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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (4/9/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nia Jax & ??? VS Alexa Bliss & Mickie James; Ember Moon & Nia Jax win.
  • No Way Jose VS John Skyler; Jose wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Eliminator: The Good Brothers VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
  • Sasha Banks VS Mandy Rose w/ Absolution; Mandy wins.
  • Heath Slater & Rhyno VS ???; The Authors of Pain win.
  • Raw Tag Team Eliminator: Titus Worldwide VS ???; wins.
  • Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn; double count-out, neither man is hired to Raw.
  • Six Man Tag: The Miz & Miztourage VS Seth Rollins, Finn Balor & Jeff Hardy; Rollins, Balor & Hardy win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon, heads to the ring.

And she’s holding her broken arm. And that arm is broken because “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey got it in the armbar during the mixed tag match at Wrestlemania. But Stephanie is here tonight, sore and hurt as she is, expecting “a little bit more from you people.” The Raw After Mania is very international, she smelled it on the way out. But she didn’t expect this. Other crowds would sympathize instead of boo. The crowd chants, “You Tapped Out!” Stephanie knows she did, but everyone has to admit they were surprised seeing the performance of a certain woman, “Could she make that transition?” And Stephanie did! She was amazing, she deserves accolades and knew exactly what she was doing. She brought out the best in Ronda and showed us all what she’s made of.

And that brings us to introducing the newest superstar, Ronda Rousey herself!

Ronda Rousey appears, smiling and waving to the fans in attendance. She goes to the ring, and Stephanie admits she tapped. The better woman won. Ronda was spectacular, and showed that everything she does is with passion. Ronda is a role model for everyone, and Stephanie lost to the best. Stephanie tells Ronda that as a Raw superstar, there’s nowhere these two can’t go. Ronda’s talent, Stephanie’s spotlight, they’ll blaze trails all over the world! Stephanie can put all of the “WWE Machine” behind her. The fans will follow Ronda and “our message”! But the fans call, “Bullshit! Bullshit!” Stephanie ignores that, and says Ronda is smarter than the fans. Ronda gets what it takes, but she taught Stephanie a lesson. Stephanie paid the price, and gives it up for her “friend”, WWE’s Rowdy Ronda Rousey! Stephanie offers a handshake, Ronda takes it, and hugs Stephanie, too.

Then throws Stephanie for ANOTHER armbar! Stephanie shrieks as Ronda takes off the brace, and puts her in!

Stephanie taps all over again! Ronda lets her go while referees rush out to help the Raw Commissioner. Ronda grins and shrugs, enjoying herself. Fans let Stephanie know, “You Deserve It!” Will there be any consequences for Ronda physically calling Stephanie out on her lies? Meanwhile, Stephanie has to be helped to the back. Will her arm ever be the same again?

 

Nia Jax & ??? VS Alexa Bliss & Mickie James!

The NEW Raw Women’s Champion has the fans chanting, “You Deserve It!” but The Goddess says the real bully is Nia Jax.

Alexa swears she’s going to tell the truth about the new champion, who loves to throw her weight around. “Which is clearly a lot of weight”. These are the facts, people. Alexa says Nia went after Mickie for no reason and that left Alexa distraught, which is why she lost. Alexa is a compassionate woman, and when she saw her best friend decimated, she competed under “emotional distress”. Nia loved that, she’s cold as ice! Everyone knows it, which is why Nia has no partner! Nia tells Alexa to shut up. Alexa is right, Nia enjoyed what she did to her and Mickie, and became the new Raw Women’s Champion because of it!

But Alexa is wrong, Nia does have a tag team partner. And it’s… EMBER MOON!

Raw is War Goddess now that the former NXT Women’s Champion is here! With this amazing combination standing across from them, do Alexa & Mickie stand a chance?

Alexa claims her sore body is why she isn’t starting, so Nia grabs Mickie and throws her! Nia whips Mickie to a corner, splashes her, then brings her over to the other corner. Mickie dodges, and kicks at Nia’s leg. She shoves Nia into the corner and stomps, then tags Alexa. Mickie stomps more, than Alexa adds her own stomps. Alexa tags Micie back in, Mickie whips Alexa in, but Nia grabs her. Nia grabs Mickie, and headbutts the Goddess down, before tagging in Ember! Nia whips Mickie, Ember hits Mickie with a roaring elbow! Ember keeps moving, neckbreaker to hatch suplex! Ember whips but Mickie kicks her away, then tag to Alexa. Goddess and War Goddess collide, but Ember’s kicks get the better of Alexa!

Ember handsprings in for the forearm smash, then springboards for the crossbody. Cover, TWO, but Ember intercepts Mickie with a mule kick. Ember keeps on Alexa with a whip, but alexa runs out, only for Ember to sweep the legs. Ember climbs up now, takes aim, ECLIPSE!

Cover, Ember & Nia win!

Winners: Ember & Nia, Ember pinning

A successful debut for the Prophecy of Flame! With this victory, will Ember’s career ignite the Raw Women’s Division?

 

Kurt Angle talks on the phone.

He’s impressed by Ember Moon in her debut, and with the Shake-Up next week, there’s going to be a lot of great gets for the roster. Braun Strowman walks in, and Angle congratulates him on the Raw Tag Team Championship win. But where’s Nicholas? He’s right here. But Strowman and Nicholas talked it over, and they know they must relinquish the titles. They have to, Nicholas is still in the Fourth Grade. But one day, when Nicholas is done with school, they’ll come back for those titles. And someone’s gonna #GetTheseHands!

But now with the titles vacated, who will be the new Raw Tag Team Champions?

 

No Way Jose VS John Skyler!

NXT’s Fighting Fiesta makes his main roster debut! And he brings a conga line with him! How will the party translate from Full Sail to Raw and New Orleans?

The bell rings, Jose reveres Skyler’s punch into a dancing hip toss. Jose takes off the armband and winds up alraedy, pop-up Fastball! Cover, Jose wins!

Winner: No Way Jose, by pinfall

The match is done, on with the party! Will Jose party his way all the way to the top now that he’s on the main roster?

 

Kurt Angle meets with The Bar.

The former Raw Tag Team Champions have heard the titles are vacated. Are they getting their titles back here? Or in a more formal presentation? Angle isn’t just going to hand those titles back! They lost to a ten year old! It’ll be in three weeks, at the Greatest Royal Rumble, but against the winner of the #TagTeamEliminator. The Bar should pay close attention, because that comes up next. Who will get the opportunity at the Raw Tag Team Titles in Arabia?

 

The Good Brothers VS The Revival!

Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows have been Raw Tag Team Champions before while Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder want their first taste. They’re the first two teams in Angle’s #TagTeamEliminator, who will come out one step closer to the Greatest Royal Rumble?

Dawson chops Gallows but Gallows reverses the whip, then back drops Dawson high over head. Gallows pumphandles Dawson, back drops Dash, then throws Dawson with the pumphandle slam! Gallows gives Dawson body shots, then an uppercut. Dash comes back in but gets sent back out, Dawson chop blocks Gallows! Teh Bar watches backstage while Dawson goes after Gallows’ leg. Tag to Dash, and they work over the knee together. Dash gives Gallows a standing deathlock snap, then more stomps. He wrenches Gallows’ knee, but Gallows fights back with punches and kicks. Gallows shoves Dash back hard, but Dash still tags in Dawson.

Dawson pounces on Gallows, mocks the Too Sweet, but gets kicks from Gallows. Both men are down, Dawson tags in Dash, but Dash misses hitting Anderson and gets a YAKUZA Kick for it! Tag to Dawson again, but now Anderson tags in! He rallies on Dawson then Dash, dodges Dawson for the jump kick! Anderson hops up, flying neckbreaker! Then he slingshots onto Dash! Anderson keeps moving, flying crossbody but roll through, TWO! SPINEBUSTER! Cover but Dash breaks the cover. Gallows boots Dash out and follows, but Dash sensd him into the barriers. Anderson rolls uP Dawson, TWO, but a tag to Dash. Anderson doesn’t see it, they bait him nito SHATTER MACHINE! Cover, The Revival wins!

Winners: The Revival (Dash & Dawson, Dash pinning)

The opening round to this short tournament has begun with #TopGuys moving on, but who will they face next week before going on to #WWEGRR?

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

The NEW Intercontinental Champion and Grand Slam Champion, the Architect bested The Miz and Finn Balor in their Wrestlemania Triple Threat match. Fans let him know, “You Deserve It!” Rollins speaks on the ups and downs, but that was the loudest “Burn It Down!” he’s ever heard. And after last night, he can say “Seth Freakin’ Rollins” is back! He has to admit, #GrandSlamRollins has a nice ring to it. Fans chant it for him, and he’s finally caught up to make The Shield a Grand Slam stable. But what was even better, was that it happened at Wrestlemania, “in front of you animals”! The fans made this week very special. But here comes Finn Balor!

Finn apologizes for the interruption, but he’s been thinking all day, he has to say it. Rollins invites him to the party, and Finn is in the ring. Fans “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for Finn while Finn also congratulates Rollins. Rollins was the better night last night, but that was a Triple Threat. There was a winner, a loser, and the guy who didn’t get pinned, who was “left wanting more.” Finn wants to be the first man to challenge Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship! Fans want to see that, too! Rollins shakes Finn’s hand, but then The Miz appears!

The former Intercontinental Champion is more than happy to interrupt. Miz says Rollins does NOT deserve it! Miz made that title the most prestigious title in all the WWE today, and last night, Miz did it by himself because otherwise everyone would have an excuse when Miz won. Did Miz confirm he can’t win without the Miztourage? Miz says he didn’t want to have an asterisk by his historic title reign. He is a changed man now that he’s a father to a beautiful daughter. And congratulations on that. Miz realizes that everything he does affects his daughter. Monroe Sky and Maryse watched that match, and Maryse said that when Rollins stole the title from Miz, Monroe cried. Rollins made Princess Monroe cry. And that made Maryse cry. And when Miz heard all that, he cried.

Rollins is proud of Miz sharing that, because everyone cries when they watch Miz try to wrestle. If Miz wants his title back, he’ll have to beat him. But he can’t, because he’s not good enough to lace up Rollins’ boots. Miz reminds everyone that Finn is owed nothing, Miz is the one with the rematch clause! Rollins was hoping he’d bring that up. Miz should man up and use that rematch clause right here tonight! The fans want that? The fans want that match right here tonight? Well Miz says no! Miz will use the clause when he wants, and decides to use it at Backlash.

Miz tries to hush the crowd, then tells Rollins and Finn that when you negotiate, you negotiate it from a position of strenght. If they want match, make it 3v2, Miztourage VS Rollins & Finn. Rollins and Finn are ready, but out comes JEFF HARDY!?

The Charismatic Enigma makes this an even 3v3 now! And while The Miztourage gets ready to fight, they decide to back off. Fans boo and jeer, but The Miztourage does things on their time. Will The Miz get the title back next month? And what will Jeff Hardy do now that he’s back from injury?

 

Sasha Banks VS Mandy Rose w/ Absolution!

While neither of these ladies won the inaugural Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal, that doesn’t mean The Legit Boss or the Golden Gift will stop fighting for the top of the Raw Women’s Division. Can Sasha snap back from being eliminated by her “best friend”? Or will Mandy win because she has friends she can trust? Speaking of, Bayley makes her way out to the ring! Is she here to help or hinder Sasha?

The bell rings and Mandy rushes Sasha but Sasha throws her right out, then baseball slides Mandy down. Fans sing for Bayley while Sasha keeps on Mandy with a Thesz Press! Sasha throws fast hands, then puts Mandy in a corner to grind a boot into her face. Sasha suplexes Mandy, covers, TWO. She keeps on Mandy with an armlock while the fans keep singing for Bayley. Mandy stands up but Sasha whips her, Mandy elbows Sasha back and throws her down! Mandy embraces the heat, then toys with Sasha, putting her in a corner now. Sasha blocks a buckle bump to give a bunch of buckle bumps. Sasha gives Mandy one more big buckle bump, but Mandy gives one back. Mandy rolls Sasha, deadlift waistlock, for a wheelbarrow hotshot! Absolution’s Gift is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Mandy has Sasha in an abdominal stretch. Sasha fights her way out and hip-tosses Mandy. Sashsa throws forearms and runs to rally with more forearms. She dropkicks Mandy, then runs in at the corner, but Mandy puts her over to the apron. Sasha hits with a knee, then climbs up for the Meteora! Cover, TWO, and Mandy bails out of the ring. Sasha goes out and clobbers Mandy down, but then Mandy revives to rock Sasha with a forearm. Mandy starts trouble with Bayley, Bayley swings but Mandy ducks and Bayley hits Sasha!

Sasha gets Mandy in the ring, then argues with Bayley, but Bayley swears it was a mistake. Sasha enters, Mandy clocks her with a knee strike of her own! Cover, Mandy wins!

Winner: Mandy, by pinfall

Absolution celebrates but Bayley makes her way to the back. Sasha glares at Bayley as she follows, will these two ever get back to the way things were?

Meanwhile, Paige speaks for Absolution. “Some of you may know this, some of you don’t.” Paige must confess, it’s been really hard to be on the sidelines. She was born to be in this ring, it his her heart and soul! But unfortunately, her neck injuries make it so that she cannot perform as an in-ring competitor. This is a hard moment for her, but fans chant, “Thank You, Paige!” Paige composes herself, and thanks every single female superstar, they make her proud to be part of the Division. They’ve made this decision bigger than any of them ever imagined.

Paige thanks Daniel Bryan for encouraging her. He came back from his own career-ending condition, and that gives her hope. She also thanks Edge, he also encouraged her that there’s life outside of the ring that she can also pursue. Paige also thanks the WWE for letting her even have the four years she had. She debuted here those four years ago to become a Diva’s Championship, so it’s fitting that this is where she retires. She then thanks the fans, and the fans thank her back. They also let her know, “This is Your House!”

She thanks them again, and agrees, this will always be HER house. The Glampire takes her leave of the ring and takes a bow. Will Paige ever return to the ring? Will she still be part of the WWE outside of wrestling?

 

Raw looks back to Wrestlemania’s legendary surprise!

At first, Cena thought he was getting The Undertaker. Instead, Elias would come out and run down the crowd. Cena would lash out and beat up The Drifter, but then he did get The Undertaker! They had a match, and Taker WON! Is the Deadman back better than ever, and for good?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is still in New Orleans, and he asks as he always does, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” New Orleans and the Post-Mania crowd give a good response. Elias realizes that WWE really does need what he is, as WWE stands for, “Walk With Elias!” In one year, Elias has become the biggest musical act on the planet! Fans agree. Wrestlemania was about his performance, but it was interrupted. The fans sing for Elias, but he promises he will do his performance. Of course, it’s the same group of “scumbags” from last night… The fans proudly chant, “We Are Scumbags!” Then silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths so he can begin!

“Wrestlemania, the whole world gathers ’round. Every godforsaken cities and trashy towns. Travel near and far, to come to this place, but as you all clap, I want to punch you in the face!” But then, BOBBY LASHLEY APPEARS!!

What a return! The Alpha Male, the Dominator, is back in the WWE! He stares Elias down in the middle of the ring, and fans chant, “Welcome Back!” Elias swings on Lashley, but gets turned into a neckbreaker. Lashley lifts Elias up, and holds him up! With one arm! Then turns him around, before dropping him down.

Lashley leaves Elias wrecked, who will Lashley wreck next?!

 

Kurt Angle boasts on his phone.

It’s not even Superstar Shake-Up yet and we’ve got so many great additions! But then, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn walk in!?

They now he’s busy, they just need a moment to speak their case. Kevin & Sami had a “falling-out” with management on SmackDown, so– Wait they’re looking for a job here on Raw?! Yes… But they got fired for attacking the GM and Commissioner. yes, but it was all a personal vendetta! Sami & Kevin have realized they need to be “team players.” Angle already has a full Tag Team Division, but TNA is hiring.

No, they’re not here to be a tag team, it’s not about hiring them both. Wait, what? Sorry, Sami, but Kevin has a family and kids. Angle understands, right? They just want a chance. Angle knows they’re talented, and has one spot on Raw. They’ll wrestle each other for it, or not at all. Sami & Kevin accept the offer, who will win their job back by costing the other?

 

Heath Slater & Rhyno VS ???

The One Man Band is upset he and the Manbeast aren’t in the Raw Tag Team Eliminator tournament. They’re the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions! But to the point, Heath’s got kids! And a whole lot of them! He needs this job, he needs the money. He and Rhyno issue an open challenge to ANY tag team in the back, so bring it on! Fans already anticipate who it’ll be.

It’s the AUTHORS OF PAIN!! Paul Ellering leads Akam & Rezar to the ring, the same as he once did the Legion of Doom! The fans chant “A O P! A O P!” and the bell rings. Slater tries to bring teh fight to Rezar, but Rezar stays up to take Slater down. Rezar hammers away, then tags in Akam, for the backbreaker stomp! Akam clubs Rhyno just because, then Rezar boots Rhyno. They bring Slater up, tag, LAST CHAPTER! Rezar covers, the AoP wins!

Winners: The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar, Rezar pinning)

But wait, they tell Ellering to stay? They don’t need him anymore? Are they ready to go it all alone now that they’re on the main roster?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring.

The Big Dog was beaten bloody at the hands of The Beast. Roman doesn’t have the Universal Champion, but he will get another try in Saudi Arabia as part of the Greatest Royal Rumble event. As for tonight, he sports the wounds of that Wrestlemania war he waged, and endures the mix of cheers, boos and jeers from the crowd. “As you can see, I got my ass kicked last night.” But at least Roman is here, because Lesnar isn’t. Roman isn’t sure what even happened. When he arrived, what hurt the most was that Vince didn’t look him in the eyes. Roman knows Lesnar is one hell of a business man.

Last Wednesday, Lesnar is headed back to UFC, but then today he’s still here! And Roman found out about his coming cage match on the internet. Roman doesn’t know what this is about, but he vows to end this story by becoming champion! But wait, Samoa Joe appears!

The Destroyer returns, and says it’s time to break out the tinfoil hats, since Roman sees a conspiracy. But the reality is, Lesnar didn’t just beat Roman, he exposed Roman. For over a year, Roman acted like he was the only one who could beat Lesnar. But the reality is, Roman failed, and he is therefore a failure! And it also makes Roman a liar, for lying to the fans, to his family and to himself. Roman is still lying, because he can’t face the facts that every time he and Lesnar meet, Roman gets jacked up. Roman can’t face the fact that he gets broken and Lesnar gets richer. The Beast will always conquer The Big Dog, and the Big Dog will always come up with excuses.

However, Joe says the cycle will end, because after Roman fails again, Joe will be waiting at Backlash, “to put you to sleep.” The Destroyer has issued his warning, will he be meeting Roman the failure? Or Roman the champion?

 

Raw Tag Team Eliminator: Titus Worldwide VS ???

The Real Deal and his star client, Apollo, are ready to be Raw Tag Team Champions, but who will they have to get through to get there? The WOKEN Wisdom stands by his Humongous Wonder #8 trophy, and begins the Expedition For Gold alongside his foil, BRAY WYATT! “We’re here.” Time to DELETE!

The bell rings and Titus starts against Matt, but can’t seem to comprehend the WOKEN Wisdom. Titus shouts, “Titus Worldwide~!” But Hardy says DELETE! They tie up, Hardy gets a waistlock, but Titus throws him off. Wyatt tags in, Titus goes after Hardy but Wyatt grabs Titus and they work together for a bulldog dropkick! Wyatt runs Titus over, then laughs as Titus gets up. Titus tags in Apollo while fans sing, “he’s got the whole~ world, in his hands!” The two circle, tie up, and Wyatt throws Apollo to a corner. Apollo throws hands then whips corner to corner but Wyatt reverses. Apollo goes up and over to show off his agility, which is “WONDERFUL~!”

Hardy & Wyatt applaud, as do the fans, so even Titus and Apollo applaud. Until Wyatt boots Apollo down.

Wyatt brings Apollo up while The Bar watches backstage again. Wyatt hammers away on Apollo, the fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy says “ENOUGH”, and tags in. He gives his own “DELETE DELETE” forearms, WONDERFUL~! Apollo hits back but Hardy knees and whips. Apollo reverses but Hardy avoids the dropkick. Hardy bumps Apollo off buckle after buckle, but Wyatt tags in. Wyatt continues where Hardy left off. Wyatt upoercuts Apollo, then tags Hardy in, and they work together to corner splash and Side Effect Apollo! Cover, but TItus breaks it, so Wyatt uses Hardy as a step stool to clobber Titus! Hardy calls for another DELETE, then goes for the Twist, but Apollo shoves and dropkicks. Hardy tags Wyatt, but Apollo enziguris him.

Apollo hurries to the top rope, jumps, but into the yurinagi! The fans rally and Wyatt goes to a corner for his WONDERFUL~ spider walk! Wyatt grabs Apollo, and feeds him to the Twist of Fate! Cover, Hardy & Wyatt win!

Winners: Hardy & Wyatt, Hardy pinning

This yin-yang of mystic madness moves on to the next round of this Tag Team Eliminator. Will they DELETE the #TopGuys to then challenge the Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator for the titles in Arabia?

 

Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn!

It’s no surprise that the #YEPMovement came groveling to the other brand of WWE looking for work. But it’s also no surprise that they’re willing to fight each other to get what they want. The Frenemies are back towards the enemy side of their relationship, which man will win the last spot available on the Raw roster?

The bell rings and Sami goes for a Helluva Kick out the gate, but Kevin dodges. The two friends smile and laugh, but the Kevin tries the Pop-up powerbomb! Sami holds ropes but Kevin is right on him, only for Sami to dump Kevin out. Sami builds speed, but runs into Kevin’s back elbow. Kevin kicks Sami while he’s down, then runs but Sami throws him out again, to then FLY! Fans applaud while both men are down. Angle watches while Sami puts Kevin back in the ring and fans sing, “Ole~ ole ole ole~!” Sami springboards but Kevin knocks him down to the ground. Kevin goes out and says, “Job’s on the line, buddy!” He goes to powerbomb Sami but Sami counters and catapults Kevin into the post!

Sami follows Kevin into the ring, they brawl, Sami goes acrobatic but Kevin hangs  him up on the top rope! Sami falls, Kevin goes up for the Vader bomb elbow! Cover, TWO, Kevin tries again, TWO. Kevin tries a third time, TWO! Kevin is frustrated but in control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Sami fights Kevin off the top rope, to then jump over but run into a SUPERKICK! Kevin goes for the pop-up but Sami slips out, Sami hits the Blue Thunder Bomb! TWO, and Sami is shocked. Kevin rolls away but Sami takes aim at him from across the way. Sami runs but Kevin rolls out to avoid the kick. Sami slips out of the ring, but Kevin SUPERKICKS the daredevil DDT dead, to then CANNONBALL Sami! No cover yet, he goes up top! Kevin leaps for the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! But just barely, and Kevin is frustrated. Angle continues to watch as Kevin and Sami are slow to standing.

Kevin runs in, corner clothesline, then he runs back to hit another. Kevin keeps going, but HELLUVA KICK! Sami reaches but Kevin slumps to the apron, preventing a cover. The fans hope the “Fight Forever!”

Sami drags Kevin up, but Kevin holds the ropes. Kevin elbows Sami away, then hits the Pop-Up Bomb! But then Kevin falls out of the ring from being too close to the ropes! He hurries back up, then decides to try another top rope move. Sami gets up, HELLUVA Kick rocks Kevin on the top! Sami climbs up but Kevin fights back, SUPER Fisherman Suplex!

Both men down and the fans are loving it! The ten count reaches 10, this match ends on a double count-out! What does this mean for the results?

Double count out, no one wins

So neither man wins a contract with Raw? That’s no fair! Sami and Kevin protest, but it was the rules of the match. What does this mean for both of their futures?

 

Jeff Hardy encounters WOKEN Matt Hardy backstage.

Matt is glad that his brother has recovered from his BROKEN Condition. Yes, and Jeff tried to contact Matt, but his messages must have been accidentally DELETED. Matt won his Humongous Wonder #8 Battle Royal, but thanks to a certain familiar friend.

Bray Wyatt walks over, and welcomes Brother Nero back. It is good to see that Sister Abigal has been rendered OBSOLETE. Yes, and Wyatt feels… Wonderful. Finn and Rollins meanwhile have no idea what that just was. Jeff just shrugs, and continues his way out.

 

Six Man Tag: The Miz & Miztourage VS Seth Rollins, Finn Balor & Jeff Hardy!

While the Hollywood A-Lister wants his title back, he and his sidekicks will have to get through the Grand Slam Architect, the Extraordinary Man and the returning Charismatic Enigma first. Can the Most Must-See Superstar avenge the tears of his wife and daughter? Or will he, Bo and Axel be rendered OBSOLETE?!

The teams sort things out, and it starts with Miz and Rollins. But then Miz backs off when Rollins approaches, and tags in Axel. The Ax Man steps in the ring and circles with Rollins. They tie up, Axel gets a headlock, Rollins powers out but Axel runs him over. Axel brings Rollins back into the headlock, but Rollins powers out again and things speed up. Rollins arm-drags Axel into the arm-lock, but Axel hits with a forearm. Axel tags in Bo, but Rollins solos the Miztourage. He boots Bo down, then drops the leg. Bo scrambles, Rollins tags in Finn, then Finn tags in Jeff. Rollins becomes the step stool, and Jeff uses him to give Axel Poetry in Motion! Finn does the same, Poetry in Motion for Bo!

The three men stare Miz down but Miz backs down while we go to break.

Raw returns once more, and Bo has Rollins in a chinlock. Fans rally and Rollins fights out, tag to Finn! Finn kicks Bo away, then rallies with forearms. He chops Axel, then counters Bo into the takedown and stomps! Finn flexes while Bo gets to a corner, and hits the running chop. He gives Bo the elbow drop DDT, cover, TWO. Finn takes aim at Bo but Miz distracts, Bo pounces from behind. Miz tags in and Miz stomps away on Finn. Miz runs to boot Finn down, then covers, TWO. He puts Finn in a chinlock, but fans rally for Finn. Finn stands up and reaches, punching Miz away. Miz counters Finn into the A-Lister combination, backbreaker and neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Miz taunts Rollins then tags in Axel. Axel gives Finn the neck snap, then taunts Rollins & Jeff.

Axel stomps on Finn and puts him into a chinlock. Finn endures the bend, but fans continue to rally. Finn reaches but Axel knees low and whips Finn, dropping him with a dropkick. Axel tags Bo, then slams Finn, Bo gives a knee drop and then more and more knees. Cover, TWO, but Bo puts Finn back in a chinlock. Finn endures the squeeze, but Finn fights his way up, only for Bo to wrangle him back down. Bo keeps Finn down, grinding him into the mat. Fans rally once more, and Finn fights up and out with a jawbreaker.

Bo staggers back but still holds Finn back. Finn fights him off, Bo whips Finn but Finn gets around Bo for a saido suplex! Both men are down, but stirring. Finn crawls for his corner, as does Bo, hot tag to Miz and he blasts Rollins down! Finn back drops, Miz sunset flips, but Finn rolls through to dropkick Miz! The fans rally again while Finn and Miz crawl, hot tags to Axel and Jeff! Jeff rallies on Axel, but Axel reverses the whip, only for Jeff to knock him down. Jeff hits the atomic drop then the split-leg leg drop. Splash, cover, TWO! Fans chant for “Brother Nero!” while he waits for Axel. He kicks low, goes for the Twist but Axel shoves Jeff away. Jeff swings at Bo but misses, Axel pounces in the corner.

Axel tags in Bo, Miztourage double whip Jeff but he fights them off to then go up, Whisper in the Wind! All three men are down, but Miz and Rollins return. Fans rally while Bo and Jeff crawl, hot tags to Miz and Rollins! The Architect springboards to clothesline Miz, then rallies with a blockbuster! Miz swings but misses, Rollins DIVES on Axel! Rollins returns and dumps Miz out, then builds up speed again, to DIVE on Miz and the Miztourage!

He puts Miz back in the ring while fans chant, “Burn It Down!” Rollins runs at Miz but misses in the corner. Miz clears his head, then climbs up top, but Rollins is upon him! SUPERPLEX and roll through to Falcon Arrow! Bo breaks the cover! Finn returns, slingblade to Bo! Axel in, Finn clotheslines him out. Finn builds speed and FLIES on the Miztourage! Miz rolls Rollins, TWO, Rollins rolls him for the CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins’ team wins!

Winners: Rollins, Finn & Jeff Hardy, Rollins pinning

But the Miztourage sneak attacks, Bo gets the Twist of Fate and the Coup de Grace! Jeff goes up, SWANTON BOMB!

Curb Stomp! SUPERKICK to Axel, Finn goes up again for another Coup de Grace! Jeff goes up again, another Swanton Bomb! Fans want more, so Rollins gives Axel the Curb Stomp! Now things are down between these three and the Miztourage. However, Miz will come for his title in four weeks at Backlash. Will the Grand Slam Architect hold on to his belt through the cross-branded PPV? And with Superstar Shake-Up next week, will any of these men even be on Raw by then?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a pretty damn good #RawAfterMania. There were a lot of great surprises tonight, such as NXT Call-ups Ember Moon, No Way Jose and the Authors of Pain, as well as the returns of Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe and Bobby Lashley. Ember did great helping Nia teach Alexa & Mickie a lesson, great to see John Skyler back on something WWE related even if it’s to feed Jose’s debut. The AoP of course win, but they somewhat disappoint by abruptly saying good-bye to Paul Ellering. We all knew this day was coming, but it just seems too soon. Meanwhile, Lashley opens up so many possibilities, it’s great to finally have him back. Samoa Joe calls out Roman, but is willing to wait until the Greatest Royal Rumble to settle things with him, that’s going to be fun.

Ronda beating up Stephanie more was so much fun, and extends her story with Raw management. As expected, Strowman didn’t get to be Raw Tag Team Champion long, but now it opens the titles back up again. The Revival VS #WOKENFamily is a great choice for next week, and I’m sure the winner will be left out of the Shake-Up. Woken Family can go all the way to fight The Bar, but no idea if they’ll win at #WWEGRR. Sasha VS Mandy was a good match, and it builds the Bayley-Sasha story more. Paige finally gives her retirement speech, but as she mentioned, if Daniel Bryan can make his way back, why not her? I really hope she sticks with the WWE in some way while she recovers because she’s still such a great talent.

Speaking of great talents, Kevin & Sami logically grovel to Angle, and put on a great match against each other, but the double count-out finish makes sense because it’d be a shame if only one of them “won back their job”. The Shake-Up is coming, and there’s a lot more they can do with this, surely Kevin & Sami will return somewhere. The main event was also great, Jeff looked great coming back from injury. He, Rollins & Finn win to stay strong coming off Rollins’ great Wrestlemania win. Again, the Shake-Up is coming, but I’d hope the coming Intercontinental Championship rematch stays intact. Though, if Miz isn’t challenging Rollins at #WWEGRR, then who is?

My Score: 8.8/10


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AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21

AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?

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Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James  and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.

Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!

Results:

  • Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship:  Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – ****  – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
  • Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
  • Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
  • AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships:  Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – ***TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
  • Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
  • Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – ****TITLE CHANGE!!!

 

Review:

Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley

Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.

Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.

Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.

Tag Team Turmoil

Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…

Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…

Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.

Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.

Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-

Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.

Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.

(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)

New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-

We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.

Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”

Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.

Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-

As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.

Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.

We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.

Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-

Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.

Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.

Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.

(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)

Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-

Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.

Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.

Overall Score: 8/10

Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.

Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.


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WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (4/10/21)

BEHOLD! The Night Panther!!

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NEW 24/7 Championship

It’s the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Night Planter!

Mild-mannered Old Spice salesman, Joseph Average, finds himself in the middle of an incredible WWE 24/7 Championship prophecy! But is he hero or villain?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE 24/7 Championship Picnic Panic: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa & Night Panther; Truth retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

R-Truth is having a picnic.

“This is just not your ordinary picnic. We eatin’ good.” And after spraying some Old Spice Night Panther, they’re smellin’ good, too! But Akira Tozawa is sneaking up to snatch Truth’s snacks! Truth goes to reach for some, sees Tozawa, and Tozawa says, “Say cheese~!” What’s Tozawa doing at Truth’s picnic?! And with Ninja Referee (Drew Gulak) and the Night Panther! Truth finds he’s outnumbered! Tozawa and Ninja Ref Gulak grab Truth, and Truth says, “Oh no! Say it ain’t so, Joe!” He went from Average Joe, to Average Ninja! But if you go full ninja, you go evil. But, Joe’s not evil…

Tozawa shouts, “ATTACK!” But stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ through! A hurricane? Truth’s insurance covers that. But what is he doing here? What’s he doing here? Everyone knows that hurricanes and night panthers are mortal enemies. Truth confirms. And yet, here Joe is, ruining Truth’s picnic with his baby. Wazzupwiththat?! Night Panther, attack!! Night Panther punches at Hurricane but is blocked and counter punched! Truth breaks free of the kung-fu grip, and hurries with Hurricane to the Truth Cave! AWAY~!

The ninjas pick themselves up and Tozawa blames Night Panther for this. But he tried…! Tozawa takes away Night Panther’s seemingly endless blackbelt. Was this Yokozuna sized? But Tozawa doesn’t care what the prophecy says, Joseph Average is NOT the Night Panther! The “HAH! HAH! HAH!” turns into laughter at Joe’s failure, and Joe runs away in shame. Ninja Ref Gulak tries to talk with Tozawa but he won’t hear it. Will Tozawa ever get the 24/7 Championship away from Truth? Will Joseph Average redeem himself? Or is there truly someone else who the Night Panther mantle is meant for?


My Thoughts:

Not quite as conclusive as I thought, but this was a pretty great next part to this story with Eric Bugenhagen, aka Ricky Buge, aka The Buge, now Joseph “The Night Panther” Average, who may not even be the Night Panther anymore. I like that we got The Hurricane in this, and if it weren’t for the divide of WWE and AEW, I would love if the cinematic wrestling universe got Matt Hardy involved with this title. Having a brand deal feels right up the “Big Money Matt” gimmick’s alley. I hope Buge returns and proves himself as the Night Panther, or even just as Joseph Average. This is the kind of fun this title needs to be having either way.


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