So far, so good as AEW hits big with Double or Nothing debut
All Elite Wrestling's opening show delivered, based on its high-intensity matches and surprises throughout Saturday night.
Jon Moxley has landed in AEW. While Chris Jericho was the winner of the main event of Double or Nothing, and earned a future world title shot against Adam Page, that was not the biggest news of the night. As Jericho asked for a thank you from AEW and the crowd, a slow rumble became a roar as Moxley — fka Dean Ambrose — came from the crowd and proceeded to hit Jericho and referee Paul Turner with a pair of Dirty Deeds, and then lined up Kenny Omega for the same. Their battle spilled up the ramp and up on the stage, where Moxley hit a final Dirty Deeds atop a giant stack of chips on the stage, then flipped Omega down onto a different portion of the stage.
Cody Rhodes on smashing a Triple H-inspired throne with a sledgehammer during his Double or Nothing entrance, and how he's balancing being a wrestler and an EVP of AEW. (Video: Tim Fiorvanti)
Tony Khan compares his experiences producing AEW's Double or Nothing show to his roles with Fulham FC and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also talks about how his father, Shahid, enjoyed the show, and breaks down his thoughts on AEW's approach to pay-per-views moving forward.
Chris Jericho on what it'll take to spin the success of Double or Nothing into building up AEW's fan base. (Video: Tim Fiorvanti)
Bret "Hitman" Hart appeared alongside comedian Jack Whitehall to reveal the new AEW world heavyweight title belt. Adam Page, who won a battle royal early in the night, will be one half of that match, but before the reveal, MJF interrupted the festivities and got attacked by Jimmy Havoc and Jungle Boy for his troubles. The visual of Page in the ring with Bret Hart was a powerful one for the future title contender.
Raimondi: 2019 is the right time for the new WWE 24/7 title ... if executed correctly
WWE introduced a new 24/7 title with the idea that it could be defended anywhere at any time. Utilizing the whole roster and all of the WWE's media platforms will be key if it's going to succeed as planned in 2019.
3-time WWE champion Mick Foley made an appearance on RAW tonight to debut a new championship. The title, dubbed the 24/7 Championship, is reminiscent of the Hardcore Championship of years past, a fond memory of the Attitude Era. The title can be defended anywhere, at any place, at any time. Following his announcement, Foley left the championship in the middle of the ring to be claimed by any superstar. After a brawl featuring a number of superstars, Titus O’Neil became the first-ever 24/7 champion. The reign didn't last long, however, as Robert Roode snuck up from behind him and rolled him up for the pinfall victory to become champion. After Roode evaded challengers backstage, R-Truth lured him into a trap and got the pinfall to take the title to SmackDownLive.
Part 1 of a very special Cheap Heat. Plus a MITB review, mini Game of Thrones recap, and a Double or Nothing preview.
The Young Bucks and Lucha Brothers continued the night's run of tremendous tag team matches. While the Bucks ultimately won and retained the AAA tag titles, this was a showcase for the creative minds that all four men possess. It felt like an appropriate ramp up of energy and crowd excitement in the evening's co-main event.
The first major surprise of the night - a previously scheduled triple threat women's match on Double or Nothing added veteran standout Awesome Kong to make it a Fatal 4-Way. Kong spent a long stretch with TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, as well as a short run with WWE. She also featured prominently on both seasons of the Netflix show GLOW.
Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta) defeated Angelico and Jack Evans in a tag team wrestling clinic. After the match, the lights went out twice - once to mark the debut of Super Smash Bros., and once to allow an army of their masked minions to lay waste to both tag teams that had just competed.
WWE Money in the Bank results: Bayley wins and cashes in; Lesnar shocks with return and captures briefcase
After being out of sight since losing the Universal championship at WrestleMania, Brock Lesnar made a surprise return and became Mr. Money in the Bank.
Bayley cashes in her Money In The Bank briefcase on Charlotte and wins the SmackDown Live women's championship
Well that was a twist. Brock Lesnar runs in an grabs the Money In The Bank briefcase. He was announced as the winner.
Jim Ross on leaving WWE and what's ahead for him at AEW
After a reduction in assignments, Jim Ross left WWE for AEW and hopes that he can serve as a mentor to many in the new wrestling organization.
Why Brandi Rhodes has to work harder than anyone else in wrestling
All Elite Wrestling's chief brand officer accomplished many firsts in the sport.
Can AEW compete with WWE?
All Elite Wrestling hosts its debut event in Las Vegas over the weekend. With strong talent and a TV deal, it's seemingly set up for success, but will AEW be a legitimate competitor to WWE or simply another operation in the shadows of the industry leader?
Together, the two women’s singles champions, Becky Lynch and Bayley, beat Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans, but the more intriguing battle is the one that seems to be brewing. While they fared well together, Becky made no bones that she is coming for Bayley to reclaim her moniker as Becky Two Belts. … In other action, Ali was able to roll up Andrade, but it was the heel who overwhelmed Ali for most of the bout. Let’s hope this is a rivalry that has some serious staying power. And the match between Mandy Rose and Carmella was cut short when the majority of the SmackDown roster interrupted to get their hands on R-Truth (who was ringside and disguised in a blond wig) and the newly created 24/7 championship. While he was threatened, Truth escaped with the title in toe.
Surprise, surprise. And no, we’re not talking the return of Brock Lesnar. On Tuesday, following Kofi Kingston’s win over Sami Zayn, the WWE champ was jumped by Dolph Ziggler, who had not appeared on television in months. And by jumped, we mean a ruthless attack. Among other things, Ziggler trapped Kingston’s head in a chair and slammed it against an announcers table before continuing the beatdown. Kofi, who was initially put in a stretcher, eventually walked away on his own. A little while later, Ziggler, in another phenomenal, emotional promo, addressed the fans, explaining his actions were borne out of jealousy. “Kofi became an overnight success and should me be. … Every day, since becoming the WWE champion, Kofi has outperformed every single opponent, and you all respect him, and it should be me!”
While Roman Reigns has thrived against the odds, he might think about getting some backup come Super ShowDown. On Tuesday, Reigns fended off Elias, despite Shane McMahon’s repeated nefarious tactics. Afterward, with Reigns standing over McMahon ready to pummel him with Elias’ guitar, Drew McIntyre appeared out of nowhere and struck The Big Dog with his big foot. History suggests Reigns will find a way in Saudi Arabia, but to do so, he’ll have to watch his back.
The main event of Monday's Raw was an entertaining contest pitting Universal champion Seth Rollins and WWE champion Kofi Kingston against Raw's heel alliance of Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley, a match the champions won. Mr. Money in the Bank Brock Lesnar emerged and circled the ring. And after teasing a potential cash in, Lesnar left, with Paul Heyman promising that we'd know Lesnar's intentions next week.
Other happenings on Raw included a match for Super ShowDown on June 7 between Roman Reigns and Shane McMahon being made official. The Shane/Miz feud also may have come to a ceasefire when Drew McIntyre defeated Miz with Shane in his corner, but Reigns thwarted a Shane coast-to-coast event. Becky Lynch's appearance on "A Moment of Bliss" was interrupted by the Iiconics and Lacey Evans, but Lynch and her unlikely partners Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss won the subsequent 6-woman tag, a match Bliss never entered, instead, she sipped her latte outside the ring. A series of comedy segments turned into a solid tag team match, with the Revival getting the win over the Usos. Cesaro debuted new entrance music and defeated Ricochet in a match of extreme strength and agility on display. And Braun Strowman dominated Sami Zayn, and Lars Sullivan brushed aside an attempt at vengance from the Lucha House Party.
How two WWE superstars created their own path to success using action figures
A childhood obsession with wrestling figures helped bond Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder as a tag team. It also served as the driving force behind a podcast, a growing YouTube presence and a resurgence in their WWE careers.
WWE Money in the Bank a crossroads for both company and storyline
Two Money in the Bank ladder matches and a number of dream title bouts basically ensure that MITB will not disappoint, but will it be enough to get the WWE machine back on track after a post-WrestleMania lull?
Cheat Heat Podcast
RIP Ashley Massaro. Get Well Naitch. Game of Thrones. MITB. Plus a new theme song.
WWE's Flair in hospital for procedure, wife says
Ric Flair's wife, Wendy Barlow, confirmed to TMZ that the wrestling legend was taken to a hospital Thursday but said he is expected to make a full recovery.
Former WWE wrestler Massaro dies at age 39
Ashley Massaro, who won WWE's "Diva Search" in 2005 and wrestled on two WrestleMania cards, has died at age 39, the WWE confirmed Thursday.
How Wale became hip-hop's No. 1 wrestling fan
The Grammy-nominated rapper finds his escape by being a wrestling nerd.
WWE star Cesaro pushes F1 car dimensions to the limit
The 6-5, 230lb wrestling star made a big impression at the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of his appearance at WWE Raw in London on Monday.
All Elite Wrestling officially announced a partnership with WarnerMedia on Wednesday that will include weekly prime time programming on the TNT network later this year. Although the timeslot for AEW on TNT is still to be announced, WarnerMedia's B/R Live will be AEW's exclusive digital partner in the United States for Double or Nothing, AEW's inaugural event on May 25 in Las Vegas (in addition to traditional pay-per-view options).
The best WWE Money In The Bank cash-in moments
The Money in the Bank cash-in attempt is one of the highlights of the WWE calendar. We look at five of the most memorable efforts since the briefcase's debut in 2005.
Best of WWE's Money in the Bank
Mexican wrestling star Silver King dies at London show
Mexican professional wrestler and actor Cesar Barron, known as the Silver King, has died after collapsing in the ring at a show in London.
Goldberg vs. The Undertaker has been announced for June's WWE "Super Showdown" event on June 7 at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is the first time that Goldberg (52) and The Undertaker (54) have ever faced off; it will be Goldberg's first match since April 2017 (WrestleMania 33) and Undertaker's first match since November (Crown Jewel, the WWE's last trip to Saudi Arabia). Two other matches have been announced for the card -- Triple H vs. Randy Orton, and a 50-man battle royal.
How well does Paige know The Rock?
What's next for Brock Lesnar?
With Dana White publicly claiming Brock Lesnar is retired from the UFC, along with Wednesday's announcement of Lesnar's return to WWE in June in Saudi Arabia, what does the future hold for "The Beast"?
The WWE announced early Wednesday morning that they would return to Saudi Arabia on June 7 at 8 p.m. local time (1 pm ET) for their third show in the country since April 2018. The show, in Jeddah, follows Greatest Royal Rumble and Crown Jewel, and will feature Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, The Undertaker, Roman Reigns, Kofi Kingston, Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins and AJ Styles, among others. WWE entered a 10-year agreement with the Saudi General Sports Authority in 2018, which has drawn controversy for a variety of reasons, including human rights concerns, as well as the high-profile death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the connection to the Saudi government. WWE's women's roster has also not yet been cleared to perform on shows in the country.
White calls Lesnar 'retired'; Cormier to fight Miocic
With Brock Lesnar informing Dana White that "he's done" with MMA, the UFC is close to finalizing a heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic on Aug. 17.
Kofi Kingston remains No. 1 in post-WrestleMania ESPN WWE Power Rankings
Raw and SmackDown look very different after WrestleMania and the Superstar Shakeup, but as WWE rumbles back into action, Kofi Kingston remains No. 1 in the latest ESPN WWE Power Rankings despite dramatic shifts elsewhere in the top 10.
Best of WWE's Money in the Bank
WWE 2019 Superstar Shakeup reaction and analysis
A full breakdown of the WWE Superstar Shakeup, which saw AJ Styles, The Miz and The Usos among the moves to "Monday Night Raw," while Roman Reigns, Finn Balor and Bayley were among those who shifted to "SmackDown."
WWE fans got what they wanted at WrestleMania 35
WWE fan favorites Becky Lynch, Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins all won at WrestleMania 35, securing all of WWE's top titles in one exciting, emotional night. So what comes next?
The best of WrestleMania 35
Extended cuts of post-match interviews with Kofi Kingston, Seth Rollins and The IIconics, plus all of the best of what we captured throughout WrestleMania week.
WrestleMania 35 results: Becky Lynch, Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins become new champions
Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston had their WrestleMania moments with championship victories, while Kurt Angle lost his final match and retired from in-ring action.
Kofi after winning WWE Title: 'I was overcome with emotion'
Rollins wants 'to headline Wrestlemania next year'
After defeating Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins says next year he wants to headline Wrestlemania.
Hart attacker at HOF event charged with assault
The person who attacked Bret Hart during his WWE Hall of Fame speech Saturday was charged with assault and trespassing.
Ronda Rousey broke her right hand during her match at WWE's WrestleMania 35 show Sunday night, sources close to Rousey confirmed (first reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer).
From Baylor to Becky Lynch -- Reliving an amazing weekend of sports
It was an amazing weekend of sports, and with apologies to the Virginia and Texas Tech men's basketball teams, that's mostly due to the women who took center stage.
How Becky Lynch became The Man
At age 15, Rebecca Quin, known today as Becky Lynch, wanted to be the best wrestler in the world. After a 17-year journey, filled with more lows than highs, she has finally accomplished her dream.
Hawkins: It's 'pretty special' to win title in hometown
Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder reflect on the feeling of winning the Raw tag team titles at WrestleMania 35.
How WrestleMania became a mainstream cultural phenomenon
Kofi Kingston's fight to become the fourth black WWE heavyweight champion
Over a decade with the company, Kingston is finally getting a title shot.
Kofi Kingston: Xavier Woods and Big E are my brothers
Angle on final match: 'The time has come'
NXT TakeOver: New York results -- Johnny Gargano wins NXT championship
Johnny Gargano defeated Adam Cole to win the vacant NXT championship, while WALTER defeated Pete Dunne to win the NXT UK championship. The War Raiders, Shayna Baszler and Velveteen Dream successfully defended their titles.
Johnny Gargano defeated Adam Cole to win the NXT championship in thrilling main event featuring many near finishes.
The War Raiders successfully defended the NXT tag team titles in the opening match of TakeOver. After the match, the four men shared a moment before the War Raiders left the ring and let the Brooklyn crowd cheer for Ricochet and Aleister Black who most likely had their final NXT match tonight.
Why are so many wrestlers 'best friends'?
A time-honored trope of pairing wrestlers together just to break them apart has been overexposed, but does it matter?
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez set for pro wrestling debut
UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez is stepping into the world of pro wrestling, with his first match coming at a major AAA show in Mexico in July.
WrestleMania 36 to take place in Tampa
WrestleMania 36 will take place at Raymond James Stadium on April 5, 2020.