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First Black Champ - What Does A Wrestler's Work/Life Balance Look Like?

The King of The Ring bracket is at the Semi-Final round and everybody's is fawked! We literally have 1 possible winner left and if Baron Corbin loses our contest is officially over. We have a serious talk about Ric Flair and his dispute with WWE over "The Man" and what it could really mean. Lio Rush new music and Bayley with the RNS storyline of the year and so much more on this weeks #FBCPod!

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Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
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As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Ruthless Aggression - The Chair Shot Heard 'Round The World

Bayley delivers the chair shot heard round the world. Fellow Hug Mark Troy Tauscher (@tt_sports) joins Chris, Rob and Pierce to talk about Bayley's descent into darkness, the huge Four Horsewomen tag team match in Madison Square Garden, King of the Ring, Chris Jericho losing the AEW Heavyweight Title, and lots more!

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Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
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First Black Champ - "Watch The Company You Keep"

The King of The Ring keeps going and we will definitely only have 1 winner for our contest. Cam is out and Bang really be knowing as we talk it out. We spend time talking about the newest makeshift tag team and how Andrade is bringing out Charlotte sexy. All that plus Bang's All Out review and the timeline AEW is on to compete with NXT on this Labor Day Weekend #FBCPod!

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As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
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Ruthless Aggression - All Out

All Out, CM Punk at Starrcast, NXT Takeover: Cardiff, a King of the Ring update and post-Summerslam 2003!

Ruthless Aggression recap:
RAW 535
Smackdown 210

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As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
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WrestleMania might be over but you can still rep Becky Two Belts with the brand new #FreeTheMan tees up now on the Barber's Chair Net merch shop
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Ruthless Aggression - The Wednesday Night War

The gang talks about NXT's move to two hours live on USA, in direct competition with AEW's weekly show on TNT. How this move is a win for EVERYONE involved: from the promotions to the wrestlers to the networks. Plus, a preview of this weekend's All Out, a King of the Ring update, and SummerSlam 2003!

Ruthless Aggression recap:
RAW 534
Smackdown 209
SummerSlam 2009

Play in the biggest NFL season long tournament EVER! Join the $3.5 Million Dollar Best Ball Championship on DRAFT! Download the DRAFT app on the app or play store or head over to draft.com/barberschair and join today! Use the promo code BARBERSCHAIR for a FREE entry to a Best Ball draft when you make your first deposit!

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
Tidal: bit.ly/tidalbangers
Spotify: bit.ly/spotifybangers
Apple Music: bit.ly/applebangers

WrestleMania might be over but you can still rep Becky Two Belts with the brand new #FreeTheMan tees up now on the Barber's Chair Net merch shop
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First Black Champ - Mr. Hughes Appreciation Day

NXT is going to be on USA and it brings up many questions and angles of what is next for the NXT Roster and AEW. Who's going to be the breakout stars in all this? We attempt to answer before the programs even air on their respective networks.

We talk Sasha's "cheap heat" and why Cam doesn't have a problem with it. We talk about the "Heat Check or Heat Kill" with Sami Zayn and how Bang thinks it's Great Value Rusev Day. And some how all that leads us to Mr Hughes Appreciation day!

What can the XFL do to be taken serious and survive? We take a moment to discuss on this weeks First Black Champ Podcast! #FBCPod.

Play in the biggest NFL season long tournament EVER! Join the $3.5 Million Dollar Best Ball Championship on DRAFT! Download the DRAFT app on the app or play store or head over to draft.com/barberschair and join today! Use the promo code BARBERSCHAIR for a FREE entry to a Best Ball draft when you make your first deposit!

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
Tidal: bit.ly/tidalbangers
Spotify: bit.ly/spotifybangers
Apple Music: bit.ly/applebangers

WrestleMania might be over but you can still rep Becky Two Belts with the brand new #FreeTheMan tees up now on the Barber's Chair Net merch shop
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This Week in WWE: A King Will Soon Be Crowned
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Chris Novak: Raw is in St. Paul, Minnesota, tonight, a very rare moment indeed. The KOTR Round of 16 begins tonight, which should provide plenty of quality entertainment. Also, King’s Court with Sasha Banks is scheduled. This all should lead to some good and fun moments.

Robert O’Neill: Speaking of King, he’s on commentary tonight. So that sucks! But Roman Reigns is here. So that’s good! 

And now Dolph Ziggler is here, so that’s also bad! Not the best start to Raw.

Chris Novak: They banter a little bit because they’re wrestling against one another. That match turns out to be a pretty good one! Not too surprising, since Roman is great at the wrestling. But I’ll give Dolph some credit here too because he showed out as well. This was a fun way to start the show. Roman defeated Dolph with an awesome Spear. 

Robert O’Neill: It’s time for King’s Court with Sasha Banks! But first, we get a video package recapping last week, and then a pre-recorded interview with Becky Lynch where Becky says people are only talking about Sasha because of Becky’s interviews before Summerslam and Sasha did nothing to deserve any of this. 

Chris Novak: That promo from Becky was absolutely fire. The best line, I think, was when Becky said that Sasha is “The greatest woman on the roster to never be great.” Just money stuff.

Anyways, King’s out here and he promotes the KOTR Tourney… and before we can even get started with the segment, The Fiend arrives and puts King in the Mandible Claw! God bless The Fiend. 

Robert O’Neill: That was great. Really love how they use The Fiend to take out legends and don’t have him wrestle on TV. Keeps the allure.

We move onto a tag team match, featuring Miz and Ricochet vs. Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre. These four are in King of the Ring matches next week, so they have to get them some hype this week. It was a fun match that was Ricochet pin Corbin, which is a singles match I would be perfectly fine with at some point. 

Chris Novak: It happened in May Rob! I mean sure, Corbin won. But it happened in May! 

We’re going to hear from Sasha Banks soon even though King was disposed of. Win for all involved!

King Booker chatted a bit on Skype about the KOTR. Is a weekly Skype session with the legends going to be a thing now? I don’t actually know! But sure!

Braun Strowman faces AJ Styles for the United States Championship next. Okay! So, this match never really finishes out. The OC intervenes and beats Braun up. Seth Rollins comes to Braun’s aid and knocks both Gallows and Anderson out of the ring. He shakes hands with Strowman, who grips a bit tightly to intimidate Seth a bit but relents. I don’t know where this is headed! But I guess that’s the point? 

Robert O’Neill: WELL, it’s headed to a tag title match for Rollins and Strowman, as Seth notes backstage after coming back from commercial. That’s the main event tonight! Cool. 

It’s time for our first King of the Ring match, as Cesaro and Samoa Joe are squaring off, and they’re probably gonna beat the hell out of each other. 

Chris Novak: Look at that… they beat the hell out of each other! This was a fantastic wrestling match. Joe picked up the win after putting Cesaro in the Coquina Clutch by match’s end. If this is the beginning of what’s to come here in this Tourney, we’re in for a real treat. Seriously. 

New Day vs. Revival is happening next. Before that though, Rey Mysterio is here to address the past few weeks. The past few weeks have mostly centered around the fact that Rey has lost to Andrade a multitude of times lately. So Rey’s having an existential crisis as a result. 

Robert O’Neill: He made it seem like he was going to retire and went to take his mask off but his son Dominick stopped him and said he wants to team with him before he retires. That was nice. 

Chris Novak: It was actually! It was. That was very nice.

New Day-Revival goes down now. Hey, it’s kinda fun! Randy Orton then jumped into the scene and hit an RKO on Big E. Orton and The Revival proceeded to then go after Xavier Woods until Kofi Kingston hit the scene. Kingston, though, got jumped and attacked. Orton and The Revival hit a pretty sick triple team RKO/Shatter Machine/3-D type maneuver.

Then Orton made Kofi watch Dash hit a Pillmanizer (without the chair) on Xavier’s knee. This was a classic, 80s-style heel segment and I TOTALLY LOVED IT! I could honestly gush about this more and I probably will later this week on the pod. 

Robert O’Neill: Michael Cole interviews Sasha Banks on the Titantron and Sasha deflects the question and talks about her hair instead. Cole presses her again as to why she beat up Natalya and Becky last week and Sasha says “you’re welcome” and then leaves.

The Women’s Tag Team Champions are in action against Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville!

Alexa and Nikki win relatively quickly aaaaaand… they now have wins over the entire women’s tag division. That’s not ideal! 

Chris Novak: It’s not “ideal” but it’s nothing that can’t be heated up quickly enough. The titles are what they are at this point. I’m just glad they’re on TV again. 

Cedric Alexander (rather decisively) defeated Sami Zayn in their KOTR match. Little disappointed with that development as I thought this match was going to be better and more stretched out. But alas, it wasn’t. So Ceddy advances and will face either The Miz or Baron Corbin.

Robert O’Neill: Natalya is backstage discussing her injuries when Sasha Banks attacks her, focusing on Nattie’s injured elbow. Sasha then tells Nattie to go to hell and say hi to her dad. Whew.

Chris Novak: Tag Team Titles Match is now. Wow! Rollins and Strowman win the Tag Team Titles. It’s been a while since we’ve gone down the “Unlikely Main Eventer Pals Become Tag Team Champs” well, but I don’t mind it in this instance. Plus, I bet Seth winds up getting pinned when they eventually lose the championships. So, this will all serve its purpose and give a rub to The OC later on. I liked this! The match was pretty good too! 

Robert O’Neill: I like this! I like this a lot. Pretty clear Braun is eventually going to turn most likely. That’s fine with me. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Robert O’Neill: These final thoughts sections get harder and harder because I enjoy the weekly TV every single week now. The in-ring stuff is always good and the storylines have been getting better and better. It’s really hard to find complaints, so I guess Raw gets an A.

Chris Novak: Strong B+ for me. This was a good Raw, not a great Raw. It checked off the boxes but it wasn’t A-worthy. But just a very strong show. They have definitely turned it all around here lately.

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Chris Novak: Busy SmackDown Live on the way here. Two KOTR matches (Andrade-Apollo, KO-Elias) plus Daniel Bryan vs. Buddy Murphy. Not sure where the women fit in here, but I suppose we’ll find that out soon enough. 

Randy Orton is here to start the show though. This fresh off his awesome heel attack on The New Day with The Revival. Orton is rather angry, saying that Kofi ran from a fight. He says that Kofi’s stupid (I get it) and he gave Kofi the opportunity last week to prove himself, and he failed. He brings up that he hit him with two RKOs. He brings up last night, and he says the best part was making Kofi watch what happened to Xavier Woods.

The New Day’s music eventually hits, and Orton stares toward the screen. Kofi then comes into the ring and hits Orton with a surprise Trouble in Paradise! Kingston goes to leave the scene but he grabs a steel chair. He then goes to do the exact same thing that happened to Woods, but with a chair! That is until The Revival come out. Kingston takes care of them, but Orton gets out of dodge. 

Robert O’Neill: Oh man I LOVED that. Kofi’s bringing the heat and getting revenge for what happened on Raw is awesome. Keep this going as long as possible.

Chris Novak: They play the same video package from yesterday about the Roman Reigns saga. We’re promptly reminded that Bryan will be “bringing the culprit” to Roman tonight. Whoever that may be, at least. 

Andrade vs. Apollo Crews is next.  

Robert O’Neill: Meanwhile backstage, Kevin Owens is summoned to Shane McMahon’s office and Shane warns him not to cause a ruckus tonight or he’ll be fined again. Kevin says he won’t act out and he’s a good father and Shane’s a good father and Owens will act appropriately to protect his family. 

Chris Novak: So that was a real good match. Andrade won the back-and-forth matchup to advance in the KOTR. He’ll face either Chad Gable or Shelton Benjamin. Apollo Crews absolutely showed out in this one though. He’s really been hitting his stride lately, and that’s probably not a surprise considering who he’s faced of late. But fair play to him for making the most of his opportunities. 

Robert O’Neill: Great match. Right guy won. Things of that nature. 

Chris Novak: Drake Maverick tried pulling a fast one on Elias. But Elias gave him an order that decreed that the 24/7 Title rules would be suspended so Elias could focus on his KOTR match with Elias. Heeling!

A Moment of Bliss with Charlotte Flair is next. Hmmm… I sure do wonder… where this is going to lead…

Robert O’Neill: Charlotte starts talking about how Bayley is an undeserving champion which eventually brings Bayley out to defend herself, as she says Charlotte can say all she wants but it doesn’t matter because Bayley has the title and she’s automatically better. Then Bayley pushes Charlotte off her chair and effectively ruins Moment of Bliss. Not nice.

It’s time for Buddy Murphy vs. Daniel Bryan!

Chris Novak: Well, one week after Buddy Murphy had a TV MOTYC against Roman Reigns, he and Bryan had a TV MOTYC this week! And Bud Murph picked up the clean win! This is real exciting for Murphy as he’s clearly well-liked and getting big Ws and time to show his stuff. Match was just awesome.

Robert O’Neill: To no surprise at all, that was a great match. Kayla Braxton attempts to interview Buddy in the back but Bryan and Rowan beat him up and continue to call him a liar. 

We go back to the ring where The Revival have challenged the New Day to a Smackdown tag titles match at Clash of Champions. But first, Revival have a match against Heavy Machinery.

Unsurprisingly, Revival get a pretty quick victory despite their ribs being injured from Kofi’s attack earlier in the night. 

Chris Novak: That was a decent match. Enough for The Revival to get a quality win against an over tag team. So, it worked well for me.

MizTV with Sami Zayn, of all people, is here. Zayn says that after losing so many matches he had an epiphany. He wants to help people. One of those people, apparently, is Shinsuke Nakamura!? Zayn is essentially acting as his translator now. They beat up The Miz, seemingly teeing up Nakamura-Miz for the Intercontinental Championship down the line. Cool? Cool! 

Robert O’Neill: Big fan of a Zayn/Nakamura pairing. How could you not be? They’re both wildly entertaining, and you can go ahead and sign me up for more Zayn/Miz stuff. Not to mention, Miz/Nakamura would be a ton of fun AND is a match we’ve never seen before. 

Chris Novak: I’m honestly looking forward to this pairing. We shall see what happens here. 

KO vs. Elias is next. Beforehand, Shane told KO that if he put his hands on an official then he’d be fired. Why do I suddenly have a suspicion that he’s wearing a ref shirt underneath his shirt and he’s going to fire KO tonight? We’ll see if that’s what happens here. 

Robert O’Neill: Well, Chris was right! Owens and Elias had a solid match and then Shane revealed his referee shirt and got the original referee out of the ring, then gave Elias the win via a very fast count. Straight out of 1999!

We go backstage where Roman Reigns is set to finally reveal who attacked him and he pulls the hood off and reveals… an older version of Rowan? This must be a ruse! The show ends.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Robert O’Neill: These final thoughts sections get harder and harder because I enjoy the weekly TV every single week now. The in-ring stuff is always good and the storylines have been getting better and better. It’s really hard to find complaints, so I guess Smackdown also gets an A.

Chris Novak: SmackDown get an A- from me. There were great matches and storyline advancements. This was a better show than Raw this week in my opinion, to no one’s real surprise given what happened on this episode. Buddy Murphy’s rise is fun as hell to watch right now and I look forward to him vs. Ali next week.

First Black Champ - Chick You From Calgary...Alberta Canada

SummerSlam was pretty forgettable but as we kept talking, we remembered a lot! Why was Toronto acting funny all weekend? An Edge spear, a Fiend debut and a segue to a returning Sasha Banks is covered with a whole lot more in between.

Then we give our King of The predictions and Bang kicks off what is officially our very first, First Black Champ Podcast Contest! Nope! LISTEN TO THE SHOW and then you'll hear how to enter and how we will select our winner! Salute to every black man, woman and young person with a passion to cover this wrestling ish! Let's connect and collaborate soon!

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
Tidal: bit.ly/tidalbangers
Spotify: bit.ly/spotifybangers
Apple Music: bit.ly/applebangers

WrestleMania might be over but you can still rep Becky Two Belts with the brand new #FreeTheMan tees up now on the Barber's Chair Net merch shop
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Ruthless Aggression - The Bitch is Back

Pierce Rob and Chris run down the fallout from SummerSlam, including the debut of The Fiend and the return of The Boss! Plus, our predictions for the King of the Ring tournament and a look back at the week in 2003!

RAW 533
Smackdown 208

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As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
Tidal: bit.ly/tidalbangers
Spotify: bit.ly/spotifybangers
Apple Music: bit.ly/applebangers

WrestleMania might be over but you can still rep Becky Two Belts with the brand new #FreeTheMan tees up now on the Barber's Chair Net merch shop
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WWE SummerSlam 2019: Results, recap, analysis, ratings

The Biggest Party of the Summer is in the books. An eventful night in Toronto is in our rear view, as the 32nd SummerSlam was filled with excitement, surprises and great action. Rob and Chris are here to talk about what went down, and what it all means going forward.


Drew Gulak vs. Oney Lorcan - WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Chris Novak: Drew Gulak defeated Oney Lorcan to retain his Cruiserweight Championship. This was a very good sprint. Not surprisingly, considering the fact that both Drew and Oney have been top shelf performers this year. Drew won with a torture rack neckbreaker. So Gulak remains champ and has defeated yet another notable face in the division. I wonder who could be next for him. ***¾ 

Robert O’Neill: That was very good and makes me want to start watching 205 Live, because Drew Gulak is awesome. I wish they would have gotten a little more time, though. ***¾

Buddy Murphy vs. Apollo Crews 

Robert O’Neill: This is a fun match that probably wouldn’t have gotten time on Smackdown. Both guys looked good, but the big story was when Rowan came out and attacked Murphy for telling Roman Reigns he was the attacker. Continuity! Rowan powerbombed Murphy into the ringpost as Daniel Bryan looked on from backstage. That was great. *** for the match.

Chris Novak: The match itself was obviously short but it served its purpose and help advance a storyline. It’s kind of wild that they’re doing that at a bi show like this, but I’m not really mad at it either. **½ for me, although that’s not a knock against them.

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce - WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships

Chris Novak: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross retained their Women’s Tag Team Titles, defeating The IIconics after Alexa hit Twisted Bliss on Peyton. This was a really fun match! Alexa did a Buzz Lightyear laser spot (because she was dressed up like Buzz Lightyear). The IIconics did their damn thing too to be honest. Peyton hit a very smooth Gory Special that nearly did it for them, but Bliss was able to kick out. I liked this match! Short, sweet, to the point, fun action and some enjoyable comedy spots. ***

Robert O’Neill: That was fun! Alexa and Nikki appear to be faces now which is neat. I think this was the best match The IIconics have had in a while, and I have high hopes for Nikki and Alexa with these titles. ***

Becky Lynch vs. Natalya - Raw Women’s Championship

Chris Novak: Becky Lynch retained her Raw Women’s Championship after making Nattie tap out to the Dis-Arm-Her. Holy surprise, Batman. This match was really good! These two told a great story in this match with some really good limb work and finisher steals. I’m legitimately impressed and surprised. This may have even been Nattie’s best match ever. **** 

Robert O’Neill: I think it WAS Nattie’s best match ever. That was really awesome stuff from both women. Becky brought the heat after struggling a bit the past couple months (IMO). Can’t believe they got me to like a Natalya match. ****

Dolph Ziggler vs. Goldberg

Chris Novak: Goldberg hit one of the best Spears ever and beat Dolph within two minutes. That was hilariously great.

Robert O’Neill: Ziggler talked shit on the mic from his back, and then got speared AGAIN, and then talked shit on the mic from his back again and got speared again. That was all so good.

AJ Styles vs. Ricochet - United States Championship

Chris Novak: AJ Styles retained his United States Championship against Ricochet. Styles had an awesome counter on Ricochet when he dove off, and grabbed him and hit the Styles Clash on him. This match had some awesome stuff from both. Ricochet dressing up as Nightwing was also terrific. **** for me. Not sure where Ricochet goes from here, but that will get sorted out later. 

Robert O’Neill: AJ retaining is perhaps a little surprising, but they could definitely keep this feud going and I’d be fine with it, as I say about mostly every opponent Ricochet has. Just good stuff all around. ****¼

Bayley vs. Ember Moon - SmackDown Women’s Championship

Chris Novak: Bayley retained her SmackDown Women’s Championship after hitting a Bayley-to-Belly off the top rope. The match never really hit another gear but they did the absolute damnedest they could to make it good and fun. They succeeded to a point. It didn’t really feel like there was any drama here, which makes sense considering that Ember was a handpicked challenger and the feud got no real time to flourish. Maybe they run it back next month at Clash of Champions. Maybe they won’t. Who knows? Nevertheless, good match. ***½

Robert O’Neill: That match was about as good as it could have been. I don’t mean any disrespect to either performer. There was a ceiling and they met it, much like Chris said ***¼ here.

Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon

Robert O’Neill: Owens overcame the odds with Special Guest Enforcer Elias to defeat Shane McMahon and keep his job. Owens did most of the work, as the crowd was super hot for him. A ref bump caused him to take Elias out with a chair, then kick Shane below the belt before hitting a stunner for the win. ***¼

Chris Novak: Say it with me… common… sense… PREVAILS! ***¼ for me here too. Did the job without being too extra to be honest. And that’s fine.

Charlotte Flair vs. Trish Stratus

Chris Novak: Charlotte Flair made Trish Stratus tap out to win the match. God damn this match was really good! Trish took a BEATING at the start of it, but resiliently fought on and picked up steam. They did a great spot with Trish using the Figure Eight on Charlotte. She nearly put her away with the Stratusfaction, but Charlotte was able to kick out. This was quite, quite good. I don’t think it was the best main roster women’s match of the year like some may call it (the Rumble title matches are still a cut above to me). But this was still REALLY, really good. ****¼ for me. 

Robert O’Neill: What an incredible match. I also probably wouldn’t put it above the two Royal Rumble matches, but it’s also the best Trish Stratus match of all time and one of Charlotte’s best ever, as well. Whew. ****½

Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton - WWE Championship

Chris Novak: This match ended in a double countout. It was otherwise REALLY good, though the lack of a clean finish probably took some people out. But they were always going to stretch this feud out. And with MSG on the horizon as the go-home to Clash of Champions, they were always going to use that site to help set up the next match. I liked this match a lot and the lack of a clean finish didn’t particularly perturb me. ***¾ 

Robert O’Neill: I don’t mind the double countout! It extends the program and gives them a chance to run it back, like you said. I think there’s a lot of potential here. ****

Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor

Chris Novak: Holy… Bray Wyatt had an incredible entrance. His theme music is remixed from his original theme into a total death metal version of it. The match itself was short and one-sided. Not sure what grade to give this one to be honest. But, it was entertaining. 

Robert O’Neill: Also, he’s using the mandible claw as his finisher, apparently! But, yeah. Hard to grade it based on what we saw.

Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins - WWE Universal Championship

Chris Novak: We have a new Universal Champion, as Seth Rollins picked up a (CLEAN) win over Brock Lesnar to win back the Universal Championship. What a freaking match this was. The pacing was awesome. The near falls and drama injected here was fantastic. Some great spots in the mix. The crowd was hella invested. My goodness, they worked an AMAZING match. ****¾ for me here. Just fantastic. Take your disrespect for Brock and take it somewhere else y’all. Same thing with Seth.

Robert O’Neill: As I type this in my Brock Lesnar shirt, I’m surprisingly content. Would I like to see him win? Sure. But for Seth to win this way, after getting his ass beat twice in two weeks and getting his ass beat all over the ring, means so much more than using a chair and low blows to beat him like Seth did at Mania. This might have been my favorite Rollins match ever, and is one of my 10 favorite Lesnar matches ever. *****


FINAL THOUGHTS

Chris Novak: A very solid SummerSlam. Not an all-timer, even if it had two really great matches in Charlotte-Trish and Rollins-Lesnar. But still a very solid show, top to bottom. No low points were had, and the event flowed really well. It even only went 3.5 hours! I’ll give this a solid B+/A-. Real good show with high rewatchability.

Robert O’Neill: Just like every other WWE PPV this year, this was a great show. We didn’t even mention the fact that Edge appeared on the preshow and speared Elias, Ric Flair had a segment with the Street Profits, and Bret Hart wished Seth Rollins luck. There was so much going on, and the show absolutely delivered and has me looking forward to what’s next. A

Ruthless Aggression - Summerslam Preview

It's the biggest event of the summer! Pierce Rob and Chris preview Summerslam after a frank talk about Paige's poor choice in men. Plus, acting an ass at meet & greets, and TWO WEEKS of shows from 2003!

RAW 531 & 532
Smackdown 206 & 207

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First Black Champ - SummerSlam Prediction Show

We back on that Sunday schedule of the show and we could not start without processing the life and times of Harley Race. Bang provides history and Cam adds color to one of the most important wrestling champions ever! Is it Harley Race or Harley Racist? This answer is in the audio.

SummerSlam is a week away and we have predictions on that, even though we feel Takeover will be much better. In fact, if you are more entertained by our SummerSlam predictions than the actual PPV, we wouldn't be surprise. Beware of Chess moves and listen to the #FBCPod!

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Ruthless Aggression - Vengeance 2003

Pierce Rob and Chris preview NXT Takeover: Toronto II and talk about AEW's announcement of a two-hour Wednesday night show on TNT. Plus, Cody Rhodes' comments on CM Punk's interview with ESPN, RAW reunion, and Vengeance 2003!

Ruthless Aggression recap:
RAW 530
Smackdown 205
Vengeance 2003

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First Black Champ - Randy Orton Is the F-A-B-O-L-O-U-S of The WWE

It's a special weekday edition of the First Black Champ podcast! We recap Extreme Rules and talk what is possibly the best moment of WWE in 2019. We talk Randy Orton vs Kofi Kingston Implications. We also cover, Bray's return, Kevin Owens being Stone Cold, Vince's possible chess move with Shinsuke and Bayley's potential slow heel turn! All that while watching the Raw reunion live!

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This Week in WWE: SummerSlam starts to sort itself out
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Chris Novak: We are officially on the road to SummerSlam. Packed show tonight. A Fatal 4-Way between Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi and Natalya is scheduled to determine Becky Lynch’s next opponent at S’Slam for the Women’s Championship. Elsewhere, there will be a huge Battle Royal to determine Brock Lesnar’s opponent at the big event in Toronto for his newly won Universal Championship. 

Speaking of, Brock and Paul Heyman are here to start the show. 

Robert O’Neill: Brock is using the belt as a boombox now! Delightful. Heyman came out last week and said Brock would cash in. Then Heyman came out at Extreme Rules and said Brock would cash in. What do you know? Brock cashed in. Heyman runs down the ten guys in the battle royal tonight, and I gotta say there are a lot of intriguing options here!

Chris Novak: There’s really no bad options here. Only ones who are better than the others. That should be a really fun main event. Up next, Ricochet is gonna be scrapping. Against whom? We’ll likely find out after the break. Well, we got okie-doked. Ricochet is teaming with The Usos against Robert Roode and The Revival. Six-Man ⅔ Man for… whatever reason.

The match was fine. The babyfaces got the win after Ricochet pinned Roode. 

The Club came out and then Ricochet jumped out and attacked AJ Styles. ALl hell then broke loose. The Usos went after Anderson and Gallows. Then The Revival went after them. The Usos stood tall and then went to dive out of the ring. Roode intervened and took him out, and then Jey was hit with the Shatter Machine. Ricochet then dove in and got everyone, and then Styles hit him with the Phenomenal Forearm.

Robert O’Neill: That was awesome. I really liked the postmatch stuff, including Ricochet doing a whole ass flip to sell the Phenomenal Forearm. Also, I kept saying he needs to find some friends, and it seems like he has! That’s good. 

Chris Novak: I enjoyed that post-match segment more than the match. Such is life. 

The Viking Raiders are up next. They squashed some dudes. Easy enough.

They flashed back to last night’s opener with Drew Mac and Shane losing to Roman and The Undertaker. Then they cut to some footage earlier today of Drew confronting some superstars, Cedric Alexander chief among ‘em. It seemed that we’re going to get Drew vs. Ceddy either tonight or down the line. All for it. 

Evidently… it’s right now. 

Robert O’Neill: Hey this should be good! Cedric hasn’t really gotten a chance to shine on Raw. Hope they let him go off here. 

They did! And he won by rolling Drew up after a spinebuster attempt. That was awesome. Use Cedric more! 

Chris Novak: I actually liked that a lot. A whole lot. Cedric getting a big win over Drew will serve him pretty well going forward, if we are to believe that big things could be on the way for him. 

Robert O’Neill: Finn Balor is facing Samoa Joe here as both men are coming off losses last night. Let’s see where this goes.

Wow, Joe won in pretty quick fashion, then went to beat Balor down after but Finn was able to get the upper hand and dispose of Joe. As he was celebrating though, the lights went out and when they came back BRAY WYATT was in the ring with his scary mask. Finn got a Sister Abigail as Bray stood tall.

Chris Novak: I don’t have any desire to see Bray Wyatt. I’m not falling for this trap again. No way, no way, no way. 

Drake Maverick is on the way to consummate his marriage. However, as we would find out after he and Renee Michelle checked into their hotel, R-Truth is at the hotel as well. That should lead to some comedy later.

Street Profits talked about the segment we just saw and hyped up the F4W later and the battle royal. Good stuff from them, per usual.

AJ Styles and The Club are facing The Lucha House Party! This… is actually pretty fun. THe match goes a little bit haywire when Ricochet comes out through the crowd and goes after AJ Styles. So, after this break, we’ll have a quick restart of things. 

Robert O’Neill: It’s a good back and forth until AJ Styles locks the Calf Crusher in on Kalisto and gets him to tap but refuses to release the submission. Good heeling! 

Chris Novak: Seth Rollins cut a solid promo backstage after being asked about tonight’s main event. Worked for me. He’s assuredly my pick to win tonight. 

The Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match to determine the #1 contender for Becky Lynch’s Women’s Championship… it’s next.

Natalya is going to SummerSlam. Carmella went out first after Alexa swooped in and rolled her up. The match continued on for a… long time… and Natalya got Naomi with a rollup. Then Nattie made Alexa tap out. This match will get a lot of discussion because of how “bad” it was. Here’s my thing. No it wasn’t that great. But it also wasn’t awful. The pacing and agenting of it was just weird. Oh well. I don’t much care about Nattie-Becky, and none of the stuff along the way the next few weeks will probably get me to care.

Robert O’Neill: This match was a bit of a mess. Too long, and the wrong person won. Obviously I’m very pro-Alexa, but if not her, why not Naomi? I get Natalya is from Canada and Summerslam is in Canada but… I just don’t care about her.

SPEAKING OF WHICH, here’s Dolph Ziggler on MizTV. 

Alright that actually wasn’t bad. Ziggler called Miz out for being a sellout and corporate now an forgetting his roots just like his wife did, and then Miz beat him up. 

Chris Novak: A Miz-Ziggler feud in 2019 doesn’t sound all that interesting to me.

R-Truth snuck into Drake Maverick’s hotel room and won the 24/7 Championship back. The segment was pretty hilarious, I have to say. As they often are. 

Battle Royal is next. Seth Rollins won. Not too surprising of a result. They’re running it back, as they probably should be. This works for me, as long as they do the match right. We’ll see if they do!

Robert O’Neill: I don’t love the result but I also expected it. My problem was the postmatch stuff when they basically had Seth cut the same exact promo as he did leading up to WrestleMania. We’ll see how it goes, I guess.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Robert O’Neill: Whew, boy. This show… didn’t work for me. Coming off Extreme Rules, I was very optimistic to start the road to SummerSlam, but between running the exact same program from earlier with Seth “I’M GONNA BE A FIGHTING CHAMPION! I’M HERE AND YOU’RE NOT!!!!” Rollins and Brock Lesnar, and the utter mess that the women’s division has turned into… yikes. The 24-7 Title stuff was fun and The Club vs. LHP was fine but other than that… yikes. D+

Chris Novak: Wow, that is way, WAY too harsh a grade in my opinion… this show was fine. It wasn’t anything to really write home about and I do think they could’ve rebounded better from Extreme Rules better. The Fatal 4-Way was disappointing, although itw as not nearly as bad as anyone thought it would be, even though the booking decision was baffling in the end. I’m going to give this a C. This was not D+ worthy and I think Rob is crazy here. I’m not sure what you’d expect here with Seth’s “story.” That’s been the whole way so far. Why change it?

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Chris Novak: Time for SmackDown Live. Bit of an intriguing show. The IIconics are defending their Women’s Tag Team Titles against The Kabuki Warriors. Also, Ember Moon and a mystery partner will face Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. For now, we begin with SmackDown’s Town Hall, which could (and I emphasize the word could here) be intriguing. Before that… we get a look at what happened “earlier” today. Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens bantered, and Shane gave KO the night off. I can only imagine where that’s headed.

Anyways, the entire roster is out on the stage right now. Yes, that includes such folks as Charlotte Flair, Buddy Murphy, Liv Morgan, among others who you may or may not have seen for the last few… weeks… or months. Shene asks who would like to fo first, as far as speaking, and to the front comes Roman Reigns. Roman says he’s not gonna be diplomatic and tells Shane to kiss his ass.

Robert O’Neill: Charlotte steps up and defends Shane “from one family to another” and lays on it on thick before Liv Morgan goes to the other microphone and tells Charlotte to shut up before Shane shuts it down. Then Buddy Murphy steps up and tells Kevin Owens to keep his name out of his mouth. 

Chris Novak: I’m enjoying this so far. Apollo says that everyone agrees with what KO said. Andrade and Zelina then step up, and it seems as though some seeds were planted to have another match between those two. Elias then steps up until The New Day cuts them off. Kofi gets the conversation going and… suddenly, his mic is cut. I’m sure that wasn’t intentional. Cesaro then comes up and says he wants to fight Aleister Black yet again tonight. So, that will rule.

Kevin Owens then showed up and Stunned Shane McMahon. Shane had a hilarious botch of the kick to the stomach. Thought that was a fun and effective enough segment. Everything else this evening will sort itself out, I reckon.

Robert O’Neill: And we’re jumping right into Cesaro/Black. Hell yeah. 

Chris Novak: Well, this match was good again. Not as good as the PPV match, but it was good nonetheless. But that’s to be expected, right? Aleister won after hitting another really awesome Black Mass. Let’s get Black’s push rolling.

Robert O’Neill: Frankly I’m just glad they didn’t have 50/50 booking here. Let Black keep racking up wins. Good on my end. 

Chris Novak: Backstage interaction between Dolph Ziggler and Shane McMahon give way to the thought that, uh, I guess, that there’ll be some interaction between them and KO later. Okay, sure.

Charlotte Flair is facing Liv Morgan. Hell to the yeah, Liv Morgan’s getting a match. Boom!

Robert O’Neill: It was kind of short and Charlotte won, but Liv looked good! It makes sense for Charlotte to win relatively quickly, as she’s “better” than Liv. After the match Liv goes on commentary and says “When I come back, I’m gonna be REAL!”

Well alright. Cool!

Chris Novak: Color me intrigued. Color me very intrigued. Ember Moon and ??? vs. Mandy and Sonya is next. Her partner? It’s BAYLEY! This is a nice little twist. And works well for me! 

Robert O’Neill: Ember and Bayley got a quick victory, then Bayley announced that Ember would be facing her at Summerslam for the title. Huh!

Chris Novak: No she did not, pal. She just said she wanted to face her for the title, unless I missed something. And I don’t think that I did! I reckon that match happens on TV and we get Bayley-Charlotte at SummerSlam. 

Robert O’Neill: Ah, I was confused. We’ll have to wait and see what happens! 

Chris Novak: Correction… the match IS happening at SummerSlam. Very intriguing.

Robert O’Neill: New Day is here, and they all have gold! 

Big E and Xavier Woods announce that they accept Bryan and Rowan’s offer for a rematch and away we go!

Well, maybe not. Bryan and Rowan come out in gear, but both turn around and leave. But now they’re back. And now they’re gone again, but Samoa Joe is coming out! 

Chris Novak: But interrupting Joe after he gets some words in is Elias! Elias says that Joe had his shot, failed, and so he’s deserving of a championship opportunity. Then… Randy Orton comes out! Orton says that he’s going to take Kofi down with the RKO. Elias says that they can’t have a championship match, and then suggests that they have a Six-Man Tag. 

Randy Orton pinned WWE Champion Kofi Kingston. Crazy sentence isn’t it? This was a really, really fun six-man tag team match. The heels getting the W here works for the purpose of elevating Orton into title contention. I’m going to hazard this is the direction for SummerSlam, and I am all for it.

Robert O’Neill: Absolutely. There’s so much you can do with a Kofi/Orton feud. They touched on it a little in the spring, but I would love it to be full speed ahead like this seems to be.

The IIconics are putting their titles on the line against the Kabuki Warriors. 

Well, it didn’t last very long. Billie Kay was knocked out of the ring and decided to not get back in before the 10 count. Champions’ advantage! That’s good heel work. Asuka and Kairi got their revenge afterwards. 

Chris Novak: Fine with that, as a means to extend this feud on a little longer.

Andrade and Apollo grappled in a pretty quick match. Apollo won. Looks like they’re doing some mid-card stuff with them here if the last few weeks are any indications. I’m cool with that. 

Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler faced off in the main event. The match was… fine. Owens hit a Stunner on Ziggler and then hightailed it out of there, as several SDLive superstars (all heels) were at ringside and went in pursuit. Shane said afterwards that Owens was going to pay. 

Robert O’Neill: The very end of that was kind of clunky but overall I liked the match and segment and show.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Robert O’Neill: That was a fun show! The town hall set the tone for the rest of the night by getting Liv Morgan in action, Buddy Murphy in the fold, and various other things Twitter has been upset about. The 6-man tag match was fun and did a good job setting up Orton/Kofi for Summerslam. A

Christopher Novak: Fun show. Everyone got TV time which was really nice. Especially the women, as everybody in some way shape or form was able to get on screen and do meaningful things. More of that and SmackDown will be back to being the premier show that it is. This was a solid episode of television. I will give this a high B+.

First Black Champ - Two Fawking Years of First Black Champ Pod

It's officially two years of the First Black Champ Podcast and we are just beginning! Special thanks for Barber's Chair Digital, Jonathan Hood and YOU the listener for rocking with us through trash audio and light streaming numbers! We appreciate you!

In the midst of our celebration we talk WWE Extreme Rules and give probably our best prediction and potential GuranDAMNTees to date! With the improvements of Raw and Smackdown, we ask the question, Did Vince only beat Heyman and Bischoff because of his budget? We want to know your answer!

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Ruthless Aggression - Joey Janela vs. Enzo Amore

Pierce Rob and Chris preview Sunday's Extreme Rules show and talk about the Evolve/All Elite Wrestling war on Saturday. Plus G1 Classic, Slammiversary, the foolery between Joey Janela and Enzo Amore, and a trip back to 2003 where Kane is an ugly psychopath and Eddie Guerrero is more worried about his lowrider than he is his former tag partner

Ruthless Aggression recap:
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Smackdown 203

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Extreme Rules 2019: Results, recap, analysis, ratings

What a night in Philadelphia it was. Let’s get down to business.

Finn Balor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura - Intercontinental Championship

Chris Novak: Shock championship change! Shinsuke Nakamura has won the Intercontinental Championship away from Finn Balor. This was a fun little match, although I think their match on SmackDown was better. That being said, hey, this is cool! I suspect they’re gonna run this back in some way shape or form at SummerSlam in Toronto. Which is OK by me! ***¼ for me. 

Robert O’Neill: That was fun! Wasn’t expecting a title switch. I also liked the match on Smackdown more but I’ll go ***. It was fun for what it was and the title change was cool.

Drew Gulak vs. Tony Nese - Cruiserweight Championship

Chris Novak: Okay, this was pretty good. Gulak retained his Cruiserweight Championship, as expected. I think these two went a little bit lightly all things considered. Maybe it was a time crunch, maybe not. But I definitely expected a bit more here. That being said, it was still pretty good. ***½ for me here. Good start to the show with these Kickoff matches.

Robert O’Neill: Going to be interested to see where Tony Nese goes next and who Gulak’s next opponent is. I think this match was good but their match at Stomping Grounds was better. ***¼ 

Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon vs. Roman Reigns and The Undertaker

Chris Novak: That… was… really fun? That was really fun! The Undertaker pinned Shane McMahon after hitting him with a Tombstone Piledriver. That superseded my expectations in a large way. Elias had a nice run-in and there was some good action and plunder here. Great sequence at the end, as Drew Mac went for a Claymore, but Reigns came in to spear him. ***¾ here. Super fun opener! 

Robert O’Neill: That was more fun than it had the right to be. That’s the perfect way to use Shane McMahon, Undertaker looked good, and the right team won. The passing of the torch sort of thing they did at the end between Taker and Roman was awesome, too. ***¾ 

The Revival vs. The Usos - Raw Tag Team Championships

Chris Novak: I had high expectations for this match. They were not met. It wasn’t outright bad, and still pretty good. But there was some sloppiness and awkwardness abound here. Thought these two teams definitely have better in them and it’s a little disappointing that it didn’t really go down that way. ***¼ for me.

Robert O’Neill: I like The Revival and The Usos a lot but yeah this match was just kinda there for me. A rare miss from these teams. **½ 

Aleister Black vs. Cesaro

Chris Novak: Big surprise… this was really good. Black won via the Black Mass. This match got a good amount of time and both were able to showcase their stuff. **** for me here. I’m not the high man though evidently. But this was kick ass and is, so far, the MOTN. 

Robert O’Neill: I loved this match! Both guys got to show just how good they are, and Aleister looks great with the victory. ****½ 

Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross - SmackDown Live Women’s Championship

Chris Novak: Bayley wins. Seven stars. In all seriousness, this was super fun. Handicap matches tend to be weird, but they absolutely made this work and then some. Bayley won with an Elbow Drop off the top rope. Everyone got some good moments and spots. ***¾ for me here.

Robert O’Neill: Yeah this was quite good. Sometimes these handicap matches are bad, but this one definitely worked for me. Like the other matches, I’m excited to see what comes next for these three. ***½

Bobby Lashley vs. Braun Strowman - Last Man Standing

Chris Novak: This match absolutely ruled. Braun Strowman won after busting through a wall (yes) and beat the 10 count in the process. Strowman and Bob Lashley beat the absolute shit out of each other all over the arena. That is exactly how those matches should go and this one did not spare any bones. There was a great spot that brought them into an enclosed platform or whatever, which is where Strowman broke free from. I’m going ****½ on this. This is not only one of the best matches of the entire year, but one of the best Last Man Standing Matches ever, too.

Robert O’Neill: Chris pretty much nailed it. This match was everything a LMS match should be. ****

Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. Heavy Machinery vs. The New Day - SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships 

Chris Novak: The New Day are six-time Tag Team Champions! This was a fantastic match. Everybody got their licks in here and looked great. There were some great sequences here with a very nice payoff between Big E and Daniel Bryan. I’m going ****¼ here. This was fan-freaking-tastic.

Robert O’Neill: Wow, the New Day has all the gold! For now, at least… Great match. ****¼ 

Ricochet vs. AJ Styles - United States Championship

Chris Novak: AJ Styles won the United States Championship after hitting a REVERSE Styles Clash OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE! A sick spot ended what was a really awesome match. A bit slower than I expected it to be, but that’s okay. These two still had a lot of great spots here and the finish ruled. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows’ involvement helped add yet another layer. ****¼ for me. 

Robert O’Neill: I liked their Raw match more, but I also liked the ending there. That reverse Styles Clash was NASTY. ***¾ here. Think they can run it back at Summerslam. 

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens

Chris Novak: Kevin Owens won after one (1) Stunner within a couple of seconds. Seven stars.

Robert O’Neill: This is the greatest night in the history of our sport. 

Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe - WWE Championship

Chris Novak: Kofi Kingston retained yet again! Kofi’s heater continues with yet another really good match against Samoa Joe. Joe had plenty of great offense in here and got in some good beat downs. But, Kingston survives yet again and the beat goes on. ***¾ for me here.

Robert O’Neill: I didn’t think it was Joe’s time to win because they didn’t do a great job on the build to this, but the match was good for what it was! Joe will win the title eventually and Kofi still has all-time great face champion booking. ***¾ 

Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans - Universal/Raw Women’s Championship

Chris Novak: This match, like the opener, had no business being as good and as fun as it was. And yet, it was! Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch retained their titles after Rollins hit Corbin with three Stomps. THAT came after Corbin hit Becky with the End of Days! This match was filled with great spots and action. This was very well put together and super fun. ***½ for me. 

Robert O’Neill: You said on the preview that if they leaned into the stipulation and let this be a mess, it would be good. They did! Becky taking the End Of Days was an amazing spot, and Seth showing a whole new level of intensity after that was a side of him we haven’t seen much of. ***½ 

But…

Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar - Universal Championship

Chris Novak: Paul Heyman wasn’t lying. Brock Lesnar cashed in his MITB contract, and defeated Seth Rollins to win the Universal Championship! 

Robert O’Neill: We’re not star rating this one because it was too short obviously but what a great ending to the show. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Chris Novak: What a fun show. Top to bottom, the most consistent show of the entire year. There wasn’t a single cooldown match here, which really worked to their benefits. I think there’ve been “better” shows in terms of compellingness and drama. But this one was one of the very best this year. A- for me. 

Robert O’Neill: You nailed it. I loved this show start to finish and they had no down periods. While there likely wasn’t an all-time great match on this show, everything was very good and fun. That’s all we can ask for. Can’t wait for Raw and Smackdown. A