Braun Strowman lashed out on The O.C. following his disqualification against United States Champion A.J. Styles. Earlier, Sasha Banks continued her rampage vs. Natalya in her first match since Wrestlemania.
King Corbin. Say it. Savor the words like a fine vintage, or spit it out like swill if you prefer; but get used to the idea either way, because Baron Corbin is still in the King of the Ring tournament. Not only that, but there is a very real chance he makes a deep run, leaving The Miz in the rearview to land himself a matchup against Cedric Alexander in the quarterfinals where Corbin holds the size advantage.
That’s likely awful news for everyone in the WWE Universe who continues to clamor for Corbin’s humiliation, but little more than fuel for The Lone Wolf, who has made a career off of upsetting his legions of boo-birds. As for The Miz, his burning desire — “I want it all” — got him to the cusp of victory but no further, as Corbin kicked out of the Skull-Crushing Finale and caught Miz off a springboard with the End of Days. And yes, Corbin putting on the King of the Ring crown and lounging back on the throne surely rankled a few feathers, as did his sneering insults of the commoners who besmirched his name in a digital poll. But, as always, that mattered not to him: The king can do as he likes. Baron Corbin’s just getting a head start.
Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode are now next in line to challenge Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman for the Raw Tag Team Titles. And if that sentence isn’t strange enough — these two have been a tag team for a grand total of one night — consider how they got the nod in the first place: Winning the largest Tag Team Turmoil Match in Raw history and outlasting a field that included The O.C., The Revival, Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins, The B-Team, Lucha House Party, The Viking Raiders and Heavy Machinery. That’s four former tag team champions, one team of unpredictable veterans and two pairs of hosses. In terms of big wins, we’ve gone past glorious and entered the realm of the miraculous.
If not for a truly chaotic series of events, Braun Strowman would have a United States Championship to go with his Raw Tag Team Title right about now. Unfortunately, disaster struck during The Monster Among Men’s title rematch against AJ Styles, and The Phenomenal One staggered out with Old Glory by virtue of a disqualification win — though Strowman made sure the walk back to the locker room would be a painful one indeed.
Things had progressed much as you might expect — Styles targeted Braun’s base with a Calf Crusher; the big man shook it off — until Braun crashed headlong into referee Chad Patton, sending him tumbling to the outside. Styles took advantage with a thumb to the eye and a low blow, with the rest of The O.C. running interference and putting the boots to Strowman. Braun shook that off, too, beating back Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson singlehandedly — no Seth Rollins, no problem — before whaling on all three with the chair. Unfortunately, Patton came to right at that exact moment, having heard but not seen enough to disqualify Strowman and save Styles’ title. It wasn’t enough to save his hide; Strowman obliterated The O.C. with the chair and a final Running Powerslam to AJ, having to settle for a moral victory instead of a literal one, and one title instead of two ... at least for a few weeks.
In other action … Sasha Banks addressed WrestleMania rumors and brawled with Natalya … Ricochet def. Drew McIntyre (King of the Ring First-Round Match) … SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley def. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Nikki Cross … and Cedric Alexander def. Cesaro.