The stakes could not have been higher. The fierce competitors of Raw and SmackDown LIVE would battle until all of the other team’s opponents had been pinned, disqualified, counted out or forced to submit. And so it was no wonder that the tension had reached a fever pitch as WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, United States Champion Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins represented Raw against WWE World Champion AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon, with Team Blue’s official “mascot,” James Ellsworth, watching on.
The showdown began with both teams frequently tagging in and out, attempting to find a weak link in the opposition’s collective armor. Eventually, Team Raw took charge and closed off Shane McMahon from his squad, then proceeded to unleash enormous abuse on the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner. Dean Ambrose soon managed to relieve him, but a cheap shot on The Lunatic Fringe ignited an all-out brawl both inside and outside the ring. Shockingly, the melee culminated in SmackDown LIVE teammates Styles and Ambrose to start fighting each other. When The Phenomenal One blasted The Lunatic Fringe from behind, he opened the door for Raw’s Strowman to eliminate Ambrose.
At that point, Strowman began to single-handedly decimate Team SmackDown LIVE, which led to an even more interesting staredown against his former leader, Bray Wyatt. The abominable Strowman took down Wyatt, his own teammate Jericho and anyone else who got in his way.
Orton would hit Strowman with an RKO outta nowhere onto the announce table, with a battle-weary Shane-O-Mac adding an earth-shattering Flying Elbow off the top of the ring post. Though Shane would have to be carried back into the ring to avoid being counted out, Strowman was prevented from doing likewise, thanks to Team Blue’s mascot, Ellsworth, who emerged from under the ring to hold the Raw brute’s leg. As a result of being counted out, an irate Strowman stalked Ellsworth up the ramp, then hurled him off the stage and through a table.
Back in the ring, Shane once again endured a great deal of punishment at the hands of his Raw opponents, yet he refused to give in. Soon, Styles tagged back into the action and began to mix it up with Jericho. However, when Styles knocked Owens off the ring apron, The Prizefighter opted to blast him with Jericho’s infamous List and got himself disqualified. As a panicked Jericho attempted to pick up the pieces of his disheveled pages, Orton hit him with an RKO and sent the six-time World Champion following his best friend to the back.
The action continued to intensify as only Reigns and Rollins remained to battle Wyatt, Orton, Styles and McMahon. Yet, when Shane-O-Mac tried to go Coast-to-Coast, Reigns caught him with a midair Spear so devastating, the referee ruled Shane unable to continue. While officials helped the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner to the back, order completely broke down once more as Ambrose suddenly re-emerging from nowhere and unleashed an assault of pure retribution on “The Champ that Runs the Camp.” When security tried to regain order, Reigns and Rollins came to Ambrose’s aid, and the former Shield brothers temporarily reunited to deliver a Triple Powerbomb on Styles. Rollins then rolled the war-torn WWE World Champion into the ring and pinned him, and like that, the match was down to two men on each side.
Those numbers didn’t last long, though. As Rollins and Reigns turned their attention to Orton and Wyatt, Luke Harper suddenly emerged and gave The Wyatts a brief edge. Reigns and Rollins continued to battle tough, yet as The Architect climbed up top to finish a staggered Eater of Worlds, he instead ate a midair RKO from The Viper that left him unable to kick out of a cover by Wyatt.
Reigns was left face both Orton and Wyatt all by himself, with Harper still lurking in the wings. Nevertheless, The Big Dog was able to overcome the odds, and in fact was primed to take down Wyatt with a Spear. However, at the last second, Orton pushed the Wyatt patriarch out of the way, taking the full force of the Spear himself – and in turn, allowing The Eater of Worlds to hit Reigns with Sister Abigail for the huge victory.