WWE Main Roster Territory Report (October 12th, 2018)

Ronda Rousey WWE Raw
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WWE Main Roster Territory Report (October 12th, 2018

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

1. News

Crown Jewel

WWE has released a statement on the ongoing situation with Saudi Arabia and their Crown Jewel event: “We are currently monitoring the situation.”

Rather than sum up a very complicated issue, this article sums it up nicely: https://ijr.com/senators-wwe-saudi-arabia-event-crown-jewl/

The Wrestling Observer is reporting that WWE has backup plans in case the show doesn’t happen.

WWE World Cup

John Cena was the first to be confirmed for the one-night 8-man tournament at Crown Jewel. Kurt Angle then qualified this week when he won a battle royal while dressed as the Conquistador. Randy Orton beat the Big Show and Jeff Hardy beat Samoa Joe to qualify this week as well. Shinsuke Nakamura will face the returning Rey Mysterio coming up on Smackdown 1000 next week.

Kevin Owens Injured

Kevin Owens will require knee surgery and is out of action. It’s unknown how long he’ll be out for. They will determine the damage once they operate. He had knee surgeries in 2015 and 2017 as well. He will be replaced by Bobby Roode in the Mixed Match Challenge.

Bella Twins Turn On Ronda Rousey

The big angle from Monday night was the Bella Twins turning on Ronda Rousey. It was later announced that Nikki Bella will challenge for Rousey’s Raw Women’s Championship at Evolution on October 28th, 2018.

Change To Legends Match At WWE Evolution

Instead of having separate matches at Evolution, returning legends Trish Stratus and Lita will team up to take on Mickie James and Lita. The change was made official during a segment on this week’s Raw.

Rey Mysterio Working A Regular Schedule

Rey Mysterio is scheduled to appear on several upcoming events in addition to his return at Smackdown 1000. So he will be on house shows as part of his new 2-year deal with the company.

Matt Hardy Releases Teaser For Broken Universe

Matt Hardy is working on a WWE Network special. He released this teaser for it on his YouTube channel:

Becky Lynch Working Injured

Becky Lynch revealed this week on social media that she’s been working with a cracked jaw.

Mike and Maria Kanellis Debut On 205 Live

A slimmed down Mike Kanellis pushed Lince Dorado off the top rope on 205 Live this week, causing a no-contest to his match with Lio Rush.

Sasha Banks

Banks has been booked for upcoming live events. She is said to have been dealing with a back injury but that is not confirmed.

2. WWE Results

Monday Night Raw
October 8th, 2018
Allstate Arena
Chicago, Ill

Main Event:

  1. Zack Ryder defeated Mojo Rawley
  2. The Revival defeated Heath Slater and Rhyno

Monday Night Raw

  1. Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush defeated Kevin Owens
  2. Ronda Rousey & the Bella Twins defeated the Riott Squad
  3. Bayley & Finn Balor defeated Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal
  4. Kurt Angle won a Global Battle Royal
  5. Ember Moon defeated Nia Jax via count-out
  6. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeated the Ascension
  7. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre defeated The Shield

Smackdown Live/205 Live/Mixed Match Challenge
October 9th, 2018
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, Indiana

205 Live:

  1. Lince Dorado vs Lio Rush – no contest due to interference
  2. Tony Nese defeated Cedric Alexander

Smackdown:

  1. Smackdown Women’s Championship
    Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair – double count-out
  2. WWE World Cup Qualifying Match
    Jeff Hardy defeated Samoa Joe via ref stoppage
  3. AJ Styles defeated Shelton Benjamin
  4. WWE World Cup Qualifying Match
    Randy Orton defeated the Big Show

Mixed Match Challenge:

  1. Braun Strowman and Ember Moon defeated Bayley and Finn Balor
  2. AJ Styles and Charlotte Flair defeated Carmella and R-Truth

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

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: New Day
Won: Smackdown August 21st, 2018 from the Bludgeon Brothers
Title Defenses: 2
Challengers: Rusev Day (HIAC), the Bar (Super Show-Down)

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:

  • With the win over Corbin in the battle royal, Kurt Angle debuts in the rankings at #4
  • Ember Moon moves to #4 with the count-out win over Nia Jax
  • Samoa Joe dropped to #5 with the loss to Jeff Hardy. A few things got mixed around in the Smackdown male single’s division.
  • Tony Nese moved up to the #1 spot with the win over Cedric Alexander. That will have to be resolved in the coming weeks as Cedric will likely still have a rematch he can cash-in.

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. Kevin Owens (injured)
  9. Elias
  10. Dolph Ziggler
  11. Drew McIntyre
  12. Dean Ambrose
  13. Jinder Mahal
  14. Apollo Crews
  15. Mojo Rawley
  16. Tyler Breeze
  17. Goldust
  18. Zack Ryder
  19. Mike Kannelis

Raw Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey

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

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. Jeff Hardy
  5. Samoa Joe
  6. Shelton Benjamin
  7. Rusev
  8. Andrade “Cien” Almas
  9. R-Truth
  10. The 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: New Day

  1. Rusev Day
  2. The Bar
  3. The Usos
  4. The Club
  5. Sanity
  6. 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