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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (1/2/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Usos VS Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable; Usos wins and retain the SmackDown Tag team Championships.
  • Breezango VS The Bludgeon Brothers; no contest.
  • WWE United States Championship Tournament: Xavier Woods VS Aiden English; Woods wins and advances to face Jinder Mahal in the semifinals.
  • Six Woman Tag: The Welcoming Committee w/ Lana VS The Riott Squad; The Riott Squad wins.
  • AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owen, Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon ringside; Zayn wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Phenomenal One finds himself tangled in Kevin’s & Sami’s #YEPMovement.

SmackDown ended 2017 with a big match between the WWE Champion and the Prizefighter, with the Guardian Angel hanging around ringside. However, it wouldn’t be Sami who cost Styles the match, but SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon! A distraction at ringside led to Kevin getting a win, will he be getting a world title shot in 2018!?

 

AJ Styles heads to the ring.

The Champ that Runs the Camp wishes everyone a Happy New Year! Welcome to SmackDown, the House that AJ Styles Built. Fans give Styles a standing ovation and chant before he continues. New Year, new beginnings, and new resolutions, like the Men’s Royal Rumble. Styles has resolutions, too. First: take the title all the way to Wrestlemania and keep it through to the end. That seems less likely with others getting involved in his matches, though. So his second resolution is to beat Sami Zayn tonight. Styles questions the fact that a certain someone is allowing Sami Zayn to have Kevin Owens in his corner, same as last week. And with that, Styles allows SmackDown General Manager, Daniel Bryan, to come out. The fans join Bryan in the “YES! YES!” chant as always. But before Bryan can speak, Shane McMahon comes out!

The fans cheer for Shane O’Mac, too, then more for Bryan. Shane then speaks and explains that he had the best intentions last week. He wanted Sami Zayn ejected in last week’s main event. Everyone can agree a match-up should be determined by abilities in ring, not outside distractions. Shane admits to being part of the distraction, he apologizes. Styles accepts, and Shane continues to bring up the accusations of a personal vendetta against Kevin & Sami. Bryan thinks that, for one. Shane may dislike Sami & Kevin, but claims Bryan has a biased in favor of Kevin & Sami. Why else would Bryan allow Sami to hang around at ringside? Better yet, is Bryan changing his YES Movement into the YEP Movement?

Shane finishes by saying Bryan probably won’t keep Kevin form being ringside. In which case, Shane volunteers to be ringside, too! Bryan figures that if Kevin and Shane are going to be present, then why not have Bryan ringside? 2018 starts off with a bang, “YES! YES!”

 

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Usos VS Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable!

 

Jimmy & Jey left 2017 with the tag team division #OnLock, but will the New Year bring new champions? The Usos know it’s Gable’s & Benjamin’s New Year’s resolution. But the “soon to be Three Time Tag Team of the Year”, and Five Time Tag Team Champions, vow to keep the Uso Penitentiary open through 2018.

The bell rings, Benjamin starts against Jimmy, but he gives a cheap shot to Jey. Jimmy fights back and fights out of the Benjamin-Gable corner. He climbs up, Benjamin leaps up to throw him off! Gable moonsaults down, Jey breaks the pin.

The teams regroup while we go picture in picture.

Gable brings Jimmy into a neutral corner and wrenches the leg against the ropes. Gable then uses a dragon screw to throw jimmy down, and taunts Jey before yanking on Jimmy’s leg. Cover, TWO, Jimmy rolls away from Gable. Gable tags Benjamin, they keep on the leg. Benjamin brings Jimmy back up to go after the leg in the ropes again but Jimmy fights back. Benjamin gives him stiff shots to keep him down, then runs to ram his knee into Jimmy’s leg. Jimmy writhes in pain, Benjamin puts him in a Half-Crab. Jimmy reaches for Jey and vice-versa, but Benjamin drags Jimmy away and tags Gable. Gable takes the hand off and wrenches Jimmy’s knee again and again. Jimmy endures, and uses his free leg to fight back. Gable tackles Jimmy to deny the tag, then tags Benjamin back in. They double knee, kick and knee strike Jimmy down. Cover, TWO, tag back to Gable. Gable wrenches Jimmy’s knee again, keeping Jimmy grounded on the mat. Jimmy again fights with his free leg, but Gable keeps him anchored as we go back to single picture.

Gable manages to keep Jimmy back, but Jimmy still hits the dragon whip kick! Fans rally, the two crawl, hot tags to Jey and Benjamin! Jey rallies on Benjamin by dumping him out and FLYING! Air Uso takes out Benjamin, Jey returns to throw Gable out and FLY AGAIN! The Usos regroup, they both build speed, but Benjamin trips up Jey and throws him into barriers! Jimmy throws Gable out, but runs into Benjamin’s knee! Gable climbs up while Benjamin lifts Jimmy, DOOMSDAY! Gable & Benjamin are the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions!! Did they just shut down the Uso Penitentiary? Wait, a secondary official appears and they sort out which Uso was legal. The instant replay shows us that…

Yes, Jey is legal, but Benjamin-Gable covered Jimmy! The match shouldn’t actually be over. Even fans call for them to “Restart the match!” We’re continuing, after break!

After SmackDown returns…

Benjamin & Gable are still upset they aren’t champions, but the Usos don’t give them time to argue. They blindside them off the apron and then throw them against barriers. Benjamin and Jey are back in the ring, SUPERKICK and uppercuts from Jey. Samoan Drop and then running hip attack corner to corner, but Gable saves Benjamin just in time. Gable hits Jimmy with a rolling kick, Jey hits Gable with an uppercut. Benjamin rolls Jey, TWO, SPINEBUSTER! Benjamin vows to finish it this time, Gable climbs up again, but Jimmy returns to SUPERKICK Gable out of teh sky! Jey fights his way out, SUPERKICK for Benjamin and Jimmy tags in. Double SUPERKICK, tag back to Jey, Uso Splash! The Usos win! They’re the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, the Uso Penitentiary stays standing.

 

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn are in a good mood.

However, how do they feel having Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan at ringside? Renee is asking if tonight will be any different. Kevin’s had different breakfasts, that’s different. #Yep. They’re in different cities. #YEP. But the main event result won’t be any different, Styles will still lose. #YEP! Shane has the “audacity” to accuse Bryan of favoritism? Bryan is being a good general manager. Fine, let Shane and Bryan be out there, it won’t change the reality. This is the Sami & Kevin Show! Kevin’s Best Friend will prove it when he destroys the House that AJ Styles Built brick by brick. #Yep.

 

Breezango VS The Bludgeon Brothers!

The Fashion Police barely survived their previous encounter with Harper & Rowan, but their “friends” Konnor & Viktor have faith in them. Can Fandango & Tyler Breeze finally put this case to rest?

Harper & Rowan don’t wait for a bell, they blindside the Fashion Police and go corner to corner on each of them. Harper feeds Fandango to Rowan’s body check, the Fashion Police roll out of the ring again. The Ascension hit the ring to make the save again, but it backfires! Konnor gets knocked down, Viktor is alone in the ring. The Bludgeon Brothers give Viktor the double crucifix bomb! No match, no mercy, is there no stopping Harper & Rowan?

 

Xavier Woods is backstage, swinging away.

Big E stops him, they didn’t get him a pinata. The New Day got Woods a New Year gift. Is it the DVD box set of Golden Girls? No. Is it equipment for UpUpDownDown? No. Is it a pancake cut-out of the numbers “2018” with whip cream and a candle? Yes! Wait, he can see through the blindfold…

This is great, but remember: When Woods Becomes US Champion, THE NEW DAY becomes W! W! E! United! States! Champion~! Woods goes to blow out the candle, but Rusev & Aiden English appear. Do they want to know his New Year’s wish? No. He tells them anyway. English wants every day of 2018 to be… Rusev Day~! And that what will happen when English wins to move on in the tournament. Look at the New Day acting like children and blowing out candles to make wishes. Rusev blows out the candle himself!

He stole Woods’ wish! But can Woods still keep the New Day’s US Championship dream alive?

Mojo Rawley speaks on The United States Championship Tournament.

Mojo vows that he’ll defeat Zack Ryder and put him “back in the past where he belongs. Woo woo woo, you know it.”

 

WWE United States Championship Tournament: Xavier Woods VS Aiden English!

The Bulgarian Brute will sing for The Drama King. “Take your calendar and mark the dates, this is your new champion of the Untied States! He’s so tall~, he’ll make Woods pay. For Aiden English brings a victory to the RUSEV DAY~!”

The bell rings, Woods and English circle. They tie up, English gets the headlock, Woods powers out. English runs Woods over, fans want pancakes, Woods jumps up and over to elbow English back. Woods then runs, for a wheelbarrow but English powers out. Woods runs again, roaring elbow knocks English down! Cover, TWO, Rusev coaches English back into the match. Woods throws English out, then slingshots over, but has to roll out. He still hits English with a mule kick, The New Dy keeps Rusev back. Woods goes for the Honor Roll, English sends that into the steel steps! Big E tries to revive Woods with pancakes, but it has no effect. English brings Woods into the ring for a cover, TWO. Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers watch backstage as English knees and kicks Woods then rains down rights.

The fans cheers Woods on, but English snapmares Woods and puts on a chinlock. Rusev coaches English to squeeze the life from Woods, but fans are rallying. Woods feeds off the energy and gets to his feet to then arm-drag English off. English runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Both men fall, Rusev trash talks Woods while fans rally. Woods and English stir, stand up, Woods gives body shots and sharp chops. He whips English but English reverses into a mule kick. English runs, Woods gets around, torture rack into a backbreaker!

TWO! Rusev is relieved, but the New Day is fired up. Woods takes aim at English in a corner and runs in, English boots him away. Woods turns things around, roll up but roll-up counter, TWO. English lifts Woods, fireman’s carry powerbomb! TWO! English is shocked, Rusev is furious. Fans continue to rally while English brings Woods over to a corner. English climbs up, has Woods in position, but Woods resists the dangerous move to shovel English up and over for a SUPER Body drop! English writhes on the ground while Woods turns himself around. Woods climbs up to the very top, tight rope walk, elbow drop! Woods wins and advances! There will not be a Year of Rusev Day, will there be a star-spangled Free Bird rule New Day?

 

Backstage interview with The Welcoming Committee.

All four women, from Natalya to Carmella to Lana to Tamina, have declared for the 30 Women Royal Rumble match. Tonight, they team up against The Riott Squad. Natty sent the Riott Squad running like scared little rats, so they’re feeling pretty good about themselves. Natty’s said it once and will say it again: Before the Squad was the Welcoming Committee. Ruby and her friends had their fun, but the party is over. The saying is “Only fools rush in,” and that describes The Riott Squad perfectly. TO wrap this up, the Welcoming Committee will remind the Squad that “there is no substitute for the real thing.” Which faction of the SmackDown Women’s Division will come out ahead on the Road to the Royal Rumble?

 

Six Woman Tag: The Welcoming Committee w/ Lana VS The Riott Squad!

The bell rings, Liv Morgan and Natalya start for their teams. They circle, tie up, Natty gives Liv the headlock takeover but Liv gets the headscissors. Natty pops out, LIv takes a swing and they return the takeover and headscissors. Liv is very confident as she ties up with Natty again. Natty gets an arm wrench and wristlock, Liv rolls and reverses the hold. Liv whips then goes Matrix to duck one lariat, but gets hit by the discus lariat, cover, TWO. Liv scrambles to get away from the Sharpshooter like it was going to kill her. We go picture in picture while the Squad regroups.

Natty grins as she watches the Squad calm Liv down. Liv returns into the ring, but Natty is right on her at the ropes. The ref backs ehr down but she has Liv’s hair, so Liv decks Natty and drags Natty over. Tag ot Ruby, double hair yank throws Natty down. Ruby drags Natty up, Natty carries her to the Welcoming Committee’s corner. Tag to Carmella, the FABULOUS Ms. Money in the Bank gives her a mule kick. Carmella taunts Ruby, dodges her attack and moonwalks back. They speed up, flying headscissors and a dropkick drop Ruby. Carmella whips but Ruby reverses, Carmella elbows Ruby away but has to fight off Sarah. This allows Ruby to hit the standing STO! Tag to Sarah Logan, #KentuckyStrong puts Carmella in a half-straitjacket. Carmella endures while we go back to single picture.

The fans build to a rally for Carmella, she gets to her feet but Sarah yanks her back down. Carmella endures, the Committee and fans rally again. She stands up, jawbreaker to Sarah breaks the hold. Sarah intercepts by going after Natty and tamina, Carmella rolls her up, TWO, tag to Tamina! The Daughter of Superfly rallies on The Squad, SUPERKICK for Ruby! The fans fire up with her, she gives Sarah the Samoan Drop! Sarah is done in position, Lana fires the fans up more while Tamina climbs. Ruby and Liv return, Ruby distracts the ref while Liv shoves Tamina down! Sarah pounces, cartwheel knee drop! The Riott Squad wins!

Ruby grabs a mic to talk.

“I bet everybody here in Orlando believes in magic, right?” Well, magic isn’t real! It’s just like the WWE Universe: phony. Day in and day out, the fans “pretend” their way through their lives. THey pretend to be happy but they’re actually miserable. The WWE Universe needs a dose of reality, so take a look at The Riott Squad. They’re real, their dominance is real, their success is real. That’s why Liv, Sarah and Ruby are all entering the Women’s Royal Rumble! “All those other women”– Well, here’s THE Woman, Charlotte Flair!

The Queen congratulates the Squad on their win and Ruby on her speech. But she must disagree: even Charlotte is a dreamer. And like the WWE Universe, Charlotte believes in the magic of her dreams. You find your passion, and your world will change. Ruby said she believes in “reality”, so here’s Ruby’s dose of reality: “actions have consequences.” And someone is back to teach them that lesson. Orlando’s own Glow, Naomi, comes out! Oh, that’s not all. There’s someone who wants to make the Squad pay for what they did: BECKY LYNCH!

The Lass Kicker has returned from the beating the Squad gave her, now her and her squad take the fight to them! Charlotte boots down Sarah, Naomi springboards to roundhouse Liv, and Becky gives Ruby the Becksploder! Then one for Liv!

The Riott Squad runs away, will there be any running from revenge on the Road to the Royal Rumble?

 

Baron Corbin speaks.

There is no fight better suited to him than the Royal Rumble. The Lone Wolf “can’t wait” to get into the Royal Rumble and throw 29 other men over the top rope. He vows to win and main event Wrestlemania!

 

AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens!

With SmackDown GM and Commissioner ringside, will there be more “Shane-nanigans” like last week? Or can The Phenomenal One keep from being swept by the Kevin & Sami Show?

The bell rings, Styles goes right at Sami! He puts Sami in a corner and rams in shoulders, then bumps him off the buckle. Fans cheer Styles on as he suplexes Sami, cover, TWO. Kevin tells the ref to keep Styles back, Sami sucker punches Styles and clubs him down. Styles fights back with chops, then runs but into a body drop! Cover, TWO, so Sami keeps on Styles with chops and jabs. They brawl now, back and forth, Sami elbows Styles in the back of the head to bring him down. Kevin wants Sami to stay on him, fans cheer Styles on. Sami runs, Styles goes up and over, dropkick drops Sami! Sami bails out to regroup with his best friend, Styles goes out to fetch him. Shane keeps Kevin back, Bryan keeps the peace.

Things are tense as Styles puts Sami in the ring. Sami kicks Styles on reentry, Fisherman Buster! Cover, TWO, Sami and Kevin can’t believe it. Even so, they’re in control as we go to break.

SmackDown returns, Sami has Styles in a chinlock. Fans rally, Styles pries his way out of the hole by biting fingers. Sami switches to keep the chinlock on, fans duel, “Let’s go Styles!” “Sami Zayn!” Styles gets up, they brawl, Styles unloads the Phenomenal Blitz! He then runs, sliding forearm! Kevin coaches Sami up while both men are down. Sami crawls to a corner, Styles kip-ups! He hits Sami with a big corner clothesline and pumphandle gutbuster, TWO! Styles is surprised, Kevin is adamant. Styles drags Sami up, fireman’s carry but Sami resists. Sami slips out to the apron, Styles walks over, hotshot snaps Styles back. Sami grins while he climbs up top, but Styles revives to trip him up. Now Styles goes to drag Sami off the top, fireman’s carry to Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Styles grits his teeth as he puts Sami in Clash position, but Sami resists. Styles keeps trying, Sami slips out and gets the Blue Thunder Bomb!

TWO! Kevin is shocked enough for him and Sami. Fans continue dueling with their chants, Shane watches with his full attention. Sami takes aim at Styles, runs corner to corner but into a Calf Crusher! Styles wrenches it deep and hard, Kevin tells Sami to endure! Sami reaches, Styles rolls him away from the ropes. Styles keeps pulling on that leg, Sami drags himself back to ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Kevin is relieved, Shane is disappointed. Styles gets up, drags Sami back up on one leg, but Sami fights back. They brawl back and forth with forearms, PELE from Styles! Styles runs in, Sami puts him on the apron but Styles hits him away. The fans fire up as Styles takes aim, springboard but Sami gets under, Styles gets around behind, the referee gets knocked out of the ring! Crucifix pin, Kevin “helps” the referee not get in the ring. The referee finally gets in and counts, TWO! The ref argues with Kevin, as does Shane and Styles. Shane shoves Kevin over! Kevin asks Bryan what’s even going on, the referee ejects Kevin! Bryan says Shane should go with him?!

Styles takes care of Kevin, Sami hits a HELLUVA KICK! Sami wins!! Once again, the best friends get an “assist” from Shane! Styles is pissed. “Is that the way it’s gonna be?” Kevin & Sami can’t win without each other? Styles doesn’t know whose side Bryan is on, but he and Shane need to “stop bickering like children.” Styles is the WWE Champion, he fights to entertain the WWE Universe. He’ll even take a handicap match against Sami & Kevin! Bryan likes that idea! The Royal Rumble will see a WWE Championship match, Styles VS Kevin AND Sami in a Handicap match! The fans cheer “YES! YES!” with Bryan, but is this really okay?

 

My Thoughts:

The first SmackDown of 2018 was a touch better than the first Raw of 2018. The main thing was that it ended better. Styles finds himself as the new proxy in the Sami-Kevin-Bryan-Shane story, and it’s working out pretty well. Styles has history with both Shane and Kevin, so it works that he has frustrations after the main event. Bryan taking his venting and making it an actual match is rather telling, too. Shane may be becoming a tyrant but Bryan is also favoring Kevin & Sami a bit, but again, Bryan can’t be the Heel in the end because fans love him too much to ever boo. Shane will need to up his animosity to make himself the true Heel in the story or it just won’t work.

As for the rest of the show, the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match was great. The ending can be seen as both good and bad. It was a great bit of detailed booking to have Jimmy take the pin when he wasn’t legal, but using instant replay flies in the face of the usual “referee’s decision is final” rule in pro-wrestling. Especially when you consider this was just so the Usos could still win in the end. It can definitely extend the story between Usos & Benjamin-Gable, but it seemed an odd thing to do. I was hoping the United States Championship Tournament would wrap the first round up tonight but oh well. Woods-English was great, and I’m glad Woods went over because that means The New Day can start something with Mahal & The Singh Brothers going into the semifinals. Those six could make for a great 3v3 feud, regardless of who wins the US Championship. I was also personally hoping WWE would wait to bring Becky Lynch back until next week, but fans still loved seeing her return tonight and her running the Riott Squad off was still fun. This will clearly lead to one more Six Woman Tag, Riott Squad VS “Royal Glow Fire”, which can be a good match, and could go either way.

My Score: 8/10


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

A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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!

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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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

QUICK NOTES

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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