This Week In Wrestling

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SuperShowDown

Winners: The Usos, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Shane McMahon, Lars Sullivan, Randy Orton, Braun Strowman, Kofi Kingston, Mansoor, and the Undertaker.

The event kicked off with the Revival taking on the Usos; the Revival took control for the most part, with Jimmy and Jey getting their own individual comebacks, before everything fell into anarchy and the Usos got the win after the Double Superkicks.

The Universal Championship was up next (because it’s always a good look to relegate a World Championship to the lower card…), with Seth Rollins defending against Baron Corbin. Rollins was working at a disadvantage and still selling the beating he got from Brock Lesnar the other night, which allowed Corbin to work him over and target his ribs throughout the match. Despite this, Rollins powered through, took advantage when Corbin kept getting distracted with shouting at the referee, and rolled him up for the win. After the match, Lesnar arrived but Rollins hit a low blow and then beat the hell out of him with a steel chair, meaning Lesnar never got to cash in.

The Demon King showed up for Finn Balor’s Intercontinental Championship match against Andrade, which is always great to see; this was pretty much a back and forth match, with Andrade taking every opportunity to work over Finn and Balor answering back with his fancy offense. Andrade hit the Hammerlock DDT but Finn kicked out at two for a great near fall; Balor managed to get the win after an Avalanche DDT and the Coup de Grâce, but I don’ think this will be the last time these two go at it.

Roman Reigns and Shane McMahon were up next; Drew McIntyre came to ringside with Shane and distracted Reigns long enough for…ugh…Shane to take control. Shane pretty much dominated Reigns for the most part, meaning Reigns had to actually rally back and scramble to cut off Shane’s offense, which is just a really weird visual. Shane hit a low blow and a Spear but the Coast-To-Coast got cut off mid-air with a Superman Punch; however, McIntyre laid out Reigns with a Claymore after the referee got knocked down which, of course, allowed Shane to win. what the hell is going on!?

Lars Sullivan took on the Lucha House Party next but, rather than a short and brutal squash match, this ended up being a boring, lacklustre affair that ended when the Luchas wouldn’t stop attacking Lars and got disqualified as a result….great…

Time slowed to a stop after this for Triple H’s match with Randy Orton as they worked a slow, methodical match in the hopes of building to some kind of epic clash but it just never really shifted into the gear. I don’t know why Triple H insists on trying to force his matches into these epic clashes; surely it’s better to plan out a match that plays into each man’s strengths rather than pretending to be Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat every single time you get into the ring. Anyway, after kicking out of an RKO, Triple H countered Orton’s Punt into a Pedigree for a near fall but, despite slamming Orton on the announce table a few times, Triple H took the loss after another RKO.

Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley were up next; they worked a simple big man vs. big man match, with lots of stalling, tests of strength, and shoulder tackles before the big power moves came out to play. They threw themselves at each other a bit more before Strowman got the win after two Running Powerslams; it was a decent match but, again, these guys really need to engage in more over the top action sequences and matches to really make the most of their potential fued.

The WWE Championship was on the line next as Kofi Kingston took on Dolph Ziggler; Ziggler worked a grounded game after dodging a Flying Splash in the corner, laying in the boots and the elbows and keeping Kofi on the mat. Kofi regained momentum and they ended up trading pin attempts before Ziggler kicked out of an SOS; in the end, thanks to a bit of a distracting from Xavier Woods, Kofi hit the Trouble In Paradise and got the victory. After the match, Ziggler accused Kofi of being a coward and needing help and challenged him once more…in a steel cage match!

A fifty man battle royal followed, which was a complete clusterfuck that saw Mansoor win…whoever the hell that is…before the Undertaker got wheeled out for a match against Goldberg. They went right into a brawl and throwing their biggest moves at each other, which was a smart move; Undertaker kicked out after two Spears, tried for a Knee Bar, but ended up damn near concussing himself on the ring post after missing a corner Spear. Undertaker took control with a Chokeslam and a dodgy-looking Tombstone Piledriver that looked to only exacerbate Goldberg’s head troubles as he botched a Jackhammer attempted and the reversal of another Tombstone so ‘Taker said “Fuck it!” and pinning him with a simple Chokeslam.

Raw

Seth Rollins came out with a steel chair and bragged about getting the better of Brock Lesnar; Baron Corbin then showed up to complain and, somehow, grant himself a rematch for the Universal Championship at Stomping Grounds. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens then showed up to support Corbin and throw their names in the hat for the position of special guest referee for that match, which is an interesting wrinkle given both Zayn and Owens are also involved with the WWE Championship over on SmackDown! Live.

The first match of the night was a rematch from Super Showdown as Lars Sullivan took on the Lucha House Party once more, this time squashing them like he should have in the last match; I guess it makes it okay as long as it happens a few nights later? After a bunch of talking segments, Ricochet, Braun Strowman, and the Miz formed the most awkward three-man team for a match against Cesaro, Samoa Joe, and Bobby Lashley; I can’t help but think the issues between Lashley and Strowman would mean so much more if the WWE had had Lashley be Strowman’s surprise tag team partner at that one WrestleMania and the two of them had been this ass-kicking monster of a tag team for, like, a year or so. Anyway, the faces got the win after Miz hit the Skull-Crushing Finale to set Ricochet up for the 630 Splash.

Bayley and Becky Lynch then teamed up to take on Lacey Evans and Alexa Bliss, which I actually like as a way to further the feuds between these four women; it actually makes sense, unlike a lot of the tag and multi-person matches we get these days. In the end, Lacey clobbered Bayley with the Woman’s Right and pinned her because they were in Bayley’s hometown and nothing makes the challenger for the Raw Women’s Championship look stronger than pinning the SmackDown! Live Women’s Champion…

After Paul Heyman teased that Brock Lesnar could cash in at Stomping Grounds and the Iiconics actually got to win a match by pinning some random jobbers, Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre sucked the life out of everything with another painful in-ring celebration skit to stroke Shane’s ego some more. This also set-up a Raw Tag Team Championship match fro pro-Shane goons the Revival; Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins dusted themselves off and actually showed up on television for the first time in what seems like months, only to lose the match and the belts. I’m glad that the Revival finally got their hands on the belts but does it really mean anything when they beat two guys who, as far as I can remember, haven’t ever actually defended the titles since winning them?

Raw ended with Seth Rollins taking on Kevin Owens with Sami Zayn as the special ringside referee; Sami interfered every chance he got to distract Rollins and give Owens the advantage, putting Rollins on the back foot throughout. Regardless, Seth looked to have the match won with the Stomp but ended up getting disqualified when he grabbed Sami (who had pulled the referee out of the ring). No doubt this will lead to both Zayn and Owens being made the referee at Stomping Grounds.

SmackDownLive

The Miz sat down with Shane McMahon for Miz TV, which led to the announcement of Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns at Stomping Grounds and a match between Miz and Elias after Miz and Shane got into an argument. It wasn’t much of a match as they went back and forth a bit before Miz actually managed to get the win; I think this is the first victory he’s had since turning face, which is just sad considering most of his matches have been against Shane Mc’fuckin’-Mahon.

However, this accolade was short-lived as Miz was immediately forced to face Drew McIntyre; McIntyre defeated him with the Claymore after a brief bout and then, of course, Shane ordered Miz to face him and promptly choked him out with a shitty Triangle Choke because….Shane McMahon!

Heavy Machinery destroyed some jobbers and Sonya Deville defeated Carmella before Big E finally made his triumphant return in a skit that largely served to further set-up the rematch between Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston. Nikki Cross then took on Bayley and almost get the surprise win after Alexa Bliss distracted Bayley but, in the end, Bayley came out on top after landing the Diving Elbow Drop.

The night ended with a good, old-fashioned six-man tag team match as the New Day took on Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, and Sami Zayn; the heels took turns in isolating Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston, who struggled to get any real momentum going despite tagging in and out a few times. This was all to set-up Big E’s big hot tag, as he ran wild and tossed fools everywhere to set-up Kofi for the Trouble In Paradise and the victory.

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