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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (7/9/18)

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It’s the last Raw before Extreme Rules! With the Monster Among Men torturing Kevin Owens week after week, will the Prizefighter even make it to this Sunday?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Alexa Bliss & Mickie James VS Nia Jax & Natalya; Nia & Natalya win.
  • Mojo Rawley VS No Way Jose; Rawley wins.
  • WOKEN Hardy w/ Bray Wyatt VS Bo Dallas w/ Curt Axel; Dallas wins.
  • Ember Moon VS Liv Morgan w/ Sarah Logan; Ember wins.
  • Baron Corbin & Elias VS Finn Balor & Bobby Roode; Corbin & Elias win.
  • Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler; McIntyre wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Big Dog wants to be Universal Champion.

He feels he should be, even though he isn’t. “Yet.” Roman Reigns will never lose faith in his ability, because this is his Yard. But Bobby Lashley disagrees. Roman doesn’t have what it takes, compared to the “Dominator”. He needs to move on. Like Lashley did 10 years ago? The main event player “moved on” to be a big star in MMA. Lashley won’t let his past be downplayed. Lashley has the legit tools, and wants to prove it against Roman most of all. They’re set for a match at Extreme Rules this Sunday, who will grab bragging rights and the right to call themselves “The Guy… who can beat Brock Lesnar”?

 

Roman Reigns walks the halls.

And he encounters Lashley. Lashley stands in Roman’s way, but Roman says Lashley better get out of the way. Lashley suggests Roman calm down. He was waiting all day to be called out. Because if Roman does, Lashley won’t go out there to talk, but to tear Roman apart. Lashley steps aside for Roman, this time.

Roman heads to the ring.

Boston is Raw, and is Roman’s Yard as the show opens. Roman hears the fans both boo and cheer, then speaks. “After this week, there’s a whole lot I could come out here and talk about,” but that was the first time he was ever dared to call someone out. He’s curious about what “Bob” can do, so he does call Lashley out! Lashley gets what he wants, but will he give what he promised? Lashley heads to the ring, laser focused on Roman and the ring. Roman stares back all the same, but Kurt Angle appears to stop this. Baron Corbin is in tow as Angle tells Roman and Lashley to “save it for this Sunday.” They don’t! It’s a fast and furious brawl!

Angle and Corbin shout for reinforcements, and the Raw locker room floods the ring! They work to keep Roman and Lashley apart, but Roman breaks his way out. Lashley does, too, and they collide again! The others continue to push the two apart, but fans want the fight to continue. Lashley breaks free and throws more hands on Roman! Roman goes down and slides out of the ring, but the other superstars work to keep him and Lashley apart. Finn Balor gets a shot on his new nemesis in the Lone Constable, but that’s a different story. More superstars come out to reinforce the reinforcements, but that’s not enough! Lashley gets loose and gets at Roman! Fans love this, even as the two are separated again. But then both men get loose, only for Lashley to lariat Roman down!  Lashley ground ‘n’ pounds, but he’s pried off Roman.

The other superstars do anything and everything they can to back Lashley down while checkign on Roman. Lashley gets loose yet again, and he still wants at Roman. Roman still wants at Lashley, too, even after getting run over. They end up back in the ring, but the other superstars manage to get Lashley around to the ramp side. But Roman revives, builds speed, and FLIES! He bowls over everyone! The Big Dog wants more, but with Lashley down, the fight settles down. Lashley gets up, and Roman returns! The other superstars again pry them apart, even as Roman and Lashley swing on each other. They will have it out in the ring this Sunday, will either man survive to call themselves “The Guy”?

 

Alexa Bliss and Mickie James see that chaos.

That was crazy! But that will be nothing compared to what these two besties will bring on Nia Jax & Natalya later on. Of course, they forget Nia and Alexa will have an Extreme Rules match this Sunday. Or, is that exactly their point? What are they scheming?

Alexa Bliss & Mickie James VS Nia Jax & Natalya!

The Goddess and 6-time Women’s Champion best friend go up against a pair of good friends in the Irresistible Force and Queen of Harts. With an extreme Raw Women’s Championship match this Sunday, can these two mean girls soften up the former champion before their rematch?

The bell rings, and Nia starts with Alexa. Alexa looks ready to go, but then tags to Mickie. Mickie enters and circles with Nia. They tie up and Nia shoves Mickie to her corner. Nia then carries Mickie and tags in Natty, for a shout-out to the Hart Special! Natty wants a sharpshooter, but Mickie scrambles away. Tag to Alexa, but Alexa just runs into the discus lariat! Natty wants the sharpshooter again, but Alexa scrambles away. Alexa and Mickie regroup on the outside, but Natty wrecks them with a dropkick! Natty drags Alexa up to throw into barriers, then runs Mickie over! She puts Alexa back in, but Alexa rolls back out. Natty waits for Alexa to return while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mickie stalks Natty. Mickie bounces Natty’s head off the mat a couple times, then brings her over. Mickie mudhole stomps, then tag to Alexa. Alexa taunts Nia, then is whipped into the corner for a SLAP to Natty! She grinds her foot into Natty’s throat, but fans rally up for Natty. Alexa snapmares Natty into a chinlock, but Natty endures while we go picture in picture. Natty endures while fans rally. She reaches for Nia, but first stands up. Natty snapmares out but Alexa runs her over. Cover, TWO, so Alexa throws fast hands. Cover, TWO, and Alexa grows frustrated. Alexa brings Natty over for a buckle bump, then tag to Mickie. Mickie whips Alexa in again, but Natty back elbows out! Natty dodges Mickie, then crawls for Nia! Hot tag to Nia, and she rallies on both Mickie & Alex!

Nia rams her shoulder into Mickie, then tosses her across the way for a big corner splash. She keeps going, whips but Mickie kicks her away. Mickie runs into a headbutt, then the body attack! Nia lifts Mickie up, trophy lift to drop! Then she runs for the leg drop! Nia & Natty win!

Winners: Nia Jax & Natalya

But Alexa brings out a kendo stick to SMACK Nia! And SMACK Natty! Then SMACK for Nia again! Alexa grins as she smacks away on Nia’s back. But then Nia snatches the stick away and swings it at Alexa! Alexa runs away, but Nia breaks the stick. Mickie and Alexa regroup to retreat together as Nia comes storming up the ramp. Alexa angered the wrong woman ahead of the wrong stipulation. Will Nia finally destroy Alexa to end their championship feud?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

After both physical and emotional bullying, it’s clear Alexa will try anything to wear Nia down. But Nia is unbreakable, unlike Alexa. Nia’s gonna snap Alexa in half, because anything goes. Nia hasn’t forgotten everything Alexa has said and done, and it will be paid back “inch by crushing inch” as she takes back that Raw Women’s Championship.

 

Raw ended badly last week, for Kevin Owens.

The Monster Among Men has run Kevin over every match they’ve been against each other in, and even flipped the Prizefighter’s rental car. But when Kevin was told he’d get a chance to get revenge on Braun Strowman in a match, that didn’t really sit well with him. Kevin gave up on the match to literally run and hide. But he made the mistake of hiding in a porta-potty. Strowman saw through that, and took Kevin on a ride he’ll never forget. Strowman brought the potty to the stage, and then shoved it off! Kevin felt–and likely smelled–like crap, but will it be worse this Sunday when they properly have a match?

Angle finds Kevin has arrived for work.

Despite this vendetta Angle has or the obsession Strowman has, Kevin does his job. Angle can fire him, but Kevin has connections. Or are those connections why Angle lets Strowman do what he wants? Kevin decided to be the bigger man tonight, because he has a doctor’s note that keeps him from competing tonight. But while he’s here, he’ll hang out where he’s most safe from Strowman: Angle’s office. So if Angle needs him, he’ll be right here, all night long.

 

Mojo Rawley VS No Way Jose!

The man with #KillerInstinct no longer has a choice. He will take this rematch against the Fighting Fiesta, whether he likes it or not. Will Mojo get the win he doesn’t even want?

The conga line smartly leaves so that Mojo can’t bully them anymore. The bell rings, and Mojo carries Jose to ropes. Mojo honors the break, but with a pie-face. Jose fires off forearms and a pie-face of his own. Mojo doesn’t like that, but he runs into a facelock. Jose keeps Mojo down, until Mojo powers up to throw Jose. Mojo whips Jose then runs perpendicular, for the POUNCE! Cover, TWO! Mojo tries again, ONE. He hammers away on Jose out of frustration, then looms over Jose. Mojo brings Jose up and puts him in a corner, but runs into an elbow. He still comes back for a shoulder tackle, then a gutwrench overhead suplex. Cover, TWO! Mojo keeps on Jose with a half nelson chinbar and brings Jose to the mat. He sits Jose up to throw him down and repeat, then puts the half nelson back on.

Fans rally and Jose feeds off the energy. Jose arm-drags out, then dodges Mojo to send him outside. Mojo jumps back in, and hits a corner splash! He keeps going for a big clothesline! Cover, TWO! Mojo keeps his focus as he returns to the half nelson. Fans rally up again, and Jose gets to ropes. Mojo honors the break, but then runs into an elbow. He comes back but gets a knee. Jose throws right hands then forearms and knees. Jose picks up speed, Mojo pushes him, but Jose comes back with a clothesline of his own! Cover, TWO! Both men get up, but Jose is on Mojo in the corner with punches. Mojo gets Jose in Alabama position, and hits the slam! Cover, Mojo wins!

Winner: Mojo Rawley, by pinfall

There is a load of intensity inside Mojo, having showed Jose he was right all along. Will Mojo keep going to find his way to a title in the near future?

 

Bayley & Sasha got a new therapist for their counseling.

Whether partners or opponents, they’ve always been friends. Bayley didn’t let anything come between them, but Sasha did. Bayley grew tired of it, and grows tired of Sasha only ever caring about Sasha. A rocky start to round two, will these two ever get back to a good place?

 

Jinder Mahal finds Seth Rollins backstage.

The Maharaja and Man of Peace wishes to give The Architect advice. Do not #BurnItDown but embrace life. Rollins will find peace, if he chants Mahal’s mantra. Rollins never thought about this, but maybe he’s burning himself away. Mahal, please help him. Take a deep breath and… “Shanti.” Rollins takes this moment to slip away. There is no room for peace in a 30-minute Ironman match like the one he’ll be in on Sunday. How will Rollins prepare himself for the Show-Off?

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

The Architect has the fans all fired up and hears the standing ovation. “Boston always knows how to party, baby.” Over the years, Rollins has gotten some sweet nicknames. Mr. Money in the Bank, the Kingslayer, the Architect, the Man, but now, the only title that matters is “former Intercontinental Champion.” But good news: Rollins has an opportunity to change that. Extreme Rules pits him 1v1 against Dolph Ziggler for no less than 30 minutes, and the man with the most falls becomes The Ironman and Intercontinental Champion. Ziggler’s no walk in the park, between his speed and his savvy, but Rollins loves testing himself against the best. The problem is, Ziggler will have the overgrown Scotsman, Drew McIntyre.

But Rollins is still Seth Freakin Rollins, and when it comes to Dolph & Drew, none of that matters. But wait, here they are! Ziggler & McIntyre appear on the stage and look at Rollins in the ring. Ziggler thanks Rollins for those compliments, but don’t be fooled. He’s not just bringing speed, agility, good looks and his giant psychopath, he’s bringing the belt. Ziggler vows to walk out still champion, too. But it’s not all bad. At least Rollins will still have his other nicknames, “plus a painful, career-defining loss” where he caught a glimpse of the future. Don’t get them wrong, Rollins is still Seth Freakin Rollins, yes, “The Man”, one of the greatest to be in that ring. But he’s not Ziggler. When it comes to the Ironman match, Ziggler might even win in a sweep!

Rollins stops Ziggler, that bleach is getting to his hair. Is there a doctor in the house? Great jokes, Rollins, but you just lost that one shred of dignity. The belt got so much sweeter after being pried from Rollins’ hand. Ziggler has the reality check: you don’t win Ironman matches by doing crossfit; you win by racking up victories until the scoreboard is full. Ziggler’s not one to brag, but at Kent State, he wrapped up so many victories, he was the all-time. 121 wins! Wow, 121, congrats. Did McIntyre help in all those, too? What was his degree in? Very funny, Rollins, but it doesn’t matter where McIntyre’s been. It’s where he’s going! McIntyre is going where he belongs! Blah blah blah, we know where he’s going: wherever Dolph says. But why? Ziggler’s a pipsqueak, so why is he holding McIntyre’s leash?

Unless… Ziggler knows McIntyre’s secrets. This could be bad. Are there any photographs? It gets awful lonely in Scotland, right? There are a lot of sheep out there. McIntyre is riled up but Ziggler keeps him calm. Ziggler says they’ll leave Rollins in the dust and outside the arena begging for money! McIntyre still wants at Rollins, and challenges Rollins to prove how much of a man he is with a match, tonight! Rollins hears the fans chant “YES! YES!” Rollins accepts! But McIntyre better be careful, Rollins is a “ba-a-a-ad” man. McIntyre & Ziggler rush the ring but Rollins gets clear. Rollins has trolled McIntyre into a frenzy, will Rollins regret it by the end of the night?

 

The B Team prepares their parody.

WOKEN Axel is almost fooled by Bo Wyatt. The DELETION of the Interterrestial Being will be WONDERFUL~!

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

No less than 144 hours, it will be a DELIGHTFUL duel between the Deleters of Worlds, and the “undefeated” Best Team to prove who is truly worthy of calling themselves the Tag Team Champions of Monday Night Raw, ye-e-e-es. Axel has swept Hardy 2-0, will Bo make it a perfect three for three before Extreme Rules? Or will all momentum be DELETED in Boston?

Before the match, the the B-Leters speak on dethroning the Delusional~ ones to become the true tag team champions. They will devour the souls, with a side of rice and beans. Maybe even avocado, if it’s in season. It’ll be a buffet for sure. But the REAL Deleters are no longer amused. The time for fun and games is OVER! Laughter is contagious, but so is fear. These boys have been infected by it! At Extreme Rules, they will EAT and DELETE! But why wait for Sunday when they’re here now? Wyatt & Hardy magically appear behind their parodies, and The B Team RETREAT from the ring. Bo and Axel regroup and this match finally begins.

Hardy glares at Bo Wyatt, then tackles him into a corner. Hardy throws in shoulders and elbows, then haymakers and DELETE buckle bumps! The ref counts and Hardy stops when he’s done dribbling. The Revival watch this backstage, studying future opponents. Hardy gives a shoulder breaker to hammerlock, but Bo elbows out. Bo throws haymakers, but Hardy hits back. Hardy whips and back elbows Bo out of the ring. Hardy doesn’t leave him alone, he snap suplexes Bo to the mat! He’s back in control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Hardy elbows away on Bo’s neck. He stalks Bo to the ropes with stomps, then wrenches the neck with a cravat. Bo endures and fights back while we go picture in picture. Hardy clubs Bo down again, then drags him up against the ropes. Hardy backs off, hissing at the ref. Bo hits back but Haryd stops him with body shots. Hardy whips Bo, to then throw him into the ropes! Bo gets clothesline’d by the ropes, and is dazed on the outside. The ref checks on Bo, as does Axel. Hardy fetches Bo himself, to run him over with a shoulder! Hardy takes off his shirt to get serious as he whips Bo into barriers! Bo bowls for a major crash, and Bray watches with amusement.

Bo boots Hardy, but manages to escape what would’ve been a lethal Side Effect on the steps of steel. He runs away into the ring, but Hardy is on him, with a neckbreaker! Hardy drags Bo back up while Bray grins, for a Side Effect! This is not over just yet, as he calls for the Twist. Fans echo “DELETE! DELETE!” while Hardy drags Bo back up. They go out to the apron, but not for a Twist. Bo resists the suplex, and Axel distracts. Bray gets Axel with an ambush clothesline! But Bo drags Hardy up, draping neckbreaker!! Cover, Bo wins!!

Winner: Bo Dallas, by pinfall

The B Team continues to conquer the Deleters of Worlds! They celebrate, but the Deleters regroup and it’s a brawl! Yurinagi for Axel, Twist of Fate for Bo! Bray vows punishment for the upstart B Team. Will Bo & Axel suffer for their incessant imitations?

 

Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley.

Lashley made good on his promise, but what’s his mindset for Sunday? He has respect for every opponent of his, even Sami Zayn after all that mocking. But Lashley has no respect for Roman. He doesn’t like anything about Roman, but especially how Roman keeps bringing up Lashley’s past. “Enough already.” What Lashley does like is Roman’s fighting spirit. Roman will show up, and when he walks in to fight, he won’t walk out. “Believe that.” Lashley has strong words for the Big Dog, but will he back them up again like he did tonight?

 

Tyler Breeze sees The Riott Squad needs his help.

These girls are in a fashion emergency. He gives them spare Breezango shirts, but they reject them. They’re not about fashion, they’re about the riot! Sarah & Liv head out to make more trouble for Raw, will they make up for the loss last week?

 

Alexa Bliss speaks.

She thought being Raw Women’s Champion was great, but that sound of smacking Nia with a kendo stick was really good. She’ll save the rest for Sunday to make the “over-hyped rookie” watch it happen. Nia can say what she wants now, but after Sunday, everyone will have to call Alexa the “Extreme Raw Women’s Champion.”

 

Ember Moon VS Liv Morgan w/ Sarah Logan!

After the Prophecy of Moon Eclipsed the “juvenile” delinquent, the Ruby-less Riott Squad was fuming for revenge. Can Ms. 201 make up for her loss last week? Or will there be two Eclipses in a row on Raw?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Liv gets the waistlock. Ember standing switches then lifts, but Liv resists. Liv gets a headlock but Ember holds tight. Liv swings but Ember shoves her away. Ember runs, flips through the hip toss to then throw Liv. Ember just misses the superkick, but Liv scurries to a corner. Sarah helps Liv regroup and talk strategy. Ember reaches at Liv but Liv gets back tot he ropes. That doesn’t stop Ember, she yanks Liv off for a slam. Liv escapes the ring to regroup with Sarah again. Ember rushes out to scare the Squad apart. Liv is on the defensive while we go to break.

Raw returns and Liv has Ember in a full nelson. Ember slips out but Liv elbows away to then springboard bulldog! Cover, TWO! Liv keeps on Ember with a straitjacket hold, but fans rally for Ember. Ember stands up but Liv brings her back down. Liv thrashes Ember around, but Ember endures. Liv shouts for Ember to quit, but Ember gets up, only for Liv to become a backpack. Ember drops back to fall on Liv! The hold is broken while both women slowly stand. Liv is up first, then goes Matrix to dodge Ember! Liv throws Ember down by her hair, then catches her breath while clutching her back. She’s up again, but runs into headscissors that send her into buckles! Ember glares at Liv while Sarah coaches her teammate up.

Ember rallies with elbows and a sweep. She drives knees into Liv, then throws Liv with a Fall Away Slam! Springboard dropkick takes Sarah out, but Liv rolls Ember! Ember rolls through, stack and jackknife, Ember wins!

Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall

That’s 2-0 for the War Goddess! The Squad is again furious, but without their leader, what are they to do? As for Ember, has she done enough to earn a future title match?

 

Backstage interview with Finn Balor.

The Extraordinary Man will face Corbin & Elias ahead of an Extreme Rules PPV match. Corbin questions Finn’s size, but the GLORIOUS Bobby Roode comes by. These two are cut from the same cloth: Good looks, great abs, great fashion. They will be unstoppable in that ring, because no one is better. They will be Absolutely… Glorious? No, no, how did Renee mess that one up? It’s “victorious”. Though, they will still be… GLORIOUS! Finn likes that. But what’s funny is that Corbin thinks he’s the brains of the operation when all he does is runs down Finn as being half as tough, half as strong and half is good. No, Finn will prove he’s twice as good. But Finn & Roode won’t just talk the night away, they’re going to speak with their actions in the ring.

 

Kevin is still in Angle’s office.

And Kevin sprays for the smell. The circulation is horrible. Well it didn’t smell before Kevin showed up. Maybe it’s leftover stink from that porta-potty. That aside, Ziggler & McIntyre enter. Angle wants to talk with them about the main event match. There is an added stipulation: If McIntyre loses, he’s banned from ringside at Extreme Rules. HE can’t do this! This is favoritism. That’s right, this is favoritism! McIntyre says it’s fine. Make Rollins’ life easier, because he won’t get past McIntyre tonight, anyway.

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

Boston is actually happy to see the Drifter, and hear him play. “Now it has been two weeks since I have performed.” That feels like a lifetime, but Elias does everything with reason. He is the living truth, and he’s been in the studio recording a debut album! Yes, it is happening thanks to one universal truth: WWE really stands for “WALK WITH ELIAS!” Boston, listen up, because he has something for them.

“Bobby & Finn, I’m the man you can’t beat. You both have the personality of a toilet seat. Then I came to Boston. I can’t stand this place.” Fans don’t like that. “When I hear your Boston accent, I want to punch your face.” Fans really don’t like that, and they tell Elias “You Suck!” But Elias is starting to sense they don’t appreciate Elias for what he is. His friend, Tom Brady, warned him about this. Just do what Tom does: pretend to like them. But Elias can’t. Fortunately someone does appreciate him, and Angle could learn a thing or two from Constable Baron Corbin!

Corbin wonders if Elias would give him a try. How about a little lullaby for Finn? Yes, that sounds good. What did he have in mind? Itsy-bitsy Spider? Sure. But if they’re gonna do this, hit the lights. The spotlight returns, and they begin. “Itsy-bitsy Balor climbed up to the top rope, but Corbin came up and crushed all his hope. He’ll meet his End of Days for the whole world to see. Itsy-Bitsy Balor can’t compare to me~~!” Thankfully, Balor & Roode make their entrances to end this cruddy concert.

 

Baron Corbin & Elias VS Finn Balor & Bobby Roode!

The Lone Constable, as appointed personally by Stephanie McMahon, teams up with The Drifter, who is no stranger to facing the Extraordinary and The GLORIOUS opponents in the ring with them tonight. Will Corbin get the apology he thinks he is owed? Or will he be proven wrong once again against men he literally looks down on?

Raw returns as Corbin throws forearms on Roode in a corner. Corbin taunts Roode, but Roode kicks back. Roode chops and chops, then brings Corbin over, but Corbin runs him over. Corbin tags Elias, but Elias runs into a drop toehold. Roode puts Elias in a headlock and grinds the Drifter on the mat. Elias fights his way up and out, but Roode shoulders him down. Things speed up, and Roode catches Elias in the atomic drop to Russian leg sweep. Cover, TWO, but Roode keeps Corbin away with a glare. Roode bumps Elias off buckles then chops him. Elias chops back so Roode kicks and chops Elias. Roode throws haymakers, but honors the ropebreak. He whips Elias corner to corner but Elias reverses. Roode goes up and over and catches Elias into the facelock.

Corbin comes in to distract, Elias gets a big knee strike! Tag to Corbin, and Corbin stomps Roode out. Corbin taunts Finn, then drives elbows into Roode. He puts on a half nelson while we go picture in picture. Roode endures and feeds off the fan rally. Roode stands and fights back, but Corbin wrangles him back down. Fans keep rallying while we return single picture. Roode feeds off the energy again, fights back, but Corbin knees low. Corbin puts Roode in a corner, then runs in. Roode dodges, but Corbin slides out then in. Finn warns Roode, and it’s double clotheslines that take both men down! Hot tags to Elias and Finn!

Finn rallies on Elias, whips but Eilas reverses, only to get more forearms. Finn hits Corbin for good measure, then gets the takedown and stomps on Elias! He chops Corbin, then cltoehslines Elias out. Elias flounders around, and Finn takes aim. But Corbin swipes the legs! And Elias returns to hit a knee on Finn! Elias stomps a mudhole and tags Corbin while we go to break.

Raw returns and Corbin has Finn in the half nelson. Roode recovers on the outside while Finn fights up and out. Corbin throws Finn to run him over with an elbow, cover, TWO. Corbin grows frustrated, so he tags out to Elias. Elias drops a knee on Finn, then wraps on a rough chinlock. Elias grinds Finn to the mat, but fans rally again. Finn sits up, but Elias keeps him away from Roode. Finn throws forearms, but Elias whips Finn to the corner. Elias runs into a boot, then is tossed outside! Finn crawls but Elias hurries in to tag Corbin. Corbin tackles Finn down, denying the tag. Corbin taunts both Finn and Roode, then brings Finn up. He whips Finn, but Finn comes back with a Slingblade! Hot tag to Roode!

Roode takes out Elias, then hits Corbin. He climbs up but jumps over Corbin to knock him down with a big running forearm. Corbin gets to a corner but gets a clothesline and a neckbreaker. Roode fires up, then climbs up top. Corbin is up, and he catches Roode’s flight, for the choke slam backbreaker! Cover, but Finn breaks it! Finn throws Elias out, then wipes him out with a dropkick. Finn keeps going, but Corbin clobbers Finn on the apron! Roode rolls Corbin up, TWO! Corbin runs into boots, then Roode climbs up for the GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Cover, Elias breaks it.

Elias gets to his corner, and calls for the tag. Corbin reaches, but Finn trips Elias up. Finn glares at Corbin, egging him on. Corbin takes the bait, and they brawl! Finn swing kicks Corbin, then puts him in the ring. Finn climbs up but Corbin trips him up! But then he runs at Roode, only to get post! Roode is ready, and he winds it up. GLORIOUS pose, but SPINEBUSTER for Elias. Corbin clobbers Roode, End Of Days! Cover, Corbin & Elias win!

Winners: Baron Corbin & Elias, Corbin pinning

The Constable uses chaos to his advantage, and he gets the win for his team. Will Sunday be a repeat performance as Corbin looks to make Finn feel as small as Corbin says he is?

 

Kevin eats in Angle’s office.

But then Braun Strowman appears! Kevin wants Strowman to keep his distance. Kevin is excused from tonight, but Angle says he and Strowman will have a match Sunday. It’ll be a Steel Cage Match so that Kevin can’t run away. Strowman likes that, but he smells something. It’s Kevin, who reeks of fear. He sprays Lysol at Kevin, and Kevin coughs. With steel keeping Kevin in with the Monster Among Men, will he feel far worse than he ever has before?

 

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.

Does he think it was reckless to provoke Bobby Lashley like that? No, not at all. it’s what Roman wanted to do. Neither man respected each other, but then that fire in Lashley’s eyes actually gave Roman some respect for him. But Lashley can’t beat Roman in mind or body, because Roman has the killer instinct. This will be different. Roman vows to beat Lashley to move on to bigger and better while Lashley goes back to being The Guy somewhere else. When these two alphas go head to head, who will come out the TOP Dog?

 

Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler!

The Architect lasted over an hour back in the #RawGauntlet earlier this year, but it was a distraction from the Celtic Colossus that cost him the Intercontinental Championship. Again, the added stipulation to this match is that if McIntyre loses, he will NOT be allowed ringside for Extreme Rules so as not to mire the Ironman match with controversy. Can Rollins get back at McIntyre for all that ahead of going the distance against The Show-Off?

The bell rings, and the two stare down as they start to circle. Rollins also knows Ziggler could be the distraction this time. They tie up and McIntyre in a corner. McIntyre talks trash as he honors the ropebreak. He lets Rollins get out, so Rollins does. They tie up again, and McIntyre throws Rollins tot he mat. McIntyre kneels and grins at Rollins as he rolls to the ropes. Rollins and McIntyre go again, but Rollins throws a quick jab. Rollins sticks and moves, then gets a headlock. McIntyre uses power to lift Rollins, but Rollins holds onto the hold. Rollins tries but fails in the takeover, and McIntyre throws Rollins off to run him over. McIntyre gets the headlock takedown, and traps an arm as well. Rollins endures while fans rally up for him.

Rollins sits up and manages to power out, but things speed up. He dropkicks McIntyre, but McIntyre comes back with a shoulder. Rollins gets up and fires off haymakers and chops, but McIntyre knees low. McIntyre grabs Rollins, for a deadlift suplex! Cover, ONE, but McIntyre drags Rollins back up for a chop. Rollins falls to the mat, but McIntyre brings him up again for another chop. Rollins is floored again, but now McIntyre is on him with an armlock. Ziggler likes what he sees, but fans support Rollins. Rollins works his way up and fights his way out. He chops McIntyre, then runs, but into an overhead suplex! Cover, TWO, but McIntyre is back on Rollins with a seated abdominal stretch. Fans chant “Burn it Down!” and Rollins feeds off it. Rollins stands, fights back, but is clobbered with a clothesline!

McIntyre stomps Rollins in the face, then toys with him. McIntyre brings Rollins up for a chop, then into a standing armlock. Rollins endures again, and fans build to a new rally. Rollins stands up and chops McIntyre. McIntyre clubs Rollins, but Rollins slips out of the back suplex. Rollins sends McIntyre out, then hits a wrecking ball dropkick. McIntyre staggers away, Rollins builds speed, but McIntyre catches the dive into an apron backbreaker! The Scottish Terminator is in control while we go to one more break.

Raw returns again, and McIntyre has Rollins back in an armlock. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” and Rollins fights up and out. Rollins whips but McIntyre reverses, to then throw Rollins overhead again! McIntyre drags Rollins to a cover, TWO. McIntyre grounds ‘n’ pounds, and Ziggler again likes what he sees. Ziggler applauds while fans boo and jeer. McIntyre drags Rollins back up, and puts him in a corner. He chops Rollins, then toys with him more. McIntyre stomps the hand that reaches for ropes, then stomps Rollins’ face. McIntyre rides Rollins with another armlock. Rollins endures while Ziggler tells him to just give up. Rollins reaches for ropes but McIntyre keeps him grounded. McIntyre also pushes on the chinbar, but Rollins powers up again. Rollins gets up and jawbreakers McIntyre away!

McINtyre drags Rollins up for another deadlift, but Rollins knees out. Rollins gets McIntyre with the buckle shot! Ziggler looks a little worried now as McIntyre gets to a corner. Rollins crawls away but McIntyre follows. Rollins chops and punches, then runs. The clotheslines aren’t enough to knock McIntyre down. McIntyre kicks, but Rollins follows the run, to Slingblade! McIntyre rolls out of the ring, and Rollins builds speed to DIVE! The tope suicida hits this time, so Rollins gives McIntyre a second! Fans fire up with Rollins, and want a third. Rollins puts McIntyre in and climbs up to the corner. He springboards in for the flying clothesline! Cover, TWO!

Ziggler is stressing out while both Rollins and McIntyre are down. Rollins crawls over to McIntyre and stands him up. He wants a powerbomb but McIntyre denies. Rollins elbows McIntyre down, then brings him up, but McIntyre backdrops out. Rollins lands on his feet to kick McIntyre back. He goes up, blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is still worried as Rollins sits up first. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” and Rollins stomps along. Ziggler warns McIntyre, but the mule kick hits. Rollins runs, but McIntyre dodges the stomp. Rollins elbows McIntyre back, then runs, but McIntyre gets through the boot to inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO!!

Ziggler is frantic and frustrated as Rollins survives. McIntyre brings Rollins back up but fans still chant for Rollins. Rollins slips out, rolls up, TWO, and McIntyre chops Rollins. McIntyre runs but Rollins follows. His enziguri misses, deadlift sit-out from McIntyre! TWO!! Ziggler is beside himself with anxiety. McIntyre has Rollins on the apron and drags him back up. He bumps Rollins off a buckle, then climbs up top. He brings Rollins up with him, but Rollins slips out! Rollins trips McIntyre up! Rollins kicks McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! He climbs up top, and takes aim, but McIntyre sits up to throw Rollins away! McIntyre aims from the corner while Rollins gets to the other corner. McIntyre runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Then, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down, but fans keep chanting for Rollins. “This is Awesome!” as Rollins drags McIntyre back up. Rollins gets the wristlock, but McIntyre headbutts! The cover, TWO! Ziggler can’t take much more of this, but somehow Rollins can. McIntyre fires himself up as he brings Rollins into the fireman’s carry. He hauls Rollins up to the top rope, and fans sense something dangerous. Rollisn does, too, and he manages to slip out, for a running buckle bump! Then, mule kick! McIntyre is down, but Rollins climbs up. Rollins aims, but Ziggler distracts. Ziggler gets kicked down, crossbody on McIntyre! Cover, TWO! Pele from Rollins! Curb Stomp to Ziggler! CLAYMORE outta nowhere! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

There will be no banning the Scottish Terminator from ringside now. He will be beside the current Intercontinental Championship for Sunday’s Ironman match. Will McIntyre continue to help Ziggler survive Rollins in return for tonight? Or can The Kingslayer overcome the odds and take back the title?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This Raw felt like another relapse into the days of lazy go-home booking. They filled for time at the beginning with a recap package when that opening segment was more than enough. Whether you like Roman or not, that was a pretty good brawl for him and Lashley. Not sure we needed their interviews after, it should’ve been more both men were “sent home” so that they wouldn’t fight again. Alexa-Mickie VS Nia-Natt was good. It feeds their personal story as well as more fuel for Women’s Tag Division(s). Nia breaking that kendo stick doesn’t seem to kill Alexa’s confidence, but that selfie promo of hers should’ve been saved for the Extreme Rules Kickoff.

Kevin showing up just to hide in Angle’s office was really silly to do. If Kevin had a note, he should’ve used it only when Strowman appeared as his last line of defense against having a match tonight. For that matter, the announcement of Strowman VS Kevin in a Steel Cage should’ve been done right then and there to just get it out of the way. Mojo VS Jose finally has its rematch, and I was a bit surprised Mojo won again. This “feud” likely ends here as it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for anyone but Mojo. Maybe Mojo will find some new rival after Extreme Rules. And I feel Raw is already killing this Sasha-Bayley with no more Dr. Shelby and no escalation from last week. I hope this slow burn gets it right come Summerslam, those two need to fight already.

The B Team continues to shock with their wins over Hardy in singles matches, but with that nod to The Revival, the B Team isn’t winning so that the #TopGuys can challenge them next. While B Team plays around and copies the gimmicks, I bet the Revival will call it out for being smoke and mirrors and special effects, only to be the team dragged into the WOKEN Universe for the second WWE Deletion special. Ember does great in another win over Liv, and Liv does great even in defeat. Their troubles continuing without Ruby will make for a great story for them, especially if the Women’s Tag Division forms in the meantime. As for Ember, if Ronda is up next for the title, then perhaps Ember can take on Alexa assuming she loses at Extreme Rules for Goddess VS War Goddess.

Elias and Corbin do great as a team over Finn and Roode, and obviously the point of Corbin singing horribly is to add that his ego makes him oblivious to how bad he is. Corbin won tonight, but I would think Finn wins Sunday to even things out. Plus, Finn hasn’t won too many things lately, this grudge match would be good for Finn to head towards a title. Rollins has a good promo, as do McIntyre & Ziggler. Rollins VS McIntyre was a really great match, but the crowd was so numb after sitting through nothing much at all. McIntyre wins to put the pressure all on Rollins, but I bet Rollins out in the end. McIntyre might even be Rollins’ next opponent to lead towards Summerslam.

My Score: 7.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (1/21/19)

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Raw Women’s Champion, Ronda Rousey, defends her title at the Royal Rumble, but she first tests the waters against Sasha Banks in tag team action!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor VS Braun Strowman; Finn wins, by disqualification.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Apollo Crews; Lashley wins.
  • Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre; Rollins wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers; Lucha House Party wins.
  • Elias VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins.
  • Heavy Machinery VS The Ascension; Heavy Machinery wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships, Special Referee: Curt Hawkins; Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Revival; Roode & Gable win and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Ronda Rousey & Natalya VS Sasha Banks & Bayley; Banks & Bayley win.

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WWE honors Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream.

WWE has a 10 bell salute for this great man and his fight for “love and justice between fellow human beings.” #LongLivetheDream

 

The Beast returns to Raw!

The Royal Rumble approaches, and that means a WWE Universal Championship match comes with it! Paul Heyman has a mic and while fans boo and jeer, he again introduces himself as The Advocate for “the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BROCK LESNAR!!” And to get down to business: on last week’s Raw, in front of a global television audience, Finn Balor pinned John Cena. It was not a fluke, it was not controversial, it was simply Finn Balor stepping up and seizing the moment. “So much so” that John Cena took to the mic to say he believes in Finn. Cena should, because the WWE Universe has declared “We Believe in Finn!” And the WWE Universe should, because even Paul Heyman believes in Finn!

Heyman gives Finn credit where credit is due, because even Finn believes in Phoenix, he will do the very same thing he’s always done: capitalizing on fate and opportunity. And not just in any match, but a title match. Not just any title match, but a Universal Championship match. And not just against any Universal Champion, but against Brock Lesnar, who trained to prepare for Braun Strowman. Lesnar wont’ defend against the temperamental Monster Among Men but against a man with a completely different style. And that is why Finn believes in Finn, and why Heyman believes Finn believes in Finn. And that’s why when Finn says this himself, you should listen to him, for he is the voice that matters.

However, Heyman’s is the voice that martyrs. At the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar will make Finn into that martyr, “sacrificed for the sin of making you believe he can conquer the unconquerable”! Sacrificed for believing Finn can take what Lesnar’s got! Sacrificed for thinking Finn is a “Slim Reaper” who will slay The Beast. But here comes that spoiler alert for Raw and the Rumble: “Even miracles fear Brock Lesnar.” Sunday, Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona, THE Royal Rumble PPV, Brock Lesnar will put to bed the “ridiculous notion” that Finn Balor even belongs in the same ring, with Finn looking up from the mat saying “Oh my God, I believe in Brock Lesnar.” But wait, that’s Vince McMahon! And The Chairman heads straight for the ring!

Vince takes up a mic and with fans cheering him, he tells Heyman that he’s actually going easy on Finn. That was some old school promoter style drumming up of business. Heyman saying FInn stands no chance against Lesnar is rather passe. Now you should try David and Goliath. One day, David went out, ate all the mushrooms, and thought he could take on a big nasty giant. He did, and Goliath beat the hell out of David, until he was reincarnated as Finn. What? Vince says Finn earned his opportunity, and both men have their fans, but even in “Hillbilly Land” Oklahoma City, the fans know- What’s wrong? He’s speaking too fast. Well if any fans actually believe Finn will win, then you all believe in fairy tales. But this is no fairy tale, this is BRAUN!!

The Monster Among Men may not get Lesnar at the Rumble, but he wants Lesnar now! Vince asks Strowman what the hell he thinks he’s doing out here, but Strowman and Lesnar are too busy staring down. Fans chant “Get These Hands!” while Lesnar grins and gives Strowman space to enter. Strowman has his own mic and says “Last Monday was the worst night of my life, thanks to Baron Corbin.” $100,000 and a title match down the drain. But that was also the luckiest night of Lesnar’s life. If Lesnar still has the title after Sunday, Strowman will be waiting on the other side to rip Lesnar up like that limousine! Vince warns Strowman, he’s lucky to still have a job. But here comes Finn Balor! The Extraordinary Man smiles but so does Lesnar as Finn joins everyone in the ring.

Finn says “Same old Monday Night Raw.” Braun doing Braun things, while Finn’s the guy who beat three other men, including the GOAT, John Cena. Heyman says he’s the second greatest, behind Lesnar. Well Finn still earned his opportunity against Lesnar. As for Vince, he may not believe in Finn, because he doesn’t leave in fairy tales, but Finn does. And Balor Club believes. And at the Royal Rumble, Finn will take back his Universal Championship! Strowman says he definitely could’ve beat Lesanr, and has no idea if Finn could, but he better. Finn appreciates the support, but keep your nose out of his business because he’ll do what Strowman hasn’t. Lesnar laughs as he wants to leave but Vince says Lesnar should stick around for this.

Finn tells Vince has the story backwards. David stood up to Goliath and everyone laughed at him. But they didn’t know who David was, and what he was made of. Goliath fell face down in the dirt, BOOM. And no one was laughing after that. Vince has an idea: Lesnar should be ringside to watch this real-life David VS Goliath! Finn VS Strowman, even Vince will stick around for this! Will Finn prove the story true? Or will Strowman prove he should still be the man to face The Beast?

 

Finn Balor VS Braun Strowman!

Raw returns and Finn jawbreakers free of Strowman’s grip! Strowman knees low but runs into a dropkick! He stays standing and runs at Finn in the corner. Finn dodges and kicks him back! Lesnar laughs and Strowman gets distracted. Finn SLAPS Strowman, and that only angers Strowman! Finn goes for the legs but gets clubbed down. Strowman drags Finn up but Fin n lips free. Finn boots Strowman but his slingblade is denied! Strowman clubs Finn down again! Strowman kicks Finn out of the ring but fans rally up for Finn. Finn drags himself up but Strowman runs out to run him over! Even Lesnar was impressed by that.

Strowman drags Finn back into the ring, then stalks Finn to a corner. He squashes Finn with a splash then hauls Finn up. Finn slips out and gets to a corner but gets another splash! Cover, TWO! Finn lives but Strowman keeps his cool. Strowman clamps on a nerve hold and Finn endures the grip on his shoulder. Fans rally and Finn stands, only to be headbutt out of the ring. Strowman goes for another lap, but Finn slingblades him! Lesnar is now impressed by that. Finn hurries back in the ring and the ring count begins. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” as the count rises to 5. Strowman stands and shakes it off to enter at 7, but Finn dodges in the corner.

Finn comes back with forearms, but Strowman only staggers. Finn keeps trying but Strowman grabs him! Strowman scoops but Finn slips into a sleeper hold! Finn holds on tight but Strowman backs him into buckles. But Finn hops back on! Strowman drops to a knee, but pries Finn’s arms away! Finn drives elbows in fast and furious! Fans fire up as Strowman falls back, Finn double stomps! Finn fires up and climbs. He makes sure Lesnar is watching, but Strowman grabs Finn to throw him at Lesnar! For Lesnar to throw overhead! Finn just took a quick visit to Suplex City, then he gets in the ring with Strowman. The match-up we were meant to get might go down here, but Finn trips Lesnar to dropkick him into a post!

Finn gets back in the ring with Strowman, builds up speed and FLIES onto Lesnar! Lesnar’s down but Finn has Strowman still chasing him. They go around and into the ring, and Finn throws hands. Finn runs, slingblade again! Finn dropkicks Lesnar out of the ring, then goes out to dropkick him into barriers! Fans are thunderous for Finn as he grits his teeth. But Strowman grabs Finn by his head and hauls him right up! Strowman hip tosses Finn in, but misses in the corner to hit post! Finn runs back at him for a shotgun dropkick! Strowman’s down, Finn climbs up and fans fire up with him. COUP DE GRACE! But Lesnar attacks! F5!!

Winner: Finn Balor, by disqualification

Finn wins here but not the way he wanted. The Beast is mad, but will he just be the Goliath to Finn’s David?

 

Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush head to the ring!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is the NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion, and both Men of the Hour had a part in making it happen. Lio Rush praises Bobby Lashley as being better than both Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Lashley is also better than everyone else in the locker room. Lio and Lashley aren’t issuing an open challenge, open challenges are for kids. Lashley is a professional fighter. A fighter! They don’t do this for fun, but for the money. They are here to celebrate, and what better way than for Lashley to stand on a podium and show off his physique? Lashley stands on the podium while Lio puts the title on Lashley’s waist so everyone can see why Lashley IS The All Mighty! Hit the lights!

Lashley stands in the spotlight as Lio straps the belt on him. Lashley flexes but Apollo Crews comes out! Apollo joins Lio and Lashley in the ring with his own mic. He congratulates Lashley on becoming the new champion. There’s no doubt that Lashley is a stud, just look at him. But let’s be real: no one paid money to see Lashley pose. They paid money to see Lashley compete. Now Apollo knows this isn’t going to be a title match, but how about they lock up? Lio says Apollo is not in Lashley’s league! But hey, maybe if Apollo wins in a pose off, he’ll get a match. Pose off? What? Apollo doesn’t know how to do that. Well judging from his track record, he doesn’t know how to be champion, either!

Lashley stands on the podium again, the spotlight hits, and we get the double guns! Apollo mocks the flexing as he gives a little pop-lock action! And some Hulkster and Savage. Lashley takes another turn for the side chest. Only Lio is impressed. Apollo takes another turn, and winds it up for his own side pose! Fans like Apollo way better. Lashley takes one more turn, for his Most Muscular! Lio thinks Lashley has won this, but Apollo gets his final turn, for a spin and flex. And Lashley attacks! Lashley whips Apollo but Apollo throws Lashley out instead! And then Lio gets caught, for a trophy lift toss at Lashley! Apollo flexes and Lashley is furious! Will Apollo get his match after all?

 

Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Apollo Crews!

Raw returns, and yes he does! But Lashley also has Apollo in a bearhug. Apollo endures the squeeze and fights out with haymakers. He runs but Lashley follows, to get Apollo with a complete shot! Cover, TWO! Lashley keeps his cool and drags Apollo up into a corner. He throws hands and whips corner to corner. Lashley rams his shoulder in, then hauls Apollo up top. Apollo kicks Lashley away to then missile dropkick him down! Both men slowly stir and stand, and Apollo mule kicks and boots. Lashley swings but misses while Apollo hits a leaping lariat! Apollo kips up and fans fire up with him. Apollo climbs up and aims, but Lashley gets under. Lashley runs but Apollo leaps over! Roll up, TWO!

Apollo raises the roof because he raises Lashley in a trophy lift! Apollo drops Lashley but it took a lot out of him, too. He manages to stand first, though, and drags Lashley up. Apollo tries again, and gets a proper drop. Lio protests and distracts, so that Lashley has time to avoid Apollo’s moonsault. Apollo dodges to enziguri Lashley down, but Lio distracts again. Apollo tosses Lio in but Lio runs around and dodges. But Lio gets caught into another trophy lift, only for Lashley to SPEAR Apollo! Cover, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall

The 24 Year Old Piece of Gold pays dividends again as he helps Lashley leave Apollo down and out. But they don’t get time to celebrate this win, because here comes Seth Rollins! Oklahoma City is ready to #BurnItDown, but The Architect isn’t here for Lashley. Rollins has a match with Drew McIntyre, and wants that match next. Will Rollins gain some major momentum going into THE Royal Rumble match?

 

Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre!

Raw returns as Rollins takes up the mic. “Today we celebrate the life and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Even now, perhaps especially now, we can learn a lot from him. MLK once said a measure of a man is not where he stands in times of convenience, but in times of challenge and controversy. Rollins feels like he’s in times of challenges and controversy. He had two titles and two brothers, but now he’s got none of either. But life isn’t about what we don’t have, it’s about what we do have. What Rollins has is what he’s always had, and it’s the business. As long as Rollins has the ring, the fans and the fire, he’ll win the Royal Rumble! Even saying it out loud makes it sound like a crazy long shot, but Rollins has always been about long shots.

Rollins knows he’s not huge or powerful, but he’s from a small town much like Oklahoma City. His parents were working class, he could’ve been working in a factory, on a farm or driving a truck himself. But the reason he’s not is because of this feeling. Love, passion, determination, whatever it is isn’t just in his chest but ingrained in his soul! Long shot, sure. Thirty men putting it all on the line to headline Wrestlemania. But Rollins promises to be one man left standing and going to Wrestlemania, and that is THE MAN, “Seth Freakin’ Rollins!” But now, the Scottish Terminator makes his entrance.

McIntyre tells Rollins that he’s going to kick his head off tonight, but he must also offer a rebuttal. McIntyre does not stand idly by as Rollins lies to the fans! Rollins is not winning the Rumble, and it’s just Rollins’ style. His reckless abandon will get him eliminated. But what would happen if Rollins harnessed that same passion into the body of a Terminator? That’s “Drew Freakin’ McIntyre!” This means everything to Rollins, so McIntyre hopes they’re the final two, because McIntyre wants to see the look in Rollins’ eyes when he’s thrown out and hears the announcement that the winner is Drew McIntyre! Fire fights fire, after the break!

Raw returns as McIntyre runs back into the ring, only for Rollins to clothesline him back out. Rollins then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit floors McIntyre, but Rollins puts him back in quick. Rollins springboards and hits a flying clothesline! Cover, ONE! Rollins keeps his cool as he CHOPS McIntyre at the ropes. He whips but McIntyre reverses, only for Rollins to kick him away. Rollins elbows McIntyre, then puts him out all the way tot he floor. McIntyre clutches his back while Rollins assesses the situation. Rollins climbs up high, aims from the post, and leaps! But McIntyre sends him into barriers! McIntyre wraps Rollins around the post and pulls back! He lets up at 4 to then cover Rollins, TWO!

McIntyre keeps on Rollins with an armlock, but fans rally up. Rollins feeds off the energy but McIntyre throws him down by his hair. McIntyre returns to the armlock and adds a chinbar. Fans continue to rally and Rollins powers up again. Rollins jawbreakers free! Rollins runs but into a big elbow from McIntyre! Cover, TWO! McIntyre stalks Rollins and drags him up for a CHOP of his own! McIntyre stomps away on Rollins while fans cheer Rollins on. Rollins throws haymakers and whips, but McIntyre reverses hard! Rollins tumbles up then down, McIntyre covers, TWO! McIntyre stomps Rollins more, then chops Rollins to a corner before tossing him overhead! Cover, TWO! McIntyre turns to the armlock to keep Rollins down.

Fans continue to rally for Rollins and Rollins fights up again. Rollins whips but McIntyre reverses, then kicks Rollins out of the air! Rollins rolls out but McIntyre pursues. McIntyre chops Rollins then drags him up for the Inverted Alabama Slam to the floor! The Terminator dominates and smirks while we go to break.

Raw returns again and both men slowly stand as fans declare “This is Awesome!” Both men start chopping away, but then Rollins runs and dodges to slingblade! He boots McIntyre out of the corner and hits a blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Rollins grits his teeth while fans fire up again. He goes back to McIntyre for a powerbomb but McIntyre back drops. Rollins sunset flips, TWO! McIntyre flips Rollins around for his own powerbomb lift, but Rollins huricanranas! Cover, TWO! Rollins runs, tilt-o-whirl to Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives but Rollins keeps his focus. Rollins gets to the ropes to stomp, “Burn It Down!” Fans chant and Rollins mule kicks. Rollins runs but misses the stomp! McIntyre clubs and scoops but Rollins lands on his feet to shove McIntyre into buckles!

Rollins puts McIntyre up top backwards, but McIntyre elbows him away. Rollins hops up to swing kick McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! He climbs but McIntyre sit sup for a suplex! But Rollins gets back up and runs in, only to miss! McIntyre gets up and runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre lives but both he and Rollins are down. OKC again says “This is Awesome!” as they both stand. Rollins and McIntyre brawl and chop and forearm back and forth. Rollins gets an edge but walks into the Glasgow Kiss! McIntyre is too dazed to cover, but he gets himself back up. McIntyre drags Rollins up for a fireman’s carry, and then climbs a corner. He prepares Rollins, for a SUPER Celtic Cross! Cover, TWO!! But right into a sit-out bomb!! Cover, TWO!? Rollins shocks McIntyre and OKC!

McIntyre crawls over to Rollins and drags him up again. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end. McIntyre swings Rollins but Rollins rolls him up, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

The Architect survives to surprise the Terminator! Can Rollins surprise everyone by keeping his word of winning the Men’s Royal Rumble match?

 

The Revival plead their case to Vince McMahon.

First there was the pin on the wrong man, and then there was the missed ropebreak, they are feeling robbed! Vince wants to know what they’re after. The Revival wants one last chance at the titles, with a very special guest referee. Someone who has 20/20 vision and is going to call it right down the middle. But then Curt Hawkins comes by and wants one more shot to break his own Streak. Maybe Hawkins should be the Revival’s referee. Well Hawkins does know three counts. Vince makes the deal, and The Revival make nice with Hawkins. Will the History Factory be the man to help The Revival get justice?

 

Dean Ambrose speaks.

“Earlier tonight, a certain Architect quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” It was cute, made Ambrose tear up, but another quote from MLK is that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. And it is an injustice that Ambrose is not Intercontinental Champion right now. Rollins and “Bend Over’ Bobby, he’s coming for you both at the Royal Rumble. He’ll chop them in the throat and kick them in the balls, and then dump them both out of the ring. 2018 was not Ambrose’s year, after he spent half of it in the hospital. He owes it to himself to win this year’s Rumble, it will be his Miracle on Ice. Ambrose vows to own the Road to Wrestlemania, and justice will be served. Will the Moral Compass redirect Raw down the right path? Or just down his path?

 

Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers!

Kalisto, Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado have had a lot of fun since forming, and it’s even led Kalisto to the Cruiserweight Championship this Sunday. But there’s no room for fun with The Modern Day Maharaja and his Bollywood Boys. Which trio will make big inroads towards titles on their own Road to Wrestlemania?

Mahal starts against the Golden Lynx, but Lince has to worry about Samir & Sunil. Mahal puts Lince in a corner but backs off at 4. He swings but Lince dodges to kick away. Mahal pushes and scoops Lince to slam him down! He wraps Lince in a chinlock and the Singhs want in. Mahal tags Samir and they mug Lince. Samir gets an atomic drop and dropkick from Lince but tags in brother Sunil. Sunil runs but into a big back drop! Lince CHOPS Sunil then tags Kalisto. Kalisto gets help for an elevated splash, Lince adds the planking! Cover, ONE! Kalisto keeps on Sunil with a CHOP, then an acrobatic arm-drag! Sunil runs but into another arm-drag. Sunil grabs Kailsto’s mask to whip Kalisto hard out of the ring, then tags Mahal.

Mahal drags Kalisto into the ring, covers, ONE! Mahal keeps on Kalisto with a rough chinlock, but fans “Lucha! Lucha!” Tag to Sunil and he wraps on a headlock. Kalisto endures as Sunil leans on him. Kalisto powers out but gets caught short of his corner. Sunil hits Lince, Kalisto hits a heel kick! Both men are down and crawling, hot tag to Gran Metalik! The King of the Ropes springboards to crossbody, then springboards to triangle dropkick Samir and Mahal! Metalik handsprings but Sunil dodges, only to run into a scoop backbreaker! Cover, Lucha House Party wins!

Winner: Lucha House Party, Gran Metalik by pinfall

Mahal is furious but the fiesta is rolling in Oklahoma City! Will this victory help the luchadores head for tag titles? And what of Kalisto’s own title match at the Royal Rumble?

 

Dana Brooke is impressed by EC3’s Top One Percent physique.

She asks him fitness and match preparation tips, but The Drifter passes by. EC3 does his best to explain his “alone time” to Dana, but we’re getting Elias next!

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.

Oklahoma City is glad to see him and hear his guitar playing. “Brothers and sisters, 2019 is going to be an incredible year.” Elias will win the Royal Rumble but there will be more rivers to cross and mountains to climb. No matter how far he goes, there will always be a truth that brings him back: that WWE stands for “Walk With Elias!” OKC knows that. As for tonight, Elias has a song that might be his finest work yet. Elias sets to playing but Baron Corbin walks out to interrupt. Fans boo the Lone Wolf but he tells them to shut up, too. Corbin tells Elias that he ratted Strowman out and almost got Corbin killed. Fans like that, though. Corbin realizes Vince is right that OKC is a bunch of hillbillies. But Corbin is going to put Elias in his place!

Elias doesn’t know what world Corbin is living in, but he’s not the Raw GM. So Elias is gonna sing that song after all. Corbin keeps talking over Elias, but Elias has Corbin’s mic cut. Elias likes that. He’s skipping his Rumble song to sing a new one. “Baron interrupts my performance. Will this ever end? Baron against Elias, do we really need to see that again?” At the Royal Rumble, Corbin stands no chance, Elias sees it clear. So Corbin needs to shut his mouth, so that he can hear: Nobody cares, people are tired. Why does Corbin still wear that stupid vest? Remember, he got fired! Fans remind Corbin that, “You Got Fired!” But Corbin rushes Elias! Only to narrowly avoid the guitar shot! Elias and Corbin will throw down again, who gets the last word before the Rumble?

 

Elias VS Baron Corbin!

Raw returns and Elias goes Old School but for an arm-drag! Corbin bails out but Elias wrecks him with a dropkick! Fans fire up with Elias as Elias rams Corbin into barriers. Corbin retreats to the ring but Elias is on him on the apron. They brawl, Elias blocks a kick but gets pushed into the post! Elias goes down in a heap and Corbin acts like he’s already won something. Corbin drags Elias back up and throws him face first into the post. He puts Elias in the corner, then rains down rights. Fans rally up for Elias while taunting Corbin with “You Got Fired!” Corbin tunes the fans out but Elias hits back with body shots. Elias whips but Corbin slides out then in to lariat! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated, but trash talks the fans first.

Corbin throws Elias out but Elias stays on the apron. Elias hits back, then shoulders in, then jumps over Corbin’s slide. Corbin comes back in but into a leaping knee! Inverted swinging neckbreaker, TWO! Elias grows frustrated but he stomps away on Corbin. The referee backs him off, but Elias comes back to whip. Corbin holds the ropes and the ref backs Elias off again, only for Corbin to rock Elias with a right! End of Days! Cover, Corbin wins!

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall

The fans don’t like it, but Corbin did win. Corbin rolls on towards the Rumble, will he be the End of Days for 29 other superstars?

 

It’s time for another Moment of Bliss!

The Goddess appears on her set and takes a seat before picking up her custom mic. Alexa welcomes the fans back to her show, and notes that Sunday will have the Women’s Rumble match for a chance to main event Wrestlemania. As such, this Royal Rumble edition will present just some of the 30 participants for that match. Obviously there will be Carmella, who won the right to be Ms. 30, but there are also the IIconics, the Riott Squad, the Samoan Dynasty, Ember Moon, Zelina Vega, Nikki Cross, Alicia Fox, Bayley and Charlotte Flair. As for Alexa’s guest, her best friend and worst enemy, and perhaps the odds on favorite for the Rumble, Nia Jax! The Irresistible Force is all smiles as she joins Alexa on set.

Alexa cuts to the chase. Nia winning means choosing either champion to face at Wrestlemania. Which brand would Nia choose? But before she can give a proper answer, Ember Moon appears! The Goddess did not invite the War Goddess here. Ember snatches Nia’s mic and Nia tosses a chair over. But Ember says she got tired of waiting for an invitation that would never come. She is making her mark, and vows to win the Women’s Rumble. But the Captain, Alicia Fox, comes out. She snatches the mic and tells everyone that as Captain of the Women’s Division, she’s setting a course for Wrestlemania. It starts by going through the other 29 women this Sunday. But then Mickie James appears! She thinks it’s “super cute” they’re all arguing, but Mickie stole the show at Mania once, and looks to do it again.

The four women argue, but out come The Riott Squad! Alexa wants a little bit of control on her own show. She gets up on her chair to shout for them all to stop. This is HER show, okay!? Hers! If this becomes some kind of brawl, they’re all embarrassing themselves as catty women, but also they’re ruining this show’s reputation! Everyone hears Alexa out, until Nia starts trouble with a shove! The women all brawl, and Nikki Cross is even in the mix without being an official member of Raw! Referees hurry to get them tot he back, but that only puts the brawl into the gorilla position! Nikki throws Ruby around while Ember tackles Nia into the curtains! Alexa is at a loss for words. The only thing she can say is that the entrants this year are very passionate.

But this Moment of Bliss will be one we won’t ever forget: because Alexa is officially back in action in the Women’s Rumble! But wait, it’s Lacey Evans! The Lady of NXT turned the Model Soldier says “What a bunch of nasty, classless little girls” she just saw. Luckily for the WWE Universe, the winner of this year’s Women’s Rumble will not be some sawed off girly little runt, i.e Alexa. It will be Lacey, a “classy, sophisticated lady.” Lacey leaves Alexa speechless even more than that brawl. But has she only incurred the wrath of the Goddess?

 

Titus O’Neil speaks.

Many think him winning the Royal Rumble will be nothing short of a miracle, but luckily he believes in miracles. And that is why Titus enters the Rumble- Hey, who is that interrupting his shot? Just walking in and then out? Well excuse you! But will Titus Worldwide~ be the one to head to Wrestlemania?

 

Heavy Machinery VS The Ascension!

Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic are COMIIIN’ to the main roster, but before choosing a side, the #BlueCollarSolid boys will show the WWE Universe what the power of #SteaksandWeights can do! Is it enough to avoid the Wasteland against Konnor & Viktor?

The teams sort out and we start with “Dozer” and Viktor. They tie up, and Dozer powers Viktor to a corner. The ref backs them off but Viktor shoves Dozer. Dozer comes back but Viktor throws hands. Viktor bumps Dozer on buckles but Dozer fires up. Viktor dodges but Dozer throws him off to then scoop, spin, spin, spin some more, and then slam Viktor! Tag to Tucker, and they give us some BOOM SHAKA LOO double falling headbutts! Viktor flounders but boots Tucker away. Viktor chops away then whips corner to corner, but Tucker goes up and over to crossbody! Tag to Dozer, and Heavy Machinery march around. They double belly bump Viktor, then Konnor runs into double shoulders!

Dozer does the kick pump, into the elbow drop! Dozer squashes Viktor in a corner, then fans fire up. Otis pumps up and gives us the Caterpillar! Tag to Tucker, and Viktor gets the Compactor! Cover, Heavy Machinery wins!

Winners: Heavy machinery, Tucker Knight pinning

HASHAAA! Tucker & Dozer win their debut, but this is only the beginning! Will Heavy Machinery steamroll the Tag Team Division right out of the gates?

 

Raw Tag Team Championships, Special Referee: Curt Hawkins; Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Revival!

The #TopGuys are convinced that it’s somewhere between a conspiracy and utter incompetence, but for whatever reason, the other referees on Raw haven’t given them a fair match finish. But now they’ll put Mr. Losing Streak in the stripes to see if they can’t get the justice they deserve. Will Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson finally get those titles? Or will the champions continue to be Absolutely… GLORIOUS?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the teams sort out. Dash starts against Gable and ties up. Dash wrenches the wrist but Gable rolls and bridges through. Gable gets a headlock, armlock then drop toehold fast! He has the arm then tags Roode. Hawkins is very strict about the tag, insisting that Roode needed to hold the tag string. The tag does not count, and Dash gets away with throwing Gable down by his hair. Dash calls Hawkins over to officially tag with Dawson. Dawson bumps Gable off buckles then throws chops and forearms. Dawson throws European Uppercuts and Gable bails out. Gable fights back but Dawson whips him for a hard hitting EuroUpper! Dawson rocks Roode, which Hawkins reprimands him for, but The Revival double whip Roode. Roode dodges and then baits The Revival into Gable’s clotheslines!

Roode and Gable throw both Revivals with exploders! Gable builds speed and Roode helps him FLY onto Dash! But Dawson runs Gable over! Hawkins works to regain order while we go to break.

Raw returns and Dawson reels Gable in, but Gable reverses to a big back suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up as they crawl. Hot tag to Dash, and Dash stops Gable. He scoops but Gable slips out to tag Roode! Roode rallies on Dash and hits a back drop! Dawson flies in but into an urenage! Roode fires up as he runs in at Dash, for a big shoulder tackle. Roode hops up, takes aim, but Dash dodges. So Roode clotheslines Dawson out before giving Dash a spinebuster! Fans fire up more as Roode goes after Dash on the apron. Roode suplexes but Dash makes it a crossbody! Cover and Dawson holds Roode’s feet down! But Hawkins sees that! He’s being a fair referee by reprimanding Dawson for that.

Roode gets Dash but Dash reverses and scoops. Roode slips out and rolls up, TWO! Dawson with a cheap shot that Hawkins doesn’t see! Dash rolls Roode, but puts his feet on the ropes and Hawkins catches him! Hawkins reprimands the Revival for this, so Dash tags Dawson. The Revival double whip but Gable tags in. Roode kicks Dawson but Dash clotheslines him out. Gable flies but Dawson rolls through! He’s holding the tights! Hawkins sees that again, so Dawson gives up. Dawson throws Gable out, then starts shoving Hawkins. Hawkins reminds him who the ref is, and Dawson runs into Gable’s shoulder. Gable sunset flips but Dash keeps him from falling over! Hawkins breaks that up, Gable gets his sunset flip, Gable & Roode win!

Winners: Chad Gable & Bobby Roode, Gable pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions

The plan backfires! The Revival tried to cheat to win but Hawkins would not let them get away with any of it. Dash & Dawson try to reason with Hawkins, but they end up beating him down instead! But here comes Zack Ryder! The Broski fights the #TopGuys off, protecting his former Edgehead bro. Is this a save for old time’s sake? Or are we seeing a reunion in the making?

 

Backstage interview with Ronda Rousey.

The Baddest Woman has a tag team match up next, what would she say to challenger, Sasha Banks? Ronda wants to focus on her match tonight, but she’s trying to figure out why she should apologize. And she’s concluded that she doesn’t owe Sasha a damn thing! Ronda took her moment to hype up Sasha, and then Sasha goes and turns it all into an insult? What does Sasha expect from Ronda? Ronda’s been respectful since day one. Is she supposed to wash Sasha’s feet? Ronda practically had to beg Sasha to have this match! Sasha is too busy living the Boss life than actually try to be a champion! Sasha’s so high on herself that she’s not hungry anymore! That’s the difference between them, and Ronda will show that even The Legit Boss answers to someone!

 

Ronda Rousey & Natalya VS Sasha Banks & Bayley!

Ronda is definitely rowdy tonight, and she joins forces with her pal, The Queen of Harts, to face the #LegitHuggable best friends! Will the Baddest Woman build some last momentum before going 1v1 with Sasha at the Rumble? Or will tonight be #BossTime rolling into the title match?

Raw returns once more as Natalya makes her entrance. The Boss & Hug connection enter as Natty works to keep Ronda calm. Sasha picks up a mic to talk about resentment. Who does Ronda think she is? Sasha’s the four time champion, one of the first to be a in a Hell in a Cell, and lasted 40 minutes in that inaugural Women’s Rumble. Yet Ronda just shows up and gets handed everything. Sasha and Bayley put their hearts and souls in the ring every day, yet Ronda talks about desire? Stop talking about worthy competitors, Sasha already is one. She earned her shot by beating Nia and making her tap out. And that will happen to Ronda at the Rumble! This fight is ready to go now, and each friend has to keep Ronda and Sasha from tearing into each other.

The referee keeps the peace, and teams finally sort out. Natty convinces Ronda to stand down, and she starts against Sasha instead. The two circle with the bell, Sasha hits Ronda! Sasha gets Natty down while the ref keeps Ronda back! Sasha wrenches Natty and tags in Bayley. They double whip and crisscross Natty into the corner. They double suplex Natty down, Bayley covers, TWO! Bayley keeps on Natty with buckle bumps, then tags in Sasha. Sasha and Bayley uses Poetry in Motion to hit Natty, then tag back. They double whip and double hip toss, Bayley back elbows and Sasha boots! Ronda just runs in and tackles Bayley! Ronda throws Sasha, and now she controls the ring while we go to one last break.

Raw returns once more and Bayley fights out of Natty’s waistlock. Bayley runs but into Natty’s tackle into the corner! Tag to Ronda, and they give Bayley a Rowdy Hart Attack! Sasha did swipe at Ronda but it didn’t bug her at all. Ronda and Sasha trash talk but the ref keeps the peace. Ronda tags to Natty and Natty fetches Bayley into the ring. Bayley crawls but Natty stops her from reaching Sasha. Natty snap suplexes Bayley down, then stomps her down before covering. TWO, and Bayley hurries to Sasha. Tag made, Sasha knees Natty! Bayley adds a knee side to side before Sasha hits a swinging meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha trash talks Ronda back before dragging Natty up. She bumps Natty on buckles and hauls her up. Bayley tags in as fans rally for Natty. Tag again, SUPER STEINER to METEORA! Cover, TWO!

Sasha keeps her cool while Ronda reaches for Natty. Sasha swings on Ronda, then hops up onto Natty. But Natty holds her, tag to Ronda! Electric Chair drop, roll through to Rowdy Slam, but Sasha throws elbows! Sasha backslides, ONE! Russian leg sweep, into Bank Statement crossface! Ronda endures but Natty breaks it up! Sasha throws Natty out but Ronda rolls Sasha up, TWO! Ronda boots Sasha, but Sasha boots Ronda! Tag to Bayley, back stabber but Ronda counters with a judo throw! Ronda covers Bayley, TWO! Ronda fires up again, and throws heavy knees into Bayley. Then a big boot puts Bayley in a corner. Rowdy dares Bayley to stand, but Sasha stands in her way. Bayley pushes Sasha out of the way and still gets those strikes! Ronda wants more, but she runs into a toss from Bayley! Tag to Sasha!

Sasha climbs, Bayley has Ronda, ax handles to Ronda’s arm hit. But Ronda gets Sasha with a takedown into the armbar! Sasha scrambles towards ropes, and they end up under them. Ronda lets go but reaches for Sasha. Sasha kicks Ronda, but Natty tags in. Natty suplexes Sasha in hard! Natty walks all over Sasha then hits her with a basement dropkick! She puts on the Sharpshooter! Sasha endures but Bayley saves her! Bayley tackles Ronda, but runs into the discus! Natty goes back to Sasha, powerbomb lift but Sasha slips out to knee! Back stabber, to Bank Statement!! Natty endures, but taps! Sasha & Bayley win!

Winners: Sasha Banks & Bayley, Sasha by submission

Ronda returns and Sasha lets Natty go. The Boss tapped out The Queen, but what about the Baddest Woman on the Planet? These two stare down and trash talk more, and fans want to “Let Them Fight!” We go off the air but we know this fight is coming. Who will win when the title’s on the line?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was not a great go-home but this was better than most Raw has had as of late. It had a really good beginning and a pretty good end, but the middle was rough. To get those out of the way, Lucha House Party VS Mahal & The Singhs wasn’t much of anything other than a filler Six Man Tag. I don’t know if I want a feud between these two trios, but I do appreciate it means the Bollywood Boys are getting actual matches on television. I would also appreciate it if it meant they were joining the Cruiserweight Division and 205 Live per the Fresh Start initiative. Then another Elias VS Corbin is literally what Elias was saying we shouldn’t be getting in his song. Corbin wins to keep himself afloat, but Corbin really should just leave Elias alone after the Rumble, regardless of what happens.

The opening segment, for being another 20+ minute talking segment, was a good talking segment because Heyman did good again, Vince going off on a truly inaccurate retelling of David VS Goliath, and then it all leads to that really fun opening match. Throwing Lesnar in at ringside and having him do those shenanigans was actually a good move to me, it gets some heat between Lesnar and Finn quickly since this is all rather sudden. There has been talk all over about if Demon Balor returns and what that would mean. I’m pretty sure Demon Balor returns only if Lesnar is losing, which is still an uncertainty. I obviously want Finn to win, especially as Demon Balor. And if the talk of Rollins winning is true, Finn VS Rollins to bring the Universal Championship full circle would be great.

The pose-off between Apollo and Lashley was cheesy, but their match was pretty good. Apollo didn’t win but I hope he still gets a chance at the Intercontinental Championship. I feel like those two could really give us something great in such a match, I’m just not sure if Apollo would win. Rollins VS McIntyre was great, but perhaps Rollins winning with just a roll-up means there will be more to come after the Rumble. Again, if Rollins wins, him and Finn would be great for Mania, but that doesn’t mean McIntyre can’t go after the title at Elimination Chamber or Fastlane. Now depending on the validity of John Cena’s ankle injury, McIntyre’s story with him might be on pause, but that can allow McIntyre to do a lot of other things while waiting.

Heavy Machinery was a lot of fun in their debut, it was reminiscent of their early matches in NXT. I just hope going against The Ascension doesn’t foreshadow how they’ll be treated. I’m hoping they go to SmackDown, but even over there, if a team like SAnitY can’t get any screen time, I’m not sure about Heavy Machinery. Then going into The Revival’s segments, it seems like their tag team division concerns are only going to grow. Obviously it’s story, but Hawkins being an exceptionally good referee messes The Revival up again, and now it seems The Revival might be going against a revived Edgeheads. This will be great for Ryder & Hawkins, but it just means more mouths to feed in the tag division, which hurts The Revival and all teams on Raw. But maybe The Revival’s concerns will wake creative up and all teams get a fair shake.

I’m still not sure about EC3 being the Top One Percent Mute. When is he going to get his in-ring debut like Nikki Cross and Heavy Machinery? Lacey Evans had a good appearance after a fun third Moment of Bliss. Is Lacey going to be the woman to make Alexa Bliss turn Face? That would be big for Alexa, but also because she’s officially okay for action. I don’t know the chances of Alexa winning the Rumble, but her and Lacey being each other’s Road to Mania feud is great. I just hope Alexa doesn’t need to take that Woman’s Right punch if the concerns are for Alexa’s head.

And of course, the main event featuring the women was actually really good. For one, Ronda’s promo and Sasha’s counter were pretty good, though I think Sasha’s was better. The story in the match was good, and we never really got a prolonged Sasha-Ronda moment, so that leaves a lot left for them in their match. I’m still confident in thinking Ronda wins, Becky wins, and Mania gives us some sort of Undisputed Women’s Champion match, even with a third opponent via the Women’s Rumble. But I’m thinking Sasha is going to give Ronda one of her toughest matches in sheer technical skill and charisma.

My Score: 8.1/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.19 ~ 19TH JANUARY 2019

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Hisame dropping the NOAH knowledge bombs every week! If you’re behind, just curious, or a frequent admirer of the Emerald ways, these Newsletters keep getting better and better.

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
On the 13th January, Yoshinari Ogawa and HAYATA shook hands, and then briefly patted each other on the back for a quick hug. So far nothing more has come of this, HAYATA hasn’t turned against RATELS, and Yoshinari Ogawa is absent with flu, but HAYATA does have a singles match with YO-HEY on the 20th, and so we shall see how matters progress from there.

Interestingly, YO-HEY has also spoke of “three people” being traitors.

Hajime Ohara picked up a slight, but scary injury following a kick to the face from Keisuke Ishii, he found that his sight was blurred for a few days, but rest corrected it.

Masa Kitamiya and Atsushi Kotoge (who thinks that “Masa needs a revolution”) will face off for the number one contendership for the GHC Heavyweight on the 20th January. Kaito Kiyomiya says he does not care who wins, he will face and defend against the winner.

Naomichi Marufuji will return to the ring on the 2nd February.

NEWS

IPW

RATELS came to the UK to compete in IPW’S inaugural junior heavyweight tournament. Keeping to the current situation NOAH, they pretty much stayed apart (with Tadasuke the only one visibly siding with Harada, YO-HEY appearing to go off on his own and HAYATA not appearing with anyone). However, YO-HEY was seen to be standing watching HAYATA’S match with Kid Lykos, and loving it.

The tournament was held between eight wrestlers: Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke, YO-HEY, HAYATA, Chris Ridgeway, James Castle, Ben Basden and Kid Lykos.
In the first round, Daisuke Harada and Chris Ridgeway beat the hell out of each other, YO-HEY was an instant hit with the crowd (who were disappointed that he wouldn’t be coming back), James Castle faced Tadasuke and HAYATA had a match against Kid Lykos which involved heel tactics and an attack from Chris Brookes. As far as the Noah matches went in the second round, NOAH naturally did not want to ruin the eventual Harada vs YO-HEY or the YO-HEY vs HAYATA, so we were treated to HAYATA vs Daisuke Harada.

The finals came down to James Castle vs Daisuke Harada, in which Harada was victorious and became the first IPW Junior Heavyweight Champion, he was handed the belt by Doug Williams, and bought it to the ring today in NOAH.

Chris Ridgeway has vowed revenge on Harada, he says that not only will he come to Japan to make him tap out, he would also take the belt too.

A more detailed recap of the event can be found via my podcast episode at either Soundcloud or iTunes (please see links at the end of the newsletter). 

NOAH VS ALL JAPAN\TOKYO SPORTS AWARDS

Tokyo Sports are suggesting that as 2019 will mark Jun Akiyama’s five years of All Japan presidency, and of course NOAH will celebrate their 20 years in August, there may well be a collaboration between the two for the anniversary, NOAH of course coming from All Japan.

At the annual awards, Naomichi Marufuji picked up the award for “Outstanding Achievement”, and Kaito Kiyomiya the award for “Fighting Spirit”.
Kaito Kiyomiya (who was described by Suwama as being “dignified, well dressed, with good posture” and “very polite to the seniors”), gave a nervous looking speech:

“I have received the “Fighting Spirit Award”. Thank you very much. When I heard I was getting this award, I was very surprised. I am proud to have taken the belt last year, and this year, as champion, as NOAH’s face, I would like to run with everyone who supports me. Thank you very much”.

Naomichi Marufuji (older and more experienced, and with the benefit of having Misawa ease him into public situations such as these), was more relaxed in his:

“Thank you very much for the “Outstanding Performance Award” of 2018. 2018 was my 20th year, but this year is my 21st. I’d like to make an effort to make a further leap. As New Japan continue to monopolize the MVP Grand Prize, I want to show the best match, so not to lose receiving the assessment”

COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS
Kenoh’s column Kenoh spoke in his first column of 2019 about his loss to Kaito Kiyomiya for the GHC Heavyweight Championship. He is confident that he can beat Kiyomiya for the title, but he feels there is an element of nepotism and that in his opinion, Kiyomiya is “protected by the company.”

Kenoh’s worse fears are that Marufuji will challenge for the title when he returns on the 2nd February, and that Kiyomiya will defeat him (Kenoh wants to be the one to do it), and he has sworn he will crush them both if so. Kenoh finished by saying that his goal for this year is to get his revenge on Kiyomiya, that is his “screenplay”.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ YO-HEY has a new t-shirt
~ Yoshinari Ogawa has been pulled from the NOAH tour from the 19th to the 26th January as he is suffering from influenza.
~ Fifty Funky Powers disco ball was out, proud and rotating at NOAH’s show on January 13th. For their entry the lights dimmed and it threw green spots around the hall.
~ NOAH are selling in limited quantities, portrait pictures of Junta Miyawaki, Yoshiki Inamura and Kinya Okada
~ There appears to be a conflict brewing between Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima
~ Tadasuke was noted to be giving Kinya Okada advice during their three way match
~ Kenoh did not take kindly to being asked to join the revolution with Atsushi Kotoge, and kicked him hard after he had asked him. Kotoge also tried to ask HAYATA and Yoshinari Ogawa, HAYATA walked off (refusing to shake hands with him) and Ogawa said “seriously?”

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
None. He’s been too preoccupied with his new dog, and the weather has been too cold for him to be rude.

BROADCASTS
The final night of “Navigation For The Future 2019” will be broadcast on Saturday 9th February 2019 at 10pm JST on Samurai.

BOOK CORNER

I will keep doing well until my daughter is adult, and my life will be full of youth, no matter how old she will be”

“Living with Cancer” is a book written in March 2018 by Kenta Kobashi. It has five chapters and details his life from his diagnosis until now. For cancer sufferers and their families, he gives advice and support, while he also details his own battle against it. The last chapter is dedicated to his family, his infant daughter and the fans.
As one reviewer has put it, Misawa taught Kobashi the importance of leaving the ring alive.

The English translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography “Heir To The Ark” (a work in progress), can be found here

LINKS
Recommendation for 2019: Junta Miyawaki 
Tokyo Sports 2018 Grand Prix Award Ceremony 
Naomichi Marufuji’s Outstanding Performance Award for the first time in twelve years “An effort to make a further leap” 
Kaito Kiyomiya’s first Fighting Spirit Award as “The new face of Noah” 
UK Expedition Result: Daisuke Harada becomes the first IPW Junior Heavyweight Champion 
POST MATCH PROMOS ~ “Navigation For The Future 2019” Night Four ~ Esupuma Isauma (Kawagoe-shi) (Sunday, January 13th 2019) 
Naomichi Marufuji, Pro Wrestling Grand Prize, Special Prize winner, “I want to see the view that Misawa could not” 
POST MATCH PROMOS ~ “Navigation For The Future 2019” Night Three ~ Act City Hamamatsu (12th January 2019) 

NOAH FROM THE VAULT
APRIL 29 IS KOTOGE’S REVOLUTIONARY ANNIVERSARY  (translated by Dino)

NOAH’S ARCHIVE PODCAST
iTunes 
Soundcloud 

Photos & gifs – credit to Tokyo Sports (group picture), Hisame (YO-HEY), Amazon.co.jp (“Living with Cancer”)


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