We start off with highlights of last week’s Roman Reigns announcement.
The show opened with Baron Corbin holding the now vacant Universal Championship and insulting Roman Reigns. He was interrupted and intimidated by Brock Lesnar. Braun Strowman interrupted, and powerslammed Corbin three times. Lesnar hit an F-5 on Strowman to leave him lying. Predictable and rather average opening segment.
We get highlights of Dean turning on Seth last week.
Lio Rush arrives and says Balor got lucky last week. He says Lashley will humble and beat him tonight.
Finn Bálor defeated Bobby Lashley by disqualification when Lio Rush interfered. It wasn’t that the match was bad, the work was fine, but it was extremely boring and mostly lifeless. It was ok. The feud will continue for reasons, what they are I do not know because they aren’t working well together. Baron Corbin congratulated Lashley for the loss by having him replace John Cena in the World Cup tournament at Crown Jewel. Makes sense..
Ronda Rousey will face Becky Lynch at Survivor Series.
Trish Stratus, Lita, Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Natalya defeated The Riott Squad, Alicia Fox, and Mickie James. Natalya made Fox tap out to a Sharpshooter. This was pretty good, slow in the middle and Lita looked really rough at times, but the closing stretch was hot.
Nia Jax is interviewed about her battle royal win last night. Ember Moon arrives and talks about the match, and says that she was so close, but Jax cuts her off and says this is about her. Moon says she gets it, and respects Jax. Moon then challenges Jax to a match, Jax accepts, and says she will beat her again tonight. So, Nia is a heel again, ok. What’s up lady Big Show?
Elias is here. The crowd loves him and claims he hung out with Ric Flair earlier today. Flair told him he was the man for what he did to Corbin last week, so he runs the replay of Corbin getting the old el kabong. Elias says it pained him to break one of his babies, but it did feel good. He then heads backstage and Dana Brooke asks for a song, and he refuses. He heads to Corbin’s office and sings a tune outside the office, running down Corbin. Corbin arrives and Elias keeps singing, calling him Stephanie’s little bitch. Jinder Mahal arrives and attacks Elias, laying him out. Corbin is pleased, saying that Mahal just tuned him up; he then says Elias will face Jinder next.
Elias defeated Jinder Mahal. Mahal attacked Elias backstage while Elias was trolling Baron Corbin, setting up the match. Elias won with Drift Away. This was a nothing of a match, with Mahal dominating with his clumsy and lumbering offense until Elias thankfully won.
Crown Jewel World Cup tournament brackets:
Seth Rollins vs. Lashley
Kurt Angle vs. Dolph Ziggler
Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz
Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio
We get a pretty good video package on Kurt Angle’s career. Angle cuts a promo on the WWE World Cup to Determine the Best in the World at WWE Sweet Saudi Money II: Blood Money, and runs down his career accomplishments and says that winning would mean everything to him. He’s there to prove he’s the best n the world.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeated The Authors of Pain and The Ascension. This was a triple threat tag team match. Roode pinned Viktor. After the match, the AOP beats everyone up.
Seth Rollins talked. Dean Ambrose teased a confrontation with him, but bailed when Rollins started to come after him. I thought Seth was really good here, and I was fine with Dean refusing to speak and getting some heat. I’m not a big fan of them using Reigns so much in the feud however, leave the Leukemia stuff out of it please, don't make an angle out of it.
Nia Jax defeated Ember Moon with a leg drop after a distraction from Tamina. Not good at all and a complete waste of Ember Moon as this was only here to set up a Jax vs. Tamina feud.
Kalisto and Lince Dorado defeated The Revival. The Lucha House Party is on Raw again. Kalisto pinned Scott Dawson after a Salida del Sol. This was criminally short, but solid for the time given.
Dolph arrives to hype the WWE World Cup to Determine the Best in the World as Drew says they broke the Shield, and Drew is focused on who wins the Universal Title. Dolph says Angle will not win the world cup, he looked up to Angle for what he did for amateur wrestling. Without guys like Angle, you wouldn’t have Dolph Ziggler. Dolph says he will cement his legacy on Friday, blah, blah, blah, steal the show, blah. He’s the best to ever compete in this ring and the business. Delusional Dolph is funny.
Dolph Ziggler defeated Apollo Crews with a superkick. Another meaningless match that went under 3 minutes, giving Dolph "momentum" heading into Crown Jewel.
The show ended with a promo from Undertaker and Kane. D-X sneak attacked them, allowing Shawn Michaels to hit Sweet Chin Music on the Undertaker, but Undertaker sat up and no-sold it. I can't wait for this to be over.
End of show.