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The show opens with the roster on the stage for a moment of silent reflection for the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas, their families, and loved ones, and thence into a recap of Miz vs. Roman Reigns from last week in anticipation of tonight's Intercontinental Championship match.
Braun Strowman vs. Seth Rollins
They square off and Rollins psyches himself up a bit before throwing a kick into punches only for Strowman to throw him off. Seth gets him in the corner for another flurry of blows but Braun just runs him over in the middle of the ring and attempts to take charge. The Architect slips out of a powerslam attempt, big right hand, outside, the monster follows, back in, enzugiri from the apron, going for the diving lariat, caught into a goozle but he gets away again.Strowman finally catches him with a military press drop and stalks after. Whip across, Rollins takes the turnbuckles with his face and crumples to the mat! Braun choking him with a step, wrenching his arm over the ropes. but Seth is able to snap his neck over the apron to buy enough time to climb the turnbuckles. Braun catches him with a military press slam and again steps on his head!
Architect with a jawbreaker, trying to stay into it, a low bridge sends Strowman outside, slingshot dropkick, off the ropes. Braun cuts off the dive with a forearm.Back from commercial, Strowman runs into a corner boot from Rollins. Off the second with a crossbody, caught into a fallaway slam that sends Seth out of the ring! Referee John Cone begins counting but Braun follows after and breaks it, before breaking the Architect's face by introducing it to the ringpost. Powerslam clutch on the floor but Rollins slips out and pushes Strowman into the post in return. Back in just long enough for a suicide dive but Braun remains standing! In again, lying in wait, a second suicide dive knocks Strowman down to his knees! Back in, springboard lariat connects, a second, the monster among men staggering, diving blockbuster, cover.Only one Superkick, another, setting up the ripcord knee but Strowman counters! Up on his shoulders.
Braun Strowman wins by pinfall with the running powerslam.
After the match, Strowman hits another powerslam for good measure. He goes to leave but soon turns around thinking about another. Dean makes the save Braun fends him off and pops him in the ring but Ambrose is able to kick the top rope while he's climbing in and cut him off! A dropkick, up top for the diving elbow but Strowman counters with a chokeslam and goes for a running powerslam. The Bar show up in the aftermath Neutralizer to Dean and a Brogue Kick to Seth.
This leads to a recap of last week's promo segment between Mickie James and Alexa Bliss. Mickie is walking backstage when she runs into Alicia Fox laughing to herself. She says she didn't hear anything last week and Emma is next, telling James that even at her age she has a secret admirer, and something got left for her in her locker room. Mickie heads in and finds a box of Depends and a walker with bows on them.She heads back out and Fox and Emma are laughing. James doesn't have time for them and asks where Alexa is, and gets directed to her locker room. Mickie heads over and bangs on the door, only to be met with Nia Jax. Jax says Alexa has determined her to be too fragile, and Bliss adds that she doesn't want to be in the ring with a mature woman. But Nia will fight her!Mickie accepts and walks off.
Bray Wyatt is rocking in the smoky room. He says she told him to drop his bow and arrow, and use his hands to fight the man. She told him everything, and never lied to him. He repeats that she never lied to him many times before turning to the camera and saying she'd never lie to him one more time with emphasis.
Elias vs. Titus O'Neil
Collar and elbow, and O'Neil shoves the Drifter away with ease. Elias goes behind with a forearm and backs Titus into the corner with more strikes before grabbing a side headlock and taking him to a knee. Blocking the shoot-off, throwing forearms, but Samson sticks on him until O'Neil manages to drop him with a back suplex. Two-handed biel puts the Drifter in the corner and Titus throws huge overhand chops on him.Body slam in the middle of the ring, O'Neil fired up, Stinger splash, a big boot and Elias heads outside to safety or to pick a fight with Apollo Crews, shoving him. Referee Darrick Moore tries to get ahead of things warning Crews, and Samson is able to counter an attempt to drag him in the ring. Back inside, Elias clips Titus' knee.
Elias wins by pinfall with Drift Away.
Apollo continues jawing at the Drifter while checking on Titus.
Mickie James vs. Nia Jax
Alexa Bliss makes her entrance and comes to ringside just as the bell rings. Nia takes full advantage, throwing Mickie around, but the veteran fights back. Jax with a headbutt, a biel, continuing to punish the former women's champion, all the way into a bear hug. I can hardly bear it.Dropping that, into a kneeling surfboard but Mickie is able to fight out and throw elbows.Rally cut off, Nia dumps her outside and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Jax runs James over and then drops a maneuver that the camera misses entirely after. Mickie uses the ropes to help herself up and comes in hard with a flurry of hands, a boot to the midsection, alternating boots and slaps, kicks in the ropes but the big woman manages to put her down with a loose interpretation of a spinebuster.Grounded cobra clutch applied, keeping James trapped on the mat; she's able to post to her feet and throw elbows to break but Nia turns her right back around into the bear hug! Wrenching it in despite Mickie's attempts to break with elbows, eventually she's forced to throw her forcefully to the mat to keep the edge. Up for a powerbomb, James floats over, kick combo into a palm strike, off the ropes with flying forearms, trying anything to cut her down. Dropkick to the knee puts Jax down on one, punches find their mark to no avail as Nia hosses her into the corner and sets her up top. Meeting a boot, double boots, goozle James throws her off, tornado DDT but Bliss runs in and breaks it up.
Mickie James wins by disqualification.
Mickie James runs into an interview backstage and says she shows those girls what an "old lady" can do. And there's nothing she'd like more than to represent the WWE Universe as Raw Women's Champion. Kurt Angle rolls up to congratulate her and give her her title shot at TLC, based on her performance recently and her history. James declares it true, damn true, and thanks him.
Matt Hardy makes his entrance and we get a Facebook video providing a little bit of backstory to the match by way of the Club calling Jason Jordan a nerd.
Jason Jordan & Matt Hardy vs. the Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows)
Hardy and Anderson to start, collar and elbow, against the ropes, Matt grabs a side headlock and wrenches it in. Shoot off, shoulder block, arm wringer, Karl breaks with a punch and takes Hardy into the corner for punches before tagging Gallows in. Punching away, Hardy ducks one and throws a few back, to their corner and a tag to Jordan. Clubbing blow to Big Hoot's back, shoulder thrusts in the corner, one-handed bulldog into the opposite turnbuckle but Luke comes back with those hamhocks of his, punching away.Headbutt, whip but Jason comes off with a springboard lariat, Matt with a Side Effect for Machine Gun and they double clothesline Gallows outside to send us to break.Back from commercial, Hardy is fighting out of a Karl Anderson armbar but gets slammed to the mat. A boot follows, tag to Sex Ferguson, clubbing blows, a headbutt, a lariat, and a tag right back to Machine Gun keep Matt on the back foot. Punching away, scraping his forearm across Hardy's face in the corner, hard whip but Matt dodges the senton and tags Jordan in.Jason in like a house afire, belly-to-belly, shoulder thrust, well in control of Karl but Big Hoot had made the blind tag. Repeated elbow drops into a cover for a nearfall, then into a reverse chinlock.
Jordan escapes only to run into a big boot and a leg drop for another nearfall. Gallows tosses him into their corner and tags Anderson in, and he comes in stomping.Arm wringer into an armbar, grinding his elbow into the back of Jason's shoulder but the son of Kurt Angle makes it to his feet, reaching for the tag! Denied, back suplex, Jordan lands on his feet, a suplex of his own in return, crawling.tags made. Hardy blocking punches and throwing them back, whip reversed, dodge the charge, corner lariats into the bulldog, adding a lariat for Anderson.Cover's only good for two, so his broken brilliance smashes Luke's face into each turnbuckle repeatedly. Cut off with a right, Gallows sets him up top only to catch a tornado DDT for his trouble. Matt with the elbow off the second but Karl makes the save! Jordan wipes him out with a dropkick but gets put into the barricade. Twist of Fate denied, off the ropes, elbow to Gallows' face, body avalanche from behind, tag to Anderson.
The Club win by pinfall with Magic Killer on Matt Hardy.
Commentary informs us that Enzo Amore will address the cruiserweight division later tonight, as well as hyping up our Intercontinental Championship a bit more, but first we get a recap of the Bar assaulting the tag champions. Roman Reigns is backstage strapping his vest up when an interview rolls up. He's not surprised Dean and Seth got attacked, because they took the titles and knocked Cesaro's teeth into his brain. But they're big boys and if anything they're coming up with a strategy for next week. As for Miz tonight, he's not much for complicated strategies he's gonna break Miz's jaw and leave with the title.
Back from commercial in time for entrances, which Miz and the Miztourage make from the stairs, Shield-style.Reigns takes the Miztourage out with Superman Punches and a Drive-By during introductions. Putting Dallas into the steps for good measure, clotheslining Axel, the Big Dog looks for plunder and comes out with a chair. He follows after Curtis through the crowd, chair in hand, putting it into his gut and waffling it across his back when they reach the stage, but Bo makes the save.Superman Punch takes him out before he can bring the chair to bear and Roman brings the steel down across their backs repeatedly.Reigns and Miz stare each other down and we go to break before the match proper begins.
Roman Reigns vs. the Miz (c) (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Back from commercial and Miz slaps Roman from the floor only to run into a slicing right as the bell actually rings. Action to the outside, Reigns with a headbutt before tossing the A-Lister into the barricade twice. Back in and out, Miz takes charge with a well-placed shot before tossing the Big Dog into the steel steps and dumping him into the crowd.Back in the ring, happy to take a countout, demanding referee John Cone begin his count. Reigns beats the count but runs right into the basement DDT for a nearfall.Left hands to the forehead raining down, off the ropes for a boot to the face, another nearfall, before locking Roman down with a reverse chinlock. Reigns to his feet, firing body blows but he gets a knee and a big boot in return.
Cover gets two, so the A-Lister begins choking Roman over the middle rope. Another cover, another two count, and we go to break with the champ fishhooking his challenger's nose.Back from commercial, Reigns is down and out as the Miz circles before launching into the Daniel Bryan chest kicks. Roman catches the buzzsaw, deadlift sitout powerbomb and is now Calling for the Superman Punch.Miz catches him into The Skull Crushing Finale but it is not enough Both men spent, crawling to their feet, determination filling their faces.The A-Lister rises first, charges in and gets hit with a Superman punch The Big Dog is fired up, he calls for the spear and The BAR yank him out of the ring.
Roman Reigns wins by disqualification.
The Bar put boots to him before throwing him back in the ring. The Big Dog fights valiantly but That Damn Numbers Game wins the day as Miz gets involved. Cesaro drops Reigns with the Neutralizer, Sheamus lands a Brogue Kick, and Miz closes it out with the Skull Crushing Finale. Miz shakes his newfound allies' hands and they take their leave until Cesaro gets the idea that the crowd wants the Shield.So they turn around to give it to them, hoisting Roman up and deliver a triple powerbombThey proceed to do a hybrid of the Shield's fistbump and the Bar's thumbs sideways gesture, and so we go to break.
Finn Balor makes his entrance.He wants to be honest, he doesn't like to come out here and talk, he likes to come out and fight. Bray Wyatt, though, he likes to play mind games. Last week he's got a kid singing, but he doesn't buy it for a second. If Bray actually had the whole world in his hands, he wouldn't know what to do with it.He may call himself a god, the Eater of Worlds, but Finn sees Bray for what he really is, a coward. He tells Wyatt that he lost to the Demon at SummerSlam and to the man at No Mercy, and he's afraid that despite all his games, he cannot beat Finn Balor. But if he thinks otherwise, why not come out and face him now. Don't sing it, bring it!
Bray is rocking in the smoky room, still going on about her never lying to him. But Finn did, and she warned him about people like Balor. He lied, saying he was just a man, but at No Mercy he was different, he was more. And he said he created the demon, but that's a lie, too. You don't paint your face to become the Demon, you peel your skin to reveal it. So show your true face and he'll do the same. Reveal the Demon and Bray will peel his face back to reveal the truth.Abigail is a lie, he says, and she is dying to meet you. Wyatt fades into shadow laughing as a woman's laugh double-tracks with his, and we go to break abruptly.
Alicia Fox & Emma vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks
Emma and Sasha to start, collar and elbow, Emma forcing Banks in the corner and breaking dirty with a shove. Side headlock applied, the Boss shoots her off but gets run over in short order with a shoulder block. Drop down, leapfrog, drop toehold, floating over and riding the Australian before grabbing a wristlock and making the tag. Bayely in, arm wringer, wrenching away, drop toehold into a ride of her own.This gets Emma's dander up and she starts clubbing away, putting Bayley face-first into the turnbuckle but all it does is fire the hugger up and get emma put into the turnbuckles a bunch herself! Fox creates a distraction and tags in, double suplex, a dropkick clears Sasha out and she throws Bayley to the floor to send us to break.Back from commercial, Sasha gets a nearfall on Emma but the Australian clobbers her with a forearm and tags Alicia in. A shoving match breaks out right into windmill punches, a knee from Fox, Banks catches a boot and returns a kick, dropkick, snapmare, off the ropes, short Meteora only a nearfall. Big boot gets Alicia a nearfall in return with a bit of a distraction from Emma.
Tag made, Emma stomping away at the Boss, snapmare into a reverse chinlock, wrenching it hard and keeping her grounded. Butterfly suplex when Banks looks to escape, again only a nearfall. A tag back to Fox, whip into the tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and another nearfall as Alicia loses her mind and covers again, screaming mad. Back to the chinlock, dropping Sasha with a mat slam when she gets to her feet.Fox declares that she doesn't listen to rules as referee Darrick Moore tries to keep the order, tag to Emma, Alicia gets a cheap shot in before grabbing a front chancery, another attempt at the backbreaker countered into a crossbody but Fox has the wherewithal to block the tag.The Boss shoves her into Emma, crawling, desperate tag made The Hugger in like fire, lariat takedown into punches, she passes Alicia to the apron for the middle rope stunner.Charging shoulder thrust, back roll, tube man elbow but Fox cuts the rally off with a jawbreaker Emma decides she's done, Bayley capitalizes on the confusion.
Bayley & Sasha Banks win by pinfall with the Bayley-to-Belly from Bayley on Alicia Fox.
We get another recap of Enzo Amore's absolute destruction to set up his address to the rest of the division, after the break.
Enzo Amore makes his entrance, he does the deal. He says he's doing great and gets down to brass tacks as far as the entire cruiserweight division is concerned, each and every one of them, they can go to hell. He'll even lend them his certified G-PS to get them there, the same G-PS he used to put 205 Live on the map.Not only did he make 205 Live relevant, he made it the main event two weeks in a row. You could hear a pin drop when those guys were in the ring, and now he's champ, he brings the noise, and suddenly he's public enemy? He carries on for a bit recounting the attack, before getting to the "You deserve it!" chants, and he holds up the title and says you're damn right he deserves it.And if having success is wrong, he doesn't want to be right. Because some of us are jealous, and if he was us he would be too, since he's making more money than the rest of the cruiserweights put together. And he earned every single penny of that money. Whoever said that talk is cheap never booked Enzo Amore and footed the bill for one of his appearances. Because he's a ratings draw and a star, putting more butts in seats than La-Z Boy.
He's carrying the division on his back, he didn't have to wait in line for the title, he crossed the line, and the rest of them can head to the back of the line, because those fools put their hands on him when he had a clause that said if any of them lay a hand on him, they forfeit any opportunity at the Realest Champ in the Room. So he went out and got another document signed by "his dog" Kurt Angle, and if any cruiserweight lay hands on him tonight, they'll get fired.So he's sitting on his throne, wondering where his opponents have gone, and they're all lucky, since he showed what kind of champ he was last week, beating Neville with a crutch. And if any of these cookie cutter cruiserweights want to step outta line, he'll show them there's only one word for them, etc. Neville makes his entrance, followed by the rest of the cruiserweights. Amore keeps running his mouth as he realizes he's completely surrounded, making fun of Mustafa Ali for "being named after the Lion King", and he taunts a bunch of them, brandishing the no-contact clause in their faces one by one. He tells them not to be stupid and lose their jobs.
Enter Kurt Angle. He tells Enzo that based on last week, none of the cruiserweights at ringside can get a title shot, and based on their conversation today, none of them can have physical contact in any way, BUT none of this applies to the newest member of the division that he just signed KALISTO! The Dragon Gate man makes his way inexorably to the ring, he ducks the lariat, solebutt connects, headscissors driver an hits SALIDA DEL SOL.
In the locker room, Roman Reigns is sitting clutching his midsection and coughing in pain when Dean Ambrose rolls up. Roman gets to his feet and they share a wordless moment as Seth Rollins comes in on the other side. They nod and have a moment before leaving the Big Dog.
Sanity's Nikki Cross kicked off this week's show, screaming as she is prone to do, before Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain joined her in the ring. The unstable faction called out NXT tag team champions The Authors of Pain.Akam and Rezar answered but were attacked from behind by the returning Eric Young, who zip-tied Rezar to the guardrail.Akam suffered a beatdown at the hands of the group while his tag team partner dragged part of the rail to the ring, only to beaten and pummeled by Young and the rest of Sanity. Sanity stood tall, sending a message loudly and clearly to the champions.
After weeks of video packages, The Street Profits debuted Wednesday night, taking on The Metro Brothers.Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford drew a nice pop for their first appearance.Dawkins and Ford demonstrated their athleticism early in the short squash. The latter overcame a bit of offense by Chris and CJ and made the hot tag to Dawkins.The newcomers scored the win moments later, kicking off …
We go to the ring and out come new SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos as Greg Hamilton does the introduction.The Usos say they told everyone they had the tag team division on lock. They welcome us to the Uso Penitentiary. They say you come out of the Cell as a changed man so they want The New Day to come out and hear what they have to say to their faces. The music hits and out comes Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston. Kofi is dancing around while Big E and Xavier are moving slower than usual due to Sunday's brutal match.The Usos say both teams went to war last night and the other teams in the back suck. Woods wouldn't say they suck but these teams in the ring are the best. The Usos go on with props for both of them, also talking about how beat up they were after the match. The Usos say they and The New Day are the tag team division and they run the division. The New Day wonders if The Usos are asking for a truce. The Usos say it's all about respect. The fans pop. Th…
For the first time since a shocking betrayal by Tommaso Ciampa left him beaten and battered, and DIY a thing of the past, Johnny Gargano returned to NXT television Wednesday night and addressed the fans inside Full Sail University. Former Ring of Honor tag team and television champion Bobby Fish made his return in the NXT Arena, battling Aleister Black in a match that foreshadowed great things for the veteran in-ring performer.
Bobby Fish made his NXT debut to a thunderous ovation Wednesday night. He would have the unenviable task of being the latest Superstar to try to remove Aleister Black from the ranks of the undefeated. Black scored an early kick across the chest that blasted the wind from the newcomer, but Fish answered back with a leg sweep that turned the tide in his favor. Fish's educated feet proved his greatest strength as he targeted Black's equally as educated lower limbs. Looking to prevent his opponent from utilizing Black Mass, Fish…