WWE 2K19: A New Era
WWE 2K19: A New Era
Mr. McMahon ushers in a new era with titanic Superstar Shake-up
It's time to shake things up again, but this time, nobody is safe. Mr. McMahon took to WWE.com to issue a statement to the WWE Universe, declaring the beginning of a new era in sports entertainment. Gone are the traditional brands of old, instead being replaced with the three promotional giants from the industries past - WWE, WCW and ECW! WWE will be represented by its flagship show, Monday Night Raw, while WCW will revive its Nitro brand for their broadcast, and ECW will reopen the gates to The Land of Extreme and bring their unique brand of hardcore back to our TV screens. "Let the games begin!" declared Mr. McMahon as he signed off on the blockbuster announcement. Following the monumental address, WWE.com released an official statement with a list of changes taking place.
- Superstars will be split between the three brands - WWE Raw, WCW Nitro and ECW TV.
- Each show will being with a vacant set of Championships to be claimed over the next month of shows.
- All pay-per-views will be cross-branded events featuring WWE, WCW and ECW competitors.
- Exclusive deals have been signed with former superstars to partake in the new era.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
WWE World Champion
WWE Tag Team Champions
WCW World Champion
United States Champion
WCW Tag Team Champions
The Undisputed ERA
ECW World Champion
ECW Tag Team Champions
The Dudley Boyz
Bubba Ray Dudley
No Way Jose
Rob Van Dam
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WWE Raw: Episode 001
"The New Era" begins as WWE Raw kicks things off
With a brand new look, WWE Raw kicked off this "new era" and wasted no time getting down to business as the commentary team revealed tonight's show would feature the beginning of an 8-man tournament to determine the first WWE World Champion. Eight of WWE Raw's top superstars will collide tonight, with the semi-finals taking place next week, and the finals the week after. And getting things started in the first match of the evening, The All-Mighty, Bobby Lashley would go toe-to-toe with the 16-time World Champion, John Cena!
John Cena def. Bobby Lashley to advance in the WWE World Championship Tournament
When two titans collide, it's anybody's guess who's going to come out on top. And as two of the most powerful competitors in the industry today, this was one of those moments. However, it was the former 16-time World Champion that left with yet another victory after Bobby Lashley missed his signature Spear, and Cena capitalised with a thunderous Attitude Adjustment to put The All-Mighty away and secure his place in the semi-finals of this tournament. Who will join Cena next week as the superstars of Raw step closer to claiming the grandest prize of them all?
The Revival def. The New Day
The tag team division is at its best, and these two teams are at the top of their game. Tonight was about proving their worth and hopefully looking to earn themselves a chance to be WWE Tag Team Champions. Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson were able to topple the combination of Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods as Big E looked on from ringside. The pair isolated Kingston and dropped him with the Shatter Machine to claim the win and give themselves a good chance of becoming the first WWE Tag Team Champions of the "new era".
Daniel Bryan def. Kane to advance in the WWE World Championship Tournament
Former tag team partners, former Tag Team Champions as that. Team Hell No imploded on Raw with a spot in the semi-finals of the WWE World Championship Tournament at stake. The former allies went head-to-head and The Big Red Monster came close to putting his old running buddy away with a Chokeslam, but "The New" Daniel Bryan was able to slip out and retaliate with a running knee to lay out The Devil's Favourite Demon and earn his place in next week's round. Daniel Bryan joins John Cena in the semi-finals, and only two more spots remain.
Stone Cold Steve Austin addresses his role as General Manager of WWE Raw
The arena exploded when Stone Cold Steve Austin made his return and revealed himself to be the General Manager calling the shots on WWE Raw. The Hall of Famer addressed the crowd and the millions watching around the world, promising that his brand will open a can of whoop-ass on WCW and ECW and be the best damn show on TV. Vowing to give the people what they want to see, and even discussing the possibility of a Stone Cold Stunner or two down the line, Austin asks if the fans are ready to see some more ass-kicking action. The answer? A resounding "Hell yeah!".
Sasha Banks def. Alexa Bliss
With the women's division as competitive as it is, each female superstar has the utmost desire to showcase their ability. Tonight on Raw, Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss clashed with their good friends, Bayley and Mickie James in their respective corners and battled it out for the upper hand. Despite Bliss' best efforts to cheat her way to victory, Bayley kept Mickie James at bay and The Boss was able to apply the Banks Statement and force Little Miss Bliss into submission. Sasha and Bayley celebrated their victory as Mickie and Alexa fled looking furious.
The Miz def. Randy Orton to advance in the WWE World Championship Tournament
John Cena and Daniel Bryan have already claimed their place in next week's semi-finals, but the two remaining spots were still up for grabs. The Viper, Randy Orton looked to earn himself that spot, but The Miz was the one who found a way to claim victory and edge on step closer to once again become World Champion. Just as Orton went for his patented RKO, The A-Lister reversed it into his own signature move - the Skull-Crushing Finale, and that was that. The Miz and his wife, Maryse fled ringside with smug grins on their faces as The Viper looked on in disappointment. With just one position in the semi-finals remaining, who will claim the opportunity?
The Usos def. The Authors of Pain
After seeing the tag team action earlier between The Revival and The New Day, these two teams had a lot to live up to. But of course, they didn't disappoint, putting on yet another tag team showcase. The Authors of Pain used their distinct power advantage to keep The Usos grounded for the most part, but when the tables finally turned, Jimmy and Jey were able to hit an Uso Splash on one of the AOP, with the other being knocked off the ring apron, allowing the Samoan twins to pick up the victory. With a win, The Usos have surely put their name in the hat for a future WWE Tag Team Championship opportunity, but no doubt The Revival will also be gunning for that spot as well.
Braun Strowman def. Roman Reigns to advance in the WWE World Championship Tournament
Only one spot remained as these two powerhouses went head-to-head, but which of them would join the others for the opportunity to become WWE World Champion? The Big Dog was as determined as ever to come out on top and reclaim his spot as king of the hill, but standing in his way was the behemoth that is Braun Strowman. After a back-and-forth battle that was akin to a Godzilla and King Kong collision, Roman Reigns found himself caught in the clutches of The Monster Among Men and driven into the canvas not once, but twice with a pair of running powerslams. Strowman secured the victory and thus filled the final position in the semi-finals of the WWE World Championship Tournament. Joining John Cena, Daniel Bryan and The Miz, he will have the chance to claim the WWE World Championship in two weeks. Which of these men will go on to the finals and clash for the coveted prize?
Dude! This looks so visually satisfying. Using Universe for the graphical aspect is such a unique idea and really enhances the diary! Can't wait to see where this goes!
WCW Nitro: Episode 001
WCW Nitro returns to bring explosive competition to "The New Era"
It's time for WCW Nitro to return to our screens and deliver the explosive action it was known for. Following WWE's Raw earlier in the week, Nitro looks to build on the momentum and hopefully outshine Stone Cold's brand in the long run. Looking to outdo Raw's World Championship tournament, WCW management decided to reveal its own setup, announcing six individuals to compete in three matches with the winners competing in a Triple Threat bout next week to crown the first WCW World Champion. Who will the six superstars be? Well two of them compete now - Rey Mysterio and Chris Jericho!
Rey Mysterio def. Chris Jericho to advance to next week's main event
In the first of three matches tonight to determine who will go on to next week's main event to compete for the WCW World Championship, The Master of the 619 went head-to-head with an old rival, Chris Jericho and it was a slobber knocker to say the least. Y2J didn't shy away from bending the rules to try and defeat his masked adversary, but after being tripped up into the 619 and then crushed beneath a Frog Splash, it was Rey Mysterio that walked away as the victor and advanced onto next week's spectacular bout. Can Rey Mysterio go the whole way and become the first WCW World Champion? And more importantly, who will join him?
Mustafa Ali, Cedric Alexander, Akira Tozawa & Kalisto def. Tony Nese, Hideo Itami, Noam Dar & TJP
As part of the "new era", WCW Nitro was granted exclusive rights to the Cruiserweight division, and this 8-Man Tag Team bout showcased the division in the most incredible way. Eight of the greatest cruiserweights in the world went to war and it was the ever-impressive Mustafa Ali that delivered his awe-inspiring 054 Splash to Tony Nese that secured the victory. The fan favourites stood tall in victory, but they all knew that when it came down to it, there could only be one WCW Cruiserweight Champion.
The Nature Boy styles and profiles his way to WCW Nitro as the General Manager
Who better to take the reigns of WCW Nitro than the Hall of Famer and 16-time World Champion, Ric Flair? The Nature Boy returned to the brand he called home for many years of his career, now as the leader of the locker room. Flair responded to Stone Cold's words from Raw that he would "open a can of whoop-ass" on them, and the 16-time World Champion pretty much told him to bring it on. "To be the man, you've got to beat the man" stated Flair, and then paraphrased by saying that if WWE Raw or ECW wanted to be the number one brand, then they would have to beat the number one brand - WCW Nitro! Woooooooo!
AJ Styles def. Shinsuke Nakamura to advance to next week's main event
Next week's Triple Threat main event has the entire locker room talking, and now that Rey Mysterio has become the first to enter the bout, the question was who would be competing against him? AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura reignited their old rivalry to battle for the opportunity and despite The King of Strong Style trying to repeat history and end Styles' dream with a low blow, he was unsuccessful as The Phenomenal One avoided it and eventually found an opening to deliver his signature Styles Clash. Could Styles once again claim the title of "The Champ That Runs the Camp" next week? It all depends on who else joins him and Mysterio in the epic encounter. The final spot will be filled in tonight's main event!
Charlotte Flair def. Billie Kay
Her father may be the General Manager of WCW Nitro, but Charlotte Flair needs no help showcasing her ability. The Queen overcame the numbers game of Billie Kay with Peyton Royce at ringside and was able to force the Australian into submission, sending the IIconic to the back with a loss. Looking to follow in her father's footsteps, Charlotte is on her way to capturing another Women's Championship, and the women's division should definitely take note. If history tells us anything, it's that a Flair will always find success inside a WCW ring.
Undisputed ERA def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Arguably the most dominant faction in recent history, The Undisputed ERA have come to WCW Nitro. Tonight, the team of Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong represented the yellow and black, taking on The Good Brothers in tag team action. Despite Gallows and Anderson's best effort, they could not overcome the onslaught of their adversaries and O'Reilly was able to apply the Guillotine Choke to force Anderson into submission. The Undisputed ERA are a shoe-in for WCW Tag Team Champions, and any team would have a problem on their hands if they should come up against them. They intend to "Shock the system", and they look like they're about to do just that.
The Velveteen Dream refuses to compete on WCW Nitro
The WCW fans were already excited thanks to the explosive action from tonight's show, but when it was revealed that The Velveteen Dream would be competing, it added to the buzz. However, it seems that The Dream had other ideas, making his awe-inspiring entrance only to disappoint everyone and refuse to compete, claiming to be "too good for WCW". This didn't sit well with the crowd, but he cared little for their opinions and made his way back up the aisle without a care in the world. The Velveteen Dream's ego takes center stage, and he certainly couldn't care less.
Seth Rollins def. Samoa Joe to advance to next week's main event
Rey Mysterio and AJ Styles have already secured their spots, but it was time for the final place to be filled and it was either going to be Seth Rollins or Samoa Joe. Yet another pair of old rivals collided with the opportunity at stake, and The Destroyer was not taking any prisoners, going in for the kill at every opportunity and looking to put an end to Rollins quickly. However, when Rollins not only kicked out of a Muscle Buster, but escaped from the Coquina Clutch as well, Joe's aggression proved to be his downfall as he left himself open to a Stomp. Once The Architect had delivered the devastating move, it was just a matter of the three count and he found himself in next week's main event. With the stage set, who will leave WCW Nitro as the WCW World Champion next week? Will it be Rey Mysterio, AJ Styles or Seth Rollins?
ECW TV: Episode 001
"The New Era" is taken to the extreme as ECW returns
Forget flashy entrances. Forget HD production value. This is extreme, and it's all about the blood, sweat and tears! ECW returns to TV, taking the "new era" to a whole new world known as The Land of Extreme. ECW will showcase its unique brand of entertainment to the hardcore faithful and go head-to-head with the two giants, WWE Raw and WCW Nitro. While the aforementioned brands had the advantage of going up first, ECW didn't back down and instead took the fight to the competition. Four men will compete in the main event to determine the first ECW World Champion - in a Ladder Match! Prepare to be taken to the extreme!
Aleister Black def. Eric Young
Getting right into the action, Aleister Black had to take on Eric Young with the rest of SAnitY at ringside. Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain tried their best to make sure their leader walked away with the victory, but it would take more than being outnumbered to stop The Dutch Destroyer and he was able to lay Young out with the Black Mass to pick up the win, solidifying his place in ECW. SAnitY reluctantly retreated but not without giving Black a warning that they wouldn't forget about this. Black needs to watch his back from here on out.
Rhyno def. Drew Gulak
There's nothing like a good old ECW original, and Rhyno is exactly that. The Man Beast returned home to The Land of Extreme and came face-to-face with Drew Gulak who was adamant that he would not be competing on such a barbaric brand. But unfortunately for him, he didn't get chance to leave as he found himself at the mercy of Rhyno. After a vicious beating, Rhyno drove Gulak through a table in the corner with a thunderous Gore for the victory. The Man Beast is back where he belongs, and he's looking better than ever.
The Bludgeon Brothers def. The Ascension
It's one thing to be extreme, but it;s another to be as dominant as The Bludgeon Brothers. Harper and Rowan arrived in The Land of Extreme and took on The Ascension in tag team action, but Konnor and Viktor couldn't knock off the dominant pairing, despite their successful history. After disposing of Viktor, the monsters were able to isolate Konnor and plant him with The Reckoning to secure the victory. These barbarians stood tall in victory and looked around the arena, surveying the carnage. Is there any team on ECW that could stop these two monstrous competitors?
The Father of ECW returns home to be General Manager of the extreme
It wouldn't be ECW without the mastermind behind it all, Paul Heyman. The Father of ECW returned to his own brand to regain control under the "new era" and the fans were happy to see him. Heyman declared that the heart of ECW was still very much beating thanks to the hardcore fans and he thanked them for their support. Discussing tonight's main event, Heyman revealed that it would feature Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Jeff Hardy and Finn Bálor with the winner becoming the first ECW World Champion. "This isn't WWE Raw, it isn't WCW Nitro, this is E-C-****ing-W!" he declares to the delight of the crowd. The Land of Extreme is most definitely open for business.
Johnny Gargano def. Pete Dunne
ECW has always been about showcasing brand new talent and bringing it to the mainstream eye, and this is exactly what this match was about. While they have already made names for themselves, they fit the bill in ECW as underappreciated talents, and both Johnny Gargano and Pete Dunne tore the house down in this one. The Bruiserweight left Gargano in a heap on multiple occasions with his aggression and physical offence, but a small opening allowed Johnny Wrestling to strike with a superkick and put an end to Dunne's night, picking up the win. With the ECW crowd behind him, Gargano celebrated and looked to the future, and would surely be watching closely at tonight's ECW World Championship bout.
Rusev def. Kassius Ohno
It seems as though Rusev Day is back on, as Aiden English and Lana joined Rusev at ringside for his match with Kassius Ohno. It was their presence that arguably allowed Rusev to score the win over The Knockout Artist, despite his determination to defeat The Bulgarian Brute. When Lana jumped onto the ring apron, Rusev saw the opportunity and struck with his Machka Kick, followed by the devastating Accolade which gave Ohno no choice but to submit. After the match, Rusev took to the microphone to declare his presence in ECW and announced that every day from here on out would be Rusev Day.
Kevin Owens def. Finn Bálor, Dean Ambrose & Jeff Hardy in a Fatal 4-Way Ladder Match to become the new ECW World Champion
This highly anticipated matchup tore the house down and was exactly what ECW stands fore - extreme. These four worthy contenders collided in a brutal Ladder Match with all four getting their fingertips on the title belt at some point in the match. But after Jeff Hardy and Dean Ambrose had crashed and burned from the top through a pair of tables, it was left down to Kevin Owens and Finn Bálor. The pair traded blows atop the ladder but KO apparently had an ace up his sleeve, and that ace was none other than Sami Zayn! His best friend made his presence felt on ECW, coming to the ring and throwing The Extraordinary Man from the ladder, allowing Owens to climb up and retrieve the ECW World Championship. With the help of his good buddy, The Prizefighter claimed his prize and stood atop the ladder as the top dog of ECW. It may have been a controversial victory, but regardless, Kevin Owens is your first ECW World Champion. Like it or not.
This layout of this so far is brilliant, and high effort! Adding the WWE graphics adds a lot of character and uniqueness to this.
Also, after each of three shows, its clear you're trying to give each show its own personality reminiscent of the actual three products. Raw with the big personalities, big physical wrestlers etc. WCW with he cruiserweight style it made famous in the US, and it has a lot of fan favourite, IWC favourite wrestlers. ECW with its unique wrestlers, giving opportunities to newer stars, every wrestler has quite a rough, edgy feel to them. Awesome. Can't wait for more!
WWE Raw: Episode 002
Daniel Bryan def. The Miz to advance to the finals of the WWE World Championship Tournament
With such a storied history, this was guaranteed to be an incredible semi-final bout. Both men overcame the odds last week to advance to this point in the tournament, but even The A-Lister couldn't outsmart Daniel Bryan and suffered a painful Yes Lock, forcing him to submit as Maryse looked on in horror. "The New" Daniel Bryan stood tall over his fallen foe and looked towards the hard camera, giving a warning to the winner of John Cena and Braun Strowman later tonight, promising that nothing will stop him from recapturing the WWE World Championship.
Becky Lynch def. Ember Moon
Sasha Banks picked up a victory last week over Alexa Bliss and looked strong at the forefront of the Raw women's division. Tonight, Becky Lynch looked to step into the spotlight and she did just that, forcing Ember Moon to submit to the Dis-Arm-Her and claimed a victory. After the match, "The Man" grabbed a microphone and issued a challenge to Sasha Banks, claiming that it should have been her getting the spotlight on the premiere episode last week. Will The Boss accept the challenge and take Becky on in the future?
The Texas Rattlesnake makes blockbuster Six-Pack Challenge for the Intercontinental Championship - NEXT!
When Stone Cold Steve Austin appeared on the titantron, the arena erupted. Even more so when they discovered what exactly he wanted to say. The General Manager of WWE Raw explained that he had seen WCW Nitro and ECW TV, claiming to be impressed. But he explained that Raw won't be outdone by them, and reveals that there will be a Six-Pack Challenge for the WWE Intercontinental Championship - and it's coming up next! Oh hell yeah!
Bobby Roode def. Tyler Bate, Apollo Crews, Shelton Benjamin, "Woken" Matt Hardy & Big E in a Six-Pack Challenge to become the WWE Intercontinental Champion
Just moments after the huge announcement by Stone Cold, the six competitors made their way to the ring and chaos ensued. Bodies were flying everywhere, and even the rest of The New Day ended up getting involved alongside their partner, Big E who was a competitor in the match. "Woken" Matt Hardy looked to delete the competition, but was taken out by Shelton Benjamin with a Paydirt. Apollo Crews looked impressive as he took out several superstars, but was sent crashing to the arena floor by Big E. This left Bobby Roode and Tyler Bate battling it out for the prestigious gold, and the young Brit looked like a true superstar, coming within inches of the Intercontinental Championship with the entire crowd behind him. But in a despicable act, The Glorious One delivered a low blow to Bate, showing his desperation, and planting him with the Glorious DDT to secure the victory. The crowd made their disappointment heard but Roode was only concerned with one thing, and that's winning the Intercontinental Championship. But his method was far from "glorious".
The Revival def. American Alpha
The Revival were victorious last week over The New Day, stamping their mark on WWE Raw's tag team division. Tonight, Chad Gable and Jason Jordan reunited to reform American Alpha to try and take out Dash and Dawson and cut their momentum short. However, it wasn't to be as Jason Jordan turned his back on his former partner, making this reunion short-lived, leaving Gable to suffer a Shatter Machine and The Revival claimed another victory. After the match, The Usos appeared on the titantron and issued a challenge to The Revival for next week, claiming that they had already been to Stone Cold and got it authorised. And as if that wasn't big enough, it'll be for the WWE Tag Team Championships! Next week will be huge.
Roman Reigns def. Bobby Lashley
Both of these men came up short in their matches as part of the WWE World Championship Tournament, but this didn't stop them still wanting to gain some momentum heading forward. These two powerhouses collided with their pride on the line, hoping to put their name in the mix for a future title shot down the line. The All-Mighty tried to hit his own Spear on The Big Dog, but it was ultimately Roman Reigns who delivered the killing blow and put Lashley away. With a victory under his belt, the former Hound of Justice looked to be ready for any and all comers, but where does he go from here?
Ronda Rousey def. Paige
The focus of the women's division has recently been on Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch, but you can't forget the ever-dominant Ronda Rousey. The former Champion went into battle against a returning Paige, who also had her Absolution allies, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville at ringside. But even that wasn't enough to stop The Rowdy One from decimating the competition. After planting Paige with the Rowdy Buster, she applied the devastating Cross Armbar and forced Paige into submission, sending Absolution into retreat. Ronda Rousey just added her name to the conversation, and the entire women's division has definitely been put on notice. Ronda is here, and she's taking no prisoners.
John Cena def. Braun Strowman to advance to the finals of the WWE World Championship Tournament
The stage has been set. Daniel Bryan was able to secure his spot in the finals earlier in the night, and all that was left was to find out who his opponent would be, and that came down to a match between John Cena and Braun Strowman. The Monster Among Men proved to be one of the toughest foes for the 16-time World Champion, throwing Cena around as though he was a cruiserweight. Somehow, Cena was able to kick out of the Running Powerslam, much to Strowman's fury, but perhaps the anger took his mind off the game and John Cena did what he does best and came back with a shock Attitude Adjustment, planting the big man in the center of the ring and picking up a huge victory, placing him in the finals of the WWE World Championship Tournament next week. John Cena will take on Daniel Bryan for the coveted gold in the main event of next week's episode of Raw. Who will walk out as the Champion?
"The New" Daniel Bryan viciously assaults John Cena
Moments after the closing bell, during John Cena's celebration, Daniel Bryan made a shocking appearance and viciously assaulted his opponent for next week. "The New" Daniel Bryan unleashed a brutal attack on the 16-time World Champion and finished it off with a stiff running knee to the face, laying Cena out. Standing tall at the end of the night, Bryan looked into the camera once again and declared that he would become the WWE World Champion next week, and that John Cena's fate is already sealed. Only time will tell if what he's saying is indeed the truth.
WCW Nitro: Episode 002
Elias' opening performance is crashed by EC3
Who'd have thought that the second episode of WCW Nitro would open with a musical number? The Living Truth opened the show to the delight of the crowd, performing a special song dedicated to the history of the WCW brand. Just as the fans were starting to get into it, Elias was cut off by the arrival of The Top 1% - EC3. The reception wasn't great as he made his way to the ring, Elias giving him a glare for interrupting him. The young superstar confronted The Songsmith and informed him that his services would no longer be required because The Top 1% has arrived. Unfortunately, interrupting Elias may not have been his wisest move as he was hit with a right hand and moments later, we received word that an impromptu match had been booked by General Manager, Ric Flair.
EC3 def. Elias
Maybe he did know what he was doing when he interrupted Elias. Either way, EC3 took the fight to The Living Truth and although Elias looked to get revenge for the rude interruption, it was The Top 1% who walked away with the victory after hitting The One Percent and hooking the leg for the three count. EC3 came out looking to make a name for himself, and it looks as though he did just that. Whether you like him or not, he just showed everyone why he calls himself The Top 1%, and it was a tune that Elias had no option but to listen to.
The Bar def. Lucha House Party
The tag team division was showcased last week by The Undisputed ERA and The Good Brothers, but this week, two new teams had the chance to dance in the spotlight. Cesaro and Sheamus displayed their aggressive offence as they took on Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado of Lucha House Party. Kalisto watched from ringside as his masked companions were dismantled by the former Tag Team Champions, and after a brutal onslaught, it was Gran Metalik that met his fate to an assisted Brogue Kick giving The Bar the win. Last week's bout was impressive, but you could say that Sheamus and Cesaro may have just set "the bar".
Samoa Joe demands to be added to tonight's WCW World Championship Match
Last week, Samoa Joe came up short against Seth Rollins in the main event and lost out on the opportunity to compete for the WCW World Championship tonight. But this didn't stop The Destroyer from confronting General Manager, Ric Flair and demanding to be added to the match, claiming to be the "only true deserving Champion". The Nature Boy wasn't going to be intimidated and reminded Joe that he had lost fair and square to Rollins last week, and if he wants a shot at the title, he will have to earn it after tonight. This didn't sit well with The Samoan Submission Machine as he got in Flair's face and told him that he would make him regret not making him WCW World Champion. Joe left, leaving Flair shaking his head.
Asuka def. Carmella
The Empress of Tomorrow was eager to make her own mark on WCW Nitro after seeing Charlotte Flair score a victory last week over Billie Kay. Carmella tried her hand at knocking off the former Women's Champion, but she was no match for Asuka's dominance and had no alternative but to submit to the Asuka Lock. After the match, Asuka took to the microphone and made her intentions clear - she intends to become the Women's Champion. Which other female superstars will step forward to state their claim to the Women's title in the future?
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Chris Jericho
After both came up short in their attempts to become WCW World Champion last week, they were booked to compete against one another tonight with General Manager, Ric Flair promising a "special" opportunity for the winner of the match next week. What that opportunity is, nobody knows, but the reward was enough to motivate both competitors. Chris Jericho came close to taking Nakamura out with a Codebreaker, but when The King of Strong Style had the wherewithal to reverse it, he was able to hit the Kinshasa and secure the victory, therefore earning himself Flair's mystery opportunity. Nakamura and the rest of the crowd will have to wait until next week to find out what it is, but WCW's Rockstar will definitely be a part of it one way or another.
The War Raiders def. TM-61
Continuing to showcase the tag teams that WCW Nitro has acquired, this match saw the War Raiders clash with TM-61 in a hard-hitting battle. The quick and agile Nick Miller and Shane Thorne were able to avoid any serious offence early on, but once Hanson and Rowe got their hands on them, it was game over. The barbarian pair dominated the competition and finished off Nick Miller with their signature Fallout to secure the victory. The War Raiders celebrated with the crowd and looked as impressive as ever. Moments after their victory, we were shown The Undisputed ERA backstage, watching on a monitor. Could we see these two teams cross paths in the near future?
The Velveteen Dream once again refuses to compete on WCW Nitro
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. But you can hardly blame the WCW fans from getting excited to see The Velveteen Dream in action, only for him to give them yet another slap in the face, refusing to perform for them and claiming to be "worth more than what they pay". A brief speech from The Dream revealed that he specifically requested not to be drafted to WCW Nitro, calling it "The B-League" and declaring Nitro "below his pay grade". He left the fans disappointed for the second week in a row, and we were left wondering just when his disrespectful actions will be dealt with.
Andrade "Cien" Almas def. R-Truth
El Idolo made his in-ring debut on WCW Nitro this week, defeating R-Truth. With Zelina Vega by his side, Almas showcased his unreal ability to the crowd, but unfortunately we also saw some of his dirty tactics. A distraction from Vega at ringside allowed Almas to set up and deliver his Hammerlock DDT for the win. The pair celebrated to a mixed reaction from the crowd, but all they cared about was success. With many other talented performers part of the Nitro brand, where will Almas fit in?
AJ Styles def. Rey Mysterio & Seth Rollins to become the new WCW World Champion
It had finally arrived, and three superstars squared off to crown the first WCW World Champion of the "new era". Having all qualified for this bout, all were determined as ever to walk away with the prestigious prize. As all three men put on their best display of ability to try and capture the gold, it looked as though Seth Rollins was the one that would be walking away as Champion as he closed in on a win with his signature Stomp. But before he could hit the move, he was blindsided by Samoa Joe! The Destroyer came out of nowhere and viciously assaulted The Architect, dismantling him on the outside and putting him through the announce table with a powerslam. As Joe stood over his fallen foe, AJ Styles gained the advantage inside the ring and hit a Styles Clash on The Master of the 619 to secure the victory and the WCW World Championship. Although shrouded in controversy, The Phenomenal One leaves with the gold, and everyone else is left with questions for Samoa Joe.
ECW TV: Episode 002
Finn Bálor calls out Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Getting by with the a little help from his friend, Kevin Owens captured the ECW World Championship last week in a Fatal 4-Way Ladder Match, and it was Finn Bálor that was robbed of a near-guaranteed victory by the arrival of KO's best bud, Sami Zayn. The Extraordinary Man opened this week's edition of ECW to call out the devious duo and challenge Kevin Owens to a fair rematch tonight, but when Owens and Zayn emerged, The Prizefighter refused to face Bálor, claiming that he had his chance last week and failed. Just as they were about to leave, however, Paul Heyman emerged and stopped the best friend in their tracks. The Father of ECW declared that while Owens may be right, and Bálor did have his opportunity last week, he's going to give him the chance to earn it again, in tonight's main event - against Sami Zayn! Safe to say, that didn't go down well with the ECW World Champion or his companion.
Dean Ambrose def. Jeff Hardy
Finn Bálor wasn't the only one screwed out of the ECW World Champion, as both Dean Ambrose and Jeff Hardy were a part of the crowning bout. As a way to let off some steam, both men were thrust into a singles match and both extremists looked to redeem last week's loss and pulled out everything but the kitchen sink. The Charismatic Enigma did what he does best and threw caution to the wind, trying to put Ambrose away with everything possible. But at one point, the tables turned and The Lunatic Fringe decided to play Hardy at his own game, climbing a ladder and throwing himself into his adversary, through a table to secure the victory. With a deranged look in his eye, Dean Ambrose looked around the crowd and looked back at Hardy before picking him up and planting him with a Dirty Deeds for good measure. Ambrose left ringside, leaving Hardy in a heap as the show continued.
Lars Sullivan def. Zack Ryder
ECW has always had its fair share of freaks, but perhaps none as inhuman as this man. Lars Sullivan made his debut in The Land of Extreme in a match with Zack Ryder, with only one thing in mind - eliminate. The Long Island Iced-Z didn't stand much of a chance as he was bulldozed by the big man and eventually planted with the Freak Accident, giving Sullivan the victory. Making an immediate impact, The Freak stood tall on ECW and sent a physical message to the entire locker room. Lars Sullivan is not the beast to mess with.
Ruby Riott def. Natalya
Whoever said that women can't be extreme? Tell that to Ruby Riott and Natalya who had the first female match of the "new era" in ECW. With her Riott Squad allies at ringside, Ruby Riott took control of the match, but The Queen of Harts battled back and fought valiantly to overcome the odds. However, the numbers game came into play when Liv Morgan handed Ruby a steel chair and she used it to crack Natalya over the skull, following it up with a Riott Kick for the victory. The Riott Squad stood tall over the fallen second generation extremist and celebrated, sending a message to the WWE and WCW women's locker rooms that The Land of Extreme has some vixens of its own.
The Bludgeon Brothers def. The Colóns
If you missed the demolition display of The Bludgeon Brothers last week, this is your chance to witness it again. The Ascension fell victim to the barbarian duo last week, but it was The Colóns that suffered the same fate tonight. Primo and Epico were unable to garner any offence against the big men and Primo ultimately fell victim to The Reckoning, finishing him and his cousin off. The hammer-wielding pair stood tall over the destruction and glared out into the ECW crowd. Another team stepped up, and another team was knocked back down. Will anybody be able to rise up to The Bludgeons?
Johnny Gargano def. Aleister Black
They warned him it wouldn't be forgotten, and it wasn't. Aleister Black went into action against Johnny Gargano on ECW, but his past came back to haunt him as SAnitY emerged for revenge after last week's defeat. Eric Young led his unit to ringside as Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain jumped onto the ring apron to distract The Dutch Destroyer. This provided an opening for Johnny Wrestling to leap up and lock Black in a crucifix for a quick pinfall, escaping before his adversary could respond. Having cost Black the match, SAnitY descended on the ring and brutally beat down the man who defeated Eric Young last week, leaving him laying. Last week was a verbal warning, but this one was physical. Although, Aleister Black isn't one to forgive or forget, and soon the tables may turn.
Bray Wyatt has a sinister message for the ECW locker room
Momentarily, the broadcast was hijacked by a sinister being known as Bray Wyatt. The Eater of Worlds appeared on the titantron to issue a sinister message from the infamous Wyatt Compound. With a sadistic cackle, he warned the ECW locker room that it would soon be time to meet their maker and suffer the consequences of their sins. Promising to lead everyone to "the promise land", Wyatt declared himself judge, jury and executioner to all, and vowed to grace us with his physical presence on ECW next week. The Face of Fear made his message crystal clear, and next week we would see the self-proclaimed "reaper" in person.
Kassius Ohno & Rhyno def. Rusev & Aiden English
With Rusev Day truly back in full force, Kassius Ohno had the numbers game against him last week. But tonight, he found himself his own ally in ECW original, Rhyno. With the help of The Man Beast, The Knockout Artist was able to put a dampener on Rusev Day and knock Aiden English out with the KO Elbow as Rhyno would then keep The Bulgarian Brute at bay. Lana and Rusev left ringside in rage as Ohno and Rhyno stood over The Artiste. Having got his revenge, Ohno embraced his extreme ally and the pair celebrated in victory. It seems that Rusev Day may very well have to be rescheduled.
Finn Bálor def. Sami Zayn
Stemming from last week's controversial events, and a confrontation at the start of the show, this main event was highly anticipated. The ECW World Champion, Kevin Owens joined commentary as his best friend, Sami Zayn went head-to-head with Finn Bálor. The action went back-and-forth for the most part, but the determination and drive of Bálor helped him push through, evading a Helluva Kick attempt and dropping Zayn with a Slingblade before delivering his Coup de Grace for the victory. The Extraordinary Man gave a glare towards Kevin Owens in the commentary booth and motioned that he would be coming after the ECW World Championship. The Prizefighter looked on with a scowl and raised his title above his head. When will these two be allowed to clash for the prestigious gold?
WWE Raw: Episode 003
Daniel Bryan explains his actions from last week
Sporting a brand new shirt with the words "Yes is dead" across the front, Daniel Bryan made his way to the ring to address last week's uncharacteristic actions. The former World Champion declared the "Yes Movement" officially dead, claiming that all it has brought him is failure in the last year since his in-ring return. Blaming his lack of success on the WWE crowd, Bryan stated that tonight is the night that he takes back what belongs to him and becomes the WWE World Champion. This unusual behaviour brought boos from the fans who have showed nothing but love for Bryan over the years. But regardless of their reaction, the self-proclaimed "New" Daniel Bryan marked tonight as a fresh start and vowed to vanquish John Cena and take his rightful place at the top where he belongs.
The Revival def. The Usos to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions
After scoring victories in the past two weeks, The Revival earned the right to go up against another top team in The Usos for the vacant WWE Tag Team Championships. The two teams clashed to open WWE Raw, and went back-and-forth with the titles on the line. Just as Jimmy and Jey looked to be closing in on a win, Dash and Dawson began to use their devious tactics, with Dawson distracting the official while Dash Wilder grabbed one of the title belts and clocked Jey Uso over the head. With the advantage now in their hands and both Jimmy Uso and the official oblivious, they delivered the Shatter Machine to Jey and secured the victory before Jimmy Uso could break up the pin. The Revival are officially crowned the WWE Tag Team Champions, and they did it with no flips, just fists (and a title belt).
Chad Gable def. Jason Jordan
American Alpha reunited last week and returned to tag team competition, but the reunion was short-lived when Jason Jordan abandoned his ally in a bout with The Revival. Looking to get some revenge on his former partner, Chad Gable issued a challenge to Jordan and Stone Cold Steve Austin granted it, leading to this match taking place tonight. Once again, Jordan attempted to escape harm by fleeing ringside, but Gable was having none of it and dragged the deserter back to the ring and planted him with an impressive O'COnnor Roll German Suplex, picking up the victory and avenging last week's loss. Now that his American Alpha past had been dealt with, could this be Chad Gable's opportunity to rise through the ranks?
The Royal Rumble returns to feature all three brands of "The New Era"
Exclusively revealed tonight on WWE Raw, the classic event known as the Royal Rumble will return to feature WWE, WCW and ECW talent in just three weeks. The 30-Man Royal Rumble Match will also return, and it will also be alongside the 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match in which the official Women's Champion will be crowned. Which male superstar will earn themselves a main event Championship opportunity? And which female superstar will walk away as the first Women's Champion of the "new era"?
Becky Lynch def. Sasha Banks
The announcement of the returning 30-Womens Royal Rumble Match sent shockwaves through the female locker room, and the two superstars about to compete were dead set on proving their worth ahead of the historic event in just three weeks.This bout stemmed from Lynch's challenge just last week, and she made good on her promise to beat The Boss and force her into submission. The Man applied the Dis-Arm-Her on her opponents and Sasha had no alternative but to tap out, handing the fiery redhead the win. After the match, Becky Lynch would once again take to the microphone, this time warning the entire women's division across all three brands, vowing to win the Women's Royal Rumble Match and claim the Women's Championship.
Tyler Bate def. Intercontinental Champion Bobby Roode via disqualification
Last week, Bobby Roode was able to reign supreme in a Six-Pack Challenge to become the first Intercontinental Champion of the "new era", but it wasn't without controversy. The Glorious One used some underhanded tactics to defeat the impressive and determined Tyler Bate who came within inches of capturing the gold for himself. Roode's actions left a bitter taste in the mouths of the WWE fans, and most importantly, in Tyler Bate's. The British combatant challenged Roode to a one-on-one rematch tonight in hopes of winning the title he came so close to grasping last week, but once again, Roode made sure that it was he that walked out as Champion, brutally beating his adversary with a steel chair to get himself disqualified and therefore retain the title. After the official was able to pry the chair away from the Intercontinental Champion, The Glorious One left with a smug grin across his face as the referee tended to Tyler Bate.
Braun Strowman wins an 8-Man Over-the-Top-Rope Battle Royal
Unfortunately for Braun Strowman, he was knocked out of the WWE World Championship Tournament last week by John Cena. But it would take more than that to stop The Monster Among Men, who destroyed seven other superstars in an 8-Man Over-the-Top-Rope Battle Royal, set up by Stone Cold as a Royal Rumble preview of sorts. Shelton Benjamin, Curt Hawkins, Apollo Crews, "Woken" Matt Hardy, Titus O'Neil, Heath Slater and finally even Bobby Lashley met their demise at the hands of the big man. Strowman and Lashley remained as the final two and The All-Mighty came close to toppling the giant, but he too found himself thrown over the ropes and down to the floor, with Strowman claiming the victory. When it comes to the 30-Man Royal Rumble in three weeks, who will be able to tip The Monster Among Men over and out, if anyone?
John Cena responds to Daniel Bryan's statement
What Daniel Bryan said at the top of the show was never going to go unnoticed by John Cena, and the 16-time World Champion decided to respond as only he can. Firstly, he reminded "The New" Daniel Bryan that the fans are what made him so popular, just like they made John Cena, just like they made every other superstar that goes out to the ring. Secondly, The Cenation Leader went on to explain that tonight is about the World Championship, and if he can stop it ending up in the hands of someone who can turn their back on the WWE fans in the blink of an eye then he will. Glaring into the camera, Cena promised that tonight he would be fighting for everyone who Bryan has left feeling betrayed.
Randy Orton def. Roman Reigns
The Big Dog redeemed his departure from the WWE World Championship Tournament with a victory over Bobby Lashley last week, and he looked to continue his momentum with another win. However, it wasn't to be as he came into contact with The Viper. Roman Reigns took Orton to the limit and almost finished him off with a Spear, but in typical "outta nowhere" fashion, The Apex Predator sprung into action with an RKO and finished off the former Hound of Justice. Conspicuous by his absence last week, Randy Orton returned with a vengeance and found success against Reigns. But something seemed different, and The Viper appeared to be a bit more focused than usual. Could Orton's loss at the hands of The Miz on the premiere episode have triggered something inside of this dangerous superstar?
Bayley, Ronda Rousey & Ember Moon def. Mickie James, Alexa Bliss & Nia Jax
The Women's Royal Rumble Match will be the biggest opportunity yet for the female superstars of all three brands, but WWE Raw's superstars were looking to get some momentum ahead of time in Six-Woman Tag Team action. The different elements mashed into one chaotic battle made this one an entertaining bout, but it was Bayley's time to shine this week as she was able to plant former Women's Champion, Mickie James with the Bayley-to-Belly and secure the victory for her team. After the match, she celebrated with Ronda Rousey and Ember Moon as Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax helped Mickie away from ringside. But the celebration soon became an afterthought as the three superstars in the ring turned to each other and the tension rose, realising that in three weeks it would indeed be every woman for herself.
Daniel Bryan def. John Cena to become the WWE World Champion
"The New" Daniel Bryan is now your new WWE World Champion, much to the dismay of all those who he had turned his back on. The finals of the WWE World Championship Tournament ended tonight as Bryan took on former 16-time World Champion, John Cena in a titanic clash for the coveted gold. Bryan's new attitude shone through as he did what it took to keep The Cenation Leader at bay, no matter the cost. He came close to leaving empty handed when Cena hit him with the Attitude Adjustment, but his new attitude still gave him the same fight and resilience as before as he kicked out at the last second. Cena attempted to lock in the STF and force Bryan into submission, but after escaping, Bryan hit the running knee and applied The Yes Lock on his adversary, hoping to do the unthinkable and make Cena tap. Shockingly enough, he succeeded. The man who says "never give up" had no alternative but to submit to the horror of the WWE crowd. The new WWE World Champion snatched his title from the clutches of the official and stared into it with a maniacal grin. John Cena sat on the ring apron with his head in his hands, devastated that he had let it slip through his fingers. But whether you like it or not, the era of Daniel Bryan is upon us. But not the one many would have hoped, because one fact overshadows all of that - Yes is dead.