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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Report: G1 Climax 28, Part 2!



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AXS TV continues the coverage of NJPW G1 Climax 28 with a rematch from G1 Climax 27! Will Kenny Omega get back at Testuya Naito for his previous loss?


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  • Kota Ibushi VS Zack Sabre Jr.; Ibushi wins.
  • Kenny Omega VS Tetsuya Naito; Omega wins.


NJPW and AXS TV set the scene again!

Every Summer, 20 of the best wrestlers in the world compete in the most prestigious tournament. The winner becomes a part of history while earning a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!

Now we go to Block B’s beginnings, and with a bang! The current IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kenny Omega, has a rematch with the Uncontrollable Charisma, Tetsuya Naito, in a rematch from last year’s finals! Naito won the trophy but it’s Omega who wears the belt. Will history repeat itself with Naito winning a crucial lead in the round robin? Or will the Best Bout Machine show how much he’s grown in the last 12 months?

Plus, there’s another rematch from both last year’s G1 as well as the New Japan Cup quarterfinals as the Golden Star, Kota Ibushi, again faces the Submission Master, Zack Sabre Jr. Can Omega’s best friend and tag partner keep ZSJ from gaining points in the opening round? Or will he #JustTapOut all over again?


AXS TV quickly recaps other matches from Block B.

Fellow Chaos members, Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii, battled, and the comedy king fared a lot better than expected. However, Ishii would pull a play out of Yano’s book and get the win. Newly minted IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion, Juice Robinson, would go against Firing Squad leader, Tama Tonga, but naturally Tama Loa would get involved. There would be no disqualifications for the Bullet Club splinter cell this time, as Tama Tonga would Gun Stun and win. The perennial NEVER Openweight Champion, Hirooki Goto, took on the Cold Skull of Los Ingobernables de Japon, Sanada. Sanada put all he could into the match, but Goto would conquer again with a GTR. Who will join the winners at two points? Who will join the losers at zero?


Kota Ibushi VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Golden Star won points off the Submission Master in the early rounds of the 27th G1 Climax, but would fall to the limitless submission arsenal in the New Japan Cup months later. This is a tiebreaker that means more than just a single win. Who will score the first points in B Block?

NJPW on AXS jumps ahead in coverage to ZSJ waiting inside the ring while Ibushi drags himself up. Ibushi returns but ZSJ is right on him with a heel hook. ZSJ stands on Ibushi’s head as he bends that foot and leg all around. ZSJ stomps the leg, then kicks the knee. He toyingly kicks Ibushi in the chest, which only angers Ibushi with each hit. Ibushi hits back with a body shot, and ZSJ falls down. Red Shoes reprimands Ibushi for using a closed fist, but ZSJ makes Ibushi pay with a serious kick. Ibushi rolls back out, but ZSJ catches his breath in the ring. Another 20 count begins but Ibushi is in at 7. ZSJ is on him with a European Uppercut, then a pie-face. Ibushi forearms back, so ZSJ kicks and kicks.

ZSJ swings a roundhouse but gets the leg sweep. He hooks Ibushi’s leg while twisting the other, and he creates a modifed deathlock, into a bridging one. ZSJ digs his elbow and knuckles into Ibushi’s spine before pulling him back into a Bow & Arrow with chinbar! Ibushi endures the bend, so ZSJ shifts to a half headscissors. ZSJ sits on Ibushi as he maintains both the deathlock and the headscissors. He even takes the time to flex. ZSJ releases Ibushi’s head long enough to shift into an STF! Ibushi uses that opening to get a ropebreak. ZSJ lets go, and fans rally for Ibushi. Ibushi slowly stands, and fires off forearms. ZSJ kicks the leg again, but Ibushi avoids the sweep this time to give ZSJ the roundhouse. Ibushi rests his legs while ZSJ crawls around.

They both slowly stand, and Ibushi runs into a back elbow. ZSJ runs at Ibushi but gets double stomps instead! Fans rally up again as Ibushi fires himself up. He hobbles over to ZSJ for a waistlock, but ZSJ pries his way out to then Pele the arm! ZSJ runs but into a dropkick! ZSJ rolls out and Ibushi fires up. Ibushi slingshots and planchas onto ZSJ! Ibushi’s sore legs slow him down but he isn’t done yet. He drags ZSJ up and into the ring. Ibushi takes aim from the apron, springboards but ZSJ gets under. ZSJ grabs a leg and brings Ibushi down into a Half Crab! Ibushi resists but gets his other leg and even an arm trapped. ZSJ goes for a heel hook, but Ibushi gets a ropebreak. ZSJ lets Ibushi go, and Taka Michinoku coaches ZSJ up.

Red Shoes checks on Ibushi, but ZSJ is on him again. ZSJ goes for a full nelson but Ibushi breaks free, only to run into a boot. Ibushi runs into more boots, but then ducks to PELE, but into an Ankle Lock! He rolls to throw ZSJ, but ZSJ comes back with a EuroUpper! Ibushi comes back with a clobbering clothesline! Both men are down but the fans are still fired up. They rally for Ibushi while Taka coaches ZSJ. Ibushi sits up first, but ZSJ follows. Ibushi brings ZSJ up, but ZSJ counters by grabbing and arm and becoming deadweight. He brings Ibushi to the mat and traps that arm to then go after the legs again! ZSJ jams the knee into the mat over and over, then pulls back for an Achilles lock. He uses his legs to nelson Ibushi’s arms, leaving Ibushi nowhere to go.

ZSJ shifts to a deep Half Crab, but this brings Ibushi to ropes for a break by default. He lets Ibushi go, and Ibushi gets to a corner. ZSJ runs in and hits a EuroUpper, then runs corner to corner. Ibushi goes up and over to powerslam ZSJ, then moonsault! ZSJ avoids that, to Penalty Kick! Cover, ONE, so ZSJ gives another PK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up all over again while both men are down, catching their breath. ZSJ stands up, then kicks Ibushi’s leg. He kicks it again as Ibushi hobbles. He dares Ibushi to kick his leg, so Ibushi does. ZSJ staggers now, but still dares Ibushi to give him more. Ibushi does, and almost makes ZSJ fall. Ibushi kicks again and again and again, but ZSJ eggs him on. ZSJ blocks the next kick to an Ankle Lock, and German Suplex!

But Ibushi lands on his feet! Ibushi blocks ZSJ’s kick to then chop him down! Both men are on the mat while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns, and fans rally as Ibushi and ZSJ stir. Ibushi is up first but ZSJ follows. They head for each other and Ibushi throws a forearm. ZSJ slaps Ibushi, but Ibushi’s glare dares him to do more. ZSJ slaps him more, but it doesn’t back Ibushi down. They stand up, and ZSJ slaps and chops Ibushi, but Ibushi rocks him with one slap. They slap and chop each other to a corner, but ZSJ gives many EuroUppers. Ibushi counters one and goes for a backslide. ZSJ saves himself, but gets a roundhouse to the back! Ibushi drags ZSJ out for a German Suplex with a bridge! TWO, but Ibushi still has more. Ibushi drags ZSJ up with wristlocks, but ZSJ blocks the Kamigoye by going knee to knee. ZSJ blocks it again, then drags Ibushi into a cover, TWO!

Ibushi goes for a high stack but ZSJ blocks with a headscissor. Ibushi turns that into a deadlift, and sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi is shocked by how close that was. Fans are thunderous as Ibushi gets his leg working. Ibushi kicks but misses, ZSJ scrambles on to an octopus hold! ZSJ shifts to put his full weight on Ibushi as he completes The Inexorable March of Progress. Ibushi pries his way out, and tilt-o-whirl, but the momentum ends up toppling them both over to the ropes. ZSJ drags Ibushi into a dragon sleeper, but the ropebreak means he has to let go. ZSJ stalks Ibushi, drags him up, and goes to a standing abdominal stretch. Ibushi reaches, but ZSJ shifts to a scoop, Ibushi slips out, GERMAN SUPLEX! No bridge this time, but Ibushi keeps on ZSJ with a buzzsaw kick!

Ibushi moves his knee pad down, and calls for the knee. He sits ZSJ up, misses, ZSJ gets him into the European Clutch! TWO, and Ibushi has a waistlock. ZSJ rolls to a kneebar, Ibushi powers out to waistlock, but ZSJ fights back. Ibushi grabs the wrists but ZSJ slips down and under to then throw Ibushi over. Ibushi turns control back to his, Straitjacket Suplex! Bridging pin, TWO, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; Ibushi earns 2 points, ZSJ earns 0

The Golden Star gets the win, breaks the tie and earns the points! Will his fellow Golden Lover join him in the win-column? Will ZSJ snap back in the next round to get on the board?


Kenny Omega VS Tetsuya Naito!

The 28th G1 Climax opens its B Block round robin with the 27th’s final showdown! Omega has the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and should he win the entire thing, he chooses who earns the Wrestle Kingdom main event contract. However, history shows that the reigning champion rarely ever wins, let alone makes it to the finals. Is this rematch therefore also a preview of the far future?

Naito takes off his elaborate and fancy ring gear, but Omega gets impatient. The change is complete, the bell rings, and we begin!

Fans are already thunderous as they duel between two big name favorites. Omega seems to mock Tranquilo with those deep breaths. He and Naito slowly circle the ring, then approach. They tie up and fight for position. Omega gets a headlock, but Naito powers out. Omega runs Naito over, then runs again. He walks on Naito’s back, and mocks the LIJ fist. Naito ignores it, but Omega offers a handshake. Naito takes it, and Omega applauds, only to SPIT on Naito! That does it! Naito fires off furious haymakers and stomps! He whips but Omega reverses. Now Naito walks on Omega, to mock the finger gun! Omega runs but is thrown outside. Naito builds speed, to Tranquilo fake, to fake out again. He spits back at Omega! Then Naito goes Tranquilo!

Omega rushes in but gets clubbing forearms for it. Naito rakes Omega’s eyes, then whips. Omega reverses, and gives Naito a kitchen sink knee. He brings Naito up, big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel while Omega mocks the Naito eye. Omega drags Naito up to kick him in the back. Omega toys with Naito before giving another kick. He drags Naito up and to a corner for a buckle bump. Omega grinds his boot into Naito’s chin, but stops at 4. He whips Naito corner to corner and hard. Naito hits the mat, but rolls away. Omega stomps away, then brings Naito up for a running backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Omega keeps on Naito with a chinlock clutch. He pulls back on Naito, then gets a half camel clutch with that one arm trapped.

Omega grinds and thrashes Naito, but Naito drags himself backwards. Naito reaches for ropes but Omega gives an eye rake. Naito gets the ropebreak, so Omega lets him go. Omega brings Naito back up to throw him at the ropes. He forearms Naito on the rebound. Omega drags Naito up for another shove, then another forearm to the back. He adds an elbow to Naito’s head, then covers, ONE. Fans applaud Naito’s toughness, but Omega grows annoyed. Omega clubs away, then chops Naito on the chest. Naito staggers about, Omega pushes him towards ropes again, but Naito comes back with a forearm of his own! Naito throws more but Omega kicks low. Omega wants a bomb but Naito resists. Omega palm strikes and drags Naito up but Naito chops !

Naito chops and chops, then clubs Omega. He whips, but Omega kicks him back. Omega prepares the bomb, but Naito resists again. Omega clubs Naito more, then lifts, but Naito slips out. Naito’s kick is blocked and Omega chops him. Omega runs, but into a hip toss! Naito dropkicks Omega in the back of the head! They’re both down while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Naito sits up. Fans continue to duel as Naito stands and Omega follows. Omega swings but Naito dodges to spit! Omega rakes Naito’s eyes, then grinds him into ropes. Red Shoes counts and Omega lets up, to fireman’s carry. “You Can’t Escape!” But Naito does, and shoves Omega to a corner. He deflects the boots to hit a draping neckbreaker to standing neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Naito stands again, and elbows Omega’s neck. He whips Omega corne to corner, jump kicks and sweeps a leg, but Omega catches him to “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton to moonsault! Cover, TWO! Naito rolls out but Omega fires up. Omega pursues and back suplexes Naito on the apron! Naito writhes while Omega clears space.

Omega pulls up the floor pads to expose the floor. But Naito attacks, dropkicking through the pad to hit Omega! Naito drags Omega up and in, then whips him corner to corner. He jump kicks, sweeps the legs, and swings in for the dropkick! He even takes time to pose. Omega gets up but Naito is on him. Naito hammerlocks and half nelsons, but Omega fights out with elbows. Naito clubs him in the back, then runs, but into the huricanrana! He ends up outside again, and here come the Terminator drums. Omega builds speed, but Naito intercepts. Naiot uses ropes for the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans duel again while Omega flounders. Naito stands to mean-mug the Omega fans. Omega yanks Naito out and dropkicks him into the crowd!

Young Lions clear the area while Omega takes aim. Omega springboards for a HUGE crossbody! He wipes Naito out but pays for it a bit himself. Red Shoes checks on them both, but they’re somehow okay to continue. Omega stands and fans rally up as he drags a limp Naito up and over the railing. Omega slumps over the railing himself as the 20 count begins. He puts Naito in at 10, then fires the fans up. Omega climbs up top as Naito stands. Naito trips Omega up! Naito grins as he positions Omega, then climbs up to join him. Omega counters with snake eyes! Naito is dazed but somehow holding onto the rope. Omega comes back with the full nelson, Snap Dragon Suplex! Then a gutwrench into the Dr. Wily sit-out powerbomb! TWO!

Fans are thunderous as they duel again, but Omega has one more idea. He loads up, BANG, and runs. Naito dodges to German Suplex, but Omega lands on his feet. Omega’s knee is blocked but he ducks the enziguri to V-Trigger Naito in the back of the head! But Omega isn’t done there, as he drags Naito up again. He hoists Naito up on his shoulders, but Naito Reverse-Ranas! Both men are down and the fans are at a fever pitch. Naito sits up first, followed by Omega. They go to a corner, and Naito puts Omega on the top rope. He climbs up to throw hands, then SUPER STEINERS! Omega sits up, so Naito pumphandles into GLORIA! Cover, TWO!!

Naito knows he’s close, so he vows to finish it. Omega slaps the cobwebs out of his head but Naito is on him. Naito wrenches the arm, but Omega elbows away. Enziguri! Naito whips but Omega reverses, then dodges. Naito dodges, V-TRIGGER! Omega grabs Naito, cross-fisherman, but Naito slips out to a DDT! Then, wrench and DEST– No, Omega makes it an electric chair. Omega pops Naito up, Naito tries to victory roll, but Omega blocks that into a sitting driver! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns again as Red Shoes checks on both men. They’re somehow okay to continue, and the fans haven’t stopped chanting. Omega drags Naito up in full nelson position. Naito resists, pries his way out and fights back with elbows. Omega wheel kicks Naito in the neck! Naito’s in a corner, and Omega takes aim from across the way. Omega runs in, V-TRIGGER! Omega grits his teeth as he drags Naito up to the top rope. He climbs up there to join Naito, pulls Naito into the full nelson again, but Naito holds on for dear life. Naito fights out again, and Omega staggers down. Omega jumps up to chop Naito’s back, then hoists Naito for an Electric Chair! Naito turns around, SUPER SUNSET POWERBOMB! Omega flounders while Naito takes aim. Fans are fired up as Naito runs in, tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO! Cover, TWO!?

Naito is shocked, but he just keeps going. He drags Omega up, wrenches, and tilt-o-whirls, but Omega tosses him off. Omega turns around, into Naito’s uranage slam! Naito drags Omega back up, wrenches, tilt-o-whirl, but Omega pops him off again. Omega thrusts, but Naito blocks and SLAPS Omega in return! Rolling kick! Then, DESTIN– TOMBSTONE! Omega flounders to a cover, but it’s barely one, TWO! Omega springs on Naito with a double underhook, JAY DRILLER! High stack cover, TWO!! This is looking a lot like their G1 Climax finals match last year. Omega drags Naito up again while fans duel. BANG, and V-Trigger! Omega’s not done, Electric Chair, to One Winged Angel! Cover, Omega wins!!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall; Omega earns 2 points, Naito earns 0

The Cleaner gets back at Naito for last year’s defeat in the finals! Both Golden Lovers are in the B Block win-column while Naito joins Sanada in the loss-column. Will Omega be the fifth IWGP Heavyweight Champion to make it to the finals? Will he be the third champion to win it all? Or will Naito rebound and make his way to the finals for the second year in a row?

Kenny Omega speaks.

In Japanese, he credits Naito for “an incredible match”, and says he’ll be sure to close out in just Japanese. He apologizes to Naito that he didn’t say this in person last year, but congratulations on winning the G1 Climax 27. Too bad he didn’t get the belt. Or that he hasn’t changed since then. But there’s always next year. In fact, Naito might be able to become “number three in the company.” He says third because Omega and “Ibu-tan” will be first and second. Omega admits he’s still not the best in Japanese, but he likes talking like this. He’d like to do it again. So to conclude, and in English, “Good bye, MWAH, and Good Night, BANG!” Omega boldly bashes Naito verbally, but will he be feeling so bold after the round robin completes?


Backstage interview.

Omega shares a secret with the NJPW fans: “Every match today in the B Block was exciting.” Every match was great, because NJPW has such variety. Omega doesn’t care if your favorite match was someone else’s, everyone’s doing a great job. But he knows most everyone thinks he’s the Best Bout Machine, that he’s the reason fans stick around until the end, because they want to see Omega lift both the IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt, and “that ugly-ass trophy” to be a two-time gaijin G1 champion and personally choose his opponent. Everyone already knows who that’ll be, but until then, Good-bye & Good Night, Ba-ba-bang!



My Thoughts:

A great selection for the opening B Block action. It’s a shame we didn’t get all of Ibushi VS ZSJ, but the latter portion was more than enough to show how great both men are. I like that Ibushi won this time, but the round robin format works out that ZSJ could end ahead of Ibushi. Omega VS Naito was on par with their finals match in last year’s G1 and that’s a good thing. Omega wins and he has a great veiled-insult promo on Naito. Again, champions don’t usually make it to the finals, but if anyone can, it’ll be Omega. Just about any choice in Block A is a great match-up to Omega to make for a great finals for this year. Also, while he was vague about it, I’m pretty sure Omega’s choice for Wrestle Kingdom will be either Ibushi or Okada.

My Score: 8.5/10



Joe’s Lucha Libre Weekly: News & Analysis (12/9/10)



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What happened in CMLL, AAA, and the world of Lucha Libre this week? Joe Dinan has you covered!


Last Friday Arena Mexico

So this was the Legends of Mexico show or Leyenda de Mexicana. The main event was a legends match which… wasn’t exactly good. It’s fun to see legends in the ring, and that’s why the fans were there but judging from a match point of view they couldn’t really move well. The match included Rayo de Jalisco, Atlantis, and Blue Panther vs Mascara Ano 2000, Canek, and Villano IV. In fairness Blue Panther can still move really well for his age. Rayo, Blue Panther, and Atlantis won the match. There was a 6 man tag titles match between Los Guerrero’s facing Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero. Los Guerrero’s retained their titles. Mano Negra, Solar, and Felino faced off against Fuerza Guerrera, Jerry Estrada who hasn’t been in Arena Mexico for 25 years, and Negro Navarro. That match was okay.

Arena Puebla Monday Show

The main event saw Rush and Terrible facing Volador and Diamante Azul. Volador and Azul won the match and at the end Terrible wanted to face Volador in a match. That’ll happen in the future I assume. Co Main event saw Atlantis, Soberano, and Valiente facing Felino, Bucanero, and Cavernario. It was a fun match with the latter winning.

Arena Mexico Tuesday Show

The main event of this show saw Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero facing Atlantis, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja. This was a fun match which saw the latter winning. I feel like they’re setting up an Atlantis match with Sanson out of this. Titan, Triton, and Esfinge faced off against Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto. It was a really fun match with Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto winning. Misterioso defeated Black Panther in a lightning match as well.

Arena Mexico Friday

The card this Friday sees the main event being Volador Jr facing Ultimo Guerrero in a singles match. It doesn’t appear that the heavyweight championship is on the line. Atlantis, Valiente, and Azul face Rush, Terrible, and Cavernario in the co main event. This really isn’t that big or important of a show based off the match card. I don’t expect the attendance to be over 10,000 this week.


AAA was live on Twitch on December 2nd. Every title was on the line but the story during the show was Brian Cage sent in a video message with Melissa Santos explaining in Spanish that he had a ton of injuries and couldn’t make it to the show. I think that was just to save face since Fenix also couldn’t wrestle because Cage just worked a match on Wednesday. Fenix comes out to cut a promo and explain things. The fans boo him because AAA stupidly kept promoting the match knowing for 9 days that Fenix wasn’t going to wrestle. He even mentioned it on their Lucha Capital show on Facebook the previous Wednesday. The false advertisement and use of card subject to change to trick the fans is bullshit. Subject to change means the card changes if an injury or last minute thing happens. It’s not a free pass to advertise matches you know you’re never going to do. Anyway on to the card.

Lady Shani won the title in the first match. Keyra was supposed to be in the match to make it a 5 way but she was at a WWE try out in Chile. So it was a four way and Scarlett Bordeaux left the match mid way through. So Shani won the match after Faby had a spat with the ref. The next match built on the angle of Mascara and Maximo. Mascara and his team win the match further continuing the feud. There’s talks of Maximo and Mascara being in a hair vs hair match.

Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Angelikal who is now called Myzteziz Jr, as AAA La Parka pronounced him earlier in the show (Have fun typing Myzteziz.), faced Porde de Norte for the 6 man tag titles. The story going in here was the former team beat Porde de Norte 3 straight times so conventional thinking is they won’t win this match, but they actually did, crowning new champs. There was an impromptu match afterwards where Vikingo was taken out by the OGTs and La Parka replaced him. They still beat the OGTs, later we learned this match was because there was no Fenix vs Cage match.

Pagano and Joe Lider faced Ciclope and Miedo Extremo and Texano and Rey Escorpion for the tag titles in a hardcore match. It wasn’t as hardcore as the previous matches but it was still pretty hardcore. Texano and Rey retain their titles. Fantasma faced Drago to defend his Latin American championship. The story of the match was Fantasma was dominating and Drago just kept kicking out and Drago basically rolled him up for the win. As said before Cage and Fenix didn’t wrestle.

The main event was between Blue Demon Jr and Killer Kross facing Dr. Wagner Jr and Psycho Clown. Scarlett came out with Kross to distract. Vampiro came out to stop her but Kross kills him. Kross and Blue Demon ended up winning and Scarlett was hitting Wagner after the match. You know she’s going to get hers soon. Better not show anyone in the United States. They’ll complain to Roshfrans.

AAA on Twitch 12/8

There’s a show on the 8th which isn’t much of a star driven show. The main event features Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano facing Blue Demon Jr, Killer Kross, and Rey Escorpion. I’m sure Scarlett Bordeaux will be by ring side for that. The Co-Main event sees the OGTs facing Porde de Norte. That’s Averno, Chessman, and Super Fly vs Mocho Cota Jr, Carta Brava Jr, and Tito Santana. Aerostar will face Monster Clown in a special singles match. Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo and a luchador surprise who might just be Myzteziz Jr will face Taurus, Australian Suicide, and Jack Evans.

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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (12/10/18)



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TLC is on the horizon, and Raw is in the home stretch! The Architect looks to speak on both the state of Monday Night Raw, and the Lunatic’s state of mind!



  • Raw Tag Team Championship 3v2 Handicap: The Authors of Pain & Drake Maverick VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable; Roode & Gable win and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
  • Dolph Ziggler VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
  • Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers; Bayley wins.
  • Lio Rush w/ Bobby Lashley VS Elias; Rush wins.
  • Ember Moon w/ Ronda Rousey VS Tamina w/ Nia Jax; Moon wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship TLC Match: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.


Seth Rollins starts off Raw!

The Architect is already in the ring and San Diego is ready to #BurnItDown with him. That will be Rollins’ rallying cry when his Intercontinental Championship is on the line against Dean Ambrose. But more importantly, that will also be the theme for tonight! Rollins isn’t here to call out Ambrose, he’s out here to “spit some truth.” We’ve all seen “General Manger Elect” Baron Corbin talking about being on the right side of history. Rollins calls Corbin out to get a dose of reality. The Lone Wolf appears and grins as he joins Rollins in the ring. Corbin still seems so confident that he’ll win by forfeit at TLC in the TLC Match, given there has been no word from anyone about Braun Strowman’s return to action.

The fans boo and jeer as Corbin takes up his own mic. If Rollins wants to talk, they can do this in private. Corbin’s door is always open to someone of Rollins’ caliber. Rollins wants Corbin to cut the crap, because no one wants to hear it. Just shut up and listen! Rollins admits these last few months, he’s been real warpped up with Ambrose, and hasn’t commented on Corbin’s quality as GM. It doesn’t matter if he’s appointed GM, GM elect, or Head Idiot in Charge, Corbin’s “leadership”, Raw has sucked. It has sucked because of Corbin! Corbin comes out all the time to make things all about him. He abuses power, ends careers, and more. Fans agree as they chant. What Corbin has done as GM is not okay, not right, and just plain wrong.

Corbin can tell Rollins is frustrated, but he’s allowing Rollins to vent. Just watch how you speak to him. Or what? Fire him? Corbin doesn’t even know what to do with his roster. Those are the most talented men and women ever, and Corbin cant’ even use them right. There are amazing tag teams like The Revival, who should be contenders, but they’re in these weird Lucha House Rule matches? What even is that? And if he fires everyone, what? It’s just Corbin, Lashley & McIntyre patting each other on the back. Or maybe more pee segments. Everything Corbin has done is to mask his own insecurities. Was Strowman being mean? Did he hurt Corbin’s feelings? To the point where Corbin had to hand that Universal Championship over to Lesnar, a man who only shows up when he wants?

The problem is, Lesnar doesn’t’ want to show up!! Where is he?! Not here! Because he didn’t’ want to be here. The last time Lesnar was on Raw in a match, was way back to 2002! So the “Baron Corbin Experiment” is an abject failure. The talent support, the morale, the fan support and TV ratings are all at an all-time low, because of Corbin. Corbin “appreciates” the feedback, but maybe write it down and put it on his desk to be filed under “I Don’t Give a Damna!” Corbin doesn’t care what anyone in the company thinks, let alone the fans! This is Corbin’s show, so if you don’t like it, too bad! Corbin’s gonna be in charge for a very long time. And it’ll only get worse for someone like Rollins. How can they get worse?

It’ll get worse when Ambrose beats Rollins for the title, and Corbin wins at TLC by forfeit! Which is too bad, because Corbin’s been wanting a TLC Match. But either way, Jojo will announce him as permanent GM of Raw! And then next week’s Raw, all the way until Rollins quits, he’ll be going through Hell! Corbin putting Rollins through Hell? Why wait until next week? If Corbin wants to put Rollins through Hell, start tonight in a match! Corbin will wait until he’s Permanent GM. True, 1v1 isn’t good enough. Well, Corbin’s always wanted a TLC Match, and the “tools of the trade” are all set up right here… So how about Rollins VS Corbin in a TLC Match!? Fans want that! Does Rollins understand what Corbin would do to him with a table, ladder or chair? It’d be the end of Rollins. Or a good tune-up for Sunday.

Corbin says Rollins being a hero will cost him everything. Corbin will use Rollins as an example to show everyone what happens when you disrespect the GM. But his answer is still now. “Coward.” Rollins and San Diego all call Corbin a coward. No matter what he says, he’s a coward! Maybe he’s Coward Elect! Corbin snaps and gives Rollins that TLC Match! But for the Intercontinental Championship! Will Rollins #BurnItDown and show Corbin he’s not fit to be the boss? Or will it be the End of Days for Rollins’ reign even before facing the Lunatic?


Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

He surely didn’t expect to be defending the title and in such a dangerous match type. It may not have been the smartest move, but Rollins refuses to let Corbin get away with things. If he wants to be a locker room leader, he has to take a stand. If Rollins is a true champion, he’ll take a stand. Otherwise he doesn’t deserve to be champion.


Raw Tag Team Championship 3v2 Handicap: The Authors of Pain & Drake Maverick VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable!

Drake Maverick may have rained on the parade of the #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS duo, but that hasn’t stopped Roode & Gable from fighting. The deck is stacked against them, surely courtesy of Corbin, but is a huge upset still possible?

Raw returns as the champs and Maverick stand in the ring ready for a fight. Roode & Gable make their entrance, both wearing matching replacement robes and even matching tights. The teams sort out, the belts are raised, and we begin! Gable starts against Akam, and Gable’s dropkick is deflected. Akam stomps then tags in Rezar. AoP feed Gable to a big knee, then Rezar chokes Gable on ropes. Rezar throws big forearms then clubs Gable down. He hits Roode for good measure, but Gable fights back. Gable’s kick gets caught and he gets clobbered again. Maverick tags in to cover, ONE! Maverick quickly tags out and lets Rezar stomp Gable more. Tag to Akam, and AoP double whip. Gable holds ropes and boots Rezar back. Gable dumps Akam out, tag to Roode! Double clotheslines send Rezar out!

Maverick shouts orders, but that gets Roode & Gable on him! Double hip toss! Roode and Gable then pick Maverick up to LAUNCH him out at AoP! The champs and manager are down while we go to break!

Raw returns and Rezar wrenches Gable’s neck. Fans rally up and Gable fights his way up, only to be wrangled back down. Rezar drags Gable over and tags in Maverick. Maverick throws hands and then taunts Roode. He stomps Gable and feels full of himself. Maverick slaps Gable, but Gable gets fired up! Maverick quickly tags out but is still caught. Rezar saves Maverick as he clobbers Gable, then tags in Akam. AoP mug Gable into a corner, then Akam trash talks as he drives in stiff elbows. Akam whips Gable corner to corner, then runs in but misses! Gable hurries, hot tag to Roode! Roode tackles Akam and dropkick Rezard. He dodges Akam to fires off haymakers and chops! He whips but Akam reverses, only to get kicked away. Roode runs but is put on the apron. Roode htis Akam away then climbs up, for a flying- Back drop!

Akam tags Rezar and they go after Roode. They bring Roode up for an atomic knee! Cover, but Gable breaks it! Akam whips Gable hard into buckles, and Maverick tells them to end this. The AoP bring each man up, Super Collider! But gable headsicssors through! Rezar boots Gable down, and the AoP both go after Gable. Suplex powerbomb neckbreaker! Maverick wants in to repeat last week, and Rezard obeys. Maverick mocks the GLORIOUS, but Roode rolls him up!! ROODE & GABLE WIN!!

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

Victory out of nowhere! Maverick’s ego costs his own team, and now the tag titles are GLORIOUS! But a rematch will be happening to be sure, will Roode & Gable survive the next chapter?


Backstage interview with Roode & Gable.

They’re feeling great now that they’re champs. There haven’t been a lot of reasons to have hope on Raw, but they knew that putting int he work would bring them the titles. If you told them they’d do it in a 3v2 handicap, they would’ve thought you were crazy. But only one word describes this feeling: GLORIOUS!


Natalya heads to the ring!

The Queen of Harts looks for revenge on Ruby when the two compete in a Tables Match this Sunday! Before the match, Natty admits she’d usually have a smile on her face. But she needs to say something in regards to Ruby Riott. Natty loves this business, but Ruby doesn’t respect anyone or anything. Ruby made this personal when she destroyed The Anvil’s sunglasses. Ruby keeps talking about Natty’s been “spoon fed” because of her family. But Natty has overcome so much just to get in. Does Ruby not know what the Montreal Screw Job is? Does Ruby not remember when Uncle Bret punched Vince McMahon in the face? There was that and more in Natty’s way. So Natty is damn proud to be a Hart! Fans appreciate that.

Natty tells Ruby that she will learn respect, and it’ll be a match dedicated to the man who helped Natty get here. To the man Natty loves and respects more than anyone: her father, Jim The Anvil Neidhart! Fans cheer for the late great Anvil and Natty gets emotional. Natty vows to take these tears and more to drive Ruby through table! “And there’s not gonna be a thing you can do about it!” But it’s here that the Squad make an entrance, with a special table under a curtain. Ruby has her own mic to respond. “Aw, look! Natty’s crying again. Like we’ve never seen this before.” All Natty does is walk around feeling sorry for herself. And she’s coming out here talking about respect? Natty doesn’t need respect, she needs to get some counseling.

Ruby knows no one else has the guts to say this, but Natty doesn’t represent The Harts. She disgraces them! Ruby isn’t going to be invited to the family Christmas party, she did pick Natty up a present. And believe her when she says this: “This is the gift that keeps on giving.” The special table, has a picture of The Anvil on it! Fans boo and jeer, but Ruby says that everyone knows how close Natty and The Anvil were. But this Sunday, when Ruby puts her through this exact table, they’ll be closer than ever. Has The Squad gone too far? Or will it just be more fuel for the fire when Natty gets to go after Ruby?


Dolph Ziggler speaks.

“Last week, I beat Drew McIntyre. And now we add that name to the long list of people who took me for granted.” But what Ziggler doesn’t’ understand is McIntyre’s attitude. He plucked McIntyre from obscurity, and he’ll throw him back into that. And make no mistake, Ziggler isn’t’ the good guy or the bad guy, he’s Dolph Ziggler. He also doesn’t understand why Finn Balor got involved. But McIntyre made the mistake of pretending he was Finn, and not remembering he was Ziggler. These two will settle the score, can Ziggler win on his own? Or will Ziggler get a Claymore meant for Balor?


Dolph Ziggler VS Drew McIntyre!

The Show-Off beat the Scottish Terminator thanks to The Extraordinary Man giving an assist, and McIntyre wouldn’t stand for it. McIntyre would find Finn later in the night and attack him, which is part of why Finn’s not here tonight. Now that it’s just 1v1, who will come out the superior superstar?

Before the match, McIntyre is interviewed in the ring. If he still has that match with Finn on Sunday, why risk a rematch with Ziggler? McIntyre lets us in on a little secret that no one else wants to admit. “Nobody stays undefeated forever.” Not Andre the Giant, not The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, and not even McIntyre. But that doesn’t make him any less dangerous. Just ask Finn. But you can’t, because he got beat up that badly. McIntyre vows to finish Finn at TLC. And when McIntyre talks, everyone listens. He is making this show a better place for the fans, so they will respect him. And as for Ziggler, it doesn’t matter if he’s a good guy or a bad guy, he’s the guy who’s gonna get his head kicked off! Speaking of, Ziggler makes his entrance and we begin!

Ziggler goes right at McIntyre with fast hands, but then he runs into McIntyre’s shoulder. McIntyre drags Ziggler up to CHOP him off his feet! McIntyre drags Ziggler up for another chop, and then into a modified clutch, just to CHOP him more. Ziggler gets to a corner but McIntyre stays on him. Ziggler fires back, but McIntyre launches him with a belly2belly! McIntyre covers, TWO! The Terminator looms over Ziggler as we go to break.

Raw returns as McIntyre CHOPS Ziggler on the top rope! McIntyre climbs up to throw more hands on Ziggler. McIntyre SLAPS Ziggler, but Ziggler fights back! They brawl up top fast and furious, and McIntyre gets the edge. McIntyre brings Ziggler up, SUPER Celtic Cross!! But McIntyre can’t make the cover from his own impact! He crawls to the cover, TWO! Ziggler survives and McIntyre is actually amused. Fans rally up as Ziggler crawls away. McIntyre stalks Ziggler to the ropes, then dumps him out. McIntyre follows after as Ziggler crawls. He deadlift suplexes but Ziggler slips out! Ziggler dodges to send McIntyre into a post! The ring count climbs as Ziggler leaves McIntyre behind! The count passes 8 before McIntyre sits up! McIntyre gets in at 9.5!

Both men are down but fans are loving this match. Fans rally up and Ziggler stands. Ziggler aims at McIntyre, but his legs give out before the superkick! McIntyre laughs, and he toying kicks Ziggler back. McIntyre mocks Ziggler as he climbs up the ropes. “Keep fighting! Don’t give up!” Ziggler stands but McIntyre grabs his hair. Ziggler kicks, ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre’s ego almost cost him there! Both men crawl to get up, and Ziggler fires up with the fans. Ziggler aims again, but into a CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

The Scottish Terminator unloads his best move outta nowhere, but the Show-Off pushed him to his limits. With Finn Balor banged up from McIntyre’s attack, but McIntyre pulling this one out, will either man be ready for their match?

But McIntyre isn’t through with Ziggler! He throws Ziggler into the post, then throws fast hands on the ground! McIntyre throws steel steps around then drags Ziggler over to them. Fans boo and the ref warns McIntyre, but security and other officials fortunately come in to save Ziggler. McIntyre backs off, but then comes back to boot Ziggler into the LED! McIntyre laughs his way to the back, but will he have the last laugh at TLC?


Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers!

The #LegitHuggable friends are ready to be the first WWE Women Tag Team Champions together, but for now they’ll support each other in singles competition. Bayley goes against #Mahalicia tomorrow in the Mixed Match Challenge Semifinals, but sadly NOT with Finn Balor. Instead of B’n’B, it will be A’n’B, for Apollo & Bayley are now a new dynamic duo! Can the Huggable One get some major momentum before teaming with a new star this Tuesday?

The bell rings and Bayley ties up with Alicia. Bayley powers Alicia to the corner, but backs off at 3. Alicia powers Bayley to a corner but backs off at 3. Bayley elbows Alicia away then hits a flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Bayley puts Alicia on the apron but Alicia slips out to hotshot Bayley back. Alicia runs in for the swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Alicia keeps on Bayley with a chinlock, but Sasha and the fans rally. Bayley feeds off the energy but Alicia clubs her back down. Bayley stands but Alicia wrangles her back down. Sasha argues with Mahal and the Singhs, but Alicia thrashes Bayley around. Fans rally up again and Bayley gets up. Bayley powers out but Alicia goes up and over to sunset flip. Bayley rolls through to clobber Alicia with a clothesline!

The Singhs shout for Alicia but Bayley throws haymakers! Bayley saido suplexes Alicia down then fires up. She puts Alicia in a corner but backs off at 4. She comes back with a big knee, then puts Alicia out for the hotshot! Bayley checks the ponytail but the Singhs distract. They run off as Alicia boots Bayley down! But here comes Apollo! Bayley’s new buddy takes the Singhs out with back drops, and Sasha adds a meteora! Apollo goes after Mahal now, and throws Sunil into him! Sasha wants to be a weapon, so Apollo picks her up to throw at Mahal and both Singhs! Strike! Bayley dodges Alicia’s boot, and hits Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley wins!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall

Victories all around for the Boss, Hug & Crews Connection! Can Apollo & Bayley make it work as a tag team to go to TLC’s Mixed Match Challenge Finals?


Backstage interview with Dean Ambrose.

The Lunatic hates being called that. But what are his thoughts on Rollins’ speech earlier? The Architect? That’s just a name Rollins used to keep the spotlight on himself. But that’s not the man Ambrose knows. Rollins can’t think straight. He went out there with no plan, and now his title’s on the line tonight? Why? Because of his ego! Rollins always has to be The Man, but he steps on everyone else, like Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Rollins isn’t a man, he’s a piece of… Well, if Rollins is somehow still champion, it’ll just be easier for Ambrose to take it. And then he can tell Rollins what he thinks on Sunday.

Speaking of Roman, if he was aware of their bad blood, how would he react? Ambrose doesn’t care. Charly insists on getting an answer out of Ambrose, and plays the footage of that very night when Rollins and Ambrose won a match dedicated to Roman, only to betray everyone. Then the footage cuts to Rollins confronting Ambrose the next night, and Ambrose explaining the next week after that. Ambrose said The Shield only made him weaker. Ambrose would burn his Shield vest, and move on to last week, wearing a gas mask to visualize his disgust for the “vermin” of the WWE Universe. Rollins would attack back, only for Ambrose to beat him down. Back in the present, Ambrose simply says nothing. Will he have the last word after TLC? Will the title come along with it?


Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.

The Drifter is in San Diego and plays his guitar. San Diego digs it. Elias isn’t sure if anyone’s heard Bobby Lashley on the radio, but Lashley said he’d take all the sports teams and move them to LA. Fans don’t like that. But what Lashley doesn’t realize is that if San Diego had their way, they wouldn’t let a loser like him perform. Elias would love to perform in the gas lamp district rather than in front of “a bunch of LA trash.” Everyone here knows what Lashley will find out, and that is that WWE stands for “Walk With Elias!” Now Elias considers himself a “pretty good guy”. Hitting children with his guitar is not on his list, but he made an exception for Lio Rush. Elias will teach Lio a lesson, but he has a song to perform. So please silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths.

Elias begins, saying “I’ve been in the air so long, waiting for something to come along. Bring me back down to Earth, keep my feet above the earth. But this life ain’t like no other, oh can you hear me, brother?” Actually hold on, Elias can’t stop thinking about how bad Lashley sucks. Speaking of, here come Lashley & Lio! Lio’s going to make his Raw in-ring debut, next!


Lio Rush w/ Bobby Lashley VS Elias!

Raw returns as we wait for a referee. It’s HEATH SLATER! The One Man Band beat his best friend, Rhyno, to stay on Raw, but it wasn’t until after the match that Corbin revealed he’d be staying as a ref. Slater rings the bell and we begin.

Lio and Elias circle, but Elias corners Lio. Lio slips uot and speeds things up. he redirects Elias and ducks under, but then gets caught. Elias flips LIo but LIo lands on his feet. Elias shoves and flapjacks Lio! Lio crawls to a corner but Elias is on him with a wristlock. Elias lifts Lio up and then drops him. Elias grins as he brings Lio up and. Lio sunset flips but Elias picks him right up. Elias says this’ll hurt him more than it hurts Lio, and he tosses Lio across the way! It still looks like it hurts Lio more. Elias smirks as he stalks Lio to a corner. Elias stands Lio up for a chop! Slater counts but Elias whips Lio corner to corner hard! Lio tumbles out in a heap but Elias continues after. Lashley caoches up his hype man but Elias puts Lio back in.

Slater is busy checking on Lio, so Lashley goes after Elias! Elias kicks Lashley off and rocks him with a right! But Lio wrecks Elias with a dropkick! Then a handspring kick! Elias gets back in but Lio ducks and kicks to rock Elias back! Lio whips but Elias reverses. Lio goes up but gets caught into the Electirc Chair. Elias spins Lio around, for the sit-out powerbomb! Cover, but Lashley attacks! Slater hesitates, and tells Lashley to stop. Lashley tells Slater to stand down, because this means Slater’s job. Slater lets Lashley continue, and he gives Elias the SPINEBUSTER! Lashley then helps Lio up, and Lio wants to use Elias’s guitar. Lio grabs it, brings it into the ring, and Slater tries to tell them to stop. Lashley takes the guitar and SMACKS Elias on the back!

Elias writhes, Lio covers, and Lashley makes Slater count. Slater counts, Lio wins.

Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall

The 24 year old piece of gold gets a win, but it was with a lot of help. Will Elias get back at both Lashley & Lio at TLC when it’s someone else refereeing the match? Will Slater be able to live with himself over being bullied into a screw job? Or are these just more signs of what the Corbin Era will be?


Baron Corbin finds Heath Slater backstage.

Corbin doesn’t get why Slater’s so down. He did a good job out there. How’s Rhyno doing? Get over how you ended his career. Slater wants to go home, but Corbin says there’s still another match for him to officiate tonight. Is it the match we dread it is?


Alexa Bliss heads to the ring!

The Goddess is also Women’s Division manager, and has called for a face-to-face of both champion and challenger for the Raw Women’s Championship. However, the Samoan Dynasty heads to the ring without waiting for any introductions. Nia Jax has wanted after Ronda Rousey for weeks, but she tells Alexa that before we do the questions, she has a statement. “This Sunday, I’m going to become the Raw Women’s Champion.” Fans don’t like the sound of that. And it will be at the direct expense of Ronda. “Getting cracked in the head with those four ounce gloves in the UFC has really done a number on Ronda.” If Ronda had half a mind, which she doesn’t, she’d just give the title over. That way, she can avoid the humiliation that’s coming to her.

Nia knows Ronda is from a world about trash talking to hype things up. Nia doesn’t talk trash. She is a six foot, 300 pound Samoan woman, and Ronda’s worse nightmare. She is the “Anti-Rousey”. And her secret to success? The hand that breaks faces, like Becky Lynch’s. And it only took the one punch. But when the bell rings and Ronda goes Ronda, Nia will punch her in the face. And not just once, but over and over and over, until Ronda gives up. Nia isn’t just the most imposing force in the WWE, she’s also a strategist. Ronda is a world-class judoka, a Strike Force and a UFC champion, so if by chance she avoids this punch to go for the armbar, Nia will open her fist to pry free and then still break Ronda’s face.

This hand took Becky from her fans, and this hand will hold “MY TITLE”, as she erases the myth of Ronda. But speaking of Ronda, here she comes! Ronda isn’t here to talk or pose. She’s here to fight! And Ronda rushes the ring! Alexa, Tamina and Nia clear the ring for the Baddest Woman on the Planet. The Samoan Dynasty flank Ronday, but here comes Ember Moon! The War Goddess still wants after Nia for her betrayal, but she’ll settle for the Daughter of Superfly, next!


Ember Moon w/ Ronda Rousey VS Tamina w/ Nia Jax!

Raw returns as Tamina headbutts Ember down. Tamina whips Ember but Ember slips through the hip toss to arm-drag Tamina. Ember then dropkicks Tamina right out of the ring! Fans fire up as Ember builds speed. Nia saves Tamina from the baseball slide, but fans boo and jeer. Ronda comes up to reinforce Ember and stare Nia down. Nia taunts Ronda but Ember keeps after Tamina in the ring. Ember rolls Tamina up, TWO, and Tamina shoves Ember. Things speed up, Ember springboards into a SUPERKICK! Now Ember rolls out of the ring, and Nia wants the count out. Tamina waits as Ember slowly climbs back in. Tamina is right on Ember with a cover, TWO! Nia coaches her cousin up as Tamina bumps Ember off buckles.

Tamina whips Ember corner to corner and crushes her with a corner splash. She snapmares Ember to a cover, TWO! Nia wants a faster count but Ronda rallies the fans. Tamina wraps on a chinlock, but Ember fights her way up. Ember fights back but Tamina wrangles her back down. Tamina squeezes tight but fans still rally. Ember gets up again and fights back. Tamina rocks Ember with an uppercut! Tamina whips Ember again, but misses in the corner. Ember gasps for air but she kicks Tamina away. Ember reaches up to headscissor Tamina! She fights back with kicks now, and sweeps the leg. Ember urns to hit the sliding shot! Cover, TWO! Nia is relieved and Ronda cheers Ember on. Ember runs but into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Nia is surprised.

Tamina whips Ember, Ember goes up to hit a flying code breaker! Ronda cheers Ember on to finish this, but Nia makes a move. Ronda trips Nia up and then throws her over the barriers! Ember dodges Tamina for a hotshot! Ember is back up, and hits the Eclipse! Cover, Ember wins!

Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall

The Rowdy One helps the War Goddess celebrate, and even raises her hand. Will Ronda be able to do the same to Nia at TLC? Or will things be very different for the Baddest Woman on the Planet?


Backstage interview with “General Manger Elect” Baron Corbin.

His match is coming up next, just days before the TLC pay-per-view. Isn’t this an abuse of power? That sounds like a loaded question. Is she trying to get shipped off to SmackDown? Just kidding. This is just Corbin accepting a challenge. Corbin wants the fans to see him in a TLC Match, since he won’t be getting one from Strowman this Sunday. But there are rumors- Rumors? Was that from the internet or something? Strowman is a one-armed man after what Corbin did to him. Just imagine how Rollisn will feel after what Corbin does to him. Rollins is getting a taste of what the future holds. And as for the rest of Raw, “All Hail Baron Corbin.”


Lars Sullivan speaks.

“What happens this Sunday will be a minor tremor compared to the catastrophic earthquake that will occur when I come to the WWE!” The one of a kind Leviathan is lurking. Is he coming to Raw to shake things up? Or will he go to SmackDown to crush everything in his path?


WWE Intercontinental Championship TLC Match: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin!

The Architect called the Constable out and the Constable accepted. However, we can already see “General Manager Elect” Corbin is rigging things in his favor as he appoints Heath Slater as the referee! Will Slater be again stuck between a rock and a hard place as Rollins defends his title before Sunday?

Raw returns as Rollins and Corbin make their entrances. The belt hangs high above the ring per championship TLC rules, so all Slater has to do is signal the bell. Rollins and Corbin circle, and Rollins fires off hands! Rollins stomps a mudhole into Corbin, but stops after about a dozen. Corbin kicks back and clubs Rollins back. Corbin whips but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins runs but into a knee. Corbin suplexes Rollins but Rollins knees out. Rollins knees Corbin out of the ring, then goes out after him. Rollins throws more hands and then bumps Corbin off the apron. Fans fire up as Rollins picks up a chair! Rollins brings it but Corbin gets in the ring. Rollins slingshots, but into a haymaker!

Corbin tells Slater to go fetch him a ladder. Slater does as ordered, but Rollins springboards and clotheslines Corbin! Corbin runs off while we go to break.

Raw returns as Corbin keeps Rollins down. Corbin grabs a chair and takes aim. He SMACKS it across Rollins’ back! Fans boo and jeer but Corbin smirks as he SMACKS Rollins again! Corbin stalks Rollins, and stands on him to jam the chair into Rollins’ ribs. Corbin holds the chair up triumphantly despite all the boos. He taunts Rollins to get up, but SMACKS Rollins again. Rollins rolls out and Corbin follows. Corbin brings Rollins up to throw him into barriers! Then into other barriers! Corbin taunts Rollins, then goes for a ladder. He brings the ladder around into the ring, but Rollins dropkicks it into Corbin! Rollins goes out to pick up the ladder and put it in the ring. He leaves Corbin behind to stand the ladder up, but Corbin returns to clobber him!

Corbin stands the ladder up in a corner, and brings Rollins around. Corbin suplexes Rollins into the ladder! It proves just a touch double-edged as Corbin clutches his ear. But Corbin still stands up to wedge a chair in a corner. Corbin goes back to Rollins, drags him up by his hair, and whips Rollins. Rollins reverses but Corbin slides out then in to clobber Rollins again! Fans boo and jeer, but Corbin ignores them all to go for a table. Corbin stands that table up in a corner, then mocks Strowman’s roar. He drags Rollins up to scoop him, and wants his own Monster Slam, but Rollins slips out! Rollins dodges and rocks Corbin with a right! Rollins runs but is tossed out of the ring! Corbin then grabs the ladder to stand it up under the belt! Corbin climbs, but Rollins returns to leap right up!

Rollins fights Corbin down, so Corbin yanks him off. Rollins mule kicks but misses the stomp. Corbin elbows Rollins and then shoves him into the ladder! Both Rollins and ladder fall over, but Corbin isn’t done. Corbin dropkicks Rollins out of the ring! We go to one last break as Corbin watches Rollins writhe.

Raw returns once more, and Rollins leaps at Corbin! Corbin gets under, and hits the Deep Six! But Corbin is down, too, from exhaustion. Fans rally up for Rollins as he and Corbin stir. Corbin is up first, and he brings Rollins back up. Corbin punches Rollins down, and then does it again, and again. Fans boo and jeer as Corbin continues to rain rights. Slater stays back as Corbin watches Rollins stand up. Corbin punches but Rollins counter punches! Rollins fires off chops and haymakers, but Corbin knees low. Corbin whips but Rollins reverses. Corbin slides out then in but misses to get a Pele! He staggers about, but is baited into the chair he set up earlier! Both Rollins and Corbin are down as Slater checks on them.

Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Rollins takes that chair from the corner. Rollins aims at Corbin, and SMACKS him back! And SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS! Rollins keeps on Corbin with that chair for everything Corbin has done. Corbin bails out, but Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Corbin reeling, but Rollins keeps going, to DIVE again! Corbin goes down but Rollins won’t stop. Rollins runs once more, to DIVE, into a CHOKE SLAM through a table!! But Corbin is down from exhaustion again, and Slater checks on them both. Fans admit “This is Awesome!” even if Corbin’s involved. Corbin returns to the ring to stand the ladder up again. He begins the climb, but Rollins is stirring.

Corbin goes up a rung at a time, but Rollins returns to SMACK him with another chair! Rollins SMACKS Corbin off the ladder, but then Corbin dodges and Slater takes the hit!! Corbin clobbers Rollins out of the ring, and rolls out to follow Rollins. Corbin brings Rollins up, but Rollins slips out of End of Days. Rollins dodges to send Corbin into the steel steps! Rollins mule kicks Corbin, then puts him on the table. Fans fire up as Rollins does the math. Rollins climbs a corner, aims at Corbin, and leaps! FROG SPLASH through the table!! Fans are thunderous as Rollins leaves Corbin for dead. Rollins hurries to the ladder and up the rungs. His body is sore but that won’t stop him. Rollins is fingertips away, but Slater grabs the ladder?! Slater needs this job, so he tips the ladder over!!

Fans boo as Slater stands the ladder back up. Slater drags Corbin up and into the ring. Corbin is dead weight as Slater drags him to the ladder. Corbin grins as he sees the title. He climbs, reaches, but Rollins returns!? Rollins hits Slater, then drags Corbin off for a buckle bomb through a table!! Corbin eats wood again, but Slater pleads with Rollins. Rollins SUPERKICKS Slater! Then Rollins stomps, and runs at Corbin, for the Curb Stomp! Rollins scrambles up the ladder, grabs the belt, and takes it off! Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Architect reigns, if only for now. Rollins will have to regroup for TLC, and Ambrose appears to remind him of their coming war. Will Ambrose cure himself of his disgust for Rollins? Or will Rollins #BurnItDown even brighter than before?



My Thoughts:

Another Raw go-home, with another mixed bag of good and bad.  It would seem, after the two incredibly sour weeks, Corbin becomes the kayfabe face for how everyone, even other WWE talent, sees everything from ratings to booking. In the absence of other top Faces, such as Finn Balor from his injury (both kayfabe and possibly real from the South American tour), Rollins takes up the role of being the person to say all this. I’m thinking that this is more damage control than it is elaborate planning from Vince McMahon, but it can still work out in the end. Hopefully now that they’ve called out the things like the pee gag and the Lucha House Rules, we won’t ever have to worry about those again.

The Raw Tag Team Championship handicap match was an interesting choice, and I suppose that means Maverick & AoP can now Freebird the titles, if they get them back. It was a good moment for Roode & Gable to get these titles. This entire time, fans were expecting this team to fall apart when Roode turned on Gable, but I’m actually glad they’re still together this far in. And maybe now we can get things back on track in the Raw Tag Team Division with The Revival being allowed to actually win, the Lucha House Party playing things by normal rules, and maybe AoP ditching Maverick to go back to being independent.

The Women’s Division does a touch better tonight. I was surprised Natty didn’t have a match with a Riott Squad member, but the “Hart-breaking” promo Ruby gives instead at least gives some good story build towards their Tables Match. The Mixed Match Challenge tie-in was done well, and just like the other major players that are also busy at TLC, Finn Balor is out so he can focus on his match with McIntyre. Apollo Crews will make a good replacement, but he’s mostly stepping in by default because there’s almost no one left. This is where I would’ve thrown in Lars Sullivan, but there’s only a route to wasting him if he’s not going to win the Rumble after winning the MMC Finals. Then the championship scene was great, Ember gets a great match with Tamina and Ronda looks ready to retain against Nia.

Ziggler VS McIntyre was a great match, if perhaps just a high-level filler. Hopefully this isn’t the last for these two, we need at least one more go in a fuller feud between them. It was great to see Lio competing on Raw, up until we found out Slater was being made the special referee to then screw Elias over. I also saw Slater being ref for tonight’s main event coming a mile away. Slater will have his moment soon enough, maybe even at TLC PPV. Rollins VS Corbin was pretty great because of Slater’s involvement, too, but obviously Rollins retains. This might all just be a precaution in case Strowman really doesn’t show up at TLC, just as Corbin sarcastically said in his backstage promo. I’m still banking on a Strowman surprise and maybe an all out brawl with the superstars Finn united against Corbin.

My Score: 8/10

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