Jerry Lawler On Alexa Bliss WWE RAW Segment, Booker T, More

– On this week’s episode of Dinner With The King podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler discussed the This Is Your Life segment from this weeks RAW, they sent us th following highlights:

Lawler on the segment (13:30 mark of show):

“Sometimes things happen that just don’t turn out like you envision it. I’m sure that’s exactly what happened there. Here’s the other thing: it’s live T.V. That’s a double-edged sword, believe me. When something doesn’t turn out the way you planned it, there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s there. It was live and everybody saw it. That was just one of those cases. You just gotta move on.”

Booker T’s “this is hard to watch” line:

“You know what, that could have well have been a Vince [McMahon] line. I’m not sure, because I wasn’t there. But either way, that was the right thing to say. It was probably conveying the thoughts of everybody watching it.”

The meat of this week’s show is all about The King’s invasion of ECW in 1997 (30:20 mark of show). Lawler also discussed making his surprise appearance at the ECW Arena, debating Paul Heyman on Raw and more. You can check out the full episode below:

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Willie Mack Homeless After His WWE Release, Match With Johnny Mundo, More

– Today for episode #271, The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling spoke with one of Lucha Underground’s fastest rising stars as The Mack AKA Willie Mack, check out the highlights below:

Being given a huge push by Lucha Underground and facing Johnny Mundo:

“My thoughts on being elevated to the main event level is like it’s a trip and a dream come true. As a kid you say you want to be champion and when it is about to happen and it is literally in your sites for me, I always thought I’d just be a wrestler that never got to travel or noticed by anybody and I just thought I’d be like one of those dudes that people don’t care about. But people invested in me and it really gives you a confidence boost to go in and be this dude that people say I am now. Johnny Mundo has been in the ring all over the place and being able to be in the ring with him is an honor because I know he is going to bring it every time we get in the ring and to say I can keep up with a dude of his caliber makes me feel like I am on the same level as him and I feel good about that.”

Lucha Underground appreciating his talent:

“It seems like they appreciate you more and they are investing in you and they are saying lets see what I can do. When they reward you with something it makes you feel good and makes you feel like you aren’t just doing all this for nothing. But I’ll be happy just going out there and wrestling for the crowd because that is what I like to do.”

His release from WWE in 2014 before debuting for NXT:

“It is like a long-ass process with them. It is like a six month thing when you get signed. I was signed for six months before anybody found out anything and a week before I was to report to Orlando, they hit me up and said don’t plan on coming to Orlando because a doctor said he didn’t like how my blood pressure was and how my knee looked and that was it. I asked for them to send me my medical papers and when they called me Friday to say I’m not coming, on Saturday they Fex-Ex’d me my release form and do you think they ever sent that medical paper work? Nope.”

Speculation as to why we was let go:

“I come to find out that they hired some other folk from a tryout after the one that I had done. It came down to the fact (the other guy) and I were the same height but one can do all the moves and has charisma and the other one has the body they like. I am pretty sure you can tell who I am talking about. My contract for NXT was supposed to be for three years and I’ve now been with Lucha Underground for three years and don’t you think if I was hurt or there was anything medically wrong with me I would have been out by now? So that is three years of my life that I could have been paying for my pet food and being good because that left me homeless after that all happened. I thought I was going to pay all of these bills and once they dropped me it sucked for a minute but Lucha Underground hit me up and that saved my life.”

His future with Lucha Underground and would ever pursue a return to WWE:

“I want to stick here. This is something special and it has a potential to go a long way and be around for a long-ass time. I think if I can build my name up here and make this my home it will be a good decision for me. Now more people are coming over to this side and say Lucha Underground is awesome and as we get more viewers I think sticking around will be awesome and a good idea. If it happens, it happens and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.

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Former WWE Superstar Comments On Potentially Returning

– Recently on Conversation With The Big Guy podcast, Ryback spoke about possibly returning to WWE, check out the highlight below:

On returning to WWE:

“True story. I got two phone calls today from Boca Raton, Florida. Boca Raton? I was at home doing something on one of them and I was at the gym on the other. And I forget what it was for. What was it for? I don’t know what it’s for. I think it was just some promotional thing, but in my head, I picture Vince in his Boca Raton home because he used to train, he has a house there or something, and he’s calling me and I’m like, ‘this should be an interesting voicemail’ and it’s not and I pick it up on the second one or the third one or whatever and they called a lot today, and it was some promotional thing for some vacation thing and I was just like, ‘Jesus Christ!’ No, not any time, not even. I wish them nothing but the best and all performers there. It’s just not happening right now.”

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Details On First-Ever Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match

– WWE issued us the following regarding the first-ever women’s Money In The Bank Ladder match on Sunday, June 18th:


WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that the first-ever women’s Money In The Bank Ladder match will take place on Sunday, June 18 at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo, and streamed live around the world on WWE Network at 8 p.m. ET.

The match will feature WWE Superstars Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya and Tamina competing for the opportunity to receive a contract to challenge for the WWE SmackDown® Women’s Championship anytime within the next year. The match was made official tonight by SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon.

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First-Ever Female Ladder Match Set For WWE Money In The Bank

– As seen tonight, SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon officially announced the first-ever women’s Money In the Bank Ladder Match for the upcoming pay-per-view on June 18th.

There’s NO fear here! The Women’s #MITB #LadderMatch competitors are READY to MAKE HISTORY! #TalkingSmack @BeckyLynchWWE @TaminaSnuka

— WWE (@WWE) May 31, 2017

Check out the updated card:

* WWE Title Match
Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal

* Money In The Bank Ladder Match
AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Kevin Owens (WWE US Champion) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

* Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Tamina Snuka vs. Charlotte Flair

* SmackDown Tag Team Title Match
The New Day vs. The Usos

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** SPOILERS ** Impact Wrestling Results From India

– The following Impact Wrestling spoilers from today’s tapings in Mumbai, India are expected to air Thursday, June 15th and Thursday, June 22nd on POP TV.

Low Ki vs. Caleb Konley:

During the match, a suicide dive by Konley caused Low Ki to bleed near the eye. Low Ki wins. Sonjay Dutt’s music plays and he comes out wearing an eye patch asking if Low Ki knows his name. He tells the crowd to tell Low Ki what his name is. He sees Low Ki is hurt om his eye so ge asks how does it feel to be on the other side. Sonjay Dutt talks about years ago when they wrestled at Elks Lodge. He says there is no Homicide or Hit Squad to hold him back. He says they’re in Mumbai, India. He says if Low Ki is a man of honour he would give him a title match. Low Ki shakes his hand to confirm the match.

Vinaash Verma vs. Davey Richards:

Davey goes after him right from the bell. Some hope spots for Vinaash, a somersault attempt is missed by him and Davey puts on the ankle lock for the submission win. After the match, EC3 comes out and whips Vinaash with the belt. James Storm’s music hits and EC3 escapes the ring as he runs in.

Laurel Van Ness (w/ Sienna) vs. Rosemary:

Sienna tries to distract the referee but Laurel accidentally pushes Sienna off the apron and Rosemary gets a rollup for the win. Sienna and Laurel attack Rosemary until Allie comes out with a kendo stick (more like a broom) and hits them both with it. After the heels leave, Allie and Rosemary are in the ring. Rosemary snatches the kendo stick but instead of attacking her with it, drops the kendo stick and smiles. Allie looked tense the whole time.

EC3 comes out wearing an Indian dress with Ethan Singh 3 on the big screen and custom music. He is accompanied by a translator. He says he is EC3. “Loser” chants from the crowd. He talks about his lineage, says his great great great great grandfather was born in India and is a full blooded Indian. He says you’re with me and I’m with you. He tells the translator to translate what he said. He says India is a land of rich cultural opportunity. He says Impact Wrestling in India is making history. He says he’s rich and he doesn’t see culture in a third world hellhole. “Loser” chants from the crowd again. EC3 says when it comes to history he’s not here to create it, he’s here to destroy it. He says he came to find zen and tranquility, instead he found despair and anger. He says Sony and Impact deserve each other because they’re just like the people out here. He says his name is EC3. He says he is the best guy here, the best guy there and in a country of 1.3 billion he is the best anywhere. He tells the translator to translate but he wouldn’t do so. EC3 says he shall be punished. He takes out his belt and whips the translator. Storm’s music hits and he runs in. EC3 tries to whip him but Storm kicks the belt off his hands. He is about to whip EC3 with it but he escapes. Storm brings the translator back in the ring and they pose to end the segment.

Josh Matthews out for a match wearing his GOAT shirt. He asks if the crowd knows who Scott Steiner is. A million people watched on YouTube as he made his return to Impact. He says he has handpicked his opponent. He says was in the 2008 Indian Olympic Team. He says he was in the Bollywood film Sultan. “You can’t wrestle” chants. He introduces Sandeep, a fat wrestler wearing a singlet. Josh takes him down with a hip toss and taunts to the crowd. He did the bit where he spins around his opponents’ back and slaps his head to make him look stupid. Taunts to the crowd again. An arm drag and a dropkick shocks Josh and he kicks the ropes out of anger. He is pissed at Sandeep. He gains control of the match and hits a Swanton Bomb on him, followed by a Steiner Recliner for the submission win. Josh Mattgews wouldn’t let go of the hold and Mahabali Shera comes out. Shera botches a lift to the shoulder and he tried it another time. Lashley comes out and attacks Shera. He clothesline him and Josh puts Shera in the Steiner Recliner. Alberto El Patron’s music hits and he clears the ring. He poses with Shera and his GFW Title.

Trevor Lee vs. Braxton Sutter (w/ Allie):

Trevor Lee attacks right from the bell. He hit a deadlift German suplex for a two count. Trevor dominates the match until Trevor goes after Allie outside the ring. Braxton catches him as he’s about to lay his hands on Allie. Back and forth until the Pepper Shaker Neck Breaker gets the win for Sutter. Allir and Braxton are celebrating in the ring until Sienna’s music hits and she’s out with Laurel. She tells Braxton to get that stupid look out of his face,he wears a beanie in India, it’s a 150 degrees. She said everyone thinks Allie is so innocent and pure. Tell her why Allie attacked her with a weapn for no reason? She says since Allie wants to act as a wrestler, she can be a wrestler. Allie and her pal Rosemary. She asks if Allie thinks Rosemary has a decent bone in her body. She says we’ll see if Rosemary even shows up.

10-man gauntlet for the Sony SIX invitational with a trophy at ringside:

Over-the-top elimination with a new entrant every 90 seconds, until the final two when it’s pinfall or submission. Suicide and Sydal start off. Davey is the next one in, followed by KM, Davey eliminates Suicide, Swoggle is the next entrant and he has a comedy spot where he slaps Davey’s chest and KM’s midsection and it has no effect on them. KM takes down Swoggle. Eddie is the next entrant and he eliminates both himself and Davey. They brawl to the back. KM removes his belt and goes to whip Swoggle but Sydal stops him, they both try to eliminate KM, Spud is the next entrant and he goes right after Swoggle. Swoggle fight back and Sydal crouches behind Spud and trips him.Spud dominates and gets Swoggle in corner, KM goes for Sydal, Kongo Kong is the next entrant. KM and Kongo Kong eliminate Sydal and Spud. Moose is the next entrant with Kong and KM in the ring. Moose fights but they both double team and eliminate Moose. Shera is the last man. Kongo Kong charges to clothesline him but falls over the top rope and gets eliminated. It’s down to Shera and KM in normal rules. KM dominates, “You’re a liar” chants. Shera hits the Attitude Adjustment, comes back in the match. KM tries to go for the pumphandle slam but it is countered into the Sky High for the win. Shera celebrates and he hugs his dad and brother at ringside. the CEO of Sony Pictures Network, Bruce Prichard and Scott D’Amore present the trophy to Shera and celebrates in the crowd.

Moose out. He says 2 weeks ago he successfully defended the Impact Grand Championship against a dummy. Eli Drake’s music hits and he’s out with chris Adonis He says “India, India, India… Shut up, dummies. I’m not talking to you, I’m talking to me. Let me talk to ya” He says he thinks when he came to Impact Wrestling he has been fed BS, by the old regime and now with Bruce Prichard, nothing’s changed. Then he looks at this crosseyed halfwit with a title he doesn’t deserve. He says Moose knows he was defeated by Eli Drake. He says Moose got his nose so far up Bruce’s keister, he knows what curry he ate today. Moose says he’s not big on going back and forth. He tells the crowd if they want to see Moose and these two asses at Slammiversary, let him hear it. Moose chants. Eli Drake’s says “quite dummies”, they wanna go two on one. Chris Adonis warns Moose that he has Eli Drake and Eli has him. Moose says he has a partner but he will reveal him in due time.

Alberto El Patron out. Fans are chanting “Si si si”. Alberto says this is amazing, sisisi in Mumbai. Alberto says he took multiple flights and came here just three hours ago. He says he was in the back and felt energy in the building then the crowd gave him that amazing “Sisisi” and just because of that he promises that he is gonna do what he does best, he is gonna kick some traseros here tonight. He says he has been doing this for so many years in so many different countries, China, Mexico, Japan, India, winning titles in different companies, but there’s one title that he hasn’t won and we’re few weeks away from Slammiversary live on PPV and that’s the place where he promisrs he will be the undisputed Impact Wrestling Champion. Lashley’s music hits and he says he is sick and tired of how these fans are cheering for him. He says he ks gonna smarten Alberto up, he is the Impact Wrestling Champion and the realest wrestler in the business, he could take Alberto in the cage or even in the parking lot, he says Alberto is telling about winning titles around the world, he asks him if he thinks he’s the only person. Alberto says my Indian friends are gonna answer for you and the crowd chants “Si si si”. Lashley says he has to go against another cheerleader, he says he knows Alberto comes from a rich wrestling family which he doesn’t care about, he says he is gonna bust his bubble at Slammiversary and when he does that Alberto can walk his ass back and he won’t be needed here. He says at Slammiversary it’s just you vs. me, all the talking will be up. Bruce Prichard is out. He says he loves seeing two champ ready to fight. Bobby corrects him and says one champ. Bruce says he’s got one question: they want to defend their title tonight? They should both defend it tonight right here in India. As they get ready to fight, Bruce says not fight against each other, they’re gonna save it for Slammiversary, Alberto’s gonna defend the GFW Title and Bobby the Impact Wrestling Title. Bobby asks against whom. Alberto says how about Bruce cuts this bulls–t and let him fight this b—h. Bruce warns if they lose they won’t go to Slammiversary. Alberto asks Bruce who’s it gonna be. Bruce says they’ll find out just like everybody finds out when they walk down that aisle. He wishes them both good luck.

Lashley vs. ??? for the Impact Wrestling championship: Moose is revealed as Lashley’s opponent.

A mostly back and forth match till Lashley gets the upper hand, comes down to a sleeper hold where Moose gets his hand up before 3 and fight back, dropkicks Lashley out of the ring, Lashley gets the upper hand in the match again, Moose countered Lashley’s spear to hit one of his own but Lashley kicks out at 2. Moose countered another spear to hit a sit-out chokeslam but still can’t get the win. Eventually, Lashley countered the Gamechanger for a spear to win and retain his title.

Alberto El Patron vs. ??? for the GFW title: Chris Adonis is revealed as his opponent and he’s out with Eli Drake.

Alberto goes after Eli outside the ring and Adonis attacks him right at the bell, Alberto fights back and takes the fight through the crowd, Adonis comes back in the match and dominates. The finish comes whem Adonis goes for the Masterlock but Alberto countered it, Adonis runs towards him but he is hung from the corner and Alberto hits the double foot stomp for the win. After the match, Eli and Adonis attack Alberto. Moose’s music hits and he clears the ring. Alberto and Moose pose in the ring to end the segment.

Low Ki vs. Sonjay for the X-Division Title:

Low Ki controls the match early on and rips off Sonjay’s eye patch. They took the fight to the crowd. Sonjay throws Low Ki off the first tier seating onto the ring apron on the other side of the barrier, Sonjay then hits a somersault onto Low Ki outside. Low Ki comes back and takes Sonjay into the ring. Crowd chants for Sonjay, he comes back in the match but Low Ki thwarts him off, goes for the jumping kick in the corner, takes him to the top rope but Sonjay comes back. Sonjay takes Low Ki to the top and attempts a superplex but Low Ki fights it off. Sonjay rolls on the ground, jumps to the top rope and hits the superplex. Cover but Low Ki kicks out. Sonjay flips over Low Ki and tries to cover but Low Ki stomps him down. He goes for the cover but Sonjay kicks out. Low Ki puts him on top rope, gets him in Samoan carry position and runs towards the other corner but Sonjay counters, hits the tilt a whirl tornado DDT on Low Ki, goes to the top rope and hits the Hindu press for the win to become the new X-Divisiom Champion. Sonjay is in disbelief as he finally wins the X Division championship. Shera and other X-Division faces come out with champagne to celebrate. Eddie Edwards sprays champagne on Sonjay. Shera takes him up on his shoulders. Sonjay celebrates in the crowd and hugs Shera’s dad. Sonjay says in Hindi that this isn’t for me, this is for the entire nation. Shera says thank you, you guys are awesome.

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WWE SmackDown Live Results (05/30) – 5 Way Elimination Match, Nakamura In Action

The show opens with promos by Charlotte, Carmella, Natalya, Becky Lynch and Tamina where they all claim they will become No. 1 Contender tonight.

The Smackdown opening hits.

We go live to Atlanta where a quick display of pyro goes off. Tom Phillips is the first to welcome us to the show tonight.

Kevin Owens’ Highlight Reel opens the show in Atlanta

WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens is already in the ring for “Kevin Owens’ Highlight Reel.” He calls himself the face of America. Owens goes to talk about the former host of this show and how Chris Jericho has never won a “Money in the Bank” ladder match. A loud “AJ STYLES” chant starts up. Owens points up at the briefcase hanging above the ring and how he will also add the WWE Championship to his current United States title reign.

Owens calls for Shinsuke Nakamura to come out. They’ve added the Ryback pyro noise to aspects of Nakamura’s entrance. Atlanta continues to sing along to Nakamura’s theme. Owens says Nakamura still has some mystery to him and people want to know why he is here. He says if Nakamura shows up to Money in the Bank, it will be the last time the people sing to his theme and that is the day the “music dies.”

Here comes Baron Corbin to interrupt. Corbin says this is a highlight show and wants to show some real highlights. Footage of Corbin attacking Sami Zayn last week is shown. Back live, Owens talks about how he’s been beating up Sami for 15 years. He tells Corbin this is his show and he was never invited. Corbin wonders if Owens wants him to “respect his authority” and refers to Cartman. He says he is winning that briefcase no matter what.

Nakamura says Jericho isn’t the only rock star left in WWE. He brings up pinning Owens last week on Smackdown Live. Nakamura brings up Zayn pinning Corbin two times. Corbin gets in the ring. Nakamura fights off Corbin and Owens at first. Corbin and Owens double team Nakamura throwing kicks and rights hands. Zayn runs out and attacks Corbin. Nakamura with a big right hand to Owens. Nakamura and Zayn clear house. Zayn grabs a mic and says his fight with Corbin is far from over. He says the fight with Owens is never over. Zayn says he is free at the moment and proposes a tag team match right now.

-Commercial Break-

Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn vs. WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin

We start with Nakamura and Corbin. Nakamura messes around with Corbin and throws a knee, kick to the head and Corbin falls to the corner. Nakamura pins down Corbin in the corner with his boot. Tag to Zayn and Corbin quickly tags in Owens. Zayn with a head scissors takedown on Owens. Owens rolls out. Zayn chases him down. Back inside, Owens cuts off Zayn with a kick and tags in Corbin who throws rights. Zayn with rights to Corbin in the corner. Owens with a kick to the back of Zayn’s head when Corbin distracts the referee. Tag to Owens who stomps away at Zayn. Tag back to Corbin who props Zayn up on the top corner. Zayn attempts a tornado DDT, but Corbin counters into a big powerslam.

-Commercial Break-

Back live, Owens has Zayn in a headlock. Zayn connects with a Blue Thunder Bomb. Tag to Corbin who runs across the ring and knocks Nakamura off the corner. Zayn with a roll up on Corbin for a close two count. Corbin with a big spinebuster on Zayn. Tag to Nakamura and Owens. Nakamura levels Owens with a big boot. Nakamura with more kicks and knees to Owens. Nakamura with a running corner knee, props Owens up on the corner and throws his running high knee to the gut for a two count. Nakamura with a spin kick and Corbin breaks up the pinfall attempt. Zayn is in attacking Corbin in the corner throwing lefts and rights. Zayn tosses Owens into Corbin in the corner. Corbin asks what he is doing. Owens shoves Corbin. Corbin with a big right hand to Owens. Zayn clotheslines Corbin over the top rope and goes along with. Nakamura with his Kinshasa on Owens to get the pinfall.

Winners: Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn

After the match, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn stare up at the briefcase.

JBL, Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton promote the WWE Network at ringside.

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos are headed to the ring next.

-Commercial Break-

The Usos address the Smackdown Tag Team Division

Back live, WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos are already in the ring. They talk about the fans looking salty because they are still the champions after last week. The Usos says American Alpha, Breezango and even the fans thought the Atlanta Falcons were going to beat the New England Patriots: “NOPE!” They go to address the division when…

“Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Atlantaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.” Here comes The New Day.

Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods jump in the ring as The Usos exit. “Your boys are back,” yells Woods. He talks about Atlanta being his hometown. Kingston said they had to bring the world class hips here when The Usos interrupt at ringside.

The Usos say they have the tag team division on lock. Big E says they like those Smackdown Tag Team titles and they “wants’em.” Woods mocks the hats and hoodies that The Usos wear. He says Shane McMcMahon actually runs this show to be specific.

Woods reveals Shane named some new No. 1 Contenders for the Smackdown Tag Team Champoinships. Kingston says they better get ready for New Day to become the new champions as they shake the hips. Big E leads a “NEW DAY ROCKS” chant.

WWE will look back at Jinder Mahal’s Punjabi Celebration last week.

-Commercial Break-

A video package runs highlighting last week’s Punjabi Celebration with the new WWE Champion Jinder Mahal following the Backlash PPV two weeks ago.

A new “Fashion Files” with Breezango airs. They have a new case to solve.

Charlotte heads to the ring. The 5-Way Elimination match is up next.

-Commercial Break-

During other entrances, we hear from Smackdown Women’s Champion Naomi. She doesn’t care who wins tonight because she plans to retain at Money in the Bank.

Tamina with a cheap shot on Charlotte. The referee is trying to get things in order. Carmella dumps Becky Lynch out of the ring and Lynch throws her back into the ring. Natalya with a snap suplex on Charlotte. Natalya with a second snap suplex and mounts Charlotte throwing right hands. Charlotte counters and throws rights of her own. Tamina with a samoan drop on Charlotte. The referee leaves the ring and is trying to regain order. Lynch has Carmella and throws her over the timekeepers barricade at ringside. Lynch jumps off the barricade and catches Carmella with a flying forearm throwing more rights. Tamina starts clearing off the announce table. Charlotte sends Tamina face first into the ring post. Charlotte dumps Natalya with an overhead suplex on the floor at ringside. Charlotte gets up on the top turnbuckle and connects with a moonsault over Natalya and Tamina! Carmella is up on the barricade and takes out Charlotte with a dive. Lynch with an overhead suplex on Carmella. Tamina with a superkick to Lynch. Charlotte with a big boot to Tamina. Natalya clotheslines Charlotte. Charlotte counters Natalya and tosses her into the steel ring steps shoulder first.

The match still hasn’t officially started.

Charlotte with a powerbomb on Natalya crashing her through the announce table!

Shane McMahon books a “first ever” match for June 18

Here comes Shane McMahon. He says the Smackdown Women’s Division is on fire. Shane says since the match didn’t officially begin, he is going to do some thinking and come up with a solution. He wants to do a first and something historic. Shane books a first ever Women’s “Money in the Bank” ladder match for June 18.

We will hear from Randy Orton later tonight.

-Commercial Break-

Breezango vs. The Colons

We start with Tyler Breeze (in drag) and Primo. Primo with a big left hand jab to Breeze and tears off the dress/wig. Breeze with a quick dropkick to Primo, tag to Fandango and they hit a double elbow drop combo. Fandango squirts Primo with a water gun to avoid a sunset flip. Breeze also sprays Epico with a water gun as well. Both Colons are dumped to the outside.

-Commercial Break-

We return live as Epico drops Fandango with a clothesline. Epico with a cheap shot to Breeze in the corner as well. Fandango catches Epico with a high back body drop, but he can’t tag out with Breeze down. Epico with a quick backbreaker on Fandango. Primo gets the tag and Fandango catches him with a quick clothesline. Epico has the tag and drops Fandango with a quick facebuster for a two count. Breeze is back in the corner dressed as a janitor. Breeze gets the hot tag and hits repeated clotheslines on Primo. Breeze with a kick to Primo’s head and then a kick to Epico as well. Fandango and Primo are fighting over a mop. Fandango lets go. Primo falls back and Breeze hits the Unprettier for the pinfall.

Winners: Breezango

Backstage, Renee Young is with AJ Styles talking about his match with Dolph Ziggler. Styles says he wants to build the momentum heading into Money in the Bank. Ziggler interrupts walking up saying Styles might have “built the house”, but he put down the foundation. He brings up winning the Money in the Bank briefcase before and cashing in successfully. Ziggler suggests fighting right now. Styles doesn’t back down. Ziggler smiles and walks off.

Randy Orton will respond to Jinder Mahal next.

-Commercial Break-

Randy Orton responds to Jinder Mahal

Former WWE Champion Randy Orton heads to the ring and grabs a mic. He introduces himself for those “living under a rock” for the last 17 years. Orton brings up his family history in wrestling and how “this is in my blood.” He says if his grandfather was here he would slap him in the face for losing to a guy like Jinder Mahal. Orton says Mahal thinks he has earned the right to respect. He says the only thing Mahal has earned is a good ole fashioned “Orton family ass kicking.” Orton brings up Money in the Bank being in his hometown and how winning is the only option. He’s ready to stop talking and will become champion for the 14th time. Orton drops the mic and gets up on the corner to pose.

Here comes WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. Mahal shows up on the screen. He says Orton is a symbol of the past, just like the country of America. “Behold the present. Behold the future. Behold the new WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal.” The Singh Brothers clap.

The video of Mahal fades. Orton gets back up on the corner and poses.

AJ Styles vs. Dolph Ziggler is up next.

-Commercial Break-

We hear from Sasha Banks and Rich Swann promoting 205 Live tonight.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens is announced for next week.

Video runs of Dolph Ziggler cashing in back in 2013 to become World Champion.

AJ Styles vs. Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler with an elbow early to Styles. Styles fires back with a right and dropkick combo. Ziggler dumps Styles to the outside as we take a commercial break.

-Commercial Break-

Back live, Styles with a series of body kicks and punches to Ziggler. Styles with a splash to Ziggler in the corner and follows it up with a jumping forearm. Styles with his fireman’s carry neckbreaker for a close two count on Ziggler. Styles with a nasty looking suplex on Ziggler right into the corner. Styles sits up on the top turnbuckle and pulls Ziggler up to the second rope. Styles teases a Styles Clash. Ziggler counters and pulls Styles off the corner with a spike DDT. Styles counters a Fameasser attempt. Ziggler avoids a Styles Clash attempt. Ziggler with a nasty looking headbutt. Styles avoids a Zig Zag and hits a backbreaker. Styles rolls up Ziggler and gets the Calf Crusher locked in! Ziggler with a Zig Zag to Styles. Styles kicks out. Styles avoids a superkick attempt by Ziggler. Ziggler launches Styles over the top rope to the ring apron. Styles with a forearm from the ring apron. Ziggler gets Styles caught up in the ropes. Ziggler connects with a superkick and pins Styles!

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

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Lana And Rusev Training For SmackDown Live Debut (Photo)

– SmackDown Superstar Lana recently took to twitter posted about training for her and Rusev’s upcoming debut. As noted, Rusev was scheduled to make his SmackDown debut earlier this month but creative changes caused a delay. WWE also continues to air weekly vignettes for Lana’s in-ring debut dating back to the “Superstar Shakeup” event.

No word on whether Lana and Rusev will remain together once they both make their SmackDown debuts, check out the tweet below:

Couples that run together #CRUSH life together !! 🤛🏽@RusevBUL Training for #SDLive debut 💪🏽

Couples that run together #CRUSH life together !! 🤛🏽@RusevBUL Training for #SDLive debut 💪🏽

— CJ (Lana) Perry (@LanaWWE) May 30, 2017

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John Cena Confirms WWE SmackDown Return

– As noted, John Cena was advertised to make his return at SmackDown tapings on Tuesday, July 4th from Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.

Cena tweeted the following tonight confirming his return on the July 4th SmackDown:

Bittersweet day today as I begin another night in Atlanta. Such a funny movie but #SDLive @WWE is so close! 7/4 can’t get here fast enough!

— John Cena (@JohnCena) May 30, 2017

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RAW Haterade: The Lost Art of the Go-Home Show

Growing up during the Attitude Era both WWF and WCW utilized an effective yet simple formula to build month to month from Pay Per View to Pay Per View event. While there was something cool to see each week on RAW and Nitro, the two most important shows every month were the night after a PPV and 6 days before one, referred to as the go-home show.

The show the night after a PPV would create excitement and set the course heading into the next big event. Who would the titleholders face off against next? How would so and so rebound from their loss the night before or how would they capitalize on a big win going forward? By the end of that show you were pumped for the next PPV.  RAW and Nitro would build on that initial post PPV excitement for the next two weeks of programming and proceed to put on a go-home show 6 days out that would blow up everything that was about to go down that Sunday and make it feel so important that you would be a fool not to tune in to see what was going to happen.

steve austinI’ll use Stone Cold Steve Austin as an example. Some of his most iconic moments took place on these shows. The image of him driving a zamboni to the ring, diving off of it and attacking Vince McMahon only to be taken away in handcuffs laughing minutes later happened on a RAW the night after a PPV, Breakdown to be exact where he lost the WWF title. We all remember when he drove the beer truck to the ring and hosed down the Corporation. That happened on a go-home show, 6 days before WrestleMania 15. The night he got tied to the Undertaker symbol and was strung up in front of the Titantron; that was the go-home to the Rock Bottom PPV in 1998.

It’s a typical television formula. The penultimate episode of a season creates excitement and intrigue for a payoff you can’t miss come the season finale.  If you’re a Game of Thrones fan you know about the hype surrounding the “dreaded” 9th episode year after year.  So why then does WWE consistently fail month after month to produce a go-home show that heightens the anticipation for their network specials to that next level? Where is the show with that something special, that even a friend who doesn’t follow WWE anymore, but just so happens to watch a go-home RAW or SmackDown with you, catches that feeling that something exciting is going down on Sunday and they have to watch, so they turn to you and say: “That was awesome, are you getting that Sunday? Man I wanna see that.”?

We Don’t Get Hype

It’s a trend that’s been going on for far too long, but just looking at 2017 thus far every go-home edition of RAW and SmackDown has been flat. Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, Fastlane, Payback, Backlash, even WrestleMania and now Extreme Rules have had no wave of momentum to ride coming off the final editions of RAW and/or  SmackDown beforehand. Now I’m not saying these PPVs have been terrible, only that the performers and storylines featured on them would benefit from an ability to create a higher level of anticipation immediately preceding them. This brings me to last night.

Last night’s RAW was a horrific final build to Extreme Rules. A muddled mess of tag matches, in-ring promos that missed their mark, and finishes between wrestlers we’re going to see face off Sunday all of which did nothing to make Extreme Rules feel like the can’t miss event it should be. The most intriguing part of the go-home RAW was Corey Graves’ involvement in several developing story-lines. Corey Graves, who will not be wrestling at Extreme Rules and has no advertised impact aside from commentary on said PPV was the most interesting part of your show 6 days out from a network special. Lazy booking and creative has once again hindered the entire roster and left them limping into what could be the best RAW brand exclusive show this year, rather than doing a Vinnie Mac Power Strut.

Mid-Card Mishandling

Shown here: The Miz wishing he could’ve stayed on SmackDown

The Miz TV segment was a miss. I get we’ve seen Miz and Ambrose fight on SmackDown for the IC title before but still, its two former WWE champions going at it for the only singles title that actually appears on RAW every week and the best they could come up with was jamming them together with the Hardyz, Sheamus and Cesaro? Why not play up the DQ title change stipulation and have Ambrose lose his mind at ringside or have some sort of brawl backstage between them? Throwing them in a pointless six man tag did nothing to build up their IC title match and it actually feels meaningless now. I expect a good match from these two top talents but it just doesn’t feel important.

On the flip side of that, what did that 6 man tag do to get anyone excited for the cage match between the Hardyz and Sheamus and Cesaro? The answer is nothing. Those four guys hate each other yet aside from some weak words from Sheamus and Cesaro, WWE did nothing last night to make anyone go: “I can’t wait for that cage match”. The Hardyz have historically been awesome in cage matches as a team and Cesaro and Sheamus have a more smash-mouth physical style and actually benefit from the stipulation. Yet none of that was played up significantly last night. A potential show stealing match on a great card but you didn’t get the sense that a title change was imminent or that it was going to be special. You could say the hype was…deleted.

Stay Away From The Classics

That “This Is Your Life” segment with Alexa Bliss was a cringe worthy visual embodiment of how bad RAW really was last night. Up until the visual and auditory atrocity that was “This Is Your Life: Hugger Edition”, she and Bayley actually had fans interested in the ridiculously outdated “something on a pole” match concept, but that ended last While they were able to bring some fans back with the physicality at the end of the segment, their momentum heading into the Women’s Title match careened off a cliff and died a fiery death. That’s on creative not on Alexa Bliss. We all know how talented she is on the microphone; unfortunately you can’t always make chicken salad out of chicken shit.

Cruiserweight Confusion

Neville and Austin Aries are money together. Their previous one on ones have been stellar. Last night however creative decided that right before their Submission match it would be a good idea to have Neville tap out to Austin Aries in a tag match. Yet another huge mistake that puts a damper on a sound technical wrestling match and dims the Cruiserweight title spotlight. The hits kept coming for the Cruiserweights as Rich Swann pinned Noam Dar on the eve of their mixed tag team match. I doubt anyone was truly looking forward to what is going to be a good little match on the show but what little hype there was for that match’s addition to the PPV died when we all got to see the finish. Lending Sasha’s star power to a program with athletically talented cruiserweights like Swann and Dar was a cool concept that now feels completely inconsequential for everyone involved.

Beast Mode Balor

The final shot of adrenaline for the Fatal 5 Way match that has had everyone buzzing for weeks fell flat as well. While I enjoyed the triple threat match between Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt it didn’t’ matter who won. What it showed was that Balor could hang with the super heavyweights and has a shot to win on Sunday, but we already knew that. All three men had their moments and I enjoyed Joe stealing the win at the end. It was an effective preview for Extreme Rules. RAW’s main event between Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns however was not.

Roman Ruins RAW…Again

Kudos to Seth Rollins for working his ass off and once again carrying Roman Reigns through a main event match. Reigns’ move-set continues to deteriorate from astoundingly limited to virtually non-existent. Clothesline, clothesline, uppercut, running dropkick, superman punch, spear…vomit, that is Roman Reigns. A clean finish was a bad call here either way it would’ve gone but it was by far the worst call to end your go-home show by giving Reigns the win and teasing a possible victory on Sunday. Not only is he one of the most despised wrestlers in WWE by fans but should he win what’s the reward for fans? A match between him and Brock that we’ve already had to suffer through until Seth Rollins literally saved the main event of WrestleMania? That’s how you create a buzz for your PPV main event 6 days out? Let a guy win the main event of RAW without doing a single wrestling move or hold? “Ugh, ugh he beat the Undertaker. Ugh, ugh three Mania main events in a row ugh. He’s a ugh star ugh ugh”. Any other guy wins Sunday night we get something we haven’t seen before when they face Lesnar or we get Rollins vs Lesnar 2, all of which are options that don’t have 50% or more of fans burying the match.

Rollins vs. Reigns should’ve ended in a no contest and the show should have gone off the air with all of the Fatal 5 Way participants fighting in the ring as Michael Cole screamed some sort of generic plug for Sunday night into his headset. While the multi-man format combined with the extreme rules match stipulation will mask Reigns’ lack of in-ring ability, teasing his victory Sunday by having him defeat Rollins was not the way to raise the profile of this match or that of the stars involved. Diluting the build-up of the marquee match on a card with as much potential as Extreme Rules has hurts the entire show

This sad pattern with the go-home editions of RAW and SmackDown has gone on long enough and it’s past time for WWE to reacquaint themselves with how to generate excitement for their talent and rivalries as well as their ensuing events feel important. Last night was just par for the course when it comes to the shortcomings of WWE creative, but going forward they need to keep in mind an important point when leaving viewers with that last impression of their superstars and network specials. Perception is reality, if the show doesn’t feel important and the stars don’t feel special then they aren’t.





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