Ziggler with a Superkick and he advances to the finals. Can overcome the damage done by earlier? That meant that Brock Lesnar was left wondering which slot would see him defend the Universal title against Seth Rollins, but we didn't have to wait long to find out. The inaugural Universal Champion was. Back in the ring, Rollins comes off the top rope but Ziggler moves out of the way. The Big Red Machine is outside the ring now and Michaels with a moonsault onto both of them but neither catches him and Michaels hits head-first onto the floor and is bleeding over his left eye.
If Raw is any indication, that prediction might be a little off. Will The Phenomenal One take down The Beastslayer when they clash for the very first time on May 19? Very few performers in 2019 can pull this off. A second one, but Strowman survives. So, it will be Styles vs. And here's the broadcast team including Renee. Their match never quite started as they attacked all three Lucha House Party members before the bell with Erik hitting a double power bomb on Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado before the duo hit their new Viking Experience finisher -- a tandem pop-up powerslam -- on Dorado. Rusev for the United States championship kickoff show.
True, Lynch backed up her championship pedigree with a victory over , who put up a very impressive fight against the twice-over titleholder. But Alexander's attempt to springboard back into the ring was met by a stiff European uppercut from Cesaro for the pin. And before the bell rings, The Miz attacks Ziggler from behind. The three-count followed, and just like that, he's almost there. Then McIntyre jumps on the apron behind the referee's back and shoves Rollins off.
Let's hope he also receives a push worthy of the work he's doing on the mic. Baron Corbin via pinfall: Styles worked from underneath with a classic babyface rally after being beaten inside and out of the ring for the majority of the match. Ricochet via pinfall: Roode, who cut a heel promo celebrating Chad Gable's move to SmackDown earlier in the day on , brought a handlebar mustache and heel turn to his new-look character. See More Like the proverbial bad penny, just will not go away. Drew McIntyre is in Saudi Arabia for the show so maybe they could do an angle to include him in the championship match or he could get involved in some way.
Void in Alaska, Hawaii and where prohibited. This time, Alexander found success by going high-risk with a top-rope plancha, and yet again, a defensive strategy proved key for Cesaro: When Alexander went big with a springboard, The Swiss Superman planted his feet and administered a jaw-jacking European uppercut that grounded his opponent for three. A staredown ensued likely teasing what should be a great feud. Despite facing a pair of heavy-hitters in Corbin and McIntyre, The A-Lister somehow willed the match into his favor almost from the jump. This has been the best action of the show. For full official rules, visit www. But this makes sense with another heel winning to take on the babyface Rollins in the next round.
Alexander's athleticism rightly stood out as he hit a Michinoku Driver for two and came right back with a perfect Tope Con Hilo onto the floor. These guys always go full throttle, especially against one another. Number of days held recognized by the promotion + Current reign is changing daily No. Rollins was given the chance to battle Lesnar for the gold when he won the Royal Rumble earlier this year. Blind tag by Kofi and a double team move but Sheamus survives. Wyatt is perfect for it. Reception The Universal Championship design was heavily criticized.
Evans timed it perfectly to lay Lynch out with her Woman's Right directly after the referee called for the bell. Back and forth match early on with Nakamura landing some big kicks but Rusev is back on offense following a big clotheslines and a spin kick. Fittingly, both Superstars continued with the same strategies that won them their respective Triple Threat Matches earlier in the night: Styles gritted his way through tall odds after suffering a mid-match injury, while Corbin exploited whatever weakness he could find by targeting that same injury. So far, every match has been kept very simple with traditional babyface versus heel story-telling. His opponent was determined by two on Raw, with the winners wrestling each other in a singles match. Despite the well-documented history between the three competitors — Joe is very adept at beating up Styles though not beating him, while Rey was trounced by the Samoan bully at WrestleMania — the match was a complete scramble from start to finish, with each Superstar fighting for whatever edge they could get.
Outside of a slow start in which Raw seemed to rely heavily on its predictable ways of old, the remainder of the episode truly gave the show a feeling that both the culture and image of the brand had slightly changed thanks -- at least in storyline form -- to new superstars getting opportunities and fan-friendly changes to established characters being instilled. But the finish saw McIntyre lay Miz out with a Claymore kick before an advantageous Corbin ran in to push McIntyre out of the ring and steal the pin. The kickoff show will begin in a few minutes and the main card beginning at 12:00 p. Joe for the title now. Styles then hit a Styles Clash on Mysterio, once again landing on Joe's body before pinning Joe for the 1-2-3. Lesnar with an F5 but Strowman kicks out.
I predicted that Kurt Angle will beat Rey Mysterio in the finals but here are my predictions for that entire tournament: Angle, Rollins, The Miz, and Mysterio each win their first-round matches. © 2018 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. See More New Raw Superstar Cesaro answers Cedric Alexander's open challenge. Yes, that's the World Cup finals - Dolph Ziggler vs. Bálor has the shortest reign at 22 hours as he was forced to vacate the title due to suffering a injury in winning the title. This was added on Thursday and the broadcast team calling the action ringside in Riyadh includes Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Renee Young. The bad news is that, if this week is any indication, his crusade is just getting started.