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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (2/12/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Miz VS John Cena; Cena wins, Miz must enter the Men’s Elimination Chamber match first.
  • The Club VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
  • Bayley VS Sasha Banks; Bayley wins.
  • Absolution w/ Paige VS Mickie James & Alexa Bliss; Absolution wins.
  • Sheaums w/ Cesaro VS Roman Reigns; Reigns wins.
  • Elimination Chamber Qualifying Fatal 4 Way: Finn Balor VS WOKEN Matt Hardy VS Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide VS Bray Wyatt; changed into…
  • Elimination Chamber Qualifying Fatal 5 Way: Finn Balor VS WOKEN Matt Hardy VS Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide VS Bray Wyatt VS Seth Rollins; double pinfall, Balor & Rollins both win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw opens with JOHN CENA!!

The Face that Runs the Place appreciates the mixed reaction from San Jose as fans sing “John Cena Sucks~!” Cena says “The past is the past”, and focuses on the present that is the Road to Wrestlemania. Everyone is excited because they know the importance of Wrestlemania. Whether you’re live in the arena, watching at home or a superstar in the back, everyone knows Wrestlemania “can make a superstar’s career.” Wrestlemania can bring someone back from the dead, and can be the most important night in a WWE superstar’s career. Every week, every wrestler makes their case for a ‘Mania Moment, but Cena must face the truth. Cena has to win the Elimination Chamber Match to get to Wrestlemania. He knows the fans have mixed reactions, but “for the first time in 15 years”, Cena may not have a Road to Wrestlemania. So to those who oppose, Cena will state his case: “I have to survive the most unwinnable match” to face “the most unbeatable champion in WWE history.” In other words, it’s “impossible.” But whether you’re for him or against him, everyone knows Cena loves making the impossible possible! Cena vows to win the Chamber and vows to go to Wrestlemania against Brock Lesnar! But The Miz comes out to respond.

“You’re gonna go on to main event Wrestlemania?” This isn’t 2013, this is 2018, The Year of the Miz! Maybe Cena’s been off in Hollywood too much and is losing track of reality. Cena defeat Lesnar? Cena’s a founding father of Suplex City! The Miz will go on to Wrestlemania because that’s where his Intercontinental Championship belongs. He will be the first dual IC & Universal Champion when he defeats Brock Lesnar! Cena points out fans quite literally laughing at Miz’s comments. Miz has no chance– no wait, there is a small chance, like Lesnar not making his flight. But Miz’s first match with Lesnar may very well be his last match ever. That’s where Cena is wrong. Cena made a mitake beating Lesnar at his own game, but Miz will play to his own strengths, i.e. his brains. Miz does “whatever it takes” and uses “whatever is at my disposal”. He wins because he does what others won’t, he crosses lines that others won’t, which is why Miz beat Roman Reigns for the IC Championship and will beat Lesnar in the main event of Wrestlemania! But, Miz has to survive the Chamber first. He sounds overly confident. Well Miz is confident because he’s done it before, to John Cena.

Cena admits that he likes Miz being bold enough to run his mouth. But in the middle of “Miz Country”, Cena suggests Miz VS Cena! And they need to make it huge: the loser enters the Chamber first!! now that’s a Monday Night Raw worthy of the Road to Wrestlemania! The fans agree with “YES! YES!” Miz isn’t stupid, Cena. The fans think he is, though. But Miz knows that going in first means the worst chance of winning. And as insurance, The Miztourage goes after Cena! Bo Dallas & Curt Axel hit him with the back suplex neckbreaker! Miz still accepts the challenge, and calls for a referee! But instead, he gets Raw GM Kurt Angle!

Angle won’t allow this match to happen like this. He likes the idea, making the loser enter the Chamber first. The match is on, but “speaking of eliminations,” The Miztourage is eliminated from ringside! Bo, Axel, get the hell out of here! The A-Lister no longer has his aces in the hole, has he just stuck his foot in his mouth?

The Miz VS John Cena!

The Bell rings and Miz covers right away, TWO!! Miz freaks out, he swears that was three! It wasn’t, so Miz goes after Cena with a hammer of left hands. Another cover, another TWO! Miz begs he win already, but we go to break.

Raw returns to see Miz blast Cena off the apron. Miz slips out to fetch Cena, not satisfied with his work. He throws Cena into the barriers along the ramp! Then he throws Cena back into the ring before climbing up top. Miz takes aim at Cena, and knocks him down with double ax handles. Cover, TWO, Miz returns to being frustrated. He looms over Cena while the fans duel “Let’s go Cena!” “Cena Sucks!” Miz knocks Cena down each time he gets up, but then Cena flips over and gives knees to Miz’s groin. Cena dropkicks Miz, covers, TWO. Cena gets up and drags Miz to his feet for the Fisherman suplex. Cover, TWO, and Cena tries again. Miz knees low a few times then kicks Cena in the head. Miz gets a running start to boot Cena in the face, covers, TWO. The frustration builds, but Miz keeps his cool. Cena stirs, crawling to a corner while the fans rally. Miz goes after Cena with body shots, and backs off at 4. He runs back in but into a back elbow, Cena hops up for a tornado DDT!

Cover, TWO! Miz crawls to ropes while Cena stands up. Cena whips but Miz reverses, into the sleeper hold! Miz brings Cena to his knees then to the mat, but the fans keep dueling. Cena wills himself back up as the fans fire up, but Miz adds on his full weight. Cena fades and falls back to the mat. Miz keeps squeezing, but Cena finds his second wind. He reaches but can’t get out while we go to another break.

Raw returns again, and Miz stalks Cena for his finish. The full-nelson is on but Cena throws Miz off. Fireman’s carry but Miz slips down to Figure Four!

Cena endures the legendary leg lock while the fans “WOO~!” and Miz shouts for him to give up. But instead of giving up, Cena pries himself free and reverses into his hold, the STF! Miz endures the combination crossface and toehold, but drags himself towards ropes. He reaches out, and gets the ropebreak! Cena lets go at 2, and Miz gets to the apron while he goes to the other side. Cena returns, drags Miz up, but Miz hotshots Cena back. Miz climbs up to the top rope again, crossbody, but Cena catches him! Pop-up to the fireman’s carry but Miz slips out, kicks out a knee, low DDT! TWO! Miz can’t believe it! Cena gets himself to a corner for safety while both men catch their breaths. San Jose declares “This is Awesome!” while both men stand up. Miz takes aim and runs corner to corner, and hits his A-List corner clothesline! Cena drops tot he mat while Miz fires himself up. Miz sees Cena in the other corner and runs in, but Cena catches him into the AA!

TWO!! Cena is in disbelief as he gets himself to the apron. He thinks about what to do next, and decides to climb up. Miz bumps ropes and that brings Cena down. Miz gets the Figure Four again! Cena tries to pry himself out again but Miz keeps him from doing that, so Cena drags Miz into a crossface! Miz endures, drags himself again, and gets another ropebreak. The two separate again, but Cena run sin but into buckles! Skull Crushing Finale!! TWO!! The advantage in the Chamber means this much to both of them! They both catch their breath while down on the mat, Cena back in a corner again. Miz gets up and brings himself over. He hoists Cena up to the top rope, then makes his way up from the outside. Miz climbs up from behind and puts Cena in the full-nelson… But Cena breaks out to get the fireman’s carry! SUPER AA!! Cena wins!

Miz must enter the Chamber first! The leader of the Cenation celebrates with fans in the front row, thanking those that inspire him.

Can Cena outlast The Miz and five others to become #1 contender to the Beast? As for Miz, can he survive at all?

 

WOKEN Matt Hardy speaks.

“Tonight I have a second chance to fulfill my destiny.” However, her has Apollo Crews, Finn Balor and “the vile” Bray Wyatt to contend with. But Hardy has been blessed by the Seven Deities to render them OBSOLETE! Hardy shall be victorious and make the Elimination Chamber shall become the DELETION Chamber! Will Hardy DELETE the other three tonight to then DELETE five others at the Elimination Chamber PPV?

 

The Balor Club’s Good Brothers speak.

The Revival have been pushing the “Nerd-o-meter” to the absolute limit when they talk about being tag team specialists. Yet, Finn and ol’ Karlski shut them up last week. This week, Gallows wants his turn. Being able to name tag teams from 1902 doesn’t make them #TopGuys, it makes them… NEEEEERDS!!

The Club VS The Revival!

But while Anderson & Gallows make their entrance, Dash & Dawson ambush them from behind! Gallows gets a chop block, then Anderson gets a double lariat. The #TopGuys leave the Good Brothers writhing on the outside while they enter the ring, then dare them to get in. Gallows & Anderson recover and get pissed off before rushing the ring. Dash & Dawson run out of the ring to troll The Club, because this match starts “when we say.” The Revival talk strategy then return to the ring. Gallows and Dawson start, Gallows going right at him with big rights. He pushes Dawson into a corner and unloads body shots, then blasts Dash for good measure. Gallows rocks Dawson with an uppercut, then throws him halfway across the ring!

Dawson gets to another corner but gets more heavy hands from Gallows! Gallows drags Dawson up and whips to ropes, then boots him right down. Dash returns, to get a big body drop. Anderson goes after Dash himself with a rain of rights. The referee gets in the way, Gallows shoves Dash out but Dawson chop blocks again! The Revival gain control while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Dawson has exposed Gallows’ battered knee to go right at it. He tags in Dash, and they keep on the knee from all sides. Gallows shoves Dash but Dash stomps him back. The fans rally for The Club even as Dash puts on a knee wrench and toehold.

Gallows endures the torque, and even kicks out with his good leg. Dash holds on as Gallows stands up and gets a haymaker. Dawson tags in and jumps, but into a YAKUZA kick! Gallows crawls for hsi corner and hot tags The Machine Gun! Anderson rallies on Dash, his whip is reversed but he hits shotgun knees. He takes out Dawson then jump kicks Dash down! The fans fire up as Anderson hops up, and hits a flying neckbreaker! Dawson returns but Gallows drags him out to rock him with uppercuts. But then Dawson throws Gallows into steel steps! Anderson goes after Dawson, Dash rolls up with tights, TWO! SPINEBUSTER!

TWO! Anderson keeps focused on Dash, then runs in corner to corner. Dawson tags in, but Anderson fights them both, He still goes after Dash, but ends up in SHATTER MACHINE! Revival wins! These rough and tumble boys prove they’re #TopGuys tonight, can they get ahead in the Raw Tag Team Championship hunt?

 

Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, returns.

The Olympic Gold Medalist comes out with “mixed emotions.” He announces that Rhonda Rousey will officially sign her WWE contract! But he also must update us on the situation with Jason Jordan’s neck. Jordan got surgery, and will be out to miss Wrestlemania. Some fans actually like that news. Angle does his best to come to work with a smile on his face, but not right now. He is speaking not as GM but as a father. For those to take join in a superstar’s injury, you should be ashamed of yourself. Jordan may not be everyone’s favorite, but he’s a human being and is Angle’s son. Angle just wants everyone to wish Jordan “Get Well Soon”. But then, Seth Rollins comes out!

The Architect was the Gold Blooded Son’s most recent tag team partner, and the two were Raw Tag Team Champions together. Therefore, Rollins comes out to apologize and give his best wishes. Rollins knows what it’s like. He was WWE Champion, and won it at Levi Stadium after caching in his Money in the Bank contract. Rollins felt unstoppable, on top of the world, even. But then “it all came crumbling down” when he messed up his knee, forfeited the title and missed ‘Mania. But missing ‘Mania helped Rollins learn that no one’s moment is guaranteed. Rollins realizes that he, too, is without something to do at even Elimination Chamber. Angle did say that last week’s match was Rollins’ last chance, but maybe they can change that. All they have to do is find Rollins another tag team partner. Rollins speaks up, saying thanks, but no thanks. When Angle became GM, he said Rollins could be a mainstay. Rollins doesn’t want to be part of Raw anymore. No, he wants to be ALL of Monday Night Raw! Rollins wants to make this Monday Night Rollins!

He wants to be The Man again. He wants Brock Lesnar, the Universal Championship, and at Wrestlemania. The only way to do that is to win the Elimination Chamber. Angle appreciates Rollins’ enthusiasm, but he can’t just cancel the main event. Rollins doesn’t want it handed to him, he wants to earn it. Make the Fatal 4 Way, and make it a Fatal FIVE, with Rollins as the fifth! The fans like that idea very much! Angle isn’t so sure, it doesn’t seem fair to the other four. Angle doesn’t want to be put in a bad spot. But Rollins’ fate is in Angle’s hands as he puts his body on the line for Raw. Jordan missing ‘Mania sucks, yes, but Rollins shouldn’t have to miss out, too. In all honesty, it isn’t up to Rollins or to Angle, it’s up to the WWE Universe. Angle asks, but the answer is pretty clear already. Should Rollins get a chance to enter the Chamber? “YES! YES!” Then the match is made! Can the Architect find a way into the high-stakes Elimination Chamber match!?

 

Bray Wyatt speaks.

“Well, well, well.” Seth Rollins joins the game? He doesn’t deserve a second chance, but neither do Balor, Crews or “that fool” Hardy. Hardy attacks Bray, yet he calls Bray vile? Hardy is “another sick disturbed man in need of help.” Bray knows how to fix him and everyone. They’re like fish by the sea, stalked by a shark. Bray is that shark, and he is starving. He vows to win his second Chamber match in a row, and then slay The Beast to become champion, and “have the whole world in my hands.” Can the Eater of Worlds follow through on his words?

 

Bayley VS Sasha Banks!

The “friendly” competition in trying to break Asuka’s Streak first has made these best friends a bit bitter with each other. Both women are in the inaugural Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match, but who will gain an extra step of momentum here tonight?

San Jose cheers on their hometown Huggable Bayley as the bell rings. Bayley and Sasha circle, hearing the thunderous chants. They tie up and Bayley rolls, ONE. Sasha tries but Bayley counters to a backslide, ONE. They stand up together, Bayley arm wrenches and La Mahistrol, ONE. Bayley is having fun but Sasha seems annoyed. Sasha kicks low then whips Bayley to a corner, but Bayley elbows out and jumps for a flying arm-drag. Bayley dropkicks Sasha down, then waits for her friend to stand back up. Sasha pushes Bayley into a corner and fires off forearms. The fans boo and jeer, the two scrap and Bayley gets a headlock. Sasha powers out but Bayley runs her over. Bayley runs, things speed up, Bayley rolls Sasha but Sasha slips around for the Bank Statement but Bayley slips out of that. Sasha sits for the pin, TWO. Sasha wrenches Bayley’s arm and yanks on it, then whips Bayley for the hip toss. She adds on double knees, covers, TWO. Bayley checks her teeth while Sasha stands up and walks around her. Sasha goes after the arm again, but Bayley fights out Bayley whips but Sasha reverses and hits her with a forearm before throwing her right out of the ring. Sasha catches her breath while fans boo and jeer. She welcomes Bayley back into the ring, but then dropkicks her back down. Sasha goes out to fetch Bayley, puts her in the ring, but Bayley powers her to a corner. Bayley rams in shoulders, but then Sasha slips out to hotshot the bad shoulder! The Legit Boss embraces the heat while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Sasha bends Bayley back with a straitjacket stretch. The San Jose fans cheer for their Bayley, and Bayley feeds off the energy to work her way up. She fights out of the hold but Sasha gives Bayley an armbar code breaker. Cover, TWO, and Sasha grows frustrated. She looms over Bayley in the corner, trash talking and shoving her “friend.” Bayley throws a forearm, then boots but Sasha turns her sideways, for the Stock- no, Bayley catches her, but on the bad shoulder. Sasha slips down and kicks it from behind. Then she hits double knees in the corner, mocks Bayley’s wacky waving tube men, runs corner to corner, but into Bayley’s big lariat!

The fans fire up for their hometown hero while the referee starts a ten count. Both women stir slowly, and brawl on their knees. They brawl up to their feet, Sasha slapping Bayley! She runs, but into Bayley’s Thesz press and fast hands! Bayley brings Sasha up but Sasha forearms back, so Bayley barrels her into a corner! Bayley throws in shoulders, then starts stomping a mudhole! The referee backs her off, Sasha runs out, into the saido suplex! Sasha rolls to the apron, Bayley goes over, second rope hotshot! Cover, TWO! The fans rally for Bayley as she gets to her feet. She brings Sasha back up, but Sasha jawbreakers. Evne so, Bayley runs to boot Sasha in the face! Sasha rolls away but Bayley gets herself to a corner. Bayley climbs up top and takes aim… Big Elbow Drop misses! Sasha gets the Bank Statement crossface! Bayley flails while the fans cheer her on! She crawls to the far side, reaches for the ropes, but Sasha blocks with a foot on the rope. The ref reprimands her, Bayley gets the break. Sasha keeps going, though, dragging Bayley away. Bayley uses that to fling Sasha face first into buckles! Both women are down recovering. Bayley gets up first, but Sasha boots her away. Sasha drags herself up but Bayley rocks her with a right. Bayley climbs up now, throws some forearms, then positions Sasha. Sasha resists and fights back. She shoves Bayley away, but Bayley returns, SUPER Bayley2Belly!! Bayley wins!! Best friends or not, these two went hard this close to the historic Women’s Chamber match. Can this victory carry Bayley all the way through to once again become Raw Women’s Champion?

Being a good sport, Bayley returns to her friend. But before either can do anything, Nia Jax runs them over from outta nowhere!!

She brings Bayley up, for the Samoan Drop! Then a Samoan Drop for Sasha, too. Charly Caruso appears to ask her why she ruined a moment that has nothing to do with her. This has everything to do with Nia. Bayley and Sasha brought Asuka to her limit but she wrecked them in seconds. At Elimination Chamber, there’s only woman who can break the Streak, “and you’re looking at her.” The Brutal Beauty is set to face the Empress of Tomorrow for a major opportunity of her own at the Raw Women’s Championship. Can the Irresistible Force wreak her own havoc on the Road to Wrestlemania?

 

Seth Rollins encounters Roman Reigns backstage.

The Big Dog sees The Architect “worked your magic.” Well Roman can’t have all the fun in the Chamber. He’s not afraid Rollins will get in, will he? No, because Roman can eliminate him then like he did at the Royal Rumble. But then The Bar walk in and tell Rollins not to worry about The Chamber. With his track record, it’ll be another “failed opportunity.” Cesaro wonders if Dean Ambrose and Jason Jordan are doing physical rehab together, talking about how lousy Rollins is as a partner.

Roman keeps Rollins back, then grins at The Bar. What happened to Cesaro’s mouth again? Ran into the Shield. And Sheamus must not have gotten the memo. “But you will tonight.” Nice skirts, fellas. Is the partial Shield going to go after The Bar again tonight?

 

Raw takes a look at The Empress of Tomorrow’s historic undefeated streak.

October 7, 2015: “An undefeated campaign was born.” Asuka arrived in NXT with a win, and 860 days later, she has 240 wins, 0 losses. “How do you defeat the undefeated?” Asuka has defeated 34 different women, eight of them former women’s champions in their own right. She held the NXT Women’s Championship for 523 days, and only ended because she gave up the title to join Monday Night Raw. Asuka is the first woman to be a Survivor Series Sole Survivor and Royal Rumble winner, and now has her choice of Women’s Championships at Wrestlemania. There’s no end in sight, but she will face her toughest challenge yet in Nia Jax. Will the Empress of Tomorrow continue making history through Elimination Chamber?

 

Backstage interview with Titus Worldwide.

Apollo Crews could make history in his on right by entering the Elimination Chamber match. Titus takes over to give Renee Young a world class vacation. He asks if Crews is worried about being DELETED? No, Crews is here to CREATE! Bray Wyatt is a shark going after “another fish in the sea.” Is Crews afraid of the Eater of Worlds? Bray can’t digest him. Will Crews let Rollins #BurnitDown? No, he’s going to put Rollins out! And what about waiting in line for Balor Club? Crews is already in a VIP club right here. Yes, Crews is ready, and Dana crunches the numbers. She says #CrewsCan’tLose! Titus is all fired up for Crews, and Crews is ready to take one small step for Apollo, and one giant leap for Titus WORLDWIDE~!

 

Alexa Bliss encounters Mickie James backstage.

What is The Goddess up to? Why did she save her from Absolution and why are they teaming up against them tonight? Well, the match is because Alexa asked for it. She’s sick of the newbs thinking they can run Raw, and Mickie must want revenge. Plus, she wants to clear the air. Alexa did some and said some really mean things. Like calling her old? Buying Depends? Mickie remembers, but what about it, Biscuit Butt? Alexa admits she was jealous. Mickie is a six time women’s champion and mother who still looks amazing. She’s impressed and intimidated, that’s all. And? Well, that was an apology. But it’s fine, Alexa just wants to point out that if Absolution works together in the Chamber, everyone else gets screwed out of the Raw Women’s Championship. Is that why Alexa tried to weasel her way out of the match? No… But Absolution can just play keep-away with the title! Mickie appreciates what Alexa did last week, and will work together this week, but she wants that championship at Chamber. Play nice for now, but you’re “buttering the wrong biscuit, honey.”

Absolution w/ Paige VS Mickie James & Alexa Bliss!

As The Goddess and the veteran both said, the Gladiator and the Golden Goddess could easily work together to make sure one of them wins in the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match. Can Mickie & Alexa keep them down tonight despite their dysfunction?

Mandy and Mickie start with the bell. They circle, tie up, and Mickie gets the headlock takeover. Mandy gets the headscissor counter but Mickie pops out to wrap on a headlock. Mandy powers out but Mickie runs her over then cartwheels to dropkick Mandy down. Cover, ONE, but Mickie keeps on Mandy. Mickie whips but Mandy reverses to elbow her back. Tag to Sonya, waistlock and slam to the mat. Sonya keeps hold but Mickie elbows her back. Mickie then dodges to kick and kick and run Sonya over with forearms. Tag to Alexa, they double whip and double back elbow Sonya down. Alexa gives Insult2Injury, covers, TWO. Paige coaches Sonya, Sonya fights back with body shots. Alexa knees low and bends Sonya back for the standing STO. She stands on Sonya’s hair, Paige protests, Alexa tags to Mickie. Mickie runs for the low boot!

Cover, TWO. Sonya powers Mickie to a corner an drams in shoulders. She runs out then back in but into Mickie’s boot, and into the mick-rana! Mickie hits Sonya with a Thesz press, then Mandy with a forearm. Sonya roundhouses Mickie down, covers, TWO. Paige coaches her team on as Mandy tags in. Sonya throws in body shots then Mandy throws in a kick. Mnady brings Mickie out for the standing abdominal stretch. Alexa cheers Mickie on while she endures the bend, Mickie slips out to snapmare Mandy away. Mandy kicks but misess, Mickie spins her around for the neckbraeker. Both women are down and a ten count begins. Paige distracts Alexa from the floor, Alexa argues with her, Sonya trips Alea off the apron! Mickie is too late to tag, Mandy pounces with the double underhook facebuster! Cover, Absolution wins! Their teamwork proves Alexa’s point, as does Paige sicking them on Mickie! Alexa returns to fight Absolution off, does this prove Alexa’s words of wanting to stand united against them?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter has come to San Jose, and as always, plays his guitar for all to hear. He has one question, the same question as always, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” San Jose gives a “pathetic” response. The best thing about this city is that it’s just an hour away from a real city like San Francisco. Well no, every city in California is “a toxic dump.” Must Elias remind everyone that he is the man who defeated John Cena AND Braun Strowman at the same time, and made himself the “odds on favorite” to win the Elimination Chamber? Elias vows to win and go on to Wrestlemania. Then everyone will know what the WWE Universe knows, WWE means “Walk With Elias!” A much better response this time, Elias likes that. Elias also likes the sound of his own voice. He has come with a new song, The Elimination Chamber Blues. Please silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths while he performs. “Six men enter~, but really only one-” The fans’ booing disrupts him. “If that’s how you’re gonna be then I’m not gonna sing.” The fans like the sound of that even better! Elias keeps going, though, he’s already all warmed up. “It ain’t gonna be the Big Dog, because nobody believes. As for The Miz, he should watch his step. Maybe just stick to Miz TV. Remember those songs I wrote, Miz? Those weren’t for you, those were for Maryse!” He smashed JOhn Cena with a guitar, “the only thing he can’t see, is that the future is right here.” Then there’s Braun Strowman, “I get it, raise your hands, say a name but, I’m gonna douse your dreams in gasoline and watch them go up in flames.” But Jojo announces “Ladies and Gentlemen: Braun Strowman.”

Strowman has his OWN spotlight and microphone!? Elias isn’t sure what the Monster Among Men has planned, until he presents a cello to play as a guitar. Strowman strums but ends up breaking it. “Well Elias says he’s gonna win~. But we all know that that ain’t true. You look at me, boy, when I’m singing, cuz I’m not finished with you!” Elias gets worried, “but when this song’s over, you’re gonna get these hands~!” The fans chant “Get these hands!” Strowman broke the instrument so “there’s only one thing left I can do with it.” The Monster Among Men shoulders the “bass”, and brings it to the ring!

Elias gets ready with his musical weapon, but then says to “settle this like men.” They’ll put the weapons down, and have a fair fight. He puts the guitar down, Strowman puts the cello down, and the two meet in the ring, Elias blindsiding Strowman! However, he goes back to his guitar, only for Strowman to intercept him. Strowman clubs Elias right down! Then he pick shim back up, for the monstrous powerslam! Strowman roars victoriously, will it even matter that Elias goes in last if Strowman is still in the Chamber?

Elias tries to crawl away, but Strowman exits the ring. He looks at his cello, and picks it back up! Strowman stalks Elias up the ramp and to the stage. The fans want to see it, Strowman smashes Elias with the cello!!

Forget Elias, does anyone stand a chance in the Chamber with Strowman in the match?

 

Finn Balor speaks.

Hardy wants to DELETE him, Bray wants to eat him? Apollo wants to prove “Crews Can’t Lose” and Rollins wants to be The Man. Balor doesn’t care what they want, he wants to use his second chance to enter and win the Elimination Chamber match. Then he can get what he wants: what he never lost; the Universal Championship!

 

Sheaums w/ Cesaro VS Roman Reigns!

The Celtic Gladiator and Swiss Cyborg feel pretty good about still being Raw Tag Team Champions, despite the minor controversy of Jason Jordan’s interference. However, to get even for his Shield Brother, The Big Dog looks to drag Sheamus into His Yard. Can Roman use the tag team champion as a way to gain momentum before the Elimination Chamber match?

The bell rings and Roman makes sure Cesaro stays back. He circles with Sheamus then ties up. Sheamus pushes but Roman pushes him back into a corner. They break cleanly, then circle and tie up again. Sheamus gets the wristlock, the arm wrench, but Roman reverses to his own hammerlock. Sheamus gets to the ropes and they break again, but Roman teases the Mohawk. They go again, Roman gets the waistlock but Sheamus elbows out. Sheamus backs Roman into a corner with body shots, then rocks him with a European Uppercut and a headbutt. Roman hits back, bumping Sheamus off buckles and then whipping him corner to corner. Sheamus reverses but Roman fires out with a clothesline. The Bar regroups on the outside, Cesaro coaching up “Sheamy.”

Sheamus returns but Roman rocks him with right hands and then clotheslines him back outside. Cesaro helps Sheamus regroup again while the fans duel “Let’s go Roman!” “Roman sucks!” Sheamus drags Roman out and throws hands on the outside before bumping Roman off the apron. Roman keeps himself from going into the post then slings Sheamus into barriers! He bounces Sheamus off the apron in return, then throws him into more barriers. The fans cheer while Roman refreshes the count. He has to back Cesaro down, Sheamus takes advantage with the rolling senton!

The Celtic Gladiator has control while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Sheamus keeps Roman down with a keylock. The fans make noise but Cesaro doesn’t want to hear the random “Rusev Day!” chants. Sheamus wants them to “Respect the ‘Hawk!” Roman works his way up but Sheamus knees him back down. The fans tell Sheamus “You Look Stupid!” which upsets him, but Roman makes it worse with haymakers. Roman breaks free and starts rallying with lariats. He whips but Sheamus reverses, Roman runs Sheamus over with one more lariat. Roman runs at Sheamus in a corner but gets a big boot before being thrown right into the post. Then Sheamus adds the Irish Curse backbreaker, cover, TWO! Sheamus keeps going, stomping Roman in the stomach and tying up the legs in the Cloverleaf! Roman endures the bend while fans make noise both ways. Roman pushes himself up and reaches but Sheamus drags him away. Sheamus slips out of the hold, Roman shoves him then gets the Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is relieved, but also coaches Sheamus to get back into this. Sheamus and Roman stir, the fans start firing up for Roman. He gets to a corner, locks and loads, then runs…

into White Noise! Cover, TWO! Sheamus is shocked, Cesaro protests. Cesaro gets Sheamus to stay focused, and Sheamus gets himself to a corner. Sheamus fires himself up, “FELLAAA!” He beats his chest a she takes aim at Roman, runs out, into a  SUPERMAN PUNCH! TWO! Cesaro is relieved again while Roman is a bit surprised. Roman gets up, lets out his howl, then runs in, to a foot! Sheamus runs out, but is picked up for the sit-out powerbomb! TWO! Both men are down from exhaustion, but Cesaro coaches Sheamus up. The fans keep cheering Roman on, and Roman gets up again. He fires up as he takes aim again, but Cesaro distracts from the apron. Sheamus rolls, TWO! Bicycle knee! Cover, TWO! Sheamus is furious with Roman’s resiliency.

He shoves Roman out of the ring, then distracts the ref for Cesaro to run in, but Cesaro is tossed into the crowd! Then SUPERMAN PUNCH brings Cesaro down! Sheamus rams a shoulder, but then Roman reverses a whip to send Sheamus into a post! Roman runs in for the Drive-By, but is intercepted by a lariat! Sheamus puts Roman in the ring then climbs up top. He takes aim, flying– SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins! The Big Dog toughed it out with the Celtic Gladiator, can he show this same resiliency inside the Elimination Chamber?

 

Raw announces the newest Hall of Fame inductee: Ivory!

Starting in GLOW, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, the California grown superwoman would come to the WWE and help revolutionize the Women’s Division! Unfortunately, her triumph went to her head, and attempted to straighten out the WWE with her Right to Censor faction. She took on other great women wrestlers, such as Lita, Trish Stratus and even the Ninth Wonder of the World, Chyna! Whichever form of Ivory fans liked most, everyone can agree she belongs in the HoF Class of 2018!

 

Elimination Chamber Qualifying Fatal 5 Way: Finn Balor VS WOKEN Matt Hardy VS Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide VS Bray Wyatt VS Seth Rollins!

The Architect joins four other superstars who are receiving a second chance at entering the Universal Championship #1 Contenders match. Which man will rise above the others to then attempt another overcoming of odds?

Raw returns with this match already red hot. Hardy and Bray brawl on an apron while Rollins stalks Crews around a corner. Bray clubs Hardy into the apron while Crews ditches Rollins. Crews bumps Bray off to then hit an asai moonsault!

Balor returns but gets a mule kick and a boot! Rollins returns but gets the jumping lariat! Crews kip-ups and fires up as he runs at Balor. Balor puts him on the apron for the swing kick. Rollins gets up but Balor rallies with forearms on him. Takedown and double stomp! Bray returns, Balor gets him with the elbow drop DDT, Hardy breaks the cover. Hardy forearms Balor and whips him but Balor elbows him away. Balor climbs but Hardy stops him. Hardy drags Balor out in a crucifix, but Rollins SUPERKICKS that down. Balor unloads on Rollins but Rollins runs, into the Slingblade! Balor runs corner to corner but into a SUPERKICK! Rollins sees Bray and evades, but still gets the body check! Bray fires up and drags Rollins to his feet. He prepares Sister Abigail but Rollins rolls through, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, Balor barely breaks it in time. Rollins throws Balor back out, then keeps Hardy out before returning to Bray. He scrambles to a corner and the top rope, but Crews returns to rock him with a right. Crews climbs up to join Rollins, then Hardy joins in. Balor does, too, and they prepare a Tower of Doom, but Bray returns to break it all up with another body check. Bray throws Balor out, then throws hands on Hardy. He throws Crews away and drags Rollins out for the draping shoulder jawbreaker!  Crews runs back in, but into the yurinagi and back senton!

TWO! Bray simply grins and laughs while we go to break.

Raw returns again, Bray clobbers Balor in a corner then fires fans up with his creepy spider walk. But Hardy says “WONDERFUL~!” and applauds. Bray is taken off his game while Hardy and the fans give him an ovation. He runs but into Hardy’s haymakers and forearms, then the DELETE buckle bumps. Hardy runs in for the clothesline but Bray powers out, only to end up in the Side Effect! Balor returns, and he gets a Side Effect, too!

Hardy hops up and takes aim, elbow to Bray’s head. He continues the “DELETE! DELETE!” and goes for the Twist, but Rollins hits the flying clothesline! Rollins chops and punches Bray into a corner, then whips corner to corner but is reversed. Bray runs but is booted away, as is Crews. Rollins hops up, double blockbuster! The fans fire up while Rollins sees that Wrestlemania sign. He runs, DIVES on Balor! Then he DIVES on Hardy! Then he DIVES on Bray! The Architect gets back in the ring with Crews, runs in corner to corner for the forearm smash, then right into the suplex roll-through Falcon arrow! Cover, TWO, and Titus is relieved. Crews and Rollins are down inside the ring while the others are all down on the outside. Titus rallies the fans, Crews and Rollins stand up. Crews elbows Rollins away but then Rollins knees Crews out. Bray returns, gets an enziguri! Rollins runs, but into the turn-around lariat! Bray covers, TWO, while Balor blasts Hardy and Crews on the outside. Balor gets back into the ring and slingblade on Bray! Blasting dropkick puts Bray in the corner. Balor climbs up top, takes aim but Rollins springs up to join him! They fight each other, but Rollins clubs Balor down. He Phoenix Splashes but rolls through when Bray evade.s Sister- no, Twist of Fate! Cover, Coup De Grace to break it! CURB STOMP!!

But Crews breaks the pin! Everyone is down again and the fans are loving it! “This is Awesome!” Crews and Rollins stir while Balor gets to the apron. The fans rally while Crews fires off shots, but then Rollins responds. Rollins forearms away on Crews like mad, then runs, but into a trophy lift! He slips out but Crews still gets him, Fall Away Drop to Standing Moonsault! TWO! Titus can’t believe how close Crews was. The others are all still down, so time is of the essence. Crews brings Rollins up, but Rollins resists and fights back. Wristlock reel out but enziguri counter! Standing shooting star, cover, TWO! Titus coaches Crews on, and Crews positions Rollins before climbing up top. Hardy returns to go after him, climbing up to join him. Crews resists, but Hardy clobbers him down to try again. Crews keeps fighting, and Bray brings Hardy all the way down for SISTER ABIGAIL on the ground!

Bray laughs before reentering the ring and going after Crews. He turns Crews around and rock shim with an uppercut before climbing up. Balor and Rollins revive to go over, and TOWER OF DOOM!! Both Balor and Rollins cover Bray, double three-count!? They both win?!

But, there’s only one spot in the Chamber, they can’t both go. And once both of them realize what happened, they’re arguing their point. The referee explains he saw them both pin Bray, so who the heck won!?

WWE Facebook has video of Angle meeting with Rollins & Balor!

Kurt Angle addresses Raw's controversial main event

WWE Raw GM Kurt Angle has a solution following the end of the #Fatal5Way match! #WWEChamber

Posted by WWE on Monday, February 12, 2018

Yes, you heard right! Angle makes this Men’s Elimination Chamber truly historic by making it a SEVEN MAN match! Both The Architect and the Extraordinary Man join the Hollywood A-Lister, the Cenation, the Monster Among Men, The Big Dog and The Drifter in the Universal Championship #1 Contenders match! With the odds of the match growing even steeper, who will overcome and move on to face the Beast at Wrestlemania?!

 

My Thoughts:

What a fast-paced and entertaining Raw! Probably because it was more match and substance than promos and scripted attempts at building characters. Cena opens but gets right into a promo fight with Miz that leads to a match that actually impacts the Elimination Chamber match. Cena-Miz here tonight was incredible, championship/PPV worthy given the stakes. Miz losing isn’t even that bad, he can show how tough and intelligent he is by lasting a long time. And you may think, “What’s the point of making someone start first? Someone else will start with them.” But that in itself is the point: someone else starts with Miz, but that person could be anyone. Miz must be one of the first two to start the match, meaning he must survive them all to win. Then Revival VS Club was also great, and the back and forth in the wins and losses creates an evenly matched feud that helps build both teams up in the Raw Tag Team Division. The Bar doesn’t have challengers right now, but I imagine one or both of these teams could challenge them at Elimination Chamber or at Wrestlemania. And speaking of The Bar, Sheamus VS Roman was another solid match to keep Roman looking strong, as we can all tell he’s still the favorite for challenging Lesnar at ‘Mania.

The Raw Women’s Division moments were great, too. Sasha VS Bayley was amazing, on par with their instant classics from back in NXT, right down to Sasha being the all-but-stated Heel throughout. Even Nia attacking them both after was great, because Nia wants everyone to respect her. The fans already love her, but I still don’t think she’ll break Asuka’s Streak at Chamber, that’s something that should happen at ‘Mania, but maybe not this year’s ‘Mania. Meanwhile, Mickie rightfully questions Alexa’s motives, but they also rightfully keep it together as a team against Absolution. Absolution wins to further Alexa’s point, and to make the duo of Sonya & Mandy a strong alliance. The inaugural Women’s Chamber match could go anyone’s way but it’d be quite the pleasant surprise if Alexa lost to Sasha or Bayley so that they can fight over the belt on the Road to Wrestlemania.

Then there is THE major development in the Men’s Elimination Chamber match with the surprise Fatal 5 Way. Everyone was great it in, everyone got their moments, but then the finish was unexpected yet (in my opinion) spectacular. Balor and Rollins, the two men that first fought over the Universal Championship, both get a pinfall and though the televised version ends with controversy and confusion, WWE uses social media to sort it out. I’m thinking for this first ever Seven Man Elimination Chamber match, perhaps instead of two men starting it’ll be three so that Miz will have to use his two opponents against each other. If Roman winning is a foregone conclusion then there’s no point in complaining about the result, I just personally hope Balor lasts right up until the end.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (4/23/18)

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The Beast returns to Raw! And just days before his Universal Championship Steel Cage Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble, will he and his Advocate have something to say about The Big Dog getting one more shot at the title? Plus, all the aftermath of the Superstar Shake-Up, such as Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn having jobs!!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Elias VS Bobby Roode; Elias wins.
  • The Ascension VS WOKEN Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt; Hardy & Wyatt.
  • Titus Worldwide VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
  • Chad Gable VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh; Gable wins.
  • Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman; Lashley & Strowman win.
  • Baron Corbin VS No Way Jose; no contest.
  • The Miztourage VS Finn Balor & Seth Rollins; Balor & Rollins win.
  • 10 Woman Tag: The Riott Squad, Alexa Bliss & Mickie James VS Bayley, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Ember Moon & Natalya; Ruby, Liv, Sarah, Alexa & Mickie win.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE and Raw dedicate the episode to Bruno Sammartino.

To honor the life of the Hall of Fame “Living Legend”, a moment of silence with ten tolls of the bell. Bruno was truly one of the greats, if not THE greatest. He will be missed.

 

The Beast comes to St. Louis!

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are both back on Raw for episode 1300! The Advocate waits for the boos to die down before he speaks for the “still reigning, defending, undisputed” Universal Champion. Heyman supposes people are raining down their anger because they assume Heyman will gloat. They must think he’s here to say “We Told You So!” Or that they’re here to talk like they did when Lesnar conquered The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania Streak, or when Lesnar took Cena to #SuplexSuplexSuplexCity, or when Lesnar takes out every “wannabe tough guy who doesn’t understand” that “this is real” or that no one in the locker room stands any more of a chance than members of the WWE Universe. Heyman doesn’t give predictions, he gives spoilers, and “Lesnar does not gloat, Brock Lesnar conquers!”

But Heyman gloats! Heyman gloats that Lesnar used non-PG elbows to bust Roman open and then took Roman Reigns to Suplex City, used multiple F5’s, and left Roman a heap of trash at the biggest Wrestlemania of all time! “And none of this means anything to Brock Lesnar.” Lesnar does not dwell on the past, even when we’re only talking a couple weeks. Lesnar looks to the future, especially when that future is this Friday, in Saudi Arabia, at the Greatest Royal Rumble, craving to be in a UFC fight, goes to be “locked inside of a cage with Roman Reigns.” Heyman notices the fans genuinely cheering for Roman.

But being in a cage wasn’t Roman’s idea, so Heyman tells the world: “Brock Lesnar pinned Roman Reigns, WWE had no choice”, so now Lesnar signed a “big fat contract” that he earned, but WWE wants the title at #GRR. What does Lesnar say to that? “Well, Roman Reigns is breathing, give me Roman Reigns.” Lesnar wanted a fight for the title, in a cage! The odds are stacked against Roman even more now than at Wrestlemania! So here’s the spoiler: Roman steps into the greatest cage fighter ever, so this Friday, Lesnar will “shred Roman Reigns, piece by piece, limb from limb”! Roman will only return to America in boxes as a former WWE superstar and just another victim! But speaking of, here comes Roman!

The Big Dog stares right down at Lesnar. Lesnar simply chuckles back at him, shaking his head. Lesnar thinks Roman doesn’t want any of him, but Roman marches down the ramp to prove him wrong. The WWE Universe is itching to see these two fight, and Lesnar seems pleasantly surprised to see Roman getting into the ring. Roman has a mic, but he takes a moment to stare at the title. Lesnar notices him staring at it, and taunts him with it. Roman says Heyman is right, he isn’t sure how he’s getting back. But he knows this: “I’m coming home with that title. And you can believe that.” He drops the mic, and takes his leave. This fight will happen Friday in Arabia and a cage. Can the Big Dog finally best The Beast?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in St. Louis, but he’s immediately interrupted!

Elias VS Bobby Roode!

The GLORIOUS One interrupts, wanting the spotlight on him over The Drifter. Will Roode make good on his first 1v1 match on Raw? Or will Elias make him pay and #DriftAway for the interruption?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and Elias puts on a headlock. Roode powers out but Elias runs him over. Elias speeds things up but Roode runs him over with an elbow. Roode chops Elias in a corner, then stomps and chops again. Roode chops Elias, Elias forearms back then chops, too. Elias puts Roode in a corner but Roode turns that around for another chop. Roode whips corner to corner but Elias reverses, only to run into Roode’s elbow. Roode goes up but has to jump over Elias, legs buckling a bit. He still gets Elias with the atomic drop and dropkick, cover, TWO.

Roode keeps on Elias with the armlock, bringing him to the mat. Elias works his way up, Roode wrenches the arm. Roode wrenches the arm again but Elias rocks him with a right! The Drifter chops Roode against ropes then whips, but Roode goes for the DDT. Elias gets away so Roode clotheslines him out. GLORIOUS Pose as we go to break.

Raw returns, and Elias puts Roode in a corner. Roode ducks the forearm to chop Elias again. Elias is reeling from that shot, so Roode gives him another. Roode whips but Elias kicks him back to then club him in the back. Elias throws Roode into a post! The referee checks on Roode while Elias catches his breath. Elias sits Roode up for a nerve hold, we go picture in picture to plug the Greatest Royal Rumble’s Casket Match of Rusev VS The UNDERTAKER. Roode endures the hold and works his way up to his feet. He hits Elias but Elias hits back so it’s a brawl now. Elias gets Roode in a corner and stomps a mudhole into him! He tops it off with a running stomp, then rams Roode’s chest into the apron edges. He adds a running knee to the head, covers, TWO.

Elias grows frustrated but he keeps on Roode. He mocks GLORIOUS while wrapping Roode into a chinlock. Fans rally for Roode and Roode powers up. Elias wrangles him down but Roode stands again. Elias brings Roode down again, but fans chant for Roode. Roode gets a second wind and back suplexes Elias down! Both men are down, but stirring. Roode gets to a corner while Elias walks over. Elias swings but Roode counters, then chops and whips. Elias reverses but Roode runs him over. Roode rallies with forearms and a corner clothesline into a neckbreaker. Roode’s firing up with the fans while he climbs up top. He takes aim and flying clothesline takes down Elias!

Roode winds it up for GLORIOUS Pose! He kicks but Elias back drops, sunset flip, TWO! Elias knees low and puts Roode in a corner, but Roode knees him away. He hops up, GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Elias rolls out to prevent the cover, which fans boo and jeer. Roode doesn’t care, he goes out to fetch Elias. He puts Elias in the ring but Elias hotshots ROode off the top and rolls him up, Elias wins!

Winner: Elias, by pinfall

The Drifter was crafty with that performance, and he ruins Roode’s first 1v1 match. Will Elias truly put on a spectacular performance in the 50-Man Royal Rumble match? Or will Roode turn things around and make this Friday the most GLORIOUS Royal Rumble ever?

 

WOKEN Matt Hardy speaks.

“I have spoken to the Oracle”, and the future is clear. They will PROCURE the Raw Tag Team Championships! But first, they must visit the Wasteland. Bray Wyatt says that without darkness, there is no light. And together, this WOKEN Yin-Yang will cast a shadow that covers the world. “RUN!”

 

The Ascension VS WOKEN Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt!

Konnor & Viktor are back on Raw thanks to the Superstar Shake-Up, but now they must face the #DeleterOfWorlds just days before the Expedition of Gold takes on The Bar for the Raw Tag Team Championships. Will they be rendered OBSOLETE already?

The bell rings and Hardy starts against Viktor. They tie up, Viktor gets the headlock but Hardy powers out. Hardy sees Viktor’s cartwheel, and says that was WONDERFUL~!

The fans and Wyatt agree, but then Viktor swings on Hardy. Bray scares Viktor, Hardy hits the Russian leg sweep. Hardy then tags in Brya, and together they hit Viktor with the leg drop and back senton. Bray goes for the yurinagi but viktor slips out. Viktor tags in Konnor, who clubs Brya, but then runs into the turn-around lariat! Bray tags in Hardy and feeds Konnor to the boots. Hardy says “DELETE! DELETE!” but Konnor denies the twist. Viktor tags in and the Ascension mug Hardy in their corner.

Viktor tags Konnor back in and they mug Hardy with combination strikes. Konnor drops a big elbow and covers, TWO. Tag to Viktor for a first drop and cover, TWO. Viktor keeps Hardy down while fans rally, and Hardy uses a jawbreaker to break out. Tag to Bray, and Bray rallies on Viktor with palm strikes and uppercuts. Bray wipes Konnor out then runs Viktor over with the body check! Bray prepares his Spider-Walk! Tag to Hardy and a feed to the Side Effect, TWO. “DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy brings Viktor up but Konnor saves him. Bray gets Konnor with Sister Abigail! Hardy tags him in, and brings Viktor up, they combine for a draping Twist of Fate! Cover, #DeleterOfWorlds win!

Winners: WOKEN Hardy & Bray Wyatt, Wyatt pinning

The Yin-Yang of WOKEN & Wyatt comes for the titles, as do The Bar, though The Bar is no longer on Raw. Will Cesaro & Sheamus be DELETED in Arabia? Or will they be responsible for robbing the Red Roster of their tag titles?

 

It’s the premiere of The Sami & Kevin Show!

The Underdog and Prizefighter sit at their brand new desk to introduce the WWE Universe to their talk show. The new hottest maybe-weekly show in WWE, because “a huge void” was created when The Miz was moved to SmackDown. But who better to step up than these two? And who better in history than one of them to win the Greatest Royal Rumble? Why is it called that? The seven titles on the line. Nope. Lana gave Rusev permission to take on the Undertaker. Nope. That they’re going to win the Rumble. Yep! So make sure you have the day off to watch Sami & Kevin prove themselves the most dominant of all the WWE superstars. Watch them prove why Stephanie McMahon chose them to be the “crown jewels” of Raw.

Those comments probably rub their guest the wrong way. But tonight is about new beginnings, so they have a song for their guest. “You Suck! You Suck!” Yes, that’s for the Olympic Gold Medalist and Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle!

At least when the fans sing it, they mean it nicely. Angle joins Kevin & Sami in the ring, but they realize they don’t have a chair for him. Kevin produces a lawn chair from under the desk. “Nothing but the finest, boss.” But to get to business, how was their song? Don’t quit your day jobs, boys. Kevin understands Angle is a bit bitter, things got off on the wrong foot. And Kevin would be uncomfortable if his boss had his manhood in a jar. But they’re just poking fun. Sami & Kevin note the “outright conspiracy” they just finished with on SmackDown, which is why they took matters into their own hands. Or in Kevin’s case, own head, when he headbutted THE Vince McMahon down.

But then, either Stephanie either really appreciates their talent, or really dislikes Angle. Angle doesn’t blame Stephanie for being bitter, because he’s the reason Ronda Rousey injured Stephanie’s arm. Kevin and Sami caution Angle not to speak out of turn, he has his kids to worry about. All five of them. No, all six. It isn’t five? Sami checks his notes. Oh right, he forgot Jason Jordan. Though, so did Angle. But enough about the past, on to the future. Tonight, Angle will give Sami & Kevin the opportunities to maximize their potential. What’s that gonna look like? Angle “appreciates” the treatment and will repay them with something at the Greatest Royal Rumble. Because Angle and Daniel Bryan will both be in the 50-Man Royal Rumble, and Chris Jericho! And just about everyone else these two “endeared” themselves towards.

But for tonight, Kevin & Sami take on Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman! The Alpha Male and the Monster Among Men are going to take on the #YEPMovement! Will the first episode of the Sami & Kevin Show be the last?

 

Seth Rollins encounters The Miztourage backstage.

Bo Dallas & Curt Axel know they said good-bye to Miz and hello to their futures. They’re going to #BURNITDOWN with Rollins! He’s going to be their new leader in a NEW Shield! So long as they have the Architect.

Rollins admits they’re on the right track, but it’s gonna be a hard “no”. Will Bo & Axel find what they need to keep riding high?

 

Titus Worldwide VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre!

After not only rejecting their proposal but also steamrolling them in a blindside attack, The Show-Off and the Scottish Stud take on The Real Deal and his top client in a tag match for revenge. Can Titus & Apollo #MakeItAWin against the returning duo after how well Ziggler & McIntyre worked together last week?

The bell rings and Ziggler starts with Titus. Titus puts Ziggler right into a corner, and he chops and stomps away. Tag to Apollo and Titus feeds Ziggler to Apollo’s clothesline. Apollo hits the standing moonsault, TWO, but he keeps on Ziggler. He shoves Ziggler but Ziggler holds ropes. McIntyre tags in and Ziggler runs Apollo over. The Celtic Colossus brings Apollo up for chops in the corner, then furious right hands. McIntyre tosses Apollo across the way, then counters the boot with a back elbow. Ziggler tags in while McIntyre carries Apollo in the inverted Alabama Slam. Ziggler SUPERKICKS Apollo before the whiplash slam! McIntyre blasts Titus down just because, then Ziggler tags him back in. They bring Apollo up, CLAYMORE ZIG ZAG!! Cover, Dolph & Drew win!

Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, McIntyre pinning

The Show-Off and Stud win their first match together, and with an aggressive dominance rarely seen.

In-ring interview with the winners.

Both men showed up last week, and Ziggler said things would be different. Why did he bring McIntyre with him? Everyone can tell why! Day one, no one watched Ziggler’s back, but McIntyre has his back now. McIntyre is dangerous, and he speaks for himself by saying that they’re both dangerous to a “soft” locker room with no fire or ambition. It makes him sick! These two are what superstars look like, speak, and back up their words. Trust McIntyre when he says times are changing, and though he’s not what WWE wants, he’s the reality check it needs! “We don’t give a damn about stealing the show, because this right here IS the show!” Ziggler & McIntyre look to turn the heat up on everyone in the WWE, who will be next to get that reality check?

 

Kurt Angle likes what he sees from Ziggler & McIntyre.

But he’s visited by Chad Gable, another Shake-Up addition. He won’t disappoint Angle, and Angle knows that. How’s Jason? Getting better, but this trade was for Gable as a singles competitor. Gable agrees, he will scratch and claw– Mahal interrupts to protest last week’s last-minute title match. And then Jeff Hardy goes to SmackDown!? But Mahal vows to get that title back, so he insists he goes back to SmackDown when it happens. That latter part isn’t happening. Mahal threatens calling Stephanie, but Gable says Mahal should learn respect. Mahal recognizes Gable, he’s the little boy who won with Strowman at Wrestlemania. Gable shoves, but Angle keeps the peace and says they settle this in the ring! Gable is ready, and so is the Modern Day Maharaja.

 

Chad Gable VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!

Just days before the “former and future” United States Champion takes on Jeff Hardy, he looks to tune up with the Olympic medalist newly added to Raw. Will he show his strength before taking on the Charismatic Enigma in Arabia? But before even the bell, Sunil distracts so that Mahal can blindside Gable off the steps!

The Maharaja grins as he drags Gable up and throws him into the barriers! Mahal does not respect Gable as he puts him in the ring, then stomps a Maharaja mudhole into him. The referee backs him off to check on Gable, then reprimands Mahal for his actions. Gable won’t let this stop him, he wants the match to happen. The bell rings, and Gable dodges Mahal to fire back. Mahal shoves him but Gable comes right back for a big takedown. Gable gets the waistlock but Mahal pushes him off to then kick him right in the face!

Mahal looms over Gable as he drags him up. He toys with Gable while fans cheer. Mahal lifts but Gable crossbodies to counter! Cover, TWO, but Mahal gets dumped out of the ring. Gable goes to the outside but Mahal runs him over. Mahal is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Mahal still controls Gable with a half clutch. Fans rally and Gable works his way out. Mahal brings him back down to a knee, but Gable keeps scratching and clawing his way up. Gable fights back but Mahal knees low to then suplex Gable over. Cover, TWO, but Mahal keeps on him with clubbing ax handles and stomps. Fans cheer Gable and Gable fires back with forearms. Gable runs but into a big lariat from Mahal! Mahal drags Gable back up to whip him hard into a corner! He gives Gable crossface punches and elbows, then puts him in a chinlock. Gable endures and fights his way up again as fans cheer. Gable throws body shots but runs into a big elbow.

Mahal drags Gable over and chokes him on the ropes. Mahal backs off at the ref’s count, then drops springboard knees on Gable’s chest. But Gable boots Mahal away! Gable rallies and hits the rolling kick! Gable goes after the leg with knee wrench after knee wrench, then a dragon screw. He yanks and stretches Mahal’s leg, and Sunil panics. Gable kicks that leg but Mahal knees back. Mahal lifts Gable but Gable fights out. Mahal bucks Gable off and hotshots him on the rope, to then hit a running knee! Fans boo while Mahal grins and stalks Gable. He wants his finish but Gable blocks and uses corners to roll back into a cover! GABLE WINS!

Winner: Gable, by pinfall

The Maharaja is furious but he is now the loser in Gable’s biggest victory! If Gable can #ScratchAndClaw like this, will he one day be wrestling for a singles championship?

 

Backstage interview with The Riott Squad.

Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott made an impact by interrupting Bayley VS Sasha Banks. Are they sending a message to those two? It wasn’t just for the “frenemies” but all of Raw’s Women’s Division. The Squad aren’t here to be role models, but to disrupt. Sarah knows scared animals are easy prey, and right now, the Raw Women’s Division is full of scared animals. And if anyone gets in their way, they get the same treatment. They’re “equal opportunity agitators”, and like a can of tear gas, the Squad will make everyone drop to their knees, crying and begging for help. “Just the way we like it.”

 

Samoa Joe speaks.

Though no longer part of Raw, he and Roman Reigns will still have a match at Backlash. The Samoan Destroyer heard Roman Reigns vow to return to America as Universal Champion. He has his own prediction: he might not even have an opponent at Backlash. Joe knows that as history shows, Lesnar will conquer The Big Dog and bury him in the desert. If Roman does become the champion, will Samoa Joe simply take that belt from him shortly after?

 

The Miztourage talk to someone.

They know what you’re thinking: Miz is on SmackDown, but so were the Good Brothers. Therefore, the NEW Balor Club can be with them! Finn wasn’t thinking this. But, this would be #TooSweet!

Right? Right? Thanks, but no thanks. And don’t do the hand thing. Strike two for Bo & Axel, but is the third time the charm?

 

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman!

As usual for the #YEPMovement, they’ve put their foots in their mouths, and now they must make their Raw 2v2 debut against two massive stars! Can Sami & Kevin survive a match with the Dominator and Abominable Strowman?

Fans chant “Get These Hands!” as all four men enter the ring. Kevin & Sami talk it out, and they both escape the clutches of Lashley and Strowman. They talk it out again, but end up flanked on both sides, so they escape into the ring. Sami & Kevin are extremely wary, and time it so that they slip out as Strowman and Lashley enter, only to fall for Strowman’s & Lashley’s trick. Strowman grabs them both, throws Sami into a barrier then feeds Kevin to Lashley! Lashley spins Kevin around into a neckbreaker, then hits a corner clothesline. He keeps moving, giving Kevin a big spinebuster! Fans are all fired up for the duo of dangerous individuals. Lashley rocks Kevin with a right hand then a shoudler tackle in the corner. He drives elbows into Kevin, then grinds a boot into him. Sami protests but Kevin can’t get away.

Lashley keeps on Kevin, whips him to ropes, but Kevin kicks him away. Kevin drags Lashley to his corner and Sami tags in. Sami throws hands on Lashley, mocking him before giving a chop. Lashley hits back, then snap suplexes Sami down. Cover, ONE, but Lashley keeps on Sami in a corner with back elbows. Lashley runs corner to corner but into a boot! Sami brings Lashley back over and Kevin tags in, and now Kevin throws hands. Kevin mugs Lashley in the corner, then tags Sami back in.

They both whip Lashley but Lashley kicks Sami and throws Kevin out. Lashley lifts Sami up onto his shoulder, snake eyes on a buckle. Lashley runs and crossbodies, TWO. Sami scurries to a corner but gets a shoulder tackle from Lashley. Lashley runs but Kevin holds the ropes down to dump Lashley out! Kevin adds a back senton, he and Sami are in control while we go to break.

Raw returns to Sami bumping Lashley off buckles and giving him a sharp chop. Sami chops again, taunting Bruan as he walks across the way. Sami runs back at Lashley, but into Lashley’s belly2belly suplex! Both men are down but crawling for their corners, hot tag to Kevin and he stomps Lashley before he tags Strowman! Kevin throws hands and stomps, and goes for the back senton, but Lashley’s knees meet him. Kevin tags in Sami, and now Sami stops Lashley from tagging Strowman. Sami puts Lashley in a chinlock, but Lashley carries Sami on his back. Sami brings Lashley to his knees, but Lashley powers out with a sidewalk slam!

Both men are down again, fans are at a fever pitch, but Kevin trips up Strowman! Lashley can’t tag out, but that only pissed Strowman off. Strowman stomps his way back to the apron, Lashley fights out of the enemy corner, and hot tag to Strowman! The Monster hops down and runs around the corners to bulldoze Kevin!

Then he gets in the ring to do the same to Sami! And then he hits Kevin again! And Sami, again! Strowman won’t stop, he goes after Kevin with a dropkick! The fans are thunderous for the Monster Among Men, but Sami bails and runs away, except Lashley catches up to him. Lashley brings Sami back and feeds him to Strowman for a big clubbing forearm. Strowman clotheslines Sami in the corner, and fans chant “Get These Hands!”

Sami finds himself trapped, Strowman tags Lashley in before tossing Sami. Lashley brings Sami up, for the delayed suplex slam!

Tag back to Strowman, and Strowman gives a thumbs down. He drags Sami up onto his shoulder, for the MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman & Lashley win!

Winners: Lashley & Strowman win, Strowman pinning

Dominant and destructive, Lashley and Strowman dismantle Kevin & Sami. For the sake of ever having a chance at winning, everyone else in the Raw Tag Team Division better hope these two don’t stay a team.

 

Baron Corbin VS No Way Jose!

The Lone Wolf makes his Raw debut after the Superstar Shake-Up, will it bring the #EndofDays to the Fighting Fiesta already?

Corbin speaks. “C’mon, man. You didn’t think I would see through your little plan?” The conga line is just an excuse to have back-up to jump him. He knows Jose just wants to have fun, but Corbin’s idea of fun is ruining other people’s fun. He is on Raw to be a champion, so Jose isn’t even on his level. This match won’t happen so long as Jose has that “group of freaks” with him.

No Contest

Corbin leaves, but Jose responds. “Just because Baron Corbin doesn’t want us to have fun doesn’t mean the party has to stop!” Hit the music! The conga line starts up again, but as it reaches the ramp, Corbin returns to ambush Jose!

The Lone Wolf ignores the boos and jeers as he kicks Jose while he’s down. Corbin even puts Jose into the LED wall face first. He boots Jose down again, then embraces the heat as he hits Jose with a choke slam backbreaker! Corbin ruins the fun like he promised, but will it earn him opportunities like he wants?

 

Alexa Bliss brings us a Public Service Announcement.

The Goddess of Raw says “Bullies thrive on silence.” If you see someone bullying someone else, speak up. It’s not worth staying silent. Alexa remembers hanging out with Nia Jax back when they were friends, and this “sweet old homeless lady” approached them. The woman was starving, so Alexa gave her food. But Nia took the food away and ate it all down. Alexa will never forget the look of horror on that woman’s face, or the sounds of Nia laughing and chewing, while Alexa stood there and did nothing. She’ll have to live with that for the rest of her life. Alexa wants Nia Jax’s teammates to stand up in tonight’s main event, and Alexa can finish it at Backlash when she gets the title back. “And this has been, your Moment of Bliss.” Will anyone really fall for Alexa’s blatant lies?

 

The Miztourage VS Finn Balor & Seth Rollins!

The Extraordinary Man and the Architect both rejected the ideas of teaming with Bo Dallas & Curt Axel, so now they’ll have to team up together to beat them in the ring. However, Finn and Rollins will be opponents Friday in the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match, joined by The Miz and Samoa Joe of SmackDown. Can Finn & Rollins keep on the same page to then work to keep the IC Title on Raw?

Finn and Bo start and circle. They tie up, Bo gets the headlock, but Finn powers out, only for Bo to run him over. Bo gloats while Finn stands up. Bo tags Axel with a “Shield fist bump”, and Axel circles with Finn. They tie up, headlock but Finn powers out again, only for Axel to run him over, too. Axel puts up Too Sweets now, then ties up with Finn again. Finn gets a waistlock but Axel elbows out. Axel whips Finn but Finn reverses, Axel sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Axel. Cover, TWO, and Finn wrenches Axel’s arm. Bo distracts Finn and Axel forearms him down. Axel clubs Finn at the ropes and chokes him, then tags Bo for Bo to drop a knee. Cover, TWO, so Bo drops more knees. Cover, TWO, so Bo puts Finn in the chinlock.

Fans rally for Finn, as does Rollins, and Finn stands up. Bo wrangles him back down to the mat, but Finn endures the squeeze. Finn stands up and reaches for Rollins, but has to jawbreaker Bo first. Bo shoves Finn and rocks him with a forearm on the rebound, but Finn gets Bo with the Pele! Both men go down, fans rally, and hot tags to Rollins and Axel. Rollins springboards to clothesline Axel, then keeps going, slingblade! Rollins throws Axel into Bo, then clotheslines Axel out. The Miztourage regroups but Rollins builds speed to DIVE!

Rollins takes out Axel and gets him back into the ring. He kicks Axel from a corner then hops up for the blockbuster. Rollins keeps going as the fans fire up, stomping the mat to “Burn It Down!” Bo runs in, but into Rollins’ SUPERKICK! Axel kicks low but Rollins rejects the Perfect Plex to mule kick and CURB STOMP! Tag to Finn, Finn climbs up while Rollins slingshots onto Bo! Finn takes aim at Axel, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, Balor & Rollins win!

Winners: Balor & Rollins, Balor pinning

With the Miztourage taken care of, these two can now focus on THE Miz and Samoa Joe in Saudi Arabia. Four stars compete for one title in a Ladder Match, who will climb up to bring that title back to the states?

 

Natalya gives a pep talk to “her” team.

 

The Queen of Harts is ready to teach the Riott Squad, as well as Alexa Bliss and Mickie James, a lesson for being bullies. Ember adds that they’ll leave those five looking over their shoulders. Nia says mocking her is bad for your health. But the not-so best friends are a bit tense around each other still. Will there be dysfunction or victory for this team of five?

 

10 Woman Tag: The Riott Squad, Alexa Bliss & Mickie James VS Bayley, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Ember Moon & Natalya!

Just as there was a star-studded 10-Man tag last week, this week brings us the best of the Raw Women’s Division. Will the Goddess and her new best friend work well with Ruby, Liv & Sarah to defeat the Huggable One, Legit Boss, Irresistible Force, Prophecy of Flame and Queen of Harts?

The teams sort out and Liv starts against Sasha. Liv mocks Sasha before dodging her and tagging in Sarah. Liv and Sarah club away on Sasha, then #CountryStrong grinds her forearms into Sasha’s face. Fans boo and jeer while the Squad applauds. Sarah knees Sasha but Sasha kicks back. Sasha runs in but is put on the apron, but she still knees Sarah down to then swing in with wrecking ball meteora! Cover, ONE, but Sasha keeps on Sarah with an armlock. Sarah stands up and fights out, then tags Liv back in. Sarah stomps on Sasha, then Liv whips her to an open corner. Sasha boots Liv away but Liv Matrix leans under, only for Sasha to get her on the return. She sits Liv down and slaps her down, covers, ONE.

Sasha wrenches Liv’s arm and brings her over to tag in Ember. Ember takes Liv and wrenches her onto the mat. Cover, ONE, but Ember whips Liv into a corner. Ember handsprings for a heavy forearm, then springboards for the crossbody. Cover, TWO, and Liv rolls out of the ring. The Squad goes over but Ember beats them to Liv with a DIVE!

Sarah & Ruby try to save Liv, but the War Goddess and her team have control while we go to break.

Raw returns and now Sarah is in control of Sasha. Fans rally but Sarah trips up Sasha to keep on top of her with that cobra clutch. Sasha endures the thrashing while the fans rally, and she wills herself up. She fights out but Sarah catches her just short of the tag. Sarah hammers on Sasha but it’s Mickie who tags in. Mickie stomps and grinds a boot into Sasha, then drags her out for another chinlock. Fans keep the rally going, we go picture in picture for another Greatest Royal Rumble commercial advertising the rematch of Lesnar VS Reigns. Sasha feeds off fan energy and jawbreakers out again, only to run into Mickie’s knee. Mickie puts Sasha back in the chinlock, but fans won’t stop rallying for Sasha.

Sasha fights out again, but Mickie knees low. Mickie whips Sasha corner to corner, but Sasha goes up and over. She tumbles to her corner but Mickie stops her short. Sasha rocks Mickie with a right, and tags in Natty! Natty rallies with a discus clothesline, the more clotheslines. Snap suplex to Mickie, then another! Natty keeps going, snapmare and runs on Mickie to dropkick her down. She even gets the takedown into the Sharpshooter! Mickie endures the legendary hold, reaching for ropes, but Sarah chop blocks Natty down!

Natty lets go of the hold and the referee checks on her, but Mickie gets away to her corner for safety. Natty wills herself up even on a bad leg, and she tags out to Bayley, but Mickie still kicks Natty down! Bayley and the others show concern, and the referee calls for medics.

The action continues and Mickie tags out to Ruby, but Bayley is ready for her! Bayley rallies with a back suplex, then whips. Ruby holds ropes and breaks free, to hit Bayley with an STO! Cover, TWO, but Ruby puts Bayley into a chinlock. Medics check on Natty’s knee while fans rally for Bayley. Mickie talks trash about Natty staying on SmackDown, but Bayley fights her way up and out. Ruby hops on to be a backpack, but Bayley just backs her into the corner. Nia tags in, Bayley throws Rub off and Nia throws Ruby all around. She squashes Ruby in a corner, then lifts her up to throw her down!

Nia drops the leg, all the others break the cover! Chaos ensues and no one is left in the ring. Nia gets an idea, MAJOR apron splash!! All the women of Raw are down!!

Micke recovers first, and helps fan off Alexa. Natty manages to stand on the other end, but Mickie pounces with another dropkick! Mickie has some strange vendetta with Natty as she stomps and stomps, so here comes RONDA!! Rowdy Rousey scares Mickie off, but then Mickie attacks HER from behind! That’s a mistake, seeing how Ronda glares at her.

Mickie tries to smile it off, but Ronda is upon her! Ronda puts Mickie in the armbar, Mickie taps, but this match ends because of interference.

Disqualification; Riott Squad, Alexa & Mickie win

Though Natty’s team loses, Ronda is the winner in the end as she makes Mickie pay for what she did to Natty. Ronda helps Natty to the back, will the Queen of Harts be able to recover from what Mickie did to her?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This first Raw after the Shake-Up was pretty good, even with it also being a go-home to Greatest Royal Rumble. The opening tribute to Bruno was perfect, and it’s great they already have a Network special to go right after Raw. Heyman gives another good promo while Roman keeps it very short and sweet, though perhaps a bit shoe-horned in. Roode not giving Elias even time to introduce himself was brilliant, but then it was somewhat logical Elias would win the match. It’s a good move to have a program between these two to tide themselves over while the IC and US titles work themselves out. We obviously know The Ascension are never being a winning tag team again.

For that matter, there was a lot more tag team stuff tonight than usual, I almost feel like Raw could become the Tag Team show while both singles titles go to SmackDown. SmackDown gave them Breezango and The Ascension, and then with Ziggler & McIntyre winning, as well as Kevin & Sami, the Raw Tag Team Division is bigger than usual But I don’t think WWE would really do that, so each show is gonna have one of the mid-card belts. I just can’t be sure if Raw keeps the IC and SmackDown the US, or they trade. Speaking of Kevin & Sami, their match with Lashley & Strowman was great, even when Sami & Kevin lose. Lashley’s a beast, Strowman’s truly a monster, and one way or another, both of them should be holding gold by the time we get to SummerSlam.

Gable also proves he’s capable of a singles title run with his match against Mahal. If IC and US titles swap, Gable could be first in line to take that US title from Mahal, unless titles trade back with Backlash. Corbin is still Corbin, even on Raw. Like Roode and Elias, a Corbin-Jose program can help to tide them over until we’re past Backlash. The Miztourage searching for a new leader is interesting, and can have all kinds of possibilities with the end result. Personally, I want Bo to join Bray down the line.

And the Women’s 5v5 tag was really good, and it seems if it isn’t Absolution VS Natty & Ronda, it’ll be Mickie and Alexa(?) in their place. I’m sure Nia will retain at Backlash to move on to Sasha, Bayley or even Ember. Though, even with the addition of Ronda, this tag match shows Raw’s half of the Women’s Division is still shallow, hopefully they get more women in the next round of call-ups.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Impact Wrestling Redemption PPV

IMPACT Wrestling presents Redemption tonight, live from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. A total of eight matches are announced, including the much anticipated triple threat (re)match between Impact World Champion Austin Aries, Pentagon Jr, and Fenix. The promotion has debuted new championships (Tag Team, Knockouts, X-Division, World), and a new stage/set.

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IMPACT Redemption Quick Results:

  • Impact World Championship
    Austin Aries (c) vs. Pentagon Jr. vs. Fenix: NEW Impact Wrestling World Champion Pentagon Jr. 
  • Impact Knockouts Championship
    Allie (c) vs. Su Yung: STILL Knockouts Champion Allie via pinfall
  • Impact X Division Championship
    Matt Sydal (c) vs. Petey Williams: STILL X-Division Champion Matt Sydal via pinfall
  • Impact World Tag Team Championship
    LAX (c) vs. Eli Drake and Scott Steiner: NEW Impact Tag Team Champions Eli Drake and Scott Steiner via pinfall
  • House Of Hardcore 6-Man Tag Match
    Tommy Dreamer, Moose, and Eddie Edwards vs. oVe: oVe via pinfall
  • Ishimori vs. Dezmond Xavier vs. El Hijo del Fantasma vs. Brian Cage vs. DJZ vs. Trevor Lee: Brain Cage via pinfall
  • Aerostar vs. Drago: Aerostar via pinfall
  • Taya Valkyrie vs. Kiera Hogan: Taya Valykire via pinfall 

 


IMPACT Redemption Play-By-Play:

Redemption opens up with the cold opening.

Drago vs Aerostar:

Drago vs Aerostar kicks us off tonight as Drago makes his way to the ring. Aerostar makes his way to the ring next. Collar and elbow tie up with a go around and Aerostar gets the upper hand with a headlock but Drago turns it around into a wristlock hold on Star. The match starts to pick up the pace just a tad with back and fourth counters. Aerostar dodges Drago and connects with kick to the chest.

Aerostar kicks Drago in the face while he’s in the ropes. Fast forward a bit and Drago launches Aerostar with his feet from the corner and follows up with a kick to the head. Back and forth we go and Aerostar is driven out of the ring and Drago follows it up with twisting tope con hiro and throws Aerostar back in the ring for a two count. Drago stays on Aerostar and flips he over into the seated position and connects with a kick to the back of the head. Drago picks up Aerstar to follow but Aerostar counters and gains control of the March sending Drago out of the ring and hitting his signature move La Bonetia and gets a two count.

Back and forth ww go with multiple covers only getting two counts. Both guys have the same idea in their heads as they hit double clotheslines and both men are down. Aerostar comes charging in at Drago but he counters with a back breaker across the knee followed by a kick to the side of thehead. Drago then hits a hangman’s DDT for a two count. Drago hits multiple shots on Aerostar but Aerostar pushes Drago out of the ring and follows with a tope. Star rolls Drago back in the ring and covers him for a two count. Aerostar stays on Drago but comes up empty and Drago knocks down Aerostar for a two count. Drago puts Aerostar in the La Miestra cradle for a two count. Aerostar is planted with a powerbomb and looks to go for another but wastes time and allows Aerostar to counter and hit a springboard neckbreaker.  Aerostar hits Drago with a flying codebreaker for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Aerostar via pinfall 

Backstage segment showing Josh Mathews and Matt Sydal talking and Matthews saying that Sydal has fully blossom and doesn’t need him anymore. He also wishes him luck in his title match tonight against Petey Williams.

Eli Drake and Scott Steiner vs LAX (Impact Tag Team Championship Match):

LAX is shown in the clubhouse getting ready for their match. They get a call and apparently someone has taken out Konnan but they don’t know who. They now have to refocus and get ready to defend their titles. Eli Drake makes his way to the ring and debuts a new theme song. Scott Steiner makes his way to the ring for the match.

LAX make their way to the ring without Konnan. LAX is jumping at the bit to get at Eli Drake as the ref holds them back.

Collar and elbow tie up and Eli pushes Santana into the corner. Drake begins to trash talk Santana and regrets it immediately and finds himself in enemy territory. Ortiz tags in and they hit double team maneuvers for a two count. Drake fights back and hits a knee to the gut of Ortiz. Steiner and Eli hit a double team maneuver which knocks Ortiz out of the ring and Eli follows him out and knocks him down. Drake throws Ortiz back in and tags in Scott who gets a one count. Stiener hits a big move on Santana and then the same move on Ortiz. Drake tags in and hits his signature elbow for a two count.

Ortiz begins to fight back and Steiner tags himself in but gets pushed into a corner and eats a boot for his troubles. Both Ortiz and Steiner tag out and Santana fires off on Drake. LAX begins their double team maneuvers for maximum impact but Steiner stops them in their tracks and hit a overhead suplex on Santana. Steiner sets Santana up on the top rope and hits a frankensteiner. Scott tries to lock in the Steiner recliner but Ortiz comes back in and breaks it up. Down the stretch Scott Steiner was taken out but Santana and Drake hits the gravey train on Ortiz for the pinfall victory.

Winners: NEW Impact Tag Team Champions Eli Drake and Scott Steiner 

Dezmond Xavier vs Trevor Lee vs Taiji Ishimori vs El Hijo del Fantasma vs DJZ vs Brian Cage (Six Way Match):

Everyone makes their way to the ring for the match. DJZ and Dezmond Xavier start the match and DJZ gets a wristlock on Xavier. Dezmond counters and gets a side headlock on DJZ. DJZ counters and puts Xavier in a headlock of his own.

The match begins to pick up a bit and Dezmons hits a dropkick on DJZ which kicks him into a corner. DJZ knocks Ishimori off the apron with a flying senton flip. Since DJZ went to the outside Trevor Lee gets in the ring and thinks he tossed Xavier out of the ring. Xavier toss Lee out of the ring and Fantasma enters the ring. This match takes off and the two men that become legal are Ishimori and Fantasma. Ishimori hits a springboard senton. Ishimori gets taken to the outside and Trevor Lee comes in and gets a two count on Fantasma.

The match breaks down and Lee has now attacked Cage twice but he’s still on the apron while everyone is down. Cage finally gets in the ring and hits multiple clothesline to Trevor in the corner. Xavier enters the ring and almost gets thrown out of the ring for his troubles. Fantasma and Ishimori try to take out Cage who fights back and hits a springboard moonsault on Taji. Cage is eventually sent out of the ring and DJZ hits a DDT to the outside of the ring taking out Cage.

The match is fast and furious as Xavier and Fantasma work together to take out Brian Cage to no avail. Trevor Lee enters the ring and counters him for a two count. Down the stretch Cage takes out Lee, Fantasma and hits the Drill Claw on Dezmond Xavier for the win.

Winner: Brian Cage via pinfall

Taya Valykire vs Kiera Hogan:

Taya Valkyrie makes her way to the ring.

Kiera Hogan makes her way to the ring for the match. Taya pushes Hogan down to the mat. Hogan uses her speed against Taya but she knocks her down with an elbow. Kiera fights back and hits a hurricanrana on Valykire in the corner. Kiera keeps it up on Taya and hits a springboard move on Taya. The match spills to the outside but Taya eventually regains control.

TESSA BLANCHARD JOINS THE COMMENTARY TABLE MIDMATCH. Taya stays on Hogan but Kiera fights back for a bit but Taya counters and hits a big move for a two count. Taya then hits Kiera with a big knee for another two count. Kiera tries to fight back while Taya holds her hair with multiple elbows. Hogan breaks free and hits a huge double sledgehammer on Taya for a two count.

Taya rushes Hogan in the corner but Kiera counters and stomps down Valykire. Taya fights back and hits a big suplex for a two count. Taya has had enough of Kiera and clubs Hogan in the back of the neck with multiple elbows in the corner. Taya Valkyrie eventually hits the Road to Valhalla for the win.

Winner: Taya Valkyrie via pinfall

Matt Sydal vs Petey Williams (X-Division Championship Match):

Petey Williams makes his way to the ring for the championship match with his feast or fired briefcase.

Matt Sydal makes his way to the ring to defend his title. Collar and elbow tie up and Petey goes for the go behind Sydal counters and takes down William’s with a headlock then turns it into a head scissors. Sydal then puts a submission on Petey but Williams breaks it and gets Matt in the corner and hits a gut shot on Sydal. Matt counters but Petey then counters and sets up Sydal on the top rope and hits a hurricanrana. Petey sets Sydal in the tree of woe and steps on his no no area then a superkick on his knee.

Petey continues the aggression and attacking the lower body of Matt. Sydal eventually gets control of the match and wears down Petey. Sydal hits a standing moonsault on Petey for a two count. Petey is thrown into the corner and Sydal rushes in but eats an elbow for his troubles. Petey hits a big move and both men are down for a moment. The match picks back up a bit as Petey hits a big Russian Legsweep. Both guys go back and forth and Sydal gains control and knocks Petey in the corner and hits a sliding knee on Petey. Sydal tires to go for a hurricanrana but Petey counters and locks in a submission on Sydal. Matt breaks free and goes to the apron to recover but Petey meets him out their hitting a slingshot code breaker knocking Sydal to the floor. Williams throws Sydal back in the ringgit Sydal counters and hits a big knee then a hurricanrana. William’s fights back and hits the Canadian Destroyer but Matt rolls out of the ring. Petey follows and drags Sydal back in the ring and goes for a super Canadian Destroyer but Matt holds on and eventually hits a pumphandle slam for the pinfall victory.

Winner: STILL X-Division Champion Matt Sydal

Moose, Eddie Edwards, and Tommy Dreamer vs oVe (House of Hardcore Rules Match):

oVe makes their way to the ring for the match followed by Tommy Dreamer, Moose, and Eddie Edwards. What makes this a little interesting all the competitors are in street clothes. Jake Crist is caught mid dive and powerslammed into the apron.

Sami Callhian comes in to attack but taken down. The faces grab the toys and get started taking out oVe. Dreamer connects with a cookie sheet to Jake Crist and then sets him up in the tree of woe.

Dreamer was about to hit Crist with a chair but Sami comes in and hits a big boot taking out Tommy. Sami takes out Eddie and covers him for a two count. Moose comes in and hits a pop up powerbomb on Callihan. Moose goes for a tope con hilo but lands right on the ladder.

Dreamer and Eddie back inthering locks in submissions on the christ brothers. Sami gets back in the ring to make the save. Callihan instructs the Crist Brothers to get the the tables. They set up two tables on the outside. oVe have Eddie all alone inthe ring and go on the attack but Eddie fights back until Sami hits him in the head with a trashcan. The Crist Brothers hit the all seeing eye on Eddie on top of chairs and they cover him but Moose makes the save. Moose is on fire right here as he knocks Sami off the top rope with a dropkick. Moose then sets a trashcan in front of one of the Crist brothers and hits a dropkick. On the outside Dreamer puts Sami Callhian through a table via death valley driver.

Dave Crist introduces thumbtacks into the match but ends up going through them thanks to a knee from Eddie. Dave Crist is set up on a table and Moose looks to put him through a table but midjump eats a cutter from Jake Crist.

Back in the ring Eddie and Sami trade blows but Callihan hits the get out of here for a two count. Sami grabs his baseball bat but Dreamer makes the save with a barbed wire bat and hits a DDT. Sami hits a lowblow on Dremer to secure the win. Post match Eddie puts the barbed wire bat over Sami’s eye and busted him wide open. Eddie then tapes Sami to the ropes. Eddie then kicks Sami in the groin and follows up with multiple shots with a kendo stick. The ref tries to break it up but ears a kendo stick of his own. Dreamer tries to stop Eddie but eats a Kendo stick shot then Jake Crist. Eddie’s wife Alisha enters the ring to stop him and turns around and accidentally hits his wife with the kendo stick.

Winners: oVe via pinfall

Allie vs Su Yung (Knockouts Championship Match):

Braxton Sutter introduces Su Yung and she makes her way to the ring. Allie makes her way to the ring to defend her title. Su Yung gets the jump on Allie as Allie was trying to get Braxton to go to the back. Allie fights back and hits the thez press on Yung followed a hair toss. Allie gets distracted by Sutter and Su tries to take advantage but Allie is having nothing of it. Allie goes to the top but gets distracted by Braxton which drops her into the tree of woe postion and Su Yung goes on the attack. The match spills out of the ring and Yung removes her bloody dress and hits a rolling senton. Yung drags Allie back in the ring for multiple near falls. Su puts on a body rubber glove and tires to use it but Allie counters with a code breaker and both ladies down. Su props herself in the corner and Allie hits big elbows on Su but Allie gets caught by a big elbow from Yung. Allifights back and hits a russian legsweep for a two count. Allie goes for the BSE but misses and Su hits a tiger driver for a two count. Allie eventually hits the BSE but Sutter gets on the apron to stop the pin. Su Yung from behind tries to hit the paincswitch but Allie counters for the pinfall victory.

Post match Braxton says he can fix the situation and proposes to her. Su Yung answers with the red mist to his face then puts the mandible claw on him.

Winner: STILL Knockouts Champion Allie

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Austin Aries vs Pentagon Jr. vs Fenix (Impact World Championship Match):

Pentagon Jr. makes his way to the ring for the main event.

Fenix makes his way to the ring second. The belt collector, the world champion Austin Aries makes his way to the ring last. McKenzie Mitchell makes formal introductions. The bell rings and Pentagon soaks in the crowd. A little bit mind games between the three then the match gets underway.

Aries knocks down both men and boxes both of their ears. Aries then scouts the move they used in New Orleans to knock him out of the ring last time and slides out of the ring to dodge it. The match picks up speed and Aries eventually locks in the last chancery but Fenix breaks it up by launching himself onto both men and Pentagon rolls out of the ring. Fenix stays on aries but Austin fights back and hits in elbow on Fenix for a two count. Pentagon gets back in the ring but gets blocked by Aries.

Fenix is knocked down and allowsfor Aries to lock in the last chancery again on Pentagon but Fenix rolls over Aries to break it up.

Aries boxes Pentagon’s ears and knocks him out ofthe ring Fenix tosse Aries out of the ring but Aries counters and hits a hurricanrana on Pentagon. Fenix hits a springboard triple axel to take out both men. The match is so fast and quick Pentagon finds himself with the opportunity of both men being down and goes for covers and gets a two count on both men. Pentagon then ends up on the outside leaving Aries and Fenix in the ring. Aries hits a big elbow then tosses Fenix over his head turning him inside out. Aries goes for a 450 but Pentagon breaks it upand knocks Aries to the floor. Pentagon then hits thelung lower. Fenix suckers Pentagon in and goes ont he hunt. With Pentagon on the top rope Fenix hits a spinning musclebuster for a two count. Pentagon comes back to life and hits the Pentagon driver but Aries breaks it up. The match eventually  spills to the outside and tosses Pentagon into the crowd. Both menget back in the ring and Aries hits the 450 on both men for a double pin but only for a two count. Down the stretch Pentagon hits a gory special and package piledriver on both Fenix and Aries. Pentagon then hits the Pentagon driver on Aries for the win.

Post match Pentagon Jr. and Fenix hug it out.

Winner: NEW Impact Wrestling World Champion Pentagon Jr.

My opinion this was an amazing show from top to bottom. I enjoyed every single match and got some shocking results as I thought we would get more new champions. Where does Impact go from here? Find out this Thursday on Pop TV for all the fallout. Welcome to the era of Zero Fear!

My Score: 8/10


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MLW Fusion Ratings & Review: 4/20/18

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Major League Wrestling, makes it’s television debut! Tony Schiavone is back everyone! Friday Nights at 8pm we get to toggle between Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross again. MLW and NJPW aren’t WCW and WWF, but it’s pretty close to 1998 again.

Either way, MLW makes it’s debut, and they decided to give us two long matches, with four well known wrestlers. Production value is like a combination of WrestleCircus and ROH, but the bright whites of the rope and mat really help the presentation pop.

So how about I shut up, and just get to the what happened?

 

Austin Aries vs ACH

Now to kick off, I never realized ACH says he hails from the Planet Vegeta, that popped me for the Dragon Ball reference.Either way, we have two very well known Cruiserweights, and this is the kick off match.

When the match starts we see ACH has the right side of his ribs and his right upper thigh taped up. Aries and ACH shake hands to kick things off, and honestly, Aries never really tries to exploit the injured areas.

This match was the longest match of the night, and the two put on a clinic. ACH was hampered slightly because of his injuries, but both men got all of this signature moves in. Schiavone kept jumping at the opportunity to call the 450 Splash, and when ACH finally did it, he was met with Aries’ knees.

After a Horns of Aries submission and the Discus Fivearm, Aries finally puts away ACH with the Brainbuster.

If this is a precursor for how they’re going to pace out their shows, anyone who loves quality wrestling, will enjoy this program.

Winner: Austin Aries via Brainbuster

Rating: *** 3/4

 

Jimmy Havoc promo, basically talking about how fans love blood, referencing Dusty Rhodes and Steve Corino. Informs everyone that he will bring the violence.

 

Chico Adams vs Barrington Hughes

Aside from learning his nickname is Caramel Colossus, we’re not given enough time for much. Hughes dispatches of this wannabe Chico, immediately with an Urange.

His outfit is bright and flashy, and he’s like a more well spoken Sexual Chocolate. Barrington will probably makes some big waves in the near future.

Winner: Barrington Hughes via Urange

Rating: N/A (Squash Match)

 

#1 Contender Match: Rey Fenix vs Pentagon w/ Salina de la Renta

We’ve seen both of these men go at it a few times, and we’ll see it again on Sunday. Funnily enough, the 3 competitors in Redemption, were on this show.

This match is almost as long at the Aries match, but a much different feel. They move to the outside fairly early, and spend a lot of time out there. Multiple crowd interaction spots, Pentagon getting them to chant ‘Uno Mas’ and he even borrowed a fans’ hat.

However, even though the fan interaction helped to keep everyone on their feet, it started a few awkward spots. A Frankensteiner into the crowd was slow and awkward because they fell into a bunch of fans and chairs. Shortly there after, Fenix tried to spring up and do a Spanish Fly, but that looked bad.

Yes, yes, I’m nit picking, but those couple small things close to each other, and a commercial break, kinda hurt the flow of a match that has two of the best in the world.

Pentagon ends up putting it together following a Powerbomb Backbreaker, his Bone Collector maneuver, capped off with the Fear Factor. Which gives Pentagon the opportunity against Shane Strickland for a rematch from WrestleCircus: Raise the Curtain.

Winner: Pentagon via Fear Factor

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Even though Tony Schiavone gave us the “we’re out of time”, from the WCW days, there was more if you stayed tuned in. The show technically ended with a video package hyping the Jimmy Havoc vs Shane Strickland match next week.

All in all, it was an impressive debut. Two very good matches, a few intriguing video packages and an up and coming beast in Barrington Hughes. MLW is off to a good start, and of course, I’m a huge fan of hearing Schiavone again.


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