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Expect some fallout from Thursday’s Crown Jewel pay per view on tonight’s SmackDown.
Roman Reigns is STILL the Universal Champion coming out of Crown Jewel. He took advantage of a knocked-out referee, hit Brock Lesnar in the head with the title belt and pinned him to retain the gold. That title belt was slid into the ring by Paul Heyman, but who it was intended for was left...deliberately vague.
Tonight’s SmackDown is also the first WWE show with the new post-Draft rosters now in effect...and the situation involving the two women’s singles championships on WWE’s main roster remains a bit of a mess.
Becky Lynch is still the SmackDown Women’s Champion. She pinned Sasha Banks with a rollup while holding the bottom rope to win a 3-Way over Banks and Bianca Belair.
So, Lynch is now officially part of the Raw roster, despite holding the SmackDown Women’s Title...while Charlotte Flair is now on the SmackDown roster while holding the Raw Women’s Title. We still don’t know what WWE is going to do about this.
Getting back to Crown Jewel...Big E hit the Big Ending and pinned Drew McIntyre to retain the WWE Championship.
Xavier Woods is the King Of The Ring. He pinned Finn Balor with a springboard elbow drop.
Zelina Vega is the first winner of the Queen’s Crown tournament. She pinned Doudrop with a Code Red after about six minutes of action.
Goldberg pinned Bobby Lashley to win their No Holds Barred match...after Goldberg speared Lashley off the stage.
Edge beat Seth Rollins in their Hell In A Cell showdown.
Mansoor beat Mustafa Ali. After the match, Tarek Hamdi, an Olympic silver medalist for Saudi Arabia in taekwondo, showed up and knocked out Ali.
Randy Orton & Riddle beat AJ Styles & Omos to retain the Raw Tag Titles. Styles took the pin.
The Usos beat Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander on the kickoff show.
On Thursday’s NXT UK…
Jordan Devlin pinned Joe Coffey with the Devlin Side in the main event.
Aleah James pinned Xia Brookside with a diving sunset flip from the second rope. Xia was NOT happy about this result.
Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff got a DQ win over Symbiosis after Eddie Dennis attacked Starz with a steel chair.
AEW’s World Title Eliminator Tournament begins on tonight’s Rampage...with Orange Cassidy vs. Powerhouse Hobbs.
The TBS Championship Tournament bracket will be revealed.
Also, AEW Women’s Champion Dr. Britt Baker vs. Anna Jay…
And Andrade El Idolo vs. Pac.
(STINGER: New Japan)
The biggest story to come out of Thursday may be one we didn’t expect - the surprise in-ring return of Katsuyori Shibata.
It happened just after the intermission of New Japan’s G1 Climax Final show. Just about everyone was stunned to see Shibata walk out for an unannounced exhibition match against Zack Sabre Jr.
Wearing little more than shorts and sneakers, the two grappled their way to a time limit draw after a mere FIVE minutes of action. This was NOT a hard-hitting match...but for fans of Shibata...it was something...and the hope that there may be more to come.
Shibata was forced into retirement by a head injury, suffered during a match back in 2017.
The G1 Climax final itself...was a bit of a buzzkill. Kota Ibushi injured his right arm when he missed a Phoenix Splash. It was ruled that Ibushi could not continue...and Kazuchika Okada was declared the G1 winner.
Impact Wrestling last night put the final pieces in place for Saturday’s Bound For Glory pay per view.
The Good Brothers will defend the Impact Tag Titles in a 3-Way against BOTH FinJuice AND Bullet Club’s Chris Bey & Hikuleo. The challenging teams met last night - but the match ended in a double pin...after two referees ended up in the ring and both counted a pinfall.
The six wrestlers who will meet on Saturday to decide the first Impact Digital Media Champion came together for a 3-Way Tag Team Match last night. John Skyler & Tenille Dashwood beat Crazzy Steve & Chelsea Green and Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh. Dashwood pinned Fallah Bahh after hitting him with the Spotlight Kick.
Also last night...Mickie James pinned Savannah Evans with her signature DDT.
Trey Miguel beat Alex Zayne.
AND Brian Myers kicked Sam Beale and Manny Lemons out from under his Learning Tree.
W. Morrissey beat Jake Something on Before The Impact.
It’s all Violence Unlimited vs. The Foundation on this weekend’s Ring Of Honor TV. Jay Lethal goes one on one with Homicide. Plus, Tony Deppen vs. Rhett Titus...and Brody King & Chris Dickinson vs. Jonathan Gresham & HOT SAUCE Tracy Williams.
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