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In 2011, Kanellis declared that she had been dating Mike Bennett, plus they got engaged.Bennett and Kanellis got married on October 10, 2014. Following her marriage, she soon became a stepmother into Bennett’s son Austin.In 2013, Kanellis began working with the associate degree in art in university.Her sexual orientation would be right. Maria Kanellis originally made her way to the WWE through the annual Diva Search, and became known as a ditzy backstage interviewer for years. Then she joined the ring and met her future husband, Mike Bennett, while she worked for Impact Wrestling. Relationships. Maria Kanellis was previously married to Mike Bennett (2014).. Maria Kanellis has been in a relationship with C.M. Punk (2005 - 2007).. About. Maria Kanellis is a 38 year old American Wrestler. Born Maria Louise Kanellis on 25th February, 1982 in Ottawa, Illinois.USA, she is famous for WWEs Raw Diva Search and wwe backstage interviwer. See all Maria Kanellis' marriages, divorces, hookups, break ups, affairs, and dating relationships plus celebrity photos, latest Maria Kanellis news, gossip, and biography. Maria Kanellis is currently engaged to Mike Bennett. She has been in five celebrity relationships averaging less than one year each. She has never been married. In a December 2011 meeting, Kanellis affirmed she was dating Mike Bennett, and the couple was occupied with November 2012. On October 10, 2014, Kanellis and Bennett married. On September 25, 2017, Kanellis declared she and Bennett were expecting their first child. Mike Bennett (wrestler) and Maria Kanellis have been married for 5 years. They were dating for 1 year after getting together in Jun 2011. After 1 year of engagement they married on 10th Oct 2014. They have a daughter named Fredrica age 2. About. Mike Bennett (wrestler) is a 35 year old American Wrestler born on 16th May, 1985 in Carver ... Who is Maria Kanellis ? Mary Louis Kanellis Popular as Maria Kanellis was born on February 25, 1982 in Ottawa, Illinois, United States.. Her zodiac sign is Pisces. She is an American professional wrestler, valet, actress, model and singer currently signed to WWE, performing on the SmackDown brand as the manager of her real-life husband Mike Kanellis, but is inactive because of her pregnancy.

Subreddit Stats: SquaredCircle top posts from 2014-10-21 to 2020-09-06 00:51 PDT

2020.09.07 01:34 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: SquaredCircle top posts from 2014-10-21 to 2020-09-06 00:51 PDT

Period: 2146.89 days
Submissions Comments
Total 999 362138
Rate (per day) 0.47 168.62
Unique Redditors 590 59964
Combined Score 5998786 12616244

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 382962 points, 67 submissions: Strike_Gently
    1. Kofi on being called the first African American champion: “I think it’s silly that people try to not count The Rock in that category. Regardless of what you look like, you are what you are. He’s black. Whether he’s half black, he’s black.” (12403 points, 1443 comments)
    2. Orton: “It took me a little time, but what I had to do was realize, Kaepernick, he wasn't shiting on the flag. He wasn't disrespecting the people that have given their lives for our freedom. He was taking a stand against police brutality.” (11866 points, 1027 comments)
    3. Kevin Owens with a video on his thoughts on COVID-19: “If you’re belittling people for wearing a mask, you’re making fun of people who are trying to do what’s best for their community.” (11740 points, 464 comments)
    4. Big Show won't wake up after a match, so the referees try to put themselves over (9919 points, 222 comments)
    5. Chuck Taylor uses a live grenade on Ciampa and feels the effect (9044 points, 581 comments)
    6. Sammy Guevara: “I’ve made stupid, inappropriate and extremely offensive comments in my past. In my idiotic mind, I thought I was being funny in using words and terms that represent nothing but horror and pain. I am truly sorry for my hurtful words and actions, and I will never forgive myself.” (8521 points, 1484 comments)
    7. HBK gets hugged by a fan in the crowd mid-match, Michaels hugs back (8107 points, 380 comments)
    8. Bray Wyatt has his own special face mask for when he goes out in public (7611 points, 321 comments)
    9. John Cena drops his title and gets the smooth assist from John Cone (7517 points, 255 comments)
    10. Jericho on a possible HOF induction: "If I continue to work for the Khan family for the rest of my life, I'll never go into the WWE Hall of Fame. I'm a hall of famer in the minds of the people who want me to be in the hall of fame. I'm a hall of famer in my mind. That's all that matters." (7263 points, 888 comments)
  2. 217417 points, 38 submissions: FuzzyWuzzyMooMoo
    1. [Royal Rumble Spoilers] Entrant #21 in the Men's Royal Rumble (13156 points, 1607 comments)
    2. [WWE Backstage Spoilers] It finally happened... (12553 points, 3172 comments)
    3. Road Dogg's reaction to seemingly hitting someone with one of the DX glow sticks at the Hall of Fame ceremony (8041 points, 344 comments)
    4. Roman Reigns: "Thank you to everyone who’s reached out...I can’t put into words what it means to me. Your energy and positivity motivate me to get better quickly to get back in the ring, but for now I’m going to spend time with my family and focus on health. Thank you - Joe/Roman" (7981 points, 432 comments)
    5. [Raw Spoilers] Damn Kurt... (7167 points, 828 comments)
    6. What is known so far about the travel issues that have left many of the WWE Talent stuck in Saudi Arabia (6830 points, 2748 comments)
    7. [AEW Double or Nothing Spoiler] Surprise appearance after the Main Event (6248 points, 1341 comments)
    8. (Raw Spoilers) Ladies and gentlemen, Braun Strowman... (6209 points, 879 comments)
    9. Roman Reigns gets distracted after seeing Dana Brooke rub oil on Sonya Deville (5997 points, 439 comments)
    10. Becky Lynch to Nia Jax: "You gave me your best sucker punch, but I got back up to destroy your whole roster. They won’t let me fight, but I’ll get back up from that too. It’s what I do. So enjoy your one free shot, because as bad as my memory is now, I haven’t forgotten you, bitch." (5958 points, 844 comments)
  3. 83439 points, 15 submissions: GetDown90
    1. Kevin Nash: "The company is called World Wrestling Entertainment. I was entertained. @StephMcMahon said we're bringing this to you to take you away from where we are. I was immersed and not watching the news. Thank you @WWE for going beyond what every other product has. Delivered!" (7785 points, 560 comments)
    2. Jake Roberts: "AEW was the first wrestling promotion that ever had a birthday party for me. That was pretty cool. They had cake and everything for everybody; it was really nice. The people at AEW are like that – Tony Khan is a wonderful man and a brilliant man." (7715 points, 488 comments)
    3. Vickie Guerrero: "I met Eddie on a blind date. I didn't get home until 4 A.M because we danced till 3 A.M. I said, 'Dad, punish me how you want. I just met the greatest guy. I don't care what my punishment is.' And we started dating ever since and it was history after that." (6360 points, 263 comments)
    4. Kane: "Bryan and I are on such opposite ends of the political spectrum. But we respect each other as human beings and value each other's opinions, so we had conversations and learned from each other. I learned a lot from Bryan, even if we didn't always agree." (6128 points, 1379 comments)
    5. Maria Kanellis: "WWE doesnt want to build new stars, they want to spike the ratings for a couple weeks to keep the investors/networks happy. What WWE doesn’t seem to get, is ratings improve when people care about the story/stars. Invest in talent, spend the time building stars, stop the laziness." (6079 points, 846 comments)
    6. Bret Hart: "Goldberg to me was one of the most unprofessional wrestlers there ever was in the business. For Bill Goldberg to be in the Hall of Fame... he hurt everybody he worked with." (6006 points, 1022 comments)
    7. Batista on his Favorite WWE Match: "It was with Rey Mysterio at a house show in Mexico. We went and gave them a pay-per-view match. We went back and got a standing ovation. Rey kicked out of my finish, we gave them every bell and whistle we could think of. That's what I wanted my career to be." (5606 points, 237 comments)
    8. Ric Flair on the Boneyard Match: "I texted Taker, 'You did it again.' That and the Fun House, it was incredible. If I'm dying as an adult who's been watching this forever, can you imagine what a 12-year-old is thinking? They gotta be going, 'Wow! Daddy this is the coolest thing!'" (5388 points, 438 comments)
    9. Luke Gallows: "When I got there (WWE) in 2016, I was pleasantly surprised because the locker room of old had changed. The old guard was gone. It wasn't everybody walking around on eggshells. I give big credit to Roman Reigns for that." (5335 points, 561 comments)
    10. Steve Austin: "I've had zero alcohol for right at 14 days now. I'm also doing my DDP Yoga shit. Hell, I'm going to jump up here and do the splits like a goddang cheerleader in a minute! I'm flexible as a motherfucker." lol (4928 points, 575 comments)
  4. 77859 points, 15 submissions: Naweezy
    1. “Motherfucker”. Stone Cold steals the Rock’s moment. (7065 points, 425 comments)
    2. Two legends with their signature rises (6617 points, 288 comments)
    3. The Rock attempts the Rock Bottom on Eddie Guerrero (6313 points, 411 comments)
    4. Wrestling 101: Don’t drop a beer Stone Cold throws you (6227 points, 206 comments)
    5. That time CM Punk and Daniel Bryan copied a spot from the Sonnen and Silvia fight on the Raw after the event (5820 points, 322 comments)
    6. Remember paper always beats the rock (5249 points, 221 comments)
    7. Scott Hall and Zack Ryder holding each other’s Intercontinental Championships 20 years apart (5098 points, 262 comments)
    8. Swig of beer for the working man (5042 points, 257 comments)
    9. Beeper. Fanny Pack. All Denim clothing. Stone Cold and The Rock. This is as 90’s as it gets (4648 points, 220 comments)
    10. HBK fools Melina who thinks he’s John Morrison (4601 points, 179 comments)
  5. 61927 points, 11 submissions: sylvester_terkay
    1. A Series of Wrestlers popping out of nowhere (8098 points, 288 comments)
    2. What reminds me of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn lately (6535 points, 234 comments)
    3. Sami Zayn popping outta nowhere (6213 points, 198 comments)
    4. Big E meets Little E (6047 points, 245 comments)
    5. Orange Cassidy joining what he thought was a slumber party (5879 points, 206 comments)
    6. Ric Flair makes a young Hurricane fan cry (5712 points, 386 comments)
    7. Roman gets his payback (5305 points, 153 comments)
    8. It took almost 2 years for Randy to get his revenge on AJ (4993 points, 233 comments)
    9. Billie Kay breaks Peyton Royce & Cathy Kelley (4517 points, 320 comments)
    10. [Raw Spoilers] Kurt Angle having some flashbacks (4334 points, 204 comments)
  6. 61503 points, 7 submissions: RealWWE
    1. Daniel Bryan medically cleared to return to in-ring action (26808 points, 6506 comments)
    2. Rey Mysterio’s reaction to seeing AJ Styles backstage at Royal Rumble (8587 points, 493 comments)
    3. [Rumble Spoilers] This Is Brock Lesnar, Hear Him Scream - The Remix (6395 points, 180 comments)
    4. The champ Becky Lynch has a special surprise for SquaredCircle ... (5661 points, 561 comments)
    5. Hello SC from Stamford! R-Truth and Carmella are enjoying their all-expenses paid vacation to WWE HQ (5397 points, 356 comments)
    6. Not-so-official artwork for NXT TakeOver in the year 2050 (4463 points, 203 comments)
    7. I am WWE SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch and the Superstar everyone wants to see at Evolution, the first-ever all-women's pay-per-view. Ask the champ anything! (And boo the woo!) (4192 points, 1738 comments)
  7. 54103 points, 10 submissions: hall198
    1. Deadspin: WWE Allows Alleged Child Sex Predator to Waltz Back Into the Ring Like Nothing Happened (8645 points, 1551 comments)
    2. Ric Flair's ringtone is set to 'Ric Flair Drip' and Charlotte is shocked by this discovery. (7829 points, 548 comments)
    3. Renee Young announces she has COVID-19 (5137 points, 983 comments)
    4. (SD Spoilers) This fan went all out for Holloween (5112 points, 153 comments)
    5. TMZ: The Columbus police department launch an investigation into Marty Jannetty's facebook comments from earlier today "We are going to look into this. The first step will be seeing if we have any missing persons or unidentified remains cases that match the limited information in the post." (4992 points, 776 comments)
    6. Tommy Dreamer: "Yesterday. AEW packed, ROH sold out, WWE tokyo packed, they ran Jackson as well. NXT Venice (packed), I did an indy (with) over 700 people. I keep reading all these other indies ran last night, So many people were entertained by professional wrestling. YESTERDAY WAS A GOOD DAY" (4575 points, 237 comments)
    7. The IIconics are amazing, pass it on. (4565 points, 433 comments)
    8. The PPV poster for Hell in a Cell (4523 points, 426 comments)
    9. (NXT Spoilers) YEET. (4420 points, 383 comments)
    10. Ric Flair: "It's Official, Charlotte Is No Longer Ric Flair's Daughter. I Am Charlotte Flair's Dad! All The Accolades That Have Come My Way Over Time Are Diminished By Her Accomplishments Now! I Am So Proud Of You Charlotte." (4305 points, 503 comments)
  8. 52599 points, 8 submissions: Bigbenn0
    1. I present to you the first and only time John Cena did a suicide dive. (8006 points, 382 comments)
    2. On this day 2 years ago, the greatest moment in WWE history happened. (7898 points, 364 comments)
    3. To be honest, this alone should get R-Truth inducted into the Hall of Fame (7364 points, 381 comments)
    4. A reminder that Ricochet isn’t human. (6457 points, 517 comments)
    5. The Usos forfeiting the Gauntlet Match out of respect for Kofi and The New Day was perfection and one of the best part of Kofimania. WWE gets a lot of criticism for their storylines and bookings and whatnot but Kofimania shows that they can be great when they want to. (6380 points, 358 comments)
    6. I often forget how crazy Bobby Lashley was back in the day. (6138 points, 387 comments)
    7. In Honor of Money in the Bank this Sunday, here’s what I think is the greatest non-Wrestlemania entrance in WWE History. I also don’t think there’ll come another time where a superstar elicit this big of a ovation off their entrance alone. (5455 points, 849 comments)
    8. John Cena and Sting congratulating a 7-Year old Girl on beating cancer after Raw went off air. (4901 points, 273 comments)
  9. 49307 points, 10 submissions: woo_hah
    1. John Cena: “I can say with the utmost sincerity that I believe Brock Lesnar is best in-ring performer that I've seen. His performance at the Rumble was a clinic on how to establish yourself, how to establish those around you, establish the championship, establish the importance of one event.” (5922 points, 853 comments)
    2. WWE confirms move to Amway Center (calling it WWE ThunderDome). There will be drone cameras and 1,000 virtual fans, with crowd audio mixed in. Kevin Dunn says pryo, smoke and projections will allow for “a big, beautiful entrance, better than WrestleMania.” (5685 points, 1123 comments)
    3. Big E on Xavier Woods: “If Woods doesn’t come up to me in 2014 and say, ‘Hey, I have an idea for a group. You want to join me?’ If that doesn’t happen, who knows if I’m even still employed here. He changed our lives. And the fact that he got the trombone over in wrestling? That’s incredible.” (5625 points, 294 comments)
    4. Drew McIntyre: “I don’t know why, but Kurt Angle chose to work with me for one of his final matches in TNA. He made me look like a million bucks. Then, a few years later in WWE, he made me look like an absolute killer. I can never thank Kurt enough for what he has done and continues to do for me.” (5314 points, 120 comments)
    5. Terry Funk on AEW: “Vince and WWE, they’re not fresh. Yes, Vince does big business. They have the best talent in the world, but they have no fresh ideas. They should be selling out every arena. Vince thinks he’s fresh, he thinks he’s the best. That’s when you get knocked on your ass.” (5128 points, 613 comments)
    6. Jake Hager: "When I look now at guys like Cesaro, guys like Bobby Lashley, they’re just lost. When I look at them, that whole cloud of doom comes right back over me. [WWE] knows exactly what they’re doing and I hate to say it, but it’s on purpose. They want you lost in there so they can control you" (4660 points, 1256 comments)
    7. Chris Jericho: “One of my mission statements in AEW is to build new talent. People complain, ‘We don’t have any idea who this people are!’ It’s only been nine weeks, and we’re focusing on one person every couple of weeks. Building new stars will make this promotion successful.” (4578 points, 491 comments)
    8. Otis on winning MITB: “I found out and was like, ‘What?’ When the briefcase got into my hands, that’s when it felt real. I remember watching the first ‘Money in the Bank’ match at WrestleMania, and it blows my mind that I woke up right next to it this morning.” (4214 points, 475 comments)
    9. Mandy Rose pitched the Otis storyline directly to Vince McMahon. It was inspired by their real-life friendship. (4093 points, 347 comments)
    10. Renee Young on WWE's reaction to her positive COVID test: "Did I feel a little slighted? I didn't really feel like anyone was all that concerned that I got sick. That bothered me for sure." (4088 points, 521 comments)
  10. 49071 points, 3 submissions: LazyCanasian
    1. Earthquake (my dad) playing Tetris while my brother and sister look on. (18154 points, 541 comments)
    2. In memory of my dad today, here he is on his birthday excited for some hot disco hits! (17092 points, 429 comments)
    3. In honor of Father’s Day, here’s Earthquake and me around 1996-1997. Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads that are still with us and those that aren’t. Much love! (13825 points, 363 comments)
  11. 47977 points, 1 submission: Macaveli54
    1. Nearly 50 hours of work, here’s my drawing of The Rock (47977 points, 1413 comments)
  12. 40346 points, 7 submissions: KhabibTime
    1. Ric Flair: I Ain't Dead Yet Mother Fuckers! WOOOOO! (11185 points, 581 comments)
    2. Big E: Sometimes you forget the dude you’ve goofed off with for the last 4+ years is a legend. Putting in an actual hour against (and DEFEATING) world champs & future HOFers was awe inspiring & humbling. Last night was one we will never forget. (5573 points, 562 comments)
    3. James Ellsworth: When I wrestled Braun Strowman the match didn't last 2 minutes, and with that neither was my WWE career suppose to. Thanks to fans all over the world, in those nearly 2 minutes I lasted a year and a half a WWE, I'll never forget what wrestling fans did for me (5366 points, 175 comments)
    4. Jon Moxley: “Pressure is having a 2-page script written by a 74-year old mad man that makes no sense, that’s gonna make you look stupid on TV” (5000 points, 737 comments)
    5. Big E: Kofi has the most days as a tag team champion in the history of WWE. Never failed a drug test. Never had a brush with the law. Always a professional to the highest degree. Give this man his flowers while he can still smell them. (4858 points, 385 comments)
    6. [WWE After The Bell] Randy Orton Confirms AJ Styles is a Flat Earther (4264 points, 1336 comments)
    7. Kayla Braxton: @WWE I’ll forego my paycheck to never see Lana and Lashley together on television again (4100 points, 448 comments)
  13. 37282 points, 7 submissions: WorkFriendlyAcct
    1. Fan misreads request for assistance. (9173 points, 306 comments)
    2. Triple H marks out for Randy Orton (5212 points, 201 comments)
    3. Picture perfect hurricanranna off the top rope to the outside. (5023 points, 182 comments)
    4. The most dramatic running clothesline in the history of professional wrestling. (4703 points, 344 comments)
    5. Daniel and Brie share a moment (4629 points, 556 comments)
    6. 30 Years of the Royal Rumble (4346 points, 638 comments)
    7. Mayoral Candidate Abuses Cheerleaders (4196 points, 128 comments)
  14. 35508 points, 1 submission: MustacheDiaries
    1. 1992 and 2020 have identical calendars so I'm using the 1992 WWF Calendar this year. (35508 points, 640 comments)
  15. 34503 points, 6 submissions: thebobbyshaw33
    1. Sign catches Rock’s attention and he’s gotta set the record straight (9731 points, 389 comments)
    2. (HIAC SPOILERS) Xpac is all of us (5967 points, 837 comments)
    3. This has to be one of the greatest photos ever captured in wrestling. (5939 points, 242 comments)
    4. Kane comes out to Slow Chemical for his victory speech. (4505 points, 559 comments)
    5. The accuracy of this tweet is amazing and even Dolph found it hilarious “undertaker 2000 & undertaker 1999” (4189 points, 185 comments)
    6. [HOF Spoilers] crowd favorite (4172 points, 270 comments)
  16. 33054 points, 3 submissions: suzukigun4life
    1. WWE has confirmed WrestleMania will not be taking place in Tampa Bay. It will instead air live on PPV/WWE Network and emanate from the WWE Performance Center. (22353 points, 4591 comments)
    2. [GRR SPOILERS] Greatest moment in Royal Rumble history? (6164 points, 498 comments)
    3. [RAW Spoilers] Superstar's update (4537 points, 821 comments)
  17. 32590 points, 5 submissions: Knoxlag
    1. "Rusev literally gave $25,000 of his own money to pay WWE production workers cause they weren’t getting paid." (9391 points, 1076 comments)
    2. 2 Generations apart (7862 points, 328 comments)
    3. Dave Meltzer: "What horrible news, Rocky Johnson passed away, Dwayne's father. Our best to Dwayne, Ricky, Ata and the entire family." (7091 points, 323 comments)
    4. Cody with some legendary company on the Jericho Cruise (4170 points, 262 comments)
    5. Photo of the new AEW faction (4076 points, 636 comments)
  18. 31221 points, 5 submissions: mcm123456
    1. That time Triple H KILLED Shawn Michaels. I'm glad he retired this dangerous move. (8396 points, 650 comments)
    2. 27 years ago to this day, WWF Champion Hulk Hogan faced IWGP Champion The Great Muta (7093 points, 837 comments)
    3. Triple H disguised as Goldust shooting Kane with a Flamethrower. You can't make this shit up... (6706 points, 412 comments)
    4. Eddie Guerrero realising he's in trouble a little too late. (4610 points, 312 comments)
    5. Booker T, Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho stealing each other's Finishers. (4416 points, 300 comments)
  19. 26914 points, 5 submissions: will_upvote_beer
    1. Kurt Angle: “Wrestlemania is around the corner. My very last match. I know its not the old Kurt Angle everyone has wanted, but im proud knowing its the new Kurt Angle thats been clean for almost 6 years. Thank you to all those who have been supporting me through the good and bad. I love you all.” (8364 points, 508 comments)
    2. Batista turned down WWE Hall Of Fame invitation because his in-ring career is not over: "I would love to go back. I've been very vocal about that" (5233 points, 626 comments)
    3. Rusev is selling more shirts than The Shield and everyone else in WWE (4829 points, 606 comments)
    4. Jim Ross signs with All Elite Wrestling for most lucrative deal in commentary history (4310 points, 772 comments)
    5. Meltzer reporting that Fox wants Smackdown to be less comedy and more sports (4178 points, 966 comments)
  20. 26079 points, 4 submissions: KneeHighMischief
    1. CM Punk with a fantastic display of sportsmanship after Chris Hamrick suffers a gruesome knee injury (9746 points, 416 comments)
    2. Sami Zayn finds out that Ska isn't cool anymore (6840 points, 601 comments)
    3. A dazed Michael McGillicutty (Curtis Axel) thinks he got the better of Sheamus 1/19/13 (5337 points, 236 comments)
    4. Alberto El Patron has no concept of physics (4156 points, 335 comments)
  21. 25796 points, 3 submissions: Bradleyharheez
    1. TRAGIC UPDATE: LA County lifeguards confirm body found in Venice Beach is former WWE star Shad Gaspard, via @tina_patel. (15688 points, 1545 comments)
    2. R-truth crashes drake Mavericks wedding to become 24/7 champion again! (5218 points, 762 comments)
    3. Tommy dreamer posted this photo of him and Howard finkel and his sign in the background just makes me shed a tear (4890 points, 203 comments)
  22. 24259 points, 4 submissions: AJ-Naka-Zayn-Owens
    1. Eddie Guerrero wins the 100M race (8565 points, 286 comments)
    2. Kurt Angle reverses everything The Undertaker does into an Ankle Lock (5774 points, 438 comments)
    3. Eddie Guerrero’s last cheeky smile before he would sadly pass away (5559 points, 282 comments)
    4. Great sequence from Adam Cole at NXT Takeover NOLA (4361 points, 315 comments)
  23. 24199 points, 1 submission: serenawilliams
    1. kn0thing said you all wanted to see the belt. Banana for scale. (24199 points, 990 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. RealWWE (53075 points, 111 comments)
  2. Chris_Jericho (43104 points, 90 comments)
  3. Anderrrrr (37165 points, 389 comments)
  4. Strike_Gently (33900 points, 105 comments)
  5. BigHoss94 (32688 points, 95 comments)
  6. The_Haskins (27995 points, 289 comments)
  7. PiplupTCG (27562 points, 151 comments)
  8. Hummer77x (26243 points, 237 comments)
  9. TheTallOne93 (25896 points, 250 comments)
  10. RoscoeSantangelo (25427 points, 109 comments)
  11. TheDangiestSlad (23258 points, 138 comments)
  12. Lessiarty (23215 points, 84 comments)
  13. dpw2017 (22463 points, 101 comments)
  14. Singer211 (20367 points, 216 comments)
  15. SiphenPrax (19786 points, 105 comments)
  16. GetDown90 (19709 points, 207 comments)
  17. ackinsocraycray (19493 points, 201 comments)
  18. LukkasG (18450 points, 35 comments)
  19. NextChamp (17817 points, 217 comments)
  20. Shrekt115 (17754 points, 585 comments)
  21. JustATributeCC (17216 points, 116 comments)
  22. StayHypeBro (16900 points, 117 comments)
  23. BlackfishShane (16591 points, 86 comments)
  24. GTSBurner (16470 points, 392 comments)
  25. SuperBatSpider (15904 points, 108 comments)
  26. CoreyGravy (15747 points, 157 comments)
  27. Konfliction (14761 points, 126 comments)
  28. Mysteriagant (14679 points, 267 comments)
  29. insomniainc (14592 points, 155 comments)
  30. suzukigun4life (14490 points, 56 comments)
  31. almostbad (14361 points, 87 comments)
  32. Mr-GameAndWrestling (14156 points, 296 comments)
  33. Pyrozooka0 (13972 points, 123 comments)
  34. SnuggleMonster15 (13731 points, 96 comments)
  35. Houseside (13665 points, 402 comments)
  36. AKittyCat (13580 points, 154 comments)
  37. idlepyramid (12719 points, 70 comments)
  38. KyWy75 (12366 points, 68 comments)
  39. Michelanvalo (12128 points, 387 comments)
  40. AmishAvenger (11993 points, 102 comments)
  41. rbarton812 (11984 points, 182 comments)
  42. AJ-Naka-Zayn-Owens (11868 points, 67 comments)
  43. TheBrianJ (11829 points, 48 comments)
  44. mcm123456 (11820 points, 176 comments)
  45. SnortWhoresFuckCoke (11803 points, 316 comments)
  46. daprice82 (11754 points, 77 comments)
  47. BAbaraka (11689 points, 44 comments)
  48. ottershavemorefun (11536 points, 58 comments)
  49. Vagabond21 (11329 points, 122 comments)
  50. Mhc2617 (11270 points, 126 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. Nearly 50 hours of work, here’s my drawing of The Rock by Macaveli54 (47977 points, 1413 comments)
  2. 1992 and 2020 have identical calendars so I'm using the 1992 WWF Calendar this year. by MustacheDiaries (35508 points, 640 comments)
  3. Daniel Bryan medically cleared to return to in-ring action by RealWWE (26808 points, 6506 comments)
  4. kn0thing said you all wanted to see the belt. Banana for scale. by serenawilliams (24199 points, 990 comments)
  5. WWE has confirmed WrestleMania will not be taking place in Tampa Bay. It will instead air live on PPV/WWE Network and emanate from the WWE Performance Center. by suzukigun4life (22353 points, 4591 comments)
  6. (Wrestlemania Spoilers) Surprise at Wrestlemania. by boundedwum (19319 points, 1975 comments)
  7. Is this the right subreddit for this? (x-post /GeometryIsNeat) by Thehoneyfetish (18989 points, 401 comments)
  8. Earthquake (my dad) playing Tetris while my brother and sister look on. by LazyCanasian (18154 points, 541 comments)
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2020.04.02 08:41 UnicornDick31 Rise of an Animal - End of an Era

Right after competing in PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles, it’s right back to work for Dave Bautista as he has a new challenge on the horizon for his MLW National Openweight Championship.

The Looming Storm
Mike Bennett starts off the episode of MLW after Bautista has competed in Battle of Los Angeles, who looks a little beat up Bennett says that he is ready for his World Heavyweight Championship match come Blood & Thunder. And Jacob Fatu should cherish his last moments with the belt, because come that event, MLW will finally see a new Champion after CONTRA Unit’s long reign of tyranny. He claims that once he takes the title, CONTRA Unit will finally be expelled from MLW once and for all. During that same episode, Tom Lawlor takes on King Mo in a No.1 Contenders Match for the National Openweight Championship. The match ends with Tom Lawlor picking up the victory with a Bararm Sleeper.

Two weeks later, Tom Lawlor comes out and calls out Dave Bautista, he says that at Blood & Thunder he will take that title that Bautista holds dear, he will beat the ever loving shit out of him and show the world he isn’t the monster he claims himself to be. He promises that he will use his MMA abilities to dismantle Bautista in a way he has never been before, making him feel the type of pain he wouldn’t even feel in a nightmare. Because while Bautista lives in this world of professional wrestling, he’s lived the life of a fighter, even fighting in the UFC. he trusts that Bautista will keep his title warm for him.

The next week, Bautista has a match against Jimmy Havoc, but this isn’t the usual type of match we are used to seeing from Dave Bautista, as he right away takes Havoc to the ground and shows off MMA abilities that nobody even knew he had trained in. He forces Havoc to tap fairly quick with a Kimura Lock.

The following week, they played a montage of Dave Bautista training in MMA from a couple years earlier when he was doing some MMA training, and a couple amateur fights that he’d won. But despite this revelation, Tom Lawlor isn’t phased and admits he may have judged Dave wrong, but regardless of whether he’s had a couple MMA fights in the past, he’s never competed on the UFC level, and because of that, Bautista will still be dismantled at the PPV, and have his Openweight Championship taken from his grip.

During this time, The Remedy are still at odds with CONTRA Unit via their leader challenging for Jacob Fatu’s World Heavyweight Championship. And Because of the issues between them, Dave Bautista and Darius Lockhart take on Simon Gotch and Ikuro Kwon, whichever team wins earns the opportunity for their representative to choose the stipulation at Blood & Thunder. About 15 minutes into the match, Tom Lawlor comes through the crowd and jumps the barricade to attack Bautista while the referees' back is turned. Lockhart isn’t able to get the win on his own and is subsequently beaten by Simon Gotch with a Gotch Piledriver.

The next week, with just 2 weeks left until Blood & Thunder, Mike Bennett finds out that Jacob Fatu has chosen a Strap Match for their PPV bout. Meanwhile, Bautista is on the hunt for Tom Lawlor backstage, unable to find him throughout the episode, getting to the place he was just minutes after he left every time. That is until the end of the show when Bautista finds Lawlor in the parking lot, and they both brawl, but Lawlor is trying to escape the attack. As both men batter each other for about 8 minutes back and forth all over the parking lot, Lawlor finally manages to create enough space so he can get in a car and drive away, leaving an enraged Animal in his dust.

On the last Fusion before the PPV, Tom Lawlor stands in the ring with a group of security surrounding him, and he talks about how Bautista is certainly living up to his name of The Animal, but what the problem with that is, this wrestling company is for humans, and he doesn’t feel it’s fair for him to fight an animal, he mentions how after Blood & Thunder he will get a lot of backlash, as always happens in animal abuse cases. But if it’s what has to be done, he will have to do it, because there is no doubt in his mind he will walk out of Blood & Thunder as the new National Openweight Champion. Dave Bautista comes out and walks down to the ring, getting on the apron with a microphone, he talks directly through the wall of security, saying that there is one main reason why Lawlor isn’t going to beat him at Blood & Thunder, and that is because of this cowardly display he has going on here. He can’t stand face to face with Dave, without having all this security, how does he think he will beat him when he’s such a coward? Lawlor whispers in the ear of the security guard in front of him during Bautista’s monologue. And then the security guy steps aside so Lawlor can get a cheap shot in. When Dave enters the ring and starts disposing of the security, Lawlor rolls out and escapes through the crowd.

Blood & Thunder - November 6th, 2021
Before the National Openweight Championship match happens during the show, we get an advertisement for AAA’s Guerra de Titanes event next month, which will include a massive crossover match as AAA Mega Champion, Kenny Omega defends his title in a winner takes all match against MLW’s National Openweight Champion, whoever that may be after tonight’s show.

“Filthy” Tom Lawlor makes his way out first as the challenger and he looks ready for this match and ready to become the National Openweight Champion. Once he’s in the ring and awaits the arrival of the Champion, his music hits and Dave Bautista walks down to the ring, he has the National Openweight Championship around his waist, he enters the ring and the tension in the stare-down is palpable. The referee takes the belt from Dave and raises it before handing it off to the ringside personnel and getting the match ready to begin.

He rings the bell and as both men stand in their corners, staring each other down intensely, they go to the center of the ring and Lawlor goes for a takedown, but Bautista grabs him around the waist, lifts him into the air and throws him back onto his feet before daring him to try again. Lawlor and Bautista look like they’re about to lock up, when Lawlor slips behind and tries to go for an amateur wrestling takedown, but the size of Bautista, he just stands there while Lawlor tries to take him to the ground, Bautista grabs him and pulls him back around in front. He drops Lawlor with a Lariat right away, leaving him laying for a moment before quickly rolling to the outside. Bautista raises his arms and taunts Lawlor as he regains his composure outside.

Eventually Lawlor rolls back into the ring and he steps up to Bautista, and he begins to chop down the legs of Bautista with stiff kicks. After a few kicks to each leg, he once again goes for a takedown, able to drag Bautista down to the mat he climbs on top into a mount, he just starts laying into Bautista with fists, before starting with elbow strikes. Bautista tries his best to cover up and escape, after a little while, he uses his power to push Lawlor onto his back and roll over and attempts to mount Lawlor, but the MMA expert manages to get Bautista into Full Guard instead. From this position he tries to pull Bautista into a Guillotine, but the big man begins pounding down on Lawlor. He tries pushing away from Dave and escapes to the outside of the ring.

As the match continues for about 7 more minutes, Lawlor re enters the ring and the two brawl back and forth, Lawlor locking in submissions and trying to tape Bautista out. Somehow, Dave is able to stay alive and eventually manages to hit the Beast Bomb and score the victory to retain his title. As he holds his title on his shoulder, he does a finger gun motion at the camera, sending a message to Kenny Omega as it’s now official Bautista will meet Kenny Omega at Guerra de Titanes.

Clash of the Titans
At the beginning of December at Triplemania Regia, Kenny Omega is competing in a match that he comes out victorious, he celebrates in the ring when all of a sudden…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SvBaoi7mH8

As Dave Bautista walks down to the ring, staring down Kenny Omega in the ring, with his title in hand, Bautista enters the ring and gets right in Omega’s face, and points at his title, saying that come Guerra de Titanes, he will take that title and claim it as his own. Omega extends his hand to shake it, and Bautista looks down and shakes his hand before they both raise their respective titles in the air and the scene fades to black.

Guerra de Titanes - December 11th, 2021
Dave Bautista’s music hits and he walks out onto the ramp, looking like an adonis, with Vipress once again by his side, even now in Mexico. They walk down to the ring and Bautista enters the ring raising his title in front of this new crowd that he hasn’t competed against before, despite mentioning in numerous interviews he would love to compete in Mexico. It is also announced that Dave Bautista has signed a deal to compete in AAA in the coming year, but it's unconfirmed how many more dates. Kenny Omega’s music then hits and he makes his way out, and the crowd are ecstatic, the man many have called the best wrestler today, a true ‘Titan’ of the wrestling industry.

As the bell is rung, Omega and Bautista show respect with a handshake before locking up and Omega shows off his pure wrestling prowess as he is able to quickly move Bautista into a headlock, and then around to his back where he rolls him up for a quick cover, 1… 2… But Bautista gets the shoulder up. As he sits up again, Omega and him share a knowing smirk, and he gets back up. This time when the lock up, Bautista decides to show off his strong suit and doesn’t try anything technical, rather he just shows pure power and shoves Omega backwards almost straight into the turnbuckle. Omega sits on his ass looking up at Bautista who just shrugs with a smirk on his face. Both men have shown off where they have the advantage, and played some mind games with their opponent. But now it’s down to business…

They lock up one last time, and Omega once again gets the headlock, but Bautista pushes him up against the ropes and whips him across the ring, when Omega rebounds and comes back, Bautista just shoulder blocks him. Omega drops like a sack of bricks, down to the ground and Bautista now runs off the ropes, Omega sliding closer and rolling to his stomach, Bautista hops over and Omega pops back up, he jumps over Bautista the next time but Bautista scouts it and catches Omega in the Powerbomb position. Omega’s eyes widen in panic and he begins raining down strikes to try and break free, eventually able to use the momentum to hit a Hurricanrana. Bautista slides to the outside of the ring, and he clutches his back, as he turns around, Kenny is already sailing through the air and crashes into him off the Tope Con Hilo.

Omega quickly rolls Bautista back into the ring and climbs to the top rope, as Bautista is getting back up to his feet, completely unaware of what is coming from behind, Omega flies off the turnbuckle and plants the feet right to the back of Bautista’s head, the big man drops to the mat again, Omega knows it’s not quite enough yet and grabs Bautista around the waist and shows incredible strength of his own, deadlifting Bautista up and managing to drop him with a German Suplex. He covers Dave, 1… 2… Bautista gets the shoulder up and stays alive in this match, as Bautista uses the ropes to get back to his feet, Omega points the finger gun, signalling the V-Trigger and runs across the ring, picking up steam he goes to drive the knee into the side of Bautista’s head, however he misses as Dave rolls out the way.

As Omega bounces into the ropes, he turns and Bautista has rebounded off the ropes before coming back and nailing a sickening Spear into the ribs of Omega. Bautista lifts Omega up and kicks him in the gut, lifting him into the air and nailing a Beast Bomb, as he covers Omega the referee begins the count, 1… 2… 2.5… But Omega manages to throw his shoulder into the air once again. Only the second man to kick out of Bautista’s Beast Bomb, he is in complete shock, he can’t think what could possibly put Omega away for the count. He lifts Omega up to his feet again and looks to Irish Whip him towards the ropes, but Omega starts throwing punches and the two begin trading strikes, unfortunately that isn’t a smart choice for Omega as Bautista has a lot more power in his punches.

Bautista this time successfully whips Omega to the ropes and when he rebounds, Bautista once again looks to one of his mentors by whipping out the Tour of the Islands and plants Omega to the mat, covering him once again, 1… 2… But Omega’s foot instinctively goes to the rope, Bautista is getting enraged at this point, and he grabs Omega, in what is a tough scene to watch, he lifts Omega up for a Beast Bomb but doesn’t sit down with it and slams Omega into the mat. He doesn’t release and lifts Omega up again before bringing him crashing down a second time, and a third time and on the 4th he sits down, but doesn’t cover, he flips Omega over and locks in the Beast Bite…

Omega is practically unconscious by this point, taking those nasty bumps on his shoulder and back of his head. Bautista wrenches back in sickening fashion, Omega is fading, and fading quickly, he tries without any sort of success to crawl towards the ropes, as he fades, the referee eventually calls for the bell once Omega is completely out of it. Bautista stands and is handed his MLW National Openweight Championship, as well as his new AAA Mega Championship. He stands tall holding both titles high as the crowd are in shock, awe and even disgust at how the end of this match played out. Hoping to find out Omega is fine, he begins to stagger to his feet, and comes face to face with Bautista, holding what was his title for so long. He and Dave stare each other down for a moment, but then Omega shakes his hand and embraces him, in a moment of passing the torch of Champion to Bautista. Omega then goes back and continues whatever he is doing in AEW, while AAA have a new Champion, and he looks dominant.

2022
After a very exciting first year in his rise in the wrestling world, from pretty much nothing, Dave Bautista made a name for himself very quickly, with a good look, big size, putting on some great matches along the way, and claiming two prestigious titles along the way. With how successful his 2021 was, he is sure to have plenty of eyes on him throughout the upcoming year, hoping to push his name even further up the ranks. With guys such as Kenny Omega and Hiroshi Tanahashi putting him over in interviews after their matches with him, Dave Bautista is sure to become a hot commodity in the wrestling world.

First Rule of Fightland…
During the Battle of Los Angeles in 2021, Dave Bautista was dubbed ‘The Animal’ for the first time, and once that was thrown around, it quickly stuck and as time went on, everyone started seeing Dave as ‘The Animal’ that he was being called. With his aggressive style and animalistic nature of rage. By now, MLW has become Dave Bautista’s Jungle, or so many would think, but Mike Bennett would think differently. Regardless of that though, Bautista would come out night in and night out, and still remain undefeated in singles competition in MLW, in search of a new challenger, he comes out on MLW, and he says he will take on anyone who wants a shot at his title, the person to answer… Mance Warner. They have a rather quick match that is filled with aggression from both ends, but in the end, Bautista successfully defends the title after hitting a Beast Bomb to put him away.

The following week, Bautista once again put his title up for grabs in an Open Challenge, and this time Dominic Garrini answers it, and once again Bautista comes out on top and looks dominant as ever. After the match he demands a REAL challenge, because these past two haven’t been able to lace his boots. And that is when Mike Bennett makes his presence, he says to Bautista that he can’t do this, he’s risking that title every week, and every week leaving the chance that the title isn’t held by Remedy anymore, Bautista considers what Bennett is saying and backs off, letting him have this one, before going to leave.

However as they’re about to leave, the music of Davey Boy Smith Jr. hits, he says that since Bautista’s master said he can’t defend every week, then he challenges Bautista to a match at Fightland in just 2 weeks time, he then says they can have some time to discus, since he knows Bautista can’t make that decision on his own, he needs to be told what to do by Mike over there. Bautista, filled with rage, shouts down the microphone that Davey is on, and as simple as that, Bautista vs Davey Boy Smith has been made for Fightland. Bennett looks pissed off at Bautista, having just defied what he said only minutes earlier.

Dave Bautista and Davey Boy Smith Jr. are set to face off ahead of their Fightland Title match in a Tag Team match, with Darius Lockhart as Bautista’s partner and Brian Pillman Jr. as Davey’s. The match is back and forth with everyone getting in their fair share of offence, but in the end, the match is won when Lockhart hits Pillman with a Pumphandle Sitout Facebuster to score the pinfall victory.

Fightland - February 5th, 2022
Davey Boy Smith Jr. makes his way out to the ring first ready for his opportunity for the Openweight Championship, then it’s the Champions turn and Bautista comes down to the ring, and after an altercation earlier in the night, Bennett has sent Drew Parker to go out with Bautista as well as Vipress to make sure everything goes smoothly. The match itself is a fun back and forth bout lasting about 16 minutes, but towards the end, Smith seems to be close to victory, when Parker gets on the apron to make a distraction which fails and Davey grabs him and throws him around a bit. At that point though, Bennett sends Lockhart out to make another distraction while he slides in the ring and as Davey turns to face him he goes for a Superkick, but Smith sidesteps and the Superkick hits Bautista. Smith throws Bennett into Lockhart and they both fall to the outside. Davey gets Bautista up for a Running Powerslam and drives him into the mat for a 3 count. Davey Boy Smith is the new National Openweight Champion.

After the match, Bautista looks pissed off, the distractions of Bennett and his orders cost him the title. Later in the main event, Bennett retains his World Heavyweight Championship.

The Art of Intimidation
After Fightland, all of The Remedy comes out and Bennett cuts a promo calling out the MLW roster, saying he is unbeatable, and in the background, you can see that Bautista is not buying it, and he’s still not happy about all that went down at Fightland. Bennett finds out that he next challenger will be Austin Aries at Intimidation Games.

Over the following weeks, MJF calls out The Remedy saying that they claimed to come here to “save” MLW, but now they’ve just become the asshole tyrants at the top of the card instead. His comments trigger a war between The Dynasty and The Remedy which is set to culminate at Intimidation Games as well.

Intimidation Games - March 5th, 2022
Dave Bautista, Drew Parker and Darius Lockhart make their way down to the ring, with Vipress by their side for the 6 man tag team match. Then out next is MJF, Alexander Hammerstone and Richard Holliday representing The Dynasty. The 6 men fight for the better part of 10 minutes with each competitor getting their licks in, but in the end MJF hits the South Hampton’s Plunge to score the pinfall over Drew Parker.

Later in the night, Bennett has an all out war for the title with Austin Aries, and he looks like he’s on his way to retaining the title, but in the end, Aries manages to lock in the Last Chancery and forces Bennett to tap out and become the new Heavyweight Champion.

Welcome to the Jungle
On the episode of Fusion after Intimidation Games, we see a backstage segment from The Remedy’s locker room backstage. Mike Bennett walks in and tension straight away fills the room, he looks around at everyone in the locker room and then goes right up to Dave and asks where the hell he was at the PPV. He needed the Animal, but he was nowhere to be found. Bautista says that if Mike wanted to stay champion so much, he should’ve fought harder for it, that’s not his responsibility to help Bennett. He says that at least he didn’t cost Bennett the match directly, like a certain other prick in this locker room. Bennett doesn’t take that insult well and he fakes going to walk away before slapping Bautista across the face with a cheap shot. Bautista goes to fight back but Darius and Parker hold them back trying to calm them down. Saying that they have to keep their heads on straight, they can’t afford to fight each other when they can’t even get a win together.

The following week, Darius and Drew decide that the best option would probably be to have Bennett and Bautista let out all their frustrations AND find their unity together by having a tag match against Jimmy Havoc & Darby Allin. Hesitantly Bautista and Bennett agree to the match and shake hands, they head out to the ring with Vipress in Bautista’s corner. When Darby Allin comes out, he has Priscilla Kelly by his side and Jimmy Havoc completes the team.

The match seems to be going well for The Remedy for about 10 minutes, but then with Bautista as the legal men, he is down in the middle of the ring and begins crawling over to Bennett, reaching out for the tag. Bennett is on the apron reaching too, and as Bautista gets closer, Bennett retracts his hand and starts grabbing at his knee and he drops to the ground below, faking an injury. Meanwhile Bautista is grabbed from behind by Havoc who quickly tags in Darby while holding onto Dave, hits the Acid Rainmaker and by this time, Darby has climbed to the top rope and hits a Coffin Drop, he pins Bautista and scores the victory. Once again The Remedy takes another loss. After the match, Vipress is screaming at Bennett on the outside of the ring, but he just gets up and walks out, while Bautista is left to recover without his tag partner.

On the following week, Mike Bennett walks out to the ring, and we have heard he wants to set The Remedy back on the right track, and he will be the bigger man by issuing an apology to Bautista first. He first invites Lockhart and Parker out to join him in the ring, since this should be a uniting for all of Remedy once again. He then says he would invite Vipress out, but he knows she will just come out with Dave anyway, so why don’t they both just come out now. When Dave comes out, he has an irritated expression on his face. He gets into the ring and stands in front of Bennett, waiting for his explanation, Bennett says that this little squabble between them is stupid, and they should just squash it right now. Bautista looks as if he agrees. But then Bennett keeps going and says that he needs Bautista so he can go back to “his” winning ways, before quickly correcting himself and saying “their” winning ways. He then extends his hand to Bautista who looks at it and contemplates shaking it, and he looks like he’s going to shake it but then stops…

Bennett begins to get impatient and says “You know you need me Dave, come on.” And he still seems unsure, now Lockhart is trying to persuade him to shake hands and put this all behind them. But then Bennett goes off… He asks Bautista sarcastically if he’s stupid, and does he really think he will be able to succeed without him, because he’s just worthless when he doesn’t have the backing of The Remedy. Darius’ eyes close as he faces Bautista, knowing there is no coming back now, he steps back and out of Bautista’s way. Bennett ends by saying “Now shake my goddamn hand and take your place behind me.” When he extends his hand once again, Bautista grabs it and a smile crosses Bennett’s face, until he realises Bautista is just starting to squeeze, he pulls Bennett in and hits him with a Spinebuster before getting back to his feet and looking to Darius and Parker to see if they are going to have his back. Lockhart throws his hands up in surrender, knowing that Bennett brought that on himself. Bautista leaves the ring, with Vipress still by his side, Drew Parker goes to Bennett’s side, while Lockhart just hangs back in the ring not taking either side specifically, but still not out of The Remedy.

The next week, a video plays where Vipress talks about how last week Bennett made a huge mistake, because he is a mouse in this game, this past year he had the backing The Animal, the one person who could protect him from anyone. Whether it be Jacob Fatu or Austin Aries, the only one he had to keep him safe was Dave Bautista. And last week he threw himself into the lion’s den. Welcome to The Animal’s Jungle Mike… Bautista then steps out of the shadows and simply says “it’s hunting season Mike… and I’m going to eat you alive in that ring…” After the promo, it is announced that at Battle Riot, Mike Bennett will step in the ring with Dave Bautista one on one.

Later in the night, Bautista is having a match and he makes his entrance, right before the show cuts to commercial, we see Mike Bennett with the rest of The Remedy. He tells them both that to prove their allegiance to him, they have to go out to the ring and hand Bautista the beating of a lifetime.

Dave is waiting for his opponent to come out but instead the theme for The Remedy hits and Bennett walks out with Lockhart and Parker before sending them to the ring while he stays at the top of the stage. When Parker and Lockhart enter the ring, Parker goes right after Bautista and he gets pushed away. Bautista tries to tell them they don’t need to do this, and he doesn’t want to fight them but Parker is insistent and eventually Bautista just gives him a Spinebuster. As he looks at Darius he tells him he really doesn’t have to do this. Over the past months, it has become public knowledge that Bautista and Darius are close behind the scenes too. And Darius is looking very hesitant, Bautista says he’s not going to fight him, and just kneels there and tells him to do what he thinks he has to do. Bautista is eventually shouting for Lockhart to do it, but Bennett has slid in the ring and hits Lockhart with a quick Photo Finish before getting back up and Superkicking Bautista in the face. The show ends with Bennett and Parker standing tall while Lockhart and Bautista are left laying.

Battle Riot - April 2nd, 2022
As the show begins, we have the clash between former stablemates, Dave Bautista’s music hits and the crowd explodes in cheers as he makes his way out onto the stage, Vipress by his side as always. Bautista makes his way down to the ring and is ready for his match. That is when Mike Bennett makes his way out too, both men seeking redemption after picking up a fair few losses as of late. As Bennett enters the ring, he makes sure the referee holds Bautista back from him. And while the referee is backing Bautista into the corner, Bennett spits in the face of Bautista, which sends Dave over the edge and he pushes the referee out the way before hitting a brutal Spear right through Bennett.

Bautista begins to pound down on Bennett and won’t let up, Bennett’s face is cut open and Bautista just continues, relentlessly, that is until… THWACK! A kendo stick smacks across the back of Bautista, Drew Parker has come out and he lays into Bautista with the kendo stick, but the adrenaline in the body of the Animal, he gets to his feet and catches one of the shots and snaps the kendo stick before grabbing Parker for a Belly to Belly Suplex, only for Parker to kick Bautista in the groin, and his adrenaline can’t get him through that. Bautista drops to his knees as Parker just stands in front of him and begins to stomp down on his former stablemate. Meanwhile, in her first appearance after finally being let out of her contract, a year after Bennett, Maria Kanellis comes to his side and ensures her husband is alright.

As the attack continues in the ring, eventually Darius Lockhart comes out to defend Bautista and begins brawling with Parker to the back, once they’ve all cleared out, Bautista is beginning to use the ropes to get up, and that is when Maria Kanellis slaps him across the face, which triggers Vipress to attack, because nobody touches her man. With everyone else gone from ringside, Bennett pulls himself back into the ring and both men are beginning to get to their feet again, as the referee slides back in and goes to ring the bell, noticing the shape both men are in, he hesitates. Seeing Bennett with a bloody face, Bautista with welts all over his back and ribs, he ends up just ringing the bell anyway…

The match now officially underway, the two men begin trading strikes, back and forth, Bautista, the fresher man, nails a Lariat to Bennett which takes him off his feet and Bautista looks to end the match already with a Beast Bomb, but Bennett manages to knock Bautista down to the ground. He quickly hooks the legs deep and attempts to win the match just like that, 1… 2… But of course it’s not going to be that easy. Bautista gets his shoulder up and Bennett is in desperation mode, knowing how much blood he’s losing he needs to finish the match soon. As Bautista gets back to his feet, Bennett rolls him up from behind, 1… 2… Dave kicks out again. Bautista this time gets up and kicks Bennett in the gut and hits a Beast Bomb, but he doesn’t go for the cover, instead he stands again. The crowd chant “One More Time” and Bautista grabs the top rope, and shakes it, stomping his foot to hype himself up. He lets out a primal roar and lifts Bennett back to his feet, hitting a second Beast Bomb, 1… 2… 3… Dave Bautista gets revenge for his treatment the last couple months and walks out on his own two feet. Bennett on the other hand needs help to the back.

Battle Riot Match
But that’s not the end of Bautista’s night, not by a long shot, in the Main Event we have a 40 man Battle Riot match. And as the match is going on, it gets to #40, the countdown begins and as everyone waits to find out who it is, we hear…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjTjed3jSXM

The transformation is complete, shedding the skin of everything to tie him to The Remedy, Dave Bautista makes his way out, his new music letting them all know that he truly is still alive and kicking. He stalks down to the ring, stopping by ringside to look at the competitors in the ring, Jacob Fatu (#24), Drew Parker (#39), Darby Allin (#12) and Tom Lawlor (#33).

Bautista gets in the ring and goes right after Drew Parker, grabbing him around the throat and shoving him into the corner before nailing him with a brutal clothesline. He almost makes it look easy as he dumps Parker over the top rope and to the floor below. That leaves the match to just 4, and Bautista gets jumped from behind by Tom Lawlor who attempts to dump him over the top rope, Bautista fights back and manages to keep himself alive in the match still, he knocks Lawlor to the ground and sees Jacob Fatu at risk against the ropes, Bautista grabs the leg of Fatu and tries to push him over, and then Darby comes to help and Fatu begins to topple over the ropes, This is when Lawlor get involved and pushes Fatu which sends him to the ground below.

Lawlor doesn’t waste time and grabs Bautista, attempting to throw him over once again, but in a show of athleticism we never see from Dave, he wraps his legs around Lawlor and drags him out and manages to drop Lawlor to the ground below too, before rolling back under the rope. The final 2, Darby Allin and Dave Bautista. Bautista stands over Darby, and he grabs Darby attempting to Military Press him and throw him over the top. But Darby kicks out the legs of Bautista who just throws him into the corner, shaking off the kicks. He lifts Darby onto the top rope and follows him up for a Superplex. But we find out there is a reason Bautista doesn’t usually go to the top rope, because Darby flips over for a Sunset Flip, but Dave holds on so Darby kicks his knees which drops him into a hanging position. Darby climbs to the top and hits a Double Foot Stomp. Bautista rolls further into the middle and goes to apply the Last Supper, the referee makes the count, 1… 2… But Bautista gets out of it and stumbles back to his feet. Darby Shotgun Dropkicks him into the corner and when Bautista bounces out of the corner and into the middle, Darby climbs to the top and hits the Coffin Drop before covering Dave, 1… 2… 3… Darby Allin is declared the winner and handed the Golden Ticket.

Bautista gets back to his feet and he walks right up to Darby, as the referees try to seperate them, Bautista extends his hand. Darby shakes it and Bautista holds his hand high before leaving the MLW crowd for the last time, as it’s announced a few days later that Battle Riot was Dave Bautista’s last appearance for the company.
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2019.10.15 10:56 TheRV1HD Should WWE Grant Mike Kanellis His Release?

Mike Kanellis had requested his release from WWE. One of the reasons that he had stated was only working one match per week simply not being enough. He felt like he should be wrestling up to 30 minutes per night and travelling the world. Mike also wanted his daughter to see him wrestle. Not cuck angles with squash matches. Actual matches that show just how good that he is.
I agree with Mike. The way hes being treated on RAW is a joke. Pinned by a foot on his chest by his own pregnant wife. Squashed by Rusev. Having the commentary team call him a loser. In what way is that befitting of any talent? At least in Rusevs angle with Lana and Lashley Rusev is portrayed as sympathetic and kicks ass. Why should Mike be any different? Because Maria plays up the strong female on Twitter? Lana does the same.
The Mike Kanellis of 205 Live is inconsistent with the Mike Kanellis of RAW. He beat down Drake Maverick in a solid match. He recently destroyed Akira Tozawa in an angle where he seemed to be aligning with Brian Kendrick as veterans who believe that they deserved better. It looked promising. However with the loser that they made him look like on RAW why would anyone buy Mike Kanellis as a serious threat on 205 Live? So when he asks for his release its warranted. Will WWE grant it however?
Shawn Spears asked for his release and got it. However Luke Harper wasnt as lucky. Would WWE be willing to let go of Mike and also Maria during her pregnancy? Will WWE play their cards and hold Maria's contract over for still having dates remaining during to maternity leave? I'm unsure if that's possible but I wouldn't put it past WWE to try and keep Maria around as it looks bad on them to release a pregnant woman. Mike? Well he wont leave without his wife. How does WWE please him? Both of them arent afraid to speak their minds.
Well what if they offer Mike a chance to go work at NXT? Would that change his mind? The Cruiserweight Championship is now also a part of NXT and a mini Twitter feud with Lio Rush could be the gate way into something better for Mike. Perhaps WWE books Mike to challenge for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship and he pulls off a shocking upset? This then places him on NXT as well as 205 Live. NXT he wouldn't be booked as a joke and have more competitive matches while on USA Network.
Let's not forget NXT also has live events where 205 Live does not. Mike could also feature on those. Use the Cruiserweight Championship to springboard him onto better things on NXT. I feel like Mike should be let go if he wants what he wants in life. Better than being stuck in a rut. However if WWE arent going to release him they should consider a more serious push and a look at NXT for him. He can still be home and provide for his family as well as getting exposure and more meaningful matches. Getting what he wants in a WWE format though might just nothing short of a....miracle.
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2019.10.01 21:16 TheRV1HD SPOILER - Thoughts On RAWs Ending

While many people are quick to crap on the ending segment of RAW it currently sits at 1.8M views on YouTube with 41K+ likes and only 4K dislikes. You wanted shock TV and good or bad this has everyone talking. Whether you loved or hated it people right now are like "holy crap what the hell was that?!"
For those that missed it Rusev turned babyface in the middle of the show and saved Seth Rollins from a beat down from Baron Corbin and Randy Orton. This was all tease for a Team Hogan Vs Team Flair match in Saudi Arabia. Rusev made his intentions known that Rollins owed him one and challenged him for the Universal Championship later in the evening. Rey Mysterio was at the hospital when he and his son Dominik were attacked by Brock Lesnar at the start of the show.
During the interview with Rusev where he challenged Rollins he was asked where Lana was which was given the awkward silent treatment. Rusev seemed very upset about something and mentioned troubles at home before moving on. This should have given everyone at least a tease of what was to come. A limo appeared right as the main event began. It seemed very apparent that Lana was a strong choice to be in that limo. Who she was with though wasnt.
During the main event Bobby Lashley of all people returned and signalled for Lana to come out. Both of them hugged before going into an extremely long and awkward make out session right in front of Rusev. Rusev clearly looked uncomfortable with his real life wife doing this and briefly even closed his eyes. It was like he was reminding himself that it's all just an angle but it had to be uncomfortable viewing.
So what was this all about? Maria Kanellis, who had been messing about her husband, earlier in the show openly admitted that Rusev was not the father of her child and that this was all just her messing with Mike's head. Lana however? So Lana apparently is cheating on her husband. When Lana's music played Rusev shrugged as if to say "and...?" It gave the impression like he wasnt sure where this was all going?
So is this another version of the cuck angle being moved on from Mike to Rusev? Is Lana being unfaithful because she views Rusev as weak? Why would Lana do this? Did she do this because Rusev was teased to be the father of Maria's baby? Something which Maria basically debunked earlier in the show? Another possibility and this is WWE thinking way too outside the box if they ever did this is the idea of an open marriage between both Rusev and Lana. Now while this sounds like madness hear me out.
Lana and Rusev could have hit the rocks off screen in story. Lana decides that she wants to give an open marriage a try to explore things and be more adventurous. Rusev loves Lana and doesnt want this to happen but because he loves her so much he agrees to it. Lana begins to speak about seeing other people and Rusev makes up stories to make it seem like hes doing the same but hes clearly down on his luck and just wants to be with Lana. The Maria pregnancy angle comes up and Rusev claims that he is the father in a lie.
Maria never says that he is the father. Rusev interrupted when she was about to announce the father giving Rusev the opportunity to step in and pretend that he is. Rusev only does this though because he is angry with Lana because the open marriage is not what he wants. Lana strikes back with dating someone within the WWE. Its revealed that its Lashley. They go at it while Rusev looks on broken because his lie has gotten the better of him.
While that seems very far fetched in this era of Heyman anything is possible. Its either an open marriage, a cuck angle or Lana's revenge for Rusevs lie. No matter what it is it has you talking and you can not lie that you wonder what the hell the follow up of all this is and what the point is? People wanted more of Rusev on TV. They have it. People wanted more shock value TV. They have it. Yet there are those out there complaining about this you are getting what you want. More Rusev and TV with an edge. It gave you an emotion now run with it.
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2019.07.31 23:00 rb_Reigns Why doesn't Mike just divorce from Maria Kanellis already? She is annoying and all this is doing is ruining his chances at finding another woman, if he wises up and divorces her.

This is just embarrassing for Mike Kanellis at this point. I don't have any emotional attachment to him, I'm not a fan of him, but this is getting on my nerves. I just want him to tell her he is divorcing her. He can say that it's emotional abuse and the proof is there. Millions see it every f'n weak. Maria is hurting Mike emotionally and maybe even psychologically.
Mike is being embarrassed by Maria and it's terrible. This is going to hurt his chances at dating other women, maybe another female Superstar, if he wises up and divorces her. They will see that he doesn't have guts and some of them may think he is isn't a man. It's just the harsh truth.
I like that he and Maria hit Sami Zayn with the vase a long while ago and that is what I will remember of them as a couple. The kid isn't even Mike's so he should just divorce her. She is the one who said that. And if he does at least threaten to divorce her, she may be stunned and in a last-ditch effort to prevent the divorce, she may admit the kid is actually Mike's. Even then he should still go with the divorce as the baby, when it's older, will see that it's mom was a b*tch to their dad, and that is why Mike left Maria.
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2019.07.23 01:33 SiphenPrax WWE Megathread: July 22-24

Extreme Rules is officially in the books! Here's what you need to know:
At Extreme Rules, Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins retained their RAW Women's Championship and Universal Championship, respectively, against Lacey Evans and Baron Corbin. Well, temporarily, in Seth's case. During the match, Baron hit Becky with an End of Days, taking her out of commission. Seth, in an unmitigated rage, beat the hell out of Baron and delivered three curb stomps to pin him. But Seth let his emotions get in the way, as Brock Lesnar cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and, with Becky out of the picture, hit an F5 on Seth and pinned him to become the new Universal Champion. Meanwhile, despite the 2 on 1 odds against her, Bayley successfully retained her Smackdown Women's Championship against Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss in a handicap match after she pinned Nikki with a flying elbow.
On RAW, with no clear number one contender to Becky Lynch's RAW women's title, WWE set up a fatal-4-way elimination match between Natalya, Alexa Bliss, Naomi, and Carmella with the winner getting to face Becky at Summerslam. Carmella was eliminated first by Alexa, then Naomi was eliminated by Natalya, and finally, Alexa was eliminated by Natalya, giving Natalya the win and a date with Becky at Summerslam in her home country. Alexa, probably not happy that she lost this match, has scheduled a new edition of A Moment of Bliss for RAW this week to completely expose Becky.
On Smackdown, Ember Moon brought out her partner to face Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. It turned out to be none other than Smackdown Women's Champion Bayley. They quickly defeated Mandy and Sonya and then Kayla Braxton interviewed Bayley in the ring. Bayley was happy that her feud with Alexa Bliss was finally over and that she can now focus on building up the Smackdown Women's Division by facing different opponents on the roster. She decided to pick her Summerslam opponent right there and decided it would be none other than Ember Moon herself. Ember Moon accepted and now the match is on for Summerslam. Meanwhile, Charlotte Flair returned to Smackdown after a lengthy absence and Liv Morgan finally debuted on the blue brand. Both of them immediately got into an argument during Shane McMahon's town hall meeting at the beginning of the show. That led to a match between the two later on in the show where Charlotte easily submitted Liv with the Figure Eight. Liv went on the commentator's mic after the match and proclaimed that she's going to be real. And now, with both Ember and Charlotte having momentum, WWE announced over the weekend a singles match between Ember and Charlotte for Smackdown this week. Finally, the IIconics defeated the Kabuki Warriors for the Women's Tag-Team Championships after the IIconics intentionally counted themselves out. The Kabuki Warriors were obviously not happy at all about this and so they proceded to beat up the IIconics, which ended with Kairi Sane giving an Insane Elbow to Billie Kay.
Also, on both RAW and Smackdown, the Carmella/R-Truth saga continues as she continues to help R-Truth defend his 24/7 Championship.
AND ALSO BESIDES THAT, the RAW Reunion episode is this week, and it will feature the return of many former WWE female talent from the past. The talent that is scheduled to be there is Alundra Blayze, Melina, Eve Torres, Kaitlyn, Jillian Hall, Lillian Garcia, Candice Michelle, Kelly Kelly, and Alicia Fox (even though she's currently a member of the RAW Women's Division).
On NXT, there was cell phone footage shown of Mia Yim attacking Marina Shafir in the parking lot. Meanwhile, a video package aired of Io Shirai turning heel and it led to a match being announced for this week between Io Shirai and Kacy Catanzaro.
Finally, on NXT UK, Toni Storm called out Kay Lee Ray, believing that she was a best friend to her who helped her move to the UK and is now sick of the mind games she's been playing. KLR came out and teased that she wanted to face Toni now, but instead said that she was going to force Toni to wait until NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff to face her. She said, until then, she would make Toni's life a living hell. Sid Scala then immediately mentioned, following the segment, that this didn't mean Toni and KLR wouldn't be in action until then and announced that Toni would team up with Piper Niven and Xia Brookside, while KLR would team up with Jinny and Jazzy Gabert, with both teams facing each other in a six-woman tag-team match this week. Jinny, meanwhile, already got the head start on Xia and beat her in a singles match with Jazzy standing by at ringside.
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2019.04.01 13:43 bookingclub Booking Monday Night RAW Week-10

Roman Empire opens the show
Roman: ‘Burn it Down’,Burn it Down’,Burn it Down’.. ‘Lets Go Rollins’, ‘Lets Go Rollins’, No.?what’s it gonna be tonight wait let me guess ‘You can’t wrestle’? I get it guys, you all hate me. You all hate me cause you wish you were me. You know deep down your women wish the same. Like this fat ass here, if i wanted buddy, I can take your wife sitting next to you just by winking at her. Rollins is my brother and brother it’s not personal it’s just business. I took this title from you. Just like you took my moment away at WM31. We’re even now. Now Seth Rollins has a match with me at Breaking a point for this title but I know Seth you’re a smart man, Therefore, being the bigger man, I’m gonna make an offer to you. Join my empire and I’ll make sure you get a cut of the money we make and forget all this match Bullsh*t. You got till the end of the night, but as of right now, EC3 and Lars wanna have some fun. So who in the back are dumb enough to get in the ring with these 2 and get their ass handed?
Heavy Machinery’s music hits.
Roman: Really, you 2? Didn’t you just get here? Well it’s your funeral!
Match-1
EC3/ Lars Sullivan V Heavy Machinery
Winner: EC3/ Lars Sullivan
Roman gets in the ring and raises their hand.
Roman: Seth, you could be this.
Graphic-
Kevin Owens responds to Sami Zayn
Will Seth Join The Roman Empire?
Up next it’s time to walk with Elias
-Commercial Break-
Elias does his thing.
Elias: Now, last week as you all saw, the big brute hairy Bulgarian jumped me from behind and really did a number on me. I haven’t forgotten nor will I forgive the bear but I don’t know where’s his head at.?
Rusev comes out and on the ramp.
Rusev: you pig, you have been having an affair with my wife and you expect me to appreciate you.
Elias: Lana? Rusev trust me, I can see it in your wife’s eyes that she does have a thing for me and wants to Walk with Elias but there are several women out there who haven’t, you know, Walked with you. Why would Elias even consider a married woman who wakes up next to a repulsive garbage every single day?
Rusev runs towards the ring, Elias is ready with his guitar. Rusev stops.
Rusev: of course a pig like you needs an equaliser but this Sunday there will be no help for you. At Breaking Point, I’m not only gonna crush you but I’m gonna rip those eyes out that you have had on my wife.
Backstage-
Scott Dawson enters Alexa Bliss’s locker room.
Alexa: May I help you with something?
Scott: You have to tell me what’s this all about? You dating my buddy Dash, I mean he’s not even focused on his career which effects me as well. All he wants to do is talk about you.
Alexa: How’s That my fault? I understand your problem, how about I fix you up with one of my friends?
Scott: I don’t want no woman. I want to defend my title and I can’t do that when my friend Is think about you 24/7.
Alexa: We have a problem. Here’s what I suggest, now I’m not gonna leave him but tonight I’ll go out there and have a Blissful Tag Team Gauntlet. The winner faces The Revival at Breaking Point for the title. We’ll call it a Blissful Challenge. Happy now?
Scott: Not only are you pretty, you’re a genius.
Baron Corbin comes out.
Baron: The only thing I love more than my boss and his money is beating the hell out of people. I beat up Sheamus I beat up that lil rat had and this Sunday I’m gonna beat up the wannabe, the mr. has been, Dolph Ziggler. His little Run is gonna see a dead end when I end his days for good and at SummerSlam, you’ll be looking at the new Universal Champion. Now, I know Seth Rollins can never beat Roman Reigns. So Roman, you better be prepared. Summer slam will be a long night for you.
Dolph Ziggler comes out
DZ: The most metal athlete, The lone wolf all of a sudden has become Triple H little bitch. No, no, you’re more like his left testicle and I’m sure Stephanie is the one pulling your strings. This Sunday, Baron will be a long night for you. Cause this isn’t the same Dolph you had a never ending rivalry with in 2016. This Dolph Ziggler is only focused on one thing and one thing only and that’s the top spot in the business and you kNow this as much as anyone else I have stayed crawled and latched more harder than anyone. Just imagine now that I’m focused how hard will it be for anyone to hold me down. The question you need to know an answer to is can you with stand this.
DZ Superkicks him and leaves the ring.
-Commercial Break-
A.J. Styles is shown arriving at the arena. Bobby Roode jumps him from behind and puts his head through the car window.
Bobby: You should have stayed away. You made a mistake by coming back.
Kevin Owens comes out.
Kevin: Last week, Sami came out and started crying and whining about how This happened and that happened. I did everything to get here but the fact that I held you down, is beyond me. I came to Monday Night RAW and took this place by storm. Just like I did at NXT, Sami, this Sunday at Breaking Point...
No way Jose comes out.
Jose: Kevin, man, you and Sami aren’t besties no more but you know what could...
Kevin grabs Jose and hits him with the pop-up powerbomb.
-Commercial Break-
Backstage-
Zelina Vega is getting makeup done, Lana walks in and kicks her. Starts beating her until security separates them.
Aleister Black comes out.
But before he can say anything. Pete Dunn’s music hits.
Pete: You look surprised. After everything that you did to me. After everything you took from me, you honestly thought I was gonna let you live peacefully. At Breaking Point, I’m challenging you not to a match but to a fight.
AB: No.
AB leaves the ring. Leaving Pete stunned.
-Commercial Break -
Michael Cole: Ladies and Gentlemen, just in, At Breaking Point, A WWE Network Exclusive Interview will air, where Corey Graves gets down to the bottom of Aleister Black’s refusal to fight Pete Dunn. Not Only that, Vince McMahon returns at Breaking Point to make an announcement regarding future of WWE. Also Ladies And gentelmen, at Breaking appoint a special Pre-Show attraction match, Lana V Zelina Vega
Bobby Roode Comes out.
Bobby: A.J. Styles came back to a huge response. I sent him back to the hospital where he belongs. He cost me a shot at the universal championship and right now, I want my fair rematch.. so roman let’s do this.
Chad Gable comes out.
Chad: Bobby, what has happened to you? You have become this guy that, I know you’re not.
Bobby: listen kid, I have no interest in lifting your career anymore. You’re such a failure that you dragged down my career to your level.
Chad: that’s really cute. But you know what Bobby, before you just cut me off, I was about to tell you, that A.J. styles did arrive at the hospital, and he wants to make it clear. At Breaking Point, Bobby Roode you’re gonna go face to face with the Phenomenal, A.J. Styles.
Bobby hits Chad and says “ That’s this Sunday, but tonight I’m gonna teach you a lesson, Kid.”
Match-3
Bobby Roode V Chad Gable
-Commercial Break-
Winner-Bobby Roode.
Braun Strowman is shown backstage. Drew runs from behind and blindsides him. Drew beats up Braun and holds his hand to make him sign a contract.
Drew” you’re mine now at Breaking Point.”
Braun gets up and eats a claymore kick.
Balor Club comes out.
Finn: We have been sitting in the back and watching as people come in here do something-something and leave. The only thing that interests the Balor Club is Roman Empire and the title that Roman holds but one thing for sure...
Maria Kanellis comes out.
Maria: 3 Tough men, the only time you 3 are tough when doing a gang style beat down isn’t it?
Finn: Maria, long time huh? But where’s Mike? Oh yeah that’s right. We took care of him didn’t we, so now he sent his wife to fight his battle. I mean, Maria if you wanna have a match with Me I wouldn’t mind giving it you. The only problem will be your man will need to wear your panties.
Maria: I’m not here to face you but to announce you that Mike has gotten what he wanted, a match against you at Breaking Point for the Intercontinental Championship. See this Sunday Finn.
Finn Smirks and Too Sweets Karl and Gallows.
Backstage-
EC3: Boss, Adding Seth, I mean you think he’s gonna bite the bait.?
Roman: He’s a smart man and he always aligns himself with people where all the power lies. Tonight, We’re gonna throw a big celebration as we welcome ‘The Architect’ into our Empire. Even you’re in ‘Freak’.
Camera pans to Lars who smile creepily.
Becky Lynch Comes out.
-Commercial Break-
Becky: Week after week, time and time again the man comes out and wants a piece of Stephanie’s arm but being in the corporate Power that she is, she puts up roadblocks after roadblocks in front of me and I shatter them. Now, I got one in Bayley. Back in NXT, Bayley...
Bayley comes out.
Bayley: if you’re gonna say something about me, you say it to my face.
Becky: Bayley, back in NXT, you helped me. You help me a lot. I went from a dancing leprechaun to a champion and now it’s time I repay you by beating you at Breaking Point. It’s nothing to do with our past, but you were always the weak link of the 4 Horsewomen.
Bayley: oh there we go, more originality. I was the weak link, have you ever wondered Becky, it’s took you 3 to get called up to RAW to strengthen the women’s division while, back in NXT I all by myself carried the load and then you went all crazy and being ‘The Man’. This Sunday, Becky The title won’t belong to the Man but the title will come back to me.
Bayley goes for a handshake. Becky looks at it and looks in the dis-arm-her.
Backstage-
Charly: Charlotte, last week, we’re all glad to see your father doing well and you even invited him to come with you but in the match he turned on you helping Mandy Rose pick up the win. How do you react to this?
Before Charlotte can and answer... Sasha walks in.
Sasha; Charly if you’re excuse us. What happened last week, happened. You can either dwindle in the past or take you’re frustrations out on. Now, you and I have not gotten along. But I know I bring out the best in you and you bring out the best in me and last week, just like you, The IICONICS embarrassed me in my Hometown and this Sunday I have a re-match against them for the Tag Team Titles. Since, Bayley is going for the RAW women’s Championship, let’s just say, it’s better to trust an enemy that you know than a friend you don’t.
Charlotte: Sasha, my answer is No.
Charlotte leaves.
Alexa Bliss comes out.
-Commercial Break-
Alexa: my love, Dash Wilder is not only the RAW tag team champion but is a fighting champion. Therefore, I came up with the Blissful Tag Team gauntlet to determine which team can go the distance only to be embarrassed by my boyfriend at Breaking Point. So let’s bring this Gauntlet now.
Match-4 Blissful Tag Team Gauntlet
The Major Brothers V AOP W/ Dave Maverick
Winners- AOP
Lucha House Party V AOP
Winner- AOP
Rhino/ Slater V AOP
Winner- Rhino/ Slater
The Revival come out. Stare down.
-Commercial Break-
Roman comes out.
Roman: Seth the time is up and tell the whole world how you accept as you’re leader and we can put this while you wanting my title at Breaking Point Nothing more than WWE’s way of filling the arena. Come on down.
Backstage a video plays, EC3 is shown looking for Lars. Lars is knocked out.
Roman all confused.. “Burn It Down”
Seth jumps Roman with a steel chair from behind.. EC3 comes out.
Seth Goes into the crowd. “Hey Roman, This Sunday. I’m taking back what’s rightfully mine and I’m gonna burn the Roman Empire DOWN”.
End of Show
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2019.01.26 21:22 HardestPartOfTheRing How WWE Should Book Royal Rumble 2019

2ND MATCH: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles (Singles match for the WWE Championship)
WINNER by SUBMISSION and STILL WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan
3RD MATCH: 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble match
Since the Women main evented last year, I think it’s pretty fair to have the Men’s go on last this year. Maybe they can take turns going on last every other year. Without further ado, LET’S GET INTO THE MATCH.
Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair co-won the 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble by last eliminating each other
Entry # Entrant Order Eliminated Eliminated By Eliminations Brand
1 Bayley 18 Shayna Baszler 2 RAW
2 Sonya Deville 9 Ruby Riott 2 SmackDown
3 Lana 1 Sonya Deville 0 SmackDown
4 Ember Moon 20 Shayna Baszler 1 RAW
5 Mickie James 3 Liv Morgan 0 RAW
6 Nikki Cross 21 Nia Jax 0 Free Agent
7 Billie Kay 10 Ruby Riott 0 SmackDown
8 Jazz 2 Sonya Deville 0 Legend
9 Liv Morgan 6 Naomi 1 RAW
10 Shayna Baszler 19 Ember Moon 6 NXT
11 Zelina Vega 4 Naomi 0 SmackDown
12 Naomi 7 Mandy Rose 4 SmackDown
13 Sarah Logan 5 Naomi 2 RAW
14 Lacey Evans 15 Shayna Baszler 0 Free Agent
15 Mandy Rose 8 Naomi 1 SmackDown
16 Natalya 11 Peyton Royce 0 RAW
17 Ruby Riott 24 Alexa Bliss 2 RAW
18 Melina 14 Shayna Baszler 0 Legend
19 Alicia Fox 13 Shayna Baszler 0 RAW
20 Peyton Royce 12 Shayna Baszler 1 SmackDown
21 Vanessa Bourne 17 Bayley 0 NXT
22 Maryse 16 Bayley 0 Legend
23 Charlotte Flair N/A WINNER 2 SmackDown Live
24 Nia Jax 28 Becky Lynch 3 RAW
25 Dana Brooke 23 Becky Lynch 0 RAW
26 Maria Kanellis 22 Becky Lynch 0 Free Agent
27 Becky Lynch (attacked Tamina mid-entrance and took her spot) N/A WINNER 4 SmackDown Live
28 Rhea Ripley 26 Charlotte Flair 0 NXT UK
29 Alexa Bliss 27 Nia Jax 1 RAW
30 Carmella (and a confused R-Truth) 25 Nia Jax 0 SmackDown
4TH MATCH: The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) (c) vs. The Miz and Shane McMahon (Tag Team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
WINNERS by PINFALL and NEW WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Miz and Shane McMahon
5TH MATCH: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks (Singles match for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship)
WINNER by SUBMISSION and STILL WWE RAW Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey
6TH MATCH: Brock Lesnar (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Finn Balor (Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship)
WINNER by PINFALL and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
7TH MATCH: 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble match
SETH ROLLINS (#1) WON THE 2019 MEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE BY LAST ELIMINATING DREW MCINTYRE (#27)
Entry # Entrant Order Eliminated Eliminated By Eliminations Brand
1 Seth Rollins N/A WINNER 7 RAW
2 Andrade (not Cien Almas) 25 Seth Rollins 0 SmackDown
3 EC3 8 Seth Rollins 0 Free Agent
4 Jeff Hardy 1 Samoa Joe 0 SmackDown Live
5 Sami Zayn 7 Seth Rollins 0 RAW
6 Apollo Crews 3 Aleister Black 0 RAW
7 Rey Mysterio 6 Seth Rollins 0 SmackDown
8 Baron Corbin 4 Big E & Xavier Woods 0 RAW
9 Samoa Joe 22 Drew McIntyre 6 SmackDown
10 The Miz 5 Samoa Joe 0 SmackDown
11 Big E 12 Samoa Joe 1 SmackDown
12 Jinder Mahal 2 Aleister Black 0 RAW
13 Aleister Black 20 Drew McIntyre 2 Free Agent (would debut on RAW the next night)
14 Xavier Woods 10 Titus O’Neil 1 SmackDown
15 Elias 9 Randy Orton 0 RAW
16 Mustafa Ali 16 Samoa Joe 0 SmackDown
17 Bobby Lashley 20 Drew McIntyre 1 RAW
18 Randy Orton 26 Drew McIntyre 1 SmackDown
19 Kofi Kingston 13 Seth Rollins 0 SmackDown
20 Johnny Gargano 18 Drew McIntyre 0 NXT
21 Titus O’Neil 11 Samoa Joe 1 RAW
22 Chad Gable 17 Bobby Lashley 0 RAW
23 WIlliam Regal 15 Samoa Joe 0 Legend
24 Eric Young 14 William Regal 0 SmackDown
25 Buddy Murphy 21 Dean Ambrose 0 205Live
26 Bobby Roode 19 Drew McIntyre 0 RAW
27 Drew McIntyre 29 Seth Rollins 6 RAW
28 Dean Ambrose 27 Seth Rollins 0 RAW
29 Shinsuke Nakamura 23 Shawn Michaels 0 SmackDown
30 Shawn Michaels 24 The Undertaker (not in the match) 1 Legend
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2019.01.26 21:20 KingOfTheWring How WWE Should Book Royal Rumble 2019

2ND MATCH: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles (Singles match for the WWE Championship)
WINNER by SUBMISSION and STILL WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan
3RD MATCH: 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble match
Since the Women main evented last year, I think it’s pretty fair to have the Men’s go on last this year. Maybe they can take turns going on last every other year. Without further ado, LET’S GET INTO THE MATCH.
Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair co-won the 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble by last eliminating each other
Entry # Entrant Order Eliminated Eliminated By Eliminations Brand
1 Bayley 18 Shayna Baszler 2 RAW
2 Sonya Deville 9 Ruby Riott 2 SmackDown
3 Lana 1 Sonya Deville 0 SmackDown
4 Ember Moon 20 Shayna Baszler 1 RAW
5 Mickie James 3 Liv Morgan 0 RAW
6 Nikki Cross 21 Nia Jax 0 Free Agent
7 Billie Kay 10 Ruby Riott 0 SmackDown
8 Jazz 2 Sonya Deville 0 Legend
9 Liv Morgan 6 Naomi 1 RAW
10 Shayna Baszler 19 Ember Moon 6 NXT
11 Zelina Vega 4 Naomi 0 SmackDown
12 Naomi 7 Mandy Rose 4 SmackDown
13 Sarah Logan 5 Naomi 2 RAW
14 Lacey Evans 15 Shayna Baszler 0 Free Agent
15 Mandy Rose 8 Naomi 1 SmackDown
16 Natalya 11 Peyton Royce 0 RAW
17 Ruby Riott 24 Alexa Bliss 2 RAW
18 Melina 14 Shayna Baszler 0 Legend
19 Alicia Fox 13 Shayna Baszler 0 RAW
20 Peyton Royce 12 Shayna Baszler 1 SmackDown
21 Vanessa Bourne 17 Bayley 0 NXT
22 Maryse 16 Bayley 0 Legend
23 Charlotte Flair N/A WINNER 2 SmackDown Live
24 Nia Jax 28 Becky Lynch 3 RAW
25 Dana Brooke 23 Becky Lynch 0 RAW
26 Maria Kanellis 22 Becky Lynch 0 Free Agent
27 Becky Lynch (attacked Tamina mid-entrance and took her spot) N/A WINNER 4 SmackDown Live
28 Rhea Ripley 26 Charlotte Flair 0 NXT UK
29 Alexa Bliss 27 Nia Jax 1 RAW
30 Carmella (and a confused R-Truth) 25 Nia Jax 0 SmackDown
4TH MATCH: The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) (c) vs. The Miz and Shane McMahon (Tag Team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
WINNERS by PINFALL and NEW WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Miz and Shane McMahon
5TH MATCH: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks (Singles match for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship)
WINNER by SUBMISSION and STILL WWE RAW Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey
6TH MATCH: Brock Lesnar (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Finn Balor (Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship)
WINNER by PINFALL and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
7TH MATCH: 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble match
SETH ROLLINS (#1) WON THE 2019 MEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE BY LAST ELIMINATING DREW MCINTYRE (#27)
Entry # Entrant Order Eliminated Eliminated By Eliminations Brand
1 Seth Rollins N/A WINNER 7 RAW
2 Andrade (not Cien Almas) 25 Seth Rollins 0 SmackDown
3 EC3 8 Seth Rollins 0 Free Agent
4 Jeff Hardy 1 Samoa Joe 0 SmackDown Live
5 Sami Zayn 7 Seth Rollins 0 RAW
6 Apollo Crews 3 Aleister Black 0 RAW
7 Rey Mysterio 6 Seth Rollins 0 SmackDown
8 Baron Corbin 4 Big E & Xavier Woods 0 RAW
9 Samoa Joe 22 Drew McIntyre 6 SmackDown
10 The Miz 5 Samoa Joe 0 SmackDown
11 Big E 12 Samoa Joe 1 SmackDown
12 Jinder Mahal 2 Aleister Black 0 RAW
13 Aleister Black 20 Drew McIntyre 2 Free Agent (would debut on RAW the next night)
14 Xavier Woods 10 Titus O’Neil 1 SmackDown
15 Elias 9 Randy Orton 0 RAW
16 Mustafa Ali 16 Samoa Joe 0 SmackDown
17 Bobby Lashley 20 Drew McIntyre 1 RAW
18 Randy Orton 26 Drew McIntyre 1 SmackDown
19 Kofi Kingston 13 Seth Rollins 0 SmackDown
20 Johnny Gargano 18 Drew McIntyre 0 NXT
21 Titus O’Neil 11 Samoa Joe 1 RAW
22 Chad Gable 17 Bobby Lashley 0 RAW
23 WIlliam Regal 15 Samoa Joe 0 Legend
24 Eric Young 14 William Regal 0 SmackDown
25 Buddy Murphy 21 Dean Ambrose 0 205Live
26 Bobby Roode 19 Drew McIntyre 0 RAW
27 Drew McIntyre 29 Seth Rollins 6 RAW
28 Dean Ambrose 27 Seth Rollins 0 RAW
29 Shinsuke Nakamura 23 Shawn Michaels 0 SmackDown
30 Shawn Michaels 24 The Undertaker (not in the match) 1 Legend
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2019.01.26 21:18 KingOfTheWring How WWE Should Book Royal Rumble 2019

2ND MATCH: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles (Singles match for the WWE Championship)
WINNER by SUBMISSION and STILL WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan
3RD MATCH: 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble match
Since the Women main evented last year, I think it’s pretty fair to have the Men’s go on last this year. Maybe they can take turns going on last every other year. Without further ado, LET’S GET INTO THE MATCH.
Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair co-won the 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble by last eliminating each other
Entry # Entrant Order Eliminated Eliminated By Eliminations Brand
1 Bayley 18 Shayna Baszler 2 RAW
2 Sonya Deville 9 Ruby Riott 2 SmackDown
3 Lana 1 Sonya Deville 0 SmackDown
4 Ember Moon 20 Shayna Baszler 1 RAW
5 Mickie James 3 Liv Morgan 0 RAW
6 Nikki Cross 21 Nia Jax 0 Free Agent
7 Billie Kay 10 Ruby Riott 0 SmackDown
8 Jazz 2 Sonya Deville 0 Legend
9 Liv Morgan 6 Naomi 1 RAW
10 Shayna Baszler 19 Ember Moon 6 NXT
11 Zelina Vega 4 Naomi 0 SmackDown
12 Naomi 7 Mandy Rose 4 SmackDown
13 Sarah Logan 5 Naomi 2 RAW
14 Lacey Evans 15 Shayna Baszler 0 Free Agent
15 Mandy Rose 8 Naomi 1 SmackDown
16 Natalya 11 Peyton Royce 0 RAW
17 Ruby Riott 24 Alexa Bliss 2 RAW
18 Melina 14 Shayna Baszler 0 Legend
19 Alicia Fox 13 Shayna Baszler 0 RAW
20 Peyton Royce 12 Shayna Baszler 1 SmackDown
21 Vanessa Bourne 17 Bayley 0 NXT
22 Maryse 16 Bayley 0 Legend
23 Charlotte Flair N/A WINNER 2 SmackDown Live
24 Nia Jax 28 Becky Lynch 3 RAW
25 Dana Brooke 23 Becky Lynch 0 RAW
26 Maria Kanellis 22 Becky Lynch 0 Free Agent
27 Becky Lynch (attacked Tamina mid-entrance and took her spot) N/A WINNER 4 SmackDown Live
28 Rhea Ripley 26 Charlotte Flair 0 NXT UK
29 Alexa Bliss 27 Nia Jax 1 RAW
30 Carmella (and a confused R-Truth) 25 Nia Jax 0 SmackDown
4TH MATCH: The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) (c) vs. The Miz and Shane McMahon (Tag Team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
WINNERS by PINFALL and NEW WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Miz and Shane McMahon
5TH MATCH: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks (Singles match for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship)
WINNER by SUBMISSION and STILL WWE RAW Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey
6TH MATCH: Brock Lesnar (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Finn Balor (Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship)
WINNER by PINFALL and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
7TH MATCH: 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble match
SETH ROLLINS (#1) WON THE 2019 MEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE BY LAST ELIMINATING DREW MCINTYRE (#27)
Entry # Entrant Order Eliminated Eliminated By Eliminations Brand
1 Seth Rollins N/A WINNER 7 RAW
2 Andrade (not Cien Almas) 25 Seth Rollins 0 SmackDown
3 EC3 8 Seth Rollins 0 Free Agent
4 Jeff Hardy 1 Samoa Joe 0 SmackDown Live
5 Sami Zayn 7 Seth Rollins 0 RAW
6 Apollo Crews 3 Aleister Black 0 RAW
7 Rey Mysterio 6 Seth Rollins 0 SmackDown
8 Baron Corbin 4 Big E & Xavier Woods 0 RAW
9 Samoa Joe 22 Drew McIntyre 6 SmackDown
10 The Miz 5 Samoa Joe 0 SmackDown
11 Big E 12 Samoa Joe 1 SmackDown
12 Jinder Mahal 2 Aleister Black 0 RAW
13 Aleister Black 20 Drew McIntyre 2 Free Agent (would debut on RAW the next night)
14 Xavier Woods 10 Titus O’Neil 1 SmackDown
15 Elias 9 Randy Orton 0 RAW
16 Mustafa Ali 16 Samoa Joe 0 SmackDown
17 Bobby Lashley 20 Drew McIntyre 1 RAW
18 Randy Orton 26 Drew McIntyre 1 SmackDown
19 Kofi Kingston 13 Seth Rollins 0 SmackDown
20 Johnny Gargano 18 Drew McIntyre 0 NXT
21 Titus O’Neil 11 Samoa Joe 1 RAW
22 Chad Gable 17 Bobby Lashley 0 RAW
23 WIlliam Regal 15 Samoa Joe 0 Legend
24 Eric Young 14 William Regal 0 SmackDown
25 Buddy Murphy 21 Dean Ambrose 0 205Live
26 Bobby Roode 19 Drew McIntyre 0 RAW
27 Drew McIntyre 29 Seth Rollins 6 RAW
28 Dean Ambrose 27 Seth Rollins 0 RAW
29 Shinsuke Nakamura 23 Shawn Michaels 0 SmackDown
30 Shawn Michaels 24 The Undertaker (not in the match) 1 Legend
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2019.01.18 02:32 Controversialyoutube Mike Kanellis and Maria ask for their releases TO go to AEW , WWE denies release to keep the two out of AEW !!

Mike Kanellis and Maria recently asked WWE officials for their releases and were denied. The two were offered major contracts from all elite wrestling. Wrestling Sheet originally reported the news. PWI NEWS NOW has confirmed that both asked for their releases. Mike and Maria were most recently assigned to the 205 Live brand and have been unhappy with their push for a long time according to PWTorch sources.

PWTorch and PWinsider and PWI NEWS NOW has confirmed with WWE sources that neither will be granted their release at this time telling the WWE office that you wish to be apart of all elite wrestling is career suicide. Mike and Maria have a bad reputation in some WWE circles. Maria is seen as a complainer by WWE management. One source noted that Maria has been a complainer for a long time dating back to her previous stint in the company. Showing interest in all you need is something the entire wrestling world is doing telling your boss when you work for a different company probably not smart but it just shows the waves that all elite wrestling is making.
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2019.01.18 02:15 Controversialyoutube WWE RELEASES & DEPARTURES AND Dolph Ziggler TO AEW ??

Over the last several weeks, there have been a number of stories and rumors about WWE talents asking for releases and/or departing in the wake of the announcement of All Elite Wrestling. While we normally shy away from rumors, we've received so many emails and questions about this, I figured it was best to address what we know in one place. So, in no particular order:
*Dolph Ziggler - There has been a lot of talk in the last week that Ziggler is done with WWE after turning down an offer to become a producer. His last TV appearance was the beat-down he took in a steel cage on Raw against Drew McIntyre last month. He has removed the Dolph Ziggler name from his social media and is embarking on a comedy tour soon. He has not been on the road for WWE in recent weeks after the completion of the Holiday house show tour. As of today, sources claim he remains under a WWE deal (and some there have denied he is exiting at all) but others have been pointing to 1/31 as an exit date. Whether that turns out to be the case, we will see. Ziggler was coy with PWInsider.com last August when asked about whether he had signed a new WWE deal, commenting, "I guess you’ll have to see Sunday or Monday, but I’ve also heard that [his deal was coming up.] I’ve also heard about several different contracts that I signed but I didn’t sign. So…I’m giving you a comment. I’ve been doing some great work and looking forward to doing what I do and Sunday or Monday, we’ll see what direction we’re heading in afterwards.” So, time will tell, but there are some who believe he is done.

*Goldust - While his name obviously would be attached to his brother Cody's due to their relationship, PWInsider.com has not been able to substantiate any rumors that Dustin Runnells has asked for a WWE release.
*Mike Kanellis - We have heard from several sources that Mike Kanellis requested a release from WWE but was denied three weeks ago. Kanellis was last seen on 205 Live programming on 1/9 during a backstage vignette with Drake Maverick and before that, had not been on TV in a number of weeks. The belief among some WWE wrestlers is that Kanellis was hoping to return to Ring of Honor, but as of today, he has not been released from the company.
*Maria Kanellis - Her name has floated around in the last few days as also having asked for a WWE release
*The Revival - Yesterday, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com reported that there was "fear" within WWE that The Revival, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, were trying to get out of their deals with the company. While we cannot confirm there was any "fear", the talk among wrestlers on the Raw side after this week's TV taping was that The Revival had spoken with WWE management about their unhappiness in the company and indeed asked for a release. As of this morning, they are still slated for this weekend's Raw live events. Obviously, if they were able to get out of their deals, in a perfect world, they would be the perfect foil All Elite Wrestling could use against The Young Bucks, which is exactly why WWE wouldn't release them.
WWE, as you would expect they would, did not return a PWInsider.com request for comment yesterday. After giving them time to respond, I opted to publish. If WWE should comment, we will update.
Here is the reality of the situation: There is no way WWE is going to release anyone they see of value in the current environment as the last thing they want is to hand talent over to any potential competitors, especially one with the type of financial backing that AEW has. That doesn't mean that a talent who wants out couldn't conceivably go home and sit out their contract, as Neville did when he decided he wanted out last year. Thus far, no one has done that and there's no indication yet anyone is going to do that. It's quite possible some will try to opt out and complain about their position or pay, believing the grass is greener elsewhere (and they may be right on that), and in the process, getting a better WWE deal to stay in the same position but making more money in the process.
however, that WWE officials have started approaching talents whose deals are coming up in the next year, seeking to lock them up to longer form deals now. Whether there is a cause and effect there is debatable, since WWE has been locking talents (including Kevin Owens and The Miz) to new five-year deals for some time, but the timing is interesting, to say the least.


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2019.01.17 14:49 FuzzyWuzzyMooMoo PWinsider with some information regarding recent WWE departures and release rumors

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Dolph Ziggler - There has been a lot of talk in the last week that Ziggler is done with WWE after turning down an offer to become a producer. His last appearance was the beat-down he took in a steel cage on Raw against Drew McIntyre last month. He has removed the Dolph Ziggler name from his social media and is embarking on a comedy tour soon. He has not been on the road for WWE in recent weeks. As of today, sources claim he remains under a WWE deal (and some there have denied he is exiting at all) but others have been some pointing to 1/31 as an exit date. Whether that turns out to be the case, we will see. Ziggler was coy with PWInsider.com last August when asked about whether he had signed a new WWE deal, commenting, "I guess you’ll have to see Sunday or Monday, but I’ve also heard that [his deal was coming up.] I’ve also heard about several different contracts that I signed but I didn’t sign. So…I’m giving you a comment. I’ve been doing some great work and looking forward to doing what I do and Sunday or Monday, we’ll see what direction we’re heading in afterwards.” So, time will tell, but there are some who believe he is done.
Mike Kanellis - We have heard from several sources that Mike Kanellis requested a release from WWE but was denied three weeks ago. Kanellis was last seen on 205 Live programming on 1/9 during a backstage vignette with Drake Maverick and before that, had not been on TV in a number of weeks. The belief among some WWE wrestlers is that Kanellis was hoping to return to Ring of Honor, but as of today, he has not been released from the company.
Maria Kanellis - Her name has floated around in the last few days as also having asked for a WWE release, but PWInsider.com has not been able to substantiate that story.
That doesn't mean that a talent who wants out couldn't conceivably go home and sit out their contract, as Neville did when he decided he wanted out last year. Thus far, no one has done that and there's no indication yet anyone is going to do that. It's quite possible some will try to opt out and complain about their position or pay, believing the grass is greener elsewhere (and they may be right on that), and in the process, getting a better WWE deal to stay in the same position but making more money in the process.
PWInsider.com can confirm, however, that WWE officials have started approaching talents whose deals are coming up in the next year, seeking to lock them up to longer form deals now. Whether there is a cause and effect there is debatable, since WWE has been locking talents (including Kevin Owens and The Miz) to new five-year deals for some time, but the timing is interesting, to say the least.
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2019.01.11 19:20 SaintRidley Every WWE women's match to rate 3 stars or higher in the WON (2018 surpasses every previous year by a lot)

So below I have a table giving every women's match in WWE history to ever rate 3+ stars in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. For the purposes of this count, a women's match is defined as any match with a woman as a legal participant, including mixed and intergender matches, as well as those Royal Rumbles where women entered. The ratings are Meltzer's, and as always are his subjective opinion.
Last time I did this list, I did not have the Oakland JBA vs. Glamour Girls match. That came up in the course of direct archive research (it wasn't on any of the sites that compile ratings), and due to the direct language (he usually cites reported ratings with phrases like "said to be X stars" or "we've heard X stars") and the close proximity to where Dave was living, I believe this is a rating from Dave and not a reported rating from a correspondent. Neat.
Year number (number ignoring intergender and mixed) Participants Event Star rating Notes
1985 - - - - No matches
1986 - - - - No matches
1987 1 Jumping Bomb Angels vs. Glamour Girls July 5 Oakland, CA house show 3 stars WWF Women’s Tag Titles, first 3 star women’s match in company history
1988 2 Jumping Bomb Angels vs. Glamour Girls Royal Rumble 3 stars 2/3 falls for Women’s Tag Titles, JB Angels and Glamor Girls become the first women to make this list twice. This is the first time two 3+ star women's matches have happened in the space of a calendar year
1989 - - - - No matches
1990 - - - - No matches
1991 - - - - No matches
1992 - - - - No matches
1993 - - - - No matches
1994 3 Bull Nakano vs. Alundra Blayze Summerslam 3.25 stars Women’s Championship, 6.5 years since last
1995 - - - - No matches
1996 - - - - No matches
1997 - - - - No matches
1998 4 (3) Goldust and Luna vs. Marc Mero and Sable Wrestlemania XIV 3 stars Intergender tag match, 3.5 years since last
1999 5 (3) Jeff Jarrett vs. Chyna No Mercy 3.25 stars Intergender, Intercontinental title, Good Housekeeping match. 1.5 years since last
2000 - - - - No matches
2001 - - - - No matches
2002 - - - - No matches
2003 - - - - No matches
2004 6 (3) Chris Jericho vs. Christian and Trish Stratus Backlash 3.25 stars Intergender handicap match. 4.5 years since last
2005 - - - - No matches
2006 7 (3) MNM and Melina vs. Londrick and Jillian Hall Smackdown, May 19, 2006 3 stars Mixed tag match. Nearly 2 years since last
2006 8 (4) Lita vs. Trish Stratus Unforgiven 3.25 stars Women’s title, Trish retirement match. First time in 12 years that a match with only women rates so highly.
2007 - - - - No matches
2008 - - - - No matches
2009 - - - - No matches
2010 9 (4) Beth Phoenix enters the Royal Rumble match Royal Rumble 3.5 stars Royal Rumble match. Highest rated match to ever feature a woman to date, 3.25 years since last
2011 - - - - No matches
2012 10 (4) Kharma enters the Royal Rumble match Royal Rumble 3.25 stars Royal Rumble match. 2 years since last
2013 11 (5) Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee Payback 3 stars Divas title. 1.5 years since last women’s match to rate 3+ stars, and first time in nearly 7 years for a match featuring only women to rate 3 stars
2013 12 (6) AJ Lee vs. Natalya Neidhart TLC 3 stars Divas title
2014 13 (7) AJ Lee vs. Natalya Neidhart Main Event, March 11, 2014 3.5 stars Divas title. Highest rated pure women’s match in WWE history to this point
2014 14 (8) Charlotte vs. Natalya Neidhart NXT TakeOver, May 29, 2014 4 stars NXT Women’s title. First 4 star women’s match in WWE history
2014 15 (9) Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks NXT TakeOver R:Evolution 3.5 stars NXT Women’s title. First year with three highly rated women’s matches
2015 16 (10) Charlotte vs. Bayley vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks NXT TakeOver Rival 4 stars NXT Women’s title
2015 17 (11) Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks NXT San Jose house show March 27, 2015 4 stars NXT Women’s Title
2015 18 (12) Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch NXT TakeOver Unstoppable 4 stars NXT Women’s title
2015 19 (13) Sasha Banks vs. Bayley NXT TakeOver Brooklyn 4.5 stars NXT Women’s title, highest rated WWE women’s match to date
2015 20 (14) Team Bella vs. Team B.A.D. vs. Team PCB Summerslam 3 stars -
2015 21 (15) Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte Night of Champions 3.25 stars Divas title
2015 22 (16) Asuka vs. Dana Brooke NXT TakeOver Respect 3.25 stars -
2015 23 (17) Bayley vs. Sasha Banks NXT TakeOver Respect 4.25 stars NXT Women’s title, 30 minute Iron Man match. This is the first time two women’s matches on the same WWE card have ever rated 3+ stars.
2015 24 (18) Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella Hell in a Cell 3.25 stars Divas title
2015 25 (19) Charlotte vs. Paige TLC 3 stars Divas title
2015 26 (20) Asuka vs. Emma NXT TakeOver London 4 stars -
2015 27 (21) Bayley vs. Nia Jax NXT TakeOver London 3.25 stars NXT Women’s title. 2015 is the first year with 12 3+ star women's matches
2016 28 (22) Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch Royal Rumble 3.25 stars Divas title
2016 29 (23) Charlotte vs. Natalya Roadblock 3.5 stars Divas title
2016 30 (24) Bayley vs. Asuka NXT TakeOver: Dallas 3.75 stars NXT Women’s Title
2016 31 (25) Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks Wrestlemania 32 4 stars WWE Women’s title, first 4 star main roster women’s match
2016 32 (26) Charlotte vs. Natalya Payback 3.25 stars WWE Women’s title
2016 33 (27) Natalya vs. Becky Lynch Battleground 3.25 stars The second brand split has begun
2016 34 (28) Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks Raw July 25, 2016 3.75 stars WWE Raw Women’s title
2016 35 (29) Asuka vs. Bayley NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II 4 stars NXT Women’s title
2016 36 (30) Charlotte vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks Clash of Champions 3.25 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2016 37 (31) Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks Raw October 3, 2016 4 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2016 38 (32) Asuka vs. Mickie James NXT TakeOver: Toronto 3.5 stars NXT Women’s Title
2016 39 (33) Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks Raw November 28, 2016 4 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title, Falls Count Anywhere
2016 40 (34) Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks Roadblock: End of the Line 3 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title, 30 Minute Iron Man match, 2016 surpasses 2015's 12 with 13 3+ star matches
2017 41 (35) Charlotte vs. Bayley Royal Rumble 3.25 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2017 42 (36) Mickie James vs. Becky Lynch Elimination Chamber 3.25 stars -
2017 43 (37) Charlotte vs. Bayley Raw February 13, 2017 4.25 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2017 44 (38) Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley Fastlane 3 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2017 45 (38) SAniTy vs. Ruby Riot, Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno, and Tye Dillinger NXT TakeOver: Orlando 3.25 stars First mixed-tag match in nearly 11 years to rate so highly
2017 46 (39) Asuka vs. Ember Moon NXT TakeOver: Orlando 4.25 stars NXT Women’s Title
2017 47 (40) Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Nia Jax Wrestlemania 33 3.25 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2017 48 (41) Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss Payback 3.25 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2017 49 (42) Asuka vs. Nikki Cross vs. Ruby Riot NXT TakeOver: Chicago 3.5 stars NXT Women’s Title
2017 50 (43) Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya vs. Tamina vs. Carmella vs. Becky Lynch Money in the Bank 3 stars Money in the Bank Ladder Match
2017 51 (44) Asuka vs. Nikki Cross NXT June 28, 2017 4 stars Last Woman Standing match for the NXT Women’s Title
2017 52 (45) Asuka vs. Ember Moon NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III 4.5 stars NXT Women’s Title
2017 53 (46) Natalya vs. Naomi Summerslam 3 stars Smackdown Women’s Title
2017 54 (47) Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss Summerslam 3 stars Raw Women’s Title, 2017 surpasses 2016's total with its 14th 3+ star match
2017 55 (48) Alexa Bliss vs. Emma vs. Nia Jax vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks No Mercy 3.5 stars Raw Women’s Title
2017 56 (49) Natalya vs. Charlotte Hell in a Cell 3 stars Smackdown Women’s Title
2017 57 (50) Ember Moon vs. Kairi Sane vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross NXT TakeOver: WarGames 3.25 stars NXT Women’s Title
2018 58 (51) Asuka defeats Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Sarah Logan, Mandy Rose, Lita, Kairi Sane, Tamina, Dana Brooke, Torrie Wilson, Sonya Deville, Liv Morgan, Molly Holly, Lana, Michelle McCool, Ruby Riott, Vickie Guerrero, Carmella, Natalya, Kelly Kelly, Naomi, Jacqueline, Nia Jax, Ember Moon, Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Trish Stratus Royal Rumble 2018 3.25 stars Royal Rumble Match
2018 59 (52) Alexa Bliss defeats Sasha Banks, Bayley, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, and Mickie James Elimination Chamber 2018 3.25 stars Elimination Chamber match for the Raw Women’s Title
2018 60 (53) Alexa Bliss defeats Sasha Banks and Bayley MSG House Show, March 16, 2018 3 stars Raw Women’s Title
2018 61 (54) Shayna Baszler defeats Ember Moon NXT TakeOver: New Orleans 3.25 stars NXT Women’s Title
2018 62 (55) Charlotte Flair defeats Asuka Wrestlemania 34 4 stars Smackdown Women’s Title
2018 63 (55) Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey defeat HHH and Stephanie McMahon Wrestlemania 34 4.25 stars -
2018 64 (56) Ember Moon vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Natalya vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Lana vs. Naomi Money in the Bank 2018 4 stars Money in the Bank Ladder match
2018 65 (57) Nia Jax vs. Ronda Rousey Money in the Bank 2018 3.5 stars Raw Women’s Title
2018 66 (58) Shayna Baszler vs. Toni Storm UK Special Night 2 3.5 stars NXT Women’s Title
2018 67 (59) Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane NXT TakeOver Brooklyn 4 3.5 stars NXT Women’s Title
2018 68 (60) Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair Summerslam 2018 3.5 stars Smackdown Women’s Title
2018 69 (61) Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch Hell in a Cell 2018 3.75 stars Smackdown Women’s Title
2018 70 (61) Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse Hell in a Cell 2018 3.25 stars -
2018 71 (62) Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss Hell in a Cell 2018 3.25 stars Raw Women’s Title
2018 72 (63) Toni Storm vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto Mae Young Classic 2018 3.5 stars Round 2 match
2018 73 (64) Meiko Satomura vs. Mercedes Martinez Mae Young Classic 2018 3.75 stars Round 2 match, “bordering on” 4 stars for Dave
2018 74 (65) Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch Super Showdown 3 stars Smackdown Women’s Title
2018 75 (66) Meiko Satomura vs. Toni Storm Mae Young Classic 2018 4.25 stars Semifinal match
2018 76 (67) Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley Mae Young Classic 2018 3.5 stars Semifinal match
2018 77 (68) Nia Jax vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville vs. Ivory vs. Alundra Blayze vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Zelina Vega vs. Tamina vs. Carmella vs. Asuka vs. Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce vs. Billie Kay vs. Naomi vs. Molly Holly vs. Maria Kanellis vs. Lana vs. Dana Brooke vs. Michelle McCool Evolution 3.5 stars Battle Royal
2018 78 (69) Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai Evolution 3.5 stars Mae Young Classic Finals
2018 79 (70) Bayley and Sasha Banks and Natalya vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan) Evolution 3.25 stars -
2018 80 (71) Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler Evolution 3.25 stars NXT Women’s Championship
2018 81 (72) Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch Evolution 4.75 stars Smackdown Women’s Championship, highest rated women’s match to date
2018 82 (73) Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella Evolution 3.75 stars Raw Women’s Championship
2018 83 (74) Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane NXT TakeOver WarGames 2 3.75 stars 2 out of 3 falls, NXT Women’s Championship
2018 84 (75) Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey Survivor Series 4.25 stars -
2018 85 (76) Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka Smackdown December 11 3.75 stars -
2018 86 (77) Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax TLC 3.75 stars Raw Women’s Championship
2018 87 (78) Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka TLC 4.5 stars TLC match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship
2018 88 (79) Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya Raw December 24 3.75 stars Raw Women’s Championship
2019 89 (80) Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch Smackdown January 8 3.5 stars Winner faces Asuka at the Royal Rumble
Interesting facts:
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2019.01.11 19:18 SaintRidley Every WWE women's match rated 3 stars or higher by the WON

So below I have a table giving every women's match in WWE history to ever rate 3+ stars in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. For the purposes of this count, a women's match is defined as any match with a woman as a legal participant, including mixed and intergender matches, as well as those Royal Rumbles where women entered. The ratings are Meltzer's, and as always are his subjective opinion.
Last time I did this list, I did not have the Oakland JBA vs. Glamour Girls match. That came up in the course of direct archive research (it wasn't on any of the sites that compile ratings), and due to the direct language (he usually cites reported ratings with phrases like "said to be X stars" or "we've heard X stars") and the close proximity to where Dave was living, I believe this is a rating from Dave and not a reported rating from a correspondent. Neat.
Year number (number ignoring intergender and mixed) Participants Event Star rating Notes
1985 - - - - No matches
1986 - - - - No matches
1987 1 Jumping Bomb Angels vs. Glamor Girls July 5 Oakland, CA house show 3 stars WWF Women’s Tag Titles, first 3 star women’s match in company history
1988 2 Jumping Bomb Angels vs. Glamor Girls Royal Rumble 3 stars 2/3 falls for Women’s Tag Titles, JB Angels and Glamor Girls become the first women to make this list twice. This is the first time two 3+ star women's matches have happened in the space of a calendar year
1989 - - - - No matches
1990 - - - - No matches
1991 - - - - No matches
1992 - - - - No matches
1993 - - - - No matches
1994 3 Bull Nakano vs. Alundra Blayze Summerslam 3.25 stars Women’s Championship, 6.5 years since last
1995 - - - - No matches
1996 - - - - No matches
1997 - - - - No matches
1998 4 (3) Goldust and Luna vs. Marc Mero and Sable Wrestlemania XIV 3 stars Intergender tag match, 3.5 years since last
1999 5 (3) Jeff Jarrett vs. Chyna No Mercy 3.25 stars Intergender, Intercontinental title, Good Housekeeping match. 1.5 years since last
2000 - - - - No matches
2001 - - - - No matches
2002 - - - - No matches
2003 - - - - No matches
2004 6 (3) Chris Jericho vs. Christian and Trish Stratus Backlash 3.25 stars Intergender handicap match. 4.5 years since last
2005 - - - - No matches
2006 7 (3) MNM and Melina vs. Londrick and Jillian Hall Smackdown, May 19, 2006 3 stars Mixed tag match. Nearly 2 years since last
2006 8 (4) Lita vs. Trish Stratus Unforgiven 3.25 stars Women’s title, Trish retirement match. First time in 12 years that a match with only women rates so highly.
2007 - - - - No matches
2008 - - - - No matches
2009 - - - - No matches
2010 9 (4) Beth Phoenix enters the Royal Rumble match Royal Rumble 3.5 stars Royal Rumble match. Highest rated match to ever feature a woman to date, 3.25 years since last
2011 - - - - No matches
2012 10 (4) Kharma enters the Royal Rumble match Royal Rumble 3.25 stars Royal Rumble match. 2 years since last
2013 11 (5) Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee Payback 3 stars Divas title. 1.5 years since last women’s match to rate 3+ stars, and first time in nearly 7 years for a match featuring only women to rate 3 stars
2013 12 (6) AJ Lee vs. Natalya Neidhart TLC 3 stars Divas title
2014 13 (7) AJ Lee vs. Natalya Neidhart Main Event, March 11, 2014 3.5 stars Divas title. Highest rated pure women’s match in WWE history to this point
2014 14 (8) Charlotte vs. Natalya Neidhart NXT TakeOver, May 29, 2014 4 stars NXT Women’s title. First 4 star women’s match in WWE history
2014 15 (9) Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks NXT TakeOver R:Evolution 3.5 stars NXT Women’s title. First year with three highly rated women’s matches
2015 16 (10) Charlotte vs. Bayley vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks NXT TakeOver Rival 4 stars NXT Women’s title
2015 17 (11) Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks NXT San Jose house show March 27, 2015 4 stars NXT Women’s Title
2015 18 (12) Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch NXT TakeOver Unstoppable 4 stars NXT Women’s title
2015 19 (13) Sasha Banks vs. Bayley NXT TakeOver Brooklyn 4.5 stars NXT Women’s title, highest rated WWE women’s match to date
2015 20 (14) Team Bella vs. Team B.A.D. vs. Team PCB Summerslam 3 stars -
2015 21 (15) Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte Night of Champions 3.25 stars Divas title
2015 22 (16) Asuka vs. Dana Brooke NXT TakeOver Respect 3.25 stars -
2015 23 (17) Bayley vs. Sasha Banks NXT TakeOver Respect 4.25 stars NXT Women’s title, 30 minute Iron Man match. This is the first time two women’s matches on the same WWE card have ever rated 3+ stars.
2015 24 (18) Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella Hell in a Cell 3.25 stars Divas title
2015 25 (19) Charlotte vs. Paige TLC 3 stars Divas title
2015 26 (20) Asuka vs. Emma NXT TakeOver London 4 stars -
2015 27 (21) Bayley vs. Nia Jax NXT TakeOver London 3.25 stars NXT Women’s title. 2015 is the first year with 12 3+ star women's matches
2016 28 (22) Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch Royal Rumble 3.25 stars Divas title
2016 29 (23) Charlotte vs. Natalya Roadblock 3.5 stars Divas title
2016 30 (24) Bayley vs. Asuka NXT TakeOver: Dallas 3.75 stars NXT Women’s Title
2016 31 (25) Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks Wrestlemania 32 4 stars WWE Women’s title, first 4 star main roster women’s match
2016 32 (26) Charlotte vs. Natalya Payback 3.25 stars WWE Women’s title
2016 33 (27) Natalya vs. Becky Lynch Battleground 3.25 stars The second brand split has begun
2016 34 (28) Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks Raw July 25, 2016 3.75 stars WWE Raw Women’s title
2016 35 (29) Asuka vs. Bayley NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II 4 stars NXT Women’s title
2016 36 (30) Charlotte vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks Clash of Champions 3.25 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2016 37 (31) Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks Raw October 3, 2016 4 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2016 38 (32) Asuka vs. Mickie James NXT TakeOver: Toronto 3.5 stars NXT Women’s Title
2016 39 (33) Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks Raw November 28, 2016 4 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title, Falls Count Anywhere
2016 40 (34) Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks Roadblock: End of the Line 3 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title, 30 Minute Iron Man match, 2016 surpasses 2015's 12 with 13 3+ star matches
2017 41 (35) Charlotte vs. Bayley Royal Rumble 3.25 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2017 42 (36) Mickie James vs. Becky Lynch Elimination Chamber 3.25 stars -
2017 43 (37) Charlotte vs. Bayley Raw February 13, 2017 4.25 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2017 44 (38) Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley Fastlane 3 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2017 45 (38) SAniTy vs. Ruby Riot, Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno, and Tye Dillinger NXT TakeOver: Orlando 3.25 stars First mixed-tag match in nearly 11 years to rate so highly
2017 46 (39) Asuka vs. Ember Moon NXT TakeOver: Orlando 4.25 stars NXT Women’s Title
2017 47 (40) Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Nia Jax Wrestlemania 33 3.25 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2017 48 (41) Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss Payback 3.25 stars WWE Raw Women’s Title
2017 49 (42) Asuka vs. Nikki Cross vs. Ruby Riot NXT TakeOver: Chicago 3.5 stars NXT Women’s Title
2017 50 (43) Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya vs. Tamina vs. Carmella vs. Becky Lynch Money in the Bank 3 stars Money in the Bank Ladder Match
2017 51 (44) Asuka vs. Nikki Cross NXT June 28, 2017 4 stars Last Woman Standing match for the NXT Women’s Title
2017 52 (45) Asuka vs. Ember Moon NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III 4.5 stars NXT Women’s Title
2017 53 (46) Natalya vs. Naomi Summerslam 3 stars Smackdown Women’s Title
2017 54 (47) Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss Summerslam 3 stars Raw Women’s Title, 2017 surpasses 2016's total with its 14th 3+ star match
2017 55 (48) Alexa Bliss vs. Emma vs. Nia Jax vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks No Mercy 3.5 stars Raw Women’s Title
2017 56 (49) Natalya vs. Charlotte Hell in a Cell 3 stars Smackdown Women’s Title
2017 57 (50) Ember Moon vs. Kairi Sane vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross NXT TakeOver: WarGames 3.25 stars NXT Women’s Title
2018 58 (51) Asuka defeats Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Sarah Logan, Mandy Rose, Lita, Kairi Sane, Tamina, Dana Brooke, Torrie Wilson, Sonya Deville, Liv Morgan, Molly Holly, Lana, Michelle McCool, Ruby Riott, Vickie Guerrero, Carmella, Natalya, Kelly Kelly, Naomi, Jacqueline, Nia Jax, Ember Moon, Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Trish Stratus Royal Rumble 2018 3.25 stars Royal Rumble Match
2018 59 (52) Alexa Bliss defeats Sasha Banks, Bayley, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, and Mickie James Elimination Chamber 2018 3.25 stars Elimination Chamber match for the Raw Women’s Title
2018 60 (53) Alexa Bliss defeats Sasha Banks and Bayley MSG House Show, March 16, 2018 3 stars Raw Women’s Title
2018 61 (54) Shayna Baszler defeats Ember Moon NXT TakeOver: New Orleans 3.25 stars NXT Women’s Title
2018 62 (55) Charlotte Flair defeats Asuka Wrestlemania 34 4 stars Smackdown Women’s Title
2018 63 (55) Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey defeat HHH and Stephanie McMahon Wrestlemania 34 4.25 stars -
2018 64 (56) Ember Moon vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Natalya vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Lana vs. Naomi Money in the Bank 2018 4 stars Money in the Bank Ladder match
2018 65 (57) Nia Jax vs. Ronda Rousey Money in the Bank 2018 3.5 stars Raw Women’s Title
2018 66 (58) Shayna Baszler vs. Toni Storm UK Special Night 2 3.5 stars NXT Women’s Title
2018 67 (59) Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane NXT TakeOver Brooklyn 4 3.5 stars NXT Women’s Title
2018 68 (60) Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair Summerslam 2018 3.5 stars Smackdown Women’s Title
2018 69 (61) Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch Hell in a Cell 2018 3.75 stars Smackdown Women’s Title
2018 70 (61) Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse Hell in a Cell 2018 3.25 stars -
2018 71 (62) Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss Hell in a Cell 2018 3.25 stars Raw Women’s Title
2018 72 (63) Toni Storm vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto Mae Young Classic 2018 3.5 stars Round 2 match
2018 73 (64) Meiko Satomura vs. Mercedes Martinez Mae Young Classic 2018 3.75 stars Round 2 match, “bordering on” 4 stars for Dave
2018 74 (65) Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch Super Showdown 3 stars Smackdown Women’s Title
2018 75 (66) Meiko Satomura vs. Toni Storm Mae Young Classic 2018 4.25 stars Semifinal match
2018 76 (67) Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley Mae Young Classic 2018 3.5 stars Semifinal match
2018 77 (68) Nia Jax vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville vs. Ivory vs. Alundra Blayze vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Zelina Vega vs. Tamina vs. Carmella vs. Asuka vs. Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce vs. Billie Kay vs. Naomi vs. Molly Holly vs. Maria Kanellis vs. Lana vs. Dana Brooke vs. Michelle McCool Evolution 3.5 stars Battle Royal
2018 78 (69) Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai Evolution 3.5 stars Mae Young Classic Finals
2018 79 (70) Bayley and Sasha Banks and Natalya vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan) Evolution 3.25 stars -
2018 80 (71) Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler Evolution 3.25 stars NXT Women’s Championship
2018 81 (72) Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch Evolution 4.75 stars Smackdown Women’s Championship, highest rated women’s match to date
2018 82 (73) Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella Evolution 3.75 stars Raw Women’s Championship
2018 83 (74) Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane NXT TakeOver WarGames 2 3.75 stars 2 out of 3 falls, NXT Women’s Championship
2018 84 (75) Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey Survivor Series 4.25 stars -
2018 85 (76) Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka Smackdown December 11 3.75 stars -
2018 86 (77) Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax TLC 3.75 stars Raw Women’s Championship
2018 87 (78) Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka TLC 4.5 stars TLC match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship
2018 88 (79) Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya Raw December 24 3.75 stars Raw Women’s Championship
2019 89 (80) Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch Smackdown January 8 3.5 stars Winner faces Asuka at the Royal Rumble
Interesting facts:
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2018.12.05 05:29 TristanH1987 Posted earlier about unifying my roster and putting everyone in New japan style stables... Got my stables put together, but now I need some advice on what to do with the unaffiliated members.

Stables & Teams:
The Bar (Sheamus, Cesaro, Kassius Ohno, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Rusev, Aiden English)
Balor Club (Finn Balor, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Bad Luck Fale, The Usos, Kenny Omega, AJ Styles, Tony Nese)
Chaos (Shinsuke Nakamura, Andrade Almas, Pete Dunne, Lars Sullivan,
The Authority (Triple H, Bobby Roode, Akam, Rezar, Kane, Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, Dean Ambrose, Scott Dawson, Dash Wilder)
The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain
Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Roderick Strong, Kyle O'reilly, Mike Kanellis, Maria Kanellis)
Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Chad Gable, Jason Jordan, Shelton Benjamin)
Unaffiliated Faces: Jeff Hardy, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, New Day, Rey Mysterio, Johnny Gargano, R-Truth
Unaffiliated Heels: The Miz, Chris Jericho, Matt Hardy, Tommaso Ciampa
Unaffiliated Tweener: Braun Strowman
Note: im doing women at a later date, that's why the only included woman is Maria as a manager for TUE
Note 2: I'm keeping NXT entirely separate as a developmental show. If I United all three rosters I'd have 120 guys to use in one show. So NXT being its own entity is good for me and good for my youtube channel
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2018.10.27 05:03 sasksasquatch WWE Women's Wrestling: A Legacy of Failure

You may see this title and you might be a little or a lot aware that WWE is having it's first all women's PPV this Sunday, well, all women plus Michael Cole on commentary (at least Renee Young and Beth Phoenix are at the commentary table as well.). You may ask, how the hell then is this a legacy of failure, well, let's take a look.
1956-1983
The women's wrestling world is literally controlled by the Fabulous Moolah, unable to keep up with more athletic women, she has to rely on a very limited move set and politics to keep her at the front of the line, basically all women trying to get into the business in North America go through her. She proceeds to be one of the biggest sores to look back at in the history of wrestling as she stole, pimped out, cheated the women out of paydays and kept an iron clasp on the big championships during this time. However she did not have an uninterrupted reign of God knows how many years, but the amount of time the title wasn't with her was short, a week here, a month there, a weekend but that title was hers, hell, she actually has a custom made women's title with her face on it.
1983-84
Rock 'n' Wrestling is starting to take hold and it becomes obvious that a new face for women's wrestling is needed to appeal to the MTV era. Cyndi Lauper, who for some fucking reason still isn't in the WWE HOF Celebrity wing helps corner Wendi Richter to the championship.
1985-87
Once again the bitter and political Fabulous Moolah needs to have the title, she conspires with Vince to screw Wendi Richter out of the title while being masked as the Spider Lady. This event is known as the original screwjob. Welcome back to the cold hell of Moolah holding onto the title.
1987-88
The 1987 Survivor Series has a women's elimination tag team match. There are only two that stand out from this match and are clearly better than the rest, The Jumping Bomb Angels, they have more moves up their sleeves than the rest of the wrestlers in the ring combined. Women's wrestling could be moving forward here if Vince decides to push these two like he did Hulkamania. Hold up, Moolah can't have anyone with a bigger spotlight or making more money, she intentionally sabotages plans by saying that Pat Patterson (Vince's right hand man) called her to tell her to have a title switch taking the titles off of the Jumping Bomb Angels and putting them on the Glamour Girls, the Japanese officials, unable to get a hold of Patterson go through with these plans, this cost the Glamour Girls and the Jumping Bomb Angels a chance at there biggest payday ever as there was suppose to be a women's tag team title match at Wrestlemania 4, instead the division gets scrapped and all 4 women get released from WWE (WWF at the time). The division goes on ice for a short time.
1993
Madusa, a woman who has been wrestling in some smaller North American promotions and over in Japan has caught Vince's eye, she is feminine enough to put on covers of magazines but she is bad ass enough to kick ass in the ring. She is renamed as Alundra Blayze and wins the vacated Women's Championship.
1994
Alundra Blayze continues to reign supreme, she even gets to defend her title at Wrestlemania 10. She is able to get in some solid competition because of her time spent in Japan, they may not be common names to North America, but they aren't going to shit the bed in the ring. We get introduced to the likes of Bull Nakano, Aja Kong, the only issue, no real North American challengers that can be seen as legitimate to Alundra Blayze's run at the top. Bull Nakano does win the championship but loses it back shortly later to Blayze. Vince McMahon has some serious trouble with the feds and has to put more of his attention into staying out of prison with the steroid allegations.
1995
Due to tougher financial times for the WWE, it decides to stop having the Women's Championship around, late in the year, Alundra Blayze who is champion, is released from the company, she did not take this well, she appears on WCW TV and proceeds to throw the WWE Women's Championship into the trash. Also in this year WWF brings in Chris Candido and his manager Tammy Sytch aka Sunny and are known as the Body Donnas, let's just say puberty hit a lot of boys watching wrestling at that time.
1996
WWE brings in another gorgeous woman who is more associated to the wrestling business through the man they are with, Rena Mero aka Sable, who is married to at that time Marc Mero who Vince has big plans for. Her original story line is that she is pursued by Hunter Hearst Helmsley but rejects his advances and instead goes with Mero, she stays as Mero's manager until he is injured in 1997, she then becomes quite popular on her own.
1997
The women continue to just have the role of eye candy or valet, however, there is a bit more attention being paid to them, well, parts of them. Also, some amazon of a woman (Chyna) is introduced to the WWE, she has a unique look to her and you could legitimately see her smacking a guy or two around. Late in the year, Vince finally figures out he cant keep things black and white, in comes the Attitude Era. WWE also starts calling the women Divas this year.
1998
The earlier part of the year features the women mostly as objects of sexual desire, bikini contests, evening gown matches (basically strip the opponent down to reveal their bra and panties), pretty much anything that will give a young male an erection. The women's championship is brought back and the winner of it is Jacqueline. Thus begins what is mostly a hot potato time with the title as were almost all titles at this time, titles didn't stay with one person too long. Sable wins it two months later from Jacqueline. We are full ahead in the Attitude Era now.
1999
Sable poses nude in Playboy, at the time, the highest selling issue. Sable is starting to have a falling out with the company which leads to a lawsuit. At the same time, WWE is bringing is some depth in the women's division and in their developmental, Ivory, Lita, Tori, ok Tori wasn't that big a deal. Chyna also competes with the men and claims the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam.
2000
The women's title is still for the most part a hot potato for the most part but the women's division is starting to get some depth to it. Lita, Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, Victoria joins their developmental. Also, for some strange reason, people think it is a good idea for Chyna to pose nude for playboy (The goggles, they do nothing).
2001
The WWE decides to put the women's championship on Chyna, she holds it until November of that year, where she is let go. Oh, should I mention that her boyfriend starting dating the bosses daughter behind her back and she is suddenly let go shortly afterwards (Disclaimer: There is stuff saying that they were broken up, but more consistently, the one I have gone with shows up). They don't mourn the loss of Chyna too long and Trish Stratus wins the title at Survivor Series. The attitude era ends here but bra and panties matches, bikini contests, pillow fights, lingerie magazines featuring the Divas is still the norm. You guys also get Dawn Marie, Torrie Wilson and Stacy Kiebler from buying out WCW & ECW
2002
The women's championship gets passed around between a few solid hands. Trish Stratus, Jazz, Molly Holly, and Victoria all have title reigns. Lita dos not get a championship reign here because she injures herself on the set of Dark Angel and is out for a long time.
2003
Oh, who's this, it's Gail Kim. Vince McMahon didn't see the appeal in hiring an Asian as it doesn't appeal to his sexual appetite, he literally has to be told by Jim Ross about the huge popularity of Asian porn which apparently wins Vince over to have her hired on in the company. The title once again stays in steady hands but they are still mostly used for sex appeal. Torrie Wilson is chosen to appear in Playboy, her greatest contribution to wrestling. For some reason Sable is back, I didn't know a bridge burnt that badly could ever be rebuilt.
2004
The second ever Diva search takes place this year, the first was the year before, but all they got was a photo shoot in a WWE magazine. Even though the title is being kept in competent hands they think they can do what they did with Trish Stratus to any woman. Have a woman who came in who is very attractive, and make her into a solid wrestler from scratch. These women get in the door for basically being willing to shake their tits and ass on camera. Your winner, Christy Hemme, basically known for being a redhead and taking lots of risky photos. Some booking plans go awry for WWE as Lita blows out tendons in her legs, Trish holds the title from late 2004-2006. The diva search does at least give us a few names that stick around for a while in Michelle McCool, Maira Kanellis, and a woman who tried out but didn't even make the finals in Candice Michelle.
2005
Women's wrestling really isn't put at the fore front, more tits and ass is creeping it's way in, another Diva search brings in only two names people may even come close to remembering, Ashley Massaro and Kristal Marshall. Also, it appears Trish Stratus has a crazy stalker (Mickie James).
2006
Trish finally has some new solid talent to work with in Mickie James, they have a match that has been edited because of a certain moment where Mickie James does a V-lick after grabbing Trish's crotch. It is clear that Mickie James is the future and they need to start building around her, Trish Stratus and Lita both decide it is time to step away from wrestling and retire from full time wrestling in the later part of the year. Mickie is going to have to try to carry this division until the brass thinks that there is decent enough help. Another Diva Search gives us a former cheerleader in Layla El and the only other name of merit from this one is Maryse Oulette. However, this women in WWE developmental named Beth Phoenix looks like she could be someone that could be built around, let's get in some more like her. Also, this hot 19 year old shows up who is literally willing to do anything, let's put her on TV with absolutely no wrestling experience (Kelly Kelly).
2007
There is a couple women making their presence more known in Melina and Candice Michelle and the WWE feels safe putting the title on them. A member of the Hart family from Calgary has got their attention and they quickly pick her up (Natalya), a couple of rejects from the Diva Search find themselves in a hot tub with WWE executive, John Laurinaitus, let's see where this leads (The Bella Twins using some rather sleazy methods of getting into the WWE, also yes, John Laurinaitus is now their step-father). Another Diva Search where, wait, the fans actually chose the best one, Eve Torres joins the WWE family, the only other person from this who has any note is known for trying to stab Drew McIntyre.
2008
It is the 24th anniversary of Wrestlemania but the insist on calling it the 25th Anniversary, it is the 25th Wrestlemania, but it makes it the 24th Anniversary, They plan to have a Miss Wrestlemania battle royal, a couple popular names say no thanks but they go ahead, and it gets won by, a guy, or should I say a guy in drag, Santina Marella. However, WWE feels they have enough female talent on both brands to introduce a second title, the Diva's Championship, the belt literally looks like a tramp stamp but fans are willing to give it a shot as all the women on the main roster have a prize to fight for, the Women's championship on Raw, the Diva's championship on Smackdown. Michelle McCool becomes the inaugural champion of the belt after winning a tournament. Women's matches tend to fall into one segment during this time, and all pretty much any of the backstage segments that feature the women are catty at best. Also Paul Burchill and Katie Burchill was a sort of incest thing, I think (I had moved past alcohol and was drinking bleach with ammonia mixed in at this point)
2009
Women segments continue to suffer, mostly used as background props. The talent seems for the most part to either have little crowd reaction or none at all. Titles change hands inconsequentially and women's segments are becoming officially known as the piss break. WWE also gets major backlash from fans on the treatment of Mickie James in her feud with LayCool as WWE executives think she is too chunky and have LayCool call her Piggy James (sure fire way to get her to leave the company and elevate a rivals company with their women learning from her.)
2010
The brand split is pretty much dead so they decide to merge the two women's titles into one, it is won by LayCool who are the Mean Girls duo at the time (at least they could actually do some wrestling). Some contracts are coming up amongst the women and they decide not to resign, this becomes a common trend over the next few years. However, they have a season of NXT dedicated to women, not like the NXT we have today, this was more game show style where they had competitions, let's just say, even though Michael Cole was doing the heel commentator at this time, it was actually bearable through NXT as most of NXT at this time was a dumpster fire. At least we got Kaitlyn, AJ Lee, and Naomi still went on to excel.
2011
More inconsequential title changes, more women not resigning, some women who have been going through developmental appear, they are of no consequence, the only thing from this year that stands out as far as the women go is there is a battle royal and Gail Kim literally goes, "fuck this place" rolls out of the ring and walks to the back never to be seen in WWE again.
2012
Same thing pretty much for three years, at least Naomi, Kaitlyn and AJ Lee are developing into women who can wrestle competently. The Bella Twins don't resign and decide to go give Hollywood a try, at least their boyfriends are still in WWE so they might have a way in if this fails. Hmm, it looks like they are rebooting NXT and have also built a performance centre to train the wrestlers down in Florida, well developmental has always been sub par by WWE, they really stole all the talent in the 80's and then in order to get TV in the 90's and 00's you had to be top of your game, so let's not hold out hope on this yet.
2013
OK, time to let Kaitlyn and AJ run with the Diva's championship, their story is decent and the matches are mediocre at worst instead of mediocre at best. Oh hey look the Bella Twins are back, and they are going to be spotlighted on a reality tv show with a few of the other Divas in the division including Natalya, Naomi, Cameron, and two new girls that were part of a failed reboot of the Diva search in Eva Marie and Jojo. Wait what is this, apparently the Bella's went behind a few of their friends back who were also trying to get back in to the company in Maryse, Maria Kanellis and Kelly Kelly, apparently all five got offers and the Bella Twins said we should hold out only to then go behind the other girls back and cut them out of the deal and get better deals for themselves, I guess you kind of have to give Nikki what she wants since you want to keep your top guy happy. Oh yeah, that developmental, well, the women down there are kicking ass. Paige and Emma are really standing out and we have great characters coming along in the BFFs, and what is this, Ric Flair's daughter is a natural, this Irish girl and this one that likes to hug people are really coming along as well (4 Horsewomen which are Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Becky Lynch).
2014
AJ has at least kept the Diva's division afloat with her character work and were bringing up Paige to take over since she has to have neck surgery. They hot potato the title a few times and then, the story line we wish had died in the womb happened. Wait are they fucking insane, your allowing a crappy story like that to be involved in the title picture, Nikki won the title, well hopefully this last only a week, she is awful in every aspect of wrestling. Wait, why is Brie who has been subjected to humiliation not attacking her? Why isn't this title reign ending? For the love of God are you going to get this petty, we know what good wrestling looks like from women, we see it weekly on NXT, why am I being subjected to this shit?
2015
Again why are we being subjected to the shit that is the Nikki Bella title run? Why is it still going?
February 23, 2015
Ok, we know this shit title reign isn't going to end, maybe Paige and Emma can drag the Bella Twins to a decent tag match ... what the fuck was that? That match didn't even last a minute. You know what fuck you WWE, we have seen what women wrestlers can do , we've seen what women can do in other sports, we hear their cries for equality, it's time you #givedivasachance. Also could you please end this fucking horseshit title reign of Nikki Bella, it is terrible.
Continuing 2015
For the love of God, you are not even having a title match at Wrestlemania, or the night after, no wonder AJ Lee decided to say fuck this place and quit. This is the title run of shit please take the title off her, we want good women's wrestling. Fuck, you are going to keep it on her until she breaks AJ Lee's record aren't you. What you are actually doing that, that wasn't a suggestion, that was telling you the stupidest thing you could do. Her husband pissed you off and any connection to him must be erased. For the love of God someone please save us.
July 13, 2015
Why is Stephanie in this ring with all these women? Is she firing all of them for gross incompetence, no Paige is out there, she can wrestle, as well as Naomi, wait you are actually talking about how we screamed for change, wait, we are getting Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks all coming up, yes, let's make women's wrestling relevant again. I take it would be to much of us to ask if one of these three could be Nikki for the title tonight? Ok, we get it, just don't make it look to obvious that you are trying to remove AJ Lee from the record book.
Continuing 2015
WE SAID DON'T MAKE IT LOOK OBVIOUS! You take the title away from Nikki literally the first televised match you had after she broke AJ Lee's record, at least you aren't keeping her in the title picture.
At least in NXT the women are having killer matches and we are hoping the trend continues, Sasha and Bayley have the match of the year and they bring in this Japanes wrestler named Kana and switch her name to Asuka.
2016
The women's division is starting to look solid, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch are the three horned main attack they are leading the "Diva's Revolution". Wrestlemania is coming up and WWE still can't get the stain off the Diva's Championship that was left by Nikki Bella, TIME TO REBRAND THE WOMEN WITH EQUALITY. They are no longer called divas, they are now superstars, just like the men, also it is now the WWE Women's Championship starting at Wrestlemania, CONGRATULATIONS WWE, you finally got everyone in the WWE Universe to agree on something.
You take a rest from the three horned attack of Sasha, Charlotte and Becky, you bring in ring veteran Natalya who has stayed through thick and thin with the women, she is also probably been the worst used of the women in the dark times because Vince likes making members of the Hart family suffer, YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS, REHASH OF THE MONTREAL SCREWJOB for the 29th billion time in the wrestling industry. It's a turn off to old fans but hey another brand split is coming, and more women are to be on the main roster.
2016 Brand Split
Charlotte goes 3rd overall behind Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, clearly being placed in a spot where she will be seen as the face of the women's division. Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch go a little bit after that back-to-back, Natalya ends up on Smackdown, wait, an NXT woman is being chosen, no it is not the overly logicl pick that is Bayley it is Nia Jax, wait who in their right fucking mind is picking Nia Jax over Bayley? Bayley isn't the champ anymore, it is an easy decision to bring her up, no, ok make everyone wonder who is booking this shit. The broadcasted draft on Smackdown is over, clearly Bayley will be an early pick up in the draft that is part of the WWE Network, ok a couple women from the main roster are drafted, but obviously Bayley has to be one of the picks for someone, there goes Alexa Bliss, Carmella, wait Eva Marie, you are telling me someone wants Eva Marie on a roster to wrestle more than Bayley, please give me what ever hallucinegetics they are on.
More of 2016
OK so Bayley comes up after SummerSlam, Becky Lynch is the champ on Smackdown which may not have the high end talent Raw does but they don't have the low point either. Charlotte and Sasha hot potato the title through the rest of 2016 and Alexa Bliss's character work is really stepped up, put the Smackdown title on her. Asuka is dominating NXT going undefeated the entire year and is having good matches with everyone.
2017
Charlotte has upped her singles record at PPV to a streak that looks impressive if someone beats her, let's have a screwjob finish for her to lose it, it's not like anything bad happens when you have a screwy end to a streak (WCW off in the distance: Actually we ruined our company with this). But hey, Wrestlemania is coming up, let's put the Smackdown women's title match on the pre-show, oh crap, the fans are bitching at us again, put it on the main show and send something else to the pre-show, also as punishment for them wanting the women to get more of a spotlight, the cruiserweight match on the pre-show won't be on any of the DVDs. Ok it is time to call up Asuka, she has ruled the roost long enough down in NXT, she steps down as champ as she is going to the main roster, to take over are more girls that are insanely talented (Ember Moon, Kairi Sane, Nikki Cross, The Iconics, Shayna Baszler). WWE also decides to expand on the women's wrestling with a tournament featuring wrestlers from around the world, it is good and you get exposed to some great talents, some of whom aren't even signed to WWE. Jazzy Gabert is the recipient of the Please sign X chants this year (she didn't clear physicals due to three herniated discs)
2018
Well, we need to show that e give equality to the women, it is time for them to have their very own Royal Rumble, we don't have enough womenon the main roster to fill out the Rumble, not even close, ans we don't want half of the NXT women who are close to ready called up either, Let's get all the old favorites in there plus Nikki and Brie, who have once again fucked off for personal reasons, ok so let's give away the finish on air (Stephanie said Asuka is going over during the broadcast that was audible on TV, don't think it was suppose to be) Asuka wins by last eliminating Nikki Bella, who then clutches the knee that Asuka did not kick when she knocked her off the apron of the ring. Oh so now Asuka makes her choice of what blonde with fake tits she wants to face at Wrestlemania, wait, why is Bad Reputation playing, holy shit it's Rousey, who then proceeds to point at the Wrestlemania sign about 10,000 times. Well were going to Wrestlemania, two women's title matches, Ronda Rousey is in a mixed tag match with Kurt Angle vs HHH and Stephanie McMahon and the rest of the women are in the Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal ... wait ... fans are outraged at the naming of someone Vince likes and is completely disregarding how shady the person actually was, fuck, they are calling WWE sponsors like Snickers, they rename the tounament but the trophy ends up looking like a vagina with it's tubes tied. Naomi wins the battle royal, Ronda blows people away with her match, Nia beats Bliss and Charlotte ends Asuka streak clean, well that had to end sooner or later, hopefully they can build off of it (They can't). Ok Carmella wins the title from Charlotte, ok it was believable, she cashed in on her after the Iconics beat Charlotte down but Carmella shouldn't hold it for too long. Oh she beat Charlotte in the rematch, oh shit now she has to face Asuka it has to end now for her ... are you fucking kidding me? You have taken Asuka and have had her lose twice to Carmella looking weak as well, you basically have just made Godzilla lose to a five year old because the five year old said no. Well, what else do you expect, Vince and the people in the back that have Vince's ear like a certain type (Blonde, big boobs). Oh look at this the third women's Money in the Bank match, well a couple logical picks but the logically easy choice hear is Natalya to betray her friend Ronda Rousey after she beats Nia for the title tonight. Wait, what, Alexa, why, she basically needed it least out of any of these women. Alexa cashes in that night, pissing off most people. You know that was a bity of a dumb move, lets get the title on Ronda at SummerSlam. Speaking of SummerSlam, the fans are still really behind Becky Lynch, let's put her in a match for the title vs Carmella but let's add Charlotte too and have Charlotte pin Becky and then have Becky turn heel, wait how come they are still cheering Becky Lynch, she is attacking a blonde with big boobs, they should be booing her, ok plan B to get her booed, have her call Charlotte names, that didn't work, ok, have a respected HOFer come back and tell her the dangers of her path and that she should subvert from it, holy shit, she just told him to watch out and not to hurt the part of his body that caused him to retire and they are still cheering her, ok what is our next plan with that? (That will be known at Evolution) Oh the fans are still pissed at us for having that all men's event in Saudi Arabia because of the laws where no women were even allowed in the country, let's give them their own PPV but let's try and use it as a smoke screen that we are going back to Saudi Arabia later that week. Let's start half ass building this PPV while we plug the shit out of a show in Australia and Crown Jewel which is taking place in Saudi Arabia (apparently now happening in Parts Unknown) Ok, we got the finals of the Mae Young Classic, that is obvious, Let's have all our champions defend their titles, that is obvious too, hmm how should we build this up, well Charlotte and Becky at least have a good thing going so we'll give them a special stipulation match, Kairi Sane, well we aren't ready to bring up Shayna before that so let's have that one, but who can we have vs Ronda, hmm I got an idea, let's bring back cancer incarnate in the Bella Twins, they can't just show up that night and fight, we need to make sure they get the rust knocked off of them. Ok, Nikki is still mediocre as fuck, Briie really needs to get the rust off, those two suicide dives looked terrible. Ok Brie, you and Maryse are going to be used so we can extend the Bryan vs Miz feud, oh shit, she punched Miz in the eye, and fuck did she look bad in the ring with Maryse. Ok Brie get it together, you got a match against the Riott Squad. Ok, the Yes! kicks, I know they are your husbands move but as lond as you stay in cadence and flow with the kicks they ar efine and OH MY GOD YOU KICKED LIV MORGAN IN THE SKULL TWICE, you get her to her corner WHAT THE FUCK BRIE, THIS ISN'T MMA. THIS IS WRESTLING, YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO WORK TOGETHER, WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU ALLOWED IN A RING? You know what, no striking moves for you, we can't afford to have you hurt anyone else, no match for you at Evolution. Wait, the fans aren't buying in to Nikki Bella having a chance against Ronda, well fuck, this main event better be short.
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2018.08.02 23:50 TheNateRoss Rebooking a Year of Smackdown Live: Chapter 20--Royal Rumble

This installment will cover the Royal Rumble.
Previous installments:
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
ROYAL RUMBLE:
Pre-Show:
The Hype Bros beat LoveSong and the New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E, with Xavier Woods) to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships. Aiden English sings an operatic rendition of the Delfonics’ “La-La Means I Love You” for Mike Kanellis, Maria, and the Philadelphia crowd. The Bros get the win following a low blow from Mojo Rawley on Big E, followed by a Hype Ryder on Kanellis.
Cedric Alexander beats Kalisto, TJP, and Akira Tozawa to win the Cruiserweight Championship. This is exactly the fast and furious Fatal 4-Way you’d expect from a cruiser match with these four involved. As Kalisto and Tozawa are battling on the outside, Alexander dodges a Detonation Kick from TJP before hitting him with the Lumbar Check to become the new Cruiserweight Champion.
Main Show:
Baron Corbin beats Luke Harper to win the United States Championship. After plenty of power moves from both men, Harper catches Corbin with a desperate discus clothesline. As he sets up for the Truck Stop, we get a Wyatt noise and the lights go out; when they come up, Harper paces in anticipation for the inevitable Wyatt interference, but nothing happens. This gives Corbin time to recover and hit an End of Days to become the new United States Champion.
Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable (with Jason Jordan) beat the Bar to win the RAW Tag Team Championships. Jordan has his arm in a sling following Cesaro’s kayfabe injury of it on RAW. After plenty of back-and-forth, Benjamin and Gable hit Grand Amplitude on Sheamus for the win. Post-match, Jordan doesn’t look quite happy enough as he celebrates with his teammates.
Men’s Rumble Match:
Triple H joins the commentary team. On commentary, he runs down the various people he and Stephanie are feuding with, including Seth Rollins, Kurt Angle, and Asuka. He also promises a “huge surprise” is in the works for tomorrow night on RAW.
Seth Rollins enters at #1. He jaws at Triple H while waiting for his opponent.
Dolph Ziggler enters at #2. He and Rollins reprise their encounter during the elimination match at Survivor Series.
Titus O’Neil enters at #3. He goes after Rollins, with Ziggler picking his spots as the other two men battle.
Jey Uso enters at #4. He tries to eliminate Ziggler, but Dolph ducks and Jey ends up eliminating Titus instead. Titus O’Neil is eliminated.
Elias enters at #5. He runs down Philadelphia and its fans via a parodic rendition of “Eye of the Tiger” before making his way to the ring, where he joins in the action.
Tyler Breeze enters at #6. He and Jey go right after each other.
Rusev enters at #7. He faces off with Elias, who has been battling Rollins. Ziggler is still turtling until he sees an opening and hits Jey with a superkick, knocking him against the ropes. Breeze then finishes him off. Jey Uso is eliminated.
Brother Beau enters at #8. He and Breeze square off.
Andrade “Cien” Almas (with Zelina Vega) enters at #9. He joins the fray, with Zelina occasionally reaching into the ring to try and trip up the other Superstars.
Tye Dillinger enters at #10. Of course. Brother Beau goes right at him.
Jimmy Uso enters at #11. He and Breeze face off.
Erick Rowan enters at #12. He and Beau team up and nearly eliminate Dillinger, but Tye hangs on to the ropes.
Matt Hardy enters at #13. Matt’s entrance distracts Elias. Rusev sees the opportunity and tosses Elias overboard. Elias is eliminated.
Meanwhile, Beau goes for a kill shot on Dillinger, who is against the ropes, but Tye ducks and pulls the ropes down, causing Beau to eliminate himself. Brother Beau is eliminated.
Bray Wyatt enters at #14. We get a Wyatt noise and the lights go out; when they come up, Wyatt is in the center of the ring, and Rowan has Dillinger in a full Nelson. He hits Dillinger with a full Nelson slam before Wyatt tosses him out. Tye Dillinger is eliminated.
Fandango enters at #15. He immediately runs into the Wyatts who are cleaning house. Rowan first tosses Jimmy Uso overboard. Jimmy Uso is eliminated.
Bray then lines up and clotheslines both Breeze and Fandango, eliminating them both. Tyler Breeze is eliminated. Fandango is eliminated.
The remaining Superstars at this point are Rollins, Ziggler, Rusev, Almas, Rowan, Hardy, and Wyatt.
AJ Styles enters at #16. He and Ziggler go right at each other, with Styles getting the better of it.
Meanwhile, Hardy and Rusev are going at it. Rusev tosses Hardy into the ropes to set up a Machka Kick, but Hardy grabs the ropes to stop himself. Rusev then tries to clothesline Matt, but Matt pulls the ropes down and sends Rusev flying. Rusev is eliminated.
At the same time, Wyatt and Rowan are continuing their reign of terror. Zelina Vega tries to trip Rowan but immediately regrets it as he and Wyatt grab Almas and toss him at her feet. Andrade “Cien” Almas is eliminated.
Apollo Crews enters at #17. He and Matt Hardy face off.
Meanwhile, Styles knocks Ziggler onto the ring apron, where he holds on to the top rope with one hand. As he pulls himself up, Styles hits a Phenomenal Forearm and knocks him off the apron. Dolph Ziggler is eliminated.
Sami Zayn enters at #18. He runs smack into the Wyatts, who have bad intentions for him. Rowan throws him onto the apron, but Sami manages to keep himself from being pushed all the way off.
Braun Strowman enters at #19. Bray is happy to see him. Wyatt, Strowman, and Rowan all come face-to-face in the center of the ring. Bray starts giving instructions to Strowman, who considers them for a moment before shaking his head and pounding on the Wyatts.
Meanwhile, Hardy has gotten the better of Crews and hits a Twist of Fate on him before tossing him out. Apollo Crews is eliminated.
Rollins then kicks Hardy in the gut and hits a Pedigree before eliminating him. Matt Hardy is eliminated.
The Hurricane enters at #20. He triumphantly enters, gets tossed overboard by Rowan, and triumphantly exits. The Hurricane is eliminated.
Strowman then tosses Rowan over, seemingly effortlessly. Erick Rowan is eliminated.
Our remaining Superstars are Rollins, Wyatt, Styles, Zayn, and Strowman.
Adam Cole enters at #21. He and Styles go at it.
Hideo Itami enters at #22. He evades Strowman’s grasp and joins the melee.
Triple H enters at #23. He rises from the commentary table and tears off his suit. He and Rollins make a beeline for each other and start swinging wildly. Rollins is noticeably fatigued, and Triple H gets the better of the encounter.
Goldust enters at #24. He joins the fray.
Meanwhile, Strowman has chased down Bray Wyatt and lifts him up for an inverted chokeslam before tossing him out. Bray Wyatt is eliminated.
Kurt Angle enters at #25. He comes to Rollins’ defense and hits Triple H with an Olympic Slam.
Randy Orton enters at #26. He goes to help Triple H but is cut off by Rollins. However, Orton hits an RKO on Rollins—but it’s too late, as Angle has already tossed Triple H over the top. Triple H is eliminated.
Orton then clotheslines Angle from behind and eliminates him. Kurt Angle is eliminated.
Meanwhile, Strowman has gotten a hold of Hideo Itami and press-slams him over the ropes onto Angle and Triple H. Hideo Itami is eliminated.
Remaining Superstars at this point are Rollins, Styles, Zayn, Strowman, Cole, Goldust, and Orton.
Bobby Roode enters at #27. He makes a beeline for Styles, who blocks a Glorious DDT attempt.
Roman Reigns enters at #28. Strowman is briefly distracted by Goldust and doesn’t see Reigns coming until it’s too late. Reigns hits a thunderous Spear on Strowman. Goldust, meanwhile, stumbles into a Pele Kick from Styles, who then tosses him over. Goldust is eliminated.
Simultaneously, Cole is tossed overboard by Rollins. Adam Cole is eliminated.
Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Strowman, knocking him onto the apron. He then sets up and hits a second Spear through the ropes and onto a pile of Superstars on the outside! This eliminates Strowman but not Reigns, since he didn’t go over the top rope. Braun Strowman is eliminated.
Rey Mysterio enters at #29. He springboards into the ring and hits a hurricanrana on Sami Zayn.
As the countdown ends for entrant #30, John Cena’s music hits. As he’s running down the ramp, Kevin Owens jumps out of the crowd and hits him with a pop-up powerbomb! Owens then sets Cena against the barricade and hits him with a cannonball senton before inserting himself into the match as entrant #30, where he makes a beeline for Sami Zayn. Kevin Owens enters at #30.
Our final eight are Rollins, Styles, Zayn, Orton, Roode, Reigns, Mysterio, and Owens.
An exhausted Rollins finally puts Orton down and sets up for a Blackout. However, Orton is playing possum and pops up to hit an RKO on Rollins before tossing him over. Seth Rollins is eliminated.
Meanwhile, Owens knocks Zayn onto the apron again, and this time Sami can’t get back into the ring before he’s hit with a massive clothesline that turns him inside out before he tumbles to the floor. Sami Zayn is eliminated.
Mysterio goes for an ill-advised cross-body on Reigns, who catches him and tosses him onto Zayn. Rey Mysterio is eliminated.
The action at this point is broken down by show; the three SDL Superstars, Styles, Roode, and Owens, are going at it, as are Orton and Reigns from RAW.
Owens knocks Styles onto the apron; he sets up for a clothesline to knock him off but turns right around into a Glorious DDT from Roode. Styles slides back into the ring as Roode tosses Owens out. Kevin Owens is eliminated.
Meanwhile, Reigns blocks an RKO attempt and hits a Superman Punch on Orton before tossing him out. Randy Orton is eliminated.
We’re down to Styles, Roode, and Reigns. Reigns goes for a Spear on Styles, but Styles dodges and Reigns hits Roode. Styles then goes to toss Roode out of the ring; Roman, sensing the opportunity, tries to flip Styles over as well, but Styles holds onto the top rope as Roode tumbles out. Bobby Roode is eliminated.
Styles slides under the ropes and back into the ring. He and Roman go at it for a couple minutes before Reigns gets the upper hand. As he sets up for a Superman Punch, Styles flips into a Pele Kick that knocks Reigns out of the air. Styles then hits a Styles Clash for good measure before tossing Reigns overboard to win the Rumble. Roman Reigns is eliminated.
AJ Styles wins the men’s Royal Rumble. Post-match, Styles points to the Wrestlemania sign and says he wants his WWE Championship back.
Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) beats Finn Balor (with Balor Club) in a champion-versus-champion match to retain the Universal Championship (Balor retains the Intercontinental Championship). This is a prototypical big-guy little-guy match, with Balor using all his speed and smarts to keep Brock at a distance. Anderson and Gallows also help even the odds with some timely interference, including putting Balor’s foot on the ropes when Lesnar gets the Kimura locked in. After Lesnar kicks out of a Coup de Grace, Balor goes for a Sling Blade but Lesnar catches him and F-5s him for the victory.
Shinsuke Nakamura beats the Miz (with Curt Hawkins) in a no-disqualification match to retain the WWE Championship. Miz and Hawkins immediately take advantage of the no-DQ stipulation to turn the match into a de facto 2-on-1 handicap match. Nakamura fights back by showing the most viciousness we’ve seen from him to date. The combatants use kendo sticks, chairs, tables, and the WWE Championship as weapons. Nakamura also kicks out of a Skull-Crushing Finale. After Nakamura puts Hawkins down with a Kinshasa, he sets up a table in the ring and goes to powerbomb Miz through it, but Miz reverses and hits his reverse DDT/neckbreaker deal. Miz goes up top for a top-rope Mizard of Oz, but Nakamura revives, fights him off, and then takes him up for a top-rope Landslide through the table for the pin.
Women’s Rumble Match:
RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax and Smackdown Women’s Champion Carmella are at ringside along with Stephanie McMahon. WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix joins the commentary team; she is dressed in business casual combined with her signature tiara.
Charlotte Flair enters at #1. Before she enters the ring she attacks a taunting Carmella at ringside, pounding her head against the commentary table a few times before finally rolling into the ring.
Becky Lynch enters at #2. Charlotte nods her head in determination and Becky grins as the two lock up in the ring.
Dana Brooke enters at #3. She ties up with Becky and Charlotte and nearly eliminates Becky. The three women brawl.
Sarah Logan enters at #4. She joins the scrum.
Liv Morgan enters at #5. Liv rushes the ring and enters just in time for Charlotte to break off from brawling with Dana and lock eyes with Liv. Liv tries to back away but Charlotte will have none of it, pounding Liv into submission before making her the first-ever woman to be eliminated from the Women’s Royal Rumble. Liv Morgan is eliminated.
Michelle McCool enters at #6. She joins the fray. Becky and Charlotte notably seem to be cooperating.
Naomi enters at #7. She goes after the RAW Superstars in keeping with her loose alliance with Becky and Charlotte.
Sonya Deville enters at #8. Sonya makes a beeline for Becky, and the two women have a vicious brawl. Sonya starts to get the better of it before Naomi comes over to turn the tide.
Lana enters at #9. She hits the ring and taunts Dana Brooke, leading Dana to attempt to eliminate her—only Lana has held onto the ropes and pulls them down at the perfect moment to cause Dana’s momentum to send her over and out of the ring. Dana Brooke is eliminated.
Kelly Kelly enters at #10. She and Michelle McCool have a staredown before going after each other.
Meanwhile, Sarah Logan has gotten the upper hand on Lana, hitting her with the All Kentucky Knee before tossing her out. Lana is eliminated.
As Kelly and Michelle battle, Charlotte sees an opening and quickly dumps Michelle over the top rope and out of the match. Michelle McCool is eliminated.
Beth Phoenix enters at #11. She stands up from the commentary table and removes her business-casual outfit to reveal her ring gear underneath. As she hits the ring, Stephanie McMahon slides over into the previously vacated spot at the commentary table. On commentary, she hypes the same “big news” Triple H referred to earlier.
Brie Bella enters at #12. She and Kelly Kelly brawl.
Ruby Riott enters at #13. She makes a beeline for Sarah Logan and pounds her into submission before hitting her with an All-Riott Kick and eliminating her. Sarah Logan is eliminated.
Vickie Guerrero enters at #14. She screams, climbs in the ring, gets tossed out by Beth Phoenix, and screams again on the way out. Vickie Guerrero is eliminated.
Alexa Bliss enters at #15. She enters the ring, then starts jawing with Nia Jax at ringside. When Alexa turns her back, Nia grabs her heels and pulls her out of the ring under the bottom of rope (not eliminating her) before ragdolling her all over the outside.
Meanwhile, Becky and Charlotte are still working as a unit. Becky gets the better of Kelly Kelly before tossing her over the top. Kelly Kelly is eliminated.
However, they fail to notice Sonya Deville taking out Naomi with a step-up enzuigiri before eliminating her. Naomi is eliminated.
Natalya enters at #16. She decks Naomi on the way down the ramp before she and Sonya join forces against Becky and Charlotte.
Meanwhile, Beth catches Ruby unawares as she is brawling with Brie and tosses her over the top. Ruby Riott is eliminated.
Natalya and Sonya get the upper hand, with Natalya knocking Charlotte onto the apron. Sonya then whips Becky into Charlotte, knocking her off. Becky is horrified at this but has no time to react before Natalya hits her with a Michinoku Driver II. Charlotte Flair is eliminated.
Carmella, who has by now recovered from her previous beating at Charlotte’s hands, celebrates her elimination by moonwalking on top of the announce table. Charlotte sees this and charges her, pulling her down from the table and pounding her mercilessly before delivering a Natural Selection on the floor. The usual gang of refs and security people sends Charlotte to the back before helping Carmella to the back also.
Mickie James enters at #17. Alexa Bliss is slumped against the ring following her beating at Nia Jax’s hands. She starts to climb back into the ring before seeing Mickie coming at her, at which point she slumps back down and puts her hands up to protect herself. Mickie considers whether to further punish Alexa before deciding to ignore her and enter the ring.
Meanwhile, Natalya and Sonya’s attempt to eliminate Becky fails when Beth Phoenix intervenes. This leads to a confrontation and then a brawl between Beth and Natalya. Sonya continues to focus her efforts on Becky.
Nikki Bella enters at #18. Brie welcomes her sister, but Nikki returns the greeting by tossing Brie over the top rope. Brie Bella is eliminated.
Kairi Sane enters at #19. She goes after Sonya Deville, leaving Sonya overmatched by both Becky and Kairi. Natalya spots an opening and tosses Sonya overboard. Sonya curses Natalya’s sudden but inevitable betrayal. Sonya Deville is eliminated.
Sasha Banks enters at #20. The Boss joins the scrum and ends up facing off against Becky.
Molly Holly enters at #21. She and Beth Phoenix square off, with Molly getting the better of the encounter before tossing Beth over the top. Beth Phoenix is eliminated.
Mandy Rose enters at #22. She and Mickie do battle.
Ember Moon enters at #23. She immediately climbs the top rope and hits an Eclipse on an unsuspecting Kairi Sane before eliminating her. Kairi Sane is eliminated.
Torrie Wilson enters at #24. She faces off with Molly.
Meanwhile, Natalya and Sasha finally get the better of an exhausted Becky, with Sasha tossing her out of the ring. Becky Lynch is eliminated.
Asuka enters at #25. She enters like a house of fire, immediately tossing Torrie over the top. Torrie Wilson is eliminated.
Asuka then quickly eliminates Nikki Bella as well. Nikki Bella is eliminated.
Asuka searches the ring before finding Mandy Rose. Mandy begs for mercy but Asuka gives none. Mandy goes for a kick but Asuka blocks it and hits her with her ankle-lock German suplex before tossing her overboard. Mandy Rose is eliminated.
Tamina enters at #26. She and Natalya lock up. Meanwhile, Alexa Bliss finally sneaks back into the ring and nearly eliminates a distracted Sasha.
Jacqueline enters at #27. She joins the fray.
Meanwhile, Mickie and Molly are going at it. Molly gets the upper hand and sets up for a Molly-Go-Round, but Natalya hits the ropes and causes her to fall. Mickie then recovers and sends Molly tumbling onto the apron and out of the ring. Molly Holly is eliminated.
Alexa’s attempt to eliminate Sasha goes poorly, leading Sasha to ragdoll Alexa before throwing her out properly. Alexa Bliss is eliminated.
Natalya ducks a Tamina superkick and lifts her over the top and onto the apron. Tamina tries to hold on but Natalya pounds her down until she loses her grip and tumbles to the floor. Tamina is eliminated.
Lita enters at #28. She joins the fray wearing her #TimesUp shirt.
Bayley enters at #29. She and Asuka brawl wildly.
Meanwhile, Sasha and Ember go at it. Ember starts to get the upper hand and goes up top for another Eclipse, but Sasha catches her on the top and shoves her to the apron and then the floor. Ember Moon is eliminated.
At the same time, Lita gets the better of Jacqueline and eliminates her. Jacqueline is eliminated.
Trish Stratus enters at #30. The final seven are Natalya, Mickie James, Sasha Banks, Asuka, Lita, Bayley, and Trish.
Trish and Mickie have a back-and-forth battle that calls back to their classic feud. Trish ducks a Mick Kick before a Chick Kick of her own knocks Mickie over the ropes and onto the apron. Trish finishes Mickie off with a clothesline. Mickie James is eliminated.
Natalya sees an opportunity and tries to eliminate an unsuspecting Trish, but Bayley sees what she’s doing and takes the opportunity to grab Natalya from behind and spin her around for a Bayley-to-Belly. She then eliminates Natalya. Natalya is eliminated.
Meanwhile, Trish and Lita square off. Lita starts to get the upper hand and goes for a Twist of Fate, but Trish blocks it, hits a Chick Kick, and then hits Stratusfaction before tossing Lita over the top. Lita is eliminated.
Sasha takes the opportunity to catch Trish unawares and toss her over. Trish Stratus is eliminated.
We’re down to three: Sasha, Asuka, and Bayley. They all go back and forth for a bit before Bayley goes for a Bayley-to-Belly on Sasha. Sasha blocks it and flips Bayley into the Banks Statement. She leaves the hold locked in for a bit before releasing it, pounding Bayley down some more, and tossing her over the top. Bayley is eliminated.
That leaves Sasha and Asuka. They battle back and forth for a few minutes before Sasha gets the upper hand. She goes up top for a Meteora, but Asuka catches her and powerbombs her. She pulls Sasha to her feet and tosses her over the top to win the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble. Sasha Banks is eliminated.
Asuka wins the Women’s Royal Rumble.
Post-match, Asuka grabs a perturbed-looking Stephanie McMahon from ringside and forces her to raise her hand before pointing to the Wrestlemania sign as the WWE logo hits the screen.
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2018.08.02 20:10 TheNateRoss Rebooking a Year of Smackdown Live: Chapter 19--SDL 1/9/18 through 1/23/18 (Royal Rumble build cont’d) (LONG)

This installment will cover the 1/9/18, 1/16/18, and 1/23/18 episodes of SDL as we continue building towards the Royal Rumble.
Previous installments:
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
SDL 1/9/18:
We open with Kevin Owens making his entrance and putting himself over for winning the Triple Threat match against Bobby Roode and AJ Styles last week. He says he hears what everybody says about him—that he’s not athletic like Styles, or he has to have Roode in his corner to win everything. Owens wins because at the end of the day he’s the toughest, meanest, nastiest son of a bitch there is on SDL, and Shinsuke Nakamura’s going to be reminded of that at the Royal Rumble. Nakamura enters and responds, saying he beat Owens at Clash of Champions and he’ll enjoy beating him again at the Rumble.
Nakamura is then interrupted by footage on Tron of a limo pulling up backstage. Out steps Curt Hawkins, who pushes the cameraman man back to make room for the A-Lister, the Miz! They make their way to Gorilla—with Hawkins clearing a path the whole way—and down the ramp into the ring. Miz begins by reminding everyone how he was “screwed” out of the WWE Championship against Nakamura due to Daniel Bryan being the special guest referee. He notes he never got his rematch and demands to have it at the Royal Rumble. Owens responds by saying he’s the #1 contender, so once he takes the title from Nakamura he’d be happy to face Miz. Nakamura just grins.
Out comes Daniel Bryan. After a staredown with Miz, DB says both men have a claim to be #1 contender, so next week they can face off! This makes neither man happy. Bryan then says that, as for tonight, he’s going to give everyone a chance to get acquainted with their opponents by channeling his inner Teddy Long and making a tag match—Kevin Owens and Shinsuke Nakamura against the Miz and Curt Hawkins!
The commentary team remind us that the Royal Rumble is less than three weeks away and promise we’ll find out tonight about some of the SDL Superstars who will be entering.
LoveSong and the New Day make their respective entrances. Aiden English sings an operatic version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Tuesday’s Gone” for a homesick Mike Kanellis who misses Maria (and as a shoutout to the Birmingham crowd tonight). Big E and Xavier Woods get the call for the New Day tonight. The Hype Bros join the commentary team and proceed to mock LoveSong for being a love-based team (there’s no love between bros, bro) and the New Day for loving pancakes (gotta lay off those carbs, bro). In the ring, the action is evenly matched, with LoveSong taking the early advantage before the New Day come back. As English and Woods brawl in the ring, Big E and Kanellis tumble out of the ring and into the commentary table. This disturbs the Bros, who pound on both men to trigger a no-contest. LoveSong and the New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods, with Kofi Kingston) go to a no-contest. Post-match, Kingston, Woods, and English quickly join the fray, leading to Zack Ryder feeling the Power of Love through the announce table and Mojo Rawley getting a Big Ending on the floor.
Backstage, Breezango confront the Usos. They tell them about the “H” graffiti they found as well as Tye Dillinger’s “day one” comment last week. They say they know the Usos are up to something nefarious. The Usos say they don’t know what the Fashion Police are talking about—all they’re focused on is the Royal Rumble, where they’ll both be entrants. Tyler Breeze says he and Fandango will both be in the Rumble also, but fashion wrongdoers like the Uggos shouldn’t be permitted. This leads to an inconclusive brawl that is separated by security.
Jinder Mahal (with the Singh Brothers) makes his entrance, followed by Baron Corbin making his. The commentary team reminds us that Corbin turned on his tag partner Luke Harper last week after something happened with Bray Wyatt apparently controlling him. In the ring, Jinder gets a good amount of offense in, and the Singh Brothers keep things interesting as well, but Baron is clearly the better competitor. After clotheslining both Singh Brothers and hitting Deep Six on Mahal, Corbin gears up for an End of Days when Harper walks down to the ring. This distracts Corbin long enough for Mahal to roll him up for the win. Jinder Mahal (with the Singh Brothers) beats Baron Corbin.
Post-match, Corbin and Harper have an angry staredown before they’re interrupted by a Wyatt noise, followed by Bray Wyatt broadcasting on the Tron from his smoke-filled room. Bray reiterates that he has full control over Baron’s soul and says he’s found a way to control Harper too. He promises both Corbin and Harper will be back in the Family’s fold very soon. He also announces he’ll be leading the Family as a good patriarch should in the Royal Rumble match. Wyatt’s message ends, and Harper and Corbin resume their staredown before Harper leaves the ring.
AJ Styles is being interviewed backstage. He talks about how he fell short last week, but he’s desperate to get his WWE Championship back, so he’s entering the Royal Rumble. Bobby Roode walks up and taunts Styles as the “formerly phenomenal one” who’s since been displaced by the Glorious One. Roode announces he’ll be in the Royal Rumble also and promises he’ll be waiting to eliminate Styles from contention. The two jaw back and forth at each other until Roode walks off. Styles appears frustrated, and it’s clear Roode is getting to him.
Sonya Deville and Natalya make their entrances, followed by Tamina and Naomi making theirs. The commentary team reminds us about their ongoing feud, including Naomi and Tamina claiming Natalya will turn on Sonya. In the ring, Natalya and Sonya start to show signs of discord, which allow Naomi and Tamina to get the upper hand. After Sonya eats a superkick from Tamina, Natalya retrieves a chair. Meanwhile, Naomi gets Sonya locked in A Bad Place. As Sonya is about to tap, Natalya drops the chair down on Naomi, triggering a disqualification. Naomi and Tamina beat Natalya and Sonya Deville by disqualification.
Post-match, Tamina goes to take out Natalya but Natalya ducks a superkick and hits Tamina across the back with the chair. As she and Sonya continue the beatdown, Becky Lynch’s music hits! The Lasskicker returns by jumping all over Sonya. Natalya then blasts her with the chair, but Charlotte Flair’s music hits, and she comes down to aid Becky! She takes out a distracted Natalya with Natural Selection. Carmella’s music hits, and the Smackdown Women’s Champion runs in along with Liv Morgan. They go right after Charlotte, turning the scene into an eight-woman melee.
Eventually, the fight peters out, and the faces and heels end up on opposite sides of the ring. Becky Lynch grabs a mic and says she’s back, and she hasn’t forgotten what Sonya did to her to take her out of commission. She says she’s entering the Royal Rumble and will make Sonya and Natalya pay for what they did. Charlotte welcomes Becky back and says this is as good a time as any to announce that she’ll be in the Rumble also. She then asks whether Carmella and Liv liked their shopping spree last week. Carmella responds by pointing out that, as champion, she has no need to be in the Rumble—but her BFF Liv Morgan will be, and she’s going to take both of them out. Liv eyes Carmella a little nervously as she says this. Charlotte takes this as a challenge and knocks the crap out of Liv, triggering a renewed brawl that security finally breaks up.
The Ascension make their entrance, followed by Sami Zayn and Tye Dillinger. After some early face-in-peril-ing from Dillinger, Zayn comes in and cleans house, leading to the pin after he hits a Helluva Kick on Konnor. The Support Group (Tye Dillinger and Sami Zayn) beat the Ascension. Post-match, the Supporters announce they’re going to be in the Royal Rumble. We then get a Wyatt noise and the lights go out; when they come up, Erick Rowan and Brother Beau are in the ring wailing on the Support Group. Rowan hits Dillinger with a full Nelson slam and Beau hits his rolling cutter on Zayn. Beau then takes the mic and announces, in his Dennis Hoppeschizo way, that he and Rowan will be in the Rumble also.
AJ Styles is walking backstage when Dolph Ziggler approaches him. Ziggler says he saw his interview with Bobby Roode earlier. Because he’s such a nice guy, Dolph understands what AJ must be feeling right now—the sense of desperation, powerlessness, danger. Ziggler says White Knight Security is here to protect him from Bobby Roode. Styles says he doesn’t want to talk about it and tells Ziggler to get lost. Dolph says they’ll talk later.
The Miz and Curt Hawkins, Kevin Owens, and Shinsuke Nakamura make their respective entrances for the main event. Unsurprisingly, Owens and Nakamura don’t function well as a team, in contrast to Miz and Hawkins who are a well-oiled machine. After an evenly matched contest, Nakamura finds himself needing a tag after reversing a Taste of Pain attempt into an inverted Exploder. He lunges to tag Owens, but Owens pulls his hand away at the last second. Nakamura bickers with Owens, giving Miz the chance to hit Nakamura with a Skull-Crushing Finale. Hawkins punctuates the D-Lister for the pin. The Miz and Curt Hawkins beat Shinsuke Nakamura and Kevin Owens.
Post-match, Miz gloats over pinning Nakamura as he and Owens stare each other down. Nakamura then pops up and hits Miz with an inverted Exploder as the WWE logo hits the screen.
SDL 1/16/18:
We open with the Miz and Curt Hawkins making their way to the ring for a MizTV segment. Miz introduces his guest for this edition of MizTV, Kevin Owens. Owens enters and refuses to sit in the interview chair. He says he shouldn’t even have to face Miz tonight for the right to face Shinsuke Nakamura at the Royal Rumble—he already earned that right, it’s his, and Daniel Bryan has no right to force him to put it on the line against Miz. Miz says there’s one thing he agrees with Owens on, and it’s that Bryan is a simpering, cowardly excuse for a GM who’s jealous of Superstars who can still wrestle and does everything he can to make their lives harder. That being said, Miz is owed a rematch after being screwed out of the WWE Championship, so it should be Owens who gives way—especially since Miz pinned Nakamura in their tag match last week.
After the two men bicker back and forth some more, Daniel Bryan comes out. He says he’s given this some thought, and both men do have legitimate grievances. So here’s what he’ll do: he’ll give Miz and Owens each the chance to forego the match tonight. If they do, they can bank their title shot for after the Rumble and let the other man have the title shot at the Rumble. But if they both decide not to do that, they have to face each other tonight—and furthermore, the loser of tonight’s match will lose his spot in the Rumble match! Owens says he’s not taking this bargain, because clearly Miz is the one who should have to wait for a title shot. Miz says that’s ridiculous—he’s waited nearly two months and he’s not waiting a second longer. If anybody should delay their chance it’s Owens. Bryan says it sounds like they’re having a match tonight after all.
Breezango and the Usos make their entrances as the commentary team reminds us about their backstage brawl last week. The Usos are their usual badass selves, but the Fashion Police acquit themselves well also. Eventually the action spills outside, where all four men pound on each other all the way up the entrance ramp, failing to notice the referee’s ten-count. Breezango and the Usos go to a no-contest.
Luke Harper makes his entrance and greets the crowd (“Hi, Luke”). He says it has been 289 days since he left the Wyatt Family. Harper says he’s got a lot on his mind and, well, this worked last time to clear his head, so tonight he’s issuing another US Open Challenge!
Baron Corbin answers the Challenge! Corbin says Luke claims he runs a Support Group, but he’s failed to support Baron. Instead, he’s just made Baron’s life harder by trying to get him to leave the Wyatt Family Luke’s way. Harper responds by telling Corbin he’s been where he is now, and what he figured out is that the only way to get out of the Wyatt Family is just to leave. You don’t get permission from Bray, you don’t earn anything from him, because he’ll never give it to you. You just decide. Corbin says he’s tired of Luke acting like it’s so easy, and he’s tired of being patronized. He attacks Harper and the match begins!
Both men are evenly matched and hit their full repertoire of power moves. As the action goes back and forth, there’s a Wyatt noise, and the lights go out; when they come up, the Wyatt Family is at ringside. Bray Wyatt lifts his lantern and it begins to smoke; Corbin again starts going berserk and mimicking Bray’s mannerisms and moves. However, Sami Zayn and Tye Dillinger run in and attack the Wyatts. Sami knocks the lantern out of Bray’s hand; when this happens, Baron snaps out of his trance. As he does so, he turns right around into a vicious discus clothesline from Harper for the pin. Luke Harper beats Baron Corbin to retain the United States Championship. Post-match, Corbin seethes after again being beaten by Harper due to being caught unawares in the ring. Meanwhile, Harper joins his fellow Supporters in fighting off the Wyatts on the outside. He and Wyatt have a vicious encounter before the two groups end up separating.
AJ Styles is shown walking backstage with Dolph Ziggler in his ear. Styles is clearly trying to get away from the oblivious Ziggler, who talks up his protection skills as the principal of White Knight Security and also says he’ll be in the Royal Rumble alongside Styles to protect AJ. AJ starts to say he doesn’t need Dolph’s protection but is interrupted by Bobby Roode jumping him. Ziggler jumps into the fray, and the three men end up brawling out through Gorilla and all the way down the entrance ramp.
Ziggler and Roode eventually spill into the ring, where the brawl devolves (evolves?) into an actual match. Styles joins the commentary team, where he expresses his puzzlement at what Ziggler is doing and says he doesn’t want or need his help, especially if he’s going to be a condescending jackass about it the whole time. He does, however, put over Ziggler as surprisingly competent at security and also notes his own frustration and desperation ahead of the Royal Rumble. In the ring, the contest is between Roode trying to slow the match down with his power moves and Ziggler trying to use his speed and smarts to evade Roode. Roode eventually hits a Northern Lariat and begins taunting Styles as he sets up for a Glorious DDT on Ziggler. Styles taunts back and goads Roode into an extended shouting match. This gives Ziggler the opportunity to recover and hit a Zig Zag on Roode for the win. Dolph Ziggler beats Bobby Roode. Post-match, Ziggler celebrates like a madman as Styles rolls his eyes and Roode glowers.
The entire SDL women’s division is in the ring with Shane McMahon. He hypes up the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble and welcomes Becky Lynch back to SDL after her extended absence. Becky turns to Charlotte Flair and says Charlotte seems a lot more on edge since Becky saw her last. Charlotte responds that’s due to Carmella and Liv Morgan taking the Smackdown Women’s Championship away from her. Carmella responds by moonwalking while waving the title in Charlotte’s face and telling her this is as close as she’s ever going to get to it. Charlotte glares as Becky turns her attention to Sonya Deville. She says she’s spent all her time away thinking about what Sonya did to her and relishing the chance for revenge. At the Royal Rumble, Sonya better pray she gets eliminated before Becky gets her hands on her. Natalya responds by putting Sonya over as “my monster” and says they’ll both be unstoppable at the Rumble. Naomi then chimes in by asking if Sonya realizes that only one of them can win the Rumble—and Natalya isn’t going to let it be anybody other than her. Natalya responds by decking Naomi. Tamina decks Natalya, Sonya decks Tamina, Becky decks Sonya, Liv and Carmella deck Charlotte, and we have a massive brawl.
The brawl settles down into an eight-woman tag match pitting Becky, Charlotte, Naomi, and Tamina against Carmella, Liv, Natalya, and Sonya. Carmella tags out whenever Charlotte tags in, clearly trying to avoid her. Eventually, Naomi and Natalya both make hot tags to Becky and Sonya respectively, and the two foes go at each other with gusto. Becky ducks a step-up enzuigiri and hits a Bexploder. As Becky hulks up to lock in the Dis-Arm-Her, Liv tags in and steps in to try and stop her but eats a Bexploder of her own. Meanwhile, Charlotte runs around the ring and pulls Carmella off the apron before pounding her down. Becky locks in the Dis-Arm-Her on Liv and makes her tap. Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, and Tamina beat Carmella, Liv Morgan, Natalya, and Sonya Deville.
Shane McMahon is backstage with the Hype Bros, LoveSong, and the New Day. The New Day make their case to be declared #1 contenders for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships, arguing they’ve been denied fair shots by the Hype Bros over and over. LoveSong then make their case, pointing out that they’ve had a string of wins (just like Shane told them they’d need) and they were also screwed by the Bros last week. The Bros tell Shane that nobody won the #1 contenders’ match (bro) and so nobody’s worthy of challenging them for the title (bro). Shane says he knows just how to solve the problem: at the Royal Rumble, the Hype Bros will defend the Smackdown Tag Team Titles against both LoveSong and the New Day in a Triple Threat match! The Bros are apoplectic about this but there’s nothing they can do.
Kevin Owens and the Miz (with Curt Hawkins) make their entrances for the main event. The match pits Owens’ power and sadism against the Miz’s craftiness and cooperation with his chief of security. After plenty of back and forth and a ref bump, Owens takes control following a cannonball senton on Miz in the corner. As Owens sets up for a pop-up powerbomb, he fails to notice Lee England, Jr. making his way to the ringside area. England stands on one of the steps leading up to the ring and begins playing Nakamura’s theme. As he does so, three other violinists come out of the crowd, one by one, and stand on the other three staircases. The four performers play Nakamura’s music, infuriating Owens. He snatches England’s violin away from him and goes to brain the Miz with it, but Miz ducks and then hits Ownes with a Skull-Crushing Finale. Hawkins comes off the top rope with a D-Lister, then revives the ref to count the pin. The Miz (with Curt Hawkins) beats Kevin Owens to become #1 contender for the WWE Championship.
Post-match, England retrieves his violin and resumes playing Nakamura’s theme with his compatriots. Miz yells at Hawkins to make them stop; he approaches one of the violinists and starts to wrestle the violin away from him. As he’s doing this, he fails to notice Nakamura entering from the crowd! Nakamura hits Hawkins with an inverted Exploder on the floor before jawing with Miz as the WWE logo hits the screen.
SDL 1/23/18:
We open with Shane McMahon in the ring with the members of SDL’s women’s division. Shane says he tried to have a nice meeting with everybody about the historic first Women’s Royal Rumble last week, but things obviously devolved. So first he’s going to give everybody a chance to say whatever they want to say.
Becky Lynch takes the mic and calls out Sonya Deville. She says Sonya tried to take her out of action permanently but now she’s back and she’s going to make Sonya pay. Sonya responds briefly, telling Becky she’s wrecked so many people since then that she hardly remembers her, before Natalya interjects and says the two of them are looking forward to wreaking havoc at the Rumble. Naomi jumps in to point out to Sonya that Natalya isn’t letting her talk, probably because she’s worried about what would happen if Sonya ever started thinking for herself. Tamina adds that Natalya betrayed her and she’s looking for revenge at the Rumble. Liv Morgan says everybody is missing the point—Carmella is the greatest Smackdown Women’s Champion in history. Carmella thanks Liv for her worshipful yet accurate introduction and says she’s ready to watch from the commentary table while all her opponents tear each other apart. Charlotte Flair then says that if Carmella thinks not being in the Rumble is going to save her, she’s delusional. Ever since Carmella stole the title from Charlotte at Clash of Champions, she’s been on a mission for revenge. She’s going to win the Rumble, win her title back, and leave Carmella in a beaten and bruised heap as a warning to anybody else who crosses her. This draws a raised eyebrow from Becky.
Shane says that, now that everybody has gotten out of their system what they need to say, he has an announcement: tonight, the seven SDL Superstars who will be participating in the Women’s Royal Rumble—Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Liv Morgan, Naomi, Natalya, Sonya Deville, and Tamina—will face off in a Seven-Pack Challenge. And there’s a stipulation attached: the loser of the match—the women who suffers the pinfall or submission—will enter the Rumble at #1!
LoveSong, the New Day, and the Hype Bros make their entrances for a Triple Threat singles match between Mike Kanellis, Xavier Woods, and Zack Ryder. As they enter, the commentary team hypes the Triple Threat match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships that will take place at the Royal Rumble. Aiden English sings “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” in honor of Mike’s love for Maria and a shout-out to Marvin Gaye, who was from Washington, D.C. (where SDL is tonight). The action in the ring is fast and technically sound as befitting all three combatants. As Woods goes for a tightrope elbow drop on Ryder, Mojo Rawley jumps on the apron to try and shake the ropes. English catches him and grabs him, but Mojo grabs the ropes and causes Woods to fall. English brawls with Rawley as Kofi Kingston and Big E join the fray on the outside; Kingston ends up hitting English, causing him to fight the New Day. Meanwhile, in the ring, Kanellis tries to get Ryder up for the Power of Love, but Ryder squirms out of the fireman’s carry and ends up hitting Kanellis with the Rough Ryder for the pin. Zack Ryder (with Mojo Rawley) beats Mike Kanellis (with Aiden English) and Xavier Woods (with Kofi Kingston and Big E).
The Miz and Curt Hawkins enter for a MizTV segment. Miz introduces his guest for this edition of MizTV—the soon-to-be former WWE Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura makes his entrance. Miz lords it over Nakamura that he pinned him in their tag match two weeks ago and claims the only reason he lost the WWE Championship to Nakamura in the first place was due to having Daniel Bryan as the special guest ref. Miz says he was so afraid of Bryan unfairly disqualifying him that he couldn’t focus. So for his rematch at the Royal Rumble, he wants a no-DQ stipulation. Nakamura laughs and puts down Miz as a pretender. He says if Miz thinks having no DQs will protect him, he’s sorely mistaken. Nakamura’s Strong Style is already the strongest force in the WWE, and if he can do whatever he wants to Miz in the ring at the Royal Rumble, then he’ll be even more powerful. Miz says it sounds like Nakamura has agreed to a no-DQ match at the Rumble, so to give him a taste—Hawkins hits him with a chair from behind! Miz grabs the chair and bashes Nakamura with it several times before hitting a Skull-Crushing Finale on the chair.
Breezango and the Usos make their respective entrances as the commentary team reminds us that they went to a no-contest last week, and that all four men will be in the Royal Rumble match. Since last week’s match ended in a double countout, this week’s match is being made a Tornado tag match. The action goes back and forth until suddenly there’s a Wyatt noise and the lights go out; when they come up, Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan, and Brother Beau are in the ring, and Breezango and the Usos are all laid out. Breezango and the Usos go to a no-contest. Post-match, Bray cuts a brief promo about how the Wyatt Family is stronger than ever. He runs down Baron Corbin and the Support Group before saying he’s going to win the Rumble and take the WWE Championship again.
Sami Zayn and Tye Dillinger make their entrance and lead the crowd in a bit of yoga. They both talk about how pumped they are for the Royal Rumble before Kevin Owens interrupts them. He says that last week he was screwed out of a shot at the WWE Championship and an appearance at the Royal Rumble altogether due to Daniel Bryan’s unfairness. Zayn responds that he remembers Owens being given a chance to walk away from the match last week and keep his title shot for a later date, but Owens went forward anyway. Owens retorts that he’s sick of Zayn’s little yoga party, and he’s going to get himself a spot in the Rumble—by taking Sami’s! Zayn says Kevin is welcome to try later tonight, but he’s going to be unsuccessful.
Jinder Mahal makes his entrance alongside Sunil Singh, followed by AJ Styles making his entrance. The commentary team gives an update on Samir Singh’s knee injury and tells us he’ll be out for several months. As the match is about to start, Dolph Ziggler makes his entrance and tells AJ he’s here to protect him. Styles tells Ziggler to sit down, which Ziggler eventually does as the commentary table. On commentary, Dolph puts himself and White Knight Security over and talks about how lucky AJ is to have him protecting him, since he clearly can’t protect himself from Bobby Roode. In the ring, Mahal gets some offense in aided by Sunil, but AJ is clearly the better man and finishes things off with a Styles Clash. AJ Styles (with Dolph Ziggler) beats Jinder Mahal (with Sunil Singh).
Post-match, Bobby Roode enters. He says he wants revenge against Ziggler and Styles—Ziggler for his loss last week, and Styles for “just existing.” He says everywhere he’s ever been in his career he has to listen to fans and people on the internet talk about the wonders of AJ Styles, and in doing so they fail to appreciate how Glorious Roode is. Roode says he’s looking forward to the Royal Rumble, where he intends to utterly embarrass, humiliate, and eliminate AJ Styles.
Styles starts to respond but Ziggler jumps in, castigating Roode for picking on somebody like AJ who can’t defend himself. Ziggler says this is just the sort of situation White Knight Security was created for. Roode snickers and asks Styles how much longer he’s going to put up with this clown show. Styles tells Ziggler he’ll handle it; Ziggler disagrees, and eventually shoves Styles out of the way. Styles shoves him back, Ziggler takes a swing at him, but Styles ducks and then hits Ziggler with a Pele Kick! Roode grins, says he thinks Styles handled that well, and then kicks him in the gut before laying him out with a Glorious DDT.
Sami Zayn makes his entrance accompanied by Tye Dillinger, followed by Kevin Owens entering. Zayn and Owens have their usual great match together as the commentary team reminds us of their shared history. After a lot of back-and-forth, Sami catches Kevin going for the pop-up powerbomb and reverses into a Blue Thunder Bomb of his own, followed by breaking out his 450 splash for the pin. Sami Zayn (with Tye Dillinger) beats Kevin Owens. Owens appears supremely dejected post-match.
Baron Corbin makes his entrance and calls out Luke Harper. Harper enters and asks if Corbin is finally ready to really talk. Corbin says he wants a rematch at the Royal Rumble for Harper’s United States Championship. He calls Harper a hypocrite for telling Corbin not to be afraid of Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family, when the truth is that Harper is afraid of Wyatt himself. Harper denies this and says he’s done everything he’s done over the last 296 days to purge any residual fear of Wyatt from himself. Luke is confident he has no fear anymore—not of Bray Wyatt, not of the Wyatt Family, and not of Baron Corbin. But he knows Corbin is afraid of him. Corbin responds to this by taking a swing at Harper, who ducks and damn near takes off Corbin’s head with a discus clothesline.
Tamina, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Natalya, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Liv Morgan (with Carmella) make their entrances for the main event. As they do so, the commentary team informs us that Luke Harper vs. Baron Corbin has been made official for the Royal Rumble. Carmella sits down at the commentary table, where she proceeds to heckle all the participants in the match, and in particular the babyfaces. The action in the ring very quickly spills onto the outside, with Naomi and Natalya, Becky and Sonya, and Charlotte and Liv pairing off. After various near-falls, Liv draws Charlotte over to the commentary desk, where Carmella is doing her moonwalk and waving the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Charlotte catches hold of Liv but eats a faceful of the title before Liv throws her in the ring and hits her with a Jersey Buster for good measure. Becky, in the midst of a brawl with Sonya, sees what’s happening but is a second too late to break up the pin. Liv Morgan beats Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Natalya, Sonya Deville, and Tamina.
Post-match, Becky tries to console Charlotte; Charlotte brushes her off before chasing after Carmella and Liv. The two heels scamper up the entrance ramp, with Carmella holding her title aloft, as the WWE logo hits the screen.
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2017.10.01 20:21 SpoliyCG Went to WWE Live in Boise last night! Here's results/my experience.

Hey all! I went to my first wrestling show since 1999 last night in Boise, Idaho, so I figured I would share how the night went in case anyone is interested in house show results and crowd reactions and such.
About Me: I'm a 24 year old who was a huge wrestling fan growing up during the Attitude Era, then I fell away from it when 10 year old me decided he was "too grown up" to watch a show about "fake fighting." But I got back into the product a little bit after I graduated high school as CM Punk was just starting his long WWE Championship reign. I watch the big shows on the Network now but I mostly just catch highlights of Raw and SmackDown on YouTube, so I still have a good idea of what's going on in storyline even if I'm not watching the full shows.
The last live wrestling show I attended was when I was a 1st grader in Cape Girardeau, MO. I remember having an awesome time at it and booing a LOT whenever the RTC members were invovled. My dad even helped me make a sign with the letters "RTC" and a big red no symbol over it. We had floor seats at that show and I was able to peek at the railings a lot because no one really cared about a 6-year-old trying to get a better look. I got to touch Bull Buchanan after he was tossed out of the ring by someone.
About Who I Went With: I'm one of the only ones in my friend group who's a wrestling fan, so after I heard that WWE Live was making a stop in Boise I tried to get some of my friends to join me. Unfortunately, many of the friends I asked said they didn't want to come because they weren't really fans and didn't want to pay for tickets to a show they didn't think they would enjoy. Understandable, really.
I couldn't make the show that happened in nearby Nampa, Idaho when they came to town about a year ago because I was living in Utah at the time, so I was determined to go to this one even if I had to go alone. But I did convince my friend and his girlfriend to come with me a few days before the show. My friend knows very little about the current state of WWE, but he thinks wrestling is interesting and he's followed a few online feds that use the WWE 2k games to make custom wrestlers and have them go at it. His girlfriend is much more up to date on current WWE, but only watches Raw with her 90-year-old grandmother and doesn't watch anything on the Network. Her favorite wrestler is Finn Balor, who did not appear on this show since it was the SmackDown roster.
About the Show: The show featured the SmackDown Live roster and was held at the Taco Bell Arena in downtown Boise. It has a capacity of just under 14,000 for concerts and sporting events and such, but there's no way this show attracted that many people. I didn't really try to count how many people were actually there, but there were a lot of empty seats.
Pre-Show: We got there about half an hour before showtime. Here was the view from our seats that I took right when we got there. A lot more people filed in after this picture, but I didn't really think about getting shots of it at the time. There were still a lot of empty places, but not nearly as bad as that photo makes it look.
Friend's GF and I went to check out the merch tables while my friend just kind of chilled at our seats. We ate before coming over, so none of us were particularly hungry or thirsty at the time. Since we got to the arena a decent amount of time before the show, the line for the merch wasn't really that long, probably a 5-10 minute wait. They mostly had merch for SmackDown wrestlers, but they of course had all the Cena stuff you could possibly want. Some of the non SmackDown performers they had merch in stock for were the Hardys, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and the Ultimate Warrior. Maybe there were others, but there was already a lot to take in. I ended up buying a Nakamura shirt and one of the Cena "Respect" tees while Friend's GF got a Cena cap and this John Cena necklace that isn't in the WWE online shop.
We settled into our seats with all our gear in tow with 15 minutes to spare. The main screens were showing some local social media posts with the WWEBoise hashtag that had been taken throughout the day, including some posted from within the arena. Friend's GF took a picture of the three of us and got it on Twitter in the hopes that we would get on the screen too, but they just cycled through the same 10-12 posts over and over again until the show started.
Our section wasn't very smarky overall since we were surrounded by a lot of families, and the crowd as a whole didn't come across as all that smarky either, but everyone was very hyped for the start of the show. A video of Daniel Bryan showed on the big screen to welcome us, which started a YES chant leading into the opening SmackDown video package. I didn't recognize the ring announcer, but she was doing a good job of keeping the energy up as she announced the upcoming matches.
Match 1: The New Day (c) vs. Breezango vs. The Usos (Triple Threat Match for WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship): The New Day came out first and got a huge reaction. Their entrance was complete with a big inflatable box of Booty O's as they made their way to the ring. My friend didn't know who The New Day was until tonight and he was cracking up at everything Big E was doing — the man really knows how to gyrate. Breezango came out next to a not as strong reaction, but there was some Fandangoing going on in the audience (including me and Friend's GF). The Usos came out to cheers but they did everything they could to get booed during the match, like not throwing shirts out the audience and tagging themselves in whenever The New Day was on a roll.
It was a really fun opener that the crowd was really involved in. Lots of "New Day rocks" chants and Xavier Woods fooling around with his trombone. My favorite spot was Tyler Breeze making a big show out of trying to lift Big E for a suplex. He tried twice and couldn't lift him and was selling his back. Woods started a "Tyler" chant to encourage him, and he did actually suplex Big E the third time. Then he slowly climbed to the top rung of the turnbuckle furthest away from where he planted Big E, then decided to drop back down to the bottom rung with Fandango's encouragement, and purposely came up way short on his drop to sell how exhausted he was after the suplex.
Winners: The New Day via pinfall on Jey Uso following Midnight Hour. After the match, The New Day celebrated with the titles, which included Big E pretty much making out with his as he laid on top of the turnbuckle, which got him dirty looks from Kofi and Xavier.
Match 2: Chad Gable vs. Rusev (Singles): Gable came out to a polite reaction, but Rusev came out to a much better one. Like a lot of heels of the night, he came out to cheers and didn't actually start getting booed until the match started. Rusev was in control a lot during the match, but the crowd was getting behind the American underdog with "USA" and "Gable" chants. There was even a "Rusev sucks" chant in the middle that caused Rusev to have a bit of a meltdown, which helped Gable get in some really great looking offense. Rusev is massive in person compared to how he looks on TV, so Gable picking him up and delivering some suplexes to him made him look really good.
Winner: Rusev via submission to The Accolade. I know that faces usually go over on house shows unless they're champs, but Rusev winning didn't feel that bad since he was more over than Gable was to begin with. He stomped back to the back after soaking in some more "USA" chants and we moved along to the next match.
Match 3: Luke Harper and The Hype Bros vs. Erick Rowan and The Ascension (6-man Tag Team Match): I keep forgetting that Harper is a face, so I was surprised when he came out as The Hype Bros tag team partner for the 6-man. The crowd was happy to see him, though, even though his entrance video wasn't working or queued up as he was coming out. Rowan and The Ascension came out to practically no heat.
This match was kind of a breather after the last couple were pretty hot. No one really seemed to care about the heels that much so maybe it was harder for them to get into it? The Ascension tried to make a good go of it, though, and they did alright at beating the hell out of Zack Ryder. Friend's GF was cringing with how red Ryder's back was getting by the end of the match. Ryder eventually managed to get the hot tag in to Harper, and he cleaned house.
Winners: Luke Harper and The Hype Bros via pinfall following Luke Harper's Discus Lariat to Erick Rowan. Harper's video worked this time after the victory, and him and The Hype Bros went out to polite cheers.
Match 4: Sami Zayn vs. Mike Kanellis (Singles): Zayn got a great reaction (especially from me) as he came out, and no one really knew what to do with Kanellis except boo him because he was facing Sami. Before any offense even started, Sami soaked in the cheers and the "Ole"s and gave Kanellis a good-natured kind of shrug, which didn't make Kanellis very happy. Kanellis started with some okay offense and he was taunting the crowd a bit by blowing them kisses and pointing to his ass, which had a giant pair of lips on them in Billy Gunn fashion.
Sami got back into it pretty quick, though, and he had Kanellis in a pretty standard rest hold. Some of the guys in the front row of the floor seats started chanting "you tapped out" at Kanellis as this was going on, but he didn't actually tap to anything. Ultimately, Sami got a lot of good stuff in before finally bringing it to the finish.
Winner: Sami Zayn via pinfall following the Helluva Kick. Sami celebrated his win while Kanellis continue selling outside the ring, then once Sami returned to the back, Kanellis got a mic and started saying "No, no, no" over and over again, which started another YES chant. Kanellis talked over that, saying that first of all, he did NOT tap out (that was directed at the dudes in the front who started that chant) and second of all, he was representing Maria Kanellis and would not accept any kind of loss tonight. So he said he would stay in the ring until he got another match, which is what happened next.
Match 5: Mike Kanellis vs. Sin Cara (Singles): I don't think anyone was expecting Sin Cara, so when the "Lu-cha! Lu-cha!" music started playing, people were really into it and it got Sin Cara a great pop. Compared to the last match, this was basically a squash to make Kanellis look like even more of a loser. I don't think Kanellis got any sort of offense in on Sin Cara, and it was over in less than two minutes.
Winner: Sin Cara via pinfall following a Frog Splash from the top rope. More "Lu-Cha! Lu-Cha!" chanting followed. It was actually pretty fun to see Sin Cara, but maybe I'm only saying that because his match was like two minutes against a guy who already wrestled a full match moments before.
Match 6: A.J. Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens vs. Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin (Fatal 4-Way for WWE United States Championship): This was by far the match of the night, and A.J. Styles was the most over person in Boise. Owens came out first to cheers, and as he was making his way to the ring he kept going back to the same group of guys in the crowd and taunting them about something. When he finally did get to the ring, he got a few boos before planting himself on the top turnbuckle to wait for the other three to make their entrances. Baron Corbin was out next and no one really cared, then Tye Dillinger came out and got a great pop that was subsequently dwarfed by A.J. Styles, who came out to massive cheers and chants in the longest and largest set of cheers of the night.
The bell rang and Owens immediately started brawling with A.J. Styles and knocking him to the outside while Corbin and Dillinger had a stare down inside the ring. Dillinger led with a lot of chops (wooooo!) and I took it upon myself to chant "TEN" whenever he landed any bit of offense, which Friend/Friend's GF/pretty much all the kids around us picked up on as well. A.J. Styles eventually got back into the ring and nailed a really sick looking flying forearm to Baron Corbin on the floor, but Kevin Owens got involved and laid Styles out, and then went in the ring to start antagonizing Tye Dillinger.
Corbin eventually got the better of Styles on the outside again, so him and Owens started to double team Dillinger for awhile. The whole time Owens was mocking Dillinger's tens and Styles' phenomenal pose. Things were looking pretty grim for Dillinger before Owens broke up a pinfall attempt that Corbin made, which made the two of them start to go after each other. Styles recovered and returned to the ring to give Dillinger a hand against the heels, and before I knew it, everyone was down in the ring after a series of finishers/finisher attempts. Huge chants for Styles at this point, although there was a smaller "Fight Owens Fight" dueling chant happening here too.
Once everyone was back on their feet, Owens and Dillinger were both thrown out of the ring by Styles/Corbin respectively, then Styles landed the Phenomenal Forearm on Corbin and it was over.
Winner: A.J. Styles via pinfall following Phenomenal Forearm on Baron Corbin. A.J. Styles had a long celebration and stood over Corbin with the U.S. Title for a bit. Corbin sold like death the entire time during the post-match celebration — he didn't move an inch after taking the forearm until Styles/DillingeOwens were all already in the back. He finally rolled out of the ring once Styles' music was done and he limped his way back behind the curtain.
Intermission: There was a short intermission after that. The ring announcer hawked a few cool things that could be purchased at the merch tables, including some limited edition signed posters by A.J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura. Lots of people charged the merch tables again. Friend went to the bathroom and Friend's GF bought us drinks while I braved the merch line to get another necklace for Friend's GF's grandmother at Friend's GF's request (she gave me the money for it and got the drinks in return, but her line was WAY shorter so I think I lost out on the deal). The merch line on the upper level was way too long by the time I got there, but when one of the arena workers said there was a way shorter line on the lobby level, I practically ran down the stairs to beat the line and get the necklace. I could have got one of the signed posters as well, but I had already dropped $60 on t-shirts earlier so I didn't want to spend another $35 on a poster.
I managed to get back to my seat just in time to catch the first entrance of the match returning from intermission.
Match 7: Naomi, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch vs. Natalya, Lana and Carmella w/ James Ellsworth (6-woman Tag Team Match): I didn't catch all of Naomi's glow in the dark entrance, but the crowd was into it. Becky Lynch got a good reaction too with the crowd singing along to her song — she had a TON of energy, too, so I think it was probably the most underrated entrance of the night. Charlotte was the biggest cheer of the faces, though, with lots of "wooooooo"s. Charlotte had a book signing in Boise earlier that day, too, so I think that made her even more over with the Boise crowd. All the heels got a smattering of cheers/boos. Natalya's entrance wasn't all that notable, Lana's entrance was notable for the incredibly sparkly dress she wore to the ring, and Carmella showed up leading James Ellsworth on a leash and parading him around the ring before chaining him to one of the turnbuckles.
It was right after intermission so I think the heat was kind of dying a bit by this time of the night. Charlotte was the only one getting really natural reactions — even after Becky was tagged in and threw her goggles out to the crowd, she wasn't really getting a lot of heat until Naomi and Charlotte started leading the crowd in a chant of "Becky" once the heels started beating on her.
Lana's offense was TERRIBLE by the way. If anyone put in a poor performance on the night, it was her. She's very obviously still learning but it was shameful what Becky had to try and sell for her.
Becky eventually got the hot tag to Charlotte, and Charlotte dispatched the heels with ease and nailed her leglock on...someone. I don't remember for sure, but I think it was Lana?
Winners: Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Naomi via submission to the Figure-Eight Leglock. More "wooooo"s. The faces were really nice to the crowd in the front rows, taking pictures with some of the kids and giving out lots of high fives before eventually making their exit.
Match 8: Dolph Ziggler vs. Bobby Roode (Singles): Ziggler came out to a pop and he did his regular entrance — none of the various parodies he's done over the last few weeks. He grabbed a mic and asked Boise how we were doing, getting the cheap pop before getting the cheap heat of saying that everyone in Boise basically sucks and gave up on their dreams of doing something with their lives. He started on his standard ranting that he was the best in the ring, one of the best there ever was, and that he was certainly the best thing that had ever happened to Boise, and that he didn't need any fancy entrance or colorful robe to be the best.
Queue Bobby Roode making his always amazing entrance, and I marked out the most for him by far. The crowd was absolutely into it, of course, but I still think A.J. Styes had the better overall overness.
I'd say this was probably the next best match of the night following the U.S. Title match. Both guys were really bringing it, and if their match at Hell in a Cell will be anything like this I think it will get a really great reaction from the rest of the IWC. Roode kicked out of the Zig Zag near the end of the match and made a good recovery into the Glorious DDT for the win.
Winner: Bobby Roode via pinfall following the Glorious DDT. Ziggler limped to the back with the help of a referee while Roode soaked in all the cheers. Then, after a video package about WWE's "Hero in All of Us" campaign and the ring announcer thanking us for our energy on behalf of the WWE, it was time for the main event, sponsored by the WWE Network (which sounded weird to me — would WWE not sponsor its own main event?).
Match 9 (Main Event): Jinder Mahal (c) w/ The Singh Brothers vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Singles Match for WWE Championship): Loud boos and USA chants from the moment The Singh Brothers came out to introduce Jinder Mahal. When Jinder did come out, he took to the microphone to rant about "the disrespect" and blah blah blah, you've all heard this promo about a million times by now. As he started to rant in Punjabi, Nakamura's music hit and everyone was into it.
The match itself was...alright, I guess. By this time I think the crowd was feeling pretty burned out, but they still chanted "USA" at Jinder. At one point one group started a "You can't wrestle" chant directed at Jinder, which began a counter chant of "Yes he can" by some of the people on the floor.
Nakamura was building up a lot of momentum as the match was reaching its climax and he looked to have Jinder measured for the Kinshasa, but he got distracted by the Singh Brothers as they hopped onto the apron. This allowed Jinder to hit Khallas to retain the championship.
Winner: Jinder Mahal via pinfall following Khallas after distraction from The Singh Brothers. After the match, The Singhs started to stomp on the downed Nakamura, and Jinder joined in on kicking him while he was down. The Singhs dragged Nakamura back to his feet, but Nakamura was able to struggle back out of that, hit the Kinshasa on Mahal, and toss the Singhs out of the ring to stand tall and leave the crowd happy to close out the night.
Overall: It was a pretty fun show and a really fun live experience! None of the matches were bad, even if some of the matches didn't really have a whole lot of heat leading into them. I'm hoping this isn't the last time they come to Boise, but with the attendance the way it was, I'm not totally convinced it will be sooner rather than later. I'm still really happy I got to go and that the people I went with also had a good time, even though my voice is really hoarse today and my throat is still pretty raw from all the yelling and chanting I did last night. Maybe someday I'll be able to make the trip to see a PPV or a televised Raw/SmackDown, but until that day comes, I'm sure I'll remember this show pretty fondly.
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2017.06.27 16:30 satellite2145 What do you think of this original storyline idea for SDLive?

Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon organize a WWE prom for the Smackdown Live talent. The male wrestlers have to go out and find dates. The legitimate couples like Jimmy Uso and Naomi along with Rusev and Lana can be there etc. All of the wrestlers dance on the stage and have fun dances for like 5 minutes. But then Mike and Maria Kanellis declares themselves the Prom King and Queen. They push everyone off to the sides and they dance in the middle of everyone to their theme song. It's like that high school prom king and prom queen dance in the center of the floor and dance with everyone watching. Then the male wrestlers attack him for forcing everyone to watch them and he runs through the crowd for heat.
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2017.03.11 21:20 jimmysmith69 How Impact Wrestling is managing to screw up their biggest reboot in years.

2015-2016, TNA is Sinking
“It was a black-eye on the industry, It wasn’t fruitful for anyone—whether you’re a fan of, a wrestler, an employee. It was a really ugly, unfortunate situation. It wasn’t good for the industry.”
Impact Wrestling was struggling; TNA lost its television deal in Australia. Destination America planned to opt out of their contract with TNA. TNA was also well behind on pay to their wrestlers, according to many talents who reached out to PWInsider.com under the agreement of anonymity. One wrestler claimed the company was behind two pay periods while others had claimed they were still owed money dating back to February 2015. It has been a growing source of aggravation for TNA wrestlers as they are working the Indy scene to supplement their TNA income. Fans place Impact’s spiral into near-insolvency square at Carter’s feet. A Nashville music PR professional, she invested heavily in Impact in its early days through her friendship with Jeff Jarrett and eventually took over the company as president and CEO. But many believed she was out of her depth running a professional wrestling organization. Impact had faced issues long before 2016, including reports they had failed to pay talent and production workers on time. Another report was that Carter criticized one-time broadcast partner Destination America in an email sent in error to the network’s programming chief that was intended for someone else.
Corgan Makes a Change
Dixie Carter met Corgan in 2009 and, familiar with his deep interest in the sport, she convinced him to join her executives for a plotting session.
Summer of 2015, Billy Corgan was announced as the new Senior Producer of Creative and Talent Development for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where his role was to "develop characters and create story lines". Rather than trotting out the same old “heels” and “babyfaces” — pro-wrestling argot for “bad guys” and good guys” — Corgan thought that fans were ready for new stories.
“There is a tremendous opportunity to go into really fresh, new directions,” Corgan explained in an interview. “There are ways to explore those themes in ways that are productive, create new stars, no matter what their background, no matter where they come from, can draw new audiences and inspire people in new ways. Not everyone is going to agree with my vision. It’s been my experience in professional wrestling that many people inside the business don’t agree with my vision, but I know that from your experience and other people’s experience that that’s what happens when you bring ideas to the table that are foreign to the way the business is usually done."
CORGAN TAKES OVER
August 12th, 2016: Billy Corgan named President of TNA Wrestling. Corgan was named the new president of Impact Ventures (TNA’s parent company). Corgan was now responsible for “day-to-day operations for IMPACT and its affiliated brands.”
“I believe in this company, its passionate fans, the talented roster and the dedicated staff and crew. I am committed to this great opportunity and will use all of my resources and connections to drive the success of this company. This year we have made significant strides in establishing a strong foundation for our future and will be aggressive in continuing to evolve and grow the IMPACT brands.” - Billy Corgan, 08/13/2016
Only 3 months after that interview, Corgan would be filing a lawsuit against Impact Ventures.
Everything Falls Apart
October 14, 2016:
Billy Corgan sues Impact Ventures: Corgan’s attorney, Scott Sims, argued that his client staved off creditors and gave TNA the cash flow it needed to pay for productions on two occasions in 2016. As part of those loan deals, Corgan rose to the title of president, but he wasn’t given operating control of TNA. For the third loan, Corgan entered into a loan agreement with Carter in which he would gain her board of directors voting rights – 92.5 percent – if the company became insolvent. In court on, Sims argued that TNA was insolvent and failed the “cash flow test” because it can’t pay its bills.
Travis Parham, the attorney for TNA, claimed that such loan agreements were not legal and therefore the question of insolvency was moot. Parham argued that Corgan held TNA and Carter over the barrel in order to get access to the cash he was offering. He said Corgan offered lending terms that would “make a loan shark blush." Parham also had argued that even if Corgan’s loan agreement with Carter was legal, that TNA was not insolvent. He said the company was facing a long-anticipated cash flow problem, but has fielded lucrative offers to be sold. The WWE, the largest wrestling promotion in the world, is among those that have made offers. These offers were fielded and negotiated behind Billy Corgan's back.
Anthem, the company that owns licensing rights to TNA’s lucrative video library, said it was willing to pay off Corgan’s loan, minus the transaction fee he says he was due. Anthem is the senior creditor for TNA and a member of its ownership group. If Corgan won, he would take the reins of TNA. If he lost, he would have to pursue other legal battles and face the prospect of having his loan paid off with interest.
Billy Corgan lost his lawsuit against TNA Wrestling. The court ruled instead that TNA are only required to pay Corgan back his loan with interest. Nashville chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle said that Corgan did not meet the burden of proof required for an injunction of its kind.
“For those asking, I’m in no way disappointed in the judge’s ruling regarding TNA. Rather, I’m grateful the judge considered the case. It’s important to note these proceedings have brought forth facts which illuminate business practices I have fought against for a reason. And I suggest that a careful reading on the judge’s ruling supports there can be no claim of victory by anyone in a position of authority.” - Billy Corgan
ANTHEM STEPS IN
After months of rumors and speculation on what would end up happening to TNA, if they would sell their Library to WWE, get bought out by Sinclair Broadcasting or end up as another dead wrestling promotion.
On January 5, 2017, Anthem Sports announced that they would be purchasing majority control of the company and that Dixie Carter was stepping down as Chair; she would retain a minority stake & join the advisory board for Fight Media Group. Anthem announced the creation of Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC as Impact Wrestling's new parent company, which was formed after Anthem's purchase.
Anthem finalized its acquisition of Impact in January following an embarrassing and tumultuous period for Impact in 2016. Under Carter’s divisive stewardship, the promotion fell into hefty financial difficulties that necessitated intervention from marketing and production firm Aroluxe, Anthem and even Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, a lifelong wrestling fan who became president of the company for a brief period last year, to stay afloat. Corgan made headlines last October when he sued Impact, claiming he made three payments to the cash-strapped firm under the provision that should Impact default on payments due to insolvency, he would gain control. Corgan lost his claim in court and later settled the financial dispute with Impact and Anthem, which, by this point, had begun taking steps to buy its broadcast partner.
AS&E (Anthem) had already set up a credit line for TNA and offered to repay Corgan the $1.8 million in last-minute loans he made to the company to cover production costs. This purchase also installed AS&E executive VP Ed Nordholm as TNA’s managing director to oversee major decisions.
“We have worked hard to find the right company who would acquire TNA, use its strategic influence and have a long-term commitment to the brand,” Dixie Carter said in a statement.
DOUBLE J RETURNS AND DIXIE IS GONE
02/2017: Dixie Carter is no longer involved with any decision making in TNA, and had moved out of their offices in Nashville, TN. Carter is no longer involved with Impact under Anthem, although she retains an advisory role with the parent company. “The buck has to stop someplace,” says Nordholm. “The reality is the company got into a dire position and she was CEO. There was never any question [she wouldn’t be involved in the day-to-day operations], but not out of any particular animosity,” says Nordholm. “If we’re going to invest...we’re owner-operators, we’re not passive investors. If we’re going to own it, we’re going to own it.” Nordholm denies that Carter’s new position is a token role. “It’s consultative. She’s a resource to us—she has useful perspective and relationships, so we’ll try to keep those.”
Jeff Jarrett returned to the company in January. While it was originally believed that he would be in an advisory / consultant role, Jarrett ended up replacing John "Big" Gaburick as the new Executive Producer. Gaburick would not leave the company as he recently restructured his deal. Jarrett also still plans to work on GFW.
Anthem is banking on Jarrett’s long experience with both Impact and the wrestling industry to stabilize its new investment. This resulted in Jeff Jarrett running TNA once again. Bringing back in Dutch Mantell and Bruce Prichard to help run the Wrestling operations.
Everything Falls Apart, Again
TNA now known as IMPACT WRESTLING ran its first set of tapings for its "New Era" in March of 2017. Before this could even begin, Impact had a few bigger problems. Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Champions Matt and Jeff Hardy, Drew Galloway, Mike Bennett, Maria Kanellis, and Jade left the company. Matt Hardy's wife, Reby Sky, said that the Hardys only received new contract offers five days before their ongoing contracts were set to expire, leaving them feeling snubbed and bullied. Drew Galloway told of a similar situation, saying he would have stayed if the company had offered him the same contract "three weeks earlier" as it was a "very very good one"; he rejected it as the offer was too late for him. Wrestling commentator Jim Ross declared that since Galloway and the Hardys were part of "the top level of the roster" it was "inexcusable for any company to allow these high level negotiations to crash and burn as they did"
Sources with direct knowledge told ProWrestlingSheet.com that the Hardy Boyz agreed to terms on a new deal back in December, but needed a few minor changes, and were simply waiting for the finalized offer. "We’re told the deal was supposed to be for 1-year in length. Weeks and weeks passed, with Matt constantly checking in, but they were consistently given the run around." Eventually Matt and Jeff’s lawyer told Impact Wrestling officials that they wanted a creative control clause in their new deals … which was shot down immediately. One source says their lawyer told Ed Nordholm there was interest from other companies and he responded by saying, “Well, tell them to go to WWE then.” This set Jeff Hardy off, who at that point said he was no longer interested in re-signing. Matt continued talks, but when they sent a new contract last week it was now a 2-year deal and terms had been snuck in which stated they’d receive 10% of all his profits outside of Impact. Matt’s lawyer said he’d be a fool to sign, so he informed the company he wasn’t interested in doing so — but would still come to the tapings to write off his characters. However, he was told he was crazy to think they’d want him on TV without a contact.
TNA moves ahead with its first set of tapings, by trashing everything that built TNA in the first place. Bruce Prichard comes out and cuts a heel promo. He says TNA is dead - there are new owners and new management. Dutch Mantell, the former Zeb Colter of WWE, comes out for his Impact debut. Dutch talks about the last time he was at TNA and says guys like AJ Styles, Kevin Nash, Samoa Joe, Sting and Bobby Roode left because there was no leadership and no direction. That's all going to change now. In a sense, dissing the fans who were actually watching for the past 10 years, and dissing the wrestlers who tried to make the product worthwhile during those bad years.
Following this; several wrestlers backstage were upset at the latest Impact Wrestling tapings with the company taking shots at the previous regime, feeling like it was also insulting everyone that was there, including the roster. Eli Drake reportedly confronted Jeff Jarrett over this, and the two were said to have had a conversation that was not described "as getting ugly." Drake was said to have voiced some of the frustrations that the locker room was having, feeling like they were being disrespected despite sticking with the company through all of the problems that they had last year. Drake reportedly also spoke with Bruce Prichard.
TNA TRIES TO DELETE THE HARDY BOYS
FEB 2017: ProWrestlingSheet.com: Sources close to Matt tell us his current deal gives Impact the ability to profit off of anything already filmed having to do with ANY gimmick he used throughout the course of his contract … but, once that’s over, he retains ownership of his name and characters. However, our Impact Wrestling sources tell us that’s not the case at all. They claim the current deal specifically states that their company owns all IP creations.
MARCH 2017: Hardy's sign deal with Ring of Honor, and win their Tag Team titles, and prepare to head to ROH 15TH Anniversary PPV live from Las Vegas. Until..
Reby Sky, Matt Hardy's wife, BLOWS UP on Twitter:
"LMAO F--K YOU GUYS @EdNordholm @RealJeffJarrett @IMPACTWRESTLING. MORE than happy to play this game Can we just talk about how many times Matt's contract could have been broken due to NUMEROUS issues on TNA end and never made a fuss about sht, but MFers wanna try & come at us NOW, *after the fact?! Don't you have an owl to promote or some sht!? Or - I dunno - a company to "make great"? Instead of acting like the petty little bi*hes you are???? "Speaking of petty, nice video package on TNA's "history": with NO visual or mention of Jeff - who gave his all for 7 YEARS - or Kurt?! But y'all sure made sure to get those two video ID shoots of Jeff Jarrett in there LMAO. But it's "just business, brother", right? PETTY. Everything these boys have done for the company & you wanna try & f--k us for the sake of it. Literally no other reason except YOU MAD lol.
"How about my husband leaving me A DAY AFTER GIVING BIRTH to make your TV tapings? That's how dedicated this MFer was to the company. How about how the 3 highest rated TV segments of 2016 were financed by HARDYS solely to help the product & because they BELIEVED IN TNA. Or ALL THE SH*T TALKING BY JJ throughout contract negotiations & Matt was STILL THERE, professional & trying to make things work for 2017!
"Oh & this the best part...these MFers trying to come after SEÑOR BENJAMIN. LMAO I CANT. "Señor Benjamin" - my dad, by the way - who was never paid a dime by the company & who was obviously never under contract. Not that those contract things mean anything to TNA. Until after they're over or until 3 days before they expire, apparently.
"Funny thing is, everyone who ever actually had anything to do with #BROKEN Matt Hardy has our back on this. WHAT DOES THAT SAY TO YOU? D**n near 20% of your roster leaving in the span of a week, all citing the same reasons or none at all. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?
"And then a fakea** "wishing you well" tweet from @EdNordholm, mere HOURS before threatening to sue us. SUCH A FITTING END, MAN. Seriously, you couldn't write this sht. Well. TNA couldn't write this sht. Any writers worth a sh*t left too! Real cute how TNA can go radio silent for WEEKS (with exception of nonsensical drunk texts from JJ) but we get a 2 hour deadline to respond. F--k you think this is, "Taken"? LOL I can't.
"Good luck explaining to your talent that their pay checks are late (again) because you're spending all your $$ suing the Hardys. And f--k that owl."
"UPDATE: TNA sending "spooky" letters to cable providers threatening to sue if they air Hardys. Trying to screw ROH & ruin wrestling for fans"
"The dirty, old carny, petty tricks of yesterday, do not belong today." - Matt Jackson, of the Young Bucks.
[ROH 15TH ANNIVERSARY SPOILERS]
On the Ring of Honor 15th Anniversary pay-per-view, The Hardys defeated the Young Bucks and Roppongi Vice to not only maintain the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but also win the "Superkick Party" Tag Team Championships. However, there are legal issues stemming from Matt's "broken" gimmick being displayed, which caused question of it not being expressed much on the pay-per-view. The reason behind this, according to PWInsider, is due to Anthem issuing a cease and desist to the pay-per-view providers for Matt Hardy not to act out this gimmick. This is not believed to be a command of Jeff Jarrett, but simply Anthem, as they believe that the "broken" gimmick is their intellectual property.
TNA or Impact is threatening anyone that uses the Hardys gimmick with a lawsuit and it actually ended up where the Dish Network cancelled the Ring of Honor PPV. [...] DirecTV and the cable companies aired the PPV, the Dish Network cancelled the PPV because of the legal letter sent by TNA. PWInsider reported that Impact had used cease-and-desist letters in an attempt to prevent 'Broken Universe' material from being used by the Hardys in rival company Ring of Honor, which might not "endear" them to fans as that the Hardys were "talents who had given a lot to Impact in recent years" who had become "the most popular act" on Impact Wrestling.
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