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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (6/25/18)

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Who leaves Raw THE Intercontinental Champion?

The Architect put out a challenge last week, and the Show-Off answered. Controversy aside, Dolph Ziggler became the NEW WWE Intercontinental Championship! But now Seth Rollins wants his rematch, and its happening tonight! Can #MondayNightRollins return? Or will Ziggler & McIntyre continue to take over Raw?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bobby Lashley & Roman Reigns VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
  • WOKEN Hardy w/ Bray Wyatt VS Curt Axel w/ Bo Dallas; Axel wins.
  • The Authors of Pain VS The Gibson Brothers; AoP win.
  • Natalya w/ Nia Jax VS Alexa Bliss w/ Mickie James;  Natalya wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: The Riott Squad VS Ember Moon, Sasha Banks & Bayley; The Riott Squad wins.
  • No Way Jose VS Mojo Rawley; no contest.
  • Braun Strowman & Kevin Owens VS Finn Balor & Baron Corbin; Strowman & Kevin win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins by disqualification, Ziggler retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE honors the memory of the late Leon White, aka Vader.

An innovative big man that no one could deny, he will be missed.

 

The Raw General Manager and the Lone Constable are already in the ring.

Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin stand by side. Corbin insists on getting his own introduction, and makes sure Jojo gets it right. Jojo corrects herself, Corbin is “Stephanie’s personally appointed” Constable of Raw. Can they begin now? Angle got a call from Stephanie last week, and he made an announcement about the Extreme Rules Universal Championship #1 Contender’s match. However, Paul Heyman started a social media rumor about Brock Lesnar’s status. Therefore, Angle sets the record straight. But then Roman Reigns appears!

The Big Dog, the uncrowned WWE Universal Champion, walks out in front of San Diego to a strongly mixed reaction. Paul Heyman’s post implied that The Beast no longer wants anything to do with Roman, despite having beaten Roman time and again. Roman joins Angle and Corbin in the ring while fans continue to either cheer or jeer. He doesn’t mean to interrupt, he just wants to hear this announcement in person. But then Bobby Lashley appears!

The Alpha Male is here, because he and Roman are both in the announced Extreme Rules #1 Contender’s match. Heyman called Lashley a “Lesnar wannabe”, which is why Lashley wants to hear this announcement firsthand, too. Plus, Roman’s had his chances, and for three years, the only thing Roman’s proven is that he can’t win. Roman needs to move on and let someone else have a turn. Fans agree with that.

Move on? Like Lashley did about 10 years ago? For those who forgot or didn’t know, Lashley was in a Wrestlemania main event, and then decided to move on. Why? To be a big MMA star, but how did that go? A real big impact huh? But tell us this: What has Lashley down lately? Nothing! But Roman was the one who main-evented ‘Mania four years in a row. Roman is going for five, so you better check the resume before stepping to him.

Don’t downplay Lashley’s background, Roman. Lashley is the only one with the legitimate tools to win. And Lashley will prove it against three, four or however many guys Angle puts against him, including Roman. Angle explains there will not be a multi-man match. Lesnar has pulled out of the deal, there is no contender’s match at Extreme Rules. What does he mean, off the table? Does Lashley need it spelled out? Lesnar does whatever he wants, and doesn’t care about anything but money. Lesnar doesn’t respect anyone here, there or at home, because Lesnar doesn’t give a sh– Angle calms Roman down.

Lashley wonders if Lesnar had someone legit, he’d show up, instead of always facing Roman! Maybe someone who was an actual challenge. Lesnar has grown tired of Roman, just like the fans! Maybe if it was someone like Lashley, Lesnar would come back. Roman figures that if no one has a match at Extreme Rules, they should just have a match here and now. The fans like the sound of that, but Angle says no. That match will be at Extreme Rules, because there are other stars to attend to tonight. Got that? #SayYeah! The Revival return!

Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder see it’s a new week but the same old story. Maybe these “top guys” get opportunities handed to them, but THE #TopGuys see an opportunity. Last week, they were surprised the two biggest egos won, but they won’t be surprised again. What does Angle say? Corbin says “Let’s get this party started.” Angle agrees, and we get a rematch from last week!

 

Bobby Lashley & Roman Reigns VS The Revival!

It’s tag team deja vu as two top guys take on the #TopGuys in a rematch from last week. Dash & Dawson swear to make up for the loss, will they have a better go at it with tensions running high?

The bell rings but The Revival go at both Lashley & Roman. Lashley & Roman right them off, whip them into back drops, then clothesline them out of the ring. They stare at each other, but Lashley lets Roman start. Roman fetches Dawson and headbutts him to the corner. Roman tags Lashley, and the two work together to whip Dawson. Dawson gets run over, but the double team is a bit sloppy. Dash takes advantage only to get knocked down, but Dawson hotshots Lashley on the rope. Dawson unloads chops on Lashley, then hands. He reels Lashley into a lariat, then tags to Dash for a human weapon leg drop! Cover, TWO, but Dash stays on Lashley with European Uppercuts.

Lashley hits back, then backs Dash down, only for Dash to back him down. Dawson tags in and The Revival mug Lashley. Dawson snapmares and puts Lashley into body scissors. Fans rally for Lashley as he endures the sleeper. Lashley powers up and out, but Dash still tags in. The Revival double suplex Lashley, then cover, TWO. Dash shoves but Lashley comes back with the complete shot. Tag to Dawson, but tag to Roman! Roman rallies with clotheslines. He whips but Dawson reverses, Roman hits the leaping lariat! Fans are a mix as Roman throws close range clotheslines. Roman then runs, and boots Dawson down! Roman uppercuts Dash before he can come in, then aims at Dawson. He locks and loads, but Dash saves Dawson. Roman goes around to Drive-By Dash down! He keeps on Dawson while we go to break.

Raw returns and Dash snapmares Roman into a chinlock. Dash puts his weight on Roman but fans rally. Roman reaches, stands, then arm-drags Dash off. Dawson tags in, blocks Roman from Lashley, then puts him on the apron for kicks and forearms between the ropes. He backs off, but Dash gets a cheap shot in! Dawson goes back to Roman, and stomps one of Roman’s hands. Dawson throws hands, but fans still rally. Roman gets to ropes but Dawson whips him to a corner. Dawson runs but into a boot, so he hurries to tag Dash. Dash runs in and stops Rmoan from reaching Lashley. Dash stomps away, but backs off at the ref’s count. He drags Roman out and up into a seated cobra clutch. Fans rally again while Roman endures.

Roman powers up but Dash yanks him down by his hair. Dash tags Dawson and Dawson drops knees on Roman. Dawson also stomps Roman, then taunts “The Big Dog” about his “Yard”. Dawson puts Roman in a corner but Roman headbutts out. A kick and a whip but Roman reverses and Dawson hits buckles hard! And stumbles into a Samoan Drop! Roman crawls for his corner, as does Dawson. Hot tags to Dash and Lashley! Lashley rallies on the Revival! Belly2belly overhead for Dash, then one for Dawson! Lashley clotheslines Dash in a corner, then the same for Dawson. He rams a shoulder into Dash, but has to SPINEBUSTER Dawson first. Then Lashley suplexes Dash up and down. Lashley takes aim from a corner for his spear, but Roman repeats last week. He tags in, SUPERMAN PUNCH!

Then, Roman fires up, but keeps his space from Lashley. Dawson runs in, but Roman sends him into Lashley! SPEAR to Dawson, but Dash rolls him up! The Revival win!!

Winners: The Revival, Dash pinning

The tag team Top Guys get one over on the singles top guys! Lashley and Roman are beside themselves, their competitive egos getting in the way. Lashley has even more of a reason not to see Roman as a worthy contender to the title. Will Lashley prove himself worthy in a match between these two powerhouses?

 

The Deleters of Worlds speak.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, than The B Team’s parody was absolutely WONDERFUL~! The last time WOKEN Hardy saw such a performance, he was with one William Shakespeare. As for Bray Wyatt, he does not appreciate the facade. The B Team’s eyes tell a different story. Those two are so fixated on the prize, they don’t even realize they’re in the lion’s den. “B Team, you have no idea what you’ve gotten yourselves into.” San Diego, they’re here.

WOKEN Hardy w/ Bray Wyatt VS Curt Axel w/ Bo Dallas!

Before facing off for the Raw Tag Team Championships, these two teams will try to divide and conquer each other in a singles match. Will the Son of the Perfect One be DELETED in one-on-one competition?

Of course, the parody continues as WOKEN Axel laughs and tells that this is an “eternal corn-flict” not bound by time or space. And Bo Wyatt says “We may be entering the lion’s den, but you’re about to be entering a… B-Hive! Bzz~!” They will not rest until- *cough cough* Too much smoke. San Diego, The B Team is here. *cough cough*

The bell rings and Hardy gives Axel DELETE DELETE buckle bumps. Hardy throws elbows, then headbutts, then elbows again. Hardy kicks but Axel hits back. Axel whips but Hardy reverses. Axel boots from the corner but Hardy stops him on the top rope with heavy haymakers. Hardy positions Axel then climbs up, but Axel resists. Wait, did Hardy slip!? Either way, it’s a cover, and Axel wins!!

Winner: Curt Axel, by pinfall

The B Team is even “undefeated” in singles competition! But Hardy and Wyatt are not amused. They glare at Axel and Bo while fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” But Hardy says that was WONDERFUL~! They applaud, and B Team celebrates. But who will be celebrating after Extreme Rules?

 

The Authors of Pain walk the halls.

And they bully some random staffer… Titus Worldwide comes by and let the new guys know not to mistreat the backstage crew. Thanks for the advice, but no thanks. Akam & Rezar storm off, ready to do the same to their opponents.

 

Kurt Angle and Bayley welcome Alicia Fox back to Raw.

They’re all glad to have the former Women’s Champion back, but Angle asks to speak to Bayley alone. Angle was speaking with Sasha Banks earlier, and they’re going to team up again. No! They can’t– They’re too valuable to Raw. They and Ember Moon will take on the entire Riott Squad, so get along. Bayley calms herself. Can she and Sasha make up, again?

 

The Authors of Pain VS The Gibson Brothers!

AoP returns to Raw, and both Rich & Rex regret signing up for this already. The bell rings and Rezar immediately boots Rex! Rezar brings Rex up and dumps him out of the ring! Then Rezar drags Rich in, and tags in Akam. Akam boots Rich out of the ring to join his brother. Akam puts Rex back in, then carries him for a Death Valley Driver into the corner! Tag to Rezar, Rex gets the LAST CHAPTER! Cover, AOP wins!

Winners: The Authors of Pain, Rezar pinning

They’re back again but the story remains the same. They even hammer away on each Gibson Brother! So Titus Worldwide comes to the rescue! Apollo & Titus run in but Akam & Rezar decide to head out. Will these ruthless upstarts regret being bullies? Or will Titus’ brand regret thinking AoP cares?

 

Angle and Corbin argue.

Corbin questions Angle’s judgment in making a tag team match involving the volatile “friendship”. Does he like seeing tag teams implode? Angle is just trying to make Raw as exciting as possible! But then in walks Finn Balor. Finn just wanted to ask why Lesnar had that contenders match tanked? Corbin thinks Finn should be grateful. Finn would just embarrass himself, like last week. That’s funny, coming from a guy with a TGIF manager uniform. And now, in comes Mr. Monster in the Bank, Braun Strowman. Strowman feels bad for being so rough on Kevin Owens, who just wanted to be a friend. So Strowman volunteers to be Kevin’s tag team partner. Angle is already dreading this runaway train. But who does Strowman want to face? These two. Corbin and Finn? Well, combustible tag teams are always more fun, so why not? #CheckPlease.

 

Alexa Bliss & Mickie James head to the ring.

The Goddess and three-time Raw Women’s Champion was literally slammed last week after she and Ronda Rousey had a confrontation in the ring. Alexa Bliss did rile Ronda up when she cashed in at Money in the Bank, but made it worse by calling Ronda an “over-hyped rookie.” For that, Ronda teed off her and then bombed her through the table. But because of all that, Ronda was suspended for 30 days, meaning Alexa won’t have to fear her at Extreme Rules.

So this week, Mickie James introduces the “one and only Goddess of WWE”, to a mixed reaction from San Diego. Alexa deserves it after what “that angry maniac” did to her. What’s her problem? Alexa is somehow still standing, because champions bounce back. The Baddest Woman on the Planet is just the Most Entitled Brat on the Planet. Even after what happened, Ronda doesn’t get the rules, because Alexa’s cash-in was 100% legal. Personally, Mickie sees that as one of the greatest cash-ins ever! Alexa saw the tweets, too, thank you all. But how is she reward? Facing “the bully” Nia Jax at Extreme Rules. Maybe, depends on her arm. Nia might still be reattaching it after MITB.

But the fact of the matter is: Alexa is champion while Nia is recovering and Ronda is suspended. And what’s funny is that as long as Alexa’s known Nia is that Nia can always paint herself as the victim. She walks around thinking she’s the hero of her story when she defeats “mean ol’ Alexa Bliss”. Nia thought she had her fairy tale ending and Backlash was the sequel. You know, the “different girl” beat the “mean girl”, but that’s just movies. In reality, Alexa’s the hero! Alexa has overcome every obstacle ever put in her way, like Elimination Chamber, MITB and Ronda Rousey! Boo all you want, Alexa’s still champ. Fans decide to say “You Suck!” instead. How rude. But here comes Natalya!

The Queen of Harts says the countdown is own. 23 days away from Natty’s friend, Ronda, comes back to deal with Alexa. Oooh~, so scary! So impressive that Natty can count backwards from 30. But what’s surprising is that Natty left that five star vacation with Total Divas to come back and tell Alexa all that. How does Alexa know that? Because Natty over-posts her entire life. So Natty, thanks for nothing, bye. No, she’s not. Natty talked with Angle, and he said they’re having a match, right here and now! Fans like the sound of that. And one more thing, Natty didn’t come alone. Nia Jax is here, too!

 

Natalya w/ Nia Jax VS Alexa Bliss w/ Mickie James!

The Queen of Harts is fighting for her friend that was suspended, with her other friend in her corner. Can she make the Goddess of Sass pay for all the trash talk she’s been throwing? Or will Alexa find a way to slip away with a win?

Raw returns and Alexa has Natty in a body scissors. Fans rally and Natty turns around to throw hands on Alexa. Alexa grabs Natty for a guillotine, but Natty powers up and out. Alexa sunset flips but Natty rolls through. Natty wants a sharpshooter, but Alexa scrambles to the ropes. She even grabs the apron skirt, but Natty drags her back in. The referee bothers with that, but he doesn’t see Alexa kick out Natty’s bad leg, then kick her in the head. Cover, TWO! Alexa glares as she puts Natty back in the body scissors. Natty endures but Alexa rolls her over, TWO. Alexa keeps squeezing, but Natty turns around again. Alexa grabs her in a guillotine again, but Natty powers out to a Michinoku driver!

Both women are down and a 10 count begins. Natty is up first, discus misses, and ALexa throws her down by her hair. Knee drops to back flip, Insult2Injury! Cover, TWO! Alexa complains about the count, but she still stomps Natty down. She skateboard stomps on Natty’s head, then covers, TWO! Again, TWO. Again, TWO. Alexa grows frustrated, and she drags Natty up to choke her. She wants Natty to just quit, but Natty grabs her back to return the favor! ALexa breaks free but Natty starts rallying with lariats. Natty snap suplexes! Then, Russian leg sweep. Natty runs over Alexa but Mickie swipse at her. Alexa rolls Natty, TWO, but that killer right! Natty gets to ropes, but now Nia gets to trip Alexa! Discus Lariat! And Sharpshooter! Alexa taps, Natty wins!

Winner: Natalya, by submission

Turnabout is fair play as Nia helps Natty sneak one on the sneaky Alexa and Mickie. With a win over the Goddess, does this make Natty a future contender? And with Nia up first, will Alexa’s reign at Extreme Rules?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The former Intercontinental Champion has his rematch tonight, but he won’t make excuses. He made an open challenge and lost to Dolph Ziggler. But he’s had seven days to let that loss motivate him to getting better. This Rollins here tonight will be like nothing he’s ever seen. As for Drew McIntyre, he’ll have the best seat in the house when Rollins takes the title back.

 

Jinder Mahal poses for photos.

The Modern Day Maharaja and Man of Peace is interrupted by the Riott Squad. No, smile, Mahal, it’s fine. Until the camera gets busted, on purpose. Mahal keeps calm, which just weirds the Squad out. They leave, ready to make more trouble in the ring.

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

This is the last chance for The Boss and the Huggable One to make up as friends, but neither one seems to want to. Can they put everything in the past behind them and win against the unified Ruby, Sarah & Liv?

The bell rings and Bayley starts against Sarah. Bayley clubs away, then tags to Ember. Ember tags Sasha, then double suplexes Sarah with Bayley, and then Sasha adds meteora knees! Cover, TWO, but Sasha keeps an eye on Liv & Ruby. Sasha brings Sarah over to tag in Ember, roll up, TWO. Ember is powered into the Squad’s corner and Liv tags in. Sarah throws hands, then Liv goes Matrix. Ember still hits a back elbow, then runs. Liv follows, but Ember sweeps the legs. Ember runs, slides in, complete shot! Liv rolls out, but the others come in, only for Sasha and Bayley to knock them down. The Squad regroups on the outside, and Ember builds speed, to DIVE! Ember bowls Ruby and Liv over! For now, Ember and the “friends” work together while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Ruby has Ember in a cravat. Ember hits back, but Ruby gets her with an STO! Cover, TWO! Ruby hits Bayley just because, then pie-faces Sasha. Sasha is held back by the ref but that allows Liv & Sarah to get in cheap shots all over Ember. Ruby drags Ember up, scoops, but Ember slips out to tag Sasha! Sasha rallies on Ruby, then hits Liv & Sarah. Sasha counters a kick with a knee, then hits double knees in the corner. She has to swipe at Sarah, and that allows Ruby to dodge the second pair of knees. Ruby brings Sasha down then covers, but Bayley breaks it. Sarah throws Bayley out, but Ember drags Sarah out. Ember rocks Sarah with the roaring elbow! Liv hits Ember with headscissors!

Ruby has Sasha, but Sasha jackknife covers, TWO. Sasha hits Liv, but Ruby small package, The Squad wins!

Winners: The Riott Squad, Ruby pinning

And then Bayley just jumps Sasha!! So much for getting along!

But fans are loving this, as Bayley just throws furious hands. Sasha is shocked, but Bayley is fuming. And she goes after Sasha more! All of her frustration just explodes with every hit on Sasha. Fans love it, they want her to do more. Bayley drags Sasha up by her hair, but Sasha hits back. Bayley still puts Sasha in a corner face first! Sasha is dazed, but fans want that “One More Time!” Bayley slowly exits the ring, and grabs Sasha again to dump her onto the ground!

Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Bayley brings Sasha up and around first, to throw her into steel steps! And then again! Bayley kneels down to look Sasha, and says “That was for everything you’ve done to me!” “You think you’re better than me?!” Fans applaud Bayley standing up to Sasha, but will this cost her her spot on Raw?

 

Kurt Angle needs to do something about Bayley & Sasha.

But then Kevin Owens comes in, and he begs not to be teamed with Strowman. But you wanted to be his friend last week. There’s no chance Strowman wants to be friends now. He always runs Kevin over, and threw him off this massive ladder! And sometimes it’s more like he wants to EAT Kevin alive! Strowman was genuine, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship. Just think about it. Kevin refuses to say anything more, which is to Angle’s liking. Will Kevin survive being Strowman’s “friend?”

 

No Way Jose VS Mojo Rawley!

The Fighting Fiesta gets a rematch with the laser-focused #KillerInstinct. Will Jose tie things up between them? Or will Mojo rise to 2-0 and on to bigger and better?

On his way to the ring, Mojo asks Jose about him wanting a rematch. Mojo’s embarrassed to be out here in the first place. Who are those people in the conga line? Why are they here? You have to earn the right to be out at ringside. They haven’t earned that, and neither has Jose.

Mojo eyes the conga line “clowns” up and down. Who is this hamburger? Todd. Well, Todd, you aware you’re a burger on national television? Fans chant for Todd, but is he really making his family proud? Is this Todd’s plan to being part of the WWE? Mojo wants Todd to listen: this moment in time, this is the closest Todd will ever be to being a WWE superstar. This is the peak of his entire existence. Will Todd ever be a superstar? NO! Mojo tells Jose, he’s not getting a rematch. Jose comes out to ask why not. Mojo punches Jose out! Mojo then leaves, not wanting to entertain this scenario any longer.

 

Angle talks with Bayley.

Guess she doesn’t care about Raw. Next week, she’s going to counseling. What about Sasha? Sasha’s in a trainer’s room! Bayley doesn’t need counseling. She will do the counseling, or she’ll be fired. Is Bayley really going to anger management class next week?

 

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

The Monster in the Bank claims to have reconsidered The Prizefighter’s offer to be friends. And at the same time, he faces The Extraordinary Man, who he once called his “little buddy”, and a guy that no one really likes in the Lone Wolf. Friend or foe, who is going to #GetTheseHands?!

Finn and Kevin start with the bell, but then Corbin tags in. Corbin circles with Kevin and ties up. Kevin gets a headlock but Corbin powers out. Kevin comes back with a shoulder, but Corbin doesn’t budge. Back to the headlock, but Corbin powers out again. Corbin runs Kevin over with his shoulder! Corbin runs in but into a boot. Kevin hits Corbin with right hands, then hops up, but Corbin rocks him with an uppercut! Kevin flops down, and Corbin tags in Finn. Finn hops up to ax handle the arm, then wrenches it. Corbin tags back in, but Kevin hits back. Kevin chops and chops, then whips, but Corbin reverses into the choke slam. Kevin slips out, and tags in Strowman! Finn grins at Corbin, this is what the Constable gets for having an ego.

Strowman and Corbin circle, tie up, and Strowman pushes Corbin back. Strowman flexes, but Corbin gets around him to shove him. Corbin trash talks, but Strowman just grins. Corbin kicks low, then runs, but Strowman swats him down. Strowman hits a straight right, and down goes Corbin! Strowman tags in Kevin, and shouts, “GET IN THERE!” Kevin goes, but Corbin tags out to Finn. Finn and Kevin circle, tie up, and Kevin kicks low. Kevin puts Finn in a corner to chop and stomp away. Kevin stomps and stomps, then drags Finn out for more stomps. He puts on the chinlock, but fans build to a rally. Finn gets up, but Kevin puts him in the corner again. Kevin hits low, then hits Corbin just because. Kevin backs up, but Corbin intercepts.

Strowman comes in, and with Kevin’s help, puts Corbin in a corner. Strowman throws hands on Corbin, then Kevin and Strowman coordinate, corner clothesline from Strowman to Finn while Kevin cannonballs on Corbin!

The Monster roars, he and his unlikely ally are in control while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Finn has Kevin in an armlock. Kevin endures while fans rally. Kevin stands, but Finn keeps on the arm. Strowman and Kevin reach but they’re too far away. Kevin hits Finn with forearms, but Finn turns him around for the elbow drop DDT. Cover, Strowman kicks Finn off it. Finn backs off and Corbin tags in. Corbin goes after Kevin now with a whip into a corner. Kevin elbows back out, then side steps. Corbin slides out then in, but Kevin tags Strowman! Strowman runs Corbin over, then clubs him down with one arm! Corbin gets to a corner, Strowman corner clothesline. Strowman runs again, but into a boot, hot tag to Finn! Finn doesn’t really want to get in, but Strowman makes him, to then club him down, too.

Strowman clotheslines Corbin back out, then sees he has his targets lined up. He goes out, and runs Finn over! Then he runs Corbin over! Kevin was smart to stay on the apron. Strowman tells Kevin to do it, too. Fans like that idea. Kevin doesn’t want to run around. But then he tags in, and gives it a shot! Kevin barrels Finn over, then runs into Corbin’s clothseline. So Strowman grabs Corbin, to put him into barriers. Strowman helps Kevin up, then runs at Corbin again, only to be sent into the post! Kevin returns to the ring, but Finn is back. Slingblade from Finn! Finn takes aim, but Corbin tags in a bit stiffly, so Finn kicks him down! Kevin goes after Finn, but Finn holds ropes to dump Kevin out. Finn then builds speed, but Corbin drags him out! These two fight, their team is imploding!

The ring count begins, climbs, but neither Corbin nor Finn care anymore. They just brawl to the stage, and are counted out!

Winners: Strowman & Kevin, by count-out

They did it! Their first time teaming together, and this unlikely duo succeeds! Or rather, Finn and Corbin fail. But either way, Kevin is super excited. “See what we can do together?” He offers Strowman a handshake, and fans want Strowman to #ShakeHisHand. Kevin fears the worst, and bails out, all the way to the stage. But Strowman picks up his briefcase and follows after. Kevin isn’t sure what Strowman’s up to, but he doesn’t want any part of it. Will they ever truly get along?

 

Kevin runs in fear of Strowman.

He hides in the locker room. Strowman comes looking for Kevin, and asks people where Kevin went. Who? This guy just works concessions. Strowman’s looking for the guy “who looks like he has a bowling ball under his shirt.” Sorry, haven’t seen him. Strowman storms off, and Kevin is safe for another day.

Kevin comes out of hiding after the break.

He has his luggage and has security keep him safe while he head for the parking lot. Kevin makes it out of the building, but the valet is a different story. The valet says he no longer has Kevin’s keys. Because Strowman already got them for him! Strowman lets Kevin has his keys, but hopefully he has insurance, because look what he did to Kevin’s car: it’s upside-down! And maybe on fire… Strowman laughs as he walks back inside. Will Kevin ever be safe with the Monster around?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins!

The Architect put out the challenge and the Show-Off accepted. The Scottish Stud may have had a part to play, but in the end, Rollins still lost and now Ziggler is a six-time IC Champion. Can Rollins make Ziggler’s reign short and revive #MondayNightRollins? Or will Ziggler find a way to retain and cancel it for good?

Raw returns and the introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin. Rollins dropkicks Ziggler right away, then stomps him out of the ring. Ziggler regroups with McIntyre, then comes back in. He and Rollins circle, and Rollins corners Ziggler in a corner. The ref calls for the ropebreak, and Rollins backs off at 4. Rollins and Ziggler circle again, tie up, and Ziggler kicks low. Ziggler throws hands, but Rollins counters and chops. Rollins snapmares and rolls Ziggler with a crucifix, TWO. Rollins arm-drags Ziggler to an armlock.  Ziggler gets up and backs Rollins up. They end up in the ropes, and Ziggler lets go at 4, to then get Rollins with a sucker punch. McIntyre smirks as the ref tells him to back off.

Ziggler brings Rollins up to bump him off buckles. He then throws body shots, and snapmares Rollins for the elbow drop. Cover, ONE, but Ziggler stays on Rollins. Ziggler wrenches the arm, puts on a headlock, but Rollins reaches. Ziggler gets the headlock takedown, but Rollins works against it. Fans rally while they stand up, but Ziggler won’t let Rollins out of the hold. Ziggler throws Rollins with another takedown, but fans rally more for Rollins. They stand up again, and Rollins fights his way out. Ziggler throws Rollins down, then gets another headlock takedown. It’s a cover, ONE. Ziggler keeps on Rollins, but Rollins endures. Rollins sits up, stands up again, then powers out. Things speed up, and Rollins hip tosses and dropkicks Ziggler down! Ziggler bails out of the ring, and regroup with McIntyre, but Rollins comes over.

McIntyre stands in Rollins Way, but Rollins still gets Ziggler. Rollins bounces Ziggler off apron and barriers, then stares down with McIntyre again. This match continues but we go to break.

Raw returns, and Ziggler kicks out Rollins’ leg. Rollins clutches his knee while McIntyre tells Ziggler to keep on him. Ziggler kicks the leg again, and Rollins gets to a corner. Ziggler grinds Rollins’ face into ropes, then throws elbows. He backs off at the referee’s count, but then snapmares Rollins for another elbow drop. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler wraps Rollins up in a chinlock and body scissors. Fans rally for Rollins while he endures the squeeze. Rollins fires up and gets up, to then fight out of the hold. Ziggler hits back, then whips corner to corner, but Rollins reverses hard! Both men are down, but Rollins sits up first. Ziggler drags himself up, but Rollins runs in. Ziggler puts Rollins out of the ring and down to the ground! A 10 count begins but Rollins beats it at 5. Ziggler covers, TWO.

McIntyre paces while Ziggler stands back up. Ziggler brings Rollins back up, then throws hands. Ziggler claims he’s the best, not Rollins. He throws more hands on Rollins, and starts to feel his own ego. He stands Rollins up, whips him, but Rollins kicks back. Rollins suplexes but Ziggler slips out to put on the sleeper! Rollins powers out, but Ziggler again gets the sleeper. They go backwards into buckles, but Ziggler holds on. Rollins throws Ziggler off and the two run, and collide with double crossbodies! Both men hit the mat, and fans build to a rally. Rollins sits up first, but Ziggler follows. Rollins chops, then chops, then whips. Ziggler reverses but Rollins boots back. Rollins hops up, but has to jump over, and then runs to Slingblade!

Ziggler staggers and Rollins clotheslines him out. Rollins takes aim, builds speed, but McIntyre clubs him from behind! The referee didn’t see a thing as he was watching Ziggler. Ziggler returns, and clobbers Rollins for himself. The referee suspects foul play, and EJECTS McIntyre! Ziggler and McIntyre both protest, but Rollins rolls Ziggler! McIntyre distracts the referee, Rollins doesn’t get counted even though he holds it for way longer than three! Rollins lets Ziggler go to hit McIntyre. Then he hits Ziggler! Ziggler rolls out, Rollins runs, and DIVES on them both!!

Rollins drags Ziggler up and into the ring, then climbs up to the top rope. Ziggler trips him up! Cover, TWO! That was so close, but still so far from the end, and we go to one last break.

Raw returns once more, and Rollins fights his way out of another sleeper. He swings Ziggler, Revolution Knee! But both men are down. Rollins crawls to a cover, ROPEBREAK. McIntyre has truly been ejected, so he won’t be a factor now. Rollins sits up while fans fire up. Ziggler gets to the apron, but Rollins stands first. Rollins joins Ziggler out there, brings him over, and prepares a powerbomb! Ziggler fights out, gets down, then tosses Rollins off. But Rollins is back, only for Ziggler to satellite DDT Rollins on the apron!

The ref counts, but Rollins doesn’t stir until 6. Rollins stands up at 9 and beats the count! Rollins still clutches his head and neck, but he’s still in this match.

San Diego loves what’s going on as they declare “This is Awesome!” Ziggler takes aim and stomps to tune himself up. He shouts this is his time, and he takes aim at Rollins. Rollins turns around, but stops the kick to counter with a Buckle Bomb! SUPERKICK from Rollins, cover, TWO! No one can believe it, but that was just a two. Rollins gets back up again, and fans fire up as he climbs to the top rope. He aims, but Ziggler intercepts him! Rollins headbutts Ziggler but Ziggler punches Rollins. Ziggler climbs up again, but Rollins resists. Rollins gives another headbutt, then adjusts on the top rope. FROG SPLASH HITS! TWO!! Fans still chant “This is Awesome!” as Rollins stomps “Burn It Down!”

Rollins SUPERKICKS, but Ziggler dodges the stomp. Ziggler tries but can’t get the ZigZag. Rollins rolls Ziggler, TWO, Ziggler rolls, TWO and Rollins tries again, TWO! Rollins runs in at Ziggler, but Ziggler side steps him and he goes into the post. ZIG-ZAG!! Cover, TWO!? HOW?! Fans are thunderous for this match even as both men are down. Rollins crawls over to Ziggler while Ziggler crawls over to him. They both get up, and Ziggler puts Rollins in a corner. Ziggler hoists Rollins up, then climbs up to join him. Ziggler prepares but Rollins resists. Rollins shifts, and they change positions. Rollins takes aim, but not at the floor! Ziggler resists just to save himself, but now they’ve completely changed positions, and Rollins SUPERPLEX! Roll through, FALCON ARROW! Cover, but McIntyre returns to drag the ref out!?

McIntyre not only violates the rules of ejection, but he attacks Rollins!

Winner: Rollins, by disqualification; Ziggler retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship

McIntyre keeps beating down Rollins, having succeeded in helping Ziggler hold onto the title. He then drags Rollins up and Ziggler joins in, but here comes Roman! The Big Dog isn’t going to let his Shield Brother be beaten down on top of being robbed. Ziggler heads out but into a SPEAR! McIntyre glares and these two throw hands! McIntyre headbutts Roman, but Roman comes back with a SUPERMAN Punch! Roman holds the ring while McIntyre and Ziggler regroup. But in the end, Rollins only wins the match, not the championship. Will Rollins be given another shot? And will Roman be there to keep an eye on McIntyre next time?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really good night for Raw, after quite some time of being mediocre again. While we did get another Lashley-Roman segment that leads to a Lashely-Roman VS Revival match, that was the point Dash & Dawson were making. And this time, they win because Lashley and Roman are progressing in their story to be more and more against each other. Plus, the Revival being back, they need wins to stay afloat. Same goes for the AoP when they showed up later. Those guys deserve some wins, and I’m sure that’s what will happen in their feud with Titus Worldwide. I was surprised Axel won the way he did, that looked like a botch went right. Either way, this keeps B Team looking halfway believable against Deleters of World, but I still don’t see them winning.

Alexa and Mickie up the Heel points, but great for Natty to get the win with Nia by her side. This really stacks the contenders up for Alexa, but with Ronda back in time for Summerslam, bet on that being the time and place for Ronda taking the belt off whoever has it, even if it’s her friend Natty. The Six Woman tag was actually set up just the right way, where it seemed unnecessary, became entertaining, then really took off when Bayley finally let loose. I don’t think Bayley is Heel, she’s just a tougher Face. The anger management she’s forced to go to better have Dr. Shelby, and references to Team Hell No. Mojo being no nonsense is just as eerie as it should be. Poor “Todd” got roasted, too. That feud only goes forward if Angle forces Mojo to have that rematch.

The tag team match of two dysfunctional teams was actually really great. I was wondering if Strowman was gonna run Kevin over during that spot just out of habit, but him turning a car over off-camera is still good enough. Strowman obviously has to bide his time with Lesnar not showing up. The work-shoot of Lesnar not participating until Summerslam won’t matter to Strowman, and I personally hope Strowman cashes in on Lesnar the minute Lesnar is on camera. In the meantime, he can just keep messing with Kevin and everyone else. That was a killer main event, and that’s even after seeing today’s WWE UK Championship Tournament. The only downside is the screwy finish of McIntyre still interfering, to then prompt Roman to come out. If only Ambrose was healthy. But maybe Lashley can use this against Roman, too, talking about Roman “saving face” for the loss.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (4/22/19)

Raw settles in after the 2019 Superstar Shake-Up!

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Raw is now Phenomenal AND Awesome! Both AJ Styles and The Miz moved from SmackDown, but what will they and the other new stars do next?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio VS Samoa Joe; Styles wins and advances to the main event.
  • Naomi VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Naomi wins.
  • WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: The Miz VS Drew McIntyre VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins and advances to the main event.
  • Cedric Alexander VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
  • The Viking Raiders VS Lucha House Party; No Contest.
  • Becky Lynch VS Alica Fox; Lynch wins.
  • Ricochet VS Robert Roode; Roode wins.
  • WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Match: AJ Styles VS Baron Corbin; Styles wins and will challenge Seth Rollins for the title at Money in the Bank.

PLAY BY PLAY

Triple H returns to Raw!

The Game was victorious against The Animal in their No Holds Barred Wrestlemania match, and now he’s back as the COO! HHH gets Des Moines fired up as he picks up the mic. Because here comes Seth Rollins! Iowa’s own is here to #BurnItDown! Rollins stands with HHH in the ring and says, “This whole thing is too surreal for me, man.” To be standing in the ring, in his home state, after everything he and the fans have been through together, it’s unreal. HHH shakes hands with Rollins, and Rollins reviews how he was in the fight of his life at Wrestlemania. Rollins Slayed the Beast to bring the title home! Fans chant “Welcome Home!” to make it complete.

HHH agrees, Rollins walked in the Kingslayer and came out the certified BEASTSLAYER! Rollins did what he said when he stepped in the ring, stomped “bucket head” Brock Lesnar three times, then walked out THE WWE Universal Champion! And now Rollins stands in his home state (pause to hear the fans cheer again) but now with a new landscape. The Superstar Shake-Up changes everything. Rollins as Universal Champion and measuring stick has the whole world gunning for him. And Rollins knows that. Money in the Bank is coming, but if anyone knows a thing or two about that contract, it’s Rollins. He cashed it in and changed his career, but also had it cashed in on him. Rollins promises he won’t let Mr. MITB get the drop on him again.

HHH warns Rollins not to put the cart before the horse. Don’t worry about who wins that contract, be worried about who he defends against that same night. Did Heyman blow up HHH’s phone to get a rematch for Lesnar? No, surprisingly. Heyman hasn’t said a thing since Mania, and Lesnar must be licking his wounds. Then what’s next? That’s what tonight will determine! Because “the best of the best” are on Raw and will compete into two Triple Threats to then move on to a main event match. The winner of that goes on to Money in the Bank to face Rollins for the Universal Championship. Rollins likes the sound of that. But here comes one of those contenders, it’s Samoa Joe!

The current WWE United States Champion says “It seems I missed my invitation.” Joe reminds us that he does what he wants when he wants. And tonight, the champion has arrived! Joe admits, Becky Lynch came up with a real interesting concept of double champion. Joe has room for one more belt, “and that would be yours”, Rollins. But here comes another of the contenders, Rey Mysterio! The King of Lucha tells Joe that he’s not the only one wanting to make an impact. As for Rollins, Rey isn’t here just to drop knowledge. He’s here for a dream match. After tonight, at Money in the Bank, Rey VS Rollins. But yet another contender appears! It’s Drew McIntyre!

The Scottish Terminator makes himself clear. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks they deserve, McIntyre cleaned up Raw yet has had no title opportunities! This is DREW’S time! What was it HHH said? Rollins is the measuring stick here? The only reason Rollins is champion is because he got to Lesnar before McIntyre. Everyone knows what McIntyre is capable of. McIntyre promises to win his Triple Threat, go to MITB, beat Rollins and finally be Universal Champion! But now we get The Miz! The Hollywood A-Lister says that first and foremost, he’s back! And the more things change the more they stay the same, because Miz and Rollins are on the same brand and Rollins has something Miz wants. Miz has had a reboot thanks to the “Best in the World”.

This is not the same Miz as before, because he has seen the light. Miz can be a man worthy of the title. And what more must-see match for MITB than Rollins VS Miz?! But now we get Baron Corbin, who wants everything to stop right here. Corbin puts this in perspective for everyone: he is the most deserving of all to challenge Rollins. At Wrestlemania, Rollins slayed the beast, but Corbin retired a legend. McIntyre didn’t beat a gold medalist in his farewell match. Miz didn’t beat a gold medalist in his farewell match. Mysterio didn’t, either. But finally, here comes the Phenomenal One! He leaves the House that AJ Styles Built but looks just fine being on Raw.

And after hearing the fans cheer for him, Styles asks if Corbin ever shuts up. Because c’mon. Corbin’s face is almost as annoying as his voice. And speaking of annoying, it seems like everyone forgets Styles is Raw! Including Rollins. Styles promises to win his triple threat, then bet the other winner, and Raw will realize why SmackDown was the House that AJ Styles Built. But to that point, this is Raw, so Styles promises to give the fans what they’ve always wanted: Rollins VS Styles for the Universal Championship! HHH looks to Rollins, and Rollins sees what HHH meant. Everyone guns for the champ. Rollins is ready. It doesn’t matter who it is at MITB, because this is Seth Freakin’ Rollins, who will BURN IT DOWN! Mic drop from the champ, but who will make it through the special double header to be his contender?

 

WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio VS Samoa Joe!

A match worthy of any title, the Phenomenal, the King of Lucha and the Destroyer fight for just the first step towards Rollins and Money in the Bank. Who backs up their words with actions?

Raw returns with the bell and all three men circle. Joe quickly headbutts Mysterio then brawls with Styles. Joe knees low then kicks Styles while he’s down. Mysterio returns and enziguris Joe, but Styles hits Mysterio, too. Styles whips Mysterio corner to corner hard then goes back after Joe with a forearm. Mysterio boots Styles then uses Styles to alley-oop to huricanrana Joe out! Now Styles and Mysterio are alone as they circle. Fans duel for these fan favorites as they approach. Mysterio kicks away on Styles’ leg but Styles reverses the whip. Mysterio slides under but Styles gets him with a backbreaker! Styles catches his breath and aims at Joe from the apron. Sliding knee rocks Joe down!

Styles goes back to Mysterio and snap suplexes hard! He drags Mysterio up but Mysterio throws hands. Mysterio runs but into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as he drags Mysterio up again. He wants the Clash but Mysterio scrambles out. Styles pursues but has to hit Joe first. He gets Mysterio back in the ring and back up for the Clash, but Mysterio manages to get ropes. Styles powers him up but the bomb is countered to a spike-rana! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Joe kicks Styles to a corner then bumps Mysterio off buckles. Joe drags Styles up to whip and run Styles over with the elbow! He drags Mysterio up to throw those swift jabs, then whips and slides Mysterio out to the floor!

Joe goes back to Styles but Styles fights back. Styles whips but runs into the urenage! Cover, TWO! The WWE United States Champion has control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mysterio fights back against Joe. Mysterio runs but Joe gets him for the powerslam! Cover but Styles breaks it! Styles hobbles over to Joe in the corner and brings him up. Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz but Joe tanks it to fire palm strikes. Joe spins, misses, and gets Styles’ PELE! Cover, but Mysterio breaks it! All three men are down but Mysterio and Styles go after each other. Mysterio CHOPS then kicks Styles, then whips. Styles reverses but Mysterio kicks him back. Mysterio runs and wheelbarrows for a bulldog! Mysterio sees Joe coming and trips him into the ropes! Fans fire up as Mysterio dials it up, but Joe bails out. So Mysterio springboards and corkscrews to take Joe down! Mysterio hurries up to a corner, climbs, but Styles stop shim.

Styles climbs up from the outside but Mysterio fights him off. Mysterio wants a superplex but Styles denies him. Joe hurries up and in, and gets both men for a SUPER DOUBLE BACK DROP! All three men are down but Des Moines are fired up! “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Joe crawls to cover Mysteiro, TWO. Joe crawls to cover Styles, TWO! He tries Styles again, TWO! Joe grows frustrated while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mysterio fights against Styles. Mysterio runs but Styles clobbers him! Joe clobbers Styles! Cover on Styles, TWO!! Joe drags Mysterio up and puts him on the top rope. Mysterio fights Joe off and hits the seated senton! Mysterio tilt-o-whirls for a Crucifix Driver! But Styles breaks the cover immediately! Styles drags Mysterio up and whips him, but Mysterio goes up and over to headscissor Styles out! Joe attacks Mysterio and scoops, but Mysterio spins around for a tornado DDT! All three men are down but Mysterio is up first. He clubs Joe on the ropes then dials it up! 619 misses, into the Coquina Clutch! PHENOMENAL- COQUINA! Joe has Styles now but Styles uses buckles to make a cover, TWO! Joe swings but gets another PELE!

Styles brings Mysterio up but Mysterio pops through to headscissor Styles on ropes! DIAL IT UP on JOE! Then springboard but Styles BOMBS Mysterio, onto Joe! Then Styles Clash on Mysterio onto Joe! Cover on Joe, Styles wins!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; advances to the main event

The main event is already Phenomenal as Styles advances! Who will meet him from the other Triple Threat later tonight?

 

Naomi VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!

Iowa loves to #BurnItDown with Rollins, but will they #FeelTheGlow as Naomi goes against one half of the IIconics?

Raw returns as the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions make their entrance. They say that what Naomi did last week can be summed up in a few words: “Thank you, next.” That song from that singer obsessed with them. Who is it? Trenta? Venti? Grande! Ariana, that is. This is why they’re the champions. Billie has Peyton’s back and Peyton has Billie’s. But who has Naomi’s? Bayley’s on SmackDown! Bayley said no to the glow! The IIconics laugh at their own joke, but they tell Naomi she’s living in the past if she thinks she can beat the future! And the future is… IICONIC! Strike the pose. The IIconics may say that now, but will Naomi show them what she can do solo?

The bell rings and Billie boots Naomi right down! She also throws Naomi around then covers, ONE! Billie keeps on Naomi with a grounded abdominal stretch. Billie claws Naomi’s face but the referee reprimands her. Naomi endures and fights her way up, only to get a knee. Naomi roundhouses back then lariats Billie down! She adds an elbow and a running jawbreaker, then a SLAP! Billie is furious but runs into Naomi’s headlock. Peyton gets up on the apron, Naomi gets both IIconics with the bulldog! Slingshot sunset flip, Naomi wins!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

The champions are furious! Naomi gets a win on one, but they point out this won’t change who the champs are. Will Naomi find yet another partner to help her challenge Billie & Peyton in the future?

 

WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: The Miz VS Drew McIntyre VS Baron Corbin!

The reformed A-Lister takes on a tall task in facing the Scottish Terminator and the Lone Wolf. Will we see Awesome VS Phenomenal? Or will see one man rebound from losing to The Shield on Easter Sunday?

Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance. Corbin already made his entrance over the commercial break, but we can assume he’s not Des Moines’ Favorite Son. The bell rings and Miz sees he’s between two towering opponents. Miz throws hands on McIntyre but Corbin whips. Miz boots back then rolls Corbin up, but McIntyre pries him off. McIntyre scoops but Miz roll shim up, TWO! Miz bails out, and wags his fingers “Not so fast.” McIntyre and Corbin work together and flank Miz. He gets back in the ring and then wrecks McIntyre with a dropkick! But Corbin wrecks Miz with an uppercut! Corbin and McIntyre stomp away, then mock the fans who boo. McIntyre drags Miz up and in, then stalks him. He brings Miz up for a CHOP and Corbin likes the sound of that. Corbin drags Miz up but Miz fires hands!

McIntyre clubs Miz and Corbin adds on. They work together to mug Miz with a running body shot. Corbin drags Miz up for McIntyre, but then he sucker punches McIntyre! Corbin goes back to Miz, the alliance over, and throws him out. He pursues after Miz and rams him into barriers! Corbin whips Miz but Miz reverses to send him into barriers! But then McIntyre clobbers Miz from behind! McIntyre puts Miz in and deadlift suplexes Miz up and over! Cover, TWO! Corbin returns but stops when McIntyre glares at him. Corbin tries to explain that whole sucker punch, but gets a boot! McIntyre drags Miz up and CHOPS Miz back down. Then he clubs him down, then tosses him to a corner. Miz hits back but Corbin returns. Miz sends him out but Corbin slides back in, to clothesline McIntyre! Roll up, TWO!

Corbin runs into a corner at Miz but gets post instead! Miz has the fans behind him as he looks at both opponents. Miz blocks and counter punches Corbin again and again! He fires off It Kicks in the corner! Then he gives McIntyre double knees! And then Corbin! A-List Lariat on McIntyre! Miz springboards for ax handles on both men! Fans fire up as Miz sees both men on their knees. MIz gives them both It Kicks! Miz swings the buzzsaw at McIntyre, but McIntyre ducks to let it hit Corbin! And then McIntyre gives Miz the Glasgow Kiss! But it rocks McIntyre, too, so he staggers back. McIntyre drags Miz up for a fireman’s carry and then puts him on the top rope. He CHOPS Miz then climbs up to join him.

Miz hits back but McIntyre clubs away. The brawl is fast and furious and McIntyre backs off! Miz adjusts, but Corbin is sent right into him! McIntyre climbs over Corbin to get to Miz again. McIntyre CHOPS Miz again, then fireman’s carry, but Corbin adds on! SUPER CELTIC CROSS POWERBOMB!! But no one can cover, and we go to break!

Raw returns and Corbin throws hands with McIntyre on the outside. Miz is in the ring but he’s climbing up top! The brawl is back and forth, fast and furious, but Miz LEAPS onto them both! Miz wipes them out but has to get one in the ring. He drags Corbin up to throw him into the timekeeper! Then he puts McIntyre int he ring only to run into an elbow. McIntyre gets through the boot to give Miz another elbow, then the Inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO! Styles watches backstage as Miz survives. McIntyre fires himself up while he dares Miz to stand. Miz does stand, but he gets clear of the Claymore to get a Figure Four! McIntyre endures the hold, and then shoves the ref to poke Miz’s eyes! Miz lets go and McIntyre hobbles only to be sent out.

Miz works on getting vision back while Corbin stalks McIntyre. Corbin ditches McIntyre to go after Miz, DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is furious with the referee but a two is two! He goes back out to hit Miz but runs into steel steps! Miz slides under McIntyre and rolls him up, TWO! BIG Spinebuster from McIntyre! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Miz still lives and McIntyre is even more furious. Fans chant for The Miz even as McIntyre looms over him. McIntyre drags Miz up for underhooks, but Miz slips out to kick low and DDT! Cover, TWO! Corbin returns and reels Miz in, END Of- No! Another low DDT! Cover, TWO!! Miz knows how close he was but he’s still so far!

All three men crawl, and McIntyre gets to a corner. Miz stalks Corbin but Corbin denies the Finale. Corbin runs but is clothesline’d out! Miz and McIntyre run, CLAYMORE!! but Corbin shoves McIntyre out, covers, and wins!!

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall; advances to the main event

The Lone Wolf grins as he takes advantage of McIntyre’s work! It will be Styles VS Corbin in the #1 Contender’s Match, but who moves on to face The Architect?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

He was watching that match, so how does he feel about facing Corbin in the main event? Corbin’s big, but it’s about the size of the fight in the dog. Styles is a Georgia bulldog with a lot more fight in him than the Lone Wolf, the “former” United States Champion. Yes, Corbin won that, won Money in the Bank and beat Kurt Angle. But Styles is a former United States Champion, a former WWE World Champion, and the longest champion on SmackDown in history! Styles beat up John Cena! But this isn’t about accolades, this is about picking a fight with a big bully, and winning. Hopefully Rollins watches later tonight, because he’ll hear, “and the winner of this match, The Phenomenal AJ Styles!”

 

Sami Zayn is here!

The zany Underdog from the Underground makes his way to the ring to speak, after the break.

Raw returns and Sami says he’s doing something no other superstar has had the courage to do: tell the WWE Universe the truth about themselves. No one wants to hear stuff like that, so the fans just used denial and deflection, and create a false narrative about Sami. Somehow Sami is “bitter”? Sami squashes that by saying he’s the exact opposite. Sami is jubilant and happy! In fact, those ten months away from the fans was the happiest time of his life! If fans don’t believe him, Sami will show us how beautiful life is. Sami hiked in Switzerland, reconnected with nature, and wept at the beauty all around him. Then Sami relaxed on a beach in Mexico! He’s snuggled up in a hammock!

Sami then went to Scotland to see the castles. “Look at that face!” Sami’s all smiles! Has anyone ever seen such unbridled joy? Sami lived the good life. But his return approached, he suddenly felt depressed and anxious. A dark cloud was over his head, but why? What was it about the WWE that made him sick? The corporate structure? Or perhaps the other superstars who are “total egomaniacs” and delusional? No, that wasn’t it. Sami dug deep, deep down, and he found the root of the problem: THE FANS! The fans perpetuate and impose a toxic environment on the superstars! Fans boo and Sami criticizes them for that. Y’know why that feels good? Because it’s easier to pass blame than to hold yourselves accountable! But fine, it doesn’t matter, Sami makes the fans responsible. Sami holds the fans accountable!

Fans think they get away with this because of the mob mentality, but it won’t keep them safe from Sami! Sami would much rather be back in Norway, Iceland or Sweden or Switzerland or Mexico. Anywhere but depressing Des Moines! Fans definitely boo that. But if fans have a problem with that, take a page out of his book. Take a trip. “Doesn’t that sound nice?!” They can all go… TO HELL! Sami laughs and spins around his way out of the ring. Will Sami’s mission against the fans get him anywhere?

But Cedric Alexander makes his entrance! The Superstar Shake-Up moved him to Raw full-time, now it’s time to see if the Age of Alexander can be reborn!

Cedric Alexander VS Cesaro!

Raw gives a highlight reel of the Soul of 205 Live and his incredible run through the Cruiserweight Division. But now 205 Live’s Soul goes against the Swiss Cyborg, a last-minute Shake-Up from SmackDown! Will Cesaro end the Age of Alexander’s newest chapter before it even begins?

Raw returns as Cesaro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Cesaro circles with Alexander. They tie up and Cesaro powers Alexander to the corner hard! Cesaro dares Alexander to get up, and Alexander ties up with him. Cesaro gets the arm and wrenches, but Alexander rolls and handsprings to reverse. Alexander headlocks and goes for a takeover but Cesaro powers out! Alexander lands on his feet but gets rocked with a right! Cesaro throws a BIG European Uppercut, then a chop. Cesaro CHOPS again, then stomps Alexander. He whips corner to corner but Alexander goes up and over to handspring headscissor and dropkick Cesaro out! Alexander builds speed as fans fire up, but Cearo gets in. Aelxander slides under and tries to scoop, but Cesaro gets out to scoop slam Alexander! Cesaro drops an elbow, covers, TWO!

Cesaro keeps on Alexander with a chinlock, then shifts to a cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Alexander endures. Alexander fights up and fights out but Cesaro shoves him. Cesaro runs into a boot, but catches Alexander for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Alexander clutches his back but he survives. Cesaro sits Aleander up for a running forearm! Cesaro keeps on Alexander with another chinlock. Alexander fights as fans rally again. Alexander gets up and fights with body shots. He throws forearms then runs, but Cesaro BOOTS him down! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his cool as he stomps Alexander’s arm. Cesaro gut wrenches Alexander for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Alexander gasps for air while clutching his back, but Cesaro looms over him.

Cesaro stomps Alexander’s hand then reels him into another chinlock. Cesaro puts his weight on Alexander but Alexander keeps getting up. Alexander fights but Cesaro whips, only for Alexander to sunset flip. Cesaro stays up, then drags Alexander up for a lift. Alexander sunset flips again, TWO! Alexander CHOPS and punches Cesaro, then throws forearms. Cesaro shoves but Alexander blocks the boot to elbow! Alexander dropkicks the legs out then dropkicks Cesaro in the head! Fans fire up with Alexander as he knips up! Alexander runs in but is put on the apron. He boots Cesaro away then springboards in, but Cesaro overpowers the complete shot! Cesaro suplexes but Alexander slips out, and scoops to a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO!

Alexander brings Cesaro up but Cesaro EuroUppers, only for Alexander to backslide. Cesaro powers out, but Alexander dodges to handspring, NEURALIZER! Cesaro tumbles out and Alexander builds speed again, to FLY! Direct hit wipes Cesaro out! Alexander puts him back in the ring then aims from the corner. Springboard, EUROUPPER! Cover, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

The Swiss Cyborg was just too much for Alexander’s first Raw opponent! Will Cesaro head for a title match of his own in the near future? What will it take for the Soul of 205 Live to revive himself now that he’s in the big leagues?

 

Backstage interview with The Usos!

Jimmy & Jey are ready to be on Raw. SmackDown was #LockDown, now Raw gonna be Uso Lit! Who is here? Lucha House Party! Party over! The Viking Raiders! Who? Those bearded brothers from Braveheart. FREEDOM~! The Major Brothers, Hawkins & Ryder. Those guys like toys, but here come the #TopGuys. The Revival see the Usos. Good hands in the tag team division, perhaps SmackDown’s greatest. But this is Raw, this is their territory. So the Usos aren’t locking down- Hey, wake up! Oh, sorry, they had a crazy dream about two guys talking about beating the Usos? Usos bring the Penitentiary with them, will Dash & Dawson be the first two put away?

 

The Viking Raiders VS Lucha House Party!

Erik & Ivar gave the WWE Universe quite the experience, but now Rowe & Hanson- Er, Erik & Ivar prepare for war! Will the fiesta survive the raid?

Raw returns as the LHP make their entrance. But the Vikings attack! They wreck Kalisto then dump down Gran Metalik. They attack Lince Dorado with big knees! Metalik returns bot Erik catches him. Ivar brings Kalisto over for Erik to have on his shoulders, for a powerbomb-powerslam combo! This isn’t even a match but the Vikings keep going. They grab Lince, and feed him to Thor’s Hammer! The Vikings leave the luchadors down and out, who else will suffer a brutal Viking Experience?

No Contest

 

Backstage interview with Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder.

The Raw Tag Team Champions just saw what happened to Lucha House Party, are they concerned? Hawkins isn’t sure what to say. We all saw the same thing! Those guys went berserk! They’re big, strong, agile but Ryder says they’re still new. The Major Brothers have been here for over a decade and are still here. They earned these titles, so they’re not letting these “smelly, horny, woolly mammoths” just take them away. But will they really have a say in it when the Viking Raiders come for gold?

 

Becky Lynch VS Alicia Fox!

The Man is the Champ-Champ, and she’s going strong towards her match with The Sassy Southern Belle at Money in the Bank. Will she stay strong against Ms. Crazy Like a Fox?

Raw returns and Becky Two Belts hears the fans chant for her. She then speaks, “There’s something in the air tonight in Iowa.” Becky sensed it backstage and in the locker room. It’s the Superstar Shake-Up. That time of the year where new challengers emerge. Becky didn’t have to wait long, she saw Lacey Evans win that shot. “The woman who likes to sucker punch The Man.” Becky doesn’t mind a good sucker punch, because she’s thrown her own here and there. It’s not the punching, it’s the woman behind them. Becky has made a career of slapping bleached blondes currying favors. Lacey is just the new take on an old approach. While Lacey is “furthering her career”, Becky will cement hers with a fight! But before Alicia can appear, Lacey does!

Lacey struts down the ramp and says Becky always wanting to fight, she can’t understand it. How can Becky let her emotions get the better of her? Is it because she’s Irish? Or like a man, she wants to be the center of attention? Lacey will educate Becky. Lesson 1: a lady is in complete control of her emotions. Lesson 2: a lady is not a show-off. And lesson 3, the most important of all: a man respects a lady. Lacey will teacher Becky that with her Woman’s Right, and then she’ll take both belts to put around her waist. Becky wants Lacey to back up. After everything Becky’s been through, she was just trying to enjoy herself. But “you absolute plank” is on her last nerve. Lacey talks about Irish emotions, those emotions wanna slap Lacey’s head off her shoulders!

Lacey may be new around here, but do not confuse happiness for content. Becky will go to MITB and dismantle Lacey because she can. And then The Man will collect on her debts. But now, Alicia does make her entrance, and we can begin this match!

The bell rings and Des Moines cheers Becky on again. Becky and Alicia circle and tie up, and Becky gets a headlock. She throws Alicia with a takedown but Alicia gets up. Alicia fights out and puts a headlock of her own. Becky powers out but Alicia runs her over with a shoulder. Cover, but Becky slips out and has a little fun. Things speed up and Becky deflects the dropkick to back kick Alicia to the corner. Alicia gets out but Becky wants at her. Becky dares Alicia to get in and fans rally up. Alicia draws near and Becky wrecks her with a baseball slide! Becky bumps Alicia on the apron then throws forearms. Becky brings Alicia around to bump off more apron, but then Alicia rams Becky into barriers!

The ring count hits 8! Alicia drags Becky up and in at 9, then slithers to a cover. TWO, but Becky is in trouble while we go to break.

Raw returns and Becky has Alicia in a corner. She brings Alicia out to whip but Alicia kicks back. Alicia boots Becky down then covers, TWO! Alicia tries again, ONE! She keeps Becky down in a chinlock, but fans rally up. Becky feeds off the energy and gets up to fight out. She throws EuroUppers but Alicia shoves to tilt-o-whirl. Becky headscissors through but Alicia denies the Disarm-Her. Alicia throws Becky to the apron then catches her breath. Becky crawls around the way but Alicia finds her. Alicia brings Becky up but Becky throws Alicia into barriers! Becky puts Alicia in but Alicia hits her back. Becky elbows from the corner then hops up for flying forearms. Fans fire up as Becky throws Alicia with a Becksploder! And then another!

But Becky’s far from done with Alicia as she runs in. Alicia rolls her up, TWO! Becky gets the Disarm-her! Alicia taps, but Lacey appears to throw her Woman’s Right!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission

The Sassy Southern sucker punch gets the better of Becky again! Lacey brushes herself off and puts her hat back on, to hit Becky with another Woman’s Right! Will Lacey be adding a belt to her ensemble after Money in the Bank?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

The Lone Wolf warms up for Styles. He’s already defied expectations, but if he does it again, he’ll not only earn a title shot, but he’ll have a chance to settle things with the man who was a thorn in his side during his GM days. Where is Charly getting these interview techniques? The same school that Kim Kardashian got her law degree? And who’s expectations did he defy? Those “grease balls” sitting at home in their basements on the computer? Those people didn’t think he’d beat Kurt Angle, either. The only thing better than proving “those idiots” wrong is getting revenge on Rollins. So he’s looking past Styles? No, he’s looking straight through him! But will Corbin even get through Styles to go to Money in the Bank?

 

Ricochet VS Robert Roode!

The One and Only is now on his own after more of the Superstar Shake-Up moves happened. Will he be able to overcome the slightly renamed GLORIOUS One after the break?

Raw returns as Roode makes his GLORIOUS entrance. And Bobby is now Robert, complete with a mostly shaven look. Roode explained in a WWE.com exclusive interview that with this Shake-Up, he’s been able to drop 150 pounds of dead weight named Chad Gable. But Ricochet is just as young, talented and also lacking that something special. That same something special is what Roode has to be GLORIOUS, but will his new name and new look really help give him a fresh start?

The bell rings and Roode circles with Ricochet. Roode and Ricochet tie up and Roode powers Ricochet to the corner. Ricochet turns it around but backs off at the ref’s count. Roode kicks low then throws hands on Ricochet in a corner. Ricochet punches back and backs Roode down. Roode headlocks but Ricochet powers out. Things speed up and Roode gets the headlock back. Ricochet endures then fights his way out. Roode knees low then stalks Ricochet. He CHOPS Ricochet to ropes then whips. Ricochet rolls off Roode’s back then rolls under to handspring headscissor and dropkick Roode down! Roode wants a timeout at the ropes but Ricochet dares him to come back. Ricochet walks over but is sent to the apron. He shoulders back in then dumps Roode out!

Fans fire up as Ricochet builds speed to fake Roode out! Roode swipes but misses, and gets the moonsault! The King of Flight is fired up while we go to break!

Raw returns and Roode has Ricochet in a chinlock. Ricochet fights his way up but Roode wrangles him back down. Roode grinds Ricochet down but fans rally up. Ricochet endures as Roode squeezes tighter. Ricochet feeds off the energy and fights out of the hold. He runs but into Roode’s knee! Roode drags Ricochet up to whip and knee again. He kicks away then suplexes Ricochet up and over! Cover, TWO! Roode grows frustrated but he keeps on Ricochet. He drags Ricochet into a half camel clutch but he also fish hooks Ricochet’s face. He lets go at 4 but then goes back to the camel clutch. Roode sits deep on it but fans rally. Ricochet powers his way up but Roode knocks him back down. Roode drags Ricochet up to whip him to a corner. Ricochet boots Roode away, then somersault shotgun dropkicks!

Both men are down but Ricochet slowly stands. Roode slowly follows and they start throwing hands. Ricochet dodges and runs to rally with forearms! Ricochet headscissors Roode to a corner, then goes corner to corner for a shoulder tackle. He slips out to the apron and bumps Roode on buckles, then kicks the buckle to snap Roode back. Ricochet aims and springboards for a leaping lariat! Standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!! Roode survives but Ricochet keeps his cool. Ricochet drags Roode up and to a fireman’s carry but Roode fights out. Roode waistlocks but Ricochet fights out. Ricochet grabs at Roode but Roode elbows back. Roode runs but Ricochet rolls him, TWO! Ricochet leaps into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!

Roode grows frustrated but he has one more move to try. He winds it up… GLORIOUS! Ricochet stands but denies the DDT to reel Roode in, TKO knee! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet drags Roode to a drop zone and climbs up top! He goes for the 450 but has to land on his feet as Roode dodges. Roode rams Ricochet into buckles! GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, Roode wins!!

Winner: Robert Roode, by pinfall

The GLORIOUS Reinvention is successful! Roode revitalizes himself with the name change, but will this lead him to putting that new name on a title belt? Can Ricochet rebound and get on track as a singles competitor in his own right?

 

Welcome to Firefly Fun House~!

Who is that in the red sweater? Iiiiiit’s BRAY~! Brat Wyatt has missed us. But he knew we’d all be back together some day. He saw it in his dreams. Bray Wyatt promises we’ll all have fun. All the fireflies will feel safe here. And he can’t wait to show us what he’s learned. Tada~! Here are his very special friends! Mercy the Buzzard! Pammy the Witch! “You are going to love them.” Now, Bray admits he used to be a very bad man. Boo~! Yes, he deserves that. But Bray has been punished for that, so that part of him is dead.

However, he has a reminder so that he won’t ever go back to being that “pathetic slob loser.” Bray shows a cardboard cut-out of himself, and CUTS IT UP! YAY~! The fun is just getting started. So remember, fireflies: Bray will light the way, all you ahve to do is let him in. See you next week!

Wat?

 

WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Match: AJ Styles VS Baron Corbin!

The Phenomenal One and the Lone Wolf made it through four other incredible superstars to make it to this match. But now, who will show they’ve still got more in the tank to punch their ticket to Money in the Bank?

Raw returns as Corbin makes his entrance. And this time, we do have to hear Mike Rome list Corbin’s accolades. But again, the former Raw General Manager, Golden Gloves boxing champion, United States Champion and Mr. Money in the Bank is NOT Des Moines’ Favorite Son. Corbin accepts that, and the bell rings so we can begin this major main event!

Corbin circles with Styles but obviously the fans are on Styles’ side. Styles and Corbin approach and Corbin talks trash. Styles gets Corbin with a right hand! Corbin comes back but gets CHOPS. Styles shows Corbin he’s just fine and then kicks away on Corbin’s leg. Corbin rocks Styles back with a right, then drags Styles up. Styles slips out and dropkicks Corbin away. Styles throws more hands against the ropes but backs off at the ref’s count. Corbin gets back up to knee Styles low. Corbin throws Styles out but Styles is on the apron. Styles shoulders in then slingshots but into a big right! Styles goes down and Corbin stomps away. Corbin whips Styles corner to corner hard and Styles goes down again. Corbin looms over Styles but fans still rally up. He stands Styles up to punch him back down.

Corbin sits Styles up to punch him back down again and again. He drags Styles up but Styles throws hands back! Styles runs and clotheslines Corbin out! Styles slingshots but lands on the apron when Corbin gets clear. Corbin trips Styles and Styles falls on the apron hard! Corbin whips Styles into the timekeeper area, but Styles roundhouses back! Fans fire up as Styles uses the barriers. But Corbin catches him to drop him on the barriers! The Lone Wolf has the advantage while we go to one more break!

Raw returns again and Corbin has Styles down in a half nelson. Corbin leans on Styles but Styles fights his way up. Styles fights out as fans rally, but Corbin throws another right. Corbin lifts and tosses Styles with a spin! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but he still stalks Styles to a corner. He drags Styles up and puts him on the top rope. Corbin climbs but Styles fights back. Corbin rocks Styles again, then wants a superplex, but Styles slips out to trip Corbin up! Styles gets up and throws kicks into Corbin’s leg. Fans rally as Styles kicks Corbin off his feet. Styles wants the leg but Corbin shoves him away. Styles comes back with a sliding forearm! He clotheslines Corbin in the corner then goes for a fireman’s carry. But Corbin slips out, only for Styles to give him the Phenomenal Blitz!

Corbin grabs Styles and glares at him, for the choke slam. Styles wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Corbin swings but Styles dodges to climb around for a sunset flip. But into the Clash! But Corbin is too tall and he kicks Styles away. Both men are down but crawling. Corbin stands in a corner but Styles dodges. Corbin slides out then in but gets the PELE! Styles keeps moving, but gets a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Styles still lives and Corbin can’t believe it. Corbin crawls to ropes while Styles goes the other way. Corbin runs at Styles in the corner for a big clothesline! And then another! Corbin reels Styles in but Styles rolls him for the CALF CRUSHER! Styles pulls back hard but Corbin slams Styles’ head on the mat! Corbin is free but the damage is done.

Corbin crawls to a corner and drags himself back up. Styles runs in but Corbin boots him. Corbin puts Styles on the ropes then hops up, and leaps! Styles dodges and Corbin hotshots himself! Styles takes aim and springboards, Phenomenal Forearm! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; NEW #1 contender to the WWE Universal Championship

The Phenomenal One is victorious after a night of incredible action! Now he heads to Money in the Bank to take on The Architect! And speaking of, Seth Rollins comes out to meet his challenger! Rollins offers a handshake, and Styles accepts it! These two respect each other, but will that change with a month left to go?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A rather crazy Raw tonight, what with more changes after the backlash of Superstar Shake-Up. The most obvious is that the infamous Viking Experience name change was changed again. Viking Raiders is a better compromise to keep “War” out of the team name, but I wish they’d also just let Erik & Ivar be Rowe & Hanson. But then this compromise was ruined by Vince sneaking his choice in anyway, and now every match where they use Thor’s Hammer, the pop-up powerslam, will have commentary shouting “Viking Experience!” If only Vince felt the wrath of Thor’s Hammer… The next most obvious was Robert Roode’s new name and the change to his facial hair. I was surprised to see him win, but I suppose if he’s in a rivalry with Ricochet now, they’d need to go back-and-forth at least this much.

Cesaro VS Cedric was great, and I suppose it works that Cesaro wins. Alexander’s promotion to Raw works better if he has some trouble with the transition, and it’ll make his first win on Raw that much more exciting. Bray Wyatt turning all those creepy promos into this children’s show is a hilarious next step in this new story. His new self is great with this underlying just-barely-holding-on-to-sanity characteristic. I wouldn’t mind seeing some more interactions with Mercy and Pammy for a few weeks, maybe a couple months, to really explore how this is going. Maybe it becomes part talk show with an occasional guest.

I felt like The IIconics pointing out Naomi was all alone was going to prompt her new friend to appear to keep the IIconics from screwing her out of the match. But surprisingly, Naomi won clean. I still feel like Naomi will end up teaming with someone, perhaps Tamina. With Nia Jax out with injury and given the history and real-life bond between them, Tamina going to Naomi or vice-versa makes sense to me. Lacey Evans more than likely misspoke about having both belts after one match with Becky, she’s only the Raw Women’s Championship #1 contender. But either way, she had a pretty good showing without a match, as she gives a good promo and then a great sucker punch attack just as Becky’s match ended. Lacey’s push may be fast but I’m sure she’ll deliver in the match.

But the big thing was that Raw rightfully upped the ante for that Universal Championship now that it’s finally on TV. Both triple threats were incredible, worthy of a title in their own right. They both ended about how they should, and it made sense for Corbin to be opportunistic in that moment at the end. Samoa Joe and Mysterio can either have a proper US Championship match or be in the MITB ladder match, and MITB can also include Miz and/or McIntyre if they see fit. Styles VS Corbin was pretty good for under 15 minutes, and honestly I was surprised Corbin didn’t find a sneaky way to win. But Styles winning is great, we’ll get a dream match already with MITB PPV. I would think Rollins retains, but at least with Styles, it’d be believable if he’d take it so soon.

My Score: 8.1/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.31~ 21ST APRIL 2019

With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!

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With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH’s first show back on the mainland was held on a midweek night, and while the attendance was not good (819), the show was intense and the fans that did not go were lamenting that they were prevented from going due to it being a midweek night, and therefore, a work night.

Due to Quiet Storm sustaining a concussion after receiving a kick to the head from Kenoh in Sapporo, NOAH have changed their cards (no date has been given for a return of either himself or Kimya Okada yet), and 50 Funky Powers have so far been deducted four points, as per the rules of Global Tag League which counts a team being unable to compete as an automatic loss and a win for the other team (hence the reason why The Tough have two points), and Rocky Kawamura was drafted in to compete at Korakuen Hall. His gimmick is Rocky (the character from the films), and Mohammed

Yone took his name from Mohammed Ali, so you had two boxing fans together.

Yone laughed afterwards and said that he himself might try coming to the ring in boxing gloves.

True to his word, NOSAWA Rongai bought a “friend” to Korakuen Hall.

The “friend” turned out to be Hideki Suzuki who had a match in 2018 in NOAH against Naomichi Marufuji and Atsushi Kotoge (he teamed with Jay Bradley), but wasn’t seen at all again until 2019.

Suzuki got in the ring and asked for a tag match against Marufuji (Suzuki will team with NOSAWA), as he was at ringside (and all of the heavyweights are tied up in Global Tag League), Marufuji, after telling Suzuki that he should build his own gang, said “lets just have a match” and nominated Junta Miyawaki to be his partner. Miyawaki told NOSAWA that he was going to get the victory over him.

Match has been set for the last night of Global Tag League on May 4th.

When asked why he was here, Hideki said he was “job hunting” and hadn’t been employed since the beginning of the year. He later admitted that he was here for himself.

As if the Korakuen Hall crowd weren’t wound up enough, there was a HUGE upset for AXIZ when Masao Inoue (whom the crowd had been cheering on), got the sneak win over Katsuhiko Nakajima.

After the match, Inoue and Saito went to imitate AXIZ’S pose, but at the last moment Saito walked away leaving Inoue to crash to the floor.

The crowd laughed.

Saito laughed louder.

Nakajima, however, didn’t find anything amusing and said that Masao Inoue has borrowed something big, and he will be coming to take it back.

Whatever it is that is going on between Stinger and Daisuke Harada took another turn at Korakuen Hall.

Yoshinari Ogawa offered his hand to Daisuke Harada again, and Harada went to take it, but Tadasuke objected. Harada shoved him aside, and Tadasuke fell against the ropes with a look of surprise. Ogawa tried again, but this time YO-HEY came between them. After that, Harada looked at his hand and just left the ring.

AXIZ were not the only team to have a bad night at Korakuen Hall, their rivals in KAIOH did too.

Takashi Sugiura (complete with stitches after the headbutts from Atsushi Kotoge in Sapporo) stood still and staring at his two former protegees as they entered the ring.

They probably knew that it was a very very bad sign. This match was not about “The Sugiura Army” beating KAIOH, this was about Takashi Sugiura beating down two upstarts, and although they put him through hell, he prevailed with the headlock choke on Kaito Kiyomiya. After the match he got on the microphone and told Kiyomiya that he wouldn’t push the issue now as it was Global Tag League, but he wanted Kiyomiya to remember, that he would be coming for the title.

NOAH held their next event on Sunday 21st April at a new venue (which had been a former fish market) in springtime Niigata. Attendance was a full house of 865.

Naturally, being an event by the Shinano River, a fight went outside and to the riverside, and Marufuji almost threw YO-HEY in. Tadasuke thought it would have been funny, but YO-HEY said that the next time NOAH come to the venue, he is going to bring goggles and a flotation device for Marufuji.

Marufuji’s response was basically, “bring them for yourself”.

Fact is, that if NOAH go back there in the summer or autumn, someone will most likely go in (probably Kotoge in his cape).

Daisuke Harada made the first defense ever of the IPW Junior Heavyweight title against Hitoshi Kumano. While I don’t have too much details on the match itself, one fan did liken it to a fight that one of the Four Pillars would have put on. It was that intense.

Harada said that he wants his next challenger to be British, and said it would be interesting to see if anyone came over to NOAH. He also said that with Global Junior Tag League starting, he was equally interested to see if a team would enter.

When asked about the handshake with Ogawa, Harada walked away.

Yoshinari Ogawa had said that you could see how the situation was developing, as Kotaro Suzuki added, “If the leader’s heart is swayed, then the team is over”

Kaioh were almost beaten in Global Tag League by The Inferno. That was until Kiyomiya changed the tide of the match, and got the pin via the Tiger Suplex on Maybach Taniguchi.

So far Kenoh has not managed to get a single win at Global Tag League. Once the league is over, and especially if Kaioh do not win the titles, then his resentment is going to erupt.

As of the time of writing, The Sugiura Army lead the scoreboard with eight points.


EVENT RECAPS
April 17th – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
April 21st – Mandaijima Multipurpose, Niigata

Post match promos – April 13th, Mars Gym, Sapporo
Post match promos – April 14th, Mars Gym, Sapporo
Post match promos – April 17th, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

NEWS
Fortune Dream6 & “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2”
On the 17th April at Korakuen Hall, Kenta Kobashi announced that Fortune Dream6 would return on June 10th. NOAH participation was announced as Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura vs Yuji Okabayashi & Kazusada Higuchi. Addtionally, Masa Kitamiya will team with Yuya Aoki against  Shoki Kitamura & Towa Iwasaki.

Yoshihiro Takayama has announced via his official blog, that “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2” will be held on Monday, August 26 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Card to be announced.

Although Takayama cannot be at the show (although he wants to find a way to be there), there is good news on the horizon as he says that his condition is improving gradually and he can now feel the soles of his feet.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS


TOUR TIDBITS
~ Although he cannot wrestle due to concussion, Kinya Okada has been seen at ringside doing his usual duties. Poor boy looks sad, like he did when he was unable to debut due to injury.
~ Minoru Tanaka was hungover at the Niigata event. Said he hoped it would help his hangover. It didn’t.
~ Each time Atsushi Kotoge went to do the “Revolutionary Hero” pose, Marufuji smacked his arm down (Yoshiki Inamura in Niigata was a little more game)
~ Takashi Sugiura said there are to be no further entries into the “Sugiura Army”, he also doesn’t like NOSAWA being put at the center of the group in the official photographs for the new “Sugiura Army” t-shirts.
~ I don’t want to know exactly what a “YO-HEY Teriyaki McBurger” is
~ Takashi Sugiura’s most infamous dog video this week was him on his lap, and chewing the cord of his tracksuit pants.


BROADCASTS
The 4th May Global Tag League finals will be broadcast at 10pm JST on Samurai TV
The 28th May show will be broadcast live at 6.30pm JST on G+ (its the first night of Global Tag League)


LINKS
King Shame, Takashi Sugiura on becoming the core of the new born Noah

PICTURE CREDITS: NOAH GHC, PKDX, Daisuke Harada


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