The WWE had one last week to get us excited for Super Show-Down in Melbourne, so did they do it? Well, kinda. Here’s our recap of the action and all the results from WWE Raw, SmackDown, and NXT for the week of October 1st – 3rd.
Monday Night Raw – October 1st
Braun Strowman vs. Dean Ambrose ends in a disqualification.
After the Dogs of War attempted to break up The Shield last week on Raw, it was only appropriate that Dean Ambrose come out and tell us how he’s feeling. In an interview, Ambrose admitted that he considered joining the heels, but he couldn’t because The Shield isn’t just a brand or a business – it’s a brotherhood. Still, there was some palpable anger about past wrongs and the fact that he didn’t have a championship of his own. Constable Corbin made his dilemma a little more interesting by giving Ambrose the choice between taking on Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins (for their championships) or Braun Strowman… tonight. Ambrose challenged Corbin instead, but he ended up with Strowman.
Despite giving The Monster Among Men everything he had in him – including a Dirty Deeds – things took a turn when Strowman hit a powerbomb. Instead of going for the pin, he chose to keep pounding on Ambrose until the rest of The Shield to save him, causing the DQ. Reigns hit a Superman Punch and Strowman made his escape.
Because of The Shield’s interference, Corbin set Reigns vs. Ziggler and Rollins vs. McIntyre for later that night. Backstage, a frustrated Ambrose lamented the fact that he could be Intercontinental Champ right now.
Roman Reigns defeated Dolph Ziggler
Corbin stipulated that this was a non-title match since Reigns is going to have to wait until WWE Crown Jewel to defend the Universal Championship. The Big Dog dominated early on, but Ziggler resorted to a rake of the eyes to gain control and hit a Zig Zag, nearly getting the pin. Reigns blocked the Sweet Chin Music with a Superman Punch and got the win with a spear.
Backstage, Strowman told his guys that Ambrose was tough enough to be part of their group. He encouraged McIntyre in his match against Rollins, and then he eyed Ziggler as he said they didn’t need any weak links…
Drew McIntyre defeated Seth Rollins
McIntyre came out strong, but Rollins eventually started to turn things around. Ziggler’s music hit, distracting Rollins so the Scot could get in a Claymore and the pin. After the bell, Ziggler attacked Rollins, forcing Reigns to come out and make the save. That prompted Strowman to join the fight. Ambrose appeared (too late) with an axe handle to help out, but Strowman stopped him and the heels beat down their opponents before standing tall in the ring together.
Ronda Rousey defeated Ruby Riott. These two finally met in the ring (accompanied by the Bella Twins, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan) and for a while there, it looked like Ruby Riott might prevail over our resident hero, giving her a tough match. Rousey battled back, using a reverse Kata Guruma and the armbar to get the win via submission.
Kevin Owens defeated Bobby Lashley. Building excitement for their tag-team match at Super Show-Down, this match opened with an Elias segment where he and KO talked trash about John Cena, Lashley’s future partner, and the city of Seattle, drawing a ton of boos from the crowd. During the match, Elias distracted Lashley by attacking his manager Lio Rush, allowing Owens to roll him up for the win. After the bell, Elias and KO continued to pound Lashley and Rush.
Shawn Michaels, Kane, The Undertaker, and Triple H… together at last.
In an attempt to get everyone excited for their match in Melbourne, The Heartbreak kid came out to talk about how the Deadman has made all this personal, but no matter what, he backs his BFF Triple H. He promises that if Kane tries to interfere in their match, he’ll hit him with some Sweet Chin Music. Uhhh, yeah. Cue Kane’s music.
The Big Red Machine appeared behind Michaels and popped him with an uppercut, sending him down. Then The Undertaker’s music hit and the crowd went wild. Yep, it was really him. As The Deadman lifted Michaels, Triple H’s music came on (what, everybody’s here?!) and The Game himself ran out to exchange a few punches. Despite their best efforts, Triple H and Michaels ended up on the receiving end up a double chokeslam. Not finished yet, The Undertaker hit his future opponent with a Tombstone Piledriver. Quite the statement from The Brothers of Destruction.
Bayley vs. Alicia Fox (with Finn Balor and Jinder Mahal). Hyping their Mixed Match Challenge on Tuesday, Bayley got the 1-2-3 following a Bayley-to-Belly Suplex on Fox as the men watched in support.
The B-Team defeated The Revival. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder targeted Curtis Axel’s arm, but Bo Dallas wrapped things up using his knees to stop a Rocket Launcher by Wilder to get the pin. After the bell, the Authors of Pain showed up with Drake Maverick to beat down the winning B-Team using a Super Collider.
Bobby Roode defeated Konnor. Roode lost to Konnor following a gutwrench powerslam while Viktor and Chad Gable tussled outside the ring. No, we’re not sure what all these matches are about either…
SmackDown – October 2
Paige tells us what happened with Samoa Joe and AJ Styles
After we saw Samoa Joe at the Styles home last week, Paige came out to update us on what went down, saying that he crossed a line and she planned to fire him for it. Wendy and the family are fine, and Joe was arrested for trespassing.
Then we heard from Styles via a clip he filmed from his home. He apologized for his absence, saying he couldn’t perform because he might do something he’d regret. Styles said he wasn’t leaving his house until he knew that Joe was on a plane to Australia because his kids are now afraid of “Uncle Joe” at bedtime. He finished by saying that Joe wouldn’t be coming back from Australia because he planned to put Joe “down under.” To be clear, he’s going to bury Joe alive.
Carmella and R-Truth defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega
In these sorts of mixed tag-team challenges, the man has to fight the man and the woman has to fight the woman, so one tag sets up the switch of both partners. Truth and Almas fought it out before Carmella took control over Vega. The men were tagged in, but Carmella still tried a Superkick on Almas. Truth attacked quickly, knocking Almas out of the ring and then diving onto him. Back in the ring, Vega tried to sneak up on Carmella, but she quickly set in motion a series of moves that ended with Vega locked in the Code of Silence and tapping out.
Randy Orton vs. Tye Dillinger ends in a no-contest. Dillinger asked Paige for this match, and although it appeared he got the early jump and the upper hand, Orton quickly put his face through the announcer table. He hit Dillinger with a draping DDT and then resorted to his overly violent (and gross) ways again. Orton removed a turnbuckle pad, stuck Dillinger’s finger through a metal connector, and appeared to yank and break it. Ick!
What happened in Milwaukee…
Oh, the suspense. Rusev and Lana came to the ring and, after rehashing the attack from two weeks ago, they called Aiden English out. English appeared with his evidence. The video he showed displayed a shirtless English in a hotel room practicing. Lana then showed up at his door saying she had something important to tell him. Something that was hard to say. The video cut after she said, “I want you.” English said he’d really like to show us the rest, but he’s got an attractive offer from TMZ and he “wouldn’t want to cheat on ‘em.” Rusev looked at Lana before running after English, leaving her in the ring surrounded by jeers of “Lana, you suck!”
Shelton Benjamin defeated Daniel Bryan
Who?! Benjamin wanted more time on SmackDown, so he took on Bryan while the Miz sat at the commentator’s table. You can guess what happens. The crowd rallied around Bryan as he scored a near-fall, hit a few Yes! Kicks, and got distracted by the Miz. Bryan knocked his foe off the apron but turned around and ran right into Paydirt by Benjamin who got the quick pin. After the bell, Miz took advantage and hit Bryan with several knees to the belly, slams into the announcer table, and a Skull Crushing Finale.
The Bar attacks The New Day while they cook. In a weird cooking promo, the New Day brought out a guy named Chef Bootyworth to talk pancakes. Their opponents this weekend, The Bar, came and laid all three members out before filling Chef Bootyworth’s hat with pancake batter and plopping it back on his head.
Asuka defeated Peyton Royce. In a hurried match, Royce seemed to dominate before Asuka got her to submit with the Asuka Lock.
Becky Lynch has a surprise. Becky Lynch came to the ring and told the crowd that she’s the best thing about SmackDown. She runs things. She’s made it the most relevant part of the WWE. But she still wants the attention she deserves – the magazine covers and the new action figures. All that. But instead, Charlotte Flair is still getting those things. On Super Show-Down, she’s gonna prove she deserves to be the face of the company.
In fact, she’s already created a poster for the event in Melbourne. Lynch then proceeded to unveil a design of herself holding the title high with one boot on the body of Flair. Unsurprisingly, the Queen did not love this advertisement and came out to attack. They scrambled for a while, but Charlotte hit her with a spear, tossed her into the poster, and then locked on a Figure Four as she fell out of the ring. The Queen then gave a big Flair “WOOOO!” right in the face of Lynch as the show ended.
Lacey Evans defeated Candice LeRae. LeRae started off strong and matched her opponent move for move, but Evans is just bigger and tougher. Evans hit the Women’s Right for the win.
The Forgotten Sons defeated Torry Kirsh, Vinny Mixon, and Cesar Rise. The Forgotten Sons were meant to look good in this one and they did. They got the win after a tandem DDT and a slingshot powerbomb by Jaxson Ryker.
Johnny Gargano defeated Tony Nese. Johnny Wrestling was back this week and the crowd was behind him again. Nese showed some strength early on, even hitting a 450-splash for a two-count. But on his second attempt at the Garga-No Escape, Gargano got the tap-out for the win.
Lars Sullivan defeated EC3. In a match that was set up weeks ago after a couple of backstage attacks, these two traded control of a bloody contest. EC3 got a two-count following a German Suplex, corner splash, and crossbody from up top. Then he clotheslined both of them out of the ring. Too bad he walked right into a Freak Accident right afterward. Sullivan easily pushed his body back into the ring for the pin.