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Kofi Kingston vs Randy Orton was just confirmed for Clash Of Champions so they’ll probably continue that story tonight. We’ll just have to see if Xavier Woods is in better shape after The Revival and RKO’s attack last week.
The King Of The King tournament will continue and Shelton Benjamin vs Chad Gable could be a long match unless they change their current plans. Ali and Buddy Murphy will also do battle in the first round of the King Of The Ring tournament.
Charlotte Flair challenged Bayley for her SmackDown Women’s Title last week so that match is happening at Clash Of Champions. Let’s see what WWE does to further their storyline.
Finally, Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan are expecting an apology from Roman Reigns after “proving” that Rowan had nothing to do with the attacks on The Big Dog. This should be a fun night and we’ll get started when the show kicks off at 8:00 PM EST.
They played a highlight video of Roman Reigns’ on-going events where he nearly dodged being murdered. Then Kayla Braxton asked Roman if he had anything to say, he’s saving it for the ring.
Kofi Kingston Throws Pancakes & Cuts A Promo
Kofi Kingston came down smiling and throwing pancakes from his WWE Title. Then they played another recap video, this time of Kofi and Randy Orton’s on-going feud.
Kingston said that Orton likes to “slither around this ring” saying that Kofi acts stupid. Then Kofi reminded RKO that he got knocked out last week. He brought out how The Revival took out Woods and everything else that Randy has done to him and the New Day.
Then he said it felt good to hit The Revival and Orton with a chair. He said that Orton had a look in his eyes where he understood not to mess with Kofi’s family. Now Kingston will have a chance to prove himself to Orton at Clash Of Champions. He was ready then and he’s ready now.
Orton cut Kofi off by repeating “stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid,” over and over again. Orton pulled out some fan mail and read it. This letter was apparently from Ky, Kofi’s son. He was asking Orton to quit beating his daddy up because it makes him cry at night. Then Orton said he just realized that he is staying in the same hotel as his family so he can go pay him a visit right now.
Kofi went running and the next thing we know they’re brawling in the Gorilla Position. There was a pull-apart, but they got some good shots on each other before Orton hit a DDT off a table. Adam Pearce was there and told a referee to go “get a trainer.”
Later on, Big E walked out of the trainer’s office and Kayla Braxton asked him about his match against Randy Orton tonight. Big E is now facing RKO apparently, Big E said Kofi will be at Clash Of Champions, but after tonight, he can’t say the same about Orton.
Ali vs Buddy Murphy
They were feeling each other out for a bit and then Murphy about took Ali’s head off with a high knee. This was followed by a two-count and a commercial break.
Ali fired back with some kicks after we got back from commercial, Murphy hit a knee and then Ali landed a high dropkick followed by a kick to the head and a dive to the outside. Elias watched on from backstage while still wearing the WWE 24/7 Title.
This was followed by Murphy hitting a dive on the outside and then he threw Ali into the ring. Murphy missed a double knees from the top and then Ali hit a dropkick and a reverse rana for a two count.
Ali climbed up top, but Murphy grabbed his foot and kicked him in the face before hitting a powerbomb into a brainbuster for a two count. “This is awesome chants” broke out while they got to their feet.
Murphy got on the apron and Ali landed a DDT before hitting a 450 and getting the three count.
Bayley was looking at her title when Ember Moon walked up and told her not to let Charlotte Flair get to her. Then Moon said she will beat Bayley next time. She said the best woman won and then Lacey Evans showed up and said Flair was right about Bayley bringing the division down. Lacey said she’s the face of the division which caused Moon and Bayley to laugh.
The Miz Is Awesome
Before the match, The Miz challenged Shinsuke Nakamura for the IC Title.
Zayn came out and said that he liberated Shinsuke Nakamura. He also finds it hilarious that Miz keeps talking about the IC Title like it’s his because Shinsuke Nakamura is the IC Champion.
Zayn said someone needs to beat some respect into The Miz. He offered for Zayn to come at him, but Sami baited him outside instead. Then Nakamura attacked him as Zayn commentated on microphone.
Nakamura rolled The Miz back in the ring and Zayn continued to cut a promo about how The Miz has no respect for poetry or artistry. This was followed up by a Kinshasa from Shinsuke Nakamura.
Backstage, Elias was chilling and playing guitar. Kevin Owens walked in and asked to speak to Shane. Elias said Shane isn’t hear at all. KO said, “thanks” and left.