Venue: Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY)
The show begins with a trio of black tinted Escalades speeding down the ramp and into the backstage area. HHH was shown hopping out of the lead car but the occupants of the trailing SUV’s were left a mystery.
After the introduction video, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came down to the ring. Heyman talked about how Lesnar had conquered Cain Velasquez in Saudi Arabia. Obviously, he glossed over the fact the match itself was a tremendously disappointing affair that’s in the discussion for worst title match of the year.
Heyman then talked about how now that Lesnar has vanquished Velasquez, he has come to Raw to hunt down Rey Mysterio. He addressed the issue of why Lesnar was allowed to switch brands from SmackDown to Raw although no other performer on the roster could by saying that Lesnar has leverage, he’ special and he’s entitled to things that no other performer is mainly just because he’s Brock and he’s better.
“Brock Lesnar is better than everyone of those bitches in the back who think they’re tough guys.”
He then brought the topic back to Mysterio, warning that “Tonight is the funeral of Rey Mysterio’s career at the hands of the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the world Brock Lesnar.”
Lesnar was then shown backstage using the tactic of simply yelling out “Amigo!” to see if that was enough to coax Mysterio out of hiding. Frustrated that didn’t work, Brock decided to beat up and intimidate innocent bystanders in the backstage area.
Commercial Break No. 1
The Kabuki Warriors vs. Charlotte Flair and Natalya (8:18:43 – 8:36:49)
Before the match, a typical WWE pats-itself-on-the-back highlight package was shown of Natalya and Lacey Evans’ match at Crown Jewel, including numerous tweets from notable legends and headlines from various media outlets.
Kairi Sane and Natalya started things off. The first big move of the match was Natalya picking up Sane and spinning around while yelling loudly, a move that looked ridiculous even by Natalya’s standards.
Asuka and Charlotte then each tagged in and went at it for a short bit before Charlotte and Natalya were able to get the Women’s Tag Champions in position for simultaneous suplexes.
Commercial Break No. 2
Back from the break, Natalya and Asuka ran into each other shoulder first a few times before Asuka headed outside the ring and nailed a chasing Natalya with a kick to the head. The pace then slowed as Asuka and Sane took turns beating down Natalya while the announcers showed no interest in the in-ring action, talking instead about the NXT roster’s appearance on last week’s SmackDown.
Charlotte’s hot tag picked up the energy level and finally got the crowd somewhat invested. She hit Kairi with a knee and a Natural Selection but Asuka was able to sneak her partner’s foot onto the rope before a three count. Flair got her revenge on Asuka by tossing her into the ring and lining up both Warriors near the turnbuckle so she could hit a Double Moonsault on the two of them.
Another pin attempt by Charlotte on Sane was once again thwarted by Asuka who barely made it in time to break things up before the ref’s hand struck the mat for a third time.
Commercial Break No. 3
The first shot back after the commercial was of Charlotte barely missing a desperation tag to Natalya. Luckily, Flair was able to nail a charging Kairi with a boot to the face, which bought enough time for her to make the tag. Kairi also managed to make it to her corner to tag out.
Natalya entered the ring and hit a Russian Leg Sweep followed by a Running Clothesline and a German Suplex. Natalya’s attempt to put on the Sharpshooter was reversed into an Armbar by Asuka before Natalya managed to reverse it back into a Sharpshooter, which was broken up by Sane. An interfering Kairi was then neutralized by a Spear from Charlotte, which gave Natalya the chance to reapply the hold and tap out Asuka.
Result: Natalya submitted Asuka with a Sharpshooter (18:06)
This was one of the more forgettable performances The Kabuki Warriors have had since winning the belts. This whole match was designed simply to give Natalya the spotlight while letting the WWE brass congratulate themselves for
being a paid pawn in a carefully curated political propaganda scheme by one of the world’s worst human rights offenders creating a historic, uplifting moment at Crown Jewel.
Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar emerged from the backstage area to confront the commentary team and demand that they reveal Rey’s whereabouts. Heyman singled out Jerry Lawler with an ominous threat.
“If I unleash The Beast on you, no one will resuscitate you when you die on the air again.”
Dio Maddin didn’t take too kindly to his partner being threatened. He confronted Lesnar face to face, which earned him an F-5 through the table.
Mysterio then answered the question that Heyman and Lesnar had been asking by running onto the stage and nailing Brock with a bat to the legs before picking up the WWE Title and nailing him in the head with it, sending Lesnar flying down the ramp.
Commercial Break No. 4
Rey Mysterio Backstage Promo
Rey talked about returning the favor to Brock for what he did to his son Dominic.
“An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. Fight fire with fire. You came after what’s most important to me. Now, I’m coming after what’s most important to you: The WWE Championship. At Survivor Series, are you going to be man enough to come after me like I came after you tonight?”
Buddy Murphy vs. Cedric Alexander (8:46:31 – 8:52:07)
Neither of the two got a televised entrance. The action quickly spilled outside the ring where the two traded chops and slaps before taking things back inside the ropes. Murphy gained the advantage after Buddy tossed Cedric shoulder first into the post. He then proceeded to work the left arm for a bit before Cedric was able to hit a spinning elbow with his supposed bad arm. Alexander then hit a flurry of moves, including a dive through the ropes followed by a flip over the ropes to the outside.
A Springboard Flatliner nearly put Murphy away. Cedric’s pin attempts following a surprise roll-up and a Michinoku Driver each earned two counts as well.
It was Buddy who was able to get the decisive pinfall victory after hitting his Murphy’s Law finisher.
Result: Murphy pinned Alexander following a Murphy’s Law (5:36)
Though the two didn’t get much time to build the match, this was at the very least a step in the right direction for Murphy who last week was dragged down by R-Truth and all the 24/7 comedy shenanigans. One critique of Cedric would be that he went from dramatically selling his left arm for a few minutes after the post spot to not selling it at all once it was his turn to go on offense.
A highlight package from NXT’s “Takeover” of SmackDown last Friday was shown. It was followed by a shot of an all black-clad Seth Rollins walking in the backstage area and the promise of a Rollins’ in-ring promo after the commercial.
Commercial Break No. 5
Rollins talked about how it’s been a rough couple of months. He acknowledged the boos and jeers he’s been receiving from crowds throughout his feud with The Fiend.
“Look, I’m not stupid, I hear you guys. I know plenty of you are thrilled that I lost to The Fiend at Crown Jewel. But to be honest with you, I don’t give a damn. That doesn’t concern me. What concerns me is that The Fiend took the Universal Championship over to SmackDown. What concerns me is that Brock Lesnar is back on Monday Night Raw at the top of the mountain with the WWE Championship. What concerns me is that everything I’ve worked for for the last year—to get that title off of Brock Lesnar, to change the culture of Monday nights, to give guys like AJ Styles, and Braun Strowman, and hell even Baron Corbin the opportunities to step up to the next level.”
Seth then admitted that he doesn’t know if he still has the energy and he doesn’t know what the future holds.
HHH’s music then rang out. Greeted by loud chants of “NXT” as he began to talk, The Game gave Seth a history lesson/pep talk.
Rollins asked, “Were those things you did for me for my benefit or yours?” to which HHH responded, “Does it really matter? Every time you walked away a champion.”
After HHH talked about how he knows how to make Seth great, he then gave Rollins a ‘you’re either with me or against me’ ultimatum as The Undisputed Era marched in from the crowd to confront him.
Before Rollins could make a choice, The Club came down to confront the holders of all the gold. Unfortunately, AJ Styles and his crew quickly found themselves outnumbered by Cole’s clan as well as fellow NXT performers Dominik Dijakovic and Damien Preist.
Commercial Break No. 6
Rollins confronted HHH backstage, demanding a shot at Cole and his NXT Title. It was a challenge that was happily accepted.
Andrade and Zelina Vega vs. Sin Cara and Carolina (9:20:56 – 9:28:21)
Sin Cara started things off by flipping Andrade to the outside where Carolina was able to hit him with a cannonball off the apron.
Commercial Break No. 7
The two men battled on the second rope before Sin Cara nailed a flipping power bomb and they both made it to their respective corners to tag out and introduce the ladies.
Carolina started off with a few dropkicks and then whiffed badly on a High Cross Body attempt from the second rope, which King jokingly referred to as a “Low Cross Body.”
After a sloppy and clunky back and forth between Zelina and Carolina, Vega eventually was able to hit her with a Hurricanrana for the victory.
Result: Vega pinned Carolina following a Hurricanrana (7:25)
This feud felt like it ran its course after Andrade got the pin last week. For some reason, though, they felt they needed to not only extend it but also add the women to the in-ring action as well. That was a mistake. The crowd was silent. Carolina was sloppy. Overall, it felt like nothing was accomplished here that hadn’t already been established.
A video recap played of last week’s Divorce Court segment between Rusev and Lana.
Commercial Break No. 8
Rusev was shown in the ring in his new Hulk Hogan themed attire.
“I’m here to tell you Bob Lashley, you want Lana, she’s all yours. But your ass is mine.”
Lashley’s music hit and he hobbled out onto the stage on crutches with Lana by his side.
Bob announced that he was not medically cleared since he had torn his groin after “doing things and performing in ways you could only fantasize about.”
Lana then informed Rusev that although he won’t get the fight from Lashley he desires. He will have a fight. The challenger was revealed to be Drew McIntyre who headed down to the ring to confront The Bulgarian Brute.
Rusev vs. Drew McIntyre (9:40:45 – 9:49:59)
Rusev was able to recover from an early headbutt by McIntyre and regain the advantage. The two traded strikes and kicks before Rusev slammed Drew and sent him to the outside.
Commercial Break No. 9
After delivering a Spinebuster, McIntyre stood over his opponent and taunted him which lit a fire under Rusev who hit a few moves in succession before nailing Drew with a Spinning Heel Kick. McIntyre was able to avoid another big kick attempt. The two then slammed into each other in the middle of the ring before rising up and trading punches.
A kick sent Drew flying the outside where Rusev introduced McIntyre’s head to the steel steps before Lashley charged down and blindsided him with a crutch.
Result: Rusev won via disqualification following a Lashley attack (9:14)
Back in the ring, Rusev managed to fight off Lashley and gain an upper hand before Bobby’s fellow Team Flair member Randy Orton came flying in to hit an RKO out of nowhere. A two on one advantage was quickly evened out by Rusev’s fellow Team Hogan member Ricochet who came charging in to fight off the heels.
Commercial Break No. 10
Charly Caruso Interviewed Becky Lynch
Lynch described her Survivor Series triple-threat match with SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley and NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler as a dangerous triangle.
Baszler then appeared and excused Charly of her duties. She told Becky that she is not Ronda Rousey.
“I’m going to pin you or I’m going to tap you out. The only thing you’ll have to think about between now and Survivor Series is which one of your limbs will belong to me.” – Shayna
“I don’t know you, so I haven’t fully decided whether I respect you, or whether to slap the hell of you…yet. But I’m glad we got this chance to talk so that you can feel the same doubt that Ronda felt, because warring with me will change you like it did the rest of them. So at Survivor Series, Shayna, I won’t be taking my eyes off Bayley either, but I am coming directly for you.” -Becky
The two then stood up and had a face-to-face showdown.
“See you at Survivor Series. Bring your best because I’ll show you who the real baddest woman on the planet is.” – Lynch
There was some good intensity here. The serious version of Becky is so much more entertaining than the jokey facet of her character. Shayna’s voice doesn’t exactly match her menacing look but she held her own. It definitely feels like Bayley’s going to end up as the afterthought third wheel in this buildup.
The O.C. and The Street Profits had a back-and-forth promo which did not get over with the crowd whatsoever. The low light was a groan-inducing Angelo Dawkins Tinder joke.
Commercial Break No. 11
The Street Profits & Humberto Carrillo vs. The O.C. (? – 10:23:37)
Carrillo and Dawkins each got a quick showcase spot before Montez Ford tagged in and proceeded to get beaten down for a long period of time by AJ Styles and the newly crowned Best Tag Team in The World.
Commercial Break No. 12
Ford managed to hit Luke Gallows with a Blockbuster which allowed him time to get over to his corner and give the hot tag to Carrillo.
Humberto displayed his eye-catching athleticism with a few nice looking moves, including a Standing Moonsault. He then headed up to the top rope to hit a Moonsault onto Styles but it wasn’t enough to put the US Champion away.
After a skirmish broke out between both teams, AJ was able to regain his composure and hit Carrillo with a Power Bomb to get a rope-aided pinfall victory.
Result: Styles pinned Carrillo following a Power Bomb
For a guy that’s really just broken onto the Raw scene in the past month, Carrillo has already stockpiled a lot of losses, admittedly to superior competition such as Styles and Seth Rollins. The crowd never really got into this match at all. Judging from that dreadful pre-match promo, it’s hard to blame the fans for not getting invested in this.
A highlight video of Adam Cole’s victory over Daniel Bryan from last week’s SmackDown was shown before it cut to a live shot of Cole talking to HHH backstage.
Commercial Break No. 13
The WWE Championship match between Brock Lesnar and Rey Mysterio was made official with a Survivor Series match graphic.
The Viking Raiders vs. East Hampton Polo Boys (10:33:04 – 10:34:06)
The Raiders threw around the Polo Boys before Ivar hit a splash from the top rope.
Result: Ivar pinned one of the Polo Boys following a splash (1:02)
Whatever heat the Raiders had following their Raw Tag Team Championship victory has faded since they’ve now been thrown back into the cycle of meaningless squash matches against local jobbers which fans simply don’t care about seeing at all.
Commercial Break No. 14
Seth Rollins vs. Adam Cole (10:44:34 – 10:57:04)
Rollins took the fight to Cole early knocking him to the outside and throwing him into the barricade multiple times.
Commercial Break No. 15
Returning from commercial, Rollins and Cole traded forearms in the middle of the ring before Cole hit a devastating Superkick onto a leaping Rollins. Seth managed to counter a Panama Sunrise attempt and turn it into a Buckle Bomb. He then drilled the NXT Champ with multiple dives trough the ropes and a Running Knee. Seth’s Falcon Arrow attempt was reversed by Cole who then hit a Running Knee of his own.
A failed Last Shot attempt led into a Double Clothesline that knocked both men down. Eventually, they both found themselves in the corner battling on the ropes, where Seth was able to hit a Superplex into a Falcon Arrow for a near fall.
Rollins then looked at HHH who was sitting ringside as he tuned up his foot for a stomp. Before he could attempt the finisher, however, the other three members of Undisputed Era subdued him and began laying into him.
Result: Rollins won via disqualification following an attack by Undisputed Era (12:30)
Following the match, The NXT and Raw rosters collided in a brawl as the show faded to black.
Tough crowd tonight. For whatever reason, the fans just did not have a lot of energy and did not make a whole lot of noise. It’s a shame because there were some pretty good storylines being laid out for Survivor Series: Lesnar/Mysterio, Rollins/HHH/NXT and Becky/Shayna/Bayley being the most prominent.
The Rollins/Cole match was not of the same length or quality as the Cole/Bryan match from last week’s SmackDown. But it was a fun pairing nonetheless that served its purpose of furthering the NXT takeover angle.
Unfortunately, there were also things on this show that didn’t seem to serve a purpose other than filling time, most notably the inter-gender tag team match, The Viking Raiders’ squashing of another jobber team and The Street Profits/Humberto Carrillo pre-match interaction with The O.C.
Overall, there was a decent build of intrigue that made this week’s NXT show feel like a must-watch event.