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WWE Stomping Grounds: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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WWE Stomping Grounds, out of the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about Stomping Grounds by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Tony Nese (c) vs. Drew Gulak vs. Akira Tozawa

Cruiserweight Championship Match

As expected, these three held nothing back, working at a blistering pace and doing everything they could to become or remain champion. Nese, Gulak, and Tozawa all had equal parts in the match and did an excellent job utilizing the triple threat rules rather than predominantly wrestling one-on-one while the third man was laid out on the outside.

No one drastically outshone the others, but it was Drew Gulak who won the match and the championship with a torture rack neckbreaker on Akira Tozawa.

Winner: Drew Gulak

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans

Raw Women’s Championship Match

Determined not to lose to The Man a second time, Lacey Evans introduced a new level of aggression into her offense, allowing her to hold her own against the champ for the vast majority of the match.

However, Lacey let her pride get the best of her, giving Becky a little too much time to breathe as she taunted The Man, opening herself up for a brutal flurry of offense from Becky, who pummeled her relentlessly before tapping her out with the Dis-Arm-Her.

Winner: Becky Lynch

The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

As they have proven many times in the past, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are far from opposed to using underhanded tactics to overwhelm their opponent and did just that to Xavier Woods for a solid portion of this match.

Though Big E eventually came in with the hot tag and helped to level the playing field, Zayn and Owens overcame the power of positivity with a Stunner from Kevin Owens to Xavier Woods after Sami Zayn had laid Big E out at ringside.

Winner: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Samoa Joe (c) vs. Ricochet

United States Championship Match

Samoa Joe, having been embarrassed by Rey Mysterio in the not-so-distant past, was hell bent on remaining United States Champion. He wrecked Ricochet over and over again, but did not anticipate the level of grit that Ricochet possessed, who hung on no matter what Joe threw at him.

Ricochet’s resolve to prevail over even the toughest of opponents carried him to victory, which he took with a codebreaker / 630 combo.

Winner: Ricochet

Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) vs. Heavy Machinery

SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match

Daniel Bryan has the rare gift that enables him to shift his style to better suit his situation, and used this to play into Heavy Machinery’s jocular style.

The match played out perfectly; Heavy Machinery looked fantastic, nearly defeating the champions by performing their finishing sequence on Daniel Bryan, but his protector was right there to prevent the loss.

Otis and Tucker left the match as worthy competitors who were simply unable to overcome Bryan and Rowan’s double team offense.

Winner: Daniel Bryan and Rowan

Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss

SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match

The old Bayley may have been concerned about the high likelihood that she would have to take on two competitors in order to successfully retain her title, but not this Bayley. This Bayley took it in stride, completely disregarding the looming threat and fearlessly going straight after her challenger.

However, confident in the knowledge that she had backup right outside the ring, Alexa Bliss took the upper hand, and may have won the match, had her new disciple not accidentally done more harm than good when she started an argument with the referee over a dive from Bayley, giving Bayley time to gather herself enough to block Alexa’s finisher and hit her own, winning the match and retaining her championship.

Winner: Bayley

Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre

Upholding his promise to brutalize The Big Dog, Drew McIntyre instigated a fight before the bell had even rung. And due to an immense amount of interference from Shane O’Mac on top of McIntyre’s unrelenting barrage of offense, Roman Reigns was essentially forced to win the match not once, but twice, while facing seemingly insurmountable odds.

But finally, with a Superman Punch and a spear to Drew McIntyre, tossing Shane McMahon from the ring in between, Roman Reigns reclaimed his reputation as the man to beat in WWE.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

WWE Championship Match

Though this wasn’t quite the bloody, vicious blowout that many hoped it would be, Kingston and Ziggler are exceedingly talented performers and still managed to tell a good story.

Ziggler, emotional as ever, clobbered the champion at every turn, and when he was unable to defeat Kingston by force, resorted to attempting a win by escape. However, Kingston outdid him in this plan as well, launching himself over Ziggler as he hung halfway out of the door and landing on the floor, officially becoming the first one to hit ringside with both feet and winning the match.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

Seth Rollins (c) vs. Baron Corbin

Universal Championship Match

Like his Shield brother before him, Seth Rollins had the deck stacked against him in this championship match against Baron Corbin, who had ultimately chosen Lacey Evans as guest referee, presumably because she would be willing to do his bidding, but wasn’t at risk of being beaten down with a chair like all of his other appointees.

Just as Baron hoped, Lacey repeatedly changed or completely ignored rules in his favor, and no matter what Rollins did or how many times he should have won, Baron prevailed. But when Evans took things a step further by interfering with the match in the form of a low blow to Rollins, she crossed an invisible line.

Rollins’ lady, Becky Lynch, stormed down to the ring to put a stop to the tomfoolery, and once Evans had been replaced by a reputable official, Rollins quickly took the victory.

Winner: Seth Rollins

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