WWE Champions 2018
Truly extreme rules, truly extreme champions
Another year of WWE. Another roster WWE Champions has sent shocking waves to the world. Their technical skills, speed, and precision helped them become champions and leave stories spectators surely would remember. Here’s a review on the champions’ moves:
After the double countout during his fight against AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura challenged Jeff Hardy for the WWE United States Championship, which took place on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In just a matter of 4 seconds, Nakamura won the title.
Nakamura opened the bout with Kinshasa and a low blow. Struggling to stand, Hardy called for the bell, saying he was ready to take on Nakamura. But he already lost with a pinfall.
In the history of WWE, Alexa Bliss is the first woman to win in WWE SmackDown and WWE Raw Women’s Championship. While Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Natalya, and Tamina were busy fighting each other for the Money in the Bank suitcase, Alexa came out of nowhere and climbed the ladder herself, claiming the title for the women’s ladder match. She’s about to face Ronda Rousey on August 19, 2018, for the SummerSlam.
The Queen of Spades Shayna Baszler fought against Ember Moon for NXT TakeOver: New Orleans. Shayna, who fixed her dislocated shoulder by slamming it onto the ring post, was about to lose her chance as Ember was about to end the match with her Eclipse finisher. But Shayna Baszler welcomed Ember Moon with a rear naked choke and never let go until Ember passed out. Despite Moon’s vow, Baszler still brought home the title.
The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel)
In a poll created by WWE, 73 percent voted for the Deleters of Worlds, Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt, to reign the Tag Team Championship. On July 15, 2018, the B-Team proved itself worthy of the title. It began with Axel causing a distraction to break a double-team maneuver and ended with Dallas’s hangman’s neckbreaker—an incredible teamwork that led to the team’s first reign.
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