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COMPLETE WWE STOMPING GROUND COVERAGE

By Mike Johnson on 2019-06-23 18:05:00

Welcome to PWInsider.com's live, ongoing coverage of the first-ever Stomping Ground PPV from Tacoma, Washington!

Kickoff Show

The panel ran down the lineup for the PPV before heading into a Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler video package.

They came back to Charly Caruso and Booker T inside the ring with a steel cage discussing the match.  Booker said the first thing you'd want to do is escape the cage but others want to use the cage to grind and crush your opponents.  

Jonathan Coachman and David Otunga interviewed New Day's Xavier Woods and Big E.  They said Kofi didn't need them tonight and praised how great he was.  They were super entertaining.

They aired a video package on Baron Corbin vs. Seth Rollins.

Backstage, Kayla Braxton asked Baron Corbin asking whether he has made his choice for the guest referee tonight.  He said lots of people have come to him wanting to referee and he's made his choice, but he's not going to reveal who it is.  He said Seth Rollins has shown how scared he is.  He promised to slay the Beastslayer and become the new Universal Champion.  He used all sorts of big vocabulary words in a way that no one actually speaks unless they've been scripted on WWE to sound completely unnatural.

The panel discussed how Seth Rollins has attacked everyone in recent days, showing clips of the attacks.

They aired a video package on Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss.

Ricochet joined the panel.  He said he's in for the fight of his life.  He knows Joe has no respect after what he did to Rey.  Joe showed up on a split screen and said Ricochet has been here for a cup of coffee but doesn't know what it's like to be at a top level of competition.  He said tonight will not be Ricochet's night.  Ricochet said he will give Joe his message in the ring.  Ricochet seemed nervous and did not speak with a lot of conviction,

Backstage, Daniel Bryan and Rowan cut a promo about the lack of respect for the tag team division.  He said New Day treats the division like a joke.  Tonight, they are going to save the entire division as much as they are defending the title.  They mocked the idea of Heavy Machinery as tag team champions.  They said they are to save the division from being a joke.  They are doing it for the ideal and for the planet, because they are the planet's champions.

Booker T said he hears what Daniel Bryan is saying and he agrees with Bryan.  Otunga said they want to see the tag team division treated seriously and he agrees with that and would like to see it as well.

They aired a video feature on Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre.

Backstage, Shane McMahon said he smelled the smell of victory.  Drew said he's too emotional.   He just tells the truth.  When Roman goes home, his family won't recognize him and his children will scream at the sight of their father.  If that hurts, it won't hurt as bad as what Drew does to Roman.

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese vs. Drew Gulak vs. Akira Tozawa

 

Gulak nailed a dropkick on Nese at the bell.  Tozawa attacked him and sent him to the floor.  Nese and Tozawa went back and forth.  Gulak tried to nail a clothesline but Nese nailed him with a back suplex as he was bridging back for a pinfall on Tozawa.

Gulak went to the floor where Nese nailed him with a superkick.  Tozawa nailed a tope on Nese, then hit a flip off the apron onto Gulak on the floor.  Tozawa nailed a missile dropkick on Nese for a two count.  Gulak hit the ring but was sent to the floor by Tozawa.  Nese cut off Tozawa on the top and nailed him but Gulak drilled him to break up the pinfall attempt.

Gulak controlled the match, nailing both Nese and Tozawa.  He nailed several headbutts on Tozawa until  being trapped in a head scissors/armbar combination submission attempt.  Nese picked up Tozawa for a suplex and dumped him at Gulak, taking them both out.  Gulak came back with a lariat and attempted to choke him out.

Nese was trapped in a Dragon Sleeper but Tozawa came off the top with a back senton splash.  He scored several near falls.  Gulak went for a DVDR but Tozawa turned it into a rana.  Tozawa muscled Gulak up into a faceplant for a two count.  Tozawa went sent to the floor.  Nese drilled Gulak and nailed a springboard moonsault for a close two count when Tozawa broke up the pinfall attempt.

Nese and Tozawa battled to the corner, where Nese attempted to nail a superplex.  They battled but Gulak nailed Nese and hit the superplex.  Nese missed a 450 splash but was able to kick up.  Nese nailed an inverted Kryptonite sit-down krunch for a close two count.  Tozawa nailed a shining wizard for a two count.  The Tacoma crowd went nuts for this sequence.

Nese nailed a big boot to the face on Gulak but was rolled up for a two count.  Tozawa went for an armbar but Nese muscled up and powerbombed him down into the turnbuckles for another two count.  Gulak attacked but nailed a back suplex into the corner.  Gulak fired back and went for a Torture Rack.  Nese landed on the apron but was kicked off by Tozawa.  Gulak nailed Tozawa with a Neckbreaker and scored the pin.

Your winner and new WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Drew Gulak!

A hard fought, exciting opener.  Really great stuff across the board here!  It deserved to be on the PPV itself.

The panel ran down the PPV lineup.

They aired a video feature on Becky vs. Lacey and closed out discussing that battle.

WWE STOMPING GROUNDS 2019

WWE Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans.

Big pop for Lynch and a lot of chanting early on.  They went right after each other at the bell.  Lacey went to the floor but Lynch followed and nailed a big axehandle across the back.  Evans was caught trying to execute a kick when they returned to the ring, but Evans caught it and slammed her to the mat.  She sent Lacey into the turnbuckle.  She nailed a boot to the face off the ropes and nailed a sliding kick through the ropes to the floor.  You could hear some loud “Lacey” chants.

Becky was run into the announcers’ table and Lacey worked over her mid-section and lower back for several pinfall attempts.  Lacey used the ringpost to try and pull Lynch apart, then locked on an armbar and began working over Lynch’s arm.   She continued the attack with kicks to the mid-section in the corner.  She locked on an armbar and drilled her with punches to the mid-section.   Good match thus far.  Evans nailed a tackle coming off the ropes but Lynch escaped the pinfall attempt.  She used the ropes to nail a kick but Evans caught her in the buckle with a series of shoulderblocks.

Evans was trapped out of nowhere into the Disarmher.   Evans escaped but was caught again.  Evans came back, using the ropes for an elevated, swinging kick.  Evans look off her gloved and slammed them down on Becky.  Becky used the gloves, shoving them in her mouth.  Lynch nailed a series of knee strikes but was caught coming off the ropes with a shot to the mid-section.  Lynch came back with a leaping flying forearm.  Lynch nailed the Exploder for a close two count.  Lynch missed a legdrop, allowing Evans to slingshot over the ropes with an elbow but Lynch got her knees up.

Lynch went for the exploder but Evans came back with a kick to the mid-section and scored a two count.  Evans argued it was a three count.  Lynch caught her with the Disarmher and forced the submission.

Your winner, Becky Lynch!

This was among Lacey Evans' best showing to date in the ring.  A very entertaining battle.

They aired a video on Ali.

Backstage, Kayla Braxton said that Paul Heyman was meeting with Baron Corbin.  She asked Heyman if he was Baron's choice and whether we would see Brock Lesnar tonight.  Heyman said she should be asking if Seth or Kofi are here, which they are, and if they are, whether that creates an opportunity for Brock Lesnar.  Corbin showed up and asked Kayla if she wanted more since she keeps hanging around his locker room.  She wanted an answer.  He said he's picked a referee and all he needs is a competant one, so he can win and then, if so, he'll deal with Brock Lesnar.

For all the talk about the low attendance at this show, the crowd has been HOT all night thus far.

New Day vs. Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens

Owens unloaded with STIFF superkicks on Xavier Woods.  He nailed a back senton off the ropes for a close two count early on.  Zayn and Owens began working over Woods with big tag team maneuvers early on.  Owens nailed a frog splash but Woods kicked up at the last second.  Zayn peppered Woods with right hands.    Owens and Zayn worked over Woods for a long time, building the heat for Big E's hot tag.  Woods almost made the tag but Big E was knocked off the apron by Sami.  Woods nailed a back suplex on Sami but E was out on the floor.      Sami finally made the hot tag and E controlled Zayn for a long time.  They went for the Midnight Hour but Zayn sent E into the ringpost and kicked Woods as he came off the ropes.  They had some great back and forth action.  They are delivering far more in the ring than creative did setting this up.  Zayn hit a dive to the floor on E.  Woods went to the top but Owens crotched him on the ropes and nailed a stunner for the pin.

Your winners, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens!

A really strong tag team bout that told a good story.  WWE is three for three thus far tonight.  I don't know what's in the water in Tacoma but I like it!

Backstage, Nikki Cross was excited about Alexa Bliss' match tonight.  Bliss said that she appreciates that Cross will be in her corner tonight;  Cross said that they know the real Bayley.  Bliss said she knows that Cross wanted to be the Tag Team Champions and feels bad she's going for a solo title tonight.  Cross said that was Bayley's fault.  She said it is them against the world.

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