Last night, WWE presented their annual Extreme Rules event. The show has suffered from a poor build in recent weeks and fan excitement was fairly low for the event. Could the WWE surprise everyone and deliver a great show? Let’s take a look at last night’s action and find out.
The B Team defeated The Deleters of Worlds
This seemed like an odd choice to open the night but it turned out to be a fairly entertaining encounter. The in-ring action was fairly average but the crowd got into the match and seeing Bray and Bo square up was a fun moment. The B-Team’s victory was a nice surprise to kick off the night and is probably the right decision. The titles have become totally irrelevant over the last few months and this should give the division a slight shot of
Mae Young Classic 2 Participants Announced The following is courtesy of WWE.com:
Three international standouts — Japanese phenom Io Shirai, Canadian ring veteran Nicole Matthews and British up-and-comer Jinny — and former “American Ninja Warrior” competitor Kacy Catanzaro are the latest competitors confirmed for this summer’s Mae Young Classic 2018.
Shirai was recently introduced as WWE’s newest signee at a Live Event in Tokyo. One of the most decorated wrestlers in the modern history of Japan, “The Genius of the Sky” has captured countless titles in her home country and was named the top women’s wrestler for the past three years by Tokyo Sports, a national newspaper. Shirai is renowned for her incredible suplexes and high-flying attacks.
Perhaps best known for her groundbreaking performances on “American Ninja Warrior,
Sin Cara vs Andrade “Cien” Almas – Rematch from this weeks Smackdown The New Day vs Sanity – Tables Match Alexa Bliss (c) vs Nia Jax – Raw Women’s Title Extreme Rules Match Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt (c) vs The B Team – Raw Tag Team Championship Match Carmella (c) vs Asuka – SmackDown Women’s Championship Match The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs Team Hell No – SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match Dolph Ziggler (c) vs Seth Rollins – Intercontinental Championship – 30 Minute Iron Man Match Jeff Hardy vs Shinsuke Nakamura – United States Championship Match Finn Balor vs Baron Corbin – Singles Match Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens – Steel Cage Match Bobby Lashley vs Roman Reigns – Singles Match Aj Styles
Brock Lesnar versus Curt Hawkins for the WWE Universal Championship
I’m aware that this sounds like a stupid idea on the surface, but just hang in there for a few minutes and you might see what I’m driving at here. What is Brock Lesnar at this point in his career, if not the ultimate winner? Lesnar hasn
With the being said, here are the results for WWE Raw from Monday June 25th 2018:
Match #1: The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) beat Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley – Tag Team Match
A good but pointless match that pushes a feud that only needs to be about the Universal Title, not how they hate each other for trying to win it. Match #2: Curtis Axel w/ Bo Dallas beat Matt Hardy w/Bray Wyatt
This was a quick, lame match that did no one any favors.
After a fairly lacklustre build, could the WWE pull it out of the bag at their Money in the Bank event this past Sunday night?
Daniel Bryan defeated Big Cass
Daniel Bryan was out to a thunderous reception to kick off the night in what was a very smart move from the WWE. Chicago crowds are always great, and having Bryan come out to set the tempo for the night will certainly help things as the show progresses.
Bryan starts out the match strong with a series of Yes! kicks but Cass dominates and slows down the pace. Cass then dominated the majority of the match from that point but Bryan managed to rally at several points to keep things exciting.
Cass eventually locked Bryan in a torture rack, only for Bryan to reserve it into a heel-lock and pick up another submission victory.
What a nice break it’s been since Backlash. The WWE’s last PPV was six whole weeks ago and the dropping of single-branded PPVs finally means that fans can get a chance to breathe between events.
Sadly, the WWE has made a right pig’s ear of the build for Money in the Bank, and the card is playing host to some of the worst booked feuds in recent memory.
Fortunately, the card is also host to the titular Money in the Bank ladder matches, which are some of the most exciting matches of the year. Since becoming a PPV in 2010, the Money in the Bank event has always provided fans with at least one memorable moment, and most fans will be expecting the same from this year’s show, even if the card really doesn’t look great.
Raw opens with Kurt Angle coming down. The former WWE champion teased some big announcements for the opening of Raw on his Twitter place yesterday. Of course, though, we get nothing of the sort, as Angle just runs down everything we already knew was taking place during the night. Angle talks about Rousey and Stephanie McMahon’s music hits. Yay! Stephanie makes her way to the ring. Stephanie says WrestleMania is now water under the bridge and then proceeds to patronise Angle. She says that will mediate the contract signing tonight between Rousey and Jax, which gets plenty of boos from the crowd. She says that Angle lets his emotions get in the way far too often and she mentions Roman Reigns and Jinder Mahal.
Roman then heads to the ring to a torrent of boos, and Stephanie is quick to mock him.
Backlash has always been, traditionally, the PPV that takes place after WrestleMania. This year, however, things were a little different, as the WWE had the small matter of The Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia to take care off.
As a result, the WWE will be presenting us with their second major show in just 10 days this weekend as normal service resumes following the typically chaotic post Mania fall-out.
The card, which in fairness, looks solid, is set to see five of the company’s belts defended and while some of the outcomes are fairly predictable because of the Shake-Up, there is plenty to get excited about this Sunday.
Let’s break down this weekend’s Backlash card, match by match, and predict the winners of each of the eight matches.
Jeff Hardy Vs Randy Orton
This feud has not really managed to gain much momentum,
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are out to open the show after a 10 bell tribute to the great Bruno Sammartino. Lesnar hops about and smiles while Heyman does all the hard work, as per. Heyman cuts an excellent promo about Lesnar’s new contract, and how Lesnar is going to destroy Reigns. This leads to The Big Dog himself making an appearance. Reigns come out to a mixed reaction. He gets in the ring and says that next week, he is coming home with The Universal Title before leaving the ring. This was a nice little hype builder to open the show. Reigns’ time on the mic was kept to a minimum which was smart, and it was a wise move not to have Lesnar just destroy Reigns again before their match-up on Friday.
Elias is out for a concert but he is interrupted by Bobby Roode.
New Matches Announced for Backlash
With WrestleMania now in the history books, WWE has shifted its focus towards Backlash, which will be the first non-big 4 event to be dual branded in the new era. The company announced two matches for the show on last night’s Raw.
First, Samoa Joe returned to confront Roman Reigns and announced that the two men would meet at the event. Reigns is also set to compete with Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title before that event at The Greatest Rumble Ever show, which means this match could be for the Universal title.
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Second, The Miz stated during a segment with Seth Rollins that he would be using his rematch clause at the event to challenge for the Intercontinental title. Again, this could change as the title is
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Tna Rebrand As Gfw
Many consider the initials ‘Tna’ to be a poison brand, synonymous with 15 years of bad decisions, sliding ratings and Dixie Carter clinging onto Hulk Hogan’s leg. In more colloquial terms, Tna also stands for Tits and Ass. So it’s long overdue that the promotion are changing their name from Tna to Impact Wrestling to Anthem Sports & Entertainment to Jeff Jarrett’s Mega Gold Giveaway to now, finally, Global Force Wrestling.
Just days after Impact Wrestling ‘officially acquired’ Jarrett’s Gfw promotion, Tna will rebrand itself as Global Force Wrestling. Their weekly show will still be called ‘Impact’, just like how WWE’s weekly show is called ‘Raw’. Jarrett spoke to The Tennessean about the name change:
“We’re a global brand. We have partnerships in Mexico, Japan, other places. Collectively coming together,
Tna Impact Wrestling have been taping their TV for May over the last several days, and they’ve seen their fair share of shock returns, debuts and title changes. As these happen in not-yet-aired episodes of Impact Wrestling, skip the next few paragraphs if you don’t want to read them.
Spoilers coming in 3…2…
Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner showed up at the final night of Impact Wrestling’s TV tapings on Sunday 23rd April. Steiner has been a main eventer in WCW, WWE and Tna throughout his career, but has been locked in a legal battle with the latter since he was released in 2012, claiming he was owed royalties from the promotion, and that he was injured because Tna officials allowed Jeff Hardy to wrestle him while Hardy was intoxicated.
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Despite his team losing to Jeremy Borash’s last week, Josh Mathews is still commentating for Impact Wrestling, coming out to announce on last night’s Bobby Lashley vs James Storm main event.
Just when I thought I was out…
I won’t go too much into spoilers, as Tna, Impact Wrestling, Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Bonanza – whatever you want to call it – returns to UK television tonight. After finishing up with Challenge late last year, Impact will now be airing on Spike UK every Friday at 9pm.
To make the time continuities even more confusing, though, the latest batch of Tna tapings started last night, and will run nightly until Sunday for their TV in May. And it was during those tapings where two big Tna returns happened. The next part contains spoilers for
The two will captain sides for a match next week to find out “who knows everything” – which I assume means, ‘the loser no longer does commentary’. We’re rooting for ya, Jb! And on last night’s episode, they both picked their teams.
Mathews ended up with Bobby Lashley, Bram, Eli Drake and Tyrus, while Borash got all the pops – announcing top babyface Alberto El Patron along with returning Tna stars Chris Adonis (who wrestled as Chris Masters in WWE), Matt Morgan and…go to Impact’s website to find out the final explosive member.
Yeah. That’s right. They ended the big show with a cliffhanger…to their website.
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The show also saw the big return of Lax! The former-tna faction, not the Los Angeles-based airport. Original founders Konnan – who had the brilliant line “we’re serious, like a late period” – and Homicide returned in the episode’s main event segment, bringing with them new members Diamante, Angel Ortiz and Mike Draztik. They took out Decay to position themselves at the top of the Tag Team Championship picture. The titles are currently up for grabs, being taken off of previous champions the Broken Hardys when they failed to resign with the company. Vacant receives justice!
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Last year, the Natural Environment Research Council launched a Twitter campaign called #NameOurShip. The Internet gave the most votes to Boaty McBoatFace.
So I don’t know what Tna owners Anthem are thinking asking fans on the Internet to name the owl in their logo, a contest that has now been extended for another week.
Due to the overwhelming amount of submissions, we are extending the contest by 1 week! Next Monday we name a winner! #AnthemOwl pic.twitter.com/Uf7uNj0wiN
— Impact Wrestling (@Impactwrestling) March 13, 2017
Punerific suggestions so far include: Hoot Hogan, BeekMahan and Owl Snow.
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