Justin C here. As usual, I joined the preshow match in progress. Looks like Titus O’Neil may have cost Apollo Crews his match, accidentally of course. The Titus Brand may have taken a hit.
Intercontinental Championship: Dean Ambrose (c) vs Miz w/Maryse- If Dean Ambrose is DQ’d, He Loses the IC Title
-Again, this match should end immediately after the bell with Maryse slapping Miz and Ambrose getting DQ’d.
-Miz tries to get Ambrose to lose it early on with some cheap shots in the corner but the ref is able to back him off.
-Ambrose hits his dive to the outside. Ambrose grabs a chair but the ref runs out to stop him. Miz tries using the chair with the ref distracted but Ambrose grabs the chair. The ref turns around to stop him.
-Miz kicks the legs out from Ambrose on the apron and DDT’s him on it.
-Miz gets control and slows down the match a bit.
-Now that Miz is off Smackdown his matches just seem boring.
-Miz gets sent to the outside. Ambrose jumps from the top with an elbow.
-Ambrose goes for a sunset flip pin but Miz rolls through and applies a Figure Four. Ambrose eventually gets to the bottom rope.
-Ambrose goes for a powerbomb from the corner. Miz pulls off the top turnbuckle. Miz escapes. Ambrose goes to put Miz into the exposed corner but the ref stops him and Miz lands a kick.
-Ambrose ducks the last Miz kick and applies a Figure Four of his own. He also eventually gets to the ropes.
-Maryse gets on the apron. Miz almost hits her but avoids it. Miz tells Maryse to slap him. She does. But the ref doesn’t buy it and tosses Maryse.
-Maryse comes back. Miz tosses Ambrose into the ref. The ref turns around and walks around the outside ready to DQ Ambrose. Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
WINNER and NEW Intercontinental Champion: The Miz- What a jumbled mess. The weird stipulation in this match just made things stupid. I can’t get into Miz matches anymore. He had real heat on Smackdown and it is all gone now. Average match at best.
Noam Dar and Alicia FAAAAUUUXXXX vs Rich Swann and Sasha Banks
-Baltimore is Rich Swann’s hometown so you already know he is losing.
-Dar goes to the top early but Swann jumps up and gives him a hurricarrana.
-Sasha comes in so her and Alicia exchange some blows. Sasha applies the Banks Statement but Dar eventually drags Fox’s leg to the bottom rope.
-Fox misses a kick in the corner and the guys get tagged in and Swann goes to work.
-Swann takes out Dar. Fox tries to come in but Sasha takes her out.
-Sasha tries to hit the double knees from the top on Alicia but Dar moves her. So Sasha hits it on Dar. Swann then hits a Phoenix Splash for the win.
WINNERS: Rich Swann and Sasha Banks- Okay action. I guess Vince doesn’t care enough about the Cruiserweights to know about their hometown.
-The Drifter comes in and sings a song about Baltimore being awful. He is great and I will hear nothing to the contrary.
Kendo Stick On A Pole Match For The RAW Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs Bayley
-They go for the kendo stick early. It falls. Action goes to the outside where Bayley slams Alexa into the barricade.
-Bayley chases Alexa with the stick. Bayley backs Alexa into the corner. She for some reason hesitates so Alexa tackles her then uses it.
-Bayley hits a Bayley to Belly but sells her back. Alexa then shoves Bayley into the kendo stick.
-Alexa then uses the stick again then hits a DDT for the win.
WINNER and STILL RAW Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss- First off that was really short. Secondly, that was almost a complete burial of Bayley. Where the hell does she go from here?
Steel Cage Match For The RAW Tag Team Championship: The Hardy Boyz (c) vs Sheamus & Cesaro
-Sheamus and Cesaro try to escape right after the bell. You can only win when both team members escape the cage.
-Matt and Jeff slam the heads of Sheamus and Cesaro into the cage at the same time.
-Sheamus powerbombs Jeff off the ropes along with Cesaro. But Matt catches Cesaro with an elbow drop on the ground.
-SheCesaro slam the Hardyz into the cage this time.
-All four men go to the top of the cage. Cesaro grabs Jeff and holds him by his arm but Jeff eventually escapes and gets to the floor.
-Jeff tries helping Matt out but Sheamus knocks Jeff off the cage then SheCesaro powerbomb Matt.
-Matt hits a Side Effect and Twist of Fate. He tries escaping but the heels get up. Sheamus ends up hitting White Noise off the ropes.
-Jeff comes in and hits the Whisper of the Wind off the top of the cage.
-Apparently Jeff has to re-escape the cage now. Matt tries dragging Jeff out while Sheamus and Cesaro climb over and get out first.
WINNERS and NEW RAW Tag Team Champions: Sheamus and Cesaro- Another just okay match. Matt is about to be a dad again so maybe they are getting a couple of weeks off. There is pretty much no one else in the tag division treated as a real threat so maybe that is why Sheamus and Cesaro won the Titles again.
Submission Match For The Cruiswerweight Championship: Neville (c) vs Austin Aries
-Slow feeling out process to start. Aries gets some quick submissions in early on but Neville gets to the ropes.
-Neville goes after the leg of Aries and hits a hard looking dragon screw leg whip.
-Both men try to work over the other’s leg. Neville dropkicks Aries off the apron and Aries awkwardly lands on his left arm/shoulder.
-Neville goes to the top but Aries side steps it and applies a Figure Four. Neville gets to the ropes but Aries hits a neckbreaker in the ropes.
-Aries misses a dropkick from the top and Neville applies the Rings of Saturn but Aries gets his foot on the ropes.
-Neville goes to apply it again but Aries applies his own Rings of Saturn. Neville grabs the ref’s hand. Aries questions the ref then walks into a Neville superkick.
-Aries knocks Neville off the top. Aries hits a Sunset Flip powerbomb then applies the Last Chancery. Neville gets to the outside. Aries reapplies it. Neville taps but it is on the outside.
-Aries hits a Discus Forearm. He goes for a dive to the outside but Neville ducks it.
-Neville hits the Red Arrow then the Rings of Saturn for the win.
WINNER and STILL Cruiserweight Champion: Neville- You can only win by submission, but it has to be in the ring and there are DQs and countouts. Talk about a stupid set of fucking rules. Match actually slowed down at the end and didn’t really click with me or the live crowd.
Fatal Five Way Extreme Rules Match To Determine The #1 Contender For The Universal Championship: Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns vs Finn Balor vs Samoa Joe vs Bray Wyatt
-Reigns just sitting there early on as everyone else brawls. Someone plug in his controller.
-Reigns finally hits a couple Samoan drops on Bray and Joe.
-Finn stomps everyone who tries to get into the ring.
-Reigns goes for the Drive By on Bray but Joe comes charging in and takes Reigns out.
-Joe and Bray team up to take out Reigns. They then grab the steps and take out the other three men.
-Rollins tries getting in some shots but he ends up eating a DDT on the steps.
-Bray grabs a chair and uses it on Finn. Bray then lays the chair on Finn and Joe hits a seated senton as does Bray.
-Joe misses a charge and slams into a chair in the corner. Reigns then catches Bray with the Drive By.
-Bray slams Reigns onto the announce table. Rollins is back now and he gets some offense in.
-Bray pulls Joe in front of a Rollins dive. back in the ring, Bray hits Sister Abigail on Rollins. Joe breaks up the count then him and Bray brawl.
-Joe applies the Coquina Clutch on Bray but Finn breaks it up with a chair then dropkicks everyone into either the barricade or corner.
-Finn sets up Bray on the table. Joe comes from behind and applies the Clutch. Reigns comes in and spears both through the barricade. Rollins then hits a frog splash from the top to the outside on Bray through the table.
-Rollins and Reigns go at it in the ring. Reigns hits a Superman Punch for two.
-Rollins comes back with a Superkick and Frog Splash for two.
-Chaos at the end. Reigns spears Bray. Rollins hits the buckle bomb on Reigns who immiediately no sells it and hits a Superman Punch. Finn comes in. He avoids a spear and dropkicks Reigns in the corner and hits the Coup de grace but Joe comes in and applies the Coquina Clutch and Balor passes out.
WINNER and NEW #1 Contender for the Universal Title: Samoa Joe– Let it be known that I called this from the second this match was made. It was your typical multi man match with multiple guys taking rests at once. The last couple minutes were exciting. But it was a decent ending to a lackluster show.
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