Tonight’s Kickoff Show panel is Renee Young, Booker T, David Otunga, and Sam Roberts. JBL and Peter Rosenberg are out in the arena with even more coverage. We start off with a video package for Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins and then head to a video package for Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch. Next up is a video package for Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens followed by video packages for Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz and Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey.
Kickoff Show Match
Mixed Tag Team Match
Rusev & Lana vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega
Rusev and Almas start the match, and Almas quickly flees to the outside. Rusev chases Almas back into the ring, but Almas regains control with a slingshot drop kick that sends Rusev into the barricade. Almas rolls Rusev back into the ring, but Rusev traps Almas in the corner and stomps a mud hole in him. Rusev slams Almas, but a distraction from Vega allows Almas to post Rusev in the corner. Almas locks in a triangle choke around the top rope and then chokes Rusev across the second rope. Almas goes for a blindside splash in the corner, but Rusev side steps him, and Almas slams chest-first into the top turnbuckle. Rusev goes for the tag, but Vega pulls Lana off the ring apron. Almas regains control with a reverse tornado DDT out of the corner, but Rusev counters a second attempt and shoves Almas to the outside. Rusev finally makes the hot tag, and that makes Vega legal as well. Lana cleans house and hits double knees to the back of Vega’s neck. Lana hits a neck breaker and gets a two count. Lana delivers a scoop slam and gets another two count. Lana charges toward Vega in the corner, but Vega evades, and Lana slams face-first into the middle turnbuckle. Almas tries to distract Lana from the apron, but Rusev pulls him down to the floor. Almas whips Rusev into the barricade and then heads back up onto the apron to once again distract Lana. Lana slaps Almas, but the distraction allows Vega to roll up Lana and get a three count with her feet on the ropes.
Match Result: Zelina Vega defeats Lana with a rollup pin. (**)
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak
Gulak takes down Alexander with a single leg takedown, but Alexander quickly kicks Gulak to the corner. Gulak traps Alexander in the corner and tries to counter a hurricanrana into the Gu-Lock, but Alexander blocks. The action spills to the outside, and Gulak hits a neck breaker off the apron. Gulak drops Alexander face-first onto the apron before rolling him back into the ring. Gulak wrenches on Alexander’s neck, but Alexander fights back to his feet. Alexander takes a swing at Gulak, but Gulak ducks and counters into a suplex. Gulak drags Alexander back to his feet and immediately levels him with a short clothesline. Gulak again drags Alexander back to his feet and hits another short clothesline for a two count. Alexander applies a rear chin lock before transitioning to a modified Gory Special. Alexander flips over and lands on his feet, but Gulak whips Alexander to the apron. Alexander takes control with a European uppercut and a running clothesline. Alexander chops the chest and whips Gulak to the ropes, but Gulak puts on the brakes and slides to the outside. Alexander dives to the outside and levels Gulak. Alexander rolls Gulak back into the ring and tries to springboard into the ring, but Gulak hits the ropes to make Alexander lose his balance. Gulak locks in the Gu-Lock around the ropes but breaks before the disqualification. Gulak drags Alexander back to the middle of the ring and goes for the Gu-Lock, but Alexander counters into a stiff back elbow shot. Alexander ducks a punch and lands a spinning kick to the gut, but Gulak fights back with a STIFF shot to the jaw. Alexander and Gulak trade near falls, but Gulak counters the Neuralyzer into an Ankle Lock. Alexander breaks free and again trades several rollup near falls with Gulak before finally getting the three count.
Match Result: Cedric Alexander defeats Drew Gulak with a rollup pin. (**1/2)
Next up is a video package for AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe. Joe joins the Kickoff Show panel from backstage to remind us that he is a man who has calculated every move he’s made. All he’s done is tell the truth, and that’s how he’s gotten in AJ Styles’ head. Styles wouldn’t be nearly as upset if he didn’t know Joe was right. Tonight is a unique opportunity for Styles, because tonight he can let Joe correct all the wrongs in Styles’ life simply by letting Joe win the WWE Championship.
Kickoff Show Match
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
The B-Team (c) vs. The Revival
Dallas and Dawson start the match, and Dallas quickly locks in a side head lock. Dawson fights back to his feet, and Wilder makes the blind tag. Wilder catches Dallas with dragon screw and then hits Axel with the Shatter Machine when he tries to make the save. Dawson gets the tag and connects with a missile drop kick to Dallas from the top. Dawson wrenches Dallas’ injured knee with Axel still down and out on the outside. Dawson wraps Dallas’ knee around the middle rope, and Wilder repeatedly kicks the knee from the apron. Wilder gets the tag and continues the assault on Dallas’ knee. Dawson gets the quick tag and works over Dallas in the corner. Dawson wrenches Dallas’ knee, but Dallas kicks Dawson away and posts him in the corner. Axel finally climbs back up onto the apron, but Wilder gets the tag and immediately knocks Axel off the apron. Dawson gets the tag and mockingly asks Dallas where his partner is. Wilder gets the tag an chokes Dallas over the top rope, but Dallas counters into a rope-assisted neck breaker. Dallas FINALLY makes the hot tag to Axel as Wilder tags Dawson. Axel cleans house, but Dawson catches him with an O’Connor roll for a two count. Dawson again rolls up Axel, but Wilder slingshots Dallas off the ropes, and Dallas rolls over Dawson and Axel, causing Axel to end up on top of Dawson for the three count.
Match Result: Curtis Axel defeats Scott Dawson with a rollup pin. (**1/2)
Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler (c) w/ Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins w/ Dean Ambrose
Seth Rollins is wearing sweet Thanos-inspired gear tonight. Ziggler looks for a rear waist lock to start, but Rollins blocks, and Ziggler ties up Rollins in the ropes. McIntyre heads for Rollins from behind, but Ambrose cuts him off. Ambrose stares down McIntyre, and that will definitely be an ongoing situation throughout the match. Ziggler rolls to the outside to catch a breather and strategize with McIntyre before rolling back into the ring. Ziggler whips Rollins to the ropes but drops his head to telegraph the back body drop, so Rollins puts on the brakes and kicks Ziggler in the chest. The action spills to the outside, and McIntyre stares down Rollins as Ambrose stares down Ziggler. The action returns to the ring, and Rollins whips Ziggler hard to the corner. Rollins heads out to the apron, but when he tries to climb back into the ring, Ziggler kicks the ropes and wrenches Rollins’ knee. Ziggler hits a neck breaker for a two count and then continues his assault on Rollins’ injured knee. Ziggler whips Rollins to the corner, and Rollins tumbles over the turnbuckles, to the apron, and then the floor. Ziggler retrieves Rollins and locks in a side head lock on the mat. Ziggler slides behind into a rear chin lock and keeps Rollins grounded on the mat. Rollins fights back to his feet, but Ziggler kicks the injured knee and goes right back to the rear chin lock. Rollins again fights back to his feet and breaks the hold with a jaw breaker. Rollins charges at Ziggler, but Ziggler back body drops Rollins to the outside. Ziggler quickly retrieves Rollins and heads up top. Ziggler connects with a diving crossbody from the top, but Rollins catches Ziggler and rolls through. Rollins tries to transition into a suplex to the outside, but Ziggler counters and lands on the apron while pulling Rollins to the outside. Rollins and Ziggler head back into the ring, and Rollins catches Ziggler with a Sling Blade. Rollins heads up top, but Ziggler hits the ropes, causing Rollins to crotch himself on the top turnbuckle. Ziggler joins Rollins up top and goes for a superplex, but Rollins head butts Ziggler back down to the mat. Ziggler rolls to the far side of the rope to avoid a top rope assault from Rollins, but Rollins retrieves Ziggler and hits the ripcord knee for a two count. Rollins goes for a buckle bomb, but Ziggler counters into a sleeper hold. Rollins rolls to toss Ziggler off his back, but Ziggler drops Rollins neck-first onto the top rope. Rollins goes for a catapult from the apron to the ring post, but Ziggler blocks and kicks Rollins into the ring post. Rollins rebounds, and Ziggler hits a spike DDT onto the apron. Rollins tumbles to the outside and just barely beats the referees count back into the ring. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag, but Rollins blocks and counters with a super kick. Rollins heads up top and goes for the frog splash, but Ziggler gets his knees up and covers Rollins for a two count. Rollins peppers Ziggler with a volley of jabs, but Ziggler drops Rollins with a kick to the knee. Rollins takes Ziggler up top, but Ziggler back elbows Rollins down to the mat. Rollins springs back up top and hits a SICK inverted superplex into a modified Falcon Arrow for a looong two count. McIntyre distracts Rollins but whipping Ambrose into the ring steps, and Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag for a two count of his own. Rollins got busted open at some point and is bleeding from his temple. Rollins hits a buckle bomb as Ambrose pulls McIntyre off the apron and hits Dirty Deeds on the outside. Rollins connects with a super kick and the Stomp in the middle of the ring and gets the three count.
Match Result: Seth Rollins defeats Dolph Ziggler with the Stomp. (****1/2)
The Bella Twins are interviewed backstage, talking about how WWE will always be a big part of their lives and how right now they’re focused on all their business dealings and not really thinking about wrestling at Evolution, but of course they’ve talked about it. For tonight, though, they’re just here to have fun and see Ronda Rousey make history.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match:
The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The New Day
So it will be Big E and Xavier Woods for the New Day tonight. Harper and Woods start the match, and Rowan immediately takes control of Woods. Rowan gets the tag and wrenches on Woods’ neck. Rowan hits a pump handle back breaker and makes the tag to Harper. Harper hits a slingshot senton from the apron and then knocks Big E off the apron. Rowan tosses Woods to the outside and dismantles the ring steps. Harper tries to powerbomb Woods onto the ring steps, but Woods counters into a hurricanrana that sends Harper face-first onto the ring steps. Woods makes the hot tag to Big E, and Big E hits a running splash to Harper in the middle of the ring. Big E goes for the Big Ending, but Harper counters into a sit-out slam. Rowan gets the tag and charges toward Big E in the corner, but Big E side steps and posts Rowan in the corner. Big E spears Rowan off the apron and to the floor, but Rowan follows up with a crossbody from the apron to Big E on the outside. Rowan rolls Big E back into the ring and makes the tag to Harper. Harper and Rowan hit Big E with the double crucifix bomb, but Woods makes the save. Woods gets the tag but eats a sit-out powerbomb from Harper. Big E hits Rowan with the Big Ending on the outside and then gets the tag from Big E. Harper heads out to the apron with Big E, but Big E hits the Big Ending off the apron. Woods gets the tag and heads up top, but Harper rolls to the outside. Woods hits the Limit Break to the outside, but Rowan grabs his giant mallet and assaults Big E for the disqualification.
Match Result: New Day win by disqualification. (***)
Rowan beats on Big E with the hammer some before Luke takes it from him, seemingly to back him off... and rams E in the ribs with the hammer!
Money in the Bank Contract On the Line:
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
Strowman goes on the offensive to start, so Owens quickly heads to the outside. Strowman rolls out of the ring to continue the assault, shoulder tackles Owens into the barricade, and then levels him with a second shoulder tackle. Strowman rolls Owens back into the ring, but Owens immediately heads back to the outside. Strowman choke slams Owens on the ramp and rolls him back into the ring. Strowman hits a running power slam and easily gets the three count. This was essentially a two minute squash match.
Match Result: Braun Strowman defeats Kevin Owens with a running power slam. (*)
Smackdown Women’s Championship Match:
Carmella (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair
Carmella gets in Flair’s face to start and then attacks Lynch. Lynch kicks Carmella in the corner and hits a running leg drop. Carmella slaps the back of Lynch’s head, but Lynch thinks it was Flair. Carmella shoves Flair into Lynch to further the rift between them. Lynch rolls up Flair, but Flair reverses into a rollup of her own. Lynch hits a pair of deep arm drags to Flair and goes for the Dis-Arm-Her, but Flair counters into a rollup for a two count. The action spills to the outside, and Carmella whips Lynch into the ring steps. Carmella rolls Lynch into the ring and makes the cover for a two count. Carmella locks in a rear chin lock and follows up with a clothesline that sends Lynch out of the ring. Flair charges back into the ring, but Carmella catches her with a rear chin lock. Flair fights back to her feet, but Carmella delivers a knee to the gut and tosses Flair to the outside. Lynch rolls up Carmella from behind but only gets a two count. Carmella slaps Lynch and then counters an O’Connor roll into a rollup of her own for another two count. Flair heads back into the ring and blocks a kick from Carmella. Flair goes to work with a volley of chops followed by a back suplex. Flair tries to set up for the Figure Eight, but Carmella kicks her away, and Lynch delivers a running knee. Lynch heads up top and hits a double drop kick to Flair and Carmella. Lynch hits the Bexploder, but Carmella blocks a second attempt. Flair returns to the ring and targets Carmella. Carmella takes Lynch up top and goes for a handstand hurricanrana, but Flair counters into a Boston Crab in the middle of the ring. Flair transitions into the Figure Four, but Lynch heads up top and hits a diving leg drop to Flair to break the hold. Lynch covers Flair, but Carmella makes the save. Lynch and Carmella slug it out in the middle of the ring, but Carmella dumps Lynch to the outside. Carmella hits a low suicide dive to Lynch on the outside, but Flair heads up top hits a gorgeous corkscrew moonsault from the top to Lynch and Carmella on the outside. Flair rolls Lynch into the ring and goes for Natural Selection, but Lynch counters into the Dis-Arm-Her. Carmella makes the save and posts Lynch in the corner. Carmella hits Lynch with a super kick and makes the cover, but Flair breaks up the pin. Carmella kicks Flair out of the ring, but Lynch catches Carmella with the Dis-Arm-Her. Carmella makes it to the ropes, so Lynch hits the Bexploder and then re-applies the Dis-Arm-Her in the middle of the ring. Flair hits Lynch with Natural Selection while Lynch had Carmella in the Dis-Arm-Her, and that’s enough for Flair to get the three count on Lynch. The crowd boos Flair’s victory, and they boo even harder when Lynch hugs Flair after the match. Lynch snaps and attacks Flair, and the crowd goes WILD for it. Lynch tosses Flair out of the ring, whips her into the barricade, and whips her over the announce table. “Becky! Becky! Becky!” “You deserve it! You deserve it! You deserve it!”
Match Result: Charlotte Flair defeats Becky Lynch with Natural Selection. (***)
WWE Championship Match:
AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe
Joe grabs the mic during the pre-match announcement and points out that Styles’ wife and daughter are in the crowd tonight. The match starts, and I swear I just heard a TNA chant. Joe muscles Styles to the corner, but Styles catches Joe in a side head lock and drags him down to the mat. Joe muscles back to his feet, but Styles brings him back down to the mat. Joe whips Styles to the mat to break the hold, but Styles rebounds, flips over Joe, and goes right back to the side head lock. Joe again breaks the hold and shoulder blocks Styles out of the ring. Styles heads back into the ring and lands a leg kick to Joe. Styles hits another leg kick, but Joe checks a third kick and levels Styles with a leg kick of his own. Joe misses a low forearm smash and eats a kick to the jaw. Joe hits the ropes, but Styles catches him with a drop kick on the rebound. Styles lands a kick to the back and goes back to the leg kicks. Joe rolls out of the ring, but Styles continues the assault with a baseball slide between the ropes. Styles rolls out of the ring and goes for a knee strike from the apron, but Joe blocks and drops Styles face-first onto the apron. Joe rolls Styles back onto the ring and again drops Styles on his face. Styles rolls out of the ring, and Joe hits a suicide dive that sends Styles into the corner of the announce table. Joe retrieves Styles and makes the cover for a two count. Joe wrenches Styles’ neck and then levels him with a vicious clothesline. Joe locks in a side head lock on the mat and then trades shots with Styles in the middle of the ring. Styles knocks Joe out of the ring and follows up with a Phenomenal Forearm to Joe on the outside. Styles rolls Joe back into the ring, but Joe knocks Styles off the apron with a STIFF forearm shot. Joe goes for a suicide dive, but Styles catches him with a mid-air kick to the jaw. Styles heads into the ring and continues the assault with a low forearm shot. Styles lands a back elbow shot followed by moonsault into a reverse DDT for a two count. Styles goes for the Styles Clash, but Joe blocks. Styles takes Joe up top and sets up for a super hurricanrana, but Joe head butts Styles back to the mat and follows up with a diving knee shot for a two count. Joe continues to work over Styles with knee shots, an inverted atomic drop, and big boot, and a running senton for another two count. Styles hits the ushigoroshi, but his own knee buckles in the process. Styles gets back to his feet and charges at Joe, but Joe hits a gorgeous power slam for a two count. Styles catches Joe with a crucifix pin, but Joe kicks out. Styles miraculously hits Joe with the Styles Clash, but Joe again kicks out at two. Styles works over Joe in the corner, but Joe fights out. Styles hits the Pelé kick, but Joe counters a corner splash into a uranage. Styles locks in the Calf Crusher, but Joe slams Styles’ head into the mat and counters into the Coquina Clutch. Styles makes it to the ropes to break the hold, so Joe takes Styles up top. Joe sets up for the Muscle Buster but then kicks Styles to the outside. Joe grabs a mic, climbs onto the announce table, and tells Styles’ daughter that he’ll be her new daddy. Styles has been busted open, but he charges onto the announce table and tackles Joe through the barricade. Styles takes out several members of the ring crew, grabs a chair, and goes after Joe for the disqualification. Styles continues the assault on Joe until producers and referees force him to stop.
Match Result: Samoa Joe defeats AJ Styles via disqualification. (****)
Elias is in the ring to sing us a song. He does his usual introductory spiel and admits that he was a child once. He then talks up his album as the greatest ever and says he’s debuting his greatest song yet tonight. He dedicates it to all the New Yorkers because the harsh reality of being a disgusting New Yorker is about to be washed away.
He goes to start playing and the neck literally snaps off his guitar. He throws a tantrum and leaves.
Miz rolls up on his former allies the B-Team and talks about how he’s gonna prove he’s better than Daniel Bryan, but if they want to celebrate with his limo after for old time’s sake they’re welcome. They say they’re leaving now, they’re not the Miztourage anymore, and the B stands for Daniel Bryan. They congratulate him on his new show, Miz and Mers, and mention their own show coming up, Total Fellas, but with a B, so it’s spelled Total Bellas.
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
Bryan backs Miz into a corner, and Miz forces the referee to create distance. Bryan locks up with Miz in the middle of the ring and muscles him to the corner. Miz fights out and traps Miz in the opposite corner. Miz goes to work with It! kicks, but Bryan fights back and hits his own volley of corner Yes! kicks. Miz hits the ropes and levels Bryan with a running shoulder block. Bryan connects with a roundhouse kick and a bulldog for a two count. Miz fights back with a knee to the gut and follows up with a surfboard, but Bryan fights out and counters with vicious leg kicks. Bryan locks in a surfboard of his own and then goes to work with Yes! kicks in the corner, but Miz regains control with a sick clothesline. Miz locks in a European head lock and then delivers a straight punch to the face. Miz works over Bryan in the corner, but Daniel fights back and hits a running clothesline. Bryan hits two running corner dropkicks followed by even more Yes! kicks in the corner. Bryan takes Miz up top and hits a super hurricanrana for a two count. Bryan chops the chest and back body drops Miz to the outside. Bryan hits a low drop kick between the ropes and then heads up top. Bryan hits a diving crossbody from the top onto Miz on the outside. Bryan rolls Miz back into the ring, take him up top, and hangs him up in the tree of woe. Bryan hits even more corner Yes! kicks and a low running drop kick to the face. Bryan takes Miz up top and hits a belly-to-back superplex. Bryan goes back to the Yes! kicks in the middle of the ring, but Miz ducks a kick and hits a short DDT for a two count. Miz works over Bryan with the It! kicks, but Bryan catches Miz’ leg and counters into a dragon screw. Miz goes for a Figure Four, but Bryan tries to block, so Miz catapults Bryan into the ring post. Miz catches Bryan on the rebound and hits the Skull Crushing Finale for a looong two count. Miz sets up for a running knee, but Bryan catches him with a roundhouse kick for a two count of his own. Miz rolls to the apron and tries to suplex Bryan to the outside, but Bryan lands on the apron. Bryan lands several Yes! kicks on the apron, but Miz drops off the apron, but Bryan kicks the ring post instead. Miz pulls Bryan to the middle of the ring and locks in the Figure Four Leg Lock on the injured leg. Bryan sits up and punches Miz while still in the Figure Four. Bryan rolls to reverse the pressure, but Miz manages to get to the ropes. Bryan and Miz get to the feet and slug it out in the middle of the ring. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Bryan tries to counter in to a Skull Crushing Finale of his own, but Miz drops to the mat to avoid it. Bryan locks in the Yes! Lock, but Miz again manages to make it to the ropes. Miz rolls to the outside, but Bryan hits a running knee shot off the apron. Bryan hits a drop kick right in front of Maryse and then rolls Miz back into the ring. Miz again escapes to the outside, but Bryan hits another low drop kick between the ropes. Bryan goes for a suicide dive, but Miz uses something (probably brass knuckles) that Maryse gave him to punch Bryan in mid-air. Miz hands the weapon back to Maryse, rolls back into the ring, and covers Bryan for the three count.
Match Result: The Miz defeats Daniel Bryan after a punch with a foreign object punch. (***)
Finn Balor vs. Constable Corbin
The Demon King is back!!! Balor hits the Sling Blade and then connects with a dive to the outside. Balor hits a Sling Blade on the outside before rolling Corbin back into the ring. Balor connects with a double stomp to the Corbin’s back and follows up with a drop kick in the corner. Balor heads up top and hits the Coup de Grâce for the three count. This was a squash match that went just over one minute. I'm so excited to see The Demon gimmick back, even if it is wasted on Corbin, hopefully this means a much deserved push for Balor after the garbage he's had to deal with lately.
Match Result: Finn Balor defeats Baron Corbin with the Coup de Grâce. (**1/2) Extra star for the return of The Demon King!
WWE United States Championship Match:
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy
Nakamura ducks a lockup attempt from Hardy and connects with a knee shot. Nakamura mocks the Delete chants, but Hardy responds by mocking Nakamura’s Come On. Hardy whips Nakamura to the ropes, but Nakamura slides out of the ring. Hardy gives chase, but Nakamura lands a kick off the apron followed by a knee shot on the apron and knee shot off the apron. Nakamura rolls Hardy back into the ring and locks in a head-and-arm submission on Hardy’s surgically repaired shoulder. Nakamura lands a forearm shot, but Hardy fights back with a Sling Blade. Hardy levels Nakamaura with a running forearm shot and follows up with an inverted atomic drop and leg drop to the groin. Hardy side steps an elbow shot in the corner, but Nakamura takes Hardy up top. Hardy evades Nakamura’s running corner knee shot and connects with the Whisper in the Wind for a two count. Nakamura successfully hits the running corner knee shot and goes for the Kinshasa, but Hardy blocks and goes for the Twist of Fate, but Nakamura tries for a low blow, but Hardy blocks. Hardy hits the Twist of Fate and the Swanton Bomb, but Nakamura grabs the bottom rope to break the count. Hardy again heads up top, but Nakamura rolls to the apron. Hardy goes for the Swanton bomb to Nakamura on the apron, but Nakamura rolls off the apron, but Hardy crashes onto the apron. Nakamura rolls Hardy back into the ring, hits a kick to the back of the neck, and connects with the Kinshasa for the three count. After the match, Randy Orton heads down to the ring but then seems to change his mind before attacking Hardy. Orton heads to the back as Hardy finally scrapes himself off the mat.
Match Result: Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Jeff Hardy with the Kinshasa. (**)
Raw Women’s Championship Match:
Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss (c)
Before the match, Natalya makes her way to ringside wearing her father’s jacket from SummerSlam 1990. Nikki Bella and Brie Bella are also sitting at ringside. The match starts, and Bliss backs herself into the ropes to force a break before Rousey even makes contact. Rousey blocks a cheap shot and levels Bliss with a punch of her own. Bliss rolls out of the ring, regroups, and heads back into the ring. Rousey charges at Bliss, so Bliss again rolls to the outside. Rousey sits in the middle of the ring and closes her eyes, daring Bliss to come back into the ring. Bliss charges into the ring and locks in a rear chin lock, but Rousey stands up with Bliss on her back and counters into the standing reverse kata guruma. Bliss goes for a front kick, but Rousey catches the boot and flips Bliss inside out. Rousey works over Bliss in the corner and hits another standing reverse kata guruma. Rousey locks in the armbar, and Bliss has no choice but to tap. After the match, Rousey celebrates in the ring with Natalya and the Bellas.
Match Result: Ronda Rouse defeats Alexa Bliss with the armbar. (**)
WWE Universal Championship Match:
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns
The match is about to start… BUT HERE COMES BRAUN STROWMAN!!! Strowman comes down to the ring with the MitB briefcase in hand an grabs a mic. Strowman says that he refuses to be a coward and cash in MitB while his opponent’s back is turned. He’s the Monster among Men, and he does things face to face. He’s going to stand a ringside, and the end of the night, someone is going to GET THESE HANDS. The bell rings… SUPERMAN PUNCH! SUPERMAN PUNCH! SUPERMAN PUNCH! SPEAR! SPEAR! SPEAR! Lesnar catches Reigns in a guillotine on the last spear, but Reigns fights back to his feet and counters into a spinebuster. Lesnar immediately locks in the guillotine for a second time, but Reigns again powers up and counters into a spinebuster. Lesnar takes off his gloves and decides to go bare knuckles. Reigns goes for a Superman Punch, but Lesnar counters into… GERMAN #1! GERMAN #2! GERMAN #3! “You both suck! You both suck! You both suck!” Lesnar goes for the F-5, but Reigns floats over and goes for a spear, but Lesnar side steps him, and Reigns ends up hitting a suicide dive to Strowman on the outside. Lesnar heads to the outside and follows up with a F-5 to Strowman on the outside. Lesnar rolls Reigns back into the ring and then assaults Strowman with the MitB briefcase and a steel chair. Lesnar brings the chair into the ring and takes a swing at Reigns, but Reigns counters with a spear and gets the three count. Strowman is still down on the outside, so it looks like there won’t be a MitB cash in tonight.
Match Result: Roman Reigns defeats Brock Lesnar with a spear. (**)
End of show.