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Mitchell’s WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament 2018, Finale!

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Liverpool’s Number One, Zack Gibson, won the 2018 United Kingdom Championship Tournament, but now he goes for the WWE United Kingdom Champion himself! Can Gibson be the one to dethrone The British Bruiserweight after a year long reign? Plus, the NXT Women’s, Tag Team AND North American Championships are on the line!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong VS Mustache Mountain; Mustache Mountain wins and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
  • Killer Kelly VS Charlie Morgan; Charlie wins.
  • WWE United Kingdom Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat Fatal 4 Way: Flash Morgan Webster VS Mark Andrews VS Travis Banks VS Noam Dar; Dar wins and will challenge the WWE UK Champion at a later date.
  • NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Wolfgang; Cole wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
  • Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Velveteen Dream & EC3; Aleister & Ricochet win.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Toni Storm; Shayna wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Zack Gibson; Dunne wins and retains the WWE UK Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE and the UK have done it again!

Another stellar tournament, with the rise of two gritty fighters. In the end, Zack Gibson would win with yet another submission victory. But that’s just the start. NXT is going global, and that starts with tonight’s major crossover matches! “Are you ready?!” Will home turf help Wolfgang and Mustache Mountain? Will this remain the Undisputed Era? And most importantly, will the gritty Gibson grab that WWE UK Championship away from the British Bruiserweight to become only the third champion ever? NXT + UK, begins now!

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong VS Mustache Mountain!

Trent Seven & Tyler Bate helped Pete Dunne defeat The Undisputed Era last night in a Six Man Tag, now we will see if they can do it 2v2! Will Mustache Mountain claim their first WWE/NXT gold? Or will O’Reilly & Strong keep those titles #Undisputed?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we start with Strong and Bate. The two circle, tie up, and Strong gets a headlock takedown. Bate headscissors but Strong pops out. They tie up again while fans sing for Bate. Strong gets the wristlock but Bate slips through to dropkick Strong down. Bate tags Seven, and Seven takes the hand-off. Strong backs Seven down and tags in O’Reilly. O’Reilly gives a wristlock but Seven breaks free to chop and chop. O’Reilly grabs Seven again but Seven powers out. They collide, neither man moves, and Seven dares O’Reilly to bring it. O’Reilly kicks, wrenches and shoulder breakers. He brings Seven over and tags Strong back in. They both stomp Seven, then Strong whips Seven. Seven reverses but Strong goes up, only to get a chop.

Seven lifts, tags in Bate, and then dumps Strong down for Bate to knee-flip senton onto Strong. O’Reilly comes in, but Bate catches him to dump him down. Tag to Seven, and Mustache Mountain work together to back senton Seven onto O’Reilly. Fans duel while both teams regroup. Undisputed era see Bop, and get BANG. Strong stands and gets a chop, then a European Uppercut, and repeat. Bate exits but Strong throws Seven out. O’Reilly keeps Seven in place for Strong to hit the wrecking ball dropkick! Fans boo as Strong mocks the mustache tweeze. Strong then throws Seven into the apron, then places him in the ring. Tag to O’Reilly and they stomp away on Seven. O’Reilly brings Seven up but Seven fights back.

O’Reilly drags him back down with a hammerlock, then throws in elbows and knees. He adds a running knee, then covers, TWO. O’Reilly hammers away on Seven, then swags around while mocking the mustache. Tag to Strong, and Strong drags Seven up. Strong whips while fans duel. He chops Seven, then gives a forearm. Tag to O’Reilly, and they go off with chops and kicks. O’Reilly snapmares and drops a knee, grinding it into Seven’s head. Strong likes what he sees as O’Reilly wraps Seven in a chinlock. Seven endures while fans sing for him. Seven stands up, fights out, but O’Reilly knees back. O’Reilly runs into a boot, but Strong tags in. Strong stops Seven, but Seven then kicks him away. Seven dumps Strong out but Strong drags Seven. Seven shoves Strong, but O’Reilly comes in, only to get tossed, too!

Fans fire up, and Seven crawls, but Strong returns. Seven shoves him away again, but O’Reilly takes out Bate! Strong stalks Seven, for a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Strong drags Seven back, and tags in O’Reilly. Fans continue to duel while O’Reilly throws in knees on Seven. O’Reilly swings at Bate, then goes back to Seven. Seven fakes the chop to get the DDT! Both men are down, but fans fire up. Seven and O’Reilly crawl, hot tags to Strong and Bate! Bate rallies, dodges, and back drops Strong! Bate hits a corner elbow, then exploder! He kips up, and fans applaud. Standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!

Bate catches his breath and keeps his cool as he brings Strong up. They go for a spin! Around and around, but O’Reilly comes in. O’Reilly goes for a spin, but turns it into a sleeper! Bate backs him into buckles, then boots Strong. Bate stalks Strong but O’Reilly clamps on again. That doesn’t stop Bate, he still deadlifts Strong, and combines to German Suplex Strong while slamming down on O’Reilly!

Fans applaud Bate’s super strength while he covers, TWO! Strong crawls while Bate catches his breath. Bate heads for his corner, and tags in Seven. Mustache Mountain work together on Strong, but STrong slips out to shove them into each other. Strong hits the Olympic Slam, then tags O’Reilly. O’Reilly Penalty Kicks Seven, covers, TWO! And Undisputed Era is frustrated. Strong comes back, and together they stalk Seven. Ax, Smash- Seven dodges so the Smash goes into each other! Seven rocks O’Reilly with a right, torture rack, but O’Reilly lands on his feet. O’Reilly rocks Seven back, but Bate tags in! O’Reilly runs into the full nelson, rebound, Lariat Dragon Suplex!! Cover, but Strong barrels through Seven to break it up!

Fans are thunderous for this intense tag team opener! This is what the fusion of NXT and UK truly means! Seven and Strong stand to brawl. Strong knee smashes, but Bate EuroUppers. Bate grabs O’Reilly but O’Reilly slips under to come back with so many strikes! Bate jumps the sweep but O’Reilly knows what Bop means this time. O’Reilly hits first, but BANG still comes through! Bate runs, but into a knee. O’Reilly suplexes, brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up all over again but O’Reilly is furious. He tags in Strong, and Undisputed Era bring Bate up. Ax, SMASH, cover, Seven breaks in! Undisputed Era grab and toss Seven out, then go back to Bate.

Tag to O’Reilly, preparing but missing Strong Elimination! Strong hits O’Reilly, Bate hits the rolling kick on Strong! Mustache Mountain tag and Bate FLIES! Bate takes Strong out, Seven gives the Seven Star Lariat to O’Reilly! Bate goes up, knee drop burning hammer!! Cover, MUSTACHE MOUNTAIN WINS!!

Winners: Mustache Mountain, Seven pinning; NEW NXT Tag Team Champions

They have done it!! Bate & Seven have dethroned the Undisputed Era from atop the tag team division! Is this just the beginning of great things for one of the best UK tag teams today?

 

Johnny Saint speaks with NXT UK Media.

As the inaugural UK General Manager, who has he been most impressed with so far? He was impressed with everyone, so much so, there is a triple threat #1 contender’s match for the UK Championship later on. It will be Flash Morgan Webster and Travis Banks based on their performances in the tournament, and Mark Andrews based on the last year as a WWE UK competitor. Which one of those three great choices will move on to face the WWE UK Champion? And who will that champion even be after tonight’s main event?

 

Killer Kelly VS Charlie Morgan!

While the savage Double K didn’t earn a shot at the NXT Women’s Championship, there’s always time to build a reputation towards the United Kingdom Women’s Championship. Will she or the #Fearless female from Cambridge be the first to impress GM Johnny Saint in this rising UK Women’s Division?

The bell rings and the two women approach. They circle, tie up, and Kelly powers Charlie to a corner. She backs off at the ref’s count, then circles with Charlie again. They tie up, push, and Charlie gets the wristlock. Kelly pries her way to a reversal, then wrenches the wrist. Charlie endures, gets low, then flips to reverse. Charlie wrenches back, but Kelly slaps her way out to wrench back on Charie. Another reversal and Charlie arm-drags to leg sweep. ONE, and Kelly returns the sweep, ONE. Both women run and Charlie arm-drags again. Kelly hip tosses in return but Charlie shoves her away. They both kip-up and fans applaud.

Kelly dares Charlie to bring it, and Charlie runs in but Kelly side steps. Charlie dodges the boot, but her superkick is blocked. Kelly turns her around, but Charlie dodges to springboard crossbody! TWO, and Kelly gets to a corner. Charlie hits a running uppercut, then whips Kelly corner to corner. Charlie runs in for a EuroUpper, then whips back. Kelly dodges and Charlie gets stuck on the ropes. Kelly knees Charlie, then prepares a torture rack. But then she adjusts, snap suplex. Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Kelly hammers and stomps Charlie. Kelly toys with Charlie at the ropes, then brings her out for elbows. Kelly kicks Charlie, then positions her on the mat, preparing a surfboard. She grabs the arms and pulls back, into the dragon sleeper!

Charlie endures, reaches, but Kelly adds on hammer fists. Fans rally for Charlie, Charlie works for an escape, and gets that arm off her. She’s free but then Kelly just kicks her down. Kelly stalks Charlie, runs in, bicycle boot sends Charlie out. Fans boo while Kelly takes aim from the apron. Charlie stands, but Kelly lines it up, Penalty Kick! Kelly drags Charlie up and in, then covers, TWO! Kelly is surprised, but not frustrated just yet. She hammers away with right after right. Kelly drags Charlie up, but Charlie SUPERKICKS! Charlie runs, springboard senton!

Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Charlie fires up. Charlie takes aim at the floundering Kelly, but she runs into a waistlock, and German Suplex! Kelly runs in corner to corner, Killer Dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kelly can’t believe it! She drags Charlie up, straitjacket but Charlie slips out for a facebuster. TWO, and Charlie grows desperate. Kelly kicks back, then suplexes, but Charlie reverses to a cradle, Charlie wins!

Winner: Charlie Morgan, by pinfall

With a win in the Royal Albert Hall, does Charlie move herself into pole position for the NXT UK Women’s Championship? Or perhaps the winner of the NXT Women’s Championship match between Toni Storm and Shayna Baszler?

 

WWE United Kingdom Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Flash Morgan Webster VS Mark Andrews VS Travis Banks!

The Modfather and the Kiwi Buzzsaw both fell at the Shankly Gates to Liverpool’s Number One, while the high-fiving, stage-diving Welshman has competed in both the UK and Cruiserweight Divisions looking for gold. Only one man moves on, who gets to face the winner of Gibson VS Dunne?

Wait, who is this coming out now? It’s GM Johnny Saint! Saint lets everyone know that there’s a change to this match. He’s adding NOAM DAR! The Scottish Supernova returns to action in a major opportunity match! Will he skyrocket to the stratosphere to challenge Gibson/Dunne?

WWE United Kingdom Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Flash Morgan Webster VS Mark Andrews VS Travis Banks VS Noam Dar!

The bell rings on this now Fatal 4 Way, and Dar goes right at Andrews while Travis and Flash fight on the other end. Travis takes care of Flash then chops Dar, and Dar falls to his knees. Dar wrenches Travis’ bad arm, but then Flash arm-drags Dar all around. Dar dodges the dropkick, but Flash flips up to headscissors him out. Anderws rolls Flash, TWO. Andrews tries agani, and stomps! Standing moonsault, cover, but Dar breaks it. Andrews kicks Dar but Dar sweeps the legs. Dar goes at Flash but Flash whips him. Flash jumps but Dar holds the ropes, and Dar sweeps the legs. Travis returns while Dar embraces the fans’ response. Dar runs but Travis sweeps the legs, then Travis dropkicks Dar into buckles! Dar ends up outside, and Travis runs to DIVE!

Travis wipes Dar out, but Flash swings off the post to headscissor Travis! Flash and Dar go after Travis, but Andrews SUPER Phoenix splashes onto them all! All four men are down but fans are fired up. Fans rally and Andrews puts Travis in first. Andrews gets in but Flash follows. Andrews kicks away on Travis, but then has to put Flash into Travis, sliced bread and DDT combo! Dar returns while Andrews covers, and Dar breaks in. Travis rolls out while Andrews slowly stands. Dar is on him, whips him to a corner, but gets an enziguri. Andrews runs at Flash, but ends up in a hip toss driver. Travis stomps on the cover! Everyone is down again but fans are still loving it. Cover on Flash, TWO.

Travis stands while Flash and Andrews get to corners. Travis runs to elbow Flash, then to Andrews, then Flash again, then Andrews again. Dar runs in, rolls Travis, TWO! Dar keeps on Travis, but Travis grits his teeth. But Dar goes after teh bad arm! Travis fights him off with furious forearms, but Andrews is back to enziguri. Mod-Trigger from Flash, bicycle boot from Travis, but a dropkick from Flash! All four men are down again, and the fans are loving it. Travis rolls out while Dar slips down. Flash runs at Andrews, but Andrews boots him. Andrews hopsu p but Flash kicks him. Flash climbs to join Andrews, SUPER STEINER but Andrews lands on his feet! Flash runs but Andrews dodges, reverse-rana! Cover, TWO! And Andrews is shocked.

Flash rolls towards a corner while Andrews catches his breath. Dar returns but gets a forearm. Dar hits back, but so does Andrews. Now they kick each other, and Dar dodges the enziguri to then go for a Half Crab. Andrews kicks him away but Dar is right back. Takedown to kneebar! Dar grapevines, the Champagne Kneebar! Andrews drags himself, but Travis adds a half-straitjacket! Dar won’t let Travis muddy the results and he kicks away with a heel on Travis’ bad arm. Travis holds on, and then kicks back! Dar lets go, Travis gets Andrews! Andrews endures, reaches, but Flash stops him from breaking or tapping. Flash forearms Travis but Travis won’t let go. Forearm after forearm, but it’s the boot that makes Travis let go.

Flash drags Andrews up, prepares the underhook, but Andrews resists. Travis hits SLICE OF HEAVEN! Travis grabs Andrews, but that bad arm slows him, Stundog Millionaire! Andrews hurries up, even with limp legs and arms. He reaches the top, takes aim, but his shooting star FLOPS! Travis stands, aims, and fans rally, but Dar grabs the bad arm for a hotshot! Dar gets in, pinkies up as he takes aim… SUPERNOVA! Cover, Dar wins!!

Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall; earns a WWE UK Championship match

Dar returns, Dar competes, Dar wins! Will the young Scottish Supernova make good on this opportunity and take that title from whoever has it after tonight?

But wait! The Coffey Brothers, Joe & Mark, rush the ring! The Brothers from the Black Country wreck Flash, Andrews AND Travis! Yet Noam Dar gets away without a scratch. Andrews is fed to Mark Coffey’s killer enziguri! Then Travis is put into the pop-up uppercut!

But that’s not all, Travis is brought up for the Best of the Bells! Fans boo and jeer while Dar leaves them all behind. Will the Coffey Brothers move up fast in the NXT UK Tag Team Division?

 

Backstage interview with Wolfgang.

The Last King of Scotland is moments away from challenging The Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole, what is his game plan going into his match? For the better part of this year, Wolfgang has been waiting to get his hands on Cole. The plan is simple: break his teeth, and take his title.

 

NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Wolfgang!

The challenger has made his intentions known, but will he be able to do all that against the Panama Playboy?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the match begins. UK fans are strongly behind Cole as he and Wolfgang circle. Cole gets a waistlock but Wolfgang the standing switch. Wolfgang brings Cole back by his hair, then pie-faces Cole a couple times before backing off to howl. Cole comes out with a headlock, but Wolfgang gets the waistlock. Cole gets the standing switch and back to the headlock, but they both end up in a corner. The referee counts for the ropebreak, and Cole honors it. Wolfgang decks Cole with a forearm, then clubs away. Wolfgang gives EuroUppers, then whips Cole. Cole kicks Wolfgang, then blocks the punch to hit a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Cole stands up.

Cole goes after Wolfgang but Wolfgang hits back. Cole stomps away, shouting “Is that all you got?!” He’s Adam Cole, BAYBAY! Cole drags Wolfgang out for another neckbreaker, covers, TWO. Cole keeps his cool while fans rally. He hits Wolfgang with rights, then wrenches the arm before whipping corner to corner. Wolfgang reverses, catches Cole as he goes up and over, and gives Cole a running gutbuster!

Cole writhes, Wolfgang covers, TWO. Wolfgang keeps his cool now while Cole gets to ropes. Fans rally while Wolfgang clubs and chokes Cole at the ropes. Wolfgang backs up at 4, then returns to Cole for a stiff EuroUpper. Wolfgang lifts and slams Cole, then again. He tries a third time, but Cole elbows out. Cole runs into a scoop, but slips out to the apron. Wolfgang hits Cole down to the floor, then grimaces at the champ. He fetches Cole, but Cole enziguris Wolfgang down! Cole climbs up to the top rope, Wolfgang stands, and Cole jumps but into double knees! Another gutbuster sends Cole gasping and coughing to the apron. Wolfgang hobbles over and stomps away. Fans are still on Cole’s side as Wolfgang toys with him.

Cole hits back, backing Wolfgang down, but Wolfgang knees low. Wolfgang rams his shoulder into Cole’s ribs, then gives body shots. Fans still sing for Cole while Wolfgang grinds a boot into him. Wolfgang then whips Cole corner to corner hard, howling before running in for a corner splash. Now Wolfgang climbs, listening to the fans before he leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Fans rally up again, and Cole stands. Cole blocks and forearms away, but Wolfgang won’t back down. Cole fires off, Wolfgang shoves him, but Cole comes back with clotheslines! He boots Wolfgang, who falls like a tree.

Fans fire up again as Cole brings Wolfgang up. Cole waistlocks but Wolfgang standing switches. Wolfgang ducks Cole’s enziguri, but Cole slips under to hit a backstabber! Cover, TWO, but Cole keeps his cool. Cole stands up and drags Wolfgang up. Cole manages a fireman’s carry but not for long. Wolfgang elbows away, and drops Cole to his knees. Wolfgang blocks the kick but Cole dodges the clothesline to enziguri again! Cole drags Wolfgang up in the fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Cole stands again while fans rally and sing for him more. He brings Wolfgang up once more, suplex, but Wolfgang is too heavy. Wolfgang gives Cole a wasteland slam, then jump for a moonsault, but he FLOPS!

Cole takes aim, boots Wolfgang, then runs for another boot. He keeps going, dodges and boots again. Wolfgang will not fall, he hits a discus lariat! Both men are down and fans cheer. Wolfgang gets up, rolls Cole into position, then makes his way to a corner. He climbs up top, takes aim, and leaps, but the swanton hits knees! Cole drags Wolfgang up, Last Shot brainbuster! Then, he runs, Last Shot Shining Wizard! Cover, Cole wins!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; still NXT North American Champion

The crossover goes the way of Adam Cole, BAYBAY! He is still the first and only NXT NAC, will he continue his reign forever in this Undisputed Era?

 

Backstage interview with Mustache Mountain.

The new NXT Tag Team Champions feel so great after their victory. The moment was incredible. Last year’s inaugural UK Championship Tournament was great for them to celebrate Bate’s victory, but now they get to celebrate as a team. They’ve been a team for almost five years and won titles everywhere else, and are very proud to add these to the list. Is this only the beginning for Bate & Seven in NXT UK?

 

Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Velveteen Dream & EC3!

If Ricochet VS Velveteen 1v1 at TakeOver: Chicago II was the #OneAndOnlyDream match, then call this tag match the #OneAndOnlyEmbodimentoftheTopOnePercentDream match. The NXT Champion joins forces with the King of Flight, but will they be able to work together against two top contenders in their own right?

The UK fans love all four men in this match, but only two can start. Dream is familiar with both his opponents, so EC3 concedes. Dream and Ricochet start to revisit Chicago here in the Royal Albert Hall. Fans duel while the two circle and feel it out. Dream wants a moment to reveal he’s wearing an Aleister shirt! And he calls out his former foe by throwing his torn shirt at him! Aleister tags in, and now Dream circles with the NXT Champion. Dream throws that other shirt but Aleister catches it! Aleister hangs the shirt up while EC3 tags in. The fans chant “NX3! NX3!” while EC3 and Aleister circle. Fans already know “This is Awesome!” even though no one’s tied up.

Now Aleister and EC3 tie up, headlock from EC3 but Aleister reverses. EC3 powers out but Aleister rolls off his back and sits down. Aleister plays mind games but EC3 doesn’t sweat it. EC3 kicks but Aleister blocks to roll up, TWO. Aleister arm-drags but EC3 brings him over to tag Dream. Dream fires off, gives an uppercut, then tags EC3. They work together to double whip, but Ricochet tags in. Aleister slides out and says look behind you. Ricochet flies in and hits Dream!

EC3 runs into a kick, but reverses the whip. Ricochet rolls off then rolls through to handspring, headscissor and dropkick! EC3 rolls out, Ricochet builds speed to handspring and superhero land! Fans are all fired up but EC3 keeps his eyes on Ricochet. Ricochet hits Dream with a triangle jump dropkick! Aleister runs in and builds speed, to springboard and land back. They both sit down, and fans cheer! The Dream and Top One Percent regroup while the Dutch Destroyer and King of Flight patiently wait. EC3 returns but dodges Ricochet. Ricochet ends up on the apron, but Dream trips him up! Dream gets away with that, but then EC3 puts Ricochet into barriers and the apron. EC3 puts Ricochet in, puts on an armlock, then tags Dream in.

Dream hops up to ax handle Ricochet’s arm, then fires off body shots in a corner. Dream grinds in a knee but backs off at the ref’s count. He hammers away, then puts Ricochet in the corner and out of the ring. Dream climbs up, and from the top, he says “never mind.” Tag to EC3, and EC3 fetches Ricochet. EC3 brings Ricochet up, for a big suplex. Cover, TWO! EC3 puts Ricochet in a seated keylock but fans chant for Ricochet. Ricochet endures, works his way up and fights out. EC3 knees low but Ricochet keeps fighting out of the enemy corner. Ricochet rolls and dropkicks EC3, but Dream grabs a chair! Dream does it just to distract, so that tag is completely missed! Aleister is told to go back out, and EC3 stomps Ricochet out.

EC3 tags Dream, and they work together on Ricochet. They double whip corner to corner, and Ricochet hits buckles hard. Dream swivels the hips and taunts Aleister before dropping elbows on Ricochet. He also gives a neckbreaker, cover, TWO! Dream drags Ricochet back and tags in EC3. They keep Ricochet down, then EC3 scoop slams him. EC3 and Dream start to argue a bit, but they make the tag. They bring Ricochet up for another double whip but Ricochet kicks Dream. Ricochet hits EC3, then Dream, then leaps. They both catch him, but he kicks back again. EC3 blocks a kick but it goes into Dream. EC3 full nelsons but Ricochet reverses to send EC3 at Dream, leaping neckbreaker and DDT combo! Aleister is ready, and Ricochet crawls over. Hot tag to Aleister!

Aleister rallies on Dream, goes up and over, then hits more. He sweeps the leg, running knee and handspring. Strike fest on Dream, but then DOUBLE Quebrada! Cover, TWO! But Aleister is pumped up as he brings Dream up with his foot. Dream stops that, but then runs into boots. Aleister runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Dream goes to a corner, climbs up, but EC3 messes him up by climbing to the apron. EC3 tags in, and drags Aleister up for himself. Small package counter, TWO! Aleister hits Dream for good measure, then boots EC3, only to run into a clobbering clothesline! Cover, TWO!!

Fans rally while EC3 tags Dream back in. EC3 brings Aleister up while Dream comes in. They work together, suplex lift but Aleister slips out. Dream standing switches with Aleister, EC3 grabs Aleister in a headlock, SUPERKICK to headlock driver! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! EC3 grabs Ricochet, but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet shoves EC3 at Dream, but EC3 stops himself. EC3 turns around but Ricochet dodges, then dodges again! EC3 manages to stop Dream’s kick, but then Ricochet boots EC3! SUPERKICK for Ricochet, BIG knee from Aleister! All four men are down but the fans are giving a standing ovation!

EC3 and Ricochet roll out of the ring while Dream drags himself to ropes. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Aleister stands. He grabs Dream but Dream suplexes him tot he apron. Aleister elbows Dream down, but then leaps. he misses, but Ricochet FLIES and hits! Ricochet puts Dream in, Aleister keeps on him, but Dream reverses into the sidewinder! Cover, TWO!! EC3 drags Ricochet out but Ricochet puts him into steel steps. Dream swings on Ricochet, but then drop toehold, tag!

Ricochet rallies on Dream, then whips corner to corner. Dream reverses, but Ricochet evades to roll up, TWO, so Ricochet slingshots and springboards. Dream gets under, rolls up, TWO! Rolling Death Valley! Dream tags EC3, and EC3 fires himself up. EC3 drags Ricochet up, fireman’s carry, but Ricochet lands on his feet to then shooting star! TWO! Ricochet drags EC3 over, climbs up top, and flips. He lands on hsi feet, but EC3 gives him the STO Driver! EC3 crawls while fans fire up. But Dream avoids the tag?! Dream is done with this match, his leg hurts too much. Aleister tagged in, and aims at EC3. EC3 realizes it too late, but has to face the music. EC3 turns around, BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister & Ricochet win!

Winners: Ricochet & Aleister Black, Aleister pinning

The NXT Champion and his ally stand tall! But then Ricochet makes sure he’s the one personally giving Aleister the belt. Will these two face each other down the line for that very title?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm.

Moments away from making history with the Royal Albert Hall’s first Women’s Championship match, how does the shining star from the golden coast feel? She’s been champion everywhere else, so she knows what it takes to be one. Shayna Baszler has seen her in the past, they’re both very familiar. In which case, that’s why Toni will become the new NXT Women’s Champion.

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Toni Storm!

The challenger has strong words for the Queen of Spades, but the champion is all about strong actions. Will Toni #TapNapOrSnap to the Submission Magician? Or will she take the NXT Women’s Division by storm?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this long-awaited rematch. Toni and Shayna approach, circle, then tie up while fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!” Shayna gets a leg but Toni is ready for that with a facelock. Toni brings Shayna around but Shayna switches. Fans build to a rally while Toni stands up. Shayna gets a headlock and takedown, but Toni headscissors. Shayna shakes it off but Toni tries again. Toni has it this time, and she squeezes Shayna’s head. Shayna works her way out, then grabs another headlock. Toni moves around again to pop out while fans duel. Toni stands with a grin on her face, but even Shayna has to grin.

They circle, Toni gets the takedown to cover, ONE. She puts on a facelock but Shayna slips out to rear mount and toy with Toni. Fans boo while Shayna backs off. Toni shakes it off, then ties up with Shayna again. Toni gets the waistlock, but Shayna works her way out to a standing switch and facelock. They go against ropes, but Shayna grinds her forearm in before the break. Shayna sweeps the legs, then rope a dopes to show off. They run, follow and chase, but Toni boots Shayna down! Shayna rolls out, but Toni builds speed to DIVE!

Toni knocks Shayna down, then brings Shayna up for EuroUppers and forearms. She keeps on Shayna against barriers, chopping her to a corner. Toni backs off to get a running start, but Shayna dodges the boot. Shayna refreshes the 10 count to then come back and throw Toni down by her hair! Shayna leaves Toni down and out while she catches her breath in the ring. Fans boo and jeer but Shayna just embraces the heat. Toni stirs at 5, crawls her way over, then beats the count at 8. Shayna toys with Toni, then chop blocks the leg! Toni crawls to a corner, but Shayna is on her again with a kick to the knee. Shayna whips corner to corner and hits a big knee strike. Toni sits down but Shayna drags her out for a cover. ONE, but Shayna throws hands from both sides.

Shayna grinds a knee into Toni’s, wrenching the joint. Toni endures but shrieks as Shayna wrenches the ankle. Shayna keeps Toni away from ropes while she drops an elbow on the knee. Shayna tortures Toni with another toehold, but Toni kicks with her free leg. But Shayna just rolls Toni over, and positions the foot, to stomp it! Flashbacks to what Shayna did to Dakota Kai not too long ago. Shayna mockingly applauds for Toni while she crawls to a corner. Shayna brings Toni’s foot to ropes and stands on it. She lets up at 4, but comes back to kick the bad leg more. Shayna whips Toni corner to corner, but Toni can’t even walk on the foot. The ref asks if Toni wants to stop, but Toni refuses. This is her chance, but it could cost her much more.

Toni SLAPS Shayna, then catches Shayna’s leg! Deadlift and German Suplex! It hurt Toni’s foot but it hurt Shayna’s head more. Toni hobbles up and over for a hip attack! Toni uses her one good leg to climb up top, but Shayna intercepts her. They fight on the corner, and Shayna drags Toni up. SUPER Gutwrench suplex!

Cover, TWO! Shayna is surprised, but she hammers away, then puts on a kneebar! Toni shrieks again, but fights back with forearms of her own! Fans are loving her heart and determination. Toni tries another German, but her foot just won’t let her. Shayna kicks Toni, then reels her in for a knee. Shayna runs more, but into a headbutt! Toni drags Shayna up, STORM ZERO!! It’s on the bad leg, but it still worked. Toni crawls to a cover, TWO?! The delay may have been all that saved Shayna from defeat. Toni hobbles up but Shayna kicks the leg out. Running knee! Cover, TWO!! Toni is an Aussie superwoman right now!

Shayna and Toni both crawl, then slowly stand. Shayna grabs Toni for Kirafuda, but Toni reverses to a bridge, TWO!! They run, Toni lifts Shayna, but Shayna slips otu to get the Kirafuda! She has it on deep, body scissors included. Toni fades while fans boo, but she’s not done yet. Toni gets a second wind, reaches and rolls, to a ropebreak! Shayna lets Toni go, and Toni goes out of the ring. But Shayna just puts her in the Kirafuda on the outside! Nothing can save Toni out here, and Shayna leaves Toni for dead. The count begins, and Shayna grins. Toni stirs, but she only sits up at 7. She stands, but the count reaches 10!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by count out; still NXT Women’s Champion

The Queen of Spades was taken to her limits, but she broke Toni past hers. It may have not been a #TapNapOrSnap, but it’s still a win. Will anyone ever prove themselves tougher than Bully Baszler?

But being a bully, Baszler ain’t done with Toni! She drags the barely conscious Toni up, for a suplex into another Kirafuda! Fans boo and jeer while Toni flails and fades all over again. Shayna wants to check off a box, and she gets the Nap.

She bows while embracing the heat. Will the heat only solidify this Reign of Terror? Or will someone give her the comeuppance she’s building up?

 

WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Zack Gibson!

Liverpool’s Number One wants the chance to be the United Kingdom’s Number One so bad he can taste it. But The British Bruiserweight claims he kickstarted the WWE’s UK Brand. Dunne may only be the second UK Champion, but he’s the longest reinging champion. Will that long reign continue through tonight? Or will Gibson shock the world?

Once again, the introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we have our main event! Fans already rally as the two stare down. Gibson and Dunne tie up, push against each other, and Dunne gets the wristlock. Dunne brings Gibson’s arm around, but Gibson blocks the takedown. But Dunne bends the fingers and brings Gibson down to the mat. Dunne targets specific fingers, then rams them into the mat. Dunne dares the “Scouse Bastard” to get up and bring the fight. Gibson gets up and circles with Dunne again. They tie up, and Gibson goes after the mouth and nose. Gibson puts Dunne into the wristlock, then hammerlock. Dunne knows that move and avoids the stomp. Fans troll Gibson with more singing, but Gibson does his best to tune it out. He ties up with Dunne again, and gets a headlock.

Dunne powers out, things speed up, and Dunne clobbers Gibson! Gibson gets to the apron, but Dunne follows. Dunne grabs Gibson but Gibson elbows free. Only for Dunne to kick that arm out! Dunne drags Gibson up by his face, but Gibson trips Dunne! Gibson then brings Dunne around, to drive the keylock into the barrier! The count rises, but Gibson can’t win that way if he wants the title. Gibson puts Dunne in the ring, and drives him down with a hammerlock back suplex. Gibson doesn’t let up, either, as he hammers away. Fans boo but Dunne gets free for a heel hook. Gibson grinds his forearms into Dunne, covers, TWO, but grabs the wrist on the far side.

Gibson pulls on the arm while Dunne resists. Dunne grabs at Gibson’s face! Dunne defends from the mat and Gibson works on an opening. Gibson gets into the headlock, then brings Dunne up to throw him overhead with the straight arm suplex! Fans boo while Gibson blows a kiss. Gibson slaps Dunne, so Dunne slaps back! Gibson gets a leg and then clobbers Dunne again. Cover, TWO. Gibson goes for a leg then shifts to an armlock. Fans rally for Dunne while he endures the chinbar. They stand up, but Gibson knees low. Gibson elbows, but fans still taunt him. Gibson goes to throat chop, but Dunne blocks! Dunne headbutts Gibson!

Both men go down, but Dunne sits up first. Dunne grins as he waits for Gibson. Dunne throws fast hands but Gibson hits back, only to get blasted! The fans rally while Dunne whips Gibson. Gibson reverses but Dunne goes up and over to then enziguri Gibson! Dunne drags Gibson out, X-Plex! Cover, TWO! Dunne is a bit surprised, but he’s not frustrated or worried just yet. He stalks Gibson to the ropes, brings him up, but Gibson standing switches. Gibson suplexes but Dunne lands on his feet to then buzzsaw kick Gibson in the head! Dunne hops up, hoverboard wristlock! Gibson grabs Dunne’s hair, powers through, but Dunne slips out of Helter Skelter to double stomp Gibson’s face! Dunne crawls but Gibson rolls away. Gibson is safe on the apron, for now.

Fans chant “British Wrestling!” and “UK NXT! UK NXT!” whil Dunne stands. Dunne builds speed, jumps up, and from the outside, SUPER Moonsault! It connects with an inverted DDT! Both men crawl back to the ring, Gibson gets in first. But Dunne has his foot, and twists it with a toehold! Gibson shouts and yells while Dunne drags him out. But Gibson throws Dunne with a hammerlock into steel steps! Fans rally for Dunne but Gibson crawls up to refresh the count. Gibson goes back to Dunne, drags him up, and lifts, but Dunne gets the hoverboard! Dunne then X-Plexes Gibson on the ramp! Gibson shouts in such pain while fans lose their minds. A 10 count begins while Dunne and Gibson crawl. Dunne and Gibson both reach the ring, and beat the count at 9.5!

Gibson seems almost shocked, he was perhaps okay with this ending. Dunne drags Gibson up by his ear, but Gibson gets around to rabbit punch Dunne! Dunne crawls to a rope, but Gibson is on him with body shots. Gibson fires off from both sides, but backs off at the ref’s count. He comes back for more, but backs off again. Dunne just gets mad as Gibson comes back for a third go. The referee stops Gibson, he warns this could get him disqualified. Dunne stands, puts his mouth guard in, and dares Gibson to throw hands. But it’s Dunne who fires off instead! Dunne is all fired up, but Gibson gives him a lung blower! Yet Dunne’s back up to enziguri Gibson! Dunne runs, but into a big lariat. Gibson is up, but he runs into a lariat!

Fans are thunderous while the referee counts again. Both men slowly rise, and each grab a wrist. Dunne bends Gibson’s fingers but Gibson bends Dunne’s fingers. Dunne headbutts, but Gibson headbutts. They go back and forth, then fast and furious! They collapse, but no one can cover. Gibson rises first, but he won’t end this so easily. But Dunne has the fingers! Dunne stands, ducks the punch, to then shove and German Suplex on the rebound! Pumphandle, Bitter End!! Cover, TWO!? How?! How does Gibson survive?!

Gibson and Dunne roll away towards opposite ends. Dunne grimaces while he and Gibson stand. He dares Gibson to bring it, but Gibson would rather not. Dunne walks into an enziguri, then Gibson hops up for a FLYING Ticket to Ride lung blower! Cover, TWO!! SHANKLY GATES!! Gibson has his ace hold on! It’s won him every match so far! But Dunne gets to ropes for the break!

Gibson catches his breath and drags Dunne up, but Dunne rocks him with a forearm. Dunne climbs up to join Gibson, prepares something, but it’s a SUPER Helter Skelter! Cover, TWO!! This is superhuman! But, Shankly Gates again! Fans boo as Dunne endures. They don’t want a new champion if it’s Gibson. Dunne reaches but Gibson turns him away from ropes. Dunne keeps enduring, reaching, and gets another ropebreak! The fans applaud this truly epic effort, because “This is Awesome!”

Gibson stands first and boots away on Dunne at the ropes. He backs off and embraces the heat before giving even more. Dunne is dazed, but Gibson won’t stop. He slaps Dunne to make sure he knows who the true number one in the UK is. But Dunne takes that finger, and some more, and SNAP! Gibson manages to kick back, then hop up, but flies into a powerful right! Dunne gets the BITTER END! Cover, Dunne wins!!

Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall; still WWE United Kingdom Champion

The Bruiserweight’s reign continues! His legend grows with every defense, and already looks to be the best WWE UK Championship reign of all time. Will anyone ever dethrone Dunne?

Pete Dunne celebrates, but not just alone. The rest of the WWE/NXT UK Division joins him at the stage, as do GM Johnny Saint and COO Triple H! HHH raises Dunne’s hand, making it official. With Mustache Mountain now the NXT Tag Team Champions and Pete Dunne still your WWE UK Champion, it’s clear: “This is the next chapter in the rich history of UK professional wrestling. This is your time! This is your brand! And We Are NXT!”

 


 

My Thoughts:

Wow! Just when it seemed like WWE/NXT UK couldn’t outdo themselves from the other day, they find a way to do it. A lot of it is thanks to incorporating NXT USA into the night, but it makes for amazing, incredible and instant-classic crossover. While WWE self-spoiled the opening match, watching Mustache Mountain win those NXT Tag Team Championships was must-see. It sounds like Mustache Mountain will get a run with those up until NXT UK introduces their titles, and those titles will probably go to the Coffey Brothers first anyway. They make a confusing yet devastating move after that incredible Fatal 4, establishing themselves quickly as monster Heels on an Authors of Pain level. As for Noam Dar, that is a great moment for him, Dar VS Dunne down the line is going to be fun.

The only weak point of the night was early, with Killer Kelly VS Charlie Morgan. Charlie in both name and look is basically British Liv Morgan, and her match with Kelly wasn’t as crisp as it could be. But hey, the UK Women’s Division needs a midcard. Toni VS Shayna was amazing, but it was clear Shayna wasn’t going to lose just yet. The one to defeat Shayna is going to be an NXT USA female superstar, like Kairi Sane or Dakota Kai. But again, Toni Storm is a shoe-in for the NXT UK Women’s Championship. Wolfgang did great against Adam Cole, but just as the WWE UK Championship did not change hands while being defended in NXT USA, there’s no way the North American Championship is changing hands on a UK program.

That Aleister-Ricochet VS EC3-Dream tag match was also great, it was just so much of what all four men do best. Great chemistry between the Faces and for a time between the Heels. But because of being a Heel, Dream is more focused on himself than on winning, he lets EC3 take the hit. This doesn’t really hurt any of them in the standings, and the tease of Aleister VS Ricochet with that moment with the belt is great. I would love for Ricochet VS EC3 to determine the new #1 contender who then faces Aleister at the next TakeOver. Then wow, whoa, holy crap, that main event. Dunne VS Gibson surpassed expectations based on the tournament finals, even with Dunne obviously set to retain. The spin-off brand is already on par with NXT, and that’s a wonderful thing.

My Score: 9.5/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/5/22)

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they squat?

Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi are the bad boys of NJPW, but are they mightier than The Mighty? We find out as World Tag League rolls on!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bad Luck Fale VS Oskar Leube; Fale wins.
  • Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Ryohei Oiwa & Tomoaki Honma; Naito & Sanada win.
  • Six Man Tag: Ryusuke Taguchi, Master Wato & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Coughlin & Kidd win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Goto & Hashi win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 6-1, 12 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-3, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

The Mechanical Bulls have yet to get on the board, and there’s not much time left! Can they bulldoze the House of Torture and finally score? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp have more tricks up their sleeves for this one?

Dick Togo comes out with the House of Torture, so Sho must be lurking somewhere else right now. The teams sort out, but Kidd tells Dick to leave. Dick does leave and fans applaud. Kidd and Yujiro start and fans rally up with the bell. Kidd and Yujiro circle, tie up, and Yujiro headlocks. Kidd powers up to pry at the hold, and he spins it around onto Yujiro. Fans applaud but Yujiro powers out of the headlock. Kidd runs Yujiro over! Evil runs in but Coughlin intercepts him with a kick! Coughlin ROCKS Evil with a forearm, knees him in a corner, and Kidd has Yujiro in the other. They double whip Evil and Yujiro at each other, then they both scoop and SLAM!

Fans fire up as the Mechanical Bulls roar and flex! Coughlin & Kidd double whip Yujiro, kick and knee lift and run him over with a shoulder! Kidd SENTONS, then covers, TWO! Fans rally while Kidd drags Yujiro up and tags in Coughlin. Kidd holds Yujiro for Coughlin’s CHOP! Fans fire up as Coughlin deadlifts Yujiro into a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Coughlin looms over Yujiro. Coughlin stands Yujiro up but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro CHOPS, whips, but Coughlin reverses. Yujiro holds ropes, Coughlin runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil runs in to BLAST Kidd off the apron, then he goes out after him!

Kidd kicks Evil but Evil claws the eyes! Evil brings Kidd around and takes aim at the timekeeper, but the ref reprimands! Evil lets off, and he CLUBS Kidd down. Abe-san is spared for now, and Yujiro stands Coughlin up in a corner. Yujiro throws elbows, but lets off as the ref counts. Yujiro brings Coughlin over and tags in Evil. Evil CLUBS Coughlin, then fakes the eye rake to CHOP! Coughlin eggs Evil on, so Evil CHOPS again! Coughlin eggs Evil on more and fans fire up. Evil CHOPS again and Coughlin feels that one! Coughlin CHOPS back and Evil feels that! Evil trips Coughlin for a toehold! But Coughlin reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

Evil lets off, drags Coughlin over and he tags in Yujiro. The ref counts, Evil exits and Yujiro stomps Coughlin down. Yujiro drags Coughlin up to knee low, knee low again, then snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Evil protests the count. Yujiro brings Coughlin up and ROCKS him with a forearm. And then ROCKS him in the corner! Yujiro stomps Coughlin, tags Evil, and Evil scoop SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Evil covers again, TWO! And again, TWO!! Evil is furious with the ref but the fans fire up again. Evil drags Coughlin up but Coughlin knees low! And UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS!

Evil kicks low, runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Coughlin crawls over, hot tag to Kidd! Kidd rallies on Evil with shoulders and CHOPS! Kidd whips, Evil reverses but Kidd ducks ‘n’ dodges to DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Kidd but Yujiro runs in. Kidd kicks him, fires off forearms, then has him in a corner. Kidd clotheslines Yujiro, then runs corner to corner and clotheslines Evil! Yujiro runs in but Kidd sends him into Evil! Then Kidd uses Tenzan Power Mongolian Chop! Down goes Yujiro! Kidd blocks Evil’s kick to Tenzan Power Mongolian Chop! And then EXPLODER! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up with Kidd as he drags Evil back up. Kidd calls his shot, suplexes, but Evil fights free and wrenches. Kidd CHOPS Evil first! Fans fire up again as Kidd runs in but Evil dodges the clothesline! Evil corner clotheslines then FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Kidd is still in this, Evil tags Yujiro. Yujiro stomps Kidd, drags him up, then knees him low. Yujiro CLUBS Kidd, reels him in, but Kidd suplexes first! TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Fans fire up as Kidd and Yujiro crawl. Hot tag to Coughlin! The Android picks Yujiro up and RAMS him into a corner! And RAMS again and again, and then UPPERCUTS and CHOPS!

Fans fire up as Coughlin fireman’s carries Yujiro, for a RUNNING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Kidd kicks Evil and throws him out. Kidd goes out after Evil with more Tenzan Power! Coughlin powers up, runs, but Yujiro gets around the lariat to backslide! Coughlin rolls through but Yujiro reels him in. Coughlin powers out of Pimp Juice, but Yujiro bumps into the ref! Coughlin shouts, “YOU!” but he runs into a REVERSE DDT! And with no ref, here come Dick & Sho! Fans boo because they can now, but Evil CLUBS Kidd down. Dick & Sho get in the ring, fans tell them to go away, and then Evil & Yujiro say they can go?

Evil & Yujiro say they have this, they don’t need to cheat. Dick & Sho understand, and they exit. Fans applaud while Yujiro and Evil stand Coughlin & Kidd up. But then they DOUBLE LOW BLOW!! Well, they’re still cheating, just on their own. The House of Torture laughs and Evil stands Kidd up to kick him back down. Dick & Sho then return, and fans boo even more. The House was just tricking everyone, and now they all stomp away on Coughlin & Kidd! Evil drags Kidd up, throws him out, and Sho goes out after Kidd. Yujiro sits Coughlin up, PIMP JUICE! Dick puts the ref back in, he counts the cover, TWO?!?! Coughlin still lives and shocks everyone!!

Fans are thunderous but Evil gets a chair! Sho distracts the ref, Yujiro sits Coughlin up and Evil rushes in, but Kidd BOOTS the chair into Evil! Fans fire up more and Coughlin shoves Yujiro into Sho! Then Coughlin scoops Yujiro to the FALL AWAY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, The Mechanical Bulls win!!

Winners: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

FINALLY! Kidd & Coughlin have their first win as a duo! They won’t win the league, but does this mean there’s hope for the Mechanical Bulls as a team? As for the House of Torture, are they ever going to give up their cheating ways?

 

World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Aussie Open!

With the way things are going, the All United Empire Finals might not be happening! Will the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon get a little help from Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher? Or will Dunk-Zilla & the Aussie Arrow make their senpai earn the dream?

Fans cheer as Gideon Grey makes his way out, along with the Karatsu City mascot, Karawan-kun the beetle-helmet wearing dog. The Orchestrator says good evening, and introduces himself. “And today is a very big day, but first, the Great-O-Khan has forged a new alliance.” The United Empire’s newest mascot is Karawan-kun! “And now, as a humble servant to the people of the United Empire, there is no greater joy that I can take than introducing you to your combatants.” That is to say, he gets to do introductions for BOTH teams of the United Empire! They wait to all go to the ring together, showing that the Empire is united, even when they are competing against each other.

The teams sort out and fans rally up. Khan starts against Davis, and they RAM each other at the bell! Fans fire up as they go again, and again, and then get forehead to forehead. Khan forearms, Davis gives it back, repeat, and fans rally as the shots go faster and faster! Davis and Khan get forehead to forehead again, run, but then Henare and Kyle trip them up! Henare and Kyle send Davis and Khan into railing, then rush in at each other to fire off forearms of their own! Fans fire up again as the shots go back and forth! Khan and Davis return, and they return to firing forearms back and forth with each other!

Fans are loving the brawling but the ref wants this to sort out to 1v1! Khan & Henare get the edge, then they both run, but Aussie Open dodges to pick them both up! They SANDWICH their senpai! Fans fire up and Davis tags in Kyle. Aussie Open drag Khan up, double whip him to ropes, but Khan ducks the double lariat! PONYTAIL CHOKE on Kyle! Henare dropkicks Davis’ legs out! Khan drags Kyle down to a HEAD ‘N’ ARM TRIANGLE! Henare runs over and has a HEEL HOOK! Kyle endures double submissions, but the ref counts! Kyle gets the ROPEBREAK with his free leg! The ref counts again, Khan & Henare let Kyle go.

Khan drags Kyle up, and has the PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands Henare tags in, and the senpai mug Kyle. Henare stalks Kyle, ROCKS him with forearms, then throws knees. Henare snapmares and PENALTY KICKS Kyle in the back! Fans applaud while Kyle writhes. Henare drags Kyle back up, but Kyle throws body shots and a flurry of forearms! Henare DECKS Kyle in return! Henare drags Kyle back up, whips, but Kyle reverses. Kyle runs in but into an elbow! Henare goes up, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Khan BLASTS Davis off the apron, then he and Henare drag Kyle back up. Fans rally as the senpai double whip Kyle to the corner.

Khan whips Henare in but Kyle goes up and over! Kyle ducks under Khan, hot tag to Davis! Fans fire up as Davis runs through Khan’s lariat to corner clothesline Henare! Davis CHOPS Khan, clotheslines Henare again, then CHOPS Khan again! Davis clotheslines Henare again but Khan ducks the chop. Khan & Henare mug Davis, they double whip but Davis handsprings and DOUBLE LARIATS back! Fans fire up and Davis drags Henare up. Davis shoves Henare to a corner, and CHOP LARIATS! And CHOP LARIATS! And CHOP LARIATS again! Fans fire up, Davis wrenches Henare and torture racks, but Henare fights free!

Henare BOOTS Davis down, then runs at the corner. Davis dodges and Kyle runs in to LARIAT! Kyle sits Henare down for Davis’ SLIDING FOREARM! Kyle then DIVES onto Khan! Fans fire up and Davis torture racks Henare, for the SPINNING RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kyle and fans rally as Aussie Open coordinates. Fireman’s carry, POP-UP KICK! Kyle hops up and Davis scoops Henare for a LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Henare stays in this. Kyle fires up now and Davis helps him stand Henare up. They double pump handle but Khan saves Henare! But then Aussie Open double wrench and DOUBLE FOREARM!

Aussie Open dumps Khan out, they get Henare back up, double underhooks and lift, BUTTERFLY SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Khan breaks it in time! Fans fire up while Davis stomps Khan. Aussie Open whips Khan to ropes, but Khan BOOTS Kyle and arm-drags Davis! Fans fire up as Khan goes to his corner and calls to Henare. Henare crawls over as fans rally, hot tag to Khan! Khan storms up on Kyle, for Mongolian Chops! And then more Mongolian Chops in the corner! Khan turns Kyle around, to sit up on his throne! Fans cheer but the ref reprimands. Khan hops off at 4, then dribbles Kyle off the buckles! Khan goes to TEN, then he SLAM DUNKS Kyle!

Kyle staggers into a PANCAKE PLEX! Bridging cover, but Davis breaks it! Henare CLUBS Davis then throws him out. Khan & Henare double whip Kyle corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Feed to Khan for HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare hooks up the legs, FUBUKI! Kyle endures, but he gets MARINE! Cover, Davis breaks it! Henare CLUBS and HEADBUTTS Davis, then throws him out again. Henare tags in, he storms up on Kyle. Fans rally, Henare stomps Kyle then drags him up. Kyle CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And then ROCKS Henare with a forearm!

Henare and Kyle stagger, but Kyle runs corner to corner. Henare dodges the kick, Khan rushes in to feed Kyle to Henare’s scoop, BERSERKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and fans rally up. Henare drags Kyle up, fireman’s carries, and Khan runs, but Davis clotheslines him out! Kyle slips free, Davis dodges Henare, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans are thunderous as Aussie Open regroup. Davis goes to the corner, Kyle tags him in, and Aussie Open fires up as they go to opposite corners. They aim as Henare stands up, but he moves as they rush in! Aussie Open stop from colliding, Kyle rushes at Henare but he dodges.

Davis kicks but Henare blocks, to step-over WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as Kyle SUPERKICKS Henare down, but then Khan LARIATS Kyle! Davis CLOBBERS Khan but Henare HEEL KICKS Davis! ELBOW JAB for Kyle, but DROPKICK for Henare! Khan dodges Kyle to NECKBREAKER DROP! But then Davis ENZIGURIS Khan down! Fans are thunderous again as the entire United Empire is down! The teams regroup and slowly rise. Aussie Open throw forearms first, but Khan & Henare give them back. Aussie Open hits again, #Khanare hits back! Aussie Open, Khanare, repeat! Fans fire up as they go faster and faster!

Aussie Open gets the edge, they fire up, but Khan Mongolian Chops and Henare body shots! The senpai have control as Khan puts some stank on his Mongolian- NO, Davis blocks! But Henare gets around to ROUNDHOUSE Davis in the back! Davis wobbles, the Monster Rage boils over! Khan scoops Davis, Henare SCREW HIGH KICKS and then Khan TENZAN TOMBSTONE DRIVERS!! Henare covers, but Kyle barrels in to break it!! Fans are thunderous again as Khan drags Kyle up. Kyle forearms Khan, CHOPS Henare, repeat! Kyle roars and runs, but into a BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Khan & Henare get Davis up now!

Fireman’s carry, Khan runs, but Davis slips off to shove the senpai into each other! Davis reels Henare in, Kyle gut wrenches Khan, DOUBLE DRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Khan & Henare both roar as they rise up! But Aussie Open aim from the corners! DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Khan falls, Aussie Open pump handle Henare, COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Henare & Khan earn 0)

The All United Empire Finals is no longer going to happen, but based on this, we know what would’ve happened! Davis & Fletcher best their senpai, will they soon prove they are the best?

But in the end, the United Empire all stands together, along with Gideon and Karawan-kun. Gideon wants everyone to understand this was about more than just two points! “This was about the pride beating in the heart of each and every one of these men in this ring!” Fans applaud that. “You wanna achieve greatness? You wanna make a change? Then follow this example! NEVER give less than 100%! NEVER stop moving forward! And NEVER give up! And when your body gives out, which it will, have your allies pick you back up and do it all over again! Get off your ass and do something you can be proud of! This is why United Empire runs the world!”

Fans applaud that passion, and the four stand together at the center. Gideon says this was the best match from the best unit! “This is the power of the United Empire!!” Fans cheer as the faction hugs it out. Will the United Empire soon become the strongest faction in all of professional wrestling?

 

World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

Bishamon is on the bubble, but they could find a way! Unless the Meanest Tag Team in World Tag League has something to say about it! If #EverybodyDies, does another run come to an end? Or will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter #TurnItAllAround before the end?

Naturally, the Murderhawk Monster clobbers a Young Lion, and he goes after Oskar Leube. Then he goes to intimidate Milano Collection AT! Milano runs off, Archer sits in his seat and puts on the headset. Archer says hello to Jushin Thunder Liger, asks if he’s doing well, then says F U and gets back to the ring. Suzuki makes his entrance, he BOOTS Young Lion Ryohei Oiwa down, and fans take full advantage of being able to sing “KAZE NI NARE~!” Goto & Hashi make their entrance, but Archer & Suzuki attack after the introductions! Archer stomps Goto in a corner, Suzuki fires off on Hashi! The bell rings as Suzuki throws Hashi out!

Archer stands on Goto in the corner while Suzuki stomps Hashi against railing! Fans rally up while the ref reprimands. Archer tells the ref to shut up, then he stomps Goto more. Archer stands Goto up to ROCK him, then CHOKE him against the ropes! The ref counts, Archer stops at 4. Archer runs, but Hashi gets in and Bishamon RAMS Archer with double shoulders! Suzuki runs in but Hashi kicks him first. Bishamon drums Suzuki down! Fans fire up as Bishamon gets Archer now for drumming! But Archer explodes out! Archer runs to CLOBBER Goto, and Suzuki has Hashi in a HANGING ARMBAR!

The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off at 4, and he drags Hashi out. Archer goes after Goto on the outside while Suzuki whips Hashi into railing! Archer digs his knee into Goto’s neck but the ref reprimands. Archer tells the ref to shut up again, but Suzuki brings Hashi around the railing. Abe-san moves aside so Suzuki can throw Hashi onto the timekeeper’s table! Suzuki then grabs one of the chairs and digs it into Hashi’s head! Archer meanwhile whips Goto hard into railing! Fans rally up while Archer take apart the railing! Archer uses that to choke Goto! The ref reprimands, he starts the ring count, but Suzuki brings Hashi up the ramp!

Suzuki reels Hashi in, Gotch holds, but Hashi resists the lift! The count is 10 of 20, Suzuki KNEES Hashi down, then goes back to ringside. Archer puts Goto in, reels him in and short arm LARIATS! Tag to Suzuki and he covers, TWO! Fans rally while Suzuki looms over Goto. Suzuki kicks Goto around, toys with him as he digs his heel into Goto’s face, then gives him some stomps. Goto sits up, Suzuki KICKS and KICKS, but Goto glares defiantly. So Suzuki KNEES Goto down! Suzuki drags Goto around by a leg for a HEEL HOOK, then turns the leg. Suzuki also gets an arm, but Goto still endures. Goto reaches out, but Suzuki lets off to keep him from the ropes.

Archer goes after Hashi on the outside, Suzuki drags Goto up but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Suzuki CHOPS back! Suzuki has Goto in the corner, Archer holds Goto up, and Suzuki CHOPS! Suzuki throws body shots, then CHOPS again! Tag to Archer and Archer brings Goto around. Goto fires CHOPS in return! Goto KICKS but Archer kicks and ROCKS and whips! Goto hits buckles hard and bounces off! Archer waits on Goto to stand back up, fans rally up, and Archer runs in to back elbow! Archer keeps moving, he CLOBBERS Goto! Fans fire up while Archer has a cocky cover. TWO, but then Archer DECKS Hashi off the apron.

Archer stomps Goto, tags Suzuki, and Suzuki drags Goto up to wrench and double wristlock! Goto moves around but Suzuki wrangles him down! ARMBAR!! Goto endures, flails and moves around, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets off and fans applaud. Tag to Archer, he tells fans rallying for Goto to shut up. Fans rally harder for Goto and Archer eggs Goto on. Archer slaps Goto around but Goto fires off CHOPS! Archer knees low, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Archer stays up, so Goto runs again, to LARIAT! Archer choke grips, but Goto breaks free, dodges, and hot tags Hashi! Hashi RAMS Archer, and RAMS again!

Archer pie faces Hashi to a corner, runs in but Hashi dodges. Hashi clotheslines, whips, but Archer reverses! Hashi comes back to dropkick the legs out! Hashi keeps moving to HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Archer up. Hashi goes to suplex but Archer blocks! Hashi keeps trying, but Archer still resists. Hashi kicks and kicks and fires up! Hashi suplexes, but Archer fights that! Archer wrenches but Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Archer again. Archer still whips but Hashi holds ropes. Archer runs in, Hashi drop toeholds him into ropes! Hashi runs and SHOTGUNS Archer down!

Fans fire up and Hashi tags Goto back in. Hashi BLASTS Suzuki, Goto stomps Archer. Bishamon double whips Archer to a corner, Goto whips Hashi in but Archer elbows Hashi away. Goto runs in but Archer BOOTS him! Archer hops up and DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up and Archer tags Suzuki. Suzuki stomps Goto around, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Suzuki runs in to BOOT Goto, then he snapmares and runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Suzuki argues the count. Suzuki kicks at Goto, drags him back up, and he HEADBUTTS! Goto drops to a knee but Suzuki brings him back up.

Suzuki HEADBUTTS again and again, but Goto throws a forearm! Suzuki snarls and storms up to forearm Goto back! Goto forearms, Suzuki forearms, repeat! Fans fire up as the forearms go faster and faster! Goto gets the edge, but Suzuki just grins through it all! Suzuki comes back to DECK Goto! Fans fire up as Suzuki looms over Goto. Suzuki eggs Goto on and then runs, but Goto blocks the boot! Goto hooks Suzuki up and Hashi runs in, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Hashi BLASTS Archer off the apron! Fans fire up with Bishamon as Hashi calls for lights out! Goto drags Suzuki up, Hashi has th elegs, but Archer attacks them first!

Archer throws knees into Hashi, then he and Suzuki whip Goto and Hashi into each other! Archer then hauls Goto up and Suzuki runs, HART ATTACK!! Cover, Hashi breaks it! Archer drags Hashi up to throw him out! Suzuki drags Goto up and around but Goto’s dead weight. Archer sends Hashi into railing while Suzuki taunts Goto. Fans rally up while Suzuki drags Goto back up. Goto swings, misses, and Suzuki ROCKS him! SLEEPER HOLD!! Goto flails, reaches out, but Suzuki keeps him from the ropes! Suzuki squeezes tighter, Goto is turning purple! Goto sits down, he sputters, and the ref checks! Goto is fading, Suzuki covers, TWO!!!

Suzuki SLEEPERS Goto again and drags him up! Then he spins Goto around, reels him in, and Gotch holds! But Goto resists the lift! Fans fire up as the struggle continues, but Suzuki lifts Goto up! Goto kicks and flails but Suzuki still lifts! Goto fights to back drop free!! Goto roars, runs, but Suzuki follows to shoot around, SLEEPER! But Goto powers Suzuki to a corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Feed to the fireman’s carry, FIERCE- NO, Archer grabs Hashi by the hair! Suzuki slips off to SLEEPER! Hashi gets around Archer to waistlock, Archer elbows free, but then Hashi dumps him out! Fans fire up as Goto fireman’s carries!

FIERCE FLASH! Into SHOUTO!!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)

Goto & Hashi live to fight another round! Can Bishamon #GetBackUp to the World Tag League finals for a back-to-back victory?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!

The Joker & The Ace were knocked out of the running just last round, but they aren’t going to let that stop them! Will they bring down one of the frontrunners in the block? Or will Shane & Mikey prove that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

The teams sort out and the Mighty want Red Shoes to thoroughly check Yano. Yano says it’s all fine! Tanahashi takes off his jacket, and Yano says, “SUGOI~!” Yano gets the fans cheering for “HIROSHI! HIROSHI!” and Tanahashi starts against Shane. Shane does an air drum while Tanahashi air guitars. Fans rally for Hiroshi as he circles with Shane. They tie up, Shane powers Tanahashi to ropes, but Red Shoes calls the break. Shane lets off to flex his own muscles. Fans applaud as they are impressive, but Tanahashi shrugs that off. Tanahashi and Shane circle and tie up again, and Tanahashi puts Shane on ropes now.

Tanahashi lets off quickly, and he flexes his muscles. Fans cheer even more, and that annoys Shane. But Tanahashi blocks Shane’s kick to CLUB the leg then headlock. Shane powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover but Shane headscissors. Tanahashi kips free but Shane headlocks for a takeover. Now Tanahashi headscissors and Shane kips free. Tanahashi flexes and Shane backs away. Shane wants Tanahashi to back up, and Tanahashi steps away. Shane resets and circles with Tanahashi again. But then Shane tags Mikey and Yano calls to Tanahashi! Tanahashi tags Yano and fans fire up!

Yano and Mikey step up, and Yano squats! Fans want Mikey to squat but Mikey mocks it as sumo. Yano stands up and says it’s not sumo, but Mikey kicks him low! Mikey whips, Yano holds ropes to taunt Mikey, then he dodges to go for a buckle pad! Mikey storms over as Yano throws the pad away. Mikey kicks Yano and runs, but Tanahashi catches him! Yano runs in but Mikey moves! Yano stops from running into Tanahashi, but he turns around into a kick! Mikey runs, but Tanahashi gets in, both Yano & Tanahashi run Mikey over! Fans fire up as they both squat by him. Shane gets in to BOOT Tanahashi out of the ring!

Yano says, “Oh sh*t” and Shane BOOTS him down! Mikey gets up, he kicks Yano out, and then goes out after Yano to kick him more. Mikey smacks Yano off the apron, puts him in the ring, and covers, TWO! Fans applaud but Mikey drags Yano around into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Yano endures, Mikey fishhooks Yano’s face! Red Shoes reprimands, Mikey lets go, and he tags Shane. Fans rally for Yano but the Mighty mug Yano in the corner. Shane pushes Yano out while Mikey BLASTS Tanahashi! Shane sends Yano into railing! Shane puts Yano in the ring, drags him up by his hair, and he snapmares Yano back down for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Shane squats! Fans applaud and Shane SLAMS Yano’s arm down! Then he SLAMS Yano’s other arm! Then he makes Yano clap really hard! Fans clap along, then Shane SLAMS both arms! Fans cheer and Shane flexes. Shane drags Yano over, tags Mikey in, and the Mighty drag Yano up. Yano fights back with forearms, but Shane UPPERCUTS and Mikey reels Yano in, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Tanahashi and shoves him out. Mikey stomps Yano more, then drops knees at the ropes. Fans rally while Shane taunts Yano. Mikey eggs Yano on and Yano stands up.

Yano fires off forearms but Mikey hits back! Yano pulls hair but Mikey ROCKS Yano! Mikey whips, Yano reverses and throws Mikey down by his hair! Fans fire up and Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Mikey, then whips to ropes. Mikey reverses but Tanahashi FLYING FOREARMS! Tanahashi BLASTS Shane for good measure, then he runs at Mikey. Tanahashi blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW! Shane runs in but his kick is blocked, DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he brings Mikey up. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Mikey into a drop zone, then goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Tanahashi waits on Mikey. Mikey stands, Tanahashi runs, but into an ELBOW! Mikey runs, ducks Tanahashi’s haymaker, and fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Fans fire up while both men are down. Tanahashi and Mikey crawl, hot tags to Yano and Shane! Fans cheer as Yano dodges to SLAP Shane! Yano whips, Shane reverses, but Yano stops from hitting bare buckles! Shane runs in but Yano sends him into the buckles! Roll-up, TWO! Yano is upset with Red Shoes but Red SHoes says his count was fair. Shane UPPERCUTS, but Yano atomic- NO, Shane slips off to BOOT!

Shane suplexes for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Yano is still in this but Shane snarls. Shane calls his shot, goes up the corner, but Yano knocks Red Shoes into the ropes to trip Shane up! Yano apologizes to them all, but Shane YANKS Yano into the bare buckles! Shane adjusts, Yano staggers, and Shane leaps, into an atomic drop! Fans fire up as Yano crawls and tags in Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to SLING- NO, Shane atomic drops Tanahashi! Tanahashi goes to a corner, Shane runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Shane’s boot misses and he gets hung up on the top rope again! Tanahashi runs, but Shane DROPKICKS him down!

Fans fire up as Shane and Tanahashi crawl. Hot tag to Mikey! Mikey drags Tanahashi up, suplexes, but Tanahashi slips free! Tanahashi waistlocks, but he ducks Mikey’s elbow, only for Mikey to DDT! Fans fire up as Mikey roars, and Mikey drags Tanahashi up. But Tanahashi throws a forearm! Mikey forearms back, they go back and forth and fans fire up! Tanahashi UPPERCUTS, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mikey argues the count, and Shane sends Yano into railing! Mikey scoops Tanahashi, Shane runs in, TANKBUSTER! Cover, but Yano breaks it! Shane throws Yano out and then goes out after him.

Mikey drags Tanahashi up, reels him in, but Tanahashi fights the bomb! Tanahashi throws elbows, to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up, Tanahashi runs, but into a scoop! MIKEY BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Mikey can’t believe that Tanahashi survives! Fans fire up as Shane gets back in. The Mighty roar, they drag Tanahashi up, THUNDER- NO, Tanahashi fights free! Tanahashi fires off forearms and elbows, but Mikey SLAPS! Shane SLAPS! The Mighty DOUBLE SLAP! But then Tanahashi duck and the Mighty SLAPS each other! Tanahashi DRAGON PALMS Mikey while Yano shoves Red Shoes out of the way!

Tanahashi shoves Mikey into Shane, and Yano DOUBLE LOW BLOWS The Mighty! Tanahashi runs to SLINGBLADE Mikey down! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi PLANCHAS Shane! Yano has Mikey up, ONIGOROSHI!! Tanahashi climbs up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, the Joker & the Ace win!

Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; The Mighty earn 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they FELL here tonight! And with Aussie Open as their last opponents, are they doomed to miss the finals?

As for Yano & Tanahashi, Red Shoes squats with them to confirm the victory, and then Yano calls in the Mayor! “Shichou” Toshiyuki Sakai says why not, and he gets into the ring! He takes off the suit jacket and puts his mask aside for the moment, so he can squat! Maybe he was a Yankee in his younger days? Fans cheer the photo op, and then Tanahashi gets the mic. “After 25 years, NJPW is back in Karatsu!” Fans cheer for that! Tanahashi thanks the fans for coming out and supporting NJPW, which fans also applaud. Tanahashi says “You all have really let me see so much of Karatsu. Thank you. Liger-san introduced me to this beautiful town. The food, the sights. Thank you for having us.

“But the thing that really struck me about this place was the warm reception all of you gave us. Thank you so much!” Fans cheer that, too. Tanahashi then says, “So next time, we’ll see you in another 25 years?” Fans laugh, then boo, because they hope not! “No? Okay, we’ll see you… next year!” Fans cheer but is Tanahashi putting NJPW in a spot promising that? Tanahashi thanks the fans again for supporting the show until the end. “Finally, to every single one of you in Karatsu… AISHITEMAAASU~!” Fans get to cheer along with that one, and getting to join Yano in “Y T R!” The Joker & The Ace take a victory lap around the ring, but then Tanahashi gets back in the ring.

“Sorry. I forgot the air guitar!” Fans cheer, at least he remembered before he left. Fans chant, “GI-TA-RU! GI-TA-RU!” and a fan sends theirs up to Tanahashi! “KARATSU~!” “OSU!” “KARATSU~!” “OSU!” “LET’S ROCK~!” The air guitar concert begins! Yano is even sitting in his red chair doing air drums! Big finish! Fans want an “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi decides to return that previous air guitar, so he can borrow one from the other side of the arena! Another air guitar is sent up, and then Yano switches to air bass! They jam out and fans clap along! Fans cheer Yano for going hard on the bass. But they still want more!

The mayor has an air guitar! Tanahashi takes it, and Yano’s back on drums! Fans cheer the third round of the concert, and Yano is surprised when there’s actually a cymbal crash for his big finish! Tanahashi returns the mayor’s guitar, then gets the mic again. “I can’t just leave it at that, so I have to close on a second Aishitemasu for the first time ever!” Fans fire up as they get to be part of history! “Finally, and really this time, Karatsu… AISHITEMAAAAAAASU!” So much love, energy, comedy and music, will this help carry Yano, Tanahashi and all of  NJPW into a bright future?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 7-1, 14 points
The Mighty: 5-2, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 5-2, 10 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 4-3, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Khan & Henare: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Suzuki & Archer: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for World Tag League, and awesome stuff to see Coughlin & Kidd get a win off House of Torture. I like Coughlin & Kidd as a team, and I know Coughlin’s overall story is going to be hunting down JR Kratos, but maybe Kidd can be his back-up through that story. Aussie Open VS Henare & Khan probably had the actual best match of the night and that probably could’ve been the main event. But at the same time, I get they put this earlier on the card because it was still very clear Aussie Open was going to win. They have such a big lead, Aussie Open is already a lock for the finals, so it all comes down to their opponents.

Goto & Hashi had a great match against Suzuki & Archer to get a much needed win. But I have a feeling they’re going to be out next with Naito & Sanada still in the running, and Aussie Open VS The Mighty being a big match-up on Friday the 9th. Yano & Tanahashi beating the Mighty though being out of the running was big for them, and I really do hope those two keep things going past World Tag League. At the same time, they probably choose not to so that their high school bad boy act doesn’t get tired.

My Score: 8.8/10


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WWE Raw 2022

There’s a lot on the line for The Bloodline!

United though they may be, The Bloodline still needs to be on guard! Jimmy & Jey Uso return to Raw to defend their Undisputed Tag Team Championships against Matt Riddle & Elias!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias; The Usos win and retain the titles.
  • Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka; Bayley wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
  • WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins by disqualification and retains the title.
  • JBL’s High Stakes Poker Invitational: Lumis wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy; The OC wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Akira Tozawa; Dominik wins.
  • Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; Alexa wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.

PLAY PY PLAY

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias!

The Bloodline is here as Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa accompany Jimmy & Jey to the ring. The reign is over 500 days and counting, but could that time be up here in Washington, DC? Or will

As footage shows, it was earlier tonight when the Bloodline arrived. They were fired up, but Byron Saxton walked over to interview them. But then The Bro scooters in super fast! The Bloodline gets clear, and they’re upset. Jey says it doesn’t matter, they gonna get Riddle AND Elias tonight like they have every other team! If Riddle and Elias want at the titles, just look who showed up tonight? But then Elias comes out of his tour bus to ask what all the commotion’s about. Solo CLOBBERS Elias from behind! The Bloodline mugs The Drifter, and Solo whips Elias into spare railing! Sami says that’s what they get! Then he realizes Elias might be hurt.

In the present, Jey gets a mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” But Jimmy says there’s some bad news. The championship match that was supposed to go down is officially canceled! Cuz the Enforcer, Solo Sikoa, done bodied Elias in the parking lot. Now, everyone surely came here to see them compete, but here’s the bright side: Riddle won’t be humiliated, and Elias can go home to work on any song he wants to. Sami adds, “Bet! Sorry, it just felt like a good time for a ‘bet.'” Jimmy understands. But what you can look forward to now is the Usos focusing on being the best tag team ever!

The Usos will defend against any team that wants to run up, but those that run up will get done up! Because everyone else is the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But “Bro…” Riddle comes out to say, “First of all, it wasn’t so cool of you guys to take out my partner Elias tonight, dude. Like tonight was his first night to finally get WWE gold. And honestly, if I’m being real, it’s not really like The Bloodline to run from a fight. I would say it’s not very… How you say? Ucey?” Sami tells Riddle, “Yo yo yo yo yo yo! Hold up, my dawg.” Sami wants to explain something to Riddle. Riddle is not the one who decides what is or isn’t Ucey. Sami’s a bit of an expert in this field.

In fact, Sami is a certified Uceologist. What? Sami is the one to say what is and isn’t Ucey. For example, Solo Sikoa showing once again why he IS the Enforcer by destroying Elias, that is UCEY! The Usos continuing to be the longest reigning tag team champions in history, that is UCEY! Riddle coming out here, running his mouth, thinking he ever had a chance at beating them is NOT Ucey. So unless Riddle wants to suffer the same fate as Elias, just go home. Riddle says he did find someone else. And there WILL be a tag title match tonight! Now, Riddle and this guy aren’t really bros, but they both hate the Bloodline. It’s KEVIN OWENS!!

The Prizefighter and the Bro go to the ring but the Usos say that’s fine. Will the #KOBros be the ones to dethrone Jimmy & Jey?

The teams sort out, Kevin and Jey start and the bell rings. Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick and fires off haymakers! Kevin has Jey in a corner, the ref counts and Kevin lets off at 4. Kevin drags Jey up to whip to ropes and he CLOBBERS Jey with an elbow, to then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Sami coaches Jey but Kevin drags Jey up. Kevin bumps Jey off buckles, JABS, then backs up to run corner to corner! CANNO- NO, Jimmy gets Jey out of the way. Fans boo but Kevin goes out after them all to CLOBBER Jimmy! Kevin whips Jey into barriers! Fans fire up with Kevin, Kevin asks Solo what he’s staring at, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Kevin covers, TWO! Jimmy survives the cannonball but Kevin knocks him back down. Kevin goes up and up and MOONSUALTS! Cover, ONE!! Jimmy scrambles to ropes, Sami is upset about things, but Riddle tags in. Riddle stands Jimmy up to ROCK him with haymakers. Riddle whips, Jimmy reverses but Riddle holds ropes to BOOT Jimmy. But Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey ENZIGURIS Riddle down! Sami is fired up but fans boo the cheap shot. Jimmy tags Jey, the Usos split the wishbone. Jey looms over Riddle, he drags Riddle around then stomps him down. Jey throws his shirt at Kevin but Kevin just throws it on the floor.

Jey CHOKES Riddle on the ropes, he lets off at 4, and Jimmy BOOTS Riddle down! The cheap shots continue and fans boo again. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs up, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle hangs tough and the Usos are annoyed. Fans rally but Jimmy drags Riddle up to ROCK him! Riddle ROCKS Jimmy back, fires off more shots, then he BLASTS Jey! Jimmy UPPERCUTS Riddle down! Jimmy BLASTS Kevin for good measure! But Riddle fires off forearms on Jimmy! Jey tags in as Riddle whips, and Jimmy reverses, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Jey covers, TWO!

Sami is anxious and even Solo shows a bit of stress as Riddle is still in this. But Sami says Jey has Riddle where they want him. Jey stands Riddle up but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS and fires off fast hands! Jey ducks the roundhouse, to POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but still in a bad way as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Riddle wipes out both Usos! Riddle BROTONS Jimmy then tags in Kevin! Kevin goes up top fast, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is stressing out as Kevin keeps focus on Jimmy. Jimmy rises slowly and Sami tries to warn him, but Jimmy turns around into a kick! But Jimmy stops the Stunner! Kevin stops the superkick, to SUPERKICK back! Kevin whips, but Jimmy slips off the pop-up to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men crawl, hot tags to Jey and Riddle! Riddle spins Jey around to PELE! Then Riddle kips up, but Jey mule kicks and UPPERCUTS!

Riddle goes to ropes, Jey run sin but Riddle headscissors him out of the ring! Riddle hurries back in, Sami helps Jey stand up. Kevin storms over but Solo stands in the way! The ref warns Solo, but then Riddle PLANCHAS to take Solo out! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Riddle FLASH KNEES Jey! Riddle puts Jey in, tells Sami to back off, but Jimmy tags in! Riddle rushes Jey but Jimmy storms in. Riddle ROCKS Jimmy, Jey USPERKICKS Riddle! ONE D on the rebound!! Cover, USOS WIN!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

The Bloodline’s numbers game is the real unstoppable force in the WWE! And now Sami and the Usos mug Riddle! But Kevin has a chair! He SMACKS Jimmy, and he SMACKS Jey! Sami gets away but Kevin chases him to the back! Solo gets in the ring to SUPERKICK Riddle! Solo fires off on Riddle with heavy fists! Fans boo but the Enforcer isn’t done with Riddle yet. Solo has a taped up thumb, shoutout to Umaga with the SAMOAN SPIKE!! Riddle sputters and crawls to a corner, Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK!! Solo’s rage is unleashed as he gets a chair for himself.

Solo puts the chair around Riddle’s head, punches Riddle down, then goes to the far corner. Fans boo as hard as they can but Solo roars and runs in, FULL METAL HIP ATTACK!!! Riddle writhes and clutches his neck! Medics rush out and put Riddle in a neck brace and onto a backboard. Did Solo just sideline The Bro all on his own?

 

BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!

Sheamus and Drew McIntyre wanted to challenge the winners to an Undisputed Tag Team Championship match this Friday, but the Scottish Warrior is unfortunately not cleared medically. That means the Celtic Warrior will have “Butch” as his new tag partner! Will Pete Dunne be able to help Sheamus against the Usos? Or will it be more of the same from The Bloodline?

 

The Judgment Day speaks.

Rhea says, “Bayley and Asuka, they’re both credible. They’ve both been Women’s Champion, they’ve both been Women’s Tag Team Champion. They’re both very, very good at what they do. But you know what they’re not? They’re not Rhea bloody Ripley! So when I’m done with them tonight and they’re laying in that ring crying their eyes out and I move on to Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship, and when I’m done with Bianca, the whole Raw Women’s locker room will be calling me Mami.” The Judgment Day like that, and then Rhea high-fives as she heads out. Will the Eradicator eliminate everyone in her path to the title?

 

JBL’s Poker Invitational begins!

Tamina, Dana Brooke, Shelton Benjamin, Dominik Mysterio and Akira Tozawa are one table, while Chad Gable, Luke Gallows and Baron Corbin are another. Otis has a huge plate of sausage but he isn’t sharing. JBL walks over to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the JBL Poker Invitational, an event that’ll become as big a tradition as The Masters, the Olympics, and as grand a spectacle as WrestleMania. Now, I know a lot of you don’t see eye to eye, and Tozawa… Nobody likes you. But poker is a gentlemen’s, and gentlewoman’s, sport. Especially in the high stakes room. The rules are simple: It is a dime ante. 10, 20K-”

BOOM! Dexter Lumis enters with Johnny Gargano, and he drops the Louis Vuitton bag full of cash he won from The Miz! JBL assumes Crystal Lake doesn’t get mail, but Jason Vorhees here needs an invitation. And JBL is pretty sure he didn’t invite the… one-and-a-half of them. Besides, Lumis can’t possibly have the 50K buy-in. So go stare at someone else. Gargano says “Show ’em.” And Lumis dumps the money out! Well okay! Welcome to the tournament! Lumis has a seat at the table, will anyone be able to crack that poker face?

 

Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka!

A Role Model, an Eradicator and an Empress walk into the ring, but this ain’t no joke! Only one can move on to the next round, who will be one step closer to facing The RawEST Women’s Champion?

But then surprisingly, Becky Lynch calls to Bayley from up in the bleachers! “Hey, ol’ pal! Well, I dunno if I can call ya pal anymore, seeing as how you and your cronies keep trying to jump me.” Fans cheer Becky on and she says, “I was just up at the merch stand, reminiscing about how fun it was last week, me beating up Bayley and her two cronies at one time. That was awesome.” Bayley says it’d be more awesome if Becky could hurry this up. Bayley has stuff to do. Well Becky wants Bayley to know that first, this is a great fan sign, #BigTimeBecky. But did Bayley also know that it’s been over three years since they faced each other 1v1?

Becky says they didn’t even scratch the surface back then. She was gone, Bayley showed up, but kudos to Bayley for carrying the WWE during the ThunderDome era! She really did! She was champion, Double Champion, sometimes doing double and triple duty. Bayley says the fans can cheer for that. The fans do cheer! Becky says Bayley was awesome, but then Becky came back right as Bayley was gone. And then Bayley came back right as Becky was gone. Bayley says she’s kinda repeating herself, and we all know the history. But Becky has a match so she should go, and also Bayley has a match right now that she’s about to win.

So the point is, Becky doesn’t need to tell Bayley’s history. That doesn’t matter now. Stop living in the past! Becky came down the stairs, she’s interrupting matches and Bayley’s “Magic!” Becky thinks she can just do whatever she wants, huh? Yeah, actually, she does. Becky was just trying to catch up. But Bayley says the difference between them, now more than ever, when Becky is here, it’s all about her, isn’t it? Fans cheer Becky because they definitely like her. Bayley says the fans just make it worse. Becky doesn’t care about the fans or anyone else! BAYLEY cares about the fans and the wrestlers!

And that’s what Bayley has been doing while Becky’s been gone. That’s why Bayley has Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky. She looks out of the future for the idiot fans! And the locker room! Bayley sees the bigger picture, but Becky just looks in the mirror! No one cheers, huh? That’s because no one has respect for what Bayley’s doing! Fans still cheer Becky. Becky says Bayley is looking out for people, and DMG CTRL has been successful. Well, two thirds have been, because there’s two champs and one loser. But hey, good luck tonight. Maybe they can finally go 1v1 again and make some history. If Bayley’s woman enough to face The Man, that is.

Becky leaves just as Rhea makes her entrance. Will Big Time Becks have to change her plans on who she’s facing next round?

Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. The bell rings and Asuka DROPKICKS Bayley! But Rhea rolls Asuka, ONE!! Asuka dodges Rhea’s haymaker but Bayley ROCKS her! Bayley grab at Asuka but Rhea rolls Bayley up, ONE!! Rhea kicks and stomps and KNEE SMASHES Bayley to then throw her out. Asuka runs in but Rhea catches her hip attack! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, CLUBS her more, then bumps her off buckles. Fans rally for Asuka but Rhea RAMS into her again and again. Bayley runs up, but Rhea blocks the roll-up! Bayley avoids the stomp, and the two stare down.

Bayley taunts “Mami,” then dodges her haymaker to waistlock. Rhea pries the hold, bucks Bayley at the ropes, then runs in again to scoop. Bayley slips off, but Rhea blocks the punch! Rhea throws body shots, RAMS Bayley into the corner and RAMS into her more! Rhea then brings Bayley out to snap suplex! Rhea looms over Bayley, goes back to Asuka, and whips her corner to corner hard! Rhea then goes to Bayley to CLUB her down. Rhea grins as she whips corner to corner and Bayley hits buckles hard! Rhea grins more as she storms over to Asuka. Rhea stands Asuka up but Asuka throws body shots!

Rhea kicks low, TOSSES Asuka aside, then TOSSES Bayley around! Fans rally as Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea storms over to Asuka and drags her up. Asuka throws more body shots, then kicks and a SOBAT! Bayley runs in to BLINDSIDE LARIAT Rhea, Asuka SLIDING KICKS! Asuka and Bayley come to an understanding to mug Rhea, and  they POST her! Then Bayley kicks Asuka and headlocks. Asuka fires body shots, powers out and runs Bayley over! Bayley goes to the apron, she avoids the hip attack and she drags Asuka out to throw her into barriers! Bayley CLUBS Asuka, but Rhea CANNONBALLS them both! Fans fire up as Rhea laughs, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Bayley paces around as Rhea smothers Asuka into the mat with a forearm. Seems Bayley and Rhea now have that understanding, and Rhea sits Asuka up for Bayley to stomp down. Bayley talks trash, Rhea slaps Asuka around, and they drag Asuka up. Rhea bumps Asuka off buckles, then Rhea whips Bayley in, but Asuka puts her on the apron! Asuka dodges Rhea, URAKEN, URAKEN, SOBAT, KICK and URAKEN to an AX HANDLE! But Rhea blocks the whip! Rhea whips Asuka to a corner, but Asuka dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Bayley runs in but is sent into Bayley! Rhea SLAMS Bayley, but Asuka uses Bayley as a step to BOOT Rhea!

Fans fire up as Asuka SOBATS Rhea again. Asuka headlocks Rhea, runs at Bayley, but only the LRIAT Hits as Rhea fights the bulldog. Rhea runs in, Asuka dodges, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Asuka fires up and fans are with her as she watches Rhea and Bayley sit up. Asuka KICKS Rhea, she KICKS Bayley, then back to Rhea! Another for Bayley! Rhea! Bayley, but she ducks! Roll-up, TWO! Bayley kicks but into an ANKLE LOCK! Bayley flails, reaches out, pulls at Asuka’s hair but that won’t stop this. Rhea gets up and storms over, but Bayley grabs Rhea’s hair! Rhea HEADBUTTS Bayley, and Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES her!

Asuka avoids a kick from Rhea to ROUNDHOUSE Rhea down! Fans fire up but Bayley drags Asuka out! Bayley hurries back in, she calls to Rhea, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs. Rhea stands up and Bayley still wants to work together. Rhea says she won’t let Bayley boss her around. Bayley says okay, and then she lunges! Into a choke grip! Rhea know that was coming, but Bayley ROCKS her with a forearm! Rhea ROCKS Bayley, Bayley ROCKS Rhea, repeat! Bayley pulls hair but Rhea throws body shots! Bayley hits back, Rhea throws more! Asuka leaps for a DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover on Rhea, TWO!! Cover on Bayley, TWO!!

Fans fire up and Asuka hurries to a corner. Asuka climbs but Bayley is after her! They brawl, Asuka sends Bayley down then leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! ASUKA LOCK!!! Bayley flails, reaches out, crawls around with her one free arm, but Rhea returns! Rhea basement dropkicks them both! Cover on Asuka, TWO! Rhea is frustrated but fans rally up. Rhea drags Asuka up to short arm LARIAT! Rhea drags Asuka up again, for another short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka turns lariat to ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Rhea flails, kicks, but Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Asuka! Cover on Asuka, TWO!!

Bayley frowns as she drags herself back up. Bayley runs to CLOBBER Asuka, then she rains down fists! Bayley drags Asuka back up, BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, Rhea breaks it!! Rhea reels Bayley in for a HEADBUTT! And another! And another! And then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rhea grows frustrated but she turns her attention to Asuka. Asuka kicks, but into an Electric Chair Lift! And SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Asuka survives and Rhea cannot believe it! Fans fire up, Rhea hurries to DROPKICK Bayley out of the ring! Rhea hurries outside, runs in around the way, but Bayley KICKS her legs out! Bayley hurries in, ducks a kick and clinches! BAYLEY2- ROLL UP! TWO!!!

Asuka URAKENS! URKAENS! SOBATS! Bayley ducks the next hand, RAMS Asuka to a corner, then runs in, into  a ROUNDHOUSE!! Asuka goes up, MISSILE- NO, Bayley deflects it! ROSE PLANT!!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (advances to next week)

Rhea is furious, but she takes it out on Asuka! Rhea kicks Asuka around, then pump handles for the RIPTIDE!! Bayley grins as she moves on, but who will she meet in the #1 contender’s match?

 

Seth Rollins is here!

DC sings for The Visionary as he swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins is here in DC to welcome them to Monday Night Rollins! “you know me, you love me. I am the Visionary, I am the revolutionary, I am Seth… “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins has big news for DC! “One week from tonight, yours truly is going to go one-on-one with The All Mighty Bobby Lashley! And the winner of that there little match will be your new #1 contender to the United States Championship.” And he’d love to say a lot of things to ol’ “Bob,” but it’s not fun if he’s not out here. And DC wants to have fun, right? The fans cheer and Rollins says they had fun singing his song.

Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But then here comes Lashley! Fans cheer as he walks out on stage in a crimson and black suit to counter Rollins’ sky blue and white one. Lashley goes to the ring with a mic of his own to say, “So, Seth, I’m here. So what would you like to tell me. Now be careful with that.” Rollins wants Lashley to hold on. Lashley just hasn’t been the same since Crown Jewel and that loss to Brock Lesnar. And there’s no shame in losing to Lesnar! Been there, done that. But what is with Lashley’s Lesnar obsession? Is Lashley… scared of Lesnar? Rollins knows Lesnar is bigger and stronger-

Lashley stops Rollins there because he knows Rollins is just trying to get under his skin and rattle his cage. No, no, no! Rollins accepts Lashley isn’t afraid. So then… He must be jealous of Lesnar. That’s it! Because Lesnar’s a bigger star, won more championships. That’s gotta be it. Lesnar had the career Lashley wishes he had. Lashley grabs Rollins by his hair to tell him this is NOT about Lesnar! This is about Rollins, Lashley, and the US Championship that should be around Lashley’s waist. Rollins says okay, but just relax. Bob knows as well as Rollins does that the US title won’t fill the void in Lashley’s heart left by the fact that he can’t beat Lesnar.

If Lashley doesn’t get his head right, he can’t get his temper right, and beating him will be a lot easier for Rollins than the first. time. Lashley DECKS Rollins for that! Rollins gets up and they brawls! Fans fire up as Lashley has the edge on Rollins! Lashley throws knees, then he throws Rollins out! Lashley goes out but Rollins jumps on him! Lashley RAMS Rollins into barriers, whips him into more barriers, and DC fires up as Rollins comes back for more! They go around, brawling right on the barriers! Referees and security rush out to stop this! Rollins claws Lashley’s face! The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Rollins gets free to CLOBBER Lashley!

The brawling keeps going, Adam Pearce tries to stop this, and Lashley stands down while Rollins slides into the ring. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” and Lashley storms back in! They brawl in the ring again! Lashley RAMS Rollins into a corner! The hands keep flying but management and referees separate them again. Lashley gets loose, Rollins moves, the SPEAR hits one of the producers! Pearce shouts at Lashley and Rollins says Lashley has done it now! Producer Pete Williams is hurting, will Lashley have to face the consequences?

 

Backstage interview with Austin Theory.

Byron Saxton asks the WWE United States Champion what we just saw in the “absolute chaos” between Rollins and Lashley. Theory says he saw the past. Two former champs are fighting over scraps, oblivious to the fact that the business has evolved and forgotten about both of them. This business lives in the now, where it’s Theory’s time, and he has all the cards! And let’s face it, what’s a couple of challenges to Theory’s reign when the forever is just beginning? But then he turns around into Mustafa Ali! “Forever, huh? Theory, you just love writing checks that you know you can’t cash in. Oh, ‘cash-in,’ you probably don’t like hearing those words.”

Theory says Ali is annoying! He constantly whines and complains about opportunities, then gets beat down. Why doesn’t Ali just quit? Because Ali isn’t like Theory. Ali has to fight for what he has. He has to fight for opportunities! So know this: Theory can put Ali down but he’ll get back up, back in Theory’s face, and become US Champion. Fine! If Ali wants his shot, and his chance to shock the world, then they’ll do this tonight. But after Theory finishes with Ali, Theory never EVER wants to hear the word “opportunity” comes out of Ali’s sorry mouth again. Theory storms off, but will The Beacon bring the end to “The Now” that is Theory’s reign?

 

Raw checks back in with the JBL Poker Invitational.

Lumis still has fat stacks while the others mull over their hands. JBL has his Ugandan whiskey brought in by the waiter, and gives him a great tip. JBL watches as Corbin’s table moves along. Gable folds, a thank yew. But gentlemen, ladies, the game of poker is about intelligence. The intelligence to know when to push forward, and when to walk away. Gallows says, “NERD!” Gable shouts, “SHOOSH!” “NERD!” “SHOOSH!” This goes back and forth and Corbin has them stop. Take some chill pills. Corbin can’t get a ready on the freak show over here with those two shouting nonsense.

Corbin says Lumis has to be bluffing. He sees through those eyes. Lumis has nothing in his hand, or his head, and Corbin will take all his money and send him back to the loony bin where he belongs. Corbin calls! Corbin has a Straight, 5 through 9! Lumis has… a FULL HOUSE! Three Aces, two Jacks! JBL can’t believe it, either! Corbin says it’s been this way all night! Lumis is some kind of savant. Otis likes croissants. No, savants. Well, those are good, too. Lumis has to be a cheater! No way could he beat Corbin! There have to be cards up his sleeves, in those gloves. Gargano, don’t defend him! Corbin is gonna hand Lumis a-

Lumis has an AX! Whoa, okay, easy now. Corbin and JBL accept Lumis is just that good. Meanwhile, Tozawa is cleaning up on his table! But then Tozawa catches Dom trying to palm a few chips! THIEF!! Thief? This is DOM’S show! Whatever he wants, he gets. And if Tozawa has as problem with that, then the Judgment Day has a problem with Tozawa! Oh, yeah? Well, Tozawa doesn’t care! Dom is the problem. The two stand up, and Dom says Tozawa’s almost as short as his deadbeat dad. JBL has these two settle down. No fighting in the poker room. Go outside if you wanna fight. Tozawa will see Dom in the ring! Yeah he will!

Dom and Tozawa back out of the game for now, but who will be the big winner in the ring?

 

WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali!

The self-proclaimed Now of WWE has always had a big ego, and many times that ego has cost him. Will it cost him everything he’s worked for here tonight? Or will Theory leave The Beacon in the dark after this high stakes showdown?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly represents the future of the WWE!

Fans boo Theory as he and Ali tie up. Theory shoves Ali down and tells him Ali’s wasting his time. Ali comes back to headlock, but Theory powers up. Ali thrashes, Theory powers out and runs Ali over. “What’d I say? You’re wasting your time! You’re in the now.” Theory stands Ali up but Ali puts him in the corner. Ali CHOPS, but Theory just scowls through it. Theory CLOBBERS Ali, brushes himself off, and storms after Ali again. Theory digs his knee into Ali, dares him to do something, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory storms around, whips Ali corner to corner, then he runs in. Ali goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl RANAS!

Theory bails out but Ali dropkicks him off the apron! Ali builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Ali stalks Theory, brings him up, but Theory breaks free. Theory baits Ali and Ali runs in, Theory POSTS him with an alley-oop! “You’re in the now! You hear me? You’re in the NOW!” Theory RAMS Ali into barriers! Theory asks Ali how that feels while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Ali throws haymakers on Theory! Ali backs Theory down to a corner but Theory turns it around. Theory swings but Ali dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ali whips corner to corner, Theory reverses but Ali slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Theory away! Ali slingshots, somersaults, and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up but Theory fireman’s carries! Ali slips off to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Theory crawls to a corner and Ali stands up. Ali storms over, but into an elbow! Theory goes up but Ali ROCKS him first! Ali climbs up after Theory, to SUPER- NO, Theory blocks! Wait, they tip over and Theory still hits the mat!

Theory flounders up, Ali runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives the rough landing then the rougher impact, but Ali is not losing focus yet. Ali hurries to a corner but Theory anchors a foot. Ali stomps him down then climbs back up. Fans rally but Theory trips Ali up! Theory throws haymakers, puts Ali in a Tree of Woe to the outside, and then Theory stomps away on the apron! The ref counts, Theory backs off, only to go back in for more! The ref counts as Theory stomps away. Theory finally gets in the ring, then he drags Ali up to rain down fists! Fans boo, the ref has Theory back off.

Theory snarls but then DOLPH ZIGGLER SUPERKICKS him!!!

Winner: Austin Theory, by disqualification (still WWE United States Champion)

Ali can’t believe it! Theory wins and it isn’t even because of him! Ali gets mad at Ziggler but Ziggler says his beef is with Theory. Ali and Ziggler argue now, but then Theory CLOBBERS them both! Theory rains down fists on Ziggler, then he drags Ali up to POST him! Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” as Theory drags Ziggler up for A-TOWN DOWN! The Show Off cost Ali and didn’t even get the better of Theory. Will Theory stay the now and become the forever of the WWE?

 

JBL is on the phone with someone.

He’s loving this! No one could’ve put on a better poker tournament. The money is everywhere! The Miz then walks in and JBL hangs up. JBL is happy to see Miz, and Miz says there was probably a slight oversight not inviting Miz. Oh, sorry, he didn’t know Miz played cards. Miz can jump in, if he has the 50K. Right… About that… After Miz’s “financial improprieties,” he isn’t very liquid. JBL knows how crypto can be, right? But c’mon, JBL knows Miz is good for it! JBL says he’d love to, but Miz hasn’t been good at paying off debts. Everyone had cash on them. Miz can give him his Rolex! Oh, that is a nice watch… Wait. Miz does know this isn’t real, right?

What?! The second hand ticks… Miz is offended and he hurries off. Well, so much for that. Will Miz find a way to get in on the game where a certain you-know-who is playing?

 

Raw returns and we continue with the poker game.

Corbin says read ’em and weep! Four of a Kind, KINGS! The table can’t believe it, but Corbin says Lady Luck is just on his side. But as Corbin leans over to grab the pot, MORE cards fall out of his sleeve! Corbin accused Lumis and he’s the one cheating?! Corbin says he’s not a cheater, someone put those in there! Styles and Corbin start shoving! JBL stops this, he JUST said no fighting! What is wrong with all of you!? They’re ruining his tournament! Okay then. Corbin, get your gear on and bring the Alphas with you. The OC heads out, will they make Corbin pay for playing dirty? JBL shouts, “What is wrong with these idiots?!”

So… Does Lumis win his table by default? Big tip for the dealer. That was easy! Great job, man! Let’s get this stuff in the bag. Tamina sneaks a few bills for herself. Will Lumis be the big winner by the end of tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

Cathy Kelley asks the RawEST Women’s Champion that Bayley is moving on to next week’s #1 contenders match, against whoever wins the second Triple Threat. How does Bianca feel knowing Bayley will get another opportunity? What Bayley did was impressive, but Bianca knows how to handle Bayley. But Bianca would be proud to face any of the women in the Triple Threat matches, even Rhea Ripley, who could’ve handled the loss more gracefully instead of taking her frustrations out on Bianca’s girl, Asuka. Then who does Bianca see winning the second Triple Threat?

Bianca knows Alexa, Becky and Nikki are all dangerous competitors in their own right. Bianca and Alexa grew closer taking on DMG CTRL, but she knows why Alexa was once champion and running the whole division. Nikki, on the other hand, is just unpredictable that could surprise anyone at anytime. And Becky has challenged Bianca more than any rival ever, but at the end, they have to be ready for Bianca. Bianca stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. Will Bianca be ready for whoever it is that comes out the NEW #1 contender?

 

Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy!

AJ Styles and the Good Brothers may not have come out the winners against Judgment Day, but they aren’t about to let JBL’s golden boy get the better of them at poker! Will the Original, Official and ONLY Club that matters be Too Sweet in DC? Or will Chad Gable & Otis help the Modern Day Wrestling God continue his winning ways?

Raw returns as JBL leads the way for his protégé. Corbin makes his entrance, followed by “SHOOOOSH~!” The trios sort out and JBL joins commentary. Corbin and Styles start, they tie up and Corbin knees low! Corbin ROCKS Styles, CLUBS him down, then runs to run Styles over! Fans boo but Corbin soaks up the heat. Corbin drags Styles up but Styles JAWBREAKERS! Styles CHOPS and ROCKS and whips, but Corbin reverses. Styles KICKS Corbin, and hits a DDT! Styles tags Karl but Corbin gets away. Gable tags in, and Gable circles with the Machine Gun. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and spins Karl to a snapmare.

Gable pushes Karl down, facelocks, gator rolls, and he waistlocks to then get a leg. Gable ties the legs up and says, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable floats to a facelock, headlocks, but Karl fights up to power out. Gable runs Karl over, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable runs, Karl drops to then hip toss! Fans fire up as Karl tags Gallows and the Good Brothers double whip. They run Gable over, then Gallows drags Gable up. Gallows wristlocks, Gable endures and rolls to bridge and handspring. Gable spins, breaks free, then says, “SHOOOOSH~!” Gallows says, “NERD~!” They start this up again, “SHOOOSH!” “NERD!” then Gallows UPPERCUTS Gable!

Tag to Karl, Karl brings Gable out but Gable throat chops! Gable bumps Karl off buckles, tags Corbin, and Corbin mugs Karl. Corbin puts Karl in a corner, fires off hands, then tags Otis. Otis RAMS into Karl, and again, and again! Otis picks Karl up to DUMP him down, then he snarls at Gallows. Otis drags Karl around to CLUB him down! Tag to Corbin, they mug Karl, then Corbin CLUBS Karl down. Fans rally but Corbin stands Karl up. Karl ORCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Corbin again, but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin runs in, Karl moves, but Corbin slides out to slide in and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Corbin argues the count but the ref defnds it was just two. Corbin shouts out JBL and JBL cheers Corbin on. Corbin stands Karl up, CLUBS him down, then throws down elbow after elbow! Gable soaks up the heat for Corbin while Otis says that’s hammer time. Fans chant at “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin back suplexes Karl but Karl lands on his feet! Hot tag to Styles! Corbin rushes in but Styles ROCKS him! Styles springboards, but Corbin gets under! Styles rolls through to ELBOW Gable, BLAST Otis, and runs back at Corbin to fire off a Phenomenal Blitz! Corbin flounders, Styles runs, but Gable dumps him out!

Otis CLOBBERS Styles! Fans boo but Gable says, ‘SHOOOOSH~! A THANK YEW~!” Fans boo more but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and the Academy stomps a mudhole into Styles! The ref counts, they let off, and Otis drags Styles up. Otis CLUBS Styles, CLUBS him again, then drags Styles up to snapmare. Otis runs to SPLASH! Styles writhes and Otis snarls. Otis drags Styles up again, tags in Corbin, and they mug Styles. Corbin ROCKS Styles with a haymaker, then throws him up and out. Styles shoulders into Corbin, slingshots up and in but Corbin DECKS Styles out of the air! Cover, TWO! Corbin rains down fists while JBL talks down on the “flippy floppy” styles. Corbin puts Styles in the corner, tag to Gable, and the mugging continues.

Gable snapmares Styles and has a mounted armlock. Gable steps over to wrench the arm, fans rally up and Styles fight sup. Styles throws haymakers and reaches out, but Gable keeps him from the Good Brothers. Styles throws more hands but Gable throws him down! Gable BLASTS Karl, then tells Gallows to “SHOOSH~!” Gable drags Styles up, reels him in but Styles back drops! Hot tag to Gallows! But the ref was busy with an angry Karl! He says Gallows isn’t legal! Gable drags Styles up, and feeds him to a DEEP SIX!! Gable covers, TWO!! Styles survives and Gable is stunned! Tag to Otis, the Alphas drag Styles up to put him in a corner.

Otis SPLASHES, then whips Styles corner to corner. Otis runs in but Styles dodges to PELE! Down goes Otis! Fans fire up as Styles crawls, hot tags to Gable and Karl! Karl rallies on Gable, scoops him and SLAMS him! Karl runs to drop a SENTON! Then he BLASTS Corbin off the apron! Gable runs in, into a BOOT! Karl goes up, FLYING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Karl drags Gable up to fireman’s carry. Gable fights off, shoves, dodges, but Gable rolls to pick the leg to an ANKLE LOCK! Karl rolls to throw him away! Gable goes up, leaps, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Corbin breaks it!

Styles runs in, but into a CHOKE SLAM BACKBRAEKER! Corbin ELBOWS Gallows, puts Karl in a corner, and then he runs. Karl moves, Corbin slides out, but slides into a SLIDING FOREARM! Gallows BOOTS Corbin for good measures! Otis ROCKS Gallows, scoops him and EXPLODERS! Fans fire up as Styles PHENOMENAL FOREARMS Otis!! Gable gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX Styles! Karl waistlocks, Gable victory rolls, TWO!! Gable ROCKS Karl, Karl ROCKS Gable! ROLLING ELBOW from Gable! UPPERCUT from Karl! Both men are down and DC fires up again! Even JBL admits “This is Awesome!”

Karl crawls to tag in Gallows! Gable avoids Karl, O’Conner Rolls, but Gallows tips it over! Gallows kicks Gable, he and Anderson hit MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, The OC wins!!

Winners: The OC, by pinfall

JBL claims cheating, but he clearly missed a move or two. The OC wins fair and square, unlike Corbin. Will Styles & The Good Brothers turn their fortunes around and take over Raw?

 

Backstage interview with Candice LeRae.

Byron congratulates her on a victorious return to the ring last week, beating Dakota Kai. And because of that win, Candice has to face the other half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Iyo Sky. Does Candice feel that now she’s a marked woman by DMG CTRL? Absolutely. She may be new to Raw but she’s known all those women a long time. Last week, Candice returned from an injury they were responsible for, so she had to send a message. Yes, Candice is here with burnt pixie wings, but she’s also a new mom. She has so much to fight for now. She won’t let anyone push her around. But little does she know, Nikki Cross is spying on Candice…

But then Johnny Gargano walks over to say hi to the wifey. She says hi to hubby, and how did poker go? Lumis won! He killed it! Look at all the money! WHAT THE- Uh… Sorry. Candice hates to be that person, but this is a lot of money. They’re gonna go now. What will The Garganos and Lumis do with that huge amount of money? And what is Nikki plotting for the Poison Pixie?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgment Day VS Akira Tozawa!

The rebellious son of Rey Mysterio thinks Raw belongs to him now, but pretty much everyone outside the Judgment Day disagrees. Will the Stamina Monster prove Dom can’t do whatever he wants? Or will he end up just another victim?

The bell rings and Dom circles with Tozawa. Tozawa dodges Dom to SOBAT, but Dom ducks the spin kick! Tozawa slides under to ROLLING ELBOW! Dom staggers, Tozawa whips, but Dom stops. They kick each other, Tozawa fires off more hands, then he whips Dom to a corner. Dom reverses, runs in, but Tozawa boots him away. Tozawa goes up, leaps and RANAS Dom to the other side! Fans fire up with Tozawa but Dom stays back. Dom wants mercy, but then he YANKS Tozawa into buckles! Dom stomps a mudhole into Tozawa and the Judgment Day cheers while fans boo. Dom drags Tozawa up to snap suplex! Uno Amigo!

Fans boo as Dom snap suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Dom gives some Latino Heat before THREE AMIGOS! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally but Dom clamps on with a chinlock. Tozawa fights up but Dom CLUBS him. Dom whips, Tozawa pops up to RANA again! And then SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives and Judgment Day gets worried. Tozawa CLUBS Dom, whips, but Dom reverses. Tozawa BOOTS Dom down, then waits on Dom to get up. Roll-up, BUZZSAW! Dom is dazed, Tozawa drags him to a drop zone. Fans fire up as Tozawa climbs! Rhea shouts at Dom to get moving, Tozawa leaps! SUPER SENTON FLOPS as Dom moves!

Rhea and the Judgment Day laugh, Dom drags Tozawa into a drop zone. Dom climbs up now, gives Latino Heat before the FROG SPLASH! Cover, Dom wins!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

The Judgment Day is proud of their boy, but Dom drags Tozawa up. Fans boo but here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins rush out to run the Judgment Day off. Finn, Dom, Priest & Rhea don’t sweat the Profits, but will they cross paths down the road all the same?

 

Adam Pearce finds Bobby Lashley backstage.

Pearce tells Lashley they need to talk about what happened earlier tonight. Lashley can’t hit one of Pearce’s officials. That Spear damn near cut Pete Williams in half. Lashley chuckles but then sees Pearce is serious. Yes, he’s serious! It’s a problem that they can’t have happen. Now, Pearce knows it was an accident, he was there to see it. He’s not going to punish Lashley or take away the #1 contender’s match. But if it happens again… Or what, Pearce? Well, put yourself in his position. If it happens again, Pearce’s hands are tied, and he doesn’t want it to happen. Lashley says if one of the cronies gets in the lion’s den and gets mauled by a lion, the lion gets punished?

No, that’s not what he means. Pearce knows this was an accident, but he just wants Lashley to be careful not to have another one. Then make sure no one stands in Lashley’s way. Lashley leaves, will he be able to focus on just Rollins next week?

 

Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross!

The Man made a big time promise, but she has to make it through both the Five Foot Fury and the No Longer a Superhero. Bayley awaits the winner, who is heading to Milwaukee for that #1 contenders match?

Raw returns and Becky makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans fire up, and Nikki swings her jacket around all wild. She shoves Becky, shoves Alexa, but then Becky throat jabs her! Alexa SHOTGUNS Nikki and Nikki flounders out of the ring! Becky waves bye, and then circles with Alexa. Fans rally for Becky but Alexa gets around her to waistlock. Becky bucks that, runs in but Alexa side steps to jump, into a FLAPJACK! Becky steps over but Alexa rolls her up, TWO! Becky sweeps and covers, TWO! Alexa trips to jackknife, but Becky bridges up! Becky spins Alexa around, backslides, TWO!

Becky avoids a sweep but not the CHPO! Snapmare, cover, TWO as Becky goes Matrix! Becky mule kicks Alexa, dropkicks Nikki off the apron, and then turns around, into a clinch! You don’t think…?! But Becky fights out of that to clinch back, only for Alexa to wheelbarrow and victory roll! TWO, Alexa hurries to wrench and STO! Fans fire up while Becky clutches her head. Alexa storms up to drop knees! But Nikki stops Insult2Injury to throw Alexa onto Becky! Nikki then grins as she watches both women crawl. Nikki runs at one corner to SPLASH Alexa! Then she SPLASHES Becky! Then SPLASHES Alexa! Then back to Becky!

Nikki keeps going but Alexa dodges! Becky uses Alexa as a step, BIG TIME IN MOTION! Becky fires forearms and stomps a mudhole into Nikki, then JUMP KICKS! And then she JUMP KICKS Alexa! Becky reels Nikki in for a BECKSPLODER! Nikki flounders away but Alexa storms up. Alexa SLAPS Becky, ROCKS her, then KNEES her, then SHOTGUNS her down! Fans fire up as Alexa runs in at the corner, but Becky dodges the double knees! Alexa blocks the jump kick this time, puts Becky on the apron, but Becky ROCKS Alexa! Becky brings Alexa over to bump her off buckles! Becky throws Alexa down, but Nikki trips Becky!

Nikki dribbles Becky’s face off the apron! Nikki growls, then RAMS Becky into steel steps! Alexa leaps off those steps, but Nikki blocks the DDT to RAM Alexa into the apron! Then THE PURGE to the floor! Nikki fires up and she pulls the desk apart! DC fires up as she clears it off, chugs water and splashes it all around! Nikki laughs and flails around while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nikki thrashes Alexa around before clamping on a chinbar half nelson combo. Alexa endures, claws at the hold, fights up and fans rally. Alexa throws body shots but Nikki throws her down! Nikki laughs at Alexa and wraps her up in a straitjacket stretch. Alexa endures again, even as Nikki grinds her into the mat. Alexa kicks around, Nikki keeps her down, and fans rally up. Alexa fights to her feet and throws body shots. Alexa ROCKS Nikki with forearm after forearm but Nikki shoves her away. Nikki kicks, ties her up, STRAITJACKET NECKBREAKER! But Becky CLOBBERS Nikki with flying forearms!

Fans fire up as Becky rocks and uppercuts and SOBATS Nikki, then repeats the process! Fans fire up more and Becky blocks a kick to sweep the legs! She rolls Nikki to then hit a BULLDOG! Becky puts Nikki in a corner, KICKS her in the back and hits an STO! Nikki flounders in the drop zone and Becky goes up. Fans fire up for the MAN’s LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Becky is amused that Nikki survives, and fans rally up. Becky eggs Nikki on. “You wanna be crazy? Get the hell up!” Becky slaps and CLUBS Nikki, then reels her in. Nikki fights the clinch, Becky shoves her away to try again, BECKSPLODER!

But Alexa returns to SOBAT! Alexa reels Becky in but Becky wrenches out! Becky has the arm but Alexa denies the takedown and puts Becky on the apron. Becky ROCKS Alexa, Nikki grabs at her but Becky kicks her away. Alexa POSTS Becky! Becky falls, Alexa to the apron to CANNONBALL Nikki and Becky together! Fans fire up as Alexa drags Nikki up and puts her in. Alexa hurries to cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but she drags Nikki around to a drop zone. Alexa stomps Nikki on her way to the corner. Alexa climbs up, but Becky grabs at her. Alexa kicks Becky away but Nikki trips Alexa! Nikki climbs, she and Alexa brawl!

Nikki brings Alexa up but Becky joins in! TOWER OF DOOM!! Cover on Nikki, TWO!! All three women are down from that powerbomb superplex combo, and Alexa crawls her way out of the ring. Fans rally and Becky drags herself up. Becky stalks Nikki, she ROCKS Nikki but Nikki ROCKS Becky! They go forearm for forearm and fans fire up as Becky gets the edge! But Nikki headbutts low, then throat chops! Nikki runs in but is put on the apron! Nikki ROCKS Becky, climbs up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, Alexa breaks it in time!! Nikki is fuming, but Alexa drags Nikki up. Nikki RAMS Alexa into the corner! And again, and again!

Nikki keeps on Alexa with a mudhole stomp and a SPLASH, to a BULLDOG! Nikki storms back up on Alexa but Alexa ROCKS Nikki with a right! Alexa tosses Nikki out of the ring, catches her breath and runs, but Nikki stops the dropkick! Alexa and Nikki brawl more, Nikki shoves Alexa and CROSSBODIES her against the apron! Nikki drags Alexa up and puts her in the ring. Nikki drags Alexa up through the ropes, but Alexa fights with body shots! They brawl, Alexa SLAPS Nikki but Nikki HEADBUTTS Alexa! Nikki drags Alexa out onto the ropes, but Becky is up top! THE MAN’S LEG DROP DDT COMBO!!! Becky hurries to cover Alexa, TWO!!!

Becky can’t believe it but Alexa survives! Alexa flops out of the ring now, leaving Becky and Nikki alone. Nikki crawls to the apron but Becky goes out after her! Becky clinches, but Nikki fights it! Nikki holds the ropes as Becky waistlocks! Becky keeps trying but Nikki elbows her away. Nikki knees low, then reels Becky in! Fans fire up as Becky fights the lift! Becky fights free, clinches Nikki, APRON MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Becky shoves Nikki in, but DMG CTRL rushes out there!! Kai & Sky drag Becky away from the cover!! Fans boo as they mug Becky! Dakota RAMS her into the apron!

But Becky fights back with forearms and elbows! Dakota blocks a boot and Iyo helps haul her up! They bring Becky around, DOUBLE POWERBOMB through the announce desk!!! Fans lose their minds, but Alexa hits TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, Alexa wins!!!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall (advances to next week)

DMG CTRL screwed Becky over big time! Is Bayley that afraid to face The Man 1v1? Will Alexa make Bayley regret it by taking that golden ticket from her instead?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good Raw here, but I guess with no RawDown event between now and The Royal Rumble, they’re really having to stretch builds out. That said, we got some great Triple Threats to get a lot of the women’s roster going tonight. Pretty good promo from Becky and Bayley, though maybe a little awkwardly paced. I don’t know if they were trying to pad for time or they only had a loose idea of what they were to say, but this is all just to set up the feud we knew was coming. Both Triple Threats were awesome, but I should’ve known DMG CTRL would screw Becky. Alexa VS Bayley will be a great match but I would think Bayley loses. We can’t have Bianca VS Bayley again so soon, and there’s a lot of great story for Alexa and Bianca to use.

Rhea going after Asuka after the loss was also an interesting detail. I suppose Rhea and Asuka can feud to bide their time. Bianca and Rhea are surely going to have a feud of their own soon, and it makes all the sense for Street Profits to join in on that. They come to Tozawa’s rescue, we’re getting a Six Man Tag of that first, but then we can bring Bianca and Rhea around into another big Mixed 8 like we saw for Judgment Day VS OC. Speaking of that, why didn’t Dom VS Tozawa happen before OC VS Corbin & Alpha Academy? They left the JBL Poker Invitational first, they should’ve been dressed and ready to go first.

And speaking of the Poker Invitational, those were a pretty fun handful of segments, but I feel like it all fell apart way too soon. Corbin should’ve won one table, Lumis wins the other, and then the final showdown is the set-up to the Six Man Tag. Miz trying to get in and failing was kinda funny, especially with JBL exposing Miz having a fake Rolex. It was a very subtle way to say Miz isn’t done with Lumis, and I’m still thinking we’re getting Miz & Maryse VS Indi & Dexter at some point. Hell, we could even get Miz & Maryse VS Gargano & Candice after that fun little interaction where Candice couldn’t believe that Lumis won such a huge haul. Also Nikki stalking Candice, that’s an interesting story in the works.

Great stuff out of the US Championship scene, but I guess they couldn’t have Ali lose legit. Ziggler looks like a jerk, but maybe we’re building to something huge for the US title. Ali and Ziggler probably fight each other for sure, maybe we see some kind of ladder match for the title by the time Rumble comes around. We also got great stuff out of Rollins and Lashley, from the promo to the brawl to Pearce more or less warning Lashley. Rollins plays the line of Face and Heel with how he was poking at Lashley with the Lesnar loss. Lashley’s temper could be what costs him against Rollins, and then Rollins faces Theory for the title before the year is over, and who knows how that goes.

And what a wild start to the night. I didn’t think the tag title match was going to be first, but that gave it a lot of time to breathe. Great little way to sub Elias out to keep Kevin Owens in the story, and Solo just going nuts on Riddle with all those Umaga references was wild. Riddle being sidelined is a clever way to delay Elias going after him. But then a bit of a shame that McIntyre isn’t cleared for right now. Dunne is going to have a great part of the match now, but I think he also takes the loss for his team so Sheamus isn’t hurt too much. They’re taking a long game approach to things, I like that, and we’ll see some good stuff in building towards Sheamus VS Roman for the Rumble.

My Score: 8.6/10


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