Each week, we’re going to break down the latest in WWE action here on TickPick. In case you missed any of last week’s matches, antics, or drama, we’ve got a recap of Monday Night Raw, SmackDown, and NXT to fill you in on the highlights. Here’s what went down.
Monday Night Raw
Brewing rivalries, a title change, and some big announcements – that was Monday Night Raw. On what was perhaps the most eventful night of the week, badass Ronda Rousey was finally given the airtime we’ve been waiting for.
Things kicked off as Raw General Manager Kurt Angle introduced Alexa Bliss to the crowd as the new Raw Women’s Champion. The blonde-and-pink-haired wrestler proceeded to celebrate and brag about the belt, but she screwed up when she called Ronda Rousey an “irrelevant bully” and – cue Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” – Rousey appeared.
After more provocation by Bliss who called Rousy “an overhyped rookie,” Rousey attacked. When Angle attempted to stop her, she tossed him aside and beat Bliss with the Money in the Bank briefcase, giving Angle a few whacks, fighting off the refs, and throwing Bliss through a table. Very Stone Cold-esque. Fans LOVED it. Later on backstage, Angle suspended Rousey for 30 days.
Seth Rollins threw out an open challenge for the Intercontinental Title which was answered by Dolph Ziggler. He brought out Drew McIntyre who eventually did his part to distract Rollins during the match, and after a series of roll-ups and attempted pins, Ziggler stunned Rollins with the win. The crowd booed and the unpopular duo proceeded to attack and mock Rollins before leaving with the belt.
What else happened?
Bobby Roode defeated Curt Hawkins.
Braun Strowman (Mr. Monster in the Bank) bragged about his MITB contract victory and challenged Universal Champ Brock Lesnar… all he has to do is just show up. Instead, an injured Kevin Owens appeared and offered to team up with him so they could both get ahead. Strowman rejected Owens’s self-serving offer with an attempted power slam and Owens ran off.
Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt (the Deleters of Worlds) defeated Heath Slater and Rhyno.
An oddly spiritual Jinder Mahal defeated Chad Gable.
The Riott Squad (Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan) beat Sasha Banks and Bayley in a tag team matchup. Logan knocked out Banks while the ref’s back was turned. Banks blamed Bayley for the loss, though their lack of cooperation was obvious throughout the match. Backstage they brawled and confirmed an end to their on-again-off-again friendship.
It’s official. Kurt Angle announced a multi-person match for a chance at the Universal Championship. There may be other wrestlers involved, but Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley will definitely be in the ring together at Extreme Rules vying for the opportunity to challenge the absent reigning title-holder Brock Lesnar.
Reigns and Lashley then proceeded to defeat The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) in a tag team match.
Mojo Rawley defeated No Way Jose with a rare win in quick fashion.
A disheveled, serious Elias sang a song, insulted the crowd, and stated his hopes of entering the multi-person match for a chance to challenge Lesnar for the Universal Championship.
Back in the ring again, Kevin Owens, this time with Baron Corbin, defeated Finn Balor and Braun Strowman in a tag team match to cap off the night with a bang.
The main event at SmackDown last week was the 5-man gauntlet match to decide the number one contender for the WWE Title… obviously. It featured Big E, Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe, The Miz, and Rusev, and the crowd loved it, chanting a ridiculous, “This is awesome!”
On a Tuesday that can only be referred to as Rusev Day, we discovered that it’ll be the Lion of Bulgaria, Rusev, versus AJ Styles in the Championship Title match at Extreme Rules.
Here’s how it went down: Daniel Bryan beat out Big E and Samoa Joe, but (after the Bludgeon Brothers were done with him) The Miz easily toppled Bryan. Enter Rusev, who defeated The Miz by submission. Styles came to the ring to shake hands with Rusev.
What else happened?
SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella came out to brag about beating Charlotte Flair and Asuka “all by herself.” James Ellsworth came out dressed as Asuka (weird) to give her even more lavish praise before getting kicked in the gut… by the real Asuka. Carmella proceeded to kick her in the face and then dragged Ellsworth out of the ring with her to gloat some more.
Becky Lynch beat Billie Kay via submission in a quick match.
Sanity was supposed to appear in their debut match versus The Usos, but instead the enormous Killian Dain, Alexander Wolfe and Eric Young just attacked and the match never officially started, though Sanity proudly acted as if they’d won it.
The Bludgeon Brothers retained their title as SmackDown Tag Team Champions in a match against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
There were a lot of pre-taped and recapped bits in this week’s NXT, so let’s keep this one to the actual substance, shall we?
The charismatic Bianca Belair defeated New Zealander Dakota Kai in a match that showed Belair’s enormous strength as she lifted Kai straight up in the air for what seemed like forever, bouncing her off the ropes a few times. Most think the stylish and sassy Belair is destined for greatness and the crowd loves her.
The War Raiders beat The Mighty, which is interesting because the latter duo (Australians Nick Miller and Shane Thorne) have just been rebranded from TM61 so it doesn’t do much for their new revamped image as bad dudes. But the enormous and scary-looking Raiders prove they’re not ones to mess with.