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- NXT Championship #1 Contender Series: Trent Seven VS Killian Dain; Dain wins and moves on to the #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way.
- No Holds Barred Match: Ruby Riott VS Sonya Deville; Sonya wins.
- NXT Championship #1 Contender Series: Kassius Ohno VS ???; Johnny Gargano wins and moves on to the #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way.
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NXT General Manager William Regal repeats his major announcement.
With former champion, Drew McIntyre, out with injury, “there is an opportunity to name a new #1 contender” to face El Idolo for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: Philadelphia. Four singles matches will be held over the next few weeks, and the winners of those matches will compete in a final Fatal 4 Way to determine THE #1 Contender. Tonight will see SAnitY’s Killian Dain against Mustache Mountain’s Trent Seven, and in a twist, Kassius Ohno has a mystery opponent, as Velveteen Dream was injured at TakeOver: WarGames. Best of luck to all eight competitors on the Road to Philadelphia.
The NXT Champion, Andrade “Cien” Almas, comes to the ring!
El Idolo is now El Campeón, and it is all thanks to La Gerente, Zelina Vega. And now, as promised, it is time for the Campeón Fiesta! The crowd has mixed reactions to Almas winning in the first place, but that doesn’t bother Almas or Vega one bit. Vega says Full Sail is witness “to the beginnings of a historic championship reign!” Respect the man, embrace the legend, and rise for your NXT Champion! Still a mixed reaction, but there are those that chant “SI! SI! SI!” Almas takes the microphone and says to his doubters, “I told you!” He vowed to be champion, and he IS champion! Almas defeated Drew McIntyre, he hurt Drew McIntyre. As for the next #1 Contender, El Idolo beat Drew so he’ll beat whoever is next, too. And for those who shout “We Are NXT”, he laughs at you. He is El Idolo, and he is your champion, forever! Almas poses with the belt, will he really have that belt after TakeOver: Philadelphia?
Lars Sullivan is interviewed by NXT Paparazzi.
The Leviathan is asked about his coming match against Roderick Strong in the #1 Contender Series. Thoughts? Lars gives Strong his due as a competitor, and rather handsome, perhaps a Men’s Fitness cover model. That’s not Lars. Strong is a family man, Lars doesn’t have one. All Lars cares about is getting his hands on Strong and ensuring the NXT Championship becomes his! What would it mean to win the championship? That Lars gets to show the world that he is the kind of superstar he always was, nothing and no one will stop him. Will Philadelphia be the location of The Leviathan becoming champion?
NXT Championship #1 Contender Series: Trent Seven VS Killian Dain!
Though part of the WWE’s UK Division, the Man from Mustache Mountain has done so well on NXT TV that Regal just had to put him in this tournament! Can he get past SAnitY’s equally impressive Beast of Belfast to join the Fatal 4 Way? The bell rings, Seven rushes and chops away at Big Damo but Damo pushes him back. Seven keeps trying, keeps getting shoved away, Damo gives him a big right forearm! Damo keeps Seven standing to then blast him with a dropkick!
Seven down in a corner, Damo stalks over to stomp a mudhole into him. The ref has Damo back off, Seven tries to fight back but gets another right hand. Damo scoops and slams Seven, cover, ONE as Seven revives. Damo wrenches Seven’s neck, fans cheer Seven on. Seven feeds off their energy, gets to his feet and fights back. He ducks to give chops, but Damo just fires up with them. Low kick, DDT and Damo goes down! Seven fires himself up, prepares that right arm, Seven Star blocked, but the backhand works! Seven runs, only to be run over by Damo’s Divide body check!
TWO! Damo is shocked, but then furious. Fans rally for Seven, Damo calls for the finish. He drags Seven up, Seven slips out, reel out for the Seven Star Lariat!
Cover, TWO! Seven’s finisher didn’t do it but he’s not done yet. He brings Damo up, as hefty as he is, but that fireman’s carry won’t work. Damo clubs and shoves Seven into the fireman’s carry, Wastland and back senton! Then he climbs up for the VADER BOMB!!
Damo wins! SAnitY’s monster is the first to qualify, will he be the man to win that Fatal 4 Way?
The Undisputed Era speaks.
NXT Universe, they told you so. They said they were going to run this promotion, and they are. They said they were going to win the returning WarGames match, and they did. And speaking of, Adam Cole is going to go up against Aleister Black in the #1 Contender Series, and while Aleister is undefeated, he hasn’t faced Adam Cole. Next week, Adam Cole shows Aleister that he’s not on the Undipusted level. And the week after that, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish challenge SAnitY for the NXT Tag Team Championships. SAnitY loves to talk about chaos, reDRagon will bring a lot more than chaos! At TakeOver: Brooklyn, Undisputed Era #ShockedTheSystem, and at TakeOver: Philadelphia, they will #RuleTheSystem! Can these three back up their words with actions in the coming weeks?
No Holds Barred Match: Ruby Riott VS Sonya Deville!
Before truly leaving NXT, leader of the Riott Squad and muscle of Absolution must truly settle their rivalry! Who will come out the winner of this NXT first-time-ever? Fans are already dueling as the bell rings, Sonya gets Ruby in a waistlock right away and throws her aside. Ruby gets right up, facelock from Sonya, another waistlock throw. One more try, now it’s a gutwrench suplex. Ruby is dizzy, Sonya toys with her, Ruby rolls up, TWO. Ruby backs Sonya to a corner and throws in shoulders before throwing in forearms. Sonya shoves Ruby away then dodges, but Ruby back elbows and runs out to kick and kick. Snap suplex from Ruby, cover, ONE. Ruby won’t let Sonya get away, wrenches an arm, wants the falling enziguri, but Sonya catches it into the ankle lock!
Sonya has it on tight, Ruby endures the damage to her already battered ankle. Ruby can’t get ropebreaks in this kind of match, so she either taps or fights out. Fans are rallying for her, Ruby gets to ropes. She uses them as leverage to get up but Sonya torques even tighter! Ruby is fading, but she gets a second wind, and brings Sonya into ropes with Deadly Nightshade!
The hold is broken, and now Sonya clutches her throat while Ruby clutches her ankle, we go to break.
We return, Ruby has Sonya in a dragon sleeper and body scissors, but Sonya fights back with fingers to the eyes!
It’s all fair, too! Ruby lets go, Sonya gives her a stiff kick to the thigh. Sonya then gives her the sliding knee to the ribs! Cover, TWO, Sonya keeps her focus as she brings Ruby up for forearms. Sonya puts Ruby in a corner and gives a stiff knee, snapmare to sliding knee into Ruby’s spine, TWO! Sonya isn’t frustrated, she’s just annoyed. Ruby fights back with body shots, then haymakers and forearms. Ruby runs, but into Sonya’s leaping lariat! TWO, now Sonya might be a bit frustrated. Fans rally for Ruby again as she’s put in a modified arm-triangle. Sonya thrashes Ruby around, Ruby works against the hold and throws in some elbows, but Sonya swings her back down. Ruby tries again with those elbows, and gets free, to duck the lariat for a standing STO!
Both women are down as Ruby recovers. The fans rally as the two stir, Sonya drags Ruby up but Ruby blocks punches to give punches. Ruby starts rallying now, she’s all fired up. She brings Sonya up now, whip reversed, Ruby holds ropes and elbows back. Ruby goes to the apron, shoulders back in, step-in complete shot!
Cover, TWO, and Sonya gets out of the ring. Ruby takes aim, builds speed, and DIVES!
Direct hit, Ruby wipes Sonya out but does not slow down. She puts Sonya in the ring, but Sonya kicks her on reentry, and puts her in a draping triangle hold!
Ruby is on the ropes but it doesn’t matter! The referee checks on her, but she’s out! Ruby is out cold and Sonya wins! Sonya brought a bit of absolution to NXT, where will she and Riott go from here?
Ember Moon encounters the NXT Paparazzi.
The Prophecy of Flame is finally the NXT Women’s Champion, how does it feel? It’s a dream come true. NXT: WarGames was Ember realizing her destiny, and she vows to be the best NXT Women’s Champion ever. However, The Iconic Duo has a question.
Billie Kay asks who Ember pinned at WarGames. Peyton Royce answers: Ember pinned Nikki Cross. In other words, NOT Peyton Royce. Therefore, the Iconic Duo deserves a chance to defeat Ember. Ember would love to argue with these two, but she’ll make it easy. Who is it that Ember is facing? Peyton & Billie both say “Me.” The best friends deliberate, looks like this is a #IconicProblem. It doesn’t matter to Ember, just choose one and meet her in the ring next week. Who is it? Slow down, Paparazzi. The two do reason it out, Peyton wants to “settle unfinished business”, and Billie obliges. So long as Peyton leaves something left for Billie. The Iconic Duo is confident, will either of them be able to show-up the champion?
NXT takes a look at the rivalry of Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate.
The Bruiserweight and the Student of Mustache Mountain were the final two men in the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament. Dunne and Bate were among the youngest competitors in that tournament, and yet put on a match of a level beyond their years. In the end, Bate won to become the inaugural WWE UK Champion, and thus began the WWE UK Division. However, sometime later, Dunne would get a rematch and then win the title off of Bate! Dunne has kept that belt ever since, but Bate will be back to challenge for the title in two weeks! Can Bate become the first-ever two-time WWE UK Champion?
Someone new is coming to NXT.
Just who is this Ace of Spades?
NXT Championship #1 Contender Series: Kassius Ohno VS ???
The misfortune of the Patrick Clark Experience becomes the fortune of another superstar. The man to face the Knockout Artist is… none other than Johnny Wrestling!
A big opportunity for Gargano, can he capitalize on it?! The fans duel, the bell rings, and the two men circle. It is so thunderous in the arena, but Ohno asks for silence so that they can shake hands. The two then tie up, waistlock toss from the bigger Ohno. Gargano gets right up, they circle and tie up again, Gargano gets an arm wrench and wristlock. Ohno spins around to put on a headlock, he brings Gargano to the mat and then gets out of the hammerlock to put on an armlock of his own. Gargano kip-ups and wristlock but Ohno gets a single leg takedown, things speed up and both men show off their agility, but it is Gargano with the takedown to a cover, TWO. Gargano wrenches, ducks Ohno’s forearm and dropkicks Ohno. Ohno gets to a corner, puts Gargano on the apron, runs and catches the slingshot spear to chicken wing Gargano on the ropes, for a stiff elbow!
Down goes Gargano, Ohno in control as we go to break.
We’re back, Ohno has Gargano in a corner and gives toying boots to the head. Ohno brings Gargano up, sharp chop sits Gargano back down. He brings Gargano out for a snapmare and knee drop, right to the face. The knee pads go down, Ohno gives another sharp knee drop! Gargano scrambles to ropes, Ohno brings him up for a clubbing forearm, then stalks him to a corner. Gargano fires up and fires back with forearms, Ohno just gives him a big boot! Ohno covers, TWO as Gargano still has life, but Ohno works to knee drop it out of him. Ohno brings Gargano up, Gargano gives him a haymaker, so Ohno gives Gargano a stiff elbow!
Cover, TWO! Ohno is getting frustrated with Gargano now. He stands over the dazed Gargano, goes for the back senton, Gargano gets up knees! Gargano fires off haymakers, Ohno suplexes but Gargano slips out to give more left hand lariats, Ohno stops him with one swift shot. Ohno runs into the corner but Gargano gets a boot up, hops up, flying huricanrana and then an enziguri! Ohno ends up outside the ring, Gargano spots him, slingshot but Ohno gets in under and runs, slingshot spear!
TWO! Gargano keeps his focus, fans duel once again. The two men get up, Ohno a bit slower, so Gargano gives him a kick right to the face. Ohno laughs, Gargano gives him more. Ohno catches one, stands up, but Gargano dodges to school boy kick, but Ohno brushes it off to hit a back senton! Gargano is flattened, he rolls himself to the apron. Ohno wonders what’s up as Gargano gets to his feet. He comes over, wondering if Gargano is done. Gargano dares him to bring it, so Ohno gives Gargano another boot!
He’s dazed now more than ever, so Ohno runs and… handsprings when he sees Gargano evade.
Gargano keeps going, and now Gargano DIVES!
Into the tornado DDT!
Ohno impacts on the steel ramp! Fans are chanting for “NXT! NXT!” as both men are down on the outside. Gargano wills himself up and over to Ohno, then brings him back into the ring. Ohno in a corner, Gargano runs in and hits a running enziguri, keeps going, and runs into Ohno’s discus boot!
TWO! Ohno is shocked but the fans are loving it. The fans duel again as Ohno stalks the dizzy Gargano into a corner. Ohno brings Gargano up for another stiff elbow, then shovels Gargano up onto his shoulders, Gargano fights out of the electric chair for the victory roll, TWO! Gargano gives forearms from both sides, only to be rocked by another boot! Ohno runs, and gives Gargano a flying elbow!
TWO!? No one can believe it, least of all Ohno! The fans of Full Sail are cheering for “NXT! NXT!” as Ohno gets up and takes off the armband. Discus- Mule kick! Fake out, mule kick and SUPERKICK! Tilt-o-whirl, GargaNO Escape!
Ohno endures, Ohno taps out, Gargano wins!! A massive moment for Johnny Wrestling, and now that he’s in, can he earn an even greater win in the NXT Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way?!
As for Ohno, Gargano gives him a respectful forearm bump for both men to show great sportsmanship. What does the future hold for Ohno? Does it include NXT?
An incredible night for NXT! The only let down: the “celebration” of Almas’ win wasn’t much of a party. Him and Vega rubbing it in everyone’s face was perfectly suited to them, though. I don’t think Almas will have that many matches while a new #1 contender is being determined. Speaking of, this modified tournament format is a great way to make up for McIntyre’s injury, but they also did great to adjust for another injury sustained by Velveteen Dream. Seven and Dain have a solid opening match, two hosses slugging each other is always fun. The bigger hoss goes over because Damo is more involved in NXT than Seven is, and it really ups the level of that Fatal 4 Way given how Damo was a one-man wrecking crew during parts of the WarGames match.
The No Holds Barred was incredible, it’s a shame the Ruby-Sonya feud ends prematurely with call-ups. This match still shows the great in-ring abilities both women have and therefore means they can do the same on main against the right opponents. Absolution and Riott Squad are going to go far with those two as members. Then in the stellar main event, Gargano is not only a surprise entrant but he and Ohno burn the house down! Great story elements of an unlikely David VS Goliath as Ohno uses size and strength to beat Gargano down but Gargano keeps getting up to show he’s probably one, if not THE, toughest man in NXT today. Gargano wins because that is a great underdog-triumphs moment, and with this momentum, he is a top choice to win the Fatal 4 Way, even with Adam Cole, Aleister Black, Lars Sullivan or Roderick Strong joining in.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Who will be The Ones?
There’s a lot on the line for The Bloodline!
United though they may be, The Bloodline still needs to be on guard! Jimmy & Jey Uso return to Raw to defend their Undisputed Tag Team Championships against Matt Riddle & Elias!
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias; The Usos win and retain the titles.
- Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka; Bayley wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
- WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins by disqualification and retains the title.
- Dominik Mysterio VS Akira Tozawa; wins.
- JBL’s High Stakes Poker Invitational: ??? wins.
- Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
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Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias!
The Bloodline is here as Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa accompany Jimmy & Jey to the ring. The reign is over 500 days and counting, but could that time be up here in Washington, DC? Or will
As footage shows, it was earlier tonight when the Bloodline arrived. They were fired up, but Byron Saxton walked over to interview them. But then The Bro scooters in super fast! The Bloodline gets clear, and they’re upset. Jey says it doesn’t matter, they gonna get Riddle AND Elias tonight like they have every other team! If Riddle and Elias want at the titles, just look who showed up tonight? But then Elias comes out of his tour bus to ask what all the commotion’s about. Solo CLOBBERS Elias from behind! The Bloodline mugs The Drifter, and Solo whips Elias into spare railing! Sami says that’s what they get! Then he realizes Elias might be hurt.
In the present, Jey gets a mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” But Jimmy says there’s some bad news. The championship match that was supposed to go down is officially canceled! Cuz the Enforcer, Solo Sikoa, done bodied Elias in the parking lot. Now, everyone surely came here to see them compete, but here’s the bright side: Riddle won’t be humiliated, and Elias can go home to work on any song he wants to. Sami adds, “Bet! Sorry, it just felt like a good time for a ‘bet.'” Jimmy understands. But what you can look forward to now is the Usos focusing on being the best tag team ever!
The Usos will defend against any team that wants to run up, but those that run up will get done up! Because everyone else is the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But “Bro…” Riddle comes out to say, “First of all, it wasn’t so cool of you guys to take out my partner Elias tonight, dude. Like tonight was his first night to finally get WWE gold. And honestly, if I’m being real, it’s not really like The Bloodline to run from a fight. I would say it’s not very… How you say? Ucey?” Sami tells Riddle, “Yo yo yo yo yo yo! Hold up, my dawg.” Sami wants to explain something to Riddle. Riddle is not the one who decides what is or isn’t Ucey. Sami’s a bit of an expert in this field.
In fact, Sami is a certified Uceologist. What? Sami is the one to say what is and isn’t Ucey. For example, Solo Sikoa showing once again why he IS the Enforcer by destroying Elias, that is UCEY! The Usos continuing to be the longest reigning tag team champions in history, that is UCEY! Riddle coming out here, running his mouth, thinking he ever had a chance at beating them is NOT Ucey. So unless Riddle wants to suffer the same fate as Elias, just go home. Riddle says he did find someone else. And there WILL be a tag title match tonight! Now, Riddle and this guy aren’t really bros, but they both hate the Bloodline. It’s KEVIN OWENS!!
The Prizefighter and the Bro go to the ring but the Usos say that’s fine. Will the #KOBros be the ones to dethrone Jimmy & Jey?
The teams sort out, Kevin and Jey start and the bell rings. Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick and fires off haymakers! Kevin has Jey in a corner, the ref counts and Kevin lets off at 4. Kevin drags Jey up to whip to ropes and he CLOBBERS Jey with an elbow, to then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Sami coaches Jey but Kevin drags Jey up. Kevin bumps Jey off buckles, JABS, then backs up to run corner to corner! CANNO- NO, Jimmy gets Jey out of the way. Fans boo but Kevin goes out after them all to CLOBBER Jimmy! Kevin whips Jey into barriers! Fans fire up with Kevin, Kevin asks Solo what he’s staring at, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Kevin covers, TWO! Jimmy survives the cannonball but Kevin knocks him back down. Kevin goes up and up and MOONSUALTS! Cover, ONE!! Jimmy scrambles to ropes, Sami is upset about things, but Riddle tags in. Riddle stands Jimmy up to ROCK him with haymakers. Riddle whips, Jimmy reverses but Riddle holds ropes to BOOT Jimmy. But Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey ENZIGURIS Riddle down! Sami is fired up but fans boo the cheap shot. Jimmy tags Jey, the Usos split the wishbone. Jey looms over Riddle, he drags Riddle around then stomps him down. Jey throws his shirt at Kevin but Kevin just throws it on the floor.
Jey CHOKES Riddle on the ropes, he lets off at 4, and Jimmy BOOTS Riddle down! The cheap shots continue and fans boo again. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs up, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle hangs tough and the Usos are annoyed. Fans rally but Jimmy drags Riddle up to ROCK him! Riddle ROCKS Jimmy back, fires off more shots, then he BLASTS Jey! Jimmy UPPERCUTS Riddle down! Jimmy BLASTS Kevin for good measure! But Riddle fires off forearms on Jimmy! Jey tags in as Riddle whips, and Jimmy reverses, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Jey covers, TWO!
Sami is anxious and even Solo shows a bit of stress as Riddle is still in this. But Sami says Jey has Riddle where they want him. Jey stands Riddle up but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS and fires off fast hands! Jey ducks the roundhouse, to POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but still in a bad way as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Riddle wipes out both Usos! Riddle BROTONS Jimmy then tags in Kevin! Kevin goes up top fast, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is stressing out as Kevin keeps focus on Jimmy. Jimmy rises slowly and Sami tries to warn him, but Jimmy turns around into a kick! But Jimmy stops the Stunner! Kevin stops the superkick, to SUPERKICK back! Kevin whips, but Jimmy slips off the pop-up to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men crawl, hot tags to Jey and Riddle! Riddle spins Jey around to PELE! Then Riddle kips up, but Jey mule kicks and UPPERCUTS!
Riddle goes to ropes, Jey run sin but Riddle headscissors him out of the ring! Riddle hurries back in, Sami helps Jey stand up. Kevin storms over but Solo stands in the way! The ref warns Solo, but then Riddle PLANCHAS to take Solo out! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Riddle FLASH KNEES Jey! Riddle puts Jey in, tells Sami to back off, but Jimmy tags in! Riddle rushes Jey but Jimmy storms in. Riddle ROCKS Jimmy, Jey USPERKICKS Riddle! ONE D on the rebound!! Cover, USOS WIN!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)
The Bloodline’s numbers game is the real unstoppable force in the WWE! And now Sami and the Usos mug Riddle! But Kevin has a chair! He SMACKS Jimmy, and he SMACKS Jey! Sami gets away but Kevin chases him to the back! Solo gets in the ring to SUPERKICK Riddle! Solo fires off on Riddle with heavy fists! Fans boo but the Enforcer isn’t done with Riddle yet. Solo has a taped up thumb, shoutout to Umaga with the SAMOAN SPIKE!! Riddle sputters and crawls to a corner, Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK!! Solo’s rage is unleashed as he gets a chair for himself.
Solo puts the chair around Riddle’s head, punches Riddle down, then goes to the far corner. Fans boo as hard as they can but Solo roars and runs in, FULL METAL HIP ATTACK!!! Riddle writhes and clutches his neck! Medics rush out and put Riddle in a neck brace and onto a backboard. Did Solo just sideline The Bro all on his own?
BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!
Sheamus and Drew McIntyre wanted to challenge the winners to an Undisputed Tag Team Championship match this Friday, but the Scottish Warrior is unfortunately not cleared medically. That means the Celtic Warrior will have “Butch” as his new tag partner! Will Pete Dunne be able to help Sheamus against the Usos? Or will it be more of the same from The Bloodline?
The Judgment Day speaks.
Rhea says, “Bayley and Asuka, they’re both credible. They’ve both been Women’s Champion, they’ve both been Women’s Tag Team Champion. They’re both very, very good at what they do. But you know what they’re not? They’re not Rhea bloody Ripley! So when I’m done with them tonight and they’re laying in that ring crying their eyes out and I move on to Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship, and when I’m done with Bianca, the whole Raw Women’s locker room will be calling me Mami.” The Judgment Day like that, and then Rhea high-fives as she heads out. Will the Eradicator eliminate everyone in her path to the title?
JBL’s Poker Invitational begins!
Tamina, Dana Brooke, Shelton Benjamin, Dominik Mysterio and Akira Tozawa are one table, while Chad Gable, Luke Gallows and Baron Corbin are another. Otis has a huge plate of sausage but he isn’t sharing. JBL walks over to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the JBL Poker Invitational, an event that’ll become as big a tradition as The Masters, the Olympics, and as grand a spectacle as WrestleMania. Now, I know a lot of you don’t see eye to eye, and Tozawa… Nobody likes you. But poker is a gentlemen’s, and gentlewoman’s, sport. Especially in the high stakes room. The rules are simple: It is a dime ante. 10, 20K-”
BOOM! Dexter Lumis enters with Johnny Gargano, and he drops the Louis Vuitton bag full of cash he won from The Miz! JBL assumes Crystal Lake doesn’t get mail, but Jason Vorhees here needs an invitation. And JBL is pretty sure he didn’t invite the… one-and-a-half of them. Besides, Lumis can’t possibly have the 50K buy-in. So go stare at someone else. Gargano says “Show ’em.” And Lumis dumps the money out! Well okay! Welcome to the tournament! Lumis has a seat at the table, will anyone be able to crack that poker face?
Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka!
A Role Model, an Eradicator and an Empress walk into the ring, but this ain’t no joke! Only one can move on to the next round, who will be one step closer to facing The RawEST Women’s Champion?
But then surprisingly, Becky Lynch calls to Bayley from up in the bleachers! “Hey, ol’ pal! Well, I dunno if I can call ya pal anymore, seeing as how you and your cronies keep trying to jump me.” Fans cheer Becky on and she says, “I was just up at the merch stand, reminiscing about how fun it was last week, me beating up Bayley and her two cronies at one time. That was awesome.” Bayley says it’d be more awesome if Becky could hurry this up. Bayley has stuff to do. Well Becky wants Bayley to know that first, this is a great fan sign, #BigTimeBecky. But did Bayley also know that it’s been over three years since they faced each other 1v1?
Becky says they didn’t even scratch the surface back then. She was gone, Bayley showed up, but kudos to Bayley for carrying the WWE during the ThunderDome era! She really did! She was champion, Double Champion, sometimes doing double and triple duty. Bayley says the fans can cheer for that. The fans do cheer! Becky says Bayley was awesome, but then Becky came back right as Bayley was gone. And then Bayley came back right as Becky was gone. Bayley says she’s kinda repeating herself, and we all know the history. But Becky has a match so she should go, and also Bayley has a match right now that she’s about to win.
So the point is, Becky doesn’t need to tell Bayley’s history. That doesn’t matter now. Stop living in the past! Becky came down the stairs, she’s interrupting matches and Bayley’s “Magic!” Becky thinks she can just do whatever she wants, huh? Yeah, actually, she does. Becky was just trying to catch up. But Bayley says the difference between them, now more than ever, when Becky is here, it’s all about her, isn’t it? Fans cheer Becky because they definitely like her. Bayley says the fans just make it worse. Becky doesn’t care about the fans or anyone else! BAYLEY cares about the fans and the wrestlers!
And that’s what Bayley has been doing while Becky’s been gone. That’s why Bayley has Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky. She looks out of the future for the idiot fans! And the locker room! Bayley sees the bigger picture, but Becky just looks in the mirror! No one cheers, huh? That’s because no one has respect for what Bayley’s doing! Fans still cheer Becky. Becky says Bayley is looking out for people, and DMG CTRL has been successful. Well, two thirds have been, because there’s two champs and one loser. But hey, good luck tonight. Maybe they can finally go 1v1 again and make some history. If Bayley’s woman enough to face The Man, that is.
Becky leaves just as Rhea makes her entrance. Will Big Time Becks have to change her plans on who she’s facing next round?
Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. The bell rings and Asuka DROPKICKS Bayley! But Rhea rolls Asuka, ONE!! Asuka dodges Rhea’s haymaker but Bayley ROCKS her! Bayley grab at Asuka but Rhea rolls Bayley up, ONE!! Rhea kicks and stomps and KNEE SMASHES Bayley to then throw her out. Asuka runs in but Rhea catches her hip attack! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, CLUBS her more, then bumps her off buckles. Fans rally for Asuka but Rhea RAMS into her again and again. Bayley runs up, but Rhea blocks the roll-up! Bayley avoids the stomp, and the two stare down.
Bayley taunts “Mami,” then dodges her haymaker to waistlock. Rhea pries the hold, bucks Bayley at the ropes, then runs in again to scoop. Bayley slips off, but Rhea blocks the punch! Rhea throws body shots, RAMS Bayley into the corner and RAMS into her more! Rhea then brings Bayley out to snap suplex! Rhea looms over Bayley, goes back to Asuka, and whips her corner to corner hard! Rhea then goes to Bayley to CLUB her down. Rhea grins as she whips corner to corner and Bayley hits buckles hard! Rhea grins more as she storms over to Asuka. Rhea stands Asuka up but Asuka throws body shots!
Rhea kicks low, TOSSES Asuka aside, then TOSSES Bayley around! Fans rally as Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea storms over to Asuka and drags her up. Asuka throws more body shots, then kicks and a SOBAT! Bayley runs in to BLINDSIDE LARIAT Rhea, Asuka SLIDING KICKS! Asuka and Bayley come to an understanding to mug Rhea, and they POST her! Then Bayley kicks Asuka and headlocks. Asuka fires body shots, powers out and runs Bayley over! Bayley goes to the apron, she avoids the hip attack and she drags Asuka out to throw her into barriers! Bayley CLUBS Asuka, but Rhea CANNONBALLS them both! Fans fire up as Rhea laughs, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Bayley paces around as Rhea smothers Asuka into the mat with a forearm. Seems Bayley and Rhea now have that understanding, and Rhea sits Asuka up for Bayley to stomp down. Bayley talks trash, Rhea slaps Asuka around, and they drag Asuka up. Rhea bumps Asuka off buckles, then Rhea whips Bayley in, but Asuka puts her on the apron! Asuka dodges Rhea, URAKEN, URAKEN, SOBAT, KICK and URAKEN to an AX HANDLE! But Rhea blocks the whip! Rhea whips Asuka to a corner, but Asuka dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Bayley runs in but is sent into Bayley! Rhea SLAMS Bayley, but Asuka uses Bayley as a step to BOOT Rhea!
Fans fire up as Asuka SOBATS Rhea again. Asuka headlocks Rhea, runs at Bayley, but only the LRIAT Hits as Rhea fights the bulldog. Rhea runs in, Asuka dodges, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Asuka fires up and fans are with her as she watches Rhea and Bayley sit up. Asuka KICKS Rhea, she KICKS Bayley, then back to Rhea! Another for Bayley! Rhea! Bayley, but she ducks! Roll-up, TWO! Bayley kicks but into an ANKLE LOCK! Bayley flails, reaches out, pulls at Asuka’s hair but that won’t stop this. Rhea gets up and storms over, but Bayley grabs Rhea’s hair! Rhea HEADBUTTS Bayley, and Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES her!
Asuka avoids a kick from Rhea to ROUNDHOUSE Rhea down! Fans fire up but Bayley drags Asuka out! Bayley hurries back in, she calls to Rhea, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs. Rhea stands up and Bayley still wants to work together. Rhea says she won’t let Bayley boss her around. Bayley says okay, and then she lunges! Into a choke grip! Rhea know that was coming, but Bayley ROCKS her with a forearm! Rhea ROCKS Bayley, Bayley ROCKS Rhea, repeat! Bayley pulls hair but Rhea throws body shots! Bayley hits back, Rhea throws more! Asuka leaps for a DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover on Rhea, TWO!! Cover on Bayley, TWO!!
Fans fire up and Asuka hurries to a corner. Asuka climbs but Bayley is after her! They brawl, Asuka sends Bayley down then leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! ASUKA LOCK!!! Bayley flails, reaches out, crawls around with her one free arm, but Rhea returns! Rhea basement dropkicks them both! Cover on Asuka, TWO! Rhea is frustrated but fans rally up. Rhea drags Asuka up to short arm LARIAT! Rhea drags Asuka up again, for another short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka turns lariat to ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Rhea flails, kicks, but Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Asuka! Cover on Asuka, TWO!!
Bayley frowns as she drags herself back up. Bayley runs to CLOBBER Asuka, then she rains down fists! Bayley drags Asuka back up, BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, Rhea breaks it!! Rhea reels Bayley in for a HEADBUTT! And another! And another! And then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rhea grows frustrated but she turns her attention to Asuka. Asuka kicks, but into an Electric Chair Lift! And SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Asuka survives and Rhea cannot believe it! Fans fire up, Rhea hurries to DROPKICK Bayley out of the ring! Rhea hurries outside, runs in around the way, but Bayley KICKS her legs out! Bayley hurries in, ducks a kick and clinches! BAYLEY2- ROLL UP! TWO!!!
Asuka URAKENS! URKAENS! SOBATS! Bayley ducks the next hand, RAMS Asuka to a corner, then runs in, into a ROUNDHOUSE!! Asuka goes up, MISSILE- NO, Bayley deflects it! ROSE PLANT!!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (advances to next week)
Rhea is furious, but she takes it out on Asuka! Rhea kicks Asuka around, then pump handles for the RIPTIDE!! Bayley grins as she moves on, but who will she meet in the #1 contender’s match?
Seth Rollins is here!
DC sings for The Visionary as he swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins is here in DC to welcome them to Monday Night Rollins! “you know me, you love me. I am the Visionary, I am the revolutionary, I am Seth… “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins has big news for DC! “One week from tonight, yours truly is going to go one-on-one with The All Mighty Bobby Lashley! And the winner of that there little match will be your new #1 contender to the United States Championship.” And he’d love to say a lot of things to ol’ “Bob,” but it’s not fun if he’s not out here. And DC wants to have fun, right? The fans cheer and Rollins says they had fun singing his song.
Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But then here comes Lashley! Fans cheer as he walks out on stage in a crimson and black suit to counter Rollins’ sky blue and white one. Lashley goes to the ring with a mic of his own to say, “So, Seth, I’m here. So what would you like to tell me. Now be careful with that.” Rollins wants Lashley to hold on. Lashley just hasn’t been the same since Crown Jewel and that loss to Brock Lesnar. And there’s no shame in losing to Lesnar! Been there, done that. But what is with Lashley’s Lesnar obsession? Is Lashley… scared of Lesnar? Rollins knows Lesnar is bigger and stronger-
Lashley stops Rollins there because he knows Rollins is just trying to get under his skin and rattle his cage. No, no, no! Rollins accepts Lashley isn’t afraid. So then… He must be jealous of Lesnar. That’s it! Because Lesnar’s a bigger star, won more championships. That’s gotta be it. Lesnar had the career Lashley wishes he had. Lashley grabs Rollins by his hair to tell him this is NOT about Lesnar! This is about Rollins, Lashley, and the US Championship that should be around Lashley’s waist. Rollins says okay, but just relax. Bob knows as well as Rollins does that the US title won’t fill the void in Lashley’s heart left by the fact that he can’t beat lesnar.
If Lashley doesn’t get his head right, he can’t get his temper right, and beating him will be a lot easier for Rollins than the first. time. Lashley DECKS Rollins for that! Rollins gets up and they brawls! Fans fire up as Lashley has the edge on Rollins! Lashley throws knees, then he throws Rollins out! Lashley goes out but Rollins jumps on him! Lashley RAMS Rollins into barriers, whips him into more barriers, and DC fires up as Rollins comes back for more! They go around, brawling right on the barriers! Referees and security rush out to stop this! Rollins claws Lashley’s face! The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Rollins gets free to CLOBBER Lashley!
The brawling keeps going, Adam Pearce tries to stop this, and Lashley stands down while Rollins slides into the ring. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” and Lashley storms back in! They brawl in the ring again! Lashley RAMS Rollins into a corner! The hands keep flying but management and referees separate them again. Lashley gets loose, Rollins moves, the SPEAR hits one of the producers! Pearce shouts at Lashley and Rollins says Lashley has done it now! Producer Pete Williams is hurting, will Lashley have to face the consequences?
Backstage interview with Austin Theory.
Byron Saxton asks the WWE United States Champion what we just saw in the “absolute chaos” between Rollins and Lashley. Theory says he saw the past. Two former champs are fighting over scraps, oblivious to the fact that the business has evolved and forgotten about both of them. This business lives in the now, where it’s Theory’s time, and he has all the cards! And let’s face it, what’s a couple of challenges to Theory’s reign when the forever is just beginning? But then he turns around into Mustafa Ali! “Forever, huh? Theory, you just love writing checks that you know you can’t cash in. Oh, ‘cash-in,’ you probably don’t like hearing those words.”
Theory says Ali is annoying! He constantly whines and complains about opportunities, then gets beat down. Why doesn’t Ali just quit? Because Ali isn’t like Theory. Ali has to fight for what he has. He has to fight for opportunities! So know this: Theory can put Ali down but he’ll get back up, back in Theory’s face, and become US Champion. Fine! If Ali wants his shot, and his chance to shock the world, then they’ll do this tonight. But after Theory finishes with Ali, Theory never EVER wants to hear the word “opportunity” comes out of Ali’s sorry mouth again. Theory storms off, but will The Beacon bring the end to “The Now” that is Theory’s reign?
Raw checks back in with the JBL Poker Invitational.
Lumis still has fat stacks while the others mull over their hands. JBL has his Ugandan whiskey brought in by the waiter, and gives him a great tip. JBL watches as Corbin’s table moves along. Gable folds, a thank yew. But gentlemen, ladies, the game of poker is about intelligence. The intelligence to know when to push forward, and when to walk away. Gallows says, “NERD!” Gable shouts, “SHOOSH!” “NERD!” “SHOOSH!” This goes back and forth and Corbin has them stop. Take some chill pills. Corbin can’t get a ready on the freak show over here with those two shouting nonsense.
Corbin says Lumis has to be bluffing. He sees through those eyes. Lumis has nothing in his hand, or his head, and Corbin will take all his money and send him back to the loony bin where he belongs. Corbin calls! Corbin has a Straight, 5 through 9! Lumis has… a FULL HOUSE! Three Aces, two Jacks! JBL can’t believe it, either! Corbin says it’s been this way all night! Lumis is some kind of savant. Otis likes croissants. No, savants. Well, those are good, too. Lumis has to be a cheater! No way could he beat Corbin! There have to be cards up his sleeves, in those gloves. Gargano, don’t defend him! Corbin is gonna hand Lumis a-
Lumis has an AX! Whoa, okay, easy now. Corbin and JBL accept Lumis is just that good. Meanwhile, Tozawa is cleaning up on his table! But then Tozawa catches Dom trying to palm a few chips! THIEF!! Thief? This is DOM’S show! Whatever he wants, he gets. And if Tozawa has as problem with that, then the Judgment Day has a problem with Tozawa! Oh, yeah? Well, Tozawa doesn’t care! Dom is the problem. The two stand up, and Dom says Tozawa’s almost as short as his deadbeat dad. JBL has these two settle down. No fighting in the poker room. Go outside if you wanna fight. Tozawa will see Dom in the ring! Yeah he will!
Dom and Tozawa back out of the game for now, but who will be the big winner in the ring?
WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali!
The self-proclaimed Now of WWE has always had a big ego, and many times that ego has cost him. Will it cost him everything he’s worked for here tonight? Or will Theory leave The Beacon in the dark after this high stakes showdown?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly represents the future of the WWE!
Fans boo Theory as he and Ali tie up. Theory shoves Ali down and tells him Ali’s wasting his time. Ali comes back to headlock, but Theory powers up. Ali thrashes, Theory powers out and runs Ali over. “What’d I say? You’re wasting your time! You’re in the now.” Theory stands Ali up but Ali puts him in the corner. Ali CHOPS, but Theory just scowls through it. Theory CLOBBERS Ali, brushes himself off, and storms after Ali again. Theory digs his knee into Ali, dares him to do something, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory storms around, whips Ali corner to corner, then he runs in. Ali goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl RANAS!
Theory bails out but Ali dropkicks him off the apron! Ali builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Ali stalks Theory, brings him up, but Theory breaks free. Theory baits Ali and Ali runs in, Theory POSTS him with an alley-oop! “You’re in the now! You hear me? You’re in the NOW!” Theory RAMS Ali into barriers! Theory asks Ali how that feels while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Ali throws haymakers on Theory! Ali backs Theory down to a corner but Theory turns it around. Theory swings but Ali dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ali whips corner to corner, Theory reverses but Ali slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Theory away! Ali slingshots, somersaults, and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up but Theory fireman’s carries! Ali slips off to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Theory crawls to a corner and Ali stands up. Ali storms over, but into an elbow! Theory goes up but Ali ROCKS him first! Ali climbs up after Theory, to SUPER- NO, Theory blocks! Wait, they tip over and Theory still hits the mat!
Theory flounders up, Ali runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives the rough landing then the rougher impact, but Ali is not losing focus yet. Ali hurries to a corner but Theory anchors a foot. Ali stomps him down then climbs back up. Fans rally but Theory trips Ali up! Theory throws haymakers, puts Ali in a Tree of Woe to the outside, and then Theory stomps away on the apron! The ref counts, Theory backs off, only to go back in for more! The ref counts as Theory stomps away. Theory finally gets in the ring, then he drags Ali up to rain down fists! Fans boo, the ref has Theory back off.
Theory snarls but then DOLPH ZIGGLER SUPERKICKS him!!!
Winner: Austin Theory, by disqualification (still WWE United States Champion)
Ali can’t believe it! Theory wins and it isn’t even because of him! Ali gets mad at Ziggler but Ziggler says his beef is with Theory. Ali and Ziggler argue now, but then Theory CLOBBERS them both! Theory rains down fists on Ziggler, then he drags Ali up to POST him! Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” as Theory drags Ziggler up for A-TOWN DOWN! The Show Off cost Ali and didn’t even get the better of Theory. Will Theory stay the now and become the forever of the WWE?
JBL is on the phone with someone.
He’s loving this! No one could’ve put on a better poker tournament. The money is everywhere! The Miz then walks in and JBL hangs up. JBL is happy to see Miz, and Miz says there was probably a slight oversight not inviting Miz. Oh, sorry, he didn’t know Miz played cards. Miz can jump in, if he has the 50K. Right… About that… After Miz’s “financial improprieties,” he isn’t very liquid. JBL knows how crypto can be, right? But c’mon, JBL knows Miz is good for it! JBL says he’d love to, but Miz hasn’t been good at paying off debts. Everyone had cash on them. Miz can give him his Rolex! Oh, that is a nice watch… Wait. Miz does know this isn’t real, right?
What?! The second hand ticks… Miz is offended and he hurries off. Well, so much for that. Will Miz find a way to get in on the game where a certain you-know-who is playing?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Indianapolis gets Elevated!
Elevation turns it up to nine!
AEW is racing towards Winter is Coming in Indianapolis as The Embassy is in action! Who betta than Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony?
- Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solo VS Hagane Shinno; wins.
- Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Kitty LaFleur & Alice Crowley; win.
- Kiera Hogan VS Nikki Victory; wins.
- Top Flight VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; win(s).
- Madison Rayne VS Emi Sakura; wins.
- Lee Moriarty w/ W. Morrissey VS Serpentico w/ Luther; wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dan Adams, Star Rider & Façade; win.
- Alex Reynolds w/ John Silver VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Aaron Solo w/ Nick Comoroto; wins.
A decent line-up. Good to see Top Flight in action after hearing Dante Martin was really hurting after that match with FTR. Good to see Konosuke in action. Reynolds VS Sabian could be a really good one, too. And good to see Kiera Hogan in action now that she’s on her own again. Wouldn’t surprise me if she and Diamante team up to go after The Baddies.
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