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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (6/18/18)

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Praise and glory to the NEW Raw Women's Champion

Money in the Bank has come and gone, and we have a NEW Raw Women’s Champion! But it’s not who you think. Rowdy Ronda and Nia Jax both got robbed by the Goddess, Alexa Bliss, via the Ms. MITB contract! The Five Foot Fury is Five Time Champion, but will she have two big problems standing in the way of her reign?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre; Ziggler wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
  • Bobby Roode VS Curt Hawkins; Roode wins.
  • The Deleters of Worlds VS Heath Slater & Rhyno; The Deleters of Worlds win.
  • Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable; Mahal wins.
  • Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan; The Riott Squad wins.
  • Roman Reigns & Bobby Lashley VS The Revival; Reigns & Lashley win.
  • No Way Jose VS Mojo Rawley; Mojo wins.
  • Finn Balor & Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin; Kevin & Corbin win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw reviews the super match up of Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey.

The Irresistible Force showed the Baddest Woman on the Planet what it’s really like in a wrestling ring. But then Ronda turned things around and adjusted to her environment. Ronda was just moments away from making Nia tap, when the new Ms. Money n the Bank appeared! And Oh My Goddess, Alexa Bliss disqualified the match and then cashed-in in the biggest way possible! When the dust settled, your NEW Raw Women’s Champion was Alexa. She got her revenge on Nia at Ronda’s expense, will they go for revenge on her?

 

Kurt Angle is already in the ring.

The Olympic Gold Medalist is proud that the MITB contracts both went to Raw! So please welcome the woman who cashed in on the same night, Alexa Bliss! The Goddess appears, and Angle lets her have her championship presentation. She picks up her title belt and holds it high while fans are a mix of boos and cheers.

Nia Jax is doing rehab right now, but wants to use her rematch clause at Extreme Rules. Alexa isn’t getting to gloat about last night? She isn’t getting to thank everyone watching around the world? She does thank us for this opportunity. Fans say “You Deserve It!” Yes, Alexa gets to rub it in! But then fans chant “We Want Ronda!” No, Alexa showed everyone what it’s like to beat bullies like Nia and Ronda when she shocked the world with that cash in! No more Irresistible Force or Baddest Woman, “it’s just about me.” She is the three-time Raw Women’s Champion! But speaking of Ronda, here she comes!

Ronda is making a straight line for the ring, and Alexa panics. Angle holds Ronda back, and Alexa tells her to calm down. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Alexa thought Ronda was going to be doing therapy, too. Or is she here to show off those welts from the case hitting her? Does it still hurt? Poor baby. Or maybe Ronda is here to learn another lesson? Because she doesn’t seem to get the difference between UFC and WWE. What Alexa did last night, was perfectly legal in the realm of pro-wrestling. But it’s not all bad, Ronda. Ronda was truly seconds away from victory, she could just taste the title. But we’ll never know now. The fans are on Ronda’s side, though.

Alexa gets it now! Ronda couldn’t stand the fact that the headlines weren’t about her. ESPN did an interview with Alexa! Everyone talked to Alexa, because she’s champion, and Ronda is… “irrelevant.” And if Ronda wants her shot, get to the back of the line, “you over-hyped rookie!”Ronda rushes past Angle and hits Alexa! She throws furious hands, but Angle pulls her away, only to get thrown. Alexa swings the briefcase, but Ronda dodges to then body shot Alexa. Rondua SMACKS Alexa with the case! And again! And again, and again, until ANgle pulls her back. She samcks Angle!! Referees rush the ring, and raging Rowdy Ronda wrecks the refs! Alexa is still vulnerable, but Ronda shows no mercy. She gut wrenches and powerbombs Alexa on the table!

Ronda tells the “little” champ that’s just the beginning, and fans are loving it. But Ronda still did more than she should have in all that. What will the consequences be for the UFC hall-of-fame inductee?

 

Ronda argues with Angle backstage.

She is pissed over this condescending attitude! Everyone needs to stop saying “this isn’t the UFC” and stuff. She understands that. Apparently she doesn’t, because Angle is at a loss for words. She has to be suspended for 30 days, and might have ruined her chances of ever being champion. He apologizes, but asks she get her things and leave. Ronda storms off, but will she cool off or only heat up more?

 

Backstage interview with Ronda.

Ronda storms past Renee, but then stops to say, “Kurt can suspend me for 30 days, but save your good lucks for Alexa.” Ronda will be back after 30 days, and champion or not, she’s kicking Alexa’s “pink-haired ass.”

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

The Architect is still Intercontinental Champion after taking on and defeating The Drifter, Elias! Rollins loves how hot it is tonight, and feels it needs to keep going. Elias took him to his limits, but Rollins is still standing! Grand Rapids hopes he’ll “Burn It Down!” again. Rollins is a fighting champion, after all, so how about having an Intercontinental Open Challenge? Who has the guts to take on The Man?!

WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS…

It’s Dolph Ziggler! A former Intercontinental Champion in his own career, the Show-Off wants to steal the show. But wait, Drew McIntyre appears, too!? The Scottish Stud is Ziggler’s tag team partner, and another former Intercontinental Champion.

Both these men are dangerously aggressive, and fresh from having no matches last night. They both walk to the ring, but Ziggler enters, giving us our challenger.

The belt is raised, the bell rings, and we begin. Ziggler kicks first, but Rollins denies the early ZigZag. Ziggler dodges the early Curb Stomp, then bails out to regroup with McIntyre. It’s already tense in this match up while we go to break.

Raw returns and Rollins throws Ziggler back into the ring. Rollins fights off Ziggler, then springboards, but into a dropkick! He hits the floor and McIntyre kneels nearby, almost mockingly. Ziggler gets up and fetches Rollins, throwing hands to stagger the champ. He puts Rollins in the ring, but fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins and Ziggler brawl, but Ziggler kicks him down. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler stalks Rollins to the ropes. He brings Rollins up for the neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Ziggler drops elbows. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps on Rollins with a chinbar. Ziggler shifts to a chinlock, but Rollins stands, only for Ziggler to throw him down by his hair.

Fans boo but Ziggler embraces the heat. Ziggler chokes Rollins on the ropes, then bends him back against them. He lets go at 4, but he’s toying with Rollins at this point. Ziggler brings Rollins up but Rollins hits back with haymakers. Rollins throws more hands, whips, but Ziggler reverses hard! Cover, TWO, so it’s back to a chinlock. Ziggler also hooks a leg to keep Rollins grounded for the grind. Fans rally and Rollins gets up, but Ziggler brings him back down. Ziggler grins, but Rollins feeds off the fan energy. Rollins gets up, reaches for ropes, then jawbreakers out of the hold. Rollins kicks and suplexes, but Ziggler slips out. The dropkick is caught, into a catapult! Ziggler hits buckle and post!

Ziggler slumps back down while Rollins crawls away. McIntyre coaches Ziggler up, but Rollins stands first. Rollins chops Ziggler, then throws hands. Ziggler kicks back, then whips, but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins rallies with back elbows, then whips, but Ziggler reverses. Slingblade form Rollins! Then he clotheslines Ziggler out! The Architect fires up, he builds speed, and DIVES!

Direct hit with the tope suicida! Grand Rapids is fired up for Rollins as he puts Ziggler in the ring. Rollins aims again, springboards, and hits the flying clothesline. Cover, TWO! The champion is back in control but we go to break.

Raw returns again and both men are slow to standing. Ziggler runs in and hits a splash, then turns Rollins. Rollins counters to a backslide, TWO. Rollins goes for a bomb but Ziggler sunset flips, TWO. Ziggler swings, but into the Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is furious and coaches Ziggler up, but both men are slowly stirring. Rollins sits up first, and gets himself to a corner. Fans rally up as he stands, and Rollins even stares McIntyre down. Rollins stomps, “Burn It Down!” Rollins mule kicks, then runs, but Ziggler avoids the stomp. Ziggler kicks low, Famouser! Cover, TWO! And so close, too!

Both men are down again, but “This is Awesome!” Ziggler gets to ropes and drags himself up, but Rollins also sits up. Ziggler gets to a corner, and he decides to stomp for his own tune-up. Rollins slowly stands, Ziggler runs in, but into Rollins’ SUPERKICK!

Another SUPERKICK, then cover, TWO!! Rollins is shocked, but he positions Ziggler before climbing up. Rollins reaches the top slowly, then takes aim, Frog Splash FLOPS! Ziggler rolls out just in time, and gets himself up on the apron. Ziggler climbs, but Rollins stands up to stop him. Rollins headbutts Ziggler then climbs up to join him. Rollins brings Ziggler up, but Ziggler fights him. They brawl and Ziggler sends Rollins down. Ziggler adjusts, but Rollins returns, only to get sent down again.

Ziggler tries again, crossbody! Roll through from Rollins into a buckle bomb! Then, mule kick, but McIntyre distracts. Ziggler rolls, TWO, and Ziggler almost hits McIntyre. Rollins rolls, TWO, Ziggler rolls with tights! ZIGGLER WINS!!

WInner: Ziggler, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Show-Off stole the title! Ziggler is now a six time IC Champ, and mocks Rollins’ celebration style. Ziggler outsmarted the Architect, but Rollins protests. McIntyre strikes! McIntyre rains down rights and Ziggler adds stomps. They bring Rollins up, for the Claymore ZigZag!! The Man is no longer the champ, but will he get payback on the show stealers?

 

Backstage interview with Ziggler & McIntyre.

Breaking news: Monday Night Rollins has been cancelled! Cry online, write blogs about it, but there’s no reboot coming. “This right here, this is our show now.” They told everyone that this is just the beginning. This will be the first of many titles. And unlike former champions, they won’t become soft. Everyone’s talked with their catchphrases like Burn it Down or “My Yard”. But there’s a major difference between all of them, and these two. When these two say something, they mean it.

 

Bobby Roode VS Curt Hawkins!

The GLORIOUS One may not be Mr. MITB, but he doesn’t seem in too bad a mood, even after a Super Coup de Grace from Finn Balor. He must also be in a great mood when he sees his opponent is Mr. 203 Losses and counting.

The bell rings, and Hawkins hits Roode in those bad ribs. Hawkins puts Roode into a backslide, TWO! Roode avoids being Hawkins’ first, then he gives a SPINEBUSTER to Hawkins! Roode winds it up… GLORIOUS Pose! Kick, GLORIOUS DDT! Cover, Roode wins!

Winner: Roode, by pinfall

That was not just GLORIOUS, that was fast. Hawkins goes down to 204, but it gave Roode momentum back up. Will Roode find his way back to a title in the coming days?

 

Mr. Money in the Bank? How about MONSTER in the Bank?

Braun Strowman had the seven other superstars going after him, but he would eventually dispose of them all. In a truly earthshaking performance, Strowman wins his first MITB Ladder Match, and is now armed with that championship contract.

Braun Strowman heads to the ring!

The Monster Among Men brings his MITB briefcase with him, and says, “I’ve smashed tables and broken ladders. I flipped an ambulance over with my bare hands! I won a giant trophy in Saudi Arabia by tossing around grown men like beanbags!” He even played the cello. But as great as all that was, this contract is the greatest. STrowman stepped in the ring with seven other men, and he stomped and smashed and still snatched the contract. All Lesnar has to do is show his face, and Strowman cashes in to become the NEW Universal Champion! The Beast is gonna #GetTheseHands! But the Prizefighter comes out instead.

Kevin Owens is somehow in Grand Rapids, and is somehow walking after being tossed from a 20 foot ladder. Strowman himself is surprised to see Kevin again after that. Kevin admits he probably shouldn’t be here, because it hurts just to breathe. But Kevin has to be here. Not to steal spotlight or get revenge, not that he could. Kevin just wants to be the first man to congratulate him. Strowman does deserve it. Fans pick up the chant, “You Deserve It!”

Kevin continues to say that he knew Strowman was gonna win. Strowman knew Kevin knew, because Kevin tried to rally the others against Strowman. No one listened, and so Kevin just hopes Strowman listens. Strowman did what he said he would, and now he’s #MonsterInTheBank. But now Strowman has this great opportunity, but he needs to be smart. That’s where Kevin comes in. They have more in common than people think. Strowman and Kevin are both seen as hot-headed when they’re good-hearted. Who watches their backs, really? Strowman doesn’t’ really need anyone, but his life has changed now. Who can Strowman count on? At Wrestlemania, when Strowman needed a partner, he picked some kid! As for Kevin, his best friend Sami Zayn is now hurt by Bobby Lashley. That leaves them both all alone, in need of friends.

Maybe “friend” is too strong of a word? They don’t get along, that’s fine. But maybe they can still help each other, or even use each other. Kevin does something for Strowman, Strowman does something for him. Kevin knows what it is it be Universal Champion. So maybe after Strowman cashes in to become champion, he gives Kevin a match. They can team up, Monster & Man! Kevin doesn’t want to #GetTheseHands, he just wants to #ShakeYourHand. Strowman hears the fans in support of this, so Strowman accepts the handshake. But he doesn’t let go. And Kevin knows what’s next. Strowman pulls Kevin in close, and scoops him! Kevin slips away and then retreats. Will The Monster be fine on his own? Or will Kevin be proven right when it comes to hunting The Beast?

 

Bayley sits with Sasha Banks.

Bayley feels bad for Sasha. She was rooting for her, y’know. Sasha thanks her for that. But now they can stop. Stop what? Sasha is milling over the match over and over, surprisingly not on her phone. Well, she was. Sasha and Bayley both want to be the best, but sulking won’t help. Bayley doesn’t understand. She doesn’t? The Riott Squad humiliated her, but she’s back up and ready to fight. She knows things haven’t been great between them, but she doesn’t want anyone else as a tag team partner. This is a new start for both of them. Sasha and Bayley shake hands. Can the friends reunite to turn away the raucous Riott Squad?

 

The Deleters of Worlds VS Heath Slater & Rhyno!

The WOKEN Fireflies are out, as Hardy & Wyatt head to the ring for competition~! They take on the original SmackDown Tag Team Champions in a non-title match. Will the ManBeast and the Father of Many Children be DELETED so soon after the Day of Celebration for Fathers?

But wait, who is that laughing upon the titantron? It is a WOKEN Curt Axel! The B Team will DELETE you~! And Bo Wyatt joins in, “Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt… We are destined to dance in the shadows.” Beyond space and time, and do all sorts of weird things that you won’t like. Weird things like… Well forget this, the “undefeated” B Team is coming for the titles. Wait! That would be WONDERFUL~! Stop it, Axel.  “We’re the B Team. RUN!”

Um… The camera is still on. Just, slide out of frame…

But that weird weirdness aside, the bell rings! Slater & Rhyno go right at Hardy & Wyatt! Rhyno rams shoulders into Wyatt, then tackles him down. Cover, TWO, so Rhyno puts Wyatt in a corner. Wyatt boots Rhyno, then tags Hardy. Hardy throws DELETE forearms and then DELETE buckle bumps. Hardy puts Rhyno down in the corner, then calls for teh Twist. He kicks, but Rhyno powers out. Slater takes a forearm but Rhyno runs Hardy over. Rhyno tags in Slater, Slater and Rhyno double whip. They double elbow Hardy, then Slater throws hands. Slater drops a knee, covers, TWO.

Slater keeps on Hardy, then tags in Rhyno. Rhyno throws hands, then headbutts Hardy down. HE brings Hardy up, but Hardy hits back. hardy jawbreakers, but Slater tags in. Slater flies but misses, and runs into a Side Effect! Hardy gets to his corner and tags in Wyatt. Wyatt rallies on Slater with those palm strikes. Wyatt then runs corner to corner for the splash! He keeps going, body check! Wyatt spider-walks, and it’s WONDERFUL~! Wyatt stalks Slater, brings him up, but Rhyno runs in. Rhyno gets right hands, then a Twist of Fate! Hardy and Wyatt turn their attention to Slater, but Slater boots back. Slater runs, into the decapitating clothesline! Wyatt again spider-walks, then tags Hardy. Together, Kiss of DELETION!

Cover, The Deleters win!

Winners: The Deleters of Worlds, Hardy pinning

The Raw Tag Team Champions prove superior than the original SmackDown Tag Team Champions. But with the “Best” Team defiantly calling out Hardy & Wyatt, will they pay for it with their souls?

 

Baron Corbin meets with Kurt Angle.

The Constable says Stephanie McMahon is pleased with how he handled Ronda. Well Angle didn’t do any of this for her. But, she’s on the phone right now… He hears her out while we go to break. What will the Commissioner make her GM do now?

Raw returns, and Stephanie finishes giving Angle his orders. “This is big news.” He’ll make an announcement, and hopes to share his own ideas. But run it by Constable Corbin first. Angle finishes up the call, and tells Corbin they have work to do. Why is Corbin all smiles about it?

 

Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable!

These two have had issue already while being on Raw, but now the Modern Day Maharaja says that people must be open to change. Mahal felt the winds of change, a gust blowing through to his very core. Roman Reigns won the match, but Mahla has won the war of self-improvement. Because like all the fans here, Roman is just bitter and angry, while he has tranquility. “As a spiritual being”, Mahal is committed to change. Unlike Chad Gable. Gable lives his former glory as an amateur wrestler every day, but he has to let go of the past! Gable will see the light and find inner peace.

Mahal enters the ring, and the bell sounds. He suddenly fires up and throws furious hands on Gable! Gable gets him in a body slam! Gable gets a waistlock, then throws Mahal over head! Mahal fights back and hits a neckbreaker. Mahal clubs away on Gable, then drops a knee. He puts Gable in a chinbar, but Gable gets up to fight back. Mahal shoves but Gable reverses into a back suplex! Sunil is concerned, but Gable elbows Mahal away. Gable hops up, for a hanging armbar! He lets go at 4, then climbs upa gain to jump over. Gable keeps moving, leaping lariat! Gable is fired up, but Mahal slow shim with elbows, only for Gable to dropkick Mahal out!

Things keep going, as Gable puts Mahal in the ring. Gable climbs, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Mahal gets back out, but Gable pursues, only for Mahla to hotshot him. Mahal boots Gable down, then drags him up, for the KHALLAS! Cover, Mahal wins!

Winner: Mahal, by pinfall

The “peaceful” Maharaja gets back a win, and is all smiles. Will Mahal turn things around to compete for a title down the line?

 

The Riott Squad causes trouble backstage.

They even right a big R on a mirror, to mark their territory. Will they do the same to Bayley again after their tag team match?

 

WWE and Raw take a closer look at Joshua Oakley.

Joshua is a kind soul who loves running, and loves America. He started at just 8 years old, and he’s blossomed ever since. He’s also Junior ROTC. Josh is a star cadet, and always gives his best. When someone wins, someone else loses. But Joshua always encourages everyone that they can do better next time. Cheer Joshua and all the Special Olympics Athletes in the Seattle Games!

 

Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan!

While The Boss was busy preparing for MITB, the Huggable One was left alone to fight against Ruby and her team. The Squad has already humiliated Bayley once, will they do it again when she has a friend by her side?

The teams sort out, and Bayley starts against Liv. Bayley kicks and clubs Liv down, but Liv powers her to the Squad’s corner. Tag to Sarah, and #LivCountryStrong double whip but Bayley kicks them both away. Bayley bulldogs Sarah, then covers, TWO. Sasha wants in, but Bayley drops an elbow first. Then Bayley runs, so Sasha tags herself in. Sasha drags Sarah up but Sarah forearms her down. Sarah kicks Sasha to ropes, so Sasha chops back. Sasha tries to suplex, but her bad back stops that. Sarah headbutts, then shoves, but Sasha back elbows. Bayley tags in to bail Sasha out, but Sarah headbutts Bayley. Sarah puts Bayley in a corner, but Bayley fights out. Bayley flapjacks Sarah for snake eyes, then runs to run her over!

Bayley throws hands on Sarah, then drags Sarah up to toss her out. She backs up to shoulder and hotshot Sarah, then hits the wrecking ball headscissors! Liv comes in, but Bayley dodges and Sasha runs Liv over! The friends have an understanding while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Sarah has Bayley in a keylock. Bayley armdrags out, but Sarah powers her up and away from Sasha’s tag, with a spienbuster! Sarah hits Sasha just because, then goes back to Bayley. Bayley back drops Sarah, but has no one to tag! Sarah crawls, and tags in Liv. Liv rushes Bayley but runs into boots. Sasha returns and tags in all at once! Sasha rallies on Liv, then dropkicks her down. Liv ends up in a corner, Sasha hits double knees. Sasha climbs up, and Meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha gets up, but Liv jawbreakers. Liv swings but Sasha turns her. Liv denies the backstabber, then enziguris Sasha down! Cover, but Bayley break sit just in time. Sarah comes in but gets thrown over and out.

Bayley gets back to her corner, and Sasha crawls, but she has to fight Sarah off instead. Liv gets Sasha for a hard whip! Liv climbs up, but misses the stomp to get a knee. Sasha sets Liv up sideways, but Sarah distracts. Bayley goes after her, but the referee backs her off. This distracts him from seeing Sarah sucker punch Sasha! Liv rolls Sasha, with tights, The Riott Squad wins!

Winners: The Riott Squad (Sarah & Liv), Liv pinning

The Squad works better together than two “best friends”. They celebrate on their way out, while Bayley consoles Sasha. But Sasha shoves Bayley? Sasha is upset, and Bayley is trying to be understanding, but it’s getting difficult. They argue a bit, but then after a long stare down, Sasha shoves Bayley down! Sasha storms off, and we’re back to square one. Will their ever reconcile things? Or will it return to a heated fight like before?

 

Bayley tries to talk to Sasha backstage.

But Sasha is in no mood. Bayley isn’t finished. But Sasha is. There’s the fight!! But it’s Bayley who goes into the tables. Sasha throws hands but Bayley uses the tray! They ram into a garbage bin, then Sasha throws cups. Sasha storms off again, and Byaley is sore. Seems we have our answer already, so where do we go from here?

 

Kurt Angle returns to the ring.

He’s frustrated about all of this, but Stephanie McMahon informed him of when and where Brock Lesnar will defend his title. The real question is, against who? And Roman Reigns appears!

The Big Dog doesn’t want to wait, he is the “uncrowned” Universal Championship after the controversial ending to a Steel Cage Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble event. Roman has bounced back since, including a win over Jinder Mahal at Money in the Bank. Roman joins Angle in the ring, and says he’s the answer to the question. Everyone knows Roman actually won that match, so that he is actually the champion. “And it’s no secret”, Raw is tough to run. So maybe a full-time champion would help out a lot. Angle appreciates Roman’s confidence, but he has that announcement to make. But wait, here comes Bobby Lashley!

The Dominator dominated Sami Zayn at MITB, and as the shirt says, he’s back to dominate WWE. Lashley joins Angle and Reigns in the ring, and sees “The Guy”. Even before Lashley came back, he saw Reigns bang his head against a wall trying to beat Lesnar. Clearly Reigns doesn’t have what it takes. Is that so? Yes, Big Dog. This is The Yard, but Lashley has wanted after Lesnar since he was a Little Pup. So step aside and let someone who can beat Brock, beat Brock. And yes, Lashley can beat Lesnar, but he can also beat Reigns.

Angle keeps the peace, and says they’re both deserving. But so are others. Therefore, the #1 contender will be decided at Extreme Rules. The full field of superstars will be announced at a later date, but he promises Roman AND Lashley are two of them. Both men accept this, but two #TopGuys come out?

The Revival return to Raw, and see these two whining. What happened to earning things? Dash & Dawson busted their backs just to get one chance on Raw. But guys like those two in the ring are always in their ring. That changes tonight! Lashley and Reigns and true Wrestlemania stars, but they’re going to be shown up by “the very best tag team in the world.” And yes, they’re hoping these two self-destruct so that they’ll be used as launching pads for Dash & Dawson! Roman tells them to shut up. He’ll gladly take them to school. He could even teach “Bob” something. Angle calls out a ref and makes this official!

 

Roman Reigns & Bobby Lashley VS The Revival!

Two top guys in all of the WWE take on the two #TopGuys in tag team wrestling. Or at least, Dash & Dawson hope to remind us all that they are the best. Can they #SayYeah to a win over a pair of powerhouses?

Raw returns as the teams sort themselves out. Dawson starts, but Roman and Lashley argue out who starts for their team. Roman says he has it, so Lashley lets him. Dawson and Roman circle, then tie up. Roman pushes Dawson to an open corner, but Dawson springs back up. Dawson talks strategy with Dash while fans duel over whether or not “Roman Sucks!” Dawson gets the arm and the wristlock, but Roman reverses to his own. However, Dawson rolls and reverses back to a headlock. Roman powers out, but Dawson slips under, only to get run over. Roman dares Dawson to come back, then rocks Dawson with an uppercut.

Dash reaches for a tag, but Roman drags Dawson away. Roman tags Lashley, but Dawson hits first. Dawson takes Lashley’s headband away, then kicks low. Tag to Dash, and The Revival double whip. But Lashley blasts out to run Dawson over and body slam Dash! Lashley brings Dash up for a wristlock, then offers a tag, but Dawson trips Roman. Roman stalks Dawson around the corner, then into the ring. Lashley is there and he grabs Dawson, but while the referee bothers with Roman, Dash chop blocks Lashley! Dash also pushes Roman down, then tags Dawson. Dawson lifts Lashley, elbow drop backbreaker combo! Cover, TWO.

Dawson keeps on Lashley with chops in a corner, then snapmares for a leg drop. Cover, TWO, but Dawson keeps on Lashley with a chinlock. Lashley endures while fans rally up. Lashley stands up and fights out but Dawson kicks him away. Dawson brings Lashley around by his leg, but Lashley counters with an overhead suplex! Hot tags to Dash and Roman! Roman rallies on Dash, but Dash reverses the whip, only for Roman to hit the leaping lariat! Roman uppercuts Dawson, too, then puts both #TopGuys in a corner. He unleashes the close-range clotheslines on them both and gets all 10. Roman then runs and boots Dash down! He knees Dawson, then hits a guillotine leg drop!

Fans fire up as Roman locks and loads. Roman aims, SUPERMAN PUNCH to Dawson! But Dash rolls him up! TWO! SUPERMAN PUNCH for Dash! Roman isn’t done there, and he fires up in the corner. But as he howls, Lashley tags in! And Lashley SPEARS Dash! Cover, Lashley & Roman win!

Winners: Reigns & Lashley, Lashley pinning

Before there was the Big Dog, there was the Alpha Male. Roman and Lashley can spear with the best of them, but who else joins them in this coming Extreme Rules #1 Contenders match?

 

Angle and Corbin talk backstage.

Finn Balor comes by and asks about that Extreme Rules match. He’ll do whatever it takes to qualify for that match and then win back the Universal Championship. But Corbin just laughs. What makes Finn think he deserves that? Oh, just because he was champion for 24 hours? Be lucky that Corbin wasn’t there to embarrass him. Who does Finn think he is? Who does Corbin think HE is? Kevin comes in, and agrees with Corbin. But Finn doesn’t care what they think. Corbin is shortsighted, and Kevin can’t even sense when danger’s right behind him. Because Strowman is there behind him!!

Kevin runs to Corbin’s side. Strowman reminds them all that he can show up where and when he wants. And he’s looking after his buddy, Balor. If Corbin and Kevin want to fight, they don’t have a problem with it. Angle heads off, and Corbin & Kevin follow. Will the Monster & the Demon show the Lone Wolf & Prizefighter what’s what?

 

It’s official: WWE 2K19 has a PHENOMENAL Cover Star.

Yes, it’s AJ Styles! “Never say never”, because Styles is humbled and honored to be on the cover of this newest edition of the WWE video game. But there is also a WWE 2K19 Million Dollar Challenge! The winner of this challenge can face AJ Styles in-game for $1,000,000!! #NeverSayNever, but who will step up and accept this amazing challenge?

 

No Way Jose VS Mojo Rawley!

The Fighting Fiesta faces a man who used to be very much like him. The former Hype Bro used to be all about the party and the fun, but now he’s all about his #KillerInstinct. Will Jose survive to party another night? Or will Mojo end the fun right here?

The bell rings, they tie up, and Mojo powers Jose to a corner. Mojo swings but Jose dodges and dances. Mojo runs again, but Jose dances with him into a headlock. But Mojo powers out and runs Jose over. He glares down at Jose, then speeds things up. Jose runs Mojo over now, and dances some more. Mojo runs but Jose sends him outside, then Jose baseball slides Mojo down. Jose drags Mojo up and in, but Mojo kicks his legs out. Mojo drags Jose in by his hair, then hammers away with angry rights. Mojo drags Jose up again, to headbutt him down. He wrangles Jose into a half-nelson chinbar, but Jose gets up to his feet. Jose jawbreakers, then back elbows Mojo away.

Jose forearms Mojo, then runs to lariat Mojo down! He rallies on Mojo, flapjack on top. Cover, TWO. Mojo gets to a corner, but Jose goes after him. The referee backs Jose off, and Mojo chop blocks the leg! Mojo then runs side to side, “LIGHTS OUT!” with that Killer Forearm. Then fireman’s carry, and drop! Cover, Mojo wins!

Winner: Mojo Rawley, by pinfall

No more fun and games, only the grind.

In-ring interview with Mojo Rawley.

“The WWE is more competitive now than it ever has been.” In order to achieve anything more than occasional success, you need to bring more. Mojo used to #StayHype, but now, he makes sure to #StayFocused. Can he keep his focus and aim for a title match in the near future?

 

Sasha Banks heads out.

But before she can get in her car, Bayley finds her again. They’re not done. yes they are. At least, Sasha is done. Sasha gets in her car then drives off. Bayley can only throw her bottle at the rear window. Is Bayley all alone again?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in Grand Rapids, and already sings. “There’s no one in the world like me~, there’s nothing I can’t do. When times get hard, ask What Would Elias Do?” Rollins may have won at MITB, but he had to cheat, because he knows that Elias can’t be beat. Rollins got what he deserved, losing his title, the Kingslayer’s slain. “Because there’s no one in this world like me~, there’s nothing I can’t do.” When times get tough, just ask What Would Elias Do? Angle, he’s heard Lesnar is looking for a fight. Elias thinks it should be his night. “Everybody wants to run and hide, when the Beast comes knocking.” But Elias has nothing to fear, because he’ll be Walking. Deep down his soul is vapid, just like the trash in Grand Rapids.

Fans didn’t like that last line. But “There’s no one in the world like me~, there’s nothing I can’t do.” And to reiterate, just ask yourself “What Would Elias Do?”

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The Architect, whether too tired, too beat up or too distracted, lost his title. And now he’s a former champion. That stings. Does he think his grueling match with Elias on Sunday played into that? Rollins isn’t going to make excuses, it was his choice to give an Open Challenge. Ziggler won. But McIntyre was in Ziggler’s corner and distracted him a little. McIntyre is a problem, but one that Rollins has a week to solve. Rollins invokes his rematch clause for next week, and vows to take back that Intercontinental Championship. Can The Architect craft a plan to make McIntyre a non-factor?

 

Finn Balor & Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin!

Extraordinary Man and Monster in the Bank reunite as a team to take on the pouting Prizefighter and controlling Constable of Raw. Can Finn earn a spot in the Universal Championship Contenders match? Or will Kevin get his way again with the help of the Lone Wolf?

Strowman lets his “little buddy” start against Constable Corbin. They circle, tie up, and Corbin powers Finn to a corner. He backs off but then sucker forearms Finn in the face. Corbin drags Finn up for another, then whips him corner to corner hard. Corbin grins as he stalks Finn, then brings him up. He throws a haymaker, then tags in a reluctant Kevin. Kevin throws hands but that bad arm and back bother him already. He stomps Finn, then whips him, then runs him over with a back elbow. Kevin refuses to continue, so he tags out to Corbin. Corbin is just fine as he knees Finn low.

Corbin stomps a mudhole into Finn, then backs off to taunt Strowman. he throws a forearm but FInn coutnesr with his own, then tags Strowman! The Monster and the Constable stand off, equal in height but perahps not in size. Corbin contemplates what to do, and takes off the nice vest. He circles with Strowman, ties up, but Strowman easily pushes Corbin away. Strowman roars and flexes, and Corbin reconsiders. Corbin sucker punches but Strowman blocks and counters. Kevin distracts, and Corbin pounces! Corbin throws hands on Strowman, and those Golden Gloves rock Strowman. Corbin roars, but Strowman comes back with a big boot! Stroowamn clotheslines Corbin, then clobbers Kevin!

Finn tags in, and he has Strowman give him a literal lift, for a MASSIVE splash! The Monster and the Demon are in control while we take one last break.

Raw returns once more, and Corbin has Finn in a seated half-nelson chinbar. Fans rally and Finn stands up. Finn fights Corbin off, but Corbin knees low. Corbin runs, but into a dropkick! Kevin tags in, Finn tosses Corbin but Kevin trips him up. Kevin throws Finn into barriers, and Finn slumps down. He then puts Finn back in the ring, back senton, cover, TWO. He stomps on Finn, then drags Finn up for punches to the kidneys. Kevin wraps the chinlock on, and puts his weight on Finn’s body. Fans rally again, and Finn stands up, but Kevin wrangles him back down. Corbin likes what he sees but Strowman shouts for Finn to get up.

Finn sits up, stands up, and reaches, but Kevin pulls him away. Kevin lifts, pendulum backbreaker! Cover, ONE, so Kevin drags Finn over to tag Corbin. Corbin takes Finn and throws in body shots. Corbin drags Finn up, then throws him out of the ring. He trolls Strowman more, then fetches Finn on the outside. Corbin rams Finn into barriers! Then throws him into more barriers! Corbin returns in the ring and leaves Finn to the mercy of the count. Finn gets in at 8 and shoulders Corbin. Finn slingshots but that right rocks him out of the air! Cover, TWO, and Corbin is furious!

Corbin drags Finn up for another chinbar and half-nelson. Fans rally up again, and Finn feeds off the energy. Finn is put in a corner, but he elbows Corbin away. Finn runs for his corner, but runs into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO, and Kevin is furious for Corbin. Corbin gets up and drags Finn over. He tags Kevin in, and Kevin gingerly gets in. Kevin runs, but the back senton misses! Kevin writhes, while Strowman shouts for Finn to move! Both Finn and Kevin crawl, fans are thunderous, hot tag to Corbin, and Corbin intercepts Finn! Finn fights him off, but Corbin whips him into the corner. Corbin clotheslines Finn, then stomps away. Tag to Kevin, and Kevin adds his stomps.

Kevin tags Corbin back in, and Corbin stomps more. Strowman can only glare as Finn takes stomps. But then he decides to just run in and squash Corbin! He also smacks Kevin away, then tosses Finn over to their corner. Strowman tags in, then continues to run over Corbin! He whips Corbin corner to corner, then runs in for another squash! Strowman clubs Corbin with one arm! Cover, but he sees Kevin coming. Kevin stops short, but so does the count. Kevin retreats but Strowman pursues! Corbin intercepts with a HUGE leaping lariat!

Corbin hauls Strwoman into the ring, covers, TWO!! And Corbin is exhausted. Corbin manages to stand up and get to a corner, but Strowman is also up.

Corbin stomps and runs, but gets a palm strike! Strowman staggers up, runs in, but hits post! But Finn returns to tag in! Finn kicks Corbin, then rallies with strikes. He hits Kevin just because, but Corbin knees low. Finn counters with a takedown and double stomps! Cover, but Kevin breaks it. Strowman runs Kevin over, then decides to top it off with a running start. Kevin is bulldozed into the timekeeper’s area!! Both men are down, so it’s just Finn and Corbin. They both stand in the ring, but Corbin grabs Finn for the Choke Slam. Finn counters with a DDT! Finn blasts Corbin with a dropkick, then climbs up top! He takes aim, but Corbin trips him up. End of Days! Cover, Corbin & Kevin win!

Winners: Baron Corbin & Kevin Owens, Corbin pinning

The Lone Wolf and Prizefighter pull out a victory by the skin of their teeth. Strowman may be okay because he is #MonsterInTheBank, but what about Finn’s chances of being in the contenders match?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a pretty good Raw to follow MITB. The opening was great, with Ronda going wild like that. The “suspension” works well for story, it gives a reason for why Ronda won’t be champion this quickly. Extreme Rules will see the Alexa VS Nia rematch, and maybe something controversial will happen then to give rise to more than just Ronda VS Alexa. Kayfabe or not, we all know Ronda would win against Alexa easily, so the best thing would be a Triple Threat at Summerslam so Ronda will at least have a challenge in Nia. Then following up with the surprise result of Rollins losing was actually pretty smart. It helps build two stories at once: Rollins is overdoing it and he just couldn’t keep it up; and Ziggler-McIntyre are validated in their claims that they’re going to take over.

Poor, poor Hawkins. WWE cares just enough about the story they’ve given him to have him on TV. He and Roode could’ve actually put on a great match, even for just 10 minutes, and it’d end the same so that we’d get a better sense of Hawkins’ struggle rather than just “Oh. He lost. What’s next?” And while I may not have been for The B Team, that parody of Hardy & Wyatt was brilliant. Their title match is probably coming at Extreme Rules or just before, and I really hope they get to go into the WOKEN Universe with either the Hardy or Wyatt compounds for some pre-filmed fun.

Seems Mahal is integrating that abandoned gimmick he had months ago into his current one, and I bet he’ll find his way into Angl’s proposed multi-man contenders match. Sasha and Bayley relapse to being enemies, but that might be for the best. Whether it’s at Extreme Rules or Summerslam, they can easily tear the house down 1v1. They were a bit redundant with the backstage promos, though. The fight was enough, leave it alone until next week. Roman and Lashley are natural choices for this contenders match Angle speaks of, but poor Revival, they return just to lose. Maybe those two will one day get back to what they were in NXT. Mojo himself returns to win, so maybe he can find a way into Extreme Rules.

I was rather surprised Elias finally got what he wanted: a full, uninterrupted performance. That’s another possible contender, even though he lost to Rollins. Kevin essentially offering to be Strowman’s Heyman was interesting, but obviously Strowman is too Face for that kind of stuff now. He and Finn did great against Corbin and Kevin, but it works that Finn took the pin. Strowman stays strong, as he should, and Corbin even puts his name back into the hat. Though, as Constable, his authority might be enough power for him, so it’ll be Kevin that’s likely to qualify for another contenders match.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (9/25/18)

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SmackDown GM Paige made it official on social media: there will be a contract signing for the WWE Championship No Holds Barred match at Super Show Down!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Miz VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; The Miz wins and takes back his talk show.
  • Big E w/ The New Day VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro; Sheamus wins.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura VS Tye Dillinger; wins.

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Miz TV opens SmackDown in Denver!

No, wait, this is the FABULOUS Truth opening SmackDown! Denver knows “What’s Up?!” as Truth welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show: Truth TV! And real quick, “What’s up!?” Truth introduces the “Andy Richard” to his “Conan the Barbarian”, the newly dyed Princess of Staten Island, Carmella! And in less than two weeks, Truth’s guest faces off against the old host, on Super Show Down. The winner there goes on to face the WWE Champion. Give it up for the Yes Man, Daniel Bryan!

Daniel Bryan joins the Fabulous Truth in the ring and takes a seat. Truth invited Bryan as his first ever guest because of all his questions. Bryan is happy to be in Denver, and is ready for the questions. Carmella helps Truth go into business mode, and Truth asks “D” about dealing with Miz’s plots and schemes these last 8 years. And Bryan finally foiled his plans with “Other Carmella.” No offense, THE Carmella, but it’s a good thing she dyed her hair because people were getting confused. Mostly Truth. But how great will it be to finally defeat Miz and get back to that WWE Championship? Bryan is impressed by that question. Carmella knows Truth drops the truth. Truth TV is already better than Miz TV. But wait, it’s time! For what? The Seven Second Dance Break! The music hits and the Fabulous Truth break it down!

But as Bryan was saying? Wow, dance breaks on the show? Again, infinitely better than Miz TV. Heck there’s an animal segment with the Denver Zoo. But to Super Show Down. Bryan asks if they know what “catharsis” means. Of course, but just explain it to Denver. Catharsis is the release of unspent emotional energy. Bryan has used up so much emotional energy to get back to wrestling, but now Bryan wants to get back to being champion. Bryan was only able to defend his title once, he has some unfinished business with the title. He also has unfinished business with The Miz, and The Miz literally cheated Bryan out of the win. So if Bryan wins at Super Show Down, that’s cathartic. Cathartic! But Bryan also wants to prove he’s the best, and The Miz will do anything he can to simply say he’s the best.

Speaking of The Miz, here he comes! Denver boos the A-Lister as he asks what Truth is up to. Well it doesn’t take a genius to figure this out. Fans chant “Truth TV! Truth TV!” Two weeks ago, Truth beat Miz in a match. And if Miz had a title, it’d be Truth’s. But Miz does have a talk show, so Truth took that. He’s an idiot. He’s the idiot with a talk show! Miz raises his hands, and asks if we know what it means. Denver does but they don’t care. Miz wants everyone to listen. He and Bryan have their differences, but the WWE Universe loves Daniel Bryan because he’s “the scrappy relatable underdog” who always fights and fights fair. “But that’s why you will never beat me.”

Miz may not be scrappy but he’s smart, not a coward, and wins at any cost. He’ll do whatever it takes, it’s why he won at Summerslam, at Hell in a Cell and will win at Super Show Down! Bryan foiled one plan, but Miz has plans for days! Miz will do anything, and he means anything, to become #1 contender! Will Bryan? No, because he’s too proud. But that’s why he disappoints those who care for him. Bryan will only win by compromising his morals. But then when he does cheat, he’ll be tarnishing his legacy. Truth says Miz won’t be blasting people, not like that! not on Truth TV! Now they don’t have time for the animals. Miz is banned from Truth TV, forever! But this isn’t Truth’s show! Fans disagree.

Well if Miz wants his show back, fight Truth for it! Dance Break! Miz storms off and finds Paige. Did she see that? yes, she did. How can she replace Miz TV with that?! Miz wants Truth TV cancelled! Well it’s like Truth said, if he wants it back, go win it back. Go on. Go. Will Miz be able to reclaim the Most Must-See Talk Show with a match?

 

The Miz VS R-Truth w/ Carmella!

Before the Hollywood A-Lister battles the Goat for the right to face THE WWE Champion, he battles the new Most Must-See Talk Show Host in WWE History. Will Miz win to win back “his show”? Or will Truth show Miz #WhatsUp instead?

SmackDown returns as Truth and Miz circle in the ring. They tie up and Miz gets a headlock. Truth gets Miz down and reverses to a headlock of his own. Miz powers out but Truth runs him over. Bryan joins commentary and loves what he sees as Truth knocks Miz back down. Things speed up and Truth holds ropes. Truth breaks it down to then dodge and roll Miz up. TWO, but Miz scrambles away as Truth looks to punch his face. Miz sees Bryan and takes off the headband. Truth drags Miz up but Miz hotshots him away. Miz mocks the Yes fingers at Bryan, but he runs into Truth’s hip toss. Cover, TWO! Carmella moonwalks on the apron while Truth brings Miz back up. Truth punches but Miz slaps him! Truth is mad now, and the chase is on!

Miz finds himself stopped by Carmella, Truth rocks him with a right! Truth throws Miz into barriers, then asks “What’s Up!?” before bumping Miz off the apron. They go back in the ring at the count of 7, then Truth has Miz in the corner. Truth throws corner punches, but Miz stops him at 8. Miz boots Truth right down, then he stares Bryan down. Bryan admits that boot hist hard, but he’s still confident Miz’s loose morality will be his downfall. Miz parodies the Yes Kicks again, the “It Kicks” get “NO! NO!” from fans. Miz backs off, throws the buzzsaw but gets rolled up! TWO and Miz kicks out a leg to low DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps his cool as he sits Truth up for a knee to the back. Miz pulls back on Truth’s arms for the half surfboard, but fans rally up.

Truth powers up and turns Miz around to put the hold on him! Miz turns it back and has the hold back on Truth. Truth endures as the fans rally back up. Truth gets up but Miz makes it a back slide. They struggle against each other, and Truth turns it around! TWO, and a close one! Truth uppercuts Miz, then rocks him to ropes. He whips but Miz reverses to give that kitchen sink knee. Miz has control while we go picture in picture.

Miz stalks Truth while also taunting Carmella. He runs and low boots Truth down. Then he does his best Moonwalk, which isn’t very good at all. He boots Truth down again, covers, TWO! Miz keeps on Truth with a chinlock, and he grins right at Bryan. Truth endures while Miz pulls on him. Carmella and the fans rally for Truth as he powers his way up. Truth fights out with body shots, then another uppercut. He whips Miz but Miz revesrs, only for Truth to roll him up. TWO, and Truth walks into the A-List combination! Cover, TWO, but Miz thinks he got it. Miz goes after Truth by choking him on the ropes, stopping at 4 to then hit his running rope attack. Miz grins again as he stares Bryan down. Truth gets to a corner, and counter punches!

Truth backs Miz down with chops, then whips corner to corner. Miz reverses hard, then runs in, and hits his A-List lariat. Miz climbs up top and aims at Truth, for the double ax handles! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps his cool but he’s growing frustrated. He drags Truth up and throws him out of the ring. Miz wants the count to begin, and it does. We return to single picture as the count reaches 5. Truth begins to stir, and gets in at 9! Miz thinks he won, but Truth runs him over with lariats! Truth ducks, dodges and calf kicks! Truth gives another splits then hits a big corner splash. He kicks Miz low, suplex to stunner! Cover, TWO!! That was a creative move, but it didn’t get the job done.

Truth still has ideas, runs, but Miz dodges the scissor kick. Things speed up, Lie Detector Elbow! Cover, TWO! Miz crawls but Truth is on him. Fans chant for Truth but Miz gets a thumb to the eye and then the Skull-Crushing Finale! Miz grins at Bryan because we all know he got away with cheating. Miz makes sure Bryan knows what he means by doing anything to win, but he’s not done yet. He mocks the Yes Fingers again but fans make them the “NO!” fingers. Miz aims at Truth, Knee Plus! Cover, Miz wins!

Winner: The Miz, by pinfall

Bryan runs Miz off, but the Miz still brags that he won and did Bryan’s move just as good as Bryan does it. The Miz may have his talk show back, but will he get back to the world title after Super Show Down?

 

Charlotte Flair was in the middle of a photo shoot when…

Becky attacked! The Lass Kicker slammed Charlotte into drawers, and says no one cares about seeing her face. Becky would kick Charlotte down and then have the photographer take her photo while standing over Charlotte. Things are getting heated between these former friends, but will it burn them both up come Super Show Down?

 

Big E w/ The New Day VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro!

Awww~ Denver~! The powerhouse of positivity represents his pancake producing pals as he goes up against the Celtic Gladiator! Which side will earn points going towards their Super Show Down SmackDown Tag Team Championship show down?

Before the match, “ya bois” know they’ve got jokes, but sometimes they play too much. The New Day plays around, but at the end of the day, they respect The Bar. Yes, they do. Cesaro beat Kofi Kingston last week, and it was fair ‘n’ square. So it’d be silly for The New Day to not take The Bar seriously. Because The New Day respects The Bar, here’s the #SaySomethingNice Challenge. Xavier Woods starts with Cesaro. They might poke fun at his awkwardly shaped areola and how he’s a Swiss Jason Stathem, they enjoy Stathem’s movies and that’s a good thing! Big E moves to Sheamus. That mohawk is distracting, but the carpet surely matches the drapes.

Sheamus takes the microphone. The New Day has the fans fooled, but The Bar isn’t. The Bar wants to fight. And this mockery will end at Super Show Down when this fifth title reign ends. The laughs end tonight after Sheamus beats the crap out of Big E. Because they don’t just set the bar, they ARE the Bar! The bell rings and we begin!

Sheamus puts Big E in a headlock but Big E powers out. Sheamus mule kicks Big E then puts him in for Beats of the Bodhrain. He stops at 4 but then gets hip tossed out of the ring! Big E keep son Sheamus with body shots and clubbing forearms on the apron. Big E climbs up, takes aim, and hits the apron splash! He takes a breather in his corner like a boxer, the pancakes being smelling salts, while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Big E grabs Sheamus for a belly2belly! And then another! Sheamus stops the hat trick then scoops in a fireman’s carry. Big E gets out to then urenage Sheamus! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Big E swivels the hips. Big E runs, but Sheamus puts knees up for the splash! Cover, TWO! Sheamus scoops and slams Big E, covers, TWO! Denver rallies with “New! Day Rocks!” while Sheamus stands. Cesaro keeps Sheamus focused as he calls for the Brogue. Big E slowly rises, Sheamus runs in, but Big E counters with a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus rolls away while Big E pulls himself up. The straps come down and Big E stalks Sheamus. Sheamus bails out, but Big E runs, only to run into the leg! Sheamus runs back in but Big E scoops him! But Sheamus holds ropes to escape, then BROGUE! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The Bar has so far swept the New Day in singles competition! But their Super Show Down is for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, after all. Can Sheamus & Cesaro win when it’s 2v2 and not 1v1?

 

Paige wants things to be under control tonight.

She pleads that the contract signing not get out of hand, because for one, the monitors on the announce desk are really expensive. Is that too much to ask? AJ Styles says he’s just going out there to sign the contract. If he’s destroying anything, it’ll be Samoa Joe. Paige tries to reassure herself things will be okay, but will they?

 

Lana finds Rusev backstage.

Mr. & Mrs. Machka promise to make Aiden English pay for what he did. Tonight is just about asking why. He and Lana head to gorilla position, will they get the answers from English? Or will today not be a Happy Rusev Day?

 

 


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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 & ???; The Shield wins.

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?

But then Braun Strowman and The Pack come out to watch, just as they promised. They brought their own chairs, but just to be their ringside seats. Strowman, Ziggler & McIntyre become fans as the match begins. Corbin starts against Ambrose, and they circle and tie up. Ambrose gets a wristlock to hammerlock, and he brings Corbin tot he mat. He makes it a cover, ONE. Ambrose has a waistlock but Corbin reverses out to a headlock. Ambrose powers out  then drop toeholds! He has Corbin in the Queen Angelito leglock and then crossface punches him. Ambrose tags in Rollins and the two double suplex Corbin over. Cover, TWO, but Corbin gets away to his corner. He tags in Akam, and we have a first-time-ever encounter.

They tie up and Rollins gets a waistlock. He shifts to a headlock but Akam lifts him. Akam powers out and runs Rollins over with a shoulder! Akam trash talks before scooping. Rollins slips out and boots Akam away. Ambrose tags in but so does Rezar. The double whip leads to double shoulders on Akam, but Rezar runs them both over with his own shoulders! Rezar trash talks as he scoops Ambrose. Ambrose escapes and hot tags to Roman! We get another first-time-ever as The Big Dog and the Albanian Assassin stare down. Neither man backs down, and Rezar even seems to taunt Roman. Fans are thunderous as Roman throws uppercuts. Rezar shoves and they collide with shoulders. Rezar powers Roman to a corner for shoulders into the ribs!

The referee backs Rezar off at 4, but Rezar keeps on Roman with a fireman’s carry. Roman fights out and uppercuts Rezar again. Roman lifts Rezar but that’s a big man. Rezar escapes and shoves to swing. Roman dodges and comes back with the leaping lariat! Yet Rezar stands right back up! Roman is surprised by the younger star, and now all six men get face to face in the ring. The referee can’t keep the peace, it’s a brawl!

Ambrose sends Corbin out, Rollins sends Akam out and Roman takes care of Rezar. The Shield holds down the Yard, but The Pack feels the need to get a closer look. They pick up their chairs and head down the ring. But that’s when Corbin and AoP pounce! They clobber The Shield and put Ambrose and Rollins into barriers. Roman is in the ring, Choke Slam Breaker from Corbin! Cover, TWO!! The Shield is in trouble while we go to break.

Raw returns once more, as Roman lifts Corbin for the Samoan Drop! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners. The Pack is right at the runway in their seats as both men hot tag! Akam and Rollins come in but Rollins rallies on both AoP. Rollins boots Akam then jumps over him to enziguri! He goes to suplex but Akam too strong. Akam suplexes but Rollins slips out. Rollins back elbows then hops up to blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Fans stay hot for Rollins as he stomps “Burn it Down!” Rollins aims at Akam but Maverick distracts! Corbin holds the ropes and Rollins tumbles out! Ambrose protests but Corbin tags in. Corbin drags Rollins up to put him into barriers! He then whips Rollins into more barriers, and lets AoP mug him! The Shield protest but the referee keeps them back.

Corbin fetches Rollins and puts him in the ring. He tags to Rezar, and he lets Rezar drags Rollins up for a neck wrench. Rollins endures as Rezar twists him. Fans want Dean to tag in and Rollins stands up. Rezar powers him to the corner and Akam tags in. Akam and Rezar combine for the sidewalk stomp slam! Cover, TWO! Akam chokes Rollins on the ropes, but backs off at 4. Corbin gets a cheap shot in before Akam wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally and hope Ambrose gets the tag. Rollins stands and jawbreakers out. Akam blasts him down with a back elbow! Tag to Corbin and he drags Rollins up to punch him back down. Corbin repeats and repeats the punch. Then he blasts Roman down. Ambrose comes in but the ref holds him back. Corbin taunts Ambrose, but Rollins slingblades him down!

Corbin and Rollins are down but Akam runs in. Rollins sends him out, but then Akam trips Ambrose! But then Roman goes after Akam! Rezar saves Akam by putting Roman into steel steps! Maverick likes what he sees from his behemoths as they give Roman the LAST CHAPTER! The Pack like that, too. Corbin lifts Rollins but Rollins sunset flips, TWO! DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! The Constable grows frustrated, he thought he ended this. But his team still has control with Rollins isolated in the ring. Corbin drags Rollins over to tag in Rezar. Rezar tags Akam and the AoP work together again. But Rollins headscissors Rezar out and then SUPERKICKS Akam out of the air! Rollins heads for his corner, and it’s Ambrose waiting! Tag to Corbin, but Rollins slips out of the suplex. Tag to Ambrose!

Denver is thunderous as Ambrose fires off on Corbin. Corbin reverses the whip but Ambrose rallies with lariats. Ambrose whips and gives Corbin the kitchen sink knee. Ambrose keeps going for the corner forearm smash. Corbin pushes Ambrsoe away, Deep Six countered, small package! TWO! Ambrose dodges then clotheslines Corbin out! The AoP regroup with Corbin, but Ambrose wrecks them all with the dropkick! Maverick freaks out as Ambrose puts Corbin in. Ambrose climbs up top, but Akam trips him up! Ambrose still fights Corbin off, and then dodges. Corbin slides out, slide sin, but misses, jumping neckbreaker! Ambrose hurries up top again, for the lunatic elbow! cover, but BOTH AoP break it up!

The AoP coordinate on Ambrose, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Rezar! Akam kicks Roman out but then Rollins throws Akam out. Curb Stomp on Corbin! Then DIVE on Rezar! Ambrose kicks Akam out, and Rollins DIVES again! Ambrose gets Corbin with Dirty Deeds! He kicks Rezar out, tags to Roman and DIVES! Roman howls, SPEAR on Corbin! Cover, The Shield wins!!

Winners: The Shield, Roman Reigns pinning

It was truly a team effort for the House of Justice! The Pack are actually impressed, but it’s not over yet. Rollins and Roman stand together but Ambrose is literally caught in the middle. Which side does he choose? Shield or Pack? Ambrose stands, and stands with his brothers! The Shield is not breaking, no matter what Strowman and his cronies say. Will they be able to stand tall again in Australia? Or will unity matter against the dogs of war standing against them?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Raw finally gets back on track after doing too much building for too many things. This episode was 95% focused on Super Show Down, with 5% on the Mixed Match Challenge. Finn VS Mahal gets to be the opener, which is good for both of them. And Finn wins, which is good for him. But I feel like this just points out how having the second Mixed Match Challenge now is too much for WWE to be doing for the Fall. I would’ve been much happier with this if they waited until they were past this log jam of Hell in a Cell to Super Show Down to Evolution to Crown Jewel. Mixed Match Challenge should be purely a Spring to Summer event.

That aside, the Super Show Down centered build was much better than anything Raw has done lately. Corbin kissing up to Stephanie for her to counter and scold him was good. The Pack trying to play on Ambrose’s pride almost telegraphed the turn wasn’t coming, but I liked that Rollins played it back, to tease a possible turn from the Heel side of things. It doesn’t seem like a turn is coming, only because it’d be too obvious now, but sometimes WWE does stuff that’s just too obvious. The main event with Corbin and Authors of Pain was great, and it finally got AoP away from destroying jobbers so that everyone can understand how good Akam & Rezar really are. I’m still hoping that once Shield VS Pack is done, AoP go after the tag titles regardless of who holds them.

The Raw Tag Title match tonight was great. For just a moment, I really thought The Revival had it. That would’ve been a great twist to compound onto Rollins saying McIntyre has been carrying Ziggler. As for The Revival, they’re still a great team, but maybe going to SmackDown would help them get titles. The audible on the scheduled Brie VS Ruby match was actually rather welcomed, and I liked that The Squad won. There was some strange miscommunication as Liv Morgan was reportedly taken to the back, yet was clearly still ringside selling injury. Ronda VS Ruby is next week, that should be fun, but I’m surprised The Squad hasn’t tried to turn Ronda against The Bellas in a way The Pack is working on Ambrose.

Konnor winning over Chad Gable was rather surprising, but I suppose it’d have to happen if they want to already make Roode-Gable a story of a strained tag team. I don’t know why Roode and Gable were teamed together, Gable would’ve been better off as a singles guy maybe going to 205 Live. Roode and Lashley would’ve been better, even if their shared first name would’ve been odd. And while the story of Kevin, Elias, Lashley and Lio is pretty fun, I doubt it’ll lead to Lio being a serious Raw competitor, possibly with Lashley as his tag partner. This feels like another thing WWE is doing that’s too much at such a busy time in their calendar. If Cruiserweights aren’t going to be properly integrated onto Raw, then don’t bother.

Nia squashing Alicia was pretty fun, and I’m hoping this is further sign that WWE wants a Women’s Tag something or other. Sasha Banks is hurt but that doesn’t keep The Boss & Hug Connection from eventually being a tag team championship duo. If they’re out of commission come whatever title opportunity we see at Evolution, perhaps it’ll fall to Nia & Ember or the Riott Squad to be the inaugural champions, assuming Raw would get them first. Of course, Stephanie McMahon runs Raw and always seems to put herself over when it comes to WWE’s women, so it just seems obvious one of her teams would get belts first.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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!

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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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