Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of WWE Survivor Series 2018!
Tonight’s epic show will commence with the Kick-Off Show at 5 PM EST, with the main card beginning at 7 PM EST. It will feature matches between Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins and Shinsuke Nakamura, Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey, as well as several classic Survivor Series elimination matches.
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The pre-show panel consists of Jonathon Coachman, Jerry Lawler, David Otunga, and Beth Phoenix. The panel runs down the entire card for tonight’s show!
We see a video package for what happened this past week on SmackDown Live, when Daniel Bryan defeated AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. Bryan will face Brock Lesnar tonight. Coach asks Lawler if the ends justifies the means, to which Lawler says evil is like diarrhoea; you can only hold it in for so long. Phoenix says evil is a strong word, and for her Bryan just looked like a lion who won’t let anything stand in his way. Otunga says it comes down to Bryan’s long journey back to the top of the mountain, and he snapped. Coach says we can’t forget how great AJ Styles year has been. Coach asks if Bryan’s heart and skill can be enough to face Brock Lesnar, to which Lawler says only if he can reach down and find that evil again. Beth reckons Bryan needs to be unorthodox to beat Brock tonight, and he has his work cut out for him. Otunga says Bryan is a wild card, we don’t know what he’s capable of anymore.
Now it’s time to discuss the triangle between Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte. We see Alexa Bliss backstage with the entire Raw women’s team. Bliss says SmackDown’s attack on Raw was dirty and uncalled for. So, tonight winning is not enough; she wants total humiliation. Nia Jax says that won’t be a problem and asks, “do you see what I did to Becky’s face?” Ruby Riott then says they will beat SmackDown Live handily, then asks Natalya if she glued her Daddy’s glasses back together yet. Natalya attacks Ruby and the entire room breaks into a brawl. Bliss stops it and says if they cannot get along, they won’t be a part of the team anymore. Back with the panel, they show a graphic of the women’s match and both Natalya and Ruby’s pictures have been removed, so clearly they’re out. So we don’t know the two Raw members, although it’s likely Sasha and Bayley, and we also don’t know the fifth member of SmackDown’s team.
Paige and Baron Corbin have joined the pre-show panel but before they get far, Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush interrupt them. Rush says SmackDown is great, but they don’t have Bobby Lashley. Rush says Lashley was sculpted by Michelangelo, as the big man poses. They joke around as Lashley bends over and poses his ass. Rush and Lashley leave, so Corbin asks Paige if she still thinks SmackDown can win, to which she says she feels even more confident. Coach says this is the only time of the year the two brands go head-to-head, so what makes her think SmackDown can win. She says because SmackDown is a family and run really well. Corbin says Raw doesn’t have to be a family, they just have to get along tonight. Corbin cites the strength of Raw’s members, saying SmackDown cannot compete.
Charly Caurso is backstage with Charlotte, and asks if Charlotte is prepared. The Queen says tonight is about being the best, and yes, she may be a stand-in, but she’s the most unbreakable woman in WWE. She says anyone can hold up four fingers and claim they’re part of a stable, but she’s the only woman with a birthright to the Four Horsewomen stable. So tonight she will prove to Ronda and everyone else that nobody can lace her boots.Woo! Back with the panel, Phoenix says Ronda is amazing but she thinks Ronda will be dethroned tonight. Coach says Becky and Charlotte have gone to war, while Ronda hasn’t done that yet, and asks if that is an advantage for Charlotte. Otunga says he agrees Ronda hasn’t been in wars… in WWE, but she certainly has been in wars elsewhere. Otunga says Charlotte is used to having things change on a dime but he still thinks Ronda will win.
We see Naomi backstage with Carmella, Asuka, and Sonya Deville. She gives them a pep talk and says she hopes she can be a good captain in the wake of Charlotte leaving. She then introduces the fifth member of the team, and in walks R-Truth. He thanks them for the opportunity but then Naomi says he is not on the team, he’s not even a woman! Truth asks why she has to bring science into this. Naomi then introduces the real fifth member: Mandy Rose. Mandy gives an “apology” for running the team down a few weeks ago, and they all put their hands in the middle.
Also coming tonight, Buddy Murphy Vs. Mustafa Ali for the Cruiserweight Championship. Drake Maverick joins the panel to hype the match and he also talks about having Authors of Pain as Tag Team Champions. Coach says AOP have never faced Champions like The Bar, to which Maverick says they’re more concerned with choreographing their entrance. Phoenix says he may be overlooking Big Show. Maverick says he isn’t overlooking Big Show, that he’s dealt with giants his whole life, they’re just fairytales and he isn’t scared. He says The Bar has a giant, but he has two.
Team Raw comprises of The Ascension, The B-Team, The Revival, Lucha House Party, and Bobby Roode & Chad Gable as team captains. Team SmackDown Live is made up of The New Day, Sanity, The Colon’s, Gallows & Anderson, and The Uso’s as captains.
Epico Colon and Kalisto start the match for their respective teams. Kalisto and Epico lock-up but the lucha evades his holds until Epico kicks him in the leg and delivers a stalling suplex. Kaliso and Lince Dorado perform a double team splash for a two count. Epico hits Kalisto with a back suplex, then tags Primo, who hits a rope-assisted tope. Primo accidentally knocks Epico from the apron and Kalisto tags Scott Dawson. The Revival hit The Shatter Machine on Prio and The Colon’s are gone.
The Colon’s Eliminated
Karl Anderson storms the ring and takes down Scott Dawson with a big spinebuster but Curtis Axel breaks the pin. Axel sends Anderson to the corner and beats on him. Axel tags Bo Dallas and they hit a splash/DDT combo on Anderson for a two count. The referee is distracted for a second, so Luke Gallows punches Dallas and Anderson rolls him up for the pin!
The B-Team Eliminated
Big E is in for SmackDown Live and Chad Gable is in for Team Raw. Big E gets a “New Day Rocks” chant going but then Killian Dain tags himself in. Gable takes the fight to Dain but gets squashed with a running crossbody. Dain tags Eric Young and they hit a tandem neckbreaker/Samoan drop. Roode makes the break but then gets thrown onto the apron by Dain. Roode then suckers Dain into flying through the ropes to the outside, meanwhile Gable makes the tag. Roode and Gable hit their amazing neckbreaker/moonsault finisher on Eric Young and Sanity is eliminated!
Big E comes in again, as does Konor of The Ascension. Konor takes E down with a shoulder tackle, but E comes back with a abdominal stretch, in which he spanks Konor. Xavier Woods tags in but Konor grabs him and hits a fallaway slam. Konor makes the tag to Viktor.
The Ascension double-team Woods and Viktor applies a sleeper hold. Woods fights out, slides through Viktor’s legs and hits a rolling elbow. Big E returns to the fray and hits a big splash to Viktor from the shoulders of Woods. E scores the pinfall over Viktor.
The Ascension Eliminated
Big E is still in the match but now Gran Metalik has joined the proceedings. Metalik looks for a springboard elbow but nobody’s home. Big E makes the tag to Luke Gallows, while Metalik makes the tag to Dorado. The good brothers look for the Magic Killer on Dorado but he escapes and hits Anderson with a headscissors takedown. Gallows looks to chokeslam Dorado but he reverses with a stunner!
Gallows rolls from the ring and Dorado looks for a dive but Anderson steps in and prevents it. Dorado hits Anderson with a hurricanrana that was supposed to send him through the ropes but he didn’t quite make it. Anderson rolled out anyway and joined Gallows, where Dorado and Metalik hit stereo moonsaults from the top ropes to them on the floor. I was a little confused about who was representing Lucha House Party but it’s because Kalisto is legit injured and Gran Metalik took his place. They get back into the ring and Dorado hits Anderson with a splash from the top rope for the pinfall.
Anderson & Gallows Eliminated
The fans booed Anderson and Gallows’ elimination. We’re down to New Day and The Uso’s for SmackDown Live. Metalik takes on Jimmy Uso and the fans are firmly behind The Uso’s. Metalik hits a dropkick and tag Dorado, who chops the life out of Jimmy Uso. A roll-up from Dorado to no avail, followed by a springboard moonsault. Jimmy tags Jey, who hits Dorado with some sort of double team move that they totally botched. Scored the pin regardless.
Lucha House Party Eliminated
Now it’s Woods and Scott Dawson in the ring. Dawson looks to make the tag and Dash falls into the ring but the distraction allows Dawson to cheap shot Woods. Gable comes in and attacks the leg of Xavier Woods. He tags Dawson back in, who hits a lot of quick offence to Woods, mostly leg drops. He whips Woods to the corner but eats a boot. Woods rolls-up Dawson but he kicks out. Woods ducks a clothesline and knocks everyone from the Raw corner, before hitting a missile dropkick to Dawson.
Woods makes the hot tag to Big E, and Dawson tags Dash Wilder. Big E hits Wilder with multiple belly-to-belly suplexes. Big E wants to hit a splash to Wilder but Dawson gets on the apron, so E knocks him off. Big E then tosses Dash out of the ring but Chad Gable comes in off of the tag and hits Big E with a belly-to-belly of his own! Gable tags Roode and they hit a rolling German suplex/neckbreaker combo for a near-fall. Roode looks for the Glorious DDT but Big E escapes and tags Woods. Woods and Big E hit a urinagi/backstabber combo but Gable breaks the pin. Scott Dawson then runs and hits a suicide dive to The Uso’s, followed by Woods catching him with a baseball slide. Dash Wilder then hits Woods with a tornado DDT from the apron, followed by Big E spearing Dash through the ropes to the floor!
Gable and Roode are the only two standing in the ring. Gable hits the ropes and Roode launches him over onto everyone on the floor. Bobby Roode does a Glorious taunt, hits the ropes as though he will dive onto everyone, but then Jimmy Uso superkicks him. Uso runs and dives over the ropes onto the guys on the floor. Jey Uso goes to the top rope but Chad Gable meets him up there and hits a German suplex from the top to the guys on the floor! Everybody is down now.
Gable and Roode return to the ring with Woods. They look for the neckbreaker/moonsault again but Woods pushes Roode into the rope and he crotches Gable. Woods makes the tag to Big E, who catches Gables from a moonsault and they hit Up Up Down Down on Gable for the pin.
Roode & Gable Eliminated
Dawson and Wilder hit a double team powerbomb to Big E but he kicks out. Woods tags in and superkicks Dawson. Wilder makes the tag. Woods looks for a springboard elbow drop to Wilder but The Revival catch him with a Shatter Machine in mid-air!
The New Day Eliminated
We’re down to two: The Uso’s and The Revival. This is something of a dream match. The two teams start brawling in the ring and Dawson and Jey take it to the outside. Scott Dawson and Wilder hit a double team bulldog to Jimmy from the top rope! The Revival knock Jey from the apron but Jimmy connects with an enziguiri. Jimmy goes to the top rope, where Dawson meets him. Dawson hits a superplex, followed by an immediate splash from Dash but Jey breaks the pin attempt!
The Revival look for the Shatter Machine but Jimmy and Jey reverse it and hit double superkicks to both of them! Jey hits a splash from the top rope to Scott Dawson for the win!
We see Alexa Bliss backstage with the remaining members of her team and in walk Sasha Banks and Bayley. She asks if they will join her team and they’re reluctant but they agree.
We’re back with the panel to discuss the final few matches. They talk about Daniel Bryan Vs. Brock Lesnar again, and say the same things they did at the open of the show. They then talk about the 5-on-5 Men’s Survivor Series match and agree that Braun Strowman is the biggest factor. They wonder though, if he can not touch Baron Corbin until after tonight’s match. They don’t say much else worth noting, so that’s the end of the pre-show!
WWE Survivor Series 2018 from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles is live!
Team Raw consists of Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax, Mickie James, and Tamina, with Alexa Bliss as their captain but not competing. Team SmackDown Live consists of Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Carmella, Asuka, and captain Naomi.
Naomi and Tamina start the match for their respective teams, while the fans chant for Becky. Naomi catches Tamina with a roll-up early but Snuka kicks out. Naomi follows up with a dropkick but Tamina fires back with a kick, then hits one of the women on the SmackDown apron, causing a huge brawl to break out. Naomi hits Nia Jax with an enziguiri and the arena exploded in favour. Tamina then catches Naomi with a superkick and she’s out!
No sooner than Naomi had rolled from the ring did Carmella roll-up Tamina and scored the 123!
Carmella then performs a dance break that gets cut short by Nia Jax. The fans really hate Nia, who the announcers are referring to as “the facebreaker”. Carmella tries to roll her up but can’t get her down. Nia instead lifts Carmella by the throat and chokes her before dropping her. Carmella tags Mandy Rose. Who runs into Nia’s forearm for a near-fall.
Rose kicks Nia and hits a running knee to the face. Nia tags Mickie James, who brawls with Mandy. Mickie hits a nice neckbreaker to Rose for a two count. Mandy applies an abdominal stretch to James, and drives some elbows into her gut. Mandy tags Asuka and she circles the ring with James. They lock-up and Mickie takes a headlock. Asuka shoots her off to the ropes and James comes back with a shoulder tackle but Asuka isn’t fazed. Asuka hits a rear window to Mickie, then applies a modified abdominal stretch of her own.
Sonya Deville tags in and Mickie hits her with a Mickie-Can-Rana from the middle rope. Bayley tags herself in off of Mickie, then hits a neckbreaker to Sonya. Bayley whips Sonya to the corner and tags Sasha Banks, who performs double knees to the gut. Mickie tags herself in and hits a Thesz press from the middle rope for a two count. Sonya catches Mickie with a big spear and a running knee. Rose tags herself in and scores the pinfall but Deville isn’t happy.
Mickie James Eliminated
Bayley runs in and rolls-up Rose but she kicks out. Rose tags Carmella, who gets thrown to the corner and stunnered against the ropes by Bayley. Carmella ducks a dive from Bayley and kicks her in the gut, followed by a moonwalk DDT. Carmella mocks Sasha Banks before running at Bayley in the corner, who grabs her and hits the Bayley-To-Belly for the pinfall!
Mandy Rose storms the ring again and beats on Bayley before she can even get to her feet. Bayley avoids Rose in the corner and tag Banks, who storms the ring with clotheslines and a dropkick. Banks looks to hit Rose with running knees in the corner but nobody’s home. Sasha follows-up with the Bank Statement and Mandy quickly taps.
Mandy Rose Eliminated
Sonya Deville runs in and attacks Sasha before she can regroup. Deville tags Asuka, who beats Sasha into the corner and lands a hip attack. Asuka tags Deville back in and they look to keep Sasha from her corner. It’s 3-2 in favour of Raw right now. Sasha tries to make the tag but Deville keeps her away. Sasha ducks Deville and rolls to make a tag to Bayley. Deville is bounced face-first on the turnbuckles by Bayley. The Hugger hits a running knee in the corner. Deville hits her with a punch to the gut, then a spinebuster but Nia breaks the pin. The fans boo loudly. Nia runs at Bayley in the corner but nobody’s home and she hits the post. As Nia lays against the post, Asuka runs up and boots her in the head and the arena erupts! Asuka stomps on Nia outside the ring but then Sasha Banks comes from the apron with a Meteora to Asuka.
Inside the ring, Bayley hits Sonya with a back suplex for a two count. Deville and Bayley made some screw-up and both fell through the ropes. Sonya slams Bayley into the barricade and then the Hugger follows-up with a Bayley-to-Belly on the floor! Bayley can’t make it back to the ring in time, so they’re both counted out! It’s Asuka Vs. Sasha Banks and Nia Jax.
Sonya Deville Eliminated
Sasha and Asuka are squaring up outside of the ring. Then the two of them roll into the ring together and the crowd is getting excited for this first time encounter. Banks ducks a back elbow and hits Asuke with a dropkick, but the Empress fires back with one of her own. Sasha wanted a backstabber but Asuka thrust backwards to push her away. Asuka hits a nice knee to the face, followed by a huge German suplex. Banks rolls to the apron. Nia comes back to the apron but Asuka hits her with a hip attack and knocks her off.
Banks gets slapped off of the opposite apron by Asuka. The Empress looks to kicks Sasha but the Boss grabs her foot and slams her to the apron. Sasha stares at Bliss and Jax on the outside of the ring, before Asuka hits her with another hip attack. Asuka gets her back in the ring and hits a missile dropkick for a two count. Asuka delivers a series of strikes, but Sasha responds with tilt-a-whirl armbar attempt that didn’t come together. Banks kicks Asuka and hits double knees in the corner. Sasha takes to the top rope but Nia shoves her off and Asuka applies the Asuka-Lock and the Boss taps!
Sasha Banks Eliminated
Jax runs in and hits multiple leg drops to Asuka. The fans are booing incessantly. Nia lifts Asuka up and hits a Samoan drop for the win.
Nia Jax was the sole survivor of Team Raw, much to the dismay of the fans in L.A.
We see Stephanie McMahon and Baron Corbin backstage. She’s pleased with the result of that match but she wants a clean sweep later tonight in the men’s 5-on-5 match, Corbin promises to deliver. Paige and Shane McMahon walk in. Paige says she guarantees they’ll be feeling a little blue by the end of the night. Stephanie says Shane may have stolen the World Cup trophy, but he won’t steal RAW’s victory tonight. Corbin says SmackDown is like LeBron James – overrated and overhyped. He then pokes fun that Becky Lynch can’t compete. Shane says Corbin’s cocky attitude will make victory so much sweeter… and then Stephanie will fire him. They walk off and Corbin looks worried.
The bell rings and these two circle each other. They lock-up and Nakamura takes Seth to the ropes and pushes his head into his stomach, before backing-up and telling him to “Come ON!”. Rollins charges, but stops dead to confuse Nakamura.
They lock-up again and Nakamura wrenches the arm and takes him down. Rollins quickly turns it on him and rolls him up. Nakamura avoids a knee, and Rollins does Nakamura’s, “COME ON!” taunt. Rollins takes Nakamura down and covers for a two count. Nakamura quickly gets to the ropes to avoid a roll-up, and he gets out of the ring. Rollins then poses on the turnbuckles to out-do Nakamura. Nakamura smiles before getting back in the ring.
Nakamura goes for a test of strength before kneeing Rollins in the midsection. Nakamura whips him to the corner, but Rollins pops out and clotheslines him down. Nakamura quickly drops him on the apron and goes for a shoulder, but Rollins counters with a leg drop. Rollins skins the cat to get in the ring and hits the ropes. Rollins changes direction when Nakamura moves and goes for a suicide dive. Nakamura counters him with a kick. Nakamura lays him out on the apron and knees him in the chest. Nakamura puts him in the ring for a near fall.
Nakamura hits a snapmare and drops a knee for a two count. Nakamura takes him down and chokes him with his boot. Shinsuke applies a front facelock and knees him in the head. Rollins fights out and hits a reverse STO in the corner. Seth punches back and has a whip reversed. Rollins comes right back with a Sling Blade. Rollins boots him in the face, but Nakamura quickly comes back and goes to the second rope. Rollins grabs him and hits a scoop slam over the top rope.
Seth hits the ropes and hits a suicide dive. Rollins immediately gets back in the ring and connects with a second suicide dive. The crowd is roaring, so Rollins hits a third suicide dive. Rollins gets him in the ring and connects with a springboard clothesline for a near fall. Rollins splashes him in the corner and goes for a suplex, but Shinsuke gets out and kicks him in the skull.
They slowly get to their feet, and Nakamura viciously kicks away at the knees. Rollins reverses a whip to the corner, but Nakamura quickly knees him in the midsection. Nakamura takes him down for a near fall. Rollins fights out of a hold, but Nakamura hits a backstabber. Nakamura runs at Seth and slides but Seth almost KO’s him with a superkick for a near fall!
Nakamura is dead weight right now. Rollins goes for a Buckle Bomb, but Nakamura gets out and kicks him. Nakamura kicks away at him before the referee pulls him off. Rollins comes back by wildly punching away at him. Nakamura counters a short-arm clothesline into a triangle choke! Rollins powers him up and slams him in the corner with a Buckle Bomb. Rollins gets the crowd chanting, “Burn it down,” and Nakamura avoids the Stomp. Nakamura strikes away at him and hits a landslide for a near fall. Nakamura cannot believe it. Nakamura goes to the top rope, but Rollins catches him with a superplex before rolling through into a falcon arrow for a near fall.
They trade punches in the center of the ring before Nakamura baits him. Nakamura kicks away at him and hits an axe kick. Nakamura connects with a reverse exploder and charges, but Rollins moves. Rollins connects with a Ripcord Knee for a near fall! Rollins goes to the top rope for a frog splash, but Nakamura moves. Nakamura immediately follows up with the Kinshasa to the back of the head but Rollins kicks out!
Nakamura looks for a second Kinshasa but nobody’s home. Seth connects with a superkick, followed by a kick to the gut, and he looks for The Stomp but Nakamura avoids it. Nakamura knocks Seth down and runs for the Kinshasa but Rollins dodges and hits The Stomp for the win!
Seth celebrates with his title after the match. Kinda surprising there was no run-in from Ambrose. They put up a scoreboard for tonight’s show, and it’s 2-0 Raw, meaning they don’t even count SmackDown’s win on the pre-show!
We see the Raw Men’s Team backstage, sitting around. Braun Strowman walks in and they all stand up, He says to Ziggler, McIntyre, Lashley and Balor that he doesn’t like them. He says he doesn’t even know who Lio Rush is. He says he doesn’t like them, but they had better carry their weight tonight. If they don’t, they’re all going to get his hands. McIntyre stands up to him and says he’s the one who should be barking orders. After all, he ended Kurt Angle and ended The Shield. Next, he plans on brutalising Shane McMahon for stealing the World Cup from Ziggler. They get face to face until Baron Corbin comes in and separates them. Strowman wants to kill Corbin but can’t touch him, so instead throws Lio Rush into him. Strowman leaves as the entire Raw team is bickering. R-Truth walks in and tells them to calm down, to which Corbin shouts “What the hell are you even doing here?”
Hard to believe this actually happened, but right before the match began you could see a guy in the front row getting very rowdy. Turns out it was Enzo Amore. He was quickly removed by security and booted from the arena. What an idiot.
Sheamus and Rezar start the match. They lock up before Rezar shoves him to the corner. Cesaro runs in and takes Akam off the apron. Cesaro tags in, and The Bar hits Rezar with a double-team clothesline. Cesaro takes Rezar down before catching Akam with a Cesaro Swing. Rezar runs in to stops it and almost runs right into Akam during the swing.
Akam tags in, and they hit a sidewalk slam/diving elbow combo for a near fall. AOP isolates Cesaro and picks away at him. Akam applies a chin lock to Cesaro and wears him down. Cesaro fights out, but Akam tackles him down before punching away at him. Rezar manhandles Cesaro while the referee holds Sheamus back. Akam tags in, and Cesaro rocks him with some uppercuts. Cesaro hits the ropes, but Akam clotheslines him down for a two count. Akam applies a chin lock on Cesaro. Cesaro fights out and hits a springboard spinning elbow.
Sheamus and Rezar tag in. Sheamus punches away at him before kneeing him in the face. Sheamus hits the ropes and knees Rezar again before knocking Akam off the apron. Rezar quickly drops him on the apron, but Sheamus comes back with the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán. Sheamus goes to the top rope for a diving clothesline to pick up a near fall. Sheamus catches Rezar with a Brogue Kick and covers, but Drake Maverick puts Rezar’s foot on the ropes!
Cesaro chases Maverick around the ring, and he runs right into Big Show. Big Show puts Maverick on the apron and chokes him. Maverick urinates in his pans s. Yep, I did not just make that up. Cesaro, Sheamus and Show stare at him on the apron until Akam knocks Sheamus into Cesaro and Big Show. AOP then hit Sheamus with a powerbomb/neckbreaker combo for the win.
Sheamus and Cesaro regroup with Show inside the ring, while Maverick walks AOP to the back, while fixing his fly. So far, Raw’s clean sweep is in effect. Hopefully this is building to a Daniel Bryan win!
We see Team SmackDown Live’s male team sitting backstage. The Miz walks in and he says he could give them a pep talk that would guarantee a win, and one that would heal the world. However, he shouldn’t be the one to do it, it should be the best in the world: Shane O’Mac. Shane then goes one by one to Mysterio, Hardy, Samoa Joe and then, R-Truth. Shane does a double take when he sees Truth and tells him he’s not a part of the team. Truth says he wants to join SmackDown’s roster, to which Shane says he already is. Miz tells the team that he can get them all a signed copy of The Marine 6 and Truth says that would be great, he’d love a copy signed by Becky Lynch. That got a big cheer from Los Angeles. Shane leads a SmackDown chant from his team.
The bell rings, and Murphy powers Ali to the corner and unleashes some shoulder thrusts. Ali tries to get away, but Murphy powers him down. Ali takes him out of the ring with a hurricanrana. Mustafa dropkicks him off the apron before hitting a summersault dive to the floor!
Ali gets him in the ring for a no count. Buddy quickly stuns him with a kick and gets out of the ring to recover. Ali kicks Murphy to the barricade. Murphy quickly grabs the ankles and shoves him off the second turnbuckle to the barricade! Murphy whips Ali into the LED apron and then the barricade. Murphy gets him in the ring and slams Ali before kicking him in the spine for a two count. Mustafa starts to make a comeback and catapults Murphy into the corner. Ali dropkicks him down. Ali forearms him in the corner and avoids a splash. Ali kicks him in the face before trying for a rolling x-factor, but Murphy flapjacks him over the top rope to the floor! Murphy then hits a huge somersault senton!
Buddy gets him in the ring, but Ali superkicks him twice before spiking him on his head with a reverse hurricanrana! Ali picks up a near fall. Ali stuns Murphy and knocks him to the apron with a vicious kick. Ali kills him with a tornado DDT through the middle rope into the ring for a near fall! Mustafa sets him up and goes to the top rope, but Murphy pushes him off to the floor. Murphy clears the commentary table, but Ali gets out. Ali then hits a Spanish Fly off the table to the floor! A “205” chant picks up as both men lay on the floor, that must be a first!
Ali goes to the top rope for the inverted 450, but Murphy cuts him off and superkicks him. Murphy powerbombs him twice for a near fall. The crowd chants, “This is awesome.” Ali superkicks Murphy and hits a springboard, but Murphy knees him out of mid-air! Murphy connects with Murphy’s Law for the win!
That was a great match and the crowed was super into it.
We see Daniel Bryan walking backstage with his title belt. Kayla Braxton stops him and asks him if he’s ready for tonight, considering he’s had less than a week to prepare for Brock Lesnar. Bryan smiles at her before walking off. The fans were booing him. I’m amazed this heel turn worked so well.
We get a hype video for Lars Sullivan, who will be coming to one of the shows soon, I assume Raw.
Raw’s Acting General Manager Baron Corbin makes his way to the ring. He is Raw’s captain but not competing.
Raw’s team consists of captain Baron Corbin, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush. Smackdown is captained by The Miz and features Shane McMahon, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, and Samoa Joe.
The match begins with Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman. Team Raw had some serious arguements about who would start. The bell rings and McIntyre tags himself in. Joe gets McIntyre in the Coquida Clutch but Drew rolls him out. Joe then attacks someone on the Raw apron and grabs McIntyre in the Clutch again and Los Angeles is loving it. Again McIntyre rolls out and he connects with the Claymore for the pinfall and L.A is furious.
Samoa Joe Eliminated
The fans start chanting “bull$hit”. Not it’s Jeff Hardy Vs. McIntyre. Drew points to everyone on the apron, saying they’re next. He shoves Hardy to the corner and goads him to come out as the fans chant “Delete”. Drew punches Jeff, whips him to the ropes, but Hardy kicks him. Hardy ducks a clothesline but eats a stiff lariat right afterwards.
McIntyre tags in Dolph Ziggler, who looks to superkick Jeff but the Enigma avoids it and tags Shane McMahon. A callback to the World Cup here. Shane starts things off with a real Superman punch but Dolph turns it around and floors him with a big dropkick. Shane fires back with some kicks and two arm drags. Shane dances and looks for a float over DDT but Ziggler rolls him up for a two count.
Ziggler connects with a Fameasser but Shane kicks out. Ziggler looks for a superkick but Shane grabs it and lands a spinning elbow. Shane shoots Dolph to the ropes and looks for a leaping elbow but Ziggler hits the Zig Zag out of nowhere. The Miz breaks up the pin attempt and drags Shane to the corner, where he can make a legal tag. Miz grabs Ziggler’s boot and tries to lock-in the Figure Four. Ziggler escapes and they exchange pin attempts until Ziggler floors him with a dropkick.
Braun Stromwan tags himself in and is about to take the fight to Miz but McIntyre tags himself in again. McIntyre and Strowman come face to face and start throwing hands! Team Raw starts brawling and then SmackDown gets involved as well – why wouldn’t SmackDown just let them brawl? Strowman gets left by himself in the ring and Miz, Myserio, Shane, and Jeff beat him down. Strowman throws them all off and runs at Mysterio, who dropkicks his knee and Strowman falls on the middle rope. Myserio runs and hits the 619, then Miz and Shane clothesline Shane over the ropes.
On the outside of the ring, Miz throws McIntyre into the ring post. Shane rips apart an announce table, while Miz and Hardy continue to assault Strowman. Corbin is trying to help his guys to their feet but they’re all down. Team SmackDown set Strowman on the announce table and Shane takes to the top rope, where he hits a huge flying elbow through the table!
Chaos reigns at ringside as Corbin is losing his mind. Back inside the ring, Miz and McIntyre are the two legal men. Miz kicks Drew in the face for a two count, and we see Stephanie and Paige watching backstage. The fans are chanting “This Is Awesome!” McIntyre connects with the Glasgow Kiss to Miz and looks to make a tag but refuses to tag Balor. Miz looks for Skull Crushing Finale on McIntyre but the Scotsman turns and slaps Miz so hard he rolls backwards. Balor then tags himself in, and when Drew turns around, Balor hits him with an enziguiri!
Balor comes in and hits Miz with some flying forearms, followed by an enziguiri. Balor connects with a double foot stomp, looks for a slingblade but Miz reverses it. Balor leaps to the apron and kicks Miz in the head. He wants Coup de Grace but Miz rolls from the ring. Balor dives through the ropes to dropkick Miz, then hits Hardy with a slingblade. Balor hits Miz with a front dropkick against the barricade. Mysterio tags in and hits Balor with a seated senton, and looks for a wheelbarrow facebuster but Finn reverses it into a neckbreaker for a two count. Balor chops Rey but gets hit with a hurricanrana onto the middle rope. Mysterio looks for 619 but Balor ducks it, hits a slingblade, then Balor dropkicks Mysterio into the corner and goes to the top rope. Mysterio avoids the Coup de Grace and knocks Balor into the ropes again. Mysterio hits the 619 and follows up with a springboard frog splash to eliminate Balor.
Finn Balor Eliminated
It’s tied 4-on-4. McIntyre immediately blindsides Mysterio before grabbing Balor. McIntyre clubs Balor down and throws him out of the ring. Mysterio dropkicks McIntyre into the ropes. Bobby Lashley tags in and big boots Mysterio. Lashley presses Mysterio and drops him, but Mysterio lands on his feet. Mysterio charges, but Lashley manhandles him. Lashley then tries for a delayed vertical suplex, but Mysterio fights out. Ziggler blind tags in. Mysterio pulls the top down to get Lashley out of the ring. Mysterio then takes Ziggler out.
Hardy tags in and punches away at Ziggler. Ziggler sends him into the ropes, but Hardy clubs him down. Hardy hits a double leg drop to the midsection for a near fall. Hardy gets a “DELETE” chant going. Ziggler gets out of a Twist of Fate, but Hardy elbows him back. Hardy hits a baseball slide on McIntyre before hitting a tornado DDT off the apron to the floor. Hardy gets in the ring, and Ziggler spikes him with a big DDT for a near fall. Hardy manages to come back with a Twist of Fate. Hardy goes for a Swanton Bomb, but Ziggler gets the knees up! Miz tags in and hits his signature corner clothesline on Ziggler. McMahon gets on the apron and looks beaten. McMahon tags in and limps to the corner. McMahon goes to the top rope and hits Ziggler with Coast-to-Coast. McMahon covers Ziggler to eliminate him.
Dolph Ziggler Eliminated
Lashley immediately flattens McMahon with a pair of clotheslines and a belly-to-belly suplex. Lashley throws McMahon into the corner. Miz tags in, and Lashley brings him into the ring the hard way. Lashley charges Miz, but Miz moves. Lashley hits the ring post shoulder-first. Miz hits his patented corner clothesline and tags McMahon in. McMahon slowly walks to the corner and goes to the top rope. McMahon looks out of it. McMahon goes for Coast-to-Coast, but Strowman clotheslines him out of mid-air! Lashley covers McMahon, but Mysterio breaks it up.
Hardy tags in, as does Strowman. Hardy unloads with some punches, but Strowman fights out of a Twist of Fate and hits a Running Powerslam for the elimination.
Jeff Hardy Eliminated
No sooner has Jeff rolled from the ring when Rey springboards out of nowhere and Strowman swats him out of mid-air. Mysterio manages to knock him into the ropes and tries for a 619, but Strowman counters with a Running Powerslam for another elimination.
Rey Mysterio Eliminated
Miz looks stunned and terrified. Miz goes outside and tells McMahon he’s got to get in the ring. Strowman floors McMahon with a running powerslam. Strowman gets Miz in the ring and hits a Running Powerslam for the elimination.
The Miz Eliminated
It’s down to just Shane McMahon Vs. Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley. Shane gets himself to his feet and turns around. McMahon then signals for Braun m to bring it on. Strowman dropkicks McMahon like he is barely there, and then avalanches him. Strowman hits a Running Powerslam for the win.
Braun Strowman totally dominated the match when he got in. As soon as the match ends though, Corbin slides in the ring and hits Braun from behind. Corbin then leaves up the ramp with Team Raw and poses while Braun watches on angrily from ringside. That’s 4-0 Raw, what a bad night for SmackDown Live, both kayfabe and not.
We get a promo backstage from Seth Rollins, in which he laments Dean Ambrose’s heel turn, saying he half expected him to show up tonight. He turns to leave when Charly Caruso stops him and says she has heard that Seth will defend his Intercontinental Championship against Ambrose at TLC next month. Rollins says he won’t have any more excuses then, and walks off.
Before this match gets underway, the fans chant “Becky”. The bell rings and Charlotte wants a lock-up but Ronda wants to throw hands. Charlotte hits Ronda with a chop block and she responds with a kick to the guy. They engage in some rough lock-up’s until Charlotte shoves Ronda and she falls. They circle each other and Ronda grabs Charlotte in an armbar attempt but Charlotte escapes. Flair looks for the Figure Eight but Ronda escapes. Ronda almost gets the ambar applied but Charlotte flips her off. They separate and the crowd applauds.
Charlotte takes Ronda down with a side headlock. Ronda tries to fight back but Charlotte grabs her and throws her face-first into the bottom turnbuckle. Charlotte hits Ronda with an exploder suplex for a two count. Charlotte attacks Ronda’s legs, preparing for the Figure Eight. Charlotte grinds Ronda’s face into the mat with her back leg trapped. Rousey’s mouth is cut open, thanks to an accidental back elbow from Charlotte. Ironic. Rousey manages to make some distance between them and goes to the apron.
Ronda dodges Charlotte on the apron and applies an armbar over the ropes until the referee forces the break. Ronda goes to the top rope, still selling the leg, but Charlotte kicks her leg out from under her. Charlotte climbs the ropes and looks for a superplex but Ronda holds on. Rousey throws Charlotte off to the mat face-first. Charlotte stands up and Ronda rolls down her with an armbar to the floor. Charlotte tries to turn it into pin attempts and Ronda is forces to transition into a triangle. Charlotte escapes by reversing the triangle into a Boston crab.
Charlotte looks for Natural Selection but Ronda ducked it and grabbed the arm. Charlotte tries to get to the ropes but can’t, instead rolling through. Ronda runs at Charlotte in the corner and gets hit with a backbreaker and a big boot. Charlotte goes to the top rope for a moonsault but Ronda put her boot up. Rousey then hit a rolling Irish curse and gets fired-up. Charlotte hits her with a spear out of nowhere for a very near-fall. The fans are firmly behind Charlotte!
Charlotte avoids the armbar and applies the Figure Four! Ronda tries to get out but manages to reverse the pressure. Ronda and Charlotte both roll from the ring to the floor to force the break. Ronda throws Charlotte into the barricade and then back into the ring. Ronda hits her with three quick judo throws. She fired-up and unloads some hands in the corner. Charlotte fires back with some big chops to the chest and Ronda is forced to put her hands up. Ronda catches a chop and flips Charlotte over but Flair comes back with a big boot for a two count. “This is awesome.”
Both women are down and struggle to their feet, head to head. Charlotte looks for another exploder but Ronda rolls through with an armbar attempt. Charlotte rolls from the ring but Ronda drags her back in by the hair. She lifts Charlotte and hits Piper’s Pit. Next she takes the arm and wants to lock in the armbar but Charlotte fights it and rolls from the ring. Charlotte sits on the floor holding her arm while the arena chants her name. Charlotte rolls back inside to break the referee’s count but right back out. Ronda leaves the ring and runsa t her but, from nowhere, Charlotte smashes Ronda with a Kendo stick!
After the referee calls for the bell, Charlotte throws Ronda into the steel steps. She then grabs the Kendo stick and batters Ronda with it until it shatters into a million pieces. She beats it over her head and everything. Charlotte gets her back in the ring and looks to beat Ronda with a steel chair but the referee takes it from her. She leaves the ring and walks off. You can see bruises all over Ronda already. Charlotte then returns and hits Natural Selection onto a steel chair. Not sure if this was meant to be a heel turn but the whole arena is chanting “Yes!”. Charlotte again wants to use the chair but four more referees come down to stop her. Charlotte beatsall four referees before grabbing the chair and wrapping it around Ronda’s head and stomping it! Wow! 5-0 Raw but at what cost? It’s kinda funny hearing the commentators talk about how heinous and despicable that was, while the fans chant “thank you Charlotte”. Ronda looks battered and emotionally scarred as she leaves the ring, and the fans boo her and chant for Becky. She stands atop the ramp and turns to look back and the fans boo loudly. No sympathy tonight.
Daniel Bryan is out first for the main event and he starts to do the Yes! chant but stops and smiles. He comes to the ring and holds the title high while smiling smugly. Lesnar and Heyman are out second but they take their sweet time in emerging from the back. Bryan mocks Lesnar around the ring. We get introductions for both men.
The bell rings and Bryan runs right at Lesnar with a dropkick to the shin. Bryan slides from the ring and jogs around it before getting back inside when Brock slides out. Lesnar is looking angry. Lesnar gets in the ring and Bryan continues to mock him.
Bryan swings for a kick but Lesnar catches it and hits a lariat the floors Bryan. Lesnar smiles as he lifts Bryan for the first German suplex and he lands on his head. Lesnar drags Bryan to the centre of the ring. Lesnar lifts him and hits a second. Brock lifts Bryan by the hair before hitting him with a belly-to-belly. Bryan starts to crawl up Lesnar and the Universal Champion hits another belly-to-belly, followed by another, and Bryan slides out of the ring.
Lesnar grabs his Universal Championship and holds it high. Lesnar leaves the ring and throws Bryan into the barricade, then back into the ring. Daniel rolls back out the other side but Lesnar goes after him and throws him into the barricade again. Back inside the ring, Lesnar lifts Bryan up and into a bear hug. Lesnar just slams Bryan down from the bear hug and smiles at him. Lesnar lifts him again and hits another German suplex.
Lesnar picks Bryan up and applies another bear hug, before launching Bryan across the ring with a German suplex. Lesnar drags Bryan by the hair, then lifts him up and hits an F5 but stops the pin himself and continues the punishment. He throws Bryan by the hair. Lesnar bends to lift him up but Bryan kicks him in the head! Same thing happens again and Lesnar falls. Brock lifts him and looks for another F5 and this time Bryan hits the referee on the way down but also lands on his feet. Bryan hits an unsuspecting Lesnar with a huge low blow!
Bryan hits Lesnar with a massive running knee and Brock kicks out at the very last second! Lesnar is still down holding his gonads and Heyman is screaming. Bryan takes the fight to Brock, landing dozens of kicks to a prone Lesnar. Bryan grabs Brock’s arms and stomps on his head over and over! Brock looks dazed, with a literal print of Bryan’s boot on his face. Bryan pulls himself up in the corner and runs at Brock who picks him up on his shoulders. Bryan climbs down and pulls the rope down as Lesnar swings for him and crashes to the floor. Bryan follows-up with a tope but Brock caught him in mid-air. Bryan shoves Lesnar into the ring post, then hits a running knee from off the apron.
Bryan gets back in the ring and comes at Brock with a suicide dive but Lesnar catches him again and slams Bryan against the ring post. Lesnar lifts D-Bry and slams him against it again. Brock removes the top of the steel steps and tries to smack Bryan but instead hits the ring post! Bryan hits another running knee from the apron. The referee is counting as Bryan gets back in the ring. Bryan goes to the corner while Lesnar climbs to his feet. Bryan hits another running knee and again Lesnar kicks out!
Bryan chop blocks Brock from behind, before wrapping his leg around the ring post. Bryan climbs to the top rope and hits a huge missile dropkick. Bryan fires-up! He hits a running dropkick in the corner, and another. He looks for the third but Lesnar gets him on his shoulders… but Brock’s leg gives out! Bryan applies the Yes! Lock and considers tapping but he just removes Bryan’s hands like they were barely there. Bryan punches him in the head a few times and reapplies the move. Brock again gets out but Bryan gets him in a triangle. Lesnar lifts Bryan up and hits an F5 and that’s it.
We see replays as Brock gets out of the ring, still with Bryan’s boot print on his face. Definitely one of Lesnar’s better matches. Bryan is still down in the ring as Lesnar limps off with Heyman. Bryan is smiling inside the ring.
Well there you have it. According to WWE’s scorecard, Raw beat SmackDown Live 6-0, even though SmackDown won the kick-off show tag match. I’m curious if there will be any storyline reasons for the clean sweep, or if they really just want to make it clear that Raw is the A show. Let us know what you think! Until next time, safe travels.