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!
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- 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 ThreatFatal 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.
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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!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 26, 2018
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?
— WWE (@WWE) June 26, 2018
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!
— WWE UK Championship (@WWEUKCT) June 26, 2018
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!
— WWE UK Championship (@WWEUKCT) June 26, 2018
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 UK Championship (@WWEUKCT) June 26, 2018
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?
— WWE (@WWE) June 26, 2018
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!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 26, 2018
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!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 26, 2018
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?
— WWE (@WWE) June 26, 2018
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!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 26, 2018
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?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 26, 2018
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!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 26, 2018
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!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 26, 2018
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?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 26, 2018
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.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 26, 2018
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!
— WWE UK Championship (@WWEUKCT) June 26, 2018
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?
— WWE (@WWE) June 26, 2018
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!”
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 26, 2018
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
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (2/18/19)
Celebrate the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Bayley & Sasha Banks!
The Boss & Hug Connection bring the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships to Raw! Who will be the first team to challenge Bayley & Sasha Banks for the belts?
- Tables Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- Ricochet & Finn Balor VS Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush; Ricochet & Finn win.
- Lucha House Party VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder; Lucha House Party wins.
- The Revival VS Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano; Ciampa & Gargano win.
- Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose; McIntyre wins.
- Elias VS Aleister Black; Black wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Rousey wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
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WWE honors the memory of Pedro Morales.
Triple H is in the ring!
The Game wants the Cajundome to “feel it in the air.” The electricity can be cut with a knife as we grow ever closer to Wrestlemania. Elimination Chamber was proof enough when history was made. Sasha Banks and Bayley won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! Finn Balor won the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a Handicap match! Kofi Kingston went the distance and captured the world’s hearts coming so close to winning the WWE Championship. Becky Lynch showed up and showed everyone that not even a suspension and a bad leg will stop her from getting at Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey. As a businessman, HHH has to warn Becky not to do that again or she’ll be arrested. But as a former wrestler, “that was pretty damn cool.”
And speaking of pretty cool things, ESPN let this loose this morning. The WWE Hall of Fame class 2019 starts with none other than Degeneration X! HHH, HBK, X-Pac, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, and yes, the Ninth Wonder of the World, CHYNA! But if that isn’t enough that it’s Wrestlemania season, HHH pours gas on the fire. HHH isn’t just an authority figure on Raw and SmackDown, he oversees WWE’s third global touring brand, NXT! Fans love NXT, so it is HHH’s pleasure to introduce us to some debuting NXT superstars, who will all be in action! And that starts with a man that has redefined aerial combat: The One and Only, Ricochet! For those unfamiliar, a highlight reel of Ricochet plays, including his time as NXT North American Champion.
But not only Ricochet, it will be the Embodiment of the End, the Dutch Destroyer, Aleister Black! A former NXT Champion and a prolific striker, Aleister will look to make his opponent #FadeToBlack! Then there will be Johnny Wrestling, the current NXT North American Champion, Johnny Gargano! Gargano has gone back and forth but has never lacked in match quality. Gargano was also in this year’s Men’s Royal Rumble match, but now he looks to make an impact on the main roster. And last but not least, the Psycho Killer, the Black Heart, Tommaso Ciampa! The current NXT Champion looks to make his mark on Raw tonight! HHH says the future is now, the future is tonight.
But all Hell is about to break loose, because it’s time for a Tables Match! It will be Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman! The Monster Among Men wants retribution, will he get back at Corbin for Elimination Chamber’s assault?
Tables Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman!
Strowman and Corbin make their entrances, but Corbin makes sure to grab steel steps first. The Monster glares at Corbin while we go to break.
Raw returns with the bell and fans chant “Get These Hands!” Corbin runs but Strowman catches him! But those bad ribs keep Strowman from doing anything. Corbin grins but then Strowman shoves him out of the ring! Strowman throws uppercuts then throws Corbin into barriers! Strowman hurries and pulls a table out from under the ring, but Corbin clobbers him from behind! Now Corbin puts Strowman into barriers, ribs first. Corbin puts the table back under the ring, but Strowman rocks him with an uppercut! Corbin rams Strowman into barriers and again. Fans rally for Strowman while Corbin brings him around the corner. Corbin rams Strowman into barriers yet again! Corbin whips but Strowman reverses and Corbin hits barriers even harder!
Strowman drags Corbin up for a headbutt then throws uppercuts. Strowman fetches the table again and puts it in the ring. Corbin slides in from the other side while Strowman’s ribs slow him down. Corbin kicks Strowman on reentry and then clubs away on his back. He stomps and stomps Strowman then tears off the shirt. Corbin goes at the taped up ribs with hammering hands! Fans boo as Corbin mocks Strowman’s pain. Corbin kicks the table out of the ring while Strowman bails out the other side. Corbin follows Strowman and throws hands right on the ribs. And then he stands on Strowman’s side! Fans boo while Corbin gloats. Corbin rams Strowman into the apron! Corbin grins as he drags Strowman over and punches him in front of the fans.
Strowman denies Corbin’s suplex, to then suplex Corbin onto the ramp! Now Corbin writhes in pain, clutching his back. Strowman hobbles over and drags Corbin up. He shoves Corbin to the stage and then throws him into the LED wall! Strowman drags one table over, but he clears off the announce desk! Strowman fetches Corbin again and brings him over to the desk! Corbin slips out and throws Strowman into the desk, ribs first! Strowman and the desk fall over! Strowman’s in trouble while we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin hits a corner splash on Strowman! He tries again but Strowman turns it around to splash him! Strowman runs in but misses, getting post! Corbin goes to throw Strowman at the table, but Strowman denies him. Strowman clubs Corbin down with one hand! Fans fire up and Strowman drags Corbin up. Strowman scoops but Corbin slips out. Corbin runs, slides past the table, and slides back in to clobber Strowman! Corbin rains down rights, then takes a moment to gloat. Strowman rolls to ropes but Corbin goes out after him. Corbin punches the ribs and bumps Strowman off the barriers. Corbin fetches a kendo stick, flashback to last night! He sits Strowman up to SMACK the bad ribs!
Corbin drags Strowman around to bounce him off the steel steps. Corbin gloats from the apron, then runs over, only for Strowman to ram him with steel steps! Strowman jams Corbin again! And again! Corbin staggers and Strowman dumps the steps. Strowman throws Corbin into more barriers! Strowman puts Corbin in the ring as fans fire up again. Corbin boots Strowman away then throws a big right hand. Strowman staggers but dodges Corbin. Corbin slides out and in, but is caught, MONSTER SLAM through the table!! Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman
The Monster Among Men gets revenge! Strowman toughs it out through bad ribs but now Corbin will be feeling sore. Will Strowman be able to recover those ribs and make a big run towards a title at Wrestlemania?
Strowman heads up the ramp and encounters Paul Heyman. The Advocate “congratulates” Strowman on the win, but Strowman grabs him by the shoulder! Heyman begs for mercy but fans want another table destroyed. Strowman shows Heyman mercy and leaves. Heyman composes himself and clears his throat. But it’s a bit tricky to get his usual introduction out, so we go to break.
Raw returns to Heyman in the ring.
“I can’t say that I’m surprised by Braun Strowman’s actions.” Everyone should be jealous of Heyman’s client. His client is the most dominant champion in WWE and MMA history. That is why, at Heyman’s own expense, he has put together an “educational” video to teach us about the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion and the main event, BROCK! LESNAR!” Footage rolls with Heyman introducing “the story of a real life Beast.” Lesnar prepares to defend his title at Wrestlemania 35. Why is this year different? The hero, Seth Rollins, has no hope of winning. That’s not a knock on Rollins but a plus for Lesnar. Lesnar was made strong by his life on the farm and he became NCAA Champion. The WWE came knocking and Lesnar defeated The Rock to become the youngest world champion ever.
Lesnar dominated the entire roster in under two years, so he moved on to a new field: UFC. He would dominate Randy Couture to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. But then Lesnar even grew bored of UFC. The WWE field had regrown, so Lesnar went after The Streak. He was the 1 in 21-1, but that was only the beginning. The video ends and Heyman reminds everyone that Lesnar defeated Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. Fans don’t like it, but there’s not a thing anyone can do about it. Heyman takes a survey: How many fans actually believe that Seth Rollins will win at Wrestlemania and become Universal Champion? Everyone does! But Heyman says there’s not enough fire to burn Suplex City down. But wait, out comes Finn Balor! The NEW Intercontinental Champion heads to the ring but we go to break!
Raw returns and Finn has the ring alone.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve held one of these championships. And boy does it feel good!” Finn remembers watching Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, so it’s been a dream to hold the Intercontinental Championship. And he is proud to carry on that legacy! Finn plans on defending- Wait, here comes Lio Rush! But without Bobby Lashley, given how Lashley body slammed Lio after their loss. “You don’t deserve to be the Intercontinental Champion.” Lashley deserves that title. And Lashley attacks from behind! Seems they aren’t as broken up as we thought! Lashley stomps Finn out in a corner, then Lio comes in to add on. Lio stomps a mudhole into Finn and then Lashley hauls Finn up. Lashley scoop slams Finn and tells Lio to finish this. Lio climbs up, Final Hour splash! But wait, it’s Ricochet!
The King of Flight dodges Lio and goes right at Lashley! Then asai moonsault onto Lio! Ricochet springboards to dropkick Lashley out! Ricochet and Finn stand together, ready for both Lio and Lashley! We go to break as things sort themselves out.
Ricochet & Finn Balor VS Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush!
Holla holla! The King of Flight joins forces with the Extraordinary Man to shut up and shut down the Rocky Mountain Machine and Man of the Hour! Will this impromptu dream team be successful in Ricochet’s Raw debut?
The teams sort out and Lio starts against Ricochet. Ricochet circles with Lio as fans rally up. Lio shoves but Ricochet shoves back. Lio grabs Ricochet in a headlock but Ricochet rolls him off. Ricochet gets a headlock and grinds Lio down. Lio fights back and powers out, and things speed up. Lio redirects himself then again, but Ricochet dodges him. Springboard huricanrana but Ricochet handsprings through! Lio is shocked but he kicks. Ricochet flips him, but Lio dodges and ducks. Ricochet rolls off Lio’s back to handspring huricanrana and dropkick Lio down! Lio scrambles to his corner and Lashley looks disappointed. Lashley tags in and now he circles with Ricochet.
Ricochet and Lashley tie up and Ricochet gets a waistlock. He shifts to a headlock but Lashley throws him down! Lashley looms over Ricochet and drags him up. Lashley wrenches the arm and shouts at Lio, “You see that?!” He yanks Ricochet’s arm and twists to make a point to Lio. Fans rally up and Ricochet gets up. Ricochet rolls and handsprings and back flips to break free and hit back. Ricochet throws more forearms, then whips. Lashley blocks and whips Ricochet to a corner. Ricochet enziguris Lashley back! Somersault dropkick! Lashley tumbles out, Ricochet builds speed, but Ricochet fakes Lashley out tot he superhero landing! Fans fire up while Lio regroups with Lashley. Lio wants Lashley to keep clam and focus while Ricochet smiles.
Lashley returns to the ring and Lio wants back in. Lashley tags Lio and he says he’s done with Ricochet. Lio wants Finn. Fans want Finn so Ricochet obliges and tags out. Finn and Lio circle and tie up. Finn puts Lio in a corner, but Lio dodges the haymakers. Lio and Finn circle again but Lio keeps his distance. He tags out to Lashley and fans boo. Lashley clobbers Finn and puts him in a corner. Lashley stomps and suplexes Finn! Cover, TWO! Lashley drags Finn into a chinlock, but fans rally as Finn endures. Finn feeds off the energy but Lashley drags him back down. Lashley grinds Finn but fans rally up again. Finn stands and pries his way out. He throws forearms but into a complete shot! Lashley covers, TWO! Lio wants back in, so Lashley tags.
Lio stalks Finn at the ropes and stomps him down. He chokes Finn but lets up at 4. Lio flexes but fans boo and jeer. Lio waits for Finn to stand before hitting him more. He whips but Finn reverses. Lio sunset flips but Finn rolls through for a dropkick! Both men are down but Finn stands first. Finn stalks Lio now but Lio crawls for Lashley. Finn toys with Lio before yanking him away. He puts Lio in the corner then trips him up to stomp away! Finn lets up at 4 then stares Lashley down. He drags Lio up again for a CHOP in the corner! Fans like the sound of that, so Finn whips corner to corner for another CHOP! Finn gives the fans what they want, a third CHOP on Lio! Finn whips again for yet another CHOP! Then the slingblade!
Fans fire up as Finn aims, shotgun dropkick blasts Lio into buckles! Lio is down in the drop zone and Finn climbs. But Lashley comes over, so Finn kicks him down. Lio chop blocks Finn on the apron! Finn tumbles down as he clutches his leg, Lashley tags in and throws Finn into barriers! Lashley talks trash to Ricochet before going back for more. Lashley puts Finn in the ring to clobber him. Cover, TWO! Lashley keeps on Finn with another chinlock. He shifts to a cobra clutch while fans rally up. Finn fights his way up but Lashley keeps him from Ricochet! Lashley throws Finn to the apron, but Finn shoulders back. Finn hits Lio, then slingshot sunset flips. Lashley holds on and stomps Finn! Lashley scoops and slams Finn hard! Cover, TWO! Finn lives and we go to break.
Raw returns and Lashley grabs Finn for another cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Finn endures again. Finn powers up and reaches for Ricochet! Finn throws forearms but Lashley whips him into the corner. Lashley runs into boots! Finn hits Lio but runs into Lashley’s lift! Lashley powers Finn to an open corner and rocks him with a right! Tag to Lio, and Lio goes after Finn with a facelock. Lio SLAPS Finn then dares him to get up. He slaps Finn more but Finn gets angry. Finn ducks the next slap for the elbow drop DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Finn crawls, as does Lio. Lio clobbers Finn to stop the tag! Lio rolls Finn all the way to the corner, tag to Lashley.
Lashley says this is for Ricochet as he hauls Finn up. Powerbomb lift, but Finn fights out! Finn trips Lashley, double stomps! Fans fire up all over again as Finn crawls for his corner! Hot tags to Lio and Ricochet! Ricochet rallies, rebound neckbreaker! Shoulder tackle in the corner, then a springboard missile dropkick! Triangle dropkick for Lashley! Ricochet takes aim, builds speed, and FLIES onto Lio! He puts Lio in but Lashley comes storming over. Ricochet dodges Lashley with a back flip to send him into barriers, and then Finn shotgun dropkicks to take Lashley down! Ricochet springboard back elbows Lio to take him down, then climbs up high! 630!! Cover, Ricochet and Finn win!
Winners: Ricochet and Finn Balor, Ricochet pinning
An incredible Raw debut for the NXT superstar! Is Ricochet going to revolutionize the Red Brand from here on out?
Natalya talks with Triple H backstage.
But Drew McIntyre interrupts. McIntyre couldn’t help but notice HHH rolling out the red carpet for NXT superstars. McIntyre said he’d do whatever it takes to prove himself. He wants Seth Rollins and main event Wrestlemania! But Dean Ambrose comes along instead. Ambrose isn’t busy, what about him? And he SLAPS McIntyre! HHH wonders if McIntyre still wants Rollins. “Change the damn match.” The Scottish Terminator and the Lunatic Fringe look to settle things on the Road to Wrestlemania!
Lucha House Party VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder!
The reunited Major Brothers want to finally get back on a winning track, but Hawkins feels like he’s cursed. Will a miracle happen in the Cajundome?
Teams sort out and Hawkins starts against Gran Metalik. They tie up and Hawkins shifts from headlock to hammerlock and back again. Hawkins gets a headlock takeover but Metalik headscissors. They both kip up and things speed up. Hawkins dodges the handspring and runs Metalik over! Cover, ONE! Hawkins keeps on Metalik and brings him over. Tag to Ryder, and they Russian Leg Sweep STO combo! Cover, TWO! Ryder drags Metalik up and bumps him off buckles. Ryder whips but Metalik reverses. Metalik runs into knees, and Ryder dropkicks Lince Dorado down! Metalik SUPERKICKS Ryder out, then tags Lince. The Golden Lynx huricanranas Ryder into barriers! Lince puts Ryder in to cover, TWO! Lince keeps on Ryder with a half camel clutch.
Fans rally up for Ryder. Lince powers him to the corner and tags in Metalik. Ryder fights back but is isolated. Lince and Metalik double CHOP and double mule kick, then double dropkick! Metalik covers, TWO! Tag to Lince and they drag Ryder up for a double suplex. Ryder slips through for double neckbreakers! Ryder crawls for the corner, hot tag to Hawkins! Hawkins rallies, rocking Metalik with a right! He throws rights on Lince then whips. Lince reverses but Hawkins runs him over! Hawkins dropkicks both luchadores and fires up! Lince swings into Hawkins’ backslide! TWO, and Lince kicks back. Lince suplexes, but Hawkins cradles! TWO, and Hawkins scoops Lince for a Michinoku Driver! Cover, but Metalik breaks it!
Ryder clotheslines Metalik out! Lince dropkicks Ryder out, but Hawkins Peles Lince! Hawkins gets to a corner and takes aim. Hawkins clobbers Metalik but Lince huricanranas to a cover! The Lucha House Party wins!
Winners: Lucha House Party, Lince Dorado pinning
The fiesta continues, as does Hawkins’ losing streak. Ryder and Hawkins regroup, but can they break that bad streak?
Heavy Machinery is here!
Charli Caruso interviews Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic on stage, and notes how they’ve competed on both Raw and SmackDown. What can fans expect from them? They’re #BlueCollarSolid and get the job done. They aren’t afraid to work hard, work out even harder, and then eat up a big plate of red meat. #SteaksAndWeights, baybay! As the Raw Tag Team Division heats up, which team are they after first? They’ve got each other’s backs, nothing more than that. But wait, Lacey Evans walks out! The Model Soldier classes things up as she heads down the ramp, strutting her stuff. But then Tucker & Otis do the same! And with a belly bump! Lacey isn’t impressed by their marching, but she is amused. Which brand will Lacey finally choose as her main roster home?
Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano talk backstage.
Each of them clutches their respective championship belt as they prepare to show the world what NXT is all about. But then Bobby Roode and Chad Gable come by! They congratulate their NXT compatriots, but are a little confused as to why Ciampa and Gargano are the ones facing The Revival and not them. It’s great to see fresh talent, and Gable remembers DIY being great. Gable won’t bring up that Gable’s old team beat them in the past, that was then and this is now. Raw gives everyone a fresh start, where you work from the bottom up. But again, a little confusing that they’re getting another match when it should be Roode & Gable. Well considering Gargano & Ciampa have ran NXT for the last two years, they’re here to take over.
The Revival comes by and show off their Raw Tag Team Championships. Oh how great is it to see Gargnao and Ciampa again. Yeah, they had classic matches in NXT. But they’re not here for respect, they’re here to make an impression at the Top Guys’ expense. But good luck out there. Dash & Dawson don’t need luck, they’re The Revival. See you out there.
The Revival VS Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano!
Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder finally have the Raw Tag Team Championships after finally defeating Roode & Gable fair and square. But now they’ll be tested already against some familiar NXT foes. Will the reunited DIY prove they can still get it done as a tag team? Or has it been too long since they’ve been apart?
The teams sort out and Dash starts against Johnny Wrestling! They tie up and Dash wrenches the arm. Dash brings Gargano to the mat but Gargano fights his way up. Gargano rolls and reverses with a drop toehold. He gets a facelock and holds on as Dash rolls around. Gargano rolls Dash to a cover, TWO! Gargano drags Dash over and tags Ciampa. Ciampa gets the hand-off and snapmares Dash to a chinlock. Ciampa rams elbows in then gets Dash in a facelock. Roode and Gable watch backstage while Dash chops Ciampa. Ciampa CHOPS back then tags in Gargano. Ciampa feeds Dash to Gargano’s boots. Gargano grabs Dash but Dash scoops and rams Gargano into the Revival’s corner! Dash tags Dawson and Dawson bumps Gargano off buckles!
Dawson clobbers Gargano in the corner then stomps and CHOPS him. The referee counts and Dawosn backs off, but Gargano turns it around to CHOP Dawson. Dawson CHOPS Gargano, then whips him corner to corner. Gargano goes up and over but Dawson runs him over. Things speed up and Gargano huricanranas Dawson out. Dash runs in but gets an enziguri. Gargano builds speed and DIVES onto Dawson! Dash runs into Ciampa’s haymaker! Gargano SUPERKICKS Dash and Ciampa throws Dash into steel steps! Ciampa pats himself on the back while we go to break.
Raw returns as Dash grinds Gargano in a chinlock. Gargano fights his way up and out, but Dash shoves and rams a shoulder into Gargano. Tag to Dawson and Dawson fireman’s carry. Dawson helps Dash suplex but Gargano slips out! Gargano enziguris Dawson while giving Dash the tornado DDT! Gargano and The Revival are down but Gargano heads for the corner. Fans rally up, hot tag to Ciampa! Ciampa rallies on Dawson and whips, but Dawson whips back. Ciampa kicks him away, then hits a German Suplex! He holds on for another German! Dash runs in but is flapjack’d onto the ropes! Ciampa finishes the hat trick on Dawson! Ciampa runs, Psycho Knee! Cover, TWO!! Dawson survives but Ciampa keeps focus.
Ciampa drags Dawson up but Dash saves Dawson from another German. Dawson tags Dash and they combine, flying European Uppercut German Suplex! Dash jackknife covers, TWO! Ciampa escapes and The Revival grows frustrated. Fans rally up for Ciampa as Dash tags Dawson back in. Dawson drags Ciampa up but Ciampa throws forearms. Ciampa chops, chops, and CHOPS, but spins into a right hand! Tag to Dash and the Revival double whip. Gargano SUPERKICKS the Shatter Machine apart! Ciampa jackknifes, TWO! Ciampa hip tosses Dash to the buckles! Tag to Gargano, slingshot DDT! Cover, TWO!! Dash lives and DIY can’t believe it! Dawson trips up Ciampa and throws him into barriers! Gargano rolls Dawson for the school boy kick! Dash back suplexes but Gargano crossbodies, TWO!
Dash scoops but Gargano cradles, TWO! Gargano runs but is put on the apron. Slingshot Spear gets a knee! Dawson tags in and The Revival coordinate, bulldog doomsday device! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it in time! All four men are down but the teams regroup. Dash goes after Ciampa but gets thrown out. Dawson clubs Ciampa out and goes back to Gargano. Dawson drags Gargano up and suplexes, but Gargano lands on the apron. Gargano swing kicks Dawson, SUPERKICKS Dash, but Dawson rocks Gargano! Dawson runs but into the slingshot spear! Tag to Ciampa! They aim at Dawson, DIY VICE!! Cover, DIY wins!!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano, Ciampa pinning
They pin the Raw Tag Team Champions on their debuts! Ciampa and Gargano run NXT, will they be running Raw soon enough?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor and Ricochet.
Finn just won the Intercontinental Championship and then kept Lashley and Lio at bay with the help of his new friend. Finn had a great night last night, but tonight was about The One and Only. He officially welcomes Ricochet to Raw, and Ricochet says that “you can envision how you arrive to your dreams”, but it’s never exactly how you plan. But once you live the dream, it’ll feel better than anything you could ever imagine! Ricochet could go on forever, but he will say this: you’ve only seen the beginning for the One and Only. When and where will we see Ricochet in a Raw ring again?
Kevin Owens speaks.
“Just a few more weeks’ time before my return, so I figured it was time for another update.” Nothing much has changed, but Kevin almost drops his phone. Kevin’s still rehabbing, training, relaxing with family, watching the shows every week. He knows what he needs to do, and he’s never been hungrier. Speaking of, he has some popcorn with Owen. Where’s the soda? No idea. But Kevin gave him a $20… Well, that aside, Kevin has new perspective. He was reminded why he fights. And he’s ready to fight again.
Sasha Banks & Bayley head to the ring!
The inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions are here and ready to celebrate! The Cajundome lets them know “You Deserve It!” Bayley and Sasha thank the fans for that, and are still feeling the emotions from last night. They still can’t quite believe they’re in this moment. Because it means they are the first ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions!
This feels like a dream, but it’s real. They did this! The fans did this! We all did this! It’s so crazy to think how far they’ve come. From NXT’s history making matches to the history-making matches on Raw. They’ve had matches against each other, with each other, hating to loving, and everything else in between. It’s because they have the same dream, the same vision, and they can’t imagine doing this without anyone else. They were legit born to do this. And it took them going to war with each other to finally realize that together, they can change the world.
Fans can trust them that this is just the beginning! They plan on being champs for a very long time. They’ve put their hearts and souls into the Women’s Tag Division, and plan on defending against anyone past, present or future, Raw or SmackDown, or even NXT! Because most importantly, Bayley and Sasha recognize and respect how important the Women’s Tag titles are to everyone! “Trust us when I say that when I say there is no stronger connection than the Boss & Hug Connection!” #BankOnThat! But in saying that, here comes the Samoan Dynasty!
Nia Jax and Tamina are sick of all this. No one wants to sit in the love fest. Nia does congratulate Bayley and Banks for being the first, and it’s all cute being matching and stuff. But Nia doesn’t get it. She won’t ruin the celebration, because this is the only one they’ll get. But everyone knows Sasha is all about Sasha. And history proves that any time Sasha has a title, she loses it the first time out. Tamina wants them to face it: they got lucky. The luck runs out tonight. Nia and Tamina rush the ring but get dropkick’d right back out! Nia tries again but ends up in a Bank Statement! Tamina saves Nia, and the champs stand tall! Will the first challengers to the #LegitHuggable champions be the powerhouses of the Women’s Division?
Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose!
The Scottish Terminator called out The Architect, but it was the Lunatic Fringe that responded. Ambrose is either bored, or he’s actually standing up for his Shield brother again. Whatever the reason, McIntyre’s in for a fight! Will he run through Ambrose or be sidetracked from his real target completely?
The bell rings and Ambrose goes right at McIntyre! He forearms McIntyre to a corner but McIntyre shoves him away. Ambrose comes back for more but gets the Glasgow Kiss! McIntyre rains down rights on Ambrose then finishes with one big one. He drags Ambrose up for a CHOP! Ambrose drops to his knees, so McIntyre kneels to CHOP him again! McIntyre eggs Ambrose on and slaps him for the slap earlier. Ambrose CHOPS back, but then runs into McIntyre’s arms. McIntyre shifts and suplexes Ambrose but Ambrose lands on his feet. Ambrose elbows from a corner, then dumps McIntyre out. Ambrose boots McIntyre back down, then DIVES! Direct hit sends McIntyre into barriers! Ambrose puts McIntyre in, dodges, and hits a neckbreaker! Ambrose hurries up top quick, but has to leap over McIntyre. CLAYMORE!
But McIntyre doesn’t cover, he wants to hit Ambrose again. He aims from the corner as Ambrose stands, a second CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The Celtic Colossus makes Ambrose pay for getting in his way. Will McIntyre move on towards Seth Rollins and Wrestlemania?
Paul Heyman’s Brock Lesnar documentary continues.
The Beast decided to own the title. Lesnar took John Cena to Suplex City and conquered him to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. “The harvest had begun.” From Randy Orton to AJ Styles to Daniel Bryan, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Goldberg, Braun Strowman, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns… And now “Seth Freakin’ Rollins.” Things come full circle.
Rollins claims he’ll get up every time, even though he’s in pain, smashed, and dominated. Rollins is willing to lose it all to win it once, which will make him the most dangerous opponent for Lesnar. Lesnar will have to think back to when he was in the same position as a young man. Lesnar won’t just have to knock Rollins down, he’ll have to put him down. And this is not a prediction, this isn’t even a spoiler. “It’s the end of the story of a man named Seth Rollins.”
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
After seeing Heyman’s videos, are there any regrets? Heyman is a lot of things, but he’s telling the truth about Lesnar. But Rollins doesn’t have a death wish, he’s accepting his fate. Lesnar needs to accept his fate. Wrestlemania ends it for The Beast. The reign of terror is done. And Rollins’ fate, whether walking out on his own or carried out on a stretcher, he leaves the Universal Champion. Dean Ambrose comes by all sore from fighting McIntyre. Where was Rollins out there, man? What? Has Ambrose completely lost his mind? Or maybe just his memory…? Ambrose shrugs and leaves again. Ambrose’s confusing behavior aside, is Rollins ready to write his own destiny?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in the Cajundome, and he won’t play his guitar? He is fed up with the way he is treated. Elias is the most talented, most charismatic and most important superstar in a long, long time. Elias is certainly the most hygienic person to be in the “swamp land” of Lafayette. ANd yet he is constantly disrespected and interrupted! He is a musical genius! You are blessed to be in his presence! Fans are excited about all the new stars, but that won’t change the Living Truth. Elias makes magic with his music, so he’ll sing his song. It’s not for the fans, it is a song for himself. Elias hopes he can meditate so deep, he forgets the fans even exist. But first, silence cell phones, hold applause, and shut your mouths! But here comes Aleister Black!
The Embodiment of the End rises from the shadows and heads to the ring! Elias gets out of the way as Aleister slingshots in. Aleister paces, and he takes up the mic. “If silence and deep sleep is what you seek, then allow me to help you. For tonight, you will Fade to Black!” A referee joins them in the ring, and we have a match!
Elias VS Aleister Black!
The bell rings and they tie up. Elias knees low and chops Aleister, then throws forearms. Elias throws Aleister to ropes but Aleister rebounds easily! Aleister sends Elias out then fakes him out! Aleister sits down again and stares Elias down while we go to break.
Raw returns and Elias yanks Aleister into the ropes! Aleister gasps to a corner but Elias is on him with hammering hands! The ref backs Elias off but he comes back to stomp Aleister down! Elias throws more forearms but Aleister hits back. Elias whips and runs Aleister over. Cover, TWO! Elias keeps his cool as he looms over Aleister. He drags Aleister up and wraps on a chinlock. Aleister endures and fans rally up. Aleister arm-drags Elias but Elias holds onto Aleister’s hair! Elias drags Aleister into the chinlock again and grinds him down. Elias puts his weight on Aleister then hooks the nose! The ref reprimands Elias and Aleister powers up. Aleister fights with body shots but Elias knees low. Elias throws hands but Aleister counter punches!
Elias shoves Aleister but Aleister comes back with knees and forearms. Aleister runs and runs Elias over! He blocks a kick to sweep the legs! Then drives in a knee! Aleister fires up, springboard quebrada! Cover, TWO! Aleister keeps his focus as he fires up again. He runs in but Elias puts him into buckles. Aleister rocks Elias but Elias rocks Aleister. Aleister boots Elias, then leaps, into Elias’ knee! Cover, TWO! Elias grows frustrated but Aleister was former NXT Champion, after all. Elias shouts at the “Cajun yokels,” then drags Aleister up. He reels Aleister in but Aleister spins through, BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
Aleister practically won by knockout! Elias fades out and the Embodiment of the End has made his mark. Will Aleister stay on Raw? Will he move to SmackDown? And who will he make #FadetoBlack next?
Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The Squad failed to be golden on Elimination Chamber night, but the Squad Leader has a second chance. Rowdy Ronda loves defending her belt the Raw after a Pay-Per-View, so will Ruby take advantage of having her friends ringside this time?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Ruby goes at Ronda but Ronda throws her right down! Ronda throws her again, and throws hands. Ronda toys with Ruby even as she swipes then backs off. Ruby bails out and regroups with Liv and Sarah. Ronda waits despite being angry over what Becky Lynch did to her last night. Ruby returns and gets Ronda’s ponytail, but Ronda throws knees. Ruby still STO’s Ronda down! Cover, ONE! Ruby kicks Ronda while she’s down, then goes after the back. Ronda resists so Ruby hammers away. Ruby kicks Ronda again and the Squad mocks Ronda’s pain. Ruby stands Ronda up for double knuckle locks. Fans rally up but Ruby monkey flips Ronda. Ronda catches Ruby’s roll into a triangle! Ruby makes it a cover, TWO! Ronda glares at Ruby while we go to break.
Raw returns once more, and Ruby has Ronda’s bad arm in a wrench. Fans rally up for Ronda as she endures. Ronda fights her way up, but Ruby rocks her with forearms. But then Ronda scoops and tosses Ruby with an Exploder! Ruby bails out but Ronda pursues. Ronda puts her in the ring, but Ruby SPEARS Ronda! Cover, TWO! Ronda survives but Ruby puts her in a headlock. They roll around but Ruby holds on. Ronda throws Ruby off and throws hands. Ronda rocks Ruby with an uppercut, then fires up! Fans fire up with her as she throws Ruby around! Ruby flounders to a corner and Ronda hits a forearm smash! Ronda runs back in, but into a buckle shot! Ruby hops up, stage-dive senton! Cover, TWO!! Ronda survives again but Ruby keeps on her.
Ruby drags Ronda up, toys with her, but Ronda grabs the foot to spin Ruby around. Ruby dodges, but runs into the fireman’s carry! She slips out, headbutts, RIOTT KICK! Cover, TWO!! Ronda survives Ruby’s best! Liv and Sarah are just as shocked as Ruby is, but they trust Ruby can do this. Ruby fish hooks Ronda’s mouth as she trash talks her. Ruby drags Ronda back up, for a big knee! She wants another spear but Ronda catches it! Gut wrench suplex! Ronda drags Ruby over to a corner and climbs up. Sarah distracts but Ronda swipes at her. Liv does the same, and Ruby kicks Ronda down! SUPER Riott Kick! Cover, TWO!! Ruby is almost in tears as Ronda survives again.
Ruby pushes Ronda to a drop zone and climbs up again. Fans rally for Ronda while Sarah and Liv cheer Ruby on. Ruby leaps, SUPER SENTON into the armbar!! But the Squad saves their leader! So Ronda climbs up top, and LEAPS onto them all! Ruby gets clear and hurries into the ring. Ronda pursues, but runs into headscissors. She denies Nightshade, to Alabama Slam Ruby into buckles! Then leaping armbar takedown! Ruby taps, Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
The Baddest Woman on the Planet wins again, but then she has to fight off Liv and Sarah! Piper’s Pit for Liv, judo throw for Sarah! Ronda stands tall, will she run through Charlotte Flair at Wrestlemania?
A good Raw tonight, but Lafayette sure was tired for some reason. I expected better reactions for all four surprise NXT stars appearing. It seemed like the fans didn’t know what to make of Gargano and Ciampa, they probably thought it was going to be Velveteen Dream joining Aleister and Ricochet. But the fans aside, each of the NXT superstars had great matches tonight.
I didn’t expect Ricochet to help out Finn, but I’m hoping that means Ricochet will challenge for the Intercontinental Championship if he’s not going to challenge for the NXT North American Championship at TakeOver. Finn and Ricochet worked well together, so I bet they’d have an amazing match against each other. Aleister’s was definitely just filler to annoy Elias, but DIY did great against The Revival. I would love if their first thing on Raw was to truly revive their rivalry with Dash & Dawson from NXT, the Raw Tag Division needs some instant classics to compete with what SmackDown was doing with The Usos and New Day.
We did not need more Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman. It was great for Strowman to win and Corbin to not have his pack help him, but this didn’t need to happen 24 hours after the No Disqualification match. Corbin can gloat, talk some trash, and Strowman could show up to scare him, and then we save their rematch for later. Heyman’s tributes to Brock Lesnar were well-produced, and Rollins’ response was great. Ambrose was also great for being inconsistent as a character, because that’s how a Lunatic should be. McIntyre VS Ambrose was good, and McIntyre wins to stay strong towards whatever his Mania goal is. He wants Rollins, but I don’t think he’ll get him. McIntyre should go after Cena again and they have a match at Mania.
Ryder & Hawkins got a match tonight, but also another loss. Their story is slowly building, but ironically, Hawkins finally winning can’t be a Wrestlemania moment. He and Ryder need to win to even come close to that match card, and that win would have to happen before that, like at Fastlane. Heavy Machinery and Lacey Evans both have a filler moment just for laughs as they strut on the ramp. Again, I’m thinking Lacey should go to SmackDown to freshen things up and get a title match with Asuka. Honestly, she should’ve just been Ronda’s opponent tonight. Ronda already buried the Riott Squad, tonight was just piling on. Granted, Ruby looked better tonight, but Ronda was just made stronger because she survived two forms of Ruby’s finisher.
Of course, the Riott Squad aren’t getting to challenge Sasha and Bayley first, Nia and Tamina are. I know there was the stretch where it seemed like Sasha and Bayley were only ever facing the Riott Squad, but it’s not like there isn’t a lot of matches where Sasha and Bayley also faced Nia or Tamina. Sasha and Bayley saying they’ll go to all brands, including NXT, I guess that means the way these belts work is that they’ll be multi-branded. Hopefully that means a SmackDown team will challenge them at Fastlane instead for something fresh. That or the Sky Pirates of NXT, Io Shirai and Kairi Sane. Though, I wouldn’t want Sane & Shirai challenging until they were guaranteed to get those belts. Bayley and Sasha are sure to retain all the way to Wrestlemania for something really big.
My Score: 8/10
AAA Review & Results (2/16/2019)
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Dinastia (Draztik Boy), Dragon Bane, and La Parkita vs Mini Murder Clown, Mini Monster Clown, and Latigo
I don’t usually like reviews minis matches from AAA because they don’t do stories for them. CMLL does for the midgets even if they are dry stories. It’s still something, but I’d like to make note that La Parkita nearly killed himself cracking his skull on the ground doing a swanton bomb. Later in the show they revealed he was okay.
Winners: Draztik Boy, Dragon Bane and La Parkita
Super Porky or Brazo de Plata comes out to cut a promo. Mascara confronts him and Psycho Clown then confronts him. Porky has a walker. :/
Nino Hamburguesa, Lady Shani (Golden Magic), and Starfire vs Villano III Jr, Keyra, and Lady Maravilla
Magic and Villano start out with some acrobatic spots. Maravilla and Starfire come in and trade spots. Hamburguesa then comes in with Keyra and shoulder blocks her to oblivion. Villano hits a missile drop kick on Hamburguesa. Maravilla holds Nino in place and Keyra kicks him. Golden Magic gets drop kicked in the corner by Keyra. Starfire is getting teamed on now. Villano drops Starfire on Maravilla’s knee. Keyra hits a moonsault. Keyra prevents Nino from getting in then throws Maravilla to the corner. Starfire drop kicks Keyra into the corner and Nino runs into all of them. He then does a flipping senton. Nino then does it again. Magic gets in with Maravilla and super kicks her. Maravilla then trips him on the apron, drop kicks him to the outside then hits a splash off of the top. Keyra and Starfire trade pinning combinations. Starfire hits knees to Keyra’s back then hits a flip dive off the apron. Villano hits a code breaker on Nino then poses. Villano goes for a moonsault and he moves. Nino goes to the top and hits a guillotine leg drop. He goes back to the top. Maravilla tries to distract him. She succeeds and Keyra hits a sunset flip on Starfire and then a german suplex for the win. Keyra pins Starfire with a german suplex.
Winners: VIllano III Jr, Keyra, and Lady Maravilla
(Cruiserweight Championship) Laredo Kid vs Sammy Guevara (Champ)
Guevara fakes out Kid to pose in the beginning. They actually do acrobatic flips until Laredo just drop kicks him. Laredo Kid flips out of the ring, Sammy does the same and then Kid gets back in the ring and hits a middle rope missile head butt basically. Kid then hits an asai moonsault. He got impressive air. Kid goes to the ground then Sammy pretends he’s hurt. He pushes the ref into the ropes to crotch Laredo. He goes to the top and throws Kid up from a fireman’s position and he falls on the turnbuckle for a two count. Kid runs at Sammy and gets power slammed. Sammy then misses a moonsault, lands on feet, misses standing moonsault, lands on feet, then hits a standing shooting star. Sammy hits a standing spanish fly and Laredo no sells it and hits a flipping DDT. Kid kicks Sammy to the outside and hits a 450 off the apron onto the floor. Laredo misses a corkscrew tornado dive and Sammy hits a reverse GTS for a two count. Villano III attacks Laredo from behind when he was setting up the Laredo Fly. Sammy then kicks Laredo to the outside and hits a corkscrew dive over the top rope. Sammy goes to the top and hits a big shooting star press but Laredo kicks out. Everyone is surprised. Villano grabs Laredo by the head and La Parka pulls him down and attacks him on the apron. Sammy goes for a slam but Kid flips out of it and super kicks him. Sammy leaps up to the ropes and jumps but Kid catches him with a cutter. Laredo goes to the top and Sammy leaps to the top rope and hits a Spanish fly for a close two. Sammy goes to the top and Laredo leaps up and kicks him and goes up and hits the Laredo Fly for the win. And naturally he gets beat down by the Mercenaries afterwards. Vikingo and Myzteziz come to his rescue. Laredo Kid wins with a Laredo Fly.
Winner: Laredo Kid
Taya (Lady Shani), Aerostar (Dinastia), and Myzteziz Jr vs Faby Apache, Jack Evans (Super Fly), and Sammy Guevara (La Parka Negra)
This match got picked apart. Dinastia drop kicks Negra and he no sells it. Dinastia hits a head scissors then springboard splash. Super Fly comes in to work with Shani. Faby comes in and kicks Shani. Parka beats on Myzteziz on the outside. Shani gets teamed on in the ring. The technicos try to stop the teaming up but can’t just yet. Faby and the heel ref push each other. Faby kicks Shani and Negra kicks her butt. Myzteziz bounces on the ropes and hits a hurricanrana on Negra. Shani back breakers Faby and Dinastia takes out Super Fly. Apache and Shani meet in the ring now and Faby attacks her butt. Shani kicks Faby and then Super Fly beats on Shani. Shani hits an arm drag then a DDT on Super Fly. Negra runs over Myzteziz. Negra throws Myzteziz in the air but he gets caught for a hurricanrana. Myzteziz back drops Super Fly to the outside. Shani then dives to the outside on Super Fly. Myzteziz then dives over the top on Negra. Dinastia flips Faby in the ring then super kicks her. Faby hits a face buster and the ref counts slow so Dinastia kicks out. Faby then hit a Tiger suplex after dodges Dinastia and this time the ref counts but Faby is still upset with him. Faby Apache pins Dinastia with a tiger suplex.
Winners: Faby Apache, Super Fly, and La Parka Negra
Maximo, Mamba, and Pimpinela Escarlata vs La Mascara, Taurus, and Chessman
Maximo starts out against Mascara and goes for a dive off the apron but misses and Mascara beats on him. Escarlata and Mamba get taken out and they team on Maximo. Escarlata gets kicked in the groin but since he/she is playing a girl. No dq. Escaralata goes for a cross body and turns it into an arm drag on Taurus. Mamba hits an apron dive on Mascara and Maximo on Chessman. Escarlata tries to choke Taurus but he shrugs her off. Escarlata puts her butt in Mascara’s face to his disgust. Escarlata hits a double arm drag on Chessman and Taurus. She tries to kiss Mascara but he moves his head. She hits an arm drag then finally kisses him. She must be poison ivy. Mamba twerks a little bit in the ring with Chessman but then he slaps her ass and flips her over. Mamba hits a hurricanrana then an arm drags followed by the kiss of death twice. He falls out of the ring and she twerks. Maximo gets in with Mascara and Mascara leaves the ring. Maximo hits hurricanrana’s on Chessman and Taurus, then Mamba hits a flip dive through the flip rope. Maximo walks the ropes and hits a flip dive to the outside. Mascara goes to the top with Escarlata but Maximo goes up and kisses him. Escarlata school boys him for the win. Pimpinela Escarlata school boys Mascara for the win.
Winners: Maximo, Mamba, and Pimpinela Escarlata
Drago, Laredo Kid (Aerostar), and Hijo Del Vikingo vs Mocho Cota Jr, Carta Brava Jr, and Tito Santana
Porde de Norte drop kicks everyone to start to get the advantage. Vikingo hits a drop kick to change momentum. He chops Tito Santana’s chest. Afterwards Porde de Norte continues to work over everyone. Not much detail to say, just constant triple teaming. Drago hits a head scissors on Santana then launches Vikingo into the others for a drop kick. Aerostar then does a dive through the middle rope where he goes flying into the crowd. Vikingo does an asai imploder 450. In the ring Cota hits a belly to belly on Drago for a two count. Aerostar comes in and hits a running cutter on him. Brava crotches Aerostar on the ropes and does the double foot stomp off of the top. Vikingo catches Carta for a swinging slam that Santana breaks up. Santana jumps into a brutal Canadian destroyer and Drago breaks it up. Drago rolls into a code breaker and Brava breaks it up. Aerostar and Vikingo hit drop kicks on Brava and Santana. Aerostar hits a moonsault, Vikingo a 450 and Drago gets a pinning combination all for a two count. Drago then hits a dive through the middle rope on Cota. Vikingo drop kicks Santana then hits a dive through the middle rope on Santana and Cota. Aerostar dumps Brava to the outside and does a cannon ball splash on Brava and Cota. In the ring Drago sprays mist in Santana’s eyes and Vikingo hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo Del Vikingo pins Tito Santana with an imploder 450.
Winners: Drago, Aerostar, and El Hijo Del Vikingo
Psycho Clown, Dr. Wagner Jr, and Pagano vs Jeff Jarrett, Rey Escorpion, and Texano Jr
Escorpion attacks Clown with a chair. Texano ties his rope around Pagano’s neck. Jarrett works over Wagner. Texano then chokes Wagner, and Rey continues to beat on Psycho Clown. Clown gets Rey to the outside and hits a dive over the top. Pagano then hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner hits a cutter on Jarrett then dragon screw leg whips Texano. Psycho Clown grabs the rope and hits Texano with it. Clown breaks a broom over Escorpion’s back. They hit multiple clotheslines in the corner on Jeff Jarrett. Clown works with Rey and Rey hits a power slam for a two count. Clown hits a head scissors followed by a sunset flip for a two count. Rey hits a draping DDT with Clown caught in the ropes for a two count. Rey postures on the top rope and Clown drop kicks him off. He goes on the turnbuckle post and leaps off onto Esocrpion. Wagner gets distracted by the ref and Jarrett breaks a guitar over his head. Pagano hits a leg drop to stop the count. Pagano hits a cutter on Texano and sets up a table. Pagano head butts a chair into Texano then smacks himself with said chair. Pagano goes to the top with the chair but Texano hits a crucifix power bomb through the table on him for the win. Texano Jr pins Pagano with a crucifix power bomb off the top.
They continue to beat on the technicos post match. They steal Psycho Clown’s mask, yet again as they do every taping.
Winners: Jeff Jarrett, Rey Escorpion, and Texano Jr