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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (12/18/17)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Seth Rollins VS Samoa Joe; rescheduled as…
  • Seth Rollins VS Jason Jordan; Rollins wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Finn Balor VS The Miztourage; Finn wins, by disqualification.
  • Finn Balor & Hideo Itami VS The Miztourage; Balor & Itami win.
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak; Alexander wins and will face Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Asuka VS Alicia Fox; Asuka wins.
  • 6 Man Tag: Jason Jordan & The Shield VS Samoa Joe & The Bar; Joe & The Bar win.
  • Heath Slater & Rhyno VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
  • 6 Woman Tag: Absolution VS Mickie James, Bayley & Sasha Banks; Mickie, Bayley & Sasha win by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Last week, the two monsters of Raw did battle!

The Big Red Machine and the Monster Among Men fought for the right to face The Beast at the Royal Rumble, but neither one was backing down. In the end, both monsters were counted out for a draw! But not even that would stop them. They continued after the bell, and it was BRAUN who got the better of Kane. However, what does this mean for the Royal Rumble and the WWE Universal Championship?

 

Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, comes to the ring.

Providence, Rhode Island welcomes The Olympic Gold Medalist with the signature “You Suck!”, Angle welcomes them to the show. Angle reviews the situation, that it was supposed to be either Strowman or Kane winning to move on to the Royal Rumble to face The Beast. However, Brock Lesnar is here tonight, and a #1 contender will be named before the end of Raw, but until then- “BRAUN!!” Yes, The Monster Among Men is here and he storms right out to the ring.

Strowman stares Angle in the eyes as he tells him “I earned the opportunity to face Brock Lesnar.” He was the last monster standing, that’s reason enough to pick Strowman as Lesnar’s opponent. However, Kane now appears.

“I’ve caused more destruction than anyone in the WWE for over 20 years.” Therefore, Kane will NOT let anyone cut in front of him. Lesnar’s “list of victims is impressive”, it even includes The Undertaker, but it does not include Kane. Kane will get his shot, unless the Monster Among Men is man enough to stop him. “Ladies and gentleman, my name is Paul Heyman.” And Heyman will not let this discussion continue without input from the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion”, BROCK LESNAR!

Providence is now Suplex City as said champion appears and heads down to the ring. Lesnar stands across from Kane and Strowman, Angle hurries to make his announcement: a triple threat! Oh it’s true, it’s damn true. Angle hurries out of the ring now so that the three titans of Raw can circle each other.

And then it begins! Kane hits Lesnar, Strowman hits Kane, Lesnar clotheslines Strowman out, but Kane grabs Lesnar, only for Lesnar to break out. Lesnar lifts Kane, F5! The Beast picks up his title, how much longer will it be his title? Especially after Kane sits up after that impact…

 

Seth Rollins VS Samoa Joe!

The Architect was one half of the Raw Tag Team Champions until The New Day “pump faked” him and the Lunatic, and would’ve been champions again if not for The Destroyer. Rollins looks to settle the score with Joe tonight, can he avoid being put to sleep by the Coquina Clutch?

But wait, Jason Jordan appears instead?

Jordan knows Rollins wanted Joe, but so does Jordan. The thing is, Jordan is done asking. He respects Rollins, but if Rollins has a bone to pick with Joe, just wait to pick the bones after Jordan gets done with him. Rollins responds, he respects Jordan, too. Rollins understands the pressure Jordan is under, but this isn’t the time. However, Samoa Joe himself now appears!

Joe feels like “the belle of the ball” with so many dance partners. This is a complex problem with a simple solution: Jason Jordan VS Seth Rollins, the winner gets “beat down and put to sleep” by Joe. How wonderful, except the match was made, Samoa Joe VS Seth Rollins. Rollins wants Joe to mosey on down here while Jordan looks for his daddy’s approval somewhere else. Jordan shoves Rollins down! Rollins tries to laugh it off, Jordan dares him to bring it. The match is rescheduled just how Joe wanted it!

Seth Rollins VS Jason Jordan!

Joe moves to ringside and the bell rings, Rollins and Jordan circle. Jordan lunges, Rollins dodges and tries to talk sense into him, Jordan gets the takedown and the throw, then another. Rollins keeps it from being more than a one count, Jordan puts on a headlock. Fans rally, Rollins powers out, Jordan runs him over. JOrdan runs now, ROllins speeds things up, mule kick then he clotheslines Jordan out right in front of Joe. Joe mockingly coaches Jordan back into this as we go to break.

Raw returns and we find Jordan throwing shoulders into Rollins’ stomach at a corner. The referee backs Jordan off, Jordan whips but is reversed, jumps into a mule kick! Rollins clotheslines Jordan out, Rollins goes to the apron and jumps, Jordan catches him to ram him into barriers on the far side! Jordan puts Rollins in the corner, covers, TWO. The Gold-Blooded Son stalks Rollins, puts him in a corner and goes after the midsection again. Jordan now rams shoulders into Rollins’ back, then a corner to corner whip, cover, TWO. Rollins is rammed into one corner, but he chops back on Jordan. Jordan grabs Rollins to put him in a corner again, Rollins writhes and clutches his back. Jordan stretches Rollins, Joe likes that.

Rollins feeds off a fan rally, Jordan picks him up to go corner to corner again with those shoulder tackles. Jordan stares at Joe before running in, big shoulder tackle. Cover, TWO, Jordan gets frustrated. He drags Rollins up to knock him down with right hands, Rollins chops back again. Rollins whips Jordan, Jordan reverses into a backbreaker, TWO. Jordan returns to stretching Rollins, Rollins gets up again, fights back, Jordan gives him a knee, back suplex reversed to a crossbody, TWO! Jordan runs at Rollins, buckle shot!

Mule kick blocked, into an overhead suplex! Joe still likes what he sees as we go to another break.

Raw’s back again, Rollins rallies but is put on the apron. Rollins slingshots to guillotine legdrop Jordan down, then takes aim to springboard clothesline Jordan down!

Cover, TWO, and Jordan gets himself to a corner. Rollins stands up, stares Joe down before giving Jordan a corner forearm smash. Jordan ends up in another corner, Rollins runs in but is caught, and thrown with an overhead suplex! Cover, TWO, Joe chuckles to himself. Jordan goes for his back suplex, Rollins elbows out and goes for his finisher, but Jordan reverses that. Jordan is dumped outside, wrecking ball dropkick keeps him out, Rollins runs and DIVES! Rollins hits Jordan and the barrier, both men go down. Joe watches closely as a ring count begins. The count passes 7, both men in at 9! Rollins returns to the apron, swing kicks Jordan away, then springboards again, but into a Northern Light suplex roll through to a second!

TWO! Jordan grimaces, but he doesn’t lose focus as he stands up and looms over Rollins. Jordan puts Rollins up top, climbs up to join him, but Rollins resists. Rollins fights his way out and forearms Jordan down. Jordan is right back up but then right back down, FROG SPLASH! TWO! Rollins is running out of ideas, Jordan gets himself out of the ring. The Architect jumps from the apron and hits the flying knee attack! Rollins and Joe lock eyes and Joe gets up. Joe dares Rollins to do something or walk away, Rollins throws Jordan into Joe! Joe springs right up, SUPERKICK from Rollins!

Back into the ring, Rollins goes after Jordan, pick up, sunset flip, Jordan sits on it, TWO! Kingslayer knee hits, Rollins wins! But Joe is ready to attack, so Rollins goes after him in return. Things end up in the ring again, Rollins throwing hands but the referee backing him off, cheap shot from Joe before a yurinagi slam!

Now Joe unleashes on his former rival, “this is what you wanted!” The referees back Joe off, Joe and Rollins will meet down the line. Joe takes his frustrations out on Jordan with a clubbing clothesline! “You got what you wanted”, do Rollins and Jordan regret it?

 

Rollins demands a shot at Samoa Joe for tonight!

After what Joe did, Rollins wants Joe, but Angle can’t allow it. Dean Ambrose wants another shot at Joe, then, but now so does Jason Jordan. The Shield tells Jordan to get in line, Jordan says the line starts with him. Angle makes it a 6 Man Tag, The Shield and Jordan against Samoa Joe and The Bar, nothing more. The Shield doesn’t feel like teaming with Jordan, and vice-versa, but will they pull it together to take out their common enemy?

 

Bray Wyatt speaks on Matt Hardy.

What is it that draws the WWE Universe to WOKEN Matt Hardy? His voice? The words he speaks? His childish laugh? Bray thinks it is the funny faces he makes. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt, “and that’s where I come in.” Bray is here to make sure the “right people” get hurt.

That means Matt Hardy and the WWE Universe. If Hardy wants to continue this little game, Bray will play along. Bray wants Matt to apologize to all his loved ones, for The Great War must end. “Run.”

 

2v1 Handicap Match: Finn Balor VS The Miztourage!

The Extraordinary Man already defeated Bo Dallas & Curt Axel 1v1, can he defeat both of them at the same time?

The bell rings, Bo starts and circles with Finn. Bo backs Finn down but Finn slips out of the way so that he won’t be trapped. The Miztourage talks strategy, Bo and Finn tie up, Bo tries to drag Finn to Miztourage territory but Finn breaks free. Axel tags in to try his hand, he and Finn tie up, waistlock and Axel powers Finn towards his corner. Finn gets the standing switch and shoves Axel to the buckles, smiling as he knows he’s frustrating his opponents. Another tie up, Axel elbows Finn and finally gets him into his corner for shoulder rams. BO tags in and stomps away, then tags Axel to keep up the stomping.

Axel embraces the heat as fans boo and jeer, Finn fights back! Finn throws forearms and elbows but Axel kicks him down. Axel whips, Finn reverses, sunset flip rolled through for dropkick, TWO. Finn puts on the chinlock, grinding Axel on the mat. Axel gets up and puts Finn on ropes for the ropebreak, Bo tries the cheap shot but gets decked, Axel pounces with a clothesline. Axel stomps Finn in a corner, then drags him up and over to the Miztourage corner, tag to Bo. Another mudhole stomp, then Bo reels Finn in for a lariat, TWO. Bo locks on the chinlock, fans rally, Finn feeds off the energy but Bo gives him a knee and put shim in a corner. Finn boots and chops out, Bo kicks low and whips, Finn ducks and rallies with forearm smashes. Finn trips up Bo, double stomp! Axel breaks the pin and rains down rights. The referee backs Axel off, Bo rolls to the tag, Axel is right on Finn again. Axel puts Finn in a corner, hoists him up, rocks him with a right, then climbs up to join him. Finn fights back, knocks Axel down, Bo saves Axel from the finish. Bo and Axel attack together, the match is disqualified!

The Miztourage doesn’t care, they continue to go after Finn. Fans boo and jeer, Finn takes stomps and knees, HIDEO ITAMI appears! He rushes in and evens the numbers! Itami kicks Axel up and down, then Finn feeds Bo to Itami’s roundhouse!

Balor and Itami stand tall, is their friendship from NXT still strong?

Finn Balor & Hideo Itami VS The Miztourage!

This match was made out of the chaos from a moment ago, can the debuting Itami help his long time friend ruin the night for The Miztourage?

Finn tags Itami, ax handle to Bo’s arm. Itami gives a shoulderbreaker than an arm wrench, Finn tags in. Finn climbs up, ax handle to Bo’s arm again. Finn wrenches that arm, Axel distracts and Bo rakes eyes to then clobber Finn with a lariat. Bo rolls Finn and tags Axel, Axel stomps away. Finn fights back but Axel knees low, whip into the backbreaker, TWO. Axel puts Finn in an armlock and grabs at the chin, fans rally and Finn gets up again, only for Axel to throw him down. Itami protests, Axel knees and stomps Finn again. Axel snapmares and drives in a knee, then returns to the armlock. Fans rally again, Finn gets up but ends up in the Miztourage corner. Bo tags in, clobbers with a clothesline then feeds to Axel’s knee! Cover, TWO! The Miztourage keeps Finn in their corner, tag to Axel, Axel snapmares and puts on another chinlock. Fans start another rally, Axel whips Finn to a corner, Finn dodges and Axel hits buckles. Both men crawl to their corners, hot tag to Itami! Itami rallies on The Miztourage, Tornado Hotshot before a big flying clothesline!

TWO, but Itami keeps on Axel. Whip reversed, Itami kicks and then lights Axel up with a strike fest before a bicycle knee! Bo breaks the pin, Slingblade from Finn! Finn clotheslines Bo out, Itami gives a dropkick to Axel. Finn gives a dropkick to Bo at the barriers, taking him out. Itami calls for the finish, fireman’s carry, Go To Sleep!

Itami & Balor win! Now that’s a way to make a Raw debut! Can Itami do the same when he hits the Cruiserweight Division and 205 Live?

 

Backstage interview with Cedric Alexander.

The Carolina Kid is moments away from his Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender Match. With Enzo Amore always looming, is Alexander worried? Alexander wants to be champion so bad, he can taste it. He wants to show Enzo, 205 Live, Raw, and all of the WWE Universe what Cruiserweights are made of. But since that can’t be done in one night, Alexander will just take full advantage of tonight’s opportunity. The only time he’ll overlook Drew Gulak is when he’s looking down at him on the mat with Alexander’s hand raised in victory. Can Alexander make the best of this second chance and become the #1 contender?

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak!

The ‘Zo Train’s Certified G Conductor wants his lackey to make sure the Carolina Kid does not become his nxt challenger, can “Gabba Gulak” do what is needed for a #Better205Live?

Enzo claims the “G-Force” is strong with Gulak, and even passes him his mic. Gulak sees himself as the JarJar Binks of the ‘Zo Train! And tonight, this is the biggest match of GUlak’s career, which he owes to his mentor and best friend, Enzo Amore! To show his appreciation, Gulak has an “Enzo Amore Tribute Edition” of hiiii– Not even the drum roll?

The bell rings, Enzo takes his leave from ringside to join commentary, Gulak and Alexander circle. They tie up, Alexander backs Gulak to a corner, then honors the break. Gulak circles with Alexander again, Gulak gets the takedown and a toehold, Alexander rolls and slips out to put on a headlock. Alexander holds on, gets the takeover, Gulak gets up and powers out. Gulak swings, Alexander rolls and handspring headscissors to then dropkick Gulak down and out. Enzo is disappointed, Alexander FLIES!

Gulak goes down, Alexander points at Enzo, Enzo gets upset. Back into the ring, TWO, Alexander brings Gulak up for a chop. Gulak gets to a corner, Alexander gives him another chop. Alexander gets caught in the waistlock but slips around to the facelock, standing switch from Gulak. Alexander puts the facelock back on, Gulak reverses, the two fight over who gets to suplex who, they end up suplexing each other out of the ring! Both men down while we go to break.

Raw returns, Gulak has Alexander in a corner and whips him corner to corner hard. Enzo points out the fans chanting for him while Gulak stalks Alexander. Gulak drags Alexander up for another corner to corner whip and then a big clothesline, cover, TWO. Gulak drags Alexander up again, chops him to a corner, then whips corner to corner a third time. Alexander dodges, yanks Gulak in but his own back keeps him from hitting the Lumbar Check. Gulak clobbers Alexander with a clothesline! TWO! Alexander writhes while Enzo brags about his great leadership status. Gulak looms over Alexander again and pulls back those arms in a half-surfboard. Alexander endures, fans rally, Gulak pulls harder. Alexander refuses to quit, he powers up and out of the hold. Right hand rocks Gulak, then a boot, then an uppercut. Gulak runs, Alexander dodges and throws Gulak with a body drop! Alexander fires up, he rallies on Gulak, Gulak fights back, but Alexander shoves Gulak away. Gulak gets under the jump, sunset flip, TWO, high stack, TWO, takedown and jackknife, TWO! They spin around, backslide blocked, Gulak runs, into the Spanish Fly!

TWO! Even Enzo has to give credit to Alexander for that one. Alexander gets up and takes off the elbow pads, he gives stiff shots to Gulak. Gulak is punch drunk but still shoves Alexander, handspring enziguri blocked into an Ankle Lock, but then Alexander kicks back. Gulak stomps Alexander on the front and back, and into the standing STF! Alexander endures as Gulak stretches him back, but he still crawls for ropes. It becomes a bow & arrow lock, Alexander still gets the ropebreak! Gulak has to let go, Enzo goes to his phone?

Enzo leaves, Gulak notices, Alexander kicks Gulak back. Gulak forearms and chops Alexander, Alexander throws hands as well. Both men are dazed, Gulak kicks but is blocked, stiff back elbow from Alexnader before the springboard flying lariat! Alexander is fired up, Lumbar Check!! ALexander wins and is the #1 Contender! The ‘Zo Train is slowing down, can Alexander hop off with the title?

 

Enzo Amore searches backstage, and finds Nia Jax.

“Well what do we got over here?” Enzo got the DM, Nia wants to finish the conversation. Unless Enzo is worried about his friend. Friend? No, Gulak is his employee. Enzo has thought it over, and knows the answer is on the tip of Nia’s tongue. Gulak appears, bloody nose stuffed up.

He wants to own up to his failings, and wants Enzo to know he lost. That’s fine, just clean yourself up. NO, it’s not alright! Gulak let Enzo down, and the ‘Zo Train down, they need to talk. Nia will let them talk, and will catch Enzo another time. Gulak continues, he wants to review tape. They can go over it together- You did a LOT wrong, Drew! A lot! Enzo storms off, what is Nia after?

 

Asuka VS Alicia Fox!

Since coming to Raw, The Empress of Tomorrow has kept her undefeated streak running, but Ms. Crazy Like a Fox wants to try one more time. Is third time the charm for the Foxy veteran?

The bell rings, Foxy is wary, Asuka is all smiles. Fans know “Asuka’s gonna kill you~” and sing as such. The two circle, Asuka chasing Foxy, but Foxy uses ropes for safety. Fans still chant for Asuka as she pursues Foxy around the ring, Foxy kicks but is blocked, Asuka gets the waistlock. Asuka shifts to a headlock, Foxy powers out, Asuka runs her over. Things speed up, Asuka does a little shake. Foxy runs, Asuka follows, spinning takedown and Foxy gets to ropes to prevent the submission hold. Asuka waits for Foxy in the ring, goes at her at the ropes, Foxy hotshots and boots Asuka down! TWO! Foxy hammers away on Asuka, drags her up, arm wrench then Northern Lights, TWO! Foxy is getting frustrated, she puts on a chinlock to grind Asuka down. Fans rally for Asuka, Asuka endures and fights out, Foxy gives her a forearm, that only fires Asuka up. Another forearm, Asuka fires up more, then fires off forearms of her own. Asuka whips, Foxy reverses, Asuka hops up for the missile dropkick! Asuka keeps going, she hits Foxy with the hip attack in the corner. She throws Foxy by her hair, buzzsaw kick! Roll into the armbar, Foxy taps out and Asuka wins again! Does anyone stand a chance of defeating the Empress?

 

6 Man Tag: Jason Jordan & The Shield VS Samoa Joe & The Bar!

GM Angle made this match because his Gold-Blooded Son, The Architect and the Lunatic wanted to get their hands on The Destroyer. Can Jordan, Rollins and Ambrose put their differences aside to defeat Joe and the Raw Tag Team Champions?

The bell rings, Rollins starts and wants Joe, Joe doesn’t care. Sheamus starts, so Jordan tags in. The Gold-Blooded Son wants to prove himself against the Celtic Gladiator, but gives a cheap shot to Joe before throwing hands on Sheamus. Sheamus whips Jordan, Jordan fights back but gets run over! Joe tags in now, he makes Jordan pay for the cheap shot with stomps and jabs. Joe grounds Jordan with those jabs then grinds Jordan with his hands, tag to Cesaro. The Swiss Cyborg gives Jordan a European Uppercut, then another, tag to Sheamus, Sheamus stomps a mudhole into Jordan. Joe and Cesaro get cheap shots of their own now, Sheamus runs to hit a knee drop, TWO.

Sheamus tags Cesaro, Cesaro then climbs up for a falling stomp. Cover, TWO, Cesaro is right on Jordan with a chinlock. The Shield coach Jordan, Jordan reaches then suplexes Cesaro off him. Jordan crawls, Rollins tags in and springboards to rally on The Bar. Slingblade for Cesaro, a shot for Joe, Cesaro rolls up but Rollins reverses into his own, TWO, mule kick! TWO, Rollins keeps moving as he stalks Cesaro. Cesaro elbows Rollins and puts him on the apron, slingshot guillotine brings Cesaro down. Rollins slingshots again, Ambrose backs him up against Joe and The Bar, we go to break.

Raw returns as Sheamus gives Rollins a knee into a corner, then a sharp forearm into Rollins’ back. Rollins goes to ropes, Sheamus chokes him, the referee backs him off. Sheamus brings Rollins up, tags Joe, Rollins fails to escape before Joe clobbers him down. Joe brings Rollins up for knee strikes that back Rollins down, Joe jabs away in The Bar’s corner. Joe snapmares Rollins into a modified cobra clutch, Ambrose tries to get Rollins back into this. Fans rally, Rollins gets up and hits a jawbreaker, but Joe runs him over again!

Cover, TWO, Joe tags Sheamus. Sheamus drags Rollins over, up, tag to Cesaro, elbow drop backbreaker! Cesaro covers, TWO, so he chokes Rollins on the ropes. The referee backs Cesaro off, Sheamus gives Rollins a stiff knee! Another cover, Jordan protests, TWO! Ambrose and Jordan both protest but calm down while Cesaro brings Rollins up. Fans boo and jeer, Sheamus tags in but Rollins fights them both! Sheamus still gets the Irish Curse backbreaker, then drags a limp Rollins up for a second! Fans boo and jeer again, Sheamus brings Rollins up but Rollins slips out to DDT Sheamus! Jordan and Ambrose fire up, as do fans, Rollins and Sheamus crawl, hot tag to Joe, Joe intercepts Rollins. Joe whips Rollins then hits the back elbow and PELE! Jordan breaks the pin then goes after Joe, The Bar goes after Jordan and throws him out. Joe returns, drags Rollins over, tags Sheamus. Sheamjs lifts Rollins, Rollins slips around to a sunset flip, TWO. Sheamus runs at Rollins, Rollins dodges, Sheamus hits post!

Ambrose is hyped up, Rollins crawls, hot tag to Cesaro who intercepts Rollins again. Cesaro has Rollins in a facelock and on the far side of the ring. Fans rally, Rollins feeds of it and powers Cesaro back once, then twice, then a third time, the two are evenly matched until Cesaro knees Rollins and throws him out. The ref keeps Cesaro back, that allows Sheamus and Joe to attack, so Ambrose and Jordan go after them! The four men brawl, Sheamus goes into a post, Joe puts Jordan into the timekeeper’s area, Ambrose clobbers Joe. Then Cesaro comes in, gets a body drop to the floor! Ambrose gets Rollins int he ring, then himself to the corner, calling for the tag! Rollins crawls as fast as he can, but Cesaro boots Ambrose down. Rollins clotheslines Cesaro out, then dumps Joe out, then builds speed to DIVE!

He wipes out everyone, even Ambrose, Ambrose flails in pain. The referee needs a medic to check on Ambrose but the match must continue. Rollins in, BROGUE! Cesaro covers but the ref is slow tot he count, The Bar & Joe still win! Will Jordan, Ambrose and Rollins be able to avenge this loss?

 

Who is this arriving at Raw?

The limousine door opens to reveal… Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon! What business does she have with her Red Roster tonight?

 

WOKEN Matt Hardy responds to Bray Wyatt.

Hardy plays chess, and has Napoleon in checkmate. His forces have been ERADICATED! But there is no need for the foul language, fish of gold.

You always had a complex. When Napoleon inhabits another human vessel, Hardy will be up for a rematch. The vast battlefield that is the WWE is much like a chessboard. Everything must be precise, because one wrong move leads to ANNIHILATION! Hardy and Wyatt have been doing “this twisted little tango” since the beginning of time, his light shines brighter than any shadow Wyatt’s darkness may cast. “Now that the new battlefield has been set”, Hardy stands beside his WOKEN WARRIORS in this Great War. Wyatt and his evil Highness, Queen Abigail, must be stopped. They must be… DELETED!!

 

Medics check on Ambrose’s arm.

That’s when Joe & The Bar attack him and Rollins backstage! The Destroyer and the Raw Tag Team Champions let Rollins know “you are never safe” before crushing Ambrose’s arm inside a trunk door! If Ambrose’s arm wasn’t broken, it might be now. What will the consequences be for this heinous attack?

 

Heath Slater & Rhyno VS The Revival!

Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson are finally back on Raw, can they continue where they left off?

The bell rings, Rhyno starts with Wilder, Wilder powers out of the headlock but gets run over. Rhyno tags Slater, double whip and double elbow, cover, TWO. Slater grabs Wilder but Wilder reverses, we see that Titus Worldwide and new statistician Dana Brooke are watching closely.

Wilder clubs Slater, tags Dawson, boot bump into some mugging. Dawson gives a big uppercut, whips Slater corner to corner but is reversed, Slater hits a forearm smash. Slater is fired up as he whips Dawson corner to corner, Wilder saves Dawson, Dawson clobbers Slater with a lariat. Dawson rains down fast rights, then brings Slater over to tag Wilder, for a double yank and slam. Cover, TWO, but The Revival keeps Slater isolated. Slater tries to fight out but Wilder clobbers him with another uppercut before wrapping on a chinlock. Wilder keeps Slater down, Slater throws Wilder down by his head. Hot tag to Dawson, Dawson intercepts but takes a heel kick! Wilder stomps Slater down, goes after Rhyno but gets knocked into Slater. Rhyno rallies for Slater, Wilder trips him off the apron. Slater clobbers Wilder, then throws hands with Dawson. Dawson headlocks, Wilder tags, Slater runs into the SHATTER MACHINE! The Revival wins their return, how will they change Raw’s tag team landscape?

 

Raw Commissioner talks to Raw GM.

We can’t hear what they’re saying, but it can only mean big things for Raw.

 

Heath Slater & Rhyno encounter Kurt Angle backstage.

That was a tough loss, Angle appreciates the effort. However, these two need to step it up before the end of the new year if they want more opportunities. Wait, what does that mean? Is Slater getting let go? He’s got kids, man! Rhyno tells Slater to relax, and explains that Angle wants them to change. Into new clothes? Slater just got these tights! No, not that way. Their attitudes need to change, in order to keep up with The Bar and The Revival. Slater needs to toughen up, and Rhyno knows how. Is this gonna hurt…?

 

“Ladies and gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter has come to Providence, and seems to be in the Christmas mood. “Who wants to walk with Elias?!” Providence gives a solid response. Elias mentions Tom Brady, they’ve crossed paths. Tom came up to him once and said “your music is the soundtrack to my success.” Tom listens to Elias during pregame rituals, such as deflating footballs and manipulating the rules. If Brady is a legend, then so is Elias. Elias has taken Roman to the limit, survived Braun Strowman, and Angle is afraid of what Elias can become. Angle should be, for Elias vows he will put on the performance of the year by entering and winning the Royal Rumble match! But for tonight, this song isn’t for New England, but for a good friend of his: Roger Goodell. But his song, is interrupted by #BossTime!

Elias greets Sasha and wants to continue, but then Mickie James makes her entrance. The Drifter lets this interruption slide, “All the women want to walk with Elias.” But then Bayley appears!

Elias takes his guitar and walks, and even refuses a hug. The Drifter’s mood aside, it is time for The Boss, the Hugger and the veteran to team up again and face Absolution!

6 Woman Tag: Absolution VS Mickie James, Bayley & Sasha Banks!

There is a war within the Raw Women’s Division thanks to the Glampire returning with the Gladiator and Golden Rose by her side to beat down those who did not give her credit for the Women’s Revolution. However, this resulted in the Raw Women’s Division uniting against Paige and her allies, will Absolution be halted already?

Paige and Mickie start, the bell rings, Paige runs to ropes. The referee backs Mickie off, Paige gets a cheap shot, Mickie fires off forearms and kicks to rock Paige. Mickie brings Paige over, tag to Sasha, double suplex. Sasha covers, ONE, Paige rocks Sasha with a forearm. Paige whips Sasha, Sasha kicks back, Mandy gets involved as a distraction, Paige kicks Sasha down. Paige covers, TWO, she brings Sasha over. Tag to Mandy, she stomps a mudhole into Sasha. Tag to Sonya, she throws hands on the former Raw Women’s Champion. Sonya tags Paige, Paige stomps away on Sasha. Paige roars, “This is MY house!” Sasha fights her way out of Absolution’s corner but Paige runs her over, cover, TWO. Paige brings Sasha back, stomps her out, Sonya and Mandy get cheap shots while Paige goes after Mickie and Bayley. Paige kicks Mickie right off the apron, then sicks Sonya & Mandy on Bayley & Mickie, respectively.

Bayley and Mickie hold their own, but Absolution eventually knocks them down. Meanwhile, Sasha is climb up top, she aims at Paige, flying seated senton! Mandy breaks the pin, Absolution pounces on Sasha. The referee shouts at them, he has to throw the match out because of the pack mentality. Paige has Absolution get Sasha up for another kick, but Nia Jax comes to the rescue!

The Brutal Beauty stares Absolution down, it snaps off! Paige hides in a corner while Nia shoves and knocks Sonya and Mandy down in turn. Mandy and Sonya are stacked in a corner, Nia takes them both for a DOUBLE Samoan Drop!

Paige chop blocks and hits a Shining Wizard! Paige stomps away on Nia, then demands her sidekicks get up. Absolution stomps 3v1, the rest of Raw’s women flood the ring! Absolution is outnumbered once again, so Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon comes out to bring order.

Stephanie tells every woman present that “Three years ago, a revolution started in the WWE.” And now this has become an evolution, Divas became Women Superstars, main-eventing everything from Raw to SmackDown to NXT and Pay-Per-views. This year alone saw the first ever Women’s Hell in a Cell, the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank, and even the first ever women’s match in the Middle East. “This is hope!” They inspire fans around the world by passion and talent, “but that’s not enough.” The women will make history once more… in a Women’s Royal Rumble!! The fans chant “YES! YES!” at this exciting news! WWE’s women will be making history, but who will make the biggest impact as the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble winner?!

 

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting episode of Raw. It appeared to be going in a sour direction but then somehow kept from turning into a slosh. Angle plays his part perfectly in the opening segment, he was as scared of Lesnar, Kane and Strowman being in one area as anyone would be, and wanted to get out immediately. The triple threat makes the most sense, because feeding Strowman 1v1 a second time is a shame, and Kane isn’t believable 1v1 anymore. At the same time, it makes Lesnar come off even stronger if he overcomes both behemoths in one match, or smarter if he uses them against each other. Jason Jordon continues to evolve his character in a good way, and continues to make enemies of everyone since he gets in Rollins’ way as well as Joe’s. Joe and The Bar “injure” Ambrose to perhaps throw a twist where Rollins must team with Jordan in order to defeat their common foe.

Itami’s debut surprised me, we only heard he was appearing on 205 Live. Cruiserweights show up on Raw, sure, but I was actually hoping The Club would finally side with Finn. Itami & Finn win to keep both men strong, especially Itami, and now we look to what Itami will do on Tuesday’s 205 Live. The Cruiserweights also impressed again in the #1 contender’s match, Alexander wins because it is again a little too soon for Gulak to turn Face (apparently). Gulak’s turn will still be something great, and perhaps it’ll come during the Cruiserweight Championship match. Then the filler appeared. Asuka wins because she’s Asuka and no one is ready to break her streak, The Revival wins because they’re finally back and just need to win. I thought Elias was going to have a filler match, but nope! The women close Raw with a match that is really filler to set up Stephanie’s massive announcement! The Women’s Rumble will be great, gives both Raw and SmackDown something to talk about, and I for one look forward to it.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)

Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?

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WWE Raw 2022

The Man prepares for the Royal Rumble!

“Doudrop” Piper Niven is coming for the Raw Women’s Championship, and she won’t be Manhandled so easily! How will Becky Lynch counter Piper’s power?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch; Piper & Becky win.
  • Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
  • Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
  • Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley; No Contest.
  • Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos; Omos wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs; The Street Profits & Mysterios win.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Becky Lynch heads to the ring!

Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Man has come ’round! Fans chant her name as she gets the mic, and she welcomes them to the Big Time! “Now we are less than two weeks away from the Royal Rumble, and the Raw Women’s Division has never been hotter. And whether you like to admit it or not, there’s only one person responsible for that, and that’s me.” Becky says it is so hot that there are stars from generations past, like Lita, Mickie James and the Bella Twins, all hoping that they can win the Rumble and challenge the #VanGOAT at WrestleMania. Face it, they need Becky because she makes stars.

Look no further than Doudrop. Becky has kindly given her the biggest opportunity of her life, a taste of the Big Time at one of the biggest events of the year. The people didn’t get her that! Piper Niven didn’t get it for herself. Becky did that! That is what Becky does! She makes people better, than she beats ’em! But Becky will admit that she admires Piper’s tenacity. She came from the rolling hills of Scotland and made a name for herself. Well no, someone else had to make up a name for her. So Becky will shoot it straight for “Doudou.” A doudrop will never be champion so long as The Man is still here.

But speaking of, here she comes! Piper storms right up to the ring, gets herself a mic and says she’s gonna tell Becky something. “You didn’t get me anything. I got myself this title match at Royal Rumble. But if it was really your plan to face me instead of Bianca, than it’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made. Just make sure you stay well out of my way tonight.” Becky says she did get Piper that win last week, and if Piper just follows her lead, they’ll get a win here tonight. But here comes Bianca Belair! “Oh, Becky. You really out here spittin’ all this nonsense about being the GOAT, the greatEST of all time, but let me remind y’all that you can’t spell greatest without E S T.”

Bianca joins Piper and Becky in the ring as fans chant for “EST! EST!” Bianca reminds us SHE is the EST of WWE. And Doudrop, uh, okay. The only reason Piper is facing Becky is because Ms. Big Time was so scared of Bianca, she interfered in last week’s match. But girl, uh-uh. That’s just buyin’ time. Because Bianca is officially entering the Royal Rumble match! And it’s gonna be every woman for themselves, so if Bianca’s gotta throw out every 29 other women like she did last year, she’ll do it. Then she’ll go main event WrestleMania… again. And Bianca can go after whichever champion she wants, which could be Becky or Piper.

But now, Bianca’s tag partner, Liv Morgan, arrives! “Well, well, well, Bianca. We may be tag teaming tonight, but I am also officially entering myself in the Royal Rumble match. And that’s not all, that’s not all. Because in two weeks, I’m also the one winning it.” But that means Bianca will be one of the 29 she outlasts on the way to WrestleMania. But since we’re on the same page- Piper pretends to snore and then says this is boring. Everyone, shut up and ref, get in here! Piper wants to fight, but it’s Becky who riles up Liv and Bianca, and then uses Piper as a shield! Piper welcomes someone to bring it, but this starts after the break.

 

Chad Gable prepares a speech.

“Greetings and salutations…” Otis walks over, the valedictorian of The Alpha Academy. Will this graduation ceremony go off without a hitch?

 

Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch!

Raw returns and the bell rings, and Bianca dropkicks Piper! Piper stays up but Bianca whips. Piper blocks, reverses, but Bianca goes up tot ell Piper to kiss this. Then Bianca leaps over Piper, spins her around and reels her in, but Piper blocks the suplex. Piper suplexes, Bianca slips out and then dodges in the corner! Piper hits buckles, Bianca ROCKS Piper with a forearm, then runs in to ram Piper. Piper rebounds to run Bianca over! Piper runs, Becky tags in! Piper is annoyed with Becky but Becky says she’s got this. They argue, Becky turns around into a dropkick! Bianca kips up, tags Liv, Liv dodges Becky to DECK Piper and SHOTGUN Becky!

Becky is in a corner, Liv back body blocks, then SHINING WIZARDS! Liv whips, Becky reverses but Liv stops to back elbow. Liv goes up to leap and missile dropkick Becky down! Liv then brings Becky around, springboard CODE BREAKER! Cover, Piper breaks it! Bianca gets in to ROCK Piper, but she can’t lift Piper for the torture rack. Piper shoves Bianca into a corner and SPLASHES! Piper runs at Liv but Liv sends her out! Becky rolls Liv up, has feet on the ropes, TWO! Liv kicks low, KICKS again, then runs in, but Becky dodges! Liv elbows Becky again, but runs into a MANHANDLE SLAM! Cover, Piper breaks it?! But that was her own teammate!

Piper drags Becky out of the way, wants to cover, but she’s not legal! So Piper hurries back to her corner, tags herself in, and then runs to SPLASH Liv! Cover, Piper and Becky win!

Winners: “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch, by pinfall

Then Piper celebrates by giving Becky a VADER SEATED SENTON! Piper laughs as she looms over Becky, but will she have the last laugh at the Rumble?

 

Reggie and Dana Brooke talk with someone.

Reggie knows they’ve faced giants in their career, so can they give Reggie any advice when facing Omos tonight? The person he’s talking to is Edge! Edge thinks, and he tells Reggie that he can do things Edge can’t even comprehend. So he has a chance? Hell no! Beth Phoenix scolds Edge with a smack, and Edge says he still wishes Reggie luck. And Beth talks with Dana real quick. She’s seen Dana bust her butt for years here, so it’s so great Dana has a title. Dana thanks Beth for that, and hurries away to keep up with Reggie. Edge and Beth then see Damian Priest. They shake hands and hug and Priest is happy to see the Grit Couple.

Edge says he likes what he sees with Priest’s other side. Yeah, Priest’s other side is a bit edgy, but being serious here, Priest wants some ideas on the Rumble match. Edge has experience, having won two, one of which he won from starting first. There’s no better man to ask for pointers than Edge. Well cardio is one thing, but the main thing is to keep doing you. Priest’s style is working. Someone brings over a note for Beth, and it’s from Maryse. She wants to meet Beth 1v1, woman to woman. Edge says that’s suspicious. Beth is of course going to go but Edge is going to go with her. Beth agrees, and Edge says he and Priest can talk more later. What will the It Couple have planned for the Grit Couple?

Kevin Owens then walks over to ask Priest something. Kevin is looking forward to their match tonight. Really? Yeah, no lie! He’s looking- Oh, right, because Kevin’s so honest. Yes, especially having a good, clean match. Good competition, show off some technical prowess. But also that side, that nutso, vicious side. That side shouldn’t come out. Kevin is just hoping for them having a good, clean match. Kevin also has an announcement to make, so see you then. Good talk. Kevin and his tie hurries off, but will Priest keep Damian from tearing into the Prizefighter?

Kevin heads to the ring!

The KO Show is back, and tonight’s guest is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! What will Kevin ask his new best buddy? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Kevin welcomes us to his show. He wishes he could say it’s good to be here in Tulsa, but that would be a vile lie because this place is brutal. Don’t get mad at him telling the truth! And another truth is that Kevin has a very special guest. He is a man Kevin is proud to call his best friend, and after this man beats Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble like he has in a plethora of matches before, he will be called the Universal Champion. Please welcome Seth! FRRRRREAKIN’! ROLLINS~! Rollins makes his way out to the ring, fired up as always, but especially now after having evaded a Bloodline beatdown on SmackDown last Friday.

Rollins takes up a mic and Kevin lets Rollins decide if they sit or stand. Rollins wants to stand, so he and Kevin kick the chairs aside. Kevin thanks Rollins for accepting his invitation to be a guest. Kevin wants to tell Rollins that he admires Rollins so much. There is so much Kevin admires about Rollins. From the great suits, like this striped one. He looks like a million bucks! MAHVELOUS! And even more so, Kevin admires Rollins’ courage. Do people realize how much guts it took for Rollins to show up on SmackDown, into the lion’s den, get face to face with Roman, and berate him into realizing that “The Head of the Table” is only possible because Rollins set the table.

“Yes, yes, yes! Kev, you hit the nail on the head right there!” Friday got a little testy, but the truth is, Roman’s rattled. Roman’s nervous, and dare Rollins say, Roman is scared. He’s scared! You heard it here first! Roman took the low road taking shots at Rollins’ family, sending the Usos after him. But everyone saw that the Usos couldn’t get the job done. Rollins says Roman is playing checkers while Rollins is playing chess! If Roman keeps this up, winning at the Rumble will be like taking candy from a baby. A little baby Roman! And Rollins will turn the title from blue to red and bring the Universal Championship back to their show, Monday Night Raw!

That’s huge! When Rollins wins, he’s staying on Raw with Kevin! Yes, 100%! Incredible! Then that means Raw has the best champion! Raw wouldn’t need Lesnar or Lashley, they’d have Rollins! Kevin again hits the nail on the head. Get rid of Lesnar. Rollins has a match with Lashley tonight, they can get rid of Lashley tonight! Who knows? Kevin likes the sound of that. But he has something of his own to announce and it is “earth shattering.” It will change the face of the industry! Right here and now, Kevin is officially declaring for the Royal Rumble! Rollins says that IS earth shattering!

Kevin will win the Rumble, Rollins will beat Roman, and the WWE Universe will get the match they… well, not deserve. But they’ll get the biggest Mania main-event ever! SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS VS KEVIN FREAKIN’ OWENS! Rollins likes where Kevin’s head is at. But here comes Damian Priest! Rollins says this is his time and Kevin’s show! If Priest steps any closer, Kevin will kick his ass! Kevin wants Rollins to stop but Priest tells Rollins to shut up! They’re both delusional idiots! There is not one person on this planet that believes Rollins will win at the Rumble. And Kevin is just a liar, so he isn’t winning, either.

And if Kevin doesn’t want to see Damian, then don’t wake him up. Oh and by the way, Priest talked with Pearce and Sonya. Their match tonight? That starts NOW! Kevin is freaking out, but Rollins tries to encourage him. Will it not matter when the Archer of Infamy takes aim?

 

Veer Mahaan.

In the animal kingdom, the lion bides its time as it hunts its prey. Step by step, until it finally strikes, leaving only scraps for the hyenas. When will the Million Dollar Arm finally strike?

 

Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns and the bell rings. They tie up, Kevin waistlocks, but Priest pries free to wrench to a wristlock. Kevin rolls, headlocks, but Priest uses a chinbar to push Kevin back and power out. Kevin rams Priest, but then Kevin apologizes, Things speed up, Priest runs Kevin over with a shoulder! Priest runs in at the corner, but Kevin puts him on the apron! Kevin elbows Priest away, but Priest ROUNDHOUSES back! Priest steps in but into a SHOTGUN! Kevin stomps Priest at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then drags Priest to center for a SENTON! Kevin wraps on a chinlock and leans on Priest but fans rally up.

Priest fights up, priest the hold open but Kevin CLUBS him on the back. Kevin CHOPS, whips, but Priest reverses. Kevin KCISK back, CHOPS again, and CHOPS! Priest snarls, but Kevin apologizes again. This is just good, clean wrestling! Priest cools off, but then he fires off fast hands! WHEEL KICK! Kevin goes to a corner, Priest runs in but Kevin bails out. Fans boo, Priest keeps cool, but then Priest goes out the side. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin gets back in the ring to refresh the count, then FROG SPLASHES off the apron! Kevin roars while Priest sputters! Kevin drags Priest up and in as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Priest CLOBBERS Kevin! Fans fire up as Priest aims from a corner, and Priest throws haymakers! Priest fires off KICK after KICK, then a ROLLING ELBOW! Kevin rebounds, into a FLAPJACK! Priest runs at Kevin in the corner, for a big back elbow! Priest reels Kevin in, but Kevin wrenches out to ROCK Priest! Kevin whips, Priest rebounds to LARIAT! Priest gets Kevin up for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest is annoyed but he drags Kevin up. Priest ROCKS Kevin with a right, hoists him up top in the corner and ROCKS him again! Priest climbs up, but Kevin hits back!

Priest and Kevin brawl, Priest gets the edge. Priest brings Kevin up, but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, and even a headbutt! Kevin headbutts again, Priest falls down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Kevin thinks of what he has to do now. Kevin aims, kicks but no stunner! Kevin ducks the heel kick, tries gain, but Priest dragon sleepers! But Kevin slips free to pop Priest up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives again and Kevin is shocked! Fans rally up, Kevin aims, kicks, but Priest blocks to spin and ROUNDHOUSE! Kevin wobbles into a choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Priest is shocked that Kevin survives! Kevin rolls away to a corner but Priest follows. Priest throws hands, whips Kevin corner to corner, but Kevin falls, clutching his leg. The ref checks on Kevin, Kevin flounders up saying it’s cramping up. The ref wants a medic to check this, fans boo but Priest isn’t sure what to make of this. But then Kevin suckers him in for a STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

Priest was right about Kevin being a liar! But now, Kevin could also be a contender! Will Kevin add the US Championship to his Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Nikki A.S.H.

What is her plan heading into tonight’s match with former tag partner, Rhea Ripley? Nikki tells Sarah that this is no different than any other match. It is clear to Nikki now that she stands on her own, and she couldn’t feel any better. Rhea should be down and out, completely mortified after being proven the friend Nikki didn’t think she was. But Nikki, you were the one who attacked Rhea- Sarah, you need to get your facts straight! Rhea is the one who broke up the team. Rhea is the one who decided to take their friendship and flush it! She is the villain, not Nikki! And Nikki is the closest thing that the people of Tulsa will ever have to a real hero. She will be the People’s Hero.

And sometimes, heroes have to do things that regular people don’t understand. After tonight, Rhea will realize that she needs a superhero, whether she likes it or not. Nikki strikes her superhero pose and walks away, but will Rhea’s brutality smack some sense into her?

 

The Alpha Academy heads to the ring.

Pomp & Circumstance plays because today is Otis’ graduation! Will the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions be celebrating on top of their big title victory from last week?

Raw returns and Gable is at the podium. “Greetings and salutations my fellow colleagues and… Oh who am I kidding? I don’t have any colleagues here, considering I’m an Olympian with a Master’s Degree that did it with an immaculate 4.0 GPA! Thank you! Don’t do that. Don’t boo education. That’s gross, everybody.” But it makes sense, since the odds of anyone in Oklahoma having a Master’s, let alone graduating high school, are slim to none! Now shoosh! Tonight is about celebrating. Not just an institution but an individual. Gable could go on and on about himself, because his list is long.

But tonight is about a man who overcame the odds. An absolute tree trunk in the ring and a great student in the classroom. Gable’s prized pupil, his protégé, his number one guy, OTIS! Gable’s so proud. Last week, Otis applied the lessons and passed his final exam by decimating the moronic RKBRO and claimed the Academy’s rightful spot as tag team champions! So tonight, it is Gable’s honor and pleasure- Fans chant with “RKBRO! RKBRO!” They’re trying to have a ceremony for Otis! Gable presents to Otis, who has no last name anymore, the highest graduating honors from the Alpha Academy! The music plays again as they hug it out.

Gable says Otis has the floor. Look at that face! Otis thanks Chad, and says Gable has helped him reach his full potential. But now he has a warning: expect pure carnage for anyone who messes with the titles! They ain’t stopping, and they ain’t ever gonna stop! But here comes Matt Riddle! The Bro is in his own graduation gown, but it has mismatched sleeves… Riddle asks, “What’s up, bros? Big O, you’re looking pretty, pretty tight. And you guys don’t even wanna know what I had to get this graduation gown on time.” But when he got invited to this ceremony, he knew he had to make a very special speech.

Riddle brings out his speech, written on a napkin from this morning’s breakfast buffet. “Fellow graduates and Tulsinians. IT felt like just last week, Randy and I were the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions. We were livin’ on the edge, drivin’ with the top down, lettin’ the wind blow through our hair. We were just a couple o’ young, wild stallions runnin’ free. But today is graduation day. And our lives will change forever. Randy would always say, ‘Life comes at ya pretty fast.'” Gable stops him there, he has no idea what he’s going on about. Riddle was NOT invited to this. And Oklahoma can’t afford to lose another braincell, so just be on your way.

Riddle has “Gablestiltskin” take it easy. Riddle wants to say how proud he is of them. Them and their astronomical necks. See? He can use big words, too, Chad! Gable says Riddle is an idiot. He already ruined Otis’ night, so get to the point. RKBRO wants a rematch? Problem is, Riddle probably can’t even define the word rematch. Riddle so can! A rematch is… uh… when you have to light something up twice! Like a candle! But hey, a rematch sounds like a pretty sick idea. Fans wanna see it! Gable knew it. No wonder Orton left Riddle high and dry. Where even is he? Riddle unzips his gown to show off his “Hey Raaaandy” shirt.

Gable and Otis will give them a rematch, under one condition: they have to prove their mental aptitude in an Alpha Academy Academic Challenge! Otis suddenly looks worried. TO spell it out, it’s Riddle & Randy VS the Academy to prove the smarter team! Because we already saw who the physically dominant team is! Whoa, an academic challenge? Like Billy Madison? Or more like Wheel of Fortune? Riddle loves spinning that wheel, and maybe he and Otis could run in a giant hamster wheel. Gable kinda looks like a jacked hamster, but with three times the brains. Otis is furious and throws off his gown! Riddle wants Otis to back it up and cool off.

Otis storms up the ramp, barking about this being his night! But Orton gets in the ring to RKO Gable!! And then Riddle trips up Otis on the apron! RKBRO got one over on the Academy, and now Orton wears one of the red graduation gowns! Orton gets the mic to then tell the Academy, “We accept!” Will Riddle & Orton get PhDs in kicking the Academy’s asses?

 

Austin Theory visits Vince McMahon.

Theory thanks Vince for the rematch with Finn Balor. But uh, what’s Vince watching on his TV? It was the previous match, where Finn won. Oh… Theory knows he lost, but then he beat the hell outta Finn and nearly ended his career. In fact, it was like a half victory. No such thing. So tonight, Theory needs to beat Finn and beat him up. If Theory doesn’t, Vince will get someone to drag Theory to this office and Vince will beat Theory up! Smash him all over, and by the time he’s finished, it’ll just be blood, snot and broken teeth. Then Vince will take a selfie with that. And send it to Mama Theory! Oh… Theory has been warned, will he make good on this rematch?

 

WWE honors Martin Luther King Jr.

“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. That all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That dream of MLK’s, where we judge not by the color of skin but by character, is still alive. We will all reach the Promised Land together.

 

Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!

Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The Prince is back after being out a month, will he make Theory pay for every minute he’s missed? The bell rings, they circle and tie up, and Theory puts Finn on ropes. The ref counts, Theory lets off but Finn blocks the cheap shot to kick and headlock! Finn thrashes to grind Theory down, Theory powers out but Finn ducks and dodges, only for Theory to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Theory drags Finn out of the ring to smack off the apron! And then whip him into barriers! Theory goes into the ring and the ring count climbs. Finn stands but Theory goes out after him.

Theory whips, Finn reverses, and Theory hits barriers! Finn then hits a SLINGBLADE! Theory writhes, the count is rising, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Finn rallies, trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Theory down! Theory goes to a corner, Finn runs in and CHOPS! Finn whips Theory corner to corner, Theory reverse but Finn reverses back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn snarls, Theory crawl to ropes and Finn KICKS him out of the ring! Finn drags Theory up but Theory HOTSHOTS! Theory somersaults in, but into a SLINGBLADE! Finn then runs, into a LARIAT from Theory! Theory hauls Finn up to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fireman’s carry, A T- NO! Finn makes it a roll up, TWO! Theory and Finn get up, and Finn goes to the apron. Finn shoulders into Theory, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs up!

But Theory avoids the Coup De Grace to somersault SHOTGUN! Fireman’s carry, A T L!! Cover, Theory wins!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall

Theory saves himself from Vince’s wrath, and he gets his victory selfie. But to make good on what Vince told him, Theory fires off fists! Theory then drags Finn up, fireman’s carries again, for another A T L! Theory tells Finn to expect the unexpected. But will Finn find a way to teach Theory and Mr. McMahon respect for The Prince?

 

Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley!

Before the match, Rhea is interviewed backstage. How does she respond to Nikki saying it was Rhea who ruined the relationship? Rhea says she never intended for this to hurt their friendship. But Nikki made up her mind. Rhea isn’t one to forgive very easily, so what kind of hero attacks a friend? If Rhea’s the villain here, than Nikki’s more delirious than Rhea thought. It’s time to remind everyone who Rhea Ripley is. Is Nikki in for a Nightmare tonight?

Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance, but then so do Queen Zelina Vega and Carmella. Mella says, “Hear ye, hear ye, Tulsa. The Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE and Your Queen have arrived to tell everyone in this dusty arena that everything we predicted about Nikki A.S.H. has come true.” Zelina’s word is absolute, and therefore she is correct by default. Not only is she a beloved queen, but also a fairy godmother. Rhea would never have been rid of Nikki without their little push. Rhea should be thanking them! Because they’ve been telling Rhea for weeks that if she stuck with an Almost Superhero, she’d never be nothing more than an almost threat.

But seems things are too late. Rhea doesn’t look like anything more than a low class loser. Without Nikki as her security blanket, does Rhea have what it takes? As Zelina’s said, you’re either the most powerful women in the room, or you’re nothing. Zelina is queen, but Rhea will be standing there, covered in trash, looking for someone to leech off of. Rhea doesn’t have the guts to be champion all on her own. Rhea tells them to bring it, then, but Nikki goes after Rhea! The ref wants Nikki to let off, but Nikki keeps hammering Rhea down! Rhea hits back but Nikki throws Rhea down! Nikki is seething, and then she drags Rhea up. Rhea kicks Nikki away but Nikki throws her out!

Nikki WRECKS Rhea with a dropkick, then goes out to RAM her into steel steps! The Almost Superhero leaves Rhea down, but the match is called off. Will Rhea get right? Or will she get revenge?

 

Dana Brooke and Reggie regroup backstage.

What did they talk about? Staying low and staying mobile. That’s right! Reggie is faster, stronger and amazing! Use Omos’ size against him, tire him out, and go for the legs. Meanwhile, R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Tamina, and a referee are watching while eating popcorn. Dana says Reggie can be vicious and ruthless while also super athletic. Reggie says, “Who am I kidding?” He ran into Omos full speed and bounced off him! Dana says Reggie is the most capable man she knows. Just stay away from him. But even Dana looks worried. Truth says Dana must really hate Reggie. She just told him to get got! Will Reggie even survive his run-in with Omos?

Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos!

Raw returns and Reggie makes his entrance. Dana is cheering him on, but she still looks very worried. Omos points out the clear height difference, and then he roars! Even that scares Reggie! But then here come the 24/7 Championship hunters! Dana runs into the ring, scoots under Omos and out the other side. Omos catches Tozawa, TOSSES him out, then CLOBBERS Truth! Tamina stares Omos down and Reggie climbs the corner. Tamina goes around Omos, the bell rings, and Reggie leaps! Into Omos’ arms! Omos uses both hands for the MOUNTAIN TOSS! Omos says it’s that easy. Cover, Omos wins.

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

Omos didn’t break a sweat with that one! Will the colossus of Raw continue to dominate until he’s on top of the world?

 

Maryse heads to the ring!

As her note said, she is here to talk with Beth face-to-face. But will that all this be? Or do Miz & Mrs. have a plan for the Glamazon? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Maryse has a mic to say, “Bonsoir (good evening), Tulsa.” She assures us The Miz couldn’t make it. He has a very big mouth and likes to agree to things without asking her first, so tonight, she is cleaning up his mess. She then asks Beth to come out alone so they can do this right. Woman to woman, wife to wife and mother to mother, Maryse wants to talk. Beth makes her entrance, but Edge still follows her out. Maryse wants Edge to wait on the ramp until they’ve had this conversation. There aren’t many ways to put this, but the match at the Rumble, it has to be canceled. Uh, okay. This oughta be good, so Beth is all ears.

Maryse says she doesn’t want it, surely Beth doesn’t want it, and the fans don’t want it! Fans boo, they DO want it. Maryse is trying to have a heartfelt moment, guys. Really? Really? Really? Maryse is sure sounding like Miz here… Maryse says she has the mic, so she can be louder than everyone here. It doesn’t matter what you think! Now she’s The Rock? But anyway, Maryse wants Beth to listen. They’re from the same generation in WWE. They fought together. Remember those two minute matches? Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Maryse asks if they’re done.

But Beth, c’mon. They fought together and made the Women’s Division what it is today! They’re great at what they do! Just look at them! Women nowadays main event WrestleMania thanks to these two! So if anything, Maryse thinks that they should be on the same team. They should be a unit! Friends! Even their daughters can be friends! They can have play dates, dinners, or even just a coffee. Beth wants Maryse to know that she speaks for everyone here when she says, “Just shut up!” Seriously? BFF’s? Playdates? Is anyone buying this? NOPE! So that means Maryse takes acting lessons from The Miz.

Beth boils it down to a simple answer: the match is NOT off. Beth is NOT missing the chance to tag team with her husband for the first time ever. And she is NOT missing the chance to Glam Slam Maryse’s ass through the canvas! In fact, why not give the fans a preview? Beth storms up to the ring but Maryse stays put. Wait, Miz attacks Edge at the ramp! But Edge DECKS Miz! Maryse really was lying about Miz being at home! But then Maryse CLOBBERS Beth with her purse! What’s in that bag?! Maryse and Miz decide to show us: it was a BRICK! A literal BRICK! Maryse tosses her hair back and celebrates with The Miz. But will Edge and Beth only look to break The It Couple for that one?

 

The Street Profits are fired up backstage!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have a dream! The dream is that they have a plan and will execute it and win! The best part is, they do it in Tulsa, Oklahoma~! YESSIR! All the bodies in the ring, it’ll be like a mini Rumble. Which is great cuz the Profits were the first to declare for this year’s Rumble! Their first one, tossin’ bodies! But will Ford throw Dawkins? Rey Mysterio & Dom walk over to say not to worry. They’re a team tonight, and they’ll also be in the Rumble. Rey has to get this off his chest: Los Mysterios will outlast 28 other men in the Rumble. And then, not only will they throw those guys out, they’ll take the Mysterio name back to the Mania main event!

Okay, all due respect, that’s only if the Profits don’t make it there first. Because the Profits are up! And WE WANT THE SMOKE! Will these four burn it down to then light it up on the Road to WrestleMania?

8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. Then the Pride of Nigeria and his right hand man make their entrance. Teams sort out, Dolph Ziggler starts against Dom. They tie up, Dom waistlocks but Ziggler elbows free. Ziggler talks trash, runs, but Dom follows to RANA! Dom runs at Ziggler in the corner but Ziggler CLOBBERS Dom! Tag to Robert Roode and he stomps Dom. Roode drags Dom up, suplexes, but Dom knees free! Dom kicks low, tags Rey, and Rey gets a boost to RANA! Rey whips, Roode reverses but Rey dodges and tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey runs in but Roode puts him on the apron. Rey DECKS Roode, climbs, and leaps, but the rana is blocked

Roode brings Rey up, but Rey RANAS Roode out of the ring! Ziggler and Dom get in, Dom whips but Ziggler throws Dom up and out! Ford and Dawkins DROPKCIK Ziggler out! All eight men are on the outside now and shouting, but the ref keeps the peace while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns, Roode tags Ziggler and the Dawgs double whip Rey to double elbow him down. Then the Dawgs hit Rey’s corner to knock everyone down! Fans boo but Ziggler drags Rey over to tag Apollo. Apollo hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is upset on Apollo’s behalf, but Apollo decides he’ll finish it now. Apollo gets Rey up, trophy lifts, but Rey fights free to a DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, Dawks is back! Hot tag to the Curse of Greatness! And he rallies on everyone! He hurdles Apollo to hit a FLYING BACK ELBOW! Roode runs into an EXPLODER! Ziggler runs into an EXPLODER!

Dawkins gives Apollo a CYCLONE SPLASH, then the SILENCER! But Azeez gets in to break the cover! Ford returns to ENZIGURI Azeez out! The Dawgs TOSS Ford out! But the Mysterios dropkick the Dawgs onto the ropes! STEREO 619’s! Dom goes up and out to LEAP at Azeez! But Azeez catches him! Rey jumps to add on, the Mysterios take out Azeez! But Apollo rolls Dawkins up! TWO, and pop-up for SKY HIGH! Tag to Ford, he’s up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, the Profits & Mysterios win!

Winners: The Street Profits & The Mysterios, by pinfall

Ford was five-star again with that splash, but then the Mysterios decide to dump the Profits out! Rey says that’s nothing personal, just a sample of the Rumble. And then he dumps Dom out! The son’s got a lot to learn still. But will Dom & Rey look to be in that final handful at the Rumble to put their name back on the WrestleMania marquee?

 

WWE looks at the parallels of Lashley and Lesnar.

“Forge: to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape.” Great warriors are born at the forge, shaped by the heat of the fire and tried in the brutality of combat. This is the beginning of two such warriors. “The great plains often invoke idyllic dreams of an unending cascades of crops and green pastures. But in winter, these dreams are overtaken by the harsh reality of desolation and decay. It is here that the heart of a Beast was forged, and a Conqueror was born.” Brock Lesnar is a two-time NCAA All American with over 100 victories, and the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion. And just five months after his WWE debut, The Next Big Thing was WWE Champion.

After ravaging every challenger in the WWE, the Beast would go to the UFC, and in just three fights, he’d reign supreme as the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Then upon returning to the WWE, Lesnar’s path of devastation continued. He took 16-time WWE Champion John Cena to Suplex City, ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak, and cemented his dominance as a three-time Universal and six-time World Champion. He is a Beast without limits, without remorse, and without fear.

“Discipline. Restraint. Control. It is from these fires that the All Mighty was forged. Son of a US Army drill sergeant, Bobby Lashley learned at an early age that only by rigorously harnessing his natural ability that he would the greatness that he sought.” A three-time NAIA wrestling champion, Lashley would follow his father’s footsteps into the Army, and he honed his craft onto his way to winning gold in the Armed Forces Championship. Lashley would emerge in WWE as a peak physical specimen, unleashing a torrent of physical power and ferocity. But while he won gold, Lashley couldn’t quite find that next level.

A sojourn into MMA ignited the fires and Lashley had a 15-2 record. Then he’d return to the WWE and he would unleash havoc on opponent after opponent with his arsenal of high impact moves, headlined by the Hurt Lock full nelson. He would become United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and ultimately, WWE World Champion. Now, Lashley is ready for the one challenge that eluded him. For 20 years, Lashley believes Lesnar was ducking him. But Lesnar is confident that if they’d met before, Lesnar would’ve already beaten him. But the Royal Rumble will see the champion Beast collide with an All Mighty challenger.

These paths have finally crossed. Two warriors, forged in flame, battle and gold, fight for the ultimate prize. Only one emerges THE WWE World Champion. Will the ring even stay standing as these wage war?

 

The Miz & Maryse are heading out.

Kevin Patrick stops them to ask about that vicious attack. Miz says it took ONE SHOT to take down the Glamazon! Now Beth needs medical attention! Now the Grit Couple is the SH- Maryse stops Miz there. The girls are watching at home. Oh, right. Daddy loves ya, girls! And Miz loves Mommy. He is the best husband ever, because he remembered that Maryse’s birthday is next week! So before saying bonny nut- No, no, it’s bonne nuit. The T is silent. Right, bonne nuit to the Grit Couple, Miz is going to throw the most expensive, extravagant and amazing birthday party that anyone has ever seen, because Miz loves Maryse.

Nothing, especially not Edge & Beth, is stronger than their love. These two make-out right in front of us… But will announcing the birthday party here come back to bite the It Couple?

 

Alexa Bliss has another therapy session.

She and her therapist sit quietly a moment before he welcomes her back. He’s happy to say that there are less breakable things here in the office. She isn’t sure about that. But these sessions will continue. He will not tolerate a repeat of last week, though. He does apologize for showing her such a sensitive subject, but he had to know where she stood psychological. He promises her that she will be on the road to recovery. Neat. Now, let’s do word association. Okay, sure. How does she feel about the word, “Trust.” “Lily.” Friend? Lily. Home? Lily. Doll… Lily. Imaginary. Alexa gets up out of her seat and glares at him. Okay, time’s up.

The doc bolts but Alexa cools off. She sits back down, looks around the room, but stays quiet. Will Alexa ever get over her twistedly tragic past?

 

Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is ready to wreck everything, including Brock Lesnar. Meanwhile, The Visionary is preparing to repeat history and defeat Roman Reigns once again. But who will have some major momentum on their side going towards those titanic title matches? The main event of top championship challengers begins after the break!

Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and Lashley glares while Rollins smirks. The two circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Rollins headlocks, Lashley powers up to power out, but Rollins duck sand dodges. Lashley hurdles then runs Rollins over! Fans cheer as Lashley mocks Rollins’ pose. The two reset, circle and tie up again. Rollins waistlocks, Lashley uses ropes to buck Rollins away, but Rollins hurdles and drops to then go perpendicular, SLINGBLADE! Rollins kicks, reels Lashley in, but Lashley back drops free! Lashley stalks Rollins, but Rollins fights the full nelson! Rollins drops to KICK Lashley, then he dumps Lashley out!

Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit but Lashley stays up! Rollins goes back in, builds speed again, DIVES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Lashley roars and Rollins flounders while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Rollins has Lashley down now! Rollins drags Lashley to a corner to SLAM a leg against the post! Rollins SLAMS the leg again, talks trash to MVP, then gets in as the ring count reaches 5 of 10. Rollins drags Lashley up, puts the bad leg in the ropes, pulls until the ref counts, then dropkicks the leg! Lashley falls, Rollins drags him to center and steps through to drop a leg on the knee! Lashley snarls and fans rally up. MVP coaches Lashley, but Rollins drops another leg on the bad knee! And then another! Rollins has the toehold, ties up the legs, but Lashley fights, only for Rollins to still get the Indian Deathlock!

Rollins keeps Lashley’s hands away while Lashley endures the hold. Rollins SLAPS Lashley in the side, but Lashley pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Lashley lets go but he punches Rollins! Rollins lets the legs free, but then he gets the bad one for a DRAGON SCREW! And into a HALF CRAB! Lashley endures, even as Rollins sits deep! Lashley powers up, fans rally up, and Lashley turns, only for Rollins to stomp the leg! Rollins has the Half Crab again! MVP coaches Lashley more but Rollins talks trash on “Bob.” Lashley fights up, turns things over, and he boots Rollins away! Rollins falls out of the ring but he’s right back in! Lashley avoids the stomp for a COMPLETE SHOT!

MVP says that’s the All Mighty Lashley he knows! Lashley grits his teeth and pushes up, just as Rollins also sits up. Rollins turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another! Lashley runs in at the corner, to RAM into Rollins! Lashley turns Rollins around, NECKBREAKER! Lashley fires up and Tulsa fires up with him! Lashley gets Rollins up, suplexes, but Rollins fights free! Lashley kicks low to gut wrench, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but MVP coaches Lashley to keep going. Lashley aims from a corner, Rollins rises, Lashley runs in, into a KNEE! Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Then runs, but into a scoop!

Rollins slips out, shoves Lashley into buckles, then kicks low! Rollins underhooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Lashley survives but Rollins is too tired to be shocked! Fans rally behind Lashley but Rollins stands. Rollins goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Lashley gets him with a choke grip! Lashley climbs up, but Rollins fights with elbows! But Lashley clinches, for a SUPER BELLY2BELLY!! Rollins goes flying to the other side of the ring! Lashley gets back to a corner but the Hurt Business go after him!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification

Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin mug Lashley but Lashley fights back! That’s still 2v1, and they POST him! Alexander & Benjamin shout that he’s brought this upon himself, and then the POST Lashley again! They glare at MVP but then drag Lashley back up. But Lashley DOUBLE SUPLEXES them instead! COMPLETE SHOT for Benjamin! Fireman’s carry and the POST for Alexander! Lashley SPEARS Benjamin through barriers! Rollins is shocked at seeing the carnage, but the USOS run out from the crowd! Rollins turns around, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Jimmy & Jey make up for missing the target on SmackDown!

Rollins lost the match and then got got! Will he stand a chance of dethroning the Head of the Table if the Usos can get him on his show? As for Lashley, will he be able to go for the gold if he has his former henchmen coming after him?


My Thoughts:

This was a decent episode, but with really glaring low points. Does Vince just hate Women’s Wrestling again? Why is it that the matches tonight were basically filler to move the story along? Nikki VS Rhea being No Contest was whatever since it at least went with story. But that opening tag match had Becky, Piper, Bianca and Liv, all of which are basically the stars of the Raw Women’s Division. Yet Vince couldn’t be bothered to give that match more than a bathroom break amount of time! I suppose because it was Piper ending it all very quickly, we’re supposed to think Piper is that great, but honestly it just hurt all four women. If Bianca was taken out by just a corner splash, how is she to win the Rumble?

Finn VS Theory 2 was also way too short. I get there was a commercial break in the middle but that just makes it worse. Theory winning was clean also a shame, and not because of Vince’s weird threat to him. I get that Theory needed to win to make a feud out of this, but why not dirty it up a little? When is Finn going to get a chance to comment on how Theory is Vince’s pet project and all that? This whole thing is just hurting my brain. And only a little less than the Veer Mahaan videos coming back. He better show up in the Rumble. And this week’s Alexa therapy session was filler. It was just her associating everything with Lily but not even in a more compelling way than last week’s “triggered Alexa” vignette.

We got a good 8 Man Tag but it was also on the short side. It was pretty standard Rumble season stuff for Rey & Dom to dump the Profits out, but Rey dumping Dom was a bit of a surprise. Maybe Dom will do the same during the Rumble on Rey? I did appreciate them weaving three backstage segments into one, going from Reggie wanting advice from Edge but basically striking out, and then Edge talking with Priest and then Priest talking with Kevin. If Dana still has the 24/7 title come the Women’s Rumble, can that title end up hot potato’d around to end up on someone from SmackDown? Or does Fox just hate that title?

Omos of course destroyed Reggie, but I almost thought he was going to somehow end up 24/7 champion. That’d probably put the end to the title, though, because who would even try to take it from him? Kevin had a very good match with Priest, and his win definitely puts him in line for the US Championship, but who knows if Kevin will even go for it with him so closely connected to Rollins in their stories. And we got a good promo segment out of Maryse and Beth. But Maryse bringing up the Diva Era short matches and yet we got a short women’s match here, the irony clearly goes over Vince’s thick head. That brick in the purse, though. And telegraphing the birthday stuff for next week, Maryse’s cake is definitely going into someone’s face.

The Alpha Academy graduation was a pretty good segment. I am sure Riddle was referencing something but I can’t place it. I can’t believe they’re kayfabing that Otis never had the last name “Dozovic.” That’s taking Vince’s love of editing names to a new, dumber level. But I loved the face Otis made when Gable said they were going to have a tag team academic challenge. He’s going to end up the weak link for his team since this graduation was based on his in-ring skills. The Lesnar Lashley vignette was well made, but a rather melodramatic theme in the narration. After the string of short matches, it just felt like WWE trying too hard to be cinematic and not enough about action.

Lashley VS Rollins was great stuff, until the Hurt Business “ruined” things. It just keeps reminding us of how flippant they’ve been with that faction’s story. They work together against Goldberg but then not together against Lesnar, and now the Hurt Business is just being thrown at Lashley in an attempt to build Lashley as brutal and dominant without it being in the matches. The Usos getting the drop on Rollins was pretty good, though, since that carries over from SmackDown. If they’d let it just be the Usos trying to mess with Rollins, I think things would’ve felt a bit better.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)

Raleigh gets Elevated!

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AEW Elevation Coverage

A lucky seven for Elevation!

AEW continues in Raleigh and has a strong seven for Elevation! Jay Lethal is keeping himself sharp for what could be an FTW Championship showdown!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty VS JR Miller & Marcus Kross; Sydal & Moriarty wins.
  • Tay Conti VS Ameera; Conti wins.
  • Gunn Club VS JB Cole & T.I.M; Gunn Club wins.
  • Frankie Kazarian VS Labron Kozone; Kaz wins.
  • Ruby Soho VS Kenzie Page; Soho wins.
  • Private Party VS Chase Emory & Patrick Scott; Private Party wins.
  • Jay Lethal VS Alexander Moss; Lethal wins.

QUICK NOTES

Pretty clear cut stuff here, but I like that we’re seeing Sydal & Moriarty in tag action again. Kenzie Page is back in AEW and she’ll give Ruby Soho a good match. Good to see Kaz back in action, they kinda let the ball drop on his Elite Hunter story but maybe he can build himself up towards the TNT Championship. And I have a feeling in Gunn Club’s match, fans will troll Austin & Colten as “Ass Boys” again and that could come close to costing them.


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