‘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 1’ Rundown + Review – Banks vs. Belair, Bad Bunny for WWE Champion, FANS AGAIN

DATE: April 10, 2021
VENUE: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock (Live)

The first night of WrestleMania 37 features Sasha Banks defending the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Bianca Belair in the main event, Bad Bunny and Omos making their respective in-ring debuts, and Shane McMahon meeting his big ‘Mania bump quota for the year.

CHAMPIONS 

  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Roman Reigns
  • WWE CHAMPION: “The All Mighty” Bobby Lashley
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: “The Boss” Sasha Banks
  • RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Asuka
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Big E
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: Riddle
  • RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The New Day (Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston)
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Dirty Dawgs (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode)
  • WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Nia Jax & Shayna Bazler

LINEUP

  • Bobby Lashley [c] vs. Drew McIntyre for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
  • #1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship (*)
  • Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins (***1/2)
  • The New Day [c] vs. AJ Styles & Omos for the RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • STEEL CAGE MATCH: Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon (**1/2)
  • Bad Bunny & Damian Priest vs. The Miz & John Morrison (***3/4)
  • Sasha Banks [c] vs. Bianca Belair for the SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)

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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 Recap] ‘WWE SMACKDOWN’ 10.23.2020 – Murphy vs. Rollins, Law & Otis, Tribal Consequences

COMMENTATORS: Michael Cole & Corey Graves

SmackDown this week features “Messiah vs. Disciple” as Seth Rollins takes on Murphy in the main event. Also on the show Otis goes to court with The Miz, Daniel Bryan returns to the ring, Bianca Belair debuts, and Roman Reigns offers up some tribal consequences for Jey Uso heading into Hell in a Cell.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Roman Reigns
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Bayley
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Sami Zayn
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)

LINEUP

  • Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, & The Street Profits vs. Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, Cesaro, & Shinsuke Nakamura (***)
  • Bianca Belair vs. Zelina Vega (**)
  • Shorty G vs. Lars Sullivan (NR)
  • Murphy vs. Seth Rollins (**3/4)

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[TV Review] ‘WWE SMACKDOWN’ 10.16.2020 – Season Premiere, Reigns vs. Braun, New Day Farewell, Daniel Bryan Returns

COMMENTATORS: Michael Cole & Corey Graves

The season premiere of SmackDown features two championship matches, as The Street Profits defend against Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode and Roman Reigns defends the Universal Championship against RAW draftee Braun Strowman. Also on the show The New Day say “farewell” to the blue brand in one final six-man tag team match, Sasha Banks and Bayley have a contract signing that in no way goes off the rails, and Daniel Bryan makes his first appearance in the WWE THUNDAHDOOOOME.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: “The Tribal Chief” Roman Reigns
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Sami Zayn
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Bayley
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)

LINEUP

  • Jeff Hardy vs. Lars Sullivan (**1/4)
  • The New Day vs. Sheamus, Cesaro, & Shinsuke Nakamura (****)
  • The Street Profits [c] vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (NR)
  • Roman Reigns [c] vs. Braun Strowman for the WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)

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[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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[TV Recap] ‘NXT’ 10.03.2012 – Kidd/Gabriel vs. Ascension, #1 Contender Revealed

COMMENTATORS: Byron Saxton & William Regal

The Ascension mercifully find new opponents this week on NXT, taking on Superstars regulars Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel in the main event. Also on the show the feud between Richie Steamboat and Kassius Ohno rages on, Seth Rollins confronts his first NXT Championship challenger ahead of next week’s defense, and Big E Langston does his Big E Langston thing.

CHAMPION

  • NXT CHAMPION: Seth Rollins

LINEUP

  • Richie Steamboat vs. Drew McIntyre (*3/4)
  • Big E Langston vs. Aiden English (SQUASH)
  • Percy Watson vs Kassius Ohno (**)
  • Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel vs. The Ascension (**1/2)

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[TV Recap] ‘NXT’ 09.19.2012 – Rollins vs. Victor, Ohno’s Sparring Session

COMMENTATORS: Byron Saxton & William Regal

This week on NXT Rick Victor challenges NXT Champion Seth Rollins in a non-title match to prove that he’s worthy of having a real shot at the title. Also on the show Jimmy Uso takes on Conor O’Brian, Kassius Ohno conducts a one-sided sparring session, and much more.

CHAMPION
  • NXT CHAMPION: Seth Rollins
LINEUP
  • Trent Barreta vs. Johnny Curtis (**)
  • Paige vs. Alicia Fox (**)
  • Jimmy Uso vs. Conor O’Brian (*3/4)
  • Seth Rollins vs. Rick Victor (**1/4)

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[TV Recap] ‘NXT’ 09.12.2012 – Kidd/McGillicutty II, The FIVE Era Begins

COMMENTATORS: Byron Saxton & William Regal

This week on NXT Tyson Kidd takes on Michael McGillicutty in a rematch from the first-ever Full Sail episode, a challenger emerges for Seth Rollins’ NXT Championship, and the feud between The Usos and The Ascension continues, this time in singles action.

CHAMPION
  • NXT CHAMPION: Seth Rollins
LINEUP
  • Jey Uso vs. Kenneth Cameron (*1/2)
  • Big E Langston vs. Chad Baxter (SQUASH)
  • Garrett Dylan vs. Damien Sandow (SQUASH)
  • Tyson Kidd vs. Michael McGillucutty (***1/4)

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[TV Recap] ‘NXT’ 09.05.2012 – Rollins Speaks, Usos vs. Ascension, Funkasaurus in Action

COMMENTATORS: Byron Saxton & William Regal (& Jim Ross)

One week after making history, Seth Rollins sits down with Jim Ross to discuss becoming the first-ever NXT Champion. Also on the show a new Leo Kruger debuts, Brodus Clay is here because reasons, and The Usos look for revenge against The Ascension.

CHAMPIONS
  • NXT CHAMPION: Seth Rollins
LINEUP
  • Richie Steamboat vs. Kassius Ohno
  • Audrey Marie vs. Paige
  • Leo Kruger vs. Percy Watson
  • Brodus Clay vs. Ryan Collins
  • The Usos vs. The Ascension

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