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Hell in a Cell Match for the RAW Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair defeated Sasha Banks (C) to win the title
Charlotte regained the RAW Women’s Championship for the third time after rag dolling Sasha Banks onto a table (it didn’t break) before hitting Natural Selection. Because there was no big stunt before the pin, it came off as an abrupt and flat ending to an otherwise good Hell in a Cell match. The match started out with an homage to the Undertaker/Mankind Hell in a Cell match with Banks getting seemingly removed and stretchered out of the match after Flair attacked her before the bell, ultimately driving her through an announce table with a power bomb. Like Foley, Sasha rolled off the stretcher and the match was on. While the action was good, several big moments didn’t go as planned. In one spot, Charlotte fell from the apron onto a table that collapsed but didn’t break and near the finish Sasha was thrown onto the table twice with the table staying intact both times. The ending didn’t feel like a blow-off but my hope is they let these two move on to other rivalries for the near future.
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No Mercy Results – WWE
Luke Harper returned to distract Randy Orton long enough for Bray Wyatt to nail him with Sister Abigail and score a victory over the Viper in the show-closing match of No Mercy. Why didn’t I call it the main event you ask? Because WWE opened last night’s event with the match labeled “The Main Event”, as AJ Styles defeated John Cena & Dean Ambrose by pinning Cena after a chair shot. Earlier in the match, Styles tapped to a double submission by Ambrose and Cena, causing the referee to restart the match. And in the other standout match of the evening, Dolph Ziggler captured his 5th Intercontinental Championship, keeping his career going in the process, against The Miz. Another solid show all around for the blue brand.
Lynch Pulled from No Mercy – Cageside Seats
Becky Lynch did not defend her Women’s Championship as scheduled due to an undisclosed medical reason that is not in-ring related and not serious. Her match with Alexa Bliss has been rescheduled for the November 8th Smackdown Live in Glasgow, Scotland.
Hell In A Cell Matches – Wrestling INC
Just like that, we’re on to the next one. In three weeks, Hell In A Cell takes place on the WWE Network from Boston, MA, and two new matches were made official during the No Mercy broadcast. Joining Rusev vs. Reigns in a Hell In A Cell match will be two championship rematches: Charlotte vs. Sasha for the Women’s Championship and Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins.
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WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi was this week’s guest on The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show to talk about his appearance Saturday. September 24th in Joppa, MD at MCW Pro Wrestling’s Tribute to the Legends Convention, Rusev, his sons’ The Usos recent heel turn, the WWE Brand Split, Roman Reigns and more.
Be sure to check out Rikishi and an unbelievable lineup of Wrestling Legends at MCW’s Tribute to the Legends Wrestling Convention in Joppa, MD on Saturday, September 24th from 10 to 4. Following the convention, MCW will also be holding a live wrestling event, MCW Tribute to The Legends, bell time is 7:30pm. Tickets and all the details are available at MCW Pro Wrestling.com.
Follow Rikishi on Twitter @TheREALRIKISHI, Facebook, and Instagram @jrrikishifatu! Check out Knokx Pro Wrestling Academy at Knokx Pro.com!
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Playing into the heel persona he’s cultivated in the UFC, Conor McGregor has drawn the ire of another group of athletes this weekend: professional wrestlers.
During a media call for UFC 202, after being asked about if there was any interest in a future in the squared circle, McGregor spoke with harsh words.
“I have thought about it. For the most part, I think these guys are p*ssies, to be honest. They’re messed up p*ssies if you ask me. Fair play to Brock (Lesnar); he got in and fought, but at the end of the day, he was juiced up to the f*cking eyeballs. How can I respect that? The other guy (CM Punk) hasn’t fought yet, so I don’t know about him yet. There’s some Dons in that wrestling game. The McMahons are Dons. Triple H is a Don. The Rock is a Don. But the rest of them are p*ssies. I haven’t thought about that, to be honest. It’s a little more show business and this is the fight business.”
The UFC Featherweight Champion then doubled down on his comments on his Twitter.
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WWE Championship: Dean Ambrose defeated Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Championship
An action-packed main event, with a number of nods to the history of the Shield, including a Shield style powerbomb and Seth Rollins’ sneak attack chair shots. The finish came after Rollins hit Reigns with a Pedigree and a Buckle Bomb but Reigns rebounded with a Superman punch and a spear. With Rollins neutralized, Ambrose swooped in and hit Reigns with a Dirty Deeds to keep the championship on SmackDown. The SmackDown roster sans Bray Wyatt came down to the ring to celebrate the victory. An overall strong match which will likely set up a Rollins & Stephanie vs. Reigns conflict over losing the championship for the Raw brand.
Not surprisingly I suppose, the live DC crowd was solidly behind “Anyone But Roman” in this match. I was pleasantly surprised that with the presence of the commissioners and GMs of the respective brands there was not chicanery and the finish was clean. I do hope that now the draft has taken place and the rosters are set, we stray away from the Raw vs. SmackDown feuding brands and onto traditional rivalries as separate shows.
The Highlight Reel with Randy Orton
With Orton and Jericho headed to different brands, this was purely promotion for Orton-Lesnar. While I think everyone knew going in how this was going to end, with an RKO out of nowhere, it had some fun elements. Orton surprisingly referenced Lesnar’s USADA drug tests and Chris Jericho is killing it currently with his “drink it in man” shtick.
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