[sc name=”Flair Corner”]My, how the time flies. SummerSlam is upon us, and we can’t wait to see what will go down this Sunday. After this week, we’ve got most of the critical matches set, but who knows what surprises lurk around the corner. Here are the highlights, results, and our recap from WWE Raw, SmackDown, and NXT for the week of August 13th-15th.
Raw – August 13
Ronda Rousey and Alexa Bliss Have a Little Confrontation
Rousey opened up the show, practicing her mic skills and making sure Bliss knew what she was up against on Sunday. She also consoled Natalya on the loss of her father, the great Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, who passed away this week.
Of course, Alexa Bliss and Alicia Fox had to interrupt, hesitant to come too close at first, but talking trash nonetheless. Bliss called Rousey an overrated, overhyped rookie and spoiled brat, saying she’d humiliate her at SummerSlam. But for now, based on the attacks of the previous weeks, Bliss has gotten herself some security. Enter four big dudes dressed in black.
After they moved to the ring, Bliss tackled Ember Moon into Rousey while she wasn’t looking, knocking her off the edge. But an angered Rousey quickly got up and took out Bliss’s security guards along with Fox to scare Bliss away.
Ember Moon defeated Alexa Bliss via disqualification
Moon almost got the pin in this match early on, but Bliss took control back with three near-pins herself. Bliss continued to taunt her opponent along with Rousey (who stood ringside, doing her best to protect Ember Moon from an interference by Fox). As soon as it looked like an enraged Moon was going to get the pin off an Eclipse from the top rope, Fox jumped in to force the DQ. Rousey ran into the ring to make the save, giving Fox’s injured arm a working over and staring down her SummerSlam opponent.
Roman Reigns gets surprised by Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar
Reigns came to the ring to cut a promo, telling the crowd how he planned to send Lesnar back to the UFC for good. Paul Heyman came on down too. He appeared to want to align himself with the Big Dog, ingratiating himself and handing Reigns a contract to look over. Of course, it was only a distraction and as he looked at the paper, Heyman pepper sprayed Reigns in the face and Lesnar’s music came on. Lesnar handed his belt to Heyman before applying the guillotine choke to Reigns. Just when it looked like he was finished, he hit Reigns with the F5, delivering a strong message just ahead of SummerSlam and their third meeting this year.
Constable Corbin defeated Tyler Breeze just to build him up a bit more before he takes on Finn Balor at SummerSlam. (Not a great match against a lesser opponent from NXT.) Afterward, he said that Balor can expect more than that on Sunday. Then Corbin announced the next match…
Braun Strowman and Finn Balor defeated Jinder Mahal and Kevin Owens. Strowman ended the match with a running powerslam on Mahal to get the pin. After the bell, Corbin hit Balor with the End of Days. All of the big guys looked great in this one.
Bobby Lashley beats up on Ricky Roberts, a terribly dressed wannabe “country singer” from Greensboro and supposedly Elia’s biggest fan. Elias came out to play a song and told Roberts he could impress him by humiliating Bobby Lashley. Elias didn’t get to start performing before Lashley came out, interrupted him yet again, and headed to the ring. Ol’ Ricky slammed his guitar over Lashley, which did absolutely nothing but anger him, and Ricky ended up on the receiving end of a Spinebuster. It was silly.
The B-Team Retains their title in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match. The match was action-packed, but Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel proved they’re the champs for a reason by beating the Deleters of Worlds and The Revival. It was a little bit of a shady win though, as The Revival actually hit Bray Wyatt with the Shatter Machine and Axel snuck in to steal the pin.
Ruby Riott defeated Sasha Banks. Finally back in the ring, Ruby Riott attacked Banks’s hand and kept targeting it throughout the match. Banks took out Morgan and Logan with a suicide dive as they waited ringside. Banks then tried to get back in the ring, but Morgan jerked her back out. Bayley quickly made her pay for that. As Banks again tried to get in the ring, Ruby thrashed Banks’s hand and quickly rolled her up for the pin.
Titus Worldwide and Bobby Roode defeated Mojo Rawley and The Authors of Pain. Roode picked up the 1-2-3 following a Glorious DDT on Rawley.
SmackDown – August 14
Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Carmella Meet in the Ring
In the days leading up to their triple threat match for the SmackDown Women’s Title, these three came out for a little face-to-face chat. Carmella tried to irk the Irishwoman by saying that “poor Becky Lynch” can’t do anything better than Flair. A slightly frustrated Lynch says she doesn’t feel sorry for herself, but now she’ll just have to focus on beating Carmella and whooping Flair too.
The Queen chimed in to say that Carmella has struggled to cling to her title, resorting to tactics like cheating and digging up James Ellsworth. She called Carmella “a diva living in a women’s era” but Carmella only embraced that label. Oh, and she’s got the age-old argument, “I’m the champ and you’re not!”
Paige entered to remind everyone that she’s only there to create the best matchup… and that Flair only gets to be in the upcoming SummerSlam match because she beat Mella, remember? Paige then sent Carmella to the commentators’ table and set up a tag-team match between Lynch and Flair and Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville.
Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch defeated Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
During the match, Flair strutted, Lynch danced, and the two showed off why they’re in this title match, even if their moves weren’t totally up to par. They worked over Deville good before the tides turned and Rose joined her to beat up on Flair. It wasn’t as easy a match for Flair and Lynch as you’d think, with lots of near-pins going both ways. Charlotte wanted the tag, but a fired up Lynch kind of ignored her and got the tap-out using the Dis-Arm-Her on Rose.
Backstage, Flair told Lynch she didn’t have to pull off the win all by herself, but Lynch appeared to be more focused on Sunday’s match. When Flair said, “May the best woman win,” Lynch responded, “She will.”
The Miz and Maryse announced a new season of their show. Cool?
The Bludgeon Brothers defeated three local guys in what was supposed to be a handicap match. It took them like zero time. Did the match even start? Doesn’t look good for the New Day at SummerSlam…
A look back on the Miz and Daniel Bryan’s Relationship. Just a reminder of why they hate each other. The Miz, originally from MTV’s The Real World, used to be Bryan’s mentor in his early NXT days. We saw footage of the years that have passed since Daniel Bryan’s retirement through today, so we know just how much he has to prove at SummerSlam.
The New Day defeated Sanity
The New Day came out, serving pancakes to fans as the crowds chanted “Happy Birthday” to Kofi Kingston. They looked great, nearly getting the pin early on, but the heels turned things around, mainly by double-teaming. Then Kofi landed a trust fall outside the ring on top of Wolfe and Young before Xavier Woods landed the Up Up Down Down by on Killian Dain to get the pin. The New Day celebrated by dancing, playing the trombone, and eating pancakes in the ring. Wouldn’t it be cool if these guys could take home the title at SummerSlam?
Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas defeated Aiden English
Almas and Zelina Vega promised to cancel Rusev Day. Then Almas ended up beating Aiden English pretty easily, getting the pin after a Hamerlock DDT. Rusev and Lana then promised to meet them both at SummerSlam… and crush them… because Rusev Day is totally not canceled and just happens to fall on Sunday. Who woulda thought?
Jeff Hardy defeated Benjamin Shelton
Full face paint and all, Hardy came out to prove he was still alive after the past weeks’ attacks, but it was clear he wasn’t all there in this match. Despite that, Hardy got the win after combining a Slingblade with a Twist of Fate and standing splash. Nakamura tried to rush in and land a Kinshasa, but Hardy stopped him with a Twist of Fate followed by a Swanton Bomb as Randy Orton looked on…
Samoa Joe continues to taunt AJ Styles
Paige told these two to keep it in line on Tuesday. Well, Styles said he’d promised his wife not to lose his cool, whereas Joe said he was gonna do whatever he damn well pleased.
Later that night, Styles came to the ring to talk about the things he’d learned in his years of wrestling, blah, blah, blah. But Joe interrupted with a “letter” that appeared to confirm all that stuff Joe said before about Styles neglecting his wife and family. Joe wrapped things up by revealing who the letter was from… Wendy Styles. (Yeah, you guessed it, AJ’s wife.)
NXT – August 15
The Street Profits defeated The Mighty. We saw this matchup coming after the Street Profits’ distraction last week. They got the win after a quick roll-up and a little tights grabbing.
Kairi Sane defeated Aliyah. Sane needed to look good before her match with Shayna Baszler at Takeover: Brooklyn. She did, making Aliyah tap out despite a distraction from Baszler, who came out to watch. Post-match, Sane stared her down. Hmmm, can we expect a title change?
The Velveteen Dream and EC3 argue in the ring. TVD was talking about their upcoming match when EC3 interrupted to tell The Dream he looked like Prince. EC3 also made fun of his fanny pack before hitting him with the One Percenter.
Tyler Bate defeated Roderick Strong. Despite Seven and O’Reilly hanging out on the sidelines and their attempts to interfere, Bate was able to hit a rolling kick and the Tyler Driver ‘97 for the win.