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    Re: World Wrestling Entertainment | 2019 & Beyond

    Holy shit.

    Good luck on your new project dude. It's an exhausting task to book modern day WWE, but if anyone can do it, it's you.

    PS Release Dolph Ziggler.

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    Fucking YES! A thread where I don't feel intimitated to read! Haha I kid sir, I'm EXTREMELY excited for this & I have no doubt you'll knock it out of the park :D good luck sir

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    ~ ROSTERS ~


    AJ Styles
    Akam
    Alexa Bliss
    Alicia Fox
    Apollo Crews
    Baron Corbin
    Bo Dallas
    Bobby Roode
    Bray Wyatt
    Brock Lesnar
    Cedric Alexander
    Chad Gable
    Curt Hawkins
    Curtis Axel
    Dana Brooke
    Dash Wilder
    Dolph Ziggler
    Drew McIntyre
    EC3
    Elias
    Ember Moon
    Eric Young
    Fandango
    Goldust
    Gran Metalik
    Heath Slater
    Jey Uso
    Jimmy Uso
    Jinder Mahal
    Kalisto
    Karl Anderson
    Konnor
    Lacey Evans
    Lince Dorado
    Liv Morgan
    Maryse
    Mickie James
    Mojo Rawley
    Naomi
    Natalya
    No Way Jose
    Randy Orton
    Rezar
    Rhyno
    Ricochet
    Ruby Riott
    Sami Zayn
    Samir Singh
    Samoa Joe
    Sasha Banks
    Scott Dawson
    Seth Rollins
    Shayna Baszler
    Sunil Singh
    Tamina
    The Miz
    Titus O'Neil
    Viktor
    Zack Ryder


    Aiden English
    Aleister Black
    Alexander Wolfe
    Ali
    Andrade
    Asuka
    Bayley
    Becky Lynch
    Big E
    Big Show
    Billie Kay
    Bobby Lashley
    Braun Strowman
    Buddy Murphy
    Carmella
    Cesaro
    Charlotte Flair
    Daniel Bryan
    Epico
    Finn Bálor
    Harper
    Jeff Hardy
    Kacy Catanzaro
    Kevin Owens
    Killian Dain
    Kofi Kingston
    Lana
    Lio Rush
    Luke Gallows
    Mandy Rose
    Matt Hardy
    Nia Jax
    Nikki Cross
    Otis
    Peyton Royce
    Primo
    R-Truth
    Rey Mysterio
    Roman Reigns
    Ronda Rousey
    Rowan
    Rusev
    Sarah Logan
    Sheamus
    Shelton Benjamin
    Shinsuke Nakamura
    Sin Cara
    Sonya Deville
    Tucker
    Xavier Woods
    Zelina Vega


    Akira Tozawa
    Ariya Daivari
    The Brian Kendrick
    Drew Gulak
    Gentleman Jack Gallagher
    Humberto Carillo
    Maria Kanellis
    Mike Kanellis
    Oney Lorcan
    Tony Nese


    Amir Jordan
    Ashton Smith
    Dave Mastiff
    Eddie Dennis
    Flash Morgan Webster
    Isla Dawn
    James Drake
    Jinny
    Joe Coffey
    Jordan Devlin
    Joseph Conners
    Kassius Ohno
    Kay Lee Ray
    Kenny Williams
    Killer Kelly
    Ligero
    Mark Andrews
    Mark Coffey
    Nina Samuels
    Noam Dar
    Pete Dunne
    Piper Niven
    Rhea Ripley
    Sam Gradwell
    Saxon Huxley
    Toni Storm
    Travis Banks
    Trent Seven
    Tyler Bate
    Tyson T-Bone
    WALTER
    Wild Boar
    Wolfgang
    Xia Brookside
    Zack Gibson


    Adam Cole
    Aliyah
    Angelo Dawkins
    Bianca Belair
    Bobby Fish
    Candice LeRae
    Cezar Bononi
    Dakota Kai
    Danny Burch
    Deonna Purrazzo
    Dominik Dijakovic
    Fabian Aichner
    Hanson
    Io Shirai
    Jaxson Ryker
    Jessamyn Duke
    Johnny Gargano
    Kairi Sane
    Keith Lee
    Kona Reeves
    KUSHIDA
    Kyle O'Reilly
    Marcel Barthel
    Marina Shafir
    Matt Riddle
    Mia Yim
    Montez Ford
    Raul Mendoza
    Riddick Moss
    Roderick Strong
    Rowe
    Shane Thorne
    Steve Cutler
    Taynara Conti
    The Velveteen Dream
    Tino Sabbatelli
    Tommaso Ciampa
    Tyler Breeze
    Vanessa Borne
    Wesley Blake
    Xia Li

    ~ CHAMPIONS HISTORY ~

    WWE Universal Championship
    Spoiler:

    Seth Rollins
    April 7, 2019 -
    defeated Brock Lesnar
    (WrestleMania 35, East Rutherford)
    WWE Intercontinental Championship
    Spoiler:

    Finn Bálor (2)
    April 7, 2019 -
    defeated Bobby Lashley
    (WrestleMania 35, East Rutherford)
    WWE United States Championship
    Spoiler:

    Samoa Joe
    March 5, 2019 -
    defeated R-Truth in a Fatal 4-Way featuring Andrade and Rey Mysterio
    (SmackDown Live, Wilkes-Barre)
    Raw Women's Championship
    Spoiler:

    Becky Lynch
    April 7, 2019 -
    defeated Ronda Rousey in a Winner Take All Triple Threat featuring Charlotte Flair (WrestleMania 35, East Rutherford)
    SmackDown Live Women's Championship
    Spoiler:

    Becky Lynch (3)
    April 7, 2019 -
    defeated Charlotte Flair in a Winner Take All Triple Threat featuring Ronda Rousey
    (WrestleMania 35, East Rutherford)
    WWE Women's Tag Team Championships
    Spoiler:

    The Boss and Hug Connection
    February 17, 2019 -
    won an Elimination Chamber Match featuring The Riott Squad, Fire and Desire, The IIconics, Nia Jax & Tamina and Carmella & Naomi
    (Elimination Chamber, Houston)
    Raw Tag Team Championships
    Spoiler:

    Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder
    April 7, 2019 -
    defeated The Revival
    (WrestleMania 35, East Rutherford)
    SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships
    Spoiler:

    The Usos (4)
    February 17, 2019 -
    defeated The Miz and Shane McMahon
    (Elimination Chamber, Houston)
    WWE Cruiserweight Championship
    Spoiler:

    Tony Nese
    April 7, 2019 -
    defeated Buddy Murphy
    (WrestleMania 35, East Rutherford)
    NXT Championship
    Spoiler:

    Johnny Gargano
    April 6, 2019 -
    defeated Adam Cole in a 2/3 Falls Match
    (TakeOver: New York, Brooklyn)
    NXT North American Championship
    Spoiler:

    The Velveteen Dream
    February 20, 2019 -
    defeated Johnny Gargano
    (NXT, Winter Park)
    NXT Women's Championship
    Spoiler:

    Io Shirai
    April 6, 2019 -
    defeated Shayna Baszler in a Fatal 4-Way featuring Bianca Belair and Kairi Sane
    NXT Tag Team Championships
    Spoiler:

    The War Raiders
    January 26, 2019
    defeated The Undisputed Era
    (TakeOver: Phoenix, Phoenix)
    NXT UK Championship
    Spoiler:

    WALTER
    April 6, 2019 -
    defeated Pete Dunne
    (TakeOver: New York, Brooklyn)
    NXT UK Women's Championship
    Spoiler:

    Toni Storm
    January 12, 2019 -
    defeated Rhea Ripley
    (TakeOver: Blackpool, Blackpool)
    NXT UK Tag Team Champions
    Spoiler:

    James Drake and Zack Gibson
    January 12, 2019 -
    defeated Moustache Mountain
    (TakeOver: Blackpool, Blackpool)

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    Re: World Wrestling Entertainment | 2019 & Beyond



    ~ SCHEDULE ~


    MONEY IN THE BANK -- MAY 19 -- HARTFORD, CT


    TAKEOVER: SAN JOSE -- JUNE 8 -- SAN JOSE, CA


    BACKLASH -- JUNE 16 -- SAN DIEGO, CA

    TBD -- JULY 14 -- PHILADELPHIA, PA


    TAKEOVER: TORONTO II -- AUGUST 10 -- TORONTO, ON


    SUMMERSLAM -- AUGUST 11 -- TORONTO, ON
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    Well, if anyone can pull off all these shows to keep on top of, it’s you. I sense it’s not goodbye just yet to the 2015 thread but rather “Smell ya later” (to borrow another Simpsons reference) and I think this thread could be a lot of fun. Excited to see you roll on with the Women’s evolution, as we all know that’s where you thrive best.

    Nice adjustments on the WrestleMania card too; Kairi winning the NXT Women’s title was a good move, and I reckon we’ll see you bring Shayna up to the main roster now. At least Sasha won’t be running away in this timeline too with the WM win!! Asuka winning the Battle Royal was nice to see, and I hope that results in a renewed push for her. Miz over Shane makes sense too, and I hope we get more of Miz’s dad! Lol

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    Booking modern WWE definitely a mammoth task but I’m sure you’re up for the challenge Hug Life you’ve been booking long enough. You have a reader in me

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    Re: World Wrestling Entertainment | 2019 & Beyond

    Thanks very much for the early feedback, y'all. Making me feel like I made the right decision here!

    Just as a heads up: NXT will be what it was last week, so I'll just be doing some write-ups of what happened IRL. The same essentially goes for the NXT UK episodes that they taped IRL at Axxess. The only thing I'm REALLY gonna be hands on with for RIGHT NOW is NXT TV. Same with 205 Live, although I'll just be writing recaps for that. So... essentially, right now, the same formula as my other thread (picture 205 and NXT UK as my Main Event and Superstars), although I will say that NXT UK may be written out in full once I really start to flesh things out and get my fingerprints on it.

    Stay tuned is all I'll say for now.


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    Just going to echo what everyone is saying. I think you'll work well with this world despite the amount of shows and superstars. A lot of work creates more opportunity for opening yourself up into some storyline ideas you may not have been able to do beforehand. Cannot wait to read Hug Life!



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    Re: World Wrestling Entertainment | 2019 & Beyond

    I was quite enjoying your star-studded NXT Generation thread, but on the flip side, you've shown what you can do there so I look forward to seeing which stars you can make from this roster. Good luck!

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    Very excited to be getting in at the ground level for one of your projects, I'll definitely be reading.

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    Good luck Hug! I'll be following on buddy. Excited to see what you can do with a modern day WWE in 2019!



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    This is actually quite interesting. I can't wait to see how you do.

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    Re: World Wrestling Entertainment | 2019 & Beyond

    I can't wait to see how you book the night after WrestleMania 35 on RAW but also I wonder if anyone will make their debuts here? Or if we will see any returns to the company? I also want to see if anyone makes their debut the Smackdown after WrestleMania 35 or anyone makes their return? I am really excited because I wanna see which RAW superstars end up on Smackdown Live and which Smackdown Live superstars end up on RAW in this Shake Up

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    POST-WRESTLEMANIA NEWS & NOTES

    There was said to be a great deal of happiness in the way that WrestleMania 35 was pulled off last night. While there was obviously a lot of stress going into the event, everything went according to plan and as smoothly as everyone hoped for it to go.

    The decision to have Becky Lynch be victorious last night at WrestleMania was firmly decided on Saturday night. The rumors of Ronda Rousey not wanting to put Becky over, we're told, were in fact true, as there is significant heat there. Ronda actually believed that Charlotte Flair winning was the "better longterm story," but Vince, who has been a champion for Becky Lynch these last few months, put his foot down and worked out a compromise with Rousey, who did not want to submit to Becky's finisher or even get pinned straight up. There was a meeting, for hours we're told, between Rousey, McMahon, Triple H and Paul Heyman on Saturday on how the finish would be crafted. What you saw on Sunday night was the compromise. And despite chatter of the ilk, there was no "botch" or error.

    As far as Rousey goes, she broke her hand in last night's Triple Threat Match. She's not expected back on WWE TV anytime soon. But there are still longterm plans to have her and Becky feud, as well as the rumored 4HW feud.

    Kofi Kingston was told on Friday that he would be winning the WWE Championship. Daniel Bryan, along with Kingston, Big E, Xavier and Bruce Prichard helped to produce that match. It was a Prichard idea to have Big E come out with the old WWE Championship belt. And as far as The New Day goes, no, they will not be breaking up anytime soon.

    It was a last-minute decision to have Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins open the show. But, the decision to have Rollins win had been in the works for weeks. As did the entire structure of that match. Lesnar will not be at Raw on Monday night, and will likely be away for some time. He is still signed with WWE and still has several more date left on his contract. The rumored fight with Daniel Cormier in UFC may still happen down the line, but it will not interfere with Lesnar's WWE career.

    While she did not make too many appearances last night, WWE was pleased with Alexa Bliss' job as the host of WrestleMania. While Alexa hasn't wrestled much in the last few months, she was working the live event circuit in February and March, and is expected to wrestle on Monday night and more often, while still hosting her talk show, A Moment of Bliss. We're also told that a babyface turn might very well be in the works for her. She is cheered enough as it is and has a huge fanbase, so don't be surprised if development towards that starts imminently.

    One of the only matches that truly had a back-and-forth on the winners was the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships Match. Originally, Beth Phoenix and Natalya were tabbed to be the winners of the match. Nattie's career is winding down, and they very nearly gave her a WrestleMania moment. Then, we're told, the IIconics were set to be in line to be victorious. WWE has been pleased with their work, and despite the fact that they have been booked to lose often, they have endeared themselves to many, and a win at WM would've been a gesture towards them for keeping their heads down and plowing through. In the end though, WWE decided to allow for Bayley and Sasha Banks to retain their championships. Expect them to continue to be champs while WWE looks to still build up the women's tag team division.

    A nugget on Sasha Banks, though, is that she has been unhappy for some time. She signed a new deal last year, but folks have been intent on trying to keep her happy. We're told she expressed a desire not to lose to Ronda Rousey back around the time of the Royal Rumble, but ultimately went along with the plan and was talked into it. Banks is a valuable asset and WWE knows that, despite a few bumps in the road that have happened to her these past few years. So that may be another reason that they ultimately went with her and Bayley winning, so as to appease her and keep her happy.

    The Usos were set to retain the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships whether or not they re-signed with the company, we're told. This would've been a gesture of goodwill towards them on their way out of the company, as they'd yet to have a main card WrestleMania victory. Now that they're locked in, though, they still remain the SDL Tag Team Champs as WrestleMania's concluded. But a move to Raw in the Superstar Shakeup could be in the works. Stay tuned.

    The win for Asuka in the Women's Battle Royal was decided after she had lost the SmackDown Live Women's Championship to Charlotte Flair. Don't expect her to lose any momentum anytime soon. In fact, it probably wouldn't be a surprise to see her dethrone Becky Lynch down the line, as Becky's expected to be a full-timer on Raw once her time with both belts ends.

    Aleister Black and Ricochet officially wrapped up their time in NXT on Friday night. Black and Ricochet have very much endeared themselves to everyone in WWE since arriving, and have the backing of nearly every higher-up in the company. So, expect them to remain in a lofty place. Whether or not they continue being a tag team is yet to be seen. But, they will certainly be locked into a brand, one way or another, after the Superstar Shakeup concludes.

    Rey Mysterio wasn't entirely 100% heading into Sunday, so that's why his match with Samoa Joe went as quickly as it did. This isn't a serious injury for Mysterio, but they didn't want to risk too much here.

    Sami Zayn is expected to return very soon. With the Superstar Shakeup taking place in Montreal, don't be surprised if that's where they tab him to come back.

    There could very well be plenty of NXT call-up action this weekm as well as Buddy Murphy and Cedric Alexander making appearances, with their times on 205 Live ending very soon.

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    I am getting there with Raw. I've just had a lot of things to do, haha. Just felt like posting all these nuggets to keep you guys well fed. Stay tuned.


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    Raw - April 8, 2019
    Brooklyn, NY -- Barclays Center




    The usual cold opening for Raw plays out, and we dive into the Barclays Center afterwards. A raucous #RawAfterMania crowd is on their feet, awaiting whomever it is that's going to step out through the curtain first. It turns out that it's a fan favorite, as Finn Bálor makes his entrance. The two-time Intercontinental Champion is all smiles after his win over 'The All Mighty' Bobby Lashley, thanks in large part to his… demonish ways. Finn gets into the ring and first congratulates Becky Lynch on her victory in the main event last night. Then, he congratulates Seth Rollins on slaying The Beast and becoming the NEW Universal Champion.

    He then talks about his victory last night, and how desperate times called for desperate measures, and that's why he brought The Demon to WrestleMania. He then goes over how this moment was nearly three years in the making, recalling his one-day reign as Universal Champion, missing WrestleMania 33, and coming up short at last year's WrestleMania. He wanted to make sure he walked out with the IC Title, by any means necessary to finally beat him!

    Finn then says that tonight's a night for celebration, but someone interrupts him. No, it's not 'The All Mighty' nor is it 'The Man of The Hour'. No, instead… it's THE NEW UNIVERSAL CHAMPION, SETH ROLLINS!! Rollins makes his way down the ramp to a mega ovation, and the two superstars who've crossed paths many a time, the ones who fought over the Universal Championship back at SummerSlam 2016 IN THIS VERY BUILDING stand front and center. Seth thanks Finn for his kind words, and congratulates Finn on winning last night. He says he doesn't think it's a stretch to say that he and Bálor has set the standard for guys like him the past few years, going through NXT, becoming superstars there, jumping to Raw and becoming stars there too. Finn says he can't help but agree, and Seth adds that he's glad that he beat Bobby Lashley for the Intercontinental Championship. Rollins tells Finn that he's been exactly where he's been before, to feel so desperate, that there's nothing left to lose. And if anyone would know about the power of The Demon, well, he's definitely at the top of the list. Finn tells Seth that he's glad he's the Universal Champion, because Raw is represented by the two of them now, the workhorses of the brand and the entire company. Finn tells Seth, however, that he's in a fighting mood. Coincidentally, Rollins says, so is he. So Finn asks him that in the spirit that the women were in last night at WrestleMania, why don't we have Finn Bálor vs. Seth Rollins, WINNER TAKE ALL, HERE TONIGHT!!!

    Finn can't help but agree, but whether there's a chance in HELL of that happening is up to the man whose music hits over the loudspeakers next. Yes, Mr. McMahon has made his arrival, much to the chagrin of the Brooklyn crowd (Who still cheers him anyway. Always found that very odd for someone who gets bashed on the… You know what? Time and a place.) Vince says that while he knows that there's a good mood around here, everyone needs to realize how things work. And although Finn and Seth and the crowd may want that match, HE makes the matches, and they should know that everything runs through Vincent Kennedy McMahon. So any talk of a match tonight is up to him.

    Finn, however, says he ought to be careful about putting things in his hands, because the last time that happened, all he did was become the #1 Contender for the Universal Championship. Mr. McMahon tells Finn that he's got a lot of damn nerve to say that to him, and that the last person he wants to anger around here is him. And as he's said once, and he'll say it a million times, Vince can do things the easy way… or he can do things the HARD way! That old Attitude Era line may strike a chord with you, and it certainly strikes a chord with Finn. He wants Finn to apologize to him, and Finn quickly says that he's sorry. But as Vince goes to talk, Finn says he's sorry that he doesn't see it the way he sees it! Finn asks Mr. McMahon what happened to "listening to the fans?" And if that was just lip service and "another one of those unkept promises" he's been told about for years.

    Vince says that Finn's making yet another mistake. He says he can listen to the fans all he wants, but at the end of the day it's NOT about what THEY want, because 95 percent of the time, all the fans around the world have no idea what the HELL they're talking about!! Vince says that everyone loves to think that they can run his company better than he can, and if that were true, anybody would've done it by now, and he would've been put out of business a long time ago! But WWE has been thriving for over 60 years, and the one constant is the name McMahon! He says he WILL give the people what they want tonight, and that's Finn Bálor and Seth Rollins in the same ring tonight! … … … IN A 4-ON-2 HANDICAP MATCH! Finn and Ricochet will have to face BOBBY LASHLEY… LIO RUSH… AND THE REVIVAL! Vince says to Finn that he should've just done things the easy way as he leaves, and certainly, The Demon and The Beastslayer are now in quite a predicament!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    As we come back to the broadcast following the break, The Boss and Hug Connection have made their arrival. Bayley and Sasha Banks, the incumbent Women's Tag Team Champions are feeling good and looking good after their successful title defense at WrestleMania. But they run into… an issue. That issue? Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan! Sasha laughs and sarcastically says, "We're starting already?" and a FIGHT BREAKS OUT!

    The 2-on-2 brawl suddenly turns ominous for our fearless Tag Team Champs, because Ruby Riott jumps into the fold! Ruby starts to pound away, as The Riott Squad is mugging BnH! The champs look to be in peril, as Liv, Ruby and Sarah punish the duo pretty badly! The tag champs are left lying on the floor, groaning in pain, as The Riott Squad laughs their way to the bank. Or, well, in this case, away from the screen.
    From one dramatic scene with the women to another, out walks Alexa Bliss, who'll be competing in her first match on Raw in over two months! Bliss looks ready to rock and hears a boastful reaction from the Brooklyn fans, smirks and gets into the ring waiting for whomever it is she's going to face. Turns out, it's Ember Moon! Moon is making HER first appearance in a Raw ring in nearly three months as well, having made her return in last night's WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal, won by SmackDown Live's Asuka. Commentary talks up the fact that it was Alexa who eliminated Ember Moon from the Royal Rumble Match a few months ago, and perhaps there’s still a bit of animosity between these two women as this match gets set to begin. Ember goes through the motions of her entrance before hopping down onto the ring. She looks at Alexa, who rolls her eyes, and then gets ready to roll.

    1 — Singles Match
    Alexa Bliss vs. Ember Moon


    Both ladies look good in their Raw in-ring returns against each other in a match that definitely helps to set the pace for the night. Bliss and Moon appear to have quite a lot of energy behind themselves, as neither wants to record a loss in their first matches back since January. Towards the end of the match, Ember goes for a big kick on Bliss, but Alexa ducks underneath. She then kicks Ember in the gut and drops her down with the DDT! But Bliss isn’t satisfied. Instead of going for the cover, she goes up to the top rope. She smiles and launches herself off, GOING FOR TWISTED BLISS… BUT EMBER BRINGS HER KNEES UP!! Bliss hits them hard, and she grabs her mid-section in pain. Moon gets up to her feet eventually, and blocks a desperate right hand from Alexa, and then connects with a HUGE spinning heel kick!! Moon then goes over to the corner, scales up to the top rope, AND HITS ALEXA WITH THE ECLIPSE!!! Moon goes for the cover on her! 1! 2! 3!!!

    WINNER — Ember Moon via pin fall at 9:42.

    After the match ends, the commentary team really sells the fact that Ember just beat a five-time Women’s Champion. They then go over the highlights of the match, which highlight the back-and-forth nature of the bout. After the replays are done, the camera returns to the center of the ring. We see that Ember is still there, while Alexa is looking on. Bliss gets herself up to her feet as Ember looks to now exit the ring.

    Bliss, however, calls for Ember to come back over. Moon, a bit surprised, as with the rest of the crowd, is reluctant. Alexa motions for her to come over towards her again. Given Alexa’s seedy nature… there’s no telling what she has in store here. But, reluctantly, Moon adheres to her opponent’s request. Ember walks right up to Alexa, who stands her ground in the center of the ring. And Bliss… extends her hand! Moon looks down at the hand and then up in Bliss’ eyes. “Shake my hand,” Bliss says. “You earned this.” Hesitant again, Ember doesn’t lift her hand up. “I mean it. Nobody beats a five-time Women’s Champion everyday. But you did. You earned it.” Alexa keeps her hand out, as it appears she’s certainly not being disingenuous. And so, Moon exhales sticks her hand out and grabs Bliss’ and shakes it! “You earned it, seriously,” Alexa tells Ember as she lets go of her hand and pats her on the shoulder. She walks away towards the ropes, takes a look back at Ember. “You earned this moment,” Bliss says to her, as she then climbs OUT of the ring and walks on up the ramp.

    Corey talks up how that’s quite an endorsement, and that she doesn’t give handshakes out like handouts. Renee points out that she was waiting for her to double-cross her, knowing how she’s been in the past. But evidently… that is not the case. Cole questions whether it was genuine or not, and Corey butts in and says it absolutely was, and that she’s NEVER been disingenuous (we’ll hold out on the part at least). Renee tells Corey to take the rose-colored glasses off, to which Corey asks why she’s bringing Mandy Rose into this, and that she’s on Tuesday nights. Oh, Graves.
    Charly Caruso catches up with Mr. McMahon about what just happened backstage between The Boss and Hug Connection and The Riott Squad and asks if anything will happen as a result of that scuffle backstage. Mr. McMahon tells Charly that it's ironic that she brings that up, because he was just talking to The Riott Squad. And he has decided to give them something that, he feels, they deserve. So, later tonight, in The Boss and Hug Connection MUST DEFEND THEIR WWE WOMEN'S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS… against THE RIOTT SQUAD!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    Backstage, the likes of Apollo Crews, EC3 and Tyler Breeze are overheard talking about John Cena's surprise appearance last night at WrestleMania. EC3 asks Apollo if he likes John Cena, to which Crews responds by asking how can anyone not? EC3 then asks him if he thinks that John Cena could beat him in a battle rap. Crews stammers a bit, and EC3 asks him for an honest answer, and that he won't be mad. Crews points out he DID have a best-selling album, so EC3 quips and says that Crews DOES think Cena would be able to beat him.

    Crews shrugs his shoulders, but as the camera widens, it reveals someone coming down the hallway. That someone? Buddy Murphy! Everyone stops themselves from talking, and Buddy says that they seemed to enjoy talking about their 'favorite' WrestleMania moment, and Buddy says he hopes that none of them were about him losing his Cruiserweight Championship to Tony Nese. Murphy says that's in the past though, and tonight, he's making his Raw debut! He says he hopes the three of them can take notes, that way maybe they won't be TALKING about their favorite moments anymore, and start creating them on their own. As he walks away, EC3 asks why they'd want to create a LOSS like Buddy did. Tyler says he'd be best to just leave that one alone, and Crews agrees. But, EC3 is just in deep thought as we cut away.
    Raw returns to the ringside area. The lights are down, and Mike Rome introduces Elias! After going through the usual motions in the beginning, Elias talks about how he was disrespected last night on a night where he was to ascend into immortality. He motions for a video to play on the TitanTron, and we get footage of what happened last night when John Cena, 'The Doctor of Thuganomics' interrupted him and dissed him with a rap, leading to an F-U. Elias responds to the crowd cheering by saying it doesn't surprise him that they'd do that. He says that all they want these days is nostalgia and they can't appreciate what's in front of them: The greatest frontman of all time. He knocks new WWE Hall of Famer The Honky Tonk Man, Jeff Jarred AND John Cena. He then asks again why he should be surprised when the fans chant the name of a QUITTER on the weekly, the name of a man who's been a FAILURE in the world of combat sports and someone who doesn't have a TENTH of the talent that Elias has! And one day, he'll be celebrated and appreciated, and they will all look into his eyes, and see that HE is the the CULT OF PERSONALITY!

    Music then hits, but it's not THAT song… but instead, the music of Aleister Black! Black comes out and goes into the ring, as we see Elias in anger again. Black climbs inside, as Elias is holding his guitar. The lights come back on, and Elias lunges and swings and misses with the guitar! He turns around… RIGHT INTO BLACK MASS! Elias, laid out on the floor, can only look up at Black, who backs his way out of the ring after taking care of business, basically. He heads out of the ring and then begins his jaunt up the ramp with his music playing and everything buzzing around him.
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    After the break, we are treated to a hype package for The Greatest Cruiserweight of All Time. And after that, Buddy Murphy graces everyone with his presence. he former Cruiserweight Champion appears to be ready to start to make his own impact here and now.

    Murphy climbs up onto the apron and goes into the ring. He stretches himself out and walks about the ring, where his opponent stands. Murphy’s music cuts out and he stretches out his limbs and gets himself ready to go.

    2 — Singles Match
    Buddy Murphy vs. Ricky Starks


    This proves to be nothing more than a showcase match for the newcomer to the WWE main roster. Buddy Murphy goes through his usual motions, and really takes it to a 100 percent level all the way through. Murph hits Starks hard with a couple of knee strikes, leaving him prone for more. Murphy grabs him, puts him up on his shoulders and throws him down HARD with Murphy’s Law!! Buddy then goes for the cover. 1! 2! 3!!!

    WINNER — Buddy Murphy via pin fall at 3:05.

    After a hard sell of his first victory, we get a few replays of Buddy’s high spots during the match. Then we cut away and see Murphy on the apron, shouting into the camera, “THE SECRET’S OUT!” He then hoists his arms up in the air, receiving a pretty rousing reaction from the crowd.
    We go backstage and find none other than 'The Man' Becky Lynch! And it looks like she's coming out to the ring next!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    And sure enough, making her way out onto the stage is Becky Lynch! Becky is showered with a great reaction as she goes into the ring. Confetti and balloons then fall down from the heavens, as Lynch is all smiles after her historic victory last night. Lynch says that she's been a bad ass her whole life, but couldn't help but get emotional last night and while thinking about last night. She says that she worked so hard to get to this point time, and nothing may eclipse this moment. Well, in her words, maybe taking Shoehorn Charlotte's arm again some day in the future. She then runs down Ronda Rousey. She says that for the last year, Ronda went around here unchecked, thinking that she was 'The Baddest Woman on the Planet', but Becky says that she only thought that because she never went toe-to-toe with her! She said that last night was no fluke, despite how some are saying it was. She put Ronda's shoulders down to the mat, 1-2-3, and that Rousey's lucky she didn't get her hands on her at Survivor Series. Becky says that's because she would've kicked her ass more more than Charlotte ever could, and that this was a long time coming. She tells Rousey that she knows she's not here tonight, but that whenever she comes back, she'd better not think that she can just walk in here and be at the top, because The Man is gonna be at the top from here on out.

    Lynch says that since #Becky2Beltz is a thing now, everybody better get used to seeing her, because 'The Man' is gonna come around Raw and SmackDown Live until somebody takes these titles away from her.

    Lynch's celebration is then interrupted by -- you guessed it -- The Riott Squad! Already having made an impact tonight, the trio come out on stage. Ruby Riott is wielding a mic, and says she's not out here to congratulate Becky. She says that the way she sees it, Becky TOOK an opportunity away from her, and that isn't making her feel empowered. It's making her feel angry. And the only way that Ruby sees herself becoming happy now is by becoming the Raw Women's Champion! Becky says Ruby's right - she DID take an opportunity away from Ruby. Lynch tells her that if she's got a problem with that, maybe she shouldn't have spent the last six months doing anything but losing time after time after time. That obviously gets under Ruby's skin, and Lynch asks her if the truth hurts. But Lynch says that if it does, it won't hurt as much as the ass kicking she's gonna give her, and while she's at it, she feels like taking on all three of them!

    Lynch invites them into the ring, and like sharks smelling blood in the water, The Riott Squad lunges in!! And Lynch is successful in taking them down at first!! But the problem is, they overwhelm her. Oh, do they overwhelm her. While the fans spend time chanting for the opponents that Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan have in front of them later on tonight, they, along with Ruby, tee off on the new Raw Women's Champion!! They hold her up, and Ruby BLASTS her with the Riott Kick!! Ruby picks the Raw Women's Championship up in the air, and after a brief moment… Mr. McMahon appears on stage! Vince says that he admires the tenacity he's seen out of The Riott Squad, and wants to reward them. Already having given Liv and Sarah an opportunity at the Women's Tag Team Championships, Mr. McMahon announces that in TONIGHT'S MAIN EVENT, BECKY LYNCH MUST DEFEND HER NEWLY WON RAW WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP… AGAINST RUBY RIOTT!! That puts quite the grin on Ruby's face, and also the faces of Liv and Sarah, as there's a possibility that they all might walk out with the gold tonight in Brooklyn!!
    We go backstage, and once again we find Charly Caruso. This time, Caruso is seen chasing down one Alexa Bliss. Caruso asks Bliss what was going on in the ring earlier tonight. Bliss, puzzled, asks her to elaborate. Caruso says that she, and perhaps everyone else, was surprised to see that she shook Ember's hand. Alexa asks if she can't do that, and when Caruso says she can, she asks what the problem is. Caruso points out that for the last few years, Bliss hasn't endeared herself to a lot of people, and a lot of times, she's come off sympathetically, only to twist it back to herself being a very deceitful person. She asks her point blank if there's an ulterior motive. Bliss, scoffing, wonders aloud how Charly could DARE to ask a question like that. So, Caruso responds by pointing out that she hasn't made friends with anybody, except Mickie James… whom she's kicked to the curb before… and Nia Jax… whom she's turned around and fat-shamed before… Alexa, once again, wonders, "How DARE you?" and then decides to just leave the scene.
    The camera goes RIGHT back to The Riott Squad, in the ring, as they're set for their Women's Tag Team Championships opportunity… and it's NEXT!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    After coming back from the break, with The Riott Squad in the ring, we get a replay video of the events that transpired before the break. The commentators point out that Becky Lynch was helped to the back after the beat down, but certainly looked more than perturbed. Afterwards, The Boss and Hug Connection make their way to the ring with a purpose in their step, as they're certainly looking none too pleased right now after they got beaten down before and, now, they have to put their championships on the line!

    3 — WOMEN'S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH
    WWE Women's Tag Team Champs, The Boss and Hug Connection defend against The Riott Squad (w/ Ruby Riott)


    A banged up Boss and Hug Connection face off with the fresher and feistier Riott Squad. With Ruby at ringside, she certainly serves as quite the benefactor in that regard. And nearly each time that she's able to, she's able to make life miserable for Bayley and Sasha Banks, as they look to get out of Brooklyn as the Women's Tag Team Champions. Speaking of Banks, she certainly is dealt quite the beating here. She's unable to tag in her partner, who tries to rally her from her spot on the apron. But, she's on the receiving end of quite a few 2-on-1s, with Ruby, Liv AND Sarah all distracting the official more than once.

    But Sasha Banks is Sasha Banks. She's The Boss for a reason, and she proves that as she continues to be resilient throughout this matchup. Banks rallies all the way back into the driver's seat, and goes to go tag in her partner. However, Sarah Logan trips Bayley up on the apron!! Bayley's face crashes down on to the apron, and she spills down and out to the apron. Banks looks down and tries to call on her partner to get up, but she soon winds up on the other end of her own medicine. Liv Morgan delivers a CRUSHING DOUBLE KNEE STRIKE on Banks in the corner!! She then dances over, tags in Logan, and then walks back over to Banks. Liv grabs Sasha and drags her over to the center of the ring. Logan nods at her, and then bounces back into the ropes and runs forward as they deliver a HI-LO TO SASHA, WITH LOGAN CRUSHING HER WITH A KNEE TO THE FACE AND MORGAN SWEEPING THE LEGS!! Logan makes the cover, looking to win the championships!! 1! 2!! BAYLEY DIVES IN AND BREAKS UP THE PIN!!

    The Hugger saves the championships!! A half a second later, and they would've come out of their hands. But Bayley has rescued her team for the time being, and rolls out of the ring before getting attacked again. Liv, though, is relentless in HER pursuit of Bayley. Morgan runs over, jumps up onto the steps and lunges out at Bayley! BUT BAYLEY GRABS HER IN MID-AIR!! Liv shrieks, and Bayley THROWS HER INTO THE BARRICADE WITH A BAYLEY-TO-BELLY!! Bayley then gets up onto the apron, and Banks TAGS HER IN! She ducks a shot from Sarah and goes through her surging offense to wrestle favor back into her corner. She then goes to scale up the ropes, but Ruby suddenly goes up on the apron! In an attempt to distract her, Riott does indeed grab Bayley's attention. However… Ruby is suddenly PULLED OFF THE APRON!

    BY BECKY LYNCH!

    AND THE MAN SLUGS THE LEADER OF THE RIOTT SQUAD!!

    Bayley then dives off the top rope, but Sarah avoids her! Bayley lands on her feet, tumbles forward, and then turns around as Sarah goes for a FLYING KNEE TO THE FACE! NO! Bayley dodges that bullet, grabs Sarah and pulls her in and SLAMS HER DOWN WITH AUTHORITY WITH THE BAYLEY-TO-BELLY!! Bayley hooks BOTH legs! 1! 2!! 3!!!


    WINNERS — The Boss and Hug Connection via pin fall at 12:06. The Boss and Hug Connection RETAIN the Women's Tag Team Titles.

    Thanks to a bit of an assist from The Man and another forceful effort by The Hugger, The Boss and Hug Connection retain their titles! The Riott Squad have been taken down a peg after their ravenous behavior earlier on in the night. And it is any wonder if that's a sign of things to come for the main event. Ruby, angered, stares at Lynch, who shrugs her shoulders and keeps a smirk on her face as she backs up, having gotten a measure of revenge on the woman who laid her out not too long ago.
    Going backstage, Finn Bálor and Seth Rollins are seen with one another. The incumbent top champs in the company are going back and forth about this 4-on-2 Handicap Match that they have tonight. Rollins says he doesn't blame Bálor for getting them in this position, but it's clear now that they need to work together to figure out a plan to conquer this mountainous task ahead of them. Finn thinks for a moment, and then informs Seth that he's got a plan. What might that be? Well… we can't find out, because we go to break!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    As we make it back inside Barclays Center, the music of Drew McIntyre hits. The man who lost to Roman Reigns walks out to the ring in a seemingly foul mood. Mac gets on the mic and voices his frustrations about how last night went. He says that his first WrestleMania in a long time couldn't have gone worse. He says that last night was nothing more than a fluke, which earns him some eyerolls from many. Mac says that Reigns knows, deep down, that he can't beat him when he's on, and last night he caught nothing more than lightning in a bottle. So, to prove his point, McIntyre gets into the ring and it appears he's got himself an opponent already in the ring in the form of a WWE Performance Center trainee.

    4 — Singles Match
    Drew McIntyre vs. Brennan Williams


    So, McIntyre goes up against the likes of Brennan Williams, who the announce team points out has been working the circuit down in Florida in NXT, and this is first appearance on TV. And, well… it doesn't go too well for him. McIntyre beats him down, looking to prove a point, and eventually wraps things up with the Claymore Kick.

    WINNER — Drew McIntyre via pin fall at 3:18.

    After the match is over, McIntyre decides he's not done yet. So, he picks Brennan up, whips him into the ropes and hits him with ANOTHER Claymore Kick! McIntyre shakes his head once again, and lifts him up once again and looks to do it again! But as he does that, the music of The One and Only hits!! Ricochet zooms out from the back, leaps up onto the apron, slingshots his way into the ring and takes Mac off his feet with a scintillating dropkick!! McIntyre then winds up on the receiving end of a BIG hurricanrana, as Ricochet then goes to get him again… BUT McIntyre flees from the scene! Ricochet checks on Brennan, seeing that he's good but a bit woozy, while an angry Drew McIntyre backs up the ramp, glaring sharply at The One and Only as he stands in defense of his fellow superstar in the ring.
    The camera cuts backstage, and an irate Ruby Riott is tearing through the backstage area! Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan try to calm her down. But their attempt is evidently very futile, as Riott kicks a table over! She gets in both of their faces, saying that they should've gotten the job done tonight, and not gotten it to where Becky Lynch came down to beat Ruby up, leading to their demise. Ruby says that she's sick and tired of how The Riott Squad has looked like jokes for the last six months, harkening back to Becky saying that she hasn't won a match since October. She flat out tells Liv and Sarah that they better make sure that she walks out as Raw Women's Champion tonight, or there will be serious consequences.
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    After the break, we a vignette airs, hyping up the imminent arrival of The Queen City's Favorite Son, Cedric Alexander!!!
    Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush make their way out next. Lio gets a mic after getting in the ring. He proceeds to tell everyone to shut up because he has something to say. He says that while there are many who think that WrestleMania was great, he says it wasn't, because Lashley is no longer the Intercontinental Champion. He says that Finn Bálor ruined Bobby Lashley's first WrestleMania in over a decade, and will pay for that. He says that the whole act and getup he has will stop. He says lightning won't strike twice, and that Lashley is coming for the Intercontinental Championship very soon. And while he's at it, he warns Seth Rollins that Lashley won't mind being a double champion, either.

    The Revival then make THEIR way out to the ring, and the commentary team does a lot of hyping up for this match, as we go to another break!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    Seth Rollins makes his way out next after the gate, and he bides his time as he makes his way down the ramp. He jumps up on the apron, gaining the attention of pretty much everybody. He dares them all to come his way, and Lashley takes the bait. But, he's not alone, as The Revival charge after Seth also! But as they do, the music of Finn Bálor hits! Seth lets out a smile, as the three prepare for Finn to join them on the ramp. However, he's nowhere to be found. However, that's because we see him on the apron, behind Lio Rush! And Finn jumps into the ring and takes him out with a front dropkick!

    5 — 4-on-2 Handicap Match
    IC Champ, Finn Bálor and Universal Champion, Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley, Lio Rush and The Revival


    Finn then shoots up to the top rope after Lio hit the corner with authority. Rollins dances around with Lashley at the top of the stage, meanwhile, and The Revival are now in hot pursuit of the scene in the ring! Finn, elsewhere, JUMPS OFF THE TOP ROPE AND HITS THE COUP DE GRACE ON LIO!! HE GOES FOR THE COVER!! BUT AT THE COUNT OF TWO, DASH AND DAWSON AMBUSH HIM AND BEAT HIM UP!!

    Rollins, meanwhile, finds himself in a predicament after dancing around Lashley successfully. The predicament is, well, he soon finds out that Lashley eventually is able to snuff him out. And when he does, he throws him RIGHT INTO THE RAW SET!! Rollins is taken down with authority, and Finn winds up on the receiving end of a heavy 3-on-1 advantage. Though it is mostly Dash and Dawson who take their anger out on the IC Champ.

    It turns into 4-on-1 very promptly, but Bálor resiliently fights on. His relentless efforts keep him and his team afloat, and soon enough, Rollins comes in to save the day! But even with The Beastslayer back in the mix eventually, they’re still facing a harsh 4-on-2 disadvantage. As time progresses however, CAVALRY ARRIVES! In the form of… who else but the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions, CURT HAWKINS AND ZACK RYDER!!

    Dash and Dawson are, rather easily, baited away from the scene, which certainly doesn’t make Bobby or Lio happy. But Hawkins and Ryder’s taunting of Dash and Dawson with their newly won championships is enough to pull them away from the scene!! Hawkins and Ryder run through the curtain, and the former champs are in pursuit! With The Revival away from the scene, it’s now serving as a STRAIGHT UP 2-on-2 tag!

    In that latest of late goings, Lio Rush looks to make the tag in to Bobby Lashley… but Rollins runs over, leaps into the air AND DROPKICKS BOBBY OFF THE APRON!! Lio’s in trouble, and suddenly finds himself in the same predicament that he did when the matchup began! Because FINN runs over and DROPKICKS HIM INTO THE CORNER!! He goes up to the top rope, LEAPS OFF THE TOP ROPE AND SCORES WITH THE COUP DE GRACE ON RUSH!! HE COVERS HIM! 1! 2!! 3!!!


    WINNERS — Finn Bálor and Seth Rollins via pin fall at 14:07.

    Finn’s win gets a big pop from the crowd, unsurprisingly, and Rollins joins him in the ring and high fives him. The two get their hands raised, as an angered Lashley looks on from outside the ring. Finn gets his IC Title, Seth gets his Universal Title, and the two hoist them up in the air as the they leave the scene. We see highlights of the match, as we then cut to Finn and Seth celebrating with their titles at the top of the stage.
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    Back from commercial break, Charly Caruso is standing by with one Mickie James. Caruso says that Mickie asked for this time, so she goes and gives Mickie the mic. James thanks Charly and asks if the crowd remembers who she is. She wonders this because it's been a couple of months since she's even been on TV. Well, for that reason, Mickie proceeds to reintroduce herself. She goes down her list of accolades: A six-time Women's Champion, once defeated Trish Stratus at WrestleMania and "your favorite women's wrestler's favorite women's wrestler." James says that while one woman who she's associated with has given respect to others tonight, she's here to DEMAND it! She proclaims that whomever the winner of tonight's Women's Championship Match will have to deal with her, cause she ain't heard no bell for the 10 count on her career yet. She's focused on making 2019 a special one for herself, James says, because in her words, she WILL be at the top of the division again.
    A long winded introduction by Mike Rome begins, but the music of Kurt Angle interrupts! The Brooklyn crowd goes up for grabs, bellowing out a "YOU SUCK!" chant at the top of their lungs. Out walks Angle, jacket and all and… as it turns out… it's not Kurt Angle at all! In fact, it's Baron Corbin! Corbin eats up the boos he gets from the Brooklyn crowd, and asks them if they were expecting someone else. Corbin calls them all stupid, because if they'd been paying attention, they'd know that last night was Angle's farewell. He points out that he had a farewell tour, and he still got them with the music tonight. After laughing more, Corbin expresses his gratitude towards Kurt for a moment. He says that he was proud to share a ring with him, and despite the problems he's had with him, he recognizes that he's a legend of this business and won't soon be forgotten… well, that is until Corbin says he was kidding about that, and that he's GLAD that he's gone! Baron says that if anyone thinks that he's going to be gloating a lot tonight then they need to wait for next week. Next week, Corbin claims he's going to be recognized as the greatest of all time, because he's going to have an GOLD MEDAL CEREMONY IN MONTREAL!!

    After the promo from Corbin, we get a last dash of hype for our main event, which is next!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    Making her way out to the ring after the break is Ruby Riott, and conspicuous by their absence are the rest of The Riott Squad. But we soon find out their location once the music of Becky Lynch hits. Where are they? They're in Gorilla, assaulting Lynch!! Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan have jumped the Raw Women's Champion and are beating her down. But in a sudden twist, the cavalry arrives! IT'S THE BOSS AND HUG CONNECTION!!! Bayley and Sasha Banks do their damnedest to fend Liv and Sarah off, and they are successful. But an angered Ruby Riott then goes up the ramp! But she's met by Becky at the top!! The two fight and fight and eventually, they get down to the ring!!

    6 —
    RAW WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
    Raw Women's Champ, Becky Lynch defends against Ruby Riott


    Becky and Ruby spend much of the time in this match trying to beat the crap out of each other. Which, if you've followed the women's division, is basically par for the course here. Ruby certainly gives it to Becky and takes advantage of the fact that she has had a whirlwind of a 24 hours. But The Man is The Man, and she isn't to be taken lightly, and she dishes it right back out to Ruby damn near every time she absorbs the hits she takes in this bad boy. The crowd is full throat behind Lynch, and she certainly feeds off that energy as the match progresses onwards.

    Late in the matchup, Becky is beginning to surge. But she soon feels the presence of LIV MORGAN, who jumps up onto the apron! Becky hits her in the face, and then turns around as RIOTT NAILS HER WITH THE RIOTT KICK!! Ruby goes for the cover. BUT A NEAR FALL ENSUES! Becky gets her shoulder up at about 2.75, which puts Ruby in dismay. Riott then picks Lynch up, and Lynch goes for the DIS-ARM-HER, but Ruby rolls out of it and pins Lynch's shoulders to the mat! But Becky kicks out AGAIN, creating another near fall. As Liv is hanging around ringside, BAYLEY comes out, turns her around and starts to beat her up! Morgan and her trade punches, but then SARAH LOGAN comes down and smashes Bayley up against the side of the ring!!

    As chaos begins to filter around ringside, Becky and Ruby continue to hammer away at each other. Ruby launches herself into Lynch, going for ANOTHER Riott Kick, but Becky catches her! And Becky hits her with a BIG Bexploder Suplex!! She goes for the cover on her, looking to retain her title. BUT IT IS RUBY WHO KICKS OUT THIS TIME!! Lynch can't quite believe it, and we see Bayley get thrown into the steel steps, as Logan and Morgan turn their attention to Becky. But Becky has no time for this, and she goes over and aims to baseball slide at them both!! Becky only takes out Morgan, but before Sarah can even get her hands on Becky, SASHA BANKS COMES DOWN TO RINGSIDE, TURNS HER AROUND AND TRIPS HER UP AND THROWS PUNCHES RIGHT AT HER!!

    Lynch gets back into the ring, and Riott scores with a SECOND Riott Kick!! Ruby hooks both legs, BUT BECKY KICKS OUT AT 2.95!! Riott is STUNNED and is in utter disbelief. The chaos continues on the outside, as Sasha is wailing on Sarah. Liv tries to get back at her, but Banks throws a heavy forearm at her, and then sends her into the barricade with a DOUBLE KNEE STRIKE!! Payback for earlier in the night, when Liv hit her with that in the corner! Ruby, in the ring meanwhile, picks Becky up and goes for another Riott Kick. But Becky averts trouble, grabs her and throws her down and locks in the DIS-ARM-HER! AND RIOTT TAPS OUT!!!


    WINNER — Becky Lynch via submission at 12:32. Lynch RETAINS the Raw Women's Title.

    The Man retains her championship, and the crowd goes nuts for the finish. She gets up to her feet and reclaims her title belts, and The Riott Squad are all left lying. Replays air of the big moments of the matchup, and afterwards, we see The Riotts retreating in the ring. Becky, meanwhile, is holding up her two championships, while we see Bayley and Sasha Banks in the distance looking on.

    Becky turns around locks eyes with them both, and the two of them slowly but surely enter the ring. The crowd soaks up this moment, as it's quite the scene, and not one we've… really ever seen before. Lynch looks at her contemporaries, as they had quite a few encounters tonight. Lynch then nods her head, and brings her titles down and lies them down on the mat.

    Bayley and Sasha look at each other, and then look back at Becky. Lynch lets out a smile as she pushes her hair back. Then, in a rather dramatic moment, the camera zooms out and Becky holds up FOUR FINGERS!

    Bayley and Sasha both let out smiles as they look around, and then at each other, nod their heads and hold up FOUR FINGERS themselves!

    Becky grabs her belts again and puts them on her shoulders. The Boss and Hug Connection then leave the ring, as quite the showing of unity has gone down here. The crowd looks on as Bayley and Sasha head up the ramp, having had a very successful 24 hours in their own right. Becky, meanwhile, owns the ring and hoists the titles up high. Bayley and Sasha then walk through the curtain and to the back, their missions accomplished. And Becky, in the ring, is feeling quite accomplished.







    And as the lower-third shows the copyrights…







    SOMEONE ENTERS THE RING BEHIND BECKY LYNCH!

    AND THAT SOMEONE…

    IS SHAYNA BASZLER!!!!!

    THE QUEEN OF SPADES PUTS THE MAN IN THE KIRIFUDA CLUTCH!!!!!


    The crowd goes NUTS as Shayna is intent on choking The Man out!!! AND DAMN NEAR WITHIN SECONDS, SHE DOES EXACTLY THAT AS SHE'S SEEN PASSING OUT!!

    BAYLEY AND SASHA BANKS THEN SPRINT BACK DOWN THE RAMP… BUT THEY ARE JUST TOO LATE!!

    Shayna tosses the LIFELESS Becky away, as she rolls out of the ring!!


    The Queen of Spades lets out a smile as backs up towards the barricade. She hops over the railing, as we see Bayley and Sasha glaring out at her from inside the ring. They dare her to come back, but Baszler shrugs her shoulders, and creates her 'Spades' sign with her hands.

    And then just for added measure, SHE throws up FOUR FINGERS herself!







    END OF SHOW


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    Hi! So, this isn't necessarily what I WANTED to do here. But, being that I was falling behind like a MFer, I decided to go with this format here. I'm gonna keep it that way for a while until I get into a groove here with my shows. Please critique the format and tell me what you think of it entirely, please. I'd love to know your thoughts on it. I'm not really used to the whole recap thing so I wanna know what I needa do here to make this good.

    Oh and, yknow, critiques on the show are fine too
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    Good opening segment, it felt very realistic (and I haven't watched a RAW in ages). I feel like I read about a similar match being made on the RAW after too.Interesting scenario with Ember Moon - I'm not going to lie I don't know who it is haha but it looks like she's set for a push. I kept waiting for the handshake to end in something bad but it didn't haha, looks like you're keen to put her over as a respected member of the division.Had a little giggle at Elias' "cult of personality" line.

    Nice to see Buddy getting a bit of a push as an aussie!

    Interested to see where things go with the outcome of the tag match, Becky obviously needed revenge and got it.

    Rollins and Balor as a team is cool and I'm interested to see where this goes with the handicap.

    Good booking to keep McIntyre strong with the squash match after losing to Reigns the night before. Can see a potential mini-feud starting here from the post-match events.

    Pretty fun match the tag match, definitely seems like something RAW would do as well.

    Mickie reintroducing herself is cool - was always a fan. Can see her attacking the winner of the match later.

    Really good heel antics from Corbin. I like the ceremony idea too, from the little I've seen of him I'm not a fan tbh but you look to be pushing him with good heel tactics so far.

    This four fingers thing intrigues me... Four Horsewomen? But then I don't know why Baszler would then hold them up after taking out Lynch. Interesting.

    Overall a pretty solid show. You've got some pretty solid storylines developing it seems and you already seem to be developing your own direction.





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    NEWS & NOTES

    By design, Raw was built around Vince McMahon finding enemies and allies. However we're told that while, for the past few months, Vince and Shane and Co. have been in charge, there may be a turn back to GMs, possibly some time after the Superstar Shakeup. There has been a general feeling that things have gone well, but WWE certainly wants to try and change things up right now and avoid the usual post-WrestleMania lull.

    Speaking of the Superstar Shakeup, there are no real moves set in stone right now. Although you can expect The Miz to go back to Monday Night Raw. Miz's reality show, Miz & Mrs., is on the USA Network, and considering SmackDown Live is moving to FOX in October, it's likely that USA will want him on Raw so that they can continue to heavily promote his show on their network. Also, Roman Reigns may be pegged for a move over to SmackDown Live.

    The groundwork began to be laid for an Alexa Bliss babyface turn on Raw. There is word that Bliss and Ember Moon may very well become a tag team and a prospective challenger to Bayley and Sasha Banks in the future, as well.

    Speaking of those two, they and Becky Lynch were focal points on Raw and in the main event angle with Shayna Baszler. Baszler is pegged right now to be one of the few callups from NXT. It is likely that she's going to be on the Raw brand, as plans are to have Charlotte Flair stay as the top heel on SmackDown Live. With Becky Lynch likely going to Raw, Asuka my find herself in the spot to be the top babyface, unless they move one of Bayley or Sasha over to SmackDown. We're told, if that happens, to of course not expect their Women's Tag Team Titles reign to be short lived, as they can bounce between brands.

    In addition to all that, obviously, there is plenty of talk that this will lead to a 4HW-4HW feud down the line. WWE is prepared to go that route, although it will be interesting to see how they can gain sympathy for Charlotte Flair. We're told that is likely their biggest hurdle right now, and nothing of that sort should be expected to be set in stone for 'months.'

    The rotating NXT-ers who've been showing up on Raw and SmackDown Live for the past few months are expected to officially lock into brands after next week's Shakeup.

    There were few callups this week besides Shayna because Triple H wants NXT to remain a stout 3rd brand, we're told. So don't expect much movement for SmackDown Live in that department. Additionally, the 205 Live "graduations" for Buddy Murphy and Cedric Alexander were to be expected. The brand might not be for long with its current state, but they are chugging along regardless.

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    So, oddly enough, this format might really be for me for a while because I'm already halfway through SmackDown Live, haha. So stay sharp and be on the lookout for that.


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    SmackDown Live — April 9, 2019
    Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center



    The SmackDown Live after WrestleMania begins with the presence that we saw in the closing segment of Monday Night Raw. But certainly Becky Lynch looks to be in better physical condition now. Mentally? Well, The Man doesn’t look too happy. And why should she be? As she’s bolting towards Gorilla, Kayla Braxton tries to get a word out of her. She asks her for a comment about Shayna Baszler choking her out, which proves to be futile. She then asks her for a comment about what she might be walking into tonight. Braxton notes that the entirety of the SmackDown women’s locker room got shut out of a title opportunity at WrestleMania, no thanks to Charlotte Flair, and that they might be very feisty tonight. That, too, falls on deaf ears. Braxton then finally digs deep and asks Becky about the ‘hand sign’ that Shayna flashed last night, as well as the apparent alliance that she has with Raw’s Bayley and Sasha Banks. Well, that finally gets her to stop. Lynch looks at Braxton, and tells her that she’s going to answer her questions, but will do so out in the ring.

    And so, the music for Becky hits over the PA system in the Barclays Center and out she comes. Commentary, as she heads down to the ring, notes that we will see the NEW WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston, later on tonight. In addition to that, there will be a Triple Threat Tag Team Match, pitting The Bar, The Hardy Boyz and the team of Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura against each other! But for now, it’s The Man who has everyone’s attention. Becky gets into the ring, and says that in a perfect world, she might be a little happier right now, but to be fair, maybe the last few months wouldn’t have played out the way they did if everything was perfect. She talks about her road to WrestleMania, and how she’s still standing as the Raw and SmackDown Live Women’s Champion today. She points out that she knew she’d have a target on her back the moment she beat Charlotte and Ronda Rousey at Mania, and knew the type of situation she’d be walking into tonight after Charlotte beat Asuka for the SDL Women’s Championship. She says that every woman on the show deserved better than what they got, and if it were up to her, she’d have fought them all, and could do it now because she’s not backing down from anything because she’s Becky freakin’ Lynch.

    But right now, she’s not in any joyous mood, because almost 48 hours later, all she has to show for it are two belts and a choke bruise on her neck. The camera, conveniently, showcases those bruises on her neck, which Becky says is all because of The Queen of Spades. She brings everyone up to speed on Shayna, saying she’s beaten everybody in NXT and was a two-time NXT Women’s Champion. Lynch says she can’t take anything away from her in that regard, and might be one of the greatest NXT Women’s Champions of all time. But she says there’s a lot more to it, because she’s one of Ronnie’s best friends. Becky talks to Ronda through the camera, saying she’s not stupid and she pays attention to everything she does, and all the company she keeps. She points out that she didn’t miss the fact that all of Ronda’s friends started showing up around here, and also that suddenly Shayna popped up the minute she vanished. Becky says that if Ronda thinks that there’s nothing going on between her and Shayna, then she might be stupider than she thought she was, and the bar was already low before that.

    Becky clarifies that she’s not SAYING that she sent Shayna after her, but says it would be pretty hard to believe that her best friend would just come after her outta nowhere, for no reason. And sure, she COULD be working on her own, and could be mad that she lost the NXT Women’s Championship last Friday night at NXT TakeOver: New York to Io Shirai. But in her words, birds of a feather flock together, and she’s going to pay attention to the strings she could be pulling from her farm in California. And also, she better realize that if she’s going to start playing the game that dirtily, she should pay attention to what happened to The Riott Squad, cause she has friends in high places, and she’s sure that they want to dance with her and her friends one day, too. And as for Shayna? Becky tells her that next time, maybe she’ll have the guts to come up to her face to face, and that she’s not hard to find. If it’s a fight Shayna wants, Becky says that it will be a fight that she gets.

    And with that, The Man leaves the ring, having sent a loud and clear message to Baszler and Ronnie. She gets up to the top of the stage, and as she does… the music of The Empress plays! Asuka comes out and stares The Man down! Commentary points out that on this torrid run that Becky has been on, there’s only been ONE WOMAN to beat her, and it’s the one whose eyes are locked on her right now. Asuka brushes by and goes down the ramp, as commentary says there’ll be an 8-Woman Tag Team Match after the break: Asuka will team with Carmella, Naomi and a MYSTERY PARTNER against the tandem of Fire and Desire and The IIconics!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    After the break, we come back to the ring. 7/8ths of the upcoming tag team match are in or outside the ring. The camera goes by Asuka, Carmella and Naomi on one side. Then, we see Billie Kay, Mandy Rose, Peyton Royce and Sonya Deville. So, we’re just missing one person. Who could it be?! After a brief pause, “American Made” hits over the speakers (No, not THAT song. The OTHER one) and the crowd in Brooklyn, the commentators and the other superstars are surprised to see the woman who bounces out. It’s none other than Kacy Catanzaro! Tom Phillips reminds the audience of Catanzaro’s dazzling performance in the Women's Royal Rumble Match earlier this year, and how incredible of an athlete she is. Corey Graves talks her up, putting over her work on American Ninja Warrior and her run through the Mae Young Classic. Byron Saxton claims it’s a great addition to the roster, and then as she gets into the ring, with the maleficients looking annoyed and the babyfaces looking cheery, it’s go time!
    1 — Eight-Woman Tag Team Match
    Asuka, Carmella, Kacy Catanzaro and Naomi vs. Billie Kay, Mandy Rose, Peyton Royce and Sonya Deville


    So this proves to be a fun one. Everyone, essentially, gets their licks in here in this opening showcase match for the SmackDown women’s division (sans Becky and, conspicuous by her absence, Charlotte Flair). Kacy gets in on the fun early on in the matchup, as she’s tagged in by Naomi, and her and Naomi take Billie out with a double dropkick. Peyton would then come into the ring and go for a clothesline. However, Kacy would avoid it by leaning back, and she would then spring back off her hands on her feet! Peyton, bewildered by this, would then get caught by a huge spinning heel kick by Catanzaro! Billie then would charge towards her, but Kacy would sidestep her and go tumbling out onto the floor. She would then go to dive out, but Mandy Rose stuck her leg up and caught Kacy hard in the back!

    The match would proceed onwards, as Kacy would get decimated a bit by the others, until she found an opening and got Carmella into the mix. Mella allowed Kacy to get some respite, and proved to be a savvy and stingy force herself. Sonya Deville, though, would turn the tables on her and take her down off her feet and start to beat the brakes off her. Naomi would find her way into the matchup to break up a pin cover, and while she would do this, and while the ref sent her back, Peyton would get into the ring and start picking Carmella apart! Sonya would get herself up, but a scoop slam attempt would go awry as Carmella would shove her into the corner. Mella then went towards the corner and made the tag in to ASUKA, who came in all guns blazing! Asuka would drill Sonya with a couple of hard slaps and kicks. Mandy would come in to try and save her partner, but Asuka would deck her BIG TIME with a big roundhouse kick!

    Mandy would stumble over and to the outside. Kacy, sensing an opportunity, looks at the woman who took her out before. As Mandy gets up, Kacy runs on the apron, DOES A CARTWHEEL, LAUNCHES HERSELF IN THE AIR AFTERWARDS AND TAKES MANDY OFF HER FEET WITH A FREAKIN’ MOONSAULT!!! The crowd is WOWED after that one, but Kacy doesn’t see the IIconics coming towards her! But to her luck, CARMELLA AND NAOMI SUDDENLY DIVE THROUGH THE ROPES AND TAKE THEM OUT WITH DOUBLE SUICIDE DIVES!! Kacy, on her but now, sighs in relief and smiles as she was certainly helped by an aerial attack — how ironic — and in the ring, meanwhile, Sonya and Asuka continue trading barbs. And Sonya goes for a knockout shot, but Asuka ducks it, grabs her from behind and PUTS HER IN THE ASUKA LOCK!!! And Sonya, not wanting to deal with the pressure, QUICKLY TAPS OUT!!


    WINNER — Asuka, Carmella, Kacy Catanzaro and Naomi via submission at 10:07.
    Asuka gets Sonya to tap out, and the babyfaces stand tall to start the show. Commentary makes a point to talk about each woman,’s hunger and desire to get their best feet forward here, and how just about everyone looked good. Corey laments the fact that Kacy took Mandy out with the moonsault, robbing her of her glory, but Byron points out that maybe Mandy shouldn’t have stuck her leg up on Kacy during the match, and then Catanzaro wouldn’t have wanted revenge as a result. Another round of dialogue starts, as replays play out, and we get a shot of all four women celebrating in the ring together. Tom Phillips says that they’re all unified tonight, but they are unified in their desires to pursue the SDL Women’s Championship, as well.
    Going to the back, we see Kayla Braxton again. Braxton, this time, is with one AJ Styles. Styles first starts off the interview by congratulating Becky Lynch AND the new WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston. Styles then talks about his match with Randy Orton. AJ says that while he and him threw a lot of jabs and a lot of hooks and haymakers at each other, he knew that they’d soon settle their business in the ring. He knew, deep down, that he’d be the one to come out on top because Randy Orton is a lot of things, but ‘Phenomenal’ he is not. Styles says he’s feeling great, but it’s bittersweet because it might be the last time we see AJ Styles on SmackDown Live. Styles brings up next week’s Superstar Shakeup, which might send him elsewhere. And everyone knows that SmackDown Live is the house that AJ Styles built, so tonight he wants to go out with a bang.

    Suddenly, Styles and Braxton are joined on screen by Ali! The up-and-comer apologizes for interrupting him, which Styles just shrugs off. Ali congratulates AJ on his win, and Styles thanks him for it, and says he’s been killing it for the last few months. Ali brings up what Styles said, and how he wants to go out with a bang. Ali says there’s something he’s always wanted to do, and that’s go one on one with ‘The Phenomenal One’. Styles says he had a feeling he might say that, and knows the WWE Universe would want to see that, so he tells Ali to come with him to the McMahon’s office, to see if they can’t get that done officially.
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    After the break, we a vignette airs, hyping up the imminent arrival of The Queen City's Favorite Son, Cedric Alexander!!!
    Upon return from commercials, the music of the United States Champion hits over the loudspeakers. Stomping to the ring is Samoa Joe, fresh off his first-ever WrestleMania match, and yet another successful US Title defense. We get some still shots of his quick victory over Rey Mysterio, a match that certainly punctuated his dominance the last few weeks as champ. Joe gets on the mic and does what he does better than anyone else: Talk shit. He said that the last two years of missing WrestleMania ate him up more than anyone can imagine. Joe says that he went into this year’s WrestleMania on a mission to be the baddest SOB to walk God’s green Earth. Joe says that’s no different than the attitude he’s carried himself with the for almost two decades now, but The Samoan Submission Machine made it abundantly clear that he was taking no prisoners this time around.

    Joe ran down Mysterio and R-Truth, saying that they were never going to be mere matches for him. Joe says that Mysterio could’ve been a challenge for him, but only if he weren’t the bad SOB that he was. And he snapped him up quicker than Thanos could ever dream to. Joe says that there is nobody on the SmackDown Live roster who can touch him, and that he’s going to remain as the United States Champion as long as he wants to. A couple of seconds later, that challenge seems to have been accepted. Walking out from the back, and making his first appearance in a VERY long time was none other than Harper! The crowd was certainly pleased to see the big man back, and Joe shook his head inside the ring. Harper got into the ring, stepping over the top rope and looked DOWN at Joe, who held his United States Championship on his shoulder firmly.

    Harper grabbed a mic and told Joe that while he may be what he’s claiming himself to be, he says he disagree with him that nobody on this roster can touch him. Joe asks Harper if he wants to go right back from where he came, on the shelf, and Harper says thanks but no thanks, and the two start to fight! Harper and Joe get in big shots on one another, and eventually it’s the prospective challenger who gets the better of the champ! He sends him reeling over the top rope with a boot to the face, and Joe staggers and stumbles back afterwards. Harper looks over at the United States Championship that Joe left in the ring, but The Samoan Submission Machine storms back over to collect it. As he does, however, Harper stomps down on it! The crowd gasps a bit, and Harper smiles as he relents, taking his boot off the title belt as we see Joe snatch it up and walk away from the scene. But he keeps his eyes on the returning big man the entiiiiire way…

    As Joe continues to walk back, music hits that causes him to look behind him. Why? Well, it’s the music of Andrade, someone who he certainly has built up some history with in the last few months. Andrade and Zelina Vega make their way out, as Tom Phillips says that El Idolo is set for action — next!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    We come back, and Zelina Vega has a microphone in her hand. Zelina hypes up her man Andrade, as she is to do. She says that despite the fact that many are saying that Sunday was a disappointment, she says that Andrade was clearly the biggest star in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. She says that everyone who thinks that, or views Andrade as a disappointment will soon find out just how wrong they are. She says that this is El Año Del Idolo and Andrade is about to show exactly why that is right here and right now.
    2 — Singles Match
    Andrade (w/ Zelina Vega) vs. Saurav Gurjar


    For the second consecutive day, a WWE superstar is going head to head with a WWE Performance Center trainee. And… well, for the second consecutive day, a WWE superstar mows through a WWE Performance Center trainee. Andrade goes 120% on poor Saurav Gurjar, who is no match for the much-accomplished and über-talented Mexican prodigy. Andrade eventually levels Gurjar with a crushing double knee in the corner, and then drops him down with the Hammerlock DDT for the 1-2-3.

    WINNER — Andrade via pin fall at 3:07.
    Zelina gets in the ring and congratulates Andrade as she applauds him and raises his hand. But while Andrade and Zelina are celebrating, commentary points out that somebody has made their way onto the stage. Andrade and Zelina are Ray Charles to that though right now, but soon they turn around and see who it is. It’s none other than… Buddy Murphy?! Murphy, who we saw earn a win (in similar fashion) on Monday Night Raw, is seen clapping for Andrade. We can’t quite get a read on if it’s a sarcastic clap or a clap in earnest, but what’s certain is that for some reason or another, Bud Murph has his eyes on El Idolo.
    Kayla Braxton is back again, and now is with the newest member of the SmackDown Live roster — Kacy Catanzaro! Kayla asks Kacy to enlighten the world about her thoughts about tonight so far, and Catanzaro is bursting and bubbling with excitement. She says tonight’s been a dream come true for her, and she can’t quite believe that she’s in this position right now. She says that she felt a rush going through the curtain and out in the ring. Catanzaro adds that she was admittedly feeling nervous, but once she got into it, she definitely felt like she belonged. She also says she wasn’t too pleased about Mandy Rose delivering that knee to the back, but adds that the Moonsault she gave her was a pretty good measure of revenge in her eyes.

    Those words don’t go too over well with The Golden Goddess, who along with Sonya Deville go over to confront the youngster. Mandy talks down on her, saying she may feel like she belongs but she’s going to find out soon enough that all the flips in the world can’t save her. She says that this is the most competitive division in the world, and she’s going to get chewed up and spat out. Mandy says she can’t wait to get her hands on her again, because she’ll do more than deliver a knee to her back. Kacy, fearless, stands her ground and tells Mandy that she’s got more than a couple of flips in her arsenal, and she’ll be more than happy to deliver them the next time she sees her. She also adds that she’s got a little something for her partner too if she wants it, and walks off as Mandy and Sonya look on aghast, asking Kayla if she’s serious about what she’s saying.
    We see that The Miz is making his way through a corridor, and likely towards the ring — next!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    We come back on the air, and we find out that AJ Styles vs. Ali has been made official for later tonight!
    Out comes The Miz, who receives a very nice hand from the crowd as he heads down the ramp. It’s been quite the 48 hours for The Awesome One, having disposed of Shane McMahon at WrestleMania, collected the love and adoration from his father George Mizanin and, hey, it’s the second week of the hit TV show Miz & Mrs. Miz gets into the ring and grabs a mic from Greg Hamilton. Jokingly, he tells Hamilton to do his intro like Shane had been doing recently. But as he goes to, Miz takes the mic back and tells him he won’t have to do that annoying crap for him at all. Hamilton lets out the smallest of chuckles, and Miz then gets on the mic. He thanks the crowd for being in his corner this past weekend at WrestleMania. He thanks his father George for being tough, laying it out for him, and for finally understanding his passion and showing him the adoration he wanted. Miz gets a You Deserve It chant sent his way, and he eats that up for sure.

    Miz then goes on to talk about what’s next for him, essentially implying that things between he and Shane McMahon are totally done. Miz says that to him, it’s very simple. He wants to be WWE Champion again. That statement only gets him so far, as Kevin Owens’ music then hits! Owens comes out, mic in hand, and congratulates Miz on his winnings. But, Owens says that while he’s thankful, he does have something to say to his point. Owens says that he, too, wants to be WWE Champion. But Owens says he can’t be it again, because he has never been WWE Champion. He’s done damn near everything else, and Fastlane was just a taste, to him, of what he could accomplish. He says he was frustrated by the fact that he couldn’t make this WrestleMania KO-Mania IV, and tells Miz that while he has had a fresh outlook on things the last few weeks, the last thing that he and anyone else around here wants to deal with is a starving Kevin Owens.

    Miz nods and says he respects the fact that Owens is saying this all to his face. But Miz tells him that if he wants to talk about starving then he needs to look at the man who’s standing before him. The Awesome One tells Owens that in the last eight years, he’s done just about everything. He’s been in the same ring as legends like John Cena and The Rock; he has become the greatest Intercontinental Champion of this generation; he has been a Tag Team Champion but the one thing that he’s YET to do since then is become WWE Champion. Miz also points out that it’s been YEARS since he’s even HAD a WWE Championship Match, so Owens can talk all he wants, Miz says, but Miz is the one who’s gone through more hunger and starvation than KO ever could!

    Owens nods his head. He looks at Miz, and simply offers his hand. KO tells Miz that he respects him, he respects what he said, and he wishes him good luck, but that when it’s all said and done, if it comes down to he and Miz in this race to the top of the ladder, then the race will not end awesomely for him. Miz shakes his head, and wishes Owens luck as he shakes his hand and then leaves the ring. Owens is left to look on in the ring, as he and The Miz certainly just showcased quite a bit of intensity, emotion and passion in there. And certainly, all eyes will be watching, as this could be quite the race to the finish…
    We get a recap video of Aleister Black knocking Elias’ head off. Commentary ponders if we’ll see Aleister Black next week on SmackDown Live as part of the Superstar Shakeup, or, even, if we’ll be walking with Elias next week in Montreal.
    Before we go to break, we get hype for AJ Styles vs. Ali again, as well as the looming arrival of the new WWE Champion Kofi Kingston!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    The broadcast comes back after the commercial break. We see that The Bar and the team of Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura are in the ring at the moment. Then, “Loaded” hits over the airwaves, as The Hardy Boyz make their arrival. Commentary heats up the tag team division, led of course by the incumbent champions, The Usos, who will definitely be watching this match with intent. Commentary hypes up the fact that the winning team from this match could certainly put themselves in contention for a shot at The Usos in the very near future.
    3 — Triple Threat Tag Team Match
    The Bar vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ Lana)


    This match proves to be a doozy, as the three teams fight hard for higher positioning in the ever-competitive SmackDown Live tag team division. The Bar gets out to an early advantage, with Cesaro and Sheamus flexing their muscles in a big way. Then, it’s Rusev and Nakamura who take hold of things, as they show off their strengths and their recent gains in chemistry. But then, naturally, The Hardy Boyz get their turn, which fires up the crowd in a big, big way. Matt and Jeff work very cohesively, as expected, and hit some of their most famous maneuvers to pretty vocal reactions from the Brooklyn crowd.

    Late in the matchup, things are blowing up. Everyone’s getting their licks in, and we see that Rusev slides underneath the bottom rope and gets in. He eyes up Cesaro, who just lit Jeff Hardy up with an uppercut. Rusev roars, and then lunges and hits Cesaro with the MACHKA KICK!! Rusev does Cesaro’s taunt, and then turns around… RIGHT INTO THE BROGUE KICK FROM SHEAMUS!! Sheamus beats his chest, and then turns around… INTO A KINSHASA FROM SHINSUKE!! Nakamura, the legal man, can’t capitalize further, however, because MATT HARDY jumps into the situation, grabs Shinsuke, and DROPS HIM WITH THE TWIST OF FATE!! Jeff Hardy, now no longer woozy, gets up to the top rope AND LAUNCHES OFF… AND HITS THE SWANTON BOMB ON NAKAMURA!! JEFF, THE OTHER LEGAL MAN, MAKES THE COVER! 1! 2!! 3!!!


    WINNERS — The Hardy Boyz via pin fall at 11:45.
    A big win for The Hardys! The crowd lets out a big pop, as Matt and Jeff celebrate their victory in the ring. Replays play from the highlights of the matchup, leading up to the big, chaotic finish that saw everybody hit their big move on one another, one after another. We then cut to the back, where The Usos are watching The Hardys celebrate in the ring on their TV, and Jimmy and Jey nod their heads. They certainly don’t look too threatened or too bothered, and an eventual clash between these two teams could definitely turn some heads if it goes down…
    We get some split-screen action. On one side, Ali is stretching out his arms on his way to Gorilla. On the other side, AJ Styles tightens up his gloves and pulls his hood up on his way out of the locker room. This titanous clash is NEXT!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    Getting back to the broadcast, Ali makes his entrance to cheers from the crowd. The rising star of SmackDown Live is ready for one of his biggest matches to date. Having already faced the likes of Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe, Randy Orton and Andrade over the past couple months, he’ll now be facing another elite-level talent. That talent, of course, is the man who walks through the curtain next. Perhaps for the final time on SmackDown Live, AJ Styles makes his entrance. Commentary makes it a point to hype up all the accomplishments Styles has attained in his time as the man who calls this show The House that AJ Styles Built. Styles gets into the ring, looks at Ali, shakes his hand, and away we go.
    4 — Singles Match
    Ali vs. AJ Styles


    This match moves about as you’d expect it to move. The two talented superstars aim to put on a show for the crowd, and that’s exactly what they do. Styles holds the early advantage over Ali, strutting his stuff and showing just how dominant he can be. Sort of a pretty picture painted of how things have gone for him on this brand for nearly three years now in a way. AJ gets a little cocky around Ali, which doesn’t seem to bother him, and it only really serves as a way to fuel Ali to try and outdo him. But, as he finds out, that’s no easy task, especially for such an accomplished superstar like Styles is.

    Eventually though, he is able to turn the tide in his favor. Ali’s youthful exuberance and quickness is able to help him get the better of Styles later on. Even for an athlete of Styles’ caliber, he’s certainly not the spring chicken that Ali is at this stage. And those “weaknesses” show themselves to be pretty advantageous for Ali, as he seizes control of the matchup. He, however, isn’t able to put Styles away for all those benefits, and soon winds up in the CALF CRUSHER!! But after toiling for a bit, Ali gets to the bottom rope! Styles holds on for a little while longer, and then eventually gets himself up.

    He and Ali trade blows and chops for the next few moments, and Styles goes and lands a low punch to the abdomen. He then pulls him in, and goes for the STYLES CLASH… but Ali trips him up and flips into a pinning combo! Near fall! Styles pops up, ducks a clothesline, and goes for the Pelé Kick!! NO! Ali tumbles backwards! He then runs up and scores with a BIG KNEE TO THE BACK OF STYLES’ HEAD! Ali goes for the cover, but is only able to grab a two count!! Styles gets up a few moments later, and Ali drops him with a running hurricanrana! He then goes up to the top rope, and goes for the 054! NOBODY HOME!

    Styles moves out of the way, and then goes to the apron. He readies himself, and then strikes with the PHENOMENAL FOREARM! COVER! 1! 2! SHOULDER UP BY ALI! Ali’s fighting spirit keeps him alive, and Styles cannot believe it. He strikes Ali a few more times, and then goes to the apron again. He sees Ali on the ground, slingshots up, SPRINGS OFF AND GOES FOR A 450… BUT ALI GETS HIS KNEES UP! Styles holds the abdomen in obvious pain, and Ali gets up, runs over, GRABS STYLES, JUMPS UP AND HITS A SPANISH FLY ON HIM! He then covers Styles! 1! 2! 3!!!


    WINNER — Ali via pin fall at 9:45.
    A huge, monumental victory for Ali!! The crowd bellows out a loud cheer as he gets up and gets his hand raised by the official. The biggest win for him to date for sure, Ali is certainly soaking it in inside the ring. The replays air, and afterwards, we see AJ Styles getting up to his feet. Styles maneuvers his way over towards Ali, who turns around and looks at him right in the eyes. AJ says a couple of words to him, and then shakes his hand and embraces him! A ringing endorsement for Ali and then some, Styles then backs out and holds his hand up and points to him. He then bows towards Ali as he exits the ring, as commentators drum up the very possibility that this is the last we’ll ever see AJ Styles on SmackDown Live if the Superstar Shakeup has ANYTHING to say about it
    We cut backstage. FINALLY, we see Kofi Kingston and The New Day, who are headed to the ring… NEXT!!
    ~ COMMERCIAL BREAK ~

    “AWWWWWWWW BROOKLYN! DON’T YOU DAAAAARE BE SOUR! CLAP! FOR YOUR WORLD FAMOUS FIVE-TIME CHAMPS! AND THE NEW WWE CHAMPION! AND FEEEEEEEL THE POWERRRRRR!”

    The usual OTT reaction from Big E leads to he and Xavier Woods making their arrivals to the stage. The crowd lets out a loud chant in favor of the WWE Champion, and Kofi Kingston soon arrives too!! Kingston, with the WWE Championship around his waist, promenades down the ramp with his fellow New Day mates. They get into the ring, and bright and vibrantly colored balloons fall from the heavens. They soak it up, as quite the moment is playing out in front of us all again. As The New Day continues to celebrate, we get a video recap of the match between Kingston and Daniel Bryan from WrestleMania. After it concludes, we come back to the ring.

    Kingston gets on the microphone and gets quickly overwhelmed by the crowd’s reaction to them. Kingston thanks them for their appreciation. He says that he could’ve never been in this position without their overwhelming love and support. Not just for the last few months, but for the last 11 years, as well. Kofi can’t quite put it into words what this means to him. He says he’s proud to be WWE Champion. Kofi says he’s proud to lead this company and be front and center everywhere. For a long time, he never thought he would be in this spot. He always dreamed it, but now it’s a reality, and he can’t put it into words at all.

    Kingston says it’s not just about him, either. He talks about being the first African-born WWE Champion ever. That’s something that he says, for a while, he never truly believed would happen. And Kingston says that not only has it happened, but he’s the one who has that title, and will forever. Kingston says that if his win at WrestleMania inspired anybody out there, young or old, then this win goes a long way past just him winning a match. He says that because of that, this could and should likely go down as the most important match and the most important victory in WrestleMania history and in WWE history when all is set and done.

    Kofi shifts the spectrum to tonight. He says he’s watched everything play itself out tonight. He’s admired the desire from everybody. He says he enjoyed watching Ali and AJ Styles face off just before he came out here, and says to Styles that if it’s his last day here, then he went out with a bang even in a loss. Kofi talks about the intensity that The Miz and Kevin Owens showed off earlier tonight. He says that he’d be willing and able to face either man, and to him it doesn’t matter who wins ‘the race’ between those two. Kofi says he wants to be more than a fighting champion. He knows how common a phrase that is. He wants to just be known as a ‘fighter,’ and he knows that his boys will have his back no matter what. Big E and Xavier nod their heads in agreement, patting Kofi on the back. Kofi says he’s ready for no matter what this journey brings him, and holds the WWE Championship up high in the air, as Big E and Xavier lift him up on their shoulders, and SmackDown Live comes to an end.

    END OF SHOW
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    Re: World Wrestling Entertainment | 2019 & Beyond

    Opening segment was done really well - it's intriguing where this is going and the stare-down with the only person to beat her after was perfect.

    Opening match was fine - I can't comment too much on it as having not watched wrestling for years I don't know who a lot of the new people areespecially the women.

    Don't know who Ali is but I've always been a massive Styles fan so anything involving him I'm keen on.

    Good promo from Joe, unsure of how interested I am in him feuding with Harper I see him as a bit of a nobody as a singles competitor but tbf as I've said I've watched nothing for years ha.

    Squash match to build that person up (no idea who he is haha) I see, potential feud with Buddy Murphy? Interested by default as I'm Aussie haha.

    It definitely looks like you're keen on giving women a large presence on your shows, cool to see.

    I definitely thought the Owens/Miz segment would end in some sort of brawl. I'm not big on Miz as a face or competing for a world title unless it's a necessity but am keen for Owens to do so. Would rather they feud if anything tbh.

    Cool to see The Hardy's get the win, I prefer them over the other two options. Them vs. Usos would be a good match too.

    I've got no idea who this Ali is but you're clearly high on him ha; pinning AJ clean. That also tells me AJ is moving in the shakeup.

    Feelgood moment I guess to end the show with Kofi, almost expected someone to interrupt but you did have that happen almost every other time tonight I think.

    Was a pretty good show - apologies for some of my vagueness with some things due to not watching for ages and not knowing some people haha - will continue reading though. Your shows are set up really well, easy to read and not fucking essays like some people do. I'm more into the booking aspect than knowing about every single move described in 50 minute matches which some people do haha




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