Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 26, 2016 6:57:46 GMT -5
Friday Night Smackdown: July 25th, 2014 – Amway Center in Orlando, Florida
A video package kicks off tonight’s episode, recapping the ending of Raw this week. Daniel Bryan was given the opportunity to choose his opponent for SummerSlam and he selected the man who picked him last year, John Cena. Cena made his return to accept, only for Triple H to have his own plans. He brought out Brock Lesnar, who will be the third man in the match, giving us a Triple Threat main event. We cut to the arena where Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield introduce the show tonight and hype it up. They tell us that John Cena is making his return to in-ring action for the first time since Payback tonight and we will see a No Disqualification match between Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes!
NON-TITLE MATCH: SHEAMUS VS. CHRISTIAN; Kicking things off on Smackdown tonight is a bout between two guys who had a big series of matches earlier in the year. Since then though, both guys have had changes of attitude. Sheamus works as the aggressor, pounding away on Christian to the point where his chest is beet red. Christian slips free of Sheamus’ grip and comes off the second rope with a sunset flip for a close near fall. He nails a reverse DDT and goes up top for a frog splash. He leaps off and connects, but Sheamus is able to get his shoulder up. Christian can’t believe it, but begins to clap for the Killswitch. Sheamus is able to shove him off into the corner to prevent it and then hit the Brogue Kick for the win. Sheamus defeats Christian in 9:58!
Sheamus has his hand raised and snatches the Intercontinental Title from the official. He hoists it high in the air, continuing to dominate the WWE since winning it way back at Extreme Rules. However, his celebration is cut short by someone’s theme music.
Dolph Ziggler steps through the curtain with a microphone in hand. He puts it on his side and claps for Sheamus’ victory. He then speaks, saying that he’s not out here to rain on Sheamus’ parade, but he has something he wants to get off of his chest. “Back in 2012, I won the Money in the Bank briefcase. I spent the rest of that year getting win after win after win against guys like John Cena and Randy Orton. I cashed in that briefcase, won the World Heavyweight Title and was on top of the world.” The crowd pops but then Dolph changes to a more somber tone. “Then I got a concussion and lost the title in my first defense. I spent the rest of 2013 pissed off. It was some of the worst times of my career. When the calendar turned to 2014, I promised myself that things would change. I am too damn good to be doing nothing. So what did I do? I went out and won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.” Another pop elicits from the WWE Universe. Dolph says that his next goal was to win championship gold, but is interrupted by Sheamus. “Fella, I get that you want this to be story time but is there a point to all of this?” Dolph smirks slightly and says there is. “I was the United States Champion but the Authority took that away from me and you know what? I’m so sick of being held back by the higher powers because I don’t look or act a certain way! I’m out here to tell you that I’m coming for that title. The Intercontinental Title. The belt that the guys I looked up to all wore proudly. Shawn Michaels, Mr. Perfect, Bret Hart, Ricky Steamboat. They all wore it and I plan on doing the same1” Again the crowd cheers but Sheamus just laughs and tells him that he’ll have to prove to him and the Authority that he deserves it. Dolph guarantees that he will get his shot, before slamming the microphone down and turning away, leaving Sheamus a bit stunned as he was about to respond. It looks like Dolph Ziggler has his sights set on the Intercontinental Title.
Returning, we are taken to a recap from Raw showing just how off the rails Dean Ambrose has been since Roman Reigns was forced to join the Wyatt Family. He attacked Fandango until Seth Rollins arrived to calm him down.
DEAN AMBROSE W/ SETH ROLLINS VS. FANDANGO W/ LAYLA; Even before the bell rings, Dean Ambrose goes right after Fandango, just beating him down. Fandango is never able to get out of the blocks as Ambrose is relentless. He picks up Fandango and throws him into the corner, where he reels off a series of rights and lefts. Fandango manages to get in a spinning heel kick but Ambrose is quickly up to plant him with Dirty Deeds. That allows him to polish off Fandango. Dean Ambrose defeats Fandango in 2:38!
The referee raises Dean Ambrose’s hand but he quickly pulls it away. He goes to beat up Fandango some more but Seth Rollins steps in between and prevents him from doing so. He does his best to calm him down and it seems to work as Dean starts taking deep breaths. They go to leave, but Dean just turns and runs outside to attack Fandango again. He clears off the announce table and gets up there with Fandango. Layla and Seth are both trying to get him down but the crowd is going nuts. Dean puts him through the table with Dirty Deeds! Dean grabs a chair and launches it into the ring, continuing to go nuts. “This thing with the Wyatt Family has made Dean Ambrose even more of a lunatic! Wait, Michael. Look at that” says JBL. He notices that Roman Reigns, in the clothes he wore on Monday, is watching his former brother go nuts from the rafters. Seth seems to finally get Dean to calm and they leave.
Renee Young is in the back with her guest at this time, John Cena. One of the challengers for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam steps into the picture. She welcomes him back and asks him for his thoughts on Brock Lesnar and his match tonight. Cena says that it feels great to be back where he belongs. “As far as Brock Lesnar is concerned, if you watched the Raw Backstage Pass this past Monday, you know how I feel. That man is an animal and there is no denying that Daniel Bryan and I are in for one hell of a fight. As for tonight though, I’m back and I’m looking for an opponent!” Cena says that he wasn’t officially booked for tonight, so the Authority will only allow him to compete if he can find an opponent. Suddenly, Chris Jericho enters the shot. They shake hands and Jericho says that when he returned, he wanted to face the best guys in the world. “I consider you to be near the top of that list and I would love to face you tonight.” Cena looks at Renee Young and likes the idea, agreeing to the match, giving us our main event.
NO DISQUALIFICATION: ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. CODY RHODES; A few weeks back, Alberto Del Rio injured the arm of Cody Rhodes’ brother, Goldust. Since then, Goldust has turned on Cody and Del Rio has become a bit of a hired gun for the Authority. Despite everything that went down between Cody and Goldust, the younger Rhodes wants revenge on Del Rio for injuring him too. They take things outside relatively quickly and Cody throws him into the guardrail. He then takes out some steel chairs and throws them all into the ring to a pop. The mean streak in Cody leads him to set Del Rio up for an Alabama Slam onto the chairs which hits to a sickening thud! Del Rio wisely rolls outside to avoid getting pinned. Cody goes out to get him, but from out of nowhere, Goldust appears and throws him face first into the ring post. He grabs a steel chair, still showing little to no emotion and whacks Cody on the back before hitting the Curtain Call on the outside. He leaves to boos, as Del Rio rolls Cody inside. The resilient Cody manages to get up to his knees, but Del Rio puts him down with a vicious superkick. Alberto Del Rio defeats Cody Rhodes in 12:27!
The crowd gives a mixed reaction, though it’s a bit heavier on boos. He gets to his feet and beats his chest before motioning around his waist. “Look at that John. It was on Monday that Alberto Del Rio told Triple H that he wanted a shot at Bad News Barrett and the United States Title and it looks like he hasn’t given up on that want” says Michael Cole.
A vignette airs, showcasing the WWE Women’s Champion, Paige. We see some footage of her winning the Divas Championship in her home country before deciding to throw that down and bring back the Women’s Championship. During the vignette, she says that her dream was always to wear the Women’s Title and she has now made it a reality. “Stephanie McMahon is not happy with me and is doing everything she can to take this belt away from me. But that’s not gonna happen. She can put every challenger and every roadblock in front of me but it won’t matter.”
Following that a graphic appears to remind everyone that Trish Stratus will return to the WWE this Monday as the guest host of Raw!
EMMA VS. NIKKI BELLA W/ BRIE BELLA; The Bellas are already in the ring after the Paige video and Trish Stratus graphic and they do not look impressed. One would say they even look annoyed. Once this begins, Nikki continues to show aggression by attacking quickly with some hard shots. As she pounds on Emma, she can be heard saying “this is our division”, but that arrogance allows Emma to roll her up for two. Emma gets in some offense, including the Emma-mite sandwich and Dil-Emma. She calls for the Emma Lock, but Nikki kicks her off into the corner and then connects on a stiff forearm. The Rack Attack is next and that’s enough for the win. Nikki Bella defeats Emma in 3:17!
Boos are heard from the WWE Universe as Brie Bella enters the ring to congratulate her sister. Nikki Bella is pleased with the win but looks down at Emma in disgust. Both Bella Twins are gunning for the Women’s Championship and seem to believe that they run the Divas division thanks to their prominent role on Total Divas.
The Evolution theme music hits as Batista and Randy Orton walk out to the arena in street clothes and get booed loudly. We are taken to a replay from Raw where Randy Orton pinned Jimmy Uso in a six man tag team match. Once they enter the ring, it is Orton who speaks first. He claims that at Battleground, their goal was to win the WWE Tag Team Titles, but with the Wyatt Family and the Shield involved, that never happened. “So this past Monday, we told Triple H that we wanted our rightful title match. But we aren’t just the kinds of guys who ask for something. We go out and take it, which is just what we did on Monday when I pinned Jimmy Uso’s shoulders to mat.” He says that Triple H has given them exactly what they deserve after their actions on Monday. Batista is handed the microphone and goes to speak, but the music of the Tag Team Champions hits. The Usos come out onto the stage and have microphones. Jimmy says that if they wanted a shot, all they had to do was ask the champs. “My brother and I have dreamed about doing this since we was little boys. We promised everyone that we would be fighting champions. There was no need for you two to try and make some sort of misguided statement. You want a shot, we’ll give them to you.” The crowd cheers while Batista looks surprised. He speaks, questioning their sanity. “The reason we went to Triple H about a title shot and not the two of you is because we figured you’d say no. I had no idea you were this stupid. We obviously accept, but I hope you realize what you’re getting yourselves into. We are two future Hall of Famers, we’ve won twelve World Championships between us and we are going to end the two of you.” He slams the microphone down and his music plays, as the two teams stare each other down. We are set for one major Tag Team Title match down the line.
ALEXANDER RUSEV W/ LANA VS. ZACK RYDER; The Alexander Rusev Open Invitational is no more, but Rusev is still looking to crush his competition. Zack Ryder has the crowd firmly in his corner but it honestly doesn’t do much to help him against the “Bulgarian Brute.” Rusev locks in the Accolade and Ryder succumbs to the pain. Alexander Rusev defeats Zack Ryder in 1:05!
Lana enters the ring to give Alexander Rusev the signal to break the hold. He does and poses next to her in victory. Rusev wants to go down as the most dominant and greatest WWE Superstar in history and he’s off on the right track right now.
Backstage, Renee Young is standing by with CM Punk. She asks him about the challenge that he issued to Triple H on Raw and the fact that it was declined. Punk gives a slight laugh and says that he honestly should have expected it. “This isn’t the Triple H that was the Game. This isn’t the Cerebral Assassin. The guy I spoke to on Monday was a shell of his former self and he lets his wife wear the pants in the family. I’m going to find a way to get the guy that I want to show his face. And when I do, and he accepts my challenge…I’m gonna beat his ass at SummerSlam.”
CHRIS JERICHO VS. JOHN CENA; These two have locked horns more times than they can probably count, but for the first time, it comes out of respect and not a rivalry. Early on, they exchange some stuff that takes them down to the mat, with neither grabbing a real advantage. Chris Jericho is first to strike with a big move, hitting a bulldog into the Lionsault for a close call. John Cena gets one of his own after some big moves, but Jericho is able to counter the STF into the Walls! Cena reaches the ropes to break the hold. Another close call comes when Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment, but Jericho gets his foot on the bottom rope. They come to blows in the center of the ring, with the crowd more behind Jericho. He ducks a shot and nails the Codebreaker but it isn’t enough to put down Cena. Jericho is stunned and sets up for it again, but Cena holds the ropes to block it. He then nails a second AA to end it. John Cena defeats Chris Jericho in 14:04!
John Cena stays on his knees, worn out from the action before rising to his feet and raising his arms. “John Cena is successful in his return to the ring, picking up some steam heading into the big match at SummerSlam” says Michael Cole. Chris Jericho begins to slowly get up while Cena celebrates. They stare at each other for a bit before Jericho extends his hand and the two shake. The show ends with Jericho raising Cena’s arm.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 27, 2016 6:39:17 GMT -5
Tag Team Title match set for SummerSlam! In recent weeks, Batista and Randy Orton have made it clear that they want their hands on the WWE Tag Team Championships. Last night on Smackdown, they issued a challenge and the champions, the Usos, gladly accepted. No time was officially set until now. The Authority has announced that Batista and Orton get their shot at the "Biggest Party of the Summer"! Can The Usos continue to live their childhood dreams as Tag Team Champions or will Batista and Orton add to their already impressive legacies?
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 28, 2016 7:59:34 GMT -5
Monday Night Raw: July 28th, 2014 – Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
A video recap kicks off Raw, showing the ending to last week’s monumental Raw. Daniel Bryan was given the option to handpick his opponent for SummerSlam. He came out and selected the man who gave him a shot last year, John Cena. Cena came out to accept only for Triple H to interrupt and bring out “the Beast”, Brock Lesnar. The main event at SummerSlam will be a huge Triple Threat match!
Following the Raw opening video, the music of CM Punk hits to open our show for the second straight week. He comes out to the ring to a massive ovation and gets in the ring. He grabs a microphone and seems to mean business tonight. Punk says that last week, he came out here with one thing in mind and he didn’t get it. “I want Triple H at SummerSlam and I will do whatever it takes to make that happen. I will beat anyone that you put in front of me, I will threaten whoever I have to. It doesn’t matter but I will beat your ass at SummerSlam.” Just like last week, Punk demands Triple H, but gets no answer. Instead, fire explodes as the Director of Operations, Kane, walks out onto the stage to a chorus of boos. “Look, I know you love nothing more than to ruin something but I don’t have time for this. I want Triple H!” says Punk. Kane informs everyone that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon both have the night off. “Until our guest host Trish Stratus arrives tonight, I am in charge. However, I just got off of the phone with our COO, who expected this from you. He just so happens to be sick and tired of you running your mouth on a weekly basis. You are about to be put into a match and if you can win, then Triple H will face you at SummerSlam.” CM Punk likes the idea and is ready for the fight. The music of former four time World Champion Alberto Del Rio hits as he comes out to face Punk. “Oh my King, Alberto Del Rio has injured a number of Superstars in recent weeks. CM Punk is in some trouble” says Michael Cole.
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. CM PUNK; We return with the match already in progress, with CM Punk as the aggressor. He goes for multiple quick pin attempts, looking to secure the match with Triple H that he so desperately wants. Alberto Del Rio is no slouch though, attacking the arm at every opportunity. He tries to lock in the Cross Armbreaker, but Punk grips his hands together to prevent it. He then manages to turn it over into the Anaconda Vise but Del Rio reaches the ropes. Punk goes into a series of offensive maneuvers and sets up for the Go to Sleep. Del Rio tries to fight it off but Punk manages to nail it anyway. However, Bad News Barrett rushes into the ring and lays Punk out. CM Punk defeats Alberto Del Rio in 12:03!
“What the hell did Barrett do that for?” asks JBL. The answer becomes clear as Triple H begins to walk to the ring, obviously actually in the building tonight. He has a smirk on his face as Bad News Barrett hammers away on CM Punk. Once Triple H enters the ring, he gets a microphone and tells Punk that this is what he wanted. “You see, you can talk all you want about wanting to face me, but it’s I that wants to kick your ass. You wanted the Game? You wanted the Cerebral Assasin? You got him. You and me at SummerSlam. That is, if you can make it there.” Triple H takes off his jacket as Barrett holds Punk up. He strikes him with a series of right hands before a final big one knocks Punk down. Alberto Del Rio now gets to his feet and looks at Barrett. Triple H wants Del Rio to put Punk in the Cross Armbreaker. “Break his damn arm!” Del Rio looks around as the crowd chants “No!” loudly. Del Rio points at Barrett and says that he wants his shot. Triple H tells him not to worry about that, but to do what he says. The fans continue to chant “No!” as Del Rio stands conflicted. He motions for Barrett to pick up Punk. Instead of going after him though, Del Rio superkicks Barrett out of the ring! The fans erupt and Triple H is livid. “Oh my god! Alberto Del Rio just took out Mr. Money in the Bank! That’s what the US Title shot means to him!” shouts Michael Cole. Triple H gets in Del Rio’s face, but the “Mexican Aristocrat” doesn’t back down, telling him that he’s not their lapdog. “Give me the title shot you owe me!” Del Rio leaves the ring to “Si!” chants as Triple H is stunned. Behind him, CM Punk has made it to his feet and he is pissed. He turns Triple H around and lays into him with right hands. He sends Triple H off the ropes, but he drops down and leaves the ring. Punk wants him to get back in, but he retreats with Bad News Barrett as the Authority’s plan has backfired heavily.
Returning, Trish Stratus is shown arriving at the arena to a huge pop from the fans. John Cena comes up to greet her and they reminisce about the tag team match they teamed up for back in 2008. Trish says that she actually wanted to see Cena to tell him something. “Considering what happened last week I have some ideas. For my first order of business in charge tonight is to give you and Daniel Bryan a match against some former Paul Heyman guys. You two will team up to take on Rybaxel!” Cena likes the idea and thanks Trish, who then heads off. Trish stops when she bumps into Triple H. “You know, I have a TV in my limo and I saw what just went down out there. The Board of Directors has put me in charge tonight and, gosh, I don’t wanna step on your toes, so you can have the night off.” Triple H gets pissed, shouting that she can’t do that to him because he’s the COO of the company. She tells him that doesn’t matter tonight and gets security to escort him out. He struggles but Trish walks away, showing that she truly is in charge tonight!
“Houston...we’re here.” The Wyatt Family make their way out to the ring, with Roman Reigns by their side, fully a member. When they enter the ring, it is Reigns who sets down the rocking chair for Bray, not Erick Rowan. Bray sits and has a microphone, speaking to the WWE Universe about loyalty. He says that the Shield has shown loyalty to each other since day one. “Look at Dean Ambrose. He is so loyal to you Roman that he has gone crazy over the past week without you. That’s the kind of loyalty that I want to see from you. I want to see you love me Roman. I want you to accept me as your savior.” Bray wants Roman to admit this on the microphone, but the fans chant “No!” Roman looks around before speaking, saying that he’s only here because he has to be. “The stipulation said I had to join the Wyatt Family but it didn’t say I have to follow you like I was in some sort of cult.” Bray is taken aback but then laughs, saying that Roman doesn’t understand. “You know nothing, Roman Reigns. Being a member of my family means that you follow me as Luke and Erick do. I am your leader and I will not guide you in the wrong direction.” Roman again says no in the microphone so Bray Wyatt slaps him across the face. Roman gets right in his face as the crowd wants to see him attack. “What are you going to do Roman? Are you going to use all of that anger and strength against me?” Reigns backs down, remembering that he has to be a part of all of this. Bray begins to laugh again before telling Roman to use all of that on his upcoming match. The fans boo as Roman Reigns looks both disappointed and frustrated. ROB VAN DAM W/ KOFI KINGSTON VS. ROMAN REIGNS W/ THE WYATT FAMILY; Seven nights ago, Roman Reigns defeated Kofi Kingston and tonight he faces Kingston’s partner, Rob Van Dam. Much like that match, RVD tries uses his speed to avoid getting caught by Reigns’ power advantage. He is able to do this successfully for a bit and springboard off the ropes for some offense. He makes one big mistake though when his springboard kick is met with a massive spinebuster. Reigns calls for the Superman Punch but Bray Wyatt shouts “NO!” from ringside. Reigns looks at him and Bray doesn’t want him to do that move. A frustrated Reigns wins following a Spear instead. Roman Reigns defeats Rob Van Dam in 4:20!
Roman Reigns gets to his feet, but doesn’t celebrate the victory at all. Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan enter the ring and stand next to him. Bray is smiling, Rowan has his mask on and Harper looks at Reigns, who has his head down. Suddenly, Dean Ambrose rushes in through the crowd, followed closely by Seth Rollins and they attack the Wyatts from behind. The crowd comes to their feet as Ambrose’s shot knocks Bray to the outside and the two remaining Shield members do battle with Rowan and Harper. Reigns is caught in middle, not knowing what to do. Ambrose lights up Harper with right hands, while Seth stomps on Rowan. Bray gets up and shouts orders at Reigns and you can see his face just fall. Ambrose and Rollins turn towards him and he stares back and forth between them. None of the three men move, until Seth takes a step towards Reigns and tries to talk to him, all while Bray is shouting “DO IT! LISTEN TO ME! FOLLOW ME!” Before anything can happen between the former Shield, Harper and Rowan are up and they take out Ambrose and Rollins. Bray looks disappointed in Reigns as he gets back in the ring. He has Rowan hold Rollins while Harper lays him out with a discus lariat. He then orders Reigns to Spear Ambrose, just like last week. Reluctantly, he does so, but isn’t reward, as Bray snaps off Sister Abigail on him! Bray and his family stand over the three fallen men.
A clip is shown from the WWE App that occurred during the break as the three former Shield members got to their feet and stared at each other. Bray Wyatt, still atop the ramp, shouts and Roman Reigns exits the ring, leaving his former brothers for his new family.
Returning to the ring, Bo Dallas is standing there with a microphone. He says that last week, he showed the WWE Universe that he can beat the “World’s Largest Athlete”. Due to this, he was granted a match against the “World’s Smallest Athlete” tonight.
BO DALLAS VS. EL TORITO W/ LOS MATADORES; As El Torito tentatively makes his way out, Bo Dallas has a big smile. When the bell rings Bo gets on his knees to tease Torito, who responds with some kicks. Dallas gets upset and hits a big punch that sends Torito to the mat. Bo celebrates and shouts “I KNOCKED HIM OUT!” He then applies the Bo and Arrow and the official quickly calls the match. Bo Dallas defeats El Torito in 0:33!
You can clearly hear Bo Dallas shout a roar of excitement as he overreacts to a simple win over El Torito. He goes into his victory lap until the music of the Big Show hits. He comes out as Bo stops in his tracks. Big Show walks up to him as Bo tries to plead his case and say that everything is cool. Once he gets close, Show rears back for the WMD, but Bo turns and scurries into the crowd. Show demands he comes back but Bo never looks back as he runs straight to the back and probably out of the arena.
The fans come to their feet for the arrival of the WWE Women’s Champion, Paige. She makes her way out to the ring and gets inside, grabbing a microphone. She starts by saying that tonight is an important night for her. “Growing up, I watched the women of the WWE and wanted to find the success that they did. One of the women on the very top of that list was none other than our special guest host tonight, Trish Stratus!” This brings more cheers from the fans as Paige goes on to explain a bit more. “I pride myself on being the Anti-Diva, so you may be asking why I looked up to someone who came into this business as a model. It’s simple. Trish started as just a pretty face but worked her butt off to become one of the greatest women to ever step foot in a WWE ring. I’d like for her to come out here and join me in the ring.” Paige awaits the Hall of Fame Diva, but instead gets the Bella Twins. Nikki has a microphone and talks down to Paige as they walk down the ramp. “Listen Paige, I know that you currently hold the belt, but you need to understand something. My sister and I pride ourselves on being Divas. We don’t see it as a dirty word like you do. And, as for your little hero Trish? She’s one of the women who popularized the term Diva and I speak for her when I say that she is ashamed of you for getting rid of the Divas Championship. Brie and I have been upset about it, but we haven’t chosen to show you what we’re going to do about it until now.” The Bellas are now in the ring, standing across from Paige. Brie charges and begins to brawl with Paige. Paige gets the upper hand and headbutts her to the corner. She turns around into a big forearm shot from Nikki. Brie gets up and the Bellas put the boots to Paige as the crowd boos. Their reaction changes when Trish Stratus’ theme plays and she charges out. Trish takes down Brie Bella with a big Lou Thez press and right hands. Nikki is shocked at this action and attacks, but Trish does her matrix like dodge and goes for the Chick Kick but Nikki drops down and rolls out of the ring. Brie does the same and the Bellas retreat as Trish helps Paige to her feet. Trish grabs a microphone and tells Nikki Bella that she has it all wrong. “Yes, I helped the Divas division here in the WWE, but the Championship that I held proudly was that Women’s Title that Paige carries. I was never against being called a Diva, but I was a Women’s Champion and if being a Diva now means that someone has to act like the two of you, then I never want to be associated with that word again!” Trish slams the microphone down as her and Paige stand their ground in the ring. The Bella Twins are absolutely livid as they exit.
DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. RANDY ORTON; The WWE Tag Team Champions, the Usos, are out for commentary tonight and the same goes for the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus. Batista meanwhile, is off promoting his major hit film, Guardians of the Galaxy. Here, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton have a great back and forth exchange of two incredibly talented performers. Both guys get in their signature moves for near falls as commentary sees the Usos discuss their upcoming match at SummerSlam, while Sheamus acts like Ziggler won’t be any sort of challenge for him. Despite not thinking that he will be a challenge, Ziggler proves to be a serious threat when he plants Orton with the Zig Zag and covers for the three. Dolph Ziggler defeats Randy Orton in 9:02!
Getting to his feet, Dolph Ziggler throws his arms up in the air in celebration and points at Sheamus. The Usos tell Sheamus that he better watch out because there may be a new champion soon. Sheamus says that Triple H would never allow Dolph to get a title shot, even if he gets lucky against Randy Orton. Regardless of Sheamus’ feelings, a clean win over Orton is a pretty big deal.
Returning from commercial, Sheamus is shown walking backstage with a worn out Randy Orton. Trish Stratus comes up to them and says that she isn’t done making decisions tonight. “I couldn’t help but overhear what you said about Triple H never giving Dolph Ziggler an Intercontinental Title shot. You know, I just so happen to wholeheartedly disagree. So, since I’m in charge tonight, I’ve decided that you will defend that belt against Dolph Ziggler…at SummerSlam.” Trish heads off, leaving Sheamus fuming.
As we cut to the ring, Cody Rhodes is standing in the middle dressed in a suit. He reminds everyone of what happened at Battleground, but didn’t actually want to say it. “It pains me to think about what my brother did so I won’t use the words. I just want him to come out here and give me some sort of explanation. It’s been eight days and it has happened multiple times now.” We get nothing for a few seconds but then Goldust appears and slowly walks to the ring. He stands across from his brother, who again asks for an explanation. “Tell me why. Dammit Dustin tell me what the hell has gotten into you. We came back to this company together and won the Tag Team Titles. I had a chance to win the United States Title, just like you and dad did, but you did what you did.” Goldust continues to stare at him in complete silence, further angering Cody. “Dammit Dustin, at the very least you owe me an explanation!” Now Goldust moves, but not to speak, instead to level Cody. He pounds away, but Cody begins to fight back to the crowd’s liking. Goldust does exactly what he did at Battleground and kicks his brother low to stop his momentum. He then picks him up and drops him with the Curtain Call before slithering out of the ring. Once again, Goldust leaves his brother lying but we have no answers as to why.
DANIEL BRYAN AND JOHN CENA VS. RYBAXEL; In a test against former Paul Heyman guys, Daniel Bryan and John Cena actually work pretty well together. Considering their significant others, they have spent a fair amount of time together and developed a relationship out of respect. They do some quick tags and it’s unfortunate for Rybaxel. The established team does manage to cut the ring in half of Bryan for a short while, but the tag comes to Cena fairly quickly. He comes in with his signature offense before locking Curtis Axel in the STF. Ryback runs in to break the hold but is greeted with the Busaiku Knee! Axel taps out to end things. Daniel Bryan and John Cena defeat Rybaxel in 7:41!
Daniel Bryan and John Cena stare across the ring at each other as, despite winning together tonight, they know that they will be enemies in a few weeks at SummerSlam. As they do this, the Titantron shows the arrival of Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar for tonight’s contract signing. Business is sure to pick up this evening.
A commercial runs to promote NXT this week. The NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte defends her title against her former BFF, Summer Rae. Will the “genetically superior” diva reign supreme or will the “summer of Summer” continue?
ALICIA FOX AND EVA MARIE VS. THE FUNKADACTYLS; Total Diva star Eva Marie continues to try and get some wins under her belt. Alicia Fox is a good partner to choose, considering she is a former WWE Divas Champion. She starts for her team and doesn’t do too hot as Naomi runs circles around her. Eva makes the tag to Alicia, who does better. Naomi tries to tag out, but Cameron is actually off the apron and posing for a selfie with a fan. Alicia hits the scissors kick and wins this for her team. Alicia Fox and Eva Marie defeat the Funkadactyls in 2:16!
Cameron looks up at hearing the bell and honestly doesn’t even seem bothered about the loss. She seems more annoyed at Naomi. Eva Marie celebrates like she just won the Women’s Championship, while Alicia Fox celebrates normally and looks at her confused.
We go backstage where Renee Young is standing by with Adrian Neville. He enters the screen with the NXT Championship on his shoulder. She asks him about what’s next now that Alexander Rusev is in his past. He says that while the ending of their story was disappointing, he hasn’t given up. “You wanna know what I cherish most in the world? This NXT Title. I like having it and I want more.” He claims that his next goal is to not only remain the NXT Champion but to do so while trying to win more gold. Onto tonight, he says that facing Chris Jericho is a dream come true since he looked up to Jericho for years.
An ad runs to promote SummerSlam, set to the theme song “Keep on Keeping On” by Travie McCoy. We see various images and clips of some of the top Superstars and Divas in the WWE.
ADRIAN NEVILLE VS. CHRIS JERICHO; Similar to the bout that Chris Jericho had with Sami Zayn in Osaka, Japan, this match starts with a handshake. Both guys exchange holds at the bell, with Adrian Neville using his speed and power to gain control. However, it is when Jericho uses some of his veteran savvy that things turn around. He hits the Lionsault but Neville is able to get his shoulder up. Jericho immediately tries for the Walls, but Neville reaches the ropes. Jericho pulls him to try it again, but is kicked into the corner. Neville charges with a shot and climbs up for the Red Arrow. He nails it but Jericho gets his foot on the bottom rope to stop the count. Neville cannot believe it and climbs up again. Jericho gets his knees up this time and rolls over into a pinning combination to earn the victory. Chris Jericho defeats Adrian Neville in 13:58!
The fans come to their feet to applaud the great match put on by both athletes. Chris Jericho gets to his feet, while Adrian Neville sits on the mat in disappointment. Jericho comes over and extends his hand out to Neville, who looks around. As he accepts it and Jericho pulls him to his feet, the music of Alexander Rusev plays as he and Lana step out onto the stage. “I thought this issue with Adrian Neville was over and done with” says Michael Cole. Rusev walks all the way down to the ring and enters. He stands across from Neville and Jericho. Neville tells Jericho that it’s his fight and asks him to step back. Jericho doesn’t want to, but agrees on it. Neville readies for a fight but Rusev steps forward and superkicks Jericho! Everyone is stunned as Rusev turns to Neville and launches him over the top and outside. However, he continues to beat on Jericho and locks him in the Accolade until officials run out to try and break it up. Only Lana is able to enter the ring, laughing, to make him break it. “What the hell did Rusev target Jericho for?” asks Jerry Lawler.
Returning, the ring is set up for a contract signing. Trish Stratus is in the ring as she will be overseeing this. She first introduces the man who Daniel Bryan handpicked last week, John Cena. He comes out to his usual mixed reaction and awaits the next arrival, which is Brock Lesnar. He is of course, accompanied by Paul Heyman. Last but not least, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion himself, Daniel Bryan, joins us. With everyone in the ring, Trish reminds us of the match but Paul Heyman cuts her off. He tells her that she doesn’t need to remind people about the match. “The entire world has been talking about this match and do you want to know why? Because my client Brock Lesnar will be in this match. You know my client don’t you? He’s only the 1 in 21-1. If my client can break the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania, he certainly will decimate the two of you and walk out of SummerSlam as your new, reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Champion!” Cena interjects now, saying that he’s heard this all before. “Trust me Paul, we get it. I didn’t come out here to speak to you though. I came out here for two reasons. One, was to sign this contract.” Cena signs the contract before continuing, “The second was to address Brock himself. I told Daniel last week that I know firsthand what you’re capable of. At Extreme Rules two years ago, you beat me worse than I’ve ever been beaten in my career. But you know what? Do you remember the outcome? That’s right, I won. You see, you are indeed an animal, but I know how to beat you and what it takes to beat you. Yea, you ended the Undertaker’s streak, which is arguably the single biggest accomplishment in the history of this business, but at the end of the day when that WWE Title is on the line, I will find a way to beat you again.” They come face to face in the ring until Daniel finally speaks, saying it seems like they forgot about him. He raises the WWE Title high in the air and says “You two better focus on this. Yea, I’m not as big or as strong as either of you but I have this to prove that when I step into this ring there is nobody better than me. John, you did beat Brock back in 2012, but if you recall, I did beat you at SummerSlam last year.” Cena cracks a slight smile at that statement as Bryan says that he plans on doing it again this year and signs the contract. He turns to Brock and says that while they have never faced before, he isn’t scared or intimidated despite his accomplishments. Heyman steps in between them, saying that Daniel is delusional. “I applaud your courage Daniel and you are indeed one of the best in the world but neither you nor John Cena is the Beast. You aren’t the conqueror, you aren’t the 1 in 21-1 and you aren’t the next WWE Champion like my client Brock Lesnar is!” Brock, growing impatient, turns and tackles Cena to the ground. They exchange blows until Bryan jumps in on Brock’s back. Brock uses his strength to turn Bryan around and set him up for a German suplex. Bryan lands on his feet and charges, trying to apply the Yes Lock! He nearly gets it on but Brock is too strong and powers out. Cena runs at him but Brock ducks and drills him with a vicious German suplex. He does one to Bryan as well before jumping around in the middle of the ring. Brock sets the table up in the corner, ignoring Trish Stratus’ yells. He picks up Cena and hits him with the F5 before turning his attention to the Champion. He picks Bryan up on his shoulder and runs forward, putting him through the table with a huge tackle of sorts. The carnage in the ring is clear as Heyman picks up the contract and holds it for Brock to sign. Brock and Heyman stand tall while Cena and Bryan are out cold in the ring.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 30, 2016 10:15:18 GMT -5
There was talk of doing a large round robin tournament in the style of NJPW's G1 Climax. Creative really wants to do this but a vast majority of the plans for the remainder of the year are already set in stone. That would mean that something like this would have to be shoehorned in and they don't want to do so. There will be still be a tournament later in the year and the round robin tournament plan may be pushed back until 2015.
The WWE has recently signed some major independent names to deals. Fergal Devitt, Kevin Steen, Jessie McKay and Cassie McIntosh have all inked deals with the WWE and should be working in NXT within the next few months.
The next NXT live special is set to be announced very soon. The WWE wants to hold these quarterly since the first two have been successful. There is talk that Adrian Neville will be dropping the NXT Championship soon since he is on the main roster. On the flip side, creative is happy with the exposure that the NXT Title is getting on Raw and Smackdown so that may not be the case.
Expect to see more shine for the WWE Divas division. Considering the recent appearance by Trish Stratus, the popularity of champion Paige, the buzz around the NXT women's division and the success of Total Divas, the girls are in high demand. A high profile match is already scheduled for SummerSlam and there are currently two women's matches on tap for Night of Champions. Also, there has been some discussion to giving the women an entire episode of Smackdown to work with.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Aug 31, 2016 7:00:49 GMT -5
WWE NXT: July 31st, 2014 – Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida
Things open tonight with the weekly NXT intro video. Then, we cut straight to the arena where Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Renee Young welcome us to the show. We head to the ring for our opening contest.
COREY GRAVES VS. SIN CARA; Last week, Sin Cara came up short as Sami Zayn’s tag team partner but looks to rebound in singles action here. Unfortunately for him, he runs into a very game Corey Graves. He continue to show off his very vicious streak, targeting the leg of the masked Superstar. Sin Cara is able to take Graves down, but his leg gives out when he attempts a springboard move. Like a shark smelling blood, Graves locks in Lucky 13, resulting in the finish. Corey Graves defeats Sin Cara in 2:40!
With the bell ringing, a look comes across the face of Corey Graves and he refuses to break the submission. Sin Cara continues to tap out but Graves just wrenches down harder. The crowd pops when the music of NXT Champion Adrian Neville hits. He rushes out and, just as Graves lets go of the move, comes to blows with the man. They continue to trade shots until Neville goes into his combination of strikes. When he tries the spin kick however, Graves catches his foot and yanks it into Lucky 13! Neville reaches the ropes but can’t escape the hold as Graves just applies more and more pressure. Graves finally releases the hold and picks up the NXT Championship, hoisting it high in the air as Neville writhes around the ring, holding his leg in pain.
Backstage, Jojo is standing by with “Prince Pretty”, Tyler Breeze. She asks him about his rather tainted win over Evan Bourne last week. Tyler gives a disgusted look and says that nothing was tainted. “I had nothing to do whatever Solomon Crowe decided to try last week. I was going to get up and knock that ghastly looking Evan Bourne off the top rope anyway.” Jojo changes to ask him about what’s next for him. Tyler says that he is going to do what he’s always set out to do and that’s rid NXT of all of the uggos. “Trust me Jojo that is going to take a while.”
An advertisement runs to promote “Sunday Night SummerSlam” on the WWE Network. This Sunday, use the live stream to relive one of the most historic SummerSlam events in history from the year 1998. Witness the “Highway to Hell” as Steve Austin defends the WWF Championship against the Undertaker while the Rock and Triple H engage in an epic ladder match!
NON-TITLE: THE ASCENION VS. ANGELO DAWKINS AND OLIVER GREY; Since becoming of the first ever NXT Tag Team Champions, Oliver Grey has been unable to find real success. He was unable to pick up a win with Sami Zayn a few weeks back and makes for an interesting pairing with the happy go lucky Angelo Dawkins. The Ascension are still on a mission to prove their dominance. Their focus is mostly on Dawkins as they cut the ring in half and nail the Fall of Man for the win. The Ascension defeats Angelo Dawkins and Oliver Grey in 2:11!
A mixed reaction rains down from the stands in Full Sail University as the Ascension once again pick up a win. For nearly a year now, they have been the top tag team in NXT. Viktor grabs a microphone and directs his comments towards Sami Zayn. “Sami Zayn. We’ve watch you come out here for the past few weeks and fail. You fail at picking a viable partner and you fail at winning, yet we’re supposed to believe that you’re going to take these belts from us?” Konnor takes over, saying that they the best tag team in the world and they prove it week in and week out. “How about this Sami? You get seven nights to find yourself a tag team partner. Next week right here, we will put our titles on the line against you and whoever is dumb enough to team with you. Believe us, it will end in total anni-YAH-lation.”
An ad runs for the WWE Shop, showing various Superstars and Divas wearing official WWE Shop gear set to tune of “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons.
Jojo is standing by again, but this time is with Sami Zayn. She wants his thoughts on what the Ascension just said. Sami seems to be thinking hard and snaps out of it to answer. He admits that he hasn’t found the right partner just yet. “The Ascension are absolutely right when they say that I’ve failed. But you see, they may have just made a big mistake. I have an idea for a partner that will click perfectly with me and, knowing that the Titles will be on the line is the extra motivation that I need.”
NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP - CHARLOTTE (C) VS. SUMMER RAE; The two former BFFs come face to face at the start of the match and you can clearly see some trash talk going on. Summer Rae blatantly disrespects her opponent by piefacing her. Charlotte comes back with a big spear, giving this match a big time start. The girls trade beating each other up around the ring. Summer proves to be too overconfident, as she does a few nonchalant pins that allow Charlotte to get her shoulder up. Summer looks for the Summer Crush, but Charlotte turns it around into Natural Selection. She hooks the leg but Summer gets her foot on the bottom rope. Charlotte can’t believe this but quickly recovers by pulling Summer to the middle of the ring. She locks in the figure four with a bridge, calling it the figure eight. Summer has no choice but tap out. Charlotte defeats Summer Rae to retain the NXT Women’s Championship in 5:03!
The match ends as commentary mentions that Charlotte has just beaten the originator of the BFFs. Combine that with the fact that she currently holds the NXT Women’s Championship and you have to consider her the top of the mountain among women in NXT. Charlotte raises the title in the air as the fans cheer for her shutting up Summer Rae.
Returning, we get a similar vignette to what we saw last week. Last week’s was focused on Becky Lynch, but this one highlights Alexa Bliss. We see her and her bubbly personality talk about how she plans on taking the NXT women’s division by storm and how blissful it will be.
MASON RYAN VS. BUDDY MURPHY; If you keep up with NXT live events, you’ll know that Buddy Murphy is a bit of a hot prospect. Mason Ryan though, has been an unstoppable force and proves to be that again here. Despite getting in some shots, Murphy falls to Ryan’s neckbreaker rack finisher. Mason Ryan defeats Buddy Murphy in 0:39!
The fans cheer as Mason Ryan continues to dominate. They, just like commentary and the viewers at home wonder if anyone can match this machine.
We are taken to a recap that shows footage from last week’s main event. Evan Bourne seemed near victory when Solomon Crowe style technical issues distracted him and caused him to lose to Tyler Breeze. We go to Jojo for an interview with Evan Bourne but it is quickly cut off and interrupted by “A Message from Solomon Crowe.” He is sitting in a dark room with his control pad and says that nobody needs to know what Evan Bourne thinks about all of this. “All that matters is how I feel. You see, a few weeks ago I told everyone that it was out with the old and in with the new here in NXT. After saying this what do I see? I see Evan Bourne, the old, show up and think that he can have a spot here. There is no time for him. It’s all about the new. It’s all about someone like me, the man who sent Adam Rose packing from NXT.” He says that Evan Bourne is going to learn who really controls things in NXT.
A commercial is shown for SummerSlam, set to “Keep on Keeping On” by Travie McCoy. It shows various WWE Superstars and Divas are they prepare for the biggest event of the summer.
JUSTIN GABRIEL VS. TYSON KIDD W/ NATALYA; The tandem formerly known as International Airstrike explodes here. Justin Gabriel has been trying to find his footing on NXT, while Tyson Kidd has found a new attitude and some success. Due to their history of being partners, both guys know each other well and are able to counter most things. Kidd seems to hurt his knee, causing Natalya, the referee and Gabriel to all show concern. It’s all a trick though as he uses that opening to take advantage and target the lower back of Gabriel. This leads to him trying the Sharpshooter, but Gabriel kicks him off and nails a tornado DDT. He climbs up for the 450 splash as Tyson shouts something to Natalya, pointing at Justin. She gets in the ring, standing in front of her husband, though she clearly doesn’t want to get involved. Justin climbs down to reason with her, allowing Tyson to trip him up and apply the Sharpshooter. Justin gives in and taps out. Tyson Kidd defeats Justin Gabriel in 10:08!
Tyson Kidd celebrates the win like he just won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He hugs Natalya, who is still obviously not comfortable with how things went down. Tyson brags to some fans at ringside until his theme music stops. A video then plays on the tron, showing footage of what looks to be Japan. It cuts to images of Hideo Itami throwing kicks and punches as the crowd goes nuts. The footage ends with the words “HIDEO ITAMI IS COMING TO NXT” flashing across the screen. Tyson Kidd isn’t pleased with this but the fans are going nuts.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Sept 1, 2016 6:39:29 GMT -5
Friday Night Smackdown: August 1st, 2014 – American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas
Smackdown opens with the weekly intro video before cutting to the arena where Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield introduce the show. The camera pans to show the jam packed arena in Corpus Christi, Texas before going to the ring for our opening contest.
NON-TITLE MATCH: BAD NEWS BARRETT VS. CHRISTIAN; Kicking off the evening is some hot in-ring action as the current United States Champion takes on someone who held the belt earlier this year, Christian. Bad News Barrett holds his Money in the Bank briefcase up and trash talks his opponent, so Christian just straight up slaps him. They trade offense for most of the match, with neither guy gaining a true upper hand. Christian scores a close near fall on a sunset flip and begins to clap for the Killswitch. He tries it but Barrett shoves him off into the corner before hitting the Bull Hammer for the win. Bad News Barrett defeats Christian in 7:57!
Bad News Barrett asks for a microphone during his celebration. He says that this past Monday, we witnessed a travesty when Alberto Del Rio turned his back on the Authority. “He did the dirty work for us, but all of a sudden became a greedy piece of garbage. Actually, you know what? Alberto, I know you’re back there, get your ass out here!” He doesn’t have to wait long as “El Patron” himself comes out to the stage. Barrett says that Triple H is a man of his word. “He promised that you would get what you wanted and you’ll get it. You and I will meet for the United States Title at SummerSlam.” The crowd cheers as Del Rio smiles and responds by saying that’s all he wanted to hear. “I also want to make one thing clear perro. I didn’t turn my back on the Authority. I was never one of Triple H and Stephanie’s puppets like you. I did what I did to get a shot at that title and at SummerSlam, I am going to take it home!” Barrett replies by saying that he got some other news from Triple H earlier. “Tonight, you’re going to compete in a handicap match against Batista and Randy Orton! Hopefully, you can make it to SummerSlam in one piece.”
Returning from commercial, we hear the sound that signals the arrival of the Shield. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins make their way to the ring to a huge ovation from the Corpus Christi crowd. Dean seems ready to snap again but Seth keeps him calm and is the one to speak. He says that the past two weeks have been the toughest in the history of the Shield. “Not having our brother by our side has been harder to get through than going to war with Evolution, harder than facing off against Team Hell No and harder than losing our Tag Team and United States Titles.” He talks about what it has done to both he, and especially Dean, mentally. “We’re sick and tired of this game and we have a challenge to lay down to the Wyatt Family.” This brings us the Wyatt signature as the entire family, along with Roman Reigns, appear atop the stage. Bray Wyatt talks, saying that he is here to listen to their challenge, but he wants them to know that he is in control. “You boys need to realize that I have been in charge this whole time. That is why Roman Reigns is standing by his real family and not you two.” Seth has to hold Dean back before addressing Bray. He says that they want a shot at bringing Roman Reigns back where he belongs in the Shield. “Dean and I want any two of you in a match and if we win, Roman comes back with us.” Bray throws his head back in laughter, saying he has no reason to accept that challenge. “At Battleground, I not only the match, I won the war! I am Roman Reigns’ new leader and no mere match is going to change that.” Seth thinks for a bit before Dean takes the microphone, trying to sweeten the deal. “What could you possibly want to give us this match? We’ll give you anything.” Seth questions this but Dean ignores him. Bray ponders it and seems to come to a decision. “Alright. This Monday night, you two against myself, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. If you win, Roman Reigns is free.” The fans cheer before Bray adds that if Seth and Dean lose, they are his. “You will do just like Roman here and join the family.” Roman looks up and his eyes tell his former brothers not to risk it. Seth tries to discuss it with Dean, but Dean instantly accepts. Bray laughs loudly and adds that it will be a Steel Cage match to make sure that Roman doesn’t try anything funny. He looks over at Roman, who puts his head down. Dean agrees to the stipulation and a massive match is set for Monday.
KOFI KINGSTON VS. THE MIZ W/ SUMMER RAE; During his entrance, we get an insert promo from the Miz, who states that with his newfound Hollywood success, he needs gold to go with his eventual Oscar. His path to a potential Championship reign starts well as he gets the upper hand on Kofi Kingston early. Kofi is able to hit the SOS for two, beginning a rally. It proves to be short lived though as Miz hits a Skull Crushing Finale that ends this match. The Miz defeats Kofi Kingston in 3:19!
The man arguably the biggest ego in the WWE is joined by Summer Rae while he enjoys his victory. She caresses his chest as he puts his shades back on.
Cutting backstage, the WWE Women’s Champion Paige is shown walking down a corridor as she is in action next!
NON-TITLE MATCH: PAIGE VS. CAMERON W/ NAOMI; As Paige makes her entrance, we see a recap of her and Trish Stratus taking out the Bellas on Raw. The friction between the Funkadactyls is still evident as Cameron seems to ignore some advice from Naomi before the bell. Due to that, she goes into this with the same mindset she had the last time they met and is clearly overconfident. She manages to take down Paige and then begins to show off. Naomi gives a big sigh when she sees this. Paige drops Cameron with the Paige Turner to win. Paige defeats Cameron in 2:48!
The WWE Universe erupts into cheers as Paige goes to grab her WWE Women’s Championship. However, the Bella Twins rush the ring and level her from behind. They pound away on Paige, wearing her down while the Funkadactyls argue up the ramp. Brie holds Paig in place as Nikki slaps her. She then picks up the Women’s Title and lays out Paige with it. It’s clear that the Bellas did not take what happened on Raw lightly.
Renee Young is standing by with Dolph Ziggler. She asks for his thoughts on Trish Stratus giving him a shot at the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam. He says that he is obviously thankful because it’s absolutely what he’s wanted. He promises to end the reign of Sheamus and make his idols growing up, like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, very proud.
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. BATISTA AND RANDY ORTON; Alberto Del Rio enters the ring cautiously knowing that he’s about to face one of the more dangerous tag teams in the WWE. The number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles wisely pick apart Del Rio. Randy Orton utilizes his crisp ability in the ring, mixed with his vicious streak, while Batista straight up overpowers the number one contender for the United States Title. Del Rio does start a rally, firing away with kicks and quick offense, even scoring a near fall on an enziguri on Orton. He knocks Batista off the apron and slaps his arm in preparation for the Cross Armbreaker. He slaps it on Orton but Batista breaks it up before he submits. They plant Del Rio with the Batista Bomb/RKO combination to get the win. Batista and Randy Orton defeat Alberto Del Rio in 9:26!
Randy Orton gets to his feet and raises his arms next to Batista. Bad News Barrett appears atop the stage, with a huge grin and enters the ring. He directs some traffic and wants to see Batista and Orton hit their signature move one more time. They set up for it, but the Usos rush out to the ring to make the save. The Authority back out of the ring, saving the fight for another day while Jimmy and Jey check on Alberto Del Rio.
Cutting backstage, Renee Young introduces her guest at this time, Chris Jericho. She recaps what happened on Raw, where Jericho beat Adrian Neville, only to get assaulted by Alexander Rusev. She requests his feelings on this. Jericho says that he feels exactly the way you would expect him to. “First, I’m pissed off about it and will get even. I know that a lot of people have wondered why this happened but I think I have an idea. Rusev, or Lana rather, has been going on and on about how he’s the greatest and most dominant Superstar in history. To me, it seems like he’s trying to prove that he’s the alpha male. Instead of being unsure, I’m going to get to the bottom of this. I’m inviting both Lana and Rusev to the Highlight Reel this Monday.” Jericho says that he will find out exactly what the deal is on Raw.
We are now joined atop the stage by Cody Rhodes. He is in a suit and looks to be in a somber mood still. He has a microphone and speaks, saying that for the past two weeks, his life has been in turmoil. “Last year, I thought I couldn’t get any lower than being fired right after getting married. I really thought that was rock bottom. Then, from the ashes, my brother and I rose up and not only got our jobs back but we forged a new relationship that was stronger than it ever had been. Then, at Battleground, with a great opportunity in front of me to become the United States Champion, Dustin turned his back on me. I’ve been trying my best to find an answer but he refuses to respond. I call, I text, I even brought him out in front of me on Raw. Nothing. This is the lowest point of my career and I can’t get Dustin to give me any reason as to why he did what he did.” Cody says that his next step is to do something he didn’t want to have to do. “This Monday night, my father is coming to Raw.” The fans pop at the news. Dusty Rhodes will be at Raw this Monday night!
ADRIAN NEVILLE VS. ROB VAN DAM; A while back, these two met for the NXT Championship on an episode of NXT. Tonight, there are no titles on the line, but the match follows the same story as that one. Adrian Neville is able to counter a fair amount of Rob Van Dam’s offense because he watched him so much growing up. Neville hits a very nice reverses hurricanrana for a near fall and RVD comes back with his trademark Rolling Thunder. RVD seems to be gearing up for a win, but Neville avoids the split legged moonsault. He follows that with an interesting pinning combination to score the win. Adrian Neville defeats Rob Van Dam in 6:51!
Rob Van Dam can’t believe the fashion in which he lost, while Adrian Neville celebrates with the fans. A frustrated RVD looks like he may snap but shakes hands with Neville and seems to say “I’ll get you next time” as he exits. Neville stays to bask in the victory, coming a step closer to his goal of adding more gold around his waist.
Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield now direct our attention to the Raw Rebound. We see footage of the contract signing between Daniel Bryan, Brock Lesnar and John Cena for the SummerSlam WWE Championship match. Cena and Bryan said their piece to Brock while Paul Heyman did the talking for his client. When it came to the fighting though, Brock handled that on his own and left both of his opponents lying in a heap. Could that be the image we see in Los Angeles?
BO DALLAS VS. CHRIS JERICHO; An angry Chris Jericho comes out of the gates firing, looking to prove a point to Alexander Rusev if he’s watching. Bo Dallas’ recent nemesis, the Big Show, is out on commentary to discuss their issues. Bo manages to hit his Bodog but Jericho gets a shoulder up. Bo can’t believe this and starts to complain to the referee. He goes back after Jericho but is greeted with a big enziguri. Jericho then applies the Walls and Bo taps out. Chris Jericho defeats Bo Dallas in 4:11!
The Big Show laughs from commentary as Bo Dallas suffers a loss here. Chris Jericho is clearly a man on a mission with Alexander Rusev in his sights. He leaves the ring and Big Show enters, finally looking to get his hands on Bo Dallas. Dallas gets to his feet as Show cocks back for the WMD. He manages to drop down and quickly roll out of the ring, escaping yet again. Show motions that he was “this close” to getting him.
The WWE now gives a special shout out and thank you to Travie McCoy for supplying the theme song for WWE SummerSlam, “Keep on Keeping on”!
Now, a recap is shown from this past Monday where CM Punk once again laid out a challenge to the COO, Triple H once again. Kane came out and told him that if he defeated Alberto Del Rio, he could get the match. During the contest, Bad News Barrett and Triple H appeared to attack Punk. Triple H wanted the match and made sure he got it. Things took a turn for the worse though when Del Rio stopped taking orders and superkicked Barrett. This allowed Punk to retaliate and their major confrontation is set for SummerSlam.
We are then taken to a snippet from Michael Cole’s weekly wwe.com interview with Triple H. He asks Triple H about the match against CM Punk. Triple H responds by saying that he didn’t want to accept at first. “Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had an issue with CM Punk for years but in the position I hold in this company, it would not be the best idea for me to do what I wanna do to him. I may not like him personally, but a healthy Punk is best for business. After talking it over with Stephanie, I realized that the WWE is bigger than CM Punk. I need to shut his trap for good and I’m going to do that at SummerSlam.”
Coming right out of that video, CM Punk’s music hits as he comes out and walks down to the ring for our main event. He gets on the microphone and says that he isn’t going to take up too much time but he wanted to be sure to address what we just saw. “Personally, I liked it. For years, Triple H has hidden behind that ridiculous suit and tried to play politics with me. I’m glad he’s finally able to admit that he doesn’t like me. That’s what I want. I’ll say it again; I don’t want the COO of this company. I don’t want Hunter. At SummerSlam, I want the “Game.” I want the 13 time World Champion. And at SummerSlam, I’m gonna beat his ass.”
CM PUNK AND DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. KANE AND SHEAMUS; As announced by Trish Stratus on Raw, Dolph Ziggler gets an Intercontinental Title shot at SummerSlam against Sheamus. Throughout this match, Sheamus manages to avoid Ziggler and only come in after Kane wears him down. CM Punk desperately waits for the big tag. Ziggler is finally able to score with a Fameasser on Sheamus and leap to tag in Punk. He comes in hot just as Sheamus tags in Kane. Punk gets in most of his signature offense and climbs up top for the big elbow. He preps for the GTS but Sheamus runs in. Ziggler, however, is able to greet him with a superkick! Punk hits the GTS, which is enough to put Kane down. CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler defeat Kane and Sheamus in 9:48!
The fans come to their feet as CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler are officially announced as the winners. The Authority is unable to gain momentum on two of their biggest threats come SummerSlam. Punk and Ziggler celebrate to close this week’s Smackdown.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Sept 2, 2016 8:32:15 GMT -5
Monday Night Raw: August 4th, 2014 – Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas
Before the weekly Raw video package, we see a recap of the personal rivalry between the Shield and the Wyatt Family. With Roman Reigns now a member of the Wyatts, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins put their freedom on the line tonight. If they can beat Erick Rowan and Luke Harper inside a fifteen foot high steel cage, Roman Reigns rejoins them in the Shield, but if they lose, they must also join Bray and his family!
Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield welcome the WWE Universe to tonight’s jam-packed episode of Monday night Raw. Before they can run down any of tonight’s festivities, the music of John Cena plays and he steps through the curtain. Cena is greeted with is usual mixed reaction as he charges the ring. Once he enters, he grabs a microphone and begins to address the WWE Universe. He begins by reminding everyone about what went down last week during the contract signing with Brock Lesnar and Daniel Bryan. He says that Brock Lesnar once again proved his dominance, just like he did at WrestleMania. “I’ve been asking myself, how do I beat the man that beat the unbeatable man? How can I or even Daniel Bryan for that matter, beat the man who beat the streak?” Cena says that he’s racked his brain and can only conclude that he must be something he isn’t. He must be the monster that Bray Wyatt brought out in him at some points earlier this year. “I don’t want to do it folks, but if I’m going to become a 15 time World Champion, I need to take drastic measures.” Before Cena can continue, he is interrupted by the recognizable voice of Paul Heyman. He walks out onto the stage and sarcastically claps for Cena. He “congratulates” him on figuring out that Brock Lesnar is unstoppable. “John, I saw the things you were pushed to do against Bray Wyatt and they were indeed brutal. But you need to understand something. Brock Lesnar is a different animal than anyone you’ve ever faced before. Brock Lesnar conquered the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Brock Lesnar nearly ended your career two years ago at Extreme Rules.” Heyman says that no matter where Cena or Bryan go or what they do, they will not stop Brock Lesnar. Cena again reminds Heyman that he actually defeated Brock at Extreme Rules, which makes Paul laugh. He says that Brock hasn’t forgotten that and will make Cena pay for it at SummerSlam. “I actually came out here for a different reason though. Besides addressing you, I wanted to let you know that the Authority has a match scheduled for you. Since you are going to be facing THE beast at SummerSlam, tonight you will face A beast. A beast from this very state. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Mark Henry!” The crowd pops for Mark Henry, who appears in a University of Texas shirt as John Cena gets ready for the opening contest.
JOHN CENA VS. MARK HENRY; This is not the first rodeo between these two guys, having met several times over the past few years. Commentary informs us that Daniel Bryan will also be facing a beast of sorts later tonight in preparation for SummerSlam. John Cena continually tries to hoist Mark Henry up, but has some trouble doing so. Henry pounds away on Cena’s back and goes for a big splash but Cena is able to roll away from it. He then is able to score with the Attitude Adjustment and picks up the win. John Cena defeats Mark Henry in 4:08!
The WWE Universe comes to their feet with a very vocal mixed response as John Cena is declared the victor. He jumps up and raises his arms in the air, picking up a win over one of the most intimidating and imposing Superstars in WWE history. John Cena seems absolutely ready for Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan and SummerSlam!
Returning, the WWE gives a special thanks to Travie McCoy for supplying the theme song to this year’s SummerSlam, “Keep on Keeping on”!
We are now taken to a vignette for Daniel Bryan. It features footage of his rise to the top, while he talks over them. He speaks about SummerSlam, admitting that he’s never stepped into the ring with Brock Lesnar before. “When Brock left this business, I was just cutting my teeth. Now, our paths have a chance to cross and I am not going to back down. People doubt my ability against him because of our size difference and his legitimate fighting background. To that I say I don’t care. People doubted me against Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton at WrestleMania. They doubted me against Bray Wyatt at Money in the Bank and they doubted me against CM Punk last month. You know when else I was doubted? Last year at SummerSlam when I pinned John Cena 1-2-3 in the middle of that ring. I plan on doing the same to him or Brock this year.”
BIG SHOW VS. BO DALLAS; Since making his return a few weeks ago, Big Show has gone after the annoying Bo Dallas. Tonight, he gets a real shot at him and Bo is clearly afraid. He does everything he can to avoid Show, but gets caught with some loud chops. Bo rolls outside to catch his breath, but Show follows. He charges Bo, who dodges and Show crashes into the steel steps. Bo slides inside as the referee counts to ten. Bo Dallas defeats Big Show via countout in 1:42!
The fans boo loudly as Bo Dallas celebrates his victory in his typical overdramatic fashion. He runs around the ring but stops to grab a microphone. He says that he told everyone that he could beat the smallest and biggest that the WWE has to offer, because he Bolieves. The angry giant that is the Big Show gets to his feet and is furious. He enters the ring but Bo sees him on the Titantron and quickly runs out and up the ramp. Cutting backstage, the Authority are in their office. Randy Orton tells Triple H that he, Kane and Sheamus are about to go out and destroy the Usos and Dolph Ziggler. Triple H smiles and says that’s what he likes to hear. “I know that Batista is off promoting Guardians of the Galaxy again and won’t be back until next Monday, but I believe in the three of you.” They head off, leaving Triple H with Stephanie McMahon. She questions him about the match with CM Punk which surprises him. “I thought you hated that twerp as much as I do.” Stephanie says that she does hate him, but she remembers WrestleMania. “Actually, I remember WrestleMania, Extreme Rules and Payback. No offense, but you weren’t a winner in any of those matches. I don’t want us to look bad as a family, when we’re supposed to be in control.” Triple H is taken aback by this and tells her that he needs to clear his head away from her.
DOLPH ZIGGLER AND THE USOS VS. KANE, SHEAMUS AND RANDY ORTON; Outside of Kane subbing in for Batista, this is a pretty big preview of what’s to come at SummerSlam. As one expects, the team of Dolph Ziggler and the Usos start hot but eventually run into trouble following a cheap shot from Sheamus. This allows the Authority team to isolate Jey Uso with quick tags and cutting the ring in half. Throughout the match, Randy Orton yells at Jey and even at Jimmy on the apron about how they aren’t in his league. Jey manages to slap the taste of Orton’s mouth and make the hot tag to Dolph. He comes in, lighting everyone on fire with his offense. He scores some near falls before a really cool moment comes as he and the Usos triple superkick Kane out of the ring. Unfortunately, things go downhill after, when Sheamus Brogue Kicks Jimmy to end things. Kane, Sheamus and Randy Orton defeat Dolph Ziggler and the Usos in 13:42!
Austin is full of disappointed fans as the Authority enjoys their win. Kane does his best to be happy but he did take three kicks to the face a few minutes ago. Sheamus certainly is looking strong heading into a major Intercontinental Title defense at SummerSlam. Dolph Ziggler and Jey Uso check on Jimmy as the winners head up the ramp.
Similar to the Daniel Bryan video that aired earlier, we now get one for John Cena. We see a bunch of footage of his long list of career accomplishments as he talks over them, saying that he’s nowhere done with his career. “Yea, I have a chance to win my 15th WWE Championship at SummerSlam, but that match is going to be about more. I thank Daniel Bryan for giving me the shot because this is about redemption. Last year, I gave Daniel a chance when nobody else would and he beat me. Fair and square in the middle of the ring. I’ve lived with that for a year now and it’s about time I get a chance to even the score. As for Brock Lesnar, yea I defeated him two years ago but if you watch that match, I did not look like a winner. He beat me from pillar to post and that is an image I want to overwrite with a shot of me standing over him at SummerSlam. One way or another, I will be the WWE Champion again.”
AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT W/ TITUS O’NEIL VS. KOFI KINGSTON AND ROB VAN DAM; Last month, Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam were assaulted by Batista and Randy Orton. Since then, they’ve only teamed sparingly, but tonight look to get back into the ranks against the tandem of Xavier Woods and Damien Sandow. Sandow and Woods play the smart game, using their brains to lead their offense. However, Titus O’Neil miscues a trip at ringside and catches Sandow by mistake. Sandow questions him but turns into Trouble in Paradise for the three. Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam defeat the Age of Enlightenment in 3:00!
The team of Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam have their hands raised in victory and leave the ring. Xavier Woods and Damien Sandow are not pleased with Titus O’Neil. Woods gets in his face, but Sandow gets in between, breaking things up. He then turns and seems to scold Titus as well before all three men exit.
Returning from commercial, Cody Rhodes makes his way out to the ring, with a serious look on his face, which has been the case for the past few weeks. He is in a suit and he reminds everyone of what happened at Battleground, before turning his attention to what he said on Smackdown. “I would like for you all to welcome my father, Hall of Famer, Dusty Rhodes.” The fans pop in unison for the arrival of Dusty, who waves to them but also seems to be in a somber mood. He enters the ring, hugs his son and grabs a microphone. He starts by saying that the past few weeks have been very troublesome for his family. He calls out Goldust, but gets no response. Dusty then shouts and demands for Goldust to join them, which he finally does. When he enters the ring, Dusty speaks right to his face, saying that things were going so well. “Last year at Battleground, the three of us stood side by side together as you got your jobs back. I have never been prouder in my entire life. Then, I watched from my seat at home as you two formed a team and won the Tag Team Championships. It was a damn beautiful thing. What the hell happened?” Goldust looks up at him, points to Cody and says “ask him.” Dusty and Cody are both surprised, but Dusty keeps Cody back, saying he’ll handle it. He asks Goldust what he means by that. “I know you guys had hit a rough patch, but you could have worked through it. You’re family and what has happened has torn us apart.” Goldust replies by telling Dusty to place the blame on Cody for going off on his own and trying to leave him in the dust. Cody’s face falls as he realizes what his brother has been feeling. He walks towards him only to be struck with a big right hand. Dusty gets in between them and Goldust shoves him to the mat as well! Cody immediately goes to check on his dad, while Goldust just leaves as the fans boo.
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. THE MIZ W/ SUMMER RAE; The Miz has been one of the Superstars mentioning that he wants to win some gold soon. Alberto Del Rio on the other hand, has taken action in his quest for a title, earning a United States Championship at SummerSlam. His opponent for that night, Bad News Barrett, is on commentary badmouthing him. Miz does pretty well for himself, but ducks hard for cover when Del Rio does after his face. Protecting the “money maker” proves to be his downfall as Del Rio rolls him up for two, but goes right into the Cross Armbreaker. Miz tries to reach the ropes but ends up having to tap out. Alberto Del Rio defeats The Miz in 5:16!
As Summer Rae lets out a scream of disappointment, Alberto Del Rio has his arm raised and he stares directly at Bad News Barrett. Barrett simply raises his United States Title in the air in one arm while hoisting up his Money in the Bank briefcase with the other. These two are ready to clash at SummerSlam.
Returning, Jerry Lawler stands up from his seat at commentary with a microphone to make an announcement. “Next week, Monday night Raw will take place on August 11th. That just so happens to be the birthday of WWE Hall of Famer and WrestleMania XXX host, Hulk Hogan!” The crowd cheers at the mention of Hulk’s name before popping harder when Jerry announces that next week, Hulk will be at Raw for a birthday celebration!
We go to a recap of last week when the Bella Twins jumped WWE Women’s Champion Paige. Paige was then saved by WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus. Trish then got on the microphone and backed Paige’s decision to bring back the Women’s Title, which upset the Bella Twins.
Tom Phillips is now standing by with the Women’s Champion herself, Paige. He asks for her thoughts on Trish Stratus supporting her and the attack the Bellas laid on her this past Friday on Smackdown. Paige responds by saying that first, she is proud to have Trish support her because she’s one of the women that she looked up to. “As for the Bellas, I feel like this is going to keep happening. They have an advantage being up two on one, especially when they attack from behind. So, this Friday on Smackdown, I am set to take on Brie Bella. To make sure that Nikki minds her business, I’ve given Trish Stratus a call and she will be in my corner!” The crowd cheers knowing that Trish will be on Smackdown this week!
NON-TITLE MATCH: DANIEL BRYAN VS. RYBACK W/ CURTIS AXEL; Daniel Bryan comes out for his match against a “beast” and it is revealed to be Ryback. This proves to be a tough match for the WWE Champion because Ryback is still an imposing force despite recent losses. He throws Bryan around, showing that this could be exactly the case come SummerSlam. Bryan continues to show that he is a resilient champion though. He fights back with a string of kicks that send the “Big Guy” reeling. Bryan finishes off the flurry with the Busaiku Knee for the win. Daniel Bryan defeats Ryback in 5:49!
Daniel Bryan gets to his feet with the crowd behind him. Curtis Axel helps Ryback out of the ring while Bryan is handed his titles. The fans shout “Yes” along with him as he definitely looks ready for Brock Lesnar and John Cena at SummerSlam. We are reminded that we will have a special word with Brock Lesnar later tonight.
The Wyatt signature hits as Bray Wyatt appears on screen in a dark room, with Erick Rowan, Luke Harper and Roman Reigns flanking him. He talks into the camera saying that tonight is the night. “Tonight, we add to the ranks of my family. Roman here is a project. A project that I am molding. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, you will not interfere with that!” He continues by saying that the former Shield doesn’t approve of what he’s done with Roman Reigns. “At first, I desperately wanted you to understand that I am helping him. But then I realized that it doesn’t matter. Your views are insignificant. You see, a lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of sheep. Tonight, you two join us and become lions.”
NON-TITLE MATCH: BAD NEWS BARRETT VS. CM PUNK; It was Bad News Barrett who was the first to attack CM Punk during his match with Alberto Del Rio last week. Punk attacks quickly, firing away in the corner with a series of strikes, causing Barrett to back out and regroup outside. The aggressive Punk gives him no time to breathe though, coming at him with a suicide dive. The two men trade blows outside for a bit and nearly get counted out, before Punk rolls Barrett inside. He grabs a steel chair and, despite the referee’s best efforts, whacks Barrett in the back, causing the DQ. Bad News Barrett defeats CM Punk via disqualification in 4:09!
The bell rings but CM Punk doesn’t stop, wailing on Bad News Barrett with a few more steel chair shots. The music of the COO hits as Triple H comes out, taking his blazer off, looking to do something about this assault. He gets ready to enter, with Punk daring him to do so. Barrett rolls outside as Triple H gets on the apron, but he backs off deciding not to fight. The fans boo loudly as Triple H helps Barrett and says wait until SummerSlam. Punk doesn’t want to wait, exiting the ring and coming after them. Triple H has security step in between them to hold the furious CM Punk back.
ADRIAN NEVILLE VS. FANDANGO W/ LAYLA; During his entrance, we see an insert promo from Fandango, where he says that he is sick of losing and is throwing his name into the mix of Superstars vying for some gold. As the match begins, he actually gets in some offense and looks to quickly win with his top rope leg drop. Unfortunately for him, he misses and Adrian Neville goes into a flurry. He climbs to the top and puts away Fandango with the Red Arrow. Adrian Neville defeats Fandango in 2:21!
Adrian Neville leaps to his feet and points to the sky before being handed his NXT Championship. He raises it high in the air, continuing his hot streak since debuting on the main roster. Layla enters the ring to check on Fandango, who continues to struggle.
Renee Young is now standing by with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Seth is ready to talk but Dean is leaning on the wall, fuming. She asks Seth about their mindset heading into the Steel Cage match tonight. Dean jumps in before Seth can speak and asks how she thinks their mindset is. “Have you seen me these past few weeks? There is no way that we can lose tonight. I will not be a pawn in Bray Wyatt’s sick game.” Dean tails off, walking off screen in anger. Seth takes a calmer approach saying that they know how important tonight is. “Tonight is about bringing the Shield back together and finishing the Wyatt Family.”
The ring is now set up for the Highlight Reel and the fans come to their feet for the arrival of Chris Jericho. He makes his way to the ring while commentary reminds us of the attack he suffered last week on Raw. When Jericho starts to speak, he welcomes everyone to the Highlight Reel and directs the viewers to the Titantron, where we see footage of Alexander Rusev’s attack last week. Jericho says that he thinks he knows why that happened, but he wants to bring out Rusev to hear it from him. Lana and Alexander Rusev oblige and walk out to the ring to enormous boos. Lana has the microphone first, telling Jericho that he’s lucky they showed up. “You do not summon Rusev. He is not some commoner. You request his presence. The only reason we are out here now is to tell you exactly what happened last week and what will happen going forward. Alexander Rusev is here to be the greatest Superstar in WWE history. He showed that when he defeated Big Show at Extreme Rules, he showed it when he took down Jack Swagger’s America and he showed it when he ran through every single person who dared take the Rusev Invitational.” Jericho comments that Rusev is also $5000 poorer because he couldn’t beat Adrian Neville in five minutes. Lana isn’t amused. She says that in order for Rusev to be the greatest of all-time, he needs to show his dominance against the past, present and future. She brings up Jim Duggan, who Rusev destroyed a while back and says that he was the past, just like Jericho. “You are a legend Chris, but legends have an expiration date. Rusev is going to crush you to prove his dominance.” Jericho is serious as he tells Lana, “listen sister, I’m standing right here. That makes me the present and if you want to try and ‘crush’ me, give it your best shot.” Rusev steps forward but Lana stops him, telling Jericho that attacking him doesn’t mean as much as beating him in a match. Jericho puts his hand up to her face, telling her not to talk. “I’m talking to you right now Rusev. People have come and gone and tried to use me as a stepping stone junior. It won’t work. You want a match with me? Face me at SummerSlam. I want you to accept, not your puppeteer.” Rusev takes the microphone from Lana and accepts before stepping back and delivering a big time superkick to Jericho. Rusev stands over Jericho, who is holding his jaw, and poses next to Lana.
EMMA VS. NIKKI BELLA W/ BRIE BELLA; The Bella Twins are not happy with the announcement that Trish Stratus will be back on Smackdown. Nikki seems hellbent on taking out her frustrations on Emma. She pounds away on her in the corner, but Emma comes back with the Dil-EMMA. She follows with her trademark Emma mite Sandwich and seems ready for her finisher but Brie gets on the apron. Emma charges and knocks her off. This does give Nikki the quick break that she needs though, because she scores with the Rack Attack and the three count. Nikki Bella defeats Emma in 3:48!
As the bell rings, Brie Bella holds her jaw and slides in to stand side by side with her victorious sister. Nikki Bella raises her arms and looks into the camera, saying “bring it Trish”. She’ll be at ringside when Paige faces Brie on Friday.
A vignette now airs to hype Brock Lesnar, similar to what we saw for John Cena and Daniel Bryan earlier. This is interesting because as the footage of his long list of career highlights is shown, we actually hear from Brock rather than Paul Heyman. “I’m an ass kicker. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. People were shocked when I beat the Undertaker at WrestleMania. Why? Look at me. Why wouldn’t I beat the Undertaker? There is nothing mythical about Brock Lesnar.” Brock states that he nearly ended the career of John Cena in 2012 and he plans on finishing the job at SummerSlam. “As for Daniel Bryan? Please. I will break that little twerp in half. Understand this people. I’m going into SummerSlam. I’m gonna kick John Cena’s ass. I’m gonna kick Daniel Bryan’s ass. I’m gonna walk out as the WWE Champion.” Brock ends the promo by saying that children shouldn’t watch this match. “Your heroes will get beaten. It’s gonna get ugly people.”
STEEL CAGE MATCH: DEAN AMBROSE AND SETH ROLLINS VS. ERICK ROWAN AND LUKE HARPER W/ BRAY WYATT AND ROMAN REIGNS; Once Erick Rowan and Luke Harper enter the confines of the cage, Dean Ambrose charges and attacks, showing that he truly is unstable. Seth Rollins tries to do the same, but is laid out by Harper. This is an all-out chaotic brawl with no tagging and just four guys going to war. The camera is sure to catch Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns at ringside, as Bray is calm but Roman goes through a ton of different emotions. Inside, the Wyatts are in firm control and Reigns looks defeated. Bray gets up and demands that Roman watch as this all comes to an end. Rowan holds up Rollins for a lariat, but he ducks and Harper takes out his partner. Bray starts to lose his cool a bit now and even more when Dean and Seth both hit signature moves on Harper. Bray shouts for Roman to enter the cage but he refuses. The crowd pops when he tells Bray no. Bray is in disbelief and decides to take matters into his own hands. He strikes the referee and steals the key to the cage door. He goes to open it but Reigns slams it shut, preventing him from getting inside, drawing another loud roar of cheers from the WWE Universe. Dean plants Rowan with Dirty Deeds to end the match. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeat Erick Rowan and Luke Harper in 14:17!
The WWE Universe explodes as Roman Reigns is now officially free of the Wyatt Family. Bray Wyatt yells at him to stay, but Reigns lays him out with the Superman punch! He enters the ring with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins and they pause, staring across at each other. Reigns extends his fist out, which Ambrose and Rollins do as well, signaling their official reunion. Dean seems to have an idea as the Shield move Harper and Rowan’s bodies and throw them out of the cage. Reigns then grabs Bray and brings him in the cage, locking it behind him. “Oh man, Bray Wyatt is about to get what’s coming to him” says Michael Cole. When Bray stirs and gets to his feet, he realizes that he is surrounded by the Shield. Bray stands his ground, shouting “DO WHAT YOU MUST! I AM THE EATER OF WORLDS! YOU WILL NEVER STOP ME!” He goes to continue but Roman Reigns wipes him out with a massive spear. The Shield then call for it and deliver the Triple Powerbomb to the crowd’s liking. The reunited Shield put their fists together over Bray Wyatt as the show fades to black.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Sept 4, 2016 7:30:51 GMT -5
WWE NXT: August 7th, 2014 – Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida
Opening things tonight, we go straight to the weekly NXT opening video. Cutting to pumped crowd at Full Sail University, Rich Brennan, Jason Albert and Alex Riley welcome everyone to the broadcast. They promise a jam packed show and suddenly, the theme music of John “Bradshaw” Layfield hits. He steps out onto the stage to a chorus of cheers from the fans. He thanks them and says that he has two announcements to make. “First, I will be stepping down as the General Manager of NXT.” The crowd boos but JBL promises that he will find a suitable replacement over the next few weeks. “It has been a fun ride and I love it here, but it’s a lot for me to juggle right now and I can’t give NXT my best effort so I want to find someone who can because you all deserve it. Now, my second announcement is the one I’m most excited about. On Thursday night September 11th, NXT will be taking over the WWE Network once again. Our evolution will be seen across the world and you can all witness it for just $9.99!” The crowd cheers loudly at this major announcement.
CURT HAWKINS VS. KALISTO; Curt Hawkins has gone on record in saying that he has shown up on NXT to turn his career around. So far, he has had mixed results. Kalisto is one of the most exciting and popular stars with the Full Sail fans. Hawkins wisely does what many try and that’s to ground Kalisto. The high flying masked Superstar comes back with a springboard corkscrew attack that livens the crowd. Suddenly, Tyler Breeze begins to stroll to ringside, looking at himself in his phone. Kalisto gets distracted for a moment, and Hawkins pounces, but he is able to dodge. Kalisto then hits Salida Del Sol and gets the win. Kalisto defeats Curt Hawkins in 6:29!
“LU-CHA” is chanted by the fans in celebration of Kalisto’s victory. Tyler Breeze continues to walk around the ring, not tearing his eyes away from his phone. Kalisto looks on as Breeze finally turns towards him, seemingly just realizing him, and gives a very disgusted look before turning and walking off.
Going backstage, Renee Young is standing by with Tyson Kidd. She asks him about his feelings towards the upcoming debut of Hideo Itami. Tyson gives a disappointed look and says that he thought Renee, being a fellow Canadian, was better than that. “I won last week. Fact. I pinned a former World Tag Team Champion. Fact. I was in the main event. Fact. Yet was I allowed to celebrate? No. I had to watch a video for some overrated chump from Japan. Now, I have to sit here and listen to you ask me questions about him. Where are my questions about my win? Why don’t you ask about my cats? Or about my future here?” Tyson storms off, clearly upset at the lack of respect.
Coming right out of that interview, we go to the Hideo Itami vignette again. It once again ends with “Coming Soon to NXT.”
CJ PARKER VS. EVAN BOURNE; It is clear that there are problems between Evan Bourne and Solomon Crowe after the events of two weeks ago but it would be unwise for Bourne to take CJ Parker lightly. Parker actually seems to really hurt Bourne with a massive palm strike. He uses that to take control for a bit, but Bourne seems on a mission, rallying back with kicks. He goes up top but the arena lights begin to get hacked again. Bourne doesn’t allow it to affect him this time though and hits the AirBourne to earn the victory. Evan Bourne defeats CJ Parker in 4:29!
Much like two weeks ago, the hacking into the arena stops, but Evan Bourne stares up at the entrance. He motions with his hands for Solomon Crowe to come out but we get no answer from NXT’s resident “hacker.” Bourne is pissed as he heads to the back.
We go backstage to Renee Young again, who is standing by with Sasha Banks. She asks for her thoughts on Charlotte retaining her NXT Women’s Championship against the former leader of the BFFs, Summer Rae. Sasha scoffs at Renee and tells her that Summer Rae was never the leader. “She sure acted like that was the case, but I was always the boss. As far as Charlotte goes, good for her. All she did was prove that she can beat Summer. She did nothing to show that she was the baddest Beautiful Fierce Female in NXT. She has to beat me to show that. And just to prove it to everyone else here, I challenge Summer Rae to a match next week. You will all see just why I’m the boss.”
An ad runs to promote the WWE Shop, set to “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons. Various Superstars, Divas and fans are shown wearing official WWE merchandise.
ALEXA BLISS VS. BECKY LYNCH; Two of the newer Divas in NXT go at it here. Over the past few weeks, there have been vignettes airing to give the viewers more insight into these girls. They shake hands at the bell, both being respectful of the other. Commentary is sure to note that while Becky Lynch is new to NXT, she has been competing for a long time, while Alexa Bliss is still new to the business. Bliss using her fiery personality to come close a few times but Becky outsmarts her and gets into position, applying an armbar submission that Jason Albert calls the “Dis-Arm-Her.” Alexa taps out, allowing Becky to score a win. Becky Lynch defeats Alexa Bliss in 5:12!
Becky Lynch has her arm raised in victory as the fans in Full Sail give her a nice hand. Alexa Bliss holds her arm, but Becky helps her to her feet and hugs her. A great show of respect from two girls that could be big parts of the future of NXT.
John “Bradshaw” Layfield is in his office when Adrian Neville barges in, holding the NXT Championship on his shoulder. Neville says tells JBL that he knows he’s leaving as General Manager, but before he goes, he wants one thing. “Give me Corey Graves. I don’t care if it’s tonight, next week or whenever, give me him. I’ll put this title on the line if I have to dammit.” JBL tells him to calm down and says that he actually has already decided that Neville will face Graves at NXT TakeOver: R-Evolution. Neville seems happy with this news and leaves, saying that Graves is going to regret ever attacking him.
We now cut to a pre-taped video of Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady outdoors. It seems to be shot from Big Cass’ cellphone. Enzo introduces themselves and says that they are making this video to chronicle their trip back home to Queens. “Big Cass and I, we been struggling a lil’ bit and that don’t fly where we come from. So now we back here to get some home cooking to get our heads on straight.” We see various thrown together clips of Enzo and Cass enjoying the city, eating hot dogs (Enzo’s falls on the floor, causing Cass to laugh), meeting up with old friends and things like that. Finally, Enzo reaches a door, saying that they are about to go in and see his mother, for some official home cooking. The video ends there, with a “to be continued…” message.
The Ascension make their way out to the ring for their NXT Tag Team Title defense. They pose menacingly once they enter and await their opponents. Sami Zayn’s music hits to the usual thunderous ovation from the NXT Universe. He has a microphone and says that he knows he’s failed in recent weeks. “Oliver Grey. Sin Cara. They’re both great guys and great athletes, but something didn’t click. We didn’t work as the well-oiled machine that we needed to. I had to find someone that gelled with me. I needed time. However, when you two offered up a Tag Team Title shot tonight, I couldn’t resist and I had to go to JBL with something I never thought I’d have to. I had to go and talk to him about getting a contract for my closest friend in the world. A man that I’ve teamed with for years before coming to NXT. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce my partner and best friend, Kevin Owens!” The crowd loses their collective minds as Kevin Owens, formerly known as Kevin Steen, steps out onto the stage and stands side by side with Sami Zayn!
NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS – THE ASCENSION (C) VS. KEVIN OWENS AND SAMI ZAYN; As much as the Ascension try, it was nearly impossible to shake off the announcement of Kevin Owens. Not only were they unable to scout or prepare for Owens, but the crowd’s intensity is something they did not expect either. Owens starts the match and busts out some very impressive offensive maneuvers that get the crowd even louder and send the Ascension reeling. They have been the longest reigning champions for a reason though, and they manage to weather the storm and start working over Sami Zayn, cutting the ring in half. Zayn does his own weathering of the storm and makes the hot tag to Owens, who cleans house. His flurry of offense leads to him going for a pin but having Konnor break it up. Zayn runs in and takes out Konnor with the Helluva Kick! Owens then sends Viktor off the ropes and nails a massive popup powerbomb for the 1-2-3. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn defeat The Ascension to win the NXT Tag Team Championships in 9:16!
The NXT Universe explodes as the referee hands the NXT Tag Team Titles to Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Owens hoists his high in the air, while Zayn stares at it for a few seconds, in disbelief that he’s finally won some gold here in NXT. Owens comes over and gives him a hug before the two celebrate with the hot crowd in Full Sail University. “A new era has begun in NXT!” exclaims Rich Brennan.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Sept 6, 2016 9:59:20 GMT -5
In recent weeks, Jack Swagger hasn't been seen. The reason for this is that creative is trying to think of something new for him. They like him in the "Real American" role and would like to have him in the tag team division. There has been talk about moving him down to NXT to help out some of the younger guys. Some people have suggested he team with Jason Jordan, due to their amateur backgrounds. Nothing is set in stone yet however.
We recently reported that Kevin Steen had signed a developmental deal and he made his debut last night on NXT as Kevin Owens. Triple H is said to be very high on Owens, along with his best friend Sami Zayn. While Zayn and Owens won the NXT Tag Team Championships last night, both men are expected to be in the NXT Title picture before next year.
Batista has been off promoting the hugely successful Guardians of the Galaxy. He is done making those appearances as of this weekend, so he will be back around for the go home week of TV before SummerSlam and beyond. He has plans booked all the way up to WrestleMania 31 as of this writing.
Despite putting the United States Title and Money in the Bank briefcase on Bad News Barrett, some high up in the company still feel it wasn't the best move. They feel that a member of the Shield should have won it, particularly Roman Reigns. Triple H is said to be a big supporter of Barrett though and as of right now, there are no plans to take the briefcase away from him.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Sept 7, 2016 6:36:42 GMT -5
Trish Stratus Returns on Smackdown! A few weeks ago on Monday night Raw, WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus returned to the company to be the special guest host. She made an impact instantly, barring Triple H from the arena and scheduling Sheamus to defend his Intercontinental Title against Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam, while also overseeing the WWE Championship contract signing. Her biggest impact however, may have come when she came to the aid of WWE Women's Champion Paige when the Bella Twins assaulted her. Now, Trish returns to Smackdown for the first time in years, to corner Paige when she faces Brie Bella. What will happen when these four women are in the same place at the same time? Will Trish get physical once again?
Post by The Kevstaaa on Sept 8, 2016 6:59:04 GMT -5
Friday Night Smackdown: August 8th, 2014 – Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas
This week’s Smackdown kicks off with the weekly intro video featuring the Superstars and Diva of the WWE. We then go down to Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield, who welcome everyone at home to tonight’s episode, just nine days away from the biggest party of the summer! The crowd erupts as our first guests of the night arrive.
“Sierra. Hotel. India. Echo. Lima. Delta. Shield” is heard as the Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns all make their way to the ring through the crowd to a massive ovation from the WWE Universe in Laredo, Texas. It’s the first time the three have come out together since Reigns was forced to join the Wyatt Family after Battleground. Once they make it to the ring, Rollins grabs a microphone and speaks first. He says that what everyone is looking at is the way things are supposed to be. “We are the most dominant group of Superstars in the history of the WWE and things haven’t felt right in a few weeks without Roman Reigns by our side.” The camera catches Reigns smirking as Dean Ambrose takes over on the microphone. “I don’t know about Seth here, but I was handling myself pretty well during this time, keeping my cool.” He looks back at Seth and Roman, who can’t contain their smiles since Dean was the furthest thing from calm over this time. He hypes the Shield being back together before handing the stick over to Roman, as the fans cheer. Reigns says that he wouldn’t wish spending time as part of the Wyatt Family on anyone. “That was the weirdest few weeks of my life. Having to dress like Bray tells me, go where Bray tells me to, and do what Bray says to do. It was miserable. I don’t have to think about that anymore though. We are here to focus on the future and we want what we originally asked for. We’ve beaten everyone, except the Wyatt Family. So Bray, what do you say? Let’s do this right here, right now!” The fans erupt, wanting to see a fight. Thesignature strikes and the Wyatt Family appear on the stage, Bray in his rocking chair. He doesn’t have a smile on his face at all, seeming very serious. When he speaks, he directs what he says to Roman Reigns. “You were special Roman. You were different. You were the one that I could save, the one that I could mold, the one that could have been the greatest. Instead, you run back to where you plateaued with your fellow dogs. Did I not tell you last week that I was a lion among sheep? You could have been a lion Roman Reigns. You could have been so special.” Reigns cuts him off, and asks him for the damn match. Bray accepts but not for tonight. “You do not dictate what we do. I dictate what all of us do. We will fight you, but we’ll do it at SummerSlam. You’ve proven yourself to be disloyal, so in exchange, I don’t want any of you to join the family. Just face us, no holds barred.” The fans pop and the Shield quickly accept, but Reigns wants more, saying that he didn’t spend the last few weeks with them without wanting some individual revenge and he challenges one of them to face him right now. Luke Harper removes his vest and steps forward.
LUKE HARPER W/ THE WYATT FAMILY VS. ROMAN REIGNS W/ THE SHIELD; Following a commercial break, this match is joined in progress, with the two men just clobbering each other. Luke Harper is his usual stiff self, laying into Roman Reigns with a fierce intensity. Reigns fires back, still showing some of the aggressiveness that Bray Wyatt instilled in him over the past few weeks. Harper gets a very close near fall following a discus lariat. Reigns takes down Harper and looks over at Bray before setting up for the Superman punch, which Bray didn’t allow him to do the past few weeks. Reigns connects on it and sets for the Spear, but Erick Rowan rushes in and takes him down, causing the official to call for the DQ. Roman Reigns defeats Luke Harper via disqualification in 8:28!
Before Erick Rowan can do major damage, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins slide into the ring and begin to wail on him. While they work him over, Bray Wyatt slithers into the ring, waiting behind Roman Reigns, who slowly gets to his feet. Bray does his crab walk like move before turning over and planting Reigns with Sister Abigail! Ambrose and Rollins turn around to see Bray exiting the ring. Harper and Rowan also leave to join him before the Wyatt signature hits and they disappear.
We go backstage to Renee Young, who is standing by with the number one contender for the WWE United States Championship, Alberto Del Rio. She asks him for his thoughts on his match tonight, which is against Randy Orton. Del Rio says that he is no stranger to Randy Orton. “We’ve wrestled many times, he’s beaten me and I’ve beaten him. So if you think for one second that I will look past him, you’re wrong. The Authority tried to use me as their hired gun and thought I would assist them for free. I didn’t appreciate that. Tonight, it’s Randy Orton and I’m sure it will be someone else on Raw, but what matters in the end, is that at SummerSlam, I’m taking the US Title from Bad News Barrett. But you Renee…you already knew that.”
Michael Cole now directs us to a special video package promoting the upcoming WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at SummerSlam. Daniel Bryan faces his toughest challenge yet as champion, when he meets the 14 time World Champion, John Cena and the man who ended the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak earlier this year, Brock Lesnar. Clips air from the contract signing a few weeks ago, intercut with their promos from this past Monday’s videos on each Superstar.
AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT W/ TITUS O’NEIL VS. LOS MATADORES W/ EL TORITO; The outside presence of the small El Torito is quickly taken out when he gets on the apron to high five Diego, only for Titus O’Neil to bring him down with force. That takes Los Matadores out of their game, as they are worried about their bull. This leads to Fernando eating the You’re Welcome from Damien Sandow to end this. The Age of Enlightenment defeats Los Matadores in 2:01!
Titus O’Neil quickly enters the ring to celebrate with Damien Sandow and Xavier Woods. However, similar to this past Monday, Woods and Sandow seem to celebrate on their own and ignore Titus and his barking. This strange development continues as Woods and Sandow leave, though Sandow does hold the ropes open for the confused Titus O’Neil.
We now go to a video package that hypes the upcoming bout between CM Punk and Triple H at SummerSlam. The video package shows much of what has gone down between them in recent weeks, starting from when CM Punk walked out in January.
Next, we are shown footage from an interview that Michael Cole conducted with CM Punk this past Wednesday night on wwe.com. He wants to know what Punk is out to accomplish by facing he COO of the company at SummerSlam. Punk gives a slight smirk and say that he made it clear on the night he returned, he is sick and tired of Triple H and people with that mindset, being in control. “You know, to the surprise of most people, I actually have a good relationship with Vince McMahon now. Stephanie and Triple H are a completely different story. I’m going to beat his ass at SummerSlam, that’s what I want to accomplish. Maybe I’ll beat it to a point where he realizes that this is not the position for him to hold in the company, because he sure as hell sucks at it.” Cole asks how wise it is to target someone with the power that the Authority holds. Punk responds by saying that it probably isn’t the smartest move, but that’s never stopped him before. “I’ve never played very well under the constriction of ridiculous rules and that’s the case now. My issues with Triple H go back more than the past few weeks or months. This Monday, I’m going to air all of my grievances to the WWE Universe and I dare Triple H to do something about it.”
CHRIS JERICHO AND DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. ALEXANDER RUSEV AND SHEAMUS W/ LANA; Two of the biggest matches set for SummerSlam collide tonight in a big tag team affair. Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler have had their differences in the past, having a big time rivalry that spanned 2012 and 2013. Despite this, they work well as a team and some of their in ring chemistry carried over. Alexander Rusev and Sheamus though, are just two big brutes and they really hammer away on their smaller opponents. They are resilient until Rusev straight up kicks Jericho in the groin. He then takes Ziggler to the outside, leaving Sheamus free to Brogue Kick Jericho for the win. Alexander Rusev and Sheamus defeat Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler in 6:56!
The fans in Laredo boo loudly as Alexander Rusev and Sheamus are declared the winners. They stand over their fallen opponents as Lana raises Rusev’s arm and Sheamus holds the Intercontinental Championship high in the air. “Could this be the image we see from Rusev and Sheamus at SummerSlam?” asks Michael Cole.
An advertisement airs for SummerSlam. Instead of being set to the usual Travie McCoy theme though, "Wastelands" by Linkin Park plays instead and there is a fair amount of focus on the Shield vs. Wyatts match.
A recap from Raw is shown of the appearance by WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes. He tried his best to help Cody Rhodes in getting some answers from his other son, Goldust. Goldust wanted to give no response and then shoved his father to the ground in a heinous act.
ADRIAN NEVILLE VS. GOLDUST; What a difference a few weeks make, as Goldust comes out to a chorus of boos from the WWE Universe. He shows a more aggressive side, wailing away on Adrian Neville with some big shots. Neville is able to use his quickness to free himself and bust out some incredible springboard moves. He goes for the Red Arrow, but Goldust moves and he crashes. Goldust then places Neville in the corner and looks to set him up for Shattered Dreams. Before he can do the damage though, Cody Rhodes runs out and charges the ring, sending Goldust scurrying. Cody dares him to get back in the ring but Goldust walks off, allowing himself to get counted out. Adrian Neville defeats Goldust via countout in 3:30!
Goldust looks on as the official finishes the count, while Cody Rhodes helps Adrian Neville free himself from the corner. Neville thanks Cody, but he’s more interested in burning a hole through his brother with his eyes. Goldust doesn’t seem to care one bit, walking back through the curtain, continuing to avoid speaking to his brother.
Returning, the Bella Twins are in the ring, ready for Brie’s upcoming match. The theme of the WWE Women’s Champion hits to a round of cheers as Paige steps out onto the stage. She has a microphone and introduces WWE Hall of Famer and seven time Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus, to a major ovation. They walk to the ring, with Trish staying outside to combat Nikki Bella.
NON-TITLE MATCH: PAIGE W/ TRISH STRATUS VS. BRIE BELLA W/ NIKKI BELLA; These two met for the Women’s Championship back at Money in the Bank, but due to Brie Bella’s recent change in attitude, this has a very different feel. Brie isn’t interested in getting the fans to rally behind her, instead choosing to agitate them. She disrespects Paige with some slaps and talks smack to Trish at ringside, along with her sister. Paige begins to rally, picking up steam and letting out one of her signature yells. Nikki Bella gets on the apron, but Trish pulls her down and lays her out with a big right hand! Paige scores the win with the Paige Turner on Brie. Paige defeats Brie Bella in 6:02!
Trish Stratus looks on, seemingly with pride, as Paige has her hand raised. Trish grabs the WWE Women’s Championship, brings it in the ring and hands it over to Paige before raising her hand as well. The Bella Twins retreat up the ramp, Nikki holding her jaw with one hand and helping her sister stand straight with the other. Trish requests a microphone and speaks to the Bella Twins. She says that she meant what she said about not wanting to be considered a “diva” if it meant being like the Bella Twins. “You two seem to have a problem with the ‘women’ of the WWE, so I’ve got an idea. The two of you step into this ring against the two of us at SummerSlam!” The crowd pops as Paige looks at Trish in disbelief. Nikki looks at Brie and then nods her head, accepting the challenge. Paige hugs Trish and again, seems shocked that she’s going to be teaming with arguably the greatest of all-time. SummerSlam just got a whole lot hotter!
We now go to a pre-taped video from Bo Dallas. He says that he’s heard a lot of talk recently about people wanting to win championships. “I’ve heard the Miz say it and I’ve heard that Adrian Neville say it. I mean, jeez Neville, you already have the NXT Title, do you really need to be so greedy? However, there’s a reason why I should be the next guy to win a title in the WWE. For one, have you ever seen Miz or Neville beat a giant like I did when I beat Big Show? No way Jose. Of course though, the biggest reason why I’ll be the next champion is because I, more than anyone else, Bolieve!”
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. RANDY ORTON; Considering the amount of matches these two have had with each other in recent years, they clearly know each other well. Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton counter the signature moves and holds of the other throughout this entire match. Bad News Barrett casually strolls to ringside just as Del Rio starts to gain momentum. He gets distracted by it, but Barrett avoids getting involved for now. Del Rio tries for the Cross Armbreaker but Orton is again ready, and blocks it. He then snaps off a powerslam and starts to pound on the mat for the RKO. Del Rio is prepared though, shoving him off into the corner. As Orton comes back, Del Rio pulls him into a rollup, earning the three. Alberto Del Rio defeats Randy Orton in 10:56!
Alberto Del Rio gets to his feet, but sees that Randy Orton is getting up and Bad News Barrett is also entering the ring. He charges at Barrett, but Orton strikes him from behind. They stomp on Del Rio, really wearing him down until the Usos run out to the ring. Jimmy takes down Orton with a clothesline while Barrett quickly gets out of dodge. Jey doesn’t allow that to be the case though, leaping straight out onto him, wiping him out. He gets in the ring with his brother as Orton helps Barrett up and they back up the ramp. The Usos look more than ready to face Batista and Orton at SummerSlam, but judging by Del Rio, barely getting to his feet, he may not be at 100% by then.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Sept 10, 2016 6:29:52 GMT -5
Monday Night Raw: August 11th, 2014 – Moda Center in Portland, Oregon
Following the weekly Raw intro, we cut straight to the sold out arena in Portland, Oregon. The crowd is on their feet as Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and John “Bradshaw” Layfield hype tonight’s show, including Hulk Hogan’s birthday celebration coming up around 10:00PM. Not only that but multiple special guests will be here for that event, and all three participants in the upcoming WWE World Heavyweight Championship match this Sunday are in attendance!
CM Punk steps through the curtain to a massive reaction from the crowd. Michael Cole reminds the viewers that during his wwe.com interview with Punk last week, he promised that he would come out here and air his grievances with Triple H, who he is set to face in six nights at SummerSlam. Punk takes a microphone and removes the WWE part of it. He sits cross legged in the middle of the ring before speaking and saying that the things he is going to say right now probably aren’t going to make the higher ups in the WWE very happy. “Over three years ago, I sat on that stage and delivered a promo that people have since labeled a ‘pipe bomb’ and it altered the direction of my career. During that promo, I specifically stated that I thought the WWE as a company was going to be in trouble after Vince McMahon eventually passes away because it was going to be taken over by his idiotic daughter and his doofus son-in-law. Here we stand, three years later and while Vinny Mac is still kicking, things are being run by those two incompetent asses. I’m going to take you back to that time three years ago. I was the hottest thing going in the world of ‘sports entertainment’ and I chose to re-sign with the WWE. What happened next? Instead of facing guys like John Cena and Alberto Del Rio in classic matches, I was put into a situation where I had to work with Hunter. And guess what? Hunter pulled every single corporate string he could in the back to not only bring in his way over the hill buddy Kevin Nash to ruin everything, but to also screw me out of any and all momentum that I had. These past few years have featured nothing but HHH using his ‘power’ to get what he wants and not care about what you people want. That is part of why I went home after the Royal Rumble. I couldn’t stand working under the two of them. Hell, just look at earlier this year. He and Stephanie told you over and over again that Daniel Bryan was a B+ player, only for Bryan to beat him, Batista and Randy Orton all in one night and he’s held the title since then. Things like that show just how wrong Triple H is for the position that he’s in. At SummerSlam, I’m going to beat common sense into him and maybe then he’ll be able to talk some sense into his stupid wife and then…” We don’t get to hear what’s next because the music of Triple H hits and the COO steps onto the stage and looks absolutely furious. He tells CM Punk to flat out shut up because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. “I am sick and tired of your mouth Punk. You have always been a disrespectful little peon and this Sunday, I am going to shut you up once and for all.” Punk begs him to come try right now and it seems like Triple H is going to oblige, but changes his mind. “No, you see, I only signed on for match out of my COO duties and that is for this Sunday. You want action so bad tonight though, you can have it. Tonight, you go one on one with Batista.” The crowd pops as Triple H heads to the back and CM Punk stares him down.
Some special “Happy Birthday Hulkster” shoutouts are shown, from celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Florida Georgia Line, Weird Al, David Hasselhoff, Mr. T and many others.
Returning to Raw, Alberto Del Rio is standing in the ring awaiting the opening contest. The music of Kane plays as the Director of Operations comes out to the stage. He says that while Del Rio found a way to get a shot at the United States Championship, they still want him to prove that he is a worthy challenger. “So right now, you are going to face not one, but two WWE Superstars in a handicap match.” The theme of Rybaxel hits as they make their way to the ring.
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. RYBAXEL; Right from the start, the numbers game clearly takes its toll on Alberto Del Rio. Both Curtis Axel and Ryback take turns picking him apart, though for the most part it is the power of Ryback that proves to be too much for Del Rio. During the action, Bad News Barrett steps onto the stage and begins to deliver bad news, saying that this handicap match is only a fraction of the beatdown that Del Rio is going to receive when they meet at SummerSlam. This seems to rally Del Rio, who hits a vicious kick that knocks Ryback silly. He falls into the corner, where Axel tags in. He doesn’t fare much better and you can tell in Barrett’s voice that this isn’t going as planned anymore. Del Rio locks him in the Cross Armbreaker, scoring the submission. Alberto Del Rio defeats Rybaxel in 7:58!
The WWE Universe come to their feet in approval of the win for Alberto Del Rio. Bad News Barrett is beside himself on the ramp. Renee Young enters the ring with a microphone and asks for a quick word with Del Rio. She asks him for his thoughts heading into the big match on Sunday. Del Rio points at Barrett, directing what he says to the champion. He reminds Barrett that there was a reason the Authority wanted to use him. “When I slap on that Cross Armbreaker, you either tap out or I break your arm. This Sunday Barrett, you will do one of those two things and I will be your new United States Champion!” The crowd pops before Del Rio goes back to the microphone to end with, “but you already knew that” and a wink.
ERICK ROWAN AND LUKE HARPER W/ BRAY WYATT VS. KOFI KINGSTON AND ROB VAN DAM; The former number one contenders to the Tag Team Titles, Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam, haven’t had a ton of success recently. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper look like they are pissed about what has gone down with the Shield as of late, and try to take it out on the high flying duo. They just pummel them with vicious shots throughout this, while Kingston and RVD get random bursts of energy that nearly turn things around. Alas, they cannot complete a rally and Harper nails the discus lariat to claim the win. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper defeat Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam in 6:09!
The celebration for the Wyatt Family proves to be short lived as once Bray Wyatt enters the ring, the music of the Shield hits to a thunderous pop from the fans in attendance. The trio set to face the Wyatt Family this Sunday make their way through the raucous crowd, stopping once they are outside of the ring, looking at the Wyatts. The WWE Universe is buzzing as the Shield get on the apron and enter the ring, standing right across from their biggest rivals. Reigns takes a step forward and so does Bray, coming face to face. Bray extends his arms, only for Reigns to strike him. This leads to Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins attacking Erick Rowan and Luke Harper, as we now have a pier six brawl on our hands. Neither team seems to gain a clear advantage, with them just trading blows including spilling to the outside. Reigns looks to try and spear Bray through the guardrail, but misses. Bray then clubs away on him until tons of officials and security rush out to separate these teams. It’s clear that with No Holds Barred at SummerSlam, this is going to be an absolute war. Following a commercial break, the fans again come to their feet for the arrival of the Beast himself, Brock Lesnar. Of course, he is accompanied to the ring by Paul Heyman and once they enter, it is clear that we are going to hear from Heyman. He starts the promo with his trademark introduction and then says that he and Brock Lesnar are not in the arena tonight to play games. “My client Brock Lesnar does not show up to Raw without a purpose. He is not just here to remind you that he is the 1 in 21-1. My client is not here to remind you that he conquered the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania. My client is not here to tell you that this Sunday, he is going to rip John Cena and Daniel Bryan apart, tearing them limb from limb, on his way to winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He is here to start tearing them apart tonight.” The crowd comes alive for this news as we may just have a fight here tonight. Heyman continues talking, as Brock jumps around in intimidating fashion. “Now, I know that Daniel Bryan is running late tonight as he was doing a special meet and greet across the country, but we’ll get to him later. Right now, we’re more interested in John Cena. The man that Brock Lesnar nearly ended two years ago. The man…” Heyman is cut off by the music of John Cena himself as he steps out onto the stage. He has a microphone and looks like he’s going to speak, but instead just throws it down and charges the ring. He instantly is able to tackle Brock to the ground, causing the crowd to erupt. However, his advantage doesn’t last long as Brock turns it over and just pummels him with huge shots. Brock lifts Cena and hits a big German suplex. He picks Cena up again, hitting two more before jumping around like this is nothing. Cena shoves him off as he picks him up again and takes a swing, but Brock brushes it off. Cena can barely stand but takes another, only for Brock to duck and nail him with a fourth German suplex. The crowd is buzzing as Brock has just neutralized Cena like it was nothing. Heyman shouts to Brock, “ONE MORE!” Lesnar responds by hoisting Cena up and delivering a fifth German suplex. Brock and Heyman then leave Cena’s broken body in the ring, more than proving their point so far tonight. “Oh my goodness, what is in store for Daniel Bryan when he arrives later tonight?” asks Michael Cole.
ADRIAN NEVILLE VS. BIG SHOW VS. BO DALLAS VS. THE MIZ W/ SUMMER RAE; During the entrances of these Superstars, commentary informs us that these four men have all staked their claims to try and win championships. Here, one of them gets to take a big step towards that. Right from the sound of the bell, Big Show’s main focus though is hurting Bo Dallas. He even gives chase to him around the ring, while Adrian Neville and Miz go at it in the ring. Show finally catches Bo and starts to light his chest up with chops. The reactions on Bo’s face are pretty priceless. The match breaks down, with everyone going after everyone. Show finally lays out Bo with the WMD, but gets dropkicked by Neville to the outside. Neville climbs up for the Red Arrow, but Miz sneaks in and covers Bo to steal the three count. The Miz defeats Adrian Neville, Big Show and Bo Dallas in 10:58!
Adrian Neville stands on the top rope in disbelief as Miz quickly rolls out of the ring to celebrate his victory with Summer Rae. Big Show looks on disappointed as well, but it is the Miz who has possibly moved a step closer to earning a future shot at some gold here in the WWE. Bo Dallas is unaware of all of this as he is completely knocked out cold.
The ring is set up with a black carpet and standing in it are the legendary Mean Gene Okerlund and Jimmy Hart. They welcome everyone to this celebration for the birthday of Hulk Hogan. They introduce the man himself as the host of WrestleMania XXX appears on the stage, clad in red and yellow, to a huge ovation from the WWE Universe. Hogan makes it to the ring and thanks Gene and Jimmy. He addresses his Hulkamaniacs in Portland, thanking them for being here as well. “I love being here in the Silverdome” Hogan says, reminding us of his flub at WrestleMania and having a laugh. Before he can really continue, Jimmy Hart says that there are some sold guests who also want to wish him a happy birthday. The crowd pops as they hear a familiar “Woo” and Ric Flair comes out to the ring. He struts down the aisle, wooing along the way. He enters the ring, standing across from one of his greatest rivals ever before embracing the Hulkster in a big hug. Soon, the also familiar sound of bagpipes hit as Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff are now out, to the surprise of many since we don’t see Mr. Wonderful very often. They were the two opponents of Hulk at the inaugural WrestleMania. As they stand across from him in the ring, the music of the A-Team hits and out comes Hogan’s partner from WrestleMania, Mr. T! He enters the ring, standing side by side with Hogan, recreating an image from WrestleMania until they all embrace. Hogan thanks them for coming out and decides it is time to blow out the candles. “Alright brothers, it’s time to make a wish.” Before he can, the music of the nWo hits as the crowd erupts. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash enter the ring and Hall takes a survey. “Did everybody here come to see the red and yellow?” The fans cheer and he says that’s pretty good. “Or, did everybody here come to see Hulk Hogan in the black and white of the nWo?” The crowd cheers louder, prompting Hall to say “one more for the good guys.” Hogan rips his red and yellow Hulkamania shirt and reveals an nWo shirt. He “too sweets” Nash and Hall, who then break into singing “happy birthday.” Unfortunately, this feel good moment is interrupted by the theme of the “Bulgarian Brute”, Alexander Rusev. He walks out to the ring, flanked by Lana, who has a microphone. She says that this is a giant waste of time. “We should not be spending our night celebrating the past. We should be celebrating the present and the future, which is Rusev. This is the same thing that we’ve told that imbecile Chris Jericho. It’s not about what you fossils did in your heyday, it’s about the ‘Super Athlete’ and the fact that when he’s done, he will be a greater Superstar than all of you.” Rusev is now in the ring. Gene and Jimmy exit the ring as the tension builds. Rusev turns and quickly lays out Piper and Orndorff. Flair steps to him and lights him up with short rights and lefts but when he bounces off the ropes for a shot, Rusev hits him with a superkick. It’s now just Rusev and the nWo. Hall tries to charge but Rusev drops him and then comes face to face with the much larger Nash. Nash hits a big right hand that staggers Rusev back. Hogan cheers him on as Nash hits another but then Rusev knees him in the ribs and then actually slams the former WWF Champion. Hogan is left alone with Rusev and blocks a punch before pointing at him and looking like he’s going to Hulk up. The crowd goes wild but Rusev just clobbers him, sending him to the mat. “Dammit, Rusev don’t do this!” shouts Michael Cole. He stands over Hogan and locks in the Accolade as boos rain down from the concerned fans. Out rushes Chris Jericho to a huge pop as he kicks Rusev in the kick to break the submission. Jericho continues to fire away on him, sending him to the apron. Rusev goes to get to his feet, only for Jericho to springboard dropkick him to the floor. Jericho rallies the crowd as Lana signals for Rusev to back away. Jericho checks on Hogan and the fallen legends as the monstrous Rusev was looking unstoppable until he showed up to make the save.
EMMA VS. NIKKI BELLA W/ BRIE BELLA; In case anyone missed it, this past Friday on Smackdown, Trish Stratus and Paige challenged the Bella Twins to a tag team match at SummerSlam and it is going down. Here, Nikki Bella looks to take out one of Paige’s good friends, Emma. Emma uses that infectious energy of hers to get the crowd excited. However, Nikki and her vicious streak make things difficult as she hammers away on Emma. Nikki ends up hoisting Emma up on her shoulders and hits the Rack Attack to score the pinfall. Nikki Bella def. Emma in 5:21!
Nikki Bella raises her arms in victory as Brie Bella enters and poses alongside her. Nikki isn’t done however, picking Emma back up and looking for another Rack Attack. The music of the WWE Women’s Champion hits as Paige comes out to the stage with a microphone. She demands that Nikki puts her friend down. “You’re doing this to spite me but you leave my damn friend alone!” Nikki stares at her and looks at Brie, before dropping Emma with the move again. The look on Paige’s face could kill as she burns a hole through the Bella Twins. Paige steps back through the curtain, returning with a steel chair. The crowd comes alive as she heads down to the ring with it and the Bella Twins get out of the way. Paige checks on her friend, still holding the chair in one hand.
The cameras now cut to the Wyatt signature and we see Bray, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan standing backstage with smoke surrounding them. Bray speaks, saying that the Shield have ventured into a place that they are not prepared for. “When we broke you at Elimination Chamber that was to prove our superiority. This, this my friends is going to be different. This Sunday, it’s going to be No Holds Barred and this Sunday, it is personal. Roman Reigns, you had a chance to be different! You had a chance to be a part of something special and you turned your back on me! You turned your back on us! You are so concerned with what the people think of you. You waste time trying to get people to love you, you end up the most popular dead man in town. This Sunday, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and especially you Roman Reigns…RUN.”
DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. KANE; In six nights, Dolph Ziggler challenges Sheamus for the Intercontinental Championship. Sheamus, like he has been in recent weeks, joins commentary to watch this Battleground rematch. Kane uses his power to beat up on Ziggler, coming out more aggressively than he did last month at Battleground. He attempts a Chokeslam, but Dolph counters with a huge DDT. He then starts to stalk Kane while looking over at Sheamus from time to time. He runs and hits the Zig Zag for the 1-2-3. Dolph Ziggler defeats Kane in 5:10!
When the bell rings, Sheamus instantly slides in the ring and wallops Dolph Ziggler with a hard Brogue Kick, laying out his challenger for this Sunday. Sheamus screams down on him, shouting that he is undeserving of being the Intercontinental Champion. Kane gets to his feet, holding the back of his head and Sheamus tells him something. Kane lifts Dolph up by the throat and plants him with a Chokeslam. “How is Dolph Ziggler going to be in one piece come SummerSlam?” asks Michael Cole.
We are now informed that the main event for this Friday's Smackdown is set. ust 48 hours before the Intercontinental and United States Titles are decided in two huge matches, the four men collide when Alberto Del Rio teams with Dolph Ziggler to take on Bad News Barrett and Sheamus!
We are now directed to a video of a one on one sit down interview that Michael Cole conducted with Goldust and Cody Rhodes. They are sitting across from each other and Cole welcomes everyone to this before stating that both men have agreed to not have this get physical. Michael starts with the obvious question, asking Goldust what led to him attacking Cody at Battleground and costing him the United States Title. Goldust stares blankly at his brother before speaking, saying that it is Cody’s fault. Cody is clearly frustrated but Cole stays calm, saying that we heard Goldust say this last week, but he needs to elaborate a bit more. Goldust gives a deep sigh and says that Cody made him do it. “I was gone from the WWE for a very long time. I returned for one night to face Randy Orton and try to get your job back because I believed that you were the guy who could take this family name back to the level that I was never able to reach. You were the chosen one Cody. I wanted nothing but success for you. Then, when I failed to get you your job back, we had to unite the family in a way that we had never done before and we worked together to get our jobs. Then we won the Tag Team Titles and the Brotherhood was off and running. Somewhere along the way though, after we lost those belts, we lost our way. We started to lose match after match and I couldn’t pinpoint why until you said you wanted to try your hand at a singles run. It was clear from that point on that you didn’t care about me, our tag team or our family. You wanted to be that star that I hoped you would be when I tried to get your job back. Your selfish act is what led to what I did at Battleground.” Cody chimes in, saying that he never meant to break up the Brotherhood and that wasn’t why they were struggling at all. Cole jumps in, saying that even if that is what Cody wanted, it sounds like Goldust wanted his brother to be a star. “Oh I did. I wanted him to be the biggest star this industry had ever seen. But not this way. Do it like a man and come to me. Don’t try and phase me out and don’t try and get dad to tell me anything. He doesn’t have the right.” Cody tries to plead his case, saying that he just wanted to find something that worked. “My intention was never to harm our relationship when it was stronger than it ever had been, you have to believe that Dustin.” Goldust snaps at the sound of his name and stands quickly. He challenges Cody to a match at SummerSlam and storms off, leaving Cody and Cole speechless. Cody looks down and then quietly accepts the match.
BATISTA VS. CM PUNK; As soon as the bell rings, CM Punk gets distracted by Randy Orton and Triple H strolling down to ringside. Punk doesn’t seem too worried though, instead smirking and pointing to the stage when they reach ringside. From the stage, the Usos appear to help even the odds to a pop from the crowd. The match itself sees Batista use his incredible brute strength to bully Punk. He is in firm control, slapping Punk and talking smack to the Usos while his Evolution brothers chuckle. Suddenly, Punk begins to rally, and sends Batista reeling. He hits the corner knee strike/bulldog combination and signals for the Go to Sleep. He hoists Batista up onto his shoulders, but Orton gets in the ring and levels him. CM Punk defeats Batista in 12:08 via disqualification!
The numbers game is quickly on the side of the good guys as the Usos run in but Randy Orton is quick to roll back out of the ring, pulling Batista out with him. Triple H meets up with them and they head up the ramp, smiling as the Usos and CM Punk look on and are livid. There will be no hitting and running this Sunday as these men will collide.
The fans rejoice as Daniel Bryan’s theme plays and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion comes down to the ring. He gets inside, grabs a microphone and awaits the chants of “Yes” to die down. He starts by saying that he saw what went down earlier between Brock Lesnar and John Cena. “I saw Brock hit German suplex after German suplex and nearly send John Cena to the hospital. Think about that folks. John Cena wrestled me last year with his elbow in terrible shape and was back within two months. The guy is like Superman but Brock was able to leave him lying. This is what I’m stepping into this Sunday. I’ve never faced Brock Lesnar before but I’ve gotten glimpses of what to expect and I gotta say, I’m not sure if I’ll survive.” The fans boo this news but Bryan continues by saying that if he’s going down, he’s taking Brock with him, which turns their reaction around. Brock Lesnar’s music now hits, signaling that things are about to get serious. Brock and Paul Heyman walk down to the ring as Bryan puts his titles down and prepares for war. Once Brock gets to ringside, Bryan leaps at him with a suicide dive, knocking him down. The fans are on their feet as Bryan fires away with right hands on Brock. Brock is a different animal though, turning this over and brutalizing Bryan with shots to the mid-section. He throws Bryan in the ring and stalks him, hooking him for a German suplex. Bryan manages to counter it by landing on his feet and when Brock turns around, he’s met with the Busaiku Knee! Bryan has the crowd chanting “Yes!” with him until he stops when he sees Brock get up rather quickly. As Bryan sets to hit the move again, John Cena of all people, walks down to the ring, holding his ribs and not looking like he should be moving, but he does have a steel chair. Bryan charges for the knee again but Brock dodges and hoists him up for an F5. Cena enters and whacks Brock in the back with the chair, sending him to a knee. He musters off three more shots, sending Brock to the mat. Bryan, free from the F5, looks at him and gives him a nod as Cena delivers one more shot to the back of Brock, taking down the beast for good. Paul Heyman is in disbelief, screaming for Brock to get up. Bryan stands by Cena, looking down at Brock, only for Cena to pull him in and nail him with an Attitude Adjustment! “What the hell did Cena do that for?” asks Michael Cole. JBL responds by saying the WWE Title is why he did that. Cena picks up the two belts as the fans mostly boo and looks at them to close Raw with his SummerSlam opponents laid out.
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WWE NXT: August 14th, 2014 – Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florid
Following the signature WWE intro, we go to a video package showing Sami Zayn’s desire to win some gold in NXT. We see him fail with numerous tag team partners to find some success until the Ascension, overconfident from his struggles, challenged him with the titles on the line. Last week, Zayn appeared with his best friend, Kevin Owens, and won the NXT Tag Team Titles, ending the Ascension’s lengthy reign. Tom Phillips, Renee Young and Byron Saxton welcome us to the show. They hype tonight’s main event, which is a non-title match between Adrian Neville and Tyson Kidd, before sending it to our opening contest.
JASON JORDAN AND TYE DILLINGER VS. THE VAUDEVILLAINS; The fans in Full Sail University seem to love the Vaudevillains despite their villainous ways. Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger seem to have some communication issues early on but seem to right the ship. The crowd comes to their feet at the surprising arrival of Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. They stand atop the stage and discuss some inaudible things while watching the match. The Vaudevillains soon pick up the pace and hit the Whirling Dervish on Dillinger, scoring the pinfall. The Vaudevillains defeat Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger in 3:06!
The Vaudevillains get to their feet and do their manly pose in the center of the ring, racking up another win. Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter leave to the back while the camera catches a disappointed Jason Jordan looking at Tye Dillinger. He goes to assist him in getting up but still looks displeased with his partner.
Backstage, Charlotte is shown sitting down with the NXT Women’s Title draped across her lap, when Bayley enters the picture. They seem to have become friendly again as of late and Bayley asks if Charlotte is pulling for Sasha Banks or Summer Rae tonight. Charlotte, still a confident woman, says that it doesn’t matter who wins because she is the Women’s Champion for a reason. “I’ve already proven that I can beat Summer and I’ll do the same with Sasha if she wins.” Bayley sits with her to watch the match.
An ad airs to promote Total Divas, as all of season one is now available on demand on the WWE Network!
A vignette is shown, highlighting Mason Ryan. The Welsh powerhouse has made quick work of his opponents on NXT and we see footage of his wins lately, which have been under a minute each time out. Can anyone pose a challenge to Mason?
Devin Taylor is now standing by with Tyler Breeze. She questions him about walking around at ringside during Kalisto’s victory last week. Tyler, staring into his phone, looks offended that Devin would ask such a question. He says that he thought his intentions were obvious. “I told you all a few weeks ago that I was going to rid NXT of all of the uggos around here. Well uggo numero uno is Kalisto.” Devin looks confused and asks how Tyler would know that since Kalisto wears a mask. Tyler looks incredibly annoyed with her and says that’s why he wears the mask. “He is a major uggo and I’m going rid NXT of him and his hideous mask. Tyler out.”
SASHA BANKS VS. SUMMER RAE; Summer Rae clearly talks trash right from the bell, but Sasha Banks is having none of that. She seems to be on her game tonight, more serious than ever as she puts Summer in her place. Summer retaliates with a big slap that allows her to turn the tide a bit, but neither of the original BFFs can really pull ahead. Summer seems to set up for the summer crush but Sasha turns and trips her up into a rollup for two. They get up at the same time and Sasha levels her with a huge forearm. She then hits a lung blower, right into the Bank Statement. She rears back, Summer taps and Sasha wins. Sasha Banks defeats Summer Rae in 7:12!
The fans in Full Sail University give a loud mixed reaction as Sasha Banks stands up and has her hand raised. She doesn’t take time to enjoy it though, instead demanding a microphone. Sasha then instantly calls out Charlotte, who responds and appears atop the stage. Sasha address her and the NXT Women’s Championship. “You beat Summer Rae, I beat Summer Rae. You were one of the BFFs and I was one of the BFFs. The only difference between us right now is that title. So let’s do this. You and me, for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver.” Charlotte looks around and nods her head in agreement, giving us our second match for the big event on September 11th.
An advertisement runs to promote SummerSlam, set to “Keep on Keeping on” by Travie McCoy. SummerSlam can be seen on the WWE Network and on Pay-Per-View this Sunday night!
A vignette airs, continuing the adventures of Enzo and Big Cass in Queens. When we last left them, they were entering Enzo’s mom’s house for some food. Here, they arrive and Enzo’s mom is your stereotypical overbearing mother. She questions Enzo for being skinny, asking why nobody cooks for him in Florida. Enzo is embarrassed by this, but she is incredibly sweet to Cass. After we get a tour of Enzo’s childhood home, they get ready for dinner, which is set to be a fair amount of pasta. Suddenly, a knock on the door is heard and Enzo asks who else is coming. His mom responds, “Well, I didn’t want to tell you ahead of time because I was afraid you wouldn’t show, but I found a good Italian woman for you.” She gets up to answer the door and Enzo places his head on the table. Cass asks what’s wrong and Enzo responds by saying that his mom has never had good taste in women for him. It ends here with another “to be continued…”
BLAKE AND MURPHY VS. OLIVER GREY AND SIN CARA; Recently, both Oliver Grey and Sin Cara tried out as the tag team partners of Sami Zayn but were unsuccessful. They look to join forces and turn things around, but are faced with one of the newest teams in NXT, Blake and Murphy. The dubstep loving duo work very well together, showcasing chemistry and busting out some double team moves. Grey and Sin Cara don’t gel the way their opponents do, causing their demise. Blake and Murphy finish them off with a running suplex/frog splash combination. Blake and Murphy defeat Oliver Grey and Sin Cara in 3:41!
A strong debut for new duo of Blake and Murphy. With Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens winning the NXT Tag Team Titles, plus teams like the Ascension, Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, the Vaudevillains, now Blake and Murphy and more, this division is heating up.
Following a break, the crowd erupts when the music of Sami Zayn this. He comes out to the stage, alongside his less thrilled partner, Kevin Owens, both with their NXT Tag Team Titles. Sami has a microphone and says that while they are not scheduled to compete tonight, he wanted to come out here and allow his best friend to properly introduce himself. He hands the microphone over to Kevin Owens, who has a bit more of an attitude. “My name is Kevin Owens, but honestly, if you don’t already know who I am, you seriously need to educate yourself. Sami and I have traveled the world together and held multiple Tag Team Titles together, but damn, none feel better than these. It took me a little longer but I’m here in the WWE now and we are going to change tag team wrestling.” The fans applaud this before Owens delves a little deeper into himself, saying that he fights for one reason and one reason only. “You see this shirt? It says Fight Owens Fight on the back and that is because I will fight anyone at any time. I’m here to be successful so that I can be a good father to my children and a good husband to my wife. NXT locker room, understand this. There is no more dangerous man than someone who is fighting for his family.” Owens throws the microphone down and signals for Sami to leave with him. Sami shakes his head with a chuckle, glad to have his typically angry buddy back by his side.
The video package to hype the debut of Hideo Itami is shown again, this time with more footage, including some clips of Itami kicking the hell out of people in the WWE Performance Center. It ends with the words “Hideo Itami is coming to NXT.”
Tyson Kidd comes out for the main event, accompanied by Natalya, but looks greatly annoyed. He looks up at the tron, seemingly bugged by yet another Hideo Itami video playing. During his entrance though, we get “hacked” and see Solomon Crowe backstage with his control panel. He says that he knows that Evan Bourne called him out last week, but there was no chance he’d respond then and there. “Evan needs to get something through his head. He doesn’t make demands. He is not in control. You see this in my hand? This means that I’m always in control. Your time has come and gone Evan, and it’s time for me to take over NXT.”
NON-TITLE MATCH: ADRIAN NEVILLE VS. TYSON KIDD W/ NATALYA; About a month ago, these two faced off with the NXT Championship on the line on the historic “Live in Osaka” show on the WWE Network. Similar to that night, Tyson Kidd looks to target the leg of Adrian Neville. He stomps on it, hits a dragon screw and wears it down. Tyson tries for the Sharpshooter, but Neville is always ready for it, kicking him away or rolling him up. Neville climbs up for the Red Arrow but his leg gives out and he falls to the mat hard. Tyson covers to try and take advantage, but only gets two. Tyson grows frustrated and looks for the Sharpshooter for the fourth time. Once again though, Neville is ready and pulls him into a small package to secure the victory. Adrian Neville defeats Tyson Kidd in 13:57!
As the crowd gives Adrian Neville a round of applause for his efforts, Tyson Kidd sits there in disappointment. He exits the ring and Natalya tries to console him but he wants to hear none of it and shoves her hand away. As they leave up the ramp arguing, Corey Graves rushes past them and into the ring. He stomps on Neville, not allowing him to get up. “This is uncalled for dammit!” shouts Byron Saxton. Graves looks at Neville on the ground holding his leg and, like a shark smelling blood, instantly grabs it and locks in Lucky 13! Officials run out to try and get him to break the hold but Graves is like a man possessed. He just wrenches while Neville shouts in pain. Corey finally lets it go, standing up to boos. He picks up the NXT Championship and hoists it high in the air. Could this be the sight we see on September 11th?
The official SummerSlam Kickoff show, presented to you all by Mountain Dew Kickstart, begins with shots of the fans entering the sold out Staples Center. The Kickoff Panel tonight consists of your host Renee Young, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, the “analyst” Alex Riley and another WWE Hall of Famer, Hulk Hogan! Hogan starts off by informing everyone that he is feeling much better after feeling the effects of the Accolade this past Monday, but admits it has taken him all six days to recover. After discussing the majority of the card, complete with video package highlights, they stop to send it to the ring for the first match of our Kickoff Show, which was announced this past Friday on Smackdown.
BATTLE ROYAL; Featured in this battle royal is everyone that wasn’t already on the card for tonight. That includes Adam Rose, Adrian Neville, Big Show, Bo Dallas, Christian, Darren Young, 3MB, the Age of Enlightenment, Los Matadores, Fandango, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Miz, R-Truth, Rybaxel, Santino Marella, Rob Van Dam, Zack Ryder and Tyson Kidd. Highlights include 3MB getting eliminated by Rose and Santino, Big Show knocking out Bo Dallas to eliminate him and then the ring ganging up on Show to dump him. It comes down to the final four of RVD, Miz, Neville and Christian. Miz makes the mistake of badmouthing everyone, so they all join up to beat him up. He rolls outside under the bottom rope. This allows for an exciting back and forth battle between three of the top fan favorites involved. Neville wows the crowd with his high flying ability and manages to eliminate Christian. He and RVD struggle on the ropes until Miz sneaks back in and sends them both over! RVD hits the floor but Neville holds on and pulls himself back in. Miz celebrates like he won and is stunned when he sees that Neville is still in. Miz charges but Neville hits a spinning back kick, followed by a series of other kicks. He goes up top for the Red Arrow, but it proves costly as Miz crotches him. Miz goes up with him, but Neville fights him off and pulls him over and to the floor, earning the win. Adrian Neville wins the Battle Royal in 10:10!
The fans leap to their feet for Adrian Neville’s victory. He is handed his NXT Championship and he holds it high in the air. For weeks, Neville has said that he wants to add more gold to his collection and now he has a shot at the United States or Intercontinental Championship, whichever he chooses.
The Kickoff Panel now discusses the previous match before shifting their focus to the massive WWE World Heavyweight Championship match later tonight. Following a video package for that, they send it to our next and final Kickoff match, between two brothers.
CODY RHODES VS. GOLDUST; You can see the rage in Cody Rhodes’ eyes as he stares daggers across the ring at his brother. Once the bell rings, he charges and just fires away with right hands on Goldust, forcing him to cower in the corner. “Cody Rhodes is like a man possessed right now and I can’t blame him” says Jerry Lawler. The referee separates them, but Cody desperately wants to get at his brother. His aggressiveness costs him as Goldust pulls him into the middle turnbuckle. Goldust now proceeds to pick apart his younger brother. It isn’t just the physical pain either. While he does hit multiple moves on Cody, he also spends time in between them verbally berating him. Shouts about Cody being the embarrassment of the family, telling Cody that he no longer considers him his brother and screaming that this is all Cody’s fault. Goldust seems to be enjoying the punishment that he’s dishing out. He sets up for the Curtain Call, but Cody is able to wriggle out and deliver some loud sounding right hands. Cody’s flurry of offense continues, hitting the Disaster Kick and a reverse DDT. Cody shouts back at his brother that he loved him. They come head to head and Goldust just slaps his brother. Cody is pissed and plants Goldust with the Cross Rhodes for the win. Cody Rhodes defeats Goldust in 8:06!
Cody Rhodes gets to his knees and is announced the winner, but it’s clear that this wasn’t an enjoyable one. He looks to have a mixture of sadness and anger on his face. The fans cheer for him but he is no mood to celebrate. He goes to leave but stops and looks at Goldust trying to get up. Cody turns back and attempts to help him. Goldust looks at him and pulls him into a hug. The crowd claps for the nice moment but Goldust ruins it with a vicious low blow! “Dammit!” shouts Michael Cole. Goldust isn’t done though, dragging his brother and placing him on the second turnbuckle. He runs in and kicks him with the Golden Globes. Viciously, he just continues to kick at it, several times, until the official can pull him away. Cody Rhodes may have won the match, but Goldust is the one leaving him in a heap.