WWE Main Roster Report (October 20th, 2018)

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  1. News
  2. Results
  3. Upcoming Matches and Shows
  4. Championship Landscape
  5. Rankings

1. News

Mainstream Coverage Of WWE Crown Jewel

The controversy surrounding the planned Crown Jewel event continues to dominate WWE news this last week. Here is a collection of articles summarizing the situation (all spoiler-free).

This article from Forbes provides a timeline of events. JBL and Randy Orton both made public comments regarding their belief WWE should move forward with the event as well.

Orton said this to TMZ:

“I think we should go. I think the only way to help with change over there is to go and not to cancel the trip.”

[The WWE women] performed in Abu Dhabi not too long ago, and I think we’ll be there eventually with [Saudi Arabia] and Crown Jewel.

“That’s the goal is to make things better everywhere and I think us not going—it doesn’t help. Going helps.”

In response to the Sports Illustrated article stating some talent were uncomfortable going to Saudi Arabia, WWE released the following statement:

“As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our performers as we continue to monitor the situation,”

Kevin Owens Injury Update

The Wrestling Observer updated Owens’ condition after having surgery this week. It looks like his timetable for return is before WrestleMania in early 2019. The same timeline exists for Sami Zayn.

“Kevin Owens had double knee surgery,” Dave Meltzer said. “The damage in his left knee was worse than expected but they’re hopeful late February – early March return. So, that’s sort of the timetable for what it is. He didn’t have full-blown reconstructive surgery on either knee but it was serious in the left knee especially.”

Alexa Bliss Injury Update

Alexa Bliss hasn’t wrestled since Hell in a Cell. She’s cleared to work house shows again this weekend. Bliss will team with Mickie James to take on Lita and Trish Stratus at Evolution.

WWE World Cup (To Determine The Best In The World)

  • John Cena (Raw) awarded entry
  • Kurt Angle (Raw) Won A Battle Royal
  • Randy Orton (SD) defeated Big Show
  • Jeff Hardy (SD) defeated Samoa Joe
  • Seth Rollins (Raw) defeated Drew McIntyre via count-out
  • Dolph Ziggler (Raw) defeated Dean Ambrose

2. WWE Results

Monday Night Raw
October 15th, 2018
Wells Fargo Arena
Philadelphia, PA

Main Event:

  1. the Revival defeated No Way Jose & Zack Ryder
  2. Konnor defeated Rhyno

Monday Night Raw

  1. WWE World Cup Qualifying Match
    Seth Rollins defeated Drew McIntyre via count-out
  2. Ember Moon & Nia Jax defeated Dana Brooke & Tamina
  3. WWE World Cup Qualifying Match
    Dolph Ziggler defeated Dean Ambrose
  4. Finn Balor defeated Jinder Mahal
  5. Bobby Lashley defeated Tyler Breeze
  6. 2-0n-1 handicap match
    AOP defeated the Conquistador
  7. Natalya defeated Ruby Riott via DQ
  8. the Shield defeated Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre

Smackdown Live/205 Live/Mixed Match Challenge
October 9th, 2018

205 Live:

  1. Akira Tozawa vs Drew Gulak – no contest
  2. Fatal 5-Way Match
    Tony Nese defeated Cedric Alexander, Gran Metalik, Lio Rush, TJP

Smackdown:

  1. The Usos defeated AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan
  2. WWE World Cup Qualifying Match
    The Miz defeated Rusev
  3. WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships
    The Bar defeated the New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods (c) – New Champions
  4. WWE World Cup Qualifying Match
    Rey Mysterio defeated Shinsuke Nakamura

Mixed Match Challenge:

  1. Bobby Lashley & Mickie James defeated Bobby Roode & Natalya
  2. Asuka & the Miz defeated Lana & Rusev

3. Upcoming Matches and Shows

WWE Evolution
October 28th, 2018
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

  1. Raw Women’s Championship
    Ronda Rousey (c) vs Nikki Bella
  2. Smackdown Women’s Championship Match
    Last Woman Standing
    Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair
  3. NXT Women’s Championship
    Kairi Sane (c) vs Shayna Baszler
  4. NXT UK Women’s Championship Match
    TBD (c) vs TBD
  5. Finals of the Mae Young Classic
  6. Lita and Trish Stratus vs Alexa Bliss and Mickie James=

WWE Crown Jewel
November 2nd, 2018
King Saud University Stadium
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  1. Universal Championship
    Roman Reigns (c) vs Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman
  2. WWE Championship
    AJ Styles (c) vs Daniel Bryan
  3. WWE World Cup Tournament
    1. John Cena
    2. Kurt Angle
    3. Jeff Hardy
    4. Randy Orton
    5. Seth Rollins
    6. Dolph Ziggler
    7. The Miz
    8. Rey Mysterio

4. Championship Landscape

Universal Championship
Champion: Roman Reigns
Won: Summerslam 2018 from Brock Lesnar
Title Defenses: 3
Challengers: Finn Balor (Raw), No-Contest w/Brock Lesnar (HIAC), Baron Corbin (Raw)

Raw Women’s Championship
Champion: Ronda Rousey
Won: Summerslam 2018 From Alexa Bliss
Title Defenses: 1
Challengers: Alexa Bliss (HIAC)

Raw Tag Team Championships
Champions: :Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler
Won: Raw September 3rd, 2018 – from the B-Team
Title Defenses: 3
Challengers: B-Team (Raw), Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (HIAC), the Revival (Raw)

Intercontinental Championship
Champion: Seth Rollins
Won: Summerslam 2018 from Dolph Ziggler
Title Defenses: 2
Challengers: Kevin Owens (Raw), Dolph Ziggler (Raw)

Smackdown:

WWE Championship
Champion: AJ Styles
Won: Smackdown November 7th, 2017 from Jinder Mahal
Title Defenses: 11
Challengers: Jinder Mahal (Clash of Champions), Owens & Zayn (handicap match – Royal Rumble 2018), Baron Corbin/Dolph Ziggler/John Cena/Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn (6-pack challenge Fastlane 2018), Shinsuke Nakamura (WM34), DCO- Shinsuke Nakamura (GRR), No-Contest – Shinsuke Nakamura (Backlash 2018), Shinsuke Nakamura (MITB 2018), Rusev (Extreme Rules 2018), DQ loss to Samoa Joe (Summerslam 2018), Samoa Joe (HIAC), Samoa Joe (Super Show-Down)

Smackdown Women’s Championship
Champion: Becky Lynch
Won: HIAC from Charlotte Flair
Title Defenses: 2
Challengers: loss to Charlotte Flair via DQ (Super Show-Down), vs Charlotte Flair double count-out (Smackdown),

Smackdown Tag Team Championships
Champions: the Bar
Won: Smackdown October 16tht, 2018 from New Day
Title Defenses: 0
Challengers:

United States Championship
Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura
Won: Extreme Rules 2018 – from Jeff Hardy
Title Defenses: 4
Challengers: loss via DQ to Jeff Hardy (Smackdown), Jeff Hardy (Summerslam), loss via DQ to Jeff Hardy (Smackdown), vs Tye Dillinger – No Contest (Smackdown)

4. Estimated Rankings:

  • #5 Rey Mysterio (SD) debuts in the rankings
  • #8 (Raw) Kevin Owens was removed from the rankings due to injury.
  • #1 (SD) Rusev Day was removed from the rankings due to team disbanding.
  • #13 (Raw) Tamina added to the rankings.
  • #6 (Raw) Natalya moves up one spot with her win over #7 Ruby Riott via DQ
  • #1 (205) Tony Nese retains his spot with a win in a fatal 5-way

Monday Night Raw:

Universal Champion: Roman Reigns
Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins

  1. Braun Strowman (MITB)
  2. Brock Lesnar (owed rematch)
  3. Bobby Lashley
  4. Kurt Angle
  5. Constable Corbin
  6. Finn Balor
  7. Bobby Lashley
  8. Elias
  9. Dolph Ziggler
  10. Drew McIntyre
  11. Dean Ambrose
  12. Jinder Mahal
  13. Apollo Crews
  14. Mojo Rawley
  15. Tyler Breeze
  16. Goldust
  17. Zack Ryder
  18. Mike Kannelis

Raw Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey

  1. Alexa Bliss
  2. Nikki Bella
  3. Brie Bella
  4. Ember Moon
  5. Nia Jax
  6. Natalya
  7. Ruby Riott
  8. Sasha Banks
  9. Bayley
  10. Dana Brooke
  11. Sarah Logan
  12. Liv Morgan
  13. Tamina

Raw Tag Team Champions: McIntyre and Ziggler

  1. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
  2. B Team
  3. The Revival
  4. Authors of Pain
  5. Roode & Gable
  6. The Ascension
  7. Heath Slater and Rhyno

Smackdown:

WWE Champion: AJ Styles
United States Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura

  1. Daniel Bryan
  2. the Miz
  3. Randy Orton
  4. Rey Mysterio
  5. Jeff Hardy
  6. Samoa Joe
  7. Shelton Benjamin
  8. Rusev
  9. Andrade “Cien” Almas
  10. R-Truth
  11. Tye Dillinger

Smackdown Women’s Champion: Becky Lynch

  1. Charlotte Flair
  2. Carmella
  3. Asuka
  4. Billie Kay
  5. Peyton Royce
  6. Naomi
  7. Sonya Deville
  8. Mandy Rose

Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Bar

  1. New Day
  2. The Usos
  3. The Club
  4. Sanity
  5. The Colons

205 Live:

WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Buddy Murphy

  1. Tony Nese
  2. Cedric Alexander
  3. Drew Gulak
  4. Hideo Itami
  5. Mustafa Ali
  6. Lio Rush
  7. Akira Tozawa
  8. Gran Metalic
  9. Kalisto
  10. TJP
  11. Noam Dar
  12. Jack Gallagher
  13. Lince Dorado