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Monday Night Raw

The highlight of tonight’s episode of Raw was, without question, the return of Bray Wyatt. In a masterfully designed segment, the lights in the arena went out after Finn Balor had taken a loss to Samoa Joe. Shortly after, Wyatt, donning the creepy mask he wore during his Firefly Fun House vignettes, appeared and delivered Sister Abigail to Balor. In other happenings, Cedric Alexander scored the unlikeliest of victories over Drew McIntyre, the trio of Ricochet and the Usos defeated the Revival and Robert Roode and the Club defeated the Lucha House Party in six-man tag action. During both six-man tag team matches, AJ Styles and Ricochet brawled with each other, continuing their rivalry. In addition to those matches, this week’s version of Miz TV, featuring Dolph Ziggler, ended with tension and physicality, potentially reigniting their rivalry of years past. The lone title change of the night saw R-Truth sneak into Drake Maverick’s hotel room and reclaim the 24/7 championship.

Sean Coyle, ESPN1d ago

This year’s SummerSlam card began to take shape on Raw tonight. First, Natalya defeated Naomi, Alexa Bliss and Carmella in a very long four-person elimination match to become the number one contender to Becky Lynch’s Raw women’s championship. In the show’s main event, Seth Rollins won a battle royal by last eliminating Randy Orton to earn a Universal championship rematch against new champion Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.

Sean Coyle, ESPN23h ago

WWE

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Uh, Becky Lynch wouldn't actually get into MMA, right? "Somebody tell me I can't do it — I'll do it. I'll be in there next week. Dana White, what's up?"

Marc Raimondi, ESPN6d ago

Becky Lynch

How Becky Lynch became The Man

At age 15, Rebecca Quin, known today as Becky Lynch, wanted to be the best wrestler in the world. After a 17-year journey, filled with more lows than highs, she has finally accomplished her dream.

SmackDown

Roman Reigns was standing tall at the end of SmackDown Live, but it was Kevin Owens who was the star of the evening. He started by interrupting Dolph Ziggler's putdowns, but his ire quickly turned towards Shane McMahon, who had thrown him out following a parking lot brawl with Ziggler. Owens came through the crowd, commandeered a microphone (and later two others as the previous ones were cut), and told everyone what he thought of Shane, his current role and the amount of screen time he was taking up, dropping names like Apollo Crews, Buddy Murphy, Asuka and Kairi Saine as those whose time he was stealing. Owens came out of the crowd again during the main event, hitting Shane with a stunner. Hitting a McMahon with a stunner? It's a formula that's worked before for WWE.

Matt Willis, ESPN Staff Writer7d ago

Outside the main event, Shinsuke Nakamura was the biggest winner from SmackDown, getting a victory over Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor and putting himself in line for a title shot, probably this Sunday at Extreme Rules. Both the WWE and SmackDown Women's Champions built up their feuds for Sunday, as Kofi Kingston answered Samoa Joe's intimidating promo, and Bayley and Nikki Cross had a contract signing, followed by Cross's victory over Carmella. Otis got the win in a triple threat over Xavier Woods and Daniel Bryan, before those three are a part of a triple threat tag title match, but Heavy Machinery still seems like the least likely to walk out with the titles. And we finally found out who answered Aleister Black's pleas for a fight, it was Cesaro who will answer the challenge on Sunday.

Matt Willis, ESPN Staff Writer7d ago

Monday Night Raw

Monday Night Raw was, as you might expect, all about setting everyone up for Sunday's Extreme Rules pay-per-view. Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch won an elimination tag-team match against Andrade and Zelina Vega, but fell to a post-match attack at the hands of their opponents to be, Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans. Ricochet defeated both Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in one-on-one matches, only to get ambushed by "The Club". Nikki Cross won a "beat-the-clock" challenge to make the SmackDown women's championship match on Sunday a 2-on-1 handicap match with Cross teaming up with Bliss against Bayley. Finally, to close out the show, Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre got what they thought was a janitor to team up with Roman Reigns, only for Cedric Alexander to randomly don a mask and nearly pull of an upset, before McIntyre nailed a claymore kick. Circumstances will be slightly different on Sunday, when Reigns teams with The Undertaker.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com8d ago

Rounding out the night's action: The Usos and The Miz defeated The Revival and The Miz in our weekly 2-out-of-3 falls match, with Elias abandoning his team during a commercial break... Bobby Lashley returned from crashing through the stage last week to unceremoniously destroy a returning Rey Mysterio... The Viking Raiders dispatched a pair of local talents in short order, then briefly got caught up in the middle of a 24/7 title fray... Cesaro defeated No Way Jose with a sharpshooter, in a tribute to his former tag team partner Tyson Kidd.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com8d ago

Paul Heyman once again promised Brock Lesnar would cash in at Extreme Rules, but wouldn't specify whether that would come against WWE champion Kofi Kingston or Universal champion Seth Rollins... Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley in a Last Man Standing match and a United States championship match between Ricochet and AJ Styles were officially added to the Extreme Rules card... the pregnancy drama between Mike and Maria Kanellis is not going to be confined to one week, it appears, as Mike's quest for ice cream and pickles went awry... The Street Profits once again appeared on Raw, but kept it backstage for the second straight week. Montez Ford appears to be dead set on perfecting his impression of The Rock.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com8d ago

Heyman and Bischoff

New WWE executives

Heyman and Bischoff fill new WWE executive creative roles under Vince McMahon

Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff will serve as the new "executive directors" of Raw and SmackDown, respectively, overseeing creative development as they report directly to Vince McMahon

Paul Heyman defines the art of the wrestling promo

There's no one in wrestling quite like Paul Heyman, who speaks candidly about his own journey to becoming one of the greatest talkers in wrestling history and discusses the art of the promo.

Paul Heyman's secrets to WWE stardom

WWE personality Paul Heyman reveals how he created a compelling character and some of wrestling's greatest promos with Brock Lesnar, Steve Austin and Mick Foley.

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SmackDown

On the heels of a very successful Raw following the announcement that Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff would take on executive creative roles for Raw and SmackDown respectively, this week's edition of SmackDown Live began with the Kevin Owens Show, which featured Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre. They addressed their match against the Undertaker and Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules, which will now be a no holds barred match. As Owens antagonized his guests with some hard hitting questions questions, Dolph Ziggler interrupted. As Ziggler and Owens argued, McMahon ordered that the two team up to take on Heavy Machinery with the stipulation that the winners of the match would be added to the SmackDown tag team championship match at Extreme Rules between the New Day and the duo of Daniel Bryan and Rowan. The initial match was mere minutes old before chaos ensued between Bryan, Rowan and New Day, who were on commentary. After their melee, the match was restarted and won by Heavy Machinery after Ziggler accidentally caught Owens with a super kick. Following the match, Owens returned the favor by hitting Ziggler with a stunner.

Sean Coyle, ESPN14d ago

The SmackDown tag team championship theme continued into the opening match of the night when Daniel Bryan, with an assist from Rowan, defeated Big E in a solid bout. In the second talk show of the night, Nikki Cross filled in for Alexa Bliss and hosted A Moment of Bliss. Her guest was SmackDown women's champion Bayley and after the two traded some words regarding Cross' association with Bliss, they squared off in the ring for the second time in as many weeks. This time around, Bayley picked up the win. Andrade, aided by a Zelina Vega hurricanrana, found the win column as well on Tuesday night when he claimed victory over Apollo Crews. In other happenings, Ember Moon defeated Mandy Rose and Aleister Black challenged his mystery opponent to a match at Extreme Rules.

Sean Coyle, ESPN14d ago

Ahead of their WWE championship match at Extreme Rules, Kofi Kingston and Samoa Joe met face to face in the middle of the ring. After jawing back and forth at each other in a compelling exchange of criticisms, Joe reached out for a handshake. Instead of a handshake, Kingston flipped him the bird and caught him with a Trouble in Paradise kick.

Sean Coyle, ESPN14d ago

Monday Night Raw

Most WWE fans wondered what could change after last week’s announcement that Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff are working in new executive creative roles and reporting directly to Vince McMahon. It’s hard to say exactly how much Heyman is to thank or blame for Monday night’s edition of Raw, but there was a tremendous amount of energy and momentum that rolled through the night -- and it wasn’t just because Corey Graves decided to let loose with a few swears. It started with Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley flying through a piece of the Raw set with massive pyro and explosions, carried on through an Undertaker appearance and promo, and then took a hard right turn during an uncomfortable moment between Mike and Maria Kanellis regarding Mike’s manhood. Then, in the main event, we got a second referee’s backstage opinion overturning an AJ Styles U.S. title win (VAR anyone) over Ricochet, 10 more minutes to tease what a full match would look like, and finally, once Ricochet squeezed out a win, Styles repeating history by turning his back on what appeared to be a friendly, respected foe to reform “The Club” with Gallows and Anderson capped by a second-rope Styles Clash as Raw went off the air.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com15d ago

The New Day continued to be the most consistent users of the “Wild Card” rule and popped up for a match against The Viking Experience, which was quickly interrupted by Samoa Joe attacking Xavier Woods. And wouldn’t you know it, a six-man tag-team match broke out; Kofi Kingston got the worst of it in the end, as Joe choked him out… Lacey Evans defeated Natalya with help from a trip by Baron Corbin when the ref’s back was turned. Perhaps that’s a preview of how relaxed the typical rules of a mixed tag team match will play out against Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins in their Extreme Rules match for both belts in a couple weeks. The Miz, who was stalked by one of Bray Wyatt’s puppets from the Firefly Fun House backstage, got a win in yet another 2-out-of-3 falls match against Elias… The world keeps trying to break Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss up, and yet, Nikki isn’t hearing it. After earning Bliss another shot at Bayley’s SmackDown women’s title, Cross outperformed Bliss again Monday night; after Bliss lost to Carmella via quick roll-up, Cross came in and picked up another big victory.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com15d ago

Some of the best parts of Raw boiled down to attention to detail and continuity. The Street Profits popped up briefly (and unexpectedly) in the early moments of the show, cut a backstage interview where they showed a glimpse of their never-ending energy , and then popped up yet again, interacting directly with Paul Heyman. If Montez Ford rubbing Heyman’s head on live TV isn’t a supreme vote of confidence on their first night on Raw, I’m not sure how it could be any stronger… Drake Maverick resisted the temptation to chase R-Truth for the 24/7 title all night in order to appease his wife, but when the opportunity presented itself, he couldn’t resist using his suitcase to bludgeon R-Truth and become a two-time champ. I have the feeling we might see some fireworks on the beach as Maverick and Renee Michelle depart for their honeymoon.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com15d ago

On This Date: Undertaker throws Mankind off the cell

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SmackDown

A couple paths were laid on Tuesday's SmackDown Live. Nikki Cross's victory over Bayley gave Alexa Bliss another title shot. Her relationship with Bliss is one of the continuing bright spots of WWE programming, including Corey Graves offering his cell phone for her to call Bliss to tell her the news. Shinsuke Nakamura seems to be the next challenger for Finn Balor's Intercontinental Title after walking into his backstage interview. And somebody seemed to answer Aleister Black's outcries for a fight. The first chunk of the show was dedicated to the tag team division, where the New Day (Xavier/Big E) first defeated the champs (Daniel Bryan/Rowan), and then after a post-match brawl, and then Heavy Machinery (teamed up with New Day in an eight-man tag), got a pinfall victory over Sami Zayn (teamed with Kevin Owens, who walked out late in the match, and Bryan/Rowan). But one door may have been closed, as the Shane McMahon-Miz feud looks to be over after he and Elias took out Miz, allowing Elias to pick up an easy fall to end their two-out-of-three falls match.

Matt Willis, ESPN Staff Writer21d ago

Kofi Kingston denied Dolph Ziggler's effort to join his WWE Championship match versus Samoa Joe at Extreme Rules, taking the third fall in a best two-out-of-three falls match in the main event of Tuesday's SmackDown Live. If this ends Ziggler's run in the title picture, then hopefully the passion showed in his chase will be able to keep some momentum among the top of the SD Live card.

Matt Willis, ESPN Staff Writer21d ago

Monday Night Raw

The talk of the night Monday was the unexpected return of The Undertaker, who interrupted a two-on-one handicap match in which Roman Reigns battled Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre. As The Undertaker laid out McMahon, with whom he had a memorable WrestleMania 32 Hell in a Cell match, as well as McIntyre, the stage was set. Undertaker and Reigns, who themselves closed out WrestleMania 33 against one another, will tag together against McMahon and McIntyre at Extreme Rules in less than three weeks. It was one of two tag matches announced for the show on Monday night; following the events of Stomping Grounds, Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins will take on Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans with both the Universal and Raw women’s championships on the line.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com22d ago

AJ Styles and Ricochet closed out Raw with a short, but potent, reminder of what each is capable of in the ring. Styles ultimately persevered over the newly crowned U.S. champion, but whether Styles is destined to battle Ricochet for the belt or Gallows & Anderson will be his focus (or perhaps both), at some point down the line, Ricochet vs. Styles needs to have more than 11 good minutes to truly build up to its potential.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com22d ago

The theme of the night was wrestlers pulling double duty. Kofi Kingston defeated Sami Zayn and picked up a second win (via countout) over Kevin Owens. For his troubles, recently dethroned U.S. champion Samoa Joe choked him out on the top of the stage. Alexa Bliss won a one-on-one match against Naomi, and then teamed up with Nikki Cross to defeat Naomi and Natalya. There were no less than five 24/7 title changes; R-Truth defeated Drake Maverick, but then dropped the belt to Heath Slater, won it back and then lost again to Cedric Alexander. EC3 swooped in and won, but then R-Truth ended the whole arrangement by regaining the belt once more. Rounding out the night’s action, The Usos and New Day won what was essentially a Survivor Series-style elimination match against Rowan, Daniel Bryan and The Revival to set up a match between The Usos and The Revival. Finally, Braun Strowman won a tug-of-war against Bobby Lashley. Yes, you read that right.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com22d ago

WWE

Kofi Kingston has 'a little bit' of a shoe problem

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NXT 25

The top 25 NXT TakeOver moments

Ahead of the 25th NXT TakeOver, we look back at the biggest moments in the WWE's third brand's history.

Stars in development: Life at the WWE Performance Center

The WWE stars of tomorrow train at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. So who's next, and how are they going to get to the top?

AEW

Jericho says there's WWE talent who 'can't wait' for own version of Moxley podcast

Chris Jericho reflects on his Jon Moxley interview going viral and the reaction he got from some WWE talent. He also discusses his own WWE experiences, his busy schedule over the next few months and the potential of CM Punk in AEW.

Jon Moxley explains why he left WWE

Jon Moxley, formerly known as Dean Ambrose in WWE, revealed to Chris Jericho why he left WWE and what he hopes to get out of his time with new wrestling organizations.

WWE

Raimondi: 2019 is the right time for the new WWE 24/7 title ... if executed correctly

WWE introduced a new 24/7 title with the idea that it could be defended anywhere at any time. Utilizing the whole roster and all of the WWE's media platforms will be key if it's going to succeed as planned in 2019.

3-time WWE champion Mick Foley made an appearance on RAW tonight to debut a new championship. The title, dubbed the 24/7 Championship, is reminiscent of the Hardcore Championship of years past, a fond memory of the Attitude Era. The title can be defended anywhere, at any place, at any time. Following his announcement, Foley left the championship in the middle of the ring to be claimed by any superstar. After a brawl featuring a number of superstars, Titus O’Neil became the first-ever 24/7 champion. The reign didn't last long, however, as Robert Roode snuck up from behind him and rolled him up for the pinfall victory to become champion. After Roode evaded challengers backstage, R-Truth lured him into a trap and got the pinfall to take the title to SmackDownLive.

Matt Willis, ESPN Staff Writer57d ago

AEW

Can AEW compete with WWE?

All Elite Wrestling hosts its debut event in Las Vegas over the weekend. With strong talent and a TV deal, it's seemingly set up for success, but will AEW be a legitimate competitor to WWE or simply another operation in the shadows of the industry leader?

Why Brandi Rhodes has to work harder than anyone else in wrestling

All Elite Wrestling's chief brand officer accomplished many firsts in the sport.

Courtesy AEW

Jim Ross on leaving WWE and what's ahead for him at AEW

After a reduction in assignments, Jim Ross left WWE for AEW and hopes that he can serve as a mentor to many in the new wrestling organization.

Money In The Bank

WWE Money in the Bank results: Bayley wins and cashes in; Lesnar shocks with return and captures briefcase

After being out of sight since losing the Universal championship at WrestleMania, Brock Lesnar made a surprise return and became Mr. Money in the Bank.

Bayley cashes in her Money In The Bank briefcase on Charlotte and wins the SmackDown Live women's championship

Andrew Feldman, ESPN.com58d ago

Well that was a twist. Brock Lesnar runs in an grabs the Money In The Bank briefcase. He was announced as the winner.

Andrew Feldman, ESPN.com58d ago

Paige on the Rock

How well does Paige know The Rock?

2:57

WrestleMania 35

WWE fans got what they wanted at WrestleMania 35

WWE fan favorites Becky Lynch, Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins all won at WrestleMania 35, securing all of WWE's top titles in one exciting, emotional night. So what comes next?

The best of WrestleMania 35

Extended cuts of post-match interviews with Kofi Kingston, Seth Rollins and The IIconics, plus all of the best of what we captured throughout WrestleMania week.

WrestleMania

WrestleMania 35 results: Becky Lynch, Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins become new champions

Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston had their WrestleMania moments with championship victories, while Kurt Angle lost his final match and retired from in-ring action.

WWE

Kofi after winning WWE Title: 'I was overcome with emotion'

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Rollins wants 'to headline Wrestlemania next year'

After defeating Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins says next year he wants to headline Wrestlemania.

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Wrestlemania 35

Hawkins: It's 'pretty special' to win title in hometown

Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder reflect on the feeling of winning the Raw tag team titles at WrestleMania 35.

2:28

How WrestleMania became a mainstream cultural phenomenon

5:56

Kofi Kingston

Kofi Kingston's fight to become the fourth black WWE heavyweight champion

Over a decade with the company, Kingston is finally getting a title shot.

WWE

Kofi Kingston: Xavier Woods and Big E are my brothers

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