Monday 24th August 2015
Brooklyn, New York
Opening up the show was Brock Lesnar
, along with his advocate, Paul Heyman
. It was a more relaxed looking Beast Incarnate, while his advocate was beaming after his client's victory over The Undertaker at SummerSlam. Not hesitating for a second in mentioning the victory last night, Heyman emphasised how his client not only defeated The Undertaker having already broken the streak, but how he now made history in making Taker tap too. Continuing to hype up how legit Brock is, Heyman moved on to talk about the next step now Taker is "dead and buried." He said that it was an obvious step, and that step he said was Brock taking back what should've been his if it wasn't for Taker at Battleground in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Sending out a message to Seth Rollins, Heyman made it crystal clear that Brock is coming for him, he's taking him to Suplex City and taking the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Not too happy, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins
was watching in the office of The Authority with Stephanie McMahon
. Trying not to worry about the prospect of having to face Lesnar, Seth said he wasn't thinking about Brock or anything else, just his victory celebration scheduled for later. Taking a quick look around, he asked where Triple H was, and Steph responded by telling him he was with her dad. Looking preoccupied, Steph simply told Seth to enjoy his celebration and that he'd earned it. The smug champion nodded his head, smugly saying "I have," when a livid Triple H
stormed in to tell his wife he was going home. The C.O.O. grabbed a carry case and stormed right back, and Steph immediately went to follow, leaving Rollins to ponder what was going on with The Authority.
Into the arena off the break, and there was another celebration going on as the new Tag Team Champions, The New Day
hit the stage with the titles on show. Calling it a new day, Xavier Woods said it wasn't just a new day with new champions, but a new era, calling it the Era of Positivity. Just as he said that era starts now, the former champions, The Primetime Players'
music hit and they walked out from the back. Suited up, Titus O'Neil & Darren Young joined the announce team, glancing the whole time at the men who took their titles last night.
Mark Henry & R-Truth
vs. The New Day
Henry made Truth see the serious side of the match, and together, largely Henry, they isolated Kofi and caused trouble for the champions. Woods was panicking on the outside, but Big E showed off his strength by body slamming The World's Strongest Man. It came down to Big E & Truth, and after a spearing Henry off the apron, Big E tagged Kofi for the Big Ending/DDT combo from the top rope, and Kofi picked up the three. Boy did they celebrate, throwing the titles up for the watching Primetime Players to see.
The New Day @ 7:38.
We got some quick pre-recorded footage from earlier in the night when John Cena
entered the building, asked for his response to his defeat to Seth Rollins at SummerSlam and the news that Rollins planned on having a celebration to mark his win. Obviously not in the mood for a party, Cena said he guessed he'd be the party pooper, and off he went, continuing into the building.
Cutting across the back, Renee Young
was standing by with 'The Boss' Sasha Banks
, who was said to have asked for the time. The former NXT Women's Champion was asked for Team B.A.D's response to losing out to PCB the night before at SummerSlam, and The Boss let rip. Making it clear how she felt about Team B.A.D., she said she was speaking for herself and herself only. Banks told Renee that Naomi & Tamina were the reason they lost at SummerSlam, as well as being the reason PCB find themselves closer to a title shot than her. She told Renee she couldn't explain how angry that made her, stating how she is the reason the whole Divas Revolution started in the first place, not The Bellas, PCB or the two women who aren't just Team B.A.D., but are bad, adding that they made her look back, and that she couldn't accept. Off she walked having made her point, but panning to the other side, Naomi & Tamina
were shown, and they clearly heard every word Sasha said.
A whole host of boos greeted Roman Reigns'
music, and even though he ignored it as he & Dean Ambrose
made their way into the ring, he had something to say. Not acknowledging the crowd though, Reigns called last night's defeat at SummerSlam "B.S." and said he was out to make it right. He called out Luke Harper, challenging him to a match, and it didn't take long for Luke Harper & Bray Wyatt
to arrive on the stage. Mostly cheered by the smart crowd, Wyatt referred to the audience's reaction the past two nights, saying how it was clear to him it wasn't just him that thought 'anyone but Reigns'. Reigns was steaming, largely probably because of SummerSlam and not the crowd. Bray revelled in it, and he told Reigns that Harper was going to add to his anger by inflecting another bitter defeat on him, and off they went down the ramp.
w/Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper
Like last night, Harper brought a chair into the ring with the referee distracted as Ambrose tried to stop Bray getting involved. Bursting to take Reigns' head off again, Harper ran at him, only to find himself on the end of a spear. The referee turned in time to see it and kicked the chair out before counting the fall in front of a not so happy Wyatt.
Roman Reigns @ 12:47.
Post match, Reigns had something else to say, and he made it clear he wanted another 1-on-1 match with Wyatt, not getting an actual response as Bray just smirked with Harper rolling out to the floor.
An angry looking Kevin Owens
was sipping a drink in the back when he was approached by Renee Young
, who wanted to grab a word with him, not that he wanted any part of it. Saying "get out of my face, Renee," Owens wasn't so lucky. Renee showed some courage and said she understood why he wouldn't be in the best of moods given the two defeats over the weekend, and his mood got worse in the blink of an eye. Turning back and staring furiously at her, Owens asked her what she could possibly know. Glossing over NXT TakeOver and his failure to reclaim the NXT Championship from Finn Balor, he did blame that ladder match for his defeat to Cesaro, just 24 hours after being in a brutal match.
Confident he would've beaten Cesaro had he not have been in a ladder match the night before, Owens was in for a slight surprise when he glanced to the side and saw 'The Viper' Randy Orton
. The Viper sn-iggered, then added his two cents, saying that all he's heard lately from Owens since the one big win he's actually and all the losses after is excuses. Owens was lost for words for once, raising a smirk from Orton, who said it was good that Owens finally had nothing to say. Off Randy walked in his trunks and a T-shirt with Owens staring a hole in the back of his head.
From one unhappy bunny to another, and The Miz
entered the arena. Telling the crowd how he should've been standing there as Intercontinental Champion, Miz even said he would prove it to the unimpressed crowd. Saying how John Cena is no longer U.S. Champion and able to extend his open challenge anymore, Miz told the crowd how he extended one earlier for a match with anyone in the back. Out came a focused Randy Orton
, and Miz already looked to be regretting his challenge.
vs. The Miz
After trying to avoid Randy early, Miz had no choice but to get in the ring, and it was an RKO from The Viper that got him the victory despite some dirty tactics along the way from Miz. Before he could get his arm raised though, Orton was jumped by a livid Kevin Owens
, who put the boots to Orton, not holding back one bit. Randy was dragged up and felt the force off the pop-up power bomb. Not satisfied with one, or two, Owens hit three pop-up power bombs. After leaving the ring, he came back again and dragged Orton out of the ring to power bomb the helpless Randy on to the ring apron, resulting in the referee immediately checking on Randy, as the cold, remorseless Owen just watched on before eventually backing away.
Randy Orton @ 8:14.
We got a recap of went down before the break between Kevin Owens & Randy Orton, and we saw Randy being treated by EMTs during the break at ringside.
Heading through the back ready for action was the Intercontinental Champion, Ryback
, only there was someone waiting for him in The Big Show
. Blatantly still thinking about his failure to win Ryback's title at SummerSlam, The World's Largest Athlete told him to be aware that the only reason he was still Intercontinental Champion is because he knocked The Miz out cold. Not intimidated, Ryback calmly listened to be told that he couldn't beat Big Show 1-on-1, and that he'd be knocked out for the 1-2-3 just like Miz was. Still not worried, Ryback said there was one obvious way to find out whether that was the truth or not, and he challenged Show for a match next week with the title on the line. Also calm, Show agreed, telling him it was "on," but that he was taking the Intercontinental Championship this time.
Cesaro & Ryback
vs. The Ascension
Both fresh off victories at SummerSlam, Cesaro & Ryback were calm & composed in their match. Looking to make a point though, Konnor & Viktor did a good job of isolating Ryback for a few minutes after they double teamed him behind the ref's back. Eventually he made a hot tag to The Swiss Superman, who cleaned house, and after a big swing to Viktor, he took Konnor out with a pop-up uppercut. The path was clear, and the unselfish Cesaro tagged Ryback in to finish the job on Viktor with Shell Shocked, sending a direct message afterwards down the camera to Big Show.
Cesaro & Ryback @ 6:25.
A video promo hyped this week's Smackdown, only instead of the normal Smackdown broadcast, in its place will be a rerun of NXT TakeOver Brooklyn!
The victorious trio from last night in PCB
made their way out into the Barclays Center, and they were understandably in high spirits having come out on top in the triple threat elimination match at SummerSlam. Paige took the lead, talking of the pride they had in achieving what they set out to at SummerSlam, although she called it only the first step. The next she said is taking the Divas Championship from Nikki Bella, who Paige pointed out was made to tap out by the proud 'Lass Kicker' Becky Lynch. They were quickly joined by The Bellas
, who entered the ring with Nikki telling all three members of PCB that they achieved nothing as she's still Divas Champion, and she lifted it up in front of them.
joined the party, walking out to the stage. She put Nikki in her place, letting the Divas Champion know she thought it was about time she proved herself, and given what happened at SummerSlam, it was her opinion PCB proved they deserved an opportunity at her title. The shock to Nikki came in learning that she will be defending her title against all three of them at Night of Champions in a fatal four way match. That wasn't it, with Stephanie giving Becky the chance to again make Nikki tap in an impromptu match.
w/Paige & Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella
w/Brie Bella & Alicia Fox
The Lass Kicker was so determined to make her mark against Nikki again, and she blocked the big forearm shot to take the Divas Champion down into the Dis-Arm-Her. Just as it looked like Nikki was going to have to tap again, she fought her way towards the ropes. Alicia jumped up on the apron to distract the referee and Brie reached inside to drag Niki out of the ring. As soon as that happened, Alicia jumped down and helped Brie take Nikki away from ringside, resulting in a count out and three unhappy PCB members.
Becky Lynch @ 10:51 (Count Out).
Dolph Ziggler & Lana
walked into The Authority's office to speak with Stephanie McMahon
, and The Show Off acknowledged their past problems, but told her that if she truly wanted what was best for business, she'd agree what was best for business was making a rematch between him & Rusev. After hearing Dolph say how no one liked how their SummerSlam match ended, Stephanie agreed, adding that the rematch will take place next week, and that it will be a Falls Count Anywhere match. Just as Dolph & Lana left, Tom Phillips
walked in, wanting to know what the situation is with Triple H walking out earlier in the show. Stephanie was about to answer when her father, Mr. McMahon
walked in and told Phillips to leave him & his daughter to it, and he did as she was told with tension seemingly in the air.
We got an incredibly competitive match, and a physical one with Neville responding to Sheamus's stiff offense. Stiff kicks came from the Englishman, and when he ducked a Brogue Kick, he exploded with a super kick to set Mr. Money in the Bank up for the Red Arrow. Unfortunately for Neville, Stardust
came running down the ramp and jumped up on the apron. Neville and the referee tried to talk him down, but Sheamus was able to sit up and jump into the ropes. Neville hit the deck and Sheamus retreated to the opposite corner, and this time hit the Brogue Kick to pick up the win and delight Stardust.
Sheamus @ 11:53.
After Stardust left, Sheamus grabbed a stick and his briefcase, declaring himself "unstoppable" having defeated Randy Orton last night, now Neville, and how we're looking at the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
We caught up with Neville
as he walked back from the ring during the break, and to camera he said that he thought after SummerSlam it would be all over, admitting he was probably being naive. That wasn't all, and he said more than anything, he felt sorry for "Cody, not the cartoon character he's pretending to be," and that was all he was willing to say as he walked off.
The Main Event
Paige & Charlotte
w/Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks & Naomi
With The Bellas watching backstage, PCB went looking for another victory. It looked like Naomi & Tamina had put Sasha's comments behind them, all until The Boss accidentally knocked Naomi off the apron when Paige ducked a forearm shot. Paige tried to set her up for the RamPaige, but when they collided and Sasha crawled across looking for a tag with Naomi getting back on the apron, Naomi jumped back down and walked out with Tamina. Sasha was shocked & pissed, and she turned around into a spear from Charlotte, followed up by the Figure 8, leaving Sasha no option but to tap, amusing Naomi & Tamina gretaly.
Paige & Charlotte @ 9:47.
It was time for Seth Rollins'
victory celebration, and the tremendously smug WWE World Heavyweight Champion didn't hold back in his gloating in defeating the man who he said likes to call himself "the man who runs the place." Wanting to state he is in fact the man who runs the place, Rollins also said he ran over John Cena like he ran over Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns, calling himself "simply, the man." Unsurprisingly, John Cena
had something to say, and out came Cena to interrupt the furious WWE Champion. Cena wasn't in the mood to listen to any of his crap, firmly telling him to shut his mouth for once. Before getting to the controversial finish, Cena said all SummerSlam proved was what he's said for weeks, that Rollins is a joke and doesn't deserve to carry the title. Getting to the finish, Cena told the crowd he was shocked Ric Flair decided to interfere in the match, and fortunately for Cena, he got an answer with 'The Nature Boy' Ric Flair
walking down to the ring to explain.
The Greatest of All Time said it was simple, and as much as he was there to support Cena in the front row at SummerSlam, he told him that he took it as an insult when Cena tried to use his own finishing move (figure four) to try and match his 16th world title. Cena attempted to apologise, stressing it wasn't personal, but Flair didn't budge. The Nature Boy reminded Cena how he's always spoken up for him, and because of that, he was even angrier when he saw what he thought was a sign of disrespect. Taking the chance to stick it to Cena a bit, he said that as much as Cena is one win away from matching his number of world titles, he will never be considered one of The Greatest of All Time. Turning to Rollins too, Flair said that as much as he's known for being The Greatest of All Time, he's also known as being The Dirtiest Player in The Game, and as much as some people might not like Rollins, he said to be the champion, you have to beat the champion. That led to Cena saying that's what he intends to do, and he extended a challenge to Rollins to prove himself by accepting a match at Night of Champions, not just for the rematch for the United States title, but the WWE title too.
Rollins laughed, then told Cena he only has a rematch for one title and he'll have to settle for that. Referring to Rollins calling himself "the man," Cena told him to finally back it up by proving he is, and not the joke of a champion and the Authority puppet everyone knows he is by putting both titles on the line at Night of Champions. Rollins was livid, pacing from side to side, and just as he said he was going to give Cena his answer, Brock Lesnar's
music hit and The Beast walked intently down to the ring with Paul Heyman
following. Flair calmly left the ring, and Rollins shoved Cena into Brock before fleeing. Cena turned his head and shook it in disgust at Rollins, before turning back into an F5 from Lesnar. Rollins backed away laughing, but Heyman took a microphone and told Seth that he won't be laughing for very long, assuring him that Brock hasn't forgotten WrestleMania & Battleground. The warning came from Heyman, that whenever Lesnar is granted another match with him, he will be going to Suplex City, and with The Undertaker not around anymore, he wouldn't be coming back this time to save Rollins' ass, and once again while Rollins faces his Armageddon, Brock Lesnar will be WWE Champion.
) vs. The Big Show
Falls Count Anywhere
Night of Champions (September 20th)
United States Championship
vs. Seth Rollins
vs. Becky Lynch
vs. Nikki Bella