Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Tonight's WWE RAW opens up with a look back at last week's #1 contenders main event between Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns, which was crashed by Braun Strowman.
- We're live from the Verizon Center in Washington, DC as Michael Cole welcomes us. He's joined by Corey Graves and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T.
- We go right to the ring as JoJo introduces RAW General Manager Kurt Angle. He comes out to a pop as the "you suck" chants start up.
Angle welcomes us to RAW. He talks about the personal problem he's been dealing with over the past few months, which was revealed last week when he introduces his "long lost son" Jason Jordan, the newest member of the RAW roster. Angle says he was nervous at first but this has been exciting. Angle says he's been spending time with his son over the past week and Jordan will have his first RAW match tonight. Angle says he's given Jordan the opportunity but it's up to him to make it happen.
Angle also talks about how Braun Strowman interrupted last week's match to determine the SummerSlam opponent for WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. Angle says he has decided that Lesnar will face... the music interrupts Angle and out comes Strowman marching to the ring. Braun says the next words out of Angle's mouth better be his name or else. Braun says he won his match at Great Balls of Fire, unlike Samoa Joe or Roman Reigns. Braun says he does not fear Lesnar, Lesnar fears Braun. Braun says he's going to break Lesnar in half and become the next champion at SummerSlam. The music interrupts and out comes Joe next. Joe is here to make this really simple for Angle and Braun. Joe says fortunately for Braun, they haven't crossed paths much since Joe arrived. Joe introduces himself to Braun, as the man who tamed The Beast and came within seconds of putting him to sleep. Joe says he is the man that does not fear Lesnar. And he definitely does not fear Braun.
Joe says the only reason he's not knocking Braun's teeth out for what he did last week is because he just stopped Reigns from losing to him for the third straight time. Joe tells Angle that we should let Braun and Roman handle their business at SummerSlam but Angle needs to give The Beast to Joe. Reigns' music hits next and out he comes. Reigns says Joe hasn't done anything around here, neither has Braun. Reigns says in 5 years he's been a Tag Team Champion, a United States Champion and a three-time WWE Heavyweight Champion. Reigns says he's won the Royal Rumble, been a part of 5 WrestleMania and 3 of those he main evented. The last one he retired The Undertaker. Reigns asks what Joe and Braun have done here. He'll wait... that's what he thought, they haven't done anything yet. Reigns says now let's show the world what he's about to. Angle gets in between everyone. He says they all make valid points, that's why he's changed his mind again. Angle announces Joe vs. Reigns vs. Braun vs. Lesnar for a Fatal 4 Way at SummerSlam. Oh it's true, it's damn true.
Angle's music hits and he goes to leave but Joe stops him. Joe isn't happy. Angle says we're done here. Joe says he's the only man who should get a shot. Braun doesn't care how many people are involved, all he cares about is piling bodies. Reigns tells Braun to shut up and decks him. Braun grabs them both but Joe and Reigns double team him out of the ring. The assault continues until Braun gets knocked over the barrier. Joe with a cheap shot to Reigns as they go at it now. Joe brings it into the ring. Braun ends up coming in and manhandling Reigns, tossing him. Braun goes for Joe but security hits the ring. Braun destroys them all and tosses one guy high in the air, causing him to hit the floor hard. Joe goes for Braun and applies the Coquina Clutch. The locker room empties out but they can't get Joe to break the hold. Reigns spears Braun and Joe and a few Superstars who were in the way. The ring empties as Braun plants Reigns with a big powerslam and stands tall as his music hits.
- Still to come, Sasha Banks vs. Bayley and The Miztourage vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose in a Handicap Match. Also, Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass for the second time. The Finn Balor vs. Elias Samson No DQ match is coming up. We go to commercial.
No DQ Match: Finn Balor vs. Elias Samson
Back from the break and JoJo introduces Elias Samson, who is in the ring with a spotlight and a guitar. Fans start chanting for Finn Balor. Samson dedicates this song to Finn and starts singing. The music eventually interrupts and out comes Balor to a pop.
The bell rings and they go at it. Balor strikes and dropkicks Samson back to the floor as they fight back around the ring. Balor runs around the ring and drops Samson against the barrier for a pop. We go to commercial with Balor standing tall on the floor.
Back from the break and Balor charges Samson into the barrier again. Balor keeps control and brings it back into the ring. Samson misses a clothesline but connects with the next attempt and Balor goes down. Samson goes to work on Balor's shoulder now, which is wrapped in Kinesio tape. Balor looks to fight back but Samson nails a left and drops a knee. Samson asks who wants to walk with Elias as we get a replay. Samson drags Balor to the corner and wraps his arm around the ring post a few times.
Samson grabs a steel chair and brings it into the ring. Balor with a forearm. Samson drops the chair. Balor rocks Samson but Samson grabs him. Balor with double boots to the face. Samson with a thrust in the corner now. Samson with another shot to the injured shoulder. Samson keeps Balor grounded by the shoulder as fans chant Finn's name.
Balor makes another comeback and beats Samson down in the corner for a pop. Balor brings a chair into the ring now. Samson kicks him and Balor drops the chair. Samson picks the chair up and smacks Balor over the back with it. Balor rolls to the floor in pain and Samson stands tall in the ring as fans boo. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Samson sends Balor to the floor. Samson follows and puts Balor's shoulder into the barrier. Back in the ring and Samson hits a shoulder breaker for a 2 count. Samson wedges a steel chair between the turnbuckles in the corner now. Samson tries to send Balor into the chair but Balor counters and puts Samson head-first into the chair.
Balor fights back and drops Samson with the overhead kick. Balor runs into a boot in the corner. Samson tosses Balor to the floor and follows but Balor traps him in the apron cover and works him over. Balor keeps Samson trapped in the cover as the assault continues. Samson drops and disappears under the ring for just a second. He comes back out and Balor delivers a kick from the apron. Balor runs and nails a big dropkick, sending Samson back into the barrier.
Finn brings a steel chair back into the ring as Samson is slow to recover. Balor with several chair shots over the back as fans pop. Balor goes on and dropkicks Samson back into the turnbuckles. Balor goes up top and hits Coup de Grace. The graphics flash and the lights go out. The lights come back on and Bray Wyatt drops Balor with a Sister Abigail in the middle of the ring. Wyatt goes to the corner and turns upside down. Samson crawls over and places his arm over Balor for the pin.
Winner: Elias Samson
- After the bell, Wyatt is still turned upside down in the corner as we go to replays. We come back and the arena is lit up by fireflies now. Wyatt does the spider walk over to Balor and drops down next to him for a few words. Wyatt poses over Balor to end the segment.
- Still to come, Jason Jordan's RAW debut. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and we see a video on Kurt Angle announcing Jason Jordan as his son on last week's RAW and their post-show interview with Renee Young.
- We go backstage to Renee and Angle now. Renee reveals that Jordan will make his debut against Curt Hawkins. Angle believes Jordan will prove himself to be a successful singles competitor. Angle goes on about having butterflies but he's interrupted by Emma. She wants to know when the focus is going to be put on her. She started the women's revolution and has sat on the sidelines while others that looked up to her, like Sasha Banks, get all the opportunities. Emma says maybe dating Angle's son will get her noticed. Angle puts her in a match against Nia Jax tonight.
- Enzo Amore is shown walking backstage. Big Show stops him and asks if he's sure he wants to do this. Enzo says he needs to do this, he needs to show Cass he made the biggest mistake of his life when he turned on Enzo. Enzo goes on and says he's bringing the fight to Cass tonight, no need for Show to worry. Back to commercial.
Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass
Back from the break and out comes Enzo Amore with a mic. He cuts a promo on his former partner and how he's doing for the fans. The music eventually interrupts and out comes Big Cass.
The bell rings and they go at it. Enzo tries to put up a fight but Cass swats him to the mat early on. Enzo ends up coming off the top but Cass catches him in mid-air and plants him to boos.
Cass keeps control and drops an elbow as the "asshole" chants start up. Cass with a big kick to the ribs. Cass stands tall and mocks Enzo, taking his time with the beatdown. Fans try to rally for Enzo but Cass shuts him down. Enzo keeps fighting back but Cass unloads on him in the corner. Enzo tries to pick himself up but he can't as Cass continues taking his time.
Cass bounces off the rope and floors Enzo with a big boot. Cass covers for the easy win.
Winner: Big Cass
- After the match, Cass stands tall as we get replays. Cass takes Enzo to the corner and talks some trash before sending him to the mat. The music interrupts and out comes Big Show. Cass grabs Enzo and warns Show if he comes any closer he will snap Enzo's neck. Show enters the ring and Cass shoves Enzo into him. Cass hits Show with a big boot and goes to work on him. Cass with the Empire Elbow on Show. Cass hits another Empire Elbow. Cass talks some trash before dropping a third Empire Elbow. Show gets to his knees and fights back but Cass drops him and hits two more Empire Elbows. Cass stomps away now. Cass taunts Show and waits for him to get up. Cass kicks Show in the ribs and sends him back down, continuing the trash talking. Cass with a few more shots before standing tall in the middle of the ring to more boos from the crowd. The referee checks on Show as a few fans check on Enzo, who is still down somewhere. Cass stands tall as his music hits.
- Still to come, tonight's 2-on-3 Handicap Match. Also, Bayley vs. Sasha Banks with a SummerSlam title shot on the line.
- Renee Young is backstage with RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss, asking if she prefers to defend against Sasha or Bayley. Bliss isn't worried about SummerSlam. She says the entire WWE Universe will see a friendship destroyed tonight. Team Gag Reflex will implode, all for a chance to lose to her at SummerSlam. She goes on and says Sasha won't be the winner and Bayley won't be the winner tonight, the real winner will be Bliss. Back to commercial.
Nia Jax vs. Emma
Back from the break and Emma has made her entrance. Nia Jax is out next.
The bell rings and they go at it. Nia overpowers early on and shoves Emma to the mat. Emma looks to come back and goes for the legs but Nia overpowers her again and begins destroying. Nia manhandles Emma a bit and splashes her in the corner before hitting the somersault senton for the easy win.
Winner: Nia Jax
- After the match, Nia leaves as her music plays and the referee checks on Emma.
- Charly Caruso is backstage with Akira Tozawa. We see clips from last week's shows and why Tozawa's shoulder is taped up. Tozawa says we see why he wants a rematch with Ariya Daivari. Titus O'Neil walks up and says he's been looking all over for Tozawa. He knows Tozawa wants payback on Daivari but the shoulder isn't good, it's a liability. Titus says Tozawa can fool a lot of people but he can't fool Titus. Titus says he went to Kurt Angle and WWE Medical to get this match nixed. Tozawa flips out and tells Titus to stay in the back as he apparently heads to the ring. Titus follows as they argue.
Tozawa and Titus walk to the ring now. Tozawa pushes Titus away and looks to warn Titus not to touch him. We go to commercial.
- Back from the break and Tozawa is doing his "ah!" chant with the crowd. The music hits and out comes WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville. Neville takes credit for all of Tozawa's issues as he walks to the ring. Neville says he tried to warn Tozawa but Tozawa went with the false promises of Titus instead. Neville asks Tozawa where that got him. Neville meets Tozawa in the middle of the ring now. Neville says Tozawa is pathetic, a joke, nothing more than a shell of his former... Tozawa drops Neville and works him over.
Tozawa climbs to the top and hits the diving senton but sells the shoulder injury. Ariya Daivari hits the ring and unloads on Tozawa. Daivari grabs Neville next and plants him hard. Daivari talks some trash and motions for the belt around his waist as he looks down at Tozawa and Neville. He leaves the ring.
- Sasha Banks and Bayley are backstage. They're determined not to let anything come between them and ruin their friendship. Banks can't wait to get her hands on Alexa Bliss and become a four-time champion. Bayley says maybe Sasha needs to focus on tonight's match first. They tease a bit of tension and Bayley says may the best woman win. Sasha agrees and says the best woman will win. Sasha walks off smiling as we go to commercial.
- Back from the break and we see what happened earlier with Reigns, Joe and Braun. Cole plugs the SummerSlam Fatal 4 Way with WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.
- Renee is backstage with Jason Jordan to talk about tonight's debut. Jordan is grateful for the opportunity and since this is the first match since Kurt Angle was revealed to be his father, he realizes all eyes are on him. Jordan admits he has butterflies. Renee points out how Angle said the same thing earlier in their interview. Jordan says Angle being his dad is incredible but unbelievable at the same time. The man he grew up idolizing, his hero... turned out to be his father. Jordan goes on about a dream coming true and how he's overjoyed but right now he's focused on winning his first RAW match.
- We see Dean Ambrose backstage warming up. Seth Rollins is also there. He admits he's kind of excited about teaming up tonight. Rollins wants to come up with a gameplan but Ambrose isn't interested, he's just going out and doing what he does. Rollins says there are 3 guys they have to worry about tonight. Ambrose says Rollins has to worry about just 3 guys but he has to worry about 4. Ambrose walks off.
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
We go to the ring and out first comes Bayley. The winner of his match will earn a shot at RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam. Bayley poses in the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Sasha Banks. The bell rings but before they go at it, the music hits and out comes RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss for commentary. Back and forth to start. They trade moves and pin attempts. Bayley gets some offense going and covers for two straight pin attempts. Sasha cuts her off with a big slap to the chest. Bayley turns it back around and drops Sasha with a backbreaker for a 2 count. Bayley with more offense until Sasha sends her to the floor and we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Sasha has control of Bayley in the middle of the ring. Bayley ends up driving Sasha face first into the mat to turn it around. They trade counters. Sasha drops Bayley with a knee. Sasha ends up hitting double knees to the back in the corner. Sasha goes on and applies the Banks Statement in the middle of the ring.
Bayley crawls for the bottom rope but Sasha pulls her back. Sasha is forced to change the hold but she still has control. Sasha blocks a Bayley-to-Bayley and nails a strike. They start brawling now. Sasha takes control and hits the double knees to the spine in the corner. Sasha comes off the top with double knees but Bayley moves. Bayley hits a running knee. Sasha hits a Shining Wizard and both go down as fans cheer.
Fans count as they both make it up before the 10 count. They trade shots in the middle of the ring. Bayley stuns Sasha and takes her to the apron. Sasha connects with a kick and drops Bayley from the apron. Fans do dueling chants now. Bayley climbs up for a superplex on Sasha but Sasha resists. Sasha sends Bayley to the mat. Sasha hits the big Frogsplash and covers for a 2 count but Bayley turns that right into a pin of her own for the win.
Winner and New #1 Contender: Bayley
- After the match, Bliss looks on as Bayley recovers and starts smiling. We go to replays. We come back to Sasha looking at Bayley while are both still down on the mat. Bliss makes her way down to the ring from the announce desk. Bliss raises the title to Bayley as Bayley stands in the corner. They face off in the middle of the ring as Bliss keeps the title in the air. Bliss' music hits to end the segment.
- Still to come, The Miztourage vs. Ambrose and Rollins.
- Renee is backstage with Curt Hawkins for comments on the match with Jason Jordan. Hawkins is tired of hearing about Jordan all week and he doesn't care about Jordan. Hawkins is going to give us something else to talk about when he ruins Jordan's big RAW debut. Hawkins says everyone will be talking about him tomorrow.
- Cole leads us to a video package on Special Olympics athlete Cornell Gray. WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior interviews the multi-sport gold medalist. WE come back and see Cornell sitting at ringside for RAW. He gets a pop from the crowd and we go back to commercial.
Curt Hawkins vs. Jason Jordan
Back from the break and out comes Jason Jordan as Curt Hawkins waits in the ring. Jordan hits the ring and Hawkins hits him with a cheap shot before the bell. The referee checks to see if Jordan wants to continue and he's just fired up.
Jordan goes right to work and plants Hawkins on the mat. Jordan with big blows. Jordan keeps control and slams Hawkins again for another pin attempt. We see Kurt Angle backstage watching the match as Jordan continues to dominate Hawkins.
Hawkins tries to disrespect Jordan once again but Jordan manhandles him some more, dropping the straps after a belly-to-belly suplex. Jordan tosses Hawkins again, hitting a spear in the corner. Jordan with more offense before hitting a belly-to-back suplex and a neckbreaker for the win.
Winner: Jason Jordan
- After the match, Jordan stands tall as we go to replays.
- The announcers show us the recent happenings between The Revival and The Hardys. We see The Revival walking backstage. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Charly Caruso is in the ring to introduce The Revival. She starts with a question but Scott Dawson cuts her off and dismisses her, saying he and Dash Wilder are professional enough to handle this on their own. They talk about how they're here to run the tag team division and how they sent teams like The New Day packing until the music interrupts and out come Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Anderson and Gallows trade words with Dawson and Wilder. The Club declares that The Revival are nerds as they hit the ring for a match.
The Revival vs. The Club
Dawson and Anderson start things off and go at it. Dawson turns it around and in comes Wilder. They work Anderson over and keep him in their corner.
Gallows finally gets the tag and stares down The Revival as he comes in. We see RAW Tag Team Champions Sheamus & Cesaro backstage watching the match. Dawson goes at it with Gallows and beats him around. Dash tags in but Gallows clotheslines them both. Gallows fights off both opponents. Anderson comes in to help Gallows clear the ring with clotheslines over the top. Gallows and Anderson stand tall as we go to commercial.
More back and forth after the match. We see Cesaro & Sheamus backstage watching again. Gallows gets a hot tag and unloads on both opponents. It looks like we might get a Boot of Doom but The Revival uses a distraction to turn it back around. The music hits and out comes Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy to a pop.
Fans chant "delete!" as The Hardys appear. This still leads to The Revival taking advantage and hitting a Shatter Machine on Anderson for the pin.
Winners: The Revival
- After the match, The Revival stands tall until The Hardys run down and get the upperhand. It ends with Dash taking finishers from The Hardys. The Revival retreats as Matt and Jeff look on from the ring.
- The Miztourage is backstage getting riled up for tonight's main event. The Miz says they will prove that Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are nothing but a box office bomb waiting to happen. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman plus Jason Jordan on MizTV is set for next week's RAW.
- We see rapper Wale sitting at ringside.
Handicap Match: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas
We go to the ring and out first comes Dean Ambrose. Seth Rollins is out next. WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz is out next with Maryse and his partners Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel.
Ambrose starts off with Miz but Axel comes in. Ambrose works over Axel and takes control. Rollins comes in and keeps up the attack on Axel. We see Sheamus and Cesaro backstage watching. Bo comes in but Rollins keeps control and hits a big hip toss. Miz ends up coming in but Rollins fights him off. Ambrose and Rollins continue the teamwork and Miz can't believe it. We go to commercial with Ambrose and Rollins standing tall in the ring while their opponents are out on the floor.
Back from the break and Dallas takes Rollins down. Ambrose waits for the tag but Miz tags in first and stops Rollins. Miz talks trash to Ambrose while working over Rollins. Miz distracts the referee while his partners get cheap shots in.
Miz continues beating Rollins around while talking trash to Ambrose. Miz ends up hitting the backbreaker - neckbreaker combo for a 2 count. Axel tags in for a bit of double teaming on Rollins for a 2 count. Axel keeps Rollins down near their corner now. Ambrose and fans try to rally for Rollins but Axel nails a dropkick and talks some trash. Dallas tags in and drives a bunch of knees into Rollins for a 2 count. Bo with a right hand and more knees. Bo gets aggressive and is warned by the referee. Miz tags back in as the assault on Rollins continues in their corner.
Rollins fights out of the corner and decks all three opponents but Miz drops him with a DDT for a close 2 count as Maryse looks on. Ambrose yells at Rollins to try and get him back into the mat. Miz with the "yes!" kicks to Rollins now. Miz unloads with kicks but misses the last kick as Rollins rolls him for a 2 count. They collide in the middle of the ring and both go down.
Axel tags in and stops Rollins from tagging. Rollins drops Axel and avoids Bo. Ambrose finally gets the tag. He unloads on Axel and Bo. Ambrose knocks Miz off the apron. Ambrose leaps over the top and takes Miz out. Ambrose sends Miz into the timekeeper's area. Ambrose goes back in for a 2 count on Bo. Bo with a forearm. Ambrose bounces back with the big clothesline. Ambrose goes to the top and hits the elbow drop on Bo. Miz breaks the pin. Rollins sends Miz out of the ring. Axel pulls Rollins out of the ring and drives him into the barrier. Bo tags in Axel for some double teaming on Ambrose. Ambrose counters. Axel blocks Dirty Deeds. Miz tags in but Ambrose doesn't see it. Ambrose tosses Axel to the floor. Miz comes from behind with a Skull Crushing Finale on Ambrose for a 2 count as Rollins breaks the pin.
Bo runs in but Rollins sends him into the bottom rope. Rollins goes down. Miz and Ambrose are standing as the legal men now. Ambrose dumps Miz over the top. Ambrose and Rollins run the ropes at the same time and hit suicide dives on their opponents. Miz slid back into the ring and avoided the dives. Miz drops Ambrose with a DDT for a 2 count. Rollins comes off the top with the flying knee to Miz. Ambrose grabs a stunned Miz and hits Dirty Deeds for the pin.
Winners: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
- After the match, Ambrose and Rollins stand tall as Ambrose's music hits. They celebrate a bit before embracing for a second. Rollins offers his fist for a Shield bump but Ambrose rolls out of the ring. Ambrose exits as Rollins looks on from the ring and RAW goes off the air.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Davey Richards posted the following on Twitter Today
Opinionated View- Well this is a lose for Global Force given Davey is easily one of the best on the roster. That said it doesn't shock me as a number of times he's openly talked about retiring or even when explain why didn't go to WWE saying "I need to be Wes sometimes." Plus its not like he's freaking out and wants to go to WWE so he can be in the NXT Storage locker.
WWE RAW is live tonight from Washington, DC.
WWE has already advertised three matches for the show ahead of time.
This includes Sasha Banks vs. Bayley in a No. 1 Contenders match, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. The Miztourage and Finn Balor vs. Elias Samson in a No DQ match.
WWE has already advertised three matches for the show ahead of time.
This includes Sasha Banks vs. Bayley in a No. 1 Contenders match, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. The Miztourage and Finn Balor vs. Elias Samson in a No DQ match.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
The 2017 WWE Battleground pay-per-view opens with a video package.
- We're live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Tom Phillips welcomes us. We see the Punjabi Prison structure above the ring. Tom is joined by JBL and Byron Saxton.
SmackDown Tag Team Title Match: The New Day vs. The Usos
We go right to the ring as The New Day comes out.
Tom introduces some of the international announce teams at ringside. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos are out next.
Kofi nails a dropkick on Jey Uso to start the match and takes control. Xavier Woods tags in and they double team Uso with several moves as Big E looks on from ringside. Woods works over Uso but Jimmy Uso tags himself in and they turn it around with some double teaming. Uso beats Woods down. The referee is distracted by Kofi, allowing more cheap shots. The Usos keep control as fans try to rally for Woods. Woods catches a kick but Uso comes right back with a kick to the face for a 2 count. Jey drops Woods again and in comes Jimmy for more double teaming. Uso stomps away in the corner now. Jimmy charges and hits the Umaga splash for a 2 count.
Jimmy chokes Woods with the rope and distracts the referee, allowing Jey to connect with a boot to the head. Jey tags back in comes off the top with a shot to the chest right after Jimmy nails a backbreaker. Jey takes Woods to the corner and rocks him after placing him on the top. He follows up with chops. Uso climbs up for a superplex but Woods fights him. Woods headbutts Jey to the mat. Woods nails a missile dropkick.
Kofi tags in and unloads on both of the champions. Kofi drops Jimmy as he charges. Kofi with the Boom Drop on Jimmy. Fans rally for The New Day again. Jimmy avoids a Trouble In Paradise. Kofi goes to the apron. Both champs get dumped to the floor. Woods tags in but Kofi goes to the top and leaps back onto The Usos but they catch him and double powerbomb him onto the floor. Fans boo. Woods comes over but gets caught with an uppercut.
Jimmy brings Woods back in after wasting a bit of time on the floor. Jimmy goes for the big splash but misses. Woods drops Jimmy with a new move for a close 2 count. Jimmy blocks the Honor Roll and leaves Woods laying. Jey comes in and Woods gets tossed into a Samoan Drop for a close 2 count. Big E can't believe it. Kofi is still down on the floor. Woods counters Uso but they turn it right back around. Woods fights both champs off again from the apron and nails an enziguri to Jey. Woods goes to the top, walks the rope and leaps for an elbow drop but Jimmy kicks him in mid-air. Woods still finds a way to kick out and no one can believe it.
Jimmy applies the crab now but Woods is close to the rope. Uso tightens it and brings Woods to the middle of the ring. Fans rally and Big E cheers Woods on. The hold is finally broken. Uso argues with the referee. Kofi finally comes back and tags in. They hit the Midnight Hour but Uso kicks out right before the 3 count. Kofi springboards in but lands on his feet and eats a superkick from Jimmy. Jey tags in and hits the big splash but Kofi still kicks out at 2.
Fans chant "this is awesome" now. The Usos climb both turnbuckles but Woods takes Jey out. Jimmy leaps to Kofi but he moves out of the way. Kofi drops Uso with Trouble In Paradise. Woods nails the big elbow drop on Uso and covers for the pin.
Winners and New SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The New Day
- After the match, the new champions celebrate as Greg Hamilton makes the announcement. We get replays and come back to The New Day celebrating with their titles.
- Tom shows us happenings from the Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin feud.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin
We go to the ring and out first comes Shinsuke Nakamura to a pop. Baron Corbin is out next with his Money In the Bank briefcase.
They meet in the middle of the ring and Corbin talks trash as Nakamura mocks him. Nakamura strikes first and they go at it. Corbin takes Nakamura to a corner but Nakamura fights out. Corbin ends up on the floor. Nakamura stares him down, daring him to come back in. Corbin ends up in the ring as Nakamura goes out after him. Corbin stares Nakamura down waiting for him to come back in but Nakamura plays mind games back. Nakamura runs back in but Corbin nails a big right hand. Corbin drops Nakamura and stomps away. Corbin keeps control and applies a bear hug in the middle of the ring as fans start to rally for Nakamura.
Nakamura fights out but Corbin keeps control. Nakamura catches Corbin's arm and looks to try for a triangle but Corbin overpowers him and lifts him up. Nakamura breaks it but Corbin nails a big boot for a 2 count. They go to the floor and Corbin sends Nakamura into the barrier a few times.
Corbin brings it back into the ring and talks some trash as fans boo. Corbin keeps working on the back and goes to another bear hug. Nakamura stuns Corbin but misses a kick and comes right back with a left. Corbin goes down to one knee. Nakamura unloads with kicks now. Corbin catches a kick but Nakamura nails him. Nakamura finally drops Corbin with a dropkick. Nakamura unloads and sends some good vibrations in the corner. Nakamura places Corbin on the top and follows up with the high knee to the gut. Nakamura with another running knee for a 2 count.
Corbin ends up running back into the ring and flooring Nakamura with a huge clothesline for another 2 count. Corbin beats on Nakamura and stands tall to more boos. Nakamura blocks a suplex with a knee to the head. Nakamura with big knees to the shoulder now. Nakamura slams Corbin on his face and waits for him to get up. Corbin avoids a Kinshasa and hits Deep Six for a 2 count. Both are down now.
They finally get up and Corbin strikes first. Nakamura fights back in the middle of the ring. Nakamura blocks a chokeslam and drops Corbin into a Backstabber of sorts. Nakamura with more offense and a shot to the back of the neck before rallying the crowd. Nakamura waits in the corner but Corbin isn't moving. Nakamura grabs Corbin for an exploder suplex but Corbin back kicks him for a low blow. The referee calls the match as fans boo.
Winner by DQ: Shinsuke Nakamura
- After the bell, Nakamura is still down as his music starts playing. We go to replays. Corbin is also slow to get up after the match but he is smiling at what happened. Corbin gets his MITB briefcase and raises it while walking to the back. Corbin stops and turns to come back to the ring. He nails Nakamura in the gut with the briefcase and leaves him laying with End of Days. Corbin stands tall over Nakamura as fans boo. Corbin grabs the case and leaves. We get a replay of the post-match attack as Corbin stands tall at the entrance and Nakamura recovers on the mat.
- Kevin Owens is shown backstage getting ready for his match.
- Tom leads us to a promo for the next match.
Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match: Lana vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Tamina Snuka vs. Becky Lynch vs. Naomi
We go to the ring and SmackDown Women's Champion Naomi comes out first to join the announcers for commentary. Becky Lynch is out first, followed by Tamina Snuka. The winner of this match will go on to face Naomi at SummerSlam next month. Natalya is out next, followed by Lana. Charlotte Flair is out last as the others look on.
The bell rings and they all go at it. Flair takes Lana to the corner with chops. Lana goes to the floor as Natalya rolls Charlotte up for 2. Natalya goes for a Sharpshooter but Flair kicks her off. Becky and Tamina go at it. Tamina drops Flair with a headbutt and sends her to the floor. Tamina with a 2 count on Becky. Becky runs the ropes but Lana trips her and pulls her out. Lana sends Becky face first into the announce table. Natalya goes for a Sharpshooter on Tamina but Lana yells at her and distracts her. Lana pulls Natalya to the floor and talks trash before leaving her laying. Lana comes back into the ring as Tamina does. Flair enters and tells them both to bring it.
Flair tries to fight them both off but they beat her down for the double team. Tamina slams Flair and Lana drops an elbow onto her. The double team continues as Lana kicks Flair while Tamina holds her. Lana with more trash talking. Flair counters Tamina and drops her. Flair kicks Tamina and stares Lana down. Lana tells her to bring it. Tamina grabs Flair's leg and Lana kicks her to the mat. Lana covers Flair for a 2 count.
Lana and Tamina continue the beat down for a few minutes. Becky finally makes the save. Flair and Becky hit double exploders. Lana and Tamina are sent tot he floor. Flair and Becky size each other up now. Charlotte with a 2 count after a sweep. More back and forth between Charlotte and Becky. Natalya comes in and tries to steal pins on Flair and Becky but they kick out. Becky with an elbow as she and Natalya go at it. Becky with a suplex to Natalya. Lana runs in but she also takes a Bexploder. Tamina runs i next but Becky catches her for a suplex. Tamina fights Becky off and nails a suplex. Tamina with a Samoan Drop on Natalya to send her down. Charlotte runs Tamina over. Charlotte goes for the Figure Four on Natalya but it's countered for a 2 count. Natalya drops Flair with a big discus clothesline. Natalya with the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring to Charlotte now.
Lana runs in and nails Natalya, trying to steal the pin on Charlotte. Charlotte kicks out and Lana is frustrated. Becky runs in and puts the Disarm Her on Lana but Tamina breaks it with a kick. Tamina with a Samoan Drop to Becky. Tamina spears Charlotte from the apron to the floor. Lana with a close 2 count on Becky. Becky applies the Disarm Her again but Tamina makes the save once again. Tamina scoops Becky but she fights out. Becky with the Disarm Her on Tamina now. Tamina taps and gets eliminated.
Becky immediately goes with the Disarm Her on Lana again. Lana taps and is eliminated.
Natalya comes over and pins Becky. Becky has been eliminated.
Charlotte runs in with a close pin attempt on Natalya. Charlotte pulls her over for the Figure Four but Natalya turns it into a cross armbreaker but Flair resists. Charlotte ends up powering up and powerbombing Natalya for another close 2 count. Charlotte goes up top for the moonsault but Natalya gets her knees up and Charlotte lands hard.
Natalya slams the back of Flair's neck into the turnbuckles and drags her into the middle of the ring. Natalya covers for the pin and the title shot at SummerSlam.
Winner and New #1 Contender: Natalya
- After the bell, Natalya has her arm raised as her music hits. Naomi enters the ring while Natalya is staring down at Flair. Naomi offers her hand but Natalya just stares at her and leaves the ring. Natalya's music starts back up as we go to replays.
- We get a video package with highlights from the recent WWE United States Title change at Madison Square Garden.
WWE United States Title Match: Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles
Back to the ring and out first comes Kevin Owens. WWE United States Champion AJ Styles is out next as we get formal ring introductions from Hamilton and some trash talking from the two.
The bell rings and Owens unloads on AJ. Owens keeps control and talk some more trash but AJ runs the ropes and comes back, sending Owens to the floor to regroup. Owens comes back in and they go to lock up but AJ goes behind. AJ with more offense that sends Owens to the floor for another breather. More back and forth in the ring now. AJ nails a dropkick that sends Owens to the floor once again.
They fight on the floor now. AJ sends Owens over the barrier. AJ charges for an attack but it backfires and Owens turns it around on the floor. Owens sends AJ into the ring post and brings it back into the ring for a senton. Owens covers for a 2 count. Owens keeps control and keeps AJ grounded on the mat with a headlock while talking trash.
AJ finally fights up and out of the hold but Owens drops him for more boos. Owens goes for another senton but AJ gets his knees up. AJ with forearms to the jaw now. Owens decks him and nails a DDT in the middle of the ring for a close 2 count. Owens argues with the referee and goes back to the headlock. AJ fights up and out again. They trade shots but AJ gets the upperhand and unloads. AJ drops Owens with a clothesline. AJ with the flying forearm. Owens rolls to the corner. AJ with a splash in the corner. AJ scoops Owens on his shoulders but can't get him all the way up. More back and forth. AJ counters and slams Owens on his face for a 2 count.
Owens ends up going for a superkick but it's blocked. Owens also blocks a Styles Clash. Owens drops AJ for a close 2 count. AJ nails the fireman's carry neckbreaker for a close 2 count. Fans chant for AJ now. AJ springboards in with a 450 but Owens gets his knees up and AJ lands hard. Owens covers for a 2 count. Owens with the corner cannonball for another 2 count. Owens shows frustration now. Owens takes Styles to the top and rocks him. Owens climbs up but AJ resists. Styles headbutts Owens and goes for the sunset flip powerbomb but Owens hangs on. Styles turns it into the Torture Rack and drops Owens to the mat for another pin attempt.
AJ goes to the top but Owens pushes the top rope, crotching him. Owens climbs up for a superplex but AJ fights back. Owens with a big shot to the face. AJ slides down and drops Owens face first into the turnbuckle. AJ keeps control and springboards up from the apron but Owens rolls to the floor. AJ puts on the brakes but Owens takes out his legs on the apron. Owens sends AJ into the ring post and drops him with an armbreaker. AJ drops Owens with a pele kick. Styles for the Styles Clash but his shoulder is bothering him. Owens tosses AJ into the referee and he goes down. AJ is also down, as is Owens. AJ gets up first but Owens superkicks him to the mat. Owens grabs AJ and yells at him. AJ avoids a pop-up powerbomb and drops Owens into the Calf Crusher in the middle of the ring.
The referee starts to get up as Owens inches to the bottom rope. Owens turns the submission around on AJ. AJ fights out and applies a Crossface of his own. Owens turns that over into a pin attempt and keeps AJ's shoulders down as the referee slowly recovers and counts the pin.
Winner and New WWE United States Champion: Kevin Owens
- After the match, Owens takes the title and celebrates as we go to replays. Owens leaves with the title as his music plays.
- The Singh Brothers are backstage with Jinder Mahal. They inform him that they can't be there with him in the Punjabi Prison tonight ubt they will be backstage watching and celebrating the win. Jinder has no worries because he alone will take out The Viper and make sure Punjabi Prison is the final resting place of Randy Orton's legacy, plus he has the 1.3 billion people of India with him.
- We get a promo for tonight's Flag Match.
Flag Match: Rusev vs. John Cena
We go to the ring and out first comes Rusev with the Bulgarian flag as Hamilton goes over the rules for the match. Tom introduces the other international announce teams in the arena tonight. The referee takes the flag and a crew member places it onto the pole in the corner. We wait as fans start with the dueling chants for John Cena. The music hits and out comes Cena with the American Flag to a loud reaction.
The bell rings and Rusev makes an early grab for the flag. Back and forth to start. Rusev drops Cena and goes for his flag but Cena nails a bulldog from the corner. Cena goes for his flag but Rusev comes from behind and hits an Electric Chair drop. Rusev beats Cena around for a few more minutes and talks trash. Rusev tosses Cena to the mat and goes for the Bulgarian flag but Cena comes from behind. Rusev sends him down. Cena fights back at Rusev. Rusev fights back and drops Cena with a big DDT.
There are two steel steps on the stage, each painted the colors of the respective flags. This is the finish line that the flags have to be brought to. Cena finally makes a comeback and hits the shoulder. Cena nails a Five Knuckle Shuffle and readies for the Attitude Adjustment. Rusev counters and plants Cena with a spinebuster. Rusev tosses Cena out of the ring.
Rusev climbs for his flag but Cena meets him on the pole. They fight but Cena sends Rusev to the mat. Cena goes for the top rope leg drop but Rusev catches him and almost hits a whole powerbomb. Rusev climbs back for his flag and takes it off the post. He must take it to the finish line near the stage now. Rusev comes down from the top and Cena dropkicks him. Rusev drops the flag. Cena ends up catching Rusev with the AA. Cena goes for his flag but Rusev comes from behind with a powerbomb attempt but Cena turns it around. Cena gets Rusev in the STF now. Rusev taps but there are no submissions in this match.
Rusev appears to be out as Cena breaks the hold. Cena climbs up for the American flag now. Cena unhooks the flag and brings it down. Cena turns around to a dropkick from Rusev and they both go down again. Rusev has the Bulgarian flag now. Rusev starts going for the finish line but Cena leaps off the apron with an axe handle and takes him down on the floor. Cena whips Rusev into the steel steps. Cena rolls back into the ring and grabs the American flag. Cena leaves the ring for the finish line now.
Rusev comes from behind and clubs Cena. Cena drops the flag on the ramp and Rusev beats him back down at ringside. Cena crawls up the ramp for the flag but Rusev puts him back down. Rusev raises the Bulgarian flag to boos. Rusev walks for the finish line but Cena grabs his leg. Rusev puts the flag down and goes to work on Cena but Cena fights back. They're up by the finish line now. Cena sends Rusev into an LED board face first. Cena runs and jumps off his part of the finish line but Rusev catches him. Rusev with a big fall-away slam on the steel.
Fans do dueling chants as Rusev gets up. Rusev brings a table over to the two finish line podiums. Fans chant ECW now. Rusev brings another table over to the finish line now. Cena has crawled over to the same area. Rusev stacks one table on top of the other in front of the American podium. Rusev climbs onto the podium and brings Cena up, talking trash to his face. Rusev scoops Cena for an AA but Cena pushes Rusev off the podium. Cena walks down the ramp and grabs the American flag but Rusev meets him and they fight. They both drop each other and go down at the same time.
Cena grabs the American flag and is the closest to winning. Cena crawls with the flag. Rusev is slow to get moving. Rusev grabs the flag stand and decks Cena with it. Rusev stomps on Cena's back and applies The Accolade between the two podiums. Rusev breaks the hold and walks towards the Bulgarian flag as fans boo. Rusev grabs his flag and raises it as the boos continue. Rusev heads for the podium and stands on top but Cena blocks him from putting it in the stand. They struggle on top of the podium. Cena scoops Rusev for an AA but Rusev fights out. They go back down to the floor and Rusev drops Cena with a superkick. Rusev stomps on Cena's back and applies The Accolade again but Cena immediately powers up with Rusev on his back. Cena walks up the American podium and puts Rusev through the two stacked table with an AA.
Cena walks back down and grabs the American flag, returning to his podium with the flag in the air. Cena places the flag in the stand and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: John Cena
- After the match, Cena stands tall next to the American flag as his music hits. We go to replays with Rusev down on what's left of the two tables. Cena salutes the flag and heads to the back. We see Rusev still down as the camera focuses on the American flag one more time.
- We get another "Fashion Files" segment with Tyler Breeze and Fandango. The Ascension comes in and tries to take credit for the recent attacks and the office getting destroyed but it doesn't work. Breezango is trying to figure out who could have been behind the attacks when the lights go out and it sounds like someone's being attacked. Fandango turns a light on and Breeze is laid out. Fandango also gets dropped and dragged away by someone we can't see.
- We see video from Mike Kanellis making his WWE debut with a win over Sami Zayn on SmackDown last Tuesday.
Mike Kanellis vs. Sami Zayn
We go to the ring and out comes Mike & Maria Kanellis. Sami Zayn is out next.
Back and forth to start. Sami with some aggressive action. Sami goes on and clotheslines Mike over the top to the floor. Sami runs the ropes but Maria gets in the way. Sami goes to the floor and Maria distracts him, allowing Mike to nail a big right hand. Mike stops to rub noses with Maria at ringside.
Mike brings it back into the ring and hits a big clothesline for a pin attempt. Mike stomps away now. Mike keeps control but stops to blow a kiss at Maria. Mike drops Sami again and covers for a 2 count. Mike with more offense and a corner clothesline, followed by another. Mike runs the ropes and drops Sami with another strike for a 2 count as Maria cheers him on. Mike mounts Sami and works him over. Mike crawls over and kisses Maria through the ropes. Mike goes right back to work on Sami with a knee to the back.
Sami finally hits a clothesline and looks to make a comeback. Sami with a big backdrop. Sami tosses Mike over the top to the floor. Sami runs the ropes for a dive and nails it as Maria looks on. Sami rolls Mike back in and goes to the top. Sami with a crossbody for a 2 count. Sami gets up first and goes for a Blue Thunderbomb but Mike fights him off. Sami keeps control and drops Mike with a big DDT.
Sami goes for the exploder suplex but Maria runs into the ring and gets in the way. She yells at Sami and the referee. The referee orders her out of the ring. Sami turns around to Mike grabbing him but Sami slides out. Sami sends Mike into the corner with the exploder. Sami nails the Helluva Kick for the win.
Winner: Sami Zayn
- After the match, Sami has his arm raised as the music plays. Maria checks on Mike but he's slow to roll out of the ring. Sami celebrates as we go to a break.
- The announcers lead us to a video for tonight's main event as the Punjabi Prison structure is brought down around the ring.
Punjabi Prison Match for the WWE Title: Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal
Back to the ring and out first comes WWE Champion Jinder Mahal to the Punjabi Prison. The Singh Brothers are backstage. Randy Orton is out next to the structure.
Orton tests out the bamboo as we get ready to start. The referee calls for the outer structure to be dropped down now. You must escape both structures to win the match. The bell rings and we get formal ring introductions from Hamilton. There are no pinfalls, no submissions, no count outs and no disqualifications. Each of the 4 doors will be raised when called for by a competitor. After 60 seconds, the door will shut and remain shut. The outer structure has no doors and the only way to win is by escaping both structures.
The match starts and Orton goes right to work on Jinder, taking it to the corner. Jinder turns it around and calls for the first door to be opened. The door is raised but Orton comes over and beats Jinder around. Orton goes to leave the door but Jinder stops him and they tangle on the apron. Jinder goes for the door but Orton stops him. There's a timer counting down for when the door must be shut. Orton sends Jinder into the bamboo and goes for the door again. Jinder grabs his leg and pulls him back. Jinder goes for the door but can't make it. The first door is closed and locked for good.
Orton goes right back to work on Jinder but Jinder turns it around and drops him with an armbar. Jinder keeps control and drops several knees on the mat. Jinder bends Orton's arm around the steel-reinforced bamboo and continues focusing on the shoulder. Jinder takes Orton down in the middle of the ring now. More back and forth now. The second door is raised open. Orton tries to kick Jinder away so he can escape. Jinder drops Orton and goes for the door but is unable to make it. The second door is shut for good and padlocked.
Orton turns it around and works Jinder over. Jinder jumps out of nowhere and starts climbing the structure. Orton climbs up but gets knocked down to the mat. Jinder gets caught up on the top rope and lands hard as well. Orton slams Jinder back into the structure a few times. Jinder blocks the draping DDT and sends Orton flying into the structure. Jinder leaps at Orton and decks him. Jinder pins Orton between the ropes and the bamboo again. Jinder comes back but Orton catches him this time. Orton suplexes Jinder into the structure and does it again. Orton with another shot from the apron. Orton goes over and has the third door raised now, his first.
Jinder stops Orton from leaving through the door. Orton fights back but Jinder yanks the arm down. Jinder tries for the door now but Orton stops him. Orton drops Jinder with a big uppercut. Orton goes for the door but Jinder stops him, yanking him down by the arm again. The third door has been closed for good.
Both Superstars sit up on their knees now. They stare each other down as they get to their feet. Orton side-steps and nails a powerslam. Orton is favoring the shoulder now. Orton with the second rope draping DDT. Orton calls for the final door to be raised but he's taking his time to leave. Orton drops down, hits the mat and waits for Jinder. Jinder blocks the RKO and nails a knee to the face. They both go down. Jinder goes for the Khallas but Orton nails the RKO. The Singh Brothers run down and pull Jinder out of the door. The final door is closed for good. Orton is still inside the main structure. The Singh Brothers have Jinder on the outside, looking for a way to get him up and over.
Jinder climbs the outer while Orton climbs the inner structure. Orton makes it over, bad arm and all. Orton fights Jinder while the two are on the inner wall of the outer structure now. Orton sends Jinder down to the floor. The Singh Brothers grab Orton's legs and pull him down from the structure. They stomp away on Orton while he's down. Fans boo. Jinder gets to his feet now. The Singh Brothers hold Orton and shove him into a big shot from Jinder. Orton goes back down. Jinder climbs the wall again. The Singh Brothers pick Orton up and make him watch Jinder escape. Orton fights them off and drops them on the floor.
Orton looks up and climbs after Jinder now. Orton grabs Jinder's legs to bring him back down. Jinder hits the floor. Orton tosses Jinder into the bamboo. Orton with another floor suplex to Sunil Singh. Samir Singh goes down again. Jinder ends up grabbing a kendo stick from under the ring and beating Orton around with it. Jinder looks to be going for The Khallas again but Orton fights him off. Orton grabs a kendo stick but Jinder begs him to show mercy. Orton unloads with the kendo stick. One of the Singh Brothers takes kendo stick shots as well. Orton favors the arm again as he starts climbing the structure.
Samir is small enough to get out of the structure. He climbs up the outside and meets Orton on the other side. Orton is almost at the top but Sami stops him from the other side. Orton rocks Sami and knocks him off the top of the structure, down through an announce table. Orton gets a big pop for the table bump. Jinder climbs up and grabs Orton's leg now. Orton and Jinder fight up on the structure wall now. They go back down to the floor and Orton hits the floor. Jinder slams Orton back into the bamboo. Sunil is also down on the floor. Jinder goes for a boot but Orton moves. Jinder's leg gets stuck in the structure. Orton takes advantage and hits a DDT on the floor.
Orton looks for another weapon and grabs a steel chair. Sunil goes down with a chair shot. Orton with chair shots to the gut and back of Jinder. Jinder takes another chair shot to the back. Orton keeps on and drops the chair. Orton looks to the top of the structure and starts climbing while Jinder and Sunil are down. Sunil jumps up and tries to pull Orton down. Orton kicks him in the face, knocking him down to the floor. Orton is slow to climb up. Music hits and out comes The Great Khali to a pop.
Orton starts climbing more. Khali shakes the structure until Orton falls and is dangling by one arm. Khali climbs up the outside of the structure and grabs Orton by the throat. Khali chokes Orton as Jinder starts climbing up. Jinder greets Khali and stares as Khali chokes Orton from the other side of the structure. Jinder climbs over the top of the Punjabi Prison structure and stops again to laugh at Orton. Jinder climbs down and touches the floor to win.
Winner: Jinder Mahal
- After the match, Jinder and Khali embrace as the music hits. Khali raises Jinder's arm and takes the WWE Title from the referee to hand it to him. Orton is down on the floor selling the choke and the arm injury. Khali and Jinder continue their celebration as we go to replays. We come back to Jinder and Khali with their arms raised on the ramp. Orton is still down on the floor. Battleground goes off the air with Khali and Jinder staring back at Orton.
Friday, July 21, 2017
GFW Unified Champion Alberto El Patron (real name Jose Rodrigeuze) is no longer under investigation by the Orlando Police Department stemming from an incident at Orlando International Airport several weeks ago according to a report by Pro Wrestling Sheet.
Patron is no longer under investigation as a “suspect” due to a representative of the Orlando PD revealing on Thursday that currently contracted WWE star Paige (real name Saraya Bevis) could now be charged with battery.
GFW has yet to reveal if it will lift the suspension of Patron at this time.
Opinionated View- So I would assume Global Force will reinstate him. But I guess that is also not a lock.
Patron is no longer under investigation as a “suspect” due to a representative of the Orlando PD revealing on Thursday that currently contracted WWE star Paige (real name Saraya Bevis) could now be charged with battery.
GFW has yet to reveal if it will lift the suspension of Patron at this time.
Opinionated View- So I would assume Global Force will reinstate him. But I guess that is also not a lock.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
In a buildup to this week's show, Konnan and LAX have gotten to Alberto El Patron's brother and father. Konnan has threatened both El Hijo De Dos Caras and the legendary Dos Caras, in an effort to force Alberto to join LAX's Hispanic revolution. LAX wants Alberto to join their group tonight on Impact.
Alberto El Patron's father Dos Caras and his brother El Hijo De Dos Caras are shown arriving together to The Impact Zone earlier in the day....... This is followed by a video recap of what took place last week on Impact between LAX and Alberto.
Jeremy Borash, Josh Mathews and 'Da Pope' are on commentary...... They cue to the ring for a first round match in the Super X Cup tournament.
SUPER X-CUP TOURNAMENT
1st Round Match
Drago vs. Sammy Guevara
Profile videos air for Sammy Guevara and Drago prior to the start of this match..... They both talk about the importance of winning the Super X Cup tournament. Fast paced start to this one, with both men going through the feeling out process. After an early standoff, Guevara takes control and sends Drago to the outside. Sammy then leaps onto Drago with a shooting star press. Moments later in the ring, Drago turns the tables back in his favor, when he connects with a reverse rana. After some more back and forth action, Sammy Guevara pushes Drago off the top rope, and leaps off with an impressive looking 630 splash. Guevara covers Drago but he manages to kick out. Just when it appears that the momentum is on Guevara's side. Drago fires up and connects with several strikes. Guevara is left reeling and Drago runs full speed and hits a running neckbreaker. Drago covers and pins Guevara.
Drago defeats Sammy Guevara to advance to the semi-finals of The Super X-Cup Tournament
Drago will advance to face the spectacular Dezmond Xavier in the semi-finals. In the other side of the bracket, ACH has reached the semi-final and will go to face the winner of next week's match between Ishimori and Davey Richards.
UNIFIED GFW KNOCKOUTS NON TITLE MATCH
Sienna (c) vs. Amber Nova
Nova attacks Sienna right at the bell. Her strategy doesn't work as Sienna over powers Nova. Sienna picks up Nova in a delayed vertical suplex. Amber fights out of it after being in the air for over a minute. This frustrates Sienna, as she picks up Nova again, but this time finishes her off with her AK47 finisher.
Sienna defeats Amber Nova by pinfall
Sienna takes the mic after her victory. She brags about beating Rosemary at Slammiversary and unifying the GFW and Knockouts title. Sienna says that everyone doubted her but that the one person, who doubted her the most was Karen Jarrett. Siena calls out Karen and demands that she make her way to the ring. Karen arrives on the scene. When she gets into the ring, Sienna demands that Karen get on her knees and call her the greatest champ of all time. Karen refuses to and takes offense to Sienna's demands. Sienna then gets in Karen's face, when Allie's music hits. She runs down to the ring with a kendo stick in hand and goes after Sienna. Laurel Van Ness also arrives. She attacks Allie from behind. This leads to Sienna and Laurel double teaming Allie. Rosemary runs out and makes the save. She takes down Laurel and then spears Sienna. When Rosemary mounts Sienna, Laurel grabs the kendo stick and strikes Rosemary from behind. The heels then double up on Rosemary until Karen Jarrett comes into the ring. Karen grabs Sienna by the hair. When Sienna starts to go after Karen, Gail Kim is out and she saves Karen. The heels retreat. Karen Jarrett gets on the mic and announces that Sienna will face Rosemary next week in a Last Knockouts Standing match for the Unified Knockouts title.
JB, Mathews and Pope reset the show at ringside. They cue to the videos of what LAX did to Alberto El Patron's father and brother earlier in the week..... After the break, Impact executive Bruce Prichard is back stage with Tyrus. Bruce gets off the phone with his podcast partner Conrad Thompson, to talk with Trevor Lee. Prichard asks Trevor, why he stole the X division title from Sonjay Dutt. Trevor makes some lame excuse, as to why he decided to take Dutt's title away. As this is happening, Sonjay Dutt comes into the picture and is being held back by security. Dutt demands his title back. Prichard and the officials work in tandem, to keep Dutt away from Trevor Lee. When Dutt is escorted away. Prichard agrees with Trevor Lee's take that he is the better champion than Dutt and deserves to be holding the X title.
Six Man Tag Team Match
Laredo Kid, Garza Jr. & Octagoncito vs. Trevor Lee, Idris Abraham & Demus
Lee starts off the match wearing the X title around his waist. He goes at it briefly with Garza Jr. Lee takes off his title, hoists it in the air and then tags himself out. Mexican Mini Demus is tagged into the action. Garza laughs him off and tags in fellow mini Octagoncito. Things break down quickly as the babyface trio all take to the air and ground the heels..... When the show returns from the break, the heels are now in control. Idris Abraham is beating down Octagoncito in his corner. The Egyptian Abraham tags in Lee. Trevor continues the rough treatment on little Octagoncito. Lee still has the X title on and JB announces that Sonjay Dutt has been banned from the Impact Zone for his disturbance backstage. Borash says that the ruling came from Bruce Prichard.... Octagoncito finally finds a way to escape the heels. He tags in Garza Jr. The nephew of the later great Hector Garza, comes into the ring on fire. He takes on all 3 heels and does his strip routine. Laredo Kid is in, and he and Garza execute aerial tandem moves. The heels are sent to the outside by the babyface trio. All 3 at once then dive to the outside at the same time. Some more multi-man hijinks follows this, as Garza and Laredo get the heels in a around the world rowboat. In the center of it, Cito hits a rana on Demus and nearly pins him. The action spills to the outside and Laredo leaps onto the heels with a moon sault. Garza Jr then has Octagoncito climb onto his shoulders. Cito leaps off Garza's shoulders from the top rope and splashes Abraham. Cito pins him to get his team the victory.
Garza Jr, Laredo Kid & Octagoncito defeat Trevor Lee, Idris Abraham & Demus
A Grado-Joseph Park vignette is up next. Park gives Grado a pep talk and gets him pumped up for his date with Laurel Van Ness. Park tells Grado to be weary of Kongo Kong. Grado and Laurel are then shown meeting up. Grado gives Laurel some coupons before they eat dinner together. Both Grado and Laurel sit very far apart from one another. Grado can't reach the pepper in the center of this absurdly long table. Laurel gets it for him and sprinkles Pepper on her self. She then burps and Grado loses his appetite.
X Division 3-Way Match
Low-Ki vs. Matt Sydal vs. El Hijo De Fantasma
Fast paced action between all three men. Fantasma gets the first near fall with a spinning back breaker on Low-Ki. Sydal takes down Fantasma with a spinning heel kick. Sydal then gets Low-Ki and Fantasma in opposite corners. He runs full speed into both of them. Low-Ki battles back with a reverse double foot stomp to Sydal's throat. With Fantasma still down, Sydal and Low-Ki start getting into a striking exchange. Josh Mathews name drops the new GFW referee Robert King for this match. Mathews says that King now owes him one thousand dollars for mentioning his name during the broadcast.... Meanwhile Low-Ki has disposed of Sydal and sent him to the outside floor. He then directs his focus towards Fantasma. Low-Ki gets the upper hand briefly but gets caught on the top turnbuckle. Fantasma nails him with a leaping side kick. Sydal tries to climb back into the match and he gets the same kick from El Hijo. Moments later, the action spills to the outside with Low-Ki and Fantasma hitting aerial moves. The action returns from the break with all three men back inside the ring. Fantasma is in control. Sydal rallies, takes out Fantasma and hits a standing moonsault on Low-Ki. This leads to a near pinfall. Sydal then sends Low-Ki crashing on top of one of the corners. Fantasma attacks Sydal and puts him in a surfboard submission. Low-Ki capitalizes on this by leaping off the top with warrior's way onto Sydal, while he is suspended in mid-air. Sydal collapses onto Fantasma and nearly pins him. Low-Ki sees this and strikes Sydal down with a stiff kick. He covers Sydal but is unable to pin him . Low-Ki then takes down Fantasma, when he goes back to Sydal. He is greeted with a high knee to the face. Sydal looks to set up Low-Ki for his airborne finisher but Low-Ki is able to stop him from executing the move. Low-Ki then heads to the top or the Warriors Way but Fantasman knocks him down. Sydal is back up and takes down Fantasma. Both Low-Ki and Sydal race to the top rope to finish off Fantasma. Low-Ki leaps off first with the warriors way double foot stomp. Just when Low-Ki covers Fantasma, Sydal leaps off on top of them with a shooting star press. The pin is broken up and Sydal covers Low-Ki for the victory instead.
Matt Sydal defeats Low-Ki & El Hijo De Fantasma
Low-Ki storms off after this defeat. Fantasma hangs back and shakes Sydal's hand. Matt Sydal then takes the mic. He calls the X division world class wrestling. Sydal applauds the men he just wrestled. Sydal feels that he has earned a shot at The X Division Championship. He sends a message to the locker room to "trust yourselves and question authority". Sydal then calls out Bruce Prichard. Bruce arrives with Tyrus. Prichard says that he likes Sydal but he is tired of everyone making demands. Prichard says that Sydal is deserving of an X division championship match but that there are others who are more deserving. Bobby Lashley's music hits and he heads to the ring. He ignores Sydal and addresses Bruce Prichard. Sydal takes issue with Lashley ignoring him to make his own request to management. Lashley tells Bruce that he is the only person in the company worthy of a title shot. Sydal interrupts Lashley and tells him that no one wants to hear him anymore. Sydal says that he is asking for a title shot. Lashley ignores Sydal and says that he is going to destroy everything in Impact until he gets what he wants. Lashley then turns and spears Sydal. He tells Bruce Prichard to make things happen.
After the break, another Grado-Laurel date video airs. Highlights are shown of the various activities, the couple went through on their date. Grado is having a hard time with Laurel. He constantly repeats the word citizenship as motivation for seeing this whole thing through. Grado is then shown with Joseph Park after the courtship. Park asks Grado if he is ready to pop the question to Laurel now. Grado forgets that he is supposed to ask Laurel for her hand in marriage, in order to be able to stay in the United States. Grado hugs Park and the line, to be continued is flashed on the screen.
Fatal Fourway Match
EC3 vs. Eli Drake vs. Moose vs. Eddie Edwards
As Eli Drake makes his way to the ring with Chris Adonis. They trash talk Pop TV reality stars the "Swole Mates" at ringside. Adonis throws water into Freddie's face. Freddie gets into the ring and clotheslines Adonis. When Eli Drake is confronted by both Swole Mates, he begs off and heads to ringside..... The show goes to break before the rest of the participants are introduced for this match..... Moose and EC3 brawl on the outside immediately. Edwards and Drake go at it on the inside. Carter wins the battle on the outside, while Edwards outduels Drake on the inside. Eddie hits a caffeine dive on Eli. EC3 gets in the ring and the heels double up on Edwards for the next couple of minutes. Moose tries to get back into the action but is knocked off of the apron by Carter. Drake and EC3 then start trying to show each other up as they beat down Edwards some more. They start jaw jacking with one another. Their arguing leads to Edwards getting back into the match. Eddie hits a double rana on both of them. Moose is back in and he goes on an offensive flurry. He hits a great looking elevation dropkick on Drake. Carter tries to slow Moose's momentum but he and Drake eat a double clothesline. Edwards and Moose then dispose of the heels to the outside. Edwards and Moose go one on one. Moose hits a pump kick on Edwards and then power bombs to the outside, directly onto Drake and Carter. Moose stays on the offensive. He heads outside but ends up being thrown head first into the ring post by EC3. Moments later, Edwards and EC3 are going at it. Edwards hits a top rope rana on Carter. Eddie signals for the Boston Knee Party but Carter counters and hits the 1 percenter on him. Moose pulls Carter out of the ring before he can cover Edwards for the victory. Eli Drake rolls in the ring and pins Edwards instead to obtain the victory.
Eli Drake wins a Fatal Fourway Match
McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with Freddie and Andy from Pop TV's Swole Mates. They start running down Eli Drake and Adonis..... LAX barges into the interview and hijacks the camera man. Homicide says that LAX is going to deliver an exclusive right now. LAX heads towards the backstage area and they find Dos Caras and his son. Konnan tells them that the deadline came and went for Alberto to join them. Konnan wants an answer. Alberto's brother does not have an answer for LAX. Alberto's father Dos Caras starts yelling at Konnan in Spanish. Konnan doesn't like what he hears and he sicks his gang on them. LAX beats down Dos Caras and El Hijo De Dos Caras. Konnan tells the camera man that they are headed to the ring and that they want an answer from Alberto tonight.
When the show returns from the break. The Latin American Xchange are headed to the ring with Dos Caras and his son in their custody. LAX roughs up Alberto's father and brother on their way to and inside the ring. Konnan takes the mic and calls for Alberto to come into the ring. Konnan mentions that there has been a pride of Mexico documentary being shot backstage with Dos Caras being featured. Konnan tells Alberto that he told him what he would do, if he didn't join their revolution. Konnan states that Alberto has been influenced by hanging out with too many gringos. Konnan says that LAX is not going to handle things with lawsuits but with "Mexican Street Style" violence instead. Konnan then instructs LAX to beat down Alberto's brother. El Hijo is then caned by Diamante and Homicide. When Alberto doesn't come out, Konnan orders a beatdown on Alberto's father. Konnan calls an audible and says that the way to humiliate a luchador is by taking off his mask. Just as Dos Caras is about to be unmasked for the first time ever. Alberto's music hits and he makes his way out. He tells LAX to leave his father alone. Alberto addresses Konnan by his given name Carlos. He tells "Carlos" that they go back over 20 years and that he can't believe that he would be doing this. Alberto tells Konnan to stop this nonsense. He then tells LAX that if they touch his father again, he is going to beat the expletive out of them. Konnan says that if Alberto joins them, he will let his family go. Alberto gets into the ring and says that he, Konnan and Mysterio were all like brothers. Alberto says that once Konnan gets something into his "Mexican head", he just doesn't let it go. Alberto says that he understands Konnan's latin temper and can relate to him. Alberto says that if Konnan wants it, he must let Alberto's family go. The brother and father are set free. Alberto apologizes to the the fans and accepts Konnan's offer to join LAX. He says that he is a man of his word and will keep to it. Alberto then tells Konnan that he is no longer his friend Carlos. He will only be referred to as Konnan from now on. Alberto curses at Konnan in latin. Konnan says that he doesn't need a friend, that he needs a soldier that will do what he wants. Alberto is given an LAX shirt to wear. Alberto asks Konnan to not harm his family anymore. Konnan gives his word and Alberto puts on the LAX shirt and joins their group. Konnan shakes hands with Alberto. Just as Alberto's hand is raised, Alberto snaps and beats down everyone in LAX. He then targets Konnan with a kendo stick. Santana and Ortiz take the bullets for Konnan. Alberto beats them down repeatedly with the cane. Alberto runs off LAX and then rips off their shirt. The show ends with Konnan staring down Alberto from ringside.