing up her #GiveEmmaAChance hashtag. Mickie reminds Emma that she tapped out last week, she didn't get screwed over. Mickie tells Emma to put her phone down, quit complaining on social media and step in the ring with a 6-time women's champion tonight. Emma accepts and walks off.

Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
We go to the ring and out first comes Bray Wyatt. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Wyatt waits for his opponent. This is another match that was originally scheduled for Sunday. The music hits and out comes Finn Balor.
The bell rings and they go at it. Balor unloads with knee strikes and applies a headlock. Wyatt charges in the corner but misses. Wyatt turns upside down and charges again. More back and forth between the two. Wyatt misses in the corner again and Balor nails an enziguri. Wyatt drops Balor on the apron with a right hand. Wyatt keeps control and drops Balor again, stopping to pose for a mixed reaction.
Wyatt takes his time working Balor over, talking some trash. Balor gets up and fires away, sending Wyatt to the floor through the second rope. Balor with a dropkick to the floor, knocking Wyatt back. Balor floors Wyatt again from the apron and stands tall as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Wyatt has Balor grounded. Wyatt keeps control and drives Balor's ribs into his knee for another pin attempt. Wyatt with more offense and another pin attempt after a big clothesline as the frustration starts to show. Balor fights to his feet but Wyatt decks him. Balor connects with the overhead kick and they both go down.
Balor connects with several moves in a row and looks to finally make his comeback. Balor with the dropkick to the head. Balor runs into a boot. Balor drops Wyatt with a running kick for a 2 count. They run the ropes but Wyatt launches himself at Balor and covers for another 2 count. Wyatt goes for the Uranage but Balor counters. Balor hits a Slingblade.
Balor waits for Wyatt to get up. Wyatt side-steps the dropkick and nails a senton for a 2 count. Wyatt ends up doing the upside down taunt in the corner before going for Sister Abigail. Balor blocks it and hits a double stomp. Wyatt goes to the floor for a breather. Balor follows and dropkicks Wyatt into the barrier. Balor brings it back into the ring and goes to the top. Wyatt crotches him. Wyatt drags Balor off the top and hits Sister Abigail in the middle of the ring for the pin.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
- After the match, Wyatt takes it all in as his music hits and we go to replays. Wyatt stands over Balor and smiles. He looks down as Balor is grabbing his ankle. Wyatt lifts Balor and nails another Sister Abigail. Wyatt stands over Balor with his arms out and tells us to follow the buzzards. The graphics flash and the lights go out. The lights hit again and Wyatt is in the ring. Balor is down in the corner. Wyatt has a bucket of something red. Wyatt says this is what happens when you send a boy into the devil's world. Wyatt pours blood all over Balor. Balor rolls around in the red liquid as Wyatt sits in the corner smiling, singing. We go to commercial.
- Back from the break and we see what just happened to Balor. We also see what happened with Rollins, Ambrose, Sheamus and Cesaro earlier tonight in the opening segment.

Mickie James vs. Emma
We go to the ring and Emma waits as Mickie James makes her entrance.
They lock up and go at it. Back and forth for a few minutes. Mickie nails a kick to the face and covers Emma for a 2 count. Emma with an elbow to the face. Mickie cuts the comeback off and climbs to the top. Emma rushes her and causes her to fall off the top, down to the floor. Emma brings Mickie back into the ring and covers for a 2 count.
Emma keeps control and takes Mickie back to the mat. Emma with more offense and a double underhook for a 2 count. Mickie gets a boot up and goes to the ropes but Emma pulls her legs out. Emma with more pin attempts. Mickie ends the sloppy match with a kick for the pin.
Winner: Mickie James
- After the match, Mickie stands tall and celebrates as her music plays.
- The announcers lead us to a preview for The Hitman's Bodyguard movie.
- The Miztourage is backstage walking. We go to commercial.

- Back from the break and Charly Caruso stops Finn Balor coming out of Kurt Angle's locker room. Charly asks what the meeting was all about. Balor says he spoke to Angle and got his rematch with Wyatt at SummerSlam. Balor says Wyatt has his demons but he will find out at SummerSlam that Balor has his demons as well. It looks like Demon Balor is coming to SummerSlam.

The Miz vs. Jason Jordan
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz with Maryse, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. We see video from Jason Jordan's recent appearance on MizTV. Jordan is out next for this non-title match.
Back and forth to start. The match ends fairly quickly as Jordan looks to put Miz away but The Miztourage hits the ring and triple teams him for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Jason Jordan
- After the bell, The Hardys hit the ring and make the save for Jordan. Jordan and The Hardys clear the ring and send The Miztourage retreating over the top. We go to commercial with Jordan and The Hardys standing tall.
The Hardys and Jason Jordan vs. The Miztourage
Back from the break and we have a six-man match underway.
Matt Hardy goes at it with Axel and in comes Jeff Hardy. Jordan also tags in for a quick triple team, mocking Miz. Jordan goes to work on Axel now. The babyfaces keep control for several minutes now. The Hardys with more tags as Dallas gets double teamed for another pin attempt. Jeff floors Bo with a clothesline coming out of the corner.
Jordan comes back in and takes Dallas down again. Jordan ends up tossing Bo to the floor as Miz tags in. Jordan takes control of Miz and works him over in the corner. Jordan charges from across the ring but Axel pulls Miz to safety and Jordan hits the ring post. Miz recovers and stomps away on Jordan as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and the babyfaces are still in control. Matt unloads on Axel in the corner as the "delete!" chants start. Matt hits the running bulldog for a 2 count. Axel blocks a Twist of Fate. Matt comes back and hits a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Axel turns it around after a distraction from The Miztourage. Miz tags back in and stomps away on Matt in their corner. Miz and Bo play to the crowd but get booed.
Bo tags back in and keeps Matt down. Bo drops knees and covers for a 2 count. The Miztourage keeps control of Matt with more tags and offense. Axel misses in the corner as Matt moves out of the way. Matt drops Axel. Miz comes back in and stops Matt from tagging. Miz also knocks Jordan off the apron with a cheap shot. Miz wastes time and gets dropped by Matt.
Jeff waits for the tag and finally gets it. He unloads on Bo, who also tagged in. Jeff with the inverted atomic drop and the leg drop. Jeff with more offense for a 2 count. Bo blocks a Twist of Fate but Jeff goes on to hit a Whisper In the Wind for a 2 count. Jeff goes back to the top and pushes Axel away. The interference catches up to Jeff as the match falls apart. Jeff ends up hitting a Twist of Fate on Bo but Axel breaks it up. Jordan takes out Miz with a big slam. Jordan with a big suplex on Bo. Matt with Twist of Fate on Bo. Jeff goes to the top and hits a Swanton Bomb on Bo for the pin.
Winners: Jason Jordan and The Hardys
- After the match, Jordan and The Hardys celebrate as we go to replays.
- The announcers confirm that it will be Demon Balor vs. Bray Wyatt at SummerSlam.
- Back from the break and Akira Tozawa's WWE Cruiserweight Title celebration is announced for 205 Live. It's also confirmed that Neville will get his rematch at SummerSlam.

- We go to the ring and RAW General Manager Kurt Angle is out with a bunch of security, who are on the outside of the ring. Angle starts talking about tonight's "Face to Face to Face to Face" before introducing WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar first. Lesnar marches out with Paul Heyman, who does the grand introduction for his client. Heyman says WWE and their RAW GM have conspired to hold this segment tonight to try and get one more rating out of The Beast before SummerSlam. Heyman says the Fatal 4 Way on Sunday is a prison fight. Heyman isn't worried about the security at ringside. He says Lesnar's bad mood is justified. He says WWE is conspiring against Lesnar because Lesnar has decided to listen to other things outside of WWE, a reference to his potential UFC return it appears. Heyman talks about how Lesnar can lose the title without getting pinned on Sunday and says he's a fan, and as a fan - that sucks. Heyman goes on and mentions each of Lesnar's opponents, and gives them props but puts over Lesnar above them.
Heyman goes on and says he never makes predictions, he just delivers spoilers. One of two things happen on Sunday - the conspiracy is successful and WWE rips the title off Lesnar, Lesnar and Heyman leave WWE. And if that is the case, Heyman assures us that we might as well lock The Beast up in a cage. Hint, hint. Then there's scenario 2 - Lesnar wins the match and proves to the entire world what Heyman has known the whole time, that 15 years of him flapping his gums has just been underselling Lesnar's greatness. Heyman says that's his case for us to subscribe to the WWE Network and watch SummerSlam on Sunday. The music hits next and out comes Samoa Joe.
Joe hits the ring and takes a mic, reminding Lesnar that he doesn't fear him. Lesnar smirks. Joe says he's coming for the title at SummerSlam but he's coming to rip it out of Heyman's hands after he puts Lesnar to sleep. The music interrupts and out comes Braun Strowman now. Braun declares that he's always the last man standing, in case we didn't know. Braun says to ask Roman Reigns. Joe refreshes Braun's memory and reminds him how he won last week's match. Joe says Braun is barely a man that stood up while Joe put Reigns down, not a last man standing. The music interrupts again and out comes Reigns to a mixed reaction.
Reigns marches to the ring and immediately spears Joe. Braun comes from behind and scoops Reigns for a big powerslam. Braun kicks Reigns under the bottom rope to the floor. Braun slowly turns around and stares at Lesnar. They look to go at it but security rushes the ring and separates them in opposite corners. Lesnar breaks free but he's pulled right back to the corner. Braun gets free but they pull him back as well. Lesnar kicks a security guard away and tangles with the others. Lesnar and Braun start taking out security now. Angle looks concerned. Braun and Lesnar face off with no security now. The RAW locker room runs down and separates them as they start going at it again. Braun and Lesnar yell at each other while Superstars hold them back. Reigns and Joe are still out of the ring. Lesnar breaks free and leaps onto Braun and a bunch of Superstars. The brawl continues but they're quickly pulled apart again. The final RAW before SummerSlam goes off the air with the locker room holding Lesnar and Braun back from each other.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Flashback Reviews WWE SummerSlam 2005



One of the toughest tasks for any wrestling promoter is trying to manage the egos of the actual wrestlers. And when it comes to egos you will be hard pressed to find any larger than Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michales. Now the two legends had never wrestled one another so there main event was a huge event. Originally the two men were supposed to face off in a best of three series and Michales wanted to play it more shades of gray for his gimmick. Hogan though wanted Michales to turn heel. Than I guess Michaels was to good a heel and pissed Hogan off and the planned series turned into one and done. Hogan also insisted he was going over. So Michales… We will get to that.

Also this in an interesting time in the WWE. John Cena and Batista are in the middle of there first world title reigns. Randy Orton is being rebuilt after his disaster of a first title run and face turn. A real life issue was being used to book a match on this show only to be counter balanced by a ladder match for custody of a child. SummerSlam 2005 is a strange beast and I want to look at it.

We open with presenting of the colors and Lilian Garcia singing the national anthem. They are doing this on the actual show is due to the event being in DC. Time to piss people off I never though Lillian was all that good as a singer. he’s not awful but it’s also clear why she never made it as a singer. Since WWE wants SummerSlam be WrestleMania part 2 why not spend some money to get an actual star to do it? Our actual open has a heart monitor beeping or flattening depending on video clips. We than moves to highlights of the feud on the card. Its a decent opening but pretty basic. It helps the rock song the use has energy. The song stops when they move into portion on Hogan and Michales and that really makes it feel bigger.

Out announce team is JR The King, and Coach for Raw. Oh god this is awful. By 05 King and JR should been retired and broken up for good. Coach added nothing. Why Coach does a great job on ESPN he was never great in wrestling. For Smackdown its Cole and Tazz who were good at times but usually at there best thanks to editing.

WWE United States Championship Orlando Jordan (c) vs. Chris Benoit- Rest in peace Nancy and Daniel. Moving on

In the locker room Eddie Guerrero is tying his boots. His wife Vickie comes in and says they need to talk. She says they need to talk but says he’s done but she insists she’s not. Vickie says this isn’t about Dominick this about him wanting to be better than Rey. Eddie admits he want to be beat Rey but claims its about his love for Dominick. She says its about hurting Rey. Eddie says he needs someone to carry on the Guerrero legacy and if she thinks it’s about hurting Rey’s family she’s crazier than he is. Vickie tells him she loves him and talks about she knows he has a heart of gold and says that wont’ allow him to hurt Rey or his family. Eddie gets mad saying she thinks he can’t beat Rey. Eddie screams he will prove everyone wrong. He kicks her out before sitting down saying “I will beat Rey I can beat Rey.” Eddie does great here playing a man driven insane by his desire to prove he is the better man. Vickie is ok here.

After thanking some of the troops in attendance we go to a highlight video for Edge and Matt Hardy match. We see videos from there on screen relationships and photos from there private life with old audio clips. We than move into her affair with Edge. Even showing the screen from WWE.com where Matt was fired and Lita on ByTe This talking about the break up. Along with video of Edge and Lita’s onscreen relationship before seeing the brawls between Edge and Matt. It’s an ok video. Frankly I think they should have used some of the clips from Matt’s non WWE videos during this time.

Edge with Lita vs. Matt Hardy- So in real life Matt Hardy and Amy “Lita” Dumas dated for years. And he and Adam “Edge” Copeland were good friends. At some point Copeland and Dumas started a real life affair. Let me make this clear for anyone that wasn’t a fan back than this was not a story line. This really happened and Matt was pissed. He revealed the affair publicly and the WWE than fired him. However the damage for long time face Lita was done. The fans started to boo her to the point they WWE had no choice put to pair her with Edge and turn her heel. Matt meanwhile got a lot of buzz for various videos he posted online ragging at WWE, Adam, and Amy. And with a word being he was about to debut in TNA, WWE rehired him. Again if you weren’t a fan this felt like huge moment in the career’s of all three. Taking such a personal and private issue and turning in into a story line. Many myself included thought it would be the hottest feud WWE had in years and a chance to print money.

JR declarers this will be a slopperknocker. They talk about what a fight will be. Than because this is WWE they make jokes about Lita being a slut. Edge meets Matt at ring side and they brawl. Edge sent into guard rail and Matt swings wild. Finally into the ring. Ground and pound by Matt as a huge Hardy chant breaks out. Rear naked choke by Hardy and Edge gets the ropes. Hard strikes by Hardy as Edge tries to cover in the corner. Referee in to get Matt back allowing Edge to hit a headbutt. Punches to the back of the head by Edge. Matt rolls to the apron. Spear by Edge through the ropes to the floor by Edge. Edge rolls Hardy back into the ring. Big haymaker by Matt. Mounted punches in the corner by Hardy. Edge shoves Matt up and Matt winds up hitting the ring post face first and falls to the floor. Matt is bleeding as Edge goes out to get him. Hard shots by Edge. Matt can’t even stand. Knees tot eh face by Edge. Boots to the face now. The referee is trying to get Edge to back off so he can check on Hardy. Another stomp to the head and the referee calls it off. And yes that’s it. There is no Matt grabbing the microphone and demanding Edge return to face him. No heel boss coming out to yell at Patton for being weak and restarting it so Edge can finish what he started. It’s just over. And right than and there the feud was badly damaged.

Now let me make this clear I have no issues with Edge winning even on referee stoppage. My issue is how short this match was and how one sided it really feels. This match should have been a long back and forth battle. Both men should have bleed. We should have brawling and yeah weapons. It should have been epic rollar coaster ride. Yeah the idea of Matt not being able to fight on could have worked in a match that went more than five minutes. Here it just smacks of the office still being pissed at Matt and feeling he needed to be punished so he was beat quickly in his return match. And make no mistake the feud never got as hot as it should have been. Because the message was clear that Matt was not a priority. Had the WWE booked this right no doubt in my mind both men could have been true main eventers and hell there final blow could have been perfect to main event a PPV with a huge stip like TLC or Hell in a Cell. Instead Matt was buried. Sure Edge did reach the main event just a few months later but WWE costs themselves money on this all to punish a guy that had already lost his girlfriend been humiliated and than already been fired.

Post match the fans boo and not in a heel heat way in a “Are you fucking kidding me” way. To there credit Edge and Lita do a great job playing the smary heel couple while Matt does an excellent sell job as someone. After the boos the crowd goes silent and still all I could think what might have been. Do this after a actual long match I could have seen the fans giving Matt a standing ovation instead I think people are discussing if they should get another hot dog.

We jump over to Tazz and Cole. They talk about than Sentor Hilary Clinton. We than go to the hype video for The Ladder Match. Tazz calls this the most important match of Rey’s career. We get highlights of Rey and Eddie’s match at the Great American Bash which Rey won on a roll up. Than Eddie going back on his world and unveiling the secret he is Dominick’s real father. Rey getting served custody papers. Rey begging Eddie not to do this and Dominick telling Rey he was scared. Rey bating Eddie into losing his temper to accept a ladder match. It’s a decent video mainly as both Eddie and Rey were great in the roles. The only issue is how insane the stipulation is. Post video Cole tries to hype it as historic and it just comes off strange.

Ladder Match For The Custody of Dominick Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Myterio- On Smackdown real life good friends Eddie and Rey started teaming up together and even held the WWE Tag Team Championships. After wrestling each other at Mania 21 where Rey won Eddie started to show signs of resentment towards him. Finally Eddie turned heel but still couldn’t beat Rey. Now haven been driven insane but his obsession with Rey Eddie threated to reveal some secret he and Rey shared. That being that Dominick was adopted by Rey. Eddie wanted to destroy Rey wanted the boy back. So this match is Rey’s chance to keep his child. I’m very torn on this. The idea of a good friends been turned enemies can work and the logic Eddie’s pride being wounded is solid. And well turning heel I think breathed some new life into Eddie as he had been playing the “I lie cheat and steal” face for so long it was stale. The problem is they must have decided “They blow off can be a ladder match at SummerSlam” and than had to figure out a reason why it was a ladder match. So thus we get this Young and The Restless who the daddy story and the bat shit insane idea of ladder match for custody of a child. Just think about for a second. Eddie does a great job heeling up prematch going over to Dominick who is in the crowd. Again the idea is kind of stupid but Eddie is doing great as a heel. Rey is more held back in his sending the idea all the pressure in the world is on him. Rey walks up to his son and kisses him on the head. Cole and Tazz do a good job ragging at Eddie but not going over the top about it. Eddie again goes up to Dominick just to taunt Rey.

Bell rings and Eddie taunts Rey who stares daggers at him. Eddie with a cheap shot at the tart on a knee and than he hammers Rey. Backdrop suplex by Guerrero. Mysterio reveres a whip than a leap frog than he send Eddie into the air with a monkey flip. Guerrero to the floor. Eddie pulls Rey out and sends him into the steps and than run him into a ladder in the entryway. Mysterio is down and Eddie takes the ladder to the ring. Eddie tries to set it up as Rey limps back to the ring. Eddie is up. Springboard dropkick by Rey knocks Latino Heat down. Eddie gets a second ladder and hits Rey into the leg with it. Rey tries to battle back. Eddie sent to the floor again. Drop kick to a ladder sends it into Eddie face. Seated senton to the floor form Mysterio. Damn they are lucky they didn’t get hurt. Rey starts to climb but is hurting. Eddie up the other side. Exchange of punches. Eddie to the top but Rey with punches to the stomach. Eddie slams Rey’s face into the top of the ladder. Bad botch is up next. Eddie was clearly going for a sunset flip bomb off the top but Rey didn’t fall with him instead Eddie goes up and over and than a second later Rey falls down. Tazz does a good job of covering saying Eddie was trying to do a sunset flip but it was more he took Rey off balance. Guerrero rams the ladder at Rey and smothers him in the corner. Eddie out to get another ladder. Rey is starting to move and has a ladder dropkick by Eddie onto the ladder smashes Mysterio into the corner again. Eddie slams Rey onto a ladder and sandwiches him between two. Flipping senton over the top by Eddie onto the ladder. . Eddie back to slamming the ladder onto Rey. Eddie sets up a ladder. Rey places another lades as a ramp and uses it to race up. We get another botch The plan is clearly for Rey to back body drop Eddie onto the ladder he used as a ramp. The problem is the ladders start to fall to early for Eddie hits awkward and Rey falls off and I think smacks his head on step. It still looks spectacular but man it it had to hurt. Rey back up and starts to climb. Dropkick by Eddie knocks over the ladder. Guerrero put the ladder on the top ropes and than launches a charging Rey over hi body onto the ladder. Rey grabs his stomach screaming.

Eddie with a sick smile as he sets up the ladder. Eddie climbs and suddenly Dominick is in the ring. Dominick tries to shake the ladder. Eddie sees this and turns around and climb down. Eddie screams at the boy. He than demands Dominick hug him and than tells him he’s his new daddy. Again Eddie does great here coming off like such a monster. The only knock is Dominick who well was well a little kid and thus never really reacts. He does seem nervous but more in “All these people are watching way.” Not “I’m scared of Eddie” way. Eddie screams Dominick is going to learn the hard way and is about to slap him. Rey stops him back drops Eddie. Hard whip sends Eddie into a ladder. 616 with the ladder in front of Eddie. Rey grabs his leg. Springboard leg drop onto Eddie who is under the ladder. Rey sets up the ladder and climbs. Eddie is up and hits and goes for a elerctric chair. Rey reveres into a power bomb amazing spot as again it could have ended in disaster if they had lost balance. Rey climbs and gets tot he top as Eddie kicks the ladder out. Rey falls and Eddie power bombs him.

Eddie pins Rey under the ladder so he has to watch. Eddie climbs slowly and taunts by waving him. Eddie just had to pull it down and tan he stalls and stalls and acts like he cant’ get it unhooked. Rey finally tips the ladder away. Eddie holds and spins . Rey grabs him and Eddie falls awkward and very well cold have blown out his knee. This was a pretty infamous moment. Vickie Guerrero was supposed to run down and knock Eddie off. She missed her cue badly. Rey and Eddie to improvise this. It’s muted on the network but Eddie on the PPV could be heard yelling “Where the fuck was Vickie! God Damn It!” Even on the network you can still see Eddie slapping the mat pissed off about it. Three amigos by Eddie final one onto the ladder. Eddie starts to climb again he goes real slow. Now Vickie comes out and begs him to stop. Eddie asks what’s doing and than she shoves the ladder over knocking Eddie to the ground. Vickie is in shock with what she did. Rey is stunned but gets up and starts to climb. Eddie is back up and Vickie pulls him away Rey gets the case. Now let me say this I think both men clearly wanted to have a five star classic. Both men were great in there roles. But to many things went wrong to make this that classic they wanted. One is the fact no matter what they are fighting for custody of a child so instead of making it ultra dramatic you just go “Man wrestling is strange.” Than you have the botches. Part of that is the nature of ladder matches where free falling and using them can go wrong any second but still it hurts the match. From a production standpoint I think they over cut show Dominick’s reactions. Now again he was a kid so I don’t want to bash but I don’t think he was ever quite sure how to react moment to moment. Now her missing the actual planned end is bad but I really don’t mind Vickie’s role in the finish. It makes sense given her segment earlier and it fit the story. Eddie had become such a bastard even his wife couldn’t support him anymore.

Post match Rey hugs his son. Eddie yells at Vickie before she leave. Angie Rey’s wife comes out to celebrate why Eddie throws a tantrum. Rey gets back in the ring and hits Eddie in the head with the briefcase. Its great final “And FUCK YOU ASSHOLE!” To Eddie after the match. The feud did have one more match with Eddie winning a cage match. After that Eddie moved into a feud with Batista. Sadly this would be the final major PPV appearance for Eddie as he passed away later that year.

Backstage Chris Jericho is with Todd Grisham who asks what his mindset going into what maybe the biggest match of his career. Jericho mocks Cena’s time is now theme song but says the time is now for Jericho be WWE champion. He says after he beats Cena the Chain Gang will abandon him. He bring up beating Austin and the Rock in one night. Now that was one of Jericho’s most over used lines but here it works he’ ranting about Cena and saying “He can’t compare them” its pretty good heel promo by Jericho.

The Eugene Invatential For Olympic Gold Medal Eugene with Christ Hemme vs. Kurt Angle- No Time Limit match- They had moved Angle over to Raw and why he was feuding with Both Cena and Michales in part they really truly had nothing for him until after Cena vs. Jericho and Michaels vs. Hogan was over. So he started doing a Kurt Angle Inveatnail where if he couldn't’ bet someone in three minutes they would get his 1996 Gold Medal. Eugene had manged to last the distance thus taking the medal. For those that don’t recall Eugene is one of those infamous WWE ideas. He was the mentally handicapped nephew of Eric Bischoff. He was this uber wrestling fan that would often use moves from old school wrestlers. Now I always hated the gimmick but I do know people that thought it had potential. Sadly WWE blew a chance to make him a solid mid card act but rushing him into a story line with Triple H and than over doing bad WWE comedy with him. Hemme is with Eugene because WWE really had nothing for her but the won the Diva Search so they kept putting her on TV.

Angle attacks Eugene before the bell with a slap and than stomps on him. Big uppercut by Angle and more stomping and choking him with the boot. Angle drags Eugene down by his hair. Stiff short arm clothesline by Angle and again. Eugene ducks a third and hits a spine buster. People’s elbow attempt by Eugene but Angle get up and hits a lariat. Angle with a cover for two move shots to the face. Series of German Suplexs by Angle. JR fucks up calling it the belly to back. Eugene with awful looking elbows to the stomach than some weak chops and kicks. Corner splash misses. Angle with a release German gets two. Again Eugene thrown down by his hair. Angle starts to ram Eugene’s head into the corner which the underdog no sells and than hits some punches. Rock bottom by Eugene gets two. Stunner attempt by and Angle escapes. Angles looks for the Angle Slam and Eugene escapes and hits the stunner and gets two. Eugene goes for the Ankle lock. Kurt escape and sends Eugene into the corner. Angle slam. Kurt drops the straps and gets the ankle lock. Eugene taps out at JR puts over hot dominate that was. It was an ok match but it really felt like a TV. More like this would be the type of match used in a Rock vs. Hurricane style mini feud.

Post match Angle gets a chair. They tease like he is about take out Eugene but instead he throws him out of the ring. Angle than has the referee to put the medal on his neck. The fans are cheering Kurt like a face. Showing by this point the train had derailed for Eugene as fans were sick of him. We than waste time showing some of the Divas in bikinis watch a limo that they imply belongs to President Bush. The window lowers and it’s Vince who says “Why not?’ Total waste of time. But WWE had to have a reason to justify keeping people like Torrie Wilson around so we get these cheap segments.

The Undertaker vs. Randy Orton- After awful world title and face run Orton had in late 04 the company turned him heel again and restarted his legend gimmick. Orton targeted The Undertaker and his streak for WrestleMania 21 where Undertaker won. When Randy was drafted to Smackdown the feud was picked up with Orton costing The Undertaker chances at the World Heavyweight Championship. Orton bails out at the start. Tazz calls it a good move saying he can’t let Taker set the pace. Lock up and Taker throws Orton down. Orton right back up and Undertaker slaps him. Orton duck a big right hand and again. Undertaker is trying to strike the problem is he looks way to awkward. He always wanted to be high level stiker because he was a big MMA fan yet he looked bad doing it. Headlock by Orton. Undertaker shoves him gets a shoulder block and gets two. Headlock by Undertaker. Running shoulder by taker. Hip toss by Orton than a clothesline. Undertaker with a big boot when Orton takes time to mock the fans. Taker covers and gets two. Awful looking key lock by Undertaker it looks more like he’s trying to help Orton do a yoga stretch than cause him pain. Arm wringer by By Undertaker. Old school by Undertaker attempted bu Orton uses an arm drag that gets two. Uppercuts by Randy Orton. Right hands by Orton which actually look they would do damage. Taker tosses Orton in the corner by his throat. Lefts and rights by The Undertaker. Hard whip by Undertaker and he runs into an Orton boot. Than Orton charges into Taker’s boot. Undertaker covers for two. Clothesline to the back by Taker. The Undertaker with the flying clothesline. Orton if out of position so it winds up being more like a tackle. Hard rights by Undertaker. Running knee to the gut in the corner by Undertaker. Taker goes for a second running knee. Orton moves and Taker gets hung up on the ropes. Taker falls to apron. DDT by Orton when Taker tries climb back in.

The Undertaker gets his foot on the rope but than Orton cannonballs onto it. I really like that spot. It makes sense and shows Randy is always thinking looking for the opening. Orton slams the knee on the apron than on the ring pots. Orton back in the ring. Undertaker struggles to stand up. Randy stomps the bad knee and than bars it. Knee drop by Orton for a two count. Undertaker tries to rally but The Legend Killer shuts it down with a stomp to the face. Orton ties up Taker’s leg in the ropes. The Undertaker with kick meaning he ignores all the work Orton did on the leg. Elbow to the stomach by The Deadman. Snap powerslam by Orton for another near fall. Orton with a spinning toe old than a leg lace. Taker’s shoulders on the mat getting a few two counts. Taker wit a sudden reverse and slams Orton’s leg into the mat. Kick again using the bag leg by Taker. Orton rams into the bag leg and ties it up again. Another cannon ball by Orton. Suddenly taker using is good leg kicks Orton over the top rope. Undertaker slams Orton face first into the steps. Orton draped on the apron. Taker with a leg drop. Back in the ring Undertaker with Old school than follows up with an STO that gets two. The Undertaker with snake eyes. Orton no sells and hits a dropkick. Taker shoves Orton off when he goes for the RKO. Deadman looks for the Tombstone but Orton reverses than, Undertaker with the reverse. Orton reveres again and hits a neckbreker for two. Orton pounds on Undertaker with his forearms. Orton up to the top rope. Flying cross body Undertaker rolls through. Undertaker set for a choke slam and hits it. Suddenly some guy is in they act like it’s a fan. Referee is dealing with the fan. RKO by Orton for the win. Orton leaves the ring and see the fan is really Bob Orton Jr Randy’s father.

The match itself is actually pretty good however the finish is wrong. This was actually a good time for both men in terms of there ring work. Orton had not yet settled into his overly slow plodding way of wrestling. He could still pick up the pace for time to time. And he would also break out of his normal move set actually mixing it up. Undertaker has leaned back out after being rather chunky during his American Badass days. He was still in good enough shape to keep a decent pace. I mean his striking was ok. When he tried to do MMA style it sucked but his normal worked wrestling punches looked ok. I do some issues with how his would just ignore the bad leg. I get “he’s Undertaker” but still that mindset damages the drama. But the finish is just stupid. First it was clear by how slow everyone was to react that it was not some fan that got in ring. Also why not let Orton just hit the RKO to shock everyone and get the win. It would have been a huge deal instead of having Randy’s dad just show up. Sadly this feud started out pretty well but dragged on and on. It came down to Randy always needing Dad’s help to win until Undertaker finally ended it with a win in a hell in a cell.

Post match the Ortons run away as Undertaker gives chase. The Raw team takes over again we than get a crowd shot of Ken Melman the than Republican National Committee Chairman than Ed Gillespie a previous holder of that role. We than get the WWE championship hype video. We see Raw’s Raw debut on Jericho’s Highlight Reel. Cena’s issues wit Raw GM Erich Bischoff and refusing to play politics. Bischoff saying doesn’t want Cena as champion. Bischoff naming Jericho number contender. Past highlight from Jericho and Jericho attacking Cena. Cean hitting the FU on Bischoff. It’s a bland hype video. I mean it’s the old Heel Boss wants is chosen one a champion. Backstage we see Jericho and Bischoff shake hands and Eric wish him luck. Bland segment

WWE Championship John Cena (c) vs. Randy Orton- So there is a lot to explain going on both on screen and behind the scenes. Cena had won his first WWE title back at WrestleMania in a match that didn’t really come off well. Famously Tazz declared “That’s it.” He started to get some momentum back with an I Quit match against JBL. However they moved Cena over to Raw kind of putting him below Batista for few weeks. Meanwhile Jericho was planning to take time away from wrestling. Wanting to go out on a big feud he pitched to Vince working with Cena. Now this could have actually been a good idea. After all Jericho was still one of the very best in the world at this time. And the guy is pretty unselfish thus he could have given Cena a great feud. Sadly WWE had to start feuding Cena with Bischoff in the very stale Rebel Face Champion vs. The Man Heel Boss. All because in WWE’s mind “Austin and McMahon drew well so the idea will always work.” So instead of being about Cena and Jericho it was about Bischoff and Cena. All it came off was an Eric Bischoff from WCW vs. a lamer version of Austin who liked hip hop. And it doesn’t help that even back than no matter how much they try to play Cena as some Anti Authority person fans know he’s beloved by the office.

Trash talking face to face as the bell rings. Lockup and the break after a stalemate. Headlock by Jericho he is shoved off and hits a shoulder tackle. Punches by Cena. Exchange of shots and tan Jericho takes control. Running corner clothesline by Jericho followed by the snap suplex. Cena ducks a clothesline but Jericho hits a spinning heel kick. Jericho hits the second rope for that spring board dropkick he does but than he goes flying over. I think the idea is supposed to be Cena ducked it but the problem is to safely clear the ropes Jericho had to pretty obvious he was going to miss. Cena tackles Jericho and than tosses him back in hard whip int the corner and than a back elbow by Cena. Jericho gets rammed face first into the corner. And JR has a meltdown on commentary. Both King and Coach are selling that Cena is a thug. So when Cena attacked on the outside King acts mad. Than JR freaks out and rambles about King having a moment and wanting tea. It was this annoying thing JR would do I think when ever he didn’t like King said. Dropkick by Jericho and he hits some ground and pound. Chops by Jericho and some boots to the gut. Delayed vertical suplex and a cover by Jericho that kicks out of. Baseball slide dropkick by Jericho and he goes for a chin lock before tearing at the mouth. Cena battles back as they exchanges punches. Cena thrown to the outside hard. Dropkick off the apron from Y2J. Jericho grabs a cord and chokes Cena. Back into the ring. Running kick to the ribs by Jericho. Top rope superplex by Jericho and both men are hurting. I think Jericho didn’t get over enough and hit wrong. Jericho runs into a boot more rights by Jericho. Back body drop by Cena than a series of awful looking clotheslines. John Cena goes for a flying shoulder block but Jericho ducks. Running bulldog by Jericho. The Lionsault but Cena moves. Jericho lands on his feet. Cena looks for the FU but looked for a victory roll and goes for the walls of Jericho. Cena kicks him away and Jericho goes to the floor.

Jericho starts to climb back in. Cena to the top and comes off a leg drop when Jericho’s head is between the ropes. Cena slowly crawls to the cover one two, foot on the rope by Jericho. Cena goes for the FU but Jericho counters into DDT. Near fall for Jericho. Kick to the back by Jericho than a back breaker followed up with elbow drops. Jericho uses the ropes to choke Cena. Jericho takes time to play for the fans who pop like he’s the biggest face ever and than runs into a Cena clothesline. Exchanges of punches. Cena takes control and knocks Jericho down another running clothesline series by the champion. Sloppy hip toss by Cena than a side slam. Cena goes for the five knuckle shuffle but Jericho with a take down and locks in the Walls of Jericho. Cena with an awful sell job he actually over selling so instead of look like he’s in pain he looks like he’s making funny faces. Cena almost has the ropes but Jericho pulls him back to the center. Cena crawls again and breaks the hold and a good chuck of fans boo. Jericho to the top rope and Cena cuts him off. Cena sets for the FU but Jericho escape and hits a bell to back superplex. Cena kicks out at two. Jericho goes for his running bulldog but Jericho picks him spins him in the air and hits the FU for the win out of no where. Its an ok match but no means great. Jericho does his damdest here but well it’s Cena five moves of doom and at this stage he could pretty sloppy. To be fair WWE hadn’t gone Super Cena yet so he actually sold a bit more than we are used to today. But at best it’s an ok match. Really a bigger issue is JR on commentary. He’s clearly trig to make Cena the new Austin. Even coming off like he mad lipped some old lines and put Cena where Austin had been.

Post match Cena celebrates. JR and Coach put over Cena’s win. King says Bischoff won't be happy. The Cena and Jericho feud went on until Jericho was fired for failing beat Cena thus writing him off TV. The Bischoff and Cena feud dragged over for way to long until finally Bischoff left TV and Cena would instead feud with heel GM like Vickie, Johnny Ace, The Authority, you know pretty much all of them.

Cole and Tazz start the hype job for the main event pointing out it’s the first time Batista will defend in his hometown of Washington DC. The hype video shows the contract signing between two with JBL bragging about is win (via DQ) at the Great American Bash. Than Batista letting JBL name the stipulation for the match with it being No Holds Barred. And the intense brawls between the two.

No Holds Bared For the World Heavyweight Championship Batista (c) vs. John Bradshaw Layfield- Ok again a lot to explain in both Kayfab and real life that leads to this match. In kayfab when Cena was drafted to Raw it left Smackdown with out a champion thus Teddy Long had a six way with the winner becoming the Smackdown Champion. JBL won only for it than be revealed that Batista and his world heavyweight strap were the final draft pick thus there would be no belt. Instead JBL was now the number one contender. At the Bash JBL had won via DQ after Batista used a chair after getting pissed due to inference by Orlando Jordan. Behind the scenes the feud was extended after the original plan of Batista losing the belt to Muhammad Hassan was killed off due to WWE being so stupidly tasteless that UPN banned the gimmick. For his entrance JBL has hundred dollar bills with his picture on it. JBL attacks the champion during his entrance but Batista sees it coming Belt shot by Batista the he rams challenger into a case by entryway. JBL battles back but Hard forearms turns it for Batista again and than JBL sent into a table. Fire exegishre shot by The Animal. Bradshaw reveres a whip and sends Batista into a table. Batista’s head sent into a guard rail. Batista returns the favor and hits a right hand. Chair shot by JBL who goes for it again. Spear by Batista sends them crashing through the rings side bearer. Both men are slow getting up. JBL sees a chance to send the future Dr ax the Destroyer into the ring post. Short clothesline by JBL than a garvin stomp. Hard right hands by JBL drops Batista. JBL grabs a belt to whip and scream “Come on Animal!” Now JBL uses to belt to choke. The referee asks if Batista wants to stop. Batista fades.. Finally the champion gets behind and hits a side suplex to break the choke. Now JBL gets a whipping. Hard shoulders in the corner from The Animal. Batista runs into a boot. Clothesline from Hell but it only gets two for JBL.

A frustrated JBL brings the steps into the ring. Batista is still down. Set up for a power bomb. Last second backbody drop by Batista. JBL goes for the Clothesline from hell again. Batista catches him for a spine buster. Batista bomb but no pin. Tazz and Cole are shocked. The fans chant one more time as Batista looks at the steps. Batista bomb on the steps for the ! Win. This match is way to short for what is was it was pretty good. Both men brought some good intensity fitting the match. I’m not saying they needed to go a half hour but it doesn’t even go a full ten minutes. A little more would have really added. This wrapped up the feud with these two. Batista would start a story line with Eddie Guerrero while JBL got stuck working with the Boogeyman.

We go to the Raw team who start the final hype between for the main event. JR calls us this a match between two legends. We get the hype video starting wit Michaels begging Hogan to team with him to give the fans one more match. Hogan’s return and agreeing.. Them teaming up on a July 4th Raw and winning. Than Michaels superkicking Hogan. Michales saying was living off a years old rep while he’s been recreating himself ever night. Michales superkick various people including Roddy Piper. Hogan telling Michaels he’s taken it to another level and calling him out for a cheap shot. Hogan saying Michaels about himself while Hogan is about the Hulkamanics. Michaels saying Hogan can’t touch him in the ring. Its a really good video sold on the fact well it was legit the first meeting wit the two. Sadly they leave out some great heel promos Michaels had cut.

Shawn Michaels vs. Hulk Hogan- Hogan had returned at WrestleMania 21 saving Eugene from a beat down by Muhammad Hassan and Davari. After the evil foreigners attacked HBK he asked Hogan to return and team with him. The Dream Team won that match than teamed again on July 4th to beat Kurt Angle and Carltio but post match Michaels hit sweat chin music. Michaels turned heel mocking Hogan for his age, his lack of talent compared to someone like Michaels. Also legitimately this was a huge dream match that had NEVER been done before. Hell I don't’ think they even touched in Royal Rumble. Of course you have two men known for huge egos and playing politics. The original plan was best of three with each man winning one and than a final blow off. According to reports Michaels wanted to it be face vs. face but Hogan wanted him to turn heel. Which Michaels did and actually did some great heel segments. Hell microphone wise you could say it was the best work he had done ever. Than apparently Hogan felt Michaels went to far mocking his age. From what I can tell by the time it was to late to change the SummerSlam card Hogan claimed he was dealing with back issues and thus this would the only match. Hogan was booked to go over and well Michaels wasn’t happy and thus well went full on Shawn Michales. He spent the whole day trying to piss Hogan off and in the match itself oversold everything to ridicules levels.

JR points out neither man has ever lost a one on one match at SummerSlam. King hypes how big it is while Coach picks HBK to win and finally end Hulkamania. King says Hogan always puts it all on the line. Coach rants about Hogan being about his ego and only caring himself. As Hogan is doing his entrance Michales plays around and slides in and out of the ring. Circles around the ring at the start. The men look around and finally lock up Hogan shoves Michaels off who falls to his ass than pops up and hits the ropes. More circling another lock up and Hogan shoves him off and again. Both times Michaels falls over. And we get a shot of Hogan’s face just as it hits him what Michales is doing. Another lock up and hammerlock into a headlock by Michaels. He works it. Hogan breaks it with elbows than a big shoulder block by Hogan. Michaels falls to the floor flops around and throws a fit. Lockup and a knee by Michaels and than hard hammer shots. Chops by Michaels. Hogan reveres a whip and HBK clearly throws himself onto the top ropes. Kicks to the gut by Hogan. Michaels starts boucing as high as he can until he crotches himself. Hogan shakes the ropes. Big right hand by Hogan than more rights. HBK’s head sent into the corner he than bounces away and pops up acting punch drunk. HBK down on a right hand. Thumb to the eye by Michales. Shawn back to the chopps. Back body drop by Hogan than a clothesline sends Michaels to the floor. More wild flipping by HBK before falling. Coach declares Michaels might have to much energy. Michaels back on the apron and Hogan brings him by puling the ropes so he flips. I think Hogan just yelled “Come on Shawn!” and not in a trash talk way more like he’s legit trying to get him to stop over selling. Clothesline by Hogan than back to rights. Hogan sets for a back body drop and gets kick. Chops by Michaels again. Hogan blocks an attempt to ram in into the turnbuckle. Slap to the face for Michaels. Hogan is pissed and swing wild Michaels ducks and slaps again before slamming the Hulkster into the buckle. Hogan reverses a whip. Michaels flips over the top and slaps Hogan again. Big right and by Hogan and Michaels somersaults off the apron. Hogan smacks HBK’s head into the guard rail. Slam onto the Spanish announce table. Hogan whips Michaels into the guard rail. Shawn this time spins around like a dancer doing a turn and than falls over.

Hogan has this “your fucking kidding me look.” Hogan has picked Michesl up but he slips off the back. Hogan sent into the ring post. Michaels does it again. Back into the ring. Mounted corner punches by Michaels until Hogan shoves him away. Michales runs back to do it again and repete and repeat. Ground and pound by Michaels until the referee pulls him off. Hogan has been busted open. Given what we know I have to wonder of Michaels kept rushing back to keep Hogan from doing the blade job. Sure its a huge risk but I don’t think HBK cared at this point. Punches to the face by Michaels. Hogan is dazed. Sleeper hold by Michaels. We get great shot off the blood flowing on HBK’s arm. The referee checks the arm. Hogan keeps the arm up on the third time. Backdrop suplex by Hogan. Flying forearm by Michaels. HBK to the top rope for elbow drop. Hogan moves. Both men are up Hogan starting to Hulk up and Michales jumping around. Hard right hands. Hogan goes for the big boot but Michales goes for the forearm the referee takes the bump. Kip up by Shawn Michales. HBK acts like he’s about to do the elbow but stops and puts Hogan in the sharp shooter. New referee out Michales doesn’t even make an effort to sink in the hold content to just let Hogan scream and no doubt laugh to himself. Hogan to the ropes but Hogan pulls him back. Ok Hogan starts to tap here. Now I think he’s supposed to be “digging deep’ But it looks more like he’s taping. I have to wonder if he slapping the mat to single Shawn to start moving towards the ropes again. Hogan gets the ropes to break the worse sharp shooter not counting the Rock’s.

Michales goes for the sharp shooter again but Hogan kicks him off and sends HBK into the second referee. Hogan is back up but hurting. Low blow by Michaels. HBK gets a chair. Smack right to the head of Hogan. Top rope elbow drop connects. Let’s tune up the band. Sweat Chin Music referee wit a slow count. Hogan power free. Hulk up time. Over the top selling again by Michaels. Big boot as final fuck you to Hogan HBK gets up runs around the ring and than falls over. Hogan poses and than drops the leg for the 1 2 win. Well that was interesting to say the least. I recomned watching it just see te most obvious case of a guy saatouging his own match ever. It is kind of entertaining in a strange way like the movie The Room. I can’t say it’s good but even with the antics I’ve seen much worse.

Post match Hogan celebrates when HBK gets back in the ring and shoves him. They act like they will fight until HBK extends the hand and Hogan takes it. Michaels says he needed to do. JR declares there is a lot of class in that ring… JUST SHUT UP JR! I mean after that you are saying that. I don’t care if Vince did tell him to say that it was stupid. Michaels leaves as Hogan keeps celebrating. JR and King try to put over Hogan’s legacy as he posses. We close with Hogan doing his thing as JR signs off. Hogan would leave the WWE for about a year.

This is a strange show I mean the main event alone is worth checking out just out of infamy. But than again you have a ladder match for a child. There really isn’t a great match on the card. A big part of that is lack of time. Only four matches go over ten minutes. Hell not even the Batista and JBL match goes over ten. Three don’t even go five. Sure with the match I didn’t review it was part of a gimmick they were doing. And with Angle he should crushed Eugene but maybe you don’t do Angle vs. Eugene instead find someone you could do a realistic ten mintue match with Kurt. Also it was bullshit Hardy vs. Edge was that short so they could punish Matt. Its not the worse SummerSlam but defently not a great one.