The 2017 WWE Survivor Series Kickoff pre-show opens live from Houston, Texas as fans enter the Toyota Center. Renee Young welcomes us and she’s joined by WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels and Peter Rosenberg. They talk about tonight’s RAW vs. SmackDown theme and run down the matches. Renee leads us to a video for tonight’s six-man match with The Shield vs. The New Day. Shawn, Lawler, Renee and Rosenberg all predict The Shield to win. Renee sends us backstage to Charly Caruso in the Social Media Lounge. She will be joined by WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz later. Fans can submit questions with the #AskTheMiz hashtag. Charly sends us to Sam Roberts, who is outside with a bunch of fans chanting. Sam talks about last night’s WWE NXT “Takeover: WarGames” event and tonight’s pay-per-view. We go back to Renee for more hype on tonight’s show.
– Captain Becky Lynch is backstage with the rest of Team SmackDown. Natalya interrupts with a whistle and asks who’s excited to see her decimate & dominate tonight. Becky says they don’t have time for antics and asks Natalya to shut up. Becky goes back to her speech with everyone else chiming in. Lana mentions how Tamina Snuka will take care of Nia Jax tonight. Becky says they will prove SmackDown is the show tonight. They all appear to be on the same page as we go back to the panel. Shawn and Rosenberg predict Team RAW will win the women’s match but Lawler and Renee disagree. We get hype for Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte Flair as Bliss joins the panel. She mentions preparing for a match against Natalya and not Flair, but she’s ready. Bliss goes on until Flair joins the panel, live from the backstage area. They have some heated words before Flair challenges Bliss to add her to “the stable” tonight. Bliss insists she will humiliate Flair tonight. Renee leads us to another break.
Elias vs. Matt Hardy
We go to ringside as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined by Corey Graves and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T for our first match of the night. JoJo is in the ring to introduce Elias, who has a guitar and a spotlight. Elias plugs Survivor Series and knocks Houston before beginning his latest song as fans boo. Elias calls Texans the worst part about the USA in the song. The music interrupts and out comes Matt Hardy.
Back and forth to start as they trade holds. Hardy takes Elias down first. Hardy hits a side Russian leg sweep and goes to the top for an elbow drop. Hardy with the first pin attempt. Elias retreats to the ropes as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Hardy remains in control. Matt drops Elias and drops an elbow for a 2 count. Elias uses the top rope to drop Hardy with a shot to the neck now. Elias takes control and works on the left arm and shoulder now, slamming it against the apron. Elias brings it back in the ring and works Hardy over, taking a second to show off some. They go to the corner and the referee warns Elias. Elias continues working on the arm, sending Matt back down a few more times. Elias with another pin attempt.
Elias keeps Hardy grounded with an arm submission now. Elias drives Hardy’s shoulder into his knee and we get a replay. Hardy ends up hitting a Side Effect on the apron, falling to the floor as Elias rolls back into the ring. The referee counts but Hardy makes it back in. They trade shots and Hardy unloads with his one good arm. Fans chant “delete!” as Hardy unloads with head shots into the turnbuckles. Hardy with a running clothesline and a bulldog.
Elias misses a shot and Hardy nails another Side Effect for a 2 count. Elias sends Hardy to the corner but Hardy elbows him and drops him. Hardy with an elbow drop from the second rope for a 2 count. Matt looks to put Elias away now as fans pop. Elias blocks the Twist of Fate and sends Matt shoulder-first into the steel ring post. Elias nails Drift Away for the win.
After the match, Elias stands tall and has his arm raised. We go to replays.
– We go back to the panel for quick reactions to the mat and more plugs for tonight’s card. We see The Miz backstage preparing for his interview with Charly. Renee sends us to a preview for animated movie “Ferdinand,” starring John Cena. We get a look at recent social media beef between The Miz and Baron Corbin. We go backstage to The Miz and Charly Caruso in the Social Media Lounge. Miz says the time to talk is over, he’s ready to fight tonight. He takes a few questions and says RAW will reign supreme tonight, but not thanks to Kurt Angle, thanks to The Miz. We go back to the panel. Shawn gives the edge to Miz in tonight’s match. Renee sends us back to the ring.
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Kalisto vs. Enzo Amore
WWE 205 Live announcers Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness are on commentary now. Kalisto makes his way out first as Greg Hamilton does the introductions. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore is out next.
Enzo cuts a promo on the way to the ring, taking his time to get down the ramp. The bell rings and Enzo goes right to work on Kalisto, taking him to the corner. Enzo with shoulder thrusts as the referee warns him. Kalisto finally gets a shot in and comes out of the corner. Kalisto unloads with kicks to bring Enzo down. Kalisto goes for the Salida del Sol but Enzo escapes to the floor. Kalisto looks to run the ropes for a dive but Enzo walks away. Kalisto chases Enzo back into the ring and springboards in with a sunset bomb for a close 2 count. Enzo turns it back around and works Kalisto over as we go to another break.
Back from the break and Enzo runs over Kalisto with a clothesline for a 2 count. Enzo shoves Kalisto back into the corner and stomps away. Enzo slams Kalisto out of the corner for another pin attempt. Enzo keeps Kalisto grounded now. Kalisto fights up but Enzo takes him back to the corner. Enzo turns Kalisto upside down and kicks him as the referee warns him. Enzo takes his time but runs with a diving forearm while Kalisto is upside down. Enzo with another 2 count.
Enzo puts a knee to the back and clubs Kalisto while he’s down. Enzo with another headlock to keep Kalisto grounded. Kalisto looks for another SDS attempt but Enzo shuts him down. Enzo turns Kalisto upside down in the corner again and stomps. Enzo goes for another diving forearm but Kalisto pulls himself up and Enzo collides with the turnbuckle. Kalisto climbs up and hits a moonsault but he’s unable to make the pin attempt. Kalisto makes a comeback with some offense now.
Kalisto with a knee in the corner and a Death Valley Bomb. Kalisto kicks Enzo in the face and hits a hurricanrana into a modified DDT. Enzo grabs the rope for safety. Kalisto goes for Salida del Sol but it’s blocked. Enzo tries to retreat but he ends up pulling Kalisto to the apron. The referee tries to separate them. Enzo drops Kalisto on the apron with a right hand. Enzo tries to drop Kalisto on the apron but Kalisto holds on and blocks it. Enzo ends up pulling Kalisto into an exposed piece of the turnbuckle. Enzo follows up with the JawdonZo for the pin.
Winner: Enzo Amore
After the match, Enzo takes the title and celebrates winning tonight’s only title match. We go back to the panel.
– Renee re-introduces the panel and we get more talk on tonight’s RAW vs. SmackDown brand supremacy battle. We go down to the arena floor with Sam Roberts and a bunch of fans. Sam and the fans are ready. We go back to the panel and get another video package for Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown. Lawler and Rosenberg believe the blue brand will win the men’s match but HBK goes with the red brand. The panel talks more before sending us back to the ring.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze and Fandango
Tom Phillips welcomes us back to the ring. He’s joined by Byron Saxton and Corey Graves. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are out first for our final Kickoff match. Owens takes the mic and says they didn’t come to WWE to face guys like Breezango. Sami says this match is a disgrace and an insult to the very 2 best Superstars on SmackDown, that they have been relegated to having a match with Breezango. Owens goes on and mentions how this is the same building he won the WWE Intercontinental Title and the WWE Universal Title. Fans cheer but Owens tells them to shut the hell up. Owens says he and Sami should be leading Team SmackDown tonight and making history but they’re not because of Shane McMahon. Sami agrees. They go on until the music interrupts and out comes Breezango.
Fandango and Tyler Breeze work the mic on the way to the ring, about Owens and Sami’s fashion violations. Fandango calls Sami a paper boy. They go on and it’s time for the bell. Owens immediately attacks Fandango but Fandango kicks him and dropkicks him. Sami comes in but Fandango dropkicks him as well. Owens and Sami regroup on the floor while Breezango tosses tickets at them. We go to break.
Back from the break and Breezango double teams Sami. Breeze with a 2 count. Breeze ends up working over Sami on the floor. Sami turns it around as they bring it back in, thanks to Owens. Sami unloads on Breeze and drops him with a clothesline. Owens talks trash to Breeze as Sami shows off some. We get a replay. Owens tags in and unloads on Breeze in the corner now. Sami comes back in and they keep control with tags. Sami stops Breeze from making the tag. Owens comes back in for a senton and a pin attempt. Owens keeps control and keeps Breeze grounded.
Sami comes back in but Fandango finally gets the hot tag. Fandango unloads and drops Owens on the apron. Fandango with a DDT and a close 2 count on Sami. Owens comes back in and ends up flooring Breeze on the floor. Fandango goes up top for the Last Dance on Sami but Owens makes the save. Owens tags in and hits the pop-up powerbomb on Fandango for the pin.
Winners: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens
After the match, Sami and Owens stand tall in the middle of the ring as we go to replays. Owens and Sami celebrate as we go back to the panel.
– Renee sends us to Kayla Braxton, who is backstage with WWE Champion AJ Styles. Styles won’t reveal his strategy but says he doesn’t fear Brock Lesnar. He is a little afraid of what might happen in the ring tonight but nothing is wrong with that as fear is a good thing because he jumps higher, moves faster and hits a lot harder. AJ says he will have to be better than great tonight, he will have to be phenomenal. Jinder Mahal walks in and stares AJ down. Jinder smiles at AJ before leaving. Renee sends us to a video package on Styles vs. Lesnar. We go back to the panel for talk on Lesnar vs. Styles. Lawler, Michaels and Rosenberg all pick Lesnar to win. The panel runs down the card once again. Renee wraps the pre-show and that’s it for Kickoff.
WWE Survivor Series Opener:
The show opens with a video package highlighting the brand warfare theme of tonight’s show and the recent back and forth between the two rosters over the last couple of weeks. Just about every match on the card gets some time in the video package, but the main focus is really on Raw vs. Smackdown, which is nice for making every match seem important.
– Michael Cole welcomes us to the show and immediately notes that it’s the one night a year Raw and Smackdown face off, and tonight we’ll find out who the real ‘A show’ is.
– Big E tells the fans in the audience to clap their hands and feel the power. New Day make their way out to a nice pop from the crowd.
New Day have mics in hand and Woods says tonight in this match it will be The Shield against ya boys, the New Day. He thinks the crowd likes them better. He says while this is good fanfic material, this is where they show the world that they’re the most dominant faction to ever step foot in the WWE. Kofi says last week Raw GM Kurt Angle took Smackdown under siege and unleashed the hounds of justice. It only took three weeks to steal their idea, and they couldn’t even do it as well. The only thing proven beyond a shadow of a doubt is that the hounds of justice have a big set of dangling guts, but boys will be boys and New Day are about to go bark bark. Big E says it’s a dog eat dog world, and when WrestleMania season creeps up, Dean, Roman or Seth will turn. But there’s no greater brotherhood than New Day, and that’s because New Day Rocks!
We get a video recap of Smackdown laying waste to Raw’s roster several weeks ago, along with the more recent history between New Day and the Shield, including New Day helping cost Dean and Seth the tag titles via distraction. We also get a look at the Shield coming to Smackdown to bring the fight to New Day, and when we cut back to the ring, Big E is gyrating while Kofi dances and Woods plays the trombone.
The Shield’s music hits, and Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns make their way down through the crowd to a huge pop.
Six Man Tag Team Match
The New Day vs. The Shield
All six men have a stare down before the match and Kofi and Ambrose look to kick things off for their respective teams. Kofi and Ambrose fight for position and Kofi tries to work over Ambrose’s arm a bit. Ambrose is able to turn things around on Kofi, but Kofi shrugs Ambrose off, only to be smacked right in the mouth by Dean. Kofi tags out to Woods, and Ambrose tags out to Rollins. Rollins and Woods chain wrestle for a bit before Rollins drops Woods with a clothesline. Woods backs into his own corner and tags out to Big E. Rollins backs up and tags in Reigns, who gets a big pop. Big E goes behind Roman, but Roman is able to turn things around. Roman clamps on a side headlock, and Big E pushes Roman off. Roman connects with a shoulder block, but Big E comes back with one of his own that knocks Roman to the mat. Roman stands and Big E runs right into a back elbow, but he pops right back up. Big E hits the ropes and Roman hits a quick Samoan drop, but Big E kicks out of a pin. Woods tags in, and all six men are in as things break down. Kofi and Big E are clotheslined to the outside by all three members of the Shield. Woods is backed into the corner, and each member of the Shield takes turns beating up on Woods. Roman pulls Woods out and hits a short arm clothesline. Rollins heads to the top rope and leaps off with a flying forearm. Ambrose drops an elbow across Woods’ face for good measure. Woods is able to escape a belly to back suplex and make the tag to Kofi who comes in and goes to work on Ambrose with a series of clotheslines and a boom drop on Dean.
Dean ducks Trouble in Paradise, and he tries for Dirty Deeds, but he’s backed into the New Day’s corner and Big E tags in, putting Ambrose down in the corner quickly. New Day make quick tags and stomp away at Ambrose’s chest repeatedly. Ambrose is able to avoid a charging Kofi in the corner, but Woods knocks Ambrose back quickly and unloads with a series of right hands in the corner before the New Day start another stomp train in the corner, wearing Dean out with stomps to the chest. Woods hits a low dropkick to a seated Ambrose in the corner and tags in Big E. Roman and Rollins pull Woods and Kofi from the apron, and Ambrose begins to fight back against Big E. Ambrose dives through the ropes to take out Woods on the floor. Ambrose heads back into the ring, but Big E catches him with a spear through the ropes that send both men crashing off the apron and to the floor.
Ambrose is tossed back into the ring by Big E for a two count. Big E rips off Ambrose’s Shield/Raw shirt, then he knocks Ambrose back to the mat with a big back elbow. Woods tags in and traps Ambrose’s arm before clamping on a rear chin lock. Woods drives Ambrose down to the mat, but Ambrose is able to fight up to his feet. Ambrose reaches out for the tag, but Woods head butts Ambrose to send him into a neutral corner. Woods seats Ambrose on the top rope and he heads up after Dean. Woods tries for a suplex from the middle rope, but Ambrose blocks it and connects with a front suplex that plants Woods on the mat. Woods rolls to his corner to tag out to Big E. Big E charges into the corner and teases a belly to belly superplex, but Ambrose fights Big E off with a series of clubbing blows to the side of the head. Big E falls to the mat, then when he stands Ambrose launches himself with a missile dropkick. Kofi tags in but Ambrose backdrops him and he’s able to make the tag to Rollins. Rollins goes to work on Kofi hitting a nice sling blade that’s good for a two count. Kofi tags out to Woods, and Rollins connects with a buckle bomb before Roman follows up with a giant jumping lariat that puts Woods down for two.
Reigns goes for the Superman punch, but Woods counters with a roll up for two. Roman is able to connect with a Superman punch, but he doesn’t go for the pin, waiting in the corner for Woods to stand. Roman goes for a spear but Woods connects with a knee to the face instead. Ambrose and Big E tag in and New Day go for the midnight hour, but Rollins breaks things up with a superkick. Rollins connects with the Rainmaker knee and he goes for the pin on Kofi, but Woods is able to break up the pin. Woods drags Kofi to the corner and tags into the match. Rollins connects with a quick superkick to Woods, who collapses to the mat. On the outside, Ambrose and Reigns toss Big E into the ringside barricade, then do the same to Kofi.
Reigns, then Ambrose tags in, and the Shield set up for the triple powerbomb, but Big E pulls Reigns out of the ring and tosses him into the ring steps. Kofi connects with trouble in paradise on Rollins, and Woods connects with a shining wizard on Ambrose, but he can’t keep Dean down for a three count. New Day head to the outside to continue the beat down on Reigns, before they make their way back to the ring. Big E shoulders Ambrose and tosses him into the corner where Kofi and Woods kick the sides of his head. Woods shoulders Big E and Kofi leaps over the two with a frog splash to Ambrose. Woods them slams Big E down on top of Ambrose to add further injury. Rollins tries to break things up, but he’s stopped and both Rollins and Ambrose are shouldered by Big E for a double Midnight Hour. Kofi pins Ambrose, but Reigns spears Big E into the pinfall to break the count.
Reigns tags into the match, and all six men stand across the ring from each other. Things break down as everyone charges and begins brawling. Things spill to the outside, but Reigns and Kofi end up in the ring alone. Big E is taken out with a DDT on the floor from Ambrose. Kofi is able to avoid a splash in the corner and kick Roman in the face. Kofi leaps out of the corner over Roman, and he turns around into an immediate spear. Rollins tags in, then he immediately tags Ambrose. Reigns sits on the top turnbuckle and Ambrose and Rollins hoist Kofi up, then each stand on the middle rope for a super triple powerbomb. Kofi is immediately pinned for three, and the crowd is on their feet for this one.
Winners: The Shield
After the match, The Shield stands tall and has their arms raised. We go to replays. Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins celebrate as The New Day recovers on the outside. A counter displays letting us know that so far Raw is up 1-0 on Smackdown.
Stephanie McMahon is backstage giving a pep talk to the Raw Women’s team. Stephanie talks about how Raw’s team won last year, and she expects the same this year. Stephanie talks to Asuka, letting her know that she was brought on because of her streak. Becky Lynch wants to break her arm, so she wants to see Asuka break every bone in Lynch’s body. Stephanie says she wants to see the boss, she wants to see Bayley show her what she’s got. She wants Nia to be ruthless and throw Carmella into the third row. Stephanie says she had doubts about Alicia, but after seeing her actions, she has no more doubts. Alicia says she’s ready to lead this team to victory, and the women charge off screaming.
5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
Team Captain Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Asuka, Sasha Banks, Bayley vs. Team Captain Becky Lynch, Carmella, Tamina Snuka, Naomi, Charlotte Flair
Back in the arena, Becky Lynch’s music hits, and the Lass Kicker makes her way out to a nice reaction from the crowd.
Carmella is out next, followed shortly by Natalya, neither of whom get a great reception. Tamina is out next, followed by the final member of team Smackdown, Naomi, who gets a nice pop on her way to the ring with her neon entrance.
Alicia Fox is the first woman to make her way out for Team Raw, and we get a recap of Fox leading the charge in an attack against the Smackdown Women’s locker room. Bayley is out next, and she gets a nice pop as her tube men inflate and she makes her way down the aisle. Sasha Banks is the third woman out for her team, and the Boss gets a great reaction.
Nia Jax is out next with next to no reaction from the fans. The lights go out as the final member of Team Raw, Asuka, makes her way out to a giant pop.
Becky and Alicia look to kick things off for their respective teams. They lock up right away and Alicia immediately begins slamming Becky’s head into the turnbuckle. Alicia knees Becky in the stomach, before backing her up with a stiff forearm, and slapping her repeatedly. Becky comes back with a flying shoulderblock, then a running forearm. Becky kicks Alicia in the stomach then sends her across the ring into the corner. Becky hangs Alicia up on the top rope, then leaps off the top rope with a leg drop for a two count. Becky goes for the DisarmHer, but Alicia makes it to the ropes. Bayley makes the blind tag and rolls up Becky for a surprise three count.
Becky Lynch has been eliminated
Becky looks distraught as she makes her way to the back, and Natalya comes in, quickly taking Bayley into the corner and stomping away at her chest. Natalya suplexes Bayley before taking her into the corner and driving her knee into Bayley’s stomach. Tamina tags in and goes for a splash in the corner, but Bayley moves and turns things around, tagging in Asuka. Asuka comes in with a series of stiff kicks to Tamina before tagging out to Alicia. Fox beats on Tamina in the corner before tagging back out to Bayley. Tamina turns things around on Bayley, charging her across the ring and tagging out to Natalya. Natalya lays in with some punches to the side of the head, and Bayley tries to fight back against everyone in the Smackdown corner. Carmella tags in and things break down a bit as she connects with a stiff kick to the side of Bayley’s head. Tamina connects with a superfly splash, and pins Bayley for three.
Bayley has been eliminated
Nia makes her way into the ring and squares off with Tamina. Both knock one of their opponents off the apron before turning back to each other and connecting with head butts. Nia takes Tamina into the corner and buries her shoulder in Tamina’s midsection before connecting with a big splash in the corner, and a cannonball in the middle of the ring. Nia pins Tamina, but Tamina is still able to kick out at two. Tamina stands and catches Nia with a stiff right hand. She tries to shoulder Nia, but Nia fights out of it. Nia shoulders Tamina, but then knocks Lana from the ring apron when she’s distracted. Tamina uses the distraction and she superkicks Nia to the outside. Naomi connects with a plancha to take out Nia on the floor. Tamina heads outside and she splashes Nia off the ring steps while the ref counts up to ten. Nia is not able to make it back into the ring in time and she’s counted out.
Nia Jax has been eliminated
Alicia screams at Nia while she walks up the ramp, and she’s rolled up from behind by Naomi. Naomi and Fox fight in the corner, and Naomi goes for a split legged moonsault, but Fox moves, and Naomi connects with the mat. Naomi ducks a clothesline, and she counters the tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Sasha tags in and locks in a quick Banks statement on Naomi, forcing her to tap.
Naomi has been eliminated
Carmella is quick to attack, going to work on Sasha right away. Asuka tags in and hits some nasty kicks on Carmella before hitting a running hip attack to Carmella’s face. Asuka tries to slam Carmella, but Carmella counters and pulls Asuka down to the mat instead. Carmella beats on Asuka in the corner before connecting with a bronco buster. Carmella slaps Asuka across the side of the face, and Asuka stands angrily. Asuka pops Carmella up for a knee to the face, then kicks her in the side of the face before pinning her for three.
Carmella has been eliminated
Natalya and Sasha make their way into the ring, and Sasha slaps Natalya before eating a huge clothesline. Sasha comes back with a series of forearms and a couple of running clotheslines. Sasha connects with the double knees in the corner, then she lays Natalya across the middle rope and connects with the double knees to the stomach. Banks locks in the Banks statement, but it’s broken up by Tamina. Natalya rolls up Sasha for two, then immediately slams her head into the corner turnbuckle. Natalya locks Sasha into the Sharpshooter, and Tamina knocks Asuka from the apron, forcing Sasha to tap out.
Sasha Banks has been eliminated
Asuka makes her way up on the apron, and Natalya is quick to pounce on her, taking her into the corner and teaming up with Tamina to stomp away. Asuka tries to fight back against Tamina, but she’s slammed down to the mat hard. Tamina picks Asuka up and slams her to the mat hard once more. Tamina heads up to the top rope and goes for the Superfly splash, but Asuka moves. Asuka charges in with the arm bar, and Tamina is forced to tap out.
Tamina has been eliminated
Asuka is blindsided by Natalya, and she fights off the Sharpshooter, trying for a knee bar. Asuka is able to connect with a kick to the side of the head. Asuka clamps on the Asuka lock, and Natalya is forced to tap out quickly.
Winner and SOLE SURVIVOR: Asuka
Asuka celebrates in the ring while we update the scoreboard and Raw moves to 2-0 against Smackdown. Not sure on what exactly happened to Alicia Fox.
Stephanie McMahon is gloating to Daniel Bryan backstage. Bryan says he’s confident the men’s team will win tonight with Cena. Stephanie asks how he got Cena, because he’s Bryan’s brother in law? She complains about nepotism. Bryan talks about Hunter being in the match, and Bryan talks about beating Hunter at WrestleMania 30 to go on to win the World Championship, and he’s going to give the opportunity to beat the authority to Team Smackdown tonight. Stephanie talks about the satisfaction she got out of Shane McMahon being beaten on Smackdown last week, and Stephanie talks about how there’s no way he’s 100% going into tonight’s match. She seems to give Bryan a lot to think about as she walks off and Bryan seems to be lost in thought.
Champion vs. Champion Match
Baron Corbin vs. The Miz
The United States Champion Baron Corbin makes his way to the ring first for the next match. Corbin isn’t too popular, jawing with a couple of audience members who are not his fans on his way to the ring.
We get a little bit of a recap of Miz and Corbin’s back and forth through videos posted on Twitter, showing one of Corbin’s short promos from after the Smackdown attack on Raw. Miz is out next, making his way to the ring accompanied by the Miztourage. Curtis Axel has a red neckbrace to show support for team Raw tonight. Miz makes sure to stop ringside to give a kiss to Maryse before stepping into the ring.
The bell rings and Miz tags Corbin with a quick right hand before bailing out to the floor. Miz makes his way to the apron, blocks a right hand from Corbin, and steps back into the ring with a series of strikes. Corbin shrugs off Miz and throws him into the corner hard. Miz avoids a splash in the corner and Corbin bails to the floor. Corbin has a couple of words with Axel before things are broken up by Miz. Corbin slams Miz’s head into the announcer’s table before sending him crashing into the barricade. Corbin blows a kiss at Maryse, and Miz is quick to respond, fighting Corbin around the ring and shoving him into the barricade. On his way back into the ring, Corbin stops Miz with a big boot that sends him crashing from the apron and out to the floor. Corbin heads out to the floor and he picks Miz up, backing him right into the barricade once more. Corbin tosses Miz back into the ring and he picks him up in the corner, hitting Miz with a couple of big right hands before whipping him across the ring.
Corbin runs into a low dropkick to the knee from Miz. Miz low bridges Corbin and sends him crashing out to the floor. Corbin avoids a dropkick through the ropes, and he drops Miz with a stiff right hand before staring Axel down. Axel distracts the ref, and Bo Dallas uses the opportunity to chop block Corbin’s knee on his way back into the ring. Miz goes right to work on Corbin’s knee, slamming it into the mat before stomping away repeatedly at the joint. Miz blocks a big boot from Corbin in the corner, and he drops Corbin’s leg down across his shoulder, hyper-extending the knee. Miz traps Corbin in the figure four in the middle of the ring, but Corbin is able to make his way to the ropes to force a break. Miz tries to pull Corbin back, but the ref waves him away, and Miz hits the ropes, only to run into deep six from Corbin. Corbin pins Miz, but he’s only able to get a two count.
Corbin hits a clothesline in the corner, hobbling across the ring as quickly as possible. Miz leaps off the top rope and Corbin catches him around the throat, but Miz avoids a chokeslam. Corbin bails to the floor and drops Axel with a big right hand. Back in the ring, Corbin brings Dallas into the ring from the apron and connects with End of Days. Miz uses the distraction to connect with a low DDT on a kneeling Corbin, but he’s still not able to put him down for a three count.
Miz stands and kicks Corbin across the chest. Corbin ducks the kick to the side of the head. Miz hits a running dropkick in the corner, then hits a second. Miz runs in for a third, but Corbin steps out of the corner and connects with End of Days. Corbin pins Miz and this one is over.
Winner: Baron Corbin
With this match, Smackdown is on the board going 1-2 against Raw currently.
Renee Young is in the ring and Corbin says his hand went up, and Miz’s mouth went closed. He says for everyone watching he also just shut your mouth too. Corbin bails to the floor and holds the US Title overhead as he walks to the back.
Paul Heyman is backstage, and he’s asked about AJ Styles, but he cuts off Charley, letting her know that this whole evening is Phenomenal, AJ Styles is the most phenomenal performer of this and any other generation, but tonight when ding, the bell rings, and AJ Styles will realize he’s in a fight against a conqueror, who’s going to rip AJ Styles apart. And that’s when Styles will regret beating Jinder Mahal to set up this match with the #1 reigning and defending Champion in the WWE, Brock Lesnar.
Champion vs. Champion Tag Team Match
The Bar vs. The Uso’s
In the arena, the Bar make their way out to a really good pop from a crowd who’s been great so far tonight.
The Uso’s are out next, and they have mics in hand as they walk out from the back. They mock Sheamus and Cesaro and their whole bar gimmick. They says they’re the bartenders, which means everything has to come through them first. Tonight, they’re pole vaulters, jumping clean over the bar. They talk about a bunch of different type of bars, before welcoming Cesaro and Sheamus to the Uso penitentiary.
The bell rings and Sheamus takes Jimmy right into the corner before dropping him to the mat with a side headlock. Jimmy pushes Sheamus off and falls to an immediate shoulder block. Another lock up and Jimmy catches Sheamus with a back elbow before backing him across the ring with strikes and chops. Jey tags in and connects with a leaping forearm in the corner before stomping away at Sheamus in the corner. Jimmy tags back in and the Uso’s use quick tags to double team Sheamus. Cesaro tags in and connects with a big right hand on Jey, but he’s taken over with a quick hip toss. Jimmy tags in and connects with a right hand to the side of Cesaro’s head. Jey tags back in and chops Cesaro to no reaction. Cesaro backs Jey up with a series of kicks and uppercuts, and he tags in Sheamus. Sheamus traps Jey in a side head lock, and Jimmy kicks Sheamus from behind. Jey sends Sheamus to the floor, and he’s about to leap to the outside, but he’s stopped by a giant uppercut from Cesaro. Jimmy connects with a suicide dive to wipe out Cesaro, but Sheamus hits a rolling senton on the floor before bringing things back into the ring for a near fall on Jimmy. Cesaro tags back into the ring and rips away at Jimmy, locking in a sloppy cross face.
Jimmy fights up to his feet, and Cesaro tags out to Sheamus. The Bar send Jimmy into the corner before connecting with dual kicks to the gut. Sheamus drops a knee across Jimmy’s chest before trapping his arm behind his head. Jimmy fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but Sheamus slings him into the corner and connects with the Irish Curse backbreaker for another two count. Sheamus goes right back to the rear chin lock, grinding away.
Jimmy breaks the hold with a chin breaker, but Cesaro tags in, knocks Jey from the apron, and double teams Jimmy with a pop up European uppercut that puts Jimmy down for another two count. Sheamus traps Jimmy in the ropes for ten beats in the Bowery, but Jimmy breaks things up by dropping Sheamus throat first across the top rope. Jimmy connects with a mariposa that allows him to make the tag to Jey. Cesaro tags in, and Jey attacks with a flurry of right hands and a nice Samoan drop. Cesaro responds with a giant uppercut in the corner. Cesaro charges Jey, but he’s launched into the corner with a back body drop. Jey charges in with a running hip attack to the seated Cesaro. Jey knocks Sheamus from the apron, and Jimmy has taken off his shirt, allowing for easy switching. Jimmy superkicks Cesaro so Jey can connect with a Samoan drop, but it’s only good for two. Jey heads to the top, but he’s stopped by another uppercut. Jey is distracted by Sheamus and that allows Cesaro to execut a big swing before trapping Jey in the sharpshooter. Sheamus stops Jimmy from interfering with a brogue kick, but Jey is able to claw his way to the bottom rope. Sheamus kicks Jey in the face and Cesaro clotheslines him for another two count. Sheamus tries for White Noise, but Jey fights it off. Jey avoids a splash in the corner, but when he leaps off the top rope, he’s caught by Sheamus and Cesaro leaps off the middle rope to help with an assisted White Noise, but Jey will not stay down for three.
Jey fights out of some sort of doomsday type of maneuver with a Samoan drop, and he’s able to pin Sheamus, but Sheamus kicks out at two. Sheamus is dragging Jey away from the friendly corner while waiting for Cesaro to make it to the ring apron. Cesaro helps Sheamus avoid a double superkick by taking it for Sheamus, but the Uso’s hit repeated superkicks before connecting with a frog splash on Sheamus that’s good for a three count.
Winners: The Uso’s
The Uso’s celebrate with their titles after the match, and Byron Saxton is very excited to point out that it’s all tied up now at 2-2.
Jason Jordan is interviewed backstage. He’s asked whether it’ll be hard to watch the match tonight. Jordan says he feels terrible that he may never get the opportunity to step into the ring with his dad Kurt Angle. He says he’s 100% ready to go, and he’s 100% behind his teammates. Jordan is asked if that includes HHH. Jordan says he hopes HHH is eliminated, and then Team Raw goes on to win.
Champion vs. Champion match
Charlotte Flair vs. Alexa Bliss
We get a recap of Charlotte winning the Smackdown Women’s Championship and her dad Ric returning to celebrate the win. This leads into Charlotte entering the arena to a big pop from the crowd and lots of woos.
We get a recap of Charlotte winning the Smackdown Women’s Championship and her dad Ric returning to celebrate the win. This leads into Charlotte entering the arena to a big pop from the crowd and lots of woos.
Alexa Bliss is out next, and Bliss gets a little bit of love from a vocal minority.
The bell rings and both women are slow to start. We get a lockup and Charlotte sends Alexa into the ropes and hits a quick back elbow. Alexa slides out to the floor and is slow to get back into the ring, backing away from Charlotte several times. Charlotte backs Alexa into the ropes and Alexa looks nervous about locking up again. Charlotte breaks clean and walks into a big boot to the knee from Alexa. Charlotte comes back with a series of forearms to Bliss and both women fight out to the apron. Alexa grabs Charlotte’s arm and wrenches it down, pulling Charlotte down to the arena floor. Bliss brings things back into the ring for a quick two count, then she immediately hits a baseball slide that sends Charlotte back out to the floor. Bliss hits a low running dropkick to drive Charlotte into the ring steps. Alexa takes Charlotte back into the ring and pins her for two. Alexa pulls back on Charlotte’s arm, working over her shoulder, and she grinds away at Charlotte’s side with her elbow.
Charlotte fights out of the hold, but when she tries to slam Alexa to the mat, Alexa counters and drives Charlotte down to the mat instead. Alexa kicks at Charlotte before slamming her head first into the corner turnbuckle. Alexa kicks at Charlotte’s stomach before screaming at the ref. Alexa kicks Charlotte away and sends her crashing face first into the turnbuckle. Charlotte is able to catch her breath for a bit after suplexing Alexa back into the corner. Charlotte heads up to the top rope, but she’s stopped by Alexa and trapped in a tree of woe. Alexa connects with a running dropkick in the corner, and then she heads to the top rope. Alexa leaps off the middle rope with double knees to Charlotte’s back, then she does a back flip with double knees, going right for a pin and getting two. Charlotte hoists Bliss up for a powerbomb, but Bliss counters with a hurricanrana. Bliss connects with code red, but she still can’t keep Charlotte down for a three count.
Alexa runs into a couple of chops from Charlotte, and she counters by laying in with a series of right hands to Charlotte and a guillotine choke. Charlotte stands with Bliss maintaining the hold. She hoists Alexa up and powerbombs her to the mat. Charlotte pins Alexa, but she’s only able to get a two count. Charlotte goes for the Figure Eight, but Alexa kicks her away to avoid the hold. Charlotte is able to connect with Natural Selection, but Alexa kicks out at two. Charlotte positions Alexa on the mat, then she heads up to the top rope for a moonsault. Alexa rolls out of the way, and Charlotte crashes to the mat. Alexa goes for the pin, but she only gets two.
Charlotte pulls Alexa out of the corner, but Alexa lands on her feet and connects with a big DDT. Alexa pins Charlotte, but Charlotte gets her foot on the ropes and Alexa throws a tantrum screaming at Charlotte and telling her two quit. Charlotte pushes Alexa back and connects with a spear, but she’s too worn out to cover Alexa. Both women are slow to stand, but Alexa launches herself into the corner with a dropkick and follows it up with a series of kicks to Charlotte’s arm. Alexa double stomps Charlotte’s back before she heads to the top for Twisted Bliss. Bliss launches herself off the top, but Charlotte gets her knees up. Charlotte connects with a running big boot to the face, then she locks in the Figure Eight. Alexa is in the middle of the ring, and she struggles for a bit, but she ultimately taps out.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
Charlotte celebrates in the ring while the scoreboard is updated to show Smackdown up 3-2 on Raw. Alexa grabs her title and looks at Charlotte angrily.
– After a couple of commercials, we get a video package highlighting AJ Styles and Brock Lesnar, some of the excellent promo work over the last couple of weeks leading up to this Champion vs. Champion match.
Champion vs. Champion match
AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar
AJ Styles is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and Styles gets a very warm welcome on his way down the aisle.
Brock Lesnar is out next with Paul Heyman in tow. Lesnar also is well liked by the fans in attendance.
We get formal ring introductions for both men, with Jojo introduction AJ Styles, and Heyman taking over announcing duties for his client Brock Lesnar.
The crowd seems evenly split as the bell rings and both men begin feeling each other out. Lesnar quickly kicks Styles into the corner and buries his shoulder in Styles midsection repeatedly before tossing Styles across the ring a couple of times. Lesnar chokes Styles in the corner before tossing him back to the middle of the ring. Styles pulls himself up and punches Lesnar, but Lesnar knees AJ in the gut and hits a clubbing blow to AJ’s spine. Lesnar stomps away at Styles in the corner before pulling him across the ring by the hair. Lesnar knees Styles repeatedly in the corner, then launches AJ with a huge belly to belly suplex. Lesnar chokes Styles in the corner with his boot while the crowd continues with dueling chants for Styles and Lesnar. Lesnar picks AJ up and throws him across the ring with a nasty German suplex.
Lesnar throws Styles over the top rope and out to the floor. Styles tries to pull himself up, and Lesnar quickly heads out to the floor and rams Styles right into the German announcer’s table. Lesnar rolls Styles back into the ring and launches Styles with another release German suplex. Lesnar props up Styles in the corner, then charges in with a running knee to the face. Lesnar ducks a couple of right hands from AJ, blocks a kick, and drops AJ with a clothesline. Styles is up and he connects with a series of right hands, but one knee from Brock Lesnar drops him to the mat and Lesnar stomps away at Styles’ chest. Lesnar shoulders Styles, but AJ fights out. Styles avoids a running knee in the corner and he hits a dropkick to Lesnar’s injured knee. Styles connects with a very quick DDT. Styles kicks at Lesnar’s knees and he lands and knee to the chest. Styles goes for a springboard moonsault, but Lesnar catches AJ. AJ fights out and tries for a tornado DDT, but Brock goes down hard in what looks to be a botch. Styles gets up first and connects with a Pele kick to the back of Brock’s neck. Styles springboards off the top, but Lesnar catches him and launches Styles with a German suplex. Lesnar charges AJ and ends up launching himself out to the floor. AJ slingshots himself over the top and out to the floor with a flying forearm to wipe out Lesnar.
AJ rams Lesnar into the ring steps, then launches himself off the steps with another flying forearm. AJ brings things back into the ring and Lesnar lands a big right hand. AJ responds with an enzugiri that drops Lesnar. AJ springboards off the middle rope with a moonsault before rolling out to the apron. Styles springboards off with a 450 and he pins Lesnar, but Lesnar kicks out at two.
Styles picks up Lesnar and teases the Styles clash, but Lesnar counters by shoulders Styles. Styles counters out by rolling into the Calf Crusher. Lesnar screams in pain but he ends up slamming Styles head back against the canvas repeatedly to force Styles to break the hold.
Lesnar shoulders Styles again, but Styles kicks Lesnar in the side of the head, and he connects with the Phenomenal Forearm. Styles covers Lesnar, but Lesnar is still able to kick out at two.
Styles heads out to the apron again and he goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Lesnar catches Styles across his shoulders and executes an immediate F5. Lesnar pins Styles, and this one is over.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
After the match, Lesnar sits up in the corner as Heyman grabs the title and checks on him. AJ is still flat on his back as we go to replays. We come back to Lesnar still recovering before leaving with Heyman. The battle for brand supremacy is now tied at 3-3. Lesnar leaves with Heyman raising the title as AJ struggles to stay on his feet.
– We get a video package highlighting some footage we’ve seen a good number of times tonight with Smackdown attacking the Raw roster, and Kurt Angle and Raw retaliating in kind.
Kurt Angle is the first man to make his way to the ring, and the crowd showers him with ‘you suck’ chants in time with his music.
Finn Balor is the second man to make his way out for Team Raw, and he gets a great reaction from the fans. Samoa Joe is out next, and the fans are definitely behind him, with lots of ‘Joe’ chants. Braun Strowman makes his way out next, followed finally by Triple H.
Shane McMahon is the first man out for Team Smackdown, and Shane gets a nice pop from the fans, but Randy Orton gets a nicer reaction when he comes out next. Bobby Roode is the third entrant for Smackdown, and the crowd doesn’t seem to care much about Roode. Shinsuke Nakamura is the next man to enter the arena, and Shinsuke is definitely over, wearing a blue jacket instead of his normal red. Finally, John Cena makes his way out to a large pop, and a large chorus of ‘John Cena sucks’.
No one seems to want to leave the ring as Raw and Smackdown square off against each other. People do end up leaving and it looks like Braun and Shane will start things off. Shane tries to attack Braun from behind, and Braun launches Shane with a huge hip toss. Shane immediately tags out, and Samoa Joe tags in as well. Joe and Orton lock up and Orton goes behind, pushing Joe off. Joe connects with a shoulder block. Another lockup and Orton clamps on a headlock only to be pushed off and fall to another head lock. Joe hits the ropes and runs into a back elbow from Orton. Orton tries for the RKO but Joe pushes him off. Joe tries for the coquina clutch, but Orton fights it off. Finn Balor tags in and Shinksuke begs for the tag.
The crowd goes nuts as Balor and Nakamura square off. Both men trade holds and fight for dominance. Balor tries to work over Nakamura’s arm, but Nakamura backs him into the ropes. Both men try to play a bit of mind games. Both men takes the other to the mat, but misses with the follow up attack. Hunter asks for the tag, and he makeshis way into the ring to a big pop. Nakamura tells Hunter to bring it on. Hunter backs Nakamura into the corner and breaks, but ends up laying in with a couple of right hands and stomps. Nakamura tosses Hunter into the corner, and catches him with a big kick to the ribs.
Hunter is able to connect with a facebuster, and Shinsuke staggers back to his corner where he’s tagged by Bobby Roode. Hunter shoves Roode, so Roode shoves him back. Roode winds up for a ‘glorious’ taunt, but Hunter stops him with a quick right hand. Roode fights back with a quick series of rights, before he takes Hunter down to the mat for a near fall. Hunter recovers and is able to plant Roode with a spinebuster. Hunter mocks the glorious taunt, and Roode comes back by connecting with a spinebuster, and the Glorious taunt. Roode fights off a pedigree, but he’s backed into the corner for Kurt Angle to make the tag. Angle connects with a Gernan, then a second German suplex. Angles tries for the Angle slam, but Roode fights out of it. Nakamura is in and he kicks Angle in the face and chest. Shinsuke connects with a running forearm in the corner. Things break down with almost the whole raw team coming in. Shinsuke fights them off and connects with a big kick and a kinshasa to Hunter. Braun made the tag into the match. Shinsuke hits a flying knee, but Braun connects with a powerslam for three.
Shinsuke Nakamura has been eliminated
Bobby Roode is in the match and he attempts to take down Strowman, but he’s swatted away and powerslammed for a three count.
Bobby Roode has been eliminated
Joe doesn’t seem happy that Strowman is not tagging out. They argue, and Angle and Hunter argue. Cena and Orton use the distraction and Orton connects with the suspension DDT on Hunter. Cena and Orton try to double tram Braun, pushing him to the outside. Strowman connects with a big right hand on Cena that drops him to the floor. Strowman takes apart the announcers table, but Orton comes in from behind to help. The rest of Team Smackdown comes in as well and they suplex Braun through the table. Back in the ring, Joe suplexes Shane across the ring, and Shane tags out to Cena. Cena comes in with a flurry of strikes and a dropkick. Joe connects with an atomic drop, send Cena to the mat and he connects with a senton for a two count. Joe blasts Cena with a right hand and a quick splash in the corner.
Cena avoids a splash in the corner, but he’s sat down with an STO from Joe. Finn tags himself in, but then is tagged out by Joe. Joe argues with Finn, then turns around into an AA from Cena. Finn is tossed aside by Cena, and Joe eats a second AA. Cena pins Joe for three.
Samoa Joe has been eliminated
Angle steps into the ring and Cena comments that it’s been a long time. Angle takes Cena down to the mat right away and Cena is quick to fight up to his feet. Angle clamps on a headlock, and when he’s pushed off, he runs over Cena with a shoulder block. Angle and Cena lock up again and Cena locks in a headlock. Angle pushes Cena off and Cena responds with a shoulder block. Cena kicks Angle in the gut, and the two men trade right hands. Cena ducks a right hand, hits a couple of shoulder tackles, a belly to back suplex, and he goes for the five knuckle shuffle, but Angle avoids it by clamping on the ankle lock. Cena kicks Angle away. Finn Balor connects with a coup de grace on Cena and Angle follows up with an Olympic slam and Cena is pinned for three.
John Cena is eliminated
Orton is in attacking Angle right away, but he misses a knee drop and Angle is able to tag out to Balor. Balor connects with a boot to the side of the head, and a double stomp. Balor heads to the floor and dropkicks Shane into the barricade. Back in the ring, Finn connects with a sling blade on Orton, and a dropkick into the corner. Finn misses the coup de grace and Orton connects with the RKO.
Finn Balor is eliminated
Hunter is in and he beats on Orton in the corner with a series of right hands. Angle tags in and heads to the top, but Orton pushes Hunter into the ropes and Angle falls to the mat. Shane McMahon is reaching for the tag, but Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn pull Shane from the apron and prevent him from making the tag. Shane pops up with a chair and he uses it to fight off Zayn and Owens. Braun tags in and stares down Orton. Braun connects with a big clothesline before shouldering Orton for a powerslam and a three count.
Randy Orton is eliminated
Shane is very slow to get back into the ring, and when he finally does, Triple H tags himself in. Braun doesn’t look too happy about it, but it doesn’t last long as Kurt Angle tags himself in and finds himself rolled up by Shane for two. Shane connects with a Russian leg sweet for another two count. Shane connects with a series of punches and a flying elbow. Shane connects with a DDT on Angle for another two count. Shane gets caught by the Angle slam out of the corner, and Angle traps Shane in the ankle lock in the middle of the ring. Shane reaches for the rope, but Angle stops him. Hunter comes in and pedigrees Angle, putting Shane on top of him for the three count.
Kurt Angle has been eliminated
Hunter stares down Braun as he back across the ring. Braun looks very confused. Hunter helps Shane to his feet and he kicks him in the gut, connecting with another pedigree. Hunter covers Shane for the three count, and this one is over.
Winners: Triple H and Braun Strowman
Hunter raises Strowman’s arm, and Strowman continues to look confused, not taking his eyes of Hunter. Braun grabs Hunter by the throat and he tells Hunter not to ever cross him again, or that he will never play this game again. Braun asks if Hunter hears him. Hunter attacks Strowmasn from behind and he tries for the pedigree, but Braun stops him, shoulders the Game, and powerslams him. Hunter slowly makes his way up to his feet, so Braun meets him with a second powerslam.
The show ends with Braun stalking off to the back, and Hunter laid out in the ring.
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