WWE NXT Recap: Shinsuke Nakamura’s Swan Song!


Below is my recap of this week’s episode of WWE NXT which took place from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida.

NXT opened with a video package and new theme song called ‘Rage’

Aleister Black vs. Corey Hillis

NXT opened up with Aleister Black opening up the show against Corey Hillis. The match didn’t take long, took 10 seconds to be exact as Aleister delivered the Black Mass and picked up the win.

Winner: Alesiter Black

Backstage Kayla Braxton interviewed Tye Dillinger who said he was thrilled about joining the Smackdown Live roster but has unfinished business with Eric Young and will face him next week in a steel cage match.

DIY vs. Dylan Miley & Michael Blais

Coming up short in their hunt to become 2x NXT Tag Team Champions at NXT TakeOver: Orlando, DIY looked to get back on the winning track against the duo of Michael Blais and the 300 pounder Dylan Miley.

Highlights included Miley running over Tommaso Ciampa with a clothesline, the caught Johnny Gargano with a stalling vertical suplex. Finish came with DIY making a hot comeback and delivering the Meeting in the Middle (running knee strike/kick) on Blais for the win.

Winner: DIY

After the match Miley snapped and took out Blais with the Iron Claw Slam followed by a powerslam.

Ruby Riot vs. Kimberly Frankele

Before the match Ruby cut a pre-match insert promo saying that she came to NXT to become Women’s Champion.

Highlights in the match included Riot delivering a leaping hurricanrana, but got distracted with Nikki Cross came to ringside to watch the match. Frankele pounced and took advantage by delivering Riot with a kicks and knife-edge chops. But in the end Riot recovered as the finish came with Riot dropping Frankele with a wind-up Pele Kick for the win.

Winner: Ruby Riot

We saw a short stare down with Riot and Cross after the match. Cross just laughed and walked to the back with the rest of SAnitY.

The ‘Iconic Duo’ Peyton Royce and Billie Kay were at the WWE Performance Center filming and making fun of everything. Royce and Kay found Liv Morgan and Aliyah and just mocked them. Morgan shoved Kay into a tub of water. I’m fan of both Royce and Kay. They are great together.

Drew McIntyre vs. Oney Lorcen

Highlights in this match included McIntyre tossing Lorcan with a pair of belly-to-belly suplexes and then catching him mid-flight with a gut-wrench suplex onto the ring apron. Lorcen recovered with strikes to the head and chest and delivered a very nice running Blockbuster neckbreaker. Finish came with McIntyre delivering a reverse Alabama Slam and finished of Locan with a big boot.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

After the match McIntyre said he’s not going anywhere and he’s here to stay in NXT and wants to win the biggest price the NXT Championship.

Shinsuke Nakamura’s NXT Farewell

The show ended with Nakamura saying goodbye to the NXT Universe. Nakamura said “I will always be NXT,” Nakamura reaffirmed, “because We Are NXT.” Nakamura ended his speech by delivering a final “YeahOh” as the whole NXT roster including Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque, Hideo Itomi and a surprise appearance by Finn Balor came out to cheer and clap for the former 2x NXT Champion.

After NXT ended, Nakamura ran around the crowd with his cell phone taking a video selfie with the NXT Universe which was pretty awesome. As it definitely seems like Nakamura really loves the NXT crowd and was touched by WWE fans cheers and response for him from chanting ‘Thank You Shinsuke’ to humming his tune. Will be awesome to watch my one of my all-time favourite wrestlers on Smackdown Live.

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WWE Smackdown Live Ratings sky rockets post Superstar Shakeup!


Last night’s episode of Smackdown Live revolved around the continuation of the “Superstar Shakeup” as 3,105,000 million viewers tuned into Smackdown Live on the USA Network. Last night’s episode was up by eight percent compared to last week’s post-WrestleMania edition of Smackdown Live. 

Last night’s episode of Smackdown Live was the most highest Smackdown episode since last year’s WWE Draft special show which averaged 3,170,000 million viewers.

The following WWE superstars made their way over from Monday Night Raw to Smackdown Live following night two of the “Superstar Shakeup”

  • WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Charlotte, The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods) Rusev, Lana, Sin Cara, Jinder Mahal, The Shining Stars and Tamina
Also on Smackdown Live we got to see a terrific main event which featured A.J. Styles defeating Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin in a triple-threat match to become the number 1 contender for Kevin Owens United States Championship.
  • Kevin Owens will face Chris Jericho for the WWE United States Championship at WWE Payback and the winner be on Smackdown Live.

We also found out on Smackdown Live that Shinsuke Nakamura’s first WWE main roster program will be against Dolph Ziggler.

  • We also know that Smackdown’s Randy Orton will defend the WWE Championship against Raw’s Bray Wyatt in a ‘House of Horror’ match at WWE Payback.

So this leaves the WWE title picture on Smackdown is in holding pattern for the time being. If Orton wins it will be interesting to see who he defends the WWE championship against with Styles involved in a feud with Owens for the time being. If Wyatt wins this could open the doors to Brock Lesnar bringing the WWE Universal Championship over to Smackdown Live.

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WWE Superstar Shakeup Continues on Smackdown Live!


Below is my coverage from the continuing coverage of the WWE Superstar Shakeup which took place tonight on Smackdown Live from Boston.

Smackdown Live kicked off with the WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens who announced that he has joined Smackdown Live.

Owens was interrupted by Baron Corbin, and soon after by Sami Zayn who also announced that he has joined Smackdown Live.

Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan announced that the winner of the WWE United States Championship match between Owens and Chris Jericho at WWE Payback will defend the US title on Smackdown Live.

After the Usos defeated the American Alpa to retain the Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions, The Shining Stars came from the crowd and attacked American Alpha.

Jinder Mahal is now part of Smackdown Live who lost to Mojo Rawley after doing another angle with New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski who was sitting front row. Gronk tossed a beer at Mahal in return as Mahal did the same to Gronk at WrestleMania 33.

Smackdown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon introduced 4X Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Tamina during the ‘State of the women’s division’ segment.

WWE also showed a pair of graphics announcing the arrivals of both Rusev and Sin Cara to the Smackdown Live roster.

In the show WWE later aired a “Coming Soon” video for Lana who is also joining the Smackdown Live roster and appears to be getting repackaged?

WWE also aired a video packed for ‘The New Day’ which says ‘Coming Soon’ who are also joining the Smackdown Live roster.

My thoughts on the Superstar Shakeup for Smackdown Live

The addition of Kevin Owens on Smackdown Live is excellent as his first program will be against A.J. Styles who is staying on Smackdown. Their feud and matches will be excellent. Don’t mind Styles being in the US Title program because the WWE championship program is in a holding pattern with Randy Orton facing Bray Wyatt at WWE Payback in a ‘House of Horror’ match.

After the feud with Orton and Wyatt ends it will be interesting to see who Orton faces next for the WWE title or if Brock Lesnar appear on Smackdown Live with the WWE Universal title.

Also really like that Shinsuke Nakamura’s first program is against Dolph Ziggler as Nakamura will get the chance to showcase all his moves and is already completely over with the crowd and treated like a superstar.

Really like the addition of Charlotte as she can elevate the Smackdown Live Women’s Division and have terrific matches with Naomi, Becky Lynch and Natalya. Also like the addition of the New Day as they can freshen up the Smackdown Live tag division. Interested to see what WWE does with both The Shining Stars and Jinder Mahal on Smackdown Live.


Really like how Smackdown Live has come out after the Superstar Shakeup as I look forward to continue watching Smackdown every week to see how the storyline progress. Smackdown Live was a thumbs up show.

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WWE Elimination Chamber Recap! Bray Wyatt wins WWE title


Smackdown Live final PPV before WrestleMania, Elimination Chamber took place from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Below are the results and my recap from tonight’s WWE Elimination Chamber PPV.

Becky Lynch vs. Micky James

Highlights of the match included a long collar-and-elbow tie up to start the match. James connected with a seated senton from the top rope but Lynch kicked out at two. James then connected with a Mick Kick (a spinning wheel kick) but Lynch kicked out once again. Finish came with Lynch first landing a missile drop kick from the top. Then went for the Disarmer but James blocked as Lynch transitioned into a jackknife cover and got the win.

Winner: Becky Lynch

Good match to open the show as James focused on the shoulder of Lynch

Apollo Crews & Kalisto vs. Dolph Ziggler:

Highlights of the match included Ziggler attacking Kalisto before the match started and tossing him into the video wall. Ziggler connected with a neck breaker and continued to work on Crews. Finish came with Kalisto connecting with a spinning wheel kick then tags in Crews who delivers a spinning powerbomb and pins Ziggler.

Winners: Apollo Crews & Kalisto

Biggest highlight came after the match when Ziggler attacked Kalisto then grabbed a chair and stomped on the ankle of Crews twice. As the crowd chanted “Thank You Ziggler” as the fans are buying the Ziggler heel turn and aren’t behind either Crews or Kalisto.

Tag Team Turmoil match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship

Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. Fandango & Tyler Breeze: Fandango misses the blind tag from Rhyno who delivers a Gore to a massive reaction and gets the pin fall.

Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. The Vaudevillains: English and Gotch sent Rhyno into the barricade but Slater delivers a crossbody on top of both English and Gotch. Rhyno delivered the Gore to Gotch and then Slater hits a jumping DDT to English and eliminates the Vaudevillains.

Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. The Usos: Jey delivered the Samoan drop to Slater but Rhyno came in for the save. Slater went for a roll up but Jimmy connected with a super kick and eliminated Slater and Rhyno from the match.

American Alpha vs. The Usos: Jordan and Gable delivered simultaneous German suplex, Gable then followed up with a cross-body for a two count. Usos get the advantage and double team Gable in the corner. Jey went for the Victory Roll but Gable came from behind with a bridge attempt and pinned Jey. After the match The Usos got their heat back and attacked American Alpha as Jimmy delivered the Usos Splash to Jordan.

American Alpha vs. The Ascension: Ascention delivered the Fall of Man onto Jordan but Gable made the save. Finish came with Viktor missing a splash as Jordan delivered a belly-to-belly suplex. Jordan then tags in Gable and deliver the Grand Amplitude and pinned Viktor to retain to the tag titles.

Winner: American Alpha retain the Smackdown tag team titles.

(The match was rushes and so we were the pin falls as the attention was mostly on making American Alpha the top team on Smackdown Live. Would have been better if they had a regular tag team match against The Usos)

Nikki Bella vs. Natalya:

Highlights include Natalya slapping Nikki at the start of the match. Nikki went for submissions early on in the match including a cross arm breaker and a knee bar. Nikki then landed a forearm but Natalya kicked out. Finish came with Natalya delivering a superplex and then applied the sharpshooter but Nikki countered and then applied the Fearless Lock (STS) but Natalya got the bottom rope. Both Nikki and Natalya fought on the outside and were both counted out.

Winner: Double countout

Looks like we will get a rematch on Smackdown Live with a big stipulation for the conclusion of this feud.

Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper

Highlights include: Harper landing a suicide dive to Orton on the floor then delivering a back suplex to Orton on top of the announce table. Orton got the advantage back by delivering a powerslam on the ground. Orton then delivered a superplex to Harper and followed up with a draping DDT then set up for the RKO. But Harper countered with back-to-back super kicks but Orton kicked out. Harper then delivered a sit-out powerpomb for another near fall. Finish came with Harper attempting a discus clothesline but Orton blocked and delivers the RKO for the win.

Winner: Randy Orton

Second best match on the show. WWE made Orton look strong heading into WrestleMania but Harper had some great moments in the match.

Smackdown Women’s Championship match: Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi

Highlights include: Naomi connecting with a blockbuster for a two-count. Bliss then runs into the Rear view for another near fall. Bliss lands a forearm then connects with a DDT but Naomi kicks out. Bliss goes for a roll up and uses the ropes for leverage but gets caught by the referee. Finish came with Bliss attempting the Twisted Bliss but Naomi gets her knees up and then delivers the split-legged moonsault and pins Bliss.

Winner: Naomi new Smackdown Women’s Champion.

Naomi got a good reaction from the crowd as the chanted “You Deserve It” as she seemed touched by the reaction and started to cry.

WWE Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship: John Cena vs. A.J. Styles vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin vs. The Miz

Cena and Styles started the match as the crowd was electric from the start. Cena delivered the Code Red on Styles and then attempted the 5 Knuckle Shuffle but the clock began to tick.

Ambrose entered the match next and attacked Cena right away and ran him into the chain link fence. Styles was dropped onto the floor then Ambrose delivered a flying elbow to Cena off the chamber pod.

Bray Wyatt entered the match next. Styles and Cena scaled the fence. Styles then dropped Cena to the ground then Ambrose joined Styles on top of the pod as they rammed each other into the sidings. Ambrose delivered a powerbomb to Wyatt while tossing Styles of the top of the pod who came crashing down.

Baron Corbin entered the match next and delivered the End of Days to Styles, Cena then applied the STF but Corbin countered and delivered a End of Days to Cena. The Miz is the final entrant as Corbin is waiting for him leave his chamber pod. Ambrose comes from behind and rolls up Corbin with a school boy and eliminated him from the match.

Corbin attacks Ambrose after getting eliminated and runs Ambrose straight through the pod. Then delivered the End of Days to Ambrose as Corbin leaves. Miz enters the match and eliminates Ambrose from the match.

Miz attacks Cena, Styles, and Wyatt with Daniel Bryan like running dropkicks in the corner then counters Wyatt on the floor and then delivers the Skull Crashing Finale.

Cena rolls through on a Miz crossbody and delivers the Attitude Adjustment and eliminates Miz from the match. Styles and Wyatt double team Cena. Cena delivers the AA to Wyatt, then Styles delivers the Styles Clash to Cena for a great near fall. Styles then attempted a phenomenal forearm but Cena countered and delivered an AA to Styles for a terrific near fall.

Cena delivered a cross body and took out both Styles and Wyatt. Cena attempted another AA but Wyatt countered and delivered a Sister Abigail and pined Cena.

Wyatt and Styles are the final two in the match. Both exchange near falls, Styles then connected with a 450 springboard splash but Wyatt kicked out. Styles then when for the phenomenal forearm but Wyatt countered and delivered a Sister Abigail and pinned Styles.

Winner: Bray Wyatt new WWE Champion.

This match was excellent and was very well booked.

Overall: A thumbs up show. A terrific main event and I also enjoyed Orton and Harper too.

NXT TakeOver San Antonio Recap: The ‘Glorious’ era of NXT is upon us as Bobby Roode is champion


NXT Takeover took place from the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. Charly Caruso and Corey Graves hosted the NXT pre-show. Biggest news to come out of pre-show was Graves announcing that this was his final broadcast on NXT and introduced Nigel McGuinness as his new replacement, and will join Tom Phillips and Percy Watson to call NXT each week.

Tye Dillinger vs. Eric Young

Dillinger came out and received a huge reaction. Young came out to the ring with Killian Dane and Alexander Wolfe. Highlights include Dillinger scaling to the top and suplexes Young off the top and but only gets a two-count. Dillinger hits the Tye Breaker on Wolfe, then superkicks Dane. Dillinger hits the Tye Breaker on Young but Wolfe puts on the bottom rope to stop the count. Dillinger dives to the floor and takes out both Dane and Wolfe. Dillinger attempts to spin-the-cat but Young counter and connects with the wheelbarrow neck breaker and gets the win. 

Winner: Eric Young 

Roderick Strong vs. Andrade Cien Almas 

Almas worked on the left arm of Strong. But Strong comes back with a Gord Buster and a running knee in the corner. Almas went back working on the arm of Strong and applied a modified Fujiwara armbar but Strong gets to the bottom rope. Strong blocks the hammerlock DDT and hits a flying knee, a suplex onto Almas’ chest and then lands the Sick Kick and pins Almas.

Winner: Roderick Strong

NXT Tag Team Championship: Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Authors of Pain

Highlights include: Gargano and Ciampa connecting with suicide dives to both on opposite sides of the ring. Ciampa delivered German suplexes to both Akim and Rezar and to a big reaction. Gargano and Ciampo both speared Akim through the ropes into the ring. The Authors connected with a combination of a sit out powerbomb / reverse neck breaker to Ciampa but he kicked out. 

Ciampa applies the armbar to Akim, Rezar returns and Gargano applies the crossface to him for the double submission attempt (playing of the NXT TakeOver: Toronto finish with The Revival) Rezar powers out and slams Gargano on top of Ciampa to break out of the submission. Ending comes with the Authors, countering the double knees who catch them and powerbomb into each other and then hit the Last Chapter to Ciampa for the win.

Winners: The Authors of Pain are the new NXT Tag Team champions

Seth Rollins calls out Triple H 

NXT TakeOver came to a halt as Seth Rollins ran into the ring and demanded that Triple H comes out and faces him (crowd went crazy) Triple H eventually came out from the back and sent security to escort Rollins out. Rollins attacks security but was eventually taken away. This angle was terrific which sets up the build for their WrestleMania match. 

NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka vs. Billie Kay vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross

Highlights include: Asuka connecting with a double German suplex on both Kay and Royce for a big reaction. Cross nailed Asuka with draping spinning neck breaker off the apron to the floor. Cross connected with a crossbody off the top to Kay and Royce to the floor. Cross, Kay and Royce brawled near the announce table as both Royce and Kay vertical suplex Cross through another table. Kay and Royce, ran back to the ring and continued to double team Asuka as Royce nailed the Widow’s Peak but Asuka kicked out. Finish came with Asuka nailing spinning wheel kick to both Kay and Royce for the victory.

Winner: Asuka retains the NXT Women’s championship

NXT Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode 

Bobby Roode came down to the ring with eight women in gowns. While, Nakamura came down to the ring on a small platform. Crowd went insane for Nakamura entrance. Crowd was super hot for the match. 

Highlights include: Nakamura hitting Roode with a running knee from the floor then drops a knee to the back of the head. Nakamura then connected with a running knee in the corner then had Roode set up for the Kinshasa. But Roode played possum as he rolled up Nakamura and then with a back stabber. Nakamura attempted another Kinshasa but Roode countered with a roll up and used the ropes for leverage but the referee caught him. 

Nakamura mounts a comeback with with knees to the head and stomps and then into a flying armbar into a triangle. Nakamura finally connects with the Kinshasa but doesn’t get all of it and Roode kicks out. Roode was on the edge of the apron as Nakamura connects with another Kinshasa as both wrestlers were on the floor. Nakamura returns to the ring and connects with another Kinshasa but is favouring his knee from the injury he suffered on the floor as Roode is laid out. 

The trainers checked on Nakamura’s knee but insists on continuing with the match as Roode takes advantage and hits the Glorious DDT for a terrific near fall. Roode then applied a half-crab to the injured leg but Nakamura counters and attempted a triangle but couldn’t apply the hold because of the injury. Roode hit another Glorious DDT on Nakamura and gets the win.

Winner: Bobby Roode is the new NXT champion. 

Overall: Nakamara and Roode had the best match of the night. DIY looked great in the loss and Asuka continues to impress and remains undefeated. 

After loosing to Young, looks this this maybe Dillinger’s swan song from NXT and Samoa Joe who was seen chilling in the crowd and may also be on his way to the main roster and could make his debut at the Royal Rumble. 

NXT TakeOver: San Antonio was a pretty good as TakeOver never doesn’t disappoint despite the lack of the superstars compared to the main roster. But the quality of wrestling on NXT remains solid thoughtout the roster.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

WWE Roadblock: End of the Line Recap: Charlotte is the Queen of the Women’s division as Jericho and Owens are together again.


After watching tonights episode of WWE Roadblock: End of the Line PPV it seemed like I was watching just another episode of Monday Night Raw with longer matches. Simply put this show had only one objective to set up rivalries and feuds for the Royal Rumble which starts of the kickoff to WrestleMania. So without wasting anymore time here are my ups and downs coming out of WWE Roadblock: End of the Line. 

The Ups: 

WWE Universal Championship Match: Kevin Owens def. Roman Reigns by DQ. 

Some highlights in the match included Owens landing a pair of frog splashes to Reigns on the outside which caused the announce table to break. Reigns ended up breaking the referees ‘10’ count but Owens nailed a third frog splash but Reigns kick-out again. Owens nailed a pop-up powerbomb on Reigns but snuck his foot on the bottom rope. Reigns nailed Owens with a spear which led to Chris Jericho coming down to the ring. Jericho nailed Owens with a codebreaker for the dq. 

The fans did cheer as Jericho and Owens are united again. But what took place post match was more interesting as Owens speared Reigns on the outside, as Rollins nailed Jericho with a pedigree. Reigns and Rollins delivered The Shield powerbomb to Jericho through the announce table. Then caught Owens who was limping away, and delivered The Shield powerbomb to Owens through the announce table. 

Raw women’s championship (30-minute Iron Man match): Charlotte Flair def. Sasha Banks 3–2 in OT.

Banks and Charlotte delivered yet another terrific match. Early on in the match Banks went for the Bank Statement but Charlotte escaped. Banks tossed Charlotte to the outside and nailed a suicide dive. Charlotte kicked Banks leg on the apron as she crashed face first on the steel steps. 

Charlotte nailed Banks with the Natural Selection but Banks kicked out. Banks tried to stop Charlotte on the top turnbuckle, but fought her off and nailed the Natural Selection from the top and pins Banks around the 19:00 minute mark for the first fall. 

Soon after that Banks cradled up Charlotte and got the pin and tied up the match 1–1 around the 8:00 minute mark. Later on in the match Charlotte misses a moonsault of the top turnbuckle as Banks capitalizes and locks in the Bank Statement. Charlotte tapped out as Banks is now up 2–1 with 6:00 minutes remaining. 

Charlotte came down with her knee on to Banks knee. As a great heel Charlotte worked on Banks knee and locked in the figure-four then transitions into the Figure 8 leg lock as Banks is forced to tap out with just 0:02 seconds left. It was announced that the match would go into overtime as Charlotte attacked Banks before OT began. 

Banks nailed Charlotte with a backbreaker, sells the knee injury then applies the Bank Statement. Banks mouth got busted open from a shot to the mouth and was bleeding heavily. While in the Bank Statement, Charlotte nicely transitioned into the figure-four. Charlotte then turned the figure-four into a Figure 8 leg lock as Banks tapped out in OT. 

Banks and Charlotte have raised the bar to the next level in the women’s division. Not a fan of the Raw Women’s Championship getting swapped as Roadblock: End of the Line looked to conclude this great feud as Charlotte is now a 4x Women’s champion. 

Seth Rollins def. Chris Jericho. 

Highlights in the match included Rollins going for a springboard but Jericho caught him with a dropkick as Rollins was sent tumbling to the ground. Rollins attempted a pedigree but was blocked by Jericho who then went for the Walls of Jericho but Rollins countered. Jericho side-stepped a springboard flying knee and applies the Walls of Jericho as Rollins made it to the bottom rope. Rollins then went for a frog-splash but missed as Jericho nailed the lionsault but Rollins kicked out. 

Owens ran down ringside but Rollins fought him off, Jericho rolled up Rollins and had the match won but the ref was distracted by Owens. Jericho started to yell at Owens, then attempted a codebreaker but Rollins countered into a pedigree and got the win. 

Both Rollins and Jericho put on a great match and Owens interference added more to a potential match with Y2J in the coming months. Rollins winning was the right decision as it leads him to closer to facing Triple H most likely at WrestleMania. 

Raw Tag-Team Championship: Cesaro & Sheamus def. The New Day

Highlighted included Cesaro pressing Kingston in the air and lands an uppercut in mid-air for a two-count. Kingston tags in Big E. and spears Sheamus off the apron to the floor. Cesaro swings Kingston then transitions into a sharpshooter. Sheamus tagged himself in, as Xavier Woods shoved Kingston out of the way and took the Brogue kick, Kingston then connected with the S.O.S. but Sheamus kicked out. 

Ending came when Sheamus went for the tag, but Cesaro moved his hand so Sheamus never tagged in, Cesaro went for Kingston which led to Sheamus rolling up Kingston for the win ending the New Day tag-team championship reign. Good match by both teams who have great chemistry together. Interested to see what happens on Raw. 

The Downs:

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Rich Swann def. The Brian Kendrick and T.J. Perkins.

Crowd was completely out of this match as the cruiserweight division hasn’t connected with the Raw crowd like the CWC did on the WWE Network. Highlight in the match was Kendrick applying the Captain’s Hook to Swann. Perkins stops the submission and puts Kendrick into the knee bar and Swann splashes Perkins to break his submission. In the end Swann landed the the spinning wheel kick on Perkins and got the win. 

After the match, Neville music played as he came down to the ring and attacked both Perkins and Swann . After Neville laid out both Perkins and Swann the crowd chanted “Thank You Neville” It’s clear that Neville is now the main heel in the cruiserweight division while Austin Aires is out out action due to injury. 

Sami Zayn def. Braun Strowman 

There was a strict 10-minute time limit for the match as WWE was playing up the underdog story with Zayn. Strowman was in complete control of the match and had a chance to win the match but stopped the pin. Raw GM Mick Foley came down to the ring with a towel in hand as the crowd chanted “Delete” Strowman charged into Zayn but got crashed into the ring post. Strowman charged again but crashed through the barricade. Ending came when Zayn connected with a crossbody off the top but Strowman powered out. Zayn returns and nailed the Helluva kick as time expires and Zayn was declared the winner by lasting 10:00.


Like I said earlier this PPV seemed like another episode of Raw which had some great matches and performances. With Banks feud apparently done let’s see where Charlotte goes from here most likely into a feud with Bayley which will happen at WrestleMania? What happens to The New Day now and does WWE hold off on the Jericho and Owens match till WrestleMania? 

Rating: 7 out of 10. 

WWE TLC Recap: Bray Wyatt finally captures gold and AJ Styles is simply ‘Phenomenal’


After delivering three terrific shows in Toronto, and coming off one of the biggest pay-per-view of the year in WWE Survivor Series, things shifted back to normal with brand specific shows as the superstars of Smackdown Live brought us WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs. So without wasting anytime let’s take a look at the highs and lows coming out of WWE TLC.


The Ups

TLC Match: AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Title: Since making his debut at the Royal Rumble last year, Styles has consistently delivered high quality matches. Once again Styles pulled out all the stops by bumping like crazy for Dean Ambrose, and delivered a jaw dropping springboard 450 splash on to Ambrose to the outside. Ambrose did his part in the match by delivering some unique offence and getting the crowd into the match. Ambrose nailed Styles with the “Dirty Deeds” on the steel steps and also set up a ladder on one of the announce tables to drop a flying elbow through Styles. In the end it was James Ellsworth who cost Ambrose the title by pushing him off the ladder as Dean went crashing through two tables on the outside as Styles retained the title. No surprise Styles and Ambrose stole the show and told a great story.

Ladder Match: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental title:Without question the second best match of the night belonged to the Miz and Ziggler. Not surprisingly Ziggler once again put on a show by bumping like crazy for the Miz from taking a “Skull Crushing Finale” onto the ladder, and got hit with a slingshot powerbomb onto the ladder. Miz also did his part by applying a figure-four by wrapping Ziggler’s leg in the ladder and also mocked Daniel Bryan’s ‘Yes’ chant by delivering running drop kicks into the corner to Ziggler. In the end Miz kicked Ziggler low twice and grabbed the Intercontinental title.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton. Was quite surprised that the tag team championship match opened the show, guessing because there was no stipulation added on the match. But to give WWE credit, the booking of the match was perfect as Wyatt and Orton just destroyed Slater and Rhyno. An interesting tidbit like Orton took the spear from Roman Reigns at Survivor Series, Harper took to the Gore on the outside to protect Orton. In the end Orton got the blind tag and nailed Rhyno with an RKO and captured the WWE tag team championship. It’s been three-and-a-half years since Wyatt’s debut and this is his first taste of championship gold. It’s about time. Interested to see how long Orton sticks in the Wyatt family, but would like to see the focus on Wyatt which could lead to a huge push and maybe one day WWE championship push?

The Middle:

Tables Match: Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss for the WWE Women’s title.To give credit where it’s due both Lynch and Bliss tried their best, took some rough bumps and worked hard. Unfortunately the match didn’t live up to expectations because the tables stipulation didn’t help matters and hurt the match because the story revolved around setting up a table then having a compelling match. In the end, Bliss powerbombed Lynch from the apron through the table and got the win. To be fair Bliss has been terrific since joining the Smackdown Live roster and is now the WWE Women’s champion.

No Disqualification Match: Nikki Bella vs Carmella: Just like Lynch and Bliss in the tables match, both Nikki and Carmela took some bumps, and tried hard to deliver a good match. But something was missing in the match as the only weapons that were used was a kendo stick and a fire extinguisher. In the after spraying Carmella with a fire extinguisher, Nikki nailed the Rack Attack and got the win. Unfortunately, this match is coming off the Charlotte and Sasha Banks match on Monday Night Raw which was not only the main event but the stole the show. So comparing all three matches, Smackdown has more depth in the Women’s roster, but the roster is pail in talent compared to Raw.

The Low:

Chairs Match: Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin. Not surprisingly, Kalisto bumped liked a true pro for Corbin. Highlights included a springboards off a chair and followed up with a crossbody to the floor and then followed it up with a seated senton. But in the end Corbin nailed the ‘End of Days’ on Kalisto on top of a pile of stacked chairs for the win. Question now is where does Kalisto go from here and now who does Corbin feud with next?


Styles and Ambrose stole the show in the TLC match and Miz and Ziggler put on a great ladder match. Just like Backlash and No Mercy in the previous months, WWE and the Smackdown Live roster put on another good show and gets a pass in my books.


WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs: 7 out 10.