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WWE 205 Live title match

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08/22 Powell’s WWE Smackdown Audio Review: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens with a special referee for the U.S. Championship, Bobby Roode debuts, Shelton Benjamin returns, post SummerSlam edition

Jason Powell’s member exclusive review of WWE Smackdown: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens with a special referee for the U.S. Championship, Bobby Roode debuts, Shelton Benjamin returns, post SummerSlam edition (23:07)…

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8/22 GFW Impact Wrestling TV taping spoilers: Full results of upcoming television shows (spoilers)

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GFW Impact Wrestling TV Taping
Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios
Report by Dot Net reader Eddy G

Xplosion Taping

1. “The Cowboy” James Storm beat Chris Adonis. Lots of shortcuts-eye gouging, back scratching by Adonis. Late in the match, Adonis tries for the Adonis Lock, but The Cowboy bites his hand and Adonis turns around into a Last Call. Good match to start off.

2. Rosemarie beat Ava Storie. Solid match from both. Storie applied a Regal Stretch, but Rosemary reversed it into a Last Chancery. Rosemary wins with the Red Wedding. Ava looked really sharp in the ring and she’s definitely going to be a future KO’s champion in time.

3. Mahabali Shera beat Caleb Konley. Shera wins with the Sky High. He’s actually improved a lot this past year.

GFW Impact Wrestling Taping

Josh Matthews joins Jeremy Borash in the ring to hype Bound For Glory. Lots of boos for Josh as usual. He didn’t stick around long and went to the back. I think they’re doing commentary in the studio again since there’s no announce desk ringside. It’s also Latin Night in the Impact Zone.

1. Moose (w/ Stefan Bonnar) beat Bobby Lashley (w/Dan Lambert) by DQ. Good back and forth match with Moose winning by DQ after Lambert hits him with a small trophy. Moose is attacked after by Lashley. Lambert tries to go after Bobby but members of American Top Team are on him, but Moose gets a steel chair and tosses one of the group onto to rest. Moose proposes a Six Sides of Steel Match vs Lashley at BFG.

2. Garza Jr. and Johnny Impact beat Chris Adonis and Eli Drake. All four men worked well together. Garza was very over with the crowd again. Johnny rolls up Adonis for the win.

JB returns and announces he has a special guest, Gail Kim. JB reminds the crowd it’s been 10 years since the KO’s Title where Gail became the first ever champion. They hype the women’s four-way match and confirm it will be Gail’s last ever BFG, which draws a lot of “NO NO” chants. Gail says it will be all business and she will win the KO’s championship at BFG.

3. Impact Grand Champion EC3 beat Suicide in a non-title match. It looks EC3 is a tweener since he used a lot of heel tactics in the match: cheap shots behind the referee, and some choking, The Grand Title hasn’t been defended much recently, so maybe there’ll be another change to it? EC3 eventually wins. Ok match.

Bobby Lashley, Dan Lambert and American Top Team are out next. Lambert asks the crowd if that’s all they’ve got when they boo them. Lambert says the wrestlers are wanna be tough guys and they want the company out of business. Lambert says King Mo and Lashley have accepted Moose’s and Stefan Bonnar’s Six Side’s Of Steel match at BFG. Lambert gets a lot of “WHAT” chants, which seem to rile him up. He also tells Jeff Jarrett that he’s swung his last guitar and the only you idiots will see at Universal are roller coasters.

4. Mahabali Shera beat GFW X Division Champion Trevor Lee in a non-title match. Shera uses his power advantage to toss Lee around early and gets a surprising upset win with The Sky High. Curious booking for your X division champ before the PPV. Lee was also out by himself.

5. Taya Valkyrie beat Rosemary. The ladies start to brawl as soon as the bell rings. Taya wins by reversing a Jackknife cover into a double stomp to the chest. Taya tries to attack more after the match. It was a big mistake as Rosemary sprays her red mist in her face. Rosemary says the hive demands and she chants “Bloody Mary” repeatedly as Taya goes to the back. As Rosemary goes to the back one of the kids has a Decay mask and a sign that says “Rosemary Is My Scary Godmother!” Rosemary sees it and pats him on the head.

6. Johnny Impact and OVE defeated Eli Drake (w/Chris Adonis), Santana, and Ortiz (w/Konnan, Diamentė). OVE was attacked before they could get in the ring by LAX and Adonis. Eli hid on the ramp and attacks Johnny when he is coming out. A bit of short match with Johnny and OVE winning. After the match, LAX attacks OVE outside and they brawl to the back with LAX dominating them. Johnny is left alone and is eventually taken out by Adonis and Eli after they roll up the ring mat and Drake hits his finisher on the exposed wood part under the mat. Johnny is helped to the back to end the show.

Brock Lesnar’s potential UFC opponent tests positive for steroids

Jon Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol and has been stripped of the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, according to TMZ. The title is being returned to Daniel Cormier, who was beaten by Jones at UFC 214 on July 29. Read more at TMZ.com.

Powell’s POV: So much for the super fight between Jones and Brock Lesnar. If the suspension sticks then Jones could be banned up to four years due to this being his second USADA test failure. Lesnar could obviously return to face another opponent, but it’s hard to imagine it being as lucrative as a fight with Jones would have been.

Update: UFC has confirmed that Jones failed a USADA test. Read their official press release at UFC.com. However, Dana White has stated that Jones has not been stripped of the title and has the right to an appeal.

8/22 Barnett’s WWE Smackdown Live TV Review: SummerSlam fallout with AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, and Shane McMahon, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, and more

By Jake Barnett

WWE Smackdown on USA Network
Aired live from Brooklyn, New York at Barclays Center

The announcers were Tom Phillips, JBL, and Byron Saxton. AJ Styles opened the show and headed to the ring. He got some chants and welcomed everyone to the house that AJ Styles built. He said he was still the United States Champion after beating Kevin Owens, and called himself the workhorse of WWE. AJ said he was reinstating the United States open challenge, and it started right now. Kevin Owens walked out with a microphone in response, and AJ said no, it wasn’t happening. He said he beat him at Summerslam and it’s over.

Owens said he didn’t win at SummerSlam, because history had repeated itself and a McMahon had screwed a legendary Canadian out of his championship. Owens mentioned Shane McMahon by name, and on cue he made his way out to interrupt. AJ did a little dance around the ring and grabbed a microphone. Shane told Owens that he called the match right down the middle like he said he would, and AJ had won the match fair and square. Owens complained about Shane assaulting him and getting knocked out after being grazed by a 450 Splash. Owens threw to some footage of AJ’s foot being on the ropes for a pinfall, and complained that Shane had slapped the mat three times before seeing his foot. The ref two weeks ago didn’t notice his shoulder up and his count stood, so Shane’s should as well.

Owens demanded Shane give him his United States Championship. Shane told him the better man won, and he and Owens bickered. AJ told him to shut up. He called Owens a whiny ass bitch, and told him he’d give him another title shot, because nothing would change. He’d beat him again, and he’ll give him the match if it will shut him up. Shane made the match against his better judgement. Owens then said that since he got screwed by a WWE official and Shane McMahon, he should get to name his own referee. AJ, like an idiot, agreed because he said he could beat Owens no matter who the ref is.

Backstage, Jinder Mahal and the Singh brothers approached Daniel Bryan. They talked about Summerslam being an international success because of him, and that he Danield Bryan should bow in his presence. Bryan said he sees a man who can’t win without help from the Singh brothers, and he thinks Shinsuke Nakamura deserves some retribution. Mahal complained about having to defend his title so soon, and Bryan said he didn’t have to face Nakamura, they did (the Singh brothers)…[c]

My Take: Summerslam should have been the end of the line for AJ and Owens. An exciting challenger for the US Open challenge would have been a nice open to the show. This is taxing everyone’s patience, and hopefully tonight is the end of the road.

Backstage, Kevin Owens asked Sami Zayn to be his referee, since he’s the only one he can trust. He’s known him for 15 years, and that’s the longest he’s known anyone in wrestling. Sami said he recently watched Kevin’s DVD, and seeing all those memories made him question what they were even fighting about for all those years. Owens then said Sami hasn’t done anything of any real importance since coming to Smackdown, and tonight he has a chance to do something of real importance.

In the arena, Aiden English sang for a bit before being interrupted by Bobby Roode and his technicolor robe and entrance. The crowd ate it up.

1. Aiden English vs. Bobby Roode: Bobby fired up the crowd with his Glorious taunt, and English responded with his own. Roode quickly sent him out of the ring with a clothesline…[c]

English charged and sent English into the corner with a shoulder tackle. He then hit an inverted atomic drop and a running clothesline. He then went to the second rope and hit a blockbuster. English fought out of a fireman’s carry and hit the “Director’s Cut” for a near fall. English then went up top, but missed and walked into a big spinebuster. Roode then hit a Glorious DDT and got the win.

Bobby Roode defeated Aiden English at 6:55.

Roode was interviewed after the match by Renee Young. She said he shocked the WWE Universe with his debut, so how does he feel? Roode congratulated Shane and Daniel Bryan on breaking the bank so sign the hottest free agent in Sports Entertainment, and told the crowd that everything he touches turns into big box office. He said Smackdown just went from being great to absolutely glorious. Owens vs. Styles was advertised for later, as well as Nakamura vs. the Singh Brothers….[c]

My Take: A nice get for Smackdown in Roode. While I don’t think Roode is a dynamo in the ring, he’s undoubtedly won over WWE crowds with his gimmick. Hopefully that translates into some narrative momentum for him and the show in general, because it has been sorely lacking creatively in recent months.

Backstage, Daniel Bryan apologized to Chad Gable for the situation regarding Jason Jordan getting moved to Raw. Bryan said he didn’t give Jordan away to Raw, in exchange Kurt Angle helped him sign one of his friends. He introduced Gable to Shelton Benjamin, and told him that he thinks they’d make a great tag team together. Bryan said they can test drive their new team next week. Gable was ecstatic, but Benjamin looked a little skeptical. Gable said he followed Benjamin’s career all the way back to College, and Benjamin said the same of Gable. Shelton attended the University of Minnesota, and Gable is originally from Minneapolis. The Hype Bros made their entrance for a match against the Usos.

My Take: I was hoping Gable would take on the singles division. We’ll see what they have cooking between him and Benjamin. It would make for an excellent feud if they turn Shelton on him eventually.

The Usos made their ring entrance while footage aired of their title victory from Sunday.

2. HypeBros vs. The Usos: Mojo got the early advantage until he got bamboozled by a distraction and attacked from behind. From there the Usos made quick tags in and out and isolated him in their corner of the ring. Jimmy attempted a cover after a leg drop and got a two count. Mojo knocked Jey off the apron and sent Jimmy into the corner, which allowed him to make a hot tag. Zack Ryder hit a facebuster and lined up for the Broski Boot, but Jey pulled Jimmy out of the ring. Mojo blindsided Jimmy on the floor, and Ryder slid out and kicked Jey. Ryder tossed Jimmy into the ring and climbed to the second rope, but a distraction from Jey allowed Jimmy to pull him down and hit a Superkick for the win.

The Usos defeated HypeBros at 4:30.

After the match, Jey said they had Smackdown on lock, and welcomed everyone to the Uso Penitentiary. They called out all of the tag division, and told them they would all start feeling what New Day felt. They’d feel the hair standing on their neck, and goosebumps, and it’s not paranoia, it’s the Usos. Nakamura was shown heading to the ring next…[c]

My Take: An energetic tag match that felt fresh after watching The Usos and New Day for a few months. Ryder and Mojo aren’t lighting the world on fire with their characters, but they are competent in the ring and they made the Usos look like killers here. I’m hopeful the returning Breezango or Gable/Shelton can provide a good feud for The Usos, because the division just ran through it’s best feud on paper.

Nakamura made his entrance, followed by the Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers.

3. Shinsuke Namakura vs. The Singh Brothers in a Tornado Handicap Match: Both Singh Brothers were in dress shoes and semi-formal wear. Nakamura crushed them both with kicks and Good Vibrations. He then set both of them up for a big knee in the corner, followed by tossing both men out of the ring. Nakamura taunted Jinder Mahal, which allowed the Singh Brothers to double up on him for a bit. Shinsuke caught one of them coming into the corner with a knee, and then hit a flying triangle off the second rope to get the other to tap out.

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated The Singh Brothers at 3:42.

After the match, Jinder Mahal assaulted Nakamura from behind, but he quickly recovered and hit Kinshasa. Mahal was left laying.

Backstage, Breezango stopped Kevin Owens and offered to be his referees. He said no and berated them. They tried to touch is ref shirt, but he shooed them away. They told him “to be continued”, but he said they should continue walking. Baron Corbin walked up from behind Owens and offered to do it if he gave him the first shot at the US Championship if he wins. Owen said it was when he wins, and told him he had a deal.

My Take: Corbin as the ref should make for a nice bit of bullshit in the main event. Mahal and Nakamura has now been reduced to Nakamura vs. Screwy Finishes. Mahal has been established to pose no real threat unless he has help.

Natalya made her entrance with photos of Summerslam being shown. She wore a Hart Foundation style jacket, and said that Sunday will forever be known as the day the Glow was unplugged. She then she proved she is the best there is…yadda yadda yadda. It’s no longer Glow time, it’s her time. Carmella then made her entrance with James Ellsworth. Ellsworth told Nattie congratulations on finally winning something, and that it only took her a billion years. Carmella told her she was on her watch now, and Ellsworth said she was on borrowed time. Carmella then said when she was ready, she would turn in her contract for that Championship. Ellsworth piped in and gave away the idea that Carmella could just refuse to tag in and cash in after Nattie gets beat up. Naomi and Becky made their entrances. Naomi had a new technicolor dreamcoat.

4. Naomi and Becky vs. Nattie and Carmella: Carmella ducked out early and tagged in Nattie, who got worked over by Naomi and Becky…[c]

Carmella continued to refuse to tag, even after Nattie had turned the tables. Becky hit an enziguri as the crowd started doing the wave for some stupid ass reason. Nattie took control with a clothesline, but Becky fired back with a kick and was able to make a tag out to Naomi. Nattie got ran Noami, but ate a kick and a sunset flip for a near fall. Naomi tried to maneuver into her neck crack submission, but Nattie escaped. She tried to apply the sharpshooter, but Naomi kicked her away. Nattie had enough and slapped Carmella for a tag, and then chased her around the ring. Carmella ran into an exploder suplex from Becky, and a split legged moonsault from Naomi for the win.

Naomi and Becky defeated Carmella and Nattie at 7:33.

After the match, Naomi and Becky celebrated as Nattie stormed to the back.

My Take: The Money in the Bank briefcase is not enhancing Carmella or the women’s division at this point. They had her win it twice, and look fairly strong in the process, and now she’s back to being a laughing stock that isn’t competitive with the rest of the division.

Backstage, Dolph Ziggler was reintroduced to Smackdown in a backstage interview. He said while he was away he watched a lot of Raw and Smackdown, and he had finally figured out the key to being a big star in WWE. He was going to get a big spotlight, a fancy robe, and a beautiful woman that glows in the dark, because that’s what it takes to be a big star. And he would do it all…..next week.

Elsewhere, Lana gave Tamina some meditation instructions. She told her to imagine being in a locker room full of people, but nobody sees you. You are being ignored because you are different, and it makes you angry. She then told her embrace that rage and let it fester and multiply. She then told her to open here eyes, and told her she sees the rage in her eyes. She said now the ravishing reign of terror begins, and they will crush everyone in their path.

Backstage, Baron Corbin asked AJ Styles if he would give him a title shot like Kevin Owens promised. AJ replied that he was going to have an open challenge every week, and all he had to do is answer the challenge. Corbin slapped him on the chest and told him he’d see him out there. Corbin then made his entrance in the arena.

My Take: Ziggler’s back, for better or worse. We’ll see him his new gimmick of ripping other people’s gimmicks gets any traction. Seemed like more of the same whining from him.

Kevin Owens made his entrance, followed by AJ Styles.

5. Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles: Owens rolled to the outside and Styles jawed with Cobin. Owens took that opportunity to attack AJ from behind. It didn’t last, however, as Styles turned the tables and Owens retreated to the floor. AJ hit a springboard forearm out to the floor…[c]

Owens avoided a knee on the apron, and then hit a fallaway slam on Styles into the barraicde on the outside. They went back and forth in the ring, with Owens hitting a cannonball, and Styles firing back with a Fireman’s Carry Neckbreaker. Styles set up for the phenomenal forearm, but Owens avoided it. Styles was quickly able to recover and roll into a calf crusher. Owens was close to reaching the ropes, and Styles rolled him back into the center of the ring.

Corbin made Styles break the hold after he touched the ropes. Styles argued that he needed to grab the ropes. This allowed Owens to shove Styles into Corbin, who shoved him back into a rollup and a fast count near fall. He then tried it again and got the same result. Shane McMahon walked down to argue with Corbin’s shoddy officiating, and that resulted in Corbin missing a low blow from Owens to Styles. Owens made a cover, and Corbin counted it, but Shane pulled him from the ring. After some arguing, Corbin threw the ref shirt at Shane, and he took over. Styles got on a roll and hit the phenomenal forearm for the win a moment later.

AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens at 13:28

Styles celebrated in the ring while Owens looked on in disbelief from the ramp. Shane shrugged at him to close the show.

My Take: It’s almost like this entire show was completely unnecessary. Don’t get me wrong, there were some entertaining moments on this two hour broadcast, but there wasn’t any narrative momentum built whatsoever. Next week we’ll get AJ Styles and the Open Challenge, whoever is going to challenge in the tag division, more Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jinder Mahal and India, and maybe we’ll get a women’s feud this month? Who knows. In any case, the show feels a bit adrift at this point. Hopefully they can hit the reset button on some of this and reorder the show around some more interesting feuds.

WWE Raw rating for the August 21 post SummerSlam edition

Monday’s WWE Raw scored a 2.29 rating, up from the 2.15 rating the show drew last week. Raw averaged 3.404 million viewers, up from the 3.233 million average from last week.

Powell’s POV: The NFL preseason game between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns drew 3.574 million viewers for ESPN. Monday Night Football will draw substantially more once their regular season begins on September 11. The August 22, 2016 edition of Raw delivered a 2.34 rating with 3.315 million viewers for the night after SummerSlam 2016.

Dolph Ziggler addresses his absence from WWE TV and repackaging rumors

Dolph Ziggler spoke with Channel Guide Magazine about his recent absence from WWE television and shot down speculation that he is being repackaged. “There is all this talk out there about me being repackaged,” Ziggler said. “I don’t think I’m doing that. It’s nice to take a little break and come back fresh. Not matter when or no matter what I’m doing, I think it will be nice. I’ve only missed a handful of weeks of work.

“After a while you just want to step out. People talking is fine. People are talking about you, so that’s a great thing. Some people’s jobs are to speculate. So, I can understand that. I’m still excited to be in the ring. I still do the live events and have a blast. I’ve been working with the likes of Nakamura, which has been really fun.” Read the full interview at Channelguidemag.com.

Powell’s POV: Here’s hoping that Ziggler is throwing out a red herring. Frankly, he could use something new, though the break from television will do his character well. Ziggler also spoke about his charitable work with WWE and his outside projects.

WWE Raw viewership for the night after SummerSlam

Monday’s WWE Raw television show averaged 3.404 million viewers, according to Showbuzzdaily.com. Viewership was up from the 3.233 million average from last week.

Powell’s POV: The first hour of Raw averaged 3.416 million viewers. Hour two drew 3.581 million viewers. The final hour of the show averaged 3.216 million viewers. The NFL preseason game between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns drew 3.574 million viewers for ESPN. Last year’s night after SummerSlam edition of Raw drew 3.315 million viewers.

08/22 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily Podcast – 2 For 20 with April Lavalle joining Jason Powell to discuss the in-person experience at WWE Raw in Brooklyn for the night after SummerSlam show

Dot Net’s Jason Powell and April Lavalle host the Prowrestling.net Daily All Access Podcast with April sharing her thoughts on the in-person experience at WWE Raw in Brooklyn for the night after SummerSlam event. April shares details of the beachball party, the crowd’s reaction to John Cena and Roman Reigns, and more (24:35)…

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Paige cleared of domestic violence charge stemming from Alberto El Patron incident

WWE wrestler Paige will not be charged with domestic violence stemming from her incident with Alberto El Patron at the Orlando International Airport last month. Read more at TMZ.com.

Powell’s POV: El Patron was initially being investigated for domestic violence charges, but he was cleared. the Orlando police recommended that charges be filed against Paige, but she is also in the clear.

Boyfriend of WWE’s Dana Brooke died on Monday night

Dallas McCarver, the boyfriend of WWE wrestler Dana Brooke (Ashley Sebera), died in his Florida home on Monday night. Brooke told TMZ.com that it is believed McCarver choked on food shortly after they spoke by phone. [Thanks to Dot Net reader Ernesto Cruz for passing along the story.]

Powell’s POV: McCarver was a bodybuilder who finished eighth in the Mr. Olympia competition last year. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Brooke as well as McCarver’s family and friends.

Powell’s WWE Raw Hit List: Blame WWE for the beachball party, Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar, John Cena and Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe and The Miz, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs. Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy

By Jason Powell

WWE Raw Hits

Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar: A very good segment with Paul Heyman boasting about Lesnar’s SummerSlam win followed by WWE doubling down on Strowman’s domination of Lesnar. I would save their first singles match for WrestleMania, but a case can be made for striking while the iron is hot with Strowman. Perhaps I have more faith in Strowman staying hot until April than WWE does. Or maybe Vince McMahon is still hellbent on the idea of Lesnar facing Roman Reigns in the main event of his biggest show. As much as I will enjoy the Lesnar vs. Strowman at No Mercy, it will be very interesting to see if the WrestleMania main event ends up feeling bigger than this match or if the company will regret not saving it.

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy in a non-title match: A nice match with a bit of an awkward atmosphere in that the fans enjoy both teams and cheered for spots rather than choosing sides. WWE would be wise to avoid mentioning how long the Hardys have been wrestling and not having wrestlers such as Rollins talk about how they grew up watching them. Talk like that is pushing them toward feeling like more of a nostalgia act than the relevant tag team that they are. WWE should have learned their lesson with the mistakes they made with the Dudleys last run.

Alexa Bliss: Boston’s Sasha Banks’s attempt to win over the Brooklyn crowd failed. However, they managed to make those fans boo Bliss scripting her to be the one who opted to have their rematch next week instead of holding it in front of the “Brooklyn fanboys.” Great stuff.

Nia Jax vs. Emma: A minor Hit for a simple squash match win for Jax. As much as I would like to see the company do more with Emma, this was effective in terms of keeping up Jax’s monster image.

Elias vs. R-Truth: A minor Hit for the work of Elias. His pre-match musical routine continues to draw good heat. The match was kept brief and served as a nice followup from last week. Where do they go with Elias from here? This doesn’t seem to be a long term program between him and R-Truth, so I’m curious to see who Elias’s next program is with.

WWE Raw Misses

Beachball Party and John Cena: Yes, playing with beachballs during wrestling matches is disrespectful. However, I don’t blame the fans for their actions on Monday night. How can you? WWE is encouraging their behavior. Top star John Cena endorsed their antics. WWE even showed one of the beachballs on camera. The company was so concerned with framing the scene as WWE fun that they made this feel like acceptable behavior. The truth is that WWE did not deliver a show that pleased the live crowd. The fact that this was the third night in a row in the same venue may have played a small part in this, but this was a product of fan disinterest. I don’t believe for a second that the same crowd would have resorted to these antics if the third night in the venue had featured the crowd pleasing NXT Takeover special. So while it’s easy to feel bad for the talent who were disrespected, don’t blame the fans, blame WWE for glamorizing the night after WrestleMania insanity and now endorsing the night after SummerSlam behavior.

Kurt Angle introduces John Cena: The Monday afternoon online Raw hype consisted of a tease that Angle was bringing back a notable wrestler. There was Undertaker speculation all weekend due to his presence in Brooklyn. And even if that was an unrealistic expectation, the fans had every reason to feel let down by Cena emerging as the mystery man, as he was advertised on the Barclays Center website for weeks. In other words, the fans expected Cena to be there, and I assume many of them thought the Monday hype was for another wrestler since they already knew they were getting Cena. The promo that Cena delivered along with his actions throughout the night were more about playing to the live crowd than anything. The Cena and Reigns interaction was shockingly flat. They started a feud on Twitter and WWE never bothered to mention it on television until last night when they acted like all of their viewers were aware of it. The two of them turned out to be great targets for a strong Miz promo, but this was the absolute worst setting for the launch a Cena and Reigns storyline.

Roman Reigns and John Cena vs. The Miz and Samoa Joe: The appeal of the match was apparently finding out whether Reigns and Cena could coexist, but it didn’t work because Cena was in happy go lucky mode while attempting to play to the disinterested and/or distracted live crowd. And who thought it was a good idea to book the two polarizing wrestlers as the babyface duo in the main event of a post-SummerSlam show in Brooklyn? Did they really think the fans were going to rally behind them? The first interaction between Cena and Samoa Joe should have been so much better than this. There was no talk of their history, and Joe’s involvement was made to feel rather random. The involvement of Miz in this match prevented this from feeling like a dream match. As much as I like the Miz and feel that he was on his way to being in the main event mix on Smackdown before the shakeup, he’s cast as a fluky Intercontinental Champion on Raw. He is booked to beat guys like Jason Jordan with help from outside interference. The character lacks in-ring credibility with the fans to the point that you had to know he was going to be the person pinned if the match ended with a clean finish. Even Reigns accidentally hitting Cena with the Superman Punch felt flat, and production apparently botched their chance to show Reigns acknowledging it as a mistake.

Finn Balor vs. Jason Jordan: Did WWE officials want the fans to highjack the show or did they really believe that Balor facing the dullest babyface character to appear on WWE television in ages was going to hold their interest? The fans had no reason to get invested in the second babyface vs. babyface battle of the night. I felt bad for both men because they were working hard, but the fans are not into the Jordan character. Jordan is very good in the ring and this is a match I’d like to see again if they manage to get Jordan’s character over perhaps even as a heel, but WWE should have known that this was not the right match to book in front of this crowd.

Gran Metalik, Mustafa Ali, Cedric Alexander, and Rich Swann vs. Drew Gulak, Ariya Daivari, Noam Dar, and Tony Nese: Just another throwaway cruiserweight match. There was a lot of talent in the ring, but the number of wrestlers probably topped the number of seconds that creative put into thinking about the match. The problem with the division has never been the talent, it’s that it continues to be treated like an afterthought by creative. However, the division is so cold that the wrestlers have been damaged because the fans don’t see most of the cruiserweights as stars. Hopefully they have something in mind to give the division a spark and make it feel like more than bathroom break material.

8/21 GFW Impact Wrestling TV taping spoilers: Full results of upcoming television shows (spoilers)

We are looking for correspondents for all WWE, NXT, GFW, ROH, Evolve, and other notable live events. If you attend a show, you are encouraged to send a report to dotnetjason@gmail.com

GFW Impact Wrestling TV Taping
Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios
Report by Dot Net reader Eddy G

Before the Tapings started, an employee was trying to hand me a “Marry Me Laurel” sign. Apparently she’s trying to find that special man still. (Buyer Beware!)

Xplosion Taping

1. Grand Champion EC3 beat Moose in a non-title match. This was a regular match without rounds. Very rare and surprising to see these guys in an Xplosion match. Funny spot on the outside when EC3 was against one of the ring posts and Moose missed a chop, and right after Moose was by one of the ring post and EC3 missed with a chop. EC3 steals the win with a roll up and a holding the tights.

2. “The Cowboy” James Storm beat Caleb Konley (w/Andrew Everett). Storm wins with The Last Call.

GFW Impact Wrestling Taping (airing 9/21)

GFW Global Champion Eli Drake is out with Chris Adonis; both were suit pants, suit jackets, and shirts with no ties. Eli was bragging about his win at Victory Road over Johnny Impact. Eli said Johnny wasn’t here tonight and may not ever be back again. Eli calls out Jim Cornette and said he’s making him go to Mexico and Japan, but no one’ s taking the title off of him. He says he’s had the night off and is looking for a woman between the ages of 18-30 with some DD’s to meet up later-YEAH. Eli saysAdonis isn’t off though and has an opponent for him-Hector Garza, Jr.

1. Chris Adonis beat Garza Jr. by DQ. Adonis controlled most of the match, until Johnny Impact comes out to attack him for the DQ. Johnny accidentally hit Garza Jr. and officials have to come down to break things up. Jim Cornette appears and tells Johnny and Garza to save it for next week when the winner of their match will face Eli Drake at BFG for the GFW Global Championship.

Taryn Terrell is out and asks why we cheer for that loser Gail Kim, and why Robert Irvine-who Taryn calls “Bobbie.” Gail goes to the ring and just wants to talk, but of course it leads to a brawl with Taryn eventually getting out of the ring.

2. Rosemary beat Hannah Harper. This was Hannah’s debut and she lost a quick match in under three minutes after Rosemary gave her a Red Wedding. Rosemary gets the mic after and implores Taya Valkyrie to come down and “Dance With The Demon.” Taya comes to ring and makes quick work of Rosemary with her finisher. This was just a fight, not a match.

LAX (Santana, Ortiz, Diamente, and Konnan-still no Homicide) came out. Konnan announces that LAX will invoke their rematch clause for the GFW Tag Titles. OVE gets in the ring and say name their match. Konnan says a 5150 street fight. OVE doesn’t even know what that is, but they agree. Diamanté gets a mic and says a 5150 match means OVE will be facing all of LAX. This may be the first promo she’s done. LAX and OVE fight with LAX standing tall.

3. X Division Champ Trevor Lee beat Suicide in a non-title match. Lee wins with a roll up. A short, uneventful match.

4. Johnny Impact beat Garza to become No. 1 contender for the Global Championship at Bound For Glory. These two worked well together with lots of lucha libre spots. Garza looked solid in the ring-he a has future star look to him: good aggression and connects well with the crowd. Late in the match, Garza applies a Boston Crab, the two exchange pin attempts before Impact wins with a Sunset Flip. The two men raise each other’s hands after. Really, really great showing by both men. Cornette goes to the ring to congratulate Johnny, but Chris Adonis sneaks into the ring and hits Johnny in the back with a large piece of plywood in the back. Johnny refuses help to the back at first, but officials eventually help him walk to the back.

5. Dezmond Xavier beat Andrew Everett (w/Trevor Lee, Caleb Konley). Lots of interference, but Xavier wins after two hand springs into a Pele Kick.

Jeremy Borash is in the ring and was about to announce the latest member of the hall of fame, but American Top Team came to the ring and pushes JB out. They want King Mo and Lashley to fight Moose and Shane Sewell at BFG. Mosse and Sewell came out but Lashley attaches them from behind and is rolled into the ring where American Top Team and Bobby beat them up. Trevor Lee, Konley, and Everett came in to help, but they were easily disposed of. Bobby hit two spears on Moose and he and his team pose in the ring.

6. Johnny Impact beat Chris Adonis. Adonis attacks before the bell, but Johnny wins with a 450 leg drop off top. Eli Drake comes down to try a sneak attack in his dress shirt and pants. Johnny pulls Eli’s belt off and hits him with it until Adonis turns the tables. Garza Jr. makes the save when he chases the heels away with a steel chair. This ends the show.

WWE 205 Live title match

The main event of the WWE 205 Live show will be a SummerSlam rematch with Neville vs. Akira Tozawa for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

Powell’s POV: This will be the third title match between the two in eight days. John Moore’s review of 205 Live will be available on Wednesday morning along with his audio review.

Big Cass injury update

WWE has announced that Big Cass will undergo an MRI on his left knee on Tuesday to determine the extent of the damage suffered during his Raw match with Enzo Amore. “It’s hard to tell what the extent of the injury is, but we’re going to send him to get an MRI tomorrow and figure that out,” Dr. Chris Robinson told WWE.com.

Powell’s POV: Cass suffered the injury while going over the top rope and taking a bump at ringside. He tried to continue the match, but his knee buckled while he was running the ropes for the Empire Elbow. The match was called off and Enzo Amore was named the winner.

8/22 WWE Network Schedule: Live stream programming lineup

The following is the schedule for the WWE Network’s live stream for August 22, 2017. All times listed below are ET.

10:00 AM: Monday Night War (Hogan)

11:00 AM: Mae Young Classic preview

12:00 PM: Stone Cold Podcast (Vince McMahon)

1:00 PM: Monday Night War (Hogan)

2:00 PM: Mae Young Classic preview

3:00 PM: Legends With jBL (Hall and Nash)

4:00 PM: Total Bellas (November 2, 2016)

5:00 PM: Mae Young Classic preview

6:00 PM: Monday Night War (Hogan)

7:00 PM: WWE Music Power 10

7:30 PM: WWE Music Power 10

8:00 PM: Legends With jBL (Hall and Nash)

9:00 PM: Total Bellas (November 2, 2016)

10:00 PM: 205 Live (New)

11:00 PM: Mae Young Classic preview

12:00 AM: WWE Music Power 10

12:30 AM: WWE Ride Along (Jericho and Owens)

1:00 AM: 205 Live replay

2:00 AM: Mae Young Classic preview

3:00 AM: WWE Music Power 10

3:30 AM: WWE Ride Along (Jericho and Owens)

4:00 AM: 205 Live replay

5:00 AM: Legends With JBL (Hall and Nash)

WWE Smackdown Live in Brooklyn (correspondents needed), Dot Net Audio, Smackdown dark main events, WWE 205 Live, The Usos, Neville, Apollo Crews, Paul Ellering, Stevie Ray

By Jason Powell

-WWE Smackdown Live is in Brooklyn, New York tonight with the last of WWE’s four-day run at Barclays Center. This will be the first edition of Smackdown post SummerSlam. Join Jake Barnett for live coverage as the show airs on USA Network at 7CT/8ET, and I will be by on Wednesday with my WWE Smackdown Hit List.

-We are looking for correspondents for tonight’s Smackdown Live in Brooklyn. If you are going to Smackdown or another upcoming show and want to help by sending in reports, contact me at dotnetjason@gmail.com

-Dot Net Members will hear my Smackdown audio review later tonight. Join us on the ad-free version of the Prowrestling.net website and mobile website by signing up for membership today via the Dot Net Members’ Signup Page.

-WWE’s 205 Live airs tonight on WWE Network at 9CT/10ET. John Moore’s review will be available on Wednesday morning.

-The dark main events advertised for tonight’s Smackdown event are Randy Orton, AJ Styles, and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens, and Baron Corbin.

Birthdays and Notables

-Paul Ellering is 64.

-Stevie Ray (Lash Huffman) is 59.

-Jimmy Uso (Jonathan Solofa Fatu) is 32.

-Jey Uso (Joshua Samuel Fatu) is 32.

-Neville (Benjamin Satterley) is 31.

-Apollo Crews (Sesugh Uhaa) is 30.

08/21 Powell’s WWE Raw audio review – Fans play with beachballs, Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman angle, Roman Reigns and John Cena team up, the night after SummerSlam edition

Jason Powell reviews WWE Raw: Fans play with beachballs, Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman angle, Roman Reigns and John Cena team up, the night after SummerSlam edition (53:29)…

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WWE announces big main event for No Mercy

WWE has announced Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman for the WWE Universal Championship match as the main event of the No Mercy pay-per-view. The event will be held on September 24 in Los Angeles, California at Staples Center.

Powell’s POV: This feels like the biggest main event that WWE has to offer. It will be very interesting to see if they have something that will top this for WrestleMania or if they will regret holding their first match together six months before their biggest show of the year.

8/21 Powell’s WWE Raw Live TV Review: Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman confrontation. John Cena and Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe and The Miz, the night after SummerSlam edition

By Jason Powell

WWE Raw on the USA Network
Live from Brooklyn, New York at Barclays Center

[Q1] Ring announcer JoJo introduced WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. The broadcast team of Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Booker T narrated highlights of the four-way main event at SummerSlam. The fans chanted “Suplex City” as Lesnar and Heyman stood in the ring. Heyman introduced himself and said it was not a rerun, they were live. He said he had the honor and privilege of announcing Lesnar was still the champion.

Heyman said there was a vast conspiracy against Lesnar and it unfolded at SummerSlam. He called it a felonious assault that took Lesnar out of the equation that led to him being “carted off the battlefield” for the first time in his life. Heyman boasted that Lensar denied medical attention and returned to the ring where champions are designed to be won or lost. Heyman said Lesnar returned to conquer or be conquered.

Heyman boasted that Lesnar pinned Roman Reigns. The fans cheered while Lesnar smiled. Heyman said if there’s conquering to be done, there’s no one in WWE or UFC history who does it like Lesnar. Brock, who had a couple scratches under his left eye, held up his title belt.

Braun Strowman made his entrance while Cole spoke about how impressive it was to see him manhandle Lesnar. A loud “Strowman” chant broke out while Strowman and Lesnar went face to face. Lesnar jawed at Strowman, who grabbed him by the throat and tried to chokeslam him. Lesnar avoided it and ran the ropes, but Strowman caught him with a boot.

Strowman followed up with a powerslam. Once Lesnar got up, Strowman performed another powerslam. Strowman picked up the WWE Universal Championship and played to the crowd before jawing at Heyman, who was at ringside. Strowman dropped the belt and headed up the ramp while Lesnar sold in the ring. Lesnar recovered enough to look up at Strowman, who jawed at him from the stage before heading backstage…

Graves hyped Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass in a Brooklyn street fight for after the break… [C]

Powell’s POV: As much as I feel Lesnar vs. Strowman should be saved for the big show, a good case can be made for striking while the iron is hot with Strowman, which they are expected to do by going with the singles match at No Mercy. It will be interesting to see if they have something better in mind for WrestleMania or if they still intend to go with Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns. In case you missed it, there’s news on the main page about NXT Women’s Champion Asuka suffering a broken collarbone along with the Main Event taping spoilers.

[Q2] Still shots aired from SummerSlam and comically opened with a shot of the fans waiting to get inside the venue… The broadcast team recapped the opening segment. Cole said Strowman made it clear that he dominates Lesnar. Cole noted that Strowman put Lesnar through two broadcast tables and put another one on top of him. Cole said Strowman delivered the message that he wants the championship and he’s coming for it…

1. Big Cass vs. Enzo Amore in a Brooklyn street fight. Still shots aired from SummerSlam of Enzo lubing up and escaping the shark cage before Cass beat Big Show. Enzo received a big pop and delivered his pre-match mic work. Enzo said Cass is a New Yorker who went to private school and NYU. Enzo said Cass’s book smarts are not his street smarts. Enzo brought up playing basketball with Cass in New York 15 years ago and said it would end in the same place it begins. Cass went backstage and brought out a shopping cart full of weapons.

Cass left the ring and approached Enzo, who started throwing weapons at him. Cass got to Enzo and the bell rang. Cass ran the shopping cart into Enzo on the ramp and threw him into the barricade. Inside the ring, Enzo grabbed a chair, but Cass put him down with a big boot heading into a break. [C]

[Q3] Enzo pulled down the top rope when Cass went for a running big boot. Cass tumbled to ringside. Enzo went for the chair, but Cass returned and stomped his hand. Cass set up for his Empire Elbow, but he fell over and clutched his knee before rolling to ringside. A trainer checked on Cass, who cussed and was censored. JoJo announced that Cass was unable to continue and therefore Enzo was the winner…

Enzo Amore beat Big Cass in a street fight in 8:45.

Powell’s POV: I’m not sure what to make of the Cass injury. He landed a bit awkwardly, but it may have simply been an easy way to extend the feud by giving Enzo a fluky win.

Backstage, Emma was on her phone while Dana Brooke stood by. Emma vented that she was tired of hearing about Sasha Banks and claimed it should have been her match. She boasted about what she was going to do to Nia Jax when they wrestled later in the show. Jax showed up and listened as Emma badmouthed her. Emma noticed her and asked how long she’d been there. Nia said the trend on Twitter would be give Emma CPR. Cole said the match was coming up next… [C] An ad for Smackdown focussed on Shane McMahon, Kevin Owens, and AJ Styles…

2. Nia Jax vs. Emma. Emma went right after Jax with punches and a kick before Jax knocked her over and dropped elbows on her. Jax dominated the remainder of the match and won with a Samoan drop…

Nia Jax defeated Emma in 1:05.

A shot aired of Elias walking backstage with a guitar. Cole acted over the top in excitement about hearing a new song while Graves grumbled…

[Q4] [C] Elias sat in the ring and did his usual introduction. He took a jab at Brooklyn and how fans who lived there are ashamed to do so. He said his song was about R-Truth. Elias recited some lyrics from Truth’s entrance routine and then said he was just kidding and it was time for some real music. He started to play but was interrupted by Truth’s entrance…

3. Elias vs. R-Truth. Cole noted that it was the second week a row that Truth interrupted an Elias song. Elias caught Truth with a punch to the back and then hit his Drift Away finisher…

Elias beat R-Truth in 1:30.

Powell’s POV: Cole didn’t mention the Samson last name this week, so it appears the return of the full name was only in Cole’s world last week. As for the match, it was a quick and easy way to give Elias another momentum building win.

The broadcast team spoke at their desk about SummerSlam. Cole noted that they have three new champions on the Raw side and ran through the title changes and noted that the new champions would appear on Raw. Graves hyped Kurt Angle’s “huge superstar surprise” and said it was coming up next… [C]

More SummerSlam still shots were shown…

Kurt Angle made his entrance and led the “you suck” chants. Angle said he promised the fans a surprise. “For the first time in over a year on Monday Night Raw, please join me in welcoming John Cena,” Angle said. Cena made his entrance and got the “John Cena sucks’ singalong. Cena shook hands with Angle and then ran to the ring.

[Q5] Cena noted that the fans were all over the place. “We’re you not expecting me?” Cena asked. There were dueling “Let’s Go Cena” and “Cena sucks” chants. “Why am I here?” Cena asked. He said he saw Angle at SummerSlam and Angle asked if he would like to come to Raw. There were boos. Cena asked if the fans were booing Raw. “I like Monday Night Raw,” he said.

Cena said he immediately accepted Angle’s invitation, not because Smackdown is bad, but because he waited a long time and wanted to meet face to face with a certain WWE wrestler. Cena looked at the ramp. Roman Reigns made his entrance to boos. Cole said the two most polarizing figures were in the same ring on Raw.

“Wait a second, this is Mr. Roman Reigns,” Cena said. “You are exactly who I was looking for.” Reigns said the only time Cena ever looks for him is when he runs his mouth on Twitter. “Now that you’re in my yard, the question is are you going to run your mouth to my face?” Reigns asked. A loud Undertaker chant broke out. Cena said it seems like the Raw audience can hold a bit of a grudge sometime.

Cena said the problem is that he didn’t come to Raw to talk. Cena dropped his mic. Reigns did the same. Cena removed his shirt. The Miz’s music played. The Miz, Maryse, Bo Dallas, and Curtis Axel headed to the ring. Miz said this is what a sold out Barclays looks like. He mispronounced the name and Cena called him on it. Miz asked how many moments Cena and Reigns get. Some fans applauded, and Miz thanked them.

Miz said you are told in life that if you work hard then your moment will come. Miz said he is sick of waiting for his moment while Cena and Reigns get them week after week after week. A Yes! chant broke out. Miz said he was going to take his moment and ruins theirs. Miz said Angle seems to think Raw needs the addition of Cena while the Intercontinental Champion rode the pine at SummerSlam.

Miz asked if Raw needs Cena. It seemed like a mixed response. Miz said it was 18,000 people chanting no. Cena said he was a man of the people and he’d show himself out. Miz stopped him and said he wasn’t done talking to him. Miz pointed to the smirk on Cena’s face. Miz said this is his show. Miz turned to the crowd and said they don’t know whether to cheer or boo Cena or Reigns (there were loud boos for Reigns). Miz asked if he thinks it affects Cena or Reigns. “No, it affects the only champion in this ring,” Miz said.

Miz said Cena’s shirt reads respect. Miz said he’s earned it for 12 years and questioned where his moment is. Cena played to the crowd as a “you deserve it” chant started. Cena said they could give Miz his moment. Cena proposed Miz and one of his lackeys face him and Reigns in the main event. The fans booed Reigns again. “That’s a moment,” Cena said. Miz said it’s not a moment for him, it’s a moment for Cena. Miz said he was in a suit and was not ready to fight.

[Q6] Samoa Joe’s entrance music played and he headed to the ring while fans chanted his name. Miz and company cleared out to ringside. Joe said if anyone was going to team with Miz, it was not going to be Axel or Dallas, it was going to be him. Joe said he’s sick and tired of Reigns telling everyone that it’s his yard. Joe said he owned Reigns one-on-one.

Joe turned his attention to Cena. “As for you, John Cena…” Joe sucker punched Cena. The Miz and his crew went after Reigns while Joe worked over Cena. Joe went up for the Attitude Adjustment and slipped off before locking Cena in the Coquina Clutch. Reigns hit Joe with a Superman Punch. Cena and Reigns had a staredown while the crowd chanted “You both suck” loudly…

The broadcast team hyped new champions Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Sasha Banks appearing during the show… [C]

Powell’s POV: Cena was put in a tough spot in that this was framed as a surprise return, yet Cena was advertised for the show. Granted, there were some fans who cheered when he came out, but I’m sure plenty of fans were hoping for someone else in addition to Cena. Hopefully WWE has another surprise in mind. The Miz was the most over guy in the ring because of the way he was taking jabs at Cena and Reigns. It was an entertaining segment, but I must say that I thought the buzz for the tease of Cena vs. Reigns would have been bigger than it was in this building.

The broadcast team hyped Cena and Reigns vs. Miz and Joe for later…

4. Gran Metalik, Mustafa Ali, Cedric Alexander, and Rich Swann vs. Drew Gulak, Ariya Daivari, Noam Dar, and Tony Nese. There were no televised entrances. Nese was getting the better of Swann going into the break. [C]

[Q7] The fans started the wave during the match. In the end, Alexander hit the Lumbar Check on Nese and pinned him…

Gran Metalik, Mustafa Ali, Cedric Alexander, and Rich Swann beat Drew Gulak, Ariya Daivari, Noam Dar, and Tony Nese in 7:25.

Powell’s POV: There was a beachball moment during the commercial break. Dot Net Member Don Murphy is at the show and noted that security finally managed to take it and there was a “you suck” chant directed at security. The fans calmed down by the end of the match and there were a lot of fans counting along with the three count. Some of the high spots from babyfaces seemed to draw the fans into the match.

Backstage, Charly Caruso interviewed WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville, who boasted about getting his title back. Titus O’Neil and Akira Tozawa showed up. Titus said there would be a rematch between Neville and Tozawa on 205 Live… The broadcast team hyped previously mentioned Raw segments… [C]

More SummerSlam still shots were shown… Angle was on his phone backstage when Jason Jordan entered the room. They hugged. Jordan said he didn’t want special treatment, but he wanted a match. Angle said he already had his match with Miz. Jordan said he wanted to face Finn Balor. Angle asked if he thought he was ready for that type of competition, then gave him the match…

New Raw tag champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins made their entrance. Rollins said it felt good to be standing side by side with Ambrose while holding up the tag title belts. Ambrose said he didn’t think it would happen, but he felt good and slept with the belt under his pillow. They said they knew Sheamus and Cesaro would be looking for their rematch and they take on all comers anytime.

[Q8] Matt and Jeff Hardy made their entrance. Jeff said they were there to congratulate them. Matt issued the match challenge. Rollins asked if they were serious, adding that they grew up idolizing the Hardys. Matt said they have revolutionized the tag team division and they want to revolutionize it in Brooklyn. “Let’s do the damn thang,” Rollins said. A referee came out and they cut to commercial… [C]

5. Raw Tag Champions Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy in a non-title match. Sheamus and Cesaro were shown watching the match on a backstage monitor. They cut to another break just a few minutes into the match. [C] Jeff performed Poetry in Motion over the top rope and onto both opponents.

[Q9] Rollins moved Ambrose out of the way of Jeff’s Whisper in the Wind attempt. Ambrose and Rollins performed a sling blade version of the Hart Attack clothesline. Ambrose covered Matt, but Jeff broke it up with a kick. The fans chanted “this is awesome.” The tag champs performed simultaneous suicide dives. Matt hit a Side Effect on Ambrose and got a two count.

At 15:30, Ambrose knocked Matt of the ropes. Matt tagged Jeff and hit a Twist of Fate. Jeff performed a Swanton, but Ambrose put his knees up. Rollins hit a high knee on Jeff and then Ambrose performed Dirty Deeds. Rollins covered Jeff and pinned him…

Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins beat Matt and Jeff Hardy in 16:45.

Powell’s POV: It’s odd to hear how much attention WWE brings to the Hardys wrestling for 25 years. It makes them feel older than they are. After all, Jeff is still in his thirties, at least for another week or so. Rollins mentioning that they grew up idolizing the Hardys almost sounded condescending at first even though that wasn’t the intention. The point is that the Hardys are still very relevant and the company would be wise to position them as such rather than making them seem like old men. All of that said, the match was entertaining and the crowd was into it despite not choosing sides.

Cole recapped footage from the opening segment with Lesnar and Strowman. Cole said Angle had “once again made our dreams come true.” Cole officially announced Lesnar vs. Strowman for the No Mercy pay-per-view…

A shot aired of Samoa Joe sitting backstage. Miz and his cronies were standing next to Joe. Miz said he always knew there was something special about Joe. He assumed that Joe stepped up and wanted to be in Miztourage. Miz said Joe has Roman’s number, while he has Cena’s number. Joe stood up and told Miz to shut up. Joe said Dallas and Axel would remain a constant presence outside. Joe said Miz would do his annoying unorthodox thing in the ring. Miz said they were cool… [C]

[Q10] New Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks was introduced. She made her entrance while the broadcast team discussed her win at SummerSlam. Sasha noted that she may be from Boston, but she left her heart in Brooklyn over the last three years. She ran through her big match history in Brooklyn. She also sent well wishes to Ric Flair, which won over the crowd for a second. Sasha said she wants to defend the title the right way.. She said she doesn’t need to have Nia Jax watching her back.

Alexa Bliss made her entrance and spoke from the stage. Bliss mocked Sasha for saying she will defend the title. She said Sasha has not successfully defended the title. She said Sasha is a four-time champion who loses the title whenever she defends it. Sasha said that Bliss either runs away or taps out when they wrestle.

Sasha invited Bliss to use her rematch clause. Bliss said that’s a thought and maybe she should, “but I’m gonna go with no.” Bliss said none of the Brooklyn fanboys deserved to see her championship celebration. Bliss said next week is a different story and she wants her rematch and then Banks will be known as the legit loser…

The broadcast team hyped the tag team main event. Jason Jordan made his entrance for his match with Finn Balor… [C]

Powell’s POV: Well, they tried to have Boston native Sasha win over the crowd to the point that she delivered the get well wishes to Flair. I was surprised that Bliss didn’t get a bigger reaction when she came out, but I loved the way she heeled on the fans by depriving them of the match that will take place next week instead.

More SummerSlam still shots aired, then Finn Balor made his entrance… Cole noted that it was episode number 1,265 of Raw…

[Q11] 6. Finn Balor vs. Jason Jordan. Balor connected with an early dropkick. Graves said they know each other more than people might realize due to the WWE Performance Center. Balor set up for a kick on the apron, but Jordan rolled back inside the ring. [C]

The crowd came to life. Yes, the beachball returned. The fans cheered and then booed and then chanted something about the beachball. In the end, Finn Balor performed the Coup De Grace and scored the clean pin. Booker and Graves praised the performance of Jordan despite losing the match…

Finn Balor beat Jason Jordan in 11:40.

The broadcast team hyped the tag team main event as coming up after the break. They also hyped the “Birth of the Dragon” movie and set up a trailer for the film… [C]

Powell’s POV: Don Murphy noted that there were actually multiple beachballs in play during the match. The fans also chanted “We Want Gable” and for AJ Styles during the mid-match commercial break. The fans missed a solid match, but it’s hard to blame them for not getting up for another babyface vs. babyface encounter with zero storyline build aside from the creatively flat Jordan wanting to test himself.

[Q12] Cole hyped Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship for next week’s Raw… Graves hyped Neville vs. Akira Tozawa for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship for 205 Live. Cole said Graves is so lucky that he gets to call the cruiserweight championship match. Graves suggested he hang out and call it with him. Cole didn’t respond…

Ring entrances for the main event took place. Graves noted that it was his first chance to call a Cena match. Cole mocked him by saying it’s all about Graves. Yes, Roman was booed again… [C]

7. John Cena and Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe and The Miz (w/Maryse, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel). The match appeared to be joined in progress. The beachballs returned as the fans were cheering and booing based on nothing that happened inside the ring. Cena stopoped and watched the beachball antics, and the camera even cut to one. Security ended up with the beachball and the fans booed. Cena acted upset about security getting the ball while Joe applauded.

The crowd did the wave. Cole said the fans were having fun and it’s all part of a great week with four nights straight at Brooklyn. Cena played to the wave and motioned for it, but Miz kicked him and then DDT’d him for a two count. The fans were still watching anything but the ring.

[Overrun] The heels isolated Reigns. Miz performed his Daniel Bryan kicks. Reigns ducked the last one, rolled him up, and then picked him up and slammed him at 8:05. Cena checked in and Joe put him in the Coquina Clutch. Reigns ran in to break it up with a Superman Punch, but accidentally hit Cena instead. Reigns and Joe ended up at ringside. Miz set up for his finisher on Cena, who countered into the AA for the win…

John Cena and Roman Reigns beat Samoa Joe and The Miz in 13:00.

Cena held his jaw afterward. They went to highlights. Reigns and Cena were talking. Cole said Reigns told Cena “my bad” while they were showing highlights. They kept talking to one another and then Reigns left to close the show…

Powell’s POV: The fans were the story of the match. And while I’m not advocating beachball silliness, I will say that I understood it more during this show than I did when they broke one out during the entertaining Raw Tag Title match at SummerSlam. Fair or unfair, this crowd had their hopes up for NXT call-ups, Undertaker, and a big return based on Angle’s tease. Instead, they got the previously advertised John Cena, which would have been cool on its own, but I can’t blame the fans a bit for feeling letdown by the Angle hype payoff when they already knew Cena would be there.

Fans have high expectations for the night after WrestleMania and SummerSlam. This show did not live up to those expectations and the fans entertained themselves. It’s easy to blame the fact that this is the third consecutive night in the same venue, but I don’t think there would have been as many issues if WWE had filled the time better than they did. I will have a lot more to say in my member exclusive audio review tonight and in my WWE Raw Hit List tomorrow. Thanks for watching along with me. Stop back on Tuesday for Jake Barnett’s live review of Smackdown.

NXT Women’s Champion Asuka injured

WWE announced that NXT Women’s Champion Asuka suffered a broken collarbone at the NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III event on Saturday. The WWE.com story notes that she is not medically cleared to compete and no timeline has been established for her return.

Powell’s POV: A big blow for the NXT brand. The story noted that recovery time is typically six to eight weeks. It will be interesting to see if they keep the NXT Women’s Championship on her or if they opt to play the 30-day card and crown a new champion. It’s worth noting that this is one way the company could take the title off her without ending her unbeaten streak.

8/21 WWE Main Event TV taping spoilers

Dot Net Member Don Murphy attended Monday’s WWE Raw in Brooklyn, New York at Barclays Center and sent the following report on the WWE Main Event taping. Refresh the page for the latest update if you are reading this prior to Raw.

1. Heath slater over Curt Hawkins in 5:00.

2. Brian Kendrick beat Lince Dorado in 7:00. The cruiserweight logo appeared prior to the match and there was a collective groan. It was actually a decent match.

WWE female performer expected to appear on “Dancing With the Stars” series, John Cena on the Knight Rider wish list

-John Cena is rumored to be on the wish list for the “Knight Rider” movie based on the ’80s television series. Read more at ScreenRant.com. [Thanks to Dot Net Member Ernesto Cruz]

-Nikki Bella has signed on to appear as a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” television series, according to People.com.

Powell’s POV: There was a scene on “Total Bellas” with Nikki turning down a “Dancing With the Stars” offer just as she was about to return the ring. Meanwhile, Cena has not been officially cast as in Knight Rider, and the story notes that Kevin Hart is also on the wish list to be the voice of KITT the car.

08/21 Prowrestling.net Live: Jason Powell and Will Pruett discuss WWE SummerSlam, NXT Takeover, and look ahead to Raw and Smackdown

Prowrestling.net Live featured Jason Powell and Will Pruett discussing WWE SummerSlam, NXT Takeover, tonight’s WWE Raw, Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown, and taking listener calls. Prowrestling.net Live airs the day after WWE pay-per-view events (64:36)…

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