Wrasslin’ Noir Recap 8/31

Raw

Drew McIntyre telegraphed his King of the Ring performance when he sat on the throne before his first round match with Ricochet. The surprise came when the two put on a show and ultimately, have Ricochet come out on top.

Natalya did a bit of banking, and she received her statement. The Banks of Sasha reported her overdrawn.

Cesaro was set to wear down Cedric Alexander a week ahead of Alexander’s second round match. The only wearing down was Cesaro’s back when he fell victim to the Lumbar Check.

SmackDown

Still relying on a sound bite from years ago, Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston got into a backstage rumble that lead to Kingston being relieved of duty for the night. Big E went to do work for his comrades and challenged Orton. The grudge match left E in the ring reeling after the Revival got involvled.

The juvenile acts of Shelton Benjamin became the centerpiece for his King of the Ring match versus Chad Gable. Put all the short puns to the side, this was a lackluster break up match for two former partners. Gable advanced, but a much different story could have been told. To be continued?

Ember Moon had a small segment backstage that set up a match between Bayley and Lacey Evans.

NXT

The most important move of the night had to be the main event between the Street Profits and the Undisputed Era and the NXT Tag Title rematch. After watching UE take a clean victory, one can only anticipate big moves for the Profits in the near future.

A few weeks ago, Keith Lee and Dominick Dijakovic had an impressive stalemate; part two was scheduled for this week. To say it did not disappoint would be an understatement. Look no further than the XXL sized Spanish Fly that Lee delivered. He was pearched high on the turn buckle when Dijakovic landed the finisher for the pin and win.

NXT called in Holidead to don the Cami Fields moniker and be dominated by Io Shirai.

Impact

Impact pulled a WWE move by booking Kiera Hogan and Vanilla in a tag match against Jordynne Grace and Chica Tormenta; the bonus came in Madison Rayne  joined Hogan and Vannie. Rosemary joined the fray after the tag contest was thrown out. One thing led to another, and they were forced into a trios match. Hogan and Rayne took off and left Vanilla to the devices of Rosemary.

No story was given to support Rich Swann and Willie Mack tagging up to take on Dezmond Xavier and Wentz. If you watched any of their past matches, then you have seen this one. Swann and Mack for the W.

Las Vegas needs to hurry up and get here; these shots between Moose and Ken Shamrock are down right disrespectful from the Moose end. Fallah Bahh took time to come through to get some of this negativity spewed on him just to issue a request for a rematch.

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