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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 NXT UK Results & Report! (1/23/19)

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NXT UK Coverage

NXT UK rolls on with just one hour a week now, but still with plenty of action! Will the Bruiserweight have something to say about WALTER showing up?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nina Samuels VS Lana Austin; Samuels wins.
  • Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed; Dennis wins.
  • Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks; Double Count-Out.

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NXT UK took over Blackpool!

But the Irish Ace wasn’t going to let the Kiwi Buzzsaw have his time to shine. An attack in the lobby and a brawl before their match allowed Jordan Devlin to sideline Travis Banks for the night. Banks has worked too hard for too long, so he and Devlin will finally settle this tonight on NXT UK TV! Will Devlin learn that a buzzsaw does trump the Ace? Or will the odds be against Banks given his bad leg?

 

Pete Dunne heads to the ring!

The Bruiserweight is still the WWE United Kingdom Champion, and Blackpool is happy to see him again after that great match with the Iron King, Joe Coffey. Dunne is at 610 days and climbing as champion and the fans chant for Dunne as he picks up the mic. “At NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, we made history!” Fans agree with that. Dunne continues to say that “It all started here two years ago”, and since then, everything’s changed. But since May 2017, TakeOver: Chicago, one thing has remained the same: his title reign! However, Gallus appears to respond! Mark Coffey keeps Wolfgang back as Joe Coffey steps up. Fans boo as Joe says TakeOver didn’t change a thing! Fans remind Joe “You Tapped Out!” But Joe says this is still HIS Kingdom! Losing that battle will mean Joe wins the war and that UK Championship to make it Gallus.

Joe wants Dunne to look at the title, make sure he remembers what it looks like. Then look at Joe. Enjoy the title while you have it, because we all know who will have it after this war. And if anyone has a problem with that, then get behind Joe in line. The lights go down, and WALTER returns! The Ring General made a shocking debut at TakeOver, but he’s back in Blackpool to join Dunne and Joe in the ring. Fans sing and cheer for Walter while Gallus keeps Joe back. Joe calms down, but it’s Wolfgang and Mark Coffey who rush the ring! Dunne stops Wolfgang with a snap of his fingers, while Walter punches Mark right out! Now Dunne and Walter are alone, and both looking at the WWE UK Championship belt. Fans like this match-up, but what of NXT UK management, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala?

 

Sid Scala makes an announcement.

The Assistant GM announces NXT UK’s participation in Worlds Collide, as well as Phoenix tapings. It is very important that NXT UK wins the tournament, and it will be up tot he roster to show everyone why they are the number one brand. Sid then spots the Grizzled Young Veterans, and congratulates them on being the inaugural tag team champions. Oh now everyone wants to talk to them? When in the weeks leading up to the match, it was all Mustache Mountain. And now it’s a media ambush. Gibson and Drake will give their champions’ address next time, but for now, jog on. Sid accepts this, but what will Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem have to say about being the first-ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions?

 

Nina Samuels VS Lana Austin!

The Rose Pink Devil and the newcomer from Manchester both know there’s a new NXT UK Women’s Champion in Toni Storm. There is a huge opportunity to make it towards a title match, will Nina be upset by the mother of three with a dream? Or will she be a nightmare in pink instead?

The bell rings and fans are on Austin’s side. Nina sneers as she ties up and gets Austin’s wrist. Austin uses ropes to flip through and reverse the wrench. Fans applaud but Nina cartwheels and breaks free to a hip toss. Nina doesn’t take Austin as a threat, but fans rally up. Nina whips but Austin counters with a toss and uppercut! Austin snampares to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Nina gets to a corner but Austin gives her an uppercut! Austin wants a monkey flip but Nina boots her away. Nina is on Austin at the ropes, and dropkicks her against them! Cover, TWO! Nina gets annoyed with the fans who cheer for Austin. She puts Austin in an armlock and chinbar as fans rally up. Nina pops Austin to a cover, TWO!

Nina keeps on that same hold, but fans again rally for Austin. Austin feeds off the energy but Nina snapmares her for a neck snap! Cover, TWO! Nina grows annoyed with Austin and wants that arm again. Austin endures and stands up, and hits back with a Russian leg sweep! Austin gets space but clutches her arm. Both women run but it’s Austin who rallies with lariats! Austin keeps going, big European Uppercut in the corner! She whips, Nina reverses but Austin reverses back for a knee. Roaring elbow! Cover, TWO! Austin doesn’t give up but Nina does shove her bad arm into buckles. Nina fireman’s carry, ushigoroshi! Or as she calls it, the Prima Donna! Cover, Nina wins!

Winner: Nina Samuels, by pinfall

The Rose Pink Devil is a bad bad woman, but is she going to be a threat to Toni Storm’s young reign as champion?

 

Exclusive post-TakeOver interview with Mustache Mountain.

Trent Seven & Tyler Bate fought hard but it wasn’t enough to win those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. They didn’t have everything, and they missed out on history. That was their goal, but they missed the mark. But what makes them different is that when they lose, they just get up and keep fighting. The goal now is to take those titles from Gibson & Drake. They’re down but not out. When and where will the #BigStrongBoys get redemption against the Grizzled Young Veterans?

 

Exclusive post-TakeOver interview of Toni Storm.

She’s the NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion, and she isn’t sure how to describe the feeling. Toni’s the champ, and is the Mae Young Classic winner. She could’ve challenged anyone but she wanted this title because she loves this brand. Toni will do everything in her power to step up the level of the Division. Ever since winning the MYC, there’s been a change for the better in Toni. She fought some of the best women in the world, had her back injury, and now she’s dangerous but better. And now she’s champion. Who will step to her throne in this new phase of NXT UK?

 

Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed!

The Headmaster lost a brutal No Disqualification match against The Bomber, Dave Mastiff, but he won’t let that stop him. He goes against Mr. Screwface, an equally surly superstar. Which man’s bitterness will prove the better tonight?

The bell rings and Dennis immediately hits Ahmed with a forearm! Dennis chops and forearms Ahmed but Ahmed fires back with body shots! Ahmed whips and hip tosses Dennis, but Dennis shoves him away. Ahmed waistlocks, Dennis standing switches, but Ahmed elbows out. Dennis blocks Ahmed’s clothesline to give a clothesline! Fans applaud the viciousness as Dennis kicks Ahmed to a corner. Dennis throws more forearms then wrenches Ahmed to a whip corner to corner. Ahmed hits buckles hard, and Dennis grins as he looms over him. Dennis drags Ahmed up to a cravat as fans rally up. Ahmed endures the wrenching and throws Dennis but Dennis holds on. Dennis laughs as he wrenches, but fans continue to rally up. Ahmed fights and rolls but Dennis stays on the hold.

Fans duel as Ahmed fights back with body shots. Dennis gives a stiff knee, then throws Ahmed right out of the ring! Dennis slips out the side of the ring and runs at Ahmed for another blasting forearm! Fans boo as Dennis declares himself the man of NXT UK. Dennis scoops Ahmed to slam him on the floor! Dennis drags Ahmed up and into the ring, then stalks him from the corner. Ahmed stands as fans rally, and Dennis brings Ahmed in for a powerbomb. Ahmed slips out and throws hands! Dennis gets his dukes up but gets rocked by a right and a roundhouse! Ahmed fires up and climbs up, but Dennis boots him! Dennis climbs up and gives Ahmed a BIG Superplex!

Dennis grits his teeth as he toys with Ahmed. Fans boo but Dennis pretends not to hear them. Dennis drags Ahmed back up, dragon sleeper, to the Next Stop Driver! Cover, Dennis wins!

Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall

Dennis bounces back from his losses to Mastiff, but he still has a ways to go before he’s a championship contender. Who will Dennis teach a lesson in aggression next?

 

Johnny Saint makes an announcement!

The NXT GM says that Mustache Mountain will get their own chance to bounce back, against the European Alliance, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner! Will Trent Seven & Tyler Bate earn a second chance at the tag titles with a win? Or will the German Commander & Italian Tank plow through them to go after the titles themselves?

 

Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks!

Finally, after talking trash and ambush attacks, the Irish Ace will have to put up or shut up against the Kiwi Buzzsaw! Who will prove they have more love for their country and more pride as a pro-wrestler tonight?

Banks doesn’t wait for a bell, he goes right at Devlin! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell as both men throw forearms back and forth. Banks kicks Devlin then clotheslines him right out! Fans fire up with the Buzzsaw as he builds speed. Banks DIVES and hits Devlin to the ramp! Devlin gets up and goes around the ring but Banks DIVES on him again! Banks sees Devlin retreating tot he crowd and pursues. Devlin elbows Banks away but Banks just keeps on him. They fight in the front row with forearms and chops. Banks has Devlin reeling all around the way, then kicks him back to ringside! But Banks adjusts his flight pattern to LEAP from barrier onto Devlin! Banks hammers away on Devlin as fans fire up.

Devlin staggers and flounders but Banks takes aim again. Banks runs in but Devlin sends him at the steps. Banks stops himself, but Devlin chop blocks! Devlin refreshes the ring count so he can go after Banks on the outside. Devlin recreates Blackpool by putting the foot on the steps. But Banks gets his foot free to kick Devlin first! Banks then aims from the apron, to dumdum stomp Devlin on the back! Fans are thunderous for Banks as he stalks Devlin more. Banks puts Devlin in the ring, and Devlin asks for mercy. Fans boo, they know this is a trick. Banks doesn’t fall for it, either, as he gives kicks to Devlin’s chest! Banks kicks and kicks and kicks! Then mule kick! Fans love the ferocity while Banks aims at Devlin. Banks jumps up but Devlin sweeps the legs! Devlin hits Banks with a draping backstabber!

Fans duel as Devlin glares down and stomps Banks. Devlin drags Banks up for a forearm, but Banks sits back up. Devlin drives elbows into Banks’ head and Banks gets to a corner. Fans duel and sing as Devlin chokes Banks on the ropes. Devlin backs off at 4, and fans rally up as Devlin drags Banks up in an arm wrench. Atomic backbreaker off the shoulder, cover, TWO! Devlin drives more elbows in, then embraces the cheers and jeers. Devlin grabs Banks but Banks throws body shots! Banks throws forearms, but runs into the urenage! Standing moonsault, cover, TWO! Devlin keeps calm as he circles Banks. He grabs Banks’ arm for a seated keylock, and he digs an elbow into the ribs. Fans rally up as Banks endures. Banks feeds off the energy and throws more body shots. Devlin throws a knee in then whips Banks hard into buckles!

Devlin toys with Banks and snapmares him into an arm surfboard. He digs a knee in but fans rally up again. Banks fights his way up and hits back with more forearms. Banks whips but Devlin reverses, sending Banks tot he apron. Devlin walks into Banks’ haymakers, and Banks drags Devlin out to the apron. They brawl, Banks suplexes, but Devlin slips out to shove Banks into the post! Devlin gets an idea, and hits a Spanish Fly OFF the apron! Both men crash and burn to the floor, and fans lose their minds! Blackpool chants “Mamma Mia!” as both men slowly stir. The referee counts and it climbs to 5 before either man sits up. Banks and Devlin stand at 7, catch their breath at 8, and Devlin throws Banks away at 9! But Banks gets in at 9.5!

Devlin is furious, but he goes after Banks with a fireman’s carry. Banks pops through to a victory roll, TWO! Banks sweeps the legs, runs, but into another Spanish Fly! But he’s right up for a lariat!! Banks fires up while Devlin flounders, and Blackpool gives them a standing ovation! A standing count begins but both men stir. They sit up at 4, and Banks gets Devlin’s hand first! Devlin throws forearms but he can’t break free. Banks rocks Devlin with forearms of his own, then a knee trigger! Devlin headbutts back, and both men fall! Fans again reach a fever pitch, but Devlin reels Banks in for the ripcord saido! Cover, TWO!! Banks lives and Devlin is beside himself.

Fans rally up again as Devlin drags Banks to a drop zone. Devlin climbs, moonsaults, but gets knees! Banks fires up and blasts Devlin with a dropkick! Then fisherman, Kiwi Krusher! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives and fans are loving this! Banks keeps focus as he drags Devlin up again. Banks stands Devlin up and springboards, but Devlin falls before the Slice of Heaven can connect! Devlin drags himself to ropes while Banks forces himself to stand. Devlin gets the fireman’s carry but is wobbly, both men fall out of the ring! The referee begins a count but both men barely stir before 5. They crawl towards the ring at 6, stand at 7, fall at 9, and are out!

Double Count-Out

Fans boo, they didn’t want this kind of finish. Devlin and Banks glare at each other from opposite ends, because they’re not letting this end, either! The brawl is on! They fire forearms and knees, and the referee rings the bell more. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and fight they do! Banks throws Devlin into the crowd and then rains down rights! More referees appear, as does Sid Scala. They manage to pull Banks and Devlin apart, but only for a moment! Fans are thunderous and this fight is furious, but that’s all the time we have! Will this rivalry be settled? Or has the war only just begun?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great episode to officially move things past TakeOver: Blackpool! The opening segment did great to hype up Walter VS Dunne even more, that match is the natural course of action and Walter hasn’t even said anything on air. Walter’s in-ring debut is next week, and that is going to be incredible, except for the man he’ll likely chop into ground beef. Gallus obviously still want their part in this story, perhaps there will be a Walter VS Joe Coffey match on the way to Walter VS Dunne. And perhaps if Joe is going to drop out of the top title picture, the Coffey Brothers can be the tag team for Gallus to go after the tag titles. Mustache Mountain VS Barthel & Aichner is going to be great but it won’t be a flat-out contenders match. And I’m very curious to the Champions’ Address from Gibson & Drake next week.

Nina Samuels and Lana Austin did good in their match, and NXT UK is slowly but surely establishing their Women’s Division midcard. Assuming the Fresh Start’s no rematch clauses applies to even here, Rhea Ripley will have to fight her way back up, but I’m thinking it’s either her or Jinny that reaches Toni Storm first. Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed was good for a squash between two big tall men. Dennis should return to his story of being upset with former friends Dunne and Mark Andrews, starting of course with Mark Andrews. That story would help propel both men in the singles ranks, and if need be, throw in Flash Morgan Webster as Andrews’ new friend. Dennis probably wins that story, though, so that he stays a credible threat.

Devlin VS Banks was great, and that double count-out is actually perfect. I want to see them have Falls Count Anywhere or Last Man Standing as their real blow-off. This kind of feud continues to support the idea that NXT UK should consider a midcard title, because these guys each deserve something like that for the performances they’re giving. If anything, go all the way and let the winner of this feud name that midcard title. Devlin can make it his NXT Irish Championship, while Banks might go for something more general, like International Championship. Either way, one of these two being an inaugural midcard champion would be so cool for everyone.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/19)

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

The three challengers to the Cruiserweight Championship will challenge each other in a Triple Threat! Who proves they’re Buddy Murphy’s biggest threat?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik; Carrillo wins.
  • Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa; Itami wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drake Maverick hypes up the already exciting night for 205 Live!

It will be one of the most intriguing line-ups with some major implications towards the Cruiserweight Division’s future! First, Humberto Carrillo is officially part of 205 Live and has his second match on air against Lucha House Party’s King of the Ropes! Humberto showed heart against the Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy, can he show even more against Gran Metalik? Then the Triple Threat main event pits Akira Tozawa, Hideo Itami and Kalisto against each other in one last match before the Cruiserweight Championship match! Who seizes a big advantage going into the title match?

 

Aiden English joins commentary!

The SmackDown superstar and symphony singer shifts gears to be alongside Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph on the fastest hour of WWE!

 

Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik!

The man formerly known as Ultimo Ninja has been making quite the waves in NXT and even in his 205 Live debut last week. Humberto didn’t win against the Juggernaut, but he did impress everyone enough to earn his Cruiserweight contract! Will he have a better time against the King of the Ropes? Or will he go a quick 0-2?

The bell rings and Humberto shakes hands with Metalik to show respect. Fans like that, and applaud as the two tie up. Metalik gets a waistlock, but Humberto works his way out to a wristlock. Humberto wrenches but Metalik rolls and reverses. Metalik wrenches but Humberto handsprings and reverses back to a headlock. Fans applaud while Metalik powers out. Things speed up and Humberto shows his agility! He dodges the handspring but Metalik headscissors, only for Humberto to handspring through! They both dropkick but those cancel out, and fans applaud the stalemate. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” as the two go again.

Metalik dodges Humberto to chop him and whip him. Humberto goes up and over and shows off more, then gets Metalik with an arm-drag. Humberto chops and goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Metalik bails out but Humberto builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes Metalik down and Humberto lands on his feet! Humberto drags Metalik up and into the ring, then covers, TWO! Humberto keeps on Metalik with a grounded wristlock, then brings Metalik up for a facelock. He suplexes Metalik down and floats to a cover, TWO! Humberto keeps his cool as he drags Metalik back up. He scoops and slams Metalik to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Fans fire up as Humberto moonsaults, but he gets boots! Metalik gets up and runs to Sling-Dog Humberto down! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps his cool as he drags Humberto up.

Metalik puts Humberto in a corner, CHOPS him, then whips corner to corner. Humberto reverses but Metalik walks the ropes to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik is surprised but focused as he wraps on a chinlock. Humberto endures as fans slowly build to a rally. Humberto feeds off the energy and fights out, but Metalik throws him back down. Metalik puts the chinlock back on, but Humberto endures again. Metalik brings Humberto up in the fireman’s carry but Humberto fights out. Hands start flying, then both men duck kicks, but Humberto comes back with an enziguri! Humberto covers, TWO! Metalik rolls to ropes while Humberto grits his teeth. Humberto hurries after Metalik and both men end up on the apron. Humberto brings Metalik up but Metalik boots him back. Metalik brings Humberto in but Humberto boots him.

Fans rally up as Metalik tosses Humberto over the corner. Humberto hits Metalik back then climbs up top. Humberlto hits Metalik with a SUPER Bulldog to the apron! It was a bit double-edged as Humberto hits the floor, but he forces himself back up. Humberto goes up top again as Metalik slowly stands. Humberto leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik survives and Humberto grows frustrated. Humberto and Metalik go to oppsite corners, and Humberto runs in. Metalik dodges but Humberto tumbles to the apron. Humberto SLAPS Metalik away, but Metalik comes back with a SUPER HURICANRANA! Both men crash and burn to the floor but fans fire up! The referee checks on them both but they’re somehow okay.

Metalik sits up first and fires up with more “Lucha! Lucha!” Fans echo it as he puts Humberto in the ring. Metalik climbs and springboards, Swanton! Cover, TWO!! Humberto survives and now Metalik is shocked. Metalik refocuses and waits for Humberto to stand. He drags Humberto up and onto the top rope, then CHOPS him for good measure. Metalik positions Humberto and climbs up to throw forearms. He even SLAPS Humberto to see what the young star has. Metalik prepares but Humberto resists. Humberto fights back and shoves Metalik. Metalik lands on his feet but runs into a boot. Humberto adjusts, leaps, and hits a missile dropkick! Humberto doesn’t cover, he headstands and rebounds for an Aztec Press! Cover, Humberto wins!!

Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

A huge victory over a 205 Live staple! And Metalik gives him the show of respect he earned. Humberto breaks even at 1-1, but will this first victory be the first of many?

 

Drake Maverick meets with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher.

Clearly the ground game lobbyists of the Submission Commission are upset that a high-flyer was the first new Cruiserweight signed. But look at how impressive Humberto Carrillo is! Gulak and Gallagher have no words. They storm off but Tony Nese enters and wants a word with the GM. Nese wants a rematch with Noam Dar tonight. Well yes they are tied, and the fans would love seeing that tiebreaker. Maverick will consider it. Consider it? Well yes, he can’t just jump into it. The Rumble is Sunday, the title could change hands– Nese doesn’t care about any of that. Just consider what will happen if Nese doesn’t get his match. Dar has been running his mouth and Nese is tired of it. If Nese doesn’t get the match, then he’ll make his own opportunity. The Premier Athlete has sent his ultimatum, will Maverick take it seriously?

 

Akira Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick speak.

Tozawa says that he’s “had some good times and bad times on 205 Live.” But the past doesn’t matter, this opportunity is huge. Tozawa didn’t travel around the world to be a joke, he came to the WWE to make a name for himself. He will become the two-time Cruiserweight Champion. But can he be the top contender after tonight’s Triple Threat?

 

The Lucha House Party speak.

Lince Dorado knows that 2019 will be a big year for the trio. They’re on both Raw and 205 Live, and they spared the joy of lucha libre to the WWE Universe. But the one thing that they’re missing and will take them to the next level is that Cruiserweight Championship! If one of them wins, they all win! And Kalisto is going to show all the others in that Fatal 4 Way that he IS a threat. Kalisto vows to be that two-time Cruiserweight Champion, with the power of “Lucha! Lucha!” But can speed kill when there are multiple opponents?

 

Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa!

The Lucha Dragon may have his amigos, the Innovator of the GTS may have his hype man, and the Stamina Monster may have the Man with a Plan, but who will have the momentum going into the title match this Sunday?

Before Hideo Itami makes his entrance, he and Ariya Daivari have an interview backstage. What would it mean to finally become Cruiserweight Champion? Daivari speaks for Itami, saying that as the only man who has not held that title, it makes Itami the hungriest and most dangerous superstar. The only thing missing from his already legendary career is WWE gold, so Itami will make an example out of his opponents tonight. Itami speaks in Japanese to say that he is coming for the Cruiserweight Championship by any means necessary. Itami makes his entrance, and we begin this match!

But wait, Buddy Murphy makes his presence known! The champion reminds his contenders what they’re fighting for while also keeping an eye on all three of them. And as a bonus, he joins commentary! The bell rings and Itami goes right at Kalisto and Tozawa! Murphy already knows commentary will talk about how a Fatal 4 Way means he could lose the title without being pinned, but that won’t matter because he’s not losing. In the ring, Itami keeps on Tozawa and throws him out. Itami then goes after Kalisto with haymakers and a whip. Kalisto kicks Itami back then runs to tilt-o-whirl haedscissors! He adds a dropkick, then chops Itami before going acrobatic for the arm-drag! Itami bails out but Tozawa returns, and Tozawa hits Kalisto with a missile dropkick! Kalisto bails out but Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo blasts Kalisto into the announce desk!

Tozawa and Murphy stare down, but Itami knocks Tozawa into the desk now! Itami and Murphy stare down for a moment before Itami drags Tozawa up and throws him into barriers. Itami stomps Kalisto thenn puts him into the steel steps! Murphy is confident this won’t happen to him in the match. Itami kicks away on Tozawa then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Itami keeps on Tozawa with a whip, then a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Tozawa shows his toughness but Itami kicks him in the back. Itami boots Kalisto out and then soaks up the heat. Itami goes to Tozawa but Tozawa hits him back. But Itami still puts Tozawa in a chinlock to grind him down. Tozawa endures and moves around to a ropebreak.

Itami lets him go but drops elbows right on the back. He stomps Tozawa then goes after Kalisto. Kalisto hits back but Itami rocks him with a European Uppercut and a swift boot! Fans respect that with applause, as does Murphy. Itami goes back to Tozawa and covers, TWO. Itami keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock but Tozawa again endures. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Tozawa fights out but Itami knees low. Itami runs but into a huricanrana! Tozawa gets Itami with a saido suplex! Kalisto leaps in but into a dropkick! Tozawa quickly covers Kalisto, TWO! Now he covers Itami, TWO! Tozawa keeps his cool but both Kalisto and Itami go to the apron. Fans echo “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he goes after Kalisto with a forearm. Tozawa builds speed again, but runs into Itami’s lariat! Cover, but Kalisto breaks it in time!

All three men are down and Murphy is amused. Fans build to a rally as all three men slowly stir. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, and Itami hits Kalisto. Kalisto hits Tozawa again, Tozawa hits Itami again, and Itami hits Kalisto again. The rotation continues like this as the three men stand up. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto. Kalisto CHOPS Tozawa, Tozawa CHOPS Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto! The rotation continues as Kalisto kicks Tozawa, but Tozawa fakes Itami out to hit Itami and Kalisto with jabs! Tozawa is the only one standing, and even Murphy applauds that. Fans chant “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he runs at Itami. Itami boots him away then climbs up to tornado hotshot Tozawa down. Itami climbs up and makes sure Murphy is watching, but Kalisto kicks Itami!

Kalisto climbs with fans chanting “Lucha! Lucha!” Kalisto clubs away on Itami as they both stand. He wants the superplex but Itami resists. Tozawa adds on and helps Kalisto, but then Murphy joins in! This is a Triple Threat, so no disqualifications as Murphy helps make this a Tower of Doom!! The Juggernaut says this is just a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, but the referee still insists he leave. Murphy doesn’t listen as he throws Itami into a corner to stomp a mudhole into him. He then goes after Kalisto with a heavy forearm, and then throws Tozawa into a corner for another mudhole. Fans duel but Murphy soaks it all up. Murphy goes after Kalisto again but Kalisto kicks him away. Murphy staggers into Tozawa’s boot, then into double SUPERKICKS! Kalisto gives Murphy a Salida del Sol! And Tozawa adds his Tozawa Torpedo!

But then things return to the match as Kalisto knee-board sentons onto Tozawa! Kalisto drags himself back into the ring, and Itami boots him down! Itami drags Tozawa into the ring, stands him up, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Itami is furious but he won’t let off Tozawa. He drags Tozawa up for a strike fest, but Tozawa dodges to give his own. The swinging roundhouse hits! But Kalisto springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Everyone is down, but Tozawa crawls to a corner. Kalisto runs in at him for a kick to the stomach! Kalisto hauls Tozawa up top and rocks him with another kick. He climbs up to join Tozawa, prepares a superplex, but Itami attacks. Kalisto headbutts Itami then dumps him out hard. He kicks Tozawa again, climbs up again, and SUPER STEINERS! But Tozawa held on and Kalisto hits the floor!

Tozawa stands, leaps, SUPER SENTON! But Kalisto avoids it! Itami blasts Kalisto witht he dropkick, then hits Tozawa with the GTS Mk. II, aka the Sakura Knee! Cover, Itami wins!

Winner: Hideo Itami, by pinfall

If Murphy made this a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, then we just saw Itami survive them all and win! Will Murphy change things when it really is a Fatal 4 Way? Will Itami repeat this performance? Or will one of the former champions become champion again?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid go-home for 205 Live here, and Aiden English did great on commentary. Percy Watson was okay, but he does better on NXT because it’s not live. And for whatever reason, there seemed to be more fans and more invested fans than last week. And that was fortunate, as Humberto Carrillo has another great match with Gran Metalik. Humberto wins now that he’s officially part of the Cruiserweight Division, and also because it wouldn’t be good for him to lose twice already. Metalik is safe in losing, it helps build Humberto up. I’m pretty sure Humberto is going up against Gulak & Gallagher soon enough, so that’ll also be great for him. He’s a great talent, so he’ll get to the title soon enough, he just needs to build himself up in the eyes of live audiences.

Nese VS Dar 3 is coming, but with Nese making that threat, it’ll probably be after he attacks Dar backstage. The tiebreaker blow-off should feed into a contenders scenario. If anything, including Nese and Dar in a bigger contenders match would be nice, too. Like a Triple Threat that throws in Cedric Alexander, who has history with both men, or a Fatal 4 Way to include Lio Rush because he needs his chance. Tonight’s Triple Threat turning into an unofficial Fatal 4 Way was smart, too, as it keeps the three contenders relatively equal. Itami wins and could defy the math, but I wonder if this opens the door to a two-time champion in Kalisto or Tozawa. Kalisto implying Lucha House Party is like the New Day with Freebird-ing a singles title would be an interesting story to go with, but maybe that’s why it won’t be him.

My Score: 8.2/10


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