This Week in Wrestling

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Raw

Alexa Bliss kicked us off this week by announcing the four Raw competitors in the Money in the Bank ladder match: Drew McIntyre, Ricochet, Baron Corbin, and Braun Strowman. Each decided to pop out and basically shout about how they’re going to win, which led (unsurprisingly) into a standard two-on-two tag team match. Although he started like a house on fire, Ricochet ended up being isolated by Drew and then, to ground things to a screeching halt, Corbin. Ricochet eventually made a hot tag to Strowman, who quickly decimated the heels, hit the Running Powerslam to allow Ricochet to finish Corbin with a Shooting Star Press.

The Club made a surprising return to television in a losing effort as they were soundly defeated by the Usos; this wasn’t too surprising, given the rumours that Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are rumoured to want out of their WWE contracts. This was followed by Bobby Lashley and the Miz getting into a scuffle which you might think was to setup a feud between the two but seemed to merely be an excuse to prolong Miz’s issues with Shane McMahon, who distracted Miz to allow Lashley to win and then desperately tried to beat Miz up with his dumb-ass-looking punches.

The Viking Raiders ran through the Lucha House Party again; I can’t wait to see them get their nuts cut off like the Authors of Pain did. Afterwards, Alexa announced that her, Naomi, Natalya, and Dana Brooke will all compete in the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match. This, naturally, led to Alexa and Naomi having something that I guess you could call a match but ended up being a weird shit-show as Alexa was so distracted by her untied lace that Naomi managed to defeat her.

After Becky Lynch and Lacey Evans got into a brief scuffle, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins managed to upset the Revival in nothing more than a fluke win while the commentary team droned on and on about anything other than the match, which is always a great way to treat your champions.

Samoa Joe and Rey Mysterio went at it again; Joe beat Rey stupid to start with but Mysterio was able to weather the storm, fight back, dodged the Coquina Clutch, and counter an Uranage into a pin to get a shock win and no doubt setup a title match at Money in the Bank. Raw finished up with a good, old-fashioned contract signing between AJ Styles and Seth Rollins, who traded barbs about each other’s careers and accomplishments; things got a bit heated, with AJ towing the line between heel and face, and they ended up brawling after signing the contract, which led to AJ smashing Rollins through a table with the Phenomenal Forearm.

SmackDownLive

Michael Cole got Kofi Kingston into the ring to talk about Kevin Owens; Kofi, smartly, wasn’t too surprised by Owens’ betrayal and offered him a title shot at Money in the Bank. Owens arrived and accepted the match and then vowed to bring Kofi’s story to an end, putting an exclamation point on that by knocking Kofi down with a Superkick.

Becky Lynch and bayley (who will be in the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, apparently) got the first match of the night…which is interesting as, if Bayley managed to win this match, she’d logically be able to claim a title shot despite losing an opportunity at the title last week. Anyway, it was redundant as she tapped out to the Dis-Arm-Her and the only challenger who ever matters, Charlotte Flair, turned up and attacked them both after the match,

Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy came out to announce that, due to Lars Sullivan’s actions, Jeff is hurt and they have to relinquish the SmackDown! Live Tag Team Championships (…even though we’ve seen, on multiple occasions, a tag champion be replaced in these situations…). Lars turned up to finish the job by attacking the Hardyz even more.

Asuka and Kairi Sane made short work of some jobbers…awesome…before Roman Reigns popped out to talk about punching Vince McMahon and his plans now that he’s on SmackDown! Live. Shane McMahon arrived and punished Reigns by putting him in a handicap match against…the B-Team, with Elias as the special enforcer. This was a foregone conclusion as Reigns overcame the “odds” (a couple of nobodies and a chickenshit heel aren’t much to write home about for DA BIG DAWG~!!) and got the win.

Randy Orton and Andrade teamed up against Finn Balor and Ali afterwards, which was a weird concept in some ways (it really feels like Orton shouldn’t be teaming with other heels, given his persona) but ended up being a fun little sprint that saw Ali get the win after the 054. afterwards, Orton laid out Balor, potentially setting up a feud between those two…though I’d rather it was Andrade getting involved in the Intercontinental Championship.

SmackDown! Live ended with…The Kevin Owens Show, in which he talked about more about his motivations and ended up brawling (briefly) with Kofi Kingston. Riveting stuff.

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