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WWE Survivor Series recap: Raw dominates, Flair snaps on Rousey, Lesnar outlasts Bryan

It was a clean sweep for Raw as the stars of Monday night went 6-0 against their SmackDown opponents, but in the biggest shock of the night, Charlotte Flair snapped on Ronda Rousey.

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Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion) defeats Daniel Bryan (WWE Champion) to give Raw a clean sweep over SmackDown, 6-0, at Survivor Series.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer17h ago

Enzo Amore bought a ticket to Survivor Series and tried to steal the show by standing on his chair, dancing and cutting a promo as the crowd cheered before he got kicked out.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer19h 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.


WWE Survivor Series' greatest moments

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


Survivor Series 2018 could mark end of an era for Raw and SmackDown

For the second year in a row, Survivor Series is almost entirely built around clashes between Raw and SmackDown. With SmackDown moving to Fox in October 2019, however, Survivor Series and both shows could look a lot different this time next year.

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Survivor Series at the sold out Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer21h ago

NXT TakeOver: War Games II

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.

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 Writer2d ago

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

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer2d 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 Writer2d 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 Writer2d ago

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.

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


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.

Survivor Series

WWE Survivor Series' greatest moments

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


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.com14d 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.com14d 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, ESPN12d 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.com13d ago


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.


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.com18d ago


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.com22d 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.com22d ago


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.com18d 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 Writer19d 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.com20d 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.com20d 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.com21d 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.com21d ago


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.com22d ago


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.com22d 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.


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.


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.


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.com27d 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.com27d 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.


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.com33d ago

Toni Storm on the direction that women's wrestling is heading in in the WWE. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner)

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com33d ago


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.com28d ago


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.


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.com40d ago

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.com40d ago


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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