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WWE SummerSlam 2017 Results
Sunday, August 20, 2017
From the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Report by Sean Hopkins of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
The show opens with a shot of Brooklyn and a music video like video package comparing wrestling to street art, specifically grafitti. The package is intercut with various snippets of promos cut by competitors in tonight's matchup. It covers a good deal of the matches happening tonight.
The pyro hits and Todd Phillips welcomes us to the show. He hypes up the sold out Barclays crowd before John Cena's music hits, and Cena makes his way to the ring to an overwhelming chorus of 'John Cena sucks'.
Baron Corbin is out next, and his reaction is almost non-existent compared to Cena. Corbin makes his way to the ring in silence.
We get a recap of Cena's match with Jinder Mahal on Smackdown last Tuesday, as well as Corbin failing in his attempt to cash in due to distraction from Cena.
John Cena vs. Baron Corbin
The bell rings and Corbin and Cena jaw for a bit before Corbin tries for a clothesline and Cena ducks. Corbin goes for a big boot and Cena slides to the outside, telling JBL that Corbin is shook before he puts on JBL's hat, smiles for the crowd, and heads back into the ring. Corbin heads out after Cena at the same time Cena reenters the ring, and Corbin is not happy about it. Corbin slowly makes his way back into the ring and tries for a lockup, but Cena works right into a side headlock. Corbin tries to push Cena off, but Cena won't let go. Corbin backs into the corner to force Cena to break the hold, and he catches Cena with a couple of quick right hands to the jaw before burying his knee in Cena's gut. Corbin stomps away at Cena's midsection before getting in the ref's face. Corbin splashes Cena in the corner before kicking him square in the face.
Corbin punches Cena in the face a couple of times, and Cena tries to fight back, avoiding another splash in the corner. Corbin bails to the outside but quickly dives right back into the ring and wipes out Cena with a huge clothesline that's good for a two count. Corbin stomps on Cena's fingers before letting him get to his feet. Corbin lays in a couple of right hands to the face before suplexing Cena to the mat. Corbin continues to get in Mike Chioda's face. Cena stands and hits Corbin with a couple of right hands, but when he hits the ropes and dives into Corbin with a cross body, he's caught and Corbin slams him to the mat for another two count.
Corbin stomps away at Cena's chest before he locks in a modified rear chin lock, trapping Cena's arm behind his head. Corbin drops the hold to scream at the crowd a bit. When he turns around, Cena meets Corbin with a dropkick. Corbin bounces off the ropes and drops Cena with a big right. The crowd chants 'where's your briefcase', and Corbin screams at Cena that it's on him. Cena rallies with a couple of shoulder blocks and a belly to back suplex. Cena calls for the five knuckle shuffle, but Corbin moves out of the way. Cena avoids a splash and Corbin runs to the outside and back into the ring, launching Cena with a crazy chokeslam backbreaker, but Cena still will not stay down for three.
Corbin drags Cena up to the top turnbuckle and he tries for a superplex, but Cena fights it off with a series of head butts that sends Corbin falling to the mat. Cena jumps off the middle ropes and plants Corbin with a tornado DDT. Cena hits the five knuckle shuffle and he shoulders Corbin, but Corbin breaks out of it and hits the Deep Six on Cena. Corbin pins Cena, but Cena is still able to kick out at two.
Corbin stands over Cena and hits him with a couple of big rights to the side of the face before dropping his elbow pad and crushing Cena with a series of forearms to the face. Corbin stomps and punches at Cena in the corner, drawing the ref's ire. Cena avoids a splash and Corbin bails to the outside and back in a third time, getting caught with a clothesline from Cena this time around. Cena shoulders Corbin and hits the AA, and pins Corbin for three.
Winner: John Cena
Cena interacts with a couple of celebrities at ringside and Arnold Skaaland's widow, along with someone else who isn't mentioned directly by the commentary team, before he heads to the back.
We get a look at an UpUpDownDown Rocket League tournament won by Neville and Sasha Banks.
The commentary team throws it to a recap of Natalya and Naomi and their recent history, including Natalya being offended at Naomi's alteration of the title, as well as Naomi jumping in to defend Becky in a recent attack by Natalya.
Natalya is the first woman to make her way to the ring for the next match, and she doesn't get much of a reaction out of the crowd.
Naomi is out next, and in addition to her glowing gear and title, she's wearing a glowing robe in her entrance. She gets a warmer welcome, but the crowd doesn't seem super excited about this match.
After formal ring introductions, we're ready to begin.
Smackdown Women's Championship Match
Naomi vs. Natalya
The bell rings and Natalya comes out of the gate swinging with a huge slap. Natalya backs Naomi into the corner and continues to beat her up before slamming her to the mat bottom first. Naomi comes back, sending Natalya to the mat and slapping her across the face. Natalya bails out to the floor and Naomi follows, heading to the ring steps and hitting a blockbuster out to the floor. Naomi brings things back into the ring, and Natalya wraps Naomi's leg up in the ropes on her way back into the ring, stopping her on the apron. Natalya hits a slingshot on the apron, sending Naomi crashing into the ring post. Natalya brings things back into the ring and tries for a quick cover but only gets two. Natalya stomps away at Naomi before suplexing her across the ring. Natalya goes for the cover and gets a one count. Natalya hits a suplex for another quick cover before she's rolled up for a near fall. Natalya stands and kicks Naomi in the side continuing the pressure with more pin attempts. Natalya locks in an abdominal stretch and traps the leg. Naomi is able to fight out, but Natalya puts her down with a big discus clothesline. Natalya takes things into the corner and seats Naomi on the top rope. Naomi fights out and is able to take Natalya down with a Russian leg sweep off the middle rope.
Naomi goes for the pin, but isn't able to keep Natalya down. Naomi scores with a couple of neat kicks before she uses her legs to drive Natalya's face into the mat. Naomi goes for another pin, but Natalya won't stay down. Naomi hits a series of high kicks, but Natalya grabs Naomi's leg, pulls her down into a splits position, then hits a low single leg dropkick to Naomi's face for a near fall. Natalya clamps on a side headlock, and Naomi hangs her up in the ropes. Naomi slingshots into the ring with a leg drop to Natalya to drive her into the mat. Naomi goes for the pin, but she only gets a two count.
Natalya avoids a charging Naomi in the corner, and she almost rolls her up for three. Naomi and Natalya both fight for a submission, and Natalya is able to trap Naomi with the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Naomi is able to roll through and send Natalya crashing into the bottom turnbuckle. Naomi tries for the split legged moonsault, but Natalya moves out of the way and she immediately clamps on another Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Naomi is forced to tap out and this one is over.
Winner and NEW Smackdown Women's Champion: Natalya
Natalya celebrates with the title after the match, gloating in front of Naomi and kissing the title while Naomi cries. Natalya makes her way up the ramp, holding the title up to some cheers.
After a quick commercial, a shark cage is shown being lowered from the arena roof while we get a recap of why this match between Big Cass and Big Show is happening, along with the reason Enzo Amore will be suspended above the cage for the match.
Enzo Amore is the first man to make his way into the arena. He's got a mic in hand, and he introduces himself to the crowd, before asking how they're doing. Enzo says he's got a question. He asks where Brooklyn at! Right here, in the greatest city in the world, New York City. Enzo says make no mistake, Enzo Amore is a bad boy, but he believes it was a female, Brooklyn's own Lil Kim, who said 'Money, power, respect' is what you need in life. Enzo says the only time he gets that is when he has a mic in hand. The difference between Enzo and others is that he's always played the hand he's been dealt. They want to put him in a shark cage. Enzo says he'd be better locked away in Riker's, because right now he's the Al Capone of this microphone. He says they're lucky it's a shark cage, not shark tank, because if he had a dime for every time anyone like Mark Cuban wanted to invest in someone like Cass, he'd have zero dimes. Enzo says he'd put his worst day on the mic against Cass' best day in the ring. Enzo says Cass is 7 ft tall, and that's a good hand to be dealt, but his hand didn't have a heart in it. Enzo begins to talk about what Big Show will do tonight, but he's cut short by Cass' music. Big Cass makes his way out to the ring while the ref argues with Enzo, herding him into the shark tank so he can be raised above the ring.
Enzo does his chicken dance while the cage is being raised, and Cass waves bye to Enzo. Big Show's music hits, and Show makes his way out to a lackluster reaction. The camera focuses in on the cast on Show's hand, and Cole says apparently Show wouldn't talk about it earlier today.
Big Show vs. Big Cass
Enzo Amore is above the ring
The bell rings and Show takes Cass into the corner, hitting a couple of quick body shots. Show head butts the back of Cass' head before sending him into the ropes for a shoulder block. Show props Cass up in the corner and hits a nasty open hand chop to the chest. Enzo won't stop chirping up in the cage, continually talking smack. Show hits another open hand chop to the chest before sending Cass across the ring, crashing into the corner. Show kicks Cass in the ribs, and Cass tries to come back, but Show hits him with a side slam that drives him straight into the mat. In hitting the move, Show slams his hand on the mat and he yells in pain. Show is able to slam Cass to the mat again, and he climbs up to the middle rope while Enzo shouts encouragement. Show goes for a Vader bomb, but Cass moves and Show lands on the hand again, screaming in pain. Cass hits a splash in the corner, and goes into the ropes, but when he bounces off, Show hits Cass with a right hand to the face, but it's not enough to keep Cass down for three.
Show misses a splash in the corner, and Cass kicks Show's hand before holding his hand against the mat and beating away at it. Cass kicks Show's hand while Show holds the ropes. Cass kicks Show in the ribs before turning right back to stomping Show's hand. Cass traps Show in an arm bar, and he drops it to taunt the crowd during a 'boring' chant. Cass kicks Show in the ribs and goes right back into the arm bar. Show tries to fight him off, sending Cass across the ring. Show hits a big splash in the corner, and Show calls for the chokeslam, not able to hit it with his right hand, but he connects with the left. Cass is able to kick out of the pin attempt at two. Cass rolls to the outside, and Show pulls him back up to the apron. Cass fights Show off and slams his hand into the top of the ring post.
Cass stomps away at Show and Enzo tries to do everything he can to slip out of the bars of the cage, stripping down to his boxers and pulling out some hidden oil to grease himself up. Enzo is able to slip out of the cage, and he crawls down slowly, falling into the ring and eating an immediate big boot from Cass. Cass hits Show with a running big boot to the face, but Show still kicks out at two. Cass steps over Enzo and waits for Show to stand, hitting a second running big boot before connecting with the Empire Elbow for the three count.
Winner: Big Cass
Kurt Angle is shown backstage and Daniel Bryan comes in. Bryan and Kurt talk a bit about Jason Jordan and the Miz, and Bryan says he thinks Mahal vs. Nakamura will steal the show. Angle says his match has Universal appeal, it'll be epic. Bryan says not as epic as Smackdown, it's true, damn true. Angle says will it have better matches like Raw? Yes! Yes! Yes! Bryan and Kurt go back and forth screaming no and yes, respectively, until we go back to the arena.
Randy Orton is shown entering for the next match, and Orton doesn't get much of a reaction from the crowd, who don't seem to hyped up for much tonight.
Rusev jumps Orton from behind and takes him out of the ring, wiping him out with a clothesline on the floor before he slams him into the ring post. Rusev picks up Orton and sends him into the barricade with a fall away slam.
Rusev brings things back into the ring and demands the official start the match while the ref tries to hold him back. Orton pulls himself up and says he's ok to start.
Randy Orton vs. Rusev
The bell rings and Rusev charges in with a splash in the corner, Orton moves and hits a nasty RKO. Orton pins Rusev and gets the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
Orton poses for the crowd while Rusev recovers on the mat.
Sasha Banks is shown walking backstage and Bayley gives her a hug on the way to the ring, telling her to be safe.
Sasha's music hits, and Banks makes her way out in a pretty wild robe with a crazy collar.
Alexa Bliss is out next, and Bliss surprisingly gets a nice little pop on her way out into the arena. it dies off pretty quickly as she gets into the ring.
Raw Women's Championship Match
Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks
The bell rings and both women circle each other. Alex backs Sasha into the corner and slaps her face. Sasha turns things around and hits a couple of right hands. Both women trade positions repeatedly. The ref breaks things up and Alexa scores with a big right hand that knocks Sasha to the mat. Alexa hits the ropes and Sasha brings her down to the mat before popping up and hitting a quick dropkick. Alexa rolls to the apron and fights Sasha off before heading to the top and hitting a quick cross body for two. Alexa whips Sasha down to the mat for another two count, then she chokes her against the ropes before kicking her repeatedly in the midsection. Sasha comes back with a kick to the face. Sasha heads to the top rope and Alexa kicks her legs out from under her, sending Sasha crashing face first into the mat. Alexa stands on Sasha's hair and pulls up on her arms, drawing the ref's count. Alexa clamps on a rear chin lock, but Sasha is able to fight out. Bliss slams Sasha back down to the mat for another two count.
Alexa screams in Sasha's face before slamming her down to the mat once more. Alexa climbs to the top and wraps Sasha up with a rear chin lock. Sasha drops to the mat and Bliss jumps off the middle rope with double knees before back flipping into another double knees. Alexa pins Sasha, but only gets two, and the frustration is beginning to show. Alexa chokes Sasha against the middle rope, going for another cover for two. Sasha is able to fight out of the hold, and she rolls Alexa up for a two count of her own. Sasha stands up into a big clothesline from Bliss, but it's still not enough for three. Alexa picks up Sasha by her hair and slams her face first into the turnbuckle repeatedly. Bliss buries her shoulder in Sasha's midsection repeatedly. Sasha is able to turn things around momentarily with a couple of right hands, but Alexa won't give up, wrapping up Sasha in another rear chin lock in the ropes. Sasha fights out by flipping Alexa over and to the mat. Sasha hits the ropes and wipes out Alexa with a huge running knee to the face.
Both women are slow to stand. Sasha scores with a couple of quick clotheslines and a dropkick before she wraps Bliss' arm around her throat and slams her down to the mat for a two count. Alexa pulls herself up on the ropes and she knees Sasha in the stomach before driving Sasha's face into her knee. Bliss pins Sasha for another two count before picking her up and screaming in her face. Sasha lands a kick to the side of Alexa's head. Alexa tries for a sunset flip, but Sasha stops it and executes a sort-of Alabama slam, putting the back of Alexa's head against the middle turnbuckle. Sasha hits a running double knees in the corner, then a running knee to Alexa's face, but it's not enough to keep the champ down for three.
Sasha is able to score with a backstabber out of nowhere, and she goes into the Banks Statement, but Alexa makes it to the ropes and forces a break, sliding right out of the ring. Sasha heads out to the apron and Bliss pulls the ring skirt out from under Sasha's feet, causing her to fall to the floor. Bliss brings things back into the ring, and Alexa immediately throws her right back to the outside. Sasha grabs her shoulder and begins grimacing in pain.
Banks just makes it back into the ring and Alexa immediately goes to work on Sasha's arm, dropping a knee before picking her up for a single arm DDT. Alexa kicks Sasha across the ring, steps over her, then she heads to the top rope for Twisted Bliss. Sasha kicks out and Alexa throws a tantrum in disbelief. Alexa goes to pick up Sasha, and Sasha is able to take her down into the Banks statement. Alexa is able to break the hold by working over Sasha's arm. Alexa goes for a pin, but Sasha works it over into another Banks statement, forcing Alexa to tap out.
Winner and NEW Raw Women's Champion: Sasha Banks
Sasha celebrates with the title before we get a KFC commercial where various Superstars audition to be the new Colonel.
The announcers are quick to turn their attention to Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt. The video package is interesting, focusing on the Balor Club, and Bray's attempts to dismantle Balor.
Bray Wyatt is the first man to make his way to the ring for the next match, and there are a lot of fireflies in attendance at the Barclay's Center as Wyatt makes his way to the ring.
The lights go out, and a creepy version of 'He's got the whole world in his hands' begins playing before breaking into laughter and cutting off abruptly. The Demon is shown crawling from the back, and when he stands, Balor gets a gigantic pop from the crowd. Balor is in full demon mode, and the sight of the Barclay's Center raising their arms along with Balor is a very impressive visual.
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
Wyatt is slow to make his way into the ring, looking hesitant to engage the Demon. The bell rings and Balor crawls in toward Wyatt. Wyatt keeps his distance with a smile, then bows to the outside, pacing around the ring. Bray makes his way back into the ring and he hits Balor with a big right hand, but Balor just shakes it off, hitting Wyatt with a quick kick and series of strikes. Wyatt sends Balor into the corner, and Balor comes right out with a clothesline. Balor beats and kicks on Wyatt, sending him back to the outside. Balor heads out and runs around the ring, taking out Wyatt with a flying forearm to the face. Balor brings things back into the ring and he avoids a charging Wyatt in the corner. Balor snap mares Wyatt, kicks him in the spine, then hits a dropkick to the seated Wyatt. Wyatt kicks Balor away and sends him back to the floor, and Balor leaps over the top rope, wiping Wyatt out with a front flip senton. Balor immediately takes Bray back into the ring and he heads to the top, but Wyatt bails to the floor. Wyatt stuns Balor with a right hand to the face, and he suplexes Balor out to the floor to shift the momentum.
Wyatt beats on Balor, then sends him back into the ring. Bray takes Balor into the corner, and Balor tries to fight back, but Wyatt stops him with a knee to the gut before he takes him up into the corner and drives Balor's chin into his shoulder. Wyatt goes right into a rear chin lock, grinding away on Finn. Balor is able to break out of the hold, and both men trade straikes. Wyatt sends Balor into the corner and he tries for Sister Abigail, but Balor avoids it, sends Bray to the mat, and hits a quick double stomp to Wyatt's chest.
Balor catches a charging Wyatt with double boots in the corner before scoring with an overhead kick. Balor hits Wyatt with a couple of quick running forearms before he hits a running dropkick through the ropes and out to the floor. Balor stands on the apron and waits for Wyatt to stand, kicking him square in the face. Balor waits, then launches himself off the apron with a double stomp to the back of Wyatt's head. Balor heads up to the top rope and he leaps over Bray. Bray tries for another Sister Abigail, but Finn counters out and hits a sling blade to put down Wyatt. Finn runs right into a big boot from Wyatt, and Wyatt follows up with a vicious urunage that's good for a two count.
Wyatt hits the ropes and connects with a running senton for another two count. Wyatt yells out that he's got him. Wyatt drags Balor into the corner and he pulls himself up, but Balor stops him with a kick to the side of the head. Balor takes Wyatt down with an elbow to the chest, and Bray goes back to the floor again. Balor follows and charges in with a huge dropkick to the chest that launches Wyatt into the barricade. Balor charges out of the corner into a gigantic clothesline from Wyatt that puts him down for a two count.
Wyatt spider walks toward Balor, and Balor stands up and scream, not intimidated. Balor connects with the sling blade, a dropkick, and the coup de grace, and this one is over with a three count.
Winner: Finn Balor
After a commercial and a promo for the Mae Young Classic, we get a video package hyping the Raw Tag Team Championship match, which mostly focuses on the strained relationship between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
Cesaro and Sheamus are the first team to make their way to the ring, and the Raw Tag Team Champions don't get too much of a reaction on their way to the ring. They're wearing some pretty silly oversized military jackets and camo kilts. It's not a great look.
Seth Rollins is the first man out for his team, and he's got some pretty neat looking red and black gear, and he gets a nice pop from the Brooklyn fans. Dean Ambrose is out next, and Ambrose also gets a warm welcome on his way down the aisle.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Cesaro and Sheamus vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
The bell rings and Ambrose and Cesaro look to kick things off. We get a lock up and Sheamus tags right in and Ambrose backs away quickly. Sheamus and Ambrose lock up and Sheamus takes Ambrose over with a side headlock. Ambrose makes his way to the ropes to force a break. Sheamus pushes Ambrose away, and Ambrose locks in a headlock of his own. Rollins tags in and Ambrose suplexes Sheamus, allowing Rollins and Ambrose to get in a bit of quick double team work. Rollins takes Sheamus into the corner and Cesaro tags in, taking Rollins out with a big uppercut to the back. Ambrose tags in and he and Rollins take Cesaro down to the mat. Ambrose chops away at Cesaro and Cesaro uppercuts Ambrose. Ambrose scores with a dropkick to the chest and Rollins does the same. Rollins knocks Sheamus out of the ring, and Rollins and Ambrose stand tall in the middle of the ring while Sheamus and Cesaro huddle up on the floor.
Cesaro knocks Ambrose from the apron and Sheamus hits him with a brogue kick. Rollins sends Cesaro out to the floor and he tries to dive out on both of his opponents, but he's caught mid air, and he's thrown down onto the floor hard. Cesaro brings things back into the ring and he picks up Rollins with a nasty gut wrench throw. Sheamus tags in and hits a running knee drop to Rollins' chest. Cesaro tags in and leaps from the middle rope with a double axe handle. Cesaro clamps on a rear chin lock and cranks back, causing Rollins to groan in pain.
Cesaro kicks Rollins square in the chest, and Rollins tries to fight out of the enemy corner, fighting off Sheamus before jumping off the second rope with a blockbuster to Cesaro. Sheamus tags in and hits a knee to Rollins' back as Ambrose is still recovering on the floor. Sheamus picks up Rollins with a suplex, just dropping Rollins down to the mat. There's a beach ball in the crowd, and Cesaro charges out into the crowd and rips the ball apart to a huge pop. Sheamus hits Rollins with clubbing blows to the chest before Cesaro comes back in and almost catches Rollins with a near fall. Sheamus tags in and stomps away at Rollins repeatedly before he pulls Rollins up to his feet. Rollins connects with a single leg dropkick to Sheamus' face, and Sheamus rolls into the corner to make the tag. Ambrose is on the apron, but Cesaro gets in front of Rollins and cuts off the ring before he can make the tag.
Cesaro traps Rollins with a front face lock. Rollins fights out of the hold and he's able to launch Cesaro out to the floor, and Cesaro immediately grabs at his knee. Cesaro and Sheamus fight Rollins out on the floor, and Ambrose makes his way to the top rope, launching himself off to take out Cesaro and Sheamus. Rollins crawls in the ring and is able to kick Sheamus away, and ducks a clothesline from Cesaro to make the tag to Ambrose. Ambrose takes out Cesaro with a clothesline before he knocks Sheamus from the apron and wipes him out with a plancha over the top rope. Ambrose charges back into the ring and takes Cesaro down to the mat before he heads to the top. Ambrose leaps over Sheamus and Rollins is in, both Cesaro and Sheamus are double clotheslined out to the floor. Ambrose and Rollins hit the ropes and hit a double suicide dive on Cesaro and Sheamus respectively. Ambrose brings Cesaro back into the ring and tags in Rollins. They hit a Hart Attack style sling blade that puts Cesaro down for two.
Ambrose tags in and leaps off the top rope right into a big uppercut from Cesaro that puts him down for two. Cesaro tries for the Neutralizer, but Ambrose fights out. Ambrose and Cesaro trade blows and Ambrose comes back with a rebound lariat that's countered. Sheamus tags in and knocks Rollins from the ring before taking Ambrose out with a double boot in the corner. Sheamus heads to the top, but Ambrose is able to stop him. Ambrose heads up and Rollins connects with an enzugiri on Sheamus. Ambrose connects with a superplex, and Rollins leaps off the top with a frog splash. Rollins goes for the pin, but it's broken up by Cesaro.
Sheamus tries to fight off both Ambrose and Rollins, but Ambrose tags in and both men stomp away on Sheamus in the corner. Ambrose and Rollins take Sheamus into the corner and go for a double powerbomb, but Cesaro is in to distract. Sheamus connects with a tilt-a-whirl slam on Ambrose, but it's not enough for a three count.
Cesaro tags in and connects with a cross body. Ambrose tries to recover with dirty deeds, but Cesaro fights out, swings him around for a bit, then transitions right over into a Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Sheamus is on the floor watching, and Cesaro makes sure Ambrose is nowhere near the ropes. Sheamus catches Rollins on the apron and hits a rolling senton on the floor. Cesaro sees Ambrose crawling toward the ropes and he transitions right into a crossface, rolling Ambrose back toward the middle of the ring. Ambrose tries to roll Cesaro up to break the hold. Sheamus blocks a rebound lariat with a kick to Ambrose's back. Sheamus tags in and a double team slam from the top rope that ends up in a near fall shocks Sheamus. Cesaro tags in and he and Sheamus slam Ambrose to the mat again. Rollins leaps in to break up the pin out of nowhere. Cesaro and Sheamus toss Rollins to the outside, then wait for Ambrose to stand. Sheamus tags in and both men assault Ambrose in the corner. Sheamus sets up for white noise, but Rollins hits a hurricanrana on Cesaro that breaks things up. Rollins sends Cesaro to the outside, Ambrose connects with Dirty Deeds on Sheamus, and he pins him for the three count.
Winners and NEW Raw Tag Team Champions: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
After another commercial, the Smackdown announce team turn their attention to AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens. We get a video package highlighting the events leading up to this match, along with Shane McMahon being added to the match as special guest referee by Daniel Bryan.
Shane McMahon is the first man to make his way out for the next match, and the special guest referee gets a pretty good reaction of his own. Shane's sons are shown ringside, and they're all wearing referee shirts to match their dad.
Kevin Owens is the first competitor to make his way out, and the challenger gets a mixed reaction that is mostly just quiet.
AJ Styles is out next, and Styles gets a warmer welcome, but it's still a little muted as a lot of fans seem like they may be getting tired.
United States Championship Match w/ Special Guest Referee Shane McMahon
Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles
Owens shoves Styles and Styles takes down Owens with a series of punches. Shane pulls AJ away. Owens attacks, and Shane pulls Owens away. Shane calls for the bell and AJ beats on Owens, sending Owens to the outside. AJ follows and Owens lands and couple of blows, but Styles leaps up to the apron and scores with a beautiful running knee to the face. Owens stomps on Styles and screams 'that's why I'm the man'. Owens chops Styles and hits the ropes, only to run into a dropkick from Styles. Styles picks up Owens and slams his head into the corner turnbuckle. Styles picks up Owens and plants him over his knee with a backbreaker. Styles stomps on Owens' head before dropping a knee across the side of Owens' face. Styles heads toward Owens in the corner, and catches a chop to the throat. Styles tries to turn things around, evading Owens in the corner, but Owens takes him down with a big clothesline. Owens waits for AJ to stand and he takes him in the corner for a couple of big chops to the chest.
Styles tries to fight back with a quick right, but Owens almost takes his head off with a running clothesline in the corner, followed by a cannonball. Owens goes for the pin, but only gets two. Owens follows up with a short arm clothesline and a quick senton that's good for another two count. Owens rolls right over into a rear chin lock, and AJ does his best to fight out of it. Styles fights up to his feet and out of the hold, shouldering Owens. Owens plants Styles on the mat, dropping the back of his head down hard, and getting another two count. Owens blasts AJ with a couple of nasty chops to the chest, and AJ reels against the ropes. AJ and Owens trade slaps, forearms and chops. Styles shoulders Owens, but Owens fights out. Styles picks up Owens and drops him to the mat with a sit out facebuster. Styles kicks Owens in the gut and he tries for the Styles Clash, but Owens back drops Styles instead. Styles tries for the moonsault DDT, but Owens avoids it and kicks Styles instead. Styles comes back with the fireman's carry neckbreaker, but Owens won't stay down for three.
Styles heads to the top rope, but Owens pushes McMahon into the ropes and AJ falls. AJ comes back with a sunset bomb out of the corner. While Shane is checking on Owens, AJ leaps off the top rope with a springboard 450, but Owens pulls Shane down to take the brunt of the move. Owens connects with the pop up powerbomb, and Shane is a little slow, but he makes the two count. Owens argues with Shane about whether or not that was three. Owens charges Styles in the corner and misses, connecting shoulder first with the ring post. AJ is able to lock in the calf crusher in the middle of the ring, but Owens rakes AJ's eyes to break the hold. Styles pulls Owens down by his legs, and Owens kicks Styles back into Shane, sending him crashing out to the floor. Styles locks in the calf crusher in the middle of the ring and Owens taps, but no one's there to make the call. Styles breaks the hold, and when Shane makes his way back into the ring, he and Styles get into it. Shane shoves Styles into a roll up from Owens for two. Styles charges into Owens and Owens launches him face first into the top turnbuckle. Owens charges out of the corner into a forearm to the face from Styles. Styles suplexes Owens into the corner, then he seats Owens on the top rope. Styles tries for a hurricanrana, but Owens catches Styles and turns things around into a crazy spinning fisherman buster off the middle rope, but Styles still will not stay down for a three count.
Styles stands and he and Owens trade right hands. Styles hits a series of strikes, misses with a Pele kick, and eats a superkick from Owens. Styles avoids another pop up powerbomb, and Styles is able to connect with the Styles clash, but Owens kicks out at two.
Styles heads out to the apron and launches himself off the top rope, but Owens moves. Owens catches Styles with the pop up powerbomb, but Styles gets his foot on the ropes. Owens thinks he's won,but Shane waves it off. Owens is furious. Owens gets in Shane's face, shoving him, and ending up getting shoved by Shane into a roll up. Owens kicks out at two. Styles connects with the Pele kick, then he rolls to the apron, and comes back into the ring with the Phenomenal forearm. Styles isn't done, connecting with the Styles clash as well, and he pins Owens for three.
Winner and STILL United States Champion
After a commercial, the announcers talk about how great the Owens/Styles match was, but immediately turn their attention toward Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. We get a video package that talks about how Jinder Mahal was one of the unlikeliest of Champions, and was transformed into a national icon overnight. The pvideo package also focuses on Shinsuke, and his journey to the WWE, as well as qualifying for this match by defeating John Cena.
A lone violinist is at the top of the stage and a spotlight stays on him while he plays a very impressive piece of music that works right into Nakamura's theme. The crowd is wild for Nakamura with quite a few fans singing along with his theme, and a large number of fans imitating his hang gestures.
When the music stops, the crowd keeps singing for a while. The Singh brothers introduce the Modern Day Maharajah, Jinder Mahal. Jinder makes his way out to a tiny bit of heat.
We get formal ring introductions for both men, and we're ready to begin.
WWE Championship Match
Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The Indian announcers are shown briefly, very obviously talking up Jinder. Nakamura and Mahal square off and Shinsuke kicks Jinder's shin. Shinsuke goes behind Mahal and Mahal turns things around locking up the arm. Shinsuke rolls through, then locks in a side headlock on Jinder. Jinder fights out of the hold, and clamps on a side headlock of his own. Shinsuke backs Jinder into the ropes to break the hold, and he breaks cleanly. Shinsuke tells Mahal to bring it on and when Jinder charges in, Shinsuke sidesteps him and sends him crashing to the outside. Shinsuke tells Jinder to come on again, and he stops him on the apron, kicking Jinder back to the floor.
Jinder makes his way back into the ring and hits Shinsuke with a head butt to the back of the head. Shinsuke comes back with a back kick and he kicks away at Jinder in the corner before stomping at his chest. Nakamura follows Jinder out to the floor and blasts him with a forearm before bringing things back into the ring. The Singh brothers provide a distraction and Jinder is able to send Shinsuke crashing off the apron and into the barricade. Jinder drops repeated knees on Shinsuke and hits an elbow to the top of his forehead. Jinder clamps on a rear chin lock in the middle of the ring.
Jinder slams Shinsuke back down to the mat when Shinsuke tries to break the hold. Jinder mocks Shinsuke, then he sends him into the ropes for a rear elbow. Jinder drops elbows on the top of Shinsuke's head before going for another rear chin lock. Shinsuke is able to fight up to his feet and out of the hold. Shinsuke connects with a knee to the gut and a kick to the side of the head that stuns Jinder. Nakamura connects with another kick to the face, and he begins kicking Jinder repeatedly in the chest. Jinder struggles up to his feet in the corner. Nakamura hits a splash in the corner, then props Jinder up across the top rope before charging in and connecting with a running knee to the stomach. Nakamura pins Jinder and gets a two count. Shinsuke attempts the inverted exploder, but Jinder fights it off. Jinder lifts Shinsuke up, but Shinsuke traps him in the triangle choke. Jinder gets his feet in the ropes, and forces a break. Shinsuke tries for a suplex, but Mahal fights it off. Shinsuke knees Jinder in the gut, then plants him with a front suplex. Jinder avoids the kinshasa, and Mahal drops Shinsuke across the top rope, then hits him with a running knee to the chest. Mahal goes for the pin, but he's only able to get two.
Nakamura connects with a kick to the side of the head. Shinsuke avoids a charging Jinder in the corner and Jinder connects with the ring post. Nakamura connects with a knee to the back of the head. Nakamura beats up both of the Singh brothers, connecting with kinshasa's on both. Jinder uses the distraction to connect with the khalass, and Jinder gets the three count.
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: Jinder Mahal
After another series of commercials, the announcers turn to the main event of the evening and we get a video package for the Universal Championship Fatal Four Way match.
Braun Strowman is the first man to make his way out for the main event, and Braun gets a little bit of a pop on his way out to the ring.
Samoa Joe is the next man to make his way out, and Joe gets a very warm welcome from the crowd who chant his name while he walks down the aisle. Joe gets right into Braun's face, talking a bit of smack before posing for the crowd.
Roman Reigns is the third man to make his way to the ring, and Roman gets a lot of heat on his way into the arena.
Brock Lesnar is the final man to make his way out, and of course he's accompanied by the advocate Paul Heyman. Brock also gets a warm welcome from the crowd, who seem happy to see just about everyone except for Roman.
We get formal ring introductions for everyone, including a special Paul Heyman specific introduction for Brock, and then we're ready to begin.
Universal Championship Fatal Four Way Match
Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
The bell rings and things break down immediately with Lesnar going right after Joe, and Reigns and Strowman fighting to the floor. Lesnar suplexes Joe across the ring and Roman tosses Braun into the ring post. Joe rolls to the outside, and Roman slowly makes his way into the ring to face off with Lesnar. Lesnar ducks a clothesline then hits a German suplex on Roman. Joe is in and Brock hits a German suplex on him. Braun steps into the ring and challenges Lesnar. Joe and Roman head into the ring and break things up, but they're quickly dispatched. Braun and Brock square off again, and we get a lockup with Braun throwing Lesnar into the corner. Braun splashes Brock in the corner, then clotheslines him over the top. Roman tries to clothesline Strowman over the top, but Braun shoves him away. Braun misses a spear in the corner and connects shoulder first with the ring post. Joe and Lesnar fight on the floor, and Joe spots a charging Roman, moving out of the way. Roman spears Lesnar through the barricade into the timekeeper's area. Joe grabs Roman and hits an urunage on the announcer's table, then he turns around and is completely wiped out by Braun Strowman.
Braun shoulders Brock, walks him over to the announcer's area, and drives him through the table with a running powerslam. Braun takes Joe back into the ring, but he's stopped by a drive by from Roman. Joe stirs in the ring, hitting the ropes and launching himself out to the floor on Roman. Braun pops up from out of nowhere and launches a chair at Joe and Roman while they square off. Braun turns back to Lesnar, shouldering Brock again and hitting another running powerslam through a second announcer's table.
Several officials are out to check on Lesnar, and Strowman grabs the third announcers table, tipping it up on its side and dropping it down on top of Lesnar. A team of men move the table off Lesnar, and Heyman appear to be in tears about Lesnar's state. The trainers call for a stretcher for Lesnar, and they strap him down to a body board and bring in a stretcher. Braun laughs while Lesnar is wheeled away on the stretcher.
Braun pulls apart the ring steps and uses them to crack Joe in the face. Braun also blasts Roman with a stair shot to the face. Braun hits Joe again, then he tosses the stairs into the ring. Braun whips Roman back into the ring, and he follows. Roman hits Braun with a series of clotheslines in the corner, and when Braun pushes him away, Reigns grabs the ring steps, and he hits Braun with them three times before sending Braun to the outside. Joe comes in from behind and he scores with a couple of quick attacks and a big senton on Roman to put him down for a two count.
Joe tries for an urunage, but Reigns fights it off and connects with a Samoan drop for a two count. Roman stands and tries for the Superman punch, but Joe catches him with a kick to the gut and locks in the coquina clutch. Strowman breaks it up with a double chokeslam to Reigns and Joe. Braun appears to have been busted open by some of the stair shots. Brock Lesnar stalks back toward the ring from the back, and he climbs into the ring. Lesnar spears Strowman and takes him down to the mat with a series of clubbing blows. Lesnar clotheslines Strowman over the top rope. Lesnar connects with a German suplex on Reigns, then on Joe. Braun is back in the ring and he shoulders Lesnar, but Lesnar fights out. Lesnar tries for a German suplex, but Braun is too big. Brock is able to lock in the kimura, but Reigns stops it with a Superman punch. Reigns hits a Superman punch on everyone in the match, then he connects with a spear on Lesnar that puts the champion down for a two count.
Reigns calls for the Superman punch again, but Joe catches him in the coquina clutch. Strowman breaks things up with a dropkick before hitting a powerslam on Joe. Brock pulls the ref from the ring to break up the pin. Roman connects with a Superman punch on Brock on the floor. Braun pops Roman up and eats a Superman punch on his way down, but Braun kicks out of a pin at two. Roman charges across the ring into a big boot to the face. Braun pins Roman, but Lesnar is in the ring to break things up.
Strowman picks up Lesnar, but Lesnar shoulders Braun. Braun fights out and picks up Lesnar, but Reigns is in from out of nowhere and he spears Braun, causing him to drop Lesnar. Lesnar shoulders Reigns, but Reigns fights out. Joe sends Reigns from the ring and locks in the coquina clutch on Lesnar. Lesnar shoulders Joe and hits the F5, covering Joe, but the pin is broken up Reigns. Reigns connects with the Superman punch. Reigns hits another Superman punch, then a third. Reigns waits for Lesnar to stand, and he runs right into a F5 from Brock. Brock pins Reigns, and he gets the three count.
The show ends with Brock pulling himself up off the floor with his title, while Roman recovers in the ring, and Heyman laughs.
Winner and STILL Universal Champion
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