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

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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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WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (7/20/19)

Stand back! There’s a Comic-Con coming through!

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WWE 24/7 Championship

The WWE 24/7 Championship makes an SDCC debut!

As superheroes, super villains and super fans all converge in San Diego, watch as WWE icons collide! Who gets out of the convention with the title?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS The Hurricane VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.

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WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, appears for an interview!

What’s up, San Diego and IGN!? Truth sits with hosts Max Scoville and Sydnee Goodman and has been having a blast. he’s seen everything and everybody, but he just hopes no one recognized him. Truth being the 24/7 Champion, he had to stay incognito. Someone, anyone, everyone, they could take this title because it is defended at all times of the day. That is why it is the “48/7 7-11 TV” Championship. How has Truth been holding up? Well he can’t sleep, not even for a nap. He’s fought over this belt on a golf course, a tarmac, in a plane, and ruined one man’s wedding AND honeymoon. But don’t worry, Drake Maverick’s not constipated.

And now at SDCC, Truth has been able to slip through as a penguin! Pengi the penguin, noot noot! He got to shake hands and hang out with Darth Vader. Truth loves SDCC, it’s the bomb. But what else has Truth done while here? Chewbacca stared him down, but then Pikachu came along. The weather’s been a bit iffy, though. But wait! Is that…?! Yes! It is THE Hurricane!! Truth mentioned weather, so stand back, because there’s a hurricane coming through! Truth thinks this is a really great cosplay, but he’s a bit thick around the waist. Oh wow, what a great referee cosplay! He looks just like John Combs! But he’s blonde. No, wait, that’s… Nevermind. ROLL UP! TWO, but Hurricane runs away before Truth can retaliate. Because here comes Rockstar Banana, Drake Maverick! Roll up, TWO!!

Truth bails out before Maverick can attack again. Maverick vents! Truth has ruined Maverick’s life! His wedding, his honey moon, and he’s yet to consummate the marriage! Maverick is getting sick and tired of this! And then he realizes he’s on camera. Maverick gets up and runs off, but into the cameras! The signal goes down, but is Maverick too down in the dumps to get back up?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This title continues to be amazing! I was actually shocked Truth didn’t lose the title here, but him retaining is actually even more surprising. Great to see Hurricane again, even if it’s just for the gag of, “Oh, it’s Comic-Con, cosplay is everywhere.” Maverick is slowly breaking, and I love that he tied in the banana costume from when he showed up at the WWE Mattel panel during SDCC. Can’t wait to see reference to this on Raw.


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block

Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?

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Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?

This whole day is based around two major things:

Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?

Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?

Let’s find out!

Ratings:

  • Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
  • Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
  • SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
  • YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
  • B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
  • B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
  • B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
  • B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
  • B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2

 

Analysis:

Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.

People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!

Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.

Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.

Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.

Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.

Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.

Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.

Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.

 

Overall Score: 7.75/10

With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.

With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?

 

B Block Standings:

  • Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
  • Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)


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