Raw goes hard before Money in the Bank! The Big Dog and the Modern Day Maharaja will have a match BEFORE their MITB match! Will Mahal use this opportunity to take Roman Reigns out before the PPV? Plus, two Fatal 4 Ways, featuring all of Raw’s MITB match representatives! That is, if Natalya and Alexa Bliss can compete.
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- Women’s Fatal 4 Way: Ember Moon VS Sasha Banks VS Natalya VS Alexa Bliss; Natalya wins.
- Breezango VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
- Roman Reigns VS
Jinder MahalSunil Singh; Roman wins.
- The B Team VS Heath Slater & Rhyno; The B Team wins.
- Bayley VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Ruby wins.
- Curt Hawkins VS No Way Jose; Jose wins.
- Men’s Fatal 4 Way: Braun Strowman VS Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens VS Bobby Roode; Strowman wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with ladders!
Oh, IT'S #MITB SEASON ALRIGHT…
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Little Rock has all eight superstars competing this Sunday in their respective Men’s and Women’s Money in the Bank matches. The Monster Among Men, the GLORIOUS One, the Extraordinary Man, the Prizefighter, as well as the Goddess, War Goddess, Queen of Harts and Boss all wait as Raw GM Kurt Angle heads to the ring!
Angle reminds us that MITB is Sunday, on the WWE Network. For the first time ever, the matches will be co-branded 4v4. It is one of the most grueling matches in WWE history, testing you mentally, physically and emotionally, but with an amazing reward. The winners can cash-in anywhere at anytime for a title match. But then CONSTABLE Baron Corbin, sporting a new look, arrives.
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
The Lone Wolf, as appointed by Stephanie McMahon, lets us know that as Stephanie’s representative, he just wants to ensure Raw runs smoothly tonight. As the GM, Angle would love for those contracts to come to Raw. And if they don’t, Stephanie will be disappointed. We don’t want to disappoint Stephanie now, do we? Alexa Bliss says that despite her injury, she will fight through the pain and win. Sasha Banks speaks up, wanting to know what hurts. Alexa’s shoulder…? But then, weren’t you limping? Alexa can hurt in multiple places! Ember Moon says it won’t matter, Alexa will be real sore after losing.
Sasha and Ember argue, but Angle wants them to calm down. He brings up that Natalya can compete, but is she sure she can be in a ladder match? Natty says she is, because she is ready to win a shot against her friend and soon-to-be Raw WOmen’s Champion, Ronda Rousey. Sasha says Natty’s right, Ronda can win. But Sasha’s gonna be Ms. MITB. Kevin Owens speaks up, saying Angle is right about these ladders. But this isn’t fair, Strowman is so tall! Is the briefcase going to be up higher for Strowman’s sake? Roode asks if Kevin wants that briefcase lowered for his sake. Yes that’s a great idea!
Angle says the briefcases are all the same height for everyone. Kevin complains, then kisses up to Corbin. Strowman wants to quit this squabbling and do something about Kevin! Kevin wants to make Stephanie proud but he’s being threatened. Strowman doesn’t make threats, he makes promises. Strowman vows to shut Kevin up, climb up and take the contract to cash-in on Lesnar! The men start arguing, so Alexa SHRIEKS to stop them all. “Y’all need to calm down.” THis is like the Real Housewives of WWE. Besides, Alexa is confident she and her Mixed Match Challenge partner will win.
How cute, Alexa. But Sasha feels her MMC partner will win. Finn thanks Sasha for that vote of confidence, and returns the favor. They all argue again, and now Strowman ROARS, “ENOUGH!” Sunday, someone will #GetTheseHands! The Monster Among Men has spoken, but will even he be able to win when there are a total of eight top tier superstars in the ladder matches?
Women’s Fatal 4 Way: Ember Moon VS Sasha Banks VS Natalya VS Alexa Bliss!
The Queen of Harts has recovered from her leg injury last week, and Lil’ Ms. Bliss has “recovered” from hers, but will those be points to exploit for the Boss and Prophecy of Flame?
The action is underway on #RAW…
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
The bell rings and all four women look up to the prize in the sky. Sasha taunts Alexa about the “bad leg”, then they all close in. Alexa kicks Natty then throws Sasha into Ember. Alexa SLAPS Ember, then throws Natty out. The fans cheer for the sassy Five Foot Fury, but Ember shoves her away. Alexa crossbodies, but Ember catches her for the Fall Away Slam! Ember kips up, then glares at Alexa. Alexa runs away, but bumps into Sasha. She’s cornered, so she runs away, only to run into Natty! Natty throws Alexa into barriers by her hair! Natty joins Ember and Sasha, and the three circle around.
They approach, Ember headlocks but Natty powers out. Ember makes it through the double hip toss to dropkick Natty! She dodges Sasha, crucifix pin, ONE. Sasha returns it, ONE, but then takedown to jackknife. ONE, and so Sasha wheelbarrows. Natty holds her up, but Sasha dropkicks Ember away to roll Natty. TWO, to Natty’s cover, TWO. Natty runs Ember over with a clothesline! Fans fire up for the Queen of Harts as she circles with Sasha. Sasha goes after the bad leg, then snapmares Natty into a low Meteora. Cover, TWO, but she’s right back on Natty with an arm wrench. Natty rolls and flips to wrench Sasha down. Fans rally while Sasha endures. Sasha gets up and pushes Natty back. She breaks free, but misses Natty to end up in the rebound.
Sasha breaks out and catches the kick to give the knee, only for Natty to get a takedown! Natty wants the Sharpshooter but Sasha won’t let her. Sasha fights Natty but Natty keeps going, only for Sasha to shove her all the way out. Ember returns, roll-up, TWO. Ember swings but reverses the whip, Sasha goes up but Ember throws her off. Sasha hits back from the apron, then climbs up, to DIVE onto Natty! But then Ember builds speed to DIVE!
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Ember barrels right into Sasha and into barriers! She drags Sasha up and into the ring, but Alexa runs in for that killer right! Alexa covers Sasha, TWO! The Fatal 4 Way is fast and furious while we go to break.
Raw returns and Natty endures a leg stretch from Alexa. Ember and Sasha stir on the outside while Alexa shrieks for Natty to quit. Natty endures while Ember drags herself up. Natty fights Alexa off, but then a dragon screw brings her back down. Ember returns but runs into another stiff right from the sassy Goddess. Alexa goes after the leg again, dropping elbows and yanking at it. Natty kicks her again, but Alexa makes her pay for it. Alexa kicks her leg out, then puts the leg on the rope to wrench it. Natty holds the ropes but Alexa drags her off to go back to the stretch. Natty rolls her off, cover, TWO. Alexa slips out of the scoop to kick out the leg! But Sasha returns to rally with lariats! Sasha blocks the kick to give the knee!
Sasha runs into the corner but is put on the apron. Alexa goes to hit Sasha down but Sasha knees her away, to then hit a swinging Meteora! Cover, TWO! One former Raw Women’s Champion is surprised by the other, but then Ember crossbodies in on them both! Ember kicks away on Sasha, then runs into the corner. Sasha turns things around but Ember counters, tornado snap suplex! Cover, but Alexa breaks it. Ember glares at Alexa and powers her into a corner for shoulders. Alexa kicks Ember away, sunset flip powerbomb, but Meteora from Sasha! TWO, and all the women are down as we go picture in picture. Alexa, Sasha and Ember all catch their breath on the mat while Natty is somewhere outside. Sasha rolls after Alexa as she rolls away. Ember comes over and it’s a triple brawl as we return to single picture.
Ember and Sasha work together to put Alexa up top. They climb up together, but then Natty returns! It’s a double powerbomb! Alexa slips out and Natty backs off with her bad leg. Alexa stands, and Twisted Bliss into knees! They’re all down again while we go to break.
Raw returns again, and Alexa dodges Ssaha to give her a backbreaker. Cover, TWO, and Alexa grows frustrated. She drags Sasha up but Ssaha hits the backstabber! Into Bank Statement crossface! Alexa flails, endures, but Natty breaks it up with a stomp! Natty hits a 2-for-1 on the dropkick, but that leg is slowing her down. She drags Alexa up and out, to then hobble over to Sasha. Natty wants the Sharpshooter, and gets it! Sasha endures, but Ember SUPERKICKS Natty in the back! The hold breaks and Sasha rolls away, then Ember puts Natty in a corner. Ember fires up, runs in, and hits the handspring elbow. She puts Natty down, then climbs up. Natty gets up, ECLIPSE!!
Cover, but Alexa throws Ember only for Ember to throw her. Alexa drags her out and the goddesses of Raw brawl. Alexa puts Ember into steps! Cover on Natty, Sasha breaks it! Sasha saves the match, and fans know “This is Awesome!” The Boss stands while Natty writhes and Alexa stirs. Alexa swings but misses, only to elbow Sasha back. Sasha wants another backstabber but Alexa hotshots her thne throws her out! Natty rolls Alexa, into Sharpshooter! Alexa shrieks, and taps! Natty wins!
Winner: Natalya, by submission
The former SmackDown Women’s Champion wins, because it’s about the timing and the toughness. Natty shows she can do both, but can she do it when ladders and four other women are involved?
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Kevin Owens confronts Finn Balor.
He offers olives. Like, an olive branch. What does he want? Kevin knows the Fatal 4 Way got chaotic for the women, but says the men need a plan. Or is Finn still upset about last week? Kevin can’t let that happen again this week. They’re both competitors, but they’r both former Universal Champions. And neither of them got a proper rematch. What if Strowman wins? What if Strowman succeeds? He could be holding that title, their title, forever. Finn can’t beat Strowman and Kevin would need a lot of effort to. What’s his point? They need to work together, as well as Roode, to eliminate Strowman. Tonight can be every man against monster. Kevin leaves Finn to think on that. Will Finn accept this alliance?
Breezango VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 12, 2018
The Fashion Police are in Little Rock, but the Show-Off and Scottish Stud are planning to make them pay for the early elimination in last week’s Tag Team Battle Royal.
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
McIntyre glares daggers into Breezango, but it’s Ziggler who starts, and he starts fast on Prince Pretty. They’ve had issue in the past, but now it’s even more aggressive as Ziggler grinds his boot on Breeze’s face. Ziggler then grinds Breeze’s face into the ropes. Ziggler and Breeze brawl, but Ziggler kicks low and drops the elbow. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps Breeze away from Fandango. McIntyre tags in and stomps away on Breeze. McIntyre rips Breeze’s shirt off to chop his bare chest! He doesn’t stop as he stomps on Breeze more. Tag to Ziggler, then another chop. McIntyre wants Ziggler to finish this, and Ziggler taunts Fandango as he drags Breeze back up. The referee keeps Fandango back, and Ziggler toys with Breeze. Breeze enziguris Ziggler! Both men are down, hot tags!
Fandango runs out and chops, but McIntyre puts him in a corner. McIntyre misses and Fandango chops more. Fandango ends up on the apron but climbs up. Ziggler distracts and McIntyre trips him up. Breeze leaps but is caught and gut wrenched into a powerbomb ONTO Fandango! McIntyre tags Ziggler, and they finish it with a SUPERKICK to Breeze. Then for Fandango, the Claymore ZigZag!! Cover, Ziggler & McIntyre win!
Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, Ziggler pinning
The “D&D Train” is rolling on, and it doesn’t look like anyone can stop them. Will Ziggler & McIntyre take the show by force, and then take the titles the same way?
Ziggler & McIntyre speak.
“Last week, there was a tag team battle royal and that was nothing more than a fluke.” They’re over it, so get over it. This is proof, Exhibit A & B, the Fashion Police. Some question their guts, their skills, their alliance. “Bad move!” This isn’t just hype, so every tag team on Raw, even the champions, “take a good look! Because the show starts and ends right here! This is your future.” Ziggler & McIntyre hold this show in their hands, and vow to SAVE it by taking out every other team.
Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.
The Big Dog faces Jinder Mahal now, but will also face him again at MITB. Is he surprised? No, because Mahal is an idiot. The fact Roman isn’t in the MITB ladder match is because of Mahal. Roman will not be able to cash in on Lesnar and take back what is “legitimately” his. Roman makes this clear: everything coming is not free, Mahal earned this whooping. He’s giving Mahal his receipt, “paid in full.” Win or lose, will either man be fit to compete again at MITB this Sunday?
Roman Reigns VS Jinder Mahal!
When a grudge is this personal, why wait another week? MITB comes a bit early, but will it be a one-time-only?
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Before the match, Mahal speaks while Little Rock boos. “I challenged Roman Reigns to a match tonight to prove a point: He’s not nearly as unstoppable as he thinks.” Roman may be a Grand Slam Champion that’s main-evented Wrestlemania, “but the winds are changing.” Mahal feels it, and sees what we don’t. At MITB, Mahal envisions Roman suffering, unable to keep up. Roman’s eyes will show defeat after he takes Khallas after Khallas. Mahal sees his hand raised over the “exposed” Roman. But then Roman comes out to get this match started!
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Mahal grins at Roman, he knows he’s ready to have this match. Mahal knows Roman blames Mahal for not being part of the MITB Ladder Match. But it’s Roman’s own failures that cloud his judgment. Oh, did Roman think this match was with Mahal? No, the challenge wasn’t for facing Mahal. The challenge is for another great Indian, “a man who is fearless, who stands shoulders above all competition.” Yes, Roman’s opponent is… The Great SUNIL SINGH! Sunil doesn’t seem to remember that part of the plan.
The bell rings, and Sunil pleads with Mahal. Mahal pumps Sunil up, but he’s just a lamb to the slaughter. Roman uppercuts Mahal! Sunil is all alone now, and Roman grins as he whips him into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman fires up, laughs at Mahal, then lets out the howl. SPEAR! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman, by pinfall
But Mahal goes after Roman right away! KHALLAS!
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Mahal sacrificed his pawn so that he could get the drop on his enemy. Will Mahal pay for the bait and switch come Sunday?
The B Team VS Heath Slater & Rhyno!
The “Best” Team is set to face the Deleters of Worlds for the Raw Tag Team Championships, but they’ll test themselves in a match against the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions. These four men were the final two teams in last week’s battle royal, but that’s far from a normal match. Will Axel & Bo stay “undefeated” going into their match with Bray Wyatt & WOKEN Matt Hardy?
The bell rings and Axel starts with Slater. Slater fires off on Axel, Axel powers out of the headlock, but Slater runs Axel over. Axel clubs Slater back, then whips, but Slater comes back with forearms. Slater hits Bo for good measure, but Axel powers Slater to a corner. Bo tags in, and the B Team mugs Slater in the corner. Axel backs off while BO reels Slater into an STO. Cover, TWO, so Bo drops many knees. Cover, TWO, but Bo keeps on Slater with a chinlock. Rhyno and the fans rally and Slater fights out with a jawbreaker. Slater brings Bo over but Bo whips him away. Bo hits Rhyno, then bumps him off buckles. Slater dodges Bo but Axel tags in. Axel ducks the kick but not hte punches. Slater sees Bo coming, but Bo slips out, B Team neckbreaker!
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Cover, The B Team wins!
Winners: The B Team (Axel & Bo), Axel pinning
They are still “undefeated”, and celebrate like they’ve already won the titles. But the champions appear via titantron, and applaud for their future opponents. “This jovial jamboree” that they partake in is… WONDERFUL~! Ye-e-e-e-es! Delightful~! Marvelous~! But they’re here. Yes, the Deleters of Worlds appear on stage. “Well done, you Obsolete Mules!” The B Team wants to prove themselves worthy of the titles. But beware, for their are omniscient~! “Just look around you, man.” The Woken surround you. The fireflies surround you. And they are always watching. Bray knows that Bo & Axel are burning up like the River Styx. That’s fear, and it reminds them that they bought the ticket, and now must ride the ride, ye-e-e-e-es. The Obnoxious Ants will be eaten, and deleted! The Yin-Yang of the Raw Tag Team Division has delivered an ominous ultimatum. Will the B Team remain undefeated and un-deleted?!
"We will EAT you and DELETE you!"
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
The Drifter says tonight’s performance will be a struggle. he’s not used to performing in front of Arkansas hillbillies. Elias will make his way out to the ring after the break.
“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 12, 2018
The Drifter has made his way to the ring, but has a mixed reaction from Little Rock. He plays his guitar and that gets more fans on his side. Elias wants them to remember the moment, because they are seeing a “once in a lifetime” performer live, and just moments before he becomes Intercontinental Champion. Seth Rollins will learn that WWE really stands for “WALK WITH ELIAS!” But other fans chant “Burn It Down!” in support of the Architect. As always, Elias asks the fans silence phones, hold applause, and for their own sake, shut mouths.
Elias plays again, singing “He’s the Architect, but he tells us to Burn it Down. Make up your damn mind, Seth, those are the worst nicknames around. Seth Freakin’ Rollins, am I supposed to think that cool? And I get it, you do Crossfit, so I know that you’re a tool.” Seth is void of talent and is a disgrace to Monday Night Raw, but he might even have been born in this “toilet” known as Arkansas. Seth will squeal like a pig, and walking with Elias is something to fear. But y’know what? Elias wasn’t going to, but he’s got something to show us all. He moves out of the spotlight to bring out a specially painted guitar for when Elias becomes IC Champion. John Mayer gave him that. They’re good friends.
This custom Fender, a thing of beauty. Elias won’t perform another song, which the fans like to hear. But next week, when Elias returns, he’ll play the greatest song yet with this guitar and that title. But speaking of, here comes Seth Rollins! The Architect rushes the ring but Elias is right on him! But Rollins sends Elias out with a hard bump on the apron. Rollins is fuming, and shouts for Elias to get some guts! Two weeks with a sneak attack guitar smash, for what? Making a name for himself? Rollins ain’t that hard to find. Rollins is in the same spot every Monday: the middle of the ring, with the IC title on his shoulder, begging for a fight. All Elias had to do was ask.
But the worst part? Rollins wanted to like Elias. Elias could do it all, from the spotlight to the songs to the guitars. Guitars… Rollins sees that custom Fender… Well this guitar… Elias tries to get Rollins to stop, and save it for Sunday. Rollins wants a closer look at the Fender. He picks it up, and “you weren’t lying, this is really, really nice.” Did the fans get a good look? Look at the craftsmanship. This should go to someone in Little Rock as part of a charity auction! Any takers? So many fans want it, but so does Elias. This is from Elias’ friend, John Mayer, right? Rollins wants to be very careful with it. He sets it down, and fans want him to smash it, but it’s so well-made. Rollins fakes a stomp, and Elias panics.
Elias begs Rollins wait for Sunday, but fans want him to smash it! Rollins knows he can’t play instruments, but he does know a song that’s three words long. And it usually happens when he taps his foot. So if Arkansas is willing to help out… “Burn it Down! Burn it Down!” That’s the one. CURB STOMP ON THE GUITAR!
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Elias is seething while Rollins gets himself some payback. Will Elias suffer more than just property damage at MITB?
Kevin Owens talks with Bobby Roode.
Seeing Seth Rollins smash that guitar, it reminds Kevin of Braun smashing the ladder like it was nothing. Roode is lucky to be standing. What does Kevin want? What’s best for everyone. Roode and Finn can’t beat Strowman alone, and not even Kevin can. If Strowman becomes Mr. MITB, that’s bad. They need to stop him. Therefore, tonight, a three-man alliance. Either Roode admits Kevin is right, or he goes it alone and ends up like the ladder. “It’s your call. Nice robe.” Roode also contemplates this recruitment pitch. Will Kevin get the GLORIOUS One on his side?
Bayley VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The Huggable One is already in the ring while the Squad wreaks a bit of good wholesome havoc backstage. Can Bayley survive the Riott all alone? Or will the Squad get revenge for those eliminations in the Women’s Gauntlet match?
The bell rings and Bayley is wary of Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. Bayley and Ruby circle while Liv & Sarah start the drums, and Ruby knocks Bayley down. Ruby clubs away on Bayley while Liv & Sarah taunt her. Ruby bends Bayley back against the bottom rope, then stalks her to a corner. The ref reprimands Ruby as she pulls Bayley’s hair. Ruby pie-faces Bayley, then puts her in another corner. Ruby throws forearms and kicks, but fans cheer Bayley. Bayley boots Ruby away, then rolls into a takedown! Bayely throws hands, then clubs Ruby. Ruby puts her in a corner, then fires off body shots, but Bayley turns it around.
Ruby elbows Bayley away, then drags Bayley up for a whip. Bayley reverses, Ruby kicks her away, but Bayley hits the Thesz Press! Bayley throws more hands, covers, TWO. The former Raw Women’s Champion drags Ruby up and into a corner, then to another. Bayley does it a third time, then drags Ruby away to whip her in hard. Bayley hits a bulldog! She goes to a corner and hops up, for the flying elbow! Ruby rolls out and the Squad regroups with their leader. Bayley waits, but then slips out around the side for a daredevil dropkick! She doesn’t have quite enough, but she still manages to push Ruby into the LED, then saido suplex Ruby down! Ruby writhes while we go to break.
Raw returns, and Ruby wrenches Bayley back with a grounded keylock. Ruby screams for Bayley to give up, but the Huggable One refuses. Fans rally up, and Bayley powers up to fight out. Bayley throws Ruby, then dropkicks the legs out. She knees ruby to ropes, then dodges to send her into a corner. Ruby grabs Bayley with Deadly Nightshade! Cover, TWO, and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby keeps on Bayley and those bad shoulders while we go picture in picture to plug the PPV. Bayley endures the wrenching and the grinding as Ruby digs a knee in while pulling on that arm. Ruby bends that arm and pulls the wrist, but fans rally for Bayley as we go single picture. Bayley gets up while Ruby chicken wings and thrashes. Bayley picks Ruby up like a backpack to back her to the ropes. They hit buckles, but Ruby holds on.
Bayley tries again, and snapmares Ruby off. Ruby runs back in, but Bayley snake eyes and back elbows! Bayley rolls, wacky waving arms to a big knee strike. Ruby goes down while Bayley climbs up. Bayley aims, for the Macho Elbow! It misses! Ruby covers, TWO! The Squad is shocked that Bayley survived her crash and burn. Ruby drags Bayley up again, then wrenches the arm, but Bayley rolls her up! TWO, and Bayley goes to the apron. She slides back in to roll Ruby, TWO, so Ruby high stacks. TWO, and Bayley rocks Ruby with a knee. Ruby shakes the cobwebs out, but Bayley is ready. Liv distracts, and Sarah distracts, then Ruby throws Bayley into the post! Then, Riott Kick! Cover, Ruby wins!
Winner: Ruby, by pinfall
The Squad helps their leader get the W. But they’re not done with Bayley, as they use face paint to scribble and write all over Bayley. They leave a big letter R on Bayley’s belly before knocking her out with a right. Will the Squad continue to #StartaRiott on Raw?
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 12, 2018
Ronda Rousey talks with Natalya backstage.
Natty warns Rousey that Nia Jax might try something. Ronda thanks Natty for the advice. The Baddest Woman and the Irresistible Force meet face to face, after the break.
Jonathan Coachman presides over this coming Face-to-Face.
This Sunday, it will be one of the biggest nights in Raw Women’s Division history as Nia Jax defends her title against Ronda Rousey. But before that, they will meet again here and now. Coach introduces the challenger, “Rowdy” Ronda!
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Ronda appears and takes her seat, then Coach introduces the champion, Nia Jax!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 12, 2018
Nia joins Ronda and Coach in the ring, and Coach knows that the next time they meet, the title is on the line.
What does the champion say about this friendly rivalry become an almost angry one? Nia isn’t surprised. Both women are very competitive. Things get tense when it comes to seeing who is best. Nia was just pushing some buttons. Ronda is beautiful, talented and popular, “she’s still very new in the WWE.” Ronda’s success was form Strike Force and UFC, which have very different rules. WWE allows things MMA doesn’t, like headbutts, slaps, back strikes, hair pulling, and more. Nia has had all those done to her and has done those to others. Come Sunday, Nia will show Ronda exactly what she means. Ronda responds: she doesn’t plan, she improvises. And Ronda will improvise Nia’s arm off. Coach reminds Ronda she’s only had one match. True, but Ronda earned that win.
Nia does give Ronda credit. That one match was impressive. But it was a tag match, against a part-timer. Ronda has never had a singles match, nor a title match, and no offense, Nia’s been grinding in WWE for years. Nia is not Stephanie, she’s THE Raw Women’s Champion. And yet Ronda wants to take Nia’s arm? Nia will take Ronda’s rep. “Because when I’m done with you, they’re gonna call me the Baddest Woman on the Planet.” Nia knows she’s gonna win. It’s why she challenged Ronda at all. Because at the end of the day, Ronda’s not ready.
Ronda grins and laughs as she stands up. “Not ready?” Ronda was told that when she was 17 and made the Olympics team. And she was told that again when she went after the Strike Force title after only four fights, but she still won. And she got it again when she main-evented with record attendance. Everyone thought she wasn’t ready for UFC, but now she’s a UFC hall of famer! “I am Ronda Rousey, and I was born ready!” Ronda takes off the jacket, and now Nia stands. Nia shows Ronda the belt, then goes for a punch! Ronda blocks it! But Nia headbutts Ronda down! Nia drags Ronda up by her ponytail, but Ronda catches Nia into the armbar!
Nia holds on tight, but Ronda keeps trying. The champ stands up and deadlifts her challenger, but Ronda wrangles Nia back down. Nia taps!! Ronda lets Nia go, having proved her point. Can Ronda do that all over again on Sunday to become the new Raw Women’s Champion?
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Curt Hawkins VS No Way Jose!
The Fact Checker, the Superstar Factory, the History-Making Machine did indeed make history: he is the man of 200 consecutive losses. Will Hawkins himself finally #FacetheFacts that he’s not cut out for Raw anymore?
Hawkins’ music hits, but he doesn’t come out. Jose is confused, as is the referee. When Hawkins doesn’t come out the second time, the bell rings and it is now a ring count. The count reaches 5, but Hawkins doesn’t appear. But then he appears from the CROWD! He rolls Jose, TWO, Fastball Special!
Interesting game plan by @TheCurtHawkins, but it was NOT enough…
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Cover, Jose wins!
Winner: Jose, by pinfall
A clever idea from Hawkins, but it wasn’t enough. Hawkins is now Mr. 201, will he ever get out from under the losing streak?
Finn talks with Roode.
They’ve both talked with Kevin. Do they trust Kevin? Nope. But who do they trust? The devil they now, or the Monster Among Men? Roode feels they should work with Kevin at first, but they need to keep their eyes on him, too. Finn agrees, he’ll keep an eye on Kevin, and one on Roode.
WWE and Raw look closer at Katie Millar.
Katie is a powerlifter in the coming Special Olympics games. She never knew she was so strong. The Special Olympics introduced her to new people and friends, including Coach Tim. Katie has improved in her deadlifts, and has improved her confidence. The confidence boost helped her get a job, and helps her be happy in life. The Seattle Games are coming, so cheer Katie and the other athletes on as they #GoForGold!
Renee Young hosts a Raw Obstacle Course.
First up, Sami Zayn, who concocted this idea.
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
But why did he decide to challenge Bobby Lashley to this? All Sami did was ask if Lashley was actually an American soldier. Fans took offense then and then take offense now. Sami speaks on how everyone came to defend Lashley, but there’s no way to verify any of that. Lashley can prove it, if he does this Army based obstacle course faster than Sami. Sami explains piece by piece what you have to do. First, the tire flip, but it’s a 225 lbs. tractor tire. Then there’s the low crawls, where Lashley will fail because he’s heavy while Sami is lean. Then there’s the “Three Sisters” wall jump, from Kathy to Francis to the “Great Wall of Jessica.” Fourth is the Monkey Bars, easy enough, but in Sami’s opinion, Lashley will be too tired to properly swing.
And if by some miracle he makes it past that, it’s the dreaded rope climb! Pretty hard to climb this rope at 100%, but Lashley will have to do it last to ring those bells and stop the timer. From what Sami is told, the Green Berets can do this in roughly two minutes. Sami did a test run and came in at 90 seconds. That’s without a warm-up and with the bad hand crushed by Lashley, as well as no motivation. But imagine how he’ll do with everyone cheering him on! And when Sami wins the obstacle course challenge, the victory will be dedicated to the real best country: Canada. With that, Renee introduces Lashley.
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
What is Lashley’s reaction to this challenge? Everyone is tired of listening to Sami. Lashley will beat him at this obstacle course, then beat him down at MITB. A coin toss will decide who goes first. Sami wants to keep Lashley at a safe distance. Sami trusts Renee with the coins. Heads it’s Lashley, Tails it’s Sami. Heads, go Bobby Lashley. Fans fire up, and Lashley sets up by the tire. Sami wants the fans to shut up so he can count down the start. No cheating, no head starts! Does Lashley understand? Three… Two… One, GO.
Lashley flips the tire twice, runs down the ramp, crawls real low, then hops the walls. He clears the third wall at 20 seconds and hits the monkey bars with ease. He even shows off a pull-up first. Then Lashley hits the ropes, and without using legs, he hits the bells at 48 seconds! But then Sami ambushes Lashley! This was never about an obstacle course! Sami throws Lashley into the frames, then HELLUVA KICKS Lashley down. He even swings away on the rope. Fans boo while Sami celebrates and talks trash. The referees keep Sami away from Lashley, but Sami grins all the way to the back. Fans chant ‘USA! USA!” in support of Lashley, will he get revenge on Sami on Sunday?
Kevin talks strategy with Finn and Roode.
What makes him think they agreed to anything? But then Strowman comes by, and dares them to go 3v1 against him. Strowman roars, and that alone scares them a bit. The Fatal 4 Way is up next, will Strowman leave three top tier superstars down and out before MITB? Or will Kevin’s “plan” work out?
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
Men’s Fatal 4 Way: Braun Strowman VS Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens VS Bobby Roode!
The Monster Among Men, the Extraordinary Man, the Prizefighter and the GLORIOUS One will all compete in the Men’s MITB ladder match along with The Miz, Samoa Joe, Rusev and a member of the New Day. This main event is simply an appetizer for that main event, who will be in pole position for Raw after tonight?
The bell rings, and things are tense as Strowman waits for the alliance to make a move. Finn and Roode hesitate, not wanting Kevin to take advantage, but Kevin just cowers in the corner. Strowman roars and barrels through to ram Kevin into the corner! Then he swats Finn and Roode down with ease. Kevin runs out but gets swatted down, too. Strowman throws Roode across the way, then clubs Finn down. Strowman hits Kevin, then whips him to ropes. Kevin holds on and bails out, as do Roode and Finn. This unofficial handicap match is going Strowman’s way while we go to one more break.
Raw returns once more, and Strowman waits for the others to return. Kevin, Finn and Roode flank Strowman and surround him. They club and kick away but Strowman is strong. They ram him into a corner and ram in shoulders and kicks. Kevin taunts Strowman, “Who’s the Monster now?” Finn and Roode throw hands and chops, then Kevin rams in his shoulder. Strowman stays standing but the assault keeps going. Kevin runs in, but then Strowman shoves him down! Strowman swats Roode and side slams Finn! Finn rolls away, but Strowman goes after Roode. Kevin goes after Strowman, but it doesn’t bother Strowman at all. Strowman clubs Roode down, then scares Kevin out of the ring. Kevin pleads while Strowman pursues, but Finn flies in with a dropkick. The alliance keeps on Strowman with more clubbing forearms, but Strowman explodes out!
Strowman glares at the ring leader and pursues Kevin up the ring and to the backstage area. Finn and Roode wait, and Strowman tosses Kevin back out! Strowman drags Kevin up by his ear, then headbutts him. Kevin staggers away, but in come Finn and Roode, only for Strowman to smack them away with uppercuts. Strowman grabs Kevin, and throws him into the LED wall. The Monster dominates all three men, then goes to a ladder and brings it down. Strowman goes to the announce desk, and Coach, Cole and Graves run away. Strowman clears the table, then glares back at the trio. He storms over and grabs Kevin, hauling him up onto his shoulder. But Roode uses a ladder as a batternig ram. He and Finn work together and hit Strowman again.
Roode and Finn herd Strowman to the desk, and they keep going on him with clubbing forearms. Kevin positions a standing ladder nearby, and they place Strowman on the desk. Roode and Finn hold the ladder still for Kevin to climb. Kevin aims and… SUPER FROG SPLASH!! Kevin decimates Strowman and the desk!! Raw goes to one final break.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 12, 2018
Raw is back once again, and the match has returned to the ring. With Strowman and Kevin out, Roode and Finn go 1v1. Roode rams knees into Finn’s arm while referees check on Strowman and Kevin. Finn endures as Roode grinds his own elbow into Finn’s. Roode pulls on the arm, but Finn gets up. Roode wrenches but Finn hits back, repeat. Finn fires more forearms, Roode shoves him and elbows him, but the PELE takes Roode down. Everyone is down all over the arena, while we go picture in picture. Finn and Roode stir in the ring, and head for opposite corners. Finn grits his teeth as he stands up and aims at Roode. Roode stands while we go single picture. Roode runs in but Finn dodges to chop. Finn whips but Roode reverses, only for Finn to run him over.
Finn gets the takedown, double stomps! Roode gets back to a corner, but Finn runs in for another chop. Finn whips Roode corner to corner, but runs into boots. Roode hops up but Finn kicks him down and out! Fans fire up, and Finn builds speed, only to run into Roode’s forearm. Roode hops up again, and hits the GLORIOUS Blockbuster. Cover, TWO! Roode and Finn slowly stand, still no Kevin or Strowman. Roode grabs Finn and brings him up, but Finn small packages, TWO. Finn gets up, Slingblade to Roode! Then the blasting dropkick hits Roode off buckles. Fans fire up and Finn climbs. Finn aims, but Kevin returns to knock him down. Finn stays standing while Kevin climbs, and Finn returns the favor. Fans fire up again as Finn tries, but Roode trips him up! Finn gets crotch’d on the crossbar.
Roode gets himself up, and then climbs to join Finn. He wants the superplex, but Finn resists. Kevin joins in, and makes it a Tower of Doom! But Kevin can’t cover, he’s too exhausted. All three men are down, but Kevin gets moving. Kevin gets himself to a corner, but Strowman is stirring! The Monster stands!? Kevin panics as he watches Strowman lumber his way over. Fans chant “Get These Hands!” but Finn runs to meet Strowman. Strowman rocks Finn with a right, then boots Roode. Kevin sees Strowman is coming for him, and runs away! Kevin goes to the crowd, but he stumbles and falls. Strowman drags Kevin up and back to the ring in a headlock. Strowman roars and clubs Kevin down. But then Strowman sees the others getting up.
Even with bad ribs, Strowman runs Finn over, then runs Roode over. Strowman is still going, and runs Kevin over! He puts Kevin in the ring, those ribs only slowing him down a moment or two. Strowman scoops Kevin but Roode bails him out. They get sandwiched in a corner, but Finn returns and swing kicks Strowman. Finn climbs, stomps to the back! Strowman falls to a knee, but Finn runs out, only to get run over again. Strowman’s ribs are aching, but he’s the only one standing. He hauls Finn up, but Kevin SUPERKICKS! Roode chop blocks, then Kevin SUPERKICKS again. Roode grabs Strowman, but Kevin rolls Roode! TWO, GLORIOUS Spinebuster! Finn hits the elbow drop DDT on Roode! SLINGBLADE to Finn! Finn hits his blasting dropkick! He climbs up! COUP DE GRACE!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 12, 2018
Cover, but Roode breaks it. Roode throws Finn sideways into a post, then winds it up… GLORIOUS Pose, to GLORIOUS DDT! Cover, but Kevin breaks it up. Kevin throws Roode way out, then climbs up again. Kevin aims, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO?! Kevin cannot believe it. Strowman survives three powerful moves in a row? But fans know “This is Awesome”! Kevin rolls out to fetch a new ladder. He puts it in the ring, and uses it to go after Strowman’s ribs. Strowman somehow stays standing, and then grabs the ladder away from Kevin. He grabs Kevin by the throat, and Kevin shouts “I’m sorry!” as he takes the CHOKE SLAM! Strowman positions the ladder, picks Kevin up, MONSTER SLAM on the ladder! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Strowman, by pinfall
Not even three men allied, using everything they had, was enough to stop this behemoth. Throw in SmackDown’s four, will that be enough to stop Strowman from becoming Mr. MONSTER in the Bank? Or will Strowman #GetTheseHands on the contract and begin the hunt for The Beast?
— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018
This here tonight, this is what a go-home for a PPV should be. The opening with everyone on ladders was a little cliche for MITB (or even TLC) but I enjoyed the integration of Mixed Match Challenge for Alexa & Strowman and Finn & Sasha. And while it was confusing as to why Alexa needed an entrance when all four women were already out there, that Fatal 4 opener more than made up for it. All four women shined, and I was happily surprised to see Natalya wins. Between this and Ronda getting one-up on Nia, I wonder if they’ll both win again, and then Natty turns Heel when she cashes in without warning, sparking their feud. Meanwhile, given McIntyre & Ziggler dominating, I those two might just go after all four men in the title match and get themselves a shot sooner rather than later.
The one low point was Roman VS Mahal advertised for tonight. At first, I was hoping they’d get this match out of the way so more time could be given to the other matches. Instead, Mahal swerves, and will probably just cheat to win on Sunday. The Elias and Rollins segment was great, but I do feel a little bad that all the work that went into that custom paint job is for getting smashed. But in kayfabe, Elias deserved it, and I expect not even being upset will help him win against Rollins. Rollins is going to be on an amazing tear with that IC title this Summer, count on that. The Ronda-Nia face-to-face was great in itself, and with rumors of Rousey not sticking around as long as thought, that might mean she gets the title now just to check it off.
Poor Hawkins, he just can’t catch a break. Since he and now-bald Corbin don’t seem to be doing a program, I have no idea who Hawkins beats to finally break his bad streak. The obstacle course segment for Sami and Lashley was actually pretty good, but of course it was so Sami could attack Lashley. Their match at MITB will still be really great, so luckily there was some coherency to the build before the end. And WOW was the main event tonight worthy of a PPV in itself. The story was all there with Kevin getting the three non-monsters working together, but Strowman looks even stronger after winning. Kevin has a point, though: if Strowman wins MITB and then cashes in on Lesnar, he’s gonna have that belt a long time himself. But at least Strowman will show up every week when he does.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (2/9/19)
The NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship is defended on ROH!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 386
ROH brings us the National Treasure and the Darewolf competing over THE NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship! Which man makes history in historic first?
- Six Man Tag: Villain Enterprises VS John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josey Quinn; Villain Enterprises wins.
- NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship: Nick Aldis w/ Kamille VS PJ Black; Aldis wins and retains the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH opens with John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josie Quinn in the ring.
The Southern Savior tells everyone from commentary to the fans to “Shut your mouths!” The spotlight belongs on Quinn, Hollis and Skyler! This is the roughest, toughest trio in ROH, and if anyone doubts them, then step up and get stepped on! Who answers the call? Villain Enterprises! Marty Scurll leads PCO and Brody King out to the ring, and we have our opening Six Man Tag match!
Six Man Tag: Villain Enterprises VS John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josey Quinn!
If The Southern Savior, The Original and The Pale Horse want to prove they’re the roughest, toughest team to come to ROH, then they’ll need to pull out all the stops against Marty Scurll’s own stable. Will Scurll, PCO and Brody spoil this newest trio’s debut?
Before the match, Scurll says, “How cute! Look at you guys! I used to be like all three of you: young, full of hope, full of spirit, full of optimism.” Scurll can tell these three haven’t been jaded by this business. Scurll is sure all three of them will be big “superstars” in ROH, and make one hell of an impact. But unfortunately for them, it won’t be tonight. They’re going to feel the wrath of Villain Enterprises! Scurll, PCO and Brody flank the ring, and they strike!
PCO and Brody drag Quinn and Skyler out of the ring while Scurll brawls with Hollis! Scurll dumps Hollis out and PCO sends Skyler into a post. Brody suplexes Hollis for Scurll to SUPERKICK from the apron, and Brody finishes him off with a gourd buster! Villain Enterprises takes control of the ring as the streamers fly! This match will still happen after the break.
ROH returns and PCO starts against Quinn. Quinn goes at PCO with kicks and chops, but PCO doesn’t flinch! PCO even dares him to chop more! Quinn chops and chops, and then PCO CHOPS back! PCO CHOPS Quinn to a corner and then keeps going! The ref counts and PCO backs off, only to come back with rapid fire chops! Fans fire up for PCO as he scoops and sidewalk slams Quinn! Skyler and Hollis rush PCO to club away on him. They double whip but PCO breaks the line to double clothesline them! PCO choke tosses Skyler into a corner, then choke slams him on the rebound! PCO climbs up top and LEAPS at Quinn on the apron! But Skyler gets Quinn clear and PCO hits only apron! But PCO gets up like it was nothing!
Fans fire up with PCO, but Hollis DIVES out onto him! PCO catches Hollis to send him into the barriers! Fans chant for “P C O!” as he gets back in. Quinn throws big forearms then runs, but PCO runs him over! Tag to Scurll and Scurll chops Quinn back down. Scurll rocks Quinn with a European Uppercut then another CHOP! Scurll runs but Hollis swipes his feet. Quinn tags out to Skyler in the distraction. Quinn runs at Scurll but Scurll throws him out, only to turn around into Skyler’s slingshot spear! Cover, TWO! Skyler keeps on Scurll with a rain of right hands. Tag to Hollis and they mug Scurll in the corner. Hollis snapmares and drops a knee, then covers. TWO, and fans rally up for Scurll. Hollis feeds Scurll to Quinn’s boot then tags Quinn in.
Quinn and Hollis mug Scurll in the corner, then Quinn snapmares Scurll to a chinlock. Scurll endures the squeeze while fans rally up again. Scurll fights his way up and out. Quinn whips Scurll to the corner but runs into boots. Scurll fights out but gets a corner clothesline! Quinn whips but Scurll reverses to a tornado DDT! Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Hot tags to Skyler and Brody! Brody rallies on all there opponents! Fans fire up as Brody puts Skyler on the ropes, for a cannonball! Scurll tags back in but Skyler knees low. Skyler throws hands, then runs, but into Brody’s flapjack! Scurll adds a dropkick then Brody adds the senton! Fans fire up again as Scurll drags Skyler up. Scurll suplexes but Skyler slips out.
Hollis tags in before Brody clotheslines Skyler out. Hollis dodges Scurll to hit PCO. Scurll catches Hollis for a powerbomb! PCO climbs up while Scurll turns Hollis over, leg drop Boston Crab! PCO DIVES on Skyler and Quinn! Scurll catapults Hollis into Brody’s forearm! Back senton across Scurll’s knees! Brody lifts Hollis and hits the Gonzo Bomb! Hollis bounces up into the Chicken Wing! Hollis taps, Villain Enterprises wins!
Winners: Villain Enterprises, Marty Scurll by submission
But wait! Red balloons fly out from under the ring! But also some black balloons… The Kingdom laugh as they appear on stage. Were they looking for someone? It’s no secret that The Kingdom are the best trio on this planet. They’re the best trio in history! The Kingdom doesn’t fear anyone, especially not these “three goons.” They’d love to get in that ring and even put the titles on the line! But Matt Taven keeps TK O’Ryan calm as he says they’re fighting champions. They have no problems defending any place, any where, any time, especially against “Melvin Enterprises.” Just not this time. The Kingdom loves to troll everyone, but will Scurll and company be the ones having the last laugh?
The Kingdom speaks backstage.
Vinnie Marseglia laughs again, and says he “hates to spoil it for all the puppets in ROH, but PCO is human.” TK O’Ryan says Brody King is big and bad, but getting hit upside the head with a baseball bat, he’d be out cold just like anybody else. And Taven lets them all know that while Villain Enterprises is new around here, The Kingdom runs the show. #RespectTheCrown. The Kingdom are the champions and will defend them when they choose. “Because IIII’M Matt Taven, and this is MY Kingdom.”
Jay Lethal speaks.
“It is getting more and more difficult to keep track of everybody in line for this ROH World Championship.” Because all Lethal can see is a man running around pretending that his fake belt counts! Taven attacks Lethal from behind, disrespects the company and disrespects the REAL belt by spitting on it! Lethal is sick and tired of Taven! Taven has Lethal’s attention, where and when will this issue of two world title belts be put to rest?
The Gatekeeper has a brand new challenger.
Kelly Klein put it upon herself to be a fighting champion on a level like no other champion. She willingly defends her title in every singles match she has! Watch Kelly defend that title against a debuting but very promising Woman of Honor via Honor Club’s On Demand!
NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship: Nick Aldis w/ Kamille VS PJ Black!
For the first time ever, ROH TV plays host to the NWA’s top title! The National Treasure brings the Ten Pounds of Gold to the Ring of Honor as the first man to defend it here. The Darewolf, who narrowly avoided death in a base jumping accident, has climbed back and is the first man to challenge for this title in ROH. History is being made, but will it be for a successful defense or a successful defeat?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this is the first time the title has been defended in Atlanta, Georgia since 1993! Fans say “Thank you, Nick!” This historic match finally begins, after the break!
ROH returns and the Code of Honor is skipped by PJ. The bell rings, and the two circle and tie up. Aldis wrenches but PJ cartwheels and wrenches. Aldis spins through and reverses the wristlock. PJ rolls and drop toeholds! Aldis reverses to a hammerlock but PJ gets the ropes. Aldis lets PJ go and the two circle again. They tie up and PJ gets a waistlock. PJ rolls Aldis, TWO, but PJ is on Aldis in a corner with a facelock. PJ honors the break but he gives Aldis a shove. Aldis decides to lounge on the top rope for a moment, so PJ shows off his capoeria while telling Aldis to “Suck It!” Fans echo “Suck It! Suck It!” as Aldis and PJ approach again. They tie up and Aldis gets a headlock. PJ powers out but Aldis runs him over.
Things speed up and Aldis avoids PJ’s Thesz Press. Aldis rebounds and blocks PJ’s hip toss, but PJ blocks Aldis’ hip toss to sweep the legs. PJ covers, ONE! Aldis gets the headlock takeover and makes it a cover, TWO and PJ gets the headscissors. PJ squeezes but Aldis moves around. Aldis headstands and pops out, but PJ gets back. PJ calls for a time-out, but there are no such things. Even so, Aldis lets PJ stand up, and they go again. PJ gets a headlock, and the takeover, but Aldis headscissors back. PJ headstands and pops out but Aldis ducks the boot to roll PJ! TWO, and PJ fakes Aldis out with a punch. PJ offers Aldis a hand, and Aldis takes it, only for PJ to uppercut! PJ uppercuts more but Aldis backslides, TWO!
The Darewolf asks for another time-out but from the corner. Aldis and PJ circle but PJ promises not to cheat. He offers a handshake but also crosses his fingers behind his back. Aldis takes the handshake, but PJ sweeps the legs and double stomps the back! PJ flexes but Aldis stands up. Aldis clotheslines PJ right down! Aldis puts PJ in the corner and CHOPS! He throws body shots and more chops, but PJ turns it around to CHOP Aldis back. They brawl in the corner but PJ stomps low. Aldis hits back and bumps PJ on buckles. Aldis whips corner to corner then runs in for a big clothesline. He whips PJ corner to corner again but PJ goes up and headscissors Aldis out!
PJ slingshots but Aldis slips into the ring. Aldis poses but PJ comes back. They speed up and PJ fakes Aldis out to then poke him in the eyes! The referee reprimands PJ while Aldis regroups with Kamille. PJ climbs up but Kamille stands in his way. Aldis gets to the other side, PJ slides out but gets run over with a lariat! Aldis refreshes the ring count while we go to break.
ROH returns and Aldis has PJ in a chinlock. Fans rally on both sides as PJ fights out. PJ throws heavy forearms then whips, but Aldis reverses. PJ kicks Aldis then runs, but Aldis follows to clothesline PJ upside-down! Aldis drags PJ up for a suplex, and holds him up there! Then brings him down! Cover, TWO! PJ gets to a corner but Aldis is right after him with a CHOP! Aldis whips PJ corner to corner hard, then back drops on the rebound! Fans cheer as Aldis covers, TWO! Aldis keeps on PJ with another facelock. PJ endures as Aldis wrenches. They stand and PJ hits back with body shots and a CHOP! Aldis CHOPS, PJ CHOPS, and now they brawl!
Aldis whips but PJ rolls off his back. PJ heel kicks Aldis down, then runs corner to corner for crossbody! PJ easily lands on the apron and bumps Aldis off buckles. He climbs up an dleaps for a flying elbow! PJ keeps going to the other corner and climbs again, for another flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as PJ stalks Aldis. PJ whips Aldis but Aldis reverses, only for PJ to hold ropes. Aldis walks into PJ’s boot, and then PJ springboards for a moonsault! PJ only grazes Aldis, so he quickly grabs Aldis for the inverted DDT. PJ hurries up top again and Aldis stands to get flying double stomps! Cover, TWO!! Aldis survives the stomp to the heart, but PJ keeps his cool. PJ climbs again and takes aim, but his double ax handles are caught into a BIG German Suplex!
Aldis drags PJ up again for a fast powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, but Aldis holds onto the legs to try his Kingsland Cloverleaf! PJ brings Aldis in for a cradle! TWO, and both men get to corners. Aldis runs in but into an elbow. PJ hops up but Aldis trips him up! Aldis climbs up behind PJ but PJ resists. PJ elbows Aldis away but Aldis clubs him back. Aldis climbs again, SUPER GERMAN! Both men are down but fans fire up! Aldis crawls to a cover, TWO! The Darewolf survives and the National Treasure grows frustrated while we go to one last break.
ROH returns once more, and fans rally as Aldis heads for the top rope. PJ rolls and SHORYUKENS! PJ climbs but Aldis resists. Aldis hits back with body shots and pushes PJ away. PJ comes back quick, SUPER STEINER! Then springboard moonsault! Cover, TWO!! PJ can’t believe it, but Aldis escapes! PJ drags Aldis up for a dragon sleeper, but Aldis endures. Aldis pries free to scoop PJ into the TOMBSTONE! Aldis heads up top again, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! PJ lives and even Kamille is shocked. Aldis gives Kamille a signal and she tosses the belt in the ring! Kamille distracts the referee, but both men grab at the belt! PJ SLAPS Aldis away, then picks up the Ten Pounds of Gold! PJ tosses it to Aldis and falls over! Aldis gets caught with the belt in his hands but the referee takes it away. PJ rolls Aldis! TWO!!
PJ wheelbarrows and turns Aldis over, Billy Goat’s Curse! Aldis crawls as PJ stretches, and Aldis gets the ropebreak! Aldis bails out, but PJ DIVES on him! Direct hit brings Aldis down but PJ gets back in the ring. PJ builds speed again, to wreck KAMILLE with a dropkick! Kamille took the hit for Aldis but fans still boo PJ for it! Fans do know “This is Awesome!” as Aldis goes after PJ. But PJ throws Aldis into the post! PJ puts Aldis in the ring and springboards for a crossbody! But Aldis manages to roll through! TWO!! PJ shoulders and slingshots but Aldis sits on the sunset, but he also holds the ropes! The referee sees that, and kicks Aldis’ arms away! PJ finishes the sunset flip, TWO! Aldis gets the legs, Kingsland Cloverleaf! PJ endures but taps, Aldis wins!
Winner: Nick Aldis, by submission; still NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion
History is made as the National Treasure retains the title on ROH TV! Is this only the beginning of the Ten Pounds of Gold being part of ROH history?
Juice Robinson heads to the ring!
The Flamboyant One saw that there was still some time left over tonight and decided to take this opportunity to address the fans. “What up, Hotlanta?!” Juice says the last time he was here, he promised there’d be a lot more of him in an ROH ring. And he didn’t mean for a cup of coffee or for a Global Wars tour. He meant a hell of a lot more Juice in ROH in 2019! But why? Isn’t NJPW so fun? It’s because Juice knows what this company stands for: Honor. Juice has had something in the works, and the pieces have all come together.
“ROH was founded by guys like Samoa Joe. Guys like AJ Styles. The lifeblood of ROH for so long has been through the hard work of guys like the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson.” Or even Juice’s best friend, Tyler Black. All those guys cared about honor. Those are the guys that when their music hit, they came down the stairs, entered the ring, and looked their opponent(s) in the eyes and said, “Win, lose or draw, we’re going to start this with a handshake, and no matter what happens, end with a handshake.” That is what ROH is about. Juice can’t figure out what’s happened over the last few years. Tonight, ROH hits a reset button. Tonight, ROH begins its restoration. And tonight, “we bring ROH to the next level!” And that starts right here and now.
The pulse that we’ve seen for weeks! Juice is joined in the ring by David Finlay, Mark Haskins, Bandido, Tracy Williams, and Tenille Dashwood! “We are Lifeblood!” And together, they will put the Honor back in Ring of Honor! Fans are loving this already! Will this new alliance of rising stars revitalize ROH?
A really great episode right here, and we finally know what that pulse was about. Juice Robinson leading a new faction, Lifeblood, is a great move for him in ROH. It represents a new level Juice himself has reached, and helps give him and all the wrestlers in the stable something to be part of. This can definitely feed the story I’d been sensing of Tenille Dashwood returning to confront the person who attacked her, which can turn out to be Kelly Klein. Tenille VS Kelly can be Lifeblood’s Women of Honor Championship story while the five men go after the variety of titles. I’m sure Juice would want to be world champion, leaving the World TV, World Tag and World Six Man Championships to any of the other members.
Juice’s promo leading up to Lifeblood’s debut was also very well done. It kept the continuity of ROH’s past, with name drops including the wrestlers now known as Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins. Juice’s group might also be pitted against Bully Ray’s group, who aren’t so honorable. That will make for a great 5v5 tag down the line and then separate showdowns for things like the Briscoes defending the World Tag Team Championships against any combination from Lifeblood.
Villain Enterprises does great again in another Six Man Tag victory while The Kingdom do well again as the arrogant Heels they are. They’ll have it out for those titles soon enough, whether The Kingdom likes it or not. And with Jay Lethal’s promo, that match for the undisputed ROH World Championship has to be happening sooner rather than later. Maybe they can arrange it for the ROH Anniversary Show. And then the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship was great, and was rightfully given lots of time. PJ was great being the sneaky Heel he’s been known to be, but it almost felt like Aldis was turning Heel in the course of the match. Between Kamille being his shield but also getting him the belt, this match started to feel like Heel VS Heel. And that’s a good thing, we don’t get those enough in any promotion.
Obviously Aldis retains, a random ROH TV episode isn’t the place for a title change. But maybe ROH and NWA work a Pay-Per-View together and that is when an ROH star challenges and takes the NWA title, or vice-versa and an NWA star takes an ROH title.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/13/19)
It’s an epic rematch between Ricochet and Adam Cole BAYBAY!
NXT reignites a heated rivalry as The One and Only Ricochet takes on Adam Cole BAYBAY! Who will prove themselves worthier of the North American Champion?
- Shane Thorne VS Dominik Dijakovic; Dijakovic wins.
- Street Profits VS Humberto Carrillo & Stacy Ervin Jr; Street Profits win.
- Taynara Conti VS Aliyah; Aliyah wins.
- Ricochet VS Adam Cole; Ricochet wins.
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WWE honors the memory of Pedro Morales.
Shane Thorne VS Dominik Dijakovic!
The Worst and the Croatian crusher both had a great showing in WWE Worlds Collide, but neither man won the epic tournament. Even so, both men look to climb the ranks on NXT all the same! Will a win help one of these men reach a championship opportunity on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and Thorne circles with Dijakovic. They tie up and go around, and Dijakovic pushes Thorne to a corner. Thorne pulls Dijakovic’s nose but Dijakovic pushes him back! The referee has the two break, but Thorne uses it to hotshot the arm! Thorne gets a waistlock and powers Dijakovic into buckles. He throws hands and wraps the arm on the ropes. Dijakovic pushes Thorne away but Thorne comes back with kicks and forearms! Thorne dropkicks Dijakovic down! Then he kicks away on every part of Dijakovic he can find! Fans fire up and Thorne goes after Dijakovic’s arm and neck. Thorne pulls and fans rally up. Dijakovic fights back but Thorne wrenches the bad arm. Dijakovic breaks free then counters Thorne, and even CHOPS him! Big clothesline clobbers Thorne!
Thorne comes back but Dijakovic kicks and elbows back. “Time to fly!” Dijakovic suplex and tosses Thorne! Dijakovic grabs Thorne by the throat, but Thorne pulls on the weak up to escape. Thorne uppercuts and saido suplexes! Both men are down but fans rally up. Thorne and Dijakovic get to corners but Thorne climbs up. Dijakovic stops him with a palm strike! Dijakovic climbs but Thorne throws hands. They brawl as Dijakovic climbs. Dijakovic clubs away on Thorne, but Thorne goes after the bad arm! Thorne pushes Dijakovic off but Dijakovic back flips! Dijakovic then SUPERKICKS Thorne down! Thorne staggers but Dijakovic springboards for a corkscrew plancha! Dijakovic defies physics and fans lose their minds! Dijakovic puts Thorne back in and fans call for it! Torture rack, Feast Your Eyes! Cover, Dijakovic wins!
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic, by pinfall
Dijakovic feasts on another victory! Will he continue his streak and feast on a title match in the near future?
The Undisputed Era speaks.
Adam Cole is tired of hearing they’re having a bad start to 2019. Everyone hits speed bumps, but they vow to finish what they started. Step one: regain the NXT Tag Team Championships. Step two: continue to be the best team on this whole show! The Undisputed Era will claim what is theirs and take what is theirs. Roderick Strong is excited. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly will be back together as a tag team, and then Strong and Cole can go for singles titles. They will be dripping in gold in 2019, and that starts with Cole taking out Ricochet. Ricochet is a flash in the pan, but the Undisputed Era runs the show. They will show Ricochet, they will show NXT and they will show the world why they are Undisputed.
Exclusive interview after last week’s Six Woman Tag main event.
The Sky Pirates were pumped after their big victory alongside Bianca Belair over the Horsewomen. Io Shirai was especially excited because she proved she can beat Shayna Baszler. The Genius of the Sky wants that NXT Women’s Championship. The Pirate Princess warns Shayna to watch out, but then The EST comes by. There’s no beef between them, but Bianca would’ve had Shayna beat on two different occasions. Bianca is still Un-De-Fea-Ted, but will she get her second shot before Shirai gets her first?
Street Profits VS Humberto Carrillo & Stacy Ervin Jr!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford are still stinging from the Forgotten Sons using numbers against them in their post-TakeOver showdown. But they look to get things back on track, even against this new young combination.
But wait, is that Kassius Ohno? Why? The Knockout Artist has been back for two years but not the best two years. He wants to let us know that as he was watching backstage, he sees some familiar faces in the Full Sail crowd. Ohno felt the need to come out here that, from the bottom of his heart, “each and everyone of you guys make me sick!” Ohno despises the Full Sail crowd! Their chants and their signs, too! The fans think they know everything but they don’t! Ohno is leaving, again! He’ll go somewhere where he can show he’s the “Best to Ever Do It”! But here comes Keith Lee! Lee rocks Ohno with an elbow!
The Limitless One takes the mic as fans sing for him. Lee tells Ohno, “Oh no… Or better yet, OH MY GAWD~!” This could’ve been so much worse. Lee could’ve low blow’d Ohno like he did Lee. But Ohno, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. And please, pardon the interruption. Let’s keep the show rolling! The Profits make their entrance and the match finally begins!
The Profits are wary of Lee, but he assures them, Wakanda Forever. Dawkins & Ford also taunt Ohno being knocked right out, then finally hit the ring.
The teams sort out and we begin with Carrillo and Ford. Carrillo and Ford tie up, and Carrillo gets a headlock. Ford can’t get free of the newest Cruiserweight’s grip, but the third time’s the charm. Carrillo runs Ford over, then things speed up and Carrrillo rolls of Ford’s back. Ford returns the favor and then sweeps the legs. Cover, ONE, and the two dodge each other’s kicks. Double dropkicks cancel out and both men handspring up. Fans fire up as Ford breaks it down. Carrillo and Ford shake hands to show there is respect. But then Ford kicks low! Ford clubs Carrillo and drags him to the corner. Tag to Dawkins and the Profits mug Carrillo.
Dawkins elbows Carrillo then tags Ford. They club away on Carrillo more, then Ford whips Carrillo corner to corner. Carrillo goes up and over and then shows off his agility! Ford runs into an arm-drag, then another! Carrillo has the armlock, but Ford finds his way up. Tag to Dawkins and Ford whips Carrillo. Carrillo reverses but gets run over by Dawkins. Dawkins whips but Carrillo somersaults and enziguris! Carrillo brings Dawkins over, tag to Ervin! They double whip and dropkick Dawkins down! Ervin hits a BIG standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Ervin runs but Dawkins reels him in for a SPEAR! Dawkins gets up and brings Ervin over. Tag to Ford and the Profits stomp a mudhole into Ervin. Ford covers, TWO!
Ford keeps between Ervin and Carrillo as he clubs Ervin back down. He kicks Ervin hard in the ribs then reels Ervin into a chinlock. Ford thrashes Ervin around to show that new edge. Fans rally up and Ervin fights his way up. Ervin pries the hold open but Ford clubs him. Ford shoves and back suplexes HARD! Cover, TWO! Tag to Dawkins and the Profits double back suplexes. Ervin slips out and ducks, hot tag to Carrillo! Carrillo rallies on the Profits and fires off haymakers on Dawkins! Carrillo whips but Dawkins reverses, only to get a handspring back elbow! Ford runs in but misses, Carrillo uses Dawkins to arm-drag Ford! Carrillo rocks Dawkins back then climbs up fast, big missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Carrillo as he hits the somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Carrillo drags Dawkins over and Ervin tags in. Ervin climbs, and hits a TSUNAMISAULT! Cover, but Ford breaks it! Ford puts Carrillo in the corner but Carrillo dumps and kicks him out. Dawkins ROCKS Carrillo and Ford tags in. Ervin runs into a pop-up, and his huricanrana is blocked! Dawkins spins Ervin, Ford says “SUCK IT!” for the blockbuster DOomsday device! Cover, The Street Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, Montez Ford pinning
The #CurseofGreatness now has a new intensity behind it! But they pick up mics to say “There seems to be a lot of gold raiding going around.” But best believe, Ford & Dawkins want a piece. Fans say “You Deserve It!” Ford says the Profits’ time in NXT has been a roller coaster. But one thing about roller coasters, it’s a fun ride! Make no mistake, at any given time, if they are given the ball, they can go to war! Profits call out the War Raiders, but they get the European Alliance!
Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel see Ford & Dawkins, and say, “Nein, nein, nein.” Opportunities are sacred in NXT. And no one deserves opportunities more than Aichner & Barthel. Street Profits, “stand aside.” But wait, here come Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch! The One Two Combination aren’t about words, they’re about fighting! All three teams argue, but here come the War Raiders! Hanson & Rowe stand on stage to say there’s an awful lot of talk, but no action. If these teams want these titles, “make a move!” Rowe & Hanson head for the ring, but here come the Undisputed Era! They attack Rowe & Hanson from behind 3v2! Then they feed the champs to the other contenders, and it is a feeding frenzy!
Rowe and Hanson hold their own against three teams, and even dump Ford out onto Barthel! Burch gets Thor’s Hammer! And Lorcan gets tossed onto everyone! The Undisputed Era’s plan didn’t work out at all! Who will earn the shot against the machines of Hanson & Rowe?
Taynara Conti VS Aliyah!
The Brazilian black belt and the Canadian Cat’s Meow want to prove they’re still worthy of an NXT Women’s Championship shot, but they’ll have to do it against each other. Who will gain some much needed momentum on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and fans duel as the two circle. Taynara avoids Aliyah’s grip and gets a takedown. Jackknife cover, TWO! Aliyah has Taynara by the hair but Taynara uses that for a flying armbar takedown! Aliyah scrambles to a ropebreak, and Taynara lets go. Taynara comes back but runs into a forearm. Aliyah brings Taynara down by her hair! Cover, TWO! Vanessa Borne appears at ringside to watch this up close and personal. Aliyah pulls Taynara around and hits a fireman’s carry takedown. Aliyah kicks away on Taynara’s back then covers again, ONE! The ref reprimands Aliyah as she grabs hair again. Aliyah kicks but Taynara catches the leg to another jackknife bridge. TWO, but Taynara rolls Aliyah up again. TWO, and Tyanara trips Aliyah into buckles!
Taynara throws Aliyah around with her judo training, then rolls through to finish her with a pump kick! Taynara toys with Aliyah then climbs up top. Aliyah gets up but gets caught into a hanging armbar! Taynara lets go at 4 but fires up. Vanessa doesn’t seem impressed, and then she goes after Taynara’s feet! Aliyah throws Taynara off the top! Aliyah drags Taynara up and around for a modified armlock! She stomps away on Taynara’s head as part of “Total Aliyahnation!” Taynara taps, Aliyah wins!!
Winner: Aliyah, by submission
The Vision helps the fashionable Aliyah win, and it seems an alliance is struck. But before they can explain themselves, Shayna Baszler storms her way out to the ring! Vanessa and Aliyah get clear of the angry Queen of Spades, but Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke put them back in! Shayna and the Horsewomen wreck Aliyah, then Marina fireman’s carry Vanessa into Jessamyn’s roundhouse! Taynara is not spared, Shayna gut wrench side slams her down! Shayna grabs a mic and says “This is your reality now!” Do not get in their way and do not question them. And do NOT piss them off. The Horsewomen leave, having made their statement. Who else will be trampled by their furious stampede?
Ricochet VS Adam Cole!
The King of Flight and the Panama City Playboy are far from through with each other, especially if it means getting closer to a championship match. While Johnny Wrestling and The Velveteen Dream fight for the NXT North American Championship next week, this match could determine a new #1 contender for afterward. Which former champion will take the next step back to that North American title?
The bell rings and the trash talk begins. Fans love “Both These Guys!” as they tie up. They go around the ring and end up in a corner. Cole turns it around and backs off only to sucker punch! Cole stomps a mudhole in then brings Ricochet up to whip. Ricochet holds ropes and back elbows hard! Ricochet throws haymakers but Cole kicks and punches back. Cole whips but Ricochet rolls off his back. Ricochet somersaults, handsprings, headscissors and dropkicks! Cole bails out but Ricochet DIVES! Ricochet rains down rights and then toys with Cole. Ricochet puts Cole back in and runs corner to corner. Cole boots Ricochet back, then hops up, but Ricochet enziguris back!
Ricochet climbs up but Cole bumps him off buckles. Cole adjusts but Ricochet resists the sunset flip. Ricochet rains rights, but Cole SUPERKICKS the legs out! Ricochet’s leg is caught in the ropes, and Cole stomps away! The referee backs Cole off then helps Ricochet out, but Cole comes back to swing the leg into the post! Ricochet writhes in agony and Cole takes his time returning. Cole stomps Ricochet more then drags him up into the corner. Cole wraps the leg on the ropes and pulls! The ref counts and Cole lets go at 4. Cole stomps Ricochet more as fans start to duel. Cole dragon screws Ricochet down! Fans grow louder in their duel while Cole stalks Ricochet. Ricochet stands but Cole kicks his legs out! Cole taunts Ricochet before grabbing the bad leg. Ricochet enziguris but Cole ducks it to then smash the knee on the mat!
Cole stomps the bad leg and Ricochet can only crawl. Cole takes the leg and drops knees on it! Fans rally up as Cole stomps Ricochet’s bad leg. Cole stomps Ricochet at the ropes and into a corner. The ref counts and Cole tells him to shut up! The ref and Cole argue but Cole goes back to Ricochet’s leg. Cole puts on a standing kneebar to push on the leg. Ricochet kicks free, but hobbles up. Cole dropkicks the leg right out! Ricochet clutches the leg but refuses to quit. Cole vows Ricochet will not reach the title before him. Cole stomps Ricochet more then drags him up. Ricochet denies the shin breaker and fans rally up. Cole reels Ricochet in but Ricochet slips out of the back suplex. Ricochet’s leg buckles but he shoves Cole away.
Ricochet somersaults but he can’t finish the attack! Cole swings, Ricochet dodges and comes back with a BIG clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ricochet drags himself up but Cole follows. Ricochet boots Cole with the good leg, then pushes Cole into buckles. Tiger Feint in the corner! Ricochet climbs on one leg, and leaps, for a flying uppercut! Ricochet still manages a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ricochet gets the bad leg moving as fans rally up. Ricochet goes to Cole and brings him up, but the leg won’t allow the fireman’s carry. He rocks Cole with a forearm but Cole again kicks the bad leg out! Cole throws big forearms in the corner then hoists Ricochet up top. Ricochet pushes Cole away but Cole enziguris! Cole drags Ricochet out on a fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and fans are loving this!
Cole keeps his cool while Ricochet slowly catches his breath. Fans duel as Cole stalks Ricochet to ropes. Cole drags Ricochet up as fans cheer for “Both These Guys!” Cole suplexes but Ricochet resists. Ricochet slips out of the suplex and ducks the enziguri! Northern Lights and roll through, to deadlift. But the legs give out, Last Shot Brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives but Cole tells him to stay down. Ricochet doesn’t and fans rally up. Cole pulls down the knee pad, runs, but Ricochet dodges the Shining Wizard to roll up! TWO, 52 Fake-Out! Cole misses the superkick to get a Reverse-Rana! Ricochet drags Cole to a drop zone then drags himself to a corner. Ricochet climbs but the bad leg is refusing to work. Fans cheer him on as he one leg springboard sentons! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet’s desperate dive didn’t work out, but he still tries the fireman’s carry! Cole fights out but walks into a back elbow. Cole forearms back but Ricochet returns it. They keep hitting back and forth, and Ricochet grows stronger for it! Ricochet fires off more forearms but Cole mule kicks the leg out. Cole misses the boot and Ricochet uppercuts him. But Cole pump boots, only for Ricochet to knee strike. Cole enziguris, dodges the Pele, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!? Ricochet lives and Cole is shocked! But Full Sail is thunderous for this main event! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but Cole wants to end this. Cole drags Ricochet up and to a corner. He throws big forearms, then hoists Ricochet up top again. Cole throws more forearms, then climbs up.
Fans duel as Cole throws more forearms. Ricochet slips out to club Cole back! Ricochet grits his teeth and climbs up on one leg. He grabs Cole but Cole elbows the bad leg. Cole sends Ricochet down to the apron! Cole turns around and drags Ricochet back up. But Ricochet fights back now, and steadies himself, for a SUPER STEINER! Ricochet ax kicks Cole down! But he’s not done there, Northern Lights roll through to Falcon Arrow! And a fireman’s carry, for the Vertigo Driver! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
The One and Only wins, but he’s instantly attacked by the rest of the Undisputed Era! But here comes Aleister Black! Aleister throws hands on Strong, O’Reilly and Fish, but Cole SUPERKICKS him! Strong gets Aleister with End of Heartache! “Nobody can touch us!” Will the Undisputed Era leave everyone behind on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Another great episode for NXT! Thorne VS Dijakovic was essentially filler but anything is good for the now solo Aussie. Thorne should consider the option of being a crossover talent between NXT USA and NXT UK. NXT UK needs a more clear singles midcard, and Thorne could get some good play over there. Dijakovic meanwhile continues a nice roll, he himself might get a midcard title shot, perhaps after Wrestlemania Weekend. Good to see Keith Lee and Kassius Ohno will continue where they left off, especially the way Lee came out and clocked Ohno. I’m thinking Ohno’s talk of leaving for somewhere they’d appreciate him is a sign he’s finally going to the main roster, and perhaps as part of the coming Superstar Shake-Up after Wrestlemania. That will be great, the blow-off curtain call match for Ohno will be great, I really hope he goes to SmackDown.
I’m liking the aggressive Street Profits. They had their fun in their first couple of years, now it’s time to get serious if they want gold. I also appreciate throwing in Aichner & Barthel as well as Lorcan & Burch. Lorcan & Burch are getting title shots on NXT UK, but I’m pretty sure they won’t win. I don’t think they’ll win on NXT USA, either. Of the five teams, the War Raiders either retain or the Undisputed Era’s reDRagon gets those belts back. But having a 5-team tag match of some kind at TakeOver: New York, that would be amazing! Perhaps make it a ladder match, that seems like the most reasonable way to do this. Though, I’m starting to think the other four teams will compete in something and then it’s just a #1 contender team against the Raiders, which is fine but not as insane.
Taynara VS Aliyah was clearly just a smokescreen to give us the first real moment of the Horsewomen running wild. I wonder if Taynara will be forced to join Aliyah and Vanessa against the Horsewomen in a Six Woman Tag, where Jessamyn and Marina can finally get some wins. And I also enjoy the nod that Bianca is not happy with the Sky Pirates thinking they can skip ahead of her in line. I wonder if something will happen to get William Regal involved to make an official decision on who is facing Shayna in New York. Maybe a Triple Threat of Bianca, Shirai and Kairi. Kairi and Shirai might be friends but they can give us some great Stardom style competition before Shirai eventually gets the win.
And of course, Ricochet VS Cole was amazing! That was almost on par with their title match. Ricochet did great selling the leg and impressed everyone by still getting moves off on one leg. It was good for the match to end before the Undisputed Era attacked, because at least Ricochet his win. Aleister Black coming out to help was an interesting surprise, but perhaps it’s out of respect for Ricochet from Halftime Heat. I’m very curious to see how this will turn out in regards to the two singles titles. Gargano VS Dream is next week and that is going to be amazing, and I’m sensing the outcome ties back into this developing story of Undisputed Era, Ricochet and Aleister.
My Score: 8.5/10