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HEYDORN’S WWE RAW REPORT
MAY 20, 2019
AIRED ON USA NETWORK
Announcers: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young
-The show began with Brock Lesnar’s music blaring in the arena to a chorus of boos from the Albany crowd. Michael Cole called him the Beast In The Bank as Lesnar walked out smiling with the MITB briefcase on his shoulder. Renee was appalled and Graves praised Lesnar for what he pulled off last night. Once Lesnar got to the ring, he posed with the briefcase. As he did, Cole called the MITB event an important moment in the history of WWE and then cued up a hype video from the main event ladder match which Brock Lesnar won.
Heydorn’s Analysis: WWE delivers again with the hype video. If you didn’t actually watch the show last night, you’d think it was the biggest night in WWE history. Good stuff.
When the video ended, Lesnar smiled once again as Paul Heyman worked through his usual introductions. As he did, the audience booed loudly. He said that his money was in the Beast and then announced his client, Brock Lesnar, as Mr. Money In The Bank. From there, Heyman said he could hear the paranoia permeating through the room. Heyman then addressed some conspiracy theories regarding Lesnar’s involvement in the match last night. He asked “how could they sneak Brock Lesnar into an arena.”
Heydorn’s Analysis: Clearly a dig at the report that surfaced this afternoon claiming nobody in the MITB match knew that Brock Lesnar was in it. Petty WWE being petty. Eye roll.
Heyman continued and discussed the theory that via political clout, Lesnar was able to negotiate his way into the match. Heyman rolled his eyes and then said fans should blame Lesnar for the Kennedy Assassination. Heyman said that theories aside, both Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston should be paranoid and worried because they are marked targets. Heyman specifically discussed Seth Rollins first and said that he has to be paranoid that Brock Lesnar could strike him at any time and at any arena. He said that the good news for Rollins was that the whole world wasn’t against him, but that Brock Lesnar was. He said that he’d rather have the entire world against him than Lesnar because Lesnar has an iron-clad contract to fight for the Universal Championship whenever he chooses.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Pretty good promo from Heyman. He did a nice job framing Brock Lesnar as a top attraction and destructive with the MITB briefcase. Heyman leaned on his usual tendencies, but it worked with the MITB contract involved.
As Heyman finished talking, Seth hit the ring to a big pop. Seth walked down and walked face to face with Brock Lesnar. Without any official poses, Rollins picked up a microphone and said he should be in a great mood. He said he was in the fight of his life last night against AJ Styles and he won. He said he wasn’t in a good mood because he had to come to the arena and see Lesnar with a MITB contract. Rollins said he was trying to be the champion that Lesnar didn’t have the guts to be. From there, Rollins suggested that Lesnar cash in the contract right now and they find out who is champion once and for all. The audience roared, but Heyman laughed it off as Lesnar and Rollins got into each other’s faces.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Now that’s a babyface promo. Rollins delivered it with fire and used his body language in way that made his presence comparable to Lesnar. Challenging Lesnar man to man and upfront is a perfect way to articulate the kind of champion Rollins is trying to be. It contrasts Lesnar too. Really well done.
Heyman said that Rollins needed to play Brock Lesnar’s game and that Seth needed to wait until Brock feels like cashing in his contract. Heyman said Rollins should be used to waiting since he waited 7 hours for his girlfriend to main event WrestleMania like he always wanted to. In response, Rollins fired up and got into Lesnar’s face again. He pushed him to goad him, but Heyman pulled Lesnar away. In doing so, he told Rollins that Lesnar may cash in against Kofi Kingston instead. From there, Kofi Kingston hit the ring to a huge pop. As Kinston walked to the ring, Cole explained the Wild Card Rule and that Lesnar could cash in on either champion because of it. Kofi apologized to Seth for interrupting him, but said he was trying to establish his title reign. He said he couldn’t be the best WWE Champion of all time unless he defended it against the best. He then congratulated Brock Lesnar for winning MITB, but said he needed to cash in on him.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Kind of strange to involve Seth’s girlfriend (Becky Lynch) in this, but the Rollins reaction was worth it. It seemed authentic and in line with the reaction of somebody hearing something like that in the real world. Again, Rollins came off like a star next to Lesnar. A nice moment from him. Unlike a Roman Reigns, Seth is the perfect Yin to Lesnar’s Yang.
Heyman laughed off Kingston and said he found it funny that both WWE Champions were auditioning for a main event match against Brock Lesnar. He then said that he has inside info that both Seth and Kofi would be in action tonight. Heyman said because of that, he and Brock would be hanging around and that the “Beast is yet to come.” From there, Heyman and Lesnar walked off. As they did, Mick Foley was shown arriving to the arena in Albany. He was greeted by superstars as the show kicked over to a complaining Sami Zayn. Zayn was talking with Bobby Lashley and begging him to “help him out tonight with Braun Strowman.” Lashley said he wouldn’t help him and then walked away. Zayn looked scared and then walked out onto the ramp as his music played. While Zayn walked down the ramp, he yelled at fans that were booing him. Graves called it unfair that he had to face Braun Strowman. After he said that, Braun Strowman was shown looking at the camera backstage. The shot then went back to Zayn in the ring as the show went to break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: All in a good segment. All involved were defined well and WWE used the MITB as a nice hook to keep viewers through the three hour show.
-After the commercial break, Seth and Kofi were discussing the Lesnar encounter backstage. They ran into Triple H backstage and said that they would face Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin in a tag team main event. He then walked away as Rollins and Kingston stared at each other.
-From there, the broadcast moved back to the ring and Braun Strowman made his entrance to a nice reaction from the audience. As he walked down Michael Cole plugged his match against Bobby Lashley in Saudi Arabia.
(1) BRAUN STROWMAN vs. SAMI ZAYN
As soon as Strowman got into the ring, Zayn ran away and tried to hide in the back. Strowman ran back there to find him, but crossed paths with Bobby Lashley. This distracted Strowman and because of the distraction, Zayn was able to clock Strowman in the face. Zayn’s momentum was short lived as Strowman eventually caught him and beat him up around the backstage area. The beating eventually took them back out into the arena. Strowman lifted Zayn over his head and then carried him back toward the ring. Zayn was able to get some offense back when he slammed Strowman shoulder first into the ring post. Zayn worked to capitalize, but Strowman stopped him and tossed him into the guardrail. After, Strowman tossed Zayn back into the ring and went for a spear. Zayn dodged it which sent Braun crashing into the steel ring post. At that point, the referee officially started the match. When the match started, Strowman quickly hit Zayn with a running shoulder tackle. He then hit his Power Slam for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Strowman via pinfall
-After the match, Alexa Bliss was shown talking backstage to Nikki Cross. Then, Lars Sullivan was shown walking backstage ahead of his interview in the ring. The show then went to break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: A to B match. Strowman needs depth. As we know, he can only go so far within this framework. Maybe that is his ceiling, but if WWE wants to explore how far Braun can go, he needs to show more than involvement in matches that end in less than a minute.
-Out of the break, Lars Sullivan walked to the ring for his interview. As soon as he got there, Charly Caruso cued up a highlight video that detailed Sullivan’s destruction since his arrival to the main roster. After the video, Caruso asked Sullivan what his goals were in WWE. Before Sullivan could answer, the Lucha House Party interrupted. They walked down to the ring and surrounded Sullivan before they attacked. All three did and hit Sullivan with a flurry of high-flying moves. Finally they dropped kicked him out of the ring together. Sullivan looked surprised, but then took all momentum back. He slammed Kalisto on the outside and then clotheslined Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik. From there, he continued to destroy the LHP. That destruction culminated with a slam on Dorado in the ring. Before the attack could continue, Dorado’s partners pulled him out of the ring and walked up the ramp.
Heydorn’s Analysis: This is the wrong move. WWE has defined the Lucha House Party as losers within their “narrative.” Them being the first act to get a leg up on Sullivan damages his monster portrayal.
-After the segment, the announce team played highlights from last night’s Universal Championship match between AJ Styles and Seth Rollins. From there, Ricochet made his entrance as the show went to break. (c)
-Out of the break, the announce team highlighted Ricochet’s performance in the MITB match last night. After, a video aired in which Cesaro confronted Ricochet in the training room. He made fun of Ricochet for getting hurt in the match last night. In response, Ricochet said he was ok to compete and challenged Cesaro to a match. Cesaro told the trainer to tape him up before walking away smiling.
(2) CESARO vs. RICOCHET
When the video ended, Cesaro walked out with a brand new entrance. Once he got to the ring, the bell rang, and the match began. To start, Ricochet got some quick offense in, but that momentum was quickly squashed by Cesaro. Cesaro caught him in mid-air while attempting a move and slammed him to the outside mats. With Ricochet writhing in pain, the show went to commercial break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: Typically, entrance chances need a few weeks to live with me before I have an accurate opinion. Maybe that’s the case here, but my immediate take is that it fits Cesaro nicely. The music, cadence, and color all go well with his schtick. We’ll see if it holds up throughout the next month.
Out of the break, Cesaro still held control of the match. He locked Ricochet in a shoulder submission that targeted his MITB injuries, but Ricochet countered out with a jaw breaker. From there, he hit Cesaro with a spinning clothesline before connecting with a corkscrew dive over the top rope. With Cesaro down, Ricochet rolled him back into the ring and climbed to the top rope. From there Ricochet attempted a splash, but Cesaro countered with a vicious European uppercut. Out of that, Cesaro lifted Ricochet and connected with a backbreaker. After, he hit the Neutralizer and covered for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Cesaro via pinfall
Heydorn’s Analysis: Good match with fast paced action. Ricochet was protected due to his injuries from last night. For Cesaro, this is a big win. Mainly because he doesn’t get many. Is it a sign of things to come? We’ll see. The match certainly got a reaction though.
-After the match, AJ Styles was interviewed backstage. He said that after his loss, he was back to square one. He said he had a lot of hard work ahead of him and that he liked that because he liked hard work. Styles called Rollins the better man and said there was no shame in losing to Rollins. From there, Styles was confronted by Baron Corbin. Corbin made fun of AJ for losing to Rollins and told AJ to “spare us.” He said that AJ failed and to that, AJ responded by talking to Corbin about losing his MITB contract opportunity. Corbin laughed it off and said that he pinned Rollins recently and felt it was a slap in the face seeing AJ fight Rollins for the title instead of him. Styles said that wasn’t a slap in the face, but that “this” was. AJ then slapped Corbin in the face before staring him down. Corbin said he would pay for that and then walked out of the shot.
Heydorn’s Analysis: If you thought AJ was going heel, this is the blaring siren that says he isn’t. A total babyface promo that owned his loss like fighting babyface should. If that wasn’t convincing enough, slapping Baron Corbin is in the babyface instruction manual. This worked, but we need to see where it goes moving forward.
-When the AJ interview ended, Roman Reigns hit the ring as the show went to break. (c)
-Out of the break, Mick Foley as shown talking to Kofi Kingston backstage. He had the new championship in hand. After that shot, Reigns was shown in the ring again. With a microphone in hand, he addressed the crowd to a mixed (but overall positive) reaction. As he was about to speak, Shane McMahon hit the ring and stood on the ramp. Shane spoke to Reigns and mocked him for using the Wild Card Rule. Shane said that Roman’s yard was small when it compares being the best in the world. Shane talked about beating The Miz last night and said that after doing so, he was done with the Miz. He said that with Miz out of the picture, he was turning his attention to Roman Reigns. Shane said he had a problem with Reigns putting his hands on his Dad and said that what kind of man puts his hands on another man’s father.
Heydorn’s Analysis: The classic heel contradiction. Heels living in their own convoluted world is a heel that people can truly dislike. Nothing cool about that. Good stuff there from Shane.
Reigns responded by saying that he hates spoiled rich kids. He said that its great that Shane is done with Miz because he is done with Elias. From there, he said his schedule was wide open and that they should fight. Shane backed down and then asked the crowd if they wanted to see Shane vs. Reigns. The audience roared in approval and as they did, Shane took off his jacket and teased walking to the ring. Before he did, Shane said that there was no way that match was taking place and especially not tonight. Instead, Shane said he would play his “spoiled rich kid card” and show his control over Reigns because he’s his boss and he’s in charge. Shane then brought out Drew McIntyre. With McIntyre at his side, Shane revealed that he would accept Roman’s challenge at the Super Showdown. Shane told Reigns that when Reigns regains consciousness he’d hear the words “the best in the world, Shane McMahon.” Reigns laughed and said Shane would experience what many others have on Raw and that was an “ass kicking from Roman Reigns.” Reigns then told Shane to “believe that” before his music played.
Heydorn’s Analysis: The Saudi Arabia card would have this match wouldn’t it? Shane going toe to toe with Vince’s five year project will be quite the sight.
-After the Reigns promo with Shane, Brock Lesnar was shown with Paul Heyman backstage. Cole teased that Lesnar was staying around since both Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston were in action later in the show.
-The Usos made their entrance and as they did the announce team discussed their victory over Daniel Bryan and Rowan from MITB. As they posed on the ropes, the show went to break. (c)
-Out of the break, Drew and Shane were shown walking backstage. As they were interviewed, Miz confronted Shane McMahon. McMahon backed away as Miz asked “do you think you’re done with me?” From there, Drew McIntyre stepped in and said times has changed. He said that they didn’t think they were done with Miz, but that they were done with Miz. McIntyre then said that if Miz has a problem with Shane he also has a problem with him. In response, Miz ran down Shane for having some else fight his battles. He then told Drew he’d see him in the ring before walking off.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Hello serious Miz. It’s hard to look as intense as Drew McIntyre, but Miz pulled it off. He’s learning how to be a babyface and it’s entertaining to watch.
-When that confrontation was over, the announce team recapped the recent juvenile events between the Usos and the Revival. From there, Revival made their entrance and once they got to the ring, the match began.
(3) THE USOS vs. THE REVIVAL
Out of the gate, the Revival attacked and established full control of the match. They hit a double team vertical suplex and covered, but only got a two count. From there, the action continued as the show went to break. (c)
After commercials, the Revival was still in control of the match. Dash had Jimmy in a headlock and while Jimmy battled out, Dawson tagged in to keep momentum on his side. Finally, Jimmy made the tag to Jey. he cleared the ring with Samoan Drops on both Dash and Dawson. From there, he did the U-So chant with the audience and connected with a running hip attack on Dawson. He then hit a step up enziguri and followed that with a flying splash from the top rope on Dash. After, he covered, but only got a two count. Eventually, Jey slowed down and got clocked in the face with a right hand. Out of that, the Revival connected with a double powerbomb before covering. Dawson then made a pin attempt, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Dawson and Jey exchanged a series of strikes in the middle of the ring. After that, the match broke down. Dash connected with a tornado DDT off of the guardrail and after, Jey connected with a suicide dive over the top rope. From there, Jimmy hit Dawson with a superkick and covered, but got a two count. In the end, a distraction allowed Dawson to roll Jey up for a pin. Dawson pulled the tights and got the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Revival via pinfall
Heydorn’s Analysis: Really good match. WWE should learn something from this. With top stars and premiere acts, let them work. Leave the Ucy-Hot behind and let good workers work. It’s effective and why people watch. Period.
-After the match, Alexa Bliss was shown backstage getting her makeup done. Bliss then was confronted by Nikki Cross. She congratulated Nikki on a decent performance in the MITB match last night, but ran her down for not winning. From there, the Revival entered the shot and celebrated their win. They said that they should be the next guest on a Moment Of Bliss before walking off. Bliss looked disgusted because of the Revival’s sweatiness. From there, the announce team teased another Firefly Funhouse segment as the show went to break. (c)
-Out of the break, the Firefly Funhouse aired. This time it was short and culminated with Bray ominously saying “Let me in.”
Heydorn’s Analysis: Intriguing. Ready to see him in the ring now. Anyone else?
-After Firefly Funhouse, Alexa Bliss hit the ramp for A Moment Of Bliss. When she got out there, Bliss said she was dressed for a match so as to avoid issues with her luggage. From there, she asked for coffee and then introduced Becky Lynch. Lynch hit the ring to a big pop. As she walked out, the announce team debated whether or not Lynch took on more than she could chew at Money In The Bank. Once she got on the stage, Becky sat down and soaked in the “Becky” chants. From there, Bliss spoke, but acknowledged an awkward Nikki Cross each time she did. Finally, Bliss asked Becky what it felt like to lose one of her two belts. Before she could answer, the IIconics walked out. They laughed at Lynch for losing her SmackDown Championship last night. Becky quickly squashed them and said she would take them on and become Becky Three Belts. After, Lacey Evans walked out and called Becky a typical man for not giving her credit. She said that the reason she isn’t Becky Two Belts anymore because of her. In response, Lynch said that she tapped Evans out. She said that she beat Lacey Evans with only some of her attention on her. She said that now that she has one belt, she’d slap Evans around full time on Raw. Lynch then took it a step further and said she could beat Evans and both IIconics. Peyton Royce told her that she didn’t have any partners, but Nikki Cross stepped up. To even the odds, Lynch said that Bliss would also participate. Bliss disagreed, but Lynch said that “all you need to do is stand there and look pretty while the man does the rest.” They all then walked down to the ring as the show went to break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: Like most Moment Of Bliss segments, this felt choppy. Lynch came off as a big star, but the content of her words didn’t do Lacey Evans any favors in terms of protection after a loss. At the same time, Evans harped on the correct theme which was her costing Lynch the second belt. Choppy, but they got to where they needed to go.
(4) BECKY LYNCH, NIKKI CROSS, & ALEXA BLISS vs. THE IICONICS & LACEY EVANS
After the break, the bell rang, and the match began. Lynch started things off against Peyton Royce. Royce slammed Lynch with a body slam and covered, but Lynch kicked out at two. From there, Lynch decked Royce before trash talking Lacey Evans. Lynch proceeded to tag Cross into the match. She connected with a running bulldog on Royce and followed that with a dropkick. Out of that, Cross connected with a lateral press and covered for a two count. Out of the pin, Billie Kay screamed at Cross to cause a distraction. It worked and because of it Royce hit Cross from behind. They owned momentum from there. Royce, Kay, and Evans took turns beating on Cross while cutting the ring in half. Eventually, Evans tagged back into the match and beat on Cross right in front of Lynch so as to taunt her. Evans then tagged Royce back into the match. With that opening, Cross dodged a Royce spear and made the tag to Becky. Becky hit the ring with a fury and hit all sorts of offense on both IIconics. Seeing this Lacey Evans left the match and walked up the ramp. Becky’s offense included a suplex and top rope dropkick on Kay. From there, she connected with a second rope leg drop before covering for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Lynch, Cross, and Bliss via pinfall
Heydorn’s Analysis: Evans dodging Lynch is simple, but effective follow-up from MITB. Outside of that storyline starting, the match was what it was. Lynch got a true babyface win and continues to be presented as a tip top star of the Raw brand.
-After the match, Cross and Bliss celebrated in the ring. Lynch left the ring and posed on the ramp alone before exiting. From there, Mick Foley was shown walking backstage with the new championship. The show then went to break. (c)
-When the show returned, Mick Foley hit the ramp to a nice reaction.
As he walked down the ramp he asked for the music to be cut because he has business to attend to. Foley said that business was on his shoulder. From there, he said that Monday nights needed to get Raw again. He said that championship titles are about passion and commitment. He said they even require losing teeth and parts of ears. He said they require 24-7 thoughts. Foley then revealed the WWE 24-7 title. The audience booed a bit. Foley then introduced the rules of the championship. He said that that belt could be defended anytime and anywhere as long as a referee is present. The audience reacted in mixed fashion, but Foley continued. He said the first champion would be crowned tonight and that not just Raw superstars would be involved, but all superstars. Smackdown, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK, and returning legends. At that point, Foley left the belt in the ring and rang the bell. After he did, a slew of superstars ran out and battled from the back. These stars included everyone from Ricochet to Karl Anderson. After a back and forth battle than included a showdown between both Good Brothers, Titus O’Neil grabbed the belt and became the first champion.
WINNER: Titus O’Neil via scramble
-As Titus celebrated on the ramp, Bobby Roode hit him from behind and brought out a referee. Roode then pinned O’Neil to become 24-7 champion.
WINNER: Bobby Roode via pinfall and new 24-7 champion
Heydorn’s Analysis: Well, that’s a lot to digest. Out of the gate, its a new concept and not just a new championship. That part is potentially impactful. The end game with the 24-7 title resides in what superstars are fighting over it. If its a list of undercard underachievers, it’ll end up in WWE comedy land. If WWE can write this title in an effective way and truly use it as a means to convey the points about championships that Foley made, it could have a longer and more serious shelf life.
-After the 24-7 title win by Roode, the announce team hyped the title and then played highlights from tonight’s earlier confrontation between Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, and Kofi Kingston.
-When the highlights ended, Miz made his entrance as the show went to break. (c)
-Out of the break, Robert Roode was shown running through the backstage area and hiding from his potential opponents. Soon enough, his opponents ran by like a stomping herd of elephants. Roode hid and waited for them to pass before running the other direction.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Well, my initial analysis lasted about three and a half minutes. Crazed wrestlers running around backstage as a group doesn’t scream “serious title” like Foley described when talking about what championships mean. Comedy it is I guess …
-Once Roode was safe, the show cut back to the ring. There, Drew McIntyre made his entrance with Shane McMahon at his side. Once Drew made it to the ring, the bell rang, and his match with Miz began.
(5) DREW MCINTYRE vs. THE MIZ
McIntyre took things over quickly and battered Miz in the corner. From there, he lifted Miz for a suplex, but Miz countered with a jawbreaker. After, the action spilled to the outside. Out there, Miz slammed Drew into the ring barrier before rolling Drew back into the ring. Miz kept up his attack and pummeled Drew in the corner with strikes and kicks. He followed that with his running corner clothesline, but Drew countered and caught him in mid-air. Drew then tossed Miz across the ring before following with a deadlift suplex. After, he pinned Miz, but only got a two count. Drew’s attack continued as the show went to break. (c)
Out of the break, the action continued. McIntyre had control, but Miz quickly took over and shifted momentum. Miz hit his Yes Kicks and then connected with a hurricanrana. Before he could gain full steam, McIntyre stopped him and connected with his inverted Alabama Slam. In the end, McIntyre picked up the victory with a Claymore after Shane McMahon’s cheap shot on Miz.
WINNER: McIntyre via pinfall
-After the match, Shane grabbed a microphone and said he had one parting gift for Miz. He then demanded that Drew move Miz into the corner. From there, Shane climbed to the top rope for a Coast To Coast, but Roman Reigns made the save. He hit McIntyre with the Superman Punch before running off Shane. Reigns then shook hands with Miz before the show cut backstage. There, Robert Roode ran into Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley. He then ran off as the other challengers followed him.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Miz continues to flourish as a babyface. Not only in his character, but in the ring as well. The hurricanrana was a nice touch and more than that, he’s been able to convert his striking to a babyface style. Clearly, Shane isn’t done with Miz. Right?
-Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston were interviewed backstage. They discussed having to prepare for both Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin with Brock Lesnar lurking. Kingston said that he’s worked hard to become WWE Champion and that he would survive Suplex City if Lesnar cashes in on him. The show then went to break. (c)
-Out of the break, Cole and company cued up highlights from MITB involving Samoa Joe and Rey Mysterio. A selfie promo then aired from Joe. He said his shoulders were not on the mat and that he never truly lost his US Championship. Joe said he wasn’t mad and that he knows Rey Mysterio. He said Rey was a good man and known around the world. Because of that, Joe said he would give Rey the chance to hand him the belt and be a good example for his son. He said he better or he himself would be the good example.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Joe is clicking on all cylinders with these promos. They are serious and heelish, but rooted with shreds of truth. It’s a fine line, but Joe walks it perfectly.
-When the promo ended, Robert Roode ran into R-Truth backstage. Truth hid him in his trunk and then lied to the other challengers and caused them to run in a different direction. From there, Truth pinned Roode to become the champion before driving off in his car.
WINNER: R-Truth via pinfall and new 24-7 Champion
Heydorn’s Analysis: Oh dear.
-Once R-Truth drove off, Kofi Kingston made his entrance for the main event. After he got to the ring, the show went to break. (c)
-When the show returned from the commercial break, a commercial break aired for Secret Life Of Pets 2. After the commercial break, Seth Rollins made his entrance. Before he did, it was announced that the main event would now be a no disqualification match. As Seth made his way to the ring, he was attacked from behind by Corbin and Lashley. They attacked Seth until Kofi ran up to help. From there, the battle moved into the ring and the bell rang for the match to begin.
(6) SETH ROLLINS & KOFI KINGSTON vs. BARON CORBIN & BOBBY LASHLEY
To start, Baron Corbin hit a deep six. From there, the action was out of control until Kofi and Lashley became the legal men. Kingston hit Lashley with a clothesline and followed that later with a springboard cross body. After, he went for a pin, but Corbin broke it up at two. Out of the pin, Lashley and Corbin double teamed both Rollins and Kingston. They tossed the both into the guardrail as the show went to break and Michael Cole explained “Brock is still her.” (c)
Out of the break, the action continued. Finally, both Kingston and Rollins took momentum over. Rollins cued up the Stomp, but was thwarted by Bobby Lashley. Instead, Rollins hit a double suicide dive on both Lashley and Corbin. After, Kingston hit his top rope dive on both opponents as well. From there, Kingston hit Corbin with Trouble In Paradise for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Kingston and Rollins via pinfall
-After the match, both Rollins and Kingston were attacked. As Kofi and Seth attempted to battle out, Brock Lesnar’s music hit. Lesnar walked to the ring with Heyman and as he did, Seth and Kofi prepared in the ring. Lesnar circled the ring while staring at both men and teased getting in. Heyman yelled that “he’ll do it” but Brock walked back up the ramp. Instead, Heyman said they would return next week and give their answer. As the show went off the air, Cole was exasperated that Lesnar wasted everyone’s time for three hours.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Exciting match, but pretty much A to B. A tip to WWE. Don’t openly admit on live TV that you wasted the time of your audience.
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