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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (11/27/17)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Seth Rollins VS Cesaro; Rollins wins.
  • Samoa Joe VS Titus O’Neil w/ Apollo Crews; Joe wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Bayley, Sasha Banks & Mickie James VS Paige, Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose; no contest.
  • Bray Wyatt VS Matt Hardy; Wyatt wins.
  • Cruiserweight Fatal 4 Way: Noam Dar VS Rich Swann VS Akira Tozawa VS Ariya Daivari; Swann wins and qualifies for a Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s match.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Roman Reigns VS Elias; Reigns wins and retains the IC Championship.
  • Asuka VS Dana Brooke; Asuka wins.
  • Jason Jordan VS Kane; Kane wins via count-out.
  • Kane VS Finn Balor; Finn wins by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Big Red Machine has targeted the Monster Among Men.

Kane heard talk of Braun Strowman’s strength but was not impressed, so Kane did his damnedest to destroy Strowman for good. But even that was not enough. Strowman returned to powerslam Kane through the ring. However, Strowman didn’t realize Kane himself was more than man, and Kane unleashed on Strowman with a chair, and worst of all, jamming that chair into the windpipe of the Monster. Strowman refused medical assistance, but does he have a chance to recover? Is Kane truly “Raw’s Only Monster”?!

 

Roman Reigns comes to the ring!

The University of Tennessee has a mixed reaction for the WWE Intercontinental Champion as he comes to make this arena His Yard. Roman won that illustrious title last week on Raw, even with The Bar trying to help The Miz, but his brothers in The Shield took care of them. Now Roman is the 16th Grand Slam Champion, but he’s still looking for competition. That mixed reaction continues as Roman speaks on his big week. Shield reunion, a Survivor Series win over The New Day, and then Roman got an opportunity. The fans on Roman’s side believe “You Deserve It!” and he appreciates them for saying that. The new IC Champion knows Miz cried and ran his mouth, but just watch what happened after Raw went off the air. The Miz said he was awesome as always, but then got decked and wrecked by The Shield! Triple Powerbomb on the announce desk! Miz is going to be gone for awhile, but you’ll still get to see the Intercontinental Championship. It is a prestigious title, Roman will make it that by being a fighting champion. This is His Yard and that is His Title, so just step into the Yard to try and take it. The Miz’s theme hits, but it is the Miztourage that arrives. “How dare you disrespect the Most Must-See Intercontinental Champion of All Time!” The only thing worse than Curt Axel’s neck pain is the heartache. But they’re in no shape to correct this injustice. So they got someone who can. Elias?! Hold your applause, he’ll still perform later tonight, but right now, Elias is standing up for “a good guy” in The Miz. The Drifter is here to guide the Miztourage and ignite their fire. So tonight, Elias is going to take that championship. Sounds like Elias wants to walk with the Big Dog, so the Big Dog accepts. But before then, look at Curt Axel. Can you sing with a neck brace? Because you’ll probably end up in one. Can the Drifter make it out of The Yard in one piece?

 

Seth Rollins VS Cesaro!

The Big Dog may have a match later tonight, but his brothers in arms have one right now as The Architect goes 1v1 with the Swiss Cyborg! The bell rings, Cesaro is finishing up putting his gear away, fans are strongly on the side of Rollins. They tie up, waistlock, Cesaro gets out with a wristlock, Rollins spins and reverses to a hammerlock. Cesaro works on a counter, getting his own hammerlock, Rollins endures as Cesaro trash talks. Rollins rolls and spins into a wristlock of his own, Cesaro kicks and stomps him down. Rollins is clubbed against the ropes then whipped, but Rollins dodges and hits Cesaro with a crossbody and fast hands. Chop for Cesaro, then body shots and stomps, the referee backs Rollins off. Rollins  returns to chop Cesaro again, then another, but Cesaro powers him to ropes. Ropebreak isn’t clean as Rollins counters Cesaro’s cheap shot, but that turns into another dirty ropebreak where Cesaro kicks low to then suplex and hang Rollins up. Rollins tumbles down and out, Cesaro is in control as we go to break.

Upon returning, Cesaro has Rollisn in an abdominal stretch. Rollins reaches for ropes as he endures the stretch, fans cheering him on. He pries his way out instead, but that leaves him open to a hard knee to the gut, Cesaro covers, TWO. Knee drops rain down from Cesaro, Rollins gets to a corner for safety. Cesaro waits for Rollins to get up, shoulder tackle to the stomach and then Cesaro shovels Rollins up top. Another body shot before Cesaro climbs up, Rollins resists the gut wrench, then elbows a leg out from under Cesaro to bring him down. Rollins adjusts, takes aim, flies, but is caught into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker!

TWO, another quick cover, TWO, Cesaro is getting frustrated. He glares at Rollins as he stalks the Architect to ropes, then stomps away before yanking him to the center. Cover, TWO, Cesaro puts on a rear bearhug. Fans rally for Rollins again, Rollins gets up, he gives elbows to get out of the bearhug but Cesaro blocks that suplex, stiff forearm to the back and then a back suplex, cover, TWO. Cesaro is getting frustrated, he gives a heavy elbow drop and then toys with Rollins. Rollins hits back, then climbs up only for Cesaro to give him a headbutt to the ribs. Whip, spin around, but it’s Rollins who gets the stretch! Cesaro powers out with a hip toss, but Rollins responds with an elbow and boot. Rollins hops up, jumping blockbuster!

Both men down from exhaustion and sore bodies, fans keep rallying for Rollins. Rollins fires off strikes, a mule kick, but is then put on the apron. Cesaro goes to shoulder him off but gets a guillotine legdrop! Rollins in the ring as Cesaro is outside, Rollins builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends Cesaro right into barriers, but both men down again as we take one more break.

Back again, Falcon Arrow from Rollins to Cesaro, TWO! Rollins and Cesaro are slowly stirring, Rollins is up first and gets fans rallying. He grabs Cesaro, Cesaro elbows him away, whip into a corner but the ref is there, so Rollins slams on the brakes. Poke to the eye from Cesaro and then a roll-up, TWO! Cesaro is shocked but won’t stop, he trips up and starts swinging Rollins, transition into Sharpshooter!

Rollins endures the legendary submission, Cesaro has it in deep. Rollins endures but powers his way over to ropes, ropebreak! Cesaro lets go but rains down rights, then drags Rollins up into position, but Rollins fights his way out, back drop but roll-through, mule kick! Cover, TWO! Both men stir as fans rally again. They brawl on their knees, European Uppercuts from Cesaro rocking Rollins. Rollins gets back up, counters the third into a backslide, TWO, Cesaro runs, springboard into SUPERKICK and KINGSLAYER! Rollins wins a hard-fought match! Once their tag team partners return, will The Shield defeat The Bar once and for all?

In-ring interview with Rollins.

With the other members doing other things, is this the end of the Shield already? “Oh hell no, Charli!” Rollins is solo because Ambrose finally gets to have his honeymoon. Rollins wants to check in on him, hasn’t heard from Ambrose since last week. Wait, maybe Renee put the room under her credit card… Charli knows her, she might know, right? Well, whatever, Roman being a solo champion won’t separate the Shield but making them stronger! Roman being IC Champ inspires the others to be Raw Tag Team Champions again. And speaking for Ambrose, Rollins wants to invoke that rematch clause next week! Time to burn The Bar down and strengthen the Shield by having them all become champions!

 

Kurt Angle sorts out the Cruiserweight Division’s Certified Dilemma.

In Rich Swann’s words, “The ‘Zo Train has gone off the tracks.” A what? Enzo’s stable. He has the title, and those “circus freaks” are keeping anyone else form getting near it. These guys just want a chance. Angle has a solution. Enzo isn’t a shot-caller, Angle is, and it is time to determine a #1 contender. In three weeks, we will know, because tonight starts a set of Fatal 4 Way matches. The winners of those matches face each other to then become the #1 contender to the Cruiserweight Championship. The Division accepts this, who will come out of the double Fatal 4’s to become the one?!

 

Samoa Joe VS Titus O’Neil w/ Apollo Crews!

It was roughly a month ago on Raw that The Destroyer put the Titus Worldwide client and manager to sleep with his Coquina Clutch, and then just decimated Titus and Apollo the week after. This is a chance at retribution, can “Real Deal O’Neil” #MakeItAWin? At the bell, Titus goes right at Samoa Joe with stomps and body shots, Joe keeping up his guard to then get a headbutt in. Joe turns things around, sleeper on but Titus powers out. Stiff body shot from Titus, he keeps on Joe in the corners. Joe guards again, then spins it around for the back elbow and PELE! Apollo tries to coach Titus into the match, Joe just jabs him again and again. Stiff forearm from Joe to Titus, Titus gives back a chop, so Joe gives one, chops and forearms back and forth! The ref backs Joe down after a throat chop, Joe keeps on Titus with body shots. Titus puts Joe in a corner, more body shots and haymakers now. Titus clubs away on Joe, a stiff slap just wakes Joe up! Titus throws and boots Joe, cover, TWO. Joe is put in a corner again, Titus won’t be bullied as he mugs Joe. The ref backs Titus down, stiff right from Joe and then elbow after elbow before the full Coquina Clutch. Titus taps, Joe wins!

Titus did all he could, but The Destroyer is still too tough. Apollo steps in to back Joe off, they start brawling, Joe ducks an enziguri to put Apollo in the Coquina Clutch! Apollo goes to sleep again, has Joe just dismantled Titus Worldwide single-handedly?

Six Woman Tag: Bayley, Sasha Banks & Mickie James VS Paige, Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose!

After the #RamPaige the returning Glampire and her new friends committed on last week’s Raw, it is time for them to do things upfront against The Huggable One, The Boss and Kickie James. Raw Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss, joins commentary to watch what happens to her assailants, will The Goddess be satisfied with tonight’s results?

Sasha appears, but… where are Mickie and Bayley? Whatever reason for them not coming out, Paige and her team are all here as they enter together.

Good to see you, Sasha, you look great considering what happened last week. But even she has to wonder, where are her friends? Mandy, Sonya, did you do something? Oh yeah they did! Mickie is down with a bad ankle, And Bayley is down with a bad neck! So this is a handicap tag? Well while they’ve got time, Paige needs to vent about the hounding on social media and in real life to explain her actions. She has a good reason why: one year ago, she was THE WOMAN in WWE to erase “Diva” from the dictionary. She was the Matriarch of the Women’s Evolution. This is her making a statement, because guess what? “I’m back~!” Sasha is alone as Paige and friends storm the ring, because Alexa Bliss ran away.

Proper introductions to “Absolution.” Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose. Before there was a Boss, or the Four Horsewomen, or even a Goddess or Empress, there was Paige. Mandy and Sonya never forgot. Every woman has pushed the competition, the envelope, and the game. But fact is, no one would’ve been where they were without Paige, which is why they’ve allied with her. Together, Absolution will absolutely change the Revolution. So the question is, is Sasha gonna end up like the others? Or is she going to be smart and #PledgeYourAllegiance to them? The fans boo and jeer, but the clock is ticking. Is she with them? Or against them? Sasha strikes Paige! Sonya and Mandy are right on her! Hammering fists and knees, then they hold Sasha up for Paige, but Ssaha still fights out! It’s 3v1, “This is MY House!” Paige wants them to finish Sasha, Sonya shows her stiff kick to Sasha’s head! Then Mandy gets her turn, butterfly facebuster! And to top it off, RamPaige DDT! With this trio working together, can anyone stop Absolution from taking over?

 

Bray Wyatt speaks.

The Eater of Worlds has returned to Raw. What does the Face of Fear have planned?

Bray Wyatt VS Matt Hardy!

“I never had a childhood.” Bray never celebrated holidays, carved turkeys or even cared. But not the WWE Universe, they care, carve, and celebrate just like “they” want you to. Try to keep up, but the entire world “exists within the confines of a cardboard box.” Quite pathetic, really. Bray tried to free us, but you’ve never listened! So now the world’s ignorance and suffering fuel and delight him. For Bray’s eyes are wide open and can see the world for what it truly is: “you’re all dead.” Bray goes on and on about this until his opponent comes out!

Matt may be without his brother, but he won’t take the words Bray is spewing lying down!

This match started over the commercial break but as we return, it is Bray in control of Hardy with a cravat. Bray adds on headbutts but Hardy feeds off the fans rallying to fight back. Bray whips, Hardy ducks, big body check from Bray runs Hardy over! Hardy gasps for air as he gets up, Bray is upon him with a stiff uppercut. Bray goes corner to corner, big corner splash crushes Hardy. He topples down while Bray stands over him, Bray runs but Matt dodges the back senton. Both men down, fans rally again, Bray is up, followed by Haryd. Hardy throws hands to back Bray down, forearms as well, cofrenr to corner whip revesrsed. Matt dodges and then clotheslines once, twice, bulldog hits! Hardy calls for going up, climbs up, takes aim as fans fire up, elbow drop coutnered but then Hardy fights out, Side Effect! Cover, TWO, but Hardy isn’t slowing down. Hardy calls for the Twist but Bray powers out. Hardy elbows Bray away, then boots, Hardy throws Bray down by his hair before climbing up again. Moonsault flops! Both men down but stirring, Bray uses his spider-walk to get up and creep over to Hardy. He brings Hardy up, goodnight kiss before Sister Abigail! Wyatt wins, and is all smiles.

Our suffering is his pleasure, will the Eater of Worlds continue to enjoy himself on Raw? As for Hardy, he has the fans behind him, but what can he do to turn his losing streak around? “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Is this a sign of things to come?

 

Jason Jordan and Kurt Angle discuss what Kane did to Braun Strowman.

A real shame because The Gold-Blooded Son wanted at teh Monster Among Men. Angle wonders about that, JJ’s leg buckled on him. Not him, too. Everyone thinks JJ was using his leg as an excuse. JJ is fine, he wants an opportunity! He’ll go after Kane, that’ll show everyone. In that case, Angle will make that happen! Is Jordan getting in over his head, again?

 

Cruiserweight Fatal 4 Way: Noam Dar VS Rich Swann VS Akira Tozawa VS Ariya Daivari!

As Angle explained earlier, one of these four men will move on to face the winner of another Fatal 4 Way to find a #1 contender! The bell rings, and the Stamina Monster starts up the “AH! AH! AH!” battle cry. He, the Outlandish One, the Scottish Supernova and the Privileged Persian approach each other tentatively but Daivari goes after Tozawa while Dar goes after Swann in corners. Mudholes and a rain of right hands, the ‘Zo Train is working together but so is the Anti-Amore Alliance. Daivari trash talks in Farsi, then a stiff chop followed by another. Double whip, Tozawa ducks, Swann comes back and Daivari and Dar are sent out. Tozawa and Swann are alone, so they try 1v1, but are even in agility as Swann front flips but jackknife, popped to a sunset flip, TWO, roll-up, TWO.

Enzo is watching and is annoyed, Tozawa is on the apron but mule kicks Dar away. He also forearms Swann away but Daivari trips him up, Swann builds speed and FLIES! Huge crash and burn for all four men, Enzo is liking that a bit better. Swann gets up and gets Dar in, Dar rolls out but Swann pursues to chop sharply. Swann won’t let up, another stiff chop! The fans are fired up as they return to the ring, Swann stomps and chops Dar again. Daivari throws Tozawa into a corner, Dar gets back on Swann. Dar whips but is reversed, Swann dropkicks Dar down. Daviari returns to SPINEBUSTER Swann out of the Rolling Thunder, TWO! ‘Zo Train regroups to beat up Tozawa, “Choo choo~!” They drag Tozawa up and beat him down, stiff double whip corner to corner. Swann fights back but is sent down and out, Daivari keeps on Swann but needs help from Dar. They go for and hit a double suplex on Swann as we go to break.

We’re back as Tozawa fights against The ‘Zo Train, but it is still 2v1 so they take control. Double whip but Daivari takes a running boot, Dar is alone as he is reversed, sunset flip rolled through for Penalty Kick, back senton on Daivari! Tozawa has the fans cheering “AH! AH! AH!” as he heads to a corner and climbs up. Dar trips him up, climbs up but is knocked down, so Daivari comes back, only to be knocked down as well. Dar returns, climbs up again, Daivari joins in, and they both have Tozawa on the top rope, but then Swann outta nowhere, TOWER OF DOOM! Swann covers Tozawa who took the worst of it, TWO! Enzo is freaking out that his boys can’t finish the “schmucks”. Swann drags Daivari into position as fans rally, but Daivari revives to take a mule kick! Swann still climbs, Dar trips him up. Tozawa boots Dar! “AH! AH! AH!” as he builds speed, Tozawa Torpedo! Direct hit, but Daivari with the Persian Lion Splash, TWO! Shining Wizard to Daivari from Tozawa, Tozawa wants one more chance on the top rope. He takes aim, and… DROP ZONE BACK SENTON! Only for Dar to toss Tozawa into post! He covers Daivari, Swann breaks it up! Swann is thrown out now, Dar rolls Tozawa, TWO! Dar is frustrated but he won’t slow down, he takes aim at Tozawa and runs, Nova Rolla enziguri! Swann drags Tozawa out before Dar can cover, then gives Dar a stiff roundhouse. Dar in position, Swann up again, Phoenix Splash! Swann wins and moves on to the #1 contender’s match! Can the Outlandish One find his way back to the Cruiserweight Championship?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias.”

As promised, The Drifter has a performance for Tennessee, and a song dedicated to The Miz. So please silence your phones, hold your applause and shut your mouths! Or else he won’t sing his song for Miz. Yay~! No, wait, he deserves to hear this. Elias begins, “Since Miz has been gone~, Miztourage hasn’t slept.” The boos and jeers make Elias stop. Gotta start over! “I can’t even count, the tears that they’ve wept. The Miztourage Blues~, the Miztourage Blues. So follow Elias, and I’ve got you.” Boo…! Elias is usually a one man show but he has something special tonight. Introducing The Miztourage’s Bo and Axel from the shadows, they have harmonicas!

Bo and Axel play, a regular jam session for Tennessee’s Volunteers. Take a bow, Bo and Axel! Now you may applaud, fans. They don’t.

The fans want Roman! Elias does, too! Miztourage, you’re excused, and everyone else, sit down! Tune in to this one, because that title is gonna walk with Elias!

WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Roman Reigns VS Elias!

Raw opened with The Big Dog giving out an opportunity, to which the Drifter answered on behalf of the Miztourage, can Elias get out of the The Yard with that prestigious championship? The bell rings, they tie up, headlock but Roman slips right out. They circle, fans duel on whether or not “Roman Sucks!” The two men tie up again, Roman gets a headlock on Elias, Elias fights out and powers out, Roman runs him over, ONE. Roman is ready as Elias gets to his feet, the two tie up again and Roman gets a headlock but Elias puts him in a corner. Dirty break with those body shots, the ref backs him down, Roman rocks Elias with uppercuts and haymakers. Whip reversed, big knee rocks Roman back, cover, ONE. Elias stays on Roman by ramming him shoulder-first into a post. Another cover, TWO, Elias is getting annoyed with Roman as he puts him in a chinlock. The fans rally as Elias thrashes, Roman endures, Elias fish-hooks the mouth as he rams in knees to Roman’s back. Roman works to get up as fans start rallying, Roman gives back body shots and runs, but right into Elias’ lariat! TWO, Elias stays on Roman with another chinlock. Roman is brought to the mat, Elias wrenches deep. Fans keep up the rallying, Roman gets up and powers Elias to a corner. Elias holds on so Roman rams in again, Roman is free and starts rallying with clotheslines. Whip reversed but Roman comes back to run Elias over. Elias is in a corner, Roman gives him close-range clotheslines! Bo gets on the apron, gets rocked with an uppercut! Axel distracts from the far side, Elias hits a running knee! TWO, Elias is frustrated but in control as we go to break.

We’re back as Roman is back in a chinlock, fans are dueling as he works to get up again. Roman fights otu but Elias knees low, whip but Roman holds ropes to elbow Elias back. Then a boot out of a corner, but Elias wraps on a headlock. Roman powers Elias off and out of the ring, then Roman follows for the Drive-By dropkick on the apron! He puts Elias back in, Bo starts barking and gets a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Axel begs for mercy, Roman SPEARS Axel down!

Elias pounces, putting Roman into a post face-first, and then barriers before going into the ring. Elias climbs up, takes aim, big elbow! TWO, and Elias is shocked and frustrated. The Drifter drags the Big Dog up, Roman spins around for the fireman’s carry but Elias slips down and shoves Roman into buckles. Elias shovels Roman up onto his shoulders, spin around for the sit-out powerbomb!

TWO!! So close yet so far, Elias is running out of ideas. The fans know “This is awesome!” as Elias drags Roman up again. Roman is dead weight right now, Elias keeps trying. Frustration boils over, Elias uses all his power but Roman small package surprise, TWO, stiff right elbow from Elias. Elias runs, SUPERMAN PUNCH, TWO! Roman is now the one surprised, both men crawl to opposite ends. Roman fires himself up, as do his fans. The battle cry, Roman runs but into Elias’ knee, Roman runs with Elias, SPEAR! Roman wins and retains! The Big Dog is still your WWE Intercontinental Champion after a surprisingly competitive match, will things get tougher from here?

It will with SAMOA JOE putting on a Coquina Clutch outta nowhere!! The Destroyer says this is the Big Dog’s future! Referees rush the ramp to pry Joe off, as does security, but Roman is out cold. Joe says he’s coming for Roman and that title, then rains down right hands! It takes all security has to get Joe to leave, is Roman’s reign already over?

 

Asuka VS Dana Brooke!

The Empress of Tomorrow, still undefeated since debuting in NXT almost two years ago, is here to remind everyone watching Raw that #NobodyisReadyforAsuka! Brooke says Asuka is a “slow-starter”, she is gonna get a jump on her, so better not blink. The bell rings, Brooke rushes Asuka, ends up in an armbar! Brooke taps, Asuka wins FAST!

So much for slow-starter… If Asuka can do it that fast, who can ever hope to defeat her? Well, Absolution wants something to do with her, as they head right to the ring. Paige, Sonya and Mandy flank Asuka like they did Sasha, and as tension mounts… Absolution backs down? They’re all smiling, as is Asuka. Paige lets Asuka go, what does this mean!?

 

Jason Jordan VS Kane!

The Gold-Blooded Son is really blurring the lines of boldness and recklessness, is he going to survive The Big Red Machine? JJ speaks on the social media speculation about that knee of his. A lot of doubters think JJ is just using it as an excuse, but he’s here to set the record straight. He is a professional, he knows his body, he knows his limits. Last week, he slipped out and felt a pop, so he had to quit. Thanks to WWE’s world class medical staff and some rehab, he’s back to 100% and ready to do what Braun Strowman can’t, and that’s shut Kane down.

Kane arrives, the bell rings, he and JJ circle around but Kane is too strong for JJ to take down. JJ gets a waistlock but can’t suplex Kane, Kane elbows and whips JJ to a corner. JJ jumps out of the corner to hit Kane with a flying ax handle, then powers Kane up for a shoulder tackle in a corner. JJ does it again, corner to corner! He’s all fired up as he runs in at Kane, big shoulder tackle, but Kane blocks the overhead t othen rock JJ with an uppercut. JJ thrown right out and hard on his bad knee! Doesn’t seem 100% anymore as JJ writhes on the ground. A ring count begins, gets very high as JJ tries to walk, but he can’t get in the ring in time, Kane wins via count-out. JJ finally does get in the ring, and brawls with Kane, only to get booted right down. Kane drags him up and throws him out again, landing on the bad knee a second time. Kane comes out to stalk the wounded Jordan, big lariat runs him right over. Not done there, JJ is put into barriers and then into the ring, Kane goes right at that bad leg with a chopblock! And a knee smash on top before stomping away. Another knee smash, Kane is torturing JJ, until Finn Balor appears! The Extraordinary Man has been waiting for his retribution on Kane, is this the time?

Kane VS Finn Balor!

We come into this match as it begins, Finn kicks away at Kane’s legs. Kane grabs Finn by the throat, Finn slips out, dropkicks a leg out. Finn dropkicks Kane again, but then gets clobbered by a clothesline. Kane drags Finn up, whips him to a corner hard, then stomps on Finn before giving him that signature uppercut. Fans cheer Finn on even as Kane keeps on him in a corner with heavy right hands. Kane whips Finn corner to corner, big clothesline then the sidewalk slam, TWO. Chinlock wrapped around Finn’s head, but Finn endures as fans rally. Finn is whipped to a corner again but boots back a couple times. He slips to the apron, kicks Kane back, Finn dropkicks Kane out the other side. Finn takes aim, slingshots and knocks Kane into barriers. Kane staggers away, Finn runs in, dropkick blasts Kane into the barrier! Finn comes back, Kane uses a chair! Disqualification but it matters not to Kane, he goes after Finn’s ribs with that chair edge! Back into the ring, Kane takes aim at Finn with that chair, SMACK to the back!

Finn doesn’t stay down, so Kane takes aim again, SMACK! Kane watches Finn writhe in agony, but also how Finn gets up again. SMACK once more and Finn goes down again. Finn no longer gets back up, so Kane takes Finn and places that chair on him like a vice! Kane climbs to the second rope, BRAUN appears!! Sore throat aside, The Monster Among Men storms the ring. Finn is saved by referees, Kane SMACKS Strowman, but it doesn’t even affect him now! Kane is in fear of Strowman now, he gets a boot and body shots from Strowman. Strowman gives Kane headbutt after hebadbutt, and corner to corner splash! Things spill out of the ring and Strowman arms himself with steel steps, he runs Kane right over! Now Strowman puts the bigger base steps in the ring, and stalks Kane around the corner. Strowman drags Kane up by his mask and bounces him off the other steel steps, then puts him in the ring. Monster takes chair and SMACKS the Machine in the back, payback for last week. It isn’t over there, Kane cowers under the bottom rope but Strowman drags him up and onto his shoulder! MONSTROUS POWERSLAM on the steps! The fans want “One more time!” so Strowman obliges. He drags Kane up with one hand, places that chair in the throat, and payback in full, chair jammed into the throat against the steps!

Now Kane is left gasping and coughing, but Strowman is far more merciless, a SECOND chair to the throat!! Strowman glares as Kane gasps and coughs in retreat, crawling over barrier to move through the crowd. Eye for an eye, throat for a throat, where will this battle of titans end?!

 

My Thoughts:

Another interesting Raw tonight. We again have to wonder what it is that’s slowly getting Roman over, but much of it seems that Roman just gets to be natural rather than scripted. Then putting him up against Elias and The Miztourage likely helped, those three are great at getting Heel Heat. But what an incredible match tonight from them both, it really made a star out of Elias while still giving Roman reason to shine since he also deals with Bo and Axel on the outside. Rollins-Cesaro to open was another great match, solid stuff to bring us into next week’s Raw Tag Team Championship which will no doubt be big because it’ll be in the Staples Center. Another big impact tonight was Samoa Joe in a competitive match with Titus, albeit brief as Joe still gets that rear naked choke on. Great surprise of Joe attacking Roman, a match between those two is going to be great, too.

I’m really intrigued by Matt Hardy’s apparent breakdown, which commentary made sure to phrase that way, and it all ties into talks of Hardy finally getting the rights to his Broken Hardy gimmick, perhaps we’ll be getting Broken VS Wyatt after all. Also interesting to see Paige’s new group not beat down Asuka when they did that to every other woman, can’t wait to see the explanations as to why. Cruiserweights on Raw is a mixed bag, it is good for them to get airtime so people know they exist, and the match itself was great, but it makes me wonder what 205 Live will even have tomorrow night now. Kane basically being the entire final segment’s focal point is fitting, this is feeling more and more like Kane’s final run in WWE and therefore it should involve Finn and Strowman for a handful of reasons. Obviously it’ll be Strowman that retires Kane, not Balor, and I would love it if it happened in a “Last Monster Standing” match.

My Score: 8/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.27.2022

BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?

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BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?

This was their first show from the most recent tapings. We know the Guerrillas of Destiny will be here, Jay White is also supposed to be around…plus everything keeping Ring of Honor relevant we’ve got a lot to try and fit into two hours.

Any more crazy debuts, returns, or what have you? Let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Chris Bey vs Jake Something: Something wins via Into the Void – *** ¼
  • The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration: Cassie Lee wins via Code Red Cradle Counter – ***
  • Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree: Cassidy wins via BQE – N/A
  • Johnny Swinger vs Jonah: Jonah wins via Tsunami – N/A
  • Chris Sabin vs PCO: PCO wins via Bubba Bomb – *** ¼

 

Results:

We see they are still selling the D’lo is injured angle, so we get 205 Live flashbacks! Tom is on commentary with Matthew Rehwoldt!

Chris Bey vs Jake Something

Bey starts things off quickly but Jake puts a stop to that with a big right hand that dazes Bey. Bey powders, Jake follows, but it set up Bey to hit an Apron Tiger Feint. He goes for an Asai Moonsault, but Jake catches him and hits Snake Eyes on the apron. Bey bounces to the post, Jake charges and Bey moves to have Jake crash himself into the pole.

We get more of the clash of styles where Bey goes for a few quick shots or high flying haymakers, but Jake seems to return 3 or 4 of Bey’s moves just with one big power move.  There’s a tenacious spot with Bey clinging to Jake with the Rear Naked choke and refusing to let go regardless of being driven into the corner and even flat on the mat.

Jake powers through and manages to drop Bey to break the Sleeper. The action is quick and could go either way. Bey counters Jake’s corner spear, he counters Jake’s Blackhole Slam and we see a beautiful Spinning Heel Kick. Huricanrana, but Jake holds on and turns it into a Sitout Powerbomb. Bey keeps everything moving quickly, he baits Jake into the corner, goes to the top rope and Jake catches him out of mid-air. A small pause for the cause, and Jake creates the momentum for Into the Void himself.

Post-Match G.o.D. run down beat the hell out of Jake, Speedball Mike Bailey makes a save until Jay White comes down and Bailey sells the involvement hilariously. G.o.D. tell us exactly why they’re here and we all knew, Good Brothers gonna fall victim to the Firing Squad.

The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration

This is a little stupid but it keeps the story moving. The IInspiration missed the first title match because of covid stopping them from going to Hard to Kill. Now Tenille isn’t available for these tapings I guess, so this is a non-title match.

Madison starts off with Cassie and Madison gets out-wrestled. So Madison tags in Kaleb and Cassie immediately starts making a joke of the situation and Cassie feigns an old Jimmy tap. Cassie again out-wrestles Kaleb and tags in Jessie. Jessie and Kaleb have a weird moment where he pulls her up from a failed Sunset Flip and they have a pause where it almost looks like they’re gonna kiss or something.

The hiccup in the action gives The Influence and opening and a big Superkick from Kaleb connects on Cassie. Madison controls the match and tags in Kaleb. He comes off the middle rope Jerry Lawler style but Cassie counters the move with a Manhattan Drop. Then she retreats to the ropes, he charges, and crotches himself on the middle rope. Madison tags back in since Kaleb has been having issues.

Jessie hits the Shades of Kay which causes Madison to DDT Kaleb. After some shenanigans, a blind tag from Kaleb gives The Influence a close call. But a Code Red kind of counter to a Powerbomb gives Cassie the victory. Watching Kaleb and Madison throw tantrums over the loss is pretty hilarious.

AHH Gisele Shaw is the Quintessential Diva! She’s been on AXS TV before when she was Azteca during WOW from a few years ago. She’s been in the business for a while and isn’t terrible in the ring. I’m looking forward to her honestly.

Mickie holds a State of the Knockouts and it’s just a big hype session for the Royal Rumble, to help set the stage that Chelsea Green is still somewhat relevant in the title picture even though Tasha Steelz is the rightful number one contender. It was fine, but went a bit long.

We get about 10 seconds of Jordynne Grace defending the Digital Media title against Kiera Hogan, then she officially accepts Zack, erhm…Matt Cardona’s challenge. And Brian Myers adds like nine guys to the Learning Tree just to throw numbers at Massive Cassidy as he joins commentary.

Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree

Tom calls Zicky Dice “If the State of Florida were a person”; super accurate. This is a hilarious Squash match and the commentary makes it fantastic. BQE wins the match for Cassidy.

Brian Myers squares up to Cassidy, and Moose comes down to attack his next challenger. Morrissey fights them off mostly, gets buried under the Learning Tree and goes full Super Shredder but Moose cuts him in half with Lights Out! Myers is amused and Moose poses victorious and looking sharp as hell.

Johnny Swinger vs Jonah

Swingman gonna be a dead man. Jonah gonna take em to the morgue. We do see apparently Dan Lambert is in the crowd. So this could be a return of Dan Lambert to IMPACT. Yeah Tsunami wins, anyone surprised? Jonah tosses out Swinger and looks like he might do more damage, but Decay’s music hits and they seem to have an interest in Swinger. So Jonah allows them to have their fun and do what they will.

Chris Sabin vs PCO

Definitely NOT a match I expected in 2022, especially with the faction seconds around the ring. PCO makes sure the pace is slow and works on Sabin’s left arm. Driving it into the turnbuckles, wrenching over the ropes, dropping hammers into his elbow and of course Arm Wringers. Sabin needs to do a little Junior stylings to roll with the Wringer and now tries the rope runs. Frankenstein doesn’t go down until Sabin goes for the low Dropkick, then a Flying Shoulder Tackle.

Sabin is moving nicely, but PCO calls the refs attention and Honor No More trips up Sabin running the ropes. Eddie Edwards tries to return it in kind, but the referee is staring right at him. Stupid good guy Eddie tries to cheat and he’s just bad at it. Commercial break takes us to Sabin having PCO in the corner for 10 count punches. Springboard Flatliner attempt but PCO grabs him out of the sky and sends him to the outside. Brings him back in just to crush him over the top rope with a car crash lariat. Middle Ropes PCO Senton through the ropes to the outside onto Sabin.

PCO throws Sabin into the steps and just rocks him. Then we see the top corner Senton onto Sabin as he’s draped on the apron. PCO doing those moves you’re not expecting from someone his age or size, but it’s been his bread and butter with his PCO resurgence the last 5 years or so. PCO SAULT – MISSES! Sabin has been getting destroyed and now finally has a second to put things together.

Missile Dropkick, Yakuza Kick and then a Missile Dropkick to the back of the head sending PCO to the outside. Suicide Dive sends PCO reeling into the guardrail! Top Rope Crossbody from Sabin for 2. Cradle Shock attempt but no, Crucifix Cradle near fall and then a big clubbing lariat from PCO and Sabin’s momentum is stunted. Vader Bomb from PCO, Sabin gets the Knees up, kick, running Enzuigiri, Cradle Shock but Honor No More starts making their presence known. PCO is still selling so Sabin attacks all of them, Maria distracts the referee, and the numbers catch up with Sabin. PCO hits the Bubba Bomb and folds up Sabin for the victory!

 

Overall Score: 7/10

They set up the main event during the show, made it feel like a big deal, and it wasn’t really over booked given all the people being involved. Massive Cassidy dismantling the Learning Tree was comedic and great given the commentary and the way the segment ended with Myers and Moose having their moments.

Bullet Club opened things and made it all feel important, I mean let’s just put it this way. There were a lot of factions being involved, but no one felt lost, it all felt kinda cool and big and even the throw together group of Ace/Fulton/Jake/Speedball felt logical and of course a little campy, but works for the IMPACT presentation. Gisele Shaw being shown and named as the Quintessential Diva could be great since she’s not a WWE hand me down, but she does have a little bit of stroke given her other work. The personality they gave her in the promo makes me feel like she’ll fit into Inspiration/Tenille kind of style, but when they recently added Lady Frost and Masha Slammovich; it’s really great to see a bunch of different women in the division.

Also not gonna lie, I’m a little curious what Dan Lambert will be doing. Given the fact that like 2018 ATT was positioned against Moose, I wonder if there will be any of that animosity or if Moose will align with them since 2018 Moose is not 2022 Moose. Fun threads in this show!


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/27/22)

Grudge match after grudge match!

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Will the Irish Ace strike gold again?

Ilja Dragunov defends the NXT UK Championship against Jordan Devlin, in an EMPTY ARENA MATCH! Will Devlin celebrate all by himself tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie; Die Familie wins.
  • Amale VS Jinny; Jinny wins.
  • NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin; Dragunov wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie!

Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers are a firm and a family, but The Babo still says he, Rohan Raja & Charles Dempsey have a stronger bond. These bonds will be tested as these six finally have it out! What happens on this full contact family feud?

The trios sort out, Teoman starts against Joe Coffey and fans sing for Gallus right away. The Iron King talks trash with Teoman as they circle. They tie up, go around, and Joe puts Teoman in the corner. Teoman BOOTS but Joe ROCKS Teoman with haymakers! Teoman kicks and fires off forearms, but then Joe gives more haymakers. Tag to Mark, and the brothers double wrench to lift and CHOP Teoman down! Mark gets Teoman up to punch, arm-drag, and armlock. Mark puts on a cobra clutch, drags Teoman up and Wolfgang tags in. Ripcord to a shoulder and a forearm! Teoman crawls, kicks Wolfie’s leg, and Raja tags in!

But Wolfgang hip tosses Raja down! Then arm-drags him up and over for an armlock. Wolfgang tags Mark back in, they coordinate to takedown and DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! Raja hits ropes on the way to a corner, Mark runs in to back body block! Mark goes up, Dempsey distracts him! Raja YANKS Mark down to then DECK him, BOOT him, and stomp him around! Raja drags Mark up, tags in Teoman, and they mug Mark. Teoman wrenches, CLUBS the arm, then uppercuts it. Teoman has a wristlock and he wrangles Mark down. Teoman bends the fingers and then the elbow! Mark fights back but Teoman hits him in return.

Mark gets up, throws big forearm after forearm, then rams Teoman into an open corner. Mark throws body shots but Teoman BOOTS and elbows Mark away! Teoman goes up, blindside missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Teoman is annoyed but he keeps Mark down with an armlock. Mark endures, Gallus and the fans rally up, and Mark fights up. Teoman tags Dempsey, they mug Mark, and Dempsey drags Mark up to facelock. Mark endures but Dempsey RAMPS him into the corner! And then again! Dempsey keeps on the grovit but Mark throws body shots. Mark gets free, he EuroUppers, but Dempsey gives it back!

They go back and forth, Mark catches the arms for a backslide! ONE, Dempsey headbutts low, ROCKS Mark then clinches. Dempsey CHOPS Mark off his feet, covers, TWO! Dempsey keeps on Mark with an armlock and he grinds the shoulder. Fans sing for Gallus but Dempsey moves around to grind the shoulder and twist it through! Mark tries to fight, Dempsey mounts for a cover, ONE as Mark sunsets! Dempsey rolls through, lateral press, ONE but Dempsey has a double wristlock. Mark fights up as Dempsey cranks the hold! Raja tags in, Dempsey feeds Mark to a BIG forearm! Raja covers, TWO!

Raja stomps Mark, drags Mark up and over, and Dempsey tags back in. They whip Mark, knee low, then KNEE lift Mark down! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Dempsey glares at Joe, but turns around into big forearms and CHOPS from Mark! Dempsey knees Mark low, elbows Joe down, then swings, into a back suplex! Dempsey tags Raja, Mark crawls for his corner but Raja gets the legs. Mark kicks Raja away, Teoman tags in! Teoman goes around to swing on Wolfgang, but turns around into a back drop! Mark crawls, hot tag to Wolfgang! Fans rally as Wolfgang CLOBBERS Teoman, SPLASHES Raja, then goes up to AX HANDLE Teoman!

Wolfgang DECKS Dempsey, fires off hands on Teoman, then whips to KNEE low! BASEMENT SPLASH! Wolfgang drags Teoman up, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Teoman is still in this for Die Familie, and he kicks Wolfgang away to get to his corner. Wolfgang SPLASHES, but Raja tags in! Wolfgang SLAPS Raja down, Wolfgang runs in, but Raja gets Teoman out of the way! Teoman hits a SLIDING FOREARM, then Raja drags Wolfgang up, INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO!! Wolfgang survives and Raja is furious! Fans rally up, Teoman swings on Joe! Raja goes after Wolfgang, but backstabber is denied! Tag to Joe!

Joe rallies on Raja, DECKS Teoman, CLOBBERS Raja, and pop-up UPPERCUTS Teoman! Raja sidesteps Joe but Joe breaks through the clothesline to FLYING SHOULDER! Joe shoves, clinches and OVERHEAD suplexes Raja! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Joe as he drags Raja back up. Joe whips Raja to a corner, Raja reverses, but Joe goes up and ROCKS Raja. Joe goes up and up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Joe goes to the corner, runs in, but Raja dodges the sendoff! BACKSTABBER! Joe flounders and both men are down! Raja crawls over to the corner, hot tag to Dempsey! Dempsey knees low, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Dempsey drags Joe up into a FULL NELSON! Joe fights the suplex and THROWS Dempsey off! GLASGOW SENDOFF! Tag to Mark! The Coffey Brothers get Dempsey up, HIGH LOW!! Cover, Teoman breaks it! Teoman throws Joe out, goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS! Mark swings on Teoman, then DOUBLE CHOPS Dempsey! Tag to Wolfgang and they get Dempsey up. Feed to the scoop, but Raja drags Mark out! Teoman gets in, to CHOP BLOCK Wolfgang’s leg! Dempsey has the STF!! Wolfgang endures, and taps! DIE FAMILIE WINS!

Winners: Die Familie, by submission

Though not blood, these brothers in arms found a way to keep down the Gallus boys! Is NXT UK going to be their kingdom soon enough?

 

NXT UK hears from Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith, as well as Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff.

The finals are coming! And that means one step closer to becoming the next NXT UK Tag Team Champions! But Jack & Dave are no joke. They’re good, but they’re only a team of two months. Smith & Carter have been a team of two years. Jack is more like Dave’s apprentice. This is their time.

Dave Mastiff says the #1 contendership is close. And he knows Tyler Bate & Trent Seven pretty well. But they can’t underestimate Carter & Smith. Yeah, they’ve had things to say about Mastiff & Starz, and two years together is impressive. But how about a 20 year career? That’s impressive. Two years is a drop in the ocean to The Bomber. Everything Smith learned about tag matches, he learned from Mastiff. Starz will take care of Carter, and Mastiff knows Smith like the back of his hand.

Smith says he’s learned more on his own than what Mastiff taught him, he and Carter are ready. Carter says they’re the hottest tag team under the sun and the freshest flavor on the brand. If there’s any team more serious, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team more supreme, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team winning the match, it’s Smith & Carter. Ready and Forward, Always Forward! Starz says to bring their A Games, and everything they’ve got, because no one is stopping him and Mastiff from taking those NXT UK Tag Team Championships! All four men are fired up, but which duo burns brighter in this #1 contender’s tag?

 

Amale VS Jinny!

Similar backgrounds, similar career paths, but completely different outlooks on life; that is why the French Hope and the Spoiled Princess of Knightsbridge can’t stand each other. But now that things have come to blows, will Amale’s positivity negate Jinny’s negativity? Or does Jinny have that much more fury and fire to win out?

The bell rings, the two tie right up, and Jinny knees low! Jinny headlocks, Amale powers out but Jinny pulls hair to CLUB Amale down. Jinny hits a headlock takeover, Amale headscissors, but Jinny kips free. Amale clinches, headlocks for the takeover, but Jinny goes for the headscissors. Amale shrugs that off, Jinny fights up, and Jinny pulls hair. Jinny powers out but Amale runs her over! Jinny kicks low, but Amale throws body shots! And forearms! Jinny gives those back, clamps onto an arm, but Amale gets to ropes. The ref counts but Jinny wraps the arm around ropes to throw knee after knee!

Jinny stops as the ref counts 4, but Amale fires forearms in return! Jinny kicks low, scowls and whips, but Amale reverses to then duck, dodge, and scoop SLAM! Jinny flounders, Amale hits a somersault senton, to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Amale grits her teeth as she follows Jinny. Amale waistlocks, Jinny holds ropes, and then Jinny HOTSHOTS Amale off the top! Jinny WRINGS Amale’s arm out, stomps Amale around, then grabs an arm to drop a knee on it! Then she does the same to the other arm! Cover, TWO! Jinny grabs hair but fans rally up. Jinny drags Amale up but Amale throws haymakers! Jinny wrenches to wrangle Amale down!

Amale endures the armlock but Jinny CLAWS the arm from wrist to shoulder! Amale keeps Jinny from getting the other arm, then gets up to throw body shots and forearms. Jinny shoves Amale, but Amale sunset flips! TWO! Jinny rushes in, ducks and dodges to throw Amale by her hair! Fans boo but Jinny KNEES Amale down! And KNEES Her in the side! And again! And again! Jinny drags Amale up, tucks the arm, and throws elbows down before putting on the IRON OCTOPUS! Amale endures but Jinny pulls the arm way back! Amale stays on her feet, powers up, and is free to hip toss Jinny down!

Fans rally, Jinny gets up but she knees Amale low! Jinny whips Amale to a corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Amale goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Jinny down! Amale runs corner to corner to LARIAT Jinny! And then another lariat! Fans fire up with Amale and she brings Jinny up. Jinny throws body shots and low kicks, but Amale reverses the whip, corner clothesline! Amale roars, Jinny is rocked, Amale whips her into a buckle! Amale runs side to side, BOOT WASH! Amale drags Jinny out for a waistlock, but Jinny throws back elbows! Amale turns that around to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Amale grows frustrated, but she keeps on Jinny. Amale hooks the leg but Amale pulls hair! Jinny throws elbows, brings Amale to a corner, and trips her up to high stack! Legs on the ropes! JINNY WINS!

Winner: Jinny, by pinfall

Jinny snatches that win by waiting until the last second to get the leverage! Amale is furious, but will she be able to get her revenge?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

To up the ante from their first time around, Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport face off for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, in a Japanese Street Fight! Blair brutalized Meiko after losing, will she brutalize her again before winning? Or will Meiko make Blair regret showing her that disrespect?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Nathan Frazer.

The British Prodigy comes off a big loss against Ring General, Walter/Gunther. How is he feeling now? Considering literally no one thought he was going to win, he feels great with how well he did. But then barging in to celebrate their victory is Die Familie. They already have champagne ready, but they ask Frazer what he’s doing in their locker room. Oh so this is their room now? Well, congrats, boys, you must be so proud of yourselves. Teoman tells Frazer that Die Familie doesn’t need anything from a loser like him. Oh, Die Familie? Cute nickname. You really think you’re family? Teoman just keeps the others around so he isn’t a loser himself. It’s so blatantly obvious.

Raja gets in Frazer’s face about those comments, and Teoman says to get out of the room. Fine, enjoy your little party. Will Frazer prove who the real loser is soon enough?

 

NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin!

Oh the irony. Just as we got fans back, now they have to leave! The Irish Ace says the fans are the real source of the Czar’s power. But when it’s No Holds Barred and Falls Count Anywhere, will Devlin be able to stand all on his own? Or will UNBESIEGBAR still have the power to break him as the fans cheer him on from outside the arena?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who can stand on their own two feet!

Devlin HEADBUTTS Dragunov before the bell! Then he rains down forearms! The ref wants Delvin to stop, the bell hasn’t rung! Devlin picks up the title and says it is coming home with him! The ref asks Dragunov if he still wants to fight, and of course he does! The bell rings, Devlin swings the belt at Dragunov, but Dragunov dodges and gets around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, talks trash back in Russian to GERMAN SUPLEX Devlin again! Dragunov holds on, gets Devlin up again, but Devlin grabs ropes! No ropebreaks in this match, so Devlin MULE KICK LOW BLOWS!

Devlin CLUBS Dragunov down, ROCKS him with a forearm, then keeps on him with more heavy shots. Devlin ties Dragunov up in the ropes! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov, and says he’s stronger, faster and smarter than Dragunov! Devlin goes out to get the timekeeper’s chair! Devlin says Dragunov’s family will have to live with this. Dragunov eggs Devlin on, then boots him! Devlin is annoyed, he fires off haymakers on Dragunov’s head! Devlin goes back outside, and he brings in a screwdriver?! Devlin gets in, wanting to go HHH on Ric Flair that one time. Dragunov BOOTS Devlin down, and is free of the ropes!

Devlin ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov ENZIGURIS Devlin! Both men get up, Dragunov runs in to clothesline Devlin and himself out of the ring! Dragunov and Devlin get up again, Dragunov CHOPS Devlin against barriers. And CHOPS again! Dragunov hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then a scoop and SLAM to the floor! Dragunov seethes while Devlin writhes on the mat. Dragunov drags Devlin up, brings him around with a headlock to bump him off the apron. And then off the barriers! Dragunov waistlocks, Devlin holds the barriers, and he elbows free of the waistlock. Dragunov staggers, but he swings. Devlin ducks but Dragunov uses the left to LARIAT!

Dragunov chases after Devlin, stands him up, and CHOPS him against barriers. Dragunov brings Devlin along and whips him into barriers! Dragunov takes a moment, still shaking out cobwebs from those shots Devlin gave him while tied up in the ropes. Dragunov gets Devlin up but Devlin uses the barriers to block! Dragunov clutches one side of his head, perhaps still feeling that headbutt. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, brings him around, and RAMS him into steel steps! Dragunov clutches an arm and cries out in pain! Devlin gets the top half of the steps and lifts it up into the ring. Devlin then goes back for Dragunov, only for Dragunov to TORPEDO MOSCOW him through barriers!!

Both men writhe and groan where fans would’ve been sitting otherwise. Dragunov flounders to lean against a chair while Devlin manages to sit up. Devlin falls against a chair, but Dragunov is after him again! Dragunov BOWLS Devlin through the chairs! Dragunov tosses some folding chairs into the ring, all the while telling Devlin in Russian what’s coming. Dragunov holds onto the last few chairs to SMACK Devlin on the back! Devlin screams in pain, Dragunov sets the tables down in a nice little pile. Devlin tries to get away and he tumbles over the barriers. Dragunov drags him back up, CLUBS away on him, but and suplexes him up and over, onto the chairs!

Devlin writhes, Dragunov pushes him down to cover, TWO!! Devlin survives that hard landing, but Dragunov stalks him as they go towards the staging area. Devlin sits in a chair and wants mercy, but Dragunov just CHOPS him out of his seat! They continue down the way, Dragunov dares Devlin to talk about his family now! Dragunov drags Devlin up to TOSS him into a nearby table! All the computers and things on it go flying off! Devlin is stuck on the table, Dragunov pushes him off it. Dragunov drags Devlin up, waistlocks, Gotch lifts, but Devlin rakes eyes! Devlin goes to suplex but Dragunov slips out to CLOBBER Devlin!

Devlin leans on the table again. Dragunov gets space, and he runs in, TORPEDO MOSCOW but Devlin gets clear! Only Dragunov crashes through the table!! Devlin covers, TWO!! Dragunov survives, and Devlin can’t believe it! Devlin drags Dragunov from the wreckage and SMACKS him off a road case! Did he leave a dent in it? Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off it again, then gets a smaller case! Devlin shoves the case in, ROAD CASE SANDWICH! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov down, stands him back up, and CLUBS him on the back. Dragunov flounders, Devlin drags him up, but Dragunov resists the suplex.

Devlin CLUBS Dragunov, but it’s Dragunov who suplexes! Devlin knees free, stands on top of the road case, and RAKES Dragunov’s eyes! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off the edge of the case! MOONSAULT OFF THE CASE! Direct hit and both men fall on the concrete! Both men are down as Devlin can’t get the cover! Devlin manages to sit up first, and he brings Dragunov back up. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, they go back around the staging, and Devlin ROCKS Dragunov. Dragunov staggers through the chairs, Devlin throws down fists! Devlin brings Dragunov up to TOSS him over the barriers! They’re back at ringside as Dragunov groans and writhes.

Devlin hobbles his way around and he starts looking under the ring. Fans may not be here to chant it, but Devlin wants a table! Dragunov CLUBS him and CHOPS him first! Dragunov puts Devlin in the ring, and Dragunov decides he wants the table. Dragunov puts the table in the ring, but Devlin has a chair! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov the second he’s in the ring! Devlin takes the table back for his own, sets it up in a corner, and then goes back for Dragunov. Devlin stands Dragunov up, ROCKS him with a right, and Dragunov wobbles. Dragunov blocks the ripcord to body scissors! Dragunov rains down elbows over and over on Devlin!!

Dragunov is furious, and he drags Devlin back up, traps the arms in the Gotch lift, POWERSLAM onto a chair! Cover, TWO!!? Devlin survives but Dragunov has no energy to be frustrated! Dragunov instead makes his way to a corner and climbs up top. Devlin JAMS Dragunov’s knee with a chair! Fireman’s carry, SWINGING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!?!? Devlin is furious that Dragunov survives! Devlin gives thumbs down to say this is over. He has the arm, but Dragunov again blocks the ripcord. Dragunov gets up to reel Devlin into a fireman’s carry! Devlin elbows over and over but Dragunov won’t let him down!

Devlin rakes eyes, but Dragunov still CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS through the table!!! Cover, TWO?!?!! Devlin survives and surely somewhere, the BT Sports Studio crowd is losing its mind! Dragunov aims from a corner as Devlin flounders his way to the far side. Dragunov still shouts out, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But his head starts hurting! Devlin says Dragunov can’t win when there’s no fans! Devlin eggs Dragunov on to do it for Constantin! Dragunov staggers, HEADBUTT!!! Devlin suplexes for a SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Devlin is beside himself, how is Dragunov doing this?!

Devlin storms his way back out of the ring and he thinks of what he has to do. He finds the zip ties used for the cables. He brings those into the ring, LASHES Dragunov with them, then KICKS him down! Devlin zip ties one of Dragunov’s arms, hammers away on his shoulder and then gets the other. Dragunov is defiant to the end as he talks trash in Russian, but his arms are now zip tied to each other! Devlin rains down fists over and over, Dragunov unable to guard his head. Devlin says he told Dragunov this was coming. Dragunov could have walked away, but now he’ll be rolled out of here without the title! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov’s leg!

Devlin says this was Dragunov’s choice. Dragunov still kicks from below! Devlin brings him to the steel steps and digs his head into the steel! Devlin has the chair! But Devlin avoids the steel step con-chair-to! Dragunov BOOTS Devlin, and Devlin staggers in a daze! Dragunov jumps off the steps, TORPEDO MOSCOW!!! He crawls to the cover, Dragunov wins!!!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall (still NXT UK Champion)

The Irish Ace gave Dragunov his most sadistic fight yet, and yet Dragunov still comes out the winner! If not even this could stop him, will anything ever stop The Czar? Or is UNBESIEGBAR eternal?


My Thoughts:

What an episode! Gallus VS Die Familie was a very good opener, but I had figured Die Familie was winning. I said as much last week that Gallus could be in the next wave of NXT UK transfers to NXT 2.0. Joe Coffey isn’t looking like NXT UK Champion material so maybe Gallus joins Imperium, and perhaps Joe Coffey has a repeat run where he gives the singles champs great matches but never gets those belts. Die Familie having a confrontation with Nathan Frazer nods towards what’s next for them, but I feel like Frazer’s gonna need an ally to take them on. No idea who, but maybe we could get an equally eclectic counter faction to take on Die Familie. Frazer, Gradwell and Huxley for some reason seem like the most logically illogical trio to make.

We got a really good promo vignette out of the tag team finalists. Carter & Smith VS Mastiff & Starz, that match could go any which way since it’s Faces VS Faces with Face tag team champions right now. And also, Meiko VS Blair in a Japanese Street Fight is going to be awesome, but it makes me wonder what will make it stand out from any standard Street Fight. Honestly, when WWE does a Street Fight, the only theme is holiday. When another place like AEW does a Street Fight named for a location, they try to bring items specific to that location. So seeing what NXT UK comes up with will be reason enough to watch.

Amale VS Jinny was really good, really aggressive, but of course Jinny cheats to win. These two are definitely going to have a series of matches, and the final winner (probably Amale) will be primed for a title match. And there’s a chance Jinny moves on to NXT 2.0 since they don’t seem to see her as NXT UK Women’s Championship material at this point. I am curious to see Jinny interact with Toxic Attraction. And then that main event, what an awesome match! Match of the week, even match of the month. I again point out the irony of Devlin saying Dragunov can’t win without fans, but going Empty Arena was great as they could fully use the BT Sports Studio arena area.

Great creativity in how vicious Devlin was, but Dragunov wins out and gains some major power levels. And just as I’ve said about Joe Coffey and Jinny, if Devlin isn’t seen as NXT UK Champion material at this point, he’s probably going to NXT 2.0 to try for the North American Championship. Between COVID and Vince McMahon, Devlin’s Cruiserweight title reign was killed, and he could end up following Balor’s footsteps by Vince “losing faith” in him as a top champion. But Devlin can still do a lot as someone who pushes the new kids to their limits.

My Score: 8.8/10


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