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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (12/25/17)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • John Cena VS Elias; Cena wins.
  • THE Brian Kendrick w/ Jack Gallagher VS Hideo Itami; Itami wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Absolution VS Bayley, Sasha Banks & Mickie James; Absolution wins.
  • Kane VS Heath Slater w/ Rhyno; Kane wins.
  • Curt Hawkins VS Finn Balor; Finn wins.
  • Six Man Tag Miracle on 34th Street Fight: The ‘Zo Train VS Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Akira Tozawa; Alexander, Ali & Tozawa win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Roman Reigns VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins by disqualification, Reigns retains.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: The Miztourage VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
  • WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: The Bar VS Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan; Rollins & Jordan win and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

JOHN CENA is in Chicago!

He enjoys the “Christmas carol” only the WWE Universe can give him as he heads to the ring. And he realizes something is wrong with this picture, so he heads back out of the ring. A fan is wearing the wrong shirt and hat, so Cena gives them his as a present.

“And on that note, Merry Christmas, Chicago!” The fans echo that sentiment by chanting “Merry Christmas!” The first broadcast on Christmas, the first time that chant has been said. Cena loves the holidays because they’re about togetherness. He always lets everyone know the WWE is his home, and the fans are his family. They’ve had ups and downs, but he still gives a cheer to everyone being together. Cena wanted to be right here, right now to- Wait, The Drifter interrupts.

“Hello, I am Elias.” He plays his guitar all the way down to the ring, then asks John Cena if he even knows what “WWE” stands for. It’s “Walk With Elias.” Elias therefore asks Chicago, “Who wants to walk with Elias?!” Some fans do, actually. Cena figures he might as well. That’s a smart decision, because for months, Elias has been interrupted and has had enough. Elias decided to interrupt someone else for once–pausing for the Chicago fans chanting “CM Punk!” and then saying that’s one man who definitely isn’t interrupting him–but Cena says it’s all good. Have some fun over the holidays. The fans continue their chant. Elias doesn’t care how much they chant, he’ll still perform. Cena asks that if Elias is performing- No, Elias doesn’t want to hear him out. He even puts a finger on Cena’s lips to shush him. Cena fetches Elias his stool, and lets him begin, spotlight and all. “Right now I need everyone to silence their cellphones, hold their applause and shut their mouths”, for Elias’ Christmas song. Fans still chant “CM Punk!” Elias blames Cena. “Well it’s Christmas time, Chicago. This is Christmas, today. I couldn’t imagine a worse place to spend my holiday~.” No, no! Cena stops Elias and this concert. Cena was giving Elias a chance, but Elias went and insulted Chicago. This isn’t a bad place, just look at all the people! Look at how excited they all are! Elias plays okay, but he always insults the audience! Elias speaks the truth. No you don’t. The fans aren’t jerks, Elias is the jerk.

The Drifter never saw it that way. And, it is Christmas. Maybe Cena’s right, maybe Elias is a jerk. Elias would like a second chance from Chicago. Chicago doesn’t seem willing to give that second chance. But, it is Christmas, so Cena is willing to. Elias starts again, “Well it’s Christmas time, Chicago. This is Christmas day. I can’t imagine a better place to spend my holiday~!” Cena, join in. “Have yourself, a merry little–” Sucker punch from Elias! “I don’t play for you, I don’t play for you, Christmas is overrated and so is Chicago.” Elias takes his mic out, but then gets an idea. He goes after Cena again! Elias stomps Cena out, then takes Cena’s mic and says he’s giving himself a gift: challenging Cena to a match to start off Raw!

John Cena VS Elias!

Christmas Raw is already off to a raucous start, the match is made official, Elias goes at Cena at the bell. He rains down rights and then stomps away, big elbow drop as well. Elias puts Cena in a corner for body shots and trash talk, then a right hand decks the 16 time world champion again. Fans duel with chants while Cena fights back. He whips Elias, hip toss and takeover, Cena gains control. Elias gets up, stomps on Cena’s foot before knocking him down with a right forearm. Cena gets to the apron, Elias goes out to drag him out and ram him against the apron edge. Elias then backs up, takes aim, and rams a knee right into Cena’s head. Cena tumbles down to the floor, Elias stalks him then brings him up by his jaw. Elias chops Cena against the barrier then puts him in the ring, cover, TWO. Elias keeps focus, he scoops and slams Cena at the ropes. Another cover, TWO. The fans are still rowdy, but some get on Elias’ side as he throws Cena again. Cover, TWO, Elias keeps his cool. Fans want “One more time!” so Elias rocks Cena with a forearm before placing Cena in the Tree of Woe. Elias stomps Cena in the ribs, fans duel with “Let’s go Cena!” “CM Punk!” while Elias climbs up and drags Cena up, draping double stomps!

TWO, and now Elias is getting frustrated. He puts Cena in an armlock, fans rally and Cena gets up. Cena fights back, whips Elias corner to corner, but Elias boots him down. Elias scoops Cena and puts him back in the Tree of Woe, for more shots to the ribs. Elias climbs up again, Cena resists, Cena dodges the stomps. Cena clotheslines Elias down, but falls down himself. The two recover as the fans rally, they get to their feet and brawl. Back and forth between Cena and Elias, Elias ducks to give a spin-out backbreaker to Cena, cover, TWO! Cena and Elias stir, but Elias is first to stand up. Elias decks Cena with another right, then trash talks as Cena climbs back up. Cena falls to another right hand, but he keeps moving. Elias gives Cena more strikes in a corner, stomping a mudhole into Cena. Elias climbs up top again, and brings Cena up with him. Cena resists Elias’ plan to then get the fireman’s carry. Elias gets the electric chair position, spin around for the sit-out powerbomb! TWO! Cena rolls out of the ring while Elias is frustrated in the center of the ring. The referee counts and Elias is willing to wait. The count reaches 8 when Cena gets in, Elias covers, TWO. Elias puts Cena in a chinlock to grind Cena down, even rolling Cena to add weight and pressure on him. Cena endures and wills himself to his feet. He powers his way out of Elias’ grip, Elias kicks low but Cena gets moving. Cena rallies with his signature shoulder tackles. Elias bails out, knowing what comes next, so Cena fetches him back into the ring, only for Elias to run him over with a lariat! Cover, TWO! Elias grabs Cena, backbreaker, TWO. Frustration grows as Elias looms over Cena. Cena stands up, Elias gives him another backbreaker, TWO. Elias toys with Cena now, then lifts him for another backbreaker, but Cena reverses into the STF! He reaches, endures, so Cena drags him away from ropes! Elias shoves Cena away, then strikes with a knee, knocking Cena down. Cena rolls out before Elias can cover, then climbs back up. Elias goes after Cena while the fans duel again, throwing right hand after right hand. Cena shoulders in, slingshots over, and rolls Elias into the STF! Elias endures, reaches for ropes, drags himself over, and gets the ropebreak. Cena lets go, brings Elias up for a whip, Elias reverses, and hits Cross Rhodes! TWO! Elias reaches a boiling point, as he is running out of ideas. He drops a big elbow on Cena just because, then searches for another idea. He gives another elbow, then stands over Cena to boast already. Cena gets him in a sunset flip, TWO, they get moving, Cena gets rallying. Spin-out bomb, and we know what that means: “You can’t see me!”

Five-Knuckle Shuffle! Then the fireman’s carry, the Attitude Adjustment! Cena wins on Christmas!

 

Raw takes a look at Samoa Joe’s path of destruction.

Since showing up on the main roster, he has been unimpressed by those he has targeted. From “that silly bastard, Jason Jordan”, to the “your so-called Architect, Seth Rollins”, to the “human cockroack, Dean Ambrose”, Samoa Joe shows no mercy and no respect. He kept The Shield from regaining the Raw Tag Team Championships, and even injured The Lunatic Fringe’s elbow. Most of all, Joe is not impressed with “a man who I have put to sleep time after time”, The Big Dog, Roman Reigns. Joe has put them out, and “there is nothing you can do about it.” Will The Destroyer’s worlds hold true in 2018?

 

Kurt Angle puts the finishing touches on his Christmas tree.

His Gold-Blooded Son visits him, as does Seth Rollins. Rollins cuts to the chase, he wants after Samoa Joe tonight, after what happened to Dean Ambrose. Jason Jordan feels bad for Ambrose, but he’s been patiently waiting for his shot at Joe. Patiently? Jordan has been anything but patient. Angle reminds them it is Christmas. They both want Joe, but The Bar interferes. To get at Joe, take care of Sheamus & Cesaro first. Is Angle really suggesting Rollins & Jordan team up? No, not after last week. Jordan wasn’t the one who got his head kicked in and pinned in that match. Besides, Jordan already did tag teams, he was hoping to focus on his singles career. He doesn’t want to be going backwards. How is teaming with Seth Rollins going backwards? Angle loves the intensity, and knows that when they find a way to work together, they’ll be unstoppable. And figure it out soon, because that match is happening, tonight on Christmas, for the Raw Tag Team Championships. Jordan and Rollins accept this Christmas present, can they pull it together to get revenge and gold? Oh, and look who has returned: Roman Reigns! Samoa Joe is all yours, Big Dog. And by the way, it is for the championship. Roman wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

THE Brian Kendrick w/ Jack Gallagher VS Hideo Itami!

The Man with a Plan and his Ungentlemanly Ally wish to “welcome” the newest member to the Cruiserweight Division, but all this “excitement” surrounding the man “who strikes his opponent so hard, they feel it for weeks” sounds too good to be true. Can the former Cruiserweight Champion show Itami is “just a passing fad”?

The bell rings, Itami and Kendrick circle and tie up. Kendrick clubs away on Itami but Itami merely fires up from those strikes. Itami fires forearms of his own, then a European Uppercut, Itami whips and runs Kendrick down with a kitchen sink knee. He keeps up the attack by kicking Kendrick in the back over and over, then drags him up for a scoop slam and another kick. “Respect me!” Itami shouts. Gallagher distracts him on the apron, Kendrick attacks with a calf kick! Cover, TWO, Kendrick clubs away on Itami with crossface punches. Kendrick lets up to bring Itami up for chops, then a corner to corner whip. Itami hits buckles, Kendrick grinds his shoe into Itami’s face. Kendrick brings Itami up, butterfly suplex, cover, TWO. Kendrick keeps Itami grounded with a headlock that he shifts into a straitjacket stretch. Itami endures, fights his way out, but Kendrick uses a cravat to drive Itami’s face into a buckle. Kendrick runs at Itami, Itami boots him away, then again. Itami hops up, tornado hotshot! Then, Itami climbs up for the flying clothesline! Fans like that, and Itami rallies on Kendrick with clotheslines and kicks. Fisherman Suplex throws Kendrick, fans fire up with Itami as he brings Kendrick up again, Itami gives strike after strike, then corner to corner for a skateboard dropkick!

The knee pad comes down, Itami calls for the finish. He brings Kendrick up into the fireman’s carry, Go To Sleep! Itami wins on Christmas! Itami wants respect, will he beat it out of the other Cruiserweights?

 

Raw looks back on Stephanie McMahon’s historic announcement.

The Raw Commissioner is proud of the Women’s Revolution in the WWE and how it has grown over the last three years. From changing Divas back into Women Wrestlers and Superstasr, to the first Women’s Hell in a Cell, first Miss Money in the Bank Ladder Match and even the first women’s wrestling match ever in Abu Dhabi, the women of the WWE put the “evolution” in revolution. “But that’s not enough!” January 28th, the Road to Wrestlemania starts with not just the Royal Rumble, but a Women’s Royal Rumble! No one can believe it, but everyone is excited for it. Who will be the winner of the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble and stamp their name on the Wrestlemania match card?

 

Bayley, Sasha Banks & Mickie James encounter The Miztourage backstage.

“Merry Mizmas, ladies.” Everyone is sad that Miz is gone, making a movie, so Bo Dallas & Curt Axel took it upon themselves to spread some “Mizmas Cheer”! With caroling! “Joy~ to the world~, Miz is Awesome! Let Miz step in his ring! We miss the Miz a lot~, we hope he returns soon~! Bo Dallas & Axel sing~, Bo Dallas & Axel sing~, Bo DALLAS, Bo Dallas~ & Curt Axel sing~…!” Speechless. The ladies leave to prepare for their match, will this be a truly Merry Mizmas?

 

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

Christmas, Mizmas or whatever, the women of Raw still want to establish strength and momentum within the Division as well as on the road to the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match.

The bell rings, and it is The Boss and The Glampire starting for their teams. Paige plays with Sasha as she dodges her and mocks her team. Paige tries again, but Sasha catches her by her hair, Paige forearms Sasha in the jaw then tags out to the Golden Mandy Rose. Mandy swings, Sasha gets a waistlock, roll up, TWO. Sasha keeps moving, speeds things up, but Mandy poses too much so Sasha dropkicks her down. Sasha mocks the posing, then knocks Mandy down again. She brings Mandy up for an arm wrench, then tags in the veteran, Mickie James. Mickie goes up, ax handle onto Mandy’s arm. Mickie rams shoulders into Mandy, brings her down, leg drop on the arm and a cover, TWO. Fans sing to Bayley while Mickie wrenches Mandy’s arm again, Mandy drives in a knee. Mandy runs, misses Mickie, Mickie gets her with kicks and a running forearm. Cover, TWO, so Mickie tags Bayley. The Huggable One follows Mickie’s lead, running low boot to sliding lariat, cover, TWO. Bayley keeps on Mandy but Mandy rocks her with a right. Mandy tags in Sonya Deville, who puts Bayley in a waistlock, then throws Bayley to the mat. Sonya throws Bayley some more, then kicks her around toyingly. Bayley catches one of those kicks and powers Sonya to her corner, tag to Sasha. The best friends double suplex Sonya over, ONE, Sasha runs for a double knee drop. ONE again, Sasha grabs Sonya’s foot just as Sonya gets the ropebreak. The referee backs Sasha down, Mandy tries a sneak attack while Sasha is distracted but fails. Sasha goes out to pursue Sonya, Sonya decks her with a clobbering right clothesline!

Sonya enjoys her handiwork from within the ring, Bayley and Mickie try to coach Sasha into the match while the ref counts. Sasha beats the count but Sonya is right on her again. Tag to Paige, Sonya holds Sasha in place for Paige’s corner Shining Wizard. Paige adds a mudhole stomp onto Sasha, then she roars at Bayley and Mickie. Tag to Mandy, she lifts Sasha up for forearms. Mandy embraces the heat before choking Sasha on the ropes. She wrings Sasha’s arm then puts Sasha in a modified stretch, fans and teammates rally for The Boss. Sasha rolls it to a pin, TWO, Mandy keeps Sasha back by mere inches. Mandy drags Sasha back towards Absolution territory then drops an elbow, cover, TWO! Tag to Sonya, she and Mandy mug Sasha. Fans cheer Sasha on even as she takes a sliding knee, cover, TWO. Sonya puts Sasha in a bodyscissors. Sasha endures the squeeze and the occasional chinlock, fans and teammates rally for her. She gets up with Sonya on her back and powers her to a neutral corner, only for Sonya to yank her down by her hair. Tag to Paige, Absolution has Sasha isolated as Paige stands on Sasha’s hair and pulls on her arms. Paige pretends she didn’t see the hair, then shifts to a chinlock. Fans rally again, Paige mocks it as she thrashes Sasha around. Even so, Sasha stands up and fights back, but Paige runs her over with a lariat. Cover, TWO, Paige drags Sasha over to tag Mandy. Mandy takes the hand-off, she whips Sasha and hits a big knee strike! Cover, TWO, Mandy is frustrated. She keeps on Sasha, returning to that modified stretch. Fans keep up the rallying, Sasha pries her way out, and arm-drags Mandy away. Sasha runs for her corner but Mandy intercepts to then throw Sasha away. Mandy knocks Mickie down with a cheap shot, and while the referee keeps Bayley and Mickie back, Mandy goes back to Sasha. Mandy goes to throw Sasha into Absolution’s corner, but Sasha reverses to throw Mandy into Paige! They tumble down, Sonya checks on them, Sasha crawls her way over to tag in Bayley! Bayley rallies on Paige, jumping takedown to hammering fists. Saido suplex then shoulders in a corner, Bayley is fired up. Wacky waving elbow misses, but Bayley knocks Sonya off the apron. Paige scurries to her corner and bumps Bayley off buckles, but runs into the Bayley2Belly! Cover, but Absolution saves its leader by dragging her out of the ring. Bayley pursues, her team comes over, it is a chaotic brawl!

Mandy and Sonya go into the barrier, Bayley gives Paige a hotshot. Bayley climbs up top, fans fire up, but Paige kicks out her legs. Paige drags Bayley over, RamPaige! Absolution wins on Christmas! If they continue to use numbers so perfectly, can Absolution ensure one of their members is the first Women’s Rumble winner?

 

Backstage interview with Samoa Joe.

The Destroyer showed no remorse when he damaged Dean Ambrose’s arm, an injury which sidelines Ambrose for roughly nine months. And he admits to it here tonight. Ambrose can now be home with those he loves enjoying the holidays. And now, Joe gets his Intercontinental Championship opportunity, which he will take full advantage of. Joe has “systematically” going after the Shield. Ambrose is on the shelf, Roman wants vengeance, but he won’t get it. Joe will “own” Roman and put him to sleep so that he will wake up to a nightmare reality where Joe will be the new Intercontinental Champion.

 

Kane VS Heath Slater w/ Rhyno!

The Big Red Machine is one third of a truly monstrous Universal Championship Triple Threat match at the Royal Rumble, as there was no clear choice between him and the Monster Among Men. As for Christmas night, he looks to bring hellfire and brimstone to the One Man Band who right now, is just hoping to make it home to see his kids. In order to keep Slater on Raw, Rhyno plans to toughen him up, but isn’t this a little too much for step one?

The bell rings, Slater and Kane tie up. Kane shoves Slater to a corner but Slater elbows out and slips away. Rhyno wants Slater to bring the fight to Kane, but that’s easier said than done. Kane brings the fight to Slater instead with heavy shots in another corner. Fans chant to remind Kane, “Heath’s got kids!” Kane doesn’t care, he squashes Slater in a corner with a big clothesline. Then he flattens Slater with a sidewalk slam.

Kane kicks Slater out of the ring, literally, but Rhyno has faith in Slater. Slater doesn’t really have the same level of confidence, but he tries again. He gets in the ring, Slater shoves him right back out! Rhyno coaches Slater back up and in, Slater still doubts himself. The fans cheer for Slater and his kids, Rhyno fires Slater up, Kane drags Slater up but Slater hotshots him away! Slater throws wild hands, Kane shoves him, Slater hits a big knee. Kane stays up, and uppercuts Slater down. Then he finishes it, with a Choke Slam! Kane wins, and Rhyno may have to rethink his toughening-up strategy. However, Rhyno forgets about his own safety, Kane returns to grab him around the throat! Rhyno fights back with haymakers and a whip for a big shoulder into a corner. Fans chant “E C Dub!” for the Manbeast, Rhyno takes aim and… No Gore, just another CHOKE SLAM!

Kane ruined Christmas for the Slater family, but can he make his own New Year’s bright with a win over both Beast and Braun?

 

Curt Hawkins is on Raw!

Normally, Hawkins would be telling the WWE Universe to #FacttheFacts, but considering his 146 loss streak, he needs to face facts. He’ll be the first to admit that 2017 has been rather unkind to him, “but~” 2017 isn’t over yet! Hawkins feels a Christmas Miracle in Chicago, and grants an open challenge! Come down the chimney, step into the room, and take the two lumps of coal Hawkins has waiting for you, to finally break Hawkins’ losing streak. And who answers the challenge? Why, it’s the Extraordinary Man!

Curt Hawkins VS Finn Balor!

The inaugural Universal Champion probably wasn’t on Hawkins’ wishlist but he’s here to get himself some Christmas cheer in Chicago.

The bell rings, Hawkins takes the fight to Finn! Hawkins is determined to end his streak as he whips Finn corner to corner, but Finn boots back and rallies on Hawkins, “Too Sweet” running chop in the corner. Finn whips Hawkins corner to corner but Hawkins rolls Finn, TWO! Hawkins keeps moving, tries another roll up, TWO. Hawkins kicks out Finn’s leg, then Mahistrol, TWO. He is frustrated, Finn trips him and stomps on him! The fans fire up for Finn as he hits a Slingblade, then blasts Hawkins with a dropkick. Hawkins is down in position, Finn climbs up top, Coup de Grace! Finn wins, Hawkins now stands at 147 losses in a row. Can Finn find his way back to gold? Will Hawkins ever win again?

 

The Miztourage finds Goldust backstage.

Looks like someone needs some #MizmasCheer! They can guess what he wants: a carol! “You’re~ career has lost some speed~, falalala la, lala la la. But~ we know just what you need~, falalala la, lala la la. This will help improve your luster, falala, lalala, la la la. Here’s a Miz Christmas heart-buster, falalala la, lala la la! Fala lala la~, lala, la~, LAAA~!” Again, speechless. Santa’s Little Helper, starring The Miz (and Paige). Merry Mizmas! Titus Worldwide walks through, Goldust passes the DVD off on them.

 

Bray Wyatt speaks on Christmas.

“She always hated this time of year.” Sister Abigail hated the idea of superficial presents and pagan rituals could bring joy and happiness. Abigail loathed it because it reminded her of someone like Matt Hardy. “Your words only perpetuate this sickness.” He gives the people something to believe in, and they think they’re fighting side by side with him. In reality, Hardy is only using them for his own personal gain. Look around you, “Woken Warriors”. What do you see? The darkness! Bray’s Fireflies! And her. “Chicago, I’m here.”

Bray Wyatt heads to the ring.

And is attacked by WOKEN Matt Hardy! Hardy throws hands and elbows at Bray as the fans go wild with “DELETE!” chants. Bray shoves Hardy away, Hardy dodges the punch, but Bray narrowly escapes the Twist of Fate. Bray is furious but Hardy is delighted. Hardy points to Bray, and with the fans echoing him, declares to “DELETE!”

“Yeeee-e-e-s~!” Hardy laughs at Bray as the Eater of Worlds paces on the stage, when will he finally DELETE him?!

 

The Bar complains about defending their Raw Tag Team Championships.

For starters, they’re having to do it on Christmas! Cesaro thought Angle might be more reasonable and appreciative of them. Sheamus assures Cesaro he does appreciate the Swiss Cyborg. Which is why he got Cesaro a present! Open the card first. “May we always raise a glass to Christmas and to our Friendship. We don’t just set the bar, we ARE The Bar!” Now open the gift itself. Cesaro does, and inside… is a Dean Ambrose action figure, with a missing arm! A super-rare and brand new release. Cesaro has something for Sheamus, too! Sheamus opens the box, and inside… A Seth Rollins! Sheamus can’t wait to break this one and the real Rollins tonight. But there’s more. There is? It’s… a Jason Jordan? Sheamus doesn’t want a Jason Jordan. Well neither does Rollins, but he’s his tag team partner. And Angle doesn’t want him as his son, either! The Bar shares a laugh and a hug, will they still be sharing those tag team championships by the end of the night?

 

Six Man Tag Miracle on 34th Street Fight: The ‘Zo Train VS Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Akira Tozawa!

The Certified G is now a Bonafide Santa Claus, and he has his elves, Drew “Sugarplum” Gulak and “Feliz NaviDaivari”, in tow as he spreads Christmas joy to their opponents. The Carolina Kid has nothing but coal, not to be confused with Michael Cole. Alexander wished for but didn’t get the Cruiserweight Championship, but in the Christmas spirit, it is time for a Very Merry beatdown!

Ariya Daivari starts against Cedric Alexander, and as they circle, Enzo distracts Alexander with trash talk. Daivari pounces, throwing his jingle-bell elf hat at Alexander before punching away in a corner. Daivari whips ALexander corner to corner but Alexander goes up and over to handspring headscissor Daivari out. Gulak rushes in but gets a dropkick that sends him out, then Enzo is scared away. The Stamina Monster Tozawa comes in and starts up the “AH! AH!” chants, before building speed to launch the Tozawa Torpedo at Daivari while Pakistani Prince Ali jumps on Gulak from the top rope! The synchronized attacks take out The ‘Zo Train and we go to break.

Raw returns, The ‘Zo Train has since taken control, Gulak throwing presents into the ring while Daivari keeps Tozawa on the defensive. Daivari scoop slams Tozawa right onto a gift box, covers, TWO. Daivari tags Enzo, Enzo sets up a tree in a corner to whip Tozawa right into it, ornaments and all. Cover, TWO, Enzo keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock. Alexander and Ali get the fans rallying with “AH! AH!” but Enzo yanks Tozawa back to the mat. Enzo prepares the pitch, and gives the fastball to Alexander!

But that allows Tozawa to get up and hit Enzo with a spinning roundhouse! Enzo and Tozawa crawl for their corners, hot tags to Ali and Daivari! Hometown boy Ali rallies on The ‘Zo Train, whip reversed but Ali flapjack dropkicks Daivari down. He whips Daivari again but is reversed, Ali slips out to the apron to roundhouse Daivari down. Ali takes aim, rolls, facebuster! He puts Daivari in position, climbs up top, 0-5-4!! Gulak breaks the pin with the cookie sheet, Tozawa comes in to SMACK Gulak with the other cookie sheet! Gulak goes out, Enzo returns, but so does Alexander. Ali and Daivari crawl, hot tag to Alexander while Enzo fetches a candy kendo stick! Enzo hesitates, Alexander blocks and takes the stick for his own. Enzo begs for mercy, but Alexander sees Gulak coming! Alexander dodges and sends the elf into Santa Amore! Then SMACK with the kendo stick! Another SMACK sends Gulak out, but Daivari returns for the roll-up, TWO! Lumbar Check! Alexander and team win on Christmas! Can the #1 Contender carry this momentum into the New Year when he faces Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Championship?

 

Enzo Amore encounters Nia Jax backstage.

“How you doin’?” Nia’s good, but probably better than Enzo. Merry Christmas. Yes, but a rather rough one. Oh, is that mistletoe overhead?

Everyone knows what that means. The fans anticipate it, but as Enzo comes in, Alexa Bliss interrupts. The Goddess needs to talk to her BFF and the first ever Women’s Rumble! The moment has passed, Nia has to go. Will the Certified G ever catch a break?

 

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.

The Big Dog heard Joe’s words earlier, and “couldn’t care less.” Roman is the champion, and won’t leave Chicago without the title. This isn’t just for him, this is for Ambrose. Roman is going to send a message: You hurt one of his brothers, he will hurt you.

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Roman Reigns VS Samoa Joe!

The Big Dog seeks revenge but the Destroyer promises only pain for this match, who will be the one going home with a golden gift for Christmas?

The bell rings and the two go right at each other! Roman runs Joe over with a clothesline then throws hands to back him down into a corner. Roman keeps up the attack, Joe endures then fires back with his sharp jabs. Joe has Roman in a corner now and gives him a sharp elbow, Roman staggers out to respond with an uppercut.

Roman brings Joe up, Joe jabs again. Roman pushes Joe into ropes, catching him in the throat. Joe lingers on the apron, Roman goes outside to hit the Drive-By Dropkick! Roman gets back inside, the referee checks on Joe, Joe fires back with jabs and chops. Joe staggers while fans duel, “Let’s go, Roman!” “Roman sucks!” Joe bumps Roman off a buckle, then brings him in for a back suplex. Cover, TWO, Joe keeps his cool. Roman climbs to his feet, Joe puts him back in a corner. Joe jabs away again, the referee backs him off a moment, Joe comes back with a headbutt and haymakers. He doesn’t let up, he whips Roman to ropes but Roman ducks. Roman clotheslines Joe down, then gives Joe close-range clotheslines in a corner. The Big Dog hits all ten, then runs to boot Joe down. Fans are thunderous on both sides as Roman goes to a corner. He locks and loads, takes aim, but Joe gets to ropes for safety. Roman storms over, Joe hits back with jabs. Joe jabs away again, the referee backs him off. Joe runs in for the back elbow and Pele! Cover, TWO, Joe starts showing frustration while we go to break.

Raw returns, Joe keeps Roman down. Joe slaps Roman, then slaps again, and then gives a headbutt. Joe runs, into a Samoan Drop! TWO, Roman is shocked. Roman refocuses and stands up before bringing Joe into powerbomb position. Joe is too big and strong, he back drops Roman up and over, but then Roman sunset flip counters, TWO! Joe gives Roman a forearm, Roman responds with an uppercut, Joe gives knee strikes and a snap suplex. Back senton misses! Reload, SUPERMAN PUNCH! TWO! Roman is shocked again, fans are thunderous as both men get to their feet. Roman lets out the battle cry, runs in to Joe’s foot, yurinagi slam! TWO, now Joe is shocked. Joe also grows furious as he stalks Roman to the apron. He brings Roman up while fans duel again, Roman gives Joe a hotshot. Roman gets in while Joe staggers, Joe surprises Roman with a Coquina Clutch! Joe only has the sleeper hold, Roman reaches for ropes, Joe brings Roman down for the full clutch! Roman endures, reaches, fades, Jo goes for a higher bodyscissors to block the reaching arm! Roman pries his arm free, and gets the ropebreak.

Joe has to let go, but he is right on Roman as he shove shim out to DIVE! Roman collides with barriers and clutches his arm. Joe drags Roman up by that bad arm, and swings him into a post. Things return inside the ring, Joe stalks Roman and puts on an armlock to the bad arm. Fans are thunderous again as Roman endures the torture. Roman gets up and headbutts Joe then gives big elbows. Roman backs Joe down, the referee backs Roman down, Roman won’t stop. The referee disqualifies Roman! Joe wins, but Roman retains. Fans dislike the ending, but Roman gives Joe a SUPERMAN PUNCH. The Big Dog won’t leave Joe alone just yet, he goes outside to pursue Joe, FLYING punch off the steel steps. Roman then throws Joe into the post, banging up Joe’s right arm, the same as Joe did to Ambrose. Roman shows no mercy, he throws Joe into another post to further damage that arm. He then takes the steel steps, fans like where this is going. Roman uses the steel steps as a battering ram into Joe’s bad arm!

The referee tries to protect Joe, but the fans chant “One more time!” Roman obliges, and hits Joe with the steps again! This isn’t over yet, Roman grabs a chair! He stalks Joe, and swings, but narrowly misses. The referees stop Roman at this, Joe gets away. Is this war between Big Dog and Destroyer far from over?

 

Seth Rollins likes what he sees from Roman.

That’s when Jason Jordan walks in. Rollins tells JJ if this is some kind of strategy meeting or pep talk, save it. Rollins is only doing this because he’s returning the favor to Angle for TLC, and for getting back at The Bar. They have differences, sure, but Rollins doesn’t care about that. Rollins cares about beating The Bar to become tag team champion, again. Jordan can’t go out there, lose, then brag about how he “hung with the top competition in WWE.” News flash, Jordan: everyone in the WWE is top competition. Follow Rollins– Jordan speaks up, saying that he is genuinely excited to have this match. Jordan doesn’t want anyone to get injured, but Jordan is a pretty good replacement for Ambrose. Rollins makes one thing clear for Jordan: as good as he thinks he is, he will never be Dean Ambrose. Right, he’ll be better. Tensions are still high, can Jordan and Rollins survive Cesaro & Sheamus?

 

The Miztourage is in the ring.

Bo Dallas & Curt Axel thank Chicago for having them, and are “super excited” that they’re getting a “Secret Santa” match! In other words, a mystery opponent. Chicago, join in on a special song! “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way~! Oh what fun it is to ride in a one–” BRAUN!!

2v1 Handicap Match: The Miztourage VS Braun Strowman!

Bo & Axel are probably wishing they could return this Secret Santa gift Angle just gave them.
The bell rings, Bo goes at the Monster Among men, and barely escapes the scoop slam before being clobbered by a clothesline. Axel wants no part of Strowman, Strowman throws Bo across the ring. Then Strowman makes Axel join the match, and throws him into Bo! Strowman powers Axel to one corner, goes corner to corner to crush Bo, and then give Bo the spiraling powerslam. Strowman wins on Christmas! Oh, and he’s not done, either. Strowman targets Axel, Chicago encourages him, so he gives Axel a powerslam! Chicago wants one more, Bo gets himself a second powerslam, and then Axel gets one, too!

Can the Monster keep up momentum going into a match against Beast and Big Red Machine?

 

Alexa Bliss comes to the ring.

The Goddess and Raw Women’s Champion wishes the WWE Universe a “Merry Blissmas”. She melted the coal from our stockings to instead give us a very special gift: herself. She knows the WWE Universe spends the holiday season “scarfing down cookies” and “listening to boring stories your families tell”. Alexa instead takes this time to reflect: 2017 is the Year of Bliss. She started the year as SmackDown Women’s Champion and will end the year as Raw Women’s Champion, having overcome every obstacle like a Jedi! Side note: she did it without the fans and she’ll still do it without the fans. Alexa shattered the glass ceiling, but the moment of the year was still the Women’s Rumble announcement. Alexa watched it over and over and still gets chills. To all the women in the WWE locker room and all the fans watching around the world, “You’re welcome.”

Every cheer, tear and moment is because of Alexa! “The gift that keeps on giving” vows she’ll watch closely to see who her opponent for Wrestlemania is. But wait, ASUKA appears!

The Empress of Tomorrow, who is still undefeated, walks right into the ring and grabs herself a mic. “I’m entering the Women’s Royal Rumble match. And I will win. Because, nobody is ready for Asuka!” Asuka then stares Alexa down with that sinister grin, fans know “Asuka’s gonna kill~ you!” And she hits Alexa with a lightning fast roundhouse! The Empress has called her shot, who will stop her from making history?

WWE Raw Tag Team Championship: The Bar VS Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan!

The Architect and the Gold-Blooded Son aren’t seeing eye to eye, do they stand a chance against the cohesive unit of Swiss Cyborg and Celtic Gladiator?

Sheamus and Jordan start with the bell, circle and tie up, matching in power. Jordan gets around for a waistlock and slam on Sheamus, rolling him to a pin, ONE. Sheamus powers his way to ropes, and gives a dirty break as he elbows Jordan. The ref backs Sheamus down, Cesaro gets the cheap shot. Sheamus keeps on Jordan, then tags Cesaro, double whip to Bar lariat but Jordan ducks and Rollins tags in. Jordan takes a double hip-toss, but Rollins hits a double crossbody!

Rollins clotheslines Sheamus out then Slingblades Cesaro down. He builds speed and DIVES on both members of The Bar! Rollins helps Jordan to his feet and gives him a pat on the shoulder as we go to break.

Raw returns once more, to find The Bar has regained control. Sheamus has Rollins in a keylock, but fans rally for The Architect. Rollins stands up, Sheamus keeps him back, Sheamus tags Cesaro and they whip Rollins to their corner. Super Saiyan kicks! Cover, TWO, Cesaro keeps Rollins grounded with a float-over into a chinlock. Rollins gets to his feet, Cesaro does his best to keep him back, sleeperhold backpack into a motorcycle stretch. Cesaro whips Rollins to The Bar’s corner, tag to Sheamus and Rollins is isolated again.

Sheamus puts Rollins into the Bodhrain and drums a few times, but stops to troll the fans. Rollins elbows and punches back, bringing Sheamus to his knees. Rollins hurries for his corner but Sheamus anchors a foot, so Rollins uses his free foot to kick at Sheamus. Sheamus still drags Rollins back and tags Cesaro, Cesaro gives a flying leg drop. TWO, but right back to the chinlock. Rollins feeds off the fans’ energy, he and Cesaro reach for tags but Cesaro is the one to get one. Sheamus comes in, double whip and Bar Lariat hits, cover, TWO. Sheamus keeps his cool as he drags Rollins up by his hair. He throws Rollins out of the ring, the referee keeps him from pursuing, so Cesaro gets a cheap shot. Jordan runs in and runs Cesaro over, Sheamus bails Cesaro out, and The Bar throws Jordan into barriers together! Rollins stirs but has no partner to tag, Sheamus grabs him by his nose. He whips Rollins at his corner, Rollins knocks Cesaro down, then spins out of the Irish Curse to hit a DDT! Both men down, no one to tag!

Cesaro returns, Jordan doesn’t. Tag made, corner European Uppercut feed into the Irish Curse, cover, TWO! Cesaro brings Rollins up onto ropes, the referee backs him off, allowing Sheamus to hit the cheap shot knee right to Rollins’ face. Cover, TWO! The Bar is frustrated, but they decide to go up. Tag to Sheamus, double whip and flapjack into EuroUpper! TWO! The Bar tags again, Cesaro runs but Rollins boots out, he fights against them both and then Jordan returns to run Sheamus over! Jordan gets himself to his corner, Cesaro returns while Rollins crawls. The fans rally, Cesaro grabs Rollins’ leg but gets shoved away, hot tags to Jordan and Sheamus! The Gold-Blooded Son rallies on The Bar, and then begins corner-to-corner carries on Sheamus back and forth! Jordan fires up, goes corner to corner for the shoulder tackle, then the overhead suplex!

Cover, TWO, but Jordan keeps focus. He grabs Sheamus again, Cesaro holds onto Sheamus to save him from a suplex, Jordan knocks him down. Sheamus rolls Jordan, TWO, big lariat runs Jordan over. Tag to Cesaro, Cesaro climbs up while Sheamus gives Jordan a backbreaker, Cesaro gives Jordan an elbow drop! TWO, but into the Sharpshooter! Jordan endures the legendary hold, Rollins returns and trips up Sheamus on the apron. Cesaro goes after Rollins and throws him out, small package from Jordan, TWO! Cesaro tackles Jordan and rains rights. Sheamus returns, tags in, then climbs up. Cesaro lifts Jordan, Doomsday Device! Springboard from Rollins, but Cesaro catches him! The referee stops counting while he takes notice of Rollins overwhelming Cesaro with hammer punches. Sheamus helps Cesaro out but Rollins fights The Bar alone. SUPERKICK for Cesaro, BROGUE for Rollins! Back to Jordan, Sheamus puts on the Cloverleaf! Jordan endures this submission now, drags himself to ropes, ropebreak! Sheamus lets go, but he coordinates with Cesaro. Tag, then they bring Jordan up, Rollins anchors Cesaro so only Sheamus gives Jordan the White Noise. Rollins leads Sheamus on a cat ‘n’ mouse game while Cesaro climbs down, Sheamus goes into the steel steps! Cesaro EuroUppers Rollins into the barriers! Cesaro hurries back itno the ring, Jordan hits the back suplex neckbreaker! Jordan & Rollins win! They are the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions!! The Gold-Blooded Son overcame doubters, he and The Architect are champions once more! Can winning truly heal all things?

 

My Thoughts:

The very first ever Christmas Raw was not as good as it could’ve been. It was still good, that’s for sure, but there was still something lacking given the occasion. John Cena returning for the holiday was nice, but his match with Elias left a bit to be desired for a commercial-free first hour in such a demanding city as Chicago. Cena wins because he’s Cena, and Elias did manage to look strong during the match, but they could’ve easily turned up the quality a bit for the sake of Christmas. Then most of what cam next felt like filler. The Six Woman Tag was the third time around for Absolution VS BayleySashaMickie, and once again Absolution comes out on top. Itami dispatches Kendrick in a squash, Kane decimates Slater as a moderate tie-in of Slater’s “toughen up” story, and Finn gets another win that doesn’t really mean anything. Though, I do suddenly want Hawkins to join The Great War as WOKEN Hawkins. If Hardy’s losing streak unlocked his WOKEN side, why can’t Hawkins approaching 150 losses in a row do the same?

Why did they make a No DQ match like a Street Fight into a Six Man Tag? At least, why was it a traditional tag? I would’ve preferred a Tornado Six Man No DQ match because it’s just more logical. The Cruiserweights are still doing well on Raw and next week’s New Year’s Raw will have the title match, but it still puts a lot of pressure on Tuesday’s 205 Live to propel things towards a Gulak-based finish that then leads to Gulak turning. The two championship matches were great, though. Roman retains to up the ante in aggression, which is always welcomed, and BIG surprise in Jordan and Rollins becoming tag champions together. This development might be good for Jordan and The Shield in the long run, as it can give rise to Ambrose turning on Rollins for being “replaced”, and then we get the Ambrose-Rollins match we thought we were getting before they reunited.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/20/21)

Will Raw ACKNOWLEDGE the Tribal Chief?

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Coverage Raw 2021

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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?


My Thoughts:

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


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (9/20/21)

It’s a Dark Order Civil War!

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Things are escalating in the Dark Order dysfunction!

New Jersey gets elevated as the Bad Boy and Concrete Rose return home, but it isn’t a happy homecoming! Will AEW’s former odd couple finally get even?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

QUICK NOTES

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.

AFTER WATCHING

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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