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- Kalisto & Gran Metalik VS THE Brian Kendrick & Jack Gallagher; Kalisto & Metalik win, by disqualification.
- Hideo Itami VS Colin Delaney; Itami wins.
- Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak w/ Enzo Amore; Alexander wins.
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We have a new #1 Contender to the Cruiserweight Championship!
The Carolina Kid and “Gabba Gulak” fought for the right to fight Enzo Amore down the line on Monday Night Raw. The Cruiserweight Crusader was hoping his Certified G mentor and “best friend” would stay to watch the entirety of this incredible match, but the Bonafide Stud got a DM and needed to search for Nia Jax. This resulted in Cedric Alexander capitalizing and conquering Gulak, to the ‘Zo Train’s dismay. Can Alexander make the most of his “second chance” and take that championship away from the ‘Zo Train’s conductor?
Kalisto & Gran Metalik VS THE Brian Kendrick & Jack Gallagher!
The Lucha Dragon and King of the Ropes have both run into the “cruel winter” the Ungentlemanly Alliance wishes to perpetuate, and now team together to turn it away. Can their Fuego de Lucha cause the coldhearted Kendrick & Gallagher to have a meltdown?
However, The Man with a Plan points them out to Gallagher. “I don’t know about you, Jack, but I sure am surprised to see Metalik out here.” Jack & Kendrick had no problem with Metalik, until Metalik interfered with their business. “Mr. Metalik,” Gallagher adds, “just ask your compadre what happens when you stick your nose in our business.” It is a tightrope walk, and when you slip and fall, you will wonder if helping Kalisto was worth it.
The match begins with Kalisto and Kendrick, they circle and tie-up. Kendrick gets the hammerlock, Kalisto spins and flips to reverse, wrenching it in deep. Kalisto brings Kendrick to his knees but Kendrick spends around to reverse to a high keylock. Kendrick wrenches and bends Kalisto but Kalisto spins then cartwheels to break free. The two circle again, Kendrick kicks low then chops, Kalisto chops back then kicks back, Kendrick gives a forearm before backing Kalisto into a corner. Kendrick chops away, then throws Kalisto but Kalisto cartwheels to stay on his feet. Kalisto kicks back on Kendrick again, whips but is reversed, Kalisto kicks Kendrick away to then run and headscissor Kendrick down. Tag to Metalik, who kicks Kendrick’s arm before whipping him corner to corner, to which Kendrick reverses. Metalik tumbles to the apron before kicking Kendrick away and climbing up top. He takes aim, walks the tightrope, then jumps for a big crossbody!
Metalik keeps going, handspring but Kendrick dodges, fireman’s carry but Kendrick fights his way out, tag to Gallagher then a boot for Metalik. Gallagher storms right over to Metalik, he and Kendrick both whip Metalik corner to corner. Metalik walks the ropes to then give Gallagher a missile dropkick! Kendrick returns, Metalik boots him out. Kalisto joins Metalik in the ring, they take aim and double FLY!
Metalik & Kalisto take Gallagher & Kendrick down respectively, fans echo “Lucha! Lucha!” while Metalik and Kalisto get back up. Kendrick goes after Metalik only to get a mule kick in the head! Metalik climbs up, Gallagher trips him up and he ends up in a Tree of Woe, Gallagher gives a dropkick to Metalik’s exposed knee! The ref counts while Gallagher stomps, Gallagher backs off at 4. Kendrick revives and gets a cheap shot by stretching Metalik back. Kalisto protests, the referee has to hold him back, Gallagher pulls Metalik out of the Tree and into a toehold. Metalik endures the wrench, Gallagher adds a knee drop onto it, then wrenches even deeper. Gallagher keeps up the torture on Metalik’s leg, Kalisto gets the fans rallying. Metalik fights with his free leg, Gallagher yanks on the bad leg then tags Kendrick. Kendrick gives a kick right to Metalik’s bad leg, then pulls on it more in a modified single-leg Boston Crab.
Kalisto cheers Metalik on as he continues to endure, then starts up another rally from the fans. Metalik uses that energy to get up, Kendrick drags him over to give an elbow drop into the hip. Kendrick keeps pressure on the ankle, Metalik endures as he fights out with haymakers. Metalik stands and runs, but Kendrick brings him down with a back drop. Cover, TWO, Kendrick drags Metalik all the way to his corner to tag Gallagher. Kendrick anchors Metalik with a grapevine while Gallagher knocks Kalisto off the apron. The referee reprimands Gallagher, but Gallagher returns to beating up Metalik’s leg. Kalisto returns to protest but the referee keeps him back. Gallagher eggs Kalisto on before tagging Kendrick back in. Kendrick keeps Metalik isolated in the Ungentlemanly corner, wrenching that leg on the ropes before hoisting him up to the top rope. Kendrick uses the ropes on that leg again, backs off then returns to using the ropes. Metalik fights back, knocking Gallagher off the apron before, on one leg, giving Kendrick a SUPER Bulldog!
Metalik crawls while Kalisto starts up another “Lucha! Lucha!” chant. Kendrick crawls, too, hot tag to Gallagher, Gallagher drags Metalik away. Metalik kicks Gallagher away, hot tag to Kalisto! Springboard seated senton for Gallagher, SUPERKICK for Kendrick, then he runs at them both for a handspring double arm-drag!
Kalisto fires up then unloads kicks before giving Gallagher the Spike-Rana! Gallagher is dazed, Kalisto starts up “Lucha! Lucha!” Kalisto wants but Gallagher denies the Salida, Gallagher shoves Kalisto at Kendrick but Kalisto kicks Kendrick down. Kalisto climbs up and hits Gallagher with the “dragon roll” corkscrew crossbody! Salida Del Sol!
Kendrick breaks the cover just in time! He stomps Kalisto in anger now, the referee tries to restore order but cannot, Kendrick is disqualified. That doesn’t matter to Kendrick, he goes right after Metalik, too! Kendrick brings Kalisto up, for Gallagher’s Extraordinary Headbutt!
Then they throw Kalisto right into a post! Kalisto tumbles out to the ground, Gran Metalik is next. They go to the outside, and Gallagher rains down rights while Kendrick prepares the steel steps. The Ungentlemanly Alliance drags Metalik over, the referee shouts for them to stop, but they do not. Metalik’s leg is trapped between steel steps and ring post. Gallagher pins Metalik down using his umbrella while Kendrick dropkicks the steps, crushing Metalik’s leg!
Metalik yells in pain, but now Gallagher wants a turn. Kendrick goes after Metalik, but referee reinforcements back them off. It doesn’t matter, the damage is done. Has the “cruel winter” come to stay?
Cruiserweight Champion, Enzo Amore, talks with The ‘Zo Train.
Tonight’s 205 Live was meant to be a night of celebration. Instead, the Certified G is doing Bonafide Damage Control, because of Gulak’s failure! They had ONE JOB, and that was to keep Cedric Alexander from being the next one in line for Enzo’s Cruiserweight Championship! Drew Gulak owns up, it is his fault and only his fault. Ariya Daivari is also willing to put blame on Gulak. Daivari is not off the hook in Enzo’s eyes. Gulak says he can make up for his loss with a win over Alexander tonight. That’s so convincing, Drew. But Gulak vows to “ground Alexander for good.” Speak up, Drew. Tonight, a #Better205 Live begins “in earnest” as Gulak “utterly annihilates Cedric Alexander!” That’s more like it. And Daivari, you’re on the ‘Zo Train, too. Start showing some passion.
Hideo Itami VS Colin Delaney!
The Innovator of the GTS had his main-roster debut on Raw, and now he has his 205 Live debut against the WWE ECW superstar known for his durability and not much else. Can Delaney tough it out or will he #GoToSleep?
The bell rings, the fans sing “Itami’s gonna kill~ you!” Delaney still puts on a headlock, Itami powers out, Delaney ducks one kick but gets hit by the second and then the third! Itami stalks Delaney before kicking him sharply in the back. Itami shouts “Respect me!” before stalking Delaney in the corner. Delaney takes a sharp chop, but reverses the corner to corner whip. Itami boots Delaney back and hops up, tornado hotshot! Itami then climbs up and takes aim, flying clothesline! He’s fired up now, and punishes Delaney with sharp strikes and a skateboard dropkick! That’s not all, Itami lifts Delaney up for his move, the GTS!
Delaney is out, Itami wins! Swift and devastating, it may be only a matter of time before Itami makes the entire Cruiserweight Division to show him respect.
205 Live looks back on the events of last week.
Enzo Amore returned to take charge of his ‘Zo Train, and was upset that it was going off the rails under Drew Gulak’s guidance. However, The Premier Athlete, Tony Nese, spoke up to him. The Cruiserweight Champion would not stand for being talked back to, he made an example of out Nese. In other words, Enzo sent a message with the help of “Daivari Dinero” and beat down Nese in the middle of the ring. Gulak protested, saying this was not the way The ‘Zo Train should be treating it’s own. Enzo dared Gulak to pick a side and do something, and in the end, Gulak chose to stay aboard the ‘Zo Train by beating Nese down, too. Is the ‘Zo Train falling apart at the seams?
Backstage interview with Enzo Amore.
Can he please elaborate on why he had The ‘Zo Train gang up on Tony Nese? He sure can. “When you’re a Certified G, your word is your bond.” Enzo promised the ‘Zo Train a learning experience, and he gave one. But now Cedric Alexander appears.
Alexander sees Enzo as “the man who can’t be taught anything, but insists on preaching and teaching to everyone around.” Wow, Mr. Second Chance wants to have a word with First Place. “When you’re a Real One, you don’t need a second chance, because you just get the job done.” Does Enzo really believe that? If he did, he wouldn’t need The ‘Zo Train to get the job done for him. In Enzo’s fantasy world, he’s the “real one”, but the reality is, there’s only one word to describe him. Alexander’s right, that one word is “champion.” Will that one word still describe Enzo for much longer?
Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak w/ Enzo Amore!
“Gabba Gulak” failed to win on Raw, but vows to even the score tonight. Can he get back in Enzo’s good graces? Or will Alexander add to his momentum?
Enzo hands off the mic, Gulak reminds the WWE Universe that he doesn’t allow chanting. Fans boo and jeer while Gulak thanks Enzo. Gulak notes that normally he’d have a well-prepared PowerPoint Presentation for a #Drewtopian 205 Live, which would include removing high-flying show-offs like Cedric Alexander. However, as the saying goes, “there’s a time for clip-art, and there’s a time for action.” Make no mistake, you cannot be taught how to be a Certified G or Bonafide Stud. However, Gulak’s mentor and “best friend”, Enzo Amore, proves you can be taught that “now is the time for action.” The only PowerPoint tonight is when Gulak overpowers the bonehead Alexander and drives home the point that “Nobody messes with the ‘Zo Train!”
Enzo stays at ringside, the bell rings, Alexander and Gulak circle while trash talking. Gulak powers Alexander to ropes and grinds forearms into Alexander’s face, the referee counts but Alexander pushes Gulak away. The two circle and tie up again, now Alexander puts Gulak on the ropes. Alexander returns the forearm grinding, then dares Gulak to bring it. They tie up a third time, Alexander gets control, Enzo calls for a clean break. Alexander honors it but Gulak doesn’t, he kicks Alexander low and elbows him in the head. Gulak keeps on Alexander with a stomp in the corner, Alexander chops back, Gulak slaps Alexander into sitting down. Gulak then stomps a mudhole into Alexander, Enzo trash talks. Alexander revives to give a forearm strike, Gulak gives some back, including knee strikes. Gulak suplexes Alexander, float over, TWO. Enzo tells Gulak to keep on him and “get that money.” Gulak goes after Alexander’s leg with elbow drops and a toehold, Enzo likes that. Alexander endures the torque, and uses his free leg to kick Gulak, but Gulak just adds a knee drop to the knee before putting on that toehold again. Alexander grabs Gulak in a chinlock, Enzo wants Gulak to snap the ankle. Gulak stands up, Alexander stands with him and gives forearms, Gulak slaps and headbutts Alexander. Alexander shoves, rolls, handspring headscissors and dropkick! Alexander keeps on Gulak with stomps, then drags Gulak up for chops. He gives Gulak a European Uppercut, then a forearm, Gulak uses ropes for safety. The referee backs Alexander up, Gulak boots Alexander down. Gulak throws hands again, slapping and chopping Alexander on the ropes. The referee tries to keep Gulak back but Gulak boots Alexander out of the ring. The referee reprimands Gulak for his aggression, then begins a count. Gulak slips out and around to Alexander for chops against the barrier. Enzo argues with the ref, Gulak knows the rules. Gulak brings Alexander up to throw him into a post! Enzo loves what he sees as Gulak brings Alexander up again. Alexander throws hands and kicks, Gulak headbutts Alexander’s stomach before putting him in the ring. Gulak puts Alexander in a chinlock, wanting to grind Alexander down. Enzo keeps talking trash, Alexander gets up but Gulak knees and snapmares him back down to a cover, TWO. Gulak puts Alexander in a standing armbar, to torture the shoulder.
Enzo does not stop talking, Alexander slips out and rocks Gulak with forearms and chops. Alexander clotheslines Gulak over and over in a corner, then throws Gulak corner to corner for a big jumping knee strike!
He doesn’t stop there, he rallies on Gulak now, and Enzo panics. Gulak bails out, Alexander FLIES!
Alexander’s heels hit Gulak right in the head, Gulak goes down. Enzo is shocked, Alexander brings Gulak up and into the ring. Alexander takes aim, making sure Enzo sees the springboard clothesline connect! Cover, TWO, Enzo is relieved. Gulak sits up, still dazed from just a moment ago. Enzo shouts for Gulak to get up already. Alexander helps him up then lifts him up, but Gulak reverses to a sunset flip! TWO, into Alexander’s high stack, TWO, Gulak gets the takedown and jackknife, Alexander bridges up. They spin around for the backslide, Gulak blocks and breaks free. Gulak fakes Alexander out and then clobbers him with a big lariat!
Cover, TWO, and Enzo is shocked. Enzo coaches Gulak and starts up a rally. Gulak gets to his feet and limps over to Alexander. Gulak brings Alexander up, but Alexander blocks the suplex. Alexander tries but Gulak blocks. Gulak lifts Alexander up over the top, Alexander lands on the apron and forearms Gulak away. With Gulak dazed, Alexander steps in and hits the springboard complete shot!
Cover, TWO! Enzo demands Gulak get up and finish this, but Alexander is the one that fires up with the rally. Gulak grabs a leg, and wrenches in an Ankle Lock. Alexander reaches but Gulak drags him away and into the “Gulak Grip”!
Alexander endures, drags himself to ropes, Gulak rolls him into the bow & arrow variation. Gulak traps one arm, but Alexander uses the other to get the ropebreak. Gulak fires himself up as Enzo keeps talking. Alexander enziguris Gulak down and out! Alexander fetches Gulak at the apron and drags him to the top rope. Gulak fights back with body shots, headbutts Alexander down, then realizes he’s on the top rope. Enzo reminds Gulak that he hates the top rope and should therefore get off the top rope. Gulak stands on wobbly legs as he steps in. Alexander runs in, blocks the boot, then yanks Gulak off the top and into the Lumbar Check!!
Alexander wins again! The Carolina Kid is 2-0 on Gulak, and he grins right at Enzo.
Enzo locks eyes with his #1 contender as Alexander claims he’ll soon own the title. Enzo drops down to be by Gulak’s side, daring Alexander to come get some of “the best in the world.” Alexander dares Enzo to get in the ring with him, but Enzo talks more trash from the apron. Instead, Ariya Daivari appears in the ring!
Daivari confidently spins Alexander around, only to suffer the Lumbar Check himself!
Alexander tells Enzo “Your turn! Get in here now!” Enzo thinks not, he and The ‘Zo Train regroup and retreat. Enzo can’t avoid Alexander forever, will the ‘Zo Train finally derail during their Cruiserweight Championship match?
This was a good episode, overall. I expected the tag team match of Kalisto-Metalik & Gallagher-Kendrick, I enjoyed the tag team match for action and story, but I did not expect it to end the way it did. The Ungentle Men injuring Metalik was definitely in character, but now it brings things back to square one. Who is Kalisto to team with if Metalik is out? I know Lince Dorado is still signed but the way he’s been used, it seems unlikely he can help overcome the cruelty of Kendrick & Gallagher. Obviously Itami wins his 205 Live debut, he needs to come into the Cruiserweight Division as a strong and fearsome force. And at least Colin Delaney is consistent, he was the ultimate jobber in WWE ECW and he’s that again in 205 Live. Itami must wait for the title since it is tied up with Enzo and Alexander, but it wouldn’t take much for Itami to return to being Heel if he were to go against Alexander.
Speaking of, Alexander wins because it is part of the plan. He looks strong heading into the title match while The ‘Zo Train appears to be losing control. There is still a chance Gulak turns Face, given that Enzo might continue to harp on him for his failings. Gulak either snaps on Enzo and quits the ‘Zo Train, or tries and fails to help Enzo cheat Alexander, causing Alexander to win in the end. Either way, Gulak plays a pivotal role in the Cruiserweight Championship match and could still find his way to the title even after he is no longer part of The ‘Zo Train.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/20/21)
Will Raw ACKNOWLEDGE the Tribal Chief?
The New Day takes on the Bloodline for a massive Monday Night Raw!
It’s a powerful Six Man Tag as WWE World Champion, Big E, reunites with Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods in the ring against the champions of SmackDown! Will the Power of Positivity stop the Tribal Chief & The Usos from asserting their dominance?
- Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Bloodline; The Bloodline wins.
- Eva Marie VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Niven wins.
- Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Orton wins.
- Shayna Bazler VS Nia Jax; Baszler wins.
- Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo; Garza & Carrillo win.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina VS Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H; Rhea & Nikki win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Best Laid Plans: Reggie retains the title.
- WWE United States Championship Opportunity: Jeff Hardy VS Sheamus; Hardy wins and joins the title match at Extreme Rules.
- Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Big E VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman; Reigns wins.
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Awww~ NC State!
Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your REUNITED New Day, from Kofi Kingston to Xavier Woods to the NEW WWE World Champiooon~, and FEEL~ the POWAAAH~! That’s right, it’s time to celebrate! Woods, Kofi and Big E head to the ring together once again and everyone is fired up for that! Big E soaks in the moment as fans chant his name, and then move to “You Deserve It!” Big E says they’re the best for that, and then says that today isn’t November 25th, but he is still going to give thanks. Thanks to the fans who chanted “New Day Rocks,” and even those who once said, “New Day Sucks.” Big E forgives them.
Big E is also thankful to those who supported him as he climbed the ladder to grab the Money in the Bank briefcase, and he is beyond grateful to all those who lost their minds when Big E became the NEW WWE Champion. Big E is grateful tot hem below the Heavens, and one incredible friend above. Fans chant for Brodie, but Big E says the celebration is going to be cut a little short, because there’s some town business! That business is with the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, the Usos, and of course “their little friend, their cousin, the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, Roman Reigns.”
But Raw is the NEW DAY’s show! Tonight, they shall send the Bloodline packing! And do you know why? Fans are excited to hear, “BECAAUSE!” “New! Day Rocks! New! Day Rocks!” But speak his name and he shall appear, ROMAN REIGNS makes his entrance. He and the Usos hold up their belts for the pyro while fans are torn on how they feel seeing them. Roman has Heyman holding the belt as he leads the way down the ramp, and that golden glove has been replaced with a red one. The Bloodline then stands face to face with the New Day, holding up the belts for another round of pyro. But Big E holds up his belt in response as he stares Roman down. The battle is about to begin, after the break!
Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Bloodline!
Raw returns and Kofi starts with Jimmy at the bell. They tie up, Jimmy headlocks but Kofi powers out, only for Jimmy to run him over. Jimmy gets on the corner to boast, “Bloodline!” Roman talks trash but Kofi gets up and shrugs it off. Kofi waistlocks Jimmy, headlocks then hammerlocks then headlocks again. Kofi wrenches, whips but Jimmy reverses. Jimmy runs in to monkey flip but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi dropkicks Jimmy down, cover, TWO! Kofi keeps Jimmy from the corner and snapmares him to tag in Woods. Speed combo of Penalty Kick and SLIDING LARIAT, to Kofi’s rebound SPLASH, and Woods’ second rope ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!
Woods keeps on Jimmy and bumps him off the buckle. Tag to Big E and fans fire up as Big E runs in to CLOBBER Jimmy! Cover, TWO! Tag to Woods, Woods climbs up as Big E wrenches, Woods drops double ax handles. Woods wrenches but Jimmy headbutts and uppercuts! Jimmy RAMS into Woods, Jey tags in and he DECKS Woods with an uppercut! Jey talks trash to Woods, gets him up and scoop SLAMS him! Heyman talks trash, “I bet that hurt!” Jey pushes Woods around, talks more trash, then whips Woods to ropes. Woods ducks and Kofi tags in. Woods shoves Jey into Kofi’s shoulder! Schoolboy to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Kofi keeps on Jey with an armlock, wrench but Jey ROCKS Kofi with a right! Jey brings Kofi over, tags to Jimmy and they mug Kofi. Jimmy tags Jey back in, the Usos mug Kofi again, then Jimmy shoves Kofi down. Jey brings Kofi back up in a facelock to whip to the Bloodline corner, but Kofi DECKS Jimmy! Kofi dodges Jey and he hits buckles, but Roman tags in! Kofi fires off kicks on Jey and whips, but Jey reverses. Kofi dodges but Roman trips him up, drags him out and bounces him off the announce desk! Then POSTS him! Roman gets Kofi up and TOSSES him over the desk! The Bloodline is fired up and dares the New Day to do something as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Jey has Kofi down. Jey brings Kofi up, throws a heavy uppercut, and Kofi ends up in the corner. Jey runs corner to corner, but Kofi pops him up and over! Jey can’t hold on and he falls to the floor, clutching an arm! Kofi crawls, Jimmy calls to his brother, and Jey gets in to tag Jimmy! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Woods down! Jimmy says it’s done, then he grabs at Kofi. Kofi slides underneath, reaches out but Jimmy keeps him away! Jimmy reels Kofi into a knee, whips him to a corner but Kofi goes up and up and DOUBLE STOMPS Jimmy down! Fans are thunderous as they rally for “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi and Jimmy crawl, hot tags to Roman and Big E!
Roman slows his roll as Big E steps in the ring with him. Fans go nuts as we get world champion against universal champion, and the hands start flying! Back and forth, forearm for forearm, but then Big E ducks one to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then ANOTHER! Roman is sputtering, but getting pissed, too! But he still runs into the Belly2Belly! Big E runs but has to clothesline Jey out first! Roman gets Big E for a BIG Urenage! Cover, TWO! Roman is surprised but he focuses as he goes to the corner. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in but into a clinch! ANOTHER Belly2Belly, then the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps and fans join in again, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”
Big E watches Roman, scoops him up, but Roman slips off. Jimmy runs in but is thrown out! Woods tags in, Big E gives Kofi a boost to FLY! Kofi takes out the Usos! Big E sees Roman but gets a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Woods dares Roman to bring it, and Roman runs into a GAMANGIRI! GET OVER- NO! Roman throws the DDT away to UPPERCUT! Woods SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives, and here comes BOBBY LASHLEY! He SPEARS Big E, then hoists Kofi up to fireman’s carry! Lashley POSTS Kofi! Then Lashley CLOBBERS Jimmy, and he RAMS Jey into steel steps! The Rocky Mountain Machine has made his wrath felt, but Woods still has to watch for Roman! SPEAR!! Cover, The Bloodline wins!
Winners: The Bloodline, by pinfall
The Tribal Chief survives because the All Mighty gave him an assist. But then Lashley SPEARS Roman!! Lashley did all this for Lashley and no one else! And then Lashley aims at Big E again, to SPEAR him through the timekeeper’s area! After decimating the top of both brands, will Lashley look to tear everything apart until HE is back on top of the WWE?
Bobby Lashley storms into management’s office.
He tells Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville that if Roman isn’t done with Big E, neither is he! Lashley says Big E comes out after Lashley had one of the biggest matches of his career against Randy Orton, cashing in when Lashley was obviously hurt! Look at his knee! It’s hurt! “Oh, big guy!” Then Big E goes to SmackDown, and there’s this New Day reunion, all this other stuff! Raw is about LASHLEY, the REAL WWE Champion! Give him a match with Big E 1v1, he’d win every time. Give him a match with Roman Reigns 1v1, he’d beat him every time! Both of them together, no problem! This is the All Mighty Era and it never stops!
Adam and Sonya are speechless, so Lashley leaves. What decision will management have to address the statement Lashley made?
WWE has a medical update on MVP.
After the RKO he took last week, Montel Vontavius Porter is nursing an injured rib and will be out for an indefinite time. What devastation will Lashley unleash without his advisor by his side?
Matt Riddle talks with Randy Orton backstage.
Riddle saved up to get match headsets so they can listen to the same Spotify playlists. You never know what’ll happen with the WWE Draft coming, after all. And Riddle also made a special playlist for Randy to prepare for his match with AJ Styles. Orton takes his headset off and Riddle says that’s fine, they can jam out later. But maybe Orton needs some of Riddle’s world famous motivational speaking. Riddle knows Orton is hurting on the outside, as well as deep in his heart, from losing to Bobby Lashley. “But bro, you’re a Viper, you’re an Apex Predator! You’re a Legend Killer! You’re Randy Orton, bro! Skipper doesn’t stand a chance against you!”
Riddle starts wondering what his spirit animal be. Orton’s a viper, Styles is a Pitbull and Omos is a lion. Maybe Riddle’s a mongoose. Riddle remembers going on safari and he saw a lion get trampled by wildebeest! Orton asks if Riddle is confusing his real-life with the movie, The Lion King. No, this was a true story! It was all outta nowhere, just like Orton with that RKO to MVP. But Riddle saw it, the lion was shoved off a cliff- Orton wants Riddle to keep Omos busy with the safari story. Sure! Okay, and while he’s doing that, Orton will do his best to break Styles’ ribs, just like to MVP. Sound like a plan? Yeah!
And after thinking about it, Orton says the headphones are cool, so he thanks Riddle. Riddle says “You’re welcome,” and then jams out to Orton’s theme song.
Eva Marie VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!
First, the #EvaLution gets pummeled without the bell ever ringing. Then, Eva legitimately loses, after getting pummeled again. Is Eva ever going to learn that she’s been #Doudropped like a bad habit? Or will the third time be the charm for Piper?
Raw returns as Doudrop makes her entrance. The bell rings and Eva gets a mic. “So, I have to say, I am not one for shaming or any negativity but… Look at me, look at me again, and look at you.” Fans cheer because Piper’s just fine! Eva says she’s put together and Piper’s a mess. “Girls like you can never beat women like me.” Piper doesn’t care about any of that, and she chases Eva out of the ring! Eva dares Piper to chase her, Piper chases Eva, but it’s all cat ‘n’ mouse as Eva is trolling Piper. Piper says Eva will get it soon enough, but the chase continues. Piper promises she has a punch waiting for Eva, and then she lets Eva have space to get in, only to pounce!
Piper thrashes Eva around but Eva rakes eyes! Eva throws forearms but Piper just gets pissed! Eva runs, but leaps into Piper’s arms! POWERSLAM, then a BACK SENTON! Piper runs to BASEMENT SPLASH! Cover, Piper wins again!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall
Three weeks in a row, twice on record, Piper stands tall over Eva and dances the night away! Will Eva finally Doudrop the issue? Or will Piper gladly crush her a fourth time?
Management makes calls but Big E barges in.
Big E wants Bobby AND Roman tonight! “Make it happen!!” The demands keep on coming, will management give in?
Management is making more calls.
They’re trying to reassure the higher ups that things are going fine, but then Paul Heyman walks in and mocks their chatter. But he wants them to indulge him: Lashley gets up in the face of those who run the show, bitches and moans and then Big E does the same, stripping them of all their authority. Heyman won’t do such a thing. He won’t bitch ‘n’ moan because he doesn’t have to. Heyman carries an order from the Tribal Chief! Pearce stops Heyman there but Sonya has them calm down. This is coming from all sides, so here’s what’s happening: A TRIPLE THREAT match, Lashley VS Big E VS Roman. And so Heyman can tell Roman that it is official. Heyman says he’ll do just that, and wishes them a great Monday night.
Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!
RKBRO may not even have a Raw Tag Team Championship match at Extreme Rules now that MVP is out and Lashley’s attention is on the top titles. But will the Viper make sure the Phenomenal One doesn’t fill that vacancy with a win here tonight?
Raw returns and AJ Styles makes his entrance, his towering tag partner right behind him. The bell rings and Riddle fires the fans up for “Randy! Randy!” as he circles with Styles. They tie up, Orton headlocks and he grinds Styles down to the mat. Styles makes it a cover, ONE! Orton grinds the hold harder and pushes Styles down to a lateral press, ONE! Styles gets away and Orton watches him closely. Styles tells Riddle to shut it before even starting or he’ll get smacked. Orton and Styles tie up again, Styles wrenches to wristlock and pulls on the fingers. Orton rolls, wrenches through and wristlocks in return.
Orton grinds Styles’ elbow now and then twists the wrist to a hammerlock. Styles reaches, gets a ropebreak, but Orton lets go at the ref’s count of 4. Orton backs away and fans cheer while Styles shakes out the arm. Styles and Orton circle, Styles kicks low and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Styles whips corner to corner, runs in but Orton dodges! No RKO just yet as Styles shoves Orton away! Orton wants Omos to confirm how close that was but Omos says that was nothing. Orton and Styles circle, Orton kicks low and suplexes! Cover, ONE! Orton stomps Styles’ hand, then his foot. Orton keeps stomping Styles piece by piece, then strikes the pose. Riddle joins in and fans cheer.
Orton scrapes his laces on Styles’ face, then stomps him right on the head! Cover, TWO! Orton looms over Styles and lines up a shot. But Omos trips Styles up to prevent the punt! Orton points that out to the ref but Omos defends his own innocence. The ref knows better and he EJECTS Omos! Styles is shocked and Riddle sings, “Nana na na” with the fans. But Omos CLOBBERS Riddle with a European Uppercut! Then Styles KNEES Omos out of the ring to get even! Styles then slingshots to FOREARM Orton down! Styles and Omos fire up, and Styles assures Omos he can handle this. Omos leaves as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Orton throws hands on Styles! Orton kicks but Styles blocks to spin him around and CHOP BLOCK! Styles then toeholds and drops knees on the knee! Orton clutches his leg, drags himself to a corner but Styles is after him. Styles digs his heel in but lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally for Orton but Styles gets Orton’s leg. Orton throws hands then boots Styles away! Styles dodges Orton’s clothesline but runs right into buckles! The ref checks on Styles but he’s alright. Orton comes back and rallies with big clotheslines! Styles staggers into a corner, Orton hits another clothesline! Orton climbs up and rains down fists! Fans count to 4 but Styles trips Orton up!
Styles fireman’s carries but Orton slips off to ROCK him with more haymakers! Orton EuroUppers Styles to a corner, then fans fire up as Orton gets his bad leg moving. But Styles KICKS that leg! Styles runs but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Orton seethes but Riddle says he’s that close! Orton puts Styles in a corner, hoists him up top and then throws more haymakers. Orton then climbs up to join Styles, but Styles slips to the outside, only for Orton to CLOBBER him down! Styles is in a daze, Orton drags him up through ropes! But Styles HOTSHOTS Orton first! Orton gasps and sputters while Styles takes aim from the apron! PHENOMENAL-
NO! Orton catches Styles in the cravat, but Styles hurries to turn RKO into SLEEPER! Styles is a backpack on Orton but Orton grits his teeth as he stays up. Orton RAMS Styles into buckles and is free! Orton gasps for air gain as he gets away, but he returns to get a BOOT! Styles hops up, reels Orton in, but Orton denies the DDT with a shove! Styles staggers up into a clinch, and Orton shows some power with an EXPLODER! Riddle likes that one, that was like his Brosploder! Cover, TWO! Orton has a bloody scratch on his eyebrow but he’s still feeling good as he looms over Styles. Fans rally behind “Randy! Randy!” and Riddle coaches Orton on.
Orton gets Styles up, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, PELE included! Orton goes down, Styles covers, TWO! Styles grows a bit frustrated but he gets Orton back up. Styles reels Orton in and calls for it, but Orton back drops! Styles sunset flips, Orton sits on it, TWO! Styles SLIDING FOREARMS Orton down! Styles goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Orton survives because Styles ain’t the Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla! Styles goes to the apron and takes aim again. Orton stands, Styles sees Riddle and takes a swing! Riddle avoids the kick, Orton storms over but into a forearm! Styles springboards but he fakes Orton out! They each point at each other with that one!
Styles slingshots in but into a kick! Orton has Styles in the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the voices, RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
Riddle is fired up for his bro as Orton strikes Styles down! With the Phenomenal One cleared out of the way, who steps up in the Raw Tag Division to go after RKBRO?
Shayna Bazler VS Nia Jax!
The Queen of Spades and Irresistible Force were always a dysfunctional duo united by their success, but now they’re each only concerned about their own success. The former women’s tag team champions do battle, but who comes out the better half?
Raw returns and Shayna makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two stare down. Shayna paces but Nia is like a statue. Then they start talking trash, and Nia says, “I hate you! You were nothing without me!” Shayna tells Nia to shut up and says that SHE was always the one! They start shoving, but then Nia fireman’s carries! But then she lets Shayna down to make a point of how easy it was! Nia says she’s the winner here, but Shayna fires off kicks! Nia ROCKS Shayna, scoops her, then hits a SHOULDER BREAKER! Cover, ONE, and Shayna gets to a corner. Nia runs in and SPLASHES! Nia pie faces, Shayna pie faces back! The hands start flying, Nia RAMS into Shayna!
Shayna comes back with muay thai knees! And a ROUNDHOUSE! Nia wobbles, Shayna KNEES her again, then ROUNDHOUSES her down! Nia sits up in a daze but Shayna KNEES her again! Then a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Shayna is a backpack as Nia gets up but Shayna shifts to kick away on an arm! Shayna puts the clutch back on but Nia powers up, only to fall back! Shayna squeezes tight, Nia shouts and sputters, she is OUT!! Shayna wins!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission
Shayna seems to show a hint of remorse having to do that to a former tag partner. But then she PUNTS Nia off the apron! The Queen of Spades considers what to do next, and she gets Nia up to kick away on the arm again. Shayna pulls steel steps apart, gives Nia a KICK to the face, then has her down on the steps. Shayna isolates Nia’s arm, puts it through one of the hand holds, and despite the ref saying no, Shayna STOMPS the arm!! Nia writhes and cries in pain as she clutches her wrist, but Shayna gets the arm and isolates it on the steps! Nia begs for mercy and Shayna is conflicted again. But Shayna STOMPS the arm anyway!!
Nia is screaming in agony and referees hurry out with medics. Fans are stunned as Shayna is unsure how to feel about this herself. But is this how the Queen of Spades is going to play the game in order to reach the Raw Women’s Championship?
Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo!
While the Star of Saudi Arabia and The Beacon are still trying to get on the same page, it seems the cousins of the Garza lucha familia are finally seeing things eye to eye! Will the dysfunction fix itself tonight? Or will nothing defeat this handsome and debonair duo now that they’re united?
The teams sort out and Garza starts with Ali. They tie up, Ali waistlocks but Garza headlocks. Ali powers out, things speed up and Ali hurdles into Garza’s dropkick! Garza tears away the pants and throws them at Ali! Tag to Carrillo, they double whip and double hip toss to a rebound FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps cool as he looms over Ali. Carrillo stands Ali up to CHOP, snapmare and clam on a chinlock. Ali endures the knee in his back and Mansoor coaches him up. Ali fights up, throws body shots but Carrillo throws him down hard! Carrillo SLAPS Ali, brings him around and suplexes. Ali slips out, waistlocks, but Carrillo switches.
Ali goes to the corner to buck Carrillo, then leaps for the TORNADO DDT! Both men are down, hot tags to Garza and Mansoor! Mansoor rallies, whips but Garza reverses, only for Mansoor to BOOT and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Mansoor as he runs in to clothesline Garza! Tag to Ali and he goes up, DOUBLE STOMP BACK SUPLEX! Cover, but Carrillo breaks it! Mansoor throws Carillo out and slides, but Carrillo gets under to RAM Mansoor into barriers! Ali slides out to RAM Carrillo into barriers! But Garza goes out to POST Ali! Garza tells Ali that nothing beats familia, and he puts Ali in the ring.
Tag to Carrillo, he fires up as he stretches Ali in a LAST CHANCERY! Garza runs and adds a basement dropkick to it!! Carrillo covers, the familia wins!
Winners: Humberto Carrillo & Angel Garza, by pinfall
The lucha libre bloodline get a powerful first victory! Will they surge up the rankings towards those Raw Tag Team Championships soon enough?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina VS Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H!
The challengers walk out first and have mics to address the crowd. Before they face the champions tonight with the titles on the line, they wanted to talk to the WWE Universe about Conner’s Cure. Fans cheer for that one and Rhea says young Conner inspired us all to join the fight against pediatric cancer. Over the years, the WWE and Conner’s Cure have raised millions of dollars to fight that fight. Rhea gets a bit emotional as she says the charity has worked with the V Foundation to invest and fundraise all this money to help find the answer to pediatric cancer. And there’s still so much work to be done.
They have the honor and privilege of competing in the ring, but they wanted to do two things with the fans. Firstly, they’re dedicating this match to the kids, to everyone that’s been affected by pediatric cancer, and to Conner’s Cure. And secondly, when they count to three, everyone put your arms together in a V and shout, “Victory!” One, two, three, VICTORY over pediatric cancer! Fans cheer the inspirational moment as the challengers go to the ring. But will the eclectic duo be able to dedicate a championship victory to the fight? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and the champions make their entrance. Tamina starts with Nikki and TOSSES her to the corner, then sucker punches Rhea! Nikki fights back but Natty tags in. Tamina whips, scoops Nikki and Natty runs to HART ATTACK! Cover, Rhea breaks it! Tamina gets back in, headbutts Rhea then throws her out of the ring hard! Natty throws Nikki into the corner, throws knees and haymakers but lets off as the ref counts. Tag to Tamina, she stomps a mudhole into Nikki. Tag to Natty, she drags Nikki up to throw more hands. Natty and Tamina are a little off synch but Natty tags Tamina back in. Feed to a SAMOAN DROP!
But Tamina isn’t done here! She goes up top and takes aim, SUPERFLY onto knees! Nikki crawls but Rhea is still down! Tamina tags in Natty and she CLOBBERS Nikki from behind! Natty rebounds Nikki for the sit-down! Natty steps on Nikki and basement dropkicks! Tamina sees Rhea getting up and goes after her, but Rhea boots her to then CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Rhea as she gets Tamina up and pump handles! RIPTIDE to the apron!! Natty is shocked, Nikki drags her down to a cradle! NIKKI & RHEA WIN!!
Winners: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
They did it for Conner!! Rhea & Nikki are champions together, but is this only the beginning?
Alexa Bliss heads to the ring.
She and Lily are ready to make NC State into Alexa’s Playground! But will the Queen still be willing to come out and play after the Charlie fiasco last week? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Alexa sits on the swing. “Hello, friends! And welcome to my playground!” Now her “friend” is a real doozy, but she holds a place near and dear to Alexa’s heart. Welcome soon to be former Raw Women’s Champion and The Queen, Charlotte Flair! The music plays and Charlotte actually walks out to the ring. Fans cheer and “WOO~” for Charlotte as she enters the ring and gets a mic. Alexa says hey and wants Charlotte to make herself comfy on the rocking horse. No, that’s okay, Charlotte would rather stand and remind us that once upon a time, Alexa was a competitor. But please, continue with the hocus pocus and magic tricks.
Yes, the fun police is here. But c’mon, Charlotte! There’s no tricks up Alexa’s sleeves, her sleeves are too short. But why is there always an ulterior motive here? Alexa just wants to have fun. Girls’ night, Alexa, Charlotte & Lily! But where’s Charlie? Fans boo Charlotte being a party pooper and chant, “We Want Charlie!” but Alexa says it’s fine! SHE has Charlie! Fans chant for “Charlie! Charlie!” as Alexa sits again but Charlotte says Alexa is embarrassing herself. Charlotte doesn’t want Charlie. Charlotte wants Alexa! The old Alexa, the Five Feet of Fury, the Mean Girl, the once upon a time champion material!
Alexa can fool the fans but she can’t fool Charlotte. All this is “a pathetic attempt to hide how fragile, how delicate you really are.” Charlotte wants Lexi to admit she’s broken, and that’s why she hides behind the playground, the dolls, the dress and the pigtails, as well as that nasty black lipstick. Alexa used to walk to the ring with a title on her arm, but now she walks with a doll. “How does it feel that the doll is more popular than you?” But now that we’re talking about the old Alexa, the only reason she was champion at all was because she and Charlotte were on separate brands. But now that they’re both on Raw, Charlotte finds these games to be a joke.
But the one game she can’t comprehend is, how did Charlotte go from main-eventing WrestleMania 35 to a Monday Night Raw where she’s playing with dolls? Charlotte doesn’t play dress up nor play pretend, she is the real deal. Charlotte has beaten an Almost Super Hero, a Nightmare, and now she’s about to beat a “grown ass woman that dresses up like a little kid.” Alexa is bored as Charlotte says she gets it. “This is all a desperate cry for help.” So Charlotte will make it her job to beat some sense back into Alexa. Does Alexa want that to be tonight or this Sunday at Extreme Rules?
Alexa says, “Oh my gosh, Charlotte! We get it! You’re the best, you’re the champ, you’re in your own league, no one can reach you.” Does Charlotte ever get sick of hearing that like the rest of us do? We get it! Yes, Charlotte’s won more titles than any other woman. But that also means she’s lost more titles than any other woman. And since we’re getting personal, which Alexa loves on Girls’ Night, she asks this: “Without a title, who is Charlotte Flair? Nobody knows because even you don’t know.” If Charlotte isn’t a champion, she isn’t anything. Nothing at all. And let’s be honest, Alexa doesn’t need to play games to expose Charlotte’s insecurities. “They’re stamped right on your forehead.”
Charlotte is just so terrified of the Raw Women’s Championship moving on without her and leaving her with nothing. What would Charlotte do if she didn’t have a title? What would she say to the fans? Fans go “WOO~!” but Alexa says that’s not even originally hers! Well let’s not talk about originality, Lexi. Alexa didn’t give Charlotte Charlie to play a game. Alexa gave her Charlie as a pity gift. Alexa pities Charlotte. “Because even a narcissistic, self-centered bitch like you deserves happiness.” Charlotte pretends to cry but Alexa says Charlotte can call her whatever she wants. Alexa doesn’t care, because at least Alexa knows who she is!
And she doesn’t need to grasp at titles to stay relevant. So yes, tonight, call Alexa crazy. But at Extreme Rules, we WILL call her champion! “Now doesn’t that sound like fun?” Charlotte pretends to laugh and mocks Alexa’s points. Good for Alexa, but you’ll never find out who she is without the title. Then Charlotte pie faces Alexa. Alexa jumps on Charlotte and throws hands! Charlotte throws her off, throws off her shoes and then BOOTS Alexa down! Charlotte dusts off her hands and then finds Charlie. But Alexa jumps on again! Charlotte throws her down, grabs up Charlie, and looks at it closely as she RIPS OFF ITS HEAD! Charlotte drops the pieces and then looks for Lily!
Alexa jumps on Charlotte again! Charlotte rams Alexa into buckles, runs in but Alexa sends her into buckles! Alexa reels Charlotte in for a DDT! Charlotte falls out of the ring and Alexa picks up Lily. Will Alexa do everything she can to drop Charlotte again and tear that title away from her?
Drake Maverick brainstorms with his fellow conspirators.
Rockstar Spud has R-Truth, Drew Gulak and Akira Tozawa going over his newest master plan. Operation: 24/7 is simple: drop a net on Reggie and get the title off him. But wait. Reggie is two, three, four times bigger than that. Truth, c’mon… Gulak, you’ll be the distraction. Tozawa, do your ninja stuff. Truth, when Maverick signals you, drop the net. Okay, but what’s the word? Just “now, dog!” Who cares! Reggie’s walking over! Hurry! The others hide and Gulak gets Reggie’s attention. Reggie is already worried but Gulak says there is no ref around so it’s safe. Gulak talks to Reggie about Chinese holistic medicine and the 361 pressure points!
Gulak guides Reggie to the spot and Maverick shouts to Truth! Truth drops the net but Reggie turns things around and Gulak is caught! Reggie goes up and around the pallets, over pipes and onto trunks! The others give chase but Reggie LEAPS down to the photoshoot area! He even gets some snapshots before running off! Maverick is disappointed with Truth, since he gave the word. Truth corrects Maverick, the signal was “Now dog.” Gulak says he’s really stuck right now. Maverick is furious, but will he be able to craft a foolproof plan that not even these fools can foil?
WWE United States Championship Opportunity: Jeff Hardy VS Sheamus!
The Charismatic Enigma has had his battles with the Celtic Warrior before, and came very close to defeating Damian Priest last week. With there still being time before Extreme Rules, can the extreme risk taker beat Sheamus again and get in on the title match?
Raw returns and Sheamus makes his entrance. Damian Priest joins commentary to watch this closely, saying this is all his idea to give Hardy this opportunity. The bell rings, fans rally behind Hardy but Sheamus powers him to the corner. The ref counts, Sheamus lets off as he shoves Hardy down. Hardy gets up, ties up with Sheamus but Sheamus hits a headlock takeover. Hardy headscissors, Sheamus kips free and hits another headlock takeover. Hardy headscissors again, Sheamus gets free again, but Hardy headlocks. Sheamus powers out, runs Hardy over, then fixes his mask. Sheamus stands Hardy up to throw heavy EuroUppers.
Hardy dodges, dropkicks Sheamus’ leg out then basement dropkicks. Hardy puts Sheamus in a corner, rams his shoulder in then headlocks again. Sheamus powers Hardy into the corner and throws body shots. Sheamus whips, hardy holds ropes and puts Sheamus on the apron. Sheamus CLUBS Hardy in the back, but Hardy fights off the Bodhrain! Hardy hotshots Sheamus down then goes out. Fans fire up as Hardy runs and leaps off the steps! Sheamus catches Hardy to SLAM him on the apron! Sheamus takes off his face mask to CLOBBER Hardy again! The Fella soaks up the heat as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Sheamus has Hardy in a chinlock. Hardy fights up, throws body shots but Sheamus back suplexes. Hardy lands on his feet, ends up in a corner, and Sheamus runs in. Hardy POSTS Sheamus, then fires haymakers! Hardy whips, Sheamus reverses but Hardy runs him over! Hardy trips Sheamus up, leg splitting leg drop and basement dropkick! Sheamus gets up, Hardy runs in but Sheamus scoops. Hardy slips off to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Hardy has Sheamus in a drop zone and he hops up the corner, second rope SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hardy is frustrated but Sheamus gets up. Hardy kicks but no Twist as Sheamus shoves!
Sheamus runs but into a kick! Hardy drop toeholds Sheamus into buckles! Hardy goes up and swings but into a BOOT from below! Sheamus goes up, bloody nose only motivating him! Sheamus leaps to FLYING CLOTHESLINE Hardy down! Cover, TWO! Priest likes the fight from these two as Sheamus fireman’s carries. Hardy elbows free, kicks low and TWIST- NO! Sheamus pushes free to KNEE Hardy down! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives but Sheamus staggers up to his feet. Sheamus gets the legs, ties them up, but Hardy throws hands to fight the hold! Hardy pushes, dodges the Brogue to TWIST OF FATE!
Hardy hurries to a corner, heads up top, and NC is fired up for their hero, SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Sheamus fireman’s carries but Hardy sunset flips! HARDY WINS!
Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall (joins the WWE United States Championship match at Extreme Rules)
Priest gave Hardy the opening and Hardy capitalized! Sheamus blames Priest for all this and shoves Priest! Priest RAMS Sheamus into the apron! Hand start flying but the ref hurries to stop it! More refs come out but Sheamus and Priest knock into cameramen! Priest CLUBS away on Sheamus but the refs back him down. Sheamus staggers up, Priest uses the apron to LEAP and CLOBBER Sheamus! Priest hammers away, the refs pull him off Sheamus, but Sheamus POSTS Priest! Sheamus puts Priest in the ring, CLUBS away on him in return, but Priest ROCKS him with a right! Then Priest clotheslines Sheamus and himself out of the ring! The scrapping continues, will it only end on Sunday?
Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Big E VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!
The wrath of the All Mighty has only stirred up the anger of the Powerhouse of Positivity and the rage of the Tribal Chief! Three titans are set to battle at once, but who proves themselves the biggest and the baddest in the WWE today?
The bell rings and Lashley is right after Big E! Big E throws hands back, Lashley kicks low but Roman just watches and waits. Lashley glances over at him but Big E CLOBBERS Lashley! Now Roman makes a move, but Big E ROCKS him with a forearm! Big E drags Lashley out to the apron and he CLUBS away! Big E says, “You wanna play, Bobby? Let’s play!” APRON SPLASH! Big E shoves Lashley in but Roman hits a DRIVE BY! Universal Champion knocks down World Champion and raises up his finger. Roman knows the Bloodline are the ones, but this match continues after the break.
Raw returns again and Lashley RAMS Big E in the corner. Lashley tells Heyman to scram but he’s just checking on Roman. Lashley whips Big E but Big E reverses, only to run into an elbow. Things speed up, Big E HURDLES then CLOBBERS Lashley! Cover, TWO! Big E gets Lashley up, “This is what you want, huh?!” Big E wraps Lashley up in the cobra twist! Big E clubs to the rhythm, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Lashley endures but Roman gets in to UPPERCUT Big E down! Roman then runs at Lashley to clothesline him out of the ring! Big E staggers and Roman goes after him with a whip. Big E reverses but Roman LEAPING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!
Roman is annoyed but he goes out and sees Lashley on the apron. Roman runs around the way but Lashley CLOBBERS him out of the Drive By! Lashley snarls, pushes Roman into the ring and covers, TWO! Lashley bumps Roman off buckles, throws haymakers, then runs corner to corner to RAM into Big E! Then he goes back to RAM into Roman! Lashley runs into an Urenag-E! Cover, TWO!! Big E runs in at Roman and RAMS into him! Big E keeps moving, but runs into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Roman is further annoyed, but Big E flops out of the ring. Roman runs at Lashley in a corner to clothesline! Roman fires point-blank lariats again and again, all the way to 10!
Lashley flounders and Roman hoists him up top. Roman throws hands then climbs up to join Lashley. Lashley hits back with haymakers, but Roman ROCKS Lashley with an uppercut! Lashley wobbles and sways on the top rope, Roman climbs up to join him again. Roman gets Lashley up, but Lashley resists the superplex! Big E joins in, TOWER OF DOOM!! The powerbomb superplex shakes the ring and fans are thunderous as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again and Lashley is down while Big E and Roman are in the ring. Roman clotheslines Big E in the corner, then says, “I run the show.” Fans boo and Roman eggs them on, then he throws hands on Big E. Roman whips corner to corner, runs in but Big E catches the clothesline for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Big E’s throwing things back to earlier tonight as he OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes again! Big E baits Roman in and gets the third Belly2Belly! Big E fires up, runs, but Lashley trips Big E up and drags him out to RAM him into barriers! Lashley roars and goes back into the ring, and he gets Roman for the COMPLETE SHOT!
Lashley shouts, “Whose house?!” Lashley gets Roman up, suplexes and stalls to show his strength, then SLAMS Roman down! Cover, TWO! Roman survives but Big E is back so Lashley goes after him. Gut wrench but Big E slips out to Belly2Belly! Roman returns but Big E CLOBBERS him! Big E sets the two side by side and fans fire up as he runs for a DOUBLE BIG SPLASH!! Cover on Lashley, TWO!! Big E sees Roman rolling away but fans rally behind Big E as he runs. Roman knees Big E away, Lashley hits a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover but Roman drags Lashley off to throw him out! Roman covers, TWO!!
“This is Awesome!” as Roman watches Big E go to a corner. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in but Big E dodges! Scoop and BIG ENDING!! Cover, but Lashley drags Big E out! Lashley RAMS Big E into barriers again, then brings him to the desk! Just like last week, MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER through the table!! But this time, Lashley’s knee is just fine and he goes back to Roman in the ring. Roman slowly gets up, Lashley takes aim from a corner, Lashley runs into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Roman seethes but is too tired to be any angrier. Roman stands and he goes to the corner as Lashley slowly rises. Roman lets out the battle cry, runs but into LASHLEY’S SPEAR!! Cover, Big E breaks it!!
Lashley is furious again and he snarls as Big E gets up! Lashley puts on the full nelson but Big E fights it from locking in! They struggle, half is in, Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lashley down! Roman and Big E lock eyes but Big E throws Lashley out! Big E runs to SPEAR Roman off the apron!! Big E puts Roman in, fans are thunderous and Big E scoops Roman again! BIG ENDING AGAIN!! Cover, but Lashley SMACKS Big E with a chair! No Disqualifications finally comes into play as Lashley SMACKS Big E again, and again, and again! Lashley doesn’t stop until Big E’s on the mat! Lashley snarls and then he throws MORE chair shots on Big E!
Fans boo, Lashley turns around into Roman’s SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
The WWE Universal Champion found another opening, just like earlier tonight, and he takes victory from the jaws of defeat! But will the Head of the Table be able to do the same when The Demon waits for him at Extreme Rules?
A pretty stuffed episode, but the go-home syndrome was pretty strong in the middle there with the recap packages and extra commercial breaks. And did we really need Piper VS Eva a third time? Hopefully this is the end of it and Piper can move on to someone new. And I’m thinking that someone is Shayna after how she brutalized Nia. That was a very powerful moment, and I’m thinking that not only will Nia be kept off TV for a time, maybe the WWE Draft moves her to SmackDown so she can be with the Bloodline. Same goes for Tamina now that she’s lost the tag titles. They can even have Tamina turn on Natty to side with Nia and the family as things move into the Fall.
Speaking of which, of course Rhea & Nikki win with them getting to do the Conner’s Cure moment. Both things were still great separately, and it was very endearing to see Rhea get choked up with talking about the cause. Rhea & Nikki freshen things up by being the new champions, and they better show up on SmackDown this Friday to start building towards Shotzi & Tegan finally getting their long overdue title opportunity. Alexa and Charlotte had a pretty good promo segment together, and having Alexa’s Playground back in the ring was a nice change of pace. The shots fired were pretty decent but the main thing is, Alexa stood tall here so of course Charlotte retains at Extreme Rules per WWE math.
Orton VS Styles may seem repetitive, because in a way it is, but they always put on great matches so that’s what we got tonight. Orton wins and there’s no Raw Tag Team Championship match set for the PPV, maybe something builds on the way to Crown Jewel. Mansoor & Ali losing was a bit of surprise but I am glad we’re finally seeing Garza & Carrillo as a tag team. Too bad there was no build to it. There was a lot of “corporate synergy” tonight with them plugging American Ninja Warrior Jr. for Peacock, and then Reggie actually doing some Ninja Warrior stuff again. The comedy of these bits is kinda drying up because they’re a little too focused on setting Reggie up for these stunts, but maybe they figure out how to be creative even in that.
Hardy VS Sheamus was a really good match but I feel like this was all spurred on by someone *cough* Vince */cough* thinking there needed to be more to the US Championship match. Granted, without Hardy winning his way in, it would’ve just been Priest VS Sheamus in a rematch from SummerSlam, but oh, I dunno, how about spicing up the match with stipulations? Yes, a Triple Threat will make this No Disqualifications, but I feel like Hardy is in just to take the pin. Why didn’t they just greenlight McIntyre winning the contender’s match so he could reach for the Grand Slam? WWE can’t just isolate big things to the Big Four (and apparently now Crown Jewel, too) and ask why we aren’t excited for the other shows.
The big story of tonight was of course having the world champion and the Universal Champion here at the same time. The Six Man Tag was great but I didn’t think they’d have Lashley show up to decimate everyone like that. Big points for Lashley while Roman again gets a win as the physically strongest opportunistic Heel in a long time. Then the Triple Threat at the end was awesome stuff, definitely upping the quality of tonight. All three guys looked great but Roman winning makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons. For one, #RomanWinsLOL. For another, he’s got to go strong into Extreme Rules against The Demon because of course he’s going to win that and go into Crown Jewel strong to face The Beast.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (9/20/21)
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Things are escalating in the Dark Order dysfunction!
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- Thunder Rosa VS Kaia McKenna; Rosa wins.
- Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Anthony Bennett, Ray Jaz & Leon St. Giovanni; Gunn Club wins.
- Alan Angels & Preston Vance VS Evil Uno & Colt Cabana; Angels & Vance win.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Chuck Taylor & Kris Statlander VS Mike Verna; Cassidy wins.
- Private Party VS Teddy Goodz & Jorge Santi; Private Party wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Masha Slamovich; Shida wins.
- Joey Janela w/ Kayla Rossi VS Sonny Kiss; Kiss wins.
- Santana & Ortiz VS JT Dunn & Avery Good; Santana & Ortiz win.
- Dustin Rhodes VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; Dustin wins.
Orange Cassidy’s match might be one to watch, to see if the Hardy Family Office goes after him or not. The Dark Order VS Dark Order match is of course on the must-see, that story is growing into something really good. Janela VS Kiss is going to be one to watch, too, because of the heat in the story. I’m rather surprised we’re getting Dustin VS QT Marshall, but after QT lost to Paul Wight, he doesn’t really have a direction so maybe something comes of this.
Newly Heel Gunn Club has new everything, which is cool to see. I assume this means they’ve left the Nightmare Family to strike out on their own again, and given they’re still undefeated in tag and trios action, there needs to be a chance for them to build to a tag title match. Otherwise, the criticisms of “wins and losses matter,” both shoot and in kayfabe, will keep going. A bit surprising to see the Dark Order Civil War tag match happen so soon on the card but it had a lot of great character work on top of the great ring work we know they all bring. And I feel like Angels even upgraded his mask, that holofoil looks great.
HFO didn’t go after Cassidy but you could kayfabe that they were more worried about their own match right after. “Masha Slamovich” is a great name because it’s so cheesy. Masha got a good showing against Shida, maybe she’ll make a good impression on AEW or a partner like Impact or NWA, she might have potential if she can find a good character personality outside of “she’s Russian.” Little disappointed they didn’t make Janela VS Kiss the main event since both are New Jersey boys. Cincinnati got to have Brian Pillman Jr. as a Rampage main event, why can’t the Bad Boy VS Concrete Rose be on the same level?
Janela VS Kiss was still the match it should’ve been, with Janela getting bloodied but his new partner in crime getting involved, all while Kiss showing both strength and endurance. Kiss turning things around to get the win was great, but of course Rossi helps Janela get payback. I hope this feud continues so that Janela and Kiss can have something extreme, like an Unsanctioned Match. Dustin VS QT being the main event was a bit of a surprise, but Santana & Ortiz definitely did squash Dunn & Good. It was a very good match, Lee Johnson showing up was a good touch, but I still wish there was a build to a Bunkhouse Match for these guys.
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