Brooklyn, New York
August 20, 2017
* The Miz and The Miztourage (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) def. The Hardy Boyz and Jason Jordan in a six man tag team match.
* Neville def. Akira Tozawa to become the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
* The Usos def. The New Day to become the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions.
A very high-production quality video packages open the show tonight.
We go live to the Barclays Centers where John Cena opens the show tonight.
Corbin has new music for his entrance tonight in Brooklyn. Footage is shown of Corbin cashing in his "Money in the Bank" briefcase on Smackdown last Tuesday night against Jinder Mahal and coming up short due to a distraction by Cena.
The bell rings and Cena bails, puts in JBL's cowboy hat at ringside and describes Corbin as being "shook" after what happened last Tuesday night. Back inside, Corbin with big knees and stomps to Cena. Corbin levels Cena with his slide out/slide in clothesline. Corbin catches Cena jumping off the ropes and plants him with a quick slam that results in a two count. Cena with quick dropkick to Corbin, but Corbin shrugs it off and tosses Cena away. Brooklyn with a "WHERE'S YOUR BRIEFCASE" chant at Corbin. Cena plants Corbin with his jumping shoulder blocks and twisting powerbomb. Corbin avoids Five Knuckle Shuffle and plants Cena with a chokeslam/backbreaker combo for another two count. Cena plants Corbin with a tornado DDT from the corner and this time connects with Five Knuckle Shuffle. Corbin with Deep Six countering an AA attempt for another two. Cena levels Corbin with a clothesline after Corbin misses his and connects with an AA to pick up the pinfall.
After the match, Cena celebrates with comedian Jeff Ross and Michael Che of SNL.
Natalya slaps Naomi right after the bell rings. Natalya takes a quick huricanrana takedown from Naomi. Naomi slides on her knees and slaps Natalya. Natalya launches Naomi face first into the steel post from the ring apron. We see a shot of Carmella and James Ellsworth watching from backstage. Natalya chokes Naomi over the second rope. Natalya gets Naomi in an abdominal stretch and catches Naomi with her discus clothesline. Naomi with a side russian leg sweep on Natalya off the second turnbuckle corner. Naomi and Natalya exchange big elbows to the jaw. Naomi hooks the head of Natalya in her legs and drives her down face first into the mat for a two count. Natalya with a dropkick to the face of Naomi after avoiding more body kick shots. Naomi with a slingshot leg drop on Natalya over the ropes. Natalya gets the Sharpshooter locked in. Naomi breaks free launching Natalya into the corner. Natalya counters a moonsault attempt and goes right back to the Sharpshooter on Naomi. Naomi taps out.
After the match, Natalya has a very confident look on her face as she is handed the Smackdown Women's Championship. Naomi is not pleased about losing.
The shark cage begins to lower inside the ring. We see footage of the ongoing issues between Enzo Amore and Big Cass involving the Big Show. Back live, Enzo heads to the ring and has a mic in hand. He talks about always being played the hand he was dealt. Enzo refers to himself as the Al Capone of this microphone. He runs down Big Cass saying he has no heart and tries to continue when Big Cass walks out to interrupt.
Big Show with body shots to Cass in the corner. Big Show with a chop to Cass in the corner as Enzo shouts from the cage hanging above. Big Show with a side slam on Cass, but Big Show lands on his bad hand that is heavily wrapped tonight. Big Show misses a jumping splash on Cass in the corner. Cass with a corner splash, misses a big boot and Big Show lands with a KO punch using his bad hand. Cass kicks out during a pinfall attempt. Cass starts working over the bad hand of Big Show. Getting a cluster of "BORING" chants from the Brooklyn crowd as Cass continues to work on the bad hand. Big Show with a left hand clothesline and splash in the corner to Cass. Big Show with a left hand chokeslam and Cass kicks out. Cass bounces the bad hand of Big Show off the steel ring post. Enzo is taking his clothes off and trying to slide out of the cage. Enzo is oiling himself up. Enzo is free! Cass is looking up at him. Enzo falls to the mat and Cass levels him with a big boot. Cass backs up and catches Big Show with a big boot. Big Show kicks out. Cass with a second big boot and follows it up with a jumping elbow. Cass gets the pinfall for the win.
Backstage, Kurt Angle is on the phone when Daniel Bryan walks in. Bryan thinks Smackdown will steal the show with the WWE Championship match. Angle thinks the RAW main event is more universal. They do a yes-no chant back and forth.
Rusev jumps Orton during his entrance on the corner. Rusev sends Orton face first into the steel ring post at ringside. They return to the ring and the referee checks on Orton. Orton gets to his feet and gives the referee the okay to start the match.
The bell rings and Orton with an RKO out of no where. Orton gets the win!
Backstage, Sasha Banks hugs Bayley. Bayley didn't seem too pleased when Sasha left.
Bliss and Banks exchange elbows in the corner early. Lots of early pinfall attempts by both including Bliss catching Banks with a cross body off the top rope. Bliss drops Banks down face first over the mat after dropping her over the second turnbuckle. Bliss with a rear naked choke hanging Banks from the corner sitting up on the top turnbuckle. Bliss follows it up with double knees and knees off a moonsault over Banks. Bliss is slammed to the mat after countering another rear naked choke attempt. Banks catches Bliss with a running knee. Banks pulls Bliss down after a series of counters. Bliss bounces the face of Banks off her knee for a two count. Banks counters a sunset flip attempt and bounces Bliss off the corner head first. Banks with double knees, a running knee and a two count off a pinfall attempt on Bliss. Banks gets the Bank Statement applied. Bliss reaches the ropes and pulls herself out of the ring. Bliss pulls Banks off the ring apron. Bliss catches Banks with her Twisted Bliss off the top rope. Banks gets a shoulder up. Bliss can't believe it. Banks has the Bank Statement locked in. Bliss works over the bad shoulder of Banks. Banks rolls through and gets the Bank Statement applied. Banks wrenches back on the submission. Bliss taps out.
After the match, Sasha Banks favors her left shoulder and holds up the RAW Women's Championship. We see a shot of Alexa Bliss just starting to recover and storm off.
A video package runs hyping Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt tonight.
Wyatt bails early and walks around the ringside area. When back inside, Balor and Wyatt with some exchanges and Balor drops Wyatt early with two big slaps. Balor with a snapmare, kick to the back and dropkick combo on Wyatt. Balor leaps over the top rope and takes out Wyatt after Wyatt rolled out. Wyatt with a suplex on Balor to the floor from inside the ring through the ropes with force. Wyatt with a splash to Balor in the corner, but Balor counters tripping up Wyatt and hitting a double stomp to the chest. Balor catches Wyatt with a dropkick through the ropes followed by a stiff kick to the face. Back inside, Balor catches Wyatt with a quick sling blade off a counter. Wyatt plants Balor with a modified Rock Bottom. Balor dropkicks Wyatt right into the barricade on the outside and tosses him back inside. Wyatt levels Balor with a clothesline. Balor with a sling blade and dropkicks Wyatt to the corner. Balor goes up to the top rope, jumps, connects with Coup de Grace and gets the win.
A video package runs hyping Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
We start with Dean Ambrose and Cesaro. Cesaro quickly tags out to Sheamus after a lock up with Ambrose. Seth Rollins tags himself in after Ambrose plants Sheamus with a suplex and Rollins follows it up with a knee. Ambrose sneaks in a quick elbow on his way out. Cesaro gets the tag and uppercuts Rollins who was placed up on the top turnbuckle by Sheamus. Tag to Ambrose who helps level Cesaro with Rollins. Ambrose with a knee/dropkick to Cesaro, Rollins gets the tag and dropkicks Cesaro. Ambrose sends Sheamus out of the ring when he jumps in. Sheamus and Cesaro dumps Rollins on the outside blocking a suicide dive attempt. Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick to Ambrose earlier. Cesaro launches Rollins with a release side suplex and tags in Sheamus. Quick tag back to Cesaro who connects with a shot off the top rope on Rollins. Rollins fights off Cesaro and Sheamus in the corner including a Blockbuster from the corner on Cesaro. Tag to Sheamus and Ambrose is still down on the outside. Brooklyn has a beach ball going in the crowd. Cesaro bails out of the ring and tears it up. Back inside, Cesaro gets the tag and gets tossed out favoring his knee. Tag to Sheamus who goes after Ambrose who is back up in the corner. Rollins fights off Cesaro at ringside, but Sheamus gets involved. Ambrose is up top nearby and takes out Sheamus, Cesaro and catches Rollins a bit. Ambrose tosses Rollins back inside the ring and returns to his corner. Hot tag to Ambrose. Ambrose levels Cesaro with a clothesline and gets in a slingshot dive to Sheamus. Tag to Rollins who teams up with Ambrose to clothesline Sheamus and Cesaro over the top rope. Double suicide dive by Ambrose and Rollins to Sheamus and Cesaro. Rollins with a sling blade on Cesaro with Ambrose holding him. Cesaro catches Ambrose with an uppercut. Cesaro and Ambrose exchange shots with Ambrose landing his clothesline off the ropes. Tag to Sheamus who levels Ambrose with a dropkick in the corner. Ambrose and Rollins double team Sheamus in the corner with Rollins getting the tag. Ambrose with a suplerplex and Rollins follows with a splash off the top. Cesaro breaks up the pinfall. Ambrose has the tag as they double team Sheamus with stomps in the corner. Sheamus plants Ambrose after Cesaro prevented a double powerbomb attempt by Ambrose and Rollins. Cesaro Swing on Ambrose. Cesaro locks on the Sharpshooter. Sheamus with a rolling senton to Rollins on the outside. Cesaro rolls through into a crossface to keep Ambrose grounded. Sheamus with a cheap shot off the referee distraction. Tag to Sheamus who goes up top and clotheslines Ambrose down with Ambrose on the shoulders of Cesaro. Double crucifix powerbomb on Ambrose and Rollins breaks it up. Ambrose dares them to come forward. Cesaro and Sheamus attack Ambrose. Rollins with a huricanrana sending Cesaro into Sheamus. Rollins with a superkick, high knee and Dirty Deeds by Ambrose on Sheamus for the pinfall.
A video package runs hyping AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens tonight.
Shane McMahon has to pull AJ Styles off Kevin Owens early when Styles goes for the attack. Owens fights back and Shane continues to break it up.
Shane calls for the bell and here we go officially. Styles with big rights early and Owens bails. Styles catches Owens with a running knee. Styles plants Owens with a backbreaker. Owens fires back with a big clothesline. Owens keeps Styles grounded in a headlock. Owens with a modified inverted DDT on Styles quickly. Owens with chops to Styles. Styles with a big slap out of no where. Styles and Owens exchange shots. Owens with a superkick, but Styles hits a fireman's carry neckbreaker avoiding a Pop Up Powerbomb attempt. Styles with a nasty looking sunset flip powerbomb on Owens off the corner. Referee bump when Styles attempts his 450 splash as Shane was checking on Owens. Styles checks on Shane. Owens with a Pop Up Powerbomb on Styles. Styles kicks out. Owens gets in the face of Shane arguing it was a three count. Styles rolls through hooking the leg of Owens and gets the Calf Crusher applied. Owens rakes the eyes of Styles. Another referee bump when Owens kicks Styles into Shane. Shane falls out as Styles applies the Calf Crusher. Owens is tapping out, but Shane is on the outside. Now Styles is getting in Shane's face telling him to do his job. Shane shoves Styles. Owens rolls up Styles and gets a close two count. Styles with a jumping forearm to Owens from the corner and then gives Owens a suplex into the corner. Styles props Owens up top. Owens counters and hits a cradle suplex on Styles off the top turnbuckle! Styles Clash on Owens. Owens kicks out. Owens with a Pop Up Powerbomb after a missed flying forearm by Styles. Styles gets his foot on the bottom rope during the pinfall by Owens. Owens can't believe it. Owens gets in Shane's face. Shane shoves Owens. Styles with a roll up for a two count. Styles catches Owens with a Pele Kick. Styles connects with his springboard forearm. Styles Clash on Owens, rolls Owens over on his back and gets the pinfall.
A video package runs hyping Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.
We get ring introductions for the challenger Nakamura and champion Mahal.
Nakamura with a leg kick early. Nakamura side steps Mahal and tosses him over the top rope after mocking him. Nakamura catches Mahal with a quick side kick as the Brooklyn crowd starts to sing his entrance theme. They brawl to the outside as Nakamura throws some big elbows to Mahal and tosses him back inside. The Singh Brothers distract Nakamura allowing Mahal to get in a big elbow on the ring apron. Mahal is keeping Nakamura grounded back inside the ring. Nakamura catches Mahal clean with a spin kick. Nakamura with a running boot that catches Mahal flush. Nakamura props Mahal up on the top turnbuckle and connects with his running high knee. Nakamura has Mahal down in a triangle choke. Mahal gets his foot on the bottom rope to break it up. Nakamura with a facebuster suplex. Mahal catches Nakamura with a knee to slow down Nakamura's offense. Mahal misses a shot in the corner. Nakamura with a knee to the back of Mahal's head. Both Singh Brothers are in. Nakamura fights them off in front of the referee. He clears the ring of both Singh Brothers. Mahal grabs Nakamura and hits his jumping Cobra Clutch. Mahal gets the pin. Brooklyn is shocked.
After the match, Jinder Mahal bails with the WWE Championship celebrating.
A video package runs hyping tonight's main event for the Universal Championship.
Loud reactions for all four men tonight in Brooklyn. We get official ring introductions for the challengers Reigns, Strowman and Joe. Paul Heyman stops JoJo and takes the mic to do the official introduction for the champion Lesnar.
The bell rings and here we go. Joe goes after Lesnar. Strowman goes after Reigns. Lesnar with an overhead suplex on Joe early. Reigns sends Strowman into the steel ring post. Reigns and Lesnar are staring each other down as Reigns gets back inside. Lesnar with a german suplex on Reigns and Joe. Strowman is now inside the ring walking right at Lesnar. Reigns and Joe slide in to break it up. Strowman clotheslines Joe and Lesnar clotheslines Reigns near the corner. We are left with Lesnar and Strowman again. Strowman levels Lesnar with a clothesline over the top rope! Reigns attempts the same on Strowman, but Strowman shoves him away. Joe with a rear naked choke on Lesnar on the outside. Reigns with a spear to Lesnar through the ring barricade! Joe plants Reigns on one of the announce tables. Strowman levels Joe sending him over the table. Strowman tosses Lesnar over his shoulder and gives him a running powerslam through another announce table at ringside! Joe with a suicide dive that catches Reigns through the ropes. Heyman is pleading with Lesnar to get up near the broken table. Strowman throws a chair at Reigns and Joe. Strowman again puts Lesnar on his shoulder and drives him through another announce table at ringside! Strowman picks up the third announce table and drops it on top of Lesnar. Heyman is yelling at Strowman to stop. WWE producers run down and move the table off Lesnar along with WWE officials. They are bringing out EMT's and a stretcher for Lesnar. Brooklyn starts to sing the "GOODBYE" song at Lesnar. Strowman is smiling as he grabs the top of the steel steps and hits Joe with them. Strowman his Reigns with the steps. Strowman with a second shot to Joe and throws the steps inside the ring. Reigns with repeated clotheslines to Strowman in the corner. Reigns throws the steel steps at Strowman. Reigns with a second shot using the steps. Reigns with a third shot with the steps sending Strowman out of the ring. Reigns nearly drops the steps on Strowman. Joe with his boot and running senton over Reigns. Reigns with a samoan drop on Joe. Joe goes for the rear naked choke. Strowman with a double chokeslam on Reigns and Joe. Strowman is busted open near his left ear. Lesnar is heading back to the ring walking down the ramp. WWE officials are trying to hold him back. Lesnar is back inside and tackles Strowman throwing big right hands. Lesnar knocks Strowman over the top rope. German suplex on Reigns and Joe. Strowman avoids a german from Lesnar. Lesnar jumps on Strowman trying to apply the kimura. Reigns with a Superman to Strowman, Lesnar and Joe. Reigns catches Lesnar with a spear. Lesnar gets a shoulder up. Joe has the choke on Reigns. Strowman dropkicks Reigns into Joe. Strowman with a powerslam on Joe. Lesnar pulls the referee out. Superman on Lesnar. Superman on Strowman inside the ring. Strowman powers out of the pinfall standing Reigns back up. Strowman with a powerslam on Reigns. Lesnar breaks it up. Reigns with a spear to Strowman when Strowman had Lesnar on his shoulder. Joe tosses Reigns out. Joe with a choke on Lesnar. Lesnar with an F5 on Joe. Reigns breaks it up. Superman to Lesnar. Lesnar falls into the ropes. Superman to Lesnar again. Lesnar is staying up holding the ropes. Another Superman that drops Lesnar. Lesnar with an F5. Lesnar gets the pinfall!