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Who else from Raw will qualify for MITB's namesake matches?

Raw rolls further towards Money in the Bank with two more qualifying Triple Threats! For the men, it will be Bobby Roode, Baron Corbin and No Way Jose. For the women, it will be The Huggable Bayley all alone against Alexa Bliss & Mickie James! Plus, Kevin Owens challenges Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Roode VS No Way Jose VS Baron Corbin; Roode wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder match.
  • The B Team VS Breezango; The B Team wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Sasha Banks, Ember Moon & Natalya VS The Riott Squad; Sasha, Ember & Natty win.
  • The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds; The Deleters of Worlds win.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss VS Mickie James; Alexa wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder match.
  • Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Finn Balor & Braun Strowman; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Elias VS Jinder Mahal Kevin Owens; Kevin wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder match.

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Radio City Music Hall had WWE on the red carpet.

But the biggest news to come out of this, was the Raw Women’s Champion, Nia Jax, calling out “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey! Is the Irresistible Force looking to up the ante in her first title reign?

 

Roman Reigns is in London!

The Big Dog survived Samoa Joe at Backlash, but a win is a win, and Raw is still His Yard. However, his ability is being questioned all over again, as Jinder Mahal robbed him of a win last week. Roman hears the crowd in the O2 Arena, then tells them he got robbed. Not by WWE management, but by the Modern Day Maharaja. He cuts to the chase: if Mahal wants to be more relevant than ever before, “face me like a man.” Roman waits, but instead of Mahal, he gets Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle!

London chants “You Suck!” out of tradition and admiration as the Olympic Gold Medalist makes his way to the ring. Angle tells Roman that regretfully, Mahal won’t be coming out. Since when did Angle speak for Mahal? He doesn’t, he speaks for WWE Management. Management gave Angle a call: when Angle denied Mahal his chance to qualify, he was “thinking emotionally” and was wrong. “As a leader, I should be thinking logically.” That’s what’s… #BestForBusiness. Fans boo that catchphrase. As a former champion, Mahal will have a chance, in a triple threat against Elias and Bobby Lashley. That’s fine, Roman wants in for a Fatal 4. He’ll beat Mahal and get into Money in the Bank. Fans say, “No! No!”

Angle says that won’t happen, either. Management made it clear, Roman will have no more opportunities. Angle knows that’s bad, and that Roman’s been screwed over. Roman isn’t upset with Angle, he’s just doing his job, doing what he has to for his family. Angle is thankful for that. But Roman says he’s going to do what he has to do. Roman leaves, and Angle follows him out. Roman lurks the halls, searching for Mahal. And when he finds him… It’s time for a fight! Mahal uses Sunil Singh as a shield, then throws hands. He throws Roman into walls then stomps away on him, even using a trash can as a weapon.

But Roman turns things around by throwing Mahal into railing and tables and trunks. Roman does not let up on Mahal, he rams a trunk right into the Maharaja’s ribs! They end up going out to the arena, to the stage and to the ramp. Roman loads up, and hits a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman wants more but Angle and security get in his way. Mahal runs but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Roman doesn’t get his full revenge, but will he be stopped when he tries again?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens!

The Prizefighter wanted to be in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but was put up against the Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman. With no path to the Universal Championship, Kevin decides he wants what The Architect has. Can #MondayNightRollins continue to #BurnItDown as a fighting champion? Or will the #KevinOwensShow be renewed with another Intercontinental reign?

Jojo makes the proper introductions, and the bell rings. Fans already chant for Rollins as he and Kevin circle. They tie up and Kevin clubs away on Rollins. Kevin chops then stomps Rollins, going off at the ropes. Kevin puts Rollins in a corner for body shots, then stalks him to another corner for shoulders. He whips Rollins corner to corner but Rollins fires back out with a clothesline. Rollins chops Kevin back, then throws hands. Rollins stomps Kevin in a corner now, then backs off at the referee’s count. He chops and whips Kevin, but Kevin rolls out of the ring to catch his breath. Rollins rocks Kevin as he tries to get back in, then builds speed to DIVE, only for Kevin to catch and toss Rollins into a post!

Kevin drags Rollins up and back into the ring. Back senton, then cover, TWO. Kevin keeps on Rollins with a knee to the back and a chinlock with both hands. Fans rally for Rollins, and he feeds off their energy. Rollins jawbreakers out, but then Kevin tosses him up and out of the ring. The Prizefighter has control while we go to break.

Raw returns to Rollins fighting up and out of the half-surfboard, but Kevin brings him back down. Kevin pulls Rollins back while fans rally for the champ. Rollins fights his way up again, but Kevin drives in a knee. Kevin lifts but Rollins resists. Rollins staggers, then side steps to send Kevin out. Rollins fires up but Kevin drags him out of the ring. Kevin wants but Rollins avoids the apron powerbomb. The two climb up and fight on the apron, and Kevin wants it again, but Rollins holds on. Rollins fights Kevin off, then boots him in the face, before giving him a FALCON’S ARROW ON THE APRON!!

Both men tumble to the floor while fans cheer. The ring count reaches 5, though. It reaches 7, and they both stand. They both enter at 9, and this match continues. Kevin and Rollins stand, and Kevin gives Rollins a headbutt. Rollins punches back, but Kevin clubs his back. Rollins throws more hands, and chops, but Kevin knees low. Kevin runs in but is sent out again, and Rollins DIVES! Rollins takes Kevin out but keeps going, he runs for a second DIVE!

Fans want “One More Time,” but Rollins puts Kevin in the ring for the springboard lariat! Rollins fires up again, and runs in for a forearm smash in the corner. He runs, but Kevin follows, only for Rollins to boot him back. Rollins hits a Blockbuster, covers, TWO! The Architect keeps his focus while fans rally again. Rollins stands while Kevin stirs. He wrings Kevin out but Kevin hits back. Kevin dodges a kick to give one, then give a DDT! Cover, TWO!

Kevin grows frustrated, and works on what to do next. He drags Rollins up, whips him for the Pop-up, but Rollins slips out. Rollins tries for something but Kevin back drops him. Rollins lands on his feet, to mule kick Kevin. Kevin dodges the stomp but gets a forearm, to give a SUPERKICK, that Rollins gives a Pele to! Kevin clotheslines, covers, TWO! Both men are down but stirring. Fans declare “This is Awesome!” Kevin walks over Rollins, then climbs up to the top rope. Kevin tries for a Swanton, but Rollins counters with his knees! Rollins starts up the stomp, then runs at Kevin, but Kevin rolls him up. Rollins rolls through, mule kick, Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Rollins gets himself to a corner and climbs up. Rollins takes aim, FROG– Into knees! Cover, TWO!!

Kevin hurries to a corner, climbs up top again, but Rollins rocks him with a forearm. Rollins climbs up to join Kevin, but Kevin fights back. Rollins staggers down, but springs right up, but it’s Kevin’s SUPER FISHERMAN!

Kevin goes for a cover but Rollins rolls away and out of the ring. Fans again agree “This is Awesome!” as Kevin fetches Rollins. They both go back into the ring, CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Kingslayer guts out another major match and major win. The Grand Slam fighting Champion rolls on, who will be next to step up?

 

Raw takes a closer look at the NYC Red Carpet event.

WWE was represented by many, but especially by Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax. Cathy Kelly would congratulate Ronda on her Wrestlemania and in-ring debut. Ronda was proud of that moment, but she knows it was only the beginning. Charlotte dared Ronda to “WOO~”, and Ronda gave it her best shot. Nia dared Ronda to see if she could be champion. Ronda figured time would tell, but Nia needed a challenger. So the champion challenged Ronda to be her challenger. Ronda humbly felt it’d be best if a more experienced superstar got the shot, but Charlotte wanted Ronda to accept. Ronda did accept, and “this is going to be good. WOO~!” The match is made, will Ronda be a Women’s Champion this early in her career?

 

Kurt Angle is in his office.

Even he is shocked this match was made. However, he’s interrupted by the duo formerly known as THe Miztourage. Bo Dallas & Curt Axel agree that women’s championship match will be epic. And they want their own Raw Tag Team Championship match. They’re the A-Team! That’s already something. How about the B-Team? That’s dumb. B as in Best! The B-Team wants a match. Well to be honest, these two have not won a match together period. Yet they want a title match against the guys who just beat them? Okay okay, Bo & Axel may not have many wins as The Miztourage, but The B-Team is undefeated at 0-0. No, Angle isn’t giving them a title match. But the “B-Team” can make their debut, so long as they leave him alone. Deal!

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Roode VS No Way Jose VS Baron Corbin!

The GLORIOUS One, the Fighting Fiesta and the Lone Wolf are all getting a great opportunity with this qualifying match. Who will win and join Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, The Miz and Rusev in the 8-Man Money in the Bank match?

The bell rings and Corbin throws hands on both men. He scrapes Jose out of the ring and into steel steps. Then he goes after Roode, but Roode fights him off. Roode whips corner to corner but Corbin reverses, only for Roode to go up and over. Things speed up and Roode runs Corbin over. Roode hits a clothesline in a corner,but Corbin shoves out of the neckbreaker. Corbin runs into boots, then Roode hits the Blockbuster, cover, TWO. Roode grabs Corbin at the apron but Corbin hotshots him away. Corbin catches his breath but Jose runs him over! The Fighting Fiesta is still in this as we go to break.

Raw returns to Corbin holding Roode down in a chinlock. Roode endures the half-nelson chinbar while fans rally. Roode fights up to his feet, then fights out of the hold with haymakers and chops. He runs, but into Corbin’s side slam. Cover, TWO, and Jose slowly returns. Corbin blasts Jose away, then goes out to put Jose into barriers. Jose slumps down and Corbin returns to Roode in the ring. He stomps Roode in a corner, but Jose returns again to throw hands! Jose whips but Corbin reverses, only to miss. Corbin slides out then in, but gets Roode instead of Jose. Jose rocks Corbin with rights, then a boot. Jose hammers away, and fires up! He climbs up and leaps for a big crossbody, but Roode breaks the cover.

Roode goes after Jose with a whip but Jose reverses, only to run into Roode’s boots. Roode flies but Jose ducks under, and runs into a GLORIOUS Spinebuster. Corbin breaks this cover, and all three men are down. Fans slowly build to a rally, and Corbin stands up first. Corbin grabs Roode, puts him in a corner and gives him a right hand. Corbin lifts Roode to the top rope, then climbs up, but Jose joins in. Jose knocks Corbin down and goes after Roode. Roode fights Jose off, knocking him down with a right. Roode takes aim, and leaps for a flying lariat. Fans fire up for Roode as he winds it up… GLORIOUS Pose! But Corbin is there, so Roode has to take him out first. Jose rolls Roode, TWO! Jose clotheslines Roode out, and fans start cheering for him.

Corbin stands, and hits JOse away from the apron. He LEAPS at Roode with a lariat, then stomps away in rage. Corbin takes aim at Jose in the ring, but runs into a boot. Jose runs out, but runs into a Choke Slam Backbreaker!

Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated, and takes it out on Jose with forearms. Roode returns, but Corbin grabs him now. He lifts but Roode slips out and rolls up, TWO. Roode dodges, but runs into Deep Six! Cover, Jose breaks it just in time. All three men are down again, but stirring. COrbin powers Jose to a corner, then runs to give Roode a clothesline. Corbin clotheslines Jose, then goes back, only for ROode to send him into the post. Jose lifts Roode, but Roode slips out, GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, Roode wins!

Winner: Roode, by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s MITB Ladder match

The Money in the Bank match is now Absolutely GLORIOUS with Roode joining the field. Can Roode climb up above the likes of The Miz, Finn Balor, Rusev and Braun Strowman to be Mr. GLORIOUS in the Bank?

 

Kurt Angle encounters Kevin Owens backstage.

Kevin wants to know if Angle saw what happened in his Intercontinental Championship match with Rollins. Kevin wants another rematch. No, it’s done, he lost. Kevin deserves a rematch after all he’s been through! “Do something!” “Or what?” Or Kevin will call Stephanie. Angle’s really sick of this. But it’s not just a threat. Kevin gets out his phone. Angle checks on Mahal instead. Mahal wants to postpone tonight’s Triple Threat, he cna’t compete after what “that animal” Roman did to him. Angle took care of Roman, he’s sent home for the night. But this match has to happen, it’s the last qualifying night. It’s #BestForBusiness. Mahal vows to do what Roman couldn’t, but he needs a lot of ice. Will Mahal be ready for The Drifter and the Alpha Male later tonight?

 

The B Team VS Breezango!

Bo Dallas & Curt Axel have rebooted themselves now that they’re without The Miz. Will “The Best Team” be able to best the Fashion Police and “remain undefeated”?

The bell rings and Prince Pretty starts against Bo. They tie up, and Bo rolls Breeze, TWO. Bo has the fans behind him, but Breeze backslides him. TWO, so time for an Oklahoma Roll, TWO. Small cradle, TWO and Axel gets Bo away from Breeze. The B Team talk strategy, then Bo goes back in, only for Breeze to dropkick him down. Breeze swipes at Axel but Bo catches him with right hands. Bo tags to Axel and feeds Breeze to the DDT, cover, TWO. Axel keeps on Breeze with a chinlock. Fans rally and Breeze stands up, only for Axel to throw him down. Tag to Bo, and Bo drops knees over and over on Breeze. Cover, TWO, but Bo keeps Breeze down in another chinlock.

Fans sing as Breeze fights out again. Bo reels Breeze in but Breeze counters with a back suplex. Both men are down, but crawling, hot tags to Axel and Fandango! Fandango rallies on Axel with jabs and clotheslines. Bo comes in but gets the atomic drop, then Fandango uses him for the tornado DDT, cover, TWO. Fandango keeps Bo down but Axel rolls him up, TWO. Powerslam! TWO, but Fandango keeps focus. He climbs up to the top rope, takes aim, and Breeze goes after Bo. Bo puts Breeze into barriers, and Axel avoids the flying leg drop. Axel tags Bo, and Bo brings Fandango up. The B Team hits the back suplex neckbreaker, cover, The B Team wins!?

Winners: The B Team (Bo & Axel), Bo pinning

Their first team win ever and it was as their first match as this new team! Well, it’s only a re-branding, but still.

In-ring interview with Charly Caruso.

What are they feeling after their first win ever? “That just happened!!” The B Team did it! Anything is possible for the B Team. Bray & Matt, the B Team is coming for those Raw Tag Team titles! The fans chant along with “B Team! B Team!” Will this “undefeated streak” take Bo & Axel to the very top? Or will there be nothing they can do to stop from being DELETED?

 

Six Woman Tag: Sasha Banks, Ember Moon & Natalya VS The Riott Squad!

The Boss has had trouble with the numbers game with Ruby, Sarah & Liv. But this time she has reinforcements she can count on, as the Prophecy of Flame and the Queen of Harts are joining her tonight. Will Sasha, Ember & Natty #EclipseTheCompetition? Or will The Squad #StartaRiott in the UK?

The bell rings and Ember starts against #KentuckyStrong. They tie up, and Sarah powers Ember to the mat. Sarah goes after Ember but Ember counters with a headscissors. Ember runs and flips through the hip toss to then arm-drag Sarah away. Sasha tags in and adds low double knees, cover, TWO. Fans rally while Sarah fights back against Sasha. Sasha hits a Thesz Press and hammers away, but Sarah bucks her off. Sasha puts Sarah in a corner, then wrings the arm, but Sarah pulls the hair. Sarah carries Sasha to the Squad’s corner and tags in Ruby. Ruby mugs Sasha, then tags Liv. Liv helps Ruby mug Sasha more, then tags in Sarah to get her shots in. Sarah tags to Ruby, and fans rally as Sarah and Ruby double suplex. Sasha slips out and sends Sarah’s kick into Ruby to then kick Ruby down.

Sarah swings but misses, and Sasha knocks her away. The Squad regroups on the outside, then all go after Sasha. Natty and Ember back Sasha up, though, and things are at a stalemate as we go to break.

Raw returns and Sasha and Natty double suplex Liv. Natty holds Liv down with a facelock, but Liv goes Matrix to avoid the clothesline. Liv then brings Natty down with a drop toehold, and stomps her on the back. Liv stomps away on Natty, then drags her up. Natty powers Liv to the corner and tags in Sasha. Sasha stomps and wrenches Liv to the mat. Liv gets up and pulls hair, but Sasha reverses the whip. Liv kicks Sasha back while Sarah tags in, but Sasha arm-drags Liv and dropkicks Sarah. Sasha rocks Sarah on reentry, but gets distracted by Ruby. Sarah pounces with a big knee lift, then covers, TWO. Sarah thrashes Sasha around, then fires up. She drags Sasha to the Squad’s corner and tags in Ruby. Ruby throws hands, then puts on a chinlock.

Ruby grinds Sasha down but fans rally.  Sasha fights her way up and jawbreakers Ruby away. Sasha runs, only to run into a clothesline! Cover, TWO, but Ruby puts Sasha in the corner. Ruby tags to Liv, Liv climbs up, and Ruby feeds Sasha to Liv’s knees. Liv gives Sasha a flying bulldog, then covers, TWO. The Squad grows frustrated with the former women’s champion. Natty and the fans rally while Liv puts Sasha in a straitjacket stretch. Sasha endures, and works her way out. Sasha throws Liv off, but Liv dropkicks her down. Cover, TWO, but Liv tags Ruby. They mug Sasha more, then Ruby rams in shoulders. Ruby taunts her opponents, but Sasha throws Ruby into the Squad! Liv tags in, but Sasha shoves her away. Liv jumps past Sasha to deck Ember buut misses Natty. Sasha rolls, TWO, hot tag to Natty!

The Queen of Harts rallies as she Russian Leg Sweeps Liv and rocks Sarah. Liv misse sin the corner, rebound sit down and low dropkick! Natty keeps going, discus lariat! Then Natty goes after the legs, for the Sharpshooter. Ruby runs in but is thrown out by Ember. Ruby drags Ember out and they brawl. Small package, TWO. Enziguri from Liv, and cover, Ember breaks the cover just in time. Sarah rocks Ember, but Ember pushes her back. Ember throws Sarah out, then Sasha dives on Sarah with METEORA! Ember DIVES on Ruby! Liv still has Natty, but Natty reverses into the Sharpshooter! Liv taps, Natty and team win!

Winners: Natty, Ember & Sasha, Natty by submission

The Queen, the Boss and the War Goddess give the Squad a taste of their own medicine. Ember herself rolls on towards the Women’s MITB match, will the Moon Rise above the rest?

 

Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler speak.

The Stud & The Show-Off feel everyone else has gone soft. The WWE had warriors and legends, but now it’s just pigs stuffing their faces. Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, two men who made it to the top, through shortcuts. Choreographed entrances, smoke and mirrors, and acting like a mindless meathead. These “superstars” aren’t hungry, but these two are going to remind everyone. They’re going to flip the tables on the Raw roster, but will they end up flipped by the Monster Among Men and his Extraordinary tag partner?

 

The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds!

Raw is WONDERFUL~ now that Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt are here. Will they make Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder OBSOLETE in the Raw Tag Team Division?

The bell rings and Dash starts against Matt. They tie up while fans sing for Bray. Dash wrenches Matt’s arm but Matt reverses it around into shoulder breakers. Matt wrings Dash down but Dash kips up and breaks free. That was WONDERFUL~! The fans applaud with Bray & Matt. Matt then throws hands and tags in Bray. Bray whips Matt into Dash, then Matt feeds Dash to Bray’s clothesline. We see The B Team taking notes while watching backstage. Bray clubs on Dash, but Dash hits back. Dash tags to Dawson and the #TopGuys double headbutt Bray. Dawson whips but Bray reverses. Bray misses in the corner but spooks Dawson with the spider walk. Bray uppercuts Dawson down, then gives a back senton.

Tag to Hardy, and he holds Dawson up for Bray, it’s a headbutt to leg sweep! Cover, TWO, and Dawson pushes Matt. He tags Dash, and while Hardy reverses Dawson, Dash dropkicks a leg out. The Revival have a target, and they go at it as Dash puts Hardy in a Tree of Woe.Tag to Dawson and they hammer away on the knees. Dawson backs off to let Hardy out. Bray and the fans rally for Hardy, but Dawson gives a dragon screw into the toehold. Fans rally and Hardy fights but Dawson wrenches deeper. Matt keeps fighting, and hops towards ropes for the ropebreak. Dawson tags Dash in and they stomp Matt down. Dash uses the ropes to wrench the knee, but lets go at 4. Hardy fights back and hits a Side Effect!

Both Hardy and Dash are down but crawling. hot tags to Dawson and Bray! Bray rallies, runs corner to corner for the body splash. Bray says “DELETE!” then slams Dawson with the yurinagi. He goes over to Matt for a WONDERFUL Spider Walk. Tag in, Twist of Fate to Dash! Then together, the KISS OF DELETION! Cover, Hardy & Wyatt win!

Winners: The Deleters of Worlds (Hardy & Wyatt), Hardy pinning

The Expedition of Gold continues on with yet another WONDERFUL victory. Will there be a team of contenders worthy enough to challenge this WOKEN Yin-Yang at Money in the Bank?

 

Bayley encounters Sasha backstage.

Sasha wishes Bayley luck tonight. Bayley thanks her. It isn’t much, but it is a slightly more friendly interaction than we’ve seen lately. Can the Huggable Bayley succeed in qualifying for the Women’s MITB match?

 

Sami Zayn is in the ring.

The Underdog and best friend of Kevin Owens wonders if anyone noticed how Prince Harry looks a lot like him. “Yes! Yes!” And from what we’ve heard, Harry is a fan of Sami’s. Maybe more than Bobby Lashley is, at least. “Mr. Jacked Up” leaves WWE for ten years and returns on Raw the same night Sami does. Lashley makes an impact, that’s well and good, but at Sami’s expense! Sami reviews footage of the “vertigo inducing” suplex. Fans cheered for all of that, but did anyone stop to think how it’d affect Sami? No they didn’t. Sami got vertigo! He has a doctor’s note , and reads it for us: “Vertigo is a debilitating condition that affects one’s balance and motor skills.” There you have it! That’s why he wasn’t in the Greatest Royal Rumble and why he lost the MITB qualifying match, and all the matches he’s had since!

Bobby Lashley targeted Sami! All to impress the fans? That’s disgusting. What’s worse, it’s working. Fans cheer, Lashley gets notoriety, and gets a sit-down interview with Renee Young! Sami watched Lashley’s interview, and it all made sense. Lashley wants to be Sami. Just think about it. The hat! That’s Sami’s hat. Sami trusts his instincts, and his instincts are saying Lashley has something to hide. Sami used Facebook and reached out to Lashley’s sisters. Boy oh boy, they had stories to tell! They are nothing like what Lashley said, and neither is Lashley. But that’s fine, just ask his sisters! Sami invited the Lashley sisters to attend Raw, and Sami will expose the REAL Bobby Lashley to the world! What new conspiracy has one half of the #YEPMovement concocted now?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss VS Mickie James!

The Goddess and her bestie are in this match together against the Huggable One. All three are former women’s champions, but will Bayley have a chance when this is practically a handicap match? Or will the greed break Alexa & Mickie up like it has so many others before?

The bell rings and fans already sing for Bayley as she comes under fire from both Mickie & Alexa. They both kick Bayley out of the ring, but stay on the same page while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mickie holds Bayley in a chinlock while Alexa taunts her. Bayley endures and fans rally, but Alexa sweeps Bayley’s legs to keep her down. Alexa keeps taunting, but Bayley kicks her away and gives Mickie a jawbreaker. Alexa returns but Bayley rocks her with a right. Bayley Thesz Press on Mickie but Alexa dropkicks Bayley off Mickie. They both go after Bayley but Mickie rolls Alexa! TWO, and the friends start showing each other. Bayley runs in but they both kick her down. Mickie & Alexa work together again to put Bayley in a corner and stomp away. They double suplex Bayley up to the top, then both climb up while the fans sing for Bayley. Bayley fights back and sends them both down. Bayley adjusts, and flies for a double crossbody!

The three stand up and Bayley rallies on the best friends. She saido suplexes Alexa, but Mickie kicks low. Mickie goes to throw Bayley out but Bayley reverses. Bayley catches Mickie and Alexa for a double hotshot! Bayley rams a shoulder into Alexa, then waves her arms, for the back elbow. She runs into Mickie’s uppercut, then Mickie hits the Mick-canrana. Mickie mocks Bayley but runs into snake eyes. Alexa kicks Bayley, then hits the sunset powerbomb!

Mickie kicks Alexa off the cover! All three are down again but fans rally. They slowly sit up, and Bayley is 2v1 even as they brawl. Bayley fights them both back, and ducks to send Alexa’s forearm into Mickie! Mickie gets mad, and Alexa tries to explain it was an accident, but Bayley sandwiches them in the post. Alexa puts Bayley on the apron but Bayley kicks Mickie away. Bayley climbs, flies, but Alexa gets under. Alexa goes up and over but Bayley sits down, TWO. Bayley hits the Bayley2Belly! Cover, Mickie drags her off! Mickie covers, but Bayley drags her off in return. They brawl, and Bayley shoves Mickie down. Alexa rocks Bayley with that killer right! Then the DDT! Cover, Alexa wins!

Winner: Alexa, by pinfall; qualifies for the Women’s MITB match

The Goddess joins the #Shenom and The Queen for a chance at the instant championship match contract. There are five spots left in all, who else will join these star former champions?

 

Jinder Mahal undergoes final preparations for the Triple Threat.

The Modern Day Maharaja will prove to Roman Reigns why he is the superior. But those ribs are still in bad shape. Roman SPEARS Mahal out of nowhere!!

The Big Dog just took Mahal out of the Triple Threat, but will he really be allowed to take Mahal’s place?

 

Kurt Angle sees what happened to Jinder Mahal.

The second Triple Threat will still happen, but not with him. Angle hurries to find a replacement.

 

Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Finn Balor & Braun Strowman!

The Show-Off & The Scottish Stud say they are the show, but can they show they’re more hungry and determined than the Extraordinary Man and the Monster Among Men?

The bell rings, and Ziggler wants to start with Finn, but fans want Strowman. Strowman lets Finn start, and the inaugural Universal Champion starts against a former World Champion. They tie up, Finn gets the waistlock but Ziggler the standing switch. Finn switches back but Ziggler punches him away. Fans chant for Finn but Ziggler whips. Finn reverses, Ziggler sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Ziggler. Cover, TWO, but Finn keeps on Ziggler. Ziggler slips away before Finn can tag out, so Ziggler tags out to McIntyre. One big man deserves another, so Finn tags in Strowman! The Celtic Colossus is face to face with Mount Strowman, and McIntyre is pumped up. Only to tag out to Ziggler. The mind games are in their favor while we go to break.

Raw returns and Strowman has Ziggler in his arms. Finn tags in and becomes Strowman’s weapon in a scoop slam senton.

Strowamn says Finn is fine so he can get up. They both roar, and Finn drags Ziggler up. Ziggler jawbreakers but runs into a dropkick. Ziggler gets out of the ring, so Finn builds speed, but McIntyre trips him! Strowman protests but he hast to stay in his corner. Ziggler tags McIntyre in and McIntyre goes after Finn with a sharp chop. McIntyre brings Finn up for a stiff right, then stomps him. McIntyre mocks Strowman then stomps Finn more. He chops Finn again, then tags Ziggler in. Ziggler kicks Finn in the ribs, then taunts Strowman. Finn reaches for a tag but Ziggler keeps him away with a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps on Finn with a chinlock.

Fans rally for Finn as he endures the sleeper and body scissors. Finn gets up and reaches, but Ziggler drags him down again. Ziggler tags in McIntyre, and McIntyre brings Finn up to throw him into the corner. Finn fights back, booting McIntyre away, only to run into McIntyre. McIntyre knees and clubs Finn down, then stares Strowman down. McIntyre puts Finn in a corner for another chop. He whips Finn corner to corner but Finn evades. McIntyre runs into buckles, and fans rally. Hot tags to Strowman and Ziggler! The Monster runs Ziggler and McIntyre over, then clubs Ziggler right in the chest. Strowman takes aim from a corner, but Ziggler dodges to send him into the post!

Finn tags in, and goes after Ziggler with double stomps. Finn fires up while Ziggler goes to the corner, and hits a running chop. He whips corner to corner but Ziggler reverses. Finn goes up and over but Ziggler elbow shim, only for Finn to enziguri Ziggler. Elbow drop DDT, but McIntyre breaks the pin. Finn goes after him but Ziggler then rolls Finn up, TWO. Slingblade! Finn takes aim from the corner now, and blasts Ziggler with the dropkick. He climbs up now, but McIntyre brings him off. Strowman runs McIntyre over!!

AND BREAK THE TROPHY! Ziggler goes after Finn, covers, he & McIntyre win!

Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, Ziggler by pinfall

Not only do the Show-Off & Stud steal the win, they cost Strowman his Greatest Royal Rumble trophy! While Strowman & Finn are in the MITB match, can they snap back from this defeat? Or will Ziggler & McIntyre steal everything from the spotlight to the titles?

 

Kurt Angle is back in his office.

The Triple Threat is happening, but not with Mahal and not with Roman. He has the perfect replacement, though. But, wait, what? Another opportunity? Angle knew Stephanie was getting a call from Kevin but… Is what’s happening really #BestForBusiness?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in the O2, but he’s interrupted by Kevin Owens!

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Elias VS Kevin Owens!

The Alpha Male and The Drifter thought they were facing The Modern Day Maharaja for this golden opportunity. But after The Big Dog demolished Mahal, a replacement was named, by the Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon. The Prizefighter waits for no one, but can he make the best of this second second chance?

The bell rings, and Kevin bails out of the ring, as usual. Elias goes after Lashley and Kevin joins in. They both club and stomp Lashley down, then double whip Lashley corner to corner. Kevin whips Elias in but Elias misses and Lashely runs Kevin over. Lashley gives Kevin a neckbreaker, then punches Elias away to clothesline him out. Lashley holds the ring while we take one last break.

Raw returns one last time, to Kevin whipping but Lashley reversing to send Kevin into barriers. Lashley whips Elias for the same, then bounces Elias off the edge. He puts Elias in the ring, but Kevin lurks up behind to anchor his foot. Elias dropkicks Lashley down, still working together with Kevin. Kevin puts Lashley in the ring, then holds him still for Elias to stomp on. Elias and Kevin keep Lashley down, then bring him up for chops. Fans sing for Elias as he stomps on Lashley, but then he and Kevin turn on each other. They start brawling, Kevin chops, then Elias chops. Elias whips but Kevin reverses to run Elias over. He adds the back senton, covers, TWO. Kevin grows frustrated, so he scoops Elias. Elias slips out to scoop and toss Kevin.

Lashley staggers to his feet, slips out of the scoop and full nelson slams Elias down. Cover, but Kevin breaks it. Kevin keeps on Lashley in a corner. He whips Lashley but Lashley reverses, to run in  for the clothesline. Lashley rams in a shoulder, then brings Kevin out for the suplex. Kevin fights back and runs, but into a big spinebuster! Elias rocks Lashley with a knee! Lashley tumbles out of the ring, but so does Kevin. Elias finds himself alone with the fans singing for him again. He decides to finally have that musical performance! “Now hold this microphone so these people can hear me sing.”

Elias starts, but Kevin interrupts again. Elias gets Kevin with a knee, covers, but Lashley breaks it. Lashley puts Elias in a corner and throws hands, then bounces Elias off buckles. Lashley whips Elias corner to corner but Elias dropkicks Lashley, only for Kevin to SUPERKICK! Kevin runs in but the cannonball hits buckles. Elias climbs up, takes aim, and hits a BIG elbow! Cover, but Lashley drags him off. Lashley and Elias stare down, and Elias backs off. Elias ends up back in the ring, runs but Lashley keeps up to clothesline Elias down. He throws Elias with a belly2belly then throws Kevin, too. He rams a shoulder into Elias, then lifts him up for the vertigo suplex. Kevin stops that, and works with Elias to suplex Lashley. Lashley resists, to suplex them both!

Lashley stands while the other tow get to corners. He runs and rams into Elias, then into Kevin, then back to Elias. Lashely runs back, but Kevin boots Lashley down! Then Kevin boots Elias. Kevin climbs, but Elias stops him. Elias gets Kevin on his shoulders, Electric Chair to sit-out powerbomb!

But Lashley breaks the cover. Lashley drags Elias up, but Elias hits back. They brawl back and forth with heavy hands. Lashley gets around but Elias fights out. Elias runs, but into the fireman’s carry, for a press slam! Lashley vows to end it here, and gut wrenches Elias up for the AK 47! Cover, but SAMI interferes! He throws Lashley into a post, then runs in for a HELLUVA Kick!

Kevin climbs up high, FROG SPLASH! Kevin wins!!

Winner: Kevin, by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s MITB match

The Prizefighter cashes in on this second second chance, thanks to his best friend. Sami still has his own business with Lashley, but he’s just happy to have helped. Will Kevin take the MITB briefcase away from Roode, Finn, Strowman, Miz and Rusev? And who will the last two entrants from SmackDown be?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A decent episode of Raw tonight, but it also shows that Raw’s flaws have returned. They have so many people on the roster that they had to use way more tag and triple threat matches than in a long time. The Six Women’s Tag was really fun, though, and it was great for some combination of three to get one up on The Riott Squad. I don’t understand creating The B Team to make them a relevant team. The fans got behind it tonight but I don’t  see why WWE goes with them over AoP, who have been off TV for some time. Though, AoP are just another in a long line of NXT talents underutilized. Just look at The Revival: #TopGuys that lose too easily. Their match with Hardy & Wyatt could’ve been something if done right, but the momentum is no longer with Dash & Dawson.

Bayley loses her qualifier, because she and Sasha still have their story to work on. I don’t know if Alexa can win, but it’d be fitting if she or a Heel with friends wins, like Ruby Riott. Alexa and Ruby have people to help them figure out the cash-in, much like what the IIconics ended up doing for Carmella. And the hype behind Nia and Ronda, I swear they’re preparing a Rollins-type cash-in to switch that match around and let Ms. MITB win it all. Bobby Roode wins to enter MITB, too, just because it’s a better move than continuing Roode VS Elias. That feud wasn’t going anywhere relevant, so this might be good to truly jump start Roode.

Apparently Vince thinks he’s cleverly deceiving us into liking Roman by making him the new Daniel Bryan, aka the victim of corrupt administrations. It isn’t working, given London’s reaction. Though, I did like his Spear outta nowhere. Would it be too much to ask for that moment to be his Heel Turn? Or an actual step in the right direction, at least? And I was actually surprised Strowman & Finn lost to Ziggler & McIntyre. Though, I suppose it makes sense if the latter are serious about being Raw Tag Team Champions. A true tag team is supposed to be better than two singles guys together, so it’s best Ziggler & McIntyre don’t lose so soon.

The only singles match, and probably the best match of the night, goes to Seth Rollins once again. He and Kevin did great, pushing both superstars’ stories forward at the same time. Rollins is becoming The Man again, slowly but surely. Meanwhile, Kevin complains to Angle and tattles to Stephanie, and he gets himself another chance, all to upset Angle. Kevin also gets his shot at Lashley’s expense, and Sami himself has a grudge with Lashley. Who knows what Sami’s segment next week will do, but it feels like we’re getting Kevin & Sami VS Angle & Lashley down the line, which will be really fun.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (7/14/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 356

ROH holds its very first Six Man Tag Gauntlet match to determine #1 contenders! Who will survive the trios turmoil to then challenge The Kingdom’s reign?

 

All images courtesy of the Fite.TV app and streaming service

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kelly Klein VS Jenny Rose; Kelly wins.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Gauntlet Match: Kenny King, Chuckie T & Eli Isom win and will challenge The Kingdom for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships.

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The Kingdom speaks.

“Oh the time has come, the Walrus said, for the march of the Melvins.” Tonight is the night to determine new #1 contenders to the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships, but who cares?! Are we forgetting something? The Kingdom are the first, the last, the only Six Man Tag Team Champions. But Matt Taven cares because it took them a full year to get the titles back, and now a bunch of Melvins get a shot in one night? No one else had to overcome the conspiracy they did. But when it’s all said and done, these belts will stay with them, because “I’m Matt Taven, and this is my Kingdom.”

Who will move on to challenge the ROH World Six Man Tag Champs?

 

Kelly Klein VS Jenny Rose!

While the Gatekeeper has been back on a roll with the first pinfall over Tenille Dashwood, the American Joshi is looking to win her way to another match with WOH Champion, Sumie Sakai. Who will overcome and climb up another rung on the Women of Honor ladder?

Kelly chooses not to uphold the Code of Honor, because she wants to tell Jenny that the first shot at Sumie was hers! If Jenny gets in her way, she’s going down. Kelly then pie-faces Jenny, so Jenny slaps her back! The bell rings and they tie up fast and furious. Jenny gets the wristlock but Kelly reverses. Jenny reverses it back but Kelly gets a headlock. Kelly brings Jenny down but Jenny slips out to a hammerlock and headlock. Jenny gets the takeover but Kelly the headscissors. Jenny pops out and rolls Kelly, ONE. Kelly swings on Jenny but Jenny rolls her up again, ONE! Jenny kicks Kelly then whips, but Kelly reverses. Jenny kicks back from the corner, then climbs up, to catch Kelly in the arm-drag. Fans rally up behind Jenny as she takes aim.

Jenny runs but into an elbow, then Kelly throws her mouth piece as a distraction so that the ref doesn’t see her throw Jenny by her hair. Kelly stomps away on Jenny, then covers, TWO. The Gatekeeper keeps on Jenny while we go to break.

ROH returns and Kelly has Jenny in a neck wrench. Fans rally up and Jenny fights out with elbows. Kelly pushes Jenny down, then runs for a big clothesline. Kelly toys with Jenny now while taunting the fans. Jenny gets up and throws forearms on Kelly. Jenny whips Kelly to ropes but Kelly reverses to run her over again. Kelly embraces both the cheers and jeers while going for a very lax cover. TWO, but Kelly just shrugs and grins. Kelly toys with Jenny more, but Jenny pushes back. Kelly stomps her out, then drags her up. The ref counts as she holds onto Jenny’s hair, and she lets go at 4. Jenny hits back with body shots!

Kelly throws a forearm, then has Jenny in a corner for more forearms and elbows. Kelly hits a discus clothesline then a big boot on the run! She drags Jenny up again, into a fireman’s carry, but Jenny fights out. Jenny elbows away, then code breaker! Kelly staggers and Jenny fires off forearms in a corner. Jenny whips Kelly corner to corner, big corner splash! She goes again, for a big back elbow. Jenny brings Kelly out now, but Kelly resists the suplex. Kelly reverses but Jenny ducks the “Klein-Line” to throw her with a German Suplex! Kelly staggers up, into a SPEAR! Cover, TWO!

Jenny grows frustrated, but she still has more. Fans rally up with her as she brings Kelly up. Jenny hits a cravat facebuster, then brings Kelly up again, but Kelly fights her way out with an elbow. Kelly grabs Jenny, snap suplex and roll through to the #EndoftheMatch guillotine!

Jenny reaches, flails, endures, but fades! She’s out, Kelly wins!

Winner: Kelly Klein, by submission

The Gatekeeper holds on a bit longer to make a point, but either way, she’s won. Will the Pretty Badass use this win to propel herself towards the Ray of Sunshine?

 

The Dawgs are desperate.

Rhett Titus & Will Ferrara want, or perhaps they need, the Notorious Hitman, Shane Taylor to join them in order to qualify for the Six Man Gauntlet. So they talk to The American Nightmare, Cody! What’s going on, buddy? Sorry to bother you, but The Dawgs just happened to overhear Cody talking money, and that’s what they need! The Six Man Gauntlet is coming up and they have their third man, they just need a way to pay him. So they’re asking Cody to give them money to give to Shane? It’s 2018, do they really think he’s got cash on him? Plus, he just helped finance an event at a 10 THOUSAND seat arena, do they expect him to have spare cash to give? Use your heads! Okay, okay, then they can go to Marty Scurll! He did just sign a record deal.

No, no, they’re not going to Marty. Marty doesn’t have money, either. Cody throws the Dawgs a bone with some cash he had waiting. He makes it rain for Rhett & Ferrara! The Dawgs are rolling in twenties, but will it be enough to convince Shane to join up?

 

ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Gauntlet Match!

Five teams of three men will compete, two trios at a time, until only one team remains! Who will stand tall to challenge Taven, O’Ryan & Marseglia for their titles?

Before any of the teams enter, the champions themselves join commentary to watch this match closely, and to generally annoy Ian Riccaboni. But as always, The Kingdom cries conspiracy over this truly sudden development in the Six Man Tag Division. The order has been shuffled, and the very first team selected is… Shane Taylor & The Dawgs!

It seems that pile of money Cody tossed to Rhett & Ferrara was enough to persuade Taylor to join them. This makeshift team will start against… Jonathan Gresham, Alex Shelley & Leon St. Giovanni! With Chris Sabin and Shaheem Ali out, Teams Search & Destroy and Coast 2 Coast combined for a unique combination.

Shane Taylor & The Dawgs VS Jonathan Gresham, Alex Shelley & Leon St. Giovanni!

A pair of makeshift teams does not impress The Kingdom in the slightest, but the Gauntlet begins with Taylor and the Human Rocket, LSG. LSG and Taylor circle, Taylor lunges but LSG ducks. LSG chops Taylor but it does nothing to the big man. Taylor swings but LSG hits back. LSG bobs and weaves then back kicks, then speeds up. Taylor keeps up and knees LSG down! Taylor drags LSG up and forearms him into the Dawg’s corner. Rhett tags in and Taylor holds LSG in place for the running kick. Rhett scoops LSG up but LSG slips out to dropkick. LSG tags in Gresham and the Octopus forearms Rhett in the corner. Rhett waistlocks, but Gresham gets the leg for a takedown. Rhett pushes Gresham away but Gresham cartwheels. Gresham runs in and springboard headscissors Rhett, then dropkicks him down.

Fans fire up as Gresham runs in, but he blocks a boot. Rhett jabs Gresham down, then tags in Ferrara. Lil’ Willie swaggers about but gets caught into an arm snap. Ferrara kicks back, then whips, but Gresham reverses to uppercut the arm. Gresham brings Ferrara over and tags in Shelley. Shelly climbs up and fans go wild as he gives a macho ax handle. Shelley wrenches but Ferrara knees low. Ferrara runs but Rhett tags in with some authority. Rhett and Ferrara argue, but Ferrara feeds Shelley to Rhett’s slingshot shoulder. Ferrara takes out Gresham & LSG, then starts arguing with Rhett again. Rhett shoves Ferrara down to catapult him, Ferrara forearms Shelly down.

Shelley scrambles to a corner while Rhett brags and boasts. Rhett drags Shelley up for a buckle bump, then tags in Taylor. Taylor stomps Shelley, then trash talks the Motor City Machine Gun. He scoops Shelley up but Shelley slips out to fire off elbows. Shelley spins but into a headbutt. He comes back for a kick but gets a knee! Taylor rolls Shelley to knee him again. Cover, but Gresham breaks it up and fires off his own forearms while we go to break.

ROH returns as Taylor slams Gresham down. Taylor runs to add the splash! But he’s going after the wrong man, because Gresham isn’t legal. Tag to Ferrara, then tag to Rhett. Ferrara rams his shoulder into Shelly in a corner, then Rhett runs in for a helluva kick. Rhett feeds him to Ferrara for the BLL hammerlock lariat, then Rhett himself leaps for the Doggy Splash! But Shelley moves, the splash flops! Ferrara grabs Shelley, keeping him away from LSG. Shelley standing switches but Taylor comes in. Shelley’s ready for him, and Gresham adds an enziguri to the DDT complete shot combo! Fans are fired up while Shelley gets to LSG. LSG rallies on The Dawgs, then tosses Rhett with a back drop. Ferrara runs in but into a swinging gutbuster and rolling neckbreaker! LSG climbs up and takes aim to LEAP!

The Human Rocket takes out Taylor & The Dawgs, and Hammerstein is loving it. LSG puts Ferrara in the ring, then climbs up again. Rhett slows him down, and he has to jump over Ferrara. Ferrara tries but misses the BLL, LSG rolls him up! There’s the three count, LSG ELIMINATES The Dawgs & Shane Taylor!! The Kingdom fakes sympathy for The Dawgs and all that wasted money. But now we get the third team in this Gauntlet… The Last Real Men, Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas.

Jonathan Gresham, Alex Shelley & Leon St. Giovanni VS The Last Real Men!

While the keg-carrying BCB and his buddy the Kingpin take their time, the ROH World Television Champion rushes the ring. Shelley swipes at Silas but Silas drags him out of the ring first. Silas throws Shelley into the barriers, then dodges Gresham. Gresham FLIES from the apron, but then BCB cannonballs outta nowhere! LSG dropkicks BCB, then slingshots out onto Milonas, but Milonas catches him easily. Milonas slams LSG on the apron, then gets in the ring. Milonas stalks LSG, then brings him up. LSG slips out to throw forearms, but runs into Milonas’ lift. BCB runs in to add a dropkick to Milonas’ sidewalk slam!

BCB aims at Shelley and runs into the corner for a BIG right hand. He feeds Shelley to Milonas while he climbs up top. Milonas holds Shelley and BCB flies in, but Shelley moves, and the missile dropkick goes into Milonas! Shelley baits BCB and dumps him out. Silas runs in for the full nelson knee then hits a cutter! But Gresham gets Silas in a waistlock. Silas standing switches, but so does Gresham, then Silas does it again. They go back and forth with standing switches and the fans are loving it. Gresham gets one more but gets bucked off, only to come back and start the cycle again! Silas, then Gresham, then Silas, then Gresham, but Silas stops the cycle with a takedown.

Gresham shoves Silas to ropes but runs into a drop toehold. BCB holds Gresham in place for Silas’ rope attack. BCB rocks Gresham then Milonas flattens him! Milonas the Mastodon stomps around then stomps on Gresham while we go to break.

ROH returns and BCB throws Gresham into the corner. BCB argues with the ref, but he stops Gresham from getting away with knees, and even a bite to the forehead. BCB argues that he doesn’t have enough teeth to bite someone, then he throws Gresham into Silas’ boot. Silas tags in, and he brings Gresham up. Gresham resists the suplex but Silas fires body shots. Gresham and Silas go back and forth in suplex attempts, but then Gresham slips to a waistlock. The standing switch cycle begins again! Gresham changes it up with a DDT! Fans rally as Gresham crawls over. Tag to LSG!

LSG rallies on Silas, then hits BCB for good measure. He dares Milonas to do something, and Milonas rushes in, only to get dumped back out. BCB returns to back suplex but LSG slips out. LSG speeds up, springboard forearms! But Silas returns, only to get rolled up. TWO, and Silas boots LSG. LSG comes back with an enziguri, to then scoop DDT Silas. Cover, but BCB breaks it. BCB drags LSG up but LSG boots BCB out. Silas tags in Milonas, and Milonas attacks LSG. Milonas puts LSG in a corner, then backs off to a corner. Silas comes in and whips Milonas corner to corner, but LSG dodges! Milonas hits buckles while LSG clotheslines Silas! LSG kicks Silas away to then run at Milonas, but into a boot. BCB grabs LSG, and Milonas climbs up, for a MASSIVE Hart Attack leg drop! Cover, but Shelley breaks it fast!

Silas returns to get Shelley with the full nelson but Shelley arm-drags out. Shelley runs into a fireman’s carry but slips out of it, only to get a back elbow. Silas runs, but Shelley follows, only to get the backbreaker and lariat. Gresham runs into the backbreaker, but he gets under the lariat, for a German Suplex! BCB returns, to give Gresham a sidewinder DDT! Milonas returns, and the Bouncers of ROH set things up with LSG. BCB is on one corner, Milonas is on the other. Gresham & Shelley return to trip BCB, then anchor Milonas. BCB tumbles down while Team Search 2 Coast gang up on Milonas. Milonas falls, and LSG adjusts. 450 Splash!!

Search 2 Coast ELIMINATES Silas & The Bouncers!! Thanks to the Human Rocket, this makeshift team has made it to the halfway point. The fourth team… SoCal Uncensored!

Jonathan Gresham, Alex Shelley & Leon St. Giovanni VS SoCal Uncensored!

And they rush the ring even faster than Silas did!

It’s a brawl as SCU beat down the tired Search 2 Coast. They embrace the heat as Christopher Daniels whips Shelley corner to corner and then rams his shoulder in. Daniels then feeds Shelley to Frankie Kazarian’s slingshot DDT. The SCU regroup and sort out, Daniels starts with LSG. Daniels whips LSG to the ropes then runs him over. Tag to Kaz, and the Addiction toy with LSG. Fans rally behind LSG while Kaz whips him corner to corner. Kaz hits a big corner clothesline, then a swinging dropkick. He kips up to show off, then grinds his knee into LSG. He backs off at 4, then drags LSG up. Kaz tags Scorpio Sky, who kicks LSG’s ribs. Scorpio pulls LSG back in a chinlock while we go to break.

ROH returns and SCU circle a wounded Shelley. The referee keeps them back to check on one half of the MCMG, so the SCU goes after LSG. They whip LSG corner to corner, then Daniels adds a forearm smash. Daniels brings LSG over to coordinate with Kaz and Scorpio. Kaz tags in, rams his knee into LSG, then tags Daniels and Scorpio back. Kaz whips LSG into a corner, then Daniels runs in, but LSG boots him away. LSG boots Kaz, then boots Scorpio. LSG hops up but Scorpio throws him with a SUPER huricanrana! The Addiction combine for Celebrity Rehab!

Cover, SCU ELIMINATES LSG and team! A valiant effort from the most makeshift team of the match, but now SCU faces the fifth and final team… Kenny King, Chuckie T and Eli Isom!

Nevermind, this is the most makeshift team of the entire Gauntlet! Can the K I N G, the Kentucky Gentleman and the Future of Honor combine to get past former ROH World Six Man Tag Champions to then challenge the current ones?

SoCal Uncensored VS Kenny King, Chuckie T & Eli Isom!

The Kingdom doesn’t even recognize who Isom is, and therefore can’t understand why he’s getting a chance. Their opinions aside, the teams sort out and the Code of Honor is not upheld. Chuckie T starts against the Fallen Angel and they circle around the ring. They tie up, and Chuckie gets a headlock. Daniels powers out but Chuckie runs him over. Chuckie runs but into a kick. Daniels puts Chuckie in a corner to stomp a mudhole, then takes time to boast. Chuckie gets up and knees Daniels in the face! Chuckie whips Daniels for a back drop, then runs him over with lariats. Daniels tags out to Scorpio, and Scorpio promises to break Chuckie in half. They circle and Chuckie blocks a kick. Chuckie chops back, then tags Kenny King.

They double whip and double elbow Scorpio. They can’t seem to agree on whether to shake hands, high five or first bump, so they just skip that to drop elbows on Scorpio. Cover, TWO! Scorpio rakes Kenny’s eyes, then tags Kaz. Kaz throws forearms on Kenny, then rocks him with haymakers. Kaz puts Kenny into a corner, but Kenny fires forearms back. Kenny whips but Kaz rolls off his back. Kenny blocks the kick to give a kick, then scoops Kaz for the slam. Tag to Chuckie, and it’s time for the most dangerous move in the world… the slow senton! Chuckie flexes while we go to one last commercial break.

ROH returns once more, and Eli Isom is finally in! Isom and Kaz speed things up, and Isom knees Kaz down. Cover, ONE, but Isom whips Kaz again. Daniels saves Kaz from the dropkick, then Kaz grounds ‘n’ pounds Isom into the mat. Kaz backs off at 4, then drags Isom up into a camel clutch. Isom endures, so Kaz stomps him out. Fans rally up for the young star, but Kaz brings him over to bump him off Daniels’ & Scorpio’s boots. Scorpio snapmares Isom to scrape his face with the soles of his shoes. Isom flounders to a corner but Scorpio rocks him with a haymaker. Scorpio brings him back to tag Daniels in. Daniels lariats Isom down, covers, TWO. He brings Isom up for elbows, then scoop slams him down.

Tag to Kaz before the slingshot elbow. Kaz tags Scorpio then hits the slingshot leg drop. Scorpio slingshots for the splash, then covers. TWO, but Scorpio keeps on Isom with a facelock. Tag to Daniels, and he kicks Isom in the ribs. Daniels stomps Isom down, then wraps on a chinlock. Isom endures while fans rally up. He feeds off the energy to fight out with body shots. Daniels clubs him back down, then hits Chuckie T for good measure. Daniels whips Isom, but Isom ducks and dodges, double clotheslines wipe them both out! Isom and Daniels crawl, hot tag to Kenny! Kenny rallies with jabs and haymakers on Daniels. Scorpio runs in and fires off on Kenny. Scorpio whips but Kenny reverses. Kenny catches Scorpio as he goes up and over, then drops him with the chin checker and spinning roundhouse.

Kaz comes in, he and Kenny dodge each other’s attacks, and Kenny gets a SPINEBUSTER! Chuckie returns while Kaz gets to a corner. Scorpio is in the opposite corner, so both Kenny and Chuckie run in for corner clotheslines. They run back the other way, but Daniels denies them their hug. Daniels kicks Kenny, then throws a forearm. Kenny ends up in his corner and Isom tags in. Daniels misses in the corner, and Isom groups together with Kenny and Chuckie. They hit triple forearm smashes! Then rotate to hit them again! And then, triple hug! Chuckie clotheslines Kaz out, then Kenny slingshot corkscrews! Kaz avoids it, then slingshots out onto Kenny while Daniels & Scorpio attack Chuckie & Isom! Scorpio FLIES onto Chuckie, then Daniels has Isom. Angel’s- No, Isom counters into Northern Lights! Bridging cover, ISOM ELIMINATES SCU!!

Winners: Kenny King, Chuckie T & Eli Isom, Isom pinning

It’s true! SoCal Uncensored doesn’t want to accept it, but the rookie helps his team win it all! This Cinderella story challenges Taven, O’Ryan & Marseglia, can they go all the way to be the new ROH World Six Man Tag Champions?

Meanwhile, The Kingdom laugh at the SCU for choking when victory was theirs. Will they be laughing after facing the trio of underdogs? Or will they continue to be the first, last, and only ROH World Six Man Tag Champions?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty solid episode of ROH, and logically the Gauntlet is the majority of it. Kelly Klein VS Jenny Rose was a good WOH match as these two are the more polished members of the division. Kelly wins because her story of building back from her streak being broken takes precedent over any other. I’m sure Kelly will be the next challenger for Sumie in their rematch from the championship tournament, and she might even win to be the second-ever WOH Champion.

Then the Gauntlet match was really fun for having two real teams and three made-up ones. LSG really builds himself as a star being the guy to pin and eliminate two teams. But good ol’ SoCal Uncensored are the Heels that ruin the fun by stopping their streak. And while surprising, Eli Isom being the one to pin them makes sense given how much crap The Kingdom was giving him on commentary. That underestimation can be the story of their championship match, and it’d be great if Isom was the guy to get the pin there, too. It’ll really piss The Kingdom off and probably get a good reaction from the fans in attendance. There aren’t many trios in ROH, least of all Face ones, so a full program of Isom, King and Chuckie against the Kingdom could make for a good story in the Six Man Tag Division.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Lucha Underground Season 4, “Break the Machine”

The Machine called Cage wants to be Lucha Underground Champion, and is willing to break Pentagon Dark to do it. Will he succeed? Or end up broken instead?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ancient Aztec Medallion Match: Paul London w/ The Rabbit Tribe VS Desmond X; Desmond wins the seventh and final Aztec Medallion.
  • Odd One Out Over the Top Rope Battle Royal: The Mack wins, and chooses ??? to be left out of the Gift of the Gods Championship match.
  • Johnny Mundo w/ Taya VS Vibora w/ Kobra Moon; Vibora wins.
  • Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Cage; Pentagon wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ancient Aztec Medallion Match: Paul London w/ The Rabbit Tribe VS Desmond X

The Mad Hatter has a new edge after sacrificing Mascarita Sagrada, but he faces a new face in the Temple for the seventh and final spot in the Gift of the Gods Championship match. Can Desmond make an impact in his debut?

The bell rings, but Desmond is distracted by Saltador and Mala Suerte jumping in and running around. London hits Desmond in the opening, then stomps and hammers away. London chokes Desmond at the ropes, then tucks him in. Mala and Saltador hold Desmond in place for the basement dropkick! Desmond tumbles out of the ring, but the others hold him up. London runs in again, but Desmond sends the harebrained henchmen into the dropkick! Desmond goes up to the apron to mule kick London down, then Arabian Press moonsault! London gets out of the way, so Desmond only hits Saltador and Mala. London is back in the ring, and slingshots to wreck Desmond with another dropkick. He drags Desmond up and into the ring to slingshot to the Oklahoma Roll. TWO, and Desmond crawls to a corner.

London goes over and rains down lefts and rights with frantic fury. Desmond crawls away but London is on him again. Desmond shoves then ducks London to hit a back elbow. London walks into a strike fest and leaping complete shot! Fans rally behind Desmond as he aims at London, but the henchmen grab his feet! London runs in, but Desmond gets free and lets London hit buckles. Desmond runs in but into boots. London climbs up, but Desmond springs up to super headscissor London down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer Desmond while London rolls away. Desmond gets up and runs corner to corner, but misses the uppercut. London runs but hits buckles again, and Desmond hits a swing kick. Desmond goes for a tornado DDT but London powers out of it. Desmond handspring Pele kicks London down! Cover, TWO, but Desmond keeps going.

Desmond climbs up top and takes aim, but London rolls away. Desmond rolls through his 450, but then turns around into London’s double knees! London goes full rabies as he foams at the mouth. He stalks Desmond then brings him up, but the tiger suplex is countered to a wheelbarrow pin! Desmond wins!

Winner: Desmond X; wins the final Aztec Medallion

From debut to a Gift of the Gods contender, Desmond has the X factor needed to survive in the Temple. Will he also use that same potential to be the next GotG Champion?

 

Antonio Cueto presents the Gift of the Gods Championship.

He congratulates Desmond X on becoming the final entrant for next week’s massive GotG match. Antonio has been a promoter for over 40 years, and can’t ever remember such a star-studded match. “Next week is gonna be epico!” But that means the seven fighters must now place their medallions in the belt to officially claim a spot in Lucha Underground history. Introducing first: Dragon Azteca Jr! The Eagle Tribe’s representative heads down the stairs, and places the Snake Tribe medallion. Second is King Cuerno, the King of Hunters! He presents the medallion of his Deer Tribe. Third is Ivelisse, the Baddest Bitch in the Temple. She enters her first ever GotG match as she presents the Moth Tribe medallion. Fourth is Desmond X, who only just won the Rabbit medallion.

Fifth is Son of Havoc, who won alongside The Mack just last week. Havoc places the Jaguar Tribe’s medallion, followed by The Mack presenting the Eagle Tribe medallion. And last but not least, Mil Muertes! He appears with Catrina to present the Death Tribe’s medallion. All seven medallions are in the belt, and all seven competitors stand in the ring. Antonio wishes to have some fun. “To some, seven is a lucky number. But I have always found it to be unlucky.” That means that next week, ONLY SIX will get to compete. Because tonight, the odd man–or woman–out will be decided in a surprise Over the Top Rope Battle Royal! The winner gets to choose who doesn’t join the rest of them next week!! “What’re you waiting for?! FIGHT!!”

Odd One Out Over the Top Rope Battle Royal!

The bell rings, Catrina gets out of the way, and all seven luchadors go at it! Cuerno goes after Ivelisse while Muertes takes care of both The Mack and Desmond X. Azteca and Havoc stay clear while Cuerno tries to toss Ivelisse. She fights back while Azteca runs into Muertes’ barreling shoulder. Muertes throws and ELIMINATES Cuerno! Muertes then targets Ivelisse as she climbs up top. He grabs her by the throat, then throws her out onto Cuerno! Ivelisse is ELIMINATED! Muertes then grabs Desmond and ELIMINATES him with a single toss! Azteca staggers up but runs into Muertes, who powerbomb lifts him. Azteca counters with a headscissors while Mack and Havoc work together, they all ELIMINATE Muertes! Of course, Aztec is also ELIMINATED for touching the floor, leaving just The Mack and Havoc!

Havoc and Mack, two thirds of the Lucha Underground Trios Champions, must now face each other. This will decide who is completely gone from the Gift of the Gods Championship match. The fans are divided, but Havoc assures Mack that it’s no big deal. Havoc then DIVES onto everyone else!!

He ELIMINATES himself! The Mack wins!

Winner: The Mack

That was surprising to everyone, including The Mack! He respects Havoc’s self-sacrifice, but now who will he say is not in the GotG match? Mack thinks for a moment. He ain’t afraid of no man, but “Mil Muertes scares the shit out of me.” In other words, sorry, but Muertes is out! Mack takes his leave and Catrina and Muertes are pissed, but Muertes does something about it! He attacks everyone else!! He blasts through Cuerno, Havoc and Azteca, throws Ivelisse down, then Choke Slams Desmond! But none of it matters, he’s still out. Who of the remaining six will take the Gift of the Gods Championship, and then use it to challenge THE Lucha Underground Champion?

 

Johnny Mundo w/ Taya VS Vibora w/ Kobra Moon!

A war of factions has broken out in Lucha Underground between the Worldwide Underground and the Reptile Tribe. Can the Guru of Greatness lead his team to vengeful victory with a win over #Luchasaurus? Or will Mundo end up the one going to #SlamTown?

The bell rings, and Mundo gets a waistlock and kick. He kicks but Vibora blocks and uppercuts back. They circle, and Mundo sticks and moves with the giant snake man. That superman rabbit punch staggers Vibora, but Vibora comes back with a forearm of his own. Vibora runs, but Taya grabs his feet. Mundo runs, but Kobra returns the favor. The luchadoras take notice of each other, and they get in the ring now! Taya SPEARS Kobra! “Wera Loca” throws the Queen of Snakes out, and Vibora grows concerned for his monarch. The referee gets distracted keeping the luchadoras apart, so he doesn’t see Mundo’s low blow mule kick out of the pop-up! Mundo adds the Flying Chuck! Then the shining wizard to standing shooting star! Cover, ONE and Vibora sits up. Vibora drags Mundo up, fireman’s carry, modified Widomaker!

But Vibora isn’t done yet. He brings Mundo back up, whips him to a corner, then runs in for the big back elbow. He keeps going, boot wash! Vibora has the Believers on his side as he gives Mundo a Vibora Trigger! Mundo is rocked, but Vibora drags him back up for a straitjacket to torture rack, BURNING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Mundo somehow survives, but Vibora grabs him around the throat now. Choke Slam but Mundo slips out to hit a BIG Poison-Rana! Vibora’s up, front Spike-Rana! Fans rally up as Mundo climbs. But Vibora sits up again! Mundo isn’t sure what to do, so he CARTWHEEL DIVES onto Kobra!

Fans lose their minds while Taya trash talks Kobra. But Vibora is only angered by this offense to his queen. The WWU flip him off and he gives chase, but the Darewolf, PJ Black, is lurking with a chair.

Mundo leads Vibora around the ring while Taya keeps the ref distracted. They turn the corner and SMACK! PJ gets a direct shot on Vibora. Mundo drags the dead weight up and into the ring, then climbs up. Fin Del Mundo! Cover, TWO!??! How?! Believers are behind Vibora but Mundo is furious. He SUPERKICKS the referee! PJ brings in chairs and Taya joins in. They all toy with the Luchasaurus, then put a chair around the neck. Mundo grabs the other chair, but here comes Drago! The firespitter of the Reptile Tribe flies in to missile dropkick Mundo down! He baits Taya and PJ away, so Daga can come in to swing on them! The Reptile King and Knight chase off the WWU minions and that leaves us with Vibora and Mundo 1v1.

Mundo grabs a chair while the fans duel. Vibora stands, ducks and handsprings, to SUPERKICK the chair, then SUPERKICK Mundo! He whips Mundo, for the powerbomb! Then, CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! A new referee comes in to count, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Vibora drags Mundo up, puts him in a corner, then takes aim from across the way. But Ricky Mundo appears to save his hero! But then Vibora goes to the corner for the ASAI!

Believers are thunderous as he wipes both Mundos out. Vibora puts Johnny Mundo in the ring, then climbs up again. Mundo springs to life and ducks under to then roundhouse Vibora. SUPERKICK, too, then hook kick! Mundo runs but into a headbutt! Vibora grabs at Mundo but Mundo slips and slides around for another swing kick. Mundo springboards, but into a SUPER CHOKE SLAM!!

Cover, Vibora wins!

Winner: Vibora, by pinfall

The Luchasaurus defeats a former Lucha Underground Champion, and Kobra Moon helps him celebrate. But wait, the WWU return to SMACK them down with chairs! But that just brings Daga and Drago back! They take those chairs and use them on PJ and Taya. Ricky gets a SUPERKICK from Drago, then a hesitation dropkick from Daga. PJ SUPERKICKS Daga back, but then the brawl continues. Ricky gives the WWU numbers advantage but that’s still not enough to stop the fight. This war is far from over, which side will be left standing after the dust settles?

 

XO Lishus works out backstage.

He’s a maniac, maniac~… In his mind.

But Jack Evans is spying on him, still upset over the #PutUporShutUp defeat he suffered weeks ago. No one gets the better of him, no one! But then Ricky and Rosa the doll show up. What’s Jack doing? Spying on his enemy to learn everything about them. What’s Ricky doing? Recovering after getting his ass beat by the Reptiles. Jack should’ve been out there to help. Look, Ricky, Jack already said he doesn’t do snakes. Johnny was okay with it, so you and that “dirty ass doll” better mind your own business. Jack storms out, but Rosa says she doesn’t like Jack. Neither does Ricky. Maybe they should do to Jack what they did to Angelico. No, Ricky can’t. Johnny would be mad. But who’s in charge of Ricky’s life? Johnny? Or Ricky? Or perhaps, it’s Rosa…?

 

Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Cage!

After The Machine attacked the Bone Collector and put him through a table, the champion got payback while giving Cage what he wants. Will Cage finally grab hold of the top Aztec gold? Or will Pentagon and his #CeroMiedo add the arm of a Machine to the collection?

Fans are already thunderous as they duel between the two luchadors. More Believers are on Pentagon’s side than Cage’s, but that doesn’t deter the challenger. Cage hits before the bell as he blasts Pentagon off the apron! The bell rings so now Cage’s assault is official. He throws big forearms then throws Pentagon into railing. Pentagon kicks back, but Cage forearms again. Cage throws Pentagon into more railing, then kicks him across the face. The Terminator drums start up and Cage throws Pentagon over the stair guard rails! Then he bounces Pentagon off the announce desk. Cage scoop slams Pentagon to the floor, then brings him up. Pentagon hits back with haymakers and kicks, then grabs a camera cable to choke Cage with it! The referee reprimands Pentagon, and Pentagon lets up on Cage to shout at the ref. Cage takes advantage and back suplexes Pentagon on the apron!

Pentagon slumps to the floor, but Cage drags him up again. Cage goes bowling for chairs with Pentagon! He throws Pentagon into railings again, then ties his mask to them! Cage fires off boots and forearms to hammer Pentagon into the steel. Fans chant “We Want Tables” and Cage goes looking. When he can’t find any, he takes Matt Striker’s chair! Cage brings the chair over to Pentagon and swings on him! Thankfully, Pentagon unties his mask and narrowly escapes! Pentagon SUPERKICKS Cage, then Slingblades Cage down! The Believers fire up with the champion, and “CERO MIEDO!” echoes out. Pentagon puts Cage in the ring for flying double stomps! Cover, ONE, and Pentagon is shocked. But Pentagon keeps his cool, he waits for Cage to stand to kick that leg. Pentagon then grabs Cage for the driver but Cage slips out to hit a jumping knee.

Cage grabs Pentagon now, pumphandle driver! But he isn’t done, as he drags Pentagon up again. Cage powerbomb lifts, buckle bomb! Pentagon rolls out but can’t get away. Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Pentagon survives because Cage didn’t grab the legs. Believers duel as Cage slashes the throat. Cage drags Pentagon up in the fireman’s carry but Pentagon slips out for a backstabber! Cage goes to discus but Pentagon counters with a code breaker! Cover, TWO! Pentagon’s own ego allows Cage to survive. Pentagon climbs up but Cage grabs him onto his shoulders. Cage walks around with the electric chair, to throw Pentagon down with a facebuster. Cover, TWO! Cage keeps his cool, but Pentagon escapes the powerbomb with an enziguri! SUPERKICK added, and then a flying DESTROYER!

But Cage gets back up, so he gets another Destroyer!

Pentagon grabs Cage, Package Piledriver!! Cover, Pentagon wins!

Winner: Pentagon Dark; still Lucha Underground Champion

Neither man nor machine is enough to stop the darkness that fuels Pentagon. However, Cage gets a second win and swings on Pentagon! Pentagon ducks the discus, to smash Cage with the belt. He hears the Believers chant “Break his arm!” Pentagon makes sure to tell Cage that the title is his, before putting on the Dark Armbar! But wait, Cage powers out! Cage lifts Pentagon, to F5 him onto the belt! Fans boo and jeer, but Cage picks up the belt for his own. Cage tells Pentagon, “I already told you. You can’t break my arm, because I’m not a man… I’m a MACHINE!” Even so, Pentagon retained. Will Cage find a way to challenge Pentagon again? Or is it back of the line for this unbreakable behemoth?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Great stuff tonight for Lucha Underground, with plenty of surprises, too. I like the character change for Paul London after what he did last week, but it seems it was for naught with the debuting Impact Wrestling star, Desmond Xavier, winning over him. Desmond joins the Gift of the Gods match, and that battle royal was fast but very important. I was surprised to see just how strongly Face Son of Havoc is as he bites the bullet for The Mack. And then Mack makes a perfectly logical choice to keep Muertes out of this match. Muertes is incredibly strong, which he shows off by eliminating the majority of the field, so why wouldn’t another wrestler want to avoid him? Plus, Muertes still has his part to play in Catrina’s story, so he isn’t without something to do.

Mundo VS Vibora was great, and really gives us a look at what Vibora can do in the ring. However, with Taya, PJ, Ricky, Daga and Drago running in and out, it makes it clear that WWU has the numbers advantage though the Reptiles clearly have strength. The Reptiles still might have to recruit members to keep even with the WWU, because an Elimination Tag match could easily go the WWU’s way. Though, Jack uses his own reasons for not being involved, and it seems XO is going to be a personal rival of his. Ricky being revealed as the reason Angelico is gone this season is perfectly creepy for his new gimmick, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was also used as to why other stars aren’t returning, such as Dante Fox.

The Lucha Underground Championship match went as expected, but I like that Cage keeps himself strong with that attack. Antonio Cueto might give Cage another chance separate from Gift of the Gods, and there’s still the issue of the Gauntlet of the Gods, too. There’s a lot that can happen for Pentagon and the Lucha Underground title, and unpredictability is always what’s best for pro-wrestling.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Who will challenge the Queen of Spades for her NXT Women's title?

The EST goes down with injury, so the odds go up for Mrs. Wrestling, the Pirate Princess and the Loony Lass to win and challenge the NXT Women’s Champion!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans; Lacey wins.
  • Kassius Ohno VS Rick Ramirez; Ohno wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Candice LeRae VS Nikki Cross VS Kairi Sane; Kairi wins and will challenge Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans!

The Captain of Team Kick has gotten over her fear, but that doesn’t mean she’s gotten past being looked down on. Will the Lady of NXT use her Woman’s Right to knock Dakota out of the Women’s Division? Or will Dakota kick Lacey to the curb?

The bell rings and Lacey starts by mocking Dakota’s kicks. She then pie-faces Dakota, so Dakota trips her up and jackknife covers. ONE but Dakota throws Lacey around with arm-drags. Dakota runs and dropkicks Lacey, then whips her into a corner. Lacey reverses but Dakota goes up and over to then slip up and around for a roll up. TWO, but Dakota keeps on Lacey with a snapmare and kick! Dakota runs, for another kick! Cover, TWO! Lacey flounders to a corner but Dakota takes aim. Dakota runs Around the World, but misses! Lacey retaliates with her own kick, then sets Dakota up in the Tree of Woe. She ties Dakota in with the tag rope! Dakota is trapped but Lacey backs off at 4, to come back with the swinging bronco buster. Dakota is freed but Lacey mocks her while she’s on the mat.

Lacey watches Dakota crawl to ropes, then says “What’re you gonna do? Nothing.” Dakota stands while Lacey mocks the kicks. Lacey throws Dakota down to stomp her out. Fans boo and jeer as the Model Soldier covers. TWO, and Lacey gets frustrated. Lacey drops knees into Dakota’s back, then pulls her up by her hair. The ref reprimands her, and Dakota kicks back. Dakota rolls Lacey, TWO. Dakota kicks but Lacey blocks, takedown and gut punch! Lacey yanks Dakota around for an elbow drop. She keeps on that leg with a deathlock, then pulls on Dakota’s head and neck. Lacey pulls Dakota back, then slaps her on the side. Dakota endures while fans rally up. Lacey grimaces, then grinds her chin into Dakota’s head for added attack. She switches to her forearm across Dakota’s face, but stops at 4. Fans keep rallying for Dakota, and Dakota pries her way out.

Lacey comes back with a kick, then grinds Dakota back down in the arm-half of a surfboard. She grinds Dakota into the mat, then drops knee after knee into the back. Dakota refuses to quit, and fans rally up again. Dakota fights her way out with her legs, but Lacey pulls harder with full extension of her leg. Lacey uses both feet, but Dakota stands up to make it a cover! TWO, and Lacey kicks away on Dakota’s back. Dakota endures the stretching and bending, so Lacey just slingshots her down. Lacey sits for a cover, TWO. She drags Dakota up, then over to ropes to give her a knee and a sweep. Lacey slingshots out for more stomps. She literally walks all over Dakota, then salutes herself. Dakota rolls in but Lacey slingshots for the elbow drop.

Cover, TWO! Lacey grows further frustrated, and makes Dakota pay for it with stomps. Lacey climbs up, but her moonsault flops! Dakota grits her teeth and drags herself up. Fans fire up for her as she aims at Lacey. Lacey hits hard with that body shot, but Dakota kicks and kicks and kicks back! Dakota takes aim as Lacey crawls away. Kiwi Around the World! Then ANOTHER! Dakota scrapes her foot on Lacey’s face over and over, then gives the boot wash! Cover, TWO!!

Lacey makes sure her jaw is still there, but Dakota is on her again. Dakota’s kick misses, and Lacey pumphandles to a scoop slam! Lacey can’t cover, because her face hurts too much. Dakota slowly stirs while Lacey drags herself back up. Fans fire up again, and Dakota scorpion kicks! Dakota runs but into a drop toehold. Lacey grabs the leg and ducks the enziguri to hit the Woman’s Right! Cover, Lacey wins!

Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall

That’s all it takes for things to go the Model Soldier’s way. Then she gets in Dakota’s face, shouting “You will NEVER be a lady! I AM a lady!” Lacey wins big, but with the contenders match tonight, how long will she have to wait for her chance at the NXT Women’s Championship?

 

Backstage interview with Ricochet.

The One and Only lost to the Undisputed Era a couple weeks ago in a Six Man Tag with Mustache Mountain. Mustache Mountain then lost to the Undisputed Era 2v2 with the NXT Tag Team Championships on the line. Ricochet speaks up there. It’s no secret he doesn’t like the Undisputed Era, but he knows they’re still fighting champions and will defend those belts again. In fact, the Undisputed Era loves to do just that. Except for Adam Cole, who barely defends his North American Championship. Ricochet was this close to being the NAC, but Cole stole it out from under him. Cole hides behind his title and his team, everyone knows it. But Ricochet will not stop until he gets 1v1 with Cole, and then you’ll see the next NXT North American Champion.

 

The Street Profits return!

And they return home, too. They ball on the court. “You dust yourself off, you get back up.” That’s how Deangelo Dawkins & Montez Ford do. They’re motivated by what The Mighty did to them the last time they faced off. They won’t fall for those tricks again. The #CurseofGreatness is on its way back, will they give Shane Thorne & Nick Miller the payback they deserve?

 

NXT Media catches up with EC3.

The Top One Percent made his entrance just as Velveteen Dream was celebrating a win, what was that about? Just a “non-friendly reminder” that EC3 isn’t about to forget the betrayal at the Royal Albert Hall tag match against Ricochet & Aleister Black. It also means EC3 is always watching. A fan wants a selfie, EC3 is nice enough to give it to him. EC3 gets a compliment and gives a compliment back. He even gives away a free EC3 t-shirt, just like the one on sale at the WWE Shop! EC3 doesn’t need this guy’s money, he’s already rich.

But then The Finest, Kona Reeves, comes along. He admits that random “dirtbag” is right, EC3 has a really nice outfit. Custom? Yes. Of course, yes. But it’s not The Finest. But that watch, sick watch. Just not The Finest. And that tan, that’s real good. Though, Kona’s is all natural. Yes, okay, we get it, it’s not The Finest. But look at him with those glasses covering up those “dead, creepy eyes” while wearing the buy-one-get-one suit, and is that cubic zirconium? How many arcade tickets did it take to get that chain? If Kona is gonna banter, bring your “A” Game or else EC3 will chew you up, spit you out and feed you to his cats! Do you understand him?

The Finest should just fight the Top One Percent. Do it, fight him. Fight him, fight him. Kona doesn’t want to. Yeah, because he knows he’d get a Top One Percent beating! EC3 leaves The Finest behind, but only now does Kona man up. Kona was thinking they’d be the Finest Friends, but now they’re worst enemies. Who will put their money where their mouth is with a win?

 

NXT takes a look at Aleister VS Ciampa.

The Embodiment of the End makes his opponents #FadeToBlack, but the Psycho Killer has darkness in his heart. The champion defeated the Leviathan the same night Ciampa brutalized and cheated his former friend out of victory. “And now you have something that I want.” Aleister believes how you deal with adversity is what makes you a champion. Ciampa believes that in Aleister’s case, the belt makes the man. Ciampa got to main event two TakeOvers in a row, but wants the “boy” to be careful waht he says. He then took his shot with a sneak attack and draping DDT.

Aleister says that Ciampa may see himself as a devil, but Ciampa knows nothing of the devil on Aleister’s back. Ciampa brushes that off as smoke and mirrors. He promises to snuff out the mystique like a candle. Aleister tells Ciampa he’s lost and confused, but Ciampa has his path to the title. Whose darkness will envelope the other to take the NXT Championship for their own?

 

Kassius Ohno VS Rick Ramirez!

The Knockout Artist returns! He hasn’t had the best string of matches lately, but that won’t slow him down. Will he get back on track tonight against an impressive looking prospect?

The bell rings and fans are behind Ohno as he approaches Rick. They circle, and Rick gets a waistlock. Ohno standing switches and tosses Rick down. Ohno barrels in with the discus! Cover, Ohno wins!

Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall

That was fast! Ohno looms over Rick, as if he didn’t want to do what he just did to the younger wrestler. Will this be the first of many wins that help Ohno get back towards the NXT Championship?

 

The Undisputed Era speaks.

The NXT Tag Team Championships are back where they belong. Was there any doubt. Just look at them! North American, Tag Team and Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, they might as well be champions of the world! The loss to Seven and Bate no longer counts. Cole asks if they want to hear a joke. Sure. “Ricochet.” He talks smack about being so close to being a champion. “This close, this close”, who talks like that? They don’t speak loser. Cole is a champion and Ricochet isn’t. But Cole is a fighting champion, because when you anger the Undisputed Era, you’ll regret it. Ricochet needs to back off before he gets hurt. And that’s Undisputed. Will Cole keep Ricochet frozen out of the North American Championship scene? Or will GM William Regal have something to say about it?

 

NXT looks at the 21st century Vikings, the War Raiders.

Hanson & Rowe have come, and “the raid has begun.” Their warpath has already steamrolled Heavy Machinery and made The Mighty fall. “There’s no secrets, there’s no tricks, it’s the same story everywhere we go!” From Japan to Mexico to the UK and all over the United States, they’ve been tag team champions. Back in 2014, they were on opposite sides of a tournament. They were in the business 10 years each before this, without ever meeting, but in that first encounter, they “beat the snot” out of each other. There is no respect greater. And then they thought, what if they took that fight to everyone else? And thus, one of the most powerful tag teams was born!

This alliance changed their lives forever. Through blood, sweat and tears, respect was earned around the world. Rowe & Hanson shocked, destroyed, and dominated ever since. Their inspiration was the Viking culture that took what they wanted when they wanted. They embodied that in every promotion they ever competed in, and there’s no one on Earth who can stop them. In fact, it was only a motor cycle wreck that could’ve ended Rowe’s life that stopped them. His arm was rebuilt, and he overcame fear. With that behind them, no one can overcome these two. They bring that same spirit to NXT now, and defy expectations. Rowe has strength beyond his size, while Hanson has agility beyond his. They’ve earned the right to raid NXT’s Tag Team Division, and they’ve only just begun. “We take gold, we break EVERYONE!” The war is here, who can hope to survive?

 

Velveteen Dream sets the scene.

The Experience hears it. He hears the people buzzing about what the next experience will be. TakeOver: War Games, the people and Aleister Black said his name. Philadelphia, Dream had a knockout performance. New Orleans, the Dream rose to unimaginable heights. Chicago, a MOTY candidate to say the least. And come Brooklyn, the spotlight will still shine on Dream.

 

NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Candice LeRae VS Nikki Cross VS Kairi Sane!

This was meant to be a Fatal 4 Way, but Bianca Belair is unfortunately not medically cleared to compete. Her bad luck becomes good luck for the other three, who go from having a 25% chance to a 33% chance of winning. Will it be a rematch between The Queen of Spades and Mrs. Wrestling, the Loony Lass of SAnitY, or the Pirate Princess?

Nikki is rocking in a corner while fans cheer her on. But then Shayna Baszler makes her presence known, and Nikki smiles with wild eyes. Nikki waves at Shayna as the champion joins commentary. The bell rings and we begin.

Kairi and Candice aren’t sure what to make of Nikki, but then she blasts out of the corner at the two of them! Candice sends her into Kairi then rolls Nikki up, TWO. Kairi rolls Candice, TWO and Nikki rolls Kairi. TWO, and Candice throws Nikki with an arm-drag. Kairi arm-drags Candice, but then Nikki runs in again and crossbodies Kairi! Candice runs in but Nikki puts her on the apron. Candice hits Nikki away, but then Kairi runs in, and Nikki sends her into Candice! Kairi dodges Nikki to give double chops while fans duel between all three of them. Kairi keeps on Nikki in a corner, chop after chop after chop, then she runs in. Nikki dodges Sliding D to swing Kairi sideways! Kairi hits the post, and Nikki grins.

Candice gets back in the ring, builds speed, and DIVES on Nikki! Nikki seemed to welcome that. But Candice isn’t done, she builds speed again, but runs into Nikki’s elbow! Nikki puts Candice under the apron skirt and–after snuggling up to her like a kitten–clubs away on Candice’s back! Shayna says she doesn’t care who wins, she’s beaten all of them at least once. Nikki rams Candice off the apron while fans duel again. Nikki thrashes and grinds Candice into the mat, then hooks the nose. Cover, TWO, but Nikki keeps on Candice with a Rings of Saturn! Candice rolls but ends up in a crucifix, TWO!

Nikki puts Candice on the top rope and into a Tree of Woe for manic mudhole stomps! Kairi comes in and SPEARS Nikki! But Kairi goes after Candice with the Woe Stomps! Cover, TWO! Kairi keeps on Candice with the Anchor Lock! She bridges back and bends Candice, but Nikki breaks it up. Nikki hops on Kairi with a psycho sleeper hold, but Candice dropkicks them both down! Candice crawls after Nikki and chops away. She fires off furious htis from both sides, then runs in for a back elbow. She CANNONBALLS onto Kairi! Candice drags Kairi up while fans chant “NXT! NXT!” Nikki goes after Candice on the outside, for an inverted DDT on the ramp! Candice hits steel, and Nikki crawls away, only for Kairi to hit a flying kabuki elbow! “This is Awesome!” but Shayna is not amused.

Kairi stands first, all fired up, and she puts Nikki in the ring. Kairi prepares that elbow as she climbs up top. Nikki hits Kairi first, then climbs up to fight her on the top rope. Kairi fights back, but Candice returns to add on! TOWER OF DOOM!!

All three women are down but the fans are fired up to a fever pitch. Kairi gets to ropes while Nikki and Candice slowly sit up. Candice hits Nikki, but Nikki hits back. Kairi comes over while those two brawl, and then joins in with her own forearms. Nikki hits Kairi, but Candice hits Nikki. Nikki hits back but Kairi does, too. They all stand, Candice ducks and sends Nikki at Kairi. Candice enziguris Nikki, but Kairi backhands Candice! Kairi goes at Nikki but Nikki headbutts. Candice grabs them both, DDT and Complete Shot, 2-for-1! Candice springboards, LIONSAULT! Cover, but Nikki drags her off by the hair! Nikki gives Candice a draping, swinging neckbreaker!! Candice hits the floor while Nikki fires up.

Nikki goes at Kairi in the ring, but she takes her time letting the madness take over. She drags Kairi up, and hits a back suplex. She drags Kairi up again, for another! Then another! Nikki gets a hat trick but she’s not done yet. She grins as she drags Kairi up one more time. Nikki has the fisherman, but decides to up the ante! They go to the top rope again, but Candice crawls back in. Nikki stomps Candice then drags her up, small package! TWO! Nikki kicks but is blocked into the Unprettier! LIONSAULT! INSANE ELBOW! KAIRI WINS OUTTA NOWHERE!!!

Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall; challenges Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV

The Mae Young Classic finals are revisited once more, as this will be the tiebreaker between Pirate Princess and Queen of Spades. This rematch will mean so much more with the title on the line, who finishes the series with the gold?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great NXT! Not much time was wasted getting to the opening match, and it was really good. Lacey has really improved during her time as this Lady of NXT character, and she gets a surprising win over Dakota. As said earlier, Lacey will have to wait a bit before challenging the NXT Women’s Champion, but she will definitely reach that some day. Dakota will, too, even though she’s currently jobber to the stars. Good promos from Ricochet and the Undisputed Era, as well as videos from the Street Profits, EC3 and Kona Reeves. I am so excited EC3 is going to face Kona and more certainly beating him, in both the ring and in gimmick.

That War Machine/Raiders video package was great, and it drives home the point that those two are aimed right at the NXT Tag Team Championships. That makes for more great ROH-in-NXT action that will certainly please the fans. Ohno surprises with that extra fast squash of “Rick Ramirez” who has Rayne on his pants. I wouldn’t mind if this leads to either an edgier or even full Heel Ohno, he needs something that either brings him up to title contention or finally to main roster. The Aleister-Ciampa package was also great, as was Dream’s stylized video promo. The NXT Championship match is going to be great, as will Dream VS anyone in Brooklyn. Then the Women’s Triple Threat was incredible, and just when I thought Candice was getting her shot, Kairi literally comes in outta nowhere. Shayna VS Kairi 3 is going to be great and can go either way.

My Score: 8.5/10


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