Main Event
Date: October 10, 2019
Location: Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, California
Commentators: Mickie James, Byron Saxton, Dio Maddin

In a weird way, this is going to be both a return to normal and the brand new normal at the same time. That means Smackdown is going to be included here again, though this time around Smackdown came first during the week and that is going to be the case going forward. I doubt that is going to change much about the shot itself though. Let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.

Revival vs. Zack Ryder/Curt Hawkins

Non-title.  Hawkins shoulders Wilder down for two so Ryder comes in and takes a shoulder of his own. The chinlock goes on for a bit before Dawson goes with the simple choking on the ropes. Ryder gets in a jawbreaker and the hot tag brings in Hawkins to clean house. The Michinoku Driver gets two and a small package is good for the same but it’s the Shatter Machine to finish Hawkins at 5:29.

Result: Revival b. Curt Hawkins/Zack Ryder – Shatter Machine to Hawkins (5:29)

We look at the biggest moments from the Smackdown premiere.

We look at Brock Lesnar destroying Rey Mysterio and Dominick.

That Lesnar is a monster:

From Smackdown.

Smackdown World Title: Brock Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston

Kofi is defending. The F5 makes Brock champion in six seconds.

Result: Brock Lesnar b. Kofi Kingston – F5 (0:06)

That Lesnar is also a champion:

Post match here are Rey Mysterio and CAIN VELASQUEZ as Brock looks like he’s seen a ghost. Cain takes him down with a double leg and the scared Brock bails in a hurry. Brock teases coming back to the ring but backs off and walks away as we’re off the air at 9:58.

From Raw.

We open with a recap of the end of last week’s show with Lana and Bobby Lashley, for lack of a better term, canoodling on the stage right in front of Rusev. This is interspersed with clips of Rusev and Lana’s wedding and marriage.

Rusev vs. Randy Orton

Hang on a second as we come straight out of the opening sequence to Orton and Baron Corbin stomping on Rusev. He fights back but Lashley pops up on screen in a robe. That would be Rusev’s robe, because Lashley is in Rusev’s house. Actually he’s in Rusev’s bedroom, which includes a rather comfortable bed.

There is only one thing missing, which would be Lana herself. She comes in and climbs in next to Lashley, while mentioning that everything they own is now in her name, plus they no longer have separate checking accounts. Lana removes some of the little clothing she still has on and the lights go out with more laughter.

We come back to the arena where Rusev is taking this as expected and Orton and Corbin laugh on the floor. Rusev snaps and beats both of them up, including various shots to Corbin with the steps. A jumping superkicks each knocks both of them into the crowd. No match of course.

The fight was strong here:

We look at the Cell matches and Charlotte vs. Bayley from Hell In A Cell.

Cesaro vs. Cedric Alexander

Cesaro headlocks him to start and Cedric can’t do much with the power. His own headlock works just as well though, suggesting that power has nothing to do with it. Cesaro isn’t about to give him a clean break on the ropes so Cedric hits a basement dropkick. Some chops just annoy Cesaro so he stomps Cedric down and forearms him in the head.

We take a quick break and come back with Cesaro slapping on an abdominal stretch, which he can make look rather devastating. It’s off to an arm trap chinlock instead but Alexander fights up and hits the springboard Downward Spiral. Cesaro’s big boot gets two and he grabs an over the shoulder body vice, only to have Alexander slip out again. The Lumbar Check gives Alexander the pin at 9:50.

Result: Cedric Alexander b. Cesaro – Lumbar Check (9:50)

Quick talk about the Draft.

From Raw to end the show.

Jerry Lawler brings Fury to the ring for a chat. He didn’t like Strowman making him look like a fool last week and he is here to demand an apology. Cue Strowman to say he was just giving Fury a present last week and then he told security to let Fury go. If Fury wants to get in Strowman’s ring, he’ll eat him for lunch.

Fury says he would have knocked Strowman out but Strowman says he would do the same. How man titles has Strowman won? They go into the corner and here’s security to break it up in a hurry. That doesn’t last long though and the fight is on again but here is the locker room for the save. They keep breaking it up and the fight starts up over and over again.

In the back, Strowman says Fury is tough but there will be no apology. Strowman comes charging back out and the brawl ends the show.

When monsters fight:

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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