'Drag Race' queens on how the show can rethink its rules

Drag race queens BenDeLaCreme, Laganja Estranja, Honey Davenport, Priyanka and Choriza May discuss how the hit series can rethink and reformat its rules. (Author: Gardener)

Drag Race'"It's Chocolate." Imagine going back in time and telling every drag race fan that those two words - "It's Chocolate" - are inseparable from the Emmy-winning, groundbreaking reality-competition franchise . They would look at you the way RuPaul looks at anyone playing a makeup YouTuber on Snatch Game: complete disinterest with a hint of confusion. But here we are, halfway through Season 14 (or are we a quarter through...or has it just begun?!) and It's Chocolate, accompanied by the sad horns of Price is Right, is also part of the canon like tuckahoe. That's because those two words are part of a twist on the format, a new rule/promotion opportunity where the eliminated queens are given one last chance to stay before flying away. They pull a RuPaul candy bar out of their bra (or, come on, they're handed the bar from the stage and then pull it out, right?), open it, and if it's a gold bar, they're silent. If it's chocolate, they dance. But will that rule stand or is it a one-season wonder? The candy bar twist is the latest in a long, long line of rule adjustments and format changes that Drag Race has introduced over the past 14 years. The music video challenge from the penultimate episode was replaced with a girl group number. All the star rules were enacted, and then lip-synched assassins started sniping. Challenge winners in the UK will receive RuPeter badges, and eliminated US Queens will no longer receive a Rupaul Tweeter Maquette. Drag race honey, she's versatile. With that in mind, and with nearly a dozen seasons a year, it's important to stop and reflect on the rules. These are the questions drag race fans, podcasters, and reporters endlessly ponder — but we haven't lived through them. We don't know the show as well as the queens who actually took part. So what do the queens think of the Drag Race format? For this drag race rules analysis, we surveyed five alumni separately by phone and email: BenDeLaCreme (RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6, 5th place, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 3, 6th place), Laganja Estranja (RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6, 8th place), Honey Davenport (RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11, 13th place), Priyanka (Canada's Drag Race Season 1, winner) and Choriza May (RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 3, 6th place). Decider: Are there any drag race twists - like Lip Sync for Your Legacy, Lip Sync Assassins, Lip Sync Smackdown, etc. Honey Davenport (Season 11): One of my favorite things about RuPaul's Drag Race is that the format changes all the time and we know never exactly what we're getting into. Ru and the team at World of Wonder are definitely some kind of genius because they've managed to keep growing their audience while continuing to evolve the show and captivate us at every turn. Priyanka (Canada Season 1): I love the lip-synch assassin [format]. It really shakes up the competition when a girl who slept a full 8 hours, had a smoothie, maybe a shot of tequila, walks in and is just that slut for a lip sync. Laganja Estranja (Season 6): Well, [as a successful lip sync assassin] I definitely think I should have gone home with $5,000 instead of carrying it over to next week! But seriously, I think it's really great. Choriza May (UK Season 3): Something that seems to happen more often is the talent shows in Episode 1. This is a great opportunity for queens to show off their skills that they might not be able to brag about in the challenges drag race usually has , like playing an instrument, doing burlesque or being totally outrageous like Jimbo. What about season 14's big twist: the candy bar? Laganja: I find that pretty lame to be honest. It's already unrealistic to think that lipstick would stay in someone's bra, so there's no way a candy bar would stay in someone's bra. But hey, props to RuPaul for finding another creative way to keep promoting her products. BenDeLaCreme (Season 6, All Stars Season 3): There is much more room for innovation and new creative approaches. I think that's what establishes drag as an art form. She drew from various aspects of what people have done in drag history. I think Drag Race could really use some of that energy, you know? Should the show do another all-queens premiere? Laganja: I like the season 6 intro, how we are introduced to the girls. Apparently this started in my season. I think it's really a great way to start the show because you really have more time to get to know each queen than if all 14 come in at once. DeLa: The first time they made that split, the framework both on TV and in the room was, "You guys are already bonded as a team and now you're going to be at odds with the other half of the cast." That falls into the larger category what I would change about the franchise as a whole, which is the focus on opponents and pitting the girls against each other. There wasn't any real tension between the groups [in Season 6], other than Gia making scathing comments, which she makes about everyone because that's part of her performance. Season 5 was the last time a queen received immunity after winning a maxi challenge. Choriza: I don't think so! Every day counts in the drag race. Winning a challenge is already a great reward, especially in the American Seasons where they get a $5,000 tip! Granting immunity would only relax people, and there is no time for that in such fierce competition. Honey: The concept of immunity would work in future seasons of All Stars, but I don't think it should return to regular seasons. For All Stars, these queens have already gone through the gauntlet. How important are the mini-challenges for Drag Race? Priyanka: I ask myself that question all the time. As viewers, these are important because it's another story beat [and allows us] to see the vulnerable sides of some candidates. Choriza: I think all of these [challenges] are great and cover most of what it really means to be a drag queen. Honey: This might be a bit controversial as it's definitely a fan favorite, but I think the concept of the Snatch game needs a refresh. I know they have tried to change it with variations in the past, but it's frustrating for me because in the end more queens fail than succeed. Even though it's a competition, I really love it when drag entertainers show their best. Priyanka: As someone who almost got sent home for Snatch Game, I would say the show would be incomplete in that regard. The real challenge is whether the cast can be as iconic as they have been in previous seasons. When there's comparisons out there and lots of seasons, it's hard to have a good snatch game or a makeover challenge - but it's like a challenge within a challenge [for the queens], right? DeLa: With so many seasons coming, it has to be the same [challenges and format] over and over again. There is no time to reinvent yourself. I'd like to see the whole thing slow down and take its time. What aspects of drag artistry aren't featured on Drag Race and how could the show emphasize them? Honey: RuPaul's Drag Race has done a great job of bringing drag to the masses and has honestly become the biggest queer show on TV. That being said, I definitely think there is room for incorporating some other aspects of drag artistry. Drag Kings have never been included in Drag Race and I would love to see a show this inclusive and powerful make space for them. Priyanka: Being a lip-synch assassin myself, I love the format [the lip-synch tournament finals] - but it doesn't feature everyone. Not every drag entertainer is a good performer and you don't have to be a good performer to be the winner of the drag race. You must have charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. We're entering a world where everyone is welcome to be an entertainer, but that doesn't mean lip syncing is her talent. This is definitely something I do in my daily life through Instagram to do sponsored posts. I also think a makeup challenge would be really good, one that literally just focuses on makeup. We always do makeup and I think that's something that doesn't necessarily get highlighted in the way it could. Should international drag race seasons follow the US series format exactly? Priyanka: I think Canada's Drag Race Season 1 was so Canadian that it became really unique. I think it's important to retain key elements to really highlight the integrity of the Rupauls Drag Race brand and let the contestants add the twists that are unique to the country. Choriza: I think what makes each franchise unique is not the challenges, not the twists, but the queens. For example, in [Drag Race España Season 1] we had a very emotional season where people stopped or even refused to lip sync; We saw the innkeeper cry because he had to eliminate some of the queens. Choriza: I also think there is an element of uniqueness in the challenges. Coming back to Drag Race España: [they] had a track dedicated to Rosalía and another dedicated to La Veneno. Even the acting challenge was inspired by an iconic teen series from the early 2000s called . It's fun to see the different approaches to the same challenges. All Stars 6 introduced the Lip Sync Smackdown formatted like Top Chef's Last Chance Kitchen. Are there any rules/formats from other reality shows that you would like to see featured in Drag Race? Priyanka: Okay, right now I'm obsessed with Love is Blind. What if RuPaul had to cast his top 13 based on their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent based on an interview through a wall?! It's very The Voice meets Love Is Blind meets I just want to meet RuPaul someday. Shows like Survivor and Top Chef bring back former competitors outside of All Stars seasons. Should drag race bring back the queens during the regular seasons or should that remain the domain of All Stars? Honey: I definitely support Queens returning to both All Stars and Seasons Regular. RuPaul's Drag Race is an experience like no other; Sometimes, for various reasons, people don't get it right the first time and they just need a makeover. DeLa: All Stars is so fast-paced that we keep seeing the same queens over and over again. I don't know if finding more ways to bring queens back onto screen will necessarily serve the situation. And I love seeing the girls again, I really do. As for me personally, I usually bond with them, which makes me even more excited to watch. But I think overall the [All Stars] could benefit from slowing down a bit. More recent competitive shows such as Legendary and Making the Cut allow contestants to work alongside seamstresses. Would that be a welcome change from Drag Race? I can have a great idea visually, but the execution is difficult. It would be nice to have this help to really show off your dragging talents. But sewing challenges don't go away, so until then I'll keep practicing in case I land on an All Stars or something. DeLa: I think drag as a whole is about having a cohesive vision of what you're trying to portray and bring into the world, and it doesn't matter if you can stitch it. The catwalks can be as much a showcase for designers as they are for queens. Sometimes it's the queens who have a really distinct vision and are carried out by humans, and other times they're a model for someone else's vision. It would be interesting to take the idea that you pack a bunch of clothes and wear them on the runway. I really like the idea of ​​having to limit it to the queens as visionaries and someone else as enforcers. Season 14 had several episodes where no one was eliminated. Do you enjoy watching episodes where nobody goes home? Laganya: No. I think that's boring. I'm here to see bitches go home every week. Choriza: Part of the fun part of Drag Race is seeing people go home. That's what gets people so involved! One of the American seasons has kept the girls for so long! It felt like it would go on forever. I would keep all of them for episode 2; The first would be a talent show to show what each queen can or has done over the past few years and then the competition begins. Basically an introductory episode, almost an extended version of Meet the Queens. Laganja: This is stolen from a new show I'm watching and obsessed with called Hot Haus. It's a show on OutTV and basically they're looking for the next queer sex icon, so it's a bunch of gay sex workers hosted by Tiffany Pollard. What I love about the format of their show is that the person doesn't go home, they become a judge. I really love that spin and I think it goes into the whole all stars idea where they match each other. I definitely love the idea that we can still see you when you're eliminated. There's another show called Making It that's about handymen and at the end of each episode they join a band with the hosts. Something like that could be really fun with Drag Race. You know, maybe they're all sitting in a coffee shop, and by the end of each episode, the coffee shop gets busier. Choriza: There is a huge competition in Mexico called La Más Draga and a format similar to Drag Race – but when the queens are eliminated they still walk the catwalk. I think that's the least we deserve after investing so much into the season there's a chance you won't be able to show off any of the costumes, wigs, trinkets, etc. Instead of sending participants home immediately, they earned points based on how well they performed on a challenge. Could a points system work in Drag Race? I think a point system could be a good way to develop the show further. It would really help clarify the judge's decisions and might give viewers a little better insight into the decisions as to why certain queens are chosen to go home. I know it drives the season forward. I think the scoring system you're talking about would certainly shift some of that. Do the judges understand what the queen is doing, having just met her? I think we're doing the queens a disservice if we don't give the judges a chance to get a feel for who they are and how they approach [drag]. If we've had people all season, there's a very good chance that someone who's at the bottom at the start of the season will rise to the top as the season progresses. The way Gottmik has evolved over the course of his season as an artist is a true testament to the opportunities for someone to change, grow and learn from that over time. Project Runway contestants work to a set budget each week, but also when creating their 10-look collections for the finale. Is a budget something you'd like to see in Drag Race? Honey: I think a set budget for the queens would definitely suit the pitch. One of my favorite things about the earlier seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race is that you could see that some of the queens might not have had a big budget, but they made amazing art with what they had. Laganja: I think that's one of the main reasons I'm not going back to the show, because people are spending $25,000 on their grand finale package alone. It's getting out of control. Even if they set a budget for it, queens are smart and they'll find a way around it. I don't know if it would really stop those who are financially able to spend from stopping, but I think it's an interesting idea because it could really force people to be more creative, im As opposed to just putting ostrich feathers on things. DeLa: That's a tried and true reality TV thing. Top Chef says, "Here's a basket full of things. What can you do with it?" I'd much rather see Drag Race say, "Okay, here's your money, there's the cap, show us what you can do with it." It levels the playing field so that it's not just people who get access to certain things that otherwise would not have access, but that there are also girls who do have access but are seriously indebted. This is a show that should support our queens and their livelihoods. It's a show that makes a lot of money and gets a lot of awards for the work of these queens and I'd love to see them support them in that way when there's certainly money to budget for everyone. And I think it would be a lot more interesting to see what happens if everyone has the exact same resources. Here you can see the creativity of a queen. Follow the queens on Instagram: BenDeLaCreme, Laganja Estranja, Honey Davenport, Priyanka, Choriza May


House Of Black dominates the trio action.

Last night's AEW Rampage featured The House Of Black in trio action while Keith Lee took the spotlight in the main event as he took on Max Caster. (Author: Gardener)

House Of BlackYou can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. With the likes of Keith Lee, Leyla Hirsch, Red Velvet and The House Of Black looking to add another win to their AEW records. However, a sunset flip to the outside by Darby followed by a huge coffin drop to the outside gave Allin a big win by countout. A post-match confrontation ensued between the AFO, Allin, Sting and the Hardy Boyz as a challenge to an 8-man Texas Tornado Tag match at AEW Dynamite next week. Hirsch's plan throughout the fight was to take his time and dissect Velvet while she synchronized a series of submissions. However, Velvet was able to attack somewhat in the fight, but an assist from Kris Statlander that prevented Hirsch from using a piece of exposed turnbuckle allowed Velvet to capitalize and pull off a big win. The House wanted to get 2 and 0 in their trio record after disposing of Death Triangle and Erick Redbeard at AEW Revolution. Wanting to upset the house, Fuego and Bear Country were heavily insulted at times during the game. However, they were stopped immediately when Fuego was faced with a huge running knee strike in mid-air, courtesy of Buddy Matthews, before finishing it off with a signature Death Valley Driver pump grip for another win. Max Caster wanted to cause a big stir as he attempted to add the first singles loss to the Limitless One's record. Caster looked strong in the fight, even grounding Lee after connecting a series of stiff lassos and shots. However, a failed attempt to lift Lee ultimately costs Caster as Lee takes advantage and executes a series of shots before ending the fight with The Big Bang Catastrophe. Post-match, Keith Lee engages in a four-on-one attack while Team Taz strikes. However, an ally eventually shows up in Swerve Strickland to help Keith Lee. You can watch AEW international on FITE TV.


Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from March 18th

Welcome to the Bleacher Report coverage and recap of AEW Rampage on March 18th. Due to the NCAA basketball games being aired on TNT this week, Rampage has been pushed back from its normal timeslot... (Author: Gardener)

March 18thDue to the NCAA basketball games airing on TNT this week, Rampage has been moved from its normal timeslot. Keith Lee was back in action this week after a confrontation with The Acclaimed saw him face off against Max Caster on Friday's show. We also saw the recently returned Butcher take on Darby Allin, Leyla Hirsch attempting to continue her winning streak against Red Velvet and Bear Country teamed up with Fuego Del Sol to take on Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews and Brody King. Let's see what happened on Friday's episode of Rampage. Rampage may have started nearly two hours later than usual, but AEW gave us a boost of energy from the get-go when Allin took on The Butcher. No matter who he's facing, Allin literally throws his entire body into his performance... and his opponent. However, when the guy you're pouncing on is the size of The Butcher, it's more like you're running into a wall than a person. This is a match AEW could have finished in five minutes and nobody would have batted an eyelid, but they were booked through to the next segment by the end of the first commercial break, so they had some time to make it interesting. The Butcher Given his size advantage, controlling so much of the action made sense. This wasn't a match full of highlights or memorable moments, but it was a solid display of both men's skills. AEW therefore rarely uses that, so it still felt like he had to work hard to get the win. Skipping entrances and starting with the fighters in the ring for the opening match has become a staple of Rampage. It's a good way to squeeze a few extra minutes of wrestling out of this show. Allin's suicidal fall looked more dangerous than usual. The butcher throwing Allin around by the neck looked both cool and scary. Allin seemed fine, but it's hard not to notice anything neck-related at the moment. The way The Butcher threw Alling against the barricade by his legs was brutal. Before the match could even begin, Red Velvet Hirsch stormed onto the ramp and they began fighting. He suplexed Hirsch and brought her back to the ring for the ref to ring the bell. When they fought through to the break, Hirsch dominated the action. Velvet occasionally scored a hit or two, but Legit Leyla always found ways to get her back on the mat. After taking a lot of damage, Velvet was able to get the win with a little help from a distraction from Kris Statlander. This match had its moments, but it felt a little too one-sided at times. They had the best women's game at Revolution so it's great to see AEW keeping this feud alive. Velvet's suplex on Hirsch on the ramp looked really good. There was almost a scary moment when Velvet appeared to land on her head during an overheard toss, but she was able to pivot enough to land properly at the last second. Bear Country and Fuego Del SolKing, Matthews and Black took on Fuego Del Sol and the two giants collectively known as Bear Country in a six-man tag match this week. Bear Bronson started for his team against the leader of the House of Black. After effortlessly fending off Bronson, Black took out Fuego and Bear Boulder. At one point, all three members of House of Black took turns hitting Boulder with different moves. Matthews scored the win for his team using a version of his WWE finisher for the win. House of Black looked good so hopefully they can keep that momentum after losing at Revolution. Feugo's springboard straight into a King forearm punch looked great. While the spot served to make House of Black look dangerous, Boulder, who made several big shots before finally going down, did a lot to make him look good too. The speed at which Matthews hit his finisher on Feugo was insane. After the usual backstage interview, facilitated by Mark Henry, Lee and Caster met in the ring for the main event. Lee told Caster he appreciates what he brings to AEW before warning him of the beatings he would be receiving. This match was slow paced because Lee mostly didn't sell Caster's offense in the first few minutes. As soon as Lee performed a leapfrog, business began to recover. Caster was more offended than one would expect given Lee's booking up to this point. Luckily this wasn't just another squash match. It never really felt like Caster was winning, but at least it was competitive. Caster tried but couldn't lift Lee onto his shoulders. This temporary miscalculation allowed Lee to pick him up for his finisher to claim the win. Swerve Strickland ran downstairs with a chair to clear the ring and make the save for Lee. While it was fun, this was a relatively uneventful episode of Rampage. Caster's rap this week was good, but not one of his best. Throwing Lee Caster over his head without even having to straighten his hips and arch his back was an impressive display of power. Keith Lee has the best jump in pro wrestling.


Keith Lee vs Max Caster

Darby Allin and the House of Black will also appear on Friday's late night show. (Author: Gardener)

Keith LeeAEW will air a special late-night edition of Rampage hosted by Keith Lee vs. Lee after Friday's NCAA men's basketball tournament. Lee will be looking to remain undefeated in singles ahead of anticipated future games against members of Team Taz. In another one-on-one action, Darby Allin will take on The Butcher of the Andrade Family Office. This is a continuation of the Andrade Family Office's recent rivalry with Allin, Sting and The Hardys after Andrade, Butcher, Blade and Private Party kicked Matt Hardy out of the group. In the trio action, the House of Black (Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews, and Brody King) will reunite to take on Bear Country and Fuego Del Sol, while Leyla Hirsch will take on Red Velvet in a grudge match. Darby Allin (with Sting) defeated The Butcher (with The Blade & The Bunny) by count. This was an updated version of the Sting/Vader matches from the 90's, where Allin was beaten by the Butcher and occasionally got the short hope points against his taller opponent. Allin was knocked out early and The Butcher didn't let him back in easily. Allin managed to maneuver Butcher out of the ring and then hit Butcher with his high speed Tope. Back in the ring, Butcher hit a high angle back breaker for a near fall. Allin came back by biting Butcher's hand. Butcher clotheslined Allin another nearfall. Butcher spun Allin around the neck and kicked him to the ground. On the ground, Butcher knocks Allin out with a lasso. Butcher met Sting face-to-face and the show went on a split-screen commercial break. Back off the break, Allin dived off the middle rope for a dropkick, but Butcher caught his legs and blocked a Texas Cloverleaf. When it appeared Allin was about to flee, Butcher pulled Allin up and bombarded him while holding the shamrock. Allin eventually crawled to the ropes and escaped to the ground. On the ground, Allin escaped a powerbomb attempt but was rammed into the ring post first. Butcher threw Allin around the ring, sending him crashing into the barricade and steel steps. Allin dodged a splash from Butcher against the stairs and then smacked a Code Red to the floor. Allin followed with a coffin drop from the top rope to the floor. Allin crawled back into the ring to beat the count and the butcher was tallied out. After the match, Adrade El Idolo and Jose came out to distract Sting and Allin and the Private Party ran in from behind to attack. The Hardys ran in to make the save (Jeff didn't dance on his way to the ring this time). Matt Hardy challenged the AFO to get back in the ring. The AFO teased him about getting in the ring but of course didn't. Matt challenged Butcher & Blade & Private Party to face off against the Hardy Boys, Darby Allin and Sting for Dynamite. – Scorpio Sky did a promo with Paige VanZant and Dan Lambert who is now the “Co-TNT Champion”. Sky played second fiddle to VanZant. The fight started on the floor where Hirsh attempted a German suplex but Velvet countered with a suplex of his own. As the match reached the ring, Velvet hit a standing moonsault for a near fall. But when Velvent cornered for ten shots, it looked awkward because Velvet is very tall and Hirsh is very short. Hirsh slipped out and yanked Velvet down, then took control as the show went into a commercial break. Back from the break, Velvet regained control with a Cazadora to a Bulldog for a near fall. Velvet went for a spin kick, but Hirsh threw her into an overhead suplex from a powerbomb position. Hirsh followed up with a German suplex and the cross-arm breaker, but Velvet used her long legs to get to the ropes. Hirsh went for a diving knee against the ropes, but Velvet ducked and Hirsh went down. On the floor, Hirsh found the turnbuckle key/connector that she used to win matches. Distracted, Hirsh ran into a spin kick from Velvet and got the pin. – QT Marshall and Aaron Solo cut a promo backstage. Bear Bronson started with Malakai Black. Bronson was defeated with a kick and Bear Boulder with a knee kick. Buddy Murphy took Bronson apart and Brody King came in with a senton. Del Sol attempted a jump off the top and King knocked him down with his right hand. Bear Boulder attempted to take on all three members of the Black House and he was destroyed. Del Sol came in on King with a top rope dropkick and actually outperformed Boulder for about 30 seconds. Black knocked one of the bears to the ground with a top rope moonsault and Murphy hit Del Sol with a tornado high angle slam to the finish. – Penta Oscuro and Alex Abrahantes cut a promo for the House of Black. From Caster's Rap: Keith Lee will run "like Ted Cruz in a snowstorm". And this will be his last time on the show; Fans must "remember him like Alamo". Fantastic rap by Caster. As a comment, Ricky Starks might have planted the seeds for an AEW Originals vs. AEW Invaders storyline as he talked about how guys like Lee and Swerve Strickland came in and tried to take the places of guys like Starks and the Acclaimed. Lee dominated early on with power, but also used his speed to drop and vault over an attacking caster (and he looked good doing it). Lee threw Caster with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Powerhouse Hobbs came out to watch the match as the show went on a split-screen hiatus. At the break, Caster caught Lee coming into the ring with a top rope dropkick. Lee followed an avalanche in the corner with a beel across the ring. Caster came back with a super kick and tried to pick Lee up for a fireman's carry, but it didn't work. Then Lee picked up Caster in a fireman carry and spun him into a powerslam (the big bang disaster) to get the pinfall. After the match, Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks ran in to attack Lee and the Acclaimed helped subdue him. Swerve Strickland ran in with a steel chair to save Lee. Not a bad performance for a show that ran practically at midnight.


AEW Rampage Results (3/18): Darby Allin, House Of Black, Keith Lee, more

Four games are announced for tonight's show, including Darby Allin vs. Max Caster. (Author: Gardener)

Darby AllinOur live coverage of AEW Rampage begins following the conclusion of today's NCAA Tournament coverage on TNT. Excalibur, Chris Jericho, Taz and Ricky Starks comment. Darby Allin (with Sting) Allin uses his speed to dodge Butcher, but his punches have little effect. Butcher corners Allin and hammers him with punches. Jericho refers to The Butcher as "Andy Williams" in comments. Allin takes a while to get back in the ring. Allin eventually lured Butcher outside, went in the ring and tripped him with a tope suicida. Allin does a springboard coffin drop off the second rope. Butcher catches Allin and gives him a 2 count. Butcher sends Allin down with a straight right hand. Allin bites Butcher's hand, but Butcher fights him off. Butcher pulls Allin up, sends him in the corner and clotheslines him down for a two count. The comment mentions that Butcher's hand was injured in his last game against Allin. Jericho ponders how many concerts and money the injury cost Butcher. Butcher sends Allin outside and follows him out. Butcher sets Allin up and lassoes him to the ground. Butcher stares at Sting as we go to the picture-in-picture break. Back from break, Allin lunges at Butcher and gets caught by a Texas Cloverleaf. Allin is almost able to crawl to the ropes, but Butcher pulls him back and powerbombs allin without releasing the grip. Allin struggles to the ropes again and breaks the hold. Allin rolls outward. Allin rolls outward. Butcher picks Allin up and tries a powerbomb, but Allin grabs to stop it. Butcher regains control by pushing Allin into the ring post. Butcher pulls Allin off the apron in a deadlift powerbomb position and swings Allin into the barricade and steel ring steps. Still on the ground, Allin dodges an attack from Butcher, and Butcher crashes into the steel ring steps. Allin hits a Code Red on the floor. Allin climbs to the top rope and lands a coffin rope on Butcher, who is still at ringside. #AEWRampage is on @tntdrama right now! Allin rolls back in the ring and Butcher can't hit the 10 count to get back in the ring. Allin wins. Private Party attacks Allin and Sting from behind. Matt Hardy grabs the mic and challenges the AHFO to get back in the ring and fight. The AHFO tease that they will get in the ring but decide against it. He challenges them to an 8-man Texas Tornado tag team match at next Wednesday's Dynamite between The Butcher & The Blade & Private Party and The Hardys & Sting & Darby Allin. Back from break we're backstage with TNT Champion Scorpio Sky, Dan Lambert and Paige VanZant. Red VelvetYeah @Thee_Red_Velvet and @LegitLeyla definitely don't like each other at this point #AEWRampage Velvet and Hirsch meet at the entrance ramp and start fighting. Velvet splexes Hirsch onto the ramp. Velvet brings Hirsch into the ring and the bell rings to start the match. Velvet hits a standing moonsault for a 2 count. Hirsch corners Velvet and lands some strikes. Hirsch whips Velvet into the far corner but charges into one of Velvet's elbows. Velvet stomps Hirsch in the corner and then mounts her for a few punches. Hirsch slips out and rips Velvet off the second rope. A kick to the chest knocks Velvet down in the middle of the ring. Back off the break, Velvet wins an impressive slugfest in the middle of the ring, defeating Hirsch with a bulldog for a 2 count. Velvet goes for a spinning kick. Hirsch ducks and powerbombs Velvet. Hirsch follows with a German suplex and lures the cross-arm breaker. Velvet barely makes it to the ropes. Hirsch misses a running knee and falls to the outside. Hirsch finds the turnbuckle hook, but Kris Statlander shows up and takes it away. This distraction allows Velvet to do a corkscrew kick and go for the pin. @callmekrisstat makes absolutely sure @LegitLeyla won't cheat her way to another win and @Thee_Red_Velvet takes the win with the corkscrew kick tonight on #AEWRampage ! We get a vignette with QT Marshall talking about his loss to Hook at the Revolution buy-in. Next week on Rampage, Marshall says he will invite Hook into the ring to receive the QT Marshall Certificate of Achievement. Black starts against Bronson. Black quickly takes control and gets to work on Bronson's arm. Bronson fights back with some strikes and tags in Fuego. Black defeats both of them and catches Boulder, who also comes in the ring. Black tagged Matthews, who attacked Bronson's arm. He tags in with King, who lands a senton and clotheslines Bronson down over the top rope. Fuego makes a blind tag but King catches him diving off the top rope. Boulder faces off against all three members of the House of Black. He quickly becomes overwhelmed and is sent out of the ring. Fuego attempts a sneak attack but runs into a knee kick from Matthews and he pins Fuego for the win. Chris Jericho says he has a big announcement about a match for the Jericho Appreciation Society on Wednesday at Dynamite. Mark Henry chats with Keith Lee and Max Caster. Caster says he's a big guy too and urges Lee to return to the Renaissance Faire. Lee says he's actually a fan of The Acclaimed, but if Caster gets in the ring with him, they'll have to bask in his glory. Wednesday's AEW Dynamite:Sting, Darby Allin & The Hardys vs. Private Party & The Butcher & The Blade caster says he'll run Lee "like Ted Cruz in a snowstorm." Slow start with lots of taunts from Caster. Lee finally catches him and picks Caster up with a knuckle lock. Caster manages to escape and hits a dropkick. Lee overpowered Caster and tripped him with a shoulder tackle. Lee leaps over Caster, but Caster hangs onto the ropes to avoid another shoulder attack. Powerhouse Hobbs takes the stage as we go into the picture-in-picture break. Back from the break, Caster is in control after a dropkick that caught Lee by surprise. Caster lands some cross faces. Taz says Caster is channeling "his inner hook". Lee gets back on his feet and quickly catches Caster with a leap. Lee heaves Caster over the ring. Caster takes control with a Superkick. Caster tries to pick Lee up, but he can't. Punches from Lee take back control and Lee plants Caster with the Big Bang Disaster for the pin. #AEWRampage is on TNT right now! Lee stares at Hobbs. Hobbs comes down the entry ramp and they start arguing. The celebrated join a 4v1 attack in the ring. A four-for-one loss after @RealKeithLee's win as #TeamTaz and #TheAcclaimed were #Limitless on #AEWRampage tonight! Tune in to TNT to catch the action! Swerve Strickland runs to the ring with a steel chair and the bad guys disperse. Strickland and Lee shake hands at the end of the show. Jericho sneaks in a "This is entertainment!" Logout just before the fade to black. 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Vince McMahon tricks Pat McAfee into apologizing but he delivers Epic Burn instead

During today's WWE SmackDown, Pat McAfee was called into Vince McMahon's office and Michael Cole suspected it had to do with the brawl that took place between McAfee and Austin Theory last week who have a match at WrestleMania. McAfee didn't look too happy when he walked out of Vince's office, and when [...] (Author: Gardener)

Pat McAfeeDuring today's WWE SmackDown, Pat McAfee was called into Vince McMahon's office and Michael Cole suspected it had to do with the brawl that took place between McAfee and Austin Theory last week who have a match at WrestleMania. McAfee didn't look too happy when he came out of Vince's office, and when he got to the ring, he picked up a mic and said that when he first saw an episode of Raw, he saw something he thought he was it could do. Then he remembered when Cole called him about the job on SmackDown and he said damn yes, and then he said he dreamed of doing that. He then said he dreamed of getting in front of the millions, but before he could deliver his rock-inspired promo, Austin Theory came out and interrupted him with his own mic, and he kept asking, "Do you have something for me?" ?“. McAfee then said Vince told him he could either apologize or lose his job and dream. McAfee then tried to apologize twice but couldn't get it out and then walked away. McAfee hit Theory with a spate of burns, saying, "I'm sorry I hit you last week. Austin Theory, I'm sorry your parents raised an idiot. faced as relevant. Austin Theory I apologize for being a punk b****. Theory then smiled and took his selfie and said you apologized and he walked out of the ring and to the back. So the good news is McAfee isn't going to get fired as he used the words "sorry" in his series of Theory Burns said, and Theory appears to be mollified, at least for now. See the current WrestleMania 38 card below. You can get in the mood for all the action when WrestleMania 38 kicks off on April 2nd and 3rd at 8:00 p.m. EST.


Brock Lesnar stabs car with forklift, rips door off truck

Lesnar literally ripped things apart on WWE SmackDown (Author: Gardener)

Brock LesnarBrock Lesnar was on a mission to tear down Friday night's SmackDown. The WWE Champion almost sent Universal Champion Roman Reigns and his company on their way to WrestleMania 38 for good. Lesnar morphed from "The Beast Incarnate" into "The Monster Truck," wrecking a car before literally smashing the door of one truck tore . It was Lesnar intensity at its dumbest and most elevated in an action packed and chaotic episode for the blue brand. Elsewhere on the show, SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair introduced title challenger Ronda Rousey before the Showcase of the Immortals. Flair lured her opponent into the ring and ended up towering over her opponent. Roman Reigns, flanked by The Usos and Paul Heyman, opened the show and boasted about how The Bloodline attacked Lesnar in Madison Square Garden. Heyman boasted that Lesnar wasn't in the building and Reigns accused his opponent of being scared. Heyman received a text message informing him that Lesnar was indeed in town before the stall went fast. Back from the commercial break, Reigns and company managed to get into a truck, but Lesnar was hot on his heels. "The Beast Incarnate" ripped a door out of the truck as The Bloodline sped away. Lesnar walked out to the ring with the truck door in hand. The WWE Champion threw the door in the ring and reiterated his intentions to get blood at WrestleMania. Flair towered over Rousey prior to WrestleMania 38. Flair lured Rousey into the ring by taunting her. She got the better of the title challenger, choking her unconscious with a kendo stick and powerbombing her through the announcer's table. The opening and closing segments mostly felt like a fling when it came to the storytelling, particularly the encounter between Lesnar and The Bloodline. At least Flair got a serious boost toward her title defense. Crazy cowboy Lesnar driving a forklift and opening a truck door are classic examples of silly, nonsensical sports entertainment. The Lesnar vs. Reigns stuff felt like an attempt to bridge the gap with WrestleMania rather than build on it, but it was a lot of fun. Flair powerbombing Rousey, the latter of whom had a bloody mouth, had great intensity. Los Lotharios (Angel Garza and Humbert Carrillo) via pinfall after Boogs landed the Boogs Cruise to give his team the win. * Defeated Drew McIntyre and The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar). Happy Corbin (with Madcap Moss), Jinder Mahal, and Shanky via pinfall after McIntyre nailed Shanky with the Claymore. Remarkably, Corbin substituted out of the match every time McIntyre was substituted on. Madcap Moss made a joke at Happy Corbin's expense during the pre-match interview, and Corbin didn't appreciate it. WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Carmella and Queen Zelina Vega were at ringside. Authority figure Sonya Deville was impressed by Natayla and Bazler's aggression and rewarded the duo by adding them to the tag title match at WrestleMania 38. It's now a deadly four-way tag team match with the four tandems in the segment. McAfee later entered the ring and gave an impassioned speech about how pro wrestling shaped him. Enter Austin Theory, McAfee's WrestleMania opponent, who informed everyone that McAfee would apologize to Theory or lose his WrestleMania match. * Defeated Ridge Holland (with Sheamus and Butch). Kofi Kingston via pinfall after landing Northern Grit. A nod to Sheamus and Butch for distracting Kingston leading to the goal.


SmackDown Scores Live Blog

Follow this week's episode of SmackDown with a collision between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns and more! (Author: Gardener)

weekWWE SmackDown returns to our lives tonight (March 18, 2022) with a live show from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, showcasing the latest builds from the upcoming two-day WrestleMania 38 extravaganza in early April in Arlington, Texas. Announced for tonight: WWE Champion Brock Lesnar collides with Universal Champion Roman Reigns. It's not exactly clear what that means, but we do know Lesnar is looking for blood and revenge after the head of the table abandoned him at a house show at Madison Square Garden nearly two weeks ago. Come right back here at 8:00 p.m. ET when the SmackDown Live Blog kicks off once the show starts on FOX. The show begins with a recap of last week's Universal Championship business between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Roman Reigns sits down at the microphone and asks the crowd to acknowledge him. He talks again about crushing Brock Lesnar in Madison Square Garden and says he's going to make him bleed tonight too. Paul Heyman says Lesnar won't be here tonight and Roman crows about how scared Brock is of him. Paul Heyman gets a text and it turns out that Brock Lesnar will actually be here tonight and the Bloodline will storm out together. We see the Bloodline rush to the loading dock and get in a car to drive away, but Brock Lesnar pulls up with a forklift and pokes the tines into the window as we go to brake! Back from the commercial we're treated to a recap of what we just saw, plus footage of what came after, as the Bloodline climbed out of the car while Brock Lesnar raised the forks until the car slid off and he was able to tip it over . The Bloodline got a truck, but Brock chased after them and threw open the back door as they sped away! Lesnar enters with the truck door in hand and throws it in the ring. He sits down at the mic and tells Roman he can run and hide, but in two weeks time at WrestleMania he'll be doing more than blasting the doors and he's coming for blood. We get a recap of Rick Boogs and Shinsuke Nakamura earning a tag title match at WrestleMania. Rick gives Shinsuke his usual big intro and we go on break. Nakamura and Carrillo at the start, Good Vibrations after a little try, Garza walks in and knocks Shinsuke off his feet! Double ringer, Angel throws his pants at Boogs and we get quick tags to edit Nakamura. Eventually, Boogs gets the hot day and cleans up the house with ax handles and a press, inevitably leading to Rick Boogs & Shinsuke Nakamura winning by pinfall with the Boogs Cruise. Viking Raiders and Drew McIntyre step up to put us on the break. Back from the commercial, Happy Corbin & Co. Shanky and Erik begin, the big man rams the Viking into the corner only to make him turn around. Off the ropes, Shanky knocks him down, switches to Jinder and Erik hits a spinebuster before tagging in Ivar. Short whip in the corner, big lasso, Corbin in, back and forth, Ivar with big right hands! Satisfied with a spinning spinebuster on Warbeard, a cheap shot at McIntyre to get him excited and we go to the break. Back from the commercial, Mahal grounded Ivar with a Cobra Clutch, he breaks free and switches in with Drew and McIntyre heats up! Drew McIntyre & Viking Raiders win via pinfall with a claymore from McIntyre on a shanky. He's gotten inside his head and under his skin and he seems so keen to bring his world to him, but he's going to show him what it really means to step into his world, so he wants that at WrestleMania for the match everything is possible! Sasha Banks and Naomi step in to send us on the break. Morgan and Naomi start, quickly switch to Banks, in control, but Liv jumps up and a play, Sasha offers Banks a handshake! She accepts, the boss pulls her for a side lock and corners Naomi for the headscissors! Ripley tags in, interfering with Naomi, blind tag and a knee off the apron! Tijeras follows, tags made, Naomi with the split jawbreaker! Back from the commercial, Ripley stalks Naomi, tags done and Banks comes in hot! Rhea in, rocket dropkick gets a two count, pump handle, Banks counters Riptide, lung blast connects, tag to Naomi! Vader Bomb, Naomi with the split-legged moonsault...MORGAN BREAK IT UP! The match is likely to go to a no-contest. Johnny Knoxville cuts a promo saying he's built a career by ignoring common sense and he's still standing. He says Sami is a great competitor but he can take anything he dishes up and if he wants the match to go all out he accepts! Michael Cole tells Pat McAfee he's been called to Vince McMahon's office and we're going on break.


Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from March 18th

Friday night, 20 years to the day after an explosive debut introduced him to the WWE Universe, Brock Lesnar vowed to confront Roman Reigns after the brutal attack that left The Beast in a bloodied heap in Madison Square Garden... (Author: Gardener)

March 18thFriday night, 20 years to the day after an explosive debut introduced him to the WWE Universe, Brock Lesnar vowed to confront Roman Reigns after the brutal attack that left The Beast in a bloodied heap in Madison Square Garden. That confrontation was the headline of a program that also included the latest from several WrestleMania feuds, including the women's tag team cover photo, Drew McIntyre's vendetta against Happy Corbin, and a suddenly personal feud between New Day and Sheamus, Ridge Holland and Butch . What happened and how did it affect Road to WrestleMania 38 just over two weeks before the year's biggest extravaganza? Find out now with this recap of the March 18 episode. Drew McIntyre and The Viking Raiders vs. Rhea Ripley and Liv MorganGreatness on another level and a vengeful Brock LesnarRoman Reigns attracted attention as he and The Bloodline entered the ring for the evening's opening promo, a smiling and smug summary of his loss to Brock Lesnar at Madison Square Garden two weeks earlier. Paul Heyman cut him off, revealing The Beast shrugged off a weather-related travel delay and set off, prompting the tribal chief and the Usos to head to the back and showing cowardice in the face of a possible confrontation with the disgruntled WWE Champion. A vengeful Lesnar marched backstage with a truck door to the ring after a vehicle attack with a forklift and warned the Universal Champion, “I'm coming for blood. See you in two." This was a great promotional segment to kick off the show as it didn't waste a lot of time and allowed Reigns and Heyman to show off their character work, which was exponentially important to the feud and the main creative event the Blue brand was in last year. It also portrayed Reigns as a coward, despite his hubris; a terrified champion aware of the reality that awaits him in Dallas. Lesnar is at his best at this point, an engaging and charismatic babyface who's equal parts endearing and devastating. I'm so sorry," Heyman said, his belief in The Head of the Table always being one of the most entertaining elements of the show. Lesnar gleefully driving a forklift in Reigns' SUV was a nice touch, reminiscent of the days of Steve Austin's Attitude-era vehicle attacks. After the break, The Bloodline recovered and fled in a truck, but not before The Beast ripped the door off the vehicle. "You'll have to excuse me, I'm a little upset," Lesnar wowed the crowd before warning Reigns that he'll be going for blood in two weeks. Their WrestleMania 38 match-up with the Usos for SmackDown Tag Team Championship officials Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs fought Los Lotharios Boogs and Nakamura remain the team that has no plausible reason in a competitive, fun and energetic tag team match had to work but it has. They're over, Boogs finds himself between the ropes as an explosive powerhouse, and Nakamura is exactly the veteran presence for h Help him evolve as a performer. They may not have a realistic chance of dethroning the Usos in Dallas, but based on fan reaction, Showcase of the Immortals is definitely the time to pull the proverbial trigger when WWE even thinks about The Power of Switch.Boogs is insane. His repeated Humberto Gorilla Presses followed by Curling Angel before the Boogs Cruise was great stuff and just the kind of babyface work that will help him connect with the audience beyond his guitar intro. Pat McAfee was incredible influencing getting Boogs and Nakamura via commentary. Drew McIntyre and Viking Raiders vs. Jinder Mahal, Shanky and Happy CorbinDrew McIntyre has dominated his feud with Happy Corbin en route to WrestleMania, and Friday night was no different as The Scottish Warrior, featuring Erik and Ivar of the Viking Raiders, clinched a win Corbin, Shanky and former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal won. In that match, the Babyfaces overcame a concentrated attack on Ivar and used the strength of Claymore to win against Shanky Typ, who many believe will challenge Roman Reigns after the sports-entertainment spectacle. His late-match upswing, culminating in a super-impressive Hawk Arrow for Shanky, was the stuff of a top-notch, championship-worthy babyface that will help cover up any in-ring deficiencies the Jackass star may have, while a high finish is all but guaranteed Hell is full of talent, which was showcased in a match between Naomi and Sasha Banks versus Liv Morgan and Rhea Ripley. Champions Carmella and Queen Zelina watched from ringside as their top contenders delivered a strong, competitive match between two babyface tandems who emerged as fan favorites despite both teams' status. The bloody good match came to an abrupt end when Natalya and Shayna Baszler attacked the fighters and not-so-subtly announced their intent to compete in a WrestleMania title match no other team needed. Still, WWE is at least making an effort to shore up tag titles, which it hasn't done for far too long. Morgan's early hanging with Banks proves she's ready and able to hang with the top stars in the women's division, which we saw in full earlier this year against Becky Lynch. She's a star begging for an opportunity to shine. The brief exchange between Banks and Ripley should have all fans cleaning up the potential for a match-of-the-year contender between the two. Michael Cole informed Pat McAfee that Mr. McMahon had called him into his office to formulate some sort of "apology" to Austin Theory. After the break, a totally predictable development, Sonya Deville added Natalya and Baszler to the tag title match at WrestleMania.


Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns collide

Lesnar and Reigns will come face to face en route to WrestleMania. (Author: Gardener)

Brock LesnarWith WrestleMania 38 just over two weeks away, SmackDown is taking place tonight at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Universal Champion Roman Reigns and WWE Champion Brock Lesnar clash tonight as they come face to face. At WWE's house show at Madison Square Garden earlier this month, Reigns attacked Lesnar, leaving him in a bloody mess. Last week Lesnar was out for blood and challenged Reigns to get in the ring. Instead, Paul Heyman interrupted Lesnar and said Reigns wasn't there that night. An enraged Lesnar then chased Heyman backwards, but Heyman escaped in a car. Three games have also been announced for tonight's show. Sasha Banks & Naomi take on Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan, Kofi Kingston meets RIdge Holland and Drew McIntyre takes on The Viking Raiders against Happy Corbin, Madcap Moss & Jinder Mahal. They aired an in memory graphic for Scott Hall. They summarized Roman Reigns attacking Brock Lesnar at the MSG house show and Lesnar chasing Paul Heyman last week. Michael Cole noted that Pat McAfee was not allowed to touch Austin Theory, and management suggested he apologize to Theory. Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and The Usos slowly walked to the ring. Reigns demanded that fans acknowledge him and he received a mixed reaction. Reigns boasted about attacking Lesnar in MSG and looks forward to smashing Lesnar tonight. Heyman interrupted and informed Reigns that weather patterns caused Lesnar's flight to remain grounded. Heyman announced that Lesnar would not be at the show tonight. Reigns claimed he was disappointed that he couldn't smash Lesnar. Suddenly, Heyman interrupted Reigns with more news. Reigns noted that fans are here to hear him speak. Heyman told Reigns that Lesnar's flight has landed and he is on his way. Reigns freaked out, handed the mic to Heyman and told him to wrap things up. He jumped out of the ring and took off with the Usos and Heyman. Cole and McAfee have run through the line-up for tonight. In the back, Reigns and the Usos jumped into their car. Reigns jumped in the car and Lesnar hit the windows with the forklift. Reigns, Heyman and The Usos were trapped in their SUV. Lesnar laughed at them and they escaped on the other side. No longer showing up for a grounded flight, Lesnar had just arrived at the airport when he showed up at the arena with a forklift. Reigns and the Usos ran to a second vehicle conveniently parked nearby with the keys inside. Lesnar ran over as they were about to drive off and pulled open the door. Reigns and The Usos drove out of the arena. Lesnar took the chair and walked to the ring. Lesnar jumped into the ring with the car door and destroyed it. Lesnar noted that he was out for blood and vowed to beat Reigns at WrestleMania. They recaped Rick Boogs' win over Jey Uso last week to secure a title shot for Boogs and Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania 38 against The Usos. Nakamura backed Humberto into the corner and followed with a running knee. Humberto got a side headlock, but Nakamura fought back. Angel blind tagged and jumped on top of Nakamura to gain control. Los Lotharios isolated Nakamura on their side of the ring, cutting him off from Boogs. Humberto tagged in and hit Boogs off the apron. Boogs came on and ran wildly on his heels. Boogs did ten reps with Humberto in the press slam before dropping him on Angel. They summed up Happy Corbin, Madcap Moss, Jinder Mahal and Shanky attacking The Viking Raiders last week. The heels then attacked Drew McIntrye until he fought them off. In the background, Megan Morant interviewed Corbin, Mahal, Shanky and Moss. Corbin claimed his plan went exactly as he wanted last week. Cole and McAfee admitted the joke was awful, but it gets better. The story of the match was that Corbin avoided McIntyre and was substituted every time he entered the ring. Cole pointed out that this match was supposed to take place last week. Erik jumped Shanky at the bell for the early advantage. Shanky fought back and tagged in Mahal. The heels isolated Ivar and Corbin taunted McIntyre until he got in the ring. Back from the break, Mahal firmly took control with a chin smack into Ivar. Ivar fought back, but Corbin prevented the tag. Corbin knocked out Ivar but he broke free and tagged in McIntyre. Corbin quickly substituted and jumped out of the ring. McIntyre ran, knocking Mahal out of the ring and hitting Shanky with a Michinoku driver. They repeated Ricochet's win over Sami Zayn last week to retain the Intercontinental Championship. In the background, Zayn claimed he should be champion, but he's not because of Johnny Knoxville. He challenged Knoxville to an Anything Goes match at WrestleMania. Banks had the early advantage after running around the corner into an arm drag. Morgan rolled up Banks for a near miss. Banks and Morgan both bet on a dropkick. Banks teased, shaking Morgan's hand but cornering her instead. Naomi hit a split-legged leg drop for a two count. Ripley tagged in and rocked Naomi's head with a dropkick to take over. Ripley was firmly in control until Banks made a blind tag. Banks rocked Ripley with a knee to the head and followed with a headscissors. Ripley and Morgan sent Banks and Naomi to the floor. Ripley followed with a cannonball off the apron as they switched to commercial. Back from the break, Ripley attempted a vertical suplex but Naomi was able to break free. Naomi dodged Ripley and hit a springboard kick. Banks and Morgan came on at the same time. Banks hits the double knees in the corner and hits a Meteora for a close near fall. Ripley followed up with a huge rocket dropkick on Banks for a close near fall. Ripley went for the riptide, but Banks hit a backstabber instead. Naomi hit Ripley with the split-legged moonsault, but Morgan stopped the pin attempt. Banks and Naomi double suplexed Ripley while Morgan double powerbombed them. Natalya and Shayna Baszler ran into the ring and attacked everyone for disqualification. Carmella and Zelina stepped in to help Natalya and Baszler. The champions posed alongside Baszler and Natalya. Baszler and Natalya stared at the champions. Johnny Knoxville responded to Sami Zayn's challenge from earlier. Knoxville noted that he once fought Butterbean and was KO'd. Knoxville accepted Zayn's challenge and burst out laughing. Cole and McAfee were discussing Knoxville and Zayn when Cole got a message from the back. McAfee noted that they're on the air live, and Cole assumed it might not be good news.