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WWE Smackdown results 9th Oct 2020

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Big E def. Sheamus via pinfall in a Falls Count Anywhere Match after a Big Ending. Unsurprisingly, things moved outside the ring early, with Big E hitting a spear through the ropes. That allowed Sheamus to tie Big E up in the ropes and use a kendo stick until things swung back Big E’s way after he duct taped Sheamus’ feet together before taking and using the stick on Sheamus. After a commercial break, the action went backstage, and eventually into the parking garage. Sheamus used a tire iron and slammed Big E repeatedly with a car door. Big E, bloodied from going through a car windshield, fought back to hit a Big Ending off the trunk of a car and through a table for the win. Later in the show, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods returned to celebrate with Big E and say they wanted to win back the tag team titles later in the night.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The New Day (Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston) def. Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall to win the titles after a Xavier Woods rope-walk elbow. Woods grabbed Nakamura down the stretch as Nakamura was looking for the Kinshasa as Cesaro was executing the Cesaro Swing. That set up the finish with Woods hitting the rope-walk elbow to win back the titles, putting the belts back around the waists of The New Day yet again. This marks the team’s seventh time as SmackDown tag team champions. Immediately after their win, it was announced Woods and Kingston were drafted to Raw while Big E was drafted to SmackDown.

The draft was not surprising on the whole, but there was a giant hole in logic in the draft when Raw chose to draft Woods and Kingston but not Big E. There’s no way to make that decision make sense as it was made clear The New Day as a whole could be drafted — The Hurt Business were drafted as a group of four earlier in the night. Big E deserves a legitimate singles run, but you can’t ask people to suspend their entire sense of logical thinking just because this is pro wrestling. Both matches were fantastic taken as individual moments, but the draft as the overarching story failed to make any sense. Grade: C-

2020 WWE Draft: Round-by-round results for Raw and SmackDown

Two more Hell in a Cell matches announced
Roman Reigns revealed his Hell in a Cell stipulation for the upcoming pay-per-view. Jey Uso demanded Reigns tell him what the stipulation for his match with Reings would be at Hell in a Cell. He was interrupted by Paul Heyman on the Tron, with Heyman telling Uso that things happen on Reigns’ time, before a video package aired reminding Uso of what happened when they faced off at Clash of Champions. Reigns then appeared on screen and cut a promo saying that Uso just needed to acknowledge him in their last match. And now, for the first time, inside Hell in a Cell, there would be an ‘I Quit’ match. Reigns then said that after Uso says “I quit,” there will be consequences.

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SmackDown Women’s Championship — Sasha Banks def. Bayley (c) via disqualification after Bayley used a steel chair. Banks flew at Bayley from the opening bell, causing the champion to try and leave the ring and head backstage before Banks dragged her back. Bayley took things over with a clothesline, attacking Banks’ previously inured neck. As Banks attempted to fight back, Bayley used a steel chair, hitting Banks in the stomach, forcing the disqualification and allowing Bayley to retain her title. After the match, Bayley attempted to attack Banks with the chair, but Banks turned things around on the champ, wearing her out with the chair in the center of the ring. Banks then stuck Bayley’s head in the chair, trying to replay Bayley’s attack on her from weeks back, but Bayley was able to escape the chair — and the ring — to avoid any further damage. Later in the show, Banks said that she would face Bayley at the upcoming PPV in an Hell in a Cell match.

Bayley vs. Banks and Reigns vs. Uso being added to the PPV as Hell in a Cell matches advances the confirmed amount of matches in the Cell to three, tying the record for the amount of Cell matches on a single card. There probably will be no further matches added for the Cell, but there is a big risk in having three of your big gimmick matches on a singe show. That said, Reigns vs. Uso has been some of the best storytelling in recent WWE history and Banks vs. Bayley is a story a long time in the making, so both being in big gimmick matches make a fair amount of sense. Grade: B-

 

What else happened on WWE SmackDown?
In the first round of the WWE Draft, Raw selected Drew McIntyre, Asuka and The Hurt Business, while SmackDown selected Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Rollins is the first big change of the night, with the rest of the choices locking champions — including Hurt Business’ Bobby Lashley, who holds the United States championship — to their current brands. Rollins needs a big refresh as he’s run out of new options on Raw. Rollins cut a promo after the first round, he said that it is about his message, not the brand and that he is thrilled to finally become a SmackDown superstar. Rollins said he’s sad he won’t be there to watch the Mysterio family implode, though he’s happy to never look at their disgusting faces again, something that would prove to not be the case by an hour later.

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In the second round of the WWE Draft, Raw drafted AJ Styles, Naomi, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, while SmackDown selected Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair. Styles was the big change of the round, while Belair represents a potentially big move for SmackDown, with a very high ceiling and potential as a title challenger in the near future.

Matt Riddle & Jeff Hardy def. The Miz & John Morrison via pinfall after Riddle hit Miz with Bro Derek. Basic tag match with the makeshift team beating the established team. After the match, Lars Sullivan made his return, taking out Riddle and Hardy with ease. Sullivan then turned his attention to Miz and Morrison, taking them out before standing alone to end the segment.

In Round 3 of the WWE Draft, Raw drafted Ricochet, Mandy Rose and Miz & John Morrison, while SmackDown selected Jey Uso and Dominick & Rey Mysterio. The big change here is bringing the Mysterios to SmackDown where they join Seth Rollins, which really freshens up nothing as that feud just changes brands. Beyond that, Miz and Morrison will be fresh in the Raw tag division, but without much expectation of bigger things.

In Round 4 of the WWE Draft, Raw selected The New Day, Dana Brooke and Angel Garza, while SmackDown drafted Big E and Otis. Obviously, the big news here is that New Day was broken up, with the new tag champs, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, going to Raw and Big E staying on SmackDown. There’s a huge hole in the logic here where Raw could have selected all three New Day members, but chose to not take Big E. It’s also notable in the round that Otis was drafted by SmackDown but not Tucker.

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“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt def. Kevin Owens via pinfall after locking in the mandible claw. Owens took the fight to The Fiend from the jump, seeming close through the match to scoring a count-out win on multiple occasions, but The Fiend continuing to stand up every time it seemed he was down and out. Two pop-up powerbomb attempts from Owens was not enough to keep The Fiend down before he stood up and re-entered the ring, locking in the mandible claw. An Owens stunner was not enough to break the hold before The Fiend hit a urinage with the hold still locked in to secure the pinfall.

 

“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt def. Kevin Owens via pinfall after locking in the mandible claw. Owens took the fight to The Fiend from the jump, seeming close through the match to scoring a countout win on multiple occasions, but The Fiend continuing to stand up every time it seemed he was down and out. Two pop-up powerbomb attempts from Owens was not enough to keep The Fiend down before he stood up and re-entered the ring, locking in the mandible claw. An Owens stunner was not enough to break the hold before The Fiend hit a urinage with the hold still locked in to secure the pinfall.

 

In Round 4 of the WWE Draft, Raw selected The New Day, Dana Brooke and Angel Garza, while SmackDown drafted Big E and Otis. Obviously, the big news here is that New Day was broken up, with the new tag champs, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, going to Raw and Big E staying on SmackDown. There’s a huge hole in the logic here where Raw could have selected all three New Day members, but chose to not take Big E. It’s also notable in the round that Otis was drafted by SmackDown but not Tucker.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The New Day (Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston) def. Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall to win the titles after a Xavier Woods rope-walk elbow. Woods grabbed Nakamura down the stretch as Nakamura was looking for the Kinshasa as Cesaro was executing the Cesaro Swing. That set up the finish with Woods hitting the rope-walk elbow to win back the titles, putting the belts back around the waists of The New Day yet again. This marks the team’s seventh time as SmackDown tag team champions.

 

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David de Gea ‘could leave Manchester United on loan’

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Manchester United could reportedly loan out goalkeeper David de Gea ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.

The 30-year-old was between the sticks for his team’s Europa League clash with Granada on Thursday night but appears to have dropped behind Dean Henderson in the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Henderson is expected to start Sunday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, with De Gea set to drop back down to the bench.

The Spain international has recently been linked with a move away from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side, but he still has more than two years left to run on a lucrative contract at Old Trafford.

According to ESPN, Man United are unlikely to find a buyer for De Gea in the upcoming market and could therefore decide to loan him out for the 2021-22 season.

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The former Atletico Madrid youngster has made 435 appearances for the 20-time English champions in all competitions, including 30 outings during the current campaign

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NXT takeover stand and deliver results 7th April 2021

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NXT takeover stand and deliver results 7th April 2021

Here are the results for the NXT takeover pay per view

Zoey Stark vs. Toni Storm (Pre-show): Stark continued to impress as she has in a series of matches with stop stars, hitting some nice early moves, including a good-looking springboard missile dropkick. Storm took over the match after the strong start, using some power offense with snap suplexes and a body slam, but before she could capitalize, Stark hit a superplex from the second rope to start a comeback. A half-nelson suplex set up a running knee for the first convincing near fall of the match. Stark continued to keep up the pressure until Storm hit a series of German suplexes before going for Storm Zero, which was countered awkwardly by Stark into a small package for the victory.  (NXT takeover)

Pete Dunne vs. Kushida: An exchange of submission attempts opened the match as both men were attempting to establish their technical superiority early. Kushida had a small edge in the grappling until the action spilled outside where Dunne hit an X-plex onto the ring apron. Dunne brutally went after the arm of Kushida for a brief run, but Kushida fired up and ran the length of the entrance ramp for a kick. After an exchange of strikes, Dunne went back to work on the arm — and the fingers — of Kushida.

The action continued to flow back and forth, with Dunne’s aggression being met by Kushida blow-for-blow. Kushida hit a superplex while holding his Hoverboard Lock, switching to an armbar, but Dunne managed to get a foot on the ropes for a break. Kushida continued going for Dunne’s arms, locking in another Hoverboard Lock and then switching arms with the hold when Dunne reached the ropes. Dunne went back to the fingers, softening up Kushida for a kick to the head and Bitter End to bring the match to a close.

Leon Ruff vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis vs. LA Knight (Gauntlet Eliminator for North American championship opportunity): Scott jumped Ruff before the match, getting off to an early advantage when they were the first two men in. Ruff eventually hit a cutter on Scott, springboarding off the announce table to hit the move. That wasn’t enough to keep Scott down, as he continued to blitz Ruff with big moves until Ruff countered a top rope powerbomb into a rana before Reed entered the match. Reed ran wild until hitting a double-German suplex on Scott and Ruff. Grimes came into the match and paid off Scott to help him go at the other competitors. During Lumis’ entrance, Scott was able to quickly pin Ruff to take him out of the match. Lumis delivered suplex after suplex until running into Reed with the two big men exchanging strikes and neither getting the upper hand. Knight made his entrance as the final man into the match and soon pinned Lumis as Lumis had Grimes locked in Silence. Reed eliminated Knight moments later after a senton, leaving Scott, Reed and Grimes as the final three in the match. (NXT takeover)

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Grimes and Scott teamed up against Reed, but Reed shrugged off strikes from both men until the temporary alliance fell apart and Scott rolled up Grimes with a handful of tights — reversing Grimes’ own attempt to grab Scott’s tights in a pin — for the elimination. Reed went to the top rope, but Scott caught him with a kick and then slammed Reed from the top rope onto the ring apron. Scott followed up with a 450 splash for a near fall. Reed fired up through a trio of House Call kicks from Scott before hitting Tsunami for the victory.

NXT UK Championship — WALTER (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa: Ciampa looked to try to neutralize WALTER’s strength with speed early but eventually snapped and blitzed WALTER with a flurry of strikes. That only served to anger the champion, leading him to deliver a series of titanic chops. WALTER tried to deliver another chop as Ciampa was leaned on the announce table, but Ciampa moved out of the way, causing WALTER to chop through a portion of the table. Ciampa tried to take advantage of the now-injured hand of WALTER but ran into a big boot. When WALTER had trouble locking in submissions due to not being able to use any strength in his grip, he resorted to delivering more big kicks to the face of Ciampa. Ciampa delivered clothesline after clothesline, trying to take WALTER off his feet, sending the champion stumbling before falling into the ropes where Ciampa’s clotheslines continued until WALTER delivered a chop. Ciampa came right back with yet another clothesline, finally driving WALTER to the mat. After another flurry of offense, Ciampa hit the Fairy Tale Ending for a near fall.

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WALTER came back with an attempt at a choke before a German suplex and lariat for a two count of his own. Ciampa continued his incredible performance, blasting WALTER with strikes and forcing the big man to turtle up. Another strike exchange followed shortly after before WALTER focused in on the neck of Ciampa with a series of stomps and powerbombs, again resulting in a near fall. Walter hit another suplex and a big chop, this time putting Ciampa down for the three count, retaining his title.  (NXT takeover)

Tag Team Championship — MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Legado Del Fantasma: This match was for the vacant title. Pure fire from the jump with everyone in the match flying around the ring at full speed. Every team in the match got early spots to shit, with Grizzled Young Veterans taking the early action before MSK took over and Legado del Fantasma finally took control with simultaneous dives and then a pair of Van Terminators (without the chair) on Nash Carter for a near fall. Legado continued their run of control by continuing to take the fight to Carter until he finally made a tag to Wes Lee, who took out all four men on the other teams before a huge dive and a series of backflips into a Pele kick to the back of James Drake’s head. (NXT takeover)

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Zack Gibson finally involved himself to take out Lee, holding his hand inside the turnbuckle pad so Drake could deliver a dropkick to the already inured hand. Gibson locked up Lee’s hand and Lee was ready to tap until Carter was able to crawl through a Drake choke to grab his partner’s hand. Things broke down to GYV vs. MSK, with Lee hitting a double cutter and then a twisting blockbuster while Carter had Gibson lifted up to score the win and take home the titles.

Women’s Championship — Io Shirai (c) vs. Raquel Gonzalez: Gonzalez used her power early, forcing Shirai to have to resort to slick defensive maneuvers and quickness, hitting a rana and then taking the fight to Gonzalez in the corner. Gonzalez caught a Shirai stomp and tried to reverse the momentum but found herself on the outside, getting knocked to the floor after a Shirai asai moonsault. Gonzalez was finally able to slow down the champ by driving her into the ring post before going back to the ring where she began to toss Shirai around the ring.

Every time it seemed Gonzalez had Shirai on the defensive, the champion would find a way to counter and launch into her own high impact offense, including a Code Red for a near fall. Gonzalez caught Shirai on the top rope and tried to walk her to the center of the ring for a chokeslam, but Shirai managed to counter and roll into a crossface, forcing Gonzalez to crawl to the ropes for the escape. Shirai followed up with a moonsault from the top rope onto the entrance ramp. Shirai wandered out of the ring area before appearing on top of the giant skull that made up the set background on the ramp, hitting a diving crossbody onto Gonzalez. (NXT takeover)

Gonzalez refused to stay down, coming back to hit a chokeslam outside the ring and throwing the champion in for a near fall. Moments later, Gonzalez managed to hit a big lariat and then another chokeslam to score the pinfall and win the belt.

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Jesse Lingard Scores as West Ham beat Wolves

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Jesse Lingard Scores as West Ham beat Wolves

Jesse Lingard is currently trending on Twitter following the stunning goal he scored for West Ham against Wolves on Monday night, April 5.

Lingard signed for the Hammers on a short-term loan deal in January, after the Man United academy product was not given an opportunity to shine under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Fast forward two months, and Lingard is one of the most in-form players in the Premier League.

He opened the scoring for West Ham away at Wolves with a stunning solo goal showing so much confidence as he carried the ball forward from behind the halfway-line before holding his nerve and beating Rui Patricio.

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The Wolves defenders followed him, but his long run with the ball for such a distance and ability to keep his composure in front of goal, has even got some Twitter users saying he should be nominated for the FIFA Puskas goal of the year.

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