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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Live Report! (2/26/18)

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All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Woman Tag: Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax & Mickie James VS Asuka, Bayley & Sasha Banks; Asuka, Bayley & Sasha win.
  • Bray Wyatt VS Heath Slater w/ Rhyno; no contest.
  • Seth Rollins VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage; Rollins wins.
  • Finn Balor VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage; restarted as…
  • No Disqualifications: Finn Balor VS The Miz; Balor wins.
  • WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Best 2 out of 3 Falls Match: The Bar VS Titus Worldwide w/ Dana Brooke; The Bar wins and retains the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Braun Strowman VS Elias; Strowman wins by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Elimination Chamber made history.

Seven men, all of main event caliber, waged war inside the sinister steel structure. But it was The Monster Among Men who dominated and eliminated five men. It came down to familiar foes as Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns gave everything left they had. But in the end, three Superman Punches and two Spears were enough for The Big Dog to win his ticket to Wrestlemania. Of course, Strowman wasn’t finished with Roman as he still got the last Monster Slam and a pod-destroying toss. Roman may have won, but will it be Strowman that conquers the WWE?

 

Raw looks back to “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey’s contract signing.

The Baddest Woman on the Planet was almost brought to tears at the ovation from the fans in Las Vegas last night. Kurt Angle was excited, too, because he knew The Authority’s plan to “own the bitch” was coming to fruition. Angle also remembered Stephanie talking trash about Rousey. This angered the Rowdy Ronda, but COO HHH did his best to keep things calm. That is, until he got put through a table! Then Stephanie, in her anger, slapped Ronda. That only upset Ronda more, but Stephanie got away before Ronda could do anything. Ronda still signed her contract to Raw, but now she’ll have to “explain herself” to the WWE Universe. What will she have to say in response to last night’s rowdiness?

 

Alexa Bliss and Mickie James head to the ring.

The Goddess is still Raw Women’s Champion after the inaugural Six Women Elimination Chamber match, but that doesn’t take away from the former Six-Time Women’s Champion’s stellar performance. Alexa reflects on the historic moment, as well as marvels at herself. The fans have no idea how amazing it feels to retain in such a historic match. She defied the odds and set a new standard, and the WWE Universe will talk about this for the next 50 years. February 25th, 2018 is the day Alexa changed the game #ThenNowAndForever.

But she’s not selfish, so she gives credit to “this amazing woman”, Mickie James. Mickie showed everyone why she is a Six-Time Woman’s Champion and future Hall of Fame candidate. They’ve had their “rough friendship” moments, but Alexa has learned so much from her, and everyone in the locker room can. Speaking of the locker room: Absolution has a bright future, but not while Alexa’s here; Sasha Banks & Bayley, Alexa has harsh words, but she doesn’t want to be “that person”. Never mind, she’ll say it. Bayley is a “sad situation” and Sasha, the other finalist, was taken down by her massive ego. This isn’t the Boss’ year. Ever since Alexa came to Raw, it has been her year, which is why she’s head to Wrestlemania.

Alexa points to the sign, she’s always wanted to do that. It feels good. But then she’ll feel even better when Alexa breaks Asuka’s Streak. Oh, speaking of break, will Asuka be in good shape? Nia Jax wrecked Asuka last night, and Alexa will “finish the job.” But speaking of Asuka, here she comes!

Asuka storms into the ring, but Alexa has her slow down. “Are you kidding me?” But the fans sing, “Asuka’s gonna kill~ you!” Alexa thinks it’s funny that Asuka is acting like she’s 100%. She’s not fooling anyone, Nia Jax humiliated and crushed her. And Alexa thought, “I wish I was Nia. Nia will definitely be added to the Wrestlemania match, where she deserves to be.” But unfortunately, one little move and it doesn’t go that way. Alexa believes Nia deserves to be in that match. Alexa says it slower so Asuka and her bad English can understand. Asuka, wipe that smile off your face before Alexa has Mickie do it for you.

But Mickie won’t have to, here comes Nia!

The Irresistible Force hits the ring, Asuka hits Alexa and Mickie! But then Nia runs Asuka over! With flashbacks to last night, Nia uses her power to lift Asuka, but Asuka brings her down in a triangle! Mickie and Alexa return to fight off Asuka! But then Bayley and Sasha Banks hit the ring! They even the numbers and fight off Alexa and Mickie. However, Nia runs them over, too! Asuka gets up and kicks Nia back down, but Alexa gets the sucker punch! The Goddess and her allies take their leave of Asuka, Bayley and Banks. With things this tense, will the champion and challenger even make it to Wrestlemania?

 

Six Woman Tag: Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax & Mickie James VS Asuka, Bayley & Sasha Banks!

Seems that scuffle won’t be the end of this. We now have a big opening match of the Goddess and her allies against The Empress and apparent best friends in The Hugger and the Boss. Bayley and Mickie start with the bell, Mickie gets the wristlock. Bayley rolls and reverses, but Mickie reverses back. Mickie puts on a headlock, but Bayley powers out. Mickie runs Bayley over, then things speed up. Bayley gets Mickie into a corner, then bumps her off buckles. Mickie kicks back, then runs but Bayley evades to scoop and slam. Bayley drops an elbow, covers, TWO. Bayley whips Mickie but Mickie elbows back, and then hits the Mick-canrana. Mickie runs Bayley over, covers, TWO.

Tag to Nia, and the Brutal Beauty headbutts Bayley in the ribs. Nia taunts little Bayley but Bayley hits back. Bayley ends up in a corner, Nia squashes her. Nia tags in Alexa, and ALexa clubs Bayley down. Alexa bumps Bayley off buckles then stomps a mudhole into her. The ref counts and Alexa lets up, but then Bayley flapjacks Alexa off buckles. Bayley gives Alexa buckle bumps over and over, getting up to 10. Snapmare to cover, TWO. Bayley runs to clobber Alexa with an elbow, TWO. She brings Alexa up and Sasha tags in suddenly. Sasha rolls Alexa, TWO, but Sasha runs to drop double knees. TWO, but Sasha keeps on Alxa.

Alexa fights back but can’t get away. She fires more forearms but Sasha brings her down in a drop toehold to crucifix pin, TWO. Alexa whips Sasha to a corner but Sasha reverses. Sasha runs in, ends up on the apron, but hits Alexa with a stiff knee. Alexa sits down, Sasha hits a wrecking ball knee drop. Cover, TWO, and Alexa gets out of the ring. Mickie checks on Alexa but Sasha gets them both with a wrecking ball dropkick. She puts Alexa in the ring, but then Nia runs Sasha over!

Bayley comes over to check on her friend whiel Nia grins down at her. Alexa drags Sasha up and in, covers, TWO! Alexa slams Sasha’s face off the mat before pulling her hair. She wraps Sasha in a chinlock, but the fans rally for Sasha. Sasha gets up and fights out, but Alexa knees low and throws her into ropes. Alexa stomps Sasha and Sasha slips out of the ring while we go to break.

Raw returns and now Nia has Sasha in a chinlock. The fans rally, and Sasha jawbreakers out. She reaches for her partners but is short by just inches as Nia catches her!

Nia powers Sasha to an open corner! She rocks Sasha with a headbutt, then chokes her against ropes. The ref counts and Nia lets up at 4. Nia tags in Mickie, and Mickie snapmares Sasha into a running kick. Cover, TWO, but Mickie keeps her cool as she wraps Sasha in a chinlock. The fans cheer for Sasha again, but Mickie keeps on The Boss with more wrenching. Sasha gets to her feet but Mickie brings her back and tags Alexa. Alexa stomps another mudhole, then drags Sasha out for the skateboard stomps. She lets up at 4, covers, TWO.

Alexa taunts Bayley and Asuka with a possible tag, but wraps Sasha back in a chinlock. The fans keep rallying, Sasha gets out again, but Alexa runs her over. Alexa sucker punches Asuka!

She grins as she goes back to Sasha. Sasha suplex counters, and both women are down. The two crawl for their corners, Sasha wants the tag on Bayley, but Bayley hops down?! She got Sasha back for the betrayal, and Mickie pounces! Sasha slips out of the waistlock, and rolls Mickie, TWO! Tag to Asuka!

Asuka rallies on MIckie with furious strikes. She builds speed, hip attack! Nia comes in but gets a swift roundhouse. Asuka runs but Mickie kicks back, only to run into the pop-up knee! Asuka’s not done there, she kicks away on Mickie. She takes Nia out with a hip attack, then buzzsaw on Mickie! Alexa breaks the pin just in time! Saido suplex on Alexa from Bayley! Mickie goes for the neckbreaker, Asuka gets the armbar! Mickie taps, Asuka and team wins! They weren’t all that cohesive, but a win is a win. Will Asuka maintain her streak past Wrestlemania? Will Bayley and Sasha ever go back to being friends?

 

Raw Talk had John Cena share his thoughts after the Elimination Chamber match.

No one has put more pressure on the Face that Runs the Place than Cena himself. “The cards aren’t falling my way and here we are.” Cena has no ticket to the Grandest Stage of Them All, yet. He has a plan, but all he can say is, “I’ll figure it out.” Cena will appear live up next, what more has he to say on his Wrestlemania plan?

 

John Cena heads to the ring!

He looks up to the Wrestlemania sign as he hears the fans dueling, “Let’s Go Cena!” “Cena sucks!” Cena then looks at the camera and says, “Last night, I failed.”

In the atmosphere of it all, he was then rushed to a room to speak, and he felt “demoralized.” Failure is tough to deal with, and from the fans in attendance, they’re having him go through his failure alone. Cena knows where he is. Character isn’t judged when you’re riding high, it’s when “your back is against the wall.” For Cena, he has come up against that wall. He spent five minutes feeling sorry for himself, then moved forward. Cena knows he said he’ll figure out his Road to Wrestlemania. He thought he’d get there through the Royal Rumble, but no. He thought it would be the Elimination Chamber, but no. Cena thought it was over, and fans know no other superstar would ever admit it like he does.

Cena lets the fans cheer, jeer and boo as they see fit, “because when you say you fail, the disappointment is on you.” Failure gives you two choices: stay down or get up. He got up, and he has figured it out! He challenges, THE UNDERTAKER!!

The fans go wild, chanting “YES! YES!” A total of 39 Wrestlemanias and yet Cena and Taker have never faced each other. “You want Wrestlemania? That IS Wrestlemania!”

But that match won’t happen. Because Cena doesn’t make the matches, and that match isn’t happening because that match is “impossible”. Now everyone understands disappointment. Cena could stay down or get up, and he prefers getting up. His Road to Wrestlemania shall now go through SmackDown!

The Free Agent will show up on SmackDown not to beg, but to “do whatever it takes” to earn a Wrestlemania moment. With that, Cena drops his mic, takes his leave, and heads for the Blue Brand tomorrow night. Who will step up to take on the leader of the Cenation on the Road to Wrestlemania!?

 

Bray Wyatt VS Heath Slater w/ Rhyno!

The Great War crossed through the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View, and with some mind games, WOKEN Matt Hardy defeated the Eater of Worlds to make their series 1-1. As such, he takes his frustrations out on the unsuspecting ManBeast as he knocks him out of the ring!

Wyatt defends against Slater, then runs him over with the body check! Rhyno returns, only to get the yurinagi! Wyatt laughs but the fans chant, “DELETE! DELETE!” Even so, Wyatt does his spider walk and targets Slater, hitting a big corner clotheslines. He rains rights on Slater, then grins as he brings him back up. Wyatt dances with the limp Slater, before reeling him into the Sister Abigail! Then one to Rhyno! This was no match, but Wyatt has won something. Or is it that he’s lost something?

Bray Wyatt calls out to Matt Hardy.

“Look what you made me do.” Hardy made him hurt innocent men. This is Hardy’s fault! “You led them to slaughter.” The Great War is far from over. They will face each other once more. But this time, Wyatt will make sure those “WOKEN Eyes stay shut forever!” Wyatt laughs and says he’s coming for Hardy. “Run.”

 

The Miz and his Miztourage head to the ring!

The Intercontinental Champion didn’t win the Elimination Chamber. In fact, he was the first one eliminated. But he still has that Intercontinental Championship, and is still on his own Road to Wrestlemania. “And it stops in Anaheim?” They’re just 45 minutes from Los Angeles, “a city with star power”! Miz could see Jennifer Lawrence while pitching ideas to Michael Bay, but no, he’s in “a bonafide suburb.” Maybe, if you’re lucky, you could get a picture with someone dressed as Donald Duck. But Kurt Angle takes his stars for granted. In 62 days, he will be the all-time longest (combined) reigning Intercontinental Champion!

Not Shawn Michaels, not Bret Hart, not Pedro Morales, not Edge, not Chris Jericho, not even Roman Reigns! It’s all going to be MIZ!

He’s even bigger outside the ring. Miz IS the Marine movie franchise, and he and his wife are the stars of the newest sensation, Miz & Mrs. You better cheer that. They don’t. All his accolades, yet Miz is treated no better than any other superstar. In fact, worse! Miz’s face isn’t anywhere! He should be the main event of Wrestlemania! Miz should take Lesnar 1v1 to become the first-ever dual Universal and Intercontinental Champion!

But no, he was forced to start the Chamber match with two men who shouldn’t have even been in the match. Angle handed Finn Balor and Seth Rollins opportunities while Miz is punished. Miz is sick of the disrespect! He doesn’t care what happens to anyone else, he will keep his dream alive because he has the IC title. Everyone take a really good look at it, for it is the “most prestigious and honorable title in all of the WWE!” And since he has it, The Miz demands from Angle, “I want to know what the Intercontinental Champion is doing at Wrestlemania.” And what is he doing? Angle told Miz, “You’re opponent tonight might determine who you face at Wrestlemania.”

Might?! Miz carried this show for almost a year, made his title more relevant than the Universal Championship, and yet he only gets might! He’s been here for 12 years, yet “might” is all he gets? Then whoever it is that comes out, you’re getting a beating, no matter what. But who is it that comes out? Seth Rollins!

Seth Rollins VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage!

The Architect has yet to be Intercontinental Champion, is this going to be the key to his Grand Slam completion?

The bell rings, and after Miz confers with The Miztourage, he circles with Rollins. They tie up, Miz gets the headlock, but Rollins powers out. Miz runs him over, then speeds up. Rollins hip tosses Miz down, then snapmares him into a running kick, but Miz gets clean and free. Miz and Rollins circle again, Miz pulls hair to put Rollins in a corner. The ref counts, Miz backs off, and Rollins dodges his sucker punch. Miz dodges Rollins’ own punch, but Rollins runs him over with a shoulder. Rollins speeds things up again, but blocks the hip toss into a knee and snapmare. Now Rollins gets the Penalty Kick! He then clotheslines Miz right out of the ring.

The Miztourage help Miz up, but Rollins builds speed. Miz and his boys get clear, but Rollins pursues. Miz tries to attack but Rollins sees it coming and counter punches. Rollins keeps the Miztourage back, then puts Miz back in the ring. Rollins takes aim but Bo distracts, Miz knocks Rollins down and into barriers! Miz comes out to fetch Rollins while The Miztourage applauds. Miz drops Rollins onto the barrier, then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO, but Miz keeps on Rollins with elbows into his shoulders. Miz wraps on a chinlock, but fans rally for Rollins. The Architect gets up to his feet and jawbreakers out of the hold. He then whips Miz, but Miz reverses, kitchen sink knee sits Rollins down. Miz catches his breath, and decides to start up the It Kicks!

He kicks and kicks, but fans say “No!” each time. Miz prepares the buzzsaw, but Rollins ducks and rolls Miz up! TWO, but Rollins chops Miz back. He keeps chopping, then whips Miz. Miz holds ropes, then dumps Rollins all the way out! The champion has control while we go to break.

Raw returns and both men are slowly standing back up. Miz throws a haymaker, but Rollins gives on back. Miz goes again, but so does Rollins. Now Miz kicks low, but Rollins chops and punches him to a corner. Rollins runs in but is put on the apron. He knocks Miz away, then springboards for the flying clothesline! Rollins keeps going, Slingblade! He boots Miz away, then hops up, for the flying blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Rollins won’t let that deter him, he gets to the top rope. He takes aim but Miz rolls away to the far side. Rollins hops down and walks over, but Miz yanks him into the ropes. Miz hits the low DDT! Cover, TWO!

Rollins rolls to ropes while Miz catches his breath. The fans duel while Miz hits a running dropkick in the corner. He goes corner to corner and hits a second dropkick! Miz runs in and hits his A-Lister clothesline, then dumps Rollins out. Now Miz climbs up to the top, but Rollins trips him up. Rollins climbs up to join Miz, but Miz resists. Miz fights back with body shots, then headbutts Rollins down. Rollins returns to SUPERPLEX and roll through to Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but stirring. The fans know “This is Awesome!” Rollins takse aim at Miz, and mule kicks him. He runs but Axel hooks a foot. Miz goes for the Finale but Rollins rolls him up, TWO! Miz swings but Rollins dodges to DIVE on the Miztourage!

Rollins hurries back into the ring an clotheslines Miz out. The fans are all fired up, Rollins builds speed to DIVE again! He takes everyone out, then puts Miz in, for Revolution Knee! Rollins won’t stop there, he climbs up from the far side! BIG Frog Splash!! Rollins wins! He pins the Intercontinental Champion! Will The Architect challenge for the title at Wrestlemania?

But wait! Finn Balor appears!

The Extraordinary Man, inaugural Universal Champion, and familiar foe to Rollins, is here, but why? Just to ruin Rollins’ moment? Rollins leaves and we go to break.

 

Finn Balor VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage!

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, The Miz must wrestle a second match, against the 100% Finn Balor! Can he even hope to win after what he just went through with Rollins?

The bell still rings, but Miz is reluctant to have any part of this. He circles with Finn, and The Miztourage come in to attack! The match is thrown out, but Bo and Axel keep stomping on Finn. Bo feeds Finn to Axel’s DDT!

Then Miz has them bring Finn up, but The Club come to the rescue! Anderson & Gallows fight off The Miztourage for Finn, and the fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Gallows throws Bo out, then Anderson throws Axel. Finn and Miz are alone in the ring while the brawl continues outside. Miz stalks Finn, but Angle says to stop right there. Angle said that Miz was going to have a match with Balor, and now the others are ejected from ringside to start this match over. There must be a winner, or Miz won’t be at Wrestlemania at all. The Good Brothers and The Miztourage leave, and the match restarts.

No Disqualifications: Finn Balor VS The Miz!

Finn says he’s ready, the bell rings, Miz hits his A-List clothesline! Miz hurries with a low DDT, covers, TWO! Miz keeps on Finn with a rain of lefts, then the low boot. Cover, TWO! The frustration grows but Miz keeps on Finn by throwing him out. He slips out the side and goes over to Finn, but Finn fights back. Finn chops and punches Miz, then throws him into steel steps. Finn puts Miz back in the ring, but Miz kicks him away. Miz keeps kicking, then boots Finn to a corner. Miz brings Finn out and suplexes him, cover, TWO. He tries another low DDT, cover, TWO! Miz is frustrated with Finn, but both men stand up.

Finn throws hands, Miz knees low. Miz runs, and hits a shotgun knee on Finn! TWO, and Finn gets to ropes while we go to break.

Raw returns to Miz grinding Finn with a chinlock. The fans rally for Finn, and Rollins watches from backstage. Finn gets up and jawbreakers free. Miz checks his teeth then throws a haymaker, but Finn Pele kicks Miz down! The referee begins a ten count, and Finn moves first. He gets to a corner, Miz runs in but Finn boots him away. Finn rallies on Miz with forearms, then the takedown to double stomps!

The fans fire up while Finn flexes. He gives Miz a running chop, then whips him corner to corner for another chop. Finn whips Miz again, but Miz boots him away. Miz hops up, Finn swings a kick and that brings Miz down, for the elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Though surprised, Finn doesn’t slow down. He gets up and gets to a corner to aim at Miz. He runs out but Miz reverses. Finn slips out of the Finale to a roll up, TWO! Miz goes again, A-List combo! Cover, TWO!

Miz’s frustration grows, but he stands up and aims at Finn. He swings a kick but Finn dodges and kicks back. Finn gives Miz those “It Kicks”! He runs and dropkicks Miz down, TWO! Miz rolls out of the ring, but Finn slips out the other side. Finn runs around the corner, to blast Miz with a dropkick! More flexing before Finn puts Miz in the ring. Finn Slingblades Miz down, then blasts him with another dropkick! Now Finn climbs up high, and the fans fire up as he hits Coup de Grace! Finn wins! Has Finn earned himself an Intercontinental Championship match now?!

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

He has no idea what to make of Finn beating a guy he just beat. That’s not how you prove yourself. You prove yourself by lasting 65 minutes in a gauntlet. But they both came up short in the Chamber, so where does that leave Rollins for Wrestlemania? Rollins has learned that “There is more than one road to Wrestlemania.” He knows how to pave his own way, because he wants that Intercontinental Champion! The Architect goes for the Grand Slam, but will he have to worry about the Extraordinary Man on the way?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring.

The Big Dog won the Elimination Chamber and is now the #1 Contender to the Universal Championship. And since The Advocate to The Beast promised his client would be here tonight, Roman has come out to hold up his end of the promised face-to-face encounter. After hearing out the cheers and the jeers, Roman speaks.

“I’m a man of my word.” Roman said he would win, and he did. So when he says he’ll go to Wrestlemania and beat Brock Lesnar, he’s telling the truth. But speaking of the truth, “I don’t know why I’m covering for this guy.” The truth is that Lesnar isn’t actually here. Up until 30 minutes ago, we all thought he was going to be here, but nope. No one else will say it but Roman will, Lesnar is “an entitled piece of crap who hides behind his contract.”

Just think about it! Six weeks away and the Universal Champion isn’t here? They were in Vegas, he was there, but not the Chamber. He was hanging out with Dana White and the UFC! Why? Because Lesnar doesn’t respect Roman, the fans or the locker room. Roman is sick of it, everyone is, and “we all know it!” Every week, the other superstars “bust our ass” but Lesnar shows up when the money or the venue is right. But it doesn’t matter, Roman will be there, because he says he will.

Brock and Paul will show up later and say they’re business men, but Roman was born to this business. His family bloodline IS the business! Roman learned early on that there’s a fine line between business and respect. And he’ll say this right now: “I don’t respect Brock Lesnar. And I damn sure don’t fear that bitch.” That’s all he has to say, and now he’ll go back and get chewed out for the sake of his respect for this business. Mic drop and some actually applause, has Roman just fired the first shot?

 

Braun Strowman speaks.

“I may not have won the Elimination Chamber match, but I saved us all from any more of Elias’ noise pollution.” Tonight, Strowman will perform a symphony of destruction that is a literal smash hit! Can The Drifter survive another run in with the Monster Among Men?

 

WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Best 2 out of 3 Falls Match: The Bar VS Titus Worldwide w/ Dana Brooke!

There will be no more flukes and no more lucky shots between the Swiss Cyborg, Celtic Gladiator or the Real Deal’s rising brand. One team will decisively win and be the champions, who will the odds favor this close to Wrestlemania?

Sheamus and Titus start, but then Cesaro speeds by. BROGUE, The Bar gets the first fall fast! They used brains and brawn, and celebrate like they’ve already won the whole thing.

Apollo helps Titus regroup, and Cesaro comes in to start the second fall with Apollo.

They tie up, Cesaro knees low and whips, but Apollo fights back. Apollo flies, covers, TWO. Roll up, ONE, small package, ONE. Apollo tries the victory roll, TWO, and Cesaro rocks him with a right. Tag to Sheamus, and Sheamus goes after Apollo. Corner to corner whip but Apollo goes up and over to then dropkick Sheamus down. Cover, ONE, but Apollo keeps on Sheamus. Sheamus gets loose but Titus tags in. Sheamus wants nothing to do with an angry Gator, but too late! Titus puts him in a corner. Sheamus knees low, tags Cesaro in, but Titus runs him over.

Titus glares at Sheamus, but blocks Cesaro’s roll with power. He chops Cesaro, then chops him again. Tag to Apollo, and Titus throws him in for the shoulder tackle. Cesaro is fed to a scoop slam, then Apollo adds a leaping elbow drop. TWO, but Apollo keeps Cesaro grounded. He tags Titus back in, they double whip and shoulder Cesaro back down. Titus drags Cesaro up then whips him hard into buckles. Sheamus wants a tag, but stays back when Titus looks his way. Apollo tags back in, he lifts Cesaro and then drops him. “Worldwide~!” standing moonsault!

TWO! Sheamus swings at Apollo but Apollo knocks him down, then asai moonsaults on The Bar! The champions aren’t as in control as they thought while we go to break.

Raw returns and Cesaro keeps Apollo back from his corner. Cesaro reaches for his own tag but APollo reels him back into forearms. Apollo keeps throwing forearms but Cesaro whips, only for Apollo to send Cesoar flying out! The fans rally while Apollo crawls but Cesaro tags Sheamus first. Sheamus intercepts and throws Apollo to ropes. Apollo slips out of the scoop to tag Titus! Titus rallies and chops away on Sheamus.

He then throws Sheamus across the ring! Titus storms over but Sheamus boots him away, only to walk into the powerslam! The fans bark with Titus, and he runs in corner to corner for the corner splash. Titus also takes out Cesaro, then lifts Sheamus, Dominator slam! TWO!

But that won’t slow Titus Worldwide! Apollo tags in, goes top rope, big splash! Csaro barrels in for the break, so Titus throws him back out. Sheamus throws Titus out, but Apollo rolls Sheamus! TWO, enziguri! Standing moonsault again, TWO! Apollo and Sheamus are both down, but Apollo is stirring. Cesaro trips up Titus but Titus clobbers Cesaro. Sheamus clobbers Titus then throws him into barriers, but then Apollo FLIES! Apollo puts Sheamus in, climbs up but has to fight off Cesaro. Sheamus kicks Apollo’s feet out then tags Cesaro. The Bar hits A-Swiss-ted White Noise! The Bar wins and retain in the 2-0 sweep!

Is this the end of second chances at the Raw Tag Team Championships for Titus Worldwide?

In-ring interview with The Bar.

Titus Worldwide looked to have their number, but The Bar now has Titus’ number, and it’s ZERO. Two men walk into The Bar, and then nothing. Nothing walks into this Bar and ever gets up. Just ask The New Day, the Hardys, Rollins & Ambrose- Well, Ambrose got up, but his arm didn’t. Sheamus remembers now, they took out Jason Jordan. Who? Exactly. But Wrestlemania is coming, and everyone wants their moment. The Bar might be punished because of how dominant they are! To be honest, who is there left to face after there’s no one left to beat? But that’s just how it is when you are The Bar!

 

WWE and Raw proudly present the Warrior Award’s 2018 recipient.

Jarrius “JJ” Robertson, diagnosed with a chronic liver disease, was on the brink of death. But once the ventilation machine went off, his was able to breath on his own. His liver would continue to be a problem, and he’d have sleepless nights. After a second liver transplant, JJ realized his calling: “It takes lives to save lives!” JJ would unite and inspire people with his unstoppable optimism. And after waiting for so long, he would receive his second liver. Now he’s on the up trend, and his positive energy continues to spread.

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

He tunes up as always, and then asks Anaheim, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” The fans give him a mixed reaction. Hold on to that feeling, because that is what it’s like to be in the presence of greatness. Elias knows Anaheim doesn’t know what that’s like. Things didn’t go as planned in the Chamber, but Elias’ Road to Wrestlemania will not be derailed. Everyone will learn that WWE truly stands for Walk With Elias!

He wasn’t going to treat himself to a performance, he was going to focus on his match. But then he heard Strowman called Elias’ “beautiful music” nothing but “noise pollution.” Strowman criticizes because he is jealous. Who isn’t jealous of Elias? But the real pollution was Strowman singing! Every word from Corey Graves is pollution. And every noise from these people’s mouths is pollution. But Elias’ music is a gift. So please silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths!

“The Monster will be slain, Elias says it’s time. I’ll make him even more ugly than the people of Anaheim.” The fans boo and jeer but he continues. “Braun wants to be me, I know this much is true~. But he can’t hold a candle to Elias, he’s just like all of you!” BRAUN interrupts.

Braun Strowman VS Elias!

The Monster Among Men had one “smash hit” a few weeks ago when he broke a bass cello across The Drifter’s back. He had another when he eliminated Elias, even though Elias was the last man into the Chamber. Will Strowman top the charts again for the third week in a row?

The bell rings and Elias circles with Strowman. He keeps his distance, of course, and the fans chant, “Strow~man!” Elias tries but is just powered back then thrown around by Strowman, so he bails out of the ring. Strowman lets him take his time returning, so Elias waist until the ring count is at 5 before entering. Elias keeps in a corner but fights back with kicks. He tries to whip but Strowman reverses, so Elias bails out again. Strowman chases him! Elias turns it around on Strowman, throwing forearms, but then he runs into Strowman’s shoulder!

Strowman runs at Elias but Elias boots him away. Elias runs at Strowman but Strowman swats him down. Strowman picks Elias up to then throw him across the way again. The fans want “One More time!” but Strowman gives Elias a big corner splash instead. Strowman rolls Elias out of the corner, then stalks the dazed Drifter. He kicks Elias while he’s down, and Elias rests on ropes from the battered ribs.

Elias staggers up but Strowman reels him into a lariat. Strowman scowls as he linse up a shot, and gives Elias another kick to the ribs. He headbutts Elias, and Eilas drops to the mat. Strowman stands Elias up to club him down with that hammering fist. Elias gets under the bottom rope but Strowman brings him up. Elias hotshots Strowman away then goes top rope. Flying ax handles hit but Strowman only staggers. Elias runs, but back into another shoulder!

He gets out of the ring once again, but Strowman goes out and throws him right into barriers. Strowman throws Elias to the other barriers, then into the ring. Elias bails out again, but that won’t stop Strowman. Strowman stalks Elias around the corner, because “You can run but you can’t hide.” Elias hurries under the ring, but Strowman grabs his foot. He drags Elias out, but Elias has the fire extinguisher! Elias blasts Strowman, disqualifying the match, but he doesn’t care!

Elias blasts Strowman more, then bumps him off a post. He puts Strowman back in the ring, then grabs the empty extinguisher can. He rams the can into Strowman’s stomach! Strowman falls to his knees and Elias throws hands. Strowman grabs Elias by the throat, but Elias breaks free, only to get rocked with a right uppercut! Elias runs away while the blinded Strowman tries to clear his eyes. Even with that, Strowman still gives chase! He runs Elias down on the ramp.

Strowman brings Elias up and over to the announce desk. He clears it off, and even with bad vision, picks Elias up! Elias rakes the already damaged eyes, then runs for the hills. The fans boo the Drifter’s cowardice, but Strowman won’t let him get away that easily. They both go backstage, and Elias panics. He runs but Strowman pursues at a stagger.

They end up near the tour buses. Elias is long gone, but Strowman roars “I’m not finished with you!” With no prey to hunt, Strowman leaves while a limousine pulls up. Who is inside?

 

Triple H and Stephanie are here!

The Authority is back again after the situation from last night. It was meant to be the highlight of their executive careers, but because of Kurt Angle, “things went horribly wrong.” Angle hallucinated and said things he believed were true. He has “double pneumonia” and his words stirred up Ronda Rousey to behave in a way not appropriate in this business. Ronda “acted out of savage instinct”, and that is her training. Stephanie got physical to “remind her of the hierarchy”. Stephanie is the Raw Commissioner, which means both Angle and the new Raw superstar, Ronda Rousey, belong to her. She wants to clear the air and establish the roles, starting with apologies. Stephanie wants Angle to come out, but it’s Rousey instead!

Luckily for Stephanie, and even HHH, Angle does appear to calm her down. Angle wants Rousey to hear him out on one thing: “You coming to the WWE is the best decision you’ve ever made.” Rousey says she meant everything she said last night, that she wants this more than anything. But she’s never been slapped before in her life, and she refuses to be disrespected. And above all, she is no one’s property.

Angle understands that, but the WWE is a different world. She must work within their system. Angle also needs this job, he really does. He must do what he must do, so given everything she did last night, Angle must admit he lied. He doesn’t know why, he has been sick and must have misheard them. Whatever he said, not that he remembers them, were all false. Angle is sorry.

Stephanie thanks him for that. The Authority isn’t horrible, despite what you read or hear. They understand why Rousey did what she did, and now knows it was all made up. Now, let’s make her the superstar she deserves to be. Stephanie and HHH leave, but Rousey says there’s one thing left: the slap. If Stephanie wants to put this behind her, Stephanie should apologize to Rousey. And if Stephanie doesn’t, Rousey will rip her arm out. The fans want her to “Rip it out!”

Stephanie steps up to Rousey, and is “terribly sorry”. She is, she reacted to what happened to her husband, it was all the wrong thing to do. Please forgive her, and welcome to the WWE. Good? But then HHH sucker punches Angle! The Authority leaves, but there are still many questions between the various authority figures. What does Stephanie have planned for Rousey now that things are “fine” between them?

 

My Thoughts:

Not a bad Raw to follow up that solid Elimination Chamber PPV. Though, we do need to question why Mickie has suddenly turned Tweener to stay on the same side as Alexa. And we need to question why Bayley ran out with Sasha to help Asuka with the beat down. But that aside, I still enjoyed the Six Woman Tag that occurred, and I really enjoyed Bayley’s tag swerve to get Sasha back for both the Rumble and the Chamber. And we need to wonder why Raw just assumes Asuka will want the Raw Women’s Championship when she hasn’t vocalized her decision. Hopefully that becomes a big moment when Asuka finally chooses, but chances are it might just keep the course of Asuka wants Raw because of everything Alexa is doing and saying.

Cena is always great on the mic but he really got us here tonight. He called out Taker, but then tells us he can’t have Taker, so he’ll settle for anything on SmackDown. It almost gives me the vibe that he’s gone at least Tweener out of his desperation. But since he and Taker were staples of SmackDown for a time, it might be more fitting if The Phenom were to respond there and not on Raw.

Speaking of “might”, Miz is becoming the kind of promo guy that could read the phone book and make it entertaining, provided he gave his commentary. He burned up the mic, then did really good even in two losses to Rollins and Finn. Clearly that is all setting up to at least a triple threat for the Intercontinental Championship, which could give rise to Rollins joining Roman and Ambrose as Grand Slam Champions. And speaking of Roman, he actually did great with that passionate venting of frustration over Lesnar. It speaks to a contingent of the fans that don’t like it either, and gives us the straight-shooting Roman fans have probably wanted for a long time. The real face-to-face can still happen with the remaining weeks, but if we’re being fair to “The Guy”, this was a pretty good start.

WOKEN VS Wyatt 3 at ‘Mania better have a truly BROKEN Build and match because the fans are barely holding on as it is. The Raw Tag Team Championship was a nice surprise, but I’m a bit disappointed Titus Worldwide didn’t even get one of the three covers. The Raw Tag Team Division is cluttered, but I appreciate The Bar being meta about it. I said it with the Chamber and I’ll say it here, this seems to be building towards another ladder match. And unless Strowman and Elias are going to detour into the IC title, it seems a shame it’ll just be the two of them against each other (or in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal). Then, if it wasn’t more clear WWE plans for Angle-Rousey VS HHH-Steph, then you weren’t watching. HHH’s sucker punch made it clear they won’t put this behind them without a match.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)

NJPW returns to the UK!

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NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!

NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; wins.
  • Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; win.
  • Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH & Bad Dude Tito; win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; win(s).
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
  • Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin when video is available]

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and

This one has been a long time coming! Music City Mayhem saw the United Empire win a Six Man Tag, but they pinned Alex Zayne. Can Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis beat Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood 2v2? Or will the #ForeverTripleReign continue for the joint ROH, AAA & IWGP Tag Team Champions?

 

 

Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino

Speaking of title fights, The Commonwealth Kingpin just retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay, only to find Tetsuya Naito AND Zack Sabre Jr. are after him! Will Ospreay be able to keep his focus tonight? Or will #SHOOTER hit a bull’s eye and add himself to that title picture?

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)

The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!

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Everyone LOVES the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Acclaimed! Except for the Andrade Family Office! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose their titles after just getting them?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
  • Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
  • Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
  • Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.

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AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!

The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?

Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?

In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!

Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.

Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.

Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!

Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!

Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!

Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!

Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?

 

Backstage interview with The Firm.

Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.

“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?

 

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.

Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.

“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?

 

Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!

Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?

The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!

The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!

Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission

The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.

Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.

Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?

But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?

 

Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!

These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?

The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!

Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!

Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.

Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.

Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.

Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall

Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?

 

Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.

The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?

 

Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.

The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!

Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?

 

AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.

As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?

 

AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.

The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”

Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.

The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!

Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!

After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!

“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!

 

Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!

LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.

Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!

Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.

Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!

Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!

The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!

Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!

Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Rampage to follow up Dynamite and the Grand Slam, as well as to help set up things for the anniversary week. The tag title match was a great opening match, and it did a great job propelling multiple stories. For one, Acclaimed retain, which I figured anyway. They’re surely going to defend against Austin & Colten next, since the Gunns called them out while also calling FTR out. Acclaimed will win there, too, and who knows how it goes with FTR. I don’t wanna say Tony Khan booked himself into a corner, but he’s come close. FTR can’t really lose since they have THREE different tag titles, but The Acclaimed are so popular that it’d be a shame if they lost.

Good segment from The Baddies and the Vixens. Nice character work with Jade; she wants stronger competition yet is hesitant when such a competitor steps up. Nyla VS Jade will be a great match, and with both Marina and Vickie, they’ll be able to cancel out with Kiera and Leila, meaning Nyla will have a fair(er) shot than most. Moriarty gets a quick win off Fuego, but the big thing is Moriarty’s new Heel aggression and Morrissey also getting his in. Assuming Garcia leaves the Jericho Appreciation Society to go full Face, he and Moriarty are gonna have one hell of a feud and match. Also I like that The Firm has to be the one to tell Andrade about Hardy wanting Private Party back, it adds another dimension to that faction’s identity.

Really good promo from #WARDJOE, and I like the idea that they’re going to be some new kind of Two Man Power Trip. They might not go for the ROH tag titles since FTR are technically Wardlow’s pals, but that also adds to the complexities of the AEW tag title picture. Unless Wardlow & Joe each go for other singles titles instead. That could be a way around it, especially with Jericho wanting to bury former ROH World Champions. Jericho VS Joe would be some awesome stuff. Hook whooping Nemeth was also pretty awesome. But I bet with the Trustbusters’ invitation to Hook, the options are A) join the Trustbusters or B) put up the FTW title. And I think we know which one Hook will choose.

Great stuff from Hayter VS Willow, fans love them both and those two can go. Again, there was wasted potential in just doing away with Hayter VS Britt as a feud. But whatever, Britt helps Hayter win, Hayter can have momentum while Britt’s nose heals up, and then we wait and see if they ever/never circle back to a feud. I mean, it could work, with Britt getting jealous of Hayter being just as beloved by the fans and getting opportunities for titles. Glad to see the feud of Death Triangle VS Best Friends continues, as now Trent gets a shot at Pac for Battle of the Belts IV. Not sure Trent wins that one, but it’ll be an awesome match.

And I like what we’re getting out of the LFI VS Dark Order feud. Good promo segment to set up Andrade VS Vance, but I don’t see Andrade leaving AEW so he’ll be taking Vance’s mask. Rush VS Silver was a great main event, but of course Heels win with Heel tactics. Reynolds and Jose should’ve been more careful with that apron trip-up spot, though, that was not a clean drop. Of course we get a brawl, and of course Hangman helps the Dark Order. Hangman VS Rush 1v1 is going to be an awesome match for the anniversary show, and it’ll help Hangman get some momentum going into the title match in Cincy. Great promo from him and Moxley, too, and Hangman was perfectly in character realizing he’s going to be at a disadvantage.

My Score: 8.7/10


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