WWE’s return to the UK for his or her first stadium present within the nation in additional than 30 years delivered the products. From begin to end, Conflict on the Fortress introduced it within the ring, together with probably the greatest matches of the 12 months.
The primary occasion noticed Roman Reigns managing to efficiently defend the undisputed WWE common championship in opposition to a really recreation Drew McIntyre in a match that noticed all the things from a debuting member of Reigns’ “Bloodline” to Tyson Fury punching Austin Principle to forestall Principle from cashing within the Cash within the Financial institution contract.
Whereas Reigns vs. McIntyre was an excellent match, the very best match of the night time — and probably the greatest matches of the 12 months — got here earlier within the night time as Gunther efficiently defended the intercontinental championship in an exhilarating warfare with Sheamus.
CBS Sports activities was with you the entire method by means of the occasion, offering updates and highlights because the motion went down within the dwell weblog under.
2022 Conflict on the Fortress match outcomes, grades
Madcap Moss & The Avenue Earnings vs. Austin Principle & Alpha Academy (Kickoff Present): A number of constructing to Moss getting a sizzling tag that noticed him hit a fallaway slam on Otis, which was as spectacular because it sounds. Montez Fort hit a blockbuster excessive rope to the skin as Chad Gable was held on Angelo Dawkins’ shoulders. That set Gable as much as be thrown again into the ring to eat a Ford frog splash for the end. This was simply an ordinary kickoff bout to heat up the gang however the large spots had been efficient at doing so. Madcap Moss & The Avenue Earnings def. Austin Principle & Alpha Academy by way of pinfall — Grade: B
Bianca Belair, Asuka & Alexa Bliss vs. Injury Management (Bayley, IYO SKY & Dakota Kai): After the gang sang to Bayley, all six girls started to brawl till the faces had been capable of hit a triple suplex. Issues rapidly settled into the usual WWE six-person tag tempo, with frequent tags and each girl having transient bursts of offense. Injury Management regularly labored to attempt to isolate one among their opponents within the nook, which they had been ultimately capable of do to Bliss. Asuka ultimately obtained the recent tag and was capable of swing momentum again to her staff’s facet earlier than tagging in Belair to work over Bayley. Belair almost had the match gained as she hoisted Kai up for a KOD, however SKY was capable of seize Kai’s foot earlier than Bayley grabbed Belair’s braid to permit Kai to ship a knee. Bayley then hit a Rose Plant and SKY hit a moonsault to permit Bayley to attain the pin. A really enjoyable match that allowed everybody to shine at varied factors and with the proper end as Bayley pinning Belair units up a title program. Injury Management def Bianca Belair, Asuka & Alexa Bliss by way of pinfall — Grade: A-
Intercontinental Championship — Gunther (c) vs. Sheamus: Giovanni Vinci reunited with Gunther and Ludwig Kaiser to reform Imperium earlier than the match. Vinci and Kaiser brawled with Butch and Ridge Holland earlier than the match started as Sheamus and Kaiser stood inches aside, staring one another down. As anticipated, the 2 instantly went to warfare, brutalizing one another with large strikes. Gunther dominated a lot of the early motion, turning Sheamus’ chest varied shades of purple and purple with chops and forearms. Sheamus defiantly stood up after some extra heavy chops and caught Gunther’s arm and made a comeback, repeatedly sending Gunther scrambling as Sheamus continued to construct momentum. After extra brutal buying and selling of strikes, Sheamus almost gained the match after hitting White Noise. Sheamus scored one other close to fall with a Celtic Cross. Nonetheless, Gunther was capable of pull it out with a brutal lariat. This was an ideal match for what these two males do. An old-school bout that includes true physicality. Gunther def. Sheamus by way of pinfall to retain the title — Grade: A+
SmackDown Girls’s Championship — Liv Morgan (c) vs. Shayna Baszler: Baszler instantly focused Morgan’s arm, making an attempt to lock in an early armbar. Baszler continued to assault the arm, even after Morgan had transient moments of hope. Baszler used German suplexes and kicks to maintain Morgan on the defensive. Morgan ultimately fired up, hitting a sequence of strikes and driving her knees into Baszler’s face for a two-count. Baszler tried to stomp on Morgan’s arm, however Morgan locked in a triangle after which an armbar to almost rating the submission. Baszler stomped her method out earlier than a knee to the jaw almost scored her the victory. Morgan drove Baszler’s head into the turnbuckle earlier than hitting a operating powerbomb, however Baszler rapidly locked up a Kirifuda Clutch and an armbar. Morgan was capable of attain the ropes to interrupt the maintain and shortly after hit Oblivion to attain the win. That was the type of scrappy win Morgan must get, a significantly better little bit of reserving than her match with Ronda Rousey at SummerSlam. Liv Morgan def. Shayna Baszler by way of pinfall to retain the title. Grade: B+
Edge & Rey Mysterio vs. The Judgement Day (Finn Balor & Damian Priest): Edge made his entrance sporting a lucha masks. After Balor and Mysterio began the match, Priest tagged in and known as for Edge to do the identical. Edge rapidly bounced Priest from the ring and helped Mysterio flip onto Judgement Day on the skin. After the recent begin, Mysterio made the error of getting trapped in Judgement Day’s nook because the staff remoted him away from Edge. Rey was ultimately capable of make the recent tag and Edge cleaned home, together with hitting Balor with a 619 earlier than Mysterio hit a splash for a two-count when Priest broke up the pin. Dominik Mysterio brought about a distraction to assist forestall Balor from hitting Edge with a Coup de Grace earlier than Rhea Ripley attacked Dominik. Dominik once more brought about a distraction, permitting Rey to hit a 619 on Balor, sending Balor right into a spear from Edge for the win. After the match, Rey and Edge celebrated as Dominik seemed on irritated earlier than kicking Edge within the crotch. As Rey tried to calm Dominik down, Dominik hit his father with a lariat and left the ring alone as Judgement Day seemed on and laughed. The flip was a very long time coming, however WWE wanted to drag the set off ultimately. The match itself was effective, and was helped by a crowd that had been sizzling all night time. Edge & Rey Mysterio def. The Judgement Day by way of pinfall — Grade: B
Seth Rollins vs. Matt Riddle: After a quick little bit of early work within the ring, Rollins drove Riddle into the ringside barricade with a powerbomb earlier than hitting a suicide dive to ship Riddle crashing into the commentary desk. Rollins rode his early momentum to attain just a few close to falls with large strikes like a falcon arrow. Rollins hit a superplex and rolled by means of seeking to proceed the momentum, however Riddle was capable of reverse right into a fisherman buster and a knee to the jaw. As Rollins rolled out of the ring, he was hit with a kick to the face earlier than Riddle hit a Floating Bro to the skin. Riddle jumped right into a triangle choke and almost had Rollins out, however Rollins escaped and hit Riddle with Riddle’s personal finisher, Bro Derek, for a close to fall. After a number of hanging exchanges and reversals, Rollins hit a pedigree for a two-count. Rollins ranted about Riddle’s household leaving him once more, inflicting Riddle to blow up however the lack of management allowed Rollins to once more take over earlier than hitting Riddle with a Randy Orton-style hanging DDT. Rollins then tried to hit an RKO, however Riddle blocked the transfer and commenced to brutally assault Rollins with strikes earlier than making an attempt to hit Rollins with a chair. Rollins slid into the ring to flee after which hit a stomp as Riddle tried to comply with him. Rollins then completed off the match with a stomp off the second rope for the win. An excellent, hard-hitting match with a great story of Rollins merely being good sufficient to make the most of Riddle’s reckless aggression. Seth Rollins def. Matt Riddle by way of pinfall — Grade: B+
Undisputed WWE Common Championship — Roman Reigns (c) vs. Drew McIntyre: Reigns and McIntyre stared one another down after the bell rang and Reigns obtained more and more annoyed with the followers loudly singing in assist of McIntyre. McIntyre was capable of overwhelm Reigns a number of instances early, inflicting Reigns to go to the skin of the ring and collect himself. McIntyre continued to take the struggle to Reigns, clotheslining him excessive rope earlier than throwing him into the barricade, ring apron and ring steps on the skin. Karrion Kross brought about a distraction from the gang, throwing a water bottle earlier than Reigns took over the motion at that time. Reigns started taunting McIntyre after placing him down on the canvas.
Reigns continued dropping McIntyre with proper fingers, a tactic he returned to a number of instances every time McIntyre would attempt to make a comeback. Reigns then demanded a microphone and demanded to be acknowledged earlier than turning round right into a Glasgow Kiss headbutt from McIntyre. McIntyre started to throw Reigns across the ring with belly-to-belly suplexes. McIntyre scored a close to fall with a spinebuster. As McIntyre tried to hit the Claymore, Reigns countered with a Superman punch. Reigns almost gained the match after a spear, however McIntyre was capable of kick out to maintain the match alive. On the lookout for a method to maintain McIntyre down, Reigns locked in a guillotine choke however McIntyre smashed him into the turnbuckle to interrupt the maintain, just for Reigns to instantly lock it in once more. McIntyre broke the maintain once more and speared Reigns by means of the ringside barricade solely to get hit with one other Reigns spear again contained in the ring.
Reigns argued with the referee, saying that it ought to have been a three-count, the distraction permitting McIntyre to hit a Claymore that additionally knocked the referee from the ring. Austin Principle ran in to attempt to money within the Cash within the Financial institution contract however was knocked out by Tyson Fury. McIntyre hit one other Claymore and once more Reigns kicked out. The 2 then brawled, each hitting large strikes earlier than McIntyre hit a spear and a Claymore, seemingly having the match gained when the referee was dragged from the ring by Solo Sikoa, the youthful brother of The Usos, setting Reigns up for a spear to retain the title. An excellent match that would have used a bit higher pacing early on and a effective method to maintain the belts on Reigns whereas conserving McIntyre robust. After the match, Tyson Fury shook Roman Reigns’ hand. Fury then helped McIntyre to his ft and raised his hand earlier than getting on the mic to inform McIntyre he did the nation proud earlier than singing “American Pie.” Roman Reigns def. Drew McIntyre by way of pinfall to retain the titles — Grade: B+