WEEKLY OVERVIEW – WWE (thru 9/25): Top stories of week, major show lineups, live event results, schedule of live events, noteworthy social media posts, more

By Zach Graham, PWTorch Contributor



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The following article is part of our Weekly Overview Series to help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.


•Top Stories of the Week

  • WWE NXT debuted live on USA Network last week and drew a 0.86 rating and 1.179 million total viewers. Among 18-49 year old men, NXT drew a 0.56 rating, Smackdown last week drew a 0.78 rating.
  • This was the final episode of Smackdown on USA Network as well as the final episode on Tuesday nights. Next week begins the Smackdown on Fox era with the show airing on Friday nights.
  • Next week features a multitude of championship matches across WWE shows. Raw will have Rey Mysterio challenging Universal Champion Seth Rollins. NXT, going head to head with AEW for the first time, will feature three title matches. Adam Cole vs. Matt Riddle for the NXT Championship, Shayna Baszler vs. Candice LeRae for the NXT Women’s Championship, and The Undisputed Era vs. The Street Profits for the NXT Tag Team Championships. Finally, Brock Lesnar challenges Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship on the first episode of Smackdown on Fox.
  • WWE announced a partnership with Paramount on the creation of a new animated feature Rumble. The film will feature characters voiced by Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns as well as characters voiced by Tony Danza, Stephen A. Smith, and more. The movie is planned for release during the summer of 2020. SOURCE

•WWE Weekly Event Results

WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) 9/20/19

(1) Cedric Alexander beat Mojo Rawley
(2) Ricochet defeated Cesaro
(3) Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) beat Dana Brooke & Tamina to retain the Women’s Tag Team Championships
(4) The OC beat The Viking Raiders & Lucha House Party
(5) Braun Strowman defeated Robert Roode
(6) Becky Lynch (c) beat Sasha Banks via Disqualification to retain the Raw Women’s Championship
(7) Natalya defeated Lacey Evans
(8) Seth Rollins defeated The Fiend via Disqualification to retain the Universal Championship

SOURCE

WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster (Manila, Philippines) 9/20/19

(1) Kevin Owens beat Andrade
(2) Chad Gable defeated EC3
(3) Carmella beat Mandy Rose
(4) Shinsuke Nakamura (c) defeated Ali to retain the Intercontinental Championship
(5) Roman Reigns beat Sami Zayn
(6) Bayley (c) beat Charlotte in a Street Fight to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship
(7) The Revival (c) beat The New Day to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
(8) Kofi Kingston (c) defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship

SOURCE

WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) 9/21/19

(1) Ricochet beat Cesaro
(2) Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) beat Dana Brooke & Tamina to retain the Women’s Tag Team Championships
(3) The OC beat The Viking Raiders & Lucha House Party
(4) Braun Strowman defeated Robert Roode
(5) Becky Lynch (c) beat Sasha Banks via Disqualification to retain the Raw Women’s Championship
(6) Cedric Alexander beat Mojo Rawley
(7) Natalya defeated Lacey Evans
(8) Seth Rollins defeated The Fiend via Disqualification to retain the Universal Championship

SOURCE

WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster (Shanghai, China) 9/21/19

(1) Kevin Owens beat Andrade
(2) Chad Gable defeated EC3
(3) Carmella & Xia Li beat Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
(4) Shinsuke Nakamura (c) (w/ Sami Zayn) defeated Ali to retain the Intercontinental Championship
(5) Roman Reigns beat Sami Zayn
(6) Bayley (c) beat Charlotte in a Street Fight to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship
(7) The Revival (c) beat The New Day to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
(8) Kofi Kingston (c) defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship

SOURCE

WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster (Honolulu, Hawaii) 9/22/19

(1) Kevin Owens beat Andrade
(2) Carmella beat Mandy Rose
(3) The Revival (c) beat The New Day to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
(4) Shinsuke Nakamura (c) (w/ Sami Zayn) defeated Ali to retain the Intercontinental Championship
(5) Roman Reigns beat Sami Zayn
(6) Chad Gable defeated EC3
(7) Bayley (c) beat Charlotte in a Street Fight to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship
(8) Kofi Kingston (c) defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship

SOURCE

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•WWE TV Match Results

Monday Night Raw TV Results 9/23/19

(1) The Viking Raiders beat The OC (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows w/ A.J. Styles)
(2) Rusev defeated EC3
(3) Sasha Banks (w/ Bayley) beat Nikki Cross (w/ Alexa Bliss)
(4) Lacey Evans defeated Ember Moon
(5) Chad Gable beat Baron Corbin via Disqualification
(6) Rey Mysterio won a Fatal Five-Way to earn a Universal Championship match next week
– Ricochet eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura
– Nakamura eliminated by A.J. Styles
– A.J. Styles eliminated by Robert Roode
– Rey Mysterio eliminated Robert Roode to win the match
(7) Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman ends in a No Contest after “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt attacked Strowman and Rollins

Smackdown Live TV Results 9/24/19

(1) Erick Rowan beat Daniel Bryan
(2) Chad Gable defeated Mike Kanellis
(3) Sasha Banks & Bayley beat Charlotte & Carmella (w/ R-Truth)
(4) Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ Sami Zayn) defeated Ali
(5) The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) beat The B-Team
(6) The Kabuki Warriors defeated Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville

205 Live Results (Aired on WWE Network) 9/24/19

(1) Humberto Carillo beat Angel Garza
(2) Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch defeated Drew Gulak & Tony Nese

WWE NXT UK (Aired on WWE Network) 9/25/19

(1) Ligero beat Oliver Carter
(2) Nina Samuels defeated Dani Luna
(3) Noam Dar beat Trent Seven via Disqualification

WWE NXT (Hour 1 on USA Network and Hour 2 on WWE Network) 9/25/19

(1) Keith Lee beat Dominik Dijakovic
(2) Dakota Kai defeated Taynara Conti
(3) Matt Riddle beat Killian Dane. Riddle faces Adam Cole for the NXT Championship next week.
(4) Rhea Ripley defeated Kayden Carter (F.K.A. Lacey Lane)
(5) Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch beat Ever-Rise
(6) Cameron Grimes defeated Raul Mendoza
(7) Kushida & Breezango beat Imperium (Alexander Wolfe, Fabian Aichner, & Marcel Barthel)

WWE Main Event (Aired on Hulu and WWE Network) 9/26/19

(1) Cesaro beat Zack Ryder
(2) Heath Slater & Titus O’Neil defeated Eric Young & Mojo Rawley

SOURCE: WKPWP Post-Raw On-Site Correspondent

24/7 Championship Update

    • WWE Live Event in Manila, Philippines
      – EC3 beat R-Truth
      – R-Truth pinned EC3 to win the Championship back
    • WWE Live Event in Shanghai, China
      – EC3 beat R-Truth
      – R-Truth pinned EC3 to win the Championship back
    • WWE Live Event in Honolulu, Hawaii
      – EC3 beat R-Truth
      – R-Truth pinned EC3 to win the Championship back
    • Raw
      – Carmella pinned R-Truth to win the 24/7 Championship

•Upcoming Lineups for Stadium/PPV Events

WWE Hell in a Cell on October 6 from Sacramento, Calif.

  • Seth Rollins (c) vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt in a Hell in a Cell match for the Universal Championship
  • Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Bank in a Hell in a Cell match for the Raw Women’s Championship
  • Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan vs. Erick Rowan & Luke Harper

•Upcoming Events

Thu. 9/26/19 WWE NXT Live Event, Hy-Vee Hall, Des Moines, Iowa
Fri. 9/27/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Fri. 9/27/19 WWE NXT Live Event, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, Independence, Mo.
Sat. 9/28/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Findlay Toyota Center, Prescott, Ariz.
Sat. 9/28/19 WWE NXT Live Event, Family Arena, St. Louis, Mo.
Sun. 9/29/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Ariz.
Sun. 9/29/19 WWE NXT Live Event, Landers Center, Southaven, Miss.
Mon. 9/30/19 WWE Raw, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Ariz.
– Seth Rollins (c) vs. Rey Mysterio for the Universal Championship
Wed. 10/2/19 WWE NXT, Full Sail University, Winter Park, Fla.
– Adam Cole (c) vs. Matt Riddle for the NXT Championship
– Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Candice LeRae for the NXT Women’s Championship
– Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) (c) vs. The Street Profits for the NXT Tag Team Championships
Fri. 10/4/19 WWE Smackdown, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
– Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship
– Becky Lynch & Charlotte vs. Bayley & Sasha Bank
– Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon in a Ladder Match, loser is fired from WWE
Sat. 10/5/19 WWE Supershow, Pechanga Arena, San Diego, Calif.
Sun. 10/6/19 WWE Hell in a Cell, Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif.
Mon. 10/7/19 WWE Raw, Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, Calif.
Wed. 10/9/19 WWE NXT, Full Sail University, Winter Park, Fla.
Fri. 10/11/19 WWE Smackdown, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
– WWE Draft Night 1
Sat. 10/12/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
Sat. 10/12/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Ector County Coliseum, Odessa, Texas
Sun. 10/13/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Istbank Center, Broomfield, Colo.
Sun. 10/13/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Amarillo Civic Center, Amarillo, Texas
Mon. 10/14/19 WWE Raw, Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.
– WWE Draft Night 2
Wed. 10/16/19 WWE NXT, Full Sail University, Winter Park, Fla.
Thu. 10/17/19 WWE NXT Live Event, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Ore.
Fri. 10/18/19 WWE Smackdown, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
Fri. 10/18/19 WWE NXT Live Event, The Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Wash.
Sat. 10/19/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Cure Insurance Arena, Trenton, N.J.
Sat. 10/19/19 WWE NXT Live Event, PNE Argodome, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Sun. 10/20/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
Sun. 10/20/19 WWE NXT Live Event, Prospera Place, Kelowna, B.C., Canada
Mon. 10/21/19 WWE Raw, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
Mon. 10/21/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia
Tue. 10/22/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Wed. 10/23/19 WWE NXT, Full Sail University, Winter Park, Fla.
Wed. 10/23/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
Fri. 10/25/19 WWE Smackdown, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.
Sat. 10/26/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mon. 10/28/19 WWE Raw, Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo.
Fri. 11/1/19 WWE Smackdown, Keybank Center, Buffalo, N.Y.
Mon. 11/4/19 WWE Raw, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.
Wed. 11/6/19 WWE NXT, Full Sail University, Winter Park, Fla.


•Latest TV Highlights

Monday Night Raw

  • Seth Rollins opened Raw this week and said over the last seven years he’s done a lot in the ring, but he’s never felt the way he did last week. He was defenseless in the ring being mugged by five dudes, and then “the living embodiment of a nightmare” was up in his face. He said he had no fight left in him and it was all he could do to just close his eyes and hope it’s a bad dream. He said at Hell in a Cell he will do what he always does, “survive and prevail.” Braun Strowman interrupted upset that Seth said he hoped he doesn’t get a rematch for the Universal Title. Seth corrected him saying he didn’t say that, he just has a lot on his plate including Bray Wyatt in two weeks and the winner of the Fatal Five-Way match next week in championship matches. Seth then challenged Braun to a match tonight. The match was made official and was the main event of Raw. In the match, Braun was in control when The Fiend’s music played. Wyatt appeared and gave Strowman a Mandible Claw. Strowman got back up and Wyatt gave him another Mandible Claw. Seth sat in the corner of the ring frozen with fear as the Fiend approached him. The Fiend stared at a terrified Rollins as the show ended.
  • Rey Mysterio won a Fatal Five-Way match to earn a Universal Title match next week on the “season premiere” of Raw. Throughout the show, the five competitors gave brief interviews teasing the match. Mysterio talked about how he almost retired a few weeks ago and thanked his son Dominic for talking him through his moment of doubt and dedicated the upcoming match to him. The match featured Ricochet, Shinsuke Nakamura, Robert Roode, A.J. Styles, and Rey Mysterio. Ricochet was eliminated first by Nakamura after a Kinsasha. Styles would eliminate Nakamura after attempting to hit a Phenomenal Forearm on Roode, who moved out of the way. Nakamura wasn’t so lucky. Styles was then eliminated by Roode after a Glorious DDT and Mysterio would pin Roode after a 619 and a Springboard Splash for the three count.

Smackdown

  • Erick Rowan opened Smackdown to discuss the recent events involving himself, Luke Harper, Daniel Bryan, and Roman Reigns. Rowan said he created violence that commands respect. People like to belittle him by calling him a big redwood. It reminds him of a saying, “Might makes right” and the entire Smackdown locker room knows he’s right. Daniel Bryan interrupted dressed to wrestle. He walked to the ring and said he Rowan feels he’s right and wants respect, “Fight me right now” and dropped the microphone. An official was immediately available to make the match official and the bell rang. Near the end of the match, Luke Harper appeared. Bryan dove through the ropes to take care of Harper, who crashed into the announce table, but immediately stood up. Bryan backed up to the ring while looking at Harper, but Rowan was inside the ring and picked Bryan up by his beard. Rowan then attempted a claw slam, picking Bryan up over the ropes and slamming him back into the ring. Bryans foot got caught between the top and middle ropes and he took a nasty fall. The official had to help Bryan untangle his foot and after he was freed, Rowan hit him with another Claw Slam for the win. After the match Harper and Rowan attacked Bryan until Roman Reigns came out to break up the attack. Bryan and Reigns would eventually hold the ring. Bryan grabbed a microphone and asked the fans if they want to see him and Roman team up and attack “their disrespecting asses.” The fans chanted yes and we would be informed later in the night that this tag team match was made official for Hell in a Cell.
  • Shane McMahon invited Kevin Owens to Smackdown to try and work out Owens’ lawsuit without taking it to court. Shane came out with a team of attorneys, then invited Owens out. Shane offered Owens a “clean slate” saying he would be rehired and his $100,000 fine would be dropped. He would do this if Owens dropped the lawsuit. Shane threatened Owens saying that court can be draining and he can drag it out for years with appeal after appeal which is bad for Owens’ family. Owens responded calling Shane an idiot and that what he really wants is Shane’s ass fired because he doesn’t belong in a locker room with Owens. Owens said he wanted one final match, loser leaves WWE. Shane asked what the catch was and Owens responded he wants a ladder match with their fates hanging over their heads. Owens’ music played and it appeared Shane accepted, but his microphone was turned off so we only saw the visual of Shane accepting.

NXT

  • Matt Riddle and Killian Dane main evented the USA Network hour of NXT this week in a Street Fight to crown a new number one contender for the NXT Championship. The match went over twenty minutes. Killian Dane tackled Riddle through a wall, Riddle hit a senton on Dane who was laying across a table. Riddle hit Dane with a top rope power bomb, then through a chair to Dane who caught it just in time for Riddle to hit him with a running knee strike right through the chair. Killian Dane would eventually tap out to the Fujiwara Arm Bar. After Riddle won, it was announced that Riddle would take on Cole next week on the first two hour episode of NXT on USA. Cole came out after the match to talk trash to Riddle, who quickly grabbed Cole and locked in the Fujiwara Arm Bar on him. Cole tapped out very quickly, but Riddle would leave the submission hold locked on until the rest of Undisputed Era ran out to break it up. Riddle would slide out of the ring as Undisputed Era came out to check on Cole.
  • In the main event of the WWE Network hour, Kushida and two mystery partners were scheduled to take on Imperium. Kushida would select Breezango to be his partners. After a lengthy match, Kushida would pick up the pinfall victory and quickly slide out of the ring to avoid the other members of Imperium. Walter, suspicious by his absence would appear giving Kushida a boot to the face as he stood on the stage. NXT would go off the air as Walter and his three cohorts stood over Kushida. Interestingly, the WWE Network Hour of NXT ended 10 minutes early. Hopefully they’ll get the timing better because they’re live on USA Network next week and there’s not much room for error on cable television.

•Listen to the latest Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Post-Show – Smackdown Post-Show

PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by ex-WWE Creative Team member Jason Allen to review WWE Smackdown with live callers and answer mailbag questions including the rushed Kevin Owens-Roman Reigns angle, Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan forming a team, Sasha Banks attacking Becky Lynch, more short jokes at Chad Gable’s expense, and more from the “season finale” of Smackdown as it ended its run on USA Network. They also talk with an on-site correspondent who attended in San Francisco, Calif….

-On Tune In Radio HERE
-On Apple Podcasts HERE
-Or search “Wade Keller” on your podcast app of choice


•WWE Social Media Highlights

WWE’s social media staff think they’re hilarious tweeting at The Maury Show regarding Maria Kanellis and this horrible pregnancy angle.

https://twitter.com/RealMikeBennett/status/1176165574344368129

Congrats to Maryse and The Miz on the birth of their second daughter this week!

Bray Wyatt tweeted an apology to Braun; also a warning saying he’s losing control of it.

Sasha Banks is trolling fans on Twitter and going toe to toe with Becky as well.


•Closing Commentary

– Get ready; next week, the wrestling landscape changes! I am so excited. We have a whole new lineup of shows. Say goodbye to free time if you want to keep up in real time! Raw on Mondays, NXT and AEW both live at the same time on Wednesdays, and Smackdown on Fridays, and that’s just the primary shows on cable television. Impact will soon start on AXS TV on Tuesdays as well. AXS also has WOW and NJPW shows on Saturday. There’s also ROH and the NWA, which are set to begin a new television show as well. There are also rumors of a WWE studio show as well as an AEW studio show, though there aren’t many details yet. There’s just so much wrestling, it will be fascinating to see what companies suffer. There are only so many hours in a week and so many dollars to be spent. Something will have to give. Regardless of your opinion of AEW and/or WWE, competition will only be beneficial. Competition breeds creativity. It will give wrestlers more options and viewers more options. If you’re not happy with Raw, there is so much wrestling elsewhere readily available, you don’t have to watch it. Ratings will be more important than ever, especially on Wednesday nights where AEW and NXT go head to head. Unfortunately for UK viewers, neither show will be available on Wednesday nights from my understanding. I may be wrong, but I think the only way to watch NXT – without the use of some nefarious means – will be to wait until it airs on Thursday. AEW also announced today that the only way to watch the shows live at this moment is to pay $4.99 per month and watch through Fite TV. Neither of these are good options, and both WWE and AEW should look into pleasing the international audiences. Canada also doesn’t have USA Network, which means the Canadian wrestling fans will be forced to wait until Thursday for NXT, and I’m not aware of a way for Canadian fans to watch AEW.

I know both WWE and AEW are based in the United States, but they have huge international audiences. AEW missed a huge opportunity to capture the UK market after they found out they’d have no way to watch NXT live, and to the point they’ve failed. Hopefully they find a good solution. Everyone rest up this weekend; there’s a lot of wrestling to watch next week!


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