ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 328
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ROH celebrates the best of 2017!
Join Ian Riccaboni on a Ring of Honor retrospective of ROH and their partners in NJPW, CMLL and RevPro putting on some of the best wrestling in the world during the War of the Worlds UK event.
2017 Highlights include:
- 8/18/17: ROH World Television Championship Kushida VS Titán; Kushida wins and retains.
- 8/19/17: Jay Lethal VS Josh Bodom; Lethal wins.
- 8/18/17: 10 Man Tag, Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World Television Championship: Kushida VS Titán!
NJPW and CMLL fight over ROH gold across the pond in London!
The fans are already hot as Kushida and Titán circle. The two tie up, Kushida gets the waistlock and takedown, float over to facelock. He holds on as Titán rolls, but Titan slips out for a cover. Kushida slips out, they go back and forth on the front facelock. Titán kip-ups to arm-drag, he and Kushida trade tripping takedowns and covers, the two handspring and staredown. The fans applaud how evenly matched these two men are, and cheer for “ROH! ROH!” that brought them together. Things speed up, Titán springboard arm-drags Kushida and sends the Time Splitter out. Titán speeds up but Kushida dodges so he has to cancel his flight. Instead, he hops down and hits Kushida with a running huricanrana!
The fans cheer for “Lucha! Lucha!” while Titán drags Kushida up and into the ring. Titán takes aim as Kushida stands up, and he hits a springboard crossbody! They speed up again, Titán handstand walks over Kushida. He then back handsprings but Kushida blocks the headscissors, and hands it off to the referee!
Referee Todd Sinclair wants nothing to do with this, but has no choice as Kushida kicks Titán’s arm out. Kushida is reprimanded while Titán rolls out of the ring. Kushida pursues and kicks him down, then borrows an empty seat from the fans. A shoulderbreaker sits Titán down, Kushida gets a big running start for a big dropkick!
The fans are thunderous for “Kushida! Kushida!” The champion drags Titán up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Kushida drags Titán up, and wrenches that arm back in a hammerlock. He stands on the hammerlock, fans rally for the stomp! Fans keep rallying, Titán gets to ropes. Kushida backs off before bringing him over for the face scrape and cartwheel dropkick! TWO, to Kushida’s surprise. He returns to going after Titán’s arm, fans rally for the luchador. He gets the ropebreak, Kushida lets go but then comes right back to that arm. Kushida shoulders, elbows and chops Titán down before whipping him to the ropes. Titán counters with a sunset flip, Kushida waves his arms to stay up, then swivels those hips before checking the time. Time for the Hoverboard! But Titán scrambles to ropes for the break. Fans applaud again as Kushida brings Titán back up. Titán chops Kushida sharply, Kushida kicks back just as sharp. Kushida runs, Titán goes Matrix to dodge, and retaliates with a rolling sobat kick. Titán runs at Kushida in the corner but is put on the apron. Kushida swings but Titán ducks to retaliate with a swing kick. Titán goes to springboard but Kushida uses a PELE to knock him down. Kushida runs, Titán slingshots to bodyscissor Kushida out of the ring! That’s not all, Titán mule kicks Kushida away to then springboard ASAI MOONSAULT onto him and barriers!
Both men go down from that insane landing, we go to break.
ROH returns, Titán blocks a kick to hit a dragon screw! And then wraps on a top-loaded Figure Four with an ankle lock!
Kushida endures this Titán Lock, avoids a cover but comes so close to giving up. He drags himself to ropes for the break! Titán lets go, then brings Kushida up. Fireman’s carry, Michinoku Driver! Titán then climbs up, fans rallying for him, but Kushida springs up to his feet! He runs and gives Titán a handspring heel kick. Kushida then climbs up, he and Titán fight up there. Hoverboard! Kushida uses that to sit Titán down, but then stands him up for a SUPER ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!
Titán endures and resists, then rolls to a ropebreak. Kushida lets go at 4, the fans cheer him on as he stands back up. He runs at Titán and dropkicks that bad arm. London declares “This is awesome!” Kushida runs, Titán strikes back with a back kick, but then Kushida hits back with a spinning forearm. Titán unleashes kicks then ducks the fast ball to mule kick. He whips but Kushida reverses, Titán handsprings into another armbar!
Titán resists, and rolls his way into La Mahistrol, TWO! They get up and speed up again, flying-headscissor takedown into ghost pin, TWO! The fans are applauding and hope these two “Fight Forever!” Kushida and Titán get up, Titán hoists Kushida up. He chops Kushida a couple times, but Kushida blocks the third to then yank Titán down by his mask! Titán kip-ups and PELE Kushida! He gets the fans rallying before running over, but Kushida catches him into the fisherman! However, Titán slips out and kicks Kushida again. SPRINGBOARD SUPER STEINER!
But wait! Kushida rolls through, rolls back to grab Titán into the Hoverboard!
Titán is stuck in the middle of the ring, but he won’t give up. He gets up, reaches for ropes, but Kushida rolls him away. Kushida tries to go Back to the Future, but Titán resists and slips out, to then hit a spinning roundhouse! Kushida staggers to the corner, Titán feeds off the fans’ energy, but runs into a buckle shot! Time to finish this, Kushida rolls Titán into Back to the Future!
Kushida wins and retains the ROH WTVC!
Jay Lethal VS Josh Bodom!
ROH’s Franchise Player gave a big spotlight to the up-and-coming RevPro star in Liverpool.
The two uphold the Code of Honor, and the bell rings. Fans cheer for “Lethal! Lethal!” as he and Bodom circle and tie up. Lethal gets the wristlock, Bodom spins and rolls to reverse the hold. Lethal reverses it back, Bodom uses ropes to acrobatically reverse it back. Bodom gets the waistlock and brings Lethal down for the facelock, but Lethal spins it around to put on a headlock. Bodom powers out but Lethals runs him over. Things speed up, Lethal blocks Bodom’s hip toss to hit a neckbreaker. Bodom rolls out of the ring, Lethal fires up the fans. He starts to run but Bodom hops up, so Lethal dropkicks his feet out to send him back down. Now Lethal builds speed, but Bodom again interrupts, so Lethal sends him out the other side, knocking him down with a triangle dropkick.
Lethal rallies the fans, but Bodom drags him to the outside with him. Bodom gets in the ring, he builds speed, but Lethal stops him. Bodom slips out of the back suplex, and even the standard suplex, then headscissors Lethal down. Lethal ducks the roundhouse but takes the enziguri, cover, TWO. Fans rally for Lethal, but Bodom isn’t deterred. He stands Lethal up and gives him a sharp chop and a sharp kick, cover, TWO. Bodom gets fans rallying before giving Lethal a snap suplex. Standing moonsault from Bodom, TWO. The young star isn’t deterred, he puts Lethal in a corner. Lethal blocks then reverses the whip corner to corner, but Bodom boots back. Bodom runs, Lethal counters with a hip-toss and dropkick! Lethal covers, TWO. Fans rally again, Lethal brings Bodom up and hits a scoop slam. Elbow drop on top, cover, TWO. Lethal keeps doing, stiff dropkick to the back of Bodom’s head, cover, TWO. Bodom chops back, Lethal gives him a European Uppercut and a sharp chop of his own. Liverpool wants that “One more time!” so Lethal obliges, chopping Bodom off his feet! The Franchise is in control as we go to break.
ROH returns, Lethal climbs up top. Bodom stands up, ducks under as Lethal jumps over. Bodom grabs Lethal in a waistlock but Lethal elbows him away. Lethal runs, Bodom is ready, pop-up press knee. Bodom runs now, Lethal boots him back. He whips Bodom into his enziguri, then calls for the Injection. Instead, he gets the Poison-Rana from Bodom!
Lethal rolls out and staggers about. Bodom takes aim, builds speed, and DIVES!
He then climbs up, for a springboard ASAI!
The fans are thunderous as Bodom puts Lethal back in the ring, then climbs up top. He takes aim at Lethal, DumDum stomps to the running Shooting Star! TWO! Bodom was close, and he knows it. The fans rally for their local boy as he hoists Lethal up to the top rope backwards. Bodom climbs up but Lethal elbows him down. Bodom falls but Lethal gets caught in a Tree of Woe. Seeing this, Bodom runs in to dropkick Lethal in the ribs. Lethal tumbles out of the Tree, fans rally again as Bodom takes aim. He swings, but ends up in the Lethal Combination! Lethal stands up and hurries to the top rope. He takes aim, and hits Hail to the King!
TWO, but Lethal holds on, for a Figure Four! Bodom endures the legendary lock, and as he gets the ropebreak, look he’s walking out to ringside.
The Last Real Man, Silas Young, appears to look at his Best in the World opponent, and talk trash to him, too. Lethal takes notice of Silas, and tells him to go away. Bodom pounces in that moment, waistlock and roll up, but Lethal rolls him up. TWO, but into the LETHAL INJECTION!
Lethal wins! But immediately has to fight off Silas!
They throw hands, but Silas throws the first kick. He then rains rights down on Lethal, until referees rush in and pull him off. The Last Real Man leaves, but this will continue in Edenborough, and of course at Best in the World. As for Lethal’s opponent in Liverpool, the Franchise shows his respect to the young RevPro star. Perhaps will see Josh Bodom in ROH again someday.
10 Man Tag, Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The Bullet Club!
The entirety of LIJ takes on the American Nightmare, the Hangman, the Villain & The Young Bucks in this epic showdown that bridges NJPW and ROH, with the one and only Daryl Takahashi the cat joining commentary.
The native Marty Scurll starts against Hiromu Takahashi. Scurll doesn’t take kindly to the Ticking Time Bomb’s attitude, so he shoves him. Hiromu doesn’t take kindly to that, so he takes Scurll’s umbrella! London boos, they’re not going to let their hometown villain be disrespected. Hiromu threatens to lick the umbrella, so Scurll knocks him down. Scurll flaps his wings, fans cheer “Woop woop woop”. Scurll whips but Hiromu reverses, Scurll uses the corner to change direction and slip under Hiromu. The Villain gets around behind Hiromu with a hammerlock, then leap-frogs to slip back under. Hiromu turns around, Scurll flaps his wings in Hiromu’s face.
“Too Sweet! Woop woop!” echoes out again, even as Hiromu kicks Scurll low. Hiromu whips but Scurll reverses. Things speed up and Hiromu hits Scurll with a running headscissors, to then mock the wing flapping!
Hiromu runs in and gives Scurll a corner clothesline then throws him out to the center of the ring. Scurll dodges the low dropkick but Hiromu dodges the clothesline, fireman’s carry but Scurll slips out. Hiromu denies the chicken wing, and the two find themselves in a stalemate as both go to swing haymakers. Villain and Time Bomb back off, to tag in Cody and Sanada respectively. London gets a preview of the upcoming ROH World Heavyweight Championship match between the American Nightmare and the Cold Skull. Cody grins as fans chant his name. He and Sanada circle, tie up, Cody gets the headlock. Sanada powers out but Cody runs him over, Sanada immediately kip-ups. Fans sing a song for “Cody Rhodes~! Cody, Cody Rhodes~!” which amuses the ROH WHC. He and Sanada circle again, tie up, Cody gets another headlock and Sanada powers out again. Things speed up, Sanada trips Cody up, cover, kick-out and Cody reverses the roles, double dropkick! No one is hit, so both men stand up, fans applaud this evenly matched match-up. Cody regroups with the Bullet Club while Sanada regroups with LIJ. Fans sing for Cody again as he and Sanada return to circling. They go for a test of strength, but Cody kicks low and drops down for the uppercut. Cody runs, Sanada jumps up and over a couple times to then drop Cody with a dropkick. Cody takes his frustration out by shoving Hiromu in the face! LIJ floods the ring, as does the Bullet Club!
The referee tries to keep peace between all ten men, fans want to “Let them fight!” However, it is the LIJ philosophy of “Tranquilo” that calms things down. Fans grow impatient, they sing “We want some Superkicks~! We want some Superkicks~!” The Young Bucks promise that’ll come later. For now, Cody tags in the Hangman, Adam Page. And he calls out the captain of LIJ! Sanada obliges, and tags in Naito! The Problem Solver will match-up with the Uncontrollable Charisma, after the break.
ROH returns, Naito dodges Hangman’s lunge and tells him to calm down. Fans chant “Tranquilo! Tranquilo!” then rally behind Naito as he fires himself up. He and Hangman lunge at each other, but Naito dodges to tag in Evil. The man formerly known as Watanabe also tells Hangman to calm down while he enters the ring. Hangman gets an idea, so he spits into his hand… He offers Evil that gross handshake, but instead pie-faces Naito with it! Hangman swings on Evil, but Evil dodges and grabs him by the hair. Evil brings Hangman over to Naito, Naito spits on Hangman!
Hangman swings wild, his kick is blocked and Evil hands it off to the referee. Todd Sinclair again has no choice but to be accomplice to something, as Evil mule kicks Hangman in the hip. London declares “This is awesome!” while Evil clotheslines Hangman out of the ring. Evil tags Naito back in, Naito fires up and builds speed, for True Tranquilo!
The Bullet Club is furious, but it’s The Villain who gets in and stomps Naito out! Hangman returns and continues stomping, then tags Scurll back in. “Woop woop!” echoes out as Scurll flaps his wings. He drags Naito up and throws hands and chops. Scurll runs, but into Naito’s back elbow, Evil comes in to add a back senton. Bushi comes in, and the rest of LIJ trips up the rest of Bullet Club while Naito stands on Scurll’s head and mocks the flapping wings.
While Naito enjoys himself in the ring, LIJ is picking apart the Bullet Club on the outside, even throwing The Young Bucks into barriers. Naito chokes Scurll at the ropes and even forces Scurll’s eye open. Scurll gets himself to a corner, Evil gives him a spank before Naito tags Hiromu back in. Hiromu chops Scurll once, twice, then whips corner to corner for a big clothesline to big low dropkick. Cover, TWO, tag to Bushi. The luchador of LIJ climbs up while Hiromu drags Scurll up, Bushi hits a missile dropkick. Bushi gives us the Bushi-roonie, then uses his own shirt to choke Scurll. The referee tells Bushi to stop that, but he’s distracted by LIJ starting an argument with the Bullet Club. Scurll powers his way out of the choke, to put it on Bushi, and then hit the backstabber. Fans rally as both men crawl for their corners. Scurll gets the hot tag to Matt Jackson but both Bucks come in to rally on LIJ. Double dropkicks for Evil, alley-oop dropkick for both Bushi and Hiromu! Sanada comes in, double hip-toss and dropkicks for Cold Skull. Nick runs at Bushi while Matt positions Hiromu, but is put on the apron. Matt runs in and they combine for a clothesline and kick. Fans cheer them on as Nick goes up and Matt prepares Bushi, double stomp dominator for Bushi, somersault into the draping backstabber on Hiromu!
Naito gets on the apron, but gets knocked off with the handspring dropkick! Scurll returns, he hops out to the apron to SUPERKICK Naito down. The Bullet Club then regroups in the middle of the ring and the fans start up the Terminator drums. The Young Bucks rise, build speed and DIVE!
It doesn’t end there, American Nightmare and Hangman get to the corners for a simultaneous Shooting Star and flying clothesline!
The fans are thunderous as Nick gets Bushi back in the ring. Scurll whips Bushi, and brings into the tilt-o-whirl, reverse crucifix driver! Matt is on the top rope, hits a big elbow drop! Nick adds on a frog splash!
Matt covers, Sanada breaks it. Nick comes back and pounces on Sanada to throw him out. Matt tags Hangman in, he drags Bushi up and puts him in a corner. Hangman chops away as we go to break.
ROH returns once more, Hangman is legal again as he brings Bushi up and hits a scoop slam. He climbs up top, goes for the moonsault but flops! Nick comes back in, stomps Bushi out, then claims he’ll hit it. He jumps up for a moonsault, but he flops as Bushi dodges again. Matt comes in and hammers Bushi down, he goes for the moonsault, but Bushi dodges again! Cody and Nick come back in and they both stomp Bushi out. The fans call for “Marty! Marty!” but he’s reluctant to try. The Bullet Club wants him to, the fans want him to, “YES! YES!”, so he has no choice. He says his prayers as he climbs up, fans assure him, “You Can Do This!” Scurll climbs up, and moonsaults!
But he misses all the same… Fans rally as Scurll and Bushi crawl for their corners, hot tags to Hangman and Sanada. The other members of Bullet Club intercept but Cody, Nick and Matt take dropkicks from Cold Skull. Hangman comes in now, but Sanada gets behind him to give him an Atomic Drop. Sanada trips Hangman up to then tie him in a knot! Hangman finds himself in the “Paradise Lock”, Sanada backs up and takes aim. Sanada runs in to dropkick Hangman out of Paradise!
Hangman writhes while Sanada tags in Naito. He and Evil come in to double whip Hangman corner to corner. Evil gives him a corner clothesline and then throws him down, the other members of LIJ give Hangman a quadruple dropkick!
Naito covers, the Bullet Club rushes in to break it up. LIJ throws them all back out, Naito brings Hangman up. Hangman elbows him away, runs back in but is put on the apron, he slingshots for the Buck Shot! Evil returns, lifts Hangman in the fireman’s carry, Darkness Fall! Cody comes in, and hits Evil with Cross Rhodes! Sanada comes in, he steals Cross Rhodes!
Scurll returns, he goes to borrow Cross Rhodes but Sanada reverses, Scurll denies the second attempt at theft to grab that hand! The Villain takes Cold Skull’s fingers and… SNAP! Hiromu comes in, Scurll runs at him, Hiromu throws him overhead into buckles! Nick comes in, SUPERKICK! Matt runs in, SUPERKICK for Bushi! Sanada returns, double SUPERKICKS! Evil and Naito return, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!
Wait, what’s Nick doing? He’s taking Daryl hostage!
The fans are torn, some want this and others don’t. Daryl is vulernable as The Bucks call for a “SUPERKICK PARTY~!” However, Evil and Sanada drag them out. But wait, The Villain gets back in the ring. He sees Daryl all alone, and gets a sinister idea. Fans are again torn, but Scurll still fires up, does his little spin and “Chicken Wing!” Hiromu returns to SUPERKICK Scurll and save Daryl! However, he celebrates with Daryl a little too long, the Bucks return to double SUPERKICK Hiromu! Daryl goes flying, Cody catches him! The Bucks are out for stuffed animal blood as Cody passes Daryl to Matt. Nick gets to the apron, Matt puts Daryl in position… Springboard Five Star Meltzer Driver!!
Daryl goes down! Is he even still alive?! Hiromu sees the fallen Daryl, fans boo the Bullet Club’s lack of compassion. Fans demand they “Say You’re Sorry!” When the Bullet Club refuses, the Ticking Time Bomb goes off and throws hands on all five of them! He hits Matt, Hangman, Nick, Scurll and Cody in that over several times, then fires up to run, into a QUINTUPLE SUPERKICK!!
Naito returns, Scurll grabs him, but Naito ducks so that Scurll takes the double SUPERKICKS! He then sends Nick’s kick into Matt, enziguris Nick down, then ducks the double clothesline to shove Hangman into Cody. Sanada distracts the referee, Hangman gets the Green Mist!
Naito gives Hangman an Atomic Drop, Evil runs Hangman over with a lariat, Naito rolls into the jackknife cover. TWO! The members of LIJ keep the Bullet Club anchored on the outside, Naito hits Hangman with Destino!
First off, I didn’t expect this episode of ROH to actually feature full matches. I thought it was going to be a full recap show with simply highlights and video packages. But, seeing as how it featured full matches, it was only fair to give them full play-by-play reporting like always. The War of the Worlds UK event was a great hit, so I’m glad we’re all getting to see even just the three matches chosen for this episode. Everything was PPV level quality, and it really showcases why wrestling fans should be fans of ROH, NJPW and their partners.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (12/10/18)
TLC is on the horizon, and Raw is in the home stretch! The Architect looks to speak on both the state of Monday Night Raw, and the Lunatic’s state of mind!
- Raw Tag Team Championship 3v2 Handicap: The Authors of Pain & Drake Maverick VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable; Roode & Gable win and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- Dolph Ziggler VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
- Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers; Bayley wins.
- Lio Rush w/ Bobby Lashley VS Elias; Rush wins.
- Ember Moon w/ Ronda Rousey VS Tamina w/ Nia Jax; Moon wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship TLC Match: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Seth Rollins starts off Raw!
The Architect is already in the ring and San Diego is ready to #BurnItDown with him. That will be Rollins’ rallying cry when his Intercontinental Championship is on the line against Dean Ambrose. But more importantly, that will also be the theme for tonight! Rollins isn’t here to call out Ambrose, he’s out here to “spit some truth.” We’ve all seen “General Manger Elect” Baron Corbin talking about being on the right side of history. Rollins calls Corbin out to get a dose of reality. The Lone Wolf appears and grins as he joins Rollins in the ring. Corbin still seems so confident that he’ll win by forfeit at TLC in the TLC Match, given there has been no word from anyone about Braun Strowman’s return to action.
The fans boo and jeer as Corbin takes up his own mic. If Rollins wants to talk, they can do this in private. Corbin’s door is always open to someone of Rollins’ caliber. Rollins wants Corbin to cut the crap, because no one wants to hear it. Just shut up and listen! Rollins admits these last few months, he’s been real warpped up with Ambrose, and hasn’t commented on Corbin’s quality as GM. It doesn’t matter if he’s appointed GM, GM elect, or Head Idiot in Charge, Corbin’s “leadership”, Raw has sucked. It has sucked because of Corbin! Corbin comes out all the time to make things all about him. He abuses power, ends careers, and more. Fans agree as they chant. What Corbin has done as GM is not okay, not right, and just plain wrong.
Corbin can tell Rollins is frustrated, but he’s allowing Rollins to vent. Just watch how you speak to him. Or what? Fire him? Corbin doesn’t even know what to do with his roster. Those are the most talented men and women ever, and Corbin cant’ even use them right. There are amazing tag teams like The Revival, who should be contenders, but they’re in these weird Lucha House Rule matches? What even is that? And if he fires everyone, what? It’s just Corbin, Lashley & McIntyre patting each other on the back. Or maybe more pee segments. Everything Corbin has done is to mask his own insecurities. Was Strowman being mean? Did he hurt Corbin’s feelings? To the point where Corbin had to hand that Universal Championship over to Lesnar, a man who only shows up when he wants?
The problem is, Lesnar doesn’t’ want to show up!! Where is he?! Not here! Because he didn’t’ want to be here. The last time Lesnar was on Raw in a match, was way back to 2002! So the “Baron Corbin Experiment” is an abject failure. The talent support, the morale, the fan support and TV ratings are all at an all-time low, because of Corbin. Corbin “appreciates” the feedback, but maybe write it down and put it on his desk to be filed under “I Don’t Give a Damna!” Corbin doesn’t care what anyone in the company thinks, let alone the fans! This is Corbin’s show, so if you don’t like it, too bad! Corbin’s gonna be in charge for a very long time. And it’ll only get worse for someone like Rollins. How can they get worse?
It’ll get worse when Ambrose beats Rollins for the title, and Corbin wins at TLC by forfeit! Which is too bad, because Corbin’s been wanting a TLC Match. But either way, Jojo will announce him as permanent GM of Raw! And then next week’s Raw, all the way until Rollins quits, he’ll be going through Hell! Corbin putting Rollins through Hell? Why wait until next week? If Corbin wants to put Rollins through Hell, start tonight in a match! Corbin will wait until he’s Permanent GM. True, 1v1 isn’t good enough. Well, Corbin’s always wanted a TLC Match, and the “tools of the trade” are all set up right here… So how about Rollins VS Corbin in a TLC Match!? Fans want that! Does Rollins understand what Corbin would do to him with a table, ladder or chair? It’d be the end of Rollins. Or a good tune-up for Sunday.
Corbin says Rollins being a hero will cost him everything. Corbin will use Rollins as an example to show everyone what happens when you disrespect the GM. But his answer is still now. “Coward.” Rollins and San Diego all call Corbin a coward. No matter what he says, he’s a coward! Maybe he’s Coward Elect! Corbin snaps and gives Rollins that TLC Match! But for the Intercontinental Championship! Will Rollins #BurnItDown and show Corbin he’s not fit to be the boss? Or will it be the End of Days for Rollins’ reign even before facing the Lunatic?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
He surely didn’t expect to be defending the title and in such a dangerous match type. It may not have been the smartest move, but Rollins refuses to let Corbin get away with things. If he wants to be a locker room leader, he has to take a stand. If Rollins is a true champion, he’ll take a stand. Otherwise he doesn’t deserve to be champion.
Raw Tag Team Championship 3v2 Handicap: The Authors of Pain & Drake Maverick VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable!
Drake Maverick may have rained on the parade of the #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS duo, but that hasn’t stopped Roode & Gable from fighting. The deck is stacked against them, surely courtesy of Corbin, but is a huge upset still possible?
Raw returns as the champs and Maverick stand in the ring ready for a fight. Roode & Gable make their entrance, both wearing matching replacement robes and even matching tights. The teams sort out, the belts are raised, and we begin! Gable starts against Akam, and Gable’s dropkick is deflected. Akam stomps then tags in Rezar. AoP feed Gable to a big knee, then Rezar chokes Gable on ropes. Rezar throws big forearms then clubs Gable down. He hits Roode for good measure, but Gable fights back. Gable’s kick gets caught and he gets clobbered again. Maverick tags in to cover, ONE! Maverick quickly tags out and lets Rezar stomp Gable more. Tag to Akam, and AoP double whip. Gable holds ropes and boots Rezar back. Gable dumps Akam out, tag to Roode! Double clotheslines send Rezar out!
Maverick shouts orders, but that gets Roode & Gable on him! Double hip toss! Roode and Gable then pick Maverick up to LAUNCH him out at AoP! The champs and manager are down while we go to break!
Raw returns and Rezar wrenches Gable’s neck. Fans rally up and Gable fights his way up, only to be wrangled back down. Rezar drags Gable over and tags in Maverick. Maverick throws hands and then taunts Roode. He stomps Gable and feels full of himself. Maverick slaps Gable, but Gable gets fired up! Maverick quickly tags out but is still caught. Rezar saves Maverick as he clobbers Gable, then tags in Akam. AoP mug Gable into a corner, then Akam trash talks as he drives in stiff elbows. Akam whips Gable corner to corner, then runs in but misses! Gable hurries, hot tag to Roode! Roode tackles Akam and dropkick Rezard. He dodges Akam to fires off haymakers and chops! He whips but Akam reverses, only to get kicked away. Roode runs but is put on the apron. Roode htis Akam away then climbs up, for a flying- Back drop!
Akam tags Rezar and they go after Roode. They bring Roode up for an atomic knee! Cover, but Gable breaks it! Akam whips Gable hard into buckles, and Maverick tells them to end this. The AoP bring each man up, Super Collider! But gable headsicssors through! Rezar boots Gable down, and the AoP both go after Gable. Suplex powerbomb neckbreaker! Maverick wants in to repeat last week, and Rezard obeys. Maverick mocks the GLORIOUS, but Roode rolls him up!! ROODE & GABLE WIN!!
Winners: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, Roode pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions
Victory out of nowhere! Maverick’s ego costs his own team, and now the tag titles are GLORIOUS! But a rematch will be happening to be sure, will Roode & Gable survive the next chapter?
Backstage interview with Roode & Gable.
They’re feeling great now that they’re champs. There haven’t been a lot of reasons to have hope on Raw, but they knew that putting int he work would bring them the titles. If you told them they’d do it in a 3v2 handicap, they would’ve thought you were crazy. But only one word describes this feeling: GLORIOUS!
Natalya heads to the ring!
The Queen of Harts looks for revenge on Ruby when the two compete in a Tables Match this Sunday! Before the match, Natty admits she’d usually have a smile on her face. But she needs to say something in regards to Ruby Riott. Natty loves this business, but Ruby doesn’t respect anyone or anything. Ruby made this personal when she destroyed The Anvil’s sunglasses. Ruby keeps talking about Natty’s been “spoon fed” because of her family. But Natty has overcome so much just to get in. Does Ruby not know what the Montreal Screw Job is? Does Ruby not remember when Uncle Bret punched Vince McMahon in the face? There was that and more in Natty’s way. So Natty is damn proud to be a Hart! Fans appreciate that.
Natty tells Ruby that she will learn respect, and it’ll be a match dedicated to the man who helped Natty get here. To the man Natty loves and respects more than anyone: her father, Jim The Anvil Neidhart! Fans cheer for the late great Anvil and Natty gets emotional. Natty vows to take these tears and more to drive Ruby through table! “And there’s not gonna be a thing you can do about it!” But it’s here that the Squad make an entrance, with a special table under a curtain. Ruby has her own mic to respond. “Aw, look! Natty’s crying again. Like we’ve never seen this before.” All Natty does is walk around feeling sorry for herself. And she’s coming out here talking about respect? Natty doesn’t need respect, she needs to get some counseling.
Ruby knows no one else has the guts to say this, but Natty doesn’t represent The Harts. She disgraces them! Ruby isn’t going to be invited to the family Christmas party, she did pick Natty up a present. And believe her when she says this: “This is the gift that keeps on giving.” The special table, has a picture of The Anvil on it! Fans boo and jeer, but Ruby says that everyone knows how close Natty and The Anvil were. But this Sunday, when Ruby puts her through this exact table, they’ll be closer than ever. Has The Squad gone too far? Or will it just be more fuel for the fire when Natty gets to go after Ruby?
Dolph Ziggler speaks.
“Last week, I beat Drew McIntyre. And now we add that name to the long list of people who took me for granted.” But what Ziggler doesn’t’ understand is McIntyre’s attitude. He plucked McIntyre from obscurity, and he’ll throw him back into that. And make no mistake, Ziggler isn’t’ the good guy or the bad guy, he’s Dolph Ziggler. He also doesn’t understand why Finn Balor got involved. But McIntyre made the mistake of pretending he was Finn, and not remembering he was Ziggler. These two will settle the score, can Ziggler win on his own? Or will Ziggler get a Claymore meant for Balor?
Dolph Ziggler VS Drew McIntyre!
The Show-Off beat the Scottish Terminator thanks to The Extraordinary Man giving an assist, and McIntyre wouldn’t stand for it. McIntyre would find Finn later in the night and attack him, which is part of why Finn’s not here tonight. Now that it’s just 1v1, who will come out the superior superstar?
Before the match, McIntyre is interviewed in the ring. If he still has that match with Finn on Sunday, why risk a rematch with Ziggler? McIntyre lets us in on a little secret that no one else wants to admit. “Nobody stays undefeated forever.” Not Andre the Giant, not The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, and not even McIntyre. But that doesn’t make him any less dangerous. Just ask Finn. But you can’t, because he got beat up that badly. McIntyre vows to finish Finn at TLC. And when McIntyre talks, everyone listens. He is making this show a better place for the fans, so they will respect him. And as for Ziggler, it doesn’t matter if he’s a good guy or a bad guy, he’s the guy who’s gonna get his head kicked off! Speaking of, Ziggler makes his entrance and we begin!
Ziggler goes right at McIntyre with fast hands, but then he runs into McIntyre’s shoulder. McIntyre drags Ziggler up to CHOP him off his feet! McIntyre drags Ziggler up for another chop, and then into a modified clutch, just to CHOP him more. Ziggler gets to a corner but McIntyre stays on him. Ziggler fires back, but McIntyre launches him with a belly2belly! McIntyre covers, TWO! The Terminator looms over Ziggler as we go to break.
Raw returns as McIntyre CHOPS Ziggler on the top rope! McIntyre climbs up to throw more hands on Ziggler. McIntyre SLAPS Ziggler, but Ziggler fights back! They brawl up top fast and furious, and McIntyre gets the edge. McIntyre brings Ziggler up, SUPER Celtic Cross!! But McIntyre can’t make the cover from his own impact! He crawls to the cover, TWO! Ziggler survives and McIntyre is actually amused. Fans rally up as Ziggler crawls away. McIntyre stalks Ziggler to the ropes, then dumps him out. McIntyre follows after as Ziggler crawls. He deadlift suplexes but Ziggler slips out! Ziggler dodges to send McIntyre into a post! The ring count climbs as Ziggler leaves McIntyre behind! The count passes 8 before McIntyre sits up! McIntyre gets in at 9.5!
Both men are down but fans are loving this match. Fans rally up and Ziggler stands. Ziggler aims at McIntyre, but his legs give out before the superkick! McIntyre laughs, and he toying kicks Ziggler back. McIntyre mocks Ziggler as he climbs up the ropes. “Keep fighting! Don’t give up!” Ziggler stands but McIntyre grabs his hair. Ziggler kicks, ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre’s ego almost cost him there! Both men crawl to get up, and Ziggler fires up with the fans. Ziggler aims again, but into a CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The Scottish Terminator unloads his best move outta nowhere, but the Show-Off pushed him to his limits. With Finn Balor banged up from McIntyre’s attack, but McIntyre pulling this one out, will either man be ready for their match?
But McIntyre isn’t through with Ziggler! He throws Ziggler into the post, then throws fast hands on the ground! McIntyre throws steel steps around then drags Ziggler over to them. Fans boo and the ref warns McIntyre, but security and other officials fortunately come in to save Ziggler. McIntyre backs off, but then comes back to boot Ziggler into the LED! McIntyre laughs his way to the back, but will he have the last laugh at TLC?
Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers!
The #LegitHuggable friends are ready to be the first WWE Women Tag Team Champions together, but for now they’ll support each other in singles competition. Bayley goes against #Mahalicia tomorrow in the Mixed Match Challenge Semifinals, but sadly NOT with Finn Balor. Instead of B’n’B, it will be A’n’B, for Apollo & Bayley are now a new dynamic duo! Can the Huggable One get some major momentum before teaming with a new star this Tuesday?
The bell rings and Bayley ties up with Alicia. Bayley powers Alicia to the corner, but backs off at 3. Alicia powers Bayley to a corner but backs off at 3. Bayley elbows Alicia away then hits a flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Bayley puts Alicia on the apron but Alicia slips out to hotshot Bayley back. Alicia runs in for the swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Alicia keeps on Bayley with a chinlock, but Sasha and the fans rally. Bayley feeds off the energy but Alicia clubs her back down. Bayley stands but Alicia wrangles her back down. Sasha argues with Mahal and the Singhs, but Alicia thrashes Bayley around. Fans rally up again and Bayley gets up. Bayley powers out but Alicia goes up and over to sunset flip. Bayley rolls through to clobber Alicia with a clothesline!
The Singhs shout for Alicia but Bayley throws haymakers! Bayley saido suplexes Alicia down then fires up. She puts Alicia in a corner but backs off at 4. She comes back with a big knee, then puts Alicia out for the hotshot! Bayley checks the ponytail but the Singhs distract. They run off as Alicia boots Bayley down! But here comes Apollo! Bayley’s new buddy takes the Singhs out with back drops, and Sasha adds a meteora! Apollo goes after Mahal now, and throws Sunil into him! Sasha wants to be a weapon, so Apollo picks her up to throw at Mahal and both Singhs! Strike! Bayley dodges Alicia’s boot, and hits Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall
Victories all around for the Boss, Hug & Crews Connection! Can Apollo & Bayley make it work as a tag team to go to TLC’s Mixed Match Challenge Finals?
Backstage interview with Dean Ambrose.
The Lunatic hates being called that. But what are his thoughts on Rollins’ speech earlier? The Architect? That’s just a name Rollins used to keep the spotlight on himself. But that’s not the man Ambrose knows. Rollins can’t think straight. He went out there with no plan, and now his title’s on the line tonight? Why? Because of his ego! Rollins always has to be The Man, but he steps on everyone else, like Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Rollins isn’t a man, he’s a piece of… Well, if Rollins is somehow still champion, it’ll just be easier for Ambrose to take it. And then he can tell Rollins what he thinks on Sunday.
Speaking of Roman, if he was aware of their bad blood, how would he react? Ambrose doesn’t care. Charly insists on getting an answer out of Ambrose, and plays the footage of that very night when Rollins and Ambrose won a match dedicated to Roman, only to betray everyone. Then the footage cuts to Rollins confronting Ambrose the next night, and Ambrose explaining the next week after that. Ambrose said The Shield only made him weaker. Ambrose would burn his Shield vest, and move on to last week, wearing a gas mask to visualize his disgust for the “vermin” of the WWE Universe. Rollins would attack back, only for Ambrose to beat him down. Back in the present, Ambrose simply says nothing. Will he have the last word after TLC? Will the title come along with it?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in San Diego and plays his guitar. San Diego digs it. Elias isn’t sure if anyone’s heard Bobby Lashley on the radio, but Lashley said he’d take all the sports teams and move them to LA. Fans don’t like that. But what Lashley doesn’t realize is that if San Diego had their way, they wouldn’t let a loser like him perform. Elias would love to perform in the gas lamp district rather than in front of “a bunch of LA trash.” Everyone here knows what Lashley will find out, and that is that WWE stands for “Walk With Elias!” Now Elias considers himself a “pretty good guy”. Hitting children with his guitar is not on his list, but he made an exception for Lio Rush. Elias will teach Lio a lesson, but he has a song to perform. So please silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths.
Elias begins, saying “I’ve been in the air so long, waiting for something to come along. Bring me back down to Earth, keep my feet above the earth. But this life ain’t like no other, oh can you hear me, brother?” Actually hold on, Elias can’t stop thinking about how bad Lashley sucks. Speaking of, here come Lashley & Lio! Lio’s going to make his Raw in-ring debut, next!
Lio Rush w/ Bobby Lashley VS Elias!
Raw returns as we wait for a referee. It’s HEATH SLATER! The One Man Band beat his best friend, Rhyno, to stay on Raw, but it wasn’t until after the match that Corbin revealed he’d be staying as a ref. Slater rings the bell and we begin.
Lio and Elias circle, but Elias corners Lio. Lio slips uot and speeds things up. he redirects Elias and ducks under, but then gets caught. Elias flips LIo but LIo lands on his feet. Elias shoves and flapjacks Lio! Lio crawls to a corner but Elias is on him with a wristlock. Elias lifts Lio up and then drops him. Elias grins as he brings Lio up and. Lio sunset flips but Elias picks him right up. Elias says this’ll hurt him more than it hurts Lio, and he tosses Lio across the way! It still looks like it hurts Lio more. Elias smirks as he stalks Lio to a corner. Elias stands Lio up for a chop! Slater counts but Elias whips Lio corner to corner hard! Lio tumbles out in a heap but Elias continues after. Lashley caoches up his hype man but Elias puts Lio back in.
Slater is busy checking on Lio, so Lashley goes after Elias! Elias kicks Lashley off and rocks him with a right! But Lio wrecks Elias with a dropkick! Then a handspring kick! Elias gets back in but Lio ducks and kicks to rock Elias back! Lio whips but Elias reverses. Lio goes up but gets caught into the Electirc Chair. Elias spins Lio around, for the sit-out powerbomb! Cover, but Lashley attacks! Slater hesitates, and tells Lashley to stop. Lashley tells Slater to stand down, because this means Slater’s job. Slater lets Lashley continue, and he gives Elias the SPINEBUSTER! Lashley then helps Lio up, and Lio wants to use Elias’s guitar. Lio grabs it, brings it into the ring, and Slater tries to tell them to stop. Lashley takes the guitar and SMACKS Elias on the back!
Elias writhes, Lio covers, and Lashley makes Slater count. Slater counts, Lio wins.
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall
The 24 year old piece of gold gets a win, but it was with a lot of help. Will Elias get back at both Lashley & Lio at TLC when it’s someone else refereeing the match? Will Slater be able to live with himself over being bullied into a screw job? Or are these just more signs of what the Corbin Era will be?
Baron Corbin finds Heath Slater backstage.
Corbin doesn’t get why Slater’s so down. He did a good job out there. How’s Rhyno doing? Get over how you ended his career. Slater wants to go home, but Corbin says there’s still another match for him to officiate tonight. Is it the match we dread it is?
Alexa Bliss heads to the ring!
The Goddess is also Women’s Division manager, and has called for a face-to-face of both champion and challenger for the Raw Women’s Championship. However, the Samoan Dynasty heads to the ring without waiting for any introductions. Nia Jax has wanted after Ronda Rousey for weeks, but she tells Alexa that before we do the questions, she has a statement. “This Sunday, I’m going to become the Raw Women’s Champion.” Fans don’t like the sound of that. And it will be at the direct expense of Ronda. “Getting cracked in the head with those four ounce gloves in the UFC has really done a number on Ronda.” If Ronda had half a mind, which she doesn’t, she’d just give the title over. That way, she can avoid the humiliation that’s coming to her.
Nia knows Ronda is from a world about trash talking to hype things up. Nia doesn’t talk trash. She is a six foot, 300 pound Samoan woman, and Ronda’s worse nightmare. She is the “Anti-Rousey”. And her secret to success? The hand that breaks faces, like Becky Lynch’s. And it only took the one punch. But when the bell rings and Ronda goes Ronda, Nia will punch her in the face. And not just once, but over and over and over, until Ronda gives up. Nia isn’t just the most imposing force in the WWE, she’s also a strategist. Ronda is a world-class judoka, a Strike Force and a UFC champion, so if by chance she avoids this punch to go for the armbar, Nia will open her fist to pry free and then still break Ronda’s face.
This hand took Becky from her fans, and this hand will hold “MY TITLE”, as she erases the myth of Ronda. But speaking of Ronda, here she comes! Ronda isn’t here to talk or pose. She’s here to fight! And Ronda rushes the ring! Alexa, Tamina and Nia clear the ring for the Baddest Woman on the Planet. The Samoan Dynasty flank Ronday, but here comes Ember Moon! The War Goddess still wants after Nia for her betrayal, but she’ll settle for the Daughter of Superfly, next!
Ember Moon w/ Ronda Rousey VS Tamina w/ Nia Jax!
Raw returns as Tamina headbutts Ember down. Tamina whips Ember but Ember slips through the hip toss to arm-drag Tamina. Ember then dropkicks Tamina right out of the ring! Fans fire up as Ember builds speed. Nia saves Tamina from the baseball slide, but fans boo and jeer. Ronda comes up to reinforce Ember and stare Nia down. Nia taunts Ronda but Ember keeps after Tamina in the ring. Ember rolls Tamina up, TWO, and Tamina shoves Ember. Things speed up, Ember springboards into a SUPERKICK! Now Ember rolls out of the ring, and Nia wants the count out. Tamina waits as Ember slowly climbs back in. Tamina is right on Ember with a cover, TWO! Nia coaches her cousin up as Tamina bumps Ember off buckles.
Tamina whips Ember corner to corner and crushes her with a corner splash. She snapmares Ember to a cover, TWO! Nia wants a faster count but Ronda rallies the fans. Tamina wraps on a chinlock, but Ember fights her way up. Ember fights back but Tamina wrangles her back down. Tamina squeezes tight but fans still rally. Ember gets up again and fights back. Tamina rocks Ember with an uppercut! Tamina whips Ember again, but misses in the corner. Ember gasps for air but she kicks Tamina away. Ember reaches up to headscissor Tamina! She fights back with kicks now, and sweeps the leg. Ember urns to hit the sliding shot! Cover, TWO! Nia is relieved and Ronda cheers Ember on. Ember runs but into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Nia is surprised.
Tamina whips Ember, Ember goes up to hit a flying code breaker! Ronda cheers Ember on to finish this, but Nia makes a move. Ronda trips Nia up and then throws her over the barriers! Ember dodges Tamina for a hotshot! Ember is back up, and hits the Eclipse! Cover, Ember wins!
Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall
The Rowdy One helps the War Goddess celebrate, and even raises her hand. Will Ronda be able to do the same to Nia at TLC? Or will things be very different for the Baddest Woman on the Planet?
Backstage interview with “General Manger Elect” Baron Corbin.
His match is coming up next, just days before the TLC pay-per-view. Isn’t this an abuse of power? That sounds like a loaded question. Is she trying to get shipped off to SmackDown? Just kidding. This is just Corbin accepting a challenge. Corbin wants the fans to see him in a TLC Match, since he won’t be getting one from Strowman this Sunday. But there are rumors- Rumors? Was that from the internet or something? Strowman is a one-armed man after what Corbin did to him. Just imagine how Rollisn will feel after what Corbin does to him. Rollins is getting a taste of what the future holds. And as for the rest of Raw, “All Hail Baron Corbin.”
Lars Sullivan speaks.
“What happens this Sunday will be a minor tremor compared to the catastrophic earthquake that will occur when I come to the WWE!” The one of a kind Leviathan is lurking. Is he coming to Raw to shake things up? Or will he go to SmackDown to crush everything in his path?
WWE Intercontinental Championship TLC Match: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin!
The Architect called the Constable out and the Constable accepted. However, we can already see “General Manager Elect” Corbin is rigging things in his favor as he appoints Heath Slater as the referee! Will Slater be again stuck between a rock and a hard place as Rollins defends his title before Sunday?
Raw returns as Rollins and Corbin make their entrances. The belt hangs high above the ring per championship TLC rules, so all Slater has to do is signal the bell. Rollins and Corbin circle, and Rollins fires off hands! Rollins stomps a mudhole into Corbin, but stops after about a dozen. Corbin kicks back and clubs Rollins back. Corbin whips but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins runs but into a knee. Corbin suplexes Rollins but Rollins knees out. Rollins knees Corbin out of the ring, then goes out after him. Rollins throws more hands and then bumps Corbin off the apron. Fans fire up as Rollins picks up a chair! Rollins brings it but Corbin gets in the ring. Rollins slingshots, but into a haymaker!
Corbin tells Slater to go fetch him a ladder. Slater does as ordered, but Rollins springboards and clotheslines Corbin! Corbin runs off while we go to break.
Raw returns as Corbin keeps Rollins down. Corbin grabs a chair and takes aim. He SMACKS it across Rollins’ back! Fans boo and jeer but Corbin smirks as he SMACKS Rollins again! Corbin stalks Rollins, and stands on him to jam the chair into Rollins’ ribs. Corbin holds the chair up triumphantly despite all the boos. He taunts Rollins to get up, but SMACKS Rollins again. Rollins rolls out and Corbin follows. Corbin brings Rollins up to throw him into barriers! Then into other barriers! Corbin taunts Rollins, then goes for a ladder. He brings the ladder around into the ring, but Rollins dropkicks it into Corbin! Rollins goes out to pick up the ladder and put it in the ring. He leaves Corbin behind to stand the ladder up, but Corbin returns to clobber him!
Corbin stands the ladder up in a corner, and brings Rollins around. Corbin suplexes Rollins into the ladder! It proves just a touch double-edged as Corbin clutches his ear. But Corbin still stands up to wedge a chair in a corner. Corbin goes back to Rollins, drags him up by his hair, and whips Rollins. Rollins reverses but Corbin slides out then in to clobber Rollins again! Fans boo and jeer, but Corbin ignores them all to go for a table. Corbin stands that table up in a corner, then mocks Strowman’s roar. He drags Rollins up to scoop him, and wants his own Monster Slam, but Rollins slips out! Rollins dodges and rocks Corbin with a right! Rollins runs but is tossed out of the ring! Corbin then grabs the ladder to stand it up under the belt! Corbin climbs, but Rollins returns to leap right up!
Rollins fights Corbin down, so Corbin yanks him off. Rollins mule kicks but misses the stomp. Corbin elbows Rollins and then shoves him into the ladder! Both Rollins and ladder fall over, but Corbin isn’t done. Corbin dropkicks Rollins out of the ring! We go to one last break as Corbin watches Rollins writhe.
Raw returns once more, and Rollins leaps at Corbin! Corbin gets under, and hits the Deep Six! But Corbin is down, too, from exhaustion. Fans rally up for Rollins as he and Corbin stir. Corbin is up first, and he brings Rollins back up. Corbin punches Rollins down, and then does it again, and again. Fans boo and jeer as Corbin continues to rain rights. Slater stays back as Corbin watches Rollins stand up. Corbin punches but Rollins counter punches! Rollins fires off chops and haymakers, but Corbin knees low. Corbin whips but Rollins reverses. Corbin slides out then in but misses to get a Pele! He staggers about, but is baited into the chair he set up earlier! Both Rollins and Corbin are down as Slater checks on them.
Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Rollins takes that chair from the corner. Rollins aims at Corbin, and SMACKS him back! And SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS! Rollins keeps on Corbin with that chair for everything Corbin has done. Corbin bails out, but Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Corbin reeling, but Rollins keeps going, to DIVE again! Corbin goes down but Rollins won’t stop. Rollins runs once more, to DIVE, into a CHOKE SLAM through a table!! But Corbin is down from exhaustion again, and Slater checks on them both. Fans admit “This is Awesome!” even if Corbin’s involved. Corbin returns to the ring to stand the ladder up again. He begins the climb, but Rollins is stirring.
Corbin goes up a rung at a time, but Rollins returns to SMACK him with another chair! Rollins SMACKS Corbin off the ladder, but then Corbin dodges and Slater takes the hit!! Corbin clobbers Rollins out of the ring, and rolls out to follow Rollins. Corbin brings Rollins up, but Rollins slips out of End of Days. Rollins dodges to send Corbin into the steel steps! Rollins mule kicks Corbin, then puts him on the table. Fans fire up as Rollins does the math. Rollins climbs a corner, aims at Corbin, and leaps! FROG SPLASH through the table!! Fans are thunderous as Rollins leaves Corbin for dead. Rollins hurries to the ladder and up the rungs. His body is sore but that won’t stop him. Rollins is fingertips away, but Slater grabs the ladder?! Slater needs this job, so he tips the ladder over!!
Fans boo as Slater stands the ladder back up. Slater drags Corbin up and into the ring. Corbin is dead weight as Slater drags him to the ladder. Corbin grins as he sees the title. He climbs, reaches, but Rollins returns!? Rollins hits Slater, then drags Corbin off for a buckle bomb through a table!! Corbin eats wood again, but Slater pleads with Rollins. Rollins SUPERKICKS Slater! Then Rollins stomps, and runs at Corbin, for the Curb Stomp! Rollins scrambles up the ladder, grabs the belt, and takes it off! Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins; still WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Architect reigns, if only for now. Rollins will have to regroup for TLC, and Ambrose appears to remind him of their coming war. Will Ambrose cure himself of his disgust for Rollins? Or will Rollins #BurnItDown even brighter than before?
Another Raw go-home, with another mixed bag of good and bad. It would seem, after the two incredibly sour weeks, Corbin becomes the kayfabe face for how everyone, even other WWE talent, sees everything from ratings to booking. In the absence of other top Faces, such as Finn Balor from his injury (both kayfabe and possibly real from the South American tour), Rollins takes up the role of being the person to say all this. I’m thinking that this is more damage control than it is elaborate planning from Vince McMahon, but it can still work out in the end. Hopefully now that they’ve called out the things like the pee gag and the Lucha House Rules, we won’t ever have to worry about those again.
The Raw Tag Team Championship handicap match was an interesting choice, and I suppose that means Maverick & AoP can now Freebird the titles, if they get them back. It was a good moment for Roode & Gable to get these titles. This entire time, fans were expecting this team to fall apart when Roode turned on Gable, but I’m actually glad they’re still together this far in. And maybe now we can get things back on track in the Raw Tag Team Division with The Revival being allowed to actually win, the Lucha House Party playing things by normal rules, and maybe AoP ditching Maverick to go back to being independent.
The Women’s Division does a touch better tonight. I was surprised Natty didn’t have a match with a Riott Squad member, but the “Hart-breaking” promo Ruby gives instead at least gives some good story build towards their Tables Match. The Mixed Match Challenge tie-in was done well, and just like the other major players that are also busy at TLC, Finn Balor is out so he can focus on his match with McIntyre. Apollo Crews will make a good replacement, but he’s mostly stepping in by default because there’s almost no one left. This is where I would’ve thrown in Lars Sullivan, but there’s only a route to wasting him if he’s not going to win the Rumble after winning the MMC Finals. Then the championship scene was great, Ember gets a great match with Tamina and Ronda looks ready to retain against Nia.
Ziggler VS McIntyre was a great match, if perhaps just a high-level filler. Hopefully this isn’t the last for these two, we need at least one more go in a fuller feud between them. It was great to see Lio competing on Raw, up until we found out Slater was being made the special referee to then screw Elias over. I also saw Slater being ref for tonight’s main event coming a mile away. Slater will have his moment soon enough, maybe even at TLC PPV. Rollins VS Corbin was pretty great because of Slater’s involvement, too, but obviously Rollins retains. This might all just be a precaution in case Strowman really doesn’t show up at TLC, just as Corbin sarcastically said in his backstage promo. I’m still banking on a Strowman surprise and maybe an all out brawl with the superstars Finn united against Corbin.
My Score: 8/10
Joe’s AAA Review & Results (12/9/2018)
Joe Dinan checks in with your AAA review and results for the week ending 12/9/2018!
AAA on Twitch 12/8
La Parkita, Nino Hamburguesa, and Dinastia vs La Parkita Negra, Arkangel Divino, and Ultimo Maldito
The match starts with chaos. Everybody is doing moves to each other. Mini Parka and Parka Negra get in there and trade moves. Maldito and Hamburger Boy are in next and Hamburger boy hits a shoulder block. Negra hits a reverseranna on Parkita. They team up on Hamburger Boy. Boy counters with a headlock, head scissors take over on Negra and Maldito. Dinastia and Divino are in and Dinastia hits a power slam on him. Negra beats on Dinastia and Parkita works on him. Maldito then works over Parkita. Maldito hits a tiger pile driver on him. Dinastia hits a asai moonsault, then celebrates even though he hit his teammate. Divino does a moonsault off the top. They get everyone seated in the corner and Hamburger Boy does a running senton. Then he goes to the top and splashes them for the win. Hamburger Boy pins Parkita Negra with a top rope splash.
Winners: La Parkita, Nino Hamburguesa, and Dinastia
Starfire and Lady Maravilla vs Mamba and Lady Shani
Shani and Starefire start the match out with some grappling. Maravilla comes in quick to double Shani. Afterwards they double Mamba. Starfire hits a drop kick off the top. Mamba hits a big move on Maravilla and now they’re getting the heat back doubling Starfire. We get back to normalcy in the ring. Shani hits a drop kick on Starfire. She gets to the top and hits a hurricanrana on Shani. Maravilla drop kicks Mamba to the outside and hits a cross body to the outside. Starfire hits a michinoku driver on Shani for a two count. Shani hits the Okada neck breaker and the ref counts slow. Shani argues with the ref and Starfire comes from behind and hits a german suplex for a fast count. Starfire pins Lady Shani with a german suplex and fast count.
Starfire wants a title fight after the match. Not immediately, in the future. They brawl after the match and promo.
Winners: Lady Maravilla and Starfire
Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Myzteziz Jr vs Taurus, Australian Suicide, and Jack Evans
Match starts with Jack Evans and Laredo Kid. Evans gets crotched on the post and Kid drop kicks him. Vikingo and Myzteziz dive to the outside on the others. They triple drop kick Evans in the corner. Kid code breakers Suicide then holds him. Vikingo jumps off Myzteziz and stomps the back of Suicide. Taurus gets Myzteziz on his shoulders then catches Kid for a double fall away slam. Suicide does a press slam into a code breaker on Vikingo. He holds him and Evans hits a 450, then Taurus hits a splash. Taurus holds up Myzteziz, Evans on the top bounces off him and helps Suicide complete his pile driver on Vikingo. Vikingo makes all of them miss corner attacks. He does a moonsault off of Myzteziz and Kid’s hands on the top, then they hit their own moonsault dives after that. Incredible spot, Luchablog has the gif of it on twitter, find it.
Myzteziz hits a Canadian destroyer on Evans but Suicide breaks up the pin. Suicide then does a springboard destroyer to him, but Vikingo breaks up the pin. He does knees to the corner but Taurus breaks up the pin. Taurus shoulder blocks Vikingo and sends him flying. Laredo Kid and Vikingo go for springboard attacks but get pulled out of the ring. Evans then hits an asai moonsault on everyone. They fight on the stage and throw Taurus and Evans off and do dives. Vikingo then does a Spanish Fly on Suicide off the stage on to the rest of them. Evans and Kid are back in the ring. Evans slams him and goes to the top but gets kicked. Laredo Kid hits the Laredo Fly for the win. Laredo Kid pins Jack Evans with the Laredo Fly.
Winners: Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Myzteziz Jr
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