- I still can't believe that the WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens showed up to Smackdown Live but what was even more shocking was seeing him team up with his former best friend now turned bitter rival the WWE Champion Sami Zayn. What shocked me even more was the fact that they were able to co-exist because I would have expected these 2 to fall apart but they didn't and they surprisingly beat the team of Catch Point members Gable & Jordan in the main event which is another surprising thing. I would have expected Owens to turn on Sami walking out on him or even turning around joining in on a beatdown with Gable & Jordan of Zayn.
- Becky Lynch vs Allie for the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship is not just any match because that is how personal it has become. Allie made it personal when she turned heel on Becky and aligned herself with Catch Point and obviously Becky didn't take kindly to that betrayal.
- Seeing the Money in the Bank participants for Smackdown Live talk about why they are gonna win the Money in the Bank briefcase I loved it but as for who my pick is to win that briefcase...I say it will be The Miz and he will win his 2nd Money in the Bank Ladder Match tying Edge and CM Punk for briefcase wins. Miz will end up with the briefcase and I can see him cashing in on whoever the WWE Champion is.
- Alexa Bliss and AJ Lee coming to blows like how can these 2 co exist now especially when they have to face The Iconics in 3 days this Sunday at Money in the Bank?
- Seeing El Idolo make his Smackdown Live debut here with Zelina Vega as his manager it makes me wonder if he is exclusive now to Smackdown Live? Is the WWE Cruiserweight Championship title exclusive to Smackdown Live?
WWE Championship (Ladder Match) (Smackdown Live)- Sami Zayn (c) vs CM Punk- Winner: New WWE Champion CM Punk WWE Universal Championship (RAW)- Kevin Owens (c) vs Derrick Bateman- Winner: Still WWE Universal Champion Derrick Bateman Money in the Bank Ladder Match (RAW)- WWE RAW Women's Champion/WWE Hardcore Champion Emma, Seth Rollins, Matanza Cueto, Braun Strowman, Pentagon, WWE United States Champion Adam Cole and Daniel Bryan- Winner: Mr. Money in the Bank Matanza Cueto wins Money in the Bank
Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Smackdown Live)- Paige, WWE Intercontinental Champion TJP, Baron Corbin, Dean Ambrose, Cody Rhodes and The Miz- Winner: Mr. Money in the Bank The Miz The Demon King Finn Balor vs Triple H (RAW)- Winner: The Demon King Finn Balor
WWE Smackdown Women's Championship (Smackdown Live)- Becky Lynch (c) vs Allie- Winner: New WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Allie
Dual Branded Tag Team Match- The Iconics vs AJ Lee & Alexa Bliss- Winners: AJ Lee & Alexa Bliss
WWE Cruiserweight Championship (Smackdown Live)- Tyler Breeze vs Andrade Cien Almas w/Zelina Vega- Winner: Inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Champion Andrade Cien Almas
Tag Team Match (RAW)- The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) vs Wyatt Tribe (Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton)- Winner: Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton
RAW or Smackdown Live- Bobby Roode will choose to be on the "Smackdown Live" brand
Kickoff- (RAW)- WWE RAW Tag Team Championship- The Revival (c) vs Wrestling Royalty- Winners: Still WWE RAW Tag Team Champions The Revival
Kickoff (Smackdown Live)- WWE Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships- The Usos vs Adrian Neville & Tyson Kidd (c)- Winners: New WWE Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions The Usos
INTRO: After the signature WWE intro, a video package began with the chants of "Ten!" slowly becoming more audible as a black and white overhead shot of Chicago was shown. In what has become a staple of big Pay-Per-View weekends coinciding with the main roster, NXT invades another city for one of the brand's biggest events to date. All three current champions were shown walking down a busy Chicago street while flashes of their opponents tonight appeared on the screen. Nicole Matthews faces her biggest obstacle yet as she puts the NXT Women's Championship on the line against Ember Moon, Toni Storm and Nikki Cross. Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal have an unexpected challenge for their NXT Tag Team Championships against The Golden Lovers, Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi. Lastly, NXT Champion O'Reilly will settle his score with Tye Dillinger in a Chicago Street Fight with the top prize at stake. Welcome to NXT TakeOver: Chicago.
1) EIGHT MAN TAG TEAM MATCH: The first theme song to blare over the PA system in the Allstate Arena was SAnitY's as the four-piece unit of Eric Young, Tommaso Ciampa, Jimmy Havoc and Darby Allin walked out onto the stage, each one of them wearing a mask unique to their personalities. The stable received a positive reaction, despite their villainous and heinous tactics ever since their debut at TakeOver: New Orleans. SAnitY stepped into the ring, awaiting the arrivals of their adversaries. John Morrison, CJ Parker, Ricochet and Uhaa Nation joined the battle in that order, a stare down taking place with all eight superstars before the bell sounded
Ricochet and Ciampa started off the contest, the latter immediately kicking Ricochet in his knee. Ciampa beat down Ricochet before dragging him into SAnitY's corner, making the tag to Darby Allin. Allin leaped over the top rope with a Senton onto Ricochet, covering him for a count of one. Allin continued his assault on Ricochet before attempting to bring him up to his feet, only to be caught with an Enziguri. Ricochet tagged in Morrison, who springboarded into Allin with the Flying Chuck. Allin crawled to his corner to tag in Havoc, the former PROGRESS Champion having his strikes blocked by Morrison. Havoc was able to pull Morrison down to the canvas by his hair before throwing him into SAnitY's corner. Havoc charged into Morrison with a forearm smash, following up with a tag to Young. 'The World Class Maniac' punished Morrison with a rest hold and repeated elbow strikes to the side of his head, the Chicago audience trying to rally behind 'The Shaman of Sexy.' Morrison got to his feet, breaking free and shoving Young away. Young charged towards Morrison, who caught him with a standing C4! Instead of going for the cover, Morrison made the tag to the fresh Uhaa. One-half of the former NXT Tag Team Champions soared through the air with a Crossbody to Young, choosing to go after the rest of SAnitY while he was at it. Uhaa turned around and had his eye poked by Young. SAnitY's leader planted him with a DDT for a count of two before focusing on his knee. Young screamed at Uhaa to stay down while continuing to strike his knee. Young dragged Uhaa towards a ring post for a Figure Four Leg Lock, Ricochet intervening with a Shooting Star Press off of the apron! Ricochet was then taken out with a Lariat from Ciampa, an all-out brawl commencing at that point.
With SAnitY compromised with Ricochet and Morrison on the outside, Uhaa made the tag to Parker before flying over the top rope with a Plancha! Uhaa took out all of SAnitY in one shot, picking up Young to continue his fight with him. Uhaa was soon attacked from behind by Havoc and Allin, the numbers game quickly being evened. Morrison, Ricochet and Uhaa brawled with Young, Ciampa and Havoc, none of them realizing that Allin had somehow climbed onto the titantron! "Darby Allin! Are you out of your mind?!" Michael Schiavello exclaimed while Allin looked down at the sea of bodies battling it out. Allin jumped off of the tron with a Trust Fall, taking out everyone in sight! Seven of the eight competitors were down and out on the stage, Parker having stayed behind in the ring to isolate Young later on. Parker took Young into the ring, Ciampa crawling behind the two of them while leaving Ricochet, Uhaa, Morrison, Havoc and Allin behind. Parker took apart the steel steps, wanting to utilize the very object that SAnitY had attempted to end his career with. While Parker set up the steps in the center of the ring, Young made the tag to Ciampa, who was still holding his head after Allin crashed onto it. Parker brought Young towards the steps, believing that he was still the legal man for SAnitY. Ciampa caught Parker with a running knee to his head, following up with the Celtic Cross onto the steps! Ciampa rolled Parker onto the canvas, covering him to get the victory. SANITY IS VICTORIOUS!
AFTERMATH: The fans that packed the Allstate Arena gave the eight competitors a standing ovation after a grueling battle that would change everybody involved. Eric Young assisted Tommaso Ciampa to his feet, the two of them quickly heading over to Jimmy Havoc and Darby Allin as the two of them limped down to the ring. SAnitY regrouped at ringside, the four of them raising each other's arms triumphantly. Several highlights from the match were shown, none bigger than Allin's Trust Fall off of the titantron. When SAnitY arrived, they said they'd create chaos and destruction on their way to the top, and a victory here at TakeOver: Chicago certainly lends credibility to their thesis.
SEGMENT: Up in a skybox, the winner of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic, Andrade 'Cien' Almas, was shown along with his business associate who introduced herself to the world on SmackDown Live, Zelina Vega. Three days ago in the CFE Arena, Almas managed to defeat Kota Ibushi and Johnny Gargano to earn the right to face Tyler Breeze tomorrow night at Money in the Bank for the Cruiserweight Championship.
SEGMENT: Cutting to footage from earlier in the day, Tye Dillinger was shown walking into the Allstate Arena on what is the biggest night of his professional career. Dillinger, who just a few years ago thought his dream was over after being released from WWE, has the opportunity to become the NXT Champion in front of a sold out Chicago audience that is ready to see him capture the big one.
2) SULLIVAN VS. RIDDLE: The battle of undefeated streaks was about to commence. Matt Riddle, who has managed to win over the NXT Universe after he was initially written off for his Tough Enough inclusion, walked out onto the stage, being greeted with "Bro!" chants. Riddle bopped his head to the rhythm of the chants, smiling ear-to-ear as he oozed all of the confidence in the world. "This could be a mistake on Riddle's part. Yes, he's confident and cocky with every reason to be, but he's never faced a man like Lars Sullivan before," Michael Schiavello said while Riddle continued to bask in his chants. That all came to a stop once the scream at the beginning of Sullivan's entrance music hit. A single red light flashed onto 'The Leviathan,' who had Paul Heyman accompanying him as usual. Sullivan marched down to the ring with authority, attempting to instill fear into 'The King of Bros.' The lights in the arena came back on as Sullivan stood across from Riddle, one of their streaks about to reach its end.
When the bell sounded, Riddle's first move was to charge towards Sullivan, jumping and kicking him in his chest. Sullivan was slightly rocked, but retaliated with a Lariat that just about took Riddle's head off! Sullivan picked up the dazed Riddle, throwing him into a corner while attempting to choke him out with a single hand. Sullivan obeyed the official's count before running at Riddle. 'The King of Bros' was able to move out of harm's way, Sullivan crashing his chest into the top turnbuckle. Riddle grabbed Sullivan by his waist and attempted a German Suplex. Riddle wasn't even able to lift Sullivan off of his feet, 'The Leviathan' catching him with an elbow to the side of his head. Sullivan picked Riddle up for a Gorilla Press, throwing him down onto the canvas with authority. Sullivan got the cover, Riddle kicking out at one in what Tom Phillips called and act of defiance on Riddle's part. "I don't think Riddle was ready to kick out at one! He only did so because he knew it anger Sullivan even more!" Sullivan got a hold of Riddle for another Gorilla Press, this time over the top rope. Riddle was able to slide out of Sullivan's grip this time, Clotheslining him out of the ring. Riddle headed up to the top rope, having to pull out uncharacteristic attacks to save himself. Riddle attempted to dive onto Sullivan, but was caught him in mid-air and throwing onto the floor with a Belly-to-Belly! Sullivan rolled Riddle back into the ring before heading up to the top rope himself, the NXT Universe members in the Allstate Arena rising since they knew something was about go horribly wrong for either competitor. Sullivan attempted a Diving Headbutt, but Riddle was able to evade it! While Sullivan was on his knees, Riddle struck with a Roundhouse Kick, followed by two more before a Knee Trembler to take 'The Leviathan' down! Riddle got the cover, but after two, Sullivan literally threw his body off of him! Sullivan got to his feet as Riddle ran towards him again. Sullivan popped up Riddle into the air, catching him on his shoulder for a Powerslam!
Ready to put away 'The King of Bros,' Sullivan brought Riddle up for the Freak Accident, but it was countered into a DDT that Riddle tried transitioning into the Bromission! Riddle had the hold partially in, Sullivan trying to crawl towards the ropes. Not to force a break, but so he could have extra leverage to lift himself up, even with Riddle practically attached to him. Riddle released the hold and grabbed Sullivan by his left leg, pulling him into the center of the ring for a Crossface! Riddle reeled back with all of his might, Sullivan somehow able to withstand the pain. Sullivan slowly got to one knee, Riddle keeping his grip around his face. Sullivan stood up on both of his feet, but when he did, Riddle released the Crossface that he still had cinched in. Riddle went for the German Suplex again, this time spiking Sullivan onto the back of his head! However, Sullivan felt none of the effects and got right back up! Sullivan grabbed a running Riddle, planting him onto the mat with the Freak Accident! Sullivan got the cover to put Riddle away and decimate his undefeated streak. LARS SULLIVAN IS VICTORIOUS!
AFTERMATH: The dominance of Lars Sullivan was properly put on display for Chicago, 'The Leviathan' managing to hand Matt Riddle his first loss in NXT. Paul Heyman stepped into the ring and raised Sullivan's arm in victory, his client impressing on the main stage of a TakeOver event for the first time. Having to ask it once again, is there anybody who will be able to stop Sullivan?
ADVERTISEMENT: The WWE 2K15 reveal trailer was shown, featuring this year's cover star, AJ Lee. 'The Black Widow' makes history as the first female in history to have the cover all to herself.
SEGMENT: Back in the Allstate Arena, three women were shown in the audience who took issue with the fact that AJ Lee is being celebrated as the cover star of WWE 2K15. Former NXT superstars Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, and the RAW Women's and Hardcore Champion, Emma. The three Iconic members look to make Money in the Bank their event tomorrow night when Billie and Peyton battle AJ and Alexa Bliss, and Emma competes in the RAW Money in the Bank Ladder match.
VIDEO PACKAGE: Coming up next, Nicole Matthews puts the NXT Women's Championship on the line against Ember Moon, Toni Storm and Nikki Cross. The official video package for the match featuring "Temple" by Tonight Alive took us back to Nicole's NXT Women's Title victory over Emma prior to TakeOver: New Orleans. Nicole would be the only female on the roster who chose not to enter the WWE Draft, opting to stay in NXT and defend her title. The landscape of the division changed as several new competitors joined the mix. Nicole would do battle against three of them over the course of a few weeks: Ember Moon, Nikki Cross and Toni Storm. While Ember and Nikki were victorious in their outings, Nicole had to resort to underhanded tactics in a desperate attempt to beat Toni. "I've been suffocated by my obsession, and I cannot stand the sight of all the pain I see in my reflection, and my fading will to fight." Despite that, Toni was granted an NXT Women's Championship match, as were Ember and Nikki. Last week on NXT, Toni was able to pin Nicole in a Tag Team match, meaning that the defending champion has been defeated by all three of her challengers. "I do not think you heard me when I said my body is a temple. Tell me why it hurts like, why it hurts like hell."
3) NXT WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: The lights in the Allstate Arena dimmed as the NXT Universe came alive for Ember Moon. NXT's 'War Goddess' removed her hood to unveil her blue eyes and white-highlighted hair, sporting a new look for the biggest match of her career thus far. Ember entered the ring, awaiting the arrival of her three opponents. Toni Storm was the next one out, Tom Phillips noting on commentary that if Toni is victorious tonight, she would make history as the youngest champion in WWE history. Toni removed her sunglasses and miniature top hat, standing across from Ember. Nikki Cross then made her entrance, hoping to repeat the success that her SAnitY stablemates had earlier in the opening contest. The Glasgow native sat in a corner upon entering the ring, rocking back-and-forth as Ember and Toni glared at her. Finally, Nicole Matthews made her way out to the stage to a mixed reaction, venturing away from the overwhelmingly positive reception she received when she defeated Emma three months ago to win the NXT Women's Title. Nicole handed the championship over to the official for possibly the final time as she faces the biggest challenge of her career.
When the bell sounded, Nikki jumped towards Ember while Toni targeted Nicole. The two separate brawls spilled to the outside, Toni throwing Nicole into the barricade. Ember attempted to Irish Whip Nikki into the ring post, but was instead brought in for a Clothesline. Nikki struck away with shots to Ember's forehead, Toni rolling Nicole into the ring for the first cover of the match. Toni then ran towards the ropes, leaping onto Nikki with a Suicide Dive! With three of the competitors down on the outside, Nicole staggered to her feet and climbed onto the top rope for a Moonsault onto her challengers! Nicole was the first to get back to her feet, choosing to place Ember into the ring for her second near-fall. Nicole brought Ember onto her shoulders, utilizing a Torture Rack to try to wear her down. Nikki grabbed Nicole's feet from underneath the bottom rope, pulling her out. Nikki planted Nicole face-first onto the floor with a Wheelbarrow Slam before heading up to the top rope herself. Nikki was stopped by Ember, who sent her flying with a Frankensteiner! Nikki inadvertently landed on Ton with a Seated Senton, Toni luckily able to kick out. When Toni got to her feet, Ember charged into her with a Clothesline, following up with one for Nikki as well. Nicole tried getting back into the ring, but Ember caught her with a Dropkick. Ember exited out to the ring apron, attempting a Hurricanrana to the champion. Nicole, however, was able to send Ember face-first onto the apron with a reverse Powerbomb!
Nicole slid back into the ring, trying to go after Nikki. The SAnitY member leaped into the champion with a Crossbody for the cover. Toni broke up the pin attempt, Nikki letting out her frustrations on her. Toni was able to hold the top rope down, causing Nikki to fall out. Toni placed Nikki in position for Strong Zero onto the floor, which Nikki was able to counter with a Back Body Drop. Nikki rolled Toni back into the ring, running towards her for a Spear. Toni, however, caught Nikki and applied a Sharpshooter! Toni had the hold cinched in, Nikki trying to fight through the pain. Toni didn't see Ember climb to the top rope, executing the Eclipse onto her! Ember rose to her feet, but before she had the opportunity to cover Toni, Nicole charged towards with her with a shot from the NXT Women's Title to her face! Nicole covered Ember, the official making the three count. NICOLE MATTHEWS IS STILL THE NXT WOMEN'S CHAMPION!
AFTERMATH: The audience in Chicago had their enthusiasm deflated as Nicole Matthews stood to her feet, the official handing her back the NXT Women's Championship. Nicole showed her desperation to win a few weeks back when she defeated Toni Storm with underhanded tactics, and tonight, she stooped to a new low by having to level Ember Moon with the Women's Title in order to retain it. Nicole didn't care about the boos raining down onto her in the Allstate Arena as she still had in her possession the most important thing in her life: the NXT Women's Championship.
PROMO: On August 16th, NXT will leave its mark in the most famous arena in the world. NXT TakeOver: MSG, live on the WWE Network as part of SummerSlam weekend.
VIDEO PACKAGE: After Nicole Matthews retained her NXT Women's Championship, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal will look to retain the NXT Tag Team Championships against a duo teaming up in NXT for the first time, although they've been linked to one another for nearly their entire careers. "Who are The Golden Lovers? The short answer is that it's a tag team comprised of Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi. The long answer... The Golden Lovers are two men who realized somewhere along the way that they're exactly the person that the other needed in his life," said Omega to start the video. Footage from Omega and Ibushi's time in DDT was shown, the two having become very close over the last couple of years. "If you asked if I ever believed Kota and I would be in WWE together, there's no way I would've said 'yes.' Neither of us aspired to make it to the big stage in American. We were perfectly happy turning heads in Japan with whatever outrageous antics we could." Omega then said that when WWE announced its partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling, he could see the writing on the wall. "Things began happening in the world of professional wrestling. The tides were changing and it suddenly became possible for guys like us to make it here. I didn't know if I wanted to or not, but Kota made up his mind before I could." After Ibushi lost the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship to Tyler Breeze at Wrestle Kingdom, 'The Golden Star' made his TakeOver debut in February for his rematch. "At the time, we both had offers from WWE to be in the Cruiserweight Classic. I was ready to turn it down, but I knew Kota was going to accept it. I watched the TakeOver he was on, and something suddenly clicked in me. I thought to myself, '... Maybe it's time.'" The rest is history. Omega not only entered the Cruiserweight Classic, but he appeared at TakeOver: New Orleans and defeated Breeze. Omega continued to appear on NXT television, finding himself in a Fatal Four Way number one contenders match. It was then when Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal began targeting 'The Cleaner.' The champions offered Omega a shot at the gold in Chicago, provided that he could find a tag team partner. Later on that night, Ibushi saved Omega from a beatdown at the hands of Mahal and McIntyre, The Golden Lovers reuniting with their sights set on the NXT Tag Team Championships.
4) NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: After the completion of the video package, a new theme song sounded for the Golden Lovers, "Uso No Hibana" by Kuroneko. Omega and Ibushi walked out to one of the loudest ovations of the evening, the two of them ready for their first match back together with a shot at the NXT Tag Team Championships awaiting them. "Omega and Ibushi hoped that they would meet up in the Cruiserweight Classic, a dream that was dashed by Andrade 'Cien' Almas. Tonight, they're not on opposite ends of the ring. They're fighting side-by-side as the duo that the NXT Universe had been dying to see ever since both superstars came to the brand. If The Golden Lovers can't capture the titles tonight, this one's going to sting for a while," Michael Schivavello said. In their new Golden Lovers t-shirts, Omega and Ibushi stood against the ropes as Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal began walking to the ring. 'The Sinister Scottsman' and 'The Modern Day Maharaja' both came to NXT with massive chips on their shoulders after flopping on the main roster. In New Orleans, the two of them became NXT Tag Team Champions, and have since garnered victories over Uhaa Nation and Ricochet, and American Alpha pre-Catch Point. McIntyre and Mahal handed the titles over, the official raising them during the introductions.
Omega and McIntyre started things off, 'The Cleaner' dodging a huge strike from one-half of the champions. Omega went for the V-Trigger early on, but McIntyre rolled out of the ring. McIntyre slid back in, Omega blocking a strike from him. Omega worked over McIntyre in a corner before whipping him into the ropes for a Dropkick. Omega tagged in Ibushi, who springboarded off the top rope with a Shooting Star Press! McIntyre was able to kick out, Ibushi staying on the attack with a standing Moonsault. At that point, Mahal charged into the ring and clubbed Ibushi in the back of his head with a Clothesline. Omega was kept away by the official, McIntyre taking control at that point. After tagging in Mahal, he and McIntyre raised Ibushi for a double-team Gorilla Press Slam, throwing his legs onto the top rope so that his head and neck would hit the canvas. Mahal threw Ibushi into a corner, displaying his strength, 'The Modern Day Maharaja' ran into Ibushi with another Clothesline, continuing to weaken 'The Golden Star' as much as he could. Mahal placed Ibushi into position for The Khallas, making sure he was facing Omega when he did so. Ibushi countered the maneuver into a DDT, Chicago getting behind him as he began crawling towards Omega for the tag he managed to make.
Omega came rushing into the ring, taking down Mahal repeatedly before running into McIntyre with a knee to his mid-section. Omega kicked Mahal away from him as he stood against a corner, 'The Cleaner' heading to the second rope for a Dropkick to the back of Mahal's head as retribution for Ibushi. Mahal crawled towards the ropes, Omega sizing him up for the V-Trigger. McIntyre swiped at Omega's feet, causing him to trip. Ibushi then ran into a corner, flying onto McIntyre with a Moonsault! Back in the ring, Mahal delivered a Gutbuster to Omega, believing that he was on the verge of victory. Mahal set up The Khallas again, but this time, Omega rolled him over onto his back. Mahal got to his knees, Omega connecting with a V-Trigger! Mahal was dazed as he crawled towards the ropes, Omega following up with a second knee strike! "Get ready! This place is going to explode!" Tom Phillips said over the raucous Chicago audience. Ibushi got back onto the ring apron, Omega tagging him in before they headed to the top rope together. The Golden Lovers had in mind simultaneous 450 Splashes onto Mahal, but McIntyre ran towards the ropes. Omega fell to the outside while Ibushi crashed onto the canvas. Mahal capitalized and planted Ibushi with The Khallas! Mahal covered Ibushi to hold onto the gold. DREW MCINTYRE & JINDER MAHAL ARE STILL THE NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!
AFTERMATH: Just like with the result of the Women's Championship match, the hearts of everyone in the Allstate Arena collectively sunk once Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal were declared the winners. The two of them took back the NXT Tag Team Championships from ringside, raising the titles high in the air after defeating The Golden Lovers. McIntyre and Mahal headed up the entrance ramp, basking in their victory while Ibushi sat alone in the center of the ring with his hands over his face. Omega stirred to his feet at ringside and slowly stepped into the ring, aware that Ibushi was going to blame himself for the loss. Omega sat beside his Golden Lover partner, assuring Ibushi that he wasn't at fault for the loss. Omega helped Ibushi to his feet while the NXT Universe gave them a standing ovation for their performance. The Golden Lovers couldn't become NXT Tag Team Champions tonight, but the road is not yet over for them.
PROMO: Tomorrow night, RAW and SmackDown Live present Money in the Bank, featuring two of the titular Ladder matches for opportunities at the Universal and WWE Championship. Plus, brand-lines are crossed when AJ Lee and Alexa Bliss battle The Iconic Duo; Finn Balor challenges Triple H; Kevin Owens defends the Universal Championship against Derrick Bateman; and CM Punk has vowed to leave the company if he cannot capture the WWE Championship from Sami Zayn. Money in the Bank is live tomorrow night on Pay-Per-View and the WWE Network.
SEGMENT: Returning to the Allstate Arena, two of the stars of tomorrow's Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View were shown in the audience. The two men who battled in the main event of the last TakeOver, Finn Balor and the WWE Champion, Sami Zayn. Along with them was one of NXT's newest signees who was originally set to be in the Cruiserweight Classic, Zack Sabre Jr.
VIDEO PACKAGE: It was now time for the main event. The 13 year journey for Tye Dillinger can culminate in one match that, in his mind, will tell him whether or not the road to this moment was worth it for him. Islander's "Better Day" began playing as the video commenced. Dillinger began 2014 with the reinvention of himself as 'The Perfect Ten,' and on a roster that included the likes of Sami Zayn, Finn Balor and Becky Lynch, he managed to put himself on the map. The NXT Universe selected Dillinger as "theirs," something that sparked the ire of Kyle O'Reilly, whose attempts at playing the "hero" in NXT were thrown right back into his face. While Dillinger defeated O'Reilly at TakeOver: R Evolution, the result swayed in the opposite direction in New Orleans. Because of that victory, O'Reilly became the number one contender for the NXT Championship and went on to defeat Finn Balor for the gold at a live event in Atlanta. O'Reilly has enjoyed almost immediate success in WWE, but for Dillinger, the road to Chicago has been anything but easy for him. "So what's been going on with you? Where did that smile on your face go?" Dillinger previously had a developmental contract with WWE back in 2006, rising through the ranks of Ohio Valley Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling. "You've been looking in the mirror and wondering where the time has gone? And how can I live with myself if I end up alone?" Dillinger was later on called up to ECW in August of 2008, but January 2009, he was released. Dillinger said in a voiceover that he didn't know where his career - or life for that matter - was headed after WWE. He lost his dream job, and he had two choices at that time. Quit... or get back to the main stage. "'Cause you've been waiting for a better day to come along and love you like it used to. Mend the pieces of your heart." Dillinger got his wish last year when he returned to WWE as a member of the NXT roster, but he knew this would be his final chance at stardom. If he couldn't succeed this time, he was done. Now, he has a Chicago Street Fight awaiting him against the man he's spent all of 2014 butting heads with. 'The Perfect Ten' will watch his career either culminate or crumble tonight in front of the fanbase that has breathed new life into him. Is tonight Tye Dillinger's "better day" he's been waiting for?
5) NXT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: "Ten! Ten! Ten! Ten! Ten!" As soon as the video package finished, the fans in the Allstate Arena began Tye Dillinger's signature chant, even when no one had made their entrance yet. Close to a minute passed by as the cameras hovered over the Chicago audience that continued to chant their hearts out. Soon, Dillinger's theme music finally sounded to an ovation that would rival any of the main roster's top stars. Dillinger walked through the curtain, clearly taken aback by the reception. "13 years ago, Tye Dillinger started his career in Ontario. 8 years ago, he signed his first developmental contract with WWE. 5 years ago, he was released from the company. Tonight... Tye Dillinger could potentially call himself the NXT Champion." Dillinger walked into the ring, looking out at the sea of fans that continued to chant "Ten!" over and over again. The chants soon stopped when Kyle O'Reilly's theme song sounded to a chorus of boos. O'Reilly and Bobby Fish made their way down to the ring, the NXT Champion raising the title that he he would do everything to he could tonight to retain. The last time O'Reilly and Dillinger met, it was in the opening match in New Orleans. Now, they were the main event in a Chicago Street Fight for the biggest prize on the brand.
When the bell sounded, O'Reilly and Dillinger locked up, the champion able to take the challenger down to the canvas. O'Reilly quickly tried to apply The Guillotine, but Dillinger was able to slide out of the ring. As soon as Dillinger was at ringside, Fish went after him. Dillinger sent Fish onto the floor with a Back Body Drop, but when Dillinger turned around, O'Reilly leaped off of the apron with a knee to his chest. O'Reilly looked underneath the ring, bringing out a trash can that he placed over Dillinger's head and torso. O'Reilly kicked the trash can a few times before taking Dillinger down by his legs, slingshotting him into a ring post with the trash can still over him! O'Reilly took a steel chair from ringside, slamming it down onto the trash can. The NXT Champion rolled Dillinger into the ring, covering him for a two count. O'Reilly looked underneath the ring again, bringing out several steel chairs and a kendo stick. While he was at it, O'Reilly helped Fish to his feet and handed him a chair. O'Reilly and Fish went a for a Con-Chair-To, but Dillinger moved out of the way! O'Reilly's chair caused Fish's to strike him in the head, the NXT Champion being rolled up for a two count. Dillinger brought O'Reilly onto his shoulders for the Tye Breaker, but O'Reilly raked the challenger's eyes to set himself free. O'Reilly planted Dillinger with a German Suplex onto the pile of chairs, getting a near-fall. O'Reilly then took the kendo stick from earlier, swinging it at Dillinger's ribs. Dillinger was able to grab the kendo stick in time, sending him out of the ring. O'Reilly got onto the apron, Dillinger leveling him with the stick in his shoulder. Dillinger exited the ring and brought out a table. He set it up at ringside before placing O'Reilly on the surface. 'The Perfect Ten' ascended to the top rope, Fish trying to intervene. For his troubles, Fish was placed onto O'Reilly's shoulders, crashing onto O'Reilly through the table with a Death Valley Driver! O'Reilly staggered to his feet, standing on the ring apron while raising his ten fingers along with the NXT Universe.
Dillinger rolled O'Reilly into the ring, bringing down his knee pad to signal the Tye Breaker. Dillinger brought O'Reilly onto his shoulders, but the NXT Champion countered the maneuver into an Ankle Lock! O'Reilly twisted Dillinger's ankle with as much might as his body would allow, the NXT Universe pleading with the challenger not to give in. Dillinger didn't try reaching for the ropes, but instead eyed the kendo stick. When Dillinger got a hold of the stick, he blindly swung it and caught O'Reilly on his ear. O'Reilly released the hold, Dillinger delivering another kendo stick shot before propping him for the Tye Breaker. Dillinger delivered the maneuver and got the cover, but miraculously, O'Reilly kicked out! Dillinger pressed his face against the canvas, not wanting to believe that he had blown his one opportunity to put O'Reilly away. 'The Perfect Ten' had to find another opening, and wanted to do so by setting up a steel chair. Dillinger picked O'Reilly up for a Brainbuster, but the NXT Champion was able to turn it into the Guillotine! The submission hold that won him the title was cinched in, Dillinger beginning to fade out. Chicago wouldn't allow him to, however, as the "Ten!" chants were as loud as they had ever been. Dillinger found his second wind and was able to slowly rise back to his feet, even with O'Reilly still holding onto him. Dillinger wrapped his arm around the back of O'Reilly's neck, picking him up for a Brainbuster onto a seated chair! Dillinger stood up and picked up O'Reilly while the fans in the Allstate Arena were standing as one! With 13 years of trials and tribulations running through his mind all at once, Dillinger connected with the Tye Breaker! He got the cover on O'Reilly with both legs hooked, the official making one of the most satisfying and emotional three counts in NXT history. TYE DILLINGER IS THE NEW NXT CHAMPION!
AFTERMATH: "Tye Dillinger has done it! Tye Dillinger is the NXT Champion!" JoJo could barely be heard as she made the announcement that there was a brand new NXT Champion, the fans in the Allstate Arena completely losing it. Dillinger placed his hands over his eyes to hold back his tears, the official trying to present him with the NXT Championship. "Tye Dillinger had his dream taken away from him years ago, but tonight, 'The Perfect Ten' proved that as long as you persevere, and if you're willing to weather the storm, dreams do come true!" exclaimed Michael Schiavello in his most passionate call to date in NXT. Dillinger took the NXT Title and raised it in the air for the first time, the sea of fans surrounding him shouting "Ten!" repeatedly at the top of their lungs. The same title that has been held by the likes of Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Finn Balor now belongs to 'The Perfect Ten'! June 21st, 2014 in the Allstate Arena, Tye Dillinger righted every single wrong of his career! Tye Dillinger is the new NXT Champion!
- Tye Dillinger in the main event of NXT TakeOver: Chicago becomes the new NXT Champion beating Kyle O'Reilly in a Chicago Street Fight can you believe it? I know I sure as hell can't. I mean Dillinger he basically overcame the odds here in this match because he basically was going into this match 2 on 1 because of Bobby Fish at ringside getting involved and it still didn't matter whatsoever. Even though O'Reilly did dominate most of this match Dillinger also dominated his fair share of the match as well. This Street Fight was as brutal and as physical as it gets. Definitely Match of the Night thus far.
- Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal retaining their NXT Tag Team Championships against The Golden Lovers (Ibushi & Omega) in another show stealing match thus far. I mean Mahal and McIntyre are basically showing not only the NXT Universe but also the WWE Universe by extension that they may be veterans in WWE but here in NXT as far as the Tag Team division goes they pretty much are unstoppable. I mean they already have that built in chemistry because of being in 3MB together but that was a lifetime ago but still my point being that as a tag team they are basically in sync with one another and have proven that they can do just about anything to retain those titles. Ibushi and Kenny Omega had this match won but Mahal & McIntyre sneak out the back door with the victory which shows cunning.
- Nicole Matthews is becoming quite the heel champion as NXT Women's Champion retaining her title in a Fatal 4 Way where the odds were not in her favor. She had 25 percent odds of retaining and she beats Nikki Cross, Toni Storm and Ember Moon. Basically resorting to underhanded tactics to retain her title hitting Ember Moon right in between the eyes with her title and pinning her 1...2..3 just goes to show you that Nicole Matthews will do anything when it comes to retaining that title even if it means sneaking out the back door. To think that she was a babyface and now she is slowly turning heel. Hell, she is already heel and this match more or less solidified that full blown heel turn for her.
- Paul Heyman's client...The Leviathan Lars Sullivan beats Matt Riddle ending Riddle's undefeated streak I mean was this a Streak vs Streak Match? If it was then Lars Sullivan being the guy to end Riddle's undefeated streak basically puts Lars even more over as a monster heel in NXT. Given the fact that he has Heyman as his advocate his career more or less will skyrocket. Hell, Lars he reminds me so much of a 2002 Brock Lesnar like the similarities are there. If you cannot see the similarities I don't know what to say or tell you. Lars is just as strong just as big as Brock and not to mention he is younger than Brock too. Hell, he is just as much of a Beast as Brock was or is. Riddle did put up a hell of a fight here in this match but really did he ever stand a chance?
- Sanity in their first match together as a stable as a collective unit they beat the team of CJ Parker, Ricochet, Uhaa Nation and John Morrison in a 8 Man Tag Team Match to start off NXT TakeOver: Chicago just goes to show us that as a group Sanity just may be able to not only take over NXT but that they could one day do the same in WWE. I mean they essentially dominated this match but then there were a lot of high spots in this match that really just wowed the hell out of me.
- Overall, NXT TakeOver: Chicago was just as good as NXT TakeOver: New Orleans!!!
KICKOFF: The Money in the Bank Kickoff opened with the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match. The Usos were looking to seize their very first set of Tag Team Titles after spending four years on WWE's main roster at the expense of Adrian Neville and Tyson Kidd. After delivering a Superkick to Kidd, Jimmy headed to the top rope for a Splash, but Neville thwarted his plans with a Frankensteiner to the outside! Jey then leaped over the top rope and onto Neville, trying to put his brother back into the ring so he could make the tag. Kidd charged into Jey with a Yakuza Kick, knocking him off the ring apron. Neville stepped back onto the apron, Kidd tagging him in so that 'The Man That Gravity Forgot' could connect with the Red Arrow to get the victory. Kidd and Neville took back the Tag Team Titles from ringside, standing tall after their first successful defense.
KICKOFF: While Adrian Neville and Tyson Kidd remained the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, The Revival were looking to hold onto their RAW Tag Team Titles against Wrestling Royalty. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder propped Ted DiBiase up for the Doomsday Device, trying to finish off their opponents with their own finishing maneuver. Joe Hennig pushed Dawson off of the top rope, DiBiase actually delivering a Reverse Hurricanrana to Wilder! DiBiase and Hennig hit Wilder with the Shatter Machine, the official counting to two before Dawson broke up the pin. Hennig picked Dawson up, the tables being turned as he was thrown out of the ring. When the official tried getting Dawson out of the ring, Wilder used that opening to hit DiBiase with a low blow! Wilder made the tag to Dawson before the team executed the Shatter Machine to DiBiase for the victory. The Revival will be leaving the Allstate Arena with their RAW Tag Team Title reign intact.
INTRO:"Nobody pray for me. It's been that day for me." Kendrick Lamar's "HUMBLE." accompanied the opening video package that took a look at some of the matches on tonight's monumental Pay-Per-View event. "AJ Lee is a psychopath, and Alexa Bliss is a sore loser," said a voiceover from Peyton Royce, who declared that the most Iconic Duo would be victorious against AJ and Alexa in the Dual-Branded Tag Team match. Triple H is out to destroy the man he considers to be his own creation, Finn Balor. "Balor wants to call himself 'The Demon'... but what happens when 'The Demon' meets a 'King'?" Two Money in the Bank Ladder matches take place. One for an opportunity at the WWE Championship, and one for the briefcase that contains a shot at the Universal Championship. "I make a play f***ing up your whole life," was the lyric that played as footage was shown of Kevin Owens defeating Derrick Bateman for the Universal Title. "Derrick can't hide in shame anymore. He's going to show up to Chicago and lose to me again." Lastly, CM Punk finds himself in the same situation that he was in three years ago. If he cannot become WWE Champion tonight, 'The Best in the World' has vowed to leave WWE. Sami Zayn can cement his legacy as the man who retired Punk, but is that the reputation he's willing to live with? "Bitch, sit down... be humble." Welcome to Money in the Bank!
At the sound of Paige's entrance music, the WWE Universe members in the Allstate Arena came unglued for the superstar making history as the first woman to ever compete in a Money in the Bank Ladder match. "Paige has spent her entire career as a trailblazer. At the time, she was the youngest female to ever sign with the company. Since then, she's been in Last Diva Standing, Hell in a Cell, a Casket match, the Royal Rumble match, WarGames, and most of all, she main evented WrestleMania. But despite all of that, this might be the biggest match of her career because if she wins, she's guaranteed a shot at the WWE Championship," Nigel McGuinness stated. Paige stepped into the ring looked up at the briefcase, the focus being taken off of her once The Miz' entrance music hit. 'The Awesome One' is the only participant to have won a Money in the Bank Ladder match before, so he knows what it takes to come out victorious. Baron Corbin was the next man out, 'The Lone Wolf' ready to prove himself as a future WWE Champion. Corbin, who holds the advantage of being the largest participant, towered over Paige as he glanced down at her, laughing at the fact that she was his competition. Dean Ambrose marched down to the ring, the winner of Manifest Destiny hoping to seize another shot at the title that has eluded him for the last year. One person who didn't have the WWE Title eluding him was the next superstar out, Cody Rhodes. 'The American Nightmare' is aware that some in the WWE Universe believe his reign last year was a one-off that can't be repeated. Rhodes wants to prove everyone wrong, but knows it won't be easy. Finally, one superstar was left to enter. Arguably the most despised individual on SmackDown Live. The leader of Catch Point. 'The Duke of Dab.' The Intercontinental Champion, TJ Perkins. TJP walked out onto the stage, dabbing on his critics one time before heading into the ring. The field was now complete, and someone would be leaving Chicago with a guaranteed shot at the WWE Championship.
The bell sounded as Paige went after TJP while the other participants tried to grab ladders for themselves. Ambrose threw one of the ladders over onto Corbin before charging into him with repeated strikes. Miz pushed Rhodes into the steel steps, trying to take a ladder into the ring. Paige sent the ladder into Miz with a Baseball Slide, but she turned around into an Enziguri from TJP. The Intercontinental Champion headed out to ringside and took the ladder, setting it up in the ring. TJP took a few steps up the ladder before Ambrose pulled him off. 'The Lunatic Fringe' tried for Dirty Deeds, but TJP rammed into a corner. TJP took Ambrose up to the top rope for a Suplex, but Corbin shoved both of them off. Corbin repositioned the ladder, but was stopped by Rhodes. 'The Lone Wolf' tried bringing Rhodes in for The End of Days, but Rhodes was able to evade it and connect with a Disaster Kick that backed Corbin into the ladder. Rhodes set the ladder back up, but as he was climbing it, Paige scaled the other side. The two of them met at the top of the ladder, trading shots to try neutralizing the other as a threat. Miz shoved the ladder over, but both Paige and Rhodes landed on their feet. Together, Paige and Rhodes kicked Miz in the mid-section and planted him with a double-team Vertical Suplex onto the ladder! Paige immediately hit Rhodes with The Antithesis before positioning the ladder underneath the briefcase.
Paige climbed the ladder, but was stopped by Corbin. Paige was able to kick Corbin away, Ambrose holding down the top rope to cause him to fall out to ringside. Corbin was dazed on his feet, Rhodes trying for another Disaster Kick to him. This time, Corbin caught Rhodes and sent him through the SmackDown Live announce table with a Chokeslam! In the ring, Paige missed a Crossbody onto Ambrose, who capitalized and delivered a Boma Ye to her. Corbin went after Ambrose, the two of them continuing their brawl that saw Ambrose finally hit Dirty Deeds. 'The Lunatic Fringe' began climbing the ladder before noticing Chad Gable and Jason Jordan slowly walking down to ringside. Ambrose made the mistake of taking his eyes off the briefcase, allowing TJP to strike him in the knee with the Intercontinental Title! TJP rolled Ambrose out of the ring, surveying the scene to realize that he was the only person standing. TJP climbed to the top of the ladder as the WWE Universe booed him relentlessly. TJP made it to the final rung, but instead of taking down the briefcase, he got too ahead of himself and dabbed for at least ten seconds. "TJ! Get it!" Gable shouted at the Intercontinental Champion, who still had yet to retrieve the case. Suddenly, Paige rolled back into the ring and pushed the ladder over, TJP crashing onto Gable and Jordan! Paige put the ladder back in place and scaled to the top of it while the world cheered her on. Paige put both of her hands on the briefcase, taking it down from the hook!
AFTERMATH: "She did it! The first woman to ever win Money in the Bank, and Paige now has a shot at the WWE Championship!" exclaimed Rob Naylor over the Chicago audience that wouldn't silence their resounding cheers for anything. Paige stared at the briefcase, looking as if she was about to cry after securing an opportunity to fulfill the goal she set for herself after WrestleMania. She made it clear that she wanted to become WWE Champion, and even with a portion of the world laughing in her face, she just took the biggest step anyone possibly could towards the gold. Paige raised the blue briefcase high in the air, Naylor and Nigel McGuinness reminding the viewers that every single time the briefcase has been cashed in, a new champion was crowned. Money in the Bank as a 100% success rate, and if the trend continues, then Paige is going to make good on her promise to be the first female WWE Champion in history.
SEGMENT: Backstage, SmackDown Live Commissioner and General Manager, Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle, were shown watching Paige's celebration for her Money in the Bank victory. The two applauded Paige, happy to see 'Princess Anarchist' continue to break down barriers for female competitors all over the world. Shane and Angle were then confronted by RAW Commissioner and General Manager, Stephanie McMahon and Dario Cueto. Stephanie was clearly irate that Paige - someone she had her fair share of issues with - now had a guaranteed opportunity at the WWE Championship. She then smirked before telling Shane that when RAW wins the fan vote on social media tonight, she wonders what boundaries would be set in place for the deal that they made. "RAW could take anyone that they want away from SmackDown Live... and maybe that includes your new Ms. Money in the Bank...?" Angle said that Stephanie and Dario shouldn't be concerned with which SmackDown Live superstar to take from them because Team Blue is going to win the vote. "Shane and I have already given a lot of thought as to who we would take from RAW, because as much as we hate to admit, there's a LOT of talent for the picking." Dario told Angle that if he wants to believe SmackDown Live is still the superior brand, then go ahead. "Just don't be surprised when you do a head count of your roster on Thursday and realize that one of your premier names belongs to us now."
"Awwwwww Chi-Town! Don't you dare be sour! Clap for your world famous former champs and feel the power!" Big E and Kofi Kingston walked out onto the stage, The New Day trying to restore some of their "Power of Positivity" in the face of adversary against The Waytt Tribe. Even though New Day clapped and handed out Booty-Os to the WWE Universe, they were still focused on putting away the stable that has targeted them since the night after WrestleMania. This time, however, the battlefield we see a new addition as Randy Orton was set to compete for the first time as a member of The Wyatt Tribe. Once New Day were in the ring, The Tribe's entrance theme song sounded as Bray Wyatt, Orton and Maxine walked out into darkness, Pentagon absent because of his inclusion in the RAW Money in the Bank Ladder match tonight. Wyatt and Orton stood across from Big E and Kingston, the two of them out for revenge after Xavier Woods fell at the hands of Orton two weeks ago during the Cero Miedo match.
The contest began with Kingston and Orton, reigniting their rivalry from five years ago. Orton displayed his same slow-paced, methodical nature in the ring, retaining much of his 'Viper' persona despite being a part of The Wyatt Tribe now. It still had yet to be explained why Orton was grouped with Wyatt, Pentagon and Maxine, but he assimilated into the stable perfectly as he beat Kingston down before tagging in 'The Eater of Worlds.' Wyatt crashed onto Kingston with a Running Senton, covering him for a two count. Wyatt brought Kingston's motionless body up, dancing with him before Kingston broke free and delivered Trouble in Paradise! Kingston figured that going for a cover in his weakened state would be pointless, so he crawled to his corner and tagged in Big E. The New Day's powerhouse ran into the ring, taking Wyatt down with several Clotheslines before a Back Body Drop. Big E placed Wyatt into a corner and ran towards him, only for Wyatt to move out of harm's way. Wyatt tagged in Orton, who had his eyes locked on Big E. Kingston then springboarded into the ring, but was hit with an RKO in mid-air! Big E grabbed Wyatt for a Belly-to-Belly, believing he was still legal. Wyatt removed himself from Big E's grip with a headbutt, the dazed Big E walking right into an RKO of his own! Orton covered Big E to pick up his first victory with his new family.
AFTERMATH: Time just about stood still as Randy Orton rose to his feet following his first victory as a member of The Wyatt Tribe. It sinked in at that moment that this was real. Just like Kane and Paige had previously been manipulated to join forces with Wyatt, 'The Viper' was the latest victim and he showed no signs of fighting the spell he was under. Wyatt knelt down while the lights in the Allstate Arena dimmed, his fireflies appearing by the dozens. "Follow! The Buzzards!" Wyatt shouted while Orton posed behind him.
SEGMENT: Backstage, Paige was shown sitting on a crate by herself, staring at her Money in the Bank briefcase that guarantees her an opportunity at the WWE Championship any time, any place for up to a year. She had stopped sobbing by that point, but was clearly still overcome with emotions. Cathy Kelley approached Paige, first congratulating her on her historic victory before asking what this moment means to her. "... Everything. When I said that I wanted to become WWE Champion, people didn't believe I could do it. Even some who have supported me thought I was in over my head. I wanted to prove everybody wrong just like I have before... and now... I can." Paige continued to stare at the briefcase when an acoustic guitar was heard, Elias walking into the picture. "Hey, if you're gonna be here, play 'Wonderwall,'" Paige asked. Elias drifted off of the screen, Paige unbothered by his denial of her request.
ADVERTISEMENT: WWE 2K15 will feature - for the first time ever - a female cover star as AJ Lee graces the box art. WWE 2K15 will be available this Fall on current and past-gen consoles.
VIDEO PACKAGE: AJ Lee will be on the cover of WWE 2K15, but coming up next, she must team with SmackDown Live's Alexa Bliss to take on The Iconic Duo. The video package that featured a comic book style format began with "Bad Girls Club" by Falling in Reverse playing to accompany the footage of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce being drafted to SmackDown Live back in April. "She's like a witch, casting spells, hypnotizing. She made me drink a potion just to fall in love. She got me drunk, tipsy off her love. I'm just another victim of the bad girls club." While Iconic Duo forced Alexa to take notice of them on Thursday, AJ was engaged in a heated rivalry with Emma over the RAW Women's Championship. At No Mercy, Billie and Peyton broke into the Izod Center to help Emma capture the title from 'The Black Widow.' "She's always blowing up my phone. I really wish that she'd leave me alone." After AJ failed to reclaim the title on RAW the following night, her personal life became the center of attention when she attempted suicide in her home town of Union City. AJ was medically suspended by WWE and could not be cleared to return until she passed a psychological evaluation. She reportedly failed the first time, but simultaneously, Billie and Peyton were on the verge of championship gold themselves. "I'm always paranoid that she's somehow watching me. Follows me on Twitter, asking if I miss her. Hashtag #setmefree." At Judgment Day, AJ interrupted the Elimination Chamber match to crown a SmackDown Women's Champion, costing Iconic Duo and allowing Becky Lynch to seize the title. The next night on RAW, AJ had her second psychological evaluation. Emma, Billie and Peyton were all present, and ultimately, AJ lost it and had a nervous breakdown after coming face-to-face with Peyton. "She's not your average lady. She is f***ing crazy. Someone help me please." AJ passed the assessment, somehow, on her own time and was cleared by WWE to return to action. Alexa issued a challenge to Iconic Duo for a Dual-Branded Tag Team match that involved AJ being her partner, a stipulation that Billie and Peyton would only accept if Emma was added to the RAW Money in the Bank Ladder match. The staff of both RAW and SmackDown Live agreed to all of the terms and the match was made. This was Thursday on SmackDown, Live, AJ made a special appearance to celebrate the revealing of her WWE 2K15 cover. AJ would be confronted by Alexa, who wanted to ensure that her partner was focused on the match. Unable to get through to AJ, Alexa presented the possibility that Billie and Peyton's romantic relationship is what's causing AJ's mental deterioration. AJ attacked Alexa, all but confirming that there's something deeper in this story than what's known to the WWE Universe. "Olly-olly-olly-oxen free. All the bad girls come cheer with me. Your love's a drug that got me on the run. I'm just another victim of the bad girls club."
The entrance music of The Iconic Duo sounded as Billie Kay and Peyton Royce walked out onto the stage with shirts respectively reading "I <3 Peyton" and "I <3 Billie." The two held hands on their way to the ring, the fans giving them a mostly negative reaction after they've spent the last two months targeting and torturing one of the WWE's most accomplished and popular female wrestlers in history, though Corey Graves insisted on commentary that AJ is the one who's been torturing herself. Billie and Peyton stood in the ring, both appearing to be nervous and uneasy about what was to come. Alexa Bliss walked out onto the stage, 'Little Miss Bliss' receiving a great ovation from Chicago. Alexa was the one who issued this challenge after The Iconic Duo took her out of the equation for a SmackDown Women's Championship opportunity. Alexa headed to ringside, waiting for the arrival of her partner before getting into the ring. "Serpents" by Neck Deep hit to one of the loudest pops of the entire show. AJ walked through the curtain for what was going to be her first match since she took on Emma inside of a Steel Cage on May 5th. AJ stood on the stage, looking down at the ramp. She locked eyes with both Billie and Peyton, and that was when 'The Black Widow' showed her true emotions. Just like The Iconic Duo, she was scared. For whatever reason, the thought of confronting Billie and Peyton still haunted her. Maybe it was because of how her last encounter with them turned out, but she couldn't find the strength to get into the ring.
In the blink of an eye, AJ ran towards the edge of the stage and jumped off, putting herself through two tables!
"HOLY crap, WHAT THE HELL!?" Mauro Ranallo exclaimed on commentary as the audience in Chicago went silent. Not a single person knew how to react to AJ's metaphorical suicide, and that included Alexa, whose eyes and jaw widened with shock. 'The Black Widow' chose to injure herself instead of facing The Iconic Duo. For whatever reason, she is morbidly afraid of having to fight Billie and Peyton... or maybe it's just one of them in particular she's running away from.
While paramedics arrived to check on AJ, Billie and Peyton showed signs of great relief in the ring once it became apparent that 'The Black Widow' wouldn't be wrestling them. Alexa turned back to The Iconic Duo, irate that she would have to go in alone for a Handicap match, turning the Dual-Branded attraction into a SmackDown Live-only match. When the bell sounded, Alexa charged towards Billie, trying to take down the woman who towered over her with strikes. Billie pushed Alexa away, but failed to connect with a Big Boot. Alexa slid underneath Billie and Dropkicked Peyton off the apron. Alexa turned around and was caught with an elbow from Billie, 'The Femme Fatale' covering her for two.
Billie continued to build her momentum and take control of Alexa for much of the much, overpowering 'Little Miss Bliss' in a big way. Over on the side of the stage, AJ was placed onto a stretcher and carted out of the Allstate Arena while a replay was shown of her throwing herself through a set of tables. "She passed the psychological assessment. She was cleared to return to the ring, and on her first night back... she injured herself," said Ranallo, still unsure exactly how to word AJ's suicidal-like act. In the ring, Alexa was able to springboard off the second rope, catching Billie with a back elbow strike. The dazed Billie made the tag to Peyton, who kicked Alexa in the side of her head upon entering the ring. Peyton brought Alexa up for the Fisherman Buster, but Alexa countered it into a DDT. Alexa covered Peyton, but Billie broke it up. Billie brought Alexa onto her shoulders for a Powerbomb, but the superstar who carried the Women's Title into WrestleMania sent her into a corner with a Hurricanrana. Alexa rose to her feet, only to be taken out with a Spin Kick from Peyton! 'The Venus Fly Trap' finally planted Alexa with the Fisherman Buster to pick up the win.
AFTERMATH: At the sound of the closing bell, Peyton Royce stood to her feet as Billie Kay hugged her "Iconic Life Partner." The two women stood tall over the fallen Alexa Bliss, and subsequently the fallen AJ Lee as well after she sacrificed herself before the match could even begin. "No one knows what goes through AJ's mind but herself. She has her reasons for jumping off the stage. Nobody does something like that for no reason. It's like... she saw The Iconic Duo in the ring, and then something was set off in her chaotic and disheveled brain," said Corey Graves, trying to make sense of AJ's actions. As the celebration continued for The Iconic Duo, Peyton took a microphone from ringside while taking what looked to be a black cloth from underneath the ring. Peyton stepped back into the ring, telling the WWE Universe that she and Billie warned all of them that Iconic would take over the entire industry. "We are where we are now because of each other. I know for a fact that I wouldn't have made it this far without Billie by my side... and I'd like to think she feels the same way," Peyton stated, Billie assuring her that she did. Peyton continued on, grabbing Billie's hand while thanking her for everything. "I'm serious when I say that I have no idea what my life would be like without you in it. No matter what people like Alexa Bliss, or Becky Lynch, or AJ Lee try to do to stop us from living our dreams, there's nothing that can break our spirits or the bond that we share. I love you with all of my heart... and I want everyone to know that." Peyton then folded away the black cloth, reveling a box with a ring in it. Peyton got down to one knee, the fans in Chicago either going silent or gasping. "Billie Kay... will you marry me?" Peyton asked the stunned Billie, who stared at her life partner in disbelief. She looked out at the sea of fans who chanted "No!" repeatedly. Billie breathed heavily with tears forming in her eyes before nodding her head and accepting the ring. The Iconic Duo then shared a kiss after making their engagement official. "This is beautiful," Graves said while Mauro Ranallo responded with, "This feels morbid after what happened to AJ." Billie and Peyton walked up the entrance ramp, the couple that would soon be married having the biggest night of their careers - and lives - at Money in the Bank.
PROMO: RAW presents Vengeance, live Saturday July 19th on Pay-Per-View and the WWE Network.
"El! Idolo!" The entrance music of Andrade 'Cien' Almas sounded as the winner of the Cruiserweight Classic was about to claim his prize. Almas walked out onto the stage along with his business associate, Zelina Vega, who claims that she aided Almas every step of the way in his journey to this point. "Everyone has called it one of the most impressive runs in any tournament that you could think of in professional wrestling. Mustafa Ali, Alex Shelley, Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi and Johnny Gargano. Those are the names who Andrade 'Cien' Almas defeated in the Cruiserweight Classic to make it to this night, where he has the chance to become the first Cruiserweight Champion of 'The New Era,'" said Rob Naylor. Almas and Zelina stepped into the ring for what would be the biggest challenge to date for 'El Idolo.' Tyler Breeze then made his entrance, the former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion relinquishing said title for the opportunity to make history as the first Cruiserweight Champion of 'The New Era.' Breeze scouted every single competitor in the Cruiserweight Classic, but ultimately, it's Almas who he'll have to contest with.
The match began with Almas and Breeze both taking their time to dive into the action, trying to get an understanding of the other's strategy and how he would operate. Breeze sat Almas on the top rope and delivered a Dropkick, sending the Cruiserweight Classic winner to the outside. Breeze headed out to the ring apron and tried for a Superkick, but Almas grabbed his foot and pulled him back, 'Prince Pretty' landing face-first onto the apron. Almas rolled Breeze into the ring and ascended to the top rope for a Moonsault, Breeze able to get his knees up in time. Breeze placed Almas into a pinning predicament, 'El Idolo' managing to kick out in time. Breeze sized up Almas for a Supermodel Kick, but was caught. Almas slingshotted Breeze into a corner, and because of the distance Breeze was from the turnbuckles, his face collided with the middle one! The dazed Breeze rested against the turnbuckles, Almas charging into him with a double knee strike! Somehow, Breeze was able to get his shoulder up just before three. Almas brought Breeze back to his feet and positioned him for the Hammerlock DDT, but Breeze pushed him away. Breeze hoisted Almas up for a Flapjack that caused the Cruiserweight Classic winner to connect with the top turnbuckle. Breeze took Almas up to the top rope, trying for an Avalanche Back Suplex. However, Almas was able to counter it into a Destino from the top rope! Almas quickly got the cover on Breeze, the official making the three count to crown a new Cruiserweight Champion!
AFTERMATH: A mixed reaction emerged from the Chicago audience as Andrade 'Cien' Almas rose to his feet, capping off the biggest week of his career with the win that has just named him the first WWE Cruiserweight Champion of 'The New Era.' Almas was presented with the new, purple-strapped championship that he raised high in the air while Zelina Vega applauded him. After besting some of the top competitors in the world to make it to this stage, Almas was able to add Tyler Breeze to the list of foes that have fallen at his feet, and as a result, 'El Idolo' is the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion!
PROMO: On August 16th, NXT presents its biggest event to date from the world's most famous arena. NXT TakeOver: MSG, live on the WWE Network as part of SummerSlam weekend.
VIDEO PACKAGE: The NXT brand continues to reinvent itself following the WWE Draft, an event that saw Finn Balor make his way over to the main roster. Up next, 'The Demon' will stand across the ring from the man who believes that he is the one who "created" Balor and his fanbase. The video package began with "Where Did It Go?" by Asking Alexandria playing over footage of Balor's silhouette emerging from smoke. "So you're all stars now? So you're what's in now? Top of the world now. So you're the kings now?" As noted before, Balor entered the WWE Draft and was taken by Monday Night RAW in the first round. On his first night on the brand, Balor engaged in a physical altercation with Triple H after 'The Game' made it clear he believes he's responsible for Balor's success. He brought Balor into WWE, and he could just as easily take him out of it. However, Balor retaliated and told his "creator" that he and the Balor Club made him who he is today. "After a decade pushing boundaries proving impossible, possible. Making something from nothing. Creating larger than life." A few days later, Balor had an NXT Championship defense against Kyle O'Reilly at a live event in Atlanta. Thanks to outside involvement from Triple H and Seth Rollins, O'Reilly seized the gold from Balor. "But now there's this one: The I'm the king one; The I don’t care, I’m gonna do my thing one; The breaking every f***ing rule in the book one." The event caused Balor's 'Demon' persona to make its debut at No Mercy to defeat Rollins. 'The Game' refused to let Balor keep the upper-hand, so when Hunter had the opportunity to screw Balor out of a spot in the Elimination Chamber match at Bad Blood, he took it with pleasure. Hunter provoked 'The Demon' yet again, and in a face-to-face meeting on the Bad Blood Kickoff, Hunter accepted Balor's challenge for a match. "Just sit the f*** down, pay attention. There's too much noise, for a second listen. Where did it go? Where did it go so wrong?"
There was a big fight feel in the atmosphere as the legendary entrance music of Triple H blasted. 'The Game' walked through the curtain for his first in-ring encounter since WrestleMania XXX. "Triple H has called himself Finn Balor's creator, but tonight, 'The King of Kings' wants to become Finn Balor's destroyer," said Mauro Ranallo. Hunter stepped into the ring for a battle that he knew wouldn't be easy since he had seen Balor's growth over the last year since he came into NXT. Hunter knows exactly what he's getting into, but at the same time, no one can ever be truly prepared for a contest against 'The Demon.' After Hunter's music silenced, red lights began flickering on the stage while the Demon intro to Balor's theme played. 'The Demon' could be seen crawling onto the stage, Balor soon rising while sitting on a black throne. Balor had a black crown on his head, staring down Hunter from a distance. Balor removed himself from the throne, his back having the phrase "You cannot kill what you did not create" written in gold paint. Balor made his slow walk down to the ring, Hunter appearing as focused as he's ever been for this bout.
The bell sounded as Hunter made the mistake of charging into combat. Balor dodged Hunter's strike and delivered several of his own before Dropkicking him out of the ring. Balor launched himself over the top rope a Plancha onto 'The Game' before rolling him back into the ring. Balor had Hunter set up already for Coup de Grace, Hunter able to roll out of the way. Balor seemingly expected it, though, as he landed on his feet and knelt down while staring at his adversary to let him know that he was in for the fight of his life. Hunter tried going after Balor again, but was knocked off of his feet. Balor kept control of the match until Hunter pushed him off of the top rope. Balor crashed his back against the barricade, Hunter seizing the opening and reminding the WWE Universe why he's known as 'The Cerebral Assassin.' Hunter Irish Whipped Balor into the ring post before rolling him back into the squared circle. Hunter dropped a knee onto the face of Balor before standing up and telling the former NXT Champion that he couldn't beat him. Hunter placed Balor into a corner and struck him repeatedly, each shot appearing to only bring more life into 'The Demon' somehow. Balor connected with a forearm shot to Hunter before running towards him, only to be planted with a Spinebuster! Hunter set Balor up for the Pedigree, but it was countered into a roll-up! Hunter managed to get his shoulders up, and when he and Balor stood back up, he kicked 'The Demon' in the mid-section for a Pedigree! Gunter got the cover, but miraculously, Balor kicked out! "How the hell did Finn Balor just kick out of a Pedigree?!" exclaimed Corey Graves while Hunter shook his head in both disbelief and anger. The fans in the Allstate Arena shouted "Yes!" repeatedly while Hunter tried to bring Balor back up for a second Pedigree. This time, Balor was able to pull Hunter down by his legs, stomping both of his feet onto his chest! Balor climbed to the top rope, but Hunter was able to stop him. Balor flipped over Hunter's back, pulling him onto the second rope. Balor grabbed Hunter by his head and neck, bringing him into the center of the ring for a reverse Bloody Sunday. Balor returned to the top rope, staring down at his adversary before giving him the "Too Sweet" hand gesture. Balor soared through the air with Coup de Grace, covering Hunter to put away 'The Game' for good!
AFTERMATH: At the sound of the closing bell, the WWE Universe roared with excitement as Finn Balor stood to his feet, 'The Demon' finally slaying the man who tried to take every bit of credit for his success in WWE over the last year. Balor took one look down at the fallen Triple H after picking up the biggest victory of his career against one of the most powerful figures in the entire industry. Now, Balor can look forward into his future without having to worry about Hunter trying to sabotage his career. "Now, Balor will set his sights on what he came to Monday Night RAW for: the Universal Championship."
PROMO: SmackDown Live presents The Bash, live Sunday July 20th on Pay-Per-View and the WWE Network.
SEGMENT: Backstage, Renee Young was standing by the locker room of Andrade 'Cien' Almas, hoping to get a word with the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion. Suddenly, The Iconic Duo could be heard in the distance as the two of them entered the picture, still filled with emotions after their engagement was made official earlier. "I was just trying to speak with Andrade Almas after the biggest week of his career," Renee said, Peyton responding with, "Forget about the biggest week of his career! This is the biggest week of my LIFE!" while crying still. Billie said that tonight couldn't have gone any more "iconic." "AJ Lee is gone again, and now, I am going to get married to my best friend in the entire world! And Emma hasn't even won Money in the Bank yet!" she shouted before setting off a small confetti cannon. Peyton then said that she and Billie had been discussing a date for the wedding, and they've figured it out. "The whole world is going to be invited to The Iconic Wedding in four weeks at The Bash!" Renee raised a concern about the wedding with her response: "Guys, The Bash is in Tampa, and I think Florida might have laws against-" she said before being cut off by an excited Billie, who suggested to Peyton that they start picking out wedding dresses. The Iconic Duo held hands and jumped away from the screen to end the segment.
Allie received her first ever one-on-one match for a championship in WWE, but this wasn't the Allie that had everyone had come to know and love since her debut in January. Two weeks ago on SmackDown Live, Allie turned her back on Becky Lynch and the entire WWE Universe when she aligned herself with Catch Point. Allie walked down to the ring, her titantron displaying Catch Point graphics instead of her old bunny designs. "Allie explained that she chose this path in order to show the WWE Universe that they have control of their lives and don't need to conform to society out of fear of change. I understand what her message is, but there were other means to achieving that. She didn't need to join the most loathed group in WWE today. She didn't have to stab Becky Lynch in the back, but she did and she now has to pay the price for it," Rob Naylor said. Allie waited in the ring as the champion's entrance music sounded to a thunderous response. 'The Irish Lass Kicker' walked through the smoke on the stage, heading straight into the ring to take down Allie! Becky delivered repeated strikes to Allie's face, the newest Catch Point exiting the ring underneath the bottom rope. Becky made chase for Allie, throwing her against the SmackDown Live announce table before sending her flying over it! Becky went back after Allie, the official trying to store order. When he touched Becky's shoulder, she turned around and pushed him away. He knew there was no point in trying to start the match, so it was thrown out the window before it could even begin.
AFTERMATH: While there was a sense of disappointment that the match for the SmackDown Women's Championship wouldn't be happening, the fans in Chicago continued to cheer Becky Lynch on as she unleashed every bit of frustration she had bottled up against Allie. Becky picked Allie up off of the floor, trying to deliver an Exploder Suplex. Allie retaliated with elbow strikes to free herself before grabbing one of the monitors from the announce table. Allie went to level Becky with it, but Becky dodged the attack and took Allie down to the ground for the Disarmer! Becky reeled back on Allie's arm, trying to snap it as more officials arrived to restrain her. Allie and Catch Point managed to bring out a side of Becky that the world had never seen before, and sooner or later, the two will have their encounter for the SmackDown Women's Title.
VIGNETTE: Sen Regieren - the team of Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe - make their way to Monday Night RAW soon to wreak havoc.
While the action could not be contained inside of the ring for Becky Lynch and Allie's SmackDown Women's Championship match, chaos was encourage in this instance as the red Money in the Bank briefcase hanged high above the ring, somebody about to capture an opportunity at the Universal Championship. "Shock, the system," rang throughout the Allstate Arena to a mixed reception. The United States Champion Adam Cole walked out to the stage along with the rest of The Undisputed ERA. Cole turned back to Chris Jericho, Michael Bennett and Maria Kanellis, ensuring them that he'll be able to take down the briefcase by himself. The group walked back through the curtain, Cole surveying the scene for the biggest match of his career. "Adam Cole, bay bay!" he shouted with the WWE Universe before waiting for the arrival of an adversary. Seth Rollins' entrance music hit, slightly altered with a scream of, "Burn it down!" playing during the pause. 'The Architect' headed down to the ring while glaring at the briefcase that would grant him a shot at the championship that he allowed to slip through his fingers three weeks ago at Bad Blood. Rollins came face-to-face with Cole, the two former NXT Champions exchanging words until Emma made her entrance. Already the RAW Women's and Hardcore Champion, Emma wanted even more gold to carry around. Originally, this match only had six participants. Emma was added once The Iconic Duo made it clear that they would only accept the match against AJ Lee and Alexa Bliss - which was a f***ing mess, by the way - if Emma was allowed to compete for the briefcase. The terms were met, and now, Emma has the chance to join Paige as the only female winners in Money in the Bank history. Emma raised her two championships while Rollins and Cole looked on. Next out was perhaps the WWE Universe's popular choice, Daniel Bryan. The "Yes!" chants flooded the Allstate Arena as Bryan's history in both this arena and the event was recapped by Mauro Ranallo. "Three years ago at this same event in this same building, Daniel Bryan won Money in the Bank and cashed it in at WrestleMania 28 to become World Heavyweight Championship. He's the only person in this match to ever hold the briefcase, and history will play to his favor here tonight." Bryan stood across from Rollins, Cole and Emma, all three of them holding pinfall victories against him. The signature of The Wyatt Tribe went off before Cane Hill's "Too Far Gone" accompanied the arrival of Pentagon. Considered the prodigy of The Wyatt Tribe, Pentagon is the only active competitor in his stable to never hold a major championship. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton have WWE Championship reigns on their resumes, and a victory tonight would pave the way for Pentagon to become Universal Champion. The roar that starts Braun Strowman's theme song sounded to a positive response from Chicago as 'The Monster Among Men' headed down to the ring, Corey Graves noting that Strowman is his pick. "Even if all of the other superstars were to gang up on Strowman, do they really stand a chance against him?" Strowman entered the ring, holding a massive height and strength advantage over everyone else in the ring. Lastly, Matanza Cueto joined the battlefield. With RAW General Manager Dario Cueto by his side, Matanza marched down to the ring to complete the Money in the Bank Ladder match for an opportunity at the Universal Championship.
Before the bell could sound, RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon walked out onto the stage. Stephanie stated that before the match begins, she had a special announcement to make. "You're a fan of surprises, right, Dario? You like to be shocked? You like to catch the WWE Universe off-guard any chance you can get. So, I went ahead and decided to add another superstar to this match. I guess you could say I gave him a... unique opportunity." Stephanie then headed to the back, Dario heavily confused while asking Matanza if he had any idea what Stephanie was talking about. Seconds later, the entrance music of Roman Reigns hit to an enormous pop from the Chicago audience. Reigns, who has been inactive for weeks now due to injuries caused by Matanza, and as soon as Dario saw him, the RAW General Manager exited through the crowd. 'The One Man Army' is the eight participant in Money in the Bank, and now, the field was complete and the match was underway!
Reigns ran into the ring and immediately went after Matanza, the two behemoths exchanging strikes while the other six participants watched. Strowman soon charged into Reigns and Matanza, taking them out with Clotheslines. Bryan, Cole, Rollins, Emma and Pentagon then ganged up on Strowman, but 'The Monster Among Men' was able to extend his arms and send the five of them flying towards the ropes, Emma actually landing on the back of her head. Strowman exited the ring to pick up a ladder, but then had Bryan leaping through the ropes with a Suicide Dive. Strowman caught Bryan and threw him into the barricade. On the other side of the ring, Reigns repeatedly bashed Matanza's face into the ring post. Strowman slid the ladder into the ring, but he was ambushed by Rollins and Cole. The two kept Strowman occupied long enough for Pentagon to take a steel chair and pulverize him with it. Pentagon leveled Strowman in the back with it over and over again before turning against Cole. Rollins grabbed Pentagon's arms and waist, bringing him in for his Rainmaker Knee. Pentagon managed to catch Rollins, slingshotting him into a corner. Rollins landed on the second rope, but Emma threw a ladder into the top of his head from ringside. Pentagon tried for a Baseball Slide to Emma, but the double champion was able to evade him. Emma took Pentagon down with a Drop Toe Hold onto a ladder, Emma rising back to her feet to shout, "It's all! About! Me!" As soon as she was finished, she turned around and took a Superman Punch from Reigns! 'The One Man Army' headed back into the ring, where Strowman was stirring to his feet. Reigns connected with two Superman Punches to Strowman before gearing up for a Spear. Before he could strike, Matanza pulled him out of the ring and sent him flying with a German Suplex! Matanza entered the ring and went after Strowman, trying to get a measure of revenge for his loss in the Gauntlet match on RAW last week. Matanza picked Strowman up off his feet for a Sidewalk Slam before he decided to head up to the rope. Whatever Matanza had in mind failed as Bryan shoved him off the top rope and onto the canvas. Both Matanza and Strowman got to their feet simultaneously, Bryan hitting them with a Missile Dropkick. Bryan got to his feet and claimed a ladder, setting it up underneath the briefcase. Cole stopped Bryan, the two rivals going at it until Bryan was poked in the eye. Cole positioned the ladder against a corner, trying to whip Bryan into it. Bryan instead threw Cole towards it, the Untied States Champion able to stop in his tracks. Bryan charged towards Cole, Dropkicking him into the ladder! While Bryan was on his back, Rollins used that small window of opportunity to connect with a Frog Splash onto him! Rollins took the ladder that Cole had crashed it into, setting it up before scaling it.
Rollins was near the top of the ladder before Emma joined him. The RAW Women's and Hardcore Champion traded strikes with rollins, Cole getting back up and trying to climb over Rollins to get the briefcase. Rollins, Emma and Cole's brawl soon turned catastrophic as Strowman managed to pick up the ladder while all three of them were on it, tipping it over! Strowman yelled out his name to a positive response from the Chicago audience before he turned around and saw Reigns coming towards him with a Spear! Reigns executed the maneuver before he decided to leap to the outside onto Matanza. However, Matanza was actually able to catch him in mid-air, planting Reigns with Wrath of the Gods onto the floor! Matanza stood up and was immediately drilled with a Busaiku Knee from Bryan, who jumped off of the ring apron to hit it! Bryan was the only superstar left standing at that point, setting the ladder back up to seize the briefcase. However, The Wyatt Tribe hit the ring and stopped him! Randy Orton caught him with a forearm Uppercut before Wyatt drove his forehead into his with a headbutt. The pathway was now clear for Pentagon to take down the briefcase, the fans in attendance unsure how to react to the outside interference. However, Bryan wouldn't stay down as he took a steel chair and went after The Wyatt Tribe! Bryan struck Pentagon in the back before chasing Wyatt and Orton away from the ring. Bryan had made it up to the stage, ensuring that The Wyatt Tribe were eliminated as factors. In that moment, however, Emma had began climbing the ladder! The Chicago audience got Bryan's attention and he tried to make it back into the ring in time, but it was too late as Emma had taken down the briefcase!
AFTERMATH: "Emma just won Money in the Bank! Emma has a shot at the Universal Championship!" Mauro Ranallo exclaimed over the stunned WWE Universe members in the Allstate Arena. Emma held the briefcase in her hands and stared at it with her eyes and mouth wide open, almost as if she couldn't believe it herself either. Daniel Bryan sat against the ring apron, beating himself up over the fact that if he hadn't tried to go after The Wyatt Tribe and just finished them off in the ring, he very well could have won the match. Instead, Emma now joins Paige as the only two women in history to win Money in the Bank, and they did it on the same night for that matter. "'Emma Two Belts' is about to become 'Emma Three Belts,'" said Corey Graves. Emma already owns the RAW Women's and Hardcore Championships, and now, the Money in the Bank briefcase guarantees that she'll challenge for the Universal Title at some point over the next year. Emma made her way up the stage, where she was greeted by her Iconic stablemates, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. The newly-engaged couple both hugged Emma, the three of them reflecting on the past few months of their careers. They didn't know what was going to happen after their trio was disbanded in the WWE Draft. Now, Billie and Peyton have come out on top in a feud against AJ Lee and Alexa Bliss, and they're going to be married in four weeks at The Bash, all while Emma has become a double champion and now has the potential to add another. Emma raised the briefcase one more time, reminding the WWE Universe of what she's been saying all this time: It's all about her.
PROMO: While location has yet to be confirmed, WWE can now officially announce that Unison II will be taking place on Sunday October 5th. Not only will the stars of the main roster and NXT be participating, but so will competitors from New Japan Pro Wrestling.
SEGMENT: Returning to the Allstate Arena, RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon were shown in the ring as it was now time for Bobby Roode to make a decision regarding his future. The audience in Chicago sang along to "Glorious Domination" as Roode headed down to the ring, his Unique Opportunity Battle Royal prize being rescinded after Dario Cueto determined that he has underwhelmed since the brand split. Roode took a microphone and said that he's given this decision a lot of thought over the last few days, but he's made his mind up. "I have a lot of history with Monday Night RAW. That's where I made my debut six months ago. It's the brand where I competed in the main event of a Pay-Per-View for the first time, and let's be honest. It's the flagship show. You can't beat RAW... but..." Roode said before turning to Shane. "SmackDown Live is a growing brand that's on the cusp of something great. It's the 'Land of Opportunity' for a reason. To be a part of the expansion of SmackDown Live and potentially be the reason that it supersedes RAW someday... man, that's almost too good to pass up." Roode glaced back-and-forth at Stephanie and Shane. "What I've decided... is that it's an absolute travesty that I'm even having to choose between the two of you! Shane, you didn't even put me in the WWE Championship tournament at Backlash! Stephanie, I had to share a shot at the Universal Championship with four other people! How is any of that fair?! How am I supposed to be the superstar that I'm destined to be if I have bosses who stack the deck against me at every turn?! Neither RAW nor SmackDown Live deserve to have Bobby Roode on their roster... so what I did was make a phone call to someone else. Last night in this very arena, all of these people were told... 'We are NXT,'" Roode said, the WWE Universe realizing where he was going with his speech. "Let it be known right now that it's no longer 'We are NXT.' From now on, Bobby Roode is N! X! T!" Roode threw down his microphone as he left the ring, Stephanie and Shane both taken aback by his decision. Roode walked up to the stage when NXT Commissioner William Regal made his way through the curtain. Regal presented Roode with a contract to sign, officially making him part of the NXT roster. "Some people might call this a step back, but I think this is a step forward," Corey Graves said. "Finally, Bobby Roode's talents won't go unnoticed. He'll be part of a brand that will respect him and treat him like the competitor that he is. Say it loud, and say it proud, everyone! NXT has just become... GLORIOUS!"
VIDEO PACKAGE: Coming up next, Derrick Bateman will challenge for the Universal Championship for the first time since the Royal Rumble as he invokes his rematch clause against Kevin Owens. A video package featuring "Emperor's New Clothes" by Panic! At the Disco took the WWE Universe back to Bad Blood, where an Elimination Chamber match was held for the gold. "Welcome to the end of eras. Ice has melted back to life. Done my time and served my sentence. Dress me up and watch me die" Because Bateman promised his WarGames team at Battleground - Seth Rollins, Bobby Roode, Bray Wyatt and Kevin Owens - Universal Title shots if they were victorious, Dario Cueto inserted them into the Chamber. "If it feels good, tastes good, it must be mine." Ultimately, Bateman was handed a shock loss at the hands of Owens, who claimed the Universal Championship in the process. For the first time since the inception of the championship, 'The God of the New Era' did not hold the Universal Title. "Mortal kings are ruling castles, welcome to my world of fun. Liars settle into sockets. Flip the switch and watch them run." Bateman refused to show his face in public without the championship, resulting in him missing the initial contract signing with Owens on RAW. Owens took out his frustrations on Stephanie McMahon's new assistant, Drake Maverick, before taking the contract with him to find Bateman. Six days ago, 'The Prizefighter' ended up locating Bateman at the TD Garden in Boston, the venue where he lost the Elimination Chamber match. Bateman had stayed in the arena for more than two weeks without ever seeing the outside world in that time frame. Bateman snapped and went after Owens, laying him out before signing the contract to make their match tonight official. "I'm taking back the crown. I'm all dressed up and naked. I see what's mine and take it. (Finders keepers, losers weepers). The crown, so close I can taste it. I see what's mine and take it."
At the sound of Derrick Bateman's entrance music, 'The God of the New Era' walked out onto the stage for his first match ever against a defending Universal Champion. "It looked as if Derrick Bateman was unbeatable. He won the Royal Rumble match. He became the first superstar to pin AJ Styles. He overcame Brock Lesnar and John Cena at WrestleMania. He was the overall number one Draft pick. He beat Styles again. Bateman was at the top of the world that he turned into his... only for Kevin Owens to dethrone him," Corey Graves said. Bateman stood against a corner, refusing to look back at the stage that the Universal champion would be emerging from. Owens made his way out to a thunderous ovation from Chicago, the WWE Universe believing that 'The Prizefighter' was the less of two evils in this scenario. Owens walked up to Bateman in the ring and raised the Universal Title in his face, purposely trying to get under his skin and and bring out the vicious, power-hungry psychopath that has ran roughshod in WWE for a year and a half.
When the bell rang, Owens and Bateman took their time, standing across the ring from each other and having the face-to-face moment that the chaos of the Elimination Chamber wouldn't allow them. Instead of colliding in the ring, they both rolled to the outside and ran towards each other on the side with the SmackDown Live announce table. The two began exchanging strikes, neither willing to let up on their force. Bateman kicked Owens in the leg before throwing him into the steel steps, screaming in his face that he took everything away from him. Bateman picked Owens up onto his shoulders, throwing him front-first onto the announce table! Bateman stepped onto the table and brought Owens up to his feet, but 'The Prizefighter' shoved him off. Bateman landed on his feet, but Owens leaped onto him with a Cannonball! "That's why I'm the champ!" Owens shouted once he stood up to his feet, proceeding to roll Bateman into the ring.
Owens attempted a Senton from the top rope, Bateman able to get his knees up in time. 'The God of the New Era' brutalized Owens from that point on, taking every opening he could to keep the defending champion down. Bateman continuously kicked Owens in the ribs every time he tried getting back up, the WWE Universe having to rally behind Owens. Soon, Owens managed to catch Bateman's foot during one of his kick attempts, following up by slapping him across his face! Owens whipped Bateman off of the ropes, trying for a Pop Up Powerbomb. Bateman held onto the ropes, Owens charging into him. Both men fell over the top rope, Owens able to get Bateman back into the ring before the count of ten. Owens tried again for the Pop Up Powerbomb, but Bateman countered it with a knee strike to his face. Bateman hoisted Owens onto his shoulders for the TKO, but Owens' leg inadvertently struck the official! Bateman got the cover without an official present to make the count. The irate Bateman headed out to ringside, picking up the Universal Championship that belonged to him just three weeks ago. Staring at the gold intensively, Bateman began sizing up Owens. 'The God of the New Era' went in for a shot with the center plate, but Owens threw him into the air for the Pop Up Powerbomb. Owens collapsed onto the canvas afterwards, both competitors down and out for the time being.
As Owens and Bateman showed signs of life against, the audience in the Allstate Arena suddenly erupted. "What the... AJ STYLES!" Mauro Ranallo screamed once he saw 'The Phenomenal One' running out to ringside through the crowd. Styles, who had not been seen ever since he was defeated by Bateman at No Mercy, stepped onto the ring apron. He had his sights set on Bateman before springboarding off of the top rope. However, instead of going for Bateman, Styles connected with the Phenomenal Forearm to Owens! The fans that were just losing their minds a second ago were left speechless as Styles glanced down at Owens before looking over at Bateman, who was just as stunned as anyone else. Styles exited the ring without giving any answers as to why he targeted Owens and not Bateman. 'The God of the New Era' asked no questions as he covered Owens once he noticed the official beginning to come to. Bateman hooked Owens' leg, the slow three count being made to crown a new champion.
AFTERMATH: "... Derrick Bateman is a two-time Universal Champion..." Mauro Ranallo stated faintly. Bateman rose to his feet, the official handing him the Universal Title at the expense of Owens' three week-long reign. Bateman celebrated with the championship, but the only thing the WWE Universe could focus on was the fact that for whatever, AJ Styles - who was injured by Bateman - just cost Owens the Universal Title for seemingly no reason. Owens' reign is over as quickly as it began, and it's all thanks to Bateman and, of all people, AJ Styles.
PROMO: The first official promo for SummerSlam aired, featuring one of the official theme songs, "Outside" by Bea Miller. SummerSlam returns to Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 17th.
VIDEO PACKAGE: While the WWE Universe recovered from the shock of AJ Styles costing Kevin Owens the Universal Championship, the WWE Championship was shown hanging above the ring as it was now time for the main event. A video package recapped the career of Sami Zayn in WWE thus far, showcasing his trials and tribulations throughout NXT. After helping establish the developmental brand into the juggernaut that it is today, Zayn entered the WWE Draft and was taken in the first round by SmackDown Live. Zayn was placed into the WWE Championship tournament at Backlash, and against all odds, 'The Underdog from the Underground' defeated Tyler Breeze, John Cena and CM Punk in one night to become the brand new WWE Champion. Punk attempted to end Zayn's feel-good story at Judgment Day, but failed. The following week on SmackDown Live, Punk revealed that his WWE contract is once again reaching its end, and he's in a position he's all too familiar with. 'The Best in the World' challenged Zayn to one more match at Money in the Bank, and if he can't win, he'll leave the company for good. Zayn accepted Punk's challenge on the condition that it be a Ladder match. After Punk accepted, Zayn was blindsided by TJ Perkins, Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, the stable known as Catch Point. Punk officially joined the group, and now, Zayn must contend with what feels like insurmountable odds. Catch Point, Chicago, and most of all, CM Punk.
As soon as "Cult of Personality" sounded, the loudest reaction of the night emerged for the hometown hero. CM Punk walked through the curtain, wearing the original "Best in the World" t-shirt that he debuted three years ago at this same event. Punk made his way down to the ring, glancing up at the WWE Championship that he has the opportunity to capture for the fifth time in his career. Punk sat cross-legged in the center of the ring, the Chicago crowd continuing to go wild for him. When Sami Zayn's entrance music hit, a mixed reaction could be heard for him. While some in the WWE Universe backed Zayn, it was clear that the majority were in favor of seeing Punk remain in WWE as its top champion. Zayn made his entrance without his normal antics, displaying a much more serious side of himself. Zayn entered the ring and stood in a corner while Punk remained seated.
At the sound of the opening bell, Zayn charged towards Punk, repeatedly kicking him while he was down. Boos and cheers accompanied the scene as Zayn tried to wear down Punk early. Punk was able to get to his feet and retaliate, throwing Zayn to the outside. Punk went after Zayn, who was able to block a shot of his and throw him onto the SmackDown Live announce table. Punk managed to deliver a few elbow strikes to Zayn while the two stood on the table, but Zayn evaded a Roundhouse Kick. Zayn lifted Punk off of his feet, driving him onto the table's surface with a Brainbuster! Zayn took the first ladder into the ring, trying to set it up and capture his championship. "This is what Zayn's going to have to live with. He'll be known for the rest of his career as the man who retired CM Punk in Chicago, and that's going to rub a lot of people the wrong way," Nigel McGuinness stated. Punk was able to make it back into the ring, grabbing Zayn's foot to bring him off of the ladder. After throwing Zayn's face into the ladder, Punk positioned the object against a corner. Punk tried whipping Zayn into it, but was instead thrown against the ladder with an Exploder Suplex! Punk screamed in agony as Zayn tried positioning the ladder underneath the title again.
Zayn began scaling the ladder, but at that moment, Chad Gable and Jason Jordan of Catch Point hit the ring. The two went after Zayn, trying to prevent him from retiring their stablemate. Jordan placed another ladder into the ring, and he and Gable ended up planting Zayn onto it with Grand Amplitude! 'The Underdog from the Underground' was laid out as Gable and Jordan set the ladder back up, trying to get Punk onto it. 'The Best in the World' had to find the strength to climb the ladder, trying to make it to the top as quickly as he could. However, Zayn was able to somehow get back up, shoving Gable into Jordan, who then inadvertently collided with the ladder. Punk was tipped over and crashed to the canvas, Zayn taking the ladder and attacking Gable and Jordan with it. Zayn managed to eliminate the two of them as factors before sizing up Punk for the Helluva Kick. However, Intercontinental Champion TJ Perkins ran down to ringside and grabbed Zayn's foot from underneath the bottom rope. The distraction allowed Punk to charge into Zayn with a High Knee, incapacitating him for the time being. Zayn rolled out to ringside, TJP taunting him while Punk tried climbing the ladder again. At that point, the Chicago audience actually started to show signs of hesitance to continue supporting Punk once it became clear that he was relying on Catch Point to win. TJP dabbed in Zayn's face, Zayn responding by throwing him onto the floor with an Exploder! Zayn rolled back into the ring and climbed the opposite side of the ladder, meeting Punk at the top. The two exchanged strikes in a battle that Zayn was able to come out on top of. Punk was shoved off of the ladder, but just as Zayn had his fingertips on the WWE Championship, Punk pulled his legs through one of the openings between two of the top rungs. Zayn was stuck in the ladder before Punk pushed it over, the top portion of the ladder crushing Zayn's ribs! Punk took a different ladder and positioned it in the center of the ring, a mixture of boos and cheers being heard as he reached the top of the ladder and took down the WWE Title.
AFTERMATH: Not only is CM Punk a five-time WWE Champion, but he just saved his career in the process. Punk raised the title at the top of the ladder, looking out at the audience that contained some of his past supporters who just lost respect for him by his over-reliance on Catch Point to win this match. "It took Chad Gable, Jason Jordan AND TJ Perkins to put the WWE Championship back around his waist," Rob Naylor said, heavily critical of Punk's tactics for victory. Sami Zayn was shown still trapped in the ladder that crushed him, 'The Underdog from the Underground' perhaps not yet realizing that he was no longer the WWE Champion. Punk stepped back onto the canvas, calling over Gable, Jordan and TJP. The three Catch Point members removed Zayn's body from the ladder before continuing their assault. "Alright, this is too much now. Punk, you won the match! You're the WWE Champion again! There's no need for this!" Nigel McGuinness screamed into his headset while Catch Point assaulted Zayn. Soon, the audience roared with excitement as Paige ran down to the ring, striking Gable, Jordan and TJP with the Money in the Bank briefcase! Punk tried to take her out with the WWE Title, but he took a briefcase shot to the face as well for his troubles! Paige stood tall over Catch Point before looking down at her briefcase, realizing she had the WWE Champion prone.
With a sea of fans chanting "Yes!" nonstop, Paige turned around and handed over her Money in the Bank briefcase to the official.
"Oh my God! Paige is gonna do it! Paige is gonna cash-in!" Naylor exclaimed over the Chicago crowd that was on the verge of erupting. Paige herself was shaking as Greg Hamilton began to make the announcement that the WWE Championship match between Punk and Paige would take place right here and right now. However, the fifth Catch Point member, Allie, suddenly appeared at ringside and pulled Paige out of the ring! Allie hoisted Paige onto her shoulders, driving her into the barricade with a Death Valley Driver! Allie stood to her feet as she held her arm, showing the affects of her brawl with SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch earlier in the show. Allie entered the ring and kicked Paige's briefcase away, handing Punk his title back. 'The Best in the World' directed all members of Catch Point up to the stage after narrowly escaping a potential cash-in.
With Zayn and Paige both laid out, Catch Point stood tall to close the show with CM Punk as the brand new WWE Champion and the spearhead of SmackDown Live moving forward.
- CM Punk is now a 5-time count it 5 time WWE Champion becoming the new WWE Champion in the main event of Money in the Bank defeating Sami Zayn in the Ladder Match for the WWE Championship in Punk's hometown of Chicago. There was no way Punk was losing especially in his hometown and especially with the stakes involved here being that Punk literally put his career on the line in this match if he had lost he would be forced to retire. Punk in a big match situation wins especially in his own backyard right here in Chicago. After a grueling match here comes the Smackdown Money in the Bank Ladder Match winner Paige out to cash in on Punk. Thank God for Catch Point thank God that they stopped Paige from cashing in on Punk. Allie doing the dirty work and helping her Catch Point stablemate Punk out by stopping Paige personally from cashing in was a stroke of genius and now the reign of Punk can truly begin.
- Derrick Bateman becomes the new WWE Universal Champion beating Kevin Owens to become a 2-time WWE Universal Champion all thanks to AJ Styles. I still can't even believe AJ made his return here in this match much less that he costs Kevin Owens the WWE Universal Championship. I would have figured Styles would go after Bateman because he was the one who put AJ on the shelf to begin with. Then why attack Kevin Owens? Why end his title reign? Here is hoping we get answers from AJ Styles as to why.
- God just when things couldn't get any worse they do yet another woman wins Money in the Bank like really? Emma wins Money in the Bank...of all the people to win why her? I mean she is already WWE Hardcore Champion and she is WWE RAW Women's Champion too on top of it and now she has Money in the Bank. I mean first Paige and now Emma. I would have expected any one else to win but Emma already has 2 belts like she didn't even need the win here but that is neither here nor there.
- Becky Lynch retains her WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship all be it by way of No Contest as her and Allie basically just brawled throughout and the match gets tossed out by way of the referee. I mean if you obviously want to keep both women strong then this was probably the only way to do it. Becky lives to fight another day as champion but really how much longer will that title reign last? I mean she not only has Allie and Catch Point to worry about she also has the other women in the Smackdown locker room too to worry about.
- My Match of the Night definitely was the Dream Match of Finn Balor vs Triple H. The Demon vs The Game is a match I have always wanted to see a match I thought would never happen and it definitely lived up to the hype. This match was so back and forth throughout and honestly this match definitely has to be a Match of the Year candidate. This match definitely had it all here but this match basically puts Finn Balor over huge by him beating the former COO of the company he basically beat a McMahon all be it a McMahon by marriage but still. With Balor beating Triple H it begs the question of who Finn goes up against next?
- Andrade Cien Almas becomes the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Champion the first WWE Cruiserweight Champion beating former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Tyler Breeze in another show stealing match. Definitely a lot of chain wrestling but also a lot of high flying spots and counters but also both proving that they can not only fly but they can also brawl too because this match definitely had a mixture of all of that but this basically puts El Idolo even more over than he already is. With Zelina by his side and him being champion it only begs the question of who will be his next title defense?
- Bobby Roode doesn't choose RAW or Smackdown Live but chooses to go back to NXT...I wonder why he would do that? He essentially goes from major leagues back to the minor leagues so I wonder what the hell is he thinking doing that?
- The Iconics beat Alexa Bliss & AJ Lee in the Dual Branded Tag Team Match which is what shocked me more than anything because I would have figured that AJ & Alexa would have gone over but AJ Lee I have to wonder I really have to question her sanity. Why in the hell would she put herself through tables? I was shocked confused or just taken aback as to why she would put herself through that kind of pain and anguish? It really shocks me but Billie Kay & Peyton Royce took advantage to get the victory that's for sure
- The Wyatt Tribe with them beating The New Day it just proves just how unstoppable they are now as a unit. Orton and Wyatt definitely have chemistry as a tag team which surprises me given that Orton just joined this group not that long ago and I would have expected The New Day to take advantage of that. However, Orton is no slouch. The man is a former WWE/World Champion multiple times over the man is a future WWE first ballot Hall of Famer. Putting him with Wyatt, Pentagon and Maxine only makes their group look more dangerous look more like a threat.
It's me. The guy who's been behind this diary since he was 16 years old back in 2012. For years up to that point, I had been actively reading diaries from people like Kev, AJ, Elliot and Jonguin among others with only hopes and desires that I could someday produce the same quality of content as them. I tried a few times, but nothing ever stuck and I ended up abandoning all of those diaries. Then, I created what started out as just a harmless 2011 sim with no real idea of where I was going to take it. Fast forward to the present, and I somehow created the most accomplished, prolific diary in the history of this board. A massive amount of credit for its success goes to everyone who's ever read my work at any point, so I thank all of you so much for that.
The biggest thing that I have everyone to thank for is the willingness from readers to give my concepts a chance. I didn't start this sim with the intention of establishing an alternative universe where the rule book has completely disintegrated. It was a very natural process to get to this point of creativity (and absurdity), but I wouldn't have it any other way. I don't regret a single booking decision I've made, or will make in the future. Despite all of the criticism that's either displayed or hidden, I would never take back anything. This diary isn't for everybody, and I completely understand that. But for everyone who has accepted what I've put out and enjoyed it, thank you so much.
However, I've now reached the point in this diary where I don't know how to continue it. By that, I mean that the planned direction from Money in the Bank onwards is immensely controversial and - in a lot of ways - offensive. Ideas that I'm not even sure would be allowed in a medium like WF. These upcoming stories won't just push boundaries for simming - they'll raise questions about morality and how some problematic subjects are approached. I'm not going to change anything that I have set, which leaves me with only two options. I either proceed forward and risk alienating every reader I have left, or I call it quits now.
I'm going to take my time on deciding how I approach the future of this diary on WF, if there even is one. If this is the end, thank you all for everything. If it's not, then all I ask is that everyone who has ever given me a chance do so one more time.
I almost never log in anymore, but I'm a big fan of your work. I initially got hooked because of the graphics, then became interested in the content. The Paige stuff has been better than anything she could pull off in real life, and tg11's hatred of it all makes it even more fun to root for. No matter what the future holds, you put out some unique and compelling stuff.
I almost never log in anymore, but I'm a big fan of your work. I initially got hooked because of the graphics, then became interested in the content. The Paige stuff has been better than anything she could pull off in real life, and tg11's hatred of it all makes it even more fun to root for. No matter what the future holds, you put out some unique and compelling stuff.
I second this.
Absolutely continue if that's what you want to do and continue in the direction you have planned! I'd love to see this diary continue to push the boundaries. As long as you are enjoying it keep doing your thing man
June 23rd, 2014 | Episode 011 | "Quiet on the Set"
INTRO: After a video recapping the events of Money in the Bank last night, the entrance music of Derrick Bateman sounded. The first-ever two-time Universal Champion walked out onto the stage, raising the gold high above his head after a three week drought. "Yes, Derrick Bateman is the Universal Champion again, but what we're all focused on is searching for answers from AJ Styles as to why he attacked Kevin Owens at Money in the Bank," said Mauro Ranallo. Bateman took a microphone and said that no matter how much he's loathed by the WWE Universe and his co-workers, talent always finds its way to rise to the top. "You all thought I was done, didn't you? You people thought that as soon as Kevin Owens beat me at Bad Blood and took away MY Universal Championship, that was the end of my run as the top star in this company. But guess what? You can't stop me! I'm never going away! You all have to deal with me for the rest of time because that's how long I'm going to hold this championship!" Bateman screamed at the fans in Washington. 'The God of the New Era' stood tall, but suddenly, Emma's theme song played. The RAW Women's Champion, Hardcore Champion, and as of last night, Ms. Money in the Bank walked down to the ring, glancing at her red briefcase that Bateman knew could spell the end for his second run as Universal Champion. Emma told Bateman that right now, he has his moment of glory, but he's lying when he says that he's going to hold the title forever. "How's it going to feel when the briefcase that you never got to cash-in brings you down once and for all, Derrick? For the rest of your title reign, you need to have eyes in the back of your head because you never know just where I'll be. The only constant in life is change, and I'm going to bring that change once I cash this in to become the first-ever female Universal Champion. Understand now, Derrick, that no matter what you do... no matter what you say... I have control of the empire you've built because it's all... about..." Emma wasn't allowed to finish her catchphrase as the WWE Universe reacted with shock at the sound of Alexa Bliss' theme music. SmackDown Live's 'Little Miss Bliss' walked through the curtain, saying that The Miz isn't the only superstar who's having a change of scenery. "RAW and SmackDown Live put together a trade deal that's bringing your 'Goddess' over to Monday nights! That's right, Emma. You're not the one who runs the women's division anymore around here," Alexa stated while walking into the ring. Emma laughed off the challenge from Alexa. "So, let me get this straight. My girls humiliated you last night, so what did you do? You begged Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle to trade you to RAW because you think you have a shot at beating me?" Alexa smiled briefly before slapping Emma across her face! Alexa took Ms. Money in the Bank down to the canvas, striking her repeatedly while Bateman watched from a corner, pleased to know that he'd be able to escape a potential cash-in for the time being. However, he wouldn't be able to escape Kevin Owens, who ran down to ringside and pulled him out underneath the bottom rope! Owens and Bateman began brawling, officials having to arrive to restrain not only them, but Alexa and Emma as well.
MATCH: Acting as the conclusion to this ongoing rivalry, The New Day finally got to get their hands on all three Wyatt Tribe members - Bray Wyatt, Pentagon and Randy Orton - in a Six Man Tag Team match. Xavier Woods, who returned tonight after his Cero Miedo match two weeks ago, let out all of his frustrations in another breakout performance, taking out all three Wyatt Tribe members towards the end of the bout. Woods climbed to the top rope for an Elbow Drop onto Orton, but became occupied with Pentagon and Wyatt. After kicking both of them away, Woods leaped through the air, only to be struck with an RKO! Orton covered Woods to get the victory, The Wyatt Tribe putting The New Day behind them for good.
PROMO: A video package was shown for The Cueto Cup, an eight-man tournament beginning tonight here on RAW. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, Daniel Bryan, United States Champion Adam Cole, Braun Strowman, Matanza Cueto and the newest member of the roster, The Miz, compete for a trip to the Finals at Vengeance. There, the sole superstar left standing will earn a Universal Championship opportunity in Madison Square Garden at SummerSlam. The Cueto Cup begins now!
MATCH: In a first round Cueto Cup match, Seth Rollins battled Roman Reigns to reignite their rivalry from more than a year ago. Rollins' status as a crowd favorite was seemingly cemented here as the fans in D.C. chose to back 'The Architect' rather than 'The One Man Army.' Rollins put Reigns down with two Curb Stomps to get the victory, moving on to the Semi-Finals and one step closer to a Universal Title match at SummerSlam. As Rollins headed up the entrance ramp, RAW General Manager Dario Cueto could be seen peeking through the blinds to his office window, delighted to know that Reigns' hopes of headlining SummerSlam for the Universal Title have already gone up in smoke.
SEGMENT: Backstage, Universal Champion Derrick Bateman was shown watching a television monitor, taking notice of the fact that Seth Rollins could be on his way to a shot at his title at SummerSlam.. provided that he's still holding the gold. A negative thought was implemented into his mind when Emma approached him. The RAW Women's Champion, Hardcore Champion and Ms. Money in the Bank tried to talk strategy with Bateman for tonight's main event, something he wasn't having any of. "Not even an hour ago, you threatened to use that briefcase to steal the only thing in life that matters to me. Now, you want to talk strategy? Yeah... no." Bateman ignored Emma, who told him that all she was focused on tonight was getting back at Alexa Bliss. "And don't worry about me tonight, okay? Worry about Kevin Owens because unless your knight in shining armor, AJ Styles, shows up again, then you have more problems than a briefcase."
SEGMENT: "Quiet on the set! Can we please have quiet on the set?!" Three weeks ago, RAW and SmackDown Live made a wager to see which of the two brands would have the better showing at Money in the Bank through a fan vote on social media. RAW came out on top, and as a result, they were allowed to steal a superstar of their choosing from SmackDown Live. The Miz was selected, making 'The A-Lister' exclusive to Monday nights. Miz stepped into the ring and took a microphone, saying that he really believed that he would be the one who took SmackDown from its reputation as "The B Show" and make it "THE Show." "However, plans change, right? You don't always get what you want... unless your name is Sami Zayn, or Paige, or you happen to be in Catch Point, or you decide to exploit your sexuality for attention... congrats on the wedding, by the way. What Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle have done with SmackDown is a travesty. The Land of Opportunity? They've already made their selections! They've already handpicked the superstar who they want on the top and they're going to keep them there while bringing down everyone else. How is it possible that me, 'The Most Must See Superstar of All-Time' accomplishes as much as a first round loss in the WWE Championship tournament to Paige? How is that possible?!" Miz said that SmackDown Live will rot and eventually fade out if it continues its current business model. "Monday Night RAW, on the other hand, just hit the jackpot. Not only am I now back on Monday nights, but I will cement my status as the top star on this show at SummerSlam when I become the new Universal Champion! Because I'm The Miz... and I'm..." Miz was then interrupted by Daniel Bryan, who made his way out to a sea of "Yes!" chants from the Verizon Center. Bryan, who bested Miz at WrestleMania for the United States Championship, walked into the ring, welcoming Miz to RAW. "I think I speak for everyone else here when I say-" Bryan then struck Miz with his forearm, leveling him repeatedly before charging into him with a Dropkick out of the ring! Bryan stood on the second rope, performing his "Yes!" taunt while an irate Miz stood up at ringside. An official then ran down to the ring, beginning what turned out to be the other Cueto Cup match of the evening.
MATCH: In a rematch from WrestleMania XXX, Daniel Bryan took on The Miz in a first round Cueto Cup match. Both superstars threw everything they had at one another in the name of a Universal Championship match at SummerSlam, but ultimately, Miz was able to defeat Bryan after a Skull Crushing Finale onto the ring apron. Miz had his arm raised in victory, 'The A-Lister' keeping his road to SummerSlam alive for at least another round. After Miz exited through the curtain, Bryan slowly rose to his feet, the WWE Universe giving him a standing ovation. "Daniel Bryan!" chants broke out, the masses trying to keep hope alive in Bryan that he will someday get back to the mountaintop and become Universal Champion. In that moment, the signature of The Wyatt Tribe hit. When the lights in the arena came back on, Bray Wyatt, Pentagon and Randy Orton stood in the ring surrounding Bryan! In the minds of The Tribe, Bryan is the reason why Pentagon didn't leave Chicago with the Money in the Bank briefcase. Bryan tried holding his own, getting a few strikes in on each member before Wyatt charged into him with a Clothesline! After an RKO from Orton, Bryan was left lying face-down on the canvas, Pentagon threatening to snap his arm. Pentagon shouted at Bryan before showing him the "Cero Miedo" hand gesture, releasing his arm. Wyatt, Pentagon and Orton left the scene, making it clear to Bryan that if he crosses The Wyatt Tribe again, he'll start a war that he can't win.
PROMO: With a handheld camera, United States Champion Adam Cole was shown backstage, along with the rest of The Undisputed ERA by his side. Cole discussed his first round match in the Cueto Cup next week against Finn Balor. "I think it's become kind of blurred in today's climate for professional wrestling what 'cool' is. The WWE Universe thinks that 'cool' is dressing up like some Halloween freak to make up for the fact that you're just not good enough to make it to the top of Monday Night RAW. Unlike you, Finn, I'm living proof that you can carry over success from NXT to the main roster. I have the United States Championship to back that up, and after I run through the Cueto Cup, I'll have the Universal Championship as well. Then, I won't even need the Manifest Destiny spot that I secured six months ago, but don't worry, Finn. I'll keep you in my thoughts when I have to figure what to do with it," Cole said before laughing.
MATCH: After training for weeks with Big Cass and James Ellsworth, Carmella made her in-ring debut against Sasha Banks. 'The Princess of Staten Island' looked good and was able to show off her Moonwalking skills, but when it came to the actual competition aspect of performing, she floundered as Sasha was able to outwrestle her and make her submit to the Bank Statement. Carmella remained in the ring post-match, realizing at that point that she'd have to put in even more time and effort into her craft if she wants to succeed.
PROMO: Aleister Black, who continues to dominate on Monday Night RAW, will be in action next week
MATCH: Trying to get back on track after losing the Hardcore Championship at Bad Blood, Sofia Cortez was able to pick up momentum by defeating 'Broken' Matt Hardy following the La Sicaria DDT. Sofia stood tall post-match until Hardy attacked her from behind. Hardy maniacally laughed and shouted "Delete!" repeatedly into Sofia's face until Cruiserweight Classic competitor Mustafa Ali - who Dario Cueto personally signed to RAW - ran down to the ring. Ali dodged a shot from Hardy, delivering a few of his own before Clotheslining him out of the ring. Ali tried extending a hand to Sofia and help her up, but she rejected his offer. "Let me help. I owe you that much," Ali said to Sofia. Still, she exited the ring on her own, not wanting Ali's aid.
SEGMENT: In Dario Cueto's office, the RAW General Manager was shown talking with his baby brother, Matanza Cueto. Dario informed Matanza that next week, he'll have his Cueto Cup first round match against Braun Strowman. "You can't let what happened last week repeat itself. Braun Strowman is NOT the true 'Monster' of this show. You are, Matanza. And you're going to prove that when you pin Braun and go on to win the Cueto Cup. Then, we take over the WWE when you stand tall at SummerSlam as the Universal Champion at SummerSlam with me by your side. Do this for the both of us," Dario said to his brother.
SEGMENT: Back in the Verizon Center, the RAW Tag Team Champions The Revival headed down to the ring, gloating about retaining their championships from Wrestling Royalty last night on the Money in the Bank Kickoff Show. "We've said it before and we'll say it again. There is NO team on this planet better than The Revival! We are the RAW Tag Team Champions for a reason, and it's a shame that Wrestling Royalty can't get that through their heads!" Scott Dawson shouted. Dash Wilder took the microphone, saying that Ted DiBiase and Joe Hennig were once considered to be the future of tag team wrestling, but instead, they're doing what so many others before them have. "They're overstaying their welcome. They're not in their primes anymore, yet they're holding onto whatever little bit of hope there is left that they'll someday recreate their historic year-long title reign. It won't be long now until you people can go see DiBiase and Hennig at your local conventions where they can talk about what it was like in their glory days before The Revival showed up." Dawson and Wilder put down their microphones, striking their titles together before leaving the ring.
MATCH: In the main event, all hell broke loose in the Intergender Tag Team match pitting Kevin Owens and Alexa Bliss against Universal Champion Derrick Bateman and the RAW Women's Champion, Hardcore Champion and Ms. Money in the Bank, Emma. Alexa and Emma brawled at ringside, which ended with Alexa taking a Back Body Drop onto the ramp. In the ring, Bateman struck Owens with the Universal Championship, the official calling for the bell. Bateman stood tall over Owens, shouting at him that he would never reclaim the title. Suddenly, Emma ran towards Bateman from behind and leveled him in the back of the head with the Money in the Bank briefcase! Emma glanced down at the vulnerable Bateman before handing over her briefcase to the official! "Triple Champion, Mauro! Emma's going to do it!" Corey Graves exclaimed. Emma waited for the bell to be sounded for the Universal Championship match, but before it could, AJ Styles once again ran out through the audience. Styles springboarded off of the top rope, connecting with a Phenomenal Forearm to Emma! Styles rose to his feet, picking up the Universal Championship while staring at it. Ranallo and Graves reminded the viewers at home that Emma still had possession of the Money in the Bank briefcase because the bell never rang. Styles then locked eyes with Bateman, 'The God of the New Era' unsure of what Styles' next move would be. Styles then handed the Universal Title over to Bateman, who slowly took back his championship before rolling out of the ring. Styles continued to stare down Bateman, leaving the WWE Universe puzzled for the second night in a row. This is the second time that Styles has ensured that Bateman is the Universal Champion, but why? Why is it so important to Styles that Bateman, his nemesis, has the gold?
- Kevin Owens and Alexa Bliss beating the WWE Universal Champion Derrick Bateman and Ms. Money in the Bank & WWE Hardcore Champion Emma in an Intergender Tag Team Match in the main event was pretty awesome. The match was so back and forth that either team could have won it but seeing Bateman hit Owens with his title to cause the DQ is such a classic heel move. I mean Owens and Bliss had Bateman & Emma beat but then just as Bateman is celebrating Emma with a cheap shot hitting Bateman right in the back of the head with her briefcase is not surprising. It isn't surprising that she would try to cash in her briefcase and just as she is about to AJ Styles messes up her cash in by attacking her leaving her laying with a Phenomenal Forearm. Thank God AJ Styles stopped Emma's cash in from happening because the last thing we need is Emma as WWE Universal Champion. Thank God for that. Styles preventing the cash-in makes sense because he wants Bateman all to himself and that is why he prevented Kevin Owens from becoming WWE Universal Champion at Money in the Bank and that is why he ensured that Derrick Bateman would once again become WWE Universal Champion because he wants to take the title himself away from Bateman and whoever tries to take that title from Bateman will have AJ Styles to deal with. AJ Styles is only out for himself and no one else hence why he stops anyone from getting to Bateman because he wants to be the one to do it himself like how could you not understand that logic?
- The Revival are still RAW Tag Team Champions after beating Wrestling Royalty at Money in the Bank...well it goes to show us that Dawson & Wilder are the future of tag team wrestling but also who here on RAW can beat them for those titles?
- Sofia Cortez beating Broken Matt Hardy for me is defintely an upset victory. However, she doesn't get to celebrate as Broken Matt attacks her from behind well what did she expect? Did she really expect to be able to celebrate? Cruiserweight Classic competitor Mustafa Ali saves Sofia Cortez making the save for her and taking out Broken Matt Hardy...well it seems Mustafa is going to be in a feud now with Broken Matt Hardy
- The Cueto Brothers...the RAW GM Dario Cueto and his little brother Matanza talking strategy makes sense well because they are brothers but also Dario is trying to pull out all the stops to make sure his brother becomes WWE Universal Champion but then again Matanza is not WWE Universal Champion Derrick Bateman is but a Strowman/Matanza feud I can get behind that because of the fact that both of them are monsters and RAW isn't big enough for the 2 of them. So seeing them compete against each other in a Cueto Cup match will be something but knowing the RAW GM I can see him trying to interfere in this match giving his brother the victory but by doing that he will make himself an enemy in The Monster Among Men Braun Strowman.
- Aleister Black here on RAW...he is a future WWE Universal Champion in the making hell Aleister is already undefeated since joining RAW from NXT
- I can see Carmella turning heel on both Big Cass and Enzo especially considering that she has been going nowhere as a face and her losing to Sasha Banks just proves that Carmella will turn heel eventually
- Finn Balor vs WWE United States Champion Adam Cole of The Undisputed Era in a Cueto Cup Match...this has all the makings of a classic because to me Balor/Cole is a Dream Match...both men were in NXT both men were in New Japan and both men were in the infamous Bullet Club over in Japan and now both men are here in WWE and seeing them go at it in a Tournament Match I just have a feeling Jericho and Bennett of The Undisputed Era will somehow get involved in this match costing Finn Balor the match
- I am glad that The Miz is back on RAW because on Smackdown Live he was not getting his opportunities at all but here on RAW he can actually become WWE Universal Champion
- How predictable that as soon as Miz comes back to RAW he runs into Daniel Bryan and Bryan attacks Miz...why doesn't that surprise me? Miz beats Daniel Bryan in the Cueto Cup tournament in a WrestleMania 30 rematch. I mean Miz was bound to get his win back considering Bryan beat him back at Mania earlier in the year and now that Miz is on RAW now he needed to make an impact and what better way to do that than by beating Daniel Bryan in the 1st round of the Cueto Cup tournament. The Wyatt Family showing up post-match with all 3 members Wyatt, Pentagon and Orton attacking Bryan and I actually thought that they would attack Miz too but they didn't. They merely left him alone and focused on Daniel Bryan like what the hell is that about? A gang assault a pack of dogs mentality as they beat on Bryan and leave him laying...it is all going to lead to Bryan feuding with the Wyatt Family now like how obvious is that?
- Miz moving on in the Cueto Cup tournament so it begs the question of who he will face next round?
- Seth Rollins beating Roman Reigns in the 1st Round of the Cueto Cup tournament and beating Roman clean definitely has to put Rollins over big time. I mean Rollins is starting to come into his own as a babyface but then again I fully swear he was aligned with his mentor Triple H and with the RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon but yet Rollins is getting cheered how does that even happen? I can fully see Triple H showing up eventually and when he does he attacks his former protege in Seth Rollins. Why? Because of the fact that Triple H himself groomed Seth Rollins he basically saw himself in Seth and what does Seth do? He needs to have his hand held by Triple H and he can't even win matches on his own unless Triple H himself has to get involved. Which is why I can see Triple H turning on Rollins for that same reason which will build towards a Triple H/Seth Rollins feud. The seeds are already there think about it. Rollins and Triple H lost the Tag Team Match back at WrestleMania 30 and not to mention Triple H's wife got attacked by Allie who is now on Smackdown Live and a member of Catch Point but needless to say my point is is that Rollins has been nothing but a disappointment and that is why I can see Triple H turning on Rollins. As far as Roman Reigns after this loss I can see Roman turning heel again. I mean as a babyface in this diary Roman he just doesn't seem to fit in as a babyface but as a heel he is much more believable. Rollins moving on in the tournament I can only imagine who he ends up facing.
- A Cueto Cup tournament to determine who faces the WWE Universal Champion in the main event at SummerSlam is actually smart.
1) THE LUCHA DRAGONS DEF. TINO SABBATELLI & RIDDICK MODD: At the start of a special edition of NXT filmed from the Allstate Arena, Famous B entered the ring to announce that he's began assembling his clientele that he calls "423-GET-FAME." Famous B, who put on a luchador mask, introduced the first two members of his unit, The Lucha Dragons. Kalisto and Fenix walked down to the ring, ultimately deciding that after their continuous failed attempts to reach the NXT Tag Team Championships, joining Famous B is what they needed. The team battled Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss, who defeated them recently. This time, The Lucha Dragons were successful after a double-team Spanish Fly to Sabbatelli. Famous B celebrated with Kalisto and Fenix, but was not yet finished introducing 423-GET-FAME to the NXT Universe.
NICOLE MATTHEWS NARROWLY ESCAPES WITH THE WOMEN'S TITLE: A video package recapped the NXT Women's Championship match from TakeOver: Chicago, where Nicole Matthews was able to come out on top against Ember Moon, Toni Storm and Nikki Cross to retain her championship. An interview with NXT General Manager Portia Perez conducted after the match aired, several reporters asking for her thoughts on Nicole's route to victory. "Unfathomable," was the first word out of Portia's mouth. "I never thought that my best friend could turn out to be that kind of competitor, but I guess it's possible for anyone to become corrupted through a championship." Portia said that while Nicole's victory at TakeOver will stand, she will be put to the test again. "Here's what's going to happen. In two weeks, there'll be a Triple Threat match with Toni Storm, Nikki Cross and Ember Moon. The winner gets Nicole one-on-one for the NXT Women's Championship at TakeOver: MSG."
2) LIV MORGAN DEF. MANDY ROSE: Still in the ring, Famous B put on a snapback and introduced another member of 423-GET-FAME, Liv Morgan. Liv headed down to the ring, shaking Famous B's hand as The Lucha Dragons watched their stablemates on from ringside. Liv took on Mandy Rose, and was able to get her victory back after an X-Factor. Liv celebrated her first win in NXT, Famous B raising her arm triumphantly.
THE GOLDEN LOVERS KEEP THEIR FOCUS: Following their failed opportunity at the NXT Tag Team Championships at TakeOver: Chicago, Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi headed to the trainer's room, Cathy Kelley asking for a minute of their time. Ibushi continued on to the trainer's room while Omega stayed behind to give the interview. 'The Cleaner' stated that while he and Ibushi are disappointed with the outcome, this isn't the end of their championship aspirations. "Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal don't get to finish this story as the victors. When Ibushi and I say that we're the best tag team in the world, we mean it. This is only the beginning. Sooner than later, The Golden Lovers will properly bid Drew and Jinder adieu and become the NXT Tag Team Champions."
THE BIRTH OF THE PERFECT TEN ERA: Set to "Better Day" by Islander, a recap was shown of the Chicago Street Fight for the NXT Championship. After a grueling battle that set Chicago ablaze, Tye Dillinger was able to put away Kyle O'Reilly to become NXT Champion. Making the most of his second chance at stardom, 'The Perfect Ten' now stands atop of the mountain as champion with the world behind him. Next week, Dillinger brings the NXT Championship home to Full Sail University.
3) THE VELVETEEN DREAM DEF. BUDDY MURPHY: In the Allstate Arena, Famous B was ready to introduce the final member of 423-GET-FAME. Hailed as the youngest prospect to ever be signed to NXT, this individual is going to change everything that everyone knows about sports entertainment. "Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for the once in a lifetime experience from your Velveteen Dream!" The lights in the arena turned purple as The Velveteen Dream, who previous entered Tough Enough as Patrick Clark, made his way down to the ring, leaving the NXT Universe in either silence or confusion. Dream crawled into the ring, even The Lucha Dragons and Liv Morgan unsure how to react to their new stablemate. Dream battled Buddy Murphy one-on-one, able to pick up the victory with an Elbow Drop coined as The Purple Rainmaker. Dream rose to his feet, Famous B raising his hand while the two were joined by Liv, Kalisto and Fenix. "What the hell is this group?" asked Michael Schiavello on commentary as the action from Chicago closed out with one final shot of Famous B, Kalisto, Fenix, Liv Morgan and The Velveteen Dream: 423-GET-FAME.
JIMMY HAVOC WARNS TONI STORM ABOUT INSTIGATING SAnitY: After failing to capture the NXT Women's Championship, Toni Storm was shown leaving the Allstate Arena in great disappointment. She suddenly stopped in her tracks, looking off to her side. SAnitY's Jimmy Havoc slowly approached Toni, asking her if she knew what she was getting herself into. "You're picking a fight that you're not capable of winning against Nikki Cross, and the more you aggravate us, the more dire this situation will become." Toni said to Havoc that she wasn't afraid of Nikki, himself or anyone in SAnitY for that matter. "Nobody is going to stop me from taking over NXT," she added. As she was walking forward, Havoc stuck his arm out in front of her to block her pathway. "You don't get it. If you have a problem with Nikki Cross, then you have a problem with the rest of SAnitY. Don't make me find you again," Havoc threatened.
CM PUNK HAS HIS FIRST WWE CHAMPIONSHIP DEFENSE SET: After the signature intro, the entrance music of CM Punk sounded as the new WWE Champion walked out onto the stage, saving his career after defeating Sami Zayn this past Sunday night at Money in the Bank. Punk stepped into the ring and stated that no matter what anyone in the WWE Universe thinks about himself or Catch Point, the fact remains that 'The Best in the World' is now a five-time WWE Champion. "People want to say that Catch Point robbed Sami Zayn of the WWE Championship, and they even believe that we robbed Paige of her cash-in. Here's the thing: every time you step in this ring against me, there is no exit strategy. You get humiliated and placed in the back of the line behind everyone else who thinks they have what it takes to beat me." Punk was then interrupted by Zayn, the former WWE Champion standing across the ring from the man who now holds the banner that he proudly waved from Backlash onwards. Zayn said that regardless of what happened at Money in the Bank, this isn't the end of the road for him. "I've worked too long and too damn hard to let Catch Point tell me when my run at the top is over. You're the WWE Champion now, alright, but when I invoke my rematch clause at The Bash, I dare you to bring American Alpha. I dare you to bring TJ Perkins. Bring Allie for all I care. I want everyone in Catch Point to be there and witness everything they've ever worked for go up in smoke at my hands!" After Zayn laid out his challenge for The Bash, SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon stepped out onto the stage. Shane confirmed that Zayn will receive his WWE Championship rematch on July 20th in Tampa, but there will be some changes made to the match. "RAW's victory over SmackDown Live in the fan vote on social media made Kurt Angle and I evaluate what we can do differently. SmackDown Live has had the same WWE Championship match ever since Backlash, that being CM Punk versus Sami Zayn. RAW, on the other hand, has managed to shake things up every month in their Universal Championship picture. So, here's what's going to happen. Zayn, you will get your shot at CM Punk, but so will someone else. It's going to be a Triple Threat match at The Bash, and the third participant will be determined next week in a 10-man Battle Royal."
1) THE USOS DEF. TYSON KIDD & ADRIAN NEVILLE TO WIN THE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: In the first of three championship matches tonight, The Usos received their final opportunity at the SmackDown Tag Team Championships against Adrian Neville and Tyson Kidd. Towards the conclusion, Kidd attempted to set Jey Uso up for an Avalanche Tiger Driver, but was thrown onto the canvas with a Back Body Drop. Kidd landed on his feet, but Jimmy Uso delivered a Superkick before leaping over the top rope onto Neville! Jey connected with a huge Splash onto Kidd, covering him for the victory! "They've done it! The Usos are the Tag Team Champions for the first time in their careers!" Rob Naylor exclaimed. Jimmy and Jey were handed the SmackDown Tag Team Titles, fulfilling a four-year struggle that saw them scratch and claw their way to the top. They had one more chance, and they seized the moment! The Usos are your new SmackDown Tag Team Champions!
KURT ANGLE MAKES THE CONSEQUENCES CLEAR FOR CATCH POINT: Backstage, Catch Point were shown in their locker room, WWE Champion CM Punk giving words of encouragement to Intercontinental Champion TJ Perkins as he defends tonight against Dean Ambrose, and Allie as she gets her rematch against Becky Lynch for the SmackDown Women's Championship. SmackDown General Manager Kurt Angle then walked into the room, informing TJP and Allie that because of what happened at Money in the Bank, they'll be suspended if any members of Catch Point are at ringside during their matches. In the case of TJP, that also means that he'll be stripped of the Intercontinental Title if that were to happen.
2) CODY RHODES DEF. BARON CORBIN: With both superstars looking on from the outside at the WWE Championship picture, Cody Rhodes and Baron Corbin battled for a resurgence in momentum. Corbin countered The Disaster Kick into what he thought would be a Chokeslam, but Rhodes was able to turn it into Cross Rhodes for the victory. 'The American Nightmare' bounces back from his Money in the Bank loss, but it doesn't mean much if he can't set his sights back on the WWE Title.
SAMI ZAYN VOWS TO RECLAIM THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP: Former WWE Champion Sami Zayn was shown walking down a corridor when he was stopped by General Manager Kurt Angle, who personally apologized to Zayn for the decision to make the WWE Title match at The Bash a Triple Threat match. "I know it might not be fair, but it's Shane's call. He wants SmackDown Live to supersede RAW, and that means we need to have variety in the title picture. What I will do for you is add my own stipulation to the match. The Triple Threat will be held under elimination rules, meaning that you now must be pinned or submitted to lose." Zayn thanked Angle for the gesture, but said that it really doesn't matter what kind of rules are implemented. "I'll beat CM Punk and whoever else however you want me to because the WWE Championship is the only thing that's on my mind right now... and I'm going to take it back."
3) BECKY LYNCH DEF. ALLIE VIA DISQUALIFICATION TO RETAIN THE SMACKDOWN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: In the second of two championship matches this evening, Becky Lynch and Allie finally had their collision for the SmackDown Women's Champion after brawling to a no contest at Money in the Bank. After Allie was thrown to the outside, 'The Catch Queen' took the Women's Title and leveled Becky in the head with it! The official called for the bell, Allie continuing her assault in the ring. Suddenly, Paige ran down to the ring, Ms. Money in the Bank looking for retribution against the woman who stopped her from cashing in her briefcase on Sunday. Allie dodged a briefcase shot from Paige, ramming her sternum-first into the top turnbuckle. Allie rolled Paige out of the ring before taking the Money in the Bank briefcase, placing Becky's hand inside of it. Allie stomped her foot down onto the briefcase, crushing Becky's hand in the process! 'The Irish Lass Kicker' screamed in agony while holding her hand, Allie trying to do the same to her other. Paige, however, was able to roll back into the ring and chase Allie away. Paige kept watch over Becky to ensure that Allie wouldn't cause any more harm to the SmackDown Women's Champion, although enough damage had already been inflicted.
ANDRADE 'CIEN' ALMAS REIGNS SUPREME AS THE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Back in the arena in Washington D.C., Zelina Vega was shown in the ring to introduce the Cruiserweight Classic winner, and brand new WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Andrade 'Cien' Almas. 'El Idolo' walked down to the ring, showing off the new Cruiserweight Title that he was able to capture at Money in the Bank. Zelina stated that it was never in question that Almas would make it to this point. "Derrick Bateman knew what he was doing when he signed the hottest free agent in the world for the Cruiserweight Classic. Everyone's heroes fell at his feet, and now, so will all of SmackDown Live." Almas raised the championship again before he and Zelina headed out to ringside to scout what they were promised by Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle would be a bout to potentially determine his first challenger for the title.
4) JOHNNY GARGANO DEF. PRIMO: Primo of The Shining Stars waited patiently in the ring for his opponent, unsure exactly who he was pitted against. That all changed once Johnny Gargano's entrance music sounded to a thunderous response from the WWE Universe. Andrade 'Cien' Almas and Zelina Vega were not pleased in the slightest to see 'Johnny Wrestling' since they believed he was ruled out of a contract after losing in the Finals of the Cruiserweight Classic. That wasn't the case as Garagno is now signed to SmackDown Live, and he made a statement in his debut match by forcing Primo to submit to the Gargano Escape. Gargano approached Almas afterwards, the two having their first confrontation since the Cruiserweight Classic Finals. Gargano is not down and out just yet, and unfortunately for 'El Idolo', Gargano is still determined to become WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
5) TJ PERKINS DEF. DEAN AMBROSE TO RETAIN THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: With all members of Catch Point barred from ringside, TJ Perkins was forced to go in alone as he put the Intercontinental Championship on the line against Dean Ambrose. After hitting an Enziguri, TJP springboarded off of the top rope, only to be kicked in the mid-section. Ambrose went for Dirty Deeds, but TJP pushed him away and caused 'The Lunatic Fringe' to inadvertently hit the official with his elbow. Ambrose then ran towards TJP, who actually dabbed in order to stop him. The distraction worked and TJP was able to hit Ambrose with a low blow! TJP hoisted Ambrose onto his shoulders for the Detonation Kick, the official able to make the three count. TJP took the Intercontinental Championship from ringside, celebrating with it as he headed up the entrance ramp. 'The Duke of Dab' managed to get the job done without Catch Point by his side, although he gave Ambrose even more of a reason to further target him.
SHANE MCMAHON ANNOUNCES THE FIELD FOR NEXT WEEK'S BATTLE ROYAL: Walking into the office of SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon, Renee Young asked if he could provide any sort of update on next week's 10-man Battle Royal to determine CM Punk's second challenge for the WWE Championship at The Bash. Shane went ahead and revealed all 10 participants: Cody Rhodes, Dean Ambrose, Intercontinental Champion TJ Perkins, Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Andrade 'Cien' Almas, Tyler Breeze, Baron Corbin... and two superstars who will be making their returns. "Entrant number nine is someone who people wouldn't be expecting me to give any opportunities to because of his actions as of late. Coming off of his suspension, I am going to give Samoa Joe the chance to earn a WWE Championship match." With nine superstars in the field announced, Renee asked who the final participant is. "... The 10th competitor is a man who needs no introduction because he's John Cena."
THE ICONIC DUO WITNESS THE COURSE OF HISTORY CHANGE FOREVER: In the closing moments of SmackDown Live, The Iconic Duo headed down to the ring, Billie Kay showing off her engagement ring that she was gifted with by Peyton Royce at Money in the Bank last Sunday. The couple not only defeated Alexa Bliss and AJ Lee, but set the date of their wedding for The Bash on July 20th. In the ring, Peyton took a microphone and welcomed everyone to "The Iconic Celebration of Partnership." She added that she wanted to plan something out for Billie so that she could show her love and appreciation for her 'Iconic Life Partner.' Peyton then directed everyone's attention to the titantron for a video package that was put together for them. Set to "They Don't Need to Understand" by Andy Black, some of The Iconic Duo's highlights over the last six months were put on display, concluding with Peyton's proposal to Billie at Money in the Bank. "We do it our own way, no matter what they try to say about it. We've got our own plans, yeah. They don't need to understand." After the conclusion of the video, Billie was shown with a wide smile, the audience booing the couple. "I feel like I'm just repeating myself at this point, but I cannot express myself enough. You mean the absolute world to me, Billie. Every day, you find a new way to inspire me to keep on pushing and pursue my dreams. Whenever I'm around you, I feel like there's nothing I can't do. You make me a better person, and I want to be with you for the rest of my life." Peyton handed the microphone over to Billie, who said that she doesn't know what she did to deserve all of this. "I mean, really. It's all so wonderful. The video. This celebration. Our engagement... you've gone above and beyond for me, so the least I can do is give you the same love and affection in return." Billie pulled Peyton towards her, the two hugging while smiling ear-to-ear."
"I'll never let you go. I'll never hurt you," Billie said to Peyton into her ear.
"Don't get too close
That place is haunted
Fear not the ghost
'Cause she sent them running."
Billie's eyes opened wide. She froze still and turned pale as if she had seen a ghost once AJ Lee's entrance music began playing. The WWE Universe came unglued for 'The Black Widow' as she walked out onto the stage, surprisingly on her own after literally jumping off of the stage at Money in the Bank. Not only was AJ here unexpectedly, but unlike previous times when superstars appeared on the opposite brand without permission, there was no one trying to stop her. Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle were nowhere to be found, and not a single security guard was trying to restrain her. That led to the belief that AJ was traded to SmackDown Live for Alexa Bliss, who made the jump to Monday Night RAW this past week.
AJ slowly walked down to the ring, keeping her eyes locked onto The Iconic Duo. Billie was still frozen in place, Peyton standing by her side. AJ stepped through the ropes and stood across from the two women who cost her the RAW Women's Championship back at No Mercy. Her theme song finally silenced, not a single movement in the ring being made from any of the three.
AJ continued to stare at The Iconic Duo, keeping this up for close to a minute before finally taking action.
AJ latched herself onto Billie, wrapping her legs around her waist while looking into her eyes before kissing her.
In a moment that felt as if time was standing still, AJ continued forcibly kissing Billie, Peyton breathing heavily while watching in too much shock to be able to instantly stop her. Peyton quickly snapped out of her trance and pulled AJ off of Billie, taking her down to the canvas to deliver a series of strikes to her forehead. AJ tried crawling out of the ring, but Peyton ran after her and pushed her into the ring post! Peyton took a steel chair from ringside, smashing it into the back of AJ's head with a Conchairto! Peyton struck AJ with the chair three more times before officials finally arrived to restrain her. Peyton tried to fight out of their clutches, but was overpowered and assisted up the entrance ramp. A few officials stayed behind to tend to AJ, who remained face-down on the floor with blood now emerging from the back of her head.
In the ring, Billie dropped to her knees and began crying, horrified by not only the events that just transpired, but everything that was still yet to come.
What the hell? I mean this segment to close the show was really ed up LMAO. I have to say what kind of lesbian love triangle is this that's going on here between AJ Lee and The Iconics. However, seeing it end the way it did with AJ Lee getting a Conchairto and Billie Kay horrified about what she did just basically made this personal.
A Battle Royal with Samoa Joe and John Cena as the final 2 entrants in this 10 Man Battle Royal is awesome. Seeing the other 8 entrants that being Rhodes, Ambrose, Catch Point member WWE Intercontinental Champion TJP, Catch Point members Jason Jordan & Chad Gable, Corbin, Breeze, Baron Corbin and WWE Cruiserweight Champion El Idolo Andrade Cien Almas...this is a pretty packed Battle Royal stacked with talent. Any one of them could win it honestly and whoever wins gets added to the WWE Championship Match to make it a Triple Threat Match at the Bash for the WWE Championship...I know who I'm picking to win it all. I am picking Cody Rhodes to win this Battle Royal.
The fact that Johnny Gargano...Johnny Wrestling is on Smackdown Live just adds to Smackdown's star power and Johnny was in NXT as well as the WWE Cruiserweight Classic is just great because so to see him on the main roster especially on the blue brand he is not only a great find for the Cruiserweight division but he can also compete in the Heavyweight division too. So to see him win his debut match on the main roster by beating Primo basically makes Johnny Gargano or at the very least makes him look legit by him going over.
TJP beating Dean Ambrose to retain his WWE Intercontinental Championship basically beating Ambrose clean all be it he used heel tactics to get the job done basically just puts TJP even more over not only as a champion but it also puts him over in the sense of being a top heel on this brand. What shocks me even more than that is that Ambrose in this diary until now has never been a WWE Champion or a WWE Universal Champion.
Allie more or less knew what she was doing when she got DQed against Becky Lynch to save her title. I mean she had no intention of defending her title tonight hence why she attacked the #1 Contender that being Becky Lynch and Allie being the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion being a Catch Point member I would have expected her members to show up and help her in this match but she managed to send a message all on her own weakening Becky. Allie crushing Becky's hand like that was pretty gruesome but Allie more or less proved that she could go toe to toe with Paige because she attacked Paige too.
The Uso Penitentiary has done it...The Usos have become Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions by beating Kidd and Neville to become champions basically just puts the rocket on The Usos as far as them being a legit tag team not just on Smackdown Live but in this business
Post by ChrisRiddle on Nov 20, 2018 20:44:13 GMT -5
So, I haven't logged into WF and years but always still lurk. Just wanted to say thank you for all the amazing work you do and to please keep it up. The innovative storylines especially with the women are some of the coolest things I've ever seen.