This week, the show comes from Jacksonville, FL. We’re going right into our first match.
MATCH 1: ROMAN REIGNS (W/DEAN AMBROSE AND THE USOS) VS. WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION ALBERTO DEL RIO (W/ KING BARRETT, RUSEV AND SHEAMUS) (NON-TITLE)
It’s announced Jack Swagger will face ADR for the US title in a chairs match at TLC. The two lock up before Reigns hits a shoulder off the ropes. ADR heads for a quick breather on the apron, then comes back in for a test of strength, turning it into a waistlock. Reigns gets to the corner, so ADR kicks him in the back and heads up for some mounted punches. Reigns eventually escapes and drops ADR face-first onto the top buckle before hitting ten mounted punches of his own. ADR gets sent into the corner, then run into an uppercut. He comes back with a kick, a snapmare and a basement dropkick for 2. ADR applies a rear chinlock, which Reigns fights out of. ADR catches him with a knee and headbutts him back down. Reigns comes back with a misdirection clothesline, then snaps off a suplex for 2. ADR heads to the apron, where he hits a hotshot. Up top, ADR comes off with a clubbing blow for 2. Reigns gets whipped hard into the buckles as ADR mocks the Superman Punch. Off the ropes, Reigns blocks a back-body drop, then clotheslines ADR to the floor. This match has zero flow. Reigns heads outside, where he’s cornered by the rest of the League of Nations. Reigns’ backup even things up before ADR comes from behind and throws Reigns into the steps. Commercials.
Back from the break, ADR hits a double axe handle from the top for 2 before applying another rear chinlock. Reigns counters with a jawbreaker, then follows up with a pair of uppercuts in the corner. He sets ADR on the top and hits another one before ADR sneaks in a jujigatame over the top rope. Reigns powers him back up onto the buckle, then knocks ADR to the floor with another uppercut. ADR gets back in and runs right into a Samoan drop. The two get up and trade punches, with Reigns getting the better of the exchange. He then explodes off the ropes with a clothesline before hitting ten corner clotheslines. Reigns hits a running boot, then loads up the Superman Punch. He misses, and ADR hits a quick Backstabber for 2. ADR calls for the rolling jujigatame, which Reigns turns into a schoolboy, which he then turns into a powerbomb for 2. Reigns heads to the corner, and Sheamus pops up for a quick distraction, allowing ADR to hit a step-up enziguri for 2. ADR sets up a thrust kick, misses, gets caught in a fireman’s carry, escapes, shoves Reigns off, then gets blasted with a Superman Punch. Sheamus and Rusev grab ADR’s foot and drag him to the floor. The Usos and Ambrose stop them, and Reigns levels ADR over the announce desk. The referee calls for the bell.
WINNER: NO CONTEST.
The two teams brawl into the ring as Sheamus and Reigns tear into each other. Sheamus eventually escapes to the floor. Rusev jumps on the apron and eats a Superman Punch.
After some commercials, it’s announced Reigns & Friends will take on the LoN in an 8-man. Joy.
MATCH 2: TYLER BREEZE (W/SUMMER RAE) VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER
Ziggler applies an arm wringer, turns it into a hammerlock, then locks in a front chancery and turns Breeze over for 1. Breeze counters into his own hammerlock, which Ziggler turns into a pin for 1. Breeze goes to the ropes and sneaks in a back elbow. He applies a side headlock and hits a hip throw. Ziggler counters into a pin for 1 before Breeze gets back to his feet and hits a shoulder off the ropes. The two crisscross before Breeze nails a dropkick for 2. Ziggler is favoring his left knee, which Breeze zeroes in on in the corner. Breeze continues to work the knee over on the mat, applying a legbar, which he turns into a half-crab. Ziggler counters into a schoolboy for 2 before Breeze nails a dropkick to the knee. He trips Ziggler and goes back to work on the knee. Ziggler manages to grab the bottom rope. Breeze heads outside and looks to crotch Ziggler around the ring post, but Ziggler pulls his feet in and sends Breeze’s face into the post. Breeze recovers and gets back into the ring, only to have Ziggler blast him with a superkick for 3.
WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER.
Wow. When was the last time Ziggler actually won a match with a superkick?
MATCH 3: WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE NEW DAY VS. THE LUCHA DRAGONS (NON-TITLE)
Okay, I have no idea what happens in this match, because the screen froze on a shot of Rusev shoving his tongue down Lana’s throat while the audio continued on for the entirety of the match. Apparently, the Dragons won, with Kalisto pinning someone with the Salida del Sol. I think the New Day cut a promo in there somewhere, too, but I don’t give a damn.
WINNERS: THE LUCHA DRAGONS.
Michael Cole is in the ring for the contract signing between Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens for their IC title match at TLC. Ambrose is introduced first. Representing Owens is his attorney, Matthew Douglas. Ambrose calls the attorney a substitute teacher and wants Owens out here. Cole reads a written statement, basically saying Owens has been instructed not to be here due to an unsafe working environment. He’s executing power-of-attorney, allowing Mr. Douglas to sign the contract on his behalf. He signs it, and Ambrose says this is a very adult moment for him. he thought he’d come out here, beat Owens down, flip over a table and people would cheer. That’s how these normally work, right? He’s pretty sure Douglas has no jurisdiction here, so he’s just going to sign it. He does, and Owens appears from the crowd. Ambrose spots him and goes after him. Owens grabs him and yanks him to the floor for a beatdown. Ambrose gets thrown into the barricade as Owens screams in his face. He goes for the steps, but Ambrose reverses. He pounds on Owens, then rolls him into the ring. Owens shoves his attorney into Ambrose, and Ambrose wipes the attorney out as Owens hightails it up the ramp. Ambrose then plants the attorney with Dirty Deeds. Booker T makes a Dewey Cheetum joke as Ambrose finishes signing the contract. Apparently, Ambrose got stiffed in that brawl, as his mouth is all bloody.
MATCH 4-2-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH: THE ASCENSION (KONNOR AND VIKTOR) VS. RYBACK
Rusev and Lana are on commentary. Rusev vs. Ryback has been announced for TLC. Viktor charges in for a lock-up, but gets shoved right on his ass. He applies a side headlock, ducks a clothesline, makes a blind tag to Konnor, then goes for a cross-body. Ryback catches him and hits him with a fall-away slam before Konnor knocks Ryback down with a clothesline. Ryback gets corner-whipped before avoiding an avalanche. Viktor tags in before Ryback nails Konnor with a standing spinebuster. Viktor clubs on Ryback, then gets caught in a powerslam off the ropes. Viktor gets wiped out with a Meat Hook, then gets thrown into an incoming Konnor before Ryback drops him with Shell Shocked for 3.
Ryback heads to the announce desk after the match, and Rusev starts screaming in his face before groping Lana. Ryback looks confused and/or disgusted as Rusev heads to the back.
MATCH 5: BECKY LYNCH VS. PAIGE
Paige applies a side headlock and hits a hip throw. Lynch counters into a headscissors are we see Charlotte looking on in the back. Back to the ring, Lynch hits a couple armdrags, sending Paige to the floor. Paige comes back in and sneaks in a side kick for 2. She pulls Lynch to the apron for some kneelifts, then comes back in and throws Lynch to the corner. She hits a kneelift, a snapmare and a quick kick for 2, then applies a straightjacket. Lynch armdrags out of it, blocks a clothesline, hits two European uppercuts, a pair of clotheslines and a leg lariate. She connects with the exploder suplex, but then misses a corner clothesline. Lynch and Paige collide with simultaneous clotheslines just before Charlotte marches down to the ring. Paige hits another side kick on Lynch before mocking Charlotte. She goes for the Ram-Paige, but Lynch counters into the Disarmer for the submission win.
WINNER: BECKY LYNCH.
MATCH 6: ROMAN REIGNS, DEAN AMBROSE AND THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY) VS. THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS (KING BARRETT, WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION ALBERTO DEL RIO, RUSEV AND WWE WORLD CHAMPION SHEAMUS)
The LoN have fancy new entrance music. Can I just say how unnecessary this match is? I mean, I know a lot of guys are injured right now, but there is absolutely no one else they could use for the match earlier tonight instead of having guys pull double-duty? ADR starts with one of the Usos, applying a side headlock. He hits a shoulder off the ropes, goes into a crisscross, then gets caught with a hiptoss. Apparently, this is Jimmy. Jimmy blocks a corner whip and hits an uppercut, then tags in Jey. Jey comes off the top with a shot, which leads to Rusev being tagged in. He hits a spinning heel kick off the ropes for 2, then chokes Jey through the ropes before Sheamus gets in a cheap shot. Rusev catapults Jey under the bottom rope before tagging in Sheamus, who tosses Jey to the floor. ADR throws Jey into the barricade behind the ref’s back as we go to commercials.
Back from the break, Jey is fighting out of a chinlock. Sheamus knocks him to the apron with a back elbow, then sets him up for the 10 Beats of the Bodhran. Reigns comes in and knocks Sheamus down. The referee tries to get some order before Jey tags out to Ambrose. He knocks Sheamus down a couple times, hits a shoulder thrust in the corner, gets corner-whipped, hits a boot out of the corner, then comes off the middle with a seated dropkick. He connects with a corner forearm and a bulldog for 2 before hitting a few shots. He goes to the ropes, where he gets tripped by Barrett. Rusev tags in and stomps Ambrose down, then clubs him with rights for 2. ADR tags in and comes off the top with a shot to the face for 2. He applies a rear chinlock, but Ambrose fights out with jabs. He hits a kick off the ropes, but misses a clothesline, allowing ADR to hit the Backstabber for 2. Sheamus tags in and stomps Ambrose some more, then foot-chokes him in the corner. He drops Ambrose with a standing suplex for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Ambrose headbutts out of the hold, but then gets shoved to the corner. Rusev tags in and assaults Ambrose in the corner before applying a bearhug. Ambrose manages to counter it into a neckbreaker. Rusev quickly tags out to ADR, who misses a step-up enziguri in the corner. Ambrose plants ADR with a tornado DDT, then tags out to Reigns. Rusev tags in, and Reigns drops him with clotheslines. He sends both Barrett and Sheamus to the floor with a shot, misses a clothesline on Rusev, then catches him with a Samoan drop. He hits a series of corner clotheslines before Rusev hits a standing splash. Reigns recovers and explodes off the ropes with a clothesline. . Rusev gets dropped with the Superman Punch, but only gets 2 as Sheamus and ADR break up the pin. The Usos hit the ring, and Sheamus gets planted with a superkick. He rolls to the floor, and the Usos wipe him and ADR out with a pair of suicide dives. In the ring, Reigns misses a corner splash, but then connects with a spear off the rebound for 3.
WINNERS: DEAN AMBROSE, ROMAN REIGNS AND THE USOS.
King Barrett did not tag into this match. Not once. And last week, he was thrown out of the 4-on-1 match. Is WWE pissed with him or something?
END OF SHOW.