‘WWE CLASH AT THE CASTLE 2022’ Results & Notes – Roman vs. Drew, Gunther vs. Sheamus

DATE: September 3, 2022
VENUE: Principality Stadium (Cardiff, Wales)
COMMENTATORS: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock (Live)

WWE Clash at the Castle 2022 is the company’s first big UK stadium show since SummerSlam 1992 and they roll in with a big main event as Roman Reigns tries to overcome home country advantage and successfully defend the Undisputed Universal Championship against Drew McIntyre.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Roman Reigns
  • RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Bianca Belair
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Liv Morgan
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: “The Ring General” Gunther
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: “The All Mighty” Bobby Lashley
  • WWE UNDISPUTED TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)
  • WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah

LINEUP

  • Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss, & Asuka vs. Bayley, Dakota Kai, & Io Sky
  • Gunther [c] vs. Sheamus for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Liv Morgan [c] vs. Shayna Baszler for the SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Edge & Rey Mysterio vs. The Judgment Day
  • Matt Riddle vs. Seth Rollins
  • Roman Reigns [c] vs. Drew McIntyre for the UNDISPUTED WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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‘NXT New Year’s Evil 2022’ Recap + Review – Ciampa/Breakker II, North American/Cruiserweight Title Unification, A Phenomenal Appearance

DATE: January 4, 2022
VENUE: WWE Performance Center (Orlando, FL)
COMMENTATORS: Vic Joseph & Wade Barrett

NXT New Year’s Evil rings in 2022 with a bevy of championships on the line, including the big one as Tommaso Ciampa defends against Bron Breakker. WWE finally lets go of its latest attempt at a Cruiserweight division as it unifies the title with the NXT North American Championship as Roderick Strong takes on Carmelo Hayes.

CHAMPIONS

  • NXT CHAMPION: Tommaso Ciampa
  • NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Mandy Rose
  • NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION: Carmelo Hayes
  • NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Roderick Strong
  • NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel)
  • NXT WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jane) 

LINEUP

  • UNIFICATION MATCH: Carmelo Hayes [NA] vs. Roderick Strong [CW] for the NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)
  • Riddle & MSK vs. Imperium (***1/2)
  • Mandy Rose [c] vs. Raquel Gonzalez vs. Cora Jade for the NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • Tommaso Ciampa [c] vs. Bron Breakker for the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP (****)

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‘WWE SUMMERSLAM 2021’ Recap + Review – Reigns vs. Cena, Lashley vs. Goldberg

DATE: August 21, 2021
VENUE: Allegiant Stadium (Paradise, NV)
COMMENTATORS (RAW): Jimmy Smith, Byron Saxton, & Corey Graves
COMMENTATORS (SMACKDOWN): Michael Cole & Pat McAfee
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock (Live)

SummerSlam 2021 features the return of John Cena as he challenges the head of the table Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship, with Reigns vowing to leave WWE if he loses. Also on the show Bobby Lashley defends the WWE Championship against Goldberg, Edge takes on Seth Rollins, and RK-Bro challenge AJ Styles & Omos for the RAW Tag Team Championship.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWE CHAMPION: “The All Mighty” Bobby Lashley
  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: “The Tribal Chief” Roman Reigns
  • RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Nikki A.S.H.
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Bianca Belair
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: Sheamus
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Shinsuke Nakamura
  • RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles & Omos
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)
  • WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Natalya & Tamina

LINEUP

  • AJ Styles & Omos [c] vs. RK-Bro for the RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • Alexa Bliss vs. Eva Marie (DUD)
  • Sheamus [c] vs. Damian Priest for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
  • The Usos [c] vs. Rey & Dominik Mysterio for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • Bianca Belair [c] vs. ??? for the SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (LAME)
  • Drew McIntyre vs. Jinder Mahal (**)
  • Nikki A.S.H. [c] vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley for the RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • Edge vs. Seth Rollins (***1/2)
  • Bobby Lashley [c] vs. Goldberg for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (*3/4)
  • Roman Reigns [c] vs. John Cena for the WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)

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‘WWE WRESTLEMANIA 37: NIGHT 2’ Rundown + Review – Reigns vs. Bryan vs. Edge, Owens vs. Zayn, FIEND LORE

DATE: April 11, 2021
VENUE: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock (Live)

WWE tries to top its excellent first night with a bevy of title matches, the return of The Fiend, and much more! 

CHAMPIONS 

  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Roman Reigns
  • WWE CHAMPION: “The All Mighty” Bobby Lashley
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Bianca Belair
  • RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Asuka
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Big E
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: Riddle
  • RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles & Omos
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Dirty Dawgs (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode)
  • WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Nia Jax & Shayna Bazler

LINEUP

  • Randy Orton vs. The Fiend (*1/2)
  • Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler [c] vs. Natalya & Tamina for the WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/2)
  • Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn (***)
  • Riddle [c] vs. Sheamus for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • NIGERIAN DRUM MATCH: Big E [c] vs. Apollo Crews for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • Asuka [c] vs. Rhea Ripley for the RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • Roman Reigns [c] vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP (****)

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‘WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2021’ Recap + Thoughts – Two Rumbles, Last Man Standing, McIntyre vs. Goldberg

DATE: January 31, 2021 VENUE: The THUNDERDOME (Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL) RAW COMMENTATORS: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, & Samoa Joe SMACKDOWN COMMENTATORS: Michael Cole & Corey Graves The road to WrestleMania begins with the Royal Rumble, held inside the THUNDERDOME at Tropicana Field. In addition to the two Rumble matches we’ve also got both major singles championships on the line … Read more

[TV Review] ‘WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN’ 10.09.2020 – WWE Draft Night 1, Owens vs. Fiend

COMMENTATORS: Michael Cole & Corey Graves

This week’s Friday Night SmackDown features the beginning of the 2020 WWE Draft. Who will go where? What will go why? We find out SOME of that. Also on the show The Fiend makes his first in-ring appearance on the show against Kevin Owens, Big E battles Sheamus in a Falls Count Anywhere match, and Sasha Banks challenges for Bayley’s Women’s Championship.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Roman Reigns
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Sami Zayn
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Bayley
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura

LINEUP

  • FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE: Big E vs. Sheamus (***1/4)
  • Jeff Hardy & Matt Riddle vs. The Miz & John Morrison (*1/2)
  • Bayley [c] vs. Sasha Banks for the SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura [c] vs. The New Day for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • Kevin Owens vs. The Fiend (***)

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[PPV Recap] ‘NXT TakeOver: Toronto II’ – Gargano/Cole III, Baszler/Yim

Date:  August 10, 2019
Venue: Scotiabank Arena (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, & Beth Phoenix

NXT TakeOver: Toronto II features The Undisputed Era’s quest to end the night draped in gold, as Adam Cole fights to keep the NXT Championship while Roderick Strong challenges for the North American Title and the team of Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish attempt to reclaim the Tag Team Championship. Also on the show Shayna Baszler puts her Women’s Championship on the line against Mia Yim, Candice LeRae takes on former best friend Io Shirai, and much more!

CHAMPIONS

  • NXT CHAMPION: Adam Cole
  • NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION: The Velveteen Dream
  • NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Shayna Baszler
  • NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)

LINEUP

  • The Street Profits [c] vs. The Undisputed Era for the NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)
  • Candice LeRae vs. Io Shirai (****1/2)
  • The Velveteen Dream [c] vs. Roderick Strong vs. Pete Dunne for the NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Shayna Baszler [c] vs. Mia Yim for the NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS: Adam Cole [c] vs. Johnny Gargano for the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)

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[Event Recap] ‘EVOLVE 131’ – 10th Anniversary Celebration, Cole vs. Tozawa, Theory vs. Drake

Date: July 13, 2019
Venue: 2300 Arena (Philadelphia, PA)
Commentator: Lenny Leonard

EVOLVE 131 is the official 10th anniversary celebration of the company and it’s…on the WWE Network? With an NXT Championship match in the main event? That can’t be right, I must have huffed too much paint this morning.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • EVOLVE CHAMPION: Austin Theory
  • WWN CHAMPION: JD Drake
  • EVOLVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Unwanted (Eddie Kingston & Joe Gacy)

THE LINEUP

  • Josh Briggs vs. Anthony Greene (**1/2)
  • FOUR-WAY FREESTYLE: Sean Maluta vs. Curt Stallion vs. Stephen Wolf vs. Harlem Bravado (**1/4)
  • Anthony Henry vs. Arturo Ruas (***3/4)
  • NO-DISQUALIFICATION: Shotzi Blackheart vs. Brandi Lauren (***)
  • Babatunde vs. Colby Corino (**)
  • The Unwanted [c] vs. AR Fox & Leon Ruff for the EVOLVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • CATCH POINT REUNION: Matt Riddle vs. Drew Gulak (****1/4)
  • WINNER TAKES ALL: Austin Theory [c] vs. JD Drake [c] for the EVOLVE and WWN CHAMPIONSHIPS (****)
  • Adam Cole [c] vs. Akira Tozawa for the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)

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[Event Recap] ‘NXT TakeOver XXV’ – Gargano/Cole II, Baszler vs. Shirai

Date: June 1, 2019
Venue: Webster Arena (Bridgeport, CT)
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, & Beth Phoenix

NXT abandons its usual piggybacking of WWE PPVs with NXT TakeOver XXV featuring Johnny Gargano defending his NXT Championship against Adam Cole, Tyler Breeze making his return to challenge Velveteen Dream for the North American Championship, and much more!

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • NXT CHAMPION: Johnny Gargano
  • NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION: The Velveteen Dream
  • NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Shayna Baszler
  • NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: VACANT

THE LINEUP

  • Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong (****)
  • LADDER MATCH: The Street Profits vs. The Undisputed Era vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch vs. The Forgotten Sons for the vacant NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)
  • The Velveteen Dream [c] vs. Tyler Breeze for the NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Shayna Baszler [c] vs. Io Shirai for the NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
  • Johnny Gargano [c] vs. Adam Cole for the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)

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[PPV Review] ‘NXT TakeOver: New York’ – Gargano vs. Cole, Dream vs. Riddle, Dunne vs. WALTER

Date: April 5, 2019
Venue: Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, & Percy Watson

It’s WrestleMania 35 weekend, which means it’s time for NXT to throw down with the latest edition of TakeOver. This one is for all the marbles too as FIVE championships on the line, including the United Kingdom Championship which yes is still a thing how dare you. Did NXT once again lay it all on the line and potentially outshine the main roster? Read on to find out (but I mean it’s pretty obvious).

CHAMPIONS

  • NXT CHAMPION: VACANT
  • NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION: The Velveteen Dream
  • NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Shayna Baszler
  • NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The War Raiders (Hanson & Rowe)

LINEUP

  • The War Raiders [c] vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black for the NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/2)
  • The Velveteen Dream [c] vs. Matt Riddle for the NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)
  • Pete Dunne [c] vs. WALTER for the WWE UNITED KINGDOM CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/2)
  • Shayna Baszler [c] vs. Bianca Belair vs. Io Shirai vs. Kairi Sane for the NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS: Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole for the vacant NXT CHAMPIONSHIP

    (****)

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