WWE Stomping Grounds Review: Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin

WWE Stomping Grounds 2019Show: WWE Stomping Grounds
Location: Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington
Date: Sunday June 23, 2019

RAW Women’s Championship Match: Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans Lynch came out to a big reaction as the fans chanted Becky Lynch applied a knee bar but Evans grabbed the ropes. Becky delivered a springboard kick and a dragon screw. Evans delivered a face plant, a gator roll and then worked over Lynch’s ribs. Becky applied an armbar but Evans placed her foot on the ropes. Evans delivered a Slingshot bronco buster for a near fall. Evans pulled out a cloth. Lynch grabbed the cloth and stuffed it down Evans mouth. Lynch delivered an Exploder suplex for a near fall. Lynch missed a leg drop as Evans delivered a modified stunner and followed with a mid-kick for a near fall. Lynch applied the Dis-Arm-Her as Evans immediately tapped out.

  • WINNER: Becky Lynch retained the RAW Women’s Title via Submission (⭐️⭐️ 1/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was an improvement from their Money in the Bank match but that’s not saying much as there were some clumsy and missed timed spots. Evans is great at playing her character but as a wrestler she isn’t ready for this level of championship match. Becky was great as she worked really hard to lead Evans to a passable match. The crowd reaction towards Becky also helped the match.)

 Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs. New Day (Xavier Woods & Big E) – The bell rang as Owens immediately Superkicked Big E off the ring apron. Owens delivered a triple Superkick to Woods and followed with a Swanton Bomb for a near fall. Zayn delivered a Blue Thunder Bomb as Owens followed with a Frog Splash but Woods kicked out. Owens and Zayn worked over Woods in their corner for a prolong time to set up Big E’s hot tag. Owens went for a back senton but Woods got his knees up. Big E tagged in and delivered a pair of overhead belly-to-belly suplex to Zayn and followed with a big splash for a near fall. Woods carried Big E on his shoulders and then splashed Zayn. New Day were setting up for UpUp DownDown but Zayn escaped and showed Big E into the ring post. Zayn delivered a Helluva Kick to Woods as Owens followed with a sit-out Popup Powerbomb for a near fall. Big E charged and speared Zayn through the ropes. Woods went to climb the turnbuckle but Owens stopped him and delivered a Stunner for the win

  • WINNER: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: The opening sequence was well done and would have been more effective if Owens and Zayn got the immediate win. Having said that, this was still a very good match as everyone worked really hard as there were some great spots. This was a much needed win for Owens and Zayn.)

WWE United States Championship Match: Samoa Joe vs. Ricochet – Ricocchet delivered a head scissors and a dropkick. Ricochet charged but Joe countered by delivering a uranage. Joe delivered a running back elbow and an enzuigiri in the corner for a near fall. Joe delivered a sit-out Powerbomb for a near fall. Ricochet delivered a pair of enzuigiri’s. Ricochet delivered a hurricanrana and a springboard lariat. Ricochet delivered a Fosbury Flop and a springboard dropkick. Ricochet delivered a Lionsault for a near fall. Joe delivered a snap powerslam for a near fall. Ricochet went for a handspring but Joe countered by delivering a German suplex. Joe delivered a lariat for a near fall. Joe applied the Coquina Clutch but Ricochet reached the ring apron. Ricochet went for a 630 but Joe moved. Joe delivered a clothesline but Ricochet landed on his feet and delivered a Codebreaker. Ricochet climbed the turnbuckle and delivered an awesome looking 630 Splash for the win.

  • WINNER: Ricochet won the WWE United States Title (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a very good match as both Joe and Ricochet worked hard. There were some cool spots and I liked the finishing sequence. This was a big win for Ricochet and hopefully this will elevate him into superstar status like he was showcased in NXT.)

Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Curt Hawkins, Heavy Machinery, Seth Rollins and Zack Ryder congratulated Ricochet backstage. Triple H was also backstage as he congratulated Ricochet which got a nice reaction. (This was nice to see as it showed the importance of Ricochet’s win.)

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs. Heavy Machinery (Otis & Tucker)  Bryan came out to a huge reaction as the fans did the YES chant. Tucker suplex Bryan for a near fall. Rowan delivered a running crossbody and a dropkick to Tucker for a near fall. Bryan worked over Tucker’s leg. Rowan delivered a standing splash for a near fall. Bryan delivered running dropkicks to Otis in the corner. Bryan charged but Otis countered with a sit-out Powerbomb for a near fall. The crowd booed Otis and chanted Daniel Bryan.” Otis went for a Vader Bomb but Bryan moved. Bryan delivered YES kicks but Otis no-sold it and delivered a T-Bone suplex. Otis delivered the Caterpillar. Otis catapulted Bryan as Tucker delivered a uranage but Rowan made the save. Tucker missed a moonsault attempt. Otis and Rowan exchanged clotheslines. Bryan tagged him and delivered a flying knee to Otis. Bryan went for a tope but Tucker stopped him. Tucker delivered a flying crossbody to Rowan on the floor. Tucker entered the ring but Bryan caught him with a small package and got the win

  • WINNER: Daniel Bryan & Rowan retained the SmackDown Tag Team Titles (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: The reaction to Bryan was great as he was the workforce and the highlight of the match. Overall, this was a very good match as everyone else worked hard and played off Bryan’s reaction.)

SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss (w/Nikki Cross)  Bayley delivered strikes in the corner. Bliss delivered a shoulder tackle. Bayley delivered a running crossbody for a near fall. Bayley charged but Bliss caught her with a right hand. Bayley delivered a pair of running knee strikes. Bayley went for her sliding dropkick but Bliss moved and rammed Bayley’s shoulder into the ring post. Bliss went for a head scissors but Bayley countered by delivering a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Bayley delivered a Sunset Flip Bomb sending Bliss into the turnbuckle. Bliss moved a Bayley delivered a tope to Nikki. Bliss delivered a Code Red to Bayley on the floor. Bliss went for the Twisted Bliss but Nikki entered the ring. Bliss stopped Nikki and told her to leave the ring. Bliss went for Twisted Bliss but Bayley got her knees up. Bayley delivered the Bailey-to-Belly to Bliss for the win.

  • WINNER: Bayley retained the SmackDown Women’s Title (⭐️⭐️ 2/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good match as both Bayley and Bliss worked hard. The bigger story was the involvement of Nikki which is leading to a breakup with Bliss. I liked Bayley’s run as champion and would like to see her add more of an edge to her character.)

Ricochet was shown doing a photoshoot as Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows appeared. A.J. Styles appeared and congratulated Ricochet on him win and mentioned he will see him tomorrow. (A feud between A.J. Styles and Ricochet would be awesome as they will have some great matches.)

Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre (w/Shane McMahon) – Reigns came out to a nice reaction. Reigns delivered a running clothesline and followed with a great looking Undertaker dive to McIntyre on the floor. Reigns chased Shane around the ring. Reigns leaped over the barricade but McIntyre caught him with a clubbing blow. McIntyre delivered an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Reigns delivered a suplex. Shane scrubbed Reigns face on the top rope as McIntyre followed with a Spinebuster for a near fall. McIntyre delivered a suplex for a near fall. McIntyre applied a reverse surfboard and then placed Reigns in an STF. Reigns broke free and delivered a Samoan drop. Reigns delivered clotheslines in the corner and followed with a running boot. Shane tried to cause another distraction but Reigns responded by delivering a pair of Superman Punches. McIntyre avoided a Drive-By and delivered a reverse Alabama Slam on the announcers table. McIntyre delivered a Bossman Slam for a near fall. McIntyre delivered a Superplex for a near fall. McIntyre delivered a Glasgow Kiss. McIntyre leaped off the turnbuckle but Reigns caught him with a Superman Punch for a near fall. McIntyre delivered the Glasgow Kiss but Reigns responded by delivering a Spear but Shane pulled the referee to the floor. Shane delivered the Coast-to-Coast dropkick to Reigns for a near fall. The fans chanted Roman.” McIntyre went for a Claymore Kick but Reigns countered by delivering a Superman Punch. Shane entered the ring but Reigns tossed him to the floor. Reigns delivered a Spear to McIntyre for the win.

  • WINNER: Roman Reigns (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a very good match as both Reigns and McIntyre are great wrestlers and worked really hard. Not a fan of the screen time Shane McMahon is getting on WWE TV but his presence and involvement helped the match)

Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler  Kofi came out to a nice reaction as he threw pancakes into the crowd. Early on both kofi and Ziggler tried to escape the cage but couldn’t. Dolph applied a chin lock and then rammed Kofi into the cage. Kofi delivered a missile dropkick. Kofi rammed Ziggler into the cage and then applied a rollup for a near fall. Kofi delivered a reverse crossbody for a near fall. They battled on top of the cage. Kofi delivered head butts as Ziggler dropped down. Kofi delivered an S.O.S. for a near fall. Ziggler applied a knee bar but Kofi grabbed the ropes. (There was no rope break) so Kofi got back up to his feet. Ziggler delivered a Superkick as Kofi flew to the cage door and nearly escaped but was stopped. Kofi went Trouble in Paradise but Ziggler countered by applying an ankle lock. Kofi rolled through and applied an ankle lock. Ziggler broke free and delivered a Zig Zag for a near fall. Kofi applied a face lock but Ziggler almost escaped the cage but was stopped. Ziggler poked Kofi in the eyes and tried to escape the cage. Suddenly, Kofi leaped over Ziggler, fell to the floor and won the match.

  • WINNER: Kofi Kingston retained the WWE Title (⭐️ 2/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: The finish was really creative and worked well on TV. Kofi and Ziggler tried but this was an average match inside a cage as not much happened and went too long. Other problem is Ziggler character hasn’t changed and the fans don’t buy him a credible challenger as this didn’t feel like a championship match.)

Drew McIntyre was furious backstage over losing to Roman Reigns. Shane directly looked into the camera and announced that Reigns will face McIntyre and Shane in a handicap match on RAW.

WWE Universal Championship Match: Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin w/Lacey Evans as the Special Guest Referee Corbin was loudly booed when he came out. Rollins had a steel chair in hand as he got a big reaction when he came out. Corbin and Rollins exchanged some words. Corbin eventually announced Lacey Evans as the referee. Evans got in Rollins face. Corbin whacked Rollins with a chair before the match began. Corbin delivers a spinning slam for a near fall. Corbin rammed Rollins into the barricade as the fans chanted This is Stupid.” Corbin delivered a DDT and then rammed Rollins into the turnbuckle as the fans chanted CM Punk and Boring.” Corbin delivered a leaping axe handle smash. Rollins delivered an enzuigiri. Rollins delivered a Slingblade a middle rope Blockbuster. Rollins delivered a tope and followed with a springboard knee. Rollins delivered a Superkick but Lacey made a slow count as Corbin eventually kicked out. Rollins delivered a Powerbomb sending Corbin crashing through the announcers table. Rollins told Evans to count Corbin out. Lacey slowly began her count but stopped and then changed the match to a no count-out. Corbin blocked a tope and Chokeslammed Rollins on the ring apron. Corbin delivered a second Chokeslam for a near fall. Rollins delivered a Frogsplash but Evans refused to make the count. Corbin whacked Rollins with a chair. Lacey changed the match to a No DQ match as the fans chanted forBecky.” Rollins delivered a Falcon Arrow to Corbin onto a chair but Evans refuses to count. Rollins got into Evans face as she slapped him. Evans gave Rollins a low blow as Corbin followed with an End of Days. Lynch came out and attacked Evans to a big reaction. Becky delivered a running forearm from the ring apron and then gave her an Exploder into the barricade. Corbin went for another End of Days but Rollins rolled through and delivered a Superkick. Rollins delivered The Stomp to Corbin for the win.

  • WINNER: Seth Rollins retained the WWE Universal Title (⭐️ 1/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: This didn’t feel like a main event championship match because of Corbin’s involvement. The match dragged as the fans completely rejected it for most part as you can hear chants of Boring and CM Punk. What also doesn’t help as the fans chanted “This is Stupid” and Renee Young was agreeing with them. Rollins is a terrific wrestler as he always works hard to put on a show for the fans but didn’t get the chance to showcase his level of talent like he did against Styles at WWE Money in the Bank. The drama surrounding Evans as the special referee worked as Becky’s run-in saved the match. This is likely leading to a mixed tag team match on either RAW or at Extreme Rules PPV)

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