Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 8/23/17: Smackdown Live Brooklyn Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Smackdown Live was live this week in Brooklyn, New York for the final show of their 4 night event in Brooklyn. With NXT Takeover, WWE SummerSlam and RAW in the books, how will Smackdown Live close the tour out??

** Smackdown Live Card **

- Bobby Roode from NXT makes his Smackdown Live debut and battled Aiden English.
- WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions The Usos battled The Hype Bros. in a non title match.
- Shinsuke Nakamura battled The Singh Brothers in a Handicap Match.
- WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Nattie Neidhart and Ms. Money In The Bank Carmella battled Becky Lynch and Naomi. 
- WWE United States Champion AJ Styles defended his title against Kevin Owens with Baron Corbin as Special Guest Referee.

- WWE United States Champion AJ Styles announces the return of the US Open Challenge.

** Smackdown Live **

- AJ Styles Promo: Styles talks about retaining his title at WWE SummerSlam and announces the return of the US Open Challenge. Kevin Owens interrupts and Styles immediately says no he's done with Owens. Owens says Styles can't take credit for winning because a McMahon screwed a Canadian again. Shane McMahon interrupts and can see Owens is upset, but Shane did call the match right down the middle. Owens says he was physically assaulted and that's how Styles won. Shane says the better man won, but Owens still demands his title back. Styles tells them both to shut up and he'll give Owens a rematch. Owens accepts but he wants to pick his own referee. Shane tells Styles to think about this first. Styles says he doesn't care because Owens will still lose. Shane makes the match official for tonight to end the segment.

- Backstage, Daniel Bryan informs Jinder Mahal that he can't win a match without The Singh Brothers interfering. Bryan says that Shinsuke Nakamura deserves another shot at Mahal and then announces Nakamura vs. The Singh Brothers tonight.

- Backstage, Kevin Owens tells Sami Zayn that they've been friends for 15 years and he's the only one that Owens trusts to be his referee tonight. Zayn says they've been fighting each other for so long that he's forgotten what they've been fighting about. Zayn says he'll think about it. 
 

- Aiden English vs. Bobby Roode: The match closes out with English hitting the Director's Cut on Roode for a near fall. Roode hits a spine buster on English and then the Glorious DDT for the pinfall.
Winner: Bobby Roode, by pinfall.

- After the match, Bobby Roode congratulates Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan for cashing in on Bobby Roode. Roode says that with his presence Smackdown Live has gone from being great to now being glorious.

- Backstage, Chad Gable is asked to be seen by Daniel Bryan. Bryan says he cut a deal with Kurt Angle when Angle took Jason Jordan to RAW. Angle introduces Gable to his new tag team partner just signed by WWE. Former WWE Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin. Gable is excited about the announcement.


- Backstage, Kevin Owens gives Sami Zayn a referee shirt. Zayn turns down the offer.

- The Hype Bros vs. The Usos: The match closes out with Ryder unloading as Mojo gets tossed outside. Ryder gets distracted and eats a cheap shot. Ryder gets hit with an Uso Kick and The Usos score the pinfall.
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall.

- After the match, The Usos send a warning to all the Smackdown Live tag teams.

- "Handicap Match": Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Singh Brothers: The match closes out with Jinder Mahal distracting Nakamura, helping The Singh Brothers double team him. Nakamura makes the comeback and catches Samir Singh in an arm bar submission for the tap out win.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by submission.

- After the match, Mahal attacks Nakamura from behind. Nakamura comes back and hits the Kinshasa, knocking out Mahal.

- Backstage, Breezango tell Kevin Owens their off this week so they'll referee. Owens tells them to get lost. Owens changes his mind, but Baron Corbin interrupts and says he'll do it, but he better get the first title shot when Owens wins the United States Championship back.

- Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Nattie Neidhart and Carmella: The match closes out with Naomi trapping Nattie in a submission. Nattie escapes and unloads on Naomi. Carmella is tagged in, but refuses to wrestle. Nattie and Carmella go at it and Carmella kicks Nattie to the floor. Becky grabs Carmella and nails the Bexploder. Naomi hits the split legged moonsault on Carmella and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Becky Lynch and Naomi by pinfall.

- Backstage, Dolph Ziggler returns and announces that next week he's going to start delivering stupid gimmicks to get over because that's apparently what you need to get over in the WWE.

- Backstage, Lana tells Tamina to close her eyes and think about all the people who have talked behind her back and channel that anger. Lana says Tamina is now ready, they will crush the competition and Tamina will be a future WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion.

- Backstage, Baron Corbin tells AJ Styles that he's the referee and made a deal with Kevin Owens. Corbin asks what Styles will offer. Styles says he can get his title shot anytime all he has to do is answer the US Open Challenge.

- "WWE United States Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens, with Baron Corbin as Special Guest Referee: The match closes out with Styles and Corbin arguing until Owens sends Styles into Corbin and gets a near fall rollup. Styles and Corbin argue again. Shane McMahon arrives and yells at Corbin for his fast counts. Corbin yells at Shane as Owens low blows Styles. Shane ejects Corbin as the referee and takes over.  Corbin throws his shirt at Shane and yells at him. Owens steps in and starts arguing with Shane now. Styles catches Owens with the Phenomenal Forearm and scores the pinfall.
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall, to retain the WWE United States Championship.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Krunch Time With Katelin: 5 Takeaways From The Browns vs Giants Preseason Game


By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE

The Browns pulled off a 10-6 victory against the Giants in the second week of the preseason. The game was hard to watch. Each team had multiple turnovers, dropped passes, and overall sloppy play. But that's how the 2017 Cleveland Browns will win games this season. Sloppy, low-scoring games where the defense forces turnovers and the offense capitalizes on them. But lets get to why we are here. My five takeaways on the game from Monday Night.


1. DeShone Kizer should be the quarterback week one. Is Kizer 100% ready? Probably not. But does he give the Browns the best chance to win? Yes, without a doubt. Brock Osweiler isn't the answer and neither is Cody Kessler. Brock is 6'8 and is still getting passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage. And that's what happened in this game resulting in an interception. If you are counting at home, this is the Browns quarterbacks scoring drives tallies: Kizer (Four) Kessler (One) Brock (Zero) and Hogan (Zero). Yes, Kizer had two of his scoring drives against second-fourth teamers vs the Saints, but he was still playing with the same types of players.

2. Joe Schobert showed why he should be the starting middle linebacker on this team. Schobert a fourth round pick last season was mainly a special teams player last season. And when he did play it was at outside linebacker. But this season he was moved to the inside, he also lost some weight and he is now flying around the field.

3. Briean Boddy-Calhoun. I don't know what more I can say about him. The guy is a football player. He has a nose for the ball. Whether that's jumping a passing route for an interception, blowing up a play in the backfield, or being a hard hitting corner when the receiver catches the ball, the guy is constantly around the ball. I would take 11 Boddy-Calhoun's. The guy has a passion for the game of football and could be a fan favorite by the end of the season.

4. Matt Dayes is pretty good. He could easily become the Browns third down back if the Browns end up using Duke Johnson in the slot during passing downs. Dayes was the second to last pick in the draft and had a leg up in the third running back competition considering he coached by the Browns during the Senior Bowl. I think its a bit early to call the Browns running backs a three headed monster but the way they plan on running the ball the Browns will probably need three guys to keep everyone rested and healthy.

5. The defense showed why the acquisition of Gregg Williams is the best move of the entire off-season. Williams' defense is attacking the ball every single play. We seen Jason McCourty force a fumble, Boddy-Calhoun bait Geno Smith into a red zone interception. Oh and the rookies, Myles Garrett recorded his first sack and Jabrill Peppers...Peppers made veteran receiver Brandon Marshall hear footsteps while he tried to go up for a catch.. Oh and Peppers also made an impact as a punt returner.

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 8/22/17: RAW Brooklyn Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

The beginning of the work week is here, but that also means a new week in professional wrestling is upon us! Sunday night, WWE held their hottest show of the summer, WWE SummerSlam. We had some new champions crowned from RAW and the reign of Brock Lesnar continues on as he survived his Fatal Four Way Match. Next up for RAW is WWE No Mercy which takes place in one months time. What new feuds are ahead as RAW was live at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

** This Weeks Card **

- Big Cass battled Enzo in a Brooklyn Street Fight Match.
- Nia Jax battled Emma.
- Elias Samson battled R-Truth. 
- Drew Gulak, Noam Dar, Ariya Daivari and Tony Nese battled Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali and Gran Metalik in an Eight Man Tag Team Match.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose battled The Hardy Boys in a non title match. 
- Finn Balor battled Jason Jordan.
- John Cena and Roman Reigns battled WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz and Samoa Joe.

- WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman get a new challenger step up to them.

- RAW GM Kurt Angle has a surprise for the fans.

- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose celebrate their title win. 

- WWE RAW Women's Champion Sasha Banks celebrates her title win.

** RAW **

- Brock Lesnar Promo: Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman hit the ring to start RAW. Heyman talks about SummerSlam, the conspiracy against Lesnar and how for the first time ever Lesnar was stretchered out. Heyman mentions Lesnar coming back, beating Roman Reigns and says there isn't anyone in WWE or UFC that can touch Lesnar. Braun Strowman interrupts and heads to the ring. Strowman attempts a choke slam, but Lesnar escapes. Strowman hits a big boot and the running power slam, putting Lesnar down. Strowman hits a second running power slam on Lesnar and then celebrates with the WWE Universal Championship, as Heyman looks on, shocked.

- "Brooklyn Street Fight Match": Big Cass vs. Enzo: The match closes out with Cass dominating Enzo. Cass goes for the Big Boot, but Enzo moves causing Cass to fall outside and hurt his knee. Enzo grabs a steel chair as Cass attempts the Empire Elbow. Cass goes down again grabbing his knee and the referee calls off the match.
Winner: Enzo, by stoppage.

- Backstage, Emma says she's sick of hearing about Sasha Banks and we need to watch what she does to Nia Jax tonight. Nia appears behind Emma while she mocks Nia. Nia says Emma's hashtag tonight will be #GiveEmmaCPR.

- Nia Jax vs. Emma: The match closes out with Nia splashing Emma in the corner, but misses a second attempt. Emma with a drop kick, but gets caught in mid air by Nia and planted with a Samoan Drop. Nia covers and gets the squash pinfall.
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall.

- Elias Samson is in the ring with his guitar and is going to sing about his opponent R-Truth. Samson mocks Truth in his song, when suddenly Truth interrupts and both men go one on one right now.

- Elias Samson vs. R-Truth: The match closes out with Truth hitting a heel kick and unloads on Samson in the corner. Samson comes back, lands a kick and hits Drift Away on Truth for the pinfall.
Winner: Elias Samson, by pinfall.

- Kurt Angle Promo: Angle says he promised us a surprise and introduces John Cena. Cena says he accepted Angle's invitation to come to RAW so he could go face to face with one certain man. Roman Reigns interrupts and heads to the ring. Cena says Reigns was exactly who he was looking for. Reigns says Cena is in his yard now if he has something to say he needs to say it to his face. Cena takes off his shirt and gets ready to fight Reigns when The Miztourage suddenly interrupt. Miz mocks Cena and Reigns and says he's sick of waiting for his moment while Cena and Reigns get there's non stop. Miz asks Angle why do they need Cena on RAW when The Miz is right here. Miz continues to mock Cena and Reigns and again demands to know where his moment is for the 12 years of his dedication he's given to the WWE. Cena tells Miz that if he wants his moment than he and one of his lackeys can battle Cena and Reigns tonight. Samoa Joe suddenly interrupts and heads to the ring. Joe says if anyone is going to be Miz's partner it's going to be Joe. Joe says he's sick of Reigns claiming the ring as his yard. Joe then catches Cena off guard and attacks. Joe unloads on Cena as Reigns takes out Dallas and Axel. Reigns catches Miz and tosses him on top of Dallas and Axel. Joe counters a AA and locks Cena in the Coquina Clutch submission. Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Joe, leaving he and Cena standing alone to end the segment.

- "Eight Man Tag Team Match": Drew Gulak, Noam Dar, Ariya Daivari and Tony Nese vs. Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali and Gran Metalik: The match closes out with Metalik moonsaulting to the floor on Gulak and Daivari. Alexander lands a kick on Nese and then hits the Lumbar Check for the pinfall.
Winners: Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Gran Metalik and Rich Swann, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Neville talks about winning the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Akira Tozawa and Titus O'Neil interrupt and demand a rematch.

- Backstage, Jason Jordan tells Kurt Angle he doesn't want special treatment, but he wants to wrestle Finn Balor tonight. Angle makes the match official.

- Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins Promo: Rollins talks about how great things feel right now. Ambrose admits he never thought this would happen. Rollins says it's time to celebrate and everyone is invited, except for Sheamus and Cesaro. The Hardy Boys interrupt and head to the ring. Jeff Hardy wants to congratulate Rollins and Ambrose. Matt Hardy says it's a beautiful thing when brothers are on the same page and then they issue a challenge to Rollins and Ambrose. Rollins says it would be an honor and accepts the challenge.

- Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. The Hardy Boys: The match closes out with Jeff hitting Twist of Fate on Ambrose. Jeff goes for the Swanton Bomb, but Ambrose gets his knees up. Jeff counters Dirty Deeds, but Rollins is in and hits the leaping knee on Jeff. Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds on Jeff and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Samoa Joe takes charge, tells Dallas and Axel to stand guard at ringside, tells Miz just be annoying like he usually is and Joe will destroy everyone.

- Sasha Banks Promo: Sasha says the world doesn't need a fake goddess they need a boss. Sasha says she'll defend her title fairly and won't need someone to watch her back except for the fans. Alexa Bliss interrupts on the RAW stage. Alexa mocks Sasha's four title reigns and Sasha dares Alexa to use her rematch clause right now. Alexa says no because Brooklyn doesn't deserve it. Alexa says she'll request her rematch for next week to end the segment.

- Jason Jordan vs. Finn Balor: The match closes out with Jordan sending Balor into the corner, but misses a running shoulder, as Balor lands a kick. Balor drops Jordan with Sling Blade then drop kicks him in the corner. Balor goes to the top rope and hits Coup de Grace for the pinfall.
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall.


- John Cena and Roman Reigns vs. The Miz and Samoa Joe: The match closes out with Miz dodging the Five Knuckle Shuffle as Joe hits the ring. Joe traps Cena in the Coquina Clutch submission. Reigns goes for the Superman Punch, but accidentally hits Cena. Joe runs the ropes but eats a punch from Reigns. Joe and Reigns fall outside as Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale on Cena. Cena counters it, hits the AA and scores the pinfall on Miz.
Winners: John Cena and Roman Reigns, by pinfall.

- After the match, Reigns tells Cena "my bad" about the Superman Punch. Cena and Reigns stare each other down to end the show.


Monday, August 21, 2017

WWE SummerSlam Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

It's the WWE's hottest pay per view of the summer, it's WWE SummerSlam!! WWE SummerSlam was live at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Coming off of a very hot NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 3 on Saturday night, can the WWE compete tonight??

** SummerSlam Card **

- WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar defended his title against Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman in a Fatal Four Way Match.
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal defended his title against Shinsuke Nakamura.
- WWE United States Champion AJ Styles defended his title against Kevin Owens with Shane McMahon as the special guest referee.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Akira Tozawa defended his title against Neville.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro defended their titles against Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.
- WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions The New Day defended their titles against The Usos.
- WWE RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss defended her title against Sasha Banks.
- WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Naomi defended her title against Nattie Neidhart.
- Bray Wyatt battled Finn Balor.
- Baron Corbin battled John Cena.
- Big Show battled Big Cass with Enzo suspended above the ring in a shark cage.
- Rusev battled Randy Orton.
- The Hardy Boys and Jason Jordan battled WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas in a Six Man Tag Team Match.

** SummerSlam PreShow **

- Backstage, Baron Corbin is interviewed. Corbin says John Cena will pay tonight for costing Corbin his Money In The Bank briefcase this past Smackdown Live.

- Backstage, Shane McMahon is interviewed about his special guest referee spot in the AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens match. Shane says he's calling it down the middle and won't get involved unless Styles or Owens give him reason to.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": The Hardy Boys and Jason Jordan vs. The Miztourage: The match closes out with Miz in control of Jeff Hardy. Axel tags in and works over Jeff next. Jeff hits an enziguri on Axel and tags in Matt Hardy. Matt hits a clothesline and a bulldog on Miz and then drops Dallas and Axel. Miz counters the Twist of Fate and Matt counters the Skull Crushing Finale. Miz drops Matt and gets a near fall. Miz unloads Yes Kicks, but Matt comes back with a near fall Side Effect. Jordan tags in, tosses Axel into the corner, suplexes Dallas into the same corner and hits a double spear on both. All six men get involved next until it comes down to Jordan hitting a belly to belly suplex on Axel. Miz blind tags in and Jordan misses it. Jordan goes for a back body drop on Axel, but Miz saves Axel and drops Jordan with the Skull Crushing Finale for the pinfall.
Winners: The Miztourage, by pinfall.

- Social Media Lounge Interview With Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose: Ambrose says he's feeling really aggressive tonight and he and Rollins scorch everything in their way when they channel their energy in the same direction. Ambrose and Rollins state that they're focused on tonight. Rollins says it's cool fighting along side Ambrose and they're both 100% confident tonight.

- "WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match": Akira Tozawa (c) vs. Neville: The match closes out with Tozawa hitting a couple forearms, misses a third, but dumps Neville on the mat. Tozawa goes to the top rope, but jumps down as Neville moves. Neville sends Tozawa to the apron. Tozawa springboards in, but Neville catches Tozawa. Tozawa counters out and traps Neville in an Octopus Stretch submission. Neville escapes and gets a near fall rollup. Tozawa hits a Shining Wizard on Neville and gets a near fall. Tozawa lands a kick on Neville, but gets dropped with an enziguri when he charges at Neville. Tozawa hits a hurricanrana and another kick on Neville. Neville unloads on Tozawa's shoulder, but Tozawa lands a punch and a kick in return. Tozawa goes to the top rope, but gets cut off by Neville. Tozawa sends Neville to the mat and goes for the senton. Neville blocks with his knees up on Tozawa. Neville goes to the top rope, hits the Red Arrow and scores the pinfall, to win the title.
Winner: Neville, by pinfall, to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

- Elias Samson interrupts the show, sitting in the ring with his guitar. Elias sings a song, mocking Brooklyn and the 5 Boroughs of New York. Elias then sings an encore song mocking Biggie Smalls, Jay Z, hipsters and Brooklyn.

- Backstage, The Singh Brothers introduce the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal. Mahal mocks all those who have stepped in front of him and promises that Shinsuke Nakamura will be no different tonight. Mahal then speaks in Punjabi to all his fans in India.

- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Match": The New Day (c) vs. The Usos: The match closes out with Woods unloading chops and punches on Jimmy. Woods takes out both Usos outside. Big E goes for a suicide dive, but eats a Uso Kick and is left dangling on the ropes. Uso Splash on Big E sends him outside and another Uso Splash on Woods for a near fall. Woods traps Jey in a submission as Big E holds Jimmy back from breaking it. Jey escapes by cradling Woods for a near fall. Woods hits a Shining Wizard on Jey for a near fall and then knocks Jimmy off the apron. Jey counters the Honor Roll, but Woods escapes and tags Big E. Woods hits Jimmy with a DDT on the floor. New Day hit Midnight Hour on Jey, but Jimmy breaks up the pinfall. Woods sends Jimmy outside, but Jey grabs Woods and tosses him on top of Jimmy outside, who catches Woods and hits a Samoan Drop on the floor. Jimmy grabs Kofi and sends him head first into the steel steps, knocking Kofi out. Big E goes for the Big Ending on Jey, but Jimmy lands an Uso Kick. Jey with an Uso Kick then both Usos hit Uso Kicks. Jimmy and Jey hit double Uso Splashes on Big E and score the pinfall to win the titles.
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall, to win the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship.

- After a KFC commercial, Shawn Michaels makes a surprise appearance at the Barclays Center dressed as Colonial Sanders.

- Backstage, Paul Heyman is about to cut a promo on the reigning and defending Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, when Braun Strowman interrupts and tells Heyman he talks too much.

** SummerSlam Recap **

- John Cena vs. Baron Corbin: The match closes out with Corbin getting a near fall clothesline on Cena. Cena makes a comeback, but Corbin shuts him down. Corbin yells at Cena and at the crowd and grounds Cena. Cena gets up, hits a drop kick on Corbin and follows that up with the clothesline and shoulder tackle. Corbin dodges the Five Knuckle Shuffle and plants Cena with a choke slam into a backbreaker for a near fall. Cena lands a head butt, a tornado DDT and then hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle on the second attempt. Corbin counters the AA and hits Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin unloads on Cena, but gets dropped by a clothesline as he charged at Cena. Cena plants Corbin with the AA and scores the pinfall.
Winner: John Cena, by pinfall.

- "WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship Match": Naomi (c) vs. Nattie Neidhart: The match closes out with Nattie in control of Naomi. Nattie drops Naomi and then stomps on her in the corner. Nattie keeps control until Naomi unloads kicks on Nattie. Nattie catches Naomi and slams her to the mat for a near fall. Nattie traps Naomi in an abdominal stretch submission and works over Naomi's back. Nattie releases and hits a discus clothesline on Naomi for a near fall. Nattie attempts another discus clothesline, but Naomi lands a kick and drops Nattie for a near fall. Both ladies trade offense until Naomi hits a slingshot leg drop on Nattie for a near fall. Nattie catches Naomi and traps her in the Sharpshooter submission. Naomi is able to escape and unload on Nattie. Nattie counters and again traps Naomi in the Sharpshooter submission. Nattie locks it tight and makes Naomi tap out to win the title.
Winner: Nattie Neidhart, by submission, to win the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship.

- Big Show vs. Big Cass, With Enzo Locked In A Shark Cage And Suspended Above The Ring: Big Show comes to the ring with his injured hand wrapped. The match closes out with Show hitting a side slam on Cass, but lands on his bad hand. Show misses a Vader Bomb as Cass moves. Show hits the Knockout Punch on Cass, but barely connects with his hand wrapped and gets a near fall. Cass unloads on Show's bad hand and applies an arm bar submission. Show is able to fight back and gets a near fall choke slam on Cass. Cass rolls outside and then unloads some more on Show's injured hand when he tries to pull him back into the ring. Cass sends Show's injured hand into the ring post as Enzo starts squirming his way out of the shark cage above. Enzo escapes, climbs down from the cage, lands in the ring and then eats a Cass Big Boot. Cass hits the Big Boot on Show, but gets a near fall. Cass hits another Big Boot on Show and then hits the Empire Elbow to score the pinfall.
Winner: Big Cass, by pinfall.

- Backstage, RAW GM Kurt Angle and Smackdown Live GM Daniel Bryan argue over who's show will have the better matches of the night.

- Randy Orton arrives to the ring for his match when suddenly Rusev jumps Orton from behind. Rusev sends Orton into the barricade and beats Orton down. The referee checks on Orton and Orton says he's alright to wrestle.

- Randy Orton vs. Rusev: As soon as the bell rings, Orton dodges a charging Rusev and hits the RKO for the pinfall.
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Sasha Banks and Bayley meet up. Bayley wishes Sasha good luck and gives her a hug.

- "WWE RAW Women's Championship Match": Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks: The match closes out with Sasha in control of Alexa and hits a drop kick. Alexa talks trash, but eats a kick from Sasha, dropping her to the mat. Sasha sends Alexa back of the head first into the turnbuckle and then unloads on her. Sasha charges and hits double knees for a near fall. Sasha counters a DDT, hits a backstabber on Alexa and then applies the Banks Statement submission. Alexa reaches the ropes and slides outside. Sasha follows, but gets tripped by Alexa and lands on her shoulder outside. Alexa grabs Sasha and tosses her outside, landing shoulder first again. Alexa beats down Sasha then hits Twisted Bliss off the ropes for a near fall. Alexa has a temper tantrum as Sasha catches Alexa and traps her in the Banks Statement submission. Alexa beats on Sasha's injured shoulder and stops her from locking it in. Alexa and Sasha counter offense until Sasha again traps Alexa in the Banks Statement submission. Alexa tries to counter the submission, but Sasha is able to lock it in tight and force Alexa to tap out to win the title.
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission, to win the WWE RAW Women's Championship.

- Bray Wyatt vs. "The Demon King" Finn Balor: The match closes out with Bray getting boots to the face and then gets dropped by a Balor over head kick. Bray goes outside, but Balor follows and drop kicks Bray from the apron. Balor with another running drop kick and then hits a double foot stomp off the apron and onto Bray. Back in the ring, Balor counters Sister Abigail and hits a Sling Blade on Bray. Balor charges at Bray, but Bray dodges, kicks Balor, plants Balor into the mat and gets a near fall. Bray unloads on Balor and then hits a running senton for a near fall. Balor plants an elbow on Bray and Bray rolls back outside. Balor follows and drop kicks Bray right into the barricade. Back in the ring, Bray hits a clothesline on Balor and gets a near fall. Bray goes to the corner and spider walks over to Balor. Balor suddenly rises from the mat and stares down Bray. Balor hits Sling Blade on Bray and then hits the running drop kick into the corner. Balor goes to the top rope and hits Coup de Grace on Bray to score the pinfall.
Winner: "The Demon King" Finn Balor, by pinfall.

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": Sheamus and Cesaro (c) vs. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose: The match closes out with Cesaro hitting a cross body on Ambrose for a near fall. Cesaro counters Dirty Deeds, Cesaro Swings Ambrose and then locks Ambrose in the Sharpshooter submission. Sheamus cuts off Rollins from helping and plants Rollins on the floor with a rolling senton. Cesaro counters Ambrose from escaping the Sharpshooter, by rolling through and locking Ambrose in the crossface submission. Ambrose finally escapes, but gets a cheap shot from Sheamus. Sheamus and Cesaro hit a double team clothesline on Ambrose for a near fall and then a double team Celtic Cross for another near fall. Rollins makes the save, but gets beat down next and tossed outside. Sheamus and Cesaro double team Ambrose and go for White Noise. Rollins hits a hurricanrana on Cesaro sending him crashing into Sheamus. Rollins super kicks Cesaro, super kicks Sheamus and then hits the leaping knee to the face of Sheamus. Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds on Sheamus and scores the pinfall to win the titles.
Winners: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, by pinfall, to win the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship.

- "WWE United States Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens, With Shane McMahon As Special Guest Referee: The match closes out with Owens getting a near fall Pop Up Power Bomb on Styles. Owens argues with Shane about the count. Styles traps Owens in the Calf Crusher submission, but Owens kicks Styles into Shane, sending Shane flying outside. Styles reapplies the Calf Crusher submission and Owens taps out, but Shane doesn't see it. Styles releases the submission and argues with Shane when he gets back in the ring. Styles and Shane shove each other. Styles charges Owens, but misses and hits the turnbuckle. Styles hits a forearm, but Owens comes back with a suplex. Styles and Owens trade shots on the top rope. Owens hits a suplex on Styles and gets a near fall. Owens and Styles trade shots, Styles misses a Pele Kick and Owens nails the super kick. Styles counters the Pop Up Power Bomb and gets a near fall Styles Clash on Owens. Owens scores the pinfall on Styles, but Shane calls it off after seeing Styles' foot on the ropes. Owens and Shane argue, Owens pokes his finger at Shane and then shoves Shane. Shane shoves Owens back and Styles gets a near fall rollup. Styles hits the Pele Kick, the Phenomenal Forearm and then the Styles Clash on Owens to score the pinfall to retain the title.
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall, to retain the WWE United States Championship.

- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match": Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura: The match closes out with Mahal grounding Nakamura and mocking him. Mahal continues to keep Nakamura grounded until Nakamura comes back and unloads strikes. Nakamura gets Mahal down on his knees and plants a kick. Nakamura and Mahal trade offense and then Mahal counters the Exploder suplex. Nakamura traps Mahal in an arm bar submission, but Mahal reaches the ropes. Nakamura and Mahal trade more offense until Mahal gets a near fall rollup and then a near fall knee. Nakamura counters the Cobra Clutch Slam and unloads on Mahal. Nakamura dodges a Mahal charge and Mahal hits the turnbuckle. Nakamura takes control of Mahal as Samir Singh jumps on the apron. Nakamura flips Samir into the ring and then nails Sunil Singh on the other side of the ring. Mahal sneaks up behind Nakamura, hits the Cobra Clutch Slam and scores the pinfall to retain the title.
Winner: Jinder Mahal, by pinfall, to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

- "WWE Universal Championship, Fatal Four Way Match": Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman: Brock Lesnar gets stretchered out of the match after Braun Strowman power slams him through two announcers tables and then dumps a third one on top of him. The match closes out with Lesnar charging back to the ring, tackles Strowman and lands MMA punches. Lesnar german suplexes Reigns and Joe. Lesnar tries a german on Strowman, but catches elbows. Lesnar traps Strowman in the Kimura Lock submission, but Reigns breaks it with the Superman Punch. Reigns hits two Superman Punches and a spear on Lesnar for a near fall. Joe traps Reigns in the Coquina Clutch submission, but Strowman breaks it with a drop kick. Strowman power slams Joe for a near fall, as Lesnar pulls the referee out of the ring. Reigns Superman Punches Lesnar and Strowman for a near fall.
Strowman counters the spear and gets a near fall power slam as Lesnar breaks it. Strowman counters the F5 from Lesnar, but Reigns spears both Strowman and Lesnar. Joe stops Lesnar from hitting an F5 on Reigns and then tosses Reigns outside. Joe locks Lesnar in the Coquina Clutch submission, but Lesnar counters with a near fall F5, after Reigns makes the save. Reigns hits three straight Superman Punches on Lesnar and measures up for the spear. Lesnar counters the spear, hits the F5, scores the pinfall and retains the title.
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Universal Championship.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

On TV This Week 8/20 - 8/26


By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams

SUNDAY 8/20

MLB
Cardinals vs. Pirates (ESPN, 7pm)

NFL PRESEASON
Falcons @ Steelers (NFL, 4pm)
Saints @ Chargers (NFL, 8pm)

SOCCER
MLS: Minnesota United FC @ Seattle Sounders FC (FOX Sports 1, 9:30pm)

OTHER SPORTS
Gymnastics: P&G Championships: Women's Events (NBC, 7pm)
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Teen Wolf, SERIES FINALE (MTV, 8pm)
Storage Wars: Biggest Scores, PREMIERE (A&E, 8pm)

The Last Ship, PREMIERE (TNT, 9pm & 10pm)
The Great Food Truck Race, PREMIERE (Food Network, 9pm)
Endeavour on Masterpiece, PREMIERE (PBS, 9pm)
The New Age of Terror, PREMIERE (History, 9pm)

Caribbean Pirate Treasure, PREMIERE (Travel, 10pm)
Survivor's Remorse, PREMIERE (Starz, 10pm)
Episodes, PREMIERE (Showtime, 10pm)
Dice, PREMIERE (Showtime, 10:30pm)



MONDAY 8/21

MLB
Red Sox @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
Red Sox @ Indians OR Diamondbacks @ Mets (MLB, 7pm)

NFL PRESEASON
Giants @ Browns (ESPN/WKYC Cleveland, 8pm)

BASKETBALL
BIG3 Basketball; Seattle (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)
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So You Think You Can Dance, Top 9 Perform LIVE (FOX, 8pm)

Man v. Food; Sleepy Hollow, NY (Travel, 9pm)
Man v. Food; Houston, TX (Travel, 9:30pm)



TUESDAY 8/22

MLB
Red Sox @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
Cubs @ Reds OR Dodgers @ Pirates (MLB, 7pm)
Rangers @ Angels (ESPN, 10pm)

WNBA
Phoenix Mercury @ Minnesota Lynx (NBA TV, 8pm)
San Antonio Stars @ Los Angeles Sparks (NBA TV, 10:30pm)

MMA & BOXING
Premier Boxing Champions: Juan Carlos Payano vs. Alexis Santiago (FOX Sports 1, 9pm)
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Black Girls Rock! (BET, 8pm)

Face Off, FINALE (Syfy, 9pm)

Fear Factor, FINALE (MTV, 10pm)
Face Off: Game Face, PREMIERE (Syfy, 10pm)
Wrecked, FINALE (TBS, 10:30pm)



WEDNESDAY 8/23

MLB
Red Sox @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
Red Sox @ Indians OR Yankees @ Tigers (MLB, 7pm)
Rangers @ Angels (ESPN, 10pm)
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America's Got Talent, Live Results 2 (NBC, 8pm)

Worst Cooks In America, PREMIERE (Food Network, 9pm)



THURSDAY 8/24

30 For 30
"What Carter Lost", 1988 Dallas Carter Cowboys (ESPN, 9:30pm)

NFL PRESEASON
Dolphins @ Eagles (NFL, 7pm)

MLB
Red Sox @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
Red Sox @ Indians OR Cubs @ Reds (MLB, 7pm)

WNBA
Los Angeles Sparks @ Phoenix Mercury (ESPN 2, 9pm)
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Boy Band, LIVE FINALE (ABC, 8pm)

First In Human, FINALE (Discovery, 9pm)

The Mist, FINALE (Spike, 10pm)
Ice Road Truckers, PREMIERE (History, 10pm)



FRIDAY 8/25

NFL PRESEASON
Chiefs @ Seahawks (CBS, 8pm)

FOOTBALL
High School: St. John Bosco, CA @ St. Thomas Aquinas, FL (ESPNU, 7pm)
High School: DeMatha, MD. @ Bishop Gorman, NV. (ESPN, 9pm)

MLB
Royals @ Indians (STO/WKYC Cleveland, 7pm)
Mariners @ Yankees OR Royals @ Indians (MLB, 7pm)

TENNIS
WTA: Connecticut Open, Second Semifinal (ESPN 2, 7pm)
ATP: Winston-Salem Open, Second Semifinal (ESPN 2, 9pm)

SOCCER
MLS: New York City FC @ New York Red Bulls (ESPN, 7pm)

MMA & BOXING
Bellator MMA Live (Spike, 9pm)
Premier Boxing Champions: Derevyanchenko vs. Johnson (FOX Sports 1, 9pm)
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Whitney: Can I Be Me (Showtime, 9pm)
Dark Matter, FINALE (Syfy, 9pm)

Wynonna Earp, FINALE (Syfy, 10pm)
ELeague: Road to the International Dota 2 Championships, FINALE (TBS, 10pm)



SATURDAY 8/26

NFL PRESEASON
Browns @ Buccaneers (WEWS Cleveland, 7:30pm)
Chargers @ Rams (CBS, 8pm)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Texas Southern @ Florida A&M (ESPNU, 12pm)
Oregon State @ Colorado State (CBS SportsNet, 2:30pm)
Portland State @ BYU (ESPN, 3pm)
UT-Chattanooga vs. Jacksonville State (ESPN, 6:30pm)
Colgate @ Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (ESPNU, 7pm)
South Florida @ San Jose State (CBS SportsNet, 7:30pm)
Stanford vs. Rice (ESPN, 10pm)

BASKETBALL
BIG3 Basketball, Las Vegas FINAL (FOX, 4:30pm)

MLB
Mariners @ Yankees OR Twins @ Blue Jays (MLB, 1pm)
Mets @ Nationals (FOX Sports 1, 4pm)
Royals @ Indians (FOX Sports 1, 7pm)
Astros @ Angels OR Giants @ Diamondbacks (MLB, 10pm)

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
International Championship (ABC, 12:30pm)
U.S. Championship (ABC, 3:30pm)

RACING
IndyCar: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (NBC Sports, 9:30pm)

GOLF
The Northern Trust, Third Round (CBS, 3pm)

TENNIS
WTA: Connecticut Open, FINAL (ESPN 2, 3pm)
Winston-Salem Open, FINAL (ESPN 2, 5pm)

MMA & BOXING
BOXING: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor - Prelims (FOX, 7pm)
BOXING: Miguel Cotto vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai (HBO, 9:45pm)

SOCCER
English Premier League: Manchester United FC vs. Leicester City FC (NBC, 12:30pm)
Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha BSC Berlin (FOX Sports 1, 12:30pm)

OTHER SPORTS
Horse Racing: Travers Stakes (NBC, 4:30pm)
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MOVIE: Jackie (HBO, 8pm)
MOVIE: Shit In (Starz, 8pm)