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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (12/12/17)



All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter



  • Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad VS Charlotte Flair; Charlotte wins, by disqualification.
  • Baron Corbin VS Dolph Ziggler; Ziggler wins, by disqualification.
  • The Bludgeon Brothers VS ???; Bludgeon Brothers win.
  • The Usos VS Rusev & Aiden English; Rusev & English win.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Randy Orton VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn; Owens wins.


Kevin & Sami have been crying “SmackDown Conspiracy”.

As if Kevin being handcuffed to the ring rope during a match Sami was having against “the McMahon’s weapon”, Randy Orton, wasn’t bad enough, SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon is piling on. Sami & Kevin will have a tag team match at Clash of Champions against The Viper and a partner of his choosing. And to end last week’s SmackDown, Orton found a partner in The Rockstar, Shinsuke Nakamura! Kevin & Sami are going up against two of WWE’s finest, but also in a match where Shane McMahon is the special guest refereeAND where they could lost their JOBS in the WWE! Is Shane O’Mac going too far?


Sami & Kevin recruit for #OccupySmackDown tonight.

Kevin & Sami are beginning the #YepMovement in the WWE, and ask others take a stand against the unfair tyranny of the Commissioner. They even ask Benjamin & Gable to join in to make for a better SmackDown. Will this movement work out in their favor?


AJ Styles heads to the ring!

The Phenomenal WWE World Champion will defend said title against Jinder Mahal at Clash of Champions, but tonight, we get the promised face-to-face in the ring. The fans give Styles a standing ovation as he welcomes them to “The House that AJ Styles Built”, SmackDown! He’s usually more “cool, calm and collected” but he’s anxious being this close to his title defense. Styles doesn’t want to lose the title he just got back, but Mahal must feel the same. But what good is being champion if you’re not going to fight for it? If you’re not a fighting champion? Styles will defend his title against Mahal, who was champion for six months and did anything and everything to keep it. Mahal needed a Punjabi Prison and a Punjabi Monster, as well as the Singh Brothers, so Styles knows what he’s talking about. Styles agrees, he knows what it’s like- The Singh Brothers interrupt! They would normally introduce the Modern Day Maharaja, but not this time. In case you missed it, the Singh Brothers share footage of SmackDown a couple weeks ago, where The Singhs failed to defeat Styles 2v1 and were then angrily punished by Mahal. Styles feels that was just cruel, he feels sorry for them. Styles has an idea, “let’s hug it out.” The Singh Brothers hug each other, but Styles wants them to hug “Ol’ Uncle Allen.” The fans want them to hug it out. They enter the ring, and do give Styles hugs. But only one each.

The Singh Brothers thank Styles for his support, but also wish to let Styles know that at Clash of Champions, they’ll be in his corner. Fans aren’t so sure about that, but the Singhs want to let it be known that they’re just as done with Mahal as he is with them. Mahal is a disgrace to the 1.3 billion people of India! Styles encourages them to vent. Mahal rides first class but he leaves the Singhs in coach. Mahal stays in five star hotels while the Singhs are in crappy roadside motels. He doesn’t even know the difference between Samir & Sunil, he thinks they’re TWINS! That’s why they dress the same! Worst of all, Mahal made them kiss his feet! They smelled like cheese, garlic and buttered chicken! That sucks. They’ve got beef with Mahal, huh? Styles asks them: if they’re this angry, why were they still with Mahal all during WWE India? He caught them off guard with that one. The Singhs insist they are done!

Styles offers handshakes. That’s when Mahal himself arrives! Styles tells Mahal to stay up there, he sees where this is going. The “dingle berries” are Mahal’s moles. They all suck. But Styles liked what they said: Styles VS Mahal, nothing more and nothing less. Styles likes that, but he ensures it is 1v1 by taking out The Singhs again right here! He dares Mahal to come in the ring, Mahal gets right up to the apron, but Mahal only goes as far as to vow that at Clash of Champions, he will be champion again.

Fans let Mahal know “Jinder Sucks!” The Modern Day Maharaja is irate but confident, but will he be silenced by the equally confident Phenomenal AJ Styles?


Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad VS Charlotte Flair!

The SmackDown Women’s Championship match will have every woman other than Charlotte and Natalya as Lumberjacks, but the leader of The Squad wants to show she’s worthy of taking on the Queen of Flair directly. Of course, the Queen of Harts is on commentary to watch this herself. The bell rings, Charlotte gets Ruby in a waistlock takedown, then up for another. Ruby resists the third but is still thrown back, Charlotte swipes at Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan, Ruby tries to capitalize but Charlotte kicks out and then kicks back. She throws Ruby overhead then kip-ups to fire up while The Squad regroups.

SmackDown goes picture in picture as Charlotte dares Ruby to get back in the ring. The Squad help Ruby up and in, Charlotte is right on her. Charlotte swipes at Sarah again, Ruby makes the best of this opening, STO on Charlotte before raining down right hands. Ruby cools off before dragging Charlotte up and putting her in a corner with buckle bumps. Charlotte blocks the next bump then dodges but Ruby retaliates with Deadly Nightshade. Ruby snapmares Charlotte into a ghost pin, TWO, but right into a modified Rings of Saturn where Ruby uses her legs to hold Charlotte’s arms in place. Ruby puts all her weight on Charlotte’s shoulders, using her arms for leverage. Charlotte rolls in a pin attempt but Ruby slips right into a chinlock. Ruby thrashes Charlotte around, wrenching in deep. The Squad likes what they see as Charlotte is grounded down. Charlotte finds her second wind, though, and she powers Ruby to a corner. She tries to run out but Ruby yanks her down, cover, TWO. Ruby puts that chinlock right back on, wrenching and grinding Charlotte down again. Charlotte gets to her feet, throws Ruby off, then boots Ruby back. Charlotte gives Ruby those Flair chops, but Ruby elbows out of a corner.

SmackDown returns to single picture as Ruby throws Charlotte face first into buckles and then climbs up. Ruby cannonballs only to meet Charlotte’s knees! The Squad is worried now as their leader gets up and takes a backbreaker to buckle shot! Charlotte throws Ruby out for a low boot, then finally connects with Sarah via a forearm. Charlotte then throws Ruby out onto her Squad, then decks Liv with a forearm. Natty gets off commentary to trash talk, but takes a forearm herself!

Charlotte is wrecking everyone until Natty clotheslines her down. The match ends in disqualification, but The Squad drags Charlotte up and into the ring. They surround the SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte revives to fight them off alone! It doesn’t work since it is 3v1, The Riott Squad throws Charlotte out of the ring and into steel steps! They’re not done, Charlotte goes into barriers. Ruby brings Charlotte around as Sarah and Liv prepare the big steel steps. Naomi to the rescue!

The damage done last week wasn’t enough, and she makes the entire Riott Squad #FeelTheGlow! Naomi throws forearm after forearm into Ruby’s face, then whips her to the ropes for the Rear View! Naomi is fired up, The Riott Squad retreats, only for The Welcoming Committee to attack from behind! The SmackDown Women’s Championship may be a Lumberjack Match, but can the Lumberjacks keep themselves under control at ringside?


SmackDown General Manager, Daniel Bryan, is on the phone.

Bryan assures Shane that he has things under control. Bryan will be on commentary for the main event to make sure any trick Kevin & Sami might pull doesn’t work out. However, Sami & Kevin appear in his office to discuss just that. Will #OccupySmackDown work out after all?


Baron Corbin VS Dolph Ziggler!

The Lone Wolf doesn’t feel The Show-Off deserves a spot in the WWE United States Championship match at Clash of Champions, but Ziggler is working to prove him wrong. Likewise, The GLORIOUS Bobby Roode is on commentary to keep an eye on both men ahead of the biggest opportunity in his career. The bell rings, the two circle, COrbin puts Ziggler in a corner. He lets him out, Ziggler shoves him back, Corbin decks Ziggler with a right hand. Ziggler crawls to a corner as Corbin trash talks Roode, but then Ziggler springs back with a dropkick and a splash in the corner. Corbin reverses the neckbreaker but misses wide in the corner, he rams his shoulder into a post. Corbin and Ziggler are both down already, Roode steps away from commentary. Roode shakes off that GLORIOUS robe to slip into the ring, he is returning the favor from Ziggler last week by stalking him, and hitting a GLORIOUS DDT!

This match ends in disqualification, Corbin revives but ends up in a GLORIOUS DDT as well! Roode vows HE is the next US Champ, and yes, it will be GLORIOUS! Can The Lone Wolf keep his title when he has two hungry opponents coming for him?


The Fashion Files comes to SmackDown courtesy of Social Media.

The Fashion Police were mourning the loss of their “friends”, The Ascension, but turns out Konnor & Viktor are alive and well. Not only that, they encourage Breezango to continue investigating the case. They believe in their “best friends”. If it gets The Ascension to stop all this, Breezango will do it. Breezango will face the Bludgeon Brothers. They are? Yes, they are. Scared as they are, do they have a chance at Clash of Champions?


The Bludgeon Brothers VS ???

Harper & Rowan have been dominantly undefeated since returning to SmackDown and the Tag Team Division, is there a chance of that changing tonight?

Delaney & Rowe sure don’t seem capable given the dropkick Rowan gives. Tag to Harper, whipped into Rowe and then big clubbing clothesline for Delaney! Rowan drags Rowe up and trophy lifts him into the ring. The Bludgeon Brothers surround the poor man, full-nelson lift into a vicious powerbomb! Tag back to Rowan, they finish Delaney with the double choke slam! The Bludgeon Brothers win again, may they have mercy on Breezango’s souls.


Sami & Kevin prepare to #OccupySmackDown, they head to the ring!

The #YEPMovement begins tonight in Cincinnati! Can Kevin feel the energy in this building? Yep. The WWE Universe finally stands side-by-side with Sami & Kevin, and against Shane McMahon, united in the name of change. Yep! Kevin & Sami know management took a “step too far”, and show the footage from last week’s SmackDown to expalin how. Orton won the match, but then he and Nakamura would beat down Sami & Kevin to then officially become a team for Clash of Champions. Stephanie and Vince McMahon are nothing compared to Shane. Shane handcuffed Kevin “like a common criminal”, and then named himself the special guest referee for the tag team match. Then, Shane made it so that if Sami & Kevin lose the match, they’re fired from the WWE. Shane is “a madman on a rage bender”, “trying to humiliate” Kevin & Sami when he couldn’t defend the McMahon family honor. Sami & Kevin will show this business is bigger than Shane’s grudge, let’s #OccupySmackDown! Come on out! No one comes out… But then SmackDown GM, Daniel Bryan, does! Is the #YESMovement joining the #YEPMovement?

Bryan heads to the ring, that’s a good sign. The inspiration for the #YEPMovement himself is here, he is the one man “who truly does occupy SmackDown”! What are they doing? What does Bryan mean? He knows, right? The #YESMovement did #OccupyRaw, so as a tribute, the #YEPMovement will #OccupySmackdown. These three have been treated all the same! You two are nothing like Bryan. This alone proves it. Bryan’s movement was not about himself, but about the fans. The fans agree with “YES! YES! YES!” as Bryan explains his movement was about what the fans want and deserve. Sami says that’s close, but it’s about what Sami & Kevin want and deserve. Bryan drank Shane’s Kool-Aid, but he can tell why Shane wants to be special guest referee. Shane wants to screw Kevin & Sami over, to take their jobs after they scratched and clawed in the indies. Bryan has an agreement with Shane that they each have the other’s back. Sami & Kevin are talented, yes, so Bryan will make sure their tag team match at Clash of Champions is fair. If they still lose, there will be no excuses. Shane may not agree, but he should still have Bryan’s back. Bryan appoints a second guest referee, and that person will be… Daniel Bryan!

Kevin & Sami are glad to hear that! But is the SmackDown GM right about the SmackDown commissioner supporting this decision?


The Usos VS Rusev & Aiden English!

The SmackDown Tag Team Champions will be defending their titles in a Fatal 4 Way at Clash of Champions, but for tonight, they are going to test “Team Rusev Day” in a standard 2v2. Who will gain the last bit of momentum before the tag team titles are on the line? The New Day is on commentary, with plenty of pancakes! The Drama King starts by singing the praises of Rusev Day~! “On the Eighth Day of Rusev, my partner gave to me~… Eight Aiden Songs, Seven Boards a breaking, Six Machka Kicks, FIVE~ ” The Usos point out it isn’t Christmas yet, but English wouldn’t get gifts anyway. What kind of presents would Santa even give English? Singing lessons? A toupee? A new tag team partner? A nice tan? Clash of Champions isn’t about New Day or Rusev Day, but about DAY ONE!

However, Benjamin & Gable appear to remind everyone they’re part of the match, too. Rusev Day, New Day, Day One, days are for the week, and they are weak. The day that matters is Sunday, that’s game day. Sunday is when Benjamin & Gable get those belts, that’s collection day. And King Kong ain’t got ISH on them, that’s Training Day. Gable & Benjamin will train these dogs to roll over and fetch those titles for them, Chad Gable & Shelt’n Benjamin!

This match begins picture-in-picture, and starts with Rusev and Jey Uso. The two circle, Rusev kicks low but then Jey responds with uppercuts and chops. Jey runs, Rusev clobbers him at the ropes. Rusev is fired up as he rips off Jey’s shirt and throws body shots. English tags in as Rusev stomps, English continues the stomps in his place. Jey is choked against the ropes, the referee backs English off. English puts Jey in a corner, Jey hits English back, Engilsh gives Jey a DRAMA Kick to the back before clubbing away with forearms. The referee backs English off, English brings Jey over to tag Rusev. Rusev Day isolates Jey, and shouts down the chants for the Usos.

SmackDown returns to single picture as Rusev drags Jey to his feet for the Bulgarian Bearhug. Benjamin and Gable watch and talk strategy while the New Day serves pancakes to everyone but Corey Graves. Jey endures the squeeze, Rusev adds on, Graves brings things back to play by play as Rusev embraces the heat. Rusev swings on Jimmy, misses, Jey revives to hit a dragon whip! Jey and Rusev are down, heading to their corners, hot tags to English and Jimmy. Jimmy rallies, pops and locks on the uppercut, Samoan Drop! Jimmy is fired up, The New Day is fired up with him, corner to corner but a boot stops Jimmy. English flies, into a SUPERKICK! Rusev breaks the pin to save his partner. Jey throws Rusev out then DIVES into a fist! Rusev is dropkick’d to ropes, ENglish goes after Jimmy, MACHKA Kick from Rusev and then English with the DDT, Rusev Day wins! Rusev Day is on a roll, will they win out to have their day at Clash of Champions?


Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

Styles saw through the Singh Brothers’ plans, Styles won’t be fooled by anyone. However, Mahal attacks Styles this time! Mahal clobbers Styles an extra time before reminding Styles that “you will not be beating the odds.” Can Styles recover in time to overcome?


Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Randy Orton VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn!

The King of Strong Style and The Viper are two of SmackDown’s best, if not the entire WWE’s, and are willing to team up together if it means kicking Sami & Kevin out of this company. But first, an in-ring interview. Do they anticipate any conflicting motives for why both SmackDown Commissioner and SmackDown GM want to be guest referees?

Orton can’t speak for the two of them, but he can speak for his own. Orton dislikes Sami & Kevin, so he and Nakamura are doing everyone a favor by making sure “those two idiots lose their jobs”. Does Nakamura agree? “Yep.”

Daniel Bryan joins commentary as promised, and promises that he and Shane will work out how a two-referee match this Sunday will work.

The match scheduled tonight finally begins, fans fire up, and the two circle. Kevin kicks low and stomps on Nakamura, Sami hyped up for his best friend. Kevin keeps Nakamura down, then puts on a headlock. Sami cheers Kevin on as Kevin trash talks Orton, Nakamura gets to his feet but can’t power out. Fans cheer Nakamura on, he feeds off the energy to pry his way out of the hold, but Kevin throws in a knee and more stomps. “That’s why I’m the man!” Kevin brings Nakamura up for a chop, Nakamura fires a forearm in return, Kevin gives back forearms of his own. He then whips Nakamura, Nakamura holds ropes to then kick Kevin back. Nakamura whips Kevin, Kevin holds ropes to get out of the ring. Sami regroups with Kevni, Nakamura comes out but is put into the apron edge by Kevin. The referee reprimands Kevin before Kevin puts Nakamura in the ring and flattens him with a back senton! TWO, and Kevin puts a chinlock right on. Sami taunts Orton from across the way, Kevin grinds Nakamura to the mat. Fans rally, Bryan insists he is not biased, Nakamura gets up and fights out of the hold. Nakamura is thrown down by his hair, Kevin stomps and clubs him down, cover, TWO. Kevin keeps stomping, but also keeps an eye on Orton. He puts Nakamura in a corner, chips him and gives a European Uppercut. Corner to corner whip reversed, Nakamuar gives Keivn a big knee. Nakamura fires forearms and hoists Kevin up, Top Shelf Knee evaded. Hotshot from Kevin, Kevin drags Nakamura out to throw into barriers. Kevin in control as we go to break.

SmackDown returns as Nakamura fights out of another chinlock but Kevin clubs him down again. Nakamura fights back, snampare and knee drop! Kevin crawls to a corner, Nakamura goes corner to corner but Kevin boots him away. Kevin reels Nakamura in for a lariat, cover, TWO, which frustrates Kevin. He rains down rights, then more stomps before trash talking Orton again. Kevin kicks Nakamura, goes for another back senton but meets Nakamura’s knees. Nakamura and Kevin slowly stir, fans are rallying for the Rockstar. He brings Nakamura up, Nakamura and Kevin brawl with heavy forearm shots. Kevin whips, Nakamura ducks, dynamic dropkick! Sami is getting worried as Nakamura and Kevin stand back up. Nakamura dodges to unleash a strike fest, gordbuster!

Nakamura kicks away at Kevin’s chest, Kevin blocks one, Nakamura gives him an enziguri. Both men get to opposite corners again, Nakamura runs in for a big knee strike, and even more knees. Good Vibrations!

The referee backs Nakamura off, but Nakamura gives more knees. Nakamura hoists Kevin up, Top Shelf Knee connects, cover, TWO! There’s no stop, Nakamura drags Kevin up and puts him on the top rope again. He stuns Kevin with more forearms, then climbs up to join Kevin, but Kevin fights back. Kevin headbutts Nakamura down, adjusts, Swanton Bomb into knees! Kevin blocks the reverse exploder, Nakamura dodges to send that forearm into the referee! The referee goes down, Bryan gets up! Bryan puts on the referee’s shirt while Kevin and Nakamura standing-switch back and forth! Kevin snapmares Nakamura off, throws him to ropes, Pop-Up avoid, wheel kick knocks him down! Nakamura covers, Bryan hurries into the ring to count, TWO!

Everyone is shocked by this, Sami is furious enough to get in and argue. Orton clobbers Sami! Sami is thrown out, but then pokes Orton in the eye before putting him into a post. Nakamura fires up, takes aim, but Sami distracts. Sami gets thrown back out, Pop-Up Powerbomb from Kevin! Bryan counts, Kevin wins! Does this prove that Bryan is on the side of Sami & Kevin?

Stage interview with Kevin & Sami.

This might be their last night on SmackDown, what do they have to say to the WWE Universe? “Nobody, not Shane McMahon, not Shinsuke Nakamura, and not Randy Orton, will take this away from us!” Because they are the best not just on SmackDown but in the entire WWE! “YEP! YEP!” Will this new movement survive Clash of Champions?


My Thoughts:

As far as a go-home SmackDown goes, this was a bit of a middle ground between the worst and the best go-homes of SmackDown 2017. It did well in hitting all the relevant stories, but it still felt a bit haphazard in execution. SmackDown’s Women’s Division was advertised to have a Six Woman Tag but that got scrapped for a singles match. Ruby VS Charlotte was still a solid match, though obviously a lot of the events were influenced by Sarah, Liv and even Natalya ringside. With the SmackDown Women’s Division ringside, I would hope that no matter who wins, Carmella finally attempts to cash in her Ms. Money in the Bank contract to take advantage of the chaos and become the new champion. The SmackDown Tag Team Division is at least being booked strongly since the fourth team to join the Tag Title match, Rusev Day, is racking up big wins this close to the match. The titles will also be contested in a unique form of the Fatal 4 Way tag, any one of those teams could win the SmackDown tag titles that way.

I am disappointed that SmackDown doesn’t think to let Bobby Roode wear a great suit to ringside. If Roode wears his robes everywhere, that makes it less important for when he wears them out for his matches. That aside, Roode copying Ziggler from last week doesn’t really build towards the US Championship Triple Threat, hopefully SmackDown fixes the problems they’re having with Roode after Clash of Champions. However, SmackDown was very clever to then have Styles see through the Singh Brothers’ facade, but then still have Mahal get the upper-hand later to keep the math on 50-50 booking muddy. I would hope Styles still wins, forcing Mahal to actually drop the Singh Brothers as his henchmen and try things on his own. I loved the YEP Movement and the #OccupySmackDown protest Sami & Kevin were trying to start, because as they said, it is a very clever homage to what Daniel Bryan did in his battle against The Authority. Bryan naming himself guest referee #2 was a surprise, but this almost guarantees a Heel Turn for someone, SmackDown would be smart to make it Shane because of how over Bryan still is. The match tonight was only okay, but made great because of Bryan going at it on commentary with Byron Saxton, and then getting involved as the substitute referee, and him counting the win for Kevin might be signs of things to come.

My Score: 8/10

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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/15/22)

A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!



WWE Raw 2022

Will the United States Champion still be All Mighty?

For the first time one-on-one, Bobby Lashley takes on AJ Styles, and for the WWE United States Championship! Will the All Mighty prove he’s even more phenomenal than the Phenomenal One?


  • Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka; Bliss & Asuka win and advance.
  • The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali; The Miz & Ciampa win.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
  • Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller; Veer wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles; Lashley wins and retains the title.
  • Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke; Kai wins.
  • (Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler; Theory wins.


The Judgement Day is here!

Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley are in Washington D.C. and headed to the ring! And they’re feeling great after what they did to Rey & Dominik Mysterio just last week. They all get mics while fans boo, but Rhea says, “The Judgement Day… We run Monday Night Raw. And that’s been the harsh reality to the Mysterios week in and week out. I even proved to Dominik Mysterio that I really am his Papi, haha, as I destroyed his soul!” Finn says everyone loves the Mysterios! But do they even know why? No! But then to those fans, Finn has some sad news: The Mysterios will NOT be here tonight.

And why is that? Because just like Rhea said, poor little Dom had his soul crushed! And Rey was destroyed by Finn in the middle of the ring, 1-2-3, to further solidify Finn’s already legendary status in this business! But enough about last week, here’s what Priest will do to Edge next week. “What won’t I do to Edge next week? But let me ask you all a question: Do you not wanna see Edge confront the Judgement Day right now?” DC says yes! Do they wanna see the Rated R Superstar right now? Yes! Too bad! He ain’t here! HA! No, no. Edge is out in Toronto, doing his “duties” promoting this match. Edge’s first match in Toronto in over a decade!

Priest tells Edge the he heard everything Edge said. Priest doesn’t need the Judgement Day ringside. He doesn’t sweat Edge! He doesn’t need anyone to deal with Edge! That is where Priest puts the final nail in the coffin of Edge’s career! There will be no Finn, no Rhea, just Priest VS Edge, 1v1, man to man, no Judgement Day! And then Toronto will no longer be Edge’s hometown. It’ll be the place where Damian Priest sent Edge back into retirement! Oh, the fans don’t like that, huh? Bye-bye, Edge! And this time it won’t be about filming TV shows or crap movies. It’ll be Beth wheeling Edge around and feeding him through a tube for the rest of his life!

But then REY dropkicks Priest from behind! And throws hands on Finn! Finn shoves Rey but Rey RANAS him out! Then BLASTS Priest out! But then Rhea steps to him! Rhea dares Rey to hit her, but Rey keeps control. But then Finn gets in with a chair! Rey SHOTGUNS Finn first! And then JAMS Finn and SMACKS Finn with the chair! And then the same for Priest! Fans fire up for Rey as he raises the chair, but Rhea shields Finn! Then she snatches the chair! Priest BOOTS Rey down! Priest KICKS Rey, rains down fists, and fans boo! But Priest drags Rey up, feeds him to Rhea, DDT to the chair!! Then Priest rains down fists!

Rhea tells this is what happens when Dom holds you back! Priest puts the chair on Rey’s chest! Finn is up top, COUP DE GRACE with the chair!! Finn sits on Rey after having crushed him! Will the Judgement Day destroy Edge just like they have Dom and Rey?


Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Alexa Bliss & Asuka!

This Celtic Connection of Almost SuperHero and Scottish Viper has been waiting for their opportunity to grab some gold together. As for the Five Foot Fury and the Empress of Tomorrow, they’ve each held the tag titles before, just with other partners. Who takes the crucial first step towards the gold and meets Kai & Sky next round?

But before the action gets going, the RawEST Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair, makes her way out to ringside! She’s going to be a teammate to Alexa & Asuka at Clash at the Castle against “The Control,” Bayley, Kai & Sky, so she’s here to cheer her allies on. Nikki & Piper then make their entrances, Nikki now sporting a leather jacket to match Piper’s. The teams then sort out and Asuka starts against Nikki. Asuka rushes in but Nikki throws her down! Nikki rains down forearms on Asuka then strikes a pose. Fans boo but Nikki stomps Asuka down. Nikki drags Asuka up, whips her but Asuka reverses and pop-up KNEES!

Nikki wobbles, Alexa tags in and she runs Nikki over! Piper gets in, Alexa & Asuka DOUBLE SHOTGUN her out! Then they both HIP ATTACK Nikki & Piper off the apron! High-five and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Nikki thrashes Alexa around in a straitjacket stretch! Fans rally up, Alexa fights up, but Nikki keeps her down by digging a knee in. Fans still rally and Alexa fights her way up again, getting her arms free to hit a JAWBREAKER! Piper tags in and drags Alexa away. But Alexa kicks Piper into Nikki! Hot tag to Asuka! Asuka goes up to missile dropkick Piper down! Fans fire up with Asuka and she dodges Nikki to DECK Piper! Asuka elbows Nikki, ROUNDHOUSES her, then hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Asuka runs in at the corner to HIP ATTACK, then she waistlocks.

Nikki fights the suplex but Asuka BAKCHANDS, BACKHANDS, SOBATS, KICKS and BACKHANDS! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Nikki survives but Asuka sits Nikki up to KICK, KICK and run! Piper swipes at Asuka but Asuka BOOTS her! Nikki gets Asuka for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nikki is furious but fans fire up! Nikki goes to ropes, DECKS Alexa, then rushes back to get Asuka! Nikki whips her to a corner and Piper whips her in! Asuka puts Nikki on the apron, elbows Piper but Nikki shoulders in! Nikki climbs to CROSSBODY! Cover, Alexa breaks it with a dropkick! Piper CROSSBODIES Alexa!

Fans fire up while Dana Brooke & Tamina watch backstage. They lost last week, so what’re they hoping from this? Piper drags Nikki to her corner to tag back in! Piper storms up on Asuka, drags her up and scoops, but Asuka fights free! BACKHAND! Piper goes down, Asuka HIP ATTACKS Nikki away! Asuka comes back but into Piper’s scoop! MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and DC is thunderous! Piper drags Asuka to a drop zone and she goes up the corner! VADER BOMB FLOPS as Asuka moves! Asuka drags herself up to her feet, Piper runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka runs Alexa tags, SLIDING KICK to a DDT!

Alexa hurries to tag Asuka back and she hits a CODE BREAKER! Oklahoma Roll, into an ARMBAR!! And Alexa intercepts Nikki with a RIGHT HAND! Piper taps, Asuka & Alexa win!

Winners: Alexa Bliss & Asuka, by submission (advance to the next round)

They may seem like an unlikely duo, but they just made it work here! And we get a Clash at the Castle preview within the tournament, will- Wait. Bayley and her team are waiting on the stage! They all applaud sarcastically and then talk some trash with Bianca, Asuka & Alexa. Refs and officials rush out already to stop this from blowing up again! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but will we just have to wait until next time?


Backstage interview with (Austin) Theory!

The Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank is back after the… less than successful attempt to cash-in at SummerSlam. Uh, well, he still has the briefcase, doesn’t he? And he’s still the Youngest WWE United States Champion Ever, and the handpicked future of the business! He may have made some miscalculations, but he doesn’t make mistakes. He is tougher because of that, wiser because of that, and he’s more dangerous because of that. Next time he- Dolph Ziggler walks in to say, “The next time? Kid, I’ve been watching you. You got crushed out there. Brock, Roman, you name it! And I get it, I’ve been there, too.”

But there’s a difference between the two of them. See, the MITB contract was never handed to Ziggler. He earned it. That is why it mattered when he cashed in and became World Heavyweight Champion! Well, that’s interesting. Ziggler was Mr. MITB, he was a world champion. And that’s great, really. But he won’t be around when Theory cashes in, and because of that, Theory thinks Ziggler’s nothing more than “an over the hill, title having has-been.” But Theory suggests Ziggler keeps paying attention to Mr. All Day. Because when Theory cashes in successfully, he’ll just keep winning and winning and winning. And he won’t screw up like Ziggler did!

Oh, didn’t like that, huh? But then Ziggler PUNCHES Theory! They brawl, and end up hitting the cameraman! Will these two have to settle this thing in the ring?

Raw shares footage of the brawl during the break, and they ended up deep in the arena! Officials rushed in to stop this, but… Who’s arm is that slipping in through the door?


Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.

Sarah says after an amazing performance against Bobby Lashley, where he came so close to winning the United States Championship, where does Ciampa see himself going next? Ciampa says he did get really close. Unfortunately, there are no participation trophies here. Ciampa came to Raw to become a champion, so the next time he gets an opportunity, that is what he is going to do. The Miz says to be honest, the only reason Ciampa didn’t win is because Styles interfered! And how is Styles repaid? He’s given a US Championship match tonight! That’s collusion!

But Miz will reward Ciampa for his valiant effort with a token of appreciation. Miz made his own custom polaroid NFT necklace. He and Ciampa have a matching pair! This is awesome! “No, we are AWWWWWESOOOOME!” The Hollywood A-Lister and his Guardian Psycho now head to the ring. Will they start on the road to tag title opportunities together? Or will they end up a stepping stone for their opponents?

The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa VS Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali!

The teams sort out and Alexander starts against Ciampa. They tie up, go around, and Ciampa pulls Alexander’s hair to put him on ropes. The ref counts., Ciampa lets off, and Alexander gets away. They tie up again, Ciampa headlocks, but Alexander powers out. Ciampa pulls hair to reel Alexander back in! Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa snapmares into a chinlock. Alexander slips out, hammerlocks an arm, and he leans on the hold. Ciampa fights up, reaches back to snapmare free, but Alexander slips out of the chinlock again! Alexander has the hammerlock, talks some smack on Miz, but Ciampa fights up.

Ciampa throws a hard elbow, then he clamps on the headlock for a takeover. Alexander keeps his shoulders up, fights up, and fans rally. Alexander powers up and out, but Ciampa runs him over! Things speed up, Ciampa slides under the hurdle but Alexander rolls off the back drop to DROPKICK Ciampa down! Tag to Ali, Alexander trips Ciampa for Ali’s slingshot senton! Tag back to Alexander and he slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Alexander drags Ciampa up, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Ciampa reverses but Alexander kicks back! But Miz grabs at Alexander! Alexander DECKS Miz, dodges Ciampa, but handsprings onto a dropkick!

Miz and Ciampa applaud and pat themselves on the back while fans boo, but this new “Must-See Duo” are on top while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Miz fires off It Kicks on Alexander in the corner. Tag to Ciampa, he whips Miz in to A-LIST LARIAT! Then feed to Ciampa’s LARIAT, cover, TWO!! Alexander survives that combo but Ciampa clamps on a bulldog headlock! Fans rally up as Alexander endures and fights up. Ciampa swings but misses, Alexander fires off hands but Ciampa ROCKS him! Ciampa reels Alexander in, but Alexander suplexes first! Fans fire up and Alexander crawls over, but so does Ciampa, hot tags to Miz and Ali! Ali dodges, fires off CHOP after CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Miz reverses but Ali uses it to SHOTGUN Ciampa!

Ali slips out, ROUNDHOUSES Miz then slingshots and NECKBREAKERS on Miz! Cover, TWO! Ali drags Miz up but Miz YANKS him into ropes! Alexander tags in, he ducks Miz’s haymaker to back suplex but Miz lands on his feet! Alexander fights the full nelson to scoop and SLAM! Cover, Ciampa helps Miz get the ropebreak! Just like Miz has done for Ciampa! Fans boo and Alexander knows what happened! Alexander glares at Ciampa but Ali DIVES and sends Ciampa over the desk! Miz DUMPS Alexander out but Alexander shoulders back in! Slingshot sunset flip but Miz sit son it! Ale BOOTS Miz over! Alexander has the cover, TWO!!

Fans can’t believe Miz survives! Alexander hurries to tag in Ali, and Alexander drags Miz up. Feed to Ali, Alexander runs, but Ciampa dumps him out! Ali storms over but Ciampa gets away. Miz rolls Ali up, TWO! Ciampa tags in and Miz runs, into a SUPERKICK! Ali goes up but focused on Miz! 450 PSYCHO KNEE!!!! Then the underhooks into the FAIRY TALE ENDING!!! Cover, Miz & Ciampa win!!

Winners: The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

WHOA! Miz has a bloody nose but he and Ciampa are the ones standing tall! Will it be a Fairy Tale Ending for the Hollywood A-Lister and his new co-star?


Ezekiel’s family responds to Kevin Owens’ brutal assault.

Not just Elias and Elrod, but their mother, father, and kid brother, too! Ernie Jr, says if he ever gets his hands on Kevin, he will get a piece of his mind!


Drew McIntyre heads to gorilla.

But as he does, someone is putting out a fire! Is that the work of Dexter Lumis…?


Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!

The Scottish Warrior may be part of SmackDown, but he’s here on Raw because Clash at the Castle is coming! And if McIntyre wins, he’ll be able to show up on Raw all he wants! For now, McIntyre gets a mic to say, “Washington, let me hear ya scream!” Fans shout for McIntyre and he says, “I know it’s a shock to see Drew McIntyre on Raw. I’m technically on Friday Night SmackDown. It might be even more shocking to see the other guy here on Raw, but that’s something we can rectify in less than three weeks’ time. Because at Clash at the Castle, it’s Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Championship.”

To finish McIntyre’s thoughts from Friday, this isn’t a match that happens on the fictional Island of Relevancy! It’s taking place on DREW’S island! And he is gonna drop Roman’s ass, win those titles, and then show up on Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, the live events, everywhere the titles should be because that is what the fans and those titles deserve! And he knows there are reports that McIntyre is suffering from a back injury. To be honest, yes, it is true. Because he’s been carrying the load of 20 men for three years in the WWE, in the ring and outside it!

And he does it with a smile on his face because it is a PRIVILEGE. This isn’t a job, it’s a DREAM! That’s why he’s hereon his day off! McIntyre is here on Raw to scout the future opponents he’ll have! Wanna hear some potential ones? McIntyre VS Tommaso Ciampa! McIntyre VS AJ Styles! McIntyre VS Seth Freakin’ Rollins! McIntyre VS Karrion Kross! But here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a mic and McIntyre says he likes this idea, too! McIntyre VS KO! Kevin says it is so convenient that McIntyre says his name now.

But there is something about Drew that Kevin never understood. As big and good and strong as McIntyre is, he still feels the need to pretend he’s something he’s not. Because he comes out here, talks with his big, loud almost comical voice! Sometimes he has his kilt, sometimes he has a sword. He thinks this is Medieval Times? But McIntyre is delusional because if he thinks he’s been carrying anyone’s weight around here, he’s a real dumbass! Kevin says McIntyre has no idea who he really is! Kevin’s been the same person his entire 22 years of wrestling! He is and always will be Kevin Owens, who is as real as it gets in this business!

But these past few years, people have forgotten what Kevin’s about! That’s Kevin’s fault, though> he’s been having a good time, having fun coming to work. But then something dawned on Kevin when he got here today. He got goosebumps because he realized that this is the very same arena where at Battleground, Kevin and Sami Zayn had the fight of their lives and left everything they had in that ring! They gave people a match they STILL talk about six years later! And then Kevin realized there’s a side of him that’s been missing for far too long. He misses that side. He misses the old Kevin Owens. He needs to bring back the Prizefighter!

And Drew, Kevin hasn’t held a title in five long YEARS. But enough is enough, and it is time for a change! Now, Kevin is coming after everything! Every champion is a target! The US Champion, the Intercontinental Champion, the Tag Team Champions, and Drew, Kevin doesn’t care if it’s you or Roman. Whoever walks out of Cardiff has a hell of a problem, because Kevin wants the biggest prize of them all! The Undisputed WWE Universal Championship!! Fans cheer that, and McIntyre says okay, he let Kevin say his piece. And frankly, McIntyre will have to respond. McIntyre is sick of people making stuff up juts to get a reaction.

They say things like McIntyre doesn’t carry the load, he doesn’t know who he is. He knows exactly who he is, too!! Someone mocked him for being “The Chosen One.” That was 15 YEARS AGO!! Then he got FIRED, and had to work his ass off, earn his way back off! He didn’t call the WWE, they called him! And he’s worked his ass off ever since! A two-time world champion! He beat Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Randy Orton and everyone who has stood in his path! Don’t you dare pull this BS again!! Now, it’s time for Kevin and McIntyre to stop talking. Prizefighter, sports entertainer, superstar, they’re wrestlers in a wrestling ring, so let’s just freakin’ wrestle!!

Fans are thunderous and Kevin tells McIntyre that he may not be a prize, but he’s still on! Kevin and McIntyre, a preview of coming attractions, who will win this fight?

Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns and this is happening! The bell rings, they tie up and McIntyre puts Kevin in a corner. He lets off and welcomes Kevin to return, and the two reset. They tie up again, McIntyre pushes Kevin back but Kevin turns things around. Kevin lets off now and he circles with McIntyre again. Fans rally and duel and the tow tie up again. Kevin headlocks, McIntyre powers up and out, but Kevin RAMS him. McIntyre stays up and says, “Not today!” Kevin kicks low and says, “Shut up!” as he headlocks again. McIntyre powers up, powers out, and they RAM shoulders again. McIntyre says up Kevin’s, then kicks low!

McIntyre headlocks now but Kevin powers out. Things speed up, McIntyre RAMS Kevin and sends him flying! McIntyre stomps and punches Kevin in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, then runs in. But Kevin elbows back and POSTS McIntyre! McIntyre sits down, Kevin says “SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS! Fans fire up and Kevin soaks it all up! “This is MY show!” Kevin drags McIntyre to a drop zone, then hits a SENTON, to a MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Kevin grinds a forearm into McIntyre’s face, then stands on McIntyre’s hand. Kevin throws haymakers, then has McIntyre in a corner. Kevin RAMS his shoulder in as fans rally up.

The ref counts, Kevin lets off and brings McIntyre out. Fans duel, Kevin suplexes, but McIntyre blocks! And blocks again, to suplex Kevin and TOSS him! McIntyre says, “SUCK IT” back! Kevin bails out, so McIntyre builds speed! Kevin gets in to ROCK McIntyre! Kevin tosses McIntyre out, builds speed, but McIntyre ROCKS him! McIntyre brings Kevin up but Kevin fights the suplex! Kevin HOTSHOTS McIntyre, POSTS McIntyre, and McIntyre falls to the floor! Kevin steps back but then goes out to APRON FROG SPLASH!! Fans fire up and Kevin roars, “This is MY show!” as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kevin has McIntyre down in a chinlock. McIntyre endures and fans rally up, but Kevin leans on the hold. McIntyre fights up, Kevin CLUBS him, and CLUBS him again. Kevin whips McIntyre corner to corner but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Kevin! And again! McIntyre whips, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Kevin away! Kevin gets to a corner but McIntyre clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! And then McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre aims, Kevin gets up, and McIntyre underhooks, but Kevin wrenches out! Kevin kicks and hits a DDT of his own! Cover, TWO!

Kevin is annoyed but the fans rally up again. Kevin waits on McIntyre and then brings him around. Fans duel as Kevin whips, but McIntyre BOOTS back! McIntyre scoops Kevin but Kevin slips off to waistlock. McIntyre elbows free, runs in but Kevin BOOTS McIntyre down! Kevin goes up the corner again, for a SWANTON BOMB onto knees! McIntyre reels Kevin in to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is a bit surprised Kevin survives but the fans rally up again. McIntyre snarls as he stalks Kevin to a corner. McIntyre drags Kevin up, throws hands and CHOPS in the corner, then hoists him up top.

McIntyre ROCKS Kevin, climbs up after him, but Kevin trips him up! Kevin adjusts, throws haymakers, and McIntyre falls into the Tree of Woe. But he sits right up! Kevin fights the clinch and HEADBUTTS McIntyre down! Kevin hurries to CANNONBALL McIntyre out of the Tree! Then Kevin goes back up top, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre barely kicks out so Kevin goes right back up! SWNTON BOMB hits this time! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives again! Kevin is beside himself but DC is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Kevin thinks of what to try next. Kevin paces, then decides to go up one more time!

McIntyre is right up! He ROCKS Kevin again and again, then climbs up after him! McIntyre fireman’s carries Kevin for a SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!?! McIntyre is beside himself! But he goes to the corner and he wants Kevin to stand up. CLAY- SUPERKICK!! Kevin kicks, but no stunner! GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! SUPERKICK!! LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are giving a standing ovation! Kevin gets to the ropes, McIntyre gets to his feet. Kevin and McIntyre just start throwing haymakers! They go faster and faster and it’s just a brawl! Fans are loving it as they get a second wind!

Kevin kicks low, whips, but McIntyre leaps out of the pop-up to turn and FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre hurries to a corner, he takes aim again, but wait! THE USOS attack!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification

The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions do Roman Reigns’ dirty work! Jey drags McIntyre up, for a SUPERKICK from Jimmy! Jey then goes up top, and USO- NO! McIntyre dodges the splash, CLOBBERS Jimmy, then TOSSES Jey out onto Jimmy! A nasty landing for the Usos, but then Kevin returns! STUNNER!! The Prizefighter gets the last word, but then he tells the Usos to tell Roman that he owes Kevin one. But then the Usos pick the bones, ONE AND- HEADBUTT! McIntyre dodges Jimmy to CLAYMORE!! Turns out McIntyre gets the last word! Will the Scottish Warrior rip the Tribal Chief off the throne at Clash at the Castle?


Seth Rollins is here!

The Visionary promised he’d be here to hear from Matt Riddle just like the rest of us, but what will Rollins have to say about what Riddle has to say? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Rollins has a mic. “I am a Visionary. I am a revolutionary. I am Seth! Freakin’! Rollins! HAHAHA! And I am excited because the time has finally come.” Riddle is getting mic’d up in his mom’s basement via satellite, and he’s about to give us his “big news.” So Rollins came out here for a front row seat so we can all celebrate together, when finally, for the first time in his life, Riddle does the smart thing and tells the entire world that he is retiring! HAHAHAAA! Don’t boo! This is cause for celebration. Riddle can do whatever he wants. He can go back to middle school and finish the seventh grade.

Riddle can start a farm! That industry is very lucrative these days. Riddle says he’s glad Rollins is out there so fans can see what a slimy piece of trash he is! But Riddle doe shave a medical update about his condition. Well here it is! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Rollins knows this is very difficult for Riddle, so the fans need to be respectful. Riddle, please continue. Riddle says it is a bit hard to say this… But he’s MEDICALLY CLEARED! So the next time Riddle sees Rollins, it is on! Oh, okay, it’s on, huh? Next time they see each other. Like at Madison Square Garden? Or SummerSlam?

Because it seems to Rollins that any time they’re in the same place at the same time, the outcome is the same: Rollins stomping Riddle into the mat! And does Riddle know why that is? Because Rollins is always one, two, three steps ahead! Rollins wishes Riddle was here right now because Rollins would love nothing more than to stomp those last few brain cells out of Riddle’s stupid, stompable head! Well glad you feel that way, Rollins. Because Riddle is NOT in his mom’s basement. He is here in DC and the arena! SO he’ll head to the ring to kick Rollins’ ass!! Riddle is rushing to gorilla, here he comes! And then down the ramp!

Riddle slides in but slides out to avoid the stomp! He drag Rollins out and fire off hands! Fans fire up, Rollins RAMS Riddle into barriers but runs away. Riddle pursues to fire off KICK after KICK after KICK! Then a BROSPLODER! Rollins bails out, Riddle goes to the apron but Rollins trips him up! Riddle crashes down hard, and Rollins drags him back up to TOSS over the desk! Rollins rains down fists, clears off the desk, and then he drags Riddle onto it! “How stupid are you!? How stupid are you?!” Rollins CLUBS Riddle, then climbs up onto the desk! CURB- NO, Riddle dodges! Rollins falls over, Riddle KNEES him into the crowd!

Riddle then pursues, and they run up the bleachers! The fans cheer Riddle on as he runs Rollins off! But will Rollins have no choice but to take The Stallion on soon enough?


Backstage interview with Riddle.

Kevin Patrick says Riddle returned for the first time since Rollins’ SumemrSlam attack. Riddle knows all that, KP, but tonight was just a taste. Riddle is issuing a challenge! Rollins: Clash at the Castle! Be there! Will the Bro get to burn it down with the Architect in Cardiff?


Veer Mahaan VS Beaux Keller!

The Lion of India is on the hunt again, and DC’s own is on the menu! Will everyone from sea to shining sea come to #FearVeer?

The bell rings and Veer circles with Beaux. Veer rushes in, Beaux dodges, and then dodges again! Fans rally up as Beaux shows he can move. Veer rushes in but Beaux dodges again and then bails out! Veer chases after but Beaux gets back in the ring. Beaux plays keep-away as Veer gets back in, then Beaux DROPKICSK Veer! Veer shakes it off but Beaux throws a haymaker! And then another, only to get caught and TOSSED out of the ring! Veer then goes out after Beaux to choke grip and TOSS him back into the ring! Veer gets in and runs at the corner to SPLASH! Beaux staggers, into a FLYING THESZ PRESS!

Veer growls and stomps around, for the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT! Beaux flounders, but Veer HIP DROPS, into the CERVICAL CLUTCH!! Beaux taps, Veer wins!

Winner: Veer Mahaan, by pinfall

Another battle, another win as another mere mortal falls prey to Veer Mahaan! Will even champions begin to #FearVeer?


Backstage interview with Dakota Kai, Bayley & Iyo Sky.

What can we expect from Kai’s first singles match here on Raw? Uh, Sarah, if you’ve been paying attention, you don’t need to ask that. Then for clarification, can she elaborate? Ugh, Bayley can’t believe this. For all the idiots out there, and for “clarification’s sake,” just please tell them. How is this: spoiler alert, she’ll win! That good enough? Sky says in Japanese and Bayley translates into English, you can expect them all to do a lot more winning when these two become the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! And that means first, they beat Alexa & Asuka next week, and again at Clash at the Castle.

Kai then spots something and walks over. “Hey! Relax. We’re not here to ambush you,” Dana, Kai just wants to make sure she’s ready. Oh, Dana’s ready. She is ready 24/7! And if these three are trying to intimidate her, she is NOT afraid of them. Kai says fear is a motivator. Maybe Dana should be afraid. Kai, Sky & Bayley head out, but will #CobraKai sink her teeth into the Flex Appeal?


WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS AJ Styles!

Though they’ve battled in a tag team match, back when MVP was on the All Mighty’s side and the Nigerian Giant was on the Phenomenal One’s team, this is the first-ever 1v1 battle between these two icons! Who wins this dream match to say they are truly phenomenal?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries the golden banner of this great country!

Lashley and Styles circle, feel things out, and Styles KICKS! And ROCKS and KICKS again! Styles has Lashley in a corner, he has the leg, but Lashley shoves him away! Lashley then runs Styles over! Lashley drags Styles up, bumps him off buckles, then throws back elbow after back elbow! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Styles is showing he’s tougher than that, but Lashley drags him back up. Styles fires off forearms, but Lashley kicks low! Lashley runs, but Styles hurdles and things speed up, Styles DROPKICKS Lashley down! Fans fire up while Styles catches his breath.

Styles drags Lashley around to drop an elbow on the leg! And another! Fans duel as Styles kicks the leg and paces around. Styles drags Lashley up, bumps him off buckles, but Lashley scoops and SLAMS Styles! Lashley drags Styles up now, throws him out of the ring, but Styles lands on his feet! Styles gets in as Lashley slides out, and Styles dropkicks Lashley away! Then slingshots, but has to bail out as Lashley moves! Lashley then fireman’s carries Styles to run, but Styles slips off! Lashley stops from hitting the post and he elbows Styles away. But Styles gets up on the apron to SLIDING KNEE! And then FLYING FOREARM!

Fans fire up as Lashley goes down! Both men are on the outside, catching their breath, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Styles has Lashley in the corner again. Styles whips him corner to corner but Lashley reverses. Styles slides into the POST! Styles writhes but Lashley leaves him outside the ring as the count climbs. But then Lashley goes out at 5 of 10 to RAM Styles into the barriers! And then TOSS him into more barriers! Styles almost falls into the timekeeper’s area, but Lashley drags him up to RAM him! Lashley gets in the ring at 7 of 10 to refresh the count. He then goes back to get Styles and put him in the ring. Styles crawls to a corner, Lashley stalks after him. Lashley drags Styles up, throws back elbows, then stomps Styles down.

Lashley throws more elbows as the ref counts, and Lashley rains down fists! The ref backs Lashley away to check Styles but Styles says he’s still good to go. Lashley drags Styles up but Styles hits a JAWBREAKER! And an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Styles stands back up, and he stomps Lashley down! Styles hobbles, clutching his bad back. But Styles stomps Lashley more, runs, and drops a knee! Fans rally up while Styles grits his teeth and stands up. Lashley hits back with big forearm shots! Styles KICKS the leg, Lashley shoves him, but Styles KICKS him back! Styles fires off more hands and CHOPS!

Styles runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Lashley looms over Styles. Lashley drags Styles up, whips him to the corner again, and Styles SMACKS off the post from the top this time! Styles falls down, but here come Miz and Ciampa! Fans boo but Lashley drags Styles up. Lashley whips Styles corner to corner hard and Styles bounces off off buckles! Miz & Ciampa are ringside and Lashley glares at them. Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” but Ciampa covers Miz’s ears to tune that out. Lashley drags Styles up, reels him in and suplexes, but Styles blocks! And blocks again!

Lashley CLUBS away on Styles’ back, suplexes again, but Styles knees free! But Lashley kicks low to try again! He hangs Styles out to dry, then CLOBBERS him! Styles holds on, Lashley runs again, and he BLASTS Styles off the apron! Styles hits the ground hard, but Ciampa distracts Lashley! Miz sneaks up on Styles, drags him up, but DEXTER LUMIS jumps the railing!! Security jumps on Lumis and they spill over into commentary! Miz is shocked to see this and backs away while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Styles has Lashley down now! It’s of note that Miz & Ciampa are gone from ringside. That’s because after Lashley gave Miz a Spear, the ref REJECTED Miz and Ciampa! Styles KICKS the leg and Lashley flounders. Styles drags Lashley up, kicks but Lashley blocks to ELBOW him! And a BIG lift for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley waits on Styles to stand up, Lashley runs in but is sent right out! Styles KICKS Lashley off the apron, then SLINGHOT FOREARMS! Direct hit and they’re down at the ramp again! Styles puts Lashley in the ring, blocks a punch to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT to SLIDING FOREARM!

Fans fire up behind Styles as he grimaces and gets back up. Lashley goes to the other corner, Styles runs in to SPLASH! And then fireman’s carry! But Lashley slips off and shoves Styles into the corner! Lashley CLUBS Styles, TOSSES him to the apron, but Styles shoulders back in! Styles KICKS the leg out, slingshots again, FALLING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Lashley keeps surviving these shots but Styles gets him up, Lashley RAMS Styles into a corner! And again and again! But then Styles BOOTS Lashley away! Styles runs, tilt-o-whirl, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Lashley is surprised!

Lashley stalks Styles to a corner and hauls him back up. Lashley then hauls Styles up to the top rope! Fans rally and duel again and Lashley ROCKS Styles with a right. Lashley climbs up, brings Styles up in a clinch, but Styles slips out underneath! CHOP BLOCK, then a torture rack! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Styles’ back may have been a factor, but he stands up again. Fans rally, Styles brings Lashley up and reels him in, but no Clash yet! Lashley back drops Styles away! Lashley wants Styles to stand, but Styles doesn’t, so Lashley hauls him up to the Canadian Rack! CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives again!!

Lashley gator rolls Styles to the apron and then fireman’s carries him. Lashley runs in to POST Styles! Styles helicopters to the floor! But Lashley isn’t done, he drags Styles up and into the ring. Lashley aims from a corner, runs in, but Styles KICKS the Spear away! Then rolls Lashley into the CALF CRUSHER!! Lashley endures but Styles pulls way back on the leg!! Lashley slips an arm inside the grip and breaks it, to get a HURT LOCK on the floor! Styles rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Lashley lets Styles go in time, but Styles KICKS the leg! Lashley is in the corner, Styles runs in, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley puts Styles on the apron!

Styles ROCKS Lashley, prepares his armband, leaps but no Phenomenal Forearm! Lashley rebounds and SPEARS!! Cover, Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

That was a phenomenal battle with a MIGHTY ending! The title stays with Bobby Lashley, who will be next to step to the Rocky Mountain Machine?


Dakota Kai w/ Iyo Sky & Bayley VS Dana Brooke!

The Role Model has promised she, Kai & Sky will take control of Raw, and that is starting with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament. Will #CobraKai show that the 24/7 Championship is beneath them?

The bell rings and Kai ties up with Dana. They are in a deadlock, but Dana waistlocks. Kai breaks free and PELES Dana right down! Kai waits on Dana to get up, and Kai BOOTS her against ropes! Dana flops down, Kai covers, TWO! Kai stays cool and she pushes Dana around. Bayley says to take control, and Kai whips Dana into the corner hard! BOOT WASH! Bayley wants commentary to talk about that! Kai covers, TWO! Kai snarls but Bayley says she’s so proud. Kai sits Dana up to fire off Kawada Kicks! Dana shoves her away but Kai kicks Dana around more. Dana throws more hands but Kai throws more kicks!

Kai whips Dana to a corner, runs in but Dana BOOTS back! Dana then elbows Kai, ducks ‘n’ dodges and fires off forearms! Dana hits a short arm LARIAT, then another! Fans fire up with Dana and she brings Kai up to whip her to a corner. Kai hits hard, Dana handsprings in and back elbows! Dana keeps moving, but the bulldog is sent into buckles! Kai runs in Around the World, BOOT!! Cover, Kai wins!

Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall

Bayley & Sky celebrate with Kai, they’re taking over one win at a time! Will they be truly in control once they get those tag titles?


(Austin) Theory VS Dolph Ziggler!

The Youngest Mr. MITB Ever may have missed his opportunity at SummerSlam, but there’s always Clash at the Castle! Will Theory show the Showoff that Theory is the future? Or will Ziggler show Theory that he still has much to learn in the present?

Raw returns and Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ziggler TACKES Theory! They scrap, Ziggler gets around and has the SLEEPER! Theory flails but he’s already turning red! Theory pries free, rains down fists, but Ziggler slips around to body scissor! He makes it a cover, ONE, and Theory throws more hands! Ziggler pushes Theory away but Theory DECKS Ziggler with that left! Theory snarls and scowls and he looms over Ziggler. Ziggler gets to the corner, the ref backs Theory off, but Theory storms up on Ziggler to POST him! Theory seethes and he brings Ziggler out. Theory POSTS Ziggler again!

Theory drags Ziggler back in to say, “All day! You hear me? All day!” And he POSTS Ziggler again! Theory is snarling even more as he drags Ziggler to a cover, TWO!! Ziggler is still in this but Theory puts him on the ropes. Theory CHOKES Ziggler, lets off at 4, and then soaks up the heat. “This is my time!” Theory says Ziggler isn’t gonna last, but then Ziggler ROCKS and SATELLITE DDTs Theory down! Fans fire up as Ziggler and Theory are both on the mat. Ziggler gets to his feet while Theory goes to a corner. Ziggler drags Theory up to POST him in return! Theory flops to the apron then the floor and fans fire up again.

Ziggler shakes out his bad arm, goes out after Theory and smacks him off the apron! The ref counts, Ziggler puts Theory in, and he drags Theory back up to fire off haymakers. Ziggler throws body shots in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and he hoists Theory up top. Ziggler climbs up after Theory now, and goes to the very top! But Theory holds the superplex off and throws body shots! Theory ROCKS Ziggler and he drops down! Fans boo but Theory tells them to shut up. Ziggler comes right back to SUPER FACEBUSTER! But Ziggler clutches his leg! Ziggler crawls to a cover, TWO!! Theory survives thanks to the delay, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Theory grinds Ziggler down in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Ziggler fights to his feet. Ziggler throws elbows into Theory’s ribs and then ROCKS Theory with a haymaker! And another! Both men stagger but Ziggler runs in, drop toehold into buckles! Theory storms around on the apron, takes aim and slingshots to somersault, and SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory is furious so he drags Ziggler up to POST again! Ziggler hangs out of the corner, but Theory drags him in. “I can do this all day! You’re nothing!” Fans rally for Ziggler but Theory keeps talking trash. Theory gets Ziggler up, suplexes, but Ziggler slips off!

Ziggler goes to a corner and UPPERCUTS back! Theory rushes in again, but into a BOOT! Theory tries one more time, but only gets buckles! Ziggler runs and LARIATS Theory down! And LARIATS again! And then jumps into the corner to rain down fists! Fans count and Ziggler goes way past 10! Ziggler turns Theory to a NECKBREAKER! And then a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is beside himself but the fans rally behind him. Ziggler slaps some sense into himself, aims from a corner, and Theory slowly rises. SUPER- NO, Theory blocks the kick, shoves Ziggler away, but Ziggler ELBOWS him! Ziggler goes up but Theory CLUBS him down!

Theory torture racks Ziggler for a TOWERHACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is showing Theory just why he’s a Grand Slam Champion! Theory snarls, he goes to the apron again and fans jeer and boo. Theory fires up, slingshots again, but into a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and DC can’t believe it! Ziggler facelocks Theory and drags him up. Ziggler ROCKS Theory, eggs him on, so Theory ROCKS him back! Ziggler ROCKS Theory, Theory ROCKS Ziggler, repeat! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, faster and faster! Theory kicks the leg, CLUBS away on Ziggler, fires off hands, but Ziggler kicks back! And a HEADBUTT!

ZIG- NO, no Zigzag, BIG LARIAT!! Theory calls his shot, he hauls Ziggler back up, fireman’s carries him, but Ziggler fights free! Sunset flip, TWO! Theory sits on it, TWO!! Fireman’s carry but Ziggler slips off to a ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!?!? Theory survives Ziggler’s best shot, is Theory backing up all his trash talk? Fans rally up as Ziggler and Theory stir. Ziggler sits up first and stands back up. Fans fire up as Ziggler is in the corner, and Ziggler tunes up the band! Theory rises, Ziggler rushes in, but no superkick! Roll up, FEET ONT HE ROPES!! The ref sees it just in time! Ziggler rolls Theory now, TWO!!

Ziggler kicks the legs, runs and FAM- NO! Fireman’s carry! A TOWN DOWN!!! Cover, Theory wins!!

Winner: (Austin) Theory, by pinfall

Fans boo but Theory just takes a victory selfie! Will the Youngest Mr. MITB continue to upset everyone as he continues to pull out victories?

My Thoughts:

Another great Raw, though I am curious as to what we got as the main event. Ziggler VS Theory was a great match, but I did not expect that to be what closes the show with how red hot a lot of other stories have been going. I did like that during the brawl between Theory and Ziggler that Lumis’ arm was in that doorway. It doesn’t outright indicate Lumis and Theory will reunite under The Way, but it doesn’t eliminate that possibility. And it seems Lumis is obsessed with AJ Styles. Lashley VS Styles was a great match, even with Miz & Ciampa showing up, but Lumis shows up at the end of another AJ Styles match, so Styles VS Lumis might be the feud after Clash at the Castle.

Miz & Ciampa also had a very good match against Alexander & Ali, and with Ciampa saying he will seize his next title opportunity, I wonder if Miz & Ciampa will help fill out the tag division for a moment since Usos cleared out quite a few other teams. And of course the Usos showed up to go after McIntyre. McIntyre and Kevin Owens had an awesome promo segment, and awesome match, but then the Usos had to “ruin” it. But McIntyre stands tall tonight, so who knows how heated it’ll get this Friday on SmackDown.

And while Kevin is returning to his old self, he also seems to have the added gimmick of claiming no one else knows who they are. I hope he gets to cut a promo on the entire Elias/Ezekiel family. I busted up at that picture they had of the whole family. I hope we get a Nutty Professor: Meet the Klumps kind of promo. Then, like Omos did before, Veer returned to do another squash match just so we don’t forget he exists. At this point, why not have those two guys interact. Omos VS Veer would be really tricky, though, because one of those monsters has to lose. A team of them would also be hard because how would the Usos survive them? At the very least, HHH should probably move one of them over to SmackDown so there’s more space for both of them.

Dakota also squashed Dana to kinda make a point that “The Control” (still not canonically named on TV) are higher up on the card. And we haven’t gotten any 24/7 Championship shenanigans lately, I wonder what HHH has planned for that title. We got a great opening match from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, Asuka & Alexa of course winning to then take on Kai & Sky next round. That is going to be a great match, just on Asuka and Sky finally facing off in the WWE. I would think Kai & Sky win to then win the tag titles before Clash at the Castle, but who knows. If so, I wonder if there’s a possibility of Winners Take All in that Six Woman Tag…

We got a good promo from The Judgement Day, and a pretty good brawl with Rey Mysterio, but of course Rey loses when it’s 3v1. I wonder if the Raw in Toronto will help push things towards Edge & Rey VS Judgement Day in time for Clash. And it seems Rollins VS Riddle is happening at Clash after not happening at SummerSlam. Rollins and Riddle had a great promo and a great brawl, they should have an almost show-stealing match.

My Score: 8.5/10

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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)

Minneapolis gets Elevated!



AEW Elevation Coverage

It’s a Superbad return!

Penelope Ford returns to action in AEW as Dark: Elevation serves the leftovers from Dynamite’s Quake by the Lake!


  • Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Travis Titan & Arik Cannon; Nese & Woods win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS T.U.G Cooper, Drew System, Rylie Jackson & Adam Grace; The Dark Order wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Sierra; Deeb wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Cezar Bononi; Konosuke wins.
  • Julia Hart VS Free-Range Kara; Julia wins.
  • Private Party VS JAH-C & JDX; Private Party wins.
  • Penelope Ford VS Heather Reckless; Ford wins.
  • The Acclaimed VS Justin Fowler & JT Energy; The Acclaimed win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida & ThunderStorm VS Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Shida & ThunderStorm win.


Great to see Penelope Ford is back in action. I wonder if Kip Sabian will make his in-ring return soon. Unless he wants to keep stalking Pac a little longer as the box man… Private Party is going to get a win as the warm-up for their AEW World Tag Team Championship match this Wednesday, and pretty much the entirety of The Dark Order is in action in that 8 Man Tag. Konosuke VS Bononi is going to be really good. Bononi is certainly the biggest opponent physically speaking for Konosuke to take on, so we’ll get to see how Konosuke handles that situation.

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