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This week in WWE: Sasha Banks and Samoa Joe earn the final spots in their respective MITB matches

Banks qualified for MITB after a thrilling performance in the Gauntlet match. Photo by WWE.com

This is a weekly look at the action in the WWE:

Raw

Braun came to the ring to explain his plan to win the MITB match, so he can cash in on Brock Lesnar to become Universal Champion. Finn Balor followed him out to remind him who was the first Universal Champion. Strowman stated that Balor was, in fact, good, for a little guy. A disrespectful slap from Balor led to a match between the two. Balor looked like he was going to win the match until Kevin Owens got involved forcing a DQ. Seth Rollins interrupted Elias’ song in order to start his IC Title defense against Jinder Mahal. Rollins dominated the match until Samir Singh distracted the referee, allowing Mahal to attack Rollins with a chair. Rollins was not happy as he retaliated with a chair of his own causing a DQ. Elias surprised Rolllins by breaking his guitar on his back.

Nia Jax took an interesting approach in her match against an enhancement talent. Ronda Rousey, her opponent at MITB, watched from the stage, all the while, Jax explained just how she will defeat Rousey in Chicago. Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt defeated The Ascension as The B Team looked on in laughter. Kevin Owens surprised Bobby Roode with a roll up to win a match. Braun Strowman did not forget about his actions earlier in the night, though, as he congratulated him with a Running Power Slam. He, then, surprised Roode with one, as well.

Sami Zayn came to the ring to “apologize” to Bobby Lashley for his antics last week. Ashley challenged Zayn to a match at MITB, which he accepted. Chad Gable got his chance at redemption against Drew McIntyre. Unfortunately, Drew was not having it and defeated him with a Claymore. The B Team held a Memorial Day BBQ which ended with all the irrelevant tag teams having a food fight. An upset B Team put Rhyno through a table to end an excruciating segment. A Women’s Gauntlet match to decide the final entrant in the Women’s MITB match saw Bayley start the match and handle Liv Morgan quickly. She, then, rolled up Sarah Logan to eliminate her. Unfortunately for her, the two Riott Squad members teamed up to attack her and leave her on a silver platter for Ruby Riott, who eliminated Bayley. She continued on a roll eliminating Dana Brooke and Mickie James. The final entrant was Sasha Banks. Despite The Riott Squad’s efforts to help Ruby, Banks was able to put her away with The Banks Statement.

SmackDown Live

Samoa Joe opened the show name-dropping Daniel Bryan’s family. This, of course, upset Bryan who came down to the ring. Before the two even began scrapping, Big Cass made his return and attacked both of them with a crutch. Backstage, Paige announced the Daniel Bryan vs Samoa Joe qualifier would now be a Triple Threat featuring Big Cass. Nakamura defeated Tye Dillinger in the first match of the night after hitting him with a Kinshasa. He kneed Dillinger again after the match to ensure he would stay down for a ten count, just like he hopes Styles will at MITB. For some reason, Lana and Naomi had a dance off. It ended when Lana attacked the former Women’s Champion. Naomi got the last laugh, though, as The Usos and herself cleared the ring of Lana, Rusev and Aiden English.

The New Day took on The Miz and The Bar. Bodies flew everywhere, and Big E eventually pinned The Miz to win the match. Sonya Deville attacked Asuka on her way to the ring for her match against Mandy Rose. Unfortunately for Rose, that did not stop Asuka from submitting her via the Asuka Lock. The Triple Threat match for the last qualifying spot in the MITB match closed the show. The crowd exploded after Bryan hit Cass with a Running Knee, it appeared to be over. Joe snuck behind Bryan and chocked him out with a Coquina Clutch to qualify for the match.

After the final two qualifiers, we finally know who will be in the MITB matches. Well, sort of. The New Day probably will not reveal which of their members will be in the match, but I do not expect whoever it is to win anyway. My hope is that it is Kofi Kingston, we are all aware of what he can do around a ladder. The addition of Samoa Joe was the right call. I do not care to see Bryan in this match if he is not going to win it. His redemption story is still getting heated up. I can not even wrap my head around who I think will win this match yet. I just know anyone in it would be a great contract holder.

The Gauntlet match was my favorite match of the week. Sasha winning was going to happen, but the way she did it in that match was great. Ruby and Sasha absolutely stole the show.

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Houston loses to end the road trip

Dodgers get best of Odorizzi to split series with Astros

Jake Odorizzi allowed four home runs over three innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

After spoiling the night of many Dodgers fans in the opener of this two-game series in Los Angeles the night prior, the Astros returned to the stadium to a fresh set of hostile fans, looking to get the mini-sweep. This one went much more in favor of the home team, though, as the Dodgers would ride three big innings to start the game to the win for the series split.

Final Score: Dodgers 7, Astros 5

Astros' Record: 65-43, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Max Scherzer (9-4)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (4-6)

Odorizzi gets shelled

After a Michael Brantley solo home in the top of the first run against Max Scherzer, making his Dodger debut, it looked like the Astros may continue their momentum from the night before to grab hold of this game as well. However, that all changed in the bottom of the inning, as the Dodgers would tee off against Jake Odorizzi.

In that inning, he allowed four runs, a leadoff solo shot by Mookie Betts, then later a three-run blast by Will Smith. Betts made it 2-for-2 with solo homers in the bottom of the second, extending the lead to 5-1. Things went from bad to worse in the third, with Los Angeles getting their fourth home run, this one for two runs to make it a 7-1 game. Odorizzi would finish the third but go no further.

Scherzer K's 10 over seven innings in his Dodger debut

Houston tried to start clawing back into it in the top of the fourth, getting a second run against Scherzer with a two-out RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, trimming the lead to five runs at 5-2. First out of Houston's bullpen was Yimi Garcia in the bottom of the fourth, and he tossed the first 1-2-3 inning for Houston. Rafael Montero was next in the bottom of the fifth, working around a leadoff double followed by a walk for a scoreless inning.

Montero remained in the game in the bottom of the sixth, still 7-2, and would get another scoreless inning, this time sitting down the Dodgers in order. Scherzer finished his quality debut for his new team in the top of the seventh, erasing a leadoff walk to complete seven innings while allowing two runs.

Astros lose to split the series with Dodgers

Brooks Raley was Houston's next reliever, and he, too, would get through a scoreless inning by erasing a two-out single. In the game-within-the-game, the Dodgers brought in Joe Kelly for the top of the eighth, who notched two strikeouts to bring none other than Carlos Correa to the plate, setting up a rematch of the well-known incident that led to the "pouty face" clip from 2020. Carlos Correa won this round, launching a 405-foot homer off of Kelly to make it a four-run game at 7-3.

Phil Maton kept the score there, stranding two runners in the bottom of the eighth to send the 7-3 game to the top of the ninth, where the Dodgers would bring in Kenley Jansen. After a leadoff single, Kyle Tucker would get the Astros within two runs on a two-run homer, making it 7-5. That's as close as they would get, as Jansen would regroup to get the next three batters out to wrap up the loss for Houston.

Up Next: With this road trip completed, the Astros will have a quick turnaround as they catch a late flight back to Houston then turn around with a game Thursday at 7:10 PM Central to open a four-game series with the Twins. Framber Valdez (7-2, 3.01 ERA) will take the mound for Houston in the opener, while Minnesota will counter with Griffin Jax (1-1, 6.41 ERA).

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