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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (5/7/18)

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It’s the Raw after Backlash! The Big Dog survived the Destroyer by a narrow margin. Does he now move on to once again challenge The Beast for the WWE Universal Championship? Or will someone else step in his way? And what of the friendship between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn after being demolished by Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Singles Match: Kevin Owens VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Six Man Tag: No Way Jose & Titus Worldwide VS Baron Corbin & The Revival; Corbin & The Revival win.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Ember Moon VS Sasha Banks VS Ruby Riott; Ember wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder match.
  • Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable; Mahal wins.
  • Heath Slater & Rhyno VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
  • Bobby Roode VS Elias; Roode wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Bo Dallas & Curt Axel VS The Deleters of Worlds; win.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Finn Balor VS Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns; Finn wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, is here!

The Olympic Gold Medalist welcomes the fans in Nassau Coliseum to the show, and is proudly part of the WWE family for 20 years. What separates WWE from all others is that they never stop! They’re 52 weeks a year, with no end. From Wrestlemania to the Superstar Shake-Up to the Greatest Royal Rumble and Backlash. Next is Money in the Bank, with two matches: one for the men and one for the women, also co-branded. These matches are going to “kick some real butt.” Angle is excited, because Raw settles it in the ring. Tonight will have two qualifying Triple Threat matches. First is the women with Ember Moon, Ruby Riott and former champion, Sasha Banks. The other is the men, with Roman Reigns, Finn Balor and Sami Zayn. But BRAUN has something to say about that!

The Monster Among Men dominated alongside Bobby Lashley, and against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Strowman storms his way to the ring now and fans chant “Get These Hands!” Strowman brings up the time when he was a kid and the boys of the neighborhood made a tree house. They never asked Strowman for help, and when they got done, they bragged about their secret handshake. Do you know what Strowman did to that tree house? Destroyed it? No, even better. He made sure they were all in it first, then knocked the entire tree down! Angle admits Strowman’s on a roll, from being Raw Tag Team Champion to the Greatest Royal Rumble winner. If anyone deserves a shot, it’s him. But Kevin Owens appears!

The Prizefighter says that he deserves to be in the MITB match! He may not be wanted, but he IS the MVP of Raw. Kevin has fans chanting his name all over the world, but more importantly, he’s a team player. “Unlike Braun Strowman.” The wrong man was pinned last night at Backlash, that’s against the rules. Reverse the decision and make Kevin & Sami the winners and Strowman a loser! Kevin deserves the MITB match, without qualifying, but for everything he’s been through! Strowman deserves to be sent to timeout! Angle says Kevin can’t just be put into the match. He lets Strowman know he has a qualifying match.

Kevin protests, but Strowman threatens Kevin with hands! Kevin wants fair treatment. Angle better make the right decision, given how he needs this job and how Stephanie McMahon is watching. That decision is that the first Raw superstar to enter the MITB match is Kevin. Angle knows Stephanie is watching, but he brings up the qualifying match. Strowman will go up against Kevin, right now! Can Kevin survive to then try his hand at MITB?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Singles Match: Kevin Owens VS Braun Strowman!

The bell rings and Strowman goes right at Kevin. Kevin evades and clubs away, but then Strowman pushes him into the referee. Kevin goes after Strowman but Strowman pushes and runs Kevin over. Strowman glares while Kevin gets out of the ring. Strowman gives chase, and they return to the ring. Kevin clubs away then runs, but into the backhand from Strowman! Strowman stalks Kevin, drags him back up, then clubs him with a big forearm. Strowman roars and fans cheer, then he gives a jumping stomp to Kevin. Kevin begs for mercy but Strowman just whips him corner to corner hard. Strowman watches Kevin writhe in agony, because “This is what you deserve, you coward!”

Kevin chops Strowman to no effect, but Strowman whips Kevin corner to corner again. Strowman stalks Kevin to a corner, then stands him up just to club him again. Kevin wants Strowman to stop but Strowman only runs corner to corner. Kevin gets the boots up, then hops up, only for Strwoman to topple him down with an uppercut. Strowman wants to go out and fetch Kevin, but the referee keeps him back. Strowman slips out the side, runs over but Kevin runs away. Kevin can’t get away fast enough, Strowman grabs him! Strowman drags Kevin up onto the barrier, but Kevin breaks free to hit Strowman with a Tornado DDT!

The Monster Among Men is reeling, but Kevin gets back in the ring. Kevin settles for the ring count. The count reaches 5 before Strowman stands, and Strowman manages to return at 8. Kevin grows desperate, especially with fans chanting “Get These Hands!” Kevin throws punches and kicks to keep Strowman down, then runs, but into the one-handed STO! Strowman and Kevin stand up, Kevin dodges and lets Strowman hit post! Kevin will let the count do his work again while he catches his breath. Strowman stirs at about 4, then pulls himself up at 6. He manages to beat the count at 8 again. Kevin is further frustrated while we go to break.

Raw returns as Strowman fights up and out of a chinlock. Kevin knees low, then clubs Strowman on the back. Kevin runs, but into another STO! Then Strowman deadlifts Kevin for a CHOKE SLAM! Strowman catches his breath then walks over to Kevin. He brings Kevin up, scoops him, but Kevin slips out to kick the legs. Kevin kicks and kicks, then SUPERKICKS Strowman. Strowman stays up, so Kevin kicks and drops the back senton! Cover, ONE, and Kevin is shocked. Kevin argues with the ref, then takes aim from across the way. Kevin runs in corner to corner, but Strowman blocks the cannonball with a shove and a boot!

Strowman runs in corner to corner, but misses again to hit buckles. SUPERKICK again, then Kevin hurries to the corner. Kevin climbs up, FROG SPLASH! TWO, and with such power! Kevin is further shocked, but he still has Strowman on the defensive. He hurries up to his feet and glares at Strowman. Kevin kicks but Strowman blocks it. Strowman swings but misses, SUPERKICK again. Kevin pushes Strowman, but no Pop-Up for the Monster. Strowman clobbers Kevin with a clothesline! Then the corner to corner splash. Kevin rolls out of the ring, but Strowman slips out the side. Strowman builds speed, and runs Kevin over! The fans are thunderous, so Strowman takes a lap, to RUN KEVIN OVER!!

Strowman puts Kevin in the ring, but Kevin slips back out. That’s fine by Strowman, he RUNS KEVIN OVER AGAIN! Strowman puts Kevin back in the ring one more time, then scoops him up, for the MONSTER Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!

Winner: Strowman, by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s Money in the Bank Match

It doesn’t matter how many other men are going to be in that Ladder Match, this might be the man to win it all. Will Strowman reach new heights and become Mr. MONSTER In The Bank?

 

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.

The Big Dog “handled his business” at Backlash, but how does he feel about tonight’s Money in the Bank qualifier? That he’s the uncrowned Universal Champion but management disagrees. Roman can’t control backstage politics, but when he’s in the ring, he’s in control. He silences the haters and doubters night after night. Just ask Paul Heyman. Ask Brock Lesnar. Ask Samoa Joe! Sami Zayn and Finn Balor are dealing with a pissed off Roman, who vows to dominate, win, and become Mr. MITB to take what’s rightfully his. “You understand?”

 

Superstars speak on Money in the Bank.

The Huggable One would love to climb up and hug the MITB contract briefcase. The Fashion Police have a case. The MITB briefcase. It has a contract, so they’ll climb up and close this case.

 

Kurt Angle speaks with Goldust.

The Bizarre One quotes Million Dollar Baby, he wants his shot at MITB. “It is my quest! The Ultimate Gold.” But Jinder Mahal also wants in. He thought Raw would be a good move, so why is he not in tonight’s Triple Threat yet Roman is? What makes Mahal think he deserves anything? He hasn’t won on Raw yet. Angle has a match for Mahal, against Chad Gable, the “Mini-Me” who beat him. Maybe if he wins, he’ll get his shot. Maybe. The Maharaja storms back out, while Goldy paraphrases All About Eve, “it’s gonna be a bumpy night.”

 

Six Man Tag: No Way Jose & Titus Worldwide VS Baron Corbin & The Revival!

The Fighting Fiesta has joined up with Titus’ team, and they’ve joined his conga line. Meanwhile, the Lone Wolf teams up with two #TopGuys in tag team wrestling. Can Jose, Titus & Apollo keep the party going? Or will Corbin #SayYeah alongside Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson?

The bell rings and Dash starts against Titus. They circle and Dash throws forearms and chops. TItus puts Dash in a corner to give back a chop. Titus brings Dash over and tags in Apollo to help ram as houlder into Dash. He then scoops and slams Dash for Apollo’s standing moonsault. Apollo brings Dash up but Dash powers him to his corner. Tag to Dawson but Apollo rallies on The Revival. Apollo gives another standing moonsault to Dash, then drags Dawson up for a suplex. Dash saves Dawson, then Dawson tags Corbin for them both to club away on.

Corbin drags Apollo out to throw him into the barriers. Corbin taunts teh fans, then bumps Apollo off the apron. He puts Apollo in the ring to then taunt Titus and Jose. Corbin gives Apollo a stiff right, then tags to Dawson. Dawson kicks Apollo, then puts him in a corner to back suplex him out of it. Dawson drops legs, then covers, TWO. Jose and Titus rally for Apollo, but Dawson pushes and catches Apollo into the abdominal stretch. Fans join in on the rally, but Dawson clubs Apollo before pushing him again. Dawson and Apollo circle each other, going for the abdominal stretch, but Dawson tags to Corbin. Corbin rocks Apollo with a right, then throws Apollo into the corner.

Apollo fights back, but Corbin knees low. Corbin takes out Titus then taunts Jose, but Apollo gets him with an enziguri! Both men are down, Dana helps rally with the fans. Hot tags to Dawson and Jose! Jose rallies on both Dash & Dawson, then whips Dawson for a boot. He hip toss neckbreakers Dash then shoulders Corbin out. Jose runs at Dawson for the big splash, and fireman’s carry fro a rolling senton. Cover, but Dash breaks it up. Titus throws Dash to a corner but Dash boots him down. Dash staggers but Apollo gets him with the leaping lariat. Apollo kips up and fires up, but Corbin dumps him out of the ring.

Jose is alone with Dawson, but he scares off Corbin. Dawson comes in, Corbin tags, Jose doesn’t see it as he gives Dawson the Fast Ball Special! Corbin gets Jose with End of Days! Corbin & The Revival win!

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

The Lone Wolf worked well with Dash & Dawson, and brings the party to a halt for now. Will he continue to have fun ruining other superstars’ fun and head towards a title?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Ember Moon VS Sasha Banks VS Ruby Riott!

The Prophecy of Flame is still new but red hot in the Raw Women’s Division. The Legit Boss wants her way back to the top. And the Squad leader has been on quite the roll since coming over through the Superstar Shake-Up. With Raw finally getting in on MITB, who will be the first woman from the Red Brand to join in?

The bell rings and all three women look up at the briefcase. Ruby hits first, going after both Sasha and Ember. She already feels that briefcase is hers, but her double whip backfires. Ember and Sasha double hip toss Ruby, so Ruby regroups with the Squad. Sasha rolls Ember, TWO, and things speed up. Ember lands out of the hip toss to arm drag Sasha, then roll up, TWO. Sasha slaps Ember down, but Ember glares as she sits back up. Sasha goes acrobatic for the arm drag then gets a drop toehold. Ruby trips Sasha up and pulls her out, then mule kicks Ember down. Cover, TWO, but Ruby keeps her cool.

Ruby throws Ember into a corner, then rams in her shoulder. She stomps but Sasha returns to kick and whip. Ruby reverses then stops Sasha from going up and over to kick her out. Now Ruby goes up and hits Deadly Nightshade!

But then Ember dropkicks Ruby and covers, TWO. Ember keeps on Ruby, but Ruby throws her down by her hair. Ember springs back up and mule kicks Ruby down. Now Ember runs, for the sliding shot. Cover, TWO. Ember drags Ruby up in a facelock, then pulls back. Ruby hits back then shoves, and the Squad swipes at Ember. Ember turns around into Ruby’s STO, cover, TWO. Ruby intercepts Sasha with an elbow, then kicks Ember while she’s down. Ruby stalks Ember and pulls her into the cobra clutch. Ember resists but Ruby shifts things to a straitjacket.

Fans rally for the War Goddess, and Ember stands up, only to be yanked back down. Cover, TWO, and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby rams her knee into Ember, then kicks her while she’s down. Ruby drags Ember back up but Ember fights back with body shots. Ember runs but into a back elbow. Cover, Sasha breaks it up. Ruby kicks Sasha, then brings her around and also grabs Ember, inverted DDT and Complete Shot!

Cover on Sasha, TWO. Cover on Ember, TWO. Ruby is furious, and takes it out on Ember and Sasha with hammering rights. Ruby scrapes Sasha out of the ring, then goes back to Ember. Ember revives and rolls Ruby up, TWO, Ruby clotheslines Ember down. Cover, TWO. Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan argue with the ref on Ruby’s behalf while Ruby puts Ember in a chinlock.

Fans rally again, and Ember stands up, only for Ruby to drop her again. Cover, TWO, and Ruby is furious as she puts the chinlock back on. Sarah and Liv cheer her on but the fans build for Ember. Ember uses a jawbreaker, then Sasha returns. Sasha rallies on Ruby with lariats, then blocks the kick to give a knee. Ember returns and springboards onto Sasha, TWO. All three women are down, but Ember goes after Ruby with the half-hatch suplex. Ember gets Sasha with one, then kips up again. Ember dropkicks Ruby out, then runs at Sasha. Sasha dodges to give double knees. Sasha runs in but Ember puts her on the apron, so Sasha goes up to take out the Squad! Ruby takes Sasha out with a missile dropkick! Ember DIVES on Ruby!

Ember puts Ruby in to cover, TWO. All the women are down but the fans are thunderous. Ember climbs up but has to fight off Liv, only for Sarah to yank her down. Ruby and Sasha are up, and Ruby tries to suplex Sasha in. Sasha hits back then climbs up, for her own bit of Nightshade. Sasha climbs up again, but Ruby rocks her with a right. Ruby climbs up, but Sasha fights back, they brawl up top. Ruby gets the edge with headbutts, then gives Sasah a SUPER Stainer, that Sasha rolls through! The SQUAD break the cover! No DQ’s allows this, and they just mug Sasha on the outside. But it’s Bayley to the rescue!

Bayley fights off the Squad, but that just gets her beat down, too. The Squad keep her and Sasha down, but Bayley comes around from the side. Ruby is ready for Sasha, but still gets rolled up, TWO. She spins Ruby around, Ruby bucks her off. Ruby mule kicks Sasha, then wrenches the arm, but Sasha rocks her with a right. ECLISPE!! Ember covers Ruby, Ember wins!

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

The #Shenom came outta nowhere to take the match! She didn’t need numbers nor friends to do it, she did it all alone. Will she #EclipseTheCompetition once the field is filled?

 

 

Backstage interview with Ember Moon.

How does she feel about her “underdog” victory here tonight? She’s “over the moon.” Ember’s been an underdog before, and people always try to limit her. She seized the opportunity and proved she embodies Skill, Honor & Heart. Ember Moon will rise to every opportunity, including the MITB contract.

 

WWE and Raw take a look at Bobby Lashley.

A stand out in collegiate wrestling with a military pedigree and training, Lashley won both silver and gold medals in international wrestling tournaments. Lashley would be injured before joining the Olympics, but he met Kurt Angle and found himself in professional wrestling. Lashley dominated in his first run, and one of the fastest champions in history. After all this success, he moved to MMA to go 15-2. Lashley returns now after 10 years and has even higher aspirations.

Exclusive interview with Bobby Lashley.

He’s finally back in the WWE. We know about him as a superstar, but what about him as a person? Lashley had a great family, and family is what he’s about. He’s very close with his three older sisters, though it didn’t feel that way as a kid. His oldest sister would chase him around with a broom, so he teased her as a witch. His other sister had a security towel as opposed to a blanket, but it got dingy and dirty and stinky. One day, that towel was bruoght to school and a bully took it, so Bobby stepped in and made that bully eat that towel. The youngest sister, “Daddy’s little girl”, loved carrying their father’s Army helmet around. Lashley once hid that helmet, but he’s got the scar to prove never to prank his sister again.

Lashley now has the WWE Universe as his family, and hopes to have a lot of fun with them, too. But before Lashley signs off, he lets his sisters know he loves them. With family at the heart of this Alpha Male, is there anything he can’t do in the WWE this second time around?

 

Sami Zayn talks with Kevin Owens backstage.

Sami feels a cloud of conspiracy raining on their parade. Kevin knows that, he just went up against Strowman! If anyone is a victim here, it’s him. Sami doesn’t want Kevin to let the others turn them against each other. Kevin brings up how Sami slapped him. That was yesterday, this is today. Sami and Kevin need to seize positions of power, and that means becoming Universal Champion, which means wining the MITB contract. Sami apologizes, but they’ll both be sorry if they lose. Triple threats mean no disqualifications, so does Kevin have Sami’s back? Yes, he has Sami’s back. “Don’t you mean Yep?” No, he means yes. Will Kevin really come through for his “best friend” tonight?

 

Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable!

The Moderan Day Maharaja insulted the Olympic medalist by comparing him to Mini-Me of Austin Powers, but still lost to him all the same. Can Mahal even the score with this rematch and also earn a chance for Money in the Bank?

The bell rings and Gable evades Mahal to rock him with the rolling kick. Gable unloads European Uppercuts, then whips Mahal. Mahal reverses but Gable goes up and over. Gable keeps moving, slides under Mahal and gets the waistlock for a slam. Gable holds on and rolls Mahal, ONE, but Gable just shifts to a facelock. Mahal stands up and powers Gable to the apron, but Gable rocks him with a forearm. Mahal rams a shoulder and sends Gable flying off the apron! He then stalks Gable on the outside, puts him on the apron, and rams his chest into the edge. He does it again, then covers, TWO. Mahal looms over Gable and brings him up for a bearhug.

Gable endures, then pries his way out of the hold to give more EuroUppers. Gable whips but Mahal reverses again and sends Gable into buckles hard. Mahal drags Gable up for the abdominal stretch. Gable endures while fans build to a rally. Gable arm-drags out but Mahal runs back in, only to get a back elbow. Mahal goes to shove Gable but Gable traps him in a hanging armbar! Gable lets go at 4, then climbs up fora MOONSAULT!

That brings Mahal down, TWO. Gable waistlocks but Mahal elbows out to then run Gable over with a knee. Mahal drags Gable up, scoops him, then tosses him up, but Gable rolls him up! TWO, and Gable can’t believe it. Mahal slips out to the apron, then hot shots Gable back. Mahal boots Gable down, then fires himself up. He grabs Gable in the cobra clutch, KALLAS. Cover, Mahal wins!

Winner: Mahal, by pinfall

The Maharaja does get even, and gets his first win since joining Raw. Sunil rubs it in on Gable, but Gable shoves him away, so Mahal kicks Gable in the ribs. Mahal brings Gable up, for the shoulder rack to ram him into a corner. Mahal drags Gable up again for knees to the ribs over and over, then hangs him up on the ropes with a suplex. The fans boo and jeer but Mahal just boots Gable out of the ring. Mahal wants to know if Angle was watching that. Mahal may have won the match, but will he earn a MITB opportunity with this behavior?

 

More superstars speak on MITB.

Alexa Bliss says bullies won’t keep her from accomplishing her dreams. She vows to be a true role model to fans. The Ascension vow to rise to the top, win MITB, and turn Monday Night Raw into the Wasteland.

 

Kurt Angle meets with Zack Ryder.

This is his hometown! What would be better than the hometown hero qualifying for the MITB match? Angle likes Ryder, but Mahal interrupts. Mahal brags about what he did to Gable. Roman is undeserving, but he can stay in the match so long as Mahal joins tonight’s main event. A Fatal 4 Way, huh? Woo Woo Woo, NO, bro. Ryder chuckles while Mahal storms out again. Angle fists bumps Ryder, can Ryder find himself a chance at that golden opportunity?

 

Heath Slater & Rhyno VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre!

The One Man Band and Man Beast wnat to climb the tag team ladder, but now they’re up against the Show-Off and the Scottish Stud. Will the newest duo in Raw’s Tag Team Division prove why they are the show?

Fans chant ECW for Rhyno as he starts against Ziggler. Ziggler gets around then chops Rhyno, then gets around again. Rhyno reverses and runs Ziggler over with a clothesline, then brings Ziggler over. Tag to Slater, and Slater climbs up to drop the ax handle. Slater runs and runs Ziggler over, Rhyno and the fans chant “He’s got Kids!” Slater tries the suplex but Ziggler slips out. Ziggler tags to McIntyre, and fans remember “3MB! 3MB!” Slater welcomes McIntyre back before throwing hands. He backs McIntyre down and whips him, but McIntyre reverses.

Slater goes up and over, only for McIntyre to kick him down! McIntyre slithers around to take aim at Slater. Rhyno and the fans rally for Slater, bu t McIntyre rips off that shirt to throw it at Rhyno. McIntyre chops Slater, then blocks the boot to drag Slater upside-down. Ziggler tags in to SUPERKICK the hanging Slater, into the inverted Alabama Slam. McIntyre rocks Rhyno for good measure, then Ziggler tags him back in. Ziggler brings Slater up, and McIntyre runs, Claymore Zig Zag! McIntyre covers, eh and Ziggler win!

Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, McIntyre pinning

This team is on a roll with their mix of speed and aggression. Is it only a matter of time before they’re challenging for the Raw Tag Team Championships?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias.”

The Drifter is in Long Island, and as always, he asks “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” Sounds like Long Island does. Elias knows so many truths, and no truth is more apparent than that WWE means “Walk With Elias!” Long Island knows it, too! Elias is on another planet, but he was interrupted by pancakes, conga lines, and that fraud known as Bobby Roode. He’s surprised Long Island doesn’t like Bobby Roode, as this is the home of Billy Joel, a “talent-less, boring hack.” Maybe Roode forgot what Elias did to him last week, but if Roode does it again, Elias will rip his vocal chords out. Elias then vows to go on to Money in the Bank and win it. Fans prefer “Rusev Day!” Rusev Day has nothing on Elias!

Elias begins playing, “Bobby thinks he’s Gloruios, he doesn’t have a clue. Truth is, he’s dead inside, just like all of you.” If you disagree, then you’re out of luck. The Islanders could come back but Long Island would still suck. Pardon the GLORIOUS Interruption, but…

Elias VS Bobby Roode!

The Drifter moves from playing guitar to wrestling the former United States Champion in a rematch from a couple weeks ago. Elias is 2-0, can he make it a clean sweep?

The bell rings and the two go right at each other. Roode fights Elias off, but Elias trips him up. Roode turns it around to hammer away on Elias, then throws hands while they stand. He whips but Elias reverses, only for Roode to run him over. Fans cheer while Roode climbs up to the top rope. Elias stands and Roode takes him down with a flying clothesline. Roode winds it up, GLORIOUS Pose! He kicks but Elias blocks, so it’s an enziguri that sends Elias flying! Roode has control while we take a break.

Raw returns and Roode chops Elias into a corner. Roode whips but Elias reverses, then throws Roode with a back body drop. Roode writhes while Elias catches his breath. Elias stalks Roode, then throws body shots and clubbing forearms on him. Elias scoops Roode up and tosses him, then covers, TWO. The Drifter grows frustrated but he keeps on Roode with an elbow drop. Roode shouts in pain, and Elias puts him in a crossface to pull back on the bad back. Roode endures while fans rally. Elias elbows Roode down then puts the crossface back on. Roode endures and fans rally again. Roode rolls to a cover, TWO, and Elias knees low. Elias whips Roode but Roode kicks him away.

Roode fires back with haymakers, dodging Elias’. Roode backs Elias down with chops, then whips him corner to corner. Elias reverses and Roode hits buckles hard. Elias drags Roode up and scoops him, but Roode slips out. Roode hits the GLORIOUS Spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Fans duel while both men slowly stir. Elias gets to a corner while Roode fires himself up. Roode runs in at Elias for a bit clothesline, but Elias denies the bulldog with a backbreaker. Cover, TWO, and Elias grows frustrated. Elias stomps away on Roode, then brings him up for a powerbomb. High stack cover, TWO, but Elias tries another, TWO.

Elias grows further furious while Roode crawls to ropes. Elias stalks Roode, and has an idea. He undoes the cross bar on the post, then drags Roode up on the apron. Elias aims for a repeat, but Roode elbows hima way. Roode fights Elias off but Elias kicks him on reentry. Elias clubs away but Roode fights back, it’s a brawl now. Elias kicks low but Roode powers Elias up, only for Elias to slip out and knock Roode down. He stalks Roode again, drags him up, and talks trash. ROode GLORIOUS DDT outta nowhere! Cover, Roode wins!

Winner: Roode, by pinfall

The GLORIOUS One guts it out and finally gets on the board against Elias. Will this comeback victory help Roode impress Angle enough for a Money in the Bank opportunity?

In-ring interview with Roode.

This victory feels more than “great.” Roode knows things will get better, because Angle has been giving out MITB qualifiers. After that, Roode hopes he’s next in line. Because beating Elias was great, but winning MITB would be… “Absolutely GLORIOUS!”

 

Seth Rollins is here!

The Architect retained his Intercontinental Championship at Backlash against the Hollywood A-Lister, The Miz. Now the Grand Slam Kingslayer is here to tell Long Island that he’s feeling pretty good about it. He admits The Miz took him to the limit in their match, but in the end, Rollins stomped out Miz’s dream to tie the record of title reigns. Fans let Rollins know, “You Deserve It!” Rollins also admits that there’s one thing we can learn from The Miz: what kind of champion to NOT be. Rollins wants to be a full-time fighting champion. And Rollins knows we’re on the road to Money in the Bank, and he knows a thing or two about that. He knows how winning the contract can change your life. But his focus isn’t MITB, his focus is making the IC Title THE title on Raw.

Therefore, Rollins will give someone else an opportunity. In other words, Rollins is issuing an Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge, right here and now!

WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???

Who accepts this golden opportunity? Mojo Rawley!

The man with Killer Instinct walks out and says this is the debut he deserves. When opportunity knocks, Mojo knocks people down. Which is what he’ll do to Rollins right now. Long Island would rather have Ryder, but Mojo knocked Ryder down before, too. Mojo promises to take the title away, then still qualify for the MITB Ladder Match, win it, and go after The Beast. This isn’t Monday Night Rollins, this is going to be Monday Night Rawley! Rollins accepts, and tells Mojo to come in and get his ass kicked!

Mojo enters the ring, the introductions are made and we have our match. Rollins and Mojo circle, tie up, and Mojo gets a headlock. Rollins endures while fans still want Ryder, “Woo Woo Woo!” The champ powers out and dropkicks the challenger down, then chops him before going for a suplex. Mojo blocks and counters but Rollins lands on his feet, then sends Mojo out. Rollins dropkicks then slingshots, but lands on his feet, only fro Mojo to clobber him from behind. Rollins staggers, Mojo runs in, and blasts Rollins into the barriers! The #KillerInstinct is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mojo has Rollins in a chinlock in the ring. Rollins stands up and fights back with body shots. He chops Mojo, then runs, but into Mojo’s grip. Mojo powers Rollins to a corner and rams him against buckles again and again. Mojo throws Rollins down with an STO, covers, TWO. The Maryland Mean Machine toys with Rollins. He taunts the fans for liking Rollins, then drags Rollins up. Rollins chops and chops again, but Mojo kicks low. Mojo throws Rollins to a corner, but runs into the buckle shot! Mojo crawls away but runs back in, to Rollins’ elbow. Rollins hops up, jumps over Mojo, then ducks under to enziguri!

Rollins clotheslines Mojo out of the ring, then builds speed to DIVE! He wipes out Mojo then gets back in the ring, to DIVE again! Rollins is all fired up as he puts Mojo back in. Mojo runs into a boot, then Rollins hops up for the blockbuster. Cover, TWO. Rollins keeps his cool while Mojo gets to a corner. Rollins stands up and runs at Mojo for the forearm smash. He keeps going, but Mojo puts him on the apron. Rollins springboards but Mojo gets under to then spinebuster Rollins down! Cover, TWO, and Mojo grows frustrated. Mojo stands up and waits for Rollins.

Rollins slowly stands, Mojo lifts him up in the fireman’s carry, but Rollins fights out. Roll up, TWO, mule kick! Cover, TWO, and Rollins is a bit surprised. But he also nods, respecting Mojo’s resiliency. Rollins stands, and stomps for “Burn It Down!” Rollins takes aim, mule kicks again, but Mojo blocks the stomp into a fireman’s drop! Cover, TWO, and Mojo is enraged! He argues with the referee, he thought that was three. Mojo calms down, then stalks Rollins again. He drags Rollins up, throws him, and hits the Pounce! Rollins ends up in a corner, Mojo speeds up, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Revolution Knee, mule kick, and CURB STOMP!

Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Architect keeps his title, and keeps things #MondayNightRollins. This fighting champion continues to grow the prestige of the IC title, will he truly make it THE title in WWE?

 

Finn Balor speaks.

Why is he smiling? Most people wouldn’t be if they had a triple threat match tonight, but not Finn. Finn earns his opportunities, and he thrives on pressure. When Finn wins tonight and then wins the MITB, that victory will be #TooSweet.

 

Bo Dallas & Curt Axel VS The Deleters of Worlds!

The duo formerly known as The Miztourage are now “leading men”, and they’re second generation superstars to boot. Can they use their genetics against the Raw Tag Team Champions to win tonight? Or will they simply be… DELETED?! #StayTuned and fine out.

Bray Wyatt and Bo start, and Bray even gives Bo a free shot. Bo tags Axel, Axel runs into the turn-around lariat! Bray tags Matt, they hit Axel with a combination body check and Russian leg sweep. Cover, TWO, but Matt simply says DELETE! Axel refuses the Twist, then clubs away on Matt. Bo tags in, and he clotheslines Matt to then feed Matt to Axel’s DDT. Bo covers, TWO, so he drops knee after knee on Matt. Cover, TWO, so Bo wraps on a chinlock. Matt endures while fans rally, and Matt fights back with body shots. Matt ducks Bo’s punch to hit the Side Effect! Bray and the fans rally, hot tags to Bray and Axel! Bray rallies with palm strikes, then runs to get the body check!

Matt feels it coming, the WONDERFUL Spider-Walk. Bo comes in but gets a boot, then Bray runs at Axel. Axel boots Bray away, then jumps up, but flies into the yurinagi. Fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” Matt tags in, he and Bray combine for a Kiss of DELETION! Cover, Matt & Bray win!

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

The champions are on a roll as they win their first match back on this mortal plane. Will their Yin-Yang of WOKEN Wisdom continue to rule over all of the Raw Tag Team Division?

 

More superstars speak on MITB.

The Queen of Harts vows to solidify her legacy as the Best There Is, the Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be in the Women’s Division. Baron Corbin feels sorry for everyone else in the MITB Match. Not really, but he was Mr. MITB last year, so he wants to repeat.

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Finn Balor VS Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns!

It is a golden opportunity for the Extraordinary Man, the Underdog from the Underground and The Big Dog. Finn was the inaugural Universal Champion, Roman claims to be the “uncrowned” Universal Champion, while Sami is still hungry for his first. Who will win tonight to join the #MonsterInTheBank?

The bell rings and Sami trash talks both Roman and Finn that this match is already his. Roman uppercuts Sami down then pushes him out of the ring, so that he and Finn can be 1v1. They’ve met before, and tie up now, and Roman drives in a knee. Roman headbutts Finn, then whips him, but Finn reverses. Roman sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Roman back. Finn follows Roman to a corner and throws hands, then whips but Roman reverses now. Roman runs in but misses, Finn swings but Roman connects. Sami returns but Roman gets him, too. The Big Dog stands alone in His Yard while we go to one last break.

Raw returns and Finn drops Roman with a dropkick! Finn gives springboard stomps to the Big Dog, but Sami returns to roll Finn up. TWO, and Sami rocks Finn with a right. Roman rallies with lariats, then shoves Finn to a corner. Roman gives Finn the close-range clotheslines, but has to fight Sami off. He runs and boots Sami in the face, then gives Finn a Samoan Drop. Finn and Sami get out of the ring, but see they have Roman flanked. They decide to work together, and Roman welcomes it. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” as Roman finds himself 2v1! Finn and Sami fire off and the fans love it. Finn and Sami hear them chant, and then stomp some more! Roman stands up, but they double clothesline him out!

Sami and Finn keep on Roman against the barriers, and into the crowd! No count outs or disqualifications in a Triple Threat, so they keep up the attack on Roman as they move past the WWE Universe. Roman takes rights and lefts from both men back and forth, but then fights back with rights of his own. Roman punches Sami more, but Finn returns to ram Roman into a wall. He throws Finn off but a HELLUVA KICK esends Roman into the tech area! Finn sees Roman is down, so he climbs up, for COUP DE GRACE!!

That leaves Roman down for good, so Sami sucker punches Finn! Sami drags Finn up and throws him back to ringside. Fans sing for Sami while he puts Finn in the ring. He whips Finn and runs him over again, then covers, TWO. Sami keeps his cool while fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Finn stirs, but Sam is on him with a waistlock. Finn fights out of the suplex with elbows, but Sami reels him in for the Blue Thunder Bomb! TWO, and Sami grows frustrated. Sami stands up and gives Finn straight right hands. Finn stands up and gives some back, and they brawl. Finn chops, Sami forearms, Finn hits the PELE! Both men are down but stirring, with fans rallying for them both.

Finn stands up first, but Sami follows. Sami throws punches but Finn counters then whips. Sami reverses but Finn runs him over! Finn runs and chops Sami in a corner, then whips corner to corner for another chop. He tries again but Sami reverses, but Finn reverses back for the elbow drop DDT. Cover, TWO! Finn stands up and Sami begs for mercy. Sami tries another sucker punch but Finn hits back, so Sami yanks and throws Finn all the way out of the ring. Finn clutches his leg from that crash landing. Sami slides out and takes aim, but runs into a Slingblade! Finn flexes and fires up, to run into a HELLUVA Kick! Sami keeps on Finn with rights, then stomps, but Roman returns with a leaping tackle!

Roman hammers away on Sami, then throws him into the post. Sami staggers, but Roman takes aim, Drive-By Dropkick! Roman puts Sami in the ring, but Finn blindsides him into the steel steps! Finn hurries up, swing kicks Sami down, then climbs up! He takes aim, but Sami gets under, to then exploder Finn into the buckles! Sami goes to the other end, takes aim, and runs back over, but SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman returns, lets out the howl, but Finn slingblades the Spear down. Blasting dropkick, then Finn climbs up. Finn takes aim, COUP DE– No, Roman dodged, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman is all fired up again, lets out another howl, but Jinder Mahal trips him up! HELLUVA KICK! But blasting dropkick! Finn goes up again, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, FINN WINS!

Winner: Finn by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s MITB 

The Maharaja screws out The Big Dog, and it’s the Balor Club leader who cashes in! The Extraordinary Man takes one step closer to his golden ticket back to the top. Who else will join him and Braun Strowman in the Men’s 8 Man Ladder Match?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Raw does great in making up for the disappointing Backlash while building for Money in the Bank. Almost all the matches meant something and established new status quos. Strowman continues on a truly monstrous roll, and he loves sending Kevin flying with those shoulder tackles. Corbin & The Revival get even with Jose & Titus Worldwide, and Corbin wants his own chance at MITB, but who knows if he gets that chance. Ember hasn’t been on Raw long, or often, but it’s great that she shoots up to this match already. As with Backlash, it is established that Bayley and Sasha can have their program without the title. Meanwhile, Riott Squad stays in the running with Sarah and Liv available to qualify later.

Mahal gets even with Gable in a good match, but clearly he has targeted Roman. Those two can have their program separate from titles, as well, but most fans probably won’t care, as both Mahal and Roman have been seen as undeserving in their pushes. Roode gets even with Elias, and there’s time for one or both of them to qualify. McIntyre & Ziggler win a filler, but it does keep them looking strong in the tag team division. The same goes for Wyatt & Hardy, and the match-up of Show-Off & Stud VS Deleters of Worlds could be what we see up next. Rollins and Rawley was a great match, Rollins brings the best out of Mojo in this match, and I hope the IC title being the open challenge belt continues.

The main event triple threat was really great, even with Roman in it. Roman can do good work, so long as that’s how he’s directed. Granted, he would’ve won if Mahal hadn’t interfered, so obviously Roman doesn’t “look weak” thanks to that. But another question is why Kevin didn’t interfere on Sami’s behalf, either. I hope they aren’t going to break up already, they’ve barely been back on the friends setting compared to how long they were enemies. But all of this benefits Finn, who gave up the Universal Championship because of injury, and never even got a rematch for it when he returned. This could be a great way for Finn to get the title back, taking advantage of an exhausted Lesnar with the cash-in. Of course, that’s if Finn gets past Strowman, let alone the other six men that will join them.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (9/24/18)

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After being ambushed and screwed out of a championship match, The Revival returns to get revenge and the Raw Tag Team titles from McIntyre & Ziggler!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox; Finn wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: The Bellas & Natayla VS The Riott Squad; The Riott Squad wins.
  • Chad Gable w/ Bobby Roode VS Konnor w/ Viktor; Konnor wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler VS The Revival; McIntyre & Ziggler win, and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Elias w/ Kevin Owens; Lashley wins, by disqualification.
  • Nia Jax w/ Ember Moon VS Alicia Fox w/ Mickie James & Alexa Bliss; Nia Jax wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin & ???; win(s).

PLAY BY PLAY

Baron Corbin greets the returning Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon!

And it’s her birthday! Corbin begins singing for her, but then Triple H exits the limousine, too. Corbin promises everything is set up for her in her office and offers to lead the way. Stephanie tells Corbin that whatever she has to say to and about Corbin, she can say in front of everyone in the WWE Universe. HHH says this must be awkward for Corbin, so he’ll just leave. Stephanie says she thought Corbin could do the job Kurt Angle couldn’t. Corbin tries to make excuses but she cuts him off by saying she expected him to make good decisions, the right decisions. Was Corbin putting himself in a match for the WWE Universal Championship a good decision?

Corbin admits that was too much, but The Shield keep provoking him. They’re running wild. So then he admits he has no control over the show? Mistakes can be tolerated, but excuses aren’t. If Corbin wants to get the Shield in line, grab two tag partners and settle this in the ring. Otherwise, Angle might be back from “vacation” sooner than anticipated. What is the Lone Wolf to do about the Hounds of Justice? Speaking of…

The Shield heads to the ring!

Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are going to be back in action as the full trio here in tonight’s main event! But that means there’s a couple hours for Constable Corbin to find compatriots to fight one, if not THE, most dominant trio in WWE History. At the same time, it will be quite the chance for The Shield to warm-up before Super Show Down’s showdown with The Pack. But as for right this moment, The Shield hears Denver out on their ovation before speaking.

“What you are looking at are the three workhorses of WWE.” Ambrose knows they’ve lost battles here and there, but they’ve never lost the war, because they’re still standing. Roman says their resumes would take all day to read. But the fact is, they can lift up two title belts. The championships are the keys to the kingdom, and everyone should want them. It’s why Brock Lesnar came back, it’s why Baron Corbin put himself in title matches, because the titles will change your life. But the only men that deserve championships are the ones in this ring right now. Rollins says that Raw is and will always be about being the best. That’s what The Shield are. Braun Strowman wanted power so bad, he’s recruited a “pack of jackasses”.

As for Corbin, “the world’s largest substitute teacher”, he has a problem with The Shield. He’s to get a couple of partners to show everyone who’s the boss. Well The Shield is here now, they can show how big of a problem they are right NOW! Baron Corbin appears and does his best to laugh it all off. Corbin lets everyone know that tonight is Stephanie’s birthday. And he’s not going to let Raw erupt into madness like it has these last few weeks. Corbin puts his foot down tonight. Because he and his partners are going to rag doll The Shield while impressing Stephanie. Corbin and his partners will expose the Shield as “a bunch of selfish individuals.” No one likes The Shield, and that includes The Pack! Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre all walk out, microphones in hands.

Fans still chant “Get These Hands!” for the Monster Among Men as he stares at The Shield. Strowman hopes Roman shines that belt up real nice, because he wont’ be wearing it for much longer. As for the entire Shield, there are cracks already forming, and then they’ll implode all over again. Super Show Down will be two against four, and it’s not about Corbin. Rollins points out the bad math, maybe they need to brainstorm together on this. Strowman wants them to check the mat with Ambrose, because perhaps Ambrose sees the light. The Shield needs Ambrose but he doesn’t need The Shield. Two years ago, on SmackDown, Ziggler was there when Ambrose was WWE World Champion all by himself. Ambrose had fire in his eyes, but now his brothers have everything and he has nothing.

Rollins and Roman shrug this off, but McIntyre uses his brutal honesty to point something out. Ambrose pushed Mcintyre to his absolute limit, that was a close match. McIntyre wants Ambrose to look him in the eyes. The Shield does not appreciate Ambrose, and Ambrose deserves more. Ziggler wants “Disposable Dean” to realize something. Rollins asked Ambrose to help him in order to fight Ziggler. And then Roman needed Ambrose to stop the Monster in the Bank’s cash-in. What has Ambrose gotten in return for any of that? Nothing. Rollins: champion. Roman: champion. Ambrose: chump. Ziggler even uses Rollins’ interruption as a reason Ambrose isn’t needed. Ambrose goes down and how long does Rollins wait to replace him with Jason Jordan? And did they even communicate while Ambrose was out?

Ziggler points out another thing. Ziggler & McIntyre are Raw Tag Team Champions. Strowman can beat Roman for the Universal Championship. So maybe Ambrose becomes Intercontinental Champion with them? Think about it, because it’s all true. But Roman tells Ziggler to shut up with all this already. The fans aren’t here to watch people talk. They’re here to watch The Shield whoop The Pack’s ass. Strowman leads the charge but Corbin keeps the peace. This is not happening like this. Fans chant “YES! YES!” but Corbin stands firm. The tag team champions have their match but Corbin and his partners will “spoil your little reunion before it even begins.” The matches have been set, but will The Shield stay unified? Or will Ambrose give in to the mind games?

 

Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox!

Raw plugs the Mixed Match Challenge as the Extraordinary Man goes 1v1 with the Modern Day Maharaja while their partners are in their corners. Can Finn score points for Team B ‘n’ B before tomorrow night’s MMC? Or will Alicia’s #InnerCrazy rub off on the man of peace?

The bell rings and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Mahal puts Finn in a corner then throws heavy hands and stomps. Mahal scoops and slams Finn, then grins as he looms over the inaugural Universal Champion. He puts on a chinlock and Finn endures as Bayley and the fans rally. Mahal drives his knees into Finn, then grinds on a headlock. He gets the headlock takeover, but Finn works against it. They stand up and Finn powers out, only for Mahal to run Finn over. Mahal wraps the chinlock back on, but fans still rally with Bayley. Finn stands and powers out again. This time, Finn ducks and dropkicks Mahal! Finn clotheslines Mahal out, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit! Finn flexes while we go to break.

Raw returns and Finn fights out of a waistlock. Mahal knees low then whips to then kick Finn down. Fans chant “Jinder Sucks!” but Mahal tunes it out as he chokes Finn against the ropes. Mahal drops springboard knees then grinds a knee into Finn’s ribs. He drags Finn up for a standing abdominal stretch. Finn endures while fans rally again. Mahal drives in elbows, then pulls on Finn more. Finn works against the hold and pops out, only to get a knee to the ribs. Mahal throws a haymakers, then sunset flips, but Finn rolls through to dropkick Mahal down! Both men get to opposite ends, and Finn boots Mahal away. Finn dodges Mahal to hit him down with forearms. Finn gets the takedown then the double stomps!

Fans fire up with Finn as he runs into the corner for the chop! He whips but Mahal reverses. Finn goes up and over but get a kick! Mahal hops up but Finn swing kicks him down! Finn climbs up and aims at the drop zone. Mahal springs up but Finn jumps over him to come back with a slingblade! Finn takes aim, but Sunil Singh trips him up! Mahal rolls Finn up, TWO! Mahal kicks low, then elbows Finn down. He runs but Bayley trips Mahal up now! Alicia protests but fans are on Bayley’s side. Foxy and the Huggable One come face to face. Alicia swings but Bayley counter punches! Sunil looks to defend Alicia’s honor but gets a Bayley2Belly! Finn rolls Mahal, Finn wins!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

The Extraordinary Man takes the win and helps his team gain ground for the Mixed Match Challenge. Will this be a preview of the future? Or will #Mahalicia turn things around? One thing is for sure, Mahal takes his frustrations out on Sunil. They go into the ring, and with Alicia cheering him on, Mahal roughs Sunil up more. Mahal calms himself, and forces Sunil to go along. They chant “Shanti~”, but will this partnership be anything but stable?

 

Six Woman Tag: The Bellas & Natayla VS The Riott Squad!

After Ruby, Sarah & Liv ruined the Queen of Harts answering Ronda Rousey’s open challenge, these three former Diva’s Champions team up to show the new generation how it’s done! Can Natty, Nikki & Brie win before the Squad #StartaRiott?

Raw returns and the Juvenile Delinquent, Liv Morgan, starts against “Fearless” Nikki. They tie up and Nikki throws Liv. Liv comes back with a Thesz Press and then fast hands. Liv kicks Nikki then runs, but Nikki follows to run her over with a shoulder. Nikki drags Liv up for a hammerlock backbreaker. Cover, ONE, but Nikki keeps on Liv by grabbing some hair. Tag to Brie and the Bellas work together to double leg sling Liv. Cover, TWO, but Nikki drags Liv up. Brie gives Liv some Yes Kicks for the Squad. Fans chant “YES! YES!” with every kick, then Brie covers Liv. TWO, but barely. Brie drags Liv up and around, but Liv powers Brie to the Squad’s corner. Tag to Ruby and Sarah helps Liv get out. Ruby stomps a mudhole into Brie, then drags her up into a headlock.

Ruby throws Brie with a headlock takeover but fans chant “Brie Mode!” Brie endures and then makes the hold a cover. Sarah distracts so the ref is late to the count. ONE and Ruby maintains the lock. They stand up as fans rally again. Brie fights back with body shots, but Ruby reverses a whip. Ruby runs into an elbow, Brie hops up to hit the missile dropkick! Ruby gets to ropes, but Brie Mode knee takes her out! Cover, TWO, but Brie keeps on Ruby. She suplexes but Sarah helps Ruby. Nikki comes in but so does Liv, so Natty comes in. It’s a TRIPLE suplex in favor of Natty & The Bellas! The Squad regroups while fans cheer on the veterans. But Brie goes out to fetch Ruby. She puts Ruby in but gets blasted back out. The Squad takes control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Sarah slams Brie down in a cobra clutch. Fans rally for Brie and she works her way up against the hold. Brie arm-drags out but Sarah rocks her down with a forearm. Sarah then drags Brie over to tag Ruby in. Sarah catapults Brie into Ruby but Brie hits back! Ruby comes in to kick Brie, then puts on a cravat. Brie stands up but Ruby wrenches harder. Brie powers her way towards her corner but Ruby throws in a knee. Ruby hits Nikki but then comes back for double facebusters! Both women are down and fans rally up. Natty reaches, as does Sarah. Hot tag for Sarah and she runs at Natty. Natty hits her first, then Brie gets the tag!

Natty rallies on Sarah with lariats, then she hits Ruby for good measure. German Suplex throws Sarah, then the discus lariat takes her down. Cover, but Ruby breaks it! Ruby sees Nikki return and they tie up. Ruby knees Nikki back out, but Natty rolls Sarah. TWO, and Sarah kicks low. Ruby returns but Natty whips Sarah. Tag, Natty goes after Sarah, but Ruby is legal! Ruby SUPERKICKS Natty, then gets her up for the RIOTT Kick! Cover, The Squad wins!

Winners: The Riott Squad, Ruby pinning

Even with Liv going down, the Squad makes their teamwork count! Can the Bellas recover from this loss in time to team with Ronda in Melbourne? Or will Super Show Down #StartARiott too?

 

The Raw superstars are on stage for a special Connor’s Cure announcement.

Stephanie McMahon and HHH are also in the ring for their part in this moment. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and the WWE is proud to play their part in honoring Connor Michalek. “Together, we have raised over two and a half million dollars” and helped over 200 families with everything they need during these trying times. This campaign is all about the stars of tomorrow and the fight of their lives. The WWE superstars have all had the honor and privilege of meeting these stars, such as The Super Destroyer, Diva Supreme and Lele the Unstoppable. These children have the passion and determination that defines being a superstar. In this fight, everyone gets stronger together, so WWE gladly introduces their new tag team partner in this fight.

Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels campaign commemorates the stories of these children with a special hand-print paint job. The superstars shared gifts and encouragement with those in the fight. WWE and Hyundai hope that together, we can end cancer. Please join the fight in anyway you can.

Stephanie and HHH introduce the Hope on Wheels ambassadors, who are not only surviving but thriving in this fight. Welcome Carter and Elizabeth to the stage! Denver gives a standing ovation to their own Connor’s Cure superstars as they and Hyundai’s Zafar Brooks join HHH and Stephanie in the ring. HHH knows not only are Carter and Elizabeth survivors, but they’re also the coolest kids he’s met. Elizabeth shows off her dance skills as HHH knows these two are champions. And champions need something to show for it, right? That means Carter and Elizabeth get their own Universal and Raw Women’s Championships! Denver knows “You Deserve It!”

Chris and Elizabeth have their hands raised in victory, and Zafar thanks WWE for the great recognition of two great young heroes. Hyunda is so proud to partner with WWE and Connor’s Cure in this fight to save lives. Because together, they will put the smackdown on pediatric cancer. But this work is hard and expensive, so Hyundai has something to give WWE. On behalf of Hyundai America and Hope on Wheels, Connor’s Cure will receive a donation of… $200000! Big prizes, big money and big smiles all around in this noble cause!

 

Dolph Ziggler talks to Dean Ambrose.

Ambrose is almost ready to tear his head off, but Ziggler just wants to talk. Ziggler said the truth earlier. Where was The Shield when Ambrose almost died from his staph infection? Ziggler was there when Ambrose did it all, but The Shield doesn’t care. But tonight, when going up against Corbin and his guys, Ambroes could just do nothing. Ambrose doesn’t have to turn, he just has to give The Pack the signal. They’ll do the rest. Will Ambrose listen to Ziggler?

 

Chad Gable w/ Bobby Roode VS Konnor w/ Viktor!

The Olympic medalist is ready to #WWBRD: What Would Bobby Roode Do? And that’s to be… GLORIOUS! Konnor hoped Gable was going to walk away while he had the chance. But not even a mentor will save him from being run over in the street by this semi-truck from the Wasteland!

The bell rings and Konnor clubs away on Gable. He throws haymakers then whips Gable hard into buckles! Cover, TWO, but Konnor keeps on Gable with a chinlock. Konnor thrashes Gable around but Roode coaches Gable up. Gable gets up but gets brought back down. Konnor puts his weight on Gable but Gable still gets up. Gable hits back but is put in a corner. Konnor throws back elbows, then hoists Gable up top. Gable reels him into the hanging armbar! Gable lets go at 3, then climbs up again to missile dropkick Konnor’s legs out. Konnor glares and gets up, but things speed up. Gable runs Konnor over with the leaping lariat! Then the rolling kick! Gable gets the German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!

Gable climbs up top now, for a moonsault! But he lands on his feet when Konnor evades. Things speed up again and Konnor runs Gable over with his full body! Konnor reels Gable up, Canadian backbreaker to the dominator slam! Cover, Konnor wins!!

Winner: Konnor, by pinfall

A rare victory for The Ascension comes through singles competition! Gable is left in the Wasteland, but are he and Roode still going to be strong as a tag team?

 

Backstage interview with Triple H.

While the Connor’s Cure donation and belt presentation was great, what are The Game’s thoughts on The Undertaker’s announcement from last week? Stephanie wants him to ignore the question, but HHH says it’s fine. What does HHH think about Taker accusing him of going corporate? If Taker’s worried about a suit, then he’s already lost. They’re not fighting in suits or in a board room. And “taking my soul”? HHH sold his soul a long time ago. “Anybody that is honest with themselves can feel it in the air.” When it comes to Taker, “the end is near.” The Game gives his final word on this, but will the #LastTimeEver go his way?

 

Raw Tag Team Championships: Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler VS The Revival!

The pair of wild dogs hold the belts because they defeated The B-Team, but also because they took out Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder to take their spot. Will the Show-Off and Scottish Psycho regret angering these two #TopGuys? Or will the Shatter Machine be shattered by a Claymore?

Raw returns as the belts are raised and the bell rings. Dawson starts against Ziggler and they circle. They tie up and Ziggler puts Dawson in a corner. Ziggler backs off but then gives a shove. Dawson chops Ziggler off his feet! Ziggler gets to his corner before circling with Dawson again. Dawson wrenches the arm and tags in Dash for the hand-off. but Ziggler powers Dash back and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre keeps Dash in the corner then bumps him off buckles. McIntyre chops Dash off his feet, then tags to Ziggler. Ziggler mugs Dash and has him in an open corner. Ziggler backs off to run in but misses. Dash back suplexes Ziggler down! Dash drags Ziggler over and tag to Dawson so they can stomp away on the arm.

Dawson wrenches Ziggler’s harm, Hammerlock Northern Lights! TWO, but Dawson keeps his eyes on McIntyre. Tag to Dash and they whip Ziggler for the slingshot shoulder! Cover, TWO! The Revival are close, but they keep on Ziggler with chops! Dash whips Ziggler into a corner, but runs into a back elbow. Ziggler runs out but the satellite DDT is denied! Dash goes for a Rings of Saturn type, but Ziggler reaches for ropes with his legs. Ziggler endures while Dash wrenches back. Dash drags Ziggler back to the center but Ziggler counters to a cover, TWO! Ziggler holds ropes on the whip so Dash crossbodies out with him! Both men are down but Dawson and McIntyre keep each other at bay while checking on their partners. Dash stands and runs at Ziggler, but runs into steel steps! Both men are down again while Dawson and McIntyre cheer their teammates on.

Ziggler drags himself into the ring, followed by Dash. McIntyre tags in to stomp away on Dash. He then deadlift suplexes Dash up and over! Cover, TWO! The champions are in control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Dash jawbreakers out of Ziggler’s sleeper hold. Dash crawls but Ziggler anchors him from the tag, but Dash still gets it! Dawson rallies with jabs and haymakers on Ziggler! He whips Ziggler but Ziggler dodges, only to get a calf kick! Dawson hits McIntyre for good measure before he chops Ziggler. He dropkicks McIntyre then whips. Ziggler reverses but Dawson counters back for a butterfly bomb! Cover, TWO!! Dawson drags Ziggler up and over to his corner to hoist him up top. Dawson chops then climbs up, and Dash tags in. SUPERPLEX, then FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO as McIntyre narrowly breaks it. McIntyre chases Dash but misses, chopping the corner post! Then tornado DDT from Dash takes him down!

Fans fire up with the #TopGuys while Ambrose watches backstage. Ziggler packages Dash but TWO! Back slide from Dash, TWO! Ziggler kicks low but Dash counters the famouser by falling! Dash Electric Chairs and Dawson tags in, DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Cover, TWO!? How!? The Revival borrow a legendary finisher yet don’t finish this?! Dawson stomps Ziggler while fans know “This is Awesome!” Tag to Dash and The Revival work together. They hoist Ziggler up but Ziggler slips out to tag McIntyre. McIntyre runs Dash over then hits Dawson. McIntyre goes after Dash on the top rope with a chop, then tosses Dawson back out. Dash jumps but is caught, Dawson dropkicks it over! Cover, TWO, and McIntyre headbutts Dash. McIntyre boots Dawson, then tags in Ziggler. The Pack work together, Claymore Zigzag! Cover, McIntyre & Ziggler win!

Winners: McIntyre & Ziggler, Ziggler pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions

The strength and speed may not have been enough, but the aggression was, the champions are still part of The Pack. Will they and Braun Strowman break The Shield in Melbourne? Or will their mind games continue to fall on deaf ears?

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.

The Drifter is in Denver, as the “breath of life in an otherwise lifeless world.” Elias speaks the truth, and the truth his, Denver doesn’t deserve his performance. He passes things on to “a man I can have a conversation with”, and his tag partner for Super Show Down. They will take on Bobby Lashley and 16-time champion who knows that WWE really stands for. Yes, it’s John Cena. But right now, Elias introduces the host of the Kevin Owens Show, Kevin Owens himself! The Prizefighter heads to the ring and applauds his personal in-house band. Kevin thanks him for the introduction and admits he is Elias’ biggest fan. Kevin is honored to team with Elias against the super team of Lashley–pictured being powebomb’d against the apron–and yes, the most decorated champion in the WWE today, the same man Kevin beat his first night on the main roster!

But that’s at Super Show Down, let’s talk about last week, with Lashley and Lio rush. Elias refuses to look let alone talk to Denver. Kevin will talk for them both. Lio Rush is now Lashley’s hype man, but also talked trash on Kevin. Unprovoked! Kevin is generous, though, because he wants to know more about Lio. So Kevin offers Lio the grandest stage in the WWE, this show! The Man of the Hour appears, and sees Kevin and Elias. He thanks them for this invite, but Kevin wants Lio to join them in the ring. Lio doesn’t even need to jump and flip and all that, just walk here. Lio says that he and Lashley made those two look like fools. Kevin is here wanting to make up for that embarrassment. Lio is the 23 year old piece of gold, he’s young but not dumb. He’ll stay right here.

Elias promises, they have the booster seat all set up. Lio “lvoes” the jokes, but Lio knows there’s someone else who loves a good laugh. He is the Rocky Mountain Machine, who looks like money because he is money. The heavyweight that’s back to dominate has a match with The Drifter, it’s Denver’s own Bobby Lashley! Will the Dominator make the Drifter #DriftAway in the Mile High city?

Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Elias w/ Kevin Owens!

Raw returns and Lashley stares Elias down as we begin. They circle and fans are on Lashley’s side. They tie up and Lashley shoves Elias to a corner. Elias composes himself while Lashley waits for him. They circle again and Lashley gets a waistlock and slam. Elias slithers away but Kevin coaches him up. Elias and Lashley tie up and Elias gets a waistlock. Lashley gets the standing switch then throws Elias down again. Lashley brings Elias up and bumps him off buckles. He throws hands then stomps, then climbs up for corner punches! Elias stops him at 2 and gets a headlock takeover. Lashley makes it a cover, ONE, and Elias holds on.

Fans rally and Lio coaches his client up. Lashley stands and fights out. He whips Elias but Elias knees him back. Elias runs but Lashley shows off his agility as he jumps over Elias. Lashley runs Elias over, then whips him corner to corner. Elias goes up and over then runs, but into Lashley’s crossbody! Lashley runs in for the corner clothesline, then finishes off those corner punches. He gets all 10, then scoops Elias for the sidewalk slam. Cover, TWO! Elias crawls to a corner but Lashley keeps his eyes on him. Lashley runs in corner to corner but into boots. Elias hops up, but Lashley catches him! Then he hoists him up, only for Elias to slip out and chop block the leg! Elias leg-DDT’s the foot into the mat, and Kevin coaches Elias up again.

Elias stalks Lashley and clobbers him at the ropes! He stomps away but backs off at 4. Kevin trash talks as Elias drops a big knee on Lashley. Elias drags Lashley over to a post and slings the leg against it! Lio coaches Lashley on but Elias slings the leg into the post again. Elias drags Lashley to a cover, ONE! Elias grows frustrated but he keeps on Lashley with stomps.  He drags Lashley out for a knee drop on the knee. Then Elias ties up the legs in the deathlock, and Lashley endures while Elias adds chops. Denver rallies for their hometown hero and Lashley fights back with haymakers. Lashley frees himself but Elias goes after him again. Elias stomps the bad leg, then yanks on it. He covers, TWO!

Elias keeps his cool and dares Lashley to stand. Lashley fights back with body shots, then back elbows. Lashley gets going with lariats, and he clotheslines Elias out. Kevin coaches Elias but Lashley comes out to pursue. Lashley bumps Elias off the barrier, then again. The ring count climbs but Lashley puts Elias in at 3. Elias runs and blasts Lashley in the leg! The Drifter has control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Elias has Lashley in the Half Crab. Lashley manages the ropebreak and Elias lets him go. Elias comes back to stomp the bad leg out, but only Kevin enjoys it. Elias drags Lashley back up but Lashley throws him out. Kevin coaches Elias back in but Lashley catches Elias into a complete shot! Both men are down but stirring. Denver rallies for Lashley as he and Elias stand. Elias and Lashley brawl with back and forth haymakers. Elias jabs but Lashley throws clubbing hands. Lashley kicks then runs to clobber Elias down. Fans fire up and Lashley suplexes Elias. Somehow that bad leg holds up for the stalling suplex! Lashley can’t make the cover, but he stands first. Lashley runs and SPEARS Elias out of the ring! They hit the apron then the floor in that double-edged attack!

Kevin chases Lio! Lio is too quick for Kevin to catch, but then Kevin runs into Lashley! The referee sees that, and it costs Elias the match!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification

Kevin is further upset with Lio now. Lio leads him on another chase, then uses the barriers to leap over him. Lio is trapped but slips into the ring to then run around. Elias still grabs Lio and yanks him in! But Lashley drags Elias out and gets in there to save Lio from Kevin’s powerbomb. Lashley throws hands on Kevin and Kevin is in retreat. The Prizefigther and Drifter have time to regroup, but can they prepare for Lashley and Cena?

 

Drew McIntyre encounters Seth Rollins backstage.

The Architect brings up some truth for the Terminator. McIntyre is the one being used by Ziggler and Strowman. Strowman doesn’t care about anyone but himself. And Ziggler is a weak link as it is, riding McINtyre’s coattails since they both returned. Why is Ziggler getting the Intercontinental Championship opportunities and not McIntyre? McIntyre has literally carried Ziggler at times. But before pointing fingers at The Shield, you should really take a look in the mirror and think about who is being used by who in The Pack. Rollins leaves McIntyre with some things to think about. Yet McIntyre tells Ziggler not to worry. Is that the truth? Or will the truth set one man free from his team?

 

Nia Jax w/ Ember Moon VS Alicia Fox w/ Mickie James & Alexa Bliss!

The Irresistible Force and the Prophecy of Flame have become united against Raw’s very own Mean Girls. Ember knew when The Goddess and crew dared her to find a partner, she had to get the Game Changer. Plus Nia loves getting under Alexa’s skin. Ms. Crazy like a Fox has the Mixed Match Challenge to worry about tomorrow, but will she even make it there after facing Nia?

The bell rings and Alicia is wary of Nia. She circles Nia while staying close to the ropes. Nia waits for Alicia to come out, and grabs her around the throat. Alicia breaks free but then gets tossed to a corner! Nia gives her a corner splash then another toss! Alicia slips out to regroup with Alexa and Mickie, so Nia stays back. But then Ember cannonballs onto Mickie! Nia comes out to fetch Foxy and put her in the ring. Alicia kicks Nia as she returns, then hits a swinging neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Alicia keeps on Nia but fans rally for Nia. Alicia puts on a sleeper hold but Nia stands up, only to get knees. Fans rally for Nia more and Nia stands all the way up! She backs Alicia into buckles and breaks free. Alicia boots Nia quick, then kicks her down. Cover, TWO!

Alicia keeps on Nia with forearms, then she trash talks. She runs but into the fireman’s carry! Nia marches it out then hits the Samoan Drop! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

The Game Changer nominee won this one, will she win the award at the People’s Choice Awards? Will Alicia snap back to face Mickie & Lashley tomorrow night?

 

McIntyre and Ambrose encounter each other.

Each man has been approached by the other’s friend, but why? McIntyre has theories. Four Man Shield, the unstoppable force. Or perhaps he’s scared that McIntyre said the truth. Maybe they should have checked up on Ambrose. Or maybe they need a replacement. Or maybe McIntyre is overreacting. It’s not like Rollins has ever stabbed anyone in the back before. Oh wait. McIntyre leaves, and now the web of lies is truly tangled. Who will free themselves from the doubts and questions?

 

WWE and Raw look closer at the #LastTimeEver.

“Two of the all-time greats to ever step inside the ring” have one final rematch to settle the “unfinished business” left between them. They’ve battled for years, and we thought the era was over. But now, for Super Show Down in Melbourne, Australia, the majority of WWE legends and hall of famers bet on The Undertaker. However, Shawn Michaels chose his friend Triple H, and the Deadman claims it’s out of a personal grudge. HBK promised he stayed retired out of respect, but Taker accuses him of being afraid. Taker promises to put HHH down again, and for good. But HHH responded, saying Taker lost his powers long before losing the streak. Those were Taker’s last moments of greatness, and blames HHH & HBK for it. Both men are convinced the other is blinded by ego, but now they’ll have back-up! Will this last time ever truly end it all?

 

Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin & ???

The Lunatic, the Architect and The Big Dog unite once again for a 3v3 match! They’re confident they’ll go through any three men, especially The Pack at Super Show Down. But who has Stephanie’s personally appointed constable and interim GM found to be his partners? We’ll find out after the break!

Raw returns and Corbin makes his entrance. He is still smugly confident, which must mean he got some good partners. He wants Denver to applaud The Shield and their Monday Night Raw reunion. But this might be the last time they’re seen together. The break-up is coming, which is why half the roster was beating down the door to join Corbin. Corbin went with the cream of the crop, two men who have been decimating superstars since showing up. Yes, it is the Authors of Pain! Akam & Rezar, with Drake Maverick accompanying them, join the Lone Wolf and head down the ramp. Will the Book of Pain write the Last Chapter on The Shield?

 


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.

Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!

via GIPHY

 

So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.

Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.

 

Day 7

Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano

Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.

I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.

Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.

We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.

Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb

Rating: * 1/2

 

Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee

Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.

Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.

After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.

Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.

Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Day 8

Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano

The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?

Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.

Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.

Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.

Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.

Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita

Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.

However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.

The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: ***

 

Red Stars Standings:

Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated

 

Thoughts:

You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.

As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.


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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8

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So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.

This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?

Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?

Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.

This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.

Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Score: 6/10

Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)

Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
  • Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter

Here is how these four can win.

Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy

Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein

If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.


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