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WWE NXT TakeOver War Games II: Match recaps and ratings

At NXT TakeOver: War Games II, both champions retained in tremendous matches, War Games thrilled as expected, Aleister Black and Johnny Gargano put on a clinic and Matt Riddle shocked Kassius Ohno.

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Pete Dunne, Ricochet, and War Raiders (Hanson and Rowe) defeated The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong) in War Games.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer6h ago

Tommaso Ciampa defeated Velveteen Dream to retain the NXT Championship.,

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer7h ago

NXT TakeOver: War Games II

Aleister Black defeated Johnny Gargano in a match that was (as usual) as good as advertised.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer7h ago

Fans at NXT TakeOver: WarGames in Los Angeles are all getting these wristbands that will light up during the show.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer9h ago

Survivor Series

Last-minute changes and three first-time-ever matches creating excitement for WWE Survivor Series

After Becky Lynch was removed from the card due to injury, WWE adjusted plans and created some must-see matches for one of the brand's biggest shows of the year.

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WWE Survivor Series' greatest moments

SportsCenter takes a look back at some of the most iconic moments in WWE Survivor Series history.

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Wrestling isn't the same for Daniel Bryan in 2018 ... it's better

As expectations for him continue to soar, Daniel Bryan is just thankful to be back in the WWE ring and doing what he loves once again.

Survivor Series Moments

WWE Survivor Series Moments: The Dead Man is born

At the 1990 Survivor Series, the debut of The Undertaker was a moment when the wrestling world changed forever.

WWE Survivor Series Moments: Sting arrives

Nobody expected to see Sting come to the aid of Team Cena at the 2014 Survivor Series.

WWE Survivor Series Moments: WWE Reigns Supreme

The Alliance versus WWE battle culminated in a match to remember at the 2001 Survivor Series.

SmackDown

Daniel Bryan is your new WWE champion, after a whirlwind of an evening on SmackDown. After a ref bump, a low blow and a running knee, Bryan pinned Styles to become a four-time WWE champion and end Styles' second reign at 371 days. This also means that Bryan will face Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series on Sunday, in something of a parallel to Styles' title win over Jinder Mahal just before Survivor Series 2017.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com4d ago

With Becky Lynch out of Survivor Series, there were a few options for a replacement against Ronda Rousey - and WWE went for the biggest swing with Charlotte Flair. In what easily could have been a WrestleMania match - perhaps even the main event - making it Flair vs. Rousey for Sunday maintains a big fight feel. How it could play out, however, is anyone's guest.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com4d ago

Survivor Series

Shawn Michaels on the Montreal Screwjob: The worst day I can recall in the entire 25 years I was in the wrestling business

The Montreal Screwjob will go down as one of the most infamous moments in wrestling history. Shawn Michaels reflects on his role in the match and how it impacted him professionally.

WWE Survivor Series' greatest moments

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The origin of the Elimination Chamber: How everything went wrong, but still turned out alright

At Survivor Series 2002, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chris Jericho, Kane, Booker T and Rob Van Dam became the first six WWE superstars to enter the Elimination Chamber. Fifteen years later, we look back at that night through their eyes.

Wednesday Recap

The Undisputed Era earned the advantage in their War Games match against the War Raiders, Ricochet and Pete Dunne this Saturday at TakeOver: War Games II when Kyle O’Reilly defeated Hanson on Wednesday night. The three other matches on the TakeOver card will feature Aleister Black battling Johnny Gargano, Shayna Baszler defending the NXT women’s championship against former champ Kairi Sane and Tommaso Ciampa taking on the Velveteen Dream with the NXT championship on the line. In other action on NXT TV this week, Lacey Evans defeated Karissa Rivera and Bianca Belair kept her winning streak alive with a win over Mia Yim.

Sean Coyle, ESPN3d ago

Cedric Alexander picked up the victory in the main event of 205 Live, snapping a short losing streak and also giving Lio Rush his first singles loss on 205 Live. The match gave Rush his best showcase of innovative moves not seen on 205 Live (springboard stunner off the bottom rope and some sort of spinning Vertebreaker, anyone?). But the big picture coming out of the show was previewing Sunday's Cruiserweight Championship match between Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali. It's disappointing we won't get a traditional elimination match featuring cruiserweights, perhaps against the best of NXT or NXT UK?

Matt Willis, ESPN Staff Writer3d ago

WWE

Prior to Monday night, Becky Lynch was already enjoying a meteoric rush of WWE fan support -- but an accidental moment in the ring that caused Lynch to bleed profusely may have given Lynch the kind of iconic moment that careers are built upon. After attacking Ronda Rousey backstage, Lynch led the SmackDown women's division to decimate the Raw women's division and Rousey, her opponent on Sunday. In the chaos of the attack, Lynch began to bleed from her face -- but the final moments of the attack and the closing moments of Raw featured a crowd that was feverishly behind the conquering Lynch.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com5d ago

Dean Ambrose cut a fiery promo talking about how The Shield made him weaker - and he burned his Shield vest in effigy. Braun Strowman bartered with Stephanie McMahon for a Universal title shot and a chance at Baron Corbin. The Riott Squad further embarrassed Natalya, which could make for trouble Sunday, as Riott, Natalya, Mickie James, Tamina and Nia Jax are representing Raw in the 5-on-5 elimination women's match. And, though we didn't get much that was new from Brock Lesnar or Paul Heyman, Lesnar did toss Jinder Mahal and the Singh brothers all over the ring.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com5d ago

While the closing moments of Raw garnered considerable attention, the rest of the show featured some solid matches and promos building towards Sunday's Survivor Series. Finn Balor and Dolph Ziggler put on a strong showing with Balor earning his way onto the Raw men's Survivor Series team with a win. Bobby Lashley claimed the final spot by beating Elias, thanks to a major assist from Lio Rush. Bayley and Sasha Banks had the makings of another great entry in their lengthy rivalry before it was ended as a ruse.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com5d ago

SmackDown Recap

What began as a Becky Lynch promo responding to Ronda Rousey’s fighting words a night earlier ended up with a surprise match between Lynch and Nikki Cross, who made her main-roster debut. The deranged Cross put on a good showing but ultimately succumbed to Lynch’s Dis-Arm-Her. While the next step in the Cross storyline will likely wait until after Survivor Series, early indications suggest she will be a welcome true heel to the SmackDown women’s roster when she is promoted full time.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com11d ago

It never gets old. The New Day-Usos feud was arguably the best rivalry in the WWE last year. The teams went at it again Tuesday with a rugged, ruthless, high-flying performance. In the end, Jimmy Uso landed a frog splash on Kofi Kingston to win the match and earn his team the captaincy of the SmackDown tag-team clash against Raw come Survivor Series. In a well-deserved show of respect, The Usos immediately picked the New Day as the first team to join them.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com11d ago

Give us more Rey Mysterio versus Andrade “Cien” Almas, please. What energy and chemistry between the two. In the end, Mysterio -- who was RKO'd by Randy Orton after the match -- narrowly beat Almas to earn a spot on the Survivor Series men’s team. Almas won’t make the squad this year, but little question he will be a staple in the upper echelon in the near future.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com11d ago

Survivor Series

WWE Survivor Series' greatest moments

SportsCenter takes a look back at some of the most iconic moments in WWE Survivor Series history.

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Monday Night Raw

With Seth Rollins forced to defend the Raw tag team championships by himself, the Authors of Pain defeated him two-on-one to win the titles. Dean Ambrose showed up post-match, attacked Rollins and offered no explanation for his motives. Other highlights from Raw include a few rematches, as Nia Jax defeated Ember Moon and, following a post-match attack on Moon, Jax aligned herself in a partnership with Tamina. A six-woman tag team rematch from Evolution was strangely and abruptly ended when Ruby Riott destroyed a pair of the late Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart's sunglasses that Natalya has worn to the ring. Bobby Lashley also finally got the better of Finn Balor.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com12d ago

A good chunk of Raw was dedicated to Baron Corbin fleeing an incensed Braun Strowman after the former cost the latter the Universal title at Crown Jewel. A scheduled Corbin-Kurt Angle match for the captainship of Raw's men's Survivor Series team was abandoned when Corbin fled the arena in a speeding car; Drew McIntyre took his place, getting the spotlight of a first-of-its-kind main event against Angle. McIntyre embarrassed Angle in a narrative-heavy match, ultimately finishing off the WWE Hall of Famer with Angle's own pair of signature moves. Rounding out Raw, Ronda Rousey responded to Becky Lynch with a solid promo of her own. We also got the crystallization of Elias' face turn with an embrace of local Manchester heroes Oasis and a big win over Dolph Ziggler. Apollo Crews also picked up a win, over Jinder Mahal.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com12d ago

NXT Recap

Tonight’s episode of NXT TV was highlighted by a main event featuring NXT championship number one contender Velveteen Dream and Lars Sullivan. Sullivan recorded the win with the help of NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa, who caused a distraction. Shortly after, a scuffle broke out between Dream and Ciampa that ended with Dream gaining the advantage and posing with the NXT championship. In other action, Heavy Machinery defeated the Forgotten Sons and Dakota Kai beat Taynara Conti. A couple matches were announced for next week. Bianca Belair will battle Mia Yim and two members of the opposing War Games teams at the upcoming TakeOver: War Games event will face off with the advantage in the match on the line. Speaking of TakeOver: War Games, Shayna Baszler will defend her NXT women's championship against Kairi Sane in a two out of three falls match at the event.

Sean Coyle, ESPN10d ago

Survivor Series

SmackDown general manager Paige announced this year's Survivor Series women’s team – Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka and Charlotte Flair. But oddly, when Charlotte’s name was announced, she never came out to the ring. Instead, Mandy Rose did, and she called out each of the aforementioned names, including her longtime partner Deville. The segment ended with a few fisticuffs, a lot of confusion and a no-show by Charlotte. The question now becomes: Will The Queen indeed show up at Survivor Series?

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com11d ago

WWE

Cena out of WWE's Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia

John Cena will not take part in the WWE's Crown Jewel event on Friday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Despite all of their experience and intersecting rivalries over the last two-plus decades, DX and the Brothers of Destruction have never faced each other. The numbers, courtesy of Joey Koontz of ESPN Stats & Info, are staggering.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com17d ago

Evolution

WWE Evolution recap: Rousey and Lynch retain, Baszler becomes two-time NXT champ, Storm wins Mae Young

Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch successfully defended their championships belts, while Nia Jax won the Battle Royal.

Shayna Baszler is a two-time NXT women's champion, after what could easily be called the match of the night thus far at Evolution, against Kairi Sane. Late in the match, Sane sent Baszler flying into the crowd -- right into Baszler's friends Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke. Shafir and Duke got involved with the finish, attacking Sane while the ref was otherwise occupied -- allowing Baszler to pick up the submission win. On a night where Ronda Rousey -- the fourth member of that quartet known as the 4 Horsewomen of MMA -- is also in action, it's worth keeping an eye on later in the night.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com20d ago

Sasha Banks, Bayley and Natalya bested the Riott Squad in a really fun six-woman tag team match. When Banks stepped up to the top rope and hit a frog splash for the victory, the crowd got as loud as it's been all night inside of the Nassau Coliseum.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com20d ago

Recaps

After a brawl that spilled all over the Full Sail campus, NXT General Manager William Regal announced Undisputed Era will battle the War Raiders, North American champion Ricochet and U.K. champion Pete Dunne in a War Games match at TakeOver: WarGames II on Nov. 17. Regal also announced that Tommaso Ciampa will defend his NXT championship against the Velveteen Dream. On Wednesday, we also got the NXT TV debut of Matt Riddle, who picked up a win against Luke Menzies and tag team victories for new EVOLVE tag champs, the Street Profits over The Mighty as well as Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan over Humberto Carrillo and Raul Mendoza. Nikki Cross also defeated Mercedes Martinez. After Cross won, Johnny Gargano's wife Candice LeRae came out to confront Cross. As Cross walked away, Aleister Black emerged and shared a chilling exchange with LeRae regarding Gargano's whereabouts. It was later announced that Black will face off with Gargano at TakeOver.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com16d ago

Mustafa Ali took a beating, but got the roll-up victory over Tony Nese to earn the No. 1 contendership for the Cruiserweight Championship. After the match, there was a collective gasp from the live crowd when it looked like Cedric Alexander, who seemingly came out to save Ali from more punishment from Nese, was setting Ali up for the Lumbar Check, but Alexander instead raised Ali's hand in victory. In other 205 Live news, Brian Kendrick picked up a win over Gentleman Jack Gallagher, and got some backup from Akira Tozawa, preventing interference from Drew Gulak. And while Gran Metallik picked up a victory, TJ Perkins emerged from the audience to snatch his mask.

Matt Willis, ESPN Staff Writer17d ago

SmackDown Live

AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship, originally scheduled for Friday's Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia, instead took place Tuesday night as the opening match of SmackDown Live. After more than 20 minutes worth of a classic, Styles picked up the victory via submission. Samoa Joe returned and attacked both men post-match and hoisted the title into the air. In terms of a work-around that seems designed to get Bryan off of Crown Jewel, it was a creative and entertaining move in a tough spot.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com18d ago

A little disappointing there wasn’t more fallout from Evolution. It appears the Becky Lynch-Charlotte Flair rivalry will take a hiatus so each can focus on her Survivor Series match. Lynch had some fighting words for the Raw women’s champion, Ronda Rousey, while Charlotte was relegated to a quick interview in which she was reluctant to accept the captaincy of the SmackDown women’s team because of her failure to regain the championship Sunday. “I don’t think I’m the right woman for the job.” Much more to come on that front in the coming weeks.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com18d ago

Monday Night Raw

Shawn Michaels hit a superkick on The Undertaker in a final confrontation ahead of Crown Jewel to close out Monday Night Raw. Other highlights from the night include a face off between Nia Jax and Tamina, the Lucha House Party defeating The Revival, Dolph Ziggler topping Apollo Crews and a win for Bobby Roode & Chad Gable.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com19d ago

Monday Night Raw was dedicated to two primary objectives - looking back at Evolution, and ahead to Friday's Crown Jewel show. The night's action opened with Brock Lesnar getting the upper hand against Universal championship opponent Braun Strowman. Trish Stratus and Lita teamed with Natalya, Bayley and Sasha Banks to beat the Riott Squad. Elias continued his war of wills with Baron Corbin, defeating Jinder Mahal in the process, and Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley got the jump on Finn Balor.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com19d ago

WWE

Maybe you hadn’t heard of Toni Storm before tonight, but she put on a fantastic performance in the 2018 Mae Young Classic final to beat Io Shirai. Afterward, the women embraced in the ring as Triple H and Stephanie McMahon presented the winner her trophy. If this is what the future of women’s wrestling is, we’re going to be in for a treat.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com20d ago

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The crowd absolutely exploded when Mickie James stepped into the ring with Trish Stratus. The last time those two long-time rivals were in a (non-Royal Rumble) match? September 2006.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com20d ago

WWE Evolution

Triple H breaks down successes of 2018 Mae Young Classic, depth of WWE women's roster

Shortly after the 2018 Mae Young Classic wrapped up, Triple H sat down to reflect on the highs and lows of the event, the promise of Evolution and the future prospects of the WWE's women's division.

Trish Stratus steps back into WWE at Evolution to face spiritual successor Alexa Bliss

On Sunday, Trish Stratus will step into the ring at WWE Evolution for her first (non-Royal Rumble) match in more than seven years. It's her chance to be a part of history, while looking across the ring at the present and future in Alexa Bliss.

Crown Jewel

WWE moving forward with Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia

In the release of their third-quarter earnings, WWE affirmed their plans to hold the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 2.

Le Batard: WWE going to Saudi Arabia a 'bad decision'

Dan Le Batard criticizes the WWE's decision to potentially keep its Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.

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Reigns battling leukemia

Roman Reigns reveals 11-year leukemia battle

Roman Reigns revealed on Monday Night Raw he has had leukemia for 11 years, and that the cancer's return means he will step away from WWE.

Reigns announces his battle with leukemia has returned

WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns reveals his battle with leukemia has returned and has to relinquish his title, but vows to beat cancer again.

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The wrestling world reacts to Roman Reigns revealing battle with leukemia

Roman Reigns' announced Monday night that he has leukemia and will have to step away from the WWE. Before he even walked out of the ring, the waves of support from the world of pro wrestling began to roll in.

SmackDown

A night after an emotional, unforgettable Monday Night Raw, the focus returned to the in-ring storylines on Tuesday. Still, the bulk of SmackDown Live was less about the here and now but geared toward driving attention to Evolution, the first all-women’s pay-per-view, and Crown Jewel. The Bar and Big Show revealed how dangerous they can be together, while Randy Orton looked to be in top form with an RKO-winning performance against Jeff Hardy to close to the show.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com25d ago

Please do not leave again, Rey Mysterio. No one else can bring it quite like he can. For the first time in six years, Mysterio -- after a fun Miz TV segment -- beat The Miz with a relentless array of moves no one else in the WWE possesses. Now the question is: How far can Mysterio go at the World Cup tournament at Crown Jewel? The early returns suggest little other than a run to the trophy.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com25d ago

Toni Storm

Toni Storm playing key role in evolving world of women's wrestling

Toni Storm introduced herself to the WWE audience in a major way in last year's Mae Young Classic, and as the seasoned 22-year-old similarly shows off in the 2018 MYC, it's the next step in a breakout year in her career.

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Toni Storm considers what she'd tell a young girl hoping to follow in her footsteps in the world of pro wrestling - and reflects on what starting at the age of 13 was like. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner).

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com32d ago
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Toni Storm on the direction that women's wrestling is heading in in the WWE. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner)

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com32d ago

WWE

An intensely emotional night of Monday Night Raw that saw Roman Reigns relinquish the Universal championship because of a leukemia diagnosis ended with a shocking in-storyline betrayal that blew The Shield apart. Moments after Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre to become two-time Raw tag team champions, Ambrose turned on Rollins, DDT'd him in the ring and then did so again on exposed concrete on the floor. On a night with so much genuine emotion in play, a major storyline change is a big risk - but it could very well pay off in a big way as well.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com26d ago

Kaitlyn

Mae Young Classic

Kaitlyn's return to WWE fueled by renewed love of wrestling

Kaitlyn debuted in the WWE in 2010, just two months after beginning her pro wrestling journey. Eight years later, as part of the Mae Young Classic, she returns with renewed spirit and passion.

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Kaitlyn reflects on how WWE fans have shaped women's wrestling since she first began in the WWE in 2010. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner).

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com39d ago
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Kaitlyn talks about what it's been like adjusting to the current style of women's wrestling in the WWE. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner).

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com39d ago

esports

Kenny Omega plays Street Fighter

Pro wrestling superstar and avid gamer Kenny Omega stops by the ESPN Esports studio to play some Street Fighter and dish on his involvement with the series.

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Super Show-Down

Aussie wrestling's dynamic duo come back to where it all began

When they take to the ring for the Super Show-Down on Saturday night, The IIconics will have come full circle, with their WWE journey having began four years ago just down the road...

Triple H and The Undertaker try to defy time with Super Show-Down sendoff

For the better part of the past 23 years, The Undertaker and Triple H have defined their careers against one another. On Saturday in Melbourne, at Super Show-Down, one final battle remains.

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