Brooklyn, New York
August 19, 2018
Backstage segment where Rusev tells Aiden English to stay behind for the next match.
Rusev and Almas go back and forth early, with Almas doing his pose in the ropes. Rusev unloads with shots in the corner, loud “Rusev Day” chants. Vega with the distraction, allowing Almas to send Rusev into the ringpost and begin to work over the arm. Rusev fights back, but Vega pulls Lana off the apron to stop a tag. Almas hits a Corner Destino out of the corner for 2. Rusev blocks another Corner Destino and sends Almas crashing down outside. Ladies get the tags in and Lana mounts a comeback, hitting a bulldog and a Spinarooni, ala Booker T. Neckbreaker gets 2. Big slam gets another 2. Vega begs off, but sends Lana into the corner. Vega with a Step-Up Kick and goes for the Basement Meteora, but Lana with a Machaka Kick. Almas distracts Lana, then avoids Rusev, sending him into the barricade. Lana slaps Almas, but Vega rolls her up using the ropes to steal the win.
Funny backstage segment with RAW GM Kurt Angle, Smackdown GM Paige and 205 Live GM Drake Maverick featuring them cranking digs at Constable Corbin.
Gulak’s stablemates, The Brian Kendrick and Gentleman Jack Gallagher, have been banned from ringside per 205 Live GM Drake Maverick. Feeling-out process early. Gulak blocks a Backflip Headscissors, but Alexander avoids the Gu-Lock and hits a dropkick. They brawl at ringside until Gulak with a big push kick and begins to take control, hitting a draping neckbreaker across his knee outside. Gulak with a hot-shot across the apron and works over Alexander’s neck. Gulak gets a nearfall. Gulak with a Hangman’s Stretch applied, but Alexander gets out and fights back. Alexander comes back with a Spring-In Flatliner. Alexander mounts a comeback, hitting a series of right hands and a flip dive outside wiping out Gulak! Gulak stops a springboard, then goes for the Gu-Lock while Alexander is in the ropes, breaking before the 5 count. Gulak gets a close 2. Gulak goes for the Gu-Lock again, but Alexander blocks it and hits his spinning back elbow. Alexander with a Sole Kick, but Gulak with a big slap. Gulak rolls through a Sunset Flip and pins Alexander for 2. Gulak then catches the handspring kick with an Ankle Lock applied. Alexander gets out, but Gulak counters a Spanish Fly with a pin attempt for 2. Alexander then counters Gulak’s pin and gets the win to retain the title.
Revival go to work on the champions early, going after Dallas’s leg and hitting Axel with Shatter Machine. Revival work over Dallas until Axel makes the hot tag and mounts a comeback. Revial takes back over, but Dallas trips over a Dawson cradle on Axel, reversing it and retaining the titles for B-Team. WOW!
Champions celebrate in shock and amazement after.
A video package runs narrated by actor Terry Crews.
We go live inside the Barclays Center. The fancy 3-D graphics are back.
Dean Ambrose is out first to kick off the show tonight. Big reaction in Brooklyn!
Early pinfall attempt by Rollins on Ziggler. Rollins with a big hip toss. Ziggler bails a few times to the outside early in the match to regroup. Rollins catches Ziggler with a right hand from the ring apron, but Ziggler responds with a big kick to the knee and swinging neckbreaker combo. Ziggler continues to focus on the knee of Rollins. Ziggler launches Rollins in the corner and Rollins takes a hard bump over the ring apron on the way down. Ziggler with a headlock applied that keeps Rollins grounded. Ziggler is yelling at the referee to ask Rollins. Ziggler launches Rollins over the top rope and Rollins lands with a thud. Rollins is back in, has Ziggler up in a vertical suplex, drops Ziggler over the ropes and Rollins flips backwards over the ropes to the floor. Ziggler crotches Rollins on the top turnbuckle. Rollins with a headbutt to knock Ziggler down. Ziggler goes to bail, but Rollins clotheslines him over the top rope and connects with a suicide dive. Rollins with a springboard flying clothesline and high knee to Ziggler for a two count. Rollins rolls out of a sleeper attempt by Ziggler. Ziggler with a big DDT to Rollins over the ring apron. Rollins is able to beat the 10 count – just barely – as Ziggler immediately throws rights. Rollins avoids a Zig Zag and connects with a superkick. Rollins jumps off the top rope attempting a frog splash, but Ziggler gets his knees up. Rollins finds a way to kick out. Rollins avoids a Fameasser attempt. Rollins with an inverted superplex off the top turnbuckle on Ziggler! Rollins hangs on and finishes it off dropping Ziggler with a modified sidewalk slam for a two count. Huge ovation from the crowd for that spot. Rollins is fired up. At ringside, McIntyre sends Ambrose into the steel steps. Zig Zag on Rollins. Rollins kicks out! Rollins is busted open. Series of roll up attempts. Rollins with the buckle bomb to Ziggler. Ambrose pulls McIntyre off the apron and hits Dirty Deeds on the floor. Rollins with a superkick to Ziggler. Rollins with the Curb Stomp and gets the pinfall for the win.
Backstage, Renee Young is with The Bella Twins. Young asks them about the first ever all-women’s Evolution PPV. Nikki says they are focused on outside projects. Brie interrupts Nikki putting over shows like Total Bellas and Total Divas getting renewed. Nikki says they are here to have fun and watch Ronda Rousey become the new RAW Women’s Champion. She adds they will be front row tonight to watch Ronda make history.
Big E and Xavier Woods will represent The New Day tonight.
We start with Rowan leveling Xavier Woods early and tagging in Harper. Harper with a boot and applies a headlock to keep Woods on the mat. Rowan with a splash over Woods after getting a quick tag from Harper. Rowan with a pump handle lift into a backbreaker over his knee on Woods. Tag to Harper who senton splashes in over Woods. On the outside, Rowan scoop slams Harper over Big E. Rowan tosses Woods out of the ring and grabs the bottom part of the steel steps. Woods counters driving Harper face first down in the steel steps. Big E kicks Rowan away and then gives him a belly to belly on the floor. Big E catches Harper and does the same to him! Big E is now legal and gives Harper a belly to belly inside the ring. Big E with a big splash over Harper. Harper with a sitdown slam on Big E. Tag to Rowan. Big E sends Rowan shoulder first into the post, but Harper catches Big E. Woods leaps over the top rope taking out Rowan. Harper with a sidewalk slam on Woods over the floor. Big E with his spear through the ropes on Harper! Rowan off the apron taking out Big E. Harper gets the tag. The Bludgeon Brothers plant Big E with a crucifix bomb. Woods breaks it up. Woods kicks Rowan in the face, gets the tag and kicks Harper in the face. Woods goes for a DDT on Harper, but Harper counters and headbutts Woods. Harper with his powerful sitdown powerbomb on Woods for a close two count. Rowan with a back body drop on Kofi Kingston. Big E with the Big Ending to Rowan on the floor. Woods tags in Big E, eats a boot from Harper and Harper superkicks Big E. Big E plants Harper over the knee of Woods who jumped up near the ring apron. Woods has the tag and goes up top. Harper rolls out. Woods with a flying elbow over Harper to the floor! Back inside, Big E has Harper on his shoulder. Woods goes up top. Harper knocks Woods off the top rope using his mallet. Harper hits Big E with the mallet and the referee immediately calls for the bell.
After the match, Harper grabs the mallet and hits Big E with it.
Jon Stewart was shown at ringside.
Strowman with two corner splashes to Owens early. Owens bails to try and recover. Strowman jumps out, sprints and levels Owens with a big shoulder block! Strowman connects with a second shoulder block to Owens on the floor. Owens catches Strowman with a superkick on the outside. Strowman brushes it off and chokeslams Owens over the steel entrance ramp! Back inside, Strowman hits the running powerslam for the win.
Carmella catches Charlotte with a boot early. Becky drops a leg and elbow over Carmella. Carmella with a slap to the back of Becky’s neck. Carmella drops down to make Becky think that Charlotte did it. Becky and Charlotte start to argue. Series of pinfall attempts between Becky and Charlotte. Carmella sends Charlotte face first into the ring post on the outside and sends Becky into the steel steps as well. Carmella slaps Becky around back inside the ring. Carmella pulls Charlotte down by her hair countering a scoop slam attempt. Charlotte takes out Becky with a big boot when she appeared to be aiming for Carmella. Charlotte with big chops to Carmella. Charlotte with repeated overhead suplexes and follows it up with a belly to back suplex on Carmella. Becky with a double dropkick off the top turnbuckle on Carmella and Charlotte. Becky with clotheslines to Charlotte. Becky with an exploder to Carmella. Carmella with a flip up huricanrana on Becky for a two count. Charlotte catches Carmella with a spear for a two count. Charlotte counters a huricanrana attempt by Carmella and drops her in a modified Styles Clash. Charlotte has Carmella in a Boston Crab. Charlotte gets the Figure Four locked in on Carmella. Becky jumps off the top rope dropping a leg over Charlotte. Carmella breaks up the pinfall attempt. Carmella with a knee sending Becky to the outside. Carmella with a suicide dive through the ropes catching Becky. Charlotte with a moonsault off the top rope taking out Becky and Carmella on the floor. Back inside, Becky has the armbar locked on Charlotte. Carmella breaks it up. Becky tosses Carmella out. Becky plants Charlotte and Carmella breaks it up again. Carmella tries to use the ropes with a roll up, but Becky kicks out. Carmella drops Becky with a superkick. Charlotte breaks it up. Becky has Carmella down in the armbar. Carmella gets to the bottom rope. Becky with an exploder to Carmella and back to the armbar. Charlotte with a Natural Selection on Becky, hooks the leg and picks up the pinfall.
After the match, Charlotte Flair embraces a clearly upset Becky Lynch. Becky hugs Charlotte, but then decks Charlotte and begins attacking her! The crowd in Brooklyn is cheering loudly for Becky. Loud “BECKY!” chants at the Barclays Center. Becky tosses Charlotte over the announce table and heads to the back. The crowd in Brooklyn starts a loud “YOU DESERVE IT” chant as we see Charlotte crying at ringside.
We get ring introductions for the challenger Samoa Joe and champion AJ Styles. Joe cuts off Styles’ introduction to point out AJ’s wife and daughter at ringside.
The bell rings and here we go. Styles avoids a big kick from Joe early. Loud “TNA” chant inside the Barclays Center. Styles is working a headlock on Joe repeatedly. Joe with a big shoulder block that levels Styles. Styles lands a big leg kick on Joe. Joe with big strikes backing Styles to the corner and a leg kick that drops Styles. Styles with chops and catches Joe with his big dropkick. Styles with a snapmare and kick to the back combo. Styles with a dropkick through the ropes to Joe. Joe takes out the leg of Styles on the ring apron. Styles face bounces off the announce table when Joe moves out of the way. Joe levels Styles with a big clothesline. Joe keeps Styles grounded in a headlock to slow things down. Styles with a diving forearm over the top rope catching Joe. Styles catches Joe with a kick to the head, blocking a dive through the ropes. Styles with body shots and a big clothesline. Styles with his corner springboard inverted DDT for a two count. Joe headbutts Styles in the face and connects with a flying knee off the corner! Joe with an inverted atomic drop and splash over Styles for another two count. Styles drops Joe over his knee and clutches it. Joe with a snap powerslam on Styles. Styles with a superkick and Styles Clash on Joe! Joe gets a shoulder up after two. Styles with elbows and body shots. Styles with the Pele Kick. Joe plants Styles in the corner. Joe is bouncing the head of Styles off the mat. Joe has the Coquina Clutch locked in. Styles gets a foot on the bottom rope to break it up. Joe has Styles up on the top turnbuckle. Joe with a HUGE kick that sends Styles flying off the top rope. Joe then sends Styles into the steel steps. Styles is busted open as Joe gets on the mic and says he can be the “new” daddy for AJ’s wife and daughter. Styles runs and tackles Joe off the announce table. Styles is going crazy as he decks WWE staff at ringside. Styles grabs a steel chair and starts hitting Joe with it as the referee calls for the bell.
After the match, Styles again cracks the steel chair over the back of Joe as more WWE officials run out to break it up. We see Styles looking over at his wife and daughter. Styles walks over and hugs them both. Styles heads to the back with his family and title.
We return to see Elias at the top of the stage with his guitar. He talks about writing a song that would make the entire world love him. Elias wants to kick off his concert tonight by debuting his new and possibly greatest song yet.
He wants to dedicate this song to all the New Yorkers tonight “because the filth that normally plagues your ears, the dirt normally in your mind and the harsh reality of being a disgusting New Yorker is all about to be washed away.”
Elias goes to play his guitar and it breaks. Brooklyn shares a loud “YOU F*CKED UP” chant as Elias gives a blank stare. An upset Elias kicks away his chair and launches his guitar at the stage. The stage goes black and it appears that is ally we are going to get.
Backstage, we see The Miz walking to the arena when RAW Tag Team Champions The B-Team show up smiling. Miz says if Daniel Bryan followed his advice then he would be successful just like they are now. He promises he will beat Bryan tonight. Miz says they can “fetch” his limo later tonight for old times sake. Bo Dallas says they aren’t The Miztourage anymore and the “B” stands for Daniel Bryan. Miz is very confused by them.
Maryse is at ringside tonight with Baby Miz.
The bell rings and Bryan already has a fist up smiling walking towards Miz. Miz backs up in the corner and the referee backs off Bryan. Miz with a big left and throws more shots at Bryan in the corner. Bryan with right hands to Miz backing him to the corner. Bryan with big body kicks, but Miz counters getting a headlock applied. Bryan catches Miz with a bulldog. Bryan with jabs to the jaw of Miz. Miz catches Bryan with a knee to slow it down. Bryan with kicks to the leg of Miz. Bryan gets the surfboard submission applied. Bryan is hanging over the top rope and Miz catches him with a jumping clothesline. Miz goes back to a headlock and throws knees at the head of Bryan. Bryan with big chops to Miz. Miz with big left hands to Bryan. Bryan with rights backing up Miz. Bryan with his jumping clothesline off the ropes catching Miz. Bryan with repeated dropkicks in the corner to Miz. Bryan with kicks to the chest of Miz. Bryan props Miz up on the top turnbuckle and connects with a snap huricanrana that results in a two count off a pinfall attempt. Bryan dumps Miz over the top rope and connects with a dropkick through the ropes. Bryan launches himself out of the ring and catches Miz. Miz crotches Bryan up on the top turnbuckle. Bryan crotches Miz and Miz falls back in the tree of woe. Bryan with kicks to the chest and a low dropkick. Bryan with a belly to back superplex off the top turnbuckle to Miz! Miz kicks out the knee of Bryan and connects with a DDT for a close two count. Miz with kicks of his own. Bryan is leaning into the kicks and gets to his feet. Bryan with huge slaps to Miz and connects with a kick to the head. Miz launches Bryan into the steel ring post and connects with the Skull Crushing Finale. Bryan kicks out! Miz can’t believe it. Bryan catches Miz with a kick to the head as he charged in. Bryan with kicks to Miz on the ring apron. Miz jumps down and Bryan ends up kicking the steel ring post! Miz gets the Figure Four locked in. Bryan is trying to turn Miz over to counter. Bryan with right hands. Bryan gets Miz turned over. Miz gets to the bottom rope. Bryan is dropping elbows over Miz. Bryan gets the Yes Lock applied. Miz is biting the arm of Bryan. Bryan with shots to the head of Miz. Miz gets his hand on the bottom rope. Bryan with a flying knee to Miz off the ring apron. Bryan with a jumping dropkick to Miz. We can see Maryse hand Miz something in his hand. Bryan kicks Miz into the barricade. Miz has something on his hand. Bryan with a dive attempt and Miz punches him in the face. Miz hooks the leg and gets the win over Bryan.
A video package hypes Triple H vs. The Undertaker at Super Show-Down on October 6.
The Demon is in the house tonight at SummerSlam.
The bell rings as Balor dropkicks Corbin into the corner. Balor with a slingblade, knocks Corbin over the top rope and flips over the top taking out Corbin. Balor with another slingblade to Corbin on the outside and a second running dropkick. Back inside, Balor keeps up the quick pace and connects with the Coup De Grace to get the pinfall.
Backstage, Daniel Bryan is holding ice on his head. Brie Bella walks up and Bryan says he isn’t surprised Miz would do something like that. Bryan says he didn’t fight this hard to return to WWE to have someone like Miz beat him like that. Bryan is fired up.
Nakamura mocks Jeff early in the match. Jeff does Nakamura’s crazy poses back to him. Jeff tosses Nakamura to the corners repeatedly face first. Jeff eats a big knee to the jaw from Nakamura. Nakamura with a big kick that lands flush on Hardy’s head. Nakamura with a running knee and then drops a jumping knee over the back of the neck. Nakamura works on the repaired shoulder of Hardy on the mat. Hardy with a modified slingblade. Nakamura with knees to the back of Jeff against the ropes. Nakamura avoids a Twist of Fate attempt, but Hardy rebounds with a corner clothesline. Nakamura blocks a dropkick and props Hardy up on the turnbuckle. Hardy counters with an elbow and Whisper in the Wind. Nakamura with a kick that drops Hardy over the top. Nakamura with his running high knee and then follows it up with a sliding knee for a two count. Hardy avoids a low blow attempt by Nakamura. Hardy with a modified Twist of Fate into a sitdown stunner. Hardy goes up top and connects with the Swanton Bomb over Nakamura. Nakamura grabs the bottom rope to break up the pinfall attempt. Hardy with a second Twist of Fate planting Nakamura. Hardy is going up top and Nakamura is rolling to the ring apron. Hardy with a Swanton Bomb attempt, Nakamura moves and Hardy lands with a thud over the ring apron! Nakamura with charges and connects with Kinshasa to retain his title.
After the match, Randy Orton walks out and heads to the ring. Shinsuke Nakamura sees Orton coming and bails. Orton teases he was going into the ring, but turns around and walks to the back. We see Jeff Hardy getting to his feet to recover.
Natalya is back tonight wearing her father’s jacket from SummerSlam 1990.
We get ring introductions for the challenger Ronda Rousey and champion Alexa Bliss.
The bell rings and Bliss jumps back up on the ropes to break it up. Bliss bails to another corner to slow things down. Rousey with a right hand that drops Bliss. Bliss jumps out of the ring. Rousey is giving Bliss her back and inviting her back inside the ring. Bliss jumps in and takes the back of Rousey. Rousey stands up with Bliss on her back. Rousey tosses Bliss to her shoulders and drops her down with a thud. Bliss rolls to the outside. Bliss with a knee to Rousey when Rousey chases her back inside the ring. Rousey with body shots to Bliss in the corner. Rousey with judo tosses. Rousey has Bliss on her shoulders and drops her down again over the mat quickly. Rousey has Bliss in the armbar. Bliss taps out.
After the match, Ronda Rousey celebrates her title win with Natalya. The Bella Twins get inside the ring and also celebrate with Rousey. We then see Rousey jump inside the crowd and embrace her husband holding up the RAW Women’s Championship.
A commercial for Hell in a Cell on September 16 airs.
We get ring introductions for the challenger Roman Reigns…and Paul Heyman takes over to introduce the reigning and defending Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar.
Here comes Braun Strowman!
Strowman enters the ring with his Money in the Bank briefcase in hand. He calls for a microphone. Strowman says everyone knows the history of this briefcase and he refuses to cash it in with his opponents back turned. “I am the monster among men and I do things face-to-face. So good luck to you Roman. And good luck to you to, beasty boy. Because I’m gonna be standing right here this entire match and I don’t give a damn who wins because at the end of the night, one of you two is gonna get…these…hands.”
Strowman drops the mic and exits the ring.
The bell rings and here we go. Reigns with a Superman to Lesnar. Reigns with a second Superman. Reigns with a third Superman. Reigns with a spear to Lesnar! Reigns with a second spear that connects on Lesnar. Reigns backs up in the corner. Reigns charges and connects with a third spear. Lesnar has the guillotine choke applied on Reigns. Lesnar has it locked in tight. Reigns is standing up with Lesnar. Reigns drives Lesnar down with a spinebuster. Lesnar and Reigns are both down in the middle of the ring. Lesnar goes for the guillotine choke again on Reigns and gets it locked in. Reigns breaks up the choke with a second spinebuster. Lesnar removes his gloves. Lesnar avoids a Superman attempt and connects with a release german suplex. Lesnar with a second and third german suplex. A loud “YOU BOTH SUCK” chant starts up in Brooklyn. Lesnar has Reigns up for an F5. Reigns counters, charges, Lesnar side steps him and Reigns takes out Strowman through the ropes at ringside. Lesnar with an F5 to Strowman on the floor! Lesnar is smiling. Lesnar tosses Reigns back inside. Lesnar grabs the briefcase and cracks it over the back of Strowman repeatedly. Lesnar throws the briefcase at the stage and grabs a steel chair. Lesnar cracks the steel chair over the back of Strowman a few times. Back inside, Reigns with a spear to Lesnar. Reigns hooks the leg and gets the pinfall!
The show comes to a close with Roman Reigns holding up the championship.