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WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Drew Gulak defeated Akira Tozawa and Tony Nese to become the NEW Cruiserweight Champion
RAW Women's Championship
Becky Lynch defeated Lacey Evans to retain her RAW Women's Championship
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn defeated New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods)
WWE United States Championship
Ricochet defeated Samoa Joe to become the NEW US Champion
SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships
Daniel Bryan & Rowan defeated Heavy Machinery (Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic) to retain their SmackDown Tag Team Titles
SmackDown Live Women's Championship
Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre
WWE Championship - Steel Cage Match
Kofi Kingston defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain his WWE Title
WWE Universal Championship - Special Guest Referee
Seth Rollins defeated Baron Corbin to retain his Universal Title
The kick-off show is underway, with our panel of Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, David Otunga and Booker T running through tonight's match card. They then focused on the WWE Title match in particular, with Caruso and Booker stepping inside the steel cage to break things down further. Big E and Woods then joined the panel, saying that Kingston doesn't need them tonight but they have his back nonetheless. The discussion then shifted to Seth Rollins' recent conflict with Baron Corbin. In a backstage interview, Corbin then said that he has many options for tonight's referee role. However, his choice is a secret so he's not telling anyone yet.
The panel then previewed Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley as well as Ricochet vs. Samoa Joe. This led to Ricochet taking a seat alongside them for an interview, admitting that he's in for the fight of his life until Joe interrupted from backstage. Joe says that Ricochet knows nothing about this level of competition and while's he's an amazing athlete, that's never stopped the champion before. Elsewhere, Charles Robinson walks into Daniel Bryan and Rowan's shot, enraging the former as he dismissed their foes' comedic approach. Rowan says that Otis and Tucker as champions would be idiocrasy. Tonight, they are saving the tag team division from being a joke.
The focus then shifted to Reigns/McIntyre, with Drew interrupting Shane's introduction and saying that Roman is far too emotional, reiterating his intentions to "disfigure" Reigns.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Tony Nese (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Drew Gulak
Gulak immediately took Nese out, landing a sharp kick but soon being halted by a striking salvo from the champion. Tozawa then cut him off though, being floored for his troubles as Nese combined offense for a double pin near-fall. A superkick followed but Tozawa then built his own momentum, hitting a trademark dive and then launching himself onto Gulak with a senton off the apron. The missile dropkick came next but Gulak broke up the pin. He was swiftly removed regardless as in the meantime, Nese fired back, forcing Gulak to halt another fall.
He was suddenly in control too, suplexing Tozawa onto Nese and leaving both of his foes floored. Gulak's time on top was brief though, with Tozawa snatching an Octopus Hold until Nese suplexed Tozawa out of the position before turning into a clothesline from Gulak. The Gu-Lock followed but in the meantime, Tozawa headed up top, crashing down with a senton on both men. Hurricanrana came next and then a crisp kick as well but Gulak kicked out at 2. Gulak soon evaded his foe though, being wiped out by Nese for his troubles as this time Tozawa broke up the fall.
That left him and Nese to go back and forth, trading strikes and fighting up top as Gulak seized, taking advantage and superplexing Tozawa. He evaded the 450 Splash too but remained in trouble as Tozawa hit shining wizard for 2 of his own on Nese. He then landed a heavy kick on Gulak too, trading pin attempts with Nese until the champion launched him into the corner. Gulak then seized, with Tozawa taking out Nese as he took advantage, hitting Torture Rack Neckbreaker on Tozawa and winning the title!
Winner and NEW Champion: Drew Gulak
Finally, the panel concluded with a discussion about tonight's main card opener: Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans.
RAW Women's Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans
The champion immediately took control early, wrestling Evans to the mat and then chasing the challenger around ringside before dropping her face first in center ring. Evans soon fired back though, kicking Lynch into the announce table and then using a punch to the midsection as well. Lacey then used the ringpost too, yanking Lynch before slowing things down with a hold. Becky responded with a roll-up counter but strikes kept Evans in control, furthering her attack on Lynch’s arm. Becky soon fought upright regardless, catching an armbar out of nowhere as Evans got her foot to the bottom rope.
Lacey was back in control before long regardless, hitting her elevated bronco buster and taunting Lynch until she fired back, rallying with strikes and building momentum with her signature comeback. Evans stayed alive though, kicking out at 2. A wild exchange followed, with Evans landing a modified stunner and sharp kick for another near-fall. Lynch prevented Lacey from heading up top though, yanking her to the mat and forcing a submission via Dis-Arm-Her.
Winner and STILL Champion: Becky Lynch
A Mustafa Ali vignette followed, reiterating his purpose while elsewhere, Paul Heyman left Baron Corbin’s dressing room. Heyman hints at an appearance from Lesnar while afterwards, Corbin says he’s chosen an unbiased referee.
New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Owens immediately flurried, landing a salvo of superkicks as well as Swanton Bomb for 2. Blue Thunder Bomb followed and then eventually, Frogsplash too but somehow, Woods still kicked out on both occasions. Stunned by their foe’s toughness, Zayn and Owens slowed things down while E returned to the apron in the meantime. His opponents remained firmly in control regardless, battering Woods and keeping him cornered as well. Zayn then applied the cross face but Woods countered, soon landing a sharp kick to create space. E was removed from the apron in response but Woods used a back suplex to reset things once more.
He avoided Owens’ senton too, finally tagging in E as he run wild on all involved. That culminated with a big splash but Zayn kicked out at 2. E continued to flurry nonetheless, slamming Zayn to the mat and bringing in Woods as his shoulders provided a platform for E’s splash. Owens made the save but was dispatched for his troubles, with New Day thinking Midnight Hour until Zayn fought free and evaded E too. Helluva Kick followed as well as Pop-Up Powerbomb but E broke the pin at 2. Things then broke down, with all four landing strikes until no one was left standing. Once things continued though, E speared Zayn off the apron while in-ring, Owens pinned Woods via Stunner.
Winners: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Elsewhere, Nikki Cross greeted Alexa Bliss with excitement. Alexa reminded Nikki of their tag team title loss, with Cross saying that Bayley showed her true colors, asking Bliss not to take responsibility and focus on tonight instead.