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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (12/23/17)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, EPISODE 327

All images courtesy of the Fite.TV app and streaming service, gifs courtesy of http://tdewrestling.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Dawgs VS Simon Grimm & Flip Gordon; The Dawgs win.
  • 10 Man Christmas Surprise Tag Team Match: Team Cody VS Team Dalton Castle; Team Castle wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH celebrates Christmas, but Cody doesn’t look happy.

Cody wants the fans to imagine his “burning excitement turn to a smoldering lull” when he learned about the randomized 10 Man Tag he and Dalton Castle are going to captain. The names of ROH stars are inside the gifts, so that means Cody can’t choose his own team. He’ll be surrounded by this “artificial, superficial, material holiday”. But with no way out of it, Cody chooses his first gift. That’s when Dalton comes by to asks who he got.

“None of your business,” Cody says with a scowl. Cody’s being a Grinch. Just make your pick, Castle. Castle does, and seems very pleased with who he got. Who will join the American Nightmare and the Peacock to wage war this holiday season?

 

The Dawgs VS Simon Grimm &

“Ho ho ho and a oh hell yeah!” Rhett Claus and Little Willie the Red Nosed Rein-dawg are here to spread Christmas cheer, but is their fun going to be ruined by another wrestler’s ROH debut?

The bell rings, Grimm and Ferrara start. However, Ferrara is a bit busy taking off the reindeer costume, so Grimm goes for a full nelson right away! Actually, Grimm is just zipping Ferrara back up. Ferrara gets upset, Grimm spins him around and flips his hood. Ferrara gets madder and runs at Grimm, but ends up in an arm wrench and elbow lock. Lil’ Willie wants to unzip, but Grimm keeps him zipped up. Ferrara gets even angier and swings on Grimm, but Grimm hits the arm-drag takedown into an armlock. Grimm stands Ferrara back up for an arm-wrench and wristlock takedown.

Grimm goes back to an armlock, Ferrara gets up and arm-drags out. Things speed up, Ferrara gets a wheelbarrow but Grimm stalls it, into a full-nelson drop down!

And the rear naked choke!

Ferrara flails, he elbows his way out and up. He reaches for Rhett, Grimm reels him in for a back suplex. Grimm fires up as he flexes, then covers, TWO. Tag to Flip, Grimm gives Ferrara a European Uppercut and Flip gives him a haymaker. Ferrara asks Flip to help take the costume off. Flip unzips Ferrara just enough to chop directly on chest! Flip chops and chops, then snapmares for a running kick and standing moonsault. TWO, Rhett Claus cheers on Lil’ Willie. Flip stands Ferrara up and rocks him with a forearm. Flip whips Ferrara corner to corner but is reversed, Ferrara runs in but gets a back elbow. Ferrara runs back in, Flip jumps up and over and handsprings to a dropkick. Cover, TWO, Flip dares Ferrara to tag Rhett. Ferrara crawls, Flip uses him as a step stool to forearm smash Rhett down!

Flip gives Ferrara a stiff knee to the face before going to the apron. Rhett swings but Flip cartwheels over to then mule kick, Rhett grabs that foot to trip Flip up. Flip hits apron and tumbles to the floor, Rhett rebounds off ropes to clothesline Flip into the barriers. The Big Dawg taunts while the Lil’ Dawg finally gets out of his costume, and we go to break.

ROH returns, The Dawgs still have control. Rhett backs Flip into his corner and tags in Ferrara. The Dawgs technically work together as Rhett stops Ferrara from whipping him into Flip and instead whips Ferrara into Flip. Ferrara gets upset, but Rhett still makes him into a human battering ram to boot Flip down. Then Rhett dumps Ferrar onto Flip for a splash, cover, TWO. Ferrara taunts Flip with barks, then stomps him down. Grimm and fans rally for Flip while Ferrara stands him up. Flip blocks the suplex, Ferrara gives body shots and tags in Rhett. The Dawgs double suplex Flip down, then take time taunting, and arguing. Rhett shoves Ferrara over, then uses a catapult to give Ferrara a boost into another splash.

Rhett covers, TWO. The Dawgs are frustrated, but Rhett keeps on Flip. Fans rally again, Flip feeds off that energy to get up and fight out. Rhett gives a body blow, Flip follows him on the run, Flip hits the Spring-Blade!

Both men are down, the fans rally as the two crawl for their corners. Rhett grabs Flip’s foot, but gets an enziguri. Ferrara tags in, Flip tags Grimm! Grimm rallies on Ferrara with big EuroUppers, one after another, and even against the ropes. Grimm runs rope to rope and clobbers Ferrara with a forearm smash before throwing him overhead! Ferrara tags Rhett back in, Grimm is ready, he turns Rhett around for a EuroUpper to the back of the head. Then, straitjacket hold to a wristlock spin-out boot! Grimm double underhooks, tiger bomb! Ferrara breaks the cover, Flip returns, Ferrara puts him on the apron. Flip swing-kicks Ferrara back then slingshots up, Ferrara shoves him down! Grimm runs Ferrara over with a clothesline. Rhett returns, grabs Grimm in the waistlock but standing switch to roll up, TWO, Grimm is sent into Ferrara’s package! Er, present.

Ferrara tags in, Rhett lifts Grimm and they hit Who Let the Dawgs Out!

The Dawgs win! And they ruin Christmas for Grimm & Gordon. Will Rhett & Willie ruin the New Year for other ROH tag teams, too?

 

The American Nightmare continues his Christmas Surprise selections.

This time, Cody looks much happier with his present.

“I’m getting greedy! Here we go.” Wait a minute. “Does this guy even work here?”

Cody continues selections after the commercial break.

Cody’s been a good boy, hasn’t he? He can turn this around. He thinks about going for the big stuff but realizes that could be a trick. Last year, Cody got Cheeseburger, he’s not falling for that again.

Cody goes with the smallest gift but, no, it doesn’t look good. Not a single one of his friends will be on his team.

Who did Cody get as teammates for Christmas? Can he still turn it into a winning hand?

 

The Peacock has his turn with the Christmas Surprise.

“One more gift.” Castle carefully considers his options and… “Well this certainly makes things interesting.”

Castle clearly likes what he got for Christmas. Is this going to turn out to be Cody’s own Nightmare Before Christmas?

 

ROH takes a look back on the Women of Honor in 2017.

First, the Exotic Goddess, Mandy Leon, graduates from the ROH dojo and joins the Gatekeeper, Kelly Klein, on excursion to Japan’s Stardom Wrestling. Within the WOH Division, Kelly Klein would go back and forth with The Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo. Controversy created personal grudges between the two women, and even a third woman as Karen Q made her WOH debut and found herself entangled in Klein’s and Purrazzo’s feud. Karen would take advantage of this and make a name for herself, at the expense of her friendship with Purrazzo. Karen Q and Deonna Purrazzo would wage their own war in a Street Fight, and things naturally got vicious. The Virtuosa would tough it out and make Karen tap out, establishing herself near the top of the WOH Division.

With 2018 coming, that means new women graduating the dojo. But biggest of all, a WOH Champion will finally be crowned! Who will climb the mountain to stand at the very top of this premier women’s wrestling division?

 

10 Man Christmas Surprise Tag Team Match: Team Cody VS Team Dalton Castle!

“In the spirit of the holiday,” Cody will give a gift to the loudest ROH fan in the building tonight. Everyone makes noise, Cody looks around, but it is tough to tell who is the loudest. “I’ve made my choice. Nobody gets it!” And he stomps on the gift!

Cody hates Christmas! Fans boo his lack of holiday spirit. Cody protests that he didn’t get to be with his friends on Christmas, so just go ahead and introduce his “team”. On Team American Nightmare, it’s Scorpio Sky, Josh “The Goods” Woods, Chris Sabin of the Motor City Machine Guns, and… Punishment Martinez!

With Cody’s team fully introduced, The Peacock finally makes his entrance.

And on his team: The Last Real Man, Silas Young; War Machine’s Hanson; The Octopus, Jonathan Gresham; and… THE VILLAIN, MARTY SCURLL!

What irony it is that Bullet Club members are on opposite teams. In fact, neither of them is very happy about this, especially Cody.

Marty wants to be on Team Cody but has no choice but to be Team Castle, the teams sort out and settle in while we go to break.

ROH returns and the match finally begins.

The Bullet Club isn’t the only stable stuck on opposite sides. Team Search & Destroy must face itself as The Octopus goes up against Chris Sabin to start this Christmas Surprise. They circle, tie up in a test of strength, and Gresham slips out and aruond but Sabin is right with him. Sabin goes for the throw but Gresham lands on his feet to wrench the arms. Gresham brings Sabin down but Sabin pops right back up to spin and roll, arm-drag to takedown. Gresham pops back up, Sabin kip-ups for another arm-drag. The fans applaud the stand-off but it’s only for a moment as Sabin runs and Gresham trips him up. Gresham runs, Sabin dodges, things speed up even more, Sabin stops himself and goes arm-drag for arm-drag with Gresham. Sabin pops out of a headscissors and the two stand-off again, “Bang Bang!”

Fans applaud and chant “Merry Christmas!” while the two shake hands in respect. Gresham tags Castle, Sabin tags  Scorpio Sky, but then Silas tags himself in. Fans boo but a tag is a tag. Silas and Scorpio circle, tie up, Silas powers Scorpio to a neutral corner. The referee calls for the break, Silas tries a sucker punch but Scorpio ducks and gets around behind Silas. Silas swings but Scorpio dodges. Scorpio kicks, Silas blocks. Silas swings but Scorpio ducks to chop Silas. Silas dares Scorpio to “be a man!” Scorpio hits him with a forearm, so Silas hits back with his own. Silas gets running, Scorpio dodges and speeds things up. Dropkick drops Silas, but Silas gets up and dares Scorpio to try again. Scorpio runs in, but into Silas’ backbreaker and lariat! Silas drags Scorpio up but Scorpio gets away to tag in Cody, Castle tags himself in!

Team Captains finally enter, like a flashback to Final Battle. However, Cody swerves and tags out to The Goods. Mr. Top Prospect 2017 circles with The Peacock, Castle takes off the holiday sweater. Castle swings the sweater around and around and around, to then sling it at Cody’s team! Cody grabs a chair, but calms down as Castle and Woods start shoving. Woods puts Castle in a corner, Castle comes out with a waistlock to put Woods in the other corner. Fans applaud because Cody’s put on Castle’s sweater! And blows friendly kisses to The Villain across the way.

Scurll of course returns them, but then argues with his teammates. Castle is upset Cody is wearing his sweater, but this distraction allows Woods to get a waistlock slam on The Peacock. Castle gets up and Woods is ready for more, so Castle comes in and dumps Woods on his head! Woods gets up and gives Castle an arm-wrench takedown, then brings him up to his feet. Woods tries to gutwrench, Castle counters with his own gutwrench, waistlock again but standing switch, another standing switch, Castle bucks Woods off, Peacock Pose!

The fans applaud the charismatic Castle while we go to break.

ROH returns, and now the Monster and the War Beard have tagged in. Hanson and Martinez circle while fans–and Cody–rally. They run in and collide, but neither one goes down. They back up and collide again, but still neither falls down. Martinez kicks low, whips Hanson but Hanson cartwheels. Hanson swings but Martinez ducks the clothesline to run and hit a clothesline of his own. Hanson gets up, ducks the kick and runs Martinez over this time, but then Martinez gets up again. Martinez lifts Hanson and hits a back suplex, but then Hanson gets up and gives Martinez a back suplex of his own. Martinez stands up again, and the two behemoths stare down.

Cody is upset with Martinez, he throws Castle’s sweater at him. Martinez picks it up to throw it back at Cody. Martinez is the bigger man, why isn’t he finishing Hanson already? Well, if Cody is so fired, he should try it. Martinez tags Cody in! Marty mouths off at Hanson on the other end, so Hanson chops Marty for a tag! The Villain and the American Nightmare must face each other! But as Hanson and the fans say, “Rules is rules!” Hanson hip tosses Marty into the ring, he and Cody come face to face. Sabin starts a “FIGHT! FIGHT!” chant, the fans join in. Marty gets an idea, and Cody plays along: the two Bullet Club members give each other a Christmas One Sweet.

Castle doesn’t care for their friendship, he gets in and shoves Scurll into Cody! Cody gets mad, he thinks Marty did that himself. Marty takes offense and is ready to fight Cody for real. The two bark at each other as they circle around the ring, then run in, for a hug.

Fans applaud the power of their friendship, but the others on their teams feel let down. Therefore, the others get in and attack the man not on their team!

Fans boo, they were enjoying the friendly gesture. The referee tries to regain order but the other eight men decide instead to whip Cody and Marty at each other. Cody and Marty do-si-do and spin around, and end up on the same sides as their teams. The ten men stand against each other 5v5, but then Castle stops them all. “This is NOT the spirit! Everyone’s hitting each other, it’s CHRISTMAS for God’s sake.” That doesn’t seem to bother the others, because another brawl breaks out! Things spill out of the ring while fans chant “Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho!” The chaotic pairings soon regroup on one side, Castle runs but fakes them out. The Peacock struts!

Sabin sneaks in, mocking the strut, kicks Castle and throws him out to join the cluster. Sabin gives Castle a Penalty Kick from the apron then strikes his own pose, but The Villain knocks him down. Marty builds speed now, slips out to the apron and SUPERKICKS Sabin. Marty flaps his wings “woop woop” but Scorpio Sky knocks him off the apron now. Scorpio builds speed and FLIES!

Everyone topples down, the fans are thunderous. Gresham gets back in the ring and builds speed, but Woods follows to stop him with a kick. Woods lifts Gresham in a powerbomb, and throws him onto the others!

Silas drags Woods out and hammers away while Cody gets in the ring. The fans chant for Cody as he runs corner to corner to then jump and FLY!

The American Nightmare wipes everyone out, but now the Monster returns to the ring. Martinez runs, Martinez FLIES!

The fans are thunderous but this isn’t over! Hanson climbs up to the top rope, takes aim at the cluster, and JUMPS for a meteoric cannonball!!

The fans again chant “Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho!” as Hanson rises from the human wreckage. Marty even gets up and celebrates with him while we go to break.

ROH returns once more to find the teams have regrouped back in the ring. Scorpio Sky is in a corner, Marty coordinates a “choo choo” corner train. He whips Gresham in for the forearm smash, then Silas for another, then Castle for a third. Hanson goes in for the fourth, Marty runs in but gets a boot! The train goes around a second time, Gresham hitting, then Silas hitting, then Castle and Hanson. Marty tries again, but gets another boot! They go a third time, with success from Gresham, Silas, Castle and Hanson again, but still a big boot for Marty! The team doesn’t understand, they try and help the dazed Marty find his way, but he just flops like Flair.

Cody’s team returns to drag out the others, Scorpio gets out of the corner and regroups. They say it’s their turn, as they whip Scurll corner to corner. The train starts with Scorpio, Sabin, Woods and Martinez, who all hit. However, Cody hesitates; he and Scurll are still friends. His team encourage him, though, but he stops short. The others tell him to just do it, Martinez makes him run in, but Scurll dodges and Cody hits post. The teams regroup at their corners while fans rally. Marty and Cody crawl, tags to Scorpio and Castle. Castle blows up Cody’s corner but goes after Cody, not realizing he isn’t the legal man. Castle gives Cody a big single-leg suplex, but in comes Martinez. Martinez runs at Castle but is dumped back out. Sabin comes in, gets a waistlock, standing switch and German Suplex! Woods comes in, he gets a single-leg suplex! Legal man Scorpio comes in, runs to a corner and jumps, but Castle catches him for another overhead suplex! The fans are fired up and cheer Castle. Castle goes after Scorpio again, bringing him up into position, but Scorpio slips out in the spin. Scorpio sends Castle to a corner but Castle elbows back before hopping up. Scorpio jumps up to SUPER STEINER Castle down!

Castle rolls all the way out, Gresham comes in. Things speed up, Quebrada onto Scorpio then a DIVE onto Sabin! Gresham puts Sabin in the ring before climbing up. He jumps over Sabin as Sabin rushes in, but then runs back to try for the Octopus Stretch. Sabin counters with a modified torture rack slam! Gresham rolls out, Silas returns, he gives Sabin the full-nelson spin-out. Then, fireman’s carry and spin but Sabin slips out. Silas rolls him up, knee to the face, low DDT into the mat. Woods returns, Silas trash talks too much but still ducks the kick. Silas brings Woods up in the fireman’s but Woods slips down, and catches Silas in the saido suplex. Hanson returns and heel kicks Woods right down! Martinez returns and climbs to the top, to hit a flying heel kick!

Hanson stays in, Martinez whips him, Hanson hits the handspring back elbow! Cody returns, runs at Hanson, Hanson scoops but Cody slips out. Hanson runs and cartwheels to avoid Cody’s counter, so Cody cartwheels to void Hanson’s lariat. They both cartwheel, Cody spins Hanson around for Cross Rhodes!

Hanson rolls out, Castle returns, Cody wants another but Castle shoves him away. Cody springboards for the Beautiful Disaster Kick! Castle is out on his feet, Cody runs in but into BANGARANG!

Scorpio returns while Cody rolls out, takedown and roll to the jumping neckbreaker! Castle is dazed, but he still fights Scorpio off with a back elbow. Castle runs in but Scorpio boots him back, Scorpio runs into another BANGARANG!

Team Castle wins the Christmas bonus! The Peacock and his team will go home a little richer, will the New Year bring more success for each of them?

 

My Thoughts:

A fun Christmas episode for ROH, but this was clearly recorded before Final Battle yet meant to be considered after Final Battle. First, Cody’s hair isn’t bleached blonde like it was for Final Battle. Second, even though he is no longer ROH World Heavyweight Champion and Dalton Castle is, Cody still had the ROH WHC belt. Third, they don’t even refer to either man as the ROH WHC, as they probably didn’t even know which man was going to be champion at this time. Fourth, The Boys returned at Final Battle but were not present in this episode. Continuity aside, they managed to make this a great episode.

The Dawgs win a Christmas filler match, but great to see the man formerly known as Simon Gotch has found somewhere to be. Character/gimmick isn’t as important in ROH, so if Gotch/Grimm can keep up in the ring, he’ll definitely have a home here. Meanwhile, The Dawgs are slowly building wins and may one day be able to challenge for the ROH World Tag Team Championships, or at least be in a #1 contender’s match to put another team over. Then the 10 Man Tag was incredible, mostly for story. Cody and Castle were great in their selection promos, and Cody-Marty were great being reluctant opponents. In the end, Castle wins because whether it was before or after Final Battle, the Peacock needs to stay strong to be a believable ROH WHC.

My Score: 8.5/10

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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (12/10/18)

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TLC is on the horizon, and Raw is in the home stretch! The Architect looks to speak on both the state of Monday Night Raw, and the Lunatic’s state of mind!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Raw Tag Team Championship 3v2 Handicap: The Authors of Pain & Drake Maverick VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable; Roode & Gable win and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
  • Dolph Ziggler VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
  • Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers; Bayley wins.
  • Lio Rush w/ Bobby Lashley VS Elias; Rush wins.
  • Ember Moon w/ Ronda Rousey VS Tamina w/ Nia Jax; Moon wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship TLC Match: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

Seth Rollins starts off Raw!

The Architect is already in the ring and San Diego is ready to #BurnItDown with him. That will be Rollins’ rallying cry when his Intercontinental Championship is on the line against Dean Ambrose. But more importantly, that will also be the theme for tonight! Rollins isn’t here to call out Ambrose, he’s out here to “spit some truth.” We’ve all seen “General Manger Elect” Baron Corbin talking about being on the right side of history. Rollins calls Corbin out to get a dose of reality. The Lone Wolf appears and grins as he joins Rollins in the ring. Corbin still seems so confident that he’ll win by forfeit at TLC in the TLC Match, given there has been no word from anyone about Braun Strowman’s return to action.

The fans boo and jeer as Corbin takes up his own mic. If Rollins wants to talk, they can do this in private. Corbin’s door is always open to someone of Rollins’ caliber. Rollins wants Corbin to cut the crap, because no one wants to hear it. Just shut up and listen! Rollins admits these last few months, he’s been real warpped up with Ambrose, and hasn’t commented on Corbin’s quality as GM. It doesn’t matter if he’s appointed GM, GM elect, or Head Idiot in Charge, Corbin’s “leadership”, Raw has sucked. It has sucked because of Corbin! Corbin comes out all the time to make things all about him. He abuses power, ends careers, and more. Fans agree as they chant. What Corbin has done as GM is not okay, not right, and just plain wrong.

Corbin can tell Rollins is frustrated, but he’s allowing Rollins to vent. Just watch how you speak to him. Or what? Fire him? Corbin doesn’t even know what to do with his roster. Those are the most talented men and women ever, and Corbin cant’ even use them right. There are amazing tag teams like The Revival, who should be contenders, but they’re in these weird Lucha House Rule matches? What even is that? And if he fires everyone, what? It’s just Corbin, Lashley & McIntyre patting each other on the back. Or maybe more pee segments. Everything Corbin has done is to mask his own insecurities. Was Strowman being mean? Did he hurt Corbin’s feelings? To the point where Corbin had to hand that Universal Championship over to Lesnar, a man who only shows up when he wants?

The problem is, Lesnar doesn’t’ want to show up!! Where is he?! Not here! Because he didn’t’ want to be here. The last time Lesnar was on Raw in a match, was way back to 2002! So the “Baron Corbin Experiment” is an abject failure. The talent support, the morale, the fan support and TV ratings are all at an all-time low, because of Corbin. Corbin “appreciates” the feedback, but maybe write it down and put it on his desk to be filed under “I Don’t Give a Damna!” Corbin doesn’t care what anyone in the company thinks, let alone the fans! This is Corbin’s show, so if you don’t like it, too bad! Corbin’s gonna be in charge for a very long time. And it’ll only get worse for someone like Rollins. How can they get worse?

It’ll get worse when Ambrose beats Rollins for the title, and Corbin wins at TLC by forfeit! Which is too bad, because Corbin’s been wanting a TLC Match. But either way, Jojo will announce him as permanent GM of Raw! And then next week’s Raw, all the way until Rollins quits, he’ll be going through Hell! Corbin putting Rollins through Hell? Why wait until next week? If Corbin wants to put Rollins through Hell, start tonight in a match! Corbin will wait until he’s Permanent GM. True, 1v1 isn’t good enough. Well, Corbin’s always wanted a TLC Match, and the “tools of the trade” are all set up right here… So how about Rollins VS Corbin in a TLC Match!? Fans want that! Does Rollins understand what Corbin would do to him with a table, ladder or chair? It’d be the end of Rollins. Or a good tune-up for Sunday.

Corbin says Rollins being a hero will cost him everything. Corbin will use Rollins as an example to show everyone what happens when you disrespect the GM. But his answer is still now. “Coward.” Rollins and San Diego all call Corbin a coward. No matter what he says, he’s a coward! Maybe he’s Coward Elect! Corbin snaps and gives Rollins that TLC Match! But for the Intercontinental Championship! Will Rollins #BurnItDown and show Corbin he’s not fit to be the boss? Or will it be the End of Days for Rollins’ reign even before facing the Lunatic?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

He surely didn’t expect to be defending the title and in such a dangerous match type. It may not have been the smartest move, but Rollins refuses to let Corbin get away with things. If he wants to be a locker room leader, he has to take a stand. If Rollins is a true champion, he’ll take a stand. Otherwise he doesn’t deserve to be champion.

 

Raw Tag Team Championship 3v2 Handicap: The Authors of Pain & Drake Maverick VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable!

Drake Maverick may have rained on the parade of the #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS duo, but that hasn’t stopped Roode & Gable from fighting. The deck is stacked against them, surely courtesy of Corbin, but is a huge upset still possible?

Raw returns as the champs and Maverick stand in the ring ready for a fight. Roode & Gable make their entrance, both wearing matching replacement robes and even matching tights. The teams sort out, the belts are raised, and we begin! Gable starts against Akam, and Gable’s dropkick is deflected. Akam stomps then tags in Rezar. AoP feed Gable to a big knee, then Rezar chokes Gable on ropes. Rezar throws big forearms then clubs Gable down. He hits Roode for good measure, but Gable fights back. Gable’s kick gets caught and he gets clobbered again. Maverick tags in to cover, ONE! Maverick quickly tags out and lets Rezar stomp Gable more. Tag to Akam, and AoP double whip. Gable holds ropes and boots Rezar back. Gable dumps Akam out, tag to Roode! Double clotheslines send Rezar out!

Maverick shouts orders, but that gets Roode & Gable on him! Double hip toss! Roode and Gable then pick Maverick up to LAUNCH him out at AoP! The champs and manager are down while we go to break!

Raw returns and Rezar wrenches Gable’s neck. Fans rally up and Gable fights his way up, only to be wrangled back down. Rezar drags Gable over and tags in Maverick. Maverick throws hands and then taunts Roode. He stomps Gable and feels full of himself. Maverick slaps Gable, but Gable gets fired up! Maverick quickly tags out but is still caught. Rezar saves Maverick as he clobbers Gable, then tags in Akam. AoP mug Gable into a corner, then Akam trash talks as he drives in stiff elbows. Akam whips Gable corner to corner, then runs in but misses! Gable hurries, hot tag to Roode! Roode tackles Akam and dropkick Rezard. He dodges Akam to fires off haymakers and chops! He whips but Akam reverses, only to get kicked away. Roode runs but is put on the apron. Roode htis Akam away then climbs up, for a flying- Back drop!

Akam tags Rezar and they go after Roode. They bring Roode up for an atomic knee! Cover, but Gable breaks it! Akam whips Gable hard into buckles, and Maverick tells them to end this. The AoP bring each man up, Super Collider! But gable headsicssors through! Rezar boots Gable down, and the AoP both go after Gable. Suplex powerbomb neckbreaker! Maverick wants in to repeat last week, and Rezard obeys. Maverick mocks the GLORIOUS, but Roode rolls him up!! ROODE & GABLE WIN!!

Winners: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, Roode pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions

Victory out of nowhere! Maverick’s ego costs his own team, and now the tag titles are GLORIOUS! But a rematch will be happening to be sure, will Roode & Gable survive the next chapter?

 

Backstage interview with Roode & Gable.

They’re feeling great now that they’re champs. There haven’t been a lot of reasons to have hope on Raw, but they knew that putting int he work would bring them the titles. If you told them they’d do it in a 3v2 handicap, they would’ve thought you were crazy. But only one word describes this feeling: GLORIOUS!

 

Natalya heads to the ring!

The Queen of Harts looks for revenge on Ruby when the two compete in a Tables Match this Sunday! Before the match, Natty admits she’d usually have a smile on her face. But she needs to say something in regards to Ruby Riott. Natty loves this business, but Ruby doesn’t respect anyone or anything. Ruby made this personal when she destroyed The Anvil’s sunglasses. Ruby keeps talking about Natty’s been “spoon fed” because of her family. But Natty has overcome so much just to get in. Does Ruby not know what the Montreal Screw Job is? Does Ruby not remember when Uncle Bret punched Vince McMahon in the face? There was that and more in Natty’s way. So Natty is damn proud to be a Hart! Fans appreciate that.

Natty tells Ruby that she will learn respect, and it’ll be a match dedicated to the man who helped Natty get here. To the man Natty loves and respects more than anyone: her father, Jim The Anvil Neidhart! Fans cheer for the late great Anvil and Natty gets emotional. Natty vows to take these tears and more to drive Ruby through table! “And there’s not gonna be a thing you can do about it!” But it’s here that the Squad make an entrance, with a special table under a curtain. Ruby has her own mic to respond. “Aw, look! Natty’s crying again. Like we’ve never seen this before.” All Natty does is walk around feeling sorry for herself. And she’s coming out here talking about respect? Natty doesn’t need respect, she needs to get some counseling.

Ruby knows no one else has the guts to say this, but Natty doesn’t represent The Harts. She disgraces them! Ruby isn’t going to be invited to the family Christmas party, she did pick Natty up a present. And believe her when she says this: “This is the gift that keeps on giving.” The special table, has a picture of The Anvil on it! Fans boo and jeer, but Ruby says that everyone knows how close Natty and The Anvil were. But this Sunday, when Ruby puts her through this exact table, they’ll be closer than ever. Has The Squad gone too far? Or will it just be more fuel for the fire when Natty gets to go after Ruby?

 

Dolph Ziggler speaks.

“Last week, I beat Drew McIntyre. And now we add that name to the long list of people who took me for granted.” But what Ziggler doesn’t’ understand is McIntyre’s attitude. He plucked McIntyre from obscurity, and he’ll throw him back into that. And make no mistake, Ziggler isn’t’ the good guy or the bad guy, he’s Dolph Ziggler. He also doesn’t understand why Finn Balor got involved. But McIntyre made the mistake of pretending he was Finn, and not remembering he was Ziggler. These two will settle the score, can Ziggler win on his own? Or will Ziggler get a Claymore meant for Balor?

 

Dolph Ziggler VS Drew McIntyre!

The Show-Off beat the Scottish Terminator thanks to The Extraordinary Man giving an assist, and McIntyre wouldn’t stand for it. McIntyre would find Finn later in the night and attack him, which is part of why Finn’s not here tonight. Now that it’s just 1v1, who will come out the superior superstar?

Before the match, McIntyre is interviewed in the ring. If he still has that match with Finn on Sunday, why risk a rematch with Ziggler? McIntyre lets us in on a little secret that no one else wants to admit. “Nobody stays undefeated forever.” Not Andre the Giant, not The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, and not even McIntyre. But that doesn’t make him any less dangerous. Just ask Finn. But you can’t, because he got beat up that badly. McIntyre vows to finish Finn at TLC. And when McIntyre talks, everyone listens. He is making this show a better place for the fans, so they will respect him. And as for Ziggler, it doesn’t matter if he’s a good guy or a bad guy, he’s the guy who’s gonna get his head kicked off! Speaking of, Ziggler makes his entrance and we begin!

Ziggler goes right at McIntyre with fast hands, but then he runs into McIntyre’s shoulder. McIntyre drags Ziggler up to CHOP him off his feet! McIntyre drags Ziggler up for another chop, and then into a modified clutch, just to CHOP him more. Ziggler gets to a corner but McIntyre stays on him. Ziggler fires back, but McIntyre launches him with a belly2belly! McIntyre covers, TWO! The Terminator looms over Ziggler as we go to break.

Raw returns as McIntyre CHOPS Ziggler on the top rope! McIntyre climbs up to throw more hands on Ziggler. McIntyre SLAPS Ziggler, but Ziggler fights back! They brawl up top fast and furious, and McIntyre gets the edge. McIntyre brings Ziggler up, SUPER Celtic Cross!! But McIntyre can’t make the cover from his own impact! He crawls to the cover, TWO! Ziggler survives and McIntyre is actually amused. Fans rally up as Ziggler crawls away. McIntyre stalks Ziggler to the ropes, then dumps him out. McIntyre follows after as Ziggler crawls. He deadlift suplexes but Ziggler slips out! Ziggler dodges to send McIntyre into a post! The ring count climbs as Ziggler leaves McIntyre behind! The count passes 8 before McIntyre sits up! McIntyre gets in at 9.5!

Both men are down but fans are loving this match. Fans rally up and Ziggler stands. Ziggler aims at McIntyre, but his legs give out before the superkick! McIntyre laughs, and he toying kicks Ziggler back. McIntyre mocks Ziggler as he climbs up the ropes. “Keep fighting! Don’t give up!” Ziggler stands but McIntyre grabs his hair. Ziggler kicks, ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre’s ego almost cost him there! Both men crawl to get up, and Ziggler fires up with the fans. Ziggler aims again, but into a CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

The Scottish Terminator unloads his best move outta nowhere, but the Show-Off pushed him to his limits. With Finn Balor banged up from McIntyre’s attack, but McIntyre pulling this one out, will either man be ready for their match?

But McIntyre isn’t through with Ziggler! He throws Ziggler into the post, then throws fast hands on the ground! McIntyre throws steel steps around then drags Ziggler over to them. Fans boo and the ref warns McIntyre, but security and other officials fortunately come in to save Ziggler. McIntyre backs off, but then comes back to boot Ziggler into the LED! McIntyre laughs his way to the back, but will he have the last laugh at TLC?

 

Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers!

The #LegitHuggable friends are ready to be the first WWE Women Tag Team Champions together, but for now they’ll support each other in singles competition. Bayley goes against #Mahalicia tomorrow in the Mixed Match Challenge Semifinals, but sadly NOT with Finn Balor. Instead of B’n’B, it will be A’n’B, for Apollo & Bayley are now a new dynamic duo! Can the Huggable One get some major momentum before teaming with a new star this Tuesday?

The bell rings and Bayley ties up with Alicia. Bayley powers Alicia to the corner, but backs off at 3. Alicia powers Bayley to a corner but backs off at 3. Bayley elbows Alicia away then hits a flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Bayley puts Alicia on the apron but Alicia slips out to hotshot Bayley back. Alicia runs in for the swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Alicia keeps on Bayley with a chinlock, but Sasha and the fans rally. Bayley feeds off the energy but Alicia clubs her back down. Bayley stands but Alicia wrangles her back down. Sasha argues with Mahal and the Singhs, but Alicia thrashes Bayley around. Fans rally up again and Bayley gets up. Bayley powers out but Alicia goes up and over to sunset flip. Bayley rolls through to clobber Alicia with a clothesline!

The Singhs shout for Alicia but Bayley throws haymakers! Bayley saido suplexes Alicia down then fires up. She puts Alicia in a corner but backs off at 4. She comes back with a big knee, then puts Alicia out for the hotshot! Bayley checks the ponytail but the Singhs distract. They run off as Alicia boots Bayley down! But here comes Apollo! Bayley’s new buddy takes the Singhs out with back drops, and Sasha adds a meteora! Apollo goes after Mahal now, and throws Sunil into him! Sasha wants to be a weapon, so Apollo picks her up to throw at Mahal and both Singhs! Strike! Bayley dodges Alicia’s boot, and hits Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley wins!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall

Victories all around for the Boss, Hug & Crews Connection! Can Apollo & Bayley make it work as a tag team to go to TLC’s Mixed Match Challenge Finals?

 

Backstage interview with Dean Ambrose.

The Lunatic hates being called that. But what are his thoughts on Rollins’ speech earlier? The Architect? That’s just a name Rollins used to keep the spotlight on himself. But that’s not the man Ambrose knows. Rollins can’t think straight. He went out there with no plan, and now his title’s on the line tonight? Why? Because of his ego! Rollins always has to be The Man, but he steps on everyone else, like Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Rollins isn’t a man, he’s a piece of… Well, if Rollins is somehow still champion, it’ll just be easier for Ambrose to take it. And then he can tell Rollins what he thinks on Sunday.

Speaking of Roman, if he was aware of their bad blood, how would he react? Ambrose doesn’t care. Charly insists on getting an answer out of Ambrose, and plays the footage of that very night when Rollins and Ambrose won a match dedicated to Roman, only to betray everyone. Then the footage cuts to Rollins confronting Ambrose the next night, and Ambrose explaining the next week after that. Ambrose said The Shield only made him weaker. Ambrose would burn his Shield vest, and move on to last week, wearing a gas mask to visualize his disgust for the “vermin” of the WWE Universe. Rollins would attack back, only for Ambrose to beat him down. Back in the present, Ambrose simply says nothing. Will he have the last word after TLC? Will the title come along with it?

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.

The Drifter is in San Diego and plays his guitar. San Diego digs it. Elias isn’t sure if anyone’s heard Bobby Lashley on the radio, but Lashley said he’d take all the sports teams and move them to LA. Fans don’t like that. But what Lashley doesn’t realize is that if San Diego had their way, they wouldn’t let a loser like him perform. Elias would love to perform in the gas lamp district rather than in front of “a bunch of LA trash.” Everyone here knows what Lashley will find out, and that is that WWE stands for “Walk With Elias!” Now Elias considers himself a “pretty good guy”. Hitting children with his guitar is not on his list, but he made an exception for Lio Rush. Elias will teach Lio a lesson, but he has a song to perform. So please silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths.

Elias begins, saying “I’ve been in the air so long, waiting for something to come along. Bring me back down to Earth, keep my feet above the earth. But this life ain’t like no other, oh can you hear me, brother?” Actually hold on, Elias can’t stop thinking about how bad Lashley sucks. Speaking of, here come Lashley & Lio! Lio’s going to make his Raw in-ring debut, next!

 

Lio Rush w/ Bobby Lashley VS Elias!

Raw returns as we wait for a referee. It’s HEATH SLATER! The One Man Band beat his best friend, Rhyno, to stay on Raw, but it wasn’t until after the match that Corbin revealed he’d be staying as a ref. Slater rings the bell and we begin.

Lio and Elias circle, but Elias corners Lio. Lio slips uot and speeds things up. he redirects Elias and ducks under, but then gets caught. Elias flips LIo but LIo lands on his feet. Elias shoves and flapjacks Lio! Lio crawls to a corner but Elias is on him with a wristlock. Elias lifts Lio up and then drops him. Elias grins as he brings Lio up and. Lio sunset flips but Elias picks him right up. Elias says this’ll hurt him more than it hurts Lio, and he tosses Lio across the way! It still looks like it hurts Lio more. Elias smirks as he stalks Lio to a corner. Elias stands Lio up for a chop! Slater counts but Elias whips Lio corner to corner hard! Lio tumbles out in a heap but Elias continues after. Lashley caoches up his hype man but Elias puts Lio back in.

Slater is busy checking on Lio, so Lashley goes after Elias! Elias kicks Lashley off and rocks him with a right! But Lio wrecks Elias with a dropkick! Then a handspring kick! Elias gets back in but Lio ducks and kicks to rock Elias back! Lio whips but Elias reverses. Lio goes up but gets caught into the Electirc Chair. Elias spins Lio around, for the sit-out powerbomb! Cover, but Lashley attacks! Slater hesitates, and tells Lashley to stop. Lashley tells Slater to stand down, because this means Slater’s job. Slater lets Lashley continue, and he gives Elias the SPINEBUSTER! Lashley then helps Lio up, and Lio wants to use Elias’s guitar. Lio grabs it, brings it into the ring, and Slater tries to tell them to stop. Lashley takes the guitar and SMACKS Elias on the back!

Elias writhes, Lio covers, and Lashley makes Slater count. Slater counts, Lio wins.

Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall

The 24 year old piece of gold gets a win, but it was with a lot of help. Will Elias get back at both Lashley & Lio at TLC when it’s someone else refereeing the match? Will Slater be able to live with himself over being bullied into a screw job? Or are these just more signs of what the Corbin Era will be?

 

Baron Corbin finds Heath Slater backstage.

Corbin doesn’t get why Slater’s so down. He did a good job out there. How’s Rhyno doing? Get over how you ended his career. Slater wants to go home, but Corbin says there’s still another match for him to officiate tonight. Is it the match we dread it is?

 

Alexa Bliss heads to the ring!

The Goddess is also Women’s Division manager, and has called for a face-to-face of both champion and challenger for the Raw Women’s Championship. However, the Samoan Dynasty heads to the ring without waiting for any introductions. Nia Jax has wanted after Ronda Rousey for weeks, but she tells Alexa that before we do the questions, she has a statement. “This Sunday, I’m going to become the Raw Women’s Champion.” Fans don’t like the sound of that. And it will be at the direct expense of Ronda. “Getting cracked in the head with those four ounce gloves in the UFC has really done a number on Ronda.” If Ronda had half a mind, which she doesn’t, she’d just give the title over. That way, she can avoid the humiliation that’s coming to her.

Nia knows Ronda is from a world about trash talking to hype things up. Nia doesn’t talk trash. She is a six foot, 300 pound Samoan woman, and Ronda’s worse nightmare. She is the “Anti-Rousey”. And her secret to success? The hand that breaks faces, like Becky Lynch’s. And it only took the one punch. But when the bell rings and Ronda goes Ronda, Nia will punch her in the face. And not just once, but over and over and over, until Ronda gives up. Nia isn’t just the most imposing force in the WWE, she’s also a strategist. Ronda is a world-class judoka, a Strike Force and a UFC champion, so if by chance she avoids this punch to go for the armbar, Nia will open her fist to pry free and then still break Ronda’s face.

This hand took Becky from her fans, and this hand will hold “MY TITLE”, as she erases the myth of Ronda. But speaking of Ronda, here she comes! Ronda isn’t here to talk or pose. She’s here to fight! And Ronda rushes the ring! Alexa, Tamina and Nia clear the ring for the Baddest Woman on the Planet. The Samoan Dynasty flank Ronday, but here comes Ember Moon! The War Goddess still wants after Nia for her betrayal, but she’ll settle for the Daughter of Superfly, next!

 

Ember Moon w/ Ronda Rousey VS Tamina w/ Nia Jax!

Raw returns as Tamina headbutts Ember down. Tamina whips Ember but Ember slips through the hip toss to arm-drag Tamina. Ember then dropkicks Tamina right out of the ring! Fans fire up as Ember builds speed. Nia saves Tamina from the baseball slide, but fans boo and jeer. Ronda comes up to reinforce Ember and stare Nia down. Nia taunts Ronda but Ember keeps after Tamina in the ring. Ember rolls Tamina up, TWO, and Tamina shoves Ember. Things speed up, Ember springboards into a SUPERKICK! Now Ember rolls out of the ring, and Nia wants the count out. Tamina waits as Ember slowly climbs back in. Tamina is right on Ember with a cover, TWO! Nia coaches her cousin up as Tamina bumps Ember off buckles.

Tamina whips Ember corner to corner and crushes her with a corner splash. She snapmares Ember to a cover, TWO! Nia wants a faster count but Ronda rallies the fans. Tamina wraps on a chinlock, but Ember fights her way up. Ember fights back but Tamina wrangles her back down. Tamina squeezes tight but fans still rally. Ember gets up again and fights back. Tamina rocks Ember with an uppercut! Tamina whips Ember again, but misses in the corner. Ember gasps for air but she kicks Tamina away. Ember reaches up to headscissor Tamina! She fights back with kicks now, and sweeps the leg. Ember urns to hit the sliding shot! Cover, TWO! Nia is relieved and Ronda cheers Ember on. Ember runs but into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Nia is surprised.

Tamina whips Ember, Ember goes up to hit a flying code breaker! Ronda cheers Ember on to finish this, but Nia makes a move. Ronda trips Nia up and then throws her over the barriers! Ember dodges Tamina for a hotshot! Ember is back up, and hits the Eclipse! Cover, Ember wins!

Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall

The Rowdy One helps the War Goddess celebrate, and even raises her hand. Will Ronda be able to do the same to Nia at TLC? Or will things be very different for the Baddest Woman on the Planet?

 

Backstage interview with “General Manger Elect” Baron Corbin.

His match is coming up next, just days before the TLC pay-per-view. Isn’t this an abuse of power? That sounds like a loaded question. Is she trying to get shipped off to SmackDown? Just kidding. This is just Corbin accepting a challenge. Corbin wants the fans to see him in a TLC Match, since he won’t be getting one from Strowman this Sunday. But there are rumors- Rumors? Was that from the internet or something? Strowman is a one-armed man after what Corbin did to him. Just imagine how Rollisn will feel after what Corbin does to him. Rollins is getting a taste of what the future holds. And as for the rest of Raw, “All Hail Baron Corbin.”

 

Lars Sullivan speaks.

“What happens this Sunday will be a minor tremor compared to the catastrophic earthquake that will occur when I come to the WWE!” The one of a kind Leviathan is lurking. Is he coming to Raw to shake things up? Or will he go to SmackDown to crush everything in his path?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship TLC Match: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin!

The Architect called the Constable out and the Constable accepted. However, we can already see “General Manager Elect” Corbin is rigging things in his favor as he appoints Heath Slater as the referee! Will Slater be again stuck between a rock and a hard place as Rollins defends his title before Sunday?

Raw returns as Rollins and Corbin make their entrances. The belt hangs high above the ring per championship TLC rules, so all Slater has to do is signal the bell. Rollins and Corbin circle, and Rollins fires off hands! Rollins stomps a mudhole into Corbin, but stops after about a dozen. Corbin kicks back and clubs Rollins back. Corbin whips but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins runs but into a knee. Corbin suplexes Rollins but Rollins knees out. Rollins knees Corbin out of the ring, then goes out after him. Rollins throws more hands and then bumps Corbin off the apron. Fans fire up as Rollins picks up a chair! Rollins brings it but Corbin gets in the ring. Rollins slingshots, but into a haymaker!

Corbin tells Slater to go fetch him a ladder. Slater does as ordered, but Rollins springboards and clotheslines Corbin! Corbin runs off while we go to break.

Raw returns as Corbin keeps Rollins down. Corbin grabs a chair and takes aim. He SMACKS it across Rollins’ back! Fans boo and jeer but Corbin smirks as he SMACKS Rollins again! Corbin stalks Rollins, and stands on him to jam the chair into Rollins’ ribs. Corbin holds the chair up triumphantly despite all the boos. He taunts Rollins to get up, but SMACKS Rollins again. Rollins rolls out and Corbin follows. Corbin brings Rollins up to throw him into barriers! Then into other barriers! Corbin taunts Rollins, then goes for a ladder. He brings the ladder around into the ring, but Rollins dropkicks it into Corbin! Rollins goes out to pick up the ladder and put it in the ring. He leaves Corbin behind to stand the ladder up, but Corbin returns to clobber him!

Corbin stands the ladder up in a corner, and brings Rollins around. Corbin suplexes Rollins into the ladder! It proves just a touch double-edged as Corbin clutches his ear. But Corbin still stands up to wedge a chair in a corner. Corbin goes back to Rollins, drags him up by his hair, and whips Rollins. Rollins reverses but Corbin slides out then in to clobber Rollins again! Fans boo and jeer, but Corbin ignores them all to go for a table. Corbin stands that table up in a corner, then mocks Strowman’s roar. He drags Rollins up to scoop him, and wants his own Monster Slam, but Rollins slips out! Rollins dodges and rocks Corbin with a right! Rollins runs but is tossed out of the ring! Corbin then grabs the ladder to stand it up under the belt! Corbin climbs, but Rollins returns to leap right up!

Rollins fights Corbin down, so Corbin yanks him off. Rollins mule kicks but misses the stomp. Corbin elbows Rollins and then shoves him into the ladder! Both Rollins and ladder fall over, but Corbin isn’t done. Corbin dropkicks Rollins out of the ring! We go to one last break as Corbin watches Rollins writhe.

Raw returns once more, and Rollins leaps at Corbin! Corbin gets under, and hits the Deep Six! But Corbin is down, too, from exhaustion. Fans rally up for Rollins as he and Corbin stir. Corbin is up first, and he brings Rollins back up. Corbin punches Rollins down, and then does it again, and again. Fans boo and jeer as Corbin continues to rain rights. Slater stays back as Corbin watches Rollins stand up. Corbin punches but Rollins counter punches! Rollins fires off chops and haymakers, but Corbin knees low. Corbin whips but Rollins reverses. Corbin slides out then in but misses to get a Pele! He staggers about, but is baited into the chair he set up earlier! Both Rollins and Corbin are down as Slater checks on them.

Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Rollins takes that chair from the corner. Rollins aims at Corbin, and SMACKS him back! And SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS! Rollins keeps on Corbin with that chair for everything Corbin has done. Corbin bails out, but Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Corbin reeling, but Rollins keeps going, to DIVE again! Corbin goes down but Rollins won’t stop. Rollins runs once more, to DIVE, into a CHOKE SLAM through a table!! But Corbin is down from exhaustion again, and Slater checks on them both. Fans admit “This is Awesome!” even if Corbin’s involved. Corbin returns to the ring to stand the ladder up again. He begins the climb, but Rollins is stirring.

Corbin goes up a rung at a time, but Rollins returns to SMACK him with another chair! Rollins SMACKS Corbin off the ladder, but then Corbin dodges and Slater takes the hit!! Corbin clobbers Rollins out of the ring, and rolls out to follow Rollins. Corbin brings Rollins up, but Rollins slips out of End of Days. Rollins dodges to send Corbin into the steel steps! Rollins mule kicks Corbin, then puts him on the table. Fans fire up as Rollins does the math. Rollins climbs a corner, aims at Corbin, and leaps! FROG SPLASH through the table!! Fans are thunderous as Rollins leaves Corbin for dead. Rollins hurries to the ladder and up the rungs. His body is sore but that won’t stop him. Rollins is fingertips away, but Slater grabs the ladder?! Slater needs this job, so he tips the ladder over!!

Fans boo as Slater stands the ladder back up. Slater drags Corbin up and into the ring. Corbin is dead weight as Slater drags him to the ladder. Corbin grins as he sees the title. He climbs, reaches, but Rollins returns!? Rollins hits Slater, then drags Corbin off for a buckle bomb through a table!! Corbin eats wood again, but Slater pleads with Rollins. Rollins SUPERKICKS Slater! Then Rollins stomps, and runs at Corbin, for the Curb Stomp! Rollins scrambles up the ladder, grabs the belt, and takes it off! Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Architect reigns, if only for now. Rollins will have to regroup for TLC, and Ambrose appears to remind him of their coming war. Will Ambrose cure himself of his disgust for Rollins? Or will Rollins #BurnItDown even brighter than before?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another Raw go-home, with another mixed bag of good and bad.  It would seem, after the two incredibly sour weeks, Corbin becomes the kayfabe face for how everyone, even other WWE talent, sees everything from ratings to booking. In the absence of other top Faces, such as Finn Balor from his injury (both kayfabe and possibly real from the South American tour), Rollins takes up the role of being the person to say all this. I’m thinking that this is more damage control than it is elaborate planning from Vince McMahon, but it can still work out in the end. Hopefully now that they’ve called out the things like the pee gag and the Lucha House Rules, we won’t ever have to worry about those again.

The Raw Tag Team Championship handicap match was an interesting choice, and I suppose that means Maverick & AoP can now Freebird the titles, if they get them back. It was a good moment for Roode & Gable to get these titles. This entire time, fans were expecting this team to fall apart when Roode turned on Gable, but I’m actually glad they’re still together this far in. And maybe now we can get things back on track in the Raw Tag Team Division with The Revival being allowed to actually win, the Lucha House Party playing things by normal rules, and maybe AoP ditching Maverick to go back to being independent.

The Women’s Division does a touch better tonight. I was surprised Natty didn’t have a match with a Riott Squad member, but the “Hart-breaking” promo Ruby gives instead at least gives some good story build towards their Tables Match. The Mixed Match Challenge tie-in was done well, and just like the other major players that are also busy at TLC, Finn Balor is out so he can focus on his match with McIntyre. Apollo Crews will make a good replacement, but he’s mostly stepping in by default because there’s almost no one left. This is where I would’ve thrown in Lars Sullivan, but there’s only a route to wasting him if he’s not going to win the Rumble after winning the MMC Finals. Then the championship scene was great, Ember gets a great match with Tamina and Ronda looks ready to retain against Nia.

Ziggler VS McIntyre was a great match, if perhaps just a high-level filler. Hopefully this isn’t the last for these two, we need at least one more go in a fuller feud between them. It was great to see Lio competing on Raw, up until we found out Slater was being made the special referee to then screw Elias over. I also saw Slater being ref for tonight’s main event coming a mile away. Slater will have his moment soon enough, maybe even at TLC PPV. Rollins VS Corbin was pretty great because of Slater’s involvement, too, but obviously Rollins retains. This might all just be a precaution in case Strowman really doesn’t show up at TLC, just as Corbin sarcastically said in his backstage promo. I’m still banking on a Strowman surprise and maybe an all out brawl with the superstars Finn united against Corbin.

My Score: 8/10

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La Parkita, Nino Hamburguesa, and Dinastia vs La Parkita Negra, Arkangel Divino, and Ultimo Maldito

The match starts with chaos. Everybody is doing moves to each other. Mini Parka and Parka Negra get in there and trade moves. Maldito and Hamburger Boy are in next and Hamburger boy hits a shoulder block. Negra hits a reverseranna on Parkita. They team up on Hamburger Boy. Boy counters with a headlock, head scissors take over on Negra and Maldito. Dinastia and Divino are in and Dinastia hits a power slam on him. Negra beats on Dinastia and Parkita works on him. Maldito then works over Parkita. Maldito hits a tiger pile driver on him. Dinastia hits a asai moonsault, then celebrates even though he hit his teammate. Divino does a moonsault off the top. They get everyone seated in the corner and Hamburger Boy does a running senton. Then he goes to the top and splashes them for the win. Hamburger Boy pins Parkita Negra with a top rope splash.

Winners: La Parkita, Nino Hamburguesa, and Dinastia

Starfire and Lady Maravilla vs Mamba and Lady Shani

Shani and Starefire start the match out with some grappling. Maravilla comes in quick to double Shani. Afterwards they double Mamba. Starfire hits a drop kick off the top. Mamba hits a big move on Maravilla and now they’re getting the heat back doubling Starfire. We get back to normalcy in the ring. Shani hits a drop kick on Starfire. She gets to the top and hits a hurricanrana on Shani. Maravilla drop kicks Mamba to the outside and hits a cross body to the outside. Starfire hits a michinoku driver on Shani for a two count. Shani hits the Okada neck breaker and the ref counts slow. Shani argues with the ref and Starfire comes from behind and hits a german suplex for a fast count. Starfire pins Lady Shani with a german suplex and fast count.

Starfire wants a title fight after the match. Not immediately, in the future. They brawl after the match and promo.

Winners: Lady Maravilla and Starfire

Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Myzteziz Jr vs Taurus, Australian Suicide, and Jack Evans

Match starts with Jack Evans and Laredo Kid. Evans gets crotched on the post and Kid drop kicks him. Vikingo and Myzteziz dive to the outside on the others. They triple drop kick Evans in the corner. Kid code breakers Suicide then holds him. Vikingo jumps off Myzteziz and stomps the back of Suicide. Taurus gets Myzteziz on his shoulders then catches Kid for a double fall away slam. Suicide does a press slam into a code breaker on Vikingo. He holds him and Evans hits a 450, then Taurus hits a splash. Taurus holds up Myzteziz, Evans on the top bounces off him and helps Suicide complete his pile driver on Vikingo. Vikingo makes all of them miss corner attacks. He does a moonsault off of Myzteziz and Kid’s hands on the top, then they hit their own moonsault dives after that. Incredible spot, Luchablog has the gif of it on twitter, find it.

Myzteziz hits a Canadian destroyer on Evans but Suicide breaks up the pin. Suicide then does a springboard destroyer to him, but Vikingo breaks up the pin. He does knees to the corner but Taurus breaks up the pin. Taurus shoulder blocks Vikingo and sends him flying. Laredo Kid and Vikingo go for springboard attacks but get pulled out of the ring. Evans then hits an asai moonsault on everyone. They fight on the stage and throw Taurus and Evans off and do dives. Vikingo then does a Spanish Fly on Suicide off the stage on to the rest of them. Evans and Kid are back in the ring. Evans slams him and goes to the top but gets kicked. Laredo Kid hits the Laredo Fly for the win. Laredo Kid pins Jack Evans with the Laredo Fly. 

Winners: Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Myzteziz Jr




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